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MC proposes 20% hike in house tax
Rajinder Nagarkoti

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
The special committee of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has proposed an increase of 20 per cent in house tax.

The committee was constituted following directions of the UT Administration in July. UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar had directed MC Commissioner Vivek Partap Singh to revise the rate of house tax which is Re1 per square yard within three months, as the amount was financially unviable.

After the MC’s proposal, the Chandigarh Administration had notified the imposition of house tax in the city. The tax on residential property was imposed at the rate of Re 1 per square yard annually. The houses measuring less than 125 square yards, of EWS or LIG category and in villages falling within the limits of the Municipal Corporation were exempted from paying taxes.

But now, the committee has proposed to divide the city into four zones and calculate house tax on residential houses on the basis of rent in the area.

Sources said in the recent meeting of the house tax committee, the members had proposed to increase house tax by 20 per cent. Besides, the committee also proposed to impose house tax on less than five marla houses and on LIG and EWS houses, which were exempted in the earlier notification.

As per the proposal, houses in the northern part of the city will have to pay higher rates of house tax as compare to houses in the southern sectors as rent in northern sectors is high.

A senior official of the MC said they were compiling the recommendations of the committee and would submit it before the MC House for approval. After the approval, it would be forwarded to the UT Administration for approval, he added. 

Admn’s letter to MC

The UT Administration had recently shot off a letter to the MC for revising house tax. The letter reads: “The tax is not in conformity with the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, (amended in 1994 and extended to the Union Territory of Chandigarh) and is highly inadequate. The notified tax structure needs to be reconsidered by the MC and requires revision by the authority within three months to make it financially reasonable and economically viable.” 

Who will be affected

As per the earlier notification, the number of houses which was to be affected were around 81,609, including 20,265 five marla and above as well as kanal houses, 7,979 houses in co-operative societies, 5,597 MIG houses, 10,675 HIG houses, 15,053 houses under the Administration and 22,040 under the Central Government. However, going by the new proposal, around 40,000 more houses would be affected.



Three policemen sent to lines in Panchkula
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 17
Three police officers were sent to lines after one of them was found sleeping while two others were in the police station instead of patrolling.

The orders were issued by Panchkula Commissioner of Police Rajbir Deswal after a surprise check last night.

Those sent to lines include assistant sub-inspectors Ved Prakash and Mange Ram and constable Chander Bhan. Constable Chander Bhan, who was posted at the Mansa Devi Complex police station, was found sleeping during the surprise check.

Assistant sub-inspector Mange Ram was found relaxing in vivvies at the Mansa Devi Complex police station during the patrolling hours.

The in charge of the Ramgarh police post, assistant sub-inspector Ved Prakash was also found in the police post instead of patrolling. 



Bus ride that cut short his life journey
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 17
When Anil Kumar Jindal left home for Kharar this morning, little did he know that death would part him from his loved ones.

After purchasing some medicines, he boarded the ill-fated Punjab Roadways bus.

A speeding truck hit the bus on the Chandigarh-Ropar highway near the Doaba Group of Colleges.

Jindal, who was an executive officer in the Anandpur Sahib Municipal Council, had gone to Kharar to buy medicines for his grandson.

A resident of Sodhi Colony in Kurali, Jindal was to go by a scooter but as he was about to leave, he changed his mind and decided to go by bus. "It is an irreparable loss. He was a kind man," said a neighbour.

Jindal is survived by his mother, wife, two daughters, a son. The accident claimed three lives and left 36 injured. Long queues of vehicles were seen on the highway.

The police had to divert traffic to Morinda. It took the traffic police three hours to clear the traffic jam. 



Chandigarh residents get muddy water supply
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
Though the Municipal Corporation has restored the water supply after leakage in the Kajauli water supply line was repaired, city residents are now complaining of receiving muddy water.

Residents in Sector 34 complained that for the past few days they were receiving muddy water supply.

Sheela Ganjoo, a resident of Sector 34 D, here, said: “We are getting muddy water supply for the past many days.”

Another resident of the same sector said the authorities should stop the supply of muddy water and start the supply of clean water.

An MC official said residents of the area had not complained to them. Now, when the matter had come into their notice, they will check the same.


Chemists told to abstain from selling poor quality gloves
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
The PGI Director has instructed all chemists not to sell inferior quality gloves.

As the gloves turn out to be much cheaper and readily available in bulk, chemists purchase and sell these to poor patients.

The practice has been there for quite sometime. It was learnt that after a number of complaints poured in from doctors, the Director issued a circular.

"The authority has noticed through a complaint received from doctors, PGIMER, Chandigarh, that the quality of gloves is poor as these wear out easily," stated the circular shot off to the chemists by the Director.

"It is therefore desired that the supply and the sale of such gloves should be stopped," the circular read.

Poor quality gloves can lead to infection.

Two PGI chemists enter into scuffle

Chemists on the PGI campus entered into a scuffle over a petty issue on Monday evening. One of them is learnt to have suffered a head injury. Later, both the parties reached a compromise. 



Man spills black paint on PGI’s logo
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
Blotting the PGI, a person today defaced the logo of the institute at the main gate.

The man, identified as Balbir Khalsa, spilt black paint over the logo at Gate No. 1.

The police has booked him under the West Bengal Defacement of Property Act, 1976. The incident took place at 12 pm today. Security guards caught hold of Balbir and called the police.

Khalsa is learnt to have stated that he wanted that name of the institute should have been inscribed in Punjabi. A police officer said Balbir had been accused of defacing logos at other government offices also, but it was for the first time that a case was registered against him.

Two months ago, plaques outside several government offices alongside Madhya Marg in Sector 18 and 27 were found defaced in a similar manner. Those visiting the UT health department in Sector 18, Central Ground Water Board in Sector 27, Central Soil Conservation, Training and Research Institute in Sector 27 and Corporate Bhawan in Sector 27, had a tough time locating the departments. None of the employees in the departments, however, brought the matter to the notice of the police. 



Fault in cables snaps 500 BSNL connections
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
A snag in the underground cables snapped 500 BSNL connections in Mauli Jagran.

As per records of the BSNL, there are around 1,200 connections in Mauli Jagran and Vikas Nagar. An official said as there had been some disturbance in telephones for the past six months, new connections had to be capped.

Ditto is the situation at Kansal village where 100 telephone connections have been out of order for the past 20 days. It was learnt that the MC workers damaged underground cables while laying a pipeline in the area. For the past 20 days, the these connections are non-functional.

BSNL officials said after receiving a complaint, a team of officials was sent to the site. It was found that due to water leakage, the underground cables had been damaged.

Workers at the site stated that it was difficult to repair the fault due to waterlogging.

The official said they had started the repair work at Kansal village. BSNL general manager, telecom, JS Sahota stated that he had directed the officials to rectify the fault. 



Consumers to submit papers by Oct 15
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 17
To avail themselves of the facility of transfer of cash subsidy into their bank accounts, LPG consumers in Mohali district will have to submit the requisite documents before October 15.

This was stated by Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu while presiding over a meeting with gas agency owners in the district administrative complex here.

He said the direct benefit transfer scheme would benefit only those consumers who had submitted the copies of documents giving details of the Aadhaar card, gas connection and bank account to the gas agency and the bank concerned.

The consumers should submit their Aadhaar number and bank account number to the gas agency and bank concerned well before October 15.

There are 1,75,000 consumers in the district.

The Deputy Commissioner said as per the direct benefit transfer for LPG consumer (DBTL) scheme, which was being implemented from November 1 in Mohali district, cash subsidy would get transferred for LPG cylinders direct into bank accounts of the consumers while the sale would be at the market price.

He directed the gas agency owners to spread awareness among the consumers about the DBTL scheme so that they submit the requisite documents well in time.

He said consumers could also put copies of the documents into the drop box placed on the premises of the gas agency concerned.

He directed Sarabjit Singh, District Food and Supplies Controller, to spread awareness about the scheme among people, including at the village level, through his department.

Puneet Goel, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development), said the consumers who failed to submit the details of Aadhaar card and bank account details by October 15 would not get subsidised cylinders after November 1.

He said the consumers could also submit the documents at Suvidha Centres. They could also download the Bank linking forms and LPG linking forms from www.petroleum.nic.in/dbtl .

The gas agency owners gave an assurance of providing assistance at every step for the successful implementation of the scheme.



Diabetes mellitus a silent killer: Expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
The public awareness forum on diabetes mellitus organised by the Department of Ophthalmology in collaboration with the Departments of Medicine and Surgery in Government Medical College Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, was attended by over 300 diabetic patients and their attendants, yesterday.

Prof Atul Sachdev, Director, GMCH, was the chief guest and Prof Amod Gupta, Dean, PGIMER, was the guest of honour on the occasion.

Dr Sachdev highlighted the magnitude of the issue in the city and the sedentary lifestyle of people leading to the disease.

Dr Amod Gupta said diabetics were unaware of the disease and many times the damage was already done when the patient reports to an ophthalmologist.

Patients were offered free investigations like random blood sugar evaluation, foot and eye check up. Dr Yashdeep, endocrinologist from the GMCH, highlighted the cause of the disease in young and older patients.

He said diabetes was a group of metabolic diseases in which a person had high blood sugar, either because the pancreas did not produce enough insulin, or because the cells do not respond to the insulin that was produced.

Type 1 diabetes mellitus results from the body's failure to produce insulin, and patient requires insulin injection for survival. Type 2 diabetes mellitus results from insulin resistance, a condition in which the cells fail to use insulin properly. Diabetes mellitus is a silent killer affecting all body systems slowly.

Dr Subina Narang, Associate Professor, Ophthalmology, highlighted that eye was the window to systemic diseases and reflects the changes that were occurring in the body due to diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy affects almost all diabetics by 30 years of the disease. The first eye examination had to be at the time of diagnosis in Type 2 diabetes and within 5 years in Type1disease. She highlighted the importance of life-long follow up of diabetic patient.

Madhu, chief dietician, GMCH, highlighted the fact that diabetic patients had to chose their food and the quantity of this by monitoring their everyday diet. The daily diet should have three meals with snacks in between.

The programme was followed by a panel discussion which comprised experts including endocrinologist, ophthalmologist, surgeon, cardiologist, dietician and biochemist.



Trycity scan

Polio drops administered

As part of the pulse polio campaign, polio drops were administered to students of Mind Tree School by the para-medical staff of the Civil Hospital, Kharar. Chairman of the school said the management of the school supported the health authorities in the campaign.

Annual fest

Aryans Group of Colleges, Chandigarh, organised an annual cultural extravaganza "Rajni" at Lobana Bhawan, Sector 30 A, Chandigarh, today. GD Pandey, DGP -cum-Comdt Gen1, PHG, Punjab, was the chief guest on the occasion. MK Bedi, ZM, Dena Bank, was the guest of honour. Dr Anshu Kataria, chairman, Aryans Group, presided over the function. The students of Aryans Group presented a colourful cultural programme which included bhangra, giddha, western dance, Punjabi dance, fusion, skits, mime, mimicry, Bollywood style and folk dance.

Skill-development training

A total of 40 engineering students from Jammu and Kashmir completed their three-month skill-development training at Chandigarh University, Gharuan. The training was imparted under Project Udaan. Under the project, the ONGC signed a MoU with Chandigarh University to establish ONGC Academy to impart training to students from J&K. — TNS 



Scholars resent delay in award of fellowships 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
Delay in release of fellowships for the research scholars at Panjab University (PU), by the University Grants Commission (UGC) is giving a hard time to researchers. The students are waiting for the stipend, which is to be received on monthly basis from last several months.

The funds are released by UGC to PhD students who crack the UGC- National Eligibility Test (NET) Junior Research Fellow (JRF) - test, for pursuing their research work.

The members of the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) today also gave a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor (VC), Arun Grover, demanding that the university should make some arrangements so that the research scholars should not suffer due to the delay in release of stipend.

PUCSC president Chandan Rana said that several hundreds of research scholars in various faculties of science, arts and management have to face the problem. “There are many PhD students in sciences departments who have not received the stipend from November, last year,” said the PUCSC president.

Panjab University Campus Student Council Secretary Dr Abha Sharma said that research scholars with the burden of ongoing research and hostel dues, can’t bear the financial burden and harassment due to delay in the release of stipend. “The students find it tough to sustain their studies in the absence of funds,” she said.

The Panjab University Campus Student Council members said that they along with the PU officials were planning to visit the UGC office in New Delhi to give them a presentation to highlight the problems faced by the research scholars to ensure timely release of funds.

“We will also give a presentation to the HRD Ministry regarding the issue,” said the council president.

The PUCSC members said, “The proposal to start a research loan facility where research scholars can take a loan in the form of monthly salaries at minimum interest is also under consideration.” 



PU's English, law auditorium to get makeover
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
Panjab University's (PU) English auditorium and law auditorium are soon going to get a makeover.

The university has decided to spend Rs 50.53 lakh on the renovation and makeover of the English auditorium, while an amount of Rs 8 lakhs will be spent on the law auditorium. The issue for the approval of the amount to be spent on the two auditoriums will come-up for discussion in the upcoming syndicate meeting. The syndicate agenda states that the high dignitaries are expected to visit the university in near future and the functions are likely to be organized in law and English auditorium following which. PU officials said that the money would be spent on various renovation works, including electrical wiring.



Documentary on life, achievements of Visvesvaraya screened 
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 17
Engineer’s Day, commemorating the birthday of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, recipient of the Bharat Ratna, was celebrated here yesterday.

Engineers, technocrats and dignitaries from various parts of the state participated in the event. The celebrations, held at Shivalik Public School here, began with the lighting of lamp by Lt-Gen BS Dhaliwal (retd), Technical Adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister.

An exhibition of newly developed materials and innovative technologies used in infrastructure devlopment was opened by General Dhaliwal. A documentary on the life and achievements of Visvesvaraya was shown. Video presentations were also held on solid waste management, solar energy, conservation of water and environment protection.

Speakers from various departments like irrigation, PWD (B&R), Mandi Board, Water Pollution Control Board, Water Supply and Sanitation and the PUDA highlighted achievements in their respective fields. The presentation given by the PWD (B&R) revealed that the total length of roads in Punjab was 67,000 km out of which 1,700 km roads were National Highways. Besides, the department had undertaken the construction of 722 km of roads, scheduled to be completed by the end of next year.

The spokesperson from the Water Supply and Sanitation Department said that Punjab had 20 villages enjoying 24-hour water supply and the department was making efforts to increase this number considerably.

In the context of energy conservation, it was realised that the use of solar energy saved the nation thousands of dollars and dependence on oil as fuel.

The chief guest released a souvenir containing information about the achievements of government departments.

General Dhaliwal, highlighting the role of engineers in building the nation, said that they should do their duty well. He along with the participants paid homage to those veterans who had left us.

He said that the 47th Engineer’s Day celebrations next year would be organised by the engineers of the Punjab Mandi Board . 



College notes

Basketball court to come up at PU’s south campus

Panjab University (PU) is coming up with a new basketball court at the PU’s south campus, Sector 25. The court will cost more than Rs 9 lakh and will be first sports facility in the south campus. The work is under way and will be completed within next two months. PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover formally started the work for the basketball court being setup near the UIET workshop. Speaking on the occasion, PU VC said, “Sports facilities in south campus will also be further developed for the benefit of the students and Rs 1.5 crore will be spent this year in this regard.”

Interview for PhD in English on September 25

Panjab University (PU) has sought application for the MPhil and PhD in English before September 20. Only the candidates qualifying the Combined Entrance Test for MPhil and PhD can apply at the department. PU officials said the department would conduct the interview for the enrolment to PhD in English on September 25 at the Department of English, and Interviews for MPhil would be conducted on September 24. The students have been asked to come with the original documents on the day of interview.

Students bring laurels

The University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) students have brought laurels to the Panjab University (PU) by bagging the 2nd Best Memorial Award at Surana and Surana National Trail Advocacy Moot Court Competition, 2013 (North India Rounds). The team, comprising of Saurabh Khullar, Kunal Kapoor and Pardhuman Garg, were judged as the third best team in the competition. As many as 18 teams from all over India, including the teams from most of the national law colleges and universities participated in the competition organised at the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, from September 13 to 15.

Two-day workshop on fine arts gets under way

A two-day workshop on fine arts was organised at MCM College by the fine arts department. Manjit Singh, a renowned artist with expertise in sculpting and applied arts, conducted the workshop. First day of the workshop was dedicated to 'clay modelling' while the knowledge techniques and skills in 'poster making' will be imparted to the students on the second day of the innovative enterprise. Students of fine arts courses from the college partook in the creative exercise. The principal of the college, Dr Puneet Bedi, labeled the workshop as a unique mode of augmenting the creative flair of the students.

Lecture on ‘Guidelines of SEBI’ held

The Department of Commerce of the Post Graduate Government College, Sector 46, organised a lecture on ‘Guidelines of SEBI and an overview of BSE’. As many as 200 students participated in the competition. The lecture was delivered by Vishal Shukla, AGM, SEBI and Harbinder Sokhi, Manager, SEBI. Speaking on the ocassion, they explained the students the need of investment from their college days. Information was also provided about the various investment instruments like FDs, gold, mutual funds, Insurance, Stock market products etc. Students were also oriented about the overview about BSE and Initial Public Offerings (IPO).

Narendra Modi’s birthday celebrated

The ‘Nemo League’, an organisation, on Tuesday organised a function at the student centre of Panjab University, to celebrate the 63rd Birthday of Narendra Modi. The members of the organisation after cutting a cake distributed sweets amongst the students. They also organised a quiz contest in which hundreds of students participated. They also formed a human chain while wearing shirts with the photo of Modi and raised slogans in his favour.—TNS 
BJP leader Satpal Jain and students celebrate Narendra Modi's birthday at Panjab University on Tuesday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan



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