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Heist at jewellery showroom
Robbers abandon looted car
Vehicle found dumped near Metro outlet in Zirakpur; snatched mobile found in Panchkula
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

A forensic team examines jewellery showroom owner Aashi Khanna’s car that was abandoned by the robbers
A forensic team examines jewellery showroom owner Aashi Khanna’s car that was abandoned by the robbers. Photos: Rubal

Panchkula, July 14
A day after robbers struck at Rajat Jewellers in the Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, the Swift car of Aashi Khanna (60), the owner of the jewellery shop, was found abandoned at Zirakpur near the Metro outlet on the Zirakpur-Ambala national highway.
A forensic team examines jewellery showroom owner Aashi Khanna’s car that was abandoned by the robbers
A forensic team examines jewellery showroom owner Aashi Khanna’s car that was abandoned by the robbers

The mobile phone of one of the employees of the showroom, which was taken away by the robbers, was also found dumped in Panchkula.

The robbers had fled with the car after stabbing the showroom owner. Forensic teams visited the spot to collect evidence.

Superintendent of Police Harpal Singh Sandhu said, “The robbed car was found near vacant plots next to bushes in front of the Metro showroom. We have called up the Panchkula police in this regard.”

Interestingly, the car that was lying abandoned since yesterday could not be tracked by the police despite having sent alerts about the dacoity in the tricity.

The Zirakpur police were informed about it by a passerby following which they reached the spot.

Police reconstruct robbery scene

A video grab of the robbers inside the showroom
A video grab of the robbers inside the showroom.

The police today reconstructed the entire robbery scene in the presence of the three victims to ascertain the modus operandi of the robbers.

A team headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Adarshdeep Singh reached the spot and spoke to the victims. Police officials made a map according to the sequence.

Suspicion about an insider’s role was raised as a set of artificial jewellery kept among real gold jewellery sets was not taken away by the robbers.

“We had kept the artificial set along with the real ones, but surprisingly, they did not take it away. It appears that some insider had given them information,” said a police official.

Former employee involved in robbery?

The police are looking at the possibility of a former showroom employee’s involvement in the crime as he was shown the door by the owner a month ago. The employee is based at Ludhiana and his mobile is switched off since the incident.

Snatched mobile was switched on for a few seconds

The mobile phone of one of the employees, Satish, that was taken away by the robbers, was switched on at 4.28 pm yesterday for a few seconds. Sources said at that time, the mobile location was in Sector 12.

Chevrolet Cruze

The complainant from whom the Chevrolet Cruze was looted in Nawanshahr told the Panchkula police that two persons forcibly took away the car from him at gunpoint. Their faces were covered.

Cops caught napping

Seven persons wearing helmets and travelling by a car did not raise the suspicion of policemen deployed at two nakas on the Mansa Devi road. Even after tea vendors and bystanders ran behind the vehicle, raising the alarm, the policemen failed to act.

Jewellers allege apathy

The Jewellers Association is upset over the alleged apathy of the Panchkula administration towards them. President of the association Deep Krishan said, “We were told that we must apply for armed licences. We took training and applied for it. However, it has been over two years since the files are lying in the SP’s office.”

Gang has 2 more members

Sources said the gang had two more members, who did the recce. However, they were not present during the robbery.



SDO, two others caught taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
The anti-corruption branch of the CBI today arrested a sub-divisional officer (SDO) with the Horticulture Department of the UT Administration, Navraj Singh Dhillon, along with two other employees of the UT Horticulture Department for taking a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a contractor. The two others arrested are sub-divisional clerk Ashwani Kumar and computer operator Raju.

The three were arrested from their office in Sector 23 and the bribe money was recovered from Dhillon’s possession. The bribe money was being accepted from a contractor for clearing his pending bills.

The contractor was looking after the task of supplying gardeners to the department.

The CBI also raided the house of Dhillon in Sector 68, Mohali, and recovered some jewellery and property-related documents.

A case was registered under Section 120-B of the IPC and Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

The CBI said the accused demanded a commission of 2 per cent amounting to Rs 5,000 from the complainant for clearing his pending bills of Rs 1,75,000.

The bribe was also demanded in lieu of the already cleared bills of Rs 90,000. The accused threatened that in case of non-payment of the bribe amount, the pending bills would not be cleared.

The accused will be produced in court tomorrow. Dhillon was nearing his retirement age.

Warder held on bribe charge

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested the head warder of Model Jail, Burail, for taking a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a convict. The accused, Sarwan Sharma, head warder of the jail, was demanding money from a convict to change his duty in the jail. The warder asked for the money from the convict to get a water purifier installed at his house. The inmate is a convict in a kidnapping case.

The warder had asked for Rs 6,500 from the convict to get his duty changed. The inmate asked his brother, who works with the UT Administration, to get the money. The inmate then told the warder that he would not be able to pay this much amount, following which Sharma agreed for Rs 5,000.

The inmate sent a complaint through his brother to the CBI following which a trap was laid. The warder was arrested by the CBI while taking the bribe from the inmate’s brother. The money was being exchanged in front of a school in Sector 45. The warder was arrested from the spot and will be produced in a court tomorrow.



Patients give healing touch to others
Suffering from chronic diabetes, 2 youngsters turn assistants at PGI
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Empathy is at its best when you undergo the same pain. Two young patients of chronic diabetes at the PGI have gone a step ahead in justifying this notion.

Both Anil and Harvinder, in their early 20s, who had first visited the PGI as patients a few years ago, now assist consultants and diabetes patients in OPDs.

These two patients, who have faced difficulties in treatment and trauma after having developed the disease in childhood, help others like them in filling test forms and guiding them to different counters amid the massive rush in OPDs.

“Diabetes has a lot of impact on the emotional well-being of most patients. The restrictions on food, strict compliance with treatment and life-long precautions and medication tend to demotivate patients, especially children,” said Dr Sanjay Bhadada, Associate Professor, Department of Endocrinology, PGI.

“In that case, we need assistants also to be sympathetic and sensitive towards patients. We could not have anyone better than these two boys. They work selflessly. We try to pay them from our funds to keep them motivated,” Dr Bhadada said.

“Leading a normal life for a diabetic who has been suffering since childhood is very difficult. I wanted to work and this work gives me maximum recognition and satisfaction too,” said Anil, who has been associated with the OPD for the past five years as an assistant.

Harvinder visited the PGI OPD for treatment nearly a year ago and was motivated by Anil to join as an assistant. Both have been spearheading free treatment for poor children.

What is diabetes

It is a group of metabolic diseases where the blood sugar level in a person remains high. If untreated, it can affect the heart, feet, eyes and also the kidneys.

The treatment

The treatment varies with the type of diabetes, but injecting insulin is common, in addition to regular medication and avoidance of sugar.



94 bus queue shelters to be razed in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
The UT Engineering Department has identified at least 94 bus queue shelters that are in a dilapidated condition and has decided to demolish these. The UT swung into action after a girl was injured when bricks fell on her from one such shelter in Sector 15. Most of the structures made of mortar and brick are beyond repair as plaster has started peeling off and cracks have appeared in these. A senior UT official said a survey had revealed that while 21 brick structures needed to be demolished, the remaining ones, which were steel structures, needed to be replaced.

In shelters made of steel, route charts and seats meant for passengers have gone missing. “The number of steel structures which need to be replaced is 73. We have written to the Chief Architect to approve the design for bus queue shelters as the previous design has been rejected,” said an official.

Complaints have been received that the structures do not provide protection from rain and sun.



Proposal to hike fine for encroachers: UT writes to MHA
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
To deal with encroachments in markets in the city, the UT Administration has once again written to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to increase the fine for encroachers from the existing Rs 500 to Rs 10,000.

Recently, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had rapped the Chandigarh Administration for displaying a complete lack of will “to do anything” on encroachments.

The Administration had then sent a proposal to the MHA to enhance the fine, but the ministry had again sent the proposal back to the UT asking it to make some amendments.

A senior official of the UT Administration said earlier they had proposed to increase the fine amount, but the MHA had told them to make some amendments to the proposal. Now, after holding a meeting with MC officials, the UT had written a fresh letter to the MHA regarding increasing the fine amount for encroachers from Rs 500 to Rs 10,000, he said.

The official said in their proposal, they had not proposed the imprisonment clause for encroachers. The UT had forwarded the fresh proposal to the MHA, the official said. The MHA had also sought the view of the UT on the possibility of including the imprisonment clause in the proposal. “Though the nature of penalty provides for fine or imprisonment, there is no mention of imprisonment in the proposal. It will be advisable to specify the details of imprisonment and penalties in the relevant provisions. This will also help obviate the discretionary powers vested in the enforcing agencies,” the MHA said.

Ground reality

Encroachments in corridors of markets in the city are a major problem with the MC turning a blind eye to the violations. The corridors in a majority of the markets have been encroached upon by vendors and shopkeepers for displaying their goods, hardly leaving any space for visitors to walk. The corridors and pavements in the markets of Sectors 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 44, 45 and 46 have been encroached upon by shopkeepers, leading to congestion. Though the MC is flooded with complaints of encroachments from residents of various sectors, it has failed to act.

Staff crunch at MC

The MC Additional Commissioner had told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that to deal with encroachments in the entire city, the MC had only two posts of inspector and 20 of sub-inspector, of which 17 were for field duties. It also had 79 workers or labourers to assist the sub-inspectors in removing encroachments.


Paid parking lots
MC surprise check mere ‘eyewash’
Officials fail to detect overcharging by contractors despite complaints
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
The drive of the Municipal Corporation under Mayor Harphool Kalyan to detect violations at paid parking lots in the city was mere ‘eyewash’.

Kalyan along with MC officials and members of the Paid Parking Committee, today inspected three parking lots — Sukhna Lake parking lot, Elante Mall parking lot and the Empire Store in Sector 17— but failed to detect overcharging by contractors from the public.

The seriousness of the drive can be gauged from the fact that around 20 persons complained against the parking lot contractor at Elante Mall for overcharging, but no action was taken against him for overcharging. He was challaned Rs 7,500 for other violations. The ticketing machine was not being used, the attendants were found without proper uniforms and no parking attendant was deployed inside the parking area at a distance of 50 meter.

Similarly, at the Empire store parking lot, the contractor was challaned Rs 1,500 and at the Sukhna Lake parking lot, the contractor was challaned Rs 2,500. In these two parking lots, the parking lot employees were not in uniform and no parking attendant was deployed inside the parking area at a distance of 50 meter.

“I was surprised to know that authorities did not take action on the overcharging issue even after the officials noted down the mobile numbers and names of around 20 complainants there”, said MC paid parking committee member Malkiat Singh.

Surprise check info leaked: Mayor

Upset over the ineffectiveness of the drive, Mayor Harphool Kalyan, said it was supposed to be a surprise check, but it seemed that the information was leaked by someone to the contractors because when they reached the Elante Mall parking lot, the contractors had already stopped overcharging the people there. Though the people complained about the overcharging however, there was no evidence of overcharging like a parking slip, so no action could be taken. Challans were issued for other violations, he said.

Kainth accuses Mayor of sidelining him

Councillor Satish Kainth on Monday said the Mayor H Kalyan should have taken him along when he went to inspect the Elante Mall parking lot in Industrial area, Phase I, as it was in his ward. But the Mayor preferred not to do so and inspected the site without informing him. He said that he would take up the matter with former MP Pawan Kumar Bansal and Chandigarh Congress president BB Behl. Kalyan, said that he visited the parking lots only with the members of the paid parking committee. The Mayor denied any kind of rift between him and Satish Kainth.



Residents upset over delayed monsoon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Once again, predictions made by the Met Department for the city has failed which has upset residents as they have to bear the scorching and humid conditions for long. As per the Met forecast, the monsoon was likely to arrive today, but it just drizzled in a few areas this morning, which resulted in increase in humidity.

The Met Department has predicted heavy rains are likely in the next three days which will be the indication of monsoon arrival in the city. In next three days, the maximum temperature will dip to 33 degree Celsius and minimum temperature to 24 degree Celsius after the rain.

Met officials said that the monsoon this season had been delayed by a fortnight in the northwestern parts of the country. There are chances that the condition will improve by this week, an official said.

In July, as per the past record, the normal rainfall received is 280 mm but this time till the middle of the month, the rainfall received in the city is 67 mm, which is less than 25 per cent of the normal rain.

The Met recorded maximum temperature 36.4 degree Celsius which is one notches below the normal and minimum 27.6 degree Celsius which is three notches below the normal.



Sector 18 Community Centre
Renovation work begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
The Municipal Corporation (MC) today started the extension and renovation work of the Community Centre at Sector 18.

Area councillor Mukesh Bassi, along with ward residents and MC officials, formally started the work today.

In the new community centre, there will be facilities like a multi-purpose hall, kitchen and pantry, toilet blocks, gym, meeting room, office and lounge, library, bridal room and an open terrace will be extended at the cost of Rs 1.46 crore.

Councillor Mukesh Bassi said the total built up area of the community centre will be extended up to 6866 sq. ft. from the existing area having 2930 sq. ft. within a time period of one and half year. In addition to that, after the extension work, space for sports will also be provided inside the community centre with the provision of tennis court and badminton courts, said the area councillor.



Now, Mohali cops act tough with drunk drivers
Begin drives; lay special nakas; issue challans
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 14
After Chandigarh, the Mohali Police too has started targeting drunk drivers in the town.

Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti said that orders had been issued to check the menace here by laying special nakas at various points.

“We have started the drive against drunken driving. We have already issued 36 challans to offenders in the past few days”, said Mohali SP (Traffic) SS Bains while talking to Chandigarh Tribune.

The figure was a mere five in June. Senior police officials admitted that due to strict rules of the Chandigarh Police, several persons (who use to visit Chandigarh from far-fetched places from Punjab side in their vehicles) preferred to drink in taverns and bars of Mohali, resulting in growing number of drunken-driving cases, here.

The Mohali Police have at least six alco censors. “On the lines of Chandigarh, the number of nakas have been increased during weekends”, said SP Bains.

Not only drunken driving, but the offenders of other traffic rules are also being dealt with strictly, claimed the police.

Bains said 3,322 challans were issued in June for various violations of traffic rules. “This month the figure has already crossed 1,600 mark”, said Bains.

The major violation in the town is jumping of red light for which the police have issued around 1,000 challans in a span of one-and-a-half-month.



Mohali admn gears up to tackle dengue, malaria
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 14
The local administration claimed to have made full arrangements to fight dengue and malaria.

DC Mohali Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said all arrangements at local Civil Hospital and government dispensaries were made to fight dengue and malaria.

“The treatment of malaria and dengue would be given free of cost at government health centers,” said Sidhu.

He added that only the civil hospital has laboratory in which tests to detect dengue are being done in the entire district. Even the facility is not available in big private hospitals here.

Apart from that the officials have been instructed to mix oil/medicines in the stagnated waters in the area and fill all the ditches with soil to check water logging in monsoon.

“We would also start fogging in the area, particularly in rural areas, in a day or two. Awareness campaign would also be initiated in schools so that children should know about the preventive measures of the diseases,” said Sidhu.

Notably, last year the Mohali district had witnessed only 80 cases of dengue, which were the minimum in number in the entire state.



Couple undergoes joint replacement surgeries
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 14
Medical advancements in joint replacement and treatment have brought joy to an elderly couple of Chandigarh who underwent surgeries together at Fortis Hospital here.

Surgeon and Director, Orthopedics, Harsimran Singh, Fortis Hospital, said 76-year-old Om Prakash Mathur and his wife, 75-year-old Pushpa Mathur, underwent joint replacement surgeries on June 30. While OP Mathur underwent total knee replacement, Pushpa underwent total hip replacement surgery.

“They used to experience severe pain. A year ago, OP Mathur had undergone total knee replacement of the other knee, while five years ago, Pushpa Mathur underwent total knee replacement at Fortis,” said Dr Harsimran Singh.

Both patients were not able to walk properly. For their daily chores they were largely dependent on their children. It was after their son and daughter-in-law insisted that the elderly Mathur couple braved surgery together so that they could walk with replaced and functioning knees. “We now look forward to resuming our life with our grandkids, playing with them, visiting place of worship, sitting on the ground and going for walks together,” said the couple.

Dr Harsimran Singh said implants customised as per the bone of the patient were available and could be implanted with computer-navigated surgery. “Computer-assisted knee surgery uses a computer software programme to calculate angles of the knee, enabling the surgeon to conduct surgery with greater precision to the tune of 1mm variation,” explained Dr Harsimran Singh.



electricity bills
Technical snag inconveniences residents

Chandigarh, July 14
City residents today faced inconvenience in depositing their electricity bills at various e-sampark centres, as there was a networking problem.

Reeta Kumari, a resident, said she failed to deposit the bill today due to technical errors in the software of the bill collection system.

UT Superintending Engineer (Electricity) MP Singh said there was some problem regarding non-acceptance of payment of the electricity bills by various e-sampark centres due to some networking issues. But now, the Electricity Department decided to extend the due date of payment of those electricity bills whose due date was July 14, 15 to July 16. Now residents can file their bills till July 16, he said. — TNS



PGI performs 1,800 plastic surgeries in one year
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
The depaerment of plastic surgery has conducted over 1,800 surgeries in past one year including face reconstruction and other complicated procedures. “This is at best a half truth as majority of patients treated by plastic surgeons in Indian subcontinent usually suffer from congenital deformities or sequelae of trauma and burns,” said Dr. Ramesh Sharma, Head, Department of Plastic Surgery at PGIMER.

Plastic surgeons of India celebrate July 15 as Plastic Surgery day since 2010 with intent to create awareness and dispel many pre-conceived notions regarding plastic surgery among general public. Plastic Surgery Department at PGI, this year, is going to host Annual Conference of Plastic Surgeons of India in October.



Thefts on the rise
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Two burglary cases, and six motor vehicle thefts were reported from across the city in the last two days. In the first incident, Shakti Kohli, a resident of Sector 8-C, reported that Rs 16,000 and gold jewellery were stolen from his house on July 12. In another incident, Mohinder Kumar, a resident of Sector 41-B, reported that someone had stolen jewellery and Rs 5,000 from his house on July 12.

Meanwhile, motor vehicle thefts were also reported to the police. Chandan Kumar, a resident of Dhanas village, reported that someone had stolen his auto (PB-65X-5415) (T) from the dividing road going towards, Sector 22. Narinder Kumar, who is employed in Sector 17, reported that his Platina motorcycle (CH-04E-8925) was stolen from rear side of Sector17, Chandigarh. Ashwani, a resident of Sector 29-B, reported that his motorcycle (CH-03-S-2407) was stolen from outside his house on July 12. Devender Sharma, a resident of Sector 30-B, reported that his Pulsar motorcycle number (HP-12D-2257) was stolen from the Sector 30-C market area. Shivinder Sharma, a resident of Sector 41-D, reported that someone had stolen his Bullet motorcycle (CH-03V-8928) from Phase I, Industrial Area. Parvez Khan of Sector 30-B, reported that someone had stolen his motorcycle (PB-65K-8062) from outside his house on July 12.

The thieves also managed to take away wheels along with alloys from the vehicle of a Sector 30 resident. Deepak Bajaj, a resident of Sector 30-B, reported that someone had stolen four wheels along with alloys of his Verna Car, (CH-01-AW-1741), parked near his house on July 13 night. The police have registered separate cases of theft under Sections 379 and 380 of the IPC in all the incidents.



Complainant joins probe in WhatsApp controversy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
After submitting a written complaint accusing a woman DSP of harassment and graft, Inspector Yashpal Vinayak, the SHO of the Industrial Area police station today joined the inquiry initiated on his complaint.

The SHO had submitted the written complaint to senior officials accusing DSP Anjitha Chepyala of corruption and harassing him. Earlier, he had posted his complaint on the WhatsApp group of the police creating ripples in the police circles.

Sources said Vinayak met UT SSP Sukchain Singh Gill and ASP Urvija Goel, who is conducting the inquiry into the complaint.

The ASP said they have initiated probe and would submit a report soon.

The SHO is expected to produce bills of the money he claims to have spent on the DSP’s air ticket, an air-conditioner and renovation of her house, the cost of which he claimed was Rs 5 lakh.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police (IGP) RP Upadhyaya called a meeting of all DSPs, SHOs and police post in-charges at the police headquarters and told them not to listen to the undue favours sought by their seniors.

Sources said the air-conditioner installed at the office of the DSP (East), which had triggered a controversy, has been removed from the office building.

Yashpal had alleged that he had got the AC installed in the office of the DSP at the cost or around Rs 27,000 but the latter did not pay him the amount.

The case

Inspector Yashpal Vinayak, the SHO of the Industrial Area police station, had submitted a written complaint to senior officials accusing DSP Anjitha Chepyala of corruption and harassing him. Earlier, he had posted his complaint on the WhatsApp group of the police creating ripples in the police circles.



ICCW meets today to discuss budget for fiscal 2012-13!
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Surprising it may sound but the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) is holding an annual general meeting of its members to discuss the budget report of the financial year 2012-13.

The meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, is being held after a gap two years. Interestingly, the agenda sent to the members mentions the budget estimates of 2012-13 and the actual expenditure and revenue of 2011-12. This when the Union Government has already approved the budget for the current financial year.

Surprisingly, no future plans of the ICCW have been mentioned in the agenda. Besides old financial figures, the department has not mentioned anything about its current expenditure and revenue.

Meanwhile, the revenue that the department generates from three BSNL towers installed in crèches has found a mention in the agenda but it fails to touch upon the action that the authorities have taken to remove them. Records revealed that during an executive meeting in 2012, the members had asked the authorities to remove these towers from crèches as it adversely affects the health of inmates.

Fact file

  • The Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) is holding its annual general meeting after a gap of two years.
  • The agenda sent to the members mentions the budget estimates of 2012-13 and the actual expenditure and revenue of 2011-12. The Union Government has already approved the budget for the current financial year.
  • Further, no future plans of the ICCW have been mentioned in the agenda.



New timings at dental hospital
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, has announced new timings for Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital on the university campus.

The working hours of the dental hospital will now be from 9 am to 5 pm.

Earlier, it was from 8 am to 2 pm.

The registration of the patients will now be done from 9 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 3 pm only.



Mobile application launched

Seattle based developers John Samuel and Bruce Woolsey have announced the launch of Blix, the first ever-mobile application in the personal directory space for Indian smartphone users. Blix uses the GPS on an Android or iOS smartphone to help users’ record, track, save places of importance and share it only with people they choose to.

Physiotherapy sessions

HealthCare at Home (HCAH) is now providing physiotherapy sessions at home with use of a portable device. With its portable machine matching international standards, the HCAH physiotherapist can perform almost all exercises in the comfortable confines of home. The at-home physio service of HCAH brings big reprieve for the patients, says Dr Gaurav Thukral, Head Medical Services, HCAH.

HTC unveils HTC Desire 616

HTC, unveiled the new HTC Desire 616 dual-sim smartphone with 1.4 GHz Octa-core processor. Integrating unparalleled powerful performance with high speed, HTC Desire 616 brings HD video creation, consumption and superior graphic capabilities to the mid-segment market. It will offer latest techonology at a very reasonable to the users.

Titan EyePlus organises workshop

An Opticare Workshop was held by Titan EyePlus, Sector 17. They conducted an eye care session to create awareness on vision correction. The workshop was hosted by Sujay Suresh Dangi, Chief Optometerist and Head of Technical Services, Titan Company Ltd, Eyewear Division. He demonstrated various steps to be undertaken for eye care and also emphasised the need for getting an eye test done every 6 months.

New GM of SBI appointed

Rajan Kumar today took over as General Manager, Network – 3, State Bank of India, Chandigarh Circle, which comprises of offices and branches of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

SRL Diagnostics test reports in 3 hours

With cases of malaria, typhoid and dengue likely to follow monsoon, city based diagnostic centre has launched three-hour reporting for all the test related to dengue and malaria.

New range of bangles launched

Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers has launched a luxury collection of bangles. Embracing the latest trends, this range of bangles include classic and contemporary designs of desirable gold, diamond and beautiful cuffs, which add a unique touch to one’s look for every occasion.



health notes
Budget disappointing, says MLAG

The Medicos Legal Action Group (MLAG) has termed the health Budget highly disappointing stating that their persistent demand to increase spending on health has not only been ignored but the budgeting in many subheads has been reduced. MLAG convenor Dr Neeraj Nagpal said, “The marginal increase, if any, on clubbing the budgeted funds in the central and state pools would barely counter inflation.”

Blood donation camp

The Thalassaemic Children Welfare Association (TCWA), Chandigarh, organised its 143rd blood donation camp this year. The camp held at Zakir Hall, Block A, PGI, on Saturday was inaugurated by NK Talwar, assistant general manger, SBI, PGIMER branch. He congratulated the donors hailing from Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh for doing their bit for the noble cause.

Body donated

The family of Raj Bhola (82) donated her body to the Department of Anatomy, PGIMER. The department expressed its gratitude to the family. Raj Bhola, a resident of Sector 6, Panchkula, was a social worker and devoted her life to the welfare of society. Her husband BL Bhola’s body was also donated to the department in January 2009. — TNS



MC House in a shambles, time to act

This refers to the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation meeting wherein elected councillors of both the Congress and the BJP-SAD alliance held the entire House to ransom for more than two hours. The high-pitched drama began with Senior Deputy Mayor Heera Negi of the BJP hopping on to the centre stage to chair the meeting while Mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan was trying to diffuse the ballistic situation created by his own party councillors. The House, with the senior deputy mayor in the chair, passed some resolutions on the agenda, which Kalyan, in his capacity as the Mayor, termed illegal the following day. The incident is not an isolated case where MC councillors' meeting ended up wasting public money. Ever since the House came into being, it has been rattled by one or the other raging controversies. Walkouts, brawls, logjams and adjournments are common. Worse, elected members of the House fight like street goons, caring two hoots for their female counterparts. There have been cases where even lady councillors were not spared on the floor of the House. Those at the helm of affairs must take a serious view of this and come out with a mechanism to prevent such misadventures on the floor of the House.

Ramesh K Dhiman, Chandigarh

Admn negligence resulting in loss of precious lives

This refers to a news item that an eight-year-old boy was electrocuted after coming in contact with an electric pole at a park. The incident was unfortunate but it is not for the first time that negligence of the Electricity Department proved fatal. In another case, a Panjab University student was injured after bricks started falling off the roof of a bus queue shelter in Sector 15. Negiligent acts on the part of authorities pose risk to the lives of people. It is high time the Administration woke up from its slumber and took steps to prevent such occurances.

SK Khosla, Chandigarh



Ceiling gives way at General Hospital
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 14
A major tragedy was averted when the fall ceiling of the gynecology ward of the General Hospital, Panchkula, gave up late this evening. At around 11.30 pm, when no one was around, the ceiling collapsed.

No one has suffered injuries in the incident.

The fall ceiling has been recently been constructed. The incident raised questions on the quality of the material used in the construction of the fall ceiling. It could have led to a major injury.

Previously also many a times the fall ceiling has given up. There is renovation going on in the hospital.

When the doctors were on round in the gynecology ward they heard a thud. The ward boys rushed outside they found that the fall ceiling had collapsed.

The senior doctors also rushed to the spot and took stock of the situation.



65 govt schools to get teaching material
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Finally after two years, the State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) is all set to provide computer-aided teaching material to 65 Hindi medium government schools across the city.

The expert panel consisting of 40 teachers from government schools, who were selected after two levels of PowerPoint presentation competitions, have converted the entire NCERT Hindi medium text of all subjects into DVDs for students of Classes I to VIII.

As per information, the project was undertaken in 2011 only to provide computer-aided teaching learning material to two government high smart schools in Sectors 50 and 53. However, after its successful implementation in smart schools, the department has planned to further implement it in all other schools.

Officials from the department said 80 packs of 35 DVDs each had been prepared at the cost of Rs 70,000 over a two-year span.

The content of DVDs has been prepared on the lines of website management and is based on the chapters of NCERT books. It includes videos, sounds, animations and presentations.

Moreover, the authorities added that the DVDs had been made in such a way that if any teacher wants to edit them they could easily do so.

One of the officials said after distributing the DVDs to government schools, the department would also provide them to the NCERT.

Meanwhile, the director of SCERT, Surender Singh Dahiya, said: “The content of textbooks was converted into DVDs in order to integrate the concept of information and communication technology in classrooms and to make teaching as well as learning interesting.”

Dahiya further added that the SCERT would conduct a distribution as well orientation programme for release of the DVDs.



Counselling for 50 additional MBBS seats on July 23
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
The counselling for additional 50 seats in the MBBS course at the GMCH-32 has been re-scheduled for July 23 in view of the delayed approval for increasing seats from the Medical Council of India. The counselling was earlier scheduled for July 18.

The announcement came as a breather for scores of students who were left disappointed over the rejection of increasing seats from 50 to 100, earlier by the MCI.

“We have postponed the date of counselling from July 18 to July 23 since a number of students will have to travel to the city from farther places,” said GMCH Director Principal Dr Atul Sachdev.

On June 23, during the counselling for the first 50 seats at the institute, scores of students were left in the lurch when the proposal for increasing the MBBS seats from 50 to 100 was rejected by the MCI.

Many of these students had left admission options in other colleges in the hope of securing a seat in the GMCH-32, considering the seats were proposed to be increased.

Disappointed over the MCI decision of declining 50 additional seats to the GMCH-32 due to a few shortcomings, parents gave a representation to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.

Pointing out the shortcomings, the MCI had rejected the GMCH’s request for increasing the seats. But a week ago, the decision was revoked as the institution submitted a compliance report for meeting the shortcomings.



NGO, Education Dept launch week-long plantation drive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Nanhi Chhaan Foundation in association with the Department of Education launched a week-long tree plantation drive in the city from Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector-10, and Rock Garden, here, today.
Justice SS Sodhi, former Chief Justice of the Allahabad HC, waters a plant during a plantation drive at the GMSSS in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Monday
Justice SS Sodhi, former Chief Justice of the Allahabad HC, waters a plant during a plantation drive at the GMSSS in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari
Students of the GMSSS-10 plant a sapling on the premises of the school in Chandigarh on Monday
Students of the GMSSS-10 plant a sapling on the premises of the school in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Adviser to the UT Administrator KK Sharma inaugurated the drive in the presence of former CII chairman Northern Region (NR) and founder chairman of the foundation Harpal Singh; former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court Justice SS Sodhi, who is also the President of the Tribune Trust; curator of Rock Garden Nek Chand; immediate past chairman, CII Chandigarh Council, and CEO, Aroma Group, Man Mohan Singh; vice-chairman, CII Chandigarh Council, Amarbir Singh; regional director, CII NR Pikender Pal Singh; councillor, MC, Chandigarh, and National Secretary, BJP Mahila Morcha, Chandigarh, Asha Kumari Jaiswal.

While addressing students at GMSSS-10, Adviser to the UT Administrator KK Sharma said, “This Nanhi Chhaan plantation drive gains much significance in the present scenario for there is a dire need for social awakening of the masses against discrimination of women and also to save the environment. Hence, an innovative initiative like this is a leap forward in the direction of a better future.”

He said the UT Administration had planned to reserve 30 per cent vacancies of bus conductors for women in Chandigarh.

“Soon the city will get to see women conductors in Chandigarh buses. In this way, women would get an opportunity to be self-reliant as also be more secure while traveling. For this, we would start a 6-month training course,” KK Sharma said.

The organisers said the plantation drive would be held across 10 government schools in the city till tomorrow.

Founder chairman of the foundation Harpal Singh told the students that as per a global survey, 60 per cent of the world’s work was done by women. However, they earn only 10 per cent of the income and only two per cent women across the globe own property. Hence, there was a need to fight for the equality and rights of women.

He said: “Under the Nanhi Chhaan initiative, we aim to target three aspects, which include care and protection of the girl child, enhancing green cover and inter-religion harmony.”

Moreover, former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court Justice SS Sodhi said the foundation had received support and blessings of people and highest institutions from all faiths, be it the Golden Temple in Amritsar, St Thomas Church in New Delhi, Sri Govind Dev ji Temple in Jaipur, Ajmer Sharif, Dargah Nizamuddin, and various religious places and top institutions across 13 states of the country.

“There is a need for youths to educate the elders now,” Justice SS Sodhi added.

On the occasion, Harpal also announced that the foundation had planned to conduct a national essay contest, ‘Nanhi Soch Bade Vichar’, in September in which students of 5,000 schools across the country would participate.

Harpal also invoked the students of the GMSSS-10 to take a ‘No dowry pledge’.



upsc notification
ABVP holds protest at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
The ABVP held a protest against the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) notification for 2013 in which English was made a compulsory language in the Civil Services examinations at Panjab University today.

Members of the ABVP condemned the decision as they said making English compulsory would affect the students, especially those from rural areas who are willing to take exam in Indian languages.

They said for the past few years, the UPSC was making policies to eliminate Indian languages from the examination. Also, the marking for languages other than English is done differently due to which the passing percentage of these students has decreased from 10 to 15 per cent to 2.3 per cent.



Post of PU Registrar
17 candidates appear for interview

Chandigarh, July 14
As many as 17 candidates appeared today for interview for the post of the Registrar of Panjab University, which was lying vacant since January this year. Highly placed sources in the university said in two rounds of interviews today, 18 candidates were called out, of which one did not appear for the interview.

The panel of eight members that conducted the interviews included the Vice-Chancellor of the PU.

They said prominent applicants of the university included K Tankeshwar, director, computer centre; Syndicate member and prof, UBS, Karamjeet Singh; UBS prof Meenaski Malhotra; Dr Rajeev Puri professor of physics; and Syndicate and senate member Dilip Kumar.

The screening committee has called eight more candidates for the interview tomorrow after which the decision will be finalised and sent to the Syndicate and the Senate for final approval.

Prof AK Bhandari, who is the Dean University Instructions (DUI), is also holding the additional charge of Registrar. Before joining as the DUI, Professor Bhandari had served as the PU Registrar since December 21, 2011. — TNS



1,100 students register for MBA (Executive) course at Panjab varsity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
As many as 1,100 students have registered and 535 have submitted the entrance examination fees for the MBA (Executive) course at Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh.

Only two days are left to apply as July 16 is the last date to submit applications for the course. Chairperson, USOL, and PU Dean (Research) Prof Lalit K Bansal said MBA off-campus, a course of USOL, had been renamed as MBA (Executive). The admission to MBA (Executive) would be through an entrance test, which would be conducted by the PU.

For this test, online registration will be done on the PU website - mbaoffcampus.puchd.ac.in.

There will be 500 seats and the admission would be based on an entrance test. As many as 45 additional seats are reserved for NRIs. The prospectus and application form is available on the website.

The last date for submission of online application to generate the bank challan is July 16, 2014, and the last date for submission of fee in any branch of the SBI is July 18.

The entrance test would be conducted on August 3. The qualifying percentage in the test would be 15 per cent.

As many as 55.5 per cent seats are for open category, 15 per cent seats have been reserved for SC, 7.5 per cent for ST, 5 per cent each for BC, sports and defence, 3 per cent for physically handicapped, 2 per cent each for riot victims and families of freedom fighters.



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School gets Best Eco Club Award

Gurukul Global School, Manimajra, was bestowed with the ‘Best Eco Club Award’ by the Department of Environment, Chandigarh Administration. The school authorities said they were awarded with a cash prize. The school is awarded with the second position for 2012 and the third position for 2013.

Vanamahotsava celebrated

Consumer club and eco club of Government High School, Dadu Majra, celebrated Vanamahotsava and World Population Day on its campus. To mark the celebrations, students planted trees along with the chairman of the school management committee. The students also watched a video of Census 2011 and learned trends in population growth, sex ratio and population growth in different states.

St Mary’s School

St Mary’s School celebrated Vanamahotsava by organising a special morning assembly on its campus. Chairman of the school Rev Fr John K Jacob presided over the programme. The day started with a prayer song followed by the lightening of the traditional lamp. While addressing students, Principal MM Thomas stressed on the need to conserve the environment. Ayushi Singh of Class X highlighted the importance of Vanmahotsava through her speech. The school choir also presented a melodious song with a message to save trees. A skit, on the need to conserve the environment, was also staged.

General body meeting

Non-Teaching staff of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (Chandigarh Region) held a general body meeting at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31, here on Monday. Around 60 members from different Kendriya Vidyalayas of the Chandigarh region participated in the meeting. NL Singla, regional president of the association, deliberated at length the achievements of the association, resulting from the persistent struggle of the members.

World population day marked

World population day was celebrated in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Maloya. To mark the day, various activities, including paper reading and essay writing competitions on disastrous effects of increasing population, decreasing natural resources, unemployment and health problem, were held. School Principal Gurmukh Singh in his address stressed upon the need for qualitative population for peace and development of the country and the world.

Symposium held

Panchkula: Hallmark Public School, Panchkula, organised a symposium on its campus where three young international experts, interacted with students of the school. The school authoritiessaid the focus of interactions and deliberations was environment. During the session, the experts told the students about career opportunities in the field of environment. Jivtesh Garg, director of the school, said: “Under our global exchange programme, we have tied up with the AIESEC-International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences, which was an International non-profit organisation that provides young people with leadership opportunities to develop themselves into global leaders. In the first phase of the programme, three youngsters from France, Egypt and China have held a symposium at the school.” The three experts included Paul Dieudonne from Bordeaux, France; Hussein Ibrahim Salem from Egypt and Zexin Deng from China. They discussed terms like physical, mental and emotional hygiene with the students.

Session on balanced diet

The Sky World School, Sector 21, organised an interactive session on balanced diet. Tripat Mehta, BAMS, Panchkaram specialist, discussed the food value of various items and facts related to the healthy body. She also emphasized on the importance of drinking enough water to keep the body detoxified. It was followed by an interactive discussion between the students and the expert. — TNS



Melodious renditions, play mark Guru Purnima
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 14
Students and staff of Ashiana Public School, Chandigarh, celebrated Guru Purnima today on its campus.

The celebrations got underway with the students putting ‘chandan tilak’ on the foreheads of their teachers. To mark the event, the students delivered speeches, gave melodious renditions, recited poetry and enacted a play showcasing the role played by the teachers in transforming the lives of children.

Director Lalita Prakash quoted a Sanskrit prose on the importance of ‘Guru-Shishya Parampara’, and also encouraged the teachers to work hard and continue playing a positive role in carving a wonderful niche for each child.

“Teachers play a vital role in moulding the careers and preparing the students for their future,” Prakash said.



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