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Jeweller shot at, Rs 1.5 lakh snatched 
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Policemen at the spot.
Policemen at the spot. Tribune photos: S Chandan

Mohali, February 4
Three motorcycle-borne persons snatched a bag containing Rs 1.5 lakh from a jeweller after opening fire at him near his house in Adarsh Nagar, Nayagaon this evening.

The victim, 55-year-old Subhash Chander, is said to have received two bullet injuries, one in the right thigh and another in left ankle. He has been shifted to the PGI where his condition is said to be critical.

DSP (City I) RS Sohal said the incident took place near the victim’s house around 9.30 pm. “Subhash was on his way back home after closing his shop when assailants snatched his bag and tried to flee. When the victim tried to stop them, one of the assailants opened fire at him,” the DSP added.

The police have also recovered a bullet shell from the spot.

The victim’s wife, Shashi Bala, said they heard the gunshots. “I thought that a tyre had burst. Then I heard my husband crying for help. He chased the robbers and caught hold of one of them,” said Shashi Bala. She said residents gathered at the spot but could not muster courage to help her husband. 

KFC firing: Police fail to arrest accused

The Mohali police have failed to arrest the accused in the firing incident that took place near KFC on the Mohali-Kharar highway on Monday evening. Two persons, Paramvir Singh and Harjinder Singh, had sustained injuries in a group clash in which one of the assailants fired two gunshots into the air with a .12 bore gun. The accused also vandalised the victim’s property and two parked vehicles. The police had registered a case of attempt to murder and under the Arms Act against Gurinder Singh of Manana village, Kharar, Binder Singh, Jaswinder Singh and their accomplices. SHO Manjit Singh said raids were on to nab the accused. 



City to get its first underpass 
To be constructed at the ISBT-17 roundabout, Rs 10 cr allocated 
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation will construct the city’s first underpass at the ISBT-17 roundabout.

A provision of Rs 10 crore has been made in the budget for its construction. A total of eight underpasses are proposed to be constructed in the city. These include, ISBT-17, Tribune Chowk, UT Press Chowk, Transport Chowk, Piccadilly Chowk, Kissan Bhawan, Matka Chowk and Cricket Chowk.

The project was handing fire since 2008 when it was allotted to Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB). The CHB had carried out topographical survey, geo-technical investigation, underground utility survey, traffic survey and it was decided to construct three underpasses at Press Chowk, Transport Chowk and Picaddily Chowk in the first phase. The project, however, could not take off due to unavailability of funds.

The project was transferred to the MC by the UT Administration around two months ago.

The provision of budget for the construction of underpass has been made under the building and roads head.

Pardeep Chhabra, a member of the Finance and Contracts Committee, said a provision of Rs 10 crore had been made to construct the underpass. “Since the Udyog Path is under the MC, the underpass would be constructed at the Sector 17/18/22/21 roundabout,” he added.

The ISBT-17 roundabout is one of the major traffic bottlenecks in the city and the underpass will ease the traffic.

“The construction on the other underpasses will be undertaken on the basis of the density of vehicles on a particular stretch,” said an MC official. 



ATM break bid foiled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
Thieves tried to break into an ATM of Axis Bank at Mori Gate in Mani Majra last night.

The fled thieves after a security guard raised the alarm. The incident occurred at 12.55 am when the security guard, Rahul, was sleeping in the ATM booth.

He said three-four persons with their faces covered entered the ATM booth and tried to gag him. But he raised the alarm. He said the thieves were carrying a gas cutter.

The police are examining the CCTV footage. Inspector Charanjeet Singh, SHO, Mani Majra police station, said they were trying to identify the accused.

Last week, unidentified miscreants tried to strike at an unguarded ATM of a nationalised bank at Phase I, Ram Darbar. The CCTV camera installed inside the ATM booth was not in working order. 



PGIMER marks inquiry against two chemists 
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
A Mohali resident has filed a complaint against two chemists at the PGIMER for refusing him surgical equipment.

Raheim Baksh of Phase I, Mohali, alleged that the chemists at the Emergency at the Advanced Trauma Centre refused to give him surgical items since he did not purchase the other medicines mentioned in the prescription from them.

Taking a note of the complaint, the PGI’s Administrative Officer has marked an inquiry to the Area Inspection Committee headed by Dr Anil Bhansali.

The chemists allegedly told the complainant that he was asking for low-profit items and he had already purchased high-profit medicines and equipment from other shops.

The complainant got his sister-in-law admitted to the PGIMER for her hip joint replacement surgery last month. “A senior resident gave me a list of items and told me to buy the same from the Trauma Centre chemist. But owing to the past experience of overcharging, I bought the items from outside. The doctor concerned asked me to return a full gown and a hip drape and buy the same, of a specific brand, from the Trauma Centre chemist,” said the complainant.

“I urged both the chemists for a full gown and a hip drape. But they asked me to buy the items from the shop from where I had bought the other items.” read the complaint. 

Surgical items were out of stock

Advanced Trauma Centre drug store owner Mahesh Sharma said: “I am not aware of the complaint. But it is clear that we do not keep stocks of the brand recommended by the doctor. This could have been the reason for denial.”

The owner of Trilok Chemist at the Emergency said: “The items were out of stock and it was conveyed to the complainant.” 



Vehicles without HSRP challaned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
The UT Traffic Police today challaned vehicles of nine series which were not having High-Security Registration Plates (HSRP).

The police have challaned 401 vehicles of six series in the past one month. These include 368 four-wheelers and 33 two-wheelers. Three more series — CH01-AP, CH01-AW and CH01-AN — have been added to the list of vehicles which should have HSRP. Traffic police officials said the confusion over the clause, under which non carrying HSRP vehicles would be challaned, was resolved with the notification of the Chandigarh Administration authorising the UT Traffic Police. The challans were issued under Sections 39 and 192 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1989. The violator will have to pay Rs 3,000 for a Four-wheeler and Rs 2,000 for a two-wheeler. Sources said the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) had sent a list of three more series to the UT Traffic Police. The challaning drive will continue. Earlier, challans were being issued for the AV, AU, AT, AS, AR and AQ series.

Challans for not affixing the HSRP on vehicles will be issued only against the vehicles registered in Chandigarh.



Man tries to kidnap son, booked 
Tribune News Service

The complainant, Kanwal Kushal, at the Phase VII police station in Mohali.
The complainant, Kanwal Kushal, at the Phase VII police station in Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, February 4
High drama was witnessed in front of the courts complex in Mohali this afternoon when a man tried to kidnap his son. His son had married against his wishes some two months ago.

The police have registered a case of kidnapping and criminal intimidation against Saheb Singh, a resident of Kaithal, on the complaint of his 25-year-old son Kanwal Kushal Singh.

Saheb Singh’s cousin Kuljinder Cheema from Malerkotla, Dinesh Kumar and his wife Sudesh from Rohtak and Jaipal of Panchkula have also been booked.

Mataur SHO Navin Pal Singh Lehal said the incident took place around 12.30 pm when Kanwal Kushal and his wife Veerpal Kaur came to attend a court hearing in an accident case.

“Kanwal’s parents and family members were upset as he had married Veerpal Kaur against their wishes on November 13, 2013. Saheb Singh and the other accused tried to push Kanwal in a Scorpio. Kanwal raised the alarm and policemen present at the spot rescued him,” said the SHO.

“We have registered a case under Sections 365, 382, 323 and 506 of the IPC against the accused at the Mataur police station,” he added. No arrest has been made so far.



GMCH fails to install water, power meters
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
The Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, is paying power and water bills on average consumption for the past 20 years.

A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report says that the hospital has failed to install water and electricity meters. Till 2013, the hospital kept paying bills on the basis of average consumption.

The hospital paid Rs 1.03 crore for water and Rs 77 lakh for electricity in 2012-13. This despite the fact that CAG had pointed the discrepancy in its three audit reports from 2010 to 2013.

“Explain the circumstances under which the water and electricity meters were not installed or replaced. The payment made on the average basis needs to be justified and adjustment of excess charges should be made,” the CAG report for 2012-2013 mentioned.

The institute paid Rs 82.6 lakh in 2010-11 and Rs 83.2 lakh in 2011-12 as water charges.

“The Director-Principal of the GMCH-32 was informed about the discrepancy through a letter in June 2013. But the institute failed to reply,” the audit report says.

The hospital authorities said the irregularities mentioned in the audit report (2011-12) have been discussed with the estate branch and the public health division of the UT. 

Power meters installed

Director-Principal of the GMCH-32 Dr Atul Sachdev was not available for comments. Officials in the electricity wing of the GMCH-32 and also the UT Electricity Department said the hospital had recently installed power meters. 


Panel to protect child rights set up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
After taking UT Administrator Shivraj V. Patil's approval, The Chandigarh Administration set up the Commission for Protection of Child Rights today.Prof Devi Sirohi has been appointed as the chairman of the panel. UT adviser KK Sharma said this at a workshop orgnaised by the Press Information Bureau in collaboration with the School of Communication Studies (SCS), Panjab University, as the knowledge partner.

As many as 29 mediapersons from the electronic and print media attended the workshop, besides research scholars from the SCS. Experts from the National Commission for Women, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, and media addressed the workshop.

Bhupendra Kainthola, PIB, Director (NR), during his address gave the rationale behind holding such a workshop. He said that women continued to be under represented in news coverage. He questioned the attitude people had towards women. He said a woman was judged more by her looks than by what she had to say or did. He quoted the Association of Women Journalists (AFJ) study dealing with issues on women from 70 countries. The study stated that only 17 per cent of the stories quoted women and one in five women were shown in the context of her family compared to one in 16 among men.

TK Rajalakshimi, Deputy Editor, Frontline magazine, said that the media had to do responsible reporting. The journalists had to balance their report between the requirements of the organisation they represented and the duty as a responsible citizen. She said that in crime reporting also women and children were at the receiving end.

Prof Sanjay Wadwalkar of SCS said that 'children' is a missing story in our media and portrayal of women in the media leaves much to be desired. He felt that overwhelming presence of television in entertainment and advertising had led to branding of children. This projected children in the wrong light and this in turn adversely affected those children who viewed the programme.

Nirmala S Bhavalkar, member, National Commission for Women, in her presentation said that the media being the fourth pillar of Indian democracy needed to make good use of legal provisions and case studies in their reporting about sensitive issues related to children and women.

Manoj Gupta from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, in his presentation, gave details about the rights given to the children in the UN convention. He said that these rights needed to be protected by the government as well as the public.

The workshop was organised in the backdrop of growing media coverage of incidents of violence against women and children and the criticism that in several instances, the media was insensitive towards the victims while reporting.

Body to study, monitor matters related to:

  • Constitutional and legal rights of children
  • Examine and review the safeguards provided by any law
  • Recommend measures for their effective implementation
  • Review the existing laws and suggest amendments
  • Look into complaints or take suo moto notice of the case involving violation of constitutional and legal rights of children
  • Monitor implementation of laws and programme relating to survival, welfare and development of children
  • Present reports to the Central Government upon the working of safeguards for childrenn



e-Sampark Centre inaugurated in Sector 22

Chandigarh, February 4
An e-Sampark Centre was inaugurated at Sector 22, Chandigarh. The e-Sampark Centre will operate from the complex of Community Centre.

Area councillor Pardeep Chhabra said it was a long-pending demand of residents who had to visit the neighbouring e-Sampark centres. “Residents of the sector will benefit from it”, Chhabra stated. The e-Sampark centres provide variety of services, including collection of electricity and water bills, registration of births and deaths, CTU bus passes etc. — TNS



Healthyway owner ready for narco test 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
The owner of Healthyway, Amit Kakkar, said today that he was ready to undergo narco test to prove that some senior police officials allegedly extorted money in crores from him.

He has accused a former SSP of the Chandigarh Police and a serving DSP of the Punjab cadre along with others for allegedly extorting Rs 4 crore from him.

Booked in a number of cheating cases, Kakkar said that the police should take him to a scientific laboratory for a narco test.

Kakkar, a resident of Mohali, was arrested in August, 2011, and is out on bail. He had lodged a complaint on the official mail Id of IG Upadhyay on January 13. 



No application filed today
First time, party poll panel invited applications due to infighting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
No application was received today at the party head office in Sector 33 on the first day of filing of application for the BJP ticket for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat.

Earlier, only two forms were issued in the names of BJP president Sanjay Tandon and another BJP leader Purshottam Mahajan, but they did not file their application today. The applications can be filed till 5 pm on February 5.

It was for the first time that the party election committee had decided to invite application for aspiring candidates due to infighting.

In the last party workers meeting, which was called by the Chandigarh unit of the BJP on January 29 to seek the views of BJP workers on the party candidate, the workers had clashed with one another. At the meeting, it was proposed that the party would suggest four names to the workers and they could select one of them. The names were those of city BJP president Sanjay Tandon, former MP Satya Pal Jain, former Union Minister Harmohan Dhawan and Bollywood actor Kirron Kher.

Thereafter, on February 3, the election committee decided that any BJP worker could file an application along with Rs 11,000.



Now, CITCO to have 7 members
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
Instead of 13 members, the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) will now have seven members.

After getting a nod from the UT Administrator, the Chandigarh Administration has conveyed the same to CITCO. Last year, the UT Administrator had directed the Administration to disband its board of directors after the corporation suffered financial crunch.

The corporation is governed by its board that comprises a chairperson, managing director, directors (ex-officio), all senior officials of Administration, and non-official directors, including representatives of the industry. At present, there are 13 directors, nine of them non-official. Most of them have been on the board for over five years, while five are not even related to industry or hospitality sector. Sources said the Administration had been asked to keep only the post holding and ex-officio members. A senior official on the condition of anonymity said the new list of the members would be put up in the next meeting of the board of directors of the corporation.

The sources said the UT Administrator in one of the previous meeting of the corporation had expressed his annoyance at the corporation’s performance. He had reportedly directed the officials to prune the list of the members. The non-official directors do not get any remuneration from the per cent discount on dining in hotels belonging to CITCO, and lodging for a certain number of times in a year.



Kin relieved, autopsy done at Kharar Civil Hospital
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
A day after shuttling between hospitals for his post-mortem examination, family members of Pritam, a Nayagaon resident, found respite at Civil Hospital, Kharar, where the doctors conducted his postmortem today.

The family held a protest in front of Government Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, on Monday after the hospital refused to conduct his post-mortem on the grounds that he was never treated at the hospital and was brought dead. A police official said, since he was a resident of Nayagaon, his postmortem could not be conducted as the place did not fall under the jurisdiction of the hospital.

Following what had happened at the hospital, the Medical Superintendent of GMSH-16 clarified to the family that the case did not fall in their jurisdiction. The kin of Pritam were asked to take the body to Civil Hospital, Mohali, for the purpose on Monday.

Pritam, who was rushed to the PGIMER, two months ago, after being critically injured in an accident near Sector 9, was discharged recently. He contracted infection while recovering at home and his condition deteriorated. He was being taken to GMSH-16 where he was declared brought dead.



PCR staff acted late: Report
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
In less than a week after a snatching spree by a five-member gang in an auto-rickshaw came to light, the inquiry report has held sub inspector Om Prakash responsible for the delay in action.

As per the preliminary inquiry conducted by the DSP (PCR) BS Negi, the sub inspector failed to react on time. The report also points out that there was lapse of around five hours between the first and the other four snatchings, but the police failed to track the accused.

The incident had created havoc in the city on January 30 night when five persons first stole an auto-rickshaw and then committed four snatchings. The first snatching occurred at 12.20 am. The accused had snatched an auto-rickshaw from Chander Kumar, near the Piccadily roundabout in Sector 34 on the night of January 30. The report indicates that the auto-driver boarded another auto-rickshaw and chased the snatchers for a while, till they went out of sight.

Chander called up the police control room, after 25 minutes of the snatching. As per the details collected the by the police, the snatchers actually entered Nayagaon and did not come out of the hiding, till 5 am, the next day. The police claim reaction was delayed.



Pall of gloom at Kurali village
Body of a resident, who died in Saudi Arabia, reaches after over a month
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 4
A pall of gloom descended on Badanpur village in Kurali when the mortal remains of its native, who died in Saudi Arabia about one-and-a-half months ago, reached here today.

Avtar Singh (31), who was unwell for some time, died on the foreign land on December 21. Due to legal hitches between the two countries, the family faced a lot of difficulties in bringing his body to the village.

Jagdeep Singh, the deceased's younger brother, said the efforts of Preneet Kaur, Minister of State for External Affairs, helped bringing Avtar's body from the Arab nation.

Avtar Singh had left for Saudi Arabia in October 2010 to earn a livelihood and was working in a company there. "On December 21, he called up and told us that he was not feeling well. His friends shifted him to a hospital there but he could not survive," said Bhupinder Singh and Surjit Kaur, the deceased's parents. "We had been running from pillar to post to bring his body from the foreign land for the past one-and-a-half months," said the parents.

The body was consigned to flames at the village today.



Yellow fervour marks Basant Panchami
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
Goddess Saraswati was worshipped on the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami at the SD College here on Tuesday. Invoking the blessings of the goddess of learning, college principal Dr Bhushan K Sharma along with faculty members urged students to devote their life to intellectual pursuits. The college library was decorated on the occasion.

Fervour marked Basant Panchami celebrations at St Xavier`s Senior Secondary School here. Students came dressed in yellow reflecting the colour of the festival. A short play was staged depicting the importance of the day. Children presented a colourful programme of song and dance. Principal Mervin West greeted students and staff members.

To celebrate the completion of 50 years of the Blood Bank Society, PGI, Chandigarh, the Inner Wheel Club organised a kite flying competition at the KBDAV-7 on the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami. To spread the message of love, peace, harmony and imbibe the qualities of selfless service towards the society, nearly 100 students of KBDAV-7 took part in the colourful competition. The chief guest on the occasion, Usha Saboo, mentor and guide of the club, released the first kite in the sky.

Basant Panchmi was celebrated with verve with about 50 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers flying kites at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh. A few hundred people, including children, thronged the place to take part in the activity. While some people wanted to fly kites carrying Kejriwal's picture but they were told by the kite seller there that the UT Administration had banned the kites carrying pictures of political figures.

Students of Sant Isher Singh Public School, Phase VII, Mohali, celebrated Basant Panchmi with great zeal and fervour. Tiny tots of the school welcomed spring by flying colourful kites. School principal Inderjeet Kaur Sandhu appreciated the efforts of the students and encouraged them to celebrate all the festivals with lively spirit.



Mohali SSP plays good Samaritan again

Mohali, February 4
Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti played a good Samaritan yet again.

This time, he came to the rescue of a newly wed couple lying unattended after their motorcycle was hit by an unidentified vehicle late on Monday evening. The SSP not only rushed the injured couple to the Civil Hospital at Morinda but also made arrangements to shift them to the PGI, Chandigarh, after being referred by the doctor at Civil Hospital.

SSP Bhatti was on inspection round when he noticed the couple, Sukhdev Singh and his wife, lying on the Kurali-Morinda road.

The SSP said some people had gathered there but nobody was ready to shift them to a hospital. “As the injured couple needed immediate medical treatment, I took them to the hospital in Morinda in my vehicle," he said.

On January 21, the SSP had shifted two teenaged accident victims to the Civil Hospital, Mohali. — TNS



Court tells GMADA to auction its property
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 4
Chiding GMADA for its failure to compensate farmers, a local court today directed the authority to auction its building and goods. GMADA had acquired land in Sector 81 for Knowledge City.

The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Manjot Kaur, also ordered the attachment of two bank accounts of GMADA.

The next hearing is scheduled for April 5. "If GMADA does not want to auction its property, it will have to pay Rs 5 crore to the affected farmers within two months," the court ruled.

A public announcement was made today and copies of the orders were pasted on the building.

In 2004, GMADA had begun the process of acquisition of 300 acres for Knowledge City. It had offered a compensation of Rs 40 lakh per acre. The farmers, however, demanded the market rate.

Farmers of Mauli Baidwan filed a petition in the court for adequate compensation. The court had settled Rs 85 lakh per acre as compensation. However, GMADA had failed to pay the amount to the farmers.

Poor response to auction of booth sites

The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) got a poor response to the sale of 247 booth sites through e-bidding in five sectors of the town today.

The authority could manage to auction only 51 booth sites. GMADA could sell only two sites in Sector 53 and five in Sector 61. At Sector 59, GMADA sold 17 booth sites. In Sectors 64 and 68, 14 and 13 sites were sold, respectively.

Shalinder Anand, chairman of the Mohali Property Consultants Association, said GMADA had become a real estate agent which was adversely affecting the prospects of property dealers.

The reserve price fixed by GMADA was also high, he said.



F&CC okays Rs 780.93 cr
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
The Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) today approved the budget of Rs 334.40 crore under the plan head and Rs 446.53 crore under the non-plan head for the financial year 2014-15.

Saurabh Joshi, BJP councillor and member of the committee, stated that LED streetlights would be installed on Dakshin Marg (from Tribune Chowk to Sector 25).

Congress councillor Pardeep Chhabra stated that a proposal regarding the modernisation of dhobi ghat was also tabled.

Chhabra stated that a provision for purchasing vehicles for lifting debris from the city had also been passed. “The civic body is purchasing vehicles to lift debris," he stated.

Budget for the re-construction of the Community Centre in Sector 15 has been allocated. The proposal regarding the renovation of the Community Centres in Sectors 18, 19, 40 and 46 will also be tabled.

The F&CC also decided to hike monthly rent of shops in villages from Rs 5,172 per month to Rs 6,500. It also gave a green signal to a 5 per cent increase in rent every year.

It was decided that hotel owners would be asked to vacate green area near their establishments. 



Civic body fails to act against hotel owners
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
The Municipal Corporation has failed to disconnect the water supply to those hotels which do not have grease traps. The 15-day deadline set by the civic body ended on January 16. As per the notification issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in 2009, it is mandatory for hotels, restaurants and even service stations to have an oil and grease trap.

The MC had issued several notices to hotels and restaurants asking them to construct grease traps, but to no avail. On January 4, a public notice was published in newspapers. The MC was to disconnect the water supply to those hotels which had failed to comply with the orders.

But nothing of the sort happened. The MC had also provided drawings of oil and grease traps to all food joints. A grease trap is a device used for removing oil and grease from pipelines.

RC Diwan, MC Superintending Engineer (Public Health), stated that they would act against the violators. Complaints regarding choked sewerage have been pouring in from residents of Sectors 15, 35 and 26.

Sources stated that only a few hotels in the city had installed oil traps. A number of government establishments are yet to construct the traps. 



Metro put on right track
Officials to sign MoU for implementation of project today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
The UT Administration, Punjab and Haryana will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the implementation of the Metro project in the tricity. Representatives of the UT Administration, Punjab, Haryana and Ministry of Urban Development will meet in Delhi tomorrow (February 5).

Recently, officials of the UT Administration, Punjab and Haryana had decided that the cost of the project would be borne by Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and the Centre. Earlier, the project was to be implemented under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode. However, Punjab and Haryana were not ready for it. Later, the UT altered the MoU of the project so that the stakeholders could reach a consensus for the execution of the project.

Following the Ministry of Urban Development's instructions, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) is being formed for the execution of the project.

Two corridors

The Metro project will have two corridors having a total length of 37.57 km. A substantial part of the line will be in Chandigarh. The East-West Corridor will extend from the Transport Terminal in Mohali to the Grain Market in Panchkula. The North-East Corridor will be from the Capitol Complex in Sector 9 to Gurdwara Singh Shaheedan in Sohana. The cost of the project is expected to be around Rs 10,900 crore. It is proposed that within the sectoral grid of Chandigarh, the Metro will be underground keeping in view the heritage of the city. Milestones have been erected along the route of the Metro. The first corridor is expected to be operational by 2018.



health notes
Medicos raise demand

The Medicos Legal Action Group (MLAG) has demanded the implementation of 'Medicare Service Personnel and Medicare Service Institution (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Act' in Chandigarh. Dr Neeraj Nagpal, member of the group, said doctors were not safe as they were often targeted by patients' attendants. 

Under the Act, violence against medicare service provider is considered cognisable and non-bailable. In addition to the punishment specified in the Act, the offender is liable to pay compensation. The group stated that 18 states and union territories, including Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal, had already notified the Act.

NRHM workers' protest

As many as 250 contractual workers of the National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) held a protest outside the civil dispensary in Sector 22 on Tuesday. The workers said they were yet to get their annual increment. They said they would continue the agitation. — TNS



Business News
CE certification

Multimedics, a Micron group company and also an indigenous manufacturer of medical devices based at Baddi, has received the Conformite European (CE) certification for M’Sure-S, its sirolimus drug-eluding stents (DESs). The company's managing director Faizal Khan claimed that it was the youngest company in India to get a CE certificate from DNV.

TaxCon-2014 opened

The role of over 2 lakh practising chartered accountants (CAs) and nearly 10 lakh CA students cannot be ignored in driving the economy of the nation, noted Congress MP Pawan Kumar Bansal during the inaugural session of the TaxCon-2014, a seminar on taxation organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) here on Tuesday. — TNS



Chaos on city roads

Thousands of candidates came to the city to take Haryana Teachers Eligibility Test (HTET) on Sunday. Commuters had to go through a harrowing time as traffic jams became the order of the day. A long queue of vehicles, including ambulances, was seen on Tribune Chowk. The authorities should have made alternative arrangements for the candidates. People remained stuck on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway for hours. Such situations can be dealt with better coordination. The authorities should earmark alternative routes for the commuters on such occasions.

SK Khosla, Chandigarh

Booming business

The UT Administration has failed to check beggars in the city. The business is flourishing, with children and elderly persons seen asking for money at every nook and cranny. Some of them are even seen on crutches. Politicians, for their vested interests, help these people get voter cards. Steps should be taken to nip the problem in the bud.

KC Rana, Chandigarh



13 yrs on, PU dept sits on audit objections
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
The Panjab University’s construction department is yet to clear the audit objections raised around 13 years ago.

The audit report of 2000-2001 objected to the irregular and unauthorised transfer of income of Rs 65.21 crore, which has not been cleared so far.

Interestingly, in the budget report of 2014-15, which will be tabled before the Board of Finance (BOF) committee during its meeting on February 6, the status of the objection reads “replies still under consideration”.

The oldest audit objection that remains unsettled pertains to 1998-99. It was about irregular payment of Rs 11.20 lakh and irregular release of gratuity to late HL Sharma.

The construction department is yet to come out with a reply to the audit objection raised in 1999-2000 about inadmissible payment of Rs 53,351.

There are around four audit objections pertaining to the construction department which are pending for the past more than 13 years. The objections are mentioned in every audit report but the department is apparently yet to make a move to settle the same.

Further, the audit objection about payment of water charges of Rs 58 lakh to the Municipal Corporation, which was reported to be paid at higher rate, is yet to be resolved. An audit objection, raised in 2011-12, to the execution of works at the cost of Rs 2.40 lakh without an approval for technical estimate expenditure awaits a reply.

It is learnt that during pervious meetings, members of the BOF had taken up the matter a number of times and demanded that the university departments should have a proper accounting system so as to avoid discrepancies. The members had also proposed that a deadline be fixed to resolve the audit objections or else penalty should be imposed on the official concerned.

But till date, the university authorities are yet to take an action on the proposals.

Fact file

  • Members of the Board of Finance had taken up the matter a number of times during meetings and demanded that the university departments should have a proper accounting system so as to avoid discrepancies.
  • The members had also proposed that a deadline be fixed to resolve the audit objections or else penalty should be imposed on the official concerned.
  • But till date, the university authorities are yet to take an action on the proposals.



from schools
Annual sports meet

Chandigarh: The GMSSS-27 celebrated its annual sports meet. School principal Sunita Singh inaugurated the meet. The chief guest on the occasion, Kamlesh Kumar (HCS) DPI schools, and Chanchal Singh, Deputy Director, School Education, Chandigarh, distributed prizes among the winners.

Education Day

The Education Department, UT, Chandigarh, celebrated the Education Day at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, in the memory of Kanwar Babu Singh, the first teacher of the department. The function started with the ceremonial lighting of lamp by KK Bhadoo, DPI. Various competitions were held. The DPI lauded Himanshi, a Class XII student of the school who represented the Chandigarh region at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

Farewell function

Class XII students of Saint Soldier International School, Sector 28, were given a warm send-off at a function held on the school premises. Harsimranjeet Kaur won the title of Ms Saint Soldier while Anuj Yadav was chosen Mr Saint Soldier.


Panchkula: Hallmark Public School brought to the fore the need to develop 'spiritual quotient (SQ)' in students for attaining long-term objectives in academics and other fields. An expert Jasmeet K Shan conducted a workshop for inquisitive students. — TNS



48 women screened at varsity camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
The BGJ Institute of Health, Panjab University (PU), today organised a screening camp “Asha Jyoti” for conducting mammography, digital colposcopy and DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) scan.

The day-long camp was held in collaboration with the Department of Radio- Diagnosis and Imaging, PGIMER, Chandigarh, under the guidance of Prof N Khandelwal of the PGIMER and Chief Medical Officer Devinder Dhawan of the BGJ Institute of Health.

A team of specialists from the PGIMER, led by Meenakshi Verma, screened as many as 48 women, including senior professors and spouses of university officials, above 40 years of age for osteoporosis, cervical cancer, breast cancer 
by performing DEXA scan, digital colposcopy and mammography.

The response to the camp indicated an increased level of health awareness among the women staff in the university. 



3-day placement drive from March 6
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 4
The Punjab University (PU) will be organising a central placement drive ‘Avsar’ at the University Institute of Applied Management Sciences (UIAMS) from March 6 to 8.

The Dean, Students’ Welfare (DSW), Prof Navdeep Goyal, said 1,527 students from various departments and institutes of the PU had registered themselves for the three-day placement drive. He said the students would have to bring their admit cards to attend the event.

Central Placement Cell (CPC) honorary director Prof SK Chadda said a workshop-cum- human resource meet would be organised on February 22 to help students prepare for interviews. The interactive workshop would see HR (human resource) heads of some leading organisations addressing the participants.

Prof Chadda said the university aimed at attracting the best companies to the Avsar. The companies offering a minimum salary of Rs 3 lakh per annum for post-graduate students and Rs 2.4 lakh for graduate students would be allowed to participate in the drive.

Last year, the ceiling was Rs 2.4 lakh and Rs 1.8 lakh for the post-graduate and graduate students, respectively.

Prof Chadda said information about the proceedings of the drive would be uploaded on the website of the placement cell. It would act as an interactive portal for the employers and the students.

He said last year, a total of 32 reputed companies had participated in the drive and 868 students from various academic clusters appeared for interviews, out of which 156 were recruited.



Akademi declares results of creative writing contests

Chandigarh, February 4
The Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi has declared the results of the creative writing competitions organised for Panjab University (PU) students. Chairperson of the Akademi and PU Prof Manju Jaidka congratulated the winners. Winners: Hindi poetry: Karan Tewari of Department of Defence Studies, Nikhil Kaushik of the UILS and Priyanka Sharma of the Hindi Department; Hindi short story: Priyanka Sharma of Hindi Department; and Elocution: Gurleen Babra of the English department.

PEC fest

VYOM-14, a three-day annual technical fest of the Punjab Engineering College (PEC) will begin on March 21. The director of the college Dr Manoj Arora called upon students to take the fest to a different level of achievement while maintaining discipline at the same time. — TNS



Sujoy Mazumdar adjudged the best counsel

Chandigarh, February 4
Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow, won the Third National Client Counselling Competition was organised by the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), Panjab University (PU).

Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar, was declared the runner-up. RMLNLU student Sujoy Mazumdar was adjudged the best counsel. Prateeksha Mishra of the Army Institute of Law, Mohali, was declared the best student counsel, for the preliminary rounds.

Being the host, the UILS did not participate in the competition. However, its students posed as clients. Six teams had made it to the semi-finals, including Guru Gobind Singh IP University, Delhi; GNLU, Gandhinagar; Symbiosis, Pune; RMLNLU, Lucknow; Army Institute of Law, Mohali; and ITMU, Gurgaon. — TNS



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