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Rao to be repatriated on July 29
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The stage is set for the repatriation of UT Deputy Commissioner RK Rao to his parent state of Haryana on July 29, with the ministry of home affairs (MHA) reiterating that there was no scope even for a short-term extension.

The decision has been conveyed to UT administrator SF Rodrigues, who had pleaded for a short-term extension to Rao in the wake of the Independence Day celebrations until his replacement was received from Haryana.

Raj Bhavan had pitched in for Rao, with Rodrigues urging ministry top officials on phone to let the administration retain Rao. However, they did not subscribe to Rodrigues’ argument for an extension to Rao, who is considered to be close to Raj Bhavan.

This is not for the first time that the UT administrator had batted for Rao. Earlier, Rodrigues had sent a “strong recommendation” for extension to Rao. His four-year tenure as DC ended on May 29 and he was allowed to continue for two months as his case was pending with the central government.

Failing to get the extension, former Home Secretary Krishan Mohan, for whose extension the UT also bent backwards, was also repatriated to Haryana on the day of expiry of his tenure.

Sources said the additional charge of the DC’s post would have to be given to a senior official as the selection of the new officer would take some time as the selection process for inter-state deputation was a time-consuming process.

The UT administration has already sought a panel for the post of the DC.

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Traffic Violations - II
Women misusing helmet law
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Tragedies will continue to happen as long as religion-based directives and votebank politics override public safety. A two-wheeler is the mode of transportation of the common man. It is not used by these high and mighty people who play on religious sentiments of the people.”

— AS Shergill, advocate

The exemption was given on the basis of religion, thus anybody who is following the tenets of Sikhism should be granted exemption, but not everyone practises it now,”

— Hemant Goswami

Chandigarh, July 20
The fairer sex is rubbing shoulders with male counterparts even in the arena of traffic rule violations. If official records and claims of the police are anything to go by, city women don’t much care for traffic norms and enjoy the exemption from wearing helmets.

As per figures available with the accident cell of the Chandigarh Police, 83 persons lost their lives till date this year and 12 were women. Last year, out of 146 persons killed in road mishaps, 25 were women.

Though it appeared that the number of women involved in fatal mishaps was far less than their male counterparts, taking into account the fewer number of women motorists, the percentage is on the higher side.

One can spot women motorists, especially young students, flouting traffic rules outside educational institutions. “In a bid to escape from the sun, girls often cover their faces in such a manner that it obstructs their movement and vision. Taking advantage of exemption from wearing helmet, they are the most vulnerable to accidents,” a senior citizen said.

Hemant Goswami, a social activist, said there was confusion regarding the exemption, which was granted on the basis of religion. The Supreme Court had exempted Sikh women from wearing helmets in 2004. But the administration and the police had extended the exemption to all women.

“I had filed a writ petition in the High Court last year following the death of a young girl, but it was rejected on the grounds that the issue had already been raised in the apex court. However, the apex court had not stated that the exemption should be extended to all women. I am planning to move the Supreme Court in this regard,” he said.

A senior traffic police officer said it would be hard for them to ask a woman about her religion to book her for the offence. It would create problems.

Helmet could have saved her life

Every day since May last year, I dread the sight of a woman riding a two-wheeler without a helmet. I still rue the day my wife Anuradha rode pillion on the scooter of her colleague without wearing a helmet. Though instant medicare was provided to her, she succumbed to serious head injuries she sustained in an accident.

“Though nobody is to be blamed for her death, a small mistake has brought untold suffering on our family. Safety has been compromised by exempting women drivers and pillion riders from wearing helmet. It seems it was propagated by vested interests.

“Having suffered a grave personal loss, I make it a point to tell helmet-less persons to wear one for their safety and welfare of their near and dear ones. Pull and pressures notwithstanding, the authorities concerned should enforce traffic rules, particularly wearing of helmet, in larger public interest,” Manoj Kumar Gupta, husband of 36-year-old Anuradha, a teacher at YPS, said.

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Nari Niketan Case
SC issues notice to Admn
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The Supreme Court today issued a notice to the Chandigarh administration while taking up a special leave petition (SLP) filed against the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s July 17 order directing the medical termination of pregnancy of a mentally challenged Nari Niketan rape victim.

As the matter came up before the Bench of Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishanan and Justice P Sathasivam, counsel for a bunch of lawyers and social workers argued: “Doesn’t she have the right to have her first known blood relation?”

The Bench observed that it was worried about her. More so because she was an orphan and did not have social support. Asserting that time was running out, the Bench posted the matter for tomorrow.

The victim is in the 19th week of pregnancy — under the law, medical termination of pregnancy is prohibited after the 20th month.

Some Delhi-based lawyers and others had filed an SLP against the orders passed by the special division bench of the High Court. Immediately after the HC orders, the Delhi lawyers had met the CJI at his residence in the evening, seeking his immediate intervention.

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Dentist gets life term for killing husband
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The sensational murder case of a doctor killing her husband at Hotel Mountview in 2003, came to an end with a local court sentencing the woman to life imprisonment today.

The court of additional district and sessions judge Raj Rahul Garg sentenced Delhi-based Dr Swapna Sapra to life imprisonment for killing her husband Mandiv Sapra, an executive director of Group 4 Securities under Section 302 of the IPC. A fine of Rs 50,000 was also imposed.

The court also sentenced her to five-year rigorous imprisonment for destroying evidence under Section 201, IPC. The court stated that the convict should be given benefit of Section 428 of the CrPC.

The court ruled that she had been given adequate opportunity to plead her case, to which she simply stated that she was a first-time offender and she had an 18-year-old son who was dependent on her financially as well as emotionally. A qualified dental surgeon, she posed no danger to the peaceful coexistence of society and so a lenient view may be taken.

In its 80-page judgment, the court ruled that the prosecution had not argued on the point of awarding capital punishment as the accused was a woman. It also stated that that it was a settled proposition of law that death penalty was to be awarded only in the rarest of rare case.

Citing two earlier judgments, the court ruled that ends of justice should be met if the convict was awarded life imprisonment. It also ruled that the statement of prosecution witnesses were consistent and in conformity, leaving no shadow of doubt regarding her guilt.

The court had held Dr Swapna guilty on July 18. She had killed her husband with a “surgeon’s precision” by first hitting him with a bottle of soda water and then slitting open his throat with a pair of surgical scissors. Her husband was found dead in a room at Hotel Mountview. She wore surgical gloves to ensure that she did not leave any fingerprints.

She told the police that ever since their marriage in February 2001, they were having strained relations as he was an alcoholic. While this was her second marriage, for him it was the third.

A vanity bag containing blood-smeared clothes of the assailant, some gold jewellery, credit cards and Rs 7,000 were also recovered by the police.

It was also revealed that she was carrying stress-busting drugs like alprex (90 tablets), diazepam (13 injections) and other medicines and had come to Chandigarh to kill her husband. She administered him drugs before killing him.

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Ludhiana doc robbed of Rs 33 lakh
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 20
The shooting incident in Morni has turned out to be a robbery as Dr Sumit Sofat, the complainant, told the police that the assailants had taken away Rs 33 lakh lying in his SUV after the driver was shot.

Accusing a Ludhiana resident, Ramesh Pashan, and his two sons, he said with the help of their driver, Ranjit, and two other unidentified persons, they attacked him when he went to Morni yesterday.

The district police has booked Ramesh Pashan, his sons Vinayak and Abhinav, their driver Ranjit and two others under Sections 395 and 397, IPC.

Both parties reportedly had a dispute over a piece of land. Dr Sofat was facing criminal charges for allegedly making forged documents in order to grab a 1200-yard prime land of Ramesh Pashan on the Ferozepur road, for which he was arrested by the Ludhiana police on November 10.

He told the police that he along with his friend had reached Chandigarh in his Tata Safari to purchase a car, but being Sunday, he did not get it and they decided to visit Morni. It was in the evening when the accused, who were in their Scorpio, fired three shots at them, resulting in injuries to their driver. The accused managed to take away the money lying in the Tata Safari.

The SP said the police was verifying the allegations before arresting the accused.

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Heartburn as Infantry, Artillery eat into AVSC pie
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The recommendations for implementation of the second phase of the AV Singh Committee (AVSC) on officer cadre restructuring has been modified by Army Headquarters, with the Infantry and Artillery grabbing more vacancies at the cost of other arms and services. This has reportedly resulted in heartburn among senior Army officers as it cuts down on promotional avenues.

Sources in Army Headquarters revealed that The Armoured Corps, Mechanised Infantry, Engineers and the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers are among the hardest hit by the loss of vacancies. The recommendations, notified in December 2008, are to be implemented over a five-year period.

At the level of Colonel, AVSC had recommended 1,715 vacancies for the Infantry and 753 for the Artillery, which has subsequently been modified to 1,913 and 841, respectively. Consequently, Engineers have lost 72 vacancies, EME 49, Armoured Corps 43, Signals 40, Air Defence 28, ASC 32 and Mechanised Infantry 14 vacancies.

For Brigadiers, the number has been increased from 369 to 442 for the Infantry and from 172 to 192 for the Artillery, cutting down on the number for Engineers by 23, EME by 15, Armoured Corps by 14, Signals by 10 and Mechanised Infantry by four.

As far as Major Generals are concerned, the vacancies have been clubbed for the infantry, Mechanised Infantry and the Armoured Corps, with a combined increase by 17. While Artillery would get six more Major Generals, the number for Engineers has been reduced by eight. Other arms and services have also suffered cuts at this level.

Sources reveal that senior officers have taken up the matter with Chief of the Army Staff, who also happens to be from the Artillery, pointing out the implications and drawbacks of modifying the pro rata system. Some officers have also written to the Army Chief in this regard.

Officers have contended that the modification of AVSC recommendations points towards preferential treatment to certain arms and in a single stroke has snuffed out the aspirations of 50 per cent of the officer cadre.

Pointing out that pro-rata was a time-tested system for meeting organisational and individual aspirations, officers said that modification will have a skewed impact on age profile and lead to disparity and polarisation. The satisfaction levels in the Infantry and Artillery would jump significantly from about 30 per cent to 55 per cent, where as for the other arms it would remain at 25-30 per cent.

Official sources pointed out that the modified system would ensure batch parity is maintained while holding promotion boards with infantry and other arms enjoying a slight edge. According to a senior officer, no arm or service would be deprived of their rightful share, as after 15 years, the intake would have been so regulated that pro rata vacancies are not at great variance.

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Only 30 penalised under Excise Act in 10 years!
Section 29 of the Punjab Excise Act (PEA), 1914, prohibits the sale of liquor to persons under the age of 25 years
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
Some rules are made only to be forgotten.

The Excise and Taxation Departments of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh have in the past decade penalised less than 30 persons under Section 29 of the Excise Act.

The Section 29 of the Punjab Excise Act (PEA), 1914, (applicable to Chandigarh and Haryana) prohibits the sale of liquor to persons under the age of 25 years. “No licensed vendor and his employee can sell or deliver any liquor or intoxicating drug to any person appearing under the age of 25 years,” states the rule

While this rule is violated many times each day across the states, it is obvious that hardly any action is ever taken against the vendors in this regard. Young children, including school going children, are often seen buying liquor while no major punitive action is taken against the vendors.

In response to a set of RTI applications filed by Kamal Anand of the People for Transparency, Sangrur, these departments have given a list of vendors penalised for violation of the rule. Interestingly, majority of these actions were taken after the filing of the RTI applications.

Since 1998, the Chandigarh administration has challaned only nine vendors under this Act. “While one vendor was challaned in 2005-2006, two were penalised one day before the reply to the RTI application was given by the central public information officer of the UT’s Excise and Taxation Department,” said Anand. Another six were fined on the same day, i.e., April 27 this year.

While the license for some vendors was suspended, some were fined Rs 5,000.

In Haryana, the Excise Department has, since 1997, challaned only two persons for violation of Section 29 of the PEA. While one vendor was challaned in Bhiwani, another was challenged in Gurgaon. “The vendor in Bhiwani was penalised after my RTI application,” said Anand.

In Punjab, the information was sought from year 2000. In the last nine years, the state government has challaned 18 vendors across the state. Majority of these challans took place in Bathinda and Nawashahar.

“Either the departments think that there are no violations or are hand in glove with the violators,” said Anand.

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Delay in transfer of flats to GPA holders
Home Secy constitutes grievance cell
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Got a complaint?

Aggrieved GPA holders and society members can approach NPS Randhawa, JRCS, at his office in Sector 17 between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm. Besides, a monthly lok adalat has also been planned for the redressal of grievances. Members can also approach the office of the Home Secretary at UT Secretariat between 12 noon and 1 pm

Chandigarh, July 20
The Chandigarh administration has clipped the wings of erring managements of cooperative group housing societies dilly-dallying on the transfer of flats to general power of attorney (GPA) holders.

In a step that would go a long way in bringing transparency to the functioning of society managements, Home Secretary-cum-Secretary Cooperation Ram Niwas today ordered the constitution of a grievances redressal cell under the chairmanship of NPS Randhawa, joint registrar cooperative societies (JRCS) to redress the grievances of society members.

“The society management skirting the GPA transfer notification would be dealt with severely and executive bodies would be dissolved and administrator appointed in their place to effect the transfer of flats,” Ram Niwas told The Tribune.

Besides, a monthly lok adalat would be held under the chairmanship of the registrar cooperative societies (RCS) to dispose of complaints of society members and GPA holders, the order said.

Today’s order seems to be an offshoot of large-scale complaints by GPA members against society managements for delaying the transfer of flats on flimsy grounds and levying “illegal” transfer charges.

In a “pro-people” decision, the administration had recently come out with the GPA transfer policy fixing Rs 50,000, Rs 25,000 and Rs 15,000 as transfer charges for category “A”, category “B” and category “C” flats, respectively.

However, cocking a snook at the administration decision, certain unscrupulous managements had been charging transfer charges apart from the administration-fixed transfer fee and delaying the transfer on one pretext or the other.

Ram Niwas made it clear that there was no justification for the levy of “illegal” charges and the GPA holders should bring this to the notice of the secretary, cooperation, RCS and the JRCS.

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Admn to go tough on begging
HS for immediate crackdown
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The UT administration is getting serious to check the begging menace. A meeting was convened by Home Secretary-cum-Secretary Social Welfare to evolve a mechanism to check the menace in the city.

The meeting was attended by senior officers of the administration, including Deputy Commissioner, Additional Deputy Commissioner, SSP, Legal Remembrancer, DSW, SDMs and representatives of NGOs.

The Home Secretary said despite provision of harsh punishment under the Haryana Prevention of Beggary Act,1971, the menace of beggary was increasing by the day.

There is a need to implement the Act in letter and spirit to curb the menace.

All types of beggary are prohibited under the Act and there is a need to spread the message amongst residents that they should not give alms to beggars to discourage begging.

Under Section 2 of the Act, beggar means any person who is found begging, soliciting or receiving alms in a public place whether or not under any pretence, such as singing, dancing, fortune-telling, performing tricks or selling articles.

Under Section 4 of the Act, the person who is found begging and convicted has to be detained in a certified institution in accordance with the provisions of Section 7 for a period of not less then one year and not more than two years.

The Home Secretary desired that on all traffic signals, message should be conveyed to public through public address system of the Chandigarh Police that begging was a crime and people should discourage beggars.

Extensive drives should be launched for the prevention of beggary by the police in association with SDMs and NGOs.

Strategic locations like Sectors 15, 17 and 37, Fun Republic, Mani Majra, Sector 20 roundabout should be raided for nabbing beggars by setting up of flying squads, he added.

The beggars are required to be booked under the Act, the Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act, 2000 and sent to certified institutions like Nari-Niketan, Old Age Home, Sector 15, or Juvenile Home, Sector 25, by taking necessary orders from the competent courts.

The Home Secretary directed the SSP to launch the drive immediately. During the deliberations, it was also felt by the members and NGOs that without making people/residents aware the drive against beggar would not achieve its purpose.

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Rain bares chinks in drainage system
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
While showers lashing the city this morning brought the much-needed relief to residents from sweltering heat, it added to the woes of commuters and those residing in low-lying areas.

Just 4 mm rainfall today exposed the sorry state of drainage system in the city and rubbished the claims of the municipal corporation that it is fully prepared to deal with the onslaught of monsoon.

Some parts of the city got flooded with virtually no way for the rainwater to drain even after light rain. The inadequate drainage system and faulty sewerage structure were primarily responsible for this situation.

The poor maintenance of storm water drains was evident at several places in Sectors 20, 22, 21 and 19, where the drains were found blocked.

Ill-equipped to deal with minimum rainfall, the city residents saw roads clogged with ankle-deep water, jamming many roundabouts.

However, officials of the corporation stuck to their statement that there was no waterlogging at any place in the city, as they had not received any complaints.

The worst affected area was Colony No. 5 where the administration had shifted around 400 jhuggi dwellers from Rajiv Labour Colony, Sector-38 West, without making any proper arrangements of drainage.

Despite manifold increase in population of the colony, the corporation has added no new drainage to cope with the situation.

Residents complained that they had approached the ward councillor a number of times before the monsoon for arrangement of proper drainage system, but to no avail.

Area’s BSP councillor Ram Sumar Morya stated that during the past two years, he had written more than 50 letters to the authorities informing them about the problems of the colony and also about one drainage pipeline, which was not sufficient for the colony, but without any desired effect.

He added that he had raised the issue in the house also without any positive result.

The condition of Sector 25, which has an old drainage system and saw inundation of many houses last year, is no different.

The administration had promised to make some arrangements there but the situation hadn’t changed today.Sources admitted that the design of the drainage would have to be changed and new lines added in the area.

Among other effected areas are Kumhar Colony, Janta Colony, Milkman Colony, Mauli Jargan, Nizampur Kumbar, Hallo Majra and Vikas Nagar colonies.

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Byelection to MC Ward
Cong, SAD-BJP announce candidates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
Battle lines have been drawn for by-election to ward No. 10 of the municipal corporation, scheduled for August 8, with the Congress and SAD-BJP alliance announcing their candidates.

Tomorrow is the last day of filling of nomination papers for this ward. The Congress has fielded Bhupinder Singh Badheri, general secretary, Congress committee, and former chairman of market committee, as its candidate.

While the SAD-BJP alliance has given ticket to Malkiyat Singh, kin of Gurnam Singh, sitting councillor of the ward whose death necessitated the election.

The BSP has yet to open its cards.

Insiders in the Congress stated that the party was confident of winning the seat buoyed by the victory in the recent Lok Sabha elections.

In 2006 MC elections, there were 20,000 voters in the ward, which includes Butrela, Attawa, Sectors 41 and 42.

Gurnam Singh of the SAD-BJP alliance had won the seat beating Congress candidate Jagat Bhushan by 3,159 votes.

The NCP candidate had bagged 1,757 votes and the BSP had not fielded any candidate for the ward in the last MC elections.

Meanwhile, BJP state president Kamla Sharma convened a party meeting today to chalk out the strategy of the party for the byelection. She said Malkiyat Singh would file his nomination papers tomorrow with the alliance supporters.

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Modern Terminal Market Project
Rodrigues to write again to Centre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
Concerned at the delay in the implementation of the Modern Terminal Market Project, UT Administrator SF Rodrigues is writing another letter to the union agriculture minister.

Stating this at the public hearing session, he said the ambitious project with state-of-the-art marketing infrastructure aimed at benefitting farmers of the region. He asked the State Farmers Commission chairman Dr GS Kalkat to coordinate the project.

Expressing his anguish over the incidents of gambling and other unethical activities in different localities of the city, Rodrigues said all SDMs had been directed to conduct raids and bring to book anti-social elements engaged in such malpractices, which were impacting our social system.

He said the police must also perform their duties diligently in checking such activities in their area of jurisdiction.

Rodrigues also asked the MC Commissioner to depute teams to identify dead trees on roadsides and take steps for their removal, following necessary procedures to check any kind of mishap. He also asked the MC and estate office to speed up the drive for clearing encroachments and un-authorised constructions in the city.

He directed the Home Secretary to improve school infrastructure by putting up prefabricated structures and arrange requisite furniture in Bapu Dham Colony and other government schools. He also asked officers to take forward the process of setting up Medicity following guidelines and legal procedures.

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Disappearance of cash, ornaments
Police seals PNB locker
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
Amidst high drama, the police today sealed a locker in Punjab National Bank, Sector 22, from where cash and ornaments had allegedly gone missing last month.

Harminder Singh, owner of the locker, who had alleged that his cash and ornaments had gone missing from the locker, blamed the bank authorities of manipulating facts to save their face.

The police called a mechanic from Godrej company, which provided lockers to the bank, for inspection today and were joined by Harminder and his wife Vaneeta.

Jaspal Singh Bhullar, in charge of the police post-22, said the mechanic could not figure out the fault, forcing them to seal the locker. “We will serve a notice on the bank asking them to remove valuables form the lockers in the cabin, as we will send the entire unit to the CFSL for examination,” he said.

Meanwhile, Harminder and his wife alleged that bank officials pushed them out of the bank, forcing them to stand outside.

Vaneeta told the media that the locker was faulty. “When I was asked to operate the locker, it got opened easily but didn’t get locked later,” she stated.

“The bank officials who earlier held my husband responsible for the mess up were now blaming me today. The bank manager was asking mechanic to mention in his report that the locker was damaged by me,” alleged the woman. “It is impossible that my husband had taken away 400 gm gold in a polythene bag,” she claimed, while confronting the police theory.

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PU doesn’t care two hoots about RTI
Sandeep Rana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
Right To Information (RTI) Act holds no importance to Panjab University, as it didn’t bother to reply to the applications even after over two months.

Two different RTIs sought by city advocates related to sports this year hasn’t been replied, while the university is busy sending the applications from one department to another.

In the first case, a city advocate sought an RTI on July 11, 2008. However, the reply of the application carried misleading and incomplete information.

It was asked in the application that whether the campus annual athletics meet held in 2008 and it was replied by the Deputy Director Dolly that no campus athletics meet was held last year. While the officials in the sports department confirmed that the meet was held.

However, to get the right information, the RTI activist sent a reminder to the university on April 21, 2009, and asked to answer the questions. But the university didn’t adhere to it till date. On the same date another advocate had filed an RTI, which has also not been replied so far.

“There are such questions in the application, which can expose the functioning of PU that is why the university didn’t answer most of the questions asked in the application,” claimed the advocate.”

Dr CS Grewal, director sports, Punjab University, said the application was sent to Assistant Registrar and has been received and would be replied soon.

“If we don’t receive any response, we will move to the court,” said the RTI activist.

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Review meeting on RTI implementation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
To keep the government working transparent and accountable to public, Home Secretary Ram Niwas today convened a review meeting regarding the implementation of the RTI Act in all departments, boards, corporations and institutions of the UT administration. As envisaged under Section 4 of the RTI Act, voluntary disclosures by every department have to be undertaken once a year. To make it uniform among all departments, July 31 has been fixed as the annual date, wherein all departments would update their respective disclosures. The Home Secretary directed the heads of department to maintain their records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner and form that facilitates the RTI Act.

It was also decided to put information regarding the CPIO and appellate authority of the department concerned on the notice board.

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Consumer Courts
ICICI Bank, financial firm penalised Rs 2 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed ICICI Bank, Sector 9, to overhaul the account of a complainant by treating the loan amount as Rs 4,50,000 paid to him on different dates.

The forum has also asked the bank to redraw the schedule of payment whereby the amount of installment paid by the complainant would be decreased out of his total liability on each date of payment.

The amount that has been received by the bank in excess shall be repaid to him along with a compensation of Rs 1 lakh.

The forum has also directed Luxmi Financial Services (authorised direct marketing agent of ICICI Bank), through its partners Neeraj and Dheeraj, Sector 17, to pay to the complainant Rs 1 lakh as penalty.

The complainant, Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Mohali, stated that in December, 2005, the finance company approached him with a proposal of foreclosure of loan account/hypothecation of his vehicles i.e. Toyota Qualis hypothecated with Karnataka Bank, Phase 3B-II, Mohali, and Honda City hypothecated with Kotak Mahindra Prime Ltd and further for getting loan on used vehicles from ICICI Bank.

In December, 2005, he entered into loan agreements with the bank for his aforesaid vehicles through Luxmi Financial Services.

Thereafter, the financial services informed him that a loan of Rs 8,22,000 was sanctioned for the aforementioned used vehicles (i.e. Rs 5.5 lakh for Honda City and Rs 2.72 lakh for Toyota Qualis), with an assurance that the loan amount would be given as and when the same was disbursed by the bank.

It was averred that thereafter, the financial company released the payment of Rs 4.5 lakh in total by way of three cheques i.e. for Rs 3 lakh, Rs 1.4 lakh and Rs 10,000, respectively.

It was told that the remaining amount of Rs 3.72 lakh had not been disbursed by the bank.

It was averred that from the amount of loan released by financial services, the complainant got loan qua one vehicle i.e. Toyota Qualis foreclosed from Karnataka Bank. But since the total amount of loan qua Honda City was not released, he was not able to get his loan foreclosed from Kotak Mahindra Prime Ltd, due to which he had to pay the installments to the bank at Rs 12,665 per month.

He paid installments to M/s Kotak Mahindra Prime up to April, 2006 and thereafter, got the loan agreement foreclosed by paying Rs 3,70,500 to Kotak Mahindra Prime from his own pocket.

Thereafter, he approached the financial company number of times and asked for release of remaining amount i.e. Rs 3.72 lakh and for the details of his loan accounts.

But no plausible justification was ever given by financial services. He approached ICICI Bank in April, 2007 and asked for the details of his loan accounts of both vehicles.

On receiving the account statements, he was surprised to know that the total amount of Rs 8.22 lakh on account of his loan agreements had already been disbursed to financial services.

But the company had released only Rs 4.50 lakh and had intentionally and illegally retained the amount of Rs 3.72 lakh.

Accordingly, he submitted a representation on May 5, 2007 in writing to ICICI Bank upon which the complainant received a call from the official concerned of the bank who desired the complainant to come to the bank.

In August, 2007, without deciding the aforesaid representation, the recovery agents started visiting the house of the complainant and pressurised him to deposit the installments.

As such, on July 25, 2007, he again visited the office of bank and it was assured that no recovery agent would come to him.

Despite the assurance, the recovery agents continued to visit his house.

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Rs 10,000 fine slapped on Reliance Infocomm
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The Consumer Disputes and Redressal Forum has directed Reliance Infocomm Services, Sector 9, to pay Rs 10,000 in compensation and also refund a sum of Rs 4,320 for deficiency in service.

KC Gupta, a resident of Panchkula, had got a telephone connection in 2004 and paid a sum of Rs 1,800 for the same.

Since the installation, the complainant had been facing recurring problems like network failure, missing activation, etc.

He approached Reliance officials and got the number changed but the problems persisted.

The company then changed the handset for which Gupta had to pay Rs 1,275 extra. It again developed a fault and finally stopped working on May 5, 2008.

The forum in its orders said: “Reliance will have to refund a sum of Rs 4,320 and an amount of Rs 10,000 by way of compensation for mental agony and harassment suffered by the complainant along with Rs 2,500 as litigation expenses to the complainant and take back the previous phone set from the complainant.”

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Tabla maestro Anuradha mesmerises audience
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, July 20
The first internationally acclaimed female professional tabla player by Limca Book of Records, Anuradha Pal mesmerised the audience with her solo tabla recital in a special concert organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra at Randhawa auditorium here today.

Rhythm in music is perfect cadence and paramount to create a cohesive melody was proved in her dazzling performance marked with profound creativity, tremendous clarity and a fine tonal quality, along with exciting rhythmic improvisations, with spontaneity.

Disciple of tabla maestros, the late Ustad Alla Rakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, she commenced with a traditional Peshkar, gradually introducing to a wider range of phrases and sounds. The qayida followed by a sequence of improvised variations in palta, laagi, ladi and more.

She displayed dexterity playing typical “uthaans” and “gats” of Punjab gharana showing different kinds of layakaris. Amidst laudatory claps from intrusive audience she embellished the tabla bols with mathematical precision and artistic endurance. She delineated certain dialogues in tabla jugalbandi to the delight of audience before concluding with an electrifying sequence of rela though at times she was not comfortable with accompanists.

Two DVDs of Anuradha titled “Recharge” and “Learn Tabla Well” were also released. Kendra director Shobha Koser honoured the artistes.

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No relief in sight for residents
Rainwater entering houses for decade
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 20
Residents of seven marla houses in Phase IIIB2 have complained that rainwater has been entering their houses for the past about 10 years but the authorities concerned have failed to mitigate their problem.

Ravinder Bansal, a resident of Phase IIIB2, said here today that water had been entering houses in the area whenever it rained over the past so many years. Residents had been meeting officials of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), the Municipal Council and the department of public health, but to no avail.

He said water entered in more than 30 houses and residents had been facing the same problem every year, but no department bothered to look into the matter. He said PUDA (now GMADA) had prepared a plan to spend about Rs 80 lakh to divert the water from the adversely affected pocket, but work done in this regard did not prove to be effective.

Residents were then compelled to file a case in a court. The Chief Administrator of GMADA called a meeting last month, eight months after the filing of the case. Officials of various departments and affected residents were called to discuss the problem once again, but when would they be given some relief could not be said, added Bansal.

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Abandoned baby girl gets new lease of life
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 20
Six-month-old Gudia is a darling of doctors, paramedics and the staff at the Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, near here.

Gudia was found abandoned in the bushes at the Pingla Ashram on the Sanaur road in January. “The Pingla Ashram inmates were alarmed at the cries of a child in the bushes on that chilly winter morning and we were surprised to find a new born infant out in the bushes at the boundary of the ashram,” recalls Baba Balbir Singh, in charge of the Pingla Ashram.

He said the ashram took the child to a private hospital for treatment as the baby was very unwell. Doctors said it was a preterm child born at about seven months and weighed only 900 gram. He added that the treatment at the private hospitals proved to be out of reach of the Pingla Ashram. Harnam Singh, president of the Gian Sagar Educational and Charitable Trust, asked the hospital authorities to admit the child in the indoor ward and provide it the best of treatment. Dr HM Swami, medical superintendent of the hospital, said the child was brought to the hospital when she was 21-day-old.

The child was suffering from hypothermia and sepsis and had repeated attacks of apnea (cessation of breathing). She required artificial ventilation for several days.

Harnam Singh said the hospital staff had given the best of treatment to the child and saved her life. The attending staff gave the child its name Gudia. Dr Kusum Mahajan, head of the paediatrics department of the hospital, said Gudia was now the darling of the staff. Faculty and staff members were regularly getting clothes and toys for her.

Mahajan said the hospital would like the child to be adopted by some needy couple.

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Judicial Complex
Land allotment rate up by 20 pc
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 20
Even as the case for allotment of land for the district administrative-cum-judicial complex here is moving at a snail’s pace, GMADA has increased the allotment price for the 14 acres earmarked for the purpose in Sector 76 here. Against the earlier allotment rate of Rs 7,500 per sq yard, the new rate comes to around Rs 9,200 per sq yard, a hike of 20 per cent.

This decision was taken at a recent meeting of the executive of GMADA chaired by the chief secretary. Though the minutes are yet to be released, sources said the first casualty of the hike would be the proposed administrative complex project.

As per government policy, government institutions are allotted land at a subsidised rate. Though the new allotment rate was Rs 12,000 per sq yard, the reduced rate comes to around Rs 9,200 per sq yard.

Officials in GMADA say that going by the tentative area of 14 acres required for the project, the land cost would come to around Rs 60 crore. The high cost of land could become an impediment in starting work on the complex, a senior official in the administration said.

Though the district administration has written to the state government for releasing funds so that possession of the land could be taken from GMADA, files are stuck in different government departments. Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh Mand said the case had been sent to the government.

Irked over the government’s apathy, residents suffer in light of inadequate space from where the district administrative complex and the district courts were functioning. While funds for the administrative complex were to be released by the finance department, those for the judicial complex had to come from the home department.

Land allotment price for coop societies deferred

GMADA has one again deferred a move to increase the rate of allotment of land to 13 cooperative house building societies that are being allotted in Mohali. No decision on the proposed rate of Rs 10,000 per sq yard has been taken. It is learnt that the rates in neighbouring Chandigarh and Panchkula would be studied.

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Civic Amenities-I
80 pc Panchkula streetlights defunct
Authorities undecided on planning
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 20
Despite the tall claims of authorities concerned for years to illuminate the roads as well as streets of the town, the wait for the residents seems to be unending.

While more than 80 per cent of the 15,000 light points in the town were lying defunct, the Municipal Council, as well as HUDA, could not decide on the planning leading to the inconvenience of the residents.

“The absence of lights on the roads has not only led to the crimes here, many accidents had occurred due to the darkness on the roads in the recent past,” said Davinder Mahajan, president of the Resident Welfare Association, Sector 4, at Mansa Devi Complex.

At least three incidents were reported during the last couple of months when the miscreants robbed three people of their belongings during early morning taking advantage of darkness on the roads.

In fact the authorities for years failed to decide upon the method to keep the lights working in the town. The schemes were prepared, even approved, only to be cancelled by the successive authority.

In February last year it was decided to install energy saving bulbs in the town with the help of the Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency. The scheme, however, was shelved by the Municipal Committee itself even as acting president of MC BB Singal today again claimed to have proposed for the same in the meeting of house.

In fact, the authorities claimed the scheme was also to generate earnings to the MC and HUDA. Municipal committee maintains 9,000 lights and the rest were the responsibility of HUDA.

A contract for the work was also awarded to two agencies.

The Municipal Council executive officer, OP Sihag, while claiming to have reducing the electricity bill to 50 per cent with the installation of energy saving bulbs, said the contractors would share the savings with the MC while all maintenance and installation would be their responsibility.

The scheme could never be materialised as the new MC while taking oath made it a priority to scrap it.

In July last, after getting the approval of the state government, the MoU to install energy saving bulbs was scrapped on the pretext that reports about the project were not satisfactory when a team of new Municipal Council members visited Amritsar where these lights had already been installed.

The matter, however, turned out to be worst since then. “Now, while no lights could be seen on the road dividing Phase II, Industrial Area, with the sectors, the roads at Sectors 15, 14, 4 and 11 remain under darkness as majority of lights here did not work since long as no repair work was carried out,” said SK Nayyar, president of the senior citizen association.

Sinhgal said the light system in the town was installed 25 years ago and no major repair work was carried out to keep them working since then.

Moreover, during rainy season the old fittings develop sang frequently to make the work for maintenance agencies tougher, he said.

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MC for abolishing house tax
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 20
The Municipal Council is to send a proposal to abolish the house tax in the town to the state government. A resolution in this regard was passed by the House in its meeting held here today.

The former MC president, Ravidner Rawal, however, did not attend the meeting and acting president BB Singal presided over.

In its first meeting attended by 31 councillors, following the removal of Ravinder Rawal as the president of the MC, the House also passed the resolutions to increase the honorarium of the councillor substantially.

While the house tax was abolished on the self occupied properties by the state government last year, the Municipal Council wanted to abolish it from the town on the pattern of Chandigarh.

The resolution introduced by the BJP councillors was, however, passed and now it was at the discretion of the state government to approve it. It would, however, not be an easy task for the state government as it would need an amendment in the Municipal Council Act.

The increase in the financial powers of the council has also to be sought, said Singal.

The municipal councils were empowered to spend Rs 3 lakh 20 years ago. Now, with the passage of time the requirements have been increased manifold, hence the limit needed to be increased, said Singal while introducing the agenda.

Similarly, the honorarium to councillors was too low as the councillor was entitled to get only Rs 1,500 while the vice-president was receiving Rs 2,000, and the civic body chief was paid Rs 3,000 only, which does not even convert the expenses of phone borne by the members, opined the House.

It should be Rs 5,000, 7,000, and 10,000, respectively, demanded the councillors while passing the resolution.

The House once again agreed to install the energy saving lights in the town after scrapping the same proposal last year. What prompted the House to reconsider its decision, however, was not explained, though the members were ready to outsource the streetlights so that the energy saving lights could be installed throughout the town.

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Raid on 4 dairies to check adulteration
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 20
Stepping up its activities to keep adulteration under check, the district health authorities had lifted samples of eatables from various dairies here recently.

District health officer, Dr ML Garg, said while four samples were taken on Saturday, but it was on Thursday when nine samples were taken, including cheese, khoya, and sweets.

A four-member team led by Dr ML Garg along with deputy civil surgeon, Dr Suman Jain, conducted the raids on Krishan Dairy in Sector 9, Vijay Dairy in Sector 20, Ram Dairy in Maheshpur village and Cheema Dairy in Sector 16.

The samples of cheese and ghee were taken from Vijay Dairy, while from Ram Dairy, it was the samples of cheese and khoya, said Dr Garg.

The sample of khoya from Krishna Dairy and cheese and gulabjamun from Cheema Dairy were also taken.

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Banur Byelection
Dhindsa, Tandon campaign for Bunny
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, July 20
The election campaign in Banur Assembly has picked up momentum as the senior political leaders have been holding meetings and door-to-door campaigns for their candidates.

Shiromani Akali Dal general secretary Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and senior BJP leader Balramji Dass Tandon visited the area and asked the voters to cast votes in favour of SAD-BJP candidate Jasjeet Singh Bunny. While campaigning for SAD-BJP candidate, Dhindsa said the SAD-BJP candidates would win the three seats and defeat the Congress candidates with huge margins. He was accompanied with Daljit Singh Cheema and other leaders.

Senior BJP leader Balramji Dass Tandon also campaigned for Bunny. In a public rally in Zirakpur, Manpreet Kaur Dolly, sister of Jasjit Singh Bunny, said she would never forget the words of Capt Kanwaljit Singh, “if you want to help the people, you have to step forward into the politics.”

Meanwhile, a team of senior Congress leaders, including general secretary of the All-India Congress Committee and observer for Banur constituency RC Khuntia today hold a meeting to carry on the campaign systematically and divided the constituency into four zones: Banur, Dera Bassi, Lalru and Zirakpur.

Leader of the opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, former minister Lal Singh, Rana KP Singh and Balbir Singh Sidhu were present in the meeting. During a rally arranged in the support of Deepinder Singh Dhillon, he was weighed against ladoos in Karkaur village, where former minister Harnek Singh Gharhuan was also present.

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Man held with prohibited meat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The police has arrested a 50-year-old resident of Indira Colony and recovered 7 kg of prohibited meat from his possession. The police said they had got a tip-off that a man was carrying the prohibited meat. The police led a naka at Mauli Jagraon and arrested Ali Hasan, while he was carrying 7-kg prohibited meat in his Activa Honda.

Hasan told the police that he used to bring the meat from Sharanpur and would sell in the city.

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Gardener killed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
A 55-year-old gardener was killed after an unidentified vehicle hit the bike he was riding near IT park chowk here this morning.

The seriously injured victim was taken to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, where he died in the evening.

Pitambar, was riding pillion on his son’s bike when an unidentified vehicle hit them from behind.

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How-to site makes waves on the Net

Another social networking site (SNS). Yes, it is Howcast.com, which is fast becoming a sensation among the netizens for being the best source for fun, free and useful how-to videos and guides.

It was started 17 months ago by a handful of Google and YouTube veterans amid the bustling and fast-growing crowd of websites offering how-to content.

There is a reason no one ever reads the instruction manual. That is why the video how-to site Howcast is such a gem. It breaks from its more staid counterparts by injecting a necessary dose of humour, says The Time magazine, which rated Howcast as one of the top 50 websites in 2008.

Given the competition, from sites like Howdini and even YouTube, Howcast Media is betting that its particular blend of information and entertainment, presented in short and snappy video, will draw plenty of traffic and, most important, deliver a profit.

Already, Howcast has 100,000 videos in its library, some that it has produced itself and many more from others like Playboy, Popular Science and Home Depot that share in the ad revenue.

Howcast shows how-to videos one'll actually want to watch. From making gadgets to making sense of life, it makes the practical entertaining, the entertaining informative and the informative cutting edge. The site offers instruction on a range of topics, from everyday issues - How to avoid Spam email; How to sew a button by hand; How to cut, copy and paste on your iphone; How not to get mugged; How to grill the perfect steak; How to save gas with eight secret trips; fixing a leaky faucet, creating a living will - to the more obscure, like How to survive a bear attack. Nothing on Howcast is particularly graphic. Plenty of other sites, of course, already offer that sort of stuff.

Given the ease of posting on sites like YouTube, where 20 hours of videos are uploaded each minute, it takes more than a bunch of short clips to succeed. Part of the trick to winning on the web is having a distinct personality. Some industry executives give Howcast credit for finding a way to stand out.

“They understand that video is an incredible medium to share and instruct,” says a Google executive. “But they also realise that they can use video to provide instruction in an environment that is entertaining, not dry.”

One of the biggest challenges for a site like Howcast, though, is the same one that has vexed old-school media giants and survivors of the dot-com boom: How can content creators turn a profit on the web? Howcast’s solution is to partner with advertisers and create instructional videos for their specific products or services.

Blurring the lines between editorial and advertising is a tricky endeavour, of course. Companies that try to be too stealthy or clever risk seeing their brand roasted on Facebook, Twitter and beyond.

Howcast’s team of young executives are even forging relationships with the US State Department as it looks for ways to use social networks and other media to communicate directly with people around the world. Among the videos they have produced for it are “How to protest without violence” and “How to Launch a Human Rights Blog.” Howcast executives are also quickly signing deals with the likes of Google, Facebook and Hulu to spread their videos across the Internet.

The how-to category Websites’ list is big and growing, but extremely fragmented. And while Howcast is watching its traffic soar, it lags far behind eHow and About.com, according to Hitwise, a research firm.

Howcast says its videos were played more than 20 million times in June last across all of its distribution network, including YouTube and Apple’s iPhone. What may give Howcast a leg up on its competitors is the fact that the company is creating a library of high-quality content that could command higher ad rates, says an analyst. To help viewers navigate through the 100,000 videos on its site, Howcast divides them into 25 broad categories -- such as technology, travel and food and drink -- and 
then slices and dices those into 
smaller segments.

In the middle of last year, the food company Nestlé noticed a peculiar spike in complaints from consumers in a Middle Eastern country about the taste of one of its products, the instant coffee Nescafé Gold.

After some sleuthing, the company discovered that people in that country did not understand how to make its instant coffee. They were making it like traditional ground coffee. Howcast quickly produced a video showing how to make Nescafé Gold. The graphics, sub-titles and voiceover were done in both English and Arabic.

This was very much out-of-the-box. The video will soon appear on a Nescafé website, and Howcast will distribute it to some of its partners.

In this light, Howcast may look like more of an advertising agency than a media company. Unlike pricey ad agencies, however, that can charge hundreds of thousands of dollars for a 30-second advertising spot, Howcast produces videos for corporate customers at a fraction of that cost. Its executives say this is its entree into big corporate ad budgets. And they argue that they are still sticking with their primary focus: to create instructional content.

When JetBlue Airways in the USA planned its inaugural flight from Kennedy Airport in New York to Los Angeles International earlier this year, it turned to Howcast to create videos for the occasion.

The result was a series of clips, including “How to Stay Fabulous When You Fly Coast to Coast” featuring Delphine, a leggy Ford model with her own YouTube following. The video can be found on numerous sites, including Yahoo, AOL, MySpace and Metacafe. JetBlue executives say they are thrilled with the response from the spots and plan to work with Howcast again. “What Howcast offers is something that is very cost-effective and very targeted,” said a JetBlue spokesman.

Howcast executives see opportunities beyond corporate America.

Anil Maheshwari is an editor with the Instablogs.com anilm@instablogs.com

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CityScope Letters-II
Committee to reallocate powers needed

This refers to the City Scope “Divided they’ll ensure the fall” (July 13) by Raveen Thukral, the city being a unique experiment in modern town planning and architecture requires specialised administration.

The present day intra-bureaucratic slugfest is just a clash of egos, but it is not a new phenomenon. The first Deputy Commissioner of Chandigarh had the similar problems with his superiors, including the Finance Secretary and Chief Commissioner.

The MC was created to placate the local politicians and were responsible for the slums around the city and waste of prime commercial land for booths of rehri/phari-walas. Residents are confused about powers of administration and MC. The setting up of a committee to study the working of the corporation is just a force. Need of the hour is a high powered Central Committee to re-examine the allocation of higher posts of Haryana and Punjab made in 1966 as well as the subsequent state-wise recruitment of lower staff.

The holding of most powerful posts of Home Secretary (also Chief Secretary) and Deputy Commissioner (head of a score of departments) by officers of one state only is not justified.

SS Beniwal

Committee draws flak

The Mayor-MC differences have stalled several on going projects. The administrator has taken a decision to form a committee to review the functioning of the MC, following the rift between Mayor and MC over the division of powers. The committee will identify loopholes in the existing administrative mechanism and suggest ways to be more effective.

An assessment of the study tours in the past five years and their utility would be also made. The residents observed that the development works would be adversely affected due to lack of co-ordination within the corporation and in particular between the Mayor and Commissioner.

The formation of the committee has been critised, as it will function on the directions of higher authorities.

ML Garg

Allow independent study

The post of the chief of the UT should not be held by the Governor who tries to impose things and thus influence the procedure in working much against the propriety of good governance. The relations between the adviser and the administrator went sour over some mega projects, which the administrator hastened to sanction. Such flaws attributed to the Governor, in his capacity as an administrator, also put him in a bad light. Therefore, it is in the fitness of things that the administrator dissolves the commission and let the ordinary process of audit take place to unearth the alleged bungling. Let the present bitterness bury its ugly head here so that the administrator may make his exit as an affable man.

Sunita Saini

Co-operation must

It is unfortunate that there are differences between the UT administrator and local MP. Besides, MC is the only elected body and it is not doing well.

Lack of confidence and trust is the reason behind their clash. The political set up, though not fully in the city in the absence of Vidhan Sabha, seems that bureaucrats are the stumbling block in the way of executing various schemes. The bureaucrats consider themselves as an important instrument of governance, which may be the cause of mistrust.

The principal of democracy is that a politician- whether a chief minister of a state, administrator or a Mayor- should announce the policies and form a good administrative team to implement the policies.

Thus, there should be both administrative and political accountability. Unfortunately, barring exceptions, non-performance has become the biggest problem of the Indian system and Chandigarh is no exception. The role of everyone involved in the administration need to be defined clearly.

SK Khosla

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Denial of admission under freedom fighter quota
PU double standard to fore
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
Verifying the claims of the student, whose admission under freedom fighter quota was deferred to check the validity of his certificate issued by the Punjab government, Panjab University authorities have confirmed making an admission on the basis of a similar certificate in 2007.

Though the university may have accepted making such an admission, but it claims to be confused over its validity, as the members of the board of control, law department, Panjab University, have urged the dean university instructions to seek a clarification on the validity of such certificates from both, Punjab government and MHRD.

It may be noted that in what seems to have opened a Pandora box, an applicant, who had sought admission to the department of law, Panjab University, was reportedly denied admission as the certificate that he furnished was signed by Punjab Chief Minister and the Minister of the State for Public Relations.

However, the admission was declared, deferred when the boy revealed that his cousin was admitted on a similar certificate, which was duly signed by a local political leader and the state Chief Minister.

While the board of control of the department is awaiting the reply from DUI, the issue has already brought the transparency of admission system under scanner for many.

“I cannot say it is intentional or not, but the way that admission was done in 2007, surely raises the concern over the political intervention in the admissions.

How can a political leader be an authority to decide on the quota status of anybody? I think this is only through tamrapatra of DC’s attestation that we give benefits of freedom fighter quota.

If MHRD declares the certificate not valid, then not only the admission made earlier will stand cancelled, but also the department’s functioning would come under scanner,” said one of the members of board of control.

However, according to another, it is the “unclear” information handbook that has caused the confusion.

“The information handbook is silent on the attestation authority. It mentions a category for freedom fighter that is to be certified by state or Central government, but has no performa for it. Yes, if MHRD denies the validity, we will have to review the admission made earlier again all over.”

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Aptitute test till Aug 15
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The centre for adult, continuing education and extension, Panjab University, is holding an aptitude and interest test for students till August 15.

According to director of department of adult education, PU, the aim is to save students from joining courses in which they don’t have an aptitude. The interested participants can contact director, CACEE, PU, at 2541359 and Partap Singh, counsellor, at 9888531253.

Prior appointment from 9 am to 5 pm could be taken except on Saturdays and Sundays. The amount for the test is Rs 100.

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Induction programme ends at UBS
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
University Business School yesterday completed its two-day induction programme for MBA 2009-2011.

Several activities were conducted throughout the event. The activities were aimed at enhancing achievement orientation, creative thinking, building work teams, goal focus and responsibility taking among students. The event proceeded with dividing the students into groups and then conducting various competitive events.

The various activities that took place were conducted on both the days in various locations on the campus.

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