Tuesday, October 24, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Result delay worries parents 
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 23 — Harried parents of students of the Khalsa Dental College and Hospital for Women, Nangal Kalan, Mansa district, held a meeting here yesterday to discuss the predicament being faced by them.

The college, which started in 1995, is affiliated to the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences. The college had increased the admission capacity from 60 to 100 students per year allegedly without the permission from the Health Ministry and therefore the university withheld the results of the examination that were held in June.

Last week, the court directed the university to declare the result of the students and the university has filed an appeal against the decision.

The college conducts a four-year degree course and the paid seat goes at Rs 75,000. Parents of the aggrieved students decided to call a meeting on October 29 at Gurdwara Sahib, Sector 34, here to chalk out future course of action.



NCC (girls) annual camp concludes
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Oct 23 — The 12-Day NCC (Girls) annual training camp organised at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sector 25, concluded today.

The aim of the camp was to provide practical training to supplement the squad post type of training provided in institutions. Special emphasis was laid on imparting training in firing of weapons during competitions.

Besides a cultural programme, a seminar on personality development and debates on “Working women and family life” and “Concept of a model family” were also conducted during the camp.

Mr Jayoti Gupta of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, and Ms Meera of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sector 25, bagged first positions in firing in the senior and junior wings respectively. Mr Janaki Bhatt of Government College for Girls, and Ms Arti Sharma of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sector 26, won the first prizes in detates the senior and junior wings respectively.

Under Officer Anu Prasher of Government Home Science College, Sector 10, and Ms Amrita Dhillon of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sector 26, were adjudged the best cadets in the senior and junior wings respectively, on the basis of their performances in the written tests.

Cadets of Government Home Science College performed a group folk dance at the function.

Later Mr PS Salaria, Deputy Director, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, North Region, who was the chief guest, gave away prizes to the winners.



A clarification

Oct 23 — The report “PU Syndicate to take up probe against lecturer”, published in today’s edition of Chandigarh Tribune refers to Dr B.B. Goel, lecturer in the Department of Commerce, Panjab University. The report does not in any way refer to Prof. B.B. Goel, professor of Public Administration in the Department of Correspondence Studies.



2-yr RI for rash driving
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 23 — A resident of Naraingarh, Raj Kumar, was sentenced to two years of Rigourous Imprisonment by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Ved Pal Gupta, for rash and negligent driving that caused the death of one person.

On January 15, 1995, the complainant, Mr Gurnam Singh of Sukhomajra village near Pinjore, had parked his tractor near a shop. Five persons were sitting on the vehicle.

A truck (HYE 1279) hit the tractor at a high speed. Dev Khan , sitting on the rear of the tractor, was sandwiched between the two vehicles and died on the spot. The other persons who were sitting on the tractor also received injuries.

Raj Kumar was caught by the complainant, an eyewitness, but managed to escape when Mr Gurnam and some other persons were looking after the injured. The matter was reported to the police and a case was also registered.

The order said, “The prosecution has successfully proved its case against the accused beyond all reasonable doubts. The accused is, therefore, held guilty for the commission of offences punishable under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A of the IPC.”

The Judge dismissed the plea of the accused to be lenient to him as he was a poor person with three small children and old parents. The Judge sentenced the accused to six months of the RI under Section 279 of the IPC, one year of the RI under Section 337 of the IPC and two years of the RI under Section 304-A of the IPC. All sentences would run concurrently.



Show-cause notice to SSP
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Oct 23 — Ms Justice Bakhshish Kaur of the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued notice of motion to the Jalandhar SSP, Mr Gaurav Yadav, for December 11 to show cause why contempt of court proceedings should not be initiated against him for not complying with the court orders.

The petition against Mr Yadav has been filed by Ms Amar Kaur, a resident of Punia village in Jalandhar district. The petitioner alleged that her husband had died in Dubai (UAE). The company for which her husband had been working had granted ex gratia and other benefits to her to the tune of Rs 16.5 lakh which were allegedly taken away by one Laxman whom she had given the authority to collect the amount as she was not having passport to visit Dubai to collect the amount.

The petitioner alleged that she reported the matter to the police, which did not take any action. Later she approached the High Court which directed the Jalandhar SSP to seize the passport of Laxman so that he could not leave the country to evade the law. An order of the High Court was sent to the SSP by registered post, but the latter did not comply with the court order.

Status quo on church property
Our Legal Correspondent adds:

The High Court has ordered the status quo regarding possession of the property owned by the United Church of Northern India Trust Association (UCNITA) at the Mission Compound in Jalandhar. The court also issued notice of motion to the Commissioner of Jalandhar Division, Deputy Commissioner and other officers of the administration.

Mr Justice J.L. Gupta and Mr Justice K.S. Grewal handed down this order after UCNITA stated before the court that the revenue authorities were trying to partition vast property owned by the church at Jalandhar in spite of the fact that they had no jurisdiction to do so.

Counsel for UCNITA stated that the church owned this property since 1847 on the basis of “naslin-be-naslin” given to them by Muslim owners. Therefore, while the church was the perpetual lessee of a part of the property, it was direct owner of the rest.

From time to time, the Central Government had been making efforts to get hold of this property. It filed an application for partition in 1990 but the same was dismissed by the Assistant Collector (First Division) on the ground that the revenue authorities had no jurisdiction whatsoever to partition urban property. A similar application was also dismissed in 1996. However, the government did not give up its efforts and filed another application recently for partition of the church property. This application was allowed by the revenue authorities without even impleading the church as a party.

This order had caused grave injustice to the petitioner-church and hurt the sentiments of the people inhabiting the Mission Compound. This palpably illegal order was the subject matter of challenge before the court.


Bail granted in cheating case
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Oct 23 — The UT Additional District and Session Judge today granted bail to a Karnal resident, Anil Kumar, in a cheating case. The case against the accused had been registered under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 of the Indian Penal Code on January 27.

It was alleged that the Haryana Selection Staff Commission had advertised JBT teacher posts, and the accused had submitted a fake detailed mark certificate issued by Bihar Vidyalaya for the post.

The defence counsel argued that there was nothing to be recovered from the accused, therefore he could be granted bail. He was granted bail on furnishing a bond of Rs 20,000 and a surety of same amount.

Bail denied

The UT Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr S.K Goel, today dismissed a bail application moved by a resident of colony number-5, Daya Ram Yadav, in a criminal intimidation case.

The case against the accused had been registered under Sections 147, 148, 149, 307, 332, 353, 427 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code on September 2.

It was alleged that there was great resentment among the residents of colony number 5, on September 2, as there was no electricity since morning. It was further alleged that the accused along with mob of about 400 to 450 persons had allegedly attacked CRPF men and others with iron rod, rocks, dandas.

The Judge observed that the accused had been involved in a serious crime, therefore he could not be granted a bail.


Wear Gujarati this Divali
By Geetu Vaid
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 23 — The ethnic look is in this festival season. Bright coloured traditional stuff effectively reflects the spirit of Divali. Be it phulkari of Punjab or bandhani of Rajasthan, the traditional look that has mesmerised many modern women.

Traditional items of Gujarat have become a hot favourite with Chandigarhians. Handicraft items of Gujarat are available in showrooms of Sector 20 and Sector 17. These shops are offering the festival discounts and have a wide range of products.

Apart from these, an exhibition put up by the Gujarat State Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited, Gurjari, in the Sector 15 Lajpat Rai Bhavan, also has a number of items on display. There is also a discount of upto 35 per cent on various items. “The exhibition showcases a variety of Gujarati items at authentic and reasonable prices,” says Mr Sanjiv Gupta, an organiser of the exhibition.

Colourful traditional torans with delicate embroidery and chaklas are the first things to capture one’s attention at the exhibition. Torans with antique-style embroidery are priced at Rs 360 and more. Along with these, beautiful door hangings (Rs 60 and more) and un-embroidered wall hangings in different sizes are best for giving an ethnic touch to your home. Ari is a special hook used for embroidery work. Bird and animal motifs give the pieces a distinct traditional touch.

Traditional tie-and-dye silk sarees are also available at Rs 800 and more. “I have come specially to buy a saree here,” said Ms Sudha Chopra, a vistor. She had three sarees in her bag when she left the place. Block-printed cotton suits (Rs 250 onwards) and Bhuj shawls were also selling like hot cakes. “We’ve just sold two dozen Bhuj shawls to a customer who wanted to distribute these as Divali gifts,” said Mr Gupta.

Lacquered wooden furniture of Sankheda was also on display. Artisans of Sankheda, a village near Baroda, specialise in making these brightly painted furniture pieces. Traditional low stools on bajoths in oxidised white metal and fran with intricate designs were available at prices ranging from Rs 530 to 1,400 per piece. Wooden jewel boxes covered with metal sheets (Rs 135 onwards) formed perfect gift items.



One-act play by slum children
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 23 — Meena a one-act play was performed today at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, auditorium by a group of slum children to create awareness about educating the girl child. These children belong to the school named Khushee run by the Indian Council of Child Welfare’s Chandigarh chapter.

The Principal, Ms Vijaylakshmi, welcomed the chief guest, the Governor of Punjab and the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), and the participants. Ms Shreshtha Mehta, Project Director of Khushee, said other aim was to bring these children on a stage so that they feel encouraged.

The Governor congratulated the participants and gave away mementoes to the organisers. He stated that such activities should be encouraged so that the underprivileged children could get a chance.

Mr Saroya, DPI (Schools) was also present on the occasion and Ms Mehta thanked the guests.

The Governor, in his inimitable and by now highly popular style, stopped the caravan of his cars at the gate of the college to interact with the students studying there. The students felt thrilled while answering to the questions asked by him. He wishes them a happy Divali. 

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