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Delay in surgery led to Anupama's death
External probe committee submits report to PGI; some charges levelled by victim's parents found true
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
A “delay in surgery” caused the death of 17-year-old Anupama, who died of gas gangrene after her left leg was crushed under the wheels of a CTU bus in July this year. This is one of the findings of a probe conducted by an external committee set up for the purpose. The committee has handed over the inquiry report to the PGIMER.

The chairman of the committee, Prof SS Gill, said, “The final meeting with members of the committee has already been held and the probe report has been handed over to the MS office. Our job is over now.”

While Professor Gill refused to comment on the findings in the report, sources said the committee had found some of the allegations made by Anupama's parents against the PGI staff true.

Anupama, a student of Government Model School, Sector 18, died on July 24. She was taken to the PGI on July 17 after her left leg was crushed under the rear wheels of a CTU bus while she was on her way back home from school.

Her parents alleged that Anupama was taken to the Advanced Trauma Centre of the PGI by the police, where the doctor on duty bandaged her left leg. The bandaging was not done properly and blood kept oozing out.

“We were told that Anupama required an emergency operation, which was being arranged by the doctors concerned. X-ray and other tests were conducted, and we deposited the requisite fees. However, the required operation was never arranged and Anupama continued to suffer in pain,” said Anupama’s father Amit Sarkar.

Her parents alleged that since the bandage on her leg was not changed for many days, it resulted in the development of gangrene and septicemia. They said, “Doctors failed to check the spread of gangrene during the amputation of her lower left limb, which led to her death.”

Anupama’s parents had moved the UT Consumer Forum against the PGI and the CTU. The next hearing of the case is scheduled for December 18.

Following Anupama’s death, an internal probe committee was constituted which gave a clean chit to the doctors and paramedical staff involved in the case. Following this, an external probe committee was constituted on August 26.



2 creches found stocking expired medicines
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Two crèches being run by the social welfare board were today found stocking expired medicines. The startling fact came to light during a surprise visit by Chandigarh Social Welfare Board chairperson Kamlesh to two creches in the city, one in Sector 25 and the other in Dhanas.

These two crèches have 50 toddlers registered with them. It was found that the medicines lying with the caretakers of children had expired six months ago.

Even band aids had a fine layer of dust deposited over them. Kamlesh confiscated the expired medicines and band aids. “I was shocked to see this. I am just thankful to God that these medicines were not given to children. Anything could have happened,” she said.

Caretakers said for the past five months they had not purchased fresh band aids for the creches due to lack of funds. They said no doctor had visited the creche in Dhanas for a routine check-up of children, which was mandatory as per the board norms.

In the other 30 creches running in colonies and villages, doctors reportedly do not make regular visits for medical check-ups of children.

After a visit to these two creches, the chairperson called an emergency meeting of NGOs running creches and pulled them up for negligence. The chairperson said it was strange that caretakers of creches were playing with the lives of children. She warned them to be careful while providing medicines to children.

During the meeting, representatives of NGOs said they were getting only Rs 150 as contingency fund from the board for the purchase of medicines, diesel, soap and sanitation material for creches. Parents did not pay the nominal monthly fee of crèches, which was Rs 20 for BPL and Rs 60 for above poverty line children.

Sources in the board said the budget earmarked for the contingency head had not been revised for the past 10 years.

'Donate toys for Children’

The board chairperson has appealed to residents of the city to donate toys and clothes for children staying in creches in colonies as NGOs are unable to provide these facilities to children due to lack of funds



Murder near ISBT-43
Was victim carrying drugs in his stomach?
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Did the UT police ignore a drug mule who was into illicit drug trade? Was Raj Kumar, a Nepalese who was found murdered near the ISBT, Sector 43, in September this year, carrying drugs in his stomach? Did he swallow a drug pouch before he was killed? Was his stomach taken out with surgical precision by the murderers for further smuggling?

Even as the UT police has not bothered to find out the answers to these questions, the postmortem report of the murdered victim raises a serious question mark on whether the accused was being used for drug trafficking as a carrier. Raj Kumar's postmortem report states that "major portions of his stomach and large intestines are missing and the pyloric area shows transaction with clean-cut margins".

Moreover, the postmortem report also states that the major portion of the large intestine is also missing with the ascending colon and descending colon showing transaction with clean-cut margins.

According to doctors and CFSL experts, the way the two vital organs, found missing from the victim’s body, have been taken out with surgical precision points that the deceased could have been a victim of human trafficking and there is a strong possibility that he used to ferry drugs across borders.

“Such trafficking victims, popularly known as 'drug mules', are made to swallow small pouches containing illicit drugs and are then transported across borders. Once they reach their destination, these balloons are retrieved from the victim's body,” said a CFSL expert when asked about the postmortem analysis.

The UT police has turned a blind eye to the glaring facts in the postmortem report and has made it a simple case of murder with the intention of robbing the money of the victim. All questions suggesting that it could have been more than a gruesome murder have been ignored.

Sub-Inspector Rajiv Kumar, in charge of the Sector 43 police post, said the murder was "brutal" and the stomach and intestines were extracted from the body of the victim by the accused and then eaten up by animals.

“We have solved the case with the arrest of the three accused and the motive as well as all circumstantial evidence make it a clear-cut murder case,” he said. The officer said animals could have eaten up the missing organs.

Glaring facts in postmortem report

“A major portion of the stomach is missing with the lower end of the esophagus and the pyloric area showing transaction with clean-cut margins. A major portion of the large intestine is missing with the ascending colon and the descending colon showing transaction with clean-cut margins.

Remnants of the stomach sent for a chemical analysis.”

Experts' take

Postmortem experts told Chandigarh Tribune that precisely cut margins could only be found in case of a surgical procedure or carefully cut organs after his death. They said on condition of anonymity that the police should have checked the medical history of the victim. He could have undergone a surgery for cancer or his organs were removed deliberately

The murder

The police had recovered the mutilated body of Raj Kumar near the ISBT, Sector 43, on September 12. After four days (September 16), the police arrested two prime accused, Ramesh and Vikram, and another accused Kamal Khatri of Kotdawar in Uttarakhand in the connection with Raj Kumar's murder.

According to the police case, Raj Kumar was the kingpin of a gang of robbers, which used to target Nepalese labourers after drugging them and Ramesh and Vikram were his accomplices.

The police has also registered a case of robbery against four youths, including Raj Kumar, at the Sector 36 police station. Police sources said one of accomplices of the deceased had been arrested in Haridwar by the Uttarakhand police.

Raj Kumar, along with three others, had robbed three Nepalese labourers while they were returning from Shimla in a Himachal Roadways bus on September 11. The police had said he was killed for money.

Unanswered questions

  • Why didn’t the police bother to find out the cause of the missing stomach and the large intestine that seem to have been removed with surgical precision?
  • Was killing the victim for robbing a meagre amount the only motive of his accomplices?
  • Did poverty force Raj Kumar, a Nepalese resident, to take to human trafficking?
  • What was the source of drugs and where were they meant to be smuggled?



Drug pilferage
Verdict in Saji Mohan case today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
After a trial that lasted over three years, the court will announce the verdict in the sensational drug pilferage case, involving former Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Director Saji Mohan as an accused, tomorrow.

The court today heard the final arguments in the case and reserved the case for final orders.

According to the case registered in March 2009, controversial IPS officer Saji Mohan, during his tenure as NCB Director, allegedly mixed slaked lime in drugs keeping aside the "pure" for personal gain. He was booked on March 14, 2009, after the NCB received inputs from the ATS, Mumbai, that Saji pilfered drugs during his tenure in Chandigarh.

Besides Saji Mohan, there are four other accused in the case: Superintendent Balwinder Kumar, Jammu and Kashmir police constables Davinder Pal Singh and Naveen Kumar and drug peddler Naseeb Chand. They have all been booked under various Sections of the NDPS Act.

Saji Mohan has been brought for hearing in the case from the Arthur jail where he is lodged in a case of smuggling heroin.

The ATS, Mumbai, had first booked the officer after he was caught with 12 kg of heroin in January, 2009.

According to the case, Saji Mohan pilfered and manipulated the contraband seized from various places in Punjab and Jammu. Slaked lime was added to the contraband to enhance its quantity.

In some cases, the entire seized material was brought to the office of the Zonal Director, NCB, where it was packed and sealed after mixing slaked lime in it. The subordinate staff was aware of the pilferage. Cash seized from the spot was distributed among the "residing staff". Heroin, weighing 10 kg, was handed over to drug smuggler Naseeb Chand.



Passengers suffer as fog delays trains
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Passengers were left stranded at the city railway station with trains running late by an hour due to foggy weather today. The Jan Shatabdi arrived at the railway station at 9:05 pm after a delay of an hour. Passengers said they were put to inconvenience due to the delay in the arrival of trains.

The evening Kalka Shatabdi Express arrived half an hour late. The morning Shatabdi was delayed by 20 minutes. The morning Himalayan Queen arrived half an hour late. There was a delay of 15 minutes in the arrival of the evening train.

Sanjeev Sharma, who was at the station to receive his daughter from Delhi, said, "The late arrival of trains causes great inconvenience to passengers and their relatives, who come to receive them.”

Passengers said the Railways should draw up a plan to ascertain that trains ran on time. Sudesh Sharma, who came to pick up his relative travelling by the morning Shatabdi, said the Railways should work out a plan since the fog situation could worsen in the coming days.

People were seen jostling at enquiry counters to get updates of train arrivals today.



Upadhyay is new UT IGP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today announced IPS officer RP Upadhyay as the new UT Inspector General of Police. The 1991 batch officer of the AGMUT cadre is currently posted as Additional Director with the Enforcement Directorate in New Delhi on deputation.

He is likely to join his new posting by next week. Upadhyay will take the place of former UT IGP PK Srivastava, who retired last month.



PGI entrance test
PGI fails to upload result on website
Anxious students visit campus late at night; no list of selected candidates displayed on campus
Ritika Jha Palial and Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Despite claiming that the result for the MD/MS Entrance exam held on Saturday will be declared on Monday, the PGIMER failed to upload the result on its website till the filing of this report.

After struggling to open the failed link of results on the PGI's website throughout the day, a number of parents reached the PGI campus to check the possible display of the list of selected candidates.

Sandeep Nair, one of the candidates from Chennai, who reached the PGI campus at 10.30 pm with his parents on Monday, said: "We tried a lot to check the result on the website, however, the link for viewing the result did not respond. Somebody said the list was usually displayed outside the Bhargava auditorium. We reached here but the list has not been put up."

Manpreet, another candidate, said: "We were told that the result will be available on the website within 48 hours. We all have been anxiously trying to view the result but the webpage is showing 'error'. The website only mentions how many candidates have been selected."

The exam was held under strict security on Saturday, following the cancellation of the previous exam which was held on November 10.

On clicking 'view' of the result link, the webpage displayed the error - "the webpage is not available." Only the percentiles of candidates under various categories could be seen on the website under the result link.

More than 5,000 students had appeared for the test on Saturday for a total of 50 seats and the PGIMER's entrance is considered to be one of the toughest medical entrance tests.

The cancellation of the exam on November 10, following unearthing of a cheating scam by the CBI during the exam, had already left a number of students upset. The inability to view the result two days after the exam added to their anxiety on Monday.

Counselling on December 22

Counselling for the 50 seats in the course will be conducted on the PGI campus on December 22. During counselling, fingerprints of selected candidates will be verified. A fingerprint scan was conducted during the examination on Saturday. The first counselling will be held on December 22 at 12.00 noon at the Bhargva Auditorium of the institute. The candidates have been directed to carry their admit cards.



Drive to check misuse of govt houses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Acting on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the House Allotment Committee and the Engineering Department of the UT, during a special drive to check the misuse and sub-letting of government houses for commercial purposes, detected 10 cases of the misuse or subletting of the houses. Incidentally, lower-category houses were checked during the drive.

The survey teams found at least three cases in which the houses were found locked for a long period. In Sector 22, the team found that a house had been locked for the last 10 years but the allotment committee was not aware of it. “It is a random survey. There can be many more such cases,” said an official.

The Chandigarh Administration had constituted teams to conduct regular checking at all the allotted government houses where violations of the terms and condition of allotments were found. The team checked houses in Sectors 20, 23, 27, 28 and 29. During the course of checking, six cases of sub-letting of government accommodation and four cases of their misuse for commercial purpose have been reported. The department is issuing show-cause notices for cancellation and penal rents to the defaulters.

A government employee held guilty of sub-letting a government accommodation is to be charged a penal rent at the rate of 50 times the normal licence fee and he shall be liable for the disciplinary action under the relevant Conduct Rules. The rules provide that such government employee shall not be entitled to another allotment of government residence during his entire service period.

Is running govt offices in house a violation?

On one hand the house allotment committee launched a drive against the misuse and sub-letting of government accommodation, there is no clarification on the running of government offices, like a police post in Sector 22 and offices of the maintenance wing of the Engineering Department from the premises of government houses.



12.12.12 unlikely to ring wedding bells for many
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 10
Unlike every magical meeting of three numbers, this 12.12.12 will not ring wedding bells for many. As the auspicious time for marriages has already elapsed on December 9, this time couples can’t enjoy this date for their marriages, which comes once in a hundred year.

“In 2011, wedding ‘muhurats’ were enough when such magical numbers occurred, but on December 12, 2012, the position of stars is not so conducive to auspicious timings,” said astrologer Madan Gupta Spatu.

He said: “Actually auspicious ‘muhurats’ for marriages in 2012 are over and the last date for that was December 9 when maximum weddings were solemnised. The next auspicious time for the marriages will start from January 16.”

“According to the Hindu calendar, the auspicious time for marriages may have ended on December 9. However, according to numerology, the numbers 12.12.12 total 9, which symbolises spirituality and growth. So, people of other religions may follow this date,” said Renu Mathur, life coach and tarot reader.

While for some of the couples, they missed to be a part of the magical date this year. “We tried that our marriage may be solemnised on this date, but astrologers told that the marriage season will finish by that time. So, we had to solemnise our wedding on December 9,” said Rajeev Sood, a resident of Sector 10, Panchkula.

Sameer and Roshni Sharma, Sector 15-based newlywed couple, who got married on December 7, had also tried for the same date. “We got engaged on 11.11.11 and we had thought that we would marry on 12.12.12. Unfortunately, the marriage season was to finish before that,” said Sameer.



UT fails to declare Sukhna eco-sensitive zone
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Nearly two years have passed but the UT Administration has failed to declare an eco-sensitive zone in the Sukhna catchment area that falls in the Union Territory. With the declaration of an eco-sensitive zone in the catchment area, not only the forest area will be conserved but it will also help in restricting the haphazard construction around the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, as all the activities will be regulated by the administration in the area.

While a committee of experts constituted under the Deputy Commissioner for the identification and recommendation of an eco-sensitive zone around the sanctuary had submitted its report to the UT Administration in February this year, the UT officials have failed to finalise anything in this regard till now.

In the report, the office of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) and the UT Forest and Wildlife Department had proposed different points on the restrictions to be imposed in eco-sensitive zone.

The DC’s office had maintained that construction should be allowed according to the UT building bylaws in the area from the boundary of the sanctuary till a distance of 500 metres. The Forest and Wildlife Department had submitted that the building bylaws would be changed with the time and the height should be fixed between 24 feet and 26 feet to save the wildlife.

The UT Administration had constituted the experts Committee in March, 2011, to prepare a plan for the eco-sensitive zone. The catchment around the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary is around 36 km and only 2 km falls under the jurisdiction of the UT Administration and the rest under the jurisdiction of the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana.



MC to hand over 2 parking lots to Sec 17 traders
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
The Municipal Corporation has decided to hand over two underground parking lots in Sector 17 to traders. The MC has already signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the traders of Sector 17. The issue regarding the handing over of the parking lots would come up during a meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) meeting on December 11.

Darpan Kapoor of the Business Promotion Council, Sector 17, said they had signed an MoU with the corporation and were hopeful that things would be finalised in a week.

He added that there was some problem regarding the lighting but the MC officials had assured that they would provide proper lighting in these underground parking lots. He added they would handle two underground parking lots opposite to the CMC and MOH buildings in Sector 17.

An official of the MC said shopkeepers who owned shops in Sector 17 would use the underground parking lots opposite the MOH and the CMC. These parking lots will be maintained and managed by the traders and the authorities will not charge any money from them for the utilisation of the space, the official added.

Earlier, there was a proposal that the underground parking lots should be handover to those contractors who were managing the nearby paid-parking lots. The contractor could charge the same fee from the commuters, which would not only help in utilising the space but also generate additional revenue for the MC.

The parking contractors had agreed to do so in case the authorities provided the basic infrastructure essential for parking. Since the parking lots had not been functional for a long time, there was no lighting arrangement.



Jyoti murder Case
Police given 3-day ultimatum
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 10
In the Jyoti murder case, a social organisation, “Crime against Women”, today met ACP Virender Sangwan and told him to solve the case within three days or face protests. “We have assured them that the murderers will be arrested soon. Our investigations are on, rather at the final stage. We are doing our best to solve the case,” said Virender.

The kin of the deceased had recently come from Hoshiarpur to Panchkula to meet the police officials alleging inaction.

Jyoti (24) was found murdered on a road at Sector 21 in Panchkula on November 22. The victim was putting up as a paying guest in house number 3295, Sector 21-D, Chandigarh, with other 15 girls. She was pursuing her BEd from a private institute in Mohali and was also working at a security agency in the town.

During investigations, the police revealed that a leader from Himachal Pradesh and his accomplices were in contact with the girl even a few minutes before the murder. The autopsy of the girl had revealed that she had even undergone abortion and was suspected to be in relationships for the past two years.

Mohan Lal, paternal uncle of the deceased, had also alleged that the in charge of the police station, Sector 5, had also said that the accused party was ready to offer money to settle the case.



Health Notes
Workshop for ITBP held at GMCH-32

A workshop was organised for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, here today. The workshop aimed at enhancing the knowledge and strengthening the skills of ITBP personnel posted all over the country. It was conducted with the coordination of the DIG, ITBP, and Prof Raj Bahadur, Director-Principal GMCH-32. The training focused on proper handling of patients in field, near mountains, in deep sea and even on borders. The workshop was the first-of-its-kind in this belt where trauma, life-saving procedures, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency transportation were taught for 8 hours.

Tips on how to keep heart healthy

At a meeting of the Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik Club, Dr Arun Kochar, senior interventional cardiologist, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, delivered a talk on “How to keep your heart healthy?” and suggested four rules for ensuring this. Explaining why it was so important to keep the heart healthy, Dr Kochar said: “The most hardworking muscle of our body is our heart. It pumps 4-5 litres of blood every minute when we are resting and more when we are active. It supplies nutrients and oxygen-rich blood to all body parts, including itself. Heart disease is the number one killer worldwide”. Kochar said there were 4 simple rules, which one should follow to keep ones heart healthy. Enumerating them, Dr Kochar said: “Rule number 1 is 'Look before you eat'. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables everyday as they are naturally low in fat and high in vitamins and minerals and anti-oxidants. Eat a variety of grain products. Choose nonfat or low fat products and switch to fat-free milk - toned/skimmed milk. Use less fat meats - chicken, fish and lean cuts.”

“Physiocon — 2012” held at PGI

The Indian Association of Physiotherapists, Chandigarh Branch, & ISPER held “Physiocon - 2012”, its 3rd national-level conference and annual scientific meet, on December 8 and 9 at the Advance Paediatric Centre, PGIMER. Dr MS Dhillon, HOD, Orthopaedic, Dr KK Mukherjee, Additional Professor, Neurosurgery, Dr Atul Parasar, Assistant Professor, Plastic Surgery, and Dr TD Yadav, Additional Professor, General Surgery, delivered a talk on recent trends in physiotherapy management. Students from various colleges of Punjab and Haryana organised different types of programmes like poster presentation, quiz and scientific presentation. — TNS



Tricity scan
Office-bearers elected

Mohali: During the annual training workshop for the PCMS dental doctors at Phase VI, Mohali, office-bearers for the PCMS (Dental) Association were elected. They include Dr Rajesh Sharma, patron; Dr RS Mann, president; Dr Aprampar, senior vice-president; Dr Amritraj Bahl, secretary; Dr Pradeep Sharma, vice-president; Dr Simrat Sidhu and Dr Kuldip Dhir, joint secretary; Dr Pawanpreet, treasurer; and Dr Ashu Verma and Dr Manohar Paliwal, press secretary.

Founder’s day celebrated

Vivek High School, Mohali, celebrated its 6th Founder’s Day through a unique presentation of the indomitable spirit of the Jewish people through a musical play “Fiddler On The Roof”. The story represents a Jewish community in 1905 trying to eke out a living in a small Russian village and trying to maintain their tradition. The musical play was performed by the students of classes VI to IX to a houseful audience at the auditorium of Vivek High School, Sector 38, Chandigarh.

Human Rights Day observed

The Gurukul Vidyapeeth Group of Institutions observed the World Human Rights Day on its campus at Ram Nagar (Banur), Mohali district, on Monday. Chief guest JK Jain, Rajpura, SDM, said: “Through our individual and collective voices, we can counter discrimination and build a more inclusive society". Manmohan Kumar Garg, chairman, Gurukul Vidyapeeth, underlined the need to protect the human rights of citizens, particularly women and downtrodden. — TNS



Unannounced power cuts irk Mohali residents
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 10
Unannounced power cuts continue to plague the town, causing inconvenience to the residents and hitting work in homes, offices and the commercial areas. The local Electricity Department officials expressed helplessness over the situation and said they were following the orders of the power controller based in Patiala.

The consumers have been suffering over the past one week due to the power cuts.

The cuts are being imposed several times during the day. No official intimation about the power cuts is being given to the consumers.

JS Bedi, a resident of Phase II, said the power supply was disrupted many times on Saturday, which was annoying the consumers.

An official of Punjab State Power Corporation claimed that the power was being supplied to states like HP and J&K in winter by Punjab as it had to depend on these states during the summer for the electricity.

The corporation officials said the frequency of various power grids was taken into account and cuts were imposed only when an emergency arose.



Intra-party election process
BJP infighting comes to fore
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Infighting within the local unit of the BJP came to the fore today when a senior leader, Harmohan Dhawan, staged a protest outside the Sector 33 office of the BJP against the ongoing intra-party election process of the local unit.

Harmohan, who led the protest, today claimed that the party high command had stayed the ongoing election process.

“The elections process will be held after all issues were amicably resolved,” he said.

On the other hand, Sanjay Tandon, president of the local party unit, denied that the election process had been stayed. The elections were being held as mandated by the party high command. The election process would be completed in its stipulated time.

Tandon said the party high command was apprised of the wrong statements being issued by certain leaders. Action would be taken for issuing irresponsible statements.

In the past few days, serious differences have cropped up between senior party leaders over the election process.

The disgruntled leaders today staged a dharna in front of the BJP office demanding transparency in the functioning of the party leadership.



Another councillor resigns from MC panel

Chandigarh, December 10
As the Municipal Corporation has failed to remove encroachments from the city, nominated councillor DS Sandhu has also resigned from the membership of the Enforcement Committee of the civic body.

This is the third resignation from the Enforcement Committee in the last 15 days. Earlier, committee’s vice chairman and BJP councillor Devesh Moudgil and member and SAD councillor Malkiat Singh had resigned from the committee.

Sandhu has mentioned that on various occasions he pointed out encroachments in various parts of the city but the Enforcement Wing took no action to remove these encroachments.

Sandhu said the enforcement committee held only two meetings this year and there was no action taken report on the decisions taken at these meetings. The MC is not serious about removing encroachments.



250 officers attend seminar on TDS

Chandigarh, December 10
The Income Tax Department today organised a seminar on tax deduction at source (TDS) and tax collection at sources (TCS). Around 250 officers from the Central and the state government attended the seminar.

The seminar was chaired by Chandigarh Income Tax Commissioner of (TDS) IRS HC Negi, along with officers of the TDS wing.

During the seminar, Negi told the drawing and disbursing officers (DDOs) to work more diligently while implementing TDS provisions. The speakers also discussed about new amendments introduced in the Income Tax (IT) Act-1961. Problems relating to the DDOs regarding the deduction and deposit of TDS was also discussed in the open forum. The purpose of organising the seminar was to discuss various TDS/TCS provisions of the IT Act-1961 and to apprise the officers of the latest amendments in the TDS/TCS provisions in the Act. — TNS



From schools
‘Incredible India’

Chandigarh: The primary wing students of AKSIPS Smart School, Sector 41, paid a tribute to the country through various performances. The event, “Incredible India”, saw students depicting the golden era of India, rise of Mughal empire, and India’s struggle for freedom through dance performances, songs and acts.

Vedic mantra recitation marks annual day function

To inculcate moral values among students and to keep them in touch with the rich Indian culture, DAV School, Mohali, celebrated the annual day of Arya Samaj, Sector 16, Chandigarh, from December 4 to 9. Swami Vivekanand from Gujarat and Dr Vedpal from Meerut participated enthusiastically in different musical and Vedic mantra recitation events. They recited soul stirring hymns and also participated in a declamation contest. Aditya Sharma of class VIII bagged top honours and Charanjot Kaur of class VIII bagged the third position in Vedic mantras recitation competition.

Meritorious students awarded

The annual function of Moti Ram Senior Secondary School, Sector 27 was organised in the school auditorium on Monday. VK Singh, Finance Secretary-cum-Education Secretary, presided over the function and distributed the prizes among the meritorious students in the fields of academics and co-curricular activities.

Nursery students take part in poetry recitation

Panchkula: A poetry recitation competition was organised for the nursery students of DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7. Around 60 students participated in the event with zeal and confidence.

Free dental camp for underprivileged children

Bhavan Vidalaya, Sector 15, organised a health and wellness programme. A free dental camp was held for the underprivileged students of Bhavan’s Chetna Vidyalaya under the guidance of Dr Ramanjit. To inculcate the habit of brushing the teeth everday, dental kits were distributed among the children.

Children enjoy adventure games

Mohali: Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, organised an educational trip to Siswan for the students of classes VI to XII. The children took part in adventurous activities such as trekking, traversing and commando trap.

Students apprised of human rights

Patiala: DAV Public School conducted a special presentation on the human rights for the students of class X. The PowerPoint presentation, conducted to mark International Human Rights Day, apprised the students of works of Eleanor Roosevelt who coined the concept of human rights. Varun Goyal, a class X student, made the students aware of the basic characteristics of the human rights. In another activity, the students of class IX made digital posters on the theme of human rights. Principal SR Prabhakar applauded the efforts of the teachers and the students. — TNS



Panchkula school introduces CBSE’s ‘values education kit’
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 10
The values education kit recently launched by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was introduced at The Gurukul School, Sector 20, by CBSE regional officer RJ Khanderao. This makes the Panchkula-based school the first school in the tricity to introduce this novel initiative.

“Given the current social milieu, it has become imperative for schools to inculcate in their students not just skills, but also values and attitudes that will help them live in harmony with themselves, with others and with nature,” said school principal Harsimran Kaur.

The kit comprises “Value Education — A handbook for Teachers”, values cards and a compact disk with compilation of songs highlighting contemporary social issues and concerns.

The principal further added, “The handbook has been divided into various sections, each of them highlighting the need for a reappraisal of the vision of education, purpose of schooling and the concern for quality education.”

During the event, Khanderao also had an interactive session with the teachers where he explained the nuances of the kit.

The kit caters to all age groups and provides an insight into a thought-provoking arena of diminishing values and traditions. They cover a wide range of subjects including family, care for animals, friendship, safety, team work, compassion, peace, time management, and discipline.

One of the major areas of concerns in this section relates to the teaching of different school subjects with a perspective that students not only gain insight into the nature of the subject but also imbibe attitude and values associated with it.



PU students cry foul over not being informed about re-exam
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
The Panjab University’s decision to reconduct the internal tests for the students of centre for social work who were absent earlier led to an argument when some students claimed they were not informed about the exam being conducted again today.

Sources said that the decision to allow the students, who had missed their internal tests, carrying 25 marks, to appear for the tests was taken in a meeting of the academic and administrative committee last week.

“The students of the first semester had submitted a request to the coordinator asking the department to conduct the four internal tests again,” sources said.

Sources in the department further added that while a student who had missed the tests on medical grounds was informed and allowed to appear for the test that was conducted today, the remaining four first semester students got no intimation from the department.

The aggrieved students raised the issue during the board of studies meeting held today in the department.

While two of the internal exams were reconducted last week, the remaining two were conducted today. The students were asked to submit a fresh application, decision on which is yet to be taken.



UBS placements
Rs 7 lakh package on day 3
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
A student of University Business School (UBS) at Panjab University bagged a pay package of Rs 7 lakh offered by Mahindra and Mahindra on the third day of the placement drive.

Future Genrale also visited the department to hire students on an annual package of Rs 6 lakh. The company conducted the recruitment process till late evening. Student placement coordinator Anirban Saha said the results will be declared tomorrow.

Around 10 students of the department have already bagged a package of Rs 7.8 lakh, offered by Ernst and Young on the first day of placements.

Other companies that have already visited the department include New Gen Technologies, SBI Life and ICICI Bank.

While New Gen Technologies took three students on an annual package of Rs 7 lakh, the ICICI Bank hired 10 students with a package of Rs 6.5 lakh.

In the coming days, big names from pharmaceuticals, IT and banking sectors will be visiting the department. These include Cipla, Wipro, Trident and HDFC.

In a bid to fetch a decent package for the students this year, the department is allowing only those companies to visit the campus which are offering a minimum annual pay package of Rs 5 lakh.

Around 140 students are eyeing the jobs, out of which 31 students have already been placed. The first round of placements will continue till the end of this week.



PU-affiliated colleges
250 receive Rs 6,000 annual scholarship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Around 250 students from various colleges affiliated to Panjab University have received an annual scholarship of Rs 6,000. In a meeting held today, the Dean College Development Council approved the scholarships for 150 meritorious students, 18 students under the single girl child category and 40 students each under handicapped and sports quota.

There are around 180 colleges affiliated to the university; however, students from only 47 colleges successfully applied for the scholarships. “Despite the colleges of Punjab repeatedly claiming that a large percentage of students can’t afford the fee, only 64 colleges took the initiative to apply for the scholarships, out of which 47 applied on time,” said a senior fellow.



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