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Handwriting trouble for Doon MLA
Signatures on Jyoti’s MTP form at nursing home match with his specimen
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 13
The report of the handwriting specimen of Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary has proved that he accompanied Jyoti to a nursing home for abortion and signed the form for the medical termination of pregnancy (MTP).

The report by the Forensic Science Laboratory, Madhuban, stated that overwriting on the MTP form at the nursing home in Sector 20, Chandigarh, did not match with the handwriting of Chaudhary, but the original ‘Ram Kumar’ written matched with the samples taken from the accused. The court allowed the police to take the handwriting samples to prove that it was Chaudhary had signed the abortion papers.

The police said after signing the form, Chaudhary went back to the nursing home and urged the staff to change his name on the form to Ramesh Kumar in order to conceal his identity. Jyoti was pregnant and had gone along with Chaudhary to the nursing home for the MTP where Chaudhary posed as her husband. The opinion report stated: “Similarities have been observed between the standard and questioned writings in the nature and class of other elements of writing, such as writing movement ( combined pre-dominant wrist), writing skill (medium), speed (medium), slant (approximately 85 degrees), spacing (normal), alignment(ascending) , relative size and proportion of characters.”

It stated: “The similarities indicate that the person who wrote red enclosed standard signatures in the red enclosed parts (original Ram Kumar signed on the form) stamped also wrote the questioned short signature (samples).”

The report also mentioned that the accused was conscious while giving the specimens. It was said that the specimen signatures were consciousness in their execution. However, despite consciousness, there are several free strokes which show similarities reasonably, the report stated.

During the cross-examination in the court, constable Gurpinder, who had prepared the transcripts of the conversation between Chaudhary’s wife Nidhi, Harbhajan and Krishan Joshi, said he was not an expert in preparing transcripts.

Defence counsel AS Sukhija said: “The duration of the conversations was 149 seconds, 354 seconds or 443, but the official said he jotted the transcript in 150 seconds and 360 seconds, which is not possible,” said Sukhija.



Field day for criminals in P’kula
Man robbed of cash by taxi driver, chain of a woman snatched
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 13
Criminals had a free run in Panchkula as they orchestrated two robberies and a snatching incident within a span of 15 hours. A passenger, who had hired a taxi from Solan, was robbed of cash and valuables by the taxi driver before being pushed off the car in Sector 21, Panchkula. The accused had offered him tea laced with sedatives.

The victim, Vinay, has been admitted to the PGIMER, Chandigarh, where his condition is stated to be critical. Some passers-by saw Vinay lying on the road in a semi-conscious state. The police was called. Vinay fell unconscious after narrating the incident to the police.

Two more passengers were travelling in the taxi. Vinay had hired the taxi to Delhi, said the police.

“Vinay was in a semi-conscious state when he told us that the taxi driver offered tea to them at Kalka after which he started feeling drowsy. He said the accused robbed him of cash and two cellphones. But before we could ask more, he fell unconscious,” said a police official.

Investigating officer Nawab Khan said the victim’s condition was serious. The police is browsing the details of taxi drivers in its record.

In another incident, two youths snatched a gold chain with a diamond locket worth Rs 1.5 lakh from a 55-year-old woman in Sector 4. The youths were asking an address from the victim.

The victim, Snehlata Bhatia, was sitting in a lawn outside her house when two youths called her at the gate to ask the address. “One of the accused was wearing a helmet and the other had covered his face. Before I could react, they snatched my chain,” said Bhatia who also received injuries on her neck.

In a separate incident, a woman, identified Ram Kali, was beaten up by three masked miscreants last night at Saketri. The woman raised the alarm and the miscreants managed to flee.



Egg prices soar as demand increases
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
For over one lakh residents in the city, having an omelette in breakfast these winters has got costlier by a Rupee. It may cost even higher as the winters progress. An egg now costs Rs 5 instead of Rs Rs 4. The per dozen cost of eggs has increased from Rs 48 to Rs 60 this week.

“This is the time when one can stop worrying about calories. A boiled egg or an omelette is my first choice for breakfast in winters,” said Manisha, a paying guest staying in Sector 15, Chandigarh.

In wholesale, the per tray cost of eggs (100 each) has increased from Rs 380 to Rs 410 in the past one week. “The demand goes up in winters, but there has been an overall increase of Rs 50 per tray since the last winters,” said Owner of Friends Poultry in Sector 21, Goldy Nagpal.

According to the sales figures available with the traders, the consumption of eggs in city households every day during summers ranges between 40,000 and 50,000, while it doubles in winters.

The cost of chicken, however, has remained the same.



For them, vacuum is vacum and alleviate is aleviate
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
Spellings of the most commonly used words in English were hard to come by for students during Spell Bee held on the first day of the Chandigarh Book Fair. They spelt vacuum as vacum, alleviate as aleviate and cassette as casette.

Students even faltered at simple words like committee by spelling it as comitee, comitee and kamittee. Many also did not spell the words glamorous and mesmerize right.

Students of elementary classes took part in the competition that lasted for 45 minutes in the children’s corner section of the fair.

A teacher of private school accompanying students said the language competency of students was a matter of concern. “Even students have started using texting language in their formal writing and finals exams, she said.

Students had a problem spelling words like Mississippi, affirmation, assassination, cassette, vacuum and alleviate.

They could not even differentiate between the words in Queen’s English and American English.

Students also fumbled on silent letters. Pneumonia was spelt wrongly in 10 different ways and nobody got it right. Haemorrhage and acquaintance also met the same fate.

One of the coordinators for this event, Mudita, said over 80 per cent of the students spelt the words wrong. Gurmit Singh, an English teacher at St John’s High School, said the exposure to Internet, texting and lack of reading habit are some of the reasons for this. Students are using short text messaging language in the classrooms, too. However, a few students did well in the competition. A Class V student, Molina Dhembla, who won 10 chocolates for spelling many words right in the competition, said she loved reading. Her classmate, Ananya, too, had many chocolates in her kitty.



Darbar Sahib express
Eyeing polls, Cong leaders offer free ride to 300 persons
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

—MP Ravneet Singh BittuMohali, November 13
You can hop on to the Darbar Sahib Express on its maiden run to Amritsar on November 15. Courtesy: Congress leaders who are offering free ride to around 300 persons to the Holy City.

Mohali MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu and Member of Parliament, Anandpur Sahib, Ravneet Singh Bittu have offered a free ride to senior citizens, party workers and journalists to Darbar Sahib.

The passengers will be taken to Golden Temple, Durgiana Mandir and Jallainwala Bagh before returning to Mohali and Chandigarh.

— MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu"With general election round the corner, it is the right time to project the achievements of the party," said a Congress leader.

The Congress is harping on the new trains introduced by the UPA government that pass through the Anandpur Sahib constituency and other parts of the state. MP Ravneet Singh Bittu and Mohali MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu should get the credit of introducing new trains, he said.

"Introducing the Nangal Dam-Hazoor Sahib-Nanded Superfast Express and the Chandigarh-Amritsar Intercity Express are our achievements and we hope that we will have an edge in the coming elections," said MP Ravneet Singh Bittu.

Going one step ahead, Mohali MLA Balbir Sidhu announced to take around 100 senior citizens Golden Temple and Durgiana Temple at Amritsar every month on his expense on the Darbar Sahib Express.

"I have announced to take senior citizens, who will get themselves registered at the local Congress office by Thursday afternoon, to Golden Temple on the maiden journey of the train. After that I would take 100 senior citizens there every month on my expense," said Sidhu.

"Residents are happy with our efforts to start new trains and we want to make them happier by taking them to Amritsar," said Sidhu.

Bittu and Sidhu, who had made it a point to remain present at the Mohali railway station with their supporters to welcome the new trains, would also go to Amritsar on the Darbar Sahib Express on its maiden journey.


Better Panchkula
Drives fail to drive away encroachers
Encroachments are rampant across various markets of the town. Traders and vendors give reasons to justify the violations. In the concluding part of the series, The Tribune reporter Hina Rohtaki and lensman Nitin Mittal present a holistic picture

Despite several drives of the Panchkula administration in past many years, street vendors keep encroaching upon the vacant space at various markets. Although the problem exists in all the markets of the town, it is rampant at Sectors 4, 7, 11, 15 and 20. Not just farhi-walas, even shopkeepers have extended their area of operation to the corridors, leaving no space for the visitors to walk.

High booth rates

Shopkeepers show helplessness in the face of high booth rates, set by Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), that run in crores. They say space should be provided to them on the first floor as well.

Bobbee Singh, who owns shops in Sectors 7 and 11, says an 8’-by-16’ booth is available for Rs 1.5 crore.

“We can’t earn much while operating from such a small booth. We should be given space at nominal rates,” says the trader.

No evening bazaars

Street vendors rue the absence of any policy for operating evening bazaars on the lines of foreign countries.

“We all have to earn our living. At least, we can be allowed to put up our stalls during the busy hours,” says Vinod Kaushik, a street vendor, who sells Chinese eatables at the Sector 6 market.

In a recent meeting of the civic body, it was decided that street vendors be given identity cards.

Traffic snarls a concern

There is hardly any space left for parking vehicles, with the roadside vendors occupying any space available. It also leads to traffic jams. Heavy congestion is witnessed on the road dividing Sectors 8 and 17, which sees traffic coming to the town from Chandigarh, as half of it is occupied by roadside vendors selling fruits and vegetables.

Many decisions, no action

When it comes to acting against the encroachments, decisions are taken by the authorities in almost every monthly meeting. The situation, however, remains the same. Even when drives are conducted, the encroachers are back in business as soon as the staff leaves. The Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, too, in his recent rally at Gohana announced that HUDA will allocate land to farhi-walas and street vendors.

Official speak

Encroachments cannot be justified. We are working on a permanent solution under which the encroachers get space for earning their living, without making residents suffer.

— Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia, Mayor, Panchkula



Regional development plan panel notified, Centre tells HC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
The Central Government today told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that it had notified the Regional Development Plan Committee for the regional plan of the city and its periphery.

A formal statement and the copy of the notification was placed on record by the Union Ministry of Urban Development before the court during the resumed hearing of the petition on the master plan. The High Court also granted two months’ time to the Chandigarh Administration to file a status report after conducting a meeting to discuss the suggestions and objections raised by the public on the city’s master plan.

As the case came up for resumed hearing, the counsel for the UT Administration informed the Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Augustine George Masih that the modalities were being worked out for holding a meeting to discuss the suggestions and objections in the last week of November.

Taking up the issue of the Chandigarh Master Plan, the High Court in September had set four-week deadline for the Union Ministry of Urban Development to take a decision on the proposal sent by the Administration on the regional plan.

The High Court has also made it clear that if the ministry fails to take a decision within the stipulated period, a Joint Secretary rank officer of the ministry should appear in person before the court.The proposal on the constitution of a regional plan committee was sent by the Administration to the Union Ministry of Urban Development a long time ago. But, the ministry was yet to take a decision on the issue.The Administration, during the course of hearing, had informed the High Court that they had received 165 objections on the Draft Master Plan of the city from individuals, states as well as institutions.Counsel for the UT informed the Bench that it would not be possible for them to decide these objections within a time frame. Taking a note of the assertion, the Bench directed the Administration to file a status report on the issue after four weeks. A PIL was filed by Gurbax Singh Shergill for directions to prepare a composite regional plan for the Tricity The High Court had on December 23, 2009, directed the UT to finalise the master plan.



Residents reluctant to pay property tax
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, November 13
With residents showing reluctance to pay the recently imposed property tax, the pace of collections of the levy has been tardy. A 10 per cent rebate offered by the Municipal Corporation (MC) for payments by November 30 has also failed to act as ‘bait’ for most of the tax-payers.

The civic body has collected only about Rs 15 lakh over the past three weeks. The total amount of tax to be collected from all categories of tax-payers in Mohali is estimated at more than Rs 25 crore, said officials.

The corporation authorities are making all efforts to convince residents to pay the tax, which they say will ultimately be used for the development of the town.

Association members boycott MC meeting

It is learnt that the civic body held a meeting of residents’ welfare associations and former municipal councillors on November 11 where PowerPoint presentations regarding the issue of property tax were to be made. However, the response to the invitation was very poor as most of them boycotted the meeting as well as the property tax levied on the residents. However, a few of them ultimately turned up for the meeting after the rigorous efforts made by the authorities to convince them. They were told that nobody was forcing them to pay the tax and the meeting was merely aimed at clearing their misconceptions regarding the new tax.

PS Virdi, chief adviser of the Citizens Welfare and Development Forum, an apex body of various welfare associations, said: “We did not attend the meeting of the civic body as we are opposing the levying of the tax. We are advising residents not to deposit the tax as, despite paying the development charges already, the authorities have still not provided all the basic amenities. Our demand is that the tax should not be levied at all and, in case this has to be done, it should be nominal as in case of Chandigarh. UT residents are paying only Re 1 per sq yd as tax.”

Meetings were merely informative sessions

Commissioner of the corporation Uma Shankar Gupta, however, said the collection of property tax was increasing with every passing day and hoped that it would pick up more from November 18. He said Rs 3.25 lakh was collected today from industrial unit owners at a camp held in the Phase VII, Industrial Area. It was estimated that about Rs 4 crore would be collected from the industrial sector alone.

He said the meetings which were being called were merely ‘informative’ sessions and not to compel residents to pay the tax. Slides were shown to residents where calculations of the tax were presented category-wise. Punjab National Bank (PNB) had been roped in for the convenience of the tax-payers. They could even make online payments at PNB. Now, category-wise forms were being printed and various other options were being facilitated for the convenience of the tax-payers, said Gupta.



book fair
Whole world under one roof
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
An interesting juxtaposition of different ideologies is on display at Chandigarh Book fair that began today. The one corner of the fair has progressive and Marxist literature, aiming at spreading rationality among masses and other side has stalls selling books on preaching of many religious heads and gurus.

“This is the real beauty of the book fairs that it gives space and opportunity to all kind of literature to reach in masses. The option then lies on readers, what it wants to read, says Desh Nirmohi of Aadhar Parkashan.

The festival has nearly 70 participants display literature of different genre For instance, Tarak Bharati Prakashan, Barnala and Chetna Prakashan, Ludhiana, both known for publishing progressive literature, have books on Bhagat Singh, Sant Ram Udasi, Paash, besdies books ridiculing blind religious practices and prompting rationality

Then there is Akar books, which has books on Stalin, Lennin, Trotsky besdies books on Marxism and Anarchism. There is also enough space for poetry as Ankur publication, Delhi has books by Javed Akhtar, Gulzar, and other contemporary writers and poet of the country

Then there is stall by Warish Shah Foundation, Amritsar that has books on major folklores of Punjab.

Shivraj Patil, Governor, Punjab and Administrator, Chandigarh, opened the festival. The bookstalls are offering minimum of 10 per cent discounts to the customers. In some stalls, books are available at cheaper rates.

We need role models: Milkha

Milkha Singh swept the audience with his aura and personality at a session on his autobiography at Chandigarh Book Fair. The session was hosted by city-based author Manju Jaidka.

He exhorted youth to work hard, not to cut corners, and keep on persevering until they reach their goal.

“We need more of Sachin Tendulkar, PT Usha, Milka Singh in our society, he told to the audience while giving example of China that become a number one sporting nation in matter of two decades. “Such a feat is not possible without hardwork,” he said.

Today’s schedule

  • Children’s Day special programme from 11 am
  • Creative writing workshop at 1pm
  • Calligraphy workshop by calligraphy artist Kalpish Goswami at 2 pm
  • Workshop for teachers on skills of storytelling- 2.30 pm
  • Author Keki N Daruwalla talks on his novel "For Pepper and Christ" at 5 pm



Respect deficit for city elderly
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
Seventy-five year old professor Rakesh Kumar (name changed) was under stress as his tenant, who is working in an MNC, is neither vacating the premises nor paying rent. Adding to his woes was that the tenant used abusive language while arguing with him. Distress calls made to Chandigarh Police yielded no result as he continues to suffer.

This is not the single case of harassment of senior citizen landlord at the hands of their tenants that has landed at the desk of the counsellors of social welfare department. As per the records, in less than a month 43 senior citizens have called up the help line to seek help. Besides this a local NGO Dada Dadi Organisation working for senior citizens in the city stated that on an average the association receives two cases per month of the tenant harassment to senior citizen.

Ever since the social welfare department established its help line for senior citizens on October 11, the counsellors of the department have amicably solved at least 11 such cases in which the landlords were at receiving end at the hands of their tenants.

The records of the department revealed that besides tenant related issues; the helpline received 13 property dispute cases, 11 family related problems and eight miscellaneous cases. From the months of May to September when the helpline was on trial run, it received about 3.8 per cent cases of the senior citizens.

In another survey conducted by the Help Age India in 2010, it was found around 49 per cent of the kith and kin disrespect their elders in the city and around 32.71 per cent of elders are constantly abused by their near and dear ones. Out of 20 cities where the NGO conducted this survey, Chandigarh stands on the ninth place in the country.

A representative of the NGO revealed that the harassment cases of the elders were increasing every year as most of the victims hesitate to come forward and report about the abuse. While as per the samples collected, out of 280 cases from the city, it was found that there were 79 victims who did not report the matter to anyone, 59 per cent of them cited the reason for it as the confidentiality of family matter and rest avoided complaining against the offenders due to lack of confidence in the police or other agencies.



Youths risking lives, riding without helmets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
Helmetless driving continues unabated in the City Beautiful despite the UT police issuing maximum challans under this category. This year, the UT traffic police has issued over 36,000 challans for driving without helmet and another 20,000 for those who had not fastened their helmets properly.

A random police survey reveals that even though the riders have been wearing a helmet, non-fastening of the helmet has been a major issue, which results in grievous head injuries and ultimately death of the rider.

Youths around colleges as well as on the geri route and around the Panjab University are blatantly seen driving without helmets with no one to stop them. The situation is worse on the roads in the inside sectors of the city where bikers without helmets are seen driving full throttle.



police week celebrations
Bada khana for UT cops

Chandigarh, November 13
As part of the Police Week celebrations, the Chandigarh Police organised an IGP darbar and “bada khana” for the Chandigarh Police Personnel. KK Sharma, Advisor to the Administrator, Chandigarh, arrived as the chief guest at the function. About 3,000 police personnel took part in the function.

The oath ceremony was held by DSP Jagbir Singh who kept the police officials and personnel in high spirit. During the function, many activities were presented by Jawans of the Chandigarh Police. The first event of the function was”Tug of war”, which was held at 10:15 am. The jawans of the Chandigarh Police (both men & women) took part in the event with full enthusiasm. A marshal arts show was presented by the “Nihangs”, which was a special attraction. Besides this, the procession by the mounted police and equestrian events presented the discipline and sincerity of the jawans. A total of 14 teams participated in the “Tug of War” event. A cultural programme was presented by the police personnel. — TNS



Toddler locked in room at PGI’s reception area, rescued
Tribune News Service

The toddler who was rescued from the reception area of the PGI on Wednesday
The toddler who was rescued from the reception area of the PGI on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, November 13
High drama was witnessed at the PGIMER today, when a one-year-old child of a hospital attendant, was locked inside the registration area in the afternoon. The attendant had left for duty after leaving the toddler sleeping inside the room. After the counters were closed and the other staff left for the day, the security guard locked the room.

The child kept crying inside the room for an hour after getting up. After hearing the child cry, another hospital attendant informed a security guard that the child was crying inside the locked room. For nearly 15 minutes, the staff and the people were left pondering as to how the child should be rescued. They were not able to find the keys. One of the visitors present at the spot insisted on breaking the lock, but the PGIMER staff opted to look for the keys at the cost of the child’s safety.

The security in-charge later reached the spot and the door was unlocked and Sunita, the child’s mother, returned from her duty on the same floor and then took the child home.

PGIMER officials, meanwhile, tried to downplay the incident. PGIMER’s official spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said, “The incident was not related to the public and there were no anomalies.”



haryana roadways
Strike hits residents
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 13
Local residents particularly students remained at the receiving end today after a two-day strike is being observed by the Haryana roadways. People could not get buses entire day.

The Sector 5 bus stand gave a dry look today with huge police force deployed to avoid any untoward incident.

“I urgently had to go to Rewari and because of the strike, I will have to go by a taxi which is quite expensive,”said Rajesh, a resident of Budanpur.

The drivers and conductors of about 3,200 state-run buses, including those operating high-end Volvo buses will observe the strike tomorrow as well.

Reshma, another resident said, “My brother at Kaithal has met with an accident and I am not getting any bus. The strike has caused a great inconvenience.”

College students from Barwala and other areas also could not get the local buses to reach their colleges at Sector 1 and Sector 14.



Building violation
UT mulls lowering penalty
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
Within a few months of UT appellate authorities quashing misuse of notices in different cases, issued by the Estate Officer under the Estate Rules 2007, the UT is seriously contemplating to bring down the penalty of misuse or building violation presently being calculated at a rate of Rs 500 per sq yard.

The penalty of Rs 500 per sq yard was made applicable after the Estate Rules 2207(with amendments in 2009) were notified. This resulted in the penalty running in crores of rupee.

Sources reveal that a legal opinion has already been given against the retrospective application of the “effective” provisions under the Chandigarh Estate Rules 2007 (with amendments in 2009) that allow ceiling of a building or imposing a heavy penalty for misuse and building violations.

Under the Chandigarh Estate Rules 2007 (amended in 2009), the UT Estate Office has not only sealed a number of commercial and residential premises, it has also imposed a hefty fine on those found misusing their premises. The UT officials have been dabbling over the issue in the past without any result.

A legal opinion sought by the UT from the legal remembrance (LR) over the issue had stated that the rules could not be applied retrospective, meaning that the building allotted or auctioned prior to 2007 were not governed by the provisions.But the UT Estate Office has issued hundreds of notices of misuse or building violation to the owners or occupiers of commercial building allotted prior to 2007 in the last three years.



Passport office to remain closed tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
Due to the announcement of a holiday on November 15 by the Government of India, the Regional Passport Office has decided to entertain the scheduled appointments a day before in their respective offices.

Official spokesperson said that a communication had been received from the Central Government that the holiday on account of Muharram in the Central Government offices of Chandigarh (tricity) will be on November 15 instead of November 14.

Keeping in view the orders, the Regional Passport Office of Chandigarh and Passport Seva Kendras at Ambala, Chandigarh and Ludhiana will remain closed on November 15. While those applicants who have already got an appointment for passport related services for November 15 are advised to visit the same passport office or seva kendras on November 14 at the scheduled time. The official said that the applicants would also be informed through SMSs or emails.



BJP councillor flays Mayor

Chandigarh, November 13
BJP councillor Arun Sood today accused Mayor Subhash Chawla of deliberately keeping the MC officials concerned tied up in work to delay the former's stone-laying ceremony of toilets in green belts in his ward.

Arun Sood had proposed that since a number of residents spend a lot of time walking and exercising in the green belts, there should be arrangements of toilets. A mohali-based company and MC's public health wing had to jointly start work from tomorrow.

"The MC officials told me that they were asked not to take any calls during a meeting called by the Mayor suddenly today morning. It is a matter of public welfare but the development seems to have become more of a political warfare for the Mayor," Sood said.

The Mayor, Subhash Chawla, on the other hand, said, "I was not aware if there was such a ceremony scheduled in Mr Sood's ward today. Besdies there are a total of 18 such toilets to be constructed including those in his ward. The work will be allocated from tomorrow." — TNS



Lawyer dies of heart attack in court
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
The work in the Punjab and Haryana High Court came to a standstill this afternoon, due to the sudden death of advocate Baljit Puri. He died due to heart attack, while he was sitting in a courtroom for his case to be taken up.

In his early 50s, Puri belonged to Sangrur district.

The incident took place at around 11 am in the court of Justice KC Puri, when he was sitting with colleagues and was waiting for his turn in response to a case listed for arguments.

He was immediately rushed to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research where doctors declared him brought dead.

After the news of his death, the lawyers on the call of Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association abstained from work.

Also, the court proceeding were suspended.



PGI launches new lab for MDR-tuberculosis

Chandigarh, November 13
PGIMER today launched two new laboratories in the Department of Medical Microbiology.

The objectives of these labs are to diagnose multi drug resistance tuberculosis within 48 hours which otherwise takes 3-4 months by conventional methods and simultaneously taking care to prevent laboratory acquired infection due to resistant organism among laboratory personnel while working with this dangerous pathogen.

The multi drug resistance tuberculosis incidence is increasing in India and reported to be 3-5 per cent of the TB patients. — TNS



Coin mela at Sector 21
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
A coin mela was organised today at Sector 21 by the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal and the Reserve bank of India for facilitating residents with Rs 5 and Rs 10 coins to meet out shortage.

The residents were also provided Rs 50 notes at the coin mela. “The mela will be organised in other sectors also soon,” said Charanjiv, president, Chandigarh Beopar Mandal.



Come down heavily on drunk driving

The nakas to check drunk driving during the late night hours by Chandigarh Police have reduced the number of accidents and put some fear among people who drive vehicles during the night after drinking. Those who don't take or use alcohol invariably face harassment, humiliation and chaos on roads due to drunk driving. The police officers should check the movement of traffic on roads and wherever they suspect that the driver could be under the influence of liquor, they must act immediately. In addition to "nakas", there is a need to create terror among those who drink and drive and endanger lives of people. If people drink during social get-togethers and celebrations, they should take a cab or use the services of a driver.

Sukhpal Singh, Chandigarh

Install traffic lights at Attawah Chowk

Attawah Chowk is notorious for traffic jams as the buses from Sector 17 for Punjab and Sector 43 bus stand have to pass through Attawah Chowk roundabout. During the office hours, particularly in the evenings, there is a traffic jam like situation at the chowk. Every one seems to be in a hurry to reach home. Motorcyclists make snaky turns to overtake the traffic from left or right without following any traffic rules. At times, it has resulted in serious accidents. To regulate the traffic in a disciplined manner, it is important that traffic lights are installed at Attawah Chowk.

Wg Cdr J S Bhalla, Chandigarh

Preventing pollution in City Beautiful

I would like to tell the Chandigarh Traffic Police that pollution in our beautiful city is rising day by day, but discussion won't change anything. It is high time we took strict action on the issue. Auto-rickshaws are polluting our city’s environment the most and nobody is noticing them. The only thing people do is accelerate their vehicles and overtake these auto- rickshaws. By doing this, they feel they are out of trouble and this is the way that we all deal with these auto-rickshaws. Being a resident of the city, I would like to appeal to each traffic cop on duty at each traffic light to check the pollution caused by the auto-rickshaws as it is clearly visible and easy to identify the real culprits polluting our City Beautiful. Pollution can be controlled as we just need awareness and alertness. Each resident of Chandigarh who really feels that we should contribute to keeping our city clean should realise his or her responsibility.

Gurinder Singh Cheema, Chandigarh



PU students to air grievances online
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
Soon, students of Panjab University (PU) and its affiliated colleges in Chandigarh and Punjab will not be compelled to travel to the university to air their grievances related to the examination branch. Now, they will be able to submit their complaint online, and the official concerned will have to act on it within three working days.

The Controller of Examination (CoE), Parvinder Singh, said the students would be submitting their grievances through an e-mail.

“The grievance will be forwarded to the department concerned. They will have to respond to the student within three working days,” said the CoE.

The students will receive the reply regarding the status of their complaint through an e-mail.

Parvinder Singh said all the details, including name and mobile number, of all the officials concerned of the examination branch will also be uploaded on the PU website for assisting students.

“Earlier, the students had to visit the campus even for getting any basic information. Now, they will have the option of calling the examination branch for any details,” the CoE said.

The university is also going to install a board at the entrance to the administrative block and at the single-window enquiry block that will have floor-wise details of the offices. The extension number of the superintendents and the assistant registrar will also be mentioned on the board.

An extension phone will be available near the board, using which students would be able to check whether the official concerned is available, the PU official said.



Now, admission process to begin on November 25
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
The process of admissions to the entry-level classes for the next academic session, which was set to start in the city schools from November 29, will now begin on November 25.

As per the revised common admission schedule of the UT Education Department, both private and government schools are required to display all the admission-related information on their notice boards as well as on their website before November 25.

The information should include total number of seats, age requirement, fee structure, admission criteria, documents required and the date of draw.

Admission forms will be available till December 10. The submission of forms will also take place during the same period. The forms can be downloaded for free from the school website as well.

Director Public Instructions (Schools) Kamlesh Kumar said the admission schedule was advanced after a meeting with schools. They needed more time to process the application forms, before the winter vacations.

Revised schedule

Before November 25:

Display of information

Nov 25–Dec 10:

Issue, submission of forms

January 10–20, 2014:

Draw of lots, display of lists

January 21–25:

Depositing fee (selected list)

January 29–31:

Depositing fee (waiting list)



punjab civil services
Proud moment for govt-run Mohali institute
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 13
It is a proud moment for the staff of government-run Ambedkar Institute of Careers and Courses as five of their students have been selected as PCS officers in this session. The students, belonging to reserved categories, include Hardeep Singh, Pawan Kumar, Sandeep Singh, Kirandeep Kaur and Gurpreet Singh.

Hardeep Singh got second rank in his category in the Punjab Civil Services (PCS) examinations. His proposed posting is that of a sub-judicial magistrate. Pawan Kumar secured sixth rank and will become at ETO, while Sandeep Singh (12th rank) and Gurpreeet Singh (18th rank) have been selected for the posts of DSP. Kirandeep Kaur (13th rank) will be posted as a DFSO.

Rajwinder Kaur Minhas, principal of the institute, said the students had brought glory to the institute, which is being run with funds received from the Punjab Government under the aegis of the Department of Welfare of SCs and BCs, Punjab.

“Last year, too, our four students got selected as PCS officers. Since its inception in 1987, the institute has produced as many as 21 civil servants,” said Rajwinder Kaur.

The institute, which imparts special training and coaching to the students of reserved categories for civil and allied services examinations, does not charge a single penny.

“We run one batch for six months for the preparation of the UPSC examinations, while for the PCS and other allied services, the duration of batches is between three to six months. Each batch consists of 50 students and they are selected on the basis of an entrance exam,” said Rajwinder Kaur.

Hostel facility is also being given to both girls and boys, along with a stipend of Rs 700 per month.



education notes
National seminar

A two-day national seminar on “Number Theory and Discrete Mathematics” started at Panjab University. The seminar was presided over by Emeritus Professor in the department of mathematics and former VC, PU, Prof RP Bambah. The seminar is being organised in honour of Prof RJ Hans-Gill, who turns 70. Over 70 mathematicians from various institutes and universities are attending the seminar. After the inaugural function, Dean University Instruction, PU, Prof Madhu Raka threw light on the works and achievements of Prof Hans-Gill. Prof SD Adhikari from HRI, Allahabad; Prof SS Sane from IIT, Mumbai; Prof Ajit Iqbal Singh from ISI, Delhi; and Prof R Balasubramanian from IMSc, Chennai, gave talks on the first day.

Special lecture

Former Director, National Institute for Mentally Handicapped, Hyderabad, Prof Deshkeerti Menon on Tuesday delivered a special lecture on “Clinical Psychology Practice in Intellectual Disability” at Panjab University. Clinical psychology specialist Prof Menon said the future trends in the field will rely on academic psychology, especially experimental psychology, research methodology and cognitive behaviour therapies. “The topics like capacity assessment for people with instinctual disability and dementia and human rights and self determination in decision making are attracting worldwide attention. In view of this, a new Bill on disability is likely to be presented in the Parliament,” said Prof Menon.

Network security

The department of information technology at GGDSD College, Sector 32, organised a lecture-cum-technical session on “Network Security”. Topics including secured programming, cloud computing and penetration testing were covered during the lecture. — TNS



Tips on career in IT

Chandigarh: A seminar on career opportunities in the information technology (IT) sector was held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10. The seminar was a part of the various outreach events planned in the run up to the mega IT conclave, Destination IT@North, being held on November 20 and 21 in Chandigarh. Vinay Johar, CEO of RChilli, a software product company based in Mohali, along with Naveen Gupta, founder and CEO of Frameboxx Animation and Visual Effects, apprised the students of the immense career opportunities that exist in the fast-growing IT sector. Naveen Gupta showcased some award-winning animation films produced by students. Industry needs diverse skill sets to handle cyber security, networking, computing, data management, financial and technical services, he said.

Musical programme

St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, organised a musical programme to celebrate its annual day. The children of the primary wing put up an enthralling show.

Education Day

Government Senior Secondary School, Dhanas, celebrated National Education Day. Students participated in different activities with great fervour and enthusiasm. At Government Model Middle School, Sector 23, students recited poems and delivered speeches.

Visit to traffic park

Panchkula: The pre-primary students of Satluj Public School, Sector 2, were taken for an outing to the Sector 12 traffic park. They were made aware of traffic rules. They were also shown miniature models of petrol pump, railway station, airport, library and museum.

An ode to freedom struggle

Mohali: The tiny tots of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School displayed their creative flair in colouring during the National Education Day celebrations. They made drawings on “Indian Freedom Struggle” with the help of their teachers. — TNS



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