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Anupama may not live, courtesy PGI
Surgery performed after 3 days Dressing also not changed
Develops gangrene, loses leg Doctors cite rush as reason
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
It took three days for the PGI to wheel in 17-year-old Anupama, who was injured in a bus accident, to the operating theatre where her leg was to be amputated today after it developed gangrene. While she has lost her leg, her chances of survival are very thin as infection has spread to her abdominal area.

“The PGI’s negligence has almost taken away our only child. If at all she survives, she will live the life of a physically challenged person,” her heartbroken parents said, claiming that doctors “dumped” her in the pre-operative hall for three days.

“We kept requesting them, but to no avail. They cited a huge rush of patients. Whenever we went to them to say our daughter was in pain, we were coldly told that every patient was in pain,” said Kanika, Anupama’s mother.

“The doctors were so insensitive to her condition that they did not even change the dressing on Tuesday. Her condition started deteriorating last night,” alleged Amit Sarkar, the girl’s father who helplessly watched her slip into the clutches of death.

“I heard a senior doctor hollering at juniors this morning after seeing her condition and wanted to know why they did not perform the surgery on the first day itself. I went numb when I heard that. I knew my daughter was very serious.

It was only then that things started moving. I could gather from their conversation that my daughter had already lost her leg,” said Kanika, breaking down. Had they changed the dressing regularly, her leg could have been saved, she said.

Anupama was taken to the operating theatre, but surgery could not be performed. This morning she was again taken to the operating theatre. She returned with an amputated leg. Anupama got injured when she was boarding a bus in Sector 18 after school. She fell and the bus ran over her leg.

Doctors planned her surgery on Wednesday morning and the implants and medicines were bought by the family. The doctors, however, postponed the surgery that day, saying that there were more serious patients at the trauma centre, said Kanika.

The girl had been writhing in pain for three days, but the doctors kept putting off her surgery. 

Chronology of events

July 17: A CTU bus runs over Anupama’s leg near Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh. The girl is admitted to the PGI.

July 18: She is sent to the pre-operative hall at the operating theatre complex of the Advance Trauma Centre for surgery in the morning. However, the surgery is postponed due to the huge rush of emergency patients.

July 19: Anupama’s condition deteriorates at night, following which she is taken to the operating theatre. She is found intolerant to anaesthesia and is brought back to the hall.

July 20: Doctors find her infected with gas gangrene, amputate leg. 

What is gas gangrene

Gas gangrene is a type of wet gangrene caused by Clostridia bacteria. It is an infection-causing bacteria that grows only in the absence of oxygen. As it grows, it produces poisonous toxins and gas.


Experts advise keeping the skin injury area clean, besides watching for signs of infection such as redness, pain, drainage or swelling around a wound. 

Doctors not to blame

The girl was very young and saving her leg was the priority of doctors. She was taken to the operating theatre twice, but she was intolerant to anaesthesia due to poor health. She had been transfused six units of blood and was operated upon this morning. Moreover, there is a huge rush of patients at the Advance Trauma Centre. At least eight to nine patients with serious injuries remain queued up for surgery.
— Manju Wadwalkar, PGI spokesperson



God our only hope
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
Doctors have failed them. Now, God is their only hope. As Anupama is fighting for her life lying on a PGI bed, all her parents can do is prayer.

“My daughter slipped into this condition in front of my eyes. I have been treating these doctors as God, but they have failed me,” said Amit Sarkar, Anupama’s father, as he tried unsuccessfully to control his tears and mumbled, “It is unpardonable.”

“Doctors have told us there are only 20 per cent chances of her survival. We do not know where to go,” was the helplessness expressed by Anupama’s father.

As soon as the news of her bleak survival was broken by the doctors, Amit and his wife Kanika were inconsolable. Their agony could move even the hardest of hearts.

“My daughter is a very bright child. After her birth sixteen years ago, I did not think of expanding my family and planned to concentrate on her instead. I had never thought that things will come to such a passe,” said Amit.

Anupama was very happy when she got admission in a government model school in Class IX with commerce stream. I bought her a new computer recently. But the fate had other plans for us. Hardly after 10 days of joining the school in Sector 18, we are praying for her life, he said.

“We can not be punished like this without any fault of ours,” said Kanika. The driver may not have seen Anupama falling down and ran the bus over her, but at the PGI she was lying unattended in front of the doctors for three days, she said.

Both parents have been staying at the PGI since Tuesday. “We could not go to our home at Mauli Jagran, as there was no other person to attend to Anupma,” said Amit who has been wearing on the same clothes since Wednesday. “We are ready to do anything to save our daughter”, he said.



CTU driver booked, chargesheeted 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The police has booked CTU bus driver Atul Kumar Gautam under various Sections of the IPC. The UT transport department has also chargesheeted him.

CTU Director TPS Phoolka said the driver had been chargesheeted following preliminary inquiry. “Action is being taken as per the law,” he said, adding that a compensation of Rs 10,000 had been given to the victim’s family. On the issue of compensation to the victim, CTU officials said in cases pertaining to the Motor Accident Claim Tribunal (MACT), the department paid compensation announced by the court.

An agreement between the CTU workers' union and the transport department protects drivers from paying any compensation from their own pocket. Justifying the reason, a union leader said since the CTU buses were not insured, compensation was not paid by drivers. 

Low-floor bus drivers not trained

The tragic accident has once again exposed the lack of specialised training to CTU drivers to handle the fleet of 250 low-floor buses plying on some of the most crowded roads of the city. Several incidents have come to light where drivers did not observe restrain while manoeuvring through crowded inner sector roads, resulting in minor and major accidents. Sources in the transport department confirmed that barring the first lot of drivers which had been trained to handle the 13 metre-long, 35-seater buses, no driver had been given specialised training. The drivers are used to driving the regular buses that 10-metre long.



A Gory end to a bigamous union
Man shoots himself after shooting at second wife
Tribune News Service

The blood spattered car in which Samoun Masih shot himself after shooting at his second wife in Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Friday.
The blood spattered car in which Samoun Masih shot himself after shooting at his second wife in Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh chauhan

Chandigarh, July 20
In a bloody end to a bigamous relationship, a 30-year-old property dealer shot himself with a country-made pistol on the head, a few minutes after shooting at his estranged second ‘wife’, Anita, in Sector 44 this morning.

Samoun Masih of Shiva Enclave Baltana in Zirkapur shot at Anita, a schoolteacher, when she was going to school on a scooter with her 11-year-old daughter Anna.

Anita had a narrow escape as the bullet brushed past her, grazing her shoulder before hitting a tree. Samoun then drove away and parked his car opposite a vacant plot in Sector 44-A, around 100 metres away from Anita’s house, and shot himself.

The bullet ruptured his head and pierced the roof of the car. The car was spattered with blood as parts of his brain were lying on the dashboard. Residents informed the police, which rushed to the spot. The police recovered the weapon from the car. Anita and her daughter were rushed to the Government Medical College Hospital-32 and were later discharged.

The police said Anita was divorced and had married Samoun in 2009. Her daughter was from her first husband. Samoun and Anita were staying in a rented accommodation in Sector 44-B. Two months ago, when Anita found out that Samoun was already married to Meena, she left him and started staying in Sector 44-A. Police officials said Anita wanted him to choose between her and Meena, who was staying in Baltana along with her six-year-old daughter. Samoun’s neighbours in Zirakpur said they had seen Meena leaving for work after dropping her daughter at school. Later, Samoun also left the house in his car.

Complaint against accused

After discovering that Samoun was already married, Anita lodged a complaint against him at the women’s cell of the Chandigarh Police for keeping her in the dark. Anita wanted him to either divorce her or his first wife. 



Renu still dreams of fairytale ending & wedding bells
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
“We will get married once we serve our punishment. We may have gone through the worst phase of our life, but our dreams are intact and will help us tide over the crisis,” says a confident and unrepentant 26-year-old Renu, an accused in the Pooja murder case, who seems to be unaware of the gravity of the situation.

Mother of a five-year-old child studying in Class I at her hometown Hoshiarpur, Renu said she faced the torture and agony of not being able to marry the man of her dreams. All because of his wedded wife, who did not allow them to get together.

“Vajinder and I will marry once we get released from prison. It will be many years before we can finally breathe free, but at least we will live life our way,” said Renu while talking to this correspondent while she was being produced in the court today. Both the accused Vajinder and Renu, were sent to judicial custody.

Vajinder had murdered his wife Pooja in connivance with his girlfriend Renu on July 13. “Hum jiyenge bhi ek sath aur marenge bhi ek sath (we will live and die together),” she said with a broad smile.

When asked whether she feels any guilt upon killing Pooja, Renu said they were left with no other option. “I was suffering for the last three years as she was not willing to divorce her husband. The mental trauma and tension that I may not get to marry my love was getting too much to handle. We had not planned the murder in advance. It was an act of sudden provocation as we wanted to get rid of her,” she said.

“I am not at all guilty of the crime I committed. I was ready to adopt the child of Vajinder. I also have a son and have filed for a divorce from my husband. 


One heavy shower, civic bodies’ claims down the drain
Tribune News Service

A rickshaw-puller wades through a water-logged road in Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh.
A rickshaw-puller wades through a water-logged road in Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh.Tribune photo: S. Chandan

A truck stuck on a road near the CTU workshop in Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh.
A truck stuck on a road near the CTU workshop in Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh.Tribune photo: S. Chandan

Chandigarh, July 20
It seems that lakhs of rupees spent by the municipal corporation in villages and various sectors of the city for cleaning stormwater pipelines before the onset of monsoon have gone down the drain as the rainfall of just 20.2 mm today posed a major problem of water logging in various parts of the city. Situation was no different in Panchkula, Mohali and Zirakpur, where knee-deep water was collected in the low-lying roads.

Interestingly a new concrete road constructed in Industrial Area, Phase I, under the railway overbridge on which lakhs of rupees was spent by the MC authorities to avoid waterlogging is among the worst hit road where the residents had to wade through knee-deep waters. Records of the corporation show that it took six months to construct the concrete road as the normal roads usually get washed away due to waterlogging during the monsoon season. But it is strange that the authorities did not take any measure to ensure that there was no waterlogging on that road in the future.

Reports have also come from the Sector 28 motor market where the parking lot had major waterlogging problem after the rain. Shopkeepers stated that after every shower this was the picture of the market as there was no proper arrangement of stormwater pipeline in the market and even few which are there in the market are not cleaned on time by the authorities despite repeated reminders.

Even the areas, including Sector 7, 21, 31, 40, Mauli Jagran, Ram Darbar, Madrasi Colony and Bapu Dham rainwater flowed into these pockets from the surrounding areas.

Unhygienic conditions coupled with pools of water were seen in the UT district courts at Sector 17 following a heavy downpour this morning. Litigants had tough time attending to their court cases as dirty water was seen clogged inside the court premises. The district court authorities adopted a lackadaisical approach in dealing with the mess because till evening there was no cleaning done on the premises. The worst hit were the magistrate courts where dirty water lay stagnant.

A cross section of residents while talking to TNS said that the same story was repeated every year. The residents had repeatedly requested the authorities and had even made representations through their office bearers for rectifying the functioning of the stormwater drainage. Every year false promises are made and the stock answer is: things would be perfect or better during the next monsoon.

Meanwhile, the Mayor today inspected road gullies in Sector 39, 40, 54, 55, Palsora, Vikas Nagar and Mauli Jagran.

Industrial area, Phase I, Chandigarh, worst hit

Interestingly, a new concrete road constructed in the Industrial Area, Phase I, under the railway overbridge on which lakhs of rupees was incurred by the MC authorities to avoid waterlogging is among the worst hit road. Records of the corporation show that it took six months to construct the concrete road.

UT district courts clogged water in side premises

Unhygienic conditions coupled with pools of water were seen in the UT district courts in Sector 17 following a heavy downpour on Friday morning. Litigants had difficult time attending their court cases as dirty water was seen clogged inside the court premises.

Mayor’s inspection

On Friday, UT Mayor Rajbala Malik inspected road gullies in Sector 39, 40, 54, 55, Palsora, Vikas Nagar and Mauli Jagran.

A street flooded with rainwater in Sector 21 on Friday.
A street flooded with rainwater in Sector 21 on Friday. Tribune photo: S. Chandan
Vehicles moving on an inundated road separating Sectors 28 and 29.
Vehicles moving on an inundated road separating Sectors 28 and 29. Tribune photo: S. Chandan
Commuters had to go through a harrowing time while passing through the Patiala highway near a flyover in Zirakpur on Friday.
Commuters had to go through a harrowing time while passing through the Patiala highway near a flyover in Zirakpur on Friday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal
Rainwater accumulated at the Sector 28 market making it difficult for residents to move.
Rainwater accumulated at the Sector 28 market making it difficult for residents to move. Tribune photo: S. Chandan
A resident of a society at Sector 20 in Panchkula drains out water on Friday.
A resident of a society at Sector 20 in Panchkula drains out water on Friday. Tribune photo: nitin mittal
Residents had to turn on their vehicle lights after it became very dark due to rain in Phase I, Mohali, on Friday.
Residents had to turn on their vehicle lights after it became very dark due to rain in Phase I, Mohali, on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu



sewerage treatment plant
5-member panel formed

Chandigarh, July 20
Municipal corporation Mayor Raj Bala Malik today constituted a five-member committee to study technologies needed for the installation of new sewerage treatment plant (STP) in the city.

The committee will be headed by Congress councillor Mukesh Bassi. Other members of the committee include Satish Kainth, Asha Jaiswal, Arun Sood and Surnider Singh Bagga.

When contacted, Mukesh Bassi said a meeting would be held next week to finalise the states that were to be visited by the members.

In the last General House, the public health department tabled a report in this regard. Following which the councillors demanded a study tour. — TNS



HCS couple seeks repatriation
The demand is an apparent fallout of the ongoing ‘cadre war’ in the UT Administration
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
In an apparent fallout of the ongoing cadre war between the UT cadre bureaucrats and the State cadre officials coming on deputation from Punjab and Haryana, an HCS couple, currently on deputation in Chandigarh, has sought repatriation to their parent state.

Though, the couple has sighted ‘personal reasons’ for seeking repatriation, sources said there was more to it than what met the eye. The couple, Yogesh Kumar, posted as Director Public Relations, and his wife Varsha Khangwal, posted as Director Social Welfare, has reportedly expressed their discontent over frequent reshuffling of latter’s portfolios.

It would be for the first time in the history of UT Administration that an HCS couple has sought repatriation and that too because of the issue of ‘sidelining the state cadre officials’ in the UT Administration, sources added. The couple has still more than one year left in their three-year deputation period.

Sources added that the couple, who had joined the UT Administration in September 2010, has jointly sent the repatriation application to UT Advisor KK Sharma on Thursday evening. Sources added that now the Advisor would put forward the case to UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil.

The UT Administration's move to dilute the powers of officers belonging to the Punjab and Haryana cadres on deputation to the UT Administration and give more powers to the UT cadre officers was the cause of considerable friction within the Administration. The cadre war among top officers with the UT Administration started soon after Home Secretary Anil Kumar, belonging to the Haryana cadre, joined the UT Administration. For the first time in the UT Administration's history, the Home Secretary was divested of major departments, including personnel, education, tourism, local self-government and CITCO, all of which were traditionally held by the Home Secretary.

The UT Administration then created a Secretary-level post and appointed Prerna Puri, an IAS officer belonging to the UT cadre with just six years experience, as Secretary IT. After Prerna Puri was given the charge of Secretary IT, Yogesh Kumar, who was then holding the charge of Director IT, shot-off a letter to the Advisor stating that there was no room available in the IT Department that could be given to Puri, who was allotted the room that was occupied by Yogesh Kumar as IT Director. However, finally Yogesh Kumar’s Director IT room was given to Prerna Puri. A month later, after taking the charge of Director IT from Yogesh Kumar, the UT Administration had given it to another UT cadre official, Tanvi Garg. There was resentment among the officers over the appointment of Puri as a Secretary with her being a relatively junior officer from the 2006 batch.

Thereafter the HCS and PCS officers held a secret meeting to oppose the ‘ill-treatment’ being meted out to the state cadre officials. At that time UT Advisor KK Sharma had gave them assurance that their grievances would 
be redressed.

Requesting anonymity, a state cadre official said that the UT Administration on a number of occasions had given importance to UT cadre officers over the HCS and PCS officers. Now there are chances that more officials would seek repatriation to the parent state, he added. 

Reshuffling on the cards

Sources in the UT Administration said that UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil is not happy with the functioning of some bureaucratsand would reshuffle the departments of those officials in a week or two. In this reshuffling the target would be HCS and PCS officials, sources added.

Patil had pulled up officials

Miffed over the ongoing cadre war among the UT Administration officers belonging to the Punjab, Haryana and UT cadres, the UT Administrator Shivraj 
V Patil had pulled up senior officers of all cadres for the unpleasant scenario on July 2. After completing the public hearing session, Patil had told them to put their differences aside and work for the betterment of residents. Thereafter, when the news of cancellation of Patil’s public darbar appeared in the newspapers, the UT Administrator had again pulled up the UT officials.

Shortage of officials imminent

With the repatriation of HCS couple Yogesh Kumar and Varsha Khangwal, the UT Administration would again face shortage of officials. Already several officials are holding a number of departments as the UT Administration is short of officials.

60:40 ratio

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had recently raised the issue of 60:40 ratio with the Union Home Ministry. In a communication to Badal, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had assured him that the existing arrangement of the 60:40 formula in posts filled from among IAS, IPS and state-cadre officers of Punjab and Haryana coming on deputation to the UT Administration would be maintained. Thereafter, Parkash Singh Badal raised the same issue once again in the 26th meeting of Northern Zonal Council chaired by P Chidambaram.



Hope for parched Sukhna
High Court asks UT Administration to release water from check dams into lake
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
For quenching the thirst of parched Sukhna Lake, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the Chandigarh Administration to release water from the check dams into it.

As the case came up for resumed hearing before the Bench of Acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain asked the Chandigarh Administration to explain why water could not be released from the check dams into the Lake.

Responding to the query, the counsel for the Chandigarh Administration said as an experiment they could try releasing water into the lake from four check dams. Giving its nod to the assertion, the Bench then asked the Chandigarh Administration to do the needful in three days by siphoning or by puncturing. The case will now come up for further hearing on Friday, when the Bench will be apprised of the results of the experiment.

Earlier during the hearing, the Bench was informed that both the states of Punjab and Haryana had complied with the High Court orders, issued on the previous date of hearing, by deploying two JCBs each, along with a labour force of 200 men. Chief Conservator of Forest Santosh Kumar was present in the court during the hearing. He suggested diversion of Patiala Ki Rao as it was on the higher side near Nayagaon. He added that in all there were 48 water bodies feeding the lake. Healthy rains meant an increase in the water level by half a meter in the lake. But this time, deficient rains had left the lake dry.

The Bench, on the previous date of hearing, had directed the states of Punjab and Haryana to deploy 100 men each to pave way for the water to reach the lake from the check dams in Kansal. The Chandigarh Administration, too, was directed to coordinate with both the states.

The Bench had also refused to vacate the stay on construction in the lake’s catchment area, even though a demand for the same was raised by a law officer for Punjab state.

The Bench had further made it clear that two JCBs each would be provided by the states of Punjab and Haryana for carrying out the desilting process. The High Court also set a three-day deadline for Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to make the necessary arrangements.



Power cuts turn up heat
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 20
Frequent and unannounced power cuts in the town have thrown life out of gear. The power cuts, which begin in the morning, continue till night adding to the misery caused by the sultry weather. Residents have to bear cuts extending up to two hours at a time with the authorities concerned failing to announce a fixed schedule in this regard. Cuts for four to five hours are being imposed everyday.

Phool Raj Singh, former municipal councillor, living in Phase VII, said people felt harassed due to unannounced cuts.

Outages are imposed for three to four times during the day. The cuts imposed around 6 pm adversely affected the business of shopkeepers and even residents who had to make purchases after coming from office causing great deal of inconvenience.

Welders and others who depend on power supply to earn their livelihood are also adversely affected by power cuts.

Women cannot carry out their daily chores in time in their homes in the absence of power supply.

An electrician, Gurvinder Singh, said his monthly income came down once power cuts got imposed because he could not work while the power supply was cut.

He had to wait for the power to be restored so that he could resume work.

Chaos starts prevailing at the chowks on the main roads as traffic lights stop functioning during power cuts. Traffic policemen are rarely seen regulating traffic during that period.

Power cuts, which begin in the morning, continue till night adding to the misery caused by the sultry weather. Residents have to bear cuts extending up to two hours at a time, with the authorities concerned failing to announce a fixed schedule. Cuts for four to five hours are being imposed everyday



Sewadar stuck atop a pole at gurdwara
Kulwinder Sangha

A rescue operation under way to bring down sewadar Joginder Singh, who was stuck atop a pole at Gurdwara Akal Ashram in Sohana, Mohali, on Friday; and Joginder alights from a hydraulic ladder.
A rescue operation under way to bring down sewadar Joginder Singh, who was stuck atop a pole at Gurdwara Akal Ashram in Sohana, Mohali, on Friday; and Joginder alights from a hydraulic ladder. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, July 20
A sewadar was stranded on a 110-foot pole of Nishan Sahib at Gurdwara Akal Ashram in Sohana here today when the pulley system used to reach the top developed a fault.

It was raining and windy when an elderly sewadar, Joginder Singh, found himself stuck at a height of almost a 10-storeyed building. He had just started his work atop the pole of changing "Chola Sahib", religious service he had been performing for almost three decades, when a bolt on the wire of the pulley system got stuck in a bracket on the pole.

There was a flurry of activity when the 69-year-old sewadar shouted and signalled to gurdwara staff below that the pulley system was not functioning.

The small metal platform on which he stood and the pulley wires swayed dangerously in the wind and rain.

People down below shouted to him to hold on to the platform tightly and start praying.

The local fire brigade was contacted for help. But when a fire engine reached the scene, it was not equipped to carry out a rescue at that height. It had a ladder which was only about 35 ft long. Chandigarh fire brigade had then to be summoned to bring the sewadar down.

A fire engine from Chandigarh arrived which fortunately had a long enough turn-table ladder and the stranded man was brought down after more than two hours.

Joginder Singh, who had a harrowing experience in the rain, said soon after he was brought down, gurdwara staff members wrapped him in a blanket and offered him hot milk. A doctor was called to check his blood pressure. His condition was, however, found to be stable.

A father of two sons and a resident of Kharar, Joginder Singh said he had been doing the sewa of "Chola Sahib" since 1983. The work of changing "Chola Sahib" would resume tomorrow, and he would be at it again, added the sewadar. 



Nod to Tibetan national's kidney transplant 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The table is clear for Dolma Bhuti’s operation. Caught in a legal squabble because of her refugee status, the 23-year-old Tibetan national can now be operated upon, with the Himachal Pradesh government finally submitting no objection certificate for her kidney transplant.

Taking a note of the NOC, Justice Mahesh Grover this afternoon directed the PGIMER, Chandigarh, to initiate the procedure of her kidney transplant. Justice Grover, in fact, directed the PGIMER to operate her on a priority basis, if her health condition deteriorated.

Dolma was admitted to the PGIMER, but her operation was delayed in the absence of organ policy on Tibetans. The law, otherwise, requires consent certificates from the Tibetan government-in-exile and the Himachal Pradesh government.

Permission from the government-in-exile in her case was required as Dolma is a Tibetan national. The consent of the Himachal Pradesh government was necessary as the donor Nawang Choeden, 30, a Tibetan refugee, is a state domiciled.

In her case, the Tibetan government-in-exile has already given its consent for the transplant.

A student of Tibetan Children School at Dharamshala in HP, Dolma had developed nephritic syndrome. The doctors were of the opinion that only kidney transplant could save her life. 



Mohali fire brigade failed to rescue him
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 20
The Mohali fire brigade, which has been crying for hi-tech equipment for years, today failed to rescue a sewadar.

The fire engine that reached the scene had a ladder of only about 35 ft. Help from the Chandigarh fire brigade had to be sought to bring down the sewadar who had got stuck at a height of more than 100 ft.

Fire brigade officials once again brought to the notice of the municipal corporation that there were many high-rise buildings in the residential as well as commercial areas of the town.

Many more such buildings were under construction at present as Mohali was expanding rapidly. The fire brigade was ill-equipped to fight any major blaze in these high-rise buildings.

Keeping in mind the safety of the life and property of the residents, it was essential for the fire service to own an hydraulic platform having a height of at least 54 m. The cost of such a platform was about Rs 7 crore. 



I-T Dept to set up tax kiosks
Move aims at helping residents in filing income tax returns
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 20
The Income Tax Department, Mohali, will set up tax kiosks at designated areas in the district in the last week of July to facilitate the filing of income tax returns.

Joint Commissioner of Mohali range P Praveen Siddharth said as the last date of filing the returns was nearing, the Income Tax Department here took up the responsibility of coming closer to tax-payers to avoid the inconvenience of travelling to the department's office to file their returns.

As a tax-payer friendly initiative, mobile vans would be stationed in designated residential areas and public places and would act as a single window for salaried and other tax-payers. The mobile vans or kiosks would be manned by departmental personnel who would not only accept the returns, but also assist tax-payers to fill the returns, if needed.

He added that tax kiosks would be set up at Ram Bhawan, Kharar, (on July 24 and 25); market committee in Anaj Mandi, Kurali, (July 26); municipal committee office, Dera Bassi, (July 27); and Water Supply and Sewerage Board office, Old Thana road, Zirakpur, (July 28).

The mobile vans would be stationed at Sunny Enclave, main gate, Kharar, (on July 24); near ICICI Bank, Mullanpur, (July 25); Cheema Boilers factory gate, Chanalon (10 am to 12.30 pm on July 26); Old Anaj Mandi, Lalru, (July 27); Mubarakpur, Dera Bassi, Ramgarh road, (10 am to 12.30 pm on July 28); municipal corporation office, Banur, (2 pm to 5 pm on July 28), he added. The department has also provided a help desk number 95307-11177 if the residents of these areas have any queries. 



7 sheds razed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
Seven unauthorised tin sheds were demolished during a demolition drive in Mani Majra today. A team of the municipal corporation demolished seven unauthorised sheds at the rear of SCOs No. 901 to 913.

Owner of Hotel Solitaire had constructed a shed at the rear of his showroom. Similarly, other showroom owners had raised 10x10 sheds. Police officials were deployed to avoid any untoward incident during the demolition drive. Four cars were towed away by the enforcement team and 40 violators were issued challans during the drive. The enforcement team removed and seized counters, welding gas cylinders, tyres, tyre changing machines, jacks, furniture, water tanks and rehires from the area.



Chandigarh scan
Epidemic raids

Health officials of the civic body and the UT administration conducted special epidemic raids in Manimajra area on Friday. A huge quantity of food items and aerated drinks found to be unfit for human consumption was seized and destroyed in the presence of the Medical Officer of Health, Municipal Corporation, and the UT food inspector.

Plantation drive

Municipal Corporation launched the annual tree plantation drive in association with the Federation of Sector Welfare Associations on Friday. Mayor Raj Bala Malik initiated the drive by planting saplings of Jatropha at a park in Sector 8. Total 152 saplings were planted during the event, including shrubs and plants. A plantation drive was also held in front of the CBI Colony, Sector 29, in presence of Deputy Mayor Satish Kainth.

Youth Congress membership

The Youth Congress election commission started the scrutiny of applications for membership to Chandigarh Youth Congress on Friday. The returning officer incharge of Chandigarh, Netta D'Souza, will conduct the scrutiny till July 22 during which members who had enrolled for the membership could check the submitted details.


As a part of series of functions for the celebration of Vanmahotsav 2012, the Department of Forest and Wildlife, Chandigarh Administration, celebrated 'Herbal Day' at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sec 46. The event was organised in collaboration with 'Sohanjana Eco Club'. The club displayed various medicinal herbs and other products that could be used for curing day-to-day health issues. An Exhibition of agriculture and forestry implements for gardening and planting was also displayed.

Education programme

Department of Endocrinology, PGIMER, organized an education program for young diabetic mellitus patients. More than 50 patients and their parents attended this education program. The young diabetic patients were educated about insulin injection technique, hypoglycemia, and sick day guidelines. Patients also took part in a diabetes mellitus quiz.

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Sapling plantation

Students of Spring Valley Public School, Mohali, took part in a plantation drive held on the school campus on Thursday. School Director Mrs Inderjeet Kaur encouraged the students to plant more trees to save the environment. — Tribune Reporters



500 BCom seats lie vacant
Students opting for career-oriented courses
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
Around 500 BCom seats are still lying vacant in the 11 city colleges and Panjab University's evening studies department even after the second merit list was declared.

Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma College, Sector 32, which is the most favoured among students in the commerce stream, still has 34 seats lying vacant. DAV College, Sector 10, another private institute that witnessed huge rush for BCom admissions, has 71 vacant seats after the second round of counselling got over.

The government colleges that took a lead over the private colleges during the first round of admissions to fill the 2,070 BCom seats in the city have failed to fill all the seats. Of the 713 seats offered by the five government colleges, 168 are still lying vacant after the second round of counselling.

Professor SK Chadha, coordinator for BCom admissions in PU affiliated colleges in Chandigarh and Ludhiana, said the students had started opting for career-oriented courses which could be one of the reasons for seats still lying vacant.

"The students are preferring courses such as BCom-LLb, BA-LLb, hotel management, and travel and tourism that has reduced the demand for traditional courses," Chadha said. PU holds centralised online admissions for the BCom in city colleges and Ludhiana for which counselling is also held online. After failing to get all the seats filled, the university has now decided to hold physical counselling on July 29 and 30. The university would allot seats to the students, according to the merit, on the spot.



Empower beneficiaries to get desired results, says expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
Professor Manjit Singh, organiser of a roundtable discussion on the forthcoming Right to Shelter and Livelihood Bill, said unless the potential beneficiaries of any such scheme were empowered enough to ensure the implementation of the provisions, the Act might not yield the desired results.

The Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy had organised the discussion on the salient features of the Bill, drafted by the Law Commission of India, at the seminar hall of the ICSSR, Panjab University, here today.

Amarjit Singh, a member of the Law Commission of India, in his presentation, proposed that the Bill would take care of millions of those who were homeless and had no secure livelihood. Unlike the present social welfare schemes drawing heavily from the government exchequer without meeting the desired results, the proposed scheme would not depend upon government funding, he said.



UIET students get chance to reappear in August
PU accepts demands after SOPU stages protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
Panjab University has yielded to the demands raised by student organisations to allow a compartment chance for the UIET students who could not clear the requite number of examinations to get promoted to the next year.

After no action was taken on the demands made by the Students' Organisation of Panjab University in a memorandum submitted to the Vice-Chancellor on July 16, the party members organised a protest against the university authorities here today.

The protest led by Manoj Lubana, campus president of the SOPU, was called-off late in the evening after the demands were met by the authorities. Lubana said the students would be admitted provisionally to the next semester and the exams will be conducted in August.

"Students will have a chance to clear the exam and get promoted to the next semester. The demand for the sciences has also been accepted, and students will now need a less number of credits to get promoted to MSc," he said.

During the day, four party members, including Lubana, Kaypee Bawa, Gurbhej Randhawa and Harvinder Happy, sat on a hunger strike on the campus. Students also raised anti-authority slogans during the protest.

The memorandum submitted on July 16 demanded a compartment chance for the UIET students who could not clear a minimum of five exams out of the ten to get promoted to the next year, an end to the year-back system in the UIET, and promotion of the students to the next semester so that they could clear the exams along with the next semester examinations.

Lubana said the Vice-Chancellor had assured him that necessary action would be taken and demands would be met. "Even four days after the memorandum was submitted, the demands were not met; following which the protest was staged," he said.

Earlier, Panjab University Students Union had also raised the issue with the university authorities.



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