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Patient jumps to death at PGI
Karamjeet (24) had gone to the fifth floor of New OPD building for chemotherapy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
A 24-year-old cancer patient died at the PGI today after he allegedly jumped from the fifth floor of the New OPD building. The patient, Karamjeet Singh, fell flat on his face. His body was found lying in a pool of blood in front of the sample collection centre at around 12 noon.

Security guards in the building rushed him to the emergency, but he had already died on the spot. His face was badly smashed.

A resident of Jalandhar, Karamjeet had gone to the hospital for his chemotherapy at the Cancer Day Care Centre located on the fifth floor of the New OPD building. He was accompanied by his mother.

The incident triggered panic on the ground floor of the building as hundreds of patients were waiting for their turn near the X-ray/ultrasound fee counter while several others were waiting near the sample collection centre.

“His mother had gone to fetch fruits from outside, leaving him in the day care centre,” said sub-inspector Usha Rani, in charge of the PGI police post.

The police have initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC in the case.

Karamjeet was wearing the patient gown when he jumped to death. Sources said a proposal for covering the balconies in the New OPD building with nets had been pending since long.

Victim had attempted suicide last week

According to Harpesh Singh, the victim’s elder brother, Karamjeet had attempted suicide last week by trying to jump from the terrace of his residence in Jalandhar, but his mother had spotted him and saved his life.

Past incidents

  • May 2010: A 50-year-old man, a lung disease patient, jumped to death from the fifth floor of Nehru Hospital. He was a resident of Uttarakhand.
  • August 2008: A 33-year-old woman committed suicide by jumping from the fourth floor of the New OPD building. She was a psychiatry patient. 



Victim was under stress over high cost of treatment
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
Karamjeet, who had been undergoing treatment for blood cancer at the PGI, had come for chemotherapy for the 19th time today. Being unable to contribute to the family income and seeing his father, a labourer, unable to meet the expenses of his treatment, Karamjeet remained under extreme stress.

“He also felt that the medicines were not bringing any improvement. He had lost all hope of recovery. For the past one month, his health had deteriorated and he had also developed problems related to defecation,” said his elder brother Harpesh Singh.

Karamjeet’s mother Jaswinder Kaur told the police that his father, Bachittar Singh, was a labourer in Jalandhar and was the only breadwinner of the family.

Karamjeet was diagnosed with blood cancer eight months ago and would often tell his mother that he had become a burden on the family. “He was not even ready to go to the hospital today. We all counselled him,” said his brother.

His postmortem was conducted at the PGI. He was shifted from the New OPD to the emergency in a hi-tech ambulance.



Yograj, 4 others held for clash
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 25
Yograj Singh, a former cricketer-turned-actor, was arrested along with his friend Bhupinder Singh for alleged trespass and criminal intimidation during a clash with a former Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of the Chandigarh police and his two sons in Sector 2 late last night.

The actor was later released on bail by a local court this afternoon. The former DSP and his sons were also arrested on Bhupinder Singh’s complaint on similar charges. The police have registered cross FIRs against both parties under Sections 148, 149, 323, 452 and 506 of the IPC registered at the Sector 5 police station last night.

Later in the day, all five accused – Yograj Singh, Bhupinder Singh, Ashanand, Sunil and Sumit — were produced before the court of Civil Judge Diksha Dass Ranga. While four of the accused were granted bail on furnishing bail bonds of Rs 3,000 each, Bhupinder was sent to one-day judicial custody.

The trouble started when Bhupinder Singh, along with NRI Kuljeet Kaur (50), her son Aaron (28) and daughter Tanya (25), citizens of the UK, reached his house (number 221) after attending a birthday party of Yograj’s daughter at the latter’s house in Mani Majra late on Sunday night.

As Bhupinder Singh parked his car, his neighbours, former DSP and his sons, who stay in house number 225, objected. Heated arguments took place between them, which soon turned into a scuffle, the police said.

Kuljeet Kaur alleged that Ashanand and his two sons attacked her son and daughter as well as Bhupinder Singh. “They pounced upon Aaron and misbehaved with Tanya and tore my clothes while using abusive language,” she alleged.

In the meantime, Bhupinder called Yograj on the phone, who, along with his guards, reached the spot and allegedly assaulted Ashanand, Sunil and Sumit, an eyewitness said.

Yograj Singh, who returned from the USA a few months ago after getting treatment for a vocal cord cancer, said he was under medication and was not in a position to assault anyone and had come to see what had happened. Baljit Singh, SHO of the Sector 5 police station, said the case was registered after getting all the injured medically examined last night.

NRIs not named in FIR

Interestingly, the police has not named the NRIs in the FIR even as the family was detained in the police station for over 12 hours.

Complaint lodged with British High Commission

Upset over the police functioning, Kuljeet Kaur claimed to have complained to the British High Commission about the incident. “A team of the commission will reach Panchkula tomorrow in this context,” she said.



Major relief for building owners
UT Admn proposes to reduce penalty charges
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
Providing a major relief to building owners in the city, the UT Administration has proposed to reduce the penalty for misuse of buildings and violation of building bylaws from Rs 500 per sq yard per month to Rs 210 per sq yard per month.

The proposal has been forwarded to UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil for final approval.

Confirming the development, UT Finance Secretary Sarvjit Singh said they had proposed to reduce the penalty charges from Rs 500 per sq yard per month to Rs 7 per sq yard per day, making it Rs 210 per sq yard per month.

Recently, the Law Department of the UT Administration had termed the retrospective application of the Chandigarh Estate Rules — 2007 (with amendments in 2009), that allow the sealing of a building or imposing a heavy penalty of Rs 500 per sq yard per month for misuse and building violations, as illegal and an arbitrary decision.

In its legal opinion to the UT Administration, the department had stated that the rules could not be applied with retrospective effect. This means that the provisions of the Estate Rules — 2007 do not govern buildings allotted or auctioned prior to 2007.

In 2007, the Administration had enhanced the misuse charges from Rs 10 per sq yard to Rs 500 per sq yard with the enforcement of the Estate Rules — 2007.

Penalty worth crores imposed

During the past five years, the UT Estate Office has issued hundreds of notices for misuse or building violations to owners or occupants of buildings allotted prior to 2007. The penalty imposed for building violations runs into crores of rupees.

Violation of bylaws

The proposal

UT Finance Secretary Sarvjit Singh said they had proposed to reduce the penalty charges from ~500 per sq yard per month to ~7 per sq yard per day, making it ~210 per sq yard per month.



Lease rent row
UT Administration seals 5 bank accounts of Golf Club
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
A day ahead of the expiry of the 15-day notice period to the Chandigarh Golf Club (CGC) to pay 50 per cent of the outstanding lease rent, the UT Administration today sealed five bank accounts of the club.

The club had been asked to deposit Rs 4.30 crore by August 26, failing which the Administration would initiate a process to seal the club. District Magistrate Mohammed Shayin confirmed that the accounts of the club had been sealed.

A UT official said according to the final notice, the decision on sealing the club would be taken tomorrow. “Since the matter is sub judice, the decision will be taken accordingly,” said the official.

Golf Club president BS Gill said they were hopeful that the UT Administration would not initiate any action against the club as the petition was pending before the Supreme Court.

To a query on what the club proposed to do in case it lost the legal battle, Gill said they would raise the amount from the members of the club. The method of raising funds would be decided by the club management committee only after the court orders, he said.

The case filed in the Supreme Court against the High Court order will come up for hearing on August 29. The club had moved the apex court in the first week of August.

Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner-cum-Estate Officer had issued a notice to the president of the club asking him to deposit Rs 8.59 crore within 15 days as the lease rent from March 16, 2008, to March 15, 2014.

Last month, the HC had stayed the impugned demand made by the Chandigarh Administration, subject to the deposit of 50 per cent (Rs 4.30 crore) of the lease amount.

Attempts made by the HC to resolve the lease issue between the club and the UT Administration through mediation did not succeed. Justice Kuldip Singh was appointed mediator by the HC to resolve the row.

Lease amount

In November 2012, the UT Administration had fixed Rs 1.61 crore per annum as the lease amount. Besides, the club was asked to pay Rs 9.27 crore, including interest, as rent for the period from March 16, 2008, to March 15, 2013. However, last month, the UT Deputy Commissioner issued a fresh letter asking the club to deposit Rs 8.59 crore within 15 days as the lease rent from March 16, 2008, to March 15, 2014. 



Girl student dies in road mishap
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 25
After the tragic death of three students of the Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran, in a car-bus accident late on Friday night, an 18-year-old girl student of the same college lost her life today in another road accident on the Banur-Landran highway near Tangori village here.

The deceased, identified as Jasvir Kaur, was a student of BCA and resident of Rampur Kalan village near Banur. She was run over by a Canter after she fell from her Activa scooter while on the way to the college with her classmate Gurkirat Kaur and the latter’s father, Ranbir Singh.

According to the police, both girls used to come to the college on a scooter with Ranbir Singh.

“Today, Ranbir Singh and the two girls were on their way to the college at around 8.30 am on a scooter when Ranbir Singh applied sudden brakes after seeing a speeding car come towards them. Jasvir Kaur, who was riding pillion, lost her balance and fell on the road. She was run over by a Canter coming from the rear side,” said the police.

Jasvir Kaur was taken to Gian Sagar Hospital, where she was declared brought dead. The driver of the Canter fled from the spot along with the vehicle. A case against the unidentified driver has been registered at the Sohana police station.



intersection where mishap claimed five lives
UT Admn fails to learn lessons
Mast headlights broken; lights missing; wild growth obstructing view of traffic
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
The fatal accident that snuffed out five precious lives was waiting to happen.

Different departments of the Chandigarh Administration, be it the Engineering Department, the municipal corporation or the police, all ignored various factors that invite such mishaps.

Two days after the accident, a visit to the Sector 45/46/49/50 intersection revealed that no arrangement had been made to repair the broken mast headlights for the last few months. The municipal corporation has not even bothered to replace one of the poles that apparently had been damaged in a hit by a vehicle. The lights were missing from most of the mast heads.

Even one of the damaged traffic lights had not been repaired for the last few months.

On Monday, some employees of the horticulture and the engineering wing landed at the junction to cut the wild growth, which was obstructing the view of the traffic converging on to the junction from different sides. The Engineering Department field staff had reached the spot only after the issue was highlighted in the media.

Peobe reveals that with the limited staff, the regular cutting of the wild growth on both sides of the road was seldom taken up by the Engineering And Horticulture Department.

While cosmetic work to increase visibility of the traffic was being done at the junction, the other junctions along the national highway were still ignored. The Sector 46/47/48/49 intersection, another accident spot presented a similar picture of wild growth obstructing view of the motorists.

Along the 15-km stretch of the national highway passing through the city, there are several accident-prone junctions which require attention of the police.



UT police to conduct detailed study of spot
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
Two days after the gruesome accident at the Sector 45/46/49/50 intersection between a Volvo bus and a Swift car which claimed five lives, the UT police is conducting a comprehensive study of the accident spot and contemplating 24-hour night patrolling at the traffic intersection.

The spot has witnessed over 15 major accidents in the last five years, a majority of them involving buses, police sources said. With street lights at the spot non-functional, the area is plunged into darkness during night hours making it accident prone.

Police sources said measures like 24-hour traffic duty at the point and constructing speed breakers or installing barricades would be considered after consultation with the Engineering Department.

Three students in a car and an NRI couple travelling in a bus had died after a head on collision between the bus and the car in the wee hours of Saturday at this point.

“We will be conducting a comprehensive study of this accident spot and then take effective steps in consultation with the Engineering Department so that such accidents can be avoided. A study of the cause of accidents that have been witnessed at this point in the past will also be conducted,” said UT IGP RP Upadhyaya.

Compensate victims’ families: Lawyers’ body

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh Unit of Lawyers for Human Rights International (regd.) (LFHRI), on Monday demanded that Rs 10 lakh compensation be given to family members of accident victims who lost their lives in accidents in Chandigarh by the Chandigarh Administration. “The Chandigarh Administration and the Chandigarh Police have failed to curb accidents in Chandigarh despite the identification of the accident-prone areas. The LFHRI also asked the Chandigarh Administration and the Chandigarh Police to take effective measures to stop fatal accidents in mishap prone areas specially the Sector 45/46/49/50 intersection, which has witnessed many major accidents claiming human lives time and again. “The Chandigarh Traffic Police is often busy in issuing challans but do not care to take effective measures to stop mishaps in accident-prone areas. At the Sector 45/46/49/50 intersection, several human lives have been lost in accidents but nothing has been done by the traffic police and the Administration to stop these,” said advocate TS Sudan.



City police get new DIG
Tribune News Service

New UT DIG AS Cheema (left) with UT SSP SS Gill in Chandigarh on Monday.
New UT DIG AS Cheema (left) with UT SSP SS Gill in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, August 25
A 2000-batch IPS officer of the AGMUT cadre, AS Cheema, joined the UT police as the Deputy Inspector General of Police.

Cheema has joined the Chandigarh Police after previous DIG Alok Kumar was transferred, following which the post has been lying vacant.

Before joining the Chandigarh Police, the IPS officer has been posted as the DCP / traffic, DCP / narcotics, DCP / crime and the Railways, SP/Mizoram, Vice Principal / Police Training College, DCP/ special branch, DCP/anti–corruption, Additional CP/traffic and Additional CP/special cell.

Cheema has studied M.A. (psychology) from Panjab University and M.A. (sociology) from Delhi University and has been awarded with the Police Medal for meritorious services.



Finance Secretary asks DC to consider revising collector rates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
After the demand raised by various associations of traders, industrialists and property dealers, the UT Finance Secretary has asked the UT Deputy Commissioner (DC) to study the present collector rates with that of Panchkula and Mohali and consider reduction in collector rates.

In 2013, the Chandigarh Administration had collector rates — the minimum rate at which the property is registered — around 50 per cent in the city.

UT Finance Secretary Saravjit Singh said he had asked the DC to consider reduction in collector rates.Welcoming the move, Chander Verma, chairman, chairman of the Converted Plot Owners Association, said the property market was already “dying” in the city and this reduction would bring back genuine buyers to the market.

At present, the collector rate of a shop-cum-office (SCO) in Sector 17 is Rs 7,20,720 per sq yard. The collector rate of SCOs on Madhya Marg, Sectors 34 and 22 and on the road dividing Sectors 34 and 35 is Rs 5,14,800 per sq yard. Last year, the collector rate of SCOs in these areas was Rs 3,43,200 per sq yard.

In the case of booths, the collector rates in Sectors 17, 19, 22, 34 and 35 are Rs 4,63,320 per sq yard.

Collector rates in Mohali reduced

Last month, Mohali had reduced the collector rates in new sectors in the district by nearly 20 per cent. 



40% Indian tourists in Mauritius are from North India, says MTPA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority today kicked off a “roadshow” in Chandigarh to collaborate with over 100 trade-industry stakeholders here.

According to figures available with the authority, of 58,000 Indian tourists visiting Mauritius last year, 40 per cent belonged to North India.

“We are anticipating around 60,000 tourists from India to visit Mauritius in 2014 as against 58,000 tourists last year. Out of the total tourists’ traffic from India, 40 per cent constitutes visitors from northern parts of India. That is why the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) is really keen to tap the tourism potential of the northern states such as Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan,” said Vijaye Haulder, deputy director, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority.

He was addressing a roadshow organised by MTPA and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Chandigarh today. The roadshow witnessed presence of more than 100 buyers from the tricity region.

The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority is conducting a four-city roadshow from August
25 to 30, 2014, in Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata.

With approximately 30 stakeholders, such as Air Mauritius, hotels, DMCs and activity companies participating in the event MTPA, it aims to create a platform where the Indian travel-trade partners can interact with stakeholders and learn more and understand the destination better.

Talking about Mauritius’s participation in the CII Tourism Fest 2014, Haulder said, “We are really excited to be a part of the north India’s biggest tourism extravaganza-CII Tourism Fest from December 5 to 7, 2014. With participation from countries like China, Abu Dhabi, Kenya, Thailand, Taiwan, it will bean ideal platform for tourism and hospitality fraternity to explore business opportunities.”



Int’l Academic Alliance Programme
Gharuan varsity, Canadian institutions join hands
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 25
Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia, King’s University, Edmonton, and Camosun College, Victoria, BC, have joined hands with Chandigarh University (CU), Gharuan, under the International Academic Alliance Programme.

Giving details, Dr RS Bawa, Vice-Chancellor, CU, said the students of India and Canada stood to gain from the MoUs as they would be entitled to visit each other’s universities during their academic tenure under the student exchange programme and participate in research projects, conferences and internship modules.

Chandigarh University students of engineering, business management, animation, biotechnology and hotel management would be given preference in admission to Canadian universities for higher education.

Besides, a student could also choose a dual degree programme under which the student could choose to study at Canadian universities for a semester or a year.

The MoUs were signed by David Sylvester, principal, Strategic Partnership, King’s University, Allan Cahoon, Vice-Chancellor, Royal Roads University, and Dr Tom Roemer, vice-president, Strategic Development, Camosun College, while Dr Bawa signed on behalf of Chandigarh University. 



Poll official reviews arrangements
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 25
Shrikant Walgad, Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana, reviewed arrangements made by the District Administration for the coming Haryana Vidhan Sabha elections.

He also inspected electronic voting machines (EVMs) at the Mini-Secretariat today and directed the officials to motivate the public, especially students, to to exercise their franchise.

Additional Deputy Commissioner SP Arora also briefed Walgad about the schemes launched to make people aware of their right to vote.




Ravi Kunwar, director, North, Nokia India, launches the Lumia 530 Dual SIM
Ravi Kunwar, director, North, Nokia India, launches the Lumia 530 Dual SIM 
handset in Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Convenience store opens outlets

Twenty Four Seven Convenience Store, a retail chain that is popular for its round-the-clock service to customers, is all set to augment its presence in the Chandigarh region. The convenience store has launched four different stores at IOCL fuel stations in Chandigarh. These will be at the Indian Oil fuel stations in Sector 7, Sector 21, Sector 33 and Sector 34 in Chandigarh.

Honda introduces grades in Mobilio

Honda Cars India Limited (HCIL) on Monday introduced two new grades of Honda Mobilio V(O) and RS(O) featuring first in segment audio video navigation (AVN) and rear view parking camera. The newly introduced V(O) grade will be positioned on top of the existing E, S and V grade in both petrol and diesel. The exclusive sporty RS (diesel) variant of Mobilio will have an additional RS (O) grade featuring audio video navigation and rear parking camera. The availability of the RS and RS(O) will begin from mid-September 2014.

IDBI Bank to open 2 lakh accounts

IDBI Bank has decided to be an active participant of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana’ to support financial literacy and mobilise Basic Savings Bank Deposit Accounts (BSBDAs). IDBI Bank plans to open more than 2 lakh basic savings accounts under this plan, which will be launched by the Prime Minister on August 28, 2014.

Lumia 530 Dual SIM handset launched

Microsoft Devices on Monday launched Lumia 530 Dual SIM handset. Lumia 530 is available in stores at a best buy price of Rs 7,349. It comes with changeable cover shells in bright orange, bright green and stylish neutrals like dark grey and white. “Lumia 530 builds on the legacy and success of Lumia 520 and will help us consolidate our position in this segment further,” said Ravi Kunwar, director, North, Nokia India, a subsidiary of Microsoft Mobiles.

Property show concludes

The 43rd edition of IndiaProperty.com’s flagship property show, Gruhapravesh, concluded at Himachal Bhawan in Chandigarh. The two-day event showcased more than 50 new projects from over 20 builders from Delhi-NCR and Chandigarh tricity areas. The overall footfall of the event crossed the 5,000 mark, making the event a grand success. — TNS



Six days on, cops clueless in Phase VI robbery case
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 25
Even after six days of a robbery incident that took place in Phase VI, the Mohali police are still groping in the dark.

Let alone identifying the three masked robbers, the police are yet to ascertain which vehicle was used by robbers. Mohali SSP Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti said the police have zeroed in on certain vehicles, one of which might have been used by the miscreants. “At this stage, we cannot disclose any fact about our investigation,” the SSP added.

Notably, three masked robbers looted 410 grams of gold ornaments, worth Rs 11 lakh, and Rs 10,000 in cash at gunpoint from a house in Phase VI.

SSP Bhatti said they were working on three-four theories to solve the case. “We believe that it was a handiwork of some insiders, who committed the crime after doing proper recce,” he said.



Mohali Municipal Corporation elections
Delimitation Board formed
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, August 25
The government has issued a notification constituting the Delimitation Board for the Mohali Municipal Corporation (MC) elections with the Director, Local Government, Punjab, being appointed as its chairman.

As per the notification, the Punjab Governor constituted the board while exercising the powers conferred by sub-clause (1) of clause 3 of the Delimitation of Wards of Municipal Corporation Order, 1995.

Under the notification, the members of the board will be the Deputy Commissioner, SAS Nagar, or any other officer nominated by him in his behalf; the Commissioner of the MC; member(s) of the Punjab Legislative Assembly representing the MC wholly or partly; the Deputy Director, Urban Local Bodies, Patiala; the Additional/Joint Commissioner or Assistant Commissioner, MC; and Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, who was nominated by the government earlier.

The notification stated that in the absence of the Director, Local Government, the chairman of the board may be elected from among the members present at the meeting.

Sources said a meeting of the Delimitation Board was likely to be held in the second week of September.

The MC Commissioner, Uma Shankar Gupta, said a survey of the town had already been done in connection with the municipal elections. The work of rough marking in connection with the 50 wards to be created was in progress. It was being done by the election cell of the directorate. The rough sketch of the municipal wards would be presented before the Delimitation Board to make changes, if required. Once the delimitation of the wards was finally done, objections from the public would be invited who would be given one month’s time in this regard.

According to reports, there will be 50 MC wards. Five of these will be reserved for the Scheduled Castes and two for the backward classes. As many as 15 wards will be reserved for women. Reports said apart from the areas within the old municipal limits, Sectors 76 to 80 and Kumbra and Sohana villages will be included in the delimitation exercise.

Elections to the corporation have been long overdue. In January 2011, the town’s Municipal Council was upgraded to the level of corporation following which the elected body was dissolved.



Now, a website to evaluate performance of MLAs, MPs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
Assessing legislators and parliamentarians would now be a click away.A website, www.boljuntabol.com, also accessible as www.bjb.co.in, has been launched in the city here today. Soon, a mobile application would also be launched.

Earlier, people use to choose their representative on the basis of public sentiment, election rallies and future promises made by the candidates during campaigning.

The purpose of the website is to assess and rate elected public representatives, said Alankar Nagi and Sanjeev Ohri, who have developed the website.

“So far, people used to wait for five years to know what the elected leaders have done for their area. The website will now enable evaluation of the elected MLA/MP on a regular basis through feedback and ratings by people of their respective constituencies. The recorded data will be sent to these MLAs/MPs for their self-assessment in terms of how they had been performing in their constituency,” said the developers.

Residents can also voice their opinion by submitting comments/suggestions on the website.

“The web portal will prove as a useful link between people and their elected leaders. We want people to stop treating themselves like a common man because they have the power to vote wisely,” said Nagi.



Panel suspects industrial effluents, sewage polluting Patiala Ki Rao
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 25
Are effluents of the Industrial Area, Phase VIII, and sewerage water flowing in the seasonal rivulet ‘Patiala Ki Rao’ thereby polluting it, suspected a special committee constituted following the directions of the National Green Tribunal, New Delhi, during its first visit to the ‘unauthorised’ dumping yard in Sector 74 here recently.

The special committee comprising the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Mohali, Uma Shankar Gupta, and executive engineer Naresh Dutta; Punjab Pollution Control Board secretary Babu Ram and executive engineer SS Matharu; and Punjab Housing and Urban Development district town planner Pankaj Bawa, was constituted to check violations of the Management of Solid Waste Rules 2000 at the dumping yard site.

Recently, the members of the committee conducted a survey of the site. “During the survey, we found that water in the storm water pipeline was highly polluted. We suspect that the industrial waste/sewerage of the area was being drained into the pipeline which finally flows into the ‘Patiala Ki Rao,” said a member of the committee.

“If it is true, then it is a blunder on the part of the authorities,” said the member, adding that the committee collected over six samples from various spots in the pipeline and the dumping yard.

Notably, the Mohali Industries and Commerce Association (MICA) have filed a complaint in the NGT against the unauthorised dumping yard in the area, which is being developed as Mohali IT sector.

Already two hearings on the complaint have taken place in the NGT, New Delhi.

Besides checking violations at the dumping site, the committee has been directed by the NGT to come up with a time-bound programme for setting up of a solid waste management plant at Sambholi village.




MC helpline of little help

The Municipal Corporation (MC), Chandigarh, started a helpline last month to lodge complaints about encroachments, garbage etc. The complaints lodged on the helpline get “resolved” within hours, if the SMS sent by the MC is to be believed. However, the ground reality is totally opposite as the problem remains unaddressed. I spoke to the telephone attendant on the helpline a number of times but he expressed his helplessness saying it was beyond his control. I fail to understand the working of the MC. E-mails sent on mcchandigarh.gov.in are rejected citing “not recognised” as the reason. For the last one month, I had been repeated lodging complaints about encroachments and garbage collection but not a single complaint has been resolved so far. However, I receive an SMS every time that the complaint has been resolved.

KC Rana, Chandigarh

Ban transportation of schoolchildren on autos

Through a public notice, the State Transport Authority had recently requested parents to adopt means other than auto-rickshaws to transport their schoolchildren. No doubt, it is a good advice as auto-rickshaws are not safe. But parents are helpless too. While schools do not provide transportation on their own, the public transport system is not strong and adequate. Further, it is not possible for all parents to pick and drop their wards. It would be better if the Administration itself provides a transportation facility for school students or makes it compulsory for every school to provide the facility. Auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws should be banned for transporting children.

Sanjeev Kumar, Chandigarh



Panjab University Student Council Elections
Parties woo protesting interns with snacks
Senior NSUI leaders join agitating students though they were clueless about their demands
Tribune News Service

Students of Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital take out a rally at Panjab University; and (below) activists of the National Students Union of India serve refreshments to students on Monday. Tribune Photos: S Chandan
Students of Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital take out a rally at Panjab University; and (below) activists of the National Students Union of India serve refreshments to students on Monday. Tribune Photos: S Chanda

Chandigarh, August 25
To woo the voters of dental college — who are staging a protest at Panjab University — a few student parties served them refreshments at the site of the dharna today.

The members of the National Students Union of India (NSUI), and the interns of a dental institute sat on a protest in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office.

The strike commenced around 8 am and continued till late evening. More than 50 interns were joined by senior leaders of the NSUI.

Interestingly, as the day passed, a number of student parties turned up to support the protesting interns and served them refreshments even though they remained clueless about their demands.

However, objections were raised by some students that the parties were trying to ‘influence’ the interns as the student council elections were round the corner.

The interns have demanded that the rule of no-objection certificate (NOC) be abolished, students who have cleared the re-evaluation be compensated in terms of stipend as well as attendance and chairs be repaired at the college.

Their other demands include biometric attendance system should be within the college timings (9am to 5pm) on weekdays and from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, supplementary exam fee being taken per subject should be discontinued, duty leave granted for all conferences and bus service be provided for going to the GMCH.

Coming to the rescue of students, the Dean Student Welfare (DSW) Navdeep Goyal assured the students that a committee would be constituted by tomorrow to look into the demands of the protesting interns.

demands of students

  • Abolish rule of NOC.
  • Students who have cleared the re-evaluation be compensated in terms of stipend.
  • Biometric attendance should be within college timings (9am to 5pm) on weekdays and 9am to 1pm on Saturday.



NSUI, PUSU raise voice for students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
Activists of the National Students Union of India (NSUI), and the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU), today staged a protest at the UIET Department regarding the non-fulfillment of the long-pending demands of students.

The demands raised by the parties include appointing a special coordinator for the placement of BE MBA students, updating the subscription for the MTech course, improvement exams be conducted after the VI semester for students who have less than 6 CGPA to enable them to sit for placements, updating special students portal on the UIET website regarding events, fee submission, committee formation, updating hostel merit list of new students on the website, helpline number be incorporated for all students in case of emergencies and complaint and suggestion boxes be installed in the department.

A memorandum was also submitted to the Vice-Chancellor through the Dean Student Welfare Navdeep Goyal.



Tiff between principal, Class IV staff

Chandigarh, August 25
High drama was witnessed at Government Model High School, Sector 42, today when members of the UT Cadre Educational Employee Union arrived at the school regarding alleged misbehaviour with a Class IV employee on Sunday.

As per the Class IV employee, Ranjit Mishra, the principal allegedly misbehaved with him as he was not present to open the school’s gate.

School principal Vandana Puri alleged that Mishra misbehaved with her. A compromise was reached. — TNS



HPSA violates pre-election code, takes out scooter rally on campus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
To escape the prying eyes of the Panjab University authorities to check the holding of car rallies on the campus, the Himachal Pradesh Student Association (HPSA), today organised a scooter rally at the varsity.

As many as 30 scooters bearing stickers of the HPSA roamed around on the campus.

As per PU norms, no member of any student party can hold a rally on the premises.

PU Chief Security Officer Jatinder Grover said, “We will issue a notice to the HPSA. Another notice will also be served on the National Students Union of India (NSUI) as they also held a car rally on the campus today.”

Four leaders fined

PU Chief Security Officer Jatinder Grover said four leaders of three student parties had also been fined for pasting posters on the allocated place of another party.

The DSW Navdeep Goyal today imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 for the violation on two leaders of the NSUI, one of the Hindustan Students Association and another of the Students Organisation of Panjab University.


PU authorities will appoint an observer for each candidate who will be in the fray for the coming student council elections. The authorities will hold a meeting on Tuesday to decide the bifurcation of funds to be allocated for the tent, table, chairs and stationery to the contesting candidate. As per the Lyngdoh committee, the limit of expenditure is Rs 5,000 for each candidate.



Leaders eye smaller players to strengthen base for poll
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
For the forthcoming Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) elections, the major student parties are finalising their alliance partners and sharing of posts in the council.

This year, as many as 17 student parties are in the fray for the council elections. Student leaders are holding ‘confidential’ meetings to keep controversies at bay.

Sources said leaders of major student parties were forming alliances with the members of several smaller parties.

Senior leaders of the Student Organisation of India (SOI) and the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) are holding meetings for the council. However, both the parties are undecided as to which of their candidates will fight for the post of president in the elections.

It is learnt that the SOI is also in touch with the Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), to form an alliance but nothing has been finalised so far.

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is also holding talks with PUSU and SOPU for the same.

Sources said the parties were awaiting an announcement regarding the date of elections to take a final decision on forming alliances with the other parties.

On the other hand, the National Students Union of India (NSUI), wants to contest the election alone this time rather than going in for an alliance. This despite the fact that smaller parties are offering their support to the NSUI to fight the elections.

Interestingly, the new parties which were launched on the campus, including Youth Organisation of India (YOI), Gandhi Group Students Union (GGSU), and Students Association of Punjab (SAP), are also looking forward to form an alliance with any mainstream party to get a place in the council.

On its launch, the GGSU had announced to provide unconditional support to PUSU in the coming elections. Even the leaders of YOI and SAP are offering their support to SOPU.

Political critics believe that this year, the division of votes will be the highest as compared to last year. This can be attributed to the rise in the number of parties of the same community at PU.

Referring to the students of Himachal Pradesh, whose vote bank is around 350 to 400 out of 15,000 voters, experts believe that the two parties of Himachal Pradesh on the PU campus will divide these minimal votes and will not benefit any student party. 

forging alliances

This year, as many as 17 student parties are in the fray for the council elections. The leaders of major student parties were forming alliances with the members of several smaller parties. The parties were awaiting an announcement regarding the date of elections to take a final decision on the formation of alliances.

Tough fight ahead
A tough fight is expected between the National Students Union of India and the Panjab University Students Union in the student election this year.

Major parties

  • Panjab University Students Union
  • National Students Union of India
  • Students Organisation of Panjab University
  • Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad

smaller players

  • Student Organisation of India.
  • Hindustan Students Association.
  • National Students Organisation.
  • Indian National Students Organisation.
  • Ambedkar Students Association.
  • Gandhi Group Student Union.
  • Youth Organisation of India.



Students violate rules with impunity at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 25
It seems the student parties at Panjab University are not true to their word when it comes to campaigning for the student council elections.

This is evident from the fact that seven parties, who were demanding that the campus be made a vehicle-free zone — particularly for four-wheelers till the student elections — were themselves found violating the rule today.

During a visit to the varsity, it was found that members of various student parties had pasted stickers on their vehicles, while roaming around on the campus. Ironically, these students are members of those parties who had submitted a memorandum against the practice to the authorities.

The seven parties — Hindustan Students Association (HSA), Ambedkar Students Association (ASA), Students for Society (SFS), Indian National Student Organisation, Youth Welfare Association (YUWA), and Students’ Federation of India (SFI) — had raised the issue that due to the growing number of vehicles in PU, accidents and traffic jams had increased at PU.

vehicle-free zone

Hindustan Students Association, Ambedkar Students Association, Students for Society, Indian National Student Organisation, Youth Welfare Association, and Students’ Federation of India had demanded that the campus be made vehicle-free till the Panjab University Student Council Elections.



Blood donation camp

Chandigarh, august 25
A blood donation camp was held at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8. President of the DAV College Managing Committee, Punam Suri, took the initiative. It was held under the supervision of Dr Manish Rai, director, Blood Bank Society Resource Centre, Sector 37. — TNS



from schools

Vanamahotsava was celebrated by the students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 56, in collaboration with the Chandigarh Social Welfare Board to spread awareness among the students and society.

Patriotic song competition

The students of St Mary’s School, Sector 46, organised Job Mar Philoxenos Memorial inter-school patriotic song competition. The competition was held in commemoration and remembrance of Job Mar Philoxenos for his contribution and services to the society.

Awareness programme

An awareness programme was conducted by the students of the UIET on the POCSO-Act, 2012, at GMSSS 19-C. The students were sensitised on social evils such as child abuse and child harassment.

Looking after plants

Government High School (smart school), Sector 50-B, started an ‘adoption of plants drive’ in the school. Every teacher along with a few students adopted 2-3 plants. They will nurture the plant by watering them regularly and take care about its soil and nutrients under the guidance of the school gardener.

Global warming

Panchkula: AIESEC members Saied from Egypt, Szymon from Poland, Ujjwal and Shivam from India, depicted a presentation on Global warming at Satluj Public School. Global warming is responsible for causing many environmental problems.


SPICMACAY (Society for the promotion of Indian classical music and culture amongst youth) Club at Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, has been volunteering to achieve the objective of SPICMACAY which is to create awareness amongst youth regarding culture and heritage. The club members have sensitised the students through activities in the school. — TNS



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