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Cops found drunk
7 policemen, including SHO, sub-inspector, suspended
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 21
It was nothing less than a reel drama at Bir Ghaggar village where policemen were allegedly found drunk on duty last night. Embarrassed, the top brass had no option but to suspend seven policemen.

Caught drunk by seniors while conducting a bogus raid on a private clinic, all policemen, except station house officer Jai Prakash, fled while they were being taken to the General Hospital for medical examination.

Additional station house officer sub-inspector Narender Rana, however, landed in the hospital after he fractured his leg while he was trying to escape.

The incident took place when a team of six policemen led by the station house officer of the Chandimandir police station were allegedly on a ‘money-minting’ raid.

They entered a private clinic and started misbehaving. The residents opposed their move and chased them to the Chandimandir police station before calling seniors police officers.

About 100 villagers forced them to retreat. They also gheraoed the Chandimandir police station and demanded medical examination of the policemen. Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ashwin Shenvi reached the spot.

Policemen from other police stations, including Assistant Commissioner of Police, Krishan Kumar Hooda and Sandeep Kumar Malik, reached the spot.

On demand of the villagers, senior officers asked them to accompany to the hospital for the medical examination of drunk policemen.

While six policemen fled, the medical of Prakash confirmed liquor in his blood.

Shockingly, when senior officers enquired from the control room why were they informed late, the officer on duty at the control room was also found drunk. He was also suspended.

Those who have been suspended include SHO Jai Prakash, sub-inspector Narender Rana, assistant sub-inspector Jaswinder, head constables Hansraj, Dilbaag and two others, including the control room official.

Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ashwin Shenvi said: “We have suspended seven policemen.”



Harassed by in-laws, she fights her way out
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 21
Taking up the cudgels against the social evil of female foeticide, a woman from Bir Ghaggar village has moved a local court against her husband and in-laws seeking protection as she resisted sex determination test before giving birth to a girl child.

Before giving birth to the girl child, the victim was twice forced by her in-laws to abort in last three years. The woman moved the court after failing to get help from the police.

The woman, Hardeep Kaur, who was blessed with two daughters, gave birth to another girl whome she has named Nimrat.

“My husband has got my medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) done twice, in 2010 and 2011, after he got to know that it was a female foetus. I was tortured,” alleged Kaur.

“But this time, I told him that I won’t undergo sex determination test and somehow managed to deliver the girl child safely following which he abandoned me,” she said

Kaur has been living with her parents since then. Her MTP was conducted at Maheshnagar in Ambala.

The woman also complained to the women cell a number of times, but to no avail. “Officials told me that instead of frequenting our office, it would be better if move court. I explained them my situation, but they did not make any efforts to help me.”

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ashwin Shenvi said: “It’s a serious offence. Action will be taken against officials of the women cell. I came to know that the case is in the court and the woman has filed a suit of domestic violence and sought protection.”



A privileged few to use black films
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
Even as the Supreme Court has banned black films of any percentage of tint on windscreens, a few vehicles in the city have the privileged to do so. Information sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act reveals that 18 vehicles, most of them attached to Raj Bhawan, are allowed to use black films. Fifteen vehicles belong to Raj Bhawan, two to the judiciary and one is attached to an IPS officer.

Information provided by the Chandigarh Police under the RTI Act reveals that in compliance with the orders of the Supreme Court dated April 2012, it was decided that persons having Z and Z+ security cover should be given the permission to use black films on the windscreens of their vehicles. The decision was taken by a high-powered committee consisting of Home Secretary, Inspector General of Police (IGP) and Superintendent of Police (SP) Traffic. The committee, which was constituted on May 31, 2012, allowed 18 vehicles to use black films. Of these, two belong to judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, one to an Andhra Pradesh-cadre IPS officer and 15 vehicles belong to Punjab Raj Bhawan.

The Raj Bhawan vehicles include two Mercedes, four Ambassadors, two Honda City, three Maruti Esteem, a Tata Safari, Sonata, Toyota Fortuner and an MUV that is being used as a mobile jammer.

A special sticker granting permission to use black films has been pasted on the vehicles.

Surprisingly, the permission to 14 vehicles belonging to Raj Bhawan and the official vehicle of the IPS officer was given on May 30, one day prior to the notification for constituting the committee for granting permission for using black film, said RTI activist RK Garg.


Strange are the ways of civic body
Fails to collect Rs 3 crore rent from 104 Verka/Vita booths in city
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
The Municipal Corporation never hesitates to burden city residents. It's recent decision to revise house tax rates has left them high and dry. If the civic body is so keen on generating revenue, why doesn't it collect rent amounting to Rs 3 crore from 104 Verka and Vita booths that have been operating in the city since 1996.

The booths have been constructed on MC land. Deputy Mayor Satish Kainth brought the matter to the fore.

The MC officials have submitted a reply which will be discussed in the monthly house meeting on September 23.

The reply reads: "The corporation came into existence in 1996 and the booths had already been functioning in the city. Verka booths are functioning under the control of Punjab State Co-operative Milk Producers Federation Limited, Chandigarh, and Vita booths are functioning under the control of Haryana Diary Development Co-operative Federation Limited. No rent is being paid by both the organisations to the MC."

Deputy Mayor Satish Kainth said the rent of each booth had been fixed at Rs 1,000 per month till 2010, but after that the F&CC committee revised it to Rs 2,000 per month on August 23, 2010. The MC officials in their reply submitted that despite repeated reminders and directions of the UT Administration, the authorities have not deposited any rent so far, he added.

Former senior deputy mayor and Congress councillor Darshan Garg said the MC should first collect its dues from Verka and Vita and then revise house tax rates. Another Congress councillor Sat Parkash Aggarwal said it was only because of the apathetic attitude of the officials of the Municipal Corporation that the MC was suffering losses.

Audit report had also raised questions

The 2012 audit report of Accountant General, Chandigarh, states: "Apart from selling Verka products, the allottees of 104 booths are selling items of daily use and most of the booths have been providing STD/PCO services.” The report points out that the MC has failed to recover over Rs 2 crore from the allottees.



One out of 3 females has osteoporosis: Experts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
The department of radiodiagnosis and imaging organised a four-day workshop on mammography and DEXA positioning with Prof N Khandelwal as chairperson and Dr SC Bansal as organising secretary. The workshop concluded today which had commenced on September 17.

During these four days, as many as 30 experienced female radiographers and radiological technologists, working in the field of radiodiagnosis and imaging as well as mammography from the leading medical institutes and colleges of the neighboring states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Chandigarh apart from the PGIMER, were selected to attend this workshop.

From the PGIMER, senior faculty in radiological technology comprising of Dr SC Bansal lecturer and secretary general of Indian association of radiological technologists, Ram Singh, LK Gupta had delivered lectures on bone densitometery and DEXA scanning, developments in mammography equipments and advances in image receptors in mammography, respectively, as well as radiologists.

Dr SC Bansal in his lecture highlighted the significance of bone densitometery in evaluating osteoporosis-A systemic skeleton disease characterised by low bone mass and micro architectural deterioration of bone tissues with a consequent increase in bone fragility and susceptibility to the fracture.

He also highlighted that osteoporosis is a disease of the elderly, the prevalence of which will increase in old age. He revealed that as per the data available in India the number of osteoporosis patients which were approximately 26 million (2003 Figures) are projected to increase to 36 million by 2013 (as per Osteoporotic society of India report). According to WHO data, one out of eight males and one out of three females in India has osteoporosis.

Dr Veenu Singla and Dr Tulika Singh delivered lectures on advances in breast-imaging and ductography as well as breast bioposy during workshop apart from providing hands on training to the participants.

The purpose of the workshop was to share positioning techniques in order to improve image quality and implement advanced techniques.

On the concluding ceremony, the PGI Director, Professor YK Chawla, appreciated the efforts of department of radiodiagnosis. He also distributed the certificates of participation to all the attendees of the workshop and a set of books on mammography positioning was also distributed to the representative of each institution.



Vegetable prices to remain high

Chandigarh, September 21
If retailers are to be believed, vegetable prices will remain high this month. “With the change in weather, cultivation of vegetables is affected, resulting in irregular supply,” said the sellers.

Peas are being sold at Rs 110 per kg as the stocks are limited in the city.

“The prices are going through the roof. One has to think twice before buying vegetables and fruits,” said Meenaxi, a resident of Sector 23.

Cauliflower is being sold at Rs 80 per kg while onions are priced at Rs 70 in retail markets across the city.

Roadside vendors are selling it for Rs 80 per kg.

The price of tomatoes has also shot up to Rs 60 per kg.

Note: These are the retail prices. Wholesale prices keep varying. — TNS



sexual harassment case
PU Syndics stage a walkout
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
Irked by the failure of Panjab University to table an action taken report on the decision of the Syndicate with regard to a case of sexual harassment at GTB Khalsa College, Dasuya, Syndics today staged a walkout before a meeting could even start.

In the past three meetings, the members had been asking the university authorities to table the action taken report before them. When the university failed to include the issue in the agenda of the meeting today, all the Syndicate members decided to walk out.

A five-member committee constituted by the university on receiving a complaint of sexual harassment from five teachers of GTB Khalsa College, Dasuya, had found Balwinder Singh, who had acted as the centre superintendent during the semester exams at the college in December 2012, guilty.

The Syndicate had discussed the matter during its meetings on April 15 and April 25 and had been asking the university to submit an action taken report.

Before the meeting today, Syndic Dr Jagwant Singh sought the Vice-Chancellor’s permission to raise the issue.

“In the last meeting it was decided that the action taken report will be tabled in the next meeting. It is surprising that despite that decision, the issue has not been included in the agenda,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor, however, asked Dr Jagwant to discuss the issue in the zero hour, following which the Syndic and other members walked out of the meeting.

“On September 19, I had sent an e-mail to the VC, requesting him to arrange a meeting to discuss the issue. I, however, got no reply,” Dr Jagwant said.

Registrar AK Bhandari, however, said a follow-up action was being taken on the report of the committee. PU officials said a show-cause notice was served on the president of the governing body and principal of the college on September 3. The college was given 15 days from the date of receipt of the notice to respond to the findings of the report.

PU officials said the Syndicate would take up the agenda items that were to be discussed today and also the action taken report with regard to the committee report during the next meeting scheduled on September 28.

members to approach Ansari

Syndicate members are reportedly planning to approach the University Chancellor, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, to apprise him of the dilly-dallying attitude adopted by the PU administration. A Syndic, seeking anonymity, said lethargy on the part of the university officials delayed the clearing of files and affected the overall functioning of the varsity.



Students get tips on self motivation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
Dr SS Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (SSBUICET) organised a workshop on self motivation to prepare the students for the corporate world.

Over 200 students and faculty members participated in the daylong workshop. Experts explained to the students the need to synchronise their personal and organisational goals.

The students realised the importance of self motivation in raising morale and job satisfaction.

General Manager, CITCO, AK Malhotra, in his presidential address, told students to equip themselves with the necessary skills to reap benefits of the liberalisation.

Emeritus Fellow, PU, Prof Jitendra Mohan motivated the students to be emotionally intelligent.



PU prof to speak at global symposium
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
Dr Kewal Krishan, senior assistant professor at the department of anthropology, Panjab University, will deliver a lecture at the 11th International Symposium on Forensic Sciences to be held at Bratislava, Slovak Republic, from September 24 to 27.

Dr Krishan, a forensic scientist, will talk about his research on pedal evidence and its use in the identification of criminals.

Pedal evidence is the evidence related to foot and its parts left by criminals at the crime scene. It is recovered in the form of footprints, shoes, slippers and shoeprints.

Workshop concludes

A two-week workshop on capacity building programme in social sciences concluded today at the ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre, Panjab University. The workshop was attended by research scholars and teachers from various disciplines of social science.



Cultural fiesta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
The annual cultural fiesta of Smart Wonders School, Sector 71, Mohali was held at Tagore Theatre today. Ganesha Vandana followed by a variety of dance and other performances by the students of the primary wing captivated the audience.

Later, the senior wing students staged a play based on the fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The audience applauded the students.




Visit to gurdwara

Chandigarh: The students of kindergarten block at St Joseph’s School, Sector 44, visited a gurdwara. Wearing scarves on their heads, tiny tots entered the holy place and bowed before the revered Guru Granth Sahib.

Intra-school competitions

A general knowledge competition was held at PML SD Public School, Sector 19. Students were motivated to enhance their knowledge of current affairs. Students also took part in a recitation competition.

Founder’s Day

Panchkula: The Founder’s Day was celebrated at St Xavier’s High School. The week-long festivities witnessed various intra-class activities including handwriting competitions in English and Hindi.


St Teresa Convent School, Sector 25, conducted a workshop on adolescent issues. Dr Deepa Puri addressed the parents and teachers. She cleared their doubts in an effort to improve the mother-daughter and student-teacher relationships.

World Ozone Day

To raise the awareness about the depleting Ozone layer, World Ozone Day was celebrated at Blue Bird High School. Students of Class VI made posters carrying messages. Students of Class VII wrote slogans, and Class VIII students participated in an essay-writing competition.

Pulse Polio

The Tulsi Eco-Club of New India Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, carried out a rally spread awareness about the Pulse Polio campaign. Principal Sharda Gupta flagged off the rally. Holding placards and banners, around 300 students made people aware about the benefits of polio drops.

Onam celebrations

A special assembly was organised to celebrate Onam in the junior wing of Satluj Public School, Sector 2. Students shared information about the festival besides taking part in a variety of team sports.

Hindi Diwas

Mohali: To mark Hindi Diwas, the primary wing of AKSIPS participated in a plethora of activities. Students of Classes I and II took part in “Kavita Vaachan”, while students of Classes III and IV participated in “Hindi Vartani Pratiyogita”. “Doha Gayan” was organised for the students of Class V. — TNS



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