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Brace for traffic snarls today
Prime Minister to be in city to dedicate one-room tenements to slum dwellers in Dhanas
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
Be ready for traffic snarls today. With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh scheduled to arrive in the city tomorrow morning to dedicate one-room tenements to slum dwellers in Dhanas, traffic on the route to be taken by his convoy will remain disrupted for at least 15 minutes before the VVIPs pass through it. According to the police, residents should avoid taking the roads falling on the route. “The residents should avoid taking these roads from 9.45 am to 11.15 am and between noon and 2.30 pm,” the police said.

The Prime will reach the Chandigarh Air Force Station at around 10 am from where he will travel by road. The PM’s convoy will hit the main road at the airport light point from where it will reach Tribune Chowk, then take the road towards the Transport light point in Sector 26 and then head straight towards the T-point in Sector 26.

It will then take the route towards St Kabir School, Sector 26, from where the convoy will take a left turn and then a right turn. It will pass through the Golf Club and the Raj Bhawan and further move towards the Sukhna Lake from where the convoy will head straight towards the Punjab and Haryana Chief Ministers' residences. The convoy will then take a left turn and after crossing the Sector 10/11 dividing road, it will reach the Sector 16/15/10/11 roundabout on Madhya Marg from where the convoy will head towards the Mullanpur T-point after passing through the stretch opposite the PGI and finally to the venue in Dhanas.

Police sources said the convoy, due to last-minute changes, could also travel through Madhya Marg from the Sector 26 Transport light point. Barricades will be installed to stop the flow of traffic, said the police.

Which routes to take

To avoid traffic jams during the Prime Minister’s visit, commuters are advised to take either Dakshin Marg or Udyog Path to reach the sectors in the north of the city, including Sectors 21, 22, 23, 24, 16, 17, 14, 15 and Panjab University. The commuters should avoid driving through Madhya Marg between 10 am and 3 pm.

4,000-strong security

  • 4,000 policemen to provide security cover to the PM
  • Patients visiting the PGI between 10 am and 1 pm will have to enter the hospital from the second gate near the New OPD
  • The PMO seeks vegetarian non-fried food for PM’s lunch at the Raj Bhawan
  • Five of the 12 ambulances of the Health Department to follow the convoy
  • Food inspectors to be deployed at the airport, Dhanas and the Raj Bhawan to test food samples
  • Local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal’s photo missing from posters issued by the Administration for the slum rehabilitation project
  • City BJP divided over showing black flags to the Prime Minister. City BJP president Sanjay Tandon against the move whereas senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan is in favour of it
  • The PMO and the Administration have not okayed any organisation's meeting with the PM. The local units of the Congress and the BJP and some other organisations had submitted applications to the Administration for a meeting with the PM



UT Admn leaves no stone unturned
Rs 2 crore spent on sprucing up venue, route for Prime Minister’s visit to city today
Tribune News Service
MC workers spruce up the road to be taken by the PM’s convoy in Chandigarh on Friday
MC workers spruce up the road to be taken by the PM’s convoy in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune Photos: S Chandan

Chandigarh, September 13
To showcase its ambitious rehabilitation project to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, the Chandigarh Administration is leaving no stone unturned; no matter what it costs.

The PM is scheduled to handover the possession of one-room tenements constructed by Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) to slum dwellers under the small flat scheme at Dhanas.

Though the UT officials have not come out with any figures on the expenditure incurred in sprucing up the venue, sources reveal it has touched around Rs 2 crore. The 10,000-capacity all-weather pandal erected at the venue has reportedly come up at a cost of around Rs 20 lakh.

At least 12 large LCD screens have been installed in the pandal to allow visitors to have a clear view of the VVIPs. The Prime Minister along with Housing Minister Dr Girija Vyas, Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana and Punjab Governor are among the dignitaries expected to be present on the dais.

If the costs of various other works undertaken at the venue are taken into account, the budget would cross Rs 2 crore, said sources in the Administration.

Not only on the venue, a lot of money has also been spent on improving the condition of roads falling on the VVIP route. Around Rs 15 lakh have been spent on constructing a helipad and other related infrastructure.

Expenditure was also incurred on giving the flats a new look. Since a majority of the flats were constructed in 2011, the facade had darkened. A fresh coat of whitewash was given to make them look new, said officials.

Officials supervising the preparations revealed that the inaugural plaque had been installed at a short distance from the pandal.

The entire Dhanas complex has been divided into two parts. One part has been isolated from the other to restrict the movement of the visitors.

To cater to the beneficiaries, the Administration has arranged CTU buses to ferry them to the venue. Around 4,000 slum dwellers will be present at the venue.



Bansal given a miss
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
While city Congress leaders are claiming that around 8,000 one-room tenements in Dhanas are being given to slum dwellers tomorrow only because of local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal’s efforts, the posters, banners and advertisements issued by the UT Administration and Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) neither name him nor carry his picture.

The banners of the ambitious project, funded under the small flat scheme, that are displayed by the Administration on the major roundabouts of the city carry pictures of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Dr Girija Vyas and Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil only.

Speaking on the issue, a senior official of the UT Administration questioned as to why there should be Bansal’s picture on the banners.

“This is a project of the UT Administration and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil’s picture is there on the posters,” he said.

When contacted, Pawan Kumar Bansal said he was there only to work for the people, and the matter related to the posters was not a big issue.

When he was the Union Railways as well as Water Resources Minister, on a number of occasions he had not allowed the departments to publish his pictures on ambitious projects, said Bansal.

Local Congress leaders, however, are busy making claims, not only at meetings but on social networking sites as well, that Bansal was the sole person instrumental in initiating the project.



PM’s words go unheard; PGI main gate to remain closed
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
In a thought-defying decision, the UT Administration and the Chandigarh Police have planned to keep the main gate of the PGI closed due to the Prime Minister's visit despite instructions issued by him after his visit to the city four years ago that they should be "more sensitive to the concerns of the common man" while imposing restrictions for reasons of security.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will cross the PGI gate while visiting Dhanas. During his last visit to the city on November 3, 2009, a patient had lost his life as he was not allowed to enter from the main gate for security reasons.

Following this, the Prime Minister had written to the wife of the deceased, stating that he had instructed the authorities to be more sensitive to the concerns of the common man while imposing such security restrictions.

The incident, however, seems to have been forgotten by the authorities and the police as they issued a press note on Thursday stating that the main gate of the PGI will remain closed and an alternative route should be taken to enter from the second gate of the PGI.

The police today again issued a press note stating that, "On September 14, citizens are requested to avoid using the main gate of the PGI from 10 am to 1 pm. Instead, an alternative gate of the PGI (the New OPD gate near Sector 11, Chandigarh) will remain open. The PGI staff will be there to assist the patients."

Official spokesperson for the PGI Manju Wadwalkar, said, "There will not be any change in the functioning of the institution. All services will run as usual."

Nearly 100 new patients visit the PGI Emergency everyday from across north India.

The entry to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, from Madhya Marg will also remain closed from 10 am to 2 pm and patients will have to enter from the gate on the Rose Garden side.

Several attempts to contact the PMO to seek the Prime Minister’s comments on the decision of the Chandigarh Police proved futile.



The ugly side of Dhanas Manmohan won’t get to see
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Workers put up barricades near the venue of the Prime Minister’s function on Friday
orkers put up barricades near the venue of the Prime Minister’s function on Friday. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari & S Chandan

Chandigarh, September 13
Two faces of Dhanas! Figure this out. For the past fortnight, while the entire top brass of the Administration has been on its toes to beautify the route and the city's periphery for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's function, nobody seems to be concerned about the bad condition of internal streets in the same village.

During a visit to Dhanas today, it was found that field workers of all departments were busy giving the finishing touches to beautify the route, the venue and the surroundings with officials of each wing present at the site to monitor the arrangements with their staff members.

However, residents living in interior areas of the village have not been lucky enough to benefit from the Prime Minister's in the matter of upgrade of infrastructure, which is in poor shape. Heaps of cow dung, potholed roads, wild grass on road berms, broken benches in parks and undeveloped parks are the ground reality of Dhanas village.

Villagers alleged that none of the officials involved in the work pertaining to the Prime Minister's visit had bothered to visit the interior areas of the village, which were in poor shape and actually required their attention.

Hollow claims of the authorities regarding sanitation in Dhanas stand exposed as heaps of garbage can be seen all over the internal area of the village. MC safai workers, who have been regularly visiting the area in view of the VVIP visit, have paid little attention towards the interior areas of the village.

"I pray next time some VVIP takes the route through the internal streets of the village so that officials of the Administration pay heed to the villagers' problems," said Devi Rani, a resident of Dhanas.


4,000 personnel to keep vigil in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
Around 4,000 personnel of the Chandigarh Police will provide security to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his visit to the city tomorrow.

A huge posse of police will be deployed on the route to be taken by the PM’s convoy from the airport to Dhanas, where the he will dedicate one-room tenements to slum dwellers.

“Security drills have been completed. The Special Protection Group (SPG) and over 4,000 police personnel will be present in the city for the Prime Minister's visit,” said a police officer.

Four layers of protection will be provided to the PM, with the SPG personnel forming the inner ring.

Police personnel carrying sophisticated weapons and moving in riot-control vehicle Vajra and anti-terror armoured vehicle Kavach besides those mounted on horses will provide security to the PM.

Police sources said personnel would be deployed on the rooftops near the venue to keep an aerial vigil.

Credentials of commuters moving on the roads near the venue are being thoroughly checked by the police.

Sources said vehicles entering into the city through Mullanpur, Mohali and Zirakpur barriers are also being checked by the police personnel deployed there.


While city BJP president Sanjay Tandon (above) wants to submit a memorandum to the PM, senior leader Harmohan Dhawan is in favour of showing black flags to the PM
While city BJP president Sanjay Tandon (above) wants to submit a memorandum to the PM, senior leader Harmohan Dhawan is in favour of showing black flags to the PM
While city BJP president Sanjay Tandon (above) wants to submit a memorandum to the PM, senior leader Harmohan Dhawan is in favour of showing black flags to the PM.

Black flags for PM: City BJP divided
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
The local unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is divided over showing black flags to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his arrival to the city tomorrow.

While former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan is in favour of showing black flags, city BJP president Sanjay Tandon wants to submit a memorandum mentioning anomalies in the slum rehabilitation project to the PM.

In a press conference here today, Tandon said these flats were ready for the past one year but were not allotted to the beneficiaries.

“Now only to gain political mileage, flats are being allotted to the slum dwellers,” he said.

Tandon said he would try to meet the PM during his visit to the city in order to submit a memorandum.

Dhawan, who was also at the press conference, said Ekta Samiti would protest against the PM and if they would call him, he will do so.



Politicos await Admn’s nod to meet PM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
The UT Administration has not given the go ahead to any of the applicants, including political leaders and representatives of social organisations, who had sought permission to meet the Prime Minister on his visit to Chandigarh.

City Congress president BB Behl had submitted an application to the Administration stating that he along with some Congress leaders wanted to meet the PM to discuss some local issues. Similarly, city BJP president Sanjay Tandon had applied to the UT Adviser and the Deputy Commissioner for an appointment with the PM.

UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar said the applications had been forwarded to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). People would be allowed to meet the PM after they got a clearance from the PMO, he said. Till date the Administration had not received any clearance, said Anil Kumar.

BB Behl said he wanted to raise some demands of the city residents before the PM.

“We have prepared our memorandum but are still awaiting the permission,” he said.

Besides political parties Pind Bachao Samiti activist Baljit Khalsa and others have also sought the permission.

PM will give his house a miss

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will not be visiting his Sector 11 house on his visit to the city on Saturday. Dashing the neighbours’ hopes, who said they always got excited during PM’s visit, Singh will leave for the Raj Bhawan soon after the function at Dhanas gets over. From there, the PM would head to the airport, said police sources.



Panchkula hospital told not to refer cases to PGI
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 13
Ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Chandigarh, UT Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Naunihal Singh has directed the Panchkula General Hospital to avoid referring any cases to the PGI, Chandigarh.

In an official communication sent by the SSP, it was mentioned that referrals should be avoided between 10 am and 1pm. However, in cases of emergency, the gate of the New OPD near the intersection of Sectors 11 and 12 could be used during these hours, it stated.

The communication was sent to the director of the health services, Haryana, and a copy of the same was marked to the principal medical officer and other officials of the General Hospital, Sector 6.

Principal medical officer Dr Usha Gupta said the directions had been forwarded to doctors and the ambulance staff. The hospital receives several cases that have to be immediately referred to the PGI.

Ambulances to follow convoy

Five of the 12 ambulances of the UT Health Department will follow the Prime Minister’s convoy on Saturday. Two ambulances, one each for PM Dr Manmohan Singh and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil, will cater to the VVIPs. The other three will be attached to the convoy for the general public in a case of emergency.



pinjore bus mishap
Delay in driver’s arrest raises questions
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 13
The arrest of the driver of a Pinjore Delhi Public School bus, Sher Singh, exactly after 24 hours of the accident has raised the question whether his arrest was delayed so as to nullify the effect of liquor or any other drug in his blood.

The station house officer of the Pinjore police station, Inspector Raj Kumar, said the driver was arrested in the morning. A further delay was made in conducting his medical checkup. In the evening at 5.20 pm, Raj Kumar said the officials had just gone to get the driver's medical checkup done.

According to senior doctors, had the driver been arrested soon, it could have been detected as to whether he was under the influence of liquor or not.

“After 24 hours, the effect of alcohol contents in blood almost nullifies. It keeps deteriorating,” said Dr Sunil Gambhir, a senior doctor at the General Hospital, sector 6, Panchkula.

Advocate Manbir Singh Rathi said: “liquor contents in the body are hardly traced after a lapse of 24 hours.”

The family alleged that the driver's arrest was delayed in order to shield the accused. “Despite the fact that the driver was on the spot at the time of the incident and the police officials claimed that he had suffered injuries, they failed to arrest him,” said the child's paternal uncle Satish Garg. He added: “How come he has been arrested after 24 hours.”

A student of class VI was killed and more than 12 were injured when the school bus they were travelling in overturned near the Mallah road yesterday.



Operators’ strike hits Aadhaar enrolment
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Visitors look at a deserted e-Sampark centre in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Friday
Visitors look at a deserted e-Sampark centre in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, September 13
Aadhaar enrolment in the city was stalled today as the operators deputed at the eight e-Sampark centres went on strike due to a salary dispute with the company that has recruited them. The residents, who visited the centres to get themselves enrolled for the Aadhaar, found nobody there but a terse notice stating that owing to the strike, Aadhaar enrolment will be held tomorrow.

It is strange that the authorities did not bother to make any standby arrangements at the e-Sampark centres for Aadhaar enrolment to avoid inconvenience to the public, said 55-year-old Vijay Kumar, who visited Industrial Area, Phase I, to get himself enrolled.

The e-Sampark centres where the Aadhaar enrolment facility is available include those in Sector 10, 15, 17, 21, 40, 43, Industrial Area Phase-I and Mani Majra. In fact, the verification officers at all these centres had to return home as the staff was not available for Aadhaar enrolment.

Unique Identification Authority of India Deputy Director-General Keshni Anand Arora said the issue had been resolved by the company late in the evening and tomorrow all the centres would be opened to the public.

Meanwhile, at least 11 Aadhaar operators alleged that for the past six months they had been sending representations to their company based in Bangalore that their salaries should be revised as the work load was increasing day by day, but in vain. They alleged that for the past one and a half years, joining letters had not been issued to them by the company and the management was not deducting provident fund from their salaries.

They alleged that all these issues were taken up with the management a number of times in the past but till date no action had been taken by it. Resultantly, they decided to express their resentment by going on strike. The operators have demanded that the authorities should release their salaries as per the DC rates fixed by the administration.



‘Harassed’ by Admn, woman seeks justice
Tribune News Service

Sudarshan Puri cooks food in her kitchen, the wall of which has been pulled down by the Estate Office in Sector 16, Chandigarh
Sudarshan Puri cooks food in her kitchen, the wall of which has been pulled down by the Estate Office in Sector 16, Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, September 13
An elderly woman is forced to cook food in the open as the Estate Office has demolished a part of her house, claiming it to be a new construction carried out illegally.

The 80-year-old woman, Sudarshan Puri, is now running from pillar to post to get justice. Claiming that without verifying how old the structure is, the enforcement staff of the Estate Office recently pulled down the wall of her kitchen.

The women and her family is involved in a court case over the ownership of the property (House No. 65, Sector 16) with a former councillor, who had bough the property. While the case is sub judice, a junior engineer of the Estate Office reported that a new wall had been raised by the woman who lived in the annexe of the house.

“While there are means to asses how old a structure is, the JE, without bothering to go in to the depth of the case, got the structure demolished at the behest of certain persons who have vested interests. The house belonged to my father-in-law and I have been living in the house for the past many years. Now, I have challenged the will on the basis of which the house was sold off and I am seeking my share in the ancestral property,” she said.

The woman, who lives in the house with her two sons and two granddaughters, is forced to cook her food in the open. She has demanded that the reasons behind the demolition need to be verified and those at fault should be brought to the book.



Villagers protest against illegal mining

Mohali, September 13
Villagers staged a dharna at Kubaheri village in protest against illegal mining at the Majri block today. Jagmohan Singh Kang, MLA, led the protest. He said a people's movement would be launched against such unauthorised activities.

He said the Punjab Government had not drawn up a policy on mining to help ruling party supporters in getting rich . "No action has been taken against the supporters of the SAD-BJP combine for indulging in the unauthorised mining. Such a biased attitude of the government was harming the interests of the common man. States like Rajasthan and Karnataka have already implemented a policy on mining," the MLA said.

The MLA said that a deliberate shortage of sand and bajri had been created even when the actual position was totally different. The protesters said the mining was being done in an unauthorised way at night on panchayat land . They said the police personnel and Mining Department officials were hand in glove with the offenders. — OC



Accused still at large
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, September 13
The Revenue and Police Department could not identify the accused involved in the Forest land scam till now. Though, an FIR was registered against Shiv Dyal, son of Babu Singh, a resident of Peer mucchalla village, and some unidentified accused under Sections 420, 465,467,471 and 120B of the IPC but no one has been identified and arrested in the case.

SHO Tarlochan Singh said, “The case is very complex and investigation was on to identify the accused.” He said Shiv Dyal, who got over 70-acre forest land transferred on his name with forgery, is a duplicate person produced by the accused to hide their identity. The case was registered following a complaint by the sub-divisional magistrate, Inderjeet Kaur Kang.

The case was noticed by the officials of the Forest Department and they handed it to the Deputy Commissioner of Mohali. Though, tempered record of forest land was corrected by Tehsildar Dera Bassi but the real accused who had the intention to grab the land worth crores by forgery means could not be identified till now.

Meanwhile, SDM Inderjeet Kaur kang said an inquiry was on to identify the accused involved. Congress MLA Hardyal Singh Kamboj and congress leader Manpreet Kaur Dolly have demanded that the accused should be brought before public soon and punished.



Mohali civic body draws up proposal to extend its limits
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 13
The Mohali Municipal Corporation has drawn up a fresh proposal to extend its limits by including new areas into its jurisdiction before the Municipal Corporation elections.

According to reports, the Municipal Corporation has proposed the inclusion of Sectors 66 to 69 and 76 to 80 in the civic body area. The proposal is yet to be sent to the Director of Local Government, Punjab.

Last month, the Director had written to the Commissioner of the corporation to begin the process of delimitation of wards for the elections.

A team of officials set up by the election wing of the directorate also visited the office of the civic body on August 27 in connection with the work of delimitation. The team met the joint commissioner of the corporation, Dilraj Singh.

Sources said a team had been set up at the level of the directorate to take care of delimitation work. The Commissioner had also been asked to depute officials of the civic body to assist the team.

The Commissioner had been asked to complete the entire delimitation process by mid-October.

The Director's letter did not mention anything about the increase in the limits of the corporation area even when the erstwhile Municipal Council had been upgraded to the level of the corporation.

The now-dissolved council had 31 wards under its jurisdiction.

As the limits of the civic body have not been increased so far, the same area will now have 50 wards because of the upgrade in the status of the corporation.



Book on fungal infections released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
Professor YK Chawla, director, PGIMER, released a book titled, ‘Fungal Infections in Asia: The Eastern Frontier of Mycology’, today. The book has been edited by Dr Arunaloke Chakrabarti, professor and Head, Department of Medical Microbiology, PGIMER. It has been published by Elsevier.

Twenty eminent clinicians and medical mycologists from India and abroad have contributed chapters in the book. Asia, the largest continent of the world with more than half of global population and has geographical conditions that favour the growth of various types of fungi with some very unique species. Socio-economic conditions like overcrowding, compromised healthcare facilities and lack of awareness add to the morbidity and mortality of fungal diseases in this part of the world.

However, there is a dearth of epidemiological data pertaining to the Asian countries and reference is mostly extrapolated from available literature of the western world, the experts said.

The Asian picture is somewhat different from the more visible western data in terms of the causative species, natural history and management strategies and there was a definite need to document these findings- this was the primary aim of writing the book. Although, the picture is yet to be completed, the authors have attempted to compile a comprehensive text highlighting the distinctive features of fungal infections in Asia. The book has been written within three and half months, which shows all the authors and the editor have worked hard to make this difficult task possible within such a short span of time.



IT survey at poultry farms yields Rs 11.15 cr
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 13
An undisclosed income of Rs 11.15 crore was surrendered by four poultry farms at Barwala in Panchkula district after a survey was conducted by the Income Tax Department here today. It was a 36-hour operation by the officials of the department that started last afternoon and concluded this evening.

According to the IT officials, Rs 5 crore was surrendered by Subis poultry farms, Rs 2.75 crore by Trivani poultry farms, Rs 2.40 crore by Aspire Poultry Farms and around Rs 1 crore by Sanjeev Farms.

After finding discrepancies in the account books and returns filed by the poultry farms, the officials got a tip-off that the said farms were concealing their income. Also, it was found that the sales figures were fudged in order to show less income.

“They had not revealed the actual income and we found discrepancies as per the Income Tax rules. We will be conducting similar search operations at other places as well,” said a senior official of the Income Tax Department.

The operation was carried out under the supervision of Commissioner of the Income Tax Department Saroj Deswal and Additional Commissioner Shalini Bhargav Kaushal.

The teams were led by Assistant Commissioner Manveet Sehgal and Deputy Commissioners Vandana Mohite and Pooja Rastogi. As many as six teams, comprising seven or eight officials each, were sent to the poultry farms.

On August 20, the IT Department conducted a survey at three hospitals of Panchkula namely Dhawan Hospital in Sector 7, Dr Bakshi’s Laboratory in Sector 9 and Dr Poonam Gupta’s Nursing Home in Sector 16 and unearthed an undisclosed income of Rs 4.68 crore.



Samaritans extend help to rape victim
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
A day after The Tribune highlighted the plight of the two-and-a-half-year-old rape victim from Ludhiana, whose kin were unable to meet the expenses of her treatment at the PGIMER here, three good Samaritans have come forward to extend financial help to the family of the victim.

The child was admitted to the PGIMER on Tuesday evening and underwent a surgery at the Advanced Paediatrics Centre on Wednesday.

Her father, Mohammad Raju, a labourer, has been battling to meet the expenses on medicines as his entire life's savings were stolen by his daughters' rapists, he claimed.

He had so far managed to arrange about Rs 20,000 for purchasing medicines and surgical items by borrowing some from his relatives and taking the rest from some donors.

The three persons who came forward to provide him help include a Ludhiana-based businessman, Mukesh, a college student from Chandigarh, Nanki, and a Kharar resident who did not wish to be named.

The girl was abducted by two persons on Tuesday and was found bleeding on the roadside in the afternoon, according to the police.

The doctors at the PGIMER, Chandigarh, confirmed she had sustained grievous injuries and needed extra care.



Achievement survey delayed
Education Dept issues expression of interest to invite other educational institutes
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
The achievement survey of the Education Department will take some more time to start. Earlier, the department had planned to appoint a Delhi-based NGO, Paratham, to conduct the survey from August.

But on the recommendations of higher officials, the department has now issued expression of interest to invite other educational institutes for conducting this survey, which is not expected to start before the next month.

This survey, it is learnt, will be the first-of-its-kind third party evaluation, aiming at examining the academic level of the local students and finding out where they stand in terms of their intelligence quotient level, reading, writing and comprehension skills. Officials said nearly 26,000 students, studying in class III and class V of 106 government schools will be evaluated through this survey. This exercise will find out their competency level and then take appropriate steps to address the deficiencies following the survey report.

Insiders feel that the survey would bring out interesting facts, especially about the performance level of the students of government schools located in villages and slum areas where the infrastructure is poor as compared to urban model schools.

The survey will generate report and key findings and recommendation, besides the comparison of Chandigarh students with their counterparts in other states. It will be one-to-one survey in both class III and class V.

As per information, the last date to apply for the expression of interest is September 27 and it will be opened on September 30. The selected organisation is directed to start the survey next month and submit the report in January next year.

A senior official said the purpose of inviting expression of interest would be to invite the best organisations, dealing with educational research, to conduct the survey here. The assessment will be done keeping in view the competencies, which are expected to be generated in the students.



Need to develop skills of youth: Bhukkal
Three-day annual technical festival begins at the UIET, Panjab University
Tribune News Service

Students display their instruments at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology in Chandigarh on Friday
Students display their instruments at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photos: Parvesh Chauhan
Students display their instruments at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology in Chandigarh on Friday

Chandigarh, September 13
“Aavishkar 2013 - the Renaissance”, the annual technical festival of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Panjab University, Chandigarh, started today.

PU alumnus and Haryana Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal inaugurated the fest in the presence of PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover and Director UIET Prof Renu Vig. Engineering students from various parts of the country are participating in the three-day festival.

Bhukkal said: “Technology and innovation are the engines of growth and advancement”. She said: “India’s intellect is our biggest strength. Fortunately, the present India is a young India. Demographic dividend is on our side, so the country has immense strength, but converting this young India into a skilled India is a challenge in which our schools, colleges and universities have a major role to play”.

Calling upon students, Haryana Education Minister said skills and knowledge never ever reach saturation. So, find creative solutions to optimise the scarce resources.

She asked the students to find creative solutions for common problems, produce unique and indigenous products.

Among the events, the key ones were paper presentation, lectromagnetica, telepathic line follower and first rounds for roboball, vengeance, submerged, app-roid, etc.

The evening was highlighted by a special screening of a movie “One Idiot”. It’s a well edited and produced 30-minute movie about the power of compounding and how to save and invest rather than only spend money. Focused towards the younger generation, the movie talks about an “idiot”, who buys his own veggies every Sunday and is mocked by children in the building. However, they all turn sheepish and embarrassed when they find out he’s worth Rs 100 crore. Peppered with quotes like Buffett’s “don’t save what’s left after spending, spend what’s left after saving”, the movie focuses on building the young adult’s interest in investing.

The Day 2 of the fest will see some more technical events, along with a laser show at the night. With the participation already crossing 3,500 on the first day, with more crazy events lined up ahead, the organising committee believes that participation will easily cross 6,000, with overall footfall exceeding 10,000.



Pending issues: Education Dept, teachers’ panel reach agreement

Chandigarh, September 13
The Education Department and the Joint Action Committee of UT teachers finally reached an agreement over their pending issues.

The members of the JAC said following a series of meetings with department officials, the administration agreed to withdraw the FIR and transfer orders against four of its office-bearers.

The exceptive committee of the JAC, which met today, expressed its gratitude towards the officers of the Education Department of the Chandigarh Administration and hoped that the remaining issues of the teachers would also be resolved very shortly.

The House unanimously decided to withdraw the proposed protest tomorrow.

Those attended the meeting included Savinder Singh, Kushali Ram Sharma, Swarn Singh Kamboj, Ranbir Rana, Shamsher Singh, Ravinder Sharma and others.

Swarn Singh Kamboj said the association welcomed the move by the department and extended all its cooperation to the department on the vital issues concerning the academic development of teachers and students. — TNS



St John’s No. 2 in national rankings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
St John’s High School, Sector 26, has been declared the number 2 school in the national rankings for boys' day schools by premier market research and polling company C fore. The Annual Education World India School ranking was conducted to track the country's best school as role models to the entire community of educationists and inspire the top ranked schools for further improvement.

St John's was declared the best school last year in the tricity by the Education World and 18th in the All-India ranking by C Fore survey.

The survey rated the school on various parameters of academics, teacher competence, co-curricular activities, sports, leadership and management, parental involvement, value for money and community service.

Principal Kavita C Das said she was grateful to her wonderful team of staff, students and alumni who have made the ranking possible.

According to her, the school continues to excel in many areas. The eco club of the school recently won a trophy for e-waste management among the city schools and was invited by the Chandigarh Administration to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. The school is the pioneer among educational institutions with regard to animal adoption for three consecutive years at the Chattbir Zoo.



Panjab University research scholar to get award in US

Chandigarh, September 13
The University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), Panjab University, has achieved another major international recognition as the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) has selected the work of the research team led by Prof Bhupinder Singh Bhoop and Prof OP Katare for the prestigious Quality by Design (QbD) and Product Performance Award.

UIPS research scholar Dr Kaisar Raza has been selected for the Quality by Design (QbD) and Product Performance Award, who will receive the award, along with a commemorative plaque and a monetary honorarium, on November 13 during the annual meeting at San Antonio, Texas, US.

The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists found the UIPS team research work as exemplary on the “Quality by Design (QbD) and Product Performance”.

Dr Raza has just completed his PhD on QbD-based nanocolloidal drug delivery research work in osteoarthritis under the supervision of Prof Katare and Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor Bhoop and is currently employed as a research scientist at the UGC-Centre of Excellence in Applications of Nanomaterials, Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites (UGC-CEANNN) at PU.

The work encompasses the QbD-based nanocolloidal carriers for etodolac and isotretinoin for safe and effective treatment of osteoarthritis and acne. Nano-based drug products of etodolac deliver the drug to the affected osteoarthritic site by topical route and bypasses the side effects of the conventional therapy, thus leading to significant improvement in the therapeutic efficacy and safety of the drug by nearly 4-fold over the conventional one.

Nanoparticles of isotretinoin not only improve the efficacy of isotretinoin through topical route by 3.5-fold but also has tremendous potential to enhance the patient compliance of this highly irritating and unstable drug.

The award comes as the “recognition of the efforts of the research group in developing an integrated and multidisciplinary approach for advancing pharmaceutical product quality for the benefits of patient community”. — TNS



Declamation contest held

Mohali, September 13
A declamation contest was organised at the Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC), Jhanjeri, with a view to creating awareness among the students on the burning issues of the country. Students presented their views on topics like “Crime Against Women in India”, “Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely”, “Chinese Goods-Marketing or Dumping” and “Education & Success-Complementary or Supplementary”.

Girls outnumbered boys on the topic of the day “Crime Against Women”. They put up their arguments and suggestions forcefully. All of them were of the opinion that rape was no less than murder and every rapist must be hanged in order to the check the crime effectively.

Shaifa stood first, Mandatha won the first runner-up position, while Deepak was adjudged the second runner-up. — OC



YPS students enthral audience at Tagore Theatre
Tribune News Service

Students of YPS School, Mohali, present a musical play “Anne of Green Gables” at the Tagore Theatre on Friday
Students of YPS School, Mohali, present a musical play “Anne of Green Gables” at the Tagore Theatre on Friday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, September 13
Yadavindra Public School (YPS), Mohali, Senior Wing, staged a musical play, “Anne of Green Gables”, at the Tagore Theatre today. Eighty students of the school enthralled the audience with their talent and flair.

The musical play was directed by three senior faculty members - Anjali Arora, Rajdeep Bains and Neena Singh.

Schools from across the tricity and Punjab represented by their heads, faculty members and students encouraged the participants with loud applauding.

Lucy Montgomery penned “Anne of Green Gables” in 1908. Written as fiction for readers of all ages, the literary classic has been considered a children’s novel since the mid-20th century.

The play recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, a young orphan girl, who mistakenly reaches the house of Mathew Cuthbert and Marilla Cuthbert, middle-aged brother and sister, who own a farm on the Prince Edward Island. The play recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthbert’s and within the town.

Since publication, “Anne of Green Gables” has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into 20 languages. Numerous sequels were written by Montgomery. It has been adapted as films and television series. Since 1964, plays and musicals have been produced on the basis of this classical masterpiece.



From Schools
Contests mark Hindi Diwas celebrations in tricity schools

Kendriya Vidyalaya-31
Chandigarh: Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31, inaugurated “Hindi Pakhwara”. The inaugural session marked the garlanding of Goddess Saraswati, followed by speeches delivered by students on the status of Hindi. The environment reverberated with ‘doha’ recitals by Sanskrit teacher Namrata Soni. Principal SK Bhatia, in her address, called upon the students to gain proficiency in the usage of the Hindi language. An inter-class slogan writing competition was also organised in the school.

St Xavier’s Sr Sec School-44

St Xavier's Senior Secondary School, Sector 44-C, celebrated Hindi Divas with a lot of fanfare. Students enacted a play to depict the importance of the Hindi language. They also recited Hindi poems on the occasion. Principal Mervin West also delivered a talk on the importance of Hindi.

St Joseph’s Sr Sec School-44

The kindergarten block of St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School witnessed a healthy competitive environment on Friday as the students participated in a recitation competition. Children put their best foot forward in presenting a variety of rhymes dealing with the concern for the environment, trees, solar system, social issues, etc. The children enjoyed the day to their fullest. Certificates and gifts were awarded to all winners.

Bhavan Vidyalaya-15

Panchkula: Students of Classes LKG and UKG of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, celebrated Hindi Diwas to understand the importance of the Hindi language and the status it has in India. The tiny tots gained knowledge about different languages spoken in the country and difference between the mother tongue and the national language. A few students spoke well about the importance of the Hindi language. All students had a good learning experience about their country and all national symbols.

Hansraj Public School-6

Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, was abuzz with celebrations on the occasion of Hindi Divas. A special assembly was conducted. Various competitions were held. Principal Jaya Bhardwaj, who observed the celebrations personally, congratulated students and teachers for the wonderful performance.

The British School-8

Students of The British School, Sector 8, celebrated Hindi Diwas. A special assembly was organised. It was presided over by the director of the school, Sanjay Sethi, and principal Anita Mehra. Students from Nursery to class I participated enthusiastically in the assembly.

Blue Bird High School-16

Week-long celebrations were organised to mark Hindi Divas at Blue Bird High School, Sector 16. Kavya goshti, poem recitation, skit, muhavare batao and quiz were organised in different classes. Everyone tried to speak pure Hindi to pay due respect to our mother tongue. In a talk delivered by the principal, she said Hindi was the only language that had the power to express all kinds of feelings in true sense and it was able to convey all emotions with its nine ‘rasas’.

The Millennium School

Mohali: Students of The Millennium School on Friday celebrated Hindi Diwas by reciting poems of noted Hindi poets of the country. An inter-school poetry competition, organised on the occasion, aimed at making the students understand the essence of the day. Komal Singh, principal, The Millennium School, said each school should lay emphasis on the mother tongue. He said: “In our thirst for exploring new horizons of knowledge and learning new languages, we should not forget our national language”. — TNS



college notes

The Psychology Department of Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma College organised a seminar on Friday on the topic, “Current Perspectives and Future Trends in Psychology”. The seminar started with a welcome ceremony in which the principal of the college, Dr Bhushan Kumar Sharma, extended a courteous welcome to Prof Vidhu Mohan, an eminent psychologist. Prof Mohan started the lecture by talking about the importance of emotional quotient in our lives. She mentioned about the different transitional periods that are present in the life of an individual; from prenatal, childhood, adolescent, adulthood and old age. She also provided a wider viewpoint on the impact that takes place due to different types of parenting practices, child rearing methods, school environment, understanding of aptitudes, mental preparation of work environments, etc. She concluded the session by providing the students an introspective view and also making them realise how psychology is present and used in almost every aspect of life.

NSS camp

NSS units of Post Graduate Government College, Sector 46, organised a one-day NSS camp on the college premises to renovate herbal garden. The NSS volunteers also performed the cleanliness drive. As many as 200 students were present on the occasion. Dr Gurjit Kaur, principal of the college, along with other officials, visited the herbal garden and appreciated the effort made by the NSS volunteers. They motivated the students for their active participation in NSS activities and elaborated the importance of cleanliness and herbal plants in daily life.

Hindi Day Fortnight

The Hindi Department of Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, celebrated Hindi Day Fortnight, which concluded on Friday. Several competitions like poetry recitation, poem-writing, story-writing, essay-writing and extempore were organised to mark Hindi Day. Sudarshan Chaudhary, a well-known Hindi scholar, and a dedicated teacher, presided over the function. In her presidential remarks, Chaudhary stressed on the nature and significance of the Hindi language and highlighted its emerging role in the contemporary context. The chief guest also released a book on the occasion. The book entitled “Samkaleen Hindi Katha-Sahitya Mein Nari Samasyaon Ka Adhunik Swaroop” has been written by Dr Kamal Krishan, Assistant Professor in the Hindi Department of the college. — TNS



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