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P’kula hospital gets temporary makeover
New blankets, bed sheets given to patients taken back after Finance Minister’s visit
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 27
The patients admitted to the Sector 6 General Hospital in Panchkula had the taste of the health department’s hospitality on Republic Day, but for a few minutes. The patents were given new bed sheets and blankets ahead of the Haryana Finance Minister Harmohinder Singh’s visit.

But as soon as the minister left the hospital, the authorities removed the new bed sheets and blankets. Such was the act to cover up the actual state of affairs at the hospital that the health authorities took no time in replacing the old and smelling beddings.

It is not for the first time that the hospital authorities have indulged the cover-up act. During chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Ram Kishan Fauji’s visit in October 2012, too, new bed sheets and pillows were given to the patients 10 minutes before the VIP’s visit, but were taken back after he left the premises.

On January 26, the minister had visited the hospital to distribute fruits to the patients.

When contacted, resident medical officer Narender Gulati said denied the allegations and said the hospital employees change the bed sheets and pillows everyday in the morning.

“We had been asking the hospital staff to replace dirty sheets for the past couple of days. But the authorities paid no heed to it. I was surprised when new blankets and bed sheet were given to the patients on Saturday,” said a patient admitted to the general ward of the hospital.

“I was shocked when the hospital employees replaced the new blankets and bed sheets after the minister left,” he added.

The torn mattresses were covered with white bed sheets before the minister’s visit. “The hospital authorities are cheating the higher authorities to show that they keep the hospital neat and clean,” said another patient.

“How can the authorities be so insensitive that they took back the new blankets and bed sheets,” said another patient, adding that that hospital floor was cleaned and washed before the minister’s visit.



Private schools, dept head for showdown
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
The UT Education Department and the private unaided schools in the city are heading for a confrontation on filling seats under the Right to Education (RTE) Act. The Independent Schools Association, Chandigarh, has refused to abide by the directions of the education department on the conversion of vacant seats under the RTE Act.

They said the schools could not hold their vacant seats under the RTE Act till April 15 as instructed by the education department.

The department had asked all schools to send the data of the vacant seats under the RTE Act by February 15. Thereafter, the department would itself admit the deserving candidates by March 31 and then give time till April 10 to the schools to fill these seats. After April 15, the schools would be free to convert the RTE seats to the general category.

HS Mamik, president of the association, said the schools would not wait for so long to convert the RTE seats. “If the administration fails to send students by February 15, we will give these seats to the general category students.”

“The education department cannot force us since it has failed to solve the key issues for the implementation of the Act,” said Mamik.

“It is not judicious to ask schools to hold the seats for so long. Who will bear the loss if the department is unable to send us the students?” he questioned.

Schools to face action

Action will be taken against schools found defying orders, said DPI (S) Upkar Singh. The department is planning to issue advertisement on filling of seats under the RTE Act in private schools.

seats under rte act

  • Schools are asked to send the data of the vacant seats under the RTE Act by February 15.
  • The department will find the deserving candidates by March 31 and give the schools time till April 10 to fill the vacant seats.
  • After April 15, the schools are free to convert the seats to the general category under the RTE Act.



rti query
Depts adopt different yardsticks
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
The departments of the Chandigarh Administration adopt different yardsticks when it comes to the disposal of an RTI query. An applicant, who has sought a list of employees who have not submitted annual property returns for the year ending March 31, 2011, and March 31, 2012, and a copy of the annual property returns submitted by all section officers, Grade-A officers and Class-I officers of the UT Administration, is daily getting replies from one department or another.

Different departments have made different replies.

The Home Department, which is supposed to deal with the establishment and personnel matters of the Chandigarh Administration, has replied that no such document is available with it. CITCO says the annual property return is filed as on December 31, but it has failed to provide any list to the applicant.

While replying to the query relating to the APR of employees, the UT Engineering Department writes to the applicant: “Meaning is not clear. You are requested to visit this office on any working day and clear the meaning so that exact information can be supplied to you.” With regards to the APR of officers, the department says: “Since the information relates to third parties, you are requested to be specific while seeking information of third parties under the RTI Act.”

The Municipal Corporation authorities replied with the remark, “Not applicable”. Replying to the query relating to the APR of employees, the Technical Education Department has said “information not available with this office” while about the APR of officers, it says the matter does not relate to this office.

Similarly, the State Legal Services Authority replies to the query related to the APR of employees stating that it is to be dealt with by the Home Department. With regards to another one related to the APR of officers, it says the query will be handled by the Finance Department.

The Burail Jail authorities say: "The property returns filed by the employees do not constitute public action as these are submitted under fiduciary, hence exempted from disclosure".

An RTI activist, RK Garg, who had filed the application, said he had filed the application with the Home-I Department but it complicated the issue by transferring the application to the other departments. The Home-I Department should have collected the information from the other departments. Now, he was daily getting replies from one department or another, he added.

Info officials not well-informed

How well informed the chief public information officers (CPIOs) of the UT Administration are when it comes to the RTI Act can be gauged from the recent orders. In a recent case where a CPIO had not properly dealt with an RTI application, MP Singh, Superintendent Engineer (Electricity), while disposing of the appeal filed by an applicant, had stated: “The Electricity Department may also counsel its CPIO and XEN.”



sector 19 market
Demolition orders against 25 SCOs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
The UT Estate Office has passed demolition orders against all SCOs in Sector 19 where ‘non-sanctionable’ violations were detected during a survey. Owners of a majority of the SCOs have illegally constructed structures in the rear courtyard of their showrooms.

While passing demolition orders, the assistant estate officer has given 15 days to the violators to remove the encroachments or face action. Assistant estate officer Rahul Gupta confirmed that the orders had been passed to the owners of 25 SCOs in Sector 19.

Following a survey of the market, the estate office found rampant building violations and in some cases, rooms had been covered for commercial use.

Rules say the violators can go in for an appeal in the court of the chief administrator. But since the orders have been passed only against the ‘non-sanctionable’ constructions, the violators have no option but to remove it. They have also been asked to get the ‘sanctionable’ violations approved from the Estate Office. On the similar lines, the estate office has adopted a tough stand in the case of glazing done by the shopkeepers in the corridors of the upper floors. In a separate move, the Estate Office has started issuing notices to the occupants of residential houses who had plastered and used tiles on the front and the rear boundary walls. “The drive has been started in the northern sectors. IT will be extended to the southern sectors too,” said a senior UT official.



R-Day speech: Adviser skips mention of new projects
Tribune News Service

Students all smiles after winning the first prize in a cultural item during a R-Day function at Parade ground in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday
Students all smiles after winning the first prize in a cultural item during a R-Day function at Parade ground in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, January 27
Barring the finalisation of the draft master plan, the Republic Day message of UT Adviser KK Sharma made no mention of any major projects started in the city during the past one year.

Punctuated with mention of several ongoing projects, the speech made special mention of the master plan addressing the issue of the Sukhna catchment area, missing out the vital issue of UT’s delay in declaring the eco-sensitive zone.

Interestingly, the message said that 2012 had been an eventful year for the IT sector with the introduction of the electronic payment of salaries, computerisation of the budget planning and management operations, launch of mobile application titled “Chandigarh City Guide”, setting up of two touch-sensitive information kiosks and finalising the allotment of space to young entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises at the Entrepreneur Development Centre in IT Park, whereas the UT Administrator during the last Advisory Council meeting had expressed his displeasure over the growth of the sector.

The speech finds mention about the ongoing projects, including upgrade of schools. The success of the centrally sponsored schemes like Adhaar card also finds mention in the Adviser’s speech.

He mentioned the much-talked about rehabilitation scheme of the Chandigarh Housing Board. However, the project of the board at Dhanas has been delayed due to the lack of coordination between different departments.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Governor and Administrator, UT, Shivraj V Patil was ‘At Home’ with distinguished citizens of Punjab and Chandigarh on the lush green lawns of the Punjab Raj Bhawan. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice AK Sikri were present along with the Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha and senior defence, civil and police officers of Punjab and the Chandigarh Administration.

Arch falls off

At a function hosted by the Adviser at the UT guesthouse, the welcome arch fell off and had to fixed again.



Overall trophy: Chandigarh Police



2. 1st Battalion, IRB, Chandigarh

3. Chandigarh Traffic Police


1. Chandiagrh Civil Defence

2. Chandiagrh Home Guards

3. Chandiagrh Fire Services


1. Naval Wing

2. NCC Girls

3. Air Wing


1. NSS Girls: Govt Model SSS, Sector 8 B

2. NSS Boys: Govt Model SSS, Sector 32

3. School Children: Govt Model SSS, Sector 47


1. SP Traffic, UT

2. Joint Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society

3. Dy. Conservator of Forests, UT Admn

Cultural Programme: Dev Samaj School, Sector 21-D



Open house response
Admission process needs transparency

The UT Administration should take erring schools to task. The price of admission forms should be fixed. The ratio of sale of forms to number of seats in each school must be formulated as schools earn a huge amount by selling a large number of forms against a few number of seats.

A list of all private schools with the number of available seats should be prepared so that parents can fill in the forms according to their preference. The tried and tested criteria followed by the education department for the admission at

Class XI level should be adopted for admission to entry level. A draw of lots should be conducted under the strict vigil of the department to avoid chaos and confusion.

Baljinder Kaur, Mohali

General category students should not be ignored

About 60 per cent of the city’s population comes under the general category. But private schools are ignoring general category students. They are giving admission to students under preferential category and ignoring general category students. To strike a balance in the overall admission process in schools, there is a need to amend the MHRD guidelines. As per the MHRD guidelines, schools should have a right to formulate their own policy and criteria for admission, but prior approval should be taken before implementation. The MHRD should fix a criterion regarding admissions and provide a right to schools to make variations of 5-10 per cent. At least 45 per cent of seats should be reserved for students under the general category. Arbitrary allotment of seats to preferential quota at the cost of general category should be stopped. Preference should be given to students residing within the radius of 1-2 km of schools.

Anamika, Chandigarh

Need to amend RTE Act

The RTE Act needs to be amended as the parents of a single child are in a fix.

Since the RTE Act does not safeguard the interests of such parents, the hue and cry raised by them can be well understood. In order to tackle such a situation in the next session, the RTE Act needs to be amended.

SC Lutheran, McNamara

Balance must in admission process

Private schools must strike a balance as far as the admission process is concerned. Under the RTE Act, every child is entitled to quality education, irrespective of caste and status. A few private schools have already taken a positive step in allotting some seats to students belonging to the preferential category. Such constructive steps will go a long way in imparting quality education to students.

Priya Darsh Growar, Mohali

Reserve 50 pc seats for general category

The fact that private schools are preferring students under preferential quota to the general category ones has resulted in a lot of hue and cry. The general category students were ignored this time. Most of the seats were reserved for minority quota, siblings of existing students, wards of the teachers and alumni. A balance needs to be struck in the admission process. At least 50 per cent of the total seats should be reserved for the general category as they form a majority. The preferential quotas should be fixed. All private schools should be made to follow the same procedures for admission and the quotas should be uniform in all schools.

Isha Dahiya, Panchkula

Admn should intervene

The admission policy is bound to affect schools' policy of allotting more seats to students under preferential category. The Chandigarh Administration should intervene in the matter.

Ajit Singh, Canada

Number of seats should be increased

Schools should increase the number of seats. The seats for siblings are important, as every parent wants to get the second child admitted to a school where the first child is studying. There is nothing wrong with the reservation, but reserving such a huge number of seats is objectionable.

Dr Shruti K Chawla, Chandigarh

Sub-quotas are unjustified

The sub-quotas under the general category are unjustified and unwarranted. The authorities should look into the matter and sort out the problem. The education board should take steps to raise the education standards.

Vineet Kapoor, Panchkula

SC orders should not be defied

It is sad that private schools in the city are not filling seats on a merit basis. The schools must not defy the Supreme Court orders, reserving 50 per cent of seats for students under various "quotas". The Chandigarh Administration must ensure that the orders are not defied.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

MHRD guidelines should be amended

To strike a balance, the MHRD guidelines should be amended, which otherwise give a right to schools to formulate their own policy. At least 50 percent of seats should be reserved for students under the general category. There is a need to increase seats in schools. The Administration must intervene and try to bring a uniformity in the overall admission process because there is no rationality in the allotment of seats.

Vidya Sagar Garg, Panchkula

Schools do not follow guidelines

The admission process was put on hold and schools were asked not to hold a draw of lots till the age criteria was settled by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. On the court’s directions, the schools held a draw, following which parents held protests. These schools do not follow the guidelines of the education department.

Satish Chandra Sharma, Chandigarh

Open house question

The issue of filling deputation posts in the UT from Punjab and Haryana in the 60:40 ratio has always courted controversy, with the UT cadre bureaucracy keen on bringing more officers to the UT from its cadre. This has invited serious objections from Punjab and Haryana. Even Himachal Pradesh has staked its claim to the posts. What needs to be done? Write your suggestions to openhouse@tribunemail.com


No tab on fire safety violations in city
Despite 500 notices being served on defaulters, no action has been taken so far
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
The fire incident at a Sector 17-based boutique five days ago that claimed a life, has brought to light the failure of the Municipal Corporation in keeping tab on the fire safety violations.

While the fire department claims to have served more than 500 notices in the past one year to various buildings, including violators who have turned the corridors into cabins, similar to Classic Boutique that caught fire due to a short circuit, no further action was taken against any of the violators.

Surprisingly, over the past four years, the department has sealed only four such buildings in the city for violating safety norms. The MC failed to conduct any effective drive to check the fire safety norms in buildings of the city. Only four buildings, which include three in Sector 34, and one in the industrial area, have been sealed in the last four years for violations.

In fact, the Classic Boutique had caught fire way back in 2001 also, which clearly indicates that the fire department had failed to check the violations even at that time. In May last year, after finding violations at hospitals, eateries and business establishments, the fire department had issued 36 notices.

The fire department had issued 150 notices to commercial buildings last year, out of which 57 have been issued to restaurants and hotels alone. Significantly, 500 emergency fire calls were received by the Fire Control Room till December.

In fact, maximum number of notices was issued to commercial buildings in Sector 17, a total of 42, followed by 22 notices in Sector 32. However, no action was taken against the violators.

Rajiv Gupta, chief fire officer, MC, said, “We have been conducting checks on all important buildings on a regular basis. We have served several notices in the past six months and about 100 have complied with. Next, we will seal the showrooms. Practically it is not possible because if we start sealing the showrooms, more than 70 per cent of commercial buildings will have to be shut.”

Recently, a 51-year-old man was charred to death when a fire broke out at Classic Boutique in Sector 17 due to a short circuit in the middle of the night. Since there were no separate entry and exit point, the victim could not escape.

Many similar violations can be seen in other parts of the city, including Sector 22. Various booths in Sector 22 have set up booths inside the basement that only have a common entry and exit point.



Janaushadhi Centres
Costlier drugs at centres keep patients away
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
The Janaushadhi Centres that were launched with the purpose of providing medicines at costs lower than those of branded medicines have failed to find many takers. Surprisingly, few medicines/items at these centres were found priced slightly above those available at other chemist shops.

For instance, a 10-tablet strip of amoxycillin, which is available for Rs 130 under the branded category, is available for Rs 149.16 at the Janaushadi Centres.

Similarly, an injection of destrose costs Rs 21.50 at the Janaushadhi Centres while it is available at other chemist shops for less than Rs 10.

Sources pointed out that the key cause for this variation in the prices was due to the fact that most private companies sold branded items/medicines after manufacturing them in their own units. The Janaushadhi Centres, however, are dependent on public sector undertakings (PSU) for the supply of their medicines-which alter the cost.

The supply of medicines at all the three centres setup at city hospitals three years ago has continued to be poor. A few months ago, a proposal was mooted at the national level to allow these centres to make purchases at local levels.

Anil Kumar, UT Health Secretary, said, “We are awaiting the directions from the Central Government to allow us to make purchases from the local/ private manufacturers.”

During a meeting of senior health department officials, held last month, it was pointed out that in addition to the variation in cost of medicines the unavailability of surgical items was another major cause for failure of Janaushadhi Centres.

Some patients also pointed out that the operators at these centres often failed to understand the combination of salts in prescribed medicines, thereby failing to provide the required medicines.

Abhishek Gupta, a patient visiting the Janaushadhi Centre at GMSH, Sector 16, last week said, “I had developed skin problem a few months ago. the operators working at these centres were unable to determine the combination of salts in medicines prescribed to me. I was forced to purchase the medicines from the neighbouring chemist shop.”

These centres were opened in Chandigarh at the PGI, the GMCH-32 and the GMSH-16 in November 2009, August 2011 and February 2011, respectively.



Mohali Janaushadhi store short of medicines
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 27
Five months after it was reopened by the local administration to provide low-cost medicines to patients, the Janaushadhi store at Civil Hospital, Phase 6, remains short of medicines.

During its recent visit at the store, the Tribune team was told by the pharmacist at the shop that 147 generic medicines were available at the store at present. On being checked, it was found that many medicines, mentioned in the list of “available generic medicines”, were in fact, not available. “The order has been placed for the medicines”, said the pharmacist there.

Notably, the authorities concerned have planned to make 254 different generic medicines available at the store. The store is yet to get 107 medicines mentioned on the list. People were seen going back empty-handed from the store.

Surinder Singh, A local resident, who was recommended amlodipine tablet to control blood pressure, had to return empty handed, as the medicine was not available in the store.

“We admit that we still have to get many medicines, but the situation here is improving day-by-day. You can see that within five months, our monthly average sale has crossed the figure of Rs one lakh”, said MP Singh, nodal officer, here.

He added that now a new list of 250 medicines, including branded ones, is under preparation with the consultation of the doctors of the hospital. At the same time, the nodal officer also admitted that many doctors at the hospital still prescribed branded medicines. “The patient always demands the prescribed medicine. If a doctor prescribes branded medicines, surely it will not be available here at the store and the patients then go empty-handed”, he added.



Haryana adds 2 members to panel
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
Rectifying the inaccuracy of setting up a one-man tribunal in Panchkula under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, the Haryana Government has added two more members to the panel. A fresh notification to the effect has also been issued by the Haryana Government.

The issue was brought to the notice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court by KS Tomar. In his petition against the state of Haryana and respondents, filed before the Division Bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice RP Nagrath, Tomar had challenged the notification dated November 23, 2010, “whereby a one-member tribunal of the Panchkula Sub Divisional Magistrate was constituted under the Senior Citizens Act of 2007. The petitioner had also challenged an order dated July 20, 2012, passed by a one-member tribunal in exercise of its powers under the Act. Appearing before the Bench, his counsel asserted that the petitioner’s grievance was based on Rules 3 and 23 of the Haryana Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Rules, 2009. As per the rules, “Each tribunal shall consist of three members, one of them shall be an official member not below the rank of Sub Divisional Magistrate, who shall be the chairperson. The two non-official members shall be nominated by the Deputy Commissioner.”

As the case came up for hearing, the state of Haryana and other official respondents filed their reply-affidavit, along with a fresh notification dated December 10, 2012, whereby the Panchkula maintenance tribunal was revamped. The state counsel told the court that the new tribunal now comprised the Panchkula Sub Divisional Magistrate and two non-official members. He also told the court that the fresh notification superseded the previous notification dated November 23, 2010. Taking on record the assertion, the Bench ruled: “In view of the fact that a new tribunal stands constituted in accordance with rules, the instant writ petition has been rendered infructuous and is disposed of accordingly."

“The order dated July 20, 2012, passed by the one-member tribunal, being without jurisdiction, is also set aside with liberty to the newly constituted maintenance tribunal to pass an appropriate order in accordance with law and after hearing the parties”.

Among other things, the Act says a senior citizen or a parent, unable to maintain himself or herself, can move an application for maintenance before the maintenance tribunal against his children. In the case of a child-less senior citizen, the application can be filed against relative inheriting the property.

The tribunal can also initiate proceedings for maintenance suo motu. The matter then goes to a conciliation officer before he holds meetings with the two parties and comes out with a report on settlement formula, if any arrived by him. If settlement formula is not reported, the tribunal has the authority to pass an order for maintenance.

Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act

  • The states of Punjab and Haryana, along with the Chandigarh Administration, constituted the tribunals and appointed a conciliation officer under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, nearly three months after the Punjab and Haryana High Court took suo motu cognisance of a Tribune report on the plight of an abandoned 85-year-old woman.
  • The states and the UT Administration informed the court that relevant rules, “in exercise of powers conferred by Section 32 of the Act”, have been framed, tribunals constituted and conciliation officers appointed.
  • At that time, the Bench had made it clear that Parliament enacted the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, but “the anxiety of the court was the enforcement of the provisions of the Act in the states of Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh”.



Open dancesport
Mumbai couples rule dancing championship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
Dancing couples from Mumbai and Pune stole away the show at the first Chandigarh Open DanceSport Championship, held at the skating rink of Sector 17, here. A five-hour programme, where more than 100 couples participated, were well supported by the spectatotrs.

“We have never witnessed such live dance performances, in Chandigarh. This is an amazing display of art”, said Sneh, a spectator.

Later, a dance couple from Mumbai, Pooja Parekh and Parag Shah, clinched the last event of the evening with 51 points, beating their nearest rivals from Pune.

In the open adult group, another Mumbai couple, Kevin D'Souza and Deepika Gomes, lifted the title, while a local pair of Bandeep Rekhi and Samia Rekhi, finished at the third position. A brother-sister pair of Madhav Ginoria and Tanayaa Ginoria, brought glory to the City Beautiful by winning the Closed Youth Grade D Latin Cha-Cha event.

The couples from Maharashtra, Chandigarh and Delhi staged their performances while the penal of judges included Priti Gupta, Tanushree Rakshit and Arpita Sathey.


Open adult grade (E Waltz): Ankit Ajwani and Sukruti Narkar (Pune) , Unni Krishnan and Saachi Agharkar (Pune), Parag Shah and Aditi Bhatt (Mumbai) ; Closed (Under 6 Cha-cha: Kartik Sharma and Zia Jatwani (Chd), Dhruv Anand and Jaap Kalra (Chd) , Vanshaj and Renait (Chd); Closed adult social cha cha cha: Shiv Narayan and Harpeet Kaur (Chd) ,Rohit Kwatra and Varinda Gupta (Chd) , PankaThakur and Meenakshi Mohal (Chd) ;Open adult salsa: Akshay Unecha and Megha Khatri (Pune), Paul Emmanuel and Pooja Parekh (Mumbai), Nipun Kothari and Dina Ginwalla (Mumbai); Closed adult social jive: Rohit Kwatra (Chd), Asheesh Sharma and Saachi Bhardwaj (Chd), Pankaj Thakur and Meenakshi Mohal (Chd); Closed youth grade (D Latin) cha cha :Madhav Ginoria and Tanayaa Ginoria (Chd), Madhav Banati and Samia Rekhi (Chd); Open adult grade (D Latin) Cha Cha Cha: Kevin D'Souza and Deepika Gomes (Mumbai), Veerpratap Singh and Dina Ginwalla (Mumbai), Bandeep Rekhi and Samia Rekhi (Chd); Open adult grade (C Latin) Cha Cha Cha: Parag Shah and Pooja Parekh (Mumbai) , Akshay Unecha and Megha Khatri (Pune) , Unnikrishnan and Saachi Agharkar (Pune).



Actor Ranbir Kapoor to shoot in city
Will feature in director Abhinav Kashyap’s next movie ‘Besharam’
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
Several Bollywood stars, including tinsel town’s current heart throb Ranbir Kapoor will arrive in the City Beautiful next week for the shooting of Dabangg fame director Abhinav Kashyap’s next movie “Besharam”.

As the movie also stars yesteryears stars Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor, It is for the first time that Ranbir will be seen working with both of his parents.

Kashyap, who gave actor Salman Khan the biggest hit of his career thorough “Dabangg”, is introducing, Pallavi Sharda, as the female lead.

An official of the movie’s production team informed that the star cast and production crew, including the director, would arrive in Chandigarh before the beginning of the shoot, scheduled to start in the first week of February.

As per the information, the major part of the movie is expected to be shot here. The permission for the shooting is being taken from February 5 to March 16. Various locations, including IT park, Industrial Areas, Rose Garden, Sukhna Lake and other places are being considered for the shooting.

It is learnt that Chandigarh is developing as a shooting hub in the northern region. The city featured prominently in Hollywood Oscar Winning Director Kathryn Biglow’s recently released movie “Zero Dark Thirty”, based on hunt for dreaded terrorist Osama Bin Laden. The movie, which was shot here in Chandigarh last year, has been awarded five nominations for this year’s Academy Awards.

Officials of Chandigarh’s Bollywood cell said that the city was getting a lot of attention as far as film tourism was concerned. Last year, 23 movies, including Punjabi movies, were filmed in Chandigarh.

This year too, major banners have already applied for shooting here. Besides Kashyap’s “Besharam”, director Suneel Darshan will also shoot for his next movie from mid February.The shooting for Jatt and Juliet Part-2 is also expected to begin in February.



4 more cases of swine flu reported
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
Four new cases of swine flu have been reported at city hospitals in the past two days. Of these, one case is from Mani Majra, one each from Punjab, Haryana and Kalka.

The total number of cases reported at city hospitals, including PGIMER, and GMCH, Sector 32, has reached 37. These include seven deaths and six cases from Chandigarh.


  • Difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Blood in sputum


  • Wash hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand cleanser.


  • Tamiflu medicine cures swine flu. The medicine is available at all three government hospitals, including the PGIMER, GMSH-16 and GMCH-32, free of cost.



PGI to open two new satellite centres
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
On the occasion, Prof YK Chawla, director, PGIMER, told the employees about the two satellite centres of PGIMER which are going to be opened at Sangrur and Ferozepur to cater to patients of Punjab.

Prof.Chawla, while announcing certain new introductions for patient care, said: a Sample collection centre and a fee counter will be opened soon at the Research Block-A. Most of the areas in Advanced Trauma Centre are functional and Trauma-A renovation is in full swing. 20 per cent patients in PGI are being treated free of cost and there was free screening for cancer in women through Asha Jyoti Mobile Van in the Institute."



ASI suspended
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 27
In charge of the Sector 2 police post Assistant Sub-Inspector Mahmood Khan, was suspended on Saturday. It was learnt that a number of snatchings took place in his area, following which he was placed under suspension.

Sources said Khan, who was earlier posted at the Sector 14 police station, was found guilty of manipulating a rape case that took place a few months ago.

Assistant Sub-Inspector Suraj Mal, former additional station house officer of the Sector 20 police station, has replaced Khan.

"Out of the eight snatchings which were reported in the city recently, four took place in Khan's area, following which he was placed under suspension," said a police officer.

The officer said a number of snatchings were reported in the area.

This is the second case of suspension in 20 days. Sub-Inspector Aruna Kumar, who was the station house officer of the Mansa Devi Complex police station, was also placed under suspension after she had had enforced a theft section in a robbery case that took place in Saketri to weaken the case. Aruna was suspended by the officiating Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Nazneen Bhasin, who was holding the additional charge of Panchkula at that time. Bhasin had spoken to the complainant herself and suspended the SHO.



syndicate meeting
PU adopts Aadhaar card as identity proof
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
Panjab University Syndicate in its meeting today decided to adopt Aadhaar card as a valid document for proof of identity. The students of PU affiliated colleges will now have the right to use Aadhaar cards as the residence proof in place of other documents required for the admissions.

The card will also be required for availing scholarships from the university.

PU officials said the Aadhaar card won't be a compulsory document for admission but it could be accepted in the colleges for admissions in case students don't have other proof of identity.

College teachers re-employment

The Syndicate unanimously adopted the resolution of Dinesh Talwar, demanding that the benefit of reemployment should be extended to the college teachers. Talwar had demanded a reemployment of five-years for college teachers after retirement. The issue would now be discussed in the Senate for final approval.

Correspondence students to be treated at par with regular ones

The house broadly approved the recommendations that the correspondence students be treated at par with regular students for disbursing student aid. Students with an annual family income of up to Rs 1 lakh will now get financial aid of Rs 7,500 and those with an income of between Rs 1 to 2.5 lakh will get aid of Rs 6,000, depending upon the number of applicants and the availability of the funds for each academic year.

5 per cent weightage for BBA admissions

From the next academic session, 5 percent weightage will be given to those applicants for the BBA course who have passed class XII examination with at least 3 commerce subjects.

Other decision

A Punjab Government circular recommending a 50 per cent concession for physically handicapped persons in the cost of forms and examination fee for recruitment tests was also accepted by the house.

Re-advertise posts, says Syndicate

Syndicate turned down the demand of university seeking extension to fill the advertised posts after failing to fill them in stipulated time, which is going to end on January 30. All the posts that are still under recruitment process will now be re-advertised.

PU had advertised 221 vacancies for various posts on January 14, 2012, and the candidates were supposed to submit their applications by January 31.

As per the rule, the university was supposed to complete the recruitment process for all the advertised posts by January 30, 2013, failing which the process will be started again.

The agenda item for the meeting stated that the interviews for some of the posts had already been held and for some post interviews are to be held. It also stated that in some of the cases the screening process of the applications was yet to be completed while in some other cases synopses of all eligible candidates who were recommended by the screening committee to be called for interview have been sent to the Vice-Chancellor for fixing the meeting of selection committee.

RS Jhanji a syndicate member, said: "All the applicants who have already applied for the posts will have to apply again after updating their curricula vitae. The cases in which interviews have already been made will be referred to a committee."



PEC to be vehicle-free zone from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
The Punjab Engineering College (PEC) is all set to turn its campus into a vehicle-free zone from Monday. The plan will be introduced in a phased manner in the coming months. Initially in phase-1, three roads will become vehicle free and two major parking areas will be created for students where they can park their two and four wheelers.

“The project is being initiated by the students following a fatal accident on campus in the last semester. We hope that the measures will be implemented in a gradual manner in which the faculty, staff and students are not inconvenienced,” said Manoj Datta, director, PEC.

In Phase-II and III, these parking spaces will be made permanent along with provision of round the clock security, proper lighting arrangement and an appropriate token system.

An official said, “the parking for two-wheelers of students is along the outer boundary wall of the institution between Gate No. 1and 2. All two-wheelers will move in and out of campus through Gate No. 1 only. The parking for four-wheelers of students is in the area next to the basket ball court near the rail engine. All four-wheelers will move in and out of campus through Gate No. 3 only. For the students being dropped to or picked up from the institute by their parents and guardians, a drop or pick up point has been designated near Gate No.2 on the main road.

As of now the student parking (two-wheeler parking and four-wheeler parking) will remain operational from 7 am to 5.30 pm on working days. After 5.30 pm on working days and for full day during holidays, the students may park their vehicles at other parking areas also.

no-vehicle zones

Zone-1: The road from PEC market up to Verka Booth

Zone-2: Metallurgical parking is only for bicycles

Zone-3: The road from students' café to Sehaj Safai Kendra

Zone-4: The road in front of the auditorium



Families of freedom fighters honoured
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 27
Punjab transport minister Ajit Singh Kohar unfurled the National Flag at the ground of Government College, Phase 6, yesterday. "We have constructed five new bus stands, having ultra advanced facilities by spending Rs 40 crores in the state.

The 17-storeyed bus stand in Mohali will also get completed soon. Rs 485 crore have already been spent on the construction of 28 railway over bridges and 10 more such over bridges, costing Rs 150 crores, will be constructed in the state," said Kohar adding that a new bus stand will also be constructed at Ropar very soon.

Earlier, various government departments presented their tableau on the occasion. The Mohali District State Legal Authority also presented their tableau, depicting a scene of Lok Adalat, for the first time during the ceremony.

The minister also honoured the families of freedom fighters, government employees, sportspersons and students, who excelled in their respective fields. Those, who received the commendation certificates, included Sukhdeep Singh, Gurinder Singh, Anmoljit Singh, Prabhdeep kaur, Jagdeep Singh, Ashishdeep Kaur, Varinder Kaur, Sami Kasha Sufi, Pawanpreet Singh, Preetam Kaur, Inderjit Singh, Husan Preet, Nihalka, Abhishek, Prerna, Professor Kanwar Rajinder Singh, Paramjit Singh, Rajiv Walia, Yagya Prashadi Sharma, Sham Lal, Kuldeep Singh, Bhupinder Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, ASI Raghuvir Singh, ASI Shamsher Singh, constable Harvinder Singh, const Ajay Pathak, const Darshan Singh, const Sanjiv Dutt, Dr Rajinder Walia, Jugraj Singh Gill and Balwinder Singh.

The students of various schools also presented a cultural programme.

Mohali Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam; SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar; SP (City) Swarndeep Singh; and SDM Lakhmir Singh were also present on the occasion.




St Anne's Convent school

Chandigarh: Students sang patriotic songs and presented dances. Manager Rev Father Ambrose presided over the function and gave away the prizes for the sports and various activities to the students. The principal Sister Gracy greeted the staff and the students.

Bhavan Vidyalaya-27

Entire school wore a festive look. Dr Suresh Singla and Dr Renu Gupta, parents of the All-India Commerce topper Navya Singla were the guests of honour. Chandra Mohan, vice-chairman, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Chandigarh Kendra; and PR Aggarwal, Secretary, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, were also present on the ocassion.

Gurukul Global School, Mani Majra

Cultural programme added colour to the celebration. After hoisting the flag Principal Aruna Bhardwaj urged the students to understand the true meaning of freedom.


Various activities were conducted to mark the day. The students of classes VI and VII participated in the flag making and tri-colour sandwich making competitions. The flag was unfurled by Jasdeep Kalra , executive director, AKSIPS group of schools, followed by the welcome song and national anthem.

Tribune School-29

The programme commenced with the unfurling of the national flag by the chief guest, Chand Nehru. Students presented their talent with patriotic songs and dances. A skit "Unity in Diversity" signifying peace and harmony was also staged on the occasion.

Ryan International School-49

Ryanites celebrated the historic day with patriotic fervour. The flag was hoisted by Gurdev Singh Sidhu, Secretary to Government Punjab Department of Revenue and Rehabilitation. A lively cultural programme mesmerised the audience.


The celebration began with the hoisting of the tricolor by the Headmaster, Rakesh Sood, followed by a cultural programme. Students presented patriotic songs, speeches and dances to mark the occasion.


The head of the school Dr Vinod Sharma hoisted the flag. It was followed by the small cultural program by the students. Group song was sung by the students. Short Speech was given by Vrinda of class Xth and patriotic poems by Shikha of class X and Dimple of class VII. A group song was also sung by the students.

SD Public School-32

The principal, Manju Bhardwaj, hoisted the National Flag followed by National Anthem and march past by the NSS students.

Mount Carmel School-47

The whole school reverbrated with National fervour. The programme started with a welcome speech by Pradipti Dash, School Captain (Girl). The principal of the school hoisted the National Flag and took salute of the impressive march past in which the boys' & girls' contingents of different houses of school, scouts and guides, and NSS students took part.


Students and staff members of the school celebrated the Republic Day with great patriotic fevour. Martyrs were remembered through songs and speeches were given by the Headmistress Meena Kapoor regarding our freedom and constitution. Sweets were distributed among students.


The celebration began with flag hoisting ceremony by the school principal Raviraj Kaur. She motivated the students to rise to the occasion and gear up to achieve the desired goals .

GMSSS (MHC), Manimajra

Students presented a colourful show. Patriotic songs were sung and the speeches were also given by faculty members. Principal Kund Bala emphasised on the importance of national integrity and secularism

Jawahar Navodyaya Vidyalaya- 25

Youth choir group of Vidyalaya presented colourful cultural programme based on patriotism. Principal inspired the students to be dutiful and obedient to pay real tribute to the freedom fighters.

Shivalik Public School-41

The director of the school urged the students to reaffirm their resolve to be tolerant, respectful, law abiding and committed citizens of the country. The display of diversity in true colours was presented and refreshments were distributed to the students.


The ceremony began with the flag hoisting by Headmaster Ram kumar. The students pledged to work towards strengthening of the nation.

Vidya Mandir-43

The programme began here by paying tribute to the national heroes. The students sang patriotic songs and other cultural functions.


Children of different classes competed together enthusiastically in different competitions. Headmistress Susham Lata appreciated the work done by the students and urged them to work hard for unity and integrity of the country.

GMHS- 12

The school witnessed a grand show of nationalism and patriotism. The school headmistress unfurled the national flag.

Sri Guru Harkrishan Senior Sec Public School-40

The students of the school enthralled the gathering with heart throbbing dances and patriotic songs. Karan Pratap Singh and Jatinder Singh filled the air with patriotic fervour with their melodious songs. Principal N Bedi reminded the students about their moral responsibility towards the nation and extended vote of thanks.

Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary School-27

S Mahajan, director of the school, hoisted the National Flag. Principal of the school S Savant extended vote of thanks to the chief guest and senior citizens.

Century Public School, Nayagaon

Santosh Saluja (Director) inaugurated the function and unfurled the National Flag. The programme saw several cultural functions by students

Hansraj Public School-6

Panchkula: The aura of patriotism was prevalent and the spirit of unity in diversity was vividly visible. The Principal Jaya Bhardwaj hoisted the National Flag amidst the resounding tune of National Anthem 'Jana Gana Mana' to commence the celebrations. This was followed by march past, drill display and inspiring speeches.

Saupin's School

The school celebrated the day with patriotic fervour. The programme initiated with flag hoisting by the principal followed by National Anthem. A plethora of activities were performed on the occasion.

St Teresa Convent School-25

The day commemorated with the hoisting of the flag. The four houses of the school showcased impressive march past.

Bhavan Vidyalaya-15

Students sang patriotic songs. A poem recitation competition was also held on the ocassion.

Shishu Niketan Public School

A chain of activities were organised in the school. A drawing competition on patriotic theme for classes III to X was held on the ocassion.

Small Wonders School

Mohali: The national flag was unfurled by the principal Herdip K Nama. The students sang patriotic songs to mark the occasion.

St Paul's International School

The students visited the local Paraplegic Centre to celebrate the day. The school Principal Alka Mahajan presided over the function. "The motive behind this visit was to let our children imbibe and understand the true meaning of patriotism," said Alka Mahajan.

Anee's School

The students celebrated the day with a massage of saving nature. The tiny tots of primary section took part in a fancy dress competition.



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