C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Kidney sale racket busted
Role of Shivalik, Silver Oaks hospitals being examined
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 25
The functioning of two local hospitals has come under the scanner, with the Deputy Inspector-General of police (DIG) at Lucknow, DK Thakur, today claiming to have busted a gang engaged in human organ trafficking and the sale of kidneys.

The gang used to prepare forged documents and lure unsuspecting kidney donors to Shivalik Hospital and Silver Oaks Hospital for organ donation to the recipients, a fact denied by the authorities at both hospitals.

The police arrested four persons, Harishankar Maurya, Dilip Nigam, Vinod Dubey and Harish Prajapati, who had reportedly confessed that they used to lure innocent donors and being them to the private hospitals to sell their kidneys.

The DIG told mediapersons that the four accused hailed from the Pakripul area in Lucknow and one of them was a teacher and another a class-IX student.

The donors were being paid around Rs 1.5 lakh for each organ donation and were lured with money and liquor. The kidneys were being surgically removed and later sold at high prices outside the state. Many fake papers, seals and a computer system had been recovered from them.

The police got lucky while investigating the disappearance of Dinesh Bhattacharya, who went missing on December 19. As the investigation of the Lucknow police into the case of the missing Aashiana resident spread, cops stumbled on the kidney racket.

Dr Arjinder Singh of Shivalik Hospital said he had got a bogus donor arrested as the NOC brought by him was found to be fake.

“I do not know why we are being dragged into the case. We got the donor arrested. We sent the NOC for verification and found it to be fake. We refused to operate upon the patient,” he said.

Four days ago, a team of the Lucknow police, led by a sub-inspector, visited Shivalik Hospital to inquire about Shalinder, who was missing from his house in Lucknow.

The DSP (City-II), Mohali, DS Mann, confirmed that the police team came here and Shalinder was arrested from a guesthouse at Burail in Chandigarh.

The DSP said the Lucknow police told him that they were looking for the missing boy, but never talked about the organ trafficking case.

Dr Akhil Bhargava of Silver Oaks Hospital denied having any knowledge about the case. “ No police official visited us,” he said.



Kanpur man arrested for online fraud
Hacked e-mail, changed profile, diverted payment
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 25
The cyber wing of the Punjab crime branch has arrested a 27-year-old Kanpur resident for hacking the website of an Amritsar-based business establishment and manoeuvring the payment being made to it online elsewhere.

The accused, who worked at a cyber cafe on online web promotion, had channelised a payment of over Rs 16 lakh, made online to Cpabuck.com, the complainant company.

DIG (crime) Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh said the person arrested was identified as Ravi Shukla. Before his arrest, he was in the process of diverting another Rs 2 lakh, added the DIG.

“He was a habitual hacker of websites and e-mails of business establishments. A case under Sections 66-C and 66-D of the Information Technology (IT) Act and Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 34 of the IPC has been registered on the complaint of Raman Banotra of Amritsar,” he said.

The accused had hacked the e-mail of an employee of the company. The e-mail ID contained various useful and significant data about the company. After hacking the e-mail ID, the accused changed the profile of the employee and managed to get the payment in his bank account.

The charges against the accused were proved on the basis of the analysis of e-mail particulars, authenticated by Internet protocol details. The motive behind this act was cheating and fraud.

The accused was produced in a Kanpur court and brought to Mohali on a transit remand. He was produced in a Mohali court and remanded in two-day police custody.

Two laptops and three pen-drives were taken into possession for forensic examination. The investigation was carried out by a team which included DSP Vibhor Kumar and inspector Bahadur Singh.



Pali, Babla create ruckus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 25
Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh Pali and Devinder Singh Babla allegedly created a ruckus and manhandled the staff of Fun Republic at Mani Majra this evening.

The authorities of the mall submitted a complaint against Pali at the Mani Majra police station and a daily diary report was lodged.

The manager of the mall, TS Brar, alleged in his complaint that Pali’s kin came to the mall to watch a movie when they had a scuffle with the staff at the ticket counter, after which they beat them up and other members of the staff.

It was alleged that former councillor Babla, who was with Pali, also misbehaved with the staff. Inspector Rajesh Shukla,SHO of the Mani Majra police station, said they would summon both parties to the police station tomorrow. 



2 tipsy PCR men suspended, 2 women face probe
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 25
Two PCR personnel found drunk on duty were suspended today. They were creating a ruckus at Mani Majra after their PCR jeep hit another vehicle.

Their PCR vehicle, which also had two woman cops, hit a WagonR belonging to a Panchkula resident from the rear near the motor market at Mani Majra.

Constable Anil Kumar and home guard volunteer Pehal, who was driving the jeep, were found drunk. The two woman constables, Suneeta and Shivani, misbehaved with the occupants of the car.

There was high drama after the car, belonging to Satpal Kumar, was hit by the jeep. Satpal was on his way to the Mansa Devi temple with his family when the accident occurred.

The PCR personnel reportedly abused and misbehaved with all occupants of the car. A crowd assembled and personnel from the Mani Majra police station also reached the spot.

The constables were taken for medical examination. Both Anil and Pehal were found to be drunk. Senior police officials suspended them and initiated a departmental inquiry against the woman cops. Satpal refused to lodge a formal complaint against the PCR personnel. A detailed report on the incident was lodged at the Mani Majra police station. Inspector Rajesh Shukla, SHO of the police station, said all four PCR personnel misbehaved with the family and threatened to implicate them in a false case.



Drunk sons of high-ups try to flee, challaned
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 25
There was high drama near the Aroma traffic light point here tonight as the son of a senior Punjab-cadre Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, along with his friend, tried to flee the police barrier towards Sector 35.

Both youths were under the influence of liquor and were not carrying their driving licences. They tried to speed away on seeing police personnel coming to check them.

The youths were so frightened that they failed to locate the car registration certificate from the dashboard and requested people around them to help them.

The sensor found Tirth Grewal, who was driving the white Honda car (CH04-6474), having 91-mg alcohol in blood and his friend Raman Shekhon having 200-mg alcohol.

One of the youths was seen offering help to police personnel. “Write down my number and tell me the university where you want your son or daughter to join. My father is the head of a department at Panjab University,” said Raman.

After Tirth’s father was told what had happened, he asked the police to put his son behind bars and blamed his son’s company for the incident.

“We halted them and found that they were not able to talk properly. They also tried to flee. After finding their background, I called their parents to take them home. Sub-inspector Jasbir Singh issued them a challan,” said Gurnam Singh, traffic marshal.

What the law says

According to Section 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act, anyone found driving or attempting to drive above the permissible limit of alcohol in blood (30mg/100 ml) faces imprisonment of up to six months or a fine of Rs 2,000 or both. Repeat offenders can be fined Rs 3,000 or jailed for up to two years.



Cops reckon it’s contract killing
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 25
Investigations by the police into the mysterious death of Chandigarh-based cardiologist Deepak Kaura are strongly indicating towards it being case of a contract killing. More than one person seems to have been roped in to kill Dr Kaura.

Details of calls made and received from the mobile phone of the mysterious woman, last seen with the victim, hold the key to those behind the planned murder. “ It looks that different numbers have been used to keep in touch with the mysterious woman,” sources have said.

On the basis of circumstantial evidence, the police has come to the conclusion that the woman was in touch with Dr Kaura since December 6.

The SIM card used by the woman was procured on the basis of an identity card of Surekha Sharma, a PGI employee, who had lodged a DDR about her missing identity card.

The SIM card was put to use only on December 6 and all calls from this number were made exclusively to Dr Kaura. The number also featured in the mobile call details of Dr Kaura.

Superintendent of Police (Detective) Bhupinder Singh said the police was hopeful of cracking the case soon. “It is a planned murder,” he said. The sources said Dr Kaura’s diamond engagement ring, his mobile phone and the keys of the car, all missing from the spot, indicated that assailant(s) left him to die. “The missing car keys indicates that the assailant wanted to ensure that he did not escape,” said the sources.



City still colder than Shimla
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 25
Residents continue to reel under severe cold conditions as mercury in the city dipped further to 2.8 degree Celsius, keeping it colder than Shimla for the third consecutive day.

Tonight’s temperature was this season’s lowest. The maximum temperature in the city was recorded at 19.8°C, 2 degrees below normal for this time of the year.

Being a Sunday, residents enjoyed in the cosy rooms of their houses today. They preferred to remain indoors during the early and late hours.

A Met official said the cold wave conditions were likely to continue for the next 48 hours and the temperature was likely to go down further. He said the weather would remain dry.

The Met department said there was little change in night temperatures, which were markedly below normal. Days would be mainly sunny, with shallow fog or mist during the morning and evening.


Santa paints Sector 17 red
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, December 25
Decked up with exquisite decorative illuminations, Sector 17 brimmed with merriment and festive fervour, as the week-long New Year
Extravaganza-2011 started with a majestic start here today.

The much-awaited event organised by the Chandigarh Tourism, CITCO, Business Promotion Council and supported by the MC and other departments was inaugurated by KK Sharma, Adviser to the Administrator, amidst colourful celebrations of Christmas. Scintillating musical performance by Rock Band “Sounds of Heaven” at the Plaza was the highlight of day, as leading vocalists of the band Randeep Mathews and Khendor doled out hit numbers.The melodies

included English rock numbers , “ I am free”, Breakfree , “ My future” “ Joy to the World”, Jingle Bells, Merry Christmas and more followed by Hindi songs like “Yeshu tera naam”, “Hallelujah” and

“Deewane Hum”

Besides, the band sang four self-composed songs. Providing perfect accompaniment were Gaurav Sharma on guitar, Ban on drums, Arshdeeop Mathews on Key Boards. The echo of the band filled the air with music. The beautifully illuminated showrooms augmented the festive spirit.

Tomorrow, on December 26, there will be a performance by

Desi Playaaz music group.



Celebrating Christmas differently
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 25
For students of Citizens Forum Vidya Mandir School (CFVMS) at Maqboolpur area in Amritsar, popularly known as the locality of widows, Christmas was celebrated with a difference, as the students created awareness about drug menace among slum children here today.

Led by Master Ajit Singh, who had launched a crusade against drug peddlers in Amritsar, the students created awareness about the menace and its ill effects. They also danced to the tunes of Punjabi songs with the slum children to celebrate the occasion.

Gursewak Singh, a former student of CFVMS and now pursuing JET course in an engineering college, said they had now formed a De-addiction Society and had 58 members on its rolls.



Post of Mayor
Cong leaves it to Bansal to finalise candidate
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 25
A special meeting of 11 newly elected Congress councillors to the municipal corporation (MC) was convened here today by Union minister and MP Pawan Kumar Bansal to finalise the candidature for the post of Mayor.

After a two-hour interaction, all councillors unanimously empowered Bansal to finalise the name for the Mayor’s post and they will extend their full support to the candidate.

As the first tenure is reserved for general women candidate in the MC, the Congress does not have much choice of candidates in the fray. During the meeting, the councillors expressed their opinion about both candidates, including Raj Bala Malik and Gurbax Rawat, but the final decision was left to the MP.

Sources said no decision had been taken for candidates to the posts of senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor at the meeting.

Party sources said as the nomination for the Mayor’s post had to be filed from December 29 to 31, the approved name of the Mayor would be finalised in the next two days by Bansal and communicated to party leaders. The sources added that Bansal was also hopeful that most of the nominated councillors would support the Congress mayoral candidate.

It was also decided at the meeting that a party-level coordination committee would also be constituted after the election of the Mayor. The committee will have senior party leaders, former and fresh councillors as its members in order to manage the affairs of the House smoothly. The committee will meet every month to chalk out the strategy, to be adopted by the councillors before the meeting of the House.

The sources said Bansal also asked the newly elected councillors to coordinate with former councillors to get an idea about the functioning of the municipal corporation.

The election for the post of Mayor will be held on January 1, after which, the Mayor would conduct the election for the posts of senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor.



MC Poll Results
It’s neither Anna, nor inflation
Congress lost just 1 per cent votes, but four seats
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 25
Results of the recent Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) election have thrown up certain contradictory facets regarding the Congress standing in the city.

The party lost four seats compared to the outgoing council with the current tally at 11, however, the loss is a little over 1 per cent in the perspective of the total votes cast in the last election (2006).

The Congress, in the recent election, has managed 35.3 per cent of the total polling, while the same figures read at 36.3 per cent in the last parliamentary elections. Eviction of certain party heavyweights, including Devinder Babla, Harmohinder Lucky, Kamlesh and Anu Chatrath, was compensated by the list of fresh party entrants.

A careful analysis of different aspects indicated that Anna effect or inflation could not be the reasons to dent the Congress vote. At least it was not evident from the public response during the election or results.

Anti-incumbency seems to have played a bigger role in the slide of the Congress. Showcasing another contradiction, despite high voter turnout of more than 59 per cent, which is usually seen as a reflector of the anti-incumbency factor, the Congress bench scraped through the test with new faces.

At the same time, the BJP has gained 5 per cent in the total polling figures, which this time read 34.7 per cent against 29.9 per cent in the 2006 elections. However, it is relevant to point out that the Chandigarh Vikas Manch floated by Harmohan Dhawan during 2006 elections had four seats.

Dhawan went with the BJP this time and took his shares of votes along. At the same time, his two key supporters, councillors Lt Vijay Rana and Jitender Bhatia, had joined the Congress.

The Congress share fell from 46.87 per cent to 35.3 per cent this time. Though the MC elections are not directly related with the Lok Sabha polls, the massive fall of 11 per cent in the total voting is worth mentioning.

Bhupinder Singh Sandhu, a resident of Sector 35, said, “Reports about people asking for Form 11, rejecting all candidates, is a big enough reason to show public dissatisfaction.”

Nina Singh, a senior executive in a multinational company, said, “We do not expect the local leadership to be answerable about price rise or Anna at the Centre, however, public does not absolve the party. At the same time, MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, too, has not been easily available to the general public.”

Prof MM Sharma, a professor of political science, Panjab University, said, “Besides the anti-incumbency factor, the party has also witnessed infighting. These elections are local and national issues are not the big factors.”

Ram Saran Das, an advocate, said, “The Congress downslide is basically because of the wrong choice of candidates by the party leadership. The party leadership, mainly Pawan Kumar Bansal, openly got names of at least two tainted leaders and both lost.

The local Congress leadership, including president BB Bahl and spokesperson Pradeep Chhabra, refused to accept price rise as the reason for the party’s defeat. “We think anti-incumbency could have been a factor. We are reflecting on the results,” Bahl added.



Year Ender 2011 health
A smooth year sans major controversy
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Patients and their relatives outside a hospital in Chandigarh.
Patients and their relatives outside a hospital in Chandigarh.

Chandigarh, December 25
Unlike last year when the UT health department came under a lot of criticism following Bulbul (delivery of an infant near the OPD counter at GMSH-16) and Suman (blood of wrong group given in an advanced stage of pregnancy at GMSH-16) episodes, 2011 passed off without any major controversies, except selection of the new PGI director, which witnessed an unprecedented delay and a lot of politicking.

The appointment of PGI director seemed jinxed, as controversies dogged it from the word go. While hectic lobbying by various contenders for the post initially delayed the selection for five months, the appointment of Dr YK Chawla was challenged in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) by Dr D Behera, who claims that the selection committee did not follow the proper procedure. The matter is still pending before CAT.

Another appointment that raised some dust was the delay in the selection of director-principal of GMCH-32. Though the extended tenure of the incumbent director-principal, Dr Raj Bahadur, ended on November 30, the administration, for reasons best known to it, did not finish the selection process in time.

This resulted in yet another extension for Dr Raj Bahadur for a period of three months. With UPSC now being involved in the selection process and election process to five states to continue till March, one really doesn’t know if GMCH-32 will get a new director-principal till mid next year.
Patients stand in an OPD queue in a hospital in Chandigarh.
Patients stand in an OPD queue in a hospital in Chandigarh. Tribune photographs

As for GMSH-16, it’s functioning once again came under a cloud for blatant violations of fire safety norms. As fallout of the tragic fire at AMRI Hospital in Kolkata, the UT fire department conducted an inspection at the hospital on December 12 and found it grossly lacking in various safety norms. Yet another notice was served on it, which incidentally is the second in past one year.

The GMSH-16 was also found lacking in the timely implementation of the Union government’s scheme of free deliveries. While GMCH-32 promptly implemented the scheme on June 2, GMSH-16 overshot the deadline by nearly three months and started free deliveries in September only.


PGI gets new director

After a gap of five months, the premiere institute of the region gets new director, Dr YK Chawla, who was heading the hepatology department. Unlike his predecessor, Dr KK Talwar, who came from AIIMS, Prof Chawla is a thorough bred “PGIite”, having spent 28 long years in the institute.

Successful liver transplant

After the first liver transplant on April 15 this year at the PGI, in which the patient died after battling for life for 30 days, surgeons managed to perform successful liver transplant in October.

SIRT for liver cancer

In a major decision, the standing finance committee (SFC) has approved the selective intra-arterial radionuclide therapy (SIRT) for liver cancer at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). The therapy, which otherwise cost up to Rs 6 lakh in private hospitals, would be available between Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 in the PGI.

Trauma centre opens

The much-awaited trauma centre was opened in April this year. As soon as 169-bedded advanced trauma centre gets completely functional, it will provide trauma care to patients of orthopaedics, neurosurgery, general surgery and plastic surgery.

Free deliveries in govt hospitals

As per the programme, no pregnant woman delivering in a government institution needs to make any kind of payment towards the service fee, drugs, diet, consumables and other miscellaneous expenses. Even referral transport from the mother’s home to the medical facility and drop back from facility to home is free.


Chandigarh top on diabetes chart

As per the nationwide study (first phase) on prevalence of diabetes and pre-diabetes undertaken by the Indian Council of Medical Research’s (India Diabetes), the prevalence of diabetes in Chandigarh (13.6 per cent) is higher than Tamil Nadu (10.4 per cent), Maharashtra (8.4 per cent) and Jharkhand (5.3 per cent).

Incompletion of E block

The date of completion of E block (building of medical college) expired in July this year and the situation is such that the building is unlikely to be completed even by the end of the next year.

Probe against PGI chemist

A probe was conducted by the PGI after a shocking incident of used cannula sold by a PGI chemist came to light. Owner of Aditya Medicos, a medical store at the PGI, was arrested for selling the used cannula to a patient, who was to undergo a heart surgery.



126 join Chandigarh traffic police
Tribune News Service

A newly recruited traffic police personnel regulates traffic at one of the junctions in Chandigarh
A newly recruited traffic police personnel regulates traffic at one of the junctions in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, December 25
New faces brimming with enthusiasm in white khaki uniforms are dotting the city roads these days, regulating traffic at peak hours. The long-pending demand of the Chandigarh traffic police has finally been catered with 79 male and 47 female recruits being inducted into the force. All recruits are currently being trained to learn traffic rules and regulations.

Hailing from remote districts of Haryana, the constables are elated at donning the new role and said their long cherished dream had come true.

“It’s a feeling of great pride to manage the city’s traffic. I am currently learning the traffic rules and getting training from seniors,” said Suman, a resident of Jajjar in Haryana.

“Donning the khaki uniform is in my blood. I could think of no other vocation,” said another recruit.

While some joined the force for family tradition, there were others who joined the police to give vent to their enthusiastic and adventurous zeal.

“My brother was also in the police, so I always dreamt of donning the police uniform.? I am presently learning to regulate traffic and excited for the new job,” said 21-year-old constable Dharamvir.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Vijay Kumar said with the joining of fresh faces in the Chandigarh traffic police, they would be able to manage the traffic in a controlled manner.

“At present, the recruits are being trained about road safety and traffic rules. With increased manpower, we will be able to regulate traffic better. There will be no unmanned intersections in the city once these constables are fully trained,” he said. 



Special prayer for Manu Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 25
Christ The King Cathedral held a special prayer for Manu Sharma, alias Siddhartha Vashishtha, the name that rocked the nation in the infamous Jessica Lal murder case, here today.

The prayer was followed by a midnight mass by Rt Rev Dr Ignatius Mascarenhas. Manu had recently donated Rs 50 lakh to the cathedral for the welfare of the poor and the differently abled. He donated the money in the name of Siddhartha Vashishtha Charitable Trust.

The trust announced that it would adopt 15 children per month from January next and pay for their studies, which would include fee, books, stationery and uniforms.

Manu, son of influential Congress leader Venod Sharma, had been serving a life term at the Tihar jail for killing Jessica at a discotheque in 1999.



Change in colonial mindset need of the hour

Recent occurrences of crime in the city signal a wake-up call for the police. The speed at which the crime is growing is a wake-up call for the Chandigarh Administration to render a clarion before we fall into a situation of no return. The police get up in the terms of listening of complaints and their handling continues to be colonial till date. Starting with the filing of complaints, even the language has not changed. A conscious effort needs to be made to update the police look, particularly its public handling.

In fact, it is the job of the police to check situation even under extenuating circumstances. So instead of the reassuring sight of policemen patrolling streets and catching criminals, one sees them in VIP cavalcades and at political rallies where a gun-toting policeman is more a status symbol than a necessity.

Importantly, the police needs to gear itself with the latest crime detection machinery and should also have latest weapons in its armour.

Today’s functioning of the police has witnessed the mistrust in the police, as normally general public do not want to go to the police stations. Many petty crimes are not reported to the police. But it should not be construed that the crime rate is less. There is a greater need to repose to the confidence of masses in the police system. Senior citizens, who are physically fit and mentally alert, can play a vital role in developing society, if they are involved in matters relating to curbing open crimes such as open trade of intoxicants, gambling in parks, traffic policing, etc.

But the important aspect needs to be underlined is that the police should not always look into the problems of influential, but should help ordinary people who actually need them.

SK Khosla Sector 40-C, Chandigarh

Need to have special task force

There has been a noticeable increase in the crime rate in the city. The total figures might have slight alterations, each year, however, there is nothing denying the fact that crime has become a routine occurrence in the once secure City Beautiful.

There is, undoubtedly, a need for more recruitment over the past few years in the police department. There needs to be a special task force trained for the purpose and it should have a good strength. The force should be well equipped with modern weapons, vehicles, radio cameras, etc. The administration needs to spend more money in getting manpower and latest equipment. The city should be well patrolled on 24 hours basis. A special task force should be visible around the city. This will definitely help minimise the crime. Criminals should not be allowed to escape under any circumstances. The force needs to be well trained, motivated and handsomely paid.

Ashok Khanna

Inability of police to be blamed

The brutal double murder of siblings in Sector 41 has shocked residents of Chandigarh. It was a cold-blooded murder. It is strange that the city police has been unable to pinpoint culprits. It appears that some insider is involved in the ghastly murder of the brother-sister duo. The culprits in this case must not be spared and should be brought to book.

It is shameful that such incidents of murders and robberies are committed in the city in broad daylight and the culprits are not nabbed by the police for want of “evidence”. Cases of thefts and snatchings are also on the rise in the city. All blames obviously go to the police for its inability to keep a check on such crimes.

Murders, kidnappings, snatchings and robberies have become the order of the day in Chandigarh. No woman or senior citizen is safe here today. Be it roads, parks, markets or residential areas of the city, no one seems to be safe. Windowpanes of cars are broken in the broad daylight and cash and other valuables are looted with impunity.

RK Kapoor Sector 46-C, Chandigarh

Step up criminal intelligence system

The gruesome murder of two teenagers at their residence in Sector 41 has sent shock waves in the city. There has been a constant rise in the crime graph. Not even a single day passes without hearing the news of murder, theft, snatchings, robberies or rape. To make the residents feel safe, better policing strategies are required. Besides ensuring proper trial of criminal cases, the police should keep a record of convicted criminals, who are out on bail and keep vigil on their activities. The records should be kept handy so that in case of an untoward incident, the record can be referred to. The police should step up the criminal intelligence system to get information about notorious persons moving across the city. The police should also encourage public participation to get information regarding crime occurring in the city. Residents should volunteer to share information with the police regarding crime in their area without any fear or distrust. The crime graph can be controlled with proper coordination between the police and residents. The residents must adhere to verification of tenants and servants. There should be proper coordination between police personnel of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula. There is a need to have better patrolling and manning of the entry and exit points of the tricity.

Vineet Kapoor Panchkula

Install CCTV cameras

The brutal murder of siblings in Sector 41 has sent a wave of fear among residents of the city. A lot needs to be done in order to control this rising crime graph and to make the tricity a better and safer place to live in.

There should be a constant and regular check on migrant population. CCTV cameras should be installed at important points. Residents ought to be more vigilant and are advised not to leave their houses vacant for a long period. General alertness is also important i.e. to keep an eye on any suspicious elements.

Dr Shruti K Chawla Sector 38-C, Chandigarh

Beef up security

The ruthless murder of teenaged siblings that, too, during broad daylight in Sector 41 is an eye opener.

Need of the hour is to take a note of the happenings and the police and public should both rise to meet the ongoing challenge keeping safety in mind. The police must beef up the security.

Capt Jagdish Chand Sector 24-D, Chandigarh

Conduct workshops on social behaviour

We can merely talk about strategies for doing any task. There are problems with every idea. But problems call for polishing not for demolition.

Being an educationist, I always feel that present day students lack in social behaviour. As parents we are building them to be so dependent and self-centered, which poses a threat to society. Neighbourhood has a vital role to play in the present scenario. How’s that possible that two siblings have been murdered and next-door neighbours don’t have a clue about it?

There should be proper seminars and workshops on social behaviour in the schools. The parents should feel responsible to give enough quality time to their children and make them aware of how to be safe.

Meenakshi Lamba




AIG insurance company told to refund Rs 1,76,700
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 25
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-II has directed Tata AIG General Insurance Company Limited (opposite party number 3) to refund Rs 1,76,700
to a Panchkula-based firm towards repair charges of the car.

The district forum comprising president Lakshman Sharma and members, Madhu Mutneja and Jaswinder Singh Sidhu, while dismissing the complaint against M/s Krishna Automobiles (opposite party number 1) and M/s BMW India Private Limited (opposite party number 2) directed the opposite party number 3 to pay Rs 7,000 as the cost of litigation to the complainant firm.

The counsel for the complainant firm, M/s Ayushveda Informatics (India) Pvt Ltd, submitted that the company purchased one BMW 3 Series car from opposite party No. 1 and the said car was got insured by the firm from opposite party No. 3, which was valid till March 1, 2011. The car started indicating low engine oil when it had just covered 9,000 km.

The complainant immediately approached the opposite party No. 1 on September 11, 2010, which refilled the engine oil and carried out other necessary repairs. However, when the firm owner was taking his car back, it suddenly stopped in the middle of the road due to heavy rainwater.

As there was some fault in the engine of the car, two of its cylinders were replaced and an estimate of Rs 1,59,244 was prepared by opposite party No. 1. It was averred that as the car was under warranty, its repair was to be done free of cost or repair charges were to be paid by opposite party No. 3. At the time of delivery of the car, opposite party No.1 charged a total amount of Rs 1,76,770 from the complainant.

The counsel for the opposite party No. 1 pleaded that neither there is any allegation in the complaint nor any expert opinion has been placed on record to prove that there was any manufacturing defect in the engine of the car. The hydrostatic lock that had occurred in the engine was due to the ingestion of water in the engine through air and oil filter as water was also found in oil. According to the opposite party No. 1, the plea of opposite party No.3 that there was no external impact to the engine has no force.

The opposite party No. 2 averred that the said vehicle was in a perfect running condition and there was no problem/complaint at all. The vehicle had covered 9,414 km and despite the owner’s manual instructions and advice of the dealer not to take the car through waterlogged areas and not to re-ignite the engine in case it stopped, the complainant drove his car through waterlogged road, which resulted in hydraulic locking of the car.

The opposite party No.3 pleaded surveyor assessed the amount to the tune of Rs 67,192 (Rs 53,059 for the standard cover and Rs 13,913 for add-on cover-depreciation reimbursement). When the claim amount was offered to the complainant, they refused to accept the same.



Admn sends panel of 3 IPS men to MHA
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 25
The UT Administration has sent a panel of three IPS officers to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for the post of SP (traffic). It is the same panel, which was sent to the UT Administration by the Haryana government.

Sources revealed that after completing all documents, including annual confidential reports (ACRs) of these three officers, the Haryana government had forwarded these names to the UT Administration. Thereafter, the UT Administration has forwarded these names to the MHA.

Earlier the UT Administration had informed the Haryana government to either submit the complete ACR of these three IPS officers or sent the fresh panel after fulfilling the required documents.

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

Earlier, the UT Administration had raised objections in the earlier panel of three IPS officers, Sibhash Kabiraj, Saurabh Singh and Rajender Kumar. Thereafter, the Haryana government had sent the fresh panel.

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



Development at Mohali in instalments 
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

The new bus stand under construction in Mohali.
The new bus stand under construction in Mohali.

Mohali, December 25
Being an election year, the five-year-old district witnessed an unprecedented development activity ranging from widening of major roads to construction of sports complex in different parts of the city.

A populist decision to constitute a municipal corporation (MC) for Mohali boomeranged, when the state government, owing to its political compulsions, failed to initiate development works through the headless civic body.

Instead, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) was roped in to carry forward the basic jobs such as putting up sector guide maps, carpeting of roads, and providing high mast lights in commercial markets of the city as the civic body had insufficient funds to carry out the works.
In the absence of a bus queue shelter, residents wait for a bus under scorching sun on the road separating Phases VII and VIII in Mohali.
In the absence of a bus queue shelter, residents wait for a bus under scorching sun on the road separating Phases VII and VIII in Mohali.

On seeing the headless civic body, former Mohali councillors got an interim stay on the formation of municipal corporation. The term of councillors in the previous municipal council ended abruptly 11 months ago after the council was dissolved, leaving the elected representatives fuming.

With the elections round the corner and the code of conduct likely to be enforced later this month, the state government has fixed deadlines for completing various new development works.

Apart from starting new projects, the Deputy Chief Minister laid a foundation stone of the projects that were already midway. However, in the pre-election din, the Akalis failed to keep track of the projects that had been pending for implementation since 2009. For example, the augmentation of Kajauli water works and city bus service project is yet to see the light of the day.
Work under way at the hockey stadium in Mohali.
Work under way at the hockey stadium in Mohali.

The multi-storeyed inter-state bus terminus (ISBT) has twice missed its deadline in October and December.

Though the state government claims to have pumped in Rs 1,467 crore to carry out major infrastructure development works in the district, the basic amenities in the developed sectors still need to be upgraded. The issue of regularisation of hundreds of building violations (as announced by the government) still remains to be implemented.

In the real estate sector, history was repeated when a whopping 1.5 lakh application was received for Mullanpur Eco City. Apart from giving change of land use (CLU) to a number of private projects, GMADA kept the real estate sector charged with Mullanpur Eco City, IT City, Medicity, multi-storeyed flats in Sector 88, and 2,000 booths in different parts of the city.


l Widening of 3.5-km long commercial street passing through Mohali begins.

l Work on five sports complex begins.

l Issuing of smart cards begins at District Transport Office.

l Indian School of Business (ISB) starts classes at its upcoming campus in Knowledge City

l GMADA comes up with IT city and Mullanpur eco city project

l Landowners given compensation of Rs 1.69 crore

l Work on district administrative complex-cum-judicial complex begins

l Mohali gets Baba Banda Singh Memorial at Chappar Chiri


l Municipal corporation status for Mohali stayed by the High Court

l Public transport system still in pipeline

l Work on Kajauli water works yet to begin

l Completion of ISBT delayed.



Tricity SCAN
No water supply in afternoon

There will be no afternoon water supply to Sectors 20 C and D, 21 C and D, Sectors 31 to 34, Sectors 44 to 47 and Industrial Area, Phase II, on Monday.

While Christmas was celebrated in the tricity in a traditional way by paying obeisance at churches, singing Christmas carols and exchanging gifts and cakes, an off-beat activity for children was organised by The British School on the Chandigarh Club premises.

The school organised a painting competition that was open to any school student in the age group of 4-8 years and 8 years and above. The initiative was taken to provide an opportunity to school children to make full use of their creativity and talent, to paint a subject of their choice with “Christmas as its theme”.

Folk dancers, singers delight audience

As many as 80 well-known folk dancers and singers from Uttarakhand regaled the vast crowd of 15,000 persons during Gadah Utsav Rangat, 2011, organised by the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) and Gadahwal Sabha at Kalagram here today.

The domiciles of Almora, Kumaon and Gadhwal, now settled in tricity and Parwanoo for better pastures, thronged the venue and relished the folk culture of their land. Acclaimed folk singers like Kalpana Chauhan, Leela Nautiyal, Rohit

Chauhan, Anand Kornaga and Divya Dutta brought alive the Gadhwali pastoral culture. Artistes also presented folk dances as audience applauded for popular genres of “Thorya Chofla” and “Khatuali”.

133 take exam

As many as 133 students from the tricity, on Sunday, appeared in the final round of Aakash National Talent Hunt Exam-2011(ANTHE-2011) organised by Aakash Institute/Aakash IIT-JEE, a coaching institute. Over 3,500 students appeared in the preliminary round of ANTHE-2011 held on November 27, 2011.

12 schools take part in brain bee contest

The fifth Chandigarh Regional Brain Bee (a neuroscience contest), was held at the Advanced Eye Centre, PGIMER, Chandigarh. The event was organised by the joint efforts of department of neurology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, and Indian National Brain Bee (INBB ), Hyderabad. The aim was to capture the imagination of youth and inspire them to pursue a career in neuroscience research.

This year for the first time, the contest witnessed contestants from 12 schools, including a student from Amritsar.

Dr Dheeraj Khurana, MD, DM, additional professor, department of neurology, PGIMER, officiated regional rounds of the championship.

Gurrein Kaur Madan of Delhi Public School, Amritsar, emerged as the regional Brain Bee Champion -2012, M Shruti of Carmel Convent School and Jasmine of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh, finished as runners-up.

The regional brain bees will compete at the national level to be held in Bangaluru in April, 2012, and the ‘best brain of India’ will participate in the 13th International Brain Bee final to be held in South Africa in mid-2012

NGOs celebrate Christmas with elderly

The social welfare department and Sai Tara Ummat Foundation, along with other NGOs like Support a Child and Citizen Awareness Group, celebrated Christmas with the inmates of Old Age Home, Sector 15, on Sunday. Sat Gopal, IAS, chairman, Chandigarh Housing Board, UT, was the chief guest. Varsha Khangwal, director, social welfare, was the guest of honour. Muktesh Diwan, a renowned T-Series artist, and his party sang devotional songs.

National integration camp

A seven-day national integration camp was inaugurated by Jagdeep Singh Cheema, a member of BOG, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, New Delhi. A total of 160 participants from seven states, including Haryana, Rajasthan, Sikkim, MP, UP, Himachal and Chandigarh will be contesting in different events. JS Kooner, zonal director, NYKS-Punjab and Chandigarh, spoke on the concept of national integration camps being organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan throughout the country. A cultural programme was performed by teams from Sikkim, Rajasthan, UP, MP, Haryana, Himachal and Chandigarh.

Mohali SCAN


The “Old Yadavindrians Annual Reunion” proved to be a colourful event, a press release stated on Sunday. A “Western Dance Group” mesmerised all. This was also the 25th year of passing out of the batch of 1986. The batch was honoured by the association as has been the tradition.

Annual prize distribution function

Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, Mohali, organised an annual prize distribution function. Students presented a cultural programme. The function commenced with the lighting of the lamp by director DS Bedi, which was followed by Saraswati Vandana. Headmistress Baldeep Kaur read out the annual report. Students showcased the culture of various states through Kashmiri dance, Himachali nati, Western dance, Goan dance and bhangra. A puppet show and Japanese dance were the main attraction. Young boys and girls danced to the tune of “Kolawari”. The students also exhibited the hidden talent and emotions through English and Hindi group songs. —TNS



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