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Child among 2 killed in freak mishap
Driver suffers heart attack, rams bus into rickshaw before hitting trees n 9 passengers injured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
In a tragic incident, two persons, including a two-year-old girl, died while nine others sustained serious injuries when a Punjab Roadways bus rammed into a rickshaw before hitting a tree on the road separating Sectors 43 and 44 this afternoon. The bus driver reportedly suffered a heart attack while driving and hit the accelerator resulting in the deadly collision.

A Punjab roadways bus rammed into a tree near the road separating Sectors 43 and 44 after the driver suffered a heart attack in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan Suresh Kumar (inset), father of the two-year-old girl, breaks down at the GMCH-32 where she was brought dead.

The mishap occurred at 2 pm when the Hoshiarpur-bound bus just got out of the Sector 43 ISBT. The driver reportedly suffered a heart attack and lost control over the bus, hitting the rickshaw and then crushing it. One of the wheels ran over three occupants of the rickshaw.

The bus then rammed into the road berm and hit thre trees before coming to a screeching halt.

Two-year-old Priya and her aunt Shobha Devi died on the spot while Priya’s mother Anita is battling for life at the GMCH-32.

Seven bus passengers, including the driver Sharanjeet and conductor Baljit were rushed to the PGI. The rickshaw driver, Bhajan, is also admitted in the PGI.

The police has booked the bus driver in a case of causing death due to negligence under Section 304-A of the IPC. “It happened all of a sudden. The driver suffered a heart attack and lost control of the wheel,” said one of the passengers.

Concern over drivers’ health

The fatal accident has raised concerns about the health of drivers of long-route buses. Last week, a Haryana Roadways bus had crashed into The Tribune roundabout when its driver dozed off. In December 2009, a driver with the CTU suffered a heart attack while parking the bus. He died before he could reach the bus stand. Studies indicate that drivers are prone to fatigue, tension, stress, sleeping disorders and problems related to back, neck and shoulders.



Shivraj Patil in city, but won’t attend public darbar
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
While the city residents eagerly wait for the public hearing sessions of UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil, but on most of the occasions, the Administrator has cancelled the public darbars, courtesy his ‘busy’ schedule.

The situation was no different today, as the Administrator cancelled the public hearing session scheduled to be held at the UT Secretariat. Sources revealed that the Administrator was at Punjab Raj Bhawan in the city today, but cancelled the session.

Since January 2012, Patil has only attended five public hearing sessions out of the scheduled 14 sessions. Patil assumed office as the Punjab Governor-cum-UT Administrator on January 22, 2010. As per precedent, there should have been 60 public hearing sessions to date. However, Patil has managed to hold only 26 such sessions so far, which is less than one session a month.

Earlier, residents used to turn out in large numbers, but for the past one year, only a few complainants have been attending the darbar. The ‘uncertainty’over the holding of these sessions is the main reason behind the low turnout, admitted an official. Former Administrator SF Rodrigues had initiated this ritual and the number of complainants was much higher in the sessions held by him.

Requesting anonymity, a senior official of the Administration, said that earlier the darbar was held on the first and third Monday of every month and people were told in advance about the schedule. But for the past one year, the authorities have been cancelling the sessions on most of the occasions, he added.

Only 26 sessions so far

As per precedent, in the 30 months of his tenure as the UT Administrator, there should have been 60 public hearing sessions to date. However, Patil has managed to hold only 26 such sessions so far, which is less than one session a month.

First public darbar held in Feb 2010

Patil had attended his first public hearing session on February 1, 2010. The heads of all the departments concerned were present to redress the grievances put forth by the 13 complainants.

Earlier, complainants informed on phone

Earlier, the UT Administration issued a press note to the media, usually a day before the holding of the public hearing session, in case of its cancellation. The complainants, who were supposed to turn up for the session, were informed on the phone a few days prior to the session if it was not going to be held.



Gritty girl deposes against father
Stays with accused, but chose to speak up for her mother who hanged herself last year
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The UT district courts were witness to a rare testimony today when a 14-year-old girl deposed against her father and grandfather, accusing them of being responsible for her mother’s suicide last year.

Jatinder Kaur, a Class IX student who stays with her father and grandfather in Sector 38 (West), shocked everyone in court when she admitted that her mother was tortured by her father, forcing her mother to commit suicide by hanging herself last year.

The girl broke down several times while recording her statement in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal.

She told the court that her mother Harpreet Kaur was constantly harassed and beaten up by her father Gurmeet Singh and her grandfather Bhupinder Singh supported him.

“It is one of the rarest testimonies where the child witness is residing with the accused who is her grandfather and she was naturally under lot of pressure from the family, but chose to speak the truth in court to give her mother justice. She is the best eyewitness to narrate the state of affairs she underwent at the time of her mother’s death,” said the public prosecutor.

The incident dates back to August 1 last year when 33-year-old Harpreet Kaur committed suicide at her Sector 38 (West) house after she was subjected to mental and physical torture by her drunkard husband Gurmeet.

The police had booked Gurmeet and Bhupinder in an abetment to suicide case.

The couple had three children and Jatinder is the eldest of them. She was the sole eyewitness to the incident when her mother locked herself in the room and committed suicide.

Reliving the horror of that day, Jatinder said her mother was abused and thrashed by her father minutes before she committed suicide. “My father threatened my mother that he will set her and her children on fire. He used to always beat her up, pull her hair and threaten to kill her,” she told the court. 



Mother of twins at 59
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 16
Fiftynine-year-old Gurmeet Kaur, a former government employee, gave birth to twins at Fortis Hospital today.

Gurmeet Kaur, a resident of Chandigarh and wife of a retired government teacher, was ecstatic after becoming a mother of a boy and a girl. "My phone has not stopped ringing. I am unable to contain my happiness," she said looking at her bundles of joy.

Gurmeet Kaur quit last year after she conceived. She had opted for IVF and the earlier six attempts had been unsuccessful. The seventh attempt following ovum donation at an infertility centre gave her a reason to cheer.

Apart from her age, her case was complicated due to multiple medical conditions, including hypothyroid, gestational diabetes and chronic hypertension, said Dr Shanujeet Kaur, consultant, gynaecology and obstetrics, Fortis.

"While the medical condition of Gurmeet was already fragile, her heart was under tremendous strain because of the load of the twins she was carrying. In a normal pregnancy too, a woman's heart rate increases rapidly. In this case, her heart was under tremendous strain because of her advanced age," the doctor said.

She had an elective caesarean section at 35 weeks of pregnancy.

"Our entire family is overjoyed and I am being treated like a young girl with even my nieces calling me up from the USA and giving me advice on how to look after the babies! It's a great feeling," Gurmeet Kaur said.



Humid conditions to continue for the next few days
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The scanty rainfall trend is expected to continue for another two to three days before the city receives a heavy downpour. Despite, the onset of monsoon, the humid conditions are likely to continue for another few days.

Surinder Pal, Chandigarh Met Director, said after July 19 an improvement in the pattern of the rainfall is expected. Otherwise, the Southwest monsoon rain is expected to lash the city over the next few weeks.

The director said the monsoon activity was not as strong and it would be after July 19.

Last time it rained heavily was on Friday. A partly cloudy sky with possibility of thundery development/light rain was expected on Tuesday.The maximum temperature will be around 35 ºC and the minimum temperature will be around 26 ºC. Light to moderate rain or thunder showers are expected in the peripheral areas of Chandigarh.


UT's 190 reservoirs blocking water to Sukhna
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
Nothing less than 190 reservoirs set up by the Administration have been preventing the water from flowing into the Sukhna Lake. But all this is about to change, with the Punjab and Haryana High Court asking the administration to set things right. In what was being seen as a watershed in the Save Sukhna campaign, a Division Bench has, in fact, asked the administration to ensure free flow of water into the lake by altering the capacity of the reservoirs.

The directions by the Bench of Acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain came during the hearing of the Save Sukhna case. The directions came after it was brought to the notice of the Bench during the arguments of the case that the “rainy water has been stopped at the reservoirs created by the UT Administration”. As such, it was not reaching the lake.

Taking a note of the assertion, the Bench ordered: “The UT Administration is directed to lower the containing capacity of those reservoirs in such a manner that the flow of water to the Sukhna Lake is not stopped at that place and water flows easily into the Lake”.

Already, the 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.

Digging deep into the Sukhna Lake conservation issue, the High Court had earlier asked Haryana and Chandigarh to ensure continuous flow of water from the catchment area to the reservoir.

The High Court only in August last year had asserted that the situation was worsening; and had ruled in favour of appointing an officer responsible for its conservation and maintenance.

The Bench had observed: “It appears that the situation is worsening and the requisite attention is not being devoted to the issue. One of the reasons appears to be the absence of any specific authority accountable for the purpose. Having regard to the importance of the issue involved, it may be necessary for the UT Administration to forthwith assign the responsibility of conservation and management of the lake to a senior officer accountable for the purpose, who may have direct access to the highest decision-making authority in the UT Administration and may interact with such authority as may be considered necessary.

In March 2011, the High Court had also banned building activity of any kind in the catchment area falling in the states of Haryana and Punjab till further orders.



Recent rainfall in the city has hampered de-silting drive at the lake 
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The recent rainfall in the city has not helped much in solving the water crisis of the city’s landmark, Sukhna Lake, but it has affected the de-silting drive at the lake. Due to the recent rain, a large part of the lake area has become wet, which has made it difficult for the UT engineering department officials to use heavy machinery on the wet surface.

A senior official of the UT engineering department said that now, they were only focusing on the areas which were at a height as they were not wet. He further said that till now they had lifted 88.38-lakh cft silt. He said that they were keeping a close eye on the situation and were targeting those areas, which had dried up.

The official added that this year 1,300 mm rainfall was required to fill the lake and due to the de-silting drive, the water storage capacity of the lake had increased. Besides, the areas where the de-silting drive was not carried out, in those areas cracks had widened, he added.

Last year, the city had received 762 mm rainfall against the normal monsoon rain of nearly 846 mm. While in 2010, the city had received 1178.1 mm rain.

Initially, the UT Administration had put less machinery into use and it was only after the visit of Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator, Chandigarh, Shivraj V Patil, the department increased the number of machinery.

Shivraj Patil, along with a team of senior officials of the Chandigarh Administration visited the lke recently to review the ongoing de-silting work. During the visit, it was proposed by Patil to increase the number of machinery deputed on the site to accelerate the de-silting work.

Thereafter, the UT engineering department had increased the number of machinery. Besides, the department had also started to give silt to the IRB Battalion in Sarangpur, Chandigarh Housing Board’s slum rehabilitation projects and other educational institutions, in the city.

A large part of the area wet

Due to the recent rain, a large part of the lake area has become wet, which has made it difficult for the UT engineering department officials to use heavy machinery on the wet surface

The recent rainfall has helped the Chandigarh Industrial Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) in their boating business at the Sukhna Lake, as their daily income, which had dipped from Rs 70,000 per day to Rs 5,000, has once again risen to Rs 25,000 daily. The rain has increased the water level in the boating area from one feet to 2.5 ft. After the rain, the CITCO authorities have started the four-seater boats as well, which were earlier stopped due to the depleting water level



Staff nurse held guilty
Had slapped a trainee technician at GMSH-16
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
Two weeks after a staff nurse allegedly slapped a medical laboratory trainee technician at Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16, the inquiry committee has held her guilty and proposed strict action.

The report of the committee comprising Dr Abha and Dr Gopal Bhardwaj was submitted to the UT Director, health services, Dr Chandermohan, here today. On June 28 it was alleged that staff nurse Sheela slapped trainee Mehak Kaur when the victim was on duty. Seventeen students who were eyewitness to the incident had lodged a complaint with the authorities in this regard.

According to the complaint, staff nurse Sheela came with her daughter for a check-up to room 17, which was the room for collection of samples, at 11:30 am.

Mehak, who is pursuing a course at Khalsa College, stopped her from entering the room. Sheela got agitated and allegedly slapped Mehak for this. However, the incident was recorded on the CCTV cameras.

According to sources, the CCTV footages confirmed that Sheela first pulled the trainee technicians from her chair and threw her down and slapped her in the presence of several people.

The nurse was on deputation from Punjab and the UT Director, Health, has to take a final decision on her repatriation and recommendation of action against her to her parent state.



Day after molestation incident, FIR lodged 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
A day after the molestation incident outside Tao discotheque in Sector 26, the UT police finally got into action and registered an FIR today. The police also traced the Ford Fiesta car of the molesters to Khamano. Even though police teams have been dispatched to nab the accused, who are on the run, no arrests have been made so far.

A case of sexual harassment has been registered. "We are making efforts to arrest the accused. The car is in the name of Surinder Kaur.

Some of her relatives are staying in Chandigarh as paying guests," said Anokh Singh, SHO of the Sector 26 police station.

A girl was molested, teased and chased by over a dozen rowdy youths outside the discotheque late last night.

The police failed to take any immediate action.



1,800 receive no electricity bill
Residents harassed as new software at PSPCL Mohali develops snag
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, July 16
Hundreds of power consumers were harassed while paying the power bills as the new software introduced by the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) failed to give the desired results.

Power consumers were seen thronging at the power corporation office in the Industrial Area today. They were carrying slips that have power meter readings written on them. They had to wait long to get their bills issued.

The PSPCL employees, who generally delivered power bills, could not deliver them to at least 1,800 consumers because the recently introduced software, SAP, could not record the meter readings. The employees directed such consumers to go to the office of the power corporation carrying the readings of their power meters and to get the bills.

The rush of consumers, who had to go all the way to the Industrial Area, for getting their bills issued created problems for the employees as well who were seen making complaints to their seniors. Even the network at the office broke down time and again.

Sohan Singh, a resident of Phase X, told Chandigarh Tribune that he had reached the PSPCL office to get his power bill issued at around 10 am but had to wait for two hours to get his work done.

Another resident of Phase X, Daljit Singh, said he had never come so far to get a power bill issued but as the employee on duty could not generate his bill he had to undergo the trouble.

The power corporation used to issue bills dividing the town into four zones. Under the new project of the Central government, bills were now issued on the basis of connections under each transformer-dividing the town into 61 groups. This was done to ascertain the difference between power supply and consumption and to determine losses.

The SAP was introduced at Mohali by Spanco-a company shortlisted by the Central Government, for an amount of Rs 300 crore under the project Go Live.



85 shops razed on Patiala-Zirakpur road
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, July 16
Amidst tight security, as many as 85 shops located on Patiala-Zirakpur road were razed to ground by the Zirakpur Municipal Council here today.

Shopkeepers demolish the front side of their shops to leave space for parking as per court order on the Patiala highway at Zirakpur on Monday. Tribune Photo: Nitin MittalThe demolition took place following the directions from Punjab and Haryana High Court. The sources said the shops were constructed illegally and have been razed as the work of widening the highway has begun.

As many as 97 shops were served notices, said the sources adding that the rest of the shopkeepers had already demolished their structures on their own.

Earlier, the drive took place under the supervision of local Naib Tehsildar Varinder Dhoot while DSP Anil Sharma along with police forces was also present at the spot. Later, DSP Anil Sharma claimed that no untoward incident was reported.

Shopkeepers demolish the front side of their shops to leave space for parking as per court order on the Patiala highway at Zirakpur on Monday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal



Electricity poles on roads pose threat to life
Residents allege footpath constructed ‘unmindfully’
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 16
An alleged ‘unmindful’ construction of footpath in local Industrial Area has caused resentment among the industrialists and other residents of the area.

Reason: With the construction of the footpath, four-feet in width, several electricity poles mostly with transformers are now on the roads posing threat to residents.

“Apart from that, pipeline for draining the storm water was broken at several places. Now with the construction of the footpath, many such broken patches were covered under the footpath,” said Atul Sharma, an industrialist at Phase VII.

Another industrialist Deepak Verma, who runs a manufacturing unit in the area, lamented that the ongoing construction of the footpath was totally ‘unmindful’. “Several electricity poles have come on the road as the width of footpath was very less. Why don’t they make space for the poles within the footpath? And if they have planned to re-install the poles then the job should be done before the construction of the footpath,” he said.

Tajinder Kumar, who works in an industry here, said chances of accidents increases as the electricity Electricity poles placed on road instead of footpath at Phase VII in Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu poles were on the roads. “First the streetlights are not functional in the area. Now, the poles have become a new threat for the commuters, especially during night,” he said.

Sharma also alleged that the foundation of several electricity poles has been weakened. “Two days ago, two poles one having transformer fell down after the first shower of the monsoon. The authorities should also check the position of all the poles here before some mishap occurs,” said Sharma.

A senior official of PSIEC said they would visit the spot in a day or two to do the needful. “Generally all the electricity poles come within the footpath. It might be that a few of those have to be reinstalled. But we would surely check these,” said the official.

Electricity poles placed on road instead of footpath at Phase VII in Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu



MC claim turns out to be false
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
Several labourers were deployed at Sectors 18, 19, 21, 27 and 28 to clean road gullies today prior to the Mayor’s visit. It was found that the broken road gullies in the areas were not repaired properly although the report of corporation submitted on June 4 stated that the road gullies of all these sectors were cleaned and repaired by special teams of the concerned department.

Accepting that the claims made by the MC engineering wing were not correct, the Water Supply and Disposal Committee Chairman Mukesh Bassi said the true picture of the road gullies in the city was far different from the claims made by the department. In the last month’s general house meeting the chief engineer stated that by July 7 road gullies of all sectors, including villages and colonies, would be cleaned as a special drive was launched in the city.

Interestingly, the press release of the department stated that Mayor Raj Bala Malik along with officials inspected Sector 18, 19, 21, 27 and 28 whereas the team has visited only Sector 27 to monitor the cleanliness of road gullies.

Residents harassed

For the past one week, ML Khatri, a resident of Modern Complex Mani Majra, has been trying to get 15 road gullies cleaned by the Municipal Corporation employees. But no action has been taken till date.

He finally managed to lodge a complaint at the complaint centre today morning, but no official turned up or contacted him till the evening to clean up the road gullies of the area.

Narrating his grievance, Khatri said after the first showers he had contacted the authority concerned to clear the road gullies to avoid any waterlogging. He was assured that the work will be done. He said complaining at the complaint centre does not serve any purpose as no one turns up to clear the gullies. This shows how serious the officials are about the complaints of the residents.

This is not the story of the Mani Majra residents only.

The MC complaint centre on an average receives five to six complaints from the residents across the city about blocked or broken road gullies in their area. However, these could not be tackled by the department.



Members of traders’ cell protest against FDI in retail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The traders’ cell of the Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held a protest at the roundabout of Sectors 7, 8, 18 and 19 against anti-trader policies of the UPA government.

The party leaders handed over a memorandum to the Governors of Punjab and Haryana and also to the administrator of the Chandigarh Administration.

National Convener of the BJP Traders’ Cell, Shyam Bihari Mishra, along with other leaders was present on the occasion.

While addressing the protesters, Mishra said the Congress-led Union government is harassing the trader community and was doing nothing for their welfare.

At a time when the prices are sky-rocketing, the Union government wants to ruin them by allowing foreign direct investment in retail sector.

He demanded that the government should constitute a Traders Welfare Board.

He also said that all the genuine demands of the traders should be fulfilled at the earliest. 



UT Home Secretary postpones appeal
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The TDI mall management multiplex in Sector 17 will have to wait for some more time to get No-Objection Certificate(NOC) for fire safety norm for their complex, as the UT Home Secretary today postponed the appeal for the hearing of the case. On the rejection of issuing NOC to the mall by the fire department, an appeal was filed by the management to the UT Home secretary last month.

In March, a special inspection was conducted by the fire team in which major violations were detected in the building. These included non-availability of a provision of 6-meter thorough passage around the building to have free access to fire vehicles in case of fire.

In case of fire, the fire vehicles weighing up to 45 tonne could not have access to the building due to non-availability of the open space.

Referring to the National Building Code of India, the officials stated that it was mandatory to have 6-meter wide open space on all sides of the building.

The special team to inspect the mall building was headed by then MC Chief Fire officer Lalit Siwach along with four station fire officers.

Last year also, in September and October the fire team had inspected the mall building after receiving a request for an NOC.

On the basis of which the team had submitted a detailed report of the fire safety violations. In the report, the team had pointed out that as there was violation of fire safety rules by the TDI mall management so an NOC should not be issued to 
the multiplex by the authorities.

When contacted, Chief Fire officer Rajiv Gupta confirmed that their appeal had been postponed and the next date of hearing was yet to be finalised.

Sources said that recently at a meeting with the urban planning officials, the officials had denied issuing an NOC to the mall because of the violations.

In fact, the urban planning department of the UT recently had asked the fire department to issue an NOC on the basis that the building was under the architect frame control of Le-Corbusier, so it was not mandatory for any old building of the city to have clear passage for the movement of the fire tender around the premises. Keeping this fact in view, the fire department should issue the NOC to the mall at the earliest.

While rejecting the suggestion, the fire department replied that the TDI mall was not covered under the architect frame control of Le-Corbusier because it was constructed recently and so it could not avail the relaxation under the architect frame control rule of Le-Corbusier.



Global collaboration required on public health: Experts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
International collaboration is much need to improve health, to reduce disparities and to protect against global threats. This was stated by Dr Ravindra Khaiwal, assistant professor (environment health), School of Public Health, PGIMER, here today during a one-day international workshop on ‘Global Collaboration: Public Health Priorities’.

A number of public health professionals, research scholars from School of Public Health, PGIMER; Panjab University and University of Utah,l including members of NGOs, Mehar Baba Charitable Trust, Fatehgarh Sahib, participated in the workshop. These organisations are collaborative partners for the ‘Bassi Pathana Collaborative Community Development Project’ at Fatehgarh Sahib since 2010.

This was followed by a talk by Dr Rajesh Kumar, professor and head of School of Public Health, PGIMER, on “Public Health Infrastructure in India” and “Community Engaged Public Health”. He explained the governmental set up at the centre and state level.

Dr Jim Vanderslice and Dr Sharon Talboy from University of Utah talked on public health infrastructure in USA and community engaged public health. They focused on the importance of community involvement in improving the health status of a country along with elaborating on the health setup in the USA.

The other presentation included ‘An Example of Global Health Initiative’ by Ghana and Magan Arnold, ‘Community Based Participative Research’ by Sierra Trejos, ‘General US Health Education System’ by Lacey and Simranveer, ‘National Rural Health Mission in India and Fatehgarh Sahib’ by Sudip Bhattacharya, ‘Integrated Child Development Services in India and Fatehgarh Sahib’ by Mamta Gupta and ‘Water Supply and Sanitation in India and Fathegarh Sahib’ by Kalzang Chhoden.

The working groups on the collaborative projects did a brain storming sessions to identify the issues and challenges while working in the field areas. The three research priority areas identified during the faculty interaction are water and sanitation, nutrition and gender disparity and collaborative research work will focus in Bassi Pathana region.



Minor fire at Sector 18 market 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
Minor fire was reported in booth number 13 and 14 at Sector 18 market this morning.

The fire control room received a call at 10:30 am after which two water tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the fire.

The fire official said short circuit could be the reason of the fire.

The officials said there as no major loss to the shop owners as there were only waste materials in the shops.



Six quintals of fish destroyed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
A surprise inspection of unauthorised fish shops and rehries in Hallo Majra, Sector 47, Colony No 5, Sector 43, was conducted by the Municipal Corporation today.

During the inspection six quintal of fish, which was unfit for human consumption, was seized and destroyed. The equipment used in fish selling was seized under the MC Regulation for Sale of Meat, Fish and Poultry Bylaws Amendment, 2010. Ten rehries, table tops and other encroachments were removed and impounded by the enforcement wing of MC.

The inspection was held under the directions of MC Commissioner VP Singh, which was supervised by Lalit Siwach, additional commissioner, and assisted by Dr MS Kamboj, superintendent of slaughter house, MC, and Enforcement Inspector Kashmira Singh.



PU student quizzed by police 

Mohali, July 16
Mohali police today quizzed Arun Kumar, a student of Panjab University, related to the shooting incident reported on July 10 at Sector 69, Mohali.

The police officials said Arun Kumar was named in the FIR. However, it is yet to be established that whether he was the same person named by the victim in his complaint. “Arun, a resident of Zirakpur, is suspected to be involved in the incident,” said a senior police officer.

Prabhjit Singh was injured when a group of four youth shot at him at Sector 69. The bullet injured his abdomen. He is still under treatment.

Rivalry among members of the student union seemed to be the reason behind the incident, said the police.

The police officers further said as soon the victim identifies Arun, he would be put under arrest. Already four youths have been arrested by the police in this case. –– TNS



Severed head of Army jawan recovered

Panchkula, July 16
The Government Railway Police today recovered a severed head of an Army jawan from the railway tracks near Chandimandir area, Panchkula.The deceased has been identified as Vinod Kumar, a resident of MES quarters in Chandimandir area, who was posted at Army Unit-5, Ladakh. 

The wife of the deceased had informed the police that Vinod had left home at around 10 pm on Sunday night but did not returned home. The body is kept at mortuary of the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula. — TNS



DAV-10 takes bold step to curb violence
Debars 50 students booked by Chandigarh Police in last three years from admission 
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
Taking a strong stand against violence incidents on the campus, the DAV College, Sector 10, has for the first time barred admission to those involved in violence. A list of frequent trouble makers who have been booked by the Chandigarh Police was circulated to all the departments by the college authorities. The departments were directed not to give admission to these students.

The DAV College has become notorious for frequent incidents of violence; 17 incidents have been reported in the college between 2009 and 2011, two of which were reported this year. Claiming the DAV College campus lacked effective security, the police, in 2011, had declared it to be a "breeding ground" for crime, more "dangerous" than the Panjab University campus.

Even earlier the college authorities had made claims of debarring the students involved in violence; however, this is the first time the college actually took this bold step.

The college procured a list of over 50 youths who have been booked by the police under various sections of IPC in the last three years. A communication was sent by College Principal BC Joshan to concerned departments on July 10 with the names and address of those who have been blacklisted by the college.

"Seeing the rise in incidents of violence, barring students involved in crime is the need of the hour," Joshan said.

Joshan said apart from those booked by police, college had also identified students who were closely associated with the student leaders involved in crime. These students would be issued a warning to restrain from violence, he said.

"Discipline won't be compromised at any cost. We have also decided that if any hostel resident is involved in violence, his hostel seat will be cancelled," Joshan said. 

Recent Incidents

March 12, 2012 - Armed assailants barged into the college, fired five gunshots, and attacked members of a rival party with swords and sticks, injuring seven PUSU supporters.

September 26, 2011 - The college president, Hardeep Singh, was assaulted allegedly by members of rival party.

June 28, 2011 - A 22-year-old student o was attacked with swords and baseball bats in front of the college gate.

January 31, 2011 - 19 booked after a clash outside the college between supporters of two rival parties.



Hotel management students attend induction programme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
A five-day induction programme was inaugurated at the University Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism for the students of 2012-2015 batch today.

While inaugurating this programme, AS Ahluwalia, Dean Student Welfare, advised the students to focus their efforts on becoming efficient professionals and valuable assets to the nation. Prof Ahluwalia advised the students about the importance of discipline in their life as well as in profession.

Director UIHMT Lalit Kumar Bansal gave details of the programme, besides highlighting the need of such professionals. He apprised the students of the supply gap in the hospitality industry.

"The main aim of this program is to familiarise the students about the challenges which they are going to face," he said.

During the five-day long programme, the newly admitted students would be exposed to the requirements of the hospitality industry. Besides management games, students will be given soft skills training. On the last day of the programme, they would visit various hotels in Chandigarh.



Snake-scare at PU
Snake charmers catch the reptile after an hour-long struggle
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
Panic gripped the students of Panjab University after a snake was spotted at the Student Centre today evening.

Students spotted the snake under one of the trees following which they raised an alarm. The PU security reached the scene and cordoned off the area. Large number of students gathered at the scene to watch the snake. The local area police also reached the spot.

Finally, snake charmers were called who after an hour-long struggle managed to catch the snake.



Second round of admission begins at city government schools
Over 2,000 apply for change in stream or school, around 100 fresh applications received for vacant Class XI seats on first day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
Over 2,000 students, who recently got admitted to Class XI in the city government schools, have applied for a change in the allotted stream or school. A huge rush was witnessed today at the government schools on the first day of the second round of admissions to Class XI.

According to the officials, over 4,000 forms for stream and school change were sold out of which over 2,000 were even submitted back.

The students started visiting the six schools where admission process is being held since morning and the rush continued till afternoon. A total of 10,000 forms have been printed for shifting of school and stream, out of which 8,000 have been distributed to the schools.

The students of Punjab and Haryana whose class X results were not declared during the first round of admissions also have a chance to apply during the second round that started today.

"Around 500 prospectuses were sold today out of which over 100 have already been submitted for the seats lying vacant," said an official.

During the first round of admissions over 16,000 applications were received for around 11,000 seats in class XI at all the government colleges of Chandigarh. Officials said around 3,000 seats were still lying vacant in the schools for which students could apply till July 18.



Student rival parties fight for credit at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
With elections around the corner, students' organisations at Panjab University are trying hard to woo students. It seems, however, the organisations are short of students-related issues for staging protests.

While the Panjab University Students Union party claimed they had submitted a memorandum demanding re-appear examination for students of the UIET and the UICET a few days back, the members of the Student Organisation of Panjab University staged a protest for the same demand today. With both the departments having huge vote banks, the parties do not want to miss the chance to woo the students.

PUSU leader Sumit Goklaney said they had already submitted the memorandum on July 13 and the demand was met by the PU authorities today morning, before the SOPU members staged the protest.

Contrary to the claims made by PUSU, SOPU leader Manoj Lubana said the Vice-Chancellor had assured to consider their demands after the protest.

Both the parties had been demanding another chance for the UIET students who could not clear the minimum of five exams out of the ten to get promoted to the next year.

One of the student leaders said the party that stages the protest first gets the credit if the demand is met, and it helped them in attracting the students during the elections.



2 GMCH docs appointed professors at AIIMS
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
Two more doctors from the city have got bearth in the new All-India Institute of Medical Sciences being set up by the central government in five states.

In the recent interviews conducted for various posts, Dr Vikas Bhatia, and Dr Neeraj Agarwal, working as associate professors in the department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, have been selected as professors, Community and Family Medicine at Bhubaneswar and Patna respectively.

Before this, Dr Nitin Nagarkar from GMCH had been appointed as founder director of AIIMS, Raipur, last week.

Dr Vikas Bhatia, did his MBBS from Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sewagram, Wardha in 1986, MD in Community Medicine in 1989 from the same institution.

Dr Neeraj Agarwal, did his MBBS from KGS Medical College, Lucknow (1987-1992), and MD from MLN Medical College Allahabad (1994-97).



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