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Relief engine hits train, 5 hurt
The injured were sitting on the stairs of bogies when they fell off the train due to a sudden jolt
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

One of the injured passengers on Tuesday.
One of the injured passengers on Tuesday. Tribune Photo: S. Chandan

Chandigarh, November 20
Five passengers on board the Nangal-Ambala daily passenger train sustained injuries when the stranded train was being pulled by a relief engine near the Hallo Majra railway overbridge this evening. The victims were sitting on the stairs of the bogies when they fell from the train due to a sudden jolt.

The injured, Sham Sundar, Shiv Kumar and Gaurav Nath, who sustained minor head and knee injuries, were rushed to the GMCH, Sector 32. They were later discharged. Due to the noise generated during the buffering (the process to attach the additional engine to the stationary train), people in large numbers gathered at the spot.

On learning about the mishap, Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Shyain and SDM (South) Parshuram V Kavle also reached the spot.

Ripul, an eyewitness, said he along with other passengers was waiting for the train when they heard the noise. A majority of the passengers thought that the train had derailed and a few of them jumped off to save their lives.

Passengers at the mercy of fire officials

As neither the Railways nor the UT Administration made any drop arrangements for the passengers, the fire officials helped a few families who were on foot in getting an alternative mode of transportation.

Passengers leaving the stranded train.
Passengers leaving the stranded train.

The accident took place at 7 pm. Many passengers alighted from the train and went in search of some alternative mode of transportation.

Officials of the UT Administration, who were present on the spot, refused to speak to the media.

Railway station superintendent Parveen Kumar said the authorities were getting the engine repaired.

Meanwhile, Sanjeev Kohli from the Disaster Management Cell of the Chandigarh Administration said they were told that a fatal mishap had occurred.

Ram Bhawan, who along with his family, was to go to Ambala to attend a wedding, put off his travel plan after he did not get any drop facility at the railway station. He lamented that for the past two hours, he had been waiting for the train. He added that as he could not reach Ambala on time, he decided to go back to Mohali.

Surinder Singh from Nangal said he wanted to go to Ambala but did not know how to get there.

Minister informed

Even though Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal was not in the city, his party representatives visited the spot and informed him about the accident.

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Three youths meet gory end
Bodies devoured by stray dogs found on railway tracks
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 20
What could have been passed an accident, the death of three Panchkula youths has turned out to be an apparent gory murder. On finding the bodies eaten by stray dogs along the railway track, the Government Railway Police on Sunday night had initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. However, the Panchkula police has started probing the angle of honour killing.

Two 17-year-old boys, Raju and Ram Singh, and a 13-year-old girl were missing since November 17. Raju's family suspects it to be an honour killing. Ram Singh and the girl were residents of Sector 28, Panchkula, and Raju was a resident of Sector 26, Panchkula.

The police said that Raju and the girl were having an affair for the past seven months. The trio were friends and used to stay in Sector 12 of Panchkula, but later Raju's family shifted to Sector 26 while the family of the girl and Ram Singh shifted to Sector 26, Panchkula. Parents of Raju and Ram approached the Panchkula police today stating that their children had been murdered and it was suspected to be a case of honour killing.

"It was three days ago when Raju did not return home in the evening after meeting his friends. Suddenly in the evening, the parents of the girl came at our residence and said that my son had kidnapped their daughter," said Tikka Ram, Raju's father.

He added: "The girl's maternal uncle threatened that if they find Raju and the girl, they will kill them."

Following this, the families filed complaints at the Ramgarh police post.

On Sunday night, the police told Tikka Ram that the bodies have been found. Raju's head was found at a distance and Ram's legs were also chopped.

"We had registered a missing report and now we have come to know that their bodies have been found on the railway track near Dera Bassi," said Bhushan Kumar, in charge of the Ramgarh police post.

He added: "It seems that they were killed and then thrown on the railway track near Dera Bassi."

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Politicians, police officers continue to flout norms
Former Health Minister Lakshmi Kanta Chawla, 2 IPS and a PPS officers have encroached upon government land
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 20
Belying the claims of the Mohali police to have removed all illegal security tents from public places, a former Health Minister of Punjab, two IPS officers and a PPS officer are still flouting norms.

BJP leader Lakshmi Kanta Chawla has erected a tent for her security staff adjacent to her residence in Sector 70. The story is no different around the residences of three top police officers, including IP Sahota, Inspector General (Lokpal), Dr Rajwant Singh, a Haryana-cadre IPS officer, and Hardial Singh Mann, SSP, Fatehgarh Sahib.

During a survey, The Tribune team found a security tent pitched in the lawn of the corner house of Lakshmi Kanta Chawla in Sector 70. A GMADA official said: “It’s certainly an encroachment.” Chawla was, however, could not be contacted for comments.

The security staff of PPS officer Hardial Singh Mann, currently posted as SSP, Fatehgarh Sahib, has encroached upon a government land by pitching a tent in front of the officer’s residence in Sector 70. When contacted, Hardial Singh Mann said: “The tent will be removed from the public place.”

Inspector General (Lokpal) IP Sahota has also encroached upon government land by erecting a tent and a picket for security staff adjacent to his residence in Sector 69.

A security tent was also found pitched on the footpath near the residence of Dr Rajwant Singh in Phase XI. Though no security personnel were spotted near the tent, a resident of the area claimed that the tent was being used by the security staff of the police officer. The tent has covered the entire footpath.

Notably, the Mohali SSP had given an affidavit to the Punjab and Haryana High Court on May 22, 2012, claiming that all security tents had been removed except three for which he had sought a period of 10 days that time.

SP (City) Swarndeep Singh said the DSP (City 1) and the DSP (City II) had also submitted a report to him, mentioning that there had been no more security tents on public places in the entire town.

“It seems that the tents in question have been erected again after being removed. However, we will depute our teams to check the latest status of the security tents,” said Swarndeep Singh, SP (City).

Navjot Kaur, estate officer, GMADA, said she would depute a team to survey the town to check the nuisance.

Meanwhile, the security tent, which was found pitched by the security personnel of IPS NS Dhillon in Phase X was removed today.

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HUDA issues notices to erring bureaucrats in Panchkula
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 20
Following the reports of encroachments outside the houses of bureaucrats, a team of Haryana Urban Development authority (HUDA) visited the area, following which notices were sent to the violators to clear the encroachments.

The notice stated that either the violators remove the tents and other encroachments on their own within a day, or HUDA will take necessary action.

“Our junior engineer went for an inspection with a team of officials, and we have also given warnings to the violators. If they don’t clear the encroachments within a day or so, we will take necessary action,” said Estate Officer, HUDA, Ashwini Sharma.

On Saturday and Sunday, Chandigarh Tribune had reported about encroachments done by bureaucrats, mocking at the High Court’s order.

Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) BK Garg’s security staff has pitched six tents, with a special bathroom and a kitchen, outside his residence in Sector 7. Similarly, the Haryana ADGP MS Mann has got an illegal toilet constructed for his security guards in a park near his residence in Sector 6. Former Punjab Chief Secretary Jai Singh Gill has also provided tent facility to his guards near his residence in Sector 6.

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Tent still intact outside Gurjar’s house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
An encroachment outside the residence of an IAS officer of the Punjab cadre continues to go unchecked, with the officer justifying the encroachment and the Municipal Corporation turning a blind eye.

Going against the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, IAS officer Sumer Singh Gurjar, posted as Director, State Transport, Punjab, is using a tent pitched outside House No. 901 in Sector 7 for providing temporary shelter to his security staff. The officer has allegedly encroached upon a part of the road outside his house to erect the temporary shelter. The tent is currently being used by Gurjar's servant, security guard and driver. It has been pitched on the rear side of his house. On the front of his house, a note pasted on the gate states that the entrance is at the rear side.

Gurjar contends that the area on which the tent has been pitched lies within the boundary of his house and did not belong to the MC or the UT Administration.

The Municipal Corporation also seems to have turned a blind eye to the issue. MC officials claim that earlier, on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, they had removed all the illegal tents pitched on the MC land.

City Mayor Raj Bala Malik said: "I came to know about this issue through the media reports. I will recommend the Municipal Commissioner to immediately look into the matter."

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Snatcher nabbed by traffic cops after chase
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Alertness by two UT Traffic policemen helped nab a snatcher in Industrial Area here this evening. The police arrested Ravi Shanker, a driver and a resident of Ludhiana, while he was trying to flee with Rs 12,000 that he snatched from a driver of a mini-truck after assaulting him.

The incident took place in the evening when Gurvinder Singh, a resident of Patiala and a driver by profession, was returning after loading material from a plot in Industrial Area, Phase 1. Gurvinder was driving a Swaraj Mazda mini-truck when a scooter brushed past his vehicle.

Ravi Shanker was riding the scooter and he stopped the mini-truck by blocking its way. Gurvinder alighted from his vehicle and confronted the scooterist, who was accusing him of hitting his scooter.

A heated scuffle ensued during which Ravi Shanker bashed up Gurvinder. People gathered and Ravi snatched Rs 12,000 kept in the front pocket of Gurvinder. The pocket was torn in the process. The accused accelerated his scooter and fled.

Gurvinder raised the alarm and two traffic policemen — ASI GS Bedi and constable Sunil Kumar —chased the scooter on their bike and finally nabbed the snatcher at a short distance from the spot.

The snatched money was recovered from his possession and the accused was handed over to the police.

The police has registered a case under Sections 382 and 411 of the IPC at the Industrial Area police station against the accused. He will be produced in a court tomorrow.

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New industrial policy for Chandigarh soon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Chandigarh is all set to host "Destination [email protected]", the eighth edition of the annual IT event, which is being jointly organised by the Chandigarh Administration, Punjab government, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Software Technology Parks of India (STPI).

Prerna Puri, secretary, Information Technology, Chandigarh Administration, said, “We have partnered with the CII to mobilise industry’s participation and enhance the scope of the event. The objective of the event is to promote Chandigarh and the region as an ICT hub. Our facilitation centre at the IT Park is ready and we will be chalking out a new industrial policy for Chandigarh," she said

“Various activities and programmes have already started in schools and colleges as part of the event with an aim to reach out to youngsters, students, citizens and industry to encourage the youth to take up IT as a career and build the desired ICT eco-system on the whole. These programmes include a mobile applications (APPs) competition, visit of students to IT companies in the region to learn as to how organisations actually work, e-waste awareness painting competition in schools, session on choosing IT as a career, session on how to write a business plan for college students, cyber safety campaign on FM radio and IT quiz for school students," she said.

One of the special highlights of the event is the session with India’s youngest CEOs, Shravan and Sanjay, founders of Go Dimensions, Chennai, aged 10 and 12, respectively. Their mobile applications are being used and downloaded in 20 countries and Apple has also joined hands with them," she added.

Ajay P Srivastava, joint director, Software Technology Parks of India, Mohali, said, “The ICT sector has immense potential in the region to provide direct and indirect employment and foreign currency." The IT exports in the region were Rs 1,910 crore last year which grew at 22 per cent and 30 to 35 new entrepreneurs started their business last year.

Sameer Goel, chairman, CII, Chandigarh Council, said, “The event will focus on e-Gov innovations at the small-scale level. The CII’s role will be to bridge the gap between the Administration and industry regarding various policy initiatives and industry’s requirements. We will also get global leaders to share their best practices and experiences with the industry and budding entrepreneurs from the region.

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Counselling centres of no help
Chairman to hold special meeting of all six NGOs today
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Disappointed with the performance of family counselling centres funded by the Central Social Welfare Board, a special meeting of all six NGOs running these centres has been called by the chairman tomorrow.

During a visit to one of the counselling centre yesterday run by NGO Don Bosco Navjeevan located at Sector 24, chairman Kamlesh found that the centre was not getting much cases of family disputes due to lack of coordination among their branches located in the slum areas of the city.

Surprisingly, from the 17 branches located in the slum areas of the city, the NGO was receiving only 20 per cent of the family dispute cases and all the rest were related to the career counselling. Counsellors who were deployed by the NGO said that they hardly received any family dispute cases, as a majority of them were entertained by the women cell of the police.

While responding to the queries of the chairman, counsellors complained that they hardly received any funds to advertise the counselling services in the city due to which less family dispute cases were being received by the NGOs.

Records of the board revealed that there were six NGOs which were being funded by the Central Government for the family counselling services but most of them got very few cases of family dispute as the public was not aware of it. Neither did the NGOs approach the police station of their areas to know about such family dispute cases in routine.

Kamlesh has called a meeting of all the NGOs tomorrow to review their progress and also to streamline their functioning so that their performance could be improve. The board is also planning to constitute small sub-committees of the NGOs, which will be functional in slums and rural areas to deal with the family dispute cases before they approach the police for assistance.

Lack of coordination to blame

During a visit to one of the counselling centre on Monday run by NGO Don Bosco Navjeevan at Sector 24, chairman Kamlesh found that the centre was getting a few cases of family disputes due to lack of coordination among their branches located in the slum areas of the city.

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FIR recommended on missing files
UT police seeking legal opinion
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Four months after several confidential files belonging to IAS and PCS officers went missing from the Punjab Personnel Department, the UT Police has sought legal opinion in the matter after a preliminary inquiry recommended the registration of a case.

As many as 35 files had gone missing. During an inquiry, eight files were recovered. The files pertained to IAS and PCS officers facing allegations of indiscipline, nepotism and corruption. The files were marked and forwarded to Yog Raj Sharma, the then Joint Secretary in the Personnel Department.

DSP Ashish Kapoor said as many as 27 files were still missing and the preliminary inquiry found that a case should be registered and the matter be thoroughly investigated. Sources said the officials concerned were under the scanner and the registration of a case was necessary to bring out the guilty.

The UT police has sent the file recommending the registration of the case to SSP Naunihal Singh, who has marked it to the Additional District Attorney. An inquiry conducted by the Personnel Department had found that files did not move after being marked to the Joint Secretary. Almost all files contained orders recommending action against the officers. "We need to find out who the guilty is. We will proceed with the investigations after getting legal opinion," said Kapoor.

Case file

  • As many as 35 confidential files belonging to IAS and PCS officers had gone missing from the Punjab Personnel Department
  • The files pertained to officers facing allegations of indiscipline, nepotism and corruption
  • Almost all files contained orders recommending disciplinary action against the officers
We need to find out who the guilty is. We will proceed with the investigations after getting legal opinion in the matter. — Ashish Kapoor, DSP

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CHANDIGARH SCAN
MCM girls display creative flair

MCM College today organised “Tehzeeb-e-MCM”, a showcase of talent and creativity harboured at the college. A detailed introduction of the college and its research and academic pursuits was given on the occasion. The college also gave an insight into the research-oriented education and the contemporary holistic training methodologies adopted at the college for producing empowered women leaders of tomorrow. Talent and creative flair was on display to demonstrate the practice of creating a perfect communion of tradition and technology. A research-based presentation on changing roles of women in society -- Journey of Women Empowerment -- reflected upon the unwavering endeavors of the institution towards empowering of women. PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Grover, who was present on the occasion, emphasised that the intellectual pool of the university should be utilised for motivating the students through annual bilateral interactive sessions. He also awarded the academic, sports and cultural achievers of the college at a special prize distribution ceremony.

Student designs helicopter

A student of Chandigarh Group of Colleges has made an unmanned helicopter to provide a cheaper alternative to take aerial photographs. The student, Nitesh Kumar, gave a demonstration of the helicopter that is propelled by four rotors. It has a wireless camera and can be used for navigation using global positioning system (GPS). It can reach a height of up to 200 metres and can cover up to three kilometres in just four minutes. The two cameras, fixed atop the chopper, can stream live pictures within a radius of 100 metres, which can be seen on a laptop or a TV. The third camera fixed beneath the device can take still pictures. Nitesh said that it took him long hours of continuous efforts under the guidance of his teachers for achieving this feat.

Teacher education

Institute of Educational Technology and Vocational Education, Panjab University, in collaboration with ICSSR is organising a two-day national seminar on teacher education from Wednesday at the ICSSR Complex. Prof S Mukhopadhya, NUEPA, New Delhi, will deliver the keynote address on the occasion. More than 100 delegates from 10 different states will participate and deliver their oral 
presentations in parallel sessions on different issues of teacher education on the occasion.

Philosophy Day

The Department of Philosophy, Panjab University, is organising a guest lecture on the occasion of World Philosophy Day on Wednesday. The lecture is titled "Philosophy goes to the Cinema". The seminar will begin at 11am on the department premises in Arts Block No. IV near the PU Auditorium. The 
lecture will be delivered by Professor Sanil V from IIT, Delhi.

Seminar on pension scheme

As part of the founders' day celebrations, the circle office of the Canara Bank organised a function to highlight the salient features of Central Government's Swavalamban Scheme. The national pension scheme is meant for workers in the unorganised sectors, marginal income earners and economically disadvantaged sections of the society. J Tashi, banking ombudsman, RBI, Chandigarh, was the chief guest at the event. Lalit Vaid, general manager of the Canara Bank, Chandigarh circle, presided on the occasion.

Elected

Dr Daisy Sahni, professor and head, department of anatomy, PGI, has been elected as the president of North States Chapter of Anatomical Society of India for the year 2012-2013. She has more than 70 publications against her name in national and international journals of repute. Prof Sahni will also be organising the 61st National Conference of Anatomical Society of India at the PGI in 2013. — TNS

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Impersonation
Mohali Deputy Commissioner told to get FIR registered against accused
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 20
Anurag Verma, Commissioner, Roopnagar, has directed the Mohali Deputy Commissioner, Varun Roojam, to get an FIR registered in a case of impersonation in which dead persons were shown alive by some persons in connivance with revenue officials to grab land in Kharar.

Sources said that one Bant Singh, a resident of Jandpur village near Kharar, had complained that his ancestors-- Karam Chand, Hans and Raunaki-- had died long time back but some mischievous elements in connivance with the revenue officials managed to get the power of attorney, registered in the office of Sub Registrar, Kharar, on June 16, 2011, regarding some property.

“The power of attorney was purported to be given by Karam Chand to Harwinder Singh whereas Karam Chand was not alive at that point of time. Subsequently on August 18, 2011, the Sub Registrar, Kharar, had executed a sale deed in favour of Rajinder Singh on the basis of the power of attorney”, alleged the complainant.

In this connection, an inquiry was marked by Anurag Verma to Sukhjit SINgh, SDM, Kharar. In his inquiry, Sukhjit Singh had found that the person, who had presented himself as Karam Chand before the Sub Registrar, Kharar, had been identified by certain advocate, who had at that time stated that he knew that person. In the inquiry, it was established that fraud had taken place and some person had impersonated Karam Chand.

After taking opinion of the District Attorney, Mohali, Veram asked the DC to get an FIR registered under Sections 419, 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC should be registered against the witnesses, who had identified the person at the time of registration of the bogus power of attorney and other guilty persons.

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Pensioners await benefits
Earned leave encashment at PU was halted last year
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Panjab University teachers are up-in-arms against the university’s decision as per which the earned leave encashment equivalent to a maximum of 10 months salary, which teachers used to get at the time of retirement, has been stopped, claiming that there is no such provision.

The payment was stopped around a year back, and despite repeated requests made by the Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA), the university is yet to address the issue.

PUTA members stated that at the time of retirement, each university employee used to get earned leave encashment equivalent to a maximum of 10 months salary. This practice continued till June 2011, when suddenly the audit branch raised an objection that the payment in lieu of earned leave was not supported by any of the provisions of the university calendar.

“Since then many of our colleagues have retired without such payment being made to them, leading to a loss of Rs 6-7 lakh to each of them. We fail to understand as to how the audit department had been clearing the payment for the past many years, and suddenly woke up to invoke such a non-provision in the calendar,” PUTA mentioned in a letter addressed to the Vice-Chancellor yesterday.

PUTA members said that either the earlier audit clearances were wrong or the present audit objection is arbitrary. Whatever the case be, our colleagues have been divested of a handsome amount, which they hoped to get at the time of retirement.

“Teachers had not availed earned leave to get cash benefit in lieu of the same at the time of retirement. University never notified the faculty that they will not get this benefit. University’s statutory bodies or executive authority never stopped it. In all the neighbouring universities, the teachers continue to get the benefit of earned leave encashment,” said a PUTA member.

PUTA stated that they had written to the PU authorities a number of times to resolve this issue, but so far nothing tangible had been done and the teachers’ frustration was mounting.

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Toddlers suffering from epilepsy: Docs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Defying the prevailing trend of the onset of epilepsy in children, the common age of children developing the disease has come down to three years, experts at the PGI pediatrics department said.

“Epilepsy has a wide range of causes and until few years ago the children aged above five years were found to be suffering from it. However, over the past two three years, we have seen cases where children as young as three years old were found to be suffering from the disease,” said Dr Pratibha Singhi, professor at the APC.

“Epilepsy in children is one of commonest reasons for hospital visits in children. Seizures and epilepsy affect infants and children more than any other age group. Worldwide epilepsy is about twice as common in children as in adults (about seven per 1,000 in children under the age of 16 years compared to three per 1,000 in adults). In most of the cases, the disease strikes during childhood. In India, the important causes are parasitic cyst in the brain (neurocysticercosis), birth associated brain injury, such as hypoxic ischemic injury, and genetic causes”, Singhi said while addressing a gathering of reporters here today.

She also informed that at the Advanced Pediatric Centre, the neurodevelopment clinic had more than 7,000 enrollments, with more than 50 per cent of children having seizures of one kind or another. We also run a special clinic for neurocysticercosis, which has already enrolled nearly 5,000 children.

The Advanced Pediatric Centre is going to hold a series of public lectures for the benefit of the people on topics of general interest. On November 23, the pediatric neurology unit, of the department will conduct a public awareness programme on “Epilepsy in Children” from 4 pm to 5 pm.

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Limited operating hours affect flights at city airport
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Yesterday’s emergency landing by a private helicopter carrying Kurukshetra Member of Parliament Naveen Jindal at the Chandigarh airport and subsequent cancellation of the flights has brought to the fore the problem of limited operating hours at the local airport, creating problems in the smooth operation of air traffic during emergency situations.

The situation arose as the important operative part of the airport, including runway and air traffic control, is being managed by the Indian Air Force (IAF). The airport authorities are responsible for managing the airlines’ affair and the overall activities at the terminal.

For the past many years, the IAF has kept the take-off and landing deadline between 8 am and 8 pm for domestic flights.

On Sunday, the helicopter was cleared from the runway at about 7.35 pm, but the flights could not take off since the operating hours of the airport were almost over and airlines were not permitted beyond it.

There has been a persistent demand for the revision of operation hours as the air traffic at the airport has gone up many times with all major airlines now operating from here.

“The limited operating hours have become a bane of the Chandigarh airport. It’s high time now that there must a revision in the operating hours at the airport for the overall growth of air traffic in Chandigarh as well for the convenience of the passengers,” said a senior official of a private national carrier.

Another official said that yesterday’s example where hundreds of passengers were left stranded should be taken as a hard-hitting example to push for the revision of operating hours.

A senior official of the Airports Authority of India said the issue of increasing the operating hours was discussed many times, but it is up to the Union Ministry of Defence and the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation to decide.

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I cannot believe I am alive, says accident victim
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Promod Kumar, a 30-year-old resident of Zirakpur, was thanking his stars after he escaped death narrowly last night. It was his car that split into two parts, after it was hit by a bus.

At one moment he is happy that he is alive, the next moment he shudders to think what he went through. “I could see the bus moving at a very high speed and in a split of a second it hit me. For a few seconds, it seemed the world had come upside down for me,” Promod said, while recalling the Monday morning’s incident.

“As the car split into two after being hit, I was carried away in the front portion of the car and I could not believe that I was still alive. Partly unconscious, I could only see that people had gathered around me and later I found myself in the hospital,” he said.

“I still cannot believe that I am alive. I was wearing my seat belt, so I did not sustain major injuries,” Promod said. His right ribs have been fractured. After the incident, he was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32. Today he was discharged from the hspital and advised bed rest.

Promod, a software engineer working in Sector 8, was heading towards Sector 33 for work on Monday morning when a Punjab Roadways bus hit his Maruti car at the Sectors 31-32 light point. The bus was on its way to the ISBT, Sector 43, jumped the red signal, and hit the Maruti car, splitting it into two parts.The front portion of the car got stuck in a pole, while its rear portion, containing all four seats, was dragged for over 50 metres before the bus finally came to a halt. The bus driver fled from the spot.

The hospital staff informed Promod’s father Deshraj about the accident on the phone on Monday afternoon.

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Commuters' patience put to test
Protest by members of ‘Terminated 134 Clerk Association’ leads to two-hour traffic jam
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service


Members of the PSEB Employees Union stage a dharna at Phase VIII in Mohali on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, November 20
With members of the Terminated 134 Clerk Association blocking the main road in Phase VIII this morning, hundreds of commuters had to go through a harrowing time. Long queues of vehicles were seen on the road leading to the Punjab Cricket Stadium. The situation was no better on the road in front of Fortis Hospital, the road separating Phases VIII and Phase IX and the road separating Sector 69 and Phase VIII. Policemen had tough time regulating the traffic.

Ranvir Singh, a resident of Phase IX, lamented, "I have to reach office by 9.30 am. One should not hold the general public to ransom. I may get late by half-an-hour," said Ranvir Singh.

Stuck in the traffic jam, Ranjit Kaur, a government employee, said she was late by 15 minutes.

SP (Headquarters) Darshan Singh Mann reached the spot to pacify the agitators. The blockade was lifted following the official's assurance. The traffic jam lasted for over two hours.

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Garbage collection
Nod to pilot project
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
The proposed pilot project regarding the door-to-door garbage collection in Sector 22 has received a nod by the municipal corporation's Finance and Contract Committee.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the committee today. The civic body has also decided to hire 16 security guards and two inspectors through a government agency for deployment to various wings.

The security guards will be hired through the Punjab Ex-Serviceman Corporation in Sector 34. The move will cost the civic body Rs 2.41 lakh per month. The security staff will be deployed in Medical Office of Health at Sector 17, birth and death wing of the municipal corporation in Sector 17, dumping ground in Daddu Majra, Motor Garage in Sector 20 and new Motor Garage in Industrial Area.

The committee also gave a go-ahead to the purchase of nine tractor-trailers for Rs 32.31 lakh. The committee also proposed to purchase a Mahindra Bolero for the enforcement wing.

At present, the enforcement wing is looking after the work pertaining to removal of temporary encroachments in various parts of the city. The enforcement unit has also been assigned the job of checking the violations for debris bylaws. "The committee has recommended to set up a control room to attend the complaints pertaining to debris," said an official.

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Army displays weapons for students
Tribune News Service


Students try their hands on weapons; and (below) students atop a tank at the Western Command, Chandimandir, Panchkula, on Tuesday. Tribune photos: S Chandan

Chandigarh, November 20
In an effort to reach out to students of impressionable ages, the Western Command is organising a series of equipment display that began at the Chandimandir Military Station today. About 2,000 students from schools at Chandimandir and Rashtriya Military School, Chail (HP), witnessed the display.

The students showed keen interest in the handling and functioning of weapons, artillery guns, radars and armoured vehicles and various demonstrations. They also got a chance to take a ride on tanks and infantry combat vehicles. The display included bridge-laying tanks, air defence guns and infantry weapons. The aim of the display is to spread awareness amongst the youngsters on the Army’s way of life and motivate them to opt for the Army as a career. Another display will be held at Chandiamndir tomorrow and similar demonstrations will be held at Panchkula on November 22, in Chandigarh on November 24 and in Mohali on November 26.

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Over 1 lakh devotees observe Chhath Puja
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Over 1 lakh people gave offering to the rising sun on the last and fourth day of the Chhath Puja here in Chandigarh at the Sector-42 lake. The local administration and the police had made elaborate arrangements for a hassle free festive celebration.

About 150 to 200 police personnel were deputed to control the crowd.

Preparations were on since early morning. Dilip Kumar, organising secretary, Parovanchal Welfare Association, said that people began gathering as early as 3 am, and paid their offerings to the rising sun. The offerings included fruits and vegetables, among others,” he said.

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EDUCATION
 

Unending wait for girl students
Completion of new PU hostel delayed till next session
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service


The under-construction hostel building at the PU South Campus in Sector 25, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, November 20
While hundreds of girl students await allocation of hostel rooms at Panjab University, the slow pace of construction work of the new girls’ hostel at the South Campus has decreased the probability of these students getting hostel rooms before the next academic session.

The university had earlier claimed that two floors of Hostel No 9 would be ready by July; however, with the semester coming to an end, the hostel is still under construction.

Due to the introduction of new courses leading to an increase in the intake of students, the university has been facing a consistent shortage of hostel rooms. Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) leader Manoj Lubana said that the university’s construction wing’s lethargic attitude had led to the delay. “Over 300 girl students are still waiting for a hostel seat,” he said.

He further stated that the university had claimed that by October this year, four floors of the hostel would be ready for use; however, not even two floors had been constructed so far.

Presently, there are a total of 16 hostels, including eight each for boys and girls, which accommodate over 6,500 hostel residents.

Dean Student Welfare (DSW) AS Ahluwalia said they had recently told the construction wing to complete the work before the next session. “We have now planned that the rooms will be allocated, when all the six floors of the building are completed,” he said.

The new hostel will primarily cater to the students of the UIET, BDS and UIAMS that are housed in the South Campus.

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Tricity students imparted entrepreneurial skills
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) of the PEC University of Technology conducted a seminar as a part of outreach activities being conducted for the annual information technology (IT) event, Destination IT, North, here today.

This annual event will be held in Chandigarh on November 22 and 23.

The session aimed at reaching out to the residents, especially college students, to provide them with a platform to share state-of-the-art ideas on how to prepare a business plan and to encourage entrepreneurship.

Dr Manoj Datta, Director, PEC University of Technology, addressed the students of various colleges of the tricity.

He motivated them to attend such sessions along with their regular studies and emphasised on the need to develop entrepreneurship skills for rapid growth in their profession.

He also stressed upon the need to spread awareness on how to launch a new business venture.

Kunal Nandwani, founder and CEO of UTrade Solutions, addressed the attendees.

An alumnus of PEC’s computer science and engineering department, Nandwani made the students understand the basics of starting an entrepreneurial venture and how to cope with difficulties faced in the process.

He also threw light on various sources for funding a venture.

He also apprised the students of ways to handle venture capitalists and angel investors.

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From schools
Handwriting competition

Panchkula: Over 105 students participated in English and Hindi handwriting competition at DC Model Senior Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, on Tuesday. Senior teachers judged the entries. The school principal congratulated the winners and distributed prizes.

New school coming up in Mohali

Mohali: Gillco International School will be starting its first academic session from April 2013 The school is being set up at Sector 127. Ranjit Singh Gill, CMD, Gillco Group, said, “Students today need to develop digital literacy along with traditional skills and the ability to evaluate and apply this knowledge in the rapidly changing information-rich community and environment.” GIS has integrated some of the best international teaching models for holistic learning, he said. — TNS

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