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Major relief for city residents
Now, no need to obtain NOC for transfer of freehold property
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Providing a major relief to city residents, the UT Administration has decided that now there will no need for a no-objection certificate (NOC) for the transfer of freehold property.

At present, city residents are required to obtain an NOC from the UT Estate Office for the transfer of freehold property, which is a tedious task. Now, the residents can transfer freehold residential, commercial and industrial property without an NOC.

With the new orders, properties, which are involved in court cases over pending dues and violations, can also be transferred but the buyer will only have to give an indemnity bond in connection with these issues.

The orders issued by the UT Finance Department state, “The matter regarding obtaining an NOC by the owners before getting their freehold properties transferred has been under the consideration of the Administration. In order to negate the illegal transaction of property by unscrupulous persons and in compliance with the orders of courts in various such transfer cases on the issue of obtaining an NOC prior to the transfer of property from the Estate Office, it has now been decided that the UT Estate Officer will allow the transfer of freehold property to the intending purchaser on the basis of a deed of conveyance (sale deed/gift deed/family transfer), duly stamped and registered as required under the law and fulfil the requirement of Sections 54 and 55 of the Transfer of Property Act, 1882, without insisting on obtaining an NOC from the Estate Office by the original owner of the said property."

The order further states, “This will, however, now be subject to the furnishing of an indemnity bond from the intending purchaser to the effect that he/she shall be personally liable for settling all court cases and dues so levied by the Administration for settling the past liabilities; he/she shall obtain the statutory completion/occupation certificate, if not obtained earlier by the previous owner, and remove the building violations/misuse, if any; and he/she will execute the redemption deed if not executed earlier, wherever applicable." Welcoming the move, Chander Verma, chairman of the Converted Plot Owners Association, said now people would not face any inconvenience in transferring their property.

Echoing similar views, Mukesh Bassi, councillor and member of the Industries Association of Chandigarh, said it was a victory for city residents, traders and industrialists, who were fighting for it for several years.



Juvenile among three held for youth’s murder
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
A day after a 24-year-old youth was stabbed to death at a busy intersection of Sector 38/40, the Chandigarh police arrested three accused, including a juvenile, for the crime.

The victim, Jasbir Singh Rana, a resident of Sector 41, was stabbed by four youths. The victim was rushed to the GMSH, Sector 16, where he succumbed to his injuries.

UT SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill said 19-year-old Narinder, alias Max, a resident of Sector 25, and Ajay Kumar (24), a resident of Burail, had been arrested in this connection. A juvenile had also been apprehended in the case. While Max is pursuing a diploma in mechanical engineering, Ajay Kumar is a dancer.

ASP (South) Urvija Goel said blood-stained clothes of accused Narinder and the Activa scooter used in the crime had been recovered and efforts were on to nab the fourth accused, Ankush, and recover the weapon used in the crime.

“During interrogation, the accused disclosed that they murdered the victim, Jasbir, to settle an old score pertaining to enmity between two groups over petty issues,” the ASP said.

The victim’s brother had complained to the police that his brother, along with his friend, Josh, was going towards the Sector 38 market on an Activa and he was following them on a motorcycle. When they reached near the light point, four boys came on an Activa and stopped his brother. They stabbed him in the stomach. When he rushed forward to save him, they moved towards him brandishing the weapon. He got scared and ran away to save his life.

The postmortem of the victim was conducted today and the body handed over to his family members.



PU plans 5% fee hike from next session
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Panjab University has proposed a fee hike of 5 per cent from the next academic session (2015-16). The issue was taken up at a meeting of the fee committee, chaired by PU Dean University Instructions AK Bhandari today. Last year too, the university had increased the fee by 5 per cent.

The fee hike has been mooted for all courses being run on the campus and at the regional centres of the university. Sources said if the proposal was approved, the maximum hike in fee would be around Rs 1,800. This would include admission fee, tuition fee and other miscellaneous charges.

The sources said during the meeting, there was a protest by student council president Divyanshu Bhudhiraja over the fee hike decision and he proposed that the hike should not be more than Rs 500 across the board. Reacting to it, university officials proposed that the funds of the student council should be reduced in case it did not agree to the fee hike.

An official said with the proposed fee hike, the university would be able to generate an extra annual revenue of around Rs 1.6 crore. Of this amount, around Rs 80 lakh would be spent on providing scholarships and free education to poor students. The proposal will be sent to the Syndicate and Senate for approval.

Prabhpreet of the SFI alleged that the fee hike was a planned conspiracy by the university against the students as the authorities were aware that since students were busy in the preparations for the examinations, they would not hold a protest against the move. He said the university should be ready to face protests if it went ahead with the fee hike proposal.



Mother & child care takes a hit, courtesy ill-equipped centres
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Even as the mother and child care service in Chandigarh is better than neighbouring states, the maintenance of equipment is a casualty and needs the attention of the authorities concerned.

Following the death of five newborns at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana, allegedly due to inadequate infrastructure and unavailability of trained staff, Chandigarh Tribune took stock of the situation at mother and child care centres in the city.

While the centres have adequate staff, risk of complications during delivery and shortage of equipment such as ultrasound machines as well as radiographers were found to be among the major problems.

The ultrasound machine at the mother and child care centre in Sector 22 has been lying defunct for over a month now. As a result, every day, nearly 50 expectant women are forced to visit private centres to get ultrasound done. Besides, doctors conducting delivery are also being forced to depend on their clinical expertise in emergency cases instead of ultrasound reports.

Sources said the machine, which had developed a major fault, was beyond repair and needed to be replaced.

While the Director, Health Services (DHS), UT, Dr VK Gagneja, was not available for comments, officials from the UT Health Department said they were in the process of procuring new ultrasound machines.

Over 250 patients visit the gynaecology OPD in the Sector 22 centre every day. Of them, at least 50 are told to get an ultrasound done. The centre conducts at least 3,000 deliveries every year.

Manoj, who brought his eight-month pregnant wife to the centre today, said, “We came for a routine check-up yesterday and the doctor asked us to get an ultrasound done. As the ultrasound machine is not working here, we went to a private centre at a gurdwara in Sector 20. Today, we have come to show the test report to the doctor.”

At present, the Health Department has only three ultrasound machines that are in a working condition. Two of these machines are at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16 (one each in the gynaecology and general departments) while the third one is at the General Hospital, Mani Majra. There are six gynaecologists and three paediatricians at the mother and child care centre in Sector 22. At the GMSH, nearly 20 gynaecologists and 10 paediatricians are available.

Maternal care is the only speciality where a three-layer referral system is running effectively in four hospitals. While the mother and child care centre is the primary centre, complex cases are referred to the GMSH and, if need be, to the PGI. 



Student of Class XI alleges rape by father
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
A Class XI student of Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, has accused her father of raping her since the age of 12. The victim today submitted a complaint to the school Principal, who informed the police about the incident.

Sources said the 17-year-old victim was a student of the commerce stream at the school. In her complaint, the victim alleged that she was repeatedly raped by her father, a daily wage worker and resident of Kajheri village.

After discussing the matter with her mother, the victim decided to approach the school Principal for assistance.

Tarsem Kaur Bains, Principal, said she had received a complaint from the girl following which the police and the Social Welfare Department was informed about the incident. The sources said the victim had also alleged that she underwent abortion twice. A medical examination of the girl was conducted at a government hospital.

The police said the victim's statements were recorded and an investigation into the case had been initiated. 



71-year-old woman’s murder in Sector 35
Domestic help, 2 others held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
The Chandigarh police claim to have solved the murder case of a 71-year-old woman who was allegedly killed by her domestic help at her house in Sector 35. The police have arrested three persons in the case.

Neelam Saini was found murdered at her residence on November 15. Her neighbour Harwant Singh had informed the police about the incident. During investigations, Neelam Saini’s domestic help Sunil emerged as the prime suspect. He was hired by Neelam Saini four days before the crime.

The SIT made efforts to trace the whereabouts of Sunil. While investigating the case, it was learnt that Sunil was hired by Neelam Saini through an agency, Jay Maria Enterprises, Sector F-29, II Floor, Sudarshan Nagar, New Delhi. While checking the antecedents of Sunil, it was found that he had approached the agency on the basis of a fake identity.

Sunil was arrested today from near the Chandigarh railway station following a tip-off. He was accompanied by two youths, identified as Davinder Yadav, alias Rahul Mukhiya, and Roshan, both residents of Madhubani district, Bihar. During interrogation, it was found that Sunil's actual name was Ram Sunder Yadav, a resident of Madhubani district.

SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill said all three were working for Chander Shekhar Yadav, also a Madhubani resident. “Chander operates an inter-state gang of criminals who have committed robberies at various places, including Madhubani, Rohini in New Delhi and in Jaipur,” he said.

Investigations revealed that the gang had committed a robbery in Madhubani a few months ago from where besides cash and other items, the accused stole a voter ID card of a man, Sunil Safi. The accused, Davinder Yadav, tampered with the voter ID card and affixed Ram Sunder Yadav's picture on it, giving him a new identity. Ram Sunder then got himself registered with an agency providing domestic helps. He was hired by Neelam Saini.

ASP (South) Urvija Goel said on the fateful day, while Roshan kept a watch outside Neelam's residence, Davinder and Ram Sunder killed her and committed the robbery.

Accused to be produced in court today

  • Davinder and Chander Shekhar Yadav are also the accused in another case of robbery registered in Rohini, New Delhi.
  • Chander Shekhar Yadav's role in the murder of the elderly woman in Sector 35 is being examined.
  • The accused will be produced in the court on Wednesday.



driver’s licence scam
Nineteen years on, two convicted
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Almost 19 years after a fake licence scam in the UT Registering and Licensing Authority came to light, the court of CBI Magistrate Anubhav Sharma convicted two persons and sentenced them to pay a fine of Rs 5,000, holding them guilty under Sections 417 and 465 (cheating and forgery) of the IPC. The CBI had alleged that the accused issued licences to the public without conducting the mandatory driving tests.

The court convicted Bhim Sen Bharti of forgery and Gopal Chand of the charges of cheating. They used to collect somewhere between Rs 100 and Rs 300 from the applicants to make the driver's licence. Two other accused in the case, Rajinder Singh and Balwinder Singh, died during the course of the proceedings and thus the charges against them were dropped. The two convicted were also directed to furnish bail bonds of Rs 25,000.

According to the CBI case, VK Sharma, the then Motor Vehicle Inspector, had entered into a criminal conspiracy with the accused in 1994 to commit offences of criminal misconduct, forgery and cheating in order to cause pecuniary advantage to the accused and himself and corresponding loss to the department by corrupt and illegal means or otherwise by abusing his official position as a public servant and this continued from February 2, 1994, to March 28, 1995. The CBI had initially booked VK Sharma, but later his name was dropped and kept in column number 2 in the chargesheet filed under cheating sections in 2005. Sharma had deposed as a witness in the case.

Accused Bhim Sen Bharti forged the signatures of VK Bhalla, the then licensing authority, on Form No. IV for the above licences. It was revealed during investigation that VK Sharma had given Rs 500 and wine to accused Bhim Sen Bharti as illegal gratification for forging the signatures of VK Bhalla on Form No. IV for the licences. The applicants never appeared for the driver's licence test. The CBI had stated that VK Sharma had even signed on blank licences although he was not authorised to sign on blank forms and unauthorisedly kept them at the residence of accused Rajinder Singh. Similarly, Gopal Chand got a fake licence issued on the basis of false DDRs.

Accused Rajinder Singh (who is no more) had given between Rs 100 and Rs 150 to VK Sharma in 1994 in each case file of applicants.


December 12, 1995: CBI registers FIR

September 6, 1996: CBI files chargesheet under the Prevention of Corruption Act

September 15, 1998: All accused discharged

March 1, 1999: Revision petition dismissed by the High Court

January 4, 2005: CBI files chargesheet against four accused under sections pertaining to cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy

August 30, 2011: Court frames charges

November 25, 2014: Two accused convicted


luxury ra 200 coach
Jharokha still in yard as tariff not decided
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

The inside view of the luxury coach.
The inside view of the luxury coach.

Chandigarh, November 25
The Indian Railways that launched a special Jharokha coach, open from the front and the rear, with great pomp and show around two years ago for the UNESCO World Heritage Kalka-Shimla railline is yet to be thrown open to the public.

Reason: The Indian Railways has failed to decide the fare of the specially designed coach for tourists till date. Resultantly, the coach which could be a source of revenue for the railway authorities and big attraction for the tourists is being used only by officials for their visit to Shimla on various occasions and at other times it remains parked in the railway yard.

Another special coach, RA 200, which is also especially designed for the tourists, is parked in the yard due to the same reason.

The Kalka station superintendent Vijay Kumar Arora said that he had been taking up the issue with the higher authorities for the past two years, but till date no decision had been taken on it by them. He said that in the past two summer season, a large number of queries were received from commuters about these coaches, but they failed to provide the services to the commuters due to delay in deciding its fare.He said that recently, he had again raised the matter with the higher officials as the number of queries for these coaches is increasing every year.

The Jharokha is the first of its kind in the country and the coach will be attached to the train on demand only. It is fitted with eight luxury seats along with small tables. For a better view, the coach is open from the sides. Similarly, the RA 200 coach is also eight seaters and equipped with all luxuries for the tourist.

The official said that these tourist coaches were launched keeping in view the popularity of the rail journey on the 97-km heritage track, having 917 sharp curves besides 102 tunnels and 988 bridges. Sources said during the peak tourist season, rail cars were much in demand as small groups of tourists, especially foreigners, preferred to have special coaches for their upward journey to Shimla. These coaches were introduced with the aim to serve the needs of the high-end tourists. 



Caste-based quota
Federation to hold rally today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Members of Punjab State General Category Federation (PSGCF), Punjab, will hold a rally to raise voice against the caste-based quota system, in Mohali, on Wednesday.

Up in arms against the Punjab government, the federation demands immediate implementation of a letter issued by the personnel department on October 10 this year to rationalise the caste-based reservation system in government jobs in the state.

Shyam Lal Sharma, chief organiser of the Federation, said though the Government had taken a step by issuing directions to rationalise the caste-based quota system in the state but a privileged class which has emerged within the scheduled castes had been opposing these directions for its vested interests.

“The caste-based quota system has been playing havoc with the fundamental right to equality in the country,” said Sharma while stressing the need of re-defining the term “Dalit” in the country.

The people, who have become socially, economically as well as politically influential by availing the benefits of caste-based reservation system, should be excluded from the “Dalit community” so that the benefits of the social welfare policies and reservation should be extended to the people, who are still deprived of at the grass root level, he said. 



japanese garden
Locked toilets raise a stink
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
While the Municipal Corporation spent Rs 4.5 crore on construction of the first phase of the Japanese Garden in Sector 31 here, visitors, including tourists, are facing inconvenience, courtesy locked toilets.

During the inauguration event on November 7, the UT Administrator, Shivraj V Patil, had appreciated the MC engineers for constructing the garden.

The toilets for men, women and physically-challenged persons always remain locked, thereby defeating their purpose. The room where photographs, showing the ‘before and after’ condition of the land on which the garden has now come up, have been displayed is also locked. The flower beds have dried up. Besides, the newly carpeted parking area has started coming off.

Rajinder Pandey, a visitor, said, “The locked toilets at a tourist place, on which the local civic body spent crores, hinders the success of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat campaign. Ironically, the PM stresses on the need to build more toilets.”

Neha Sharma, another visitor, said women were facing inconvenience as toilets always remain locked at the Japanese Garden.

Despite repeated attempts, MC Chief Engineer Mukesh Anand could not be contacted.

Area councillor and deputy mayor Davesh Moudgil said he would look into the matter and would ensure the toilets remain open for visitors. 



Windowpanes of two cars broken in Sector 23
Tribune reporters

Chandigarh, November 25
Some unidentified miscreants smashed windowpanes of two cars in Sector 23 during wee hours of Tuesday here.

The police said Mohammed Noman, a resident of House No. 3432, Sector 23, reported that at around 3.30 am he came out of his house after hearing noise and found that the front windowpane of the car was smashed. The police was informed about the incident. In the meantime, it was found that the front mirror of a car owned by Amar Lal, a resident of House No. 3382 was also smashed by the accused. Pieces of broken hockey stick were found from the spot. The police have started an investigation into the case.

Murder bid: Charges framed against 2

Chandigarh: A local court today framed attempt-to -murder charges against two persons. The court framed charges against accused Mandeep Singh and Kulwinder Singh who were booked in the case on June 17. The case has now been adjourned to December 18.



Need to create eco-system for agriculture: Solanki
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
The four-day agri fair—Agro-Tech 2014—concluded today. More than 40,000 farmers from domestic and international arena visited the fest.

Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor, Haryana, during the valedictory function said there is need to create an eco-system to facilitate the implementation of all innovations and latest technologies in the field of agriculture from farm mechanisation to food processing without any delay. “21st century being the century of technologies and innovations, fairs like CII Agro Tech act as a catalyst to make Indian farming globally competitive, much in sync with PM Modi’s objective of Digital India and Digital Village campaign,” he added while addressing a gathering at the valedictory session of CII Agro Tech-2014.

The fest was organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with Union Ministry of Agriculture, and Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

“It is imperative that all key stakeholders including the state and central government, scientists, farmers, agriculture universities, industry, institutes and agriculture experts come together on a single platform and find out ways to enhance productivity and elevate the conditions of the Indian farmers, especially in north India, lest they should not be able to sustain themselves in near future, considering the depleting water table, ever decreasing soil fertility, lack of human resources and mechanisation,” he further emphasised.

Suresh Kumar, financial commissione, Development, Government of Punjab, said Punjab government would be very keen to implement the recommendations of CII to benefit the farmers.



Fire station for Zirakpur
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, November 25
Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu, deputy commissioner (DC), Mohali, said Zirakpur will get a fire station soon, while addressing a meeting, here today.

The DC, after receiving various complaints regarding Zirakpur godown area, had a meeting with the stock holders, today.

He said Zirakpur is developing as a business hub and the administration aims to provide better infrastructure to facilitate the residents.

After listening to the grievances of the stock holders, Sidhu directed the executive officer (EO) of the Zirakpur Minicipal Council to prepare a special plan to address the problems of the residents. He directed the EO to submit a report in this regard within a week.

A seven-member committee comprising of stock holders was also formed for quick solution of problems relating to drainage, parking, electricity and other basic civic amenities.

DC directed the officials to ensure sewage cleaning besides repair of all external and internal approach roads.

The stock holders demanded a fire station as Zirakpur has 1.50 lack population and various small and medium size business enterprises work without the a fire station.

They also took up the traffic problem due to a barrier near Chandigarh border, which results in huge traffic jams on slip roads too, here.



Zirakpur MC to issue challans

Zirakpur, November 25
Zirakpur Municipal Council has decided to challan the hoteliers and hospital owners apart from marriage palaces for dumping garbage on the outskirts of the town.

Sources in the MC revealed that a number of business establishments were indulged in dumping of garbage and solid waste in ditches along the highway and other remote areas beyond the municipal limits.

Ashok Kapoor, a resident of New Generation Apartment, complained that disposable plates, glasses, leftover food and other waste are serious health hazards. The MC officials, who often cross from the sites, hardly take any note of the menace, he added.

Parminder Singh, executive officer, Municipal council, said notices were served to certain violators for dumping waste in open but still they were not following the directions. The MC has decided to hold a meeting in a day or two on the issue. “The violators will be challaned if they fail to abide by the directions,” he claimed. — TNS



NCC celebrates its 66th Raising Day

Chandigarh, November 25
The National Cadet Corps (NCC) celebrated its 66th Raising Day in Sector 31 here today.

Cadets presented an impressive guard of honour to Additional Director General, NCC, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh Directorate, Maj Gen GS Chima.

The NCC flag was unfurled by Brig Kuldeep Singh Kang (retd), former Deputy Director General, NCC.

Later, General Chima interacted with cadets from various colleges and schools in the city and complemented the social work being done by the NCC Group at Chandigarh. He stressed on the need to discipline oneself, have pride in donning the uniform and help the society in nation-building.

Wg Cdr Jaideep Singh Jeji, Commanding Officer, No. 1 Chandigarh NCC Air Squadron, said the NCC has grown in size since 1948 to reach the strength of 15 lakh cadets, comprising about six per cent of the nation’s student strength.

As part of the celebrations, a blood donation camp was also organised at Moti Ram Arya School, Sector 27, where as many as 80 cadets volunteered to donate blood. The team was led by Commanding Officer, No.1 Chandigarh NCC Girls Battalion, Lt Col Bhupinder Shahi. — TNS



UT orders recovery of market fee; supervisor suspended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, november 25
A month after evasion of the market fee, running in to around Rs 56 lakh, was detected in sale of apples in the Sector 26 fruit and vegetable market, the administrator, Market Committee, has ordered recovery of the amount from erring commission agents in the market.

While seeking a detailed report within seven days from the secretary of the Market Committee, Kashish Mittal, administrator of the Market Committee has pointed out that12 firms had sold off 3.69 lakh cartons of apple valued at Rs 27. 72 crore. On the basis of the unaccounted apple cartons, evasion of around Rs 56 lakh had been detected.

The administrator has now constituted a checking committee to go to the bottom of the case.

A detailed inspection of the records of the arrival and auctioned consignments of the apples done between July 31, 2014, and September 30, 2014, has revealed that 10 different commission agents had evaded the fee on 3,69,618 boxes of apples. During the sample period, a total of 10 lakh boxes of apple had arrived in the market and only 6. 50 lakh were shown as sold. Since the inspections pertain to 10 of the total 55 agents, the records of the other agents were also checked. On the basis of the report, recently submitted to the secretary of the Marketing Board, orders had been issued to show the cause by the erring commission agents. It is apparent that the commission agents have received boxes of apple more than they have actually shown in the auction register, indicating evasion of the market fee, said the probing official. Besides, the secretary of the State Agricultural Marketing Board has directed non -recovery of shed licence fee to the tune of Rs 10 lakh from the commission agents in the vegetable market. The dealing official, Rajinder Kumar, a mandi supervisor-cum-fee collector, who was supposed to collect the fee from the outgoing chairman, has been suspended. If the fee was not recovered in the next 15 days, the same would be recovered as arrears.

Supervisor charged for misleading and negligence

The administrator while suspending the supervisor, Rajinder, has stated that he misled the officials and tampered with the record while dealing with cases. 



Medical negligence cases adjourned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
A Circuit Bench of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission in Chandigarh today adjourned both cases of medical negligence against the PGI and Government Multi Specialty Hospital in Sector 16 to be heard at another date by the Delhi Bench.

Counsel for the doctors today pleaded adjournment on the grounds that their counsels were in Delhi.

The adjournments came as a disappointment to Suman, who was administered wrong blood transfusion owing to alleged negligence by doctors at GMSH-16 resulting in death of her foetus and Anupama’s parents, who had died due to alleged negligence by the PGI doctors.

The much awaited final hearing of the Anupama and Suman case ultimately could not take place, due to the exigencies of law. In the Anupama case, the counsel for the PGI presented a written letter from Dr Sameer Aggarwal, Nodal Officer, Advanced Trauma Centre, PGI, saying that a Delhi-based counsel had already been engaged in their appeal and therefore the matter be adjourned to be heard by the Principal Bench of the NCDRC at New Delhi. The matter has been now fixed for hearing on February11, 2015, at New Delhi.

Explaining the legal technicality, Pankaj Chandgothia, counsel for Anupama’s parents, said that the hands of the Circuit Bench were tied by a Supreme Court judgement which said that a matter would not be heard by the Circuit Bench in the absence of any party and also if any party requested that the matter be heard by a Regular Bench at the normal place of sitting.

In the Suman case, the Bench had called for the presence of all the doctors and explore the possibility of a compromise. The Bench was of the view that if the agreed enhanced compensation was paid jointly by the three doctors to Suman, the court could set aside the orders to the extent of holding the doctors guilty of negligence. This would wash off the stigma from the doctor’s life and they could carry on with their profession.

However, Dr Navdeep Kaur, one of the guilty doctors, failed to appear and was thus issued a notice.

“It is stated that there is no possibility of settlement in the case and thus these are adjourned and a notice be issued to Dr Navdeep Kaur to appear in Delhi,” said the forum in the adjournment order.

Pankaj Chandgothia, clarified to the Bench that even a compromise here would not help the doctors, as there was also a criminal case pending against the three doctors for causing death and bodily harm by negligence and for trying to destroy evidence. The said case had been registered by the Chandigarh Administration on the basis of the enquiry report by the then SDM Kavle V. Parsuramand, he was himself the complainant in the case. Chandgothia said that since Suman was not herself the complainant in the case, she cannot withdraw the case even in case of a compromise.

In view of the circumstances, the Bench comprising Justice V B Gupta and member Vinay Kumar issued fresh notice to Dr Navdeep Kaur and adjourned the matter to February 18, 2015, to be heard in New Delhi. 



65 objections filed

Zirakpur: Registering their resentment against the delimitation of wards carved out of the municipal limits political parties, local leaders, villages and individuals have filed their objections before the Department of Local Government, Punjab. Over 65 objections had been received against the delimitation of wards of the Zirakpur Municipal Council.

The AAP has filed 18 objections, the BJP came up with 28 objections in addition to objections filed by villages Nabha (3), Dyalpura (2) and Bhabhat (5) villages. Individuals have also filed objections against the delimitation process. The executive officer of the MC said the secretary of local bodies department will decide on the objections before issuing the final notification. — TNS



University Business School
Admission schedule for MBA out
Online registration for two-year programmes will commence on Nov 26
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Panjab University has announced the admission schedule for MBA at the University Business School (UBS).

The online registration for the two-year full-time management programmes — MBA, MBA (International Business) and MBA (Human Resource) — for the 2015-16 session will start on November 26.

A PU spokesperson said eligible students can apply online at the UBS website http://ubsadmissions.puchd.ac.in from November 26 to January 27, 2015.

Detailed instructions of the eligibility criteria, application form, online registration of application schedule, fee and handbook of information is available on the website, he added.

The last date for the submission of information on the website to generate a bank challan is January 27, 2015.

Meanwhile, the last date of submission of fee in any branch of the State Bank of India (SBI) using the website-generated challan is January 29. The last date for the submission of a hard copy of the application form along with the requisite documents to the office of UBS is February 18.


  • Students can apply online at the UBS website http://ubsadmissions.puchd.ac.in from Nov 26 to Jan 27.
  • Instructions of the eligibility criteria, application form, online registration of application schedule, fee and handbook of information is available on the website.



Special children put up special show
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Brilliant performances by children of Satyug Darshan Sangeet Kala Kendra mesmerised the audience at Tagore Theatre today.

The cultural evening ‘Swaranjali 2014’ was organised by the kendra to commemorate its 9th anniversary. The students of the Institute for the Blind, Vatika School for Deaf and Dumb, and from various government and private institutions kept the audience enthralled.

Swaranjali 2014 witnessed diversities ranging from classical vocal, classical South Indian dances, Indian Punjabi folk to Korean dance.

Meanwhile, a variety of dance items were presented by students of the Institute for the Blind and Vatika School for Deaf and Dumb. More than 200 boys and girls performed at the event.



Shooting trials

Chandigarh: Shooting trials for pistol and rifle for the National School Games were held on November 24 and 25 at Stepping Stones School, Sector 37. The trials were organised by the UT Education Department. As many as 30 shooters from different schools of Chandigarh took part in the event. The selected shooters will head to Pune for the School Games Federation of India National Games.

Talk show for students

To hone the communication skills of students, Ryan International School today organised a talk show for its students. The students spoke a few lines on ‘My favourite toy’ and ‘My favourite birthday gift.’

Annual sports day

Mount Carmel School, Sector 47-B, organised their annual sports meet on the school premises wherein students from pre-nursery to Class XII took part in various events.

Fancy dress competition

Adarsh Public School, Sector 20, organised a fancy dress competition-2014 on the school premises. The winners are: Pre-nursery: Anirudha Thakur (1st), Bhoomika (2nd), Aparna (3rd). Nursery class: Varnoor (1st), Shiven Saini (2nd) and Adarsh Kewal (3rd).

Science exhibition

A maths and science exhibition was organised by the Education Department under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksa Abhiyan project at Government Model Senior Secondary School Karsan. Various government schools of the region participated in the exhibition. TNS



Creativity comes alive at cultural function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
A cultural evening was organised at Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, today. Kavita Singh, IAS, MD, CITCO was the chief guest.

The students showcased cultural items that had won prizes at the PU zonal and inter-zonal youth festival. The performances included dance, song, music and play.

Histrionics, folk song Mirza by Manjeet and a ghazal by Savita kept the audience enthralled. A Haryanvi group folk dance was the highlight of the evening and mesmerised the gathering.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Kavita Singh lauded the students for their performances and motivated them to work hard. 



Conference on gender equality on Nov 27-28

Students prepare a float for an upcoming carnival at the College of Art, Sector 10, on Tuesday.
Students prepare a float for an upcoming carnival at the College of Art, Sector 10, on Tuesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Panjab University will host a two-day national-level conference on the theme “The gender question in Punjab and Haryana: Legal, political and cultural dimensions” from November 27-28. Prof Rajesh Gill said the conference was being held to bring different stakeholders such as academicians, social workers, people from study areas, particularly villages, health officers, lawyers, police officials on a common platform; and obtain a feedback from them on the current status of Punjab and Haryana regarding gender issues, particularly violence against women.

Orientation course

The UGC Academic Staff College, Panjab University, today started an orientation course on the theme ‘Higher education teaching and research: The Indian context’ on the campus. As many as 56 participants from various educational institutes from Assam, Rajasthan, Uttaranchal, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh took part in the programme.

Jitender Kumar memorial function

The Department of Music, MCM DAV College for Women, organised the Jitender Kumar memorial function, an annual feature for his exemplary contribution to the college department and his inspiring devotion to music. Renowned sitarist Vijender Kumar mesmerised the audience.

Stress management centre at SD College

Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma College opened a stress management centre on its campus. Principal Bhushan Kumar Sharma said this would help students deal with anxieties and stress. The centre has been named ‘Manasuday’ which means awakening of the mind. The centre was inaugurated by renowned psychologist Dr Jatinder Mohan and Dr Karamjeet Singh from Panjab University.

Communal harmony day

The NSS volunteers of the Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, celebrated communal harmony day. Dr Nemi Chand Golia, NSS programme officer and assistant professor in Public Administration delivered a thought-provoking speech. — TNS



German students visit PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
A delegation comprising international students visited the Department of Gandhian and Peace Studies, Panjab University (PU), here today.

The delegation members interacted with the faculty members, students and research scholars. The delegation comprised students of Alice Eleonoren Schule and Schule of Bergerstral, Darmstadt from Germany.

The delegation was part of the Vivek High School project on Understanding our Borders.



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