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UT Administration reduces speed limits
5 kmph slash for every category of vehicles on all the roads in the City Beautiful
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
The UT Administration has reduced the speed limits for vehicles in the city. In view of a large number of people losing their lives in road accidents, the Chandigarh police had sent a proposal to the administration demanding the speed limits should be brought down.

The notification of the new speed limits was issued by the UT Administration today after getting UT Administrator Shivraj Patil's approval.

The Chandigarh police had sought the help of IIT professors who endorsed its proposal to reduce the speed limits in the city.

According to the notification, the speed limit on an 80-meter stretch from any roundabout should be 30 kmph for all the vehicles to ensure the safety of cyclists and pedestrians.

A senior police official stated that the new speed limits would be displayed on all the roads.

In 2012, a total of 421 accidents took place across the city in which 134 persons lost their lives and 353 were injured.

This year till May 30, a total of 182 accidents have been reported across the city in which 45 persons were killed and 145 injured.

The Chandigarh police, as a part of its drive to ensure safe driving, has been regularly setting up check points at different places to check rash and dangerous driving.

The Traffic Police has issued a total of 76,260 challans and impounded 5,686 vehicles this year. Of these, 8,590 persons were challaned for speeding while 2,049 were challaned for drunk driving.

  • V1 - Major road linking other cities, including Dakshin Marg
  • V2 - Major roads in the city like Madhya Marg, Jan Marg
  • V3 - Roads separating sectors
  • V4 - Roads in front of shopping areas
  • V5 - Internal loop roads
  • V6 - Internal roads of the sector outside the houses



All set for P’kula MC poll today
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 1
Panchkula is all set to witness the battle of the ballot with the much-awaited Municipal Corporation elections to be held tomorrow (June 2). The fate of 160 candidates contesting the elections from 20 wards in the district would be sealed in ballot boxes tomorrow.
Poll officials check EVMs in Panchkula on Saturday
Poll officials check EVMs in Panchkula on Saturday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Around 2.30 lakh voters would cast their vote at a total of 231 booths. While Ward No.1 to 6 fall in Pinjore and Kalka, Ward No. 7 to 20 are in Panchkula. The counting of votes will be held on June 4 and the results will be out the same day.

The residents have been waiting for this day for the past many years, as development in Panchkula has been suffering because after the scrapping of the Municipal Council, no municipal corporation had been set up.

There would be 20 duty magistrates and one supervisor who would oversee the whole polling process.

Today, the election material was distributed among the staff and 231 EVMs were readied for polling.

“All arrangements have been made and we are ready for the elections. The duty magistrates will keep moving in their respective wards and will be more focused on the hypersensitive and sensitive booths,” said Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar.

Panchkula Sub-divisional Magistrate, who is also the returning officer of the elections, RK Singh said the administration was also keeping a vigil on the close rivals in the fray.

Close contests

  • PS Lubana and Kuljeet Waraich in Ward No. 8
  • Jitendar Sandhu and Ravinder Rawal in Ward No. 12
  • Seema Chaudhary and Salim Khan in Ward No. 20
  • Lily Bawa and Krishan Dhull in Ward No. 14
  • Manoj Pal Godara and CR Vashisht in Ward No. 9
  • Ranjeeta Mehta and Bhavna Gupta in Ward No. 10
  • Upender Ahluwalia and Major Singh Tiwana in Ward No. 18

51 booths hypersensitive

Out of a total of 231 booths, 51 are hypersensitive and 38 sensitive. The hypersensitive booths, which would be on the police radar, are: Four booths at Kharag Mangoli (Ward No. 7), three booths at Saketri, two booths at Bhainsa Tibba (Ward No. 8), two booths at Budanpur, six booths at Rajiv Colony and one booth each in Kalka, Tipra and Majra village. Abhaypur, Maheshpur and Rally villages are also in the hypersensitive zones.

Heavy deployment of police

As many as 1,475 police officials, some in civvies, have been deployed for the MC elections. The Commissioner of Police, Rajbir Deswal, has introduced a three-tier setup. “We have a patrolling party for each ward. There will be three levels of police arrangements. Each patrolling party will be headed by an Inspector-rank official,” said Deswal. “The polling officers have been provided the contact numbers of the patrolling parties so that in case of need, the nearest one can rush to the spot.”



1,500 bottles of liquor seized in Panchkula
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 1
The Panchkula police has seized over 1,500 bottles of liquor that were being supplied to woo voters in various areas during the election campaigning.

The police has also recommended the names of some candidates to the State Election Commissioner and the Excise Department who were supplying the liquor to the slum areas.

It was on May 30 when four cartons of liquor were seized when a car occupant was transporting the same to the Saketri area in Ward No. 8. On the same evening, a relative of another candidate contesting the elections in the ward was also found transporting liquor to the Saketri area.

A day after the liquor cartons were seized, the police got a tip-off that due to the last day of the campaigning, cartons of liquor were being transported to the Panchkula district by various candidates.

"We have achieved a major success when 150 cartons of liquor were seized yesterday. Around 50 of them were seized from the Budanpur area," said Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashwin Shenvi.



Kalka, Pinjore zone
87,633 voters to cast vote today
Our Correspondent

Kalka, June 1
As many as 87,633 voters will cast their votes on Sunday for the election of Ward No 1 to Ward No. 6 of the Kalka, Pinjore Zone of the Municipal Corporation, Panchkula. As many as 75 polling booths have been set up in this zone.

According to the officials, the total number of voters in Ward No 1 is 17,766, Ward No 2 is 19,923, Ward No 3 is 16069, Ward No 4 is 14,068, Ward No 5 is 10,648 and Ward No 6 is 9,159.

More than 500 police personnel have been deployed in Kalka and Pinjore area of Panchkula for the Municipal Corporation elections. DSP Kalka Kushal said police would be constantly patrolling and monitoring every activity.

The contestants

Ward No 1: Ashok Kumar, Som Nath,krishan Chand, Sant Ram, Mohan Kumar, Sunil Kumar and Om Parkash

Ward No. 2: Ujala bakshi, Sunil Dutt, Ghanshyam, Sucha Ram, Ashok Kumar Kuku and Sangat Singh Nanda

Ward No. 3: Rajesh Kumari, Krishna Devi, Parvesh Surjit Kaur, Harpreet Kaur, and Kusum Lata

Ward No. 4: Surinder singh, Krishna Devi, Kesar Singh, Gurcharan Dhiman, Satinder Singh Toni, Gurdev Singh, Gurbhag Singh, Parkash Singh, Bhim Singh, and Sucha Singh

Ward No. 5: Gafur Mohammed, Bhaga Ram, Krishan Lal Lamba, Navdeep Sharma, Maan Singh, Mohinder Singh, Robin Vashist, and Sanjiv Kumar

Ward No. 6: Kanchan, Sunita Devi, Suman , Mamta ,Saroj Devi, Monica Chaudhary, Neetu Devi, Simaranjit Kaur and Mamta Rani



BJP workers allege misuse of government machinery

Ambala, June 1
Local BJP workers led by its state spokesperson Veer Kumar Yadav staged a dharna in front of the Baldev Nagar police station today evening. They were protesting against the distribution of polling booth slips along with the pamphlet of Congress-supported candidate of Ward No. 2 by some government officials.

Former BJP MLA Faquir Chand Aggarwal, Veena Chibbar, Jasbir Malour and senior BJP leaders Pavitar Singh Bajwa, Sandeep Sachdeva and Naib Saini staged the dharna.

Anil Vij, MLA, Ambala Cantonment, alleged that government machinery was being used to support Congress candidates. He said a complaint in this regard would be sent to the Chief Election Commissioner and the Election Observer of Ambala. He demanded the deployment of the Central Reserve Force on various polling booths.

Veer Kumar Yadav, spokesperson for the Haryana BJP, said BJP workers had nabbed five persons in Ward Number 2 who were distributing polling booth slips being issued by the administration. The police has registered a DDR in this regard. — OC



Sukhna eco-sensitive zone declaration to take time
Ministry to study 280 proposals sent by states
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
The declaration of an eco-sensitive zone around the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary is all set to be delayed as the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has received 280 proposals, including one from the UT Administration, from different states and Union Territories about declaring the areas around the national parks and sanctuaries as eco-sensitive zones.

After the delay of more than two years, recently the UT Administration had sent its proposal of creating an eco-sensitive zone around the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary to the ministry.

If the UT officials are to be believed, the process of checking all these proposals by the ministry staff will take time. Therefore, they are expecting a delay of around three or four months in the issuing of the notification on the eco-sensitive zone.

The UT Chief Conservator of Forests-cum-Chief Wildlife Warden, Santosh Kumar, said there were around 618 national parks and sanctuaries in the country where the ministry had initiated the process to declare eco-sensitive zones. The ministry has received 280 proposals so far. The UT Administration is putting its best efforts for the early declaration of eco-sensitive zone around the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary. But, as number of proposals sent to the ministry is very high, it will take some more time, he added.

In its proposal, the UT Administration had proposed an area ranging from 2 km to 2.75 km as the eco-sensitive zone around the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary. The Administration has proposed that construction in the zone should be regulated. The Administration had proposed low-density and low-rise buildings in the eco-sensitive zone.

The Administration had not touched the urban areas. However, three UT villages, Kaimbwala, Khuda Ali Sher and Kishangarh, and Lalit Hotel and the Parsvnath Pride Asia project in the IT Park will fall in the eco-sensitive zone proposed by the Administration.

Recently, the Ministry of Environment and Forests had extended the deadline from February 15 to May 15 after the Administration failed to declare the eco-sensitive zone on time. The Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary catchment area is spread on about 36 km, of which only 2 km falls under the jurisdiction of the Administration. The remaining area falls in Punjab and Haryana.

What is eco-sensitive zone

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



Defamation case
Ex-Director, lecturer of GMCH-32 summoned

Chandigarh, June 1
A local court has summoned Dr Raj Bahadur, former Director, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, and Dr Gurjit Kaur, senior lecturer of the Department of Physiology, GMCH 32, in a three-year-old defamation case.

"After consideration of the preliminary evidence , a prima facie case has been made out against the accused persons for offence under Sections 499 and 500 of the IPC and hence, let both the accused be summoned for July 10, 2013," read the order issued by the Judicial Magistrate-first class, Parvesh Singla.

The case dated back to October 25 in 2010, when complainant Alka Sehgal, association professor, moved a criminal petition, accusing both the persons of defamation. She had alleged she and Dr Gurjit Kaur, were working on a project funded by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. One of the accused, Dr Gurjit Kaur, who wanted to remove the complainant from the project, had used defamatory words against the complainant by writing a letter to CSIIR. Dr Raj Bahadur, then Director of the GMCH-32, had forwarded that letter to the council. — TNS


Shifting of stray cattle opposed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
High drama was witnessed near the gaushala of the Phase-I Industrial Area when several owners of stray cattle opposed their shifting to Delhi-based Dabur gaushala, here this evening.

These owners said the authorities had taken this step after failing to provide better treatment to cattle at this gaushala.

The stray cattle owners staged a protest for about three hours and raised slogans against the Municipal Corporation. A majority of the owners were from the periphery areas. The rush was later controlled by a team of the quick reaction squad.

“We have purchased cows in order to earn our livelihood. But, the authorities have caught our cattle from the roadside. These cattle are now being shifted to a Delhi-based gaushala. We are helpless, and despite assurances, we failed to get back our cattle,” said Sonu, an owner of stray cattle.

A police official said: “These cattle owners are protesting since afternoon, but their demand is unjustifiable. The authorities have taken this step according to framed rules. If they are having any objection, they should contact the Municipal Corporation office.”



Mahavir missing case
Investigation transferred to Crime Branch
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
The Chandigarh police has transferred the investigation into the case of missing of Mahavir, a class IV employee of Panjab University (PU) and a permanent resident of Garhwal, from Police Station 11 to the Crime Branch. The orders were issued by Naunihal Singh, SSP, Chandigarh.

Mahavir went missing on May 7, following which an FIR was lodged with the Sector 11 police station.

It may be recalled that Satya Pal Jain, former City MP and National Chairman of the BJP’s Legal Affairs Working Group, had urged the Chandigarh Administration to transfer the investigation of this case from the police either to the Crime Branch or the CBI.

A delegation of the Garhwal Sabha, Chandigarh, led by Jain had met Naunihal Singh on May 30 and had submitted a memorandum to him in this regard.

The leader mentioned that the police had failed to get any clue about the missing PU employee.



City BJP in charge visits party office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
Newly appointed BJP Chandigarh in charge Aarti Mehra today visited the party office “Kamlam” in Sector 33-A in order to formulate a plan for the next Parliamentary elections.

In the meeting with the local BJP leaders, Mehra told the party workers to take the Railgate scam involving former Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla to the doorstep of voters. She also told the party workers to prepare a road map for the next general elections.

In the meeting, Aarti emphasised on the importance of having a strong and disciplined cadre of the party at grass-roots level. She also told the officials to make micro-level committees such as the booth committees.



BSP leaders interact with Health Dept staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
Senior BSP leader and Member of Parliament Narinder Kashyap, along with BSP convener Haffiz Anwar Ul Haq, heard the grievances of 250 employees of the UT Health Department.

They assured these employees that they would take up their issues with the higher authorities.

BSP Lok Sabha candidate Jannat Jahan said they would provide every possible help to the employees of the Health Department.

In the end, party president Jagir Singh thanked all members of the department.



Khushpreet, Rajat top PU CET exam
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
Panjab University today declared the results of Common Entrance Test (CET) for the undergraduate courses. The exam was held on May 26. The result has been uploaded on the university website.

In physics-chemistry-biology stream, Khushpreet Kaur has topped the entrance tests with 258 marks. Rajat Bajaj topped the physics-chemistry-mathematics stream with 305 marks.

In physics-chemistry-computer science stream, Kanu Priya topped with 265 marks. In physics-chemistry-biotechnology, Anika topped with 178.5 and in mathematics only, Diksha got first rank.

PU Controller of the Examination (COE) Dr Parvinder Singh said that about 11,000 candidates from Chandigarh and neighbouring states, including Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Rajasthan and other parts of the country had appeared in the entrance exam for about 1,000 seats in different courses like B Pharmacy, honours schools in microbiology, bio-physics, bio chemistry, bio technology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, botany, zoology, geology and anthropology.



UIET alumni walk down memory lane
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
The alumni meet of University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) was held today at the Alumni House in the South Campus of Panjab University (PU) in Sector 25 today evening.

The alumni meet witnessed students from the batch of 2006, 2007 and 2008. The old students walked down the memory lane and shared their nostalgia. Various fun events were organised during the alumni meet that also witnessed participation from the faculty of the department. The old students, who had set-up their own companies, had also put-up their stalls during the event.



Edu Dept to offer more Class XI seats
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
The scramble for the class XI admission is all set to begin in UT as Chandigarh Education Department will start admission process in local government schools from June 11. Increase in cut-off percentage is going to be a major worry, as there is a massive increase in students securing 10 CGPA in tricity.

Since Chandigarh students are eligible for the 85 per cent quota in the local colleges for higher studies, Chandigarh government schools are the preferable destination for the tricity students.

As more students from Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali will try for admission, the competition for getting admission to the preferable streams is expected to be much more than the last year

An official said that scramble for the preferable seats looked imminent, as the glut of students getting 10 CGPA in tricity was expected to increase the cut-off rate, especially for medical and non-medical streams.

“Since there are only limited seats in the government schools, it will ultimately affect the admission prospects of students with lower grades," said an official.

During the last year, the Education Department fell short of 1500 seats, which were covered up by opening an additional section for Arts stream in non-model schools here.

The Education Department is planning to increase the total numbers of seats for class XI from 11,000 (2012) to 12,500-13,000 this year, but given the situation, it may have to add some more seats.

Meanwhile, the sale of prospectus will begin tentatively from June 11 and the last date for submission is June 20. The students will also be provided with the option of downloading and submitting the forms online.



PU to have mentoring system for freshers

Chandigarh June 1
In order to provide a personalised guidance and mentoring to the freshers, Panjab University (PU) has decided to adopt a unique mentoring system. According to this system, each faculty member would advise five or 10 students joining the university professional courses on their personal, academic, social and other problems and suggest solutions to those problems. Every year, about 4,000 students take new admissions in the PU campus and there are about 800 faculty members.

The decision was taken by the PU Vice Chancellor, Prof Arun K Grover, after an informal interaction with the students and faculty members. Dean Student Welfare (DSW) AS Ahluwalia said that faculty members would also be aided by the professional psychologists and experts concerned. — TNS



Over 1,000 students to appear for JEE
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
More than 1,000 students from the city will appear for JEE Advance tomorrow to seek admission to the much coveted Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). It is the last stage of the two-tier entrance examination, launched for the first time this year, for admission to the undergraduate engineering courses. The entrance for JEE Advanced is being held for admission to the IITs, for which 1.8 lakh students have been selected through JEE mains.

As per the new system, the rank holders in the JEE Advance test should be among the top 20 percentile in their respective board results for class XII.

In the recent result announced by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the cut-off score for top 20 percentile for general category is 391 (78.2 per cent). However, for other Backward Classes, the cut-off is 389, for Scheduled Caste 350 and for Scheduled Tribe 388.

A local expert, Anil Verma, said that those who qualified for JEE Advanced but could not get score in 20 percentile in the recent CBSE’s class XII board results should not lose heart. They should appear for the exam to get exposure of the new system. According to him, the students should not be bogged down and worry about questions they do not know. Another city-based expert, Suchit Verma, said that the students must read all the directions on the question papers. They must plan their time and keep away the negative thoughts. In Chandigarh, MCM College in Sector 36 and Dev Samaj College-45 are among the local centres for the JEE Advance, the result of which will be announced next month.



PU hostel wardens replaced

Chandigarh, June 1
The Panjab University (PU) authorities today changed the wardens of two boys' hostels and two girls' hostels.

The warden of boys' hostel No I, Jatinder Grover, who has completed his five-tenure, has now been replaced by Jaskaran Singh, who is an assistant professor in Department of Defence and National Security Studies.

Grover, who was instrumental in ensuring peaceful elections to the student s’ union and had been closely dealing with the students’ parties during his tenure as warden, was expected to get an extension till the next elections. However, the university decided to bring a new warden.

Gaurav Gaur, who was warden of boys' hostel No VI and had completed only one year of the tenure, was surprisingly not given an extension by the university, which has also surprised many other wardens in the PU. — TNS



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