01012018-CT-01.qxd 1/1/2018 1:07 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE MONDAY | 1 JANUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH PU admissions Amrit pharmacy Amarjit extends contract Chandigarh alone contributed 46.7 per cent students to Panjab University. P2 Patients, attendants not aware of availability of the facility of orthopaedic implants. P4 Indian Arrows captain has extended his contract till the end of 2019-20. P6 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 22°C MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21.1°C MIN 7.8°C | SUNSET MONDAY 5.33 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 7.19 AM FORECAST CITY RINGS IN 2018 IN STYLE Punjabi singer Master Saleem performs during a function at Chandigarh Club on Sunday; and (right) youths welcome New Year on a road in Sector 17. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: VICKY/NITIN MITTAL SEE ALSO PAGE 4 LOOKING AHEAD 2018 New Year will usher in various new development projects in the tricity region. Chandigarh Tribune brings to its readers an overview of what all is expected to come up in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula during this year. CHANDIGARH PROJECTS Work on The Tribune flyover to begin. CHB to launch another housing scheme in Sector 53. More buses to be added to the fleet of the CTU. Work on Smart Grid project of the Electricity Department to begin. Online approval of building plans to begin. Work on ring road project to start which will decongest the city roads. Underpass to connect Rose Garden with Sector 17 to be completed. Work on the rejuvenation plan of Sector 17 to begin. HEALTH PGI to begin work on Advanced Neurosciences Centre, Advanced Mother and Child Centre and Satellite Centre at Una. Rs 1,475 crore have already been sanctioned for all these three advanced healthcare centres. PGI to also start three new courses in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine and Infectious Diseases. PGI likely to begin work on new OPD, Trauma Centre, Advanced Cancer Centre and Learning Resource Centre at 50-acre land allotted in Sarangpur. PGI to start its own pharmacy within next 6-8 months. Besides, around 10 private chemist shops and 4 Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) already on the campus, PGI to have more AMRIT stores in emergency areas. EDUCATION Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) will be launched in affiliated colleges of Panjab University. It allows students to choose inter-disciplinary, intra-disciplinary courses, skill-oriented papers which include even those from other disciplines according to their learning needs, interests and aptitude. Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutions Act which limits fee hike to 8 per cent is likely to be cleared by Union Home Ministry for Chandigarh schools. As of now, private schools are free to hike fee as they like. Panjab University to introduce NSS as an elective subject from the session 201819 at undergraduate level under CBCS framework. It will be the first university in the northern region to have NSS as an elective subject. PANCHKULA A multipurpose auditorium, which is coming up on Sector 25 campus of Panjab University, is likely to be completed. It will have a seating capacity of 2,500, three seminar halls, dining area, parking area, approach roads, electric sub-station, power backup, AC plant, elevators, firefighting system and CCTV cameras. If the MHRD grants Institution of Eminence (IoE) status to PU, it will revolutionise curricula. An MA/MS-PhD integrated course in cognitive science, MBBS-PhD and MS-PhD course in Engineering Physics are proposed. The financial assistance, if selected, would be up to Rs 1,000 crore or from 50% to 75% of requirement projected in perspective and detailed plans submitted by an institution in a span of 5 years. Fate of Panchkula Municipal Corporation to be decided. Work to begin on solid waste management plant at Jhariwala village. Burns unit to come up in Sector 6 government hospital. Construction work on two of the three phases of the 106-km National Highway73 to be completed in April. Work on ~30-crore overbridge on Sector 19 railway crossing to begin. MC 24x7 uninterrupted water supply to start by April 2018. More state-of-the-art community centres to be built, old ones to get a makeover. City likely to rise in Swachh Survekshan rankings. MC to begin work on alternative options to solve city’s solid waste processing problem. Sector 17 to become a no-vending zone and registered street vendors to get designated places. City to get new Mayor, Senior and Junior Deputy Mayors. POLICE Eligible UT Police Inspectors to be promoted to the rank of DSPs. UT Police to launch sustained campaigns against rising crime, especially crime against women and snatchings. UT Police to work on making city roads safer with intensified campaign against drunken driving. MOHALI Online registration of property to begin in Mohali from January 8. Mohali-Kharar flyover also to be completed. Zirakpur-Banur flyover to be completed. As an extension of Aero City, GMADA to acquire 4,000 acres of land near Banur. Modern slaughterhouse to come up with clean and scientific disposal of meat. State-of-the-art ambulances to provide onthe-spot first-aid to road accident victims. DISTRICT COURTS Video conferencing facility to begin in each courtroom. Decision in high-profile Varnika Kundu stalking case. Decision in high-profile Akansh Sen BMW murder case. Decision in graft case involving HCS officer Shilpy Pattar. Decision in multiple paper leak scam cases, including HCS judicial exam and teacher recruitment scam. (Contributed by Ramkrishan Upadhyay, Sandeep Rana, Bhartesh Singh Thakur, Amit Sharma, Ishrat Banwait, Pavneet Chadha & Rajinder Nagarkoti) c m y b Minor brawls mar New Year celebrations in city Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 31 City Beautiful was soaked in the celebration mood on New Year’s Eve with clubs and hotels across the city hosting New Year parties. The stepped-up security made sure there was no untoward incident, barring minor brawls in different parts of the city. Revellers in large numbers thronged discotheques that witnessed long queues. Huge crowds were witnessed outside clubs in Sector 26, at Elante mall, Industrial Area, Aroma light point in Sector 22 and Sector 17 Plaza. The rush of revellers was not limited to clubs. Most liquor vends received a large number of buyers. The food joints also did a brisk business and those were found to be open till late night. The traffic police, armed with alchometers, patrolled the city roads to keep tabs on tipsy drivers. With a large number of drivers being A drunken driving naka under way near Kishangarh village on Sunday night. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR issued drunken-driving challans, they were seen walking back home. The drunken-driving nakas also led to traffic snarls on roads in Sector 22, 35, 26, 7, 8 and 9, which continued till late evening. The gehri route, too, witnessed huge rush in the evening. Close to 1,500 police personnel were deployed in the city, including eight DSPs, 38 Inspectors, 164 Head Constables, 835 constables, 111 police women and 275 Home Guards volunteers. The police made their presence felt at all places hosting parties. Nakas were set up on roads opposite the sector markets to keep a check on hooligans. As the countdown to 2018 began, the atmosphere turned vibrant with celebrations across the city. MILD LATHI CHARGE IN SECTOR 17 The police had to resort to mild lathi charge to disperse crowd on the road outside the Municipal Corporation building. Youths in large numbers gathered in Sector 17. They exploded crackers and danced to music played in their cars. Students were also seen standing on rooftops of some buildings. Similar scenes were witnessed in Sector 22 and 26. Mumbai tragedy: Fire staff remain on toes Temporary fire stations set up; leaves of employees cancelled Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 31 Keeping in view a major fire incident in a Mumbai building which claimed 14 lives recently, the fire and emergency services wing of Chandigarh, for the first time on New Year’s Eve, cancelled leaves of all staff and made around nine temporary fire stations outside hotels, discotheques and clubs. This practice is otherwise only adopted during Diwali. Fire engines were deployed outside several party places, including Chandigarh Club, Golf Club, Elante mall, Sector 26 Madhya Marg, Aroma hotel in Sector 22 and Sector 35-43 hotel/disco area. Other than these temporary fire help stations, all seven fire stations will be on alert. “In the light of Mumbai fire, for the first time, we have made Diwali-like arrangements on New Year’s Eve with fire engines having deployed at eight or nine temporary sta- A fire engine stationed near the Elante mall on New Year’s Eve. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI tions. All staff will be on duty. If there is any fire incident, flames can be doused at the initial stage. We will also remain connected with the Police Control Room (PCR),” ML Sharma, Station Fire Officer, told Chandigarh Tribune. Meanwhile, the department also conducted a random check at some hotels and clubs to check fire station arrangements in the city ahead of New Year bashes where a large number of people would gather at midnight. “Though, all such places have NOCs from the Fire Department, as without these they cannot take occupation of the area, we did a random check and found fire safety measures in place. Still, we will remain alert to extend help in case of any fire emergency,” added Sharma. In Mumbai, the Municipal Commissioner had suspended five officials of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for various fire safety violations in the building where the fire broke out.
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