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Computer Training
Exemption for teachers in special cases
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
The UT education department issued a circular today in response to the resentment shown by four smart school teachers against the compulsory computer training programme during the summer vacations.

The department has stated that the request for exemption from the training programme would be considered in cases like where a spouse was living away for job, where a journey had been planned or LTC sanctioned, where a teacher was getting married or was newly married or in a family way, etc.

Exemption from training will also be given to teachers with medical reasons, social, family urgencies, etc. Teachers who fail to attend the training during the vacations can opt for training on working days in July from 12 noon to 4 pm.

The teachers’ association welcomed the decision. Vinod Sharma, general secretary, Government Teachers Union, Chandigarh, said, "It is good that the department is taking initiatives to equip the teachers with the latest teaching methods. We welcome DPI (S) S.K. Setia’s decision to allow the teachers to attend the classes as per their convenience.

“Since the teachers had chalked out their programmes in advance, it was quite troublesome for them. Now, this exemption is a commendable decision," said Savinder Singh, president, UT Teachers Welfare Association.



PGI, AIIMS counselling dates clash
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
Medicos who have to attend counselling for admission to postgraduate degree courses at the PGI, Chandigarh, and the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, are in a quandary as the counselling dates for both institutes are clashing. The institutes have fixed June 11 as the date for counselling.

A similar situation arose in December last also when the date of counselling for admission to these courses was fixed as December 11 by both institutions. That time the PGI came to the rescue of the candidates by amending the schedule of counselling.

AIIMS had conducted entrance tests for admission to the MD, MS and MCh courses on May 6 and the result was declared on May 21.

On the other hand, the PGI has fixed the date of examination for theses courses as June 9 followed by counselling on June 11.



From Schools

Students attend a photography workshop at St John’s High School, Sector 26, in Chandigarh on Thursday.
Students attend a photography workshop at St John’s High School, Sector 26, in Chandigarh on Thursday.

: The Dharitri Paryavaran Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 44-B, observed Environment Week on the school premises. The week-long activities were held in collaboration with the department of environment, Chandigarh administration.

The programme included various inter-class contests like poetry recitation, best out of waste and paper reading. A rally to create awareness about the conservation of environment was also organised by the club which was flagged off by P.J.S. Dadwal, additional director, department of environment, while the prize distribution function was presided over by DPI (S) S.K. Setia.

WORKSHOP: A photography workshop was held at St John’s High School, Sector 26, Chandigarh. Fifty-seven students from Classes V to IX attended the workshop. The workshop was conducted by the school’s photography club. The students showed great enthusiasm in learning the basic skill and technicalities of photography. They worked on various branches of photography like products photography, still life, use of macro lens, landscapes and clicking good portraits. The workshop was held for the fourth succesive year. It was conducted by Michelangelo Francis. “Our goals are artistic excellence, positive transformation and knowledge for the children,” said Michelangelo. The best five works will be put up for display. — TNS


high court
Hearing on dera violence plea adjourned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today adjourned for tomorrow the hearing on a petition seeking directions to Centre, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to control the unabated violence over Dera Sacha Sauda issue.

The petitioner, Viresh Shandilya, president of the Anti-Terrorist Front of India, submitted that the violence by some miscreants was destroying the secular fabric of society .

It was further prayed to hand over the matter to some Central agency so that situation could be brought under control.

Unmanned level-crossing

The high court today issued notices to the general manager, Northern Railway, Ambala, and the ADRM, Ferozepore, on a PIL filed by H.C Arora.

The petitioner had sought the directions to respondents to convert the unmanned level crossing at Painchanwali road (on Fazilka-Muktsar rail line) into a manned level crossing with gate so as to avoid any untoward incident.

Incidentally, the site was located just 15-20 yards from the DAV Centenary Public School, Fazilka, and involved a potential risk to the lives of students studying therein, the petitioner averred.

It was submitted that despite a number of representations by the management of the school, the railway authorities had not responded to their demand for a manned crossing.

The next date of hearing is September 27.

Notice to Railways

The high court today issued notice to the ministry of railways on the question of grant of compensation to victims of accidents at unmanned level crossings.

The notice came following a petition by H.C. Arora seeking directions to the ministry to frame a scheme for the payment of compensation, by purchasing third-party insurance policies or otherwise, to the persons who were killed in accidents at the unmanned crossings.

The petitioner had highlighted in the petition that there were 21,800 unmanned level crossings in the country. The toll due to accidents at such crossings was nearly 37 per cent of the total deaths that happened in all type of train accidents.

It was stressed that the Railways had not so far framed any policy for granting compensation to the victims of such train accidents.

The hearing of the case is fixed for September 27.

Rana Gurjeet’s company

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that Rana Sugars Ltd, whose chief promoter is Rana Gurjeet Singh, Congress MP from Jalandhar, should be allowed to carry out its operations.

Earlier, the Punjab Pollution Control Board had ordered that the Tarn Taran-based distillary unit of the company be closed down and the consents granted to the company to operate its unit under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act should also be withdrawn.

The company had moved the court against the impugned order of the board and pleaded that with the change in government in Punjab in February, the company had become the prime target of political vendetta. 



District Courts
Despite shortage, 7 chambers yet to be reallotted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
Even as lawyers are divided over the issue of cost of chambers at the proposed district courts complex in Sector 43 here, some chambers at the Sector 17 district courts complex have not been reallotted.

While officials in the estate office said they were unaware about any such chambers, sources in the district courts confirmed that at least seven chambers were yet to be reallotted. Some lawyers were sitting in the chambers without permission.

Members of the District Bar Association said the estate office had not asked them about the status of the chambers. A fresh survey to ascertain the correct status of the chambers should be undertaken by the estate office, said K.S. Lamba, a former secretary of the association.

An official of the estate office disclosed that a committee comprising the judicial officer, the SDM and a representative of the District Bar Association were responsible for re-allotting any chambers which fell vacant due to any reason.

At present there are 120 chambers in the complex. “We had projected a demand for 1,000 chambers. However, it was not feasible considering the structural strength of the building,” said Lamba.

A fallout of the shortage of chambers has been that lawyers have made makeshift chambers in corridors. Due to the chambers, there is hardly any space left for visitors to move about in the courts.

While advocates blame the Chandigarh administration for not providing a proper solution to the chamber problem, officials say any decision-making in the district courts is strongly influenced by the bar association. “We have been unable to get public space vacated by lawyers as senior officials do not want to antagonise the lawyer community,” said an official.

Since 2000, the estate office has not been able to remove the unauthorised chambers.

The lawyers maintain that as per the original conditions of allotment of 108 chambers, which took place in 1986, there had to be one allottee and two co-allottees, which were to be decided upon in consultation with the administration.

Since then, the number of chambers remained the same but the number of advocates has increased manifold. In the absence of new chambers, they have no alternative but to make temporary chambers in the court

Over 300 lawyers had filed applications invited by the estate office for reallotment of chambers in 1998. Each applicant had submitted Rs 1,000, along with the application. Although the re-allotment of four chambers was done in 2001, the allottees were unable to take possession since the chambers were already occupied. 



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