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ASI caught taking bribe
Had threatened to falsely implicate complainant’s son in gang rape case
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 25
A Vigilance team today caught a Punjab Police Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), Jarnail Singh, while taking a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from a person after threatening to get his son falsely implicated in a gang rape case.

Jarnail Singh, who was posted at the Sadar police station, Kurali, was arrested near Gurukul International Public School on the Siswan-Kurali road this afternoon.

Superintendent of Police (Vigilance) Hargobind Singh said the ASI, who was part of a team investigating a recent case of gang rape of two nursing students at a farmhouse in Siswan, had threatened the complainant, Dalwinder Singh Fauji, an ex-serviceman belonging to Kansala village, Mullanpur, that his son Kamaljit Bhalla (19) would be falsely implicated in the case if he did not pay a bribe.

“Kamaljit was a friend of Varun Bhardwaj, alias Burny, one of the six accused arrested in the case. After learning about it, Jarnail Singh started demanding Rs 5 lakh from Kamaljit’s father. Later, the deal was settled for Rs 3 lakh,” said the SP.

Today, Jarnail Singh came to the spot to collect the first instalment from the complainant. The Vigilance team recovered the amount from Jarnail Singh's possession and registered a case under Sections 2, 7 and 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The Kurali police had registered a gang rape case against seven accused on January 27. One of the accused, Davinder Singh Lalli, had confessed during his interrogation that he, along with his two accomplices, had shot a Dell employee, Parsoon Aggarwal, last year in a forest in Siswan. Aggarwal had gone there with his girlfriend.



Khemka, Mayor’s cars collide head-on
Both of them were not in their vehicles at time of mishap
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
The official vehicles of senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka and Chandigarh Mayor HC Kalyan were severely damaged in a head-on collision at the Sector 20/30 light point late last night.

Both vehicles — Khemka'a SX4 and Mayor's Corolla — were reportedly at a high speed at the time of the accident. None of the officers was in the vehicle at that time. The drivers of both vehicles had a narrow escape. No case has been registered in this regard. The police have impounded the vehicles. A daily diary report has been lodged at the Sector 19 police station.

Sub-Inspector Sukhchain Singh, who went to the accident spot, said the drivers were not drunk, but prima facie both of them appeared to be at fault. "The Mayor's vehicle was going towards Sector 20 while Khemka's vehicle was moving towards Sector 30 when the accident took place," he said. Both parties have been summoned to the police station tomorrow.

"I was on sanctioned leave yesterday as I had to go to Delhi. The driver dropped me at the railway station at 11.30 am. Later, I got to know about the mishap. It has come to light that the driver was on an unauthorised visit with his family. I have intimated the Chief Secretary about it," said Ashok Khemka.

HC Kalyan, Mayor, said the driver was returning home after dropping him. "Right now, we have not marked any inquiry into the case," he said.



PGI’s hi-tech ambulance does the unthinkable!
Travels over 9,000 km for shifting just 10 patients on the campus, measuring less than 2 sq km
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
For shifting just 10 critical patients within the campus, measuring less than 2 sq km, a hi-tech ambulance of the PGI travelled over 9,000 km during the past 18 months.

In what may seem difficult to believe otherwise, an official statement issued by the PGI a few weeks ago and the logbook records of the ambulance clearly justify this paradox.

A perusal of the logbook entries of this hi-tech ambulance, that houses an intensive care unit (ICU) and is the only such vehicle in the city, clearly indicates a misuse of the vehicle. It also exposes the failure of the authorities to monitor its use.

About the van

The PGI authorities were quick to receive the hi-tech ambulance a year and a half ago from a Sector 15-based family, which donated it hoping it would help save precious lives.

“The ambulance seems to have been left at the mercy of the drivers. This highly sophisticated ambulance could have saved the lives of hundreds of patients being shifted to the PGI during the golden hour. However, it is being used for purposes other than patient assistance,” said a PGI official on condition of anonymity.

What the PGI says

In response to a query posed by Chandigarh Tribune on January 16, the PGI officially stated that the ambulance had travelled 8,400 km and had shifted 10 patients. The PGI had stated that the ambulance never moved out of the campus.

Asked about the purpose of the visit to Tanda, Panchkula and Sector 18 during the past one year, the PGI said today, “The vehicle was sent to Sector 18, Chandigarh, for getting a fitness certificate from the State Transport Authority. The vehicle was sent to Panchkula for repairs at M/s Hi-Tech Force. It was sent to Tanda Medical College for shifting a poor patient, who was operated upon on September 20, 2013, and was was on ventilator. 

Startling facts in logbook running into over 100 pages

  • No details of the exact "patient duty" the ambulance was used for.
  • The starting and ending points of travel have not been mentioned in any of the entries.
  • For eight to 10 consecutive days each month, the entries under the head, "Places visited", are identical, but the distance travelled varies from 4 km to 14 km.
  • One day, the ambulance took a round of all key buildings and travelled over 12 km within the campus, while it travelled only 9 km when it went out of the campus for a refill to a fuel station in Sector 9.
  • The details of not even a single patient are mentioned in the entries.
  • Under the head, “Purpose of journey”, almost all entries only mention ACC (Advanced Cardiac Centre).
  • Under the head, "Officer using car", almost all log book entries read “patient”.



General Manager of CITCO suspended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
The General Manager (GM) of the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO), AK Malhotra, was placed under suspension today in connection with anomalies in the allotment of stalls during the recently concluded Rose Festival.

Though no reason has been cited in the suspension order, issued by Chairman of CITCO-cum-Home Secretary Anil Kumar, sources said a Vigilance raid on the stalls during the festival had led to the GM's suspension.

The sources said following complaints of gambling and other anomalies at the stalls, a Vigilance team had videographed activities at the stalls. The footage was later scrutinised at the CITCO office in Sector 9. The stalls had been allotted by the Tourism Department.


Protesting residents lathicharged

Panchkula, February 25
The police today lathicharged over 500 residents of Ashiana flats in Panchkula who had come to the DC office protesting the hike in their instalment.

Many of them suffered injuries. Three of the residents were booked on the charge of attempt to suicide after they poured kerosene on themselves. Vijay Brar and Sunil Kumar were among the three residents who were booked under Section 309 of the IPC.

The police lathicharged them when they pelted stones at the former and a few police officials also got injured in the process. Some residents have been booked for the same.

SDM Gurmeet Singh came to pacifiy the agitators but they relented.

The agitators said earlier they were giving Rs 700 as instalment on the Ashiana flat and the same has now been made over double the amount. A huge police force was deployed on the premises. — TNS



Chandigarh votes 2014
BJP ticket contenders camp in Delhi
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
The race to secure the BJP ticket for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha (LS) seat has reached Delhi.

As BJP is likely to release the first list of its LS candidates on February 27, three top contenders for the ticket, namely state president Sanjay Tandon, former city MP and BJP national chairman of the Committee on Legal and Election Commission Issues Satya Pal Jain and former Union minister Harmohan Dhawan, have now camped in Delhi.

For the last two-three days, they are lobbying hard and busy impressing senior BJP leaders to make sure that they get the BJP ticket.

Recently, the BJP had carried out a survey in Chandigarh to ascertain the popularity of these three leaders. Besides, the BJP had also sought the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) viewpoint on the three contenders.

In Chandigarh, the BJP is divided into three groups headed by Tandon, Jain and Dhawan. The three senior leaders are organising separate functions, campaigns, meetings etc without intimating each other. They have even set up separate media cells.

The BJP has authorised Aarti Mehra, the party’s national secretary and the in-charge of the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, and Ajay Jamwal, general secretary of the organisation, to recommend the names for the seat to the party high command.

BSP supporters burn an effigy of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
BSP supporters burn an effigy of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

BSP workers burn Narendra Modi’s effigy

A day after BJP workers burnt an effigy of the BSP candidate for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, Jannat Jahan, BSP workers today burnt an effigy of the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in front of the saffron party’s office in Sector 33.

BSP general secretary Sanjeev Babbar accused the BJP of playing dirty politics. He said Jannat Jahan, who was also a BSP councillor, brought development projects to Hallo Majra. “After all her good deeds for the society, the BJP played petty politics by burning our candidate’s effigy,” Babbar said, adding that they burnt an effigy of Modi only to display their anger against the saffron party.



Elections on mind, BJP councillors ‘sideline’ Mayor
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
With the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on mind, the BJP councillors have started ‘sidelining’ the Mayor, who is also a Congress councillor, during inauguration of MC projects falling in their respective wards.

Recently, BJP councillors inaugurated five projects like community centre, fountain and food stall, on their own.

Sources said BJP councillors did not want the Mayor to take credit for projects falling in their ward.

A senior BJP leader said if they would invite the Mayor at the inauguration functions, he would only praise the sitting Congress MP, Pawan Kumar Bansal, rather than lauding the efforts of the area councillor. As the Congress was also trying to take credit for every development work taking place in the wards represented by its councillors, there was nothing wrong if the BJP councillors themselves inaugurated the projects in their wards, he said.

The sources revealed that to counter the BJP councillors’ strategy, the Congress was planning to inaugurate some projects before the election code of conduct comes into force.

BJP-backed deputy Mayor Davesh Moudgil had recently inaugurated the Food Street in Sector 48, which will cater to the residents of southern sectors. Before that, Moudgil had inaugurated a fountain in the Industrial Area Phase II, which too falls under the Ward No. 21 represented by him.

Earlier this month, inauguration of three projects at Mauli Jagran and Vikas Nagar, which fall under the ward represented by BJP councillor Rajinder Kaur, had courted a controversy as the projects were inaugurated by the BJP councillor and residents of the ward a day before these were to be inaugurated by Mayor Harphool Kalyan.

It is unfortunate that BJP councillors were lowering the dignity of the Mayor’s seat by inaugurating projects on their own. The BJP has converted the Municipal Corporation into a political ground. It should keep away politics from the civic body and should respect the Mayor, who is the first citizen of the city.
—Mukesh bassi, Congress councillor

Before inaugurating the projects in my ward, I had officially put up a note before the MC officials and only after obtaining the approval, I inaugurated the projects. What is wrong in it? I am the councillor of the ward and the Deputy Mayor.
—Davesh Moudgil, Deputy Mayor & BJP councillor



Typhoid: Five of 9 blood samples test positive
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 25
Five of the nine blood samples of those who were taken ill due to contaminated water supply at the Haryana Employees Welfare Society at Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, Panchkula, have tested positive for typhoid.

The reports were out today following which the hospital authorities visited the spot again and provided medical treatment to the patients.

"Five samples have tested positive for typhoid, clearly due to contaminated water supplied to the society,” said Chief Medical Officer (CMO) VK Bansal.

The blood samples were taken in order to confirm that there was a typhoid outbreak in the area due to supply of contaminated water.

The society courted controversy when a girl died and over 20 residents had taken ill. "Even today, our doctors stayed in the area from 10 am to 1 pm and examined the patients," said Bansal. He added, "As many as 17 persons were checked. Of them, four were already taking treatment for typhoid from private hospitals while some others were running a mild fever and are being given medication."

"A senior officer of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), who was present there, said he would immediately get the pipelines changed," said Bansal.

Earlier, the HUDA had claimed that the water supplied to the society had passed the portability test. It was found that some of the residents in the society had converted a part of the balcony into toilet, which led to the mixing of fresh water with that of sewer pipeline.

The CMO advised the residents to boil water used for consumption purpose.



MC mulls auto stands in city
Proposal to be tabled at Finance and Contract Committee meeting today
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
To check the haphazard parking of auto-rickshaws that cause chaos on the roads, the Municipal Corporation (MC) is mulling to set up designated auto stands in each sector similar to taxi stands.

Randomly parked autos can be seen in Sectors 15, 17, 22, 23, 26, 27, 30, 32, 32, 34, 35, 37, 40, 45 etc.

Civic body officials said today that auto-rickshaws parked in every nook and corner of sectors caused traffic jams, following which a proposal — to have designated auto stands — had been mooted.

Congress councillor Pardeep Chhabra, who has proposed the move, said, “Autos are haphazardly parked in markets and on the roads. By allotting space, public areas will be decongested.”

“Designated auto stands will benefit commuters as a record of all drivers will be maintained. In case of any untoward incident, passengers can identify the auto driver,” said Chhabra.

The proposal will be tabled in the meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC), scheduled for Wednesday.

MC officials said once the F&CC accords its consent to the proposal, a policy would be drafted for the regularisation of auto stands across the city.

“In the last few years, illegal auto stands have come up in various parts of the city. These will be regularised,” they added.

Lauding the move, Sanjiv Singh, a resident of Sector 19, said, “The designated auto stands will certainly help in regulating the flow of traffic, which gets disrupted due to autos parked on the roads.” 



ADC Tanvi Garg indispensable for UT Admn?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
It seems that Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Tanvi Garg is indispensable for the Chandigarh Administration.

Citing instructions of the Election Commission regarding posting of officials in their home district, the UT’s personnel department, in a communication to the UT’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO)-cum-Home Secretary, has sought continuation of the 2009-batch UT-cadre officer in Chandigarh as no election-related work would be given to her.

The UT cadre officer, who also holds the charge of SDM (Central), belongs to Chandigarh.

Requesting the CEO to take up the matter with the Election Commission, the communication states that she would continue to hold the charges of CITCO managing director, Additional Labour Commissioner, Additional Director, Food and Supplies, Additional Commissioner, Excise and Taxation, and Director, Tourism.

Interestingly, the work of the Excise Department is related to elections as a number of complaints related to distribution of liquor to lure voters keep coming in.

It has been further proposed that the charges of the Additional District Magistrate and the SDM (Central) be assigned to other officers.

However, the official communication is silent about the guidelines pertaining to the officers who have completed three years of service in the present place of posting.

The 2009-batch officer has been posted in Chandigarh since August 2009.

Incidentally, the additional home secretary, Prerna Puri, has been in the city since 2006.

Different set of rules

In the same communication, the personnel department has highlighted that while Chandigarh was the home district of TPS Phoolka, Director, Transport, MM Sabharwal, Director Public Relations, is due for superannuation in April 2014 and Rahul Gupta, assistant estate officer, has completed three years in Chandigarh. Some of the UT-cadre officers in Chandigarh have completed more than four years of service. This is in violation of the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Personnel and Training.



PUDA XENs prefer demotion for better wages!
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 25
In an interesting move, certain executive engineers of the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) showed their readiness to get demotion from their current post to that of sub-divisional officer.

The reason for the same is several SDOs have been getting more wages than these executive engineers, about five in number.

"Despite our repeated reminders, the authorities are doing nothing in this regard for the past two years. Now, we are going to request them to demote us as SDOs," said one of the executive engineers on the condition of anonymity while talking to Chandigarh Tribune.

Giving details, the officials said as per rules, the SDOs have to be placed in the pay scale of executive engineer and then in the scale of superintending engineer (SE) after nine and 14 years, respectively, of their service on the post (SDO), if they did not get promotions.

Those SDOs, who get promotion as executive engineer, do not get the pay scale of the SE, even after completion of the 14 years' length of service in question.

"As our junior SDOs, who did not get promotion as executive engineers, have been placed in SE scales, we (the executive engineers) are being deprived from the upper scale even after completion of 14 years. This way, the pay scale of these SDOs is around Rs 25,000 more than that of us now," said the executive engineers.

"Though we were given promotions, we have been suffering a big financial loss," they claimed.

During a random check in other departments, including the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, and the Punjab Works Department, it was found that there were no such anomalies between the two posts.

"Even the Chief Engineer of the PWD, Patiala, had sent a communiqué to the PUDA authorities last year to give the SE pay scale to us but the instructions are yet to be followed," claimed the executive engineers.



Tobacco products to cost more in Chandigarh
Admn hikes VAT from 12.5% to 20%
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
A few days after Punjab reduced the value added tax (VAT) on tobacco products, inviting criticism from several quarters, the Chandigarh Administration has increased VAT on tobacco products.

"We have got the UT Administrator's approval in this regard," said a senior official of the UT.

The UT has increased VAT from 12.5 per cent to 20 per cent, bringing it almost on a par with that in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab. Himachal Pradesh has the highest VAT of 36 per cent on cigarettes.

Sources said since VAT on tobacco products in the UT was less, these products were being smuggled to neighbouring states. "This was resulting in a loss of revenue to the neighbouring states," said an official of the Excise Department.

Punjab had hiked VAT on cigarettes from 22.5 per cent to 55 per cent on April 1, 2013. However, this year the state withdrew the sin tax on cigarettes, bringing VAT down from 55 per cent to 22.5 per cent. The state reverted to the old system of imposing 20 per cent VAT plus 10 per cent surcharge.

According to excise officials, major cigarette brands had increased their supply to Chandigarh and reduced it for Punjab areas, giving rise to illegal trade.



Suspected cases from Balongi test negative
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 25
Fears that fresh cases of typhoid have surfaced in Balongi village turned out to be unfounded as the Civil Hospital here reported that the medical reports of the examinees have been “negative”.

Senior Medical Officer (SMP) Dr Andesh Kang, the in-charge of the hospital, today said very few suspected cases of typhoid had come to the hospital since February 15. The health authorities were able to contain the outbreak in time, she added.

Dr Kang said two patients suspected to be down with typhoid were admitted to the hospital . While 12-year-old Sangeeta was from Balongi, Sona was a resident of Badmajra village. Initial tests on both the patients indicated that they could be suffering from typhoid, but the culture examination done later differed. However, Sachin from Balongi was found to be suffering from pneumonia.

She said two more patients suspected to be suffering from typhoid were admitted but they were not from Balongi. However, their medical reports also turned out to be negative.

The SMO said another medical camp would be held in Balongi tomorrow where the blood samples of suspected patients would be taken. They would also be given th necessary medicines, she added.

Civil Surgeon Rajiv Bhalla said eight water samples were collected from the village after the outbreak and all of these had failed the potability test. While some of these samples were obtained from hand pumps, others were from taps.

Bhalla said since February 2, 24 cases of hepatitis A, 13 of hepatitis E and 50 of typhoid had been reported from Balongi village.

There was an outbreak of typhoid and hepatitis in the village on February 2. At least 20 suspected cases, including two women and seven children, were admitted to the Civil Hospital then.



No takers for Sec 22 parking lot
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
The auction of the semi-automatic parking lot in Sector 22-B, opposite the ISBT-17, turned out to be a futile exercise, as the Municipal Corporation (MC) did not receive even a single bid for the contract.

While the MC officials maintained that lesser publicity of the auction was the reason for it, the paid-parking contractors in the city claimed that the deadlock between the MC and them over charging of service tax from customers led to the boycott of the auction.

The reserve price for the contract was Rs 19.31 lakh.

Tejinder Singh, supervisor of Sahib Singh parking lot in Sector 17, said the MC had not agreed to their demand of allowing them to charge service tax from customers. “The 12.36-per cent tax is being deducted from the securities deposited with the MC, which is wrong,” he added.

Gurtinder Singh, a contractor running paid-parking in various sectors, said since the MC was levying service tax on contactors, the auction was boycotted. “It is clear that the service tax has to be charged from the customer. However, we are paying it since 2012,” he stated.

Gurtinder said they had demanded that if the MC wanted to charge the service tax from contractors then it should revise the parking rates. However, the authorities have failed to meet their demand, he added.

Sudhir Narang, sub-divisional engineer (Headquarters), said the potential bidders were not aware of the auction as it was not widely publicised. “We will re-tender the auction and invite bids again,” he added.

Paid-parking contractors claimed that they were planning to surrender the parking contracts if the MC did not allow them to charge service tax from customers.



New MS at GMSH-16

Chandigarh, February 25
Dr Vandana Gupta, a Haryana-cadre officer, took over as the medical superintendent (MS) of Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, today.

A gynaecologist, Dr Gupta was earlier posted at the office of Haryana Director Health Service, Panchkula.

Dr Satbir was given the officiating charge of the post after Dr Rajiv Vadehra's was relieved in January this year. Dr Vadehra, who is a Haryana cadre officer too, was promoted as the Director, Health Services, Haryana. — TNS



Trolley hits level crossing gate; trains on Kurukshetra-Ambala route delayed 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
Hundreds of passengers had a harrowing time today morning as rail traffic was disrupted due to a mishap on the Kurukshetra-Ambala railway track.

Officials said a trolley had rammed into the gate of a level crossing on the route at 8am, following which all trains were delayed.

The morning New Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi — scheduled to arrive at the Chandigarh Railway Station at 11:05 am — was delayed by one-and-a-half hour and reached at 12:30 pm.

The Himalayan Queen was delayed by two hours. The train — expected to arrive at 10:25 am at the railway station — reached at 12:25 pm.

Officials said the track was cleared in two hours after the accident. 


To cater to passenger rush during Holi, the Northern Railway will start two special trains from the first week of March.

From March 6 to 27, the 04504 Chandigarh-Varanasi Weekly Express Holi Special train will depart from Chandigarh every Thursday at 11.15 pm, and reach Varanasi at 5.30 pm the following day. From March 7 to 28, on its return journey, the 04503 Varanasi-Chandigarh Express will depart from Varanasi every Friday at 9.10 pm, and reach Chandigarh at 2.30 pm the following day.

The train will have stoppages on both sides at Ambala Cantt, Jagadhari, Saharanpur, Moradabad, Bareilly, Lucknow and Sultanpur railway stations. — TNS



Man hurt as car hits two-wheeler
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 25
A middle-aged Army personnel sustained head injuries when a speeding car hit his two-wheeler from the rear at Phase VIII Industrial Area here today. The incident occurred at around 9.30 pm. The victim, Tara Singh, a resident of village Kumbhra, was shifted to Government Medical College Hospital, Sector 32, in a critical condition, said the police.

The Swift was speeding when its tyre burst and the driver lost control over the vehicle, thereby hitting Singh’s two-wheeler (CH01 AM 1457) from the rear. The impact of the accident was such that the car overturned. The driver fled from the spot and also took away the car’s registration number plate. The police are investigating.



Two snatchings reported from city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
Two more incidents of snatching were reported in the city in the last 24 hours.

While the mobile phone of a school student was snatched in Sector 32 last evening, another person became a victim of snatching in Manimajra last night.

In the first incident, Bhanu Priya Thakur, a student of Government Model School in Sector 32, was returning home from school when motorcycle-borne youths snatched her mobile phone and fled.

A case was registered at the Sector 34 police station.

In another incident, Manoj Kumar, a resident of Ashiana Flats, Sector 20, Panchkula, told the police that unidentified occupants of an auto-rickshaw snatched his mobile phone and bag containing documents near Jungle, Raipur Kalan, Chandigarh.

A case has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh police control room received information today that five unidentified boys in school uniform had snatched a man’s mobile phone and bag near the Government School, Sector 53.

However, the police did not find anything at the spot. No case was registered.

The police said they are investigating the case.



Slapping case: Police see video footage

Chandigarh, February 25
As part of the ongoing investigations into the allegations that a sub-inspector had slapped a Haryana police constable at the Rose Festival, the UT police are scrutinising the footage of the event.

DSP Rajesh Kalia, who has been appointed to probe the incident, said statements of both the cops had been recorded. The incident took place on Sunday evening when constable Manjeet Singh was allegedly slapped by sub-inspector Rajdeep Singh at the Rose festival. — TNS



Doc found with his wrist slit

Panchkula, February 25
The former head of the Bio-Chemistry Department, PGI, was found with a slit wrist at his residence in Mansa Devi Complex today morning. He was rushed to PGI.

Davinder Mahajan, president, Resident Welfare Association, told Chandigarh Tribune, “The doctor himself called up the police.” However, the police are yet to register a case as they have not received any communication from PGI. Panchkula DCP Ashwin Shenvi said, “PGI authorities have not provided us information in this regard. We will send our officer to get further details.” — TNS



Cleanliness drive in Maloya
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
To sensitise residents on the need to attain total sanitation, a cleanliness drive-cum-awareness campaign was held at Maloya village and colony today.

Mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan and area councillor Poonam Sharma were part of the drive. Carrying placards on the importance of cleanliness, a large number of sanitation workers also took out a rally to spread awareness among residents.



health notes
Senior citizens attend talk on andropause

As many as 100 senior citizens attended a health talk on andropause, the lesser known truth, held at Max Super Specialty Hospital (MSSH), Mohali, on Tuesday. 

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Preeti Jindal, senior consultant, obstetrics and gynaecology, MSSH, said in India about 35 per cent of the men between 40 and 80 years of age were affected by andropause, the male counterpart of the menopause that affected women. Most of them would get a shock on learning that they suffer from, or at a risk of andropause, also known as androgen deficiency in ageing males. — TNS




Parking problem in  marla houses

The occupants of the marla houses in southern sectors of Chandigarh face numerous problems in parking their cars. Triple storey marla houses have 3-4 cars whereas only one car can be parked inside the house. The spillover is adjusted outside the house using the available space on the footpath and on the edge of the road or inside the park. The fight for parking space is quite common due to the non-availability of space. To increase the parking space, efforts should be made to utilise the area available adjacent to the boundary wall and the road. Many landlords have paved the available space for parking the vehicles but some owners still insist on maintaining a small garden near the boundary wall. The garden on the corner houses with tall hedges obstructs the view of the moving traffic causing avoidable accidents. Since the land beyond the boundary wall belongs to the state, the Chandigarh Administration should review the existing policy and issue guidelines for the removal of small gardens. so that the space between the boundary wall and the road can be utilised for parking vehicles.

Wg Cdr JS Bhalla (Retd), Chandigarh

Rotate civic body’s anti-encroachment staff

The manpower with the civic body is sufficient provided they act efficiently and honestly. All spaces like verandahs, parking areas and parks have been encroached upon by shop owners in connivance with the civic body officials. There are a numbers of food joints/ vegetable/ servicepoints in each sector. The anti-encroachment staff with blue canter roams around but do nothing. Sometimes, a few items are confiscated for the sake of record only. The civic body vehicles engaged in such task should have CCTVs and GPS operated under the supervision of a senior officer. The anti-encroachment staff should be rotated to keep away vested interests. The root cause of this menace is corruption for which India is known the world over.

KC Rana, Chandigarh



Business News
Youth interested in purchase process

Titan Company’s Paradox Panel, a think tank convened to research, debate and develop insights into India's 21-35 year olds, has revealed that the young generation was not just interested in purchase but the whole stage of purchase process. According to a report, with 89 per cent of the Indian millennials researching online before making a purchase, and 74 per cent of believing that they influence the buying decisions of others, the entire consumption process has become an opportunity to enhance profile and status - from research to post-purchase.

Industrial training

A CMC academy was established at Mohali which will provide an opportunity to BTech/BE, MCA, BCA, diploma and even 10+2 pass students to enhance their skills and get practical knowledge through industrial training. After the inaugural event job aspirants made use of the opportunity to interact with industry experts about the courses on offer. The training will be given through three-month short term and diploma courses. - TNS



NSUI members lock gate of VC's office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
Protesting against the decision of the authorities to allow the Student Organisation of India (SOI) to put up the banners of a star nite on the campus, members of the National Student Union of India (NSUI) locked the gate of the Vice-Chancellor's office when he refused to meet them.

The police arrested the students, but later released them after giving a warning.

Navdeep Goyal, Dean Student Welfare, PU, said after the protest of the students, orders were issued to remove the banners from the campus put up by the SOI.

The students objected to the decision of the Vice-Chancellor to allow the political party to campaign on the campus in the name of an anti-drug campaign.

NSUI college chairman Hardeep Singh Laalli expressed surprise as to how the authorities could give permission to the mastermind of the international drug racket to be the chief guest of the anti-drug campaign? He said tomorrow would be a black day in the history of the university.

Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) president Chandan Rana said how the Vice-Chancellor could grant the permission in the name of the PUCSC without taking its president into confidence?

He said during the Senate meeting held in April last year, the decision was taken that only the PUCSC could organise a function in the open.

The students complained that no official turned up to meet them during the protest. The Vice-Chancellor also did not meet the students and went out from the back gate.



Panjab varsity declares date sheet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 25
Panjab University has declared the date sheet for undergraduate (UG) practical examinations. The undergraduate practical examinations would commence from March 10.

The university today uploaded the date sheet on its website http://exams.puchd.ac.in/datesheet.php.

The practical examinations will be followed by the compartment examinations in the last week of March. 



Prize distribution function

Chandigarh: Sri Guru Gobind School Collegiate Public School organised its annual prize distribution function with enthusiasm and zeal. DPI (Schools) Kamlesh Kumar graced the occasion as the chief guest. Kamlesh Kumar motivated the students to work hard. He distributed prizes among the students who excelled in different activities. “Falcon”, a souvenir of the school, was also released on the occasion. The students presented a cultural programme comprising dances, skit and songs. Jaswinder Kaur, director of the school, presented the vote of thanks. Principal Dr Jodh Singh read the annual report highlighting the achievements of the school in academics as well as sports and other co-curricular activities.

Sports day celebrated

Sports Day was celebrated with fervour at Government Model High School, Sector 26. Students of all age groups took part in various events. Among all athletic events, slow cycling and leg-tying race were also organised for the students. Prizes were distributed among the winners.

Counselling session

Counsellors Abdul Bashir and Avinash Singh from IILM-Delhi held a counselling session for the students of Class XII at Banyan Tree School. The counsellors acquainted the students with the infrastructure, latest courses, special offers for meritorious students and various branches of the IILM located across the country through lectures, discussions and visual slides. The students were told not to go with the trend but to choose a career according to their strength and aptitude.

World Thinking Day

World Thinking Day was celebrated with students of Scouts and Guides at GSSS, Mani Majra town. The programme was started with prayer, followed by flag hoisting by the group leader, scout master and guide captain. A poster-making and essay-writing competition was also organised on the occasion. The principal of the school distributed prizes among the winners. Refreshment was also given to all Scouts and Guides.

Science quiz contest

A science quiz and an essay-writing competition for the popularisation of science was held at GMSSS 20, Chandigarh. It was sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology. Principal Nirmal Singh and vice-principal Ranjana Khosla encouraged the students to show their maximum participation in scientific events for critical thinking and logical reasoning. About 560 students from Classes III to X participated in the science quiz and about 150 students from Classes VII to X took part in the essay-writing competition.

Storytelling competition

A storytelling competition was held at AKSIPS 41 Smart School to enhance the speaking skills of students. The students of Class III participated 
with enthusiasm. The students narrated stories using beautiful props and conveyed a moral message, like “union is strength” and “honesty is the best policy”.

Inter-branch volleyball

The staff team of St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh, clinched the title by defeating the opponents in an inter-branch volleyball tournament organised at St Xavier's High School, Mohali, on February 24. Teams from Xavier’s, Mohali, Panchkula and Chandigarh, took part. Georgina Roy, principal, St Xavier’s Higher Secondary School, Mohali, gave away the trophy to the winning team. The winning team members included Madan Tiwari (captain), Bhupinder Gosain, Tarun Gusain, Chandan S. Patwal (vice-principal, Chandigarh), Pritam Rawat, Narendar Rauthan, Ronald John and Prabhjeet Singh.

Tiny tots display talent

Mohali: A colourful event named “The Tiny Show” was presented by the tiny tots of Pre-Nursery and Nursery at Shishu Niketan. The motive of the show was to give an opportunity to each and every child to display his talent. The students displayed a great amount of confidence. — TNS



FROM colleges
Two-day lecture series

Chandigarh: The Economics Department of GGDSD College, Sector 32, organised a two-day lecture series on “changing business objectives demand analysis and fiscal policy”. Prof Manoj Kumar Sharma, a professor from University Business School, Panjab University, graced the occasion. Prof Sharma, in his opening statement, put forth various questions to the students as to why the so-called known businessmen of the past were almost nonexistent today. The reasons, he said, were the changing trends in the objectives of companies. He also talked about the changing political economic and technological philosophies and how they had influenced the socio cultural and economic objectives of the companies.

Volunteers donate blood at a camp organised by the NSS unit of DAV College, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Volunteers donate blood at a camp organised by the NSS unit of DAV College, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Blood donation camp

The NSS Wing of DAV College, Sector 10, organised a blood donation camp on the college premises here on Tuesday. The camp was organised in association with the Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh. Around 109 units of blood were collected by the PGI team. UT Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shayin was the chief guest. He praised the work being done by the NSS units. Principal Josan appreciated the blood donors. Josan said very drop of blood was precious and should be optimally utilised for the ailing patents. A large number of faculty members, students and staff of DAV College donated blood.

Inter-college competitions

The Department of Computer Applications of Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, here, organised “TECH-ZEAL 2K14”, a kaleidoscope of inter-college competitions. The fest was inaugurated by Prerna Puri Wasu, Secretary IT, UT Administration. She motivated the students to expand their limits, work with passion and find allies instead of admirers. More than 300 students from around 20 colleges of the region participated in the event. Achila Dogra, principal of the college, distributed prizes among the winners. The principal also congratulated the Department of Computer Applications of the college for organising the event. Achila said the technical skills of the students of this generation would definitely make them successful in the appropriate career options of their choice. - TNS



189 students get placements
Tribune News Service

A job fest in progress at DAV College, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
A job fest in progress at DAV College, Sector 10, in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, February 25
As many as 189 students were selected by various companies during a job fair at DAV College, Sector 10, here. Around 688 students from various colleges and institutions took part in the event.

The Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, DAV College, organised the fair in coordination with the National Institute of Information Technology on the college campus here today.

After several rounds of written tests and interviews, 189 students were selected by various companies.

Various companies, including NIIT Technologies, IFBI, ICICI, IMark InfoTech, WEBNSEO and AON Hewitt, took part in the job fair. It was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Shayin, IAS.

Shayin applauded the effort of the college for providing an excellent platform to the students looking for jobs. He stressed the need for organising more such events by other institutions as well. 



437 shortlisted during job fest
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 25
As many as 437 candidates were shortlisted by different companies at the 17th Aryans Job Fest here today.

Around 100 companies participated in the job fest organised by the Aryans Group of Colleges, Chandigarh, on the campus. More than 3,000 candidates turned up at the fest.

Dr Anshu Kataria, chairman, Aryans Group of Colleges, inaugurated the event.

A total of 437 candidates shortlisted for different profiles were offered packages ranging from Rs 1.2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh per annum. There were many students who were able to secure more than one offer letter.

Tejinder Kaur, TPO, Aryans Group, said students of various universities and colleges attended the fest. The candidates were not only from Punjab but also from Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh.

Dr Kataria said in India, the unemployment rate was increasing by leaps and bounds. Lack of opportunities gave rise to employment. To handle these issues, holding such job fests was a necessity. He thanked the corporate India for recruiting candidates in the period of unemployment.



PU  notes
Colloquium held

Chandigarh: The promotion of the English language and dissemination of knowledge gave rise to renaissance in India - the cradle of ideas of freedom. This was stated by Prof Ronki Ram, honorary director, ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre, and Dean, Faculty of Arts, Panjab University (PU), in his talk at the PU colloquium here on Tuesday. PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover presided over the colloquium. Prof Ronki Ram said the English had decided not to repeat the blunder that snatched the reins of rule from them in the continent of America. Thus, in the beginning they refrained from introducing English education in India lest it encourage growth of nationalism among Indians. It was the reason that they followed the policy of promoting indigenous system of education.

Book on ghazals released

A collection of ghazals written by Canadian scientist-poet Baldev Seehra was released on Tuesday at Panjab University. The collection was released by the Dean Alumni Relations, Professor Neelam Grover. Seehra is currently a specialist of pests’ management and working as the occupational health and safety officer in Vancouver, Canada. His earlier collection of poems entitled “Adhurey Khaab” was published in 2010. — TNS



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