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Suicide or murder? Mystery deepens
Fiza didn't die a natural death, confirms doctor; awaiting report, says police
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Dr PS BhattiMohali, September 8
"Fiza did not die a natural death," confirmed Dr Parminder Singh Bhatti, while giving the details of the viscera report of Anuradha Bali, aka Fiza, at the Civil Hospital, Phase 6, here today.

The official confirmation about poison being found in her stomach has once again put a question mark about whether it was a "well-executed murder" or a suicide case.

Dr Bhatti, who conducted the postmortem on Fiza's body with the help of two other members of the board, said Fiza’s viscera report confirmed the presence of aluminium phosphide or celphos in her stomach, which led to her death.

"This poison can only be consumed directly, indicating that it may be a suicide case," said Dr Bhatti, while categorically ruling out the intake of poison in any indirect form. He confirmed that the quantity of the poison found in her stomach was enough to kill her. “Even half a tablet of this poison can take a human being's life," he said.

"This kind of poison has generally been seen used in suicide cases and Fiza’s case could be one such," said Dr Bhatti, adding that this poison was different from pesticides or insecticides, which can normally be found in human bodies in a small quantity.

Apart from the poison, about 51 per cent contents of ethyl alcohol were also found present in her stomach. Dr Bhatti said she had consumed liquor, but the decomposition of a body could also produce such contents.

As no internal or external injuries or any other sign of struggle for life was found on Fiza’s body during the postmortem, there were bleak chances of her suffering form any physical injury, he said.

The report of a chemical analysis of Fiza’s viscera, conducted at Punjab

State Chemical Laboratory, Kharar, was received by the board here yesterday. “We are compiling all reports in this direction and the final report on the "cause of death" would be prepared on Monday and it would be sent to the Mohali police the same day," said Dr Bhatti.

No bottle of poison found

During its repeated searches of Fiza’s residence at Sector 48, where Fiza’s body was found in a highly decomposed condition, the police claimed that it did not find any poisonous substance, its wrapper or bottle.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, a senior police official said, "We have the inventory of all items recovered from her house. No such thing such as any poisonous substance or its wrapper or bottle was found from her house. We have found a bottle of liquor, a glass, a soda bottle, a water bottle, a pack of cigarettes and some eatables from her room."

Celphos has pungent smell

"A celphos tablet gives a pungent smell when it is mixed with a liquid. So it’s not possible to give the poison to someone fraudulently by mixing it in a liquid," said an expert

Police yet to receive report

“We are yet to receive the viscera report from the medical board. I will be able to comment on it only after going through it. Our investigations in the case are almost complete,” said the Mohali SSP.

Fiza's kin in shock

Fiza’s family and close friends are in a shock over the findings of the viscera report: “It’s shocking that rat poison has been found in her stomach. As far as I know, she was not the kind of person who could have committed suicide. She was bold and a fighter. The fresh revelation in the case has upset me” Rohit Mahajan, a close friend and law batchmate of Fiza.

Asked whether he suspected it to be a well-planned murder, Mahajan said it was for the police to probe this. "I think with this fresh revelation, the police will review its investigations," he said.

Her sisters are also said to be shocked by the findings of the report. “The rat poison finding is really shocking. W trust the Mohali police. High-ranked officials are investigating the case and we are satisfied with it,” said one of the sisters of Fiza.

U-turn by Mohali police

The Mohali police, which from day one after Fiza’s body was found in her bedroom on August 6, was reiterating that it seemed to be a case of natural death, has now started saying that chances of suicide are rife in the case. A senior police official said if traces of celphos had been found in her viscera report, it could possibly be a suicide case. “From the very beginning, we have been ruling out foul play in her death. We never said that it could not be a suicide. No trace of any poison was found in the house,” said the official

Phone calls under scanner

On August 1, Fiza had called up her acquaintance Ajit Singh Hooda at around 10.15 pm. “This was the last call from Fiza’s mobile phone, after which no detail of any call was found in her mobile phone’s call detail record,” said the police. Hooda had admitted that she had called him up to discuss about changing her counsel in a case involving her neighbours. Fiza was also seen for the last time with Hooda, with whom she had gone to have eatables and coffee at Rajshree Hotel in the Industrial Area the same evening. Hooda claimed that he had dropped Fiza at her residence at about 7.30 pm.



Mobile shop employee, girl hurt in acid attack
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
An employee of a mobile shop, Amit, received serious injuries while a girl standing close by was injured when unidentified assailants threw acid on the former at the busy Sector 22 mobile market this evening. The girl was having snacks with her friend at a stall in the market while Amit was standing near the stall when the incident took place.

According to the police, the girl, who stays at a PG in Sector 19, was standing with her friend, a resident of Sector 51.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the assailants had come to throw acid on Amit during which the girl also got injured. While Amit received injuries near his eye, the girl received injuries on one of her legs. Her friend luckily escaped unhurt. In her statement to the police, the girl said the acuused had brought the acid in a glass.

The police, during the investigation, found that the mobile shop owner, whose name is also Amit Kumar and is a resident of Ram Darbar, had an argument with some youths a few days ago and they had threatened him with dire consequences. “Before throwing the acid, the assialants called out the name Amit, following which the mobile shop employee reacted to their call after which they threw acid on him. It is suspected that the assailants had come to throw the acid on the shop owner. However, by mistake they threw it on his employee, having a similar name,” a police official said.

The victims could not recognise the assailants, who immediately fled from the spot. The police was informed about the incident, which took both the injured to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital-16 from where Amit, who received serious injuries, was referred to the PGI.



Lake Club Pool Party
12 days on, UT yet to act on ADC’s report
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
The seriousness of the UT Administration over the Lake Club controversy can be gauged from the fact that even 12 days after the ADC’s inquiry report was submitted to the UT’s Finance-cum-Sports Secretary, the Administration is yet to initiate any action against those responsible for organising a "high-voltage" pool party at the club.

After the ADC’s inquiry report, the UT Administration had stated that it would form a sub-committee on the issue, which would recommend action after going through the report.

However, now the Administration has changed its stand and claims that the Sports Department is looking into the matter.

UT’s Finance-cum-Sports Secretary VK Singh said there was no need to form a sub-committee on this issue. As the Lake Club was under the Sports Department, the Director, Sports, would recommend action on the ADC’s report, he said.

Director, Sports, UT Administration, Sunil Bhatia said action would be taken against erring officials. He said some procedural steps had to be followed and soon he would recommend action on the ADC’s report.

ADC Mahavir Kaushik, in his inquiry report, had stated that for organising a pool party at the Lake Club, there was an "oral understanding" between Harjeet Singh, co-owner of Event Experts, an event management company, Sanjay Singla, official caterer of the Lake Club and officials of the Lake Club.

After the pool party, the UT Administration had suspended Lake Club General Manager Rajiv Tuli and had marked an inquiry to ADC Mahavir Kaushik.

What the probe report says

  • There was an "oral understanding" between Harjeet Singh, Sanjay Singla and officials of the Lake Club
  • Singla made organising parties his "business" and had made bookings for 10 parties since March
  • The organisers held a commercial party in the name of a "social get-together"
  • The organisers violated provisions of the Excise Act and tampered with the "excise permission" by changing five crates of beer to 45 crates
  • DJ was used in a "silence zone"
  • Space for the party was not specified at the time of booking



abhaypur rape case
Retired CRPF man wanted to marry a student of Class VIII
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 8
The three-day-old case pertaining to the arrest of retired CRPF personnel Nand Kishore on a charge of raping a seven-year-old girl is turning out to be shocking sequence of a child abuser who was trailing minor girls in his locality. Three more complainants have approached the police against him.

A few days before his arrest, he had reportedly expressed the desire to marry a Class VIII student and had met her parents in this regard. The accused had been trailing the girl for some time. Her parents were shocked to hear that a 62-year-old man wanted to marry a 13-year-old girl. "It showed his intentions," said Rishab Nishad (name changed), Kishore's neighbour. In his locality, he was known as the "toffee wale uncle", who used to often take children to his house and give them some money and eatables. When questioned by neighbours, he would say that a saint had told him to propitiate "kanjaks".

On Thursday, the police had arrested Nand Kishore, a resident of Abhaypur village, Sector 19, after he tried to rape three schoolgirls of Classes II and IV of a local government school under the pretext of giving them chocolates.

“Almost daily, he used to sit either outside the school or at a place where children used to play so that he could lure them with chocolates and take them along,” said Ram Rattan, another neighbour.

“Kishore did not interact with anyone alse except schoolgirls in the area,” said Sheela Devi, another neighbour. Yesterday, the medical examination of one of the girls had confirmed repeated rape. The police is suspecting that many more schoolgirls may have fallen prey to Kishore's lust.

Parents shocked

A few days before his arrest, he had reportedly expressed the desire to marry a Class VIII student and had met her parents with the proposal. The accused had been trailing the girl for some time. Her parents were shocked to hear that a 62-year-old man wanted to marry a 13-year-old girl



CLTA man caught selling complimentary passes
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
A junior employee of the CLTA was allegedly caught while selling complimentary passes for the forthcoming Davis Cup at the CLTA complex here today. With a week left for the prestigious tournament, the incident has left many senior officials in a state of shock. The employee was selling the passes after terming these as "special tickets for members" at half the original price.

Later, the employee was suspended and an inquiry has been marked into the matter. The Davis Cup is scheduled to be held from September 14 to 16 at the CLTA courts in Sector 10 here.

“After the incident came to light, officials took action against the finance department’s junior employee. It is shameful and shocking. He was caught selling complimentary passes. He has been suspended,” said Jagjit Puri, chairman of the Media and Marketing of the CLTA.

Asked about the number of tickets sold, the official said, “It has been brought to our notice that a total of five passes were sold. The money will be reimbursed to those who bought the passes and other tickets will be provided to them. Besides, an inquiry has been marked,” said Jagjit.

The sale of tickets started on September 1 and the latest incident has left many parents and CLTA trainees in shock as the CLTA complex is the main ticket counter for members and parents of trainees. However, P Chaudhary, member of the executive committee, said, "It is simply a human error. The person concerned committed a mistake."

Meanwhile, a parent of a trainee said, "We were shocked to learn that the ticket sold to us was a complimentary pass. We were asked to pay half the amount (Rs 500 for a Rs 1,000 ticket and Rs 1,000 for Rs 2,000 ticket).”

Davis Cup

It has been brought to our notice that a total of five passes were sold for the Davis Cup. The money will be reimbursed to those who bought the passes and tickets will be provided to them. Besides, an inquiry has been marked into the matter and the management will submit a report soon

— Jagjit Puri, CLTA official


Slum development
MC panel fails to deliver
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
The Slum Colonies and Village Development Committee, a sub-committee of Municipal Corporation, has failed to live up to the expectation of the residents. The members of the committee seem not to be interested enough to address the issues concerning people residing in slum areas. This year the committee met once in June when it is suppose to meet once every month.

As a result, the residents are getting anxious as their demand of proper drinking water, roads, sewerage and sanitation still remain pending.

Interestingly none of the area councillors, who are also members of the slum committee, have raised voice against this practice. The chairman of the committee, Rajinder Kaur, said last month when there was a complaint of contaminated water in Mauli Jagran she had requested the officers to call a meeting to discuss the issue. But the authorities took no initiative.

She further said in June a meeting was organised in which the officials were directed to chalk-out a plan for making provision for drinking water, streetlights and proper roads in Khuda Lahora. However, till date no action has been taken by them.

Records of the corporation show that in 2007 a committee was constituted by the ex-mayor Harjinder Kaur, who was also the chairman of the committee. Regular meetings were conducted by the officials that year. In 2008, the committee met for three times under the chairmanship of Manjit Singh Chauhan. In 2009 only two meetings were held with Sheela Devi as its chairperson.

In the following year, a meeting was held where it was decided that a blueprint of the problems to be discussed in the next meeting will be designed. But nothing has been done till date. In 2011, no meeting was conducted by the chairman of the sub-committee.

Powers and functions

  • To sanction plans and cost estimates for development of slums, colonies and villages up to Rs 15 lakh.
  • To Advise on ways to modernise colonies and villages.
  • To advise on ways to remove filth from slums, colonies and villages.
  • To inspect the development works in slums, colonies and villages.

Long pending issues

  • For the past six years, a controversy on notification and de-notification of Deep Complex from UT Administration to Municipal Corporation is going on. However, the issue has never been tabled in any meeting of the committee till date.
  • Development works outside Lal Dora in five villages, which were transferred in 2007 from the Administration to MC, have not been discussed in the committee so far.
  • In all colonies where the mobile toilets were installed by the authorities are lying in a shambles due to non-maintenance. Proposal for their replacing was approved but no action has been taken till date.

Purpose of the committee

  • Constituted in 2007, it was decided that every year committee would take two colonies and a village to improve the living condition there.



Over 100 employees of The Tribune donate blood
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
More than 100 employees of The Tribune donated blood at a camp on the eve of the 114th death anniversary of the founder of the Tribune Trust, Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, here today. The camp was organised by the Tribune Employees Union on the Tribune premises.

Dr Neelam Marwaha, Head, Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGI, Chandigarh, inaugurated the camp. She said while the PGI required 50,000 units of blood every year, it was getting 42,000 units through voluntary blood donations. Chandigarh is on the top of voluntary blood donation.

Balbir Singh Jandu, president of the union, said this was 38th camp being organised by the union. The camp was conducted by a team of doctors led by Dr Usha Rao of the Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGI.



Panchkula-Barwala road a death trap
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 8
Innocent people continue to become victims of the 27 accident-prone areas in Panchkula. The authorities concerned seem to be shelving their responsibilities. Are Panchkula police, HUDA, NHAI or MC responsible for the lives of innocent people who become victims of the killer points?

The Panchkula has police identified 27 accident-prone areas and informed the authorities concerned. Till now no significant action has been taken by any of the quarters and the accident-prone areas continue to remain 'death traps'.

It was few months ago when the Panchkula police with the road safety organisation had promised to get the 'accident prone' tag removed by taking safety measures but nothing significant has been done and innocent people continue to remain victims of the killer stretch and authorities continue to shelve responsibilities.

Some of the major areas out of the 27 points are Majri Chowk, HMT T-intersection, Barwala Chowk, Sector 21 turn, Chandimandir T-intersection, Ramgarh Chowk, Sector 5 and 8 point, Sectors 4 and 12 point and Sector 11 and 12 point.

"The work of the police is just to identify and for the sake of formality drop in a letter to the authorities to take measures. Don't they have any responsibility to follow up the case and prevent innocent people from becoming victims to these areas," said Guncha Sharma, a resident of Sector 21, Panchkula, whose son had met with an accident some time ago near the Shakti Bhawan Chowk.

"What is HUDA and MC for? Just to shift faults on each other and I believe shelving their responsibilities is costing dear to innocent people," said Shikha Luthra, a resident of Sector 7, Panchkula.

After identifying the accident prone areas, the police has also written to HUDA, MC and the NHAI to take preventive measures like installing lights, closing unauthorised medians, zebra crossings and paving slip roads, widening of roads to be done etc.

When contacted the Panchkula traffic incharge, Inspector Surinder Singh, he said, "I know measures need to be taken. We will fix up for meeting with them soon.”



They never returned home
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 8
They said they would come soon but did not return. For the families of those who became victims of the killer stretch or the 'irresponsible authorities', they say it is dark world for them as they have lost everything. Thanks to the Panchkula police and other authorities that the families are living a sad, desolate black life with tears in their eyes most of the time.
Moving on the Panchkula-Barwala highway is a risky affair for pedestrians and cyclists
Moving on the Panchkula-Barwala highway is a risky affair for pedestrians and cyclists. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal
A scooter crushed under a Canter A crossing on the Panchkula-Barwala road without policemen and traffic lights
A scooter crushed under a Canter; and (right) a crossing on the Panchkula-Barwala road without policemen and traffic lights.

For the family of only son Rahul, a student of Class X, who was killed on the stretch, their day starts and ends with tears in their eyes. Rahul, 15, was killed on the Panchkula-Barwala road on April 6 when a speeding tanker was over taking him.

"We feel he is still around us and will be reaching home after attending the tuition classes. But he has gone forever now. Everything has finished for us," said father Shankar sobbing.

He added, “I lost my only son on the killer stretch. It can be some other child too. Why can't the authorities take action? There is not even a single policeman to check on that road. It is a dark world for us now."

Shankar still remembers his son's last words, which the latter had said to a helper at their shop that, "My work is finished. Everything is your responsibility now," He also told his father that he will be coming soon but did not return.

Pawan Sharma, 50, a resident of Barwala was also killed on the Panchkula-Barwala road when the Haryana Roadways bus in which he was travelling lost its balance and hit a tree. As many as 30 other passengers had got seriously injured. Sharma was the only bread earner of the family. The family still waits for him. "Our life has been completely changed. We were living a cheerful and a happy life but in a split second, the whole world changed for us. Papa said he would come back by evening but did not return," said Goldy, daughter in-law of Sharma. She further added, "Mother has been constantly ill after his death. Everytime she is waiting for him.”



29 killed on this stretch this year
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 8
Out of the all the accident-prone areas, the Panchkula-Barwala road is known the 'most infamous killer stretch', which has claimed maximum number of lives and many persons injured. About 23 fatal and 25 non-fatal accidents have taken place from January 1, 2012 till date.

While if we count the fatalities, as many as 53 persons were killed in the year 2011 and this year 29 till date have lost their lives. Over 121 persons were injured in year 2011 and 35 this year till date.

"Everyday I come to Panchkula from Barwala and have to take this road as I have no other option. When I start my journey I don't even know whether I would return home or not. The fear of this road has gripped everyone," said Vishal Bhimsa, a resident of Barwala. Bhimsa is working in an industry in Panchkula.

Similar sentiments were echoed by Chhaya Sharda, a resident of Sector 12 A, Panchkula. "The road is not a ghostly due to which people have developed fear among them. It is the authorities that their laxity is costing dear to a number of innocent people," said Sharda.

The road has no streetlights also and it gets dark at night making it more vulnerable. There have been cases when bikers have rammed into trucks because of the darkness.

The stretch is nearly of about 10 km and a narrow one-way road. "When the authorities know that it is a one way road, then it should have been widened. Cops should be deployed to keep a check. There are hardly any speed-breakers to check over speeding," said Vijay Bansal, a resident of Pinjore.

Major accidents this year

  • Jan 29, 2012-Two youths were killed when in a head on collision their mobike was hit by a car on the Panchkula-Barwala road. The youths, Sandeep, 19, and Amit, 20, were rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, where they were declared brought dead.
  • April 3, 2012-A five-year-old girl, Khushi, was killed on the Panchkula-Barwala road when a speeding car hit her. The incident occurred when she was going to school along with her brother and was crossing the road.
  • April 6, 2012-One person was killed and nine others were seriously injured when a Haryana roadways bus they were travelling in hit a tree on the Panchkula-Barwala road. The deceased were identified as Pawan Kumar Sharma and the other injured were rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, where Kumar was declared brought dead and some of them were referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. The bus was going towards Shahzadpur.
  • April 14, 2012-Five students of Class XII were seriously injured when the auto-rickshaw they were sitting in turned turtle on the Panchkula-Barwala road. y April 6, 2012-A 15-year-old boy, Rahul, was killed and his friend was seriously injured on the Panchkula-Barwala road when their mobike lost its balance after a tipper overtook them. The deceased was a student of Class X in a Panchkula school.

P’kula-y’nagar highway to be four-laned

Though the authorities say that after the four-laning is being done on the Panchkula-Yamunanagar road, it would be easy to travel on the same but the project is still hanging in the balance.

The NHAI is coming up with the Panchkula-Yamuanagar four-laning project, which will ease out the hourlong traffic congestion and they say that one will not face the usual traffic snarls. This project pegged at a cost of Rs 934 crores, has been a long stretched demand by the commuters as the fear of driving on this road after number of fatal and non-fatal accidents took place, still persist.



HUDA, MC pass the buck
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 8
It has been observed that whenever it comes to solving the problems of the township, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and the Municipal Corporation (MC) keep passing the buck. Both HUDA and the MC too were told about their responsibility to remove the 'accident prone' tag from and still nothing substantial has done.

"Whenever we approach HUDA for any development work it says that it comes under the MC and the latter says, it is the work of the former," said Sanjeev, a resident of Panchkula.

"We are not shifting the responsibilities. We have divided the areas and work and each one of us knows which area comes under what. We have taken action on almost all accident prone points, though some work is left and it might be in the pipeline," said Superintending engineer (SE), NK Verma.

While for the executive officer of the Municipal Corporation (MC), OP Sehag said, "An agreement was signed in 2003 between both MC and HUDA. Each one of us knows what responsibilities do we have."



Subways proposed for city
Master plan committee wants to make Chandigarh pedestrian-friendly
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
The master plan committee has proposed to make city’s markets and other busy points pedestrian friendly for city residents. In the master plan, they have proposed to make subways on many V-3 roads between the sectors in the city. Besides, the committee has also proposed to make busy markets of the city a no-vehicle zone.

The master plan committee has also proposed to construct underground parkings in the major markets.

Sector 17 is the main shopping area in Chandigarh and a plan to make it pedestrian-friendly is already in progress. Sources said it has been proposed that to begin with the markets of Sector 11 and 23 would be made a no-vehicle zone. For this, the Administration had carried out a survey of all markets of Chandigarh.

The UT Administration had proposed two subways in Sector 17 - one from the Sector 9 Madhya Marg to Sector 17 near the CITCO office building, and the other from near the Neelam Theatre to the area near the football stadium in Sector 17.

Also, a subway to connect Sector 43 ISBT with Sector 52 has been proposed for the convenience of pedestrians.



Municipal corporation removes encroachments from Bapu Dham Colony
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
The municipal corporation enforcement department removed encroachment from a green belt in the Bapu Dham colony, Sector 26, yesterday. Officials said the action was taken by the department after a complaint was received from the residents about encroachment in the green belt.

Official said that during a visit to the site it was found that some residents were running sand and stone businesses from the green belt. In fact, rickshaws and rehries have been dumped and parked there for a long time.

The enforcement team also seized 30 rickshaws, 10 rehries, 3 three-wheelers and one jeep from the site and issued challans to the encroachers. The drive was carried under the directions of Additional Commissioner Lalit Siwach and Kashmira Singh, Superintendent, enforcement wing.



Cultural evening at old-age home in Sec 15
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, September 8
Basant Girija Shree Society organised a cultural evening titled "Ek Shaam Buzurgon Ke Naam" in an old age home in Sector-15, Chandigarh. The main aim of the programme was to create awareness among the people to give the elders respect and to look after them properly.

The programme began with great fanfare. Coloured balloons were released by the chief guest, emphasising the concept that the whole world is a family.

Finance Secretary VK Singh, Chandigarh, was chief guest of the occasion. Roshan Lai, IAS, Kalpana Gupta, DGM, PNB, were also present as special guests.

After that the lamp was lighted, bhajan and musical programme was presented by Ranju Prasad and other artists.

The elderly people also participated in the programme. A cake was cut and snacks were served from the society to everybody.



Panjab University rejects Gul Panag's request
Had sought permission to complete MA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
The PU syndicate rejected the request made by Gul Panag, a bollywood actress from Chandigarh, seeking permission to complete her studies. Gul Panag, who was a political science student in the correspondence department of Panjab University, had written to the university to allow her to complete her MA which she left in 2002.

The actresses mentioned that being a newcomer to the film industry, she could not take the PU exam in 2003 as she was busy with her work.

The rule states that a candidate willing to appear in Part II of the examination must have passed Part I and there should not be a gap of more than three years between the two exams. However, in Gul's case there has been a gap of nine years and as a result the request was rejected.



CITCO to organise Chandigarh Street Art Festival from Sept 29
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
On the pattern of annual art festivals in European countries, the Chandigarh Industrial Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) is organising the first ever Chandigarh Street Art Festival. CITCO officials believe that this two-day long art extravaganza promises to provide a wholesome blend of cuisine and art forms.

Chandigarh Street Art Festival will be organised on September 29 and 30 as a part of the World Tourism Week celebrations in City Beautiful from September 24 to 30.

For the festival, a special street will be created on the road from the Rock Garden to the Sukhna Lake. The Street Art Festival will have hundreds of professional and amateur artists performing various art forms and dances. Street Food Festival will be organised in the food court of CITCO's Lake Cafeteria and would include amusement games and boating.

CITCO General Manager (Tourism) AK Malhotra said that in this two-day festival the artists would showcase around 40 art forms including painting, sketching, sculpture, jewellery making, face painting, tattoo making, folk dances and music, instrumental music performance (saxophone, flute, violin etc), rock band, fusion dance, kite making, storytelling, rap, doll making, and many others. He added that there would be various food items for the city's food lovers as well.



‘Flash mob’ celebrates literacy day at Sec 17
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
Students of University Business School (UBS), Panjab University, celebrated world literacy day today evening by staging a flash mob at the Sector-17 Plaza, Chandigarh, with the support of city-based NGO Jeevan Mukt Nishulak Vidyalaya.

The participants, about 70-80 in number, also engaged the students of Jeevan Mukt Nishulak Vidyalya in their performance and danced on the tunes of “Bum Bum Bole” from Aamir Khan’s ‘Taare Zameen Par’.

The efforts of the students, turned the occasion into more than just another event, with bystanders flocking to see their performance. The students also helped in raising funds for the NGO which provides free education to underprivileged children. The crowd, though initially surprised, enjoyed the performance.



MC to install garbage bins in Sector 48
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
Municipal Corporation has been recommending for installation of garbage bins in the residential society of Sector 48 for proper collection of garbage. This will also ensure that the garbage is taken to the processing plant, Dadu Majra.

In a meeting held today between the Municipal Corporation Commissioner V P Singh, area councillor Davesh Modgil and Resident Welfare Association president, it was unanimously decided to install garbage bins to streamline the garbage collection.

The area councillors said if the proposal was approved by the authorities he will allocate Rs 4 lakh from his ward development fund for installing garbage bins in all the residential societies of Sector 48.





Blood donation

KB DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 7-B, Chandigarh, organised a blood donation camp today on the school premises in association with "Inner Wheel Rotary Club" and Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh. 130 units of blood was collected on the day. A state-of-art mobile van from the PGI was arranged at the camp for collection of blood.


The Government Teacher Union (GTU), Chandigarh, held a meeting on Friday evening to discuss the status of their major pending demands. The members strongly demanded a date bound implementation of promotion of TGT teachers pending from 1993.


As many as 171 units of blood were donated in a blood donation camp organised by Chandigarh division office of Life Insurance Corporation of India here today. The camp was inaugurated by senior divisional manager LC Meena. A team if doctors from the PGI blood bank conducted the camp held as part of LICs 56th anniversary celebrations.


The annual fest of Indo-Global College of Architecture, Abhipur, titled "Corbu Fest" as a tribute to the genius of Le Corbusier ended today. Dr Prabhjot Kaur, in charge PTU Campus, Mohali, was the chief guest. Eminent architect SD Sharma who was associated with Le Corbusier in the planning of Chandigarh and many other eminent national architects and designers visited the college.


St Xavier's Senior Secondary School, Sector 44-C, Chandigarh, organised ICSE/ISC Zonal Debate Competition - 2012, wherein 12 teams from various schools from Chandigarh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh took part in the event.


A city-based couple donated an ambulance van to the PGIMER today in the memory of their son Sanjay Chawla. ND Chawla and his wife handed over the keys of the ambulance to Dr Yogesh Chawla, Director, PGIMER.


New students of CGC, Jhanjeri, organised Fresher's day on the campus. A specially set up 'pandal' was tastefully decorated for the cultural show organised by the students. A number of competitions were organised wherein the students showcased their talents in dances, singing, comedy, mono acting modelling and dramatics.

Teacher’s Day

St John's Old Boys Association (SJOBA) today celebrated Teachers Day by taking out all the teachers of the school for lunch. The executive body of SJOBA presented flowers to each teacher and a bouquet to principal Kavita Das.

Medical camp

Over 100 senior citizens today attended a special session on "Management of Kidney Stones" at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, which was addressed by Dr AS Bawa, director, urology, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, and Sonia Gandhi, head, department of dietetics and nutruition, Fortis Hospital, Mohali.



Lectures by experts were organised by Quest Group for the benefit of budding engineers. Dr Goyal, director, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, guided the students about career opportunities in computer science. Vice chairman HPS Kanda also spoke on the occasion.

Online registration

The online facility for vehicle licencing and registration has been started in the district. Applicants can know about the status of their application online. The district transport officer Pradip Singh Dhillon said now the employees transferred from Ropar need not visit the district for verification of such documents at the time of renewal as the information will be available online.

Placement drive

A campus placement and recruitment drive was held at the campus of Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dera Bassi. The campus placement drive was held by Microturners and Rikken Instrumentation. The event was inaugurated by chairman and founder of the group Prof Avtar Singh, and director Kanwaljit Kaur.


Food festival

The KC Royale Park Hotel, Sector-3, Panchkula, is all set with the Biryani and Kabab food festival. Chef Haleem Querishi from Lucknow has prepared the delicacies.


Panchkula got its second microbrewery, Ooze, The Brauhaus, in Sector 9 here today. "From mouth-watering delicacies to the best of beer, the restaurant serves everything," said owner Suraj Pratap Singh Sidhu.

Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day was celebrated at Saupin's School, Panchkula, with fervour. The function commenced with a group song called "Lakdi Ki kathi" presented by the tiny tots of LKG. It was followed by the series of performances like - rhymes, solo dance. The grandparents who were invited to attend the function were invited on stage to share their memories. Tribune Reporters



2-tier system to replace AIEEE, IIT-JEE
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service,

Chandigarh, September 8
The suspense about the next year’s admission process for AIEEE and IIT-JEE is over now. In pursuance of the directions of the Ministry of Human Resource and Development and subsequent decision by the JEE Apex Board, the authorities have decided to introduce two- tier system to replace AIEEE and IIT-JEE.

The interesting aspect, however, is that the merit list for JEE (main) will be prepared by giving 40 per cent weightage to class XII or equivalent examination and 60 per cent weightage will be given to the performance in JEE (main) examination. Suchit Verma, Centre Coordinator of FIIT-JEE, Chandigarh, said the move was aimed at bringing synchronisation between combined studies of XI, XII and advance application skills required for these competitive exams.

According to Vamsi Krishna, in charge of Lakshya coaching centre in Chandigarh, said now one would have to focus on school studies right from the beginning of class XI along with the preparations for the entrance examination.

As per the information, JEE (main) will be held in two modes, offline and online. The offline examination for JEE (main) will be held on April 7, 2013 and the online examinations will be held in the same month after the offline examination. The pattern of JEE (main) will be, more or less, based on the past practice of AIEEE. Paper I will have objective type questions, based on physics, chemistry and mathematics. The paper II will be based on mathematics, aptitude test and drawing test. As per CBSE’s latest circular, the detailed bulletin is being prepared and will be published shortly.

Meanwhile, IIT-JEE will now be known as JEE (advanced) but due to the change only 1,50,000 students who secure top ranks, including the students from all categories (GE, OBC, SC and ST), will be eligible to appear in JEE (advanced), 2013. The JEE (advanced) will have two objective type papers. Each paper will consist of physics, chemistry and Mmathematics. While changes will be implemented from the next year students are looking at the changes as positive step.

XI class student Shubham Goel, a resident of Sector 11, Panchkula, said the new system, though little tough, was more practical and organised. Another student Ankur from Sector 42, said the system had certainly improved but the new pattern would be more challenging for the students, appearing for the first time.



Day after poll, PU campus wears a deserted look
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
A day after student elections, Panjab University campus wore a deserted look. The campus, which saw the hectic election campaigning by the student parties, was back to normal today.

The party supporters and the vehicles with the stickers on them were also missing from the campus. Even the police force which had turned PU as its base before elections also left the campus.

However, SOPU leaders, including Brinder Dhillon, Harpreet Singh Multani, Manoj Lubana along with the newly-elected Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) president Satinder Singh Satti were spotted while celebrating the birthday of the council president.

Mehar Verma, a hostel resident, said that all students had left for a break after the hectic schedule of campaigning. The grils' hostels which were alive with the slogans of various parties have also turned silent.



Recount votes: PUSU candidate
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
The Panjab University Students Union's (PUSU) vice-presidential candidate who lost with a low margin of 45 votes has demanded recounting of votes. Interestingly, 677 votes were found invalid for the post, following which candidate Smriti Brar has demanded recounting.

Smirti in a letter to Dean Student Welfare (DSW), AS Ahluwalia, stated that she was shocked when she came to know about the number of invalid votes polled to the post of VP in comparison with the posts of president, secretary and joint secretary.

"I have demand to recount the votes in the presence of independent observers.” She said. AS Ahluwalia said, "Legal opinion will also be sought over the demand as recounting can only be demanded before the declaration of results."



PU Syndicate gives nod to appoint VC’s wife
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
Going ahead with the proposal of appointing the Vice-Chancellor’s wife in the music department at Panjab University, the Syndicate gave its nod to the proposal here today. Interestingly, the post was already advertised and applications were invited when the house decided to appoint Professor Neera Grover.

On July 5, around five-days after it was confirmed that Arun Grover would be the new VC, the Department of Music had made a request for an appointment in the department and recommended the name of VC’s wife for the post. Moreover, the head of department had written to the university for the appointment of Prof Neera Grover for a period of one year. She is presently a professor at the SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai.

One of the syndicate members said that no one had opposed the proposal and the appointment was approved

Earlier, questions were raised over the regulation under which the appointment was tabled before the house. “The agenda item was brought under the regulation 5.1 that states the Vice-Chancellor has the power to make the appointment, however, still he brought the matter to the house”, said a house member.

Interestingly, the department has a shortage of professors, readers and lecturers, the department made a proposal for only one ‘emergent appointment’.



International Literacy Day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 8
The Adult Education Department, Chandigarh, celebrated International Literacy Day at GMSSS, Sector10, here today. UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar was the chief guest on the occasion.

The main objective of the programme was to create awareness and motivation for adult education and to boost the morale of learners. The Adult Education Unit of the department imparts academic and vocational guidance to learners, who belong to weaker section of society and are between 15-35 years of age, at the 300 Continuing Education Centres, working under the National Literacy Mission.

The winners of various competitions were also awarded during the function. Upkaar Singh, DPI (schools), was also present on the occasion.



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