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Blows exchanged at ISBT
Students enter into scuffle with CTU bus driver, conductor; block traffic
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
High drama was witnessed at the ISBT-43 when two school students entered into a scuffle with a bus driver and a conductor of the CTU as they boarded an overloaded bus to their school.

Shamshad Alam and Nitish Kumar, students of Class XII at Government Model School, Sector 44, had come to the ISBT to board a bus when the conductor asked them to get down as the bus was already overloaded. The driver also asked them not to board the bus.

A scuffle ensued when one of the students was pushed by the conductor, Roorak Singh. The student also pushed the conductor in retaliation. The driver, Malkiat Singh, intervened and he too got into a scuffle with the students. The students attacked the driver and also pulled his uniform. CTU officials said following the scuffle, parents of the students created a ruckus at bus stand. The parents alleged that the CTU staff misbehaved with their children, following which the police was called. The students also staged a protest at the ISBT resulting in inconvenience to the commuters. Vehicular traffic was disrupted for some time before the students and the CTU staff reached a compromise.

The CTU workers Union said there was shortage of buses resulting in overloading. A daily diary report was lodged.

Special buses of little help

Overloading of CTU buses is a common problem. The special buses started by the CTU for ferrying students are of little help as long queues of students waiting for the buses are still seen in the city. They are even seen chasing the buses.



Armed robbers strike at house in Dera Bassi
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, August 6
A gang of eight miscreants armed with rods and sharp-edged weapons struck at a house at Behra village and decamped with Rs 20,000 and gold jewellery worth Rs 1 lakh after injuring five persons, including two women and a minor girl last night.

The injured have been identified as Swarn Singh, his wife Harbhajan Kaur, his son Fateh Singh, his daughter-in-law Jagmeet Kaur and nine-year-old granddaughter Jaspreet Kaur.

Harbhajan Kaur (65) suffered a head injury and fractured her arm after. She has been admitted to GMCH-32, Chandigarh. The other injured were shifted to the Dera Bassi Civil Hospital.

Sources said the miscreants had covered their faces. They remained in the victim’s house for nearly two hours. The robbers were barefoot and entered the house after scaling the main gate.

The police said the family earned its livelihood by performing ‘kirtans’ and other religious events. “They attacked only those members who showed resistance or tried to raise the alarm. Swarn Singh, younger son Jorawar Singh, Amarjit Kaur and her daughter were left unhurt as they gave their ornaments without any resistance,” the police said. The police found two trunks from the fields, which were taken away by the robbers.

Mohali SSP GS Bhullar, SP Anil Sharma and the CIA in charge Gurcharan Singh visited the spot this morning. Services of the dog squad and forensic experts were also taken.

A case under Sections 457, 458 and 380 of the IPC was registered against unknown persons.



Panjab University
HC talks tough on defacement
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
Saying no to defacement of the Panjab University campus, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Chandigarh Police to take strict action against the violators. The directions have come just before the elections in the university.

As the issue came up for resumed hearing before the High Court, the Bench was told that the university authorities and principals of colleges had decided to inform the UT Senior Superintendent of Police and the District Magistrate about the cases of defacement. The decision was taken at a meeting held recently.

Taking up the matter, the High Court also directed the colleges to identify and allocate space to students for putting up publicity material. The Bench was told that most of the colleges had already identified and allocated such spaces. Three colleges — Government College for Boys-11, SGGS-26 and a college in Sector 42 — were yet to earmark space for allowing students to paste posters.

The court also directed the municipal corporation authorities to initiate strict action against those defacing properties in the city. The court was assured that violators would have to pay for their deeds. On a previous date of hearing, the university authorities produced instructions issued to the student leaders against defacement.



STA cracks a whip on diesel-run autos
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
Five years after an inter-state reciprocal transport agreement was signed between Punjab and UT, the State Transport Authority (STA) has cracked a whip on the operators of diesel-run autos from Mohali, that are plying in the city without permission

As per the inter-state agreement, only LPG, CNG or battery operated autos registered with the Mohali Transport Authority but plying in Chandigarh can be countersigned by the STA, Chandigarh. The diesel-run autos cannot be countersigned by the UT, said officials.

Incidentally, most of the autos impounded by the authorities in the last two days were found without registration documents. State Transport Secretary Mahavir Kaushik said seven autos had been impounded and another six have been challaned. The drive would be intensified in the coming days, he said.

There are around 10,000 diesel-run autos plying in the city, mostly registered in Mohali and Panchkula. Authorities have also challaned old and smoke billowing autos registered at Ropar and Patiala. On the other hand, there are around 5,000 LPG autos registered in the city.

Apart from overloading, the diesel-run autos are found plying without registration documents. Under a multi-pronged strategy, the STA in a proposal sent to the Transport Secretary had sought strict action against the diesel-run autos coming to the city and direction s to the police to impound such vehicles.

Recently, the LPG auto drivers union met the UT officials over the unauthorised plying of the diesel auto-rickshaws from Mohali and Panchkula in the city. “While attempts are being made to switch over to LPG autos in Chandigarh, the diesel-run autos from neighbouring town continue to ply on city roads,” said Malkiat Singh, president of the auto union.



Now, offer higher discount on medicines to get a shop at PGI
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
In a move that would bring respite to thousands of patients, the Institute Body of the PGI has approved the proposal of ‘highest discount offered’ as the bidding criteria instead of ‘highest rent offered’ for the auction of medical stores on the premises.

“The PGI should float open tenders for the allotment of medical stores at this institute for having maximum discount on the MRP for patients on the patterns of AIIMS, New Delhi,” directed the Institute Body of the PGI, which is headed by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

“Doctors should prescribe generic medicines so that patients are not forced to purchase expensive medicines,” the apex management body directed the PGI.

The proposal was mooted by Congress MP from Sangrur Vijay Inder Singla. The patients will be offered discount on medicines as the allotees will now focus on sales and not on paying rent, which runs into lakhs.

At present, highest rent offered is taken into consideration while auctioning a shop. The monthly rent paid by six chemists to the PGI amounts to Rs 20 crore which means each chemist pays Rs 42 lakh.

Consider this: A medicine, which is priced at Rs 26 (MRP), is procured by a chemist at Rs 3. The chemist, after offering a maximum of 30 per cent discount to a patient, saves Rs 18.20 and pays the monthly rent running into lakhs.

For the PGI, a non-profit organisation, an amount equal to the income from the rent gets deducted from the total funds released by the Central Government. It is the patients who are at the receiving end as they end up paying 500 per cent more.

Under the proposed system, the PGI will be able to ensure a discount up to 70 per cent to the patients while charging a minimal amount as rent from the chemists.

If the chemist offers 70 per cent discount on the medicine priced at Rs 26, he will still be able to save Rs 7.8, while paying much lesser rent.



6-yr-old rape victim, mother turn hostile
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
Taking a U-turn from the statements given to the police, a six-year-old girl who was allegedly raped in March this year allegedly by her father turned hostile in the court along with her mother.

The girl, whose medical report had clearly shown grievous injury on her private parts at the time the incident, told the court today that some other person had raped her.

The girl’s mother too turned hostile in the Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Shalini Nagpal, and told court that she does not identify the person who raped her daughter.

The prosecution is now waiting for the DNA report of the girl from the CFSL which will provide evidence that her father had raped her.

The incident was reported on March 24, 2013, when the police had arrested Suresh Kumar for raping his daughter, a resident of Colony Number 4.

The girl was recovered from a forest after she went missing from her residence. She was later taken to GMCH-32.

The girl had then told the police that she was taken to the forest area by her father when everyone in the family was asleep. A search operation was launched after the girl’s mother raised the alarm. Charges were framed against the girl’s father on July 15. The judge spoke to the girl in private and asked her if she was under any pressure.

Social stigma

Legal experts say pressure from the family and fear of social stigma were the major reasons that the rape victims were turning hostile in the court.



MC study tour
Councillors not interested
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
The study tour of councillors and officials of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has run into rough weather.

Not only the opposition councillors, but some Congress councillors have also declined to be a part of the study tour. Earlier too, the MC had faced criticism for wasting public money on annual study tours.

BJP councillor and leader of opposition Arun Sood alleged that the study tour was finalised by the Mayor without identifying the problems of the city. The Mayor did not take suggestions and consent of the opposition councillors on the study tour, he added.

He also accused the Mayor for playing politics by sending the list of Congress and nominated councillors to the UT Administration for the study tour. BJP councillor Satinder Singh, who had sent a questionnaire on study tours last year, received a reply that the MC had no record of projects that were introduced in the city on the basis of tours. “The reply proves that study tours are sheer wastage of public money. I will raise this issue again in the coming House meeting,” he added.

When contacted, Mayor Subhash Chawla said the consent of every councillor would be taken before leaving for the study tour.

Some Cong councillors say no to tour

  • Former Mayor and Congress councillor Raj Bala Malik said she would not be able to go on the study tour as she was busy in family functions.
  • Deputy Mayor Satish Kainth said he was in favour of study tours but the timing was not right. “This is the election year and the party has assigned some duties to me,” he said.
  • Councillor Mukesh Bassi said he was going abroad and would not be able to be a part of the study tour.
  • Councillor Sat Parkash Aggarwal said if the tour was planned earlier this year, he would have gone, but now the time was not right.
  • Councillor Poonam Sharma, who is also an advocate, said: “I will have to check that the tour does not clash with the dates of court cases.”



Admission to MBBS course at GMCH-32
Eligible turn ineligible due to anomaly in selection criteria
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Ineligible Savitri, a physically challenged candidate who scored 82.97 percentile
Ineligible Savitri, a physically challenged candidate who scored 82.97 percentile.

Chandigarh, August 6
The anomaly in the selection criteria for the admission to 50 MBBS seats at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, has left two eligible students of the physically handicapped category in the lurch.

In compliance with the guidelines of the Medical Council of India (MCI), both these students had above 45 percentile in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) - the minimum eligibility score - but they were declared ineligible as GMCH decided merit on the basis of “percentage” and not “percentile”.

The two seats reserved for disabled candidates were de-reserved and allotted to the general category students. As per the certificate issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the NEET score of Savitri, one of the six physically handicapped candidates who applied, was 82.97 percentile, much above the 45 level. Yet, she was declared ineligible since the institute considered her percentage score for the admission that happened to be below 45 percentile.

Similarly, the other candidate Anu Narwal, who scored 134 marks (the second highest) was also considered ineligible as her percentage was taken into consideration, while her marks were much above the minimum required marks 89 for eligibility in the physically handicapped category.

Documents available with the Chandigarh Tribune indicate that while other institutions in the region including PGIMS, Rohtak, and Baba Farid University, Faridkot, have followed the MCI guidelines and considered the percentile of the students in selection, the criteria was not followed properly at the GMCH-32.

Official version

Our prospectus mentions that we need to consider both percentage and percentile. In some cases, the per subject scores of students turn out to be below consideration and it may lead to a conflict. Last year, a conflict arose due to similar variations in percentile and percentage, which is pending in the court. To keep the system fair we are taking both percentage and percentile into consideration.

Dr Atul Sachdev, Director-Principal, GMCH-32

MCI chairman’s version

For NEET the eligibility criteria is to score a minimum of 45 percentile. The percentage is to be considered while taking into account the marks obtained in Class XII.

Dr KK Talwar, MCI chairman

MCI guidelines

In respect of the general candidates with locomotory disability of lower limbs, the minimum marks shall be at 45th percentile,” states the qualifying criteria defined by the MCI for NEET.

GMCH-32 prospectus states

The prospectus of GMCH states, “As per the amended Regulation of Medical Council of India, the eligibility criteria for admission to the MBBS course is 50 per cent for the general category; 40 per cent for SC and 45 per cent for candidates with physical disability separately in qualifying examination (+2 or equivalent) and competitive entrance examination (i.e. NEET) in the subjects of physics, chemistry, bology and biotechnology.”


Debris messes up Mohali
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, August 6
Acting tough against those dumping debris on roadsides or in vacant plots, the Municipal Corporation has now decided to impose a fine and levy lifting charges on offenders.

The civic body has failed to take action against the offenders who had dumped the debris on roads, leaving a scar on the face of the town.

The debris lying alongside the roads obstructs vehicular movement.

The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is yet to earmark specific sites for dumping.

Sources said Joint Commissioner of the civic body Dilraj Singh had asked the officials concerned to issue challans to people who dumped debris on the roadsides. Dilraj Singh said if offenders did not lift the debris on their own, a fine of Rs 500 would be imposed on them apart from levying an additional Rs 2,000 per tractor-trailer as lifting charges.

If the offender lifted debris after being challaned, he will have to pay Rs 500.

"A site will have to be identified in the town for the dumping of the debris," said the Joint Commissioner.

Gurjeet Singh, a resident of Phase III B1, said, "Mohali should not be turned into a dumping ground and timely action should be taken to develop various neglected areas so that people do not dump debris at these spots."

Another resident, Roshan Lal, said as no site was earmarked by GMADA for dumping the debris and it was thrown according to the convenience of rehriwallas who then lifted it.

Offenders to be fined

Joint Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation Dilraj Singh said if offenders failed to lift the debris on their own, a fine of ~500 will be imposed on them. They will also have to pay lifting charges.



City Mayor meets P’kula counterpart
Suggests failed city models to her; had gone to meet Ahluwalia at her office in Sector 4
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 6
The flop idea of converting parks into parking lots in the City Beautiful is now being suggested by Chandigarh Mayor Subhash Chawla to the Panchkula Municipal Corporation Mayor Upinder Ahluwalia.

Chawla visited the office of Ahluwalia in Sector 4 today and suggested the idea of converting one park in every sector, a parking lot, a model which has failed miserably in Chandigarh. He was accompanied by former councillor HS Lucky and a few others.

Interestingly, Chawla also floated the idea of road washing and night sweeping, which never saw the light of the day in City Beautiful.

Recently, Panchkula residents have been groping with the parking problem and the issue was discussed during the meet. There is no system of parking in the township and one can witness internal lanes of residential sectors packed with cars.

Ahluwalia said they would discuss the issue because those residents who are maintaining parks in their sectors won’t agree for the same.

“Our idea of community parking in Sector 19, Chandigarh, was not successful as the residents did not cooperate. Though the model was not successful in Chandigarh I suggested the same to the Panckkula Mayor as the residents there may agree to the idea,” said Chawla.

He further added, “The residents have anyway converted parks into parking areas, then why not go in for a community parking? All the internal lanes of the residential sectors are blocked by cars and anyone who has to take out his car in case of any emergency usually has to face a lot of problems.”

“Residents who maintain parks may not agree to it. We will have to think and discuss the issue at length and take the opinion of the residents,” said Ahluwalia.

P’kula Mayor, councillors invited for Chandigarh MC House meeting

Chawla has invited Panchkula Mayor Upinder Ahluwalia and her councillors to attend the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation’s House meeting. “We have been invited to attend the house meeting there so that we can see its functioning ”, said Ahluwalia. “I want that there should be coordination between Panchkula and Chandigarh MCs. We have invited them for the next meeting as some major issues will be discussed,” said Chawla. Not only this, Ahluwalia will be the guest of honour at the Teej festival organised by the Chandigarh MC.

Ahluwalia says study tours abroad a waste of time

Former councillor HS Lucky suggested Ahluwalia that she should go on study tours to foreign countries but the latter refused. Lucky said that one got a lot of practical knowledge on tours to Sweden, Norway, Singapore, Thailand and North Korea. Lucky said that there was an unusual hype by the media about the study tours and actually the councillors really gained a lot of knowledge from there. Ahluwalia said that even yesterday she got an offer to go on a study tour to Pune but she refused saying that she could get these ideas from the Internet and it was a waste of money.

Highlight of meeting

  • Chandigarh Mayor Subhash Chawla suggested washing and night sweeping of roads in Panchkula, which have not been implemented in Chandigarh.
  • On garbage collection, Chawla said that the pattern of Chandigarh could be followed. He even said that private companies could be involved for systematic collection of garbage. Ahluwalia said that they had planned to conduct trials on the Chandigarh model.
  • Embossing of chips on the cattle was also suggested so that the owners of the cattle straying on the road could be traced.



Impounding Of Cattle
Village residents gherao Mayor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
More than 200 villagers led by sarpanchas and Zila Parishad members staged a protest, regarding the impounding of cattle of poor village residents, outside the MC office today. Village residents also raised slogans against the Mayor Subhash Chawla and MC officials. During the protest, situation become so tense that the protesters gheraoed the Mayor and nearly manhandled him.

On the issue of impounding of cattle by the MC staff, the village residents mentioned that it was an illegal practice and demanded the possession of the cattle. They also levelled allegations that instead of imposing fine, the MC officials were selling these cattle. They stated that there were hundreds of families whose only source of income was their cattle, and by taking their cows and buffaloes away the MC was playing with their lives.

Manoj Lubana, Zila Parishad member, said the cost of one buffalo was Rs 50,000 and by taking away two buffaloes of any poor people, the MC was affecting the livelihood of these people.

Recently, after the death of a resident of Sector 45 in an accident involving stray cattle, the MC had taken a tough stand to deal with the stray cattle menace.



UT cops conduct search operation in wake of
Aug 15
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
In the wake of Independence Day on August 15, the UT police conducted a special drive from 4 am to 7 am, to check the presence of anti-social elements in the colonies here on Tuesday.

A special search operation was carried out in Dadu Majra and Mauli Jagran Colony. As many as 22 persons from Dadu Majra Colony and 46 persons from Mauli Jagran Colony were detained for verification.

Similar search operations were carried out at Bapu Dham Colony on August 5, and 47 persons were detained for verification.

The police also verified the antecedent of local weapon holders. During the special campaign from 9 pm to 11 pm on, all hotels, guest houses, restaurants, hostels and dharmashallas checked and the antecedents of the persons staying there were verified.

Drunk driving nakas were laid in the city area at eight different locations and a total of 66 challans were issued, which include 35 for drunk driving and 31for other miscellaneous traffic violations. As many as 35 vehicles were impounded.

Special nakas were also set up in the city on Monday from 6 pm top 9 pm in which, 300 police personnel were deployed to make the checking effective.

In the evening, search operation will be carried from 4 pm to 6 pm, at all vital installations, malls, Panjab University, PGIMER, GMCH-32, ISBT-17, ISBT-43 and District Courts. The checks will also be carried out in crowded markets of Sector 17, 22, 35 and 26.

On Tuesday evening, the police carried out extensive checks for anti-sabotage/explosive with EVD (explosive vapor detector), NLGD (non-linear ground detector), DSMD (deep search metal detector), sniffer dogs and other security equipment at the Sector 17 ISBT, Sector 20 temple and other markets.



Good news: Free medical treatment for girls up to 5
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 6
In a move that would benefit the girl child, the state government has decided to provide free medical treatment to girls up to five years of age.

This was stated by Husan Lal, mission director, National Rural Health Mission, State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Phase VI, today.

As per provision, medical treatment is being provided to a girl for 30 days. “Now, we have sent a proposal to the Central Government to extend the period to five years," said Husan Lal while addressing a gathering during a seminar on 'Save the girl child' today.

He urged people to join hands to eradicate social evils from society.

To encourage residents, the district administration also honoured panchayats of villages where the number of girls was more than boys. Mohali Deputy Commissioner Tajinder Pal Singh Sidhu said special teams were constituted to keep a check on private clinics where sex determination tests were being conducted.

“Seeking help from students will help social activists spread awareness. NGOs, social activists and gram panchayats play a vital role," said Sidhu.

The gram panchayats, which were honoured today included Chajjumajra village, Chandu, Chandiala, Adda Jhunggia, Amlala, Ibrahimpur, Alapur, Mianpur, Jhampur, Marholia, Rurkeekalan and Raipur Khurd.

Mohali Civil Surgeon Dr Rajiv Bhalla and District Family Welfare Officer Dr Balwinder Singh were also present.



Anomalies in Metro project highlighted in report
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
Members of the Indian Institute of Architects, Chandigarh, Punjab Chapter, have prepared a report highlighting anomalies in the Metro project. The report is now forwarded to the Union Ministry of Urban Development because the Chandigarh Administration has sent the proposal of Metro project to the Ministry for clearance.

Surinder Bahga, former chairman of the chapter and nominated councillor, said they sent this report to Kamal Nath, Union Minister of Urban Development because the ministry could consider these points before finalising the project so as to ensure optimum utilisation of public money and resources.

In the report it was mentioned that the technology being proposed for the Chandigarh metro would be outdated by the time Chandigarh Metro Project would be commissioned. It would be about 45 years old. The technology was changing very fast and the public money would not be put to optimum use. It was also pointed out that Chandigarh was a world class city, therefore, if any metro project had to be commissioned, it should be of the latest technology.

On the proposed metro stations, it was highlighted that the metro stations were opening into residential areas, which would cause a lot of inconvenience to the residents of that area.

It was also mentioned that for the Chandigarh Metro Project, cross system of network being proposed by the DMRC report was not suitable for the region of Chandigarh. Moreover, this is one of the most inefficient MRTS systems in the world. (barring geographical limitations). This type of network has hardly been used in any major cities of the world.

The report also mentioned that as per the study of RITES, the major inflow of traffic was from the neighboring areas. Over 4 lakh daily commuters enter Chandigarh from Panchkula, Mohali, Zirakpur, Kharar, Pinjore, Rajpura etc. Therefore, there was a need to integrate these areas by an efficient transport system so that they were well connected with the city also.

Technology would become outdated

In the report it was mentioned that the technology being proposed for the Chandigarh metro would be outdated by the time Chandigarh Metro Project would be commissioned. It would be about 45 years old. The technology was changing very fast and the public money would not be put to optimum use. It was also pointed out that Chandigarh was a world-class city, therefore, if any metro project had to be commissioned, it should be of the latest technology.



Demands of UT employees
MP raises question in Parliament
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
Local Member of Parliament (MP) Pawan Kumar Bansal raised a question on the long pending demands of the UT employees in Parliament today.

He questioned the Ministry of Home Affairs, whether, while meeting the long -pending demand of the Chandigarh Administration employees regarding Punjab pay scales, the government had in 1992 also applied the service conditions of the Punjab government employees to the UT.

The Minister replied that the Conditions of Service of UT of Chandigarh Employees Rules, ‘1992 extended the benefits under the conditions of service to the UT employees on the Punjab pattern like probation, seniority, pay of members of service, leave, pension, retirement (including pre-mature and voluntary retirement), medical facilities, promotion, all allowances including deafness allowance, pension and other retirement benefits, leave travel concession, rent free accommodation, age for retirement, general provident fund (contribution of withdrawal), group insurance scheme and bonus.

The entry into government service does not fall within the ambit of the conditions of service. As such, the Chandigarh Administration follows the Central pattern in the matter of upper age limit for entry into government service. For making appointment on compassionate grounds, the Chandigarh Administration follows the scheme issued by the Government of India under which compassionate appointment can be made upto maximum of 5 per cent ceiling in direct recruitment for the Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ posts in a year, the Minister replied.



PGI panel submits report
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
The committee looking into the complaint of mental harassment by a PGIMER doctor from the department of pharmacology against the head of the department has submitted its report with the PGIMER Director.

The recommendations of the committee constituting Dr Savita Malhotra, head of the psychiatry and Dr Anil Bhansali, head of the endocrinology are being reviewed currently.

Following the complaint sent about three months ago, the committee was formed. The head of department of pharmacology, has already been summoned by the police to join investigations in a separate case, recently, involving a missing courier of his junior doctor.

He is alleged to have received the courier meant for another doctor, which has been missing since January.



Water sharing: Mayor bats for tribunal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
City Mayor Subhash Chawla once again raised the issue that the administration should move a tribunal to decide on the exact water share for the city.

In the coordination committee meeting between the MC and the UT Administration, Chawla said that as the city was facing water crisis, the time had come of the UT Administration to move a tribunal for its share of water. The share of Chandigarh should be specified so that Chandigarh does not have to look towards Punjab and Haryana for its basic needs, he added.

In the meeting a demand was made for land for a dog pound. UT Advisor KK Sharma assured that soon they would identify two-acre land for the purpose.

A demand was also raised by the Mayor and MC officials to provide anti-rabies vaccine at all the dispensaries instead of providing it at only one dispensary in Sector 19. The UT officials said that they would look into the demand.



Residents flay power dept
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
Residents of Sector 54 today staged a protest outside the Sector 43 electricity office for poor power infrastructure and supply in their area.

Residents of Adarsh Colony, Sector 54, complained that they had been complaining about the hanging electricity wires, which had led to a number of accidents in their locality. Besides, residents were also angry about frequent power cuts in their area.

After the protest, later in the evening, the Electricity Department sent their officials to check the problem in their locality, a resident said.



protest at lake
Quashing of FIR sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
A protest was staged by the Students For Society (SFS) with the participation of civil society activists and students at the Sector 17 today. The demand was raised for the quashing of an FIR registered on 14 students by the UT police under the Sukhna Lake police post, Sector 3, Chandigarh.

Arishdeep, president, SFS, stated that the FIR was registered when about 50 students were protesting against the Delhi Gang Rape case in front of the Governor House on December 25, 2012. The protest was one of the many countrywide protests held at that time.

He further said that this targeted action of the police was criticised as the students were protesting peacefully and the Right to Protest was a fundamental right given by the Indian Constitution. A memorandum signed by 500 students and residents of the tricity regarding the same was submitted to the UT Home Secretary.



Play lays bare caste bias in society
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
Munshi Prem Chand Theatre Festival concluded today. A play 'Mandir' was staged on the last day of the fest.
Artistes stage a play at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Tuesday
Artistes stage a play at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Presented by Alankar theatre group, the play depicted the plight of a woman belonging to lower caste.

Soon after her husband's death, her son fell ill. With each passing day, the condition of her son deteriorated.

For the well-being of her son, she wanted to offer prayers to Lord Krishna, but people belonging to upper caste did not let her enter the temple. Directed by Chakresh Kumar, the cast included Yogesh Arora, Joyti, Krishan Rathee, Jashan Singh Kohli, Dr Amrit Karan, Hardeep Singh, Sumit, Rajat, Heena, Promila, Sioldeep, Priya, Nishant, Raman Panchal and Rajesh Krishnan.



Bcom counselling
Rain plays spoilsport at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
The candidates who arrived for the B Com counselling at the PU's Law Auditorium today, had to wait outside the auditorium for their turn for a long time. As the rain started, the candidates and their parents had to take shelter in the corridors of the nearby department.

The counselling for 420 B Com seats in various colleges of the city was held at the university. As the candidates and their parents were allowed to sit inside the the auditorium having a seating capacity of 800, they had to wait outside the auditorium.

One of the parents said the gallery of the auditorium should have been opened for parents and the main auditorium for the students. " The university should make arrangements so that students or their parents don't face any inconvenience," the parents said.

The counselsing for 316 seats in the general category for the UT pool in the city colleges will be held on Wednesday.



Btech admissions
Sports category candidate drags PU to High Court
Files contempt petition for non-compliance of HC orders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
A contempt petition has been filed against Panjab University (PU) and the chairperson of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology in the Punjab and Haryana High Court by a candidate seeking admission in BTech under the sports category.

The petitioner stated that the court had directed the university to entertain candidates under the sports quota during the the counselling, which was scheduled to be held on July 29. “The court had also quashed the corrigendum issued by the university on July 8 changing the eligibility criteria on grounds that the rules of admission can't be changed midway," a candidate stated.

Petitioner further mentioned that the university didn’t conduct the counselling on July 29 and challenged the court’s order on July 30, which was upheld by the division bench. “The university didn’t conduct the counselling of sports category candidates and invited fresh applications for the sports and defence category," the petitioner stated.

The candidate regretted that the UIET had accepted their admission forms irrespective of the JEE score though the court had asked the university to stick to the original eligibility criteria.



Students’ body announces office-bearers

Chandigarh, August 6
The National Student Union of India (NSUI) announced its office-bearers for the upcoming elections at Panjab University (PU) today. Dalveer Singh Khangura, former PUCSC president, announced the names of office-bearers. Jaideep Mor has been appointed as the general secretary of UT and in charge of the Haryana student wing.

Sunny Bajaj has benn made as the elections and NSUI party in charge while Nishant Hooda is the new president of the Haryana student wing of the party,

Bindu Grewal, president, NSUI, said the newly announced panel had been given the responsibility to ensure victory for the party in the forthcoming students' elections. — TNS



Student poll: PU bars road shows

Chandigarh, August 6
The student organisations at PU won't be allowed to hold road shows this year. The university took the decision in an all-party meeting today. A meeting with the representatives of the student parties was held with the Dean Student Welfare (DSW) Navdeep Goyal during which it was decided that the parties won't be allowed to hold car rallies to show their strength. “All the party leaders have agreed to it and have assured that such rallies won't take place on the campus," the DSW said.

During the meeting it was decided that the each party won't use more then two-vehicles together for campaigning. “The aim behind restricting the number of vehicles for campaigning is to ensure peaceful elections," Goyal said stated.

Officials said soon after the announcement of elections, every party would be given time slots for campaigning in the each department. “There have been instances when various parties reach a particular department for campaigning and enter into an altercation. This can only be checked only by ensuring that student parties don’t visit the same department at the same time," the DSW added. — TNS



PU notes
Students hold protest

Master of Engineering (ME) students of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) held a protest outside the Vice-Chancellor's (VC) office for releasing of GATE scholarship. The students said they were waiting for the scholarships for the past one year. There are 58 students who are supposed to get the scholarship of Rs 8,000 per month. Earlier, the students had staged a protest on July 15 over the same issue.

CV Raman lecture

The department of physics, Panjab University (PU), in coordination with the Chandigarh chapter of the Indian Physics Associationwill organise the DAE CV Raman Lecture for the year 2013 on August 7. PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun K Grover would deliver the lecture. The topic of the lecture has a special significance in the current year as the physics department is completing 25 years as the centre for advanced study, a scheme of the UGC to give incentive to well-performing university departments in the country. — TNS



from schools
Inter-school competition

Techno-Minds, an inter-school competition, was organised at Shishu Niketan School, Sector 66, today. Fifteen schools from the tricity participated in the competition. The young scholars of Shishu Niketan stole the show and won the overall trophy.

Tree plantation

A tree plantation drive was organised at the kindergarten wing of DAV Public School, Sector 39, today. Parents of schoolchildren also participated in the drive. About 85 saplings of various species of plants were planted on the campus and the students pledged to take care of these plants. Art & craft activities were also held to motivate the students.

Environment conservation

As many as 250 students of DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur, Pinjore Garden, participated in a rally under an UNO project. The motto of the rally was "Think Well, Eat Well and Save Well". The rally was the part of Vanamahotsava celebrations. The rally stressed on the importance of environment conservation.

Freshers' party

Class XII students of Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, organised a freshers' party for Class XI students. Richa was adjudged Miss Fresher and Yatharth was adjudged Mr Fresher. Rakshanda and Divyam were declared Miss Charming and Mr Handsome respectively. The award for well dressed male was given to Ashley. — TNS



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