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Demat password hacked
Shares worth Rs 9.5 lakh sold; three arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
The cyber crime investigation cell of the police has arrested three persons for allegedly defrauding a man by selling his shares worth over Rs 9 lakh by hacking his online demat password.

According to the SP (crime), S.S. Randhawa, the accused Radha Krishan Sharma of Sector 15-C, his cousin Gopal Krishan Sharma of Sector 16-A and Vishal Kapil of Pushpak Complex, Sector 49, were arrested last night after a case under Sections 65 and 66 of the Information Technology Act 2000 and Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC was registered against them last night.

The police seized a laptop of Vishal Kapil along with the data card which was used for hacking the password on January 29. Efforts were on to trace Naveen Singla of M/s Naveen Trading Company, Sangrur.

The complainant, Sandeep Mittal of Phase II, Mohali, had lodged a complaint that someone had hacked his online trading password with Kotak Securities Private Limited and sold his shares amounting Rs 9.50 lakh.

The accused had withdrawn the money from his trading account and did future and options (F&O) segment online trading through his account.

They first short sold February and March options at a very low price and then purchased the same trade orders in their account, simultaneously selling the same at a very high price. They managed to transfer the whole amount to their accounts as a profit and indebted him by Rs 77,000.

Randhawa said the case was the first of its kind for the Chandigarh police and investigating officials had obtained information about the fraudulent transactions made from Mittal’s account from Kotak Securities Private Limited. The company gave the details of two IP addresses, including one used on January 29 to change the password of Mittal’s account which belonged to TATA Indicom, and the other one used on January 30 for executing fraudulent transactions. Mittal’s account belonged to Sify Limited.

In the meantime, the investigating officials also approached the National Stock Exchange which provided client details of the accused, along with details of their brokers namely ICICI Securities Limited, Mumbai, K and A Securities Private Limited, Noida, and SAS Broking Private Limited, Mumbai.

The police contacted Sify Limited, Chennai, which helped it in tracking down the user (Radha Krishan Sharma) of the Id under their IP through their Chandigarh-based franchise. K and A Securities Private Limited confirmed that the transaction on the above date was made by Naveen Singla of M/s Naveen Trading Company, Sangrur.

ICICI Securities Limited confirmed that the transaction was made by their client, Radha Krishan Sharma.



Khaki Shame
Gritty cop chickens out
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
He was given out of turn promotion after he was fired at while foiling a robbery bid at the PGI. But when it was time to bring the accused to the book, he refused to identify them in court, resulting in their acquittal, and his dismissal from the police.

Taking up head constable Madan Pal’s appeal against the dismissal orders, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has refused to intervene.

A Division Bench comprising Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Mohinder Pal ruled on his petition: “Counsel for the petitioner also pointed out that he was given out of turn promotion as head constable on account of bravery shown by him in foiling the attempt of the accused to loot Rs 28 lakh. However, after getting the case registered against the accused on the basis of his statement, the petitioner mixed up with them and refused to identify any of them before the trial judge, resulting in their acquittal.”

The Bench added that the petitioner being a member of a disciplined force was expected to do his duty in a responsible manner and it did not behove him to turnabout in such a way. “Consequently, we do not find any merit in this writ petition and dismiss the same,” it said.

Going into the background of the matter, the Bench observed: “The petitioner was head constable in the Chandigarh police. On June 1, 1990, when he was on guard duty in front of the State Bank of India branch on the premises of the PGI, an attempt was made by three robbers to take Rs 28 lakh from the cashier of the PGI who had drawn the salary of PGI employees from the bank.

The petitioner grappled with one of the robbers and he was fired at by the other robber. The petitioner was successful in foiling the robbery. All three culprits ran away from the spot and an FIR was registered.

During investigation, the accused, Pardeep Singh, Rajinder Singh and Rakesh Kumar were arrested and challaned. During trial, the petitioner refused to identify any of the robbers before the trial judge, as a result of which they were acquitted.”

The judges added: “An inquiry against the petitioner was conducted by Baldev Singh, DSP, Central, Chandigarh. In his report, he submitted that the petitioner was a disloyal and coward public servant. He intentionally mixed with the accused and showed cowardice by not deposing against them. He deliberately refused to identify the accused.

The judges further said: “The SSP, UT, Chandigarh, accepted the inquiry report and by exercising powers under Article 311 (2) of the Constitution, dismissed the petitioner from service by holding that the petitioner had connived with terrorists/robbers.

Against the order, the petitioner went in appeal before the IGP, but that plea was also dismissed. The orders were challenged by the petitioner by way of filing an original application before the CAT, which was dismissed. He, subsequently, moved the high court against the CAT orders.



Artistes doubt usefulness of 1,500-capacity NCPA hall
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
With all its exciting features, the concept of Nehru Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), to come up in Sector 34, has not gone down too well with most of the performing artistes.

Their primary objection is to the proposed 1,500-capacity auditorium, NCPA’s main feature. In times, when the trend worldwide is to shift to smaller, intimate spaces of performance, such a huge hall, they feel, will be a waste of space, money and effort.

The NCPA design by architect Namita Singh was recently approved by the UT administrator. Significantly, the administration had, at the time of inviting architects, stated among requirements the creation of 1,500-capacity auditorium. Architects naturally had little choice, but performing artistes from the city feel they should have been consulted considering the failure of huge halls at other places in the past.

When the Nehru Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai, set up an 800-capacity hall, it realised the space couldn’t be filled when Zubin Mehta performed. Similar has been the fate of the Indradhanush auditorium in Panchkula. Meant for 1,000 people, it has hardly ever seen a packed house.

In Chandigarh, too, the requirement is of compact spaces where performers can connect with their audiences. Terming the proposal for a 1,500-capacity hall insane, Neelam Mansingh, the most prolific theatre performer from the region, says, “The very thought of having such a big hall is to me distressing. Performers prefer intimacy with audiences. What is the point of performing to empty houses? You will hardly get a full house except when you arrange a star night. A better idea is to have smaller auditoriums that allow the explosion of artistic experiments.”

Mansingh’s assertions seem justified considering the finest auditoriums in India are the ones created for small audiences. The Rang Shankara in Bangalore is one such space. Chaired by Girish Karnad, this 350-capacity hall was created by artiste Arundhati Nag, the land for which was given by the government. Closer home in Delhi, the National School of Drama (NSD) campus also has small spaces for performance -- Abhimanch for 400 people, Sanmukh for 175 and Circulation Space for 125. “A large space means extra pressure on the actor and the director. It also entails a huge cost,” says Umesh Kant, who opens one production a year.

The need for smaller halls was in fact realised long ago by Ebrahim Alkazi, the founder director of the NSD, who built a studio theatre on the NSD campus.

“A sense of logic and an understanding of art is essential when talking of big projects like the NCPA. The UT administration would do well to constitute a committee of artistes and ask them what they want. Unless of course you want to create more white elephants,” says Mansingh, who hasn’t been able to stage her latest production “The Suit” in Chandigarh for want of a good auditorium.

For its part, the UT administration is convinced of the utility of the NCPA’s 1,500-capacity hall. “We are planning the NCPA for popular national and international events. We need world-class facilities and infrastructure. And we don’t think one big hall is an exaggeration. We do need it,” said a top official from the Chandigarh Housing Board, which is handling the project for the UT administration.



BSP men join BJP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
Former general secretary of BSP’s local unit Subhash Sharma along with his supporters joined the BJP today.

City BJP president Kamla Sharma welcomed Sharma and his supporters at the party office in Sector 33.

Others present included former MP Satya Pal Jain, Yash Pal Mahajan, general secretary Sanjay Tandon.

Jain said: “The policy announced by the ‘Congress-controlled’ Chandigarh administration two days ago regarding transfer of houses of the Cooperative House Building Societies on the basis of GPA suggested that the administration’s was acting like a property dealer.”

He said a memorandum would soon be presented to the administration by taking members of all societies into confidence.

Jain expressed anxiety over the increasing number of road accidents, suicides and deteriorating law and order situation here.

He would convene a meeting in coordination with prominent persons of the city, Parent-Teacher Associations, NGOs and youths to resolve the issues.



Rose Fest
Chill deflowers the spirit
Amrita Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
Prolonged winter chill might just take away the sheen from the much awaited festival of gardens (Rose Festival) this year. According to sources, the extreme cold conditions and frost have spoilt the plants this year, upsetting the organisers and participants alike.

The festival of gardens this year is scheduled to be held from February 22 to February 24. Sources however state that if such weather conditions continue, it just might have to be postponed. The last time, sources state, such a weather persisted was in 1976 and the festival had to be postponed thrice.

Officials of the department of horticulture acknowledge that the quality of plants have reduced this year and will effect the results also. Plants on many roundabouts can be seen to have already withered away.

Competitions in the festival of gardens are held for best home garden, best round about, best garden in an institution, flower arrangement competitions for institutions and individuals, flower groomed in pots, apart from others.

This year the UT plans to introduce kite flying competition apart from other competitions like on the spot painting, rose prince and princess competition, rose quiz, folk dance competition, photography competition and antakshari. This year too no stalls will be put up on the Jan Marg. Two cultural evenings will also be held on February 23 and 24.



‘Awareness of RTI Act rising in Punjab, HP’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
The Finance Ministry has received the maximum number of applications under the Right to Information Act since its formulation in 2005.

The ministry has got applications seeking information on banking and insurance, said Wajahat Habibullah, chief information commissioner, during a workshop on “Consumers’ Right to Information” at the Chandigarh Press Club today.

Talking about public awareness of the Act, Habibullah listed the states where the number of applications was high. “The number is on the rise in Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab. The awareness level of people in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh is not high,” he said.

Elaborating on the applications, he said, “Those received from Chandigarh are precise and clear. Those coming from a city like New Delhi, where the migrant population is very high, are not very clear.”

Asked about various government departments that don’t have public information officers, Habibullah said, “Every public office is supposed to give information on any inquiry that comes under the Act. In fact, the district courts and the high court are also covered under the Act.”

Regarding the upgradation plans, he stated that the Act relied on the expertise of information technology. “It’s important to invite applications online. Thus e-governance tops my priority list.”

He stated that under Section 4 (1) of the Act, it was obligatory for the pubic authorities to maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed. Under Section 4 (b), every public authority is required to publish within 120 days from the enactment of the Act as many as 17 manuals.

Giving his view on the misuse of the Act, he said, “Everything has its pros and cons. Of course, the Act is misused. Such frivolous applications are rejected by the judge at the commission.”

The workshop was organised by an NGO, Consumer Forum, Chandigarh. Addressing the gathering, Rajan Kashyap, state chief information commissioner, Punjab, said people usually sought information about the utilisation of funds by the government. He elaborated on the implementation of the Act.

Speaking on the reach of the Act, Vivek Atray, director, public relations, pointed out, “The Act has not yet reached the common man. Only the creamy layer of society is putting it to use. Thus, the Act has not yet been implemented properly.”



Experts discuss climate change
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
The two-day interactive seminar on Global Warming and Climate Change, being organised by the Asian Education Society, concluded at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Research today.

In his valedictory address, Governor of Haryana, Dr A.R. Kidwai expressed concern over changes in the climate. He said it was high time that corrective measures be implemented to check global warming.

Joint secretary in the ministry of external affairs M.S. Puri stressed upon the importance of focusing on the implication of climate change on agriculture. He also delved upon the position of the Central government on the issue of global warming and explained how India was effectively able to counter pressure from the US on this issue.

President of Gene Campaign for India, Dr Suman Sahai made a presentation on climate change and agriculture. She highlighted the impact that it would have on agricultural eco-systems, especially in double and triple cropping areas. Food productivity would be affected in tropical areas having repercussions on law and order as well as national security and economic development, she said.

The Programme Director Action Aid India, Raman Mehta, regretted that targets for the reduction of green house gases as recommended by the inter-government panel on climate change were being ignored by the world community. He said the global debate seemed to be focused more on money and ascribing blame rather than checking climate change.



Distributors blame oil cos for LPG shortage
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
The All-India LPG Distributors Federation, North West Region, today blamed the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation and the Bharat Petroleum Corporation for the shortage of domestic LPG in the market.

Owing to the reduction in the supply of the product in the region during peak demand session in winters, there is a huge backlog of the product with the respective LPG distributors, it said.

After a meeting of the executive committee of the federation, its general secretary, Capt Reet M.P. Singh (retd), said the oil companies had cut the supplies by 8 or 10 per cent. The officials of the oil companies have been accused of misrepresenting the facts during a recent meeting with the officials of the Chandigarh Food and Supplies Department.

The federation has urged the oil companies to properly assess the growth in the domestic sector before fixing the monthly demand of their respective distributor. Owing to controlled shortage, the consumers have been denied one demand cycle, i.e. every consumer has been short supplied LPG for 21 days.

To protest against the alleged arbitrary cut imposed in LPG supplies by the oil companies, the federation has resolved to observe a one-day strike in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula on February 13, if their proposed meeting with the oil companies on February 11 and February 12 failed to yield any results.



Corpn okays loan relief provision
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
Chandigarh Child and Women Development Corporation Limited has decided to make a special provision for the remission of penal interest in one-time settlement cases and enhancement of loan limit.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by UT home secretary Krishna Mohan. Concessions for the remission of penal interest would be given to a beneficiary who came forward to make the payment of outstanding amount and settle an account.

There was a probability of waiving 100 per cent penal interest in cases where the borrower intended to settle his/her account finally under a one-time settlement.

The committee resolved to enhance the loan limit to Rs 40,000 with immediate effect.



Power Off
MDC goes dark
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 9
The Mansa Devi Complex area plunged into darkness when a major fault erupted at the substation supplying power to the area today.

The Xen, UHBVN, T.K. Sharma, said the area was connected to the 132 kv substation at Pinjore which is operated by the Haryan Vidyat Prasaran Nigam.

There was a planned power cut from 9 am to 6 pm, he said, but when power was to be switched on at Pinjore, a fault was noticed in the breaker.

Sector 1 and MDC are connected to the substation, power supply was supplied to the Sector 1 from another source of power supply, but as the MDC was connected to the lone source of power supply, nothing could be done in this regard, he added.



Preventive detention of 46 workers
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, February 9
The police have arrested 46 workers of SR Industries, here today. The workers of the factory located on Barwala road have been on strike since November 19, 2008. The strike took an ugly turn today when one of the managers of the company Tilak Raj was grievously injured.

He was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, with a head and knee injury. Tilak Raj alleged that he was beaten up by the striking workers including the women staff. On the other hand, the workers alleged that Tilak Raj had misbehaved with the women staff and was injured when he fell from his scooter while trying to run way.



SBI gives trophies to branches
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
Chief general manager (CGM), State Bank of India, Chandigarh circle, Ajay Swaroop awarded CGM’s trophies to branches that had excelled in the field of community services banking activities.

The community services were blood donation camp, adult literacy camps, tree plantation, free medical check-up camp and helping poor students.

The CGM lauded the role played by modules in the field of community services banking for the uplifting of the poor and down-trodden.



Hunt for a new face
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
Darshan Aulakh Productions, associated with Bollywood and Punjabi film projects, including 'Chak De India', is on a talent hunt in the city to find a new face to cast opposite Sharukh Khan in their next venture. The auditions would be held at the office of the production house in Sector 19 for the next two days.

Earlier, accredited for introducing the now hit Tanya Abrol of 'Chak De India' to the tinsel town, Darshan Aulakh has been entrusted with the task of finding a new face from the north India, says Sukhwinder Kaur, managing director of the company. The auditions are primarily aimed at spotting young talented Punjabi face with a soothing personality which befits the personae of SRK, she adds.




Water woes

The Punjab Government’s proposal for increasing water and sewerage charges in various cities is condemnable. The authorities have already failed in arranging adequate water supply. In Rajpura, the pressure remains so low that water hardly rises above the ground level. This is the reason why almost all houses have water pumps. These booster pumps not only consume a lot of avoidable power but often suck in mud resulting in supply of unhygienic water. Thus, the residents are already suffering due to poor water supply. Enhancing the rates will add to their woes.

Kulbir Singh Chadha

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YPS celebrates 29th Founder’s Day
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 9
The Yadvindra Public School celebrated its 29th Founder’s Day, here today. The chief guest on the occasion was Wajahat Habibullah, chief information commissioner, central information commission, New Delhi.

Founder’s day at YPS has always been an occasion to mark the beginning of the tradition of ‘Vidya Vinay Veerta’, which is the motto of YPS. It is also the day when the school honours its achievers and takes stock of the year that has passed, as the principal and prefects present their reports.

The ceremony began with the academic procession by the teaching staff with a ‘shabad’ sung by the school choir in the background.

Principal Dr HS Dhillon welcomed the chief guest following which the head boy Prabhsahil, head girl Akshi Chawla, sports captain (Girls) Vasundhara, co-curricular captain (girls) Anchal Bajwa, co-curricular captain (boys) Manraj Singh and boarding house captain Simran, along with junior school head boy and head girl presented their reports that brought out the achievements of the school in the fields of academics, sports, extra-curricular activities and social service.

In his address, Habibullah emphasised on how India is poised to enter the world of opportunities and how its greatest strength was its freedom, which was now even greater with the Right to Information Act.

Among those who won trophies and prizes today are Sagar Bains, Sahil Sharma, Mannat Dhaliwal, Prabhsahil Singh Chinna, Aanchal Bajwa, Harsdeep Singh, Ramandeep Neetu, Vishavjeet Chaudhry, Manmeet Singh, Kainaat Singh, Raghavender Sahdev, Aditya Swami, Ankit Saini, Prabhdeep Singh, Sidhant Aggarwal, Sidhart Sahdev, Abadat Randhawa, Abeer Ghai, Eshleen Sodhi, Aatish Bhalaik, Arshdeep Singh Brar, Gurjinder Singh Brar, Shivam Gumber, Tajbinder Bains, Manav Narang, Jairoop Riar, Divya Gurnay, Ravinderpreet Kaur, Mankirat Bachhal, Ravnoor Preet Singh, Ramandeep Neetu, Ravinderpreet Kaur, Akshi Chawla, Sanveer Singh, Anubhav Aggarwal, Rupen Singla, Manjyot Aujla, Gurmat Kaur Randhawa, Apra Attri, Kartik Tyagi, Tanya Padam, Ramandeep, Neetu.



PU to start Eng proficiency course
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
The department of English, PU, will start proficiency/remedial course in English in the academic session 2008-2009 with minimum intake of 30 candidates. The course will be open to both foreign as well as Indian students. The course will be of three-month duration and will be conducted twice a year i.e. from March to May and from October to December. Each student enrolled for this course shall be required to pay Rs 6,000 as tuition fee and other charges plus Rs 2,000 as examination fee or its equivalent in foreign currency. The course shall also be open to the students enrolled for Ph.D programme in the university teaching departments.


Twenty five papers were presented during the two-day seminar organised under SAP of the UGC at the department of geography. K. Surjit Singh, former chief town planner, Haryana, A.R. Sankhyan, state town planner, Himachal Pradesh, Prof Sudesh Nangia and Prof Atiya Habib Kidwai, both from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, conducted various technical sessions.


PU vice-chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti inaugurated the office of the University Institute of Applied Management Sciences at Aruna Ranjit Chandra Hall on the campus here yesterday. Dr A.K. Sahijpal will be the co-ordinator and Dr Sanjiv Sharma has been appointed as the in-charge of this institute. Sobti announced that a circular had been sent to all affiliated colleges to display the internal assessment marks on their notice boards before sending the same to the university office. A calendar of activities was also announced.


Three-day national seminar on “Person, Consciousness and Culture”, sponsored by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, concluded with a valedictory address by Prof Satya P. Gautam from JNU, New Delhi, and Prof S.R. Bhatt from University of Delhi. Professor S.A. Shaida from IIT, Kanpur, chaired the session.



From Schools & Colleges
Students bid farewell to seniors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
Class-XI students of AKSIPS, Sector 41, presented a cultural programme to bid adieu to Class-XII students today. Pulsating music set the mood of the day and the students enjoyed the event. The crowning ceremony of Miss AKSIPS and Master AKSIPS was the attraction of the day. Ridhima was crowned Miss AKSIPS while Raghav was adjudged Master AKSIPS.

Exhibition: St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32, organised an art and craft exhibition, ‘Expressions-2008’, today on the school premises. Sandeep Hans, PCS and OSD to Punjab Chief Minister, was the chief guest. The display included beautiful aprons, hand-embroidered cushion covers, drawings, paintings and handicrafts.

Farewell: Saupin’s School, Chandigarh, bid adieu to the students of Class X with a colourful ceremony today. The students of Class X were welcomed by the students of Class IX, school management and teaching staff. Headmaster A.B. Sidhu was the first one to bid farewell to the students of the outgoing class. Students presented a cultural programme. The students of Class X were presented with mementoes and certificates. Miss Saupin’s award was given to Sanchita while Amarbir took home the Mr Saupin’s award.

Seminar: The department of computer science and applications of MCM DAV College for Women organised a seminar on software testing. The seminar aimed to acquaint students with contemporary testing techniques in the software development process. Daljeet Kaur, tester and trainer with SQC Infotech, presented the seminar and made the students aware of the technicalities in the field and various strategies available therein.

Farewell: Spectacular performances and impressive speeches marked the farewell function organised for passing-out batches of Class X and XII of DAV Public School, Sector 8, today. Students of Class IX and XI presented well-choreographed dance sequences. The students also presented a comedy skit and musical items. Harshehraj Singh and Aditi Tiwari were chosen as Mr and Miss DAV-2008, respectively, from Class X while Ravjeet Singh and Mallika Joshi were chosen as Mr and Miss DAV-2008, respectively, for Class XII.



From Colleges
21 colleges participate in placement drive
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 9
A joint campus placement drive was held at Indo Global College of Engineering by IT major Wipro for its BPO Division, in which students of 21 engineering colleges from the region participated.

The selection process started with a presentation about Wipro by Saju Abraham, CR Manager, and Nidhi Malhotra, HR Manager. From the first round, 148 students were short-listed. After the 2nd and 3rd rounds, 32 students were selected which included 12 students from Indo Global college.


The second largest telecom software provider in India - Tech Mahindra - conducted a recruitment drive for BCA/BSc students of 2008 batch at the campus of Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, today. Students having 60% throughout in their academic record were eligible. Following a written test, all students who will be short-listed would be undergoing technical and HR process for final selection.

Awareness camp

Around 200 boys and girls participated in a programme on HIV/AIDS organised by Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS), in Mohali today. Dildar Khan, director of JSS, said the objective of the workshop is to sensitize the youth on the issues related to HIV/AIDS, which will help in creating awareness and go a long way in the prevention of the deadly disease.


Dr. IT Business School, Banur, organised a seminar on tax planning on its campus today. Prof A.K. Vashisht of University Business School, Panjab University, said tax planning should be in the spirit of law and not tax avoidance. He said planning can be done by three methods - exemption, deduction and diversion of income. He also briefed the students about wealth tax, which is 1 per cent of the total wealth if it exceeds Rs 15 lakh. Prof Rakesh Gupta, adviser finance, Panjab University, said a cost-benefit analysis should always be made before investing in tax saving scheme.



Moot court competition at Army Institute of Law
Tribune News Service

Randeep Singh Surjewala addresses a gathering during the national moot court competition at Army Institute of Law in Mohali
Randeep Singh Surjewala addresses a gathering during the national moot court competition at Army Institute of Law in Mohali on Saturday.
— A Tribune photograph

Mohali, February 9
Around 45 teams comprising 150 students are participating in the National Corporate Law Moot Court Competition, which began at the Army Institute of Law in Mohali today.

Haryana minister for energy and power supply Randeep Singh Surjewala inaugurated the event.

He said the study of law should not just be treated as an ordinary profession, as it also involved social orientation and development of an individual.

Institute’s chairman Maj Gen A. Srivastava and principal Dr Anjana Kakkar were also present.

A moot court is a simulated court proceeding that includes drafting briefs and arguments before judges.



Class-VIII students get grace marks
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
After receiving representations given by the parents and students, the UT education department has decided to give 5 grace marks in Mathematics of class VIII in Middle Standard Examination, held yesterday. There were some mistakes in the Mathematics paper for Model School category that were corrected within an hour of the commencement of the paper yesterday. DPI said the mistakes in the question paper were of 6 marks for which 5 marks grace will be given to each student.

There were mistakes in question paper of model school category in question no. 8, 9, 13, 15 and 22.



Slapping Incident
DPI repatriates principal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
The UT education department has decided to repatriate Sanjay Walia, principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, to his parental state Haryana with immediate effect after the enquiry report against him in a slapping incident was submitted by DEO Khushinder Sharma. Home secretary Krishan Mohan gave green light to the file today evening.

In the inquiry report submitted to the DPI (S), it was stated that the principal had remained silent on the slapping episode and the written statements and information gathered from staff members and students showed that Sanjay had been rough with the boy and slapped him. He had also asked the boy to kneel down. A DDR had been filed. On the basis of the inquiry report, the DPI (S) recommended that the principal had resorted to corporal punishment which was against the rules and legally unacceptable.



Embezzlement: Complainant contests plea for case withdrawal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
Complainant Balwant Singh Dhillon in the Rs 20 lakh embezzlement case against Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today filed a reply in the court of additional district and sessions judge Raj Rahul Garg to the prosecution’s plea to withdraw the case against the politician.

In the reply, Dhillon, president of the District Amateur Boxing Association, Bathinda, stated that application for withdrawal of the case was moved under Section 321, CrPC, had been filed in violation of the law laid down by the Supreme Court.

Dhillon alleged that in the present case the application had not been moved in the interest of public policy.

Highlighting loopholes, he stated that there was no supporting evidence establishing their genuineness. He pointed out that neither any assistance from the CM’s relief fund submitted to any authority had been brought on record nor any recommendation or scrutiny of any such application by competent public officer was on record.

He accused the Punjab vigilance department of fabricating evidence to assist exoneration of Bhattal and demanded registration of cases against vigilance officials who had fabricated false evidence.

The court deferred the hearing till March 1.

The investigating agency in the case has found that receipts that showed the use of Rs 20 lakh taken by Bhattal from the PM’s Relief Fund.

The investigating agency stated that the receipts were genuine. Thus no case was made out and the court should allow them to withdraw the case.

During the pendency of the trial, the state government had placed some receipts on record saying: “It was found out that there was file containing receipts with regard to distribution of the disputed Rs 20 lakhs out of the Chief Minister’s relief fund. These receipts were inadvertently mixed up with other files.”



Hawara case committed to sessions court
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 9
The case of firing at Punjab policemen at Jalandhar, involving Babar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara, was today committed to the district sessions court after 12 years of trial.

Now, the case stands committed to the sessions court as chief judicial magistrate (CJM) cannot pursue a case under Section 307 of the IPC.

According to the prosecution, the DSP (detective) received intimation from SSP Ludhiana that Hawara, already sentenced death in the Beant Singh assassination case, was to arrive at Jalandhar bus stand on December 22, 1995. DSP (detective) along with 50 policemen and drivers left for the bus stand to cordon off the area. The complaint stated that at 5.30 pm, a Sikh man (Hawara) entered the bus stand from the rear end.

An informer alerted the police about Hawara’s presence. On seeing the police, Hawara pulled out a revolver and shot at a policeman injuring his leg.

Thereafter, Hawara consumed some poisonous substance and sustained injuries. An FIR in the case was recorded on December 22, 1995.



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