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18-year-old dies in mishap
Five friends travelling in Honda car ram into a tree; one seriously injured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
An 18-year-old Class XII passout died while another was seriously injured when the Honda car they were travelling in along with three others rammed into a tree on the road dividing Sectors 7and 8 during the wee hours on Saturday.

The youths met with an accident after the car went out of control after the left-side front tyre of the car busted. The accident took place at around 1.30 am between Hira Singh Chowk and AP Chowk when the youths were driving from the lake towards Madhya Marg.

Aditya Singla, a resident of Sector 21, who was sitting on the rear seat died while, Varinderjeet Singh, a resident of Khanpur village in Mohali, was seriously injured and is admitted to the PGI.

Sawan Preet Singh, a resident of Sector 34, was driving the car, and Rishab, a resident of Phase X, Mohali, was sitting on the front seat were admitted to a private hospital in Mohali and are said to be out of danger. Meanwhile, Manjeet Singh, a resident of Sector 29, who was sitting on the rear seat of the car, escaped unhurt.

Aditya was rushed to the PGI where doctors declared him brought dead. The autopsy was conducted at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, and the body was handed over to the family. This afternoon the body was cremated. The deceased’s father owns a chemist shop in Sector 17.

Sources said that Aditya had gone to party with his family, however, after returning home he made some plans with his friends and left the house.

The front portion of the car was completely damaged. Police officials said that the youths on the front seat escaped unhurt due to the air bags installed in the car, which opened as soon the car hit the tree. There was a pool of blood on the rear seat of the car. The police have impounded the car and started an investigation into the case.

Vehicle at high speed
Police sources said the vehicle was reportedly at high speed. The speedometer ofDeceased Aditya Singla the Honda Accord was found to be stationed between 80 and 90 km per hour mark.

Was a bright student
Aditya had just passed out of Class XII. He had scored 87% marks and was planning to apply for admission to a college for further studies.
Deceased Aditya Singla

Liquor bottle, glasses found in car
The police have recovered a liquor bottle, five disposable glasses and some packets of chips from the car. Police sources said the liquor bottle was lying on the rear seat of the car. The medical examination of one of the injured confirmed the presence of alcohol in the body.

Air bags save those in the front seats
The front portion of the car was completely damaged. Police officials said the youths on the front seat escaped unhurt due to the air bags installed in the car, which opened as soon the car hit the tree. There was a pool of blood on the rear seat of the car. The police have impounded the car and started a probe into the case.



Pre-monsoon showers to hit city next week
Met Department predicts rain on Monday
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
By next week, pre-monsoon showers will hit the city providing much needed relief to residents from the sweltering heat. The Met Department predicted that the city would receive rain on Monday that would bring down the day and night temperature.

Met officials said that the south-west monsoon had further advanced into the remaining parts of Telangana and north interior Karnataka, most parts of Marathawada and some more parts of Madhya Maharashtra, Vidarbha and east Madhya Pradesh. It is expected that it will reach the region by next week.

Met Director Surinder Pal Singh said that the normal date of arrival of monsoon in the region was June 25. The region will receive pre-monsoon showers on time even though it is expected that this time the monsoon will be weak as compared to last year.

Last year’s records revealed that there was an early pre-monsoon shower in the region was on June 12. Records of the Met Department revealed that on 16 June 1998 the pre-monsoon hit the region before the scheduled date. Later, during all the years the monsoon was on time or was delayed by a week.

As per the Met records, the maximum temperature reported today is 41.6 degree Celsius which is five notches below the normal and the minimum temperature 30 degree Celsius, five notches above the normal. The forecast predicts that there will be partly cloudy sky tomorrow.



Robbers fail to break open Axis Bank ATM in Kurali
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 21
Unidentified miscreants made an attempt to break open an ATM of Axis Bank installed in Kurali last night. As per reports, two ATMs of the bank had been installed in one cabin located on the Morinda Road. The bank does not have any other branch in the area. The miscreants first broke the CCTV camera installed inside the ATM booth.



Met helpline buzzing with calls
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
25-year-old Sushma, who is planning to go to Kullu next week along with her family, rang up the Met Department helpline this morning to check on the weather condition of Himachal Pardesh. She was inquiring whether it would rain in Kullu or not next week so that the weather did not play a spoilsport during her family outing.

This is not the only call which the weather helpline receives but due to summer vacation residents keep calling up the centre to know about the weather forcast before embarking on a holiday. The helpline is flooded with about 30 to 35 calls daily from tricity residents.

Records of the department revealed that the helpline of the Met Department on the whole was receiving 80 to 90 calls daily for weather predictions for various reasons.

Since the marriage season is also approaching, more than 60 per cent of the calls are made by the public to know about the prediction of rain on the day of marriage, so that they can organise the function accordingly.

Even the construction industry is sailing in the same boat, the builders make a call before commencing any construction work to know about the weather status.

Met Department director Surinder Pal said that it was for the first time the Met helpline had started receiving good response from residents. They had begun calling before planning their travel schedule, construction and celebration. He said that they are also receiving calls from the residents to know when it would rain so that they could plan gardening in their kitchen gardens. The calls from farmers from far-off places have increased in number, he said.

GMADA changes venue for draw of lots
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority on Saturday changed the venue for the draw of lots for plots of Aerocity after consulting the Met Department as it predicted thundershowers and inclement weather. The venue was shifted to the community centre, Sector 70, SAS Nagar.


BJP versus Patil
Now, BJP chief writes to Home Min
Apprises Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh of Patil’s functioning
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
Two days after BJP leaders walked out of UT Administrator’s Advisory Council (AAC) meeting, BJP’s city unit president Sanjay Tandon shot off a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil’s functioning.

Tandon has demanded that the Union Home Minister should take action over the entire episode of ‘sidelining’ local Member of Parliament in the AAC meeting and dissolve the AAC, and reconstitute it with members who truly represent the people of the city.

Recently, local MP Kirron Kher had also written to the Union Home Minister against Patil.

Complaining against Patil and the UT Administration, Tandon in the letter stated that, “Initially, the AAC meeting was to be held on June 16 in which the city’s master plan was to be discussed.”

Considering the importance of the meeting, the newly elected BJP MP of the city, Kirron Kher, who is an ex-officio member of the Council, communicated to the Administration that due to prior commitments she was not available on June 16, but would be available for several months after June 29.

However, the Administration decided to postpone the meeting but only to June 19, while it could easily have been held after June 29.

“It is pertinent to mention that the Member of the Parliament is next in hierarchy to the Administrator in the Advisory Council and hence has a special status,” reads the letter.

During the meeting, State President of the BJP Sanjay Tandon, former MP Satya Pal Jain and District President Bhajan Singh Maru, all members of the council, had raised objections over the sidelining of the local MP. On this, Patil stated, “Even in the past, the Central Minister were not consulted for fixing the meeting, than who are the ordinary representatives (Kirron Kher), of the public?”

The autocratic attitude was evident when Patil said he could call the meeting at his own discretion and was not bound to consult anyone and that he would function as such irrespective of the participation or absence of any representative of the people.

Sanjay Tandon excerpts from the letter
The UT Administrator’s autocratic attitude was evident when he said that he could call the meeting at his own discretion and was not bound to consult anyone and that he would function as such irrespective of the participation or absence of any representative of the people.
Sanjay Tandon



War widows felicitated at Chandimandir
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
Continuing with its efforts to provide moral support to war widows, a “Veer Nari Sammelan” was organised by the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) at the Chandimandir military station.

As many as 110 widows from Chandigarh, Ropar, Mohali and Panchkula were felicitated on the occasion.

AWWA regional president Sayona Philip interacted with the war widows and presented them gifts. She said the AWWA will assist them.

A grievance and pension cell, a medical camp, Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme and CSD stalls were set up at the Jadunath Sainik Institute.



hike in Rail fare
Youth Congress burns effigies of Modi, Rail Minister
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
The Chandigarh Youth Congress (CYC), today took to the streets protesting the increase in rail fare and freight rates by the NDA Government.

The workers gathered at the Sector 34-35 light point and slammed the steep hike and demanded immediate roll back of the increased rail fare and freight.

They burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda.

Youth Congress President Maninder Dhillon and Vice-President Harmail Kesari in a joint statement said, “The NDA Government had introduced a hike of 14.2 per cent in rail fares and 6.5 per cent in freight. This is the first time in the history of railways that the fare and freight rates have been increased to this extent.”



Panchkula MC house meeting
Six councillors stage a walkout in protest
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

(From right) Councillors Kuljeet Waraich, Surjit Kaur, Ravi Kant Swami, Satinder Tony, Salim Khan and Surinder Singh Chinda, who boycotted the MC meeting, squat at the entrance of the Mini-Secretariat in Panchkula on Saturday.
(From right) Councillors Kuljeet Waraich, Surjit Kaur, Ravi Kant Swami, Satinder Tony, Salim Khan and Surinder Singh Chinda, who boycotted the MC meeting, squat at the entrance of the Mini-Secretariat in Panchkula on Saturday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, June 21
High drama was witnessed during a meeting of the Panchkula Municipal Corporation (MC) today when six councillors staged a walkout and sat near the Deputy Commissioner’s car in protest.

The meeting was held in the conference hall of the DC office on the Mini-Secretariat complex, Sector 1, this morning.

Ruckus was created when the second item on the agenda was brought up for discussion in the House.

Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia and Deputy Commissioner-cum-MC Commissioner SS Phulia stated that they would employ 50 sweepers. On this, councillors Ravi Kant Swami, Satinder Tony and Salim Khan got up from their seats and alleged that the civic boday was not interested in the works for public welfare. The councillors demanded that 100 sweepers should be engaged.

Swami said, “The area in each ward has expanded. There are only 42 sweepers in my ward where over 60,000 people reside. We are answerable to public.”

Tony said the sweepers were deployed as per the original area of the municipal council wards. However, the area has increased over the period.

Amidst the commotion, SS Phulia went to his room stating that the councillors were creating uproar and the motive of meeting was not being established. However, the MC Commissioner was prevailed upon and he returned.

Later, six councillors staged a walkout and squatted outside in protest. These included Kuljeet Waraich, Surjit Kaur and Surinder Singh Chinda besides Swami, Tony and Khan.

Meanwhile, the meeting continued and other items on the agenda were passed in their absence.

Earlier, one of the councillors levelled an allegation on Senior Deputy Mayor SS Nanda stating that he was interested only in his post and was not bothered about doing anything for public. Following the comments, Nanda lodged a verbal complaint to the Mayor.

The councillors also alleged that they were being allowed to spend Rs 1 crore out of the allotted Rs 3 crores.

When Executive Officer OP Sihag said the MC doesn’t have money at present, the councillors asked then why were they wasting money on lunch for the councillors.

They said during the last meeting, Rs 54,000 was spent on providing lunch to the councillors. Notably, a few councillors did not take lunch organised for them at Red Bishop here today.

MC house gives nod to...
A group insurance for firemen. Till now, the firemen, who are exposed to risks, were not covered under any insurance plan. The same would be implemented soon.
Construction of a dispensary in Sector 15. The HUDA had earmarked a site for religious purpose where the Municipal Corporation (MC) has now decided to construct a dispensary as there was no such facility in the thickly-populated sector. The civic body will write to the HUDA in this regard.
A survey of unauthorised colonies in three MC wards. Earlier, funds for development works were not being given to these three wards. However, after the survey, the MC plans to allocate funds accordingly.
Employing 60 sweepers.
Blacklisting the contractor who was given the work for installing swings in Sector 19. The swings were found to be of poor quality.
Writing to the HUDA to take action against the erring officials whose negligence resulted in serious injuries to a person who fell into an under-construction nullah where iron rods were kept.



Low fine takes wind out of MC anti-encroachment drive
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
The anti-encroachment drives carried out by the enforcement wing of the Municipal Corporation (MC) has failed to deter encroachers courtesy negligible fine.

The MC today removed encroachments in the Industrial Area and issued 62 challans. However, the encroachments were back even before the MC team left.

In the absence of a heavy fine to act as deterrant against encroachments and a mechanism to check encroachments round the clock, the efforts made by the enforcement wing prove to be an exercise in futility.

During the enforcement drive in Industrial Area Phases I and II, encroachers disappeared on seeing the MC team and returned with their goods immediately after the team left the area.

Encroachments by shopkeepers are common in the corridors and on the pavements in the markets of Sectors 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 44, 46, 45 and 48, and Mani Majra.

In 2013, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had also advised the UT Administration to enhance the penalty amount from Rs 500 to Rs 10,000.

An MC official, on the condition of anonymity, stated that till the time the fine was not increased the encroachments would exist in the city.

“Lack of manpower also acts as a hindrance for the MC to check encroachments in markets, as shopkeepers easily manage to shift or remove their goods from corridors and walls on learning that MC employees have raided the market,” said an official of the enforcement wing.

Charges imposed on violators
Encroachers are fined Rs 500 for a violation.
Besides, they have to pay carriage charges for the goods confiscated by the enforcement wing. The carriage charges are Rs 200 for goods such as cylinders, table and chairs and Rs 500 for an abandoned vehicle lifted by the MC and taken to its godown in the Industrial Area.

speaking out
I had once proposed that the JE of the Road Division should have the power to challan those encroaching upon roadside. Similarly, a JE with the Horticulture Department should have the power to issue challans against encroachments in the city parks and green belts, as we cannot rely only on the enforcement wing to ensure an encroachment-free city. Moreover, the accountability of the enforcement staff should be fixed and if they fail to check encroachments, action should be taken against the erring officials.
Pardeep Chhabra, Congress councillor

I feel that the enforcement wing of the MC and the Chandigarh Police should join hands to ensure an encroachment-free city.
Saurabh Joshi, BJP councillor

It seems that encroachers in the city are better informed. As and when MC enforcement wing officials reach a market, the majority of encroachers remove their goods from the illegally occupied spots and return with the paraphernalia as soon as the team leaves. Business scene is similar before and after the arrival of the MC team.
Rajiv Sharma, Lawyer

I feel that a heavy penalty should be imposed on the violators and the confiscated goods should be released at least after a week so that the violators are not back to their business on the very next day after getting their goods released.
Joravar Singh, businessman



Poor facilities force members to stay away from club
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 21
Alleging poor maintenance, unhygienic conditions, non-operational water recycling plant and overcrowding at the swimming pool, over 12 members of the elite Gymkhana Club, MDC, Sector 1, Panchkula, have suspended their routine visits to the club for the past couple of days.

While the members accused the contractor of the swimming pool of throwing norms to the winds, the club management claims to have taken a serious view of the complaint of its members.

The management has closed the pool till Monday and started repair works, besides disinfecting the area after pumping out the water.

Rashim Malik, a member of the club, has alleged that spit tanks of the pool were overflowing and mixing with the water of the pool and the water filters were not working properly. Moreover, the showers and toilets in the washroom were in a bad shape and facilities inside the changing/shower rooms were not up to the mark.

She had also complained that certain children passed stool in the children section and the water flows to the main swimming pool, thus exposing the swimmers to various diseases.

Dr Deepika, another member, complained even after many months of repeated requests, no corrective measures were taken to improve the condition of the pool.

This was not the first time the members had complained about the unhygienic condition of the pool, but the management had always chosen to overlook the complaints, she said.

They complained that when they talked with pool contractor Devinder Lamba over the matter, he spoke rudely.

However, the pool contractor claimed to have asked his staff to rectify the shortcomings and refill the pool after disinfecting it.

“I am operating 35 swimming pools in the region and maintaining hygiene is my priority otherwise I will lose my livelihood,” Lamba said.

He alleged that certain club members were in a habit of making unnecessary issues.



World Music Day celebrated
Musical event enthrals audience
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
The Chandigarh Tourism Department and the Society for Tourism and Entertainment Promotion in Chandigarh (STEPS) celebrated World Music Day at the Plaza in Sector 17 today.

The four-hour musical event was held amidst a huge gathering. The musical evening got underway with the scintillating rendition of Sufi singers Ali Brothers who captivated the audience with the soulful songs, which included “Aja Teinu Akhiyan Udeekdiyan”, “Jugni”, “Tere Bin Nai Lagda Dil Mera Dholna”, “Sohni Lagdi” and many more.

It was followed by the performance of Punjabi artiste Prabh Gill. Gill performed his famous numbers. Prabh Gill also congratulated the Chandigarh Tourism for promoting the spirit of music in this part of country.

Umang Sharma, the winner of Laughter Da Master, tickled the funny bone of the audience with his stand-up comedy act.

Meanwhile, the Tourism Department also gave a platform to unprivileged children by inviting NGOs to showcase their talent during the celebration of World Music Day at Sukhna Lake.

The children performed group dance on various songs like “apna Punjab”, “party to banti hai”, “Deva Shri Ganesha Deva” and Bollywood dances on “pagg ghungru baandh meera”, “sau dars hai” and “khai k paan banaras wala” and many more.

On the occasion, Tanvi Garg, Director Tourism, said the Chandigarh Tourism had always encouraged the music and festivity in the tricity and focused on providing young artistes an opportunity to rise to the national and the international level.



Musical tributes paid to legendary singers

Chandigarh, June 21
Retro Bollywood melodies and rhythms elevated the atmosphere of the Punjab Kala Bhavan as city-based singers gave scintillating renditions here today.

The event was organised by Prabhjot Memorial Sangeet Munch and Prithvi Raj Yaad Gaare. The music was arranged by Nayak Brothers.

The singers, including Asawari, Divya Bhatt, Briajesh Ahuja, Ashok Sharma and Manmohan, set the mood of the evening by paying musical tributes to legendary Bollywood playback singers. The 1960s and 70s era of Bollywood was recreated live by the artistes as they sang melodies dating back to that period. The singers kept the audience glued to their seats. — TNS



Panjab University declares BSc third-year results
Sonali of Ferozepur city tops with 1,857/2,000 marks
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
Panjab University has declared the results of BSc (general) third year. The result would be available on the university website, http://results.puchd.ac.in/.

Professor Parvinder Singh, Controller of Examinations, Panjab University, said 87.11 per cent students had passed the BSc (General) third year examination. As many as 3,895 students had appeared for BSc-III examinations, of which 3,393 have passed.

Sonali Kakkar of Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepur city, has topped with 1,857/2,000 marks. Ramandeep Kaur of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar (Ludhiana), has secured the second position with 1,817 marks. Shiyna and Sumit Duggal of DAV College, Abohar, and RSD College, Ferozepur city, have secured the joint third position with 1,800 marks respectively.



Entrance test for MPhil, PhD on July 27
To be conducted in English, Hindi and Punjabi medium
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
The entrance test for MPhil and PhD in the subjects of Public Administration, Sociology, Social Work and Police Administration at Panjab University will be conducted in the medium of English, Hindi and Punjabi. The entrance test will be held on July 27.

The university had earlier invited applications for MPhil and PhD in the faculties of arts, business management and commerce, design and fine arts, engineering, languages, law and science.

Prospectus and application forms are still available on the PU website, http://phdadmissions.puchd.ac.in.

The last date for the submission of online application to generate the bank challan is July 5, and the last date for the submission of fee is July 8.

The admissions would be based on entrance test, which would be conducted on July 27. The last date for the submission of fee details and uploading photographs, signatures with the rest of the information on the website is July 10.



Mohali prof to attend int’l meet on dentistry

Mohali, June 21
Prof Jagjit Singh Dhaliwal, principal-professor and head, Rayat Bahra Dental College and Hospital, Mohali campus, will be going to attend the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) general session and exhibition to be held from June 25 to June 28 in Cape Town, South Africa.

His research on the efficacy of dental implants for complete denture patients has been accepted for oral presentation.

The IADR, headquartered in Alexandria, US, is a non-profit organisation with more than 11,500 members worldwide.

He will also be volunteering at the supervised tooth brushing programme and perform procedures in mobile dental clinics organised by the Dental Wellness Trust in the township of Khayelitsha.

The trust is a London-based registered charity promoting dental wellness among less fortunate communities in the UK and abroad through innovative oral health education programmes. — OC



Award for Panjab varsity prof
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
Prof Bhupinder Singh Bhoop, University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), Panjab University, has been conferred the Stat-Ease QbD Performance Award-2014. The award was conferred on him on the basis of his outstanding contribution and extensive research work on novel and nanostructured drug delivery systems using quality by design (QbD).

Besides the citation, the award carries a grant of premier academic status to Prof Bhoop and his research group at Panjab University, amounting to the complimentary provision of a perpetual licence of the Design Expert® 9.0 software, five single-user annual licences and annual 10-seat network licence for the purpose of academic research by his group. This status has been conferred by Stat-Ease earlier only once to the founders’ alma mater, the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, US.

Till date, Prof Bhupinder Singh Bhoop has earned more than 215 publications, 10 books, 4 patents and technology transfers of two marketed nano-based drug delivery products for serving the ailing patients.

He has duly trained several hundreds of industrial scientists on the QbD under his direct guidance through onsite training seminars and workshops via conferences - an unparalleled feat to the credit of any academic scientist.

Quality by Design (QbD) is buzzword in pharma industry today. It is a new science and risk-based approach for developing pharmaceutical formulations leading to comprehensive understanding of the product(s) and process to avoid quality crisis in the final product.



Sandeep Singh is secretary general of CMA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 21
Sandeep Singh, vice-president, Desh Bhagat Group, and director, Desh Bhagat Radio 107.8 FM, has been elected as the secretary general of the Chandigarh Management Association (CMA) in the elections held at Panjab University.

AK Gandhi, president, extended a warm welcome to the incoming secretary general.

Sandeep Singh expressed his gratitude and hailed the Chandigarh Management Association for his nomination. He said it was a matter of pride to get such an opportunity and assured his positive contribution for the development and growth of the association. He said he would work for the welfare of the association.

Dr Zora Singh, chairman, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, Chancellor, Desh Bhagat University, congratulated his son and conveyed his best wishes to him. He advised him to make full use of this opportunity in serving the management fraternity of Chandigarh.

He also congratulated Anshu Kataria for being elected as the president of the association.

Established in 1966, the Chandigarh Management Association is a registered society affiliated to the All-India Management Association (AIMA).



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