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Minister’s kin hurt in road rage 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
A law student of Panjab University was injured when some youths travelling in a Gypsy beat him up with baseball bats following a road rage in Sector 10 this evening.

The injured, Sahib Singh Mangat, who is a close relative of a Punjab minister, was rushed to a hospital with injuries on his head. The police has registered a case of attempt to murder against unidentified assailants at the Sector 3 police station.

Sahib was in his BMW car with three friends when and the incident took place at 5 pm. The BMW car (PB-24-D-0001) of Sahib was making rounds on the road opposite Leisure Valley. They were confronted by youths in a Gypsy who were also racing on the road.

The police said the youths in the Gypsy asked Sahib and his friends why they were making rounds of ‘geri’ route. A heated scuffle ensued between the youths. The youths in the Gypsy took out baseball bats and smashed the windowpanes of the BMW car. They also attacked Sahib on the head with a bat. The assailants, who were more than eight in number, fled and Sahib was rushed to a hospital in a PCR van. The registration number of the Gypsy could not be noted down.

Inspector Sri Parkash, SHO, Sector 3 police station, said the police has registered a case of attempt to murder and efforts were on to nab the assailants. 



Architect, engineer, owners to be booked for negligence
Building plan submitted, but was not sanctioned 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
A day after a labourer was killed and another was injured after a wall caved-in at a hotel site in Sector 18, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) has ordered registration of a case against the owners of the property, the architect and the structural engineer of the site.

Acting on the report of the field staff, DC Mohammed Shayin, who visited the spot last night, ordered registration of an FIR against owners of the property Gopal Krishan Wadhwa and Mulk Raj Wadhwa, architect Ashutosh Handa and structural engineer SD Singh, for negligence.

Sources said the inquiry by officials of the estate office had revealed that the building plan of the site had been submitted for approval with the plan approval committee (PAC), but had not been sanctioned. On noticing the digging work, the junior engineer concerned wrote to the assistant estate officer (AEO) for issuing of notice on October 19. While doing vertical digging, the code of safety was not being adhered to.

Though the revised building plan was submitted under the Punjab Capital (Development and Regulation) Building Rules, 1952, with the PAC (Lower) in May 2012, the construction work was started without getting the sanction.

Apart from booking those allegedly responsible for negligence, the UT Chief Engineer has been asked to look into safety measures at other construction sites, too. The administration has also found that by putting to risk the lives of 12 labourers, the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service), Act had also been violated.

After the incident, the estate office had been directed to conduct a survey of all such sites where digging or construction work was going without adopting safety norms. “Notices would be issued to violators after the survey,” said a senior official. 



Victim failed to hear shouts of co-workers 
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
The 19-year-old labourer, who died last night when a wall caved-in at a hotel site in Sector 18, was not able to hear to the shouts of fellow workers as he was partially hearing impaired.

Despite the yells of the other workers, who called his name repeatedly from the floor above the basement after noticing the cave in, Sita Ram could not hear their voices and kept digging till the debris fell over him.

The other victim, Umesh, was fortunate enough to somehow escape. He has been admitted to Government Multi Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, with a fracture in his left leg.

Umesh said: “I tried pulling Sita Ram out, but it was too late. My leg got stuck under the debris. The fellow workers pulled me out.”

A resident of Madhubani District in Bihar, Sita Ram had his hopes high when he came to Chandigarh a few months ago. He wanted to improve the financial position of his family.

Sita Ram’s body was pulled out of the debris after an intensive operation by the police and fire brigade on Sunday night. He was rushed to the GMSH-16 at around 10 pm where he was declared brought dead. Another labourer, Manoj, received minor injuries and was sent back after first aid.

The rescue operation went on for an hour. As many as 12 labourers were working at the site of a hotel in Sector 18 opposite the church at the time of the incident.

The police has booked contractor Krishan in a case of causing death due to negligence under Section 304-A of the IPC. He is yet to be arrested. 



Mess food to cost more
PU authorities propose Rs 6 hike 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
Following the recent hike in the price of LPG cylinders and other food items, Panjab University (PU) today proposed a Rs 6 hike in the meals served at the hostels.

Dean Students' Welfare (DSW) Prof AS Ahluwalia today called a meeting with representatives of all the students' organisations in the university to discuss the matter and finalise the revised cost.

The current cost is Rs 25 per regular meal and Rs 27 for a special meal at all the 19 hostels in the PU. Prof Ahluwalia said the proposal has been sent across to the Vice-Chancellor, the final decision will be announced after his nod.

In view of the consistent rise in the price of vegetables, other food items and the recent hike in the price of LPG cylinders, we proposed a hike in mess meal. However, nothing has been finalised yet, he said.

The students' organisations have opposed the proposal and demonstrated against the PU authorities' move by walking out of the meeting. The representatives included those from the Students' Federation of India (SFI), Students' Organisation of India (SOI), Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Indian National Student Organisation (INSO) and the Himachal Pradesh Student Union (HPSU).

Owing to the walkout, a consensus over the hike amount could not be reached. The representatives of the SFI said that the increase in the meal cost was impractical."

The students also blamed the authorities for failing to acquire subsidy on the LPG cylinders, which according to them, triggered the demand of meal cost hike among the mess contractors.



Save your child’s eye, say no to bow and arrow this Dasehra
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
With the onset of the festive season, cases of eye injuries among children start pouring in city hospitals. Most of these injuries are due to bow and arrow. Inspired by Ramlila, children shoot arrows from bows which can lead to serious eye injury. This can also lead to permanent blindness if the injury is severe and not managed properly.

Six-year-old Prince was injured after an arrow shot by his friend hit his eye two days ago. They were enacting the ‘Taadka vadh’ scene and Prince was wearing a polythene mask. An arrow shot by another child pierced through the mask and hit Prince in his eye. Doctors at the PGIMER said he sustained a corneal injury.

Prince was fortunate that he did not lose his eye. His case is not an isolated one. A total of nine cases of eye injury have been reported in the PGI over the past four days. Another three-year-old girl sustained an injury in the eye caused due to an arrow made of a broom stick.

While these two children are admitted to the PGI’s Advanced Eye Centre, others with minor injuries were sent back home after treatment.

Every year, a large number of children are admitted to hospitals with eye injuries sustained while playing with bows and arrows. Eye specialists say the number of patients with eye injuries increase during the festival season.

“Perforating injuries are caused when an arrow hits an eye and tears the eyeball and the cornea. Such injuries are dangerous as the wounds require stitching. These injuries, if not treated in time, can lead to total vision loss,’’ said Dr Amit Gupta, associate professor at the Advanced Eye Centre, PGI.

“Ahead of Dasehra celebrations, one can see a number of vendors all over the city selling bows and arrows. As children watch Ramlila or arrow fights on the small screen, they force their parents to get them bows and arrows,” Dr Gupta added. 


Parents should be more careful if children insist on buying these not-so-safe toys. They should be allowed to play with bow and arrow under the supervision of adults

Bows and arrows made of broom sticks should be avoided. Children should only be given bows and arrows made of good quality plastic that are blunt from all sides

Dos and don’ts

Cover the injured eye with a bandage to stop bleeding. Avoid exposure to dust and air. Do not rub or press the eye. Do not wash the injured eye. The child should be immediately rushed to the emergency wing of either of government hospitals — the PGI, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, or Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH)-16. 



Under proposed new rule, violators to pay heavy penalty in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
To discourage building owners from going ahead with hazardous digging of basements without prior sanction of the building plans, the UT Estate Office has sought a heavy penalty and stricter provisions under the Punjab Capital (Development and Regulation) Building Rules, 1952.

Referring to yesterday’s incident and similar past two incidents that took place last year in the Industrial Area, Phase 1, the officials pointed out that under the existing rules there was no provision of penalty for those digging basements without their plans being sanctioned and constructions up to the DPC level were compoundable.

The lacunae in the building rules enabled the building owners to dig basements without following safety measures. As per the safety norms, the site engineer needed to keep in touch with the estate office whenever digging of the basement was going on.

Under the new rule, it has been proposed that the UT Estate Office would not sanction building plans where the construction had already been raised to the DPC level. It has been proposed that the fine for digging basement up to 10 feet, 20 feet and 30 feet should be Rs 100 per sq ft, Rs 200 per sq ft and Rs 300 per sq ft, respectively.

Earlier, a fee was charged to compound the construction up to the DPC level by property owners. The clause forms a part of the recommendations made by the technical committee constituted to review the compoundable offences under the Punjab Capital (Development and Regulation) Building Rules, 1952.

DC Mohammed Shayin said the administration had been requested to notify the proposed provisions at the earliest. 

Hefty fine

It has been proposed that the UT Estate Office will not sanction building plans where the construction had already been raised to the DPC level. It has been proposed that the fine for digging basement up to 10 feet, 20 feet and 30 feet should be Rs 100 per sq ft, Rs 200 per sq ft and Rs 300 per sq ft, respectively.


MC fails to take up road projects
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
Out of Rs 30 crore, set aside for city roads, the Municipal Corporation has already spent Rs 23 crore and has finished only five road projects.

This came to light after an action taken report on roads was submitted to the UT Administration by the corporation.

The report said during the current year, till August, Rs 23 crore had been spent by the corporation on various road projects and as many as 77 projects were still going on.

The MC has mentioned in the action-taken report, which will be tabled in the road committee meeting today, that out of 77 road projects, which were approved by the committee, only five were completed and work on the rest was still in progress. Interestingly, for more than 50 per cent of the projects, the authorities have not even opened the tenders.

Ignoring the delay in the execution of the projects, which were approved in the past nine months, the authorities are going to table a new demand of Rs 2 crore.

Surprisingly, during the house meeting, majority of the councillors complained that no patchwork had been done by the authorities due to which huge potholes were visible on various roads.

When contacted, road committee chairman Jannat Jahan Ul-Haq said for the past five months the officials were complaining that the contractors were not responding due to which there was hardly any work done.

The members expressed surprise that if no major work had been being carried out, then where was the amount spent. The Chairperson of the committee said all new projects would be deferred as many projects were still pending.

Meanwhile, nominated councillor Surinder Bagha, who pointed out the inefficiency of the officers in the last general house meeting, has been “sidelined”. Surprisingly, all the members of the road committee received the copy of the agenda of the meeting two days ago but the officers did not bother to send it to him. He received it only today. When he enquired from Vishal Gupta, the secretary of the committee, he replied that there was no special agenda would be raised during the meeting. 



Revision of electoral rolls to continue till Oct 31
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 22
The revision of electoral rolls in Vidhan Sabha assembly segment number 52 (Kharar), 53 (Mohali) and 112 (Dera Bassi) would continue till October 31. This was stated by Mohali Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer Varun Roojam after reviewing the working of BLOs here yesterday.

The booths for the purpose have been set up at Government Elementary School, Phase V, Shastri Model School Phase I, Gian Jyoti Public School, Phase II and Swami Ram Tirath School, Phase IV. 



Security beefed up for Dasehra in Mohali
50 police personnel to be deployed 
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 22
To check any untoward incident and to keep the law and order situation under control, about 150 police personnel would be deployed at the Dasehra Ground at Phase VIII on Dasehra.

Mohali SSP GS Bhullar said two officers of superintendent of police rank would supervise the proceedings, while four DSPs, 10 officers of inspector rank, 140 policemen and 10 woman police would be put on duty at the site.

At Kharar, about 80 policemen under one DSP and four inspectors would be deployed at the site where Dasehra celebrations would be held. At Dera Bassi there would be 120 police personnel under the supervision of one DSP and four inspectors.

Meanwhile, the SAS Nagar Dasehra Committee has decided to burn an effigy of corruption along with the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnad.

“Corruption is today’s demon and every person is affected by it. So we will also burn an effigy of corruption on Dasehra,” said Madhu Bhushan, a member of the committee adding that this year Ravana’s effigy would be 75 feet tall.

He added that the committee was spending about Rs 3.25 lakh on the programme.



Devotees harassed due to Guv’s visit
Had to wait in queues for hours to pay obeisance at the Mansa Devi shrine
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 22
When Raj Singh Sareen’s (76) turn came to pay obeisance to Goddess Mansa Devi after waiting for four hours in a queue at the Mansa Devi temple, he was pushed by security guards to a corner saying that the Governor was there to visit the temple. He could not pay obeisance properly and had to return disheartened.

Devotees went through a harrowing time as they had to wait in long queues to pay obeisance due to Governor’s visit at the Mansa Devi shrine. One could see long endless queues of the VVIPs too.

“We have been standing for the past one-and-a-half hour at the same place. We have not even moved an inch forward because of the Governor’s visit. The authorities should have made separate arrangements for him,” said Aarzoo Kashyap, a devotee standing in a queue.

She further added, “It becomes more difficult when your child is along with you and you have to wait for such reasons.”

Another devotee, said, “Everyone is equal before God then why this special treatment? If the authorities say that it is for security reasons, then a separate arrangement should have been made for that.”

“We have been standing here in the queue since 5 am and now when it was our turn after seven hours to pay obeisance, the policemen misbehaved and did not let us pay obeisance properly only because the Governor was here. I was not even allowed to bow my head and pray,” said Sharda Chopra, a resident of Sector 6, Panchkula. Chopra is a teacher in a private school.

She further added, “A stage will come soon when people will stop visiting the temple because of this reason.”

Even the VVIPs were left waiting. Raj Singh Malik, a resident of Sector 7, Panchkula, said, “We have the VVIP passes and still we have to wait for so long. It is highly insulting when policemen misbehave,” said Malik.



Governor’s car dropped him outside yagyashala
Didn’t avail golf cart facility meant for the elderly
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 22
Unlike other elderly people, Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia, who visited the Mansa Devi shrine today, did not use the golf cart facility but interestingly his car dropped him just outside the yagyashala where entry of any kind of vehicle is prohibited.

In a first of its kind initiative, the Panchkula administration had introduced the golf carts to transport the elderly and the physically challenged people from the entrance to the temple. Three golf carts were arranged this Navratras. The Navratra fest kicked off on October 16 at the Mansa Devi temple.

“In fact we were not aware of the availability of golf carts. Had we been aware, we would have definitely got sir (Governor) through the facility,” said a senior official from the Governor’s department on the condition of anonymity.

“Rules should be the same for everyone. When the golf cart facility is available, he should have been asked to use that”, said Vidya Dutta, a devotee present at the shrine.

Ridhima Singh, another devotee said, “Why didn’t the administration use the novel idea of golf carts with the Governor? He is also an elderly.”

“The authorities should have at least told him about the facility. He might have felt nice using it,” said another devotee Nand Kishore.

The golf carts were introduced this Navratras to give a hassle-free darshan to the elderly and physically challenged people. It was also introduced so that there might be no violations while transporting the elderly.

When contacted, a senior official at the shrine said, “What can I say? He is a senior official”.


Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia presided over the havan at yagyshala on Monday.

The donations on the occasion of Ashtami totalled to Rs 86 lakh.

As many as 78,000 devotees, thronged the shrine on Monday



Woman accuses docs of negligence
Says, delay in treatment claimed her mother’s life
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 22
High drama was witnessed today at the General Hospital, Sector 6, when a woman alleged that the delay in treatment by the doctor claimed her mother’s life.

Anju, resident of Rajiv colony, alleged that it was due to the negligence of the hospital authorities that she lost her mother.

“My mother, Laali, was running fever for the past many days. I took her to a hospital in Mani Majra from where she was referred to the General Hospital. When I brought my mother to the General Hospital this morning, the doctors did not examine her and I was asked to take her to Room Number 5,” said Anju.

She further added, “In the first place, I could not find the particular room. When I found the same, the doctors told me to take her to the emergency ward.”

Anju alleged that she kept shuttling between the room and the emergency ward with her ailing mother. “When my mother began taking long breaths, I asked the nurses present at the Emergency Ward to check her, but they didn’t pay any heed to me,”said Anju.

When the patient was taken the doctor, the latter declared her dead and asked the relatives to keep the body in the mortuary for a post-mortem examination.

“The hospital authorities did not check her when she was alive and now when she has died, they want the body to be kept in the mortuary for a post-mortem examination. How can they be so insensitive,” said another relative. Attempts were made to contact the Principal Medical Officer (PMO) Usha Gupta, but she could not be contacted. “We will surely look into the matter and action will be taken against those who are found guilty,” said a senior doctor at the General Hospital. 



Two-suspected dengue deaths, 91 confirmed cases in Mohali
Situation cause of concern, says Civil Surgeon
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 22
With two-suspected dengue deaths and 91 confirmed cases, the situation in Mohali district is alarming.

Mohali Civil Surgeon Dr JS Cheema confirmed that so far 91 cases of dengue had been reported in the district and it was really a cause of concern. On two deaths, the civil surgeon maintained that the exact reason was yet to be ascertained.

“We are yet to confirm the exact reason in the case of two suspected dengue deaths here”, said Dr Cheema.

Last year, the district had witnessed only 16 dengue cases while in 2009, the number of dengue patients was 89.

Cheema added that the health authorities were alert to check the disease. “Our special teams are making door-to-door rounds in the area to keep an eye on the scenario. We are also distributing pamphlets and other material to make residents aware of the symptoms and cures of dengue. Fogging and other preventive measures are also being taken by the district administration simultaneously”, said Cheema.

Meanwhile, Mohali Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam said that fogging was being undertaken in the entire district, particularly in rural areas.



Dengue cases on the rise in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
The total number of dengue case has reached 180 in the city. More more than 100 patients afflicted with dengue and malaria are being admitted everyday. The emergency wings at the city hospitals have been running out of space. The number of patients, visiting the OPD at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, has doubled over the past two weeks. In order to accommodate the patients, the beds of the emergency ward have been shifted to the Medical OPD and the waiting area.

More than 25 patients were admitted to the PGI today. At the Government Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, the average number of dengue patients, visiting the OPD, has remained above 500 for the past one week. A clinic for high-fever patients has been set up at the GMSH, Sector 16.



No lessons learnt from past incidents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
It seems that the Chandigarh Administration has not learnt any lesson from tragic incidents of last year where six labourers lost their lives in two separate incidents.

MLA Sharma, a former Additional Deputy Commissioner, while probing the death of two labourers who were buried at a construction site of Mirage Infra Limited ‘Acropolis’ in the industrial area here, had pointed out that blamed certain government departments, including Labour Department and the building branch of the Estate Office for their failure to implement adequate control and supervision at the construction site.

The former ADC had recommended that that there should be coordination among the departments like architect, labour and building branch for effective check and supervision on all such sites.

But till date his recommendations have not been implemented.

Source said soon after the May 2011 incident, the administration had announced that the circumstances leading to the mishap and the ways and means to prevent such mishaps in future would be dealt with.

It was said that an institutional mechanism whereby such incidents were not repeated would be worked out.

But even after 18 months of the incident, no such mechanism had been worked out.

In the March 31, 2011 incident, that occurred 45 days before the May 2011 incident, four labourers died and seven other critically injured when a 20-feet wall at a mall under construction in the Industrial Area Phase-1 caved in.

The labourers were constructing the wall in a 40-feet deep pit where the foundation for a multiplex was being laid.



A slice of Hungarian culture
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
Centuries old Hungarian culture and customs were brought alive at the Tagore Theatre here today. Hungary-based The Csillagszemuek (Starry-Eyed) Dance Ensemble Group, mesmerised the audience with their folk dance performances that celebrated their “togetherness”.

The group consisted of 11 dancers, four males and seven females, all aged between 16 and 22.

Explaining the significance of the performance, Tibor Kovacs of Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, New Delhi, with whose cooperation the event was held, said that in the older times, about 150-200 years ago, men and woman did not have much opportunity to spend time with each other. Dance gave them an opportunity to have physical intimacy.

“Hungarian folk dance celebrates this very togetherness and tries to bring back to life certain social behaviour and customs,” he said.

“Unlike the Indian traditional dances, our dance forms do not render a story through dance form, but they certainly celebrate the sense of togetherness,” he added.

The dance performance comprised of several acts, representing different regions of the country, besides presenting a composite culture of the neighbouring countries of Romania, Serbia and Croatia, once a part of the old Hungary. The event also marked the opportunity to celebrate the 56th years of Hungarian freedom revolution.

The Hungarian folk dance troupe that performed today is a very unique and popular group, comprising a bunch of youngsters performing around the world with the purpose to preserve and popularise the Hungarian dance forms, dresses and culture.

Deputy chorographer of the troupe Hinna Sgabo said: “We performed in India for the first time today and it was a very pleasant experience. All the members of the group are university and college students and it is mutual love for the local culture which has brought all of us together.”

Husband-wife duo of Sandor Timar and Boske Timar established the group in 1993. Started at the local level, it grew big over the years, performing at various international festivals, she said.



Constables by day, actors at night 
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
They might be stick-wielding constables by the day, but as evening falls they don a completely different role. Two UT policemen — one who works at the police headquarters and the other serving in the traffic police department — are these days busy performing at Ramlilas.

Famous for his portrayal of Meghanad at the Sector 17 Ramlila, constable Ashwini Sharma, says Ramlila is an opportunity for him to bring the public closer to the police.

50-year-old Ashwini has been a part of the Sector 17 Ramlila for the last 15 years. “As an actor, I have realised that mythology teaches us to have a solid foundation for our life. Ramlila, moreover, keeps reminding us that goodness will always prevail over evil,” he says.

Traffic police constable Paramjit Singh, meanwhile, is a multi-tasking performer at the Sector 20 Ramlila, organised by the Azad Dramatic Club. This year, 38-year-old Paramjit is portraying both Dasharatha and Meghanad. Besides playing different characters, he also dons the director’s role in his attempt to surprise the audience with innovations every year. “This year we made several changes, such as artificial rainfall and new set designs to attract people,” he says.

Paramjit feels that Ramlila will never go out of fashion, because it talks about our culture and tradition.



Jail inmates show talent at ‘Sargam 2012’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
A cultural programme “Sargam 2012” was organised at Model Jail, Chandigarh, today. The programme included performances by jail inmates such as songs, poetry, dance, bhangra and drama-skits. Some of the songs were written by the inmates themselves and music was also composed by them. 

SP (City) stays away

In judicial custody, SP (City) Deshraj Singh spent the day reading books and remaining confined to himself in his barrack. He chose to refrain from attending the cultural programme at Burail Jail on Monday where his senior DIG Alok Kumar was the chief guest.



Trycity scan

Restaurant inaugurated

UT Adviser KK Sharma inaugurated a multi-cuisine restaurant “Bazm” and a 24-hour coffee shop “Le Cafe” Lounge at Hotel Shivalikview on Monday. DK Tiwari, MD, CITCO, said that they were using the profits made by the CITCO to upgrade and add new facilities at their hotels to provide visitors with an extraordinary experience. The MD said, “The renovation of the hotel has been done in two phases with an expenditure over Rs 9 crore since 2010 to give an ultra modern look to Hotel Shivalikview, keeping in view the competition customer requirements.

Paper presentation

Dr Prateek Bhatia, assistant professor, department of pediatrics, PGIMER, who was recently conferred the Young Scientist Travel Award by the Japanese Society of Hematology, has left to attend their 74th Annual Meeting at Kyoto, Japan. He will be giving an oral presentation on his research paper on acute leukemia. He was selected for the award on the basis of his recent publications and research in this field. The research to be presented is a part of the study that was carried out jointly by the departments of pediatrics, hematology and internal medicine of the PGI.

Lecture on Dalit movement

A memorial lecture on the subject of 'Dalit Movement, Marxism and Creative Writings' was delivered by Prof Chauthi Ram Yadav of Kashi Hindu University, Varanasi, at Panjab University today. He said that in the present era, consumerism has pushed art, literature and human sensibility into a corner. Similarly, today's dalit movement is also influenced and fascinated strongly by the present politics, said Prof Yadav. He said Dr Ambedkar treated Bhagat Kabir and Mahatma Buddha as his source of enlightenment. The Marxist movement in India was strongly centered on the agenda of economic change, followed by change. Prof Ramesh Kuntal Megh, a noted Hindi scholar, in his presidential remarks, said that Marxist movements have always included the social concerns of dalits, women and marginalised section of the society.


In the governing body meeting of the Chandigarh Business Council, an apex body of traders in Chandigarh, the members unanimously re-elected Jagdish Arora as the president for the tenure of next two years. It will be Arora's consecutive second tenure as president of the CBC. Arora said that he will work for the welfare of traders.


The Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists (IABMS) has selected Prof Om Prakash Katare of the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab University, for the Thyagrajan-Rajarajan Award 2012. The award recognises the grant of international patents to Prof Katare and his team in countries such as Australia, China and South Africa. The research work related to the development of a drug delivery system for a drug used in the treatment a dreadful
skin disease.

Security expo

Pankaj Jain, project director, IFSEC India and Homeland Security India, said that the people of Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana can benefit from the 6th edition of the IFSEC India and Homeland Security India -- the largest security exposition in India and South Asia. It is scheduled to be held from November 1 to 3 at the India Expo Centre, Greater Noida. It will showcase the latest technologies in homeland security, commercial security, and fire safety.

Placement drive

GGS-Sachdeva Group of Institutes, Kharar, organised “Mega Campus Placement and Recruitment Drive” on its campus on Monday. As many as 450 final year students of BTech, MBA and MCA appeared for interviews. Of these, 105 students were shortlisted by the visitng companies.

Freshers’ party

Freshers’ Day was celebrated at Swami Devi Dyal Group of Professional Institutions, Barwala. It was celebrated with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm. President Moti Lal Jindal, Vice-President Ashok Jindal, General Secretary Amit Jindal and other officials graced the occasion. Mehar Mittal, famous film personality, made a guest appearance and addressed the students. He asked them to do their best to achieve their professional goals. Sahil Kumar and Sunaina Bhatt were adjudged as Mr and Miss fresher respectively.

Annual function

The Haryana State Senior Citizens’ Forum organised its annual function. MLA DK Bansal was the chief guest on the occasion. More than 130 members from different districts of Haryana participated in the function. SP Sharma, president of the state forum welcomed the chief guest and all others present. Bansal, during the function, said he would take up the matter of paying property tax by the senior citizens with the higher authorities. — TNS



mid-day  meal scheme
Suppliers demand hike in meal rates
Say rise in prices of cooking gas and grocery items putting burden
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 22
The rising prices of grocery items and the recent hike in the LPG cylinder rates have put a burden on the mid-day meal suppliers in Chandigarh. In the wake of this hike in the kitchen budget, the institutions hired by the UT Administration to prepare and supply mid-day meals to the government schools have demanded a revision of the per child meal rates. The revision sought varies from 25 per cent to 35 per cent.

Principal of the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, TK Rajdan said that they currently charged Rs 7.20 per child per meal for primary classes and Rs 9.17 for middle classes, while serving around 14,000 students. The recent hike in the prices of LPG cylinders and grocery items, however, had disturbed their whole budget, he said.

“Keeping in view the recent hike, we have submitted a proposal to the administration to revise our rates by 25% to 30%,” Rajdan said.

Unlike other cities, Chandigarh has a centralised system of mid-day meal preparation and supply. Four centres including Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Hotel Shivalikview and a privately run kitchen in Sector 47 have been hired to prepare and supply the mid-day meal to all the government schools in the city, which are over 100 in number.

Principal of Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, Bharati Tyagi said that the recent hike in prices had put a lot of burden on their kitchen because the institution served wheat-based mid-day meal in which consumption of the cooking gas was very high. She said that more than 15 cylinders were being consumed everyday for making “paranthas” for more than 11,000 students. The doubling of the cylinder prices was bound to impact their kitchen budget, Tyagi said.

“In a day or two, we are about to submit a proposal asking for a minimum hike of 30-35 per cent to meet our revised expenses,” she said.

Other institutions have also stated similar compulsions while asking for a revision of the rates.

The mid-day meal is being served to about around 80,000 students from Class I to VIII in the city. The overall annual budget for the scheme varies from Rs 12-13 crore.

Nodal officer for the mid-day meal Shiv kumar Sharma said the department received a few proposals for the revision of the rates, but the final decision would be taken at the higher level.



From schools

Chandigarh, October 22
The Saupin’s Community Service Organisation (SCSO) of Saupin’s School, Sector 32, organised a blood donation camp in association with the thalassaemia ward of the PGI on its school premises. The camp received a good response, as over 80 parents and staff members came forward to contribute to the cause.

Creative use of waste material

Students of Government Model Senior Secondary, Sector 37-B, were taught how to make the best use of the waste material. A PowerPoint presentation was also given on the subject. Students learnt how to use their creativity to make things such as napkin holders from used compact disks. They also learnt how make pen holders, trays and flower vases.

Handwriting competition

Panchkula: A Hindi handwriting competition was held at DC Model Senior Senior Secondary School, Sector 7. Around 100 students of Prep I participated in the competition with enthusiasm. The winners of the competition were Sagar, Shayanpreet and Ridhima.

Navratras celebrations

Mohali: Students of Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, celebrated Navratras and Durga Ashtami with enthusiasm. A special assembly was held on this occasion. The children were explained the significance of the festivals. Children also visited a temple. The purpose behind celebrating the festivals was to make the children familiar with their rich culture, said the school authorities.

Wildlife Protection Week

Wildlife Protection Week was organised by the junior wing of Anee’s School, Sector 69. Students were fully engrossed in different kinds of activities. They wrote meaningful slogans about endangered species. Tiger conservation remained in focus throughout the week. Students also participated in poster-making and collage-making competitions.



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