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Couple charred to death
Bodies found in house; dispute over liquor suspected reason behind their death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 1
The charred bodies of a couple were found under mysterious circumstances at their home in Sector 46 here this morning. Though the police has ruled out any foul play, domestic violence is believed to be the reason behind the tragic incident. The couple was heard quarreling by their neighbours a few hours before they saw smoke bellowing out of the house.

Surprisingly, the neighbours did not hear any noise as the smoke bellowed out of the house. The house is located in a congested locality. The deceased have been identified as Sanjay (40), who worked as a cook in the Air Force mess at 3BRD, and his wife Sushma (35). The couple is survived by their five-year-old son, Aryan.

Diwan Singh, SHO, Sector 34 Police Station, said the control room received a call at around 10 am about a fire at House No. 676, and a fire tender and a police team was rushed to the scene. However, on reaching the house the police found the charred bodies of the couple. “It was found that smoke was emanating from the charred bodies of the couple. Fire brigade personnel doused the smouldering bodies,” the SHO said.

The police the neighbours saw Sanjay moving out of the home at around 9 am, probably to purchase liquor. His wife stopped him and brought him back to home. The incident led to a fight between the two and later on the neighbours noticed smoke bellowing out of the house.

While the woman’s body was lying on the floor in the kitchen, the man’s body was lying close to it. The bodies were removed after a team of forensic experts reached the spot.

The police said Sanjay was an alcoholic, the reason behind recurrent fights between the two. “It’s not clear whether the couple set each other ablaze or one of them tried to commit suicide by setting himself or herself on fire and the other caught fire while trying to save him or her,” the police added.

The couple, who belonged to Ambala, got married in 2005 and in 2007 they shifted to Chandigarh.

The members of the woman’s family also reached the scene. They blamed Sanjay for Sushma’s death.



His world shattered in a couple of minutes
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service


Chandigarh, December 1
In couple of minutes five-year-old Aryan lost his world. His parents sent him to buy sweets for himself, however, before his return, both of them had died. The innocent boy could only say that his parents used to fight every day because of his father’s drinking habit.

Aryan, a student of LKG, in a school at the 3BRD, was very much aware of the problems going-on between his parents. On being questioned, he revealed that his father used to drink alcohol that led to fights everyday. However, he didn’t knew that the fight between his parents would lead to such a tragic incident.

It was after the police reached at the scene and discovered the charred bodies of the couple, the neighbors located Aryan who was unaware of the incident and was playing with other children near the house.

Aryan told the police officials that his mother gave him some money asking him to purchase sweets for him.

While the police and the forensic experts investigated the crime scene, the child kept on sitting on the boundary wall outside the house holding a packet of popcorns, anxiously waiting for his parents.

He also seemed confused on seeing the crowd gathered in the narrow street outside the house in Sector 46.

Although, Aryan’s grandmother and uncle, who reached there after the incident, were taking care of him. But in the afternoon, his mother’s family member reached the house and took the custody of Aryan.



Skyscraper comes up in 48 hrs
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 1
Setting a new national record, a 10-storeyed building of steel has been erected in just 48 hours in Mohali. The challenge to raise the tower has been accomplished by a Mohali-based company, Synergy Thrislinglton.

When it struck 4.30 pm, the staff engaged in the raising of the steel structure erupted in celebration as the deadline for the completion of the building had been met. More than 200 skilled workers of the company stood proud in front of the skyscraper as awestruck onlookers watched the building inching towards the finish.

A visibly elated Harpal Singh, the brain behind the idea and owner of the company, said today, they had shown the world their skills of constructing buildings the fastest way.

“In several fields, we have already shown the world our worth but the construction of building was one of the fields where we were lagging behind among the developed countries. Today’s achievement of ours has brought us equal to those developed countries, which are already using this technology to construct buildings,” he said.

After the completion of the building, the ground floor was opened for the staff, the media and other invitees. The floor was furnished as a corporate office.

Terming the factory-made sample building an intelligent or smart structure, he said it was fireproof, bulletproof, energy efficient and would have the lowest CO2 emissions. The curtains would automatically cover the windows panes in the afternoon. This technology has a vast potential for totally revolutionising the much-needed infrastructure technology in the country by rapidly speeding up the construction of commercial towers, luxury hotels, high-rise buildings, hospitals, educational institutions and retail outlets, added Harpal Singh.



A smart structure

It is fireproof, bulletproof, energy efficient and would have the lowest CO2 emissions. Curtains would automatically cover windows panes in the afternoon.

A new Limca Book record

With today's accomplishment, the name of Synergy Thrislinglton has entered the Limca Book of Records (LBR). Showing the national record certificate given by the LBR, Harpal Singh said it’s just a beginning. With our technology, high-rise buildings comprising more than 100 storeys can be constructed, so more such records are in the offing, said Harpal Singh.

People awestruck

Hundreds of people visited the site to watch a national record building construction being created. This is really a marvel. Two days before there was nothing and today we can see a high-rise building standing tall before us, said Ram Manohar, who works in a nearby factory. A resident of Phase 4, Vandna Mehta, who came along with her daughter to the site, said: “We have read a lot about it. It’s really a matter of proud for all of us.



In just 2 days: How they did it
Call it Mohali’s Wonder. Men and machine join to build a 10-floor structure. Here’s how

The challenge: Work on the project was launched by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal at 4.30 pm on Thursday on the complex of Synergy Telecommunication Limited at Phase 1, Industrial Area, here. It has to be over in just two days

As many as 200 skilled technicians and workers with the help of three huge cranes were put into service to complete the remarkable task of raising 10-storeyed building in just 48 hours.

The breakthrough: The ground floor was completed in just 55 minutes.

About 24 hours after the launch, the eight-storey structure was ready.

The construction work was videographed from all corners.

All components of the building were manufactured in the factory, pre-fitted with floors, water supply, wirings, sanitation, air-conditioning ducts and everything else.

More than 80 per cent of the work was done in the factory.

IT’s STEEL: building covers 26,000 sq ft space. Except the foundation of the building, which is a concrete structure, there is no use of sand, gravel and other concrete material on the floors.

The officials of the company claimed that the cost of the steel structure would be between Rs 1,500 per sq ft and 2000 per sq ft, which is nearly equal to any conventional concrete structure.

Badal has directed PUDA to check the viability of the technology if it can be used in the state government’s project of constructing 2 lakh EWS houses in the coming two years.

The nuts and bolts:

  • Eco-friendly: Concrete is used in the foundation and 3-inch deck floorings in this nut and bolt structure. To build the structure, steel structure floors with the outer insulated walls were put together. This ensures that the building has low energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
  • As all components of the building were manufactured in the factory (more than 80 percent of the work is done in the factory), these were then shifted in the state-of-the-art transporting vehicles to the actual site for the installation. This resulted in minimal emissions of dust and less pollution of water at the site. The facade is double- skinned PUF panel that ensures thermal insulation.
  • The construction mechanism has been approved by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Structural Engineering Research Centre, Chennai.



No stopping this woman athlete at 97
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 1
At 97 one might like to spend all the time telling tales about his or her days of youth while sitting in a warm quilt and people sitting around him. But for Mann Kaur, a resident of Sector 40 and famous veteran athlete, it’s all about living more and keeping fit.

Adding another feather to her cap, the two times world record holder athlete has won a gold medal in the recently concluded 17th Asia Masters Athletic Championship held in Taipei (Taiwan) from November 2 to 7. She completed her 100m race in 64.43 seconds to won the gold medal. Following in his mother’s footstep, her 74-year-old son Gurdev Singh won a silver medal in a rely race clocking 1.02.43 minutes.

I am very happy to win the top place in the 100m race. I started slow but managed to finish first. I competed in the 85+ years category, said Mann.

The local athlete had also participated in Delhi Half Marathon on September 30.

“Winning laurels has always been my passion. I could have started taking part in races during my childhood, but during that time girls were not supposed to take part in sports. Now, I am just focusing on running and making my mark in athletics,” said Mann.

Mann Kaur started her career in athletics after her 75-year-old son Gurdev Singh asked her to "run for fun".

I asked Biji (Mann) to start running after I came across an old woman who took part in the Masters game. Gradually, Biji started winning laurels in track events, said Gurdev Singh.

On his feat, he said I was part of the Indian contingent that finished second in the relay race. I regularly take part in practice sessions along with budding athletes. I always suggest them to have a proper diet and practice hard. Thus their body will become tough to bear the pressure, said Gurdev.

When asked about his diet, he said: “We prefer to have two glasses of milk and a glass of apple juice along with a good quantity of vitamin-D. Besides having a regular diet, we prefer to have food made of home-made flour mixed with proteins. I have bought a special flour-mixing machine from Australia so that we can make sprouted grain chapattis,” said Gurdev Singh.

After participating in the Asia Masters, the duo will now compete in the World Masters games to be held in Brasil in July next year.

She jogs 10km daily

I jog around 10 km a day in a park. Now that winters have set in, I will reschedule my practice session to gain stamina. — Mann Kaur



7,364 to appear for rescheduled PGI exam
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 1
A total of 7,364 candidates will be eligible to appear for the PGIMER’s rescheduled MD/MS entrance exam, which is to be held on December 8. A provisional list of the eligible candidates, including roll numbers and categories, was uploaded on the institution’s website late evening today.

The candidates have been told to contact the PGI office in case of corrections required in their particulars uploaded in the list. Each of the candidates will be issued hall tickets for the exam. In case any candidate does not receive the hall ticket by December 4, he or she is advised to contact the PGI office between December 5 and December 7 from 9 AM to 5 PM.

The PGI had earlier confirmed that the admit cards were issued to the candidates during the previous exam held on November 10.

The exam will be held across 11 centres in Chandigarh from 10 AM to 12 PM on December 8.

On November 14, the exam was cancelled and was rescheduled for December 8 after the CBI unearthed an admission scam on November 10, when they raided various centres and arrested several fraudsters.

The CBI had raised serious questions on the admission process of the premier institute. The entrance examination at the PGIMER is considered as one of the toughest examinations in the country.

No fresh applications were allowed for the rescheduled exam. A majority of the candidates will have to once again travel from different parts of the country to appear in the entrance examination at the PGIMER to get admission in around 200 postgraduate seats in various medical and surgical specialities.

Seven candidates were caught using sophisticated devices for cheating. The CBI has also identified some more beneficiaries from among the candidates who appeared in the exam on November 10.



Deshraj’s remand extended

Chandigarh, December 1
The accused in a graft case, former SP (City) Deshraj Singh was produced before a special CBI court here today via videoconferencing (with inter-connectivity between the court and the Burail Jail). This is the first high-profile case being heard via videoconferencing since the facility was introduced 10 days ago. Deshraj’s judicial custody was extended by another 14 days. He will appear before the court on December 15.

Two weeks ago, the court had dismissed his bail application amid strong opposition by the investigating agency. Deshraj’s counsel Vishal Garg has moved an application in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking his bail. The case will come up for hearing on December 10.

Deshraj was arrested on October 18 after he was caught red-handed by the CBI while accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from a police inspector allegedly for giving him a clean chit in two departmental inquiries against him.

According to CBI officials, Deshraj had demanded Rs 5 lakh from Inspector Anokh Singh, the complainant in the case, for giving inquiry reports in his favour. — TNS



New turn to Panchkula train mishap case
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 1
The postmortem report of the three Panchkula youths, whose bodies were found from a railway track, has revealed that the victims had injury before they were run over by the train.

It was on November 18 when the bodies of three Panchkula youths were found chopped and eaten by dogs near a railway line in Derabassi. Two 17-year-old boys, Raju and Ram Singh and a 13-year-old girl had been missing since November 17 and the Raju’s had alleged honour killing.

Ram and the girl were residents of Sector 28, Panchkula, while Raju was a resident of Sector 26, Panchkula.

“According to the post mortem reports, multiple blackish disc colour wounds are seen at various parts of the body. The blackish colour may be because of the grease of the train but the wounds depict injuries before they were run over by the train,” said a doctor requesting anonymity. A board of four doctors conducted the postmortem of the victims.

The postmortem reports also revealed that neck was slit and upper chest were crushed and that the head partially separated from the bodies. The police has already sent the viscera for the examination.

The police said, Raju and the victim girl had an affair for the past seven months. Fathers of Raju and Ram had approached the Panchkula police and stated that their children had been murdered.

The police said, the three were killed and then thrown on the railway track near Dera Bassi so that people may suspect it a suicide case.

It was also informed that the girl had taken cash and jewellery before leaving her home.



Road widening
800 phones lose ring in Mohali
Tribune News Service

BSNL employees show damaged cables which were cut during widening of the road at Industrial Area, Phase IX, in Mohali on Saturday.
BSNL employees show damaged cables which were cut during widening of the road at Industrial Area, Phase IX, in Mohali on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Mohali, December 1
An allegedly ‘mindless’ digging by GMADA officials to widen the road in Phase IX of the Industrial Area caused disconnection of over 800 phones of the BSNL in the area. An official of the BSNL at the site claimed that with the digging process, two major wires have been cut. “With cutting of these two cables over 800 BSNL phones of Sector 66, Phase XI and Phase IX of the Industrial Area have gone dead,” said the official.

On being contacted, Nishan Singh, the senior SDO, cable maintenance, confirmed the incident.

“We have faced this problem many a time. Due to digging by different departments, our cables have been several times. This time also, two major cables have been cut during the digging for widening the road,” said Nishan Singh.

When asked whether or not his department was informed by the GMADA officials about the digging in progress, Nishan Singh said that nobody had informed them.



Artists from Chennai put Tanjore paintings on display at craft mela
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 1
Centuries have passed but the style of the Tanjore paintings have not changed much. In the ongoing Chandigarh National Craft Mela, a group of artists from Chennai has put up a large collection of the Tanjore paintings.

Due to their gold foil work, the paintings are the most expensive artifacts in the craft mela, costing between Rs 2500 to Rs 4 lakh. “What makes these paintings different from other art forms is their surface richness, vivid colours and the hand work involved in making these paintings," says Chennai-based B Loganathan, who has displayed a large number of work at the mela.

According to him, a big painting takes more than four months to complete and 12 family members work on different stages of a painting. “ These paintings are embossed with high-quality gold foil, which ensures that these paintings last for several generations. We have several buyers, who have the paintings, made by my grandfather," says Loganathan. Loganathan has won several awards, including the Gandhi Memorial Award. The theme of the most of the paintings is Hindu gods and goddesses and saints.

Another artist Lokesh said the Tanjore paintings, which originated from Thanjavur during the Maratha period in the 16th Century, started with a religious theme and over the years they tried to continue the same tradition.

According to him, there are artists, especially the younger generation, who has started making paintings on the non-religious themes.

This years’ edition of the mela, has seen a massive participation by the tribal people of India. Pottery items from Manipur, including famous blue pottery and exotic tribal jewellery of Rajasthan are getting a lot of attention.



Survey to detect cancer patients kicks off
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 1
Over 12 lakh people will be covered in Mohali district under the state-level programme for early detection and registration of cancer patients. The campaign started from Balmik colony here today.

Medical personnel at different levels, including paramedical, Asha workers and sthat of the nursing students would assist in compiling the information.

It is learnt that a questionnaire has been prepared by the health department, which would be asked to each resident. The data collected would be sent to the state-level authorities for compilation. The exercise would be similar to that of the polio campaign and would end on December 21.

All those diagnosed with cancer can avail the financial relief of Rs 1.5 lakh.



Youth files complaint against Khemka

Panchkula, December 1
A complaint has been filed in the court against Ashok Khemka under Section 156 (3) of CrPC by a youth alleging abetment to suicide case against Khemka.

The youth, Nitin Poswal, in his complaint, said that the police may be asked to register a case against Khemka. The court has deferred the case till January 17.

Poswal said that his father, Jaswant Singh, was working as clerk with housing board headquarters, Sector 6, Panchkula, where Khemka was the Managing Director.

According to the complaint, Khemka had sacked Jaswant on the wrong basis following which Jaswant went missing from home on February 16, 2007 and did not turn up after that.

It was also stated in the complaint that Khemka had told Jaswant to go somewhere and die. — TNS



Sergeant Uday Singh remembered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 1
Sergeant Uday Singh, the first Indian who served in the US Army and died during operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, was paid homage on his ninth death anniversary at St Stephen's School, Sector 45, Chandigarh, today. A memorial function was organised in the school today, which was attended by his parents.

On the occasion, several awards were given to the meritorious students. Sadhika Sood was honoured for attaining highest aggregate marks in English.The Uday Singh Scholarship went to Abhay Rana and Aditi Pandey



From Schools
Road safety campaign

Doon International School, Mohali, in collaboration with the Mohali traffic police organised a road safety campaign in the school on Saturday. The students were apprised of the traffic rules and regulations by head constable (Traffic and Education SAS Nagar) Harjinder Singh.

Honour for Navodya Vidyalaya

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Mouli, Panchkula, was awarded the ISA award (international school award of the British Council). Since 2004, 600 schools from India have received this award.

Annual day function

Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Sector 69, Mohali, celebrated the annual day function with pomp and show on Saturday. During the programme, children of junior section (play way to class V) showed their talent . The students entertained the audience by presenting several performances. The play "Sadachar Ska Tabeez " highlighted the problem of corruption in the country. Another play "Sastey Jahaj ka Sapna" highlighted the dreams and aspirations of the middle class people.

World AIDS Day

NSS volunteers of class XII of GSSS, Dhanas, conducted a rally on the World AIDS Day in Dhanas village on Saturday .Seema, vice-principal of the school flagged off the rally and motivated the student to aware the people about AIDS. Nearly 50 students participated in the rally in the. Various slogans such as “Teer se na aari se Aids katte jankari se”, “Aids se surkasha jaan ki raksha,” “Aids ka gyan bachaye jan” were raised by the students.

Death anniversary

The death anniversary of Shri Hans Raj Sharma, founder president of Swami Ram Tirtha Smart School, Phase IV, Mohali, was observed as "Sharing and Caring Day" . The students visited all India Pingalwada, Palsora. They distributed eatables like dalia, biscuits, vegetables, other grocery items for the inmates of the pingalwada.

Sri Aurobindo Public School awarded

Sri Aurobindo Public School, Baddi, has become one of the three schools from the tricity to receive the prestigious National School Sanitation Award - 2012 by the HRD Ministry and the CBSE. Principal Dr Parminder Duggal received the award from Union HRD Minister Dr M M Pallam Raju at a function held at the Manekshaw Centre, Dhola Kuan, New Delhi.

Seminar on lung cancer

Golden Bells Public School , Sector 77, Mohali, organised a seminar on lung cancer in collaboration with Glenmark Pharmaceuticals on saturday. Dr Sumit Goyal highlighted the harmful effects of using tobacco. He provided knowledge about active and passive smoking. GMSSS 8, Chandigarh

Conservation Day

The Conservation Day was celebrated by CHAMPA ECO Club and Students of GMSSS, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Vice-principal Sapna Sood and Parmanand Arya told the Students about air, water and petrol conservation. A cycle rally was also carried out .

Trip organised

Students of classes IX and X of AKSIPS Smart School , Sector41-B, Chandigarh, had a wonderful experience with nature when they went for a bird watching trip to the Sukhna Lake as the part of CCE activity. They got first hand information about the species, habitat and other aspects of their behaviour.

Gurpurb celebrated

The martyrdom day of Guru Teg Bahadur and birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev was observed with great fervour and enthusiasm at BMDPS, Sector 63, Chandigarh. An inter-house shabad gayan and gurbani recitation competition was organised. — TNS



Infrastructure Development
Colleges demand funds
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 1
While facing the financial crunch, the colleges of Punjab, affiliated to Panjab University, have demanded that it should be left to the discretion of colleges to utilise the fee, charged from the college students by the university for building various infrastructure projects at the PU. The demnaded was made during the all principals' meeting at the PU on Friday.

Swaranjeet Singh Deol, principal of GHG Khalsa College, Ludhiana, said the university should allow the colleges to utilise the funds collected from the students under various heads, including the money paid by the students for the ongoing projects in the PU, so that the colleges could build their own campus and pay enough salary to their teachers. "While the colleges are struggling to develop their own campus, the university charges fee from the students for various projects under way at the PU," Deol said.

He said the funds, if utilised by the colleges, would help in improving their financial condition.

Gurdip Sharma, principal of GGDSD College, Hoshiarpur, said earlier, the university used to provide funds for purchasing furniture but the practice was discontinued around a decade ago. "The university should once again start providing funds for building infrastructure in the colleges," Sharma said.

The students of around 180 colleges have contributed to various projects at the PU. The principals said if the university wanted full cooperation from the colleges then it should understand plight of colleges. Vice-Chancellor Arun Grover said a committee would be constituted to look into the demands of the colleges.



NCC rally marks World AIDS Day

Chandigarh, December 1
To mark World AIDS Day, about 155 cadets from the Chandigarh Naval NCC Unit held a rally from the Sukhna Lake to the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Sector 26, Chandigarh. Raising slogans to eradicate AIDS, they carried banners and placards to make people aware of the evil.

Addressing the cadets, Captain (IN) GM Singh, unit’s Commanding Officer, said: “Our country has provided the world with the best moral values right from the early ages when holy men used to spread family values and the dharma to be followed by the mankind”.

A similar approach was expected from all NCC cadets, he added.

Cadets from the Chandigarh NCC Group also participated in other activities today, which included a red ribbon rally on cycles, a lecture and a play on AIDS. — TNS



RTE act
Notification about eligibility income criteria to be issued soon
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 1
The notification relating to the eligibility income criteria of the economically weaker section for admission the schools of Chandigarh is expected to be issued very soon. Officials of the Education Department informed that the official correspondence regarding the notification has already been sent to the Government of India.

"Their approval may be granted anytime next week, after which the schools will be informed," said a senior official of the department," Said an official.

The schools in Chandigarh are, however, cornering the department on the issue for a long time now. It was one of the prime quarries of the private schools during a recent meeting with the DPI (s) Upkar.

Aruna Bhardwaj, principal of Gurukul Global School, said, "The gazette notification by Government of India will definitely help us as it will enable us to implement the RTE Act in a better way.”

The UT Education Department has taken up for consideration other pending issues relating to RTE Act to put pressure on the private schools for the effective implementation of the act.



Institute of Sikh Studies holds seminar

Chandigarh, December 1
The Institute of Sikh Studies held a seminar named "Educational Philosophy of Sikh Gurus" at Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Kanthala, Industrial Area, Phase 2.The seminar was attended by many eminent scholars, professors, teachers and retired dignitaries from Chandigarh.

The seminar was inaugurated by Padam Shri Baba Sewa Singh, who is well known as a devoted environmentalist. Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, VC, Guru Granth Sahib University, Fatehgarh Sahib, chaired the seminar today. — TNS



Colleges told to have extension of affiliation

Chandigarh, December 1
To ensure a safe future for the students, studying in Panjab University (PU) affiliated colleges, who are running courses on temporary affiliations, it was decided at the all principals' meeting that every college will have to take extension of affiliation before the next academic session. Earlier, the colleges used to admit students without getting the extension of affiliation. Now, the PU and the colleges will have to windup the process before March 31.

The decision was taken during the all principals meeting, held at PU on Friday. Naval Kishore, Dean, College Development Council (DCDC), advocated that the inspections and the grant of extension should be in a time bound manner so that the colleges get the extension of affiliations in time. "As per the PU calendar the colleges are bound to remove all deficiencies before March 31 Kishore said. — TNS



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