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AIIMS result disappoints
No one from the tricity makes it in the general category
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
In what has left both aspirants and their tutors disappointed is the fact that for the first time in the last five years, not even a single candidate has so far been reported to have made it to the general category admission list of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

The result is in stark contrast to 2011 when not only did five students make it to the list, but also Karnal boy Anshit Goyal, who was taking coaching in the city, topped the country.

The results which were declared late last night failed to bring any cheer to a majority of medical aspirants. Tarkik Thami, a student of SD School, Sector 32, and son of a doctor proved to be the saving grace. He secured the sixth rank in the reserved category.

“Only AIIMS, Delhi, has declared the result so far. The main list of the seven newly created AIIMS will be put up on July 25. We are expecting some students to get in. It's unfortunate that so far no student has made it to the general category selection list,” said a coaching centre representative.

While some experts blame the changed question paper pattern for it, the others feel that it was the "slot" of students. “We have not performed too well even in the CBSE PMT though we did wonders last year. This time we had good students, but they were not 'exceptional',” said another Sector 44 based tutor.



Swindler takes PU for a ride
Withdraws Rs 3.28 lakh fraudulently from bank account of university
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
Panjab University (PU) has been taken for a ride by a swindler who allegedly siphoned Rs 3.28 lakh from the PU's official bank account. While the university authorities had issued a cheque for merely Rs 730 to a teacher as examination remuneration, the cheque was forged and Rs 3,28,730 was fraudulently withdrawn from the account.

PK Dhawan, chief security officer at the PU, today submitted a complaint to the UT SSP seeking registration of a criminal case.

It has been stated in the complaint that Gurpreet Singh, a teacher at Education College, Moga, was issued three cheques dated February 13, 2012, for Rs 252, Rs 181 and Rs 730 by the PU as exam remuneration. He deposited the cheques in his account at a Moga bank.

The cheques were sent by the bank to the Punjab National Bank Chandigarh branch for collection. However, on March 24, Rs 3,28,730 was debited against the account of the university while the actual amount of the cheque was only Rs 730.

“From the inquiry made by the State Bank of India, PU, it has come to light that Rs 3,28,730 was credited in the name of Manoj Kumar by the SBI branch office Jaunpur in UP,” stated the complaint.

“It is therefore requested that a criminal case under the offences of cheating and forgery may be registered against the culprits. The accused may be arrested and interrogated to ascertain the co-accused, source of printing of the cheques and the conspirators behind the whole fraud,” reads the complaint.

Another fraud

Only yesterday, the UT police had registered a case against an employee of Panjab University for joining the post of driver on the basis of forged documents. The case was registered 22 years after the fraud was committed. The accused, Sunil Kumar, joined the PU as a driver in 1990.

Complaint submitted

We have submitted a complaint to the SSP. The miscreant had also procured a printed cheque of the PU and filled an amount of Rs 3,14,305 and tried to encash the amount last month. However, this time we stopped the cheque as the fraud had come to light.

PK Dhawan, PU chief security officer



Strike hits work at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The first day of the strike by contractual staff at the PGI caused inconvenience to patients at the outpatient department (OPD) and laboratories here today. Cleanliness took a back seat and chaos prevailed as a majority of sanitation attendants also joined the three-day strike.

The patients had to keep standing in long queues at the OPD as the contractual employees deputed there did not join duty in the morning and the dustbins in the hospital were packed with garbage.

The work at diagnostics laboratories at the institute was also hit hard as the employees numbering more than 1,000, including hospital attendants, medical record technicians, data entry operators, store keepers and clerks, refrained from work.

The PGI administration has so far not implemented the decision of the Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), Chandigarh, which was delivered on January 11, 2010, to grant similar wages to contractual employees as paid to the workers directly employed by the PGI.

In the absence of ward attendants, relatives of patients had to run between various wards and laboratories of the premier hospital carrying samples even as the patients were required to be shifted.

The PGI authorities appealed to the striking employees to join work and the Assistant Labour Commissioner invited both parties to his office for negotiation.

PGI spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said the institute had made contingency plans for the purpose and regular employees would be deployed as per requirement.



Sergeant hit by speeding vehicle, dies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
A 23-year-old Sergeant with the Indian Air Force (IAF) died after being hit by a mini truck last night. The victim, Anand Kumar Mishra, was on his bike when a speeding Tata 407 hit him near the 3BRD light point.

The mishap occurred at 9.30 pm when Mishra was going to 3BRD and Tata 407 was coming from Sector 47. Mishra was in uniform and wearing a helmet which got crushed. He suffered serious head injuries in the accident. He was rushed to the GMCH, Sector 32, where he was declared brought dead.

The police has arrested the driver of Tata 407, Vishnu Dutt of Bhiwani district, in a case of causing death due to negligence. The deceased was a native of UP. His family has been informed about the accident.



kidney scam
Non-bailable warrants against two accused
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 5
A local court has issued non-bailable warrants against Archna Gupta and her brother Mukesh Chowdhary in the infamous kidney scam. The court has directed the police to arrest the accused before July 20. Archna Gupta and Manish Chowdhary had reportedly submitted fake documents at the time of Archna's operation to get kidney from Ikramudin, the complainant in the case.

The duo are residents of Panipat and had submitted fake documents in the case, said DSP DS Mann. Raids were on to nab them.

The three other accused -- Amitabh Pandey, Shakeel and Vikas -- are still at large. So far, three accused — Sachin, Manju Pandey and her son Abhishek Pandey — have been arrested.

"Raids are on, but we are yet to get success in the case," Mann said, indicating that the warrants against the trio would also be sought very soon.

Amitabh is Abhishek Pandey's brother. Manju Pandey, Abhishek, Amitabh and Shakeel had worked as agents to lure the poor into kidney transplant without their knowledge, said the police.

Both Amitabh and Vikas were students at a college in Pune. "We had sent a police team there, but the accused have managed to run away from there," he said.

Amitabh is also said to have donated his kidney to Abhishek. A special investigation team (SIT) was set up by the Mohali police to go deep into the scam, which was unearthed in December last year. The SIT found that most donors were from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Nepal and had come here with fictitious names and addresses and donated their organs in lieu of money. The operations were conducted at two local hospitals, said the police.


Rain brings respite from heat
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
Giving relief from the intense heatwave conditions prevailing over the last two months, rain gods finally smiled on the tricity this morning. The city received the season’s first showers and the overall rainfall was recorded at 8.4 mm, the weatherman said. There was more good news.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said the pre-monsoon showers from western disturbances would bring relief to North India over the next few days.

The monsoon was likely to arrive in the region after July 7 as it was delayed by a week. Parts of Punjab and Haryana had been battling an intense heatwave.

The rain not only brought relief from the severe heat, but also improved power supply as cuts were reduced. Residents also received normal water supply as pressure increased.

The weather office predicted a partly cloudy sky, with the possibility of thundery development or light rain.

The maximum temperature on Friday would be around 37 degree Celsius and the minimum on Saturday around 28 degree Celsius.

The city witnessed a maximum temperature of 37.5 degree Celsius, a departure of two degrees from normal, and a minimum of 29.5 degree Celsius, five notches above normal.

The maximum humidity was 65 per cent and the minimum 37 per cent. The weatherman said rainfall would increase in the subsequent three days.

Tourists throng Sukhna

A large number of tourists thronged the Sukhna Lake in view of the pleasant weather after the heavy rain that lashed the region for between 25 and 30 minutes.



Residents face power cuts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
Residents of many sectors in the city once again faced power cuts today. Residents of Sectors 33, 34 and 41, Mani Majra, Mauli Jagran and Dhanas witnessed power cuts for between two hours and four hours.

Darban Singh of Sector 33 said there was a power cut for two hours in their sector in the afternoon. He added that the UT Administration had failed miserably to provide adequate power supply to residents this year.

Jyoti Singh, working as office assistant with a private firm at Sector 34, said they had to depend on generators every day as power cuts had become regular in the sector.

Niharika Singh of Sector 41 said electricity department officials informed them during power cuts that there was a fault in the supply line. She asked why the department had not made plans in advance to deal with poor power supply infrastructure in the city.

Vijay Sharma, teacher with a private school and residing at Dhanas, said the UT Administration claimed that it had sufficient power, but the supply system was so poor that the city was witnessing long power cuts this summer, which was a complete failure.



One water sample fails test
241 fresh cases of diarrhoea reported, 12 hospitalised
Tribune News Service

Water gets accumulated at a street in Vikas Nagar
Water gets accumulated at a street in Vikas Nagar.

Chandigarh, July 5
Despite claims of the municipal corporation (MC) that the drinking water supply to Mauli Jagran here was not contaminated, one of the three water samples taken on July 3 was found unfit for human consumption.

Over 1,600 cases of diarrhoea were reported from Vikas Nagar and Mauli Jagran since Sunday and four persons had died.

The three samples of water were taken by a team of doctors from the Government Medical College and Hospital on July 3 from different sources of water.

One of the samples was found unfit for human consumption and the MC authorities had been informed of this, said health department sources.

When contacted, the MC Commissioner confirmed this. He said they dug up the area near the pipe where the sample was taken, but no leakage was detected.

Meanwhile, 241 fresh cases of diarrhoea were reported today. Of those, 93 were children. Twelve of them were admitted to different hospitals, said health officials.



No action to improve sanitation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The municipal corporation (MC) has not taken any action to improve sanitation at Mauli Jagran here to avoid the breakout of an epidemic. During a visit to the colony, stagnant water and garbage were littered all over.

This clearly showed that there was no garbage collection or lifting system at the colony till date.

For the last one week, senior officials with the MC and the UT Administration visited the area, but none of them directed the medical health department to clean the colony.

The health and public health teams were busy collecting water samples and monitoring residents, but nobody bothered to look into the bad sanitation at the colony.



Year after report, Admn inactive
No action to stop flow of Kaimbwala sewage into Sukhna
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The UT Administration’s seriousness to save the Sukhna Lake can be gauged from the fact that more than a year after the submission of a detailed report to the UT Administration that the inflow of sewage from Kaimbwala village be stopped immediately, the authorities have failed to stop it.

In June last year, the UT forest and wildlife department had submitted the report. More importantly, the report was submitted months before the formation of the Save Sukhna Lake Committee. It was pointed out in the report that sewage was the major reason for the growth of weeds in the lake.

Sources revealed that senior officials with the UT Administration had assured forest officials at the time of submission of the report that they would made arrangements to stop the inflow. On the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the UT Administration later constituted a committee to save the Sukhna Lake.

The issue was again take up at the meeting in November last year. The committee had issued directions to the public health wing of the engineering department to stop the inflow, but officials did not pay heed to the committee’s decision.

At the meeting of the Sukhna committee on November 23 last, the superintending engineer of the public health wing of the UT’s engineering department was asked to make arrangements to stop or divert the inflow of sewage.

Last month, the UT forest and wildlife department again forwarded a letter to the UT Administration and informed it that sewage inflow was continuing into the diversion channel leading to the Sukhna Lake. Villagers were also throwing empty bottles, polythene bags and other waste into the channel.

Burn weeds, Patil said

UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil had recently instructed officers with the Administration to take immediate steps to burn weeds on the lake bed where a desilting operation was being carried out. At a review meeting on the desilting, he had asked the officers to expedite the work.

Punjab govt at fault, too

The Punjab government has failed to make arrangements to stop the inflow of sewage from the Kansal area in Punjab into the Sukhna Lake. The committee constituted to save the lake has sent a number of letters to the Punjab government, but to no avail. If officials with the UT Administration are to be believed, this polluted water is also a major reason behind the problem of weeds in the Sukhna.



Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary’s digital model on Net soon
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The UT forest and wildlife department will give an opportunity to nature-lovers in the city to explore the untouched bounties of the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary. A digital elevation model of the sanctuary will be accessible on the Internet soon.

To give a chance to trekkers and adventure-lovers to explore the unique terrain, the department will shortly upload the digital model of the sanctuary on the official website of the UT Administration. Digitisation will make the map interactive and map-users can scan it in any direction, zoom in or out and change the nature of information.

They will be able to explore different trekking routes, see the relative gradient of the landscape and placement of water bodies, giving an insight into the wildlife habitat.

The PEC University of Technology has been given the task of preparing a digital model of the 26-sq-km area.

It has almost completed the work and a digital model or 3-D representation of the terrain’s surface. It will give a final presentation to the forest and wildlife department soon.

UT Chief Conservator of Forests Santosh Kumar said that the department also planned to display the digital model outside the sanctuary to make all trekking routes, placement of water bodies and landscape gradient easily accessible to adventure-lovers.

He added that the project would help improve the management of the area. The digital model of the sanctuary would also help trekkers explore different trekking routes, water bodies and wildlife habitats and observe the relative gradient of the landscape, he said.

It would also highlight the habitat of a particular species or the areas where incidents of fire were recurrent, he added.



Recycled water for service stations may be a must
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The municipal corporation (MC) is mooting a proposal to make it mandatory to use recycled water or tertiary treated water at car-wash service stations in the city. The public health department had recently conducted a survey at Phase I of the Industrial Area, where various service stations had been set up by companies.

It was found that of the 21 service stations, 11 were using recycled water for washing vehicles and the rest using drinking water for the purpose.

In the survey, it was found that a majority of service stations had not even installed recycled water tanks for washing vehicles.

After conducting the survey, the public health department was chalking out a proposal that all service stations across the city should either use recycled water or tertiary treated water to save drinking water.

Deputy Mayor Satish Kainth said he had mooted the proposal jointly with the public health department and the department had agreed to table it in the House for approval.

He said drinking water was being used for washing at all service stations in the city, but according to the proposal, it would be mandatory for all service stations to set up recycled water tanks.

A senior official said the proposal was under the active consideration of the department as it would help save drinking water.

The official said it was not possible to provide tertiary treated water to service stations, but recycled water tanks was the option which could be implemented by companies.



Illegal mining
Fresh orders issued
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 5
In order to tighten noose around anti-social elements involved in illegal mining, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Panchkula, Parul Jain under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure prohibited illegal mining within the entire jurisdiction of Panchkula police.

Tractor-trailer will not be allowed within the radius of 200m.

JCB or any other excavation machinery or transport vehicles like dumpers and screening or stocking of mining material will not be allowed within the radius of 1 km of riverbeds, stated an order issued by the DCP.

Any person found guilty shall be liable for punishment under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

The state government has banned mining on all riverbeds in the district in compliance with the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The complaints regarding illegal mining in the district had been pouring in. Danger to human life and property and disturbance to the public peace and tranquility or riot or affray on account of illegal mining were being apprehended in the district, said the DCP.





Awards for children

Children with exceptional achievements in fields like art, sport, culture, education have been called to apply for a special award institute by the Central government. The award has been instituted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. It has been titled as ‘National Child Award for exceptional achievement.’ The award is in special recognition for children from the UT. According to the Director Social Welfare UT, Varsha Khangwal, the children of city beautiful have immense potential and talent to achieve excellence in various spheres and there is a need to acknowledge their exceptional achievement and to encourage them to attain higher levels of success. The award has been instituted for children in the age group of 4 to 14 years.

SBI donates fans

The State Bank of India, Panjab University branch, donated ten ceiling fans to Ankur School at Panjab University. Madhukar Anand, regional manager, explained the concern of the bank towards corporate social responsibility in the field of education.

Admission schedule

Interview or counselling for admission in first year of Master in Public Health Course will be held on July 19 onwards in the Centre for Public Health, Aruna Ranjit Chandra Hall. The candidates have to bring all original documents in support to their admission, Dr VL Sharma, Coordinator of the Centre informed.

Cleanliness drive

To create awareness among the residents, an awareness campaign-cum-cleanliness drive was organised in Sectors 18 and 21 today by the Sanitation Wing of Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh. The campaign was flagged off by Mukesh Bassi, area councillor. Residents’ cooperation was sought in facilitating garbage collection from house to house. The residents were advised to consume chlorinated water.

Dept of zoology

The interviews for admission to MSc (Hons) in Zoology for the candidates, who have qualified the OCET-2012 in Zoology conducted by PU and have submitted admission forms, will be held on July 12 in the department.



dental college Admission
‘Odd’ demand upsets students
Told to submit original certificates to secure seat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
High drama took place during the admissions counselling for HSJ Dental College, Panjab University, today. At GMCH Sector 32, where the counselling is conducted, the students were reportedly asked to submit their original qualifying certificates to secure a seat.

This was objected by many as that would leave them ineligible for the forthcoming counselling for Baba Farid University, Punjab.

“We were asked to submit the fee and original certificates for blocking seats in the institute. They told us that these certificates once submitted will only be returned in January or we should surrender the seat given to us. How can we do it? My daughter secured 800th rank in Baba Farid and we expect an MBBS seat there under management quota but I can’t leave this seat also. They should review certificates on spot and return them,” said an agitated parent.

Professor Raj Bahadur, Director GMCH Sector 32, said, “We are going as per the MCI directives. A child knows his rank in an institute and has a fair idea where he will land and thus should choose judiciously. If we continue to wait for the students to complete all the counselling then we will have to hold counselling throughout the year. They can surrender the seat and get their certificates.”



BEd Admission
Over 40 colleges submit compliance report
Remaining asked to do so by July 9
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
Panjab University’s strict measures to maintain infrastructure and educational standards in affiliated BEd colleges seem to have borne fruit. After the university decision to bar the institutions from making admissions before the fulfilment of set norms, around 40 colleges out of 50 errant ones have filed compliance reports.

The remaining colleges have been asked to do so latest by July 9. The university has also asserted that the colleges will be allowed to admit students after the scrutiny of the reports.

“We take it as a positive step. After all, so many colleges have already declared to have done away with the follies pointed out by us. The last date of submitting the compliance report is July 9. Only after the scrutiny the colleges will be allowed to admit students. We are happy that the colleges are cooperating with us,” said Naval Kishore, PU Dean College Development Council (DCDC).

These colleges were found primarily guilty of violation of National Council of Teacher Education rules. The university pointed out, after recent inspections, that these colleges lack enough regular teachers, qualified staff and sometimes even principals. In many cases the colleges were also found guilty of financial lapses like not deducting PFs or under paying the teachers.

These colleges in their reports submitted to DCDC have assured him that they have rectified the follies. “Many colleges have claimed to have corrected the issues. We will scrutinise their claims and then give them a nod. In case of certain financial lapses where a college has made effort but delay is expected due to approval we will try our best to accommodate them,” revealed a committee member.

Inspect degree colleges as well

PU affiliated BEd colleges have urged the university to inspect the degree colleges as well, especially the private ones in Chandigarh. They accuse them (degree colleges) of violating norms. Renowned Chandigarh colleges have got more than 100 guest teachers, a majority of which are not even qualified. They continue to appease high-ups by making these appointments and the PU is turning a blind eye, they allege.



Mohali Govt College starts four job-oriented diploma courses
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, July 5
Mohali Government College is among five colleges in Punjab to start job-oriented trade diploma courses under a central government scheme. The overall admission process in the institution is moving at a slow pace and will pick up only after admissions in Chandigarh colleges get closed, said sources.

The students who are opting for the four diploma courses being offered by the Department of Home Science and Hospitality Management were likely to get immediate employment in hotels, hospitals, airlines and other places. A grant of Rs 1.5 crore was given by the Ministry of Tourism to run the diploma courses, college sources said.

The laboratories to run the job-oriented courses are ready. Work on the project started last year. Inspection of the labs had already been done by the authorities concerned and approval had been given, though orders in writing are still awaited. Recruitment of teachers and laboratory staff will be done after the admission process gets completed. The diploma courses offered by the college are: Food production, bakery and confectionery, food and beverage services and accommodation operations.

The officiating principal of the college, Ashok Arora, said while talking to The Tribune that the date of overall admissions in the institution was extended from June 25 to July 10 as most of the students came to Mohali College only after admission in Chandigarh colleges are closed.

He said the college has so far received 225 forms for BCom course for 120 seats, 70 forms for BCA course for 40 seats and 183 applications for BA part I for 500 seats. The cut off percentage was likely to go up this year which was 60 per cent for BCom and 54 per cent for BCA last year.



Private schools urge new DPI to cooperate with them
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
Following the MHRD’s communication declaring UT Administration as not an appropriate government to notify the RTE Act, the city private schools and UT Education Department headed by the new DPI (S), Upkaar Singh, held a meeting today.

The meeting, probably the first in many to follow, ended on an amicable note with the private schools urging the education department to put horse before the cart and to stop sending them threatening letters.

“We are happy with the outcome of the meeting. We told the new DPI that the MHRD letter has clarified the UT’s duties and it should implement those first before asking us to do anything. We also urged them not to send us any threatening letter. Our goal is same and thus we should be on the same side. The new DPI seems to be a ray of hope,” said Independent School Association President HS Mamik.

No department official was ready to comment except one, who on condition of anonymity said, “It was an ice-breaking session and went on well. The new DPI will take time but you can say it’s first in series of debate sessions we expect to have with the private schools.”



Dairy farming institute in town likely
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 5
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today announced to set up an advanced institute of dairy farming in the town. The announcement was made by Badal at a state-level seminar on "Advanced Technology in Dairy Farming" organised by the Punjab Dairy Development Board here at State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Phase VI, here today.

"The institute will help impart latest technical know-how to dairy farmers which will result in an increase in the production of milk in the state," said Badal.

Badal said dairy farming had a huge scope and bright future in the state. He asked the dairy development department to work out a comprehensive plan to ensure cheap loans from Cooperative Banks, especially to poor farmers.

Badal also assured the Punjab Progressive Dairy Farmers' Association of all possible help to make dairy farming a mass movement.

He said a chain of milk booths and dairy farming centres would be opened across the state, especially in and around Ludhiana, to boost dairy prospects.

"The state government will make all efforts to develop dairy farming,” said Badal.



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