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Rampal’s presence at Panchkula General Hospital
Patients, attendants bear brunt
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Patients wait for treatment at the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, on Thursday.
Patients wait for treatment at the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, November 20
Patients and attendants at the General Hospital, Sector 6, here today faced inconvenience due to the presence of self-styled godman Rampal.

After his arrest at Satlok Ashram, Hisar, Rampal was brought to the General Hospital here at 12.47 am today.

Though he was kept in a special room in a corner that led to the general ward on the third floor, patients and their attendants had a tough time, particularly in the morning hours.

The paediatrics OPD in the same lane on the third floor was shifted to the Sick Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) on the second floor. Unaware that the OPD had been shifted, patients gathered there and were seen making enquiries, leading to a chaotic situation. The OPD starts at 9 am. Rampal was taken to the police station in Sector 5 at 11 am.

“Since the OPD had been shifted, at least they could have guided us to the new place. Our newborn was unwell and I couldn’t see anyone there except a huge police force,” said the infant’s father on condition of anonymity.

He said, “With great difficulty, I finally managed to locate the doctor on the other floor.”

“I have been shuttling from one room to the other in search of the room where the OPD has been shifted. I can’t wait any longer now so I am taking my child to the Mani Majra Civil Hospital,” said Sunita, a mother.

As the corridor in which Rampal’s room was located led to an operation theatre, meant for general surgeries, several attendants had to wait at a far-off place.

“The police didn’t allow me to go inside the corridor saying that Rampal was there. The hospital should have made arrangements to ensure that people were not harassed,” said another attendant on condition of anonymity.

“I have come to meet my relative, but the police have cordoned off the area because of Rampal,” said Ramandeep, a visitor.

Principal Medical Officer Usha Gupta said, “I spoke to the paediatrician who imformed me nobody faced any harassment. Patients were seen at the SNCU till 11 am and later at the paediatrics OPD.”

I spoke to the paediatrician who imformed me that nobody faced any harassment. Patients were seen at the SNCU till 11 am and later at the paediatrics OPD.
Usha Gupta, 
Principal Medical Officer

Paediatrics OPD shifted
The paediatrics OPD was shifted at 9 am to the Sick Newborn Care Unit till 11 am, the time when Rampal was taken away from the hospital. Though the operation theatre functioned smoothly, attendants of the patients had to wait at a far-off place as the police did not allow them to enter the area.

Rampal was shifted to lock-up
In view of the inconvenience caused to patients and their attendants, the police decided to shift Rampal at 11 am to a lock-up at the Sector 5 police station before he was produced in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.



Rampal given ‘VIP treatment’
Kept in special room at P’kula General Hospital; authorities cite security reasons
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 20
Self-styled godman Rampal was kept in a special room— Room number 301— of the General Ward in the old building of General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula.

As per sources, the room is opened only when a doctor is ill or a VIP comes to be admitted. At 11.05 pm, Chief Medical officer VK Bansal came and checked whether the room was well set or not. The care was being taken despite the fact that Rampal had troubled the Haryana Governmnet for days together. A team of doctors — physician, chest physician, ENT specialist and ortho-all specialists were asked to report immediately to the hospital at night.

All medical equipment such as ventilator, defibrrilator, oxygen and a cylinder were made ready for use. The doctors were asked to be present for his check up at regular intervals.

However, officials of the General Hospital said that Rampal was given a separate room due to security reasons and also so that other patients were not harassed.

In order to avoid media during Rampal’s arrival in Panchkula, initially, the police force was deployed at Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32, Chandigarh, and no force was deployed at the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula.

After the medical examination at night, Rampal was seen sitting in a meditating posture and then went off to sleep. Three police officers were deployed inside his room for security reasons, whereas other Haryana Police officials were deployed outside his room.

Police had got three persons along with Rampal. As per sources, the commandos allegedly bundled them into one room and locked the room. Mediapersons, doctors and staff could hear their shrieks outside. Rampal urged the police not to beat them.

The hospital has no record of these three persons.

Directions issued to treat Rampal as criminal
Sources said when Rampal asked for breakfast on Thursday morning, a staff member of the hospital gave her meal to Rampal. Doctors issued directions that Rampal should be treated as a criminal.

Chandigarh Police refused to keep Rampal in city
Jurisdiction issue again came to the fore when the Chandigarh Police reportedly refused to keep Rampal at any of the hospitals in Chandigarh at night stating that Rampal was kept in the General Ward under tight security at the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula. the case was of the Haryana Police. Though the room in the hospital was being readied but until Rampal’s arrival in the city, talks were on till late night with the top brass of the Chandigarh Administration whether Rampal should be kept in Chandigarh or not. As per sources the Chandigarh police refused to keep him at the PGI or the GMCH-32.

Rampal was kept in the General Ward under tight security at the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

9.21 pm:Rampal arrested from Hisar
9.30 pm:Panchkula General Hospital in Sector 6 abuzz with activites and an Inspector checks the security at hospital.
9.32 pm: Ventilator, defibrillator all medical equipment made available in his room 301.
9.35 pm: A mock drill conducted as a part of rehearsal.
12.47 am:- Rampal enters hospital
10.55 am:- Rampal taken to Sector 5 police station
12.55 pm: Taken for High court.



Alone with no followers around
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Controversial sect head Rampal, who until yesterday was enjoying the support of thousands of disciples, was seen alone with hardly anyone turning up in his support at the Punjab and Haryana High Court today.

The court premises was converted into a virtual fortress with the Chandigarh Police making elaborate security arrangements in anticipation that Rampal’s supporters may reach there.Personnel of the Chandigarh Police, the Rapid Action Force (RAP) and the Punjab Police stood guard outside the court building to prevent any untoward incident.The roads leading to the court were barricaded with vehicles moving towards the High Court being frisked by the security staff.

Not taking any chances, a blue truck of the Haryana Police in which the self-styled godman was brought to the court was parked close to Gate N0. 2 from where he was taken inside the court complex amid tight security.

An ambulance also accompanied the cavalcade which was parked just next to the truck to attend to Rampal in case he complained of sickness.Rampal’s presence in the court attracted many lawyers and visitors, who waited patiently outside the gate to have a glimpse of him.Mediapersons gathered at a place designated to them in a corner outside the gate.At 2.43 pm, Rampal was brought out of the court complex surrounded by policemen who provided a safe passage for him. Rampal straightaway walked inside the truck followed by the policemen who bolted the door from inside. The policemen cleared the road for the vehicles, which had queued up to leave for Panchkula.



death in accident
Tribunal orders Rs 67 lakh relief for constable’s family
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
A year after a UT constable died in an accident, the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal has directed the accused and Reliance General Insurance Company to pay around Rs 67 lakh as compensation to the aggrieved family of the victim. The tribunal has ordered that the family be paid Rs 66,73,230 as compensation jointly by the accused and the insurance company.

Chandigarh Police constable Vijay Kumar (39) had died after being hit by a multi-utility vehicle on October 1 last year. The constable was run over near the CRPF camp, Hallo Majra. Vijay, along with other policemen, was inspecting a road accident spot at about 12.45 am when the accident took place.

The MUV, Force (CH 01 AM 9762), was going towards the Zirakpur side from Chandigarh. The driver first hit the constable and then a vehicle belonging to the Sector 31 police station.

Vijay, an ex-serviceman, had joined the Chandigarh Police about three years prior to the incident. He was deployed with a police canter, used to ferry policemen from the Sector 31 police station to different spots.

The petitioners, Rajnesh, widow of the constable, their children Yogita (12) and Hemant Kumar (10), and the constable’s father, Kaptan Singh (67), had submitted an application under Section 166 of the Motor Vehicles Act for the grant of compensation to the tune of Rs 1 crore on account of the death of Vijay Kumar in an accident.

The constable was getting a salary of Rs 32,000 per month. It was stated in the petition that the constable retired from from the Indian Army and was getting a pension of Rs 10,000 per month. As a result, his monthly income was Rs 42,000.

“Due to his untimely death, the claimants suffered a rude shock as well as loss of love and affection,” said the tribunal, presided over by Sessions Judge SK Aggarwal.

In its reply, Reliance General Insurance Company came forward with the plea that the alleged driver of the offending car in question was not holding a valid driving licence at the time of the accident. The vehicle in question was being driven in “great violation” of the terms and conditions of the insurance policy.

“The accused was driving the vehicle rashly and negligently, which was also owned by him and the vehicle was under insurance with Reliance General Insurance Company as per a copy of the insurance policy. So they shall be jointly liable to pay the amount of compensation. Besides, the claimants are also held entitled to interest at the rate of 7.5 per cent per annum on the awarded amount from the date of its filing till its realisation,” said the tribunal.

Rs 11 lakh compensation for girl’s family

The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal has also awarded Rs 11 lakh to the family of a Class XII student, Rajni (17), who was crushed under a CTU bus on January 23 at the ISBT, Sector 17. Bus driver Vijay Kumar was booked by the police for causing death due to negligence and rash driving. Rajni was a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Dhanas. Her family lived in Ambala while she was living here with her grandparents for studies.



births & deaths dept
Two caught taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Two employees of the District Registrar (Births and Deaths), Sector 17, a department under the Municipal Corporation, were arrested by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sleuths while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 5,000.

Sources said the accused, Raj Kumar, a clerk who is a resident of Sector 23, and Vikramjit Singh, a contractual employee who resides in Ropar, were arrested by the CBI sleuths from the office in Sector 17 while taking the money.

According to the CBI, the duo had demanded the bribe from Mandeep, a resident of Sector 41, in lieu of issuing the death certificate of his father with some corrections in his name. The sources said Vikramjit was the middleman in the case.

On the basis of a complaint, a case under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, was registered against the accused. Both accused will be produced in the court on November 21.

Complaints received against clerk earlier too

Sources in the MC said in the past too, several complaints were received against Raj Kumar by MC officials, but no action was taken.


Doctor’s appointment as OSD creates buzz at PGI
For a few it brings hope, but many resent move
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
The appointment of Dr Varinder Garg, a radiologist, as the Officer on Special Duty to the Union Health Minister JP Nadda at the PGIMER has created a buzz and got a mixed response at the institute.

The decision of the Health Minister is being perceived differently by the PGI staff, and has given jitters to a few in the administration.

While a former director has taken exception to his appointment, the faculty association of the institution has welcomed the move. There are others who have resented the move anonymously fearing interference.

Dr BNS Walia, former Director of the institute and presently Emeritus Professor, said, “The role of an OSD is superfluous. What is the purpose of an autonomous body if you have a watchdog here in the form of an OSD. Is the Director of the Institute not competent enough to communicate directly with the Union Health Ministry?”

Dr SK Sharma, former Director, in whose tenure, the first OSD to the Health Minister was appointed at the PGI, meanwhile, said, “It is the discretion of the Minister to appoint a person. It is a part of the system.”

The PGIMER Faculty Association, on the other hand welcomed the move. “If a doctor can become the Health Minister (Dr Harsh Vardhan, previous Health Minister), then why can’t a doctor be appointed as the OSD?” The move is welcoming because a person from the medical fraternity will have a far better understanding of basic problems, requirements and limitations of a medical institute than a non-technical person and conveythe problem in a better way,” said Dr Virendra Singh, president, PGIMER Faculty Association.

The institute’s administration has been seeing egos at play in a number of decisions and events. For instance, during the inauguration of the PGI’s Satellite Centre in Sangrur, last year, , one senior Administrator had skipped the event due to issues with another Administator.

Former ministers and OSDs
First OSD -Rajinder Sikka from Haryana Public Works appointed in 2003 by Sushma Swaraj as the Health Minister
Second OSD- Yogesh Sawhney, former Minister from Jammu and Kashmir appointed by Ghulam Nabi Azad in 2012.

Expectations from OSD (for staff and patients)
Faster implementation of proposals
Objective outlook on requirements and problems

Duties of OSD
To mediate between the Union Health Ministry and the PGI in all major decisions pertaining to the institution.

Rules/critera for appointment
The OSD is selected purely on the choice of the Union Health Minister and can be anyone from the government services.

‘My appointment will lead to better understanding’
The rationale behind my selection was to have a technical person coordianate. I am the OSD to the president of the institute and they expect me to have a deeper understanding of issues relating to the medical field and work for the welfare of an institute like the PG, which is already doing an excellent job.
— Dr Varinder Garg, OSD to health Minister

‘Will help in smooth flow of info’
Having a doctor in PGI will help in smooth flow of information.
— Laxmikant Tewari, Former PGI employee

‘Will be beneficial in scrutinising proposals’
It will help the health ministry in scrutinising the proposals from the doctors in the administration with technical expertise.
— Ashwini Munjal, Former President of PGI employees’ Union



Rampal costs Admn Rs 3 crore
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Self-styled godman Rampal has cost the Chandigarh Administration Rs 3 crore already. As the contempt of court case against the self-styled godman came up for hearing today, the Chandigarh Administration told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that Rs 3 crore were already spent on security arrangements in the case till the previous date.

The assertion came in response to a query by the High Court on expenditure involved in the operation to arrest Rampal and security arrangements by Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. The Bench of Justice M Jeyapaul and Justice Darshan Singh, on the previous date of hearing, had asserted: “We are pained to note that the Union of India, the State of Haryana, the State of Punjab and the State of U.T. Chandigarh have incurred huge expenditure in the process of implementation of a direction passed by this court on account of the unlawful obstruction made by contemnor Rampal through his followers.

“Further, the UT Chandigarh had to employ a major chunk of its force to keep the followers of Rampal away from the city during the course of hearing of this case and as a result, it has incurred huge expenditure. Therefore, the Assistant Solicitor General of India, the Advocate-General for the State of Haryana, the Advocate General for the State of Punjab and the Senior Standing counsel for the UT, Chandigarh, shall file a statement of account reflecting the expenditure borne by them during the hearing of this case before this court and also during the course of implementation of the direction of this court to execute non-bailable warrants”.



Cops remain on their toes
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, November 20
Though the Haryana Ppolice escorted the accused, Rampal, to Hisar after producing him before the Punjab and Haryana High Court this afternoon, the district police remained on its toes at various nakas laid on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway throughout the day.

Apprehending movement of baba followers to Chandigarh, the district police had deployed heavy police forces at all entry and exit points on various link roads. Besides the present police force, four additional companies of the Punjab Police, were stationed at various places in the subdivision to handle the situation.



Mehram murder case
Police recover spade, scooter used in crime
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 20
The Mohali Police recovered the rake ( a kind of spade) and scooter which were used by accused Tajinder Singh, alias Ganju, in the gruesome murder of six-year-old Mehram Singh Sandhu.

The rake has been recovered from about 200 metre from the murder spot in the dumping yard at Sector 69 and Ganju's Vespa scooter from his Phase IX residence. Both the recoveries were made in presence of the local naib tehsildar.

"We recovered the rake at the behest of Ganju, whom we took along to reconstruct the murder scene. A string of hair has been found on the rake, which is apparently of Mehram", said Mohali SSP Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti. He said, the sample of hair would be sent for forensic examination.The rake was used by Ganju on November 4 night to dig the pit to bury Mehram's body. "He had picked up the tool from the garbage dumping yard and hid it in the bushes after burying him", said the SSP.

The scooter was used in kidnapping

Reconstruction of crime scene: The Mohali Police reconstructed the crime scene by taking the accused to all the spots from the park (from where Mehram was kidnapped) to the garbage dumping yard. "We took Ganju along to reconstruct the crime scene so that we could get more evidence", said Bhatti.

More than one person may be involved

The fact that whether Ganju had committed the crime alone or not is yet to be ascertained. The police have not yet ruled out the involvement of any family member of the victim. Apart from that, Ganju's four friends, with whom he used to consume liquor and gamble, are under the scanner. The four friends are security guards at a private hospital and all belong to Jammu. Their verification is being done.

No clue from Ganju's mobile call details

The mobile call details of Ganju are being analysed, the police have not got any clue so far. Sources revealed that Ganju had made around seven to eight phone calls from his mobile on October 28. "So far we have got no clue from the call details. His call detail record is being analysed", said a police officer adding that Ganju had never made any phone call to any member of the victim's family. The official added that Ganju had two to three SIM cards of different states. "On October 31, he had left the city and went with a cab as a driver. He had gone to Haryana, Delhi and Himachal and returned on November 8 or 9. He had also attended the candle march protest at PhaseVIII on November 9 evening and bhog ceremony of Mehram on November 12", said the police.

Ganju's family demand CBI probe

Terming that Ganju has been falsely implicated in the case, his family members, including father Sher Singh and brother, Jagtar Singh, demanded a CBI probe. "The police have taken him without any evidence. If they have any evidence they must disclose it soon. We demand a CBI inquiry into the case", said the family members.

Cops claim to have analysed 18 lakh phone calls

The Mohali Police have claimed to have analysed around 18 lakh phone calls while trying to solve the case. "We had lifted mobile call dumps from October 22 to 28 and then from November 1 to 7 from the areas, including Phase IX, Sector 69, Sector 70 and Kumbhra village. In the dumps, there were around 18 lakh phone calls which were being analysed by special teams till solving of the case", claimed an official.



Passport adalats see huge rush on Day 1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
The Regional Passport Office, Chandigarh, witnessed a huge rush on the first day of the passport adalats, which are being held to clear cases pending since 2012, today.

Passport officials said there were about 2,000 such cases.

The passport adalats are held on working days from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm till December 2.

Applicants who have submitted their passport applications on or before December 31, 2013, where passports have not been issued as yet will be required to attend the passport adalat.

All the districts under the RPO, Chandigarh, will be covered in these passport adalats. The districts covered are SAS Nagar (Mohali), Chandigarh, Panchkula, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ropar, Bathinda, Sangrur, Barnala, Patiala, Mansa, Ludhiana, Khanna, Jagraon, Moga, Ambala, Jind, Karnal, Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Bhiwani, Yamunanagar, Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa.

Rakesh Agrawal, Regional Passport Officer, Chandigarh, said in 2013, the Chandigarh Passport Office received around 3.3 lakh applications. Out of these, around 2,000 applications are still pending because of various objections in the files and non-submission of required documents.

A majority of the files are pending due to objections in police clearance or if the applicant has failed to follow up his/her case.

Gurveen Kaur, who came all the way from Ropar, said she had come to the passport adalat to expedite her case.



Events mark police week celebrations

Chandigarh, November 20
The UT cops today organised a painting competition and street play on road safety as a part of the police week celebrations at the Sector 17 Plaza here today.

Nearly 300 school students took part in the painting competition. A play on road safety, prepared by the Chandigarh Police, was also staged. A blood donation camp was organised at the Police Lines in Sector 26 during which 58 units were collected.

Further, a musical evening was held at Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary Model School in Sector 27 wherein Punjabi singers Lakhwinder Wadali and Vinay Pal Buttar regaled the audience. A documentary on the Chandigarh Police was also released at the event. — TNS



Estate Office offers relief to allottees
Mandatory completion certificate for NOC no more needed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Now, it will not be mandatory for an allottee to submit the completion certificate while applying for a no objection certificate (NOC) for sale of property.

In the decision taken at the level of the Finance Secretary, the allottees have been asked to give an undertaking while applying for the NOC.

Two months ago, the UT Estate Office had asked allottees or lessees, who have not obtained the mandatory completion or occupation certificate, to apply for it, failing which proceedings under Section 8A of the Capital of Punjab (Development and Regulation) Act, 1952, were to be initiated against them.

A large number of cases of transfer of property were held up in the Estate Office due to the previous order.

Before the waiver, the Estate Officer had observed that some allottees or lessees have not obtained mandatory completion or occupation certificate in respect of sites allotted, transferred or leased out to them.

According to the terms and conditions of the allotment or lease, every allottee or lessee is required to complete the building in a time-bound manner and obtain a completion certificate. On account of breach of any condition of the allotment or lease, the allotment or lease can be cancelled by the Estate Office. In the absence of completion or occupation certificate, no request for transfer or for any other purpose can be entertained by the office.



City hospitals gear up for Ebola
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Following the first case of Ebola infection landing in the country, city hospitals have geared up their preparations. Rapid response teams in the city have been formed in all the three government hospitals — PGIMER, GMCH-32 and GMSH-16.

While training of the staff in government hospitals is being carried out every fortnight, a training of private practitioners was also carried out two days ago by the Nodal Officer of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), Dr Anil Garg.

Safety kits and protective suits have been dispatched from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi, for the city hospital staff who will be involved in testing and treatment of patients, said Garg.

A 26-year-old Indian man who landed in New Delhi from Liberia on November 10 was quarantined immediately after he was found with a certificate stating that he was cured of Ebola virus.

Till date, no treatment for Ebola is available in India. In case of suspicion, samples are to be sent for analysis to the virology lab in the NCDC.

So far, 15,400 Ebola cases have been reported worldwide with over 5,000 proving fatal.

What is Ebola
It is a deadly virus believed to have been originated from bats and causes haemorrhagic (high) fever among humans.

Increased susceptibility to bleeding, fever and red spots on body.



Book scam
2 PSEB officials dismissed
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 20
Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) chairperson Dr Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal today dismissed a district manager and a deputy manager in a book scam worth Rs 1 crore.

The officials in question included Anil Sharma, the district manager of the board’s book depot at Ludhiana, and Ravinder Kumar, the deputy manager.

Besides, the PSEB authorities have issued a warning to two officials, Kulwant Kaur and Rajinder Kaur, both senior assistants, for dereliction of duty and ordered to recover an embezzled amount of Rs 10,696 from a retired senior assistant, Ranbir Singh.

PSEB secretary Gurinder Pal Singh Batth said Anil Sharma was put under suspension for corruption on June 30, 2012. “He was not giving us the account records for the past few years. An inquiry against him was being conducted by a committee constituted by the board management,” said Batth.

According to the committee’s report, Sharma had not send the supplementary debit credit bills of books, which were supplied to Sarv Sikhiya Abhiyan (SSA) in 2011-12 and he didn’t adjust the advance of Rs 16 lakh paid by the Social Welfare Department/SSA in 2010-11.

“In this matter, the departmental inquiry was conducted by BL Gupta, a former registrar of Panjab University,” said Batth, adding that the report observed that the scam was worth Rs 97.64 lakh.



280 attend diabetes awareness programme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Over 280 patients attended a diabetes awareness programme organised by the GMCH-32 here today.

The Department of Ophthalmology, in collaboration with the departments of medicine and surgery, organised the event where patients were examined free of cost for diabetes and related ailments.

Panchkula Mayor Upinder Ahluwalia, who was the chief guest on the occasion, highlighted the importance of early diagnosis of complication in diabetics and purported ‘Clean India, Healthy India’.

GMCH director Dr Atul Sachdev spoke about the magnitude of the problem in the tricity.

The conference aimed at raising awareness on a much-desired improvement in the lifestyle of diabetics. The patients were offered free examination, including random blood sugar evaluation, dietary advice and foot check-up.

Prof Sunandan Sood, Head, Opthalmology Department, said the event was an attempt to improve the quality of life of diabetics.

Dr Subina Narang, Associate Professor, Ophthalmology, highlighted that eye is the window to systemic diseases and reflects the changes occurring in the body due to diabetes.

An interactive session was also organised on the occasion with experts, including endocrinologist, ophthalmologist, surgeon, cardiologist, nephrologist, dietician and biochemist, answering queries.



Miscreants attack lawyer’s house
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 20
Unidentified miscreants attacked the house of local advocate Mohinder Singh with bottle bombs and stones, on Wednesday night.

“The miscreants came in a Ford Fiesta car and hurled stones and bottle bombs at our residence. Some people of the area witnessed the incident,” alleged Mohinder SIngh.

He added that PCR was called at the spot but the police was yet to initiate legal proceedings in the case.

The victim suspects two of his former employees.

The house under attack is located in VIP area, where Congress MLA from Fatehgarh Sahib Kuljit Singh Nagra, Akali Dal leader Kiranbir Singh Kang and other prominent persons reside.



cultural programme
Jail inmates bring out their creative side
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
A cultural programme ‘Sanjhi Sham’ was organised in the Model Jail, Burail, today. The programme was organised by the Prison Department in collaboration with the Indian National Trust for Art, Culture and Heritage Chandigarh Chapter (INTACH).

The inmates of the jail presented songs and performed bhangra. The organisers stated that the cultural functions are helpful in reducing the stress level of the prisoners and also, it gives them a platform to showcase their talent. They added that the energy of prisoners is channelised in a positive direction and so it also gives a sense of upliftment to the prisoners.



census data
100 attend dissemination workshop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
A data dissemination workshop on census data was organised today at the Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42.

The workshop was conducted jointly with the Directorate of Census Operations, Chandigarh. Data of total SC population and slum population of Chandigarh vis-a-vis other states and UT was presented by the students of the college using analytical techniques and by comparing data with other departments of Chandigarh administration.

Social and culture tables of age data, disability, census publications, sample registration system (SRS), civil registration system (CRS) and medical certification for causes of death (MCCD) were also discussed at length. About 80 participants from the college and 20 from the Census Directorate attended the workshop. The joint director, KS Bhatnagar, emphasised on the use of innovative and flexible data base technology of CensusInfo to the participants. CensusInfo training was given by the officers of the Census Directorate.

Prizes for the best presentation were also given to the students. Principal Mani Bedi, in her keynote address, appreciated the efforts of the Census Department team and encouraged the students to participate in such events. Dr Abha Sudarshan presented a vote of thanks.

The data on houses, household amenities and assets in possession of the household for total/SC/slum and women headed households, population data on total/SC and various parameters such as sex ratio, child sex ratio (0-6 years) and literacy data at ward level, single year age data, disability and workers and its categories has already been released.

City tops in clean tap water facility

The City Beautiful has reported that 93.7 per cent households are facilitated with tap water from the treated source, which is the highest in the country. About 87.2 per cent households avail drainage connectivity with closed drainage. Over 46.7 per cent households own a mode of transportation. About 33.2 per cent households have computers with internet or without internet facility, which also has been reported as the highest in the country.



neonatology course at PGI
CME, alumni meet to mark silver jubilee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
On the occasion of the silver jubilee of the neonatology course at the PGIMER, the Advanced Paediatrics Centre will hold a three-day continuous medical education (CME) programme. The CME will begin on Friday.

The department will also hold an alumni meet at the PGI on Friday, seeing doctors who conceptualised the programme of the new born care and the course at the PGI and those who executed it over the years. The Newborn Unit in the Department of Pediatrics, PGI, is the apex centre that takes care of the health problems of premature and sick newborns in Chandigarh and surrounding seven states. The ex-director of the PGI, Prof BNS Walia, and the founder of the Advanced Pediatrics Centre, will also be joining the celebrations. The founding fathers of the DM (Neonatology) course were Prof ON Bhakoo and Prof Anil Narang. Bhakoo said, “It is very satisfying to see that our students are leaders in the field both in India as well the other countries. Skills that a neonatologist must have are intensive care simplify new born care, human resource development in the field, coordination between the different levels of care ad management skills.” 



Noted historian delivers lecture at Panjab varsity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Distinguished historian Prof Nayanjot Lahiri and a professor of history at Delhi University (DU), Prof Nayanjot Lahiri, delivered a lecture during a PU colloquium at the Department of Evening Studies Auditorium on the university campus. Prof Lahiri spoke on the topic titled ‘Ashoka in ancient India’. PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover presided over the function.

University fellows, teachers, a large number of research scholars and students took part in the public lecture. Prof Lahiri is the recipient of the Infosys Prize for Humanities in Archaeology for 2013. Prof Lahiri has seven books/monographs, 11 edited volumes and 27 research papers to her credit.



AKSIPS-125 celebrates annual day with gusto
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 20
A unique amalgamation of knowledge and entertainment event, titled “AVISHKAAR-The brain child of human break through”, marked the annual day of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School (AKSIPS), Sector 125, at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, today.

The event witnessed a huge participation from students who enthralled the audience with their dance performances.

The students presented various significant inventions, such as such as cinema, TV, telephone, radio, fire and wheel, that has changed the course of history. Besides, songs and entertaining items kept the students and the audience in high spirits.

The executive director of the AKSIPS Group of School, Jasdeep Kalra, said such extra-curricular activities shape the overall persona of children.



Poster contest raises HIV/AIDS awareness
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
The Red Ribbon Club of DAV College, Sector 10, organised a poster competition today.

The main motive of holding the competition was to create awareness related to Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) among the students.

The topic was “HIV/AIDS: A deadly epidemic”.

A large number of students participated in the competition. Principal (Dr) BC Josan encouraged the students to continue spreading awareness regarding Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome among the masses.

The principal distributed prizes to the winners of the competition.

The first prize was clinched by Sunil Kumar, second prize was given to Deepak Singh and third went to Sangeeta.

Sahil Jamwal and Ankush got the consolation prizes.

The Red Ribbon programming officers, Dr Nikhlesh Thakur, Dr Kulveer Sra and Puneet Chaddha also inspired the volunteers to serve the society selflessly and to extend support in creating awareness regarding the prevention and eradication of deadly diseases such as Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome.



Rayat-Bahra students develop solar tricycle
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 20
A team of mechanical students of Rayat-Bahra University (RBU) developed a very low cost solar tricycle for disabled persons.

The innovative solar tricycle is based on the principle of photoelectric effect in which sunlight strikes on the surface of the solar panel and battery gets charged with help of the controller, claimed the team members, comprising Sahil Sharma, Rajneesh Kumar, Rohit Jain and Sachin.

The project was being developed under the guidance of Prof. Sanjeev Dhama. “In the tricycle, we used electric motors instead of an internal combustion engine to provide motive force,” said the team members adding that after acceleration, the motor attached to battery will rotate and further provide rotational motion to axle and it could go up to 30 Kms (approx.) when fully charged.

Highlighting the advantages of the vehicle, the students told that tricycle uses renewable energy, environmentally friendly and cost-effective. “Solar panels and solar lighting may seem quite expensive when you first purchase it, but in the long run you will find yourself saving quite a great deal of money,” they said.

RBU chairman Gurvinder Singh Bahra congratulated the students and said as our oil reserves decline, it is important for us to turn to alternative sources for energy. The tricycle will be very beneficial for the disabled persons, he added.



from schools
Students told about proper hygiene

Various theme-based activities were conducted at AKSIPS-45 under the Bal Swachhata Mission. The activities helped to sensitise children about different aspects of hygiene. Topics such as self-awareness, eating habits, healthy hand washing, proper sanitary habits and the usage of handkerchief were discussed. A collage-making activity was also held on the harmful effects of unclean and clean places.

Bhavan Vidyalaya Junior takes part in competitions

Students of Bhavan Vidyalaya Junior, Sector 33, Chandigarh, participated in library- related competitions. The competitions were organised by the Divisional Library (South), Sector 34, Chandigarh. In the word game, Akhilesh Mehra of Class V bagged the second prize. In drawing competition, Ananya Makkar of Class III, Ashish Sahoo of Class V and Ananya Thakur of Class IV notched top positions. Inesh Dheer of Class IV clinched the third position in collage-making.

Chinese festival celebrated

Chinese festival was celebrated within the premises of Ryan International School, Mohali, by the students. The students were dressed in vibrating and colourful Chinese attire.

KV students visit Sector 31 police station

Senior students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31, participated in police friendly week by visiting Police Station, Sector 31, and Police Headquarters in Sector 9. They were apprised of the working, duties and responsibilities of police by the SHO, Kirpal Singh, Police Station, Sector 31.

Musical bonanza at Saupin’s School

Saupin’s School, Sector 32, Chandigarh, organised musical bonanza for the tiny tots of the UKG Wing on the school premises. The children took part in singing and recited poems on the occasion.

Students learn about Indian handicrafts

Students of Class III, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, were taught about “More Indian Cities”. The lesson helped them learn about the handicrafts of India. The students made bowls using the paper mache technique. — TNS



PU notes
Book release function

The Department of Alumni Relations, Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, in association with the Department of Political Science will organise a function to release a book titled “Kiran Bedi : Making of the top cop (An Illustrated Story)” at the Golden Jubilee Hall, PU, in Chandigarh on November 21. The PU Vice-Chancellor and the president, PU Alumni Association, Prof Arun Kumar Grover will release the book in the presence of Dr Kiran Bedi, IPS (Retd) at 11 am. On the occasion, Dr Kiran Bedi will also interact with the mediapersons. The PU Dean Alumni Relations, Prof Anil Monga, said the Deputy Director General, Unique Identification Authority of India, (UIDA) Keshni Anand Arora, and director, Judicial Academy, Balram Gupta will be the guest of honour. Former PU Vice-Chancellor Prof MM Puri will deliver the presidential address.

Short-term course for research scholars concludes

A short-term course for research scholars organised by the UGC-Academic Staff College, Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, concluded on Thursday with a valedictory function held on the campus. The theme of the course was “Towards an academic career”. As many as 25 research scholars from different disciplines attended the one- week long programme. The chief guest of the valedictory function, director, Vivekananda Study Centre, Prof Nandita, urged the scholars to develop a passion for research and teaching and to sustain those issues. She said research ethics are very important and should always be observed. The PU director, Academic Staff College, Prof Karamjeet Singh, earlier interacted with the participants and apprised them about the significance of research. — TNS



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