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Morni mishap: Kin cremate wrong body
Identification goof results in Anup’s family ending up cremating Sandeep instead
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 13
In a major goof, the family of Anup Rawat cremated the body of his friend Sandeep instead due to wrong identification. It was in the evening when the fourth body was recovered that Sandeep’s parents said the body was not of their son.

Four youths had drowned in Tikkar Taal, Morni, late last evening. While the body of Jatin Beniwal was recovered yesterday, two more bodies were pulled out of the lake this morning and one other in the evening. The other victims have been identified as Jaswinder Rana, Sandeep Verma and Anup Rawat.

Two bodies were sent to the General Hospital, Sector 6, for postmortem and were handed to the respective families after they identified the bodies. The fourth body was sent for postmortem in the evening and Sandeep’s elder brother said it was not his brother’s body.

“In the morning, two bodies were recovered that were thought to be that of Jaswinder and Anup. We called their parents and they also identified them as their sons. The body of the fourth youth was still not found. But from the mobile phone we came to know that it is Sandeep and called his parents,” said ASI Paramjit Singh, in charge of the Morni police post.

“In the evening when the fourth body, thought to be Sandeep’s, was found, his brother said it was Anup’s body. By this time, the other families had already identified and cremated the bodies,” he said.

Anup was a resident of Housing Board Colony, Sector 26, and Jatin stayed in Zirakpur. Jaswinder was putting up at Police Colony Moginand, Sector 26, and was the son of ASI Brijender Rana of the Panchkula police. Sandeep was a resident of Sector 19.



Fate plays out ugly joke
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 13
Sandeep’s family could not even see him for the last time as Anup’s parents cremated him, mistaking him for their son Anup. As for Anup’s family, they had to go through the trauma of cremating their son “twice”.

“Fate played a cruel joke. We lost our son in such circumstances and couldn’t even see him for the last time or even cremate him,” said Sandeep’s grieving father, Narayan Lal Verma.

“What will I tell his mother who is waiting to have a last glimpse of her son? How do I tell her that we will not even be able to cremate our son?” he said heartbroken.

“Police officials told us that three bodies had been recovered. When we told them that we wanted to see the bodies, they said their respective families had already identified the bodies and there was no need for us to check the bodies. Had they shown us the bodies, we would have identified Sandeep,” said a relative of the victim.

“I was the first person to see the body, which was said to be of my brother. I was shocked to see that it was someone else. I did not even know how to explain it to my parents,” said Pradeep, Sandeep’s brother.

It is not any easier for Anup’s family who cremated Sandeep thinking him to be their son. They will now be cremating Anup tomorrow. “It was so difficult to console my wife when Anup was being cremated and now we have come to know that it was Sandeep. I don’t know how such a blunder took place and we cremated someone else’s son,” said Anup’s father, Vijay Kumar.

“It is like having to cremate our son twice,” he lamented.



Speaker’s relative elopes to marry
Groom’s father, friends arrested; couple moves HC for protection
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
In a Bollywood style drama, a 20-year-old IAS aspirant and relative of Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker reportedly eloped with her boyfriend, much to the chagrin of her parents who got a case of kidnapping registered against the boy and his Sector 35-based family.

The police is searching for the absconding couple who tied the knot at a temple in Panchkula two days ago and has arrested the groom’s father and two persons who were witnesses to the wedding. The couple has, meanwhile, obtained protection from the High Court, fearing a threat to their lives.

The girl, who is a relative of Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker, eloped with 24-year-old Amit Walia on August 8 and got married in a temple the next day. Three of Amit’s friends, all of whom have been booked along with Amit in a case of kidnapping under Sections 366, 206 and 120-B of the IPC, were witnesses to the marriage.

The police has also arrested Gian Chand Walia, the groom’s father, and Amit’s friends – Navdeep Chopra, a resident of Mohali, and Ramandeep, a Sector 35 resident. They have been remanded in two-day police custody. Amit’s brothers, Punit and Sumit, and another friend Simranpreet have also been booked, but are yet to be arrested.

The police action has sparked a protest among the families of Amit’s friends who, they claimed, only stood witnesses to the wedding for the sake of their friend.

“Both the girl and the boy are above 18 years of age, yet the police has booked Amit as well as his friends and family in a case of kidnapping just because the girl is related to the Haryana Speaker and the police is under pressure from her family. The police will have to withdraw the case once the girl records her statement in favour of the accused,” said Navdeep’s relative.

The couple has sought protection from the High Court. They will be producing the order in the district courts and plead for the case of kidnapping to be withdrawn, said their advocate.



Slice of liver saves husband’s life
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 13
Sokina Begum gave a gift of life to her 48-year-old Bangladesh national Abdul Mannan by donating a part of her liver to him.

With this transplant, Fortis Hospital in Mohali has announced its first-ever liver transplant from a live donor in the region.

While PGI doctors have been conducting cadaveric liver transplant since last year, surgeons at Fortis have conducted the first-ever such transplant in the region.

Dr Subba Rao Kanchustambam, who led the team of doctors conducting the transplant, said: “Abdul came to us in a very critical state around two months ago for a liver transplant. He had been diagnosed with hepatitis C-related liver cirrhosis and had been undergoing treatment in Karachi, where he worked as a fisherman, and also at Dhaka. But his health kept deteriorating. He reached the end stage of liver disease, which is usually fatal unless a transplant is conducted. He was vomiting blood and had gone into hepatic coma.”

“Even as pre-investigations were being conducted, he had another bout of vomiting and went into another hepatic coma. He also suffered from renal failure and was admitted to the ICU. He fortunately recovered and his liver was transplanted on July 13 using the left lobe of his wife’s liver,” said Dr Rao.

Talking about the post-operative recovery of the couple, he said: “While Sokina recovered well and was discharged eight days after the transplant, Abdul’s recovery was slow but steady. He will now be leaving for Dhaka.”

Visibly elated, Abdul said: “I am looking forward to going back home to Bangladesh and spending time with my sons and friends before getting back to work.”

The cost of liver transplant at Fortis costs a whopping Rs 20 lakh while at the PGI, the cost of a cadaveric liver transplant is about Rs 6 lakh.



Defer personal talk, CAT orders UPSC
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
Acting on an application filed by five doctors of the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital, the Central Administrative Tribunal today made it clear that it wanted the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to defer by a fortnight “personal talk” scheduled to be held on August 16 for the appointment of the institute’s Principal.

The assertion came on an application filed by Dr Atul Sachdev, Dr Ram Singh, Dr Sudhir Garg, Dr Ashok Attri, and Dr Anju Huria. Describing themselves as “in-house candidates”, they asserted through their counsel Harmanjit Singh Sethi that they did not apply in response to the advertisement on the “rule-related premise that in-house candidates are not eligible for consideration as the post is to be filled up on deputation or on short-term contract”.

Sethi added later on it transpired that “the names of certain in-house candidates, indeed, came to be recommended by the Chandigarh Administration to the UPSC for consideration; and the UPSC has invited them for personal talk on August 16”.

The application, filed against the Union of India, Union Territory of Chandigarh, UPSC, GHCH, Dr Arjun Dass, Dr BS Chavan, Dr AK Janmeja, Dr Jagdish Chander and Dr Suman Kochar, will now come up for further hearing on Tuesday.

Before parting with the order this morning, Justice SD Anand asserted, “The personal talk is scheduled to be held on August 16, 2012.



OPDs won’t open on I-Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
All the OPDs at the PGI, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Sector 32 and Government Multi-Speciality Hospital will remain closed on August 15 on the occasion of Independence Day. However, the emergency wings of the hospitals will remain open. The OPDs at the PGI will also remain closed on August 20 on account of Id-ul-fitar.



Marching towards a perfect I-day
Mohali police steps up security
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 13
The Mohali police has made three-tier security arrangements for Independence Day celebrations at Government College, Phase VI, where the National Flag would be hoisted by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Over 500 policemen will be deputed for the purpose in and around the venue while the entire stretch of the main road from Verka Chowk to gurdwara, Phase VI, will be closed for traffic during the function.

Mohali SSP GS Bhullar said, "As many as six gazetted officers (GOs) along with 15 inspectors will supervise all the arrangements."

"Besides, 50 non-gazetted officers and about 400 constables and head constables will be deputed there at the time of ceremony, which will start at 8.58 am and culminate at 11.50 am," said Bhullar.

The policemen will also be stationed at all houses that are located along the main road.

Meanwhile, the police has been conducting search operations at all restaurants, hotels, cyber cafes, bus stands and other public places. Special checking and nakas are also being laid.

At the function, four platoons will participate in the march past during the ceremony. Apart from this, a cultural programme will also be held.

Meanwhile, Varun Roojam, Deputy Commissioner of Mohali, said the district administration was all set to host the ceremony. "All arrangements are in place. Rehearsals are under way," said Roojam.



Check this out before hoisting Tricolour
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
Every citizen of the country feels proud after hoisting the National Flag. But there are certain dos and don'ts, which the citizens forget.

In City Beautiful as well, people hoist the flag on rooftops and outside their shops, but are unaware of rules regarding the flag hoisting.

One of the important rules is that the Tricolour should always be taken down in the evening, but in Chandigarh, a majority of residents do not follow the rule.

Vijay Goyal, one of the shopkeepers, who has put up the flag outside his shop, said he was not aware of the rule. He added that now he would take down the flag every evening.

Gaurav Gaur, a social activist, said it was the duty of both — who hoisted the flag and Chandigarh Administration — to spread awareness among residents about the rules regarding the flag hoisting.

Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh could not be contacted.

On January 23, 2004, the Supreme Court of India ruled in favour of Congress MP Naveen Jindal from Haryana, and cited a new fundamental right that would allow every Indian to hoist the National Flag on all days of the year. 


When the National Flag is raised, the saffron colour band should be at the top.

No flag or emblem should be placed either above the National Flag or to its right.

All other flags should be placed to the left of the National Flag if they are hung in a line.

When the National Flag is carried in a procession or parade, it shall be on the marching right or in front of the centre of the line, if there is a line of other flags.

The National Flag or any imitation of it must not be used for purpose of trade, business or profession.

The National Flag should always be taken down in the evening.



P’kula DCP meets officials
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 13
The Panchkula DCP, Parul Kush, held a meeting with the ACPs, SHOs and Inspectors.

The Governor of Haryana will unfurl the National Flag at the Parade Ground in Sector 5, Panchkula, and "At Home" function will also be held at Panchkula.

Nakas are being laid at various places. Raids are being conducted at hotels, dhabas, dharamshalas, markets, paying guest accommodations and other places.

The police has laid eight nakas on the periphery of the town. As many as 1,000 police personnel will be deployed.



Traffic diversions on Independence Day; 3,000 policemen to be deployed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
The UT police has stepped up security ahead of Independence Day celebrations. Over 3,000 policemen ranking from constable to DSP will be on duty. The police will be on high alert. Moreover, traffic diversions will be in place in view of Independence Day function at the Parade Ground, Sector 17, and "At Home" function at Punjab Raj Bhawan.

The following traffic restrictions/diversions shall be imposed by the Chandigarh traffic police on August 15. The road users are therefore advised to make use of alternative routes during the timings given below.

Parade Ground, Sector 17

The road stretch from the round-about of Sectors 16, 17, 22 and 23 up to small rotary near Gurdial Singh petrol station, Sector 22-A, on Udyog Path, from Sectors 16 and 17 up to Sectors 16, 17, 22 and 23 roundabout on the Jan Marg and from light point near Lyon's Restaurant, Sector 17, up to Parade Ground, will remain closed to the public from 7 am onwards on August 15 till the function is over.

No parking will be allowed in the parking area in front of shops in Sector 22-A from 7 am onwards.y VIPs and senior officers with authorised car parking labels on their vehicles will be allowed entry from the roundabout of Sectors 16, 17, 22 and 23 on Udyog Path and they can park their vehicles in the parking area in front of the market at Sector 22-A.

Residents can park their vehicles in the parking area of Sector 22-B adjacent to Blood Disease Hospital, Sector 23-B, at the rear of Neelam Cinema, Sector 17, in the parking of the Football Stadium and Circus Ground-17.

All buses coming from Haryana, Punjab, HP and other places to the ISBT, Sector 17, Chandigarh, will be diverted towards the ISBT Chowk from Bajwara Chowk and Piccadilly Chowk via Himalaya Marg and will enter the ISBT, Sector 17, from the Small Chowk near Gurdial Singh petrol station.

Punjab Raj Bhawan

The stretch from round-about of Sectors 5, 6, 7 and 8 up to the T-Point near Golf Club and from T-Point near Punjab Raj Bhawan, towards the residence of the Adviser to the Administrator, will remain closed to the public from 2 pm onwards.

Invitees to "At Home" function with "pink car parking labels" will park their vehicles in the parking area at the rear of the Adviser's residence and parking area towards reception of Punjab Raj Bhawan.

Invitees with "green car parking labels" should use the road from Sectors 7 and 8 onwards for parking their vehicles in the parking area adjacent to the Adviser's residence in Sector 7.

Members of the Golf Club are requested to use the road from SGGS College side from 2 pm onwards.



MC byelections 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
The State Election Commission will soon announce the date for the byelections from Ward No. 7.

The area councillor, who met with an accident, died on May 2.

Sources said an all-party meeting of the municipal corporation has been called by the commission on August 21. The commission might announce the date after meeting the political representatives. The ward has areas such as Maloya, EWS colony, west of Sector 39 and grain market.



Admn swings into action
Decides to renovate bus queue shelters in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to renovate bus queue shelters in the city.

Recently, the issue of dilapidated bus queue shelters and lack of maintenance was highlighted in these columns. Broken benches, torn bus timetable and filth scattered around say it all.

During a recent meeting chaired by the secretary, transport, instructions were issued to the engineering department to carry out the maintenance work of 200 odd bus queue shelters after identifying the structures.

Accordingly, the engineering department has written to the Chandigarh MC to provide details of the bus queue shelters. "After being constructed, the bus queue shelters were not maintained as various initiatives to allow advertisement panels and small eating outlets had failed. As a result, the shelters turned into a neglected piece of junk," said an official.

At present there are 260-odd bus queue shelters of three different types- brick structure, wrought iron structure and latest ultra modern steel structure.

As there is no clear-cut policy to maintain the structures, the UT's architect department designed the structures and the MC's engineering department mindlessly spent crores of rupees on constructing these. The end result is that the bus queue shelters have turned into white elephants.

As a result, the case of maintaining the shelter keeps on oscillating between the engineering department and UT's transport department.

But now the secretary, transport, has directed the UT engineering department to handover newly constructed 60 ultra modern bus queue shelters to the transport department. 



Curtail expenditure towards year-end, ministry tells Admn
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
The Union Ministry of Finance has directed the Chandigarh Administration to control the expenditure towards the end of the financial year.

In a recent communication by the Union Ministry of Finance, it was stated that the ‘wasteful’ expenditure towards the last quarter of the financial year continued to be an area of concern and directed the UT Administration not to spend more than 33 per cent of the budget in the last quarter of the fiscal year.

The letter read, “As per extant instructions, one-third (33 per cent) of the budget estimates should be spent in the last quarter of the financial year."

It was stated, “It is also desirable that in the last month of the year payments may be made only for the goods and services actually procured and for reimbursement of expenditure already incurred.”

“Rush of expenditure on procurement should be avoided during the last quarter of the fiscal year and in particular the last month of the year so as to ensure that all procedures are compiled with and there is not wasteful expenditure,” the letter read.

After the communication from the ministry, the UT Administration has started the work.

The UT Administration has directed heads of all departments to prepare a monthly report about their income and expenditure and submit it to the finance department.

A senior official of the UT Administration said they would now keep a tab on every department’s report card and would try to utilise entire budget in time. 



Computerise land records within a month, revenue officials told
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 13
The land records of more than 100 villages in Mohali district have not been computerised till now. While expressing displeasure at the situation, Commissioner, Roopnagar Division, Anurag Verma, have directed revenue officials to computerise all land records within a month.

He directed all tehsildars and naib-tehsildars of the district to ensure that copies of the land records (Fards) were delivered to the applicants at the Fard Kendras within 30 minutes of paying required fee.

He asked officials concerned to send dummy applicants to the Fard Kendras to check if there was any overcharging and to ensure that all the directions were followed properly.

Verma directed the Sub-Divisional Magistrates to make proper arrangements at the Kendras for the convenience of public. It should also be ensured that patwaris visit the Kendras twice a week to update the records, he added.

He asked the Deputy Commissioner to review every month if a mutation was entered after every sale deed and In case any patwari or tehsildar failed to do so, strict action should be taken against him.

He also directed all revenue officers to deal with the complaints of Non-Resident Indians on the priority basis and transfer all cases pertaining to NRIs to the fast track court of the District Revenue Officer. He asked the tehsildars to decide partition of land cases expeditiously in the light of revised government instructions. The government wants to eliminate corruption from the Revenue Department, and if any citizen has any complaint against any revenue official, he can e-mail me at div.com.rpr@punjab.gov.in," he said. 


P’kula police doesn’t have divers
Had to seek help of divers from Kurukshetra to fish out bodies
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 13
The Panchkula police had no professional divers of its own. Before the team of divers from Kurukshetra could reach the spot this morning, the nearby villagers were helping with the search operation since 6 in the morning and had already taken out the bodies of Jaswinder and Sandeep.

The divers found the body of Anup in the evening, which was mistaken to be Sandeep’s body.

“The team of divers had to reach here by 9 am and we had started the search operation at 6 am only. Just one diver from the fire brigade was with us and with his help we were able to find two bodies in the morning,” said Guru Krishan, a villager.

He further added, “We tried our level best to find the fourth youth but were unable to do so. May be the body was stuck in the slush. So when the professional divers came, they found the body by the evening.”

The team found Anup’s body in the evening as it had reportedly gone deep down. The team made several efforts, but all in vain. “We gave a last try and we got the body out,” said one of the divers.

When contacted, Dheerj Setia, Assistant Commissioner of Police(ACP), said, “the police doesn’t have its own divers. We always land up taking help from others.



Boys did not know how to swim: Police
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 13
The four boys who drowned in the Tikkar Taal did not know how to swim. The police said the vests of all of them were torn which indicated that when one began to drown, the others in order to rescue pulled at one another’s vests.

Vishal their close friend said, “The four always used to stay together and had planned an outing on Sunday at the Tikkar Taal in Morni. Morni was the only place which they all loved.”

Vir Bhadra, a villager who was there at the Tikar Taal for some work said they all played with water for about three hours near the lake but later jumped into the lake to take a dip.



All four friends just remain on Facebook now
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 13
All four of them now just remain on their Facebook accounts. Just a day before their death, the four friends had spent a night together at Jatin’s house. According to their friends, all of them were quite interested in sight seeing and loved adventures.

“Jatin’s father had purchased a new house at Zirakpur and he wanted his close friends to spend time in their new house. They did not know that it was their last night together,” said Manish, one of Jatin’s friends.

“We were common friends and all of them loved adventures, but they were not aware that adventure would claim their lives one day. Jatin loved Morni like anything,” said Dharampal, another friend.

While Anup was doing his BCOM from Khalsa College, Sector 26, Chandigarh, the others were also doing their graduation from GCM, Sector 11, Chandigarh.

Recently all four of them had visited Tipra village near Morni.

Jatin was the only son of his parents and he had purchased all new items for the new house. “We had bought a new house and Jatin had purchased all the furniture of his choice. He was the one who did all the shopping for the new house. Every thing in the house reminds me of him,” said Babu Ram, Jatin’s father.

Anup’s parents said that they were the most unfortunate parents as some time a go they had lost their eldest daughter. “Our eldest daughter also died some time ago due to some lung disease and now Anup has left us. To see your children die in front of your eyes, is the most painful thing,” said Vijay Kumar, Anup’s father, who is now left with the youngest son.

“He took my bike saying that he wanted to go to his aunt’s house. Had I known that he was taking my bike to go to Tikkar Taal, I would have never given him the vehicle. I will never be able to use this motorcycle again”, said ASI Brijender Rana, father of Jaswinder. Jaswinder was the eldest of the two brothers. 



No lesson learnt
Authorities not concerned about visitors’ safety
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 13
Despite several lives being lost at the Tikkar Taal in the past, the authorities have not yet woken up to the safety of those visiting the lake. The authorities continue to shift blame. The tourism authorities said that the area where the youths drowned did not fall under their jurisdiction. They said that they had installed a board of “prohibition” in the area but people did not pay heed to it. Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar said that the area fell under the jurisdiction of the tourism department.

It was on June 19, 2011 when 23-year-old Neeraj Mani, a resident of Sector14, Panchkula, drowned in the Tikkar Taal. Mani had gone with five friends and while swimming his foot got stuck in the slush and he died.

Similarly, it was on March 2, 2010, when 22-year-old youth of Panchkula, had bet to bring back a bear bottle from the Tikkar Taal at the cost of his life. Shockingly, the body of the deceased was recovered on the second day.

No lesson has been learnt and the authorities concerned continue to shift blame. “in fact the area where the youths drowned does not fall in our area but falls under the jurisdiction of village panchayat,” said Ranjan Arora, in charge of the lake.

When contacted Ashima Brar said, “The area doesn’t fall under my jurisdiction. It comes under the jurisdiction of the tourism department.”

“Several times we have asked the authorities to deploy security guards or install barbed wire to prevent such incidents, but they don’t listen to us,” said Bhim Singh. 



Viscera report to be out in 45 days, says doctor
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 13
It will take about 45 days for the viscera report of Anuradha Bali aka Fiza to come, said a doctor, who is a part of the medical team investigating the case.

However, the Mohali police wanted to get it done at the earliest and a senior police officer, here claimed that they would write a letter in this regard to the Chief Chemical Examining Officer (CCEO) of the medical laboratory at Kharar, where the examining of Fiza’s viscera would take place.

However, Dr SP Sureela, the CCEO, said that they did not get any such communiqué from the police so far.

“Normally the procedure (examining of viscera and preparation of the report) takes about one-month to complete the viscera report, but we will surely expedite it if the police wants it so. So far, we have not received any such communiqué from the Mohali police”, said Sureela.

The viscera report will reveal the the cause of Fiza’s death whose decomposed body was found at her residence on August 6. Notably, a sample of her heart was sent to Medical College, Patiala, for medical investigations, but the doctors there stated that her heart samples were in a highly decomposed state. “The sample was badly decomposed that the cause of death (heart attack or heart failure) could not be established from that”, said a doctor there. 



Shopkeepers spend `80 per day on mineral water
Water tap blocked in Sector 44 market following complaint
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
For the past one week, Harish Chander, a shopkeeper of Sector 44, is spending Rs 80 per day on the purchase of mineral water to meet his drinking and cleaning needs at his shop, as the water tap located in the market has been blocked by the Municipal Corporation. This is not the story of Harish Chander only, but 50 other shop owners of the market are also facing the same problem in the area.

During a visit to the market, the shopkeepers said that a week ago officials of the MC blocked the tap installed in the market on a plea that they had received a complaint that people in the market were using water to wash cars so they were discontinuing the water supply in the area.

One of the oldest shopkeepers of the market, Daleep Singh, said that the tap was installed in the market in 1989 and till date they never faced any water problem. He said that it was strange that without checking the ground reality thoroughly, the MC authorities had taken action only on the basis of a false complaint which affected not only the 60 shopkeepers of the area, but also the customers visiting the market.

The shopkeepers alleged that the MC officials rather than taking any action against the violators had asked the shopkeepers to take the responsibility of curbing the misuse of water in the market.

The MC officials however justified their action and stated that they had taken action only after receiving complaints of misuse of water in the market by the shopkeepers.



Oral health centre comes up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
An oral health centre was opened at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here today. Equipped with microprocessor-controlled 10 new high-end chairs, the new centre was inaugurated by Adviser to the UT Administrator, KK Sharma.

"The microprocessor memorises, recognises and performs a variety of functions just like a computer," said Dr Gurvanit Kaur Lehl. At present, the department has four consultants and six senior residents. The department proposes to begin services for children with special needs.



Correction fluid only in form of pen: Union government
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued an order stating that correction fluids will be available in market only in shape of pens, once the existing stock comes to an end.

With this move, the Union government tried to do away with the decades-old problem of misusing correctional fluids by the addicts.

The order came in more than two years after theatre personalities, social activists and NGOs joined hands to seek a ban on correction fluids.

Taking up the issue, the Bench of Acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice TS Dhindsa also directed the health authorities concerned in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to take remedial steps for the rehabilitation of those addicted to the fluid.

The UT Administration has already claimed that it has chalked out a special plan to deal with the menace. The Chandigarh Administration said that a plan to stop the use of correction fluid by school children has been prepared in collaboration with the Government Medical College and Hospital-32 and PGI.

In an affidavit, the deputy commissioner had earlier claimed to have completely banned the sale of correction fluid in stationery shops across the city. The UT health secretary has asked the director, health department, to take preventive and strict measures to control the use of the fluids by minors in the city.

Earlier, in a petition Ashok Khanna of the Art of Living, NGO Yuvsatta, through its chief Promod Sharma, theatre-director Neelam Maan Singh Chaudhary, Rakesh

Sharma and six others had asserted there was a need to initiate steps to curb the menace prevalent among youths, even children, especially those residing in the slum areas. The petitioners said there was a need to withdraw current stocks from the market and to destroy them, and to allow correction pens only.



Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
The visual of councillor of ward number 16 of Rajesh Gupta which appeared in the story ‘7 months gone, but councillors haven’t spent a penny of ward fund’ is not correct as the post is the councillor of ward number 16 is Rajesh Kumar Gupta the error is regretted.



Trysity scan


Website launched

Finance secretary-cum-secretary technical education (UT), VK Singh, IAS, launched a new website of Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology in the presence Dr MS Gujral, principal CCET along with CCET students. Dr Gujral informed that the new website will provide the information about the college and students to the recruiters. It will also help the alumni to stay connected and contribute towards the growth of Institute. VK Singh, secretary, technical education, congratulated the students of Computer Science Engineering who designed the website.

Office-bearers elected

Followings have been elected as office-bearers of Senior Citizen’s Welfare Association Sector 45, Chandigarh. President: RK Sharma; senior vice-president Viney Mehra; general secretary: OP Mehta; joint secretary: RD Kang; organising secretary: RK Munjal; cashier: KK Sharma; auditor: RC Vij

Honour for technologist

Dr Pankaj Kaul, senior medical lab technologist, Department of Histopathology, PGI, has been invited for the 30th World Congress of Biomedical Laboratory Science to be held in Berlin, Germany, from August 18 to 22. Dr Kaul has been invited to deliver a scientific presentation on “The Past, Present and Future of Medical Technology-need to enrich professional ethics”. He is the only medical laboratory technologist from PGI to attend this international meet. After completing his PhD, Dr Kaul obtained a fellowship and got Chartered Scientist status of Institute of Biomedical Science, London, UK.

Nomination papers filed

Dr Jagdish Chander, head of the department of sociology, DAV College, Sector 10, today filed his nomination papers from the college lecturers’ constituency for the Panjab University Senate elections to be held on September 23. A gold-medalist in MA (Sociology) from Punjabi University, Patiala, Dr Jagdish is the founder head of the Postgraduate Department of Sociology, DAV College.


Library for toddlers

To induce love for reading among toddlers and make them voracious readers, Junior library is introduced at St. Soldier, Mohali. It was inaugurated by S.P. Rajinder Singh last week . The infrastructure of the library is designed as per the convenience of the young children. The tables are slant and the cupboards are low. The code of conduct to be followed in the library and also how to hold the books and turn the pages is being taught to the budding readers.


Protest held

To protest the delay in implementation of Haryana Government Notification of July 21, and not implementing the important UGC recommendation, the teachers of the Government PG College organised a dharna from 10 am to 1 pm today in Kalka. The functionaries of Haryana Government College Teacher Association (Local Unit) said that they had also expressed their resentment by wearing black badges on August 1 but government still did not take any favorable action and forced the organization to stage a protest.

Child psychology

Saupin’s School, Panchkula, organised a seminar for the teachers on ‘Child psychology’. The seminar emphasised on the behavioural patterns of a child and laid stress on understanding the psychology of a child. It covered all the aspects of making teaching - learning more effective. It laid much stress on the cognitive domain. Interactive session added a lot to everyone’s knowledge. The whole seminar was child centered. The main aim behind this seminar was to keep the faculty updated with the recent inventions dealing with teaching.

Painting competition

More than 50 girl students have participated in painting competition organised by the Ratan Professional Education College in the celebration of the Independence Day. The college has also honoured the winning participants with the attractive prizes. The principal of the nursing college, Dr Chandar K Sareen, told that more 50 girl students from GNM and ANM colleges had participated in the competition.

Blood donation camps

In line with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, Connect organisd blood donation camps across six zones in Punjab. The blood donation camp was flagged off at the Connect Corporate Headquarters in Mohali. Similar blood donation camps will be carried out at various Connect offices across Punjab in the coming days. This initiative is one among the successive events organised since the last three years. — TNS



CBSE opens facilitation centres
Two centres will assist CTET aspirants by providing computers required for online application
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has opened two facilitation centres in Chandigarh to assist the CTET aspirants to fill in their applications online.

KV-DAV Public School, Sector 7 B and Delhi Public School, Sector 40, are the two facilitation centres. The CTET exams is scheduled to be held on November 19.

As per the information, this time no CTET application form is being sold as the board has made the online registration compulsory for aspirants.

The candidates are required to submit online applications either through CBSE or CTET website and to send the original printout of the confirmation page along with the demand draft of the required fees to CBSE office in Delhi.

The facilitation centres are created as the education board wants to ensure that the candidates face no problem while applying online and that they are not deprived of applying for CTET due to non-availability of computers and internet facility, said official.

The official sources said the candidates may visit any of the following facilitation centres from 10 am to 1 pm on any day except on Sundays and gazetted holidays till August 3. The aspirants can apply online for CTET-November exam without paying any charges.

The candidates, who wish to avail the services, are requested to carry their certificates and bank draft of required fees in favour of the Secretary, Central Board of Secondary Education, payable at Delhi before visiting the facilitation centres.

The principal of DPS-40, Reema Dewan, said the centre is forthcoming and running well. “In past also, CBSE opened such centres in our school for other examination and they all remained beneficial for the candidates, she said.

The CBSE has also opened such centres in several cities in Punjab and Haryana. In Ambala, it has been opened in DAV Senior Secondary Public School.

It is learnt that the last date of online submission of application through website www.ctet.nic or www.cbse.nic.in is up till August 31 and the confirmation page with demand draft must reach CBSE office before September 7.



PU Senate poll: 69 candidates file nominations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
A total of 69 registered graduates have filed their nominations from the Graduate constituency for contesting in the forthcoming Senate elections. These include 13 sitting senators. The elections will be held on September 23 and there are a total of 80 seats in Panjab University senate. The nominations from the faculty have already been filed, while that of College professor constituency will be filed on Tuesday.

Among 13 sitting senators, who filed their nominations, the prominent ones are BC Josan, Principal, DAV college of Sector 10, Kailash Nath Kaul, Principal, DAV College, Amritsar, Ravinder Nath Sharma, and Jagpal Singh, Professor, Govertment College, Ludhiana.

The Senate elections are held after every four years. The senate is the highest governing body at PU and the members meet once in 3 months.



Third counselling begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
The third counselling for Class XI admission began at Government Senior Secondary Schools today. More than 2,000 applicants submitted forms. Most of the applicants sought change of school or stream. The submission of forms will continue till August 14 (9 am till 1 pm).

Viney R Sood, Deputy DEO, said more applications would be received on Tuesday. The exact number of application will be known in a few days' time.

The list displaying the allotment of schools and streams will be uploaded on August 24 on the education

department's website. Candidates will have to deposit fee on August 25 and 26.



PU online hostel allotment system fails to take off 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
Despite mooting a proposal last year to introduce online system to allot seats in Panjab University (PU) hostels, the authorities have again resorted to the conventional system of allotment this year.

The lack of “computer literate” staff in most of the departments is the main reason for the non-implementation of the online system, according to the officials.

Owing to anomalies being reported in the manual allotment of hostels in the last few years, the officials had decided to make the process online and accessible for all. If implemented, the online system would have been centrally operated with waiting lists on display, allowing the students to check status of rooms on the PU website. One of the key purposes of the system was also to save students from shuttling from one hostel to the other in order to get a room.

Dean Student Welfare AS Ahluwalia said, “We had designed a layout for initiating the process at least in one phase from this year. However, the project failed to take off since most of the departments in PU do not have computer-literate staff.”

For running the system effectively, it is important for us to ensure every department has technically proficient staff, said another senior PU official.

The online attendance system, has also, faced a similar fate. It has failed to elicit any response from most of the departments; even a year after the proposal was tabled.

Despite several circulars being issued by the Dean University Instructions (DUI) to all the departments, only three departments have started following the system since October last year.

The key purpose of launching the system was to usher transparency in attendance and put a check on dharnas and undue pressure created on the authorities by student organisations, Syndicate and Senate members demanding to condone lectures to students.



25% questions out of syllabus, say students 
Tribune News Service

Chandgarh, August 13
A day after Central Scientific Instrument Organisation (CSIO) Chandigarh held entrance test for its various diploma courses at Indo-Swiss Training Centre, many parents gathered in front CSIO in Sector 30 and alleged that more than 25 per cent of the objective paper of the entrance exam came out of syllabus. They said that the test was

comprised of questions in mathematics, science, aptitude, English and general knowledge besides subjective question paper and further indicated topics to be covered under each head was mentioned in the entrance exam form.

The problem came when in science section; most of the questions came from biology, which parents said was not mentioned in the given topics as it was confined to physics and chemistry but hardly any question came from these streams.

Some students also mentioned of many clerical mistakes in the paper. The CSIO officials however said that syllabus for the entrance test was based on the Class X standard, mentioned clearly in the application form.

Pawan Kapoor, director CSIO said that parents must understand that it is a competitive exam of a premier institute where people with conviction and brains were to be selected.

While I would check into the concerns of parents but I want to add one thing that realities of today’s world is changing. Integration of engineering with live sciences is happening today. So much as we have biological engineering as a separate discipline.

Taking a cue from here, we wanted to test the overall efficiency of a candidate in this exam, which was in fact based on the science the applicants studied in 10th class. But having said that we are eying for quality students, we will look in the apprehensions raised by parents, he said. As per the information, about 917 students appeared for the entrance exams held on Sunday at CSIO whose result is expected soon.



SOPU stages protest

Chandigarh, August 13
Representatives of the Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) today staged dharna and demanded a separate bus service for the students of Dr HS Judge Dental College.

The representatives submitted a memorandum to Vice-chancellor, Arun Grover, putting forth the demands of the BDS students. The students demanded washrooms and beautification of the area around the college canteen and urged that fee for reappearing in examinations should be reduced. Currently the fee turns out to be Rs 6500 per examination.

The Vice-Chancellor has accepted the demands of the students and decision on the reduced fee will be taken on Tuesday. ––TNS



INSO protests against poor upkeep of hostels
Tribune New Service

Chandigarh, August 13
Representatives of the Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) at Panjab University (PU), staged a protest outside the Vice-Chancellor's office today. They were demonstrating against the lack of maintenance of university hostels.

The protesters raised slogans against the poor upkeep of the hostels and cited instances of misbehaviour by the canteen and mess contractors.

Anil Ghanghas, president of the INSO, and campus president Somvir Singh said "PU authorities are spending crores on new buildings, destroying the architectural heritage of the university, but no emphasis is given on maintaining the old building, including the hostels." A committee should be constituted to ensure regular maintenance of the hostels, Somvir added.

The numbers of hostels available against the rising demand are less, and other facilities, including WiFi connection are not working properly, said Anil, a INSO representative. 



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