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Education eludes 6,000 city kids
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
More than 6,000 children are not part of formal or informal education in Chandigarh, the place that is known to be the Education hub.

This fact has been revealed in the latest survey conducted by the administration. To rope them into the mainstream of education programme, the education department is planning to launch special schemes and incentives.

The study defines the concept of the urban poor and traces the socio-economic profile of the households, their occupational and literacy levels, income levels, housing, environment, sanitation and awareness levels, etc.

The area that needs immediate attention was the soaring level of illiteracy. If this issue could be addressed, the problem of the urban poor could be taken care of to a large extent, the experts feel.

The department is providing incentive in the shape of Rs 250 per child per month with the condition that he or she has registered 80 per cent of attendance in school. This will be yet another endeavour of the Chandigarh Administration after mid-day meal scheme, which will be helpful in bringing these children to the mainstream of education.

DPI (S) S.K. Setia said this astounding fact was common among the underprivileged daily wage workers who are into petty businesses. “The study disclosed that most of these children were just roaming about for no reason. Neither do they study nor do they engage in any job. Our belief is that these incentives will help bring them to schools.”

The department has proposed for full fee concession for the parents with single girl child up to Class XII, provided the annual income of the parents does not exceed Rs 1.5 lakh “We have identified the persistent discrimination against the girl child and the violation of her fundamental rights, especially education. This special incentive will be another gesture towards girl child of our city.”



Computer institute to pay lakhs in fine
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
In a decision affecting hundreds of students enrolled with a computer training institute, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I, while holding the institute responsible for deficiency in service, has awarded compensation running into several lakhs.

Since there were around 100 petitioners, the compensation could be in several lakhs, said the counsel for petitioners. “The institute had duped money of more than 300 people. We are expecting more people to come up with complaints,” he added.

The forum disposed of 14 such cases wherein the computer institute was directed to pay a compensation of Rs 50,000 to each petitioner. The forum asked Sanjeev Walia, director of the computer institute, “I Land” Internet Land and Lavlesh Lala, partner of institute, to refund the fee deposited by the complainants with an interest of 8 per cent per annum from the date of admission of the complaint.

One of the petitioners, D.P. Sharma, resident of Sector 26, alleged that he was lured by attractive offers like a holiday package and concession in fee if they joined the courses being offered by “I Land” Internet Land. The courses ranged from Rs 9,000, Rs 17,000 and Rs 24,000 and were termed as blue, pink and orange packages. They alleged that the institute promised that the courses offered were to be availed by the entire family of the petitioners.

However, the petitioners were shocked to know from newspapers that the institute was raided and sealed by the police. They alleged that the institute did not fulfil its promises to impart computer courses and training. Furthermore, the petitioners claimed that the teachers were not qualified and basic amenities like furniture and library was not there in the institute.

In reply, Lavlesh Lala, partner of the institute, stated that as per the agreement he was not supposed to conduct the courses. So, there was no deficiency in service. Sanjeev Walia said he had never indulged in any computer training or courses nor had he accepted any fee. He pointed out that he only dealt with selling computers and had nothing to do with the institute.

The forum stated: “Assurances were made by Lavlesh Rana for running the centre on behalf of Sanjeev Walia and, therefore, both of them are liable for refund of the amount and compensation if services are discontinued. The agreement therefore does not absolve any of the opposite parties of their liability towards the complainants.”



Rural Tourism
Rs 50 lakh in Chatt village kitty
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 24
The Centre has sanctioned Rs 50 lakh for the development of Chatt village as a rural tourism hub. The village is known for its zoological park, the largest in the North, and is already a big attraction for tourists.

The grant will further give an impetus to the influx of visitors to the state.

In response to a feasibility study report submitted by the Punjab directorate of tourism in August last year, the Centre has sanctioned this amount as part of its scheme to promote rural tourism in the country.

The report prepared by the India Tourism Development Corporation had highlighted that after Sanghol, Chatt was the second village in Punjab where ancient artifacts of the 11th and 12th century AD were discovered by the archaeology department, establishing the role of this sleepy village with regard to Mohammad Ghori and Prithvi Raj Chauhan.

On the southern fringe of the village, several trenches had been excavated and the department of culture found relics like iron implements, axes, rings, bangles and sculptures.

The report said an underground well structure about 100 to 125 years old had been identified 2 km away from the Ghaggar. It was a single storey well with adjoining rooms made up of sarhadi bricks.

The report also prepared a framework for the development of the village. The focus would be on the creation of a rural activity centre and development of a road leading to the zoo.

The report suggested that the village could be converted into a live cultural heritage museum. An amphitheatre would be constructed for the organisation of traditional sports and cultural performances, besides accommodation for tourists.

The activity centre could be positioned as an essential link to a tourist circuit that includes forts and palaces of Patiala and the ancient sites of Ropar.

“The increasing affluent population in the nearby cities and towns is a highly mobile group of regional travellers and needs much more than historical monuments for its leisure and recreation needs,” the report said.

“This report is only the suggested framework for what all can be done to attract more tourists here. I would be going to the village to see if any aspect of the project needs to be added to the project,” the deputy commissioner of SAS Nagar said.



Bogus teacher gets notice
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
Taking cognizance of the undue advantage taken by a teacher for about 15 years on the basis of a fake degree, the Chandigarh Education Department today issued a ten-day show-cause notice to the guilty teacher, if he has anything to say from his side.

Amar Singh, a mathematics teacher at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, possessed a fake degree of M.Sc mathematics issued by Magadh University. After receiving complaint, Amar Singh was directed by the department to produce original copies of the certificate along with marksheet.

The department deputed the officials of the department for the verification of the original degree and their findings revealed that the registration number, the marks and the provisional certificate were forged.



Custodial Death
Two more cops held
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 24
The police arrested two of the seven accused police personnel in the custodial death case of Jogi, a resident of Shahbad Markanda, here today.

Five others, including SI Haripal Singh, head constable Bhagwan Das, constable Raghupal, Shan Singh and Chander Pal were arrested on Friday. The Panchkula SP, Sandip Khirwar, said a case under Section 304, IPC, was registered against Joginder and Pawan.

Seven policemen were suspended on December 18 when the relatives of the deceased lodged a complaint that Jogi was killed by policemen who picked him from his house. Jogi died in custody on December 17.

A police party of the CIA wing of the Panchkula police had allegedly picked him from his house on December 8 to interrogate him in connection with dacoity at Batod village, near Barwala, about two months ago.



Admission Row
PU, Dept of Law field separate lawyers in HC
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 24
Having been pushed into a corner over the admission of a student activist, a Panjab University department has declared a virtual war against the university.

For the first time in the history of the university, the Department of Law has fielded its own counsel before the high court, independent of the university, fearing truth would not otherwise be known to the court.

The case relates to the admission to one Brinder Dhillon to the three-year LLB course. While the university and the Department of Law have been at loggerheads for the past several months over his admission, a fresh crisis has arisen over Dhillon’s eligibility for promotion to the second semester without taking the first semester examination or having attended any lecture.

In response to a writ petition filed by Dhillon seeking promotion to the second semester, the university and the department have filed separate replies through their counsels. While the university has defended Dhillon’s admission, the department has termed it illegal.

The reply filed by the head of the department points out that Dhillon did not attend the counselling on July 5 since he was involved in a criminal case and “non bailable warrants of arrest had been issued against him”. It lists five FIRs lodged against Dhillon.

In his absence, the department’s board of control refused to admit him. Dhillon approached the high court. When informed that he was involved in a criminal case, the Bench asked Dhillon’s counsel to explain why this had been suppressed in his writ petition. Neither Dhillon nor his counsel appeared on the adjourned date and his petition was dismissed “in default”.

On October 25, the PU syndicate rejected the stand of the board of control and admitted Dhillon to the LLB course, creating an additional seat for him.

Charging that Dhillon was admitted illegally, the department’s reply claims that only the board of control was competent to make admissions to the department. The reply also points out that a PIL assailing Dhillon’s admission via the syndicate was already pending in the high court.

Controverting the fresh petition filed by Dhillon, the department accuses Dhillon of concealing not only the PIL against him but also the dismissal of his own earlier petition by the high court.

Pursuant to the syndicate’s decision, Dhillon joined the department on November 4, the last day of the academic session. The department did not allow him to take the first semester examination, as he had not attended any lecture.

Both the university and the Bar Council of India, adds chairman of the department Shashi Sharma, prescribe a minimum of 75 per cent attendance by a law student to be eligible to take any examination.Defending Dhillon’s late admission by the syndicate, the university’s reply, on the other hand, voiced concern that Dhillon “will be unfairly deprived of his right to education.”

It is “pertinent to mention here”, adds the university, “that in certain cases the university has counted the attendance of the students from their date of admission”.

Having said this, however, the university acknowledged that the question as to Dhillon’s “lack of eligibility” to take the first semester examination in view of the university regulations “still subsists”.



Central observer to name mayor’s nominee
Mandeep Puri

Chandigarh, December 24
Observer from the Centre to decide nominees for the Congress in the upcoming Mayor elections.

Though the campaign for mayor, deputy mayor and senior deputy mayor is on its peak, final verdict is with the party high command. The councillors of the Congress, the BJP, the Akali Dal and the BSP, are all waiting for the higher authority to decide for the appropriate candidate.

For the Congress, an observer from the Centre has been appointed to decided who will it be among the strong contenders.

Where Davinder Singh Babla has worked hard in his ward, Pradeep Chhabra and Chander Mukhi both have the advantage of seniority. B.B.Bahl, president, Congress Committee said, “The Congress is the strong and not the candidate. We have already sent the bio-data of the deserving candidate to the party high command. Observer is coming tomorrow to decide whom it will be”.

For the BJP, Gurcharan Dass Kalaa and Surinder Jagota are the names coming up for the post of mayor. Kamla Sharma, president, of the local unit of BJP, said, “ There is no issue among the councillor, they are waiting for the high command to decide”.

Jatinder Bhatia is the one candidate who is expected to fight for the mayor seat. Harmohan Dhawan, president, BSP, said, “The party is waiting for BJP’s decision. It was decided that BJP will join hands with us, but till date nothing have been decided by the party.



Slum kids spice up Citco celebrations
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Slum children dance with Santa at Mountview, Chandigarh, where they were special invitees at Citco’s Christmas eve celebrations on Monday.
Slum children dance with Santa at Mountview, Chandigarh, where they were special invitees at Citco’s Christmas eve celebrations on Monday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, December 24
Seated in Rustles, Mountview’s posh eating house, they made a pretty picture of grace. Not that they were not tempted to break free or touch for once the flashy stuff that made the décors stand out, but then they did hold back….special as they were.

For these 70 underprivileged children studying at the schools run by the Youth Technical Training Society, being VIP guests seemed no big deal. As special invitees to Citco’s Christmas eve celebrations, they looked every bit their grain -- calm, composed and confident.

Not once did poverty get the better of them -- not when Santa loaded them with gifts, not even when Jean Rodrigues, wife of UT administrator, served them lunch. They came in queues, accepting meals with humility and eating in style. Every child used cutlery and used it well, never mind the parents of most wash utensils at people’s houses.

Carmel's gift for special kids

Chandigarh: For the gathering at Mount Carmel School this year's Christmas eve celebrations were special as the authorities honoured physically disabled children associated with Roshni, a rehabilitation centre based at Ropar.

"We will organise a bigger function for the disabled children in April next year. About 100 children, who have braved odds to emerge strong in life, will be honoured at that time," father said.

In many ways thus, the setting was perfect -- with VVIPs going all out to make the children feel special and children going all out to keep their grace. While most sat around, enjoying attention, some took to stage and sang praises to Jesus. From among the audiences, Jean Rodrigues beamed smiles at the young singers, so did managing director Citco J.S Bir, who has many more plans to see Citco fulfil its corporate social responsibility.

Bir today proposed that Citco, after the approval of board of directors, would fund the education of toppers among these slum children. “We will also foot the training and commuting costs of children who are good at sports,” said the MD as his team put up a fine show, marked also by the inauguration of mural panels created by art college students.

Meant to camouflage hotel lawns where construction work is on, the murals have actually come handy for CITCO. “Thanks to these murals, our business is looking up. We are receiving record number of queries to book the lawns,” Bir told The Tribune. Ironically, his fear earlier was loss of business due to construction around the lawns.

“Until March 31, next year, we had 58 bookings by bankers. Our biggest concern was loss of business amounting to two crore due to renovation work on the lawns. So we decided to use the murals as camouflages. The students did brilliant work. So much so that we are now expecting profits,” Bir said, as Jean Rodrigues basked in the beauty of artworks -- 24 in all, each depicting Chandigarh’s infectious beauty, except one in which Pawan Tikko, an art student hailing from Kashmir, brought alive the beauty of the valley. "I have borrowed some snow from the Valley. Snow is the only thing Chandigarh doesn't have," he said.



IAS officers’ wives chip in for special kids
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
The Punjab IAS Officers Wives Association has put up a stall as a part of Christmas celebrations in the Parade Ground here.

The proceeds from the stall, that will continue tomorrow, will go to the Vatika High School for Deaf and Dumb in Sector-19 here.

The association, headed by the Punjab chief secretary’s wife, helps in imparting education up to Class X to students impaired from hearing.

Besides education, vocational training is also given to such students. Objective of the association is to get the physically challenged students settled in the society with honour and dignity.



Combating Joint Ache
Indians prefer yoga to surgery: Survey
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

AC Neilsen survey: Key findings

67 per cent of the respondents didn’t have insurance to cover treatment costs.

The highest level of knee problems emerged in the income group of Rs 10,000-25,000 (51 per cent).

98 per cent of the respondents relied on TV as a primary mode of entertainment indicating a very sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise.

39 per cent of the respondents with knee joint problems were either retired (25 per cent) or were unable to work (14 per cent).

Chandigarh, December 24
Depending on home devised remedies and aversion to surgical procedures has cost dearly a majority of Indians suffering from joint aches.

A recent survey has revealed that squatting in a wrong way is among the leading causes of joint pain for about 70 per cent of Indians. It also revealed that 54 per cent of the patients were averse to a surgery for treatment.

The survey conducted by AC Neilsen for pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson says that joint ache was a major hindrance in the day-to-day life of most respondents. Key triggers for joint pain were sitting on the floor impacting 68 per cent of the male respondents and 71 per cent of the female respondents.

Travelling long distances impacted men more at 75 per cent while only 64 per cent of the women saw this as a major trigger for knee pain. Bending and using the Indian toilets caused pain equally for men (67 per cent) and women (66 per cent). The study also revealed that women with knee joint problems (58 per cent) faced severe problems while visiting religious shrines.

Surprisingly, 38 per cent of the respondents thought home remedies were improving their condition nullifying the need to visit a surgeon. Yoga emerged as a primary means of tackling joint problems, with 57 per cent of the respondents saying that their state was improving with yoga and they did not need to visit a doctor immediately.

The respondents cited the following reasons for not going a the orthopaedic surgeon - fear (57 per cent), natural phenomenon of ageing (57 per cent), yoga (67 per cent) and obesity (43 per cent).

The survey was commissioned to determine the impact of joint problems on the lives of patients as well as the current needs and barriers to the surgical treatment approach in eight Indian cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kanpur, Lucknow, Baroda, Surat and Coimbatore.

Commenting on the survey, Dr P.K.Banerji, head of department, Orthopaedics, Peerless Hospital and B.K.Roy Research Centre, Kolkata said in India a large population suffered from knee ache due to various causes.

“What is shocking to understand from the survey is that over 58 per cent of the respondents are trying self-medication or home devised recipes. Self medication worsens the situation, which combined with the inherent fear of surgery at over 50 per cent is worrisome,” he added.

Anil Nayak spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson said an alarming percentage of the Indian population was either suffering or susceptible to knee-joint ailments. The rotating platform high flexion knee that bends and rotates and helps address day-to-day lifestyle issues was a perfect example of our insight and endeavour to help patients afflicted with joint problems, he claimed.

The survey was aimed at spreading awareness about the impact of joint problems on the lives of patients and the criticality of a surgical treatment approach to cure it.

We believe that what really matters to the patient and the surgeon is an implant system that provides enhanced function, has proven longevity and ultimately results in patient satisfaction.



Three injured in pile-up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
Three persons, including a woman, were seriously injured when three vehicles, including an autorickshaw they were travelling in, collided on road dividing sectors 28 and 29, here, this morning.

The injured were rushed to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital. They have been identified as Randeep of Burail, Gurmukh Singh of Sector 56, the autorickshaw driver and Indu Bala of Sector 18. Indu had suffered a fracture on her leg.

According to witnesses, the accident took place at around 12:30 pm, when a Hyundai Santro Car (CH-04-A-0177) which was on high speed hit a car moving ahead it.

Subsequently, the driver of the Santro car lost his control over the vehicle, which swerved to the right side and collided head-on with a Chevrolet Aveo car (HP-34-C-3800).

An auto-rickshaw (PB-65-E-2964), which was coming behind Aveo car could not stop and rammed into the rear of the car.

All passengers travelling in the autorickshaw suffered injuries while those in cars escaped with minor injuries.

Both the cars were badly damaged in the mishap. The police reached the spot and cleared the traffic jam and removed the vehicles with recovery vans.

The police arrested the driver of the Santro car Mandeep Sharma of Sector 20 on the charges of causing injuries due to rash and negligent driving.

In another incident, a Skoda car belonging to Haryana Government, overturned after ramming into an intersection on road dividing Sectors 27 and 29, here, this evening.

No one was reportedly injured in the mishap and a daily diary report has been lodged in this connection in the Sector 26 police station.



Youth run over by train
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
An unidentified man in his mid-twenties was found lying dead on track near Sector 19, Panchkula. The police said the victim was crushed to death by a train in the wee hours and the body was recovered in the morning.

According to the police, the victim sustained severe head injuries and his face was damaged beyond recognition. He was wearing white shirt, grey inner and a black pyjama.

The police was sent to the Sector 6 Government Hospital and post-mortem was conducted.

The body will be kept there for identification. Meanwhile, the police has initiated inquest proceedings under section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code in this regard.



Ghaggar bridge partially closed
Tribue News Service

Panchkula, December 24
Commuters have to face hardships till the New Year as it will take at least three weeks before traffic is restored completely on the Old Ghaggar bridge, connecting Panchkula to Ramgarh, after massive repairs on the 35- year-old structure.

The bridge, across the Ghaggar, on the National Highway-73, is open partially to traffic.

There was a traffic jam on the highway throughout the day when lakhs of devotees thronged the Gurdwara Nada Sahib to pay tributes on Puranmashi yesterday.

In fact, this was the second time that the bridge was closed for repair during last one year as two of its gap slabs and joint expansions were repaired in December last.

Now, the other two of the gap slabs were being repaired and the bridge would be ready for its full utilisation by the middle of next month, said XEN of national highway B R Kapoor.

Now with the repair of four gap slabs, it is expected that bridge would not require the repair in future for a long time, opined Kapoor.

However, the problem of traffic congestion will be solved only after the proposed fourlaning of the highway is approved by the Centre as more than 30,000 vehicles pass through this bridge every day.

There was a proposal of fourlaning of highway from Panchkula to Hardwar, informed NHAI project director K.P. Sharma. Though it would take more than three years after the proposal is approved, added Sharma.



3-yr-old girl injured
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 24
A three-year-old girl was injured after a car hit a truck on a railway overpass at Dera Bassi this afternoon.

According to the police, Puneet was sitting in her father’s lap on the passenger’s seat of the car being driven by P.S. Kang, her father’s friend. Other family members were sitting on the back seat.

They were on their way to Ambala.

The car hit the truck going in front. While the other occupants of the car had a miraculous escape, Puneet received injuries in the accident.

She was taken to the Dera Bassi civil hospital from where she was shifted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh.



Cleanliness exercise
Tribune News Service

A student skips a rope during a heritage sports event in Mohali on Monday.
A student skips a rope during a heritage sports event in Mohali on Monday. — Tribune photo by
Vicky Gharu

Mohali, December 24
On the third day of the 10-day NSS camp, volunteer of the Shivalik Institute of Education and Research today undertook a cleanliness exercise at Government Primary School, Phase-3B1, Mohali.

In the afternoon session, the 88 volunteers took part in a sporting event, “Heritage Sports”, which included games like “stapoo”, “geetae”, “pithoo garam”, kite flying, skipping, “chatti” race.

The event is held annually under the aegis of the Generation Saviour Association, a non-governmental organisation.

Organisation president Amteshwar Kaur and members K. Singh and Surjeet Kaur were also present.

Chief guest D.S.Bedi congratulated the prize winners.

Principal Dr Satpal Kaur Grewal, while proposing the vote of thanks, lauded the effort of the organisers.



Fauji Beat
Army a poor man’s profession?
Pritam Bhullar

Physical examination of a Ladakhi youth before his training for recruitment.
Physical examination of a Ladakhi youth before his training for recruitment.

Fifty per cent of 606 cadets who were commissioned from the IMA on December 10, belonged to families having a monthly income of about Rs 10,000, says a news report. The highest number among them i.e. 116 was from Uttar Pradesh.

Next came Uttarakhand with 69. Punjab, once called the sword arm of India, had only 17 cadets turning into officers. Of the 1,470 cadets who are undergoing training at the IMA, the largest number, 271, as reported, is from UP and the second largest, 140, is from Uttarakhand.

Over the years, two things have become clear. One, the Army has become a poor man’s profession. Two, very few defence officers’ children opt for the Army. Why? Because, they get lucrative openings as against children of JCOs and other ranks.

Why should a young man, who can get a package of Rs 7 lakh to Rs 10 lakh in the final year of management or engineering course, opt for a hard and risky career in the Army? And that too, for a few thousand rupees.

Some argue that other central services also get almost the same salary as the Army. Granted, but then they do not go through the same hazards and risk to life and have a longer span of service of 60 years. Besides, they do not spend the better part of their service away from their families. Army’s terms and conditions of service being what they are; it is unfair to compare it with any other service.

Training for recruitment

In a remote region like Ladakh, the youth has limited opportunity to find jobs. Realising this, the Tiger Hill Brigade has launched a venture to train the youth for recruitment into the Army.

There has been an overwhelming response from the locals and a large number of youths have come forward for the training. The training is of four weeks’ duration and has been planned at Batalik and Hanuyogma villages. It includes physical fitness training, written examination and medical examination. Once trained, they will be well equipped for recruitment into the Ladakh Scouts.

Medical benefit scheme refund

Some members of the medical benefit scheme (MBS), which was managed by the Army Group Insurance Fund (AGIF), have still not claimed refund of the contribution fee paid by them to become members. Since the scheme has already been closed, members concerned are advised to claim their refund by returning their original MBS card and giving their bank account number along with the postal address.

To avail of the facilities of the ECHS, former MBS members should become members of the ECHS by March 31, 2008. The ex-servicemen who had retired before January 1, 1996, are exempted from paying the contribution fee for becoming members of the ECHS.



Blood donation camp organised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
On the auspicious occasion of the birthday of the founder of Dev Samaj - Bhagwan Dev Atma ji and as part of ongoing NSS camp, a Blood Donation Camp was held in the premises of Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, here, today.

The camp was inaugurated by K.L. Vohra, manager cum director, Dev Samaj Schools, New Delhi, and Kailash Chander, secretary Dev Samaj sect. Shashi Jain, director and college officiating principal Sarita Rani, the donors themselves, motivated the students and all other guests with their words and experiences. Over 50 students as well as faculty members of the college donated blood.

A tree plantation drive, as a part of the NSS camp, was held at Butrela village, Chandigarh. The NSS volunteers motivated the villagers and also took out a rally on safe environment and sensitised the villagers regarding tree plantation.



City teacher gets national award
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
Dinesh Saraswat, a PGT Physics teacher of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sector 25, here, has been conferred with National Award by Minister of Human Resource Development Arjun Singh at National Bal Bhawan New Delhi.

Dinesh has been recognised for his outstanding contribution towards the academic, moral physical and cultural development of the students.

Earlier, presented with Guru Shrestha and Guru Praveen award by Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti New Delhi, Dinesh introduced the concept of I.C.T (Information in Computer and Technology) in his regular classroom teaching effectively. Previous year he was sent to University of California, Los Angles.



Inadequate information

I and my wife travelled in a Haryana Roadways’ Volvo bus from Chandigarh to IGI airport, New Delhi, on August 25. This Bus goes to Gurgaon via IGI and similarly there are other such buses that cover this route from Chandigarh. It was a pleasant experience travelling in this bus.

Now we are suppose to return to India in the third or fourth week of January 2008. Despite our best efforts, we have not been able to know about our return from IGI airport to Chandigarh. The Haryana Roadways’ officials at ISBT Delhi, Gurgaon or even Chandigarh inquiry offices have shown their inability to let us know about the timings and the method of buying tickets for these buses.

I had enquired from the conductor of our bus on August 25 while travelling but he also ignored my query. We are finding ways of returning back home safely. My wife is handicapped and cannot walk properly.

The timings of all the buses of UT, Punjab and Haryana Roadways are published in Chandigarh Tribune almost daily, but these are only from Chandigarh to Delhi/Gurgaon (via IGI airport) but not vice-versa. I shall be grateful if through your esteemed paper, we can have the return information on e-mail.

Kanwar S.S. Walia, Chandigarh



HP man held on molestation charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
A Himachal Pradesh resident was arrested on the charges of assaulting and attempting to outrage modesty of a woman.

The police said the victim, a resident of Sector 35, lodged a complaint alleging that Ashwani Kumar of Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh assaulted her and attempted to outrage her modesty near Gurdial Singh Petrol Pump in Sector 22 on Sunday night.

The police arrested the accused and registered a case against him under Sections 354 and 506 of the IPC in this connection.


J.K. Sharda of Sector 37-A reported that Rs 20,000, a laptop, gold jewellery and documents were stolen from his residence after breaking open the locks on Sunday. A case has been registered.



Coffee bar firing: Youths booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
The police today booked a group of unidentified persons for allegedly firing shots at a Sector 35-based coffee bar on Saturday night.

The police said an employee of the coffee bar in his complaint alleged that on Saturday night two youths came to the bar and they were under influence of liquor.

They demanded the staff to play some Punjabi songs to which the staff told the youth that they did not have any. The youth brought their own CD from their car and asked the staff to play it.

On being refused they pulled out a “pistol” and began firing shots, threatening them with dire consequences. Their other associates also came into the bar and created ruckus before leaving the place.



Infant dies in scuffle
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 24
A 10-day-old baby was died when she was hit during a scuffle at Jhuggi Jhopri colony of Sector 14 here today.

According to the police, five accused, Beche Lal, Ram Khilawan, Mange Ram Om Parkash and Guddi, all residents of the colony were booked under Section 304 IPC.

Reena, a resident of the colony, was returning to her home when four of the accused asked her to come to them, said the police.

When she did not stop the accused who were under the influence of liquor stopped her forcibly and Premvati and Ram Lal, the sister and brother-in-law of Reena, respectively came to her rescue, said Balbir Singh, SHO.

During the scuffle Guddi also joined the scuffle when the baby in the lap of her mother got hit and died, said the SHO.



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