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Two found murdered in city
Trader stabbed to death near Hallo Majra; youth’s body found in forest area of Dhanas
Tribune News Service

Victim Sanjay Kumar
Victim Sanjay Kumar

Victim Ravi Kumar
Victim Ravi Kumar

Chandigarh, June 26
Two persons were found murdered in the city in two separate incidents in the last 24 hours.

In the first incident, a 49-year old supplier of polythene bags and disposal glasses, Sanjay Kumar of Zirakpur was stabbed to death near Hallo Majra light point last night.

The body was bearing six stabbing marks on the stomach and when he was rushed to GMCH-32, doctors declared him brought dead.

The police control room received a call at 11.30 pm when a passerby noticed the body.

A voter card, Rs 30 and other documents were recovered from his pocket. The police said initially, it appeared to be a case of robbery, but they are investigating other angles.

The police have rounded up some drug addicts residing in Ramdarbar and Hallo Majra in the case.

The police said on inspecting the spot it was found that Sanjay was headed towards his home in Zirakpur and there were polythene bags and bundle of disposal glasses on his cycle. The deceased is survived by his wife and three children. A case of murder was registered at the Sector 31 police station.

In another case, the body of a 25-year-old youth, Ravi Kumar, was found dumped in the forest area in Dhanas today.

The police said that unidentified assailants murdered the youth after strangulating him and they also tried to disfigure his face after hitting it with a stone.

Victim Ravi was a resident of Sector 49 and had been missing from his house since June 24. A missing report was also lodged in this regard.

The police said it appeared that Ravi was murdered somewhere else and his body was dumped in the forest area near Dhanas.

The deceased is survived by his parents and three siblings. The body was kept in the mortuary of GMSH-16 for a postmortem examination, which will be conducted on Friday. A case was registered at the Sector 11 police station.

In yet another case, a heavily decomposed body was recovered from a drain near Sector 47. The body was partially eaten by stray animals and could not be identified.

The police have sent the body to GMCH-32 for a postmortem examination by a panel of doctors including forensic experts.



Sub-category in MBBS reserved seats kicks up row
UT Health Secretary, GMCH-32 ‘re-write’ prospectus
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
Merely on the basis of an office noting issued by the UT Health Secretary, GMCH-32 has created a sub-category in seats reserved for NRI candidates for admission to the MBBS course, raising issues of prosperity.

It remains to be seen if the move by Director-Principal, GMCH-32 Dr Atul Sachdev and UT Health Secretary Anil Kumar will stand the legal scrutiny.

Neither the UT Administrator nor his adviser KK Sharma had approved of the move, nor any directions were issued by the Central Government (concerned Ministry) for reserving the seats.

The move

  • On June 20, Corrigendum issued by GMCH-32 stated-one (out of six) seats reserved for NRI candidates is now reserved for SC-NRI candidate failing which that seat will revert to the SC-UT pool and not the NRI pool.
  • On June 19, an office noting issued by the Health Secretary stated representations received from some candidates demanded the SC category for seats under the NRI quota.

The Adviser to UT Administrator KK Sharma was not aware.

“I am not aware of any such development but if the number of seats do not exceed the 15 per cent limit for the reservation of SC candidates, I think there should not be a problem.”

The GMCH Director Dr Atul Sachdev said they had to follow orders from the higher authorities.

UT Health Secretary Anil Kumar said:

“The seats have not been increased beyond the permissible reservation of 15 per cent. There were representations. Also, as per 2011 census, the population of SCs in Chandigarh has increased and actual reservation right turns out to be 19 per cent. And of course, correction will be made only after the prospectus is issued to the public.”

Unanswered questions

  • The powers of a Secretary are limited to comments on a representation and they are supposed to forward it to competent authorities (the Ministry or the Administrator). Then how was the decision taken without the latter’s approval?
  • Nationally, the maximum reservation allowed to SCs is 15 per cent. The government has not yet notified any change in the quota as per the census 2011 and the population increase. Then how can a Secretary consider an increase?

Experts speak

Dr PL Garg, former Registrar, Baba Farid University, Faridkot.

“As per the Unnikrishnan judgement, delivered in 1993 by the five Judges Bench of the Supreme Court under the CJ, NRI seats were introduced for the first time and there was no concept of reservation there. All seats remaining vacant were to fall back to the management quota. In Punjab, vacant NRI seats go to the general category.”

Going beyond the prospectus

  • As per “Rule of Business”, all powers are vested with the Central Government and few are delegated to the UT Administrator. The reservation of seats is a policy decision and cannot be taken without the UT Administrator or the Ministry concerned’s approval.
  • As per the settled law, the prospectus is a sacrosanct legal document and no provisions can change during or before the time of admission/counselling.
  • Violation of Article 15(4) of the Indian Constitution: It says the reservation be given to socially and economically weaker class (SC and ST). However, an NRI candidate is bound to pay Rs 75,000 US dollars (Above Rs 45 lakh) as fee. So, economically weaker candidates do not fall under this purview.

The implications

  • Financial loss to hospital, fee is close to Rs 45 lakh for NRI candidates while general candidates is close to Rs 15,000.
  • The criteria becomes entirely different for Dr HS Judge Institute of Dental Sciences, PU, where in applications, test, admission and prospectus are common with GMCH-32.



Youth’s body taken out of Tikkar Taal
Was a resident of Bapu Dham Colony; had been missing since June 22
Tribune News Service

Victim Kuldeep Kumar
Victim Kuldeep Kumar

Morni (Panchkula), June 26
The body of a Chandigarh-based youth, Kuldeep Kumar, was taken out of Tikkar Taal in Morni Hills by the police this morning.

Panic spread amongst residents of Davra village when some children noticed the body floating in water and informed their family members at about 7.30am.

After receiving the information, Kishori Lal, a village resident, rushed to the spot. After seeing the body floating in the water, he informed Paramjit Singh Mand, in charge, police post, Morni, and subsequently a police party reached the site, the eyewitnesses said.

Mand said that information was also passed to the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Jagtar Singh, and the Station House Officer, Chandimandir.

The police with the help of local residents fished out the body and after conducting a search found that the deceased was carrying an identify card, (Metro a wholesale store), a receipt of an insurance company and cash. A mobile phone set was also found in his pocket. Eyewitnesses said that the police had also found an empty bottle of country-made liquor adjacent to the site from where the body was spotted.

The DSP said that from the I-Card, the deceased was identified as Kuldeep Kumar, a resident of Bapu Dham Colony in Chandigarh.

“We subsequently informed the Chandigarh Police following which a team of the UT police led by Mulakh Singh along with Krishan Lal, Prem Singh and Sunny, uncles and a brother of the deceased, reached the spot and indentified him,” the DSP said. The UT police personnel said that Kuldeep had been missing since June 22 and his Activa scooter was found abandoned on the Panchkula-Morni road on June 24. The body was sent to General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, for autopsy.

The DSP said in the initial stage, it seemed to be a case of suicide, but the exact cause of the death could be ascertained only after the reports of autopsy was out. The police have started investigating the case.



Was Moga encounter in haste or had hidden motive?
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

A photo of Inspector Ranjodh Singh (centre) and other cops of the crime branch of Chandigarh Police who came in plain clothes during the encounter at Moga on Wednesday night. The photo was taken from a video footage.
A photo of Inspector Ranjodh Singh (centre) and other cops of the crime branch of Chandigarh Police who came in plain clothes during the encounter at Moga on Wednesday night. The photo was taken from a video footage. A tribune photograph

Chandigarh, June 26
The encounter by the UT police at Moga yesterday in which crime branch sleuths ruthlessly gunned down two persons has raised several question marks on the haste, ill-preparedness and the suspected ‘hidden motive’ behind the police operation.

Two policemen, including Sub Inspector Rajdeep Singh and a head constable Surinder Singh of the UT police Crime Branch were left injured and two residents of Moga –Sukhdev and gunman, Inderjeet — killed in the encounter yesterday which witnessed heavy exchange of fire between the police and the accused. Two other accused also received bullet injuries in the encounter.

Interestingly, the two persons who have been killed by the crime branch sleuths following the encounter include Sukhdev Singh and his gunman Inderjeet Singh Gora, whose names find no mention in the police FIR registered at the Sector 17 police station on June 23.

It was this FIR which was the basis of the operation and the crime branch sleuths had gone to arrest the accused in this case. A Sector 22-based youth staying as a paying guest, Harpinmder Singh, had lodged the FIR against Gurcharan Singh, Sukhpal Singh and Shinder Singh for assaulting and robbing him and also making his video. The three had allegedly assaulted and robbed him at the behest of an NRI who gave the orders for attacking Harpinder while sitting in the US as he wanted to avenge a two–year old assault.

Questions have also been raised if there are any connections between the crime branch sleuths and the persons, who have been killed while their names were not in the FIR.

Inspector Ranjodh Singh, in charge, crime branch, who was heading the team is a close relative of Akali leader Gursewak SIngh Gholia. Sources said the complainant Harpinder Singh who lodged the FIR is also close to them. A former IPS officer Pheru Rai is also their relative.

Some theories doing the rounds are that Sukhdev who was killed in the encounter and the two injured Gurcharan and Sukhpal were not on good terms with certain Akali leaders in the area and this factor could have provoked the encounter.

Inspector Ranjodh Singh admitted that he is related to Akali leader Gholia and Pheru Rai is his uncle, but denied that complainant Harpinder was in any way related to him.

The entire police team which was a part of the encounter was in civvies and in a private car and the team of the Sector 17 police station, which was in uniform was nowhere around when the encounter took place and had gone ahead. This is against the police protocol because during such an operation, the team which advances towards the accused is supposed to be in civvies and the team, which intercepts is ought to be in the police uniform. However, this was not the case yesterday. 

Questions to be answered

  • Doubts have been raised over the haste with which the crime branch took up the case and jumped into it within three days of registering the FIR while there are other heinous cases long pending in record of the UT police which require intervention of the branch.
  • Sukhdev and Inderjeet who were killed in encounter find no mention in the police FIR for robbery and assault registered at the Sector 17 police station. Why were they so ruthlessly killed with 14 and seven bullets respectively pumped into them?
  • Their relatives have alleged that Gurcharan and Sukhpal who were the actual accused and have been injured were not known to Sukhdev.
  • Where was the police party of Sector 17 police station which was accompanying the crime branch team when the encounter occurred? There were no policemen in uniform around when the encounter occurred.
  • Connections and hidden motive? Those killed said to be on bitter terms with certain Akali leaders, who is the kin of one of the cops who went for the operation.

The encounter

  • While UT police had on Wednesday gone to hunt for the three accused named in the FIR registered at the Sector 17 police station, they claim that Sukhdev and Inderjeet were accompanying the accused at their hideout in Moga and all of them fired at them on seeing the police approach them on Wednesday evening. The action of cross-firing by the UT police was thus in self-defence, claims a senior police officer. Gurcharan and Sukhpal have been injured in the firing.
  • Sukhdev had received bullets 14 times, including three in the head and Inderjeet was shot with as many as seven bullets, killing both of them.


Two meets, Rs 4 lakh spent, outcome nil
Drama continues for 2nd consecutive day; BJP-SAD, Cong councillors lock horn over legal sanctity of Wednesday’s meeting
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
The alleged non-seriousness of MC councillors, who were elected by public, towards developmental works and wastage of public money came to the fore when despite two House meetings over the last two days, not even a single item on the agenda was passed.

In these two House meetings, around Rs 4 lakh were spent on catering, electricity and two-day salary of MC officials who attended the meetings.

More importantly, issues such as compensation and a job to the kin of a fireman who died in a fire incident in Sector 17 on June 8 and sterlisation of stray dogs were not passed by the MC House.

Meanwhile, a day after the meeting, which was chaired by Senior Deputy Mayor Hira Negi of BJP after ‘hi-jacking’ the Mayor’s chair, Mayor Harphool Kalyan started the House proceedings today.

As soon as the meeting began, the leader of opposition, Arun Sood of BJP, wanted the Mayor to clarify the status of yesterday’s meeting. BJP-SAD councillors along with some nominated councillors claimed that yesterday’s meeting was legal and hence, the agenda items passed in it should not be discussed again. However, the Mayor and Congress councillors maintained that yesterday’s meeting was illegal and all the items should be discussed in today’s meeting. The deadlock continued for around two and a half hours. Even a suggestion for forming a committee of councillors and officials was also mooted but nobody was ready to budge.

Ultimately, Mayor Harphool Kalyan adjourned the House meeting.

‘Credit’ war between parties

Both Congress and BJP-SAD councillors sought to take the ‘credit’ for passing agenda items related to development of the city. While BJP-SAD alliance wanted to continue with the meeting only if the Mayor approved the items passed in his absence by its councillors yesterday, the Congress councillors were not ready for it and instead wanted to pass the agenda today so that they can take ‘credit’ for development works.

Rift between nominated councillors surfaces

During Thursday’s meeting, nominated councillor Dr Amrit Tewari, who had attended the meeting a day before as well, suggested that views of every councillor should be sought to finalise the status of that meeting. While Tewari was giving her suggestion, another nominated councillor Babu Lal, who was sitting behind her, gestured to the Mayor and some Congress councillors not to accept her suggestion. Finally, the Mayor turned down the idea. 

Cong councillors’ protest prompts MC action

A day after Congress councillors Satish Kainth and Darshan Garg bolted from outside the office of MC Chief Engineer for not carrying out developmental works in their respective wards, the MC officials swung into action on Thursday. They installed a public toilet block in Sanjay Colony, Industrial Area, Phase I, started recarperting of road in Palsora village and began tender process for installation of streetlights in the Industrial Area, Phase I.

Status of two meetings

Mayor Harphool Kalyan said the meeting held a day before was illegal and the one held on Thursday is legal. As no item on the agenda has been passed yet, the agenda would now come up for discussion in the next meeting.

Half of the MC House time snacked away

In the MC House meeting on Thursday, which went for around two hours and 30 minutes, councillors spent about 70 minutes enjoying tea and snacks. Rather than discussing issues, they were busy munching items purchased from public money.



Shortage of liquor, beer continues to plague the city
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
Almost a month after the UT excise policy came into force, shortage of premium and popular brands of beer and liquor continue to plague the city.

Leaving the Bacchus lovers high and dry, the UT Excise Department has failed to “rein in” beer and liquor manufacturers, who were allegedly resorting to pressure tactics on the issue of fixing the ex-distillery price (EDP) of different brands.

Despite being approved by the Excise Department, even premium beer brands such as Miller, Foster and Budweiser were not available at most of the liquor shops in the city. As a result, not only the prices of beer and liquor have shot up, city residents are being forced to visit vends in the neighbouring Mohali and Panchkula to fetch their preferred brands.

Liquor contractors admit that due to shortage of stocks, they have no option but to increase the prices to anything from Rs 90 to Rs 110 a bottle. The popular brand of Kingfisher Strong has not been approved by the department so far.

Sources in the liquor business point out that the liquor and beer manufacturers, whose brands have been approved, were giving limited supply to the city due to the issue of EDP. The supplies are being diverted to Punjab.

Enquiries revealed that so far, different brands of the United Distillery such as Antiquity Blue, Royal Challenge, Mc Dowell No.1, Green Label and DSP Black, Bagpiper and Mc Dowell have not yet been approved by the department.

On the other hand, the liquor contractors are blaming the UT Excise and Taxation Department for failing to “rein in” the liquor and beer manufacturers to bring down the EDP of different brands.

Satpal, a veteran in the trade, said the department should not charge the licence fee for the period when the permits have not been issued.

Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner RC Bhalla said efforts were being made to restore the supply.

Country liquor cheaper

Contrary to the IMFL and beer, whose prices have increased due to shortage, the prices of country liquor have been slashed by up to 60 per cent due to competition between the stakeholders, especially at vends in Hallomajra. 

Row over EDP

For the last seven years, the UT Excise Department “systematically” allowed the liquor manufacturers to annually increase the ex-distillery price (EDP) of different brands of liquor by over 45 per cent.

This resulted in the prices rising systematically over the years. All this while, the same brands of liquor were being sold at comparatively lesser rate in neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana.

But now, the UT is insisting that the EDP of brands to be sold in the UT should be on a par with that of Punjab. 



Dhawan man accuses Tandon of sidelining him
Independent councillor Gurcharan Dass Kala had recently joined BJP under Dhawan
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
Independent MC councillor Gurcharan Dass Kala, who had joined the BJP during the recent Lok Sabha elections, has accused the party’s city unit president Sanjay Tandon of sidelining him.

During the MC House meeting today, Kala said he joined the party because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the party senior leader Harmohan Dhawan. He maintained that he was still an independent councillor and not a BJP councillor.

While talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the councillor said as he was from Dhawan’s camp, Tandon was sidelining him in the BJP. Recently, Tandon had opened a food and supply camp office in his ward in Mani Majra but did not inform him about it, Kala claimed.

“As he joined the BJP because of Dhawan, Tandon was not giving him any importance in the party,” Kala alleged.

When contacted, BJP city unit president Sanjay Tandon said the function in Mani Majra was not organised by him. Local residents had organised the function and he was not aware of whom all they had invited, he claimed, adding that he had hardly spent 10-15 minutes at the function. There was no question of sidelining anybody in BJP, Tandon said.

The city BJP unit chief further said if Kala had stated such a thing, then it was not good for the party.

It may be mentioned that the Chandigarh BJP unit is divided into three camps led by Tandon, Dhawan and former MP Satya Pal Jain. It was only because of differences between these three leaders that the party’s central leadership gave the Lok Sabha ticket for Chandigarh seat to Kirron Kher. Kher defeated Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal with a record margin of around 70,000 votes.



Patil for stronger civil, defence ties
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, June 26
The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil today said the defence personnel were disciplined and were always prepared to make any kind of sacrifice to achieve the objectives fixed for them. Patil was presiding over a high-level civil and military liaison conference held at Chandimandir here.

Addressing senior officers of the defence and civilian authorities, Patil said the Western Command is given the responsibility to cover and protect the area of our country where wars have been fought in the distant, medieval and immediate past. Appreciating the Command for imparting specialised four-week training to 200 police personnel last year, the Governor said such training should be imparted every year to officers and jawans of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and of the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB).

Responding to some issues raised by the Army authorities, the Governor assured that the state machinery would be totally responsive and supportive to extend full cooperation to resolve their problems. He asked officials concerned in the UT Administration to expedite ongoing works and complete them in a stipulated time.

The Governor announced a grant of Rs 20 lakh from his discretionary fund for a girls’ hostel being constructed by the Army in Chandigarh.

Lt General Philip Compose, GoC-in-C, Western Command, Chandimandir, assured the Administrator that the Western Command would impart training on a regular basis to officers and jawans of police forces.



Rights panel summons cops who entered children’s home in uniform
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
The Chandigarh Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR) has summoned two more police officials, namely Sector 11 SHO Malkit Singh and Harjeet Kaur, for recording their statements regarding their visit to the Children’s Home for Girls, earlier known as Bal Niketan, Sector 15 here, in police uniform.

They have been directed to record their statements within a fortnight.

Meanwhile, CCPCR chairperson Prof Devi Sirohi said three of the police personnel, who were involved in the case, came to the commission today to record their statement. She said the acting SHO of Sector 11 Dalbir Singh stated that he was aware about the incident but since he was not a part of the inquiry, he never visited the Children’s Home for Girls.

Jyoti, a constable, said she was not in uniform as she was in the family way. Kartar Singh, also a constable, stated that he did not enter the premises.

Statements recorded

Acting SHO of Sector 11 Dalbir Singh stated that he was aware of the incident but since he was not a part of the inquiry, he never visited the Children’s Home for Girls.

Jyoti, a constable, said she was not in uniform as she was in the family way.

Kartar Singh, also a constable, stated that he did not enter the premises.



75 encroachers issued challans in Mani Majra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
The enforcement wing of Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, today removed encroachments from the Motor Market in Mani Majra and the areas in its vicinity. During the drive, 75 violators were challaned.

The MC team removed and impounded 10 cars, which were being repaired illegally on a public place. Besides, mechanic toolboxes, oxygen cylinders, gas tanks, hydraulic jacks used in repairing vehicles etc were seized.

The drive was carried out following the directions of Joint Commissioner Sarita Malik and under the supervision of inspector and sub-Inspectors of the enforcement wing.



Canada Day
Komagata Maru incident has changed our views, says Canadian High Commissioner
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Indo-Canadian singer Kiran Ahluwalia presents an item during Canada Day celebrations at Sector 2, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
Indo-Canadian singer Kiran Ahluwalia presents an item during Canada Day celebrations at Sector 2, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, June 26
“The Komagata Maru incident has not been one of the best events in the history of Canada and we have learnt from it. Fundamentally our approach towards immigration has changed since then,” said Stewart Beck, High Commissioner for Canada to India, while commemorating the centennial year of the incident here today.

Stewart Beck, who was in the city for his farewell and 147th Canada Day celebrations organised by the Consulate General of Canada in Chandigarh, said since 50s both the countries - India and Canada - had excellent relationships.

The High Commissioner said even when the world economy was hit by the recession, the trade between both the countries continued to grow.

“Since 2008, the growth of trade has increased to almost four times. Both the countries are discussing foreign policy, energy dialogue, social security, nuclear cooperation at the ministerial level now,” he said.

On his interactions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Beck said: “Modi has sent a good message to the international community that he is focused on economic development and has a mandate for it.”

Singer composer Kiran Ahluwalia mesmerised the audience with her scintillating renditions of Punjabi songs during the celebrations.



Scleroderma day observed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
The Department of Internal Medicine celebrated World Scleroderma Day. Besides specialists, the programme was attended by nearly 200 patients.

Rheumatology Clinic at the PGIMER has a large number of scleroderma patients.

Dr Shefali Khanna Sharma of the Department of Internal Medicine gave a brief overview of the disease. A panel discussion by distinguished doctors, namely Prof Surjit Singh, Department of Internal Medicine, Dr KL Gupta, Head, Department of Nephrology, Dr D Behra, Head, Department of Chest, and Dr Parag, Department of Cardiology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, was held. This was followed by an open discussion with patients. They clarified their doubts about the disease and its treatment.

Patient were given information booklets which will help them become aware of the disease and fight it in a better way.



Protest over remarks against Sai Baba
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 26
Up in arms against a religious guru for making objectionable statements against Sai Baba, a number of Sai followers lodged their protest by burning an effigy of the ‘guru’ at the Sector 16 roundabout today afternoon.

Expressing their solidarity with the protesters, a group of eunuchs from the city also joined the protest and raised slogans against the ‘guru’.

Traffic on the busy roundabout was disrupted for some time due to the protest.

Earlier, the protesters assembled adjacent to the Sector 16 Petrol Pump and addressed a public rally. They had also organised a langar.



Panel chief seeks people’s cooperation

Mohali, june 26
Chairperson of the District Planning Committee, Amanjot Kaur Ramoowalia, today sought cooperation of all sections of society to check drug abuse.

Ramoowalia was speaking at a function organised on the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at Shivalik Public School here today.

“There is a need to involve social welfare organisations and panchayats to make Punjab drug-free,” she said.

She said a special drive had been launched in the state against drug menace and people’s help was needed to achieve success. — OC



Elderly made aware of tobacco’s ill-effects 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
Thirtyfive-year-old Kanta Devi (name changed), a resident of Indira Colony, here, developed addiction of tobacco in her teenage. Little did she understand its harm as she started chewing tobacco to relieve herself of her anger every time her mother would scold her.

Soon, her own belief in tobacco turned a stress buster for her. Now, she is unable to quit it despite all her individual efforts.

By the time she realised the ill-effects, it was too late. Now, she fears that her children might copy her.

“I cannot do anything about it. The more I resist, the more urge I feel. I have been somehow hiding it from my children. But I fear they will come to know some day,” she said.

Similar is the plight of hundreds of residents in and around the city. “The addiction begins with simple incidents in life,” said an anganwari worker from Maloya colony. A team of psychiatrists from the Department of Pscychiatry interacted with a number of women, including a few like Kanta and others who had addicts in their family, at the Old Age Home in Sector 43, here, and told them about treatments available for it.

Experts told them that they should not surrender to the recovery symptoms.

Health mela organised

The Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society in collaboration with SEHAT, an NGO, organised an Infotainment Health Mela at the Community Centre in Ram Darbar, Chandigarh, to observe International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which is organised on June 26 every year around the globe.

Caregiver awareness programme

The Drug De-addiction and Treatment Centre of Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER, Chandigarh, today organised caregiver awareness programme on substance use disorders. Professor D Basu, consultant in charge, DDTC, PGIMER, highlighted the global perspective of the day and additionally spoke about the role of families in management of addictive disorders. People who completed treatment successfully and living a normal and productive life and contributing positively to society shared their experiences.



Recruitment to be probed
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 26
Recruitment of Anganwari workers held recently at Saketri village came under scanner with Haryana Minister of Local Urban Government Savitri Jindal marking a probe in this regard to the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, here today.

The issue was raised by Bharat Bhushan, a member of the district public and grievances redressal committee, at a meeting chaired by the minister at the district administrative complex here.

Bhushan said the recruitment process lacked transparency and it was allegedly organised for certain persons only.

In the process, only matriculates got the job while candidates having higher qualification were rejected, Bhushan alleged.

Complaints related to sound and air pollution caused by Alchemist Hospital in Sector 21, here, supply of potable water and power, non-availability of forms to avail facilities under the Food Safety Bill, besides others were raised by the committee members during the meeting.

The minister directed the officials of the departments concerned to take the complaints seriously and resolve them on a priority basis. He also directed HUDA officials to ensure toilets and other mandatory facilities in all city markets within 15 days.

Out of the 16 items put up in the meeting, the minister solved 12 on the spot while the rest were referred to officials of the departments concerned for early redressal.



Traders meet pollution control panel vice-chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
A delegation of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) met Satya Gopal, vice-chairman, Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee, and took up pollution control-related issues on behalf of traders of the city.

CBM president Charanjiv Singh submitted a memorandum highlighting the difficulties faced by traders while dealing with the Pollution Control Department.

The delegation said while dealing with small shops, the authorities should understand that shops were not at par with industrial units and were usually run by individuals with limited resources.

The 19-page application form designed for big industrial houses was a nightmare for a small shop owner. Besides, each application was required to be approved by four or five officers, which was a long process, Charanjiv said.

The members suggested that there should be a one-page simple form and the single-window system should be implemented at the Paryawaran Bhawan, Sector 19, for fast clearance of applications.



BJP seeks suggestions from public

Chandigarh, June 26
The Chandigarh masterplan is going to be discussed in the meeting of the Advisory Council of the Chandigarh Administration on June 30.

Sanjay Tandon, president of the local unit of the BJP, has appealed to the public to come forward with their suggestions on the master plan.

Tandon said the city unit of the party had received a good response from local residents to the master plan.

A large number of people had given their suggestions online through email while many visited the BJP office and gave their suggestions in writing. Residents could email their suggestions at suggest.bjpchd@gmail.com and also upload on Facebook ID www.facebook.com/ BJPCHD till June 28.

IT cell convener Deepak Malhotra could also be contacted at the BJP office from 4pm to 6pm in this regard, he added. — TNS



LDC exam on working day
Resentment in PGI contractual staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
With the PGIMER scheduling the exam for nearly 75 posts of lower division clerk on June 30 (Monday), thousands of contractual employees of the institute will be forced to take leave to appear for the exam.

Despite requesting the PGIMER administration for scheduling the exam on any Sunday, as being done in case of other recruitment exams, the employees were left in the lurch.

Over 10,000 persons will appear for the exam and these constitute a majority of the PGIMER hospital attendants and other assisting staff.

PGIMER official spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said: “We have made alternative arrangements for the day.”

“Also, the employees appearing for the exam will be given short leave. We tried but the exam could not be rescheduled as availability of centres was to be seen,” the spokesperson said.

The move is likely to affect patient care on the day as nearly 50 per cent of the staff will be away for the exam.



Students develop eco-friendly rickshaw
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 26
Students of the Gian Jyoti Group of Institutions have designed and developed a battery-operated ‘Go green rickshaw’.

Nandan Kumar, Sachin Patial, Vivek Dhiman, Sourabh and Jamuna, all students of mechanical engineering (ME), completed the eco-friendly project under the guidance of Gurpreet Singh, Head, ME Department.

The rickshaw can accommodate three persons, including the driver. It can go for around 50 km to 55 km after fully charging the batteries and the speed can vary from 12 km to 15 km an hour. The cost of charging the battery is only Rs 10 to Rs 15.

This rickshaw can also be operated manually in case of low battery.

The students worked overtime on the project as the lab facilities remained available even on holidays.



Cable theft leaves over 600 phones dead

Chandigarh, June 26
Over 600 BSNL telephone lines have been disrupted due to a theft of two of 1,200 pair cables in Sectors 27 and 28. The services in Darua village have also been affected. JS Sahota, general manager (Telecom), BSNL, Chandigarh, said an FIR was registered regarding the theft.

The repair work was going on and restoration of services might take two days, he said. — TNS



Medical camp on June 29
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 26
In a joint effort to serve society, the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Mohali, and the House Owners Welfare Society, Phase V, will organise a legal awareness and free medical check-up camp on June 29 here.

The camp will be held from 8 am to 1 pm at the Lok Sewa Kendra, Civil Dispensary, Phase V.

Tarntaran Singh Bindra, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary, DLSA, Mohali, will create legal awareness among the public. A team of doctors will examine the patients.

Free sugar tests will also be conducted and Ranbaxy Laboratories will provide free medicines to the needy. 



Business News
YES Bank wins awards

YES Bank has won the MasterCard Payment Innovation Awards under three of the total nine categories. YES Bank won these recognitions for introducing payment programmes that present convenient solutions to people.

Intex launches 21 inch and 24 inch LED TVs

Intex Technologies today added a new range of LED TV’s to its existing line up. The new LED TVs comes in 21 inch and 24 inch screen size. Both the LED TVs support advanced features such as Full HD video playability through USB, built-in stereo speaker and others.

‘Win Everyday’ this Ramzan with Xpress Money

Xpress Money, money transfer brand, has launched a promotion, ‘Win Everyday’ for its Indian customers, in the holy month of Ramzan. The 49-day promotion —which will start on June 25 till August 12, will entitle customers transferring money to India from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, UK, Malaysia, Greece, Maldives and Brunei, a chance to win Rs 18,000 as daily prizes.

My FM celebrates musical evening

The tricity’s Paras Down Town Square Mall located in Mohali’s Zirakpur hosted the finale of 94.3 MY FM’s ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, Marathon Season-3.’

Buy online pump store @ Pumpkart.Com

Chandigarh-based entrepreneur KS Bhatia has founded Pumpkart.com with the aim of revolutionising the pumping industry. Pumpkart.com is an e-commerce portal where pumps from pump manufacturers across the world of global repute are available for purchase.

Talwalkars fitness plan

Talwalkars Better Value Fitness Ltd., one of the India’s largest fitness chains, has offered a new plan for customers at its gymnasium in the city. A press note issued by the company revealed that the exciting offer is a first from the brand — ‘Talwalkars’ — that is in expansion mode by setting up gyms across the country. The company has made its appearance in more than 78 cities with more than 150 gyms, including Panchkula and Ambala. — TNS



BCom Part-I admission 
Tough contest in general pool
3,773 applications received for around 294 seats for general quota
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
BCom Part I applicants seeking admissions under the general pool in the city colleges would have to face tough competition this year. As against around 294 seats for the general quota, which is 15 per cent of the total seats, as many as 3,773 applications were received by Panjab University under the centralised admission.

Resultantly, the cut-off for the general category will be much higher than the last year. As per the data of the last year, SD College, Sector 32, gave admissions to students having 110.6 rank under the general pool and 106.8 rank under the UT pool, MCM DAV, Sector 36, was having cut-off 108.0 rank under the general pool and 105.5 rank under the UT pool category.

Among the government colleges, in the Postgraduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, the UT pool cut-off was 99 per cent and for the general quota it was 108 rank. In the Government College for Commerce, Sector 42, the UT pool cut-off was 98 per cent and under the general pool the rank was 108 points.

This year, the top rank is 114.4 points under the general pool and 113.8 under the UT pool in the tentative cut-off, which was released by the university today.

The applications under the UT pool category are almost double the number of seats available in the colleges. Against 1,666 seats in colleges, the university has received applications from 3,073 students seeking admissions under the UT pool. There are 70 seats in the Department of Evening Studies, which does not have any quota for admissions.

The objections to the merit list can be filed by June 28. Objections should be reported by mail at bcomadmissions@pu.ac.in or at the office of Coordinator, BCom-I admissions, UIHMT, Panjab University, Chandigarh, by hand by June 28.

The final tentative merit list will be declared by June 30. First physical counselling for the colleges situated in Chandigarh, including Department of Evening Studies, PU, will be held from July 3 to July 6 at Panjab University.

Seats for BCom-I

Colleges    Seats

  • DAV College, Sector 10    210 (coeducation)
  • GGSD College, Sector 32    280
  • Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 42 140
  • Postgraduate Government College, Sector 46   140
  • Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector-26   280 (coeducation)
  • Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45   140
  • MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36   210
  • Guru Gobind Singh College for Women,   140

Sector 26

  • Postgraduate Government College for Girls, 140

Sector 11

  • Postgraduate Government College for Girls, 140

Sector 42

  • Postgraduate Government College, Sector 11 140
  • Department of Evening Studies, PU 70 

Tentative cut-off up

This year, the top rank is 114.4 points under the general pool and 113.8 under the UT pool in the tentative cut-off, which was released by the university on Thursday.

Chandigarh colleges have 85 per cent quota for the UT pool and 15 per cent quota for the general pool. There is no pool quota in the Department of Evening Studies, PU.

The final tentative merit list will be declared by June 30. First physical counselling for the colleges situated in Chandigarh, including Department of Evening Studies, Panjab University, will be held from July 3 to July 6 at Panjab University.

Last year's cut-off of colleges

Colleges UT Pool General

SD College, Sector 32 106.8 rank 110.6 rank

MCM DAV, Sector 36 105.5 rank 108 rank

GCG, Sector 11 99 per cent 108 rank

Government Commerce, 98 per cent 108 rank

Sector 42



Admissions begin for new course at DAV College
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
Admissions to the newly introduced two-year Advance Diploma in Medical Lab Technology Community College Scheme have started at DAV College, Sector 10, here.

Principal Dr BC Josan said a meeting under the chairmanship of Prof Naval Kishore, Dean, College Development Council, Panjab University, was held on June 25, 2014. The fee decided for the course would be as per the University Aided Course, which is B.Sc.-I (Medical).

He said the admitted students would be given scholarship of Rs 1,000 per month subject to fulfilment of satisfactory attendance. There would be 50 seats and the students with 10+2 (science) would be given preference.

Candidates with higher qualification can also apply. There will be no entrance test. Admission will be done on a merit basis.

Reservation of seats will be as per the university rules. The last date to submit the complete application form is July 12, 2014, and counseling will be held on July 14, 2014.

Dr Manju Dewan, coordinator of this course, said the prospectus and other details were available in the IT Department of the college as well as on the college website, www.davchd.com.



PU declares MCA sixth semester results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 26
Panjab University, Chandigarh, has declared the results of MCA sixth semester. A total of 146 students, who appeared for the examination, have passed the examination.

PU Controller of Examinations Professor Parvinder Singh said the results had been uploaded on the Panjab University website, http://results.puchd.ac.in/.



Summer camp ends

Mohali, June 26
The summer camp organised by Shemrock Senior Secondary School concluded today. During the three-week camp, children got an opportunity to hone their skills in various activities.

On the last day of the camp, a grand finale was organised where students presented different dances and songs.

A special exhibition was also organized where the artifacts made by the students during the camp were displayed. Among the activities that were taught to the students during the camp included western dance, bhangra, music, dramatics and yoga.

During the grand finale celebrations, the children enthralled the audience by dancing to the tune of peppy numbers choreographed by Mumbai choreographers. The key attraction of the event was the bhangra performance and a play on ‘healthy diet”. — TNS



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