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PTL employee murder case
Two accused arrested
Had murdered as they had an eye on victim’s one-room flat
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 7
The Mohali police have claimed to have solved the PTL employee Naib Singh’s murder case by arresting two persons, here this morning. The victim’s highly decomposed body was recovered yesterday afternoon.

“The accused, identified as Dalbir Singh, alias Chotta, and Manjit Singh (both in their early 20s) were known to Naib Singh. They had their eyes on his one-room set house in Phase 11 and were keen to sell it, so they murdered him on September 3 evening at the victim’s house”, said Mohali Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) Harpal Singh Sandhu, here today.

Both the accused along with the victim belong to Amlala village in Dera Bassi and used to visit Naib Singh’ house frequently. “They used to have their drinks together”, said sub inspector Navin Pal Singh Lehal, Station House Officer of the Phase 11 police station.

Both the accused had begun staying with the victim for the past few weeks, but later, Naib Singh asked them to vacate the house when his family members, who lived separately in the village, raised an objection over their (the accused) living with him in the house.

On being asked to leave the house, the duo demanded Rs 50,000 from Naib Singh, claiming that the amount was spent by them on the whitewash of the house.

“Naib Singh always discussed about his financial matters with both Chotta and Manjit Singh. They were aware that Naib Singh had received Rs 50,000 from his company. After hatching a plan to kill him, both the accused came to Naib Singh’s house on September 3 evening. They tied Naib’s limbs and stuffed his mouth with a cloth, before slitting his throat with a knife. They also smashed his head with bricks”, said SP Harpal Singh.

“During investigation, we zeroed in on both the accused, who were nabbed from Jheurheri village this morning”, said the police, claiming that both the accused had confessed to have committed the crime.

The accused were produced before the Duty Magistrate this evening and have been sent to three days police remand.



Two youths targeting ATM customers held in Panchkula
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 7
A three-member gang targeting ATM customers, especially women, was busted by the Panchkula police this evening, The accused, identified as Amandeep and Suraj (in their 20s) have confessed to have committed eight such incidents in the city.

The police said the youths would wait outside ATM kiosks and overpower victims as soon as he/she would come out after withdrawing the money and then flee with their money or purse.

A team headed by police post in charge Assistant Sub Inspector Sukhwinder Singh nabbed the accused after receiving a tip-off. Recoveries in all the cases have been made. One member of the gang is still absconding. All the eight cases have been lodged in the last three months. Six fall under the jurisdiction of Sector 10, one in Sector 7 and another one in Sector 16.

Sources said the accused were selling a snatched mobile phone found in a purse they had snatched when the police got a tip-off and arrested them. A police official said, “As women are soft targets, they would attack them.” Amandeep hails from Mani Majra and Suraj is a resident of Baltana. Both would tell their families that they were going out to work but would actually commit such crimes. The police have recovered a gold chain, cash, mobile phones and ATM cards that were usually kept in the victims’ purse. The accused are on police remand till Monday.

Modus operandi

The police said the youths would wait outside ATM kiosks and overpower victims as soon as they would come out after withdrawing the money and then flee with their money or purse.



CHB to tighten noose around its employees
To fix accountability, seeks record of cases handled in last three years
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
To fix accountability for any delay in handling cases, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) authorities have sought record of all the cases handled in the last three years.

All the employees, dealing with files in routine cases, be it transfer of property, conversion of leasehold to free hold or giving no dues, have been asked to give status report on the total cases disposed of or pending in a time-bound manner.

Recently, pending cases pertaining to the CHB had come to light during a recent review of the complaints received on the online grievance redressal system of the Chandigarh Administration.

To bring promptness in public dealing, the officials have been categorically told not to sit on files for weeks together. In the past, the employees were holding onto files for months together in routine cases.The staff these days are busy updating their record.

The CHB Chairman, BS Bhalla, said he was keen to know about the status of different cases submitted by the allottees in the past. “Once I get the details, we will proceed further”, he said.

There have been complaints in the past that certain employees of the board hold on to files for weeks together as the allottees keep on making endless round of the CHB office. There has been no system of fixing accountability on the erring employees.

“Any allotee keen on knowing his pending dues or getting a no-dues certificate has to go through official rigmarole to know the simple details of his dues or the no-dues certificate as the functioning of the CHB is yet to be computerised”, admitted an official.On being asked, the CHB Chairman said, “I want the employees to work efficiently so I am concentrating on computerising the record. I want all the information to be available online”



Open House response
Need-based changes are the need of the hour
As per legal opinion, a penalty of Rs 500 per sq yard cannot be imposed under the Estate Rules, 2007. But the UT Admn has no clarity on the matter so far. Chandigarh Tribune asked its readers what can be done to solve the issue.

The present rate of penalty for violation in commercial property in Chandigarh is so high that a violator is compelled to shut his business activities, instead of rectifying the infractions. If the Administration is to follow the Capital of Punjab (Development and Regulation) Act and Rules of 1952, then there cannot be a suitable solution to the problem. Need-based changes are the need of the hour as space in the City Beautiful is limited.

Palwinder S Bajwa

Size of the house should be a deciding factor

Penalty imposed on the householders should be on the basis of the size of a house. A house which is small but accommodates a large family should not be penalised because alterations made in such houses are need-based or out of necessity. A survey should be carried out of the houses before a penalty is finally imposed.

Ujagar Singh

Ill-informed officials to be blamed

The growing cases of litigation due to erroneous understanding of the building bylaws is the direct outcome of the ill-informed officials entrusted with public dealings.

SC Luthra
MHC Mani Majra

Rules are made without using mind

In UT, Chandigarh rules are framed without the application of mind. There are a number of judgments against the Estate office. The Apex Court had clearly stated that the power of framing the rules, under Sections 3 and 22 of the Punjab Capital Development Act-1952 lies only with the Central Government.

Sat Pal Kansal

Decision of the Admn is highly unethical

The UT Administration’s decision to enhance the misuse penalty charges under Rule 10 of the Chandigarh Estate Rules 2007, retrospectively, is highly unethical and illegal. The Law Department of the UT Administration had clearly stated that the provisions of the Estate Rules 2007 do not govern buildings allotted or auctioned prior to 2007. The only way to resolve the matter is to cancel the show-cause notices issued to owners of the buildings auctioned prior to 2007, governed under the Capital of Punjab (Development and Regulations ) Act 1952.

Col Pritpal Singh Dhillon (retd)

Admn must conduct a meeting with local traders

The Chandigarh Administration should organise a meeting with the traders for solving the problem. The traders in Chandigarh should be given the power to choose their representatives. These representatives should then attend the meeting and find a solution to the problem. They can also launch a toll-free number on which people can SMS their opinion.

Pradyumn Gupta

Law Dept must apprise Admn of legal intricacies

A meeting should be held between the Law Department and the top officials of the Administration. The law authorities should apprise the Administration of the legal opinion. They must bring to their notice that a penalty of Rs 500 per square yard cannot be imposed under the Estate Rules 2007, with retrospective effect.

Priya Darsh Growar

Re-examine building rules

Rampant building violations by commercial and residential owners should not be ignored by any government. Measures must be taken to stop the unhealthy practice. But at the same time, there is a need to re-examine the building rules and the amount of penalty imposed on the defaulters should be revised according to the size of the building. The penalty should be imposed only on the area where a violation has been done and not on the area of entire building.

Ravinder Nath

Adopt a people-friendly approach

The Chandigarh Administration should adopt a people-friendly approach and consult the concerned Member of Parliament who has promised to roll back the penalty amount to Rs 10 per square feet, as approved by the parliament. The Administration wants to penalise even those people, who made need-based changes in their buildings over 15 to 20 years back.

MPS Chawla

Get approval from ministry and then impose fine

The Finance Department has already written to the Estate office stating that the old allotments are governed by the original Act/ rules incorporated at the time of allotment and that a penalty cannot be imposed on the allotments prior to 2007. The Administration should allow need-based changes which do not affect the building line or the height of a building. Furthermore, if the Administration wants to impose heavy penalty on the violators, they must get it approved from the concerned ministry.

Chander Verma

Public safety should be the priority

The Chandigarh Administration is to be blamed for pushing residents and traders into unnecessary litigation, when it is quite clear that it has no power to amend penalty rule under Estate Rules, with retrospective effect. But, the violations posing a threat to public safety need to be dealt with strictly.

Ajit Singh

JEs, inspectors should be deputed

The Estate office should depute sufficient JEs and inspectors to keep a minute watch over misuse or violations of the building bylaws. They should be held accountable and solely responsible for the misuse and violations of buildings done in their particular areas. The Estate office should then take immediate action against the misuse and violations of building bylaws.

Sanjay Srivastava

Amendment to rules has created panic

The amendment to the Estate Rules 2007 by the UT Administration and its implementation, that too, with retrospective effect has created panic and resentment among people. Thousands of misuse notices have already been issued, even to occupiers of commercial buildings. These buildings are used for commercial purposes only to cater to the needs of the increasing population pressure. Due to a shortage of residential/commercial place, people have made some need-based changes, that too, without changing its basic approved design and without damaging its structure.

Jagdishpal Singh Kalra

Referendum on issues should be sought

The Chandigarh Administration should seek clarity on the issue to avoid injustice to residents. The best way is to seek a referendum on the issue from the city residents. Legal opinion should be sought beforehand. After a comprehensive opinion of the people is taken, then the necessary rules can be framed by the Estate office, which is just and fair to both the traders and the residents. The constant litigation must stop. Once the new rates of penalty are instituted, the traders and the residents must strictly abide by the rules and refrain from violations.

Colonel RD Singh (retd)
Ambala Cantt

Failure on the part of Estate office

The Sector 17 inferno has exposed laxity on the part of the top officers of the UT Estate office, which has, apparently, failed to form a policy on building violations in the commercial building across the city. With the Estate office turning a blind eye to violations, the government departments of Punjab and Haryana have been flouting building bylaws without any fear in Sector 17.

Sachin Sharma

Traders, citizens must approach MHA

The Chandigarh Administration is neither under any elected body nor is answerable to the citizens of the City Beautiful. They are working in an aristocratic manner. To resolve issues which affect citizens, a delegation of prominent traders and citizens, along with an MP from the city, must approach the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). A memorandum should also be given to seek further directions in this regard.

Col BS Mathauda (retd)

‘Admn not eligible to impose fine’

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had observed that the Administration is not eligible to impose misuse penalty without making amendment to the Capital of Punjab (Development and Regulation) Act 1952 and getting it approved from the parliament. The order was issued after the penalty was raised from Rs 10 per sq ft to Rs 500 sq ft by the Finance Department. The action was initiated following a legal advice that stated that the estate rules cannot be applied retrospectively.

SK Khosla

Make people-friendly building norms

A fine of Rs 500 per sq ft is totally unjustified. Just because of these heavy penalties, most of the properties have come under litigation. If an individual wants to sell his property, the changes carried out inside the building have to be removed first. The multinational companies are refusing to establish their set-up in the city because of the strict norms and regulations. Earlier, the City Beautiful was nothing less than a paradise for NRIs to buy property. But now, they have started to move to other cities, thereby resulting in gross revenue loss to the city business. The Administration must take note of the sudden losses and must make people-friendly norms.

Dinesh Kumar

Administration must relax building bylaws

The penalty of Rs 500 per sq ft per month is more than 10 times the rentals of the commercial properties. Imposing heavy penalty on the building owners has resulted in litigation between the owners and the tenants. The Administration should relax the building bylaws and allow internal need-bases changes.

Kamaljit Singh

Amend building bylaws

The Administration has taken a wrong decision of imposing a fine of Rs 500 per sq ft. Even the proposal to reduce it to Rs 210 per sq ft is not a right step. The Chandigarh Administration must adopt a people-friendly approach. It must amend the building bylaws according to the needs of the residents and businessmen. The rules were made in 1972. But now, modern era has set in and things have completely changed. The Administration must allow changes as per the needs of business or personal requirement so as to let people run their businesses smoothly.

Rajiv Sahni

open house question

The UT has announced a ban on the entry of diesel-run autos from Punjab and Haryana, with effect from November 1. Now, only CNG, LPG and battery-operated autos can operate in the city. In the face of a poor public transport system, a number of daily commuters depend on the autos to reach their respective destinations. What needs to be done to ensure that the commuters are not at the receiving end? Write in not more than 100 words along with a passport size picture in JPG format to [email protected]



Admn must adopt pro-active approach
Rajmeet Singh*

Adhocism continues to plague the functioning of the Chandigarh Administration, especially when it comes to public-related issues. A typical example of this approach is the controversial Estate Rules 2007, under which the Chandigarh Administration, over the last four years, has issued over 1,500 penalty notices for misuse and building violations to the owners of residential and commercial property.

The amount against the penalty runs into crores. The amended rules allow the UT to seal a building or impose a heavy penalty of Rs 500 per square yard, per month, for misuse and building violations.

After the Administration amended the Estate Rules in 2009 to apply the rules even to the properties allotted before 2007, the issue has triggered a debate on whether the UT has the power to amend the rules under the Capital of Punjab (Development and Regulation) Act, 1952, without Parliament’s approval. Intriguingly, most properties in Chandigarh have been allotted prior 2007.

Legal luminaries point out that the power of framing the Rules under Sections 3 and 22 of the Punjab Capital Development Act-1952 lies only with the Central Government. The Law Department of the UT Administration has termed the retrospective application of the Chandigarh Estate Rules-2007 (with amendments in 2009), as illegal, arbitrary and something which could cause grave injustice to the property owners.

But the UT top brass is adamant. In the face of the widespread public protests, the UT Administration has moved a proposal to the Union Home Ministry to reduce the penalty from Rs 500 per sq yard to Rs 210 per sq yard. Legal experts point out that while the UT was keen on sending the case of reducing the penalty amount to the Ministry of Home Affairs, it did not seek the Ministry's approval for amending the rules under Punjab Capital Development Act-1952. Even the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had intervened in the matter after the industrialists and traders took up the matter.

It is also felt that the main purpose of checking the rampant misuse and building violations seems to have been defeated as the amendments did little to stop violations. Rather, the UT has been drawing flak for its incapability of developing a mechanism to curb the cases of building violations. The UT has also not been able to recover the penalty after the allottees went in for litigation.

The recent fire incidents in government offices located in Sector 17 has also exposed the laxity on the part of the UT to frame a proper policy on building violations in commercial building across the city.

The officials always turn a blind eye towards violations in government offices and banks. What has been noticed is that there is no uniformity in dealing with violations.

There is an urgent need for a mechanism, under which there is accountability of the field staff on violations and misuse of properties and prompt action is taken at the earliest. The UT's Estate Office should start fast track trials in cases of misuse and for violations. At present, the cases linger on for years. It is the time that the Chandigarh Administration gets more pro-active in taking decisions on public-related issues.

(*The writer is Chief City Reporter)


Strike by Haryana Roadways employees
Passengers remain a harried lot
Auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers fleece people by charging exorbitant fare
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 7
Hundreds of passengers continued to remain a harassed lot on the second day of the sudden strike by employees of Haryana Roadways, leaving the bus services crippled. General Manager of the Haryana Roadways, Pradyuman Singh said, “The strike has still not been called off.”

Following the strike, the situation was exploited by the auto and taxi drivers and they charged a hefty amount from passengers.

President of the Haryana Roadways Employees Union, Tara Chand said, “Till now no action has been taken by the police. The FIR has not been taken back. We will continue with the strike if our demands are not fulfilled.”

“Because of the strike, we are being harassed. Why the general public has to suffer because of this?” questioned Puneet, a student.

The taxi drivers outside the bus stand of Sector 5 were taking the passengers to distant places in Haryana charging double the rate.

“I had to go to Panipat and the taxi drivers are charging exorbitant rates. Why the administration can’t put a check on them when they are aware of the strike,” said Geeta Vaid, a resident of Sector 16.

Yesterday, a sudden strike was announced by the employees of Haryana Roadways, when they learnt that their colleagues at Kaithal depot were booked by the Haryana police. The employees alleged that the private bus operators had entered into a brawl and in turn the roadways employees were booked. The protestors also said the government may take back the 3,519 permits given to private operators.



Corruption creeps into UT police dept
32 cases registered against Chandigarh Police since 2007 by the CBI
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Even as the recent arrest of inspector Rajesh Shukla, SHO of the Sector 34 police station, has caused embarrassment to the police, statistics available with the police reveal that police officers encompassing all ranks have landed in the CBI net in corruption cases in the past.

As many as 32 corruption cases have been registered against the UT Police since 2007 by the CBI.

In 2012, the CBI had arrested UT police SP Desraj Singh while taking Rs 1 lakh bribe.

From a senior-rank official to a constable, police officers encompassing all ranks have landed in the CBI net and are now facing trials in major cases of corruption.

With no internal reform system, the cases of corruption within the UT Police are on the rise.

past cases

  • May 18, 2007: A sub-inspector with the UT police, Sukhdeep Singh, and head constable, Iqbal Singh, arrested in a bribe case of Rs 12,000. They have been convicted by the court. The bribe was being demanded from the owner of a travel agency.
  • May 26, 2007: Inspector Bishi Ram arrested in a bribe case. He was later acquitted by the court.
  • June 1, 2007: Sub-inspector Ashok Kumar and constable Surender Singh arrested while taking Rs 5,000 bribe from a typist. While Ashok Kumar was convicted, the constable was acquitted by the court.
  • June 22, 2007: Sub-inspector Ved Prakash, the then in charge of the Sector 61 police post, arrested for taking Rs 15,000 bribe for giving a clean chit to a drug peddler in a case. He has also been convicted by the court.
  • June 30, 2007: Head constable Shiv Kumar arrested while taking Rs 5,000 bribe. He was demanding the amount from a PO. The constable was convicted and sentenced to two-year imprisonment by the CBI court in 2010.
  • July 13, 2007: Assistant sub-inspector Baljit Singh arrested while taking Rs 1,000 bribe.
  • August 2, 2007: Head constable Baljit Singh arrested while taking Rs 300 bribe.
  • Aug 21, 2007: Sub-inspector Baljit Singh and constable Ballu Singh caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000.
  • August 22, 2007: ASI Surinder Pal arrested while taking Rs 2,500 bribe. He has also been convicted by the court.
  • October 10, 2007: Sub-inspector JP Singh and constable Kaka Singh arrested while taking Rs 10,000 bribe. The two have been convicted.
  • October 30, 2007: Head constable Baldev Singh arrested while taking Rs 5,000 bribe. He has also been convicted by the court.
  • February 8, 2008: Constable Shamsher Singh, Amardeep Singh and Sunil Kumar arrested for their involvement in a paper leak case.
  • February 19, 2008: Sub-inspector Satwendra Singh arrested while taking Rs 5,000 bribe.
  • February 20, 2008: Constable Surender Singh arrested for taking a bribe of Rs 3,000.
  • April 25, 2008: Sub-inspector Diwan Singh arrested while taking a bribe of Rs 2,000.
  • April 25, 2008: Constable Jasbir Singh arrested while taking Rs 2,000 as bribe.
  • November 7, 2008: Sub-inspector Sanjiv Kumar arrested for taking Rs 50,000 bribe. The case is pending trial.
  • April 9, 2009: Constable Bhupinder Singh arrested for taking Rs 5,000 as bribe.
  • February 17, 2010: Head constable Sarat Ram arrested while accepting Rs 5,000 bribe.
  • May 23, 2010: Sub-inspector Nirmal Singh arrested while taking Rs 5,000.
  • June 4, 2010: Head constable Jaspal Singh and Kuldeep Singh arrested while accepting Rs 3,000 as bribe.
  • August 11, 2010: Sub-inspector Hans Raj arrested while accepting a bribe of Rs 40,000.
  • March 28, 2011: SI Sakattar Singh arrested for taking Rs 20,000 bribe.
  • February 24, 2012: ASI Desraj and head constable Vajinder Singh arrested while taking a bribe of Rs 3000.
  • March 13, 2012: Constable Mange Ram arrested while taking a bribe of Rs 12,000.
  • June 13, 2012: Head constable Ram Niwas arrested for taking Rs 2,000.
  • September 6, 2012: Sub-inspector Naveen Sharma of the Economic Offences Wing arrested while taking Rs 5 lakh bribe.
  • October 2012: UT police SP Desraj Singh arrested while accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from an SHO.
  • May 2013: SI Devinder Pratap posted at the Sector 19 police station arrested while taking a bribe of Rs 3,500.
  • July 17, 2014: Head constable Dalbir Singh, posted with the Traffic Police, was accepting a bribe of Rs 1,500. He was taking the money from the president of a local auto union as monthly collection.
  • July 14, 2014: The CBI arrested the head warden of the Model Jail Burail for seeking bribe amounting to Rs 5,000 from a convict.
  • September 4, 2014: The SHO of the Sector 34 police station along with a constable and head constable arrested in a bribe case.



lack of infrastructure
Residents, MLA stage dharna at Naya Gaon
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 7
Congress MLA Jagmohan Kang along with his supporters and residents of Naya Gaon village staged dharna in the main market this evening. The protestors were up in arms, as the state government has not been approving the layout plans of the area, which comes under the Notified Area Committee.

“During our (Congress) regime, the NAC was constituted to facilitate the residents here. After that the Akali government did nothing,” said Kang.

Apart from that, the issue of power supply and drinking water and lack of basic infrastructure also upset the residents here. “Just see the state of roads, sanitation and cleanliness here. The people are living in hell-like situation,” said the protestors.

Later, under the leadership of MLA Kang, the protestors marched towards the residence of CM Parkash Singh Badal and gheraoed it for some time.



Co-op housing societies
Residents served with inflated water bills
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
In the absence of completion certificates, hundreds of residents of cooperative housing societies have been served with inflated water bills by the Municipal Corporation. Over 5,000 flat owners in around 90 societies have been affected.

Cooperative housing societies from sector 48 to 51 are required to have completion certificate from the building branch of the UT Estate Office. The Estate Office had then sent the list of such societies to the Public Health Department of the MC.

The consumers of these societies that have failed to procure the required permission have been served a bill of around Rs 950 for two months, which is almost double the bill they used to get earlier.

Devinder Gupta, president of Universal Society in Sector 48, said completion and occupation certificate had nothing to do with water bills.

“Even the electricity bills served to the society residents are as per the domestic charges,” he said.

Gupta said due to the building violations made by a few individuals, the entire society had to suffer.

Jasbir Singh, president, Sarvhitkari Society, Sector 48, said the societies earlier were charged commercial charges following which they had approached the High Court against the commercial charges and the matter was still pending in the court.

“We are going to make a representation to the UT Administration regarding the inflated bills served to the residents of the societies,” said Singh.



7 health centres to be set up
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 7
To provide up-to-the mark primary health care facilities to residents, the Mohali Administration has announced to establish seven new urban Primary Health Care centres in the town and its periphery.

Mohali Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said these primary health care centres would be established under the Urban Health Mission Programme.

“These centres will be established at Mohali, Kharar, Naya Gaon and Zirakpur. As many as three centres will be established at Mohali, wherein civil dispensaries at Phase I, Phase V and Phase XI will be upgraded as urban Primary Health Care centres,” Sidhu said.

Besides, two urban Primary Health Care centres would be set up at Zirakpur, whereas Kharar and Naya Gaon would have one such centre each.

“These centres will be equipped with advanced medical facilities. The requisite staff, including one doctor, a staff nurse and other staff, will be recruited soon,” Sidhu said.



Dip in veggie prices
More relief expected, say market sources
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
In a relief for city residents, restoration of supply of most vegetables has resulted into a slight dip in prices. The cost of tomato, for instance, that had touched rooftop a few weeks ago costing as high as Rs 90 per kg in some parts of city (in retail), has tumbled to Rs 40 per kg now.

Market sources said there was hope for fall in the prices in coming days with increase in supply.

“The supply of vegetables from Himachal Pradesh has majorly been improved,” said an official from the Market Committee, Sector 26.

The cost of potato, though reduced since past month, continues to be on the higher side. The cost of potato in the retail market is currently Rs 35 per kg, coming down from Rs 40 per kg a few weeks ago.



Awareness walk
Kirron Kher pledges her eyes for donation

Chandigarh, September 7
During an awareness walk organised by the Eye Bank, Department of Ophthalmology, GMCH-32, MP Kirron Kher pledged her eyes for donation here today. The walk was organised in collaboration with the Lions Club Central from Rock Garden to Sukhna Lake. It was flagged off by Kirron Kher.

Prof Atul Sachdeva, Director-Principal of the GMCH-32, welcomed the chief guest.

Medical Superintendent of the GMCH-32 Prof AK Janmeja along with other faculty members, students and staff of the hospital took part in the walk.

Around 400 people attended the walk. It was followed by a “nukkad natak” on the theme of eye donation by students of the Department of Social Work, PU, at the Sukhna Lake. Prof Sudesh Arya, in charge, Eye Bank, GMCH-32, said around 100 volunteers pledged their eyes for donation at the Sukhna Lake. — TNS



Fire breaks out at dhaba
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 7
A fire incident was reported at Puran Singh Da Dhaba at Shahi Majra village in Mohali in the wee hours today. Infrastructure, including air-conditioner, fridge and furniture, worth Rs 5 lakh was gutted in the fire.

Anil Vohra, owner of the dhaba, said the dhaba was inaugurated around 15 days ago.

Fire officials suspected short-circuit to be the reason behind the fire.



Builder accuses Mansa police of false implication

Zirakpur, September 7
A local builder has accused Mansa police for illegally arresting and implicating his son in a false case. Gulshan Rai alleged that a police party from Mansa forcibly took his son Prateek on Saturday. He alleged that the police party was accompanied by Jagtar Singh, a resident of Mansa.

Jagtar Singh and his aides were arrested by Zirakpur police for opening fire at Rai following a dispute. He alleged that Jagtar Singh in connivance with the Mansa police abducted his son.

Gurcharan Singh, ASI,Mansa said Prateek was wanted in a case registered against him in Mansa on the complaint of Kuldeep Singh. The accused was arrested from his place only after informing the Zirakpur police. — TNS



Book on Ayurveda wisdom for modern life released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
A book on Ayurveda wisdom for modern life titled ‘Healthy living through Dosha healing’ (Ayurveda) written by Dr Sonica Krishan was released by the Governor of Chhattisgarh, Balramji Dass Tandon.

Speaking on the occasion, the governor emphasised on the need of propagating the ancient Indian wisdom with the world so as to enable the humanity across the globe to reap benefits from the ancient science.

The president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Chandigarh, Sanjay Tandon, was also present. While addressing the gathering, Tandon said, “The world has forgotten about healthy living and is more focussed on wealthy living. We need to remember the old saying-Health is Wealth-and concentrate more on healthy living to live a happy life.” Tandon appreciated the efforts of the author. The author said she has guided her readers to live a life of holistic wellness using the age-old practices of Ayurveda and natural herbs.



PGI to launch teaching website

Prof YK Chawla, director, PGIMER, will inaugurate the ‘Immunopathology teaching website’ on Monday. The website has been developed by the Department of Immunopathology. As the subject is complex and intimidating the archived lectures of the department will be available on an interactive website for students, all over the country. Lectures for BSc MLT students are available online.

Hospital conducts 100 renal transplants

Max Super Specialty Hospital (MSSH), Mohali, has conducted 100 successful renal transplants at the Renal Transplant Centre. Doctors said increasing the supply of organs by motivating more donors to come forward for donations is a solution to curb the organ trade in India. The Cadaver Donor Program too needed to be given momentum, as 95 per cent transplants in India were living donor whereas only 5 per cent were cadaver (deceased).

Eye check-up camp

An eye check-up camp was organised at a Gurudwara in Sector 40, Chandigarh, by the Rotary Club of Mohali. The camp was organised with the help of JP Eye hospital and Gurudwara Management Committee. During the camp, 200 patients were examined at the OPD and 32 patients were shortlisted for cataract surgeries. The president of the Rotary Club, Mohali, Gurvinder Juneja, said the total expense of the surgeries would be borne by the Rotary Club, under Global Grant Schemes. — TNS



Reaping what he sow

While he spent the past over two years sending criminals to jail in his capacity as the SHO of the Sector 34 police station, Inspector Rajesh Shukla, who has been arrested by the CBI, will now spend time in a jail with the same inmates in the Burail Jail. With the court sending him to judicial custody, the inspector is having a trying time.

Dry fruits catch leaders’ fancy

Local leaders sitting in the front row of a stage during the foundation laying ceremony of Punjabi Bhawan in Sector 15, Panchkula, recently, were seemingly more interested in grabbing plates containing dry fruits rather than listening to Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was the chief guest on the occasion. As Hooda left his seat and approached the dais to deliver a speech, the local leaders, who earlier were jostling to get closer to Hooda, virtually pounced upon the plates containing cashew nuts and almonds.

Technique to keep students non-violent

The DAV College Management devised a new technique to keep the students non-violent and less aggressive during elections this year. Identifying the instigation of students due to harsh behaviour of policemen, the faculty ensured that the cops remained at bay in most of the meetings held with students’ leaders.

Lost out on content of PM’s speech

While the UT Education Department authorities left no stone unturned to make the PM’s address on Teacher’s Day a grand success, a number of them lost out on the content of the speech as they remained occupied with arrangements. Some of the higher officials, principals and teachers who were quizzed about the content of the PM’s address after the speech were zapped and clueless.

Liquor politics

True to the style of functioning of political parties, which pump in money and liquor during elections, the recently held Student Council Elections at Panjab University saw student parties aping political parties in the same manner. Liquor was pumped in by student bodies that had the backing of national and regional political parties.

Corruption in name of monthly collection

Be it the Chandigarh Police, the Municipal Corporation or the Sector 26 Market Committee, corruption in name of the monthly collection continues to thrive. The recent catch of a Chandigarh Police Inspector by the CBI while accepting the monthly collection has reminded the authorities about the need to put to end the menace of corruption.

Work woes

Policemen on duty during the student council elections were found criticising the activity on the campus as they had been asked to perform extra duty. The campus witnessed a heavy blanket of security personnel during the Panjab University Campus Student Council elections. Soon after the march-past parade, Chandigarh police personnel rushed to have a glass of water, while their counterparts of the Reserve Battalion remained calm.

(Contributed by Aneesha Sareen, Bipin Bhardwaj, Ritika Jha Palial, Mehakdeep Grewal, Rajmeet Singh and Deepankar Sharda)



Assault on GMHS-38 student
Two Class IX students suspended
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Two students of Government Model High School (GMHS), Sector 38-D, who had allegedly bashed a Class VIII student, have been suspended from the school. The victim, Nikhil, alleged that his seniors, students of Class IX, had thrashed him during school hours on September 3, following which he sustained a head injury.

The student had complained that neither the school authorities gave him any medical aid nor did they take any action on the day of the incident.

Nikhil’s mother, Usha Sidhu, alleged that she kept visiting the school for three days seeking action against the two students, but the school authorities failed to act.

“The school management ignored my repeated requests to hold an inquiry into the case,” she said.

The mother said the school authorities had been prolonging the matter. They informed her that the accused students and their parents would be called to the school on Monday to decide the matter, she said.

Today, however, the school principal, Suriender Kumar, said: “Both the accused students have been suspended and their parents have been informed about it.”

This is not the first time that such an incident has been reported at city’s government schools. Earlier, in July, a similar case was reported at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, in which two students allegedly bashed their junior, resulting in a head injury to the victim.

In the case, the students were expelled. However, after a month, their expulsion was revoked. While, one of the students was reinstated in the school, the other was transferred to another government school.

Forum fails to act

Seeing the sudden spurt in incidents of violence involving government schoolchildren, the UT Education Department had decided to form a grievance redressal forum in every school. Any student could complain about harassment, ragging or bullying to this forum. The forum was supposed to discuss such complaints on Fridays. The complaint moved by the victim’s mother, however, has not been considered by the forum.



Summit to focus on life skills, wellness
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
The Central Board of Secondary Education has set the ball rolling for the third International Life Skills, Values, Gender, School Health and Well Being Summit. The summit that will be held across 14 regional centres nationwide and in the Middle East will see the participation of various schools affiliated to the board.

To be held between September and November, the event will help the participants understand and review the concept, needs and trends of school health, life skills and value education from national and global perspectives.

The board has advised all schools affiliated to it to get four students along with a teacher or counsellor registered for the event by September 20.

The board, in its circular, has stated that the summit will help strengthen the ideals delineated in the National Health Policy, 1983, National Policy on Education, 1986, and National Curriculum Framework, 2005.

The objective of the event, being held in collaboration with Expressions India, is to focus on good practices in assessment and continuous evaluation of skills, the circular states. The summit will also help in planning for integration of school safety, sanitation, nutrition, hygiene and health check-up programme within the comprehensive school health education curriculum and life skills programming, with a special focus on the capacity building and sensitisation on various contemporary gender issues in education.

Dissemination of value education by promoting the role of peer educator and students’ participation with a special focus on gender sensitisation is also on the cards.

During the summit’s co-scholastic festival, various competitions, including global school health exhibition, on-the-spot poster making and painting, theme songs on gender and values, composition of thematic jingles and wellness elocution and adolescent whiz-quiz, will be held.

Welcoming the board’s initiative, local academician Dr Arvind Goyal said: “It’s a commendable effort by the CBSE. Making the students aware of important health-related issues such as sanitation, nutrition, hygiene and first-aid training will definitely go a long way in improving the health status of the society.”

Goyal said it was the need of the hour to teach our younger generations learn all these skills so that they could have a happier and healthier tomorrow.



Cultural programme gives message of saving girl child
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
“Naari Shakti”, a 10-minute play, was the highlight of a cultural programme held at Tagore Theatre here today. Organised by Chandigarh Art Theatre and Omika Creation, the programme was based on the theme “Save the Girl Child”.

Nearly 200 students from the tricity took part in the event. The play, directed by Ranjit Roy and written by Sunil Rana, revolved around a woman’s struggle to give birth to her daughter, while her entire family forced her to get the foetus aborted.

The message to stop female foeticide was brought forth through a sound emotional rendition of characters, especially by the female lead, Jot. Her struggle to give birth to a daughter held the audience’s attention throughout the play.

The play was followed by a two-hour cultural show, during which dancers took to the stage. The “Ganesh Vandana” performed by a Panchkula-based group was well-appreciated. It was followed by another dance performance by the Star Academy based on the theme “Save the Girl Child”.

The show concluded with a fashion show, in which children between the age group of three and 12 years participated.



Meritorious students, teachers honoured
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 7
The Forum of Senior Citizens in Education (FSCE), Panchkula, today organised their annual day along with Teacher’s Day at Doon Public School, Sector 21. The event was attended by around 200 teachers from Panchkula district. Vivek Attray, Director, School Education, Haryana, was the chief guest.

On the occasion, Dr Shyam Sakha ‘Shyam’, Director, Haryana Sahitya Academy, felicitated four schools, six outstanding teachers and 10 meritorious students of the district.

Sandeep Tripathi (Government Senior Secondary School, Raipur Rani), Sonia Pabby and Sonia Arora (Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15), Satnarain Dutt (Government High School, Bunga), Sneh Kochhar (DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7) and Parbodh Singla (Government Girls Primary School, Ramgarh) were awarded the best teachers award.

The forum awarded the “School for Excellence” award to the host school and DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, for achieving 100 per cent results in the private school category.

Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Barwala, and Government Primary School, Rihod, were felicitated for doing well among government schools.



Annual system to stay for old students at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7
Despite the introduction of semester system for the first-year undergraduate courses at the varsity, the old students who need to reappear or sit for an improvement exam or have a compartment in any subject will continue to follow the old annual examination system.

The Controller of Examinations, Prof Parvinder Singh, said all new students and those who have failed in the examinations will appear under the semester system as per the new syllabi.

Online forms will be made available to the students on the university website soon, said the official.




Jainendra Public School

Chandigarh: The ceremony started with according a warm welcome to teachers. A rich tribute was paid to Dr Radhakrishnan through a speech highlighting his role in the field of education.

Ryan International-49

The Montessori wing students took part in card and bouquet making activities. Students came dressed as their role models. Various titles and awards were given to the teachers.

GSSS-Raipur Khurd

Maximum attendance was ensured for the live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interaction. Students presented cultural items.


Children honoured their teachers by presenting a cultural programme. They also saw the PM’s address.


Students and teachers were given refreshments. The principal told the students to give “guru dakshina” in the form of discipline and good performance in academics and co-curricular activites.

The Gurukul-20

Panchkula: Adhering to the directives of the MHRD, the school organised a special screening of the live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address for the schoolchildren.

Bhavan Vidyalaya-15

Students and teachers celebrated the day with much fanfare. They assembled together to watch the PM’s address.

SMD Little Champ-2

A cultural programme was organised on the school premises. The highlight of the programme was a dance item, titled “I love my teacher” by students of the primary section.

Kendriya Vidyalaya

The Teacher’s Day celebrations at Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1, Chandimandir Cantt, began with a morning assembly conducted by teachers. Students greeted the staff members with flowers and cards.

Shemrock School-69

Mohali: Students presented a cultural programme for teachers. A speech on the teacher-student relationship was also delivered.

Holy Wonder Smart School

Students presented a stage show. They delivered speeches, sang songs and recited rhymes dedicated to their teachers. Later, students played some games with the teachers.

Ashmah School-70

The highlight of the day was “anecdotes by students”, an activity during which students wrote a message for their special teacher.

Doon School-69

A special function was held to express gratitude and appreciate the hard work of teachers. — TNS




Directors’ meet from today

Chandigarh: Panjab University will host the prestigious UGC-ASC Directors’ Meet 2014 on September 8 and 9. Directors of all 66 Academic Staff Colleges in different universities of India, along with high-ups in the UGC, MHRD, NAAC and NTPC, will come together and deliberate on a number of issues during the two-day meet. Technical sessions on vision and role of the human resource development centre will be the highlight of the event.

PU prof gets invite for expert seminar

Prof VK Jindal has been invited to participate and speak at an expert seminar in Singapore. He will be speaking on the subject of electromobility in megacities. It is an important issue concerning megacities such as Singapore and some Indian cities where rapid means of transport are required, using green or non-polluting energy sources that are efficient at the same time. The seminar is being organised by the Technical University of Munich, Germany.

VC to launch exam website

Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun K Grover will launch a website for online submission of examination forms of undergraduate courses. The students can visit the website, ugexam.puchd.ac.in, for detailed information and instructions about the examinations besides submitted their forms.

Prof appointed editor of reputed journal

Dr Arun K Garg, an associate professor at the Dr HSJ Institute of Dental Science and Hospital, has been appointed as the editor-in-chief of the prestigious “Research & Reviews: A Journal of Dentistry”. It is a widely reputed peer-reviewed and indexed international journal in dentistry. Dr Garg has various publications, both in national and international journals. — TNS



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