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carjacking case
Notorious criminal flees from police custody
Three police personnel arrested for dereliction of duty
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 9
Three police personnel have been arrested by the Hisar police for their negligence in handling Pawan, alias Amit, a notorious gangster, who fled from their custody on Monday night. Amit is better known locally for his involvement in the infamous carjacking case from the Berkley Automobiles showroom.

The accused had been transported by the Panchkula police from Hisar for a court appearance. He was being transported back to Hisar at the time of the incident. Pawan, a resident of Naina Taitarpur village of Sonepat district, was transported from Hisar jail and ASI Mahesh, eligible head constable Sukhdev and constable Manjit took him to Panchkula for his appearance in a local court in the carjacking case. After his appearance in court, the three police personnel were taking him back to Hisar. As soon as they reached the Hisar bus stand at 9 pm, Pawan requested them to allow him to use the toilet. On the pretext of washing his hands, he asked them to remove his handcuffs. As soon as his hands were free, he fled.

An FIR was registered against the three policemen for negligence in handling the accused. They were arrested by the Hisar police.

Pawan is a former BTech student of Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar. On April 23, he was one among the two robbers who fled with an SX4 car from the Berkeley showroom in Phase-II of the Industrial Area. They came on the pretext of taking a test drive and took away the car after training a gun at the salesman who was accompanying them on the drive.

Pawan also has a history of criminal activities in Rajasthan. He is said to have shot a person just because he suspected him to be a police informer, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Manish Chaudhary. 



11.11.11 bug bites many in city
To-be mothers reschedule delivery dates
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 9
Like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the “11-11-11 bug” has stung the city’s expectant mothers too. The date, which comes once in 800 years and is considered auspicious by numerologists and astrologers, has prompted many expectant mothers to schedule their caesarean babies by either advancing or delaying their dates or deliveries by a few days.

Gynaecologists in the city are likely to be busy on Friday and though the exact numbers of deliveries scheduled for the day are not available, doctors claim that it’s going to be quite high. And surprisingly, it’s not only private hospitals where such deliveries are being planned as even government hospitals are receiving requests for “adjustments” and they are obliging wherever circumstances permit.

“For those who strongly believe in astrology and numerology, special and significant dates are always important,” says Dr Poonam Kumar of Chaitanya Hospital adding that with advances in medical sciences it had become possible to achieve such timings.

Dr Anju Huria, head of the gynaecology department at GMCH-32, is also rescheduling her patients’ check-up appointments for Thursday because at least three women have requested caesarean deliveries for Friday.

Dr Swapna Misra of Fortis said: “The media has hyped it. I have been getting frantic calls from my patients to reschedule their delivery dates. Those who have to undergo an elective surgery a day before or after, want to have the baby on 11/11/11.” For many, it may be the Bachchan connection, but the auspicious date is the main reason for the rush.

Referring to the significance of the number 11, numerologist PK Khurana said: “The number 11 adds up to two. People born on dates that add up to two are genuine and down-to-earth. Examples are Shahrukh Khan (November 2), Amitabh Bachchan (October 11) and Michael Jackson (August 29).”

The combination of the sun sign Scorpio and the number two was also said to be very powerful. “Scorpions are known to be attractive and bold and they maintain an impressive physical and mental balance,” he said. However, he said that scheduling deliveries for such dates was a “bit too much”.

However, not everyone is enamoured by the Bachchans or astrological predictions. Anita (name changed on request), a Sector 9 resident, who has chosen the date for delivery just because it’s fancy. “It will be 11.11.11. What fun would it be if the baby is born at 11.11 am or pm,” she said excitedly.

Dr Mangla Dogra said: “I had patients asking for a change of date but I told them that I shall comply only if it is a medical reason. I have refused all requests. I will be operating only one case.”

Unethical practice, say doctors

Former PGI Director and chairman of the Medical Council of India, Dr KK Talwar, has dubbed the trend unethical. He maintained that it did not make much of a difference if a caesarean baby was born a day in advance or a day later, but the practice of altering the actual date of delivery only for coinciding it with an auspicious day was unethical and doctors should not encourage it. He said generally the trend was rampant in private hospitals, but of late even doctors in government hospitals were succumbing to such requests. Sharing similar views, former PGI Director, Dr BK Sharma, said changing the date of deliveries for non-medical reasons was unethical.



Rush for tying the knot on 11/11/11
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 9
When Simran Singh and Manisha decided to tie the knot this year, the New Zealand-based couple did not waste a second to arrange for solemnising their bond on November 11.

A doctor by profession, Simran, currently in Ambala, said, “ The date is unique and occurs once in centuries. It complimented the uniqueness of our relationship and so, we decided to get married on this day.”

“Who will not want to have something rare or special for one’s relationship and getting married on a date which may not occur till the next century? It is a great feeling and I am on cloud nine,” said Manisha.

Though the Hindu calendar had no special ‘muhurat’ on 11/11/11, it had not stopped youngsters from eschewing the almanac and opting for the special date for their wedding.

The multi-crore marriage industry in the tricity was awaiting a windfall on November 11 as over 3,000 couples fell for the once-in-a-century configuration.

The rush had left not only wedding planners, beauticians and pundits scrambling, but also several families flummoxed about how to juggle multiple invitations to different venues.

“Hotels are booked and we are still getting last-minute requests to manage some space. The date has attracted many people because of its uniqueness and led to a mad rush at hotels and marriage vernues,” said AK Malhotra, who was in the tourism industry.

“My daughter is going in for a love marriage. The marriage was fixed in October. She was adamant on November 11. Finding a venue has been a nightmare for me. Now I have got a hotel on the outskirts of Mohali. I am having a tough time managing everything, but if it is that rare, it is worth it,” said Ram Singh Aulakh of Sector 45.

Astrological significance

According to astrologers, the day is particularly good for Librans and Aquarians. Marrying on this day will ensure happiness in married life. From the point of view of Indian marriage astrology, there is nothing that great or auspicious about 11/11/11, but nothing ominous either. The time between 5:30 pm and 11 pm is particularly ‘shubh’ for ceremonies.

Numerological significance

The number 11 is associated with inspiration, creativity, truth and revelation. From another angle, the number 11 seems to incorporate the positive points of both one as well as two (since 1+1 = 2). The number one represents leadership, independence and vision while the number two embodies companionship, love, harmony and peace.



PU students to get smarter with cards
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 9
If all goes well, Panjab University students may soon carry around their admission, fee, hostel, library, examination, placement details in their pockets.

Taking into account a proposal mooted by Suvir Sidhu, a university student, the PU authorities and Panjab University Student Council held a meeting today to work out modalities of issuing special smart cards to students. According to the proposal, the card will act as an ID card of the student, which can also be used as a gate pass. It will help to check the status of fees, examination results, and attendance record in addition to availing library facilty.

“We students have to run from one department to other to get a single task done. Getting smart card will help us and even the university authorities. It will take final shape after a few more meetings,” Said Suvir, a member of student committee, said.

According to PU officials the proposal not only sounds interesting but also feasible.

“It will be great to implement it and we are in touch with the Panjab University Student Council to work out things. Once finalised it be introduced on pilot basis and hopefully by the next session, the PU students will get smarter with these hi tech cards,” said a senior official.


The module will keep record of the attendance of the students as well as the teachers. There will be provision to incorporate smart card to take the attendance and will help to keep a track of daily attendance and allot lectures on the basis of batch, branch, semester, day, subject, group or section.

Fee management

This module will be used for student’s fee billing and cater to various needs of the accounts department like raising of invoices, records of fees received, discount categories computerised fee receipts etc.

Online parent-teacher commnication

Unique login ID/password will be provided to all students/parents at the time of admission. Parents can write to subject/class teacher directly for any counseling or improvements. E-mail Ids will be provided to the principal/administrator so that there is better communication between the parents and the institute.

Online reporting

With the help of the module, department can check the student admission record, fee receipts, expenditure details etc. online from anywhere around the world. Data availability through web (Any-time anywhere) will be incorporated. Parents also can check their ward’s performance and see their fees, activity, discipline, health, attendance etc. The parent can view the class report of the child for a comparative analysis of his/her child.

Online assignments

Students can get their assignments,projects and homework online. They can also be a part of the discussion forum on projects,careers, technology etc. Following reports would be generated automatically from the accounts module: Teacher Assignment Report, Student Assignment Report

It will help in generating

Advance fee receipt

Daily fee collection

List of students defaulting in payment of fees by due date

Head-wise fee collection, head wise pending, deposit and refund

Individual student fee report

Date -wise fee collection report, daily fee head-wise summary, net security report, fee wavier report, pending fee report, student ledger report

Consolidated ledger summary

Student cycle summary

Card benefits

Will come handy in quick compilation of the following :

Session exams/assignment marks entry

Processing of internal marks result weightage wise, external marks entry

Internal award list

Semester/year wise result/compiled result, exam wise report

Provisional certificates

Re-evaluation student reports



3 RLA officials among 10 booked for fraud
Misappropriation of Rs 5.6 lakh; money not deposited with treasury
Akash Ghai
tribune news service

Chandigarh, November 9
The UT police has registered an FIR in connection with the misappropriation of funds and cheating against 10 persons, including three officials of the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA), to the tune of about Rs 5.6 lakh.

Ranjodh Singh, Station House Officer of Sector 17, confirmed that he had received directions from UT SSP Naunihal Singh in this regard. “The case under Sections 409 and 420 was registered at the police station against 10 persons,” he said.

Earlier, taking cognizance of the embezzlement, UT Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh has asked the police to register an FIR against the accused.

The three officials against whom the Deputy Commissioner has recommended registration of an FIR are Bhupinder Singh, Deep Singh and Dev Ram, all accountants, who have since been transferred to other government departments. The remaining seven are data entry operators, all of whom were contractual workers and have since been sacked. Dev Ram will retire on November 30.

It was learnt that the funds concerning as many as 11 transactions were embezzled and were not deposited in the treasury. Out of these, the officials in question were involved in at least seven entries, said an official of the RLA on condition of anonymity.

Apart from that, the administration is also going to conduct an inquiry into the scam by a retired IAS officer. “We have initiated the process in this direction. The name of the inquiry officer would be out soon,” said a senior official of the administration.

During an inspection of account records of the five-month period from April 1 this year, it was found that an amount of about Rs 5.6 lakh had not been deposited with the administration’s treasury.

A preliminary inquiry was held last month by the then Additional Deputy Commissioner ML Sharma when the fraud was detected. When the fraud came to light, an unidentified depositor suddenly deposited the amount with the treasury under the RLA head on November 1. It was the same amount that was discovered missing during the inquiry into the accounts of the RLA.



PEC alumni keeps 18-yr promise 
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 9
It will be a date with a difference. A promise made 18 years ago is all set to come true with over 45 students of the 1993 batch of mechanical engineering students of PEC University expected to assemble outside house number 11 in Sector 11 at 11.11 am on 11.11.11.

The students, some of who are expected to arrive from the US, Canada and Singapore, have planned to get their pictures clicked in their convocation robes.

Anupam Mittal, a 1993 batch student who has travelled from Bengaluru for this unique reunion, said the rationale behind the commitment made during college days was to see how many from the batch remain in touch. “Everybody from the batch wanted to come. However, some have genuine reasons for missing the reunion. We have therefore planned video conferencing for those who will be unable to attend the reunion,” he said.

The institute is equally eager to host a welcome and a reception on November 11. Soon after their visit to the alma mater after their meet, the ’93 batch will head for Barog for a get-together.

In this one-of-its-kind reunion, the alumni of PEC hopes to relive their college days.

Raja Sekhar, a former student, said their class had taken a pledge to meet on that day. “Very few of our classmates are in Chandigarh. But that has not deterred many from keeping the promise. About six to seven classmates are travelling all the way from Singapore, Australia and Canada for the purpose,” he said.

They will march from Sector 11 to PEC and meet the institute’s director and head of mechanical department. “We will get a photograph clicked in our convocation robes. Thereafter, we will spend time reliving memories in the corridors of the college, besides visiting the hostel,” he said.


MC Ward Woes
What will happen to this ward?

Ward No. 9 which comprises Sectors 39 and 40 is a classic example of how the ruling party has neglected the areas falling under the ward of opposition councillor and created hurdles in the completion of development projects related to the civic amenities. In the last one year after the present councillor left the Congress and joined the SAD party, a majority of the ongoing works in his ward were held up by the authorities for one or other reason and no fresh work was started due to which the residents had been facing a number of problems.

Public utilities

Post-office: For the past five years, residents have been approaching the authorities to reopen the post-office in the area which had been shut down long time back. But till date nobody has even considered the proposal that was brought up by the residents of the area. Resenting the non-availability of the facility in the area, the residents of Sectors 37, 38, 39, 40 and surrounding villages and slums had to go to Sector 36 for getting petty works done.

Sanitation services

In the absence of Sehaj Safai Kendra in Sector 40, heaps of garbage present a deplorable sight. A majority of the garbage bins in the ward are either broken or in a bad condition. The stink has made the lives of residents miserable. The garbage is lifted after two or three days which worsens the situation. Residents have given a number of representations for setting up the Sehaj Safai Kendra, but till date nothing has been done in this regard by the authorities.

Condition of internal parks

Wild growth, broken benches and huts in internal parks of the ward developed by the MC in the last five years present a picture of neglect. Interestingly, in Sector 39, there are only two parks developed by the authorities and the irony is that they are in a pitiable condition. Even the open spaces in Sector 39 have wild growth. Residents complained that as there was no community centre in the area, they should be allowed to use vacant plots for organising functions and all.

Re-carpeting of roads

There is not even a single road in Sector 40 which does not have potholes. While motorists have a tough time driving vehicles on narrow stretches, bicycle and mobike riders and pedestrians are the worst affected. In fact, there are a number of roads which have been dug up by contractors for re-carpeting. These contractors have never bothered to get these roads repaired. Residents said in May, MC Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh paid a visit to the area and gave assurance that the re-carpeting would be done soon, but till date nothing has happened.

Leakage from water pipeline

In Sector 39, there are a number of points in the area, where water pipelines have broken down and precious water is being wasted. But despite registering a number of complaints, no action has been taken by the authorities. Residents said the authorities had failed to fix a pipeline near mini market in Sector 39 as there was wild growth all over it.

Low quality of paver blocks

At every nook and corner of the city, the MC has laid paver blocks. It seems that sub-standard material was used by the contractor concerned as a majority of these have broken, with the authorities showing no interest in getting these replaced. In fact, no action has been taken against the contractor, who had laid these paver blocks even after frequent complaints by the residents.

No: 9 

Voter Population

Sector 39: 8,000

Sector 40: 12,000


Jagjit Singh Kang


Ward development fund

Out of Rs 130 lakh allotted in the past five years, Rs 146.06 lakh had been spent till March, 2011

How tech savy your councillor is

Residents have posted their problems on Facebook and have also sent e-mails, but the councillor has never responded to either of the two choices of the public to redress their grievances.

How many questions he has tabled in the House in the past one year (2010)

He has never tabled any question in the question hour of the General House meeting.


Green belt in Sectors 39 and 40

Widening of road in Sector 40

Councilior speaks

The authorities and the Mayor in the past five years have ignored my ward due to which no major development work has taken place in the area. Though issues pertaining to the development of the area have been raised by me in the General House, nothing concrete has been done. — Jagjit Singh Kang, Ward councillor

Speaking out

What is the need of electing a councillor when residents have to do everything on their own.”The residents do not know whom to approach in times of need. — Pawan Bhatia, resident of Sector 40

A step-motherly treatment is being meted out with residents. Pending projects are a testimony to the fact. — DN Sheokand, a resident of Sector 39

We as voters should be given the right to recall. After one year the work of the elected representative should be reviewed and if his or her performance is not up to the mark, action should be taken. — Satish Khosla, a resident of Sector 40 



UT Master Plan may take longer
DC seeks legal opinion on 26 sq km in Sukhna reserve forest
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 9
The Master Plan of Chandigarh may not see the light of a day in the coming days as the disputed patch of 26 sq km in the Sukhna reserve forest continues to be a big hurdle in preparing the plan.

Importantly, the office of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) has requested the home department for legal opinion on the status of the land to decide on future planning.

The DC’s office submitted its report to the UT Administration, in which it was mentioned that though the ownership and possession of this land was with UT, it fell under the revenue jurisdiction of Punjab and Haryana.

DC Brijendra Singh sought legal opinion on the land ownership. The DC submitted his report in response to the communication of the UT Chief Architect.

The communication stated that the issue of ownership of land under question needed to be clarified immediately to pave the way for the finalisation of the Mater Plan of the city.

This issue was more important as the UT Administration was scheduled to submit the Master Plan of the city in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in January next.

The report submitted by the DC mentioned that the forest land was under the possession of the UT Administration, but its revenue records continued to be with the Punjab and Haryana governments.

This land was transferred to the UT on March 15, 1963, but was outside the 114 sq km of the revenue records of the union territory.

Presently, the UT area of 114 sq km did not include the 26 sq km area of the Sukhna wildlife sanctuary and the 2.17 sq km of Sector 1, where the Capitol Complex and Rajindra Park were located.

On this issue, the UT Conservator of Forests had also forwarded the case to the Administration to initiate steps to include the area in the UT.

Hearing on January 9

In September, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had given four months to the UT Administration to apprise the court of the progress with regard to the preparation and finalisation of the Master Plan of the city. The hearing on the public interest litigation seeking directions to complete the Master Plan was adjourned to January 9 next. The UT standing counsel had informed the court that officials of the UT Administration were working round the clock to complete the plan.



Floodgates repaired, Admn tells HC
Claims that this will prevent leakage from Sukhna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 9
For preventing the watering down of the Sukhna lake’s beauty, the Chandigarh Administration has repaired all three floodgates at the regulator end.

As a special Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court convened to hear the save Sukhna case, the UT Administration claimed that the repairing of gates would prevent the leakage of water.

The development was significant as the amicus curiae or the friend of the court, Tanu Bedi, had earlier asserted that the core cause of the depleting water level was a partial breakdown of the floodgates.

Though the problem was persisting, the Administration has not made efforts to rectify the fault. Bedi had made it clear that the lake would soon lose what it has gained in the rains, adding the leakage was reported in 2003-04.

The Administration came out with the claims in an affidavit placed before the Bench of acting Chief Justice MM Kumar and Justice Augustine George Masih.

The Bench also heard that a special committee, headed by the Chandigarh Conservator of Forests, had been constituted to look into the issue.

As the case came up for hearing, the Punjab and some other stakeholders also moved an application, putting a question mark on the status of the lake’s catchment area. Several private landowners also moved court.

Their contention was that Kansal village, abutting the lake, was not in the catchment area and the resuming of construction activity in that area should be allowed. The case would now come up for further hearing on December 13.

The high court had ruled in August that the situation was worsening and ruled in favour of appointing an officer responsible for its conservation and maintenance.

In March, the high court had banned building activity of any kind in the catchment area falling in the states of Haryana and Punjab till further orders.



GMADA to offer 700 convenience booths
Apply in a month, pay in 120 days if bid successful
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 9
On the pattern of booth markets in sectors of Chandigarh, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is offering 700 double-storeyed convenience booths in one go at Mohali.

Buyers for the booth sites, located in developed and developing sectors here, will have to bid to own the property.

After a thorough survey, around 2,000 booth sites have been identified, but to gauge the response, only 700 sites are being offered.

The successful bidders will be given built-up booths in double-storeyed market complexes, to be raised at Sectors 53, 59, 66, 67, 68, 69, 78 and 79 of Mohali.

Additional Chief Administrator Parveen Thind said the scheme would be floated on November 14 and applicants would be given a month’s time to apply.

It was found that most of the sectors did not have convenience shops catering to basic needs of residents, especially in Sectors 66, 67, 68, 69, 77, 78, 79, 80 and 81.

The scheme required the bidders who were interested to fill in a bid form and attach Rs 1.25 lakh for every booth. They would have to deposit these sealed. After scrutinising the forms, the sealed envelopes would be opened.

Depending on the number of sites available and the number of bidders, the highest bid in the descending order would be offered.

For ground floor booth sites and first floor booth sites in developed sectors, the reserve price had been fixed at Rs 15 lakh and Rs 10 lakh, respectively.

In new sectors, the reserve price of ground floor and first floor sites had been fixed at Rs 12 lakh and Rs 8 lakh, respectively.

The total bid money would have to be paid within 120 days. The scheme was being offered ahead of the auction of commercial and residential sites.

These sites were located in Sectors 53 (72), 59 (48), 66 (78), 67 (102), 68 (34), 69 (154), 78 (138) and 79 (78).



Health Ministry, PGI Director, DoPT fail to file their replies
Next hearing on November 29; CAT rules out further adjournment
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 9
The petition challenging the appointment of Dr Yogesh Chawla, former head of hepatology, PGI, as Director of the institute came up for hearing before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) earlier this week and was adjourned until November 29.

The petition, filed by Dr Digambar Behera, one of the 24 persons in the fray for the post of PGI Director, had to be adjourned after the respondents, the Ministry of Health, the Department of Personnel and Training and Dr Chawla, in his capacity as head of the PGI, failed to file their replies.

The CAT Bench headed by Justice VK Bali, while taking up the petition, which alleged a series of anomalies in the selection process for PGI Director, advanced the hearing by four weeks when the case came up before him on November 2. He also told the respondents that no further adjournments in the matter would be given.

The petition raised issues of propriety in selection of the head of an institute of national importance like PGI and alleged that members of the selection committee set up by the Ministry of Health were lower in rank than the PGI Director’s.

This was a violation of DoPT rules, which required selection panel members to be above or at least equal to the scale and position of the post for which the selection was being held.

The petition also stated that the main selection panel relegated its powers to select the candidate to a sub-committee, which was not approved by either the PGI institute body, the highest decision-making body of PGI, or the DoPT, which lay down recruitment norms.

The petition was filed on October 7 and notices issued on October 8 to Secretaries, Health and Personnel, with directions that the appointment letter of Dr Chawla should mention that his continuation would be subject to the outcome of the CAT decision.

Importantly, CAT required that Dr Chawla be made a party as he was appointed Director on October 7. It had fixed November 2 for replies by the respondents, who failed to file the same.

During arguments in CAT on November 2, the lawyer for Dr Chawla, Nirdosh Gupta, sought more time to file the reply and so did the lawyers for the Ministry of Health and the DoPT.

The counsel for the petition questioned the delay, considering that every relevant record and file pertaining to the appointment was available and delay was unwarranted. The CAT said it would not entertain any further adjournment.



Sector 9 Ails as Authorities still in slumber
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 9
Heaps of garbage, encroachments on roads by ragpickers, potholed roads and broken streetlights continue to ail Sector 9 here.

While the residents have taken up the issue with the authorities a number of times, nothing concrete has been done in this direction.

Even after highlighting the pitiable condition of the sector in these columns on August 22, the authorities have failed to improve the situation.

A revisit to the area after a period of over two months exposed the apathetic attitude of the officials concerned towards the plight of residents.

While one could see garbage strewn in and around the sector, ragpickers aggravated woes by digging into the litter.

The road at the rear of the market has become a playground for children as they do not let any vehicle pass from there.

Even a slum area is better, said Vijay Saini, a local resident. The community centre is in a shambles and streetlights in the area seldom work, said Rajesh Bhasin, another resident.
(Top left) Slum-dwellers have encroached upon the land at the rear of showrooms in Sector 9, Panchkula.  (Top right)Garbage is not lifted for days from the area.   (bottom left)The Community Centre that has been lying defunct.   (bottom left)Clothes being dried at the rear of showrooms. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal



Work in final stages
Beautification of entry points
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 9
The plan to beautify entry points to Mohali from the Chandigarh side has finally started taking shape with the work on most of the entry points is in the final stages.

Special landscaping and ornamental mild steel railing is being erected at the entry points. Officials in GMADA said special focus was on the entry points near Sector 48 and YPS Chowk.

Besides, for the convenience of road users, GMADA has also initiated work on its ambitious plan to put up new informative road signage on all road intersections and entry points.

Around 200 points have been identified where the new signage would be put up at the cost of around Rs 4 crore. Unlike the existing signage that were not readable from a distance due to poor design and small-sized text, the new signage would mention all important places, government offices, sectors and public places and their distance from the specific location.



Objections on polling stations registered
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 9
On the last day of inviting objections on draft list of polling stations for the coming municipal corporation (MC) elections, all the returning officers (ROs) of the respective wards separately registered objections raised by the public and political parties in the meetings convened by them today.

An objection was was raised that there was no facility of polling station at Bhadheri village. The RO replied that this time two polling stations would be set up in the village as per a fresh list prepared by the department.

During the meeting, it was pointed out that for voters of Sector 40, polling station was set up in Sector 56.

Beside this, in ward 10, voters faced a problem as the polling booths were set up far away from residences of the voters. It was decided in the meeting that the ROs concerned would look into all objections raised by the people and political parties and acquaint them with the decisions taken on those objections by the department. A senior Election Commission official disclosed that by November 15, the final list of the polling stations would be prepared by the department, which would be forwarded to the Election Commission for approval.

Meanwhile, State Election Commissioner, UT, appointed four election observers for their respective wards in consultation with the UT Administration.

The officers were appointed as election observers under Section 10 of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, as extended to the Union Territory by the Punjab Municipal Corporation Law (Extension to Chandigarh) Act, 1994.

They were Joint Secretary (Home) Abhishek Dev for wards 1 to 8, Assistant Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava for wards 13 to 20, CITCO Managing Director DK Tewari for wards 9 to 12 and 21 to 26 and Finance Secretary VK Singh for all reserved wards.

New voters

In a meeting, political parties’ representatives took up the issue of new voters for coming elections. ROs stated that they would take up the matter with the State Election Commission and revert to them.



Sensitising people on road safety
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 9
The MCMDAV College today organised a debate to mark the Road Safety Awareness Day, which was a part of the Chandigarh Police Week.

The topic was ‘Successful implementation of traffic laws is the prime responsibility of the authorities and not the public’.

Enthusiastic participants from various colleges debated on ‘Primary responsibility for implementation of road safety’ and enlightened the audience with varying viewpoints.

The debate was a unique initiative for providing the audience with indepth insight into the topic and sensitising them on their role in ensuring their safety and the well-being of others around them on the road.

In the individual category, the first prize was bagged by Aarushi from PGGCG-11.

The second prize went to Ansh from GCC-42 and the third prize to Ravina from MCMDAV College.

In team category, MCMDAV College bagged the first prize. PGGCG-11 were second and PGGC-46 third. The debate was to make people aware of traffic rules. 



‘Research led to IT revolution after 1990s’

Chandigarh, November 9
The Department of Computer Applications of Postgraduate Government College for Girls, Sector-11, organised a UGC-sponsored one-day national seminar on the theme “Web Information Systems and Technologies”.

Nitish Bhushan, regional business head, Wipro Limited, Infotech Group, was the chief guest on the occasion.

In his keynote address, Bhushan traced the history and development of information technology and stressed that untiring research had led to this revolution after the 1990s. He talked at length about blogs, micro-blogs, social networking and professional networking sites.

He also highlighted the latest innovation of cloud computing and information highway. Bhushan opined that if the advancements were carried on at the same pace, the currency would become obsolete in the days to come.

About 150 delegates from all over the country participated in the seminar. More than 50 academicians, researchers and practitioners presented research-papers in five technical sessions. The research papers dealt with diverse areas like, e-governance, internet banking, e-business, e-consultation, e-marketing, e-commerce, e-recruitment, social networking and privacy, cloud computing and its security concerns etc. — TNS



Mullanpur Ecocity
Screening of forms begins
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 9
With 20 days left for the draw of lots for Mullanpur Eco city, the process of screening 1.60 lakh application forms received from different banks, has been started by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).

The boxes containing application forms had started arriving at GMADA’s office. Though GMADA has so far not tabulated the size and category wise application forms received under the scheme, sources said the maximum applications (over 1 lakh) were alone for the 100 sq yard and 200 sq yard plots. One of the reasons was the lowest allotment rate of Rs 15,000 per sq yard for small sized plots.

GMADA has collected around Rs 5,500 crore as earnest money against the total applications received.

Teachers’ stir continues

Patiala: The local unit of Non-Teaching Employees Union of Multani Mal Modi College today observed a strike from 11 am to 1 pm and announced to continue their agitation for a week followed by a full day strike on November 16 and 17.

Ajay Kumar Gupta, president of the union, said though the Punjab government had released new pay scales, their pay had not been fixed as yet.

He appealed to the state government to implement their genuine demands and instruct the DPI (Colleges) to fix their salary as per new grades.

Paramjit Singh Khanna, vice-president of the union, said the college union would follow the schedule chalked out by the Non-Teaching Employees’ Union (Punjab and Chandigarh).

Vinod Sharma, secretary of the union, said the government should lift the ban on fresh recruitments so that the vacant posts in private-aided colleges could be filled soon.



Trycity scan

Sanitation drive:
An intensive sanitation drive and anti-malaria awareness campaign was launched in Sector 22 by the Sanitation Wing of the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh and Malaria Wing of the Health Department. IEC activities were carried out to educate the residents about the importance of cleanliness and personal hygiene. Through the Public Address System, the residents were asked not to litter streets/open spaces in order to maintain the sanitation of the area.In a special anti encroachment drive, the Municipal Corporation has challaned 100 encroachers and seized various items from rehri phari owners from the Bank Square, Plaza, bus stand in Sector 17 here on Wedneday

Robotics: Techtronics Education has tied up with three schools of the tricity, students of which will benefit with the use of robotics that ensures hands-on learning. This was announced here on Wednesday at a press conference addressed by Sudhanshu Sharma, CEO, Techtronics Education (India). Sharma was flanked by Komal Singh, principal of The Millennium School, Mohali, Harsimran Kaur, principal of Gurukul, Panchkula, and Surita Sharma, vice principal, Saupins School, Chandigarh. Techtronics education focuses on “Learning by doing” with the intervention of robotics using hands-on learning products and solutions for educational institutions. The robotics lab can be integrated within the school time table, starting from Class III onwards till Class X and covers topics in the curriculum as per the CBSE, ICSE, International Baccalaureate and state boards.

Radiography Day: The Indian Association of Radiological Technologists (IART) in association with the Department Of Radiodiagnosis, Government Multispecialty Hospital, Sector 16, celebrated World Radiography Day in the auditorium of the district. The family welfare office, Sector 22, Chandigarh. Director, UT Health Services, Dr Chander Mohan inaugurated the function. Prof. N. Khandelwal, Head of the Radio-diagnosis department, PGI, was the guest of honor.SC Bansal, Secretary General of the IART and senior lecturer at the PGI highlighted the significance of this day when Prof. W. Roentgen, a German physicists, discovered x-rays on November 8,1895, 116 years ago.

Farewell to docs: PGI Faculty members bid farewell to two PGI doctors, Prof. Parmanand Kulhara, head, of psychiatry department and Prof. Shivinder Singh Gill, department of orthopaedics. Both of them superannuated from PGI on October31, 2011. Tributes were paid to both the doctors by Prof. Yogesh Chawla, Director, PGI, and respective heads of departments and senior professors. After serving the PGI for over 35 years, Prof. SS Gill, continues to occupy the position of Vice Chancellor of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Panjab.

Gurpurb: The auspicious occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated by the pre-primary wing of Saupin’s-32 at the school premises with great joy , gaiety and religious fervour. Children sang hymns in praise of the guru.PIX

Hospitality students conferred advance diplomas: As many as 31 students of advance diploma at the School of Hospitality and Resort Management received their graduation certificates from the SHRM Group chairman and CEO, Hew Tze Yee, at PHD Chambers on Wednesday. The School of Hospitality and Resort Management is a dedicated institution of higher learning In the field of hospitality and resort management in Singapore.

Prakash Utsav:
Ashmah International School, Sector 70, Mohali, celebrated the Prakash Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev. The day was marked with religious fervour and the school was aptly decorated. The students sang religious hymns from the guru granth sahib in the campus. The students gave speeches & recited poems from the life history of Guru Nanak Devji. Students of class III, IV and V visited gurdwara Amb Sahib.

Birth anniversary: A special assembly was held on the premises of Shishu Niketan Public School, Sector 66, Mohali in order to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the first guru of Sikhs. First of all, Amandeep Kaur briefed the students about the life history of Guru Nanak Dev, which concluded with a question-answer section. It was followed by Shabad recitation. Students were encouraged to follow the path shown by the guru.

Status quo on community centre: The Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered status quo on the construction of community centre in Phase 1 by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA). The orders were passed by the court after residents of Phase 1 under the banner of Ankush Club approached the court after GMADA refused to listen to the residents who had been demanding scrapping of the project, as the community centre already existed in Phase 2 and Phase 6. While the police had failed to get the Phase 6 community centre vacated from the police department, it was bent on constructing another community centre in Phase 1.

Lok adalat: To celebrate Legal Services Day, a free lok adalat was organised at Mohali district courts. RS Rai, Additional District and Sessions Judge inaugurated the camp. Rajinder Aggarwal, Additional Session Judge and PS Toor, President of the Mohali District Bar Association, were present on the occasion.

Power shutdown: Due to urgent maintenance at the 220-KV Grid Sub-station, Kharar, Mohali, power supply to villages fed from 66 KV Sub- station Mullanpur, Garibdas, i.e Naya Gaon, Kansal, Ratwara, Jainti Devi and Mullanpur Garibdas and nearby villages will be partially effected from 10 am to 2 pm on Friday. tribune reporters



Road show marks PEC fest, beginning November 11
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 9
Students of PEC University of Technology are all set to host a three-day annual fest beginning from November 11. To mark the event, the students today held a road show in different parts of the city. The annual fest would also witness events like ‘massacre ball’ (a masked dance party), kite flying and ‘netagiri’ (mock election).

The students began their road show from PEC in Sector12 and moved across Sector-10, 11, 15 and Panjab University.

A star night will also be organised where Punjabi singer Gippy Grewal will be performing for students.

The three-day fest will have a plethora of fun and cultural events, literary symposiums, managerial meets, ‘Groovz n Glitterati’ which is a dance and fashion show, ‘TNT Rock Nyt’ where rock bands will be performing and the much awaited ‘Star Nite’ with Gippy Grewal who will set the stage on fire with Punjabi numbers.



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