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Computer centre at Bal Bhavan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
A computer centre has been set up by Infosys in collaboration with the Indian Council for Child Welfare at Bal Bhavan, Sector 23, here. The centre was today inaugurated by UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd).

General Rodrigues said there was a need for initiating a holistic programme aimed at identifying and developing the potential of our children.

He told the Infosys president that the administration had no problem in financing the projects but it needed expertise, knowledge and experience of the professionals to steer these IT-related programmes and contribute to social initiatives.

The UT Administrator said the Chandigarh Administration had embarked upon an umbrella programme aiming to equip all schools with computers to introduce free computer education in schools starting from primary level.

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Scuffle fallout: 5 teachers transferred
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
Taking serious note of the scuffle which broke out at Government High School, Kaimbwala, near here, following an alleged nasty remark about a female colleague, DPI (S) Ashwani Kumar today transferred five teachers with immediate effect.

The two JBT teachers, Ajmer Singh and Kiran, who were directly involved in the yesterday’s scuffle with teacher Yogesh Kumar, have been shifted to Government High School, Mauli Colony, and Government High School, Colony No IV, Industrial Area, Chandigarh, respectively.

The other three teachers, Dr Rajinder Singh Kamboj, Punjabi master, has been transferred to Government Senior Secondary School, Mani Majra; Ram Milan, social science master, has been shifted to Government Model High School, Sarangpur, and Ashokbir Singh, a drawing teacher, has been moved to Government Girls High School 25.

As per orders of the DPI (S), all teachers stood relieved from March 6 (afternoon) and would join their new place of posting immediately.

According to sources, the panchayat of Kaimbwala village had also lodged a complaint against the above mentioned five teachers for their “malicious acts”. The DPI(S) has also taken into account the complaint submitted by the village panchayat at the time of taking final decision in the matter.

Ajmer, a Class III JBT teacher, accused another teacher Yogesh Kumar of passing some malicious remarks about a woman colleague and himself. The other teachers, too, supported Ajmer in the allegations. This led to a scuffle and the matter was later reported to the Chandigarh education department and the police.

The SHO of the Sector 3 police station Ram Gopal confirmed that no criminal offence could be made out on the complaint submitted to them, but they had recorded the statements of all persons who were mainly involved in the quarrel, but now the matter seemed to have been solved at the education department’s level.

DEO(S) Kamla Bains, who inquired the matter from the Chandigarh Education Department’s side, said teacher Yogesh Kumar was innocent in this case. “ He seems to be innocent and was made a scapegoat only. It appears as if it was those teachers’ lobby who conspired to malign the image of newly appointed teacher Yogesh.” 

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PU hostels to get cyber cafes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
The Panjab University Campus Students Council will open cyber cafes in various university hostels. In a press note issued by the PUCSC president Dalveer Singh, the cyber cafes will have two computers and will be opened within a week.

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Punjabi poetry function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
A literary programme was held under the aegis of the Punjabi Sahitya Sabha of Government College, Naraingarh, on the college premises yesterday. Dr Ram Singh delivered an extension lecturer on ‘Balraj Sahni and his works’. Principal of the college O.P. Sihag presided over the function.

In the second session, an inter-class poetry recitation contest was held in which 15 students participated. Harpreet Kaur won the first prize in the category of self -composed poems. Maninder Kaur, Prabhjot Singh and Anupreet stood first, second and third, respectively, in the poetry recitation contest.

A ‘meet your poet—Ru bru’ with renowned Punjabi poet Dr Rattan Singh Dhillon was also organised. Dr Dhillon told students about the poetic process, which went into the making of his poems. He also talked about the creativity and answered students’ queries.

Gurdev Singh Dev and Samrat conducted the event. 

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Bungling: Bail plea hearing today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
The fate of the application for anticipatory bail, moved by assistant engineer (AE) Brij Mohan, before the CBI special judge would be known tomorrow.

The court, after hearing the arguments of the CBI, reserved its orders for tomorrow. The public prosecutor of the CBI P.K. Dogra opposed the grant of bail on the grounds that custodial interrogation of the AE was required to unearth the larger conspiracy.

On February 27, the AE had, in application before the Special CBI court, alleged that the CBI officials had removed certain documents of amalgamation of two booths in Sector 22 from the documents from the estate office. The file noting went missing during the recent raid by the CBI in connection with the case of Fun Republic, Brij Mohan had alleged.

In its reply before the court, the CBI stated that February 25 --- the day on which the AE had intimated the alleged incident to the assistant estate officer (AEO) --- was Sunday. The AE has been on leave after the raids in the building branch of the estate office.

The investigating agency had stated that the multiplex was reconstructed in 2003, contrary to the sanction plan approved in 2001. The sanction plan was submitted to the estate office in 2003 and the building was constructed in violation of the revised plan. Serious violations of building laws were ignored.

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