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UT master plan with PMO
Centre seeks more time to take final decision
Next hearing on Dec 15

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Six years after a petition was filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court for a composite regional plan for Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula, the Bench was today informed that the master plan for Chandigarh had ultimately been finalised.

As the case came up for resumed hearing before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Ashutosh Mohunta and Justice Anupinder Singh Grewal was told that the master plan -- 2031 had been finalised and submitted to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

Appearing before the Bench, Special Senior Standing Counsel for the Union of India Onkar Singh Batalvi added that a copy of the master plan was now with the Prime Minister’s Office. He also prayed on Union of India’s behalf for time to take a final decision on the master plan submitted by the Chandigarh Administration. Taking a note of the request, the Bench fixed December 15 as the next date of hearing in the matter.

Earlier during the hearing, Batalvi also placed before the Bench the minutes of a meeting recently held for discussing the issue. The Bench was told that the Union Secretary, Urban Development, was of the view that construction activity on the periphery of Chandigarh was difficult to check as it was not being carried out in neighbouring states in an illegal manner. However, he suggested the initiation of a dialogue between Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh for coming out with agreeable contours of the regional master plan.

The development is significant as the Punjab Government and the Chandigarh Administration are at loggerheads over the issue of access to Mullanpur. The UT Administration has already alleged before the High Court that its neighbour was not cooperating with it in the development of a regional plan for Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh; and one of the objections was that there were not enough “doors on the Mullanpur side”.

In fact, amicus curiae or the friend of the court-cum-senior advocate Manmohan Lal Sarin and counsel for the petitioner Shailendra Jain had insisted that only a stay on construction in the periphery area would compel coordination.

The High Court, on the previous date of hearing, had observed that a meeting of the coordination

committee for the development of Chandigarh was held in July. Among other things, it was decided that the governments of Punjab and Haryana, and Chandigarh would convey agreeable contours of an inter-state regional plan.

They would also list out the exact objections and differences of opinion causing a delay in the formulation of the regional plan.

The Bench had added that the time frame had, however, not been fixed for conveying agreeable contours before directing the Union Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, to again call a meeting of the coordination committee.

A public interest litigation has been filed by Gurbax Singh Shergill for directions to prepare a composite regional plan for the tricity for future planning of the periphery of the city in consonance with the said plan. 



Beginning today, get RCs on your doorstep
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Beginning tomorrow, the UT Transport Department will start the postal delivery of registration certificates (RCs) and driving licences (DLs) on the applicants' doorstep.

In a first-of-its-kind initiative taken for the convenience of applicants, the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) branch of the Transport Department has tied up with the Department of Posts to deliver these documents in a sealed envelope along with an enclosed letter. All applications processed with effect from October 1 will be delivered by post. A fee of Rs 20 is being charged for providing the service. The RCs and DLs will be delivered on the address mentioned in the documents. With this facility, city residents will be saved the hassle of visiting the RLA office time and again.

Officials said approximately 500 RCs and DLs were made in a day. The Department of Posts will deliver the documents within a day or two after these were prepared.

NIC to make smart cards

The UT Transport Department has tied up with the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to supply and print smart cards. Officials said in place of SPIC, the NIC would now deliver the DL and RC smart cards in a new format.



120 guest houses in villages under MC limits face closure 
Civic body issues notices to them for violation of building bylaws
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
As many as 120 guest houses, being run from villages under the Municipal Corporation (MC), are facing closure. The MC has issued notices to these guest houses as there are violations pertaining to the building bylaws and fire-safety arrangements.

According to the draft notification of the building bylaws in villages, the minimum plot size to run a guest house should be 500 sq yards (one kanal). At present, a majority of the guest houses are functioning from plots of sizes ranging from five marlas to seven marlas.

The MC has issued notices to 120 illegal guest houses that have come up within its limits. Most of the guesthouses are in Kajheri village, Burail, Attawa, Mani Majra, Maloya and Dadu Majra.

A senior official of the MC said the guest houses had come up in violation of the building bylaws. The violations were noticed during a survey, he said.

The official said while multi-storeyed buildings were being constructed, the structural stability of the guest houses was questionable. The buildings constructed within the city were required to follow strict construction guidelines, but there was no check on it in villages. Certain guest houses had basements too. The requisite infrastructure, including proper sewerage, was not available in the areas where the guest houses had come up. In case of a disaster, these guest houses would be virtual death traps, he said.

Recently, the Chandigarh Administration and the civic body had prepared a draft to check haphazard urbanisation in rural areas. There are 23 villages, of which nine come under the MC limits.

This is for the first time that building bylaws for controlled development of these villages have been framed.

According to the draft notification of building bylaws in villages, “A guest house should be constructed along a 22-foot-wide road. The minimum plot size should be 500 sq yards. Building norms and pollution norms should be adhered to. There should be adequate parking space."

Violations galore

In 2009, the MC had prepared a report on the guest houses in villages, which highlighted numerous violations. According to the report, the guest houses have been constructed in narrow village lanes. They are structurally unsafe. Some of them need to be pulled down. Many guest houses were found to be virtual death traps with no fire-safety equipment installed there. Most of these guest houses did not have parking lots. Cars were parked haphazardly in front of buildings, choking village roads. The report said when these guest houses were constructed, there were no building bylaws for villages.


Punjab owes Rs 86.53 lakh to UT
Amount pending for the past 16 years; objection raised in Auditor General’s report 
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
The Punjab Government owes over Rs 86.53 lakh to the Chandigarh Police for the supply of fuel that run the security vehicles of the Punjab Governor who also happens to be the UT Administrator. The recovery is pending for the past 16 years.

As per the Constitutional provisions, emoluments and allowances of the Governor and other expenditure related to his office is the charged expenditure on the consolidated fund of the state. Therefore, the expenditure on the vehicles provided for the security of the Governor is to be borne by the state.

The money for the supply of fuel, oil and lubricants has been pending since 1998. Sources stated that it was assured that the Punjab Police Department would recoup the outstanding amount of petrol, oil and lubricants.

An objection over the non-recovery of the outstanding amount has been raised in the Auditor General (AG) report of 2013-14.

The amount of Rs 86.53 is pending for the recovery from the Punjab Government as on March 31, 2014. The amount also includes Rs 6.04 lakh for 2013-14.

The sources said that the UT police in a query raised by the Audit Department had replied that they were making sincere efforts to recover the amount from the government. They also mentioned that frequent communication was being sent through the Home Department to the state government for the recovery of the amount.

According to information, an audit objection on the non-receipt of fuel charges was also raised in the Audit Report of 2007-2008.

Constitutional provisions say

As per the Constitutional provisions, emoluments and allowances of the Governor and other expenditure related to his office is the charged expenditure on the consolidated fund of the state. Therefore, the expenditure on the vehicles provided for the security of the Governor is to be borne by the state. 



Tricity residents take to ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
The “ Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan “ that started in various government and private associations across the city on October 2 also inspired city residents. The Shivalik Enclave Market Association carried out the campaign in the NAC Market , Mani Majra.

A clean India campaign was started by the Swastik Vihar Residents Welfare Association at Patiala Road, Zirakpur, on Thursday. In line with the Union Government’s campaign that was launched on Thursday, the residents cleaned the society and also pledged to continue the efforts. SP Panthi, president of the association and secretary Gulshan Bhasin were also present during the drive.The residents of Sector 33 cleaned the neighbourhood park in the area. The heaps of garbage and other waste was collected in trollies and disposed of. 



PGI staff pledge to clean campus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
More than 200 officers and staff members of PGIMER and the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, gathered in the residential area of the PGI campus for a cleanliness drive.

The initiative was led by PGI’s chief security officer PC Sharma, BJP Chandigarh chief Sanjay Tandon, Dr Vipin Kaushal and area councillor Saurabh Joshi. They all pledged to carry out the drive throughout the month. 

Drive throughout Oct

They all pledged to carry out the drive throughout October. 



It’s all about praying, feasting and Eidi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
The city bustled with activity as Eid-ul-Zuha, also known as ‘bakrid’ was celebrated today. Residents celebrated the festival by offering special Eid prayers at “id-gahs” and mosques and exchanged warm greetings.

While elaborating on the significance of the festival, Mohammad Azmal Khan, maulvi of Jama Masjid, Sector 20, said, “Eid-ul-Zuha commemorates the belief that Prophet Ibrahim had offered to sacrifice his son at the behest of “Allah” to test his faith.”

He added that the festival is celebrated on the 10th day of Islamic month of “zil-hijja” with the devotees sacrificing animals to remember the spirit of sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim. After the sacrifice, a family makes three portions of the meat and shares it with the needy, friends and family.

The Eid prayers were held in Id-gahs and mosques across the city at Sectors 20, 26, Mani Majra, 38, Indira Colony, 29, 48, 56 and other places.The devotees, including women and children, dressed in new attires went to the id-gahs and mosques to attend the special “Eid namaz” in the morning. And during the course of the day they also visited the houses of friends and relatives as part of the traditional festivities. Special Eid feast was prepared in the households on the occasion.

Nazmi, a resident of Mani Majra, said, “The elaborate plan to start preparing biryani had started immediately after the morning prayer.”

Stalls selling rose-flavoured juice, dates, vermicelli, spices, kebabs, biryani and other sweets were also seen cashing in on the festive spirit.



New CTU buses with major changes to hit city roads
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) has gone in for major changes in seating arrangement of the 24-seater midi buses that are all set to run on city roads.

Against traditional design of putting chairs in consecutive rows, the seating arrangement has been changed to give more space for standing and keeping luggage in the aisle. The driver seating area has been cut off from the passenger area so that the conductor remains among the passengers and passengers do not sit on the engine hood.

The design has been made on the pattern of low-floor long buses being run in the JNURUM scheme. In the traditional design, a pair of seats is arranged in rows and this leaves little space in the aisle. While officials of the CTU claimed that the deign had been approved by the Automotive Research Association of India ( ARAI ) and had been made as per the standard design, operating staff of the CTU claimed that the seating arrangement was not user-friendly and did not give clear view of the passenger area to the driver.

At least seven red-colour AC buses are already parked in the Industrial Area depot of the CTU.

Though a total of 170 such AC and non-AC buses were to be delivered by the manufacturers till November, the delivery of the buses was running behind schedule. Another fleet of 49 midi-buses for the CTU will also be delivered before the end of the year.



Women conductors get training in combat

Chandigarh, October 6
A eight-day training session for the newly-inducted women conductors of the CTU began at the Sector 43 ISBT here today. The training was aimed at educating the women in combat techniques. 

The training is being imparted by the women constables of the Indian Reserve Battalion. It includes punching, applying karate chops, using palm and kicks while countering unscrupulous elements. The training of 72 women conductors will end on October 13. — TNS



Footprints are an important source of evidence, says expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
To solve cases of crime, footprints can be an important source of evidence. This was established in a research conducted by Dr Kewal Krishan, Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Panjab University.

His research has proved that foot-length ratios can help in the determination of sex in the examination of unknown and dismembered human remains, usually encountered at mass disasters such as floods, tsunamis, terrorists attacks, bomb blasts and mass murders.

The research has been accepted by the International Association of Forensic Sciences. Dr Krishan will present his research in the 20th meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences to be held in Seoul, South Korea, from October 12-18.

As per the findings of the research, the footprints will help the investigating agencies to identify and catch the criminals on the basis of footprints left at the scene of crime. Moreover, the footprints found at the crime scene can also track and reveal the movement of the criminal at the crime scene.

For the first time, Dr Krishan extended this proposition to foot-length ratios on 149 women and 154 men and found significant differences in both. The research reveals foot-length ratios may also be valuable in estimation of sex.

Dr Kewal KrishanPath-breaking revelation

His research has proved that foot-length ratios can help in the determination of sex in the examination of unknown and dismembered human remains, usually encountered at mass disasters such as floods, tsunamis, terrorists attacks, bomb blasts and mass murders.

Dr Kewal Krishan



Shakti Rani doles out promises
Sub-division status for Raipur Rani on HJC-HJCP candidate’s agenda
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Kalka, October 6
Promising a sub-division status for Raipur Rani and exemption from the New Capital (Periphery) Control Act, HJC-HJCP candidate Shakti Rani Sharma addressed over two dozen public meetings in the area here today.

Accompanied by workers and supporters, Shakti Rani, wife of HJCP chief Venod Sharma, campaigned in Jaspur, Bagwali, Toda, Natwal, Kakrali, Bahvalpur, Golpura, Mauli, Haripur, Kheri, Badona, Samlehali, Hangol, Hariyoli, Garhi, Shahpur and some other villages.

During her public meetings, Sharma claimed that people of the block had to travel to Kalka or Panchkula for different works and promised sub divisions status to the area if people voted her to power.

She also assured relief from demolition drives under the new Act. She promised metalled roads and government bus service to every village if the alliance formed the government.

Listing promises of the HJC-HJCP alliance, Sharma said their government would not only develop the area as a main tourist hub of the state but also set up industry in this part of the region and seek special industrial package on a par with neighbouring state of Himachal Pradesh.

“This will help in generating job avenues for the youth of the area who otherwise seek jobs in industrial units in Baddi, Nalagarh and Barotiwala in Himachal Pradesh,” said Sharma. She also announced two colleges for girl students in the area.

A shot in the arm

Extending support to Shakti Rani and giving a big setback to INLD candidate and sitting MLA Pradeep Chaudhary, the latter's close relative Sohan Lal joined the Haryana Jan Chetna Party (HJCP) at Sharma's election office in Pinjore. Aishwarya Sharma, a senior HJPC leader and Sharma's daughter-in-law, welcomed him to the party fold.



BJP nominee seeks blessings of the elderly in Raipur Rani
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Kalka, October 6
Seeking votes, BJP candidate Latika Sharma tried to attract voters by touching feet of the elderly persons at a number of villages in the Raipur Rani area where she addressed public meetings today.

To woe voters, she approached elderly persons sitting near the venue of her public meetings and sought their blessings. The BJP candidate addressed public meetings at 17 places and greeted the public on the occasion of Eid.

Holding the party flags, the young brigade of the BJP also organised a road show and shouted slogans in the villages. In some villages, residents came out of their houses and joined the road show.

Latika Sharma addressed public meetings at Hangoli, Bhagpur, Pyarewala, Dandrolo, Ferozepur, Samlehari, Gahdi, Trilokpur, Sultanpur, Rehna, Mehsumpur, Debad, Ganuali, Bhudrh, Shahjahanpur, Hariyoli and Manaktabra villages.

While addressing gathering at Hangoli, Sharma said, “The BJP has emerged as a major political party in Haryana after wining seven of 10 Lok Sabha seats. Narendra Modi’s popularity has started worrying the ruling Congress in Haryana.”

She also appealed to the public to vote for the BJP to strengthen Modi and for the development of the area.

The Guest Teachers’ Association extended its support to the BJP at a meeting in Panch Ram Colony and raised their demand to regularise the guest teachers.

Sharma assured them of resolving the issue as she was well aware of the problem, being a daughter of teachers.



MLA alleges free flow of money
Tribune News Service

Kalka, October 6
Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) candidate and sitting MLA Pradeep Chaudhary today accused the Congress, BJP and the HJC-HJCP alliance of fielding “outsiders” on the Kalka Vidhan Sabha seat.

Addressing public meetings in Kona and other villages, the MLA said: “The power hungry leaders are offering money and liquor to innocent voters of this constituency.”

He said not even a single project for the development of the area was taken up by the Congress government in its 10-year rule in Kalka.

“The constituency was totally ignored and the development works sanctioned by the INLD government were stalled by the Congress government. Unemployment has gone up manifold and the youth are falling prey to drugs,” he said.

Chaudhary assured the villagers basic civic amenities including water, better roads and electricity.

He also addressed meetings in Jattanwala, Tagra, Dharampur and Kalka city where over 12 prominent people joined the INLD and extended him support.



Vehicles used sans nod to be impounded 
Tribune News Service

Kalka, October 6
Coming down heavily on the violators of the Model Code of Conduct, the general observer for the Kalka constituency, Deepak Anand, today visited the area and directed the officers concerned to impound vehicles engaged by political parties without obtaining permission for election campaign.

Anand directed the officers to ensure distribution of voter slips by October 7 and asked them to display voting centre number clearly at every centre to facilitate the voters.

He also inspected the voting centers and checked the facilities for the voters.

Dr SS Phulia, District Election Officer-cum- Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, also appealed to the representatives of different political party and other people involved in election campaign to take prior permission for the use of vehicles. He said that a single window system had been arranged for giving permission related to elections in Kalka.

Sanjeev Rathi, District Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Panchkula, and Dheeraj Chehal, Assistant Returning Officer, Kalka, and other concerned officers were also present during the inspection. 



Union Minister campaigns for Gupta
The BJP candidate, however, conspicuous by his absence during the function
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 6
Union Minister Piyush Goyal campaigned “alone” for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Gian Chand Gupta in Panchkula as the latter remained absent during the entire function held at Sector 5.

All local BJP leaders, including Aarti Mehra and Sanjay Tandon from Chandigarh, attended the function. Even those who are seen accompanying Gupta at every public gathering were present at the function.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the convener and spokesperson for elections, BB Singhal, said: “We got the confirmation about Goyal’s visit late at night. Gupta was already slated to campaign in Barwala. People were waiting for him.”

Singhal said the BJP was doing “multi-dimensional campaigning.”

“Now, as only a few days are left, everyone will be campaigning separately for Gupta,” he said.

Many persons attending the function, however, were heard murmuring about Gupta’s absence, as they expected him to make an appearance.

Goyal takes on Hooda govt

Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State for Power, Coal and Renewable Energy, took on the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Haryana government by blaming the Congress for its failure to ensure development in the state. He said tall claims made by the Chief Minister about Haryana’s “Number One” status had been belied as there had been no progress during the Congress regime.

Goyal blamed the Congress government for fudging records to support its claim of state growth rate of 10 per cent as compared to 6 per cent in Gujarat. The minister said the electorate was wise enough not to be misled by such false claims.

He said there was nothing to be proud of in Haryana except for development in areas such as Rohtak and Gurgaon, while other parts of the state had been ignored.

Speaking at the Industrial and Business Conference organised by the BJP Economic Cell, Panchkula, he appealed to the gathering to vote for party candidate Gian Chand Gupta, who he said was not just an experienced politician but had been serving people for many years. He said Gupta could ensure that the town gets developed as a smart city, with Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre.

All prominent industrialists, including Vishnu Goyal of the Haryana Chamber of Commerce, were present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Cell and Kumaon Sabha of Chandigarh and Panchkula of the BJP submitted a memorandum of demands to Gian Chand Gupta, requesting him to address them once elected as an MLA. 



Five candidates served notice
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 6
Five candidates of major parties contesting the Assembly poll from Panchkula were issued notices for making wrong entries while declaring the campaign expenditure 
to the Election Expenditure Observer.

The discrepancies surfaced in the daily entries made in expenditure registers presented to Election Expenditure Observer JP Singh appointed by the Election Commission of India. Officials of Election Department are keeping a watch on public gatherings and rallies being conducted by the candidates. The Returning Officer issued the notices after the accounts of the details taken by the officials did not match with those mentioned by the candidates.

Notices have been issued on INLD candidate Kulbhushan Goyal, BJP nominee Gian Chand Gupta, Congress candidate and MLA DK Bansal, BSP’s Deepak Sharma and 
HJC (BL) candidate Ravinder Rawal.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Sub-Divisional Magistrate Hema Sharma, who is the Returning Officer, said: “There were major discrepancies in the expenditure shown. The candidates have to file their reply within 48 hours; else, action will be taken under legal provisions.”

Ravinder Rawal was served the notice for incorrect entries relating to lunch, tent and flex banner made on September 28, relating to rent of election office on October 2 and relating to cards and flex banner on October 3.

Rawal said, “There might be some minor discrepancies. We will correct them.”

Gian Chand Gupta, reportedly, made wrong entries related to expenditure on vehicles used during a road show, water tank, tent and generator on September 26, related to flags, tent, stage, chairs, tables and sound system the following day, and related to a function held on October 3. Spokesperson BB Singhal said the party had a separate department to look into the discrepancies and it would be verifying the facts.

In the case of Kulbhushan Goyal, discrepancies pertained to the number of chairs used during functions on September 28 and October 3.

Goyal said, “There might be a little difference. We will get it checked.”

Devender Kumar Bansal was served the notice for not presenting the expenditure register before the observer in stipulated time and for defying the instructions issued by the Election Commission of India. Deepak Sharma was served the notice for similar reasons.

FIR against BJP workers

A day after the Panchkula police lodged a case against INLD workers for thrashing BJP party workers at Bir Ghaggar on Sunday night, the police lodged a cross FIR against five BJP workers as well. Assistant Commissioner of Police Jagtar Singh said, “We have lodged a case against the youths of other group as well. Both parties entered into a scuffle last night leading to the incident.” The police have lodged a case under Section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. BJP candidate Gian Chand Gupta, meanwhile, accused the INLD of indulging in hooliganism. Referring to the Sunday night incident which left some BJP workers injured, Gupta said elections should be contested in the right spirit. He said by indulging in such activities, the INLD was showing its desperation.



Sec 26 market committee chief returns to BJP fold
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Dinesh Mahajan, the chairman of Sector 26 market committee, returned to the BJP fold after remaining with the Congress for over two years.

Dinesh Mahajan joined the BJP in presence of local unit president Sanjay Tandon at a function held in Panchkula in support of party’s Haryana Assembly candidate Gian Chand Gupta.

For the past few weeks, the market committee chief, who runs two apple trading companies in the Sector 26 mandi, is engaged in a “tug-of-war” with the market committee over alleged evasion of market fee during the sale of apples.

While the Secretary of the Agriculture Marketing Board-cum-Deputy Commissioner suspended his licence over the evasion of market committee fee, the commission agent got a stay against the suspension from the Secretary, Agriculture Department-cum-Home Secretary. The trader has been alleging that the market committee officials were harassing him.

His brother Kamal Mahajan said in order to prevent the UT officials from harassing them, they had no option but to join the BJP.

“We are back in the fold of our parent party”, said Kamal Mahajan.

Interestingly, two years ago Dinesh Mahajan had joined the Congress in the presence of former MP Pawan Kumar Bansal when a case was registered against the chairman of the market committee. At that time, BJP president Sanjay Tandon had condemned the attitude of the Chandigarh Administration for creating pressure on the BJP activists by registering cases against them and compelling them to join the Congress party so as to get relief from such cases.



Kirron gets govt house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
The UT Administration has allotted a Type VI house in Sector 7 to MP Kirron Kher.

This is for the first time that the UT Administration has allotted a government accommodation to a Member of Parliament (MP).

Sources revealed that UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil allotted the house to Kirron after exercising his special powers. Kirron had recently visited her newly allotted house as well, sources added.

Earlier, whenever Kirron visited the city, she used to stay at the UT Guest House.

Confirming the development, UT Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shayin, said, “The UT has allotted house no. 23 in Sector 7 to Kirron Kher.”

Kirron, who had defeated Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal with a record margin of around 70,000 votes, was earlier searching for a house in the City Beautiful.

Though her parental house is in Sector 8, owing to a property dispute between her parents and her sister-in-law, she was searching for a house from where she can operate.



CHB found deficient in services
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has been penalised for returning a cheque much later than the cancellation of scheme that resulted into expiry of the cheques’ validity. The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the CHB to pay Rs 1,644 and interest on Rs 11,820 (cheque value) and Rs 5000 as compensation for mental agony caused to the complainant, SR Sainbhi, of Mani Majra.

Sainbhi was allotted a dwelling unit at the Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra, under a self-financing scheme and he made full payment towards it. Thereafter, with a view to convert the dwelling unit into free hold, the complainant made a request and provided the documents. The conversion charges amounting to Rs.11,820 as prescribed by the opposite party were also paid by way of a banker’s cheque.

Without taking any action, the banker’s cheque was allegedly returned by the opposite party forrevalidation. The complainant re-validated the draft after paying the revalidation charges and personally handed over the same to the opposite party.

Nearly after two months, the opposite party, putting on hold all applications for conversion from lease hold to free hold till further orders, conveyed to the complainant that his request for the conversion from lease hold tenure into free hold tenure in respect of the dwelling unit in question could not be acceded to.

Thereafter, the opposite party sent the re-validated bank draft of the complainant to the Estate Officer almost after three months.

Eventually, the opposite party returned the banker’s cheque for the second time with the remarks that the conversion fee was under consideration of the Chandigarh Administration and his case was put on hold.

“In reply, while admitting the factual aspects of the case, the opposite party stated that the case of the complainant was put up with the official concerned at the appropriate level and it was only after the completion of the requisite process that the draft of the complainant was sent to the Estate Office. As the matter of conversion was not finalised, hence the opposite party could not be expected to retain the conversion fee, for an 
indefinite time,” stated the forum.

“Though this letter was received by the opposite party from the side of the Chandigarh Administration, on June 18, 2013, i.e. within 20 days of the receipt of the application for the conversion dated May 30, 2013, but it preferred to convey the same only on October 25, 2013, i.e. after a gap of six months and it was during this period of six months that the complainant was repeatedly asked to re-validate his banker’s cheques and finally, returning the same, after they had outlived their validity,” the forum stated and found that the CHB deficient in services. 



Lt Gen KJ Singh visits paraplegic centre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Lt Gen KJ Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, along with his wife, Anita Singh, the regional president of Army Wives Welfare Association (Western Command), visited the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre, Mohali, today.

The newly constructed Maj Gen SK Razdan Block consisting of quarters for married inmates was inaugurated on the occasion. The Army Commander also visited various projects being undertaken to empower the inmates by giving them vocational training in machine knitting, cutting and tailoring, candle making, wire brush making and caning of chairs. He encouraged all inmates involved in sports by giving them cash incentives.

Both the Army Commander and his wife interacted with the inmates and their families and appreciated the efforts of the support staff to bring normalcy in the lives of the affected soldiers.

Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre is a unique institution catering to 100 per cent disabled soldiers (paraplegic and tetraplegic) hailing from northern, central and eastern regions of the country. The establishment is a symbol of Army’s effort to mitigate the sufferings of the soldiers, who have become paralysed due to spinal cord injuries while on active service.



Kathak brings alive poet Kabir’s life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi and Sanjh Jagori organised a Kathak presentation ‘Men engage towards creative equality’ on the life of Kabir at Tagore Theatre today. The rendition was staged by the Delhi-based group, Bharti Dang’s Subha Dance Company. The seven-member performance depicted the Kabir’s journey right from his birth.

The classical dancers evoked the ambience of yore as Kabir’s austere philosophy through Kathak was portrayed.

The earthy approach of the dancers touched the inner chords of those present in the audience. The scintillating choreographic spectacle by Bharti won a thunderous applause from the audience.



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Maruti Suzuki officials launch the company's new sedan, Ciaz, in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune Photo: S ChandanMaruti Suzuki India Limited on Monday launched its mid-size sedan Ciaz in Chandigarh. Ciaz is powered by two highly acclaimed engines - the next generation K14 VVT petrol engine and refined DDiS200 diesel engine. Fuel efficiency is of 20.73 kmpl for petrol engine and 26.21 kmpl for diesel engine.

Maruti Suzuki officials launch the company's new sedan, Ciaz, in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Unique gifting ideas

Best Price Modern Wholesale store located in Zirakpur is ushering in Diwali for its members. A complete world of unique gifting ideas for business partners, employees, clients and friends is available till October 23 (Diwali). — TNS



Dept to provide winter uniform on time
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Learning from last year’s bitter experience of providing winter uniforms to students of government schools at the fag end of the season, the Education Department has claimed that students would receive their uniforms on time this year.

The authorities claimed the centralised advertisement inviting tenders for winter uniform had helped schools get at least two tenders. The department had invited suppliers to submit the bids for supplying winter uniforms in 95 government schools.

An official not wishing to be named said, “Though as per the department’s policy, it is mandatory that schools must receive at least three responses before awarding the contract. But many schools, who received just two bids, have also initiated the process.”

The department had issued the centralised advertisement after the schools had failed to get responses.

Sources from the department said though the government schools located within the city had managed to attract suppliers, many schools located in the periphery areas had still not managed to get even a single bid.

The officials said the schools had also floated tenders for purchasing navy blue jerseys and woollen socks. The vendors can submit their tenders at the schools from October 7-9.

DPI (Schools), Kamlesh Kumar, said, “Though a few schools haven’t been able to get tenders, going by the response, a majority of students will get the uniforms.”

Dress codified

Boys: Full-sleeved shirt and pants.

Girls: Full-sleeved shirt and tunic.

For students of classes VI-VIII (girls): Full-sleeved kameez and salwar.



Fund crunch hits PU widow pension scheme
Though the Senate and Syndicate approved the scheme in 2012, it has not been implemented
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
The financial crunch plaguing Panjab University is inordinately delaying the implementation of the widow pension scheme approved by the authorities about two years ago.

Records of the university revealed that the widow pension scheme was approved by the Senate and the Syndicate in December 2012.

However, till date, only the process of inviting options from widows has been completed by the authorities and no other action has been taken.

Panjab University Vice Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover said, “Due to the shortage of funds, the scheme has not been implemented so far.”

In a recent Senate meeting, the VC had stated that the university needs a corpus budget for the widow pension scheme.

He had also mentioned that the authorities would have to make some arrangements for the employee pension scheme as the university was losing brilliant faculty due to the lack of pension facility for various posts.

As per the records, as many as 300 widows of PU employees saw a ray of hope to get pension two years ago when it was approved by the Senate. But, till date, except for filling an option form, the authorities have not proceeded any further for its execution.

Sources revealed in 2013, the university had invited applications from the widows of PU employees wherein it was stated that those who are interested in availing pension should submit an affidavit.

The PU authorities received 300 applications after the decision but till date, no information has been received as to when the scheme will be implemented.

Source said after a clearance from the Senate and Syndicate, the audit had raised an objection that the widow pension scheme was not included in the PU regulations. An official revealed that due to this, the authorities had to slow down the whole process of inviting applications from the widows.

A senior official said, “There is no provision of widow pension in the PU regulations which has to be included in it by the approval of the Government of India.”

Sources revealed the PU was yet to send a draft for an amendment in the regulations to the Government of India for inclusion of the widow pension scheme in the PU calendar. 

Long wait for 300 widows of PU staff

As per the records, as many as 300 widows of PU employees saw a ray of hope to get pension two years ago when it was approved by the Senate. But, till date, except for filling an option form, the authorities have not proceeded any further for its execution. Even as the Senate and Syndicate gave their approval, the audit 
had raised an objection that the widow pension scheme was not included in the PU regulations.



Blood donation rally organised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
The sixth day of the NSS camp organised by Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, saw a blood donation rally being held at Kajehri village today.

The NSS volunteers tried to create awareness on the importance of donating blood. A free eye check-up camp was organised at Government High School, Kajehri, with the coordination of Dr Monika Saini, optometrist, Eye OPD, Bharat Vikas Parishad, Charitable Medical Centre, Sector 24-B, and her team.

The NSS volunteers motivated the villagers to come for a check up. Simultaneously, a vaccination programme was also organised for stray dogs at Kajehri in collaboration with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Sector 38 West.

At the camp, anti-rabies, skin treatment and de-worming vaccination was given to stray dogs.

Jasbeer Ralhan, SPCA president, presented at talk on how to stop cruelty towards animals.



Students set up camp for J&K flood-hit

Mohali, October 6
On the occasion of Eid, students hailing from Jammu and Kashmir and studying at the Aryans Group of Colleges organised a flood relief camp in Srinagar today.

The students with the guidance of their management and staff organised a special relief camp at Chattabal Bridge in Srinagar to help the flood-affected people.

These included Towqeer Farooq, Hanan Bashir, Basit Bashir, Rameez Hassan, Shazia, Yusra and Aaquib Fayaz. The students of Aryans gathered at the Chattabal Bridge and distributed basic amenities such as rice, pulses, sugar and biscuits.

In an endeavour to provide medical aid to the affected people, antiseptics were also distributed by the students. Apart from providing food and antiseptics to people, the students guided them to pay more attention to hygiene in water-logged areas to prevent water-borne diseases. — TNS



52 teachers on deputation or temporary duty elsewhere: RTI 
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 6
As many as 52 teachers from various government schools in Mohali district are working on deputation with the offices of the Director-General, School Education (DGSE), and the Director of Public Instructions ( Senior Secondary) or are on temporary duty in schools.

This was revealed in information sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

The Education Department stated in the reply to the RTI inquiry that there were 210 government schools in the district — 34 of these are senior secondary schools, 57 government high schools and 119 elementary schools.

As many as 23 of the 52 teachers from these institutions were working on a deputation basis with the offices of the DGSE and the Director of Public Instructions (Senior Secondary), while 29 had been put on temporary duty in various schools.

The Education Department did not give reasons for putting the teachers on deputation/temporary duty or say whether they were also working in their parent schools.

It was stated by the department that the information sought in this regard was not covered under Section 2 (f) of the Right to Information Act.

The matter is under the notice of the state Education Ministry and directions have been given to send back the teachers working on deputation. 

Case file

* The Education Department stated in the reply to the RTI inquiry that there were 210 government schools in the district — 34 of these are senior secondary schools, 57 government high schools and 119 elementary schools.

* As many as 23 of the 52 teachers from these institutions were working on a deputation basis with the offices of the DGSE and the DPI (Senior Secondary), while 29 had been put on temporary duty in various schools.

* The department did not give reasons for putting the teachers on deputation/temporary duty or say whether they were also working in their parent schools. It was stated by the department that the information sought in this regard was not covered under Section 2 (f) of the RTI Act. 



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