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ASI recruitment stayed yet again
Anomalies in physical tests conducted in June; no recruitment since 2007
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune news service

Chandigarh, December 20
In a significant development, the UT police has once again stayed the selection of 20 candidates for the posts of Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), which has been hanging fire since 2007. The recruitment has been stayed again after numerous anomalies were detected in the physical examination of candidates during a police inquiry.

The Inspector-General of Police, PK Srivastava, has stayed the selections until the CBI clears the complaints, sources said. The recruitment was earlier scrapped in 2008 following a paper leak scam.

The examinations were held again this year in June after court orders. All the candidates who had first appeared in the written examination in December 2007 re-appeared in the exam conducted in June. A total of 93 candidates passed the physical tests in 2006, after which they appeared for the written exam the following year.

Twenty candidates were finally selected on June 16 after an interview. A candidate, constable Suresh Pal, who failed to appear in the exam, complained to the police about discrepancies in the physical tests. He alleged that a candidate who had failed to qualify a race had been selected. Some other candidates had also complained to the CBI of anomalies in physical tests.

Acting on the complaint, an internal inquiry was conducted by the DSP (CID). The police checked the footage of the selection procedure during physical exams and found certain irregularities. Besides the candidate mentioned in the complaint, senior police officials found discrepancies in the selection of four other candidates.

A committee under the supervision of SP (Operations) RS Ghuman was constituted to look into the selections. A copy of the record has also been handed over to the CBI and the candidates have been asked not to join till the CBI clears the air.

Senior police officials said the role of invigilators who conducted the ASI recruitment was also under the scanner.



Panel meets in a rush, resolves to increase VC’s tenure
Tribune news service

Chandigarh, December 20
In a please-all move that raised many eyebrows, an emergency meeting of the Panjab University regulation committee, half-an-hour before the Senate meeting, not only resolved to increase the retirement age of teachers, but also increase the tenure of the Vice-Chancellor from three to five years. The resolution will now be sent to the MHRD for approval.

Though the committee in its last resolution passed on November 16 resolved to increase the retirement age of teachers, there was no mention about the increase of the Vice-Chancellor’s tenure. However, the same found its way in the committee’s resolution today, which it claimed to be a “mere reiteration” of a resolve passed in February.

Sources say that it was in today’s Syndicate that one of the Syndics requested the House to include the extension of the VC’s term in the regulation committee’s resolution. While the Syndic, Rabindernath Sharma, said it would include the amendment to the Act which was the prerogative of Parliament, the concerned Syndic said it was the need of the hour as the PU was on its way to becoming a central university.

The Syndicate not only allowed the conduct of the regulation committee, but even empowered it to put forth its proposal to the Senate on behalf of the Syndicate.

The resolution, which was put forth after lunch hour, “took the House by surprise”. Demanding a justification on the sudden meeting, fellow Ashok Goyal said: “This is a sheer mockery of the PU calendar. We had a meeting of the committee in February to increase the retirement age from 60 to 65 years. The issue was also cleared by the Senate. The committee meets against and repeats the resolution. Just half-an-hour before the Senate they decide on it again. Does our calendar allow repeated meetings of a committee to reiterate its decisions? Can a committee bring a resolve to the Senate on behalf of the Syndicate?”

The Vice-Chancellor said he was accused of creating obstructions in increasing the retirement age by not sending proposals to the MHRD and hence, he had called for the meeting in November to restart the process.

Goyals’s archrival and regulation committee chairman, GK Chatrath, said everything had been done in line with the calender and for the welfare of teachers.

Asked about the extension of the VC’s term, he said: “Nothing will happen until Parliament amends the law.”



3 months on, nothing changes for Snehalaya
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune news service

Chandigarh, December 20
Even three months after its decision, the social welfare department of the UT Administration has failed to appoint a full-time doctor, a nurse and a sports teacher at the controversial shelter home, Snehalaya. Even the decision to provide a dispensary with a stock of routine medicines remains unimplemented, much to the discomfort of the inmates.

In these three months, the department has also not initiated any repair work in the building and windowpanes remain broken, exposing the inmates to the cold wave. The Tribune had carried a series of stories (September 24, 25 and 26), highlighting the pathetic conditions at Snehalaya, but nothing has changed.

Social Welfare Director Varsha Khangwal admitted that repair had not been undertaken, but claimed that it would begin soon as the engineering department had cleared the proposal only last week. She said the appointment of a doctor had been delayed as the administration was finalising the required qualifications for the post.

Insiders said the situation at Snehalaya remained the same, if not worse, and problems continued to plague its functioning. To date, there are no medicines and doctors who have been visiting the home on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court have become frustrated as their repeated requests to the administration for providing requisite medicines have fallen on deaf ears.

“We had asked for medicines related to skin infection and cold, but nothing has been made available,” said a doctor who recently went there for a visit. He also said they carried some medicines with them, but there was no stock for emergency.

Responding to this, Khangwal said she would have to check as the department had provided Rs 10,000 for the purpose.

The apathy of the department is also evident as the lone landline at Snehalaya has been lying out of order for three months. “The condition of block A and B remains the same -- broken windows, missing taps and loose electricity wires ,” said an insider.



5-yr-old panther creates terror in Barwala, caught
Tribune news service

Panchkula, December 20
Residents of villages around Barwala, who had sustained injuries in more than half-a-dozen wild encounters with a panther during the past week, heaved a sigh of relief when the five-year-old cat was captured by wildlife officials at Rehod village here today.

The panther had strayed in the lower reaches of the Morni hills because of the biting cold in the higher hills. The animal was sighted at different places in the vicinity of the Barwala area.

There were reports of cattle belonging to village residents falling prey to the panther. Forest areas of Morni and adjoining Himachal Pradesh are home to panthers. The chill seems to have forced the panthers to the plains, resulting in a confrontation with the human population.

A former sarpanch of Rehod village, Subhash Sharma, said the number of complaints against the panther attacks had gone up during the past couple of days. “We then decided to lay a trap. We got the news about the animal being caged during the wee hours of this morning and informed the wildlife officials immediately.”

The panther was administered a tranquiliser and it became unconscious. It was then transferred to a “caged vehicle”. It was taken to the Chhatbir Zoo at Banur in Mohali district where the panther was handed over to veterinarians for treatment.

Villagers from the adjoining areas rushed to the spot to see the panther which had terrorised them. Divisional Wildlife Officer RK Sharma also visited the spot and took a detailed report on the spotting of panthers in the area. Sharma said the panther was a male and had been kept at the zoo for treatment. After the panther recovers, it would be set free in the forest areas of Morni.


Senate Agenda cheers teachers
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
With over 80 per cent agenda comprising faculty affairs and Syndicate elections on December 21, the first-ever ‘video recorded’ Senate of Panjab University left teachers all smiles.

The teachers not only got a nod for the long-pending CAS promotions, but even formal approval for increasing the retirement age from 60 to 65 years. What came as an added brownie for aspiring teachers is that that PU has also declared non-NET qualified PhD candidates eligible for applying for the post of assistant professor.

Having clearly transformed into an open house for teachers, the Senate members left no stone unturned to woo the teaching fraternity.

Senator DPS Randhawa, however, objected to the enhancement saying it would lead to unemployment.

“ By increasing the age we will delay the rightful employment of youngsters by five years which over the period would affect us only,” he said.

Representatives of the non-teaching staff also raised objection to the rejection of Senator Parbhjit’s proposal to increase the their retirement age.

Interestingly, as foreseen the Senate was also the most ‘peaceful’ as compared to last two ones with the Senate members scuttling cautious around the issues which had in the past put the house on fire.

The meeting also made the alignments for tomorrow’s Syndicate elections quite clear.

CBI’s prosecution demands

l Having waited for months now, the Panjab University Senate, following a prolonged discussion, gave a go-ahead to the sanction of prosecution of Satish Padam, XEN, and Nand Lal, SDO, who were apprehended last year in July on the charges of demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 32,000.

l The Senate has decided to further defer its decision on the sanction of prosecution of Dr RK Wanchoo, a professor in the chemical engineering department, who was accused of tampering with the recommendations of a recruitment committee at his prior posting in National Institute of Technology, Jammu. Wanchoo, who was posted as a director, National Institute Technology, was booked under Sections 120 B, 420, 268 and 471 of the IPC and Section 5(2) IPC. Wanchoo has got a clean chit from the NIT, Jammu, and PU wishes to speak to the institute before taking a decision.

PU student council president boycotts Senate

l During the Senate meeting held today in Panjab University, PUCSC President Pushpinder Sharma did not turn up at the meeting and protested with black tapes on his mouth demanding the right to speak in the Senate. Pushpinder, along with other SOPU senior leaders Robin Brar and Mouji Lubana, said there was no use of sitting like a dummy in the Senate hall and at least council president should be allowed to speak for at least 5 to 10 minutes in the meeting.

AK Bhandari is new Registrar

l Having worked on an adhoc basis for more than a year now, Prof AK Bhandari was today confirmed as the new PU registrar after the approval of PU Senate.

PU to get 150 crore this year

l Though the confusion on Centrally-funded status continues, Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti clarified that the UGC would be giving a grant of Rs 150 crore to PU akin to last year. The grant will form part of the UGC’s formal budget now.

Grading of colleges

l In a bid to tighten the noose around its affiliated colleges, PU has decided to divide them in different categories based on their compliance with the university norms. While those complying with a minimum of 75 per cent norms will make it to Category A, those between 50 and 75 per cent will come under Category B, while below 50 per cent will come under Category C.


l The entire Senate went in an uproar over the VC preponing the Senate from December 26 to December 20 after coming under pressure from some Senators. While Sobti said he had got representations about Jor Mela in Punjab, the Chatrath group accused him of giving in to the pressure of rivals belonging to the Ashok Goyal group.

l When the PU Senate passed the appointment of AK Bhandari, Syndic Ashok Goyal said he was not allowed to speak on the issue despite repeated requests. “You don’t allow me to speak here now don’t stop me to speak outside,” he said.

l Irate over not being provided the concurrent agenda and supporting documents, Ashok Goyal objected to the special Syndicate held in morning.

l Answering to a question of Anu Chatrath, VC RC Sobti got furious and threatened, “Don’t force me to open my mouth”. This left former Mayor fuming, who had asked him to act as per the specified dignity of his chair.

Videography of Senate and Syndicate.

l Having deferred it for months now, PU has finally installed two cameras to record the proceedings of the Syndicate and Senate. The move comes in the wake of repeated allegations against the

l Vice-Chancellor for allegedly tampering with the minutes of meeting. Though done on an experimental basis, the recording found support among all Senators.

Students corner

l Elating hundreds of students, the PU Senate has decided to extend the last date of submission of PhD thesis from December 31, 2011, to May 31, 2012.

l The last date for applying for the golden chance to appear in courses left midway by applicants has also been extended to April.

l Acting on the demand of Panjab University Student Union, which protested in front of the administration block today, PU has assured to promote students of professional courses from first semester to second, if they failed to appear in one subject. Initially, such students had to appear again in the entrance exam and seek a re-admission to the department.

Sobti at his best: House not a ‘Meena Bazar’

l Even before the Senate started, Sobti said as per new rules no member would take more than three minutes to speak and that, too, with the permission of VC. The norm was as usual flouted by the Senators, who kept on shouting on several issues.



Fresh faces, new vision
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
The brigade of new faces that will soon take over the charge of the city for the next five years wants to come up with a new vision that will help in the development of the city. They also hope to resolve the existing problems.
Davesh Moudgil, Ward No. 22
Davesh Moudgil, Ward No. 22

Davesh Moudgil, a BJP candidate who won from Ward No. 22, said he would introduce a concept in his ward to involve the public in decision-making related to development in the ward.

“The ward development fund would be spent on the work that would be on the priority list of residents.

I would ensure their participation in all the decisions related to the ward,” he said.


Congress candidate Satish Kainth, who won from Ward No. 20, said his priority would be to get the rehabilitation scheme of Colony No. 4 implemented. “I would also focus on strengthening medical services in my ward. There is not even a single dispensary in Sector 29,” he said.
Darshan S  Garg, Ward No. 11
Darshan S Garg, Ward No. 11

Darshan Singh Garg, a Congress councillor who won the elections from Ward No. 11, said his priority would be to get all the pending development works completed.

“There is a long list of work that would be taken up, including parks and parking problem at Palsora village, besides getting houses constructed outside ‘lal dora’ which falls within the purview of the UT Administration and not the municipal corporation, regularised,” he said.

A fresh face introduced by the BJP from Ward No. 4, Asha Jaiswal, said she did not want to wait for a single day and would meet residents of her ward to get an insight on what they want. “Living up to the status of City Beautiful, I would ensure my ward also gets a similar status,” she said.
Asha Jaiswal, Ward No. 4
Asha Jaiswal, Ward No. 4

The re-elected councillors also promise to come up with a new strategy for the development of their wards. Congress councillor from Ward No. 7, who won the elections from Ward No. 13, Harpool Chand Kalyan, said his focus would be to attract the attention of the MC as well the Administration towards the neglected southern sectors. “The local issues of these sectors pertaining to housing societies will be taken up immediately,” he said.

SAD councillor Harjinder Kaur said her priority would be to get the citizen charter implemented at the earliest and providing residents with online assistance. “The focus will be on providing basic amenities to people and maintaining transparency in the functioning of the MC,” she said. She would also strive to get back the status of the clean and green city which the MC won in 2007.



Development work mantra of winning candidates in MC elections
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
While there are many bigwigs and heavyweights who failed to make-it again to the MC house, there are few who managed to repeat their success. The lucky ones attributed their success to the work done by them in their wards and trust shown by the electorates.

Pardeep Chhabra, Ward No. 2 and Harpool C Kalyan, Ward No. 7 

SAD candidate Harjinder Kaur made history by winning for the fourth time from Ward No 15. Kaur who will be the most experienced councillor in the house said that her winning mantra turned out to be her hard work, honesty and dedication shown to the electorates. “Fifteen-years ago, when I became a councillor from the ward, the area was no less then a village, especially Sector 44, however, the picture has drastically changed now. The credit of my win, when many other senior leaders of all the parties lost, goes to the trust the voters have shown in me. The voters have elected me so that I take the development work ahead”, Kaur said.

Congress leader Pardeep Chhabra who was a sitting councillor from Ward No 2 and made a hatrick by winning these elections said that the development in the ward carried in the last 10 years had created a space in the hearts of voters who were confident that he would not let the development work come to an end. “I was always in touch with my voters that helped me in winning their faith. Meanwhile, my personal reputation also played a major role in my victory”, Chhabra said.
Gurcharan S Kalaa, Ward No. 25
Gurcharan S Kalaa, Ward No. 25 

Another sitting Congress Councillor from, Ward No 7 Harpool Chand Kalyan, who won the elections from Ward No 13, said it was a tough walk for him to win the seat as the Congress had never won the election from 13.“My mantra for success is uniting all party workers in the area and local leaders of various organisations, with their support I managed to win the elections”, Kalyan said.

He further added that the development carried out in Maloya, his previous ward, acted was an advantage in convincing the voters to vote for him.

BJP rebel Gurcharan Singh Kalaa, sitting councillo,r who won the elections as an independent candidate from Ward No 25, said that the work done by him in his ward led to his victory. “I had contested the elections on the basis of the work done by me in the ward which helped me win the elections even though I contested independently”, Kalaa said.

Kalaa got elected as the MC councillor for the third time in a row from the same ward.

Rajesh Gupta of BJP, who was the sitting councillor from Ward No.16, and won the elections again from the ward also gives credit of his success to the development work carried out by him in the ward. 



Nominated councillors: Young faces in fray
Akash Ghai & Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
Keeping in line with the younger look of the elected Municipal Corporation, the House could also see more young faces if the UT Administration approves the list of nominated councillors under consideration.

Saurabh Joshi, Gurbax Rawat and Davesh Moudgil are the youngest faces of the elected house, this term. The 29-year-old Ashwini Bagahnia and the 21-yea-old Mohammad Wasim Akram have put in their applications seeking appointment to the coveted House. Besides these two youngsters, the list has names of certain more interesting applicants from different walks of life.

Akram, a resident of Sector 32, has chalked out his ambition in helping people from the backward class. Ashwini has already commenced his journey in educating the poor children.

Ashwini, a commerce postgraduate, claimed that he had been doing social work since his college days. “I was the president of SD Social Club in my college, which used to initiate several drives- cleanliness, awareness and education-- in the slums of the city,” said Ashwini also claimed to have been associated with the UT Administration in social causes through Partnership-Initiative Programme for the past few years.

Akram, a student of M.Com (first year) at Panjab University, here, said that he was a member of three organisations, which he claimed, had been engaged in uplifting of minorities here. Akram belongs to a middle-class family and feels that more and more youngsters should come forward for such key posts and also should join politics to bring about change.

Puja Ghai, a resident of Sector 22, said that she wanted to work for specially challanged people. “My own son is a special child and I know the difficulties, being faced by such children. Though I am already engaged in my social work, particularly for special children, I wanted to be a nominated councillor so that I can do my job in a better way,” said Puja. She runs an NGO ‘Samarth’ and also was a state awardee in 2008.

Another aspirant Prem Shammi, who lives in a small house in Sector 22, and is the president of the North India SC/ST Welfare Association, said that he wanted to work against social evils like dowry and drugs. Shammi, who has applied for the first time for the seat, claimed that his association worked for uplifting of scheduled class and backward class.

Dadu Majra Colony resident Raj Kumar ‘Hamdard’ has similar aim to work for the betterment of the ‘Dalit samaj’. “Being a head of an association related to ‘Dalit samaj’ I am aware of the problems and other difficulties being faced by our people,” said Hamdard, who is the national director of Bhartiya Balmiki Dharam Samaj. Hamdard, who retired last year as the district mandi officer, claimed that he was a publisher of several books.

67-year-old Satish Chander Sharma, a resident of Sector 50, who is also the general secretary of Chandigarh Social Welfare Council has applied for the nominated councillors’ seat. He said in order to fight with the system one needs a platform.

Dr Ramneek Singh Bedi, who is a pediatrician and the president of the Chandigarh chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA), said that he applied for the nominated councillor’s seat, as there is lot to do in health sector in the city. Besides, he said that his international exposure with the WHO would help the MC is many other ways.



Only112 voters exercise their ‘right to reject’
Due to confusion many missed the chance to use Form 11-A
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
A total of 112 voters exercised their right to reject candidates in the MC polls despite the confusion at various polling stations that led many to miss a chance to use ‘Form-11 A’.

Large number of voters had come prepared to exercise their “right to reject” in their respective wards during the polling of the Municipal Corporation elections. However, the unawareness among the polling officers about the procedure to be followed had led to complaints and processions on the day of the elections.

Complaints were also made by the voters about the non-availability of the form to exercise their “right to reject”t at Vikas Nagar, Dadu Majra, Sectors 23, 44 and 45.

Election Commissioner Rakesh Mehta confirmed that 112 voters across the city had exercised their right to reject.

Team Anna representative Rahul Bhartiya said that they had campaigned across the city to motivate people to cast their vote and make them aware about the ‘right to reject’. “The number of voters utilising Form 11-A would have been more if the polling officers at the booths had proper knowledge about Form-11 A”, said Bhartiya.

The Election Commission of India has made a provision of “right to reject” for which a voter has to fill Form 11-A. At all polling stations, the polling officers maintain a register in which the voters have to put in their signatures. It also has a column in which the voter can mention his choice of not voting for any candidate.



Consumer forum dismisses complaint against dentist
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 20
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has dismissed a complaint against a dentist after the complainant, Ram Kumar, a resident of Baltana, Zirakpur, proved to fail his allegations here yesterday. In his complaint, Ram Kumar said Dr Anuradha Gupta conducted the root canal of his left and right jaws on upper and lower side in September, 2009, at Anuradha Dental and Surgical Centre, Sector 12, Panchkula.

In order to mint money, the doctor had done the root canal of his eight teeth, although he was having pain only in four teeth, he alleged. The complainant said he had paid Rs 16,000 for the procedure. Soon after the root canal, the complainant’s teeth started paining. A report prepared by a committee of the PGI, Chandigarh, in this regard, however, found no deficiency in service on the part of the dentist.

Dismissing the case, the forum comprising Ashok Kumar Jain, president and member SP Singh said, “In the present case, the opposite party had performed her duties as a dental surgeon.

The allegation, which is easy to make against a doctor, but difficult to prove has not been proved by the complainant by adducing any medical evidence,” the forum observed. 



9 contractual employees sacked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
The UT Administration terminated as many as nine officials, all contractual employees, whose names were allegedly figured in the embezzlement of funds to the tune of Rs 5.60 lakh in the Registration and Licensing Authority office, here.

These officials, who were hired by the UT Red Cross Society, had been put under suspension in the first week of November following unearthing of the scam.

These employees had been engaged at the RLA office as data entry operators when it was detected that the amount in question, concerning as many as 11 transactions, was not deposited in the treasury as per rules and regulations.

In order to find out the exact amount of embezzlement of funds in the RLA, a special audit of the accounts of the department has already begun while another regular inquiry by one-member committee, consisting CL Lakhanpal, a retired IAS officer of Haryana cadre,, is yet to be initiated. The UT Police has also been investigating in the scam following registration of an FIR against 10 officials under Sections 409 and 420 of the IPC at Sector 17 Police Station on November 9 in this connection.

Meanwhile, the terminated employees reached the RLA office along with their family members this evening and lodged protest against their termination orders.



Fog delays trains
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
The late running of major trains in the region due to the intense fog continued for the second day today with Shatabdi Express, which was scheduled to arrive at 11am, arrived late by about one hour and 30 minutes. Speed restriction has also caused inconvenience to passengers, stranded for hours at the railway station here.

Trains like 12311 Howrah-Kalka Mail, scheduled to arrive at 3.05 am, was delayed by about 13 hours and 30 minutes. Himalayan Queen (14095) also arrived late by about one hour and 30 minutes.

Station Superintendent Parveen Kumar said the 12231 Lucknow-Chandigarh Express, scheduled to arrive at 9.55 am, was late by about five hours and arrived at 2.55 pm. He said evening Shatabdi scheduled to arrive at 8.40 pm was also to arrive late by about one hours and 30 minutes. He said the dense fog on the way was forcing to slow down the train causing further delay.

The near and dear ones of the passengers scheduled to arrive in these trains could be seen awaiting for the arrival of therespective trains. Men could be seen roaming in front of the enquiry office to get the latest update on train timings.



Nepalese students to get medical facilities at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
More than 50-sponsored foreign medical students from Nepal will now be able to get medical facilities in Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) at a cost of around Rs 325 per month. The decision was taken in the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) meeting, which was attended by Union Health Secretary (GOI), PK Pradhan.

Confirming the move, a senior doctor of the PGI, said that earlier this facility was only available at AIIMS. However, this is not mandatory for students. Presently, senior residents, junior residents and nursing students get medical facility from the institute.

Talking to mediapersons before the SFC meeting, Pradhan said that “the PGI is of national importance and our focus is to provide best health facilities in the institute. As the institute is celebrating the golden jubilee next year, we are planning to draw “blueprint for the future” and develop the institute with the international standard, said Pradhan.

He said that we have already received the proposal for “heart transplantation” and will expand the neurology department too. He said, “we can not increase the faculty at the PGI as per patient load. But we can strengthen the district hospitals in form of creating new departments and develop “referral mechanism” so less number of patients are referred to the PGI,” said Pradhan.

He said instead of increasing the faculty at the PGI, the ministry was focusing to develop proper system at the district-level hospitals. He said even the cabinet had cleared the National Council of Human Resources in Health (NCHRH) Bill that allowed doctors who held the Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) status to work in India. They could also join the medical college as a faculty. The aim was primarily to reduce the country’s acute doctor shortage. India has one doctor for 1,953 people, or a density of 0.5 doctors per 1,000. The Planning Commission says the country is short of six lakh doctors, 10 lakh nurses and two lakh dental surgeons. He said, “We expect the Bill to come up in Parliament next week”. 

Rotational power cuts

Chandigarh: The UT electricity department has cautioned the city residents that there can be rotational power cuts in the coming days. Electricity department officials said that due to outage of various central-generation power plants, the entitlement of power to Chandigarh has decreased. Superintending Engineer MP Singh said that they would wait for 2-3 days and if the situation did not improve then they would start scheduled rotational power cuts in the city. These rotational cuts will be effective till the normalcy of the power situation, he added. — TNS



Install CCTV cameras in shops, ACP tells traders
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 20
Concerned over the increase in the number of thefts in commercial establishments in the recent past, the police department has directed the local businessmen to install CCTV cameras and alarm sensors in shutters at their shops.

While addressing various traders of Sectors 7 and 8 during a meeting held in Sector 7 here today, Assistant Commissioner of Police Krishan Kumar Hooda said they had also decided to increase patrolling in the city at night. The meeting aimed at improving the police-public relation.

The ACP said patrolling in all markets and residential areas had been stepped up, especially at night, to keep a watch on criminals.

He added that the police control room vans had been directed to randomly visit markets and residential areas at night. He said earlier these vans used to patrol at specific timings during the night and now with random visits the criminals would be kept away.

About eight thefts were reported in Sectors 9, 10, 11 and 15 on the intervening night of December 9 and 10 sparking off anti-police protests by shopkeepers.

The traders had alleged that thieves were having a free run in the town and were striking at will.

BB Kochhar, vice-president, Beopar Mandal, Panchkula, said the traders had raised various issues concerning security of their business establishments. He said they had also assured the ACP that they would deploy private security guards in the market at night.



Police closes case, terms it suicide
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 20
Twenty months after the mysterious death of an Australian NRI, Davinder Singh, the Panchkula police is now going to close the investigation into the case by terming it a case of suicide.

After checking forensic examination reports and cracking e-mail IDs of Davinder Singh, the Panchkula police has termed it a case of ‘suicide’ and not ‘murder’.

The body of the 30-year-old NRI was found hanging from a tree in Morni hills.

This is the second time that the Panchkula police is closing the case.

The forensic examination report from Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Madhuban, Karnal, has indicated that the cause of death was suicide. Besides, the police has also failed to gather any vital information after cracking the two mail IDs of Davinder Singh.

Last year as well, the Panchkula police had closed the case, terming it as suicide. But family members did not accept the report and moved an application before the top officials of Haryana police. Finally, Haryana IG directed the Panchkula police to register a murder case and re-investigate the matter.

On the direction of senior officials, the Panchkula police on December 2, 2010, had converted it into a murder case and had lodged a fresh FIR against unknown persons under Section 302 of the IPC.

Thereafter, cops had cracked the mail IDs of the NRI. The police had also recorded the statements of family members.

The body of the 30-year-old NRI was found hanging from a tree in Morni on March 24. The police had recovered an abandoned Maruti car (HR-70-A-2370) near the spot. Davinder's family members had claimed that he was murdered.



‘e-challan has brought transparency’
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 20
Anjali Kaushik, consultant, department of administrative reforms and personal grievances, Government of India, today inspected the concept of e-challan,
e-beat and e-investigation introduced recently as a pilot project in Mohali.

Mandhir Singh, SP (headquarters), said a live demonstration of the functioning of these projects was given in the presence of Kaushik.

He said e-Challan had been implemented in the district under which challans were issued on the spot.

The system had brought transparency for collecting revenue.

He said e-beat and e-investigation were introduced as pilot projects. These projects were introduced to facilitate mobile patrolling. These
also helped the investigating officers reach
the crime scene of in order to decrease the response time.



BJP will contest Assembly elections on 23 seats, says minister
Inauguration of fashion institute building in Mohali
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 20
The BJP will contest the coming Punjab elections on all 23 seats in the state, but the decision about the candidates to be fielded in the poll is yet to be taken.
This was stated by Tikshan Sud, Minister for Local Government, Industries and Commerce, while talking to mediapersons after inaugurating the newly constructed building of the Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT) here today.

He said the central body of the party was examining all seats and a decision about the candidates to be fielded would be taken later.

He said the SAD-BJP government had spent Rs 5,000 crore on urban development in the state which had not been done by any government in the country so far. A sum of Rs 403 crore was given to the department of local government for development works and Rs 317 was later released for water supply and sewerage related works. The development carried out in Punjab was visible to all.

The government had recruited between 80,000 and 90,000 employees in various government departments. The Ranjit Sagar Dam project, which was lying pending for the past 30 years, was made functional and energy was being produced by it. Four thermal plants were in final stages. In about a year-and-a-half Punjab would have surplus power.

The minister said there was a lot of demand for fashion designers and it was good that the institute would now be able to function from a state-of-the-art building. Students were given diplomas for three-year as well as four-year courses, but efforts were now being made to give degrees to students even to those who passed out during the current academic session. Those who had already passed out would be offered bridge courses.

Dr SS Channy, principal secretary, Industries and Commerce, said NIIFT had tie ups with various institutes abroad and student exchange programmes were also organised.

Spread over an area of 6.27 acres, NIIFT building was constructed at a cost of Rs 21.62 crore. 



Chandigarh Scan
Water supply hit

There will be no water supply from 9 am to 6 pm on December 21, 2011 in sectors 35 to 43, 23 C & D, 24 C & D, Dadumajra and Palsora colony. The inconvenience will be caused due to fixing of electromagnetic flow meter at water works, Sector 37.

Blood donation camp

Over 50 persons donated blood at a blood donation camp organised by the Allengers Medical Systems Limited here on Tuesday. The blood donation camp was a part of several activities

Tagore Group reduces rates

The Managing Body of Tagore Theatre Society reduced the rates of Tagore Threatre for Theatre Groups in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Advisor to the UT Administrator in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, today. The rates have been reduced from the current charges of Rs 15,000 to Rs 10,000 per show.

Lecture on legal awareness

One week camp including legal awareness is being organised by the NSS unit of the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Sector 37 and that of Manimajra Town, Chandigarh, under the guidance of its NSS in-charge of the school. Rajeshwar Singh, law officer of the State Legal Services Authority, UT Chandigarh, addressed the volunteers regarding the legal awareness that included their rights and duties with special reference to women.

55 stray cattle impounded

A drive to check the menace of stray cattle was conducted by the Cattle Catching Cell of the Municipal Corporation. As many as 55 stray cattle were impounded during the drive. The drive was conducted from December to 20 in sectors 26, 28, 33, 38, 39, 44, 47, 48, Colony No 4, Colony No 5, Ram Darbar, Dhanas, Dadu Majra, Faidan, Airport Road, Kajheri, IT Park, Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran and Manimajra.

7-day NSS camp

NSS unit of National Institute of Nursing Education (NINE), PGIMER, inaugurated a seven-day NSS regular camp. As many as 133 NSS volunteers and two programme officers took part in the camp at Sarangpur village, Chandigarh.

Pensioners’ meet

A pensioner’s meet was organised at the Sector 31 branch of the State Bank of India, here on Monday. The branch manager assured them of bank’s prompt services.



Mohali Scan

Painting competition

Nearly 1700 children from various schools in the tricity gathered at Ryan International School, Sector 66, Mohali, participate in the annual on the spot painting competition. The competition had three categories i.e. the primary level that included participants from classes I to III, sub-junior level that included participants from class IV to V and senior level from class VI to VIII.


A quiz focusing on the education, life style, language and culture in UK and Olympics-2012 was held in Manav Mangal Smart School, Sector-64, Mohali, here on Tuesday. The team of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector-15, Panchkula, bagged the first prize. Arjun Vasant Kumar, Ashu Tayal, Saurabh Mathur and Shubham Goel were the members of the winning team. The quiz was organised by the Association of British Scholars, Chandigarh.

Panchkula Scan

Annual day

Panchkula: Kendriya Vidyalaya, Number II, Chandimandir, organised its annual day, here on Monday. Brig BS Yasdav was the chief guest on the occasion. Principal Daljeet Kaur read the annual report of the school. A cultural programme was also organised on the occasion.

Session on hygiene

Fortis hospital, Mohali, organised a session in which Santa Claus instead of bringing gifts, demonstrated about ‘how good hand hygiene can help. Over 200 children of Aashina and the surrounding areas attended the session.—TNS



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