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City’s VAT mop-up scales Rs 1,000-cr mark
Commodity mapping pays rich dividends for admn
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
In a development that portends its entry into the league of major commercial hubs in the region, the city has breached the Rs 1,000 crore mark in value added tax collections. VAT revenues in 2010-11 is pegged at Rs 1,013.26 crore as against Rs 787.79 crore in the previous fiscal, up 29 per cent.

In fact, the quantum jump of Rs 225.47 crore in VAT revenues in FY11 over 2009-10 appears to be an offshoot of the general upswing in the economy and a sustained drive against tax evaders by the UT excise & taxation department.

Data showed VAT collections in 2010-11 doubled when compared to the Rs 585.59 crore netted in 2006-07. While there was a modest increase of about Rs 16 crore in 2007-08 (Rs 601.07crore) over 2006-07, an amount of Rs 709.53 crore was collected in 2008-09.

Strict enforcement of compliance laws and commodity mapping came in handy for the department to mop up resources through VAT and other taxes. Under commodity mapping taxes on various goods are mapped and, after analysis, commodities more prone to tax evasion are singled out for better surveillance, according to sources. Besides, computerization of tabulation and collection of taxes has been a great help in generating more resources through taxes, say officials.

“The huge increase in tax collections, particularly those of VAT, can be credited to the general buoyancy in the economy and concerted efforts by the UT administration to check tax evasion,” said Brijendra Singh, UT deputy commissioner-cum-excise & taxation commissioner.

‘Marble miracle’

Commodity mapping to prevent tax evasion appears to have pulled off a “marble miracle” for the UT administration. While the excise & taxation department netted only about Rs 75 lakh in taxes from the city’s marble dealers in the first quarter of fiscal 2010-11, the collections went up to about Rs 1.33 crore in Q2.



Sakhuja likely to be officiating PGI Director
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
With the Cabinet Committee on Appointment (CCA) unlikely to finalise the name of the next PGI Director on April 29, Dr Vinay Sakhuja, the seniormost doctor in the institute, is likely to be appointed as the officiating director as an interim arrangement, highly placed sources today said.

Reports suggest that the meeting of the CCA, which was earlier slated to be held on April 29, is likely to be delayed necessitating the interim arrangement. The current incumbent, Dr KK Talwar, demits office on April 30. Sources said union health minister and family welfare minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had given his nod to the appointment of Dr Sakhuja as the officiating director.

Dr Sakhuja, however, said he had no official information about his appointment. Dr Sakhuja, whose nomination had been filed for the post of PGI Director, decided not to appear in interviews held in this regard in New Delhi on April 9. “I feel that looking after the administrative post of PGI Director will affect my work in my speciality and research,” he said.

It was on April 22 that the high-powered committee for the appointment of the Director had recommended the names of three PGI doctors -- Dr YK Chawla, head of the department of hepatology, Dr Amod Gupta, head of the department of ophthalmology, and Dr Raj Bahadur, a noted orthopaedician on deputation as Director-Principal of Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh.



Kings XI physio fined for failing to register with FRO
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
Tim Brennan, the Australian physiotherapist of the IPL’s Kings XI Punjab team, was fined by the police on Wednesday for not having registered with the Foreigners Registration Office (FRO) at the UT police headquarters.

Brennan, who came to the police headquarters in Sector 9 in the morning to get himself registered, was penalized after it came to light he had failed to inform the local police of his stay within 14 days of his arrival in the city in the beginning of April. He was fined A$30 that he subsequently paid in the evening.

“It’s been almost a month since I’ve been here and I have a valid visa,” was his reply when police personnel at the foreigner’s registration window at the police headquarters asked him as to why he had failed to get himself registered earlier.

Brennan was then told that as per law it was mandatory for him to get registered within 14 days of his arrival. He was then asked to shell out A$30 as fine. “How much is that in Indian currency?” he asked the police. When told it would amount to approximately Rs 1,400, he was initially taken aback.

“I wasn’t aware of this law otherwise I’d have definitely got myself registered earlier,” he said while talking to the Chandigarh Tribune.Brennan told the police he would stay in the city till June.



A kidnapping that wasn’t
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 27
It was a kidnapping that never was. High drama was witnessed after a woman, who could not find her two-and-a-half-year-old son in the courtyard of her house, filed a complaint in the Sector 15 chowki that their servant had kidnapped her son.

The police, who had earlier received flak from city residents for its failure in solving two incidents of kidnapping, was on its toes for about half-an-hour, making frantic calls to the police control room. However, the police heaved a sigh of relief after neighbours identified the child in the market and informed the woman. The woman withdrew the complaint and said her son told her that he had asked the servant to take him to the market for an ice-cream. He took the child, but without informing anyone.

According to information, the child was playing in front of the house under the supervision of their new domestic help when he asked him to take him to the market for an ice-cream.

The mother of the child panicked when she could not trace them and raised the alarm. She along with the neighbours searched for the child in the adjoining locality and later decided to report the matter to the police. The Sector 15 police post in charge immediately informed the police control room. A search operation was launched in the area. Meanwhile, some neighbours found him wandering around with the help in the market and informed his parents. No case was registered as the child told the police that he had asked the servant to take him to the market. The servant told the police that he forgot the way back home as he was new to the area.



Oceanic Consultants CEO arrested
Estranged wife alleges embezzlement of shares worth crores
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Chandigarh police today arrested Naresh Gulati, director and chief executive officer (CEO) of Oceanic Consultants, a leading immigration company in Sector 9, in a case of embezzlement of shares worth crores of rupees. The police had registered the case in February this year on the directions of a local court.

He has been remanded in one-day police custody. While requesting police custody of the accused, the police said the money allegedly used in the crime and the computer which he reportedly used to forge documents were yet to be recovered from the possession of the accused.

Gulati has been accused of transferring shares worth crores in his name and that of his mother by using forged share certificates. His estranged wife, Shalini, had lodged the complaint against him.

As per the complaint, Naresh Gulati created a forged share transfer certificate in 2009 and transferred 9,031 shares belonging to his wife worth more than Rs 11.5 crore in favour of Sharda, his mother. Shalini also alleged that he forged a sale agreement of 469 shares belonging to her in favour of Oceanic Consultants in Australia and Rs 60 lakh was deposited in their joint account without her knowledge, which he subsequently withdrew.

The complainant also alleged that she was also a shareholder in another company owned by Naresh Gulati, BPO Intelligence, and he transferred 25,000 shares in a similar manner. Her name was also fraudulently struck off from company ownership by allegedly forging her resignation letter.

However, a press note by Oceanic Consultants stated that all allegations against Naresh Gulati were baseless.

Accused Naresh Gulati
Accused Naresh Gulati

From rags to riches
Owner of a $150 million empire with offices across Australia, New Zealand and Britain, Naresh Gulati started his venture in candle retailing with just Rs 5,000. He used to sell candles and also fabrics from door-to-door. He then went to the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia, for a postgraduate course and, after initial struggle, ventured into student recruitment business.

Complainant wife Shalini
Complainant wife Shalini


They need help, on and on
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
Things would have been difficult for the families of Swastik (7), Harjasan (8), Himanshu (18) and other children like them, suffering from primary immunodeficiency disorders (PIDs), had there been no good Samaritan around.

They need up to Rs 30,000 every month for their treatment. The worst part of the problem is that they have to bear these expenses throughout life, till a permanent economical treatment is not invented.

Till then, donors from society and the corporate world can change the lives of such patients, opined speakers at a meet organised by the Indian Patients Society for Primary Immunodeficiency (IPSPI) and the Indian Society for Primary Immune Deficiency (ISPID) at the Advanced Paediatrics Centre of the PGI to mark World Immunology Day here today.

The IPSPI is affiliated with the International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiency (IPOPI). The IPOPI is observing World Immunology Week from April 22 to 29.

PIDs are conditions in which a part of the body's immune system does not function properly. These disorders are inherited and children affected get recurrent infections in the form of repeated pneumonia, diarrhoea and skin and soft tissue infections.

A majority are present in early infancy, although milder forms may not get recognised until adulthood. Data collected from several countries in Europe and North America suggest that approximately 1:1,000 individuals are affected with PIDs and a majority of the affected are male children.

“My son Swastik had been diagnosed with the problem in 2006, Before that, he had suffered pneumonia 17 times. Till now, I have spent more than Rs 15 lakh for his treatment and even sold my house to arrange the money for it,” said Karamjit, a welder, who requires injections worth Rs 21,000 every month.

Himanshu, a student of a polytechnic college at Yamunanagar, needs injections worth Rs 28,000 every month. His father Tara Chand is a helper at a clinic.

Emphasising the need for increased awareness of these conditions among physicians as well as the public Dr Shobha Sehgal, IPSPI president and professor emeritus, Department of Immunopathology, PGI, said this was the only way
to make others help such families.

There was a need of intravenous immunoglobulins, which was a life-saving drug for these children, to be freely available and at a cheaper cost in India, said Dr Deepti Suri, assistant professor, Department of Paediatrics.

Many philanthropic bodies had come forward to help such patients, but with the ever-increasing cost of therapy, more help was needed for these patients, she added. 

Prenatal check-up in offing

The PGI is mulling a prenatal check-up for persons prone to having such children. Those with a family history of such problems will be screened at this centre before childbirth, funds for which will be provided by the Indian Council of Medical Research, say doctors.



Trauma system planning course from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
To sensitise the medical as well as paramedical staff of various hospitals in Punjab and Chandigarh over care of trauma patients, a two-day trauma system planning course will start at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, here tomorrow.

The first-of-its-kind workshop, to be supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO), will be inaugurated by Laxmi Kanta Chawla, Punjab Health Minister. Faculty from the WHO, including Dr Charles Mock, Dr Manjul Joshipura and Dr JS Thakur, focal point country office (India), would be the main presenters.

The workshop will impart training to health planners on various aspects of health planning, including pre-hospital care, treatment at fixed facilities and the rehabilitation aspects of the trauma care.

GMCH director-principal Dr Raj Bahadur said trauma has become the fifth most important cause of death among all communicable and non-communicable diseases because of modernisation of road traffic accidents.

While the Centre was taking many steps in this regard and had planned to set up trauma centres on the golden quadrangle, the National Disaster Management Authority was giving its inputs for developing trauma centres at state, district and zonal levels. In addition, it was planning small trauma centres on national highways.

The WHO had supported the GMCH to organising the course to sensitise Chief Medical Officers, Medical Superintendents and representatives of various hospitals in Punjab and Chandigarh so that middle managers at the district level were sensitised to implement the viewpoints of government as well as the WHO, he said.



Rare surgery saves 72-year-old’s life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
Dr Harinder K Bali, a cardiologist with the Fortis Hospital at Mohali, claims to have successfully conducted intracranial (inside the skull) vertebral artery stenting, saving the life of a 72-year-old.

Talking to mediapersons, Dr Bali said 72-year-old Jamit Singh was successfully treated for the narrowing of artery inside the cranium, the bony dome housing and protecting the brain.

This was the first-ever procedure conducted in the region, wherein patient with narrowing of intracranial part of vertebral artery was treated with stenting.

“In this part of the region, there have been no reports of such complex surgery with angioplasty. Open surgery was not possible because of the location of narrowing in the intracranial part under the surface of the brain.

This was the first case of intracranial vertebral artery stenting,” he said.

He added that the procedure was technically challenging as the approach to the intracranial part was complicated and the artery was just under the surface of brain. “The procedure took about 30 minutes. The patient was walking the next day,” he said.



Garbage disposal a mess for P’kula, Zirakpur residents
Demand shifting of site
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 27
There is no respite for the Sector 23 residents across the Ghaggar who had been opposing tooth and nail the dumping of garbage in the area and demanding shifting of the site to some other area.
Garbage littered on the dumping ground at Sector 23 in Panchkula.
Garbage littered on the dumping ground at Sector 23 in Panchkula. 
Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Even though the Union Ministry of Environment had given its clearance for setting up a garbage treatment plant at Jheuriwala village, near Sector 30, it is likely to take about two years for it to become operational. The Panchkula Municipal Council had also urged the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to allot two acres at Jheuriwala village as a stopgap arrangement. But nothing has been done so far in this regard.

According sources, in view of regular complaints of Sector 23 residents, Deputy Commissioner Ashima Garg has now directed the revenue department to identify the suitable land for the dumping of the garbage. This would also be a stopgap arrangement till the treatment plant was set up at Jheuriwala, sources added.

Confirming the same, MC Executive Officer KK Jain said they were expecting to get the land for the dumping of garbage as the DC had already instructed the revenue officials to find the suitable site. He said setting up of the garbage treatment plant at Jheuriwala would take at least one-and-a-half years.

At present over 70-tonne garbage from the town was being dumped in the pits and later covered with earth at a site in Sector 23 to prevent the spread of stench in the area. The council had already identified six sites in the town where garbage collection centres would be set up.

These include Sectors 2, 12, 10, Azad Colony, Rajeev Colony and Indira Colony. These centres would have six to eight feet high walls on all sides to avoid littering of garbage.

However, the project of putting the GPS system on garbage collection vehicles to monitor their activity was yet to take off. Tenders had been already invited and the last date for the same was October 12, but nothing was done so far in this regard.



Seek dumping ground
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, April 27
Zirakpur is becoming a dumping ground in the absence of garbage disposal facilities. Heaps of garbage could be found almost everywhere -- along the roadside, strewed on the streets, in the residential areas and even in the commercial complex.
A heap of garbage lies scattered at Pabhat village, Zirakpu
A heap of garbage lies scattered at Pabhat village, Zirakpur. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

The administration had only shortlisted two sites for setting up a garbage disposal plant for the Mohali district.

A visit to the area revealed that heaps of garbage had been lying in the open at Dhakoli, Pabhat, Dhakola and Baltana. Unswept roads and stinking garbage collection points added to the woes of area residents.

Garbage could often be seen scattered on the banks of nullahs and Sukhna choe, further contaminating the water. The council was disposing heaps of garbage near residential colonies and banks of nullahs in the area.

One of the sanitation employees, on the condition of anonymity, said they were dumping the garbage along the nullahs and a nearby residential area in Pabhat as per the order of the official concerned of the council.

According to sources, the council had passed the budget of Rs 80 lakh for cleanliness in the town. The work had been allotted to contractors on official rates. The council had proposed to spend around Rs 62.28 lakh on cleanliness and Rs 17.28 lakh would be spent on dumping of garbage from the collection points, sources added.

Residents rued that heaps of garbage, dry leaves, and other household waste could be seen lying in open areas. They said most of the sanitation workers did not perform their duties. Poonam, a resident of Baltana, said: “In Zirakpur the situation of sanitation is poor as there is no supervision by the authorities concerned.”

While talking to The Tribune Mohali Deputy Commissioner Varun Runjam stated that the administration had shortlisted two sites for setting up of solid waste management for the district. The project was in progress and the site would be finalised shortly, he added.



Most water pipelines in Mohali corroded
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, April 27
With the Punjab government drawing up grandiose plans to turn the town into a mirror image of Singapore, the ageing water supply system here is proving to be an anachronism.

Old and worn out pumping machinery and corroded water distribution pipelines sans sophisticated digital quality monitoring are the hallmarks of the supply system in Mohali, needing a major makeover.

The expectations of residents who keep comparing Mohali with Chandigarh as far as basic facilities are concerned are very high and face disappointment when the system fails to deliver in a reliable manner.

According to sources, the water treatment plant in Sector 56 was commissioned way back in 1983. The machinery installed here about 28 years ago had outlived its life, but was still being used to run the system. Motors, centrifugal pumps, electric parts, transformers, brakers are used again and again after carrying out repairs whenever faults occurred.

Even the flash mixtures and flocculators of the treatment plant had outlived their life and were adversely affecting the functioning. Replacement of the worn out machinery did not figure on the priority list of the authorities concerned.

Even the pumping machinery installed at the water treatment plant in Sector 57 and boosting station in Sector 64, was more than 15-year-old and needed replacement. The boosting station did not have a hotline connection and water supply got adversely affected during power cuts or power failures.

The water pipelines were laid in Phases I, II and VI around 1973, in Phases III-A, III-B1, III-B2, IV and V around 1978, in Phases VII and IX to XI around 1986 and in Sector 71 around 1990.

Some of these pipes were nearly 40-year-old and had outlived their life. These had become corroded due to sand piping from tubewells and their capacity, too, was inadequate. Depth of water pipelines in some sectors was more, which created problems at the time of repair and scour.

Complaints of pipe bursts and machinery developing snags were common as a result of which residents had to suffer. About five metres of the main pipeline in Phase VI got vertically split last year and it took about three days to restore water supply to the affected area.

Officials of the department of water supply and sanitation, which supplied water to Sectors 53 to 56, 59 to 61, 63 to 65, 70, 71, Shahi Majra, Matour villages and Sectors 57 and 58 of the industrial area, said tension prevailed among employees, especially during summer months, as running a worn-out system to the satisfaction of residents was not an easy task. 



Syndicate meeting to be different this time
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
With Syndics confirming the minutes of the last meeting before commencing the new one, the forthcoming Syndicate scheduled for April 30 is going to be different.

The move aims at doing away with the alleged discrepancy in recording the minutes, which has for long, left Senate and Syndicate members hassled. The issue came to the fore when Rabindernath Sharma during a recent meeting pointed out that the minutes were in many cases not in accordance with the proceedings of the house and several important points were found missing.

“There are several issues which are not scheduled in an agenda and are taken up in the house. There are times when the VC claims to be either working on those or promises to resolve all issues. However, many a times there is no mention of such issues in minutes. How do we hold anybody accountable in such a case? The VC had long ago promised videography of proceedings,” said Rabindernath Sharma.

The members though supported the need to record proceeding, ruled out videography and eventually decided on handing out print outs of previous minutes and getting them confirmed in house.

“Videography would come with problems of its own so we have decided that for everybody’s satisfaction we would take their consent on the previous meetings so that there is no controversy,” added another Syndic.

Minutes have been a bone of contention for long as various Senate and Syndicate members, especially those who are outside Chandigarh, complain that either they have no access to minutes as they are not uploaded online in time or in many cases skip discussions or decisions on important issues.



PGI unions to protest against Dr Talwar

Chandigarh, April 27
The PGI Employees Union and five other affiliated unions, including the PGI Residents Association, the PGI OT Technicians Association and the PGI Nursing Staff Association, have decided to hold a protest against Dr KK Talwar on April 30, the day he demits office, to mark his farewell. The unions have planned to burn his effigy and conduct his mock funeral for his alleged undemocratic statement that there was no place for unions at the PGI.

Claiming it to be an infringiment on their fundamental rights and democracy, the unions accused him of making false promises all through his tenure. —TNS



A roofless gazebo

The pitiable condition of a gazebo(hut) in a park at Sector 44 (A and B) has been brought to the notice of the authorities concerned, repeatedly, for the past two years, but to no avail. The roof, which is made of straw, is completely blown off. We, elderly people, sit under the shade of the gazebo during morning and evening hours. It is very inconvenient and the structure looks untidy without a roof. We have also written to the Mayor in this regard, but no action has been taken to rectify the missing roof.

Som Nath Sharma

Write a letter regarding any public inconvenience in your area, not exceeding 250 words, to the in charge, Chandigarh Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh, or send an e-mail at openhouse@tribunemail.com.



Green idea takes 3 PEC students to Canada
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
What a roof top has to do with conservation of energy?

The Consul-General of Canada, Scot Slessor, believes that a roof top has a lot to do with conversation of energy. He maintained that it was the most eco-friendly way to keep houses warm in winter and cooler in summer.

Going by the studies that green roofs are known to reduce heating and cooling by up to 25 per cent and 50 per cent, respectively. Scot Slessor had organised a competition for engineering students of the region inviting them to showcase their innovative ideas not only for heightening awareness of environmental sustainability but also for developing a green roof solution using local or indigenous material.

The competition, Vyom’s, 2011, Technology Festival Green Roof contest, got an overwhelming response with 11 entries. Supported by the Halifax-based Saint Mary’s University and Punjab Engineering College here, the final short listed four entries were evaluated this morning.

A modern and planned city like Chandigarh is ideal for reviving the green roof technology, which can be later introduced in other parts of the country. Canada has been known for its success in using the green roof technology.

Shiv Kumar Kumawat, Shivnath Mishra and Saurabh Dogra, who were declared winners of the competition, won a combined scholarship of Canadian $ 40,000. (Rs 18 lakh).

The scholarship amount will be enough for them to pay for their full engineering degree at the Saint Mary University. The second placed team of Shoaib Ahmed and Ujjwal Kango got a cash prize of Rs 20,000.

Interestingly, both winners and runners-up were from PEC University of Technology. Scot Slessor said the idea to hold the competition had occurred to him when he assessed the cost of keeping both his office and residence in Chandigarh heated in winter and cool during summers.

“Developing a green roof solution suited to the local conditions using local materials for implementation on some of the Consulate General’s staff houses here has been one of the key issue of this competition,” Scot said.

“Green roofs have been in use for hundreds of years. We are now experiencing a revival of green roofs around the world again,” says Scot Slessor, who now wants to take his environmental sustainability project a step further by announcing the theme of the competition for the next year. “It will be greening bastis, the slums, of Chandigarh,” he says and prizes for winners would be announced soon.

Acting Dean Science Saint Mary’s University Steven M Smith, was “overwhelmed by the quality of entries in the competition.”

He was a member of the team that evaluated the shortlisted entries this morning. Others on the jury included Chandigarh’s first Indian Chief Architect, N N Sharma. 



Going the model way
Now, English to be medium of instruction in non-model schools
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
In what may prove to be a milestone in the city’s school education system, the UT administration will be doing away with the non-model system of education in government schools, with the first step being introduction of English medium sections in all non-model schools.

According to plan, the department shall on a pilot basis introduce one section per class, where the medium of instruction will be English. Eventually more such sections will be introduced.

The step is a resultant of ever decreasing popularity of non-model schools and increasing burden on model schools.

“If you go by application details of this year, it is shocking that while model schools are flooded with admission requests and even students, a majority of non-model schools have a large number of seats lying vacant. In many cases, people of a particular sector don’t go to a non-model school in their sector, but opt for a model school in some other sector which creates disparity and leads to problems like skewed teacher-student and classroom-pupil ratios,” said DPI (S) Sandeep Hans.

Government schools in the city, especially model schools in vicinity of villages and colonies, have been left in a tight spot this year, as the number of applications received by them is ten times more than the available seats. According to a recent in-house assessment, while the infrastructure capacity of government schools has increased only by 5 to 7 per cent in the last few years, the number of applicants has been increasing at an alarming rate of 40 per cent per year. What worsens the situation is that the schools are bound to admit all deserving candidates, especially from their own sector.

“The root cause of all our problems is the mentality that non-model schools are not good. On the one hand, we have schools, where our building, classroom and staff infrastructure goes waste, because there are no admission seekers and on the other, we have model schools, where teachers are forced to flock 80 students in one classroom . The step will change facet of government school education,” said principal of a government school.



CBI opposes bail plea of law college vice-chairman
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 27
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today opposed the anticipatory bail plea of Moti Lal Jindal, vice-chairman, Swami Devi Dayal College of Law, Barwala.

Counsel for the CBI informed the special CBI court that the bail at this stage would hamper investigations. After hearing the arguments of the CBI’s counsel, the special court adjourned the case for orders to April 30.

On April 19, the CBI had booked three persons, including a member of the Bar Council of India (BCI), Rajender Singh Rana, an assistant trustee of the BCI, Daulat Ram Sharma besides vice-chairman of law college Moti Lal Jindal.

The CBI had raided Jindal’s residence in NAC Mani Majra and the college premises at Goalpura village near Barwala after Rana and Daulat Ram Sharma had reportedly told the investigating agency that they had accepted a bribe of Rs 1.25 lakh from Jindal for conducting the so-called inspections at the college and submitting favourable reports for continuing three-year LLB and five-year BALLB courses.

The CBI team had also seized documents regarding fee, enrolment and degrees. The investigation agency had maintained that the accused had hatched a conspiracy in November 2010 and gave Rs 1.25 lakh as bribe to Rana and Sharma for submitting a favourable report.

The CBI has registered a case under sections 7, 12, 13 (2), 13 (1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, at the CBI headquarters, Sector 30, Chandigarh. 



From Colleges

The mechanical engineering department, IET Bhaddal, organised a national seminar on advances in mechanical engineering.

Chief Guest Dr SK Mohapatra, Dean, academic affairs, Thapar University, Patiala, delivered the presidential address.

Key speaker Dr Harpreet Singh, IIT Ropar, deliberated upon the scope of research work in the area of surface engineering. In the technical session, Dr Alakesh Manna of PEC University of Technology of Chandigarh, spoke on micromachining techniques and hybrid machining of ceramic material. Dr Mannu Sharma, UIET, Chandigarh, dwelt on methods to control vibration of mechanical system by using fuzzy logics. Research papers were presented during the seminar.

Gagandeep Kaur, a lecturer in Doaba Women Institute of Engineering and Technology (DWIET), has been elected commissioned officer in Indian Army. — TNS



From Schools

Welcome party
A welcome party for freshers at MDAV School, Sector 22, witnessed a host of activities. Tiny tots enjoyed the music and recited poems under the supervision of Priya Sharma and Saroj.

Earth Day
‘Vasumati Prayavarav Club’ of Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, celebrated Earth Day with great zeal. Poster making and slogan writing competitions were organised in which at least 150 students participated. The winners included Ashima, Aastha, Varun, Aanchal Verma (senior category) and Nitin, Vishal, Tanya, Princy, Savita, Monika, Parvesh, Harsh Mishra (junior category).

Delhi Public School
Giving voice to the environmental movement, Delhi Public School, Chandigarh, celebrated Earth Day with a week-long activities. Students poignantly spread awareness about the human impact on environment. A series of activities and competitions such as best out of waste, poster making and collage making saw all students involved and buzzing. Themes such as ‘keeping the environment clean’, ‘preserving our environment’ and ‘being aware of the perils looming large’ were aptly put across.

Govt Model High School
Shesham eco club of Government Model High School, Sector 36-D, celebrated Earth Day with paper reading and poster making competitions.

Street play
The NSS unit of GMSSS, Sector 8-B, organised a street play in collaboration with the Natak Academy on the school premises today. The play was directed by Chakresh. Students gave an energetic performance.

Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula, held its convocation which was presided over by Maria Shasha from Russia who is here under the Teacher Exchange Programme of AIESEC. Certificates were given to more than 105 students of KET and PET.

Science olympiad
Lokavya Kumar, Class VIII student, Saupin’s-32, Chandigarh, was ranked no. 1 (Punjab and Chandigarh) during the 10th National Cyber Olympiad organised by the Science Olympiad Foundation, New Delhi. 



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