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Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Door-to-door garbage collection workers protest in front of the processing plant near Dadu Majra on Saturday
Door-to-door garbage collection workers protest in front of the processing plant near Dadu Majra on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, May 5
Sakshi, a Sector 44 resident here, has no option but to dispose of her domestic refuse on her own at the nearby over-flowing garbage bin in her locality. For the past two days, she has been following the same practice, as no employee of door-to-door garbage collection association has turned up at her place to collect the garbage.

She said her neighbours were also disposing of the garbage in the bin of the locality, which is full as for the past four days no employee had turned up to lift it.

Adding to the residents’ is the fact that the bin in which they are disposing of the garbage has not been lifted by the Municipal Corporation vehicles. Resultantly, heaps of garbage are lying around bins and residents residing nearby that location are living in unhygienic conditions with foul smell emanating from the garbage.

This is not the story of Sector 44 residents only, but the problem is being faced by the public in the entire city, as for the past two days not even a single garbage bin has been lifted from any area for processing in garbage processing plant at Dadumajra. The door-to-door collection employees have blocked the entry gate of the plant and are not allowing any garbage vehicle to enter it. Helpless sanitary inspectors and area councillor have no option but to give fake assurances to the residents that soon the garbage bins will be lifted by the vehicles.

During a visit to the plant, it was found that more than 40 vehicles that had lifted the garbage yesterday were parked near the dumping ground as the employees of door-to-door garbage collection association, who were protesting near the plant, were not allowing their entry into the plant.

However, even today no fruitful results emerged from the meeting between the employees association and the MC officials on the issue of the protest. The employees’ association is protesting against the implementation of the contract system for hiring staff for garbage collection in Sector 22.

Representative of the Dadumajra garbage plant RD Sharma said for the whole day today, the plant remained shut as no garbage was received from the city. He expressed surprise at the attitude of the authorities for not taking any stern action to resolve the agitation. In fact, the plant management has been asked to wait for another two days to resolve the protest by the garbage collection employees.



Police steps up drive to remove black films
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
Continuing the intensive challaning drive against the vehicles with black films, the Chandigarh Police challaned around 200 violators across the city today. To comply with the Supreme Court order in this regard, a large number of vehicle owners were seen at motor markets getting the films removed from the glasses.

The motor markets in sectors 28, 38, 48 and Manimajra witnessed a huge rush of vehicle owners who had come to get the films removed from their vehicles.

Interestingly, the cost of removing the film has also gone up, as vehicle owners were charged between Rs 300 to Rs 500 for removing these.

Ranjodh Singh, a PU student, said he had paid Rs 400 for getting the glasses of his vehicle filmed around a month ago and it was surprising when he had to pay the same amount for getting the black film removed.

The development has also led to loss of business for the shopkeepers.

One of the shopkeepers at the Sector 28 market said earlier, on an average, they used to paste black films on 10 vehicles everyday. However, for the past few days, not even a single vehicle owner had visited them.

Following the apex court orders prohibiting the use of black films on windows of the vehicles, the traffic police had issued over 500 challans in just two days.

Police officials stated that the traffic cops deployed across the city had been asked to strictly check the vehicles with black films and remove these at the spot.

Police officers said the black film challaning drive would also continue during late hours along with the nakas laid to check drunken driving.



stalemate on
PGI doctors to go on fast
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
The PGI resident doctors, who are demanding strict action against technician Gurpreet Sethi for allegedly manhandling a senior resident doctor, today decided to protest by fasting at the hospital on Monday.

All resident doctors, wearing black badges, will go on work without having meal on Monday, as no action had been taken against Sethi by the PGI administration, said Sandeep Patel, president of the Association of Resident Doctors.

The resident doctors are up in arms since Thursday when Dr Ajay Misra, a senior resident from the Department of Anaesthesia, alleged that Sethi refused to listen to him when he asked him to shift a patient at the ICU at Advanced Cardiac Centre. “He locked me in the bathroom and tried to attack me physically,” alleged Mishra in his complaint to the authorities.

The PGI authorities have formed a committee to investigate the matter and its report is to be submitted on Monday.

This morning a meeting was held with the committee formed to look into the matter. In the evening, the ARD office-bearers met PGI Director YK Chawla, who assured them a proper inquiry into the incident and appropriate action by Monday evening, said Patel.

In case no action is taken against Sethi by Monday, the ARD members will hold a general body meeting to chalk out further agitation, he added.



Two cars set on fire
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 5
Two cars were set on fire by an unidentified person in front of a house in Sector 7 in the wee hours this morning. Ninin Modi, a businessman, got terrified when he saw his cars, an Ambassador and a Skoda, ablaze. He immediately woke up his neighbours who helped him in controlling the fire within 10 minutes.

They also informed the police and a team led by Sector 7 police post in charge Kashmira Singh reached the spot.

Modi informed the police that someone broke the windowpanes of vehicles and set them on fire after sprinkling petrol. He alleged that someone was trying to harm him, besides damaging his property. The police has registered an FIR after inspecting the area and started investigations in the case.



City u-15 lads win coveted football cup
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
Players of the Chandigarh Football Academy brought laurels to the city by winning the Manchester United Premier Football Cup for boys (U-15) in Jharkhand today. The local lads won the title after four years and have qualified for the Asia zone competition to be held in Indonesia from May 27. The winning team will be leaving for the Asia Zone competition later this month.

Defender Nishu Kumar, who caught the eye of national selectors (junior) in the recently held 35th Mir Iqbal football Trophy, bagged the Best Player Award of the tournament, while the team’s half-line, including Arjit and Danile, also felt their presence against the rivals. Ace right-in, Samuel remains the team’s key player after scoring most of the goals.

“The boys have played well and earned praise all over the nation. They have defeated strong rivals, including the host team and teams from Far East. I am very glad to have the best batch-ever of the CFA. These players have displayed their potential and hopefully will prove their mettle again at international level,” said elated coach Harjinder Singh. “ I hope that the team will perform well in the competition. But the local administration really needs to re-start the international exposure of the players. These exposures will help the team to perform in international grounds and conditions,” he remarked.

Earlier, the local lads defeated all their rivals in the league stage and notably only conceded one goal in the whole tournament, while scoring a total of nine goals in the competition.

In their first match, the team defeated Odisha 2-0, Meghalya 2-0 and Tripura 2-1. After clearing the league stage, the team defeated Manipur 2-0 and later in the final, the team overcame the host team of Jharkhand 1-0 in a highly pitched match.

“It’s like the biggest achievement of my life. The tournament was the real booster and I am happy after bagging the player of the tournament title for the first time, but happier that our team has won the tournament. My efforts paid off well for me and for my team. I hope we will continue to play well and win the Asia zone of the competition in Indonesia to qualify for the world zone of the tourney,” said Nishu.

According to information, a total of 9000 teams from across the world were participating in the tourney. The teams after clearing three stages will qualify for the world cup stage.

Talent hunt

Manchester United Premier Cup is the tournament organised to find the real talent in the junior category of Boys (u-15) category. After three stages, including local round, regional round and respective continent cup, a team qualifies for the main edition of the tourney.


UT, Punjab hold talks on development
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
Punjab has once again raised the sensitive issue of the Chandigarh Administration disturbing the 60:40 ratio in staffing the UT. The issue was raised by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during a high-level meeting chaired by the UT Administrator and Punjab Governor, Shivraj V Pati, to discuss certain issues pertaining to the development of the UT and neighbouring areas of Punjab and Haryana.

The issue came to light following Chandigarh’s move to create new posts of secretaries for AGMUT. Punjab has already raised the issue with the Centre.

In the meeting held at Punjab Raj Bhavan, the Speaker of Legislature of Assemblies of Punjab and Haryana, Leaders of Opposition, Chief Secretaries of both the states, other officers of Punjab and Haryana were also present. Highly-placed sources said on the issue of regional planning board for integrated development of UT and neighbouring areas of Punjab and Haryana, the Chief Ministers were reportedly apprehensive about the legal framework and instead were in favour of an inter-state coordination committee to handle the common issues.

Meanwhile, the UT Administration in a press release issued yesterday stated that the points discussed in the meeting were related to metro project, planning for proper development of three cities, transport system used in the Union Territory, Chandigarh, cess to be levied on liquor, utilisation of solar energy in the Union Territory and the two states, construction of office and houses for those working in the government at a higher level in the legislature and Judiciary. A detailed presentation on the proposed plan on metro was given. The Chief Minister of Punjab and Haryana agreed to examine the proposal in detail.

Chandigarh has prepared a plan for its development, keeping in view its character and needs to expand. Punjab has developed a plan for the expansion and development of Mohali. Haryana has also prepared a plan for the development of Panchkula. It was suggested that these plans could be considered at the level of the Chief Secretaries of the two states and the UT Adviser.

The Chandigarh Administration needed more buses to increase the frequency and time for which it would use them. The two states could ply their buses on the long routes outside the city. Officials of Punjab and Haryana were advised to start a local bus service between Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula.

Most of the issues discussed at the meeting are already under discussion in the inter-state coordination committee meeting

Officials discloses that issues like metro, integrated planning, bus service, strengthening of roads had been discussed and implemented to certain extent. The inter-state coordination committee had been in existence for long.



De-silting of Sukhna begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
Once again, the UT engineering department has started removing silt from the Sukhna Lake bed. The move follows the decision of the Chandigarh Administration to de-silt the lake by removing the silt, as the manual clearing of weeds was not solving the problem of Sukhna drying up.

Officials of the UT engineering department said a crane had been pressed into the service to remove the silt that would allow more rainwater to flow into the manmade lake. Persistent silting and growth of weeds has lead to considerable degradation of the lake bed, resulting into squeezing of the water body.



Councillor for need-based changes in CHB houses

Chandigarh, May 5
Davesh Moudgil, BJP councillor from Ward No. 22 has urged the Chandigarh Administration to regularise the need-based changes in houses allotted by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) in various parts of the city and transfer the ownership to the GPA holders.

He has sought similar relaxation for houses under the EWS/LIG categories.

In a memorandum submitted to the CHB, Moudgil urged the authorities to withdraw notices served on them and regularise the changes. He added that the government should fix a time limit for doing everything in government offices. — TNS



Body donated

Chandigarh, May 5
Headmaster Rattan Singh, a Punjabi writer and a philanthropist, donated his body to the PGI here yesterday. The department of anatomy, PGIMER, Chandigarh, feels proud to receive the body of “soldier of humanity”, said Dr Daisy Sahni, professor and head, department of anatomy.

As per his will, he wanted his body to be donated to the PGI. He wanted his body to become useful for research and to benefit any needy person.

He was also a Punjabi writer whose works have been published in many newspapers and Punjabi magazines. A gathering will be held to pay tributes to Rattan Singh tomorrow at his residence, 529, Phase II, Mohali. — TNS



Residents irked over leaking pipeline
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
Residents of Sector 45-A are at the receiving end, thanks to the indifferent attitude of the municipal corporation (MC). A leaking water supply line in front of house no 516, 45-A, has resulted in a large cess of water that is threatening to enter the houses.

Kasturi Lal, a resident of the sector, said despite repeated complaints to the MC, no one turned up to repair the leaking pipeline. The leaking pipeline could pose a threat to the foundation of the houses.



Army Chief visits Western Command

Chandigarh, May 5
About three weeks before he is scheduled to hang up his boots, the Chief of the Army Staff, Gen VK Singh, arrived at the Western Command Headquarters, Chandi Mandir, on a daylong official visit today. He was accompanied by his wife Bharti Singh.

The Army Chief was briefed by Lt Gen SR Ghosh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, on the operational preparedness of the Western Command as well as on other training and administrative matters. The Chief addressed all officers of the command, including corps and division commanders based in the western sector.

He also awarded Army Chief’s commendation to four personnel of 103 Engineer Regiment for their exemplary courage and devotion to duty. — TNS



Women’s rights workshop
2-day workshop for social and economic empowerment of women
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
The Chandigarh Social Welfare Board commenced with a two-day workshop on ‘Rights of Women for Higher Economic Opportunities’ today at Panjab University, with its speakers and participants deliberating the strategies on the economic freedom and empowerment of the women highlighting the need for their inclusion in the financial decisions of the family.

The workshop focused on the need for women for better understanding of their property rights under the Succession Act, necessity of a personal bank account, stocks and shares held by the family from savings and financial instruments like mutual funds and fixed deposits, nominating the wife as successor and the importance of insurance plans for protecting the interest of the wife in the event of a mishap.

While introducing the speakers AK Dua secretary, Chandigarh Social Welfare Board, said that the women should have economic freedom for which a strategy needs to be devised to empower women by spreading awareness them about their rights.

Lalit Joshi, chairperson of the Chandigarh Social Welfare Board while presiding during the inauguration ceremony focused on various laws and acts for the protection of women rights.

Dr Ranjay Vardhan, assistant professor, Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, said that the males still dominates the society following which continuous efforts needs to be made to empower women.

Vardhan said that women need to be socially, economically and politically empowered. He further urged fairer sex to be aware about their rights and equally participate in the decisions of families.

Prema Cariappa, chairperson of the Central Social Welfare Board, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India inaugurated the workshop.

Other speakers also included Ninnete Vas Sharma, wife of the UT Advisor to the Administrator, Varsha Khangwal, Director Social Welfare department, UT.



Education dept fails to reply to PIL
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
Even though the DPI (schools) and the DEO, Chandigarh, claim to be taking strict action for implementation of the Right to education Act (RTE), the department of education today failed to file reply to a Public Interest Litigation filed in the District Courts here against the education secretary, DPI and DEO against their failure to obtain and put in Public Domain the self-declaration-cum-application for grant of recognition of the school by the private un-aided schools of the city which is mandatory under the RTI act.

Advocate Pankaj Chandgothia and his wife had filed the PIL.

The court of Gurpratap Singh today gave Last Opportunity to the Education Secretary, DPI (S), DEO, Independent Schools Association and private un-aided schools, St Johns' School, New Public School and Ankur Nursery, to file their replies both to the main case and the interim application, on or before June 5, when the application for interim relief will also be heard.

Chandgothia had contended that during the pendency of the suit, the education department be directed to issue 21 days show-cause notice for de-recognition and closure, to all the schools in the UT Chandigarh who fail to deposit the Self Declaration Form (FORM I) within the said period.

Chandgothia contended that under Rule 15 of the RTE Act, it was compulsory that every private School shall make a self-declaration within a period of three months of the commencement of the Act, to the DEO regarding its compliance or otherwise with the norms.



Training programme organised

Mohali May 5
The Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE) organised a Master Teacher Training Programme (MTTP). During the course of preparation for the event Mahindar and Mahindra and Swaraj Division conducted a training session for the teachers of the various participating schools from the tricity at Shivalik Public School, Mohali.

Mahindra and SAE are the organisers to the event A Word in Motion (AWIM). AWIM is an International competition by the name of ‘Jet Toy’ during which national champions from all over the world compete for the most coveted title of being the international champions. — TNS



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