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HC Kalyan is Congress mayoral candidate
Party announces candidate a few hours before nominations; prefers him to Satish Kumar Kainth; elections on January 1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
Ending suspense over the candidate for the mayoral elections, the ruling Congress finally announced HC Kalyan as the contender for the post against BJP’s Rajinder Kaur. Today, both candidates filed their nomination papers at the municipal corporation (MC) office. The contenders for the post of the Senior Deputy Mayor and the Deputy Mayor from both parties also filed their nomination papers.

The Congress after holding a meeting at the party office in Sector 35 today, decided to opt for HC Kalyan as the candidate over Satish Kumar Kainth. The party also declared Sat Parkash Aggarwal as the candidate for the post of the Senior Deputy Mayor and Sheela Devi for the post of the Deputy Mayor.

The BJP candidates along with the party supporters and the senior party leaders, including Satpal Jain and Sanjay Tandon, arrived at the MC office to file the nomination papers, they were accompanied by a dholi.

They reached the MC office directly from the party office soon after the final names for the three posts were declared. Local Member of Parliament (MP) Pawan Kumar Bansal and outgoing Congress Mayor Subhash Chawla accompanied the three candidates.

The elections for the new Mayor will be held on January 1, 2014, and the results will be declared soon after the polls. Nominated Councillor Babu Lal is the presiding officer for the elections.


Name: HC Kalyan

Age: 65 years

Qualification: Graduate

Party: Congress

Political career: Joined politics in 2006.

Councillor term: Second term as councillor. He was the Deputy Mayor in 2008 and Senior Deputy Mayor in 2009.

Background: Retired as a statistician (PS-I) from the Punjab Agriculture Department in 2006

Name: Rajinder Kaur

Age: 46 years

Qualification: Matric pass

Party: BJP

Political Career: Joined politics in 1995

Councillor term: First-time councillor

Background: Housewife and social worker



Subhash Chawla makes the most of it
At the end of tenure, Mayor inaugurates various development projects
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
It seems that the outgoing city Mayor Subhash Chawla wants to take the credit of various development works and proposals mooted during his one-year tenure as the Mayor. This week, two functions were held to flag off nine dumper placers and the first automated paid parking lots were thrown open to public. The stone laying ceremony of a project at Mauli Jagran and stone laying function of a dispensary site in Sector 50 is scheduled for the next few days before his tenure ends on December 31.

With his tenure coming to end, Chawla is on an inauguration spree. The Mayor recently flagged off nine dumper placers used for lifting and transporting of garbage.

On Friday, he inaugurated the city’s first two automatic paid parking lots in Sector 17. Despite the fact that the parking contractors were not fully prepared, the inauguration ceremony was held.

A foundation stone laying function of a water tank in Mauli Jagran to ensure 24 -hour water supply in the area is scheduled for Sunday. On the last day of his tenure as the Mayor, Chawla has organised the stone-laying function for the construction of a dispensary in Sector 50.

Mayor Subhash Chawla when contacted stated that these projects were initiated during his tenure and there was nothing wrong in inaugurating them before his tenure ended. “The foundation stone of water tank at Mauli Jagran will be laid by UT Finance Secretary VK Singh”, Chawla stated.

Chawla further said that Congress MP Pawan Kumar Bansal would lay the foundation stone for the dispensary.

Busy last week

December 26: Flagged off nine dumpers from the Municipal Corporation Office

December 27: City’s first automated paid parking inaugurated

December 29: Foundation stone to be laid for the construction of a water tank in Mauli Jagran

December 31: Foundation stone of a dispensary to be laid in Sector 50



Thieves decamp with Rs 1.5 lakh
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 28
Thieves decamped with expensive women’s footwear, handbags and Rs 1.5 lakh when they struck at a showroom in Sector 11, Panchkula, late last night. The showroom “ Women Square” had opened just three months ago. Police officials said, the thieves made their way through by breaking the wall from the rear side of the showroom.

Chandan, shop owner, said, “Apart from cash that was kept in the locker, handbags and footwears are missing. All were expensive and exclusive pieces. We will be able to tell the exact number only after the audit is carried out.”

“Thieves made entry in to the showroom by breaking the wall from the rear side. They then broke open the backdoor. The forensic team was called and we are probing the matter,” said a police official. The police are suspecting it to be the handiwork of more than three men. No CCTV cameras were installed in the showroom.

Similar thefts had taken place two years ago where the thieves had made the entry into the shop from the rear side. The police suspect the involvement of the same gang in the theft. A case has been registered at the Sector 5 poilce station.



Hit-and-run case
Cyclist hit by mobike, dies at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
In another hit-and-run case, a 41-year-old cyclist was hit by a motorcycle near Rajindra Park in Sector 3, on Friday night. The police which failed to trace the motorcyclist, claimed that the motorcyclist had also received injuries on his right arm during the accident and all nearby hospitals were being checked to trace the accused.

The deceased identified as Raja Ram was a native of Sultanpur district in UP and was working as a gardener at a farmhouse near Kansal. The injured cyclist was rushed to the PGI, where he succumbed to his injuries during treatment.

The police stated that some passerby provided them with the registration number of the motorcycle, the number turned out to be that of a scooter. The body has been kept in the mortuary of the PGI and the postmortem will be conducted in the presence of the kin of the deceased.

This the second hit-and-run case reported in the past one week at the Sector 3 police station. On December 23, 14-year-old cyclist was hit by a vehicle on the road between Sectors 2 and 11.



Village Anganwaris
Surprise visit lays bare mess
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
Anganwaris running in the city villages have inadequate space to accommodate toddlers, have unhygienic living conditions and are not opened on time by helpers on duty. These are the findings of a team led by UT Joint Secretary, Finance, SK Setia, who made a surprise visit to nine village anganwaris today. The report of the inspection with the recommendation will be submitted to UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar.

During the visit, it was found by the team members that a majority of the anganwaris were running in small shabby rooms, which failed to accommodate the toddlers enrolled with them.

The team found that two anganwaris were opened late by half an hour by the helpers deployed there, due to which the parents had to wait outside the premises to drop their wards. Even the hygiene of the premises was not up to the mark.

The team also found in attendance registers that in the past one month no toddler was absent from the anganwaris, but today the strength in all anganwaris was only 15 per cent to 20 per cent. There was no proper arrangement of electricity in the rooms where the toddlers spend their entire day.

The team was not satisfied with the raw material, which the food agency supplied.

In the inspection report, recommendations were made by the officials that anganwaris should be shifted to the nearby community centres. The authorities should take action against the employees who were found absent from duty without any information. A feedback register should be placed in each anganwari, in which parents could write their comments on the facilities being provided there. The Social Welfare Department should prepare a list of beneficiaries so that the team could check frequently whether the facilities are being availed by them or not.



Oath-taking ceremony: Panchkula residents rue power outage
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 28
The power maintenance work carried out here during the oath-taking ceremony of newly elected Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal deprived most of the Panchkula residents from watching the entire ceremony, including his speech. There was no power in Sector 21, parts of Sectors 16, 7, 8, 25, 28, Devinagar, Sector 3, parts of Mansa Devi Complex and the entire Saketri from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Residents alleged that no prior intimation was provided to them about the power outage.

Roshan Lal, a resident of Sector 21, said: “We could not watch the entire oath-taking ceremony of Kejriwal. There was no power from 10.30am to 1.30pm. The power supply was resumed when the programme was over.”

Manish Gandhi, a resident of Saketri, said: “The Electricity Department could have carried out the work little later. Being a weekend, one really feels handicapped without power supply.”

Bajan Singh, a resident of Sector 21, said: “We missed the entire ceremony due to the absence of power. Now, we are just watching news channels to know what happened as we could not see its live telecast.”

“Electricity department officials should make sure that there is power supply during weekends,” said Tarsem Garg, president of the Residents’ Welfare Association, Sector 7.

Sub-Divisional Officer of the area SK Goel said: “Fuse in some Sectors may have got blown because of which the power supply was affected.”

However, Executive Engineer of the department, DS Dhanda, said: “Shifting of meters may be the reason for the power outage. But there was no repair work going on.”



Rice bran oil helps check cholesterol: Study
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
The use of right oil helps in decreasing the cholesterol level of the human body without changing the routine lifestyle. This is the finding of a study conducted in the PGI by Bhubaneshwar AIIMS Dr Derasish Hota, who was earlier associated with the PGI from September 2012 to June 2013.

Samples of 120 residents who visited the PGI for cholesterol-related problems were collected. The patients were divided into three categories and were asked to consume groundnut oil, rice bran oil and extra virgin olive oil, respectively. All patients were instructed to replace their oil with any one of these without changing their lifestyle.

Revealing the findings of the study, Dr Hota said under rice bran oil 74 per cent, under olive oil 60 per cent and under groundnut oil 52 per cent patients’ cholesterol level decreased.

"Keeping this result in view, the study has concluded that rice bran oil is more effective for lipid profile management as compared to olive oil and groundnut oil," said Dr Hota.

He said during his study 23 per cent of the olive oil patients, 6.52 per cent of the rice bran oil patients and 14.89 per cent of the groundnut oil patients left the study after a month.

“Rice bran oil is a unique edible oil produced from the oily layer of brown rice, which is separated as rice bran, while producing white rice. It has the most ideally balanced fat composition, which could be used regularly without there being any need to switch between oils as is normally advised in respect of other conventional oils,” said Dr AR Sharma, chairman of the SEA RBO Promotion Council.



CRPF personnel feted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
A total of 11 officers and 18 other ranks of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were awarded gallantry and meritorious service medals at an investiture ceremony organised to commemorate the CRPF anniversary today.

Constable Diwakar Kumar Pandey of the 157 Battalion was awarded the Police Medal for gallantry for displaying courage and presence of mind during anti-naxal operations in Chattisgarh. Deputy Inspector General, Chandigarh Range, AS Negi was awarded the Director General’s Disc for operational achievement.

Speaking on the occasion, SB Kajal, Inspector General of Police, CRPF, said the force had successfully faced several challenges over the years and achieved a commendable track record. He said the CRPF was looking ahead to meet future challenges and preparing itself in terms of doctrine, infrastructure, weaponry and training.

He also felicitated MP Bahugana, Commandant, 51 Battalion, whose unit has been adjudged as the best operational battalion in the north-west sector, and Manoj Kumar, Commandant 88 (Mahila) Battalion, whose unit has been adjudged as the best cost effective and financially disciplined unit.

The CRPF, which came into existence as the Crown Representative's Police in July 1939, was re-christened as the Central Reserve Police Force on enactment of the CRPF Act on 28 December, 1949. With 228 battalions and various other establishments, the CRPF is India's largest armed police force under the Ministry of Home Affairs and its primary role is to assist the state police forces to maintain law and order and combat insurgency.



Security stepped up for PM’s visit
Our Correspondent

Preparations on for the Prime Minister's function at Mullanpur. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, December 28
Preparations are on in full swing for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Mullanpur on December 30. The PM will lay the foundation stone of a cancer centre at Mullanpur. A waterproof canopy has been set up at the venue for the VVIP guests. Three temporary helipads have also been constructed for the PM’s visit.

Mohali SSP Inder Mohan Singh said: “Foolproof security arrangements have been put in place. More than 2,000 police personnel would be deployed at the venue. The force had been requisitioned from the Patiala zone, Ludhiana range and the IRB.

He said the overall charge of the security arrangements was with ADGP, Law and Order, Dinkar Gupta.

Paramjit Singh Gill, IG, Patiala Zone, SKVerma, DIG, Patiala Range, Paramjit Singh Garewal, IG, IRB, and Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, DIG, Ludhiana Range, will oversee the security arrangements.

Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said the PM would arrive around 3 pm and would stay for about 45 minutes. Around 800 guests have been invited to the function by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, the DC added.

Main gates of GMSH-16, PGI to remain closed on December 30

The main gates of the PGI and the GMSH-16 will remain closed from 2 pm to 7 pm on December 30 following Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit. The PM’s convoy is expected to pass through Madhya Marg. The police said the other gates of the hospitals would remain open. “The New OPD gate of the PGI and the rear gate of the GMSH-16 will remain open. It will be ensured that the general public does not suffer,” said a police official.

3 policemen face action for creating ruckus

The Mohali SSP has recommended disciplinary action against three personnel of the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) for allegedly creating a ruckus at an eatery in Phase IV on Friday night. The PAP personnel had come for the PM’s security. Three police personnel had gone to have food at the eatery and when they were asked to pay, they allegedly refused. This led to heated arguments between the owner of the eatery and the police personnel.

The SHO of the area reached the spot and took the three personnel into custody. They were then taken for medical examination. One of them was allegedly found to be under the influence of liquor.



MC tampers with minutes of meeting
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
The minutes of the December 19 General House meeting have been changed. The item exempting defence personnel and their families from house and property tax has been tampered with. The agenda tabled before the house was 'exemption from house and property tax on residential land and buildings owned by serving and retired defence personnel and their families'. The agenda was passed without any objection or discussion.

The minutes of the meeting stated: "The house considered and resolved to recommend exemption of house and property tax on residential land and buildings owned by gallantry award winners and immediate family members of the defence personnel who lost their lives."

Major DS Sandhu (retd), a nominated councillor, stated that the agenda was passed without any amendment, but the minutes of the meeting were different.

"This is unfair as something which was even never proposed has been mentioned in the minutes of the meeting," Sandhu said.

He stated that there were thousands of defence personnel in the city who had been betrayed by Mayor Subhash Chawla and the civic officials who changed the minutes of meeting. "I condemn the move and will object to it in the upcoming house meeting," Sandhu stated.

Arun Sood, BJP councillor, stated that the minutes had been tempered with in the past as well.

"The ruling party has been doing this for political benefits. The agenda was passed in the house without any changes, it is shocking that something which was never discussed in the house has been mentioned in the minutes of the meeting," Sood said.

The Mayor and the Joint Commissioner of the MC sign the minutes of the house meeting, which is then circulated to all councillors and MC officials.

Civic body Joint Commissioner Rajiv Gupta stated, "The minutes will be confirmed in the next house meeting."

The agenda and the changes

The agenda tabled before the house was exemption from house and property tax on residential land and buildings owned by serving and retired defence personnel and their families. However, the minutes of the meeting stated: "The house considered and resolved to recommend exemption of house and property tax on residential land and buildings owned by gallantry award winners and immediate family members of the defence personnel who lost their lives."



Tenant body raises question over advance charges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
The Chandigarh Industrial Area Tenant Association (CIATA) has raised a question over the way the UT electricity department collects advance consumption deposit (ACD) charges from consumers. In a press release issued by association’s president Sanjeev Sagar, it was stated that the electricity department was keen on charging the ACD without giving any other option to the consumers.

As per regulations of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC), the ACD can be paid either through cash, cheque or bank draft. The option of bank guarantee is also there, but the department did not mention it in its public notice.

He said the benefit of bank guarantee could be availed by those consumers who were not willing to deposit money with the department since the receipts of the already deposited security had been misplaced by the department.

Association’s general secretary BS Saini said in the next hearing with the JERC, they would take up the issue and make sure that the public notice was quashed.



Celebration time for AAP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
The Chandigarh unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today celebrated the historic formation of government in Delhi by the party under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal at the Ramleela Ground, Delhi.

Members and supporters of the AAP gathered at Sector 17 Plaza and flew 28 lanterns for the elected 28 AAP representatives of Delhi state with their name on it. They also distributed sweets and flew balloons to mark the occasion.

Gurjusjit Singh, executive member of the AAP, said the Chandigarh unit of the party wishes to the almighty to give courage and strength to the newly elected government in Delhi to fulfil the wishes and aspirations of people who have shown tremendous faith in them.

Kamal Kishore Sharma, another member, said not only in Delhi but they were also getting a good response from city residents because now everybody wants “clean politics”.



From schools
Ryan Inter Fiesta

Foot-tapping music, stalls and several exciting competitions were the main highlights of the Ryan Inter Fiesta-2013 held today at Ryan International School, Sector 49, Chandigarh. It was a combination of fun, frolic and enjoyment. The whole school was decked up with colourful balloons and festoons. Various stalls were put up, which included entertaining games, stalls, face painting, tattooing, junk jewellery corner and mouth-watering eateries. Some of the major attractions were the camel ride and Mickey mouse bouncy for tiny tots.

NSS special camp

Workshop on leadership skills and traffic awareness programme kept the NSS volunteers riveted to the seats at the ongoing NSS Special Camp at KB DAV-7, Chandigarh. The resource persons for the day were Gurnam Singh, chief coordinator traffic marshal, Deshraj, head constable, Chandigarh Traffic Police. The presentation by the traffic police personnel reflected the callous attitude of the civilians while driving. It stressed upon the need of following the traffic rules and the guidelines laid down by the traffic police to maintain law and order and create safer roads for the children.

Visit to church

To celebrate the festivities of Christmas, students of KG of St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44-D, Chandigarh, were taken to a church in Sector 19. The priest narrated them the story of Jesus Christ from his birth to crucifixion. Beautiful tableau depicting various phases of Jesus’s life, heaven and hell, moral values were on display. The children offered prayer for the welfare and good of all.

Special assembly

A special assembly was conducted at Century Public School, Naya Gaon, on the penultimate day before the start of winter vacations. In this assembly, students were made aware of the care that they must take during winters. They were guided about the food that they must take during the season. They were asked to take healthy and nutritious food, fruits and green vegetables.

Rally taken out

To welcome the New Year and to eradicate various social evils of society, Class X students of St Soldier International School, Mohali, organised a rally. Principal Vinender Tiwana flagged off the rally. Approximately 120 students accompanied by their class teachers went around the market area of Mohali holding placards in their hands. An effigy of an old man symbolising various evil practices was burnt. The students raised slogans against gender bias, child abuse, corruption, women harassment, etc.

Students display skills

In order to strengthen the scholastic and co-scholastic areas, many activities were organised at Genius Public School, Mohali, on Saturday. Students of Classes I and II exhibited their skill by colouring Santa Claus and the Christmas tree. Reading skills were shown by the students of Classes III, V, VI and VIII. Crossword puzzles were solved by students of senior classes. Winners were awarded with certificates of appreciation.

Christmas celebrated

The lower primary wing of Gem Public Senior Secondary School, Mohali, celebrated Christmas on the school premises by decorating a huge Christmas tree with bunting, balloons and stars. Teachers and students extended their wholehearted support in making the event a grand success. There was Christmas spirit and merriment throughout the programme. There was a festive mood in the school. Santa Claus went around classes and surprised the children with gifts from his magic bag. — TNS



Syndicate to decide fate of ayurveda students
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
The destiny of around 200 students admitted to Sri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College, Sector 46, here, will be decided in the upcoming Syndicate meeting that will finalise whether to allow them to appear for the exam of this session or not. The meeting is scheduled for January 4 in which the agenda will be tabled by the Panjab University authorities.

The Syndicate will be requested to consider the provisional results of the 2010-11 batch, which was declared by the university on the recommendations of the high-powered committee led by Syndicate member Satpal Jain. Besides, the authorities will also table all the issues relating to the future of the college before the Syndicate.

The records of the university revealed that after the court’s decision to disaffiliate the college with the PU, the authorities are in a fix as how to tackle the issue of admissions and conducting examinations.

Members of the Syndicate said they were going to take up the issue in the meeting as to how the provisional result had been declared by the university when the college affiliation had already been cancelled.

The members raised the point that when the college was not affiliated with the university, then why the authorities were deciding to conduct the examination and accept the admission forms of the college.

Recently, PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover has also asked Parvinder Singh, Controller of Examination, PU, to constitute a committee, along with the Dean College Development College, to resolve the issue. The Controller of Examination, PU, said he had constituted a committee whose meeting would be convened soon to decide the issue.

Appointment of PU VC’s wife

The PU authorities are going to table the issue of the appointment of PU Vice-Chancellor's wife Neera Grover again in the coming Syndicate meeting after the Senate referred it back for consideration. The proposal will be tabled under the Regulation 5 (b) in which the Syndicate has the power to appoint a person beyond one year. The authorities have sought the approval for the VC’s wife appointment till July 31, 2015.

Other important issues that will be tabled are:

  • Increase in the guest house fare
  • Appointment of public administration teachers
  • Rules for college researchers
  • Recommendation of adopting academic performance indicator for college teachers by the Punjab Government



Founder’s day
Dikshant students stage ‘Kitne Pakistan’
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 28
Around 450 students of Dikshant International School today staged a play, “Kitne Pakistan”. The play, inspired from Kamleshwar’s award-winning novel, was staged as part of the three-day founder’s day celebrations of the school, which concluded at Inderdhanush Auditorium in Sector 5 here today.

Kiran Nagarkar, a renowned Indian novelist and winner of the Sahitya Academi Award, graced the occasion as the chief guest for the event.

Before the play, the director of the school, Mitul Dikshit, addressed the gathering with his views about the need to rethink education.

The play is about all kinds of violent epochs that thwarted the aspirations of the common people as found in the vast expanse of recorded history. It traces various incidents in which a land and its people were partitioned on the basis of religious beliefs, giving centrality to the Partition of India, during which the decision-makers who were the representatives of the people, permitted the heart of the country to be sundered, causing the bloodshed of civilians on an unprecedented scale.

The event also included the presentation of the school report and distribution of annual awards by the chief guest and the director among students, teachers and other staff members.



Iscuela IQuiz
St Kabir students bag top honours

Chandigarh, December 28
Students of St Kabir Public School, Sector 26, bagged top honours in Iscuela IQuiz organised by the Rotaract & Interact Clubs of the tricity. The interactive quiz competition was organised for the students from Classes V to IX to assess their knowledge of current affairs and IT. More than 17 schools of the tricity participated in the competition.

The quiz comprised of three levels. In the first level, all students answered a multiple-choice question paper. Six students from each class of each school were selected to make two teams per school. These teams then participated in the second round, out of which top five teams went to the final. The final round was held live on I-pads.

For Class IX, Team I of St Kabir comprising Shrey Bhardwaj, Sunrita Mukherjee and Raghav Sharma got the first position, followed by second position to CL DAV Senior Secondary School-11, Panchkula, comprising Ritvik, Harshit and Lovish, and third position to Team 2 of St Kabir comprising Saahil, Harshdeep and Uddhav. For Class VIII, first position went to Team I of St Kabir comprising Shreyas Chandgothia, Shresht Jain and Prayas Jain. For Class VII, first position went to Strawberry Fields comprising Adit, Chaitanya and Upmanyu. — TNS



Teachers’ strike enters fifth day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 28
The day-long hunger strike of the Chandigarh Computer Teachers Union entered fifth day today at the Sector 20 Masjid Ground here. Every day, five different computer teachers observe hunger strike from 9 am to 6 pm to show their resentment against the Education Department.

Today, five women members observed hunger strike and demanded action on their long pending demands. They are demands hike in salary and implementing the Punjab Government’s rules for the regularisation of all computer teachers and data entry operators working in government schools.

The teachers said they would also try to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is arriving at Mullapur, Punjab, on December 30.

Tomorrow, another five teachers will sit on a day-long hunger strike.



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