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Missing kids brought back from Delhi
Fear of teacher drove them away
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
Four children, who had gone missing from Milk Colony, Dhanas, here today claimed to have run away due to fear of their school teacher.

They were brought to the city from Delhi by their parents this evening.

The children, Gursimran, Vivek Bhatt, Myank and Pardeep, were all 11-year old and students of class VI of Saraswati School in Dhanas.

The children told their parents that it was the fear of their school teacher which forced them to run away from their home on Sunday morning. They borrowed Rs 500 from one of their friends and boarded a bus from Sector 17, ISBT, at around 6:30 pm on Sunday. They reached Delhi after mid-night and were spotted by the police loitering aimlessly.

The Delhi Police took them to Kashmiri Gate Police Station and inquired about their families. The police informed Vivek’s parents at around 2:30 am and soon after getting a call the families of the children moved to Delhi.

They told the police that the children were still under a state of shock and were unable to narrate the entire episode.



Nabhaites celebrate Founders Day
Punjab Public School Day function tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Students of Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, Mohali, hold an anti-cracker awareness rally
Students of Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, Mohali, hold an anti-cracker awareness rally on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, November 5
Punjab Public School, Nabha, will celebrate its 47th Founders Day on November 7. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be the chief guest on the occasion.

Several events are being organised to commemorate the occasion. Among the highlights will be a spectacular horse riding show and a band display by the students at the school campus.

A variety entertainment programme is scheduled for November 6, where the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lt Gen T.K. Sapru, an ex-Nabhaite, will be the chief guest.

The school is also referred to as the nation’s sword arm. According to the headmaster, Commodore I.L. Syal (retd), the institute has the single largest contribution by any school to the country’s armed forces. Out of the seven serving Army Commanders, two — General Sapru and GOC-in-C, Central Command, Lt Gen O.P. Nandrajog — are from this school.

Vice Admiral J.S. Bedi, Flag-Officer-Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command, the Navy’s largest command, is also from this school, as are Lt Gen J.S. Lidder and Maj Gen Bikram Singh, presently heading United Nations forces in Sudan and Congo respectively.

The school has also produced a large number of eminent civil servants, industrialists, doctors, entrepreneurs, educationalists and political leaders. It is rated among the seven best residential schools of the country.



Young artistes put up impressive show
Tribune News Service

Girls perform at the annual prize distribution and cultural programme of Shivalik Public School, Sector 41-B, in Mohali
Girls perform at the annual prize distribution and cultural programme of Shivalik Public School, Sector 41-B, in Mohali on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, November 5
Shivalik Public School, Sector 41-B, organised annual prize distribution and cultural programme in the school auditorium today. Students of the senior wing (Classes IX-XII) put up a colourful show. Folk dances of Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan were presented. The girls in resplendent outfits, dancing to the captivating rhythmic beats, mesmerised the audience with their Gujarati dance Dandiya. Panchtatav, a theme dance depicting the harmony of fine elements leading to peaceful co-existence, was the highlight of the day. CBSE toppers of the year 2007 were also honoured. Director of the school D.S.Bedi proposed a vote of thanks.

POSTER-MAKING: Charanjit, Parul and Shelja got the first, second and third positions, respectively, in the junior category of the poster making competition held at Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria, near here, today. Shubham, Gitanjali and Dharminder bagged the first three positions, respectively, in the senior category of the competition.

Students also took pledge not to burst crackers.

WORKSHOP: An art and craft workshop, organised by Pidilite, was held at Kundan International School, Sector 46-B, here, today.

The workshop was attended by art and craft teachers from more than 40 schools. An on-the-spot arts and craft competition, using material provided by Pidilite, was also organised. The first prize and trophy were bagged by arts and craft teacher of Kundan International School Gaurav Arora. The second and third prizes were bagged by Lata Nair and Jagjeet Kaur, respectively. Chairman of the Shri Kundan Lal Trust M.P. Gupta and headmistress of Kundan International School Kavita Wadhwa stressed on the inclusion of arts and craft in the educational curriculum of schools. They said such activities fostered and encouraged creativity in children. Arts and craft, they said, should be an integral part of the curriculum. Abrahim, area sales manager of Pidilite, conducted the workshop. Pankaj Saroj from the College of Fine Arts was another resource person.



HC orders promotion of Maj-Gen Mander
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
A Division Bench of the Delhi High Court on Friday directed the Army to implement its earlier order by November 15, paving the way for promotion of Maj-Gen B.P.S. Mander.

His name had figured among those held blameworthy for alleged irregularities in the procurement of dry rations.

The bench, comprising Justice Vikramjit Sen and Justice S.L. Bhayana, had in September, set aside the Army court of inquiry, which had blamed General Mander along with several other officers on grounds of procedural errors.

General Mander, who is presently posted as Additional Director-General, Supplies and Transport at Army Headquarters, was approved for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant-General.

His promotion was put on hold when the matter of irregularities broke out.



‘AG office work not govt job’

Chandigarh, November 5
In a significant judgement likely to settle disputes and controversies pertaining to the Bar Council polls, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today disagreed with the contention that advocates accepting assignments in advocate-general’s office can be termed as full-time government employees, and should not be allowed to contest the polls or hold office of Bar Council.

Disposing of a bunch of petitions the Bench comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Mahesh Grover also did not accept the contention that names of advocates-general should be deleted from electoral rolls as he was at par with advocates who were in employment of corporation and boards.

In one of the petitions, directions were sought to the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana to hold elections as per validly prepared electoral rolls keeping in view the provisions of Bar Council of India.

Impleading Anmol Rattan Sidhu and M.C. Berry as party, it was contended that they were holding posts of Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana and were also serving as deputy advocates-general.

“A law officer in service of AG office cannot be excluded from the purview of the definition of advocate and, therefore, cannot be included in the category of government advocates employed on full time salary and so as to fall within the purview of sections so as to incur disqualification to either contest or hold office of bar council,” the Bench held. 



Lawyers come to blows over seating arrangement

Mohali, November 5
Lawyers hurled blows and abuses at one another at the district courts here today over the issue of seating arrangements in the complex. The incident took place at 10 am when a lawyer found his chair and table uprooted from its spot. He objected to this and when another lawyer owned up to this, abuses were exchanged and the two came to blows.

This group is already at loggerheads with another group of lawyers in the district court on the issue of construction of sheds within the complex. — TNS



BSNL fined for disconnecting phone
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
A local court has imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on BSNL as compensation and costs for wrongfully disconnecting a landline phone of a senior citizen.

A resident of Sector 27 here, Gobinder Singh, filed a complaint before the Lok Adalat that his telephone number 2650995 was disconnected on March 17 this year without any notice.

Pankaj Chandgothia, counsel for the complainant, contended that the complainant was a senior citizen and lived along with his aged wife. Due to the sudden disconnection of his only landline number he was unable to contact his near and dear ones in the event of emergency.

Chandgothia pointed out that since the complainant had lost faith in BSNL due to their oppressive conduct, he had to take another connection from a private telecom company.

The commercial officer (south) of BSNL in reply stated that the telephone was supplied in the category of Swantrata Senani which entitled him to 50 per cent rental rebate and other concessions.

The department had issued a circular in 2000, which required the subscriber to submit a "life certificate" every year by September 30. Further, the advance rental for ISD facility had been enhanced to Rs 3,000 which had also not been paid.

R.P. Bajaj, chairman of the court, observed that the audit objection of the department said "in case a subscriber failed to submit that certificate, a notice would be issued to him calling for the life certificateand after three months, the telephone would be disconnected".

However, no such notice was ever served upon the subscriber.

Moreover, the department without adopting the alternative of withdrawing the concessions, straightaway disconnected the telephone.

The court awarded a consolidated amount of Rs 10,000 as compensation and costs to the applicant, "having regard to the age, status and harassment, inconvenience and hardship, both mental and physical undergone by the applicant." The security amount has also been directed to be refunded after deduction of the pending bill amount.



Accused acquitted in dacoity case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 5
Already facing life imprisonment for the murder of an XEN in Ropar, Anil Kumar alias Tota was acquitted in a dacoity case by additional and sessions judge Raj Shekhar Atri today.

His co-accused, Yogita, resident of Sector 40, was also acquitted.

Three accused in the dacoity, Kapil Chaudhary of Ambala, Rakesh Kumar alias Bittu, of Sector 27 and Harjot Singh alias Happy of Mohali, involved were sentenced rigorous imprisonment (RI) of three years by the court. They were convicted under Sections 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act. A fine of Rs 1,000 was also imposed on them.



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