Wednesday, August 8, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Degree course in industrial chemistry
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
The local GGDSD College will be the first college in the city to offer a three-year degree course in industrial chemistry from the current session.

Admissions are currently underway for the vocational degree course, which has received a UGC grant of Rs 17 lakh for the course. The sum includes Rs 7 lakh for non-recurring expenditure and Rs 10 lakh for recurring expenditure over a span of five years.

Dr A.C.Vaid, the Principal, says a close perusal of the course contents have shown that there are no elements of the medical stream in the course. A representation in this regard has been forwarded to the university.

The course promises bright chances for employment in a wide range of industries following completion of the course. Students seeking admission need to have passed Class XII in the medical or non-medical stream. The candidate should have secured a minimum of 50 per cent marks in the board examination.

The biggest attraction for taking up the course are avenues for job placement. These have been differentiated under the heads of large-scale industries and small-scale industries. The bigger sector opportunities have been identified as pharmaceuticals, glass industry, ceramics, portland cement plants, National Fertiliser Limited, lubricants, adhesive units, paints, pigments and synthetic fibre units. This category also includes soaps, detergents, insecticides and pesticides. The placement avenues in the small-scale industry include wax industry, polish, gum and paste units, chalk, plaster of Paris and safety machines.


General body meeting of teachers’ body held
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 7
A general body meeting of Government School Teachers Union, UT, chaired by Mr Vinod Sharma, convener of the action committee for government teachers union, was held here. The meeting was held to fight the irregularities in the mass transfers of the teachers working in government schools.

The body informed about the submission of list of more than 100 suffered cases of teachers to the Director Public Instructions (Schools).

In the meeting teachers passed some resolutions unanimously Major issue was that of shifting of the Deputy District Education Officer, Mr Chanchal Singh, to any government school from DEO office as he had spent more than seven years on one post.

“Genuine and hardship cases, if any, will be referred to the same committee consisting of District Education Officer, Assistant Director, Vocational Education and principals concerned.

However, it is made clear that interests of students would remain the prime focus of the department. Posting in a particular place can not be demanded as a matter of right. Decisions are being taken on merit and as per administrative propriety” asserted a senior official in the UT Education Department.

Promotion of eligible teachers of all categories without further delay was another point which the union members highlighted. Another important point was to reinstate the suspended teachers against whom no charge had been proved.

‘’The body enlarged the 15-member action committee to 31 members. This decision was taken to ensure the unity of teaching community,’’ informed Mr Vinod Sharma.

In addition to that the House also formed 7-member advisory committee for smooth functioning of the body. 


3 students expelled
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 7
Three students — Kartik, Ajay and Sahil — of fifth class of Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22, who urinated in a polybag while attending their maths period after the recess, were expelled from the school yesterday. According to sources in school, the students were not permitted to attend to the call of nature by the class teacher.

“Despite repeated requests we were not allowed to go to the toilet and had to do it as we were feeling uncomfortable. The teacher also ordered us to stand outside the class to punish us,” the students complained. When contacted, Mrs Amita Khurana, Vice-Principal of the school, clarified that the students were sitting on the back benches and committed the mistake when the class teacher was giving them a lecture. She said the school authorities had already informed their parents and asked them to shift their wards from the school..


Most seats for SCs, STs filled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
A majority of the seats in the reserved categories for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the UT and general pool at the admission to Punjab Engineering College, Department of Chemical Engineering and the Chandigarh College of Architecture were filled today.

The final list shows that there is one seats in the general category and three seats in the UT pool vacant in the Chandigarh College for Architecture and two seats in the Department of Chemical Engineering ( Agroprocessing Technology, medical and non-medical) in the Scheduled Tribe category.

The Departments of Aeronautical Science, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical, Electronics, Information Technology, Mechanical, Metallurgy and Production in Punjab Engineering College have one seat each vacant in the general category for Scheduled Castes. All have been filled. The corresponding numbers in the UT pool differs, but, all seats are filled.

In the general category of BE(APT medical) admissions were scheduled for six seats. Three seats were filled today.

In the case of the Department of Chemical Engineering (APT) all 12 seats in the Scheduled Caste category were filled. All five seats reserved in the ST category of the BE (Chemical) were also filled.


Admn’s apathy irks teachers of UT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
The U.T. Teachers’ Association is sore over the apathy of Chandigarh Administration. In a memorandum submitted to the Administration, UT teachers lamented that while the President had re-appealed the UT recruitment rules and service conditions with effect from April 1992, the Education Department, had done little to solve their various problems.

The association demanded that since almost all court cases had been decided, services of the teachers who had been promoted conditionally be regularised from the date of their promotion. He further demanded that the services of teachers recruited directly after April 1, 1992, also be regularised yearwise.

The association also demanded that last Saturday of every month should be declared as a holiday on Punjab pattern and the process of promotion to various categories of teachers should be initiated and confirmation cases should be cleared.

The association also urged the Administration that teachers who had been appointed on contract basis should either be regularised against the vacant post or their salary be enchanced to bring efficiency in the teaching work.

While appreciating the transfer policy of the Education Department, members of the association said 95 per cent teachers who had been transferred recently were happy over the government decision and the cases of 5 per cent teachers were being sorted out favourably. 


One withdraws from PUTA poll
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
Prof Rajeshwar Sharma of the Department of Biochemistry has withdrawn his candidature for the post of President of the Panjab University Teachers Association.

Mr Rajeshwar Sharma’s withdrawal will mean a direct contest between Mr Ronki Ram and Prof P.K. Mittal.Back


MLA’s brother gets bail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
Granting bail to Mehar Chand Dalal — the brother of Haryana MLA Karan Singh Dalal, in a murder case, Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today rejected the bail applications of two relatives, Ved Pal and Amrendoo Dalal.

Mehar Chand Dalal and other accused in the case were earlier booked by the Haryana police for murder and other offences under Sections 302 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code on September 6 last year after a relative, Sumitra Devi, died “under mysterious circumstances”.

Seeking the grant of bail, counsel for the petitioners had contended that Mehar Chand and others were being implicated in a false case as Karan Singh Dalal was a political opponent of Haryana Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala.

Plea dismissed with costs

Coming down heavily upon an Assistant Food and Supplies Officer for unnecessarily “running to the court”, a Division Bench of the High Court today imposed costs of Rs 10,000 on the petitioner.

Pronouncing the orders on a petition filed by Mr Dilawar Singh against allotment of public relations work to him, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice S.S. Sudhalkar and Mr Justice A.K. Goel, observed: “This case is an example of how people come running to the Court seeking relief for which they have no right.... The pay of the petitioner, perks, condition of service and other things are not affected. No wrong has been done to the petitioner requiring him to come running to the court with the writ petition. He has no right by which he can say that the work can not be distributed and he should be given some particular work only”.

The Judges concluded: “This petition not only deserves to be dismissed, the petitioner also deserves to be saddled with costs. As a result, we dismiss the petition with costs of Rs 10,000 which shall be paid by the petitioner. The costs, if deposited, shall be credited to UT State Legal Services Authority”.

Summons to SSP in contempt case

Issuing notice of motion, Mr Justice R.L. Anand of the High Court today directed Jalandhar’s Senior Superintendent of Police and other respondents to be present in court to show cause why they should not be punished for contempt of court on a petition alleging violation of orders granting anticipatory bail to a Delhi resident and other relatives in a matrimonial dispute case.

In his petition, Amar Chand of Uttam Nagar had earlier alleged warrants of arrest were issued against him and eight others by the respondents despite orders of Additional District and Sessions Judge. He had added that a Sub Inspector, after ignoring the orders, had arrested him and others resulting in mental torture.

GCM restrained on giving order

A division Bench of the High Court comprising Mr Justice V K Bali and Mr Justice J S Khehar have stayed the passing of the final order by a General Court Martial (GCM) trying an Army Colonel on charges of corruption. It implies that while the trial can proceed in its normal course, the GCM cannot cannot announce its findings or pass any verdict.

In his petition, Col Sarvjit SIngh, a Military Engineer Service officer contended that orders for his attachment to another unit for initiating disciplinary proceedings as well as the subsequent court of inquiry were illegal. He also contended that earlier courts of inquiry constituted to look into the charges against him had acquitted him.

Col Sarvjit SIngh, who had been serving as Commander Works Engineer, at Hisar is being tried on four counts of “intent to defraud” and one count of “dishonest misappropriation of property, besides two counts of “omissions prejudicial to good order and military discipline”.

Plea on appointment dismissed

Decks were cleared today for the appointment of clerks in the Punjab School Education Board after Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the High Court dismissed a petition for quashing a notice whereby the typing test of 8,000 candidates was cancelled.

In their petition, Bhupinder Kaur and four other clerks had also sought quashing of an advertisement whereby applications were invited for 134 posts after lowering the educational qualifications.

In a ruling, Mr Justice Gill observed: “A long time has elapsed between the first and the second advertisement issued by the board and it has already conducted a fresh test. The petitioners were allowed to participate in the second test. Therefore, they should not have any grievance because they were given a fair chance to compete with others”.

Ex-minister’s plea

Punjab’s former Jail Minister Upinder Singh today filed an appeal in the High Court against his conviction and life sentence by an Additional District and Sessions Judge in a case pertaining to the murder of BJP leader Raj Kumar Garg in 1992. The appeal is likely to come up for hearing tomorrow.


Pay compensation, dealer told
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 7
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-II has directed Premier Motor Garage, Industrial Area, to pay a compensation of Rs 25,000 to a resident of Zirakpur.

According to the complaint, Mr Balwinder Singh, purchased a three-wheeler mini door autorickshaw from the dealer on July 2, 1999, at the cost of Rs 1, 42, 500.

The complainant had secured a part of the money through a financier, Ankriti Auto Leasing Exporters Limited, Sector 35. The purpose of the purchase was to ply the vehicle as autorickshaw in Punjab after obtaining maxi cab permit.

The dealer told the complainant that he could do so because the vehicle had a trade mark and could be registered in Punjab. However, on visiting the registration office in Mohali, the complainant was refused even the temporary number for lack of trade mark on the vehicle. He met officials of the dealer who directed him to approach the registration office in Patiala for the registration of the vehicle. Even the visit to Patiala turned futile as the registration number was not allotted to the vehicle.

The complainant alleged that he had been defrauded by the dealer. He also alleged that he could not ply the vehicle and it had caused him loss of at least Rs 500 per day, besides mental tension and harassment.

The Bench, comprising Mr R.P Bajaj, Mr H.S Walia and Ms Urvashi Agnihotri, observed that Premier Motor Garage was guilty of deficiency in services. At first instance the trade mark was not supplied for which the vehicle could not be registered. The dealer accepted this responsibility and offered to get the vehicle registered. The Bench directed the dealer to pay Rs 25,000 as compensation to the complainant. 


Court dismisses bail plea of K.K. Jerath
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 7
A local court today dismissed a bail plea moved by Chandigarh’s former Chief Engineer K.K Jerath in a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act registered by the CBI.

The CBI had produced a challan against the accused on July 2, 2001, in the local court in a case of corruption. The court had directed the accused to appear before the court on July 31 and he was remanded in judicial custody.

The CBI had registered a case against the accused on January 9, 1998.

It was stated in the bail application that the accused had already been granted bail in four other cases by the Supreme Court and in one case by the High Court, therefore, he deserved the concession of bail.


Sent to judicial remand
Tribune News Service

Panchkula August 7
Rajender Kumar who had been arrested after a police raid at a factory manufacturing detergent and selling it under various brand names, was went to two-day police remand after he was produced in the district court, here today.

He was arrested after the police, acting on a tip off, raided the factory premises at the Industrial Area, Phase 1, and recovered packets of locally-made detergent bearing various brand names.Back


She enhances natural beauty
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
This one has nothing to do with illusion. The cosmetic counselling session now under way at the Sector 8 branch of Vandana Luthra Curls and Curves promises “real transformation of your facade” — and that for the good.

In charge of the situation is Rita Juneja, who has been spotted in the glamour world for a long span of two decades. Here to hold special counselling sessions on make-up and beauty, Rita has already attended a number of interested clients since her arrival yesterday. And she really seems to be happening with the city glamour buffs, at least with the kind of precious advice she doles out on “how to make that extra wide nose a little narrow, how to deal with that clumsy broad jaw line, how to get that envied chiselled look for the face ...and a lot more.”

A physio-essentialist and cosmetologist by profession, Rita knows her job rather well to be subject to error. This confidence drips from the fact that this trained jazz ballet enthusiast got into serious business of beauty after landing in London. As The Tribune talked to her today about why she opted for this shift in passion, the beautiful woman replied: “That’s true. I went to London to gain expertise on jazz-ballet which I had been practising for long in India, but I somehow landed up in the beauty world. It fascinated me so much that I never decided to take the reverse plunge. I was conscious that I was foregoing a passion, but I was not sad because I was graduating to pursue another.”

After taking a degree in beauty management from Arnould Taylor’s Postgraduate Institute of Beauty Management in London, Rita went on to work in Malaysia. From there she was back to Delhi — the place of her birth and initial struggle. Said Rita: “My training in aromatherapy, coupled with my latest experience, worked well for me. I got into helping people understand and then modify their skin types and their general look.”

The present counselling also has a similar aim, the idea being “to make people aware that make-up is not to be taken as something borrowed.” Indeed it is to be accepted very much as part of the face and the entire look.

As far as the issue of make-up being natural or unnatural is concerned, Rita was quite clear: “Anything that gels with the original look is to be taken as natural. The idea is to help people with the kind of make-up which suits their skin so that it does not really appear that their face has been made over. A good make-up artiste will offer a natural look.

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