C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Young accountant shoots himself
In another incident, newly wed hangs herself
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
A lovelorn man in his mid-twenties allegedly shot himself to death with his colleague’s pistol at their rented accommodation in Sector 23 here last night. No suicide note has been found, but it seems a love affair gone wrong may have pushed the youth to take the extreme step.

The body of Manohar Singh, alias Manoj, was found lying in a pool of blood in the bathroom of his house early this morning. He was working as an accountant with Sector 23-based jewellers Vikas Chain Company. He hailed from Nainital.

The police said Manoj made a call from his mobile phone to one “Pooja” at around 11.30 pm and he shot himself around midnight.The police has informed his family. Manoj’s father is dead and his mother is unwell. His sister fainted on receiving news of his death.

Manoj’s colleague, Shri Prakash, a security guard, said Manoj and his colleague Mahinder came from work at around 10 am. Manoj had beer. He had a long conversation on his mobile phone.Thereafter, all went to sleep. Manoj kept his (Shri Prakash’s) pistol in a drawer, locked it and kept the keys under his pillow.

“At around 4.10 am, I woke up and found the bathroom door locked from inside. When repeated knocks went unanswered, I returned only to find the keys of the drawer missing. I rushed to inform the manager of our company, Narinder Soni, in Sector 37 who came and broke open the door to find Manoj lying dead,” said Shri Prakash.

He said Manoj was in love with a Dehradun-based girl and used to talk to her for hours. The police found a Valentine’s Day card, besides a register and a note book in which Manoj had written “I love you” with the name of the girl.The police searched Manoj’s computer too.

About the pistol, Shri Prakash told the police that he had a letter issued by the Uttar Pradesh government allowing him to carry the weapon. The police said the letter would be verified and a team sent to Dehradun to question the girl. SHO of the Sector 17 police station inspector Kulwant Singh Pannu said prima facie it looked to be a case of suicide.

In another incident, a married woman hanged herself to death at her Sector 37 residence. No suicide note was found. Shalini, 26, was found hanging from the ceiling fan by her mother-in-law at 1.30 pm. Shalini was married to Mukesh 11 months ago. .

Rupa of Sector 22 allegedly took poison at her residence here this afternoon. She was admitted to the PGI, where she died. Her husband, Sandeep, is a radiologist at the Sector 32 GMCH. 



000I goes for 3.6 lakh
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
A whopping Rs 3.6 lakh may seem like the price of a mid-segment car, but that was the amount shelled out for a VIP number: CH-04-C-0001 here on Wednesday.

So when Vijay Singla, a resident of Panchkula, bought the registration number of 01, for a ‘S’ class Mercedes, he didn’t have any second thoughts. "No specific reason for getting number 01, I wanted this number for my Mercedes, so I decided I had to have this number,” says an elated Singla.The reserve price for the number was Rs 25,000.

The number 0009 fetched Rs 1,05,000. The number seven, touted to be a lucky number numerologically as the year happens to be 2007, did not attract much as it went for Rs 70,000 only. It had fetched Rs 1,75,000 in previous registration series launched for Chandigarh. 0003 fetched Rs 75,000 with the reserve price of Rs 15,000 and 0004 Rs 90,000.

If you thought there was no taker for the number 13 that is considered unlucky, you are in for a surprise. It fetched Rs 46,000 against the reserve price of Rs 10,000.

Informing that 30 registration numbers had been auctioned against 32 during the last auction, Neharika Rai of the registering and licensing authority says: ''The response has been good but last time the government had earned Rs 13 lakh on B series whereas this time the turnover is Rs 12.29 lakh for C series.



Law of Torts can take the sting out
Bitten by bee, you can claim relief
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
Stung by honey bee or bitten by stray animal, you have the right to claim compensation.

It is an old law that allows such victims to file a compensation claim against the state for negligence. The Law of Torts, published in 1897, provides succour to victims of negligence on the part of the state.

Yesterday’s incident at the parking of the District Courts where 25 advocates, litigants and court staff were stung by honey bees and the death of a JE last week don’t seem to have put the city administration on alert. The beehives outside the parking of the courts are still there.

Augustine Masih, additional advocate-general, Punjab, said:“Anyone who is a victim of such an incident can file a suit under the Law of Torts for negligence.”

Terming such incidents as “complete negligence” by the government, Maninder Kaur, a lecturer in the law department, PU , says: “Under the liability of dangerous premises in the Law of Torts, it is specifically mentioned that if the premises have some threat to life, it is the responsibility of the occupier of the premises to take care that the person visiting the place is safe.”



Naib tehsildar held for taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Sohan Singh Mann (right) at the VB office in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
Sohan Singh Mann (right) at the VB office in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Mohali, March 5
The Vigilance Bureau today arrested Sohan Singh Mann, naib tehsildar of Majri block for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 in his office.

The VB laid a trap following a complaint by one Sham Singh, a resident of Majarian. Sham Singh told the bureau that he wanted to get two GPAs and a will made from the block office for which Mann reportedly demanded Rs 1 lakh.

A deal was struck for Rs 50,000. Sham Singh helped the VB lay the trap. A search of the office and car of the naib tehsildar yielded another Rs 29,000. A peon serving in the office was picked by the vigilance for questioning. The VB also found copies of the GPAs and the will that was to be executed by the naib tehsildar. Mann was posted here for more than six months.

The team that raided the Majri block office was led by DSP Santokh Singh and the operation supervised by SP S.S. Mand. The team included revenue official Mukesh Kumar, SDO (PWD) Gurjeet Singh and Dr Balwinder Kumar.

The accused will be presented before the Mohali courts tomorrow.



Remission of Sentences
Impact on society must be considered: SC
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
Even as Punjab government goes about remitting sentences of rape and murder convicts, the Supreme Court recently ruled that the “impact of general amnesty like this on society had to be taken into consideration”.

On April 16 the apex court ordered a stay on release on remission of 1,500 convicts by the Andhra Pradesh government on Independence Day. These convicts included former Congress MLA Gauru Venkata Reddy, sentenced to 10-year rigorous imprisonment in a homicide case.

Taking up the PIL, a Bench of Justices B.N. Agrawal and D.K. Jain stayed the release of prisoners in alleged violation of rules. The PIL had pointed out how most of the convicts sought to be released by the state government were hardened criminals, sentenced for heinous offences like rape, murder, dacoity and robbery. Hearing the case, the court had even asked Andhra Pradesh counsel: “How can habitual offenders be released in this manner?” and added “They are a menace to society….the matter is serious and we have to consider it.”

Earlier in 2003, the apex court had passed another significant judgment in respect to the remission of sentences of convicts in heinous offences. The case was queer as it involved a rape convict Jai Kumar, who took the Haryana government to court stating that it had denied him the right to equality by denying him the benefit of remission being granted to others.

Kumar challenged Haryana’s notification wherein it had excluded from the category of remission convicts in the offences of rape, dowry death, abduction, murder of a child below 14 years, unnatural offences, waging a war against India, among others. Kumar challenged the notification as “discriminatory” and claimed that the state had no authority to classify convicts while granting the remission of sentences.

The apex court while deciding the case in favour of Haryana which had classified convicts on the basis of the gravity of offences committed by them, ruled: “Gravity of offence can be the basis for a valid classification…These are the offences for which the code has prescribed the sentence of rigorous imprisonment …therefore, from the very nature of the sentence which the offence entails, the said offences can be categorised as grave offences, for which classification will be valid for the purpose of deciding whether the persons who have committed such offences should be granted remission or not.”

In a way then, the apex court endorsed Haryana’s stand that remission had rightly not been granted to convicts sentenced for grave offences which could be termed as offences having adverse effect on society.

The state governments may have the power of remission of sentence under the CrPC and the Constitution but that doesn’t imply they can overlook propriety while deciding who to let off. Is the Punjab government listening?



Women Officers
MoD: No permanent commission except 
in medical branch 
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has categorically ruled out grant of permanent commission to women officers posted in arms and services other than the medical branch.

A study carried out by the services on the issue had recommended that women officers be excluded from induction in close combat arms where chances of physical contact with the enemy are high.

“The issues of combat employability and grant of permanent commission are interlinked. Due to the existing combat employability restrictions, permanent commission to women officers could not be considered,” defence minister A.K. Antony told Parliament today.

The study concluded that it was essential to obtain a feedback on the performance of women officers based on revised pre-commission training at the Officers Training Academy, Chennai, which was extended last year from 24 weeks to 49 weeks to bring it on a par with the training course for male short service commission officers.

Assessment of performance on courses such as junior command course and assessment of their performance as sub-unit commanders, especially in field areas, for holding higher ranks and grant of permanent commission was also recommended by the study.

At present, the strength of women officers in the three services is 5,137, including those in the medical, nursing and dental services. This includes 4,101 in the Army, 784 in the Air Force and 252 in the Navy.

Though women officers are treated on a par with similarly placed male officers in terms of training, tenures promotions and privileges, they are not commissioned into close combat arms of the Army like the infantry, armoured corps and artillery.



32-year-old man’s body found
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 5
Birthday celebrations turned sour for the Thukrals when their elder son Rajan Thukral (32) did not return home from his morning walk. His body was found under mysterious circumstance in the fountain pond of the roundabout near Shakti Bhawan here today.

Father of deceased, a resident of Sector 4, said Rajan left home after greeting him on his birthday at 6 in the morning yesterday.

However, he never returned. Today was the birthday of his four-year-old daughter Ruhani, said J.L. Thukral who is employed as deputy manager at State Bank of India in Sector 17, Chandigarh.

Before leaving the house he even asked his wife to start preparations for celebrations, said Thukral.

Rajan had recently joined an import-export training institute as he was in business with his brother who is settled at China, informed the aggrieved father.

Suspecting no foul play the father said Rajan was religious minded and used to meditate. It was likely that he might have fallen into the pond while meditating.

According to the police, prima facie it was a case of suicide as no injury marks were found on the body.

DSP Dr Abhay Rao said the deceased’s father lodged a complaint with the police yesterday morning that his son had not returned home from his morning walk. His body was later found entangled in the pipes of the fountain. The doctors who conducted postmortem have confirmed that the cause of death was drowning, said the DSP.



Labourer’s death in gate arch fall
Family yet to get compensation
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 5
The under-construction gate to mark the entry to the revered Mansa Devi shrine collapsed exactly a month back. Twenty-year-old Jamuna Prasad, working on the gate, was buried under debris and died before he could be rescued.

All this happened on the fateful evening of February 4 without the slightest indication. Jamuna Prasad didn’t die alone that evening. Fifty-five-year-old Niranjan Lal and his family’s happiness went with his young son. His earnings went into organising a decent funeral.

With the agony of losing his son writ large on his face, the deceased’s father is running from pillar to post to get the Rs 1 lakh compensation promised on the night of the accident by the district administration.

The promised money doesn’t seem to be coming his way with the district administration rejecting his claim, maintaining that he is not a resident of Haryana and does not possess a ration card or a voter identity card.

Consequently, he and his family of six members is at the mercy of the neighbours for two square meals a day. “I just keep doing the rounds of the offices. The death of my son has left me numb and I cannot work now. All my savings have gone into organising the funeral. With five children to feed and not a penny at home, I don’t know whom to turn to,” he rues.

Fourteen-year-old Rukmani, the eldest child in the family, manages the other children and cooks whatever little is available. With no money coming in and her parents unwilling to send her out to work, she says the family is in dire straits. “Bhai was the bread-winner of the family. After he died, our income has stopped. My father is still in shock and keeps crying all day. His death has orphaned all of us,” she laments.

With folded hands and tears in his eyes, Niranjan Lal insists, “I don’t want the money for myself. What will I do with the money I get in lieu of my son’s life. Now, it is a question of making ends meet and ensure that my children don’t sleep on an empty stomach. That’s all I need the money for.”

When contacted about the delay in awarding the compensation to the family, deputy commissioner Rajinder Kataria said he was not aware that the payment had not been made. “I was told on the day of the accident itself that the family was entitled to compensation under a particular scheme. I had directed my officers to given them the money under a special case once they complete the formalities. I will get it done on priority tomorrow,” he stated.

Kataria added that the Mansa Devi Shrine Board which met last week, had also approved a job for a family member of the deceased and they would be shortly intimated about the same.



0001 goes for Rs 1.65 lakh
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 5
During the auction of ‘fancy’ vehicle registration numbers held at the office of the district transport officer (DTO) here today, the maximum bid given for number PB 65 G 0001 was Rs 1.65 lakh against the reserve price of Rs 50,000.

The bid was given by Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Phase X here.

DTO Balbir Singh said the maximum revenue fetched in the remaining single digit series was Rs 40,000 for the number PB 65 G 0009 against the reserve price of Rs 10,000. The lowest bid was given for number PB 65 G 0004 which stood at Rs 16,000.

In the two digit series number PB 65 G 0019 attracted the highest bid of Rs 27,000 against the reserve price of Rs 3,000.

Balbir Singh said in all 184 applications were received for 114 ‘fancy’ numbers. He said the total reserve price in the case of all registration numbers that were allotted today was Rs 3.54 lakh against which the revenue earned by auctioning the numbers stood at Rs 4.80 lakh.



Mutual transfer policy for CHB flats notified
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) yesterday formally announced that it will not allow fresh transactions through GPA or agreement to sell after the date of publication of its public notice.

Persons intending to sell or purchase CHB dwelling units should approach the CHB under the mutual transfer policy, said board officials.

Those who have already purchased the allotment of CHB dwelling units prior to the date of publication of the notice can apply to CHB for transfer under GPA transfer policy within three months by paying a fee at the rate of 15 per cent of the revised consideration money.

Those applying after three months will be charged an additional transfer fee of five per cent for every quarter or part thereof.

People applying for transfer of ownership under the GPA transfer policy will now not be required to get the will probated from the court for mutation of the right/title/interest in the dwelling unit on the death of an allottee/transferee on the basis of will, except in cases where there is a dispute over the will.

An affidavit by the applicant(s)/intended transferee(s) will also not be required along with the application form for transfer of allotment of a dwelling unit under any of the CHB policies - GPA transfer, mutual transfer, transfer in favour of blood relations (including spouse) and mutation on the death of an allottee/transferee. Nor will attestation of photocopies of documents or photographs of the applicants from notary public and executive magistrate be needed.

Self-attested copies of the documents will suffice though original documents will be needed at the time of interview.

Attestation of indemnity bond to be furnished by the applicant will also not be required. Only one surety, instead of two, would do for transfer of dwelling unit under GPA policy or in case of mutation on the death of the allotee/transferee.



Will not brook project delays, says Rodrigues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
Pleading to build a responsive and accountable system to redress the grievances of the common man, the UT administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today asked the bureaucracy to restructure administrative procedures to make the system more transparent.

He said all programmes must reflect the aspirations and needs of the people and their implementation must be periodically monitored.

Addressing a meeting of all head of departments of the administration today, he said he had zero tolerance on delayed implementation of decisions taken at the highest level.

He said the rehabilitation of slum dwellers and ragpickers needed immediate attention.



‘It feels good to live up to expectations’
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
Eighteen-year-old Siddharth Kaul could not have imagined a more warm reception. On arrival at the airport here, he was received by people with pooja thalis and garlands.

A member of the cricket World Cup (u-19) winning squad, Kaul, accompanied by the team’s assistant coach Munish Bali and teammate Perry Goyal, was received by his family, relatives and well-wishers.

“It feels good when you have lived up to the expectations of millions of people,” said a jubilant Kaul enjoying every bit of attention being showered on him.

“We went to bring home the World Cup and we have achieved the feat,” said the medium pacer, who got 10 wickets in four outings.

Said Kaul said: “The coaches Dev and Bali were there to guide us in every situation. my father gave me advice on phone before every match.”

About his crucial last over in the final match against South Africa, Kaul said: “ I was a little nervous before I bowled that over. However, overcaming jitters, I tried to stick to the basics and bowled with a positive mindset”.

Kaul snapped two wickets in the over, conceding six runs while South Africa needed 13 runs in the over to win.

Asked about his chances of representing Mohali Team in the forthcoming Indian Premier League, Kaul, who made his Ranji debut this session for Punjab, said he would love to be part of the team.

“Playing with big cricketers will be a thrilling experience. At the moment, I have to prepare for the forthcoming under-19 Zonal Cricket Academy tournament starting from April 25,” summed up Kaul. 



Cong sweeps MC sub-panel poll
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
Congress councillors were elected unopposed as chairpersons of five out of eight sub-committees of the MC.

Elections for the post of chairperson of the electricity sub-committee will be held on March 10. BSP’s councillor, Jatinder Bhatia, and SAD’s Gurnam Singh filed their nominations today.

One nomination each was received for election to the sub-committees, but not a single nomination was received for the post of the chairman of the house tax committee.

The road sub-committee will, meanwhile, be headed by Congress councillor Ravinder Pal Singh Pali. The vice-chairperson will be Congress councillor Sheela Devi. Top charge of the water supply committee has gone to Congress councillor Jagjit Singh Kang while the beautification committee will be headed by Kuldip Singh Kajheri.

Reeta Sharma from the Congress will be in charge of the apni mandi committee while nominated councillor M.P.S. Chawla will head the fire and emergency committee.

Besides, three new sub-committees have also been constituted by the MC. Approval for the same has been sought and the work of appointing chairpersons will begin once the clearance from the administration has been received.

Considering the strength of Congress councillors in the MC house, the BJP today did not field its candidates. 



Nominations invited for child welfare awards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
The Chandigarh administration has invited recommendations for National Award for Child Welfare.

The award will be given to individuals and institutions that have made outstanding contribution toward the welfare of children. Three individuals and five institutions will be awarded at the national level.

The department of public instructions, Indian Council for Child Welfare and other organisations working for child welfare has been asked to recommend the nominations to the director, social welfare, before June 30.

The award will carry Rs 1 lakh and a citation for each individual awardee and Rs 3 lakh and a citation for institutions. The awardees will be selected by a committee headed by the minister of state for women and child development, Government of India.

The individuals to be selected for the award should have worked for the cause of children for some years. Paid officers of the institutions will not be eligible for selection.

The sole basis of selection will be the quality of work and significance of the cause.



Three cheers for Team India

Hats off to Team India for hitting the final nail in the coffin of the world champions in the second tri-series finals against Aussies on Tuesday clinching their first ever tri-series title in Australia.

Team India finished their job in the second final and Gabba has proved to be a Waterloo for the Aussies. Fine batting by Sachin scoring 91 runs and superb bowling by Parveen Kumar capturing four wickets had laid the foundation of a nine-run victory.

Let the young Indian Team maintain the winning tempo in future too.

Dilbag Rai, Chandigarh

Readers are invited to write to us. Send your mail, in not more than 200 words, at news@tribuneindia.com or, write in, at: Letters, Chandigarh Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh – 160 030



Students protest, demand changes in exam pattern
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
Members of the District Institutes of Educational Trainings (DIETs) Students’ Welfare Association, Punjab, today carried out a rally in Sector 17, here, today in support of their demands.

Director SCERT, Sadhu Singh Randhawa, assured the students that the exams for the first and the second semester of the DIETs would he held on March 20 and the results of the third and fourth semester would be announced within a month-and-half.

Earlier during the day, a large number of members of the association staged a protest outside the office of the director in Sector 17. They were threatening to gherao the director’s office. The students turned their protest into a victory rally. Randhawa held a meeting with the delegation of the students.

Talking to The Tribune Jagtar Singh Jhabbar, president of the association, said they had demanded inquiry into low internal assessment by private colleges besides insisting for holding ETT sessions on Saturdays to finish the course at the earliest. They also demanded changes in the pattern of the exams seeking more objective type questions, demanding extra lectures for students, who joined late and making effective arrangements for revaluation and rechecking of the answers sheets.

Randhawa maintained that action had already been taken on the demands of the students. However, the issue of extra session on Saturday was beyond his authority and he would apprise the higher authorities about it. 



15 pc seats for poor children in private schools
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
The Chandigarh education department has directed all private recognised schools of Chandigarh to fill 15 per cent reserved seats for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) students. According to S.K. Setia, DPI (S), if any of the schools fail to practice this mandatory condition, stern action would be taken against that school.

Any person having an annual income of less than Rs 1 lakh may apply for admission for his/her ward in any of the private schools located in the city. The fee charged would be at par with Government schools of Chandigarh.

“We have made the rule that If the number of applicants exceed in comparison to the seats available in a class at particular school, the schools can admit these children either on the basis of first come first served or on merit based admission test”, said Setia.

Meanwhile, the department has released a list of 64 recognised private schools. Setia further clarified that if any of the schools refuses to entertain the request under this quota, the effected person may submit application along with an affidavit with satisfactory proof of income and residence in Chandigarh to the department. 



Law students form ‘PULSE’
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
To be heard, is all they want and for this, a group of like-minded students of the department of laws, Panjab University, recently created a platform ‘for the students, of the students’. ‘PULSE- Panjab University Law Students Endeavour.’ Formed by a group of about 25 students of the department, PULSE aims at promoting interaction between students and teachers, organise events such as alumni meet and encourage alumni -students interaction and provide students with a podium to voice their academic needs.

To go about it in a systematic way, PULSE has formed five core teams. Law Journalism- a team of students led by Sapan Sharma writes and publishes articles and newsletters under ‘Pulse Beat.’ A placement team headed by Prasang Raheja assists the placement cell in research on law firms, legal internships and coordinating with companies.

Another team of students led by Vaibhav participates and represents the department in various moot courts competitions outside the department and prepares and gathers students within the department to participate in the moot court in the department. Two teams, website content team and coordinating team headed by Sandeep Singh works in coordinating all the above-mentioned activities amongst themselves and with the authorities.

Sandeep Singh said, “The idea is to come together and exchange ideas, shed inhibitions and learn things from each other. In fact the students from other law colleges and department are also welcome to join in.” They can register on the website, he added.



From Colleges
684 awarded degrees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
As many as 684 graduates were awarded degrees at the 22nd Annual Convocation held at Government College for Girls, Sector-42, today.

A total of 136 students received their degrees in BA III (Hons.), 247 in BA III, 27 in BCom III (Hons.), 98 in B.Com III, 176 in BSc III (medical and non-medical). Thirteen students were awarded the roll of honour for holding positions at the university level.

The honoured ones are Manjeet Kaur (BA III), Randeep Kaur (BCom III), Rasleen Sudan (BSc III biotech elective), Rajni Sharma (BSc-III non-medical), Neha (BA III), Jatinder Kaur (BA III), Ranjeet Kaur (BA III), Manpreet (BA III), Shirpa (BCom-III), Poonam (BA III), Neelam (BA III), Sukhpreet (BA III) and Baljeet (BA III).

Besides this, a total of eight certificates of merit were awarded.

Krishna Mohan, home-cum-education secretary, Chandigarh administration, who was the chief guest on the occasion, distributed the degrees.

In his address, he elaborated the need of quality education and interest in various extracurricular activities like physical fitness and sports to develop good health and sound mind. Later, he released the college newsletter ‘Scoop’ on the occasion. Raji P. Shrivastava, director, higher education, Chandigarh administration, was the guest of honour on the occasion.

Principal Shashi Malik, highlighted the achievements of the college.

Prize distribution: Great fervour, zeal and jubilation marked the 54th annual prize giving function held at Government College-11, today.

Around 304 students were awarded prizes for excelling in the field of academics, sports and co-curricular activities. The celebrations started with traditional lamp lighting by the chief guest, Pradip Mehra, advisor to the administrator, Chandigarh administration. Raji P. Srivastava, director, higher education, also graced the occasion.

Principal Dr A.L. Gauba read out the annual report of the college. The college roll of honour was conferred on Richa Singh, a student of BSc biotech for her tremendous achievements in academics besides Manoj Singh, Janinder Katoch and Hanish Guretia.

Sandeep Biss and Sohit Verma were given gold medals in sports championships, Naval Mehta for ghazal, Navanjot Mondair for blood donation and Chakresh Kumar for his excellent performance in representing Chandigarh in the National Theatre Festival.

Farewell: Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42-D, organised a farewell function on the campus.

The highlight of this programme was the job offered to the deprived youth by the Fortis Hospital, Mohali. The other distinguished guests were R.K. Rao, deputy commissioner, Chandigarh, Amandeep Kaur, director, social welfare, Manmohan Singh, president, Chandigarh Hotel and Restaurant Association, Chandigarh, Sunil Ganjoo, director, hospitality, Fortis Hospital, Mohali.

Workshop: Students brushed up their communication skills at a workshop organised at Government College of Education, Sector 20, here today.

Shivinder Kang held an interactive session with the students. Speaking on the topic he said one should speak in a loud and crisp voice, use correct pronunciation, speak slowly and carefully and avoid speaking in a monotonous tone.

For a successful communication it is of vital importance to listen carefully to what the other person is speaking.

SPORTS FUNCTION: Annual sports prize distribution function was held at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, here today. N.S. Brar, director, hospitality, and joint managing director of the Warehousing Corporation, Punjab, was the chief guest.

He congratulated students for their sportsmanship and teamwork and encouraged them to scale greater heights. Principal of the college Dr Puneet Bedi said, “Our students have proved their mettle in all games and set a number of records.” Shelly Khurana was adjudged the most outstanding player.

Students also presented dance and other musical items.



PU first in one-act play
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
Jhankaar-2008 turned out to be a platform for budding actors, today. The day was marked with plays, skits and histrionics competitions where students got a chance to display their acting prowess.

Once again, the PU team bagged the first prize in one-act play category with their play ‘Samajhdar Log.’ The team of engineering students from PECbagged second prize with their play ‘Marnouprant.’

Arjun Mehra won the best actor award, whereas Parminder won the best actress award in this category. In mono acting, PU emerged winners.

In histrionics competitions, Parminder Singh of DAV College of Education, Abohar, won the first prize and the second prize went to Paramjit Kaur of Guru Nanak College, Ludhiana.

In mime contest, MLN College, Radour, was the winner and PU stood second. In mimicry, Puneet of ABS College, Banur, was the winner.



Schools in soup for misusing funds
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
Charges against eight government schools of the city for misusing PTA funds were framed and the education department ordered an inquiry against these schools.

The schools include GGSSS-18, GMSSS-19, GMSSS-22 A, GMSSS-23, GMSSS-33, GMSSS-37, GMSSS-32 and GMSSS-34. According to S.K. Setia DPI (S) Manmohan Hurria has been appointed as the enquiry officer and cashiers of PTA associations of respective schools have been appointed as presiding officers, who will enquire into the charges framed. The department has asked Hurria to submit the inquiry report along with the relevant documents within three months.



CAT order on promotion of attorneys
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has directed the UT administration to consider assistant district attorneys (ADA) working with the department of prosecution for promotion within three months.

These directions come on an application filed by five ADAs who challenged the decision of the secretary, law and prosecution, administration, to fill vacancies by way of deputation despite the availability of eligible candidates in the UT cadre.

There are seven posts of DDA in the UT cadre, of which five are to be filled by way of promotion and the rest filled through direct recruitment.



HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |