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Panjab University Deans

Dr Ravinder Kaur A.K. Sahajpal Dr Deepak Manmohan
Dr Ravinder Kaur  A.K. Sahajpal  Dr Deepak Manmohan

Chandigarh, December 20
The elections for Deans of various faculties ended at Panjab University here today. The Deans elected today would serve a term beginning February 1, 2006, to January 31, 2007. Dr Ashwani Aggarwal was elected the Dean of the arts faculty while Dr Deepak Manmohan Singh would be the Dean of the language faculty. Prof A.K. Sahajpal was elected the Dean of the business management and commerce faculty while Dr (Mrs.) Ravinder Kaur was chosen the Dean of the education faculty. Prof Baljit S. Kapur would be the Dean of the engineering and technology faculty while Prof Akhtar Mahmood would be the Dean of the science faculty. Dr Pankaj Mala Sharma was chosen the Dean of the design and fine arts faculty. — TNS



Reliance ordered to pay Rs 5,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
The UT State Consumer Redressal Commission has held Reliance, a telecom service provider, responsible for harassing a subscriber on account of not recharging her mobile connection.

The complainant, Ms Sarita Chaudhary, a resident of Sector 36, had got her Reliance mobile connection recharged on November 1, 2004, with a recharge card value of Rs 199.

Instead of working for a promised one-month period, the mobile connection showed nil balance on November 10, 2004, without her making a single call. Officials of Reliance did not respond positively to her repeated complaints and nor refund of the recharge money.

Alleging deficiency in service, she filed a complaint before the District Forum-I, which directed the cellular operator to re-issue the recharge coupon of Rs 199 and pay Rs 250 as costs.

Thereafter, she approached the UT State Consumer Redressal Commission, Chandigarh, against the meagre amounts awarded and prayed for enhanced compensation.

Justice K.C. Gupta (retd), president of the UT State consumer redressal Commission, who authored the judgement, observed that the reply filed by Reliance was very “evasive and irrelevant”.

The reply did not give any answer to the “specific problem” of the complainant. “Reliance is a big company. Keeping in view its reputation, it should have immediately replaced the prepaid card. There was no justification of harassment of the complainant, who could not use the mobile phone for one year due to dispute with the respondent”, the Judge observed.

The company has been directed to pay a compensation of Rs 5,000 and costs of Rs 500, in addition to the orders of the District Consumer Forum.



Book released
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, December 20
‘Parting is painful at any stage, but to cultivate creativity under the worst circumstances is rarely noticed,’ opined noted litterateur Sardar Anjum while complementing Deeplata, who has brought out a book of poems ‘Deepanjali’.

The collection of 50 poems written by Deeplata is an ode to her late husband, whose love still inspires her to be creative and serve the literary world.

Deeplata said the book expressed her deepest emotions, feelings, pain and grief, which she felt after her husband Tikka Raghu Rai Singh died about seven years ago.


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