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Woman, daughter found murdered
Highly decomposed bodies of victims found in bed boxes near Pinjore; police suspects role of husband
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

File photos of the victims, Kiran and her daughter Komal
File photos of the victims, Kiran and her daughter Komal

Panchkula, August 1
A woman and her seven-year-old daughter were found murdered at their residence in Charnia village near Pinjore here today.

The highly decomposed bodies of Kiran (29) and her daughter Komal were found lying in the box of a bed and the house was locked from outside.

The police suspects it to be the handiwork of Kiran's husband Suraj Bahadur, a mason, who hails from Nepal. Komal was his stepdaughter, according to relatives of the victim.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Kushalpal Singh said foul smell had started emanating from the room in which the family was living, following which the owner of the house called up the police.

"We recovered Kiran's body from a box of a double bed and her daughter's body from its other box," said Kushalpal Singh, adding that the bodies were highly decomposed.

The police found injury marks on the necks of both victims, indicating that they may have been strangled to death.

The owner of the house, Surinder Singh, one of his tenants, Sunita, had informed him on the phone about foul smell emanating from Suraj Bahadur's room. Surinder Singh, along with a relative of Suraj and some neighbours, broke open the lock of the room before the police arrived.

The neighbours claimed that the room had remained locked for the past three days and they thought that Suraj and his family had gone out of station.

The police said prima facie it seemed to be the handiwork of Suraj Bahadur, who had fled from the scene after committing the crime.

According to relatives of the family, Suraj and Kiran got married five years ago. It was a love marriage. "Kiran's first husband had died and Komal was just two years old when she married Suraj," said the victim's younger sister. She alleged that Suraj used to beat up Kiran and Komal as he suspected the former's character.

A dog squad and a forensic team were summoned to the spot to collect evidence.

The police has registered a case against Suraj Bahadur.



Day after being posted, SHO shifted
Action follows demand from Khushpreet’s family
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
The Khushpreet murder case has come to haunt Inspector Narinder Singh once again as within 24 hours of being posted as the SHO of the Sector 34 police station, the UT police has again transferred him to the Sector 39 police station.

Five-year-old Khushpreet was kidnapped for ransom from Burail village in December 2010. A police trap to arrest the kidnappers failed and the child’s body was recovered from a pit in Mohali on January 5, 2011. Narinder Singh, then a Sub-Inspector, was posted as the in charge of Burail chowki, which comes under the jurisdiction of the Sector 34 police station.

Sources said the police transferred Narinder Singh following a demand from Khushpreet’s family members against his posting as the SHO of the Sector 34 police station. Acting on the demand, Narinder Singh has been transferred to the Sector 39 police station and the SHO of the Sector 39 police station, Rajesh Shukla, has been transferred to the Sector 34 police station.

Narinder Singh and two other police officials were found guilty of mishandling the Khushpreet kidnapping case. The three, Inspector Udeypal Singh, former SHO of the Sector 34 police station, Sub-Inspector Narinder Singh, the then in charge of the Burail police post, and the then investigating officer, Sub-Inspector Balraj Singh, were punished with forfeiture of increments.

All three officials were earlier suspended following a magisterial probe in January 2011 and were reinstated in May 2011. On October 14, 2011, the Police Complaints Authority, too, criticised the police for not taking any action against the three officials despite the fact that they had been indicted in the magisterial as well as the departmental probe.

The three were found guilty of taking the ransom calls lightly in the beginning, which resulted in delayed police action.



Delhi panel asks MC to list steps to improve tax collection
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Terming taxes imposed by Chandigarh Municipal Corporation “very low”, the Fourth Delhi Finance Commission has sought a reply from the MC regarding steps being taken by it to improve the tax collection.

In a communication to the MC, the commission said, “It is felt that the full potential of the statutory financial resources assigned to the MC is not being exploited. The current contribution of assigned taxes to the revenue of the corporation is very low. Do you feel additional measures are needed to increase tax compliance for deepening and widening the tax base on the one hand and improving the tax collection on the other? If yes, please suggest such measures.”

“The MC continues to incur expenditure on activities which can be avoided by following the principle of economic rationality. The MC needs to explain how it will justify the failure on its part to conserve scarce financial resources for improving the quality of essential services,” the letter states.

Regarding the salaries of the MC staff, the commission said, “What proportion of the financial resources of the MC is being spent on paying the salaries? Is there any scope for exercising economy in the expenditure on salaries to increase the flow of funds for improving infrastructure and providing material for rendering quality services.”

A team of the Delhi Finance Commission is expected to visit the city on August 7 and hold a meeting to discuss a number of issues with councillors, officials, village representatives and zila parishad members.

According to provisions contained in Section 84-A of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Law (Extension to Chandigarh) Act, 1994, the commission is responsible for discharging the duties of the Finance Commission of Chandigarh as well. The Fourth Delhi Finance Commission is under a legal obligation to make recommendations to the UT Administrator with regard to the MC. 



Motorists bear the brunt as Mamta’s kin block Panchkula-Barwala highway
Tribune News Service

Family members and relatives of Mamta, along with their supporters, block the Panchkula-Barwala highway near The Fort Ramgarh on Thursday

vehicles stuck in a jam due to the protest.
(Above)Family members and relatives of Mamta, along with their supporters, block the Panchkula-Barwala highway near The Fort Ramgarh on Thursday; and (below) vehicles stuck in a jam due to the protest. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, August 1
Hundreds of commuters were left stranded and faced harassment for over three hours when relatives of Mamta, who died after allegedly being set on fire by her in-laws for dowry, blocked the Panchkula-Barwala highway after placing her body in the middle of the road in front of The Fort Ramgarh today.

The agitated family members and relatives of Mamta were demanding the immediate arrest of her in-laws, against whom a murder case has been registered.

Senior officials of the police and the district administration reached the spot to pacify the protesters. The blockade continued for over three hours. Mamta’s kin asked the police that since it had registered a murder case against four persons, why were the accused not being arrested.

Panchkula Assistant Commissioner of Police Krishan Kumar Hooda and Tehsildar Ashwani Gambhir spoke to Mamta’s family members and assured them of a fair investigation into the case following which they agreed to lift the blockade.

According to the ACP, the victim had not named her in-laws in her statement to the duty magistrate. “The case has been handed over to the CIA staff for further investigation,” said the ACP.

Long queues of vehicles were seen on both sides of road due to the blockade. Several buses of educational institutes were also stuck in the jam.

Mamta, who was allegedly set on fire on July 27, had succumbed to her injuries on July 30 at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32, Chandigarh.



Mayor rejects proposal for hike in water tariff
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
City residents can heave a sigh of relief as the proposal of officials of the municipal corporation to hike the water tariff, especially for bulk consumers, has been rejected by city Mayor Subhash Chawla.

In order to check the misuse of water, the MC had proposed that the hike should be more in the upper slabs. At present, residents have to pay Rs 8 per kilolitre for 60 kilolitre of water or above per month. The MC had proposed to increase the water tariff in this slab from Rs 8 per kilolitre to Rs 20 per kilolitre.

Instead of increasing the water tariff, the Mayor has asked the MC officials to check the pilferage of water and bring down the wastage of water from 22 per cent to 5 per cent.

In the proposal sent by the MC officials, it was stated that though southern sectors were thickly populated, the consumption of water was, in fact, higher in northern sectors. The northern sectors house only 30 per cent of the population of the city, but consume 70 per cent of the water supplied to the city. The consumption of water is between 1,000 and 2,000 litres per person per day in the northern sectors, while it is 250 litres per person per day in the southern sectors. The consumption is 100 litres per person per day in colonies.

In the proposal, it was also mentioned that the city is likely to face a shortage of water in the near future after it begins to release the share of Panchkula and Chandimandir. The city is receiving 87 MGD of water against a demand of 116 MGD.

As the city is facing a shortage of water, Mayor Subhash Chawla said the time had come for the city to fight for its share of 7.78 per cent provided in the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966.



Extended trains to link city to Goa, Bengaluru, Rishikesh
Ex-Rly Minister Bansal to flag off Madgaon train on Aug 5
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
By the end of this month, Chandigarh will be connected to Goa, Rishikesh and Bengaluru by rail. The Northern Railway has given the green light to extend the Madgaon (Goa)-Nizamuddin train and the Yesvantpur (Bengaluru)-Nizamuddin train to Chandigarh. It has also granted approval to extend the Chandigarh-Haridwar train to Rishikesh.

The train from Chandigarh to Madgaon (Goa) will be flagged off from the city railway station by former Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on August 5.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune on the phone, Bansal said the Chandigarh-Haridwar train had been extended to Rishikesh and was likely to start by next week. He said this extension had been okayed following a demand from residents of the city.

He said the Yesvantpur (Bengaluru)-Hazrat Nizamuddin Sampark Kranti Express would be extended to Chandigarh for two days within a fortnight. Bansal said the Kalka-Shirdi Express would also be on the track in the first week of September. Earlier, there was a proposal to start this train from May 15.

According to the railway schedule, the train number 12450 from Nizamuddin to Madgaon (Goa) will be extended to Chandigarh. The train will depart from Chandigarh on Saturdays and Mondays at 1.30 am. The train will also have a stoppage at Ambala Cantt.

During the return journey, the Madgaon train number 12449 will start at 1.24 pm from Madgaon. The train will ply on Wednesdays and Thursdays. It will also have stoppages at New Delhi, Panipat and Ambala Cantt.

Gulshan, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Railway, said the train would have 20 coaches: four general, nine sleeper, two third AC, one second AC, one first AC, one pantry and two guard coaches. He said the fare was yet to be decided by the authorities. 

Trains that have been extended

The Northern Railway has given the green light to extend the Madgaon (Goa)-Nizamuddin train and the Yesvantpur (Bengaluru)-Nizamuddin train to Chandigarh. It has also granted approval to extend the Chandigarh-Haridwar train to Rishikesh 


Testing times for Justice Nirmal Yadav
As five accused in the cash-at-judge’s-door case are now in the dock, The Tribune looks deeper into the numerous allegations and the CBI’s evidence that convinced the court to order the framing of charges against Justice Nirmal Yadav.
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
The stage is set for trial to begin in the judge bribery case involving former High Court Judge Nirmal Yadav as the accused with the court ordering the framing of charges against all the accused in the case on August 12. The CBI has in its possession clinching evidence which points towards cash amounting to Rs 15 lakh was allegedly paid as bribe to the judge for giving a judgment in favour of the accused in March, 2008.

The case background: The case had hit the headlines in August 2008 when a bag containing Rs 15 lakh in cash was "wrongly delivered" at the residence of Justice Nirmaljit Kaur, following which she reported the matter to the police. The money was allegedly delivered by Parkash Ram, a clerk of the then Haryana Additional Advocate General, Sanjiv Bansal. Investigations revealed that the money was sent by Delhi-based hotelier Ravinder Singh for Justice Nirmal Yadav through Bansal.

After Justice Nirmaljit Kaur reported the matter to the Chandigarh police, an inquiry was instituted and it was alleged that the money was meant for Justice Yadav but was delivered at Justice Nirmaljit Kaur’s residence due to a confusion over their names.

The CBI had on March 4, 2011, chargesheeted Justice Nirmal Yadav, who retired as Uttarakhand High Court Judge, less than two years after being transferred from the Punjab and Haryana High Court in November 2009. The CBI stated in the chargesheet that Justice Yadav had delivered a judgment relating to a property dispute case in Bansal’s favour in March 2008 and was paid Rs 15 lakh for the same.


Reason for bribe

Bansal had personal interest in a disputed plot and the appeal was heard by Justice Yadav. The CBI investigation revealed that Sanjiv Bansal, an advocate, was appearing before justice Nirmal Yadav in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in many cases, which included regular second appeal (RSA) number 550 of 2007 in a matter related to plot number 601 in Sector 16, Panchkula. Sanjiv Bansal was having a personal interest in the matter. Even though on papers, a General Power of Attorney for this plot was executed by the petitioner in the name of Rajiv Gupta, friend and business partner of Sanjiv Bansal, the payment for the purchase of the said plot was made by Sanjiv Bansal, who issued cheques in the name of Rajeev Gupta and out of this money, Rajiv Gupta made payment to the seller.

The favourable judgment

The regular second appeal against Yadav for the disputed property relating to the Panchkula plot came up for hearing before Justice Yadav on February 1, 2008, who gave a short adjournment for February 4, 2008, and then decided the appeal on March 11, 2008, in favour of the appellant. This decision was not in normal course as the appeal was decided at the stage of motion only. In case appeal was admitted and then decided this would have taken much longer time as per the prevalent practice. This favour was shown by Justice Yadav while deciding the appeal, stated the CBI.

Letter from former UT Administrator

Nine days before the then Chief Justice of India granted permission to the CBI to investigate the judge on August 26, 2008, the then UT Administrator SF Rodrigues, in a letter to the CBI Director, while transferring the case to the CBI had stated that they had enough inputs to indicate it would be possible to expeditiously unravel the case. “Since the case involves a member of the judiciary and has a direct bearing on the credibility of our judicial system, I brought it to the notice of the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The Chief Justice, after having consultations, wrote to me on August 25 that owing to the sensitive nature of the case and the personalities involved, he suggested it to be handed over to the CBI.”

False alibi taken by the accused

After he was summoned by the police when Justice Nirmaljit Kaur reported to the police that Rs 15 lakh had been mistakenly delivered at her residence by his munshi Parkash Ram, Sanjeev Bansal created a false alibi and said that he had to deliver the packet at the residence of one Nirmal Singh near the residence of advocate Pankaj Bhardawaj and had mistakenly reached the residence of Justice Nirmaljit Kaur. The police contacted Pankaj Bhardawaj, but instead of corroborating Sanjiv Bansal’s claim, Bhardwaj pleaded total ignorance about any such thing. Later, they arranged a person by the name of Nirmal Singh who disclosed that the amount of Rs 15 lakh was actually sent by Ravinder Singh to Nirmal Singh as a part payment of the deal between Rajiv Gupta and Ravinder Singh for a plot in Sector 16, Panchkula. The CBI investigations revealed that no document was in existence related to the deal between Ravinder Singh and Rajiv Gupta and they conspired to prepare a false agreement to sell to show it to the police. Later, when Sanjiv Bansal surrendered to the police, he disclosed for the first time that the money was meant for Justice Yadav in connection with a land deal in Solan.

Proximity of accused Delhi-based hotelier to Justice Yadav

CBI investigation revealed that accused Delhi-based hotelier Ravinder Singh was not only having close association with Justice Nirmal Yadav but was also a close friend of Sanjiv Bansal and interested in his affairs. Ravinder Singh remained in touch with the respondent in the RSA RK Jain. On the date of judgment, Ravinder Singh contacted Justice Nirmal Yadav, Sanjiv Bansal and RK Jain, which suggests his influence in the decision in the appeal.

Ravinder Singh made dummy purchaser

The CBI investigation revealed that Ravinder Singh’s name was used as a dummy purchaser and that the Solan land deal was a complete smokescreen and a ‘red herring’. The CBI said it was accused Ravinder Singh’s namesake whose name featured in the documents of the land deal. The investigations revealed that the signatures of accused Ravinder Singh featuring on the Solan land documents were totally and recognisably different than his actual signatures. The defence had been pleading that Ravinder Singh had sent Rs 15 lakh to Justice Nirmal Yadav in connection with a land deal in Solan.

Contradictions in statements

While Sanjeev Bansal in his statements had admitted to the court that the amount of Rs 15 lakh was meant for Justice Yadav in connection with a land deal, the retired High Court justice has negated the entire theory in her statement and her counsel has denied in the court if any money amounting to Rs 15 lakh was handed over to her on August 14, 2008 morning.

Yadav’s letter to Law Minister

Three months after the then Chief Justice of India granted prosecution sanction in the Judge Bribery case, accused Justice Nirmal Yadav (retd) had written a two-page letter on November 6, 2010, addressed to the then Law Minister Veerappa Moily disavowing all connections with the amount of Rs 15 lakh, allegedly given to her as bribe. The contents of the letter are completely in contradiction to the stand of the two co-accused, Ravinder Singh and Sanjiv Bansal, who have stated that the amount of Rs 15 lakh was given to Yadav in connection with a land deal in Solan.

The letter in itself is in "stark" contradiction to the stand taken by Delhi-based hotelier Ravinder Singh in the cash-at-judge's door scam. Justice Nirmal Yadav had claimed that the share of each of 18 co-purchasers in the Solan land deal did not exceed Rs 31,000. 


Between February 1, 2008, till August 16, 2008

  • A total of 426 calls had been exchanged between Ravinder Singh and Sanjiv Bansal between February 1, 2008, and August 16, 2008.
  • A total of 239 calls had been made between Justice Nirmal Yadav and accused Ravinder Singh in this period.
  • 136 out of these 239 calls were between Justice Yadav and Ravinder Singh when Justice Yadav was using a mobile number registered in Ravinder Singh’s name.
  • More than 200 calls had been exchanged between Ravinder Singh and Justice Yadav’s PSO during this period.
  • More than 80 calls had been exchanged among the accused when the case first came to light.

Case has very profound implications

This case has very profound implications about the credibility of the legal and judicial system because it relates to the sitting High Court Judge in 2008. It was a marathon hearing lasting for over two weeks in the CBI court on the question of framing of charges in which full time was given to the prosecution and all the defence counsels. The entire evidence was laid before the judge, the entire documentation was seen by the judge and arguments were fully heard. I have nothing but appreciation of the manner in which the judge heard the case. It is a vindication of the principle of judicial accountability.
—Anupam Gupta, CBI Public prosecutor


August 16, 2008
UT police registers case after Rs 15 lakh was wrongly delivered at Justice Nirmaljit Kaur’s residence on August 13.

August 26, 2008
Case transferred to the CBI by the UT Administrator.

September 4, 2008
Permission granted by CJI Balakrishnan to investigate the case and to examine the judge.

December 17, 2009
The CBI files closure report in the case.

March 26, 2010
The CBI court rejects closure report, orders reinvestigation

June 16, 2010
Further investigation completed, the CBI writes to President seeking sanction of prosecution.

July 28, 2010
The CJI grants sanction to prosecute Justice Yadav.

March 1, 2011
President issues the order of sanction.

March 3, 2011
CBI files chargesheet in the case before the CBI court.

March 4, 2011
Justice Yadav retires.

July 31, 2013
CBI court orders framing of charges in the case.

Accused’s profile and what they face

Justice Nirmal Yadav
Chargesheeted under Section 11 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The former High Court Justice faces a minimum of six months and a maximum of five years in prison, if found guilty.

Sanjiv Bansal, Former Haryana AAG
Chargesheeted for corruption and for creating a false alibi. He was asked by hotelier Ravinder Singh to hand over Rs 15 lakh to Yadav. Faces up to five years in prison, if convicted.

Ravinder Singh, Delhi-based hotelier and close friend of Justice Yadav Was the middleman. Faces up to five years’ imprisonment as per the charges.

Rajiv Gupta, property dealer
Delivered another Rs 15 lakh to Justice Yadav on August 14, 2008.

Nirmal Singh
Was brought in the case by Sanjiv Bansal to create a false alibi. Faces up to three years in prison.



Class XI admissions
2,500 seats up for grabs during third round
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, august 1
Around 2,500 seats are expected to be allotted during the third round of counselling for admission to Class XI in government schools on August 13. Over 70 per cent of these seats belong to the reserved categories, including physically challenged, sports and children of defence personnel or freedom fighters. These seats could not be filled in the first two rounds of counseling due to the lack of response from the eligible candidates.

The officials of the Education Department said the third, which is also the final, round of counselling would be open to candidates belonging to all categories. The seats under the reserved categories would be made available for the general category candidates, if found vacant.

Candidates have been advised to fill their preference for the periphery schools during the registration process, as only a few seats will be available in the urban schools. The major chunk of the vacant seats, however, belongs to the arts stream in the periphery schools. The school-wise list of vacant seats will be displayed on August 13. Students will get three days to fill the registration form. The final school-wise and stream-wise merit list will be displayed on August 24.



Poor in South-East Asian countries most vulnerable to climate change, says expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Expressing concern over the effects of development on the environment, Professor Adil Najam, an expert on the subject and lead author in the third and fourth assessments of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said poor people in the South-East Asian countries are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

“The lack of protection from natural calamities and limited alternatives for resources is a key cause for high vulnerability of the poor in our area. The South Asian countries are climatically defined where we are vulnerable to extreme events (like earthquakes and sea storms),” said Professor Najam while addressing a gathering of the local experts on the issues related to developing country and environmental policy, at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRIID) here today.

“The poor are vulnerable to the effects of climate change does not imply that others are not going to be affected, but for the poor the effects remain severe as their roofs are not strong, hence not resistant to climatic effects. A poor person not only has the lack of resources for erecting a structure again, but also does not have many to refer to,” Professor Najam added.

On development vis-ŕ-vis the environment, he said architecture is an exceptionally important aspect for checking the environmental problems. Rubbishing the argument that environmental sustainability and development cannot go hand in hand, he said, “Cities are a part of solutions. The question is how they are being built. It is nonsense to say that development and environment sustainability cannot be ensured at the same time. How are sick children good for development? How is dirty water good for development?” he asked.

The expert added that the biggest impact of pollution and poor habits was that they were now paying money for resources such as packaged water, which was available for free otherwise. “For improving the environment, we need to individually start working towards it,” he said.

Prof Najam is a faculty at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan, and has also severed as Vice-Chancellor of the university.

Recently, a report by the World Bank had presented similar findings on the vulnerability of the poor to climate change. The report terms Bangladesh and Indian cities of Kolkata and Mumbai as particularly vulnerable to flooding, intense cyclones, effects if a ruse in the sea level and global warming.



Failure to deliver colleague’s packet lands PGI doc in trouble
Police summons senior doctor to examine his signatures
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Failure to deliver a packet meant for a PGIMER doctor has landed another senior doctor from the same department in the soup as police investigations have hinted towards the latter receiving the packet sent through courier service and putting his signatures on the receipt without informing the actual owner (the junior doctor) about the packet.

The police has summoned the senior doctor for examining his signatures.

Following a complaint filed by Dr Samir Malhotra, Additional Professor, Department of Pharmacology, with the police about the non-delivery of two documents, one of which was a confidential document, the police had registered a case of criminal breach of trust against unknown persons in May this year at the Sector 11 police station.

Acting on the basis of the statement of the courier boy, Brijesh Kumar, the police has summoned the senior doctor to join the investigations.

The courier boy stated that he had delivered two packets, one each belonging to Dr Sameer and the other senior doctor. He also presented a copy of the receipt, which allegedly had the signatures of the senior doctor (a copy of which is with the Chandigarh Tribune).

The police then summoned the senior doctor to match his signatures with the one appearing on the receipt. While the courier boy allegedly delivered the courier in January this year, the FIR was lodged in May after Dr Sameer lodged the complaint with the police.

Brijesh, in his statement given to the police, said he met the senior doctor at the entrance of his room and handed over his packet to him. As he (Brijesh) enquired about Dr Sameer, the senior doctor allegedly asked him to leave the packet with him, saying that he would give it to Dr Sameer.

The police would seek permission from the Judicial Magistrate for getting the doctor’s signatures examined at the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) on Friday.

“We will send three signatures on the receipt for examination,” said the Station House Officer of the Sector 11 police station, Inspector Gurmukh Singh.



Patients suffer as chemist shop remains shut 
To add to their woes, one of the lifts at the GMCH, Sector 32, is out of order 
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Patients at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, especially those visiting block C, have been facing immense inconvenience in the absence of any chemist shop in the block.

In addition, the chemist shop on the premises of the emergency unit, which is closest to the block C, has continued to remain closed for over past three months. The ordeal of the patients coming for surgeries or staying in private rooms for treatment does not end here. One of the two patient lifts at the block has been out of order for more than three months.

The chemist shop, which has been lying closed for the past three months; and (right) a non-functional patients’ lift at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh.
The chemist shop, which has been lying closed for the past three months; and (right) a non-functional patients’ lift at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

The other lift proceeds quite slow, forcing the patients to use stairs or the ramp. However, for patients staying in private rooms on the sixth floor, climbing stairs after purchasing medicines from block A gets very difficult in case of an emergency.

Amardeep Virk (name changed), a 59-year-old patient from an adjoining city who has been staying in a private room for consultation for the past few days, said, "Earlier, there was a a chemist shop near the emergency . If not in block C, atleast, a chemist shop should be made available at the same location. "

After purchasing the medicines today, Amardeep had to take the ramp to reach his room after he kept waiting for the lift to come down for a few minutes. The authorities, however, continue to be ignorant of the harassment of the patients.

For instance, a patient who has undergone a surgery at the Operation Theatre Complex in the block C, has to shuttle between block A and C for purchasing bandages and medicines required for surgery. The two blocks are located at the two extremes of the hospital building.

Sources revealed that the shop in the emergency unit was closed as the owner had bid for an exorbitant amount, which he could not afford and hence closed it.

The authorities, meanwhile, said fresh bids had already been invited. At present, there are a total of three medical stores at the hospital, all located inside the block A. These include two private chemist shops and a Janaushadi Centre.

Meanwhile, Director-Principal, Dr Atul Sachdev said, "The tendering of the chemist shop is underway. And we have taken note of the fault in the lift in the block C. It is a temporary problem and we will address it quickly." 



Assessment camps for special children from tomorrow
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 1
Assessment camps for children with special needs will be held at three places in the district from August 3 to 6. The camps will be organised for the children in the age group of 5-18 under the aegis of the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, Punjab, the Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) and the Health Department, Punjab. On August 3, the venue for the camp will be Government Girls' Senior Secondary School, Kurali (Kurali, Majri education block). On August 5, the camp will be held at Government Primary School, Khanpur (Kharar-1, 2 and 3), and on August 6, it will take place at Government High School, Dera Bassi (Dera Bassi-1 and 2, Banur).

District Education Officer (Elementary) Gurjit Singh said the main aim of the camps was to provide gadgets besides other aids and appliances to the needy children to enable them to access schools for getting elementary education as per the provisions of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.

At the camps, children in the age group of 5 to 18 years, enrolled in government schools or out of school, will be examined.

The cost of these gadgets and artificial limbs will be borne by the SSA, Punjab.



Encroachments removed at Dhanas 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
The enforcement staff of the Estate Office and the Municipal Corporation today carried out a special drive to remove encroachments on the government land at the Milk Colony, Dhanas. The inhabitants of the colony were using the land to tie their milch cattle.

Incidentally, the drive was carried out a day ahead of hearing in the Dhanas milk colony case at the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Officials supervising the drive said around 90 families, rearing milch cattle, had tied their cattle on the government land thus creating unhygienic conditions.

A majority of the residents of the area, who had got their sites converted from diary use to residential use, had petitioned before the court that despite getting their sites converted, unhygienic condition prevailed in the area.

Those who continued with diary farming had started tying their cattle outside their houses. Following the case, six JCB’s were used to remove the encroachments. The staff of the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) also impounded the milch cattle.

Giving details, officials of the Estate Office said around 700 persons had applied for conversion but the 90 families did not opt for conversion from diary use to residential use.

On the other hand, Prem Chand Jain, president of the Dhanas Milk Colony Welfare Association, termed the drive illegal. 



Sanitation campaign begins
Our Correspondent

Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu and councillors at the launch of the sanitation campaign at YPS Chowk in Mohali on Thursday.
Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu and councillors at the launch of the sanitation campaign at YPS Chowk in Mohali on Thursday. Tribune photo: vicky gharu

Mohali, August 1
To beautify the town on the Chandigarh pattern, a 10-day sanitation campaign was launched jointly by Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu and former Union Minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia from the YPS Chowk here today.

Sidhu said the campaign would be continued in all towns of the district and villages. Help from panchayats, youth clubs and local residents would be sought for the campaign. The entire district would be given a new look. Besides, saplings would be planted for a healthy environment.

The Deputy Commissioner said the campaign had been initiated by dividing the entire district into five zones. A total of 500 safai karamcharis had been deputed for the work, with 100 karamcharis for each zone. Officers would monitor the progress of the work. The overall charge of the campaign would be with Dilraj Singh, Joint Commissioner of the local Municipal Corporation.

He said on the first day of the campaign, roads of Phase I near the District Administrative Complex to the road near the Phase VI Gurdwara; from Phases VII-VIII, YPS Octroi Point, to the Kumbra lights; from Phase XI Bus Stand to the dispensary in Phase IX; from Gurdwara Singh Shaheedan to the PCL Chowk; and from Industrial Area, Phase IX, Bawa Light Chowk, to the main road, Sector 82; were cleaned. Besides, the nearby residential areas were also cleaned. 



Show-cause notice to former BJP councillor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
The UT Estate Office today issued show-cause notice to former BJP councillor Om Parkash Goyal for allegedly encroaching on government land in Sector 19.

The Estate Office issued show-cause notice under the Rule 10 of the Chandigarh Estate Rules, 2007, read with Section 8-A of the Capital of Punjab (Development and Regulation) Act - 1952.

In the notice issued by the Assistant Estate Officer, it was mentioned that the government land has been encroached on the rear side of the house number 179, Sector 19-A. Besides, a temporary shed has been constructed at the first floor against the sanctioned plan.

An official of the UT Estate Office said they had issued the show-cause notice to the former councillor, and the next date of hearing in this had been fixed for September 13.

Goyal denied that he had encroached upon the government land, and said till date he had not received any notice from the Estate Office.

He clarified that in his lane, all plots were of 1,001 square yards, but his plot was of 1,061.5 square yards. The person, from whom he had purchased the plot, had made all payments of the extra land and the court had also given the order in their favour.

Everything was in the record of the Estate Office, he said.

A few months ago, the Estate Office team had visited his house and he had showed all these documents to the estate officials, he said.



Lawyer refutes charges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Son of a retired justice, who was recently booked on charges of dowry and forgery on a complaint filed by his wife, today held a press conference in Sector 27. He said all the complaints and allegations levelled against him were baseless.

A case of dowry was registered against Pardip Bhandari, a lawyer and resident of Sector 18, on May 22 against which he got an anticipatory bail on May 28. Later, on July 17 another case of forgery was registered on the complaint of his wife, Anu Bhandari, who had alleged that an amount of Rs 41 lakh was fraudulently withdrawn from her fixed deposit account.

Pardip said he was a victim of a planned conspiracy. “The complaint given to the police by Anu and the case registered by the police has several contradictions,” he said.



Israeli Film Festival kicks off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Israeli Film Festival commenced at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, today. The film festival is organised by the Chandigarh Film Society of India in association with the Embassy of Israel.

The festival opened with director Raphael Nadjari’s acclaimed movie Avanim, a powerful feminine story of an Isreeli woman.

The movie followed events in the life of Michale, a 30-year-old Israeli woman, who works in her father's office in Tel Aviv, which provides accounting services to significant religious institutions. The woman was not loyal to her husband and her life was split between her child, her husband, her lover and her work. Her life took a tragic turn when she learnt about the unexpected death of her lover in a bomb blast. This heartbreak became the catalyst that forced her to re-examine her life. She could not mourn openly for her lover as she was a married woman. She instead used the grief to break the chains of repression and made radical life decisions to leave her husband and broke her relationship with her father, and the religious community. With her newfound sense of independence she did not look back. The movie’s storyline bears a striking similarity with everybody’s pain and leaves a person with a realization that human suffering is omnipresent.

Few people turned up for the festival on the first day; however, there are a lot of exciting movies lined up for the cine buffs. Israeli film “To Take a Wife” will be shown to the audience from 6.30 pm onwards tomorrow. The festival is on till August 7.



Sarabjeet nominated to academy
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 1
Local resident Dr Sarabjeet Kaur Sohal has been nominated as vice-president of the Punjab Sahit Academy.

Dr Sohal, who is a renowned writer and poetess, is the principal of Constituent College of Punjabi University. Dr Sohal had represented the country in the SAARC meeting at Japan in 2010. 



Foundation stone laid
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Lt Gen Sandeep Singh of Corps Cdr laid the foundation stone of a marriage-cum-community hall at Burail village, Chandigarh, yesterday.

There are 60 ex-servicemen, 20 serving officers, JCO and ORs at the village. This was the long-pending demand of the ex-servicemen of the village. The project was completed with the help and contribution of villagers and the panchayat.



Travel agency accused of duping man of Rs 1.27 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
A resident of Sector 38 has filed a police complaint against a Sector 34-based travel agency for failing to provide air tickets from Delhi to London even after charging Rs 1.27 lakh.

Kuldeep Singh Kaushal in his complaint submitted at the public window of the Chandigarh police stated that he had approached Monsoon Travels, Sector 34, on May 1 to book two air tickets from Delhi to London on July 31 and the payment for the same was also made through a cheque.

Kaushal alleged that against the booking, they were given Booking Reservation Number (BRN) but no ticket number was issued.

On checking with the airlines we got to know that money was not been paid for the tickets against the booking reservation, he alleged.

Kaushal said his daughter’s father-in-law and wife had to fly back to London on July 31, however, till July 30 they didn’t get a confirmation letter or a ticket following which the complaint was filed with the police.

Divya Minhas, an official of the travel agency, refuting all the allegations said the clients were given the Passenger Name Record (PNR) based on which they could have easily taken the flight.

“All the necessary documents related to their air ticket were sent to them through email; however, they were not satisfied. We were also ready to return their money, but the clients filed a police complaint following which our bank account has been sealed,” she said.



Missing tender file found
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has been able to locate the missing file of tenders of printing of forms, which was misplaced by an official around a month ago. J S Sahota, general manager, BSNL, Chandigarh, said the file was found and handed over to the branch cocerned for the future course of action.

On June 26, the file of the tender for printing of forms in Chandigarh was found missing from the office of the additional general manager. After which the authorities put up a search notice for the file. The department was not able to locate the missing document and before drafting its duplicate copy they were checking with other branches to find out whether it was sent to their office by mistake.



Chandigarh Scan
Donation for noble cause

On an appeal made by The Tribune Employees Union for donations towards the Prime Minister Relief Fund for the victims of the Himalayan Tsunami in Uttarakhand, employees of The Tribune have donated their one-day basic salary amounting to Rs 2,70,842.

Golden Jubilee celebrations

Bhakra Beas Management Board chairman AB Agrawal today met Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in New Delhi. Agrawal apprised the Home Minister of the ongoing preparations for the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Bhakra Dam. The Minister was also apprised of the security scenario of the historical and monumental Bhakra Dam.

Grant for research project

Under the “Research Project Scheme”, the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) has sanctioned a grant of Rs 4 lakh to Dr Manjinder Singh, Assistant Professor in the Commerce Department of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, for carrying out research work. Dr Singh will focus his research work on accessibility and security issues in corporate disclosure through web by in-depth analysis of websites of the selected public and private sector companies. Dr Singh had earlier received a research grant of Rs 6.25 lakh from the University Grants Commission, New Delhi. — TNS



PU to display revised list
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
On the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Panjab University will be displaying the revised merit list for admission to the BCom-LLB integrated course by the late evening tomorrow.

The merit list for the BA-LLB course, however, will remain the same. The revised counselling schedule for the BA-LLB and BCom-LLB admissions has also been released by the university.

The court directions for the preparation of a revised merit list came after eight candidates questioned the eligibility criteria. The candidates argued before the court that the students who had passed Class XII in the commerce stream were entitled to up to 16 additional credits for admission to BCom-LLB. They alleged the weightage was not granted to them.

New counselling schedule

Panjab University has declared a revised counselling schedule for the admission to the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) and PU Regional Centres in Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur. The counselling for the UILS will be conducted at the department on the PU campus on August 5. Counselling for admissions to the regional centres will be conducted the following day at the same venue.

The general category candidates for BCom-LLB (Honours) at UILS, having top 150 ranks, need to be present between 9 am and 11 am on August 5. All the candidates belonging to the reserved categories will be attended to from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm.

The counselling for general category candidates for BA-LLB (Honours), ranking between 1 and 300, will be conducted from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm on August 5, and for all the reserved category candidates it will be conducted between 3.30 pm and 5.00 pm.

The counselling for general category candidates seeking admission to the Ludhiana-based regional centre and having a rank between one and 500 will be conducted from 9 am to 11 am on August 6. All the reserved category candidates need to be present between 11.30 am and 1.30 pm.

The counselling for general category candidates seeking admission to PURC, Hoshiarpur, and having a rank between one and 650, will be conducted from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm on August 6. All the candidates from the reserved categories need to attend the counselling from 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm.

The candidates have been asked to bring all the original certificates at the time of counselling.



KVS celebrates 50 years of existence 
Tribune News Service

Students present a dance performance during the inauguration of a photo exhibition

Prof Arun Grover, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, looks at the exhibits in Chandigarh on Thursday
Students present a dance performance during the inauguration of a photo exhibition; and (below) Prof Arun Grover, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, looks at the exhibits in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, August 1
Marking the golden jubilee of the Kendriya Vidyalaya schools across the country, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) today launched a photo exhibition at Chaudhary Devi Lal Memorial Centre for Learning (CDCL). The exhibition was inaugurated by Prof Arun Kumar Grover, Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University and S Vijaya Kumar, Joint Commissioner (Administration), KVS Headquarters, New Delhi.

The exhibition showcases the journey of the KVS from 20 schools to 1,093 schools running across the nation, along with its various initiatives.

The exhibition also demonstrates the innovative practices conducted to provide quality education to students and for the capacity building of the teachers and staff. The exhibition will be held in other cities as well.

The exhibition will remain open till August 10.

Cultural activities by students and teachers of the Kendriya Vidyalaya schools are also lined up for the golden jubilee celebrations.



NSUI seeks recognition for course
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) wants the BCom-LLB integrated course being run by the Panjab University to be recognised by the Bar Council of India. Members of the student party today submitted a memorandum to the PU Vice-Chancellor in this regard.

NSUI party president Manoj Lubana said the BCom-LLB course of the University Institute of Legal Studies was not recognised by the Bar Council of India. He said this caused problems for the students passing out from the institute. “The university must approach the bar council and get the course recognised,” he said.

The students also demanded that the changes made in the rules for promoting a student to next class should be done away with.

“Earlier, students were supposed to pass half the number of exams they had appeared for to get promoted to the next semester. As per the new rule, a student must pass half the total number of exams in each semester to get promoted,” said NSUI campus president Jeevanjot Singh.



Governing council to meet soon
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
After three years, the UT Education Department has finally initiated the process to convene a meeting of the governing council of Chandigarh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) Mission Society.

The governing body that is supposed to periodically review the use of SSA funds has met only once, that too three years back.

Established in 2003, under the Society Registration Act, the SSA Mission Society is supposed to hold at least two meetings of the council every year.

Confirming the development, a senior official of the Education Department said the overall agenda for the meeting was being worked out.

“We expect the meeting to be held this month,” he said

A communication seeking information about UT Administrator Shivraj Patil’s availability for the meeting has also been sent to his office. Patil is the president of the council.

Arvind Rana, president of SSA Teachers' Welfare Association, UT, said many issues pertaining to the monitoring of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan were ignored in the past due to the ineffectiveness of the governing council.

This year, the Centre slashed down the budgetary allocation to Chandigarh under SSA. Welcoming the move of convening a meeting, Rana said: “We request the administration to take up our long-pending demand of the regularisation of services of JBTs and TGTs recruited under SSA.”

The council, headed by the UT Administrator, consists of 40 members including Adviser to the Administrator, Education Secretary, Director Public Instructions (Schools) and District Education Officer.



from schools

Vanamahotsava was celebrated with great enthusiasm by Mayur Eco-Club of Government High School, Sector 41-A. Students participated in various competitions such as poster making, slogan writing and essay writing. Saplings of herbal plants were also planted on the school premises.

Plantation drive

Vanamahotsava was celebrated at Government Middle School, Sector 26. Secretary General, Enviornment Society of India, NK Jhinghan was the chief guest. As many as 20 different varieties of saplings were planted. Members of adult education centres of Bapu Dham Colony also participated in the programme.

Painting competition

GGSVM, Ratwara Sahib, Mohali, organised a painting competition to celebrate vanamahotsava. Students made paintings on the theme ‘Clean Green Environment’. Inter-section painting competition was also held on the school premises.

Environment conservation

The Eco Club of Government High School, Sector 32, celebrated vanamahotsava on the school premises. Various types of plant saplings such as those of jamun and kachnar were planted. The headmaster of the school, Ram Kumar, motivated the students to grow plants in order to save environment.

Nature walk

Kindergarten students of Pandit Mohan Lal SD Public School, Sector 32-C, celebrated Environment Day. Children came dressed in green attires. They were taken on a nature walk, where they were apprised of the importance of trees and green vegetables.

Interactive session

The students of the legal services club of Sri Guru Harkrishan Model School (SGHMS), Sector 38-D, participated in an interactive session on drug abuse oganised by State Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh. The session was held on the school premises. Law Officer Rajeshwar Singh apprised the students of innumerous forms of substance abuse prevalent in the region. Students raised questions on various issues. — TNS



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