Friday, March 30, 2001, Chandigarh, India
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Talent search contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 29
A medi-quiz as part of the all-India talent search contest, organised by the Passi Health Foundation, Mumbai, was held in the GMCH, Sector 32, today in which medical students and interns from colleges of northern zone participated. Dr Narottam Puri, noted sports commentator, conducted the quiz.

In the college quarter final round, Ishwardeep Singh and Pooja Malhotra from Government Medical College, Amritsar, were declared as winners, while Advitya Malhotra and Anup Uboweja from the DMC, Ludhiana, were the runners-up. The teams from Government Medical College, Amritsar, Patiala, and the GMCH, Chandigarh, bagged the third and fourth places.

In the north zone final the GMC, Amritsar, won the first prize, while the PGIMS, Rohtak, won the second place. The GMC, Amritsar, will be competing for the final round of the quiz in Mumbai with teams from the other zones. Prof N.K. Goel, in charge, academics, and Prof Raj Bahadur, Medical Superintendent, GMCH, Sector 32, gave away the prizes and certificates to the winners.


Adviser gives away prizes in GCG-42
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 29
Ms Neeru Nanda, Adviser to the Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, presided over the Annual Prize Distribution function of the Government College for Girls, Sector 42 here today.

While speaking on the occasion, Ms Nanda complemented the prize-winners for their hard work and congratulated them for bringing laurels to the college. She stated that in the coming 20 years, women would dominate their male counterparts.

Ms Mohini Sharma, Principal of the college, said that 328 meritorious students were awarded certificates for their achievements in academics, co-curricular activities and sports. Six students, Sudeshna, Mahua, Manisha, Neeraj, Geetika and Sarla were awarded the Rolls of Honour.


Scheme to improve school education
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, March 29
A new Punjab Government scheme for improving the system of school education is being launched from the acedemic session starting on April 1.

A meeting of district education officers (DEOs) of Punjab in this connection was held on the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) premises here today. Literature prepared by the PSEB on the scheme was circulated at the meeting. The DEOs have been asked by the government to implement the scheme in schools.

Under the scheme, stress will be laid on the acedemic performance of pupils throughout the year. As such the syllabi of Classes I to X has been divided into the three terms during which there will be time-bound coverage of the syllabi.

After each term there will be a test, the marks of which will be recorded in the progress card of every pupil. The card will also indicate a pupil’s class attendance during the year and other interests. It will be compulsory to show the card to the parents concerned.

At the primary school level, 50 per cent of the syllabus has to be finished in the first term and the remaining in the second. The third term would be devoted primarily to revision.

Under the scheme at the middle and secondary levels the syllabi of subjects like Punjabi, Hindi, English, maths, science and social science have been divided term-wise so as to bring about uniformity in studies in all schools.

This will also enable the Education Department to send question papers for the internal examinations on the same pattern.


CJM directed to conduct probe
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 29
Directing Jalandhar’s Chief Judicial Magistrate to conduct an inquiry into the allegations of harassment against certain respondents interested in the house of a 70-year-old Bhargo camp resident, Mr. Justice S.S. Nijjar of the Punjab and Hayana High Court today asked him to submit a report after completing the probe within a month of receiving the order’s copy.

Ms Parkash Rani had earlier alleged that she, along with her daughter, were being harassed at the behest of a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police interested in taking possession of her house.

Today, appearing before the court, Ms Parkash Rani alleged that she was not being permitted to enter her house and was also being threatened by certain respondents.

After hearing her, Mr Justice Nijjar also asked the respondents to properly comply with the orders, pronounced on the last date of hearing, directing Jalandhar’s Senior Superintendent of Police to provide security to the applicant and her daughter, besides ensuring that the possession of their house was not forcibly taken.

Parking space

The High Court on Thursday directed counsel for Jalandhar Municipal Corporation to file an affidavit stating as to whether 11 buildings, reportedly without parking space, were constructed after obtaining sanction.

Pronouncing the directions in the open court, Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar also asked counsel to specify the date of sanction. The Judge also asked him to furnish details of the area prescribed for parking in the sanctioned plan and the actual area provided for parking at the site.

Mr Justice Kumar also sought explanation regarding the steps taken by the corporation officers about the unauthorised constructions. The case will now come up for further hearing on April 19.

Earlier during the proceedings, counsel stated that as per the record available with the department, 11 buildings had not been provided with parking space. He also asked for time to provide complete information regarding the buildings.

Complaint quashed

Allowing a petition, Mr Justice Swatantar Kumar of the High Court on Thursday quashed a complaint filed by the state of Haryana under the Insecticide Act against a company manufacturing insecticides.

The complaint was filed after the tests, conducted by the Regional Pesticides Testing Laboratory, had allegedly revealed that the samples of Quinal Phos, taken from a shop in Ambala district, were not as per the prescribed specifications and standards.

Seeking the quashing of the complaint, Northern Minerals Limited and another petitioner had earlier claimed that serious prejudice had been caused as the sample of the insecticide had not been tested from the Central Laboratory.Back


Heated arguments at GCM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 29
Heated arguments between the judge advocate and the defence counsel over bringing certain court proceedings on record today resulted in little progress being made at the general court martial trying Major Maneesh Bhatnagar.

After the court asked a question to the witness, Brig Devinder Singh, the defence counsel, Capt Rajneesh Bansal, requested that the question and answer should be recorded verbatim, to which the judge advocate objected. This led to heated arguments between the counsel and the judge advocate.

When the defence counsel read out Army Rule 92, which deals with recording court martial proceedings, the presiding officer, Col Vinod Malik, agreed to record the question, but the judge advocate still declined, stating that he would record only what he felt like recording.

This led to the accused officer remarking to his counsel that this was not the judge advocate’s private court and that he should act in accordance with the law. The judge advocate overheard this remark and decided to bring it on record. Captain Bansal said that if this remark was to be brought on record, the entire episode which led to this situation, including the judge advocate’s own remarks, should be brought on record.

As heated arguments on each other’s conduct continued and the defence counsel reiterated that the judge advocate was assuming the role of prosecutor, the prosecution counsel, Mr Radhey Shyam Gupta, intervened, saying that the court had turned into a fish market and that he would like to withdraw from the case, following which the court was closed.

The defence, thereafter, gave a written submission, mentioning the above episode and praying that complete transactions of the court be recorded in the interest of justice.

While the court remained adjourned, the presiding officer and two other members are understood to have discussed the situation with the Commander, N-Area, Col Shakti Prashad, in the latter’s office. The defence counsel was also requested to join them.Back


Chandigarh Club case transferred
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 29
Withdrawing an appeal filed in the Chandigarh Club case from court of Additional District Judge, Mr Lakhbir Singh, the Punjab and Haryana High Court, today transferred it to the court of Additional District Judge, Mr R.C. Godara.

Pronouncing the orders in the open court on an application filed by Sector 21 resident, Harpreet Singh, Mr Justice M.L. Singhal of the High Court also directed the District Judge to withdraw the suit from the court of Civil Judge (Junior Division) Mr Mohinder Singh and entrust it to some other officer belonging to the Haryana Judicial Service.

Mr Justice Singhal further directed Mr Godara to dispose of the appeal on March 31 “or in any event within a week thereafter”. The Judge also directed Mr Lakhbir Singh to send the file forthwith to the court of Mr Godara.

The Judge observed, “Acting on the maxim that justice should not only be done but it should seem to have been done, this appeal is withdrawn from the court of Mr Lakhbir Singh and transferred to the court of Mr R.C. Godara”.

In his detailed order, Mr Justice Singhal observed, “Petitioner should not have been irresponsible and reckless in insinuating Chandigarh District Judge that he has a soft corner for High Court advocate, Mr Ravinder Chopra”.

Mr Justice Singhal added, “Mr Ravinder Chopra is a senior member of the Bar. The District Judge is also a senior judicial officer. It cannot be felt even in dreams that the District Judge will try to scuttle the course of justice or Mr Chopra, who has all along been espousing the cause of justice, will try to develop liaison with the District Judge and scuttle the course of justice”.

In his application against Mr Rajesh Joshi, Mr Sandeep Khunger, Mr Sajal Kosar and Mr Puneet Kansal, Mr Harpreet Singh had earlier sought directions for transferring the appeal to any other district in Haryana.


18-month RI for rash driving
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 28
The UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class) awarded a year-and-a-half of rigorous imprisonment to a persons called Harpal Singh here today in a case of rash and negligent driving. The case had been registered under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC on May 11, 1995.

Harpal had hit two persons — Uday Kumar and Dalip Kumar — with his truck. While Uday had died on the spot, Dalip Kumar had been injured seriously.

Case adjourned

The UT Additional Sessions Judge, adjourned the hearing in the Chandigarh Club elections case till March 31 here today. The complainants — Mr Puneet Bansal and others — had appealed against the directions issued by the UT Civil Judge (Junior Division) on the staying of the elections.

Mr Harpreet Singh and some other members of the club had filed a counter appeal in this case.

Remand for woman

The UT Chief Judicial Magistrate sent a woman called Karmjit Kaur to 14 days of judicial remand here today in a case of theft.

The case had been registered under Sections 412, 420 and 120-B of the IPC. The Magistrate has also issued a notice for March 29 on a bail plea moved by the accused.

RI for assault

The UT Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, gave, Paiz Sabri, a resident of Colony No. 1, a year of rigorous imprisonment here today in a case of assault.

The case had been registered under Sections 325, 323 and 34 of the IPC on September 6, 1994, at the Sector 26 police station.

Driver acquitted

The UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class) acquitted a person named Surinder Kumar in a case of rash and negligent driving here today.

The case had been registered under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC. The acquittal came after all the witnesses in the case turned hostile.

Bail denied

The UT Additional and Sessions Judge dismissed a bail plea moved by a person called Hanif Ansari in a case of sodomy. The case had been registered under Sections 377 of the IPC. The man is accused of sodomising a five-year-old boy.

Case adjourned

The UT Civil Judge (Junior Division), today adjourned the case till April 3, filed by a city resident for permanent injunction restraining the Municipal Corporation and Horticulture Department from cutting the trees planted outside the house of the plaintiff.

The plaintiff, Mr Sukhjinder Singh, had stated in the suit that he was residing in Sector 18-C, since the year 1991 and there were a number of fully grown trees along the road outside his house.

He alleged that on March 26, officials of Municipal Corporation Chandigarh came to cut the trees, hence the suit.

Close school, court

The UT Civil Judge (Junior Division), restrained the respondent, a city resident, from using the premises on rent for any commercial purpose other than residential till the final disposal of the case.

The plaintiff, Mr Jagir Singh, had moved the court for restraining the respondent, Mr Manmohan Singh, to use the premises for commercial purpose. The plaintiff had alleged that the respondent was running a school in spite of the request of the applicant not to do so.

Even the respondent did not appear before the UT Estate Officer in spite of the notice. The Magistrate observed that the premises in question was a residential building and the same was now being used for the purpose of running a school. It is admitted that using a residential building for any commercial activity was in contravention of the provisions of Capital of Punjab Act and Chandigarh leasehold of sites and building rules.

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