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Tuesday, September 8, 1998
UT may revert to old system for issuance of licences
officials to stop club work
lawyers abstain from work
Awards for trainee cops
(S) leader assails police
UT may revert to old system
CHANDIGARH, Sept 7 The UT Licensing and Registering Authority of motor vehicles is likely to revert to the system of accepting applications on prescribed proforma for issuing licences and registering vehicles. This will enable the public to get these documents at a fraction of the cost involved at present.
The process of accepting the requisite forms in a file cover was discontinued instead two booklets one on road signs and rules and another for the forms were printed on a glossy paper.
At the time of the introduction of the new process it was widely felt that besides being "unnecessary", it was "costly". The general feeling was that instead of going in for high-priced booklets, the need of the hour was to streamline the working of the branch, the object of several PILs at that time.
Earlier, one could apply for a learner's licence by affixing stamps of Rs 15 and get the licence made in Rs 20. Under the present process, an expenditure of Rs 45 is required for the same. What, however, remained unchanged was the cost of stamps to be affixed, Rs 15 for each category of vehicles at the time of application.
It was felt that the "sahayata" scheme, under which all forms were checked to ensure that they were complete in all respects by Red Cross volunteers, would have been more successful in case of the old process. The people would have also been saved from the extra charges.
Officials said no orders for printing new forms had been placed. Once the present stock ran out, the previous process could be revived. The "sahayata" scheme would be allowed to continue.
It is pertinent to mention that the Vigilance Department had raided the Estate Office sometime back and had taken into records its custody on purchases and order placed in the past three years with various business establishments.
Teachers, students return to
CHANDIGARH, Sept 7 With the withdrawal of the teachers' strike on Saturday, the teaching work resumed in the local colleges and Panjab University today.
Though a substantial number of students came to the colleges and the university campus, the number was less than witnessed on a normal teaching day.
Very few students, however, turned up for attending classes in particular subjects of some classes like BA (II). As the admission process of these students was completed late on account of late declaration of BA (I) results, sections could not be allotted to them, said a teacher.
Teachers said it would take a couple of days more before the normal teaching work resumed as a number of students living in hostels had left for their natives places. Moreover, certain teachers were yet to join duty.
Crowds also returned to the university campus which wore a deserted look for almost a month. Almost all the departments and the main library witnessed rush of students.
The teachers have said
that they would make up the loss suffered by students
during the strike period by taking extra classes. The
university teachers and students have a few days for
studies when the election process for the Panjab
University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) gets underway.
For one week till the date of election September
18 the studies are also expected to be disrupted.
Plugging leaking joint
Place: The traffic light intersection of Sectors 29 and 30.
Problem: Leaking joint of water pipeline facing Sector 29-A.
History: The problem of this leaking joint has been continuing for the past more than 15 years. Though the issue has been highlighted several times in the past, the leak could not be plugged successfully till recently. Immediately after The Tribune introduced this new column on September 1, workers of the Public Health Circle descended on the spot and plugged the leaking joint. Now for the past few days, the joint has been dry. The road patch is yet to be repaired.
Like the intersection of Sectors 29, 30, 31 and 32, the problem has been mainly due to the location of joint on a busy traffic intersection. Heavy flow of traffic is blamed for this nagging problem.
Economics: If the cost of repairing joint during the past 15 years is calculated, it works out to be a few lakh of rupees. For example, even if we assume that this joint is repaired 10 times a year and cost only Rs 2,000 each time, including the wages of labourers, it comes to Rs 3 lakh. But even after spending the amount, the problem continues. Because of the leak, the pipelines suck in mud and the drinking water gets affected. People get muddy water. This polluted water at times is responsible for various gastro-enteritis diseases.
Response from public: No one, either from the administration or the Municipal Corporation ever bothers to attend to such problems at common public places, especially busy traffic intersections, complain residents of the area. Only after something appears in a newspaper, the workers descend on the spot and try to do "cosmetic surgery" without ever providing a lasting solution. Repeated repairs cause more damage and weaken pipelines and joints. Besides, such leaking joints are traffic hazards. Because of continuous leakage, they become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, complain others. Even after the joint was repaired some days ago, no one came from the department concerned to repair the portion of the road.
CHANDIGARH, Sept 7 Two trainee Assistant Sub-Inspectors of the Chandigarh Police, Ashok Kumar and Harminderjit Singh, have been given cash awards worth Rs 1000 and Rs 500, respectively, for excellence during training at Phillaur.
Ashok Kumar has come out
with top honours in outdoor security, indoor training and
pistol shooting. Besides, he has been adjudged
"all-round-first". Harminderjit Singh has stood
first in rifle shooting.
CHANDIGARH, Sept 7 The nutrition week organised by the Dietetics Department, GMCH, Chandigarh, at Palsora village concluded today.
Low-cost nutritious recipes and a host of other activities were the highlights of the exhibition. The Palsora ka Raj Kumar and Palsora ki Rajkumari contests drew a good response.
A lecture on "Nutrition for the school-going child" was delivered by dietician Madhu Sodhi. Dieticians using audio-visual aids addressed women visiting the anganwari at Palsora on "Nutrition during pregnancy, lactation and infancy".
The Principal of the GMCH, Prof V.K. Kak, lauded the efforts of the Dietetics Department in organising the programme.
Cong (S) leader assails police
CHANDIGARH, Sept 7 While alleging inaction on the part of the Chandigarh Police, the president of the local unit of the Congress (S), Mr Satpal, has alleged that nothing has been done by the Manimajra Police to nab a travel agent who threatened to kill him and his family.
In a press note issued
here today, Mr Satpal said a travel agent of Sector 46
accompanied by two persons came to his shop in the Janata
rehri market in Manimajra today and threatened that they
would kill him and his family. He alleged that inspite of
lodging a complaint with Manimajra police well in time,
no action had been taken to nab the accused so far.
HUDA officials to stop club
PANCHKULA, Sept 7 The issue of assault of an S.D.O and a J.E allegedly by the security staff of the local Gymkhana Club has taken a new turn with the HUDA Junior Engineers Welfare Association deciding to stop all maintenance work at the club with immediate effect.
A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the HUDA Technocrats Association and the HUDA Junior Engineers Association here today.
Earlier, the J.Es' association had given a notice to the president of the club, also the Chief Administrator of HUDA, to take action against the employees of the club responsible for assaulting the S.D.O, Mr S.D.Beniwal, and the J.E, Mr R.P.Punia in the club premises on August 7.
The general secretary of the association, Mr Sukhbir Singh, said the step to stop maintenance work at the club by HUDA had been taken after the HUDA officials, who managed the club, failed to take action against the erring club employees.
HC lawyers abstain from work
CHANDIGARH, Sept 7 Lawyers of the Punjab and Haryana High Court abstained from work this afternoon to mourn the death of Mr Suresh Amba, a high court lawyer.
According to the president of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association, Mr G.C. Dhuriwala, the Chief Justice of India, Mr M.M. Punchhi, judges and lawyers of the high court, apart from friends and relatives, attended the "uthala" of the deceased advocate at the Sector 7 Arya Samaj Temple.
Mr Dhuriwala presented a cheque of Rs 1 lakh to the wife of the deceased advocate out of the benevolent scheme of which he was a member.
CHANDIGARH, Sept 7 The Home Department of the UT Administration has notified the Sector 21 City Bird Sanctuary under Section 18 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
The sanctuary, spread over an area of 2.90 hectares, is the first bird sanctuary of the country which is located in the middle of a thickly populated area and is home to many rare species of birds such as mainas, parrots and parakeets.
The move of the administration to protect the area had been criticised by residents of the area as they had apprehension that the notification of the sanctuary as a protected area would result in restriction of their movement in it.
However, keeping in view
the feelings of the residents, the administration has in
accordance with the Chapter IV of the Wildlife Act
(1972), permitted them to enter, walk and sit in 1.80
hectares of the park area. However entry has been
restricted in the remaining 1.10 hectares of the
CHANDIGARH, Sept 7 The paid parking system in Sector 17 could not be enforsed today as protests against its implementation continued. The contractors failed to turn up to issue the parking slips.
The protesters representing various political parties, employees unions and traders' association, assembled in Sector 17 and condemned the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh (MCC), for its decision to levy the parking fee.
Meanwhile, the political parties opposing the parking fee-the SJP, the Congress, the SP, the CPI and the CPM- in a memorandum to the local MP, Mr Satya Pal Jain, urged him to clear his stand on the issue.
A delegation of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal met the Mayor and submitted a memorandum. A press note claimed that the Mayor assured the delegation that the "entry point parking fee" would be withdrawn immediately.
In another development, a delegation of municipal councillors comprising, Mr Gupta, Mr Mohinder Singh, Mr O.P. Goel, Mrs Shanta Hit Abhilashi, Mr R.S. Bedi and others met the Adviser to the Administrator, Mr Jagdish Sagar, and sought the help of the Chandigarh administration in the implementation of the paid parking scheme.
The Adviser reportedly assured the delegation that the administration would extend all help for the same.
CHANDIGARH, Sept 7 The elections to the Panjab University Campus Students Council(PUCSC) will be held on September 18.
The decision, taken at a meeting of students' organisations with the Dean Student Welfare, Prof R. S. Grewal, here today, sets at rest rumours about the postponement of the poll in the wake of an altercation between supporters of two major student organisations recently in which a senator, Mr Kuljit Singh Nagra, allegedly fired shots from his revolver at the rival group. Nagra was subsequently arrested by the police and is now in judicial custody
At today's meeting, ways and means to conduct a free and peaceful poll were discussed. The students' organisations agreed that they would not paste any posters on the walls and notice-boards on the campus and would campaign through the distribution of leaflets and cards.
Professor Grewal told The Tribune that a notification detailing the schedule of the election would be issued about a week before the date of the election. This was being done so that the classes, which had been disrupted for nearly a month on account of teachers' strike, were not disrupted again, he said.
Explaining the steps to be taken for the conduct of a peaceful poll, he said four to five permanent police nakas would function on the campus round-the-clock. Besides, two policemen would be posted in every hostel and raids conducted at regular intervals to keep a check on outsiders staying in hostels.
It may be recalled that the Chandigarh Administration has already given its nod for the conduct of the direct election to the PUCSC. Elections to the four posts of office-bearers president, vice-president, secretary and joint secretary would be held. In addition, five departmental representatives(DRs)would also be elected to the council.
Meanwhile, the Punjab Students Organisation will contest the forthcoming PUCSC poll alone according to its president, Mr Jaswinder Singh Sikhanwala.
Mr Sikhanwala said his organisation, was opposed to strikes as a means of redressal of students' grievances.
Probe demanded: The Panjab University Class "C" Staff Association today demanded a CBI probe into the death of one of its members Sukh Raj Yadav.
A press note alleged that Yadav was seriously injured when he was knocked down by a car driven by Mr Surinder Gopal, a Professor in the Department of Correspondence Courses, Panjab University, on August 31.
Celebrated: The Department of National Service Scheme of the university celebrated World Literacy Day at Palsora Colony today.
Dr C.L. Narang, Programme Coordinator of the NSS, said it was a matter of concern that 40 per cent of total illiterates of the world lived in India.
CHANDIGARH, Sept 7 A Sector 19 resident returned home this afternoon to find that his house had been burgled and gold ornaments and cash stolen.
Mr Jaswinder Singh and his wife had gone for work in the morning and the house was burgled when they were away to office, according to the police.
Two injured: A driver of a CTU bus and a child have been injured in separate accidents since last night. Monu (5) fell from the roof of his house in Kajheri village, while he was playing. Mr Laja Singh, a CTU bus driver, was injured when he fell from a scooter last night near Dhanas village. Both have been admitted to the PGI.
Two arrested: Two persons have been arrested for allegedly driving a stolen car on Panjab University campus. Manjit Singh of Khuda Ali Sher village and Gurdeep Dhillon of Naya Gaon village were nabbed while driving an Ambassador car, bearing registration number DL-4-C- 5361. The car had been stolen from Delhi, according to the police.
Godara of Khera Pathana village in Fatehabad district has
been booked for allegedly threatening Narinder Singh
Saura, a student of Panjab University. Saura stays in
hostel number 4 of the university.
CHANDIGARH: Apart from Le Corbusier, there is another name which is taken in the same breath while talking about the planning of Chandigarh. It is Aditya Prakash, a name held in high esteem where architecture is concerned. As a holder of the designation of Chief Architect of Chandigarh, his architectural qualities are more recognised. What people do not know much about is that he is an excellent poet, a stage director, a designer and an artist.
Perhaps the Chandigarhians are viewing this legendary name as an artist for the first time. He is holding a solo show of his works at Alliance Francaise Art Gallery, Sector 36. What strikes foremost about his creations is that they all are 'geometricised'. To this Aditya retorts: "This is because I'm an architect". Later on in a serious tone he says if viewed closely every painting by any artist has some kind of geometry in it.
The subjects behind his heart are animals. One finds them all assembled in the same gallery bulls, elephansts, camel, series on peacock, sarus. Why so? He is fond of animals and through his frames he wants to convey that today they are endangered species which need to be loved and preserved.
While sitting down to paint he does not pre-plan. He just lets his hand loose and detaches it from the mind. This is a difficult thing to do. He creates what his hand wants to. The creativity in him just happens. His excellence comes out clearly in the sketches made with felt pen. These he had kept in a bundle and forgotten about them. It was his daughter who reminded him. He shook of the dust and put them on display. They are all based on birds and were made sometime in 1982-83. Rest of the exhibits are more recent.
One finds Ganesh in different poses along with Mahatama Gandhi, Einstein and Le Corbusier (whom he takes as his master). What attracts more are the canvases with animals and birds rather than the human forms. Aditya Prakash works would stand out if put in a crowd as he has a unique style of his own.
The exhibition will be open till September 12.
CHANDIGARH, Sept 7 The local Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal today allowed the O.A. filed by Ms Swaran Lata and Ms Manju Sharma, Telecom Operating Assistants (TOA) working in the office of the Chief General Manager (Telecom), Chandigarh.
The Bench, comprising Justice R.K. Nehru and Mr S.C. Vaish, observed that if the applicants submitted their options (as per the direction by the Bench) then the Chief General Manager should consider them for promotion to the cadre of Senior TOA from the date their juniors respondents No. 4 and 5) were promoted under the rules.
The grouse of the applicants was that in terms of letter dated April 4,1994, issued for preparing the eligibility list and select panel for restructured cadres in group C, both the applicants were eligible and fulfilled the minimum qualification (plus two). They were thus eligible for the Sr. TOA post on the basis of seniority.
It was further averred that the letter issued by the department dated May 20,1993, was circulated by respondent No. 2, but they never received it and thus could not submit their options for the Sr TOA restructured cadre. After they came to know about the option, they submitted their representation.
The Bench came to the
conclusion that the plea of the respondents that the
applicants had not exercised their option by the due
date, could not be accepted as the respondent under whom
the applicants were working had not sent them the letter
dated December 14, 1993, under which options were
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