Friday, September 28, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


City lads win quiz contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
Sahil Sethi and Misha Pratap, students of Class XII of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, have won the All-India Petroleum Conservation Research Association TV quiz competition. The result of the competition was announced in New Delhi. It will be telecast on DD(I) on Saturday. The quiz master was Roshan Abbas.

Accompanied by the parents of Misha, these students say that in the preliminary round students from 300 schools participated. Children from only 27 schools were successful to take part in the final round.

Mr Ravindra Pratap, an Architect and father of Misha said, “Even in their studies Misha and Sahil compete with each other. Both of them are very popular in their school because of their intelligence and allround activities. Both of them secure more than 90 per cent marks,” Mr Ravindra Pratap added.

Misha and Sahil say that the quiz provided them an opportunity to get themselves photographed with the famous quiz master.

The quiz was organised by the Petroleum Conservation Research Association, a wing of the Union Petroleum Ministry, to propagate the message of conserving petrol.

Both these students said they were thankful to the Principal of their school who encouraged them to take part in the competition.



NSS camps in city colleges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
NSS camps are on in various city colleges. At Government College of Education, Sector 20, the 103 Campers organised a rally-cum-procession on environmental pollution under the leadership of Mr Harjinder Singh and Mrs Manjit Kaur, who are the programme officers of the camp.

The rally was flagged off from the college campus for Sector 20 and 19 by the college Principal, Mrs Surinder Kaur Tangri. The volunteers carried placards, depicting slogans and posters on environment pollution. In the afternoon session, Mr S.K. Nazar, State Training Supervisor, UT Red Cross Society, addressed the campers and told them how first aid was to be given to a causality in case of an emergency. A cultural programme was also organised on the occasion.

The 120 NSS volunteers of GGDSD College, Sector 32, under the supervision and guidance of the NSS programme officers of the college, Dr Safri Lal and Ms Suman Sharma, also organised a rally, which was flagged off from the college. The rally went through Sectors 32, 45, Burail, 46 and dispersed at the college campus. The rally was aimed at creating awareness about AIDS and the ill effects of using polythene bags. In the post-lunch session, the volunteers gathered and interacted with each other.

At MCM DAV College, Sector 36, a talk-cum-slide show was delivered by Dr R.K. Kohli of the Department of Botany, Panjab University, to the NSS volunteers on the allergy causing deadly weed — parthenium. the students were told about its hazards, measures of control and growth.

At GGS College for women, Sector 26, the NSS volunteers had been visiting their adopted village Raipur Kalan and following the theme of their camp ‘youth for healthy society’, talking to the residents about living a healthy life. Today a dental camp was organised by these volunteers in collaboration with the Inner Wheel Club Chandigarh Central. Dr Shail Gupta visited the village and examined more than 150 patients. The needy patients were give toothpastes, medicines, toothbrushes etc. Mrs Aradhna Mahtani also conducted counselling on diet and nutrition.



Biology-orientation programme
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 27
About 52 teachers from different schools attended a biology-orientation programme conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education for senior secondary level at the Sector 15 DAV Model School here today.

Dr. S.D.Sharma of PGI addreses at a two days orientation programme for biology teachers of Sr. Secondry stage at DAV school Sec-15 of Chandigarh on Thursday.
Dr. S.D.Sharma of PGI addreses at a two days orientation programme for biology teachers of Sr. Secondry stage at DAV school Sec-15 of Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photo

“The main objective of the seminar was to inform the teachers about various changes in the curriculum and pattern of question paper. The pattern of the question paper has been changed keeping in view the changing scenario,’’ said Senior Education Officer, CBSE, Mr R.P. Sharma.

New topics added in the subject are diagnostic techniques, genetic engineering, hazards of drugs, alcoholism and self medication, imaging techniques and DNA fingerprints.

The Regional Officer, CBSE, Mr Yog Raj Sachdeva, presided over the function.



Education board extends date to submit forms
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, September 27
The Controller of Examinations, Punjab School Education Board, Mrs Harcharanjit Kaur Brar, today said the last date to submit the examination forms of matric and senior secondary class examination had been extended. The last date for private candidates of matric and senior secondary classes with a late fee of Rs 100 had been extended from September 30 to October 5.

In case of regular candidates, the last date to submit the examination forms without late fee had been extended from October 16 to October 22. After October 22, a late of Rs 100 would be charged from the regular candidates.



Bail pleas of Golden Forest directors rejected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed bail applications moved by three directors of Golden Forests — Vinod Mahajan, Lehmbar Singh and Hritesh Kumar.

The three were earlier booked by the Vigilance Bureau at Patiala for cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 406 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code, besides under the Punjab Land Reforms Act.

According to the prosecution, the accused had withdrawn Rs 27 lakh from a bank for developing land, but the money was not utilised for the purpose and was spent for the personal gains between 1987 and 1993.

Pronouncing the orders, Justice Gupta observed: “The petitioners have swindled money belonging to the public and have allured innocent people to invest crores of rupees in the company and as such have duped them. Their release on bail would be a threat to the society. They deserve to be kept in jail till the disposal of the cases. Moreover, Vinod Mahajan is to be interrogated with respect to the money, of which the people were duped. Hence, all the three petitions are dismissed”.



PU Syndicate poll stayed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
In less than 24 hours before Panjab University’s Syndicate elections were scheduled to be held, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the university and other respondents against holding the same till further orders.

Pronouncing the orders in the Ajaib Singh case, Mr Justice Nijjar observed: “After hearing lengthy arguments, the matter was reserved on September 21 for judgement. The result of the writ petition is bound to affect the result of the elections to the ordinary Fellows of the Senate. This, in turn, would have repercussions on the Syndicate result. Under such circumstances and keeping the gravity of the situation in mind, the respondents are directed not to hold elections to the Syndicate till further orders are issued by this court”.

The High Court had reserved orders on a petition filed by Director of Centre for Adult Continuing Education and Extension Dr. Ajaib Singh, seeking the quashing of an order issued by university Vice-Chancellor rejecting his nomination paper for Senate elections.

Dr Ajaib Singh, in his petition, had also asked for directions to the university to permit him to contest the elections after accepting his nomination papers. Claiming to have been rendered disqualified to contest the elections as a result of the order, counsel for the petitioner had contended on his behalf that the same was passed on August 17 last year even though the Syndicate had already declared him eligible for elections scheduled for September 17 last year.

The order, he had added, was liable to be set aside as the VC had decided the question regarding the petitioner’s entitlement to contest the elections even though it was beyond the power conferred upon him under the regulations.

Mandi Board gave 60 cr: AG

In an undertaking before the HIgh Court in the “sangat darshan” case, Punjab’s Advocate-General Hardev Singh Mattewal today stated that Rs 60 crore had been given by the Punjab Mandi Board to the state Rural Development Board.

Arguing before a Division Bench, comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Mr Justice M.M. Kumar, the AG revealed that the amount had been given by way of loan out of Rs 100 crore. He added that further instalments would, however, not be given. After recording the statement, the Bench fixed October 9 as the next date of hearing for arguments.

In their petition, two city advocates had sought directions to the state of Punjab and four other respondents against the alleged diversion of Rs 250 crore by the Mandi Board for distribution by the Chief Minister during the “sangat darshan”. Seeking directions for declaring the alleged diversion “illegal and invalid”, Mr Karam Chand and Mr Anil Pal Singh Shergill had stated that the Chief Minister should also “explain to the court how the amount was being spent without specific projects and without the prior approval of the projects by the boards”. Each paisa, they had asserted, should be accounted for to win public confidence.

In a similar petition, the president of All-India Human Rights Watch, Col N.S. Pandher, had sought directions for quashing an order issued by the Secretary of Punjab Agriculture Produce Marketing Board to the Deputy Commissioners asking them to immediately arrange for the sale of plots in mandis and deposit the sale proceeds with the Mandi Board.

He had stated that Rs 400 to Rs 500 crore were expected from the sale of 700 plots by the Colonisation Department in 20 new mandis in the state.

Octroi: vacation of stay sought

In an application filed before the High Court, the state of Punjab today sought vacation of stay on the abolition of octroi. The applicants claimed that notification had not been issued and as such the petitioners had no reason to move court. The application is likely to be taken up tomorrow. Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta had directed the state of Punjab and other respondents on Wednesday against taking any step to abolish octroi.

Directive to CBI in Ranga case

Mr Justice M.L. Singhal of the High Court on Thursday directed CBI’s Special Judge at Ambala to examine all the witnesses in a case against suspended IAS officer R.K. Ranga within a month of framing charges, if these were framed at all.

Issuing the directions, Mr Justice Singhal observed: “In this case, charges have not been so far framed. If no charges are framed and the accused are discharged, they shall be set at liberty forthwith if not required in any other case. But if the charges are framed, the Special Judge will examine all the witnesses as early as possible on any date within a month of the date on which the charges are framed. The court will try to proceed with the day-to-day recording of evidence.”

In his detailed order, the Judge added: “We have to give effect to the spirit of an earlier order in which it was directed that Ranga and another accused, S.K. Tikku, should be enlarged on bail after the prosecution has examined all those witnesses whose statements have been recorded under Section 164 of the Cr PC, along with those whom the prosecution feels are likely to be won over”.


Forum penalises LIC
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 27
The UT District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-II has directed the Life Insurance Corporation of India, Jeevan Parkash Building, and others to pay a compensation to a city resident for deficiency in its services.

The Forum had directed the insurance company to pay Rs 1100 to the complainant. The company was also directed to pay the sum due under policy along with the interest at the rate of 10 per cent per annum from the date the claim was repudiated till payment.

The complainant, Ms Harjinder Kaur, had filed a case before the Forum that she was the widow of deceased, Darshan Singh, who took out a life insurance policy from the company of the sum of Rs 1, 00, 000 on January 26, 1994. In August 1995, he fell ill and was admitted to a private clinic at Calcutta for treatment. He died there on August 14, 1995.

A claim was lodged with the company in 1996 and all the formalities were completed. The corporation had, however, repudiated the claim of the complainant on baseless ground of concealment of material facts.

The representation made against that proved futile and hence the complaint with the prayer that the insurance company be directed to pay the sum assured plus a compensation of Rs 50, 000 for causing harassment to the complainant.

The Forum observed that the repudiation of the claim of the complainant was nothing but deficiency in service. The Forum also observed that “ It seem that the insurance company were also conscious of the fact and it accepted this proportion half way through by deciding to pay ex-gratia amount of Rs 30, 000 to the complainant. Had it been a case fit for repudiation, the company had no reason to show magnanimity”.



Clarification on sale of medicines
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
The liquidator of the Super Bazar, Mr S.L. Shahi, has claimed that the allegations of selling of medicines in the Super Bazar at exorbitant rates were not true.

The same had been mentioned in the report “CBI raids on PGI and GMCH Super Bazars” when the two Super Bazars were checked by CBI officials on September 20 and 21. Mr Shahi has said that the Super Bazars were selling medicines at the maximum retail prices and no local taxes were charged from customers.



Lal Raza mesmerises audience
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 27
Be it Shah Hussain’s kafi or Karnali Umeed’s ghazals, Lal Raza’s deep throaty voice did justice to all, enthralling the audience during a Punjabi Sugam Sangeet programme at the Punjab Kala Bhavan in Sector 16 here this evening.

Starting the evening with Shah Hussain’s kafi “Rabba mere haal da mehram tun”, he went on to sing his favourite ghazals, “Mere ghar unka aana jana tha” whose lyrics were penned down by Karnail Umeed and another kaalam “Ik bahut badi hai bhul hui” by Harbhajan Sadiq.

On the request of the audience, the artiste also entertained with Punjabi geets like “Janna sade kolon pare pare rahinde ho”, and Ramesh Thathewal’s “Heer”.

Lal Raza, a disciple of Ustad Piara Lal, has been a regular performing artiste of AIR and Jalandhar Doordarshan. The singer, who hails from Amritsar, started his singing career about 15 years back and ever since he has been performing in various cities of Punjab.

Raza, who is planning to cut an audio album of ghazals soon, says he was greatly influenced by Ghulam Ali, Mehandi Hassan and Mohammad Rafi. Ask him what his favourite form of music he would readily reply, “Sufiana kalaam”.

Raza in tonight’s programme was accompanied by Suresh on tabla.


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