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Jyoti’s murder
Two witnesses turn hostile
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 12
In another setback to the prosecution, two witnesses turned hostile in the Jyoti Murder case involving Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary.

The two witnesses said the vehicles used in the crime — a truck and an Alto car — were with them even on the night of the murder — November 21, 2012.

Amarjit, the owner of the truck that was reportedly used to crush Jyoti after strangulating her, said the vehicle was in his possession and was never sent outside Baddi. He said even on the night of the murder, the vehicle was with him and not with the accused, which was claimed by the police. Amarjit is the brother of one of accused, Paramjit, and as per the police, Tilak Raj had brought the truck from Baddi on Ram Kumar Chaudhary’s directions.

Lakhwinder, owner of the Alto car, that according to the police was used by accused Paramjit to come to Panchkula, said did not sell the car Paramjit. Lakhwinder said the car was in his possession on the night when Jyoti was murdered. This was the same car, which according to the chargesheet, the police had flagged down while Paramjit was on the way to meet Chaudhary and the two others, who were waiting to execute the murder at a checkpoint at Amartex Chowk. Sources had said that Chaudhary then used his political clout and get the car released.

Defence counsel Aman Bindra said the other witness, owner of an Owner of Altis car, that was allegedly used by Chaudhary’s nephews Dharampal and Gurmeet to reach Panchkula from Baddi, Krishan Kumar Joshi said he had sold his car to Dharmpal, but he could not prove it in the court.

Head constable Tara Chand, who had sealed a parcel of Gurmeet and Dharampal’s hair samples and a DVR of a nursing home to the CFSL, also gave the evidence today. Constable Gurpinder, who intercepted the conversation between Nidhi, Chaudhary’s wife, Krishan Joshi and Harbhajan, also deposed before the court.

Earlier, on the first day of the trial, four witnesses turned hostile.

Egg on police’s face

The defence counsel presented different tower locations of two cellphones before the court, one official number of Chaudhary and the other, as per the police claims, used by Chaudhary to talk to Jyoti. The court was informed that the distance of the locations of two cellphones was around 10 kilometres. The police had claimed that the location of both the cellhones was always the same, which was the basis for Chaudhary’s arrest. The police had claimed that the location of both the cellphones was the same even on the night of Jyoti’s murder.

The case

Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary and four others have been accused of killing Jyoti, who hailed from Hoshiarpur in Punjab. The victim was found murdered on a road in Sector 21, Panchkula. The chargesheet filed by the Panchkula police stated that since Jyoti was coming in the way of Chaudhary’s political career and wanted him to continue relations with her, he eliminated her with the help of his aides. Jyoti was strangulated and then crushed under a truck to project it as an accident.



For UT Admn, safety of residents comes first
Seatbelt to become compulsory for rear-seat occupants
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
Wearing seatsbelts even on the rear seat of a vehicle will be soon made mandatory in Chandigarh to ensure safety of the passengers. UT Administration is planning to get it introduced, said UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar, who was at Panjab University today to attend a seminar on traffic rules.

Speaking to The Tribune after the seminar, he said the Administration would soon get the rule of wearing seatbelts for rear seat passengers introduced.

He said the city witness around 140 deaths due to accidents in a year. The Home Secretary said the commuters need to follow traffic rules for their safety. “The commuters follow the rules fearing that they will get challaned, however, they need to understand that the rules are for their safety,” he said.

As per the statistics of the Chandigarh Police, the number of challans for driving without seatbelt has witnessed a rise this year in comparison to 2012. While 8,170 challans were issued in 2012 for not wearing seatbelts, the number of challans issued to the violators up to September this year was 13,387.

The Home Secretary said that last year the Chandigarh Police collected around Rs 6.5 crore as fine for traffic violations.

The seminar on the theme “Life is precious adhere to traffic rules” was organised in the memory of the Navneet Joshi, who had died in a car accident along with satirist Jaspal Bhatti, in 2012.

Navneet’s brother Vineet Joshi who is assistant media adviser to the Punjab Government, said his brother would have been alive if he would have worn the seatbelt. “At the end of the seminar, everyone pledged to wear seatbelts while sitting on the rear seats of the car,” Joshi said.



Car dealer held for assaulting MC cashier
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
High drama was witnessed at the Sector 17 office of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation today when a junior cashier and a Sector 7-based car dealer entered into a scuffle.

The junior cashier alleged that the car dealer and his half-a-dozen accomplices assaulted him and tried to snatch cash from him. The police has registered a case of assault on public servant under Sections 332 and 353 of the IPC and has arrested the car dealer, Ranjit Thakur. The police has also booked his accomplices. Ranjit Thakur told the police that the cashier, Naval Kumar, took Rs 500 additional charge from his servant for booking a space for parking in the car bazaar and refused to admit it. The UT police has also initiated a probe following Thakur’s allegations, who alleged that Naval was charging extra money from them apart from parking fees.

The incident took place when Naval was in his seat at the booking counter and Thakur along with his accomplices came to the cash counter. Naval Kumar alleged that eight persons tried to snatch a bag containing Rs 65,000 from him. Ranjit, however, denied the allegations

In his complaint, Nawal Kumar said when he shouted for help, the other accused escaped fled, but Ranjit was apprehended.

In his statements to the police, Ranjit said is into selling second-hand cars at Sector 7. He sent his peon, Sita Ram, to the MC office to book a space for the car bazaar on November 1. However, Sita Ram was charged Rs 500 extra by Naval, it was alleged.

“We have registered a case on the complaint of junior cashier and a separate inquiry has also been marked to look into the allegations of overcharging. We will register a case against the cashier if allegations of overcharging are found to be true,” said DSP Ashish Kapoor.



Multi-crore wheat scam
Accused’s death deepens mystery
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 12
Mystery shrouding the multi-crore wheat scam has deepened following the death of Confed GM, Vinod Kumar.

It was learnt that soon after the case was registered, the two other accused in the scam were also found dead under mysterious circumstances in Ambala. The police is now ascertaining the reason behind the death of the accused. An FIR was lodged against the two accused, Samay and Mohan Lal, at Barara in Ambala.

Samay was a sales manager while Mohan Lal was involved in the purchase and sale of wheat bags.

Police sources said Samay suffered a heart attack while Mohan Lal was found dead at his residence the next day.

The police could not ascertain the cause of his death, but it was learnt that he had committed suicide after he was held guilty. Work continues to suffer at Confed, with the accused GMs and other officials named in the FIR still at large. The office wears a deserted look. Even the cabin of one of the accused, LC Tokhi, PA to chairman of Confed, Bajrang Das Garg, is vacant. A peon said the chairman was away to Hisar. “The work is suffering as the persons named in the FIR are not coming to the office,” said MD Arun Gupta. All three GMs, NR Saini, BS Saini and Sher Singh, are holding the additional charge of district managers at Sirsa, Rewari and Kaithal.

The case

General manager of Confed Vinod Kumar committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his residence in Sector 20, Panchkula, on Sunday. In his suicide note, he had named eight persons, who were booked in an abetment to suicide case. Vinod was the GM at Barara in Ambala. As many as 16,662 wheat bags worth crores went missing from the office and he was accused of committing the fraud in connivance with some other persons. A case of theft, fraud and conspiracy was registered.



crime by women
The sweet criminals who operate shadily, smoothly
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
More and more women are taking to crime. The official data has revealed that the UT police has arrested 1,034 women for their involvement in criminal activities since 2007.

This year, the police has arrested 133 women to date. Last year, 93 women were arrested. The catch here is that a majority of them have been arrested for heinous crimes such as murder, attempt to murder and robbery. A large number of women have been arrested for thefts and burglaries.

The arrest of 21-year-old Sarita along with her husband Basant, a UT police constable, for the murder of an inspector in May this year shocked the city. Last year, Renu (20) was arrested for the murder of her lover’s wife, Pooja. Both the women are in judicial custody. From crimes such as prostitution and drug trafficking, women have graduated to murders and kidnapping, say police officials.

A total of 32 women have been arrested for thefts in city this year while 12 of them have also been arrested in accident cases. Another 13 have been arrested under the Excise Act.

Women have always been known as able carriers of drugs. Six of them have been arrested this year for drug trafficking and 20 since 2010. Three women have also been arrested for their involvement in burglary cases this year.

The involvement of women in cheating cases is also on the rise with the police arresting 42 women in cheating cases in the past three years. In May this year, the police had arrested a 40-year-old woman for conning a Sector 22-based jeweller of a diamond set worth Rs 2.7 lakh. A girl arrested in theft case also managed to escape from Nari Niketan last month. She was later arrested.

In September last year, the police arrested two highly educated women cheats, including an assistant professor, who were planning to dupe two jewellers. They had fraudulently taken jewellery worth Rs 7 lakh from a Sector 22-based jeweller.

Police figures reveal that a majority of the women criminals are in the age group of 20 to 40.

“Crime is no longer a male bastion. Urge for leading a luxurious life is drawing more women into white-collar crime. Materialism has also taken over,” says advocate Rabindra Pandit.



IT survey: Rs 5.91 crore surrendered

Chandigarh, November 12
Following surveys by the Income Tax Department, jewellers and builders surrendered Rs 5.91 crore unaccounted income.

The IT surveys, conducted by a team led by the Income Tax Commissioner-II, SD Jha, concluded this morning.

Sources revealed that Sunder Jewellers surrendered Rs 3.41 crore, Sunder Emporium, Sector 35-C, surrendered Rs 50 lakh and s New Generation Real Estate Pvt Ltd, Sector 35-B, surrendered Rs 2 crore. Besides, important account documents were also seized by the team. — TNS



saving sukhna
The tide is high, but picturesque lake is holding on
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
Roorkee-based National Institute of Hydrology (NIH) has come out with a slew of suggestions which can prolong the life of Sukhna Lake. The suggestions include checking of evaporation to preserve water in the lake. The report also recommends an increase in the overall capacity of the lake and lowering the capacity of check dams. Data collection and awareness programmes are some of the other recommendations.


The report suggests reduction in evaporation. “Certain vaporisation retarding chemicals are available which are known to reduce evaporation. However, to avoid any possible negative impacts of such chemicals on the flora and fauna of the water body, they are not recommended for Sukhna Lake. Instead, it is suggested that a physical method such as reduction of exposed water spread area be adopted for the lake as evaporation is predominantly a surface phenomenon,” the reports suggests.


The report also suggests an increase in the overall capacity of the lake. “In the rainfall is above normal, the water may overflow from the lake. If the provision is made to retain the overflowing water, it can help reduce the degree of severity of the water scarcity problem in the water body in the succeeding year, especially if the succeeding year is a deficit rainfall year. It is, therefore, important that the overall capacity of the lake is increased, the report stated.

Check dams

The NIH report also recommends lowering the capacity of check dams, but with caution. “Although lowering the capacity of check dams is recommended, it is recommended that they should not be destroyed, damaged or disturbed for the sake of reducing capacity,” the report recommends.

Data collection

“The data on water levels, rainfall, pumping, groundwater levels in areas immediately upstream and downstream the lake should be regularly collected and maintained. The data will help analyse the changes in ale behaviour of the lake system,” the report states.

The report adds that every lake has a birth, life and death, which is true for Sukhna Lake, too. In case of many lakes, death is hastened by human activities through processes such as increased sedimentation rates. To prevent untimely extinction of the lake and to ensure longer life of the water body, certain conservation and management measures are needed.

Drying no issue

The report says that the lake is not dying. The report says the lake cannot be said to be ‘limnologically’ dying. Limnologically, a lake dies only when it gets completely filled with sediments and turns into a marshy or a land area. But it’s not happening in the case of Sukhna, despite evaporation and reduction in its life due to heavy natural siltation in the initial decades after its construction.

Occasional drying

“Residents of Chandigarh should not overreact. There is nothing to panic if the lake occasionally dries due to periodic occurrences of deficit rainfall,” the report, submitted through counsel for the Union of India, Onkar Singh Batalvi advises.

“Since there is no decreasing trend of rainfall in Chandigarh, we should not expect such scenarios regularly for the lake,” the report says.

A premier institute in the area of hydrology and water resources in India, the NIH was asked to carryout a study of the lake for finding a solution to the problem. Established in 1978, the institute has its headquarters at Roorkee in Uttarakhand and is well-equipped to carry out computer, laboratory and field-oriented studies.

The report says that the occasional drying of the lake in the deficit rainfall years only towards the end of the summer for not more than a month may actually be looked upon as a natural way of overcoming the weeds problem. “Moreover, it will also help carrying out the dry dredging operations in the lake with least difficulties, which is very much needed for the lake,” the report says.

The problem

Evaporation is observed to play a significant role in deciding the total volume of water lost through the lake particularly during the summer. In deficit rainfall years, when the water levels are significantly low, evaporation is the single-most factor determining the loss of water from the lake.



Implement NIH recommendations: Experts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
Experts on the Sukhna Lake feel that recommendations made by the National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), Roorkee, in its integrated study on Sukhna Lake, are very good, but to save the city’s landmark UT officials should implement these suggestions. The experts said that a permanent body to save the Sukhna Lake must be formed.

Dr GS Dhillon, former Chief Engineer of the Irrigation Department of Punjab, said that it was for the first time that the recommendations were made by the experts of NIH, Roorkee, and these recommendations were good to save the Sukhna Lake from dying. But he pointed out that these recommendations should not remain on papers and the UT officials should implement these recommendations, he added.

He further added that the formation of a permanent body was the most important recommendation made by the NIH and they had also suggested the same to the UT Administration on many occasions. He also added that the UT officials should certify every check dam.Echoing a similar view, SS Virdi, former Chief Engineer and Secretary (Engineering Department), UT, and also the chairman of the Save Sukhna Forum, said that at present, the Department of Forest and Engineering were blaming each other on the issues involving the Sukhna Lake. If a permanent body was constituted for the Sukhna Lake, as suggested by NIH, Roorkee, it would definitely help in saving the lake from dying.

But he suggested that a secretary level officer or preferably the Advisor should be made the chairman of that permanent body. In that body, the 
UT should include members from NGOs, experts, who are already working to save the Sukhna Lake, he suggested.

Key recommendations

  • Natural drying of the lake may be allowed once in a few years to control the problem of aquatic weeds
  • There is no trend of deficit rainfall in Chandigarh and so the lake cannot dry up
  • Permanent body for its conservation, monitoring be formed by the Administration
  • Desilting or dredging of the lake needs to be carried out scientifically
  • Systemic data bank or a web-based information system may be developed for the purpose


Better Mohali
Violations thrive in Mohali markets
With shopkeepers and roadside vendors encroaching upon any vacant space that they can find, local markets do not paint a pretty picture. In the Part III of the series, The Tribune Reporter Akash Ghai and lensman Vicky Gharu throw light on the menace

Shopkeepers display items in corridors, blocking the path, at Phase V
Shopkeepers display items in corridors, blocking the path, at Phase V
A sweetmeat shop uses the open space in front of the establishment to set up stalls at Phase III-B2
A sweetmeat shop uses the open space in front of the establishment to set up stalls at Phase III-B2
a man runs his dhaba in a vacant plot at Phase VIII
a man runs his dhaba in a vacant plot at Phase VIII.

Encroachments go on unbridled in almost all the markets across the town. Not only fahri-walas and petty traders, even those running their businesses in showrooms are encroaching upon the corridors in front of their shops.

No space to walk

Be it a sweetmeat shop, grocery store, eatery or a shop selling electronic goods, traders are using the space in front on their shops for displaying items. These paths meant for the customers to walk on are also being encroached upon by small vendors for setting up stalls to sell their wares.

Roadside stalls a hazard

The most hazardous are vendors preparing Chinese eatables. They can be spotted in every market during the evening hours with their gas stoves on and oil boiling in woks, posing a danger to those passing by. Other eyesores are the “dhaba-walas” besides the tea and cigarette vendors, who run their businesses in vacant plots of markets or along the roads.

Civic body least bothered

The Mohali Municipal Corporation officials seem least bothered about the hazard. DS Kapoor, who is the senior vice-president of the Phase VII market association, says the association has made several complaints against encroachments done by smalltime vendors in front of their shops, but the civic body has failed to act.

MC officials get kickback?

“Due to the encroachments in front of our shops, our business is severely affected. The MC officials do not take action for obvious reasons,” says DS Kapoor.

Throwing light on these “obvious reasons”, a smalltime vendor says they pay “hafta” (a weekly kickback) to certain officials to make them look the other way.

“Whenever there is a raid, we get a message in advance,” says the vendor.

We do act against violations

We do take action against encroachments time-to-time, but I know the problem still exists. Now, as the town has an independent MC Commissioner, I will direct him to check this nuisance and take appropriate action immediately.

Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, Mohali

Take erring officials to task

Encroachments in the local markets are a blot on the town’s beauty. If the officials who are responsible for checking the hazard are not taking any action, their seniors should take them to task.

Prem Lata Chaudhary, a resident



chandigarh police week
Girls take out rally to promote helmets
Tribune News Service

Students stage a play, “Mein Apni Kismet Aap Likhangi”, as a part of the Chandigarh Police Week celebrations at the GGSCW-26
Students stage a play, “Mein Apni Kismet Aap Likhangi”, as a part of the Chandigarh Police Week celebrations at the GGSCW-26. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan and Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, November 12
Over 200 girl students took out a rally on their two-wheelers to promote the use of helmets. The event was organised by the traffic police in association with Maruti Suzuki India Limited.

Students from the Government Colleges for Girls, Sector 11 and 42, and Guru Gobind Singh College for Girls, Sector 26, came together for the noble cause.

Helmets were provided to the participants. The rally was flagged off by the UT Home Secretary, Anil Kumar, from Student Centre on the Punjab University campus. The participants also displayed slogans on road safety to spread awareness.

Earlier in the day, the Chandigarh Police organised a programme on safety of women at Sukhna Lake. Satya Gopal, Chairman, Housing Board, was the chief guest. The UT Inspector General of Police, RP Upadhyaya, highlighted the initiatives taken by the police for the safety of women.



Award announced for Punjabi literary works
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
Eminent poets, writers and scholars came together for interactive session at the JW Marriot hotel today.

The event was organised by the Canadian-Indian Education Society of British Columbia in collaboration with Dahan International Punjabi Literature Prize.

It was announced that novels and poetry making Punjabi popular across the world will be awarded.

The Dahan International Punjabi Literature Prize will be awarded on an annual basis to honour the finest literary work in Punjabi. The first award will carry 25,000 Canadian Dollars as the prize amount, while the second and third prize winners will get 5,000 Canadian Dollars.

The prizes will be given in October next year at a function to be held in Vancouver, Canada.

Dr Madhu Chitkara gets global recognition

Dr Madhu Chitkara, Vice-Chancellor, Chitkara University, is the South-East Asia regional winner of the Project on Women Entrepreneurship. She is the only Indian who has been felicitated with this award.

It is an initiative of the Centre of Excellence for Entrepreneurship, George Washington University, through the project titled “The Hot Mommas Project”.

This project is now the largest digital women’s case study archive in the world. Besides Dr Chitkara, there are six other winners from others parts of the globe.

Case Studies are invited every year and the best cases and authors are awarded for their contribution to women entrepreneurship in the field of education.

NGO honoured for making Indian roads safer

The Volvo Sustainable Mobility Award, instituted by Volvo in 2011 with the aim to felicitate practical solutions in the area of sustainable mobility, was given to ArriveSAFE.

The non-governmental organisation was recognised for its efforts towards making the Indian roads safer and for working towards reducing the number of road accidents, especially due to cases of drunken driving.

Harman Singh Sidhu from ArriveSAFE was given the Award by Harald Sandberg, the Swedish Ambassador to India. Project Ecocabs was declared the runner-up for launching the world’s first “Dial-a-Rickshaw” facility. It provides a pollution free and safe mobility in cities.

Fellowship for PU botanist

Dr MC Sidhu, an assistant professor in the department of botany at Panjab University, has been admitted as a Fellow of the Indian Botanical Society, India.

He has received this honour for contributions in the field of cytogenetic and plant breeding. The Indian Botanical Society was established in 1920 to promote the cause of the subject.

Dr RPS Josh felicitated

Dr RPS Josh, an associate professor at the Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, has received Shiksha Bhushan Rashtriya Samman 2013. The award was given by Rashtriya Sahitya, Kala Aur Sanskriti Parishad, Haldighati, Rajasthan. Dr Josh is also a member of the Panjab University Senate and Syndicate.



kidney transplant
Doctors overcome blood barrier
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
There a glimmer of hope for patients with renal failure. Overcoming the blood barrier, doctors at Max Hospital, Mohali, performed a successful ABO incompatible (a different blood group) kidney transplant.

Having a different blood group, a woman from Patna donated a kidney to her 40-year-old husband.

Blood group matching between donors and recipients was essential for the transplant to date.

Due to the limitation, many patients of chronic kidney failure (CRF) were deprived of the transplant (the best treatment modality) even if a suitable and willing donor was available in the family.

Thus, many patients had to continue on dialysis or get a kidney from unrelated or brain dead donors, which would be very distressing for the patients and their family members. Under ABO incompatible, donors of A & B groups can donate to recipients of O group with ease.

The patient, Vijay Kishore Singh, who is himself a doctor, had undergone a kidney transplant in August 2011.

His father donated a kidney to him. His blood group is O positive and none of the other family members, except his 65-year-old father, had the similar blood group. Due to old age of the donor, the kidney again failed (graft loss) after two years. Vijay’s wife with A positive blood group came forward to donate one of her kidneys to him.

The surgery was performed by Dr Sananda Bag, urologist and transplant surgeon, and Dr Munish Chauhan, consultant, nephrology, and their teams.

Dr Chauhan said, “We have potent and advanced medicines with the help of which we can perform even a non-blood group matched kidney transplant.”



New train to Amritsar from November 15
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 12
Giving a special ‘Gurpurb gift’ to the people of the area, the Northern Railways is all set to run ‘Darbar Sahib Express’ between Chandigarh and Amritsar from November 15, two days before the forthcoming Guru Nanak Dev birth anniversary.

Making an announcement in this regard, Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu and area MLA Balbir Sidhu said that the train would ply daily and would also halt at Mohali, Ludhiana, Phagwara, Beas during its journey.

“The train will start at 7 am from Chandigarh and reach Mohali at 7.15 am. It will reach Amritsar at 11.25 am and start from there at 5.30 pm.It will then reach Mohali at 9.40 pm”, said Bittu.

Sidhu said that the people of the area had demanded that a train to Amritsar be started in the morning, which would return the same day in the evening. “The demand of the people has been met”, said Sidhu.

The Congress leaders added that a warm welcome would be given to the train on November 15. The train fare will be Rs 105 per person. The start of the train will benifit the pilgrims going to Harmandir Sahib.



Children’s Day function dedicated to ‘Save Girl Child’ campaign
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
The Municipal Corporation has decided to dedicate the Children’s Day function on November 14 to the ‘Save Girl Child’ campaign.

MC Commissioner Vivek Partap Singh said that MC would also hold a cultural programme at Palm Park in the Dadu Majra colony, where 1,000 children from slums of different parts of city are expected to participate in the colourful event.

Area Councillor Sat Parkash Aggarwal said that during the Children’s Day celebrations, various competitions would be organised by the MC, including painting competition,clay modelling, quiz, declamation contest, rangoli and fancy dress competitions. Gurbax Rawat, chairperson, Art, Culture and Sports Committee, said that the MC would also give Rs 3,100 as the first prize, Rs 2,100 for the second position and Rs 1,100 for the third spot. This was being done to encourage the children to participate in the events.

Two panel members to boycott function

As the MC has finalised MP Pawan Kumar Bansal’s name as the chief guest for the function, two members of the Art, Culture and Sports Committee — Rajesh Gupta Bittu and Saurabh Joshi — will boycott the event. Mayor Subhash Chawla will inaugurate the function and Bansal will be the chief guest and give away prizes to winners.



PGI to set up nutrition division
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
Finding malnourishment a common problem among children coming to its Advanced Paediatric Centre (APC) for treatment of various ailments, the PGIMER is planning to set up a nutrition division at the Centre.

“The children are further prone to develop in-hospital malnutrition unless special attention is paid to them. Critically ill children are the ones who are more prone to suffer from malnutrition,” stated officials in the agenda placed before the PGIMER’s Standing Finance Committee (SFC) recently.

It was proposed that apart from serving as a diagnostic and research centre, the nutrition division will also be required for the training programmes of various postgraduate and doctoral courses.

The nutrition division will comprise consultants, dieticians, resident doctors and lab technicians. A total of 15 posts will have to be sanctioned for running the centre. The APC admits that more than 12,000 patients from different parts of the country visit the centre every year.

“There is enough literature to show that nutrition therapy teams help the patients in recovering. Malnutrition has emerged as one of the most critical challenges to India’s development planners,” the experts stated.

The country is also facing an epidemic of diet-related non-communicable diseases. Children, as young as one-year-old, come to the PGIMER for treatment of chronic ailments like cancer and other severe problems related to neurology, orthopedics, pulmonary medicine and many more.



Four-year-old cancer patient needs help

Chandigarh, November 12
A four-year-old girl from Hoshiarpur District, Heena, is suffering from cancer and needs Rs 3 lakh for her treatment. Her father, Surinder Pal, works as a daily wager and is unable to pay money for her treatment.

Heena is currently admitted to the Advanced Pediatric Centre in the PGIMER and needs chemotherapy for three years. Those interested in helping can contact her father on 7355043309. — TNS



Drunk driving: Violator’s licence suspended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
Continuing with its drive against drunk driving, the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajnish Kumar Sharma suspended the driving licence of Vivek Khamboj, a Sector 33 resident for a month.

The offender was challaned for the second time for drunk driving. Khamboj was also made to stand till the court’s rising for the day and fined Rs 3,000.

The traffic police has started attaching the previous record of motorists before sending their challans to the court. Taking stern action against offenders the Chandigarh Traffic Police has begun taking the violators to task.



Four new dengue cases
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
Four new cases of dengue were reported in the city today, bringing the total number of cases to 85 this year, so far.

The Malaria Wing of the Health Department claims to have geared up field activities and is keeping a close watch on the vectors prevalent in the city.



Kharar Municipal Council official suspended
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 12
An employee of the Kharar Municipal Council has been put under suspension while another has been transferred following a raid by officials of the vigilance wing of the Local Bodies Department at the council's office today.

According to sources, the official, Rajinder Kalwal, who was dealing in passing of maps and drawings of buildings has been suspended after irregularities were found in his working.

The other official, Baljinder Singh, who was collecting fee of irregular colonies, has been shifted to another department for the same reasons.

The raiding officer, AK Kansal, said that several complaints were received against the officials, following which the raid was conducted.He said that the investigations were on in the case.



12 rods robbed at knifepoint from construction site in P’kula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 12
Three masked miscreants robbed 12 expensive rods at knifepoint, that were kept for the construction of a wall by the municipal corporation at Sector 16 late last night.

The youths threatened the guard, Om Prakash, and at knifepoint told him not to work at this place.

Two days before Diwali also 80 shuttering plates were stolen from the same construction site. The wall is being constructed in the area of councilor Bhavna Gupta.



Vacant plots or garbage dump yards?

Vacant plots in residential areas are turning into garbage dump yards. Stink emanating from these areas has made the lives of residents miserable. Wild growth and stagnant water favour mosquito breeding. Miscreants scale walls of houses and take away manhole covers and cooking gas cylinders. I have written many a time to the MC urging it to get the vacant plot No. 334 in Sector 44-A cleaned up, but nothing has been done so far. Annoyed over officials’ apathy, I cleaned up the area on my own. I had to spend thousands of rupees. But still people dump debris there. The authorities should not allow anyone to enter the plots. As far as sanitation is concerned, area residents should be entrusted with the work. The plots can also be converted into multi-level parking lots. This will help generate revenue.

CM Malhotra, Chandigarh

The ordeal of standing in long queues

The district-level e-Disha Centre in Panchkula aims at addressing grievances of residents. The service delivery system has improved, but a lot more needs to be done to put things in order. Long queues are seen at token counters. When a person’s turn comes, the staff asks him to get a medical certificate first. By the time he gets the certificate, the queue gets longer. Ditto is the situation at the driver’s licence counter. The Administration should do something to tide over the problem.

Dr S Kumar, Panchkula

CHB goes off-track

The Chandigarh Housing Board, known as the ‘no loss, no profit’ agency, was set up to cater to the growing housing needs of the urban middle class and low income groups. For a couple of years, it stuck to the basics, but with the passage of time, it went off-track. It framed anti-people policies and earned money at the expense of the general public. Despite having pocketed huge sums from several GPA holders and sitting pretty on them for years, it failed to transfer the units in their names. It failed to regularise certain need-based changes carried out by residents at their own expense and well within the borderline and skyline of their own houses. Several pleas by the elected nodal bodies like FOSWAC and the CHB Federation headed by PC Sanghi and Nirmal Dutt went unheard. Even the advisory of a three-time elected MP on the burning issues was consigned to a dustbin. The residents want that the Chandigarh Housing Board should be dissolved.

Dr S Kumar, Panchkula



Indigo Airlines penalised Rs 10,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Indigo Airlines to pay Rs 10,000 to the complainant.

The complainant had booked a flight from Ahmadabad to Chandigarh which was cancelled. The flight service provided to her was only till Delhi. The complainant was forced to travel by road.

“The opposite parties, including managing director, Interglobe Aviation Ltd, Indigo, and manager, Civil Airport Terminal, Chandigarh, charged the complainant the same amount for the alternate flight provided from Ahmadabad to Delhi,” stated the complainant. The complainant enquired about the flight status at the Indigo Call Centre and was told that the flight had been cancelled. She was requested to board an alternative flight under the same PNR number.

The complainant boarded the flight which was up to Delhi only. However, she was shocked to learn that the airlines had not arranged a flight from Delhi. The complainant had to travel to Chandigarh by road. The opposite parties offered her vouchers worth Rs 2,000. When the complainant demanded compensation, the opposite parties denied the same, the forum concluded.



punjab Civil Services examination
Mohali girl scores 57th rank
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 12
Harveen Kaur has done the town proud by scoring 57th rank in the recently held Punjab Civil Services examination.

Twenty-two-year-old Harveen Kaur cleared the exam in her first attempt. She opted for history and public administration. Harveen completed BTech from the UIET in 2012. “I owe my success to God, my mother, my younger brother and my well-wishers,” said Harveen.



PU to coach HCS, PCS aspirants
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
The Centre for IAS and Other Competitive Examinations at Panjab University (PU), which prepares students for civil services and other important examinations, has chalked out a plan to refurbish its coaching as per the changed syllabus and needs of various top examinations of the country.

Honorary director of the centre Ravi K Mahajan said that earlier, the centre used to provide coaching only to the aspirants of the civil services examination conducted by the UPSC. Now, coaching for the competitive examinations at the state level, including Punjab Civil Services and Haryana Civil Services, will be provided too, he said.

Mahajan said the first batch for PCS and HCS will commence on November 15.

“For the two-month course, Rs 12,000 will be charged as fee from the students, while the students belonging to the reserved category will have to pay half the amount,” he said.

To facilitate the preparation of aspirants on the university campus, the Computer Centre of the PU has joined hands with the centre and is updating ‘Current Infobits’ on the website of the university to help students keep themselves updated with the latest news.

Apart from the regular classes, special classes and mock tests, covering all the state-related issues, are planned for the students.



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