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PEC to set up centre on virtual instrumentation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
Punjab Engineering College (PEC), a deemed university, was all set to set up a centre on “virtual instrumentation” and a training course on the subject would be run with the help of experts from the IIT, Kanpur, said Prof Vijay Gupta, PEC Director.

He was addressing a press conference before the first annual convocation of the institution as the deemed university. To bring the institution on a par with the best in the country, several measures were being taken, he said. Around Rs 50 lakh would be spent on creating infrastructure for setting up faculty on information security.

“The biggest area where we see that we can really invest our resources is in textiles. But it cannot be done without cooperation of the industry and we are in touch with some entrepreneurs,” he added.

About bringing the institution on a par with IITs, he said, “We cannot compete with the IITs in terms of research seeing the budget at their disposal, but we can certainly excel the area where research was not the only field. Capital investment, however, can be a hurdle in our way.”

“To allow the faculty to have better exposure, the Board of Governors has allowed three-year leave to the faculty members who want to peruse their PhD at any of the IITs,” he said.

Permission would also be granted to those who were selected to present their papers abroad, said Prof Gupta. He admitted that lack of exposure was a stumbling block as far an exposure to the faculty was concerned. He hinted at increasing the tuition fee from the next year.

Talking about the annual convocation, he said 600 students were awarded degrees. Eights students were given gold medals, while 12 got silver medals. The administrators’ gold medal was awarded to a student of electronics and electrical communication.

The convocation address was delivered by UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd).

A unique feature of this year’s convocation was that a new logo has been designed. The degree certificates have also been redesigned. An initiative has been taken to award degrees within a month of the completion of the BE/ME courses. Earlier, the degrees were awarded after a period of one year after completing these courses.

The UT Administrator said there was a need for active involvement of every individual in various human resource development programmes. He called upon the academics and professionals to be innovative in their approach and create imaginatively structured educational programmes.

General Rodrigues said, “We are nearing the goal of a sustained growth rate of eight per cent and our country is going to be one of the leading economies of the world.”

Exhorting the students to give primacy to national pride, honour and dignity, he said, “We, as a nation and as people, have come of age. We are comfortable with our ‘Indian-ness’ and do not feel the need to imitate others. Millions of our youth settled abroad have established a good image to be proud of, and we can face the future with confidence.”

Reminding the students of the value system enshrined in our 5,000-year old civilisation, General Rodrigues said, “We must go to our roots and rich traditions and work together for building a society based on social equality and compassion. We should ensure that the vision of new India of our dreams, guides our actions while discharging our duties in different fields of endeavour.”

Mr Chandra Mohan, chairman of the Board of Governors, said, “The 21st century brought many challenges and we have to think big and dream big to meet the global challenges.” He exhorted the students to utilise their time and energy for developing their skills to compete with the rest of the world successfully.

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AICTE allows Sukhmani college to make admissions
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
A day after the Punjab Government shot off a notification to Punjab Technical University (PTU) banning admissions to the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology (SSIET), Dera Bassi, the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has granted a major relief to the beleaguered engineering college.

The AICTE has allowed the college to make admissions to various courses for academic session 2006-07. With this, the uncertainty over admissions to the institute is virtually over.

The AICTE, a statutory body regulating technical education in the country, has reduced the total number of seats of at least 13 colleges recently bringing bad news for thousands of engineering aspirants of the state.

In fact, in the “status of approval for the AICTE-approved engineering institutions for academic year 2006-07”, the AICTE website has mentioned that there would be “no admissions” to the institute.

However, today the website restored the original 450 seats to college for which admission could be made. While the institute has been allowed to make 60 admissions each in computer science and engineering, information technology and the masters in computer education (MCA) streams, the electronics and communication engineering and mechanical streams will accommodate 120 students each. The institute can admit 30 students in the electrical engineering branch, it is learnt.

The restoration of seats followed an inspection by the AICTE team that expressed satisfaction over infrastructure, including faculty. Following inspection, the team gave a go-ahead for admissions, said Mr Avtar Singh, chairman of the institute.

It may be recalled that the institute, in an appeal to the AICTE, had contended that the institute was a premier engineering institute established in 1998. The fifth batch was passing out in 2006. “Our pass-outs are well-placed in various sectors in India and abroad,” it was highlighted.

Meanwhile, a press note issued by the institute said admissions against the intake of 450 seats in various branches stood approved. Therefore, admissions under the management quota and through CET/AIEEE counselling had been restored, it added.

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Scientists stress on the need for collaborative research
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24.
“India has the world’s second largest scientific manpower, yet it needs to import medicines from other countries. The pharmaceutical industry that can be a major revenue generator for the nation is yet to exploit its full potential. This is because the scientific approach in India is self-oriented, whereas it should be people-oriented. Things have shown improvement over the past three years, but there is lot to be done for India to emerge as a world leader”.

These remarks assume a special significance as they come from Dr Navin Khanna, India’s who known genetic scientist, currently working at the International Centre of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi.

Dr Khanna is in the city to participate in the 14-day National Workshop on Genetic Engineering being held at the Department of Biotechnology. Panjab University. Dispelling several myths, Dr. Khanna told a spellbound audience that included many scientists that there was an urgent need to educate people about need and importance for scientific experiments. “For example people should be told about the concept of cloning and that its objective is to create identical animals for the study of human diseases like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, dengue fever, HIV and so on”.

The vaccines for these diseases are prepared with the help of recombinant DNA. Now, it is being used to make insulin in India as well which has been tested and is available in the market, he added.

In India, the imported drugs are not within the reach of the common man. Diagnostic kits for most viral and bacterial infections are also not readily available. If these medicines are produced in India, they will be available at cheaper rates of Rs 60-70 and if bought in bulk not more than Rs 20, he said.

Dr Khanna advocated focusing of biotechnology research saying, “there has to be a closed loop of biotechnologists who should work in a systematic way and only focus on one particular issue at a time, finish it and then work on another subject. There is a strong need of teamwork between the institutes and industries for obtaining better results”.

In his keynote address on “Recombinant DNA Technology”, Dr Khanna talked at length about the basic cellular metabolism using animations. He further introduced the participants to the basic techniques involved in genetic engineering. Dr. Navin Khanna has developed many diagnostic kits for the diagnosis of dengue infections and has sold the technology to biotech industry.

Welcoming the participants, Prof. K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, laid emphasis on the importance of biotechnology in the medical and engineering fields.

Dr Suman Govil, Director (DBT, Govt. of India), highlighted the “Human Resources Programme” being carried out by DBT, Govt. of India. DBT is spending crores and crores of rupees to produce skilled professionals in the field of biotechnology. It is funding over 30 M.Sc. Biotechnology cetntres all over India. Recently they have initiated 100 scholarships for Ph.D. programmes.

Dr (Mrs.) Jagdeep Kaur, President of the organising committee for this workshop talked about the achievements of the Department of Biotechnology, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Almost every faculty member of the department has a national-level research project. After completion of the Ph.D. from the Department o Biotechnology the students are easily absorbed by MNCs or go to developed countries like the USA, Canada or England.

 Prof R. Tewari talked about the theme of the workshop. It is basically aimed at exposing young brilliant scientists to the exciting world of gene cloning. The participants have been chosen from different places like the IIT, Bombay, IIT, Roorkee, Madurai Kamraj University, Madurai, National Mushroom Centre, Solan; Gwalior University, Gwalior; Shere Kashmir University, Jammu; Sagar University, Maharashtra; Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar; Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla; the PGI and Panjab University, Chandigarh. Response to this workshop was overwhelming. Over 100 applications were received for 15 seats.

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Gang-rape: 2 accused nabbed
Tribune News Service

Lalru, June 24
The police today claimed to have achieved a breakthrough in the nursing student gangrape case with the arrest of two accused and identification of the other two.

According to the police, the two accused, Amandeep Singh, a resident of Sarsini, and Harvinder Singh of Jharmari, who had already been identified by the victim, were arrested by a police party led by the Lalru SHO, Mr Nachattar Singh Bhullar, near the Jharmari Barrier following a specific information.

Meanwhile, the other two accused in the case have been identified as Mintu Kumar, a resident of Batoli, and Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Mirpur.

The Indica car involved in the crime reportedly belongs to Gurmeet Singh. All four accused are said to be in the property business.

On the other hand, the police was conducting raids at several places to nab the two other accused, sources said.

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Fire in HT office
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 24
Property worth lakhs of rupees was destroyed in a fire that broke out in the office of The Hindustan Times here tonight.

The fire broke out in the advertisement department of the office. The panic gripped the office and employees of the newspaper, working in other departments moved out by breaking windowpanes of their departments.

According to fire department sources, the first call was received at 8.39 pm. As many as two fire tenders were pressed into service to put out the blaze.

Firemen had a tough time in putting out the fire. The exact cause of the fire could not be ascertained, they said.

According to Kamal Kishore Sood, Mohali fire station in charge, fire personnel controlled the fire in about two hours. Though computers and some important documents were destroyed in the fire, no loss of life was reported.

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Kidnap bid: Hindu samiti secretary, gunman nabbed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
The police today arrested national general secretary of the Hindu Surkhya Samiti Varinder Bajaj and his gunman, Ramesh Singh, a constable with the Punjab Police, on the charges of trying to kidnap Himanshu Sharma from near the Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10, last evening.

The boy was allegedly kidnapped as he was found talking to a girl, who was the niece of Varinder Bajaj. The family of the girl had descended on the scene in Hyundai Accent (CH 03 K 4066) on getting a tip-off that the boy was meeting the girl at the spot.

Moments after the boy reached the spot, the occupants in the car overpowered the boy and the girl into the car. The entire drama was clicked by a Tribune lensman. On seeing that their act was caught on the camera, the boy was pushed out of the car and made to sit on his motor cycle. The Punjab Police gunman sat behind the boy.

When the drama was continuing, a police control room vehicle reached the spot. On seeing the police, the occupants of the car fled from the spot leaving behind the boy, the Punjab Police gunman and some other accomplices.

The police has registered a case under Sections 365, 511 and 34 of the IPC against the occupants of the car and was investigating the matter.

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COMMUNITY
 

Ray of hope for CITCO shed allottees
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
A ray of hope has emerged for the allottees of CITCO sheds in the Industrial Area here. The Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) has promised to allow the transfer of sheds to the allottees, subject to change of some of the terms and conditions.

At the time of allotment 15 years ago, CITCO had made a commitment to transfer the sheds to the allottees. The transfer affects approximately 500 cases.

For allowing the transfer, the issue would be tabled in the forthcoming meeting of the Board of Directors of CITCO, said sources in the Chandigarh Administration.

After being approved, the case would be referred to the UT Estate Officer who will revise the lease deed to enable the transfer of property. The Estate Office had given the sites on 99 years lease to CITCO for leasing out the same to applicants. But instead of leasing the sites as per the terms and conditions of the Estate Office, CITCO rented out the sites, said a senior official.

Now the mistake on part of CITCO would have to be rectified before the Estate Office revises the terms and conditions in the lease deed. This would enable the allottee to sell their sites. At least 150 applications were pending with the department.

Instead of rectifying the flaw, CITCO demanded subletting fee from the allottees of the sheds. The allottee lamented that they could not enjoy several financial benefits, including the loans till the time they had the plots transferred in their names.

The Chandigarh CITCO Shed Owners Association pointed out that when they approached CITCO for transfer of property, they were asked to contact the Estate Office. Officials in the Estate Office said when CITCO has collected the money how Estate Office can issue the certificate.

Official sources said that a mistake had been committed by CITCO saying that the “leasehold rights in the industrial shed of the corporation shall be transferable in your favour after the expiry of 15 years from the date of allotment. How can CITCO transfer the shed which is in name of the estate office?”

A senior official said that a large number of the disgruntled owners were those holding the general power of attorney. Legally, they are not supposed to be hiring out these even on GPA. It, practically, amounts to subletting and in case doing that they will have to pay the fees.

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Puppet show to create awareness on AIDS
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
To commemorate the signing of the declaration at the international conference against drug abuse and illicit trafficking in 1987, Yuvsatta in association with the State AIDS Control Society, Chandigarh, and Satsang Bhavan, Sector 26, organised a puppet show and a medical camp for labourers working in the grain market, Sector 26, here today.

More than 250 labourers, including males and females, participated in the camp. A team of professional doctors treated them and Yuvsatta volunteers provided them free medicines, counselling, HIV/AIDS awareness material and condoms.

The puppet show titled “Drugs are not child’s play”, emphasising on saving children from drugs was also staged on the occasion, informed Mr Pramod Sharma, coordinator of Yuvsatta.

Earlier, Mr Bhim Sen, president of the market committee, grain market, inaugurated the camp and appreciated the organisation for educating the uneducated about AIDS. Mr Prem Chand, president of Satsang Bhavan Committee, Sector 26, was also present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Inderpal Singh, project doctor of Yuvsatta, said one should avoid drugs, especially the intravenous drugs which some people take as they are the gateway to HIV and AIDS. The HIV transmission among intravenous drug-users was most rapid.

He also said there were many examples, where drug-addicts had resumed normal life and behaviour after proper counselling, treatment and family support.

Ms Yashwanti Arya, a project manager of Yuvsatta, said the effects of drugs, especially on children, have witnessed an alarming rise. In an effort to increase public awareness on this issue, the United Nations’ office on drugs and crime has selected “Drugs are not child’s play” as the theme for the 2006 international campaign, she claimed.

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Tough stand by administration on voters’ registration irks candidates
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 24
The last day of filing claims and objections in connection with the forthcoming municipal elections ended yesterday with the administration sticking to its stand of asking residents to be present in person for filing claims. The draft electoral rolls were displayed on June 15.

It is reported that the office of the SDM-cum- Electoral Registration Officer, Mr Sandeep Hans, had received about 5,000 applications filing claims while more than 300 forms were received in which objections were made.

It is learnt that certain prospective candidates for the civic body poll had made all efforts to get maximum residents of their respective areas registered as voters. As such claims were filed even in the case of persons who did not fulfil the required conditions. It was found that forms were filled on behalf of underage persons and those hailing from Nepal. The authorities concerned rejected all such cases after proper questioning.

Sources said that some factory owners were interested in getting their workers registered as voters. Such cases were also not entertained by the authorities concerned on the ground that these workers lived by themselves here while the members of their families lived in other states. Moreover, such workers often kept moving from one town to another instead of having a permanent address. Such cases had been bracketed under doubtful category and votes would be made only in the case of persons who fulfilled the required conditions.

The tough stand taken by the administration has caused resentment among certain prospective candidates. Mrs Manmohan Kaur, a former municipal councillor, has alleged that in some cases bogus votes had been prepared by the authorities concerned while the administration was acting tough in other cases.

Mr Amrik Singh, another former municipal councillor, said that the authorities concerned kept changing their stand now and then causing harassment to residents.

However, the SDM said that all the allegations were baseless. The administration was only making efforts to get genuine residents of the town registered as voters.

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Rousing response to Lalji’s yoga camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
The 8-day free yog sadhna shivir ‘Yog Sukh Sagar’ being organised by the Chandigarh Yog Sabha, under the guidance of Yogiraj Swami Lalji Maharaj, entered its seventh day today.

Swamiji presented a set of books published by ashram, along with various yoga health products and a pack of CDs of his programmes running on various TV channels, to Mr Surinder Singh, Mayor, Chandigarh, who was the chief guest on the occasion.

Swamiji also attended to the patients at the Yog Divya Mandir, Sector 30, from 5 pm onwards.

Talking about the response of people to the shivir, Swami Ji said, “There is still a day left of this camp and already the requests to organise other such camps are pouring in at the Yog Divya Mandir.

“Many people have requested me personally in this regard. Even Mr Chander Mohan, Deputy Chief Minister, Haryana, asked me to organise such camps in Haryana, when he came to the camp.”

Swami Ji also announced that he would be organising another yog camp in Chandigarh soon. The camp would focus on “Stress Management”.

There are eight parts of yog according to ‘Patanjali Yog’. Complete information on one of these parts is being given each day along with the Yog sadhna in the ‘Yog Sukh Sagar’ camp to ensure maximum benefit to the participants.

The practice of these parts, namely Yam, Niyam, Asan, Pranayam, Pratyahar, Dhaarna, Dhyan and Samadhi, helps in the healing of all kinds of diseases and provides inner peace. Today, information about Dhyan was given in the camp.

Kirtan was performed after the completion of yog session today and it was announced that people interested in meeting Swami Ji could meet him from 5 to 7 pm daily in the Yog Divya Mandir, Sector 30.

Tomorrow will be the final day of the Yog Sukh Sagar Sadhna Shivir.

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Complaint against Airtel
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 24
A resident has complained that Airtel has failed to provide her with an air ticket under a free- flight plan for mobile users publicised by the company. Mrs Ajit Kaur Bedi, a resident of Phase II, says that under the scheme aimed at attracting customers, Airtel had promised to-and-fro air tickets to any destination in India if a person subscribed to a new connection and paid the required number of bills.

She said that she had fulfilled the conditions laid down under the scheme, including the payment of all bills received by her. She said that when she did not receive any message from Airtel regarding the air ticket, she was compelled to close the mobile after a 10-day period.

Mrs Bedi said she felt cheated and had written to senior company officials regarding her complaint but had so far not received the air ticket. She said she planned to move the consumer court to get justice.

However, Mr Atul Tyagi, Nodal Officer (Customer Care), Punjab, told The Tribune that Mrs Bedi did not contact Airtel before closing the mobile. She also stopped paying the bills without finding out the status of her case from the company office, he added.

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Parking contractor ‘harassing’ employees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
Employees of Labour Bureau, Chandigarh, have alleged that the staff of the contractor manning the paid parking near Jagat and Anand theatres was harassing them.

The contractor was managing the paid parking in the area which was reserved for government employees. “ We all have been issued authorised paid parking stickers by the Municipal Corporation”, said Mr N.K. Jhingan, one of the affected employees.

The contractor was charging Rs 2 from them instead of the permitted Re 1. This resulted in non-availability of parking space to the authorised pass holders. “On refusal to pay Rs 2, the staff of the contractor uses derogatory language and misbehaves with the employees”, added Mr Jhingan.

Besides, the contractor was using the space meant for entry to offices as parking lot for private vehicles. For cars, the contractor was charging Rs 5 instead of Rs 2.50 for the area meant for pass parking.

The employees have forwarded their grievance to the Joint Commissioner of Municipal Corporation.

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Speaking contest for kids
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
In an effort to sharpen the skill of kids, the Fitness Institute for Languages, Sector 32, here, organised a public speaking competitions for children here today.

A large number of students of different age groups participated in the competitions with great enthusiasm. Jatinder Bhatia, a municipal councillor and finance secretary of the SD College Managing Committee, who was the chief guest, distributed mementos among winners.

The results are as follows :

Special group (6 to 12 years) Level I : Vansham (1) and Tushar (2). Level II : Karan (1) and Tinish (2), and Level III : Shrishti (1) and Sarthar (2).

Special group (14 years onwards) Level I : Tarwinder (1); Kuljeet (2) and Sanjay (3), Level II: Parveen (1); Chandni (2) and Om Prakash (3), Level III: Kriti (1); Savita (2) and Shivani (3), Level IV: Sonika (1) and Shivani (2).

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Cycle expedition concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
The six-day-long WESTCOM HIMEX-V cycle expedition came to an end when it reached Chandimandir cantonment near here today after pedalling 370 km through treacherous and landslide- prone mountainous terrain in Himachal Pradesh.

The Chief Signal Officer, Western Command, Maj-Gen D.V. Kalra, flagged off the expedition. Senior officers and Army personnel were also present on the occasion. General Kalra applauded their efforts and presented them souvenirs.

Organised by the Western Command Composite Signal Regiment, the expedition was flagged off on June 19, from Pooh and passed through Karcham, Jhakri, Narkanda, Jutogh and Kalka before reaching here.

Before that the team members consisting of one Junior Commissioned Officer and 13 other ranks underwent two weeks’ physical training to get themselves prepared for the mission.

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British Library workshop ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
More than 100 children aged between six and 12 years participated in “Reading Voyage” organised by the British Library, from May 10 to June 21.

Besides group discussions and puzzle solving, some other competitions were also organised during the workshop.

A prize distribution function marked the conclusion of the workshop. Ms Poonam Sidhu, Director, Tariff, Punjab State (PSERC), who was the chief guest on the occasion, honoured the winners.

She also appreciated the efforts of British Library in helping young aspirants in developing their careers.

In the 5-6 age group, Sunrose Billing, Abhinav Gupta and M. Shraddha bagged the top three positions.

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Homoeopathy camp at AG Punjab office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
For spreading awareness about homoeopathy, Audit and Accounts Employees Welfare and Healthcare Society organised a free homoeopathy camp in the office of AG Punjab, Sector 17, here today.

The camp was inaugurated by Mr Onkar Nath, Accountant-General (A&E), Punjab, who promised to extend help to the society for future projects.

Mr H.S. Heer, general secretary of the society, said a team of doctors from Progressive Homoeopathy Society, Chandigarh, which included Mr B.S. Kalra, Mr Sanjay Gupta, Mr Sunil Setia, Mr Mukesh Gaba, Mr Amrinder Singh and Gaurav checked as many as 500 employees and their dependants.

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Garbage plant MoU: BJP for CBI probe

Chandigarh, June 24
The BJP today demanded a CBI inquiry into the signing of the MoU by the Congress-ruled Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) with Jai Parkash Associates regarding the setting up of a garbage plant in Dadu Majra.

In a statement issued here today, the party alleged that the civic body seemed to have signed the MoU with the private party by flouting various rules and regulations as reported in a section of the press.

An independent inquiry was necessary to bring out the truth behind the signing of the deal, it said. TNS

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Verification drive for servants
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
In a special drive carried out by Chandigarh police today, details of at least 585 servants and 358 tenants were verified across the city. The drive was carried out in all the 11 police stations.

A spokesman of the police said verification of the servants and tenants was necessary to check organised crime. During the drive, rolls of 178 rickshaw pullers were filled by the police officials. The exercise was supervised by Sub Divisional Officers.

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Satish Kapoor chief of CMA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
Prof Satish Kapoor, Chairman, University Business School, Chandigarh, has been elected as president of the Chandigarh Management Association (CMA) for 2006-07 in the election held, here today.

The other office-bearers of the association include Mr Vikram Hans — vice president, Mr JN Vohra — general secretary; Dr Manoj Sharma — joint secretary, and Mr Vivek Goel; treasurer. Mr PR Singhania, Dr Niraj Pasricha, Mrs Madulka Kak, Mr AK Gandhi, Mr Avinash Mathur, Prof SM Sharma and Col MGS Khurana have been elected the executive members of association.

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Piaggio 'Ape Mahautsav' ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
The two-day mega event, "Ape Mahautsav", that was launched by Piaggio Vehicles on Circus Maidan, here yesterday, concluded today. This one-stop infotainment programme was for the existing customers and their families.

Sudhanshu Shiromani, DGM, North, PVPL, said, "The core emphasis of the event will be to build loyalty for the brand''.

The company plans to conduct ''Ape Mahautsav'' across 44 cities in India in 3-4 months.

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Singh Sabha executive

Chandigarh, June 24
The following have been elected office-bearers of the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Sector 37-C, Chandigarh: president — Mr Amrit Singh Chaudhri; vice-president — Mr S.S. Lamba; general secretary — Mr S.S. Anand and organising secretary — Ms Raminder Kaur. OC

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CRIME
 

Woman’s body found
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 24
A badly mutilated body of an unidentified middle-aged woman was found on the Chandigarh-Ambala railway track adjacent to Sector 19, near here, early this morning.

Some residents noticed the body parts scattered on the railway line and subsequently the railway police was informed. The railway police personnel reached the spot and took the body in possession.

The body was later sent to the Civil Hospital, Kalka, for a post-mortem examination this evening. A case has been registered in this regard.

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BUSINESS
 

VAT can boost industrial growth: seminar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
Haryana Finance Minister Birender Singh said cost accountants played a pivotal role in the economic growth of any state as they worked for controlling wastages and increasing efficiency.

The minister was addressing a seminar "Recent Trends in Cost Management and Role of Cost Accountants under VAT" organised by the Chandigarh-Panchkula Chapter of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India here today.

A former chairman and member of NIRC of ICWA, Mr D.C. Arya, suggested that self-assessment under VAT should be promoted by introducing VAT audit by cost accountants to create industrial-friendly atmosphere in the state.

He also opined to promote more investments and introduce performance audit by cost accountants with respect to budgeted and actual physical achievements to ensure proper utilisation of funds allocated for upliftment of the people of the state.

Mr Balwinder Singh, chairman of the chapter, said the industry had no control over prices. He explained how VAT could fasten industrial growth, if implemented as national tax. He also said the introduction of VAT in most of the states and Union Territories should go a long way towards integration of the domestic trade in a single market and put an end to the unhealthy competition among states.

Prof. Pankaj Gupta from IMT Ghaziabad, who is a recipient of Full Bright Scholarship, a highest award of excellence in commerce from the US government, gave detailed case studies to present how important cost management in today's scenario was.

Rajiv Gupta, Head Operations, Trident group, Barnala, and Vikas Gupta, Secretary of the chapter, also shared their experiences.

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