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Admn replies in HC on transfer, suspension of guilty police personnel
Complaints authority exceeded its limits
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
The Chandigarh Administration on Tuesday reiterated that the Police Complaints Authority exceeded its jurisdiction by ordering the transfer or suspension of police officials found guilty by it.

Senior standing counsel of the Chandigarh Administration, Sanjay Kaushal, added that departmental inquiries had been initiated, in cases where the Police Complaint Authorities had recommended action.

Kaushal also assured the High Court that appropriate action, as per the rules, would be taken against guilty officers. The assurance came during the hearing of a petition filed in public interest by human rights activist Arvind Thakur.

In an affidavit submitted before the High Court on the previous date of hearing, Home Secretary Anil Kumar had said: “There are certain instances, which have come to light where the Police Complaint Authority has actually ordered the suspension or transfer of an official, exceeding its jurisdiction”.

The Home Secretary had added: “These recommendations, which have not been acted upon, are beyond the mandate given to the Police Complaint Authority vide notification dated June 23, 2010”.

He also denied that the Administration was not responsive or sensitive to the recommendations made by the authority. “The police department, Chandigarh, has received 55 recommendations from the Police Claim Authority so far and departmental inquiries have been conducted in most of the cases,” he claimed.

The authority was constituted vide notification dated June 23, 2010, issued by the Chandigarh Administration. Justice NK Agrawal is its chairman, while retired IAS officer Kanwaljit Singh and Joyshri Lobo are its members.

The authority was set up to probe into allegations of "serious misconduct" against police personnel, either suo moto or on a complaint received from a victim or any person on his behalf, the national or the state human rights commission, the police or any other source.



Two policemen assaulted during security drive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
A few days after three UT police constables were assaulted while they were on duty, last night, residents of the BDC colony in Sector 26, attacked Head Constable and a Constable with sharp weapons.

Inspector Anokh Singh, SHO, Sector 26 police station, said that the police team had launched a search operation in the wake of Pune blasts when the incident took place. The SHO said Head Constable Surinder Kumar posted at the police post of the BDC Colony and constable Anil Kumar were conducting a check in the colony when the accused identified as Rajinder alias Radhey, Raju, Dhani Ram, Kusum and other residents of Jhuggi No. 1942, Phase-3, BDC, opposed the drive and the duo were attacked. “Both the policemen were attacked with sharp-edged weapons near public toilets, in Phase 3 of the BDC colony”, the SHO said.

Both the injured have been admitted to Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16.

The police said that Rajinder was a notorious criminal who had 10 cases registered in his name at different police stations of the city. “Rajinder has been booked in the cases of thefts, snatching, robbery and he was also arrested for possessing a country made pistol earlier this year”, the SHO said.

Police officials stated that Dhani Ram had been arrested and raids were being conducted to arrest the remaining accused.

A case under Sections 332, 353, 324, 307, 506 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against all the accused at Sector 26 police station.

Incidents reported on July 28

  • Two constables beaten outside Aroma Hotel in Sector 22 when they tried to stop a drunk youth from creating ruckus
  • Two drunk youths, including the son of a Punjab police ASI, assaulted a constable and tore his uniform in Sector 37.



Of 70 traffic lights, 66 without battery back-up
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

A solar traffic signal at the Sector 27/28 lights in Chandigarh
A solar traffic signal at the Sector 27/28 lights in Chandigarh

Chandigarh, August 2
The claims of being the first planned city of the country fell flat following the northern grid failure when all the traffic lights across the city stopped functioning, resulting in chaos.

The city came to halt as the traffic signals here did not have battery back-up.

Out of 70 traffic signals in the city, 66 are devoid of battery back up and run directly on electricity. Hence they immediately stop functioning in case of power failure. The remaining four traffic signals, which are running on solar energy back-up, fail to provide any relief to the commuters as they ended up functioning for just two hours during the recent power breakdown.

Now, waking up from a slumber, the UT traffic police has sent a proposal to the UT Administration to provide battery back-up.

At the time of northern grid failure, there was chaos on the city roads for hours. The traffic police had to face a tough time due to limited manpower. They were only managing traffic at critical traffic signals. During summer, whenever a power cut is imposed, traffic signals stop functioning.

When contacted, Rajinder Singh, Superintending Engineer (Electrical Circle), said he was not the right person

to speak to and told the correspondent to contact Executive Engineer Ranjit Singh.

Ranjit Singh said the department was mulling over providing battery back up on the signals. But when he was asked about the deadline for providing the back up, he said they would start the process once the higher authorities approved the project.

SP (Traffic) Maneesh Chaudhary said they had sent the proposal 10 days ago to the UT engineering department. He said due to non-functioned traffic signals there were more chances of accidents on these points.

Sources said the issue was discussed on a number of occasions in the past and the police had even sent a number of reminders to the UT Administration, but to no avail. The police had raised the issue in 2004 by sending a proposal to the UT engineering department. In 2005, the proposal was again forwarded. The issue was even discussed in the state-level road safety council and later it was approved as well, but to no avail.

Chances of theft high

A senior official of the UT Administration said there were chances that drug addicts and thieves could steal these batteries from the traffic signals, especially around colonies. But the police official pointed out that the engineering department officials could install these batteries at some height at par with CCTV cameras to prevent any theft.

Report sought

There is solar back-up on four traffic signals in Sector 19-27, Sector 29-30, Sector 27-28 and Sector 31 and Industrial Area, but these signals also failed during the northern grid failure. Sources added that the UT Administration had spent lakhs on these solar energy run traffic signals, but these failed to work during the breakdown. Now, the UT Administration has sought a report on the failure of these traffic signals from the engineering department.



As rusted pipes leak, MC says it’s helpless
Civic body says it has no instrument to check the underground leakage
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has failed to replace the five decade-old leaking underground water supply lines in the five oldest sectors of the city. As a result, the residents of these areas are suffering due to low-water pressure. Though the MC has been allocating Rs 2 crore grant in the budget report of the last two years to replace the damaged or leaking pipes, so far, the work has not been started by the authorities.

Confirming the fact, MC Chief Engineer SS Bidda said that project was yet to start by the department, but it would start by the end of the year. He further said that there was no instrument available with the department to check the leakage or damage of the underground pipelines in the city.

In the last year’s budget report, it had been mentioned by the public health department that the existing pipelines in old Sectors including 18, 19, 20, 22 and 23 had to be replaced as the

distribution lines were worn-out and outlived their guaranteed period and frequently led to leakage and breakage causing loss of precious water.

Sources in the department said that as per the report prepared by the officials of the department, all the pipelines were laid in 1950’s or 1960’s and no instrument was available to keep a routine check on the leakage or bursting of the pipelines. Surprisingly, there is no data available in the department about the points where there can be a major leakage in the underground pipelines. The officials said that if any leakage was visible on the surface, the department would repair it but regarding the underground pipelines they were clueless.

The officials said that neither they had any instrument to check the leakage in the pipelines, nor they had sufficient staff to monitor the leakages. One of the senior official said that earlier, around 30 field staff personnel were deployed as patrolling staff by the public health department for monitoring the pipelines. During summers, special teams were constituted who worked in three shifts to supervise the water supply in the city and patrolled to check on damages and leakages. Even there were key men who controlled the water pressure in the morning and ensured that the full pressure supply were available in all the areas across the city, he said.

The official said that out of around 2,000 regular employees, now, only 250 were left to supervise the work in the city and the department had to depend on contractors for petty repair work. The officials said that as a majority of the pipes were now covered under the roads due to widening and laying of paver blocks, the department had become helpless in keeping any manual monitoring of the underground water leakages.

Rs 2 crore allocated in 2012-13

The budget allocated in 2012 and 2013 for the replacement of the damaged pipelines in Sectors 18, 19, 20, 22 and 23 was Rs 2 crore, but the work is yet to be started by the MC.

Funds not used

In 2009-10 a budget Rs 50 lakh was allocated for upgradation of water supply at houses in Sectors 12, 20, 26, 32, 37 and 39, similarly in 2012-13 Rs 50 lakh was allocated but the grant is lying unused till date.



Anupama’s death wakes up authorities
10 more school buses to ply from today
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
Tomorrow morning at 7.25 am, a special student bus will ply through Mauli Jagran and pick up school students. The bus will however miss 16-year-old Mauli Jagran girl Anupama Sarkar, who could not survive to see how her unfortunate life-ending incident has woken up the authorities to fulfil the most common need of government schoolchildren in the city. The Mauli Jagran bus is part of the 10 additional buses, which the CTU has added to already fleet of 10 buses, started exclusively for the school students earlier this week. From Friday onwards, there will be a total of 20 special students buses that

will travel from different points of city, the communication of which has already been sent to the Education department.

While private schools have managed to set up their own transportation system, students of government schools, mostly from humble ground, have however not been given much attention by the government authorities.But things have changed for the better post Anupama’s death.

Out of the 20 buses, five started on Tuesday, which caters to the Chandigarh’s peripheral areas like Harmilap Nagar, Raipur Kalan, Hallo Majra, Indira Colony, Ram Darbar and the Kishangarh areas. Five began on Wednesday, which caters to the southern and western sectors of the city. Additional 10 buses have been introduced to further streamline the rush of students.

Five of them have been taken out from Depot No 2 and the remaining are from Depot No 3. The first bus of Depot No 2 will start at 6.40am from Khuda Alisher to the PGI and then it will go to KV-29/31 via Sector 17-bus stand. The second bus of the depot at 7.25 will go through Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran, Darua, railway station up to the PGI via Sector 28, Sector-18 market and ISBT-17.

Third bus of the Depot No 2 will cater to the students Mani Majra, Raipur Kalan, Mauli Jagran, Darua, MH Complex (Mani Majra) and Indira Colony.

The remaining two buses will cater to the students of the Kaimbwala area. One will start at 7.15 am and will cover the Sukhna Lake, Sectors 7, 8 and 11 market up to the PGI. The second bus will start at 7.20 from Kaimbwala and cover Sukhna Lake, Sector-7 market, and roads separating Sectors 26 and 7, 26 and 27, 28 and 27, 27, 19,18 market and ISBT-17.

Th first bus from Depot No 3 will start at 7 am and cover Sector 38 (west) Maloya, Paddy Mandi, and the roads separating sectors 39 and 56, 40 and 55, 40 and 41, 37 and 36, 24 and 23, 15 and 16, 11 and 10, Sector-11 market and the PGI. The second bus will start at 7.10 am from the Sarangpur barrier to Dhanas, then towards Dadu Majra colony, Sectors 38 and 37 market, and the roads separating Sectors 37 and 36, 42 and 41, Sector 42 market, up to ISBT-43. At 7.10 am, another bus will start from Maloya will cover Sector-38 market, Sector-34 market, and roads separating Sectors 34 and 33, Sectors 21 and 20, Sectors 21 and18 up to ISBT-17.

Another bus at 7.10 am will ply from CTU workshop in the Industrial Area towards DMC, Dhanas, Khuda Lahora, the PGI, Sectors 15 and16 market and ISBT-17.

Last bus will leave at 7.20 am from Sarangpur to Dhanas, Dadu Majra Colony, and the roads separating Sectors 25 and 38, 25 and 24, 24-market, 23 market, and ISBT-17.

While 20 buses are on to clear the rush in the morning, the issue pending with the CTU is how to streamline the students’ rush in the afternoon. Talking on the issue, CTU GM SP Parmar said that they were chalking out plans to start bus service in the afternoon and the final decision will be taken soon.



Youth more keen on donating eyes
Ritika Jha
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
Going by the number of individuals pledging their eyes at the PGI’s Advanced Eye Centre, it is the youth in the city who are more enthusiastic to donate their eyes, compared to the older generation.

Of the total 60,000 people who have pledged to donate their eyes at the centre so far, more than 60 per cent were aged below 30 years. Experts and counsellers at the Advanced Eye Centre credit it to the rising awareness levels among youth over the last few years.

“The enthusiasm levels among the youth these days are quite high. Our counsellers have been visiting a number of education institutions in Chandigarh, encouraging the youngsters to take up the initiative. The youngsters inspire and motivate their fellows very easily. With the receptivity of the youngsters during our workshops improving, there has been a stark rise in the number of voluntary donations at our eye bank in last five years,” said Dr Amit Gupta, associate professor at the Advanced Eye Centre.

While the eye bank was formally inaugurated in the early 90s at the tertiary care institute, the rising number of eye donations -rising by nearly 10 per cent every year- has been noted only in the last five to seven years.

Of nearly 3,000 eyes donated at the eye bank since 1992, more than 1,600 eyes have been donated after 2005, according to the records available at the eye bank.

More than 2,100 of these donated eyes have been utilised for corneal transplant of the needy. “All eyes donated cannot be utilised for corneal transplant due to complications,” added Gupta.

The centre also runs three 24-hour helplines, 9814014464, 9855454464 and 98555464464, for addressing the queries of donors and volunteers.

The donors can pledge to donate their eyes by registering online at the centre’s website. For pledging, the volunteers need to submit a form confirming the consent of the family members.

The centre also offers a facility for taking the bodies of the registered donors after their death to the eye bank for donation.


Residents’ body airs grievances
Tribune News Service
PC Sangi, former councillor, and Chandigarh DSP (Security) Deepak Saharan (second from right) interact with members of the Federation of Sector Welfare Associations at the CII in Sector 31, Chandigarh, on Thursday
PC Sangi, former councillor, and Chandigarh DSP (Security) Deepak Saharan (second from right) interact with members of the Federation of Sector Welfare Associations at the CII in Sector 31, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo : Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, August 2
"I called up at the police control room number "100", but could not get through to the officials," said a resident of Sector 51, SS Bhardwaj, during an interactive session held by the Federation of Sector Welfare Associations (FOSWAC) members with Chandigarh DSP (Security) Deepak Saharan today. Bhardwaj was not the only person to complain about the inaccessibility of the number, but there were many others who aired the similar grievance.

The DSP assured the representatives to solve their problems at the earliest.

In a two-hour session with the DSP, a resident of Sector 36, RC Goyal, said illegal cuts on various roads were being used by anti-social elements. The members of the association said the problems had not been solved due to a poor coordination between the officials.

A majority of the members recommended installation of security gates at entry points to various sectors to avoid theft incidents. FOSWAC president PC Sangi said the proposal was mooted earlier, but was shelved due to technical reasons.

He added that gates should be installed in various sectors.

Sector-45 RWA general secretary RS Saini said security needed to be stepped up in the sector as theft cases were on the rise there.

Residents of Sector 38 (West) said they had hired security guards as the crime rate was increasing in the sector and no effective steps were being taken by the police.

Members of the RWAs said night patrolling should be started in the city.

The DSP assured them of doing the needful.

Meanwhile, CII regional director Pikender Pal Singh said the objective of CII Secure North was to spread awareness on safety and security among residents and industry.



Boy stuck in hospital for unpaid dues
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Poverty is a curse and no one can realise it more that Ajaypal who is finding it hard to get his son discharged from the Government Multi Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, (GMSH) even sfter his treatment is over. Ajay's son is under treatment at the hospital since December last. Ajay owes about Rs 6,000 to the hospital against bed and diet charges.

“I have not only spent all my savings, but have also borrowed money for the treatment of my son,” said the hapless father. “As I did not go to work for last ten months, now even lenders refused to offer loan and in the absence of money I even cannot take my son to home,” he said.

Ajay's son Sunil was admitted to the PGI in October last year for treatment of a head injury.

After stabilising him, doctors put a tube in his windpipe and sent him for nursing care at the Government Multi Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, (GMSH) on December 2 due to paucity of space at the PGI. He goes to the PGI regularly for follow-up treatment.

The treatment to Sunil was provided free of cost by the PGI and GMSH. Considering him as a poor patients, the hospitals did not charge admission dues till the month of April, when they declared him as fit to be discharged. That time Ajay refused to shift his son home saying that they had no proper space to keep the patient in small home at Sector 26 and it would be difficult to shift the patient to hospital in case of any emergency.

The hospital authorities, terming it an offence, lodged a complaint with the sub divisional magistrate and started raising the bill against the stay and diet charges which amount to nearly Rs 6,000.

"I am thankful to everybody in the hospital for the care of my son who has been cured and I want to take him to home," said Ajay. "I pleaded with the hospital authorities to waive off hospital charges but noting has been done in this regard, he said.

Though my friends have suggested me to leave the hospital without clearing the dues, but I do not find it fair to do so. Now my only hope is from some good Samaritan," he added.

Sunil's parents did not go home since he was brought here seven months ago, said the hospital staff.

They have been staying here against medical advice, said one of the nursing staff members. "They were time and again asked to take the patient home so that he could be protected from hospital infections, but the family remained adamant on staying at the hospital," she added.

When contacted, medical superintendent Rajiv Vadehra said nothing was charged from the patient till the month of April when he required nursing care at the hospital.

In April he was declared fit to go home but the family refused to vacate the hospital bed following which a complaint was lodged with the higher authorities seeking directions in this regard.

As the reply in this regard was still awaited, the hospital authorities could not waive off the charges, he added.



Pushed to the wall, CHB expedites allotment process
Had been dilly dallying the possession of flats to slum dwellers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
Pushed to the wall for not handing over possession of flats, constructed under the Slum Rehabilitation Scheme, the Chandigarh Housing Board has decided to speed up the process of allotting all such flats.

The flats were constructed one-and-half-year ago by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) in Dhanas and other parts of the city. Sources in the CHB said the flats, though completed, could not be handed over due to technical reasons. In case of Sector 49, electrical parts were stolen and some wooden items had gone missing. Similarly, in the flats constructed in Sector 38 (West), water pipes had been stolen. In Sector 56 and Ramdarbar, electrical switches and windowpanes had gone missing.

A senior official said 10,016 small flats were nearing completion and the process for registration of eligible beneficiaries was about to start. In case of the flats at Dhanas, the board had failed to provide electricity and sewer connections to the dwelling units.

Sources said the CHB was losing a monthly revenue of Rs 85 lakh per month that was to be charged as a monthly rent from the jhuggi dwellers. The board could have earned a revenue of Rs 15 crore on account of rental earnings at the time when it is facing financial crisis.

Sources added that the CHB had so far spent over Rs 250 crore on the construction of 8,448 one-room tenements.



Yogesh Kumar relieved of DPR charge
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
Opposing "ill-treatment" meted out to the state cadre officers from Punjab and Haryana in the UT Administration has cost HCS officer Yogesh Kumar dear.

Yogesh Kumar, who was earlier relieved from the charge of Director, Information Technology (IT), lost another department, Director, Public Relations (DPR). Now, he is holding the charge of Joint Registrar, Cooperative Societies, which is a very "low profile" department. Sources said the post of Joint Registrar, Cooperative Societies, was not a sanctioned post in the UT Administration.

Yogesh Kumar and his HCS wife Varsha Khangwal, posted as Director, social welfare department, had sought repatriation to Haryana on "personal grounds" a few days ago.

When contacted, Yogesh Kumar said he did not want to comment on the issue. Meanwhile, UT Adviser KK Sharma did not take the call.

It all had started with the appointment of Prerna Puri, a 2006-batch UT cadre IAS officer, as secretary, Information Technology. Officials were not happy with the fact that she had only six years of experience. Thereafter, the Administration allotted the then Director IT, Yogesh Kumar's room to Puri, which resulted in forwarding a letter by Yogesh Kumar to the Adviser mentioning that there was no room available in the IT department that could be given to Puri.

But ultimately, not only the Administration gave his room to her but a month later the Administration also gave the charge of Director, IT, to another UT cadre official, Tanvi Garg.

Sources added that in March, the HCS and PCS officers held a "secret" meeting in Chandigarh Lake Club to oppose the UT Administration's move to sideline state cadre officials. But later UT Adviser KK Sharma had assured the state cadre officials that their grievances would be redressed.

But thereafter the Punjab and Haryana took up the issue of 60:40 ratio in posts filled from among IAS, IPS and state-cadre officials of Punjab and Haryana coming on deputation to the Administration with the Union Home Ministry. The sources said the top brass had recently even warned a few officials that in case of failure to perform, the departments allotted to them could be changed and adverse remarks could be added to their ACRs.



Hope for disc patients
Ozone therapy now available at Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, Mohali
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
Bringing relief to the patients suffering from disc problems, the Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, Sector 70, Mohali, has started ozone therapy from today. The RSIC is the only centre after New Delhi to provide this facility in the region. The institute has recently achieved the mark of one hundred surgeries of patients suffering spine injuries.

The therapy, called Ozone Discolysis, is a procedure where an injection of a mixture of O3 and O2 (Ozone and Oxygen) is injected in the disc which results into dehydration of the nucleus of the disc. Ozone has an analgesic effect. In addition to this, antioxidant scavenger system is also regulated which acts as anti-inflammatory response. Ozone has been shown to produce a significantly better effect than corticosteroids and there is no complication in this technique.

Dr Deepak Thapa, associate professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, who had his training for pain relief at the Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU, has started this technique at the RSIC where a significant number of patients with disc diseases are being attended. Earlier, patients with disc herniation having pain in the leg were offered injections of corticosteroids.

This procedure can be used in both contained and protruded, ie prolapsed and intervertebral disc. This procedure is primarily meant for disc prolapse with prominent pain in the leg, but can also be used for pain in the back because of the disc degeneration, said RSIC director Prof Raj Bahadur.

Thus, in conventional patient of pain in back with disc degeneration and with disc herniation (prolapsed) this procedure has opened a new vista for patients with back pack. Earlier, patients used to go to New Delhi for the same.



Check purity of gold before buying
Of 500 jewellery shops, only 116 certified under BIS hallmark scheme
Ritika Jha
Tribune News Service
Women buy jewellery at a shop in Chandigarh
Women buy jewellery at a shop in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, August 2
The next time you buy a gold ornament, you may have to consider its purity before presuming it to be a 22-carat gold article. Out of the 500 jewellery houses across the tricity, 116 are certified under the Bureau of Indian Standards voluntary hallmark scheme.

The hallmark is an accurate determination and official recording of the proportionate content of articles made of gold or silver. As per officials at the hallmarking centres, highest amount of gold constituted in any article is 92 per cent, equivalent to 22 carat of gold.

"While buying hallmark certified jewellery (22 carat gold), one has to pay making charges. Jewellers' profit comes through the making charges. However, uncertified jewellers may sell gold ornaments carrying less than 92 per cent gold content at the cost of 22-carat gold," said BS Narang, proprietor of a hallmarking centre in Sector 17.

The fact that consumers have to pay making charges besides the cost of 22-carat gold (92 per cent) is one of the key reasons behind the variation in making charges and the net cost of the article at a hallmark certified and non-certified jewellery house, say the experts.

Hallmark certified jewellery must carry a set of five marks which include BIS standard mark, fineness

(a millesimal fineness number indicative of gold content on a scale of 1,000), the hallmarking centre's mark, year of marking and the jeweller's mark.

"The key purpose of hallmarking is helping the consumer know the exact quantity of gold or silver present in the ornament or article so that he pays the right amount for it. Besides, this is a third party assurance which we give him or her," said Renuka Salwan, Deputy Director, BIS regional office.

"The five hallmarking signs are present even in an ornament as small as a nose-pin. Consumers can check the signs with a magnifying glass before purchasing it. It is mandatory for jewellers to provide a magnifying glass at stores," she added.

Buyers can get their jewellery hallmarked by visiting the hallmark centre and paying Rs 25 per article.

The Ministry for Consumer Affairs has proposed to make it mandatory for jewellers to acquire a licence.



Rare surgery helps 50-year-old patient walk after 15 years
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 2
A rare surgery performed by a Fortis doctor here has made a 50-year-old person walk again after being severely handicapped for 15 years. At the young age of 20, Gurdev Singh from Barnala was struck down with rheumatoid arthritis and by the age of 35 his bones were bent stiff.

Dr Harsimran Singh, joint replacement surgeon, Fortis Hospital, who performed this difficult surgery, said ,“Technically, this case was challenging because his bones and ligaments had progressively deformed to an enormous degree.”

Gurdev had been crawling for the past 15 years. His hands had become gnarled and his knees deformed at right angles, making it impossible for him to stand straight. Dr Harsimran Singh said routine knee replacement implants were unsuccessful in such cases. "Gurdev’s case was discussed with experts in the UK. It was then decided to perform a hinged knee replacement, which involves a specialised implant that is especially imported from Germany. The entire deformity was corrected during the surgery that lasted three hours,” explained the doctor.

Post-surgery, Gurdev underwent physiotherapy sessions and took the aid of a walker and knee support braces. He no longer requires their help.

"The knee support braces and walker has now been discontinued and he is allowed to walk with a stick. Such cases represent a great challenge for the surgeon. Till long ago, we did not have the technology or expertise to treat such patients. Today, we can offer a chance of a normal life to patients, with even the most severe forms of arthritis," the doctor added.



Industrialists discuss problems with official
Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner assured them of action

Mohali, August 2
A delegation of the Mohali Industries Association met the Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner (AETC) to apprise him of the problems faced by the industry with respect to the newly introduced notification regarding the e-filing of the movement of goods within Punjab.

The Excise and Taxation Department has issued a public notice regarding information on the intra-state movement of goods which shall be furnished by all persons making sales of Rs 3 lakh or above in a single transaction, except in the case of iron and steel where this threshold shall be Rs 2 lakh.

MIA president Anurag Aggarwal informed the AETC that industrialists and traders were facing a lot of harassment at the barriers at Balongi, Lakhnaur, Yadavindra Public School and at various other nakas set up throughout the state which were not complying with the notification and were stopping those vehicles which were not carrying goods worth over Rs 2 lakh or Rs 3 lakh. RP Singh, general secretary, also said that with the introduction of the E-TRIP service, the necessary information should be given at the barriers in the entire state so that there was free movement of goods. — OC



Office heads accountable for power wastage: Mohali DC

Mohali, August 2
The heads of all government offices, corporations and boards would be responsible if their institutes are found wasting electricity.

“It is the duty of the heads of all government organisations to ensure that air-conditioners are not used and no wastage of electricity takes place in their institutes,” said Mohali Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam while issuing directions in this regard.

Roojam added that soon he would start conducting raids to check whether or not the instructions were being followed. He also ordered that every government employee should be in his/her seat by 8 am. “Those found flouting the rules would have to face the music,” said the Deputy Commissioner. — TNS



DC orders removal of rehris

Mohali, August 2
Mohali deputy commissioner Varun Roojam yesterday issued directions against putting up rehris or stalls along the Ambala-Zirakpur National Highway. The project director, National Highways Authority of India, Chandigarh, has apprised the deputy commissioner that the makeshift shops on the road cause a serious traffic hazards to the commuters.

Roojam ordered the officials concerned to remove the rehris to ensure free flow of traffic on the highway. The order will remain in effect till September 19. — TNS



Tricity scan

Rakhi-tying competition

Students of Xavier’s Chandigarh participated in rakhi-tying, thali decoration and gift wrapping competitions to celebrate Raksha Bandhan. The power of this thread in bonding the relationship between brother and sister was narrated to the students by their teachers. Around 500 students took part in these competitions. Principal Mervin West appreciated the effort of teachers and students in understanding the rich Indian culture and values by celebrating the festivals with great enthusiasm.

Raksha Bandhan celebrated

The school run by Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes (DBGOI) celebrated Raksha Bandan with great enthusiasm. The students were told the importance of the festival in the morning assembly. The students sang songs and performed dance to mark the occasion. Dr Shalini Gupta, Director-General of DBGOI, was the chief judge in the rakhi-making competition. She gave her blessings to the students. In a special message on the occasion, Dr Zora Singh, chairman, and Tajinder Kaur, vice-chairperson, of the Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes greeted the students praying that the sacred bond of love and affection between brothers should remain intact forever.

Security products on display

CII Secure North - 2012 was organised to display the unparalleled technologies and the latest products in the field of security and safety to large and small businesses, commercial organisations, institutions, market and resident welfare associations, governments and intelligence agencies. With the rise in anti-social activities and high number of security threats, focus on the safety and security challenges has increased in the country. Hence, these technologies have become more relevant. Among all, “Video Content Analysis”, a self-assessing management solution, provided a wide array of features that can make the management simple.

Digital learning

Keeping pace with the changes and upgradations in the Indian education system, Extramarks Education Private Limited, India’s leading digital education solutions provider, has come up with an initiative to discuss the need of digital learning in the current education pedagogy. The seminar “Engage Me”€¯ is being organised across the country wherein eminent personalities from the field of education interact to share their views on why there is a need of implementing and integrating technology in the teaching-learning process.

International Tiger Day

Shemrock Senior secondary School, Sector 69, celebrated International Tiger Day with the drive to save tiger. Tiny tots of class I appealed to the people to protect the endangered breed while wearing dresses of tigers. On the other hand, students of class II made posters displaying slogans like “save tigers”, “we need tigers”, etc. On the occasion, the participants dressed up in tiger costumes and gave slogans to save tiger. The goal of the day was to promote a global system for protecting the natural habitat of tigers, to raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues.

Rakhi celebrated

At Gurukul Vidyapeeth Institute, the management of Gurukul Vidyapeeth Institute of Engineering & Technology celebrated Raksha Bandhan with the students. Sweets and chocolates were distributed among students and staff on the occasion. The chairman of Gurukul Vidyapeeth, Manmohan Kumar Garg, said at Gurukul Vidyapeeth it was a ritual to celebrate all the festivals with students and Raksha Bandhan was a part of it.

Sant Isher Singh Public School

The students of Sant Isher Singh Public School celebrated Raksha Bandhan with a difference. Rakhi-making and thali-decoration competitions were held in the school. Hardip Kaur Gill, director of the school, distributed the prizes among the winners of the competitions. Students of kindergarten tied Rakhis to trees and pledged to save trees for a safer earth. Inderjeet Kaur Sandhu, principal of the school, congratulated the students and applauded their efforts.

Anee’s School

On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, Anee’s School, Kharar and Mohali, organised Rakhi-making competition. Students were given beads, satin ribbons, sequins, motifs, laces and silk threads to make Rakhis. The celebration was also graced by the efforts and enthusiasm of the Montessori section of the school that showcased the colourful and beautifully decorated Rakhis which they formed with the help of their mother-teacher.

Golden Bells Public School

Raksha Bandhan was celebrated with great fervour on the premises of Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, Mohali. Toddlers of Pre-Primary Wing created a festive environment by tying up Rakhis on the wrists of their brothers and prayed for their wellbeing. The chairman of the school, Col CS Bawa (retd) spoke on the importance of the festival and congratulated the students and teachers. — TNS



Students seek better facilities at PU arts department
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
Members of the Student Organisation of Panjab University today submitted a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor demanding infrastructure at the arts department of PU. Students demanded that more water coolers should be installed and non-functional fans should be replaced with new ones.

SOPU president Manoj Lubana said fans in classrooms and exhaust fans in washrooms were lying non-functional.

“The university has not even bothered to get these fans changed from the past few years causing inconvenience to students,”€¯ Lubana said.

Students said washrooms in all the departments were not cleaned regularly, which lead to stink even in the corridors of the department.

SOPU members demanded that the university should install water coolers at all the departments so that students don’t have to move to other departments or floors to drink water.

“We will wait for the university to prepare a proposal for purchasing new fans and water coolers failing which we will launch an agitation,”€¯ the SOPU leader said.



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