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Underpasses go to MC
Irked over delay, Patil shifts project from Housing Board to civic body
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
Taking serious note of the delay in the construction of the three much-awaited underpasses in the city, the UT Administrator, Shivraj V Patil, today ordered the transfer of the project from the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) to the Municipal Corporation (MC). The project has been hanging fire since 2008.

The UT Administration had decided to construct eight underpasses at different points, including the Press Chowk, Transport Chowk, Piccadily Chowk, ISBT, Sector 17, Kisan Bhawan and Matka Chowk. In the first phase, it was decided to construct the underpasses at the Press Chowk, Transport Chowk and the Piccadily Chowk, which witness frequent traffic snarls due to the increasing vehicle load.

The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) was made the nodal agency for the project. However, it could not find a company for the construction of these underpasses. The subways are likely to reduce traffic congestion to a large extent.

At a meeting held today with senior UT officials at the Punjab Raj Bhawan, Patil also reviewed the progress of various ongoing projects. Patil also said certain departments needed to speed up the utilisation of funds placed at their disposal so that the money given by the Centre for development works was fully utilised in time. He asked all the officers concerned to ensure 100 per cent utilisation of the budget allotted to their respective departments in the stipulated time.

Patil also made special observations to speed up the work on computerisation to be done in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The Administrator also gave directions to increase the fleet of buses running on the local routes, in order to increase the frequency of buses for the city residents.

The Administrator laid special emphasis on the strict implementation of the provision of Food Security Act with regards to the supply of ration to all beneficiaries.

Patil also laid stress upon chalking out a comprehensive plan to provide infrastructure to all educational institutions to equip their libraries with audio-visual facilities and also to organise science exhibitions in the city with focus on advancements in the field of electronics.

Busy Press Chowk

A study conducted by the UT Engineering Department had recently revealed that more than 35,000 vehicles cross the Press Chowk light-point on the Madhya Marg during peak hours. The city has the highest per capita vehicle ratio in the country.



MD/MS admissions
GMCH-32 to go with Central examination
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
The Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, has decided to go ahead with All-India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Exam (AIPGMEE) for admission to its MD/MS courses in the 2014 session. Conducted by the National Board of Examination (NBE), New Delhi, the AIPGMEE will be held on-line between November 25 and December 6.

Initially, the UT medical college did not give its consent to go ahead with the Central exam as the name of UT Chandigarh did not appear on the list of states uploaded on the NBE’s website on November 14, which agreed to utilise AIPGMEE merit for admissions to the MD/MS courses.

However, the November 15 notification of the medical college clarified that the college would not hold its own entrance exam, as it would take the merit of AIPGMEE for the admission to its postgraduate degree courses.

A medical aspirant said the decision should have been taken well on time since those who were primarily targeting GMCH’s PG entrance exam, which is usually held in February, will now have to put all their energy towards AIPGMEE.

A local academician, Dr Arvind Goyal, said Punjab gave its consent to go ahead with AIPGMEE as early as on October 15. The delay in taking decision by the GMCH-32 will not affect meritorious students much since they are already focused on all-India open examinations but average students who mainly bank upon the local examination, will now get very less time to prepare for the coming AIPGMEE.

Dixit Chauhan, MBBS graduate from the GMCH-32 and now preparing for the PG entrance exam, said one Centralised exam was better but considering a highly variable format of the AIPGMEE, he was little skeptical about the outcome of the exam.

Dr Atul Sachdeva, Director-Principal, GMCH-32, said the delay in taking decision was due to the late communication to the college about the possibility of going ahead with the AIPGMEE. However, the decision is well thought over. “The Central examination is conducted well and has a uniform format,” he said.

Local student Itika Garg said the decision would help students from multiple exam pressure. Last year, the college did not conduct its own entrance exam since admission to the MD/MS courses was done through the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test which was scrapped in July by the SC.

Central exam for MBBS too

Dr Atul Sachdeva, Director-Principal, GMCH-32, confirmed that the college would also not conduct its own Pre-Medical Test (PMT) in 2014 as it had decided to go with the All-India PMT (AIPMT), to be conducted by the CBSE on May 4, 2014, for the purpose of admission to its own state quota of MBBS seats.



Admn, MC fail to update websites
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
While the Chandigarh Administration is organising Destination IT@North in association with the Punjab Government and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to promote the northern region as an IT/ITES destination from November 20 to 21, the information displayed on the websites of different departments of the Administration has not been updated.

The information even on the website of the Department of Information Technology has not been updated. On the IT department’s website, Wipro is shown as an IT company functional in the IT Park, Phase II, while the UT Administration had already cancelled the plot allotted to Wipro.

Similarly, on the website it has been mentioned that projects like Amusement-cum-Theme Park, Film City, Medicity are being set up in Chandigarh while, in fact, these projects have been scrapped. The Supreme Court has quashed land acquisition for the IT Park, Phase III, but the website says: “The land for this Phase is under acquisition, which is likely to be completed shortly”.

A perusal of various other websites of the UT Administration revealed that the name of Ajoy Sharma is still shown as the Secretary, Cultural Affairs, on the website of public relations and cultural affairs whereas he has been repatriated to his parent cadre in the Punjab government. Similarly, Jasvinder Kaur, who has been repatriated to Punjab, is shown as Director, Cultural Affairs.

The Police Complaint Authority (PCA) section of the UT’s official website still mentions names of the old committee members. Recently, the UT Administration had appointed former UT Advisor Pradip Mehra as its chairman and former UT police IG Pradeep Kumar Srivastava and Zoya R Sharma as its members.

The situation on the Municipal Corporation website is no different. The tenure of present Mayor Subhash Chawla is coming to an end in December but on the website, his official message is yet to be uploaded. Budget estimates displayed on MC’s website are those of last financial year 2012-13. The rate list provided for the booking of community centres has also not been updated on the MC website.

The Director IT, Chandigarh Administration, Upkar Singh, said as soon as they get the required information from the departments concerned they update the same. 

Websites of UT department

  • Ajoy Sharma is still shown the Secretary, Cultural Affairs, on the website of public relations and cultural affairs whereas he has been repatriated to Punjab
  • Jasvinder Kaur, who has also been repatriated to Punjab, figures as Director, Cultural Affairs
  • Names of PCA new team not updated
  • Environment Department website itself mentions that it was last updated on January 21, 2013

MC’s website

  • No information on ward-wise committees’ link
  • No information on corporation’s working
  • Carries action taken repor-2010 of the Public Health Department and Building and Roads Department
  • MC Commissioner’s photo not uploaded yet



4 youths molest girl, thrash her brother at Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 19
At least four youngsters followed a student of BCom (second year) and tried to push her in a car near Kalka Government College, near here, today. The girl was returning home when the youngsters tried to outrage her modesty and passed obscene comments about her. The victim called up her brother, who assaulted by the youngsters with sharp weapons.

Raids were conducted and three of the youngsters were arrested at Pinjore. The arrested youngsters, all residents of Pinjore, have been identified as Vikram (Jabrot village), Hardeep Singh (Toran village) and Bhupinder (Janoli village).

A case under sections 148 (rioting with deadly weapons), 149 (member of unlawful assembly), 323(punishment of voluntarily causing hurt), 354-D (outraging modesty) 294 (sing, recite obscene songs), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (word, gesture intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at the Kalka police station.

According to a complaint lodged with police by the victim, she was walking towards the local bus stop when the incident took place. “According to the complaint, three youths passed vulgar comments and also sung an obscene song about the girl. In the meantime, she called up her brother,” said investigating officer (IO) Ishwar Chand, additional station house officer of the Kalka police station.

He said: “As the youths were trying to outrage her modesty and even tore part of the victim’s clothes while pushing her in the vehicle, her brother reached there”.

They entered into a scuffle with the victim’s brother and also called two of their friends. According to the complaint, one of the youngsters also bit the victim’s brother and then attacked him with a sharp weapon.

A passerby informed the police.

Girl’s laptop snatched in Panchkula

Another girl became a victim of two miscreants who snatched her laptop in the busy market of Sector 9, Panchkula, on Monday evening. A complaint has been lodged by Navpreet Kaur, a resident of Sector 9, who stated that two bikers snatched her laptop and sped away. A case has been registered at the Sector 5 police station.



Seeing no hope, residents leave Colony Number 5
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
While the UT Administration is all set to carry out a demolition drive in Colony No. 5 tomorrow, the residents of the colony started leaving their houses today. Many residents were hopeful that something would work out for them but seeing that the Administration was firm to carry out the drive, they started shifting their household items in rehris, mini-trucks and tractor-trailers to other locations today.

Several residents are not ready to vacate their houses. They said they would not allow the UT Administration to demolish their houses.

Pooja, who works as a maid in the nearby houses, said the colony was their only shelter and now they didn’t know where to go. They are shifting to their relatives’ house in Burail village for the time being, she added.

Ram Sarup, a labourer, said his two children were studying in the nearby schools and he had requested the Administration to give them time till their school session ends in March next year, but to no avail.

Recently, the UT District Magistrate had ordered the demolition of illegal structures on 50 acres of prime land in Colony No. 5. The land under illegal occupation is worth over Rs 200 crore. The orders were issued after giving ample time to the slum dwellers to shift to the one-room tenements allotted to them at Dhanas. The demolition will be carried out jointly by the Estate Office, Chandigarh Housing Board, UT Engineering Department and the Municipal Corporation.

Meanwhile, certain residents, who had stored vegetables for sale, were seen selling them at cheaper rates.

Politics over the drive

While a senior BJP leader and former Union Minister on Tuesday announced that he would court arrest along with his hundreds of supporters to stop the demolition drive on November 20, the State BJP President announced that he would meet UT Advisor on this issue.

Local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal also spoke to UT officials. He said those colony residents who were covered under the biometric survey of 2006 but their cases have not been cleared for the slum rehabilitation scheme for want of any other condition should be shifted to the tin sheds in Sector 52.

2,000 policemen will be deployed

The UT police have made adequate security arrangements for the demolition drive in colony number 5 on Wednesday. Around 2,000 policemen will be deployed to prevent any untoward incident. Inspector Rajesh Shukla, SHO, Sector 34 police station, said the drive would start early in the morning.

Residents of Colony Number 5 shift their belongings on Tuesday.



Technique named after PGI doctor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
In a rare honour for the PGIMER, a urology technique has been named after one of its doctors. Dr Santosh Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, PGIMER, is a pioneer in single incision laparoscopy of giant hyatid cyst in a kidney. The technique has now been named The Santosh -PGI Technique in Asian Journal of Endoscopic Surgery.

The study was received by the journal on March 22 and was published on October 28, 2013. Aspiration of the cyst would not have been successful because the cyst was full of daughter cysts, the researchers stated.

Dr Santosh, along with his team, devised this unique treatment method for their patient involving three conventional ports at a single umbilical site.

Dr Santosh Kumar said this was the first reported case of its kind in the world and not only this technique was minimally invasive, it was also cost-effective, as only conventional laparoscopic ports and instruments were used during the procedure.

The team of doctors include Dr Gautam R Choudhary, Dr Arawat Pushkarna, Dr Bhuvnesh Najjapa, Dr Vatasla Ht and Dr Santosh.



Sharmila accident case
Provide financial help to children till they turn 21, HC tells UT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
Nearly six months after 34-year-old accident victim Sharmila died allegedly due to the negligence of the Chandigarh police, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the UT Administration to provide financial assistance to her children till they turned 21.

On September 25, the High Court had directed the administration to pay Rs 14,200 per month to both the children. As the matter came up for resumed hearing, the amicus curiae or the friend of the court, advocate Onkar Singh Batalvi, told the High Court that the state of Haryana had paid Rs 1 lakh each to both the children as compensation. But the UT Administration has not released the financial assistance as ordered by High Court.

Counsel for the UT Administration informed the Bench that they were not clear as to how long they were required to provide assistance to them.

Taking note of the assertion, the division bench, headed by Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, directed the Administration to start paying the amount to the children till they turned 21.

The Chief Justice further clarified that both the parties could also move an application for the enhancement or reduction of the financial assistance at any stage.

The amount would be deposited every month in their account and utilised to meet the expenses on their study, diet, conveyance etc. The High Court had earlier directed the Haryana Government to pay Rs 1 lakh to each child as compensation on the ground that their father died in an accident while in service with the Haryana Government.

The Bench had also asked the States to frame a policy to compensate children losing their parents in similar incidents.

Batalvi had earlier submitted that Sharmila's husband had also died in an accident. Thus, both the state governments were liable to pay compensation or secure jobs for their orphan children.

Sharmila was crushed under the tyres of a CTU bus in Sector 10 on May 7. The police allegedly failed to rush an injured Sharmila to the hospital just about 100 metres away, as the SHO reached the spot two-hour late.

Batalvi said Sharmila’s husband died in October 2012 due to alleged negligence on the part of the Panchkula police, which delayed timely medical assistance. After her husband’s death, Sharmila was taking care of both the children. She had also taken up the issue of compensation for the death of her husband. “Now, both the children have become orphan on account of negligence on the part of the Chandigarh and Panchkula authorities, the governments concerned should not only provide them monetary assistance but should also secure some jobs for them for their survival in the future,” he submitted.



Better Mohali
Despair as chaos crawls up the roads on four legs

The authorities keep making tall claims of checking stray cattle and dog menace in the town, but the ground reality tells a different story.
In the Part III of the series, The Tribune reporters Akash Ghai, Kulwinder Sangha and photographer Vicky Gharu find out the root cause of the problem and suggest measures to solve it

With around 600 dog bite cases till date this year, one can easily have an idea of the menace in the Mohali area. Stray dogs can be seen roaming in any part of the town.

In the name of arrangements to check the hazard, there is a special six-member dog catcher team of the Municipal Corporation, which is equipped with a single van. The authorities claim that the team addresses the complaints related to stray dogs twice in a week and goes around to catch the animals.

However, several people in the town complained that the team members did not react despite several reminders.

Rajwant Singh, a resident of Phase VII, said he had to call up the MC dog catcher team several times when a bitch started biting people in the area. “After giving birth to puppies, the bitch started biting people in the area. We have contacted the officials concerned several times, but they did not react. They came only when we approached the higher authorities,” said Rajwant Singh.

Echoing similar views, Rajni Bala, a resident of Phase III-A, said a stray canine had given birth to puppies in their house. “To protect her puppies, the bitch did not allow us to come near the area (stairs in the house). We had made several calls to the team, but all in vain. They reacted only when we called up mediapersons to apprise them of the problem,” said Rajni, a lecturer.

Talking on the issue, a member of the dog catcher team claimed that catching dogs was a risky job. “Undoubtedly, we do the job, but we are not professionally trained people. We use to catch dogs with the help of loops of rope and sticks. When seized, dogs use to attack on us. Several times, they (dogs) also bite us. Moreover, chasing them for long is also a tedious job for us,” said an official.

While residents keep complaining about the problem of stray dogs, corporation employees say they are helpless as according to the Punjab and Haryana High Court orders they cannot catch stray dogs and leave them outside the town. Even when such animals are caught for treatment or sterilisation, they are dropped back to the same place from where they are caught.

Mohali Civil Hospital equipped to handle dog bite cases

“We are fully equipped to deal with dog bite case here,” said Dr Adesh Kaur Kang, Senior Medical Officer at the Mohali Civil Hospital, Phase VI, here. “Anti-rabies vaccine (ARV) dose is available at the hospital. Surgical specialist is also available in case of serious dog bite,” said Dr Adesh Kaur Kang. Around 50 dog bite cases come to the hospital on an average in a month.

MC Commissioner’s take

Uma Shankar Gupta, Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, says a management firm has been appointed by the civic body, which will help in solving the problem of stray cattle to a large extent. This firm will take care of the gaushala, which at present has a capacity of 350 animals. Another shed is being constructed that will help raise the capacity to 500. A fine of Rs 3,000 has also been proposed in the case of full-grown animals, while in the case of calves, the amount will be Rs 1,500 when the animal is caught for the first time. If the offence is repeated, the animals will be impounded and kept in the gaushala. When asked why employees were avoiding catching cattle, he said there are allegations and counter-allegations. The police has been requested to register an FIR against the persons who allegedly attacked employees on duty. Gupta says a proper plan will have to be formulated to tackle the problem of stray dogs.

Stray cattle menace

The problem of stray cattle is acute in Mohali with the animals damaging greenery, dirtying roads and causing road accidents. Stray cattle are fewer in number in the town than the domestic animals that are often left to graze by villagers. According to Mohali Municipal Corporation employees, there are only about 150 head of stray cattle roaming around in the town but the estimated figure of domestic animals, which adds to the menace, is between 500 and 600. The civic body has a team of 10 persons to tackle the problem of stray cattle. It has one cattle-catching van, which is enough for the work. The problem of stray cattle is more acute in Phases IX to XI and Sectors 70 and 71.

Employees stall cattle-catching drive

The work of catching stray cattle has been halted since October 22, said Kesar Singh, head of the cattle-catching team. He said the work had earlier been stopped in the last week of September in protest against the failure of the police to take action against offenders who allegedly attacked the team members on duty. The work was resumed for some days when the then SSP gave an assurance that action would be taken in this regard. When no action was taken on their repeated requests, the work was once again stopped on October 22.

Number of stray dogs

According to an estimate, there are between 2,000 and 2,500 stray dogs in Mohali. Dogs are caught only for sterilisation purposes or medical treatment. It is learnt that the work of sterilising stray animals, which is put on hold during the monsoon, has still not been started.

Stray dogs, cattle recognise vans

An official of the cattle-catching team revealed an interesting fact that stray dogs and cattle recognise them and their vans. “Surely, they (dogs and cattle) recognise us and our vans. We have noticed that the animals used to run away from the area as soon as we reach there. They have strong power to smell that helps them to recognise us and our vans,” said the official.


  • Trained staff should catch stray cattle and dogs.
  • Cattle and dog pounds should be set up in the town.
  • Sterilisation process should be intensified.
  • Cattle-catching and dog catcher teams should be told to react quickly.
  • Owners deserting cattle should be fined.



PGI’s public grievances panel needs more teeth to take action
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
For thousands of patients who visit PGIMER everyday, it seems there is virtually nobody to address the complaints. PGIMER’s Public Grievances Redressal Committee that is the only forum for patients to give feedback as well as to complain about inconvenience is more of a toothless authority.

A perusal of the minutes of the last two meetings-that discussed the complaints received in past 10 months, revealed that the committee failed to make any observations or give its own comments on nearly all of the complaints.

In what appears to be a mere formality, the committee blindly forwarded the each of the complaints to departments concerned, without putting its own comments or recommendations over it.

A complaint received against the head of the Department of Endocrinology citing the latter’s misbehaviour was forwarded to the alleged accused, the head of the Endocrinology department himself. The patient complained that the HOD refused to allow him free treatment saying that he only approves Chandigarh’s BPL card holders while the patient’s BPL card was issued by Haryana government.

While the official spokesperson, Manju Wadwalkar said, “The complaint is still being examined and it was forwarded to the HOD to seek his comments,” nowhere it is mentioned in the minutes of the meeting that his comments were to be taken.

In another complaint, a patient cited immense pain due to jerks caused by the speed-breakers installed on various roads at the PGIMER.

"Please imagine the plight of an injured person who suffers at these bumps. A patient or a woman in labour pain has to suffer the most because of the jolts,” the patient mentioned in the complaint addressed to the director.

Offering a solution, the patient mentioned that speed breakers should be made in such a manner that it allow the vehicles to pass without jerks. The feedback, however, seems to have not moved the committee members as they failed to take opinions of any of the doctors and forwarded the complaint to the chief security officer, who does not deal with the health problems of patients, and was a part of the project when these bumps were installed.

On this, the spokesperson said, "These speed-breakers have been installed for the safety of the pedestrians moving within the premises.”

Even as the committee took stock of a complaint regarding bad shape of toilets in gynecology ward and lack of western seats in the toilets, the matter was ended by concluding that there was no possibility of providing a western toilet.

About role of the committee, PGIMER’s official spokesperson, Manju Wadwakkar, said, “In case of complaints, the departments concerned are to take action. The committee takes stock if nothing is done. Lot many initiatives have been taken following the committee gave its recommendations. We used to receive numerous complaints regarding rush at fee counters and the sample collection centers. Now more fee counters have been added in the New OPD and also the sample collection centers work till 12.30 pm while earlier it used to close at 11am.



Lal dora issue hanging fire
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
While the UT Administration has sought views of the Municipal Corporation on the merger of 13 villages with the MC, the issue of ‘lal dora’ of the five villages which were merged with the civic body in 2007, is still hanging fire.

In 2007, the UT had merged five villages Daddu Majra, Kajheri, Palsora, Maloya and Hallo Majra, with the MC. But till date construction outside the lal dora in these villages are controlled under the UT’s periphery act, and not under the MC.

In 2008, Deep Complex was de-notified and merged with Hallo Majra, which was under the MC. In 2009, the Administration again de-notified the transfer of the revenue land to the MC under the Punjab New Capital Periphery Control Act, 1952, following which the residents living outside ‘lal dora’ in Deep Complex again came under the purview of the administration.

The UT Administration in its affidavit submitted before the Punjab and Haryana High Court had also mentioned that they would not extend the ‘lal dora’ limit in villages.

SAD Councillor Malkiat Singh said the present proposal of merging 13 villages with the MC is like a lollypop for the villagers. The construction outside ‘lal dora’ of these villages will not be regularised, as the same had not happened with five villages, which were merged in 2007.

Joginder Singh, general secretary, Pendu Sangharsh Committee, said the politicians are not serious about the ‘lal dora’ issue. They just want to raise false hopes of the villagers to convince them for the merger, he added.

Congress also holds meeting on the issue

Local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal today holds meeting with congress leaders and village representatives on this issue. In the meeting, Mayor Subhash Chawla informed the village representatives that first they should check the proposal before making any decision. He assured that proposal, which he will be drafting will be beneficial for villagers. The proposal will be distributed to the village leaders tomorrow, he said.



Tribune impact
PGI puts up notice asking public to report against ‘speed money’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
Two months after the Chandigarh Tribune highlighted about the rampant nexus of sweepers, security guards and hospital attendants at PGIMER where they provided out-of-turn registrations or lab test fee submission by charging money, the authorities have now put up notices in all OPDs asking public to report about such incidences.

The notice states “This is in public interest that if any person found taking money illegally for registrations, making OPD cards, paying/performing laboratory investigations, filling or filing medical reimbursement forms, etc, please inform the undersigned office (Joint medical Superintendent, Chief Security Office or Chief vigilance) and call at the respective numbers.”

Copies of the notice have been put in and around all the OPDs in English, Hindi and Punjabi.

The Chandigarh Tribune, had, on September 7, this year, reported that a nexus of the workers exists where the employees work as agents. They take money and facilitate patients to get lab tests done without standing in queues.

Following a complaint received by the public grievances committee of the PGIMER against a sanitation worker stating that he took money to get tests done and disappeared later, Chandigarh Tribune carried out its own investigations.

The patient stated that he was unable to either get the receipt for payment or the report number to collect the reports later.

This reporter, posing as a patient, visited the new OPD. After having a look at the long queues outside the registration counters, the reporter told a hospital attendant standing near the main registration counter that she needed to see the doctor urgently and could not wait for long as she had excruciating stomach-ache.

The hospital attendant then told the reporter that if she pays him money, she would not have to wait. He asked her to give Rs 200 to a sanitation worker near the X-ray counter for obtaining the registration card. The reporter then told the attendant that she had forgotten her wallet in car and left for the parking lot.



Panchkula unlike a separate district

Despite being declared a separate district, Panchkula seems to be lagging behind in providing the residents with proper transport facility, education and medical care. The Haryana Roadways is not running any local bus from Panchkula to Chandigarh causing inconvenience to commuters. All the local buses plying between the stretch of Panchkula and Chandigarh either start from Zirakpur or other adjoining areas. When these buses reach the Panchkula bus stand, they are generally full to their capacity, especially in the morning hours, between 7 am to 10 am. Owing to the poor bus services, Trans-Ghaggar sectors are the worst-hit areas. It is, thereby, suggested that there should be a bus service after every 10-15 minutes for Chandigarh, starting from the Panchkula bus stand. Also, there must be a medical college and a university set up in Panchkula, so that students do not have to rush to Chandigarh and other cities to get higher education. There is a dire need for an institute like the PGI for the sake of the Panchkula residents.

VK Kapur, Panchkula

City Beautiful needs to maintain its charm

The City Beautiful needs to be more tourist-friendly and should seriously think implementing new schemes and some out-of-the box projects.

The administration must look for alternatives to rectify the deplorable condition of our city. The depleting landscape of the city is a matter of great concern. Visitors, not only from foreign countries but also from our own country, have to face a hard time while going around the city.

Attraction points such as Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Sukhna Lake and many other historical monuments are on the verge of collapsing. They were once known for their scenic beauty but now they are crying for mercy. Nobody wants to pay a visit to these wonderful sites now. The mall culture, which is on the rise, has taken away the entire charm of visiting Sector 17. Upcoming 'New Chandigarh' has added to the woes. Tourist departments and guides have proven to be of no use to the visitors either. On one hand, the entire agricultural land has been converted into residential areas, and on the other, plenty of land is lying abandoned. Though the foundations for construction of parks, gardens and treatment plants have been laid at the various sites, work is yet to begin. The authorities have cited lack of funds as the main reason behind the delay. The authorities must wake up to their responsibilities towards the general public at the earliest.

Arshdeep Singh, Mohali



Poultry Farm Assn to combat housefly menace
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 19
A meeting with Poultry Farm Association of Barwala at Mini Secretariat, Sector 1, Panchkula, was held today. The meeting was organised to find a solution to the menace of houseflies in the area. The meeting was addressed by the Panchkula Deputy Commissioner, Dr SS Phulia.

The Panchkula Deputy Commissioner suggested remedies to check the menace. I would be forced to take action against the farm owners if the problem is not solved at the earliest, said Phulia.

During the meeting, it was alleged that people have apparently stopped solemnising weddings, during the daytime, in the area due to this nuisance.

According to residents of the area, they said they can neither keep their doors of their houses open nor stand outside, even for a second, due to scores of houseflies in the area.

Local residents have even held a protest in this matter, many a times, but nothing has been done yet in this regard.

Apart from the president of the Poultry Farm Association of Barwala, as many as 40 other farm owners were present during the meeting.



Students exhibit unique ideas of power generation
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 19
“Now you can lift over one quintal weight up to third/fourth floor by just rotating a lever with force which we use to spin a wheel (charkha). Icing on the cake is that the act would also generate electricity,” said 15-year-old Reshav Madaan while showing his innovative project at the three-day state-level 42nd Punjab State Students Exhibition and Kishore Mela, Inter State Science Mania at the Rayat Bahra Group of Institutes, here today.

Showing the machine, which he has named as ‘Efficient Lifting Machine’, Reshav Madaan along with his team mate Rajat Madaan lifted his fellow student with quite ease. “We can also make it work by using motor and the cost of the machine would not be more than Rs 2,500,” said Reshav, a student of Tagore Model Senior Secondary School, Nakodar, Jalandhar.

Similarly, the team of Satwinder Singh, Gurbaksh Singh, Sukhjinder Singh and Karandeep, all students of Unique School of Studies at Samalsar, Moga, developed smart speed breakers on the roads, which can generate electricity when vehicles pass over those.

“We have used a roller as a speed breaker on the road. When the vehicles pass over it, it would roll and produce kinetic energy which would be converted into electric energy,” said the young members of the team while adding that 20 volts power can be generated as a car passes over the speed breaker.

A total of 308 models on five different themes given by the state Science Department were put on display by the young scientists at the exhibition.

Vanshika, a 13-year-old student of Government Girls Senior Secondary School at Amritsar, used empty bottles and a glass to lighten up a hut with the help of sunlight. With the use of a bucket and two pipes, she also made a fan, which would work with the help of natural air. “The technique is new to our country but is being used in Philippines,” claimed Vanshika.

Monika, a Class X student from KMV Senior Secondary School, Phagwara, was proposing to use solar power to illuminate houses using optical fibers and Chirag Bansal, a student from Bhartiya model School, Rampura Phul, was proposing to generate power from ash. Earlier, the exhibition was inaugurated by Anjali Bhawra, principal secretary education, Punjab.

Impressed with the innovative ideas presented by students to generate power from renewable resources, Gurwinder Bahra, the chairman of the Rayat Bahra group, said he would provide these students an opportunity to experimentally implement their ideas at their Skill Development Centre. “Since many auto industries are associated with the skill development centre of the group they can also extend technical help to school students to practically implement their innovative ideas,” said Bahra.



PU and college notes
Applications invited

University Business School, Panjab University, has invited applications for two-year full-time management programmes, MBA, MBA (International Business), MBA (Human Resource) and MBA (Biotechnology) for the session 2014-15. The PU spokesperson said the eligible students could apply online at UBS website http://ubsadmissions.puchd.ac.in/ The admission for these courses would be made on the basis of merit determined by scores of the candidates in the Common Admission Test-2013 conducted by IIMs, followed by group discussion and personal interview.

Research paper presented

Dr Sudhir Hindwan, a senior faculty member in the Postgraduate Department of Political Science at PGGCG-42, presented a research paper on the rise of ethnicity in an international conference organised by the University of Thailand in Bangkok. Dr Hindwan’s research paper examined the paradoxes of globalisation and its new challenges, particularly the rise of ethnic violence incidents across the globe. The paper analysed that despite years of concerted efforts to eliminate major threats, ethnic violence and terrorism have managed to taunt human civilisation time and again.

Colloquium held

The University Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism, Panjab University, on Tuesday conducted one-day colloquium on prospects of adopting hospitality and tourism education. The aim of the colloquium was to spread awareness among faculty of various schools about the relevance and scope of this domain of the study in competitive scenario. The inaugural session was inaugurated by chief guest Kamlesh Kumar, DPI (Schools). The guest of honour for the session was RJ Khandarao, Regional Officer, CBSE. He briefed the House that the CBSE had already identified the importance of tourism and hospitality industry and had included it as a 
vocational course in its curriculum.

Volunteers donate blood

As many as 80 volunteers donated blood during a blood donation camp that was organised by the management of Gurdwara Sri Mukatsar Sahib, PU, on the birthday of Sri Guru Nanak Dev. The camp was conducted by the Blood Bank Society of Multi-Specialty Government Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh. Prominent personalities who visited the camp were Controller of Examination Professor Parvinder Singh, former PU Registrar Prof Paramjit Singh, along with other official of the university. — TNS



Chandigarh Carnival from Nov 22
To celebrate 100 years of the Indian cinema
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
This year, Chandigarh Carnival, starting from November 22 at the Leisure Valley in Sector 10, will celebrate 100 years of the Indian Cinema. The concept of Carnival village is evolved around the Indian Cinema with the entry gate being designed in the style of a giant gramophone.

Activity-based stalls, cutouts, musical instruments, cameras among others would also give a special blend to the theme village.

A special Delhi-based artist has been invited to paint the portraits of renowned actors, villains spanning from an era of black and white to the colourful era passing through the Golden Era of Bollywood from 50s to 70s. The carnival will remain open till November 24.

Musical nights will also be full of entertainment. Amit Sana of Indian Idol fame and comedian Rajan Shrivastav will perform on November 22 after 7 pm.

Next day, an evening performance will have Amrinder Gill, a famous Punjab singer, entertaining the local crowd. Renowned Bollywood playback singer KK will perform on the concluding evening on November 24.



Chancellor of Desh Bhagat University honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal honoured Chancellor of Desh Bhagat University Dr Zora Singh during the Rural Science Congress organised by the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA).

A release issued by the corporate office of the university in Chandigarh stated that the CM was all praise for the university. He congratulated the staff, students and all those associated with Desh Bhagat University on delivering excellence.

Pro-Chancellor of Desh Bhagat University Tajinder Kaur was the guest of honour.

Dr Zora Singh said the university had started courses such as aeronautical engineering and nanotechnology.

He stated that the university was promoting promoting medical, technological and engineering education.

Among others present included president, Punjab Science Congress Association, director of Thapar University, Dr KK Raina, principal of the Dasmesh Institute of Research and Dental Sciences, Dr SS Sangha, and former Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University Dr RC Sobti.



From Schools
Students qualify for nationals

Students of Saupin’s-32 have qualified for the nationals for the Saeindia-Awin Jet/Skimmer Olympics scheduled to be held in Bangalore in December. The students namely Rohit Ghangas, Gopal Mengi, Amitesh Bhalla and Yuvraj Kang lifted the first runner-up trophy in the regional-level Jet toy competition and qualified for the nationals.

Check-up camp

DAV Public School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Tuesday organised a skin care and skin check-up camp for its students. Dr Rajan Gupta examined the students and suggested medicines and ways and means to get rid of such problems.

Annual exhibition

An annual exhibition was organised at Government Middle School, Sector 26. The school wore a creative look full of ideas and wonders. The young artists displayed their talent, creativity and innovative ideas through articles made from waste materials, glass paintings, wall hanging, artificial flowers, pot painting, screen printing and block printing. — TNS



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