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Complaints authority puts IG on notice
Acts on lawyers' plea alleging police inaction in embezzlement case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 3
The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has issued a notice to UT Inspector General of Police RP Upadhyaya acting on a complaint of advocates alleging police inaction on their complaint of embezzlement of funds meant for court chambers and the IG's repeated refusal to meet them.

The issue of alleged embezzlement of crores of rupees meant for the construction of chambers at the new UT District Court Complex in Sector 43 had flared last year when the advocates filed a complaint with the police on November 2. As there has been little progress in the case, the advocates have now filed a complaint against UT Inspector General of Police RP Upadhyaya with the PCA for his alleged inaction on their complaint and his refusal to give an appointment to them.

The PCA has issued a notice to the IG to file a reply in this regard. The complaint is expected to come up before the PCA on May 3. The complaint has also named Inspector Maninder Singh and Sub-Inspector Surinder Kumar for inaction on their complaint of fraud.

Advocate Amar Singh Chahal has alleged in the complaint that the seniormost police official did not give an appointment to the advocates despite their repeated attempts. The advocates were asked to route their grievance to the DIG, but he, too, was busy and failed to meet them, it has been alleged.

Chahal said they had filed a complaint with the police five months ago alleging embezzlement of crores of rupees, meant for the construction of chambers, by the contractor and there had been little progress in the case till date.

"The complaint was filed long ago and there has been little progress. Repeated attempts by advocates to seek an appointment with the IG to know about the progress in the case have turned futile, forcing us to approach the Police Complaints Authority," he said.

It has been alleged in the complaint that the total contract money meant for the contruction of chambers in the new District Courts was Rs 13.30 crore, while the amount paid till date to the contractor was Rs 14.60 crore. As such, an excess payment of Rs 1.30 crore was made, while 40 per cent of the work was yet to be completed. The advocates had earlier moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking a CBI inquiry into the petition, which was dismissed.



DSP, SHOs pulled up at weekly meeting for failing to curb crime
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 3
Tempers ran high at the weekly crime review meeting chaired by the UT IGP today as a DSP heading a division and SHOs were severely reprimanded for failing to curb crime and coming out with a poor figure of recovery and solving of cases.

The meeting, held at the Police Headquarters in Sector 9 and attended by all subdivision police officers, SHOs, DSPs and heads of other wings of the police besides others, witnessed heated moments as the police officers were pulled up and warned to improve their shoddy reports, which literally reflected poor performance.

Among those who were pulled up by senior officials were Deputy Superintendent of Police (East) Vijay Kumar, the SHO of the Sector 17 police station, Inspector Ram Gopal, the SHO of the Sector 31police station, Inspector Jaspal Singh, and the SHO of the Manimajra police station, Inspector Yashpal Vinayak.

The crime review meeting focused on analysing the crime during the first three months of the year, status of pending complaints and the functioning of police stations.

Sources said the SHO of the Sector 17 police station was asked to curb the rate of petty crimes such as snatchings, vehicle thefts and burglaries instead of wasting time on arresting people for wrong parking.

The figures of crime put forward by DSP Vijay Kumar did not tally with those of the IGP, resulting in a heated moment. The DSP was directed to improve the figures of recovery and solving of crimes in his area as there were many pending cases in his division comprising the Sector 19, Industrial Area, Sector 26 and Manimajra police stations.

The police officers were directed to increase public interaction and to reduce the graph of pending complaints in their area.

Burgeoning crime graph

The first three months of the year have already witnessed 340 cases of thefts, including 171 vehicle thefts, 57 burglaries and 40 cases of snatchings. A large number of these cases are yet to be solved.



Anupama’s parents want compensation amount enhanced
To move National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 3
Following the directions of the UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission to the PGI to give Rs 7 lakh as compensation to Anupama’s parents for medical negligence on its part, the parents have now decided to move the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission.

Anupama (15) had died at the PGI in July last year after her left leg was crushed under the rear tyre of a CTU bus. In August last year, her parents had filed a complaint against the PGI and the CTU alleging negligence on their part.

The commission had yesterday directed the two parties to pay a total of Rs 10 lakh as compensation for negligence and deficiency in services.

“Negligence on the part of the respondents is evident from the report of the external inquiry committee. We will now move the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission seeking an enhancement in the compensation amount,” said counsel for Anupama’s parents.

“Money is no substitute for our loss. We want to set an example for the PGI so that nobody else undergoes the pain our daughter underwent. We will approach the national commission,” said Amit Sarkar, Anupama’s father.

Counsel for Amit Sarkar said he would send a legal demand notice for initiation of a magisterial inquiry to fix individual responsibility for “causing death due to negligence”.

Anupama was taken to the PGI on July 17 and succumbed to her injuries on July 24. Over these days, she underwent a hip disarticulation surgery due to the spread of gas gangrene in her entire leg and died after three days. The parents alleged that this happened due to a delay in her surgery.



Five arrested with 18 stolen vehicles
Tribune News Service

The stolen vehicles recovered.
The stolen vehicles recovered. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, April 3
The crime branch of the UT police today busted an inter-state gang and arrested five persons on a charge of stealing vehicles from various parts of the city and neighbouring states.

Eighteen stolen vehicles have been recovered from their possession. The recovered vehicles are five Bolero jeeps, six Indigo cars, three Safari cars, two Indica cars and an Alto and a Verna car. The stolen cars bear Punjab and Haryana registration numbers.

Those arrested have been identified as Parveen Kumar, a resident of Rajpur village in Haryana, Shamsher Singh, a resident of Rohtak, and Shahnawaj, Irfan, and Asim, all residents of Meerut (UP).

DSP (Crime) Satbir Singh said accused Parveen Kumar, with the help of the other gang members, used to steal vehicles from different cities. After stealing the vehicles, the accused used to change the engine and chassis numbers with the help of Shahnawaz and his son Asim, who were experts in changing the engine and chassis numbers.

The police has recovered instruments such as a grinder machine, five kits of English alphabets (A to Z), digits from 0 to 9 and a hammer, which were used to change the engine and chassis numbers.

The accused used to prepare fake documents of the stolen vehicles with the help of the other gang members and used to sell the vehicles.

On verification, six vehicles have been found to be stolen from Chandigarh, two Safari vehicles from Delhi, an Indica car from Rudarpur (Uttarakhand) and an Indigo car from Samrala in Punjab. The process of identifying the remaining recovered vehicles was in progress, the police said. The UT police claims to have worked out five cases of vehicle thefts in Chandigarh with their arrest.

Accused Parveen Kumar is a habitual criminal and has earlier been arrested in 12 cases of vehicle thefts registered at various police stations in the city. Besides, he was also arrested in 15 cases of dacoity, robbery, under the NDPS Act, the Arms Act and vehicle thefts in Banaras, Delhi and Nabha. Accused Shamsher Singh also has a criminal background. Four of the accused have been remanded in police custody.



MLA was earlier booked for murder bid in Baddi
Panchkula police files chargesheet against Ram Kumar Chaudhary in Jyoti murder case
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 3
Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, the main accused in the Jyoti murder case, was also involved in an attempt-to-murder case, registered against him at Baddi. This has been stated in the chargesheet filed by the Panchkula police today in the Jyoti murder case.

A case under Section 307 (attempt to murder) was registered in Baddi around a year and a half ago. It was also stated that Chaudhary was involved in brawl cases as well.

In its chargesheet, running into 1,500 pages, the Panchkula police has over 80 private and government witnesses in the Jyoti murder case. A copy of the chargesheet will be given to the accused on the next date of hearing, scheduled for April 5.

Charges have been levelled against Chaudhary under Sections 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence), 216 (harboring a criminal), 420 and 467 (forging a document), 468 (forgery with the purpose of cheating), 471 and 472, Section 3 of the SC/ST Act, the Prevention of Atrocity Act and Section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

The chargesheet mentions that the location of Chaudhary's mobile phone was the same as that of Jyoti at 12.43 am on the night of the murder.

The chargesheet states that the girl had undergone an abortion at a private nursing home in Sector 20 D, Chandigarh, and in the abortion papers Chaudhary had written his name as Ramesh.

The chargesheet also mentions that another accused in the case, Ashish, a sim card dealer, had stated that Chaudhary had bought a sim card on fake documents.



Destitute woman takes shelter in Sector 39 park
Some residents feel she is a nuisance, others say the woman needs help and sympathy
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 3
She would scream, cry, curse her destiny and abuse everyone who tries to come close to her. She is left all alone to battle the life, which does not appear to be offering anything worthwhile.

A destitute woman, in her mid-forties, has taken shelter in a neighbourhood park in Sector 39 for the past three months. While nobody exactly knows what went wrong with her, her mental instability speaks volumes about the tragedies she encountered in her life.

While she behaves abnormally, not letting anyone enter the park or even look at her from a distance, her cries and loud abuses have been causing a lot of nuisance to the residents of the area.

“We do not exactly know what is the cause of her present situation but what we have heard from many people around is that she used to work as a domestic help. She has lost all the members of her family. She has been living in this park since last December. She often cries aloud in the middle of the night. She abuses children who intend to play in the park and even enters the residences and misbehaves,” said president of the Residents’ Welfare Association of HIG Category Flats in Sector 39, KK Kaul.

The worst affected are the residents living in houses (number 1041 to 1055) situated opposite the park. “She often enters our residence and starts bathing beneath the tap, would lie in the verandah taking off all her clothes. Every time we stepped out to stop her from entering our premises, she would abuse us and frown at us. This is a big embarrassment for all of us,” said one of the residents, requesting anonymity.

Some of the residents also sympathise with her for her mental instability and feel that she needs help. Pushpa, a senior citizen residing in the area, said: “She appears to be in deep pain. She does not allow us to go close to her. Also her conduct causes a lot of disturbance in the area. We all feel that she needs help.”

The residents also said that they had sent a complaint to the police but to no avail. When contacted, Station House Officer of the Sector 39 police station Charanjeet Singh said: “We had brought the matter to the Sub-Division Magistrate's notice. We will take the woman to some destitute women's home soon.”



Chandigarh railway station
Water wastage goes unchecked
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 3
The Chandigarh Railway Station authorities have provided an uninterrupted water supply for passengers on the railway track, which they utilise without spending a single penny. It was found that the taps located on the side of the tracks were used by the passengers for washing their clothes and bathing. Ladies, while washing their clothes at the track revealed the waiting rooms of the station did not have the facility of washing clothes, due to which they were forced to use the taps located on the track.

Interestingly four months ago directions were issued by the Railway Ministry to all the station officials under the railway rules 2012 that if any passenger was found cooking, bathing, dumping litter, spitting on the railway premises, defacing railway property, urinating, defecating and feeding animals fine of Rs 500 would be imposed on them for such activities.

As per the instructions issued by the railway authorities, the station master or any official, not below the rank of ticket collector, is authorised by the railway administration to collect the fine.

In this regard the station superintendent, Parveen Kumar stated that the station staff had no challan book to impose fine or take any action against the violator at the railway premises and only a warning could be issued to the violators.

When contacted Railway senior division security commissioner, Mohinder Singh, revealed that recently instructions had been received from the authorities that the commercial and operating staff would be empowered to take any action against such violators and RPF had no power to deal with such violators.

A porter at the station revealed that majority of the passengers who waited for their connecting trains at the station, washed their clothes and took bath on the track. Even the officials, noticing them, did not bother to warn the passenger or take any action against them.



MLA gives handwriting samples
Made to write 60 times on 20 sheets; complains of aching fingers, trembling hands
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Ram Kumar Chaudhary Panchkula, April 3
It was a kind of three-hour exam for Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, an accused in the Jyoti murder case, as he was made to write 60 times on 20 sheets of paper. The police had to seek Chaudhary's handwriting samples and they made him write so much that he even complained to the court through his counsel that his fingers started aching and hands were trembling. Chaudhary reached the court at 1.30 and got free at 4.45 in the afternoon.

The nursing home records were got written five times on each sheet and there were five sheets. Then he was made to write figures and other entries on the vouchers five times each on five sheets and English sentences on 10 sheets.

Chaudhary still has to give his Hindi handwriting samples to the Panchkula police. The case would now come up for hearing on April 5.

Chaudhary said his fingers were aching after writing so much but the police contended that he had written just 10 lines. The court then asked Chaudhary to complete the English lines and vouchers, which mentioned figures at least.

The Forensic State Laboratory (FSL) had asked for more handwriting samples to match them with the credentials and details written on the abortion papers and bank documents.

MLA amused at cops' English

"From your market on your scooter your laddus is very sweet" was one of the lines dictated by policemen to Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary. Chaudhary, who was amused to write such funny sentences in English, also pointed out mistakes to the Panchkula police.

The lines and spellings the policemen dictated to Chaudhary were: "From you laddu, Buy you laddu, From your market on your scooter your laddus is very sweet, We are very close to Maseeha Singh, Their fathers are Narsimha Singh and Sihmar Singh and Singha Singh and Sihag Singh are my best friends."

While the policemen were dictating the English lines, Chaudhary also pointed out that they were dictating wrong spellings and the sentences made no sense.

The police was caught unawares when Chaudhary's counsel pointed out to the judge that they were making him write specific names, which was not acceptable. Then the judge asked them to dictate English lines instead of specific names.

Sources said the police was focusing on the ‘S’ letter, which occurred in every line. The police has also got the letter ‘R’ written on a separate sheet because on the battery of Jyoti’s mobile phone, an "R" was written.

The laddu word was got written because a Divali greeting card, which was in Jyoti’s possession, mentions ‘Love you ….. yours Laddu’.



Only 7,000 have declared power load in city
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 3
City residents always criticise the UT Electricity Department for not providing regular power supply especially in summers but when it comes to declaring actual power load, the city residents are not serious about the declaration of load. There are over 2.9 lakh power consumers in the city. But till date, only 7,000 consumers have approached the electricity department to declare their actual electricity load.

The total consumers including domestic and commercial has increased from 1,30,000 in 1991 to over 2,09,000 currently. With the increase in number of consumers, the power load has also increased as the people have now started using air-conditioners instead of coolers in the summers.

However, there has been no corresponding increase in the number of transformers for which one of the biggest reasons was that the UT Administration did not get details on power load from residents resulting in frequent tripping of power supply. In the absence of the data pertaining to actual load, the UT Administration failed to improve the infrastructure of power supply system.

It is not only the residents but also the electricity department does not perform its duties properly. The enforcement wing of the electricity department carries out random checks, but the department not conducted any special drive to identify those consumers who have not declared their actual load.

UT’s Superintending Engineer (Electricity), MP Singh, said they are spreading awareness among the residents about declaration of actual load. They have sent letters regarding load declaration along with the monthly electricity bills as well, he added.

Over 2 lakh power consumers

There are 2,09,602 power consumers in the city. Out of this, 1,78,883 consumers come under the domestic category, 25,806 under commercial, 104 in large supply, 1,291 in small power, 1,152 in medium supply, 122 in agriculture, 867 in public lighting, 383 in bulk supply and 994 in other temporary categories.

What law says?

Under Section 126 of the Indian Electricity Act, 2003, the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has given power to the UT Electricity Department to impose a penalty to the tune of double the tariff rate for a period of up to one year preceding the detection of overdrawing.



Mohali Civil Hospital set to get an ICU
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, April 3
A major work is being undertaken on a war footing at the Civil Hospital here to set up an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and improve the facilities in order to bring it on the list of the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH).

NABH is a constituent board of the Quality Council of India, set up to “establish and operate the accreditation programme for healthcare organisations.” It is structured to meet the requirements of consumers and to set benchmarks for the health industry.

The hospital is being expanded with more facilities being made available to the patients. A blood bank and a dialysis unit were added earlier.

The hospital does not have an ICU because of which patients have to be referred to government hospitals in Chandigarh. The power backup facility is also poor and only some parts of the hospital are fed by three small generator sets when the electricity supply fails. Dr Rajiv Bhalla, SMO in charge of the hospital, said the power problem would be solved to a large extent as a 62.5 KVA generator set had now been provided to the hospital. About 90 per cent of the funds for the generator set were given by the Deputy Commissioner’s office and the remaining amount by an NGO. Most parts of the hospital would now be able to get power backup whenever the supply was disrupted. Earlier, only three generator sets of 12.5 KVA each had been installed in the hospital, added Bhalla.

He said a hi-tech centrally air-conditioned ICU was being constructed in the hospital. The final drawings for this unit were awaited after which the construction work would begin. Lead coating was being provided to the X-ray rooms and the operating theatres were being air-conditioned. Electrical wiring would be made underground. Toilets would be constructed for differently-abled persons based on the designs given by the Department of Social Security.

Bhalla said the government had selected certain hospitals, including the Civil Hospital, for NABH accreditation. During inspection the NABH authorities had pointed out some shortcomings in the hospital, which were now being removed. The ongoing work would take more than two months for completion, he added.



Chandigarh scan
Seminar on bank audit

Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) today organised a seminar on Bank Audit at Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Sector 31, Chandigarh which was attended by bankers and Chartered Accountants (CA) of the tricity. Speaking on the occasion, Chairman, ICAI CA Krishan Kumar Joshi in his inaugural address laid emphasis on the seminar on bank audit, highlighting the latest development concerning bank branch audit process. Chief guest on the occasion RK Dubey, chairman and Managing Director, Canara Bank, highlighted the Indian economy as the global growth driver.

Bank opens braches at rural areas

HDFC bank opened three rural branches in Punjab, which are located at Nagar in the Bhatinda district, Kiratpur Sahib in Ropar district. With these launches, the bank now has 331 branches in the state. The new branches will offer customers world-class banking services under one roof ranging from basic services such as savings account, fixed deposits, current account, mutual funds, insurance, two-wheeler loan, auto loan to sophisticated direct access banking channels including ATM, phone banking, net banking and international credit and debit cards.

Seminar on HIV+ women

Desh Bhagat University School of Education organised a national seminar on HIV positive women: psychological perspectives. Seminar was organised in collaboration with council of teacher education. The seminar was inaugurated by Desh Bhagat University chancellor, Dr Zora Singh, and Dr Swaraj Singh from Washington was the chief guest on this occasion. On the occasion, Dr NS Bawa and Dr Harinder Kaur released a book titled HIV positive women: psychological perspectives of AIDS control society, Chandigarh. A play was staged, songs and puppet show were organised by the students giving the message of awareness about AIDS.

NSS function

NSS unit of SGGS College along with the Chandigarh police organised the certificate distribution function in the college. NSS volunteers of SGGS College had worked in a young heroes for safe city a campaign held by Chandigarh Police in a unique community connect initiative in the year 2012 by visiting door to door with the beat staff at different area in Chandigarh. The Chandigarh police, DIG, Alok Kumar, was the chief guest on the occasion. He further added that this initiative got a very good response as around 1000 volunteers from different colleges and schools from city participated in this campaign with Chandigarh Police.

Association formed

The Youth Wing of Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations of India (CREDAI) was formed here on Wednesday. Amardeep Singh Hira is selected unanimously as chairman of the youth wing. Hira is from Punjab Chapter of CREDAI. On this occasion, Kulwant Singh, president Punjab chapter and Anil Chopra, chairman, Punjab Chapter of CREDAI, were also present.

Bank GM takes charge

Union Bank of India, Field General Manager held the charge of Dr RC Lodha here on Wednesday. He is heading the regional offices of Union Bank of India Jaipur, Udaipur, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Karnal, Delhi North and Delhi South in the states of Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi. Dr Lodha was previously heading Pune Zone as Field General Manager. He has vast experience of working in different capacities in Union Bank of India for the past three decades. He was also associated with training system of the bank for a long period.

BBMB surpasses target

Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) has surpassed the energy generation target set by the Central Electricity Authority for the financial year 2012-13. BBMB generated 11,000 million units against target of 10,023 million units, which is 10 per cent higher than the annual target. This splendid feat was facilitated by ensuring all time high machine availability of 95.6 per cent as well as optimal water reservoir operations leading to effective utilisation of inflows which also satisfactorily fulfilled drinking and irrigation water needs of beneficiary states and UTs for the third successive year since inception.

Mohali scan

Students in a jubilant mood after their prize distribution function at the Chandigarh Group of Colleges in Mohali on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Prize distribution function held

Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Mohali, organised a prize distribution function for honouring the staff and students achieving excellence in PTU’s first semester December 2012 examinations. All the students, who secured more than 80 per cent marks, were given certificates of excellence and cash prizes up to Rs 5,000. Navdeep Singh of Mechanical secured 86.3 per cent marks and bagged overall first prize followed by Rishab Kumar Sinha also of mechanical who was second with 85.3 per cent. Total 31 students were awarded.

Panchkula scan

Over 200 examined at dental camp

A free dental check-up camp was organised by the Dr Gupta’s Dental Specialty Clinic Implant and Orthodontic Dental Centre based at Sector 15, Panchkula, in collaboration with the Amartex Industries Panchkula. Free samples of toothpastes and mouthwashes were distributed to the customers and employees of the industry. As many as 200 patients were examined and imparted knowledge about oral health care. — TNS



They have mastered langur’s calls to shoo away monkeys
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 3
Aftab (name changed) and his team, which used to shoo away monkeys with the help of trained langurs, have mastered the art of chasing away monkeys by producing the calls of a langur. After the directions of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), the UT Forest and Wildlife Department had taken away Aftab’s langurs and released them in the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary.

But it seems Aftab and his team members are so perfect in their art that they chased away around 70 monkeys in Sector 28 within three minutes today.

Aftab said they had been langur handlers for 15 years. They would chase away monkeys from residential areas whenever residents complained about monkey menace. They have mastered the calls of langurs over the years.

Monkeys are so scared of Aftab and his team that they start leaving the area on seeing Aftab’s motorcycle. Monkeys easily recognise these langur handlers, their vehicles and their voice. They leave the area as soon as they see Aftab and his team members arriving there.

Mohammad, another team member, said they could easily point out which monkey was the leader of a group. They have even named monkeys which are dangerous and group leaders.

Salman, another team member, said in Sector 28, ‘Raju’ is a very notorious monkey, which led a group of 15 or 20 monkeys. They first shoo away the leader and the other monkeys followed it, he added.



Mohali Civil Hospital
Jan Aushadhi drug store to remain open 24x7
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 2
The district administration plans to run the “Jan Aushadhi” drug store on the premises of the Civil Hospital 24 X 7 for the convenience of patients. The drug store, which is being run by the District Red Cross Society, remains open for only eight hours a day at present. Though it is proving to be a boon for OPD patients, indoor patients have to go to chemist shops outside the hospital whenever required.

Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam said efforts were being made to tie up with pharmacists so that the drug store could function round the clock. The building would also be spruced up and more items made available. He said at present only OPD patients' needs were being met, but those who got admitted or were operated on after the closing of the shop had to depend on chemist shops running outside the hospital for their requirements. The number of surgical items at the drug store would also be increased, added Roojam.

The DC said some pharmacists were in touch with him, and he hoped that the extended hours would be implemented at the hospital in about a fortnight’s time.

At present 157 medicines and 24 surgical items are available at the store and it is learnt that a list of 107 more drugs has been sent to the government to increase the number of medicines.

The drug store, which is being run on the Jan Aushadhi pattern, was reopened after a gap of 20 months on August 24 last year.

Generic medicines are being provided at low prices to patients.



Asi’s murder
Police tightens noose around anti-social elements
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 3
In the wake of murder of an ASI at Phagwara recently, the Mohali police has started tightening its noose around the unscrupulous elements here. Taking step in this direction, the police registered a case against around 30 persons for their involvement in the cases of drug and possessing illegal weapons at Sohana Police Station on the complaint of sub inspector Balraj Singh.

The accused, including Inderpreet Singh alias Perry, Mack, Kamaljit Singh, former sarpanch of Gossgarh village, Ludhiana, Rajinder Singh alias Mithu from Bhaini, Fatehgarh Sahib, Germajit Singh alias Sukhdev Singh from Chakran village, Tarntaran, Jeevanjot Singh alias Jugnu from Kot Ror village in Mansa, Manveshwar Singh alias Manna from Pakki Roorkee, Kharar, Lawrence Bishnoi from Daparwal village, Fazilka, Harjit Singh alias Ganja, Deepa and 15 other unidentified persons in this connection.

"All these accused have been involved different cases in the area. We had received a secret information that they were active in the area following which we had registered a case against them", said Swarndeep Singh, SP (City), here. Notably, Jugnu, Lawrence Bishnoi, Perry, Mack and Germanjit Singh have been involved in various shootout cases and brawls involving Panjab University students' politics in Chandigarh and Mohali as well.



PGI to hold public lecture series
Lecture on itching disorders tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 3
The PGIMER is going to begin Golden Jubilee Public Lecture Series in the New OPD Block to create awareness among patients, attendants and the general public on common health issues like dental care, respiratory allergies and asthma, itching disorders, hepatitis-jaundice, common urinary problems, diarrhoea and dysenteries, brain attacks/strokes, voice and hearing problems and bone and joint-related problems.

The first public lecture on itching disorders by Dr Tarun Narang, Department of Dermatology, PGIMER, will be held on April 5 at 12.30pm on the 3rd floor, C Block, of the new OPD.

Often dermatologists are able to diagnose the cause of itching with a careful history and physical examination. However, to determine a specific cause of itching, a panel of blood tests, skin scraping, or biopsy may be needed in the diagnosis.

If itching is due to a skin disease or skin infection, treatment of the causative condition itself, in combination with topical medications and oral antihistamines, usually relieves the symptoms. If itching is secondary to an internal disease, patients may require treatment of the disease with oral medications.



Sarpanch, panch suspended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 3
The UT Rural Development and Panchayat Department today suspended Sarpanch Renu and Panch Kartar Singh of Mauli Jagra village for passing resolutions, which are against the interest of the panchayat.

Rural Development and Panchayats Department head Mahavir Kaushik confirmed that the department had suspended both the sarpanch and the panch. It was alleged that they were allowing illegal construction on the panchayat land. He said in a departmental inquiry, the allegations levelled against them proved to be true. He said as the post is reserved for a woman, the candidate will be unanimously elected from the existing women panches and no election would be held.



Mohiniyattam dance artiste enthrals city audience
Tribune News Service

Artiste Mathil Devika interacts with students of St Stephen’s School in Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, April 3
Mohiniyattam artiste Methil Devika spellbound the audience here at Chandigarh, with her exquisite dance performance. She performed in two different venues, as during the morning she performed at St Stephen's School Sector 45 and later in the evening at NIPER, Mohali.

Devika, proficient in Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam, impressed the audience with her well measured movements, contrasted with the dynamic steps in the second speed of rhythm. She presented several pieces based on mythological stories. In one of the pieces, she depicted in pictorial detail, the events surrounding of Lord Krishna's birth and his mother, Devaki. She also used compositions based on Malayalam literature. There was also a lecture demonstration for students at St Stephen's wherein she explained the children about the various postures realted to dance.



CBSE makes one-week training on evaluation must for teachers
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 3
The CBSE is giving a lot of impetus to teachers’ training on the Comprehensive Cumulative Evaluation (CCE) this academic session. The board has made at least one-week training compulsory for all the teachers to remove several of their misconceptions about the implementation of the CCE.

All the schools are being instructed to strictly adhere to the CCE and formative assessment (FA) training workshops schedules to ensure maximum participation.

Revised CCE manual is also expected soon after the schools raised doubts over several aspects of the implantation of formative assessment.

Local CBSE counsellor Dr Rakesh Sachdeva said three years since the implementation of the CCE system, there is confusion on the formative assessment. Various academic-based projects are still given to students to complete at home. In many cases, it is noticed that the projects are even not based on the related subject syllabus.

“To have more understanding of the system, the CBSE has moved one notch further by making at least one-week training compulsory for the schools in this academic session,” she said.

As per the information, the CBSE has authorised private training agencies and fixed per teacher rate to help the schools pursue the training programme at their own level.

Sources said several local DAV schools have made a cluster of 50 teachers to organise the CCE workshop. Recently, Mount Carmel in Sector 47 held similar workshop for 40 teachers.

Several schools said they would first train teachers of Classes IX and X since they are directly involved in implementing the CCE. Then teachers of other classes will be trained accordingly.

One of the CBSE’s local trainers, Aruna Bhardwaj, said it is a positive decision by the CBSE to have more understanding on the CCE.

“No doubt, the rigorous training programme is required to have more clarity on the new changes introduced by the board.”

Aruna said these workshops are good but the board needs to simplify some of the guidelines of the formative assessment. For instance, co-scholastic guidelines relating to the life skills and co-curricular activities are exhaustive and need to be revised.



PU to become a Wi-Fi zone
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 3
The students of Panjab University will soon have the facility of Wi-Fi system in the entire academic area. The students while sitting in university lawns, parking lots and hostels will enjoy the facility. The project, which is on the verge of completion, will provide uninterrupted Internet services to the students.

Almost the entire PU campus in Sector 14, except the residential area, has been turned into a Wi-Fi zone which will provide the students and faculty members Internet facility free of cost.

Computer Centre Director Tankeshwar Kumar said the departments situated between the Geology Department to the Guest House, between the Botany Department to the Vice- Chancellor office, and the Pharmacy Department to the English Department have already been converted into Wi-fi zones, while the all the hostels will also have the Wi-Fi facility.

“Not just the departments and hostels but the roads and other areas on campus would have the Wi-Fi facility, including the Student Centre, Gandhi Bhawan, PU library and various parking lots,” Tankeshwar said.

The project built at a cost of Rs 3.3 crore will provide 24- hour Internet facility. The students will need to get themselves registered at their departments, following which they will be issued a user ID and password which would enable the subscriber to use the facility anywhere. “Earlier, the students could not use the Wi-Fi facility anywhere except at the hostel they had got registered,” officials said.

Officials stated that in the second and third phase of the project, the entire south campus of the university in Sector 25 will be made Wi-Fi enabled, apart from the residential areas in Sector 14 and 25.

Tankeshwar said all the websites approved by the National Knowledge Network could be accessed by the students and faculty which would primarily include the academic sites.

Students’ gain

The project built at a cost of Rs 3.3 crore will provide 24- hour Internet facility. The students will need to get themselves registered at their departments, following which they will be issued a user ID and password which would enable the subscriber to use the facility anywhere.

Banned websites

While the university has already blocked YouTube, online gaming and adult sites on the campus; there will be no restrictions on social networking sites.



Flying squad finds faults with exam centre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 3
The flying squad of Panjab University that visited Post Graduate Government College in Sector 11 today pointed out lapses on the part of college for ensuring discipline at the examination centre. Proper frisking of the students and gate discipline were some of the arrangements missing in the college.

KK Dhiman, a PU senate member who is a member of flying squad, said there was nobody from the invigilating staff present outside the examination hall to check the students and ensure that nobody other than the candidates were allowed to move near the examination centre.

“When I enquired about the Chief Coordinator of the examination centre, he was not present in the college during the examination hours in the morning shift,” Dhiman said.

The senator stated that there was lack of discipline at the examination centre about which the PU Controller of Examination (COE) was also informed.

COE Parvinder Singh said the flying squad had reported to him about the lack of discipline among the staff on the examination duty. “We have asked the college authorities to ensure that the students are properly frisked. And the flying squad will also be asked to submit a report,” Singh said.

The COE said the university will ensure that the use of cheating slips is checked in the city colleges.

The English exam of BA-I and BA-II were held today.



PUSU stages protest outside VC’s office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 3
Members of the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) today staged a protest outside the Vice-Chancellor’s (VC) office over their demands for extension of library timings at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), mikes in lecture halls, introduction of sliding system after first year and installation of Wi-fi routers at the UIET canteen.

Party president Yadwinder Singh Dhaliwal said the first-year students of the UIET should have the slider system similar to PEC University of Technology.

“At PEC, students at the end of the first year can upgrade their stream if there are seats available in that particular department,” he said.

The PUSU leader stated that the university authorities have given a positive response to their demands and have assured that 10 more Wi-fi routers will be procured for department.

“The demand for extension of the library timings has also been accepted by the department and the timings have been stretched up to 8 pm six days a week,” Dhaliwal said.

Other demands of the students were installation of whiteboards in all the departments of the university and music system to be installed at the gymnasium hall for functions.



Centre gives nod to stamp on PU’s first graduate
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 3
The Centre has given an approval to the Panjab University’s request to release a stamp on Prof Ruchi Ram Sahni. The university will release the stamp in October on PU’s foundation day.

Meanwhile, the university will also celebrate Sahni’s 150th birth anniversary on April 5. Sahni was among the first modern scientists of India who obtained his BA degree from University of Punjab, now PU, in 1884.

PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Grover stated at a press conference here today that the government has accepted the proposal to release a stamp on Prof Sahni and the same will be released during the university’s foundation day.

“The university is also in talks with the Films Division of India for producing a documentary on the life and achievements of Prof Sahni,” the VC said.

The VC highlighted the driving mission behind the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary. The VC said Prof Sahni, an illustrious alumnus of the university, was a scientist, an innovator, an educationist, a devoted patriot, social reformer and a literary luminary.

The VC mentioned that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will not be able to visit the university on the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Prof Sahni. However, they are expecting the PM to visit the university during this year, he said. The website detailing Prof Sahni’s achievements, photographs, history and lectures was also inaugurated today.



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