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85 pc quota for UT students in PEC stays
Strictures on officials for misleading HC
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 31
In a major setback to the Chandigarh Administration, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today quashed the decision of UT to reduce the number of seats reserved for city students in Punjab Engineering College (PEC) from present 85 per cent to 50 per cent.

The Bench also passed strictures on officials, particularly of the UT Administration, for misleading the court. The Bench of Mr Justice H.S. Bedi and Mr Justice J.S. Narang also noted that despite categoric averments, blatant incorrect statements had been made in regard to some of the issues.

One such issue related to the approval of the memorandum of agreement through which PEC had been proposed to be changed from a department of the Administration to a deemed university. Sometime back, the Bench had reserved its judgement on the issue.

Delivering the judgement on petitions filed by Anshul Sood and some other students and Amanmeet and others, seeking quashing of the notification dated July 8 by which the status of PEC was to be changed to deemed university from 2005-06 academic session, the Bench said it felt pained at the manner and method being resorted to by officials of the Government of India, the UT Administration and the University Grants Commission (UGC). The Administration had changed its stance on the issue before the court on many occasions.

The Bench said the authority concerned might take appropriate action against the officials who misled the court.

The judgement means that the quota for Chandigarh students remains unchanged at 85 per cent. In an initial hearing, the Bench had ordered status quo on the issue.

Following clearance from the UGC to confer the status of deemed university on PEC, the Administration had reduced the seats meant for students of the city from 85 per cent to 50 per cent. This decision had been challenged.

The Administration had informed the Bench that the deemed university status would be applicable from 2005-06 session.

The reply submitted by the UGC in the matter had also been taken on record. The counsel for the petitioners pointed out that except for the criteria relating to the filling of seats, the Administration had not fulfilled any other criteria. He had also highlighted many times the fact that the Administration had not clarified its stand on the issue of deemed university status, he said.



Verdict brings cheer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
Students hoping for a seat in Punjab Engineering College (PEC) under the 85 per cent UT quota will now be able to get admission there.

After fighting a legal battle for over a month, students and their parents are rejoiced at the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court which restored 85 per cent UT quota for admission to the college.

Blaming the Administration for creating a chaos by notifying 50 per cent quota for UT candidates, the parents lamented that had the Administration retained the 85 per cent quota time and money wasted in the court proceedings could have been prevented.

Mr Parveen Garg, one of the parents, told the Tribune that he heaved a sigh of relief on hearing the judgment. Parents gathered at PEC in the evening and dissolved the Parents Association, which had been spearheading the agitation against the decision of the Administration.

Dr M.L. Garg, a parent, said it was a happy moment.

Some of the parents lamented that due to delay in admission they had lost money in securing seats for their wards in other engineering colleges. “We will seek refund as per the rules. But the entire money would not be refunded”, said Mr Parveen Garg.

Earlier, the Administration had to postpone the counselling before holding it on August 9.

Parents lament that the Administration has been changing stand on the issue of PEC being declared a deemed university.

Admission process next week

Administration officials said after receiving the court order the merit list as per the 85 per cent UT quota would be displayed. The classes were expected to begin by September 10. As per the previous schedule, the classes were to begin on August 16.



Nigerian held guilty of drug trafficking
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 31
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr J.R. Chauhan, has held Nigerian national Tajuddin Adesullaha guilty of drug trafficking.

He has, however, been discharged in a case under the Foreigners’ Registration Act. The punishment to the accused will be pronounced on September 2.

Tajuddin was arrested on May 25, 2001, while he was coming to Panchkula from Zirakpur in an autorickshaw. He was stopped by the police at a naka. The police team led by the then Station House Officer of the Sector 19 police station, Mr Babu Ram, had received information that he was involved in drug trafficking and was supplying smack and brown sugar in Panchkula.

He was carrying a bag.

After the police apprehended him, they called the then Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr J.P. Dahiya, who searched him. The police found that the bag contained 30 packets of smack, weighing a total 3 kg, worth Rs 3 crore in the international market. Cash worth Rs 18.30 lakh was also recovered from his possession, along with 1,650 US dollars.

He was booked under Sections 61, 62 and 85 of the NDPS Act and Section 14 of the Foreigners’ Registration Act.

Tajuddin was reportedly staying in a house in Sector 12 along with a fellow Nigerian, Locky, alias Good Luck, who fled before the police could nab him. Tajuddin was remanded to judicial custody on May 31 and since then has been lodged in Ambala jail.

Meanwhile, the police sent two packets of the seized drug (about 200 gm) to the Forensic Science Laboratory at Madhuban for examination. The remaining 28 packets (with 2.80 kg of the drug) were sealed and kept in the maalkhana of the Sector 19 police station.

As the case was under trial, counsel for the accused pleaded that the material seized from the accused was not a narcotic substance. The court then ordered that the entire quantity of drug seized be sent for examination at Madhuban.

When the sealed contraband material was sent to the laboratory on September 24, 2002, it was found that 200 gm of smack was missing from the remaining 2.80 kg. While one of the 28 packets contained silver paper, another packet was empty.

After a departmental inquiry three Station House Officers posted at the Sector 19 police station, while the drug remained in the maalkhana, and three Muharrir Head Constables, were found guilty of disappearance of drug and destruction of evidence.

A case was registered against them as well as two employees of the Forensic Science Laboratory — Kishore Gupta and Manju Rani.



UT plays ‘villain’ in Ridhima’s love story
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
Two days after Ridhima, allegedly brutalised by her family over a love affair, tied the nuptial knot with her boyfriend, Rajiv, the UT Administration, playing the villain, has allegedly refused to register the marriage instead, it has sent the couple’s application to the SSP “to verify that the marriage had actually been solemnised at the place and time mentioned in the application.”

Meanwhile, counsel for Ridhima, Arvind Thakur, who performed “kanyadaan” in the absence of her family, approached the UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma, against the “unconstitutional behaviour” of the Registrar of Marriages, Mr H.R. Nagra.

Despite completion of formalities, such as a marriage certificate from the Sector 35 gurdwara, marriage photographs and an attested application form, the “lawful and valid” registration had been denied on flimsy grounds, he alleged.

Mr Nagra could not be reached for comment, despite repeated efforts. In his letter, he has urged the SSP to verify whether the couple had been living as husband and wife and if the relationship was not in contravention of the provisions of the Hindu Marriage Act.

While challenging Mr Nagra’s letter, Mr Thakur contended that the marriage was performed as per the law in the presence of eminent persons such as Ms Shreshtha Mehta, social activist, Mr Suresh Sharma, Managing Director of Allengers Medical International Limited, and Mr A.S. Chahal and Mr O.P. Babla, both human rights activists.

It may be recalled that Ridhima was allegedly traumatised by her family and his maternal uncle for several years for her affair with Rajiv. Even as she remained in Nari Niketan for over a year following her refusal to go to her parents’ house, she was recently released from there on the orders of a local court.



End practice of living guru, says Dal Khalsa
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
On the eve of Guru Granth Sahib’s 400 years of installation, Dal Khalsa today gave a call to certain sects to end the practice of ‘living guru’.

Addressing a press conference this afternoon, the party leaders said Guru Gobind Singh passed guruship to Granth Sahib in 1708. The followers of certain sects were, however, violating the directives of Guru Gobind Singh by practicing the concept of ‘living guru’ till date. Both should end the practice and accept Granth Sahib as their Guru on this historic event.

They added that the entire Sikh diaspora was celebrating the occasion with great enthusiasm. It was time for the heads of both the sects to accept the sacred Granth as their ‘Guru’.

Releasing the second edition of their quarterly newsletter ‘Freedom Post’, Dal Khalsa president H.S. Dhami also asked the Chief Minister to order a judicial inquiry into the killings of four family members of slain militant Balwinder Singh Jattana on this day 13 years back.

The Dal members also announced their plan to observe the 13th death anniversary of Jattana at Chamkaur Sahib on September 4. They also declared that a rally would also be taken out on Chamkaur Sahib — Morinda road to protest against the “indifferent approach adopted by successive Central governments.



Colonies likely to be regularised
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 31
The Punjab Government will look into the possibility of regularising unauthorised colonies in the state after levying a compounding fee. This was decided at a meeting of senior officials of the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) held under the chairmanship of Mr Raghunath Sahay Puri, Housing and Urban Development Minister, Punjab.

According to a press note issued by PUDA, the minister expressed concern at the large-scale mushrooming of unauthorised colonies in Punjab, which had led to sub-standard civic amenities in such colonies.

He also pointed out that there were cases of plot-holders being cheated by colonisers.

The minister directed the officers to formulate a scheme which, while protecting the interests of unsuspecting house owners would ensure provision of basic civic amenities. It was also decided to explore the possibility of levying compounding fee on unauthorised colonies, besides payment of external development charges.

The minister said he would brief Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh about the department’s proposal so that the same could be implemented soon.

Those present at the meeting were Mr K.B.S. Sidhu, Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department, Punjab, and Vice-Chairman, PUDA, Mr A.S. Chhatwal, Chief Administrator, PUDA, Mrs Raji P. Srivastava, Additional Chief Administrator (HQ/Policy), PUDA, Mr Yashvir Mahajan, Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, Mohali, and Mr K.K. Kaul, Senior Town Planner, PUDA, besides legal 



Neerja Bhanot ‘heroines’ announced
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
The Neerja Bhanot Pan Am Trust today announced the names of the Neerja Bhanot 'heroines' - recipients of the Neerja Bhanot Awards for the years 2002 and 2003.

A three-member jury comprising Mr. Pramod Markanda, a reputed lawyer, Mrs. Sushil Jolly, a well-known educationist and Mr. Avinash Chopra, Joint Editor of Punjab Kesri, decided to confer the Neerja Bhanot Award 2003 on Ms. Shivani Gupta of Faridabad and the Neerja Bhanot Award 2004 on Ms. Mangala Patil of Pune.

The Neerja Bhanot Award is given to an Indian woman who, when faced with social injustice, meets the situation with guts and grit and then helps other women in similar social distress. Each Award consists of Rs. 1,50,000, a citation and a trophy.

The presentation ceremony of the Neerja Bhanot Awards 2002 & 2003 will be held on September 10 at 6 pm at the Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh.

Faridabad-based Ms. Shivani Gupta had completed her Diploma in Hotel Management and was looking forward to a career in Maurya Sheraton when she met with a car accident and suffered a spinal injury. At the age of 22, Shivani became a tetraplegic and doctors pronounced her a "vegetable" for life.

She suddenly regressed into childhood, unable to feed herself and dependant on others for basic activities of daily living. However, Shivani did not let all this cow her down. She practiced physiotherapy for hours, and started painting. She painted cards with her water-colours and held exhibitions of her work. As important, she infected others around her with the same positive attitude and dynamism.

After a lot of effort, Shivani was selected to go to the UK for a short training to be a peer counsellor for other women who suffer spinal injuries. On her return, she joined the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre in New Delhi and worked there for six years helping other women to overcome their trauma and carry on with their lives.

She was a resource person, organised workshops and wrote information booklets on coping with spinal injuries for patients and their families. She became a member of the National Core Access Committee of the Government of India and also co-authored a manual on planning a barrier-free environment for the government that is used by architects, CPWD workers, NGOs and people with disability.

She is currently a full-time student of architecture and looking forward to using her knowledge in this discipline in providing an accessible environment so that people with disability can enjoy mobility.

Ms. Shivani Gupta has shown that bravery and courage is not just about spectacular physical actions but about the triumph of the spirit. While transforming her own life, Shivani has transformed the lives of all who came in touch with her.

Pune-based Ms. Mangala Patil is a good example of a single woman who has overcome social and economic adversity to contribute to her community as a motivator as well as a facilitator. Mangala faced several hardships and terrible situations at her husband and in-laws' place. Her husband finally deserted her. At that time, she had two children who were studying. Confronted with penury and an uncertain future, Mangala faced the situation with determination and fortitude. She went in for training to qualify herself for teaching pre-primary children and joined the Jagruti Seva Sanstha in 1992

Today, she is spearheading the work of Jagruti in diverse fields such as healthcare, vocational training and education. Realising that financial independence is very important if a woman has to live a happy life,

Mangala has been instrumental in motivating young girls and women to become self-sufficient by attending various income generating courses. In the community, she has been in the forefront in helping married woman who are abused by their husbands … including registering cases with the police. She has also been successful in diffusing tensions between two communities where she lives. Mangala embodies the true spirit of Neerja and has become a pillar of strength in her community.

On September 10, the Neerja Bhanot Pan Am Trust is also organising an inter-collegiate debate and an on-the-spot painting competition for school children. The first prize in the debate is Rs. 10,000 while the first prize in the painting competition is Rs, 5000. There are a number of other attractive cash prizes.



Movement for overall development of students
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

3 levels of award

The award will be presented at three levels:

Bronze level: A student having regularly participated in all 12 pursuits of excellence as per the prescribed levels of participation throughout the year will be awarded the VISTAS (Bbronze).

Silver level: A bronze level recipient on continued and sustained participation for the second academic year will be awarded the silver level.

Gold level: A silver level recipient who continues the pursuits for the third year will be awarded the gold level.

HET programme directors at every centre will devise specified activities for bronze, silver, gold-level awards.

Chandigarh, August 31
After years of thinking and conceptualising, the Himalayan Environment Trust (HET) has launched a worldwide movement for an overall development of school students.

Under the patronage of Edmund Hillary and chairmanship of Padma Bhushan Capt M.S. Kohli, the trust has announced a novel Vivekenanda International Students Training Award Scheme (VISTAS) which aims to encourage multifarious development of school students, besides creating among them a heightened awareness about the fragile Himalayan environment.

A brainchild of Capt M.S. Kohli (retd), who led the historic Indian Everest Expedition in 1965 which set up a world record by putting nine climbers on the summit, VISTAS aims at promoting value-based integrated education through registered schools in India and abroad. Based on some successful methods that use adventure as part of the education programme, the scheme was formally launched in London on March 26 this year.

A unique scheme, VISTAS will expose students of the world to the problems of Himalayan environment by integrating the Himalayan aspect with their allround development. The scheme's main objective is to tap children in the past five years of their school and encourage them to take to adventure as a means of overall development.

Conceived several years of experience, VISTAS takes into account positive contributions made by leading organisations of the world in the field of personal development.

However, it goes further to cover a larger number of students. The scheme will be awarded to students between 12 and 17 (last five years of school) who on an annual basis would achieve excellence throughout the year in the areas of academics, physical fitness, sports, extracurricular activities, sports, technology, yoga, meditation, power of faith and character, community service, Himalayan environment, leadership qualities, team spirit, mental endurance and self confidence.

Of these areas of pursuit, the first eight can be developed in the school and the last four by exposure to adventure through the registered adventure centres which HET recognises. Heads of schools will be required to devise their educational programme to provide the opportunity to the students to regularly participate in the aforesaid activities.

Interestingly, VISTAS stresses regular participation of students. During their adventure camps, participating schools will have to ensure that students spend seven days annually in a camp organised by an adventure centre recognized by HET.

The head of such a centre will then certify that during those seven days such adventure activities were conducted in the centre as would help students imbibe qualities of leadership, team spirit, mental endurance and self confidence among students.



PU law student held for 20 cases of theft
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 31
The Chandigarh Police has arrested a law student involved in around 20 cases of theft in Chandigarh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. The accused had escaped from the custody of the Amritsar police.

Mandeep Singh was produced before mediapersons here today where he said he took to crime after being “falsely” booked in a theft case on the complaint of a travel agent, who refused to return his Rs 6 lakh given for going abroad.

Mandeep said he had given the amount to the travel agent for a visa to go abroad. When the agent neither sent him abroad nor returned his money, he took away the agent’s car. He had been declared a proclaimed offender.

He used to steal old cars, as they were easier to unlock. His modus operandi was to take the impression of the car lock by inserting a metal key into the keyhole. He would then make a duplicate key with his tools and open the vehicle. He had started stealing mobile phones lately, as these were convenient to sell in the market. The police said at least 50 mobiles were expected to be recovered from his possession. The arrest was made on August 30 and the police disclosed it today.

According to the police, Mandeep Singh, a resident of Ramdas village, Amritsar, was apprehended by a police party from Sector 7 market. Working on a tip-off, the police party caught the youth while he was in a stolen Maruti van (CH-01-L-1110). The number was found out to be fake after verification. The original number of the van is CH-01-L-1116. A case of theft had been registered at Sector 11 police station on October 18, 2003 in this regard. The police said it recovered six mobile phones, 23 duplicate keys of different vehicles, one plier and two files used as tools to make duplicate keys from the vehicle. It also found a registration certificate of a stolen Maruti car (DL-1-CE-2285), about which a case of theft had been filed in Sector 11 police station on August 18, 2004.

The police informed that Mandeep had escaped from the custody of the Punjab police from the District Courts, Amritsar, and a case had also been registered against him in this regard at the Civil Lines police station, Amritsar, in April, 2004.

During interrogation, he further admitted that he along with his accomplice Sukhjinder, a native of his village, had stolen a car from Panjab University, an Esteem car from Anandpur Sahib, and a Maruti car from Mandi (Himachal Pradesh). The police is yet to recover the stolen property.

Mandeep said he had also stolen mobile phones and electronic goods from shops in Jalandhar, Anandpur Sahib and Pathankot.

Interestingly, Mandeep is a graduate and a law student of Panjab University. He was in the habit of taking drugs and since he could not meet his expenses, being unemployed, he took to stealing.



Prof Ramarao takes over as NIPER chief
Our Correspondent

Prof P. Ramarao (sitting) takes over as the Director of the National Institute of
Prof P. Ramarao (sitting) takes over as the Director of the National Institute of 
Pharmaceutical Education and Research from Dr C.L. Kaul at Sector 67, Mohali, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Mohali, August 31
Prof P. Ramarao, Head, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), took over as Director of the institute from the Director, Dr C.L. Kaul, here today.

After taking over the charge, Prof Ramarao told mediapersons that he would take steps to sustain growth and take the institution to new heights. He said the activities would be strengthened further and efforts made to raise the institute’s standard to the international level.

He said objectives of NIPER had been clearly laid down. All efforts would be made to move further the projects that had been started.

After relinquishing charge, Dr Kaul told mediapersons that he was happy that he had completed a decade in serving the institution. He said NIPER had become a reality after more than four decades of its conception. When he took over, the area was totally barren with no structures as such. There was no infrastructure either.

He said: “We started to build the institute from the guest house, which was the only building at that time. During the decade, NIPER had to face many setbacks and problems in respect of money and recognition. However, the progress of the institute was faster than expected. “We have been proactive in our approaches,” he said.

He said one of the major objectives of the institute was to provide human resource of high calibre to the academia, industry and regulatory bodies not only within the country, but in other countries as well.

This had become all the more important because of the changing world scenario in the pharmaceutical field and the consequent need for re-designing national perspectives.

He said NIPER was proud of providing training to people whether they were teachers, scientists or from the industry. These programmes were run for people not only from India but foreign countries as well.

Collaboration with Indian industries was needed to meet the global challenges, he said.

Prof Ramarao completed his pharmacy education (B. Pharm and M. Pharm) from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, in 1979 and worked for a short period in Analytical Testing Services, New Delhi.

He joined his alma mater in 1980 as lecturer and obtained his Ph.D. in the year 1986. Subsequently, during 1987-1990, Prof Ramarao worked in the Department of Pharmacodynamics, College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago and Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Prof Ramarao on his return joined as Reader in pharmacology at his parent department. While working at this department, he was offered UGC Career Development Award in 1995 (which he did not avail) and opted to join NIPER to establish the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Dr Ramarao’s research interests are determination of the cause and effect relationship of diabetic complications, especially hypertension, inhibition of opioid tolerance and dependence and G-protein coupled receptor characterisation and their transmembrane signal mechanisms.

He has guided over 25 graduate and five doctoral students and published more than 70 research publications.



De-mining deaths: Panel seeks fresh probe
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
Terming the loss of lives during the Army's mining operations under Operation Parakram as "avoidable", the Parliamentary Committee on Defence has sought afresh probe into the accidents and has called for fixing responsibility for use of outdated equipment and violation of safety procedures. It has also rapped the Defence Ministry over inadequate safety equipment for troops engaged in low intensity conflict.

"The committee is shocked to note that outdated and defective stock of mines with unworkable fuses were put to use during Operation Parakram, resulting in a large number of casualties during mining and de-mining operations," the committee, in its first report laid in Parliament a few days ago, noted.

During the period of Operation Parakram, India's year-long military posture against Pakistan following the December, 2001, terrorist attack on Parliament, 473 Army personnel were killed and 1,401 were wounded. This included 60 being killed and 142 being wounded in mine laying and de-mining operations along the international border. Heavy losses were also suffered in low intensity conflict in Jammu and Kashmir.

"The committee feels that these casualties were entirely avoidable if duly validated mines were used and the required procedures with adequate safety measures were followed," the report said.

The Ministry of Defence had stated before the committee that the reason for casualties was that mines were laid manually under adverse climate and terrain conditions.

Stating that the mine accidents should be inquired into afresh and responsibility fixed for the use of outdated mines and disregard of laid down safety procedures, the committee recommended that old and defective stock of mines and fuses be replaced immediately. Further, modern state-of-the-art mines and latest excavation equipment for de-mining during future operations may be procured.

On the high rate of casualties in low intensity conflict, the committee felt that a large number of lives could have been saved if the soldiers were fully equipped with protective gear like helmets, bullet-proof jackets, etc., and provided with night vision devices, communication sets and sensors.

The committee recommended that the best possible equipment be procured for soldiers serving in adverse conditions.



Tributes paid to Beant Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
People from all walks of life thronged the samadhi of former Chief Minister Beant Singh, to pay tributes to the leader on his ninth death anniversary.

A ‘sarv dharam’ prayer meeting was organised at his memorial in Sector 42, here today. On this occasion, Mr Lal Singh, Rural Development and Panchayats, Irrigation and Power Minister, placed a wreath on the samadhi on behalf of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, who could not be present at the venue. Earlier, Mr R.S.Gujral, Home Secretary, UT, laid a wreath on behalf of Prime Minister.

Prominent among those who paid tributes at the memorial were Ms Jaswant Kaur, widow of Mr Beant Singh, and Ms Gurkanwal Kaur (Minister of State) and Beant Singh’s daughter, Mr H.S. Hanspal, President, PPCC, Mr Kewal Krishan, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Education Minister, Mr Hans Raj Josan (Minister of State), Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Joginder Singh Mann, Mr Gurchet Singh Bhullar, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Mr Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Mr Ramesh Dutt Sharma, Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha, Mr Nathu Ram, Mr Gurjant Singh Kuttiwal, Mr Raj Khurana and Mr Ram Lubhaya (all MLAs), Mr B.K.N.Chhibber, former Governor of Punjab, and Mrs Santosh Chaudhary, former MP.

On this occasion, priests of all religions chanted hymns and prayed to Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul. The site of the samadhi was beautified as per the directions of Punjab Chief Minister. 



Admn, lawyers’ gesture to shoeshine boy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
In a unique gesture, the Chandigarh Administration and lawyers of the District Courts have pooled their resources to buy a specially-designed scooter for a physically challenged shoeshine boy, Naresh Kumar.

It will be a dream come true for Naresh, popularly known as Daddu in the courts, when he gets a Kinetic Nova scooter costing over Rs 36,000 in a couple of days. It has been his long-cherished desire to own a Kinetic Nova scooter to commute from his residence in Sector 25 Kumhar Colony to the District Courts, said an advocate, Mr T.S. Sudan, who has been collecting money for the purchase of vehicle.

Daddu, who has been a shining shoes at the court for several years now, had been facing a lot of problems while commuting. He goes from chamber to chamber everyday to earn his livelihood and had never sought alms, remarked an advocate. He is crippled from below the thighs since his childhood.

While Rs 20,000 has come as a grant from the Chandigarh Administration, the remaining amount had been collected from the advocates. After purchasing the vehicle, wheels would be fitted into it to make in disabled-friendly, Mr Sudan added.



Orientation programme for women councillors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
The Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, Panjab University, in collaboration with the state urban development authority and the Local Government will organise a three-day orientation programme for women municipal councillors from Punjab from September 6.

The aim is to empower the councillors to effectively perform their roles as representatives of people in general and women in particular. To make the programme a success, the centre has brought out a training module, “Local action national change” in both English and Punjabi.

While planning developmental projects, gender concerns, especially those of women, are seldom taken into account. The centre hopes to encourage the women councillors to give issues concerning women more significance.

At the end of the programme, the participants will have enhance their awareness and skills and be effective actors in the decision-making process. To conduct these training programmes, the centre launched a two-day ‘training of trainers’ programme today. Ten persons are being trained in various aspects of municipal administration, financial management and gender budgeting, among others.

Experts from the centre, the authority and the Local Government are imparting the training, according to Prof Aruna Goel, Director of the centre.

Seminar: Maintaining that history of terrorist movements in different states had varied reasons for its origin, Mr Pramod Kumar, Director, Institute for Development and Communication, said militancy should not be seen as a short-term phenomenon.

He was speaking at a seminar on “Roots of militancy: Implications for human rights in Punjab” organised by Critique, a students’ discussion forum at Panjab University, on Tuesday. He said militancy had died down in Punjab after it failed to get support from all sections of the Sikh community and was confined to the clergy and the opportunistic section of the Akali identity.

“We need to fight out the different layers of violence by identifying the actors from the state side and the community side. This cannot be done till we expose them publically,” he stated.



Pramaan Patra for Hindi writer Prem Vij
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
This year’s Punjab state award in literature (Pramaan Patra) has been presented to noted Hindi writer Prem Vij, who has seven books to his credit. The award, which was presented to Vij by the Punjab Chief Minister, carries a cash prize of Rs 11,000 besides a gold medal, a commendation certificate and a shawl.

Born in Jalandhar, Vij began writing as a school student. He started with short stories, some of which were even published in the newspapers during those times. As year went by, Vij armed himself academically to pursue his passion.

Till date, he has authored seven Hindi books, covering almost all forms of literature from satire to poetry. Among his literary creations are “Bheed ka Bhoogol” (humour and satire), “Samay gawah hai” (a collection of short stories), “Tange hue prashan” (a collection of short stories), “Dhara ki virudh” (short stories), “Nihathi ladai ladte hue (a compilation of poems), “Mushqil Waqt mein” (poetry) and “Khulte Paridhish (short stories).

Also under publication is another Hindi book of Vij, apart from a book on journalism. Besides this, his short stories have been included as part of the Punjab School Education Board syllabus for Plus One. He has also won the Punjab Language Department’s state-level prize for short stories twice.

Vij’s stories and poems have been included in Punjab ki Adhunik Kavita (a collection of poems) published by Guru Nanak Dev University.



Police inaction alleged in girl slapping case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
In the case of a Class X student of Saraswati School, Dhanas, allegedly trying to commit suicide after being slapped by boys of her class at the instance of the school Principal, the victim’s father, Mr Harcharan Singh, today said the police had failed to take any action against the school authorities.

Mr Harcharan Singh said he had lodged a complaint at the Dhanas police post, but no action had been taken so far. “Instead the police asked me to reach a compromise with the school authorities,” he added.

Talking to The Tribune, he said his daughter was victimised after he objected to anti-social activities of the boys in the school. “My daughter was slapped repeatedly by boys and harassed mentally. Strict action should be taken as per the law,” he demanded.

However, the president of the school management, Mr H.R. Yadav, refuted these allegations. He said after an inquiry into the matter, action had been taken against a teacher. He claimed the school society had felt sorry before the gram panchayat of the village and had promised to provide free education to the girl till Class XII.



Entrepreneurs rue insanitary conditions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
Entrepreneurs of a part of the Industrial Area, Phase I, are a harassed lot on account of the insanitary conditions in the area.

Now fed-up with representations to the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC), the Chamber of the Chandigarh Industries (CCI) has written to the Adviser to the Administrator to set things right.

The slum around the plot nos 209 to 216 has made life of entrepreneurs difficult, alleges Mr Naveen Manglani, CCI general secretary.

And with insanitary conditions ruling the roost, visitors try to avoid the area, inflicting huge losses on the industrialists. Foul smell pervades the area with public toilets and drinking water taps ill-maintained and leaking. The leaking water, in turn, leads to slush in the area.

The running water has badly damaged the road. Wild vegetative growth also makes the area unsafe and lakhs of rupees spent on the purchase of the industrial plots seem to have gone down the drain, rues an industrialist.

The CCI has urged the officials concerned to look into the matter.



Journalists meet IG, submit memo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
A delegation of the Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists (CPUJ) today met Mr Rajesh Kumar, Inspector-General of Police, Chandigarh, regarding the “harassment” of a local journalist Dinesh Goyal. The delegation was led by Mr Vinod Kohli, president of the union. The police chief was told that in spite of various representations no action had yet been taken against the “guilty” police officers.

He was told that Goyal was continuously being “harassed” and a number of new “false” complaints had been lodged against him. A memorandum was also submitted to him. Mr Kumar referred the matter to the SSP, Mr Gaurav Yadav, and advised the delegation to meet him also. Mr Yadav assured the members that he would be looking into the entire matter and action would be taken against the erring officers.

Goyal was illegally detained at the Sector 17 bus stand police post a few days back. The matter has already been brought into the notice of the UT Administrator who has ordered a probe in this regard.



Fire victims’ kin get aid

Chandigarh, August 31
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to give a financial assistance of Rs 50,000 each to the three persons, Sat Pal, Jatinder and Kishore, who died in the recent fire that broke out in Industrial Area on August 26.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Arun Kumar, announced that the amount would be given to next of kin of the deceased. He said all medical help would be extended to those who were injured in the fire. TNS



INLD leader alleges assault
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 31
Mr Ravinder Pator, senior Indian National Lok Dal leader and husband of Zila Parishad President, Ms Shimla Bhatti, was allegedly assaulted by six men in Sector 20 last evening.

In his complaint to the police, Mr Ravinder has alleged that he was going home last year when a tyre of his car got punctured. As he was getting the tyre changed, Mr Jagdish Jaiswal and five others came in a car.

He alleged that the six men, abused him for being associated with INLD, and assaulted him. The police have registered an FIR

Two students assaulted: Two Class X students of New India Public School, Sector 15, were allegedly assaulted by four other boys this afternoon. Rohit Kumar and Rajesh were allegedly assaulted with iron rods by four youth, while they were standing outside Rohit’s house this afternoon. Both of them were taken to General Hospital with injuries on their arms and back, and are stated to be out of danger.

Courier boy arrested: The Economic Offences Wing has arrested a courier delivery boy, Brajesh Kumar in a case of cheating and impersonation. The accused, a resident of Ambala was booked by the police on charges of conspiring with the accused, who had defrauded Bank of Punjab, and duped the bank of Rs 2.65 lakh. He was produced before a local court today, and sent to three days in police custody.

Firm MD booked: The police has booked Rohit Sikka, Managing Director of Global Infolinks , his father Anand Sikka, Shruti Gupta, Manager Administration and Rachna, Manager Processing at Global Infolinks on charges of cheating, fraud, breach of trust and criminal conspiracy.

They have been booked on the directions of a local court. An application was filed against them by Lakhvir Singh, a resident of Bhavanigarh in Sangrur. He had alleged that he had paid Rs 60,000, to the accused for helping him immigrate to New Zealand, but they neither sent him nor returned his money.

Rohit Sikka is still at large. 



Held on kidnap charge
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 31
The police has arrested one person on charges of kidnapping a woman and compelling her into marriage.

According to the police, the arrested person, Umesh Paswan, a resident of Udham Singh Colony in the Phase VIII Industrial Area, was produced in court today and remanded to police custody for four days.

He had kidnapped Meera Devi, a resident of Mohali village, who has been traced by the police. The police said that another person, Chotte Lal, who had kidnapped Saraswati, was yet to be arrested. A case against both persons had been registered under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC in this regard.



Five held for gambling, let off on bail
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 31
The police arrested five persons from different places for gambling, according to a press note issued here today.

Ashok Kumar, a resident of Phase-II, Ram Darbar, and Irshad, a resident of Colony No 4, has been arrested for gambling at public place, from Phase-I, Industrial Area, last night. The police confiscated Rs 1010 from their possession. A case under Sections 13-A, 3, 67 of the Gambling Act has been registered in Industrial Area, Police Station. Later, they were released on bail.

In another incident, Surinder Shah and Bhandari Shah, both resident of Palsora village has been arrested from near Primary School, Palsora village for gambling at a public place on August 30. The police confiscated Rs 152 from their possession, a case under the Gambling Act has been registered. They were later released on bail.

The police arrested Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Dadumajra Colony, from the same locality, for gambling at a public place, yesterday. The accused has been booked under Gambling Act, in Sector 39, police station. The accused was later released on bail.

Car stolen

J.K. Thapar, a resident of Sector 23, reported to the police that his Fait Car (CHM-9202), has been stolen from his residence on August 30, during night.

A case of theft has been registered.

Subash Mahajan, a resident of Sector 40-A, filed a complaint with the police that his Scooty (CH-03-B-2112), has been stolen from his residence, on the night of August 28. The police has registered a case.

One held for theft

The police has arrested a person for stealing Battery of a motorcycle, and registered three other cases of theft in different parts of the city, yesterday.

The police arrested Kulwant Singh, a resident of Sector 29, on a complaint filed by Padam Nabh Singh, a resident of same sector, who caught him while stealing the battery of his motorcycle, on the night of August 29. The police has registered a case of theft against the accused in Industrial Area, police station.

The Mani Majra police has registered a case of burglary on a complaint filed by Jagan Nath, a resident of Mauli Complex, Mani Majra. The complainant reported that the thieves decamped with Rs 4000 and 52 tolas of silver, from his residence, on the night of August 29. The police has registered a case of burglary.

Ashok Sethi, a resident of Sector 21-A, reported to the police that his mobile phone was stolen from the market of Sector 9. The police has registered a case.

Husband booked

The police has registered a case of dowry against Mr Rakesh Kumar Sharma, a resident of Sector 45, on a complaint filed by his wife Ms Parminderjit Sharma, a resident of Phase-7, Mohali, that he harassed her to bring more dowry. A case under Section 406, 498-A, of IPC, has been registered in Sector 34, police station.

Six bottles of whisky seized

The police has arrested Vishal Chauhan, a resident of Janata Colony, Sector 25, for carrying six bottles of whisky illegally.

The police arrested the accused from Sector 25 yesterday and seized six bottles of whisky from his possession. A case under Sections 61, 1, 14 of the Excise Act has been registered. He was later released on bail.

Man held with 2 kg of poppy husk

The crime branch today arrested a Kishangarh resident along with 2 kg of poppy husk in the village on a tip off.

According to the police, Bhagwan Singh was arrested after he showed signs of panic on seeing the police party.

The police registered a case against him under section 15 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.



1 injured as Sumo hits mobike
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 31
One person was seriously injured when a Tata Sumo jeep and a motor cycle collided at PCL Chowk here today.

Mr Rajwinder Singh, a resident of Sector 68, who was riding the motor cycle, was seriously injured. He was reportedly taken to GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh.



Youth succumbs to bullet injuries
Our Correspondent

Lalru, August 31
A youth, who was shot at and thrown along the Kalka-Ambala highway at Gholumajra village on Monday, succumbed to his injuries at the PGI this afternoon. Mr Jarnail Singh, a security guard of an industrial unit, had found the youth with blood smeared clothes lying along the road.

The victim was wearing a black T-shirt and a blue jean. The body has been kept in the PGI mortuary.



PNB to finance all farmers
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 31
The Punjab National Bank (PNB) has decided to finance all farmers, not only eligible ones, as was being done earlier.

This was stated by Mr U.K. Sharma, Senior Regional Manager, PNB, here today. He said the bank had started a new scheme - Kisan Sampuran Yojana - which would bring even defaulters under its network for providing various benefits.

Mr Sharma, who had come to attend the celebrations organised by the Phase VII branch of the bank in connection with the 400th Parkash Gurpurab of Guru Granth Sahib, said earlier sufficient attention was not paid to farm credits. But now disbursements in this regard had been raised by 30 per cent.

He said for giving a boost to farm credits, the bank was organising “kisan goshtis” at all 38 semi-urban and rural branches of the bank in Ropar, Fatehgarh Sahib and Patiala districts. Farmers were made aware of the schemes at such gatherings.

He said through “goshtis”, efforts were made to reach out to every farmer. He said 50 “goshtis” had already been conducted and the bank aimed to hold 100 more such gatherings by the end of September. Students of Gem Public School presented kirtan during the celebrations and langar was served by the bank.



Market pulse
New range of cosmetics
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 31
The K. K. Modi Group unveiled Color Bar, an all-new range of colour cosmetics, today at Sector 10.

This range is specially designed for working women.

The colour bar comprises lipsticks, nailpolish, kajal and compact. 


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