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Civil Services Exam
City doctor bags 14th rank
Four from tricity placed among top 100 successful candidates in country
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
City doctors have bagged the two top positions in the tricity in the Civil Services examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, the results of which were declared today. Four students from the tricity have found a place among the top 100 successful candidates.

Dr Vipin Itankar Vithoba, a demonstrator in the forensic medical department at the GMCH, Sector 32, has bagged the 14th rank, followed by Dr Nipun Jindal, a senior resident in the orthopaedic department in the GMCH, Sector 32, who has bagged the 29th position in the country.

Dr Vipin, who has made it in the fourth attempt, said he was fond of studies and looked forward to a lot of opportunities in this career. He said he used to study for 18 to 20 hours for his medical exams and did not face any problem while preparing for the Civil Services exam.

Dr Nipun said he saw wider opportunities in the Civil Services as compared to his present profession. He said the medical studies gave him a platform for preparing for the Civil Services as he took medical science for his Mains, which helped him score well in the exam.

Two other candidates, who had joined the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) after clearing the Civil Services exam last year, managed to come among the top 100 successful candidates this time.

Jalaj Sharma, Assistant Commissioner, Customs, Excise and Taxation Department, Mysore, has bagged the third position in the tricity and has been placed 43rd in the country. This was his second attempt. Last year, he had bagged the 410th rank and got the IRS.

Another candidate, Aanchal Sood, who is under training in Nagpur for the IRS, has bagged the 61st rank in the country this year. In her first attempt, she had bagged the 184th rank last year.

Children of three Haryana and Punjab IAS and IPS officers have been able to clear the exam this time.

Amit Goyal, son of Samat Goyal, Punjab DGP, who is posted in the RAW, London, has bagged the 137th rank; Haryana ADGP, CID, Liak Ram Dabas’ son Sudeep Dabas has got the 338th rank and Haryana IAS officer Ram Niwas’ daughter Taranum has bagged the 357th rank, while his son Arsh has got the 454th rank in the exam in the country.



Sector 17 fire
Withdraw occupation certificate of adjoining building: MC to Estate Office
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
As the adjoining building (SCOs 117-118) is under an immediate serious threat after (SCOs 114-116), from where the NIELIT was operating, collapsed on June 8, the Municipal Corporation (MC) has now written to the UT Estate Office to withdraw the occupation certificate of the adjoining building for safety reasons.

1 A damaged pillar of the building adjoining the collapsed NIELIT structure; 2 a gaping hole in the wall; and 3 damaged iron bars that pose a threat to it.
1 A damaged pillar of the building adjoining the collapsed NIELIT structure; 2 a gaping hole in the wall; and 3 damaged iron bars that pose a threat to it. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

The decision was taken after getting reports from engineers of the UT Administration, MC and Dr IC Sayal, former head of Punjab Engineering College’s structural engineering department and adviser of the MC’s engineering wing.

In these reports, it was mentioned that the adjoining building is under an immediate serious threat as the building, which had collapsed on June 8, was part of a cluster of buildings, with every building connected with each other. Pillars, iron rods and other iron material of the adjoining building have been damaged. Besides, the concrete of the building has also fallen apart, the reports pointed out.

MC Commissioner Vivek Partap Singh said the reports had highlighted that entering the building was fraught with risk. They had recommended that all safety measures should be followed before allowing any kind of activity in the adjoining building. Till that time, the occupation certificate should be withdrawn, he suggested. ADC Tanvi Garg said officials of the Estate Office would act on the basis of the building bylaws and in the coming days, the Assistant Estate Officer will take a decision in this regard.

Harpal Singh Ranota, co-owner of SCO 117-118, said as there were more partners in this building, they would decide their future course of action in a day or two.

He said they were in a complex situation as tenants of the buildings wanted to start their work, but the Administration had said the building was unsafe.

They were yet to decide whether to repair the building or construct it afresh, but as the building was not insured, they would have to face a loss of crores or rupees, he said.

Admn declares other buildings safe

The UT Administration has revoked Section 144 of the CrPC imposed on the other buildings in the row of the NIELIT in Sector 17, which collapsed after a major fire broke out on June 8. However, the restriction will continue on the NIELIT and the adjoining building, which has been declared unsafe. The order, however, does not apply to police, para-military, military persons or any other government servant on official duty.

5 lakh litres of water sprayed, may weaken holding capacity of soil

So far, around five lakh litres of water has been sprayed on the simmering debris, which is not being removed in a bid to ensure that the adjoining building does not suffer major damage. Experts said water was not being drained out from the site, which was seeping in the ground. The water would weaken the holding capacity of the soil, which could further result in the collapse of the adjoining building.



After brawl with husband, woman drowns baby girl
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 12
In a gruesome murder, a five-month-old baby girl was thrown into a village pond by her mother after she had a brawl with her husband in the Kherawala village area in Panchkula this evening. Villagers tried to save the child, Nika, but did not succeed.

Her mother, Ruby, has been arrested on a charge of murder.

According to the police, Ruby had a brawl with her husband Sukhram over some trivial issue. The couple has two daughters, one of whom is in Bihar with her grandmother at their native place, for the vacation.

“During the brawl, Sukhram said he would leave Ruby and go back to his native village in Bihar with Nika. Ruby got furious and took the child and threw her in the village pond,” said a police official.

As soon as Sukhram saw Ruby going towards the pond, he rushed behind, but by that time, she had already thrown the child into the pond. A priest in a nearby temple saw Ruby throw the child. He raised the alarm following which villagers came and jumped into the pond to save the child, but it was too late by then.

The police reached the spot and arrested Ruby. A case under Section 302 (murder) has been registered against Ruby at the Pinjore police station. 



Night clubs to serve soccer action
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
Beat everything — power cuts at home or unusual timing of matches, local soccer lovers can witness the FIFA World Cup matches on big screens here.

With the Indian Standard Time (IST) ahead of Brasilia time, owners of local hotels are planning to record the matches to be played after 12 am and play these on big screens the next day. They have also decided to show the live matches, scheduled for 9.30 pm, on big screens. There are 47 matches in the group stage that will be telecast on different timings (seven matches at 1.30 am, 18 matches at 9.30 pm, 12 matches at 12.30 am, 10 matches at 3.30 am and one match at 6.30 am). The opening ceremony is scheduled for late tonight and Brazil will face Croatia in the first match. The final of the World Cup is scheduled for July 14 (12.30 am).

“We have decided to record the matches to be played after 12.30 am and play these on a big screen the next day. This will give our customers a chance to witness all matches while enjoying beverages and food at our restaurant,” said Tapan Singh, Chief Operating Officer of Underdoggs sports bar. He said the restaurant will reflect the “soccer colour” with team jerseys, footballs, team flags and special menu for the spectators.

Some leading night clubs in the city will show all matches scheduled for 9.30 pm. Blue Blazer, Sector 26, and 10 Downing Street, Industrial Area, are also planning to show the matches on big screens. “We have projectors and we will show all matches to be played before 12 am live in our club. Once the group stage is over, we will seek permission to show live matches after 12 am. I hope we will receive a good rush,” said Sanjay, manager of Blue Blazer.

“We are planning to show these matches, but only on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The plan is yet to get the green light from the management,” said Savtantar, assistant manager of 10 Downing Street, Industrial Area.

No bar to remain open after stipulated time
"No bar and restaurant has been given permission to serve liquor and remain open beyond 1 am. According to an order of the Deputy Commissioner, no bar or restaurant will be allowed to function after the stipulated time" —
Ashok, Excise and taxation officer


Sector-17 building collapse
MC to propose job for victims’ kin
Agenda to come up in next House meeting; all political parties united on the issue
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) will propose compensatory job and monetary compensation for the dependents of airman Ravinder Kumar (46) and MC fireman Amandeep (30), who died in the Sector 17 fire incident on June 8.

The agenda in this regard will come up for discussion in the next House meeting.

MC Commissioner Vivek Partap Singh said in the next House meeting, they would bring the agenda for monetary compensation and a job for the victims’ kin. The MC would also request the UT Administration not to include the compensatory jobs under the 5 per cent job quota given on compassionate grounds, he said.

Mayor Harphool Kalyan said the civic body would provide every possible help to the deceased’s family members. He said he would ensure that councillors of all the parties support the agenda.

Congress councillor Mukesh Bassi said his party would support the proposal. Bassi said they sympathise with the victims’ families. The Congress would also demand that the MC should make a policy to deal with such cases in future, he added.

The leader of Opposition in the MC, Arun Sood, said the BJP-SAD alliance had already demanded a job and compensation for the family members of each victim. Besides, they would also propose a group insurance for the firemen in the Fire Department, who put their lives at risk.

Job for kin of firefighter who died in 2008

The MC will also propose to provide a job on compensatory ground to a family member of Amarjeet Singh (44), a firefighter who died while dousing fire at a house in Sector 22 in 2008. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Although the family was given a compensation of Rs 3 lakh, they are still awaiting a job.

MC Commissioner Vivek Partap Singh said they would once again propose a job for Amarjeet’s family member.

Job for victim fireman’s kin doubtful?

While the MC will propose jobs for the family members of the Sector 17 fire incident victims, it would be difficult to provide job to a family member of Ravinder, one of the victims, as he was employed with the Air Force. Ravinder’s family members have also demanded a compensatory job from the Chandigarh Air Force station.



Nod for comprehensive cancer care centre at PGI
Centre to help end shuttling of patients between super-specialities
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
To save patients from shuttling between various super-specialities involved in cancer care, the PGIMER’s Academic Committee has approved the setting up of a comprehensive cancer care and research centre.

Even as the PGIMER is currently recognised as a regional cancer centre, offering treatment to 40,000 cancer patients and involving a number of super-specialities for complete treatment, the departments are scattered as well as burdened with other responsibilities.

The PGIMER registers 5,000 new cancer cases every year, while its capacity is limited to 3,000. The figure is expected to reach 10,000 by the year 2020.

The comprehensive cancer care and research centre will bring different specialities — surgery, oncology, radiotherapy, paediatrics, gynaecology, neurosurgery, internal medicine and ENT –- all under one roof. The centre will also offer teaching and research.

The decision was recently taken at a meeting of the PGIMER’s Standing Academic Committee.

“The PGIMER cancer centre needs to have its own building, outdoor and operating facilities. It will also have teaching facilities to produce trained manpower for different specialities of oncology. The centre will also be involved in the research of various aspects of cancer and its treatment,” the committee noted in its report.

The proposal will now seek a final approval and grant from the governing body chaired by Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan. The meeting is expected to be scheduled in August this year. A detailed five-year plan with year-wise development of the cancer centre has also been presented in the proposal.

Patients at receiving end

Sample this: A patient diagnosed with multiple myeloma (blood cancer) first goes to the Internal Medicine Department, then undergoes bone marrow transplant and is referred to the Haematology Department. He follows up on medicines.

A patient diagnosed with breast cancer first goes to the General Surgery Department and is then recommended mammography in the Radio-Diagnosis Department. The surgery date gets prolonged due to the waiting list. Post-surgery, the patient follows up in the Radiotherapy Department.

All these departments are isolated and spread out across 277 acres on the PGIMER campus. 

Facilities to be provided at cancer centre

Patient care

Medical oncology, bone marrow transplant, paediatric oncology (for children), palliative care (for patients at end-stage cancer), preventive oncology (early detection), psycho-social counselling (motivation of cancer patients), anaesthesia, CT scan and MRI, laboratories (biopsy), tumour registry, day-care facility.

Teaching and training

MD Radiotherapy, palliative care, DM Radiotherapy, medical oncology, clinical haematology, MCh-surgical oncology, PhD courses and researches in all courses.



Dehydration, lack of hygiene up diarrhoea cases in region
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
Dehydration and lack of hygiene has led to a spurt in diarrhoea cases in the region with 10-12 new cases reporting everyday at the PGIMER emergency.

PGI experts said in India, one diarrhoea death was occurring among children every minute these days. “Two days ago, we received a two-month-old baby suffering from extreme dehydration. Parents need to be careful about maintaining hygiene at home,” said Dr BR Thapa, Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology, PGIMER.

Recommended homemade fluids are lime water, rice water, lassi, dal water, coconut water and a solution prepared by adding two finger pinch salt and a tea spoonful of sugar to 200 ml of water.

Precautionary measures

* Acute diarrhoea is a preventable disease. Administration of homemade fluids/ORS can prevent dehydration. This is possible if parents are aware of the causes and precautions for the disease.

* Exclusive breast feeding till six months of birth reduces diarrhoea-related mortality.

* Vitamin A supplements can prevent the diarrhoeal episode.

* Domestic measures like maintenance of personal hygiene, proper storage of water, proper disposal of excreta and waste of the house can prevent diarrhoea.

* Washing hands with soap and water is very important.

* Food handler’s hygiene is also very important to check the occurrence of diarrhoea.

* Water should be stored in clean containers having small mouth with tap to dispense water.



Narrow escape for passengers as buses collide

Chandigarh, June 12
Scores of passengers had a narrow escape as a Mercedez Benz bus and a Punjab Roadways bus collided in Sector 43 here today.

The mishap occurred at around 9.45 am near the Sector 43 roundabout when the Mercedez Benz bus, which was going towards the fuel station, had to apply brakes as an auto-rickshaw ahead stopped abruptly. The Punjab Roadways bus (PB-32-8561) behind the Mercedez bus rammed into it.

Four passengers of the Punjab Roadways bus and both bus drivers sustained injuries and were rushed to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16 from where they were discharged after first-aid.

“The mishap occurred after the auto driver suddenly applied brakes. No case has been registered as the drivers of the buses have reached a compromise and gave us in writing that they did not want to pursue the matter,” said Inspector Bhupinder Singh, SHO, Sector 36 police station. — TNS



Three-day course
Police, law instructors sensitised to child rights
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
A three-day training of trainers (ToT) course on ‘juvenile justice system’ for police officers/law instructors of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, conducted by the UT police, concluded at the Institute of Correctional Administration, Sector 26, here today.

The programme, attended by 50 officers, aimed at sensitising the officers to child rights and make them aware of the provisions and their role under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000. The participants were apprised of the role of the police in implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act,and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

Dr KP Singh, ADG Police (Reforms), Haryana, Mohd. Akil, ADG Police (Law and order), Haryana, Dr Sagar Sharma, Prof Emeritus, Department of Psychology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Jagdip Singh, vice-principal, CDTS, Chandigarh, Dr Reetinder Kohli, former principal of Government College, Ropar, and Dr Upneet Lalli were the resourcepersons during the programme.

During the valedictory session, UT IGP RP Upadhyaya and Prof Devi Sirohi, chairperson, Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights, addressed the participants and distributed certificates among them. 



In-principle approval for New Chandigarh plan
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 12
The ‘New Chandigarh’ would be clean and green just like its neighbour the City Beautiful. In its presentation to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, Aecom, a multinational architecture and engineering firm, showed several iconic features in the new township, including a ‘green necklace’ that would consist of nature trails, bicycle paths, green belts and a lake.

Later, the Deputy CM accorded an in-principle approval to the presentation.

The Punjab Government has engaged Aecom to plan the new city, including its layout, landscaping and planned green development. The green cover in the city will be in the form of a ‘necklace’ which would encircle the commercial and residential areas.

The Deputy Chief Minister has also approved creation of a lake spreading over 50 acres.

To ensure efficient planning of residential areas, Badal approved creation of grids on the pattern of Chandigarh. He however, approved high-rises in both the city centre as well as group housing areas with the only restriction being that they should be in the north-south grid so that the view of the Shivalik mountain range is not hindered.

In their presentation, Aecom officials planned to develop the township as an ‘Intelligent City’, which would not have any over the ground poles. Other features of the city would include an 18-hole golf course. Organic farming would be encouraged in the city’s periphery. Further, there would be facilities of community clubs and community centers in all the green areas.

Badal has directed the consultants to prepare a complete landscape plan along with trees and shrubs, which would be used in different areas. He also directed that tree plantation should start in August this year.

The new township will have Edu City, Medi City, City Centre and Commercial Centre.



Speculations rife over Mohali Municipal Corporation poll
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 12
With the beginning of ‘wardbandi’ in the town, speculations are rife that the long-pending Mohali Municipal Corporation elections will be held soon.

A senior official, on the condition of anonymity, said in its verbal directions the state government has asked the authorities to start preparations for holding the elections within six months. “Nothing has come in black and white so far,” said the official.

“Following the directions, we have started conducting survey of the MC area, including the new sectors and villages, which come under the MC limits recently in delimitation for expansion of jurisdiction of MC Mohali. A 35-member team of local government along with MC staff and other experts did the job,” he said adding that the survey has been completed. “Now the work in direction of ‘wardbandi’ of the area has been started,” confirmed the official. Notably, several newly developed sectors including Sector 57, 66 to 69 and 76 to 80 and two villages—Sohana and Kumbhra—had been included in the MMC jurisdiction.

Under the norms, minimum 50 wards will be set up in the area for the election process. After completing the work of ‘wardbandi’, public objections will be called following which notification for holding elections would be issued by the government.

Notably, the Mohali Municipal Corporation has come in to existence on January 1, 2011. Earlier, it was Municipal Council.



Heat wave claims life
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 12
An elderly person reportedly died due to intense heat. Om Parkash (60), a resident of Manakpura-Khera village, was riding a bicycle and fell down near the traffic light point of Phase 3 and 7 today afternoon. According to police, he was coming from PGI, Chandigarh.

“He was taken to Mohali Civil Hospital at Phase 6 and doctors declared him brought dead,” said the police.

3 injured in road mishaps

Three youngsters including two girls sustained serious injuries in different road accidents in the town here today. Sushil Ahmed (25), a resident of Jujhar Nagar, sustained serious injuries on head after being hit by a private bus near PCL traffic light point today afternoon. The victim was riding a motorcycle.

In another accident, near The North Country Mall, two unidentified young girls sustained serious injuries when their Activa scooter was hit by a Punjab Roadways bus.

All the three accidents victims have been shifted to PGI, Chandigarh, where their condition is said to be critical. 



Mock fire drill at Mohali hospital 
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 12
In the backdrop of the recent fire incident in Sector 17, Chandigarh, the authorities at the Mohali Civil Hospital conducted a mock fire drill to prepare their officials for any such emergency.

The entire staff of the hospital was involved in the drill, which lasted for around 45 minutes this afternoon.

Giving details, Dr Andesh Kang, senior medical officer of the hospital, said the drill was aiming at sensitising the officials to their duties in case of such emergency.

“The fire extinguishers installed on the premises were checked and officials were given the task to use these extinguishers. The officials were also assigned specific duties in case of emergency,” said Dr Kang.

A fire tender was also called at the spot. “Though we have fire extinguishers and other fire safety arrangements, we have written to the higher authorities to install sprinkler system and fire alarms at the hospital,” said Dr Kang.

She claimed that the drill did not lead to harassment or disturbance to any patient at the hospital.



Proposal for setting up fire station in Zirakpur goes down the drain
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, June 12
The proposal for setting up a fire station in Zirakpur has gone down the drain with the Zirakpur Municipal Council reportedly facing a major financial crunch.

The fire incident at the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology building in Sector 17, Chandigarh, which claimed two lives, seems to have failed to wake up the Punjab Government from slumber and rethink for setting up the fire station here.

Keeping in view the population of the area growing by leaps and bounds, municipal councillors on August 7, 2012 had passed a resolution in the full house for setting up the fire station.

The civic body authorities had reportedly sent a proposal to the government but it failed to materialise till date.

The MC had proposed the fire station with one post of fire officer, two posts of fire tender, four posts of driver, accessory and other equipment. A budget of Rs 1.5 crore was also estimated for the fire station apart from the monthly salaries of the staff, said sources in the MC.

Currently, a fire station at Dera Bassi is catering to Zirakpur, Dera Bassi, Lalru and other parts of the sub-division, including industrial units in Mubarikpur, Dera Bassi, Dappar and Lalru.

“With the population reaching nearly 1.20 lakh and scores of multi-storeyed buildings coming up here in the past one decade, the Zirakpur MC desperately needs an independent and well-equipped fire station to meet any urgency,” said Sunil Bandha, a Zirakpur-based real estate consultant.

Rotarian Bhupinder Singh Saini, a resident of Dera Bassi, said not only Zirakpur, but also Dera Bassi, Lalru and the surrounding areas have witnessed a huge development in the past. There were instances when the local fire station had to call machinery and equipment (Dera Basi is not having) from Mohali and ammunition depot, Dappar.”

Parminder Singh, executive officer, Zirakpur Municipal Council, said the proposal for the fire station was ready and it would be resubmitted to the government soon.

Manjit Singh, station fire officer, Dera Bassi, claimed to have enough manpower and machinery with him.

“Our firemen are even helping the neighbouring fire stations in various fire extinguishing operations often”.



Raid by Punjab Police
Chemists shut shops in protest
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 12
In protest against their shops being raided by the Punjab Police under their special drive against drug menace, most of the chemists shut their shops for one day today on the call of the Chemist Association, Punjab.

The chemists are upset as the police on their own, without any drug inspector or other such authority, have been conducting raids at their shops.

“We are not against the checking of our stock but the drug inspector of the area or other such authority should accompany the police at that time,” said HS Bhatia, president of the Mohali District Chemists Association.

Bhatia said the policemen are hardly aware of the types of medicines. Moreover, they have no right to check chemist shops on their own.

“We have closed our shops for today in protest. The chemists support the Punjab Government’s drive against drugs otherwise,” said Bhatia.



‘Pagla’ staged at theatre fest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
A solo play, "Pagla", was staged on the fourth day of the week-long solo theatre festival today. The festival is being organised by a city-based theatre group, Citi Entertainment Network, at Punjab Kala Bhawan here.

The play written by Gursharan Singh and directed by Ashish Sharma was based on the story of a daily wage earner.



Health Notes
Blood donation camp on June 14

The Thalassaemic Children Welfare Association (regd), the PGIMER and the GMCH-32, Chandigarh, will organise 141st blood donation camp at the Blood Bank, GMCH-32, Chandigarh, on June 14.

Scientist awarded

Chandigarh-based Select Biosciences Limited on Thursday conferred the “Outstanding Scientist Award” on Prof RNK Bamezai, a noted scientist in biotechnology, at an inaugural session of the third annual conference on “Genomics and Proteomics Research” held at a hotel in New Delhi. The award has been given to Prof RNK Bamezai in the field of biotechnology for his exemplary work on “Human Genetics and Genomics”, which has been acclaimed globally. — TNS



New Lumia 630 introduces football contest

With the football season kicking off, Microsoft Devices today announced an engaging on-ground experience for the football enthusiasts in the country – ‘Fastest Finger Football’ that gives you a chance to win a trip to Spain and watch a FC Barcelona match live. A total of 5 winners will get to go to the Camp Noufootball Stadium in Barcelona to watch FCB play. Ravi Kunwar, Director, North, Nokia, India (A Subsidiary of Microsoft Mobiles) said, “We are excited to take our partnership with FC Barcelona to the next level, and bring exciting experiences for our consumers with the stunning new Lumia 630.”

Connect launches FTTH broadband

Connect Broadband has launched an advanced connectivity to its customers through the ‘Fiber to the home’ (FTTH) Technology. With this, Connect rolls out its FTTH network to its customers in Chandigarh, Zirakpur and Punjab.Prem Ojha, Chief Operating Officer, Connect Broadband said, “The FTTH system aims to create a market place in the telecom industry in the country, as India is seeing rapid expansion and modernization, with the imminent introduction of 3G and Next Generation Networks, which will help the growth of the optical fiber market in the country.”

CBTL launches special flavour of coffee

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a leader in product innovation celebrates its signature product, the original Ice blended beverage with the launch of dark chocolate ice blended, a special flavour of the month introduced for CBTL loyalists. To mark this much loved beverage, CBTL has launched the all new ‘Dark Chocolate’ Ice Blended. It is available at CBTL store at Hotel Aroma and Elante Mall.

Mahindra launches Autoinspekt

Powered by an innovative cloud based platform (www.autoinspekt.com) for used vehicle inspections, Mahindra First Choice Wheels Ltd. (MFCWL) has reported 50 per cent growth online vehicle sales. MFCWL sold 55,000+ units online in FY14 establishing a strong footprint in the Business-to-Business (B2B) online vehicle auction space. In this time, new clients have been acquired and buyer base increased to 9,500 buyers across 900+ locations across the country India. —TNS



Fountain ponds need immediate attention

I have noticed children drinking dirty water that flows into the fountain area from the pipes around the circular walls of the pond. Mothers accompanying their children can also be seen helping them in drinking this dirty water. There is a fountain in the middle of Shrub Garden in Sector 46C where everyday I have to tell children and their mothers that the water flowing into the fountain and the pond is not fit for consumption. But the practice continues unabated. There are a number of such parks with fountains in the City Beautiful and the practice of drinking dirty water must be prevalent there also. This may result into infections in children. The MC should install notice boards at fountains and all entry/exit points of parks/gardens informing the public that the water of the fountain(s) is not fit for drinking purpose. The lightening system at the bottom of the fountains is also non-functional for several years.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

Bus shelter need of the hour at Badheri

Hundreds of persons commute from Badheri local bus stop to various destinations in the city daily by the local buses. But there is no shelter at the Badheri bus stop. In the absence of a bus shelter, people face difficulties as they have to stand in the sizzling heat and incessant rains. The Welfare Association MIG-I Houses, Sector 40C, Chandigarh, has already sent a number of letters to the departments concerned in this regard. The Area Councillor of Ward No. 9 (Sectors 39-40) has also taken up the issue. A large number of bus shelters have been constructed in the city in the recent past under the BOT Scheme, but Badheri, which desperately needs a bus shelter, has been left out. The authorities concerned should construct a “pucca” bus stand at Badheri so that the people, especially senior citizens and students, who board buses from this place, heave a sigh of relief.

SK Khosla, Chandigarh

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PU joins Facebook’s Ivy League
 Social networking site verifies varsity’s page; has received 22 lakh ‘likes’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, june 12
Panjab University (PU), has joined the select league of universities such as the University of Cambridge and Harvard University, whose official Facebook page has been verified by Facebook.

PU has become the first Indian Public University, whose Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/official.pu.india has been verified by the social networking website.

PU Director, Public Relations, Vineet Punia informed that Facebook verifies only well-known public figures and pages with a large number of followers as having an authentic identity.

A blue badge will now appear next to PU Facebook page as it has now become a verified page.

Facebook only verifies pages or profiles of celebrities, government officials, popular brands and businesses.

“The verification is done by Facebook to help its users to be sure that they are, who they claim to be,” Punia said.

PU Facebook page was launched on October 21, 2013, and has more than 35,000 followers from 45 countries.

Nearly 59 per cent of these followers are in the age-group of 18-24 years, 29 per cent are in the age-group of 25-34 years and 35 per cent are women.

As per the data provided by Facebook, PU Facebook page has got more than 65 lakh impressions, which means that any content associated with the page was seen 65 lakh times, said Punia.

This signifies the number of people who saw the PU page or one of its posts from a story shared by a friend.

PU Facebook page also went viral as it got 22 lakh ‘likes’ — liking the Page, posting on timeline, commenting on or sharing one of the page posts, answering a question etc.

Punia informed that PU Facebook page was popular among students as student-friendly information such as conferences, programmes, results, date sheet, admission notices etc are uploaded on the age for the benefit of students.

The university also receives regular feedback from students through the Facebook page.



4-member panel to probe issue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, june 12
Panjab University today constituted a four-member committee to probe the paper leak of the Bachelor of Law (LLB) entrance examination, conducted on June 9.

The VC has constituted a four-member committee, including Dean University Instructions AK Bhandari, Dean Student Welfare Navdeep Goyal and Senators GK Chatrath and Satpal Jain, to look into the issue.

The National Students Union of India (NSUI), submitted a presentation to Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover regarding the stay on the release of the LLB entrance exam result.

Earlier, the NSUI had submitted a memorandum to the VC on Monday regarding the paper leak of the LLB entrance exam and demanded a fair probe into the incident. The move followed after several sources had reported that the examination paper had been leaked.

The NSUI in its presentation has demanded that the result should not be declared before any final call by the committee.

The NSUI also demanded that the examination be conducted again.

NSUI leader Manoj Lubana said, “The committee should investigate the call details of the paper setter, examination coordinators and other officials before arriving at any decision. If someone is found guilty, they should be brought to book.”

committee members

The VC has constituted a four-member committee, including Dean University Instructions AK Bhandari, Dean Student Welfare Navdeep Goyal and Senators GK Chatrath and Satpal Jain, to look into the issue. The NSUI has also submitted a presentation to the VC regarding the stay on the release of the exam result.



SSIET students shine in PTU BTech exams
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, June 12
Students of Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology (SSIET), Dera Bassi, brought laurels to the institution by securing top positions in the BTech final semester examinations conducted by the Punjab Technical University (PTU) in November 2013.

Two students of BTech (computer science) passed the exam with flying colours.

Prishi Kapoor scored 90.4 per cent and Taranjit Kaur got 89 per cent in the 7th semester, while Anushka bagged 91.16 per cent, Roopal 90.42 per cent, Aakash Sao 90.32 per cent, Kanika Sharma and Shivangi Verma, both 89.68 per cent, Alisha Mittal 89.58 per cent and Jasleen Kaur scored 89.26 per cent in the electronics stream.

Rajwinder Kaur got 90 per cent and Gurpreet Kaur bagged 87.87 per cent in the IT stream. Mritunjay Kumar Singh got 83.76 per cent in mechanical stream and Nikhil Chaturvedi got 81.73 per cent in the 3rd semester of their BTech course.

Sri Sukhmani Group chairman Avtar Singh has announced cash prizes for all meritorious students and assured that financial help will be provided to the needy and meritorious students in future.

Prizes for achievers

Sri Sukhmani Group chairman Avtar Singh has announced cash prizes for all meritorious students and assured that financial help will be provided to the needy and meritorious students in future.



2,000 prospectuses sold at govt schools
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, june 12
More than 2,000 prospectuses of Class XI were sold on Day 2 of the ongoing admission process at six government schools of the city today. A huge rush was seen at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, where more than 500 prospectuses were sold and more than 600 applications were submitted by students.

The authorities informed that around 330 prospectuses were sold at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10; 349 at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra and around 500 at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46.

The officials said Day 2 witnessed a large number of students coming to deposit their forms, rather than for purchasing.

The Education Department has also provided the facility for the online registration of forms on the official website of the department — www.chdeducation.gov.in.

Meanwhile, students can also deposit the downloaded/printout of the online registration forms at the six government schools.

help at hand

The Education Department has also provided the facility for the online registration of forms on the official website of the department — www.chdeducation.gov.in.



Summer camp concludes

Chandigarh: Sun Time Fun Time, a summer camp, concluded with celebrations at St Joseph Sr Sec School, Sector 44 D, today.Various performances, including kathak, western dance, bhangra and fusion. — TNS

Workshop held

A workshop on film-making was conducted at St Soldier International Convent School, Mohali, by Karan Munjal, member of Osmium, Theatre Group and co-owner of SKEP NEWS, Media Group of Panjab University. As many as 30 students attended the workshop. Various games and activities on film-making were conducted. The students were also made aware of the basic aspects of film-making such as cinematography, screenplay writing, camera angles and others. Award-winning short movies were also aired during the workshop.

Summer workshop ends

The three-week-long summer workshop ended at Chitkara International School today. The school authorities said this year the school had initiated two different workshops for different age groups. The English speech and drama workshop was conducted in association with Helen O’ Grady International. The workshop was planned for children in the 3-8 age group. The second workshop on theatre was organised with Barry John Acting Studio. The workshop was held for students in the nine and above age group. Students from different schools of the tricity and surrounding areas participated in the workshop.

Summer adventure

The summer workshop organised by Ashmah International School Mohali concluded on the campus today. The school officials claimed that the students took part in various activities, including creative paradise, dancing, singing, writing skills, art and craft and cooking without fire. — TNS



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