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Draft master plan-2031 out
Administrator gives approval, UT Administration invites objections from residents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The Chandigarh Administration has finally prepared the draft master plan for Chandigarh, 2031. After the approval of UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil, the Administration has now invited objections from the public.

City residents can file objections within 30 days. The draft master plan takes care of maintaining the original character of the city and has appropriately incorporated follow-up actions needed in pursuance of the report of the Expert Heritage Committee on the preservation of heritage of Chandigarh accepted by the Government of India.

In the master plan, 17 vacant pockets have been identified on the periphery and land use for each pocket has been sensitively proposed to meet the future requirements for housing, institutions, commercial, social and physical infrastructure. Development plans for each village and notification of building bylaws to improve the quality of life of residents of villages and adjoining areas has also been recommended in the drat plan.

The draft plan has also recommended re-densification of identified pockets of single-storeyed, low-density original government houses in the city. The draft plan advocates for population dispersal strategies and housing strategies addressed through an Interstate Regional Plan.

Details of draft master plan


A holistic housing policy framework has been recommended in the draft plan. Judicious use of limited land, group housing in place of plotted development for the pockets identified for future housing along with compulsory provision for the economically weaker sections in all housing schemes to avoid the emergence of slums in the city has also been proposed. The draft plan advocates for reintroducing the Chandigarh Apartment rules. Subdivision of residential plots of 1,000 sq yards and above into two dwelling units on each floor will be permitted. The residential buildings on plots of less than 1,000 sq yards will be permitted floor wise subdivision into separate dwelling units with not more than one dwelling unit on each floor of the building. All government/private housing should be multi-storeyed (minimum 4 storeyed).

Industrial Area

The master plan committee has proposed setting up of industrial units, which are not labour intensive in Industrial Area, Phase III. The committee made recommendations for clean, energy-efficient, low-volume and high-value industries. It was suggested to introduce the concept of flatted factories for the small-scale industries in the area. The flatted factories will be multipurpose industrial buildings with more than one storey. The building subdivided into small units will be used for purposes like manufacturing, assembly, storage and parking.

Traffic and transportation

The draft plan has dealt extensively with the traffic and transportation problems and recommends a people centric, efficient, reliable multi modal mass rapid transport system. Laying stress on retrofitting the existing road network, providing seamless pedestrian and cycle movement to enable comfortable and safe last mile connectivity

Park and ride

The draft master plan has laid stress on providing ‘park and ride’ facility around bus stands, bus stops and metro stations. The master plan committee had recommended that the Administration should provide more facilities to cyclists and should improve cycle tracks in the city.

Ecology and environment

Detailed recommendations for reducing the carbon footprint through enhancement of green cover, forestation and ensuring the preservation of the open spaces by declaring the land use inviolable, adoption of green building concepts, solar passive designs, fast-tracking solar city concept to harness solar energy, reduce, recycle and reuse policies for solid waste management, water management have been elaborated for the sustainable development of the city. Safe guarding the flora and fauna of Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary through declaration of eco-sensitive area, wildlife corridor linking the sanctuary with the Sukhna forest, eco-sensitive zone for Patiali-ki-rao and Sukhna choe to preserve the natural rivulets have been highlighted in the report.

Commercial hub

The committee has recommended that a commercial hub be developed north of Vikas Marg, like the one on Madhya Marg. The Administration plans to develop a commercial belt north of Vikas Marg. Thousands of people living in sectors 39 to 47 will be benefited with this move.

Green corridors

The draft master plan has proposed 12 green corridors running north-south connecting and exposing various areas of the city and offering enriched adventure trails for the youth.

Mani Majra

A comprehensive Urban renewal proposal of Old Mani Majra is recommended to address the multidimensional issues of accessibility, physical infrastructure and amenities besides ensuring the preservation of its overall ambience which shall be subject to approval of the Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee. Detailed surveys of ground realities is recommended to include condition of structures, height of structures, circulation system, availability of social and physical infrastructure, encroachment, land use, fire safety, availability of open spaces etc.

Inter-State Regional Committee

The master plan committee has laid stress on setting up of Inter-State Regional Committee for an overall development of the tricity.

Uploaded on website

The Urban Planning Department of the UT Administration has uploaded the draft master plan on the official website of the Chandigarh Administration i.e. www.chandigarh.gov.in. Copies of the draft plan are also available at the offices of the Deputy Commissioner, MC Commissioner, Central Library, Sector 17, Central Library, Sector 34, Library, Panjab University, Sector 14, Library, Chandigarh College of Architecture, Sector 12, Le Corbusier Centre, Sector 19, SDM Office, Sector 17, SDM Office, Sector 42, SDM Office, Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh, and the Block Development and Panchayat Officer, Sector 19, Chandigarh. The copies of the draft plan can also be purchased from the office of the Senior Town Planner, Department of Urban Planning, 5th floor, UT Secretariat, Sector 9, Chandigarh, at the cost of Rs 6,000.



Ban on new admissions
Students confine members of homeopathic college management to campus
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
High drama was witnessed at the Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Sector 26, when students locked the gates of the college to restrain members of the college management from moving out of the campus today.

The students also held a protest against the Panjab University’s Syndicate decision to deny the college management to conduct fresh admissions.

The students also held a meeting with the college management over the university’s decision today. Not satisfied with the outcome of the meeting, they boycotted classes and locked the main gate of the college.

The admissions for the next session were supposed to begin from July 17. The PU Syndicate took action against the college after it failed to comply with the conditions imposed by the university’s inspection committee.

The college has 14 regular faculty members. The management was given a notice by the PU on October 27, 2012, to fulfil the minimum requirement of 37 regular teachers.

The college had recently advertised the vacant posts of teachers and had sent the report to the PU for consideration. The management had also written to the university that rules had been amended and the college was short of only 10 teachers.

The students have threatened to boycott classes and house tests till the college management resolves the issue with the university.

Secretary of the governing body of the college PK Mittal said the management was yet to receive a copy of the Syndicate’s decision.

The management had urged the UT Administration to take over the college. However, the request was turned down.

Mittal said the college management would again approach the UT Administration urging it to take over the college or provide grant-in-aid.



Court rejects DSP Raka Gira’s plea
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
A local court today dismissed Punjab DSP Raka Gira’s application seeking discharge from a case under the Arms Act registered against her in 2011.

The Court of Civil Judge (junior division) Sukhda Pritam today disposed of her application while rejecting the claims of the DSP that no such case was made out against her.

The Chandigarh Police had booked Gira under the Arms Act in July 2011 after a huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from her residence during a CBI raid.

The CBI had arrested Gira while accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from a builder for settling a case against him. The CBI raided the palatial residence of the DSP in Sector 15 and recovered weapons and Rs 1.2 crore.

A .32 bore Germany-made revolver and a double barrel gun were found from her residence, besides 1,237 cartridges, including 831 of .12 bore, 114 of .38 bore, 114 of SLR and two cartridges of sniper live, were also recovered. The UT police had then registered a separate case under the Arms Act against her as she did not have a licence to keep the weapons. The ammunition was kept in two iron boxes in the storeroom of her residence.

In her application, Raka Gira pleaded that she was ignorant of such a huge haul of arms kept at her residence. She said the arms belonged to her father-in-law, who was a retired Punjab IGP. She also claimed that the weapons and cartridges were rusted and old.

The court, however, rejected her application seeking discharge from the case. The case has now been adjourned to August 22 for the next hearing.

The bribe case registered against her is being heard separately in the CBI court. Earlier this year, the CBI court had rejected another application filed by Gira seeking discharge from the corruption case.

Booked under Arms Act

The police had booked Gira under the Arms Act in July 2011 after a huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from her residence during a CBI raid. A .32 bore Germany-made revolver and a double barrel gun, besides 1,237 cartridges, including 831 of .12 bore, 114 of .38 bore, 114 of SLR and two cartridges of sniper live, were also recovered from her house.



ASI nabbed while accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 at Mohali
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 10
The personnel of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau flying squad-I arrested an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of police allegedly while accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from a businessman at Mohali today.

The accused, identified as Kanwar Jaswinder Pal Singh, posted at the Phase 1 police station, was accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from the complainant, Rajinder Singh, a property consultant and a resident of Phase II, Mohali, when the vigilance team nabbed him at the PTL traffic lights.

The accused had allegedly threatened the complainant to implicate him in a false case if he fails to give Rs 10,000 to the police per month.

Following threats, Rajinder Singh approached the vigilance office at Phase VIII and filed a complaint against the accused.

“A trap was laid today to nab the accused red-handed,” said an official of the Vigilance Bureau.

A case under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against the ASI at the vigilance police station.



Promised job, youth duped of Rs 2 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandgarh, July 10
A 21-year-old Jammu and Kashmir resident was duped of Rs 2 lakh by an unknown person in the city on the pretext of giving him an appointment letter of a job in the armed forces.

The police received a complaint from Sohan Lal of Doda in Jammu and Kashmir. He alleged that one Pranav Chaudhary fled after taking Rs 2 lakh from him at the Mani Majra Civil Hospital on July 9.

The complainant said he got a call claiming that he had cleared the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) exam and his medical was to be conducted in Chandigarh. The caller asked Sohan Lal to rush to Chandigarh with Rs 2 lakh to take his appointment letter. He reached the city on July 9 at the civil hospital. He met a person, claming himself to be Pranav Chaudhary, who asked him for the money. He also told Sohan Lal that his medical would be conducted.

Sohan Lal had appeared in the SSB exam in March this year, but had not heard about the results from the authority concerned. The complainant also questioned Chaudhary about the formal letter. But he in turn asked him to arrange for the money at the earliest or else he would not be appointed. Sohan Lal rushed to the Sector 20 branch of Jammu and Kashmir Bank at Panchkula and withdrew Rs 1.70 lakh. He was already carrying Rs 30,000 with him. Sohan Lal handed over the money to Chaudhary. He asked the complainant to wait for his medical examination and fled. After waiting for sometime, Sohan Lal reported the matter to the police.

The police has registered a case of cheating and criminal conspiracy under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC at Mani Majra. In a separate incident, Suraj Mukhi Sharma, a resident of Sector15-B, alleged that Yadwinder Singh Puri of Sector 16, who supplied goods to the Army and used the CST number receipt by mentioning fake address of the house number 16 in Sector16. The company was never established at the mentioned address.

A case of cheating and forgery was registered in the Sector 17 police station.



Robbery at gunpoint: Three arrested
Bid to pick up girlfriend from Bhainsa Tibba in MDC at Panchkula lands kingpin in the police net
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service
The countrymade pistol and live cartages that were recovered from their possession
The countrymade pistol and live cartages that were recovered from their possession

Panchkula, July 10
The Panchkula police today arrested three youths after they looted Rs 4.5 lakh from an Airtel distributor in Mansa Devi Complex (MDC), Sector 5, last evening.

Three youths, identified as Vinod, Rashid Ali and Hasheem were arrested in the wee hours today. A country-made pistol and two live cartridges have also been recovered from their possession. One accomplice is still at large.

The bid to pick up his girlfriend before fleeing from Panchkula landed the mastermind in trouble.

The police said the miscreants had conducted a recce before targeting victim Rajiv Kumar. The accused were aware that Kumar would carry home Rs 4 to 5 lakh in the evening. The police has recovered 3 lakh from the three accused, so far.

Vinod, the mastermind, who has a criminal background, was unaware that the police had laid a trap at his one-room house at Bhainsa Tibba in MDC. Knowing that he would be coming to pick up his girlfriend, who resided with him, the police team had been hiding near the house.

“Vinod came in a closed tempo in the wee hours today to take his baggage and leave Panchkula. Thinking that no one was around, he quietly entered the premises. In the meantime, the police officials nabbed him,” said a police official.

He further added, “Even his girlfriend has been taken into custody. After Vinod was arrested, subsequently, the other two who were also getting ready to leave Panchkula were arrested from Sector 16.”

Vinod had recently come from Patiala jail after he was released on bail in an Arms Act case. “According to information, Vinod is involved in a number of vehicle theft cases, snatchings, Arms Act and other cases as well,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ashwin Shenvi.

He further added, “Businessmen and dealers who carry large amount of cash daily should be careful.” The police got a tip off when they spoke to Vinod’s parents. A call made to his mother when the police was at their residence in Mani Majra gave lead to the police.

Shenvi said that they were probing the case.

Panchkula on their hit list After having committed various crimes at Patiala, Zirakpur, Chandigarh and other places, it was Panchkula that was on the hit list of these youths.

Involved in 30 vehicle thefts

Sources said that the accused were also involved in vehicle theft. They have admitted to 30 vehicle thefts in Panchkula. “We have come to know that immediately after stealing a car, they would sell its parts in the scrap market,” said an official.



Policemen to get refreshments on mobile canteen from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Policemen working for more than eight hours at a stretch have a reason to cheer. A mobile canteen will provide them the much-needed refreshment round-the-clock.

The canteen will be launched on Thursday. The concept, initiated by UT Inspector General of Police RP Upadhyaya, has been introduced for the first time in the northern part of the country. The canteen has been purchased at a cost of Rs 18 lakh.

The mobile canteen comes equipped with two large inbuilt freezers, a hot case, cylinder, burners and a microwave. Police personnel on duty during VVIP visits and rallies where they are stuck at a position for hours will benefit from the canteen, said a senior police officer.

The mobile canteen will provide hygienic food, cold water during summers and tea and lassi to police personnel. There is also a proposal to introduce biscuits and chips on the mobile canteen.

Deputy Superintendent of police (DSP), Police Lines, Suman Kumar said the idea was a part of the welfare scheme of the police. “It is meant for those police personnel who are stuck at a point owing to the call of duty during a VIP visit or a rally. The police personnel will no longer have to suffer due to hunger or thirst and their output will be better if they are taken care off,” said Suman Kumar.

A rehearsal of the mobile canteen was conducted today at the Police Headquarters in Sector 9 and it will be launched tomorrow by the UT Adviser KK Sharma.

Mobile toilet on the cards

Senior police officials said there is a proposal to introduce a mobile toilet for police personnel who are not able to leave their place of duty for hours. The concept has been introduced to benefit policewomen, a police official said.


Damaged pipeline blocks traffic on Chandigarh-Kalka road
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 10
It was a harrowing day for commuters as a pipeline crossing the Chandigarh-Kalka highway near MDC T-point got ruptured, leading to traffic snarls till evening.

Being the main route from Panchkula to Chandigarh, the situation remained chaotic, especially during the office hours.

As one side of the road was blocked, traffic was made after the same was diverted through other roads by the local authorities. Traffic from the Chandimandir side was diverted towards Sector 7.

“Due to the traffic jam, vehicles were moving at a snail’s pace. It being the office hour, there were hundreds of vehicles on the road linking Chandigarh and Panchkula. I got late for the office by around half an hour,” said Ashok Gupta, one of the commuters.

Commuters coming from Kalka and Shimla also had to wait for long. Sunita Dua, another commuter, said, “Already the traffic on this highway is very heavy on the normal days, so one can imagine the scenario when one side of the road gets blocked.”

A brawl also took place when two cars banged into each other. It was after the intervention of police that the car owners were calmed down.

The supervisor from the UT Engineering Department, Ravinder, said, “The pipeline originating from Sector 39, Chandigarh, supplies water to the Command Hospital. Due to some technical problem, it got ruptured and our men are repairing it since 1 am.”

HUDA official bickers over jurisdiction

A Haryana Urban Development Authority official shouted at and exchanged heated words with the UT officials overseeing the repair work. The bone of contention was the board of ‘work in progress’ put up by the UT Administration at the repair site. Ravinder, the supervisor said, “When the pipeline is being repaired by us, then what is the fuss about the board bearing the name of the UT department. At such a time the priority should be to repair the pipeline in order to ease the traffic flow.”



training of women constables at madhuban
CAT disposes of petition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh July 10
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today disposed of the petition filed by 11 women constables alleging they were not being sent for training course.

The case was disposed of following assurance from the UT police that the 11 UT police women constables who had sought directions for sending them for lower school training course at Madhuban, would be a priority.

The 11 UT police women constables had moved CAT seeking directions to the UT Administration and police authorities to send them for lower school training course at Madhuban. The women constables had alleged that despite directions from the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), the police authorities had ignored them while fianalising candidates for the training.

In the order dated July 31, 2012, a Division Bench of the CAT had ordered that the constables be sent on lower school training course to Madhuban. But as these orders were not complied with, the constables filed a contempt petition which later was turned into execution petition by the tribunal.

The contempt petition states that the vide order dated April 5 this year, the Police Department had deputed 313 constables to undergo lower school course at Haryana Police Academy, Madhuban, but the women constables were not sent despite the Tribunal orders. As many as 12 vacancies are available for that purpose but still they were not sent, the petitioners stated.

Had moved CAT

The 11 UT police women constables had moved CAT seeking directions to the UT Administration and police authorities to send them for lower school training course to Madhuban. The women constables had alleged that despite directions from the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), the police authorities had ignored them while fianalising candidates for the training. The constables filed a contempt petition which was later turned into execution petition by the tribunal.



Water level rises in Sukhna
Gives boost to boating business during weekends at the lake
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Recent rains have led to an increase in the water level of the Sukhna Lake by 1.6 ft in the last one week. The water level of the lake, which was 1,157 ft last week, has now increased to 1,158.6 ft.

Rains in the Sukhna Catchment area has also resulted in increase of the water level. An official of the engineering department said that last month, the water level of the lake was around 1,155 ft, but now, it has risen. The department employees monitor the water level twice daily, he added.

He further added that once the water level touched 1,163 ft, the floodgates would have to be opened. In that case, the residents of nearby areas like Kishangarh were also warned in advance, he added.

In June last year, the Sukhna Lake had almost dried up. The depleting water level had also affected the boating business at the lake. Last year in June, CITCO was earning between Rs 3,000 and Rs 5,000 per day from the boating business. However, this year as the water level has increased due to good rainfall, the boating business has started picking up, and has crossed the figure of Rs 90,000 on weekends. On weekdays, CITCO is earning between Rs 55,000 and Rs 60,000 from boating.



New building bylaws applicable to new houses only: UT Adviser
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
UT Adviser KK Sharma on Tuesday assured a delegation of Congress leaders that the new building bylaws for villages would be applicable on the new buildings and not the old ones.

At the meeting KK Sharma, Finance Secretary VK Singh, MC Commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh and the Congress leaders, including Pawan Sharma, Mukesh Bassi, Bhupinder Badheri, Devinder Babla and Vijay Rana were present.

The Adviser also directed the officials to consider the demands of villagers before finalising the building bylaws.

Besides, Local Member of Parliament (MP) Pawan Kumar Bansal also sent a letter to the UT Adviser and submitted his objections against the draft of the building bylaws.

Pawan Sharma while addressing mediapersons said that the Administration had also agreed to make liberal byelaws for one marla to 10 marla houses and small houses already built in villages and no further notice would be given to the owners of the houses that had already been constructed outside the village lal dora. Bhupinder Badheri said that the Administration had also agreed to build model villages in Chandigarh on the Delhi pattern and the Administration would do so from Baheri village. Devinder Babla said that the Administration was also ready to include villages that were presently under the UT and the Municipal Corporation on the demand of the villagers. Congress leader Vijay Rana said the officials also said that they would consider the demands of guesthouse owners.



Drink warm fluids in monsoon: Doctors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
During monsoons one can contract all forms of viral infections, so experts advise that residents must be watchful of their food regimen and avoid falling sick. The infections can fast take the form of malaria or other severe vector-borne diseases, said the experts.

The key reason for the increased infections during the monsoons is the change in temperature and exposure of food to humidity, which leads to breeding of fungi.

Soar throat, fever and common influenza are the three most common infections the city hospitals have to deal with during the rainy season.

“Patients have been pouring in with seasonal infections accounting to nearly 30 per cent of the cases reported in the OPDs per day. People are advised to take warm fluids to protect themselves from infections,” said Dr Gopal Bhardwaj, head, department of internal medicine at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16.

The season welcomes all kinds of viral as well as skin-related problems too. To safeguard one self against the infections, people should avoid food that is susceptible to develop fungal growth.

Another reason why one can contract viral infections during this time is the exposure of raw vegetables or fruits to the muddy water. One must avoid eating out, the experts added. One should also avoid eating fried food during this season, as it can aggravate infections. The feet and hands should always be taken care of and kept clean as they are the main source infection say the doctors.



AIDS awareness programme

Chandigarh, July 10
The Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society organized an awareness programme on HIV/AIDS at DT Mall, IT Park, on Wednesday.

The objective of the programme was to create awareness about HIV/AIDS and its possible causes, prevention of the disease mitigation of impact of HIV/AIDS in the work place, care and support to those infected. — TNS



Woman Health Week
Sensitising women on health problems
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, July 10
In an endeavour to sensitise women to take care of their health at every stage of their life, ‘Woman Health Week’ is being organised at Trinity Education and Research Foundation, a charity wing of Trinity Hospital, here.

The event was inaugurated by Babita Sharma, wife of Punjab chief parliamentary secretary NK Sharma and Punjabi folk singer Dolly Guleria.

“During the week, various women-health related activities such as preventive health check-ups, ante-natal consultation for expecting mothers and BMD tests would be done free of cost”, said Dr Mohinder Kaushal, director of the hospital.

Today, Dr Kamla Kaushal, medical superintendent of the hospital, gave a detailed account of women health problems and counselled them. She said that they sould go in for regular check-ups. A breathing and meditation session to enhance the life condition was also taken by Art of Living Teacher Komal Singhvi.



Aanganwadi workers hold protest
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Aanganwadi workers protest outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Phase I, Mohali, on Wednesday
Aanganwadi workers protest outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Phase I, Mohali, on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Mohali, July 10
Members of Aanganwadi Employees’ Union staged a protest in front of the Mohali Deputy Commissioner’s office here today.

The agitators were demanding a hike in their allowances. They also condemned the privatisation of anganwadi centres. Gurpreet Kaur, district president of the union, said if their demands were not met soon, they would start a nationwide agitation at Delhon on July 17. The agitator also gave a memorandum to the district authorities.



2 years on, high-resolution CCTV cameras still elude PU campus
Tribune News Service

A low-resolution camera installed at a gate in Panjab University
A low-resolution camera installed at a gate in Panjab University. A file photograph

Chandigarh, July 10
Although the Panjab University authorities claim of having taken several measures to ensure peace on the campus, they have failed to install high-resolution closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, supposed to be installed around two years back.

Against the demand of 75 cameras, PU decided to purchase 45, for which a tender was floated. Nothing has happened since then.

The proposal to install high-resolution cameras was mooted before the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) elections in 2011. The proposal, however, got delayed and cameras could not be installed.

The university authorities then claimed that the cameras would be installed before the student elections in 2012; however, once again they failed in this endeavour.

The PU authorities finally pulled-up their socks earlier this year, and after finalising the specifications of the cameras, invited bids. However, like the previous years, the university once again has not installed the cameras despite the student elections round the corner.

The decision to install the cameras was taken to keep a close vigil on the strategic locations on the campus, including the two UIET blocks in Sector 25, Student Centre, vicinity of girls’ hostels, and all the three PU gates. The existing cameras, which numbered around 70, were of a low resolution and failed to capture clear images.

Tankeshwar Kumar, director of the computer centre who was a member of the purchase committee, said the university did not receive enough number of bids, due to which cameras could not installed.

Officials said if the university wanted to install the high-resolution cameras, a fresh tender had to be floated.



BCom counselling begins today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The first counselling for admission to the BCom course in the city colleges and the evening department at Panjab University will begin tomorrow.

Officials said counselling would be conducted from July 11 to 15 at the law auditorium. On the first day, applicants from the non-UT pool (general as well reserved categories) will be entertained. Physical presence of applicants is must for admission.

“Students have been advised to bring around Rs 16,000 to be deposited at the time of admission. No extra time will be given for the submission of fee,” officials said.

For the general category candidates of the UT pool, counselling will be conducted from July 12 to 14. For the scheduled caste (SC) category of the UT pool, counselling will be conducted after 2 pm on July 14. For all the other reserved categories of the UT pool and the department of evening studies, counselling will be conducted on July 15.

Candidates must bring original documents and certificates of Class XII, Class X (proof of date of birth), claim for the reserved category, character certificate from the institute last attended and one set of self-attested photocopy of the documents. In case of any gap year or single girl child, an affidavit attested by a Class-I Magistrate has to be submitted too.

Changing the preference of college will be allowed in the second counselling session only. Seats falling vacant on account of de-reservation of seats will be filled only in the second counselling. The dates for the same would be notified on the PU website later.



Teachers to get increments
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The Chandigarh Administration will give two increments to college teachers who had moved into the selection grade after the UGC notification of January 1, 1996.

The teachers were not given the two increments since they had moved into their selection grade. Panjab University Senator RPS Josh said the administration has given a grant for providing two advance increments to the teachers who had completed their PhD degree. “Around 38 teachers were supposed to get the two increments, which they would be receiving soon,” Josh said.

The UT Administration has recently issued the orders, which have been further sent to the departments concerned and principals of all the government colleges in the city.



Govt teachers oppose extension of timings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Over 100 government teachers, who gathered at Masjid Ground in Sector 20 today, opposed the latest proposal of the UT Education Department to extend the school timings by an hour and a half under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act.

Teachers said if the department pushed for its implementation, they would hold protests. It is learnt that the department tried to implement this decision in April this year, but it had to postpone the move due to a strong opposition from teachers.

In the recent letter to schools, however, the department again made an attempt to extend the timings of teachers from 2 pm to 3.30 pm, in order to improve the quality of education in schools.

Swarn Singh Kamboj, president, UT Cadre Teachers’ Welfare Association, said the move was uncalled for when several other vital provisions of the RTE Act, such as student-teacher ratio and adequate infrastructure, have not implemented in government schools. He said many states, including Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab, had not implemented the provision of extending the timings.



CAT allows promotion of non-faculty PGI staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Central Administrative Tribunal has accepted the plea to allow promotion of non-faculty staff on completion of eight years with effect from January 1, 1985, by invalidating the cut-off date defined the PGI administration while implementing the first backlog promotion scheme notified in 1987.

It has been further ordered to continue the promotion scheme for Group B, C and D non-faculty staff as existing for faculty and Group A non-faculty staff.

The PGI Administration had discontinued the patient care allowance to senior employees on their promotion after the year 1998, which resulted in reduction of total emoluments on promotion.

The tribunal has invalidated the orders of PGI of discontinuing the patient care allowance to Group B employees, which has been increased to Rs 1,400 per month with effect from September 1, 2008, and Rs 1,750 with effect from January 1, 2011.

CAT has further ordered to implement the second cadre review anomaly report submitted in 2005, and the revised pay scale to junior technicians with effect from January 1996.



disaster management
Three-day training programme begins
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 10
The first day of three-day training programme on the ‘Implementation of District Disaster Management Plan’ conducted by the Haryana Institute of Public Administration, Gurgaon, was inaugurated by Panchkula Sub-Divisional Magistrate RK Singh.

Officials from various departments in the administration attended the programme.

Singh highlighted the importance of the plan for the district and how it would empower the local administration to save lives and property in a coordinated, effective and timely manner.

Abhay Kumar Srivastava, head of Centre for Disaster Management, Haryana Institute of Public Administration, talked about the hazard and vulnerability profile of the district. “The officials must be sensitised about the possible level of risk that the district and its population might face in different vulnerable pockets of the district,” said Srivastava.

The capacity of the district to deal with any accident, emergency or disaster was also discussed with the help of district disaster management resource inventory. It is an effective tool to identify, locate and mobilise critical resources for any such emergency.

District Revenue Officer (DRO), Panchkula, Naresh Sheokand, talked about the significance of the disaster management plan at the district level.



College teachers to launch agitation against UT Admn
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers' Union (PCCTU) is planning to launch an agitation against the failure of the UT Education Department to fulfil their demands.

Kuldip Singh, general secretary, PCCTU, said the union had tried to approach the Director, Higher Education, many times but failed to meet her.

"The Education Department has taken no action on our demands for several years. The next pay commission will be constituted in 2016, but professors of aided colleges are struggling for the past seven years to get any benefit as per the current Punjab government notification," Dr Singh said.

Dr Iqbal Preet Kaur, president, DAV College Teachers' Union, and convener, PCCTU, said the promotions under CAS had not been granted since the past three years.

"Hundreds of teachers are waiting for their promotions to Academic Grade Pay (AGP) of Rs 7,000, AGP of Rs 8,000 in Pay Band 3 and AGP of Rs 9,000 in Pay Band 4. A letter from the Deputy Director (DPI), Punjab, clarifies that in case of any change in the criteria for promotions, the UT shall be informed. Till now, no letter has been received by the Education Department from the DPI (Colleges)," she said.

Dr Iqbal Preet said they had submitted a few promotion orders (of June 2013) given by the Punjab Education Department to the DHE but to no avail.

"An agitation will be launched so that demands of the teachers are addressed," she said.

Renu Bedi, general secretary, Teachers' Union of MCM DAV College, said in-service teachers had not been granted any advance increments for acquiring PhD or MPhil degrees, and the back service benefits were also being denied to aided college teachers.



Schools yet to receive uniforms
Education Department says process will be over this month
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The procurement of uniforms for government school students through school management committees is hanging fire since February. None of the government schools has received their supply orders even after over a month has passed since the floating of tenders.

Every school ended up floating as many as four tenders, before they could get some response from suppliers. Even as schools floated their tenders before the summer break, the supply has not begun yet.

The principal of a government school said buying uniforms for students had become a big headache. “Even after floating four tenders, we are still waiting for the supply of uniforms to begin,” he said.

Principal of Government Model High School, Sector 34, Vinod Sharma said his school had floated the tender in the last week of May. The supply had been delayed, but was now expected to begin within a week, he said.

A senior education department official said the supply of school uniforms would begin around July 15, and all the schools will get uniforms before the month-end.

Over one lakh students of elementary classes are eligible for free school uniforms under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act.



from schools
Fun experiments
Students enjoy jamun during the Jamun Day celebrations at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46,
Students enjoy jamun during the Jamun Day celebrations at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh: Yulia Kay, Alexande and Ruslam from the Lab of Crazy Scientists, Ukraine, visited St Kabir Public School, Sector 26, on Wednesday. Class VI students were awestruck when the scientists create a ‘tornado’ in the classroom. To calm the storm, they then brought a ‘djinni’ out of a bottle. Students had a tough time handling a green substance (slimer) produced by mixing of two liquids. Children loved the air canon, which shot smoky round rings into the air. The session was educative as it presented various experiments on pressure, water and sound.

Plantation drive

Eco Club and NSS volunteers of Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, celebrated vanmahotsav on the school premises. Students planted saplings on the occasion. School principal Charles Samuel was present during the programme to encourage and motivate the students.

Visit to traffic park

Panchkula: A visit to the traffic park, fire station and post office was arranged for the kindergarten students of The Sky School on Wednesday. The children became aware of traffic symbols and safety rules at the Sector 12 traffic park. They were also educated about the use of subways, footpaths and zebra crossings. At the fire station, the children were taught about what to do in case of a fire accident. They were also informed about the number to be called in case of an emergency. The children were later taken to a post office, where they learnt about services provided by the postal department to the public. School principal Santosh Bhandari said such excursions were the best means of educating the children on how certain things worked, and how we relied on certain services.

Investiture ceremony

An investiture ceremony was conducted at DAV School, Surajpur. Students were apprised of the significance of investiture, following which the school cabinet was formed. Prabhjot Singh and Garima Khanna became the school captains. Cabinets of the four school houses--Dharma, Ahimsa, Vivek and Satya-were also formed, and all the house representatives were made to take an oath. Sadan in-charge Laxmi Khurana and co-ordinator, co-curricular activities, Shashi Gupta motivated the students to follow the in the footsteps of Swami Dayanand Saraswati.

Environment Day

Mohali: Sant Waryam Singh School observed Environment Day by holding a rally in the nearby areas. Students raised slogans against the cutting of trees. The purpose of the rally was to make people aware about problems created by deforestation. The students spread the message of need to grow more trees and also save water. — TNS



Students stage street play on overpopulation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
On the occasion of World Population Day, 15 students from Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, staged a street play, “Aabadi Ki Barbaadi”, at Sector 17 today.

The street play emphasised on how the growing population affects the availability of resources, and which if left unchecked leads to disasters such as the recent floods in Uttarakhand.

It condemned the role of political leaders who visited the flood-ravaged state with their own personal agendas and made a mockery of the whole situation.

The main highlight of the play was the menace of overpopulation. The audiences were enlightened on the various methods of family planning through witty acts and songs. The script was based on the improvisation method adopted by the students under their teachers’ guidance.

School head Mitul Dikshit said the play was the result of a week-long theatre workshop that helped students to work on their thinking skills, observation, and imagination.



Placement opportunity for GGSCW-26 students

Chandigarh, July 10
Guru Gobind Singh College for Women (GGSCW), Sector 26, is offering an employment opportunity in collaboration with Aazaad Foundation, an NGO.

Headed by its founder, Amit Sharma, former COO of the second largest printing machinery company in Philippines, the placement drive will begin with a three-day workshop to assess English-speaking skills of students. These workshops will be held from July 12 to 14 on the college campus.

The shortlisted candidates will be given an opportunity to get placed with leading Information Technology Enabled Service (ITES) companies in national capital region. The foundation is aiming to find at least 100 suitable candidates to be placed this month. — TNS



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