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3 dead, 37 hurt as squall leaves tricity in the dark
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh/Mohali/Panchkula, September 15
Three persons were killed while 37 injured (three of them seriously) when a squall hit the tricity this evening, throwing the normal life out of gear and rendering the city powerless for a couple of hours. Several cars were also damaged across the tricity.

Kamlesh Kamal, a 30-year-old migrant from Bihar, was buried alive under a bus queue shelter near Phase VII in Mohali. He had taken shelter due to high velocity winds. The bus shelter collapsed after a huge tree was uprooted and fell on the shelter. His body was discovered by the police while clearing the debris from the spot. Himanshu, a B.Sc third-year student of SD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh, died while Piyush, a BBA first-year student, sustained leg injury when a wall on the college premise collapsed as the two were passing by. The deceased was residing as a paying guest and had come to the college hostel to meet his friends, including Piyush, when the incident took place. The wall that collapsed was near the main gate of the college.

Two persons were injured and a woman in Panchkula fractured her leg while Devinder Singh, a Chandigarh Sector 18 resident, and Louis, a resident of Sector 9, Chandigarh, sustained serious injuries in different incidents after trees were uprooted and fell on them. They were admitted to PGI’s Advanced Trauma Centre and were being examined till the filing of the report.

Tricity plunged into total darkness when the power supply lines were snapped due to uprooting of trees and electricity poles throwing the normal life out of gear.

Numerous trees were found uprooted in all parts and traffic was clogged resulting in serpentine queues of traffic on all corners of the city. A road near Vivek High School in Sector 38 was blocked after a huge tree fell on the ground, blocking the traffic on the road. Electricity wires of the area were also snapped along with the tree. Heavy trees fell down in three other areas in that sector.

A big tree fell down on two houses in Sector 37, damaging the cars of the residents besides blocking the main entrance gate of the houses.

Vivek Sharma, a resident of House no 2179, said that his entire family was trapped inside the house because a fallen tree had blocked the entry of the house and damaged the car parked outside his home.

He was outside his house when the tree fell over their house. “Though the police reached the spot immediately but the officials of the Horticulture Department did not come to our rescue even two hours after the incident, he said.

A tree falls on a power cable disrupting the electricity supply and blocking the road at Sector 38
A tree falls on a power cable disrupting the electricity supply and blocking the road at Sector 38

Madhya Marg engulfed in darkness.
esidents of Sector 7 lift branches of trees that fell on parked cars during the dust storm in Chandigarh on Sunday evening.
Residents of Sector 7 lift branches of trees that fell on parked cars during the dust storm in Chandigarh on Sunday evening. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu and Pradeep Tewari

Elsewhere, there was complete havoc on roads across Dakshin Marg, Madhya Marg and other areas of the city.

Electricity was the major problem. The traffic was moving at snail’s pace, as roads were dark due to power cuts. The residents spent hours without electricity and it was found restored till the filing of the report.

Four trees fell off the road near Panjab University. Counting his experience, Ravinder Singh, a resident of Sector 7, said that he was lucky not to be hurt as a tree just fell in front of him. There was an unconfirmed report of a tree falling on a girl in Sector 18 following which she was admitted to nearly a hospital.

PANCHKULA: The entire township of Panchkula witnessed a blackout following a dust storm in the evening. Sources said that as many as seven to eight trees fell in Sectors 4, 8, 9, 14, and on the road separating Sector 8 and 17 and on the road separating 10 and 15. DS Dhanda, Executive Engineer of the Electricity Department, said that the entire area was affected as some trees fell in various sectors and some lines were disrupted. “Once the storm settles down, our men will drive down to various areas to check the situation and only after that the fault can be repaired,” said Dhanda.

MOHALI: The entire Mohali plunged into darkness following a dust storm in the evening. Gurvinder Singh, Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) of the Punjab State Electricity Board, said that the lines had been uprooted because the trees fell on them.

The foundation of a transformer was damaged in Phase IV following which a snag developed. The Mohali Control Room has received as many as 20 calls where the residents have complained of the trees falling, but no casualty or injury has been reported because of the same.

Blackout at Nehru Hospital

The storm led to a blackout in the patient wards at Nehru Hospital at the PGI due to power failure. However, there was power back-up for running the Trauma Centre and Emergency.

Damage not ascertained yet: Power official

A senior official of the UT Electricity Department said the exact damage could be ascertained only in the morning. Efforts are being made to restore the power supply as early as possible.

Barwala resident dies at Panchkula hospital

A resident of Barwala was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, with head injuries late on Sunday evening. The doctors declared him brought dead. Doctors confirmed that the victim died due to the dust storm.

Commuters harassed at ISBTs

The blackout also affected public places like the Sector 17 and Sector 43 bus stands. The passengers faced a lot of harassment as there was complete darkness at the bus stands. The transport authorities did not have operational diesel generator sets to cater to the basic needs.

Grid supply affected

  • Not only the grid supply from the 66 KV Mohali sub-station and from the Nalagarh developed a snag, the main sub-station at Kishangarh also developed a fault. At a number of places in the city, the transmission lines were damaged due to uprooting of trees.
  • The blackout affected trains and emergency services at city hospitals, including the PGIMER. The power supply to the Chandigarh-Ambala section was affected for an hour before being restored. The surrounding towns of Zirakpur and Kharar were also affected. The blackout affected the evening water supply, which is dependent on the electricity supply, in most parts of the city.
  • Officials attending to complaints in the city said a number of residential and commercial areas in southern and northern sectors were in complete darkness, leading to chaos on roads as the traffic lights were not operational.



Chlorine gas leakage
Firemen, IRB constables land in hospital
Chief Fireman falls unconscious as breathing apparatus runs out of oxygen
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
Two firemen and an Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) constable sustained internal injuries while controlling the leakage of chlorine gas at a tube well in IRB, Sarangpur, on Saturday evening. They were rushed to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, along with 13 other IRB constables residing in the complex, after they complained of suffocation and severe irritation in the eyes.

Chief Fireman fainted after BA set ran out of oxygen supply

As I walked towards the chlorine cylinder, I suspected that the nozzle had broken and the leakage had been triggered from there. In an attempt to control the leakage, the nozzle broke. While trying to rectify the damage, even my BA kit ran out of oxygen. As I had inhaled a lot of the chlorine gas, I fell unconscious. When I regained consciousness at around 2 am, I found myself in the hospital. Dilip Singh, Chief Fireman

No officials visited spot

No officials from the Fire Department visited the spot and came to ask about the wellbeing of the firemen admitted to the hospital, said one of the firemen who came to see Dilip in the hospital.

Official speak

The matter is being probed into and a report will be compiled on Monday. — SK Chadha, UT Chief Engineer

During the drill, Dilip Singh, Chief Fireman, Sector 38 fire station, fell unconscious after the breathing apparatus (BA) set ran out of oxygen supply and he inhaled the gas.

Despite the fact that there were no adequate breathing apparatus sets and other equipment, the two firemen managed to control the leakage. The operation that started around 9 pm and lasted for nearly one and half hour exposed the lack of preparedness on the part of the Fire Department.

Rajendra Kumar, a 23-year-old IRB constable, who volunteered to assist the firemen in controlling the cylinder leakage, said the BA set available with the firemen ran out of oxygen supply within 15 minutes. “While one BA set ran out of supply within 15 minutes, the fireman took another BA set, but that too ran out of oxygen supply.”

“Since there were limited BA sets, I covered my nose and mouth with a handkerchief and joined the drill,” he added.

Sources in the Fire Department said that there were only two filling stations for the BA sets, at Sector 7 and 32 respectively and the equipment at both the stations had been lying damaged for the past many days.

While the 13 IRB constables and one fireman were discharged from the hospital after their condition stabilised, Chief Fireman Dilip Singh and Rajendra were admitted since they had developed breathing problems. ML Sharma, Station Fire Officer (SFO), could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.



Students’ woes
PU set to hike exam fee by another 10%
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
Taking the plea of rising expenditure in conducting examinations, Panjab University (PU) that had increased the examination fee by 10 per cent in the last academic session, is all set to hike the fee by another 10 per cent, the proposal of which will be tabled before the syndicate at a meeting scheduled for September 21. This will burn a hole in the pockets of all the students of PU and its affiliated colleges.

The PU had already hiked the examination fee in the 2012-13 session however, unable to cope-up with the rising expenditure the university has proposed another hike.

Justifying the move, the university authorities stated that there was steep increase in the expenditure by 31.67 per cent in comparison to the expenditure incurred for conducting exams in 2011-12 and 2012-13 sessions.

In the agenda item for the meeting it has been further stated that the rise in price index would add an extra burden due to revision in rates of supervisory staff, revision of rates of evaluation and paper setting etc and extra expenditure on the postage, as the roll numbers and result cards were sent to all private candidates for the April 2013 exams under registered post.

PU officials said that in the coming year, the examination branch would be requiring more funds to meet the expenditure on transporting man and material to the examination centres as the diesel and petrol prices had risen again.

The hike if approved by the House will be implemented from the current session in the semester exams to be held in December and April 2014.

Parvinder Singh, PU Controller of Examination (COE), stated that the last hike in the examination fee made by PU was after a gap of two-years and now there was a need for another hike to meet the partial expenditure.

Chandan Rana, president, Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC), said that they would take up the matter with the Vice-Chancellor (VC) and ask him not to put more financial burden on the students who were already paying exorbitant fees.



Open house response
PGI is overstretched, staff at receiving end

It is evident that the PGI today is over stretched and both the staff and the patients are at the receiving end. Even the newly opened Advanced Trauma Centre is over crowded with patients sitting in the corridors and attendants holding the glucose bottles. Demand to supply ratio is 3 to 1. Decongestion of the institute is an immediate necessity, both by short term, and long tem measures. Under the short term measures, the requirement is to limit the number of the OPD patients as per its handling capacity, and staff-cum-infrastructure available. The PGI should take only priority cases. Lack of attitude of the neighbouring states is adding to the problem. The UT Administration and the central government must put their foot down and save the prestigious institution from a collapse.

Colonel RD Singh (retd), Ambala Cantt

All three hospitals perform same job

Chandigarh has three medical institutes, i.e. PGI, GMSH, Sector 16, Hospital and GMCH, Sector 32. More or less all are performing the same job, leading to duplication of work. If GMCH, Sector 32, is earmarked for Chandigarh and others as of now the GMSH, Sector 16, and the PGI be made only one institute i.e. the PGI so that Sector 16 hospital could be used as the OPD and present PGI campus be used only for indoor patients. Free transport facility as is being arranged now on the PGI campus may be extended up to Sector 16 hospital. This will take care of future requirements also.

Anil Kumar Tripathi, Pinjore

Let it be last resort

The rush of indoor and out door patients is because of better treatment at the PGI, Chandigarh. The emergence of private hospitals in the tricity has not affected the rush of patients as it burns a hole in patients’ pockets. Patients, who are not able to foot their astronomically high bills, are promptly referred to the PGI adding to further rush there. To bring the load at the PGI within manageable limits, the government must step in to make treatment at these new hospitals reasonably affordable.

SC Luthra, MHC, Mani Majra

There should be sufficient doctors

Since the PGI is considered as the biggest hospital in Asia, it should have sufficient staff, doctors and other subordinate staff for tackling the day-by-day increasing rush. More doctors should be recruited and also the present system of allotted two days of checking of various illnesses should be increased to three days a week. Since the morning registration time is from 8 to 11, it should be reduced to 8 to 10 am. Then the afternoon registration should start from 2 to 3 pm and the hospital should function up to 5.30 pm. A strict vigil must be maintained on the security staff handling the long queues of patients so that no one takes bribes and lets people in on priority basis.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

PGI should be opened in other states also

The only viable solution is that institutions like the PGIMER should be opened in other states too, so that the mad rush in the institute can get eased out and capable doctors, with equally high qualifications can handle serious patients there itself.

Priya Darsh Growar, Mohali

Need for strong system to maintain quality

As day by day patients are increasing in the OPD, we need to have a very strong system in hand to maintain quality and effectiveness. Losing his turn for doctor consultation as current system leaves patient unaware of their number/position in crowd of patients outside doctor cabin, use of unfair means by some patients to bypass the system, introduction of token system at the OPD level will help avoid long queues and crowd. Patients’ sitting arrangements need to been done at every floor of the OPD where patient can sit comfortably instead of crowding in the corridor.

Dilbag Singh, Chandigarh

Charges should be revised

The PGI doctors are doing yeoman’s service attending to thousands of patients skipping their lunch. The malpractices, by class IV employees, is the outcome of over crowding. The counters for senior citizens/staff are crowded by so-called staff members for out of turn registration/treatment of their clients. The charges for clinical tests, admission/ visiting fee and other services should be revised. The over treatment for minor ailments be avoided. A monorail to connect all the PGI buildings be started.

SS Beniwal, Chandigarh

Hospitals have failed to implement discipline

In a city where government hospitals may it be GMCH-32, PGIMER or GMSH-16 are bursting at their seams due to patient overload and the underprivileged cry out for attention. The hospital administration has also failed to discipline rules and regulation may it be the OPDs, emergency, parking issues hospital is failed on all fronts. But all system is completely not people friendly half of the government hospital websites are not updated. The government schemes are not implemented properly by the city administration.

Sachin Sharma, Chandigarh

PGI staff ‘bitten’ by corruption bug

To control this huge rush and to provide better services, the authorities of the PGI can take number of steps such as the PGI authorities should think over to attend only referred or in emergency patients. It is pity even the PGI staff has been bitten by the corruption bug. The authorities should take strict action to improve upon.

Vidya Sagar Garg, Panchkula

Neighbouring states have not upgraded health services

The major reason being of heavy rush, the neighboring states Punjab have not upgraded its health services over the years. In Haryana, a hospital like the PGI has been established in Rohtak. To cope up with heavy rush of patients in Chandigarh itself, the PGI needs to be declared as a referral institute as originally conceived.

SK Khosla, Chandigarh

Various methods to be worked out

There is no denying that the PGI attracts a huge rush of patients from the tricity and from rest of the country that overloads its different departments and put the system at risk of breakdown. This is perhaps the main reason that results in the lack of quality care, money being charged by a few employees by bypassing the long queues at the counters. Various methods can be worked out to reduce the rush of the patients in the PGI. It may propose to enforce official back referral system to receive a limited number of patients. Prior to shifting the patient to the PGI, a mechanism is developed whereby local doctors may establish communication with the concerned doctor at the PGI, so that both can assess the condition of the patient for referral taking place.

Satish Chandra Sharma, Chandigarh

Open house question

City residents are put to inconvenience whenever there is a VVIP in the city, owing to traffic restrictions on different roads falling on the VVIP routes. The most affected are the patients visiting city hospitals, including the PGI. Though there are instructions from the PMO for not causing harassment to the public during the VVIP movement, the instructions are not followed in letter and spirit at the grassroot level. Send your suggestions at openhouse@tribunemail.com



Mammography van runs without certificate
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
The mobile mammography van of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH)-32 is nobody's baby. Though the authorities have somehow put it to use, after realising several defects in it, the van has examined more than 250 women without obtaining dosimetry certification from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Body (AERB) to date.

The van was made operational in July with an official announcement that all the defects had been removed. On the contrary, Director-Principal of the GMCH-32 Dr Atul Sachdev had written to the manufacturing company setting September 10 as the deadline for removing the defects and also providing the dosimetry certificate.

Asked about the certification, Dr Sachdev said he would have to look into the matter.

What is dosimetry certification?

A dosimetry certificate ensures that the equipment being used is safe for public use in terms of radiation exposure. It is issued by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Body (AERB)

Chandigarh Tribune visited the camp held at Dhanas Milk Colony on Friday to take a look at the scans being performed. While numerous women turned up for the tests at the camp, a number of shortcomings were observed.

No radiologist, pathologist or doctor available

Technicians were seen performing dexa scanning and mammography. There was nobody to monitor the scanning or counsel the women who underwent the tests.

Director: We are short of staff. That is why we are managing the scans with the help of technicians only.

Ultrasound machine lying unused

While thousands of rupees have been spent on the installation of the ultrasound machine, it was not being used. There was no one in the cabin.

Director: Ultrasound scanning is done only when we suspect some additional problems in patients.

Patients not identified and informed in advance

The officials claimed that a survey was conducted in the area and the women were informed about the tests and requirements, but the women denied having told about the tests. Amandeep Kaur (name changed), a resident of Dhanas, said, "I spotted the van while going to the market. I had heard about the van from my relatives in Mauli Jagran where a camp was organised recently. I told my neighbours and took them along."

Director: We will conduct prior surveys soon.

Some defects not removed

In a letter shot off to the manufacturing company by the Director on September 2, it was stated that a hand switch should be provided, dosimetry certification should also be provided, paint finish on bus should be improved, foldable staircase at the entrance and the rear of the Emergency (a copy is with Chandigarh Tribune). Four reminders have been sent to the company.

Director: (No clear reply)

Senior official’s take

A senior faculty member of the GMCH-32 said, "The Director admits that there is an acute staff shortage. Why was the shortage not considered before purchasing the van? The city already had a fully-equipped mammography van being operated by the PGIMER. It was gifted by the RAD-AID Society, Holland.



Chandigarh scan
Canadian colleges woo students

Devotees immerse an idol of Lord Ganesha in the Ghaggar in Panchkula on Sunday.
Devotees immerse an idol of Lord Ganesha in the Ghaggar in Panchkula on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Over 300 students participated in the Canadian Education Fair at Hotel Taj in Sector 17 on Sunday. Twenty-One Canadian colleges and universities, including Columbia College, Vancouver; Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey; Grant MacEwan University, Edmonton; and Cambrian College, Sudbury, were among the institutes that set up stalls at the fair. The event provided students an opportunity to get enrolled for the January and May 2014 academic sessions. Alex Dimas, student recruitment coordinator, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, said “I have visited countries such as Mexico and the USA, but my experience in India is different. The students here are more serious, eager and ambitious.” The courses in which students showed a lot of keenness were business, design, science and engineering. Some unique courses like bachelors in criminology, psychology and journalism too attracted students. Information on scholarships for meritorious students was also shared with them.

PGI to open satellite centres

To control the patient inflow, a 300-bed satellite centre of the PGI is being set up at Sangrur in collaboration with the Tata Memorial Center. A 100-bed facility will also be set up at Ferozepur, said the official spokesperson of the PGI, Manju Wadwalkar. "A 250-bed hospital is also coming up on the exisiting campus," she said.

Blood donation

St John Ambulance India, Indian Red Cross Society, organised a blood donation camp to mark the International First-Aid Day, in association with the PGI, at the Karuna Sadan building, Sector 11. The camp was inaugurated by Indian Red Cross Society SDM-cum-Secretary Balbir Singh Dhol. He appreciated the volunteers for donating blood. Around 40 units of blood were collected.

Poets captivate audience

Twenty poets from the tricity participated in a mushaira on Sunday evening organised by Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi at Park View Hotel in Sector 24. Dr Chandar Trikha, Dr Sultan Anjum, Shams Tabreji, Manjeet Indra, Santosh Dhiman, Tarn Gujral, Gurdeep Gul, Kedar Nath Kedar and Nirmal Dutt were among the prominent poets who captivated the gathering.

Residents attend a poetry session at a hotel in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Residents attend a poetry session at a hotel in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Rly employees awarded

The General Manager, Northern Railways, presented the safety awards to loco-pilot Jasvinder Singh, track man (on patrolling duty) Satnam Singh and Nangal Dam technical staff Jaswant Singh for their alertness during the discharge of their duties. The divisional railway manager, Ambala, AK Kathpal also honoured the awardees.

Recruitment drive

The NGO Make a Difference (MAD) organised a recruitment drive at Stepping Stones School, Sector 38. Over 70 persons participated in the drive. The drive comprised a group activity and a personal interview. The NGO takes care of around 210 children across four shelter homes in the Tricity, with a volunteer base of 100 youths.


Around 100 companies are participating in a multi-theme exposition at the Sector 17 Parade Ground. Organiser Dr Harish Arora said the exposition is showcasing products and services in six categories: automobiles, industrial technology and machinery, real estate, banking and finance, architecture and building and construction.

Coaching centre

Chanakya IAS Academy, which trains aspirants for the civil services examinations, has opened a branch in Sector 8. Founder of the academy AK Mishra was present on the occasion.

Licence granted

The northern regional office of the Bureau of Indian Standards has granted its first licence on an all-India basis for household zig-zag sewing machine to CR Auluck and Sons Pvt Ltd, Ludhiana. It will help in establishing a quality standard for the sewing machine. — TNS



Reporters’ Diary
Slum dwellers’ prized possession

Seeing the Prime Minister give possession letters of small flats to slum dwellers, some scribes quipped that the UPA government should do something for homeless journalists as well. They were joined by some officials who wished that some flats could be reserved for them.

Eyeing a bigger role

There is a talk going around in the Municipal Corporation office corridors: Any officer who goes on an official junket gets a bigger role to play in the corporation affairs. So, this MC official got major departments under his wings a few days after he returned from the Goa conclave. He had travelled along with Mayor Subhash Chawla. Similarly, another senior MC official had accompanied the Mayor to Mumbai last week to study a project. The MC office is abuzz that this official too will get more responsibility after the expected departmental shake-up. A photo posted by the Mayor on his Facebook page shows him astride a horse while his minion is on foot. You are free to draw your own conclusion!

Double delight

It was a double delight for the slum dwellers who got the possession of flats in Dhanas. First, they got a chance to share the dais with the Prime Minister who gave them the possession letters, and then a religious body distributed packaged food among them. As many as 6,000 residents relished the food served by the religious organisation.

Under wraps

The arrangements made for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit were kept secret. Senior officers of the police department had issued instructions stating that the details should not be divulged to anyone, including the media. A message was flashed on the wireless sets on September 12 stating that nobody was allowed to reveal anything to mediapersons.

Fruitful visit

The PM's visit did it for suspended teachers-cum-office-bearers of the Joint Action Committee of the UT government teachers. The committee had been making efforts to get an FIR quashed for the past one month. Finally, the committee and the education department reached a compromise. Fearing a protest by the committee members, the department agreed to accept their demands.

Inadequate space

A large number of activists of the Sarv Karamchari Sang courted arrest, thinking that they would be put behind bars. But they were let off by the police after sometime. The police claimed that it was not possible to accommodate hundreds of protesters in lockup.

No participants for football meet

Panjab University has failed to find an 18-member squad to participate in the inter-college football championship for men (A-Division). The Sports Authority of India has appointed a special football coach and is also running an extension centre. Still, it has failed to pick up 18 students who can participate in the tournament. This despite the fact that a number of students take admission under sports quota. Every year, the university gets Rs 1 lakh for promoting sports. The event is organised by the university.

Blessing in disguise

As the police forcibly took students leaders who were demonstrating against the alleged rigging to hospitals, it proved to be a blessing in disguise for them. The student leaders who were on a hunger strike were administered glucose. Regaining some strength, they again joined the protesters.

Contributed by Rajinder Nagarkoti, Aarti Kapur, Amit Sharma, Vivek Gupta, Ritika Jha Palial, Hina Rohtaki and Deepankar Sharda



Mad scramble for stretchers at General Hospital in Panchkula
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 15
When an injured, Krishan Singh, reached the General Hospital in Sector 6, little did he know that his treatment would be delayed for want of stretchers. The stretchers are being used for moving bricks as the hospital is being renovated. Patients are yet again at the receiving end. They are made to wait for long. Tara Sharma, who went into labour, had to be wheeled to the labour room in the absence of the stretchers.

"I had to go through a harrowing time," Tara stated.

Wheelchairs and stretchers are kept outside the Emergency. But these days only the wheelchairs are seen there.

"How can the authorities allow the workers to use the stretchers for moving bricks or other construction material? They should make some alternative arrangement? How can such a thing happen right under the nose of the authorities?" asked Vandana Rishi, an attendant. Another patient said, "Only a few stretchers are available in the hospital. There is a mad scramble for the stretchers. The hospital authorities must look into the matter" Resident Medical officer(RMO) Narender Gulati did not respond to repeated calls. 



Red cross case
Dismissed accountant cries foul, refutes charges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
The dismissed accountant of the local branch of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), Jyoti Khanal, has refuted the charges on the basis of which he was dismissed. He told the inquiry officer that the field supervisor, Ashish Ahuja, was responsible for not depositing cash on time. Khanal said he had nothing to do with the charges levelled against him. In his representation submitted before the inquiry officer, he stated that there should have been only one charge of misconduct.

He stated that Ashish Ahuja, a junior assistant serving as the field supervisor, who was appointed as the presiding officer on the behalf of the society was made the member of the committee that was looking into the charges. Apart from being the presiding officer, he was the member of the committee and also a witness of the department. "How can a witness be a presiding officer and also remain present during the entire proceedings," he said. He said the facts were not brought on record while dismissing him. The employee had been held responsible for not depositing the cash collected from different sale counters of the society on time and for proposing payment on the basis of bogus stock entry.



First people-friendly police station to be ready soon
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 15
The police station of Sector 14 is almost near completion to be the first people-friendly police station with a club and games court. In an initiative by the Commissioner of Police (CP), Rajbir Deswal, the police station is expected to be completed by next week. Director General of Police (DGP), SN Vashisht, would visit during the occasion.

In an effort to make a people-friendly environment, the station would have a club, reading room, playground and badminton court for people. The initiative was taken to provide a platform to the public to interact with the police. Also, the same is being considered to be the first ever ISO certified police station.

The aim behind the same is that people may mix up with the police officials and there is no fear within the people to share their problems with them. Not only this, even the Deputy Commissioner of Police and Commissioner of Police would sit there for some time to address the problems of the people.

The sector 14 police station is the biggest police station in Panchkula with a number of rooms and even a hall on its premises.

“We are waiting with for this infrastructure that too within a police station. We have never come across this kind of police station,” said Birender, a resident of Sector 15 Panchkula.



‘Chandigarh-Kochuveli Express to be biweekly’
Tribune News Service

Women take part in Onam celebrations organised by the Confederation of Keralite Organisation at a Community Centre in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Women take part in Onam celebrations organised by the Confederation of Keralite Organisation at a Community Centre in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, September 15
The Member of Parliament from Chandigarh, Pawan Kumar Bansal, today said that the Chandigarh-Kochuveli Express, which is a weekly train will soon become biweekly, as announced in the rail budget.

The MP was participating in a function organised by the Confederation of Keralite Organisations in the tricity to celebrate Onam at Community Centre, Sector 47. He further said the new trains to religious places will start running from October.

While the Nangal Dam-Anadpur Sahib-Chandigarh-Hazur Sahib (Nanded) Express will be flagged off on October 3 and the Kalka-Chandigarh-Shirdi Express will be flagged off on October 6.

Benny Thomas, media in charge, said Onam is a traditional ten-day harvest festival celebrated by the people of Kerala. The occasion was brightened up with Athhapookalam Competition in traditional festival spirit.

Dr Earnest Charles J Samuel, co-founder of Mount Carmel School, Chandigarh, was felicitated by the confederation.



Experts dwell on recent trends in medical emergencies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
A tow-day medial conference on “Recent Trends in Medical Emergencies” was organised by Command Hospital, Chandi Mandir. The conference that was attended by military and civilian luminaries of the medical stream as well as doctors of the armed forces and the apex civilian medical institutes of Chandigarh and neighbouring regions.

Addressing the gathering, Lt Gen TS Gill, Chief-of-Staff, Western Command, emphasised the advances made in various fields of medicine and the need for the medical professionals to continuously update themselves about the latest developments. In his keynote address Prof YK Chawala, Director, PGIMER, Chandigarh, discussed the advances in treatment of liver failure.



From schools
Environment conservation

Panchkula: Children of The Sky World School, Sector 21, took out a rally to create awareness about the danger posed by depleting natural resources. Passers-by stopped to read slogans written on placards being carried by the students.

Honours for Hansraj School

Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, has emerged as the No. 1 among the co-educational schools of the tricity in a nationwide survey conducted by Education World. The school has also ended on the top of the list among the schools of Haryana for the third consecutive year.

The school was judged on 14 parametres, including academics, reputation, sports, faculty leadership and value for money. Principal Jaya Bhardwaj attributed the success to the team of teachers and staff.

Health camp

Students attend a health check-up camp at Shemrock School in Mohali.
Students attend a health check-up camp at Shemrock School in Mohali. A Tribune photograph

Mohali: Shemrock School organised a seminar to make students aware about the importance of good health. Paediatricians also examined the height, weight and vision of around 900 students. The school principal said healthy students made a country prosperous.

Ozone Day

Students of Genius Public School, Sector 69, celebrated Ozone Day. Many activities were organised on the day. Students of Classes VI to X participated in poster-making and slogan-writing competitions. The winners were given certificates.

Hindi Diwas

Hindi Diwas was celebrated at Sherwood Convent School to commemorate the adoption of Hindi as India’s official language in 1950. Various activities were held to mark the occasion. Students presented speeches and poems to promote the language. These helped children learn about the impact of Hindi on our lives. Principal Kusum Singhal encouraged the students to be proficient in Hindi and take pride in it.

Spelling contest

Oakridge International School will organise a grand spell bee contest for Mohali-based students on October 6. Principal Pranjala Dutta said the activity nurtured a child’s love towards language at an earlier age. Children of ages seven to 10 years will contest for the Junior Spell Bee title and those between 11 years and 14 years will contest for the Senior Spell Bee title.

Students shine in kabaddi

Sant Isher Singh Model School, Sector 70, won the district-level circle style kabbadi competitions organised by the District Education Office, Mohali. The school team stood first in the district by beating teams from the Lalru zone, Dera Bassi zone and Kurali zone. Six players of the school have been selected to represent Mohali in Punjab School Games. Director of the school Hardip Kaur Gill congratulated the team members for winning the trophy. — TNS



Relief for homoeopathy college
After Centre’s amnesty, PU Syndicate may give nod to admissions
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
Following the relaxation given to all the homoeopathy colleges by the Centre for addressing their shortcomings by the year-end, Panjab University is mulling over allowing Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Sector 26, to make fresh admissions for the academic session 2013-14.

The issue will be tabled before the Syndicate on September 21.

The Syndicate, in its meetings held on June 15 and June 29, had decided against allowing the affiliate college to make admissions to the BAMS and BHMS courses for the ongoing session. The decision was based on the letter of the Government of India (GoI), dated February 1, 2013, which denied any amnesty to the college.

As per the GoI notification of March 8, 2013, inspection for the admissions in 2013-14 was to be carried out after fulfilling the amended regulations. All the colleges were given the deadline of May 15 to fulfil all the conditions. However, keeping in mind students’ interest, the Centre decided not to enforce the Homoeopathy Central Council (HCC) Regulations 2013. The colleges are now expected to address the shortcomings for the next academic session, i.e. 2014-15.

The extension of the amnesty allows the homoeopathic colleges only to make admissions during the current session. Since the last date of admissions is September 30, PU needs to pass the necessary orders for the city-based college to admit students.



City student shines in GRE
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
With a score of 326 out of a total of 340, a city student, Parminder Bhatia, has topped the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) exam in the northern region. The GRE scores are used for applying for the master’s and PhD in foreign universities.

Parminder, who completed BTech in computer science from the IIT, Ropar, in 2012, scored a perfect score of 170 in the maths section. The topper attributed his success to a well-thought study plan and a lot of hard work.

“I have always dreamed of pursuing postgraduation from a premier global institute in the US. The GRE exam is a vital part of that process, and now that I have done well in the exam, I look forward to apply to universities such as Columbia, CMU, Cornell or Berkeley for doing my master’s degree,” said Parminder.

Talking about his long-term plans, Parminder said he wanted to set up his own firm.



Students fight for top honours at fest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
Aavishkar, the three-day tech fest of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), today concluded at Panjab University. During the three days, the tech fest saw the participation of around 2,500 students besides another 2,500 online participants.

After hosting exciting events and series of competitions on the first two days, the college organised the finals of events including submerged, robot wars, web developers and hawk eye.

Other events including color detector, aero-modelling, bio-quiz and ad-mad also attracted a huge audience.

The events were followed by a valedictory function besides a DJ evening.



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