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Buses collide head-on, 1 killed
Tribune News Service

Injured passengers at the GMSH, Sector 16, in Chandigarh on Monday.
Injured passengers at the GMSH, Sector 16, in Chandigarh on Monday.
Tribune Photos: Vicky Gharu and Manoj Mahajan

Mohali, August 18
An elderly woman was killed and at least 16 persons sustained injuries in a head-on collision between two buses on a bridge near Naugaja Peer Dargah at Kurali this morning.

The accident occurred at around 9 am between a vehicle of Punbus (PR 32 G 8650), which was going from Chandigarh to Jalandhar, and a PRTC bus (PB10 CS 1558), which was on its way from Jalandhar to Chandigarh.

According to the police, the woman, who is yet to be identified, died on the spot. Five of the injured were shifted to hospitals, four to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16, Chandigarh, and one to the Civil Hospital in Kurali. The other injured were sent home after being given medical aid.

Those shifted to hospitals are Banjit Kumar of Pathankot and Pargat Singh of Dulanangal village (both drivers of the buses), Pardeep Kumar of Chandigarh, Rajinder of Phagwara and Pawandeep of Bahadurnagar, Nawanshahr, who has been admitted to the Civil Hospital, Kurali.

Gurwinder Singh, conductor of the Punbus vehicle, said the woman who died in the mishap had boarded the bus from Chandigarh and was on her way to Phagwara. She was sitting behind the driver’s seat, he said.

“All injured are out of danger,” said ASI Kirpal Singh, the investigating officer.

Kirpal Singh said three more persons, Tejinder Singh, Sarabjit Kaur and Balbir Singh, were referred to hospitals in Chandigarh. “However, we could not locate them. It seems they have gone to their houses or some private hospitals,” said Kirpal Singh.

According to Pargat Singh, who was driving the PRTC bus, the accident occurred while trying to save a three-wheeler.

Banjit Kumar, the driver of the other bus, said, “The PRTC bus was at a high speed, resulting in the mishap. Banjit sustained a fracture on his right leg and injuries on his face and hands. Pargat also sustained injuries on his legs and face.

On a complaint of Banjit Kumar, the police have registered a case under Sections 304 A, 279, 337, 338 and 427 of the IPC against Pargat Singh at the Kurali police station.

Traffic jam on highway

The accident resulted in a big traffic jam on the highway. Long queues of vehicles were seen on both sides of the road. It took over two hours to remove the badly damaged buses from the road, following which the traffic was restored.



UT bats for Metro project
Submits reply to ministry, says project viable for tricity
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Chandigarh Administration is in favour of the Metro project for the City Beautiful.

On a query raised by the Ministry of Urban Development, the UT Administration has replied that the Metro will be beneficial for the tricity.

Last month, the ministry had sought fresh consent from all three stakeholders — Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh — on the draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the ambitious Metro project. In a letter, the ministry had sought a reply from the stakeholders on points such as the financial mode to be adopted and whether it should be based on the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) model or some other model.

Sources said the Administration had submitted that the Metro would be suitable for the tricity. The UT, in its Draft Master Plan — 2031, had submitted, “Viewed from the regional perspective and the requirements of not only the tricity but also of the metropolitan region, the project seems viable as it will take care of large volumes of inter-city traffic.”

The Administration has already carried out soil testing for the Metro project. Besides, all stakeholders — Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh — have agreed for the project, the sources said.

Confirming the development, UT Finance Secretary Sarvjit Singh said the UT had submitted its reply to the ministry. The Administration was hopeful that soon an MoU would be signed between all stakeholders for the Metro project, he said.

Last year, the stakeholders had agreed upon the terms and conditions of the draft MoU and the approval was conveyed to the Government of India. However, the stakeholders had failed to sign the MoU, which ultimately delayed the project.

The UT Administration had done away with the public-private partnership (PPP) mode in the draft MoU and it was decided that all three stakeholders would have a 25 per cent stake in the project while the remaining 25 per cent would be financed by the Centre. The UT Administration, Punjab and Haryana have already agreed to set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the Metro project. It was also discussed that the SPV may be named as the Chandigarh Tricity Multi-Modal Transport Corporation (CTMTC).

Metro not commercially viable for city: Kirron

Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher, during the Administrator’s Advisory Council (AAC) meeting on June 30, had said the Metro project for a city such as Chandigarh was not commercially viable since a minimum population of two to four million was required for the viability of Metro rail. 

Metro project will have 2 corridors

If the Metro project materialises for the city, it will have two corridors, having a total length of 37.57 km. The East-West Corridor will extend from the Transport Terminal in Mohali to the grain market in Panchkula. The North-East Corridor will be from the Capitol Complex in Sector 9 to Gurdwara Singh Shaheedan in Sohana. It is proposed that within the sectoral grid of Chandigarh, the Metro will be underground keeping in view the heritage of the city. Milestones have been erected along the route of the Metro. The first corridor is expected to be operational by 2018.



Labourer dies as JCB machine falls on him
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
A 35-year-old labourer working at a construction site at Officers’ Mess, 12 Wings Air Force Station, died when a JCB machine fell over him. Another labourer sustained critical injuries.
The incident occurred when the labourers were working at the site where work of laying a lintel was under way. 

The rope attached to the JCB machine broke following which it fell on the labourers.

The victim, Satish, was critically injured and was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where he was declared brought dead.

The body has been handed over to family members after a postmortem examination.

The police have booked the contractor, Ravi Gupta, a resident of Sector 21 , in a case of causing death due to negligence registered at the Sector 31 police station.

A case under Sections 304-A and 287 of the IPC has been registered against him. He was arrested and later released on bail.

Satish was residing in Faidan village and is survived by his wife. He hailed from Chhattisgarh.

The police said at least eight labourers were working at the site when the incident took place and the two injured were taken to the GMCH. The condition of the injured is stated to be stable.

The rope attached to the JCB machine had weakened and it was the responsibility of the contractor to change it, but he failed to do so, resulting in the death of the labourer. The contractor has thus been booked, the police said. 



FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017
5 CFA players make it to probables’ camp 
Deepankar Sharda

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The All India Football Federation (AIFF), after observing the performance of five players of the Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA), has called them to attend the “seasoned football camp”, being organised to select the junior Indian team for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, to be held in India in 2017.

A high-class performance during the exposure trip to Goa, the second home of Indian football after Kolkata, helped the five players — Harsh, Amarjeet, Karan Singh, Sumeet and Sanjiv — of the state-run CFA to make it to the camp today.

Sumeet and Karan Singh are strikers while Sanjiv and Amarjeet play at half line and Harsh is a defender. They have been asked to join the rest of the probables’ squad and go through proper training before the final selection of India’s junior squad.

The selection will be made on the basis of the performance of these players in the training camp. All five selected players will remain attached with the probables’ squad till the final selection. The camp is being organised under the supervision of foreign coaching staff, specially appointed to field a strong Indian team as India is hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the first time.

“This is a proud moment for me. As a player, I know the importance of being in the squad meant to represent the country in the

World Cup. I am happy that the hard work of our boys has impressed the selectors, who have called five of our players. I am happy that our exposure trip proved fruitful for us. The aim of the CFA is to produce the finest players for the nation,” said Harjinder Singh, former skipper of the Indian football side and CFA coach. The Director of the UT Sports Department, Sunil Bhatia, congratulated the players for bringing laurels for Chandigarh.

Another coach of the CFA Gurpreet Bedi is also accompanying the team to Goa.

In the ongoing exposure trip, local CFA lads played two matches against the sub-junior Indian probables’ team.

The team played one draw and registered a 3-0 win in the other match. The team played both its friendly matches under flood lights on an Astroturf field for the first time.

The batch was inducted into the CFA in 2012. Already, nine players of the academy are playing in the Indian team (U-19 squad) and 23 players have already played for the nation in different age groups.

Some of the senior players are also playing in national-level clubs.

Exposure trip

After a long span, players of the CFA were sent for the exposure trip. It is for the first time that the team was sent to Goa. Earlier, the CFA batches used to visit Germany for such exposure trips. 



mother’s murder
Two girls depose against father
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
A day after a 35-year-old woman, Rita Devi, was allegedly killed by her husband after a violent fight with him, two daughters of the couple today deposed against their father and recorded their statements before the Magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC.

Jugal Kishore had allegedly battered his wife to death after he hit her with an iron utensil on the head following a fight with her at their Hallo Majra residence last night. The victim had succumbed to her injuries at the hospital as she received a severe head injury.

The police have arrested Jugal Kishore in a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder under Section 304 of the IPC. He was produced in court today and sent to 14 days in judicial custody.

The couple is survived by six children who have a tough life ahead with their father jailed and mother dead. All six children (four daughters and two sons), with the youngest boy only 18 months old, have been sent to Snehalaya in Maloya.

The eldest daughter of the couple is 12 years old. She, along with her sister, who is about 10 years old, today recorded their statements before the Magistrate and narrated the sequence of events that led to the death of their mother last night.

“My father used to come home drunk and used to beat my mother daily. Yesterday, he took an iron utensil and beat my mother on the head with it. My mother fell on the floor when we called our neighbours who called the police,” said the daughters before the Magistrate.



Student leaders tailor-made for Panjab University poll!
Neha Mehta

Chandigarh, August 18
Despite the difference in the agenda and ideology of student leaders, representing different student parties on the Panjab University campus, a common thing has caught the fancy of all of them. Ahead of the poll, the love for crisp white kurta-pyjamas among these aspiring politicians has overshadowed the craze for flaunting swanky cars during the campaign.

Tailors not only in Chandigarh but also in other parts of Punjab, including Mukstar, Abohar and Kotkapura, are flooded with orders for stitching kurta-pyjamas. Interestingly, students are ready to shell out even up to Rs 8,000 for kurta-pyjama.

Student leaders’ favourite is Prince Tailor from Muktsar, who has been in this profession for 19 years. “We have received at least 160 new orders for kurta-pyjamas during the past couple of days,” said the tailor.

Amar Singh, who owns New Amar Tailors shop in Abohar, said, “Nearly 300 students of Panjab University are our regular customers and every year during the elections, the demand rises.”

Shingara Singh, a tailor at Boys’ Hostel No. 6, who has been running his tailor shop in the university since the 1970s, said this year Muktsari-style kurta had gained popularity among students.

Students follow in footsteps of politicians

PUSU president Sahejpal Singh Sidhu said, “Since Indian politicians prefer the white kurta-pyjama, aspiring student leaders also have a liking for this attire, especially during the poll.”

Simranjeet Singh Dhillon, coordinator, SOI, said, “We prefer kurta-pyjamas to stand out in a crowd and to let others know that we are associated with politics. We prefer this dress even during non-election days because it gives an elegant look and is comfortable.”

Gautam Nain, president of INSO, said white kurta-pyjamas are worn by leaders across the country.

Student leaders working hard on their speech

Besides their dressing style, student leaders have been working hard on their speeches ahead of the campaign. They approach various departments of the university the same way as leaders visit their constituencies. Sahejpal Singh Sidhu, president of PUSU, said, “We carry out research on the target audience”.

Muktsari-style kurta-pyjamas favourite

Orders for Muktsari-style simple kurta paired with a tight pyjama is the most preferred dress these days. The range of these kurta-pyjamas varies from Rs 1,500 to 8,000. Khaddar and cotton kurtas are in demand, according to tailors. Kurtas with a rectangular front and with a front crease are also being preferred by student leaders.



Cong set for change of guard in city
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
After the defeat of Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal from the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat in the recent Lok Sabha elections, the party high command is all set to change the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) president.
Sources in New Delhi said that the party high command had already taken consent of present CTCC president BB Behl in this regard. When contacted, Behl said as soon as the party high command would ask him to resign from the post, he would do so immediately.

More importantly, now, Bansal and former Union Minister Manish Tewari will try to ensure that ‘their man’ is made the CTCC president. Some local leaders, who are also eyeing the post had already met various senior Congress leaders in Delhi.

At present, Behl was close to the Bansal camp. In the last Lok Sabha elections, Manish Tewari was also eyeing the ticket from the Chandigarh seat, but ultimately Bansal had managed to get the ticket.

But for the last one month, Manish Tewari has become active in the city. Apart from meeting city residents, he also unfurled the National flag on the Independence Day function in Sector 42, which was organised by the Congress leaders.

Last election was the first ever defeat of the Congress candidate under the leadership of Behl. Behl who was appointed as the CTCC president in 2000 had so far managed to ensure the Congress candidate’s victory in the Lok Sabha elections from the Chandigarh seat.

Kirron defeated Bansal with record margin

BJP candidate Kirron Kher had won from the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, defeating her nearest rival and Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal by a margin of 69,642 votes. The 61-year-old actor, who had jumped into the electoral fray for the first time, polled 1,91,362 votes while four-time MP Bansal got 1,21,720 votes.



Fire safety: Recommendations not yet implemented
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The UT has failed to implement the ‘19 recommendations on fire safety in Sector 17 buildings’ made by the committee constituted to inquire into the fire that broke out in the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) on June 8 last.

The committee, under the previous Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), in its report given a month ago, had sought random checking of the buildings. But the directions given by the Deputy Commissioner (DC) to the Municipal Corporation and the Fire Department to conduct a joint survey with the Estate Office teams is yet to be implemented.

Similarly, the provision of obstruction-free 6-metre wide motorable passage around the buildings, pruning of tress all around the building for free movement of hydraulic ladder during fire-fighting operations, removal of encroachments from staircases, balconies, lobby and corridors used as escape routes are yet to be implemented.

The Chief Fire Officer (CFO), who is one of the members of the committee, had sought removal of hoardings and glow signs from unauthorised portions of the buildings, removal of wooden partitions, removing brick walls and wooden board used to block doors and no-parking zones in fire lanes around the buildings.

Apart from periodic checking after a span of five years, the committee had pointed out that present set up of the SDE (buildings) in the Estate Office was not sufficient to check the violations and structure stability and the same needed to be upgraded.

4 incidents of fire fail to move authorities

Ironically, more than three major incidents of fire at Syndicate bank, Food and Supplies Office and at the office of Haryana Directorate of Industries in 30 Bays building in Sector 17 have been reported after a fire broke out at NILET, but the authorities are taking their own sweet time in implementing the recommendations.

Other suggestions made by panel

  • Owners of buildings to give self-attested certification on violation
  • Owners to submit structure stability certificate for private, government and semi-government buildings
  • Temporary electrical connections and loose wires to be removed
  • Use of gas stoves to be prohibited. Inflammable chemicals and liquids not to be stored.
  • Storage of material as per the trade allotted should be done 



Allotment of booths in Sector 41
Interim stay granted to affected shopkeepers 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Three weeks after the UT Estate Officer cancelled the allotment of six booths in the Krishna Market of Sector 41 for violation of norms, the Chief Administrator while hearing appeals against cancellation has granted interim stay to affected shopkeepers.

The cases have been remanded back to the Estate Officer to give hearing in all the cases.

Last month, the Estate Office after giving personal hearing in the cases had cancelled the booths for violations of allotment rules. Earlier, a number of booths in the market were sealed by the Estate Office after finding violations in these by the allottees for renting out or selling their properties.

“It is the same market where the infamous booth allotment scam was uneatrthed and role of certain officials and politicians was being questioned”, said an official.

The booths in the market had come under scanner last month after survey teams of the UT Estate Office had found out violations of building bylaws in the city. An extensive survey to verify the ownership of the booths was also conducted.

According to rules, the booths cannot be sold within 15 years of the allotment to anyone one by the original allottee. However, officials suspected that many beneficiaries had sold their properties for a premium by throwing all rules and norms to the winds. 



Panchkula booth owners seek permission to construct first floor 
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 18
Traders of different booth markets in the town have sought permission to construct a first floor or basements on their business establishments.
Accusing the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) for following different set of rules in allotment of booths in different town markets, they claimed that the booth allotees, in new sectors, were granted permission for basements while the allottees of the booths in old markets were barred from the provision.

Talking to the Tribune, Sham Lal Bansal, convener of Haryana BJP (investor cell), said every sector had a booth market (20-25 booths).

“HUDA has not made any provision for the construction of either the basements or the first floors of booths in the old sectors while in the new sectors, the authorities have permitted construction of basements”, he claimed.

With a passage of time, the booths are packed to the capacity and the shopkeepers are forced to spread their goods outside their business establishments which amounts to encroachment, Bansal said.

“The HUDA authorities often challan the shopkeepers or remove their goods instead of finding a solution to the problem”, claimed Bansal.

Gian Chand Gupta, a former Mayor of Chandigarh, alleged that repeated representations to HUDA in this context had failed to yield results.

“The booth owners have been demanding permission for the construction of the first floor or basements of the booths. They are ready to comply with the guidelines in case HUDA allows them on certain terms and conditions”, said Gupta.

Moreover, the HUDA officials have failed to maintain the toilets in the booth markets.

The stench emanating from toilets and taps with no water flowing out from them, have not only caused huge losses to the shopkeepers but forced customers to avoid visiting the markets, lamented Darshan Lal, president of the Booth Market Association, Sector 11, Panchkula.



Green belt coming up on dumping yard site in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 18
The local Municipal Corporation (MC) has started developing a green belt at the site of the town’s dumping yard in Sector 74.
MC Commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta said over 700 saplings have already been planted on piles of garbage after covering it with soil. “The work is being done as per the norms of the Management of Solid Waste Rules (MSWR) 2000. 

We are planting herbal plants here. Besides, pesticides are being sprayed regularly,” he said.

Notably, the norms of the MSWR 2000 were being flouted at the site and the issue was highlighted in the columns of these newspaper. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has also issued directions to the MC to ensure that all the MSW norms at the site are followed.

Gupta said the site was being fenced to check the entry of stray cattle. 



revamping water supply system in Mohali
MC wing submits project report
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, August 18
The ageing water supply system here has failed to keep pace with the unabated growth of the town and there is dire need for a revamp, which requires an estimated Rs 24.83 crore.

The Water Supply and Sanitation wing has submitted a project report to the Municipal Corporation (MC) for setting up underground storage reservoirs (UGSRs) and replacement of pumping machinery at waterworks as part of the augmentation plan.

Sources said earlier, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) had agreed to provide funds for the project but later asked the authorities concerned to approach the civic body, which could avail of funds for augmenting the water supply system under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

The waterworks in Phase VI, which is the oldest in the town, has been functioning since 1987. The machinery installed there has been repaired again and again which has reduced the efficiency of the system. Six motors having capacities ranging between 100 hp and 125 hp are outdated and need replacement.

The machinery installed at the UGSR in Phase X is also old. It became functional in 1997 and requires replacement.

The pumping machinery at the waterworks set up in Sector 57 in 2004 also needs to be changed. Five motors functioning there are about 10 years old.

Rajinder Kumar, Executive Engineer, Water Supply and Sanitation wing, said the capacity of the water booster in Phase IX was low. There was a plan to have a proper UGSR, in which the water of tubewells could be stored and then boosted for maintaining the water pressure.

He said there was a need for a UGSR in Phase XI as some multi-storeyed flats were located at the tail-end, which adversely affected the water pressure. A UGSR was also required in Sector 48-C, which did not get any canal water and depended solely on water supply from tubewells.

Giving a breakdown of the expenditure required for revamping the supply system, Rajinder Kumar said over Rs 4.53 crore was required for a UGSR in Phase IX, over Rs 4.71 crore for making a UGSR in Phase XI and over Rs 1.78 crore for a UGSR in Sector 48-C.

He said nearly Rs 3 crore was needed for the replacement of machinery at the Phase VI waterworks and about Rs 4 crore for replacing the pumping machinery at the Sector 57 waterworks. A sum of about Rs 4 crore was required for the replacement of machinery at the boosting station in Phase X, he added. 



Forex cards for pilgrims

HDFC Bank Ltd has launched ForexPlus card for devotees going to the Haj and Umrah pilgrimages. Pilgrims can use the card to make payments during the pilgrimage in a convenient and secure manner by avoiding carrying Saudi Riyals in cash.

Mercedes Benz cars to cost more

Mercedes-Benz India has announced an upward revision in the price of its models, effective from September 1, 2014. The hike would be up to 2.5 per cent, varying across model range.

Malls celebrate Independence Day

North Country Mall hosted a variety of events on the long weekend that began on August 15, the Independence Day. Kite-flying competitions were a hit. Elante Mall too celebrated the Independence Day with variety of events. An artists’ tribute to India and The City Beautiful, a two-day event, showcased graffiti, photographs and artefacts depicting Chandigarh’s journey as a modern city.

Home dialysis service

Health Care at Home (HCAH) is offering home dialysis service. Dr Gaurav Thukral, Head, medical services, HCAH, said, “Dialysis at home can make life much convenient for patients. They can keep moving even as the blood cleansing is being done.”

Jaguar launches multi-city drive programme

Jaguar India launched a multi-city drive programme across the country as a part of its ‘Alive’ Drive Experience. The event was held from August 12 to 14 at the Jaguar showroom in Hotel Taj, Chandigarh. — TNS



Fortis surgeon felicitated
Has done most knee replacements using orthopilot technique
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 18
The father of orthopilot, a revolution in total knee and hip replacement surgery, Prof Frederic Picard, today honoured Dr Harsimran Singh, Director, joint replacement, Fortis Hospital here.
Dr Singh has performed the maximum number of surgeries in India using the orthopilot technique.

Prof Picard appreciated Dr Singh’s deft handling of even the most complex of surgeries using technical competence in knee replacement. About 44,000 orthopilot-assisted surgeries have been conducted in the world; of which, 7,000 have been done by Dr Singh in India alone.

Interacting with mediapersons, Prof Picard said computer-assisted total knee replacement surgeries played a major role in countries like India where prevalence of arthritis was high, even among youngsters.

Dr Harsimran Singh said, “The currently available zirconium-coated knee implants have shown to have a life in excess of 30-35 years in lab studies. The benefits of modern implants are supplemented by the accuracy in surgical technique provided by computer navigation. Computer-navigated total knee surgery leaves no margin for error, which is always present in conventional surgical technique.”



Cong throws norms to the winds
Defaces public property in Panchkula ahead of August 24 Panipat rally
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 18
The Haryana Congress has defaced public property with impunity in and around the city by erecting huge hoardings and banners, besides pasting posters.
These hoardings, banner and posters (inviting the public to join the Congress rally in Panipat on August 24), have even come up along the highways in violation of the Punjab and Haryana High Court directives.

Various roundabouts of the city have also been defaced with the hoardings and posters relating to the “Vijay Sankalp Rally’ to be organised by the Congress in Panipat.

The violations have come up in the past two-three days with a number of local Congress leaders showing their solidarity with Bhupinder Singh Hooda ahead of the Vidhan Sabha elections.

At many places, the hoardings are even obstructing the traffic lights and inviting accidents, claimed Surinder Mittal, a resident of Sector 8, Panchkula.

Political parties, including the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and its supporters, have installed hoardings along the Kalka-Ambala highway in Pinjore, Kalka and other areas in violation of the norms.

The INLD has erected huge hoardings of its candidates - Pradeep Chaudhary and Kulbhushan Goyal from Kalka and Panchkula - at different places to allure voters.

Panchkula Municipal Corporation Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia was not available for comments.

Her husband Dhanender Ahluwalia, said: “She is not available for comments as she is busy in some function.”

He, however, claimed that the illegally erected hoardings would be removed tomorrow.



Good news for uterine cancer patients
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
A city-based doctor has come up with a new technique for diagnosis of uterine cancer within a few minutes. The ‘office hysteroscopy’ technology has been introduced in the tricity for the first time and is not available in any corporate or government set up till now. The technology is commonly used in European countries to gauge abnormalities in the uterus.

Any problem in the uterus like abnormal bleeding, polyps, fibroids and cancer can be gauged within the OPD timings through the technique, which earlier required a lengthy and costly procedure.

It usually takes a day for a doctor to diagnose the problem in uterus, in which anaesthesia had to be given to the patient and admission to the hospital a day before was also must, claimed Dr Preeti Jindal, senior consultant and gynaecologist, who runs a clinic in the city.

The cost of diagnosis in office hysteroscopy is 60 to 70 per cent lesser.



Cases of disputes between couples on rise in Mohali
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 18
Lack of tolerance, growing self-dependence among urban women and drug addiction are taking couples to police stations.
The fact can be attributed to the growing number of cases of disputes between married couples received by the Mohali Police Women Cell every year.

Mohali SSP Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti said till July 31 this year, the cell had received 214 cases of disputes involving couples.

“The number of such cases in 2013 was around 600,” the SSP said.

Notably, the number of cases was just 323 in 2007, the year in which this special cell was constituted.

“In 2008, the number increased to 410,” said Bhatti.

He added that in most of the cases lack of tolerance and ego problem were the main causes of dispute between urban couples.

“Besides, drug addiction and dowry are also the causes of dispute,” the SSP said.

“Now in urban areas, most of the women are literate and self-dependent in financial terms so they don’t tolerate any indulgence of their spouses. The cell also used to receive complaints from husbands,” he said.

“As we have a panel of experts in our cell, problems in most of the cases have been successfully redressed by them.This year, we have already addressed at least 140 complaints,” said the SSP.

Dr Simi Warraich, a trained psychiatrist at Fortis Hospital, said society had changed a lot.

“Now, most of the urban women are literate and financially independent. They are aware of their rights and laws thus do not tolerate any excess at the hands of their spouses or in-laws. Though the change is good, it has been leading to breaking of relationships also,” said Dr Warraich. 



Blood donation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Market Welfare Association, Sector 44, organised a blood donation camp at the local market yesterday. Chandigarh Beopar Mandal president Charanjiv Singh inaugurated the camp.

He congratulated the association for contributing towards the noble cause and thanked Anil Vohra, president of the association, for organising the camp.



Lack of basic amenities
Committee chief continues fast
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, August 18
The fast-unto-death by the president of the Joint Action Coordination Committee (JACC), Zirakpur Societies, entered the second day today. He is sitting on a protest near a water tank in Jamuna Enclave, a housing society.

The JACC president, Vijay K Dutta, has launched the protest against the Zirakpur Municipal Council for not providing services to residents and lack of basic civic amenities in housing colonies and other colonies in the municipal limits.

Up in arms against the local civic body, residents of nine housing societies – Jamuna Enclave, Panchsheel Enclave, Chandigarh Enclave, Alpine Residency, Lajpat Enclave, Amolak Enclave, Sarav Mangalm, Silver City and Friends Enclave - have been protesting against lack of proper civic amenities such as erratic water and power supply, damaged streets and roads and defunct streetlights.

A delegation of the Aam Aadmi Party met Dutta today and extended support to him. The delegation also criticised the functioning of the MC and the reluctant attitude of property dealer-turned-politician NK Sharma, who is the local MLA.

Talking to The Tribune, Dutta said the Zirakpur MC was formed almost 12 years ago and since then, the people residing in different colonies and housing societies were living miserable lives without basic facilities. Weed has grown on vacant plots and the roads have converted into death traps while heaps of garbage dot every nook and corner of the societies.

They said they had given representations of their demands to the local MLA, but to no avail.

The members of the JACC have threatened to intensify the agitation if their demands were not met.



Sulakshan Ram is PGI employees’ union chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Sulakshan Ram was elected as president of the PGI Employees’ Union, defeating the Ashwini Munjal group that remained in power for the past couple of years. Sulakshan won by 939 votes while his contender Ashwini got 843 votes in the elections held previous week.

The elected panel included Raja Singh as senior vice-president, Jagmohan Singh vice-president, Jasvir Singh general secretary and Rajendra Sharma secretary.

The newly elected union pledged to improve the patient care at the hospital.



Improving learning environment
CBSE for collaboration
Asks school principals to share their institute’s best practices 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), in its initiative to build a culture of learning through collaboration and sharing, has invited school principals to share the best practices in education being followed at their institutes that can be implemented in other schools as well.

The best practices include strategies, approaches, activities and programmes that have proved to be effective in respective schools.

The domains for best practices identified by the board include promoting a holistic curriculum, instructional leadership, quality teachers, continuous professional development, innovative pedagogy, assessment, differential instruction, health promoting school, eco school, nurturing sports, integrating information and communication technology in all areas of curriculum, promoting inclusive education, taking care of students’ counselling needs and mental health, promoting reading, focus on language speaking and listening, promoting creativity, acknowledging our heritage, community outreach, linkages with institutes of higher education, student autonomy and partnering with parents.

The board has invited schools to share details of their best practices that the board will scrutinise and identify. The board will then collaborate with schools to gather evidence and document the chosen best practice to help create a monograph series on best practices.

Welcoming the initiative taken by the board, local academician Dr Arvind Goyal said: “This move will encourage school managements to innovate and implement good practices in their institutes. It will also give various schools a common platform to share their experience about the methodology adopted by them in different fields.”

Goyal said schools implementing any innovative practice must come forward and participate in this initiative whole-heartedly, so that others can also derive benefit from their ideas.

Elaborating various innovative practices implemented in his school, Capt Sanjay Anand, principal, Doon Public School, said: “In our school, we focus on continuous and comprehensive evaluation and grading system. Emphasis is laid on spoken English and stress-free examination system. Introduction of vocational subjects at the secondary level is another initiative we have taken. Social media sites, messaging platforms such as WhatsApp and interactive websites are used to save time.”



Students fete Lord Krishna’s birth
Tribune News Service

Children dressed as Bal Gopal and Radha celebrate Janmashtami at Shemrock School, Tiny Tots Preparatory School and The Holy Wonder School.
(Clockwise from top) Children dressed as Bal Gopal and Radha celebrate Janmashtami at Shemrock School, Tiny Tots Preparatory School and The Holy Wonder School. Tribune photographs 

Chandigarh, August 18
Janmashtami, the birth of Lord Krishna, was celebrated across tricity schools with great fervour.

Saupin’s School

The pre-primary wing children of the Sector 32 school sang devotional songs in the praise of Lord Krishna. Classrooms were beautifully decorated and students came dressed in colourful attires. Principal Surita Sharma wished all students and staff members on the occasion.

Shishu Niketan

Students attended a special assembly at the Sector 43 campus. Tiny tots dressed as Krishna and Radha presented a colourful programme comprising group dances and songs. Principal Veena Arora delivered a speech on the life of Lord Krishna.

Divya Public School

The main attraction was “dahi handi” at the Sector 44-D. The pre-primary wing children came dressed as Krishna and Radha. The celebrations started with the chanting of mantras. A few glimpses of Lord Krishna’s life were shown through dance performances.

St Joseph’s School

Students celebrated the festival with great fervour on the Sector 44-D campus. Melodious hymns reverberated throughout the premises. Kindergarten students coloured pictures of Lord Krishna. Various craft activities such as crown making and pots and flute decoration were organised.

St Xavier’s School

Students were enlightened about values taught by Lord Krishna. Vice-principal N Gandhi shared the teaching of Bhagwad Gita during a special morning assembly.


Nursery class students, dressed as Krishna and other characters from his life including Radha and Meera, celebrated the day with great zeal and enthusiasm at the Sector 41 school. Children attired in colourful costumes depicted Rasleela. They decorated pots and crowns during a special activity. They were apprised of the significance of the occasion as well.


Some children danced to the tune of the song “Wo Krishna Hai”, while others took turns to swing the cradle of Bal Gopal. They also presented a group song celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna. Stories related to his life were narrated by teachers.

PMLSD School

Collage making competition based on the life of Lord Krishna marked the day at the Sector 19-C school. Students greeted each other with “Jai Sri Krishna” and recited bhajans.

RIMT World School

With smiles donning their face, tiny tots dressed as Radha and Krishna celebrated the festival. The school was decorated with flowers, buntings and swings. The children joined their teachers in singing hymns.

MDAV School

Chants of “Krishna Krishna” echoed through the Sector 22-A campus. Tiny tots of the junior wing shoed glimpses of Bal Gopal’s life. The senior wing staged a skit and presented songs related to the festival. A colourful cradle with Lord Krishna’s idol was also set up. Students and teachers took turns to swing it.

New India School

Panchkula: The Sector 15 school celebrated Janmashtami with great fervour. The kindergarten students came dressed as Krishna, Radha, Gopi, Balram, Sudama, Kans and Gwalas. They danced to the tune of various songs. Speeches were delivered on Lord Krishna’s life. Competitions such as card making, crown decoration and matki Decoration were held for students.

Sky World School

Bal Gopal was seated in a cradle as students sang bhajans in his praise. Principal Santosh Bhandari told students about Lord Krishna’s life and his teachings in Bhagwad Gita.

Vijay Public Smart School

Lord Krishna’s childhood was depicted through songs and plays. Some tableaus related to his life were presented by tiny tots. Principal Amit Jain threw light on his teachings.

Smart Wonders School

Mohali: Kindergarten students of the Sector 71 school enacted popular episodes from the childhood of Lord Krishna during a special assembly. The musical programme included dance recitals accompanied by bhajans.

St Joan’s School

The Zirakpur-based school echoed with devotional songs and music of flute. Bal Gopal’s cradle was decorated with flowers and coloured strings. Senior students decorated bulletin boards with drawings and paintings of Radha and Krishna.

Sant Waryam Singh Memorial School

Students and teachers celebrated the festival with great zeal. The tiny tots presented a cultural programme. — TNS



from schools
Principal awarded

Panchkula: Vandna, the principal of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, was honoured with a state award for “outstanding” contribution in the field of education. The award was presented during a state-level function on Independence Day.

I-Day celebrations

Hallmark Public School organised a plethora of activities to mark Independence Day. Principal Kavita Wadhwa said teachers engaged students in activities that made them research India’s freedom stuggle.

Patriotic fervour

Mohali: A cultural programme marked the Independence Day celebrations at Strawberry Public School, Baltana. Students, dressed as soldiers, danced on patriotic songs. — TNS



Teachers attend training workshop at SD College
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
An international instructional skill workshop began at GGDSD College here today. Being held in association with the University of Fraser Valley, Canada, the weeklong workshop is being conducted by Raymonde Tickner, a faculty member of access and continuing education at the varsity.

GGDSD College Society president Upkar Krishan Sharma said the main thrust of the workshop was on “training the trainer”.

“It will help teachers learn to become not only their own but also their peer group’s evaluators and develop and sharpen their teaching skills. After undergoing the training, the participants would act as facilitators for other teachers employed by the society at Chandigarh, Gurdaspur, Fatehgarh Churian and Kheri Gurna,” he said.

Principal Dr Bhushan K Sharma said: “It Is a unique initiative taken by the college to help lecturers become trainers that will further help the teaching community in enhancing the skill set and strengthen dissemination of knowledge.” 



‘Special’ celebrations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The Rotary Club, Chandigarh Shivalik, today celebrated Janmashtami with students of the Institute for the Blind, Sector 26.
Nearly 60 students of the school and over 40 members of the club and its Rotaract chapter took part in the celebrations.

Schoolchildren sang bhajans and danced with enthusiasm. Rotarian Sham Rawal gave the students a brief insight into the significance of the festival.

Club president ML Gupta said all club members were happy to spend the auspicious day with the special children.



NSUI takes up girl students’ cause
Demands setting up of separate reading hall on PU’s south campus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Representatives of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) staged a protest in front of Girls’ Hostels No. 8 and 9 at Panjab University here today.
The protesters demanded setting up of separate reading hall for girl students on the varsity’s south campus.

“Girls find it difficult to commute to the main campus library to study, especially at nights,” said one of the protestors.

They also opposed the authorities’ decision to make girls residing in Hostel No. 8 as guests vacate the premises.

They said the girls should not be made to vacate hostel rooms as they had no alternative shelter.

Wardens of Boys’ Hostel No. 2 and Girls’ Hostel No. 8 reached the spot and assured the students that their demands would be looked into.



Plant biologist collaborates with global body

Chandigarh: Noted plant biologist of Panjab University Prof Harsh Nayyar has entered into a formal scientific collaboration with the International Centre for Agriculture Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), Morocco. Prof Nayyar, who specialises in environmental stresses, has been working at the Department of Botany. 

As part of the collaboration, he and his team will work to identify new sources of stress resistance and development of varieties of pulses having higher resilience for changing climatic conditions in the near future. Prof Nayyar has been working on effects of climate change on agricultural crops for long. Earlier, he has established scientific collaborations with other prestigious international organisations as well. These include the University of Western Australia; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia; International Crops Research Institute for Semiarid Tropics, Hyderabad; and World Vegetable Centre. — TNS



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