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Who let the cattle out?
MC shoots off letter to SSP urging him to register FIR against violators
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
Tightening its noose around cattle owners who let their cattle roam freely on city roads, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has shot off a letter to the UT SSP urging him to register an FIR against 20 cattle owners.

The letter reads: “It is to bring into your notice that the MC has recently launched a special drive for the removal of stray cattle from the municipal land in Chandigarh. During the drive, approximately 500 head of cattle have been impounded from various parts of the city. Now, some persons are making claim for the impounded cattle.”

“The cattle owners allow the animals to roam freely on the municipal land and city roads. They (cattle owners) are earning profit by selling milk. Instead of making arrangements of their feed, they let the cattle loose to graze in public parks and municipal land. These stray cattle are causing public nuisance, creating unhygienic conditions and more particularly endangering the human life,” letter further reads.

“In the recent past, it had been reported in the media that two precious human lives were lost in accidents involving stray cattle. In view of this, you are requested to initiate suitable action against persons as per list enclosed,” the letter reads.

A senior official of the MC said after the registration of an FIR against 20 cattle owners, other cattle owners would not allow their animals to roam freely on city roads, he added.

List of defaulters

Gurmail Singh, a resident of Shanti Nagar, Mani Majra

Ram Pal, a resident of Milk Colony, Maloya

Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Burail, Sector 45

Suraj Pal, a resident of Ramdarbar, Phase I

Kaka, a resident of Sector 52

Ram Iqbal, a resident of Colony No. 5

Rahul, a resident of Palsora village

Vikram Singh, a resident of Maloya

Satya Bala, a resident of Kishangarh village

Dhanpat, a resident of Dadu Majra

Parmal Singh, a resident of Kajheri

Bansi, a resident of Mauli Jagran

Yusuf, a resident of Shanti Nagar, Kishangarh

Jaleshwar, a resident of Vikas Nagar

Sohan Singh, a resident of Faidan village

Sher Singh, a resident of Faidan village

Guljar Shabri, a resident of Milk Colony, Dhanas

Dharminder, a resident of Mauli Jagran

Sonu, a resident of Vikas Nagar

Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Sector 52 

MC releases 63 head of cattle

The MC has released 63 head of cattle belonging to two residents of Shahpur village, who got the permission letter from the Land Acquisition officer, UT Administration, for the construction of cattle sheds.

BJP demands Mayor’s resignation

Leader of the Opposition Arun Sood said some villagers met the Mayor on Monday but he expressed his helplessness in addressing their grievances. Sood said if the Mayor was not able to address the problems of residents, he should resign. 



Top cop fails to take criticism in his stride 
P’kula Police Commissioner puts door-to-door survey on hold, blames it on media
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 2
Stung by criticism following the gruesome murder of an elderly woman in the city and subsequent expose on how the elderly were proving to be sitting ducks, Panchkula Commissioner of Police Rajbir Deswal has put the door-to-door survey for the security of the elderly on hold.

Blaming it on media and reacting to sharp reports carried in newspapers that the survey was not proving fruitful to scare away robbers, Deswal has put the drive on hold today.

The survey, ordered to identify vulnerable elderly couples, unverified servants and paying guests in HUDA sectors, had actually invited accolades from various quarters.

A communiqué by the Commissioner today said: “The door-to-door survey of seeking information on vulnerable elderly couples, unverified servants and paying guests in HUDA Sectors of

Panchkula was started about a week ago with good intentions of ascertaining dimension of ensuring public safety adopting a proactive and preemptive approach as would be indicated by the data so collected. Reports in a section of the media have indicated the public was being non-receptive to the survey.”

It further stated: “Although the Commissioner of Police, the DCP and the SHOs in their daily interaction with the residents were informed by many well-meaning and socially conscious citizens of the value of this never-attempted survey, yet the survey was causing Top cop fails to take criticism in his stride inconvenience to the majority of residents and it would be called off. Though so far we have surveyed about 1,000 houses, no resident had complained of anxiety or annoyance with the campaign, we respect the projection in the media and put the survey on hold.”

The public has, however, expressed shock over the drive.

“We only wanted the police to sensitise the masses about the survey. They could have just inserted an advertisement asking the people to cooperate,” said Tarsem Garg, president of the Residents’ Welfare Association of Sector 7, Panchkula.

Rakesh Sood, another resident, said: “The efforts of the Commissioner may be sincere, but he should check the ground reality. I am surprised that instead of taking the criticism in their stride and improvising, the police has backed off from the drive.”

The survey

After a 70-year-old woman, Madhur Malti, was robbed of cash and jewellery by three miscreants after taking her hostage in her house at Sector 7, the door-to-door drive was initiated by the police. The drive was meant for the security of the elderly wherein professionally trained women officers were pressed into service to carry out the survey to instil confidence and a sense of security among residents. 



PGI docs show concern for patients
Wear black badges to express resentment against authorities 
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
Resident doctors today protested against the failure of the PGI authorities to provide state-of-the-art healthcare facilities to patients. Over 1,000 resident doctors performed their duties in various departments and the emergency of the PGI wearing black badges, showing their disappointment over the apathy of the PGI administration.

“The PGI is the only tertiary care institute in the region that is without a triage facility, thereby impairing access to treatment for patients in need of immediate care,” said a protesting doctor.

The absence of adequate monitoring devices, oxygen cylinders, piped oxygen, functioning suction ports, essential medicines and other consumables along with malfunctioning laryngoscopes and BP instruments, only add to the anguish already being suffered by the patients and doctors attempting to treat them, said the a member of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD).

“With such democratic exercise of protest, we only wish to benefit patients. We do not have any anguish against our authorities. This protest is a demonstration against the lack of response from the authorities despite our efforts to apprise them of the patient woes,” said one of the resident doctors.

Due to the lack of full-time personnel dedicated to shifting patients and transferring samples to the lab areas and collecting the reports in a timely manner, it falls to the already overburdened residents to perform all these menial activities. These tasks distract the doctors while their efforts should be focused on patient care and resuscitation entirely, said the protesting doctors. This is for the first time that the doctors have shown resentment against the authorities over patient care facilities.



No promises to make, student organisations skip manifesto
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
As if all is well on the Panjab University campus. Students have no problems and expect nothing from the university authorities. This is what the student organisations contesting elections think, for none of these have released their manifestos.

Earlier, organisations used to release manifestos much in advance to garner support from students. But over the years, student leaders have devised a novel way to woo voters — throwing booze parties and taking students on a trip.

Although the issues in the manifestos, which were released by the student organisations in the past several years, used to be the same, but all organisations made it sure that they entered the fray with some issues and released their manifesto.

Priyanka, a student of the UIET, said she was waiting for the student organisations to come up with their manifestos. “It is surprising that not even a single candidate approached me with the manifesto,” she said.

Echoing similar views, Aman a law student, said: “No organisation has released its manifesto. This indicates that they don’t want to make any promises to students.”

Interestingly, the student leaders are depending on the voters to set an agenda for them, which they will fulfil.

Leader of the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) Vikramjit Singh Medukhera said: “Though we have not released our manifesto, but we are going to fulfil the demands of the students.”

Leader of the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) Yadwinder Singh said they were highlighting the agenda their organisation verbally during canvassing.

A former PU student leader stated that the manifesto was the reflection of the party’s ideology that was must to win a student election. “Earlier, the student leaders used to introduce their agenda during the Open House. However, the Open House is not held following which the manifesto is the only way to attract the voters,” he said.

A manifesto was released by Priya Ranjan, an independent candidate, from the UIET, who was earlier contesting for the post of president. Later, she joined hands with SOPU and settled for the post of joint secretary. 


Finally, water supply restored
20 MGD water released from Phase III pipeline on Monday evening; residents relieved
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 2
Finally, water supply in the Phase III pipeline of the Kajauli Water Works was restored this afternoon, and 20 MGD water released on Monday evening
The authorities were still apprehensive about the restoration of water supply in Phase IV pipeline. “Some repair work is still pending, which will be completed by tomorrow afternoon”, said an official on the job.

Almost 15 days have passed since the leakage problem has occurred at Gharuan village. Two days ago, the officials had claimed that the water supply would be restored by Tuesday morning. “We are still apprehensive about restoring the water supply in the Phase IV pipeline tomorrow as some repair work is still on”, said the official.

Early in the day, around 10 MGD water was released in the Phase III pipeline at around 3 pm from the Kajauli Water Works at Kajauli village, 27 km away from here. “Only 10 MGD water was released in the Phase III pipeline just to avoid any damage to the pipeline and the normal supply of 20 MGD was started late in the evening today”, said the official.

An official said that leakage had again surfaced at the spot where the pipe was damaged. “It was a minor leakage and it was plugged immediately”, said the official.

Tomorrow evening, water will be released in the Phase IV pipeline to test the strength of the repaired pipe. “Initially, we will release only 10 MGD water. If everything goes well, the entire supply of 20 MGD will be released soon after that.



Mayor, BJP president indulge in war of words
Chawla holds Punjab Govt responsible for damage
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
City Mayor Subhash Chawla today accused the SAD-BJP led Punjab Government and the untrained labour deployed by them for the damage of the Phase III and IV pipeline of the Kajauli Water Works.

Subhash Chawla on his Facebook account posted his comment in which he also raised questions to BJP president Sanjay Tandon, who recently visited the Kajauli site along with the BJP-SAD councillors. Chawla says, “The Kajauli pumping station which pumps water for Chandigarh is situated in Punjab. It is under the control of the Punjab Government and repair and maintenance work is its responsibilities. The municipal corporation only pays the annual bill for the work. The two pipelines broken in Mankheri village also comes under Punjab. The Punjab Government is laying another pipeline in the area for Mohali and for laying these pipelines heavy machinery is being used and untrained labour is deployed for the said work.”

To Chawla’s questions, Tandon replied that those who lived in glass houses should not throw stones on others.

He said that the present crisis had exposed the functioning of the municipal corporation in the city where there was no backup and no alternative was made available to the residents. Tandon further said that “Mayor Subhash Chawla ne saare sehar ki kismet kharab kar ke rakh di hai.”



You will be challaned if caught buying from ‘rehri walas’ on roadsides in P’kula
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 2
Any person found purchasing anything from “rehri walas” will now be challaned in Panchkula. The Police Department has been directed by the district administration to do so in a bid to clear the encroachments by the “rehri Walas”.

In a meeting addressed by the Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Dr SS Phulia, the issue of encroachments came up wherein the decision was taken. Directions have been issued.

The meeting comprised the officials of the Municipal Corporation, Police Department and those of the district administration. Regarding encroachments in the city, 10 days has been given to the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and the MC to sort out the problem. Areas have been divided between HUDA and the MC. “HUDA will be responsible for the encroachments in the parking of the markets while the MC will be responsible for removing encroachments on the roads,” said an official.

To remove the encroachments in Sector 15 and Rally Chowk, the work has been jointly assigned to HUDA and MC. The progress report has to be given within 10 days.

Now, pay for parking A proposal to start paid parking for the first time in Panchkula has been mooted by Panchkula Deputy Commissioner SS Phulia. The busiest sectors which witness parking problems are Sectors 7,8,9,10,11 and 20. These sectors will now have paid parking lot.The proposal has been sent to the Haryana Urban Development Authority for its approval. 



Some respite for the elderly in city
Neglected by their children, they can now approach the special cell
Tribune News Service

A file photo of senior citizens.

Chandigarh, September 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court’s former Chief Justice SS Dewan’s crusade to get justice for the aged and the infirm has produced results. Left by their progeny in the twilight of their lives, the city’s elderly can now approach a special cell. The UT Administration has also designated woman and child helpline for the senior citizens. It will be functional 24X7.

The Chandigarh Administration conveyed this and much more to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in connection with a petition filed by Justice Dewan and his wife Romilla. The information was furnished to the High Court, after a Division Bench reserved its verdict on Justice Dewan’s petition.

In an affidavit placed before the Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Augustine George Masih, Chandigarh Social Welfare Department director Rajesh Jogpal asserted that the cell has been set up vide notification dated August 20 to look into the grievances of the senior citizens regarding threat to their life and property.

Jogpal added the life and property of the elderly had to be protected under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen's Act, 2007. The cell has been set up under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner and has 13 members.

The helpline will provide counselling to the senior citizens. They counsellers may refer the cases of senior citizens to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, and the State Legal Services Authority for medical and legal services in case of emergency.

Chief Justice Dewan and his wife Romilla are seeking “protection” from their own son. Taking up their petition alleging that they have been forced allegedly into “animal existence” by their own son, the High Court had asked former Apex Court Judge, Justice Kuldip Singh, senior advocate ML Sarin and tax consultant Ravinder Kishan to mediate. But the talks failed.

On a previous date of hearing, the High Court had made it clear that there was an immediate need to put in place the provisions of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen's Act 2007.The assertion came after their counsel Puneet Bali argued that the welfare of senior citizens remained a neglected affair. Though emphasis was being laid on child and women rights, there was no mechanism to ensure the welfare of the elderly. Even a complaints’ authority had not been set up for the redressal of their grievances. Justice Dewan and his wife had raised the issue of special cells for the aged and the infirm left to fend for themselves in the twilight of their life by their progeny, after alleging harassment at the hands of their son.



Residents face inconvenience as Asaram Bapu’s followers court arrest
Tribune News Service

The police detains his followers.
The police detains his followers.

Chandigarh, September 2
Residents had to face inconvenience as over three hundred followers of godman Asaram Bapu staged a protest near the Exhibition Ground in Sector 34 against his arrest today.

Asaram Bapu has allegedly been charged for sexually exploiting a 16-year-old girl at his ashram in Jodhpur. Commuters were seen stranded as a total of 314 followers gave their arrests at the Sector 34 police station.

They were later released after completing legal formalities.

The followers from Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali, Ambala district and Ropar gathered to protest. The representatives also handed over a memorandum against the arrest of Asaram Bapu in the office of the city Deputy Commissioner (DC) at Sector 17.



Patil’s public darbar evokes poor response
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
Once again UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil’s public hearing session evoked a poor response, as only four complainants turned up for the hearing session today.

Responding to the request of first complainant Khem Lal Bansal who complained against Narinder Patial, SHO, Industrial Area, Phase- I, that he was helping Kulwinder Singh, who was forcibly and illegally taking possession of his workshop, Patil asked the complainant to submit an affidavit so that his complaint could be examined thoroughly.

In another complaint, MS Sidhu, demanded immediate closure of wine shop running in an illegal structure opposite ISBT, Sector 43, which was not approved by the UT Administration. On his complaint, Patil asked the Deputy Commissioner to examine the complaint as per rules and report the same.In another case, Om Pal, resident of Sector 20 B, who took pre-mature retirement, requested for re-employment under the handicapped category, the Administrator told him that his request would be considered sympathetically.

Another complainant, NK Mattoo, in his complaint requested to register a criminal case against his brother and his wife for his mother’s death. 



Home for children a shambles
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 2
During an inspection of Shishu Greha, a children home at Sector 15, Panchkula, as many as 50 children, were found living in a stinking and dingy condition.

Ravi Kumar Sondhi, District and Sessions Judge-cum-chairman of District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), along with Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary of DLSA, Jaibir Singh Hooda, conducted the inspection.

Following the revelations, a report has been sent to the higher authorities of Haryana Legal 
Services Authority.

Though the food prepared in the kitchen was found to be hygienic, but the building was found in shambles. "The condition in which the children are living is very shocking. The walls are damp and the stench was too much to handle, we could not even stand there for a minute," said Hooda.

He said, "They told us that the new building will be ready soon, but they could have taken some measures to keep the disgusting odor at bay and repair the damp walls atleast." The children home needed an immediate whitewash as well.

The authorities concerned have been directed to take an appropriate action in this regard at the earliest.

The medical record of the children was also checked and the authorities concerned were asked to prepare the medical records in computerised firms with every minute detail. Two girls were found to be suffering from some mental disorder.



BJP Kisan Morcha members block traffic
Visitors, residents, students suffer; auto-rickshaw drivers
overcharge commuters
Tribune News Service

Traffic police personnel divert traffic to Chatt village on the Ambala-Chandigarh Highway following a protest by farmers on Monday.
Road full of problems: Traffic police personnel divert traffic to Chatt village on the Ambala-Chandigarh Highway following a protest by farmers on Monday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal report p5

Zirakpur, September 2
Hundreds of visitors and local residents were harried when members of the BJP Kisan Morcha blocked traffic on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala Highway for about three hours to press for their demands.

After parking their vehicles in the middle of the highway, the members of the morcha, around 200 in number, sat on the road at the entry point of Chandigarh and blocked the traffic flow. As a result, the roads of the entire block were jammed with a long queue of vehicles.

Hundreds of commuters, going from Chandigarh to the Delhi side and Patiala or vice versa, were stuck in the jam for hours. The worst affected were the students of the town as their school buses were seen stuck in the long queues of vehicles.

“We got delayed by two hours. We don’t know what to do? Worried parents are making several calls to me,” said Manjit Singh, bus driver of a school bus, who was going to drop children of a private school of Chandigarh to the town.

There was some respite when the police diverted the outside traffic, coming from the Delhi side and the Patiala side to Chandigarh, from the Ramgarh-Panchkula side.

Manjit Kaur, a college student, who was travelling by a bus to go to Mullanpur village, said she was harassed for one hour to get an auto-rickshaw. “Due to the blockade, no transport buses are plying. Auto-rickshaw drivers, too, are demanding extra charges,” said Manjit.

Rajpal Singh, another commuter, said taking the advantage of the situation, auto-rickshaw drivers were overcharging the commuters.

The blockade was lifted around 3 pm.



PM’s visit: Patil takes stock of situation, convenes meeting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil today held a meeting with senior officials of the Administration and reviewed the preparedness for the Prime Minister’s visit, who would be in the city on September 14 for handing over the flats to slum dwellers under the Slum Rehabilitation Scheme.

At the meeting, officials of the different departments including Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), UT Police, Engineering Department etc. apprised Patil of the work status related to the PM’s visit.

Patil also directed the officials to make proper arrangements at Dhanas so that the dwellers did not face any inconvenience.

The UT Administration has also constructed a helipad in Sarangpur village for the PM’s visit. A helipad was constructed to avoid controversy which erupted during the PM’s last visit in 2009 to the city when a patient allegedly died after an ambulance in which he was being carried to PGIMER got stuck on the road closed to make the way for the PM’s convoy.

According to information, the PM will travel on helicopter to Sarangpur village after getting down from the plane at the Chandigarh Airport. From Sarangpur, the PM will travel to the venue by road.



Govt to invest RS 1,700 cr on rural link roads: Minister
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 2
The Punjab Government will invest Rs 1,700 crore in a project to upgrade rural link roads, the work on which will begin next month.
This was stated by Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra while interacting with mediapersons at the Majri block office. Rakhra had reached there to participate in the ceremony of assuming charge by Manjit Kaur Majra as the chairperson of the Block Samiti, Majri, and Manjit Singh Khijarabad as the vice-chairman.

The Minister said training to sarpanches and panches would be imparted at the block level and zila parishad and block samiti members at the district or state level.

He said the government had envisaged the total facelift of villages, which were inhabited by more than 60 per cent of the state’s population. It was working for the overall development of the villages in a strategic way. For this purpose, a digital map of the villages would be available. Responding to a query, Rakhra said Rs 10 crore had been earmarked for the development of villages of the Kharar constituency. Till date, Rs 5 crore had been released for this purpose. The Minister laid the foundation stone of a sewerage project worth Rs 1.52 crore at Fatehgarh village.



Woman run over by train
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, September 2
A 40-year-old woman was run over by a train near Dhakoli, on the Ambala-Kalka railway line, on Monday morning. The deceased has been identified as Darshna Devi, a resident of Hem Vihar in Baltana.

The husband of the deceased, Subhash, told police that his wife was mentally weak. The Railway police has started registered a case. Investigations were on. The body of the deceased has been sent for post-mortem. 



Farmers submit memorandum
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, September 2
Kissan Morcha, BJP, Punjab and Haryana, assembled at Zirakpur today and submitted a memorandum to the governor of Punjab.
As many as 1,000 farmers assembled at the Sharma farmhouse here.

The National and state leaders criticised the anti-farmers policies of the Central government.and alleged that as per the cost of crops, the farmers were not getting genuine prices of their products.



Chandigarh scan

The Chandigarh division of LIC on Monday marked 57th LIC Day by holding an inaugural function at the Divisional Office, Sector 17. The function was attended by its employees and agents. The function was presided over by the Senior Divisional Manager, LC Meena.


The Indian veteran team scheduled to participate in the world masters games to be held in Turkey was honoured by the “Fly Tower”, an Indonesia-based sports company, on Monday. The team was honoured during a felicitation function held in Chandigarh. The head of the Chandigarh branch also announced that the “Fly Tower” company would also sponsor the team for the upcoming event.

Tractor journey

Indo Farms’s “Great Indian Tractor Journey” from Chandigarh to Kanyakumari vying to register its name in the Limca Book of World Records for the longest Indian expedition on tractor was flagged off from Chandigarh on Monday. “Spreading the message of peace across 28 cities and approximately 7,000 km, the tractor expedition is expected to return on World Peace Day on September 21, 2013,” said Rahul Khanna, COO, Marketing, Indo Farm Equipment Limited.

Visit to village

The Central Bank of India chairman and managing director, Rajeev Rishi, on Monday visited Manki village situated on the Chandigarh Ludhiana Highway under the Samrala Block of Ludhiana district. The village has been adopted by the Government of India under the Financial Inclusion Programme. To provide banking services at doorstep, the bank has been operating ultra small branch and appointed a banking correspondent, who is a resident of Manki village.

Workshop on filmmaking

Students of five schools of the city learnt various aspects of filmmaking as the Chandigarh chapter of INTACH held a workshop on short filmmaking at St Kabir Public School, Chandigarh, on Monday. Students from five schools of the city participated enthusiastically in the workshop conducted by Wesley Jefferson, a technical expert on filmmaking from the UK. The expert taught the students the finer nuances of creating and editing short films.

Office-bearers elected

Seven office-bearers of the Residents Welfare Committee of Sector 27-D were elected unopposed. The elections were held at Sanatam Dharam Mandir in the same sector. Those who got elected include Som Nath Saini as the president of the welfare committee, Narendra Nijhawan as the senior vice-president, TR Saini was elected as the vice-president, Madhu Thakral as the general secretary and Damanjit Singh was elected as the joint secretary. Jaspal Singh was elected as the cashier and HR Dhingra as the auditor.

Indian Oil Day

Indian Oil Day was celebrated by Indian Oil Punjab State Office, Chandigarh, at Himachal Bhawan, Sector 28. Padamshree Nek Chand, the creator of the Rock Garden, was the chief guest on the occasion. Sudeb Gupta, Executive Director, Punjab State Office, Chandigarh, felicitated Nek Chand for his contribution to the city beautiful, Chandigarh, and its people. Gupta also felicitated retired employees completing 75 years, other employees who have excelled in their office work with award of “appreciation cheque” and the wards of the employees who have excelled in their school, college, university examinations.

Talk on health, hygiene

Around 50 girl students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, were counselled on the significance of good health and personal hygiene during a Health and Hygiene Awareness Talk and Free Health Screening event organised by Trinity Hospital and Medical Research Institute in association with Yuvsatta, an NGO, here on Monday. “It’s a part of our initiative to sensitise young girls regarding the importance of hygiene and good health,” said Dr Kamla Kaushal, Medical Superintendent and Head, Department, Women and Child Health Care, of the hospital.

MoU signed

The Gian Jyoti Group has signed an MoU with France-based ISEE group to run its MBA in International Management Programme in India. The chairman of the Gian Jyoti Group of Intuitions, JS Badi, said with this programme, Indian students could have an international MBA degree by studying for one year in India and one year in Paris. — TNS



...And the countdown begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
It was a show of strength at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), which is Panjab University's biggest department with 2,500 votes.
The presence of the NSUI and SOPU supporters on the South campus led to chaos.

The police had to intervene to bring the situation under control. Despite a ban on campaigning, a large number of supporters of the NSUI and SOPU reached the UIET campus and started raising slogans.

The party supporters went up to the academic block and threw coloured papers to make the presence of their parties felt.

The situation worsened when the rival party organisations entered into heated arguments.

The university security staff and police personnel tried to pacify the students, but the latter refused to budge.

It was after the SHO of the Sector 11 police station, Gurmukh Singh, arrived at the scene with police force that the supporters of both the parties left. The police had to apply force.

The police said the university authorities should not have let the students campaign.

"As per Lyngdoh, the canvassing should end 48 hours before the elections, the students, however, continued to canvass," said a police officer.

In violation of Lyngdoh recommendations, the student parties used coloured papers and littered the campus.

In the past few years, the UIET has emerged as one the most sensitive departments on the campus. CCTV cameras have also been installed at various points to keep a vigil on the students during the elections.

Candidates in the fray for president

SOPU + SOI + H S A + HPSU panel

Name: Amandeep Singh

Age: 23

Department: Law

Background: Hails from Amritsar. His father is a government employee

Political career: Associated with SOPU for the past five years

Hobbies: Playing netball and hanging out with friends

Promises: I will urge the authorities to appoint the Dean, Student Placement and work for the welfare of students.

PUSU + INSO + ABVP + NSO panel

Name: Satwant Singh

Age: 23

Department: Law

Background: Hails from Zira village in Ferozepur district. His father is a businessman.

Political career: Entered into politics six years ago while pursuing BEd from the university.

Hobbies: Reading books, playing and watching cricket

Promises: Students want that the university should get the Central status and I will work in this direction. I will put in efforts to make the placement cell functional.

NSUI + HIMSU panel

Name: Chandan Rana

Age: 26

Department: Research scholar in biophysics department

Background: Hails from Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh). His parents are government employees

Political career: Joined student politics in 2005

Hobbies: Playing cricket, watching television and reading science journals

Promises: I want to upgrade the syllabu


Name: Navjot Kaur

Age: 21

Department: MSc (physics)

Background: Hails from Kalka in Panchkula district. Her father works with a private company

Political career: Entered into politics one-and-a-half years ago

Hobbies: Reading and travelling

Promises: The university should have more hostels. I will make it a point to make it happen.

Candidates for the post of secretary

SOPU + SOI + H S A + HPSU panel

Name: Akashdeep Vohra

Age: 22

Department: UIAMS

Background: Hails from Cheeka in Kaithal district of Haryana. His father is an agriculturist and a businessman

Political career: Joined politics in 2013

Hobbies: Reading novels

Promises: Overall development of the university. Upgrading infrastructure in hostels and reading rooms.

PUSU + INSO + ABVP + NSO panel

Name: Dr Abha Sharma

Age: 24

Department: Public health

Background: Belongs to Amritsar. Her father is a government employee

Political career: Contesting the elections for the first time

Hobbies: Playing table tennis and dancing

Promises: Allocation of budget for student welfare.

NSUI + HIMSU panel

Name: Resham Mittal

Age: 21

Department: UIET

Background: Karnal. His father is a businessman

Political career: Joined politics four years ago

Hobbies: Playing basketball and research

Promises: Reduction in fee of self-finance courses.



Who cares about Lyngdoh recommendations?
Tribune News Service

Students board a bus to Mohali.
Students board a bus to Mohali. 

Chandigarh, September 2
It's poll din on the PU campus and candidates are leaving no stone unturned to woo voters.
So much so that they are even ready to violate Lyngdoh recommendations which state that the poll expenditure should not exceed Rs 5,000.

Paying no heed to the directions, members of a student organisation today took students of the UIET and UICET to an amusement park situated on periphery of Mohali.

It seems that the candidates do not care much about the cancellation of their nomination. The students walked to Gate No 1 and boarded buses opposite the PGI.

Sources said the Chandigarh police has noted down the registration number of buses and the names of the drivers.
The littered campus after the NSUI rally.
The littered campus after the NSUI rally. 

This will be mentioned in a report of Lyngdoh violations which is prepared by the police.

Another student organisation asked the students to come to the Sector 15 market from where they were taken to a multiplex for a movie. The members booked 200 tickets.

The sources said liquor was also supplied to the students staying as paying guests.

Despite knowing the fact that the poll expenditure runs into lakhs every year, the PU authorities have failed to take action against the violators.

The university authorities have also appointed observers to check Lyngdogh violations. The observers submits its report after the elections are over.

A Senate member said, "It's surprising that the university is ignoring the violations. What's the use to conducting the elections as per Lyngdoh guidelines when the university can't ensure the implementation of the same."



‘Unite and rule’ policy
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

ABVP stickers pasted on a tree on the campus
Fruitful wait: ABVP stickers pasted on a tree on the campus.

Chandigarh, September 2
Foes have turned friends! Reason: Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) elections. The Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and Punjab University Students Union (PUSU) have joined hands to keep the National Student Union of India (NSUI) off the fray.

Supporters of the parties raised slogans against the NSUI at the UIET.

Sources said the parties did not want an all-India level student party to win the elections.

A senior leader of SOPU said, “We will not let the NSUI win. The party left SOPU to win the elections," said SOPU leader Vikramjit Singh Medukhera.

“SOPU is nowhere in the picture. We are not on good terms with the NSUI. PUSU only believes in serving the students," said Yadwinder Singh, leader, PUSU.



SOPU, PUSU stay out of the fray in colleges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
The dominance of SOPU and PUSU in colleges affiliated to PU is fading away as the institutions are forming independent student unions.
Regional and national parties are making their presence felt in the colleges.

At GGDSD College, Sector 32, supporters of the SD College Union and SD College Hostel Union representatives could be seen canvassing. Representatives of the parties said they were aware of the students' problems.

In Khalsa College, Sector 26, the Khalsa College Student Union (KCSU) has been enjoying the fiefdom for the past many years.

Raising the issue of 'arbitrary fee hike', even the National Student Union of India (NSUI) has been making efforts to make a clean sweep at GGDSD College. At Khalsa college, the Himachal Student Union (HSA) is in the fray.



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