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Body found in trench
Victim was a B.Tech student; family alleges foul play
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
The body of a 21-year-old student of B.Tech at Chitkara University, Baddi, was found lying under mysterious circumstaces in a muddy trench along a roadside in Sector 48 here this morning.

The victim was identified as Manav Garg, a resident of Sector 45.

A passerby, who spotted the body in the wee hours of the morning, informed the police about the body. The body was taken to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here, where doctors declared him brought dead.

Manav’s family alleged foul play behind his death. According to Ramesh Garg, the victim’s father, the victim had entered into a scuffle three days ago with a group of students and again he indulged in a verbal fight after some college students taunted a girl accompanying him yesterday.

Though the police said that no injury marks had been found on the victim’s body, sources said the police had rounded up a few boys and a Palampur-based girl, who was believed to be with the victim in his college on the day of the incident. All of them were being questioned by DSP BS Negi till late evening.

“As per the daily routine, I dropped him at the pick up spot of the college bus at around 7.15 am. After that in evening at around 5 pm some dean of the college called me form Manav’s mobile, stating that his son has been held back due to the scuffle that took place in the day and he had taken his mobile into his custody,” said Ramesh. At 6 pm my wife (Poonam) received another call from a girl, who usually accompanied Manav to the college, stating that they would be coming together and would get late, added Ramesh.

As per family members after the girl’s call, the victim’s phone went out of reach. The family members searched for him for whole night and also contacted his friends, but failed in their effort.

“In the morning, a PCR vehicle came to our house and told us that they had found our address from the wallet of the victim. I was shocked after visiting the spot. The body of my son was full of mud,” said Ramesh.

However, the investigating officer stated that no injury marks had been found on the victim’s body.“The body will be examined tomorrow by a team of doctors at the Sector 32 hospital. On primary investigation no injury marks had been found. The case will be register once the report will come in our hands” said Raghubir, the investigating officer.



PGI Incident
Patient died before fire in equipment: Court
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Less than a year after patient Ghinder Singh was allegedly burnt to death in the PGI, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has concluded that he was dead before the flames engulfed recovery ward number five.

The assertion came as Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Mahesh Grover closed a petition filed in the matter by Malta Boat Tragedy Probe Mission through its chairman Balwant Singh Khera.

In its petition against the Union of India and other respondents, the Mission had sought inquiry into the incident on June 27, 2011. The petitioner had contended that Ghinder Singh, admitted to the PGI with multiple illnesses, was sought to be resuscitated by the use of a defibrillator in the recovery ward.

But electric sparks came out of the defibrillator and burnt the bandage, resulting in burn injuries on different parts of the body.

Referring to an affidavit filed on behalf of the PGI, the Bench observed: “According to the PGI, adequate safety measures are in place to protect the building and the inmates from accidental fire.”The Bench added: “From the pleadings contained in the reply filed by the PGI, it is evident that Ghinder Singh was suffering from multiple illnesses and on June 27. 2011, his heart stopped functioning.”

“It is, at this stage, that the defibrillator machine was used to revive the patient. The defibrillator machine is an electric instrument by which a shock therapy is given to the heart. In many situations, such a therapy works and the heart gets revived.

”The advantages of a defibrillator machine are several and being an electric instrument the sparks emanating from such a machine have to be understood to be accidental. When the PGI in the affidavit filed had already stated that the heart of the patient had stopped for which reason the defibrillator machine had to be deployed, the question of the patient dying because of burn injuries, as asserted by the petitioner, cannot arise.”

The Bench added: “While the petitioner claims the doctors and the staff had run away, according to the PGI, the fire that damaged the bandages on the body of the deceased and caused superficial injuries was put off and further steps in the procedure that the patient was undergoing were continued.”

“We are of the view that the patient Ghinder had already died prior to the incident complained of in the present proceedings and the fire which seems to be accidental was not responsible for the death of Ghinder Singh.”



UT finalises vendor
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
With the finalisation of a vendor through bids here today, the process of affixing high-security registration plates (HSRPs) will begin shortly in the city.
Out of the total three bids, the vendor with the lowest bid was selected.

Though the authorities preferred to remain tight-lipped on the issue of charges, name of the vendor and other details of the bid, highly placed sources claimed that the charges of the HSRP for four-wheelers would be not more than Rs 450, while for the two-wheelers it would be nearly Rs 150.

Notably, in August last year, when the “overzealous” UT Administration had launched the HSRP project on August 1, the charges were between Rs 650 and Rs 700 for four-wheelers and nearly Rs 400 for two-wheelers by the three vendors, who had set up their shop that time.

“In the financial bids, the rates were quoted very less,” said the sources.

Parshuram Kavle, UT Registration and Licensing Authority, said he was not able to comment as the name of the selected vendor would be sent to the Secretary (transport) for approval first.

“Following the approval, the bidder would be sent a letter of intent. After some formalities, the tender would be allotted to him,” said Kavle.

Kavle chose to remain tight-lipped on how much the HSRP would cost to customer in the city.

“This all would be worked out later,” he added.

The UT Administration had launched the project of affixing the HSRPs on August 1 last year without floating any tender in this regard. But the project had been stalled on August 30 following the apex court reprimand to the administration for not adopting the proper procedure in the issue.

The apex court has set March 31 as the deadline for the UT Administration for implementing the HSRPs.

The Supreme court set April 30, 2012, as the deadline for all new vehicles to have the HSRPs, while for the old vehicles, the deadline was set as June 15. 


Accused to turn approver
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 11
In the infamous case of gang rape on wheels in Panchkula, in which two students had raped their friend’s minor sister, an accused now wants to turn prosecution’s approver.

To become an approver, accused Marshal Arora of the NAC, Manimajra, a BA student of a private college in Chandigarh, had already filed an application in the Panchkula District Courts.

In this case, the police had already filed a charge sheet against Sahil Puri, a resident of Sector 2 and mechanical engineering student at a Baddi-based private university, and Marshal Arora.

Marshal Arora, in his application, had stated: “The applicant is in the knowledge of certain facts regarding the case which have not been brought to the kind notice of this court by the investigation agency.

The applicant wants to bring the material facts in the case before the court which are very much necessary for the just and fair decision in the case.”

Pointing finger at the Panchkula police, he states in his application that at the time of 
his arrest, he had requested the police to record his statement and true facts about the case but the police did not pay any heed to his request.

In his application, he had sought the permission from the court to allow him to become an approver of the prosecution in the case.

It was on a complaint of the victim’s family, that the Panchkula police on June 28 arrested Sahil Puri and Marshal Arora.

An FIR was lodged under Sections 363 (kidnapping), 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing a woman to compel her into marriage) and 376-G (gang rape) against both the accused at the Sector 5 police station.

The victim’s father had said the accused were known to his son and often used to visit their house. He said on June 26 he had gone out for some work and on return he found his daughter missing.

He said after looking for her for sometime, he informed the police and soon the accused threw her near the gate and fled in a car.

In his complaint to the police, the victim’s father had stated that the accused had taken advantage of their absence from the house and forcibly took the girl with them. They had made her consume liquor.

Later, the accused had raped her inside the car.



Body found under mysterious circumstances
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, February 11
ex-serviceman, who was working as a security guard in a factory at Singhpura village, was found dead under mysterious circumstance here today. The deceased was identified as Surjit Singh (50), a resident of Pathankot.

However, a police officer said the deceased might have died due to excessive drinking but the exact cause of death would be ascertained after a post-mortem report.

The investigating official stated that they got the information that a man in his mid-fifties was lying near the fields in Singhpura village. The official said the police team was trying to contact the family members of the deceased.

The body has been kept at the Civil Hospital for the post-mortem. An inquest proceeding has been initiated.



Mohali dealer penalised for delivering old car model
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 11
The Mohali District Disputes Redressal Forum has held a Mohali-based car dealer guilty for passing off a 2010 model Alto car as a 2011 model. Levying a penalty of Rs 20,000 on the dealer, Chittosho Motors, the forum comprising BS Mehandiratta, president, Dr SS Dhaliwal and HK Ghuman, both members, held him guilty on account of deficiency in service.

In a petition before the forum, Amarjit Kaur, a resident of Mundi Complex, Sector 70, SAS Nagar, stated that on January 7, 2011, she visited the dealer’s office to buy a Maruti Alto car. She was in the need of this car but did not purchase it and waited for the arrival of 2011 only for the reason that the car should be of 2011 model. She did so due to the fact that the value of the car purchased in the last month of 2010 would depreciate.

After buying the car in January, 2011, she got the car registered vide registration No. PB-65-M-5560. But she was shocked to know from the registration certificate that the month and the year of manufacturing of the car was October, 2010. She is not a well-educated lady and trusted the dealing officials of the dealer. She alleged that the dealer intentionally cheated her and delivered her the vehicle manufactured in 2010 instead of the one manufactured in 2011. She also came to know that the dealer had been giving a rebate on the 2010 model of the car in November and December, 2010, for clearance of its stock of the cars manufactured in 2010. However, while selling the car in question, the dealer did not disclose that she was being sold an old 2010 model of the car. The party charged full market value of the car without giving any rebate.

The dealer, however, claimed that at the time of delivery she was clearly told by its officials that Alto cars manufactured in 2010 only were available with them. As such, the complainant deposited the sale amount and took delivery of the car. She was issued a sale certificate in which month and year of manufacturing was clearly mentioned as October, 2010. It was not possible to deliver 2011 model of the car to any customer in the first week of January, 2011, because manufacturing of new model car starts in the middle of the first month.

After hearing both the parties, the forum directed the dealer to pay Rs 20,000 along with 9 per cent per annum interest with effect from the date of institution of the complaint, i.e. December 7, 2011.



Structures part of four-laning project: NHAI
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 11
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and Himalayan Expressway Limited (HEL) have maintained that the structures raised near the Chandimandir toll plaza are part of the four-laning of the Zirakpur- Parwanoo highway and there is no violation on their part.

Now, the District Town Planning (DTP) Department has decided to take legal opinion on this issue. The DTP, Hitesh Sharma, said they would now seek legal opinion before taking any action in this regard.

Reply submitted by the NHAI reads: “The structures have been raised on Army land. While no objection is being raised when the Army constructs any structure, we should be also treated at par with them. The structures are part of the entire four-laned Zirakpur-Parwanoo highway and without it the upcoming Chandimandir toll plaza can not become operational.”

Meanwhile, HEL also maintained that the structures mentioned in the show-cause notice were part of the four-laning project and were raised according to the agreement with NHAI. It was also submitted that the offices were essential for the smooth operation and maintenance of the project.

The DTP on January 25 had sought explanation from HEL through a show-cause notice that why the orders should not be passed to restore the land at Chandimandir for violating the Periphery Act and he also ordered to stop further construction.



Army personnel to have personalised stamps
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Defence personnel in the tricity region would be able to have their own stamps as the Army Postal Service (APS) has sought permission from the Directorate of Postal Service, New Delhi, to issue it personalised stamps.

According to the information, the in charge of the APS at the Chandimandir cantonment, has urged the Directorate of Postal Services to allow them to launch the scheme during its annual function to be held soon. This would enable the defence personnel to get their personalised stamps with their photograph, the sources added.

Confirming the same, Deepak Sharma, in charge of the Philately Department, said the Indian Postal Department had introduced a new scheme, called “My Stamp”, at the seven-day world philatelic exhibition, Indipex 2011, held in Delhi on February 12 past year. He said many persons from the city had got personalised stamps during the exhibition.

It is relevant to mention here that countries like the US, Canada and a few others have such a scheme in place.

The personalised stamps will have two detachable parts, the currency part and the photograph. The scheme is at present applicable to individuals only who can get their photo on the stamp or that of their spouses.

The cost of a 12-stamp sheet was around Rs 150 and the stamp background was available in 6 different themes like aeroplanes, panch tantra, Taj Mahal, trains, wildlife and sun signs.

Deepak Sharma said the “My stamp” was an ongoing feature and not a running one. This scheme was recently introduced for a limited period in Jammu and Kashmir and Haryana during special functions held there. He said the scheme would also be introduced in the city.



Show-cause notices to e-sampark staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Though all e-sampark and gram sampark centres remained closed today following yesterday’s strike by employees of these centres, the agitated employees do not seem in a mood to give up.

“We will continue our strike till our demands are met,” said Pardeep Kumar Dutt, president of Sampark Centres Employees’ Union.

On the other hand, the administration had also issued show-cause notices to all employees, who participated in the strike.

Dutt alleged that the notices were delivered at odd hours, between 10 pm and 11 pm last night, with directions to file reply before 4 pm this evening. “Today when we went to submit our reply, the office (SPIC) was locked,” alleged Dutt, adding that in the absence of any official, they have pasted their reply at the door of the SPIC office at Sector 12.

Yogesh Kumar, director information technology, UT, when contacted said he was out of station and could comment on the issue only after his return. “I am not aware about the development. I will return tomorrow and would be able to comment only after that,” said Yogesh Kumar.

Earlier, refuting the allegations that the employees had gone on strike without any prior intimation, the employees maintained that they have informed the authorities on January 20 about the strike. “We didn’t get any increment from the last three years. Apart from that, we are not being given our appointment letters, PF account numbers and salary slips,” said Dutt.

The turnover of these centres was Rs 1,200 crore with catering to 25 lakh (approximately) transactions in 2011, but we are being paid between Rs 4,000 and Rs 8,000, lamented the employees. The main demand of the employees is at least 40 per cent hike in their respective salaries. 



Classical soiree impresses audience
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, February 11
Kabul-based Hindustani classical vocalist holding allegiance with Patiala gharana, Eltaf Hussain Sarahang brought alive the grandeur of vocalism at the Pracheen Kala Kendra here today.

He enthralled audience with his mellifluous voice, singing genres of Hindustani classical and light classical music. In addition, he also sang folk songs of Afghanistan, which remain close to his heart.

Eltaf began the evening with raga Gaurakh Kalyan. The bada khayal composition “Anhan bhaag hamare piya ghar aaye” created a strange ambience, which promised more to come. The thumri of Patiala gharana left the audience mesmerised. The folk songs of Afghanistan made the audience demand for more.

Eltaf Hussain had a finest team of accompanists. Mehmood Khan on tabla, Muralidhar Soni on harmonium, keyboard, Satwinder Singh on dholak and Manish Sachdeva on guitar, mandolian.

SK Monga, IAS (retd), registrar Shobha Koser and secretary Sajal Koser honoured the artistes.



2 awarded for service to humanity

Mohali, February 11
The “Change-maker” awards were presented to two eminent personalities, Kanta Swaroop Krishan and Chandra Mohan, by the Rotary International at the Rotary International District 3080 two-day conference, which started at Shivalik Public School, Mohali.

The awards were presented by Rotary International directors, John C Smarge, YP Das, and District Governor Manpreet Singh. - TNS



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Annual exhibition

Students dance at the farewell party of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, on Saturday.
Students dance at the farewell party of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal 

St Anne’s Convent School, Sector32, showcased their annual exhibition, “Spectrum 2012” on the school premises. HC Negi, Income Tax Commissioner, Chandigarh, was the chief guest. He appreciated the hard work put in by the students and praised their creative skill. The primary section also put up art and craft materials.

Reduction in rate of interest

“Dena Bank would reduce the rate of interest by around 2 per cent on loans to MSMEs under different categories with immediate effect. MSMEs are the backbone of the country. For a banker, funding to the small and medium scale enterprises is the safest bet. Dena Bank would support MSMEs in all ways.” This was said by Nupur Mitra, CMD, Dena Bank, during “MSME Concave: Challenges and opportunities” organised by the Aryans Group of Colleges (AGC) in association with the Chandigarh Management Association (CMA) at Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Annual function

The annual function was organised at Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria, Chandigarh, on Saturday, which was inaugurated by spiritual-cultural luminary VPS Rao. Director of Press Information Bureau, Ashish Goyal, was the chief guest and director sports of DAV college managing committee Ravinder Talwar presided over the function. Tiny tots of pre-primary section participated in the fancy dress show, while students of middle and higher classes presented giddha on the occasion.

Educational tour

Over 500 students of classes XI and XII from five senior secondary schools of Hoshiarpur district visited the Gandhi Bhawan, Panjab University, on an educational tour on Saturday. The visit was organised by the Awareness Mission Society and provided career guidance to the students. A police inspector, Dr Kiran Preet Kaur of the social works department, PU, and career counsellor Oinam Anuradha, PU, guided the students to make a career choice and of the relation between the stream that these students will be choosing after their class XII.

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Seminar on health

“The harder kids play, the harder they fall. The fractures in children or broken bones are common and cause sudden panic among parents. Thus it is important for the parents and guardians to understand these basic trends of injury in children.” While sharing these views at a seminar on “Fracture in children- Parents guide” held at Cosmo Hospital here on Saturday, Dr Harinder Batth said according to the statistics, it was estimated that significant percentage of children sustained fracture between 0-16 years. The children have soft bones and strong ligaments. Hence, any small injury could fracture the bones rather than causing a soft tissue (ligament) injury. Talking about treatment, Dr Batth said a majority of the fractures were treated with immobilisation with slings or plaster. It was important that displaced fractures were properly aligned.

‘Village awareness’

The Entrepreneurship Cell, Rayat-Bahra Group, focused on the potential development of villages in the region on the opening day of the National Entrepreneurship Week-2012 with a public awareness campaign, titled “Village Awareness”, sponsored by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) at Rail Majra, Ropar. The campaign had Bhopal Singh, DDM NABARD, as the guest speaker and Dr Sandeep Singh Kaura, JMD, Rayat-Bahra Group, as the guest of honour. More than 500 villagers and students gathered to promote the village entrepreneurship. The students who have completed their short-term courses with NABARD at Rayat Bahra, Rail Majra campus, were given diploma certificates for accomplishing their courses on the occasion.

Students win laurels

Students from Mount Carmel School brought laurels to the school by bagging two of the four titles in the inter-school robotic competition held at The Millennium School, Mohali. The school won the best project and best teamwork titles and also shared victory in the best mission category, along with DAV School and St John High School. In the best design category, the winning schools were Carmel Convent School and St John High School.

Farewell party

Bidding adieu is always an inexplicably sad experience. To make it a memorable one, the management of St Soldier’s, Mohali, and students of class XI organised a lively function. The programme commenced with a soulful rendition of “Ishwar Ya Allah Ye Pukar Sun Le” by a group of class XI students. A humorous skit enthralled audience. “School di zindagi ho gayi parayai”, melodiously performed with a dhol, mesmerised one and all. Based on the quick-wittedness of the candidates, Nikhil was adjudged Mr Perfect, Sachdeep as Ms Perfect, Amrinder as Mr SSICS and Shivangi as Ms SSICS.

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Adieu to seniors

The students of class IX hosted a farewell party for their seniors at Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, here on Saturday. Senior students honoured their teachers by awarding them with titles. The programme concluded with the crowning of Arpit as Mr Blue Bird and Sumani as Miss Blue Bird 2012.

Tribune Reporters



Poster making marks IT fest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The department of computer science, Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, organised “Tech Mantra”, the IT fest, today on the college premises.
It included items like website development in which students from various colleges were asked to develop a website from the software provided to them. Other competitions like debugging, software development and poster making were also organised.

In debugging, the students were asked to debug codes already provided to them in CC++ language. In software development, the students were asked to prepare new software from the software given to them.

The students were also asked to make e-posters using Photoshop and Corel Draw.

The main attraction of the day was skits presented by various colleges on vivid topics. The topics included awareness among youth about the misuse of social networking sites, importance of computers in today’s world and useless spending on technology without having any knowledge about it.

Another highlight of the day was movie presentation, in which the students were asked to make short movies on topics like child labour, patriotism, corruption and IT related topics. The students also conducted IT quiz during the fest.

Principal, Dr Meera Modi, was impressed by the efforts of the children and congratulated them for conducting the show. Dance performances along with the cultural programmes were also presented by the students.



280 perform at ‘Os Ki Boondein’
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 11
Budding prodigious students of AKSIPS-65 smart school organised its annual function “Os Ki Boondein” for the pre-primary and primary wings with zeal and excitement.
Director-principal Jasmine Kalra presented the school report.

The KG students presented a rainbow of wishes through their welcome song followed by the commencement of a theatre performance giving an insight into the mind and hearts of little children.

The title song “Dekho Inhe Yeh Hai Os ki Boodein” showed reunion of the family.

A total of 280 students present folk, filmy and contemporary dances.



Fete marks founder’s day celebrations at YPS
Tribune News Service

Students after receiving trophies at the 33rd Founder’s Day celebrations of Yadavindra Public School, SAS Nagar, Mohali, on Saturday
Students after receiving trophies at the 33rd Founder’s Day celebrations of Yadavindra Public School, SAS Nagar, Mohali, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Mohali, February 11
Yadavindra Public School (YPS), SAS Nagar, Mohali, celebrated its founder’s day on the school premises here today. Dr BN Goswamy, an art historian, scholar and author, was the chief guest on the occasion.

The programme started with the academic procession. Principal Janajit Ray, along with a team of school prefects presented the annual report. This was followed by prize distribution, wherein all those students who had excelled in the field of academics, sports and co-curricular activities, were given prizes for their performance in various school activities. Dr Goswamy also inaugurated the fete. The students, along with teachers, had decorated stalls of food items, gift items and games beautifully. The gymnasium hall was turned into a discotheque and was a great crowd puller for youngsters.



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