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Avoid routes leading to Sector 5 in Panchkula today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be in city for the swearing-in of Haryana CM-designate ML Khattar at Shalimar Ground
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 25
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi arriving by road amidst tight security at the oath -taking ceremony of the Haryana Chief Minister designate Manohar Lal Khattar at Shalimar Ground in Sector 5, tomorrow, all those travelling to Panchkula need to avoid routes leading to the venue from 10 am to 1 pm.

As the venue lies in the heart of the city, The Haryana Police have identified 13 entry points that include two for VVIPs and two for the VIPs. The PM will arrive at 11 am at the venue and the oath-taking ceremony will take place at 11.30 pm. Commissioner of Police Ajay Singhal said, “We are coordinating with the neighbouring sates for the management of traffic. People should avoid all the routes leading to Sector 5 from 10 am to 1 pm.”

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Rahul Sharma said, “Alternative routes have been chalked out. During the VVIP movement, the route from the Housing Board to Sector 16/17 chowk and then towards the Sankla Chowk (used maximum by commuters) will be closed.”

he said that the traffic from Majri Chowk coming towards Sector 5 will be diverted towards Shiksha Sadan. For the general public, the routes from Sectors 4, 12 and Tawa Chowk will be used for entering the venue. The Sector 6 roundabout will be used only by the VVIPs as Modi and other VVIPs will make their entry to the venue from the road separating Sectors 5 and 6. The PM is expected to come via Tribune Chowk, Transport Chowk and then Sector 16/17 towards the venue. Those entering Panchkula from Chandigarh will have to take the Kalka Shimla hHighway and then towards old Panchkula.

The route from the road dividing Sectors 8 and 9 will be blocked during the movement of the VIPs. The internal lanes of the sectors will be open.

The traffic from Pinjore will also be diverted towards Old Panchkula.

Flight schedule to be affected

The PM’s plane will land at the Air Force Airbase of 3BRD at 10.40 am and is scheduled to leave for the next destination at around 1 pm. He will move in an IAF Boeing 737 aircraft belonging to the Palam-based Communications Squadron that ferries VVIPs. The PM’s visit will disturb the flight schedule of commercial flights between 10.30 am and 11 am, and 12.40 pm and 1.20 pm as the air traffic will be closed 15 minutes before and after landing of the PM’s plane.

Flights likely to be affected

  • Operations of SpiceJet, Jet Airways, Air India, GoAir and Indigo to Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru will be hit.
  • “All VVIP movement will be controlled by the Air Force and the domestic airport has nothing to do with it,” said MS Duhan, Airport Director.

Petrol pumps closed

Petrol pumps near the venue will be closed. Even the markets and restaurants opposite the venue will wear a deserted look.


Commuters en route to the Chandigarh Airport or the Delhi road via the Tribune Chowk are advised to leave for their destinations before 10 am to avoid traffic jam. Airport authorities said all flights would operate on schedule. General Hospital goers should avoid entry from the Sector 5/6 road and should take the highway towards Sec 6.

For general public

  • There are nine entry points to the venue.
  • Visitors to be seated in 21 blocks.
  • 100 temporary toilets set up on the roadside near the venue.
  • Over 10 parking slots earmarked for vehicles of supporters and government officials near Parade Ground and Inderdhanush Auditorium.
  • Visitors to be frisked at 13 nakas.
  • Water tankers have been made available at the venue.

No movie at Shalimar Mall today

Sunday will not be exciting for visitors to the Shalimar Mall in Sector 5 as there will not be any movie show at the multiplex till afternoon. An official at the mall said the next show would be screened only after the Prime Minister leaves the venue.

Homecoming for PM

It is a homecoming for Modi who lived in Sector 7, Panchkula, in 1995. After 19 years, he will be visiting the city as the Prime Minister.

Over 5,000 cops deployed at the venue

Over 5,000 policemen have been deployed for the security in and around the venue. Over 1 lakh people are expected to attend the event.

A vanity van for PM ModiSecurity measures for Prime Minister

  • Safe room for the PM has been set up at the General Hospital, Sector 6.
  • The PGI, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, and Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, and private hospitals are on high alert.
  • 77 doctors are on duty for the PM, the new Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and the visitors.
  • Seven ambulances stationed at the venue.
  • Two special vanity vans stationed for the PM. All medical equipment for emergency form part of the vanity van with a team of doctors that will be coming with him.
  • BSNL has laid broadband lines of WiFi and fax near the stage for the PM’s men.

Parking for VVIPs

  • 3 VVIP and 7 VIP mobile toilets have been arranged on the rear side of the main stage.
  • There are two entries for VVIPs and two for VIPs.
  • The VVIP parking for the PM, the Governor and the CM will be adjacent to the stage and the VIP parking meant for the Chief Secretary, Haryana, the DGP and IGs will be in the ground itself, next to the VVIP parking.

Over Rs 2.5 crore spent on event

Over Rs 2.5 crore are being spent on the event. While Rs 1.5 crore has been spent just on putting up tents of vibrant colour, four lavish stages, high-tech sound system and barricading. Sources said about Rs 1.5 to 2 lakh will be spent on bouquets for guests. As many as 35,000 chairs have been placed at the venue. The rest of the money is being spent on the makeover, recarpeting of roads, including that of the previous venue-Tau Devi Lal stadium. The recarpeting of a slip road near the venue was started at 6 pm on Saturday.

Mad rush for VIP passes

While 5,000 cards were published for the VVIPs, 4,000 have been published for the VIPs. There was a mad rush for the passes on Saturday.

Route to be used by PM’s cavalcade gets a makeover

The routes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to take has been given a makeover at the last minute. The route from Tribune Chowk, Transport Chowk and towards Sector 5, Panchkula, was cleaned, berms were painted and garbage was removed. Panchkula got a grand makeover as encroachments en route were cleared and stray cattle removed.

CM-designate ML KhattarState top brass on their toes

  • Bureaucrats and top officials of the Haryana Police are leaving no stone unturned to ‘please’ the new Haryana CM, Manohar Lal Khattar. All-out efforts were being made as the reshuffling in the department is scheduled for Monday.
  • When Khattar paid a visit to the venue on Saturday evening, among those who were accompanying him were Pradeep Kasni, who is reportedly expecting a post after the ceremony, and his wife Neelam Kasni, Commissioner of Ambala range. Chief Secretary Shakuntla Jakhu was also seen reviewing the arrangements.
  • On the other hand, Haryana DGP SN Vashisht himself was inspecting the ground security at the venue throughout the day, but was overshadowed by bureaucrats during Khattar’s visit.



Security up for Prime Minister’s visit today
Around 3,000 policemen from Chandigarh, 500 cops from Mohali deployed to ensure protection to the VVIP cavalcade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh/Mohali, October 25
In view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Panchkula tomorrow, the Chandigarh Police and their Mohali counterparts have sounded a high alert in their respective areas around the Chandigarh Airport.

While the Chandigarh Police have deployed around 3,000 cops, including top-rung officers, the Mohali Police have deputed over 500 policemen in the area around the airport that falls in Mohali district.

After the Prime Minister’s flight disembarks at the 3 BRD, Air Force Station, he will leave for the venue for the oath-taking ceremony by road en route the Tribune chowk and the Transport Chowk.

Maneesh Chaudhary, Senior Superintendent of Police, Traffic and Security, said the local police have made all the security arrangements for the PM’s visit. “Apart from top officers, around 20 DSPs, 40 Inspectors and a total of 3,000 cops will be deployed during the VVIP’s visit,” said Chaudhary. He added, “To ensure foolproof security, all roads have been kept under surveillance.”

Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti said the policemen would be deputed in the area during the wee hours and they would remain on duty till the PM takes the return flight. He added that special arrangements would be made to manage the traffic flow on the Zirakpur-Ambala road as a number of persons, including BJP leaders and activists, were expected to take the route to reach the venue.

Sec 144 imposed along cavalcade’s route: DM

The UT Administration has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC within a 100-metre radius of the route of the Prime Minister’s cavalcade, from the Chandigarh Airport to the venue for the swearing-in ceremony in Panchkula. “Carrying of firearms, batons, swords and other weapons or assembly of five or more persons on the routes is prohibited. Section 144 has been imposed as prevention against annoyance or injury to persons deployed, disturbing of public peace and riots. Also, parking of vehicles is prohibited along the route,” stated Mohammed Shayin, District Magistrate of Chandigarh.

Chandigarh police conduct drill

The Chandigarh Police on Saturday conducted a drill ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit. A large number of UT cops remained on their toes throughout the day ensuring foolproof security arrangements for the PM’s visit. The drill began from the Chandigarh Airport and passed through the city to reach Sector 5, Panchkula.

Security arrangements at airport reviewed

UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar along with other senior officials on Saturday visited the Chandigarh Airport area to review the security arrangements in view of the Prime Minister’s visit. The PM’s plane will land at the 3BRD, Air Force Station. UT Engineering Department officials were asked to spruce up the entry and exit points at the airport.



No major air traffic disruption for PM’s flight
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s movement by air to Chandigarh for attending the swearing-in ceremony of Haryana Chief Minister-designate Manohar Lal Khattar in Panchkula tomorrow would not cause any major disruption in the schedules of commercial flights operating from the city.

Air Force sources said the air space and the runway would be closed for just about 15 minutes when the PM’s special aircraft would land and take off.

Several airlines, including Air India, Indigo, Spicejet, GoAir and Jet Airways, operate from Chandigarh. There are a total of 13 arrivals and as many departures from the city daily, with the first scheduled commercial flight arriving at 7.40 am and the last departure scheduled for 7.30 pm.

In addition, there are a few private and non-scheduled operators as well as regular IAF operations.

The Prime Minister would be travelling to Chandigarh along with his entourage and security detail in an IAF Boeing 737 aircraft belonging to the Palam-based Communications Squadron that ferries VVIPs. The aircraft would be parked at the Air Force Station’s technical area and guarded by the civil police.



GRP gears up to cater to rush of BJP supporters at railway station
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
The Government Railway Police have geared up to cater to the rush of BJP supporters reaching the city by train to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Haryana Chief Minister-designate Manohar Lal Khattar at Sector 5 in Panchkula on Sunday.

Aman Singh, SHO, GRP, said extra force would be deployed at the railway station tomorrow. He said keeping in view a large number of supporters expected to reach the city by trains, they had asked the Haryana transport department officials to increase the number of buses running between the railway station and the venue.

Sources said a large number of supporters are expected to arrive by the Jaipur-Chandigarh Express, which reaches the city via Rewari, Rohtak, Jind, Kathal and Kurukshtra. Notably, the scheduled arrival of the train is 5 am and the ceremony is slated to be held at 11 am.

Besides, the Himalayan Queen, which has Sonipat, Smalakha, Panipat, Karnal, Nilokher and Kurukshtra en route and reaches the city railway station at 10:33 am, is another train that is expected to bring in a huge number of BJP supporters.

GRP staff will have a tough time managing the affairs as supporters arrive back at the station after the swearing-in ceremony concludes. The Chandigarh-Jaipur Express departs from the city at 1:45 pm, which suits supporters who will come to the city for the ceremony.



11-yr-old girl dies of burns in Mohali
Was playing with gunpowder taken out from burnt crackers with other children
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 25
A 11-year-old girl died at Gige Majra village near Sohana after sustaining burn injuries today. The victim, Simran Kaur, a student of Class V, sustained burn injuries on her face, arms, legs and other parts of the body when she was playing with gunpowder taken out from burnt crackers along with other children yesterday morning after Diwali.

She was declared brought dead when she was taken to Mohali Civil Hospital at Phase VI, this morning. Earlier, she was taken to a hospital at Banur from where the doctors referred her to Civil Hospital for further treatment. As the victim seemed to be at ease, the family preferred to take her home instead of the hospital.

“Today, her condition deteriorated following which the family took Simarn to the civil hospital where the doctors declared her brought dead”, said Jagir Singh, the investigating officer in the case.

Simran sustained burn injuries when she along with other children was lighting the gunpowder, which they had collected from the burnt crackers.

A relative of the victim said that she was fine till 11 am today but her condition deteriorated all of sudden and she died. The body has been kept at the hospital where her postmortem will be conducted tomorrow.

After recording the statement of the victim’s father, Surinder Singh, and other persons, the police initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC at the Sohana police station. The police have begun investigations into the case.



environment clearance
UT Admn orders legal recourse against builder
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
Taking a serious note of the failure on part of a builder to get environmental clearance before starting construction, the UT Environment Department has ordered to file a criminal case against Berkeley Realtech Ltd, a leading real estate developer, in the region.

Besides, orders for sealing the premises and disconnecting water and electricity connection, the department director, Santosh Kumar, confirmed that legal recourse was being taken.

The builder is facing action for constructing the building in Industrial Area, Phase I, without obtaining the necessary environmental clearance. The company plans to lease out commercial, retail and industrial space in the building when it is completed.

The case is being filed against the company for violating the Environment Protection Act, 1986. According to the Environment and Forests Ministry regulations, any project to construct a building over 20,000 sq metre has to get prior clearance.

While the company stated before the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee that the construction area of the proposed project was 19,934 sq metre and hence it did not require the environmental nod, the department had challenged the contention.

Expressing apprehension, the department had written to the UT Deputy Commissioner-cum-Estate Officer to again conduct a check on the site. The DC later set up a committee that found the built-up area of the building site to be over 20,000 sq metre.

Realtor constructed building in Industrial Area—I

The owner of Berkeley Realtech Ltd is facing action for constructing a building in Industrial Area, Phase I, without obtaining the necessary environmental clearance. The company plans to lease out commercial, retail and industrial spaces in the building when it is completed.


Relief likely for plot owners
UT likely to remove condition to complete construction within three years
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
Relief to the industrialists, who had opted for the Conversion Scheme in the Industrial Area, Phases I and II, is on the cards as the UT Administration is likely to remove condition to complete construction within three years on the converted plots. Recently the UT’s Law Department, in its opinion, had termed the UT’s condition to complete construction within three years on a converted plot as illegal and unreasonable.

A senior official of the UT Administration said they had received a number of representations from various associations of industrialists and soon they would take a positive decision in this regard.

The Law Department in its opinion had also recommended that the construction period limit should be extended from three years to five years, which could be further extended to one or two years. As many as 125 industrialists had opted for the Conversion Scheme, but till date only 50 industrialists have opted for construction on their plots.

The Law Department in its note to the Finance Department stated: “The notified Conversion Scheme has 17 columns and none of the columns restrict the industrialist, who had opted for the conversion scheme, to complete his construction within three years from the date of issuance of the conversion letter.”

The Law Department further said: “Once the period of completion of construction has not been specified in a principal document, i.e. the notified conversion policy, then, imposition of condition in the conversion letter to complete the construction within three years is not a wise step, rather, is illegal and unreasonable”.

UT contemplating to reduce collector rates

The Chandigarh Administration is seriously contemplating to decrease collector rates — the minimum rate at which the property is registered — of converted plots in the Industrial Area, Phase I and II, which were converted from industrial to commercial, under the conversion policy and commercial properties on the Madhya Marg.

A senior official of the UT Estate Office said collector rates of the converted plots in Industrial Area and commercial properties on Madhya Marg by 10 to 15 per cent. It will be put forward to Finance department.

Since there was a huge difference between the collector rates and the market rates, the industrialists had offered to sell their properties to the UT Administration at the collector rates.

The stakeholders lament that when the conversion policy was made, it was decided that factors like disadvantage of location and relaxation in floor area ratio would be considered while deciding the collector rates of the converted plots in the Industrial Area. But the Estate Office had kept their collector rates at par with the properties of Sector 17.



400 attend veterans’ meet at Chandimandir Military Station
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
Continuing with the series of outreach initiatives, the Headquarters Western Command organised an interaction with retired officers residing in the tricity at the Chandimandir Military Station today. A large number of veterans, including Gen VP Malik, ex-Chief of Army Staff, and several former Army Commanders attended the event.

The veterans were addressed by the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lt-Gen KJ Singh. He reiterated the commitment of the command to protect the interests of veterans and their widows. Various issues concerning the welfare of veterans were discussed.

The underlying aim of the event was to provide a concerted push for expeditious mitigation of myriad issues being faced by the veterans community post-retirement. The veterans were also made aware of the various policies and schemes launched by the Ministry of Defence and state governments in the region by officials of Rajya Sainik Boards of Punjab and Haryana and the Zila Sainik Board of Chandigarh. A session was also organised as part of the event to obtain feedback from veterans.

As many as 400 veteran officers attended the event.

Senior veterans of 75 years of age and above were honoured with mementos on the occasion. A similar interaction with retired junior commissioned officers and other ranks will be held on October 27.



PGI celebrates Research Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) today celebrated the third annual Research Day. The faculty of 50 departments showcased their research activities of the past one year.

They had interactions with three eminent personalities, including Dr Girish Sahani, Director, IMTECH; Prof SK Acharya (Head of Gastroenterology, AIIMS, New Delhi; and Prof Peush Sahni, Head of Gaestropintesntinal Surgery, AIIMS, New Delhi. They were the guests of honour at the today’s function. The faculty also had the opportunity to interact with scientists and faculty of NIPER, IISER, Panjab University, IIT, Ropar and other scientific institutions of the tricity.

Since the inception of the Research Day for the past three years, many collaborative research projects have been started between the academic Institutions of the tricity through such interactions.

Several government and non-government organisations have expressed their desire to fund such collaborative research activities.

Following the interaction on research at the Zakir Hall, the faculty assembled at the Bhargava auditorium to hear eminent scientists and doctors who came as guests of honour. Prof Yogesh Chawla, Director of the Institute, welcomed the guests.

Dr Girish Sahani spoke on the ‘agony and ecstasy of doing research’, Prof SK Acharya spoke on ‘How to make physician scientist?’. Dr Peush Sahni spoke on ‘While publishing which journal to choose?’, Prof S Varma, head of Internal Medicine, moderated a panel discussion on ‘How to make enabling field for research in PGI’ Prof Amod Gupta proposed the vote of thanks.

Thirty-nine faculty members of the institute were awarded for their best research work in the past one year.

Those awarded include - Assistant Professors: Sandeep Grover (Psychiatry), Surinder S Rana (Gastroenterology), Shanar Prinja (Community Medicine), Narendra Kumar (Radiotherapy), Santosh Kumar (Urology), Vivek Kumar (Nephrology), Navneet Singh (Pulmonary Medicine), Ashu Rastogi (Endocrinology), Jitendra Kumar Sahu (Paediatrics), Aman Sharma (Internal Medicine). Associate Professors: Akshay Anand (Neurology), Ritesh Agarwal (Pulmonary Medicine), Sanjay K Bhadada (Endocrinology), Amanjit (Histopathology), Nalini Gupta (Cytology), Sumeeta Khurana (Medical Parasitology), Nidhi Bidyut Panda (Anaesthesia), Vikas Gautam (Medical Microbiology), Ritu Agarwal (Immunopathology), Kushaljit Singh Sodhi (Radiodiagnosis C), Additional Professors: Rajesh Gupta (General Surgery), Deepak Bansal (Paediatrics), Jyotdeep Kaur (Biochemistry), Samir Malhotra (Pharmacology), Aditya Aggarwal (Orthopaedics), Bikas Medhi (Pharmacology), Sujata Ghosh (Experimental Medicine & Biotechnology), Sunil Sethi (Microbiology) and Neerja Bharti (Anaesthesia).



Diesel-run autos to go off road from November 1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
The UT Transport Department is going ahead with its decision to ban the entry of diesel-run auto-rickshaws in the city with effect from November 1. A communication has been sent to the UT traffic police to coordinate with the State Transport Authority (STA) to enforce the ban effectively.

Around 10,000 diesel-run autos ply in the city and most of them are registered with the Punjab Transport Department in Mohali. Nearly 3,000 LPG autos are registered with the STA, Chandigarh.

It is being planned that enforcement teams of the STA would be checking documents of autos entering the city at the Punjab-UT border in Zirakpur and Mohali.

The UT has also given auto-rickshaw operators from the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana an option to switch to the LPG.

The transport authorities of Punjab and Haryana have already been intimated about the UT Administration’s decision as allowing diesel-run autos was in the violation of the inter-state agreement inked between Punjab and Chandigarh.

Bhawana Garg, Secretary, Transport, said the UT would enforce the decision. The issue was also being discussed with the Adviser. Around 200 applications for LPG autos were pending with the STA, Chandigarh.

“The operators of diesel-run autos have already been given two-month time to convert to cleaner fuel or their entry in the UT will be banned. The UT police have also been asked to challan diesel-run autos after the expiry of the deadline,” said an official.

But due to the inter-state issue, the UT officials had been desisting from taking action against diesel-run autos coming from the neighbouring states.

A large number of diesel-run auto-rickshaws registered with the Registering Authority/DTO, Mohali, has been illegally plying between Mohali and Chandigarh. It has also been observed that diesel-run autos tend to carry eight to10 passengers against the permitted capacity of four.

What is inter-state agreement

As per the reciprocal inter-state agreement signed between Chandigarh and Punjab on June 4, 2008, only LPG/CNG/battery-operated auto-rickshaws (with fare meter fitted) shall be allowed for countersignatures by both governments for their plying between Chandigarh and Mohali. Further, the permits of petrol/diesel-run auto-rickshaws registered for over 10 years would not be countersigned.



Dealers to be allowed to process documents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
On the pattern of Punjab, the Chandigarh Administration is seriously contemplating to allow car dealers in Chandigarh to handle the work of processing documents pertaining to the registration certificates of new vehicles.

Under the arrangement, vehicle owners will not have to approach the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) to apply for the RC.

Secretary, Transport, Bhawana Garg, said discussion were on with other stakeholders was being discussed. Both the models of Punjab and Haryana were being looked into. In case of Haryana, the vehicle owners deposit the tax with the transport authority and in case of Punjab, the tax is deposited with the dealer and the registration number is also issued by the latter.

New RLA files to be introduced

In order to facilitate applicants, the RLA is introducing new files pertaining to various services regarding issuance of Driving Licenses (DLs) and Registration Certificates (RCs). The files would contain detailed step-by-step procedure starting from the purchase of file or download of file/requisite forms from the official website of the Transport Department.

A fixed proforma for Objections, if any, on the file, to avoid repeated objections by the staff and any harassment to the applicants is also being attached.



Problems continue to plague Industrial Area in Mohali
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, October 25
The state of infrastructure in the Industrial Area here has improved due to steps taken by the Municipal Corporation. However, problems continue to plague the owners of the industrial units.

One of the major problems is encroachment on vacant spaces and other areas in the name of religion, by roadside vendors and by the pliers of transport vehicles.

People in the area also face the problem of dumping of garbage as no proper sites have been earmarked for the purpose. Some areas also face the problem of burning garbage in the dumping area, leading to health hazards. There are some points where garbage is dumped but it is not lifted on a regular basis.

Gurkirpal Singh, president, Mohali Industries Association (MIA), said, “There has been improvement in the condition roads, water supply, streetlighting and cleanliness in the Industrial Area. However, encroachers are creating difficulties. Tough action should be taken against the defaulters.”

He said places of worship, including mazars, had also come up in an ‘unauthorised’ way in the Industrial Area. Besides, illegal tea shops and dhabas had sprung up along roads.

Another industrial unit owner, Anurag Aggarwal, said though recarpeting had been done on most roads by the Municipal Corporation, the roads needed to be widened to meet the present needs. Some stretches of road near the Spice Chowk, near the PTL factory and in Phase VIII, were in bad state.

Aggarwal demanded that internal green areas should be developed by the corporation and later handed over to the industrial unit owners.

DP Singh Baidwan, who has an industrial unit in the Phase IX Industrial Area, said, “There has been a marked improvement in the facilities provided by the authorities. But overspeeding has become a major issue in the Phase IX area.”



Traffic police, students hold road safety drive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
The Chandigarh Traffic Police in association with Aautosync Innovation, Vintage and Classic Car Club organised a road safety awareness drive in honour of late Jaspal Bhatti.

A walkthon was performed by the traffic police staff and students of Chitkara Institute from the Tribune chowk to Elante Mall.

A flash mob was also organised along with a quiz on traffic rules to sensitise the public regarding road safety and wearing of helmet while driving two-wheeler.

A film on traffic rules was also shown.



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First woman branch of bank inaugurated

Member of Parliament (MP) from Chandigarh and veteran actress Kirron Kher inaugurated the first woman branch of the Bank of Baroda at Sector 40 on Saturday, making it the 22nd branch in Chandigarh.

Talking to the gathering, the MP said banks were playing a pivotal role in partnering with the government on schemes like Jan Dhan Yojana that is aimed at financial inclusion of each and every household. She exhorted the Bank of Baroda for providing its services throughout the country with efficiency and transparency.

Society takes out cleanliness drive

With a view to giving a push to the ongoing the Swachh Bharat campaign, spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, members of the Motia Homes Residential Housing Society organised a special cleanliness drive in Zirakpur.

Members removed the overgrown chickweeds, polythene bags and other waste material from near Government Middle School and Maa Shakti Sansthan and levelled the uneven ground adjacent to the school building.

The members of the society are planning to hold more such campaigns in the coming days.

Meeting held to discuss ‘Make in India Campaign’

The Traders’ Association, Sector 17, held a meeting under Kamaljit Singh Panchhi to discuss ‘Make in India Campaign’. Panchhi guided members of the association about the campaign aimed at promoting goods made in India.

The aim of the drive was to create jobs and growth of the manufacturing sector in India.

The members said they would not purchase imported goods and boycott Chinese items in this festival season. They would purchase only Indian-manufactured goods.

2 win gold medal at national meet

A brother and sister duo, Madhav Ginoria (15) and Tanayaa Ginora (13), from Chandigarh have won a gold medal at the national dance sports competition held recently at Patna in Bihar.

They both won in the ‘four latin dance’ category. — TNS



PU slow on installing grilles in hostels
Instructions were passed to set up iron grilles as students committed suicide by jumping to death
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
It seems Panjab University authorities are waiting for another tragedy to happen on the campus. In the wake of the recent cases of suicide on the campus, the PU authorities had decided to install grilles on the balconies of hostels for the safety of inmates on the campus.

The move followed after an M.Sc biophysics student of hostel number 1, Divya, committed suicide by jumping off from the sixth floor of hostel number 5 in June this year.

Deceased Divya — who resided at hostel number 1, which is a two-storey building –- went to hostel number 5, which is a six-storey building, to commit suicide.

To avoid such incidents, instructions were issued to all hostel wardens to install grilles on the top floors of their hostels. The authorities directed that the grilles be installed from the fourth to the sixth floor in the hostels.

During a visit to the hostel recently, where the incident took place and other new hostels, which are six-storeyed, it was found that no action had been taken for the safety of the hostel inmates by the authorities on the top floors.

Surprisingly, a series of meetings were held following the suicide case in June this year. The department concerned also assured to install the grilles at the earliest.

Source said a special committee was constituted to implement the decision and hire professional counsellors for the students. Records revealed that in the past four months, three meetings had been chaired by the DSW (Women) Nandita to discuss student-related issues wherein a proposal was mooted to install wire mesh as the budget estimate of the grilles was on the higher side.

PU DSW (Women) Nandita said, “A month ago, the proposal of installing wire meshes was approved and the Engineering Department was asked to implement it. But no action has been taken by them till date.”

She said,”Next week I will again communicate to all wardens to speed up the work of installing wire meshes in their hostels.”

Nandita said to avoid such incidents in future, the authorities had hired a counsellor who regularly visited the hostels from where the complaints were received. She said, “About 100 applications have been received for the post of professional counsellor but nobody has been found suitable for the post.”


  • June 11, 2014: An M.Sc biophysics student of hostel number 1, Divya, jumped from the 6th floor of hostel number 5.
  • December 1, 2013: Ankurita Tripathi (22) was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her residence in the ITBP Complex, Sector 32. The Chandigarh Police have booked a teacher of the Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University, for abetment to suicide.
  • May 24, 2013: Amandeep Singh Dhaliwal, IVth year student of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Panjab University, committed suicide by tying his legs with an iron chain and electrocuting himself with a heater wire in his hostel room.
  • May 15, 2013: V Thurhil Sanga (22), IVth semester student of MA (economics) and resident of hostel number 6, found dead in the hostel room under mysterious circumstances.


Records reveal that in the past four months, three meetings had been chaired by the DSW (Women) Nandita to discuss student-related issues wherein a proposal was mooted to install wire mesh as the budget estimate of the grilles was on the higher side.



PU roster not as per UGC guidelines?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
The teaching roster of Panjab University is not as per the UGC guidelines for the SC/ST candidates. This is in violation of the National Reservation Policy, Fundamental Rights and UGC guidelines-2006.

A complaint regarding the issue has been made by the faculty members to the authorities. The university faculty alleged that the roster had not been updated as it continued to show the names of faculty members who had retired.

Referring to a recent advertisement for various teaching posts, the faculty complained that it was not as per the SC/ST reservation rules.

According to the UGC guidelines, there has to be a reservation of 15 per cent, which is approximately 7 posts, but the university has allocated two.

In promotions, too, the reservation policies had not been implemented by Panjab University.

As per the UGC roster policy-2006, the first position goes to an SC candidate whereas the university has earmarked the third post against the roster point.

The university has already filled the first post with a general category candidate and has again advertised two other posts for the general category candidates (Associate Professor) though the authorities are aware that two senior teachers under the reserved categories are available in the department.

As per rules, there should be a separate interview for the SC/ST candidates but till date, the PU authorities have never followed this rule at the time of interview. The issue will be taken up in the Syndicate meeting, scheduled for tomorrow.

Besides, the agenda of 10 additional seats in MPhil course for the officers serving in the Armed Forces from the current session 2014-15 in the Department of Defence and National Security is going to be tabled for approval.

sc/sts sidelined?

A complaint regarding the issue has been made by the faculty members to the authorities. They have complained that the roster was not as per the SC/ST reservation rules. In promotions, too, the reservation policies had not been implemented by Panjab University.



Survey to identify outsiders’ vehicles at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
Taking note of the traffic problem on the campus, Panjab University is mulling to monitor the inflow of ‘outsider’ vehicles and make separate arrangement for their parking.

The decision was taken at a recent meeting chaired by PU Registrar GS Chadha along with officials of the university.

Sources said in the meeting, the officials were asked to earmark the parking lots on the campus for the faculty, students and outsiders.

The meeting also decided that a survey be conducted regarding the inflow of outside vehicles on the campus and also of residents.

On the basis of the survey, the area will be earmarked near the gate points on the campus for the parking of outside vehicles.

The officials also discussed the plans drafted for the parking problem, which are yet to be implemented by the PU authorities.

The university has got five new parking lots sanctioned from the UT Chief Architecture Department.

The architecture department has approved the parking lot for 44 vehicles near the Student Centre.

Records of the university revealed that at present, there are two parking lots near the Student Centre with a capacity to accommodate 66 cars. Another parking lot to accommodate 46 cars has been sanctioned near the Correspondence Department on the campus.

At present, parking space for around 104 cars is available near the department.

Records of the university revealed that the campus — which spreads over an area of 550 acres in Sectors 14 and 25 — witnesses an inflow of around 8,000 vehicles on an average.

parking lots

On the basis of the survey, the area will be earmarked near the gate points on the campus for the parking of outside vehicles. The UT Chief Architecture Department has also approved the parking lot for 44 vehicles near the Student Centre in Panjab University.



Vocalists’ renditions mesmerise audience
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
Scintillating vocal performances were given by Manjusha Patil and Shounak Abhisheki on the second day of the 37th Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan at Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan today.

Both the vocalists won a round of applause from the audience through a rendition of different ragas.

Manjusha Patil began her recital in Raag Bihag with a Vilambit composition in Ektaal - ‘Ae Ma Dhan Dhan Re’ followed by a fast composition in Drut Teentaal.

She continued with a beautiful composition set to Rupak Taal in Raag Sohni - ‘Jiyara Re’ followed by a Drut Teentaal composition. In her mellifluous voice, she sang some complicated permutations with great ease.

After this beautiful recital, Shounak Abhisheki presented a wonderful rendition of Raag Jaijaivanti. The Vilambit composition was set to Ektaal - ‘Kahan kal Vahi’, followed by a Drut composition in Ektaal ‘ Bairan Jaagi Naveli’. Following this, he presented two compositions in Raag Adana.

The audience was greatly overwhelmed by the performance which he concluded with a popular bhajan sung by his late father Jeetendee Abhisheki, ‘Shiv ke Mann sharan ho’.

Vinita Gupta, Secretary, Indian National Theatre said on the concluding day of the sammelan, there would be a flute yugalbandhi by Suchismita and Debopriya followed by a vocal performance by Vidushi Ashwini Bhide.

The Indian National Theatre has kept the admission free of cost and encourages children to attend such musical events.

musical feat

Manjusha Patil began her recital in Raag Bihag with a Vilambit composition in Ektaal - ‘Ae Ma Dhan Dhan Re’ followed by a fast composition in Drut Teentaal. After this beautiful recital, Shounak Abhisheki presented a wonderful rendition of Raag Jaijaivanti.



Anti-cracker rally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
Ashmah International School organised an anti-cracker campaign. The students as well as residents were educated about the ill-effects of burning crackers and were advocated about the idea of celebrating Diwali with candles, sweets and non-polluting green crackers available in markets.

The students carried colourful placards and raised slogans like 'say no to crackers, yes to life' to cultivate a sense of duty towards the society.

The campaign was flagged off by chairman JS Keser. He said crackers should not only be avoided but also be banned. He urged the students to take this message to not only their families, but also their neighbourhood and adjoining colonies.



Diwali function

Chandigarh: The tiny tots of Eurokids, Sector 37, along with their teachers and parents organised a colourful function to celebrate Diwali. The function was also held Euro kids School, Sector 9, Panchkula. During occasion, the school wore a festive look and Diwali was celebrated with full fervour and enthusiasm.

Students visit institute for the blind

DECEd (NTT) students of DAV Model School, Sec 15-A, Chandigarh visited the Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, on the occasion of Diwali to share the festive spirit. Principal of the institute apprised the teacher trainees about the working of the institute regarding the use of Braille language, books, typewriters and other equipment. Sweety Bahl, DECEd in charge, staff and teacher trainees interacted with the students and teachers of the blind institute to develop an understanding regarding the problems of the blind.

Rangoli-making activity

Diwali celebrations were held at the Tiny-tots' Foundation School. A special assembly was organised for the day. The children sang Diwali songs with the choir. The children were told that Diwali is a festival of happiness and lights. The students were dressed in tradition party attires for the day. A rangoli-making activity was held in the school. Girls of UKG class participated in the activity and enjoyed filling colours with the teachers. Children participated in dancing and colouring activities.

Diya decoration

The kindergarten section of Gem Public Sr Sec School celebrated the festival of lights with fervor. The students came to the school dressed in party attires. A diya-decoration and rangoli-making competition was organised on the occasion.

Skits organised

Sherwood Convent School, Phase IV, held a campaign to celebrate a cracker-free and safe Diwali. The students spread the message of celebrating an environment-friendly festival of lights through skits. They decorated earthen diyas. — TNS



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