Sunday, June 8, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Mayor attacks Verma on demolitions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
Criticising the ongoing demolition drive in the city, the Mayor, Mr Subhash Chawla, today made an unprecedented attack on the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma, saying that he was a handpicked man of the BJP and had ordered officials of the Chandigarh Administration to target only those places where Congress councillors had won the elections.

The MC had no hand in the demolitions and everything was being carried out at the behest of the Chandigarh Administration, Mr Chawla said, adding that the MC machinery was used without taking permission from him.

Meanwhile, the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal, said the Congress was against such a drive as this was part of a conspiracy to remove those people from Chandigarh whom the BJP considers to be Congress supporters. He alleged that huge modifications had been made in the houses of senior officers and also in the Bhavan. “If this is allowed, why not allow need-based alterations in the houses of middle-class people”? he asked.

The local MP and Mr Chawla were addressing a joint press conference in the Mayor’s office here this afternoon. The duo said such large-scale demolitions, without taking elected members into confidence, were like curbing the rights of the elected body.

Mr Bansal announced that the Congress had decided to hold a dharna and a protest rally against this drive on June 11. “We do not support encroachments in any form, Mr Bansal clarified, adding that all these years the Administration ignored the illegal construction. He demanded that the Administration should first come out with a list of officials whom it held responsible for allowing encroachments. Mr Bansal said: ‘‘fix liability’’.

The Mayor, said the councillors of the BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal, by not walking out in protest against the Chandigarh Administration’s decision of large-scale demolitions, had showed that they approved of the demolitions. The BJP is behind all these demolitions. Mr Chawla challenged a former local MP, Mr Satya Pal Jain of the BJP, saying that “on every little issue Mr Jain claims to have spoken to the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, then why does he not speak to Mr Advani now and get the demolitions stopped.’’



Aug 10 last date for PU admissions
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service


  • August 10 is the last date for fresh admissions. PU students can be admitted within 10 days of declaration of results and late admissions in special cases can be allowed by the VC.
  • In order to avoid “Candidate Suspended” cases in annual examination, students should submit Migration Certificates at the time of admissions.
  • September 30 is the last date of submission of registration forms.
  • Reappear cases of Class XII allowed admissions only if they have at least 20 per cent marks in the subject concerned.

Chandigarh, June 7
Panjab University has decided not to allow any fresh admissions after August 10 in the forthcoming academic session. An order to this effect has been formally communicated to all affiliated colleges by the university.

The university circular says: “A student whose result of Class XII examination conducted by a school board is published late, but not later than August 10, will be admitted without any late fee within 15 working days of the declaration of the result.”

Importantly, the attendance will be counted from the date of admission. This is pertinent in the context that students who were admitted late could face difficulty in having 75 per cent attendance as per the existing norms at the end of the session. The last date will also be applicable to the Open School Boards.

The university, however, has made a special provision saying: “After expiry of this period, the late admission approval from the Vice-Chancellor is required”.

In the case of PU students who have already appeared in any of its examination and the result is declared late on one ground or the other, the student can be admitted within 10 days of the declaration of the results.

Colleges have been warned to take all care in verifying the eligibility of the admitted candidates otherwise they will be held responsible for wrong admissions. In case of any doubt, the candidates have been requested to obtain eligibility certificates from Panjab University by filling the requisite forms.

In order to minimise the “Candidate Suspended” cases in the annual examination each year, the university has stated that when admission notice is given by the colleges it should be clearly mentioned that candidates coming from other universities, boards, councils and bodies should bring Migration Certificates along with them at the time of admissions.

Colleges and departments in which students are admitted to are required to send the registration forms of the students. The last date of receipt of registration forms along with complete documents has been fixed as September 30. Thereafter, the forms will be accepted: on a payment of late fee of Rs 500 till November 15; a late fee of Rs 1,000 till December 15; and a late fee of Rs 1,500 till February 28.

The university will not accept any documents after February 28, it has been clarified. The students admitted during the previous academic session (2002-2003) who have still not submitted their documents will have to pay a penalty of Rs 1,500 each.

A student of any other university who has been asked to reappear in a subject in first, second or third year of any degree course will not be allowed admission to the subsequent class of the PU. A candidate who has been asked to reappear in the Class XII examination conducted by any board, council or university in the country will be able to join the first-year class in a college of the university.

The candidate, however, should have failed in one subject only; should have obtained at least 20 per cent marks in the subject; and should have at least 33 per cent marks in the aggregate if he wishes to join the arts stream and at least 40 per cent marks in the aggregate for science stream.



College admissions from July 1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
The process for admissions to various courses being run in city colleges will commence from July 1, while the merit lists will be displayed by the colleges four days prior to it.

While prospectus and application forms for privately managed colleges will be made available by the respective institutes this week, a common prospectus and admission forms will be issued by the DPI (Colleges) for admission to government colleges.

The last dates for receipt of application forms have already been fixed by private colleges, though the DPI’s office is yet to finalise the last date for receipt of forms for admission to government colleges.

The last date for receipt of forms at DAV College, Sector 10, is June 24. Two SGGS Colleges in Sector 26 and the MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, will accept forms till June 22.

Unlike last year, the admission process for this academic session has been decentralised, meaning that individual colleges will conduct their own admission process. Last year, all admissions were done centrally, with one common merit list as the guiding factor.

Some college principals said determining the cut-off percentage for different courses would be possible only after all application forms had been received and processed.

Last year, admission to B.Com-I at the GGDSD College, which is the most sought after for commerce courses, was granted to students scoring 83 per cent marks and above, followed by the MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, with 80 per cent. For SGGS College, Sector 26, and DAV College, Sector 10, the cut-off percentage was 74 and 70, respectively.

For courses such as Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Computer Applications, the overall cut-off percentage hovered around 70. The cut-off percentage for M.Com-I at DAV College and GGDSD College was 75 and 70, respectively.

For B.Sc with vocational subjects, the cut-off percentage was between 65 and 70, depending upon the subject. For regular B.Sc medical and non-medical courses the cut-off percentage was 55.

GGDSD College is offering 140 seats in B.Com-I, 650 seats in BA-I and 170 seats in B.Sc-I. Another 40 seats each are available in B.Sc biotechnology, industrial chemistry, information technology and computer applications besides 30 seats each in M.Com and M.Sc (IT).

DAV College is offering 70 seats in B.Com and 40 seats each in BBA and BCA, besides 30 seats each in M.Com and M.Sc (IT). In BA and B.Sc, 60 and 200 seats, respectively, are available.

MCM DAV College has 70 seats for B.Com, 40 seats for BCA, 170 seats for B.Sc and 500 seats for BA, besides 30 seats for MA (Hindi). SGGS College has 140 seats for B.Com, 40 seats for BCA and 30 seats for MA (Punjabi), besides 1000 seats for BA and 500 for B.Sc.



Three held for woman’s murder
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, June 7
The police here today arrested Bhajori Das, his wife Kanchan Das, and their landlady Shankariya, all residents of Phase IX, on charges of murdering Kalpana Das.
Kalpana Das was found dead in her house yesterday after she was allegedly beaten up by the three. According to the information provided by the police, they have been arrested under Section 302 of the IPC.

Meanwhile, a post-mortem examination of Kalpana’s body was conducted at the local Civil Hospital. Since there were no visible marks of violence on the body of the deceased, the hospital had set up a board of three doctors to pinpoint the cause of death. Sources stated that the exact cause of death could not be ascertained during the post-mortem examination. As a result, parts of the body’s viscera have been sent for histopathology to Government Medical College Patiala.

According to Mr Harcharan Singh Bhullar, Superintendent of Police, the accused have been arrested based on the FIR, but since the post-mortem report has not indicated to the cause of death, the Sections under which the accused have been booked could be changed later when a report is received from Patiala.



Honesty still prevails
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
Setting an example of honesty, an employee of the State Education Institute, Mr Harminder Singh, who had found an account payee cheque for Rs 6 lakh and two bank pay orders for Rs 2.5 lakh lying on the road, not only informed the payee, but personally went to deliver the documents back.

While returning home from work, he saw some papers lying scattered on the road separating Sectors 29 and 30. He stopped by and found that these were a Vijaya Bank cheque for Rs 6 lakh and SBI pay orders for Rs 1 lakh and Rs 1.5 lakh.

These cheques and pay orders had been issued by Haryana Stores Limited in favour of Adani Wilmak Limited. He picked up the documents and called up the people at Adani Wilmak. He then personally went to their office and delivered the bank documents.



BJP for need-based changes in houses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
The local unit of the BJP has demanded that need-based internal changes be allowed in all houses in the city as requirements of residents are rising. The houses of different categories were built in Chandigarh on lands allotted by the Estate Office or flats were built by the Chandigarh Housing Board. With the passage of time, the size of the families of the allottees has grown.

These leaders demanded that the need-based internal changes made in the houses, irrespective of whether these houses were sold by the Estate Office or by the Chandigarh Housing Board, should be regularised and the notices being issued withdrawn. They said cluster houses in villages around Chandigarh should also be regularised, along with the internal changes made by the owners of these houses.



Electricity poles a traffic hazard
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, June 7
Among the more visible planning errors in the township is the putting up of electricity poles in the middle of some intra-sector roads here. According to the planning authorities these errors are a result of the time lag between the construction of the roads and the laying of electricity cables. These have often led to accidents.

The township has at least three places where these poles have been causing interruption in the flow of road traffic. Residents say their complaints to the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) and the municipal council have not been looked into.

According to Ms Satwant Kaur of Phase II, an electricity pole here, once on the roadside, became a hazard when the road was widened. The electricity pole also poses danger to those who walk on the road and there have been two incidents of stray cattle dying due to its dangling wires, she points out.

Resident of Sector 68 have complained that the authorities have not done anything to ensure that the road separating Sectors 68 and 69 is cleared of the electricity pole in the middle of the road. According to the residents, besides the minor accidents that take place after dusk on the road regularly due to the pole, many times, speeding vehicles have banged head on into the pole.

Sources in PUDA say they have requested the electricity board to shift poles. Compliance is received within a month and the shifting takes place after that, causing delays.



5 approach rights panel against SP
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, June 7
In an application filed before the Human Rights Commission in New Delhi, five youngsters have expressed apprehension that a senior Panchkula police official would slap a criminal case against them.

They have said that the officer was trying to settle a score with them. They have added that Mr Ranbir Sharma, Superintendent of Panchkula police was trying to implicate then in false cases despite the grant of anticipatory bail by a Panchkula court. They were even beaten up at the SP’s behest, they have alleged.

Going into the background of the case, the applicants asserted that they were involved in a minor scuffle following which an attempt to murder case was registered against them at the Chandi Mandir police station. They added that soon after the incident ‘all differences between the complainant and the applicants were sorted out’. The complainant had agreed to withdraw “allegations unconditionally and the decision was reduced in writing in the form of an affidavit”.

The SP said the youngsters had assaulted their senior colleague following which an attempt to murder case was registered against them. “They need to be taught a lesson,” he added. Moreover, they had forced the complainant to enter a compromise, the SP added.

Meanwhile, the youngsters have sought directions that the SP should be restrained from taking any action against them. They have also sought an investigation by an independent agency into the case against them.

In the complaint they have also said that the SP made the complainant to beat them by resulting injuries to them. The SP has also threatened them with dire consequences if they settled the case through compromise, they have alleged.



Youths charge cops with assault
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 7
Twentyfour-year-old Mukesh of Mauli Jagran has alleged that he was beaten up by cops at the Mauli Jagran police post here this morning. He has also alleged that the cops threatened members of his family not to take up the matter with senior police officials. The police has refuted the allegations.

Meanwhile, another resident of Mauli Jagran, Anil Kumar, has alleged that ASI Jagdish Chand, posted at the same police post, detained him illegally and thrashed him up yesterday. He gave a written complaint to the SSP through the public window system, yesterday.

Anil Kumar and another person were booked yesterday on the charges of manhandling the ASI.

Mukesh, who sustained injuries on his head and back, was taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, by his friends. He was later referred to the Neurosurgery Department at the PGI. As per his referral slip, he vomited blood.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mukesh alleged that two cops on a scooter, called him from his house and started beating him up.

Later, they took him to the police post and without giving any reason, started beating him up.

‘‘When I asked the cops about my fault, they said I was involved in an incident of stone-pelting at the police post,’’ said Mukesh. He drives a three-wheeler for a private company. He added, ‘‘I was never involved in any such incident’’.

On the other hand, police personnel deputed at the post have refuted the allegations and claimed that Mukesh was not called to the police post today.

When contacted, a senior police official termed the allegations as baseless and false. ‘‘The allegations are a fallout of the registration of cases against some persons of the area,’’ said the official.



Constable hurt as truck overturns
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
A constable of the Chandigarh Police, Dilbar Singh, received injuries on the head and broke his left collar bone when a Tata truck of the Chandigarh Police (CH 01 G 9656) overturned after colliding with a Maruti Zen car (DL 2C J 7092) at a junction near the Sector 42 Food and Craft Institute here this morning.

According to the information, an ASI, Jai Bhagwan, who was on duty at the Sector 36 police station, was going to an accident site in the truck when the mishap took place.

The driver of the truck, Constable Harbans, and the ASI escaped with minor injuries. Dilbar Singh was sitting in the rear of the truck when the driver lost control of the vehicle.

The car belonging to an Army official, was being driven by a jawan, Puran Chander, who is said to be posted at a unit of the Army Service Corps (ASC). The jawan, who also received injuries, was taken to the Command Hospital, Chandimandir. Dilbar Singh was referred to the PGI from the General Hospital, Sector 16 for a CT Scan.

Senior police officials visited the accident scene and the General Hospital. A police official said no case had been registered as the two parties reached a compromise.



Save water

We invite school students to send in original and innovative ideas on how to conserve water for publication in Chandigarh Tribune. The write-up should not exceed 300 words and should be accompanied by a passport size colour photograph.

Water is life: Of the nine planets, Earth is called the blue planet — a giant bowl of water. Ironically, paucity of water is the biggest crisis being faced by the world today. Women carrying pots and walking long distances in the scorching heat in search of water are a common sight.

Wilting crops, barren lands, people in distress and scarcity of water—these are problems being faced every year. Now the question arises as to why this is the main problem despite a number of rivers and lakes? The root cause of all these problems is the increasing population.

Water is required for domestic and industrial work and its consumption is rising rapidly. However, its wastage, too, has gone up.

We must conserve water, since another name for water is life. Felling of trees and pollution have delayed and decreased the monsoons. Thus, a clean environment is a must. Dams should be constructed to harness rainwater and water-saving irrigation techniques should be adopted.

Garima, Class X Sacred Heart Senior  Secondary School



‘Ex-servicemen job quota not filled’
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, June 7
The president of the Ex-servicemen Grievances Cell here has in a letter to Mr Kanwaljit Singh Lalli, Parliamentary Secretary to CM (Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare), stated that the filling of 13 per cent ex-servicemen’s job quota is being ignored by the government.

Alleging that the government has taken no action on the orders passed by the Punjab Chief Minister, Lieut- Col S.S. Sohi (retd) has further stated that the officials of the Punjab Sainik Welfare Board have taken no measures to ensure that the 13 per cent job quota is filled. ‘‘As of today, no government department has more than 2.89 per cent ex-servicemen employees in their offices. Due to government’s lack of interest, ex-servicemen are being overexploited and degraded and also facing hardships in getting their official work done,’’ he said.



Bir Devinder visits assault victim
Our Correspondent

Kharar, June 7
Mr Bir Devinder Singh, MLA, Kharar, and Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, yesterday visited the Civil Hospital, Kharar, to enquire about the well being of Ms Bhupinder Kaur, a pregnant woman who was admitted to the hospital after Ropar’s Assistant District Transport Officer (ADTO) Karan Singh allegedly misbehaved and manhandled her on Thursday.

Ms Bhupinder Kaur and members of her family narrated the whole story to the Deputy Speaker. He said he had asked the SDM, Kharar, the police and the Secretary, Transport Department, to inquire into the incident and take proper action. He said the guilty would not be spared.



Boy gets trapped in bathroom
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
A seven-year-old North Korean national, Hee Jin Jang, accidentally locked himself in a bathroom of a cafetaria, Barista, in sector 17 here this evening. The boy had gone to the shop along with his parents, Mr Sung Tae Jang and Mrs Hye Ryun Jang.

Fire brigade personnel and policemen from the Sector 17 market police post were called to rescue the trapped boy. Finally, the door of the bathroom had to be broken to get the boy out.



Two held for youth’s murder
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
The Chandigarh police today arrested two persons, Sonu (20) and Radhey Sham Kamal (34), residents of Rajiv Colony in Panchkula, in connection with the murder of Pawan Kumar, whose body was found beside a road leading to Mauli Jagran. The deceased was done to death allegedly for having extramarital relations with the wife of Radhey Sham Kamal, said the police.

The body of the youth, aged around 24 years, was dumped in Mauli Jagran on June 5. The deceased, who was identified yesterday by his relatives, was a daily-wage worker. The DSP East, Mr S.C. Abrol, said today that the assailants, daily-wage workers, consumed liquor at the victim’s jhuggi. While they were having drinks, there was a scuffle between the deceased and the assailants. Though the police is yet to interrogate the assailants thoroughly, they believe that the deceased was strangulated with a shawl.

The DSP said nothing could be said about the injury marks on the private parts of the deceased as the doctors at the Sector 16 General Hospital has reserved their opinion. The viscera of the deceased had been sent to Patiala for chemical examination.

Initial investigations revealed that the assailants had carried the body on the bicycle of Sonu and were going to dump it in a nearby jungle. When they saw two beat policemen, Constable Pala Ram and Home Guard Sunil Kumar, the body was thrown by the roadside and the bicycle was left behind. Mr Abrol said the bathroom slippers of Radhey Sham Kamal, found at the spot, also helped the police in solving the murder case. The police is trying to ascertain whether any intoxicant was mixed in the liquor before the deceased was done to death. The police has registered a case under Sections 201, 302 and 34 of the IPC.

The police will produce the assailants before the duty magistrate tomorrow to seek their police remand. The DSP said investigations were on to find out whether any weapon was also used.



Three hurt in group clash
Our Correspondent

Rehna (Raipurani), June 7
Three persons were injured, one of them seriously, in a clash among two groups of villagers after an altercation over the food grains supplied by the Hangoli village panchayat as a relief material here late last night.

According to the police, Sitar Muhammad sustained critical head injuries, while his brother Narzeer Muhammad and Noori, a relative, received injuries.

Sitar Muhammad has been admitted to the Government Civil Dispensary, while the other injured were discharged after the treatment.

Tension prevailed when a tractor-load of food grains reached the house of village Sarpanch Aldi Begum and the women folk of the village assembled at the spot. Some women belonging to a group made some comments which were objected to by the other group.

According to sources, the women discussed the matter with their husbands at night which lead to the clash. Sarpanch’s son Kamaldeen, a constable in the CM security, also allegedly indulged in the clash. Besides sticks, sharp-edged weapons were used in the clash.

Meanwhile, on the complaint of Sitar Muhammad, the police has registered a case against Kamaldeen, Mehardeen, Noor Hasan, Deen Muhammad, Latz Muhammad, Salamudeen, Shahubudeen, Madhu, Aldi Begum, Husna and Meena under Sections 148, 149, 323, 324 and 506 of the IPC with the Raipur Rani police station.

The police has detained some suspects in the case but no arrest has been made so far.

Burn injuries: An 18-year-old girl of Indira Colony in Mani Majra received 100 per cent burn injuries when the stove on which she was cooking burst accidentally. The victim was taken to the PGI. According to the police, no foul play is suspected behind the incident.

Snatching Cases: Two scooter-borne youths snatched a purse containing Rs 5,500 in cash from a woman employee of the Telecom Department in Sector 23 here today. According to the information, the woman, Parwinder Kaur, was going towards Sector 22 when the incident took place.

In another incident, two youths snatched a gold chain from a woman at an apni mandi in Sector 22 last evening. According to the information, the police has registered a case under Sections 356 and 379 of the IPC on a complaint lodged by Mr Mukesh Pal Grover, husband of the woman.

Theft: Ms L.N. Gupta, a resident of Panjab University complex in Sector 25, reported to the police that a necklace, a pair of gold earrings and Rs 34,900 in cash were stolen after thieves broke open the locks of the house on the night intervening June 5 and June 6. A case has been registered at the Sector 11 police station.

Cheating Case: Mr Harminder Singh, a resident of Jalandhar, reported to the police that P.K. Sharma, owner of SN Tours and Travels, Sector 8, took Rs 60,000 from him to send him abroad, but neither did he send him abroad nor return the money. A case has been registered under Section 420 of the IPC.

SAS Nagar
Excise Officer hurt: Excise Officer Balram Rana received injuries when he was run over by a white Esteem car (PB-36- 5667) as he along with a police party tried to stop the car for checking here yesterday evening.

It is learnt that the police had prior information that the car was being used for smuggling liquor from Chandigarh to Punjab. A police naka was set up at Balongi check post led by SHO Pritam Singh Bedi and Balram Rana along with some other policemen. As soon as the officers saw the car, they signalled it to pull over, but the car sped away after hitting Mr Rana, who escaped with minor injuries.

Man held: The police here arrested one person on charges of liquor smuggling yesterday. According to the information provided by the police, the accused, Rashpal Singh, was bringing 10 cases of liquor from Chandigarh and was nabbed near a Phase I naka here. The accused was in an Esteem car, which has been impounded. Rashpal Singh, a resident of Pehowa in Haryana, has been booked under the Excise Act.

Man booked: The police today booked Harmail Singh, a resident of Mauli Baidwan village, on charges of assaulting his two brothers, Baljinder Singh and Jarnail Singh, and Jarnail’s wife, Manjit Kaur, last night at their residence in the village. 


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