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Ruckus in General House meeting
MC councillors miffed over additional commissioner’s style of functioning during discussion
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
Tempers ran high during the General House meeting of the Municipal Corporation (MC) over Additional Commissioner Sunil Bhatia’s style of functioning. The additional commissioner was holding the meeting on behalf of the commissioner, who had gone for some work.

The controversy started when councillors were discussing the agenda item for hiring of ex-servicemen as firemen and drivers from the Punjab Ex-Servicemen Corporation (PESCO) on a contract basis and the additional commissioner said the agenda was withdrawn.

BJP councillors had demanded that youths be preferred for the job.

BJP Councillor Arun Sood said that the unemployed youths should be considered for the job of fireman and drivers.

Reacting to the demand raised by the BJP councillor, the additional commissioner said that the youths would have to be given training first before recruiting them as fire-fighters.

Deputy Mayor and BJP Councillor Davesh Moudgil objected to the justification given by the additional commissioner and said that even ex-servicemen would have to undergo the training if they had to be recruited as a firefighter.

On seeing that the councillors were opposing the agenda, the additional commissioner said that the agenda was withdrawn.

The word ‘withdrawn’ led to resentment among the councillors who said the additional cmmissioner had no power to withdraw the agenda and this was an insult to the councillors.

The deputy mayor said that the additional commissioner could only tell the Mayor to withdraw the agenda and it was the House which would decide whether to withdraw the agenda or not. “An officer should not have an attitude like this. The additional commissioner should change the way he speaks in the House”, the deputy mayor said during the meeting.

MC should appoint regular CFO: Dy mayor
Deputy Mayor Davesh Moudgil said the MC should appoint a regular Chief Fire Officer (CFO), claiming that Additional Commissioner Sunil Bhatia who also holds the charge of the CFO was not fit to hold the post.

‘Firefighters doing clerical job’
The deputy mayor said that there were 15 trained firefighters who were doing clerical job in the Fire Department. He demanded that they be included in the firefighting team and clerks be appointed for the clerical job, to which the additional commissioner replied that he could not run the office like that.

Hire ex-servicemen from PESCO: Sandhu
Nominated councillor DS Sandhu demanded that only ex-servicemen from the Punjab Ex-Servicemen Corporation be hired for the job after which it was resolved that 60 per cent of vacant posts would be filled by ex-servicemen from Punjab, while the remaining 40 per cent posts would be filled by ex-servicemen from Haryana.

Add’l commissioner apologises
Reliable sources said that after the meeting, Additional Commissioner Sunil Bhatia went to the deputy mayor’s room to apologise for his behaviour.



MC approves insurance cover for firemen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The long-pending demand of insurance cover for firemen, who die during rescue operations, was finally approved at the Municipal Corporation (MC), General House meeting today.

The House approved an insurance cover of Rs 20 lakh for its firemen in case of death during rescuing operations and Rs 10 lakh in case of 75 per cent disability, Rs 10 lakh in case of 75 per cent disability, Rs 7.5 lakh in case of 50 to 70 per cent disability and Rs 5 lakh in case of 20 to 50 per cent disability.

Additional Commissioner Sunil Bhatia, who was chairing the meeting in the absence of the Commissioner, said that the disability should be permanent.

The agenda mentions that the insurance cover will be provided to the operational staff of the fire and emergency services, including any outstation official, who come to aid MC officials while carrying out any operational duty of the fire and emergency services.

BJP councillor Arun Sood, who is also the Leader of Opposition, said that before allotting the tender to an insurance company it should be clear as to what all was included under the emergency services. “Apart from fire, the fire-fighters take part in different kinds of rescue operations so that categories should be made clear to the insurance company”, Sood stated.

Congress councillor Subhash Chawla during the discussion said that it should be made clear whether the family or the nominee of fireman would get the insurance amount in case of death.

In a bid to ensure that the decision to give insurance cover does not get delayed, BJP councillor Rajesh Gupta demanded that the tenders be invited at the earliest.



Employment on compassionate ground
Job offered to family members of 3 firemen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The General House of the Municipal Corporation (MC) today decided to offer job on compassionate ground to a family member of the three firemen who lost their lives during rescuing operations.

Two firemen had lost their lives while during the rescuing operation at the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) in Sector 17 on June 8. While Amandeep Singh was of the UT Fire and Emergency Services Department, Ravinder Kumar Sharma was a leading fireman with the Indian Air Force (IAF), who had come along with other IAF team members, to assist the Fire Department in carrying out the operation at the NIELIT building which collapsed.

The House also approved the case of fireman Amarjeet Singh Mavi, which was pending for the last six years.

Interestingly, Amarjeet’s son has been waiting to get a job for the last six years.

The House announced Rs 20 lakh relief for Amandeep Singh’s family.



Councillors to go on ‘futile’ study tour
This time, MC plans one to K’taka
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The Municipal Corporation (MC), Chandigarh, which is known for its futile study tours has planned another tour. This time, they will be going to Dharwad district in Karnataka to study water auditing.

The idea of the study tour was mooted while discussing the agenda proposed by SAD councillor Harjinder Kaur. She said there should be water auditing to avoid wastage of water so that there was no shortage and problem of low-water pressure during summers.

While MC officials claimed that a study on water auditing was not done across the country, nominated councillor Surinder Bahga came up with few examples, including that of Dharwad district, where the MC saved water through water auditing.

“Out of 87 million gallon per day (MGD) water available with Chandigarh, almost 25 per cent of water is wasted due to leakages while almost 5 % water is non-revenue water which is supplied to public through stand posts”, said Bahga.

Congress councillor Subhash Chawla said that there was around one lakh colony residents who were getting unmetered water and around 5,000 EWS houses in Chandigarh which were unmetered and paid flat rates for using it. “To save water, the MC should install meter to check non-revenue water”, Chawla stated.

Following the discussion and need for water auditing raised by the councillors, additional Commissioner Sunil Bhatia then decided that a committee be constituted to study water auditing at Dharwad.

Congress councillor Pardeep Chhabra after the House meeting said that before going on the tour, the Mayor, the MC Commissioner and engineers should telephonically speak to their counterparts there and discuss the issue and if required, then a delegation should visit Dharwad.

Admn had turned down proposals in 2006, 2008
In 2006, many councillors had met former UT Adviser Pardeep Mehra and had submitted a memorandum, seeking a ban on study tours on account of wastage of money, following which the Administration had not given consent to such tours. In 2008, the UT Administration had turned down a proposal for a study tour on the ground that no output or fruitful results had come out from the previous tours, so there was no need to send councillors on such tours.



nielit building collapse
Fire fuels billing trouble for Electricity Department
Residents get average, wrong bills, some still await bills
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The June 8 fire incident at the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) building in Sector 17 has affected the electricity bill distribution system of the UT Electricity Department.

Since the data of the Electricity Department was destroyed in the fire, the department is issuing average bills to consumers. Apart from these bills, the residents are also receiving wrong bills and some of them have not even received their bills yet.

For every two months, the NIELIT generates bills for the Electricity Department, but since the records have been destroyed, the entire system has collapsed.

Out of around 2 lakh power consumers, the department has sent correct bills to only 50,000 consumers.

Col. Pritam Bhullar (retd.), a resident of Sector 2, said on June 17, he received an electricity bill of Rs 9,799 for a period from March 3 to June 16 (meter reading: 27670 to 29661). But after a few days, he received another electricity bill on June 27 of Rs 1,087 for a period from March 3 to May 3 (meter reading: 27670 to 28003), he said.

Bhullar asked, “When I have paid the electricity bill for the same period and the same electricity reading, then why should the department issue me another bill?

Rajendra Pandey, a resident of Sector 44, has a different story to tell. He is yet to receive his electricity bill. His last received the bill in April. He said, “It has been three months now, and I have not yet received my power bill.”

BS Rawat of Sector 47 said this time he had received an average electricity bill of Rs 688 whereas, normally during summers his power bill ranged between Rs 3,000 and Rs 4,000.

“Now I am worried about my next electricity bill because the department will include the charges in the next bill,” he said.

When contacted, UT Superintending Engineer MP Singh said that of the four groups of 50,000 consumers each, records of only one group was readily available with them.

Therefore, they issued correct bills to around 50,000 consumers, he added.

For the remaining consumers, they were issuing average bills, which would be adjusted in the next bill, when their data would be complete, the superintending engineer said.

“Domestic consumers are divided into four groups of 50,000 each and we issue bills in six cycles a year”, he said.

Outstanding amount to be settled in next bill
Now, the UT Electricity Department is issuing average bills. Officials said the outstanding amount would be settled in the next bill. By that time, the NIELIT would have completed the data. The department is giving sufficient time to consumers to pay their bills, officials said.

Tall claims fall flat
After the fire incident, the UT Electricity Department had stated that with the help of the NIELIT, they would compile the data within 15 to 20 days. But more than one and half months had passed and the department was yet to complete the work.


Industrial Area Phases I & II
Complete construction or face action: UT
Admn asks converted plot owners to finish construction or face cancellation of conversion
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The UT Administration has issued directions to the converted plot owners in the Industrial Area Phases I and II, to complete construction on the vacant plots or be ready to face action.

A total of 125 industrialists had opted for the conversion scheme but till date, only 50 have initiated construction on their plots. The decision was taken in a recent meeting between the senior officials of the UT Administration.

Similar directions were issued last year as well, but when the affected plot owners met senior UT officials, the Administration had deferred their action. But, once again, the Administration has started the move now.

Chander Verma, Chairman of the Converted Plot Owners Association, said, “Industrialists who had opted for the conversion scheme are regularly paying their instalments to the Administration. As long as industrialists don’t default on this, the Administration should not harass them.”

“The Administration should understand the difficulties faced by converted plot owners and should give them more time to complete the construction,” he suggested.

A senior official of the UT Administration said, “The plot owners have to complete their construction within the stipulated time frame. If they don’t do so, the Administration can even cancel their conversion.”

“Owners have to start construction as per the building plan passed by the UT Estate office, else the Administration can cancel their conversion,” he said.

Converted plot owners maintained that in 2005, both the UT Estate Office and Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), had come out with different communications on the “conversion policy”, facilitating industrialists to convert industrial plots into commercial ventures.

The letters for the change of land use were handed over to some plot owners by the CHB, while the Estate Office handed them to the remaining ones.

The letters issued by the Estate Office carried a stipulation that the project be completed within three years of the issuance of letter. However, people who received their letters from the CHB had no mention of the time frame. They maintained that more time should be given to the plot owners.

What is conversion policy
The Chandigarh Administration came up with the Chandigarh Conversion of Land Use of Industrial Site into Commercial Activities/Services in Industrial Area, Phases I & II, Chandigarh Scheme 2005. The policy allowed the change of land use from industrial to commercial activity after payment of a conversion fee wherein various commercial activities were allowed. Over 125 plot owners in the Industrial Area opted for the scheme and the Administration collected over Rs 1,200 crore as the conversion charges.

‘start work at earliest’
Owners should start construction as per the building plan passed by the UT Estate office, else their conversion will be cancelled.
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Skeletons tumble out of Estate Office’s cupboard
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
Skeletons are tumbling out of the cupboard of the Estate Office.

The UT Estate Officer (EO), and Assistant Estate Officer (AEO), while trying to streamline the functioning of the Estate Office, particularly the Building Branch, have come across cases wherein the misuse fee or compounding fee for different violations had been imposed on the basis of wrong calculation.

UT Estate Officer, Mohammed Shayin, said it had come to light in some cases that the compounding fee for the sanctionable violation had been charged on the basis of lesser area than the actual area.

“I have examined different building plans and found the same problem. After taking a stern view, the fee charged for the compoundable offence has gone up,” he said.

The SDO (Building), is being asked to examine in detail the area of compoundable offence and bring it on record. In some cases, it was less that the actual amount or had been calculated in excess.

Citing a case, an official said despite the compounding fee for changes in the building plan having been paid, the penalty on the allottee increased manifold as the record was not set right.

In another case, the penalty for building violation had been calculated for a larger area than the actual area of violation.

Assistant Estate Officer, Balbir Singh Dhol, said, “To ensure that the factual reporting of the building violation takes place, the field staff has been asked to adopt a standard procedure to calculate the area under the violation of any nature.”

In some cases, the EO imposed penalty of Rs 500 on the allottee for not getting the occupation certificate and many such cases were going on in the quasi-judicial court of the UT official, designated to hear cases of violations.

Pending recommendations
A technical committee of the UT had proposed that constructing a house without getting plans sanctioned will not be compoundable. At present, a fee is charged to compound the construction up to the DPC-level by the property owners. The clause forms part of the recommendations made by the technical committee constituted to review the compoundable offences under the Punjab Capital (Development and Regulation) Building Rules, 1952. The committee had proposed a substantial hike in various compoundable offences in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. But no decision has been taken so far.



ADC Tanvi Garg to be relieved before end of this month
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
A week after relieving the Chairman of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), Satya Gopal, the UT Administration has decided to relieve another UT-cadre officer, Tanvi Garg, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), by the end of this month.

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), has also ordered the transfer of ADC Tanvi Garg, a 2009-batch AGMUT-cadre officer to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The Adviser to the UT Administrator, KK Sharma, said until the new incumbent joins, the charge would be given to some official. The decision to post the official in place of Tanvi Garg would be taken in a day or two, said the Adviser.

Besides, the above mentioned officials, the MHA has also ordered the transfer of Additional Secretary (Home), Prerna Puri, a 2006-batch AGMUT-cadre officer and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Chandigarh Housing Board, Rodney L Ralte, a 2002-batch AGMUT-cadre officer, to Mizoram.

The MHA had cleared the names of three AGMUT-cadre officers — Bhupinder Singh Bhalla, a 1990-batch officer and currently posted as the Administrator of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli; Dr SB Deepak Kumar, 2005-batch officer and currently posted as the District Collector in Puducherry and NK Sharma, a 2002-batch officer, for the Chandigarh Administration.

new posting
The MHA has ordered the transfer of ADC Tanvi Garg, a 2009-batch AGMUT-cadre officer, to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.



I-Day: Police conduct searches
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
To strengthen the security apparatus in view of Independence Day, the Operation Cell of the Chandigarh Police today conducted search operations in different parts of the city.

The search operations commenced at 2.30 PM and continued till 7 PM.

“Inputs are being received on regular intervals from the Intelligence Department and sister agencies regarding threats from various terrorist groups to VIPs/VVIPs, vital installations, following which such search operations are conducted,” said sources.

The search drive, supervised by DSP Sabir Singh, was aimed at keeping a watch over the movements of criminals in the city and to alert the general public regarding any suspicious items.

The Operation Cell staff conducted the checking/searches of different places such as the Inter-State Bus Terminus of Sectors 17 and 43, railway station, airport and busy markets to avoid any untoward incident.

The dog squad along with police personnel of the commando staff conducted the operation.

The police also frisked the luggage of travellers at the ISBT. The bus drivers and conductors were asked to keep a check on people travelling in buses on various routes.

frisking drive
The Operation Cell staff conducted checking at different places such as the Inter-State Bus Terminus of Sectors 17 and 43, railway station, airport and busy markets to avoid any untoward incident.



Festive fervour grips city on Eid
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The City Beautiful is all geared up to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan with charity and festivity.

While elaborating the significance of the festival, Maluvi Ghulam Navi, said, “The day is marked after a month-long period of fasting ‘Ramadan’, during which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset daily and abstain from a number of activities.” He further added, “Ramadan is known as the month of blessing, which is marked by prayer, fasting and charity. It focuses on self-sacrifice and devotion to Allah.”

As per tradition, on Eid-ul-Fitr, Muslims attend mosque for the Eid prayer, followed by a sermon and then a supplication to God for forgiveness.

Also, to mark the festival, people do charity and help the needy (zakat).

“Eid gifts, known as Eidi, are given to children and immediate relatives on this occasion,” added Ghulam Navi.

“Eid, means ‘recurring happiness’ and Fitr means ‘breaking of the fast’, hence Eid-ul-Fitr, can be called as the festival of breaking of the fast,” he said.

Nakhvi Sawari, a devotee, said, “During Eid-ul-Fitr, people adorn new clothes, decorate their homes with lights, give treats to children, cook meethi seviyan and do charity work.



Access biochemistry lab test reports online
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
Now, patients at the New OPD in the PGIMER here can access their biochemistry laboratory test reports online.

The PGIMER today introduced the online facility under the Hospital Information System (HIS). The PGI authorities have made a provision of viewing the biochemistry lab investigation reports of the New OPD patients on the web portal, www.pgimer.edu.in.

It is a secured facility as one-time password (OTP) is generated for the registered mobile number of a patient either by entering the number of the payment receipt or the mobile number.

The mobile number is entered in the centralised computer system at the time of the registration of patient. Those who have not provided their mobile number at the time of registration or want to the change the registered mobile number can contact the Central Registration Department (CRD) of the institute.

With the launch of the facility, the test reports will be available on the PGIMER web portal for 15 days.

The facility will help patients get rid of the botheration to obtain paper reports from the biochemistry laboratory.

The PGI spokesperson said the facility would be extended to more laboratories soon.

Hepatitis screening camp

To mark World Hepatitis Day, Max Super Speciality Hospital (MSSH), Mohali, organised a free hepatitis screening camp today. As many as 100 persons attended the camp and got themselves screened for hepatitis B & C. Fibroscan tests were also conducted free of cost at the camp.



Chaos rules at MC house meeting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The General House Meeting of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation was held here today. The sidelights of the meeting are as follows:

n The General House witnessed chaos over the Mayor’s decision to declare June 25 house meeting, which was chaired by Senior Deputy Mayor Heera Negi, as invalid.

n BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi sat on the floor during the meeting over his long-pending demand for the maintenance of road, streetlights and parks at the PGI and on PU campus by the Municipal Corporation. Joshi called back his protest on the assurance by the General House that his demands will be looked into.

n BJP councillor Arun Sood registered his resentment towards the UT Administration for not inviting Municipal Corporation councillors during the recent inauguration of the Palm Garden in Sector 42.

n The General House approved the regular water connection to religious places and charging of water bill at the rate of Rs 50 kilo litre per month.

n The agenda for revising the water tariff was deferred due to thin attendance in the House.



Missing Class V student found
Was spotted seeking a job at an eatery in Panchkula’s Sector 12
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 28
The Class V student, Kuldeep, who went missing after he was suspended by the school authorities on July 24, was traced by the police here today.

Two days ago, he was seen asking for work at an eatery in Sector 12.

Rakesh Aggarwal, general secretary of the Residents Welfare Association, Sector 12, Panchkula, “On Friday, I got a call from an eatery owner that a child was asking for work. I reached there and as it had grown dark, we spoke to the child officer and sent the boy to Bal Niketan in Sector 2.”

He said the child told him that he had come from Sonepat and was sleeping at different places.

The child informed that his father had died and his friend’s father brought him here but he got lost and doesn’t know where they are, added Aggarwal.

Rakesh identified the boy as Kuldeep on seeing his picture in the media. Later, he informed the police.

“The child has been located. He is at Bal Niketan,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Rahul Sharma.

Meanwhile the police also questioned the school authorities as to how did they suspend the child without giving a warning, which led to the child running away from home.

The school principal was also called to the police post Sector 10 for questioning. He told the police that students of Class IV had given the paper to the teacher on which the name of the child was also written.

He said the child confessed to the mischief in front of his paternal aunt.

The police said they would be checking footage of the CCTV cameras installed in the school to know what happened on July 24.

In the evening, a juvenile officer went to Bal Niketan today and recorded the victim’s statement.

On Thursday, Kuldeep, a resident of Sector 11, went missing after he was placed under suspension for a month by his school.

Kuldeep’s father had died while his mother left him and he was staying with his paternal uncle and aunt.



pending demands
Protesters burn govt’s effigies
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 28
The members of ETT Teachers Union, Punjab, and Contract Employees Association of Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation, burnt effigies of the state government in different parts of the town.

The ETT teachers staged their protest in front of office of Punjab Director General School Education (DGSE) at Phase 8 while the employees of water supply department staged dharna at Phase 2, here today.

“We have been sitting on dharna and our president JS Sidhu is on fast unto death from July 20 but the state government is ‘deaf and dumb’ and not interested in listening to our grievances,” said the ETT teachers.

The members of contract employees association, who are demanding regularisation of the employees’ services and pay scale on the pattern of equal pay-equal work, said that the protest would be intensified by July 30, if their demands were not met. 



Anti-encroachment drive
Panchkula, Dera Bassi administration to launch joint operation
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, July 28
The Panchklula district administration and Dera Bassi sub-divisional authorities will launch a joint operation to remove the encroachment on a ‘choe’ and its demarcation on the inter-state border in Baltana, shortly.

DC Panchkula has also directed the officers to start the work of demarcation of the ‘nullha’ immediately so that next course of action could be taken.

Local MLA took up the common issues and problems of residents of different residential colonies located in villages on the inter-state border with Deputy Commissioner (DC), Panchkula, today.

Dera Bassi MLA NK Sharma today met with Dr SS Phulia, DC, Panchkula, and discussed the issues including problem caused by a seasonal rivulet flowing at the inter-state border in Baltana. Encroachments on the rivulet and demarcation of the disputed land on the border of both the states were the main concern of the MLA.

In the meeting, it was decided to constitute a coordination committee with mutual understanding, in which SDM, Dera Bassi Sanjeev Kumar and SDM, Panckula Hema Sharma and Tehsildar of both cities and the executive officer, Zirakpur Municipal Corporations have been included.

Sharma and Dr Phulia also decided that demarcation of a ‘nullha’ will be done within one week and subsequently it would be cemented to retain walls.

Sharma also claimed that the ‘nullha’ floods residential colonies in Punjab territory during rains and bring misery to the people living in the border areas. 



DC conducts checks at Mohali DTO

Mohali, July 28
To check efficiency of the staff and incidents of public harassment, if any, the Mohali Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu conducted surprise checks at the District Transport Office and Sub-Registrar Office, today morning.

DC interacted with several persons, who came to offices for official works, and asked them if they were satisfied with the dealing by the officials or have any complaint or advice in this connection.

Sidhu said public gave some suggestions but more or less most of the them were satisfied. — TNS 



Power dept plans substation in Sec 20 to meet demand
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 28
With the power consumption in Panchkula district having increased by 15,000 kilowatts this year, the power department is speeding up to cope with it soon, in order to avoid power cuts.

In order to balance the increasing demand, the electricity department is planning a substation in Sector 20 as the same being one of the most thickly populated sectors.

“Around 5,608 new connections were sought and the load had increased by 15,000 kilowatts in the last one year. But we have accordingly balanced the same with substations,” said executive engineer DS Dhanda.

He added, “As Sector 20 is thickly populated, a substation with two transformers of 31.5 MVA each, have been planned. It would be ready by the next year.”

Already, there is a substation in Sector 5 with two transformers meeting the demand and for Mansa Devi area which is the second most thickly populated area, we have a substation consisting of two transformers,” added the official.

“As the sectors across ghaggar that is sectors 25 to 31 have been developed and housing has come up, people apply for new connections. So our demand is increasing following which we have to balance the supply,” added DS Dhanda.

“We keep cracking the electricity theft cases also so that it doesn’t hamper out electricity supply,” added another official.

Due to the increasing demand, the power department may soon plan for more substations.

Panchkula has about 1.42 lakh consumers. The consumers are now likely to increase with several people in sectors across ghaggar applying for the same.

It was recently that the city was reeling under power cuts. The worst affected was the General Hospital, Sector 6. 



New footwear collection

Egle & Louis Alberti, a trusted Russian men’s footwear brand, launched its new range of wedding collection especially for men. This collection is designed in a way that one can wear it to any other special ceremony too. Egle & Louis Alberti promises innumerable styles in wedding collection, which promises to give an extravagant look. Each pair of Egle & Louis Alberti shoes is made of high quality leather, which provides an unmatched comfort.

Tata Docomo offers unlimited plan

Tata Docomo has announced “Night Unlimited Packs” for its pre-paid customers. The plan will enable Tata Docomo customers to talk to their loved ones during the night without adding much burden on to their pocket. With this plan, Tata Docomo customers can make unlimited local calls within the network from 11pm to 7am for a day at nominal price of Rs 4. The user can also avail the same plan for 3 days priced at Rs 7 and extend it to a period of 28 days priced at Rs 49.

Entrepreneurship award

Madam Grace Pinto, Group Managing Director, Ryan International Group of Institutions was awarded the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Franchise India. The award was presented by the renowned advertising film maker- Prahlad Kakkar in recognition of Madam Pinto’s dynamic approach in transforming Education and her methodical planning in uplifting the standard of Education.

New service offered

CONNECT announced the launch of new service for the enterprise segment, i-Caller. A bulk voice solution for call centers, i-Caller, provides the call center outbound calling enterprise. This eliminates the dependence on manual sheets and subjective tracking.

Benchmark achieved

Bharti Airtel today announced that it has crossed the 300 million customers mark across its operations. The milestone includes customers across mobile, fixed line and DSL, and DTH services. Bharti Airtel began operations in 1995, reached the 100 million customers mark in 2009 and crossed the 200 million mark in 2012.

Duplex flats launched

Maya Garden City launched six bedroom flats adding another milestone, Barnala Builders and Property Consultants has come up with six bedroom flats in its Maya Garden City located on the Kalka-Ambala Highway. The company announced the launch of the luxurious flats for elite class, claiming to be the first in the area coming up with the concept, here today. These luxury flats, each costing Rs 1.82 crore will offer high-end services, claimed Sandeep Pruthi, general manager, Maya Garden. He claimed that each duplex flat has a super area of 5110 square feet and there are total 48 flats with modern facilities. — TNS



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CRRID asst prof presents papers

Chandigarh: Manoj Kumar Teotia, an assistant professor at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Chandigarh, attended the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology organised by International Sociological Association at Yokohama, Japan, from July 13 to 19. Teotia coordinated several sessions at the Congress in which experts from Mexico, Nigeria, Sweden, Russia, Indonesia, Columbia and India gave their presentations. Teotia presented two papers on "Institutional and peoples' response to cope with growing urban challenges: A case of women's participation and leadership in urban poverty alleviation in Chandigarh" and "Housing poverty in urbanising India: Emerging trends and concerns".

Helen Keller Day celebrated

Amway Opportunity Foundation (AOF), the corporate social responsibility arm of Amway India, and the National Association for the Blind celebrated the 134th birth anniversary of Helen Keller in Chandigarh on Monday. The event is part of nationwide celebrations organised by the AOF, which is working for the betterment of visually challenged for more than 15 years in India. Rajesh Jogpal, director, Social Welfare, Chandigarh Administration, and Managing Director of Chandigarh Child and Women Development Corporation graced the occasion as the chief guest. — TNS




Curb open defecation

In Chandigarh, a huge number of people spend their nights in public places, underpasses and market corridors. They cook, eat, urinate and defecate in the open at any available space. Areas where they ease themselves or leave cooking waste stink badly putting passersby to discomfort. An open space in Sector 49-D, next to the Animal Park, is one such area where homeless urinate and defecate. The unchecked practice has created slum-like conditions there. If the area is not cleaned, it might become a cause of some disease. The Municipal Corporation authorities should conduct 24X& patrolling in such areas to check the problem. India is one of the most backward countries in world as far as personal hygiene, sanitation and civic sense are concerned. Lets strive to make it a better place to live in.

KC Rana, Chandigarh

Rein in chaos on roads

Admissions and entrance examinations conducted by national recruitment bodies bring to the City Beautiful a large number of students from across the nation. This leads to chaos on roads. Commuters get stranded in traffic for hours. A dedicated public transport facility from both the bus stands in Sector 17 and Sector 43 to the renowned educational institutes in the city and the satellite towns of Mohali and Panchkula should be started.

Gursimranjit Kaur, Chandigarh



GMSSS-35 incident
Probe not fair: Rusticated student
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
One of the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, students rusticated for thrashing a junior was joined by his classmates during a protest to seek his reinstatement at the Sector 17 Plaza today.

The protesters handed over a memorandum to the Deputy Director, School Education-II, Saroj Mittal.

The student, who is studying humanities in Class XII, alleged that the Education Department did not carry out a fair probe into the alleged offence: bashing up a Class X student, Sachin. He maintained that Sachin had falsely implicated him.

The agitators said if there demand was not met, they would intensify the stir.

Mittal said, “I did receive the memorandum today. However, as the Director Public Instructions (Schools) was on leave today, no action was taken.”

The official said the DPI would be back on Wednesday, following which the department will take any decision.

The incident had occurred on July 17, when the victim was reportedly returning home after school. He complained that his seniors bashed his up in the market.

Following the incident, the school authorities had expelled two students of senior classes.

They spoiled my son’s life: Complainant’s father
Devinder Singh, father of the complainant, said: “My son has been readmitted to the PGI Trauma Centre, as he was suffering from severe headache. The doctor has told us to get his MRI examination done to decide on further treatment.” He said the students involved in the incident had ruined his son’s life.



PUCSC elections: ABVP for increase in polling time
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
Calling the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) elections undemocratic, Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) leaders have demanded that at least four hours be given for polling.

During a press conference today, they said the time allowed for entering the polling booth is only one hour, after which university gates are closed along with doors of all departments.

Besides causing traffic jam at the gates, this also obstructs the right to vote of every student, they said.

Many local students who reside farther away end up missing on the opportunity to vote because of unforeseen situations, said the ABVP leaders.

Sandeep Kaur, a final-year postgraduate student, said she could not vote last year because of traffic congestion on her way from Kharar.

Party president Sukhjot Singh said their demand was a genuine one that aimed at fair and democratic elections.



PGGCG-42 introduces postgraduate diploma in cyber crime
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, will be offering a postgraduate diploma in cyber crime. The new course was inaugurated today.

Principal Mani Bedi highlighted the importance of the course. Prof Dalip Kumar, a Syndicate member of Panjab University, talked about the relevance of the course in today’s technology-oriented world.

Gurcharan Singh of Central Detective Training School, who was the keynote speaker, discussed the utility of cyber security.

The chief guest, Prof RK Pathak, talked about job opportunities in the field. 



PU staff press for long-pending demands
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The Panjab University Staff (Non-Teaching) Association today protested to press its long-pending demands. Around 600 staff members staged a two-hour dharna in front of the administrative block in the morning.

The association demanded implementation of pension for widows, restarting the pension scheme for employees who failed to opt for it earlier and regularisation of services of daily-wage earners.

The association executive has also decided to hold a three-day protest from July 30 is the university authorities fail to fulfil their demands.



Dental institute accepts students’ demands
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
Now, Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital authorities will not be fining students for breaking laboratory equipment.

This was decided today by a special committee constituted by the Dean Students’ Welfare (DSW), Panjab University.

The committee looked into various issues raised by the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) during a protest on Saturday.

The panel also decided that students would not be carrying their own material while doing laboratory work or treating patients

Also, during electricity failure, generator sets will supply power to all laboratories, so that none of the students, interns or patients suffer, the committee decided.

Other demands approved included allowing interns to stay in hostels till October 15, maintenance of the sports ground in front of the department, setting up of a special indoor games room or common room in the department.

NSUI leaders Chandan Rana and Manoj Lubana said the acceptance of demands will being relief to all students.



74 students shortlisted at job fair
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 28
Around 74 students were shortlisted by 12 companies at a job fair organised by the Universal Group, Chandigarh, today.

At the fair, around 150 diploma and degree holders and engineering students participated.

“More than 12 companies, including Funfirst , PicNFrames, Blackbox, Airsoft ,Platinum Consulting, Exim Enterprises, OGS, Intelgain, Saturn, Sebiz, SV Associates and Netsmatrz, interviewed prospective candidates”, said director, engineering, Dr Rachit Garg.

“The annual packages offered by companies ranged between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 3.5 lakh,” said the college authorities.



3-day scouts & guides camp concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
A three-day ‘tritiya sopan testing camp of scouts and guides concluded at Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Chandimandir Cantt, here today.

Around 120 scouts, 80 guides with 37 escorts and 10 officials from 20 Kendriya Vidyalayas located in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh attended the camp from July 26 to 28. During the camp, scouts and guides were tested in pioneering project, first aid, estimation, signalling, mapping, whipping, Baden Powell’s six exercises, camp craft, and promise and law.

The camp concluded with the flag lowering ceremony.



PU notes
Applications invited

Chandigarh: The Department of Music at Panjab University has invited applications for admission to the certificate course in music (vocal and instrumentation) for the session 2014-15. The last date for submission of applications, at the department, is August 10.

Couselling schedule out

Panjab University has declared the counselling schedule for admission to the Department of Lifelong Learning and Extension. The counselling for admission to the diploma in pre-school education for the session 2014-15 will take place on July 30 on the department premises.

Additional charge given

PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover has given the additional charge of Computer Centre director to Prof RK Singla of the Department of Computer Science and Applications during Dr Tankeshwar’s leave. — TNS



from schools
Plantation drive

Chandigarh: A plantation drive was organised by teacher trainees of the DECEd Institute at DAV Model School, Sector 15. The principal, staff and students of the institute planted mango, jamun and fig saplings on the school premises. They also pledged to save trees. A poster-making competition on the theme ‘Save Trees’ was also held. Principal Rakesh Sachdeva appreciated the efforts made by the teacher trainees.


Maharishi Dayanand Public School organised a quiz in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology, Chandigarh. In the junior category, Muskan and Deepika stood first, followed by the Ayush and Aditiya on second position and Alisha and Druvash on third. Nikita and Arti won in the senior category. Chetan and Shivraj stood second, followed by Nisha and Sanya. Principal Vinod Kumar gave away prizes to all winners.

Stress laid on healthy eating habits

Ajit Karam Singh International Public School organised activities to promote healthy eating habits among kindergarten students. The school authorities said children were encouraged to develop a taste for all vegetables.

NSS volunteers honoured

The National Service Scheme volunteers of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19-C, were honoured by the Blind Association of Punjab and Chandigarh for rendering services for visually challenged college and university students. School principal Sukhneer Sekhon praised the NSS volunteers.

Creative activities

Children took part in a number of creative activities during an event organised by the Ladies Club of Gulmohar City Extension, Dera Bassi, in association with First Edge Preschool. Drawing, colouring and calligraphy competitions were held on the occasion. Workshops on handwriting improvement and self education were also conducted.

Student brings laurels

Pritika Jain, a Class X student of Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, has emerged the top scorer at the World Scholar’s Cup held at Singapore recently. She bagged a gold medal for being the top scorer besides clinching the tenth position in collaborative writing in the junior division. Earlier, she had won gold at the national round held in New Delhi to qualify for the Asian round.

Children get tips on hygiene

Zirakpur: Tiny tots of Blooms School were given tips on maintaining hygiene at a “mango party”. The children were told to wash mango before cutting it. Prinicipal Komal Khosla said the school keeps organising various events to inculcate moral values in students. — TNS



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