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Suicide Pact?
Couple found dead in car
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
In what appears to be a suicide pact, the bodies of a young couple were found in a car parked at Sector 19 here late this evening. While police officials are tightlipped about the cause of the “suicide”, inquiry by The Tribune from friends and relatives at the hospital and the youth’s house revealed the possibility of a love affair that was opposed by his family.
The car in which bodies of a young couple were found in Sector 19, Chandigarh, on Friday.
The car in which bodies of a young couple were found in Sector 19, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

The bodies were found under mysterious circumstances from a Hyundai Accent (CHO3Q1769) which, according to the police, had a ladies purse, a bottle of liquor and condoms.

Gaurav, a Sector 19 resident, was pursuing his BDS from a dental college at Barwala while the girl, Alisha of Sector 44-D resident, was a school dropout.

According to his relatives, Gaurav had reportedly left his house on the pretext of going to Sukhna Lake with some friends, but did not return and even failed to take calls on his mobile phone. This perturbed his family members who started searching for him frantically before informing the police.

Alisha’s family could not be contacted.

According to the police, the car was locked from inside and the AC was on and the car was stinking badly. Both were immediately rushed to the Government Multi Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, where they were declared brought dead.

Sources said the girl’s cell phone was getting repeated calls from a number even until now and the number had been found to be that of a man.

The police is also exploring the possibility of a love triangle.

Gaurav is survived by his sister and mother, who being a heart patient is yet to be intimated about his death. His father had passed away three years ago. 

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Mohali Violations-II
Leaders not far behind
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 10
If babus can do it, can their political masters be far behind? Encroaching on green belts or reserved spaces becomes all the more serious when senior Akali leaders are the violators.
A security tent pitched on a green belt in Sector 71, Mohali.
A security tent pitched on a green belt in Sector 71, Mohali. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu

In the name of beautifying an open space and pitching tents of security personnel, Kiran Bir Singh Kang, president of the Youth Akali Dal, has encroached on a two-kanal piece of land over which a 220 kv high-tension line passes in Sector 69. After raising a fence, the leader has raised pucca structures and is using the land for his personal use.

Rules say that nothing should be constructed under a high-tension power line. At least 50-ft margin has to be left on both sides of the power line. The horticulture wing of GMADA is supposed to maintain this patch of land, as is being done in other sectors.

A security tent has also been pitched on the land. The land falls between two plots owned by his family.

Another senior politician, Ranjit Singh Chajalwadi, has also allowed his security personnel to put a security tent on public land outside his house in Phase 7 here. A few years ago, the estate office had removed the tents during a demolition drive, but the temporary structures are back.

The Tribune team found that a number of retired senior cops of the Punjab police, while retaining their security cover, have erected tents on public land. If DIG Man Singh (retd) is using the green belt in Sector 70 to accommodate his security personnel, two retired SPs, JS Dhanoa and JS Kahlon, both residing in Sector 71, have conveniently used public land to accommodate their security men.

In many cases, an electricity connection had been extended to the security tents without getting it sanctioned from the PSEB. Illegal connections to run coolers, fans and even TVs have also been provided in some cases.

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Strike by bus operators: City gridlocked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
It was a harrowing experience for parents of thousands of school children and the public who had to suffer traffic jams today, courtesy the strike by private school bus operators in the city.

The hours between 7.30 am and 8.30 am and 1.30 pm and 3 pm were the busiest with Sectors 26 and 32 institutional areas seeing a huge rush. The roundabout of Sectors 26-7-27-19 witnessed the maximum traffic, with the effort of the traffic police proving futile to control the chaos.

A spell of rain in the morning added to the trouble of parents, some of who resorted to car-pooling. “The strike has inconvenienced us and it is for the administration to handle this issue. Why are parents and students being harassed for no fault of theirs?” asked a parent who was caught in the traffic jam in Sector 26.

Some parents parked the cars at a distance instead of the school parking and walked to the school to pick up their kids and saved themselves from the jam.

Students of a school in Sector 26, besides security persons, were deputed on the school gate to ensure the smooth flow of traffic.

Saturday being a closed day in most private schools, it would provide some respite to parents. 

Call off strike: Consumer Forum
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Even as the Consumer District Redressal Forum today issued interim directions to private school bus operators to withdraw the strike, confusion prevailed whether the bus service would be resumed as no communication was received from bus operators.

Considering that over 80,000 children and their parents would be inconvenienced, the Chandigarh administration today filed a complaint with the forum against Manjit Singh, president of the Chandigarh School Bus Operators Association.

Sources in the administration said Rs 5 lakh as compensation for causing mental and physical harassment to the public and another Rs 10 lakh as litigation cost charges had been sought by the administration from the operators.

The court has given July 17 as the next date of hearing on the penalty in case of further deficiency in service and if the orders are not complied with. 

The court had observed that the bus operators were legally bound to provide services because they had charged transport fee in advance. 

The sources said to deal with the situation, the administration was considering to ply some AC mini buses in addition to 30 buses on its grid schedule to commute school children. 

The state transport authority has asked parents to contact the STA secretary, Dr Vandana Disodia, if bus operators decline to ferry their children to school. 

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Admn bungled the issue: Parents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The Chandigarh administration’s way of dealing with the issue of installing speed governors in school buses has come under severe criticism.

Traffic jam at Madhya Marg due to a strike by school bus operators in Chandigarh on Friday
Traffic jam at Madhya Marg due to a strike by school bus operators in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Home Secretary Ram Niwas said in the interest of children and general public, the administration was ready to negotiate on certain issues, but subject to conditions that they resumed the service from tomorrow. “We are ready to consider their objections on permit fee only if they call off the strike. But the installation of speed governors and the life span of buses would be a mandatory condition as it relates to the safety of children,” he said.

Parents had to face a tough time to reach schools following the strike. They said the issue had been hanging fire and nothing concrete had come out of it till date, despite the intervention of the consumer court.

Rakesh Bhardwal, a parent, said: “Why did the administration swing into action only when schools were about to open after the vacation. The matter could have been sorted out earlier,” he said.

Another view was that the administration should have warned the heads of school to face penalty if they allowed the operators to use buses without speed governors.

Questions are also being raised on the deadline for installing the speed governors, which was deferred thrice. The initial deadline was December 1, then March 20 and later July 10. Now, the issue has been deferred to July 16. 

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Education dept officials inspect AIE centres
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
A team of three members, headed by the new District Officer (schools) of the education department, Chanchal Singh, along with officials of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), visited AIE centres in seven government schools today.

Over 27 AIE centres in GMSSS- Sector 8 (three centres), GMSSS- Timber Market (12 centres), GMHS- Sector 28 (one centre), GMSSS- MHC (one centre), GSSS- Mauli Complex (two centres), GHS- Mauli Colony (four centres) and GHS- Mauli Jagran (four centres) were visited by the team, according to the sources.

The issues faced by the NGOs, who have been given charge to monitor these AIE’s centres, were noted by the department officials.

The NGO in GMSSS, Sector 8, centre complaint of water shortage, being faced by the students, while in GMSSS, Sector 26, timer market highlighted the storage problem at the centres.

Meanwhile, in Mauli Complex, Colony and Mauli Jagran, similar problem of lack of rooms for students was observed, due to which the students had to sit outside.

The department has decided to swap the metal boxes, lying useless in other government schools to be provided to these centres to increase storage capacity, informed Sangeeta, an official of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

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Bansal decries panel on MC's working
Chandermukhi under pressure to step down
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Even as Chandermukhi Sharma, who was recently nominated by UT Administrator Gen SF Rodrigues to the committee formed by him to review the functioning of the municipal corporation, came under fire from his party councillors for accepting the offer, senior party leader and union minister Pawan Kumar Bansal has also come out openly against the administration’s move. Dubbing the move wrong, Bansal, while talking to The Tribune, said the Punjab Municipal Act or any other law did not stipulate formation of such a committee.

“If the administration was earnestly serious to improve the functioning of the corporation, a senior official of the administration along with the Mayor should have been entrusted with the task,” he said.

Chandermukhi was served an ultimatum by party councillors to resign from the committee, which many feared was an “arbitrary” step of the administration to dissolve the corporation and wrest control of its working.

His role was openly criticised by the Congress councillors at an all-party meeting called by Mayor Kamlesh today, to discuss the fallout of the Administrator’s decision.

According to insiders, Chandermukhi has sought two days’ time to decide on his resignation but has assured that he will tow the party’s line on the issue. The meeting was, however, boycotted by opposition councillors of the BJP, Akali Dal and the BSP.

At the meeting, councillors accused the administration of misleading them by misrepresenting the terms of reference of the committee at the time of its formation.

The councillors said while initially the committee was to look into the functioning of the corporation and suggest measures to streamline it, its role had been extended to even probe the decision taken by the corporation earlier.

Raising objections to committee’s brief to assess the impact and usefulness of the funds placed at the disposal of councillors in the past five years, they said all such decisions were cleared by the house and accepted by the administration.

They wondered if the committee would also look into proposals like the beautification of Sector 17, multi-level parking in Mani Majra and construction of beggars shelter in Sector 17, which were implemented on the directions of the administration.

A number of councillors also objected to the appointment of Pallav Mukherjee as the chairman of the committee and inclusion of Iqbal Singh and Sanji Malik as its members.

They said these people had no experience of the MC’s functioning and their appointment had more to do with their proximity to the powers that be rather than anything else. However, these members denied such accusations.

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Showers bring cheer to residents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The city got cooler by almost two degrees with monsoon resuming its course today. Marked by 6 mm rainfall, the day witnessed mild showers in the morning and slight drizzle and cloudy sky during the rest of the day. The showers, witnessed after a gap of few days after the first ones, brought a relief to residents.

“The two three dry days after initial showers were not only hot but sultry too. The rain has improved the weather considerably by bringing cool breeze along with it,” said a resident of Sector 29. The maximum temperature recorded during the day was 32.2 °C and minimum 29.2 °C.

The rise in moisture content of the air led to humidity varied from a scale of 63 to 88.

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PU move to review UGC notification disappoints aspirants
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The decision of the Panjab University Syndicate to discuss the implementation of UGC’s latest regulation, declaring NET as a mandatory requirement for the post of a lecturer, has evoked resentment among the lecturer fraternity.

As the city colleges have already implemented it during the interviews held recently for the posts of lecturers.

In the latest amendment made to the UGC regulations, the commission has made NET mandatory for the post of a lecturer and career advancement of teachers in universities and institutions affiliated to it, even for those who are PhD.

However, as per the notification, the regulation was to be implemented only after its publication in the gazette. While the university, taking cognisance of this fact, decided to confirm the publication before implementing the regulation, many colleges have turned down candidates, citing the regulation as the reason, during the interviews held recently.

“While the notification was to be implemented after its publication only, the colleges refused those who were MPhil as well. We approached the college authorities, the DPI and Home Secretary also, but all turned deaf ears to our pleas,” an aspiring lecturer said.

Notably, the UT administration had recently called the applications for posts of lecturers in arts and science colleges, charging a fee of Rs 300 per application.

Though the advertisement did not mention about the UGC’s latest regulation, many candidates were declared inelligible at the time of the interview. Since then, the candidates have been seeking justice but to no avail.

According to sources, most of them are waiting for the review to be done by the university. And, if it will be declared that the notification has not been published in the gazette hitherto, the candidates will demand the authorities concerned to hold interviews again and refund the already paid processing fee to them.

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Breakdown at Kajauli waterworks
Shortage leaves Mohali residents high and dry
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 10
There has been an acute shortage of water for the past two days in Phases IX to XI. Residents said adequate water was not even available on the ground floor and those living on the upper floors faced miserable times. Complaints failed to yield any results as officials concerned said they were helpless because of breakdown in the supply system at Kajauli waterworks.

Rajnish Jain, a resident of Mohali, said water was supplied to the area with tankers, but storing water for meeting all the requirements was a big problem. He said even on the ground floor water only trickled over the past two days. Overhead tanks had run dry as there was hardly any water which could be pumped up. The water supplied was even muddy.

He said the area had been facing shortage of water over the years. When Balbir Singh Sidhu had come to Phase IX asking for votes before the assembly elections he was told of the water problem that residents faced. He had assured that he would get the problem solved, but nothing had been done so far.

Amteshwar Kaur, councillor living in Phase XI, said the pressure of water was very low on the ground floor, which adversely affected even the working of the water filter. Water bottles had been purchased for drinking purposes.

Executive engineer of the public health department Inderjit Singh Kang said there was a breakdown at Kajauli waterworks because of which supply had been hit. The UT administration worked hard to get the system functional at the earliest.

Supply of water was cut for 15 hours on Wednesday and for 12 hours yesterday, which resulted in shortage. The system had started functioning and the supply would become normal by tomorrow, he added.

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Water crisis: Villagers stop sending children to schools
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 10
Irked over virtually no water supply for last one year to the villages under Uttron Panchayat, the residents sat in protest at the public health office here today. The residents after waiting for the officials throughout the day got no response following which they put a lock on the water works.

Now, the residents have decided not to send their children to schools and start a protest till the problem was solved.

Sarpanch Khushiram said there was no water supply in Uttaron, Telon, Badada, Sahalyon, Roog, Bahalyaon, Ghat ka Bagra, Chohad and Chehri for the last one year. It was only on May 7, the day of polling for Lok Sabha elections, when the locals had water supply in their villages, he said.

Though many representations were made to the authorities, no step was taken to solve the problem, he said. No one even visited to see the situation, alleged Khushiram.

While there was no water supply in the school, children were falling ill due to immense heat following which the residents have decided not to sent their wards to school now onwards, said Hari Singh, a panch.

Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Yadav, when contacted, said though it was not in his knowledge, he would send the high officials to go on the spot and solve the problem.

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Water Crisis
Southern sectors the worst hit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Despite scanty rainfall today, various sectors in the city are still facing the problem of acute shortage of drinking water. The situation is serious in the southern sectors of the city having many housing societies.

Those living on the first and second floors of these buildings are the worst hit. The pressure of water is low and the duration of water supply is limited. The residents complained that the water supplied during the morning hours is muddy.

A resident of the cooperative society in Sector 50 said even though she stored water in the buckets in the morning, it would not last throughout the day. The water pressure is low and thus, there was almost no water in the washrooms and kitchens.

Residents on the ground floors of southern sectors are also not getting regular water supply during morning hours.The overhead water tanks also remain empty due to low pressure. Residents of Sector 49 have also been complaining about muddy water supply for the last two days.

A resident of Blood Donor Society said there was no water supply in the morning due to which they had to face problems in performing household chores.

Those, who have to reach offices are facing a precarious situation due to acute shortage of water. The residents of Sectors 29, 30, 35 and 38 are also facing the same problem for the past three days.

When contacted, SE, Public health, R K Goyal, said the water shortage was due to a breakdown at Kajauli water works and the repair work was going on. He said as this line catered to Sector 48 to 53, there was a problem of low pressure of water in the southern sectors. The supply would be streamlined by tomorrow and the department was taking up remedial measures by putting more motors for that area, he added. 

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Water shortage irks Sec-44 residents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Residents of LIG (CHB) Houses, Sector 44-C, Chandigarh, are facing acute water shortage for the last many days. The residents said there was no water in houses on the third floor.

The pressure of water is low up to the second floor and overhead water tanks have turned dry, they added.

They added that they had complained to the authorities concerned but to no avail.

The residents said they would protest against the authorities concerned if the problem would not be solved.

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Steps to curb drug addiction discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh July 10
As per the orders of the Education-cum-Home Secretary, Chandigarh, a meeting regarding measures to be taken to control drug abuse was organised under the chairmanship of the director, Higher Education, here today.

A fellowship, “Alcoholics Anonymous”, has agreed to provide support to the cause. The government colleges have been asked to involve various NGOs, which are working for the cause.

The principals of all government/ government-aided colleges, who attended the meeting, agreed to organise seminars at their respective colleges.

The principals were asked to invite a resourceperson to highlight the steps required to apprise the participants of ell-effects of drug addiction. It would help executing a work plan.

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Theatre workshop starts at Kala Bhawan
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 10
The five-day Punjabi theatre workshop, being organised by the department of youth welfare for training the youth coordinators from various colleges affiliated with Punjabi University, got underway at the university’s Kala Bhawan here today.

While inaugurating the workshop, Vice-Chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh said the theatre being the most powerful medium of direct communication could play a pivotal role in stamping out social evils. He exhorted the theatrists to bring theatre in close proximity with social realities and making it more socially-relevant to enhance its potential.

The Vice-Chancellor stressed upon linking Punjabi theatre with livelihood and making it a meaningful source of income for amateur artistes to prevent them from falling a prey to the developing cult of frustration and tension among the youth. He also promised to explore the possibility of associating theatre with education by introducing theatre as a subject at the senior secondary and undergraduate levels with the objective of “catching them young”.

Dr Satish Kumar Verma, director, youth welfare, said the youth coordinators from the colleges would be exposed to intensive practical interaction with the coordinator of the workshop, Kewal Dhaliwal.

Kewal will be assisted by Manohar Ralhan and Ashish Kaushal. Other theatre experts, including Bobby Sandhu (Chandigarh), Rawel Singh (New Delhi), Jagbir Rathi and KS Deep (Haryana), Provir Guha (Kolkata), Devinder Kumar, Harjinder Sohal and Mohan Kamboj ( Punjab), will train the participants in various aspects of theatre, including make up, stagecraft, lighting, mime, mimicry, script writing and music during the 10 sessions, Dr Verma said.

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Teachers must practise what they preach: Bahuguna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 10
If India has to lead the world, change has to start from our schools, where teachers become role models for students, said environmentalist and Gandhian peace activist Padma Vibhushan Sunder Lal Bahuguna here today.

Bahuguna, who was at Gurukul School to launch peace clubs with his wife, Vimla Bahuguna, said teachers should practise what they preach else nothing would change.

The environmentalist added that the humans should conserve natural resources, especially land, air and water.

Vimla Bahuguna said peace clubs at schools could play an important role in building an environment-friendly society.

Taking a cue from the peace clubs of Chandigarh, students of Gurukul School started a two-day peace trainers’ training programme today.

Rani Sharma, chairperson of the Indian Council of Social Welfare, Chandigarh, presided over the programme.

Prof PK Mondal, NCERT, said feelings like compassion should be inculcated in the youth. If a child missed out on value-based education at the school and in family, no government or society could establish a transparent society.

Prof PK Mondal from NCERT, New Delhi, Vedabhyas Kundu, programme officer, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi, Karan Singh Jaglan, deputy DEO, Prof Anil Sarwal, Dr Satinder Dhillon, Rajni Threja, director, The Gurukul, and Parmod Sharma, coordinator, Yuvsatta, were also present on the occasion.

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ABVP celebrates foundation day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The ABVP, PU unit, celebrated its 60th Foundation Day on the university premises yesterday. The ABVP had put up an exhibition portraying its achievements in the past 60 years.

Gwalior University’s Ex-Vice-Chancellor, Dr Satya Prakash Tiwari, presided over the function as the chief guest and inaugurated the exhibition.

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Industrial Park
Tenants want 85 pc share in plot allotment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The Chandigarh Industrial Area Tenants Association has demanded the allotment of 85 per cent plots, to be developed in the forthcoming third phase of Industrial Park, to existing Industrial Area tenants.

Addressing a press conference, association president Sanjiv Sagar said: “More than 1,000 tenants entrepreneurs were engaged in manufacture of 50 types of goods and services and had proved their viability. The chances of their success were far greater in comparison with new entrepreneurs, whom the administration seemed to be favouring at the moment.”

Demanding the prices of these industrial plots to be kept on a par with those of neighboring states like Punjab and Haryana, the association said a place in the third phase should also be reserved for those tenants who were providing allied services like spares retail outlet, document centre.

It also opposed the administration’s policy of sending notices of heavy penalty of Rs 500 per sq foot per month.

Sagar also demanded that office-bearers of the association should be made permanent members of any prospective committee related with the industrial policy.

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Amputation of Leg
Kin battle for justice even after 6 yrs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Six years ago, this day, Abhishek Alhuwalia’s life changed forever. A small injury on his left leg while playing football in school led to amputation, following the alleged medical negligence on part of INSCOL Hospital, Sector 34, where he was taken for treatment. Since then, his family has been fighting for justice.

Speaking to The Tribune, distressed Abhishek’s mother Anuradha not only feels the pain of her son’s suffering but also failure to get justice in the case.

She said: “Six years on and my son’s case is still dragging in the district court. As things stand, I don’t know whether we will get justice or not. I am not doing this for publicity. This is my fight for justice.”

Anuradha said the doctors — Dr Sanjay Saluja and Dr Caplash — whose medical negligence led to amputation had gone to Australia after stay from the High Court.

Earlier, the Chandigarh police had booked them under Section 338 of the Indian Penal Code for allegedly causing grievous hurt by an act of endangering life by negligence.

She has another appeal pending in the National Consumer Redressal Commission against the orders of UT Consumer Redressal Commission, which dismissed her case for compensation. Recalling the incident, she said there was no need for an amputation as it was only a case of fracture.

“Even when we took him to hospital soon after the incident, Dr Saluja told us that the child had a small fracture in the upper end of the tibia and dislocation of knee joint that required plastering only.”

“With his condition showing no signs of improvement after a few days, we were told to shift him to GMCH-32, where we were told that he had multiple organ failure. With the result, his left leg had to be amputated on August 1.”

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Thespian Kamal Arora honoured
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, July 10
The leading theatre groups and artistes of the city felicitated veteran thespian Kamal Arora at Pracheen Kala Kendra auditorium for his six decades of contribution to the performing arts, especially theatre, in the region here today.

The leading thespians delved minutely for highlighting the myriad traits of Kamal Arora based on the 60 years of long association in the realm of theatre.

Veteran theatre personality and scholar Virender Mehndiratta appreciated the blessed quality of flexibility and spontaneity, a land mark of his acting genius that Kamal has inherited. Film-maker thespian GS Channi observed that Kamal always strived to attain perfection, be it acting, direction, make up or production. “Ask not what the city, you reside in, has given to you, but ask yourself what you owe to the city,” says the CSNA chairperson Kamal Tewari.

Born in Pakistan, raised in UP but Kamal Arora has given the best of his aesthetic potential to Chandigarh. Having acted in 120 plays, directing 100 plays and make up production of 50 productions was a crowning achievement, which spoke for the genius of Arora, he said.

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40 attend adolescence education programme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Chandigarh, organised a three-day programme, “Adolescence education programme”, at Silky Resorts, Zirakpur, under the leadership of principal SK Bhatia, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31.

About 40 teachers from Chandigarh and Jammu were trained by the national trainers.

The teachers were advised to adopt a positive attitude towards the adolescents so that they could enhance and sharpen their self-confidence, life skills and abilities and might get rid of physical and mental evils.

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Two gay marriages under cloud
Plaint filed with SSP
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The much-publicised two gay marriages in the city are in for trouble. A city-based lawyer has lodged a complaint with the UT SSP terming the marriages misinterpretation of the Delhi High Court judgment on homosexuality. The advocate termed the marriages a gimmick.

The lawyer, Satinder Singh, and an entrepreneur, Shakti Devshali, filed a complaint with UT SSP SS Srivastva alleging fraud by Jarnail Singh (original name Gurnam Singh), a resident of Mani Majra, and Sachin, a resident of Mauli Jagran, by alluring and defrauding public by their deliberate acts.

News reports had appeared in the media on July 8 of two gay marriages, with the couples allegedly saying “they did not care for society”.

The lawyer claimed that Gurnam Singh was already married to Charanjit Kaur and had at least two children. Sachin was also reportedly married, he added.

“There is no provision under the Hindu law for anyone to have two marriages and no religion permits such marriages. The law of land does not permit any married person to live with another spouse as couple and the present case will set a bad precedent for others to get rid of their legal and social obligations of earlier marriages”, the application said.

On the role of Aswini Kumar, project manager of HIV/AIDS of the Family Planning Association of India, for facilitating such a practice, he stated that it was not only against society but it also deviated from his prime job of desisting people from indulging in homosexuality, which is a cause of several sexually transmitted deadly diseases.

The SSP said he was yet to receive the complaint and would only be able to make a comment after examining its contents.

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CITCO fires employee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation Ltd (CITCO) today dismissed an employee, Manoj Sharma, for allegedly possessing a fake degree and further concealing the fact regarding his educational qualifications.

Working since 1989 with CITCO and currently posted on senior assistant grade with the CITCO’s sales depot at Industrial Area, Manoj had obtained promotion on the basis of a fake Bachelor’s of Arts (BA) degree.

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Admn nod to sites for 55 mobile towers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
In a bid to strengthen mobile network system and minimise call drops in the city, the UT administration has decided to earmark sites for erecting 55 more mobile towers in the city. The decision to this effect was taken at a cellular network planning meeting held today under the chairmanship of UT Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar.

Representatives from various telecom companies gave a presentation, elaborating the existing infrastructure, which was insufficient in tackling the increasing mobile traffic in the city.

They further gave requirement for construction of 55 additional mobile towers at various locations of the city.

They added that there were already 172 mobile tower sites in the city of which 38 accommodated three tenants, 65 two tenants and 66 one tenant.

The administration gave the nod to most of the sites proposed by mobile companies and also directed companies to identify alternative sites for those towers that were installed on residential buildings.

The Finance Secretary asked the representatives of companies to study the viability of the existing towers where one or two more tenants could be accommodated.

All new sites should have towers that would accommodate at least four tenants. He also directed the companies to install generators on the ground floor and not on rooftops.

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Plantation drive at Mauli Jagran
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
In an effort to address environmental and social challenges, the municipal corporation today started a plantation campaign at Mauli Jagran. MC Commissioner Dr Roshan Sunkaria planted saplings of neem in green belts and by roadsides.

During the drive, around 300 saplings of trees, including neem, bahaera, amaltas, jacranda, gulmohar, were planted by area residents.

Area councillor Anil Kumar Dubey and horticulture XEN Arun Kumar Kansal were present.

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BSNL launches 3G services at P’kula

Panchkula, July 10
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) today launched its 3G services here. Offering the service to customers here, the general manager, BSNL, Naresh Sharma, said the main advantage of the 3G service would be to the customers, requiring high-speed data services on mobile phone.

Sharma said for promoting 3G services, BSNL had waived off the migration charges of Rs 151 for existing 2G customers. Similarly, the activation cost of the 3G SIM of Rs 300 for the new 3G customers had also been waived off for a limited period. 

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Despite merit, lecturer denied appointment
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 10
Can a candidate, who has secured second rank in the merit list of lecturers following selection by the Punjab Public Service Commission, be “denied” appointment?

The answer should be ‘no’, but the department of medical education and research, Punjab, has performed this feat in the case of Tejvir Kaur, a resident of Gadhera village, who had been appointed as a lecturer in pharmacy by the Commission.

Today, she was shocked when other candidates, figuring lower in the merit list, were given posting and her name was not in the appointment list.

“While I figured second in the merit list after Naveen Kumar, the candidate below me, Ikmeet Kaur has been given posting.

“The department refuses to give any satisfactory reply,” she added.

She lamented that the secretary, medical education and research, Anjali Bhawra did not give any satisfactory reply.

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Row over girl’s burial in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 10
Tension prevailed at Phase IX, when residents of the area opposed the burial of a member of the Muslim community here this morning. While the residents alleged it was illegal, the leader of the community claimed that the burial ground was the land of the Wakf Board.

The residents of the community from Kumbra village use it to bury their dead. Today, the mortal remains of a girl were brought for burial at the site. But when the residents objected, the members of the community got enraged and the officials of the district administration had to intervene.

Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh Mand convinced the leaders of the Muslim community to shift the venue of the burial as the election code of conduct was in place.

The leaders blamed GMADA for not informing the residents about the presence of the burial ground. Such problem had occurred in Matour and Sector 56 also and GMADA had failed to take any permanent action. 

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Punjab Budget
Another Rs 5-cr grant for PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The allocation of Rs 5 crore for the PU in the Punjab Budget has doubled the joy of the university.

The VC, Prof RC Sobti, said: “The money has most probably been allocated for regional centres. This kind of support shall not only help to strengthen our regional centres, but also ensure that students from far-flung areas don’t have to travel to the city for their courses. We wish to develop the Muktsar centre, for which the Punjab government has already provided land free of cost.”

The university was allocated Rs 50 crore in the Union Budget for enhancing facilities. Promising to change the face of the university, the VC claimed to have invited suggestions from chairmen of department and senators. “I have asked everyone for their feedback in writing to best utilise the grant. Once the student’s union is formed, we shall consult it too,” Sobti said.

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Counselling for Class XI
1,692 students admitted on Day 8
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The extra counters put up at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, for centralised admissions to class XI today witnessed heavy rush of admission seekers although the rains spoiled the show.

Students and parents had gathered in large numbers for the counselling session that entered the eighth day today.

The day turned out to be disappointing for those, who could not get admission in their preferred streams. As there was no room in science and commerce, the candidates were left with fewer options.

Nearly 1,692 candidates got admission today, the largest number since the commencement of the counselling.

Meanwhile, five schools closed admissions in Arts in the general category, namely GMSSS, Sector 19, with 49 per cent cut off, GMSSS, Sector 37, with 48.36 per cent, GMSSS, Sector 33, with 47 per cent cut off, GMSSS, Sector 32, with 45.8 per cent cut off and GMSSS, Sector 46, with 45.8 per cent cut off.

Admissions in vocational courses also closed today.

GMSSS, Sector 43,- stenography (cut off 49.4%), GMSSS, Sector 18, - stenography (cut off 49.6%), GMSSS, Sector 47, Automobile (cut off 52.4%), GMSSS, Sector 47, Stenography (cut off 48%), GMSSS, Sector 40, electronics (cut off 47.8%), GMSSS, Sector 40, stenography (cut off 47.4%), GMSSS, Sector 23, electrical (cut off 49.8%).

Even as the department had put up water-proof tents, parents complained about inadequate seats for them and the guardians who had accompanied students.

“Because the rains seeped in, most seats were wet. Keeping in view the rush, the chairs outside were not sufficient though the arrangement inside was fine,” a parent, who had come for his child’s counselling, said.

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