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Kumbhra accident
Another boy succumbs to injuries
Family members, Kandala village mourns the death of two youngsters
Tribune News Service
Daljit Singh waits for the body of his son Harminder Singh at his residence.
Daljit Singh waits for the body of his son Harminder Singh at his residence. 

Mohali, November 22
In yesterday’s major accident, another youngster, Avtar, succumbed to his injuries after midnight at the PGI, Chandigarh, taking the toll to two today.

Now, the deceased include Harminder Singh, aka Harry, aka Tinku, (who died on Friday night at the hospital) and Avtar, both good friends and residents of Kandala village. The condition of their third friend, Manjit Singh from Kumbhra village, who has also been referred from the Government Medical College & Hospital at Sector 32 to the PGI, Chandigarh, is said to be stable. Tinku and Avtar were studying in Class XI and Manjit was studying in Class XII at Government Senior Secondary School, Phase 3B1.

The trio, who was on their way to their homes on a scooter after school, was hit by a car at the Kumbhra traffic light point at around 2.15 pm. All of them, who were helmetless and triple-riding, had sustained serious injuries and were shifted to the nearby Fortis Hospital by a Good Samaritan. Later, their family members had shifted them (against the advice of Fortis doctors) to different hospitals of Chandigarh due to their inability to bear the expenses of the private hospital. The car driver, Mandip Singh, a resident of Phase 3B1, also sustained injuries and was admitted to Fortis Hospital while his six-year-old nephew, who was also in the car at the time of the incident, had a miraculous escape.

Today, pall of gloom descended on Kandala village, which woke up to the news of the death of its two youngsters. The cremation of Avtar and Tinku took place at different times.

Earlier, heart-rending scenes were witnessed at the houses of the youngsters. “My son had not taken his breakfast. Bring him back, he is hungry”, said the inconsolable mother of Tinku, Gurmit Kaur, aka Rani.

Tinku, who is the only son in the family, had gone to the school on a scooter for the first time as he got late and missed the bus.The duo (Tinku and Avtar) used to go to school on the scooter. “He didn’t have his breakfast and I asked him not to go to school that day. Had he not gone, he would have been alive”, said the grandmother of Tinku.

Another elderly resident, Harbhajan Singh Dhanoa, said the day before yesterday all residents were happy as a girl of our village was to get married tomorrow. “The joy has turned into tragedy now. The marriage will be held but without any celebration. ‘Jagran’, scheduled for last week in the village, will also be postponed now”, said Dhanoa.

The police have registered a case against the car driver Mandip Singh at the Phase 8 Police Station, here today. 

Families couldn’t afford treatment at pvt hospital

After the accident, the youngsters were shifted to Fortis Hospital. As the trio belonged to poor families and were unable to bear the expenses of the hospital, they decided to shift them to government hospitals. “We were told by the hospital authorities to deposit their charges which were out of our reach. So we decided to shift them to other hospitals. Avtar and Tinku were taken to the PGI, while Manjit was shifted to the GMCH, Sector 32, at around 10.30 pm on Friday night”, said Malkit Singh, sarpanch of the village. He claimed that the residents of the village collected around ~60,000 to pay the charges of the hospital. Tinku’s father, Daljit Singh, is a daily-wage earner, while Avtar’s family runs a grocery shop in the village and a taxi. Manjit Singh’s father is a school bus driver.

Victims, accused driver violated traffic rules

Both parties (the boys and the car driver) were violating traffic rules. The boys were jumping traffic lights, were underage, triple-riding and helmetless at the time of the accident. The car driver too was driving at breakneck speed which led to the horrifying accident.

Road mishaps in Mohali district

(since Jan 2014)

No.of deaths: 168
No. of injured persons: 307
No. of FIRs registered: 376

We are short of staff: Mohali SP (traffic)

No traffic policeman was present there on one of the busiest light points at the time of the incident. “People should obey traffic rules irrespective of the fact whether the police are manning the light point or not. Due to the staff shortage, we are lacking on this count (traffic management). Against the requirement of at least 100 traffic police personnel, we have less than 45 in the town. In the entire district, the number of traffic police is just 140, whereas the requirement is minimum of 200”, said Mohali SP (Traffic) SS Bains, explaining the traffic scenario.



Head constable rams jeep in Sector 35/36 rotary, killed 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
In a fatal accident, a head constable attached with the Punjab Police died after the car, he was driving, rammed into the Sector 35/36 roundabout in the wee hours here today.

The victim has been identified as Manjeet Singh and reportedly declared brought dead at the PGI. At the time of the incident, the victim after dropping someone at Mohali was driving his Bolero jeep (PB65-D-8308) and the vehicle was reportedly moving at a high speed. Manjeet Singh was working as a driver with the intelligence wing of the Punjab Police.

Sources said the accident occurred at 4.15 am near the intersection point of Sector 35 /36 roundabout. Manjeet is said to have crashed the jeep straight into the roundabout. A passer-by informed the police about the accident. He was rushed to the PGI where he was declared brought dead. His post-mortem examination was conducted at the Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, here. One of his colleagues said, “The family is heartbroken as he was the only earning member of the family. We requested the police not to register any case as the cause of death is clear”.

Inspector Bhupinder Singh, Station House Officer of the Sector 36 police station, said, “ The victim was posted in the intelligence wing of the Punjab Police as a driver. He was returning to the Punjab Police headquarters after dropping someone in Mohali. He was identified from the identity card found in his pocket”.

He further informed that the victim was a resident of Jalandhar, but was living in Chandigarh at the headquarters.

He is survived by his handicapped parents, a wife and three children — one daughter and two sons. All three are said to be studying in Jalandhar.



Renovation of house for Registrar
Special panel to review proposal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
A special committee was constituted by the Syndicate to review the proposal of incurring a sum of Rs 11 lakh on the renovation of the house to be allotted to newly appointed Registrar GS Chadha on the campus by the Panjab University authorities.

The decision was taken in the Syndicate meeting held today under the chairmanship of PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover.

The proposal for seeking approval for this expenditure was tabled at the meeting. This decision was taken as it is against the norms to provide a furnished accommodation to the Registrar on the campus.

The Syndics objected to it and asked the officials to review and prepare a report whether in the past the university had incurred any expenditure on renovation or furnishing a house of any official who is not eligible for it.

It is pertinent to mention here that a committee, which was specially constituted for recommending the renovation of a house for the Registrar, tabled a report in the meeting. It stated in its report that as per the appointment letter of the Registrar, duly approved by the Syndicate, unfurnished accommodation was to be provided to him.

At a meeting of the committee, which was chaired by PU DUI AK Bhandari, the executive engineer’s office informed that the work on the renovation of toilets and re-wiring at the house had already started.



Tough task cut out for new P’kula DCP
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 22
The new Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of Panchkula, Hamid Akhtar, has a number of challenges lined up.
With many gangs on the prowl in the city targeting residents, particularly elderly, Akhtar has a tough task ahead. Besides, he will have to tackle white-collar crime.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune over the phone from Rewari, the new DCP said, “I know there are many such areas to be worked upon. I will be able to tell about the area which I would be focusing on, only after I come to Panchkula.” He added, “I will assume the charge in Panchkula on Monday.”

Akhtar has replaced Rahul Sharma, who had a four-month stint here. Akhtar was the SP, Rewari. Sharma is now the SP, Panipat.

Meanwhile, the outgoing DCP, Rahul Sharma, was given a farewell by the Panchkula police here today. 

P’kula gets new DC

Vivek Atray is the Deputy Commissioner of Panchkula. He has replaced SS Phulia who has joined as the DC, Yamunanagar. 

gangs active in Panchkula

White Zen gang

Status: Untraced
Active since: 2007
Target: People, particularly employees, travelling with huge cash.
Modus operandi: Five persons come in a white Zen and loot people at gunpoint.

Sansi gang

Status: Untraced
Active since: 2002
Target: Elderly women wearing jewellery.
Modus operandi: Two women offer lift to victims and dupe them of their jewellery.

White Etios gang

Status: Untraced
Active since: 2011
Target: Bank cash vans, bikes.
Modus operandi: Gang intercepts the employees, open fire in case there is resistance and snatch the bag.



Bike rally deplores misuse of antibiotics
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
The Emerging Antimicrobial Resistance Society (EARS), an NGO, concluded its week-long campaign to stop misuse of antibiotics by holding a motorcycle rally.

A cavalcade of about 60 bikes driven by EARS volunteers traversed a distance of 22 km covering major hospitals in the tricity. The EARS conducted a series of activities from November 15 to 22 to promote rational use of antibiotics among doctors, clinicians, pharmacists and general public.



Vanishing ‘panthic’ agenda paving way for RSS in Punjab: Sikh scholars
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
Disappearance of ‘panthic’ agenda (Sikh-related issues) has given a chance to the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) to spread its wings in Punjab, feel Sikh scholars.

During a seminar, ‘Peaceful Co-Existence and Role of Sikhs’, organised by the Institute of Sikh Studies (ISS) here today, speakers said the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), under the leadership of Parkash Singh Badal, has given up the ‘panth-related issues’ and it was becoming a threat to the identity of Sikhism in the state.

The Sikh scholars also passed a resolution to rope in all Sikh organisations and form a joint platform to safeguard Sikhism. A three-member committee with Gurtej Singh, a former IAS officer, Dr Gurdarshan Singh Dhillon and Shashi Kant, a former DGP of Punjab, as its members, will coordinate with various Sikh bodies to chalk out a programme in this regard.

To give the final shape to the proposal and suggestions received from the Sikh organisations, another meeting would be held shortly, they said.



Tearful adieu to BJP leader Joshi

Chandigarh, November 22
Jai Ram Joshi (73), a former president of the BJP’s Chandigarh unit who passed away yesterday, was given a tearful adieu today.

A large number of people participated in Joshi’s last journey from his home in Sector 15. The mortal remains were consigned to flames by his sons Vineet Joshi and Saurabh Joshi at the Sector 25 cremation ground. — TNS



CME workshop begins at PGI

Chandigarh November 22
To mark the completion of 25 years of the DM (Neonatology) degree course, a CME workshop was inaugurated at the Advanced Paediatric Centre (APC) in the PGI here today.

Prof Sunit Singhi, head of the Department of Paediatrics, recalled the role of the APC founder Prof BNS Walia and the initiative by the then head of the newborn unit, Prof ON Bhakoo, in getting the course started. — TNS



Anti-encroachment drive proves futile in Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 22
The encroachment wing of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) carried out an anti-encroachment drive in Sector 20.
However, in an interesting turn of events, the ‘rehri walas’ themselves unloaded their belongings from the truck and all this while, the staff stood there as mute spectators.

Even the police officials that had gone with the staff did not utter a single word.



Mansa Devi Singh Dwar loses sheen
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 22
The ceremonial gate, Mansa Devi Singh Dwar, that was built at a cost of Rs 53.7 lakh as a part of the city beautification programme has turned into a blot as homeless people have found a home there.

Surprisingly, it has not caught the eye of officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) or the local administration.

During a meeting of the Mansa Devi Shrine Board, chaired by the then Chief Minister on August 8, 2006, it was proposed to construct a huge entrance gate conforming to the architecture of the temple on the main approach road as done at the entry point of Kurukshetra. A token budget of Rs 25 lakh was also made available for the financial year 2006-07. The foundation stone of the gate was also laid by the then Chief Minister, who happened to be the chairman of the shrine board, on January 4, 2007.

“The gate presented a historical look. But now with beggars encroaching upon it, the gate gives a bad taste to the visitors to the city,” said Ritika Chauhan, a local resident. “Officials keep removing small encroachments but they are surprisingly unaware of the illegal occupation at the gate,” said Vikas Batra, a local resident. 



Self-Development Programme
3-month innovative course begins at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Swami Vivekananda Studies (ICSVS), Panjab University (PU), has started a three-month innovative course - Self-Development Programme (SDP).

Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof AK Grover inaugurated the course at the ICSSR Complex, PU, today.

In his inaugural address, Prof Grover expressed his joy to be a part of the ceremony and mentioned how it had motivated him towards introspection.

He spoke about the significance of the programme in contemporary context and the relevance of Swami Vivekananda’s teaching in the current times.

He mentioned how the education system was lacking in skill development in some dimensions and how the course could help in getting back the balance between the two.

DSW (Women) Professor Nandita Singh shared the idea of the programme and how it took a six-month incubation period to structure and prepare the course that would benefit the participants in holistic personality development.

Prof Singh shared the theme and background of the course and mentioned that the SDP would be critically relevant to the students today who were in need of much more than formal education.

She said 10 faculty members and 20 research scholars and postgraduate students had been enrolled in the first match of the course. 



Syndicate approves grading system for NSS volunteers
Correspondence, part-time students can’t pursue MPhil
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
Panjab University distance education, correspondence and part-time students of Master of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology and Master of Philosophy in Psychiatric Social Work will not be able to pursue MPhil from now onwards. This decision was taken in the Syndicate meeting held today under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover.

The proposal, which was tabled in the meeting today, was mooted by a committee of the university.

The Syndicate also approved grading for NSS volunteers. The “A-grade” certificate will be provided to NSS volunteers who will complete two years and 240 hours of NSS work under regular activities. “A-grade” certificates will carry 2 marks.

The “B-grade” certificate will be provided to the volunteers who will complete 240 hours of NSS work and participate in seven-day camp and 2 blood donation drives. Besides, participation in any one national activity such as national integration camp and youth leadership programme is also required. The “B-grade” certificate carries 2.5 marks. The “C-grade” certificate will be provided to the volunteers who will complete 360 hours and attend two seven-day NSS camp. For “C-grade” certificate, the minimum enrollment is of 3 years as a NSS volunteer. The “C-grade” certificate holder will get 3 marks. The person who will complete one year and attended one seven-day camp will not get any grade and be given one mark weightage. The Syndicate also approved revised honorariums. The Dean Student Welfare will get an honorarium of Rs 5,000 and wardens will get Rs 2,000. Transport expenses for the DSW (Rs 2,500) and wardens (Rs 800) were also approved.

Other issues that were approved are

  • Validity of the advertisement, which sought applications for 93 posts of assistant professor, has been extended for a period of six months. Its validity will expire on December 23, 2014.
  • 22 cases were approved for the personal loan scheme by the State Bank of Patiala for research scholars of the university.
  • Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Crime for the 2014-15 session.
  • A committee has been constituted on the estimate of Rs 8,46,000 for the reconstruction of a damaged wall between warden houses no. 7 and 8 as objection was raised in the Syndicate to review the estimate.
  • 21 Senate members have submitted an application for change in the faculty. As per the norms, those Senators who have completed two years can change their faculty for the Senate.



PU & College notes 
NSS volunteer awarded

Shelly, a NSS volunteer of the Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, Chandigarh, was given the Indira Gandhi National NSS Award at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, by President Pranab Mukherjee. The award comprises an amount of Rs 15,000, a silver medal and a certificate. She is the first volunteer from this region to win this award. Shelly has significant achievements in the field of NSS and community outreach programmes in Chandigarh.

Campaign launched

Keeping in mind the fact that India is facing a huge shortage of doctors, Bansal Classes on its 31st anniversary has initiated a campaign - “Meri beti-Chalo Doctor Banaye”. Ambrish Kumar Tiwari, IT and legal head, Bansal Classes Private Limited, said Bansal Classes would teach 50 girl students free of cost for AIPMT at each centre in over 27 cities and the Chandigarh centre would follow the suit. These students will be selected as per their financial background and academic scores.

One-day workshop

A one-day workshop on emotional intelligence was held at GGDSD College here on Saturday for teachers of the college. Prof Suzan Beattie, a lawyer, certified coach, facilitator and professional speaker from Vancouver, guided the teachers on how to encourage emotional intelligence in students. She said emotional intelligence was important in today’s times. It helped students in carving successful careers. For youth to be successfully employed, emotional intelligence was essential, she said.

Meditation session

Renowned psychologist and meditation therapist Bharti Kapoor conducted a meditation session at GGDSD College on Saturday. She is an educational consultant and also one of the pioneers in the field of specialised education of students with learning disability. The two-hour session included the introduction to various types of meditations and healing practices. After two general introductory sessions, she guided the students to creative visualisation.

Applicants in a dilemma

The dates for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2015 have been announced and registration has started. However, applicants are in a dilemma over choosing the mode of examination. JEE Main provides two choices for the mode of application - online examination and pen/paper-based offline examination. Any candidate can opt one of the two choices. But the students are confused about choosing the best option for the exam. The pen/paper-based examination (offline) is scheduled for April 4 and computer-based examination is scheduled for April 10. — TNS



From Schools
St John’s athletics meet and sports day

Brother Rice House lifted the overall trophy during the St John’s athletics meet and sports day held on Saturday. After administering the oath, the torch was handed over to Krishna Pandit, international footballer player. It was lit by Karandeep Kochhar, international golfer. 

A march past, led by the Golden Jubilee batch of 1964, the Silver Jubilee batch of 1989, school’s NCC contingent and school captains, was also organised. Sarvjit Singh, Finance-cum-Education Secretary, in his address to the students, said: “Time spent in schools is the most precious time. One grows into a complete and balanced personality in terms of academics, sports and values owing to the experience during the school days.” During the concluding ceremony, the best athletes in different age groups such as Krishna Pandit (U-19), Sohil Singh Chandel (U-17), Shrome Kapoor (U-14) and Adhiraj Singh (U-12) were awarded the trophies.

Traffic safety workshop

Keeping in view the rising number of road accidents, a traffic safety workshop was organised at Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, Chandigarh. The principal of the school said the purpose of organising such a workshop was to create awareness among students on the causes of road accidents and how to save precious lives.

Blood donation camp

A blood donation camp was organised at Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary Model School, Sector 27, Chandigarh. The blood donation camp was organised to pay homage to late Hardyal Mahajan on the occasion of his 18th death anniversary. It was organised in collaboration with the PGI Blood Transfusion Society.

Stepping Stones School

At Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School, students are always encouraged to devote themselves towards the principle of community. Organising a blood donation camp annually is just another step in this direction. Keeping this tradition alive, the LTS club of the school and the Rotary Blood Bank Society of Chandigarh organised its fourth annual blood donation camp.

Fancy dress competition

Tiny tots of the Kindergarten Section (Classes Nursery, LKG, UKG, I and II) took part in a fancy dress competition at DAV Public School, Sectors 8-C and 39-D, Chandigarh. The themes depicted by various classes were nature, profession, advertisements and leaders. The children were dressed up according to their characters.

Science exhibition

A mathematics and science exhibition was organised by the Education Department under the RMSA Project at Government Model High School, Sector 43. Various government schools of Chandigarh took part in the exhibition on a cluster basis. Cash prizes and certificates were also given at the cluster level.

Painting competition

To enhance and develop the creative skills of students, an inter-house painting competition was organised at The Heritage Public High School, Jagatpura. Students made sceneries and wrote slogans on various themes such as saving a girl child, save water and save environment. Students of the school participated enthusiastically in the event.

Annual sports day

As part of the annual sports day celebrations, students of Vivek High School, Mohali, participated in a cross-country race to promote healthy living. Over 300 students from Class IV to Class X took part in the 2.5-km race.

Cleanliness drive

As part of the “Swachh Balak Mission”, a special drive to clean the boundary wall of the school was launched at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, Chandigarh. Praising the ongoing “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”, the principal of the school told the students about the importance of hygiene and cleanliness in the classrooms.

Annual sporting event

KIDS ‘R’ KIDS, Mohali, organised its annual sporting event, ‘Zest 2014’, with fervour and enthusiasm. The occasion was marked with a series of interesting events such as aerobic drills, exercise and races.

General knowledge quiz

A GK quiz contest, “Testopedia-2014”, was conducted in the junior wing of St Xavier’s High School, Panchkula. The contest was divided into various rounds in an innovative manner. The students participated with zeal and zest. — TNS



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