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Carjackers target Mohali resident
Take away Indica car after brandishing a pistol near Kalibari light point
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
Four miscreants, one of them reportedly armed, forcibly took away an Indica car from a resident of Mohali near the Kalibari light point during the wee hours today. The accused left behind an Alto car in which undertrial Sandeep Kumar, alias Sunny, a resident of Sector 38 (West), had fled from the District Courts complex in Sector 43 on October 6.

Complainant Kamaljeet Singh, a resident of Phase VI, Mohali, was coming back from Delhi with his neighbour after dropping the neighbour’s sister at the airport when the incident took place.

Kamaljeet said at around 3.15 am, he took a left turn from Tribune Chowk towards Mohali. On reaching near the Kalibari light point, the occupants of an Alto car that had met with an accident signalled him to stop for help. “Since one of the occupants was injured, I decided to stop and help them. When I reached near their car, they asked for water. Soon after I gave them water, one of the accused pulled out a pistol and asked me to walk up to my car,” Kamaljeet said.

He said the keys were in the car. The accused sat in the car and turned on the engine. “Fortunately, my neighbour managed to step out from the car,” the complainant said. The carjackers then fled towards Sector 48, leaving behind the Alto car. The victim informed the police about the incident. The police have impounded the Alto car. A team of the CFSL reached the spot and lifted blood samples of the injured from the car.

Kirpal Singh, SHO of the Sector 31 police station, said they had recovered the CCTV footage of cameras installed at the light point. “As it was pitch dark, objects are not clear. However, a bus and an Alto car are visible in it,” he said. The SHO said the role of the undertrial who escaped from the District Courts earlier this week was also under investigation.

The police have registered a case under Sections 392 (robbery), 382 (theft after preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint in order to commit theft) and 34 (act done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC against the accused.

Undertrial who fled from police custody suspect

An undertrial, Sandeep Kumar, alias Sunny, a resident of Sector 38 (West), who had fled from the District Courts complex, Sector 43, on October 6, is suspected to be one of the accused involved in the carjacking incident.

2 phones recovered

Police sources said two mobile phones were recovered from the car.

No clue in earlier case

The police are clueless about the carjacking incident reported earlier this year. On July 7, unidentified assailants forcibly took away a Swift Dzire car from a government employee after beating him up in Sector 43.

Number plate mystery

The number plate of the Alto car, bearing a Chandigarh number, which was seen affixed on the car when the undertrail fled from District Courts, was found in the car by the police. At the time of the incident, another number plate, bearing a Punjab number, was affixed on the car. The car is owned by one of the family members of the undertrail.



Crime against women: City 2nd among UTs
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
Among the seven UTs in the country, Chandigarh has the second highest number of cases of crime against women registered during 2013. Chandigarh follows Delhi with a total of 488 cases. According to a report of the National Crime Records Bureau, Delhi registered 12,888 cases of crime against women last year, the highest among all UTs.

Of the 488 cases of crime against women, 174 cases were of abduction and kidnapping, 143 of assault on women with intent to outrage their modesty, 92 cases of cruelty by husband or relatives and 45 cases of rape. Interestingly, crime against women in Chandigarh has doubled during 2013 as compared to 2012 when only 241 cases were reported.

Prof Rajesh Gill of the sociology department at Panjab University said "poor male value system" was to be blamed for the rising crime against women. Professor Gill said with youngsters forming a large part of the population of the city, the chances of women getting violated were more. “A large number of youths enter into relations these days before marriage, which is also one of the reasons of girls getting exploited,” she said.

RP Upadhyaya, IGP, UT, said the sustained campaign carried out by the Chandigarh police in 2013 after the Nirbhaya case in Delhi had encouraged women in the city to report crime following which there was an increase in the number of cases. “To ensure safety of women in the city, the concept of all-women PCRs has been introduced so that women can report crime on the spot without any hesitation," the IGP said. Till September 26 this year, 273 cases of crime against women have been registered in the city.



40 days on, cops fail to arrest suspended IGP Cheema
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 12
Even though nearly 40 days have passed since two criminal cases were registered against Punjab Police suspended Inspector General of Police Gautam Cheema, the Mohali police have failed to arrest him. A senior police official said on condition of anonymity that serious efforts were not being made to arrest Cheema.

“Earlier, raids were conducted on a few possible hideouts of Cheema and his co-accused Ajay Chaudhary in Delhi, Lucknow and other some cities. Now no serious efforts are being made to arrest him,” said the official.

The Mohali Additional District and Sessions Court had issued an arrest warrant against Cheema and asked the police to produce him before the court by October 15. Earlier, the court had set the date of September 29, but later extended it to October 15. The Mohali court had dismissed the anticipatory bail application of Cheema on September 29 following which he had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court in this regard. Hearing on Cheema’s application for anticipatory bail will take place in the High Court tomorrow.

The Mohali police have booked Cheema in the Kriscpy Khaira molestation case registered at the Mataur police station on August 30 and for the kidnapping of proclaimed offender Sumedh Gulati from the Phase I police station on September 2.

Kriscpy Khaira is the wife of Devinder Thapa, alias Davinder Singh Gill, owner of the Mohali-based Sky Heights company. Earlier, Cheema, Ajay Chaudhary and Thapa were believed to be closely associated and reportedly indulged in land transactions, but later differences surfaced between Cheema and Thapa. Thapa is facing three cases, including a rape case, registered at police stations in Mohali, Panchkula and Chandigarh. The Mohali police had booked Thapa in a Rs 2-crore land fraud case on March 22 at the Phase I police station while the Chandigarh police and the Panchkula police had booked him in a cheating and a rape case, respectively. The Mohali court had declared him a proclaimed offender in May this year.



unesco world heritage status
UT needs concrete plan for care of buildings: Expert
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
Preparing and implementing a concrete plan for the maintenance of heritage buildings will be the biggest challenge for the UT before its gets the UNESCO world heritage status for the structures.
Prof Slapeta
Prof Slapeta

The issue was raised today by Professor Slapeta of the Czech Republic, who is a member of one of the committees on world heritage. He was in the city to attend a function organised by the Chandigarh College of Architecture to mark Le Corbusier's birth anniversary.

He pointed out that occupants of buildings had made minor changes in the buildings located in the Capitol Complex. Referring to the re-wiring work in old city buildings, he said the authorities had to be careful while making minor changes in these buildings as it affected their heritage status. “The UT Administration has to prepare a plan for maintaining the buildings designed by Le Corbusier as this is among the vital points on which the panel will approve the status,” he said, adding that the application of Chandigarh was discussed by various committees keeping in view the work of Le Corbusier. There was need for maintaining 60-year-old buildings in the city in a professional manner, which the authorities were not doing at present.

The panel of judges of UNESCO was expected to visit the city in February to inspect the buildings on the basis of which the world heritage status would be considered, he said. A foreign expert, about whom a reference was made in the application by the authorities, would also be present when the case would be discussed.

Sharing the views of committees that were constituted to look into the world heritage status applications, he said a majority of the panellists were in favour of giving this status to the city. On September 30 this year, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs gave clearance to the application of the UT Administration seeking the UNESCO heritage status for the city.

Le Corbusier’s designs tampered with

During a visit to Sector 17, it was found that a majority of the buildings had been made fully air-conditioned, which was against the planning of Le Corbusier, who had designed the buildings keeping in view ventilation and lights, said Prof Pierre Rossier of the French Reunion island. Another issue was of car parking near the buildings, which was not according to the Le Corbusier design, pointed out Professor Rossier.



Le Corbusier’s 127th birth anniversary celebrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
To mark the 127th birth anniversary of Le Corbusier, the Chandigarh Administration organised a function at the Le Corbusier Centre in Sector 19, here.

Sumit Kaur, Chief Architect, Kashish Mittal, Director, Tourism, Dominique Waag, Director, Alliance Francaise, Pardeep Bhagat, Principal, Chandigarh College of Architecture, and officers from the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning, Tourism Department, College of Arts, and students of the Chandigarh College of Engineering & Technology participated in the event.

Sumit Kaur said: “Le Corbusier was remembered for his contribution to plan Chandigarh to fulfil the dream of the first Prime Minister of India, Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, who envisaged “let it be a new city unaffected by the traditions of the past”.

Le Corbusier designed many buildings and monuments in Chandigarh such as Legislative Assembly, High Court, Secretariat, Open Hand Monument, Museum, Art College, Architect College and Tower of Shadows”.

Kashish Mittal, Director Tourism, said the City Beautiful had become an essential stop for planners, architects and tourists who visit the city to see and admire the architecture talent of Le Corbusier.

Students of the Chandigarh College of Engineering & Technology made a human chain in the form of “127” to mark the 127th birth anniversary of Le Corbusier in Sector 17, Plaza, Chandigarh. They also took a pledge to maintain Chandigarh a clean city.

‘Icon of modern architecture’

Chandigarh: On the occasion of Le Corbusier’s birth anniversary celebrations, a panel discussion was organised at the Chandigarh College of Architecture here today.

Eminent international speakers and architectures address the lecture. The panel discussion was organised on the topic, “Le Corbusier - an icon of modern architecture”. The panelists spoke about the contributions of Le Corbusier and its influence on the world and the people of Chandigarh. An exhibition was put up on the Italian architecture by cultural attaché. It was inaugurated by Italy embassy Alesandra Bertini.

Eminent experts Professor Slapeta, Czech Republic, and Pierre Rossier from Reunion Island France gave a memorial lecture on Le Corbusier.

Chandigarh Housing Board chairman BS Bhalla was the chief guest. Bhalla also delivered the Le-Corbusier memorial lecture. A convocation and a prize-distribution function was also held at the college.

Candlelight march

DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, organised a candlelight march from the college campus to join the Chandigarh Administration in observing Le Corbusier’s birth anniversary. Principal Dr BC Josan highlighted the role of Le Corbusier’s architectural designs in planning Chandigarh. He later flagged off the candlelight march of NSS volunteers, students and faculty members of the college. The message of the candlelight march was “we are proud of you for giving us the City Beautiful, Chandigarh”.


Campaigning ends today
Parties go all out in Panchkula
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

A customer buys liquor at a vend in Panchkula
A customer buys liquor at a vend in Panchkula

Panchkula, October 12
With the campaigning of Vidhan Sabha elections ending tomorrow, the political parties all out in Panchkula. With just two days left, the Panchkula police also intensified patrolling and nakas were laid to check vehicles.

All political parties are trying to hold maximum rallies as they can tomorrow. From road shows to whatsapp alerts, the candidates are doing it all.

Even on Sunday, public gatherings continued till late at night as the campaigning would end at 5 pm tomorrow.

Indian National Lok Dal candidate Kulbhushan Goyal will be organising a road show tomorrow in the city. The road show will pass through all prominent and rural areas of the city. It will begin at 10.30 am.

“We just want people to select the right person from their area. Goyal being a localite understands the problems of residents here,” said Manoj Aggarwal, district president of INLD.

Meanwhile for the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) it’s a last minute revision for the exam. “The areas which we have already visited are being re-visited as we are seeking people’s support,” said Vikas Paul, spokesperson of the BJP.BJP Candidate Gian Chand Gupta was campaigning in the Mansa Devi Complex area till 10 pm at night and had to go for several other meetings.Not only this, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Vir Bhadra Singh campaigned for Congress candidate DK Bansal in the morning and the Chief of Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) Kuldeep Bishnoi also addressed a rally at the rear side of Aggarwal Bhavan, Sector 16, here this evening. Road shows by several independent candidates will be held tomorrow.

Liquor vends to be closed from today

Liquor vends in Panchkula will be closed from Monday evening. For this, many workers of political parties were seen using the ‘slip system’ at the vends. Code words were written on the slip with the number of cartons which were to be given.

2,925 liquor cartons seized

Commissioner of Police Ajay Singhal said, “We have seized 2,925 cartons of liquor in the Ambala-Panchkula commissionerate. Almost all the fire-arms have been deposited. More than ~35 lakh have also been recovered. 18 flying squads are keeping a watch for the past two days.”



Haryana poll
INLD, BJP get support on penultimate day of campaigning
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 12
A day before the election campaigning comes to an end, joining by prominent persons continued in the INLD and the BJP.

Kulbhushan Goyal, the INLD candidate from Panchkula, got a shot in the arm when the national body of Akhil Bhartiya Aggarwal Samellan, one of the biggest bodies of the community, announced its support to him.

Narinder Gupta, the national president of the body and national working president of International Vaish Federation, today addressed several meetings while campaigning for Goyal. At a meeting in Sector 6, he said Goyal was a candidate with clean image and had been involved in social work for over 25 years.

Addressing a gathering in Sector 6, Goyal spoke about issues concerning the city.

Meanwhile, Goyal’s uncle Ramnath Aggarwal joined the BJP. The joining was announced at a function organised by Sai Samaj, Panchkula, which announced full support to Gian Chand Gupta, the BJP candidate.

To this, Goyal said, “Ramnath’s sons Manmohan and Harish Goyal are campaigning for us from the beginning. Ramnath is in the BJP from the very beginning.”

Gupta has intensified his election campaign by holding several public meetings in different parts of the city.

Meanwhile, Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh today started campaigning for Congress candidates in the poll-bound Haryana. In Panchkula, he alleged, “Modi is threatening people to vote for the BJP or else he would not provide any help from the Centre.” Regarding the Modi wave, he said trump card works only once and not repeatedly. The CM said he would be campaigning for the party in four more constituencies, including Naraingarh and Barara.



open house
Admn, residents should join hands for cleaner environs

On the call given by the Prime Minister, UT departments and educational institutes carried out “safai” campaigns on Gandhi Jayanti. A day later, things were back to square one. Chandigarh Tribune asked its readers what needs to be done to keep our surroundings clean:

Rope in religious institutions

As the city is divided into sectors, the task of cleanliness, which is next to Godliness, can be assigned to religious institutions, be it temple, gurdwara, mosque or church situated in every sector. Religion has excellent potential to move the masses towards good deeds.

Upasana, Chandigarh

Equip safai karamcharis

The initiative taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be taken in the right earnest, leaving aside political gimmicks. All said and done, unless proper amenities are not offered to the civic body’s safai karamcharis, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan will not meet its desired end. There is a dire need to instill the feeling of cleanliness in the mind of each citizen.

Ujagar Singh, Chandigarh

Spread awareness

Residents should be made aware about the dangerous consequences of dumping garbage in the open. Also, an organised system of collection and disposal of garbage has to be put in place. An important point to be taken care of is that garbage bins should be placed at an adequate distance from houses.

Pradyumn Gupta, Chandigarh

Joint efforts required to ensure cleanliness

To make the City Beautiful more green and clean, all residents should join hands. On the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was carried out by many people. And the very next day, Dasehra was celebrated. Effigies of demons were set alight and there was a fair-like environment around the places where the festival was celebrated. Visitors and hawkers did not mind littering waste around, forgetting the Swachhta pledge that they had taken the previous day.

Utkarsh Sharma, MHC Chandigarh

MC authorities need to be proactive

The civic authorities need to gear up to achieve better results as far as cleanliness is concerned. Provide toilets at identified places where passersby often urinate in the open, keep dustbins at public places more liberally than done at present.

SC Luthra, MHC Mani Majra

Parents should play a pivotal role

The message of Swachh Bharat may translate into success only if parents play a pivotal role in inculcating the habit of cleanliness in their children. They should continue their efforts and should not expect an immediate success. In fact, cleanliness starts from home and ends at home.

Sukhpal Singh, Chandigarh

MC should lift garbage from roadsides too

Provision for new dustbins should be made and the MC should ensure that they are regularly cleaned. Though the civic body has made a provision for house-to-house collection of garbage, it should provide for clearing of the garbage or leaves littered on the roadsides.

Aishwarya, Mohali

Penalise those who defecate in the open

Wholehearted efforts on the part of the UT Administration and the MC authorities can only bring desired results. The MC should fine those who throw waste material on roads/streets and defecate in the open.

KC Rana, Chandigarh

Practise cleanliness religiously

All the departments, institutions and households must spare two hours every week for the safai campaign and must adhere to it religiously. The campaign must include cleaning of littered material and wild vegetation around buildings and houses.

Wg Cdr Jasbir Singh, Minhas (retd), Mohali

Reduce, recycle & reuse

Do not pollute surroundings in the first place so that the problem of cleaning littered garbage does not arise. And everyone should follow three Rs, namely reduce, recycle and reuse.

Nitika Srivastava, Chandigarh

Make cleanliness way of life

Unless cleanliness becomes our way of life and routine, the Swachhta campaign cannot succeed. Efforts made by government would not yield the desired results. All of us should join hands and clean our neighborhood at micro level.

Madan Gupta Spatu, Chandigarh

Need for sincerity on the part of MC, Admn brass

The system of the safai karamcharis through contractors should be done away immediately. The officers in the Administration and the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, must perform their duties with sincerity and honesty in the interest of public and not for their personal gains.

Sat Pal Kansal, Chandigarh

Penalise litterbugs heavily

It would have been better if the authorities concerned made people more aware of the benefits of keeping their environment clean by organising various programmes on cleanliness and ensured huge participation in the events. People should be exhorted to keep their surroundings neat and clean for good health of one and all. Anyone throwing trash in grounds, roads or streets should be heavily fined.

RK Kapoor, USA

Need for quick lifting of garbage from bins

The high awareness of cleanliness in the tricity is frequently mauled by littering after social/religious functions or by stray urchins and animals rummaging through garbage dumps. Urgent lifting of refuse from both these sources is essential.

Jai Singh, Chandigarh

Fine, expose litterbugs

There is a need to create such an awakening in the society that any individual littering garbage in public places should feel ashamed of his action. The civic body should form a special cell to monitor people throwing trash in public places and impose fine on them. Penalties imposed on litterbugs should be highlighted in the media to act as a deterrent for others.

Ravinder Nath, Chandigarh

PM’s initiative appreciable

Cleanliness and sanitation are state subjects on which the Centre has no control but this step of prime minister is highly appreciated.

Sachin Sharma, Chandigarh

Follow eco-friendly practices

Waste or garbage of our houses, should be thrown only in trash bins. We should use eco-friendly products such as paper or jute bags instead of plastic bags. We should not litter on the roads or public places. To reduce pollution, more trees should be planted. People should be persuaded to follow eco-friendly practices.

Sanjay Srivastava, Chandigarh

Punish offenders

Heaps of garbage could be seen littered almost everywhere as residents use public places as dumping grounds caring two hoots about the law. The litterbugs need to be dealt with iron hand and even punished for littering filth around the city.

Ramesh K Dhiman, Chandigarh

Enforce civic laws strictly

The UT authorities have to implement the civic laws strictly. The defaulters ought to be fined heavily. Schools and colleges must sensitise students to cleanliness.

Colonel RD Singh (retd), Ambala Cantt

Raise basic infrastructure in remote areas

To ensure clean surroundings, the government must come up with a project to have basic infrastructure in place in remote areas of the country. Comprehensive garbage management projects are the next vital step to have a cleaner India.

RP Malhotra, Chandigarh

Let’s develop culture of cleanliness

Charity begins at home. Cleaning should start from your own working place. A culture of cleanliness must be developed. People leaving garbage after function should be penalised. The Swachh Bharat initiative should not go waste.

Vidya Sagar Garg, Panchkula

Devote every day to ‘Clean India’

A mass campaign for a cleaner India on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti was a good initiative taken by the Prime Minister. However, it should have been announced for a working day and not a holiday. Rather, everyday should be treated as a part of the campaign and every Indian should take it as a moral responsibility.

Kamal Gupta, Chandigarh

Social networking sites can come in handy

Areas for disposal of waste should be earmarked in each sector. Those disposing waste at places other than the ones meant for the purpose should be challaned. Besides, a WhatsApp or Facebook profile should be created and publicised where people can share pictures of the area where dump is lying for past some days so as to make the civic body officials aware of the ground reality and negligence of the area in-charge.

SK Mittal, Panchkula

Let’s do our bit

Due to excessive air pollution, the eco system has been affected. With a little change in our daily lifestyle, we can definitely help protect the blue planet.

Vikram Singh Saini, Chandigarh

Southern sectors worst-hit

While launching Prime Minister’s “Swachh Bharat” campaign, the Mayor along with councillors and bureaucrats chose a well-maintained road in Sector 2, instead of a neglected southern sector where heaps of garbage can be seen at every 100 metres.

SK Khosla, Chandigarh

Penalise organisers if functions end on messy note

It is the responsibilities of every citizen to keep the surroundings clean. A dedicated garbage collecting vehicle along with staff should be detailed to collect garbage twice a day. Organisers of various events should be made responsible for proper disposal of garbage. Defautlers should be penalised.

Col BS Mathauda (retd), Mohali

Make citizens’ duties mandatory

Public authorities and heads of government departments/educational institutions should keep the clean India campaign alive and ensure every individual contributes promised 100 hours a year for cleanliness. When citizens’ rights are guaranteed, duties too should be mandatory.

MPS Chadha, Mohali

Multi-pronged approach on awareness needed

It needs a multi-pronged approach to create mass awareness on cleanliness. For this, all wings of the Chandigarh Administration, heads of educational institutes and NGOS have to contribute in a big way.

PS Bajwa, Chandigarh

Drive died down early

Swachh Bharat campaign took off with great gusto but things were back to square one the very next day. Heaps of garbage and littered waste made an early comeback.

SS Arora, Mohali


Holding a stick might work better than holding a broom
Rajmeet Singh

The clarion call by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ‘Swachh Bharat’ saw officials of the government departments and private bodies in the city sweeping their surroundings and roads on Gandhi Jayanti.

But over a week later, the campaign lost its momentum as the problem of littering of garbage or waste material has surfaced again. The very purpose of the campaign to make residents feel they own the city and have a responsibility towards ensuring cleanliness has apparently not clicked. People still throw garbage on the roadside and dump waste material at their convenience.

It is never too late. The ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ has forced us to do some introspection on what needs to be done to enhance awareness about health, hygiene and cleanliness.

Not only the residents, the authorities also did not go beyond sweeping the roads and work on solutions at the back end like having an organised and effective system of garbage collection and disposal.

But creating awareness alone is not yielding the desired results. It seems that holding a stick works better than holding a broom. Chandigarh MC’s campaign to fine those found littering has been a non-starter.

We need to adopt successful models of countries like Singapore and the US where heavy penalties are imposed on litterbugs. Anyone littering the ground, roads or streets in the US has to pay a fine of $1,000 (Rs 60,000).

In Singapore, the first-time offenders who discard refuse such as sweet wrappers, cigarette butts and parking coupon tabs improperly are liable for a fine of $300. First-time offenders who throw larger items such as plastic bags, food wrappers and drink cups are fined up to $1,000 or a Community Work Order (CWO) of up to 12 hours, or both. To make things worse, offenders are required to wear a bright orange jersey, identifying themselves as litterbug while cleaning up the areas. The fine for repeat offenders may go up to $5,000.

It is high time the authorities drew a road map for institutional sustainability of a drive. There is a need to work on the back end of the city’s waste problem like collection, and segregation and disposal.

(The writer is Chief City Reporter)

open house question

During the ongoing festival season, the UT Health Department has been seizing adulterated sweets and other food items. It is done every festival season, but the violators go scotfree. A strict implementation of the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011, is still missing. What needs to be done to ensure quality of products and hygiene at sweets shops and other eateries. Write your comments to openhouse@tribunemail.com in not more than 100 words along with passport size picture.



Chandigarh Treasure League
300 participants come out in vehicles to scorch city roads
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
The Chandigarh Treasure League’s (CTL) third edition got off to a colourful start today.

The event got underway with the release of sky lanterns and an Army band. Around 300 participants representing 100 teams came out in their vehicles to scorch the Chandigarh roads.

On the occasion, CTL president Ankush Arora said, “We Chandigarhians, are very proud and in awe of this city. Drills like the treasure hunt just help in knowing the city better. Every year, the team at CTL tries its best to include in the hunt little known and undiscovered places of the city, solely to familiarise its participants more with this wonder city.”

Moreover, vice-president of CTL Mishika Chaudhary, said, “Our team of youngsters strives to put in place a well organised event so that participants enjoy the drive in their cars, as they interpret the given clues. The objective is to have fun and of course charity.”CTL ended at F Bar in Industrial Area I, Chandigarh, where the prize distribution ceremony was conducted. The top three teams got prizes and seven consolation awards too were distributed.



Infant dies at PGI, kin create ruckus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
A three-day old infant died at the PGIMER here today. Enraged over the death, parents and relatives of the baby, admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), in the Advanced Paediatric Centre (APC), created a ruckus in the area and tried to manhandle the treating doctor. The incident took place at around 4 pm today on the sixth floor of the APC building.

As onlookers called the security guards, the aggrieved family entered into heated arguments with the security staff. It was only after the intervention of the police that the situation could be brought under control.

Sources said, the parents blamed the attending doctors for not paying enough attention to the baby who was in a critical state. No complaint was given either to the hospital authorities or to the police.



Building Violations
Cooperative societies hold meeting

Chandigarh, October 12
An emergency meeting of members of the Housing Societies Residents Welfare Federation was held today to take note of the public notice of the registrar cooperative societies regarding removal of building violations by the societies.

Mayor HC Kalyan along with Deputy Mayor Divesh Modgil was also present at the meeting. IG Gupta, president of the Young Dwellers Society said that nobody was ready to tell about compoundable and non-compoundable violations in the flats. The Administration should also lay down the instructions in black and white regarding the need-based changes allowed in the flats of the societies before taking any action in this regard. — TNS



PSEB employees poll
79 file nominations
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 12
As many as 79 nominees of three groups have filed their nominations today in the Punjab School Education Board Employees Union’s forthcoming elections, scheduled to be held on October 16.

The election commissioner, Harpreet Singh, claimed that all arrangements have been put in place for the elections, which would take place from 10 am to 1 pm on the election day. “Apart from the head office in Mohali, three other zones have been created at Jalandhar, Bathinda and Moga to facilitate voters of other districts”, said the election authorities.

Parwinder Singh Khangura From Khangura-Ranu group, Gurdip Singh Dhillon from Dhillon-Randhawa group and Gurbachan Singh Tarmala from Tarmala-Maini group have filed their nominations for the president’s post.



Delaying Info Under RTI
GMADA told to pay compensation

Mohali, October 12
The Punjab Information Commission came down heavily on the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) for delaying information sought under the Right to Information Act by KNS Sodhi, the applicant.

The commission has ordered GMADA to pay a compensation of Rs 5,000 to Sodhi, president of the Residents’ Welfare Association (HIG), Sector 70, here, within 30 days of issuance of the order.

Notably, Sodhi had sought information on January 17, 2013, from the Public Information Officer of GMADA on installation of 2,500 destination poles to facilitate locations in the area.

Sodhi said the Public Information Officer, provided incomplete information and that too, after 18 months of submitting the application. Later, Sodhi approached the commission. — TNS



Munshi Premchand’s ‘Kafan’ staged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
The Mask Theatre Group staged the famous modern Hindustani literature writer Munshi Premchand’s story, ‘Kafan’, at the Punjab Kala Bhawan here today.

The play was supported by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Chandigarh Administration.

Munshi Premchand’s honest portrayal of the brutal socio-political reality of his times was creatively and sincerely depicted on the stage.

Actors Naresh Singh and Pranav depicted the famous characters of ‘Ghisu’ and ‘Madhav’, father and son, beautifully on the stage as they recreated the ambience of yore.

The play, directed by Ravinder Kumar, evolved around the compassion and redemption of the writer’s work. It also delved into the contemporary realities of society.

The story of the play revolved around the duo father and son’s relationship and their inability to work and set their priorities in life.

The highlight of the play remained the scene when the father and the son were shown engrossed in fighting over potatoes rather than helping out the son’s wife for delivery. Due to their ignorance, the woman dies while giving birth.

Both characters were such heartless that even the death of the woman and her child failed to evoke an emotion in the two. When the villagers, following the death of the woman, collect money and give it to the two to buy a “kafan” for the departed soul, they land up spending it on alcohol.

The story was interwoven with music that swayed an emotion of grief.



Online jewellery destination launched

Fourseven Services Private Limited announced the launch of its online jewellery destination, www.fourseven.in. The new private label, fourseven, offers distinctive, contemporary jewellery that is designed and handcrafted for women who ‘choose happy’. ‘fourseven.in’ offers a breadth of designs in sterling silver, gold plating, semi-precious stones and other materials, with price points ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 20,000.

ASUS opens outlet

ASUS launched its first outlet in Chandigarh. The new outlet will feature the entire range of smartphones, touch notebooks, ultrabooks, tablets, phablets and notebooks, including the recently launched products that have been launched in India till date. The ASUS exclusive store, Noble Biztech Private Limited, is located in Sector 20.

Seminar on scrutiny assessment

The Chandigarh Branch of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India organised a seminar on “Scrutiny Assessment, Penalty and Appeal under the Income Tax Act 1961” at a hotel in the Industrial Area, Chandigarh. — TNS



EFFI-cycle 2014 concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
EFFI-cycle 2014, an inter-college event on design and fabrication of an environment-friendly human-cum-electric power-driven mobility solution, concluded at the UIET here today.

The winner of the race was team Green Rangers from the Sant Longowal Institute of Technology. It received prize money of Rs 30,000. Team Revention from the Guru Nanak Dev Institute of Engineering and Technology was declared the first runner-up. It won prize money of Rs 20,000.

Team Incredibles from the Krishna Institute of Technology, Ghaziabad, was declared the overall winner of the EFFI-cycle 2014.

As many as 87 engineering college teams from across the country participated in this event. It included three main test sections - technical inspection, static tests and dynamic tests - on the basis of which points were given to the teams.

The last test - endurance run - was held today. All teams ran together in a 2-hour-long event in which the team with maximum laps won. All team 
members put their best foot forward in winning the race.

The valedictory function was graced by Dr Tapan Sahoo, Secretary, Society of Automotive Engineers INDIA, Northern section, UD Bhangale, convener (Effi-cycle ‘14) and senior general manager (ICAT) and two co-conveners - Jitendra Malhotra and JC Godara.



Students develop ‘Save Kashmir’ app
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
Kashmiri students of the Aryans Group of Colleges, Chandigarh, developed a unique Android app which provides all information about the Jammu and Kashmir floods at one platform.

Christened as “Save Kashmir”, the app was launched by Madan Mohan Mittal, Technical Education Minister, Punjab.

Developed by five Kashmiri students of the Aryans College of Engineering, the app contains each and every information about the J&K floods, including the list of people lost, list of deaths, donation links, government helplines, affected people and areas and location of relief camps. The app is available for download at the Google play store.

While launching the app, Madan Mohan Mittal said after floods there was a need for such a common platform. The Aryans in the past had also done a lot of innovations and this app was not only an innovation but also a wonderful project for a social cause.

Aryans engineering students Mudasir, Adil, Tahira, Aashu and Rumaisa, who have developed the app, said: “During the floods, on one hand there was disaster going on and on the other the rest of the world was extending a helping hand to the affected people, but there was no common platform for information providers and seekers. We were also unable to contact our parents for a few days. Then we thought of developing the app”.

Dr Anshu Kataria, chairman, Aryans Group of Colleges, said he was proud of his students and the faculty, who worked for 15 days for developing the “Save Kashmir” app, which was easily accessible to everyone.

Dr Kataria said the language of the app was Core Java and the software used was Eclipse. The application size is 2.93 MB and the current version is 1.0.2. It requires minimum android 2.3.



pu & college notes
Institute opens centre

The Institute of Banking Services (IBS) on Sunday opened its fifth centre in the city. IBS Director Rahul Dev inaugurated the centre in Sector 34 here. The ceremony was attended by over 120 centre managers and academicians and heads of IBS centres from all over the country.

NSS camp

The valedictory function of the seven-day special NSS camp concluded at Dev Samaj College, Sector 45, on Sunday. Bikram Rana, State Liaison Officer, was the chief guest. The volunteers showcased various “aasans” and exercises which they learnt during yoga classes under the supervision of Veena of the Physical Education Department of the college. It was followed by aerobic performances by the volunteers which they learnt during the camp.

Musical act

The Nav Sankalp Association, Sector 8, organised a musical act at the courtyard of Elante Mall, Chandigarh. The event - market collection - is the main event of the session where all members of the association approach the public for their contribution towards the noble cause. All donations made by the association are a major outcome of the funds collected during the same event.

Result declared

The result of the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET-2014), which was held on September 21 across 962 centres in India was declared recently. As many as 2,06,145 candidates appeared for Paper I, out of which 24,629 students qualified the exam i.e. only 11.95 per cent of the students qualified. Out of 4,59,268 candidates, only 12,843 qualified for Paper II. As many as 132 students from Chandigarh-based AAA-Bright Academy have cleared the exam.

Meeting held

Members of the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology Employees Union, Sector 26, here, assembled for a gate meeting on the college campus. The members of the coordination committee of government and MC employees and workers, Chandigarh, were also present at the meeting. The members unanimously decided to support the coordination committee in the protest to be held at the Cricket Stadium Roundabout in Sector 16 on October 14 to raise voice against the UT Administration.

Birthday celebrated

The Youth Welfare Association, PU student party, celebrated the birthday of renowned Malgudi Days author RK Narayan (Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami) on the campus. RK Narayan was an Indian writer, best known for his works set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi. He is one of the three leading figures of early Indian literature in English (alongside Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao), and is credited with bringing the genre to the rest of the world.

Donations for J&K flood-hit

The NSS Unit of the PEC University of Technology in association with an NGO, Salaam Zindagi, contributed for the Jammu and Kashmir flood victims. Students, staff members and faculty generously contributed for this noble cause. The donations comprised mainly of woollens, blankets, jeans and packaged rice. The NSS volunteers have worked hard for the past few weeks in order to collect these donations.

Extension lecture

An extension lecture on the topic “art of creative teaching” was organised at the Government College of Education here. Dr OSKS Sastri, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Physics and Astronomical Sciences, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Shahpur, Kangra District, was the chief guest who delivered this lecture. — TNS



Dances mark St Mary’s silver jubilee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 12
A magnificent function of silver jubilee celebration was held at St Mary’s School, Sector 46-B, here, today.

Dr Youhanon Mar Demetrios, Metropolitan of Delhi Diocese, inaugurated the function. Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil was the chief guest. The programme began with the lighting of the traditional lamp by the dignitaries. Chairman Rev Fr John K Jacob presented the welcome address.

Headmistress Mini Jose read the annual report highlighting the achievements and milestones briefly.

To commemorate the completion of 25 glorious years of the institution, a special edition of magazine, “Menorah” – the Reminiscence 2014-15, was released by the chief guest. Meritorious students were awarded certificates.

The event was preceded by different dances depicting different colours of lives in various parts of the country. The dancers truly showed the ‘generation of smiles across miles’ by their splendid and colourful dance performances. All dignitaries were honoured with mementos. The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Principal MM Thomas, followed by Catholica Mangalaganam.



Tamanna adjudged Ms Fresher
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 12
Students of the Rayat-Bahra University (RBU) School of Pharmaceutical Sciences had a blast at the fresher’s party, “Papllion 2014”.

It was organised to welcome new students here. Shivam Ahuja and Tamanna of B.Pharma won the titles of Mr Fresher and Ms Fresher, respectively.



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