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Aadhaar cards dumped with vendors
Postmen fail to find beneficiaries at the given addresses in slums and colonies; residents cry foul
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
Thousands of Aadhaar cards of residents living in colonies and slums are gathering dust at post offices or with roadside vendors in these areas as the Department of Posts has not been able to locate recipients at the addresses mentioned on the cards.

For the past few months, postmen deputed in slums and colonies are at their wits' end as they have failed to locate a large number of recipients at the given addresses. As a result, the undistributed cards are being dumped with area leaders or roadside vendors. In most cases, the cards are finding their way back to the post offices.

At Kajheri village alone, 56 Aadhaar cards were found lying with the area barber while the beneficiaries were running from pillar to post to get duplicate copies of the cards to avail of the services which are now available only after producing these cards. A few days ago, 200 Aadhaar cards were found lying in a garbage bin at Kajheri village.

Sham Singh of Colony No. 5 said two days ago, his area cobbler called him to deliver his Aadhaar card, which the area postman had dropped at his shop with the excuse that he had failed to locate his house. He said these days local confectionery shops and tea vendors were doing public service by delivering Aadhaar cards to residents as postmen often failed to locate them.

A representative of the Aam Aadmi Party, Kamal Kishore Sharma, who visited the colony two days ago, said residents of Kajheri had complained that around 200 Aadhaar cards were lying dumped in a garbage bin in the area. Residents then picked these up and informed the beneficiaries. Thousands of residents in 25 other colonies in the city are facing a similar problem.

A senior official of the Department of Posts said postmen had complained that they often found it difficult to deliver Aadhaar cards at the postal addresses in slums and colonies as a majority of the slum dwellers were not residing at the given addresses.

The official said the situation was even worse in rehabilitation colonies where residents had removed common walls due to which their addresses had changed.

Assistant Director General, Unique Identification Authority of India, Charu Bali admitted that they had received complaints from Kajheri and the department would communicate with the Department of Posts to resolve the issue. She said the UT Administration would also be informed about it so that the issue of delivering Aadhaar cards at the actual addresses could be resolved.

Residents of Mauli Jagran said a local leader had distributed Aadhaar cards to them instead of the postman concerned who was supposed to do so. They alleged that a number of residents had to apply for a duplicate copy of the Aadhaar card as they had not received the original one.

AAP delegation meets DC

A delegation of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday met the UT Deputy Commissioner and complained that in Kajheri village, residents had complained that they were being charged Rs 10 for the delivery of an Aadhaar card at their address. Nitika Sharma, a representative of the party, said they had deposited 56 Aadhaar cards, which they had found lying at a barber's shop in the area, with the Deputy Commissioner's office. The party has demanded action against those responsible for the lapse.

200 cards found lying in garbage bin

At Kajheri village alone, 56 Aadhaar cards were found lying with the area barber while the beneficiaries were running from pillar to post to get duplicate copies of the cards to avail of the services which are now available only after producing these cards. A few days ago, 200 Aadhaar cards were found lying in a garbage bin at Kajheri village



Officials burn midnight oil to rectify errors in remaining papers
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
Officials of the UT Education Department are now burning the midnight oil to ensure error-free question papers for the remaining examinations of classes IX and XI. The school-based Class X examinations, to be conducted by the department, are starting on March 14.

Following a large number of mistakes reported in the English and Punjabi question papers of classes IX and XI, officials are under a lot of pressure and are working overtime to identify errors in the remaining question papers and rectify these. The examinations for these classes began on February 23.

“Special instructions have been issued by the department to the officials concerned to thoroughly check the remaining question papers before sending these for printing,” said an official in the department.

An inquiry has been ordered by the Education Secretary into the mistakes found in the question papers. Sources said a "casual" approach on the part of officials resulted in the glaring mistakes in the question papers, which were highlighted in these columns.

Even two weeks before the examinations began, it was not clear whether the schools would set their question papers or the Education Department would prepare the question papers.

The sources said at a meeting held at the DEO's office in the first week of February, it was decided that schools would set their own question papers for classes IX and XI. Those following the school-based board system for Class X were also given the responsibility for setting their own papers.

In the second week, however, it was decided at a directorate-level meeting that the question papers for the core subjects would be prepared by the Education Department, following which subject teachers were informed through their school heads to prepare at least three sets of question papers for each subject.

As the department received entries by the third week of Feburary, it did not have enough time to ensure proper proofreading of the papers.

“Most of the papers received were handwritten. Due to shortage of time, we could not focus on proofreading," said a senior official on condition of anonymity.

Special instructions

Special instructions have been issued by the Education Department to the officials concerned to thoroughly check the remaining question papers of classes IX and XI before sending these for printing — An official



At PGI, patients forced to drink unsafe water
Run the risk of catching infections as water coolers lie disabled
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
Patients visiting the PGI have been forced to drink unsafe tap water in the absence of water filters in the new OPD Block and other patient areas. Water taps in various buildings at the PGI are located close to toilets in violation of the hygiene norms, posing a risk of catching infections.

Water coolers, which come with in-built filters, have been lying "disabled" since the beginning of the winter season. On the contrary, water filters are being optimally used at the Director's office as well as the Medical Superintendent's office. The other staff at the hospital, meanwhile, prefer to carry water from home.

At the new OPD Block, which is visited by more than 5,500 patients everyday, water taps on all floors are located next to toilets and coolers have been disabled. The situation is similar at the Oral Health Science Centre as well as the Advanced Paediatrics Centre.

At Nehru Hospital, finding a cooler is a challenge if attendants of patients are to be believed. “While one keeps looking for a water filter or cooler around Nehru Hospital, there are only a few taps available. There is no surety regarding the quality of water. We have started carrying water from the homes of our local relatives now,” said Prateek Sharma, an attendant of a patient from Shimla.

Sources said sweepers often used these taps for washing swabs as well. The public toilets, which emanate foul smell, are home to various kind of infections. Patients are exposed to the risk of catching these infections.

Officials at the PGI, however, said the departments of Microbiology and Community Medicine carried out routine tests of water samples at the PGI to check contamination.

“Purifiers are available at various locations. At some places, coolers have been disabled for repair work. Since the coolers and taps are used by a large number of patients and their attendants, they need regular maintenance,” said PGI spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar.

What the PGI has to say

Purifiers are available at various locations in the PGI. At some places, coolers have been disabled for repair work. Since the coolers and taps are used by a large number of patients and their attendants, they need regular maintenance — Manju Wadwalkar, PGI spokesperson



PGI campus residents an aggrieved lot

Chandigarh, March 4
Residents of the PGI campus today visited the office of the Superintending Hospital Engineer and apprised him of the lack of civic amenities in the residential area. The residents complained that there was no maintenance of the roads, parks, streetlights and the manholes were without covers. The community centre has been lying defunct for the past few years. — TNS



End to Golf Club lease row in sight
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
The dispute over the lease amount between the Chandigarh Administration and the Chandigarh Golf Club is likely to end soon as the Administration is considering to reduce the renewed lease amount of the club.

Sources said the Administration was contemplating to reduce the lease amount from Rs 1.61 crore annually to Rs 1 crore annually.

Earlier, the Administration had maintained that the Golf Club could not be compared with the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA), the Lake Club and Hotel Mountview while fixing the lease and rental value of the land. Therefore, the renewed lease amount could not be reduced.

Now, after a series of meetings with a mediator appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court and Golf Club officials, the Administration is likely to soften its stand.

UT Adviser KK Sharma said they were considering all options before taking a final decision in this regard.

In a letter issued by the Administration, the club was asked to deposit Rs 9.27 crore by January 16, 2012. The lease period was proposed for five years, with an annual enhancement of 7 per cent in the rent. The lease was to be effective from March 16, 2008.

Later, the Golf Club had filed a petition challenging the decision of the Administration to enhance its lease amount enormously and charging Rs 9.27 crore as rent, including interest, for five years (March 2008 to 2013). According to the earlier lease, which was for 20 years (1988 to 2008), the annual lease amount of the club, established on August 25, 1966, was Rs 1 lakh.

Recently, the High Court had appointed a former apex court Judge, Justice Kuldip Singh, as a mediator to resolve the lease row.


Finally, draft UT master plan submitted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
After a gap of more than three years, the UT Chief Architect, Sumit Kaur, finally submitted the Draft Chandigrh Master Plan to UT Adviser KK Sharma.

Sharma said they would first notify the draft policy and thereafter sought objections from the public. The administration would give one-month time to the residents to submit their objections to the master plan. After considering their suggestions and objections, the administration will notify the final master plan. A copy of the plan would be submitted to the High Court as well, he added.

They would upload the draft copy on the official website of the Chandigarh Administration and it would also be available at the UT Secretariat and a few other offices.

On December 23, 2009, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had first directed the administration to finalise the plan within 12 months. The administration had sought a number of extensions from the court to complete the plan.

The Department of Urban Planning has prepared a draft master plan of Chandigarh-2031 taking into consideration the future requirements of the residents. The master plan proposes development of residential, commercial, industrial, public/semi-public areas, traffic, transport and green spaces.

The following are the key areas in the plan.


The residential segment will see the expansion of Dhanas village on 39.33 acres. A piece of land measuring 92.47 acres has been proposed for rehabilitating slum dwellers and general housing in Maloya village. In the plan, there is a provision for rental housing in Industrial Area Phase-I.


The administration has laid a lot of emphasis on providing better commercial infrastructure. At present, there are no marriage palaces in the city and the residents are forced to book banquets and farm houses situated on the city periphery. To address the problem, an area near Dadu Majra village will be partly developed for setting up marriage palaces and other commercial establishments. Two freight stations are proposed to be set up in Industrial Area Phase-I, near the railway track. Besides, a warehouse will come up in Sector 56 (West). The administration also plans to develop a commercial belt along the north of Vikas Marg and to shift the motor market from Sector 28 to Industrial Area Phase-II.


To give a new lease of life to the health sector, an area in Sector 53 has been earmarked for a trauma centre. Other initiatives in public/semi-public segment include conservation of a historic fort at Mani Majra, 66 KVA sub-station in Sarangpur and the development of Industrial Area Phase-III.

Traffic and transportation

To ensure a smooth flow of traffic and effective transportation, the authorities have come up with several proposals. A transport/warehousing area in Sector 56 (West) has been proposed. The other proposed initiatives include the shifting of the transport area from Sector 26 to Daria on 105 acres and the upgrade of the airport.

Admn seeks more time

The UT Administration has sought more time from the Punjab and Haryana High Court for the finalisation of the Master Plan-2031. The next date of hearing has been fixed for July 15. 



Encroachments removed from markets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
During a special anti-encroachment drive, the enforcement wing of the Municipal Corporation (MC) today removed encroachments from different markets of the city and 105 offenders were issued challans.

The MC team removed encroachments from Industrial Area, Phase-II. Iron rolls, which are used for making screws, counters, tables, chairs, etc, were removed from government land. Besides, motorcycles, which were parked or dumped unauthorisedly on public places in the Sector 37 market, were impounded. Several 'rehris', 'pharis', racks, chairs, stools, garments, etc, were also confiscated from Sector 15.

The drive was carried under the directions of Lalit Siwach, Additional Commissioner, and was supervised by Enforcement Wing Superintendent Kashmira Singh.

Police targets illegal stalls in Sec 17

Two youngsters were arrested for installing unauthorised stalls at the Sector 17 piazza on Monday. Vijay Kumar and Uma Shankar were arrested after they defied the instructions to remove their stalls.

Vijay had put up his stall before Coffee House while Shankar was running one outside a showroom of multinational brands. Two separate FIRs were registered at the Sector 17 police station. The police said the stalls were creating problems for pedestrians.

A total of eight vendors have been booked and arrested for putting up illegal stalls on pedestrian paths on the piazza in the past two weeks.



79 applicants receive driver’s licences the same day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
The Chandigarh Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) today issued 150 driver's licences to applicants who had applied for licences this morning. Officials said while 79 applicants returned to receive their licences, th others did not turn up. The same day delivery of driver's licences has been possible with the clearance of the backlog.

“It is after a long period, the Chandigarh Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) has started issuing driver's licences on the same day,” said officials at the RLA.

The RLA, Mahavir Kaushik, said the backlog of registration documents would also be cleared in the coming days. He said the RCs printed in March were being delivered the same day.

Applications invited for CH 01 AS series

The RLA has invited applications for the auction of vanity numbers in the CH 01 AS series. The booking would start tomorrow and continue till Match 16.



Contractual staff protest ‘termination’ of their services
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
Nearly 200 contractual employees working under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Chadigarh Health Department, demonstrated against the the alleged termination of their services.

The protesters blocked the road adjacent to the dispensary in Sector 22 and raised slogans against the Health Department. We have been issued termination letters without any reason, said an ANM working at the dispensary.

"Staff members working on various posts (directly through service provider) under the NRHM, UT Chandigarh, are hereby informed that the contract in respect of each category will stand terminated on March 31, 2013, as per the approval of posts under Programme Implementation Plan 2012-13," reads a copy of the letter circulated by the Health Department.

"Whereas all the staff members are hereby directed to check the validity of their contracts from the office of the NRHM or on the receipt of the approval for Programme Implementation Plan 2013-14. The information will also be available on the website," the letter says.

Nearly 700 contractual workers, including medical and paramedical staff and data entry operators, will be affected.

The Director, Health Services, Dr Rajiv Vadera, said the letter was meant for informing the contractual workers a month in advance about the completion of their respective contracts.



Hourly parking in Sector 17 soon
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
The Municipal Corporation is soon going to introduce hourly fee for parking vehicles at two lots in Sector 17.

The Municipal Corporation has floated tenders to make these parking lots fully automated before starting the hourly parking system. An estimate of Rs 27 lakh has been approved for the new system.

The MC Commissioner, Vivek Pratap Singh, said to tackle parking problems in Sector 17, the MC was going to introduce hourly fee in these two parking lots. The rates are yet to be finalised, but they would start the facility in the coming two months, he added.

Sources said the MC was considering charging Rs 5 for the first two hours and Rs 5 for every additional hour.

The two parking lots have witnessed numerous experiments, especially after the Punjab and Haryana High Court suggested that the parking lots should be made vehicle-free. The MC had started a token parking system in these lots, which, however, failed.

An affidavit to this effect was also filed by the MC officials in the Punjab and Haryana High Court last year. It was stated in the affidavit that the MC had decided to charge parking fee on an hourly basis to make sure that every vehicle leaves the parking lot in a time-bound manner. "However, the system will be started only after the installation of fully automated gates, which are necessary for ascertaining the exact time for the entry and exit of every vehicle," reads the affidavit.

The MC has started closing the temporary entry and exit points at the parking lots. Fresh markings will be made and vehicles will have to be stationed in the designated areas.



TB costs national champion his job
An expert in artificial limb making, award winner Surjeet now sleeps on the road
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 4
Surjeet Singh, 26, a national champion in the Abilympics (artificial limb making), is spending sleepless nights on the city roads, thanks to the indifferent attitude of the Saket Hospital authorities.

He is physically incapacitated but shapes the gift of walking for others. He was shunted out his job of limb making by the Saket Hospital authorities after he was diagnosed with the Tuberculosis (TB).

Surjeet, who walks with the help of crutches since his childhood days, has won various medals and certificates in the national and regional Abilympics. He has won a gold medal in the regional Abilympics, which was held in June 2006 in Delhi. Then he again bagged a gold medal in the national Abilympics in February 2007 in Delhi. Today, he has no place to sleep and is seen on the roads with his certificates and medals.

Surjeet, who once became part of various cover-pages of local magazines due to his talent, finds no place to sleep today.

"Viewing my condition, I was shifted to the Saket Hospital when I was 14 years old. I was told that I will be treated well. I learnt the art of making artificial limbs from this hospital which in return gave me recognition at the national level," said Surjeet.

He said, "I was offered a job in the organisation. I could have got a job anywhere else also. But since I was a part of the same organisation for the past many years, I joined the job. However, after a few days of my joining, I came to know that I was suffering from tuberculosis. I informed my employers that I will not be able to come for a few days. When I returned from my leave, I saw that my job had been given to someone else. A few days later, the accommodation which was given to me was also taken away and today I am homeless."

"I have no permanent place. I sleep at bus stops and the railway station with my certificates," said Surjeet.

When contacted Dr VK Gandhi, the Deputy Director of the Saket Hospital, said: "Surjeet has resigned himself. We were not even aware that he was suffering from tuberculosis else, we would have given him the treatment here only. We waited for 3 to 4 months for him to return but he did not turn up. He can come to us. We will do something for him for sure."



Take action against encroachers, Zirakpur Nagar Council told 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
The Vigilance unit of the Local Bodies Department, Punjab, has directed the Zirakpur Nagar Council to take action against encroachments in Junction Plaza at Zirakpur.

In a communication to the executive officer of Zirakpur Nagar Council, the Chief Vigilance Officer of the local bodies has said that the principal secretary, local bodies, on the basis of inquiry findings has directed that in case there was no stay from any court, the council should take action against the violators as per rules.

The inquiry has been constituted on a complaint filed by Iqbal Singh. The EO has been directed that the excess area encroached upon by the builder in Junction Plaza should be cleared off the encroachments.

The builder allegedly that in connivance with officials of the Zirakpur Municipal Council has gobbled a chunk of land earmarked for roads and parking areas.The complainant has stated that despite directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and subsequent contempt petition, the encroachments have not been removed. 



Partition was unreasonable, says expert on Indo-Pak affairs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
The horror of the Indo-Pak Partition came alive as Emeritus Professor at Stockholm University Ishtiaq Ahmed revisited the biggest tragedy of humanity through a discussion on his latest book “Punjab Bloodied: Partitioned and cleansed” held here on Sunday.

His book is an extensive study on Indo-Pak conflict and division of Punjab.

Addressing the gathering, he said Partition of India and Pakistan was unnatural, unreasonable and anti-social.

Ahmed said: “Partition was not ethnicity based but religion based and the Muslim League also played a major role in it”.

He said “Punjab is a land of ‘jogis’, ‘naaths’, ‘sufis’, ‘farid’ and Nanak, who have always taught communal harmony. So, the common man did not want Partition, but became a victim of political manoeuvring of some leaders.”

He said: “No nation should be founded on the basis of religion because it has serious outcomes and Pakistan is suffering from these outcomes”.

“Although, these regions have been divided geographically, anti-social groups cannot succeed in dividing emotional affinity, which is the reason why people from both nations have been trying to establish a dialogue,” he said.

He said albeit “Radcliffe line” could not be undone but akin to European nations, cultural and social harmony could be inculcated. He said both nations should apply liberal visa and economic exchange like the European Union.

Ahmed said: “My book, “Punjab Bloodied: Partitioned and Cleansed”, tries to analyse the depth of this conflict but I don’t have all answers about the Indo-Pak Partition”.

Participating in the discussion, Sikh thinker Ajmer Singh said: “So much has been written about what happened during the Partition, but there is a need to find an answer to the question, why did it happen? and which powers were responsible for this”?. He expressed his viewpoints on the Partition, too.



Major Jiwan Tewari's contribution highlighted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
The Department of Life-Long Learning and Extension organised a Major Jiwan Tewari Memorial Lecture. It was organised in the memory of Major Jiwan Tewari, who had been a member of the Panjab University Senate and Syndicate for more than two decades. As the Director, Correspondence Course, Panjab University, he initiated a number of new courses which have relevance even today.

He was instrumental in setting up Centre for Adult Continuing, Education and Extension, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Professor Arun Kumar Grover, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest on the occasion. He expressed gratitude to the contributing works of Major Jiwan Tewari.

Professor Poonam Dhawan, director, Department of Life-Long Learning and Extension, Jammu University, in her keynote address, said adult education in today’s scenario was more relevant and needed to be integrated with other departments of the university. — TNS



Police teams to be sent to Doda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
A day after the arrest of two persons, including a juvenile, for possessing four live detonators, the police said they would be sending teams to the native village of the accused, Doda, Jammu and Kashmir, to verify their credentials. The accused Mohammad Safi was produced in a court, which remanded him in three-day police custody. The juvenile arrested in the case was sent to a juvenile home.

The two were arrested at the ISBT, Sector 43, last evening.

Surjit Malik, DSP, said it was yet to be ascertained whether the two had any criminal past and they were also getting in touch with the Jammu and Kashmir police. During interrogation, the two told the police that they worked as labourers at a road construction site at Kotkhai town near Shimla and the detonators were thus used there to blast off rocks. They said they were on the way to Doda from Shimla and the detonators were "mistakenly" kept in their bag. A huge posse of police was at the bus stand and the commuters were being checked as part of a security drill.

The police said there was a possibility that the two stole the detonators to further sell them.



Shopkeepers scuffle in Sec 15

Chandigarh, March 4
High drama was witnessed in the Sector 15 market when shopkeepers scuffled during a drive by the MC Enforcement wing here this evening.

Acting on a complaint of market president Yashpal, the police has booked three shopkeepers, Rajeev, Sanjeev and Rajesh, in a case of causing hurt and criminal intimidation under various sections of the IPC at the Sector 11 police station. The accused are the owners of a shop in the Patel market, Sector 15.

The scuffle ensued as the officials of the enforcement wing were seizing shoes kept on the public land outside their shop. Sanjeev and Rajeev alleged that they were acting on Yashpal's complaint. Both Yashpal and his son, too, reached there and a violent scuffle ensued during which they were beaten up. — TNS



Experts discuss advances in heart care

Chandigarh, March 4
The Annual PGI Workshop on Perioperative Echocardiography concluded at the Advanced Cardiac Centre yesterday. There were dedicated sessions on three dimensional echocardiography. These were presided over by Dr Kapoor, Head of Non-Invasive Cardiology at the Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, and Prof Shrinivas G, from the SreeChitra Institute in Thiruvananthpuram. The three dimensional echocardiography allows visualisation of the heart "as it is", communicating this anatomical information to the surgeon as he plans to repair it.

A surgeon sees the heart himself allowing a close coordination between echocardiography and surgery.

Outside the operating room the equipment is used to quantify left ventricular volumes, the exact function of each of its walls as also planning cardiac resynchronisation therapy in a heart failure.

Dr Sarvesh Natani also gave a talk on trans-catheter aortic valve implantation, a method, which allows the replacement of the aortic valve through a puncture in the femoral artery. Its use is currently restricted to patients with very high risk for open heart surgery. — TNS



Vigilance team presents challan against 11 accused
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 4
The vigilance department today presented a challan against 11 persons in the Rs 1.17 crore Pinjore MC scam here today. The 11 accused were charged with Section 406, 420, 466,467,471, 120B of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 13 1d of the PC act.

The accused, against whom the challan has been produced are Kuldeep Singh alias Kikka, Gulab singh, Lajpat Rai, Suman, Mohan lal, Arvind, Avinash and others.

It was recently when the former Pinjore MC president, Kuldeep Singh Kikka was arrested by the Haryana vigilance team in the scam. Besides arresting two contractors and one clerk, the department has also arrested five former councillors of Pinjore in this connection so far apart from others. The sanitation contractor, Mohan Lal who was arrested on Februray 2, 2012 had managed to get bail from the court.

On June 14, 2012 two former councilors Amar Chand Dhiman and Maya Devi of the Pinjore Municipal Corporation were also nabbed.

The Pinjore MC had given the contract of removing debris after demolitions of shops in Pinjore, to Mohan Lal in 2008-2009 allegedly without proper procedure on false quotations.

A total of Rs 9.49 lakh were embezzled without any work, the vigilance report had said, adding that the shopkeepers had to remove the debris themselves.

A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act and relevant sections of the IPC were registered against Hargu Lal, the MC clerk; Kashmiri Lal Bansal, the MC secretary; Rajendra Wadhwa, the MC accountant; Kuldeep Singh, the MC president; contractor Mohan Lal and the councillors Maya Devi, Suman Bhandar, Lajpat Rai, Arvind Sharma, Jagmohan Dhiman, Chiner Pal, Avinash Kaur, Sanjeev Kumar and Nirmala Devi.

The accused had allegedly siphoned off the money in the name of manufacturing iron covers for drains, clearing debris, cleaning of underground septic tanks and putting up traffic light points.

In the second case, instead of Rs 10,000, a contract of Rs 6.92 lakh was awarded to Lal without any tender or advertisement, for the cleaning of five safety tanks. Also no tender was called for awarding contract for iron sieve grills over the drains in the Pinjore MC wards in 2008-09.

Another contract for putting up traffic lights at the T-point at Pinjore bus stand in 2007-08 was given to Kamal Bhatia alias Sonu of Sonu Electricals, Kalka, without a tender and was paid Rs 10.01 lakh. He was not even an authorised dealer. On technical advice, it was found that only Rs 6,56,575 was spent, causing the MC a loss of Rs 3,44,675.



GMADA to spend Rs 5.46 cr on widening of PTL Chowk-new bus stand road
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 4
A sum of over Rs 5.46 crore is being spent by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) for widening of road from the PTL chowk to the new air-conditioned bus stand being constructed near Phase I industrial area in Mohali.

A spokesperson of the GMADA said traffic had increased on that road and it had become an accident prone area. The ongoing work on the road would include installation of traffic lights.

The spokesperson said the GMADA was also implementing a plan to fix stainless steel plates indicating house numbers in various phases. 



Admn to beautify railway residential colony
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
For the beautification of the railway residential colony located in Sector 49, the UT Administration is chalking out the plans with the resident welfare association of the society.

A meeting was conducted by the UT Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mohammed Shayin and with the RWA delegation today. In the meeting the DC has asked the residents to prepare the estimates of the beautification works of the society.

Recently, the Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal allocated Rs 1 lakh under the MPLAD fund for the beatification works of the good will residential society. After which, the RWA president Harbans Singh had a meeting with the officials to discuss the proposals on which the funds should be utilised by the authorities.

In a meeting, the residents demanded to install benches and hut in the green belt located in the society for which the members were asked to prepare an estimate for the same and table it in next meeting.

Delegation of the society met the Union Railway Minister three months ago and had submitted a memorandum in which a demand to allocate funds for the beautification of society was made by the members.



Fake kidnapping call sends police in a tizzy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
A kidnapping call by a city resident that his wife and his son has been kidnapped sent the UT police in a tizzy today. Amir Khan, the caller had called the police control room reporting that his wife and child had been kidnapped in a black esteem car at Sector 18 and 19 light point.

The police reached the spot and on verification it was found that the complainant was lying. He was booked under the preventive measures by the police yesterday and was released.

He told the police that he had enacted a drama to search for his wife after he found that she had left him. The police has started the investigations.



Accident victim succumbs to injuries

Chandigarh, March 4
A 65-year-old woman, who was hit by a mini-truck on Saturday while she was sitting in an autorickshaw succumbed to her injuries today. Three others including a woman were also injured in the accident. The mishap had occurred on Saturday morning when the woman was going to Sector 52 from her Burial residence in an autorickshaw. The autorickshaw was hit by a truck on the road dividing Sector 51 and 52 and she was injured alongwith the auto driver Sonu and two occupants of the mini-truck.

The victim (Gyanwati) succumbed to her injuries today. The police has registered a case. The woman had expressed her wish to donate her eyes yesterday and these were donated today. — TNS



Tricity scan


Orthodontist honoured

Dr Gautam Munjal was adjudged the Best State Branch President by the Indian Dental Association. Dr Gautam, a practicing orthodontist of Chandigarh, who led the team of Chandigarh State Branch in 2011-12 as the president, was awarded the Best State Branch President trophy and certificate by the president and General Secretary of the Indian Dental Association, Head Office, at the recently concluded 66th Annual Indian Dental Conference held at Kolkata on February 24.

Session on Union Budget

A session on “Union Budget 2013-14: Insights & Analysis” was organised by the CII at its Northern Region Headquarters here on Monday. Addressing the session, SJ Singh, Commissioner, Central Excise, Customs and Service Tax, said: “Much ground has been covered with respect to Goods and Services Tax. However, we should not look at it as a panacea for all our taxation problems”. Man Mohan S. Kohli, chairman, CII-Chandigarh Council, described the Union Budget 2013-14 as an inclusive and growth-oriented Budget.


Talent show

Students and faculty members of B.Ed College of E-Max Group organised a competition namely "Talent Show-2013" to find the most talented candidates in the respective cultural and innovative categories.

Foreign particles in bread

Parminder Singh, a resident of Kaimbwala village, has complained that he purchased a packet of bread of a branded company from a filing station outlet in Sector 4 that had foreign particles in it. In one of the slices, there were threads and it was unfit for consumption.

Protection of women

DK Bansal, Panchkula MLA, while addressing members of the Vidhan Sabha, Haryana, during the Question Hour has raised a demand for the protection of women against sexual offences in the supplementary question. Bansal said the Centre should take steps against sexual offences against women by referring the case under Section 376 of the IPC in the fast track court.



Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College & Hospital organised a seminar in collaboration with Baidyanath Pharmaceutical Company regarding Ayurvedic System of Medicine. Dr Kulbhushan, principal of the college, inaugurated the seminar by lighting the ceremonial lamp. In his address, he stressed upon ayurvedic lifestyle to live a long and healthy life. The representatives of the company, Dr Abhay Tiwari & Malhan honoured the meritorious students of the college. — TNS



MBA students await degrees
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 4
Even after the completion of two years of MBA programme in July last year, Mohali-based Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) has yet not provided academic degrees to over 100 students of the 2010-12 batch. Results and detailed mark cards (DMCs) of the last three semesters are also awaited.

Several students gathered in front of the IIPM campus at Phase 8 here and protested against the institute authorities.

A harassed student said: “With no degree in hand for the past eight to nine months, the authorities had put our future at stake. We have already lost the precious time and are still unsure as when we will be awarded our degrees”.

Another student said everything was fine till the first semester, but thereafter things turned from bad to worse. “We still have no idea as to how well we have performed in the last three semesters as our results and DMCs are still awaited,” she said.

Students said they spent more than Rs 8 lakh for the two-year MBA programme and most of them had paid their dues through bank loans. Despite this, the institute had so far not given them any clarity on the status of their degree programme.

“My parents took loan for my studies and I have no idea as to how will I repay it. Most of my classmates went back home without their degrees. It may not affect many of them as they had settled family business,” said a student.

Jayant Chakorborti, Dean, IIPM-Mohali, said they had no intension of hurting the students. “We had affiliated with MS University in Tamil Nadu about two years ago. But, the university is not honouring its promise and not sending the degrees and semester DMCs of the students on time. We are hopeful that the required documents will come soon,” he said.

Some students said BBA students were also waiting for their result for the last two semesters.



Learn from mistakes of others, students told
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
The 57th Annual Prize Distribution Function of Post Graduate Government College for Girls (PGGCG), Sector 11, Chandigarh, was held today. Gurpreet Kaur Sapra, IAS, Director, Higher Education, Chandigarh Administration, was the chief guest on the occasion.

The chief guest and the guest of honour gave away prizes to students who excelled in academics, sports and extra-curricular activities. Congratulating the prize winners on the occasion, Gurpreet motivated them to develop a focused approach. She also inspired the students to stand by their decisions and learn from the mistakes of others.

Earlier, presenting the college annual report, Dr Anita Kaushal, Dean of the college, highlighted the achievements of the students in the fields of academics, extra-curricular activities and sports at the university, inter-university, state and national levels.

The students presented group song “desh meri jaan hai”. More than 500 prizes were awarded to students in various categories.

Senior under officer Priya Garg and Ankita Siwach were declared the Best NCC cadets for the Army Wing and the Air Force Wing, respectively. Neha Saini was awarded for being the best volunteer of the NSS and Manpreet Kaur was awarded the Mrs Sharan Makkar Memorial Award.



From colleges 

Retirement party

Dr Kiran Dutt, a senior member of the Department of Commerce of GGDSD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh, was given a retirement party recently. Dr Dutt served the college for about 36 years. Extremely popular among the students and his colleagues, he acted as a convener of various important committees for the smooth running of the college and remained bursar of the college for a number of years. He was given a splendid farewell at a function organised in the college. The function was attended by the members of the staff and Upkar Krishan Sharma, president of the College Managing Committee, besides other office-bearers of the managing committee. Upkar Krishan lauded the commendable work done by Dr Dutt for bringing glory to the Commerce Department.

Inter-college student fest

Amity Chandigarh organised a two-day inter-college student fest on the campus. It was an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their talent and creativity, said Dr Shivali Dhingra, director, Amity Global Business School, in her inaugural address. Om Prakash Kanaujia from Microsoft motivated the participating students to use such platforms to display their skills. About 500 participants from 40 different colleges of Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh displayed their creativity in various events.

Research works presented

CHASCON-2013 concluded at PU here recently. Scientific sessions were held in the respective science departments of the university. Activities at the sectional level included invited lectures by eminent persons from within and outside the city. Oral and poster presentations were held in the afternoon in which undergraduate / postgraduate students / research scholars, teachers and scientists from the university and research institutes presented their research works. At the end of the day, a special evening lecture on “bowls, balls and sheets: five and six-fold symmetry” by Prof N. Sathyamurthy from IISER, Mohali, thrilled the audience.


Navsankalp, a charity association of DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, has successfully been able to bring cheer to parents of two children admitted to the PGIMER, Chandigarh. Financial assistance of Rs 34,000 has been given towards the treatment of an 8-year-old child Rahul, who is suffering from coarctation of aorta. Another donation of Rs 10,000 has been given as partial payment for the treatment of a 12-year-old child Mannan, who is suffering from post tubercular bronchiectasis with recurrent ABPA. Mannan's father passed away a couple of years ago.

Training programme

Government Home Science College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, in collaboration with the Central Poultry Development Organisation (NR), Chandigarh, began a six-day poultry entrepreneur development training programme here on the campus today. It aimed at training the students of the college with 100 per cent practical inputs. They were being exposed to practical aspects of all entrepreneur development in poultry operations, including chicken, turkey, emu, duck farming, local broiler variety (white pekin), guinea fowl, layer variety (khaki campbell), goose, quail and ostrich. — TNS



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