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Victim comes to rescue of nurse 
Laxmi says nurse attended her, but nobody accompanied her to ward from OT 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Coming to the rescue of the nurse whose services were terminated by the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, authorities, Laxmi, the woman who delivered a stillborn on July 10, said the nurse was not at fault.

Laxmi said the nurse attended her and gave her medicines on the bed after delivery at the gynaecology ward of the hospital.

“The nurse was the only paramedic in the ward and attended me on the bed after the delivery following which I was taken to the minor operation theatre where the doctor extracted placenta in the morning. The nurse asked me to go to the bed in the ward and I had to walk till there alone as no one from the hospital staff accompanied me,” said Laxmi.

Laxmi also said: “I don’t want anybody from the hospital staff to be she does not want anybody

However, the incident has once again brought to fore the shortage of staff at the GMSH. On July 10 night, only Gurkirat Kaur, the nurse whose services were terminated, was on duty with no ward attendant to held patients.

Talking to The Tribune, Gurkirat Kaur said apart from Laxmi, over 20 women patients were in the ward that night. “I joined duty at 8 pm on July 10 when more than 20 patients had already been admitted to the ward and many of them required immediate attention,” she said.

During night, five more patients were admitted to the ward and three of them had to be administered a drip. “Still under such circumstances, I attended Laxmi, cut the umbilical cord on the bed before shifting her to the minor operation theatre with the help of a sweeper on a trolley so the doctor could examine her and extract the placenta,” claimed Gurkirat.

Meanwhile, the inquiry report of the case was submitted to the Director, Health Services, today. Sources said the inquiry committee has given a clean chit to Gurkirat and doctors on duty at the gynaecology ward on the day of the incident.

However, when contacted, Laxmi’s husband, Sahilesh, said he would seek legal course if the authorities did not deliver justice to him. 



Advocate dies as truck hits scooter
Tribune News Service

Daughters of the deceased at the accident site near the Zirakpur tax barrier on Friday.
Daughters of the deceased at the accident site near the Zirakpur tax barrier on Friday. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal 

Chandigarh, July 13
A city-based advocate was killed after a rashly driven truck hit the scooter he was riding at Zirakpur today.

The victim, 60-year-old Surinder Chandna, a resident of Sector 22, received a head injury and died on the spot. He was a lawyer at the UT district courts in Sector 17. The mishap took place when Surinder had gone to Zirakpur for some work on his scooter. An over-speeding truck hit his scooter from the rear and he fell on the road. The truck driver fled from the spot leaving the truck behind.

He was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police has registered a case of causing death due to negligence. The police said efforts were on to trace the truck driver, identified as Tara Chand.

The UT District Bar Association has mourned the death of Surinder. NK Nanda, president of the DBA, said lawyers would abstain from work for half day on Saturday. “It’s an unfortunate incident. I met Surinder yesterday in courts and was shocked to know today that he is no more,” he said.

The advocate is survived by his wife and two daughters. 



Finally, hope for UT-cadre officials
Centre to work out mechanism for promotion of UT employees
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
There is some hope for the UT-cadre officials at last. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today said a mechanism would be worked out for the promotion of employees of the UT Administration.

He was addressing mediapersons along with Union Water Resources Minister and Member of Parliament from the city Pawan Kumar Bansal and Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni after the 26th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council here today.

Chidambaram tried to address the concern of the UT officials who have been complaining about the lack of promotional avenues as the top posts in the UT were filled in the 60:40 ratio from Punjab and Haryana. He, however, did not specify the outline of the mechanism to facilitate the promotions.

Chidambaram said without violating the agreement between the two states, the Union Government would ensure that sufficient promotional opportunities were provided to the UT employees. He added that the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is also concerned about the welfare of the UT employees and said Pawan Kumar Bansal had also apprised him about the problems of the UT officials.

During the meeting, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal once again sought strict implementation of the 60:40 ratio in the allocation of posts between Punjab and Haryana in the UT Administration. However, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda remained mum on the issue at the meeting.

Badal urged the Union Government to direct the Chandigarh Administration not to create problems on an extremely emotive issue. Badal said the ratio was being frequently disturbed by the UT Administration. He said the sanctity of the decision should be maintained and the UT Administration should take concrete steps to ensure that the ratio of 60:40 is maintained in all departments to maintain a proper balance.

In a recent communication to the Punjab Chief Minister, Chidambaram had assured him that the existing arrangement of the 60:40 formula would be maintained. The communication came after Badal took up the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Badal had also raised the issue during a recent meeting with Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj Patil. 



HC asks Punjab to ensure free flow of water into Sukhna
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
In a significant development, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the state of Punjab to frame a scheme for ensuring free flow of water from the catchment area into the Sukhna Lake.

The development is significant as Punjab has all along been claiming that the catchment area did not fall in its territory. But the latest order by a Division Bench of the High Court belies the claim.

The order by the Bench of acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain came during the hearing of the ‘Save Sukhna’ case. Taking up the matter, the Bench asserted: “The state of Punjab is directed to frame a scheme to ensure that the water from the land falling under the catchment area flow freely towards the lake.”

The orders give credence to the assertions of Amicus Curiae or the friend of the court Tanu Bedi. Refuting Punjab’s claims that the catchment area did not fall in its territory, Bedi had recently referred to a board in the Sukhna wildlife sanctuary.

The board said 277 hectare of agriculture land in the catchment area fell in Punjab, 252 hectare in Haryana, and 366 hectare in UT.

Assisting the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the ‘Save Sukhna’ case, Bedi had also told the Bench that large scale construction work was going on in the catchment area on the Punjab side. This, she claimed, was in contravention of the High Court directions.

In her detail report, Bedi had submitted that on March 14 last year, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had stayed all kind of constructions in catchments area of lake falling under the jurisdiction of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. But, apparently the High Court mandate was not complied with in true spirit.

In the catchments area of Sukhna in Punjab, which is covered as per the map prepared by the Survey of India, the authorities have allowed large number of construction activities.

The High Court had earlier asked Haryana and Chandigarh to ensure continuous flow of water from the catchment area to the reservoir. 



Stenographer booked for watching porn
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
A Sports Authority of India (SAI) employee working at the Sports Complex in Sector 42 has been booked in a case of obscenity for allegedly watching porn on his official computer.

Acting on the complaint of Ajit Singh, Deputy Director, Sports, the police has registered a case under Section 292 of the IPC against stenographer Raj Kumar at the Sector 36 police station. The case has been registered after obtaining legal opinion. The accused is yet to be arrested.

The police received a complaint that the accused kept pornographic clips and movies in the official computer which was issued to him by the department for official work. A pen drive obtained from the accused was sent to the police along with the complaint.

Sub-inspector Tilak Raj Rana, investigating officer, said the accused used the official computer for his personal use and had uploaded a number of porn movies in its drive.

“The accused was caught watching porn on his official computer. We have seized the pen drive and the computer and have sent it to the CFSL. The accused has been working at the Sports Complex as a stenographer for the past two years,” said the police. 


Patil seeks 40 MGD of water for city
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
The Governor of Punjab and Administrator UT Chandigarh, Shivraj V Patil, sought consent from the neighbouring states for additional supply of 40 million gallon of raw water per day from Bhakra Main Canal, Kajauli, to Chandigarh.

In the 26th meeting of Northern Zonal Council here today, Shivraj V Patil said a proposal for augmentation of water supply (Phase V and VI of Kajauli) was mooted by the UT Administration.

The project was approved by the Union government under JNNURM for Rs 171 crore with the condition that the amount would be released after Punjab and Haryana give consent to the release of water from Bhakra Main Canal. Patil requested both the governments to give their consent adding that the UT, being the capital of the two states, deserves this share of water to meet the need of drinking water.

Patil pointed out that the population of the city has increased that resulted in corresponding pressure on the water supply system. At present, the UT Administration is drawing 80 million gallon per day (MGD) of water from Bhakra Main Line at Kajauli. This is partly used at Mohali, Panchkula and Chandimandir cantonment. Chandigarh alone takes 67 MGD of water out of the 80 MGD. Another 20 MGD of water is available from the tubewells in the city. Chandigarh needs 29 MGD to meet it present requirement of 116 MGD of water.

Patil suggested that Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana should collectively chalk out a detailed plan for the sustainable and integrated development of the region.

For this purpose, there is a need to adopt certain uniform norms in respect of the areas of common concern like for transport, housing, distribution of water resources and other infrastructure. The height of buildings in area north of Capitol Complex and preservation of glory of Sukhna Lake are issues where there should be complete understanding amongst the three governments. Accordingly a mechanism is also required to put in place for the regional plan. The states should decide whether this regional planning should be undertaken under any legislation on the lines of NCR Planning Board or in the form of executive orders with full commitment of participating governments, he added.

On Metro Project, Shivraj Patil said that this project is going to benefit all the three towns-Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali-by providing faster connectivity. 



60 violators challaned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
The enforcement wing of Municipal Corporation Chandigarh today removed encroachments from Krishna Market, Sector 41. During the drive, 60 challans were issued to the violators.

The enforcement team seized readymade garments, table folding, counters, chairs, folding bed, ‘pharies’, ‘chicks’, ‘chappal’, cylinders, rehires, toys, trunks, sunmica, ply, plastic pipes, juice machines and many other objects from the encroacher. In addition to that one car along with readymade garments, counters, bags was also impounded in which commercial activities were carried out illegally.

During the drive seven sub-inspectors were deputed. As many as seven trucks were loaded with seized material.



BJP to hold protest on July 16
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 13
The Bharatiya Janata Party would hold protest dharna against the Congress led UPA government at the centre for its anti-trader policies in Chandigarh on July 16.

Stating this to the media here today BJP State Treasurer Gian Chand Gupta said that large number of party workers would sit on dharna near government press chowk in Chandigarh.

Gupta said that their main demands were foreign investment in retail sector and simplification various sections of the Food Safety Act 2006 and the proposed General Sales Tax. He said that future trading should be immediately banned in the country as this resulting in bogus increase in the prices of the essential items. He said the state-level welfare commission should be constituted for the welfare of the business community in the country.

He said the government should roll back the property tax in the Haryana state besides giving permission for the construction of another storey on the booths. He said the government should also initiate steps for the rehabilitation of shopkeepers whose business has been affected by construction of four-laning of the Zirakpur-Panchkula National Highway No 22.

He further demanded that the shopkeepers in the Sectors 7, 9, 11 and 17 rehri market should be allotted shops on the pattern of the Chandigarh administration. He said the corporation should make proper arrangements for water, electricity and washrooms in various markets of the town.



60 ultra-modern bus queue shelters turn white elephant
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
The 60 ultra-modern bus queue shelters, constructed at a cost of Rs 2 crore by the UT engineering department, across the city seem to have no taker.

Six months after the construction of the bus queue shelters, the UT engineering department is now unable to maintain them. It is pressing upon the UT Transport Department to take the responsibility of the shelters on run, operate and maintenance (ROT) basis. However, the transport department is reluctant to take the responsibility.

In the process the UT administration is losing substantial revenue that could have been generated through advertisements. The transport department, on the other hand, has not put up any printed timetable or board in the city to inform passengers about the buses and routes.

Officials in the transport department said that earlier too the UT engineering department and the MC had utterly failed in maintaining about 200 bus queue shelters. Most of the bus queue shelters are in bad shape.

In a recent communication to the Home Secretary, Director Transport Anil Kumar has stated that the transport department does not have the expertise to maintain the facility. The UT engineering has been requested to maintain the shelters and the CTU would put up the route boards.

“To run the bus queue shelters, the administration should allow private parties’ advertisement on the display panels put up at the shelters so that the maintenance could become economically viable,” said an official.

Going by the past experiences, the UT officials have been reluctant to allow advertisements at the bus queue shelters. There is a problem in maintaining these shelters as there is no clear-cut policy on the advertisement. The UT chief architect in the design has, however, allowed space for advertisement panel at the shelters. However, the senior IT officials are yet decided on the advertisement issue.

A senior officer in the engineering department said effort in the past by the engineering department and the MC to handover the bus queue shelters to private parties did not show any encouraging result. Unscrupulous elements ravaged the infrastructure and tore the timetable of CTU buses. 



CTU to reduce Metro bus frequency on PGI-P’kula route
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Within a month of starting the metro bus service on the PGI-Panchukla section, the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) is contemplating to reduce the frequency of the bus service in the afternoon. Presently, 24 buses are being run on the route after every five minutes.

Sources said the passenger occupancy reduces between 2 pm and 5 pm. The CTU is contemplating to reduce the frequency of the bus service during these hours. Around 10 buses could be withdrawn and put on other routes, said CYU officials.

As part of the metro route service, two routes, connecting the PGI with Panchkula, had been initially marked after every five minutes against the routine service provided at an interval of every 20 minutes. The dedicated service had been christened as ‘metro route bus service’ as it would run on the metro route proposed by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

The CTU will soon start the metro bus service between the Sector 17 bus stand and Mohali. 



MC conducts raids
Food items unfit for consumption destroyed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
In wake of danger posed by epidemic diseases during the monsoon, the health officials of the municipal corporation conducted raids at various places in the city today.

A huge quantity of food items found unfit for human consumption was recovered during the raids at Colony No 5, Dadu Majra, and Sectors 11, 12, 15, 32, 34, 37, 38 and 33 here. These included rotten fruits and vegetables weighing about 110 kg, 16 slabs of ice and 16 crates of aerated water bottles. Sugarcane juice, sweets and other eatable articles weighing 165 kg, fast food items weighing 140 kg, and 70 kg of meat and poultry products were also seized and destroyed.

The unfit food material seized during the raid was taken to the dumping ground and dispossed off in presence of the Medical Officer of Health.



VVIPs’ visit: Commuters face problem
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Commuters in the city faced tough time today due to road blocks by the UT Police. A number of VVIPs, including Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Chief Ministers of northern states, visited the city to attend the 26th meeting of Northern Zonal Council.

The commuters, shopkeepers and residents in Sector 10 faced tough time due to the security in and around the Hotel Mountview, which was the venue of the meeting. The commuters had to wait as the UT Police blocked various roads for the safe movement of VVIPs’ vehicles.



Residents’ fast enters day five
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
On the fifth day of fast by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) Residents’ Federation, two more fasting camps were set up. One was set up at Sector 24 and the second at Mauli Jagran.

The federation has invited members of political parties to the mega rally to be held in the Main Market of Sector 40C. The federation aims to get all the need-based changes/alterations in all categories of CHB houses regularised, to get ownership rights for the residents of the rehabilitation colonies who bought their houses on the power of attorney. 



Women responsible for female foeticide
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 13
An awareness camp was organised by the department of Social Security, Women and Child Developmet at Durali village here today. Ajit Kaur Multani, District Programme Officer, stated that women will have to come forward to fight the problem of female foeticide and only then it will be possible to witness positive results because women were themselves responsible for female foeticide to a great extent.

She said that sex determination was a matter of grave concern and village panchayats and social welfare organisations should play a positive role to check the problem. Camps to spread awareness in this regard were being organised in various villages in the district, she added.



Chandigarh Scan
PU admissions

Members of the Inner Wheel Club in collaboration with the FPA India take part in a rally to mark the World Population Day at Panchkula on Friday.
Members of the Inner Wheel Club in collaboration with the FPA India take part in a rally to mark the World Population Day at Panchkula on Friday. A Tribune photograph

The counselling for admission to MSc (Hons) in biochemistry, MSc-I in environment science, and MSc-II in the Centre for Systems Biology and Bioinformatics will be held on July 16. The counselling for admission to MSc (Hons) in computer science and application, based on the OCET-2012, is scheduled for July 17.

Councillors distribute ORS

Bharatiya Janata Party councillors led by Party President Sanjay Tandon visited diarrhoea-affected Mauli Jagran and distributed ORS pouches to the residents of the area. The councillors who accompanied Tandon included Satinder Singh, Arun Sood, Heera Negi, Rajinder Kaur Rattu, Mukesh Rai, Arvind, Sushila, Subhash and Asha.

Councillors meet Mayor

Councillors Devesh Moudgil (ward no 22) and Jannat Jahan (ward no 23) have apprised the Mayor Raj Bala Malik of the problems in their areas. Both the councillors demanded that road gullies be repaired, proper drinking-water supply be maintained, and proper arrangements be made for spraying of the EM solution in the garbage bins. The Mayor assured them to sort out all the problems as early as possible.

mohali scan
‘Green’ drive

In a bid to make the area 'green' on the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, the local Youth Akali Dal wing conducted a plantation drive at Phase VII. Parmajit Singh Kahlon, general-secretary of the wing, planted over 100 saplings of various plants in the area. He was accompanied by other local leaders including Jeetinder Singh Akaliya, Simarjit Soni, Phool Raj Singh and Barinder Singh Baidwan. Kahlon, who is also the municipal councillor of ward no 23, said in the coming days the youth wing would continue the drive in other areas as well.

Health awareness session

Over 100 senior citizens from the tricity attended a free health awareness session at Fortis Hospital on Friday. Dr Nidhi B Harjai and Dr Anish K Gupta informed the attendees about the steps they could take in case they became hard of hearing with advancing age. The doctors empathised with the problems faced by the senior citizens and how these problems affected their quality of life, personal safety and ability to function independently. The doctors discussed the options available to the senior citizens, such as hearing aids. Dr Gupta, ENT consultant at the hospital, said a major reason behind hearing problem was neural degeneration which takes place with ageing.

Action sought

The Forest and Environment Committee, Punjab, has complained to the senior forest officials about an attempt to encroach upon common village land at Perch village. In the complaint to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and the Chief Conservator of Forests, the committee said certain members of the village forest committee had given a false impression to the senior forest officials that a pond was being dug along the seasonal rivulet, Patiala Ki Rao. At the site, however, the pond had been dug in the course of the rivulet and the earth dug out was being used to level the common village land with the ulterior motive of encroaching upon it. The committee requested the senior forest officials to visit the spot and check the revenue record before granting any further permission to the persons for damaging the course of the rivulet.

— Tribune Reporters



BCom cut-offs reach new high
Attributed to high merit at Delhi University
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma (GGDSD) College, Sector 32, has yet again walked away with the 'cream' students as it had the highest cut-off for BCom admissions among the city colleges this year. While the admissions closed at 107.2 score points in the UT pool, it stood at 110.2 in the general pool.

The Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women (GGSCW), Sector 26, on the other hand, had the least cut-off of 83.8 (in the UT pool). In the general pool, the cut-off stood at 106.8. In all the city colleges, the ratio of UT and general pool is 85:15.

In the Department of Evening Studies, Panjab University, where there was no reservation for the UT pool, the cut-off for the BCom course stood at 105.8 score points.

The cut-offs, according to experts, have touched an all-time high this year. They are attributing it to the high cut-offs at Delhi University.

"This time we have a large number of applicants from Delhi who could not get into any college there because of high cut-offs at Delhi University. The applicants who had scored well but couldn't get into a good college also applied in Chandigarh, leading to 12,000 applicants for the 4,000 seats available here," said BCom Admissions Coordinator SK Chadha.

Around 3,000 students have already submitted their fee and secured BCom seats in the city colleges. This lead to a huge rush in all colleges as the last day for fee submission is July 14. The second counselling will be held on July 17. The new cut-off will also be declared on the same day. The list, however, is expected to be a replica of the first in terms of the cut-off scores.



Joint counselling for NIPER from July 17
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 13
A joint couselling for admission to the seven National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research will be organised on the NIPER campus here from July 17 to 19. The joint counselling will be held for admission to the postgraduate courses — MS (Pharm), MPharm and MTech (Pharm).

A large number of candidates from across the country will be attending the joint counselling at Mohali for admission to all the seven NIPERs at Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Hajipur, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Rai Bareilly and Mohali. Joint counselling for PhD will be held on July 25.

The joint entrance examination for admission to the seven NIPERs was held on July 1 across 12 cities in the country. As many as 2064 candidates had appeared in the examination. 



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