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Khaki under attack in city
 Cases of assault up 100%; traffic policemen victims in most cases
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
Men in khaki seem to be under attack in the city. In a majority of the cases of assault on policemen reported this year, traffic policemen have been at the receiving end and have been "thrashed" by the public while on duty.

According to police statistics, the number of cases of assault on policemen has witnessed a 100 per cent rise this year. In over 70 per cent of these cases, traffic policemen have been victims of assault.

Depicting rising intolerance among residents, 35 cases of assault on policemen have been registered this year so far, including five cases of murderous attempt. In 25 of these cases, traffic policemen have either been beaten up, their uniform torn or they have been dragged on the bonnet of a car.

As many as 48 persons have been arrested this year in cases of assault on policemen and for obstructing public servants from performing their duty.

Last year till December, 17 such cases of assault on policemen were registered. Last week, two cases were registered after traffic policemen were beaten up at police barriers. 

Traffic cops as victims
n May 7: A traffic constable hit by an SUV at a naka set up to check the use of black film on vehicles on the road separating Sectors 25 and 38

n May 13: A traffic policeman allegedly assaulted at a naka set up to check the use of black film on vehicles at the Sector 43 roundabout

n June 23: A Chandigarh Police ASI on duty at a naka set up to check drunk driving had a narrow escape when a person driving a vehicle recklessly nearly hit him and sped away

n July 6: A Head Constable with the traffic police was slapped, pushed and abused by a person who was stopped for checking at the Sector 23/24 lights point

n October 3: A traffic constable slapped by the driver of a three-wheeler at the grain market roundabout 

Assault cases

n No. of cases of assault on cops in 2011: 17

n No. of cases so far this year: 35

n No. of cases involving traffic cops: 25 



2 surgeries put off as PGI docs spar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
The surgeries of two critically ill patients was put on hold today at the PGI’s Department of Urology after two doctors allegedly entered into an argument over closing of the operation theatre (OT) early.

One of the patients was reportedly wheeled out of the OT without performing the surgery, while the other one kept awaiting his turn. The two patients, one with an obstruction in one of the kidneys and the other with a severe blockage in his urinary tract, were postponed.

According to sources, both patients are critically ill and have been awaiting surgery for the past more than 10 days. Reena Yadav, a patient with an obstruction in a kidney, was wheeled out even though she has been on dialysis as her second kidney, too, had stopped functioning.

While officials said there was some confusion over the schedule of the surgeries, which led to the postponement, the sources said a urologist and an anaesthetist entered into a heated 20-minute argument, which resulted in rescheduling of the surgeries.

The sources said the first surgery was scheduled for 12.30 pm and one of the doctors allegedly refused to provide anaesthesia for the surgery, asking the staff to close the OT by 1 pm. The other doctor objected to this and said the surgeries were urgent and needed to be performed today.

PGI spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said, “There was some confusion over the list of surgeries, which led to the postponement. Nothing else happened at the OT.”

However, in the absence of anaesthesia, the surgeries had to be postponed. It has not been made clear as to when these two surgeries will be performed now.

“Under such circumstances, the surgeries are usually rescheduled for the next day. We are, however, not certain when the surgeries will be performed,” Wadwalkar said. 



Mystery shrouds death of computer teacher
 Father alleges it's murder; in-laws say it's suicide, held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
A 35-year-old computer teacher working in a private school in Sector 18 was found dead under mysterious circumstances here this morning. The victim, Monica Goyal, was taken to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16, where she was declared brought dead.
Bhagwan Das (left), father of the victim, talks to mediapersons outside the mortuary of the GMSH-16 on Monday.
Bhagwan Das (left), father of the victim, talks to mediapersons outside the mortuary of the GMSH-16 on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep tewari

Her father Bhagwan Das has alleged that she was murdered by her in-laws. The police has registered a case of abetment to suicide under Section 306 of the IPC against her husband Vikas Goyal, father-in-law GP Goyal and mother-in-law Prem Lata Goyal and is investigating the allegations of murder. All three of them have been arrested.

A resident of Sector 21, Monica Goyal was brought to the hospital in a private ambulance by her father-in-law GP Goyal and her husband Vikas in the morning. She was declared brought dead. The police was then called by the hospital authorities.

High drama was witnessed at the hospital when Monica’s father Bhagwan Das, a resident of Sector 15, alleged that his daughter had been murdered. He alleged that her husband and in-laws were torturing her for dowry.

He claimed that his daughter was being harassed for the past many years owing to strained relations with her husband and in-laws, who forced her to bring dowry.

Monica’s in-laws told the police that she committed suicide and they found her hanging from a ceiling fan after breaking open the door of a room, which was locked from inside.

The police has seized a dupatta from the room, in which the body of Monica was reportedly found hanging by her father-in-law Gyan Parkash.

“My daughter has been strangled to death; she could not have committed suicide. There were injury marks all over her face and strangulation marks on the neck,” said Bhagwan Das.

Monica and Vikas got married 12 years ago and have a seven-year-old son, Krish.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Monica had lodged a complaint against her husband and in-laws at the Sector 19 police station a year ago alleging torture. However, a compromise was reached between the two parties.

“She used to be beaten up by her in-laws, including her brother-in-law Varun and his wife Shalika,” added Bhagwan Das. Vikas, husband of the deceased woman, runs a CA coaching institute in Sector 37.

Inspector Harjit Kaur, SHO, Sector 19 police station, said preliminary investigations suggested that it was a case of suicide. “We have registered a case of abetment to suicide on a statement of her family members. The postmortem has been conducted and investigations are on,” she said. 

Cruel blow for 7-yr-old Krish
Life has given a cruel blow to seven-year-old Krish, the only son of Monica and Vikas. With his mother dead and father jailed, Krish is now being taken care of by his maternal grandparents. Monica had sent him to school in the morning 


Dengue spread
Hospitals run out of space 
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
With more than 100 patients of afflicted with dengue and malaria being admitted everyday, the emergency wings at the city hospitals have run out of space.

The number of patients visiting the OPD at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, daily has doubled over the past two weeks. In order to accommodate the patients, the beds at the Emergency ward have been shifted to the Medical OPD and the waiting area.

At the city’s tertiary care unit, the PGI, more than 25 patients of dengue have been admitted and the overall number of daily admissions is more than 500. The waiting area at the Emergency wing has turned into a patient ward at the PGI as well.

At the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, the average number of patients (running high fever) visiting the OPD daily has remained above 500 for the past one week, in addition to patients suffering from other ailments.

Since the patients’ rush is the highest at the GMSH, Sector 16, a separate emergency unit has been set up to attend to patients running high fever (dengue and malaria).

“In order to meet the patients’ rush we have set up a separate emergency wing on the premises where we send patients with high fever. We have appointed two medical officers at the third emergency. Blood platelet counts of highly critical cases are being monitored separately,” said a medical officer at the GMSH-16, Dr Deepak Bakshi.

Suspected dengue death at GMCH-32

A 10-year-old boy, who was running high fever, died at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, on Monday evening. Salman, a student of Goverment Model High School, Sector 34, and a resident of Colony Number 5, was admitted to the hospital in the morning. The doctors at the hospital said it was a suspected case of dengue death. 

Dengue cases
At city hospitals: 196 
Affected residents of city: 123
Dengue deaths: 2

The Symptoms
High fever, severe headache, severe pain behind eyes, Joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash and mild bleeding



MC to lift garbage from Sec 48 societies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
The Municipal Corporation will be launching a free garbage-collection scheme in 28 residential societies of Sector 48 in the city. This pilot project was approved at the sanitation committee meeting chaired by HC Kalyan here today.

According to the proposal, the authorities have identified 118 points in 28 residential societies where bins will be placed by the sanitation wing. The bins will be placed in the ratio of one bin for 15 houses. The vehicles of the MC will daily lift garbage from these bins.

It has also been decided that 236 bins will be purchased at a cost of Rs 2,500 each for this project. For regular collection of garbage, three small dumpers will be purchased by the sanitation wing at a cost of Rs 14 lakh. Formal approval for the same will be sought by tabling this issue in the next finance and contract committee meeting. The vehicles will dump garbage at the garbage processing plant, Dadumajra.

Sanitation committee chairman HC Kalyan said no fee would be charged from the residents for this project. He said if the project was successful then a similar scheme will be launched in Sector 49, 50 and 51.



meter faux pas
DEO’s office spends day without power
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
The district education office in Sector 19 spent a day without power on Monday after the UT’s electricity department took away their electric meter. The lack of co-ordination between the education department’s internal offices seemed to be reason behind the move.

The concerned official of the electricity department, Rakesh Mahajan, said that the meter was taken away after the adult education department, on whose name the meter was registered, wrote to them saying that their electric supply be disconnected.

The building, where the DEO office currently operates, was occupied by the adult education department. The electricity meter continued to be on their name even as it shifted its operation to Sector 22 about three months ago, when the district education office was moved there.

Insiders, however, said that the adult education department should have informed the DEO office before sending the letter to the electricity department. But the officials of adult education department said that the district education officer did not take any steps for applying for a meter in their name, even though they were using the building for some time now.

The clarity over this issue could not be ascertained as DEO Ram Kumar Sharma did not answer the phone even after repeated calls. On the other hand, Chanchal Singh, who heads the adult education department, said that it was part of the regular file movement. “While I would have to check whether the similar correspondence of electricity department was also sent to the DEO office, the DEO office should have applied for fresh electricity meter by now. The adult education department could not afford to have the liability on their name when it was not using the services," he said.

Electricity officer Rakesh Mahajan said that they informed the DEO office that they would re-instate their supply if they would bring the written letter from the adult education department. But nobody came with any letter from the adult education department or with a request to set up a new meter on their name.



Retd police officials given warm send-off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
The police staff organised a welfare function at multipurpose hall, Police Lines, Sector-26, Chandigarh, in the honour of retired police officials.

The DGP, UT, Chandigarh, PK Srivastava and other senior police officials were present at the function. The DGP presented mementoes and certificates to all the retirees personnel, including Inspector Tarlochan Singh, Inspector Jasbir Singh, head constables Kirpal Singh, Kapil Dev, Piara Singh, Rohtash, Harchand, Buta Singh, Jai Pal and Krishan Kumar and Class IV employee Ram Kishan.

All the retirees were also handed over payments for leave encashment, GPF and welfare fund, etc. 



Auto union’s stir leaves commuters stranded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
A dharna by auto-rickshaw operators outside the office of the State Transport Authority (STA), Sector 18, turned out to be an unpleasant experience for commuters.

Members of the auto union were seen forcibly stopping auto-rickshaws on the Madhya Marg and asking their drivers to take part in the agitation. In the process, the commuters were left stranded. While they stopped auto-rickshaws forcibly around 11.30 am, the traffic on the busy Madya Marg was disrupted.

The president of the union, HS Sahwney, said as they had gone on a strike, they were requesting the LPG auto-rickshaw operators to join in the dharna.

On being asked about the harassment to the commuters, he said the members of the union would be asked to desist from such action in the future.

Later, the operators staged a dharna at the office of the State Transport Authority (STA). Sahwney said while the prices of LPG had risen from Rs 45 per kilo to Rs 52 per kilo, the auto tariff had not been revised.

The operators have demanded that either they should be allowed to carry five passengers or the tariff should be increased to Rs 18 per km. Due to increase in cost of the auto and increase in LPG, the business was becoming unviable for them.

The union has also demanded that they should be allowed to convert their petrol auto-rickshaws to diesel ones. They complained to the STA that the auto-rickshaws registered in other cities of Punjab and Haryana were doing business freely.



Ramlila brings different religions together
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Amit Shergill (left) and Chainis Shergill take part in the Ramlila in Sector 21, Chandigarh, on Monday. tribune photos: s chandan (right) From left: Heder Pathan, Zahir Khan and Sanjeev Khan take part in the Ramlila in Sector 30
Amit Shergill (left) and Chainis Shergill take part in the Ramlila in Sector 21, Chandigarh, on Monday. tribune photos: s chandan (right) From left: Heder Pathan, Zahir Khan and Sanjeev Khan take part in the Ramlila in Sector 30.

Chandigarh, October 15
Ramlilas in Chandigarh are flavoured with the message of communal harmony as members of the Muslim, Christian and Sikh communities are actively participating in this famous tradition of the Hindu community.

“I feel that people should stay together irrespective of their religions,” says Hedar Pathan, a 19-years-old undergraduate student, who plays the role of Sarwan Kumar’s father at the Ramlila in Sector 30. It is organised by the Ashvani Bal Dramatic Club. Hedar also does other managerial work.

The Sector-30 Ramlila has two more artistes from the Muslim community, Zahir Khan and Sanjeev Khan. Both of them actively participate in the Ramlila.

Hedar says he has no hesitation in playing Hindu characters and, in fact, the Ramlila has also given me an opportunity to know about Hindu culture. “Last year, too, I played a small role in the Ramlila. All this could have been possible due to the positive support of my family,” he says.

Sanjeev Khan, who is the general secretary of the club, says they celebrate all the festivals together, be it Diwali or Eid, in their area.

Yadvinder Mehta (33), chairman of the Sector-30 Ramlila, says they all are young people and they have no hard feelings against any community.

Christian brothers play Ram, Laxman

Christian brothers, Chinki and Minki play Ram and Laxman in the Sector 21 Ramlila, which is being organised by Raghukul Ramlila. An MBA student, Chinki, alias Amit Shergill, who is playing Ram, says: “When I am into my character, I forget that I belong to some other community.” According to him, despite being from the Christian community, nobody from the club has objected him playing Ram on the stage. “This character not only gives me mental satisfaction, but also a chance to show to others that there is no difference between people from different religions,” he says. His brother, Chainis Shergill, a theatre artiste, who plays Laxman, said they had read in books that unity in diversity was the main strength of the country. When people from different religions can stay in the same society then there is no harm participating in each other’s festivals.

This Ramlila represents all religions

Ram Lila of Sector 7 has artistes from all the communities. President of the Ramlila Hem Raj says they have a Sikh boy, Gurbachan Singh, who plays Angad. Besides, Ali, a Muslim, and Mora Dona, a Christian, are part of Ravan’s ‘darbar’.



Diwali stalls: Admn to issue prepaid coupons
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
The Municipal Corporation has decided to issue prepaid coupons to shopkeepers for setting up temporary stalls on Diwali. These coupons will be issued at the Municipal Corporation's office in Sector 17 and sub-office at Mani Majra from November 5 to 10.

For setting up stalls at Mani Majra and Mauli Jagran, coupons will be issued at the sub-office, Mani Majra. No coupons will be issued for sale in Sector 17, Chandigarh. 



Navaratra festival starts today

The Mansa Devi shrine is all decked up on the eve of the Navaratras in Panchkula on Monday.
The Mansa Devi shrine is all decked up on the eve of the Navaratras in Panchkula on Monday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

special features

* LCD screens to keep people waiting in queues engaged

* 24 hour medical facility

* A special corner for young couples to pledge against female foeticide

* Golf carts and wheel chairs for the elderly and physically challenged people

* A slope way has been constructed to facilitate people

* Cultural programmes on October 19, 20, 21 and 22

special buses

Special Haryana and CTU buses to Mansa Devi Temple from following places

* Chandigarh railway station

* Bus Stand, Sector 5, Panchkula

* ISBT Sector 17 and Sector 43, Chandigarh

* Narain Garh

* Kalka 

5,000 VVIP passes issued

Around 5,000 VVIP passes have been issued by the Panchkula Administration to allow smooth ‘darshan’ for VVIPs during the Navaratras. The passes have been given to all government officials, top brasses of Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab and mediapersons.



1,000 cars set to be sold on Day 1
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
On the first day of Navaratras, around 1,000 cars will hit the tricity roads. Soaring fuel prices have failed to deter people from purchasing cars, said car dealers of the tricity, pointing out that they have booked all categories of cars from petrol to diesel and even high-end ones.

Car dealers across the tricity have readied the cars, which are to be delivered to the customers tomorrow. Even the car manufacturing companies are offering various schemes to boost car sales for the festive season.

Nitin Mehan, owner of Autopace Network Pvt Ltd, Chandigarh, said for the Navaratras they have booking of around 100 petrol cars and 50 diesel cars. Out of which, for the first two days of Navaratras they have booking of around 80 cars. On an average they sell seven cars daily, he added.

Pradeep Sheoran, sales head, Globe Toyota, Mohali, said on an average they sell five to seven cars daily. However, on the first day of Navaratras they have booking of 40 cars. Similarly, on the second day of Navaratras they have booking of 30 cars. He added that they have completed the cleaning and other formalities of those cars which are to be delivered to the customers tomorrow.

Jewellers expecting increase in business

Jewellers of the tricity are also expecting good business on the festive season. Many of them are coming up with new schemes to attract people. Vinod Talwar, president of Chandigarh Jewellers Association, said the jewellers are expecting minimum 15 to 20 per cent increase in their business. Meanwhile, Zaira Diamonds of Sector 22 is offering EMI facility on diamond jewelleries with zero per cent interest. Manoj Jain of Zaira Diamonds said they have started the facility keeping in mind the festive season.



Expired fire extinguisher changed at last minute in Mansa Devi shrine
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 15
Waking up at the last minute before Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was to inaugurate the Navaratra festival in the Mansa Devi shrine tomorrow, the Administration swung into action and changed the expired fire extinguisher installed at the ‘yagyashala’ late this evening.
The fire extingusher, which expired on September 18, was replaced (right) by a new one at the Mansa Devi shrine on Monday.
The fire extingusher, which expired on September 18, was replaced (right) by a new one at the Mansa Devi shrine on Monday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Hooda will be taking part in ‘havan’ for an hour tomorrow. The fire extinguisher where the Chief Minister (CM) and other VVIPs were to sit for the ‘havan’ had expired last month but was not changed till the last minute. The expiry date of the fire extinguisher, as checked by a Tribune team in the morning, was on September 18.

When a senior official in the administration was contacted he instructed the fire officer to get it replaced then and there. “It is highly risky not only for the CM but for the general public as well. If any mishap takes place, a stampede can take happen,” said Reena Vohra, a visitor at the temple.

“We were unaware that the fire extinguisher has expired. We were told to have a final look of the venue but nothing was mentioned about this,” said an employee at the ‘yagyashala’.

The venue was decked up with flowers, new mattresses and the ‘havan kund’ was readied by the evening.



Golf carts, wheelchairs, buses ready for hassle-free darshan
Tribune News Service

Golf carts will be used to ferry the elderly and the disabled; and (right) a ramp constructed for them at the Mansa Devi shrine in Panchkula.
Golf carts will be used to ferry the elderly and the disabled; and (right) a ramp constructed for them at the Mansa Devi shrine in Panchkula. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, October 15
In a first of its kind initiative by the Panchkula Administration, golf carts will be used to ferry elderly and physically challenged people this Navratras at the Mansa Devi shire.

So far the authorities have arranged three golf carts. The Administration is still planning to get more golf carts. Senior citizens and physically challenged devotees face problems while covering the long distance from the parking lot to the temple. This initiative has been taken so that these people have a hassle free ‘darshan’, said a source.

Wheelchairs and buses have also been arranged to ferry them from the entrance to the Patiala temple.

“The golf carts will carry them (elderly and disabled persons) towards the Patiala temple from where one can easily enter,” said City Magistrate Vandana Disodia.

A ramp and a special parking area have been constructed keeping in mind the need to the elderly and disabled persons.



Hard times begin for liquor sellers
 Liquor vendors anticipate 80 per cent dip in sales
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 15
With the onset of Navratras, the owners of liquor vends are anticipating a sharp dip in sales. “People do not consume liquor during the Navratras and our business suffers because of this. Going by the last year’s record, we are anticipating around 80 per cent dip in sale this time,” said Vinod Sharma, owner of liquor shop in Sector 10, Panchkula.
A liquor vend in Panchkula.
A liquor vend in Panchkula. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Vishu Sherawat, another liquor vendor, voiced similar sentiments. “This is the driest period and we sit idle during these nine days. There are a few who don’t believe in such customs, yet we suffer great losses,” said Sherawat, who owns liquor shop in Sector 14.

“Everyone purchases lot of things on Navratras but what about us? We earn from the sale of liquors. During Navratras, we are the only ones who make shop less,” said Rocky Singh, another liquor shop owner.

Not only this, those who have business in sellers of chicken and eggs are anticipating 95 per cent dip in sales due to the same reason. “Our daily customers will not buy eggs and chickens during the Navratras. Our situation is worse than the liquor vendors,” said Govind Datta, who owns a dairy in Sector 7, Panchkula.

It’s a hard time for the liquor and chicken lovers too. “I ate chicken and had a couple of drinks tonight as I know that I won’t be able to do so for coming nine to ten days. Though I don’t believe in all these at all, yet my mind doesn’t agree to do it during the Navratras,” said Varshdeep Ahluwalia, a resident.



On Navaratras, couples vow to save the girl child
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 15
Come Navratras and the residents of Panchkula will see young couples pledging against female foeticide at the Mansa Devi shrine. The shrine has dedicated a special corner near the main gate where couples would be pledging against female foeticide.

“We have called an NGO for the purpose and a special corner for the young couples will be marked where they will take oath against aborting girl child. Banners will be put up to attract people and to make them aware of the cause,” said Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mansa Devi Shrine Board, DP Dattana.

Another official of the board added that as lakhs of devotees visit the shrine during the Navratra, it is the right platform to make the people aware of such a cause.

Vishu Kalra, a resident of Sector 9, said, “Lakhs of people visit the temple from far off places during the festival. This is the correct platform to create awareness. This method would be successful especially for the ones who are less educated.”



34 condemned buses auctioned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
In the third round of open auction, the auction committee constituted by the Chandigarh Administration for disposal of condemned buses today auctioned 34 buses of Depot no1. These buses were of 2000-2001 models and had outlived their life. The auction fetched Rs 86,10,000. 

With the auction of the buses, C.T.U. has auctioned all the 81 condemned buses of all the three depots and earned Rs.1.87 crores. The auction of 27 condemned buses of Depot No.II and 20 condemned buses of Depot No.III was held on September 26 and September 28.

CTU officials said a huge junk of around 120 condemned buses are already lying dumped in the two workshops, located in Industrial Area phase 1 here. In the past, the CTU has not been able to dispose off the buses in the last three years, thanks to the official rigmarole involved in auctioning the junk. The junk was not only blocking vital space in the already inadequate workshops, but had become a source of unhygienic conditions.



City Scan

Social work initiative

A newly formed New Generation Welfare Association of Sector 24, Chandigarh, has decided to focus on ensuring a clean and healthy environment in the Sector and the city. Apart from converting a 3-acre plot in Sector 24 in to a park, the association has organised a two-hour lecture on health, said Poornima Sharma and Rohit Ruhella, president and general secretary of the association respectively.

Residents of the Puncham Society, Sector 68, Mohali, hold a protest at the office of the Registrar, Cooperative Societies, in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday.
Residents of the Puncham Society, Sector 68, Mohali, hold a protest at the office of the Registrar, Cooperative Societies, in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday. A Tribune photograph


An advanced water ionisation equipment, powered by Japanese technology Alkwa, was launched in the city today. Ajaypal Randhawa, the company’s distributor in North India, said that the water alkalinisation equipment will help improve the health of those who consume the alkaline water thus generated from the use of this equipment.

Meeting postponed

The meeting of electricity committee, Municipal Corporation, has been postponed today due to the sudden demise of the wife of councillor Desh Raj Gupta. The meeting will be held on October 18 at 3.00 pm.


Dr Sudhir Hindwan, a faculty member in the postgraduate department of political science at PGGCG-42 has been invited to present a research paper on "New Paradigm Shift and Strategies towards Sustainable Peace" in an international conference organised by the National University of Japan to be held from November 20-30. Dr Hindwan has also authored “Encountering Terrorism” and “Caste Violence”.


Residents of Puncham Society, Sector 68, staged a dharna outside the office of the Registrar, Cooperative Societies, to protest against the move of the assistant registrar to declare their candidates as defaulters ahead of the elections of the society. Vineet, a member of the society, said despite members clearing all their dues and the registrar allowing elections, the staff at the Mohali office of the registrar played mischief to disrupt the elections.

Training and placement drive

Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences organised a training-cum-placement drive. The drive was inaugurated by the director-general of Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, Dr Shalini Gupta. Desh Bhagat Group chairman and vice-chairperson said that in order to ensure suitable jobs for the students, the group has made training and placement tie ups with a number of national and international companies.

OPD timings changed

OPD timings in the Civil Hospital, SAS Nagar and all government hospitals will change from October 16. The OPD will function from 9.00 am to 3.oo pm on all working days till April 15, 2013.

— Tribune Reporters



Massive response to Aavishkar-12
 Over 1,000 students register for the annual techno-management fest at UIET
Tribune News Service

Students take part in the event ’Contraptions
Students take part in the event ’Contraptions’. Tribune photo: pradeep tewari

Chandigarh, October 15
The south campus of Panjab University (PU) was flooded with more than 1,000 students registering for the annual tehno-management fest Aavishkar12 organised at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET).

The day started with inauguration of the event by JK Menon, MD of DCM Engineering, along with Sanjiv Gupta, head of HR, SML-ISUZU. This was followed by "Codemania", an event to evaluate the aptitude of the students on an assortment of programming languages.

Mechanical engineering students were seen out in the open designing robots and complicated mechanisms in the events like "Line Follower" and "Contraptions".

The students also put up a robot race show. The competitions were followed by "Inocon" where participants presented papers to describe innovative and tangible solutions to environmental problems.

Next in the line was "Bio Power" - a model making competition in which the students came up with ideas to generate power through bio-waste and viable sources of energy, and presented them through working and non- working models.



Two years on, high-resolution CCTV cameras yet to be installed at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 15
Two years after the proposal to install high-resolution CCTV cameras on the PU campus was mooted, no progress has been made in this regard. In a move to keep a vigil on miscreants and to control the entry of outsiders, the authorities had proposed to install high-resolution CCTV cameras, capable of capturing clear images during night as well, on campus. Tenders have been floated on three different occasions for the purchase of the cameras, but no progress has been made so far.

The authorities had planned to install 80 new cameras. A tender was floated in July this year, and three companies had made presentations of their equipments on August 14. However, no progress has been made, since then.

The purchase committee, which is responsible for buying the new cameras, has not forwarded the proposal yet. About ten cameras, out of the 60 already installed on the premises, have been found to be non-functional by the security staff.

When contacted, chief security officer of the university, PK Dhawan, said, “The locations for installation of the new cameras have been finalised. We will soon be installing the cameras.” He also said that two cameras, which have been non-functional for the past one month, were to be repaired by the respective departments. There are ten internet protocol-based cameras at important locations, including the vice-chancellor’s office and administrative block, which had become obsolete and would soon be discarded. There are also 3 high-resolution cameras at the gates, and 45 day-and-night surveillance cameras at all the hostels, department buildings and parking lots. Apart from these, there are 50 cameras installed at the library.



Freshers' party held at SGGS World University
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 15
Mandeep Singh of MTech was declared Mr Blooming Freshto, and Sumanpreet Kaur was declared M Blooming Freshto during the Fresher's party organised by the students of the nanotechnology department at Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh Sahib, today. 

Jobanpreet Singh was declared Mr Handsome and Simranjeet Kaur was declared Ms Smiley during the function. Seniors presented cultural and musical events to accord a warm welcome to the freshers. Various competitions, games, ramp walk, etc were also held.

Dr Gumohan Singh Walia, vice-chancellor of the university, and registrar Dr Pritpal Singh were also present on the occasion. 



From Schools


The team of Akash Zutshi and Prakhar Saini of Asian School, Dehradun, won the Del Monte Quest'Italia 2012, an inter-school quiz on Italian cuisine, culture and language today. A total of 30 students participated in the quiz. The local team of Bhishm Khanna and Bhavya Kumar from Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, finished second while the team of Mrinal Datt and Nivranshu of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, attained third place in the quiz. The quiz saw the participation of The Asian School, Dehradun; Bhavan's Vidyalaya, Chandigarh; Government Model Senior Secondary School-35, Chandigarh; Tribune Model School; Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37 B, Chandiagrh; and AKSIPS, Sector 41, Chandigarh.

Wildlife week

Government High School, Sector 46, celebrated "Wild Life Week" along with the eco-club of the school, Srishti, from October 1 to 7. The students were made aware about the importance of wild life during the celebrations. A visit to the Chhatbir Zoo was also organised by the eco-club in which about 50 students were taken to the zoo and given practical knowledge about wildlife. They also participated in a quiz and a drawing competition related to wildlife.

Integration meet

Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti celebrated a two-day "Integration Meet" at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sector 25. A cultural programme, which included qawwali (by JNV Poonch), youth choir, jhamakhra (Kangra folk dance), jindua (Punjabi folk), and Himachali Nati, was presented by the Navodians. VK Singh, Finance and Education Secretary, inaugurated the meet and Mohd Shayin, Deputy Commisioner, praised the efforts put in by the Navodians.

Judo championship

Raj Kishan of Shishu Niketan School, Mohali, bagged the gold medal in the recently held CBSE north zone judo Championship organised at Dev Samaj Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, Chandigarh. He also booked a berth in the All-India National CBSE to be held at Dehradun.


An inter-house and inter-class competition was organised at Genius Public School, Mohali. The junior wing of the school participated in the "Healthy Tiffin" competition while the senior students of the school participated in "Word Hunting". The winners were awarded with certificates.

Essay writing

Around 90 students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, participated in a competition to mark "Wild Life Week’. Students participated in essays and slogan-writing and painting competitions. The aim of the event was to create awareness among the children to save wildlife and plants.

"Save animals"

An activity based on communication skill was conducted in the pre-primary section of DAV Public School, Sector 39. Students of nursery recited rhymes with actions while LKG students gave the message of “Save animals” by enacting as different animals. Principal Jaskiran Harika appreciated the efforts of the students and teachers.

Interactive session

Delhi Public School, in an endeavour to stress on health and hygiene, organised an interactive session, in collaboration with Procter and Gamble.

Limca Book of Records Quiz

Winners from the YPS, Mohali, pose with the trophy after winning the city finals of the Limca Book of Records Quiz-2012 at Manav Mangal Smart School, Mohali, on Monday.The students of YPS, Mohali, bagged the city finals of ‘Limca Book of Records Quiz-2012'. Gurukul Global School was adjudged as the runners up in the city’s finals. The duo of Navraj Singh Saini and Sidharath Yaddanapudi ensured the school’s first place. Over 600 students from 101 schools participated from the Tricity. The quiz was held at Manav Mangal Smart School. The quiz is divided into four zones - North, South, East and West - and is organised in three stages (inter-school level, semi-finals and national finals) from July to December, 2012. In the national round, the top 10 teams from the semifinals will compete against each other. Renowned quiz-master Derek O’Brien will host the national final. — TNS
Winners from the YPS, Mohali, pose with the trophy after winning the city finals of the Limca Book of Records Quiz-2012 at Manav Mangal Smart School, Mohali, on Monday. Tribune photo: vicky gharu



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