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Robbers injure two of family, loot valuables
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, June 6
A gang of armed robbers struck at a house, injured two members of the family and looted them of valuables and cash worth thousands of rupees at gunpoint in Singhpura village, located along the busy Kalka-Ambala highway near here, late last night.

The muffled robbers who were armed with a country-made pistol, iron rods, batons, sticks and torches, entered the room of the house where Mr Karam Singh and his wife Mrs Balwinder Kaur, a paralytic patient, were asleep.

A part-time property dealer, Mr Karam Singh, opened the door after hearing the knocks at the door at about 1.30 a.m. as they claimed themselves to be on community policing (thikri pehra) in the village.

Six members of the gang entered the room while others stayed outside to guard as Mr Karam Singh opened the door. After entering the room, one of the robbers attacked Mr Karam Singh on his head with a baton causing serious injuries and switched off the bulb of the room.

A robber made him sit on a sofa-set by putting a country made pistol at his temple, snatched gold bangles, rings and watches while another assaulted his ailing wife, unable even to move her limbs including hands, and snatched her gold rings, ear-rings and chain.

Threatening them of dire consequences if they raised an alarm, about five gangsters approached another room of the house where Mr Karam Singh’s son, Mr Jagtar Singh, and his wife, Mrs Kanwaljit Kaur, were asleep with their 8-month-old son. They again knocked on the door and attacked him on his shoulders as he opened the door. Threatening to kill them, the robbers snatched jewellery, including rings, ear-rings and chain that Mrs Kanwaljit Kaur was wearing.

The robbers also ransacked the almirahs after breaking open their locks with the help of an iron rod, claimed Mr Karam Singh. The robbers were bare footed and some of them were wearing underwears and vests, he recalled.

While talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mrs Balwinder Kaur, revealed that the robbers were speaking Hindi and seemed to be familiar with the house as one of them pointed out: “We know that you are possessing enough money which you have to pay as instalment for the new autorickshaw”.

As the robbers fled from the scene, the injured made phone calls to his brother residing adjacent to the Lohgarh police post. Subsequently, police was informed and the injured was taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

Following information, Mr A.S. Rai, SSP of Patiala, along with other senior police personnel reached the scene of the crime. A dog squad and a team of forensic experts were pressed into the service.

Mr Manmohan Kumar Sharma, DSP of Dera Bassi, claimed that the police had rounded up some suspects on the identification by the victims.



Duststorm lashes city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The city and surrounding areas were lashed by a high speed duststorm this afternoon affecting power supply to large parts of the city. Sources in the power sector said tree branches falling on power line snapped power supply.

Work to restore power supply carried on for several hours and it was only close to midnight that supply to the entire city could be restored. Sources said most of the trees branches had fallen on feeders to residential areas. The duststrom reduced visibility to a few metres, forcing motorists to switch on head lights of their vehicles while two wheeler riders blinded by the dust, preferred to stop on the wayside.

Glow signboards put up by shopkeepers came down at several places. In Sector 22, opposite the Kisan Bhavan, a women Mrs H.K. Singh, had a miraculous escape when a glowsign board came down just a few feet away from her car.

The duststorm brought down the temperature having a cooling affect on the city. The weatherman says that the maximum temperature recorded today was 39.4 degrees, which was about four degrees less than the temperature recorded yesterday.

The high speed duststorm lashed the city at around 3 pm, and the high speed winds at 74 kms per hour, forced the power department at Chandigarh to shut down the supply for about 15 minutes as a precautionary measure. Breakdowns occurred as the storm resulted in breaking of branches of trees and snapping of power supply lines. It took almost an hour before the power supply in various sectors could be restored.

In neighbouring Panchkula, the power supply was disrupted for about two hours. An electric pole was uprooted in Industrial Area, while two poles were uprooted in Barwala. It was a pleasant reprieve for city residents, hundreds of whom thronged Sukhna Lake and the Sector 17 shopping centre besides the Rose Garden for a stroll. Ice cream sellers did brisk business.



11-hour suspension of rail traffic on June 11
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The Kalka-Chandigarh—-Ambala railway section will be closed to rail traffic for about 11 hours on June 11 (Sunday) as the railways need to carry out major repairs on two bridges on the section.

The bridge near Lalru on the Ambala-Chandigarh section will remain closed between 11 a.m and 6 pm while the bridge on the Chandigarh - Kalka section will be closed from 7 : 30a.m and 6: 30 p.m. One of these bridges had been damaged by rain on August 3.

The existing tickets of passengers will remain valid and the passengers will be transported from Chandigarh to Ambala or vice-versa on board special AC buses and taxis.

The trains to be affected are the Delhi-Chandigarh- Kalka Himalayan Queen which will terminate at Chandigarh. The Delhi -Chandigarh - Kalka Shatbadi arriving here in the morning will also terminate here.

The special link express of the Paschim Express running between Kalka and Ambala will not run. Thus passengers will board the train at Ambala and will be taken there by the Railways. In the reverse journey also passengers will disembark at Ambala and will be ferried to Chandigarh or Kalka. Sources said the Shatabdi Express leaving from here in the morning will not be affected. Similarly the one leaving in the evening will also leave from here as the Chandigarh Ambala section will open at 6 pm. The Himalayan Queen will also leave but will be delayed as its departure time is 5: 25 pm while the rail track will open later.

The Sadbhavana Express running between Lucknow and Chandigarh may be stopped at Ambala if it does not reach in time. The Jan Shatabdi does not run on Sunday.



Teacher succumbs to injuries
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 6
Mrs Saroj Bala, a teacher in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 42, today succumbed to injuries in Fortis Hospital in Mohali, after she was hit by a car in Mani Majra, yesterday.

Mrs Saroj Bala (51) was on her way back home on her scooter after visiting her mother in Panchkula. A white Maruti car hit her scooter from behind and she fell on the road. Her head banged on the road and she suffered serious head injuries. She was taken to the General Hospital in Sector 6 Panchkula where the doctors referred her to the PGI. Her family members later got her shifted from PGI to the Fortis, where she died this afternoon.

Mrs Saroj Bala is survived by her husband, Jinder Kumar, a son and a daughter. Mr Jinder is a head draftsman in Punjab Public Health Department.

A case of negligent and rash driving causing death was registered against the unidentified car driver. The SHO of the Mani Majra police station said a post-mortem of the victim would be performed tomorrow.



Restaurant owner booked for assault
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 6
After dragging its feet on the registration of a case against the owner of a Sector 8 restaurant-cum-bar and his accomplice, the local police today arrested Jasdeep Singh, alias Nikku. His accomplice, Vini Shourie, a Delhi-based friend is still absconding.

The police arrested Nikku on the charges of causing injuries and criminal intimidation besides beating up a General Manager of a Delhi-based entertainment company during the night of June 1. Nikku was today bailed out by a local court.

Mr Bhupesh Malik, General Manager of a Delhi-based entertainment company, alleged that he was beaten up by Nikku and his accomplices outside Hotel Piccadily, where he was staying with his team of female models. Malik is reportedly supplying dancing models for fashion shows and other entertainment programmes.



Naidu’s absence takes the sheen off BJP meet
Package to check suicides by farmers sought
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The remarks made by BJP president L.K. Advani, during his Pak visit, on M.A. Jinnah cast their shadow on the concluding day of the inter-state kisan sammelan here today with the former BJP president, Mr Venkaiah Naidu, skipping the meet.

Mr Naidu, who was touted to be the star speaker at today's session, could not make it to the venue in the wake of his political engagements following Mr Advani's return to New Delhi from Pakistan, party sources said.

Meanwhile, hundreds of participants, who had gathered to listen to Mr Naidu, were in for a disappointment.

The former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr P.K. Dhumal, proved to a poor alternative and his "Himachal-centric" address failed to enthuse a majority of the participants.

Emphasising the need for farmer unity, Mr Dhumal called upon the farmers to decide the direction of the Indian politics as they comprised about 80 per cent of the total population.

Coming down heavily on the indiscriminate use of chemical fertilisers, Mr Dhumal alleged that the practice had given rise to a number of diseases among the residents in a large number of areas.

Demanding the revival of the river inter-linking project of the NDA Government, the BJP leader asserted that this was the only way to ensure irrigation facilities to over 60 per cent of the agricultural land and make agriculture remunerative.

On the other hand, a charter of demands adopted at the two-day meeting urged the Central Government to make banking system "farmer-friendly" so that the debt-ridden farmers were not forced to commit suicides.

A special package should be announced for the farmers of Andhra Pradesh, Maharastra, Punjab and Karnataka and other states where the suicide rate was higher, it said demanding the setting up of a task force for this purpose.

The charter demanded the introduction of the crop insurance scheme under which every acre of land should be considered as a separate unit.

The meeting also decided to observe the year 2005 as the "kisan sangarsh varsh" and bring out "black paper" in August on the sorry state of country’s agriculture. A “kisan sangarsh yatra” would be taken out in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Himachal, Punjab, Haryana, Rajastan and Gujarat from October 2 to 31, the charter added.



City has over 3,200 prostitutes!

Chandigarh, June 6
Chandigarh has over 3,200 female sex workers, says a survey, but the police claims to have little or no idea about it.

A recent survey by the State AIDS Control Society has found that 3,224 females are engaged in prostitution in the city.

The figure has come as a surprise to the police officials, who claim they have been strictly monitoring prostitution in the 114 sq km city.

Though police officials claim they had arrested several prostitutes in the past few years, the survey shows that sex trade is thriving.

“If the police say they are ignorant of the sex trade, they are feigning it.

“We get many female customers seeking medicines for sex-related diseases that are possible only if they have multiple partners,” says a leading chemist in the city’s Sector 16 area.

“Sex workers usually avoid qualified doctors.” Unlike metros like New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, Chandigarh — which was a population of over 9,10,000 — has no designated area for brothels area for brothels to be run.

“Most of the trade is being run clandestinely by pimps through their network,” a leading city hotelier, who claimed to know several such ‘contacts’, told IANS.

The survey is unlikely to have covered all prostitutes operating in the city and its two satellite towns of Panchkula and Mohali.

“Many girls operate from these two towns and other nearby areas of Chandigarh. Others come from smaller cities and towns in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. They would not have been covered in the survey,” says a police inspector.

According to him, the number of female sex workers could be up to three times the survey figures.

Over half the sex workers are believed to be operating from the city’s ever-expanding slums that have a population of over 3,00,000. Most people in these slums are migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

The survey was done to map drug users in the city and monitor their activities. The comprehensive mapping revealed that around 1,670 persons were taking drugs regularly. — IANS



1,671 addicts using syringes in city: survey
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The Chandigarh Administration has carried out a thorough survey of drug users and sketched a comprehensive mapping of people addicted to drugs.

According to the survey, there are 1,671 drug users that use syringes in the city. The survey further revealed that 3,224 female sex workers and 181 homosexuals were present in the city.

The trend indicated by the survey reflected at the prevalence of HIV among 4.8 per cent of injecting drug users, 0.8 per cent female commercial sex workers, 1.3 per cent homosexuals and 1.8 per cent STD patients.

Commenting on the report, the administration said it was undertaking several awareness building programmes to help the addicted youth fight the menace and also organising de-addiction camps throughout the city.

Extensive mental health programme was being carried out and separate beds were being provided in the PGI, the GMCH-32 and Mani Majra for patients undergoing de-addiction.

Drug addicts or patients with psychiatric ailments who reported in the psychiatry OPD were being admitted to the medicine ward in case the patient required admission.

Similarly, the Department of Psychiatry in GMCH-32 was running community de-addiction centres at Palsora, Maloya, Daddu Majra and Khuda Ali Sher village.

The department was also organising community de-addiction camps of seven to 10 day duration as per the requirement.

A large number of patients were availing of the facility of consultation and other medical assistance in these community centres, according to the administration.

Meanwhile, the administration is strongly representing its case to the Central Government for creation of necessary posts to ensure that the de-addiction centre at GMCH got fully operational.

Besides once the ongoing construction work at the GMCH was completed, the department would be shifted from College Sarai building to the hospital building. It would pave the way for making the new drug de-addiction centre fully operational.



Chandigarh Calling

The summer scene in the city is certainly drab what with mercury rising up to the formidable forties. During daytime the roads are deserted for encountering the June sun is no easy task. Those who must go out rap themselves carefully for feat of sunstroke and sunburn. Thoughtful folks have placed earthen pitchers at various spots in the city to quench the thirst of people. Come evening, and people summon the courage to come out. So these days the city is literally waits until dark to come alive.

Nature parks

To educate the public, a project, Nature Discovery, was started in 2002 on the campus of the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) Asia Centre, Sector 12, Chandigarh. The CYP and the Environment Society of India (ESI), an NGO launched the project, first of its kind in India, jointly. Under the project, a lotus pond, a cactus garden, an herbal park, a duck pond, etc, were set up. Similarly, the ESI has developed a nature park in Sector 26. Every Saturday students of various schools are taken to these parks so that they can understand the importance of biodiversity. Now various organisations and institutes are seeking ESI’s guidance free of cost to set up ponds in their complexes. The SSP, Panchkula, has requested the ESI to set up a lotus pond in the Police Lines, Panchkula. Similarly, the Chief Architect of Chandigarh has asked the ESI to desilt two ponds on the campus of Government Museum.

Love in Apni Mandi

There is no stopping the lovebirds, forever on an innovative mission. Discarding the old, predictable meeting places like parks, restaurants and temples; they are now inventing better spaces for romance. Apni Mandis are the latest in the line. The best concentration of cupid struck couples is at the Apni Mandi, held every Saturday in Sector 33. Here the crowd is suave and daring enough to slip out of their parents’ shadows to steal those few precious moments of love. The other day, a girl vanished from the scene while her mother was busy buying vegetables. Engrossed in conversation with her beau, she lost all sense of time, so much so that she failed to turn up until her mother raised an alarm in the mandi. What followed was a scene straight out of a masala Bollywood flick - the vegetable vendors, the tea vendors, the visitors to the mandi and the hapless mother were all running around the area, searching for the missing girl. The daughter, too busy to care, was oblivious of the drama and its serious consequences. She was finally traced to the darkest corner of the mandi. Her romantic encounter ended rather unromantically!

Innovative fare

Old man Gulab Singh is one of the old timers in the city’s channa kulcha business. Riding his rickety cycle with a large brass pot of boiled channas, handle bars weighed down by packets of freshly made kulchas, Gulab Singh has been moseying up and down the streets salving hunger pangs for years. On Friday, this wizened old man had an unhappy start to his day. Startled by an errant rehrha wallah, Gulab Singh’s freshly simmering pot of channas came cascading to the ground. As the cars whizzed around him in the, Gulab Singh, struggled on all fours gathering the now ruined channas with his bare hands - the whole day’s meagre earnings wrecked. However, unfazed by this terrible twist of fate, Gulab Singh proceeded to make masala kulchas rolls with the chopped up onions and tomatoes left over! Sometimes, life makes for the best inventions - the rolls were delicious!

Smart kids

Two smart schoolgirls decided to make the most of their summer holidays by having fun and also making some pin money along the way. So Tripti Singh and Kavya Ghai, Class IX students of Vivek High, Chandigarh, and Mayo Girls, Ajmer respectively, organised a weeklong Koala Cubs Club for children in the age group of three to ten. The club involved teaching a dozen young ones mask making, card making, clay modelling, mosaics and wall décor. Besides, horse riding was also arranged under professional supervision. Kids are certainly getting enterprising.

Ladies only

To the surprise of a young girl who had gone to get the train reservations done for a family vacation, the so-called ladies queue was only for the ladies who were travelling themselves. They could not get it done for others. Don’t the men get the reservations done for others, how come the same rule does not apply to them? Why not do away with the queue altogether, why have this tokenism that is of no use practically.

Designs on clothes

Imagine the surprise of a fashion designer who held an exhibition at a local hotel last year when she found some of her creations vanishing after they were tried for fitting. She could never have figured out the reason for the disappearance, if she had not caught a sassily dressed, obviously well heeled customer, thrusting a dress into her shopping bag. After she was politely told that she had forgotten to pay for the item, the woman sheepishly took out the money. This year, the same designer decided to equip herself against customers who had designs on her clothes. She requested two of her friends to sit in guard and promised to give then some of her creations. “It is certainly better than having them swiped.” The friends on their part played security guard with zest because of the incentive.

Mall mania

Mall mania seems to be striking the city in a big way and the existing shopping centres may be deserted in favour of the malls offering a complete shopping experience in air-conditioned comfort a la metropolis. The Fun Republic at Mani Majra relies mostly on movies and food but the malls being constructed at Panchkula and Kharar are promising much more. How the people of the city will take to these malls is yet to be seen. 

Luscious litchis

A happy sight for sun-scorched eyes are bunches of litchis being sold in the city streets. Tribune photographer Karam Singh trained his camera on bunches of the inviting fruit that gives moments of bliss to parched throats. Most of the litchis sold here come all the way from Dehra Dun for so say the hawkers. However, many locals too boast of a well-tended litchi tree or two in their garden. This fruit has a short season but a taste of it can be had all year round in squashes, juices and jams.

Brawny best

The MTV Roadies audition in the city played host to the brawny best of the city and its neighbouring towns! Sweat drenched boys, with colourful bandanas tied on their head and sporting the tightest ganjis to show off their impeccable muscles, wrestled for space and attention popping brazen quotes in a bid to get selected. Earlier, 20- year- old Sunny, living in Ludhiana and in his final year at college, went to Delhi for the selection round. A freak accident in a three-wheeler resulted in disappointment. This time Sunny decided not to take any chances, giving up his final year physics paper, Sunny traipsed into Chandigarh tight jeans, bandaged wrist et all determined to be THE biker MTV is looking for. “I am what this show needs and wants.” Everything chalta hai for this young boy whose dreams of tasting the sweet strawberries of fame!


Written on the rear of a car: “Hell-bound. Any takers?”

— Sentinel



Travelling miles for what they can ‘Net’ at home
Panjab University’s online-form initiative going waste
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
Panjab University, it seems, can’t wish away long queues of admission-seekers on the campus. At least not this admission season. Though these are early days yet as far as the take-off for admissions at PU is concerned, queues are there to stay.

The applicants are not aware that beginning this year, the university has turned a new leaf. It has made admission forms for all courses available on its website. Call it lack of publicity or information, the fact remains that students are still frequenting the campus to buy admission forms rather than downloading these from the website — www.puchd.ac.in.

Introduced after the Senate approved online forms availability at its last meeting held in March, the forms were supposed to reduce harassment of standing in serpentine queues for hours at the peak of the admission season. It was also decided that the applicants would be charged for the downloaded form at the time of submitting it.

Though forms for course in over 60 departments, including the subjects of engineering, science, commerce and humanities, have been made available on the Internet since June 1, students maintained they were unaware of the facility that could have spared them the trouble of travelling long distances.

With admissions still a long time off, there are still many outstation students awaiting their turn to buy forms. “I was not aware of the availability of admission forms on the Net. I came all the way from Amritsar only to buy the form. I have especially come early in the month to avoid the unmanageable crowds that flock the campus in the last fortnight or so”, says Amandeep who is interested in admission to the Sociology Department.

Sandeep Singh has come all the way from Hisar to buy an admission form for his sister, not knowing that it was available on the Internet. “I have come all the way for these admission forms not only for my sister, but her friends as well. It would have been much more convenient to sit in the comfort of my house and download it. The university should at least give an advertisement to make this student friendly decision known to people. At least it will be of help to others if not me,” he stated.

The students complained that taking a decision at a meeting is not merely if the university is striving to be student friendly. Rather, they maintained, it is more important to publicise what the university is providing to its students.



Schedule for centralised admissions to Class XI finalised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The UT Education Department today finalised the schedule for centralised admissions to Class XI of senior secondary government schools in the city. The sale of prospectus for science, humanities, commerce and vocational studies courses will begin from June 10 and the last date for submission of the forms will be June 27.

The prospectus would be available at four centres, government model senior secondary schools of Sectors 23, 33, 40 and Mani Majra Complex. These can be submitted only at GMSSS-23, where the counselling of candidates will take place.

Admissions will begin from July 4 and conclude on July 20. Two days, July 15 and 20, have been earmarked for candidates who get pass marks or are unable to make it to the venue on their assigned day of counselling. The first day of admissions will, as usual, be reserved for different categories of students.

Admissions of physically challenged students, sports persons, ward of defence and paramilitary persons and freedom fighters' children and grandchildren will be held at 8.30 a.m., while that of the SC students will have to appear for counselling at 10.30 a.m.

It is likely to be tough fight for students seeking admission to science and commerce stream as usual. The cut-off percentage in the top government schools of the city, GMSSS-16, GMSSS-33, GMSSS-35 and GMSSS-37, hovered around 85 per cent and in 70s, respectively. These schools are expected to receive forms four to eight times the number of seats available.

Last year, at GMSSS-16, admissions to the science stream closed at 86.8 per cent in science and 77.8 per cent in commerce stream. At GMSSS-33, the cut-off in the science stream was 80, while at GMSSS-35 it was 87.8 in science and 75.8 for commerce stream. Last year's cut-off percentage for GMSSS-37 was 84.2, while a numbers of schools closed admission to the science students at 70 per cent.

The centralised admission schedule is as follows:



College Call
SD College to shut doors on low scorers
Swarleen Kaur

Chandigarh, June 6
Goswami Ganesh Dutta Santan Dharma College (GGDSD), Sector 32, has decided to say no to students who have scored anything less than 50 per cent in their Class XII examination for admission to BA I from this session.

The college Principal, Dr A.C. Vaid, says, “This time we will not admit students who have scored less marks 50 per cent in arts stream and less than 60 per cent in science stream (for both medical and non-medical) for graduate courses.”

For local students, the cut-off percentage for B.Com with mathematics will be higher as compared to last year, while outsiders will be given some relaxation.

Last year, the cut-off percentage for city students was 82.4 per cent, while it was 88.6 per cent for the students who had completed their school education from outside UT.

Meritorious students belonging to economically weaker sections will get scholarships to the tune of Rs 10 lakh. Students who have scored 90 per cent and above will also get scholarships.

The college is offering postgraduate courses, including MSc (bio-informatics), MSc (bio-technology) MSc (information technology), MCom and master’s degrees in business and economics.

In undergraduate courses, it has BCom (honours) in e-commerce, financial accounting and economics, BCom, BSc, BA (honours) in English, Hindi and other subjects and BA.

It is also offering four vocational courses in BA. There are BA in advertising, sales promotion and sales management, BA in communicative English, BA in computer applications and BA in information technology.

In professional courses, it is offering BCA, BBA, BSc (honours), bio-technology, BSc (honours) in bio-informatics. Besides, it is offering 13 add-on courses, including cosmetology, tourism and travel, computer applications, advertising sales and management, information technology and insurance business. In all, the college is offering 55 courses.

The college provides a free package for the final year students for preparing them for jobs.

The college actively participates in co-curricular activities and has won many awards. The college has been a champion in wrestling from the past 25 years. It has also been champion in lawn tennis, judo and squash.

The strength of the college is 2,700. It has hostel facility for 225 boys and 100 girls.

Established in 1973, the college has a campus spread over 16.5 acre. It incorporates library-cum-IT block, science block, 30 laboratories. As many as 150 networked computers, with printer and the Internet facility are available. Canteens, juice shop, cyber cafe, are other facilities available. It has allotted 34 rooms to teachers who will be given the Internet facility for research work.

Availability of prospectus June 1

Price Rs 250

Last date of submission June 25

Display of merit list June 26

Normal admission July 4

New courses from this academic session:

Master’s in business and economics 30 seats

MSc in biotechnology 30 seats

Add-on courses:

Sanskrit, industrial microbiology, water management, fashion designing.



Prospectus of govt colleges released
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 6
Mr D.S. Mangat, P.C.S. DPI (Colleges), U.T., Chandigarh released the copy of the common prospectus today for all four Government Colleges of Chandigarh which are Government College, Sector 11, Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Government College for Girls, Sector 42, and Government College, Sector 46.

The prospectus priced at only Rs 50/- contains exhaustive information about admission schedule, eligibility, number of seats, details of courses offered and facilities available to students. In all 26,000 copies have been published. The common prospectus committee comprised Mr Pahlad Aggarwal, Principal, GC-11, Chandigarh, who was chairman, and Mr Bhupinder Singh, senior lecturer, GC-11, the convener. Principal Manjit Kalra, Principal of GCG-11, Dr A.N. Garg, Principal, GC-46 and Dr (Mrs) Upinder Mehra, Principal, GCG-42 were the other members. Mr Jasbir Singh and Dr Prem Sagar of GC-46 also contributed towards preparing the final draft of the common prospectus. The prospectus can also be downloaded from Chandigarh Administration web site: http://chandigarh.nic.in



Biotechnology is the buzzword these days
Neelam Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
If IT was the buzzword in the city colleges a couple of years ago, bio- technology is creating a similar stir this year. Already being offered in the two city colleges - GGDSD College Sector 32 and GCG Sector 42 ( as an elective subject), DAV College Sector 10 and Government College Sector 11 are going to start the course this session.

“There is a great demand for the B.Sc Biotechnology this year. We have realised this and applied for the course,’’ says Principal of Government College, Sector 11, Dr Pahlad Aggarwal, hoping that the Panjab university syndicate at its meeting on June 18 would give its nod for the starting of the course.

Equally popular are the add on and diploma course in journalism, video reporting and mass communication, which some colleges in the city are going to start this session.

“Over the years, students are demanding those courses which can give them immediate placements. Likewise, we are starting the add-on courses in cosmetology and beauty care, video reporting and communication English this session. Along with their regular graduation, they now have a variety of courses to hone the skills, ‘’ says Principal of the MCM DAV College, Dr Puneet Bedi.

Supporter of the innovative courses that are offered every session to the city students, Principal of GGDSD College, Sector 32, Dr A.C. Vaid, says that in most cases the college itself has drafted the syllabus and got it approved from the UGC to meet the demand of the students. “Whenever we start any new course, the idea is to cater to the demand of the students. Taking the interest of the students into consideration, we had started a mass communication diploma last year. However this year, courses in biotechnology and information technology are on anvil. In addition, there are first time courses in tourism and travel management which no other college is offering so far,’’ he says.

AT GCG Sector 11, the college is going to start M. Com for girls this session, after getting PU’s approval and GC Sector 11 is going to revive BBA which was stalled last session.

A glance at some new courses in various city colleges

1. B Sc (Biotechnology)—- GC Sector 11, DAV Sector 10,

2. B Sc (Biotech) honours - GGDSD College, Sector 32

3. Add on courses in video reporting and journalism: MCM DAV Sector 36, DAV college Sector 10 and GC Sector 11

4. B.Sc Industrial Chemistry and B.Sc Information Tech : GGDSD College-32; Add on course in Industrial chemistry, pathological lac tech-DAV Sector 10.

5. Master of Business Economics, M.Sc (Biotech) and M Sc (Bioinformatics)- GGDSD College.

A studio at GC Sector 11

Ready to offer its courses in video reporting and journalism, Government College, Sector 11 has come up with its own studio this session. The studio will be utilised to teach students the skills of camera handling and video editing. ``We have one camera in the studio and have sent in a request for another camera which we hope will be given,” says Principal Aggarwal.



Shell out more for admissions
Swarleen Kaur

Chandigarh, June 6
Planning to study in a private college of the city? Then, get ready to shell out some extra amount for under-graduate and various other courses. While government colleges of the city are charging Rs 6465 per year for BA, DAV College, Sector 10, tops the list by charging Rs 11,000 for the same course. MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, is comes second at Rs 10,060. Close to MCM is Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26 (GGSCW-26) where one has to pay Rs 10,000 annually. GGDSD College, Sector 32 and Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26 will charge you Rs 8500. Dev Samaj College, Sector 45 has put it at Rs 6980.

A study of the fee structures for various courses shows that while in Government colleges one has to give Rs 8,205 for B. Sc (medical) and for non medical it is Rs 7,725. For B.Com one has to shell out Rs 6,465 and BCA will cost Rs 21,465. For BBA it is Rs 10,215 and M.Sc (IT) It is Rs 31,535.

DAV College will charge Rs 12,000 for B Sc medical and non medical. For B. Com one has to spend Rs 11,000 while for BCA one has to shell out Rs 25,000. M.Com will cost Rs 11000 and M.Sc Rs 35,000. For BBA one has to pay Rs 13,000.

In MCM you have to pay Rs 11,860 for B.Sc medical and for non medical it is Rs 11,260. For B.Com it is Rs 10,060 and for BCA it is Rs 23,725. For M Sc (IT ) one has to shell out Rs 34,225 while M A in Hindi, English and Sociology will cost Rs 11,030.

GGDSD charges Rs 8800 for B.Sc medical and for non medical it amounts to Rs 9500. For B.Com one has to spend Rs 8500 while for BCA it is Rs 21,000. For BBA it amounts to Rs 12,000. For M.Sc IT one has to shell out Rs 31,000 while for M.Com it is Rs 15,000.

At SGGS-26 one has to shell out Rs 8500 for B. Com, B.Sc medical and non medical. For BCA it is Rs 20,000 while M.Sc (IT) it amounts to Rs 30,000

In B.Com a student need to pay Rs 10,000 at GGSCW-26. BCA will cost you Rs 22,000. M.Sc IT is at Rs 32,000 while the M.Com charges are 11,500. B.Com will cost you Rs 7780 at Dev Samaj College, Sector 45. For BCA fee amounts to Rs 24,395.





Problem of plenty
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
With plethora of courses offered by colleges and university, there is ample chance that the students may be stumped.

For instance, B.Sc biotechnology and B.Sc biotechnology (elective subject) being offered by the GCG, Sector 42, carry the same name in the prospectus. It has been left to the students to distinguish between the two.

Similar is the fate of the students of B.Sc computer sciences and BSc computer science (honours), both offered by PU. While students of honours course are eligible for M.Sc computer science, along with the BCA students, but the B.Sc computer science students are not.



BDS course at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
Hundred seats in the Bachelor of Dental Sciences (BDS) course at Dr Harvansh Singh Judge College of Dental Sciences at Panjab University is the biggest bonanza that the university offers the students the coming session.

With no dental college in the city till date, PU’s BDS course, expected to start on October 1, promises to provide a good option for the pre-medical colleges of the city and nearby areas.

Apart from the BDS, the university is also starting MA in women studies at the Centre for Women Studies on the campus. The centre is already offering diploma and MPhil courses to the students in the respective subjects.

PU’s academic council has given nod for 30 seats in the MA course. The council has already approved the BA integrated course in social sciences.



PU interviews for BDS faculty
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
Panjab University is holding the interviews for the faculty and non-faculty position in the Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences in July.

While the interviews for the faculty positions for teaching the Bachelor of Dental Sciences (BDS) students would be held on July 9, the interviews for the non-faculty staff were scheduled for July 10. Interview letters to the short listed candidates in the first week of July and the list of such candidates would be available with the Deputy Registrar (Establishment) at telephone 2541138.



Compromise formula between Administration,
Chandigarh Club in final stage
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The compromise formula between the Chandigarh Club and Chandigarh Administration is in its final stage. The club has sought for modifications in the procedure of implementing the compromise and that will be done once the Punjab and Haryana High Court reopens after its summer break.

The Chandigarh Club wants that its lease renewal and the payment of arrears to the tune of Rs 1.15 crore be done simultaneously. The matter of arrears of the Chandigarh Club has been pending since 1982 with the Chandigarh Administration demanding more than Rs 3 crore as arrears. The club has contested this, as the figure of Rs 1.08 lakh monthly rental was arrived at in the compromise formula.

Even as this is being sorted out, the club has requested the administration to speed up the preparation of a draft for the lease renewal. In the last hearing in court on May 31, the Chandigarh Administration stated that the lease deed would be finalised after the legal experts at the Estate Office went through it. The administration told the court that it was ready to abide by the undertaking to complete the lease deed within seven days from the date when the drafts would be handed over by the Chandigarh Club for encashment.

Protecting its interest, the club has said the administration will be asked to encash the draft only after the lease deed is executed. For the time being, the club has withheld Rs 1.15 crore bank draft, it had made saying it will have to read the lease deed first.

The president of the club, Mr Mukesh Bassi, said he was hopeful of the final settlement soon and this would end the controversy of lease payments.



HUDA neglecting Sec 25, allege residents
Tribune News Service

A view of undulating land and wild growth in Sector 25, Panchkula.
A view of undulating land and wild growth in Sector 25, Panchkula. — A Tribune photograph.

Panchkula, June 6
Residents of Sector 25 here have accused the local administration of meting out a stepmotherly treatment towards the development and beautification of the sector.

They allege that though the residents were allotted plots here almost six years ago, little efforts have been made by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) for its proper development. Large tracts of land in the sector, including the proposed recreation zone for Panchkula extension, remains an undulating land with wild growth all over.

“This inspite the fact that we have paid three major price enhancements, and a new revised enhancement has again been announced,” complains a resident, Mr S.S. Gill. He says a new bridge needs to be provided across the Ghaggar to have a separate link road to Sector 25.

They rue that there is no direct entry to this sector from the new Ghaggar bridge, as the proposed four lane Sector 24- 25 road divider has suddenly been terminated. From the National Highway 73 side, a proper entry to the sector with a rotary and slip road should be provided in order to avoid accidents. A service road should be provided along the National Highway, as is normally done in case of residential sectors falling along the highways, says Mr Gill. The residents have demanded that HUDA/ public utility land in the sector should be developed. Though there is a government dispensary, but the staff is inadequate.

The residents have also demanded a better local bus connectivity of sectors across the Ghaggar. They have demanded that a bus queue shelter be set up near Sector 25 and parks in the sector be developed after these are cleared of weeds and other wild growth.



Santosh Chaudhary to hear grievances
of safai karamcharis

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 6
The chairperson of the National Commission of Safai Karamcharis, Ms Santosh Chaudhary will visit Panchkula on Tuesday to discuss the alleged unjust removal of hutments of safai karamcharis of the Sri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board by the administration.

The issue was brought to light before the commission by the Mansa Devi Complex Councillor, Ms Renuka Rai Walia. Following her intervention, the commission has decided to hear the grievances of the karamcharis and take up the matter with the administration.

The karamcharis had alleged that their hutments were forcibly removed on May 18 by the Enforcement Wing of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). They alleged that they had been staying here for the past many years and had even been issued ration cards, voter cards, telephone connections and power connections.

They allege that no notice was given to them and that they were paying rent to the shrine board , and were thus legally using the premises for residential purposes.



Power supply restored
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, June 6
In less than 24 hours after a major fire destroyed a 220 KV power substation at Saidpura village, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) authorities restored power supply to all 116 villages and the industrial belt, here today.

Located on the Dera Bassi-Barwala road in Saidpura village, the power station, which caught fire caused a total blackout thus bringing to a halt industrial production besides affecting human life.

Power to the area has been restored by making alternative arrangements. Power is being supplied to the area through a 100 MVA transformer.



Action sought against contractors
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 6
A retired SDO of the Punjab State Electricity Board has demanded action against electrical contractors who were illegally doing business outside the gate of the office of the Board in industrial area here.

Mr Mohinder Singh told a press conference here today that some contractors were running business illegally for the past more than eight years. They had put tables and chairs on the roadside and were earning thousands of rupees daily by allegedly confusing persons who approached them for power connections. Many complaints had been made against them to the board authorities as well as to the Municipal Council.

The council staff had seized their furniture many a time but after a day or so they were again seen functioning in the usual way. At times they managed to get information beforehand about the council drive to remove encroachments and as such they themselves removed their furniture from the area for sometime.



MC employee hospitalised after snake bite
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 6
An employee of the Municipal Council was bitten by a snake while cutting wild growth in the cattle pound area here today.

Kuldeep Singh (32), a class IV employee, was immediately taken to the local Civil Hospital by another council employee, Mr Kesar Singh. At the hospital he was given injections and even put on glucose. He was then referred to the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

The doctors at the GMCH admitted Kuldeep Singh who would be kept under observation for the next 24 hours. His condition is said to be stable.

Mr Kesar Singh told this correspondent that Kuldeep Singh was cutting wild growth to make way for vehicles that had to enter the cattle pound to drop stray animals that were caught by the staff of the civic body when the snake bit him on one of the fingers of the right hand. Soon after some blisters were noticed on the hand.

Council employees said that there was lot of wild growth around the cattle pound area and council officials were requested many times to get the area cleared but no action was taken. They said employees had to go to the cattle pound even at night but officials were not bothered.



BJYM to start signature drive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) today decided to start a signature campaign from July 1 against alleged reservation on religious basis in Aligarh Muslim University.

Mr Naveen Kochhar, in charge of Haryana, alleged that the authorities had allowed a reservation of 50 per cent for Muslim students, which would divide the country on communal lines.

Mr Kochhar also said that the morcha would “gherao” Parliament, under the leadership of the national president, Mr Dharmender Pradhan, in the first week of August.



Books released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The chairman of the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi, Dr Naresh, released two books written by Sanskrit and Hindi scholar Dr Rajkumar Shandilya at the akademi here today.

The books, Aacharya Mathuradutt Pandeykrit Akank Panchdashi ka Anushalan and Sanskrit Swayam Shikshak, are the first literary creations of Dr Shandilya. Dr Sansar Chand presided over the function. Dr Dhanraj Sharma was the chief guest, while Jagtar Singh Sidhu, president, Chandigarh Press Club, was a special invitee.

News Editor of Dainik Tribune Jitendra Awasthi, writer Prem Gorkhi, Dr Mathura Datt Pandey, Prof Shankar Je Jha, Dr Rameshwar Datt Sharma, Dr Jasmer Singh Raghu and Dr Lakhvir Singh were present.



Fire incidents
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 6
A fire reportedly broke out in a house in Phase III-A here today.

According to Mr K.C. Sood, sub fire officer, owners were not at home when the incident took place. The lock had to be broken to gain entry into the house. A bed and a TV were damaged.

The fire brigade was informed about the incident by a neighbour. The fire probably resulted due to a short circuit.

Wild growth near Guru Nanak Colony in Phase X and Industrial Area, Phase I, also caught fire. Fire tenders were rushed to bring the situation under control at both places.



Rehri market occupants’ plea
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
Occupants of the Gandhi Rehri Market, Sector 18-C, have demanded that they be allotted pucca booths as the market was destroyed in a fire on February 28.

The fire victims said they had requested for allotment of booths that have already been constructed.



Environment day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The staff and management of Taj Chandigarh came together to celebrate the World Environment Day yesterday.

The Taj organised a poster-making competition. A tree plantation drive was organised and more than 70 trees were planted in and around the hotel premises.



Four arrested; arms seized
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 6
Acting on a telephone call, the Operations Cell of the Chandigarh police today arrested four persons and recovered two unlicensed revolvers and eight live cartridges along with two stolen cars. A trap was set up by the local police near Khudda Lahora village here.

One of the weapons recovered is a German .38 bore revolver with 5 live cartridges and the other one is a country-made .315 bore weapon with 3 live cartridges. Inspector Satbir Singh said the .315 bore revolver is a prohibited weapon normally issued only to policemen.

The police said all the four accused, Surinder Singh Kamboj (46), Shvinder Sharma (23), Ranjit Singh (28) and Manpreet Singh (23), were involved in an incident earlier last month, in which they had sped away in a Bolero jeep from Shiva Petrol Station in Sector 44 without paying for the fuel. They were chased by the police control room (PCR) vehicle, but they managed to escape to Mohali. The police today recovered two stolen cars and seized two revolvers from their possession.

Inspector Satbir Singh of Operations Cell said an anonymous caller today gave a tip off at 3.10 pm that all four persons wanted by the Chandigarh police were coming to Chandigarh from Khudda Lahora village in a stolen Maruti car. The caller also informed the police about their involvement in the petrol station incident. Accordingly, a police team comprising Sub-Inspector (SI) Sukhwinder Singh, SI Ram Kumar, SI Pritam Singh, ASI Amanjot Singh and others was constituted. The investigation officer of the petrol station incident and the complainants of that incident were also taken along with the police team to the picket point. At around 4.30 pm a car bearing a fake registration number (PB-47-2577), which was coming from Khudda Lahora was stopped by the police party at the picket point. The police arrested all the four accused after they were identified by the complainants of the petrol station incident.

The police thereafter conducted a search of the arrested persons, which led to recovery of the weapons from Surinder Singh Kamboj and Ranjit Singh. The police also recovered a fake as well as an original registration certificate of the stolen car from Shvinder Sharma.

The Maruti car recovered from them was stolen from Sector 15 on May 11 and its original number was (CH-01-S-5144). The police also recovered another stolen Maruti car bearing a fake registration number (PB-47-A-9723) from their possession from Sector 38. The original number of the Maruti car was (HR-58-0421) and it was stolen from the PGI parking on May 4.

About the background the persons, Inspector Satbir said during the preliminary interrogation it came out that Surinder Singh Kamboj was living in a rented accommodation in house number 1259, Phase IX with his second wife Pinky. Tarsemjit Singh, a driver of the landlord of Kamboj, had got a case registered against Kamboj, his wife Pinky, Amarjit Singh and Shvinder Sharma, Hazara Singh and Manpreet Singh alleging criminal trespass, rioting and theft. Tarsemjit also alleged that they had stolen Rs 88,000 from his Bolero jeep.

Pinky had also got a case against their landlord, Mr Harbans Singh, in Sector 7 in Panchkula on February 22.



22-yr-old youth attempts suicide; booked
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 6
A 22-year-old unemployed youth was booked in an attempt to suicide case after he tried to hang himself at his Sector 56 residence. He was later admitted into the PGI.

According to the police, Arun Kumar tried to end his life around 2 pm yesterday. Luckily, his sister Vidya came to his first floor room and saw him hanging. She raised an alarm and cut the rope. Arun became unconscious and his family called the police. The police took him to the PGI, where his condition is said to be out of danger. The police said the family of Arun said he was undergoing depression for being unemployed. A case has been registered under Section 309, IPC, against Arun.

Scooter stolen: Mr Suresh Sood, a resident of Panjab University campus, lodged a complaint with the police that his Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH-01-F-5395) was stolen from the market place parking on the university campus on Sunday. A case of theft has been registered.

Injured: Two pedestrians, a father and his daughter, sustained injuries when a Maruti van hit them on the Sector 34 and 35 dividing road on Sunday. A case has been registered on a complaint filed by Ekta Batra, a resident of Ambala district, alleging that Swaran Singh was the driver of Maruti van (PB-11-S-8049). Ekta and her father were rushed to the GMCH, Sector 32. The police has arrested Swaran Singh and registered a case of negligent driving against him. He was later released on bail.



Brothers quarrel over property
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 6
A quarrel between two brothers over property in Burail village led the police to take preventive measure for breach of peace and bringing the matter to the notice of the SDM.

Mr Yash Pal Kapila, a resident of Sector 12, Panchkula, lodged a complaint with the UT SSP on May 6 alleging that his brother, Bharat Bhushan, and three women - Kawaljit Kaur and her daughter, Paramjit Kaur, and another woman, Geeta, - had beaten him up in his shop following a property dispute on April 27. Yash Pal, who is physically challenged, said in spite of his lodging a complaint with the SSP, the police was not taking any action.

The in charge of the Burail police post, Mr Dalbir Singh, said the police had taken preventive measures under Sections 107 and 150 of the CrPC and reported the matter to the SDM for further action.

He further said the matter was of civil nature and it had asked the complainant to go to the court. About the alleged beating up of Yash Pal, he said both brothers picked up a quarrel in the shop after a heated argument.



Woman held on assault charge
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 6
The local police arrested a woman on the charges of assault and trespassing. Her four sons, who are the co-accused, are sill at large, said the police, here, yesterday.

Mr Ashok Kumar of Dadu Majra Colony reported to the police that Ms Vijay Bhatti of Dadu Majra Colony and her four sons had trespassed into his residence and assaulted him on Friday. A case has been registered and Vijay Bhatti has been arrested.

2 held with illegal liquor

Subash Chander of Hallo Majra village was arrested while carrying 12 bottles from near Hallo Majra Chowk on Friday. In another incident, Ram Dhari of Colony Number V was arrested from his residence yesterday for possessing liquor. Two cases under Excise Act have been registered.



Beopar mandal team calls on DC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
A delegation of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, led by its president, Mr Jagdish Arora, today called on the DC, Mr R.K. Rao.

Mr Rao assured the delegation that he would call a meeting of the mandal shortly to discuss the problems being faced by the trading community. A few demand drafts, collected by the CBM for the tsunami victims, were also handed over to Mr Rao.

Mr Sat Paul Garg, Mr J.P.S. Kalra, Mr L.C. Arora, Mr Neeraj Bajaj, Mr Radhe Lal and Mr Ramesh Goyal, besides Mr Arora, comprised the delegation.


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