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City roads a death trap for them
In the last six years, 278 pedestrians, 192 cyclists have lost their lives in accidents
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
City roads have become unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists. Out of the total 844 road accident deaths reported in the last six-years, 278 were pedestrians while 192 were cyclists.

While the pedestrians constitute almost 32.93 per cent, cyclists constitute 22.74 per cent of the total accident deaths on city roads.

Statistics compiled by the Road Accident Analysis Cell of the Chandigarh traffic police points towards the rising number of pedestrians getting killed on the roads thus raising a concern over having dedicated pathways for the pedestrians.

While the cyclists have a higher probability to get killed at the intersections, the pedestrians are more vulnerable of getting hit while crossing the road.

Police officials blame it on the congestion on the roads due to the growing number of vehicles, careless and reckless driving and pedestrians crossing the roads carelessly.

Sachin Sharma, chairman of the Youth Innovative Association (YIS), said there was a need to have dedicated pathways for the pedestrians in different parts of the city. “Well connected pathways across the city to provide safe passage to the pedestrians can help in curbing accidents”, Sharma said.

Manipal Singh Atwal, a city-based lawyer, said the police should ensure that the cyclists drive on the cycle tracks. “The MC should also ensure that the cycle tracks are well maintained to give a smooth ride to the cyclists”, he added.

Maneesh Chaudhary, SSP (Traffic), said the fatality rate of the pedestrians dying in road accidents was alarming following which the Police Department had sent proposals to the UT Engineering Department for constructing foot-overbridgesat different points that had heavy flow of traffic. “We have also suggested underpasses for the pedestrians, however, all the proposals are gathering dust with the Engineering Department”, Chaudhary added.

The traffic police with an aim to clamp down the accidents involving pedestrians have also introduced pelican crossing at Sukhna Lake, opposite to the Rock Garden.

The SSP (Traffic) further said that the commuters also needed to understand that the pedestrians and cyclists should be given way to cross the road that could also help in curbing accidents. 



Fire breaks out at Nector Life office
No casualty reported; important documents of the company gutted 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
A major tragedy was averted when a fire broke out at the corporate office of Nectar Life Sciences Limited office at Sector 9, here, this morning. The fire broke out at 8 am on the ground floor of the building, reportedly due to short circuit. No casualty was reported, but important documents were gutted.

After receiving an emergency-call at 8.02 am, three fire tenders were rushed to the spot from the fire station house of Sector 17 and Sector 11. After 25 minutes, firefighters controlled the situation so that the damages could be assessed.

ML Sharma, Station Fire Officer, said “We received a call from an office employee and soon three fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The firefighters managed to control the fire quickly. In the preliminary investigation, shot circuit has been reported as the cause of the fire” said Sharma. As many as 200 employees are in the accounts and marketing sections of the company, at the branch in Sector 9.

Sandeep Goyal, vice-president (finance) of the company, said, “One of our employees, who opens the office in the morning, reported that after he turned on a switch there was a spark in the wire system, and due to short circuit the fire broke out. We are yet to make an estimate of the total loss” said Goyal. 



Red-corner notice against ‘missing’ P’kula financier
Cops of tricity had invested in his money-lending business 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
The Chandigarh Police have issued a red-corner notice against a Panchkula resident, Vikram Singh, a financier, after duping a Chandigarh resident worth crores.
The realtor was in the news last year after he moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court accusing a UT police official and his wife of making threat calls to him and of running a money-lending racket. Whereas, the police official had denied all allegations.

Thereafter, taking cognizance of the allegations levelled by Vikram Singh in a petition filed in the High Court, the Chandigarh Police had marked a probe in the matter.

Vikram Singh had gone missing on November 1, 2013, after selling his high-end cars and property in Panchkula.

It is said that several police officials of Chandigarh and Panchkula had reportedly invested a huge amount in his money lending business.

Police sources said that photographs of Vikram Singh had been circulated at all airports and his family members were under close watch. 

Investor cops trying hard to locate him

Hoping to get back their money, several Panchkula and Chandigarh policemen, who had reportedly invested huge sum of money in Vikram Singh’s “money-lending business”, are working hard to locate him at the earliest.

From service station attendant to multi-millionaire

A decade ago, Vikram was employed as an attendant at a scooter service station in Sector 16, Panchkula, and from there he entered the world of finance and became a multi-millionaire. He came in contact with traders and police officials, and started running a business. He reportedly invested money of influential persons in his business venture.



SwacHh Bharat Mission
Cleanliness drive at Estate Office 
Tribune News Service

A special drive to remove waste material was launched at the Estate Office in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday.

Chandigarh, September 27
As part of the Swachh Bharat campaign, employees of the UT Estate Office carried out a special drive to remove waste paper, files and dumped material from the three-storey building on Saturday.

Despite being a holiday, the staff at the Deputy Commissioner’s office and Estate Office were asked to clear the office space which had been used to store unwanted material and old office records.

Besides the old records, dumped furniture and old computers were also disposed of.

DC Mohammed Shayin said the cleaning drive was a part of the in-house campaign under the Swachh Bharat campaign.

A special drive to remove waste material was launched at the Estate Office in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan



PGI staff pick up broom
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
A month long “Swachh Bharat Mission” campaign began today in the PGI with Professor YK Chawla, Director, PGI, picking up the first broom and cleaning the lawns of the Kairon Block, PGI, along with others including heads of departments, Deputy Director, Medical Superintendent, Superintending Hospital Engineer and scores of senior staff members.

Professor Chawla addressed the gathering and said, “This activity is not one time but a continuous exercise.” The cleaning demonstration was carried out by the Director at various places in the institute, including research blocks and different centres. This was done to apprise the staff, patients and their attendants to keep their surroundings clean. The Director and staff of the PGI took oath that they would maintain and sustain this activity.

A cleanliness drive has been started in the institute to spread awareness regarding keeping the hospital and the institute campus clean.

Circulars have been issued to all departments highlighting the importance of cleanliness, hand washing and disposal of wastage in a proper manner. The nursing staff will be given special training in hand washing.


  • Circulars have been issued to departments on the importance of cleanliness, hand washing and disposal of wastage.
  • The nursing staff will be given special training in hand washing.
  • The Sanitation Department has identified the areas of main focus while sustaining the cleanliness in various areas of the institute.



Architecture conference

Chandigarh, September 27
A conference on “Architecture, Building Materials and Technologies” was organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Chandigarh-Punjab Chapter at the Himachal Bhawan on Saturday.

Dalip Sharma, Regional Director, PHD Chamber, said, “The conference aimed at providing maximum opportunities of interaction to industry experts and players, to share their ideas and experiences about the latest technology.” — TNS



evasion of fee
Market committee supervisor suspended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
A supervisor at the Sector 26 office of the market committee has been placed under suspension for his alleged involvement in facilitating the evasion of market committee fee by traders in the vegetable and fruit market.

The supervisor, Gurvinder Singh, was placed under suspension after it was found that he had ‘turned a blind eye’ to the evasion of market fee.

In view of the ongoing apple season, the UT has stepped up vigil to check the evasion of market fee.

Of the total 7 per cent commission charged as fee by the commission agents in brokering the sale of any agricultural produce, 2 per cent goes as the market committee fee.

Besides, five commission agents in the market have been issued show-cause notices for violating the rules and regulations of the commission agent licence.

In the last few days, the Agriculture Secretary has deputed staff from the Enforcement Wing and other departments to keep an eye on the sale and purchase of apples in the market. The sale of apples crossed an all-time high in the season yesterday.

‘turned blind eye’

The supervisor, Gurvinder Singh, was placed under suspension after it was found that he had ‘turned a blind eye’ to the evasion of market fee. In the last few days, the Agriculture Secretary has deputed staff from the Enforcement Wing and other departments to keep an eye on the sale and purchase of apples in the market.



Now, digital orthopaedic suite at Max
Tribune News Service

Dr Manuj Wadhwa (right), Director and Head of the Max Elite Institute of Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement and Sandeep Dogra, vice-president at the Max Super Speciality Hospital, during the launch of the digital orthopaedic suite in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Dr Manuj Wadhwa (right), Director and Head of the Max Elite Institute of Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement and Sandeep Dogra, vice-president at the Max Super Speciality Hospital, during the launch of the digital orthopaedic suite in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, September 27
Max Super Speciality Hospital (MSSH), Mohali, today announced the launch of a “Digital Orthopaedic Suite”, claimed to be the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.

It is a concept that utilises digital patient data to review, plan and execute the entire orthopaedic procedure on a single platform. The suite will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday.

The usage of the Germany-based equipment will not cost extra to patients who come for orthopaedic surgeries at the hospital.

Dr Manuj Wadhwa, Head, Max Elite Institute of Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement at MSSH, said the introduction of the digital orthopaedic technology was aimed at taking joint replacement and trauma care in the country to the “highest level of accuracy”.

“It will ensure superior clinical outcomes, which were difficult to achieve in the conventional way of treatment,” he said.

The suite has fully computerised Digital Operating Theatre that displays, records and streams at the touch of a finger.

“The first functional Digital Orthopaedic Suite in Asia-Pacific works in a manner in which there is efficient digital planning for each patient and the entire surgery is executed with utmost precision, ensuring accurate alignment and precise implant positioning,” he said.

“This in turn results in less blood loss during the surgery with pain-free joint movement,” added Dr Wadhwa.


  • Tailor-made digital surgical planning for all the patients.
  • Joint implants are planned pre-operatively for perfect size and positioning as per anatomy of the patient.
  • Allows minimal invasive surgeries with least pain, blood loss and flexibility almost like a natural knee.
  • Software gives guidance on leg length, so no chances of post-surgery deformity.
  • Safeguards against implant failures, dislocation or revision surgeries.



Tourism week takes off on a high cultural note
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
On the occasion of the World Tourism Day (WTD) today, the Chandigarh Tourism and STEPS launched the celebrations of the World Tourism Week. A plethora of activities were organised to mark the celebrations.

The World Tourism Week celebrations were flagged off with the morning raga (Indian classical and fusion music) at Sukhna Lake by Subhash Ghosh.

The students of the Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management (CIHM) and Chandigarh Hospitality Association extended a warm welcome to the tourists and visitors at the airport and railway station.

During the day, the students of Government College of Arts organised a tattoo-making activity at Sukhna Lake.

An exhibition of the shortlisted entries of the photography competition was also held at the Sector 17 Plaza.

Meanwhile, students of the CCET, Sector 26, participated in a cleanliness drive in Sector 17 for the techno-culture fest – Apratim 2014. The drive was organised in association with the Chandigarh Tourism.

In the evening, Bollywood Singer Javed Ali enthralled the audience with his hit numbers, including Guzarish, Deewana karr raha hai, Tera ishq bada teekha, Arziyan, Jab tak hai jaan. Adviser to the UT administrator KK Sharma was the chief guest on the occasion.

To facilitate the tourists and visitors, a variety of attractions, concessions and incentives were also offered. CITCO also organised a unique “Cartoon & kids food festival” at Sukhna Lake.



Panchkula, Kalka Votes 2014
In P’kula, 6 file papers on last day
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 27
Six candidates filed their papers for the Panchkula Assembly seat on the last day of filing of nomination papers here today.
Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) candidate Ravinder Rawal and Vinod Bagai, who is contesting as an Independent after being denied the Congress ticket, were among those who filed their nominations today.

Rawal’s filing of papers was a silent affair. The HJC candidate reached the office of Returning Officer accompanied by former Haryana Deputy CM Chander Mohan and around 25 supporters. Surprisingly, Vinod Bagai came to the venue with a huge number of supporters as compared to others.

Shakti Singh filed his papers as the candidate of Gopal Kanda’s Haryana Lokhit Party and Deepak Sharma filed his nomination papers as the BSP candidate.

When asked whether he would have the disadvantage of the HJC declaring the list of its candidates late while others have already started campaigning, Rawal said, “Race starts only after the whistle is blown. So there is no use of roaming in the field. I believe that here, the whistle is blown after the completion of nomination process.”

Other Independent candidates, who filed the nomination papers today, were Ram Sarup and Sonia Gaur. The latter a practising advocate in the district courts.

Already, over 11 candidates have filed their nominations, including BJP candidate Gian Chand Gupta, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) candidate Kulbhushan Goyal and Congress candidate DK Bansal.

The candidates’ wives are their respective covering candidates. While Bimla Gupta is Gian Chand Gupta’s covering candidate, Anju Goyal is the covering candidate of Kulbushan Goyal and Anjali Bansal is DK Bansal’s covering candidate.

A total of 23 nominations have been filed in Panchkula, including independent and covering candidates. The withdrawal of nominations would take place on Monday.

Meanwhile, actress and ambassador for SVEEP programme, Meghna Malik of Laado fame, on Saturday addressed a seminar at the Government College for Girls, Sector 14, where she urged people to vote.

Assets declared

  • Vinod Bagai (Independent) has declared assets worth Rs 19.81 crore. With a number of residential houses and shares in companies, Bagai has movable assets worth Rs 7.50 crore and immovable assets of Rs 12.31 crore.
  • Ravinder Rawal (HJC) has movable assets of Rs 13.53 lakh and immovable assets of Rs 4.07 crore.




Heart care foundation

The Heart Care Foundation of India, a non-profit organisation, has announced its new initiative, Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund, on the occasion of the World Heart Day.

Dealers awarded

Mahindra First Choice Wheels Ltd (MFCWL), India’s No. 1 multi-brand certified used car company, honoured its dealers from across the country at its annual dealer performance excellence awards function.

Devotional service

‘Darshan’ of holy shrines is easy these Navratras, as Connect Broadband has brought a devotional service, Connect Darshan, which brings home live devotional audios and videos from 20 revered shrines across India. — TNS



Protest for regularisation of services
700 teachers detained
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 27
The Mohali police today rounded up around 700 computer teachers from Phase VIII. They were holding a protest in front of Director General School Education’s office here.
Apart from pressing their main demand of regularisation of their services, the protesters were demanding release of their 38 colleagues, detained yesterday as a preventive measure and sent to the Nabha jail. 

The tent pitched by the protesters in front of the office of the DGSE was also removed by the police yesterday.

Today, a large number of protesting teachers gathered at the venue and blocked traffic at the GMADA light point. They were reportedly not allowed to pitch a tent at the protest venue today.

The Mohali police rounded up around 700 protesters from the spot and took them to the Phase VIII police station.

“We have been fighting for our demands for the last four years. Our main demand is to regularise us and give all benefits from July 2011 onwards,” said Gurwinder Singh Bajwa, the state convener of the Computer Teachers Union. 



panchkula murder case
Co-accused creates ruckus at police station
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 27
A high drama was witnessed when an accused in the Panchkula murder case on Friday night alleged that cops mixed poison in the food offered to him.
Om Pal Thakur, a co-accused in the Harikesh Singh murder case, started shouting in the police station that he is about to die. ‘Nervous’ cops rushed Thakur to the General Hospital. The drama ended when doctors declared that he was perfectly fine. 

The doctors found that the ‘victim’ had even banged his head in the wall. The accused is on police remand.

“A few cops were taking dinner when they offered food to Thakur as well. However, he started shouting with some foam-like thing in his mouth that the cops had mixed poison in the food given to him,” said a police official.

At the hospital, Thakur even accused the doctors of not treating him on urgent basis and that he would die. The doctors got some tests, including CT scan, done but were found the reports normal.

Chandimandir police station SHO Inspector Arvind Kumar said, “The medical reports showed that there was no poisonous substance in Thakur’s body.”

Thakur was held a day after a couple was arrested for murdering Harikesh of Sector 28 here and then chopping his body into parts. 



Bid for school winter uniform
Education Dept gets lukewarm response
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
The UT Education Department witnessed a lukewarm response from the suppliers who were invited to submit bids for providing school winter uniform to 95 government schools.
Sources said only a few suppliers turned up at the venue - Girls Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, here - on the last date to submit the bids.

The department had issued a centralised advertisement for the schools two weeks ago after they had failed to get adequate response.

Officials from the department said earlier also the schools had faced the similar problem in getting tenders for the summer as well as winter uniform. Due to the poor response, the department had issued a centralised advertisement to ensure that all schools were able to get receive the minimum number of bids and the procurement was done on time.

The sources said during the last academic session, winter uniform was distributed among the students at the fag-end of the season.

The winter uniform will be provided to nearly 70,000 students. The uniform includes full-sleeved shirt and pants for boys and full-sleeved shirt and tunic for girls. For girls of Classes VI to VIII, the uniform includes full-sleeved kameez and salwar.

One of the principals on the condition of anonymity said: “Even if we are able to get the minimum number of tenders for the purchase of winter uniform, it will take over a month to procure the uniform as the process is tedious.”

Repeated attempts to contact Director Public Instruction DPI (Schools) Kamlesh Kumar turned futile.

The Education Department provides free uniform to students from Class I to VIII in all government schools.

The sources said: “Till 4:30 pm, only one retailer had come to bid for the winter uniform”.

School dress

Boys: Full-sleeved shirt and pants

Girls: Full-sleeved shirt and tunic

For girls of Classes VI to VIII: Full-sleeved kameez and salwar



pu & college notes

Contests mark tourism day celebrations

Chandigarh: Students and staff members of the IHM, Banur, celebrated “World Tourism Day” on its campus here on Saturday. Events, including quiz competition, chef competition, mocktail competition, rangoli, on-the-spot painting competition, were held on the occasion. Students showcased their talents in these competitions. The main attraction of the day was the Tourism Expo organised by the students. The CEO of the college, Capt Sandeep Singh Sandhu appreciated the work done by the team members and congratulated the winners.


Noted Indian author and Gyanpith Award Winner Sardar Gurdial Singh on Saturday inaugurated Rajiv Gandhi College Bhawan on the PU campus. The five-storeyed Rajiv Gandhi College Bhawan has been primarily set up for the affiliated colleges of the PU with a cost of Rs 4 crore. Besides this, Poonam Suri, PU fellow and president of the DAV College Management Committee, inaugurated the Mahatma Hans Raj Seminar Hall.

Campus placement drive

Barwala: As many as 25 students of the Swami Devi Dyal Group of Professional Institutes were selected in a campus placement drive here on Saturday. The drive was organised for the students of BTech and MCA. More than 370 students participated in the drive, of which 24 were selected by Allsoft Solution Company. — TNS



300 foreign delegates attend youth peace fest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
The 9th International Youth Peace Fest (IYPF-2014) was held today at KB DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 7-B, here. It was organised by Yuvsatta, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development -Regional Centre, Chandigarh, State Cell-NSS, Education Department, Chandigarh Administration, KB DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 7B, and Dr GC Mishra Memorial Educational and Charitable Trust, Chandigarh.

Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Sarbananda Sonowal was the chief guest, while MP Kirron Kher presided over the event.

Over 300 delegates from across the globe along with many other prominent personalities were also present at the event.

Sarbananda Sonowal along with Kirron Kher also presented this year’s Peace Awards to four distinguished teachers of the tricity.



Degrees conferred on PEC students

Chandigarh, September 27
The PEC University of Technology organised its 44th annual convocation here today. Padma Bhushan Dr FC Kohli, TCS founder and father of the Indian software industry, graced the occasion as the chief guest.

As many as 374 students in BE programme, 250 students in master’s programme and 9 students in PhD programme were conferred the degrees.

Eleven gold medallists and 11 silver medallists, besides some other medallists, were also honoured on the occasion. Padma Bhushan Dr FC Kohli talked about his stint at the Tata Electric Company and Tata Consultancy Services. — TNS



Smridhi adjudged Ms Fresher

Mohali, September 27
Shagun and Smridhi Gill were adjudged Mr and Ms Fresher, respectively, at a freshers’ party, “AAGHAAZ-2014”, organised at Chandigarh University, Gharuan.

Bollywood actress Sonia Kaur, whose latest film “Hum Hain Teen Khurafati” is about to be released, gave the titles to winners. Punjabi singer and actor Inderjeet Nikku enthralled the audience with his numbers. The star cast of “Tamanchey”, actor Nikhil Dwivedi and DJ Shilpi, launched the music of the film on the occasion. The film is about to be released soon.

Chandigarh University pop band marked the beginning of “AAGHAAZ-2014”. It was followed by a musical extravaganza in the form of a qawwali competition. Western group performances by salsa art and hip-hop managers left the audience spellbound. A Punjabi skit on education system was performed. — OC



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