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Power to cost more during peak hrs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
Consumption of electricity during peak hours will now cost more. The UT Electricity Department has decided to fix power tariff under three slabs, full peak, normal peak and off-peak hours.

Under the proposed system, time periods have been classified as 7 am to 10 am (normal peak hours) 10 am to 6 pm (full peak hours), 6 pm to 11 pm (normal peak hours) and 11 pm to 7 am (off-peak hours). The time period will be different for summer, winter and monsoon.

UT Superintending Engineer (Electricity) MP Singh said during the full peak hours, power tariff would be 20-30 per cent higher. During the off-peak hours, power tariff will be 20-30 per cent less than the normal tariff. The new tariff system is part of the multi-year tariff concept, which will be effective from the next financial year after an approval from the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC), he said.

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

Electricity department officials said the new system would discourage consumers from misusing power, especially during the peak hours. This will help bridge the gap between demand and supply, they said.

Multi-year distribution tariff regulations

The draft Multi-year Distribution Tariff Regulations, 2013, which is available on the JERC’s website, reads: “The time of day tariff would be structured across three time slabs to denote normal, peak and off-peak periods. The time periods would vary according to different seasons of the year i.e. summer, winter and the monsoon. The peak tariff would be 20 to 30 per cent higher than the normal tariff and the off-peak tariff would be 15 to 20 per cent less than the normal tariff. The peak and off-peak hours during seasons would be as notified by the State Load Dispatch Centres in advance. The ‘time of day tariff’ would be introduced in a phased manner. In Phase I, it would be compulsory for the HT consumers, in Phase II compulsory for LT consumers consuming more than 25KW of power and in Phase III, compulsory for LT consumers consuming more than 10KW of power.


City residents can file their objections on the JERC’s draft on or before July 22.

New meters

To implement the new system, the electricity department will replace the existing meters with time-of-day meters, which will record demand, time and energy usage.

Subsidy for BPL families

Consumers living below the poverty line who consume power below a specified level, say 30 units per month, will receive a special support through cross subsidy.



Two estate office employees convicted of corruption, fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The court of District and Sessions Judge SK Aggarwal today convicted two officials of the UT Estate Office on the charges of cheating and corruption. The case dates back to 2004.

The convicts include Ram Kishan, a sub-inspector with the enforcement wing and Rama Kant Mishra, a clerk with the estate office. The two are in the dock for gross irregularities in the allotment of sites in Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran, under the rehabilitation scheme of Labour Colony, Sector 31.

The quantum of sentence will be pronounced on July 12.

The vigilance cell of the UT police had unearthed the scam in August, 2004, when the two officials were booked for forging documents like ration card while processing the application forms of allottees meant to benefit under the slum rehabilitation scheme.

The sites were allotted in name of bogus persons and the two used to sell the site using the power of attorney. The two had applied for anticipatory bail and were not arrested that time.

As per the prosecution, irregularities like bogus ration card, forged survey number, affixing of bogus photographs other than original allottess on application forms for the allotment of sites was done by the accused. Both Ram Kishan and Rama Kant forged a number of documents pertaining to the allotment of six sites.

Six chargesheets of corruption and cheating were filed in the court against the two under Sections 419, 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC and various Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The two received illegal application forms for consideration by officials of the estate office. Following this, a survey of site number 167 in Vikas Nagar was conducted against jhuggi number 394, Labour Colony, Sector 31.

The form for the allotment of a tenement was given by accused Ram Krishan to Guru Prasad. Later, Ram Kishan inserted the name of bogus Ram Kishan in the survey register. The name of Guru Prasad was also deleted from the application form.

Thus, the site was allotted in the name of bogus Ram Kishan and it was the actual Ram Kishan who became the beneficiary of the site.

Similarly, he allotted another site to Sunil Kumar and committed exactly the same fraud.

The other accused, Rama Kant Mishra, also committed similar irregularities. For instance, a house in Vikas Nagar was allotted in name of Surinder Singh. The form of the allotment of the tenement site was delivered by Rama Kant to the bogus person, Surinder Singh. The verification of the bogus person was also done by Rama Kant. Thus, he was allotted the site by using forged documents, the prosecution stated.

Former Deputy Commissioner Brijendera Singh had granted prosecution sanction to the vigilance cell to chargesheet the accused. In 2010, the chargesheet was finally put up before the court.

Both the convicts were arrested today after the orders were pronounced.

The case

The vigilance cell of the UT police had unearthed the scam in August, 2004, when Ram Kishan, a sub-inspector with the enforcement wing and Rama Kant Mishra, a clerk with the estate office were booked for forging documents like ration card while processing the application forms of allottees meant to benefit under the slum rehabilitation scheme. The sites were allotted in the name of bogus persons and the two used to sell the site using the power of attorney.



Transfer of leasehold property put on hold
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The Chandigarh Administration has put on hold the transfer of residential property from leasehold to freehold. The orders concern those having residential properties allotted by the UT Estate Office and the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB).

In a communiqué to the UT Estate Office and the CHB, Joint Secretary (Estates), SK Setia has asked the officials concerned not to transfer any leasehold property till the new transfer fee was not decided by the Chandigarh Administration.

Though the administration has revised the conversion fee of industrial plots in the Industrial Area, the issue of revision of the fee for the conversion of leasehold residential properties into freehold properties has been pending since long. @From the existing fee of Rs 1,710 per sq yard, the UT was contemplating to increase it substantially.

“The fee was revised in 2003. In the past nine years, property prices have gone up manifold,” said a senior UT official.

Of the total around 9,000 leasehold plots allotted by UT Estate Office, at least 50 per cent have already been converted. The Finance Department has directed the UT Estate Office to work out the modalities for revising the conversion fee.

The worst affected are those owning flats of the CHB where a large number of cases of conversion are pending. On getting the orders, the CHB has started refund the transfer fee deposited by the applicants in the last few days.

In case of estate office, the leasehold plots were allotted between 1975 and 2005. In 2003, the rates were fixed at Rs 1,710 per sq yard. Sources reveal that the issue of the transfer of leasehold property, mostly sold on the general power of attorney (GPA), was being discussed after the GPA has been banned.

In 2001, the Chandigarh Administration allowed the GPA holders to get residential property transferred in their names by paying a fixed conversion charge and also 12.5 per cent of the present market value as the stamp duty.


24 malaria cases reported in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The number of malaria cases reported in the city so far has reached 24. Even as the number of cases have been growing minimally as compared to last year’s, the UT Health Department has been raising concern over a majority of cases from the high-risk areas (mostly periphery villages) that do not reach the hospital, but still the virus has been spreading fast across the city.

Considering Bapu Dham Colony, Colony Number 4, Colony Number 5, Mauli Jagran and Hallo Majra as high-risk areas, the officials have been surveying the houses in the areas. Even the threat for dengue has gone up with the monsoon hitting the city.

The department also initiated biological anti-larval activities today, releasing gambusia fishes into stagnant water. The fish eats away the larvae and controls the breeding of mosquitoes.

Last year, a total of 225 cases of malaria were reported in the city. Nearly all the villages and colonies in the city were declared as malaria-prone zones, as maximum number of cases was being reported from these areas. Experts say, due to regular mutation in the dengue virus every year, the virus tend to become resistant to the medicines.

What causes malaria

It is caused by anopheles mosquitoes that lead to parasitic infection in human body.


Pain in abdomen, chills, dizziness, low BP, muscle ache, loss of appetite.


Treatment continues from three to seven days, depending on the type of medication.



Missing boy’s body fished out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
A day after a 14-year-old boy was feared drowned as he went to swim along with his friends at a rivulet near Saketri, his body was fished out in the wee hours today. Shivam, a Class IX student of MDAV School, (Lahore), Sector 8, along with a group of six friends had gone to take a bath in the rivulet around 3pm yesterday.

The seasonal rivulet is situated on the border of Saketri and Kaimbala village and the area falls under the UT Forest Department.

While bathing, the group lost track of Shivam and later went searching for him for about an hour, but the group returned home without him. Eye-witnesses said that the water level of the seasonal rivulet had risen at the time of the incident.Shivam’s parents got the permission from the administration for not conducting the post-mortem examination of the teenager. The body was handed over to the family following which the last rites were performed.

His friend Himanshu recalling the incident said that they all went to have a splash in the rivulet. They all came out after a few minutes but Shivam continued to swim.

The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPc.



Camelot project
Tata Housing refuses to annul pact with society
Jangveer Singh/TNS

Chandigarh, July 9
Tata Housing has refused to annul its agreement with a society of Punjab MLAs, which handed over its land to the housing major for Tata Camelot apartment project that has hit a major roadblock following environmental objections.

A high-level team from Tata Housing, including two vice-presidents, met members of the MLA society, led by former Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon here today.

The meeting was necessitated after a four-member delegation of the MLA society had travelled to Mumbai last month and appealed to Tata Housing to arrive at an amicable settlement.

An amicable settlement according to the society is return of its land (21.2 acres). Tata Housing had then assured to hold talks with the society in Chandigarh.

However, sources said the Tata Housing team told the society members that it would not be possible to annul the agreement arrived with the MLAs in 2007 since the matter was pending in court. It was also pointed out to the society members that the agreement was a tripartite agreement between the society, Tata Housing and Hash Builders.

Kahlon confirmed this development. The Tata team has, however, assured to continue talks with the society to try to find a way out to resolve its concerns. The next rounds of talks are likely after August.

In today's meeting, which was attended by Vidhan Sabha Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal, Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike, BJP leader Balramji Das Tandon and congress leader Avtar Singh Brar, the society members stressed that they had not even received the money due to them under the agreement with Tata Housing.

The members said they had only received two instalments of Rs 33 lakh each out of Rs 82.5 lakh promised to them. Besides, the society members had been promised one flat each of around 2,500 square feet. The legislators, who had formed the Punjabi Cooperative House Building Society, Mohali, with 126 members and had been given 500 square yards plots each, have been trying to annul their agreement with Tata Housing for the past two years.

Earlier, the society had revoked the general power of attorney issued to Tatas to build a 19-tower housing project comprising 1,734 apartments.

no relief

  • Punjab MLAs' society want return of its land (21.2 acres) given to Tata Housing for Tata Camelot apartment project

  • Tata Housing officials have reportedly told the society that it would not be possible to annul the agreement since the matter was pending in court



City to get 10 life support ambulances
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The city will get 10 basic life support and advanced life support ambulances, based on the 108 Ambulance model of Punjab. The decision comes a year after the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

There are only two advanced life support ambulances in the city, one each in the PGIMER and the GMCH-32. These ambulances are used during the VVIP visits.

The health authorities will get seven basic life support and three advanced life support ambulances, crucial for saving a patient’s life in the golden hour. Thirty-five posts of health workers, including specialists, have been sanctioned for these ambulances. An approval for the purchase of ambulances, under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), has been granted to the UT Health Department. “The ambulances will improve our response time in case of an emergency,” said acting Director, Health Services, Dr Rajiv Vadhera.

The UT Health Department had submitted an affidavit in the high court last year for adopting best models from other parts of the country for improving the ambulance services in the city. There are a total of 27 ambulances in the city at present, 10 in the GMSH-16 and others in the GMCH-32 and the PGIMER.

A PIL was filed by an NGO seeking improvement of ambulance services in the city. Recently, the health department had installed the global positioning system (GPS) on each of its 10 ambulances.

27 ambulances at service

At present, there are a total of 27 ambulances and two police trauma ambulances. Of these, two advanced life support ambulances, each owned by the PGIMER and the GMCH-32, are used for VVIP visits. A total of 10 ambulances remain stationed at the GMSH-16, five at the GMCH-32 and the others at the PGIMER. One police trauma ambulance remains stationed at Kisan Bhawan and the other at the PGI's gate number 1. The emergency helpline number of the GMCH-32 is 1201 (ambulance) while that of the GMSH-16 is 102.



Drive to clean Sukhna Lake begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The Engineering Department of the UT Administration has started a drive to remove tree branches, sticks, and other waste material, which flows down to Sukhna Lake from the catchment area of the lake.

The department has engaged labourers, who regularly clean the lake. An official of the Engineering Department said that during the rainy season, such waste material flow down with rainwater. They clean the lake twice in a day, he added. Last year, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had also directed Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to deploy 100 labourers to clean up Kansal 'nadi' (rivulet) to ensure natural flow of water into the lake.



Bid to supply contraband foiled
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 9
An alert head constable with the Mohali police foiled a visitor’s attempt to supply contraband to an undertrial, who was brought from Ropar Jail for hearing in the local court today.

Kamaljit Singh, the undertrial in an attempt to murder case, has been taken into custody by the Mohali police, which has registered a case against him and his accomplice Sanjiv Kumar, a resident of Machchali Kalan, under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act, here at the Mataur Police Station.

Sanjiv Kumar, who came to meet Kamaljit Singh on his hearing, had hid 24gm opium in the soles of a pair of shoes, which he brought for the latter.

Giving details, Navin Pal Singh Lehal, Station House Officer, said that Sanjiv asked Kamaljit to change his shoes with a pair of new ones (which he brought for him) in front of the policemen, saying that his shoes were very dirty and torn. “After giving the pair of shoes, Sanjiv went away. The head constable Dinesh Kumar, who was with Kamljit Singh, got suspicious and checked the shoes to find a hole in its sole, which was filled with opium”, said Lehal.



Woman comes in contact with loose electricity wire
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 9
An employee of the Sector 6 General Hospital came in contact with a loose electricity wire while cleaning the X-ray laboratory. The condition of the victim, Sudesh, is stated to be critical.

She was rushed to the emergency ward.

Principal Medical officer (PMO) Usha Gupta said the victim was under observation.

When asked why the loose wire failed to catch the eye of workers renovating the laboratory, she said, "I will speak to the authorities." Sudesh's relative Raj Veer said there were a number of loose electricity wires in the hospital. The authorities must do something about it.



2-yr-old girl shows signs of recovery
Tribune News Service

Srinika Chandigarh, July 9
The two-year-old girl, Srinika, who had suffered severe brain injuries and multiple limb fractures after suffering a fall on May 28, has survived and is recovering. The i10 car, in which the girl and her parents were travelling, was hit by a Ford Endeavour on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur flyover.

The impact of the collision was such that the girl fell off the flyover. The victim had suffered diffuse axonal injury, jaw fracture, limb fracture and intestinal injury. She was admitted to Alchemist Hospital in Panchkula, where a plastic and reconstructive surgeon repaired her broken jaw. She remained on ventilator for a week. Neuro surgeon Dr Gauri Joshi said the child had suffered a traumatic injury. The doctor said the child would have to undergo another surgery.



Encroachments removed from MIG flats in Sector 61
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
Residents of MIG Flats, Sector 61, Chandigarh, were taken by surprise when police officers along with the officials of the Chandigarh Housing Board started demolishing gates, ramps and kitchen gardens.

In some cases, the residents requested the officials to give them time, but of no avail.

The president of the Sector 61 Residents Welfare Association, Anil Kumar, alleged that the civic body had not issued a prior notice to them.

Many residents stated that on July 8, an official visited and verbally informed them that they would be given one week’s time. But no such notices had been served or received.



Office-bearers elected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The Chandigarh Atya Patya Association has elected Harbhushan Gulati as the president of the organisation at a meeting. Trilok Singh has been nominated as the chairman.

Other office-bearers include senior vice-presidents Dr Rajinder Koura, Rakesh Bakshi, Sanjeev Sharma; vice-presidents Dr Ram Niwas Yadav, Dr Gurcharan Singh Gill, Surinder Kumar, Anil Kumar; general secretary PS Lamba; treasurer Prabhjot Singh; joint secretaries Amardeep Singh, Rajeev Tandon, Krishan Kumar, Sanjay Kurl, Gurpreet Singh Sidhu, Paramjeet Singh; executive members Bhupinder Kumar, GP Pal, Sanjeev Sharma, Shalinder Kaushik, Ramesh Kumar Saini; technical committee chairman Deepak Mahajan; members Chanderpal, Surinder Singh Bhandari; legal advisor Shivjot Singh Chadda.



Same particulars on admit cards
Panel for action against 2 students
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The committee constituted to probe the case of two girl candidates who appeared in the Combined Entrance Test (CET) for admission to MCA with the same particulars on the admit cards except their names has recommended cancellation of the candidature of both candidates.

The committee could not come to any conclusion with one of the candidates failing to appear before them to record the statements.

While the university, due to the ongoing inquiry, already reserved the CET results of the two candidates, the committee has further recommended that their candidature should be cancelled.

“The committee could not reach to any conclusion as one of the candidates did not appear before the committee which would only have cleared the facts and proved the innocence of both candidates,” said a committee member.

The committee member said both candidates know each other and as per the statement given on the day of the examination, one of the girl had said that the girl sitting next to her had filled her form following that she filled her own details on the form that led to the same details on the admit cards.

“Both candidates are under suspicion which can be cleared only when they appear before the committee and give their facts which will be verified,” sources said.

The girls had appeared for the MCA entrance examination on June 16 and their roll numbers were one after the other in a series. PU officials got suspicious after seeing the same photograph on the admit cards. On checking the admit cards, it was found that all particulars, were the same on both cards following which a probe was ordered into the case. The university declared the CET results on July 5, however, results of both candidates were not declared.

The sources said in its report to the university, the committee had also recommended that the authorities should get the probe in the case conducted by some independent agency.

“We want that the case should be thoroughly investigated and it should be clear that how both candidates got the admit card with same information and picture. The independent agency can also be local police,” a committee member said.



Scientists from Ukraine turn experiments into fun
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 9
Performing for the first time in India, a group of scientists from Ukraine showed students of a local school as to how one can have a tornado play on one’s palm. By conducting chemistry experiments, their aim was to make learning a fun.

These experts from an organisation, 'The Laboratory of Crazy Scientists', at Ukraine, conducted the experiments for about 40 minutes at Hallmark Public school, Sector 15, Panchkula. From making of clouds to having a tornado play on palms, from making kilometers of flying paper to huge rings of smoke or carry boiling liquid in hands, they did it all.

"We have been doing it for about three years in Ukraine. The purpose of the same is to make experiments and science classes an interesting experience for children who usually find these things boring,” said Yulia Kay, a scientist. The lively experimentation was conducted using physical peculiarities of pressure, water and sound. Materials like liquid nitrogen, polymers and other secret chemical substances were also used for the same.

She said: “This is for the first time that we have come to India. We are here for another one week. We will be conducting more such sessions in the educational institutions here.”

They created a tornado using two bottles and a special device. In an experiment, “Thunder Generators”, it was demonstrated how certain materials can increase the level of sounds to such an extent that it resembles real thunder. “We saw with naked eyes, frozen gas and inflation of soap bubbles with nitrogen. The demonstration of the Big Bang theory in action was a great learning experience,” said Sarang Kalsi, a student of Class VIII.

Jivtesh Garg, Director, Hallmark Public School, said: “We aim to deliver high-standard workshops and educational programmes for our students. The innovative scientific experiments were chosen as these had the ability to ignite interest for science among students, which ultimately is our endeavour.”



Students can submit forms today

Chandigarh, July 9
With students making a demand to extend the last date of submission of application forms for admission, which ended on July 6, the university has decided to allow the students who were left to submit their forms on July 10.

While there were pressure from student organisations and candidates who could not fill the form within the stipulated time, the university authorities claimed that the decision to allow another day to the students has been taken keeping in view the flash floods in Uttarakhand.

Sources said many candidates known to PU teachers and employees had failed to submit their forms till July 6, still their forms were being submitted on July 8 and 9.

Students can submit their forms till 5 pm at the departments concerned. Officials said applicants for the first year of any course had been advised to purchase a copy of the Handbook of Information to acquaint themselves with the rules and regulations and other details of the course. The candidates desirous of applying for admission to university teaching departments can also download admission form from the university website," they added. — TNS




Interviews for admission

MLIS: Panjab University (PU) will be holding interview for admission to the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) in the Department of Library and Information Science (semester-I) on July 15 at 10am at the office of Department of Library and Information Science, Arts Block No. 4 in the PU. Candidates will have to bring original certificates/documents for the same.

MA Urdu: The PU has decided that the interview for admission to first semester of MA Urdu in the Department of Urdu will be held on July 12 at 10am at the office of Department of Urdu at the PU. Candidates have been asked to bring original certificates at the time of the interview.

MA Public Administration: The interview for admission to first semester of MA (Public Administration) at the Department of Public Administration will be held on July 15 and 16 at the office of the Department of Public Administration in the PU.Interviews for reserved categories would be conducted on 10am on July 15 and for general category it would be conducted on July 16. Candidates have been asked to bring original certificates at the time of interview.

BA Hons: Interviews for admission to BA Hons School in the Department of Economics (semester-I), Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, will be held on July 11 at 9.30am. Interviews for both general and reserved category students will be conducted on the same day. The PU spokesman said the interview for admission to first semester MA in Economics will be held on July 16 at 9.30am for the general category and July 17 at 9.30am for all reserved categories in the Department of Economics, Arts Block No-3, PU.

MSc Hons: The interview for admission to first year MSc Hons School at the Department of Chemistry will be held on July 15 at 10am. It will be held at the Seminar Room of the Department of Chemistry, PU.

MSc Human Genomics: The PU has said the interview/counselling for admission to first semester of MSc (Human Genomics) will be held on July 17 at 10.30am in the office of the Director, NCHGSR Department, PU, Chandigarh. No separate letters have been issued. The candidates have been asked to bring original certificates/documents at the time of interview.


The counselling for admission to MTech (Centre for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology), first year, will be held on July 18 at 10.30am in the Department of Physics, PU. Candidates have been asked to bring original certificates/documents for verification at the time of interview/counselling.

Admission schedule

The PU has declared the admission schedule for MSc first year at the Centre for Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering. The date for acceptance of admission forms has been extended till 5pm of July 10. The admission would be based on a department-level entrance test at the department of University Institute of Emerging Areas in Science and Technology (UIEAST) and it will be held at 10am on July 12 at UIEAST. The merit list will be displayed on the notice board of the centre by 3.30pm on July 12. Counselling for admission for all categories would be conducted on July 15 at UIEAST. The interview for admission to first semester of MSc (Microbial Biotechnology) at the Centre for Microbial Biotechnology will be held on July 15 at 2.30pm at the office of the coordinator, Centre for Microbial Biotechnology, PU.

Aptitude test

The PU) has said the aptitude test for the admission to MA Part-I in Sanskrit will be held on July 16 at 10am at the Department of Sanskrit, PU. Candidates are required to be present with their original certificates/ documents.




Summer camp

Students of Government High School, Sector 32, attended a summer camp at the Regional Institute for Mentally Retarded Children, Sector 31. They taught painting, craft, singing, dancing, rangoli-making to children of the institute.

Van Mahotsav

DC Montessori (Smart) School celebrated Van Mahotsav here today. All students of the school participated in the celebrations in an enthusiastic manner. A special assembly was conducted on the occasion where children were made aware of the importance of trees. Students from Classes VII to X planted saplings in the adjoining park of the school. Students of other classes conducted the activity in their respective classes. They planted saplings in earthen pots. Renu Verma, Principal of the school, also participated.



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