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Jyoti murder case
HP MLA ‘confesses’
Jyoti was blackmailing him, had no option but to kill her: Chaudhary tells police
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 13
A day after the mobile phone of Jyoti was recovered, Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary today confessed that Jyoti was forcing him to continue the relationship and he had no other option but to kill her.

Chaudhary told the police that Jyoti was blackmailing him, saying that she would tell his wife about their relationship and that she was carrying his child.

Chaudhary allegedly took the help of Gurmeet, Dharampal and Paramjeet to eliminate Jyoti. She was strangulated and then run over by a car near the Sector 21 gurdwara in Panchkula.

On the pretext of taking her for an outing for three days, Chaudhary and Dharmpal had called her from her paying guest accommodation at Sector 21 in Chandigarh. Jyoti was also carrying extra pair of clothes.

"Chaudhary said he tried to convince Jyoti in the car that he had no time for her due to the elections. But Jyoti said she would tell his wife if he did not continue the relationship," said a police official.

This fact was established when Chaudhary's mobile location was traced to Sector 21 in Chandigarh. His mobile location was also traced to the murder spot near the Sectors 20/21 dividing at 12.43 am.

Chaudhary and Dharampal had allegedly planned that if this time she wouldn't agree, they would kill her. Gurmeet and Paramjeet were told to be prepared. As per the plan, Gurmeet and Paramjeet were asked to come near the Sectors 20/21 dividing where they allegedly strangulated her and ran the car over her."

On the last day of his remand, Chaudhary told the police that to execute the crime without raising any suspicion, he had purchased two mobile sets and two sim cards on fake identity proofs, one of which was given to Jyoti.

"Chaudhary has confessed to have committed the crime. The other accused will be nabbed soon," said Assistant Commissioner of Police Virender Sangwan.

Wife slips into depression

A few days after Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary surrendered in the Jyoti murder case, his wife, who was stated to be under depression, was admitted to a hospital. The police also visited the hospital to question her on the missing mobile phones of Jyoti.



GMADA move adds to confusion
Divides sectors, phases into blocks and streets in Mohali
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 13
An innovative project of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to divide Sectors and Phases of Mohali into blocks and streets is adding to confusion. GMADA is spending crores on erecting stainless steel poles across the town to facilitate visitors to reach their destination. Over 25,000 poles, each costing Rs 2,500, are being erected at all the entry and exit points of the residential and commercial areas.

But the poles are confusing the visitors who are yet to differentiate between sectors and phases in Mohali.

Terming it a wastage of public money, residents said the demarcation would add to confusion.

Jatinder Mohan, superintending engineer, GMADA, said with the new demarcation of the area, it would be easier for anyone to reach his/her destination. “Let the work be completed. We have sectors and house numbers and everything was missing. With the demarcation of blocks and streets, it would be easy to locate any place,” he added.

Swarn Chaudhary, former principal of DAV College and a resident of Phase 3B1, said the same thing was introduced in Chandigarh in 1965, but it did not work. “First, we have at least three names of the town — Ajitgarh, Mohali and SAS Nagar. Then we have phases and sectors. Now GMADA has started demarcating phases/sectors into blocks and streets. I don’t think it’s a good idea,” said Chaudhary.

Another resident Sudarshan Bhandari said why don’t they follow the Chandigarh pattern where a sector had been divided into four parts —A,B,C,D. “Everyone knows that if you have an address, you would not be lost in Chandigarh. When we have a successful concept, why are we experimenting by spending crores,” added Bhandari.

Aman Sharma, a property dealer, termed the project a sheer wastage of public money. “We can find name or number of streets in rural areas. I am unable to understand why this concept is being adopted here. Let there be sectors and house numbers only and it will serve the purpose,” added Sharma.



Another shocker for rail passengers
Those with confirmed tickets will have to pay surcharge as per revised fare
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Passengers queue up at the railway reservation counter at the Sector 17 ISBT in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, January 13
Rail passengers who had made advance booking are in for a surprise as the Railways has decided to charge the revised fare from them also. The revised rail fare is to be implemented from January 21 midnight. Passengers with advance booking will have to pay the surcharge during their journey after January 21.

On January 9, Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal had announced the revised train fares of 2 paise per km for the second class suburban trains, 6 paise per km for the sleeper class, 6 and 10 paise per km on AC-III, II and I.

Senior division commercial manager, Railways, GM Singh: “After January 21 midnight, all passengers will have to pay the revised fares according to the fresh chart released by the railway division. The passengers will have to pay the increased fare to the ticket travel examiner (TT) on duty, who will issue fresh receipts.”

Ankush Saxena, who was planning to the travel to Lucknow in the last week of January, felt cheated as he had booked the tickets on the existing fare.

He expressed surprise that the Railway Ministry had not exempted the confirmed ticket holders from charging the revised fares.

Anil Sharma, a senior citizen and a resident of the city, who has to go to Mumbai next month and had confirmed tickets in advance, said would the Railways return the full amount in case of cancellation of the ticket.

Third Shatabdi to be flagged off today

The third Shatabdi between Chandigarh and Delhi will be flagged off on Monday by Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal from the Chandigarh railway station. The executive class seats in the new train are almost full.



Policeman attacked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 13
In yet another attack on a police party, a constable was hit on his head with his wireless set by youths who were allegedly in an inebriated condition in the Sector 28 market last night.

The police arrested a youth while the other managed to escape. A case has been registered at the Sector 26 police station. The accused have been identified as Wasim and Sakil, both brothers and residents of Sector 57.

The incident took place last night when the police received a call that some drunk persons were fighting in the Sector 28 market. ASI Azad Singh and a constable Satinder Singh reached the spot and the youths entered into a confrontation with them. The duo thrashed constable Satinder Singh after he intervened. One of the youths hit Satinder on his head with his wireless set.

While fleeing, the accused rammed their car into a parked vehicle. Wasim suffered injuries and was arrested while his brother managed to escape.

35 cases of assault

Last year, 35 cases of assault on policemen, including five cases of murderous attacks, were registered. Twenty-five cases of assault on traffic policemen were registered. Forty-eight persons were arrested in 2012 in cases of assault on policemen and obstructing public servant from performing duty.



Gang of robbers busted

Chandigarh, January 13
With the arrest of five persons, the UT police claimed to have solved seven cases of snatching and robbery registered at the Sector 31 police station in the past one week. A police team headed by inspector Jaspal Singh, SHO, Sector 31 police station, ASI Shamim Ahmed, head constable Jatinder Singh, constables Naveen and Yogesh busted the gang of robbers. The accused have been identified as Vijay, Ravi, Sunil, Vikas and Vipan. They have been involved in criminal activities since childhood, said the police. — TNS



Open House response
Dispensaries under MC present a dismal picture

Dispensaries under the Municipal Corporation present a dismal picture. First of all, cleanliness should be the top priority. Patients as well as attendants should have an access to all basic amenities in washrooms. Plumbers, electricians and carpenters should be hired to repair all basic damages at the dispensaries. Employment should be given to well-qualified doctors, nurses, ward boys and maids. Plenty of rooms should be made so that two or three doctors, or may be more, could attend to the huge rush of patients, easily and quickly.

Priya Darsh Growar, Mohali

Doctors' reputation counts

Despite a number of deficiencies in the civil dispensaries at present functioning under the Municipal Corporation, patients will again start visiting these dispensaries only if doctors know their job well and put their skills in daily practice. The new Mayor appears to be more conscious about the health concerns of the weaker sections of society. Creating additional posts for the well-qualified and experienced doctors and attracting them to these dispensaries with special perks will go a long way in making these a first option for patients.

SC Luthra, Manimajra

Appoint regular docs, staff

The condition of civil dispensaries in Chandigarh, like other states, is poor these days. The Municipal Corporation does not give proper attention towards its requirements. Due to this, patients rush to the PGI, Government Hospital, Sector 16, Government Hospital, Sector 32, and private hospitals or clinics for the treatment of even minor problems. This leads to heavy rush at these hospitals. The authorities should appoint regular doctors, lab technicians as well as other staff according to the requirement.

Sumesh Kr. Badhwar, Mohali

MC should monitor functioning of staff

The Municipal Corporation should work for the improvement of civil dispensaries. It should take adequate steps to appoint doctors. The MC should also keep an eye on the daily functioning of staff in the dispensaries. Proper seating arrangements must be made available to patients at dispensaries.

Anupama Srihan, Chandigarh

Patients must be given extra care

There is no proper seating arrangement for patients. I always faced this problem on visiting the Sector 45 dispensary. There is also a shortage of doctors to attend to patients in such dispensaries. Patients must be given extra care in all respects and treated well at these health centres. Adequate number of trained doctors and dentists, along with the nursing and other supporting staff, must be appointed there.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

24-hour emergency facilities required

The inefficiency of civil dispensaries to provide services on a par with other medical centres is to blame for problems. These dispensaries neither have advanced equipment and first aid facilities for treatment nor do they have 24-hour emergency facilities. The poor attendance of doctors and staff in the absence of inspection in the dispensaries forces people to shift to other clinics, leading to long queues there. Health committees should be formed to monitor problems. There should be a visit of PGI doctors in dispensaries at least once in a month. Patients should be treated at the PGI or the GMSH-16 only if they are referred by the respective dispensaries. This will help in reducing long queues in these hospitals.

Akhilesh Goel, Chandigarh

Improvement needed in healthcare

A lot of improvement is needed in healthcare in tricity. Despite having progressed a lot, more is yet to be done in the health sector. First of all, services at peripheral hospitals and dispensaries must be improved, and only those patients who require tertiary care should be referred to the PGI. In case of any unfortunate incident, all city hospitals should be in a position to extend the facility of immediate treatment to victims. All public hospitals, including the PGI, should have separate well-equipped emergency wards and OT with an adequate number of beds for the treatment of serious patients. Hospitals should also have adequate doctors and staff.

Vineet Kapoor, Panchkula

Regular water, electricity supply needed

Since the UT handed over 20 Primary Health Centres (dispensaries) to the Municipal Corporation in 2010, these have been facing a large number of problems. To strengthen the working and functioning of these dispensaries, proper strength of doctors should be provided at all centres. Regular supply of water and electricity should be made available at these dispensaries. The corporation should provide a substantial amount of budget for the upkeep of the health centres, besides formation of sub-committees to look after the working and functioning of these centres.

Puran Kant, Chandigarh

Non-availability of skilled docs cause of worry

Ever since the civil dispensaries were taken over by the MC, they remained understaffed, mismanaged, unhygienic and unfriendly. With millions afflicted with infectious diseases such as TB and the growing incidences of lifestyle diseases like diabetes and heart problems, the non-availability of highly skilled doctors is a cause of worry. The availability of specialist manpower is particularly poor. Most of the people feel terribly disillusioned with the present state of affairs in the corporation.

SK Khosla, Chandigarh

Civil dispensaries must be fully equipped

Civil dispensaries are always found wanting in terms of facilities, be it sanitation, medicines, space or doctors. For the welfare of public, the dispensaries must be fully equipped so that people don’t have to spend a fortune for their treatment at private hospitals. Adequate staff and medicines must be made available so that patients do not have to visit the PGI or GMSH for primary or secondary treatment; and only those patients who require tertiary care should be referred to the PGI. In case of any unfortunate incident, all city hospitals must be able to provide necessary treatment to victims.

Dr Shruti K. Chawla, Chandigarh

Proper seating arrangements must

Civil dispensaries under the Municipal Corporation are bereft of basic amenities like medicines, seating arrangements and even shortage of doctors. The number of dispensaries has increased over the years, but the strength of doctors remains the same. The Municipal Corporation should make sure that the dispensaries have adequate medicines. Proper seating arrangements should be made available to patients at these dispensaries.

Isha Dahiya, Panchkula

Open House question

Will the merger of UT police cadre with DANIPS (Delhi and Andaman Nicobar Island Police Services) help in reforming the policing system in the city? Should police officers of the UT cadre be transferred to other UTs like in other forces and can it help in checking the crime rate in Chandigarh? Write your suggestions to openhouse@tribunemail.com



Chandigarh scan
Residents fete girl child

Citizens’ Association, Sector 21, feted the girl child during the Lohri celebrations at the community centre. Families blessed with a girl child were invited to celebrate the festival with the same enthusiasm, as traditionally the birth of a male child is celebrated on this day. The girls were given gifts and the chief patron of the association, RC Nayyar, honoured their parents. A huge bonfire was lit in the open area of the community centre by Lalit Siwach, Additional Commissioner, Municipal Corporation. On this occasion, a special cultural program was also arranged.

Employment examination

After testing over 6,000 candidates in New Delhi and Jaipur, Common Job Test, an initiative of a reputed group of companies, will be conducting a test in Chandigarh. The initiative aims at bridging the gap between management jobs available in the market and the suitable candidates. Common Job Test is a standardized Employment-Examination; a gateway to Premium Management jobs. The test consists of a written exam followed by an interview, both conducted at a designated testing centre. The candidates who excel in these rounds become eligible to appear for interviews conducted by companies.

Sanskrit prof awarded

Vivekananda Yoga University, Bengaluru, during its 10th convocation function has conferred doctorate of letters on Dr Aruna Goel, emeritus professor (UGC) in the Sanskrit department at Punjab University. On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the honour was conferred on other personalities, including singer Anup Jalota and classical dancer Dr Saraswati Sundararesan. Earlier, Dr Aruna has been conferred with prestigious Rashtrapati Award in 2008. She has authored 25 research books and has published more than 85 research papers in Indian and foreign journals.

Colleges highlight problems

A delegation of Punjab Unaided Technical Institutions Association (PUTIA) under the chairmanship of Dr JS Dhaliwal, association president, met AK Talwar, Principal Secretary, Technical Education, to highlight problems being faced by colleges of Punjab. Chairmen from different colleges and universities including Manjit Singh (Doaba Group), Dr Zora Singh (Desh Bhagat University), Dr Anshu Kataria (Aryans Group), Rohin Sachdeva (Lala Lajpat Rai Group) and S Avtar Singh (Sukhmani Group) were also part of the delegation. Dr Dhaliwal said on the pattern of foreign universities and colleges, colleges in Punjab should also be permitted to fill the seats twice a year. This will help in filling the vacant seats against the sanctioned intake, and will save an academic year of droppers.

Honour for scientist

Indian Society for the Study of Reproduction and Fertility (ISSRF) will be conferring Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 on GS Gupta, former professor of the department of biophysics, Panjab University. He has been chosen for his outstanding contributions in the field of reproductive health. He will be honoured during the forthcoming 23rd annual meeting of the society and the International Conference on Repromics-Omics in Reproduction and Development in Thiruvananthapuram in February. Dr Gupta is a reputed protein chemist and has contributed significantly in understanding male reproduction at the molecular level. He retired from Panjab University in 1994, but continued working till 2005.

Residents demand facilities

The Chandigarh Nagrik Vikas Manch has requested the Chandigarh Administration to regularise the existing construction outside the “Lal Dora” of 23 villages in the city. They have demanded the provision of all civic amenities including water, electricity, sewerage and sanitation. In a meeting of the organisation, Sukhdev Singh was appointed as the president of the Mani Majra block unit.

Home loan fair

The State Bank of Patiala is organising a two-day builders’ carnival and home loan fair at Hotel Park Plaza. Fourteen prominent builders of the area are participating in the fair. The fair was inaugurated by Gurnam Singh, general manager (retail network). He said the bank had reduced its processing fee, and the pre-payment charges had been waived.

Shobha Yatra

“Shobha yatras” were organised across the city to mark the 150th birth celebrations of Swami Vivekanand. The processions started from Radha Krishan Temple, Sector 18; Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Sector 20; SD Mandir, Sectors 31, 37 and 45, Ramdarbar and Dhanas; Radha Krishna Mandir, Sector 40; Thakurdwara Mandir, Manimajra; Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Daddu Majra; Novel Heart School, Naya Gaon; and Police Chowki, Mauli Complex. “Shobha yatras” passed through the main markets of various sectors.

UCO Bank’s branch shifted

The Landran branch of UCO Bank has been shifted to new premises near the Landran bus stand on the Chandigarh crossing. The new branch was inaugurated by BV Ramanna, circle head and general manager, Chandigarh circle. An ATM machine was also inaugurated by S Gurmukh Singh, sarpanch, Landran. Sanjay Kumar, zonal manager, welcomed all the guests and apprised them of facilities being provided by the branch. Aruna Gupta, manager, thanked all the guests.

Youth day celebrations

Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Phase II, celebrated National Youth Day. On this occasion, a seminar was conducted to discuss changing needs in technology and management. The main theme of the seminar was “Building a better world, partnering with youth”. JS Bedi, chairman of the institute, said only those countries that promoted ways to actively engage youth in community building could progress in the present era.

Miss World Punjaban

The preliminary round of Miss World Punjaban 2013 was held at Desh Bhagat University. Over 150 girls from Chandigarh, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ropar and Mohali participated in this contest. Sandeep Kaur was adjudged Miss Chandigarh Punjab. Harneet Kaur Ravala was the first runner-up, and Harpinder Kaur Bhnagu and Harmandeep Kaur were adjudged the second runners-up.


A seminar on challenges being faced by the youth was organised at the Quest Group of Colleges. HPS Kanda, a vice-chairman of the college, welcomed the guests. Later, various important issues were discussed by a panel. JPS Dhaliwal, a vice-chairman of the college, said it was necessary to change the thinking of the public towards girls.

First aid workshop

The Red Cross Society and St John Ambulance (India) conducted a first aid and home nursing workshop for the teachers of Shivalik Public School. The programme started with a speech delivered by chief guest Rajiv Dhiman, Assistant Commissioner, Mohali. He applauded the efforts of the school management. — TNS



Mohali Civil Hospital needs better facilities: Doctors
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 13
As the rush of patients builds up at the Civil Hospital here, more facilities and staff are urgently required to provide optimum services to patients. Although the number of doctors at the hospital seems adequate, the shortage of paramedical staff and various facilities is being acutely felt with more patients coming in for treatment.

Doctors say only the blood bank and the labour room are functioning round the clock, but more paramedical staff is required to provide 24-hour laboratory and X-ray services. One attendant is also needed to make the dialysis unit function 24X7.

The hospital also requires a separate ICU and CCU, which should be started at the earliest to reduce the load of patients on the PGI, Chandigarh. Doctors say facilities like MRI, CT scan and digital X-ray should also be made available at the low cost to make the hospital self-sufficient and minimise the number of cases referred to Chandigarh for such examination. Hi-tech ambulances, along with necessary trained staff, are also the need of the hour.

Rajiv Bhalla, SMO in charge of the hospital, said the laboratory witnessed a huge rush of patients in 2012. The number of tests done by the hospital laboratory last year was 1,74,621 against 1,19,877 in 2011. The number of patients coming to the OPD wing also went up to 2,06,282 against 1,92,707 in 2011. The indoor section admitted more patients last year (10,632) as compared to 2011 (8,364). The gynaecology wing, too, conducted 1,720 deliveries in 2012 as against 1,402 in the previous year.

Experts say it will be imperative to drastically improve the facilities at the Civil Hospital not only to ensure that patients get a better deal but also to scale down the pressure of patients on the PGI. This will, in fact, have to be done soon in view of the recent judgement of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on ailing health care, which prescribed multiple lines of treatment, including upgrade of district hospitals and medical colleges in the neighbouring states.

The Court had said the PGI, Chandigarh, should function essentially as a referral hospital, and district-level hospitals in the vicinity of Chandigarh should also have intensive care units, ventilators and dialysis facility. Upgrading of ambulances was also recommended.

The Court’s directions were based on the recommendations of a committee of experts constituted by the institute after the Bench took cognizance of a petition filed in the public interest on an accident victim’s death soon after being discharged from the PGI’s intensive care unit.



Infant's kidnapping
Police team sent to Gorakhpur in UP
Tribune reporters

Chandigarh, January 13
A day after a four-month-old girl was allegedly kidnapped by her neighbours in Sector 56, the police has dispatched a team to Gorakhpur in UP to arrest the accused couple and recover the baby. Residents of the area blocked a road in Sector 56 to lodge a protest.

The police had to tighten security in the area.

They alleged that the area councillor did not pay heed to their problems.

In her complaint, Saibun Nisha, had stated that Neelam and Amit kidnapped her daughter, Ashida Khatun. A case has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.

Man killed in mishap

A milk supplier was killed in a road accident at Mani Majra today. The victim, Harcharan Singh, died on the spot after a car hit his auto. The victim was a resident of Khuda Jassu.

The car driver fled the spot and a passerby informed the police about the mishap.

A case under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at the Mani Majra police station against the unidentified driver.

The body will be handed over to the family after an autopsy. In another incident, Chaman Kumar, a resident of Sector 52, alleged that a car reportedly being driven by Narinder Mohan Mittal, a resident of Sector 30, hit his motorcycle near Zirakpur. The victim sustained injuries. A case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 31 police station. The accused was arrested and released on bail later.

MC employee commits suicide

Mohali: An employee of the Mohali Municipal Corporation, Parveen Kumar, reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his parents' place in Naya Gaon today.

The victim (28) was stated to be under depression.

Sources said Parveen used to stay at his in-laws' place in Panchkula. The body has been sent for an autopsy that will be conducted tomorrow.



Good news for residents
Community centres in Sectors 18 and 19 to be upgraded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 13
The urban planning department of the UT Administration has prepared drawings in connection with the expansion of the community centres in Sectors 18 and 19. A senior official of the Administration said they would hand over the drawings to the municipal corporation and start the work soon.

With the expansion of the community centres, residents will be able to organise functions for a gathering of about 600-800 persons.

The centres will now have additional floors and rooms. Besides, various other facilities like gymnasium hall, senior citizens room, computer room, badminton hall and reading room will be added.

An MC official said residents had to book marriage palaces in Zirakpur and Mohali which cost them Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3 lakh.

Area councillor Mukesh Bassi said after the expansion of the community centres, these would be handed over to the local residents.

He said the MC would provide all the in the centres.

Welcoming the move, Sunil Chopra, president of the Resident Welfare Association, Sector 18, said it was the long-pending demand of the residents.

They urged the authorities to upgrade the centres as early as possible.

Recently, UT Chief Architect Sumit Kaur and former mayor Raj Bala Malik had visited the two centres.



Southern sectors to face power cuts this summer too
Upgrade of Sector 34 sub-station hampered
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 13
Southern sectors will continue to reel under power cuts in the coming summer too, as the UT Electricity Department has failed to complete the upgrade of the Sector 34 power sub-station. Work on the sub-station has stalled as the office of the architecture has refused permission to install overhead high-tension lines between the sub-station and Sector 32.

The Electricity Department, which had to upgrade the power sub-station in 2010, had set a target to complete the work in 2013. But, with the latest objection to the overhead high-tension wires, the department will run the high-tension lines underground, resulting in a delay in the completion of the upgrade of the sub-station.

The Superintending Engineer (Electricity) said the laying of wires underground would take time.

The UT Administration had approved a Rs 10-crore budget for the project.

This sub-station supplies power to many southern sectors. There are only two transformers with a capacity of 10-KV each that are catering to the southern sectors. But, with the increasing power demand, these transformers are unable to carry the extra load.

The administration had begun the upgrade of the sub-station in 2008. The earlier deadline for its completion expired in 2010.



Custodians of law do not practise what they preach
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Violating traffic rules, Haryana police officials ride two-wheelers without a helmet at Sector 5 in Panchkula. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, January 13
It seems that the Panchkula traffic police does not believe in following rules. Six days after the road safety week concluded, the officials could be seen jumping traffic lights and driving without helmets and seat belts.

Interestingly, the officials had launched an awareness campaign to mark the road safety week observed from January 1 to January 7 and people were made aware of the traffic rules and regulations. They were told that they would be challaned if they violated the rules.

But the policemen, themselves, violated the rules and were not even challaned.Mukesh Kumar, traffic in-charge of the Panchkula traffic police, said, “We will take action against the violators." He added, “The traffic policemen will be asked to challan the violators."

ACP Virender Sangwan said, “They are the custodians of law and should follow the rules. Action would be taken against the violators.”

A number of traffic awareness campaigns were carried out at various schools and colleges.. The police had also distributed sweets among the violators to embarrass them.



Patiala gang rape
Viscera report sent to civil surgeon

Mohali, January 13
Punjab State Chemical Laboratory at Kharar sent the viscera report of the Patiala gang-rape victim to the civil surgeon concerned on Friday. According to reports, a police officer was sent by the SP (Crime), Patiala, to collect the report. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had given directions on January 8 that the laboratory should submit the viscera report within three days.

Dr Rakesh Kashyap, chief chemical examiner of the laboratory, had set up a board to finish the work within the specified time.

On November 13, the victim, an 18-year-old girl, was allegedly abducted from Samana in Patiala district and was gang raped. She allegedly committed suicide on December 26 following alleged police inaction. — OC



Telephone cables damaged in Mohali
Tribune News Service

A BSNL employee repairs the damaged cables at Phase IX, Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, January 13
Mindless digging of earth by a contractor of GMADA damaged eight cables of the BSNL, leaving over 600 landline and broadband connections dead at Sector 66 and Phase IX of Industrial Area today.

Supervisor of the work also manhandled an employee of the BSNL. The work pertaining to the widening of a road is being carried out in Phase IX. Nishan Singh, SDO, cable maintenance, BSNL, said despite knowing that there were underground cables, GMADA dug up the road. "When I sent one of the employees to the spot, he was manhandled by the supervisor," said Nishan Singh. "We will take up the matter with the higher authorities of GMADA tomorrow," said Nishan Singh.



University business school
Low turnout at alumni meet
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 13
The alumni meet of Panjab University’s University Business School (UBS) saw a lukewarm response with only 41 old students turning up for the reunion.

The department on this occasion felicitated the alumni from the 1987 batch. Twenty-seven of the 37 alumni from that batch turned up at the meet. From the remaining batches, only 14 alumni could make it to the event.

The annual alumni meet was a part of the department’s endeavour to provide students with an opportunity to interact with industry leaders and gain knowledge about the contemporary issues in business and management. The authorities were also hoping to seek help from the old students in conducting the campus placement.

A UBS student said: “We expected alumni occupying top positions in the corporate world to come and share their experience and wisdom with the current batch of students; however, not many turned up,” student said.

A senior professor of the UBS department said the low turnout might be due to Lohri. “Due to the Lohri celebrations, the outstation alumni might have preferred to spend time with family, rather than attending the function,” the professor said.

Department chairperson AK Vashisht said the turnout was low as most alumni were settled in other parts of the country and abroad, and it was not possible for everyone to make it to the meet. “Though the alumni failed to turn up for the reunion, they are in contact with the department,” Vashisht said.

The department has been losing its initial sheen in the recent years. The number of applications for admissions received by UBS this year was 1,850. Last year (2012-13), the department had received 2,558 applications, down from 2,858 in 2011-12 academic year.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Arun Grover, while inaugurating the annual alumni meet, noted that the department needed to “gear up” itself to compete with other business schools.



Festive spirit wafts across city colleges on Lohri
Tribune News Service

Students celebrate Lohri in Chandigarh. Tribune photos: S Chandan, Pradeep Tewari and Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, January 13
Lohri was celebrated across various colleges in the city. Bhangra and giddha performances marked the occasion. Students enjoyed popcorns, peanuts and jaggery sweets in the warmth of bonfires.

Government College of Education

The students and staff of the Government College of Education celebrated Lohri with enthusiasm. The ambience of the venue and celebration was in tune with Punjabi culture.

Guru Gobind Singh College for Women

Students came dressed in traditional attires to celebrate Lohri at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26. Students danced around a bonfire on the tune of Punjabi songs. A special Lohri dinner and DJ party was organised for the hostellers.

Dev Samaj College of Education

Lohri was celebrated at Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, with the lighting of bonfire on the premises. Teachers and students offered peanuts and popcorns to the fire to mark the occasion. The students sang traditional songs.

MCM College

MCM College organised “Betiyon ki Lohri”, dedicated to women empowerment. Girls took an oath to face all evils with courage and perseverance.



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