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3 teens seriously hurt in mortar shell explosion
Found it abandoned near the Naraingarh firing range close to Raipur Rani; were trying to break it open
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 28
Three teenagers were seriously injured when they tried to break a mortar shell found abandoned near the Naraingarh firing range near Raipur Rani here today. The three victims, identified as Raman (15), Kulwinder (13) and Gulshan (18), were rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh, after removing the shrapnels from their bodies at a local hospital.

The teenagers were playing near the Army firing range in the afternoon when they found the mortar shell. The three took the shell near a government school wall and tried to break it open, resulting in a blast. The three were hit by shrapnels, injuring them seriously.

After hearing the sound of the blast, local residents rushed to the spot and informed the police, which arrived immediately on the spot.

SHO Raipurrani said investigations were being held as to how the three teenagers found the mortar shell near the firing range. He said the injured were not in a position to tell anything about the incident.

Earlier too such incidents have occurred in the area, resulting in the loss of lives.

Past incidents

October 2, 2003: Two Army men killed when a mortar shell was being broken for brass in old Panchkula
June 26, 2007: Four members of a family, including three children, from Raipur Rani in Panchkula died in shell blast
March 13, 2008: Three CRPF personnel killed and 11 seriously injured in a similar incident
May 2, 2008: An ITBP man killed and nine seriously injured when a hand grenade went off prematurely
September 13, 2009: Two boys and a youth killed while 12 others, including two women, were injured in an explosion at Ambedkar Colony in Sector 21
April 23, 2010: Two persons injured after a live shell exploded at Kharak Mangoli village
September 16, 2011: A Head Constable with the CRPF was killed and three others were seriously injured when a hand grenade went off prematurely near Raipur Rani



600 kg of waste still lying on GMCH-32 premises
Despite 400 kg biomedical waste burnt at incinerator of the PGI and GMSH-16 on Saturday
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
Even after managing to destroy 400 kg of biomedical waste (BMW) at the incinerator of the PGI and the GMSH-16 today, over 600 kg of waste was still lying on the premises of the GMCH-32.

Chandigarh Tribune had yesterday reported how 900 kg of BMW had been lying in the open behind Block B of the OPD building. Since the hospital doesn’t have an incinerator of its own, it usually sends the BMW to the GMSH-16 and the PGI for destruction, but the hospitals have been refusing to accept the waste for the past few days.

Sources said the GMSH-16 incinerator had been underperforming due to tripping since Tuesday and the PGI had refused to accept the waste as their incinerator was overloaded.

According to the GMCH-32 authorities, the PGI and the GMSH-16 accepted 200 kg each for destruction this morning. However, over 100 kg was generated today, taking the total waste to 600 kg.

Expressing concern, a senior faculty member of the hospital said the callousness shown by the authorities and the poor coordination with their counterparts in the PGI and the GMSH-16 had created a piquant situation, exposing hundreds of people, including the hospital staff, patients and visitors, to infections.

Faculty members also expressed surprise that despite Chandigarh Tribune report, neither the UT administration nor the pollution control authorities in the city had taken immediate steps for the destruction of the waste. “Why can’t the waste be destroyed at a private incinerator in Mohali or nearby place?” asked a senior faculty of the hospital. A senior official in the hospital administration said the hospital had applied for the installation of an incinerator on its own premises, but the UT Pollution Control Board refused its proposal on the plea that the city would have a common biomedical waste plant. That would cater to the requirement of all hospitals in the city, including the PGI. However, the issue of construction of the biomedical waste plant at the dumping ground site, Dadumajra, has been hanging fire for the past many years.



Baby girl killed in jhuggi fire
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
A two-year-old baby girl, Laxmi, was burnt to death after a fire broke out in a forest area near a jhuggi at Kaimbwala this evening. According to the fire department, a fire broke out at 3:45 pm in the forest area near the jhuggi. Later it spread to engulf the jhuggi.

An official said the cause of the fire had not be ascertained so far. The fire brigade controlled the fire in two hours. Fire official Dasundhi Ram, who was heading the operation, revealed that there was nobody at home when the jhuggi caught fire in which a two-year-old child was sleeping. As there is no hut adjoining it nobody came to rescue the child. The official said when the fire team reached the spot the hut had completely burnt.

He said members of the family came much later. They handed over the burnt child to the police which took it to the PGI where the doctors declared her brought dead.



Mohali assembly segment
70 cartons of IMFL seized
Tribune News Service

Police officials inspect bottles of liquor seized in Balongi village on Saturday.
Liquor Haul: Police officials inspect bottles of liquor seized in Balongi village on Saturday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, January 28
In the biggest liquor seizure in the Mohali assembly segment so far, a surveillance team of the Election Department today seized 70 cartons of the Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) in three different cases.

In the morning, the surveillance team in coordination with the Excise Department, raided a house in Balongi and recovered 61 cartons of a popular brand of the IMFL from an under construction house in Balongi. One person, Kesar Singh, who was present on the spot, told the raiding team that the liquor had been kept by a SAD supporter. The liquor had reached the house last night.

Inquiries by the police revealed that the cartons had been downloaded from a truck last night. Incidentally, a SAD rally had been organised at Balongi last evening. The police has registered a case under the Excise Act and is probing the source of the liquor consignment.

Meanwhile, the police today arrested seven persons in connection with the January 26 incident at Amb Sahib Colony (Jagatpura) in which an unruly mob attacked a flying squad team of the election wing that had gone to raid a place where liquor bottles had been hidden. The officials had received minor injuries in the stone pelting by the mob.

Soon after the team seized the liquor bottles kept in a sack, the unruly mob attacked it and broke window panes of its vehicle.

Police officials said the suspects, Sonu, Sunil, Lal Singh, Ram Avtar, Paramjit, Charan and Prem Lal had been arrested. A case under Sections 148, 149, 186, 307, 353 and 427 of the IPC had been registered against them.


Campaigning ends, focus shifts to meetings
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 28
The last day of canvassing saw the BSP candidate, Manav Mehra, holding a roadshow in Mohali. Along with the former participant of Big Boss, Dolly Bindra, Mehra’s cavalcade wound its way through the residential and commercial areas of the city.

While addressing public rallies at Barhmajra Colony and Balongi, Mehra said: “I will work for villages and colonies of the Mohali constituency on priority. They have always been neglected by all the leaders.”

He said: “All the people living in colonies are living under pathetic conditions. Both the Congress and the Akali Dal have ruled for decades and both the parties have just exploited people living here. Once the BSP wins, this is going to change within first year. They have just used people of the rural areas of the Mohali constituency as vote banks and nothing more than that. Some of the villages do not even have proper link roads and water and sewerage facilities. This is what I will fight for.”

The Congress candidate, Balbir Singh Sidhu, held sector-level meetings to woo the voters. Addressing gatherings in different parts of the constituency, he said sensing its defeat the SAD was stooping to things like distributing liquor to entice voters. He said the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president, Capt Amarinder Singh, acknowledged that Mohali was a gateway of Punjab and was to be developed as a showcase city. He said the PPCC chief had very big plans for the city and had assured him that its representative would be assigned a very important position in the coming Congress government so that Mohali can be nurtured well.

On the other hand, the SAD candidate, Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, organised meetings in different parts of the city. He said the Congress candidate had made big promises in the past five years but he had not done anything for the city but to increase his liquor business and demoralise the residents of Mohali. He said the upcoming international airport and the IT park were reflective of the development agenda of the SAD.

The PPP candidate, Bir Devinder went for door-to-door campaigning in the Mohali markets starting from his office in Phase 5. He said he was getting tremendous response from the youth who wanted a change in the system.



A hectic day for Mann
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 28
It is the repeated request for his fans to sing the opening lines of one of his hit numbers “Mai teri maan di boli ayan” that Harbhajan Mann, famous Punjabi singer and actor, cannot not afford to ignore.

The famous Punjabi singer was campaigning for his uncle, Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, the SAD candidate from the Mohali Assembly segment.

Before he finishes with the request to sing the opening lines from song “Mai teri maan di boli ayan” while addressing a small gathering of SAD supporters in HE quarters in Phase 7 here, a group of girls asks for his autograph. He acknowledges before moving ahead for a door-to-door campaign.

The singer finds himself exhausted as he moves from one phase to another to seek votes for the SAD candidate. On the way to the next residential pocket, Harbhajan is welcomed with nuts and resin while his fans and children follow him in different localities.

While trying to draw a parlance between his singing songs on promotion of Punjabi culture, Harbhajan draws the attention of the crowd towards the selfless social service rendered by Ramoowalia for the Punjab youth and women.



City mourns author’s death
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 28
Members of the Punjab Arts Council and its three akademis were in a deep shock to know about the sudden demise of its former chairman and the most distinguished Punjabi writer Sardar Kartar Singh Duggal.

Duggal had done a yeoman task in bringing laurels to Punjabi literature, art and general life by establishing Virsa Vihar Kendras in all major cities of Punjab. His remarkable writings have been translated into a number of foreign and Indian languages. The President of India had honoured him with Padma Bhushan. Besides, had had won many national and international awards like Soviet Land Nehru Award, National Sahit Akademi Award and an award by the Council of Indian Languages.

PAC chairperson Bibi Harjinder Kaur, Prof Rajpal Singh, Col Jasbir Bhullar, Dr Nahar Singh shared their memories of time spent with this great author. Sardar HS Khalsa, Dr SM Kant, Sardar Ranjodh Singh, RM Singh, Prof KK Tiwana, Dr Nirmal Dutt and Dr Rama Rattan paid tributes to the doyen of Punjabi literature.



MRI machine inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
An MRI machine with configuration of 1.5 tesla of Siemens was inaugurated today at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16.

The machine has been installed on the basis of Public Private Partnership (PPP) with SSS Diagnostic and Research Centre. The service will be available for 24 hours for the patients reporting in Emergency apart from OPD and indoor patients. This will reduce the diagnostic time and also the referral load on other tertiary hospitals.



Nucleic acid testing machine

Chandigarh, January 28
Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT) lab in the Department of Transfusion Medicine at the PGI was inaugurated by Adviser to the UT Administrator K K Sharma here on Wednesday.

The inaugural function was presided over by the Director, PGI, prof YK Chawla. This is the first NAT facility for blood screening in the region and has been set up at a cost of Rs 1 crore. — TNS



Mohali godown robbery cracked
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 28
With the arrest of two youngsters, the Mohali police claims to have solved the robbery that took place on January 25 where miscreants looted two employees of a godown in Phase-7, Industrial Area. The police had registered the case against two persons on a complaint of Vishal, driver of a Canter.

The suspects have been identified as Sandeep Singh, alias Pinki, a resident of Mohali village, and Rajinder Sharma, a resident of Sector 38, Chandigarh.

Giving the information, SSP, Mohali, GS Bhullar stated that the police team led by DSP City-1 Sharanjit Singh had set up a naka near Dara Studio, Phase-6, where they stopped a motor cycle for checking. The SSP said during the checking, the police team recovered a .32 pistol, sharp-edged weapon, an empty cartridge and one cartridge from Sandeep Singh and a bag containing Rs 2,000 that was snatched from the employees and a steel punch.

He said cases of loot were registered against them in Chandigarh also.

11 cars challaned

Zirakpur: The police also challaned 11 cars parked outside a mall on Thursday. A police official said the vehicles were challaned under Section 283 (danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation) as these were parked on the highway and obstructing the smooth flow of traffic.



Tricity scan
Chandigarh scan
Blood donation camp

As many as 225 units of blood were donated at the 25th blood donation camp organised by the Canara Bank Officers' Association, Chandigarh Region, here on the occasion of Republic Day. The camp was held in association with the department of transfusion medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh. Pragraj Sharma (176th time), Gulab Singh (71st time) and Atul Kapoor (39th time) were the star donors at the blood camp inaugurated by LK Vaid, general manager, Canara Bank, Chandigarh. Members of the association, along with their families from Chandigarh and nearby places, came forward for donating blood.

Kerala Samajam function

The Kerala Samajam will celebrate its 38th anniversary and New Year on Sunday at Bakhna Bhawan, Sector 29, Chandigarh. A cultural troupe from Kerala, Trichur Guiness, will perform various entertainment functions on the occasion. The function will begin at 4:30 pm

Students visit old-age home

The senior citizens living at Chandigarh’s Old Age Home in Sector 15 were pleasantly surprised when as many as 70 students of Chhaya School of Art, Chandigarh, paid them a visit. Kaushik Sinha, chairman of Chhaya School of Art, said, “The trip of students was organised today to show our concern for these people who spend most of their time alone and need support from their near and dear ones. The motive was to make them feel that they were not alone.” The students also presented a one and a half hour long cultural programme for them. This included a 10 minute play on‘Atrocities taking place against females in modern day India’.

Basant Utsav

The department of tourism, Chandigarh, in association with the Environment Society of India will organise Chandigarh Basant Utsav-2012 here. To mark the occasion, a musical evening would be held on January 29 at Leisure Valley in Sector 10 from 5:00 pm in which noted singers, namely, Rana Jogeshwar and Dr Pradip Bhardwaj would sing the songs of Kishore Kumar, Mohammad Rafi and Mukesh. A look-alike of Amitabh Bachchan would present a programme which is being mentioned as the special attraction of the evening.

Kite-flying competition

The kite flying competition held by Shemrock School, Mohali, and Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik on Basant Panchmi was won by the teams of Gurpreet and Janpreet in category 1 (class VI-VIII), and Rishab and Simarjeet in Category 2 (Class IX-X). A total of 170 students of the school participated in the competition. The participants were cheered on by a crowd of about 400 students and members of Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik. The other winners in category 1 were the teams of Gurdeep and Zorawar (2nd) and Paras and Rabjit (3rd). In Category 2, Jatin and Vijaypal were second while Karanveer and Karamvir stood third. The winners were selected on the basis of the elevation reached by their kites and the duration for which they remained air-borne. The contest lasted for about half an hour. According to Ashok Laroia, president, Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik, “The basic objective of holding the competition was to inculcate team spirit and a competitive streak in young students. It was also a good opportunity to inform students about the reason Basant Panchmi is celebrated.”

Power shutdown

The electricity supply will remain suspended in some parts of Sectors 8-B and 8-C from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm tomorrow.

College placement

Three students from the DAV College have been selected by Infosys and to work as instructional designers, while 17 BBA and BCA students have managed to get jobs in the IBM. With the revival of the placement cell in the college, three students of MA English - Poorva Trikha, Gurmangeet Kaur and Naman - have made it to the final selection list of Infosys for the position of instructional designer.

Dr VK Vats, coordinator, placement cell, said that the students succeeded because of their hard work. “The colleges is also planning to hold a placement fest in February and is expecting to have more students placed in similar companies,”he said. Meanwhile, under the aegis of the placement cell, a workshop on ‘Ethical Hacking and Information Security’ was organised by the college’s IT department. More than 100 students and 30 faculty members attended the workshop. Techniques to secure and prevent Internet accounts from cyber abuse was highly appreciated by the participants. They also familiarised themselves with the techniques to have a secure Internet experience.

mohali scan
Webcast of surgery

Fortis Hospital, Mohali, announced that starting today, Dr Manuj Wadhwa, director and head, department of orthopaedics and joint replacement, will conduct a series of special live demonstrations for surgeons to train them on knee arthroplasty through live webcast and audio conference between Fortis Hospitals in Mohali and Chennai. This special module is a part of the ‘Intermediate Arthroplasty Course’ which is a comprehensive training program meant for surgeon-candidates interested in exploring the nuances of primary arthroplasty for hip and knee. This webcast from Fortis Hospital, Mohali, will enable a host of surgeons to view the intricacies of surgeries which cannot be seen by the eyes, even in operation theatres.

Basant Pachmi celebrated

Students of Ashmah International School, Mohali, celebrated Basant Panchmi with great fervour and enthusiasm.Principal Roopinder Ghuman JS Kesar was the chief guest on this occasion. The function started with a rendition of ‘Saraswati Vandana’. The event saw cultural presentation being made by the teachers and the students, for once, had the opportunity to just sit back and enjoy their performances. Everyone present in the event was also treated with yellow rice.

Tree plantation

The tree plantation week was celebrated by the students of Anees School, Sector 69, with great enthusiasm. The school also organised collage-making competition on this occasion. Tree saplings were planted in the two campuses of the school in Mohali and Kharar. Aneet Goyal, Chairman, Aneet Group of Schools inaugurated the venture by planting a sapling. He said that the dedication of teachers and students was laudable. Harjeet Grewal, principal, distributed plant saplings to all the staff members and students.

panchkula scan
Basant panchmi celebrations

The students of The British School, Panchkula, celebrated ‘Basant Panchmi’ with joy and fervor, offering prayers to Goddess Saraswati. The students were dressed colourfully and brought yellow-coloured food in their lunch boxes. The teaching staff too was seen wearing yellow-coloured clothes. —TNS



Nursery Admissions
Education department plans to invite applications afresh
Poor response to nursery admissions in govt schools
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
After witnessing the lukewarm response for admissions to nursery in government schools, the UT education department is planning to invite applications once again in a bid to fill all the seats.

For around 2500 seats available, the department managed to get not more than 1200 applications.

A meeting would be held on Monday for the final decision.

DPI schools Sandeep Hans said that all the schools have been asked to prepare the data reagrding seats left vacant, on the basis of which further decision would be taken. “We are planning that admissions to the applicants who have already applied will be made first and fresh applications will be invited after that,” DPI said.

The DPI further said that, if required, the rule that the applicants can be submitted only in school in their neighbourhood would also be relaxed. “In a bid to fill all the seats, the rule can be relaxed after first round applicants are dealt with,” he said.

He also added that there were a few schools that received more applications then the seats they offered. “Government Model School in Sector 8 and 10, Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra, have received a large number of applications,” he added.



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