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PGI to order independent probe
External members not named yet   Probe report of fact-finding committee unconvincing
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Stung by criticism over giving a clean chit to doctors by the fact-finding committee of the PGI, which investigated the treatment and cause of death of Anupama, the PGI authorities have decided to conduct another inquiry from an independent agency. The names of the committee members have not been finalised so far.

It is perhaps for the first time in the history of the PGI that a second inquiry committee, that too with external members, has been constituted to probe the death of a patient allegedly due to negligence.

The PGI Director, Prof YK Chawala, had formed a four-member committee on July 25 to look into the treatment and cause of her death. The committee in its report absolved all the staff, stating overcrowding of patients at the Advanced Trauma Centre led to delay in treatment and no individual was responsible for her death.

However, Dr Chawla while informing the media about the outcome of the inquiry, failed to answer questions related to the procedure adopted by the fact-finding committee, which did not investigate if the wound of the patient was washed properly on July 17, the first day of her admission.

The committee was also silent on the treatment given to her the next day and no medical reason was cited for her death even though she was infected with gas gangrene. It also failed to conclude whether timely surgery could have saved the patient's life and did not contact her parents, the aggrieved party, to record their statement.

Amit Sarkar, the deceased's father, had rejected the report and demanded a fair probe with his participation also. "We are not seeking any compensation from the PGI. But demanding a fair inquiry is my right. If the PGI fails to do so, I will take legal recourse," he said.

How it happened

Anupama, a 16-year-old student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, fell from a CTU bus while boarding it on July 17. The wheel of the bus ran over her left leg. She was admitted to the PGI, where her surgery kept getting postponed, allegedly leading to gas gangrene and subsequently, the amputation of her leg on July 20. She died of infection on July 24.

Fact-finding committee

The fact-finding committee was headed by Dr Rajinder Singh, head of the department of general surgery. While Dr Mandeep Dhillon, head of the department, orthopaedics, and Dr NK Tiwari, department of neurosurgery, were the members, Dr RK Sharma, hospital administration, was the convener.



ASI’s son held for assaulting constable outside Aroma
3 constables victimised in separate incidents in city
Tribune News Service

The police strengthened security and set up naka near the Aroma lights in Chandigarh after two constables were beaten up late on Friday.
The police strengthened security and set up naka near the Aroma lights in Chandigarh after two constables were beaten up late on Friday. Tribune photo: pradeep tewari

Chandigarh, July 29
In two separate incidents of assault on policemen in the city last night, three UT police constables were assaulted and their uniforms torn while they were on duty. The first incident was reported outside Aroma Hotel in Sector 22 last night when a drunk youth beat up two constables who tried to stop him from creating ruckus. Another incident was reported at around the same time in Sector 37 when two drunk youths, including the son of a Punjab police ASI, assaulted a constable and tore his uniform.

Vishal Jamwal, who is staying as a paying guest in Sector 32 and taking coaching for civil services examination, has been sent to judicial custody. The incident occurred at around midnight when PCR constables Amit Kumar and Surinder were on duty outside the hotel.

Jamwal was in an inebriated condition when he stepped out of the eating joint and started beating up two persons who were with him.

When the constables intervened, he slapped one of them. In the scuffle that ensued, the constables were beaten up. Constable Surinder received minor injuries. The accused's medical examination established that he was heavily drunk.

Earlier incidents

July 2012: A woman constable was teased by rowdy youths while she was on duty.

January 2012: 29-year-old Harminder Singh was murdered following a brawl outside the hotel.

January 2012: A drunk driver, Jaspreet Singh, had rammed his Lancer car into a PCR Gypsy stationed outside the eatery.

ASI's son arrested

Constable Ashwini Kumar was beaten up after he chased two persons who were creating a ruckus in Sector 39. He managed to nab the duo in Sector 37. Jagdish, son of a Punjab Police ASI, and Prithvi Raj, a teacher, have been arrested. The accused, who stay in Sector 39, also tried to hit the constable with their car. The police said they had damaged a shop in Sector 39. The police chased them till Sector 37 where they tried to run over the constable and assaulted him.



70-year-old woman injured in snatching attack
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
A 70-year-old woman sustained grievous injuries after youths on a motorcycle snatched her purse while she was returning home on a rickshaw in Sector 40-A today. As the woman tried to resist the move of the snatchers to take her bag, the rickshaw overturned and she fell on the road. She received grave injuries on her head and back and was rushed to hospital.

In a separate incident, snatchers fled with the purse of a woman near the IT park late this evening.

The victim, Shashi Kanta, was returning home after buying sweets from the market. Just as the rickshaw she was on reached the community centre in Sector 40, two youths on a black Pulsar motorcycle tried to pull her purse. The woman resisted the move and the rickshaw overturned.

The snatchers fled with her purse containing Rs 7,000. The police reached the spot and recorded the statements of eyewitnesses. While the victim was not fit to record her statement as she was in a state of shock, the police registered a case based on the statements of a fruit vendor who witnessed the incident. The police said efforts were on to nab the snatchers.



Some justice for elderly couple
Only son's killer arrested in Canada n Was shot on Christmas eve last year
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 29
Justice stands dispensed. An elderly couple residing in Sector 21 received a call from the Canada police yesterday, saying that it had arrested the murderer of their only son Alok Gupta, who was shot on Christmas eve last year. The accused, 22-year-old William Andrew Whiteside, a high-profile criminal, has been charged with second-degree murder.

The police said the motive behind the murder was a robbery, which turned deadly. Whiteside was on parole when he shot Alok.

“Every month, we get a call from the Canada police, briefing us about the investigation. I was overwhelmed when I learnt the killer has been arrested,” said Hari Vansh Gupta, Alok's father.

“They said Whiteside is a high-profile criminal who has committed several murders, assaults and other heinous crimes," he said.

“I still feel my son is around. What was his fault? Why was he murdered?" asked his heartbroken mother Nirmal. Alok was their only son. The couple has a daughter who is married abroad.

The police also told them that Whiteside's accomplice was absconding and would be nabbed soon. It was on Christmas eve that 27-year-old Alok was shot at a grocery shop where he was working as a store clerk in Surrey, British Columbia.

The assailants threatened Alok at gunpoint to hand over all the cash. He gave them the money, but they shot at him before fleeing. He cried for help and was taken to hospital. He succumbed to his injuries on December 29.

Alok was working as a manager with Axis Bank in India when he expressed his desire to go to Canada a year ago. An engineering graduate from DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, and an MBA, Alok had also worked with ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank.



Mohali master plan
Officials mess it up; mark water supply line land as road 
No planning on land above supply line can be undertaken
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 29
A 100-metre road has to come bang on the land that carries water supply from Kajauli waterworks to the Sector 39 waterworks in Chandigarh. It is strange, but true that officials of the Punjab Housing and Urban Development have marked a wide piece of land used to lay supply lines for bringing 40 mgd of water to the Sector 39 waterworks as a road in the master plan of Mohali.

The supply line is crucial for the UT and Mohali. No planning on the land above the supply line can be undertaken. Sources in the Punjab public health department said the issue was brought to the notice of the housing department, but to no avail. As per the agreement between the UT and Punjab, the Punjab public health department maintains the part of line in Punjab and the Chandigarh MC maintains the remaining part of the line in the UT area.

The marking of the road has disturbed the planning of mega projects in the area, especially in Sector 122.

Enquiries reveal that while picking up the satellite imagery of the area, the consultant wrongly marked the road. A senior official in the housing department said the issue would be taken up at a meeting of the Regional Town and Country Planning Board for rectifying the master plan and the related zoning.


CHB suffering financial loss
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
As the Chandigarh Housing Board has handed over possession of 600 dwelling units in Sector 49, two years after being constructed, over 8,000 one-room dwelling units constructed one-and-half-year ago by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) in Dhanas are lying unoccupied.

It is not only that the CHB is suffering financial loss, the condition of the flats has begun to deteriorate as the board has not been to provide electricity and sewer connection to the dwelling units. The flats had been constructed under the slum Rehabilitation Scheme of the Chandigarh Administration.

Sources said the CHB was losing on a monthly revenue of Rs 85 lakh that was to be charged as rent from jhuggi dwellers. Going by rough estimates, the board could have earned a revenue of Rs 15 crore on account of rental earnings at the time when it is passing through financial crisis.

Sources reveal that the CHB has spent over Rs 250 crore on construction of 8,448 one-room tenements. Pointing towards the lackadaisical attitude of the board, the sources said that it had been over a year that tenders to install streetlights had not been finalised. Twice the tenders were floated, but due to a single tender, the work could not be allotted. Now, the authorities are again floating the tenders for the third time. Till the feeder line to the complex is not installed, the flats cannot be provided power connection. The flats were to be handed over in 2010.

But now with the UT going for double-bedroom flats for the slum dwellers, the fate of the one-room tenements is undecided. The CHB has already constructed 12,736 flats with single bedrooms under the Chandigarh Small Flats Scheme-2006. The flats are in Sector 49 (1,024 flats), Sector 38 (W) (1,120), Dhanas (8448), Mauli Jagran (1,568) and Ramdarbar (576). The possession of 2,112 flats has been given to beneficiaries in Sector 49, Sector 38 and Ram Darbar. 



Councillors demand revision of ward development fund
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Demanding revision of the ward development fund (WDF) from Rs 40 lakh to one crore for each councilor, a proposal is going to be tabled in the coming general house meeting scheduled on July 31. A ward development fund committee under the chair of Deputy Mayor Satish Kainth has drafted a proposal which will be tabled in the meeting.

The members proposed that since there had been a revision in the limit of MPLAD fund, time to time, the corporation should also revise the WDF of the councillors as there had been increase in the cost of construction material and daily wages of workers in the last few months.

The members also recommended entitlement of WDF for the nominated councillors. Referring to the guidelines for the MPLADS fund, the members revealed that the nominated members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were also eligible for recommending workup to Rs 2 crore per year anywhere in the country. They recommended that on similar lines the nominated councillors of the corporation should also be made entitled to the quantum of the ward development fund at par with the elected councillors.

The members recommended that the councillor should also be empowered to sanction development works of Rs 50 lakh instead of Rs 25 lakh earlier from the Ward Development Fund. 



open  house response
More hospitals should come up on city's periphery

The fact that Anupama remained unattended is unpardonable. Thousands of patients are deprived of treatment everyday. The system needs to be streamlined. The staff should be adequate in a manner that an emergency patient is at once attended to and given treatment. The number of patients is increasing day by day. Situation is no better in other hospitals. Those belonging to economically weaker sections cannot afford treatment at private hospital. More hospital should come up in areas around the city.

Gurmit Singh Saini Mohali.

Anupama’s death a jolt

Anupama's death has come as a jolt. The PGI needs proficient doctors. The Chandigarh Administration is also responsible for her death.

Ronaq Malhotra, Rajpura

Patients have to face inconvenience

The PGI is the second best hospital in the country and despite facing inconvenience, patients from far-flung places flock to the hospital. Till the time more hospitals like the PGI come up and start functioning, we have to make do with the facilities that are available.

SC Luthra MHC, Mani Majra

Hospital lacks experienced doctors

People are deprived of benefits at government hospitals. They are forced to part with their hard-earned money to avail treatment at private hospitals. Lack of facilities in government hospitals is causing a lot of inconvenience to patients. The PGI lacks experienced and dedicated doctors. There are no basic amenities in the hospital. No work is done without references. At night, doctors are not available. The health secretary should suspend doctors who are involved in private practices. People who can't afford private healthcare have no option, but to go to government hospitals.

Sachin Sharma, Chandigarh

Govt should spend more on healthcare

Negligence on the part of doctors claimed Anupama's life. The reason doctors gave for the negligence was heavy rush. It is not just Anupama and her family who had to undergo this trauma. There are millions more. The poor cannot afford treatment at private hospitals. India is just spending 5 per cent of its GDP on healthcare. To improve the situation, the government needs to spend more on the healthcare. More government hospitals should be opened with best facilities. Adequate and trained staff should be appointed. Patients should be attended to at the earliest.

Isha Dahiya, Panchkula

No lessons learnt from past experiences

Anupama's death has once again exposed the fact that no lessons have been learnt from the past. In the infamous Suman case, the inquiry officer had suggested several corrective measures to the hospital administration, but the situation did not improve. Marking an internal inquiry into such episode does not serve the purpose. Magisterial inquiries can only reveal the truth. It is not a sole negligent case, but a series of inactions, which lead to such gross cases. The services and medical procedures done by such institutions cannot be considered as free and there are various Sections of the Indian Penal Code under which the guilty can be punished. Section 304A of the IPC punishes a person for causing death due to negligence.

Pankaj Chandgothia, Panchkula

Only serious patients should be admitted

Whatever has happened is certainly unfortunate, but at least the PGI cannot be blamed for it. I have been to the hospital a number of times. Doctors there are hardworking and they take care of the patients depending upon the nature of emergency. The main reason behind such episodes is heavy rush of patients. I do not agree with the version of some persons who are of the view that VIP patients are being given much importance. The number of such cases could be marginal and that is inevitable in the present scenario. Only referred cases that, too, of serious nature should be admitted to the hospital. No doubt, Anupama’s case was of serious nature. Everyday, 5,000 come to the PGI and it is not possible for doctors to attend to all of them which is why the hospital is mulling over examining six patients in an hour.

Kulbhushan Kanwar, Chandigarh.

Infrastructure needs to be upgraded

Anupama, a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, was brought to the PGMIER on July 17 after a CTU bus ran over her. She succumbed to her injuries on July 24, after a week. The other day a child died in a Jalandhar civil hospital as the parents failed to pay Rs 200. Recently, the death of 18 children at a premier BC Roy Postgraduate Institute for Paediatric Sciences, Phoolbagan, in Kolkata has shocked the nation. Under Article 21 of the Constitution of India, proper healthcare of citizens is the primary duty of the state. But the successive governments have failed to do anything in this direction. The hospital needs more staff and infrastructure needs to be upgraded in the PGI. The PGI should abolish the VIP culture, which has been in vogue for a considerable time as owing to this culture other serious patients suffer badly as doctors and para-medical staff keeps attending to them. There needs to be a mechanism “first come first served”. A token system should be introduced in all OPDs.

SK Khosla, Chandigarh

Preferential treatment for patients with links

Negligence on the part of PGI doctors cannot be attributed to heavy rush and lack of infrastructure. Doctors in emergency wards work for 10 to 12 hours at a stretch. If a patient has links in the hospital, he or she is given due attention.

Prem Bhagat Patiala



Residents resent apathetic attitude of authorities
Choked drains, potholed and waterlogged roads dot Sector 78 in Mohali
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Sewage accumulated along a road in the sector.
Sewage accumulated along a road in the sector.

Mohali, July 29
Residents of Sector 78 have expressed resentment over the apathetic attitude of the authorities towards the development of the area.

Open sewers, waterlogging and potholed roads are some of the problems that need to be addressed.

"The authorities concerned don't pay heed to our problems," complained Harbans Singh, a resident of the area.

Pointing towards open sewers, Harbans Singh said these were virtually deathtraps.

An open drain is not only an eyesore, but also a threat to life.
An open drain is not only an eyesore, but also a threat to life.

Another resident AK Attray said blockade of drains another grave problem that needed to be solved at the earliest. "Choked drains lead to waterlogging. These areas have become a breeding ground of mosquitoes," said Attray.

The area falls under the jurisdiction of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).

"We have approached the authorities several times. Each time our requests fall on deaf ears," said residents of the area.

When contacted, a senior official of GMADA, said he had not received any complaint by residents. However, he added that he would look into the matter and depute officials to do the needful.



No end to monkey menace in Mohali
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 29
In the absence of any check, monkeys are making hay in the town. Residents of Phases VII, IIIB2, I, IV, IX, VI, IIIA, Sectors 68, 69, 70 and 71 said they had brought the matter to the notice of the officials concerned a number of times, but nothing had happened.

They added that monkeys entered their houses and damaged household items.

"They take away eatables from houses. If one tries to stop them, they launch an attack," said Gurleen Kaur, a resident of Sector 70.

Sudesh Lal, a resident of Phase VII, said two monkeys had entered her house last week. "They opened the refrigerator and fled with the fruits," she said.

An official of the Mohali municipal corporation said they had received about 50 complaints in the past three months.

JC Sabharwal, Joint Commissioner of the MC, said the corporation had hired the services of a langur. "Whenever we get such complaint, we send the langur to that area. The monkeys immediately leave the area on seeing the langur," said Sabharwal.

However, he admitted that the population of simians had increased manifold in the past couple of years.

On the other hand, some of the residents feel that hiring a langur was not a permanent solution to the problem as after sometime, monkeys returned to the area.

"The administration should hire monkey catchers," said Ramandeep Singh, a local resident.



Moral values and ethics lacking, says Acting CJ
Tribune News Service

Roshan Dalvi, Justice, Mumbai High Court, addresses delegates during a judicial conference on Human Trafficking at the Judicial Academy, Sector 43, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
Roshan Dalvi, Justice, Mumbai High Court, addresses delegates during a judicial conference on Human Trafficking at the Judicial Academy, Sector 43, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, July 29
Terming human trafficking a reflection of deteriorating moral values in society, Justice Jasbir Singh, Acting Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court, while addressing colloquium on human trafficking at the Chandigarh Judicial Academy today stressed on the need of reconstructing moral values and ethics.

He urged the police and civil administrative officers to take it as a challenge to eradicate human trafficking, which had been making inroads into the Indian socio-economic frame work. Justice Singh appealed to the civil societies to get involved in addressing the challenges of human trafficking along with the government machineries.

The State Legal Services Authorities of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, in collaboration with the governments of Punjab and Haryana, had organised a ‘Judicial Colloquium on Human Trafficking’ at the Chandigarh Judicial Academy, here today.

Dr PM Nair, Special DG, CRPF, spoke on dimensions, challenges and exiting responses on human trafficking. He said that the judiciary had a decisive role to play in checking this inhuman practice through its pro-active role by taking up the issue more seriously. Justice Satish Kumar Mittal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court-cum-Executive Chairman, Haryana State Legal Services Authority, said that human trafficking mainly ended up in flesh trade, human-organ smuggling, bonded and child labour.

“Around two lakh people were being trafficked per year, among them 60 per cent were girls,” he pointed out.

Justice Roshan Dalvi, Judge, Mumbai High Court, stressed on the need of several short term and long-term measures to educate all the sections of society. Dalvi said that poverty alleviation measures would also help in combating human trafficking in the long run.

Swati Chauhan, Judge, Family Court, Mumbai, spoke on adjudication of sexual offences. Ravi Kant, president of an NGO, Shakti Vahni spoke on rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of trafficked survivors.

Dr PM Nair, IPS, Special DG, CRPF, Samir Mathur, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Administration of Justice Department of Haryana, Professor Shantha Sinha, Chairperson, National Commission for protection of Child Rights, New Delhi, U. Sarathchandran, Member Secretary, National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi, also spoke on the occasion.

DS Bains, IAS, Principal Secretary, Home, Punjab, delivered the vote of thanks.



Admn ties up with PU to carry out study
Studying behaviour of buildings during earthquake
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
To study the behaviour of buildings during an earthquake, the Chandigarh Administration has tied up with the Panjab University to carry out a specific study to analyse the structural stability of the buildings. The assistance from IIT, Kanpur, IIT, Hyderabad, and Japanese experts was also been taken to carry out the study.

Under the project, eight buildings, including Capitol Complex, UT Secretariat and geology department building in PU have been identified for the collection of data. At present nine vibration sensors have been installed at PU’s geology department building as part of the project on disaster management. The project has been named DISANET - Information Network for Natural Disaster Mitigation and Recovery and was launched few days ago at the Centre of Advanced Study in Geology, PU.

The study is important as the city and nearby areas fall under the seismic zone IV signifying high susceptibility to earthquakes. The region also has dangerous "active fault lines" beneath.

Finance Secretary VK Singh said that the experts told him that as the city fell in the earthquake prone area-seismic zone IV therefore they would install sensors in eight buildings of the city. These sensors will help the experts to record the variations in the buildings during an earthquake.

On the basis of the data the UT Administration will take steps to make some changes in the policies, he added.

Naresh Tuli of the geology department said that they would soon install sensors in the remaining buildings, which would soon be finalised by the UT Administration. He added that the experts would collect the data and would submit it to the UT Administration.

AD Ahluwalia, former HoD, geology department, PU, said he was happy that the UT administrations officials, including the Finance Secretary heard directly from experts about the active faults planes passing through Chandigarh-Pinjore-Manimajra etc and understood that in the last 1,500 years the region had been shaken repeatedly by quakes.

Experts called Chandigarh to be an unplanned city from seismic point of view as the well established seismic hazards had been ignored in massive urbanisation where towers made in north of the city and lower Himalayas could be thrown down like a pack of cards when quakes occurred. 



Footpaths to be constructed around parks in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 29
To solve the parking problem in the town, the local municipal corporation has decided to construct footpaths around parks.

Mohali Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam said they had floated fresh tenders worth Rs 10 crore to

construct footpaths around the parks falling within the municipal limits.

The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has also initiated the work in areas falling under its jurisdiction.

An amount of Rs 1.70 crore will be spent on the work in Sectors 70 and 71.

Today Harbhajan Mann, chairman of the District Planning Committee, inaugurated the work at Sector 71. “I have seen people parking vehicles along roads, which can result in accidents. With the construction of the parking footpaths, the problem will be solved”, said Mann while adding that the authorities had also planned to beautify the parks.

He added that there were as many as 28 parks in Sectors 70 and 71. Mann also exhorted the residents that each family should plant a sapling to make Green Punjab Mission Plan successful.



Cultural centre to come up in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 29
Mohali will soon have an international-level cultural centre. This was stated by Harbhajan Mann, chairman of the District Planning Committee, here today. Mann said land has been identified in Sector 62 for the purpose.

Aiming at promoting cultural activities in the area, Mann said the centre would also endorse the Punjabi culture. "Though we are yet to finalise the project details, the centre will be divided into two main parts-open-air theatre and AC auditorium," he added.

“The centre will be used for organising cultural activities. The work will be started soon," said Mann.

Mann reiterated that funds were not a problem for such projects. He added that his emphasis was on how to make the town ‘a top class place for living’.

Mann added that he was also trying to identify some open spaces where sports academies would come up. “We lack such places, where people can spend quality time," said Mann.



Chandigarh Scan
Drive against illegal signboards

The enforcement wing of Municipal Corporation today removed 150 signboards and hoardings displayed by shopkeepers in the market area of Sector 22 under section 5 of the Chandigarh Advertisement Control Order, 1954, here for violating the provisions of the order.

Power supply disconnected

Contrary to the allegations of the residents of the Victoria Enclave, Sector 51, that the society president Kulwant Singh Gill has disconnected the electricity and water connection, the president alleged that the society residents have not paid their maintenance dues of last six years.


The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), Chandigarh Branch, organised a seminar on “Cost Audit and Compliance Report”. The seminar was attended by over 100 Chartered Accountants from the tricity and conducted by Balwinder Singh, a noted Chartered Accountant, and former chairman of ICAI and ICWAI.

Union leaders meet parliamentary panel head

A delegation of employee unions of Chandigarh met the Parliamentary committee head Tarik Anwar here today. The delegation demanded regularisation of contractual staff, adoption of the Central pay scale and Central Civil Service rules in Chandigarh, said the convener of coordination committee.

Painting exhibition

The two days annual exhibition of the young artists of Manav Mangal School, Sector 21, was put on display on the school premises. The exhibits revealed the efforts put in by the young ones and their teachers.

Exchange programme

Varnika Sharma, a student of class XI, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27 B, Chandigarh, got the opportunity to be a part of a short term youth exchange programme organised by the Rotary club, Sector 18, Chandigarh. She went to Germany for four weeks in June 2012 and stayed there with a host family.

Farewell party

The nursing wing of Ratan Professional Education College organised a farewell party and 'Teej Festival' today. Several competitions were 
also organised on this occasion.

Rare surgery performed

Bachan Kaur , aged over 100 years, underwent a rare surgery at SGSH (C) Eye Institute and Superspeciality Hospital, Sohana. Chief Orthopedic Surgeon MS Narula said she had multiple fractures in her leg and due to her age, poor health conditions, and brittle bones and it was an extremely difficult and challenging surgery.


A massive rally was organised by the Mohali District Congress Committee in front of the DC Office against the Akali-BJP government against the increase in the electricity tariff and taxes.

Puppet show

Ashmah International School,Sector 70, Mohali, organised a puppet show for the kindergarten wing where the tiny tots got an opportunity to get acquainted with the culture of Rajasthan.


As many as 40 brilliant students from the EWS category will be given 100 per cent scholarship for CAT preparation by Bulls eye, the city-based MBA preparatory centre.

—Tribune Reporters



PU Students a harried lot
2005 exam results of a few students yet to be declared as PU lose answersheets
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
How reliable and efficient PU’s examination system is can be gauged from the fact that around five students who had opted for computer application as add-on course while pursuing their graduation are still awaiting their result. They appeared in the exam in 2005 and even completed their graduation in 2007.

To cover their goof-up, Panjab University has recently asked one of the students to appear in one of the exams under the add-on course again the answer sheets of which was reportedly misplaced by the university.

The students while pursuing their graduation in arts from the SD College, Sector 32, had opted for the add-on course in 2004 and they appeared in the certificate course in computer applications in 2005. However, the result of the students was not declared.

One of the candidates Prabhloch Singh who didn’t get his result, initially took admission in the diploma course in computer application in session 2005-06. However, the result of diploma course was also not declared as his previous result was awaited. He even didn’t get a chance to take admission in advance diploma during final year of his graduation.

Singh’s mother Amarjeet Kaur, a faculty member at PGGCG-42, said that they were being told by the university that the answer sheets of Paper-B were misplaced following which the result could not be declared. “On the demand made by university, my son even gave an affidavit in 2009 stating that he had appeared in the exams,” she said.

Kaur further added that the university had even lost her son’s practical exam score, which was again forwarded to university by the college.

Interestingly, the university has recently asked the candidate to appear in one of the subjects again if he wants the result of the certificate course to be declared.

PU Senate member Dinesh Talwar said that while the PU motivates colleges to start job -oriented add-on courses, it seems to be least bothered about declaring the results even after so many years, despite students appearing in the exam. “This incident exposes the irresponsible attitude of the PU examination branch. Students are made to suffer for a mistake made by university,” Talwar said. PU Controller Examination AK Bhandari was unavailable for comments.



Strawberry Fields students win quiz
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Students of Strawberry Fields World School participated enthusiastically in Illuminati 2012, a vibrant and challenging inter-school literary fest held from July 26 to 28 at The Gurukul School, Sector 20, Panchkula. The event featured annual inter-school events like Glasnost, Encyclops and Literatti.

Manan Khattar (class VIII) and Rishabh Khanna (class X) from Strawberry Fields World School grabbed the first place in the Encyclops quiz. The quiz comprised an array of general knowledge and current affair topics. Over 35 schools from the tricity participated in the event, each with teams comprising two students from classes VIII to X.

After clearing the preliminary written round, Manan and Rishabh were selected along with six other qualifying teams. The final stage of the quiz included six more gruelling rounds, having various audio/video-based questions, and speed rounds.

The Strawberry Fields World School quizzing champs finally walked away with the Encyclops Tropheum and a cash award of Rs 2,100. The first runners-up trophy was won by Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, and the second runners-up trophy went to Hansraj Public School, Panchkula.

The annual literary feature is held in association with Wordz, a registered debating society.



On-the-spot admissions for BCom
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

An official explains the admission system to parents and students at the PU auditorium, in Chandigarh on Sunday.
An official explains the admission system to parents and students at the PU auditorium, in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, July 29
After failing to get all the seats in BCom offered by city colleges filled through online admissions, the Panjab University today held on the spot admissions for the course. Out of 2070 seats, 497 were still lying vacant in colleges in the city and PU’s evening department even after the second merit list was declared.

A fresh merit list was prepared by the university and the candidates were called for on the spot counselling and admissions.

At the end of the first day of the on the spot admissions, 217 seats in 11 city colleges under the UT pool are left vacant, meanwhile, 83 seats from outside UT pool category have been left vacant.

Prof SK Chadha, BCom admissions coordinator for PU affiliated colleges, said that candidates upto rank 500 were called for admissions on the first day of counseling. “We have called the students from rank 501 to 1,000 for the second round of admissions on Monday and are hopeful that all the seats will be filled,” Chadha said.

This year, around 6, 000 applicants had applied for admission in the colleges of Chandigarh (six private colleges offering 1278 seats, five govt colleges offering 713 seats and 79 seats offered by the evening department).

Officials said that a separate merit list will be prepared for the PU’s evening department and it would be the department that will conduct the admissions in the course as per the merit.

Earlier this week the university also conducted on the spot admissions for the colleges of Ludhiana after the seats were left vacant there.

Online admissions for BCom in the college of Chandigarh and Ludhiana were introduced few years back to streamline the admissions. However, this year the seats could not be filled even after two rounds of online counselling. 



Professor nominated to Central committee

Chandigarh, July 29
The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, has nominated Prof SK Mehta, Chairman, Department of Chemistry, Panjab University, as an expert member to the Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) on physical chemistry. The PAC has been constituted under the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), which is statutory body under the DST.

Eleven eminent scientists from across the country have been selected for this committee.

The PAC will have the overall responsibility to identify priority areas of research and development requiring attention and prepare reports which will give a review of the status of R&D and technology development in the discipline of chemistry. —TNS



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