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Youth walks into jewellery store, opens fire
Loots 18 gold chains worth over Rs 6 lakh in Sector 22; salesman critically injured; incident captured on CCTV cameras
Tribune News Service

CCTV camera footage shows the robber aiming a gun at a salesman
CCTV camera footage shows the robber aiming a gun at a salesman; and (below) onlookers gather outside the shop after the incident.

Onlookers gather outside the shop after the incident.

Chandigarh, August 4
In a daring daylight robbery, a youth, who was on foot and sporting a cap, looted 18 gold chains worth over Rs 6 lakh from a Sector 22-based jewellery store and shot at a salesman of the shop in the head, leaving him critically injured.

The incident occurred at around 11.30 am, just 100 metres away from the Sector 22 police post, at KRJ Karan Jewellers in the Sector 22 booth market.

The robber, a youngster in the 25-28 age group, came unmasked and managed to take away 18 gold chains, before opening fire at the salesman, Paramjit Singh, alias Sonu.

He was carrying two country-made pistols for carrying out the loot.

The robber, wearing a pair of jeans and a T-shirt, and sporting a cap, walked into the jewellery store when the salesman was alone at the shop. He asked him to show gold bracelets. As the salesman was displaying bracelets, the robber pulled out a pistol and opened fired at him.

The pistol got stuck in the first attempt, following which he took out another country-made pistol from his pocket and fired at him. While one shot missed the salesman, the other hit him on the temple.

As the salesman collapsed and lay there bleeding profusely from the head, the robber collected three trays of gold chains and put them in his bag. A helper, Ballu, employed at the shop, came there following which the robber fled from the shop. Another employee, Raju, countered the robber at the entrance and before he could realise what had happened, the robber escaped in no time.

Eyewitnesses saw him cross the road opposite the Sector 22 market and flee. A man employed in the neighbouring shop called the police when he saw the salesman lying in a pool of blood.

The police reached the spot and begun investigations. The entire scene of crime is recorded in the CCTV footage, which was released by the police. The owner of the store said three trays were missing.

The injured was rushed to INSCOL Hospital in Sector 34 from where he was referred to Fortis Hospital. His condition is stated to be critical.

Sonu had just opened the shop and his helper had gone to wash utensils on the rear side of the shop when the incident occurred. When the helper entered the shop, he found Sonu lying in a pool of blood. He raised the alarm and called neighbouring shopkeepers.

In charge of Sector 22 police post transferred

As the Chandigarh police received much flak for the daylight robbery in the heart of the city, the in charge of the Sector 22 police post, Sub-Inspector Jaspal Singh, was transferred to the Police Lines. Sources said the place was highly sensitive as it housed a number of jewellery stores, but there was no police presence at the time of the incident. The robbery incident has created panic among jewellers in the area.

Recent unsolved robberies

  • July 7: A Swift Dzire car taken away forcibly from a city resident near the ISBT, Sector 43.
  • June 27: Robbery of Rs 5 lakh from a cash van of the State Bank of Patiala in Khuda Ali Sher is still unsolved.

I saw a man running with a black bag, but could not spot where he went after he crossed the road. He was wearing a cap. We heard a gunshot, but couldn’t make out where the sound came from. I came to know of the incident only after a shop helper informed us. The robber’s face appeared familiar as he had come to the shop earlier too
— Ishwinder Singh,  owner of a nearby shop



Man jumps before train, dies
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Rajbir Singh, the victim
Rajbir Singh, the victim

Panchkula, August 4
A 42-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by jumping before a train on the track in Sector 19 here last evening. The police recovered a detailed suicide note from the spot in which the victim, identified as Rajbir Singh, held his wife responsible for his death.

Rajbir Singh, who was a resident of Sector 19, was taken to the General Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. The victim is survived by his wife and 15-year-old son.

In the suicide note, the victim has stated that despite having a paucity of funds, he spent a lot on the education of his wife, but she betrayed him.

ASI Urmilla of the GRP, who is the investigating officer in the case, said, “We are investigating the matter. The suicide note will be sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Karnal, so that the handwriting can be matched with that of the victim, as there are no signatures on the suicide note.”

Another police official said, “We spoke to the victim’s son, who said there was no dispute between his father and mother. We are probing the matter.”

The victim hailed from Jind. Last evening, he went out of his home, saying that he was going for some official work. A passerby informed the police about the incident, following which they reached the spot and recovered the body from the railway track. With the help of the victim’s driving licence, the police contacted the family.

In the evening, the family got a call from the police that Rajbir Singh was found dead. 

Wife betrayed me, says victim in suicide note

In the suicide note, the victim has stated that despite having a paucity of funds, he spent a lot on the education of his wife, but she betrayed him.



Dismissed constable commits suicide
Was involved in several cases of fraud, including police recruitment scam
Tribune News Service

Pawan Kumar, the victim
Pawan Kumar, the victim

Mohali, August 4
A dismissed constable of the Punjab Police today committed suicide by taking poison at Nature Park in Phase VIII this morning.

The victim, Pawan Kumar (40), reportedly took poison at around 11 am in the park. Sensing something wrong, a passerby informed the Police Control Room, which shifted him to a private hospital, where he died.

Pawan, who was involved in several cases of fraud, including those of cheating several persons on the pretext of providing them employment in the Punjab Police, was reportedly under stress. “He was a member of a gang, which included the owner of a sweets shop at Sohana and an ASI as its members. The gang had defrauded several persons of around Rs 75 lakh on the pretext of providing them employment in the Punjab Police. He was facing four such cases, two of which were registered at the Sohana police station. This led him to take the extreme step,” said Mohali DSP (City II) Navreet Singh Virk.

Virk said an eight-page suicide note had been recovered from the victim’s pocket.

“In his suicide note, the victim said Sukhjit Singh of Bannawala village in Fazilka was responsible for his death. Sukhjit Singh had recently filed another complaint of fraud against Pawan Kumar at Nakodar following which he (Pawan Kumar) was summoned by the police there,” said the DSP.

Pawan Kumar was dismissed for his alleged involvement in the police recruitment scandal, which came to light in 2011.

“In the recruitment scandal, they had defrauded at least eight persons and took around Rs 75 lakh from them. The gang members attempted to settle the issue out of court after promising them to return Rs 25 lakh, but after getting bail, they backtracked on their promise. The victims then again pursued the case,” said the DSP.

“If required, we will register a case of abetment of suicide against Sukhjit Singh,” said Virk.

Pawan Kumar is survived by his wife and two sons.



Woman’s murder: Life term for husband, mother-in-law
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 4
A local court today awarded life term along with a fine of Rs 10,000 each to a man and his mother for the murder of his wife.

The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Mohali, Jaswinder Shimar pronounced life term to Satinder Pal Singh and his mother Paramjit Kaur, both residents of Rasanhera village near Kharar, in the two-year-old case of murder of Deep Shikha (Satinder Pal’s wife).

A case of murder was registered against the accused on May 12, 2012. In her dying statement, the victim, Deep Shikha, had alleged that she was set afire by her husband Satinder Pal and his mother after pouring kerosene on her on May 9.

She had succumbed to her injuries at the PGI, Chandigarh, during the treatment. 



Incidents of violence on campus
Don’t hold student council poll, police tell PU
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
Taking a serious note of incidents of violence on the Panjab University campus in the past month and a half, the UT police have written to the PU not to hold the student council elections this year.

In a written communication to the PU authorities, DSP (Central) Ashish Kapoor said a number of incidents of clashes between student parties had been reported from the campus.The students were holding car rallies. If this continued, the police would not be able to “allow” the student council elections this year.

In light of this, the police had recommended to the higher authorities not to conduct the elections this year, he said.

PU Dean Students Welfare Navdeep Goyal confirmed that the authorities had received a communication, which was tabled at a meeting held with student parties today.

He said the letter mentioned that the university authorities should take stringent steps to control violence on the campus. He said a special meeting had been convened on August 8 with the UT SSP in which all these issues would be discussed in the presence of representatives of the student parties.

Sources said college principals had also requested the university authorities to “go in for unanimous selection of candidates rather than hold student council elections this year”.

A senior official said as minor clashes had been reported from colleges even though the university was yet to announce the elections, the college managements were in favour of not holding the elections this year.

Two years ago, the DAV management had written to the UT Administration, requesting it to discontinue the student elections in the college due to frequent clashes during elections days.

Recent incidents of violence on PU campus

  • July 29: ABVP president (south campus) Abhishek Luthra allegedly attacked by SOI leader Rashpal Hakuwal outside hostel number 8 on the south campus; FIR registered against him.
  • July 1: PUSU senior vice-president Kushdeep Singh beaten up by SOI leaders. He alleged that five SOI leaders tore his clothes in a bid to force him to join the SOI.



Sham Fashion Mall owner’s murder
Court rejects CBI’s closure report, orders further probe
Tribune News Service

Amarjeet Singh, the victim
Amarjeet Singh, the victim

Chandigarh, August 4
Holding that the CBI did not properly investigate the Sham Fashion Mall murder case of 2009 and there was scope for further investigation, the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Anubhav Sharma today rejected the closure report filed by the CBI in the case. The closure report was filed in December 2012 and has been rejected after opposition by the complainant.

Two robbers on a motorcycle had shot dead Amarjeet Singh, owner of Sham Fashion Mall in Sector 34, outside his Sector 35 residence in May 2009. The UT police had failed to solve the case following which it was transferred to the CBI.

The court today ordered that the case be further investigated and rejected the closure report.

The CBI had submitted a closure report in the sensational murder case on November 27, 2012, in the court. However, a gang of robbers busted the next day by the police had provided some clues to the murder case, argued counsel Harish Bhardawaj in the court while opposing the closure report and demanding further investigation into the case. The CBI had failed to get any lead in the case from the robbers at that time.

On November 28, the UT police had busted a gang of six robbers hailing from West Bengal and Bihar who had confessed to having shot the owner of Sham Fashion Mall outside his residence in Sector 35 in 2009.

The questioning of the robbers had revealed that two of the gang members, identified as Manu Gawala and Rahul Gawala, hailing from West Bengal, had shot dead Amarjeet Singh while the remaining four robbers had conducted a recce of the house. They tried to snatch his bag and as Amarjeet resisted their attempt, they shot him.

However, both the CBI and the UT police failed to establish the robbers’ confession in the murder case as no evidence was found.


Rape accused enjoys P’kula cops’ hospitality
Tribune News Service

Rape accused Davinder Singh Gill at the Chandimandir police station in Panchkula.
Rape accused Davinder Singh Gill at the Chandimandir police station in Panchkula. A Tribune Photograph

Panchkula, August 4
The conman, who duped a number of Punjab IPS officers in the past, was seen enjoying the hospitality of the Chandimandir police last night while he was on police remand.

Devinder Gill, a known coloniser, who was arrested in a rape case by the Panchkula police, was sitting on the investigating officer’s (IO’s) chair, instead of being in the lock up, said the victim.

The victim who reached the police station at 10 pm clicked photographs of Gill sitting in the AC room and on the IO’s chair. She has sent the photographs with a written complaint to Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) SN Vashisht, Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Rahul Sharma, the Commissioner of Police and the National Commission for Women.

Gill was arrested by the Panchkula police after a woman got a rape case registered that the accused on the pretext of marrying her, raped her in a hotel in Morni.

The victim said that the DCP assured her immediate action.

“ I was called by the police for investigation. As I was out, I reached around 10 pm and I was shocked to see Gill sitting in an air-conditioned room,” said the victim.

She added, “When I clicked the photographs, in front of the policemen, he abused me and the policemen present there tried to calm him down by addressing him as sir. Is he an accused or a VIP?”

The victim in her complaint also mentioned that a camera was installed outside the lock up but wasn’t functional following which she clicked the pictures.

Station House Officer of the Chandimandir police station, Inspector Arvind Kumar said, “We had already taken the statements of the victim. She just dropped in.

At that time, the Munshi had gone to take a mat for the accused to sleep on in the lock up, leaving the accused waiting there with another policeman.

It was then that the victim came there and said that the accused was being given a VIP treatment.”

Devinder a proclaimed offender

Devinder Gill who has already been arrested by the CBI in a corruption case in Chandigarh is allegedly involved in several frauds, including those with many IPS officers. Recently, he duped a Delhi man of Rs 2.5 crore. A case was registered in Mohali following which he was declared as a proclaimed offender (PO).

‘Shocked to hear cops addressing him as sir’

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the victim said, “Gill abused me in front of policemen when I clicked the photographs. I was shocked to hear the policemen addressing him as sir.”



Mohali cops to seek Gill’s production remand from P’kula police
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
Even as ‘hush’ is the word in the Punjab Police when it comes to talking about the police case and connections of an alleged conman Devinder Gill, arrested by the Panchkula police two days ago on charges of rape and cheating a woman and wanted in a fraud case in Punjab, the Mohali police will seek his production remand from the Panchkula police.

Officials confirmed in the evening that the production remand would be sought as earlier there was uncertainty over the issue. Though Devinder Gill, alias Devinder Thapa, was declared a proclaimed offender (PO), the police was not able to pursue the investigation further due to a direction by the state Vigilance Department which had reportedly stalled the investigation pending a vigilance inquiry. The vigilance inquiry was regarding allegations of misuse of authority by some senior officials, who had threatened Devinder Gill.

However, a senior official on condition of anonymity admitted that there was a directive from the vigilance but the law had to take its course, “We are duty bound to seek production of a proclaimed offender.” He said they would move for the production remand once Devinder Gill was shifted to judical custody.

Devinder Gill is accused of duping several Punjab police officials and other influential persons by offering them state-of-the-art living in a 2.5 acre farm house in Mullanpur (now New Chandigarh). However, the scheme existed on paper only and in which the Mohali police booked five persons, including Devinder, early this year.

The FIR said the accused were identified as Devinder Gill, Golty, Manpreet Chahal, Neeraj Wadhera and Dhanraj of the Sky Heights Housing Building Society. A Delhi-based resident, Jaspal Gupta, had lodged the complaint. They claimed that they had given Rs 2 crore to the accused but neither got the money nor the plot.Inquiries made from several police officials about the case were met with one response- “no comments”. As many complaints have been filed against Devinder Gill and he and his family too have filed several complaints against the police, the officials are wary of commenting on the case.



Sector 63 General Housing Scheme: Ray of hope for allottees
Possession likely by 2015; allotment prices of flats to be revised 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
With the construction of 388 flats in one of the blocks of the Sector 63 General Housing Scheme of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) gaining speed, a ray of hope has emerged for allottees for early completion of flats.

The process of completion of 2,108 flats had been delayed .The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has already missed different deadlines for the completion of the Sector 63 General Housing Scheme.

Though the construction of one- bed room, two-bed room and three-bed room flats had been nearly completed, works pertaining to laying of pipelines and power cables was pending.

A senior UT official said the UT Electricity Department had been asked to lay the electricity cables around the flats. It was being hoped that the possession of the flats would be given by 2015.

Due to the delay, the allotment prices of flats are likely to be revised following changes in the area allotted for the construction of EWS flats.

In 2004, land spread over 60,000 square yards was allotted to the CHB for the construction of 2,108 flats. But after the revision of layout plans and the relocation of green belts adjoining the UT, land left with the CHB was 48,000 square yards.

Earlier, the CHB was short of two acre when it found that over 200 houses at Phase IX had been allotted by GMADA. To construct the specified number of flats, green belts were relocated. The final cost of flats will be calculated on completion. Against the total initial price of Rs 33.64 crore, the cost is likely to increase with the delay in completion.



I-Day speech: Patil tells UT Admn to list ‘new’ achievements
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

UT Administrator Shivraj Patil
UT Administrator Shivraj Patil

Chandigarh, August 4
Instructions have been issued to the UT’s top brass only to include new achievements in his Independence Day speech, Since it is likely to be the last Independence Day speech of UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil in Chandigarh.

Sources in the UT Administration said that Patil, whose five-year tenure as the Punjab Governor-cum-UT Administrator, will end on January 21, 2015, doesn’t want to list out old achievements in his Independence Day speech. Moreover, Patil want his speech be written in Hindi language, sources added. The achievements, which will be included, will be in between August 16, 2013 and August 15 this year.

The Department of Public Relations, have conveyed to various UT Departments and the Municipal Corporation, to submit new achievements to them, which will be included in a booklet of achievements’. This booklet will be distributed to dignitaries during the Independence Day function at the Parade Ground, Sector 17, on August 15. The sources said after such instructions, various departments have now begun compiling “new” achievements of their respective departments. MM Sabharwal, Director, Department of public relations, Chandigarh Administration, said they were preparing Independence Day speech and would include achievements of the one-year period only.

Booklet will be in three languages

The UT’s Department of Public Relations is preparing a special booklet of achievements, which will be in English, Hindi and Punjabi. It will be distributed to dignitaries, guest and the media, on the Parade Ground on August 15.

Once again, UT cancels Patil’s public darbar

The UT Administration has once again cancelled UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil’s ‘public darbar’, which was to be held on Monday. The last public darbar was held on January 6. During the hearing session, residents come to meet Patil for redressal of their grievances. 



UT master plan to be notified by Oct-end
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
The master plan for Chandigarh will finally be notified by October-end. Six years after a petition was filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court for a composite regional plan for Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula, the Bench was today informed that the master plan would be notified by the competent authority by October 30.

The High Court had on December 23, 2009, directed the UT to finalise the master plan. As a petition filed in public interest way back in 2008 on the issue came up for resumed hearing this morning, the Bench was told that co-ordination committee meeting for development of the UT was held on July 31.

It was broadly decided that the UT would forward Chandigarh’s draft master plan to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs/the Union Ministry of Urban Development within four weeks for necessary approval and advise. The master plan would then be notified by October 30. A communication to this effect was placed before the High Court by standing counsel for the Union of India Onkar Singh Batalvi.

The communication added that the states of Punjab and Haryana, along with the UT, would convey the agreeable contours of the inter-State regional plan; and would also list out the exact objection and difference of opinion causing delay in the formulation of the regional plan. The details would then be forwarded to the ministry concerned for taking up the matter further.

The development is significant as the Punjab Government and the Chandigarh Administration are at loggerheads over the issue of access to Mullanpur. The UT Administration has already alleged before the High Court that its neighbour was not cooperating with it in the development of a regional plan for Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh; and one of the objections was that there were not enough “doors on the Mullanpur side”.

In fact, amicus curiae or the friend of the court-cum-senior advocate Manmohan Lal Sarin and counsel for the petitioner Shailendra Jain had insisted that only a stay on construction in the periphery area would compel coordination. A public interest litigation in the matter has been filed by Gurbax Singh Shergill for directions to prepare a composite regional plan for the Tricity of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula for the future planning of the periphery of Chandigarh in the consonance said plan. The case will now come up for further hearing on October 6.



ISBT-17 roundabout to stay
Will not be removed while constructing underpass, decides MC panel
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
The Municipal Corporation will not remove the roundabout adjoining the Sector 17 ISBT for building an underpass there.

The proposed underpass will allow traffic moving on the Himalaya Marg (from Press light point to Aroma light point) to move freely without interfering with the flow of traffic on the Udyog Path (towards the Industrial Area from Sector 16 cricket stadium side).

These points were discussed during the meeting of the underpass committee, constituted by the Municipal Corporation.

Nominated councillor Surinder Bahga, a committee member, said the panel also discussed the shifting lines of water supply, rainwater, tertiary water and sewerage line passing under the roundabout.

“The ISBT-17 roundabout is one of the major traffic bottlenecks in the city and the underpass will ease the flow of traffic,” he said.

Earlier, in 2007, the UT Administration had entrusted the work of constructing underpasses to the Chandigarh Housing Board. The same year, a team was sent for a study tour to Belgium. In 2009, after spending over Rs 1 crore on various feasibility studies, the CHB submitted its report. In February 2012, the Centre released a grant of Rs 5 crore for the project, but it was put on the backburner. Finally, in November last year, UT Administrator Shivraj Patil entrusted the work of constructing eight underpasses to the civic body.

Chandigarh’s architect Le Corbusier had given a four-phase development plan to cope with growing traffic. In the first phase, the city was to have roundabouts; the second phase catered to slip roads; the third phase catered to having underpasses and in the fourth phase, the city would have overpasses.

Eight underpasses in the pipeline

A total of eight underpasses are proposed to be constructed in the city to ease the flow of traffic. These will come up at the ISBT-17 roundabout, Tribune Chowk, UT Press Chowk, Transport Chowk, Piccadilly Chowk, Kisan Bhawan, Matka Chowk and Cricket Chowk.



Estate Office directs property owners to obtain completion certificates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
The UT Estate Office has started issuing notices to property owners who have failed to get completion certificates for their properties. The property owners are being asked to submit the requisite documents to get the completion certificate.

“Over the years, hundreds of property owners have not bothered to get the completion certificates,” said a senior UT official.

Many such cases are hanging fire in quasi-judicial courts of the Estate Office for many years.

In the past, the Estate Office had allowed the property owners to obtain completion certificates by just submitting the requisite documents.

A completion certificate is mandatory for any plot holder who wants to sell the property. For transferring the ownership of property, a no-objection certificate is required as well. An official said all plot holders whose time period for construction as mentioned in the allotment letter has expired and the extension for construction granted by the Estate Office has also lapsed would have to get completion certificate.

Tenants carry out peaceful protests at Sector 15

The Tricity Commercial Tenants have initiated peaceful protests in Sector 15 against misuse of law to evict tenants from any residential property.

The association members said in mid-1990s a term “bonafide necessity” came into force that enabled property owners to evict tenants and occupy the property. The protesters alleged property owners had started misusing this tool that is “heavily stocked in favour of landlords”.

“If an inquiry is conducted, many such properties will be found that were vacated on the ground of bonafide necessity but were still lying vacant,” said the association members.



MC starts drive to catch stray dogs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
The Municipal Corporation today started a drive to catch stray dogs in Sector 16.

It was on July 17 that the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the Chandigarh Administration and the MC to launch a special drive to control stray dog population in the city.

Directing the UT and MC to start it as a pilot project from Sector 16, the High Court had also asked the respondents to launch a cleanliness drive in the area so that the vulnerable spots, where stray dogs were found assembled most of the time, could be identified and cleaned up.

An MC official said 10 stray dogs were caught from different parts of Sector 16 today. All canines were sent to the NGO People For Animal for sterilisation, said the official. 



Only 20% brain-dead patients become organ donors at PGI
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
Despite reporting at least one brain death every week, the region’s premier healthcare institution, the PGIMER, has been struggling to convert these into potential organ donors and save lives of those patients who suffer organ failure.

According to figures available with the PGIMER, in the last six months, the institute received 30 brain-dead patients. But only six (20 per cent) could be turned into potential organ donors.

Medical aspects are found responsible for lesser utility of organs for transplantation, awareness on organ donation is still lacking among the masses, said doctors.

“We have seen situations where all family members of a brain-dead patient give consent for organ donation, but towards the end, the spouse denys permission due to social and emotional reasons,” said Dr RK Dhiman, professor, Department of Hepatology, PGIMER.

“We started the organ donation programme in 2012. We saw the same conversion rate (finding consent and potential donors in brain-dead patients) last year also. We are gradually expanding our awareness campaigns. This year, we invited entries on poster designing and on World Organ Donation Day (August 6) we are going to distribute prizes for the best posters,” Dhiman said.

Over 700 pledge organs in 2 years

Two years after an online portal www.lampoflife.in was launched by the PGIMER for the online pledging of organ donation, more than 700 registrations have been reported so far. Of these, a majority of donors were found aged below 40.

Poster making on August 6

The PGI has received entries from nearly 1,000 persons, including those living in the US and southern states, for a poster-making competition. 

What is organ donation

Donating organs such as liver, kidneys, heart, lungs, eyes can be life saving. Donating these organs after the brain-death to the needy is equal to ‘donating a life’ to a person dying of organ failure. The Transplantation of Human Organs & Tissues Act, 1994 (amended up to 2011) regulates the removal, storage, and transplantation of human organs and tissues for therapeutic purpose.

Who can donate organ?

A brain-dead patient is a potential donor for organs. Brain death means that all functions which are governed by the brain are lost. These include respiration as well. But organs like liver, kidney and heart continue to function. Brain death is defined as the irreversible loss of the capacity for consciousness and breathing.



Experts dwell on vascular diseases
Tribune News Service

(From left) Prof Jean Francois, Dr Jean Patrick Bengini and Dr Ravul Jindal speak to mediapersons in Mohali on Monday.
(From left) Prof Jean Francois, Dr Jean Patrick Bengini and Dr Ravul Jindal speak to mediapersons in Mohali on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, August 4
To enlighten experts and young doctors about vascular diseases, an international workshop is being held at Fortis Hospital, Phase 9, here today.

In the four-day workshop, organised by Venous Association of India in collaboration with Vascular Society of Limb Salvage on varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency, around 20 live surgeries would be displayed to update doctors about advancement in treatment of venous diseases.

Dr Ravul Jindal, National Secretary of Venous Association of India and Director of vascular surgery at the hospital, said, “This vital area of medical science, has till date remained misunderstood and misrepresented by even the medical fraternity who finds it difficult to differentiate between heart and venous system.”Around 50 doctors from across the country would attend the workshop, he added. The international guest faculty including Prof Jean-Francois UHL (France), Vascular Surgeon from Department of Anatomy, University of Paris, who is also the vice-president of French Society of Phlebology along with Dr Jean Patrick Bengini and Dr Jean Marc Diamant, vascular surgeons from France, would address the participants.

Elaborating on the problem of varicose veins he said varicose usually characterised by aching and heavy legs (often worse at night and after exercise), appearance of spider veins in the affected leg, ankle swelling, dilated bluish bulge under the skin, redness, dryness, and itchiness of areas of skin due to waste products building up in leg. In some people skin above ankle may shrink because fat underneath skin becomes hard.

“If not treated early this can result in chronic venous,” said Dr Jindal. 



SAD (A) supports ETT teachers
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 4
After support from the Congress, the protesting ETT teachers got support of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and members of Sikh Bandi Rehai Morcha.

Today, SAD (Amritsar) supremo Simranjit Singh Mann and Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa extended their support to the teachers’ ongoing protest and met them at their dharna site in front of the office of Director General School Education, Punjab, at Phase 8, here today.

“Yesterday the police resorted to lathicharge on the teachers and it reflected the the approach of the state government on the issue. We are with you in your fight,” said the leaders.

Meanwhile, the teachers burnt effigy of the state government.

“Our two colleagues, JS Sidhu, the president of ETT Teachers Union (Punjab) and Vipin Lotta, a teacher at Guru Harsahai, have been sitting on ‘fast unto death’ for past several days but the government is not ready to listen to our demands,” said the protesting teachers.

They added that they were not going to bow down despite the atrocities of the state government. “We would continue the protest till our demands are fulfilled,” said the teachers.

The main demand of the protestors is to bring the ETT teachers and the schools (which come under Zila Parishads) under Punjab Education Department. 



Tussle over chief guest at teej function
2 BJP councillors to organise function out of own pocket
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
Following Mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan’s decision to postpone the Teej function over the lack of consensus in finalising the chief guest, two BJP councillors have decided to hold the function out of their own pocket at Mani Majra.

The councillors—Gurcharan Dass Kala and Deshraj Gupta, who represent wards number 25 and 26 of Mani Majra—today met the MC Commissioner, Vivek Pratap Singh, to seek the civic body’s cooperation in organising the function.

The MC’s Teej function, scheduled for August 3, was postponed after the BJP-SAD and Congress councillors failed to agree upon a common person as the chief guest. While, the BJP-SAD councillors wanted local MP Kirron Kher to be invited as the chief guest, the Mayor, who is from the Congress, was not willing to invite the MP. The Congress councillors were in favour of inviting the Mayor’s wife as the chief guest.

Gurcharan Dass Kala said Gupta and he would organise the Teej function for residents of their wards.

“Today, we sought the civic body’s help for setting up the stage for the programme, which will be organised this weekend,” he said.

Kala said he had taken the step as residents were in favour of organising the function. “Moreover, we are not seeking any financial help from the MC. We will meet the expenses incurred in inviting singers and artistes on our own,” he said.

Deshraj Gupta said they would invite an elderly woman from their ward as the chief guest to inaugurate the function. 

Party leaders keep mum

The BJP’s top leadership is keeping silent on its next move following the announcement made by two of the party’s councillors. Earlier, at a press conference, BJP’s Leader of Opposition Arun Sood and other BJP-SAD councillors had announced that they would not attend the Teej function if the MC failed to invite local MP Kirron Kher.



assembly elections
Congress begins mobilising workers
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 4
After the district unit of the BJP held a meeting of party workers to get feedback on suitable candidates for the ensuing Assembly elections, Congress leaders swung into action and started mobilising public to strengthen the party at the grassroots level.

Sitting Congress MLA from Panchkula, DK Bansal, held a meeting of the Panchkula Vidhan Sabha Coordination Committee here today.

Bansal asked the committee members to constitute 10-member committees in their respected areas to make public aware of development works taken up during the Congress regime.

He also asked the committee members (from urban and rural areas) to educate people of their areas about various schemes launched for different sections of the society by the Hooda government.

Although 22 leaders, including nine women, have applied for the ticket from Panchkula, frontrunners include DK Bansal, former municipal council president Rawinder Rawal, former district unit president Om Prakash Devinagar and Vijay Sharma. All belong to the Hooda camp.

Pratap Chaudhary, Lilly Bawa, Bhawna Gupta and Mukesh Malhotra, former district Congress president from the Kumari Selja group, are still following the wait-and-watch policy. Others in the race are Rajesh Kona and Manvir Kaur Gill, former president of the Panchkula Municipal council.

Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and former chairman of the Haryana Warehousing Corporation Suresh Sharma has staked his claim for ticket from the Panchkula constituency. A close associate of former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal, Sharma, while interacting with mediapersons today, said he had kicked off his people-contact programme to strength the party.



food safety licence
Date extended to Feb 4, 2015

Chandigarh, August 4
The Union Health Ministry has extended the last date for obtaining licences under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. Now, vendors can obtain the licence till February 4, 2015.

The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal welcomed the decision as a majority of vendors could not obtain the licences.

Panel to review audit rules

The Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs has constituted an expert committee to review the Cost Records and Audit Rules 2014. President of BJP’s local unit Sanjay Tandon gave this information after meeting the Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs. Tandon had raised the demand made by cost and management accountants. — TNS



Undertrial suffers chest pain at court 
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 4
A murder accused suffered chest pain in the court lock-up here this morning. The accused, Bunty was rushed to General Hospital, Sector 6, where his condition is said to be stable.

The case wherein over eight persons are involved in the murder of a youth in Kharag Mangoli was registered last year. Bunty was also among the accused.

The trial is on in the case and today when Bunty was waiting for the hearing in the court lock up, he complained of chest pain following which he was rushed. 



Drowning incidents: No lessons learnt

People and the authorities have failed to learn any lesson from incidents of drowning in the Ghaggar and other rivers and ponds, mostly in monsoons. The previous week, too, two boys drowned in the Ghaggar. People must act responsibly and not put their life at risk. Parents must warn their children against playing near flooding rivers. The administration, too, must set up warning boards and other electronic warning system. The police should also conduct patrolling in such areas regularly.

Sanjay Srivastava, Chandigarh

Traffic chaos reigns supreme at Zirakpur

Traffic violations galore in Zirakpur. People drive at high speeds and park where they wish. On the one hand, people complain about traffic chaos, and on the other hand, they don’t even stop their vehicles behind the zebra crossing. Responsible citizens are left to wonder that why do traffic police personnel carry challan books, when they don’t even fine such violators. Auto-rickshaw operators, especially, flout the rules with impunity. Also, how can the authorities approve shops on the highway without ensuring proper parking space? Traffic signboards, too, are missing across the town. When the Chandigarh Police can take positive steps, why have the Zirakpur police failed to follow suit?

Sarabjeet Singh, via email

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Business News
Acer launches new tablet

Chandigarh: Acer India announced the launch of its lightweight and compact 17.78 cm (7 inch) tablet PC- the Acer ICONIA A1-713. It runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to 4.4 (Kitkat). Marking a thrilling end to the week-long social marketing frenzy that was high on drama and thrills, the ICONIA A1-713 tablet was unveiled to the public.

IndusInd Bank launches three new branches

IndusInd Bank has opened two new branches in Chandigarh and one branch in Panchkula. The two new branches of Chandigarh are located in Sector 27 and Sector 16 and one new branch of Panchkula is located in Sector 20, respectively. The bank plans to further strengthen its presence and customer reach in Punjab and Haryana with more branches in the coming quarters.

Style Tour concludes in city

The first edition of Kingfisher ULTRA Punjab Style Tour in association with Storm Fashion Company came to a glittering end with Kingfisher ULTRA Glam Nites at Tao Lounge, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Sunday. The five-city style tour extending to Patiala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Chandigarh saw ace designers Jatin Kochhar and Sheetal Lyall showcasing their exquisite collections.—TNS



Panjab University student council elections
SOI announces poll panel 
Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia arrives at PU to support candidates
Neha Mehta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
The Student Centre at Panjab University was packed to the hilt as the Students Organisation of India (SOI), announced its panel here today.

The security personnel were on guard to avoid any untoward incident as the party leaders have been involved in recent clashes with the activists of other parties.

Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia arrived at the university to announce the SOI panel.

The panel included Manvir Chaudhary as the campus president, Yadvinder Singh as president, Yashpal Hakuwala as chairman, Gurusewak Tohana as party in charge, Piyush Aanand Bawa as campus in charge of the party.



Leaflets lie scattered, pre-code of conduct violated?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
In a violation of the pre-code of conduct norms set by all student parties of Panjab University —regarding misuse of printed material for campaigning — several leaflets were found scattered at the Student Centre today after a student party announced its panel.

After the announcement of the Students Organisation of India (SOI), panel today, hundreds of leaflets were lying scattered at the Student Centre. This is not the lone incident of its kind.

A similar practice has been carried out by other student parties while announcing their panels. Despite this, no action has been taken by the authorities.

PU Chief Security officer Jatinder Grover said the matter was taken up with all the student parties and they had assured that this won’t be repeated in future.



Code of Conduct
Will refrain from violence-related activities, say parties
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
Student parties contesting the Panjab University student council elections will not indulge in any kind of violence before and after the announcement of the code of conduct on the campus.

This was assured by the representatives of all nine student parties — who participated in the first meeting to draft the pre and post code of conduct with the PU Dean Student Welfare (DSW) today.

In the meeting chaired by DSW Navdeep Goyal, the student parties also agreed not to hold car rallies on the campus by the workers.

Sources said the authorities today received a complaint from the inmates of the girls’ hostel number 8 and 9 that a student party had staged a protest outside their hostel last week, while raising their problems. The inmates alleged that they had not approached the party to stage a protest.

In the complaint, the hostel inmates had also mentioned that the outsiders, who had joined the protest, allegedly misbehaved with them.

The authorities asked all student parties not to bring along outsiders while visiting girls’ hostels on the campus.

Instructions were given to all parties that they would have to make an entry in the register at the gate of the girls’ hostel.

Meanwhile, the authorities also allotted codes to parties to pasting posters. 


The Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), also announced its party panel

  • State president: Rajat Vashisht
  • State chairman: Mohammad Mushtaq
  • All colleges chairman: Inder Saini
  • Party incharge: Arush Sharma 

Need for code

PU wants to draft the pre and post code of conduct as the Lyngdoh committee norms are applicable after the announcement of elections date till the date of voting. A majority of parties indulge in major violations during the pre and post election period. 



SD College students protest against warden’s behaviour
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
Irked at the ‘behaviour’ of the warden of the girls’ hostel towards the inmates, the students of SD College today went on a hunger strike.

The students alleged that on Sunday night, a girl of BSc-III fell ill but she was not allowed to go to the hospital until she fell unconscious.

“No staff member accompanied the girl to the hospital nor did they provide any vehicle to carry her to the facility. She was taken to the hospital by her friends,” alleged the students.

“When the students returned from the hospital, they were threatened not to disclose the matter to anybody,” alleged the students.

Four boys sat on a hunger strike demanding resignation of the warden, besides action against the chief warden. As many as 70 girls also took part in the strike and refused to go to the hostel.

Jagwant Singh, senior faculty member, said, “The girls were insisting last night that they wanted to go on their own even though the warden a college vehicle for them.”

He said the principal had designated a woman faculty member with the warden to address the grievances of the hostel inmates.”

protest continues till late at night

The students alleged that on Sunday night, a girl of BSc-III fell ill but she was not allowed to go to the hospital until she fell unconscious. Meanwhile, the students continued their protest till late on Monday night.



PU & College Notes 
3rd counselling of BCom-I

Prof RK Gupta, co-ordinator of BCom centralised admission has informed that the third counselling of BCom-I of centralised admission of Panjab University (PU), for Chandigarh colleges will be held on August 8 (8.30 AM onwards) in the university auditorium. All students who have already applied online are eligible for counselling. Even the shifting of college is allowed. All students are required to pay late fees.

Chandigarh University ties up with 6 UK varsities

The Chandigarh University authorities claimed to have joined hands with six universities of United Kingdom under the CU-International Student Exchange Programme. Dr RS Bawa, Vice-Chancellor, Chandigarh University, said MoUs had been signed with Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, Middlesex University London, University of Chester, Birmingham University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Northumbria University, New Castle. With this, students of both countries can share knowledge in various technology areas, he said. Dr Bawa said the exchange programme would not only cover students but also research scholars and faculty as CU-Gharuan faculty would get international research exposure through participation in international conferences.

Dentist honoured

Senior lecturer in the Department of Orthodontics of Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh Dr Devinder Preet Singh has been awarded with the coveted “Profile of the Month Award” by the Indian Dental Association. Meanwhile, Dr Devinder Preet Singh has been awarded for his various achievements and contributions to the dental fraternity and society as a whole. — TNS



NSUI submits memo to VC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
The National Students Union of India today submitted a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor regarding various problems faced by the PhD research scholars.

The students have sought a new hostel for the female research scholars, hostel facility till viva-voce examination, institutional email, release of grants at regular interval, formation of Research Promotion Cell and routine interaction programmes with PU officials.

The students raised irregularities in the re-employment scheme and enrolment of permanent faculty of campus or affiliated colleges in PhD.

The provision of re-employment to faculty members till the age of 65 years will not serve any purpose. “A large number of young scholars are keen to get recruited in PU. The re-employment scheme must be discontinued,” they said.

“The Senate and Syndicate have approved that permanent faculty of campus/affiliated colleges, who don’t have PhD degree, can enrol in PhD even without clearing any entrance. How can the faculty of campus/affiliated colleges be at par with those regular scholars who are enrolled after clearing NET/GATE/SLET/PU PhD Entrance,” they said.



Child rights discussed

Chandigarh: A sensitisation programme on child rights and the Juvenile Justice Act was held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, by programme officer Tabeussam.

Slogan-writing contest

Moti Ram Arya Sr Sec Model School, Sector 27, celebrated a Sanskrit week by conducting speech and slogan writing competitions in Sanskrit.


The Peepal eco club and the NSS wing of the Government Senior Secondary School, celebrated Vanamahotsava.

Saplings planted

The students of Government Model Senior Secondary School Sector 26 (TM), celebrated Vanamahotsava by planting herbal plants.

Workshops for teachers

A mathematics workshop was hosted at Ryan International School, Sector 49. Teachers from Chandigarh, Mohali and Patiala took part in the event.

Inter-house quiz

The Scholar’s Public School organised an inter-house quiz on India’s independence. The students of Akash, Agni, Prithvi and Vayu House took part in it. There were five participants from each house. Vayu House was the winner.

Stress on hygiene

An educational activity on hygiene was conducted for the nursery students of Saupin’s School, Sector 32.

Play on good manners

MOHALI: The students of UKG of Tiny-tots Foundation School staged a small play on the power of magical words “Sorry, please and thank you”. The act was based on the usage of these words and was named “Magical words”.

Cleanliness drive

Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Sector 69, organised a door-to-door awareness campaign on cleanliness and hygiene at Jagatpura.

Investiture ceremony

Doon International School organised an investiture ceremony on its campus on Monday. Robin Singh and Anmol Ballagan (school captains) got the prefectural badges.

Sports meet

Sant Isher Singh Public School, Phase VII, organised an inter-house sports meet for the students of classes V, VI, IX and X. Sahibzada Ajit Singh and Sahibzada Zorawar Singh House won the badminton championship, Sahibzada Jujhar Singh House and Sahibzada Fateh Singh house won the volleyball match.

Water project day

Panchkula: The students of Holy Child School, Morni Road, organised ‘Galaxy 2014’ – The exhibition and kindergarten water project day on the school premises today. The event was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, SS Phulia in the presence of the school chairperson Neena Trehan. — TNS



New courses at Desh Bhagat varsity

Chandigarh, August 4
Desh Bhagat University is starting new courses in marine engineering from this academic session.

These courses are BTech and diploma in marine engineering. Chancellor Dr Zora Singh said, “The students have several opportunities in India and abroad after 
the completion of these courses in marine engineering. They can expect high salaries. There are many openings in the government and private shipping companies. Our aim is to prepare the students for future so that they may get lucrative jobs.” — TNS



Rare migratory birds on campus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
Panjab University (PU), campus is hosting many rare migratory birds. Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) and Brown Hawk Owl (Ninox scutulata) have been spotted by the bird enthusiasts, who have formed a group to research on the biodiversity of PU.

The group was initiated by Arun Bansal and Navtej Singh to rediscover the biodiversity on the campus. Subsequently, an online group was created which now has more than 300 active members and more than 600 photographs of the birds have been uploaded.

Researchers can join the group at the ‘Biodiversity of PU,’ a group on Facebook.com.

Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) and Brown Hawk Owl (Ninox scutulata) have never been seen before on the campus or in the region.

The discoveries were shared with the bird enthusiasts of Chandigarh. 



Orientation programme at PEC

Chandigarh, August 4
The new academic session commenced with an orientation programme at the PEC University of Technology today. This is annual event conducted for the new students.

This year, an orientation programme spanning a week is being organised for the students. The event was inaugurated by Dr Manoj K Arora, Director, PEC University of Technology.

Dean Academic Affairs, Dr Praveen Kalra, briefed the students regarding rules and regulations of the college. — TNS



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