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PTL employee shot dead
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 14
A 49 year-old employee of Punjab Tractors Limited (PTL) was shot dead barely 50 ft from his residence in Shahi Majra village this morning.
The spot where Gulshan Kumar was murdered at Shahi Majra in Mohali
The spot where Gulshan Kumar was murdered at Shahi Majra in Mohali on Wednesday

Gulshan Kumar Handa, was murdered just before 6 am, while he was walking to the factory, by two motorcycle-borne youths who could not be identified.

SSP R.S. Khatra said Gulshan Kumar lived at a stone’s throw from the PTL factory. He walked to work everyday. “It seems that one of the murderers was hiding behind the wall of a house where the street opens on to the road, waiting for Gulshan Kumar to come out while the other person remained on the motorcycle to flee after the crime.”

Gulshan Kumar was shot point blank on his chest. A bullet pierced through his heart. He died on the spot.

Residents rushed out on hearing the gunshots. They identified Gulshan and called his family. He was taken to the civil hospital in Phase VI, where he was declared ‘brought dead’.

Since nothing valuable was found missing on the victim’s person, the police concluded that loot was not the motive of the murder. Gulshan was working with PTL as a driver in the store for over two decades. He lived with his wife, a married son and daughter here.

His elder son Sandeep lives in Dhanas village in Chandigarh, where he works as a photographer. His younger son Tarun was married less than a year ago. Sources, said his wife was having problems with the family and had left for her parents’ house in Ambala a few weeks back.

“We are working on various theories. The post-mortem has revealed that the weapon used was a 12 bore country-made pistol,” said Khatra. Police teams have reportedly raided places in Ambala and Chandigarh.

Sandeep maintained the family had enmity with none. Their’s was a close-knit family, he added.



6-yr-old boy killed in accident
His sister struggles for life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
In the past 24 hours, two persond were killed and five seriously injured in various accidents. Despite the awareness campaign during the just concluded ‘Traffic Safety Week’, the Chandigarh police has failed to make the city roads sefe.

At an accident that took place at the CHB lights at 2.15 pm today, six-year-old Vanshul was killed and his nine-year-old sister, Vanshita, seriously hurt when their scooter was hit by a truck.

The victim’s father, Vipin Kumar of Panchkula, had sent his friend Surinder Sharma to fetch the children from school. The victims were rushed to the Sector 16 Government Multi Speciality Hospital, where Vanshul was declared ‘brought dead.’ Vanshita was referred to the PGI.

Eyewitnesses said as Vipin was waited for the green signal at the traffic lights, the truck knocked down his scooter from the rear. Vanshul fell in front of the truck, which ran over him. He was on the pillion while his sister was standing in the front.

The police arrested the truck driver, Roora Ram of Rajpura, on the charges of causing death due to rash and negligent driving.

In another accident, 35-year Udhey Narain of Sanjay Colony, succumbed to his injuries in the wee hours in the Sector 32 GMCH. He was on his cycle when he was knocked down by a Honda City car (CH-03-W-3432) near the Modella lights.

The car hit the cycle with such force the victim was flung into the air and he landed on the car bonnet and banged against the windshield. He sustained serious head injuries and died.

The police has arrested the car driver Jasmitter Singh of Sector 22.

Three scooterists were injured in three separate road mishaps. Raj Pal of Sector 21-C, was hurt after being hit by a Skoda car (HR-22-G-0003) near the Sector 4 and 9 crossing. The car driver fled.

In another hit-and-run case, Ashok Kumar of Hallomajra suffered injuries after being knocked down by an auto (PB-65-5218) near the CRFP camp.

Suman of Sector 41 was injured after being knocked down by an unidentified vehicle (HR-51-M-2436) near the cricket stadium chowk. She was admitted to the PGI.

An elderly man, Ram Saroop of Sector 30, was seriously hurt when he was hit by a speeding Indica car near the Sectors 27, 28, 29 and 30 rotary this evening.

A case has been registered against the driver. 



Faculty Frets
Rotational headship at GMCH
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The introduction of a rotational headship system at the GMCH has created a flutter in the faculty as a majority of heads of department would have to abdicate charge and follow the instructions of their juniors.

The order passed by the UT administrator states that the chairman or head of the department shall be designated for three years on rotation from among professors, readers and senior lecturers in the medical college.

The order was received by the department heads today. Barring the orthopaedics and microbiology departments, the heads of all 21 departments would have to hand over chairmanship to their juniors. The faculty feels that work will suffer as nobody would like to work under their juniors.

“The order states that the chairman would be empowered to provide academic leadership and guide the teaching work of the department,” a faculty member said, wondering “how can a senior lecturer provide leadership to a professor and guide him or her in teaching.”

Patients will also suffer as juniors will refer them to the professors, the faculty feels.



PU Post-Poll Violence
Student leader Hooda arrested
2 hostel wardens removed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The Chandigarh police today arrested student leader Abhimanyu Hooda of the winning PUSU-INSO alliance on charges of trespass, rioting and damaging property at the VC’s residence on November 5.

A case was registered late last night on the directions of senior police officers. As the university authorities did not lodge a complaint with the police, the latter took suo moto cognizance of the offence and registered a case against members of the PUSU-INSO alliance.

The other accused identified are Abhishek Puri, Vikas Rathi and Malik.

Meanwhile, in a surprise move today, the VC today removed two hostel wardens. Krishan Kumar, who was the warden of Hostel No. 4, has been replaced by Karamjit Singh of UBS (University Business School) and Navdeep Goyal, who was the warden of Hostel No. 6, has been replaced by Gurmeet Singh of the department of physical education.

The hostels were the hub of brawls between the opposition groups during the recent student elections.

Insiders view the transfers have been effected as the wardens faltered in informing the VC about the student unrest after the election results were declared.

However, the VC maintained that the transfers were a routine affair and the wardens were appointed on a yearly basis.



EO told to pay Rs 2 lakh for delay in NOC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Chandigarh, has directed the estate office to pay Rs 2 lakh as compensation to a complainant for the delay in issuing a no-objection certificate (NOC).

Accepting the appeal filed by Jaswinder Kaur, a resident of Sector 9, has also directed the estate office to pay Rs 5,000 towards cost of litigation and Rs 1.61 lakh on account of difference in rate of stamp duty on the gift deed as well as registration fee.

"It is a clear case of gross negligence on part of officials of the estate office as they had made a report against the written records available on file. The complainant has been made to suffer for no fault."

Jaswinder Kaur had stated that her mother-in-law Nachhattar Kaur, the original allottee of a shop-cum-flat in Sector 9, had moved an application before the estate office in August 2005 seeking an NOC for transferring the SCF in favour of her daughter-in-law through a gift deed.

Jaswinder Kaur had said the estate office, in response to her repeated reminders, in December 2005 communicated to Nachhattar Kaur that the NOC could not be issued as the property has already been resumed by the estate office following building violations". Nachhattar Kaur appealed against the communication, where it was found that the order of resumption of the property had been withdrawn in October 1990, prior to the date she had applied for the NOC.

Jaswinder Kaur had moved the consumer forum, alleging deficiency on part of the estate office saying that they had to spent Rs 1.61 lakh due to increase in stamp duty due to delay in issuance of NOC. 



Maintenance Command chief opens Aerospace Olympiad
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Maintenance Command, Air Marshal J.S. Apte, arrived on a two-day visit at No.3 Base Repair Depot (BRD) here today. This is his second visit here after taking over as chief of the Nagpur-based Maintenance Command in April, 2007.

On his arrival, Air Marshal Apte inspected a guard of honour and was given a presentation by the Air Officer Commanding 3 BRD, Air Cmdr S.C. Luthra, on activities of the depot. He also reviewed the progress of various projects and production tasks of the depot.

Later, the Air Marshal inaugurated the 2nd National Aerospace Olympiad, being organised by the Chandigarh Chapter of the Aeronautical Society of India. As many as 14 teams, comprising five students each from schools across the country, are participating in the event.

The aim of the Olympiad, open to students of class-IX-XII, is to create awareness about India’s aerospace programme, motivate participants to look towards the emerging field of aerospace as a career option and enable them to collect, collate and arrange information from a large chunk of data.

Participants in the three-day event would be required to prove their skills and knowledge through intelligence quizzes, poster making competitions and giving a presentation of the scientific, technical and logistic aspects of launching a satellite in geostationary orbit.



Canvas(ing) for conservation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
As a part of the national campaign on energy conservation launched by the union ministry of power, the Bhakra Beas Management Board today organised a state-level painting competition on the joint theme, “Global warming is harming” and “Today’s electricity wastage is tomorrow’s power shortage” at the CII here today.

Students of classes IVth and Vth from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh participated in the competition. They had been selected through a school-level painting competition held in September-October.

The sole aim of the programme was to sensitise schoolchildren, parents as well as teachers regarding the importance of energy conservation, said UC Misra, chairman of the BBMB. He stressed that the response of the children to issues of national concern will make the society confident that the future generation will surely make this great country a superpower.

The participants were given cash prize of Rs 1,000 besides gifts from the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and BBMB. Cash prizes of Rs 10,000, 8,000 and 5,000 were given to the respective winners of each state.

The names of winners are as follows: Punjab -- Rahul Sharma (BCM Arya Model Sr. School, Ludhiana); Sanpreet Singh (BCM Arya Model Sr. School, Ludhiana) and Sakshi Bhatia (DAV International School, Amritsar).

Haryana — Moksha Chaudhary (Jankidas Kapur Public School, Sonepat); Uday PS Hooda (Bal Vikas Progressive School, Panipat) and Rahul (DC Model Sr. Sec School, Panchkula).

Chandigarh — Devshri (Govt. Sr Sec. School, Sector 37); Dhanur (St John's High School, Sector 26); Kiran Preet Kaur (Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41).



Tech Mahindra arrives at IT park
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Tech Mahindra, which provides IT enabled services and telecom solutions, has chosen the city to expand its operations in the northern region.

Talking to mediapersons at Rajiv Gandhi Technology Park here, the chairman of Mahindra and Mahindra, Keshub Mahindra, said the city had been chosen because of its rapidly developing infrastructure, IT-friendly policies and access to a pool of high quality software professionals from the region.

He indicated that the company would look for local talent. He said the economic growth must complement social development and emphasised on the need for human values in business philosophy.

The Mahindra group had always focussed on creating an education epicentre within the city and upgrading vocational skills of people, he said.

The group announced to invest Rs 200 crore in creating a state-of-the-art software development centre in the IT park.

The foundation stone of the centre was laid by the UT administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd).

Vineet Nayyar, vice-chairman and CEO of Tech Mahindra, said at present 650 persons had been employed at a centre being run on rented accommodation in the DLF building.

The new campus would seat 2,500 professionals in the first phase, and 5,000 when complete. It would also offer video conferencing facilities, training centres, food courts, an amphitheatre, recreation facilities, a swimming pool, a gymnasium and a sports complex for its employees.

Earlier, addressing executives of the Tech Mahindra and IT professionals, General Rodrigues offered partnership for upgrading professional skills of students of universities, colleges and schools of the region and asked the Mahindra group to come forward with innovative programmes in this regard.

He said there was a reservoir of talent and knowledge in the region and students must get a chance to develop their abilities.



Protest by BSNL employees 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Members of the united forum of the executive association of the BSNL today staged a dharna in front of the BSNL office in Sector 34 against the “anti-employee” policies of the management.

Executives from Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, Kharar and Ropar participated in the demonstration.

The employees alleged that the policies were being framed in order to provide “lucrative environment” to private sector telecom companies at the cost of the BSNL. As a result, the nigam was incurring heavy losses, Amarjit Singh, circle secretary of the Sanchar Nigam Executive Association (SNEA), India, alleged.

Their demands include absorption of Indian telecom services cadre officers in the BSNL, withdrawal of management trainee recruitment, implementation of central public services utilities cadre hierarchy, and regularisation of ad hoc senior time scale.

Jagdeep Singh, circle secretary of the National Telecom Executives Association, Pritpal Singh, district president, SNEA, and Kaushal, district secretary, circle officer, also addressed the employees. 



Experts discuss advances in phycology
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
“Thanks to the abundant reservoir of researchers available in India at this juncture, the western world is knocking at our door for its manpower requirement besides setting up infrastructure for research in the country.

This has been possible only due to the Indian government’s policies, which allow researches in areas like stem cell, agriculture, medicines, health etc,” said Prof R.C. Sobti while inaugurating the national symposium on ‘Recent Advances in Phycology: From Molecule to Ecosystem’ today at PU.

His address was followed by an inaugural lecture ‘Energizing Phycology’ by Prof H.D. Kumar from BHU, Varanasi, who elaborated the role of algae in different fields. Prof S. Shanmugasundaram, Madurai, spoke on ‘Nanobiology - Preparation of Therapeutic Nanopeptides’, while Dr D. Prabaharan discussed the ‘Trial of Canonical Superoxide Dismutases in Cynobacteria’.

Prof K. Kumar from Coimbatore, Prof T. Fatma, Prof T.A. Sharma and G.L. Tiwari were the other speakers. Renowned phycolgist Dr R.S. Rattan, who has worked on systematics and floristics of algae of Punjab, was facilitated along with Prof H.D. Kumar. 



Mass movement needed for child welfare: Rodrigues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Punjab Governor and UT administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) presided over the state-level Children’s Day celebrations at Punjab Raj Bhawan here today. He advocated the need of a mass movement and participatory endeavour for upgrading the quality of child care, growth and development through a strong institutional network and support system.

He urged members of the state and district child welfare councils to beef up their endeavour for the effective implementation of various programmes.

He said various programmes aiming at uplifting our children were made an integral part of our economic and social development plans, but their tardy implementation could not bring about the desired results. 



Experts to dwell on corporal punishment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Corporal punishment in schools has caught the attention of parents, teachers and all concerned in the recent years. There had been incidents of excesses by teachers which even forced students to commit suicide at times. Though the trend has undergone a drastic change, cases regarding harsh treatment by teachers are still being reported.

In continuation of its ‘Child Protection Programme’, the Chandigarh administration will organise a conclave of school teachers on ‘Zero tolerance for corporal punishment’ in City Beautiful tomorrow at Government College of Education, Sector 20. Experts from various fields, including NGOs, academicians, paediatricians and counsellors, would dwell on the subject and its various aspects during technical sessions, including ‘The Happy classroom’, ‘Alternatives but workable approaches to school situations’, and an open house on ‘Sparing the rod and spoiling the child’.

UT administrator and Governor of Punjab S.F. Rodrigues will be the chief guest.



Book on ego identity released
Our Corresponden

Chandigarh, November 14
“Children are the future builders of the nation and it is imperative that their growth has the dynamism of physical, mental and emotional balance,” opined former chief secretary of Haryana Prem Prashant.

He was speaking at the release of a book titled “Indian Adolescents and their problems of EGO IDENTITY” at the Chandigarh Press Club here. The book authored by Dr Saran Kumar Sharma, co-ordinator in correspondence studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, is a pioneering work on the Ericksonion concept of egoidentity.

Complementing the author for the unique endeavour of utmost social relevance, Prashant said only a writer who had tasted boredom and banality could analyse and elaborate on ego problem among adolescents.

The book, with a scientific base, was equally useful to parents, psychiatrists, 
psychologists and teachers. Dr Jagmohan Chopra described the book as a milestone in the study of adolescents. Dr Sharma also spoke.



Man’s body exhumed on mother’s plea
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, November 14
The body of a 40 year-old Gurnam Ali of Bhabat village was exhumed today, nine days after his burial on the orders of Dera Bassi SDM S.L. Bhmbak.

Gurnam Ali was found dead under mysterious circumstances on November 5 and was buried the next day. His mother alleged foul play in her son’s death and complained to the SDM.

The police dug up the grave this morning and took the body to the Dera Bassi civil hospital for post-mortem.

SHO of Zirakpur G.P.O. Singh the mother suspected that Gurnam was murdered by his wife. The police will now investigate the matter under Section 174 of the CrPC.



Former mayors “framed”
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Putting their best foot forward, former mayors of the city assembled at the MC office today to get themselves photographed for the mayors’ gallery.

The gallery is being formed for the first time and will have photographs of all former mayors with details of their tenure.

For the time being, the gallery will be housed in the councillors’ room. Except for former mayor Subhash Chawla, all others came for the photo session. Some of them were seen walking the corridors of the MC after a very long time.

Kamla Sharma and Kamlesh were draped in heavy silk sarees while Kewal Krishan Adiwal came in a traditional attire. Gurcharan Das Kala, Gian Chand Gupta and Surinder Singh were also seen.

Not seen much in social gatherings, Shanta Hitabhilashi also came dressed in a saree. Mayor Harjinder Kaur wore a cream suit.



Irregular train timings

I commute from Ambala to Patiala everyday through train No. UMB-123. The train is not running on its scheduled time. Its departure time from Ambala is 7.40 am but it starts 10 minutes late. It's time arrival time at Patiala is 9 am whereas it normally reaches there between 9.20 and 9.30 am. Similarly, in the evening, its departure time from Patiala is 5.15 pm, but it usually starts at 5.30 pm and reaches Ambala at 6.50 pm instead of 6.30 pm.

Moreover, the train has to wait for a goods train to pass. It causes a lot of inconvenience to the passengers, most of whom are government employees. They usually reach office late. Despite of several oral assurances, the railway authorities have failed to do the needful.

Kulwinder Singh, Patiala 

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Depressed, accountant kills himself
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Vinod Pal, an accountant with the Sector 21 Sanik Welfare Board, reportedly committed suicide at his Sector 35 house here this afternoon.

Though he left no suicide note, the police, quoting his family, said he was suffering from depression. He was in his early 50s.

According to the police, the incident came to light when Vinod’s wife reached home and found him dead.

The matter was reported to the police and the body shifted to the Sector 16 Government Multi Speciality Hospital for a post mortem.

The police said earlier Vinod was being treated at a de-addiction centre for excessive drinking. Of late, his family was coaxing him to get himself admitted at the de-addiction centre again, but he had refused.

The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.



Chemist booked for forging sale deed of house 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The police today booked a Sector 15 resident and two others on the charge of allegedly forging the sale agreement of a house belonging to an NRI, of which he was a tenant.

Sources in the economic offences wing of the police said a case of forgery and criminal conspiracy had been registered against the prime accused, Sudarshan Kumar, who ran Sudarshan Medicos in Sector 15, and Jasmer Singh and Ravi Goel on a complaint lodged by Jaspal Singh who was settled in Australia.

The police said Sudarshan Kumar was involved in several criminal cases.

Devinder Singh, investigating officer, said Jaspal Singh had lodged a complaint that he had given the ground floor of his house to Sudarshan Kumar. The latter, however, stopped paying the rent and he was forced to file a civil suit to get his house vacated.

In the meanwhile, Sudarshan reportedly forged documents of a sale agreement and produced them in court. Jaspal said when the documents were produced in court, he had reported the matter to the police about three months ago.

The police got the documents scrutinised by a hand writing expert, among other experts. The reports showed that the documents carried six signatures and none of them were original.

The police sought legal opinion and after getting a go-ahead from the IGP, a case was registered today.

Jaspal said he used to get Australian currency exchanged from Sudarshan and later gave him the ground floor of his house on rent. However, he wanted the possession of the entire house.

After failing to persuade him, Sudarshan began to “force” him to do so. Following this, Jaspal asked him to vacate the house.

The police said the accused were at large and efforts were on to trace them.



Man booked for cheating
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The police has booked a Sector 22 resident for allegedly duping a Himachal resident of Rs 2.8 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. The police said Dhani Ram of Himachal Pradesh had lodged a complaint that Deepak Arora of Sector 22-D had taken Rs 2.8 lakh from him to send him abroad.

Bank fraud

Ravinder N. Sharma of Sector 20-A has reported to the police that he had deposited a sum of Rs 2.34 lakh in his two accounts, but a cashier at the Sector 19 branch of PNB had not credited the amount in his accounts. 



Mobile towers allowed on commercial buildings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The Chandigarh administration has allowed the installation of towers in non-residential institutional premises owned by the administration and the MC.

In an effort to give an aesthetic look to mobile towers, the administration has decided that the cellphone operators will have to put up monopole towers on institutional premises instead of the existing lattice type towers.

A monopole tower will have to be shared by three cellular operators. Monopole towers will also be erected on the top of commercial/non-residential institutions.

The operators have been directed to give a time frame to replace the existing lattice towers.

Earlier, the installation of the towers was allowed in non-residential buildings/ premises, which was further extended to SCFs. 



Tourism dept to cash in on weddings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The Chandigarh administration has decided to adopt some novel and innovative ways like ‘Wedding Tourism’ to promote Chandigarh as the tourist hub of north India. This was announced by UT home secretary Krishna Mohan during a press conference at World Travel Market (WTM), London.

The WTM provides an opportunity to the global travel industry to meet, network, negotiate, conduct business and stay abreast with the latest developments in the industry. As many as 5,402 exhibitors from more than 200 represented regions and countries are participating in the WTM this year.

Besides promoting sports tourism and medical tourism in a big way, the tourism department is in the process of introducing wedding tourism. The department is collaborating with various hotels and resorts, organising lavish wedding ceremonies, to invite foreign visitors to be a part of such weddings. 



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