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Eco-sensitive zone gets Admn’s nod
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
The UT Administration has finally given its nod to the eco-sensitive zone around Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary. The decision was taken at a meeting of officials chaired by UT Adviser KK Sharma. The decision was hanging fire for the past two years following differences between various departments.

Recently, the Ministry of Environment and Forests had extended the deadline from February 15 to May 15 as the UT Administration failed to declare the eco-sensitive zone on time.

In a strong-worded letter to the Administration, the ministry had warned that if it failed to meet the deadline, the ministry would declare the 10-km stretch around Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary as the eco-sensitive zone where development projects would be banned.

Sources revealed that at the meeting today, it was decided that developmental activities would be regulated in the 3-km area around the sanctuary.

The Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary catchment area is around 36 km out of which only 2 km falls under the jurisdiction of the UT Administration and the remaining area is in Punjab and Haryana.

Giving details about the importance of the eco-sensitive zone around the sanctuary, a senior UT official said: “With the declaration of the eco-sensitive zone around the sanctuary, the forest area will be conserved and it will also help restricting haphazard construction around the sanctuary.”

Depts were at loggerheads

Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner’s office and the Chief Architect’s office had submitted different points for finalising the area around Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary as the eco-sensitive zone. A committee of experts constituted under the Deputy Commissioner had recommended that 5 km area around the sanctuary should be declared as the eco-sensitive zone. However, the Chief Architect’s office in its master plan committee report stated that the area of the eco-sensitive zone should be 2 km.

What is eco-sensitive zone?

An eco-sensitive zone is a fragile ecosystem area where conservation or preservation of the natural environment is sustained by the state control and grants. In a bid to prevent ecological damage caused due to development activities around national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, the Ministry of Environment and Forests has come out with new guidelines to create eco-sensitive zones that will work as shock absorbers for protected areas. The aim is to regulate certain activities around national parks and wildlife sanctuaries to minimise the negative impact of such activities on the fragile ecosystem.

Ministry’s guidelines


  • Felling of trees
  • Establishment of hotels and resorts
  • Widening of roads
  • Use of polythene bags by shopkeepers


  • Ongoing agriculture and horticulture practices by local community
  • Rainwater harvesting, organic farming
  • Use of renewable energy sources


  • Commercial mining
  • Setting up of saw mills
  • Commercial use of firewood
  • Establishment of major hydroelectric projects
  • Discharge of effluents and solid waste into natural water bodies or the terrestrial area
  • Use or production of hazardous substances



Lewd posters
Accused sent to police custody
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
Before he pasted lewd posters of the girl who rejected his proposal, 37-year-old Varinder Goyat had threatened her that he would ensure that no one married her. The girl, who had refused to accept his proposal as he was already married, was terrified as the accused told her he would defame her to the extent that she would not be able to face anyone.

Varinder Goyat was arrested for pasting lewd pictures of the girl, who was his former employee, at public places. The posters also mentioned her phone number.

Varinder, who runs a marriage bureau in Sector 22, had also attempted suicide by consuming some poisonous substance last year.

He was presented before a court today and was sent to a day’s police remand. The police said it would recover the scanners and printers used to print the girl’s posters.

The girl, who is still terrified, told the police that she worked with Varinder Goyat and changed her job last year as he continued to propose to her even after she rejected him. The accused had pasted the girl’s lewd pictures on the walls of her PG accommodation in Sector 18 on Wednesday.

The accused showed no remorse as he was presented before a court today.



Sub-inspector suspended for not registering case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
A UT police sub-inspector and in charge of the Sector 43 police post was today suspended for not registering a snatching case. Sub-inspector Rajiv Kumar was today suspended following a report by the station house officer (SHO) of the Sector 36 police station to his seniors.

The report stated that Rajiv Kumar did not act swiftly on the complaint of Surinder Pal, a resident of Sector 43-B.

Surinder informed the Police Control Room on April 19 that his wife’s gold chain had been snatched near a temple in Sector 43 at 7.30 am. Two motorcycle-borne youths had pulled her gold chain and she failed to note down the registration number of the bike. The report prepared by inspector Bhupinder Singh, which was forwarded to the UT SSP, stated that the sub-inspector failed to register the snatching case. The case was registered 24 hours after the incident when it was reported to senior police officials.

The report also stated that the sub-inspector had been unable to check the rising number of thefts, burglaries and snatchings in his area.



Fire safety: MC slams RLA office
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
Two days after a fire broke out in the basement of the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) office in Sector 17, the Fire and Emergency Services Department today issued notice to the RLA for violating fire safety rules.

Confirming the development, Joint Commissioner-cum-Chief Fire Officer, Municipal Corporation, Rajeev Gupta said they had issued a notice to the RLA for violating fire safety rules. The RLA has been asked to make arrangements to keep important documents safe, he said.

The notice issued by the fire department stated that the fire-fighting equipment at the RLA office was outdated and was not placed properly. The department has also asked the RLA to install multi-purpose fire extinguishers instead of water fire extinguishers.

The department observed that the office record was kept on the floor making it difficult for the firefighters to enter the basement. The department also asked the RLA to make a provision for an emergency exit in the basement.

Only 4 building sealed for violations

The fire wing of the MC has failed to inspect the safety norms in buildings. The MC served 500 notices on violators in the past one year and only four buildings, including three in Sector 34 and one in the Industrial Area, were sealed in the past four years for violating fire safety norms.



Lack of parking space bane of northern sectors
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
Traffic chaos outside schools in the northern sectors of the City Beautiful is the order of the day. Considered posh sectors of the city, the density of vehicles here is very high here.

Analysing the situation in Sectors 7, 9, 10 and 15 that have a number of educational institutions, The Tribune team observed that the lack of parking space inside schools leads to traffic jams.

The situation gets worse as parents prefer private vehicles to drop and pick children up from schools.

Since the educational institutions are in the residential areas, residents find themselves at the receiving end due to the rush of near their houses.

With no planning on the cards by the UT Administration to deal with the increasing traffic problem, the situation seems to be turning severe with each passing day.



In Tangle Part-IV, Sectors 7, 9, 10 & 15
Fetching children from school no child’s play
It’s a maddening rush outside schools in the northern sectors as parents vie for space to park their vehicles near the school gates. The Tribune reporter Amit Sharma and chief photographer Manoj Mahajan report the chaos outside these institutions.

Parents and commuters have a harrowing time driving across schools in the northern sectors of Chandigarh during schools hours. While the lack of parking space outside the schools leads to chaos, the narrow roads add to the problem.

There is very less space outside KV DAV School in Sector 7, Carmel Convent School in Sector 9 and DAV School in Sector 15 to park vehicles, as parents arrive in their private vehicles to drop and pick up their children leading to congestion and finally traffic jams.

In the absence of a parking space at DAV College, Sector 10, which has a strength of over 2,500 students, getting a space to park a vehicle outside the college is an uphill task for every student. Driving out of the scramble of vehicles is another battle for the students and commuters taking the road outside the college.

The hitch

KV DAV School, Sector 7

Narrow road, inadequate parking

Narrow road opposite the school and inadequate parking outside the school leads to traffic jam in the afternoons. The parents who park their vehicles on the road further add to the problem. The parking lot of a park just opposite the school that can accommodate about 30 vehicles lies unutilised by the parents.

Carmel Convent School, Sector 9

Manning of traffic by school staff doesn’t help

Making the road opposite the school one-way and deputing school staff to regulate the traffic outside the school has failed to lessen the traffic chaos outside the school during morning and afternoon hours. The school buses that are parked outside the school make the situation worse as parents are left with very less space to park their vehicles, hence, they land up parking them on the road. Even though the school has three gates that are at fair distance from one another, the students are allowed to exit only from one gate. The students commuting by private vehicles are allowed to leave the school only after the school bus children leave the school premises. So the parents and their wards are left waiting for over 20 minutes.

Foothpath constructed outside college no solution to problem

Since the number of vehicles had increased in the area, the municipal corporation (MC), a couple of years ago, turned the footpath opposite the college into a parking place to accommodate the vehicles. However, it has failed to address the problem.

DAV School, Sector 15

Most students drive down to school in cars

A school in the city where almost every class XI and XII student drives down to school in a car, parking becomes one big problem for the school authorities, who have to grapple with the chaotic situation everyday. There is parking facility for 30 vehicles outside the school campus, this leaves the students with no option but to park their vehicles on the road. Being a prominent sector with a large number of students residing there due to its proximity to Government College, Sector 11, and Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, queues of vehicles are seen stuck in traffic snarls.

DAV College, Sector 10

Parking outside DAV College leads to chaos on road

The situation is equally worse outside DAV College, Sector 10, as no parking facility is provided to students inside the college campus. The students park their vehicles on both sides of the road which often leads to traffic jams. The residents of the four hostels within the college campus further add to the problem, as they also park their four-wheelers outside the college. Interestingly, the college doesn’t even have enough parking space to accommodate the vehicles of teachers and staff. The staff is sometimes forced to park their vehicles on the road. To avoid traffic snarls, the students also park their vehicles in the Sector-10 market and walk down the road upto the college. The college only has a two-wheeler parking that can accommodate not more than 100 vehicles.

Educational Institutions

KV DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 7

Carmel Convent School, Sector 9

DAV College, Sector 10

DAV School, Sector 15

Vehicles on road

Cars, school buses, cycle-rickshaws, auto-rickshaws and two-wheelers

Peak hours of traffic

Between 7:15 am to 8: 30 am and 12.15 pm to 3.00 pm (outside schools)

Between 10.00 am to 2.30 pm (outside college)

Steps taken by college authorities

Though there is lack of parking space inside the college campus, the teachers and staff of the college are allowed to park their vehicle inside the premises. It gives some space to students to park their vehicle outside.

Chandigarh Police suggests solution

The Chandigarh Police suggests that the schools should hire traffic marshals for a few hours in the morning and afternoon to regulate the traffic and ensure the safety of students when they are moving out of schools.


— Maneesh Chaudhary, SP (Traffic), UTSchools need to make some efforts to manage the traffic outside their premises. As there are around 150 schools in the city, the Chandigarh Police can’t depute two constables outside every school. Moreover, there is a Punjab and Haryana High Court judgment, which strictly states that the school buses should be parked inside the campus and school staff should regulate the traffic outside the schools in the morning and afternoon.

— Maneesh Chaudhary, SP (Traffic), UT

Why it is so chaotic

Lack of infrastructure both in the schools and colleges, haphazard parking and regulation of traffic.

School authorities struggling to reach to solution

KV DAV School

The school staff is deputed outside the schools to regulate the traffic in the absence of traffic policemen, while the parents are encouraged to utilise the school bus service to ease the traffic congestion.

Carmel Convent School

The traffic movement on the road outside school is made one way after school hours and a school staff is deputed to manage the vehicular movement.

DAV School

The school buses at DAV School are parked inside the campus to lessen traffic snarls outside the school. To control the traffic, the school timings are staggered while the senior classes get over at 12.30 pm, the remaining school finishes at 2.30 pm.

No policemen to regulate traffic

In the absence of traffic police outside the school and college to regulate the vehicular movement, the parents have to sweat it out in traffic jams, which is a routine.

Residents living near the school and college suffer

Residents living near the school in Sector 7, Sector 9, Sector 15 and the college in Sector 10 are also put to inconvenience. While the residents in Sector 9 living close to the school face traffic chaos in the morning and afternoon, the residents of Sector 10 living near the road towards the college become victims of traffic congestion from morning 9 am till around 2 pm. The students park the vehicles outside the houses of residents leaving no space for them to commute.


Getting RCs a tall order
Arrangements at office highlights Admn’s lackadaisical approach
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
On Thursday late noon, there was an unending queue of applicants for the registration certificate (RC) at the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) office, South, Sector 42. Some of the applicants were standing in the queue for more than four hours.

The arrangements and inadequate staff at the SDM office highlighted lackadaisical approach of the Chandigarh Administration. The vehicles owners are put to endless bouts of harassment to secure their documents from the RLA counters, which is located at the basement of the Sector 42 sports complex.

A number of applicants complain that getting a RC from the centre is a headache as there are no proper counters for the smooth delivery of the documents. Arvind Singla, a resident of Sector 41, said he secured the RC for his son’s vehicle in his third visit.

The staff of the SDM, South, also doubles up at the RLA counters to provide the documents.

Officials at the Sector 17 office of the RLA said though there was no pending RCs and driving licences with the RLA, the delivery of the documents was a big headache due to the shortage of space and adequate staff. There were only two counters functional at the office to deliver the documents.

The affixing of the High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) has also added to the chaos at the SDM offices in South and East due to shortage of space.



Fire at RLA, Sector 17
Records in danger but no makeover for RLA storeroom
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
Dumped files and closely-stacked records of thousands of vehicle owners in a dingy room, where there is no space to move through the steel racks, represent a picture of the record room of the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA), Sector 17, here.

Even after three days of a minor fire broke that out in the record room, located in common basement of the MC building, nothing has been changed so far with respect to its interiors.

A revisit to the record room on Thursday showed that files were stern over on the floor as usual and it was nearly impossible to enter the dark and dingy room.

Sources in the RLA said as there was no proper place to store the records, the decade old files were stacked in a haphazard manner at the record room. About 10 years ago, many records were damaged in a major fire here.

“Though the records are computerised, but the hard copies of the documents are important as they are required for the verification purposes.

On Thursday, the record room was found open and there was no official to keep a watch on visitors.

Similarly, records are not properly organised at other RLA offices located at Sector 42 and Industrial Area.



No security in executive coaches, courtesy staff crunch
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
Despite paying more to travel in an executive class safely, one is not getting proper security services while travelling from Chandigarh-bound trains as the Railway Protection Force (RPF) has not deployed any guards in the executive coaches due to staff shortage. But in general coaches, the authorities have deployed small teams of RPF staff to ensure the safety of the passengers.

Railways records stated that 180 posts, of the total 815 RPF staff sanctioned for this area, had been vacant for the more than past one year. Thus, ticket travel examiners (TTs) and the attendants had been asked to keep a check on the security of the passengers and monitor the movement of the anti-social elements in executive coaches of the trains.

The authorities have deployed four RPF personnel for the safety of the passengers in the general coaches as the chances of mishap are more in such coaches.

Railway Senior Divisional Security Commissioner Mohinder Singh said the proposal for filing the vacant posts of the RPF had been sent to the Northern Railways authorities. The decision to recruit the staff would be taken by them.

He accepted the fact that the authorities concerned could not able to provide proper security in many trains due to staff crunch.

Raliways reports state that there was shortage of over 20 per cent of staff in the RPF in the security wing of the Ambala division. About 19 to 22 coaches of the long route trains were the most affected as there were only four RPF personnel to manage security in these coaches.



Finally, CITCO installs cameras at filling station
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
It took two years for Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Corporation (CITCO) to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at its petrol pumps in the city. The CCTV cameras installed at the Sector 9 filling station on a trial basis were, in fact, removed after a few months.

Finally, cameras were installed at the Sectors 9 and 38 filling stations today. Cameras have already been installed at the Sector 56 pump, where guards were assaulted recently.

The lackadaisical attitude of the CITCO officials can be gauged from the fact that despite guidelines from the police authorities, the semi-government undertaking never bothered to install cameras. In a meeting of CITCO officials held in the first week of February, Managing Director DK Tewari had asked the officials concerned to install the cameras.

Tewari said, “It takes time to call tenders and get the cameras installed.” The tender for procurement of CCTV cameras was floated in December 2012.

Officials in CITCO said it was after the recent incident at Sector 56 petrol pump that the needful was done, following directions of the Chandigarh Police.

The cameras would help in tracking criminals who visit pumps to refill tanks of their vehicles. The CCTV footage can also help the police in identifying suspects in cases of crime committed in the neighbouring areas. Officials said in light of two scams involving pilferage of petrol at CITCO pumps, the CCTV cameras would also be instrumental in checking any such illegal practices.



After infant’s death at PGI, Chandigarh Health Dept seizes vaccine
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
The Chandigarh Health Department seized all units of the easy five vaccine, used for infants to prevent infections, and has sent the samples of the vaccine for examination to the Central Drug Standard Control organisation in New Delhi.

The move comes in the wake of death of an infant at the PGI soon after being administered the vaccine. As per officials in the PGI, it is mandatory to seize a vaccine if any infant death is reported within 24 hours after administering the vaccine. The officials, however, did not ascertain that the death happened due to the vaccine.

Officials from the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation reached the city in evening for examining the matter.

As the vaccine had an extended shelf life, the company had in January recalled all the vaccines and extended the expiry date till March 2014. However, it is learnt to have recalled the vaccines again two days ago as objections were raised over the presence of two expiry date labels on the vaccine -- one for March 2013 and another for March 2014.

The company sent a communication to its dealers all across the country two days ago recalling the vaccines. “All the dealers were informed via a written communication two-three days ago that the vaccine has been recalled,” said a company official.

“The samples of the vaccine were taken. We are preparing a report on the matter. Until the competent authorities test the samples, we cannot comment over the potency of the vaccines,” said acting director, UT Health Services, Dr Rajiv Vadhera.

PGI’s official spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said, “There were various other babies who were given the vaccine and they all are fine. So, it cannot be ascertained that any adverse reaction due to the drug resulted into the baby’s death. Also, the parents have denied for autopsy.”



This cyclist from Mumbai has no stoppages
Hiralal pedals his way on a ‘seatless’ cycle to spread message of peace and unity
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
It takes a lion’s heart to ride thousands of kilometres on a bicycle, which has no seat. But Mumbai-based Hiralal Yadav has been doing this arduous task with perfection for the past many years.

Ask him how he manages his “seatless” ride, he replies, “It is not only my enthusiasm that keeps me going, but I am also distressed seeing so much pain around us that also helps me endure my own pain.”

Starting his tour from Arunachal Pardesh on December 5 last year, Yadav reached Chandigarh today, after covering approximately 5,000 km on his “seatless” bicycle. He interacted with students of GMSSS-46 and GMSSS-22 and narrated them the stories of courageous soldiers who laid their life for the country.

He said he chose this mode of transport because he wanted to experience the real India and travel to remote corners of the country to spread the message of unity, peace and ask people to shun drugs and other vices.

“About 12 years ago, I used to be a chain smoker. One day, I found my four-year-old son trying to smoke a cigarette bud. That incident left a big question mark on my mind and then I decided to do something to deject this evil,” he said.

“Earlier, the bicycle has a seat. I removed it because I wanted to make my journey the toughest possible to make people to realise that if I can travel all along on a “seatless” bicycle against all odds then why can’t they fight against all odds (evils),” he said.

“My “seatless” cycle symbolises the inner will that exist in every one of us. We just need to ardently follow it,” he added.

Hiralal travelled across India as many as 13 times. He has so far covered over 80,000 km on his cycle. The main cause of his travel is to instill courage among youngsters for de-addiction from drugs, alcohol and other evils of society and live a simple life. To fulfi his mission, he visited various universities, colleges and schools to let students know bout the ill-effects of drugs.

Yadav had also written a book 'Salaam Sainik' (in Hindi) in 1999. The book, released by Paramveer Chakra recipient Grenadier Joginder Singh Yadav, is basically a compilation of letters. Showing his creation, he said, “This book contains letters from citizens to the soldiers, replies from soldiers and letters from family members of deceased soldiers.”

From here, he will travel to Amritsar, taking its journey further to Rajasthan and reach Mumabi via Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.

I am travelling around 100 km per day. But since summer has started, heat will be the biggest challenge. If even I ride 60-70 km per day, it is good enough, he said.



msmed act
UT Admn in a quandary
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
The Chandigarh Administration is in a fix over the implementation of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Act. While converted plot owners are against the implementation of the Act, the Industries Association of Chandigarh wants it to be implemented.

As industrialists are divided over the issue, the UT Administration has now sought comments of the Chief Administrator and Estate Officer on the possibility of the implementation of the Act.

The problem is that the conditions of the conversion policy of the UT Administration are clashing with the Act.

Recently, the Converted Plot Owners’ Association had written to the Administration alleging that the Administration was in the process of implementing the MSMED Act, which allowed activities for which the converted plot owners had already paid more than Rs 1,200 crore as conversion charges.

The association had maintained that under the Act, some commercial activities like information technology (IT) and banking, for which the Administration had charged crores, would be free of conversion charges.

Under the conversion policy, information technology, IT-enabled services and banking are allowed after the payment of the conversion fee. The Administration is now trying to allow these commercial activities in Industrial Area by implementing the Act.

The Industries Association of Chandigarh had submitted to the Administration that the Act was enacted in 2006 to replace the age-old Industrial Development and Regulation Act, 1952. This was done to accommodate the changes in market demands, technology and needs of the modern times and changed industrial scenario. Many value-added activities such as services and IT, which were nonexistent earlier, were included in the Act.

A senior official said they would consider the interest of the industry and would implement the Act only after taking the associations into consideration.



Women commandos help couple tie nuptial knot
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 25
The newly launched Women Commando force started its functioning on a good note as it helped two lovers, who were facing resistance from their parents, in tying in wedlock, here today.

The two women commandoes along with a team of the police control room, first rescued the 19-year-old girl, Seema, who was locked in a room on the roof of her house by her parents when they came to know about her affair with Qasim Beg (23), a resident of the same locality. Then the women commandoes took along the couple and their kin to Phase I police station where they made them (the relatives of the couple) agree to solemnize the marriage of couple.

Giving details, Mandeep Kaur, who lead the women commando team along with her colleague Kuldeep Kaur, said today morning they got information that some persons were beating a women and a youngster. “After inquiry, it came to light that the boy was being beaten by the relatives of the girl, with whom he was having an affair. When we searched the house of the girl, we found her lying unconscious in a locked room on the roof of her house,” said Mandeep Kaur.

After rescuing the girl, the police brought the couple and their relatives at the police station and counseled them for two to three hours.

“As both boy and the girl were major and wanted to marry with each other, we made the parents of both the parties agreed through counseling,” said Madeep Kaur.

However, the parents of the girl disowned her but agreed that they would not interfere in the marriage. In the police protection, the marriage of the couple was solemnised in a residence at Phase I, here.



Internal roads to be re-carpeted every 4 years
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
In the Road Committee meeting of the Municipal Corporation today it was decided that the civic body will re-carpet the internal (V-6) roads every four years instead of five. The meeting held under the chairmanship of Sat Parkash Aggarwal was attended by members including Mukesh Bassi, Darshan Garg, Satinder Singh, DS Sandhu, Harjinder Kaur, Naresh Kumar and Anup Sunny Gill.

The committee members recommended to the civic body that the V-6 roads, i.e. internal access roads that lead to houses, should be re-carpeted every four years.

Other roads could be re-carpeted every five years, as is done presently, the committee decided.

Members also decided to designate low-lying areas of the city for dumping malba. Awareness about the same would be created through public notices.

Chairman Sat Parkash Aggarwal also sought status report on various pending and ongoing works. The committee passed various agenda items including the renovation of civil dispensaries in Maloya and Sector 40.



Mohali roads to get facelift in 3 months
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 25
The roads of the town would be re-carpeted in coming three months. Today, two tenders of a total sum of Rs 39 crore have been opened for the purpose. While the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is going to spend Rs 30 crores to upgrade the main roads of the Mohali, the local Municipal Corporation is going to spend Rs 9 crores to re-carpet the “B” and “C” roads here.

The job would be completed in coming three months, claimed AK Sinha, the Chief Administrator of GMADA and also Commissioner of local MC.

The entire road, coming under the jurisdiction of GMADA and the MC would be re-carpeted under the project, said Sinha.

When pointing towards the pathetic condition of the road infrastructure in the local industrial area, he said that it was responsibility of Punjab State Industrial and Export Corporation.

According to sources, the Mohali MC has sought a loan of Rs 8 crore from HUDCO for the purpose.



Tourism kiosk to come up at Capitol Complex
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
The UT Administration will be setting up a tourism kiosk at Capitol Complex, Sector 1. Presently, tourists have to visit the UT Secretariat building at Sector 9 to take permission to visit Capitol Complex.

UT Finance Secretary VK Singh said the Administration would also be creating awareness among tourists and tourist guides about the new kiosk. The tourism department would deploy staff at the kiosk for issuing passes to visitors, he said.

The UT Administration would try to convince the state governments of Punjab and Haryana to relax security at the complex for the convenience of tourists, a UT official said.



Street Theatre festival
Day 6: Plays on social causes staged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
The second day of the 6th Annual Chandigarh Street Theatre Festival saw people enjoying different plays at the various places in Chandigarh. Two plays "Death of Humanity" and "Toaa" were staged at the Advocate Society, Sector-49, and another two plays "Hey Bhagwan" and "Samaj" at SBI and Jeewan Adhar Society, Sector-48A. The play "samaj" dealt with society's mindset about women.

It depicted how women's rights were only confined to papers and merely taken as commodity in parochial society. In other plays also, several issues like drugs, female foeticide were highlighted.



Malaria Day rally held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
Health Department, today organised World Malaria Day rally at Sukhna Lake. The theme for the year was "Invest in Future, Defeat Malaria". On this occasion, the assistant director briefed about the various activities to be carried out during World Malaria Day.

He said that the World Malaria Day was being organised at various places of city i.e. Dhanas, Colony No 4, Colony No 5, Bapu Dham Colony and Mauli Jagran Colony.

A rally was also flagged off by Secretary Health at the Sukhna Lake to mark the World Malaria Day. All the programme officials, medical and para medical staff participated in the rally.



SDM row: Vikrant to meet Shinde
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
In connection with the SDM Tanvi Garg row, Vikrant Kumar, a local businessman and his friends will now meet Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. Vikrant’s friend Jagdish Singh Diwan said they would meet Union Home Minister Shushil Kumar Shinde.

They would wait till April 30 when the case was listed before the SDM’s court thereafter they would decide whether to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) or not.

On April 17, Vikrant was booked under preventive measures after his Bolero had a close brush with SDM Tanvi Garg's official vehicle at Sector 44.

The incident had resulted in a heated argument between the SDM’s driver, Harjit, and Vikrant. Tanvi claimed that she was not in the vehicle at the time of the incident, while Vikrant had claimed that the official was in her vehicle at that time.

On April 19, Vikrant was produced in the court of SDM (East) Tanvi Garg.



Honour for two officials of Ambala division
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
The Northern Railways today honoured two officials of the Ambala division for their outstanding performance in the operational wing of the division. The award was given by Northern Railways general manager VK Gupta at a ceremony organised in New Delhi.

Assistant operations manager (coaching) Anil Sharma and assistant operation manager (movement) Vivek Sharma were awarded for properly managing division coaches and movement of trains.

They said such awards motivate them to work hard and improve their performance in future also.



PU issues notice to Dasuya college
Teachers had accused centre superintendent of sexual harassment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
The Panjab University (PU) Syndicate today decided to issue a show-cause notice to the Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Khalsa College for Women, Dasuya, Hoshiarpur, after the fact-finding committee constituted by Panjab University found Balwinder Singh, centre superintendent of the college, guilty of sexually harassing five female teachers at the college.

The house also decided to permanently debar Singh from performing all the university assignments. The report of the committee would also be sent to the Punjab Government for action.

The five-member committee in its inquiry found that Singh, who had acted as the centre superintendent at the college during the semester exams in December 2012, had sexually harassed the five teachers.

The panel also observed that it was probable that the college authorities had shielded the accused. It was unanimously resolved that the report, along with a show-cause notice, be sent to the principal and the management of the college. PU officials stated that the principal and the management would have to reply within a stipulated time period, which would be tabled before the Syndicate for further consideration of the issue.

In another decision, the House decided to impose a fine of Rs 2 lakh on SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, Hoshiarpur, for repeatedly admitting students in excess of the sanctioned strength.

Also, the fee charged from the excess number of students would be deposited with the university.



BCom exam goof-up
20 grace marks recommended for students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
The Board of Studies (BOS) at Panjab University in a meeting, over the goof-up during the BCom second-year Cost-Accounting exam question paper, has recommended that all the students should get 20 grace marks.

The BCom students were left surprised on April 10 after they found that the paper which was supposed to be a mixture of theoretical and numerical type questions turned out to be completely a theoretical paper.

The total 80 marks question paper was supposed to have 40 marks of theoretical questions and equal number of numerical type questions, however, the entire question paper turned out to be theoretical.

The Controller of Examination, Parvinder Singh said that the BOS has recommended 20 grace marks to each student. “The Vice-Chancellor will be taking the final decision over the recommendations made by BOS”, he added.

A commerce teacher in one of the city colleges stated that the recommendations of BOS was a set-back to the students who had prepared for the numerical part. “The students who are good at practical and hoped to score more in numerical part will be affected with the decision”, teacher said.

Over 4,000 students had appeared in the exam across various examination centers in Chandigarh and Punjab.



non-compliance of conditions
Homoeopathic college faces disaffiliation notice from PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
The Panjab University Syndicate unanimously decided to send a notice of disaffiliation to the Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Sector 26, Chandigarh, for not appointing 100% faculty and non-compliance of other conditions imposed by the Inspection Committee.

The college that has 14 regular faculty members was given a notice by PU to fulfil the minimum requirement of 37 regular teachers; however, the college failed to comply the condition imposed on the university.

The inspection committee in its report had also stated that since there was an inadequate staff and the OPD attendance was thin, the college should elaborate their OPD and regular posts of the faculty members in the OPD, irrespective of their area of specialisation as all of them had basic qualification in homoeopathy.

The college had recently advertised the vacant posts and sent a report to the university for consideration. The college had further stated that rules had been amended and accordingly the college was required to have 24 regular teachers and they were short of only 10 teachers.



Convocation of Dept of Laws postponed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
The convocation of Department of Laws at Panjab University (PU) which was scheduled to be held on April 28 has suddenly been postponed, due to the non-availability of the chief-guest. In the absence of any mechanism available to inform the students about the rescheduling of the convocation, around 1,000 students will be put to inconvenience by the university.

Nishtha Jaswal, Chairperson Law department stated that the chief guest on the occasion GS Singhvi, Judge Supreme Court, due to some reasons cannot attend the convocation on April 28, following which the university had decided to postpone the function. "The convocation will now be held on May 19 and the rehearsal for the same will be held on May 18", Chairperson said. Many other judges were also supposed to attend the function as the guest of honour. The convocation of the department is being held after a span of a few decades, after it was discontinued.

Interestingly, in the absence of a communication mechanism to inform the students about the decision the law department is relying on the media to spread the message. "The students were informed through the letters about the convocation, however, in such a short span of time, sending letters won't be possible", Jaswal said.

In the absence of the fresh communication the students who have planned to attend the convocation are expected to reach PU for the rehearsal on April 27. The students who passed-out in 2011 and 2012 will be getting their degrees in the convocation.



PU to start teacher feedback system
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
In the coming week, Panjab University is going to put the student-teacher feedback forms on its website and distribute the copies of the form in the department. The decision was taken after the members of NSUI today staged a protest before the Syndicate members outside the Administrative Block over delay made by authorities in implementing ‘Teacher Feedback’ system.

The NSUI members submitted the memorandum to all the Syndicate members and Vice-Chancellor to implement teachers' feedback from the current academic session.

NSUI Chairman Bhupinder Singh Batth stated that the students wanted the process of teacher feedback from this session, before they pass out from the department.

Yoyraj Angrish a senate member who reached at the scene to pacify the students stated that the university would upload the feedback form on the PU website and students could download the forms and submit it in the department. “The form will be uploaded at PU website on April 29”, he said.



Syndicate deliberates over internal assessment system
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 25
After a long discussion over the proposal of an alternative system of internal assessment in PU affiliated colleges, the syndicate today decided to route the proposal through the academic bodies of the university- Board of Studies, Faculties and the Academic Council, for information and discussion before the same should be brought to the Syndicate again for deliberations.

A committee which was formed by the university on the representation made by Ajoy Sharma, former Director Higher Education (DHE), UT, suggesting an alternative internal assessment system along with various changes in the internal examination system. The committee had recommended that the students would have pedagogic activities, including quizzes, presentations and filed trips based on which they would be tested on 30 per cent of their internal marks in an academic session. The September tests which are currently subjective exams, should be replaced with objective type question based class exam.

The committee had also recommended that the house test conducted in December every year in colleges should continue as subjective exam with 50 per cent internal marks.




Traffic awareness camp

Chandigarh: Traffic Awareness Organisation, Chandigarh, conducted an awareness camp in KV 3BRD, Chandigarh, keeping in view the increasing figures of serious accidents in the city. The students and staff members were shown CCTV footage of various accidents to convey the message about the importance of the traffic lights, lanes, helmets and correct indicators along with the mental presence of the driver on the road while driving. Students were also made familiar about drunken driving, alcohol limit, its consequences, punishments and fine.

World Earth Day

As a part of celebrating the World Earth Day, Bhawan Vidyalaya School, Sector 27, organised a bulletin board, face painting and tattoo making competitions for the students of classes VI to XII. The theme for these competitions was “Save Water Save Life”. The morning saw a flurry of activities along with excitement among students, who participated in the competition. It was an appropriate opportunity for them to display there creativity. The classes VI VI D, VII and VII C jointly bagged the first position while VII D and VII B won the second and third positions respectively. In the face painting competition Anoushka and Khyati of VII C won the first prize, Shruti and Charvi of VII B won the second prize and Nikita and Muskan of VI D won the third prize. Bhavya and Aakriti of VII A and Parth and Hardik of VII B won the consolation prizes.

Students of Anee’s School, Mohali, celebrate Traffic Awareness Week on the school campus on Thursday
Students of Anee’s School, Mohali, celebrate Traffic Awareness Week on the school campus on Thursday. A Tribune Photograph

Rally on traffic awareness

Mohali: Anee’s School, Mohali, celebrated traffic awareness week at its campus. The aim of celebrating this event was to educate the students about basic traffic rules. The main attraction of the event was to explain traffic rules in an innovative way. Besides, students were given live demonstrations and were thoroughly explained about the traffic signs. A rally for traffic awareness was also conducted. — TNS



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