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Festive Season
Cops act to check traffic mess
  Write to MC, Admn not to permit vendors in corridors, parking areas
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
The Chandigarh police have shot off a letter to the MC and the UT Administration asking them not to allow street vendors to run stalls from pedestrian paths and parking areas in the markets during the festive season as it leads to traffic jams across the city, leaving little space for visitors to walk.

Taking a serious note of acute traffic congestion on city roads, the traffic wing of the police has sent a communication to the MC stating that street vendors should not be allowed to run their business from parking areas in the markets.

SSP (Traffic) Maneesh Chaudhary said during the festive season, parking areas in the city get crowded with stalls set up by vendors, forcing visitors to park their vehicles on the main road, which leads to traffic jams.

“We have asked the MC to ensure that parking areas are reserved for vehicles only and pedestrian paths remain free of encroachments,” the SSP said. The MC has also been asked to take action against the encroachers.

Sources in the MC said the civic body had already started giving permission to street vendors for selling their products in various city markets. Three-day permission for October 1, 2 and 3 has already been given to the vendors.

The sources said permission would also be given to the vendors for October 9, 10 and 11 for Karwa Chauth and during Diwali for October 21, 22 and 23.

According to the rules, street vendors and shopkeepers are not allowed to put up stalls in corridors of markets and parking areas. However, stalls in these areas are a common sight, with the encroachment wing of the MC turning a blind eye to the violation.

The traffic police have also written to the Administration to provide school grounds for parking vehicles during the evening till the festive season gets over. 



City police high on manpower, low on performance: Report
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Despite spending around Rs 831 crore over the past three years, “poor performance” of the UT police on the law and order front has come under the scanner of the Auditor General (AG).

Chandigarh falls among cities having one of the highest police-public ratios of 629.45 policemen per lakh against the national average of 131.45 policemen per lakh. However, the Police Department has failed to meet the expectations of residents. Chandigarh has a total area of 114 sq km and has the highest police density per 100 sq km area.

Coming down heavily on the Police Department, the AG’s report states that despite having a good strength of police personnel and a good police-public ratio, the rate of crime and fatal accidents in the city is on the higher side.

Figure this: During 2011-2013, 14,734 cases were registered in the city under various sections of the Indian Penal Code of which the Chandigarh police have failed to work out 20 per cent of the cases so far.

The crime in the city increased by 28 per cent during 2013 as compared to 2011. Chandigarh has a strength of 6,017 police personnel.

During the audit of four police stations in Sectors 11, 31, 36 and 39, it was found that 2,193 cases were reported under various sections of the IPC from 2012 to June 4, 2014, of which 43 per cent of the cases are yet to be worked out.

RK Garg, a Sector 27 resident, who collected the information under the RTI Act, said the crime in the city was increasing and the list of unsolved cases was piling up. 



UT staff, students to take ‘Swachhta pledge’ today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
In a withdrawal from the earlier practice when government employees and students used to observe Gandhi Jayanti as a national holiday, all employees of the Chandigarh Administration, including teachers, and students will be seen taking the “Swachhta pledge” before carrying out a cleanliness drive in their respective premises.

The four-day-long weekend plan of the employees and the students has been disrupted as the departments and schools will remain open this Gandhi Jayanti.

According to a circular issued by the Chandigarh Administration’s Home Department to all administrative secretaries, head of departments, boards and corporations, it has been stated that October 2 will be observed as “Swachhta shapath diwas”.

The pledge is part of the Swachh Bharat campaign launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

While schools will organise the pledge-taking ceremony on their premises, all officers and employees of the offices located in Deluxe Building and Additional Deluxe Building will take the pledge in the compound of Deluxe Building, Sector 9, at 9.45 am.

All heads of departments have been instructed to administer the pledge to all employees in their respective offices. After the pledge, the officials have been urged to voluntarily clean their office premises.

Though the pledge exercise is voluntary for schools, almost all government schools in the city will remain open for two hours from 9 am.

Educationists said as part of the cleanliness drive, students will hold an awareness rally in neighborhood areas and also clean their school premises.

OPDs to remain closed today, tomorrow

OPDs in all three government hospitals — the PGI, the GMCH-32 and the GMSH-16 — will remain closed on October 2 and 3 while emergency services will continue as usual. Officials of all three hospitals will gather to take the oath and clean their respective departments.

Holiday plan disrupted

The four-day-long weekend plan of employees and students has been disrupted as the departments and schools will remain open this Gandhi Jayanti.


Panchkula, Kalka Votes 2014
17 in the fray for Panchkula seat
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 1
With the last date of withdrawal of candidature ending today, the Panchkula election office released a list of 17 candidates vying for the Haryana Vidhan Sabha seat from the constituency.

While nine of them are Independents — who were disappointed over recognised parties not giving them the ticket — the other eight are contesting on party symbols.

Symbols have been allotted to the Independent candidates as well. The most prominent among them is Vinod Bagai, whose poll symbol is pressure cooker. The other Independent candidates are Ashok Gupta, Jagdeep Sharma, Rakesh Gill, Ram Swarup, Vijay Singh, Sonia Gaur, Harinder Singh and Hem Singh.

There will be a total of 897 ballot units and 597 control units in the Panchkula and Kalka constituencies. While there are 185 polling booths in Panchkula, 195 are located in Kalka.

In all, 3,52,895 voters will decide the fate of the candidates in both constituencies. Of them, 1,87,786 are male and 1,65,109 are female. As many as 9,446 voters are in the age group of 18 to 19 years are 5,970 are octogenarians.

Campaigning gains momentum

With the list of candidates finalised and the returning officer allotting election symbols, the campaigning has gained momentum.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today campaigned for local Congress candidate DK Bansal. In a public meeting held at Aggarwal Bhawan, sector 16, he said 600 acres of land had been set aside in Panchkula for setting up a university. Also, the government hospital in Sector 6 would be upgraded to the level of the PGI, he said.

Interestingly, a function held by the Indian National Lok Dal at the same venue recently saw supporters turning up in much larger numbers.

INLD Leader Umesh Sood, meanwhile, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party along with hundreds of his supporters. Umesh Sood, a former chairman of the local zila parishad, had joined the INLD after leaving the Congress in 2008.

In a gathering at Barwala, BJP candidate Gian Chand Gupta said atrocities against women had gone up during the Congress regime. He said the BJP would make the constituency safer for women. 

Prominent candidates

INLD Kulbhushan Goyal

BJP Gian Chand Gupta

Cong DK Bansal

HJC Ravinder Rawal

HLP Shakti Singh

CPI Mam Chand Basia



Doon MLA catches the eye at Congress function
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 1
While the Haryana Police are all set to reopen the Jyoti murder case, Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, who was recently acquitted in the case, gave a “surprise appearance” in the town, attending the release of Congress manifesto.

Ram Kumar Chaudhary, the Doon MLA who was recently acquitted in the Jyoti murder case, at the release of the Congress manifesto in Panchkula on Wednesday
Ram Kumar Chaudhary, the Doon MLA who was recently acquitted in the Jyoti murder case, at the release of the Congress manifesto in Panchkula on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was at Red Bishop, Sector 1, here today to release the manifesto for the upcoming Assembly poll. More than the Chief Minister, who was accompanied by state president Ashok Tanwar and leader Naveen Jindal, it was Chaudhary who was catching the eye.

It was on September 11 when Chaudhary and 11 others were acquitted in the Jyoti murder case. After acquittal, Chaudhary had alleged that the Haryana Police had conspired against him and framed him in the case.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune today, the party leader from Himachal Pradesh said, “Since it is election time in Haryana, I will be campaigning for Kalka candidate Manvir Kaur Gill as well.”

Chaudhary said he had been busy attending religious functions, but now would concentrate on campaigning.

The Haryana Police have already recommended the filing of an appeal against the order of the lower court in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The court had pointed out loopholes in the investigations that led to the acquittal of all the accused.

It was two days back when the Haryana Police had indicted five police officers, including three Deputy Superintendents of Police and two Assistant Sub-Inspectors, in a probe after the acquittal. 

Will campaign for Gill

Ram Kumar Chaudhary, a Congress MLA from Himachal Pradesh, said he will be campaigning for Manvir Kaur Gill, the party candidate from Kalka constituency, during the Haryana Assembly poll.



Young donors pledge to motivate relatives
Tribune News Service

Volunteers form a human chain on National Voluntary Blood Donation Day in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Volunteers form a human chain on National Voluntary Blood Donation Day in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, October 1
Over 1,000 young volunteers, who have donated blood more than 15 times, pledged to motivate their parents for the noble cause as well. The volunteers, mostly members of Rotaract Club, formed a human chain along the Madhya Marg to mark National Voluntary Blood Donation Day.

“All of us have pledged to reach out to our parents and motivate them to donate blood. We will also be meeting our relatives and explaining to them the benefits of donating blood. Our objective is that each family in the tricity donates at least two units of blood every year,” said Shreya, a volunteer.

Another volunteer, Hansal Chhabra, said: “Over 60 per cent of us have already donated blood over 10 times. Most of us mark our special occasions such as birthdays by donating blood.”

Karan Abrol, a volunteer, said his website (www.bloodhelp.net) had built a database of blood donors and helped save many lives.

“In the past two months, we have helped over 180 patients,” he said.

Festive twist to noble cause

Chandigarh Adventures Treks and Sports, as a part of their social endeavor with CAN & WILL Foundation, celebrated the day.

Keeping up with the festive spirit, the organisers made the donors wear costumes of their preferred characters from the Ramayana before donating blood. A total of 141 volunteers donated blood during the two-day camp held at the Rotary Blood Bank Society Resource Centre in Sector 37.



Property tax
Landlords reluctant to pay up
Municipal Corporation fails to collect even 50% of targeted amount
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, October 1
Many residents, who have rented out their buildings in Mohali, are reluctant to pay property tax because of higher rates, frustrating the Municipal Corporation’s bid to mop up the targeted amount.

The total amount collected till the last date was estimated Rs 12.29 crore against the target of Rs 25 crore. Despite repeated extensions for the payment of property tax without penalty over the last year, the civic body has failed to collect even 50 per cent of the targeted amount.

The latest extended period for tax deposit for the fiscal year 2013-14 ended on September 30.

Among the residential, industrial and commercial sectors, the collection figure was the lowest in the case of the commercial properties. Nearly 80 per cent of the buildings in this category have been rented out.

Sources said commercial units numbering 4,989 out of which only 1,373 had paid up the property tax till September 28, a low percentage of 27.52. The civic body had mopped up Rs 3,85,63,724 from the commercial sector till September 28.

In the residential category, too, tax payers have shown reluctance to deposit the tax. Out of 45,160 units within the municipal limits, tax was received from only 19,516 units (43.32 per cent). The collections from this sector till September 28 amounted to Rs 3,27,13,890.

Similarly, the owners of 735 industrial units out of 1,274 had paid the tax till September 28 (57.59 per cent). A sum of Rs 3,59,95,068 was collected from the industrial category.

Property tax rates for rented accommodation were higher and most owners of such properties were less than keen to pay up. In the case of the commercial and industrial sectors, the owners are supposed to pay 10 per cent of the rent amount as tax. The rents for showrooms usually vary from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh a year and the owner is supposed to pay Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.50 lakh annually as tax. However, in the case of self-occupied showrooms, property tax is much lower at about Rs 25,000.

Similarly, in the case of a 10-marla house the owner is expected to pay Rs 1,700 as property tax annually. If he lets out two floors of his house and receives a rent income of about Rs 30,000 per month, the tax shoots up to around Rs 10,800 yearly. In the case of property rented out in the residential sector, the owner has to pay 3 per cent of the rent amount as property tax. 



Teachers stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Members of the teachers’ union protest at the office of the DPI in Mohali on Wednesday
Members of the teachers’ union protest at the office of the DPI in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky haru

Mohali, October 1
High drama was witnessed at the office of Director Public Instructions (DPI), Phase 8, when hundreds of teachers ‘gheraoed’ the office and blocked the lobby, this afternoon.

About 1,500 teachers, who were recruited by the state government in 2009 on regular basis, are yet to get their appointment letters.

“In absence of appointment letters, we are forced to continue as contractual staff,” alleged the teachers. The blockade from the premises was lifted after assurance from the DPI that their letters would be issued very soon. 



AAP workers hold protest
Tribune News Service

Members of the Aam Adami Party protest outside the DC’s office in Mohali on Wednesday.
Members of the Aam Adami Party protest outside the DC’s office in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, October 1
Staging protest against killing of two workers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the activists of local unit of the party staged a dharna in front of the office of Mohali Deputy Commissioner, today.

The protestors were led by Himmat Singh Shergill, who had contested Lok Sabha elections on the party ticket. While raising anti-government and anti-Punjab Police slogans, the AAP activists demanded high-level probe or CBI inquiry into the incident and stern action against the culprits.

Shergill said the Akali-BJP combine government has failed to maintain law and order in the state. “The ruling government has no right to continue, it should be dismissed immediately,” said Shergill.



International Day of Older Persons
Walkathon for senior citizens in city
Tribune News Service

An elderly woman participates in the walkathon along with students to mark International Day of Older Persons at Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan (right) Brig ML Katraia (second from right) being honoured by Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki (right) at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, in Chandigarh.
An elderly woman participates in the walkathon along with students to mark International Day of Older Persons at Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan (right) Brig ML Katraia (second from right) being honoured by Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki (right) at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, in Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, October 1
To mark the celebrations of International Day of Older Persons, HelpAge India Chandigarh organised a walkathon today.

More than 500 schoolchildren and 150 senior citizens walked together to show the importance of intergenerational bonding. The walk was flagged off by

Kirron Kher, Member of Parliament, Chandigarh.

The walk started from the old age home Sector 15, Chandigarh, up to the Rose Garden. The schoolchildren with their grandparents, senior citizens from the Bapu Dham colony, Daddu Majra, members of senior citizen associations, volunteers from Panjab University, social work and the Public Health Department also participated.

A recent study by HelpAge India brought out the startling fact that the highest abuser of the elderly in India was their own kin. The study also stated that half of the elderly reported facing abuse because of lack of emotional support.

Dr (Brig) ML Kataria honoured
Members of the Senior Citizens Welfare Association, Mani Majra, attend a function at Gurukul Global School, Chandigarh.
Members of the Senior Citizens Welfare Association, Mani Majra, attend a function at Gurukul Global School, Chandigarh. A tribune photograph

International Day for Older Persons was observed today with solemnity and enthusiasm. Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor of Haryana, was the chief guest and Kirron Kher, Member of Parliament, the guest of honour on the occasion.

Dr Brig. ML Kataria (93), continues to serve society was specially honoured on the occasion. In his acceptance speech he thanked the association and announced Rs 50,000 donation to it.

Solanki, released the association’s souvenir and a book titled “Pearls of Thoughts”, authored by Principal SS Prince, a member of the association.

Twenty senior citizens, under five different categories, and 15 service providers for socio-medical camps were honoured. Kirrron Kher, Member of Parliament, who was the guest of honour, released the directory of the association.

The chief guest, addressing the senior citizens, appreciated the efforts made by the Chandigarh Senior Citizens’ Association (CSCA) in providing the much needed services not only to senior citizens but also to other challenged sections of society by way of medical and other facilities such as counselling and guidance.

The association urged Kirron Kher to involve the association in setting up physiotherapy centres in the civil dispensaries as most of these were not put to optimum use.

A special highlight of the event was the cultural programme presented by the North Zone cultural centre, Patiala including Sufi Kalam by Balbir Sufi and bhangra and dandia.



UT Admn proposes de-addiction centre in Sector 32
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
The Chandigarh Administration has proposed the setting up of a de-addiction-cum-rehabilitation centre in Sector 32. Information to this effect was provided to the Punjab and Haryana High Court during the hearing of a six-year-old case on drug de-addiction in this part of the region.

As the case came up for resumed hearing before Justice Rajive Bhalla of the High Court, counsel for the UT Administration also told the Court that the proposed de-addiction-cum-rehabilitation centre would be a 40-bedded institute. He added it was not feasible to set up another centre in the periphery of the city, in light of the proposal.

Taking on record the assertion, Justice Bhalla directed the Secretary, Home, to update the Bench on the status of the proposal. He has been directed to “file an affidavit whether the proposal has been cleared and if not, the reasons thereof”.

The development is significant as the menace of drug has been on a rise in Chandigarh. Data indicates a five-fold increase in police seizures of drugs from 2009 to 2011. In 2009, just about 38 prohibited injections and 50 capsules were recovered. The seizures also included 50 grams of heroine, 83.64 kg of cannabis, and 75.9 gram of smack and 4.545 gram of opium.

The figures more than doubled in 2010. The data suggest 100 capsules and 15 bottles of “Schedule H” drugs, just over 51 kg of cannabis, 532 gm of smack and 1.25 kg of opium were recovered. In 2011, 190 injections and 3,864 capsules, 66.375 kg of cannabis, 68.027gram of smack and 5.990 kg of opium were seized.

As of now, de-addiction programmes and clinics currently function in the PGI, the Government Medical College Hospital in Sector 32 and the Sector 16 multi-speciality hospital.

Available information suggests the Drug De-Addiction Detoxification and Treatment Centre of Sector 16 Government Multi Specialty Hospital runs an awareness and detection camps in dispensaries in the sectors and in the rural areas of the city. The Department of Psychiatry at GMCH-32 also provides comprehensive programme, including drug de-addiction OPD.



CHB replaces affidavits with self-certification
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
For the convenience of city residents, the Chandigarh Housing Board has done away with the requirement of affidavit while applying for various services and replaced the affidavit with self-certification.

The facility will be available for issuing of NOC for obtaining loan and mortgage of property, issue of duplicate allotment letter/possession slip, refund of earnest money and advance deposit before/after allotment, transfer of dwelling unit in blood relation, transfer of dwelling unit in case of death of allottee/registered applicant/sub-lease where no will was left behind by the deceased allottee or a will with no probate, transfer of dwelling unit on the basis of probated will.

For all these services, instead of an affidavit, the applicants can submit a declaration on plain paper.



New currency notes distributed among traders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) in association with ICICI Bank, NAC, Mani Majra, and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), today organised a ‘coin-cum-currency exchange mela’ at Mani Majra.

In today’s programme, new currency notes and coins worth Rs 65 lakh were distributed among traders.

Satya Narayan, DGM, RBI, after inaugurating the coin mela said another coin mela would be organised within 10 days in Sector 17.

Charanjiv Singh, president, CBM, also appealed to the traders to make use of the facility. Diwakar Sahoonja, chief patron of the CBM, said the Centre must expedite the introduction of plastic currency so that currency notes did not get mutilated during circulation.



Office-bearers elected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Surjit Singh Kohli was elected as president for the year 2014-15 in the general body meeting of Gurdwara Sahib, Patshahi Dasveen, Sector 8C, held here today.

Besides, Kohli, other office-bearers were also elected for the year 2014-15. These include Bhag Singh, Ajaib Singh, Paramjit Singh, Ravinder Singh, SS Sibia and Dr Daljit Singh.



Honour for Dr RK Jaswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Prime Time Research Media Private Limited recently awarded the Best Cardiologist of Punjab honour to Dr RK Jaswal, director cardiology, Fortis Hospital, Mohali.

The ceremony– Global Healthcare Excellence Awards 2014– was organised to felicitate nation’s leading doctors, surgeons, clinics, hospitals, scholars, researchers, individuals and organisations that have displayed exemplary excellence as healthcare service providers across the country. 



Traders launch cleanliness campaign
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Members of the Traders’ Association, Sector 17, Chandigarh, assembled near Hotel Taj, to organise a cleanliness campaign here today.

The campaign was launched under the leadership of Kamaljit Singh Panchhi.

This was done to show support to the ‘Swach Bharat Abiyaan’ on the move of Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.

During the drive, Kamaljit Singh Panchhi informed all the traders about the points discussed in a meeting with Commissioner, Joint Commissioner and Chief Engineer of Municipal Corporation regarding the cleanliness campaign.



Pensioners fete hike in monthly dues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Union Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensioners Dr Jitendra Singh has said that the interest of employees has always been on the top of the government’s agenda.

The minister was speaking at the Employee Provident Scheme (EPS) Pensioners’ Samman Samaroh yesterday. Addressing the gathering, he said the ceiling of social security schemes of EPFO had been raised from Rs 6,500 to Rs 15,000 per month.

The pensioners cheered the increase in the minimum employee’s pension to Rs 1,000 per month. The minister assured them that the pension would not be reduced in coming years. 



Decomposed body found from house in Sector 44
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September
A highly decomposed body of a 45-year-old man was found under mysterious circumstances at a house in Sector 44 (A) today. The police said, the deceased had been identified as Baljeet Singh who was staying as a tenant on the top floor of the building.
Forensic experts outside the house in Sector 44 in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Forensic experts outside the house in Sector 44 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

DSP (South) Urvija Goel, said that foul smell began emanating from the house did the the neighbours inform the police. “The doors of the house were open when the police team reached the spot”, the DSP said.

The DSP further added that the body seemed to be around two weeks old.

A police official said that the deceased was staying alone for the last one month. “A woman used to stay with him and wanted to marry him, however, since he was an alcoholic, the woman left him”, the DSP said.

Sources stated that a large number of liquor bottles was found from the room where the body was lying.

The deceased was a native of Amritsar.

The police said that no injury marks were found on the body of the deceased. The DSP said that the cause of death would only be ascertained once the autopsy was conducted.

The police have begun probing the case. 



909 violators challaned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
The State Transport Authority, (STA), in September challaned, impounded and issued notices to 909 violators.

Officials said they recovered Rs 12,80,500 as composition fee after compounding the challans. STA Secretary Satish Kumar Jain said that residents should keep the documents complete in their vehicles, which includes RC, insurance, driving licence, pollution under control certificate and permit. Theyshould not overload their vehicles while travelling so that they may not face unnecessary inconvenience.

Moreover he said, that it had been seen that auto-rickshaws were risking the lives of schoolchildren for financial gains. Sometimes the children are dropped across the road near the school subjecting them to further danger. He requested parents not to send their children in overloaded auto-rickshaws. The office of State Transport Authority had started challaning/impounding autos.

He further claimed that STA would start a special drive to challan/impound diesel auto rickshaws which were coming from Punjab/Haryana which did not have valid documents and had completed their life span of 15 years. 



Age relaxation for contractual health workers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Contractual multipurpose health workers are to get age relaxation for participating in the recruitment process being carried out by the Chandigarh Administration.

In his detailed order, Justice Mahesh Grover also directed the Chandigarh Administration to grant age relaxation to the MPHWs working on contract basis under the National Health Mission on a par with the age relaxation granted by the Chandigarh Administration in the past to its own employees.

The Bench brushed aside the argument of the Chandigarh Administration that petitioners were not the employees of the Chandigarh administration, and were employed under the National Health Mission. 



CTU gets new buses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
At last, the first lot of new mini buses today arrived at the Industrial Area depot of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) here.

At least six red-colour AC buses were received by officials of the CTU. Transport Director, TPS Phoolka, said a total of 170 such AC and non-AC buses were to be delivered by the manufacturers till November. Over the next three days, the buses would be pit on the local routes.

Another fleet of 49 midi-buses for the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) would also be delivered before the end of this year.

Having failed to procure the AC and non-AC buses through tendering in the last two years, the Chandigarh Administration had subsequently decided to go for midi-buses, a low-floor bus, larger than the traditional mini-bus. The CTU had received six bids for the midi-buses.



Ankit is member of hotel body
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Ankit Gupta, president of the Chandigarh Hospitality Association, was elected unopposed as member of the Managing Committee of Hotel and Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) at the AGM held at New Delhi on September 30.

Gupta, managing director of Himani Hotels, is the only hotelier from Chandigarh to be elected to this body this year for a period of two years (2014-2016).



LIC celebrates social security month

LIC has been celebrating the month of October every year as a Social Security month. The event was inaugurated by Subash Chander, Senior Divisional Manager, LIC, Chandigarh Division, at Jeevan Prakash Building, Sector 17, today. At present a major scheme sponsored by Government of India and administered by LIC for the benefit of weaker sections is Aam Admi Bima Yojana.

Mahindra launches new Scorpio

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, today unveiled the new generation Scorpio in Chandigarh. It is priced at Rs 8.38 lakh (ex-showroom Chandigarh, for S2 variant). The new generation Scorpio is powered by the mHawk engine (120 PS power and 280 NM torque). Pravin Shah, Chief Executive, Automotive Division and International Operations (AFS), Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “Over a decade ago when we first unveiled the Scorpio, it was an emotional and defining moment for all of us.”

ChandigarhOnline.in launches city guide

ChandigarhOnline.in, one of the premium portals under the flagship of IndiaOnline.in, launched its first ever city guide section as a treat for everyone—residents and tourists alike. The portal has been designed keeping in mind the basic needs of the residents of Chandigarh and the tourists visiting the city for finding information like important official numbers numbers, list of restaurants, best places to visit, shopping, cab services, banks and gyms. — TNS



Chadha takes charge as PU Registrar
 Says he will try to streamline work to improve the present system at the varsity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
To sustain Panjab University’s ranking at the international level is a big challenge for the authorities. This was stated by Col GS Chadha while interacting with mediapersons after joining as the Registrar of Panjab University here on Wednesday.

The 54-year-old Registrar, who is a retired Army personnel, said the best practice of the Indian Army is to streamline work and he would implement the same by changing the work culture in the university, if required.

An introductory session was also organised with the Senators and staff in which the members shared their views on improving the system.

Col Chadha said, “The management technique which I learned in the Army will help me improve the system and motivate the staff to give their 100 per cent in the development of the university.”

While recalling his posting at Chandimandir as a captain, Col Chadha said, “I always wanted to return to this city but I was not aware that I would get a chance to become the Registrar of Panjab University and thereby serve the city.”

Commenting on the controversy which arose after his appointment as an outsider in the university, he said, “A fair chance should be given to every one who deserves it.” 



Times Higher Education
PU retains No. 1 position
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Panjab University has once again retained its position as the number one university in India as per the Times Higher Education rankings of the top 400 universities in the world. In 2013, the PU had slipped in the 226-500 range in the ranking chart.

PU Vice Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover said, “It is a matter of satisfaction that the PU has been recognised again at the global level for the second year in a row.”

“PU and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have been ranked at the same place, which an honour to PU because IISc is a world acknowledged research institute of the country,” he added.

Lauding the students and teachers for the feat, Prof Grover said, “PU has the potential to further improve. Our target is the Peking University, Beijing.”

PU Registrar GS Chadha said, “It is a matter of great pride for the university. Our efforts should be to sustain it and improve the system more.”

PUTA president Rajat Sandhir said, “This shows that consistent efforts are made by the faculty and students to maintain this achievement.”

“After getting a top ranking for two consecutive years, the Centre should also look towards the needs of the university in terms of funds as many major projects are hanging fire,” he added.

basis of ranking

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings (or THE World University Rankings) are annual world university rankings published by the British magazine Times Higher Education



DSW cancels freshers’ party; UIET students go ahead

Chandigarh, October 1
Even as the PU authorities did not give permission to the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) Department to hold a freshers’ party, the department representatives (DRs) — whose elections were nullified — held the event today.

Last week, the elections of all four DRs of the UIET were nullified by the DSW. A fresh letter was today issued by the DSW that as the DR elections had been nullified, the permission granted earlier to students to hold a party had been cancelled.

PU Chief Security Officer Jatinder Grover said, “The cancellation letter was received 15 minutes prior to the start of the event. The event couldn’t be cancelled as students made arrangements on their own.” — TNS



pu & college notes
Freshers’ party at SSIET

Students at the freshers’ day party of the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology in Dera Bassi on Wednesday. Tanu and Pushap were adjudged Ms Fresher and Mr Fresher, respectively, in the freshers’ party-2014 organised by students of MBA and BTech at the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology (SSIET), here today. While Pushpanjali received the title of Miss Charming, Mukul Gautam was chosen Mr Handsome.

Students at the freshers’ day party of the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology in Dera Bassi on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

NSS camp

Government College of Education, Sector 20-D, inaugurated a 7-day NSS camp. The chief guest on the occasion was Bikram Singh Rana, State Liaison Officer NSS, Chandigarh Administration.

Seminar held

The Chandigarh Management Association (CMA) and Aryans Group of Colleges organised the Prof SP Singh Memorial seminar on ‘Role of educational institutions: Youth for employability and entrepreneurship’ at the PHD Chamber, Chandigarh.

Freshers’ party

A freshers’ party was organised at Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology and Swami Vivekanand College of Pharmacy. The Swami Vivekanand Group of Institutes also celebrated its 11th Foundation Day.


The students of Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology officially announced their 3rd Annual Techno Cultural Fest - APRATIM 2014.

Cleanliness drive

Aavahan organised a cleanliness drive in the market area of Sector 32 today. The student and teacher volunteers manually cleaned the market at noon with brooms.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Panjab University NSS unit today started a one-week cleanliness drive on the Panjab University campus as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. More than 200 volunteers participated in the cleanliness drive in Sector 14.

Lecture on Guru Nanak

The Department Guru Nanak Sikh Studies, Panjab University, held a special lecture on the concept of Naam in Guru Granth Sahib.

NSS camp

A 7-day NSS camp was inaugurated by Principal Achila Dogra at PG Government College for Girls, Sector 11.

Placement drive

The IT giant, Wipro Technologies, selected 150 students of Rayat-Bahra University during a campus placement drive.

Freshers’ party

Kharar: Guru Gobind Singh College of Modern Technology, Kharar, organized ‘Rendezvous 2014’, a freshers’ party for students. — TNS



from schools
Dasehra celebrations

Chandigarh: To mark Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana, Dasehra was celebrated at St. Xavier’s Senior Secondary School. Glimpses from Ramayana were depicted by the students glorifying Lord Rama and his fight with Ravana for Sita’s honour.

Students of CRB Public School take part in the Durga Puja celebrations on their campus in Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.Durga Puja

Tiny tots of CRB Public School, Sector 7, today celebrated Durga Puja and Dasehra with enthusiasm. The school was decked up with flowers and buntings and colourful lights.

Students of CRB Public School take part in the Durga Puja celebrations on their campus in Sector 7, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Dasehra for students

RIMT World School celebrated the festival of ‘Dasehra’ on its campus. Various activities, including a special assembly, were organised. The students danced to the tunes of Gujarati garba and performed dandiya raas.

Ravana’s effigy burnt

To mark the victory of good over evil, Dasehra was celebrated by the students of Classes KG and I. An effigy of Ravana was also set on fire.

Students take out a rally to keep the city clean in ChandigarhSwachh Bharat campaign

Students of Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22-D, carried out the Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya campaign.


Students take out a rally to keep the city clean in Chandigarh. A Tribune Photograph

Peace march

The students of the Sky World School took out a peace march to celebrate the birth anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi. The students walked on the Sukhna Lake and were dressed up as Mahatama Gandhi. They also carried wooden planks with messages such as “Love all”, “share with all”, “We all belong to one God”.

Dasehra celebrated

Mohali: Students at Manav Mangal Smart School, Mohali, celebrated Dasehra in an eco-friendly way. Students of the primary wing enacted the victory of Rama over Ravana instead of burning an effigy of Ravana and creating noise and air pollution.

Gandhi Jayanti

Students of Holy Wonder Smart School celebrated Gandhi Jayanti and Dasehra. They were enlightened on Mahatma Gandhi’s message.

Swachh Abhiyan

Students at St Soldier’s made efforts to clean the environment as part of the Swachh Abhiyan. To create awareness about Mahatma Gandhi among students, the “best dressed Gandhi” competition was held for toddlers of the Play Group-KG. Hand wash and handkerchief washing activities were held for students of Classes I and II.

Students of Vivek High School perform during their Founder’s Day in Chandigarh on WednesdayFounder’s Day

The students of Vivek High School, Mohali, celebrated their Founder’s Day at the school auditorium on Wednesday. They dedicated the event to Sardar Bhagwant Singh. The students staged the adaptation of children’s classic by Hans Christen Andersen,’ The Little Mermaid Jr.’
Students of Vivek High School perform during their Founder’s Day in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune Photograph

Gandhi Jayanti

At Doon International School, Gandhi Jayanti was celebrated with enthusiasm. Students made speeches and recited poems highlighting the Mahatma’s principles.

Cleanliness drive

Ashmah International School organised a cleanliness drive on its campus and adjoining parks. Students cleaned their classrooms and the school ground. They also visited houses in Sector 70 to motivate the residents to clean their areas.

Tributes paid to Gandhi

Panchkula: Rich tributes were paid to Mahatama Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shashtri at Blue Bird School. A special assembly was organised for the purpose which saw participation from many students.

Excursion organised

Student of Jainendra Public School witnessed an exhilarating experience of seeing Army weapons and technology “In know your Armed Forces,” an event organised by the Western Command Headquarters at K-Area, Zirakpur. — TNS



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