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UID card a must for beneficiaries
UT move to check fraud in allotment of flats
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
Making it mandatory for people covered under rehabilitation schemes to have a UID card, the UT administration has decided not to rehabilitate anyone without the card in the city.

The administration has taken this decision to curb fraudulent activities in the process of allotment of flats under its rehabilitation schemes.

This will not only check the fraudulent allotment of flats under the rehabilitation schemes but also detect illegal sale of flats.

The work on preparing UID cards is currently under way. The data is being collected by the administration to rehabilitate eligible people.

The UT has decided to take this step following directions from the Union Government. In a recent communication to KK Sharma, Adviser to the UT Administrator, the Centre had directed the administration to use UID cards in rehabilitation schemes.

A senior UT official said the use of UID card will help the administration and the Centre keep a record of all flats that have been allotted and hence make sure that any one who has been allotted a flat earlier doesn’t get another one anywhere in the country.

He added that with the use of UID cards, beneficiaries will not be able to take the benefit of rehabilitation schemes more than once.

The administration had received a number of complaints that people covered under its rehabilitation scheme had already taken benefits under the same scheme in other states.

UT Finance Secretary VK Singh said to stop fraudulent activities, the use of UID cards would be made mandatory in rehabilitation schemes.

Project for slum-dwellers

The process of rehabilitation of 23,841 slum families scattered over 18 colonies in the city was started in 2006 and accordingly two proposals for the construction of 25,728 (6,368 in phase I and 19,360 in phase III) small flats were approved by the ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation. The Centre has already sanctioned a grant of Rs 396.12 crore under JNNURM. The administration has built around 10,000 one-room flats in Dhanas, Palsora and Ram Darbar and these flats will be allotted to the beneficiaries within one year. After which, the administration plans to build another 10,000 flats. The 23,841 beneficiaries under the scheme were identified through a biometric survey conducted in 2006.

No ownership, only rent

In another step towards containing the fraudulent sale of flats, the UT administration has decided not to give the ownership of flats to the beneficiaries. Instead, these will be allotted to them on rent. Anyone trying to sell or give the flat on rent will face cancellation of his allotment. The administration has also decided to cancel the allotment of people who fail to pay the rent.



Kajauli waterworks project faces bottlenecks
Rs 108-cr work on phases 5 & 6 cancelled, fresh tenders to be invited to lay larger pipeline
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 10
Boisterous claims by the Akali government on the phases 5 and 6 of the Kajauli waterworks going full steam have gone kaput as the project has been derailed, at least for the moment.

A decision has been taken to add another 40 mgd capacity to the planned 40 mgd pipeline means the existing contract has collapsed and a new one will mean the process to begin again.

To implement the new decision, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has cancelled the Rs 108-crore work, allotted a few months ago to a Vadodra-based firm, and has decided to call fresh tenders to lay a larger pipeline that would bring 80 mgd of water for Mohali, Kharar and Zirakpur. The board members of GMADA recently stamped the crucial decision affecting the schedule of the work.

The water-starved town will have to wait till at least 2013 for getting additional supply.

Chief Administrator of GMADA Saravjit Singh while confirming that fresh tenders were being called, said the conscious decision to increase the capacity of the pipelines from 40 mgd to 80 mgd was in larger public interest. The firm, whose contract has been cancelled, can also apply afresh, he said.

“With the Vidhan Sabha elections round the corner, the model code of conduct is likely to be enforced next month and this could affect or delay the implementation of the crucial project that is supposed to bring water to Mohali,” said sources in GMADA.

Earlier the schedule to make the pipeline operational was August 2013, but now with five months wasted, the timeline to complete the project has been also delayed. The cost of the project is likely to increase by another at least Rs 50 crore. Pardeep Gandhi, who represents M/s Welspun Projects Limited (the company that had been allotted the original work), refused to comment on the issue. Repeated efforts to get his version failed. The sources said GMADA had kept in mind the financial implications in case the company went in for litigation.

The UT has no link to Phase 5 and 6 of the Kajauli waterworks.

GMADA officials clarified that Chandigarh had nothing to do with the phase 5 and 6 of the Kajauli waterworks. It has to get water from phase 7 and 8 of the waterworks, for which land was being acquired. Punjab has earlier clarified that against 50 feet wide strip of land initially acquired jointly by Punjab and UT to lay six pipelines of 20 MGD capacity each from Kajauli to Sector 39 waterworks, the UT paid two-third towards the cost of land and the remaining one third cost of the land was paid by Punjab. The land was acquired under a joint scheme to lay six pipelines bringing 20 MGD water each from the BML to WaterWorks, Sector 39, Chandigarh.

Mohali demand to cross 50 mgd

Mohali is currently getting 10 mgd from Kajauli and another 3 mgd from tubewells. The requirement of water in the town is likely to touch 50 mgd in view of the growth of adjoining areas like Zirakpur, Banur, Mullanpur, Dera Bassi and Kharar within the GMADA area.



No ECG at GMCH for 4 months
In-charge away on 3-yr study leave
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
For the past four months, the medicine department of the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, has not been conducting echocardiogram (ECG) tests — to assess the functioning of the heart — as it does not have a trained person to do the job.

According to sources, the tests were stopped almost four months ago after the doctor in-charge for ECG, Dr Jeet Ram, went on long leave to complete his DM in cardiology at AIIMS, New Delhi.

Neither the hospital authorities nor the UT administration have thought of making any alternative arrangements to ensure that the services were not affected.

Dr Atul Sachdev, head of medicine department, admitted that the ECG tests were not be conducted at the hospital for want of a trained hand.

When pointed out that Dr Jeet would be away on a three-year leave, Dr Sachdev was quick to add that they would soon make alternative arrangements by training someone for the job.

Sources in the surgery department said around 20 patients were prescribed the test every day. With the test not being carried out at the hospital, patients were left with no choice but to approach private laboratories and pay almost Rs 1,400 for it, whereas its costs just Rs 250 in the hospital.

According to experts, the ECG assesses the overall functioning of the heart to determine the presence of any type of heart ailment.

On the basis of the report, the doctors evaluate the effectiveness of medical or surgical treatment.

“For patients suffering from diabetes, beyond the age of 50, doctors prescribe ECG before surgery in case of any complications,” said a cardiologist at the PGI.



UT reimbursement offer ruffles private schools
Call Rs 1,163 per month meagre, half-yearly payment schedule unacceptable
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
Having principally agreed on reserving 25 per cent seats under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, city private schools and the UT administration have hit a fresh argument over the proposed reimbursement.

Besides offering to pay the reimbursement amount way below the expectations of schools, the administration has communicated them that they will not be paid the amount before six months, which schools say is “unacceptable”. While the administration has decided to pay a monthly reimbursement of Rs 1,163 per child on a half-yearly basis to schools, the schools have refused to accept the proposed amount for being impractical.

“Not only is the amount of money too low but the time of payment is irrational. They wish that we admit children in April and get paid after six months. How will we meet the expenditure or pay our teachers? Do they take fee from their own students in government schools after six months?” said the principal of a Sector 26-based school.

“Last year, we had filed an application under the RTI and got to know that the average expenditure on a student studying in a government school is Rs 2,500. So how can they expect us to teach students under the RTE at a meager sum of Rs 1,100? It was decided that the reimbursement would be finalised only after taking us into confidence. The UT is yet to decide on who will pay for these students’ uniforms and books,” added another principal. aThe controversy started today when the UT circulated minutes of the discussion held with schools recently. The schools accused the authorities of having tampered with the minutes and not recording various concerns raised by them.


‘Pay us on a monthly basis’

The calculation of reimbursement is not in line with the RTE as the specified teacher-student ratio has not been taken into account. As per the Act, if there are 1,000 students, we require 1.5 teachers for 35 students. To meet this ratio, we need 43 teachers. If given a minimum salary of Rs 35,000 per month, the total cost of teachers comes to Rs 15,05,000. This way, the cost of teachers per child, excluding infrastructure, etc. averages Rs 1,505. The UT needs to decide reimbursement transparently and pay us on a monthly basis.

— HS Mamik, president, Independent School Association 



Crusaders target aspirants with ‘pledge letters’
After India Against Corruption, Aawaaz raises anti-graft chorus in city
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
Prospective candidates of different political parties face a veiled threat from anti-corruption crusaders in the forthcoming municipal corporation elections.
With just over a month left for the elections, several organisations have surfaced in the city demanding the candidates to sign a pledge (before filing their nomination papers) that they will not indulge in corrupt practices.

This, besides the India Against Corruption (IAC) initiative to voice Anna Hazare’s message on the issue. While the IAC has already distributed its “vachan patra” (pledge document) among all political parties three months ago, a local NGO, Civil Society Group - Aawaaz, today released another pledge letter on similar lines.

According to the letter, a candidate has to support the Jan Lokpal Bill and vow not to indulge in any corrupt practice once elected to power.

Briefing mediapersons, Gaurav Goel, a representative of Aawaaz, said if candidates contesting the MC elections failed to sign the pledge, the organisation would campaign against them in their wards.

The IAC had initially drafted a pledge document and sent it to all political parties. However, not even a single party has signed the document and reverted it back to the organisation so far. In fact, the IAC has also sent three reminders to various party leaders but has failed to elicit any response from them.

Supporting the cause, BJP candidate Dr AP Sanwaria, who is also expected to contest the election, said such practices would create confusion both among voters in the city, as to whom to support in the elections, as well as candidates, whom to give the consent for the pledge document.

Senior Congress leader Chander Mukhi Sharma, who is in the race for the MC elections, said rather than dictating terms to the candidates, these NGOs should make people aware of voting for the right candidates in the elections.

Meanwhile, Aawaaz is planning to submit a list of 20 prominent persons who are socially active in different fields, including retired police officers, IAS officers, judges, social activists, industrialists, lawyers, teachers and doctors, for consideration as nominated councillors for the General House of the MC. They also plan to demand the withdrawal of voting rights to nominated councillors.


Who will provide basic amenities to residents?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
While city residents are facing a number of problems, local political parties are busy mugging each other on these issues. Instead of focusing on the civic problems, including parking, garbage disposal, maintenance of internal parks and encroachment in back-lanes, these political parties are busy levelling allegations and counter-allegations regarding their involvement in scams.

Vehicles parked haphazardly in the main parking lot of  Sector 17, Chandigarh.
Vehicles parked haphazardly in the main parking lot of Sector 17, Chandigarh. (Right) Due to inadequate parking space in Sector 44, residents have taken to footpaths even as the administration has spent lakhs of rupees on laying paver blocks for pedestrians.

To highlight the problems of city residents, The Tribune has started a series on issues pertaining to parking in commercial and residential areas.

Around 200 cars are registered in the city every day and there are more than 8 lakh vehicles in the city, but the irony is that the municipal corporation (MC) has failed to formulate an extensive plan for providing adequate parking space.

Even after converting commercial parking lots into paid ones, which generate hefty revenue, the authorities have failed to provide the much-needed relief to residents.

In fact, for tackling the parking problem in residential areas, the MC has yet to come up with a concrete solution. Interestingly, since the introduction of the paid parking system in the city, a number of proposals have been mooted by different officials to control the belligerent contractors for violating the norms set by the authorities.

But not even a single proposal or a detailed discussion has ever taken place in the General House meeting.
In a majority of paid parking lots, contractors allow maximum vehicles to be parked in the corridors or even on road berms so as to charge fee from vehicle owners.

Vijanker Sharma, a resident of Sector 44, said for the past two years, he had been requesting the administration and civic body to make a provision for community parking in their sector, but nothing had been done till date. He said the shortage of space resulted in quarrels at night.

“The situation is no better in other sectors of the city, where one can see congested roads and most of the open spaces have been converted into small parks,” he added.




Councillor busy sprucing up area around his house
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, November 10
It seems that all roads in Ward No. 4 of Zirakpur lead to the area councillor’s house, as for getting development works done, residents have to approach the councillor.
Residents lamented that the councillor kept sprucing up the area around his residence. They added that roads leading to his house were re-laid every year while other areas were in a state of neglect.

Wild growth along a road in ward No. 4 of Zirakpur. Photos by writer( Right)With safai workers playing truant, the area has turned into a dumping site.

Potholed roads, broken water pipes, heaps of garbage, wild growth along roads and non-functional streetlights had become a blot on the ward.

Residents, including senior citizens, lamented that there were no parks in the area and water-logged roads made it difficult for them to stroll on these.

Residents said the council officials were least bothered and paid no heed to their pleas. Low-water pressure was a common problem in Pancheel Enclave, Yamuna Enclave and Basant Vihar-2, they added.

Sukhna Colony near the police station too needs attention of the authorities. Poor sanitation has aggravated the woes of residents there.

Roads have not been laid properly in parts of Dasmesh Nagar, Gulmohar trends, Pancheel enclave, Gazipur village and other residential colonies.



Narrow escape for four as car overturns
Tribune Reporters

The car that turned turtle after a dog came in front of it on the Kalka-Panchkula highway near Sector 2 in Panchkula on Thursday.
The car that turned turtle after a dog came in front of it on the Kalka-Panchkula highway near Sector 2 in Panchkula on Thursday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, November 10
Four persons, including three school students, had a narrow escape when their car turned turtle here today.
The police said Kirti Gupta, a resident of Sector 12A, was on her way home. Her younger brother and two of his classmates were accompanying her.

As they reached near Sector 3, a dog suddenly came in front of the car that was being driven by Kirti who while applying brakes lost control over the vehicle.

The car hit a divider and turned turtle.

Passersby rushed the injured to a hospital.



Breach in micro hydel canal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
Power production from two 0.85 mega watt units of micro hydel power units at Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, Ghanauli (Ropar), was affected following a 100 feet wide breach in the micro hydel channel canal last night.

About 400 acres of agricultural land in Ranjitpura, Batrala, Dahirpur and Tibba Taprian submerged in the canal water. The Chief Engineer of Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant, Ropar, could not be contacted for comments.

This was the third breach in the canal. Five years ago the breach had submerged Ranjitpura village and farmers are yet to get compensation for the damage to their standing crops. Repeated visits to the Ropar Deputy Commissioner’s office had failed to yield any result.

Referring to the colossal damage to their crops, Gurbachan Singh, Gurdev Singh, Satnam Singh, Jarnail Singh, Sarwan Singh and a number of affected persons said it was the third incident of breach in the canal.

About yesterday’s incident, the farmers said they had suffered huge losses. Officials at the thermal plant had to struggle for five hours to open emergency gates installed towards Sarsa rivulet.



Glass house for ‘winged beauties’ in city
State-of-the-art enclosure to keep various species intact at Sector-26 Butterfly Park
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
Good news for butterfly lovers. The Butterfly Park at Sector 26 will soon have a state-of-the-art glass house to keep various species of “winged beauties”.It was seen that various species of butterflies escaped from the park every now and then.

“The ‘glass house’, being constructed at a cost of Rs seven lakhs will not only help us in keeping them for all times, but visitors here will also get a chance to see them at any time of the year once the glass house becomes functional,” said Santosh Kumar, Chief Conservator of the UT Forest Department.

The natural environment will be created in the glass house by setting up an artificial waterfall and spring. Besides various plants, which attract butterflies for breeding, will also be grown the glass house. “To give hindrance-free view to the visitors, we are using quality Belgium glass,” said Santosh Kumar. In the Butterfly Park, spread over seven acres of land and being developed at a cost of Rs 70 lakhs, there are around 30 species of butterflies. Efforts are being made to attract more butterflies by saplings of thplants that are considered as a favourite with the butterflies.“Experts are being consulted for the purpose. We have also decided to set up an ‘Interpretation Centre’ here where printed material and other information about butterflies will be provided to the visitors. We are aiming to develop it as a tourist spot,” said Kumar.




Info about paying guests

Panchkula, November 10
The police has asked residents of the town to submit information about their tenants, lessee, paying guests and servants, along with their residential addresses and attested photographs.

There have been reports of crimes against property and persons in the region. In some of these cases, the crimes were committed by tenants, lessee, paying guests and servants, said the police.

Gurpurb celebrated

Chaman Vatika celebrated the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the first Guru and founder of Sikhism, with great enthusiasm and fervour on Thursday.

The campus was decorated with flowers. — TNS



Special court for trials of cases under Sections 107, 109
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 10
Following the transfer of powers to the local police after the formation of Ambala Police Commissionerate, the authorities are going to set up a special court for the trial of cases under Sections 107, 109, 110 and 151 CrPC.
A room in the Mini Secretariat is being furnished for the purpose.

Earlier, these cases were heard by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate. While those involved in routine scuffles can be booked under Section 107 CrPC as a preventive measure, people who conceal their identity with an intention of committing crime are tried under Section 109 CrPC. Buyers of stolen property have to face trial under Section 110 CrPC.

These people can be declared bound down for a specific period and in case they are found involved in the same crime within the specified period they are liable to serve a long sentence.

An accused booked under Section 107 CrPC and declared bound down will have to serve a sentence up to one year in case he is found to be repeating the crime.

As the SDMs are too much burdened with other responsibilities it is not easy for them to conduct trials for a large number of accused booked under such Acts, said a police official.

Confirming it the Deputy Commissioner Manish Chaudhary said as an Assistant Commissioner of Police will start holding the court for such trials, it will be a big step towards containing such crimes.



Insurance co. told to pay Rs 38,986
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
The UT Consumer Forum II has ordered New India Assurance Company to pay a sum of Rs38,986 to Paramjeet Kaur , a resident of Sector 18, as her accident claim was being denied because of wrong paper work by an employee of the company.

Kirpal Singh, her husband, the original owner of the car, died in November 2009 however, the company did not pay her the compensation which she claimed after the car met an accident in April 2010 pointing out lapses in the paper work of the insurance.

The company has also been asked to pay Rs 10,000 to Paramjeet Kaur as compensation for causing mental agony and harassment besides another Rs 7,000 as costs of litigation.

The forum said that the argument put forward by the insurance company “has no force as the policy was transferred in favour of Paramjeet Kaur covering the period”, under question. “In these circumstances, repudiation of the claim is contrary to law and amounts to deficiency in service”, the order added.

This insurance company has been asked to comply with the orders within 30 days of the order following which it was liable to pay Rs 48,986 along with 18 per cent interest from the date of filing the complaint (October 2010 onwards) besides the payment of Rs7,000 as costs of litigation.



Reprieve for ex-president of MC
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 10
With the Supreme Court of India dismissing a petition filed by BJP leader VK Sood, Ravinder Rawal, former president of erstwhile Panchkula municipal council, can now be hopeful of assuming the charge as president of the civic body.

Rawal, however, can claim the benefit of the decision only if the Apex Court decides against an special leave petition filed by the state government against the decision of Punjab and Haryana High Court in which the orders of the Haryana government for converting the Panchkula municipal council into a corporation were quashed.

Rawal, in fact, after wining the elections for the post of councillor in March 30,2008, was elected president of the civic body on May 14. His election as president, however, was challenged by BJP leader VK Sood on June 2, 2008, before the Election Tribunal, Panchkula, that set aside the election of Rawal on May 4, 2009.

Rawal filed an appeal before the District and Sessions Judge, who on June 8 dismissed the appeal of Rawal. He then moved the High Court and got reprieve in May, 2011, and joined the office on May 24. VK Sood had filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court which was dismissed on November 8.

However, Rawal cannot assume the charge as the president of the municipal council, as the Haryana government has already converted the civic body into a corporation.

A case in this regard is pending in the Apex Court.

It was on March 17, 2010, that the Haryana government converted the Panchkula municipal council into a corporation by merging three municipalities, including Panchkula, Pinjore and Kalka, in addition to 42 gram panchayats.

The decision of state government was challenged before the Punjab and Haryana High Court by VK Kapoor and Vijay Bansal, an INLD leader, which ultimately quashed the notification regarding the conversion of the council into a corporation in October last year.

The state government after pronouncing the judgement passed by the High Court moved the Apex Court, which had ordered a stay and the matter was fixed for the final hearing in January, 2012.



Acquisition of land begins
Linking Fateh-e-Minar with Kharar-Banur road
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 10
Ahead of the inauguration of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Memorial at Chappar Chirri village on November 30, the district administration has started the process of acquiring land for 200 ft wide road that will connect the memorial with the Kharar-Banur road.

The work will be completed before the proposed inauguration.

To provide adequate space for parking, the PWD department is constructing a parking lot.

The memorial is being raised to commemorate the 300-year-old win of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and his brave soldiers over the Mughals.

Fateh-e-Minar, a 100 metre tall octagon tower to commemorate the Fateh Divas, symbolic of the historic battle, is already complete. The imposing structure, signifying the victory, is coming up amidst ‘chidis’ (low lying areas) and ‘tibis’ (mounds) spread over 10 acres. The monument at the historic battlefield will have the depiction of battle scenes as one of its main attractions.

Work on new rail route on

Ravneet Singh Bittu, Member of Parliament from Anandpur Sahib, today said efforts to connect Anandpur Sahib with Garhshankar by rail had borne fruit, with the Ministry of Railways having accepted the proposal in this regard.

KH Munniappa, Minister of State for Railways, during his recent visit to Ludhiana, had underlined the fact that work was under progress. Garhshankar was connected to Amritsar.



Vocalist Deshpande’s magical spell
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, November 10
An absorbing music recital by vivacious and versatile vocalist Dr Ashwini Bhide Deshpande mesmerised the audience at a special concert organised by the Chandigarh police at Tagore Theatre as a part of the ongoing Chandigarh Police week celebrations.

Brimming with confidence Deshpande, the doyenne of Jaipur- Atrauli ghrana commenced the concert with an exposition of the oldest raga “Shree” through a reposeful and serene alaap to establish the raga form before presenting a slow paced ( vilambat) composition” Hari ke charan kamal ..”. The spiritual fervour permeated the ambience as it melted into another fast paced (drut) bandish “Guru bin kaun batave” as also “ Aeri unn aasan” in the same raga “Shree”. She was at her best in bringing alive the divine love in” Paalna Jhulao” as she repeated the two word phrase over twenty times in different tone maintaining the original sentiment besides a crisp taranna in her next raga “ Bihag”. After rendering of two soulful bhajans Deshpande paid obeisance to Guru Nanak Dev on Gurpurb by reciting a shabad. Ably supported by Vinay Mishra on harmonium, Vinod Lele on tabla and Neha Mishra on tanpura.



Noble inititive of Rs 1,11,111 on 11-11-11
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
Making 11.11.11 a memorable day, the 1993 batch mechanical engineering students of PEC University are not only keeping their promise of reunion made 18 years ago, but the batch has also decided to create a scholarship ‘PECMECH 93’ named after the batch to sponsor the education of a mechanical engineering student. The batch is going to handover a cheque of Rs 1, 11,111 to the institute today as a part of the scholarship fund.

Raja Sekhar, a 1993 batch student, said that the 93 batch aimed to start an annual scholarship for one student from mechanical engineering whose annual tuition fee would be paid by the 93 batch students. “It will be a voluntary donation. And those willing to join the noble cause will have to make a written commitment of continuing the scholarship every year”, Sekhar said.

While many former students from 93 batch have already committed to support the endeavour, the remaining are expected to make commitment on reaching the city for the reunion. A promise was made 18 years ago by the 93 batch of PEC to assemble outside the house number 11 in Sector 11 at 11.11 am on 11-11-11 (November 11, 2011).

The modalities over the criteria for selecting the student for the scholarship are being worked out. “The student will be chosen on the basis of his /her academic history and the neediness. However, the final decision will be taken when all the batch mates assemble together”, Sekhar said who is actively involved in making the scholarship a success.

It has also been planned that the students who will be getting the scholarship will have to make a commitment of supporting the cause and contribute to the corpus for scholarship when he or she starts earning.

The batch plans to offer scholarship to each student for initial two-years of the four-year course. “The main aim is to make it a perpetual exercise so that the students in need can be benefitted”, Sekhar said.

Over 45 former students reaching the city from across the globe would hand over the cheque to the dean, alumni relations.



Treat our staff on par with state govt employees, says HC
Saurabh Malik /TNS

Chandigarh, November 10
Chief Secretaries of Punjab and Haryana, along with Advisor to Chandigarh Administration, will now ensure a decision is taken on the issue of treating the Punjab and Haryana High Court employees on a par with state government employees.

Directions to this effect were issued by Justice Surya Kant of Punjab and Haryana High Court on a petition filed by a High Court employee’s daughter who was seeking admission to five years’ law course. The petitioner, Sindhu, had earlier asserted she was denied admission to first year of integrated BA-LLB (Honours) course in Kurukshetra University, even though her father is an employee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The reason behind denial was “she cannot be considered against a quota reserved for the wards of employees of the state of Haryana,” her counsel NC Kinra told the court.

The directions came even as the High Court asserted: “In case, there is no other candidate higher in the category she belongs, the petitioner be given admission to the five-year integrated course of BA-LLB (Honours)”.

Justice Surya Kant added, “In the interest of justice, an opportunity is granted to both the state governments/Chandigarh Administration to take a conscious decision as to why the employees working on the establishment of a common High Court, set up for both states of Punjab and Haryana, who apparently perform their duties in relation to the affairs of the states and UT are not being treated at par with the employees of the states of Punjab, Haryana and the Union Territory, Chandigarh, as the case may be”.

Before parting with the orders, Justice Surya Kant added: “Let a copy of this order be placed before Chief Secretaries of both the states, along with Advisor to UT, Chandigarh, who shall ensure a final decision is taken before the next date of hearing”. The case will now come up on November 16.

Enlarging scope of the petition, Justice Rajive Bhalla had earlier asserted: “As the matter requires a reasoned response and would also affect the state of Punjab, let notice be issued to the respondents and the state of Punjab". 



Chandigarh scan
Motivation seminar

Chandigarh Management Association (CMA) on Thursday organised a seminar on “Motivation” at Regional Institute of Co-Operative Management (RICM), Sector-32, Chandigarh. Kanwarjit Singh, former director, Human Resource Department, Alan Bel Association, USA, was the key note speaker. While addressing the CMA members and management students, Karamjit Singh said the need of ethical and correct, approach to human resource procurement and management.

Lahori festival

The Aroma will be organising a special Lahori festival from November 11 to 20. Man Mohan Singh, chief executive, said details had been worked out to give a perfect ambience to the venue.


The following persons have been elected as the office bearers to the MC Engineers Association: Chairman-Jaspal Sing; Advisers-BK Dhawan and Vijay Premi; President-Ravinder Sharma; Vice-president-Ajay Garg; General secretary-Angrej Singh; Additional general secretary-Jangsher; and finance secretary-Yashpal Sharma.


The following persons have been elected office bearers to the Welfare Association MIG-I Houses, Sector 40-C: President-Dilbagh Singh; senior vice-president-VK Kapoor; Vice-president-SC Sharma; General secretary- SK Khosla; joint secretary- MR Bhatia; and finance secretary-Ramesh Grover.

Gurpurb celebration

AKSIPS-45 celebrated the Gurpurab of Guru Nanak Dev. Japji Sahib was followed by Shabad Gayan and life history of Guru Nanak Dev. and his message to the world was conveyed to the students. The students of the class I visited the Gurudwara, Sector 46. The birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated by pre-primary wing of Saupin’s-32 on the school premises. The students chanted hymns and came dressed as panch piyaras. Prasad was distributed amongst all to mark the event.

Slogan writing contest

In a slogan writing competition by St Xavier Senior Secondary School, Sector 44 C, in communication from the Central Vigilance Commission, New Delhi and the UT eduation department, Vikas stood first, Ujita Agarwal second and Ravleen Kaur third. The winners of the essay writing contest were Avneet Singh, Kumar Rohit and Aman Bedi.


Kush Kalra, a final year law student of Rajiv Gandhi National University of law, Patiala, Punjab has attained the Gold Standard of the prestigious International Award for Young People, Duke of Edinbourgh.

Quiz on EQ tips

National Information Centre of Earthquake Engineering, IIT Kanpur, organised an inter-school quiz competition on ‘Earthquake Tips’, on Thursday. A team of Mount Carmel School, Sector 47 B, Chandigarh, won preliminary round and qualified for the national quiz competition on ‘Earthquake Tips’ to be held at IIT Kanpur, in the first week of February 2012. The Mount Carmel Team comprised of Nimish Goel, Yukti Bhatia, Gobind Dhamija, of Class IX & Vivek Pandit of Class X.

Winter mela at Ghaggar slums

DC Montessori Smart School, Manimajra, organised a ‘Winter Mela’ in the Slums of Ghaggar. The project included various activities like talking about the less privileged, watching the lives of those people, plan to help them out with something meaningful. The students were told to bring old wearable, washed and ironed clothes.

Legal Services Day

Rotary Club Panchkula marked the National Legal Services Day by dedicating a free legal-aid clinic to the residents. Free Legal-Aid Cell was inaugurated by Justice RS Madan, president of the Haryana State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, at the Rotary House, Sector 12 A, Panchkula. BM Bedi, district Judge (retd), judicial member, Haryana State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, presided over the function.

New VC

Dr Dilbagh Singh Hira, an administrative and educationist, on Thursday joined Guru Kashi University as founder Vice-Chancellor. A spokesman of the university said his appointment was made by the university management on Wednesday. — TNS

Social science exhibition at Kendriya Vidyalaya concludes

Students perform in a cultural programme at KVS-2, Chandi Mandir, Panchkula.
Students perform in a cultural programme at KVS-2, Chandi Mandir, Panchkula. A Tribune photograph

A two-day social science exhibition was organised by Kendriya Vidyalya Sangathan concluded here on Thursday.

Over 250 students from Kendriya Vidyalyas participated in the exhibition that was presided over by Chauhan deputy Commissioner KVS , Chandigarh Region.






PU to sieve out outdated courses
Sumedha Sharma/TNS

Chandigarh, November 10
Adhering to the demand of examination branch employees, Panjab University has finally constituted a committee to review and sieve out courses, which have not been opted by students, for the past several decades.

The committee, which will be headed by the DUI, will look at the possibility of scrapping courses like certificate for Falovac language, which was included in the university list of subjects when it was instituted way back in 1882 at Lahore, and so far no student has enrolled for the past more than 60 years .The committee will also review the relevance of once popular courses like Prabhakar that has notakers for the past 15 years.

Several other courses like few certificate programmes in Sanskrit or study of religious scriptures as in Shastri or Adib are also lined up for being reviewed. Interestingly, the list of not so popular courses also include modern-day courses like disaster management and even Chinese, the committee will probe the reason behind the lukewarm response and deal with the same.

Struggling with staff crunch, the examination branch in September had sought scarping of several courses out of a total of 48 claiming to be peeved at the paper work involved in keeping their records.

“Only we know what we are going through as it is really a taxing job for us to maintain the records. Many times a student or two in some of these courses who don’t even turn up for the exam but still we have no option but to do the accompanying paper work and the corresponding procedural work to complete the formality of having conducted the course professionally. In current times, we don’t even get paper setter for many subjects and its scary to think what if someone gets enrolled for felovac ” said an examination branch official.




Trends in food science, technology to be discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
MCM DAV College for Women is organising a national seminar on “Emerging Trends in Food Science and Technology” on November 12.
The food science and technology department of the college is endeavouring to impart necessary knowledge and skills to students by providing them with an exceptional opportunity for learning and a platform for propagation of research findings and renewed practices.

The seminar aims at highlighting certain facts and emerging trends in food science and technology so as to create a vision for participants towards these technologies for transforming this upcoming sector into a strong and vibrant one.

Experts will dwell on high-pressure technology, thermal and non-thermal processing, microencapsulation and nanotechnology.



800 delegates attend haematology conference at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
The 52nd annual conference of the Indian Society of Haematology and Blood Transfusion began today at the PGI with the participation of more than 800 delegates from all over India. The morning proceedings started with the inauguration of Continuing Medical Education by Prof Amod Gupta, Dean, PGI.

On the occasion, Dr OPS Kande, Member of Punjab Medical Council, spoke about the initiative taken by the council to help the doctors of this region to remain updated in the rapidly advancing field of medicine for delivery of best possible care to both rural and urban population of Punjab. It is mandatory for the doctors working in non-educational health setups, to attend the programmes like CMEs, conferences for which they will be awarded credit points for maintaining their practicing license. The present CME will carry the highest credit points accredited by the Punjab Medical Council for these kinds of educational activities.

Professor John M Goldman, an emeritus professor of haematology at Imperial College, London, and editor of Bone Marrow Transplantation, inaugurated the main conference. He was the first to do a bone-marrow transplantation in patients with CML using peripheral blood stem cells and started allogeneic transplant for CML in 1980. He developed the PCR technology for monitoring of residual disease.

In a symposium dedicated to chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), Professor Goldman traced the history of development of oral cancer drug, commonly known as Imatinib, which has revolutionised the treatment of this particular cancer by increasing their survival by many years. For those patients who are non-responsive, this drug newer agents like Dasatinib, Nilotinib and Busotinib may result in significant benefit. 



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