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Youth shot at in party brawl
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 4
In a firing incident, a phase X, Mohali, youth was seriously injured in a late night party brawl at North Park resort here today. While accused fled the spot immediately after the incident, the injured has been identified as Harkirat Singh (23).

The management of Element Club organised the party. There were around 300 persons present in the party at the time of incident. Though the police inquired the staff of the resort and organisers of the party, nothing concrete could be found, said police sources.

The assailants attacked Harkirat Singh with sharp-edged weapons injuring him seriously before firing at him. The victim received four bullet injuries in the abdomen and legs with wounds on forehead and arms. Harpreet, a friend of Harkirat, also suffered injuries in the attack. The police found three empties cartridges of .32 revolver on the spot.

The stepfather of Harkirat, who is a studying BA II through correspondence courses, is deputy director, Food and Supplies, at Jalandhar while the family, including two brothers and mother, live in Mohali.

According to Harpreet, he and four others, including Harkirat, went to a party late night purchasing the ticket worth Rs 2,500 for a single person in he resort. When they were leaving for home at 4.15 a.m., a group of more than 24 persons attacked Harkirat with sharp-edged weapons.

Harpreet said, “When I tried to rescue Harkirat, I was also attacked with the sharp-edged weapons. Then I heard the gun shots and immediately after that the assailants fled the spot in a black Tata Safari and a Maruti Swift car.”

He found Harkirat lying in a pool of blood, said he. Harkirat was admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, from where he was shifted to Fortis.

Though Harpreet denied that they had any scuffle prior to the incident, the sources said the boys had some tiff with some youths earlier when both groups went away after the police intervened in the matter.

Panchkula SP Sandip Khirwar said the police had got some leads in the case and it was expected that the accused would be booked soon.

Meanwhile, the police has registered a case against the persons on the complaint of Harpreet.

Organisers in tight spot

The district administration has started inquiries as to how the organisers were able to hold the party throughout the night even as the permission for these types of parties is given till 10 pm only.

Panchkula deputy commissioner Rajinder Kataria said the organisers would be booked in case they were found violating the rules.

It was reported to the administration that liquor was served till late hours, violating the Supreme Court norms, said the DC.

Engg student hurt in clash

Chandigarh: Preetinder Singh, an engineering student of IET Bhaddal, was seriously injured in a clash that took place in front of Hotel Monark, Sector 35, here last night. According to the information, the 23-year-old student went in a private party along with his friend.

A group of five allegedly thrashed him breaking a bottle on his head. The youth sustained several injuries and was taken to the GMSH-16, from where he was discharged after medication.



Former DGP Samra dead
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 4
Former DGP of Maharashtra Amarjit Singh Samra died here today. He was 68. He is survived by his son, Dr Shivpreet Singh Samra, and daughter Dr Parina Bajaj. His wife Jagdish Kaur had died of cancer in 2002. Amarjit Singh Samra had also remained the police commissioner of Mumbai during whose tenure the Mumbai blasts case was solved. He had arrested actor Sanjay Dutt.

Awarded Police Medal, President’s Medal.
Solved 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
Arrested Sanjay Dutt.

His cremation will take place at 5 p.m. tomorrow at the local cremation ground.

Dr Shivpreet Singh, who runs Grecian Hospital here, told The Tribune that his father had been ill for two weeks. He was a heart patient and had undergone bypass surgery in 1999. He had been admitted to Grecian Hospital, where he died this afternoon.
The son and relatives of Amarjit Singh Samra, former DGP of Maharashtra, mourn his death at their house in Mohali on Sunday.
The son and relatives of Amarjit Singh Samra, former DGP of Maharashtra, mourn his death at their house in Mohali on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Amarjit Singh Samra was born in 1939 in Samra village in Gurdaspur district. After his education in Gurdaspur, he did MA from the Delhi School of Economics. He joined the IPS in 1962 and was assigned the Maharashtra cadre.

He was awarded the Police Medal and the President’s Medal for distinguished service. He was appointed the Mumbai Police Commissioner in 1993 to control the riots . He was appointed the Maharashtra DGP in 1996.

Amarjit Singh Samra also worked in the ITBP for seven years and remained a joint director of the CBI for four years.

He retired in 1997 and stayed in Mumbai working as a consultant to various firms. He had been staying with his son Shivpreet Singh in Mohali since 2007.

Dr Shivpreet Singh said the crowning moment in his father’s career was when he gave an interview on TV on the day of the Mumbai blasts standing in a street of that city, appealing for calm and giving an assurance that the case would be solved.



Insect in Verka milk packet
Mandeep Puri
Tribune News Service

A dead insect in a sealed packet of Verka milk.
A dead insect in a sealed packet of Verka milk. Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, May 4
To his shock, city doctor Dushant Singh found a dead insect in a sealed Verka milk packet, which he bought from a shop in Sector 32 here this morning. The insect is clearly visible to the eyes.

Dr. Dushant Singh, who is working in the GMSH-32 discovered a dead insect in the packet. He immediately came back and brought the matter to the notice of the shopkeeper.

It was yet another shock for him when the shopkeeper didn’t pay any heed on the complaint. According to him, owner Rakesh Kumar was least interested in listening to the complaint.

“I have nothing to do with the complaint. The Verka agency delivers the milk in the morning. Moreover, I can’t check each and every packet being delivered to me. You should contact the Verka company ”, said the shopkeeper.

He tried to contact the companies but no one bothered to attend my calls.



Morni hills hot spot for realtors
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Morni (Panchkula), May 4
The ongoing boom in real estate has sent the land prices skyrocketing in and around the city beautiful and it has had a spillover effect in the remote areas of Mandna and Morni villages on the periphery of Panchkula as well.

One acre land, which costs less than Rs 1 lakh a decade ago, has crossed the Rs 1crore mark today.

A visit to the area reveals that a major portion of land available along the road from Nada Sahib to Morni have been sold by the locals to outsiders. Now, the hills are ready to be converted into the retreat for well-off families from the plains.

“The demand of the land has increased to such a large volume in the area that a piece of one biswa holds a price tag of Rs 1 lakh at Mandna village, a mid-point between Nada Sahib and Morni”, said Bablu, a resident of the village.

“One had to shell out the same amount for one acre of land 10 years ago,” he added, offering his land for sale. One acre of land consists of 100 biswas.

Though the construction activities in the region were yet to take off at a visible pace, one can witness the steady growth of resorts and bungalows throughout the way. Some “ashrams” run by religious organisations have also set up their missions in the area.

A bungalow on a hilltop at Mandna village has also been built by a member of a reputed family from Patiala. As many as six small tenements are also set up at Morni by some families of Chandigarh and Delhi.

The prices at Morni were more that one-and-a- half times more than that at Mandna. There was a little land left for sale at Morni as most of the locals have sold their lands at handsome prices to purchase agriculture lands in the plains at Raipur Rani, said Prem Singh, naib tehsildar, Morni.

“I required some amount for the marriage in my family,” said Hukam, a resident of Morni. “ I sold a portion of my land to meet the expenses and bought two acres at Raipur Rani,” said he.

Though the demand of land had a steady growth for last 10 years in the region, the prices spurted during last three years only, the naib tehsildar said.

In 2004, one acre of land was available for Rs 30 lakh which has been increased to five fold at present, he added.



CHB’s online account facility catches on
Safeguard for buyers against being duped

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
An e-governance initiative of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) to allow allottees to access their accounts online is gaining popularity.

After being launched on a pilot basis in March this year, more than 100 allottees have sent their feedback to the board and more than 50 have visited its reception counters to get discrepancies or inaccuracies in their accounts rectified.

The uniqueness of the online facility is that the feedback is given on a daily basis and it ensures total transparency in maintaining of individual accounts of board allottees.

CHB’s chief executive officer (CEO) Amar Nath said, “Besides easy accessibility and convenience for the allottees, the online access of information will help prevent prospective buyers of board dwelling units being taken for a ride by unscrupulous sellers and property agents because information about ownership, status of dues, mortgage, etc has been posted on the website.

Since all the files have been scanned and digitalised, the excuse of files going missing from the board office will also not work any longer,” he adds.

For accessing any account, one simply needs to open the board website, click on the allottee account details and check out the two options which are displayed - `Check Your Account Details’ or `Check Your Outstanding’. Just type the dwelling unit number and the sector number and complete information regarding the dwelling unit rolls out before you.

Initially, however, out of the 125 housing board schemes, information regarding 25 schemes has been put online. All 125 schemes are to be covered under the initiative by the end of this month.



PFA to hold exhibition to raise funds
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
The local branch of the People for Animals (PFA) is going to organise an exhibition here for self sustainability and to raise funds for the welfare of animals.

While talking to The Tribune, PFA founder Payal Sodhi stated that no organisation could survive on government aid only and undertake numerous welfare programmes for animals.

The main aim of organising such events was to raise funds for the projects which had been chalked out for the benefit of animals, she added.

Giving details about the new PFA projects, she said the organisation was soon coming up with a hospital for animals at Rajpura. The management of the Sector 25 gaushala that was earlier being run by the Chandigarh municipal corporation, had been handed over to them. The repair, renovation and running of the gaushala required a lot of money, which they would raise from different sources.

Payal further said that the PFA was currently running an animal shelter, Basera, for sick and injured animals of Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali and adjoining areas, including Dera Bassi, Lalru, Pinjore, Kalka and Raipur Rani. Besides there was a 24 hours ambulance service, Jeev Rakshak Seva, for picking up sick and injured animals from different places.

She said a fund raiser exhibition was being organised from the May 6 to May 10. The show, titled “Divine Palette”, was an exhibition and sale of oleographs done by Raja Ravi Verma. It mainly included oleographs of Shiva, Balaji, Krishna, Ganesha, scenes from the Mahabharta and the Ramayana as well as portraits of Goddesses Laxmi and Saraswati.



Attack on law student: accused untraced
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
The local police has failed to trace the accused who were involved in a clash, in which Simrandeep Singh Sandhu, a law student, was injured seriously.

The incident took place inside the examination hall of the Five Year Law Department here yesterday morning. The injured, who had sustained multiple injuries, was admitted to the PGI.

According to sources, eight students with sharp-edged weapons entered the examination hall, where Sandhu was writing his exam. The group stabbed him, injuring him in the back and the stomach. One of the nerves of the victim was cut during the attack. His lungs and intestines are also said to be damaged.

A case was registered on the statement of Ramandeep Singh, a law student, against Harpreet Multani, Gursewek Singh, Jugar Singh, Vickramjit Singh and four others, who are yet to be identified, on the charges of attempt to murder, rioting, causing injuries, trespassing and criminal intimidation.

Ramesh Chander, SHO, Sector 11 police station, said they were trying to locate the accused. Raids were being made at their suspected hideouts.



Seminar on ‘Future of Tibet’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
Forum on Integrated National Security, Chandigarh, organised a seminar on ‘Future of Tibet: its people and culture’ at Panjab University campus today.

Kanwal Sibal, former foreign secretary of India, explained the actual position of Tibet. He said the position of China in the international arena is so strong that even US cannot influence China on any kind of concession on Tibet. The ongoing talks are the Chinese ploy to hoodwink America and international committee, he said.

Tempa Tsering, representative of Dalai Lama’s bureau in India, gave historical prospective of the China- Tibet relationship and elaborated upon the policy options of Tibetian leadership that they want meaningful autonomy within China.

MP Kiran Rijiju, while condemning the weak kneed policies of India, said confronting China was not the solution. There was a need for aggressive and effective policy options and diplomatic strategy to contain china.

Dolma Gyari, deputy speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in exile, said security of India was closely linked to the future of Tibet. She said China could be greater threat to India as all major rivers in India originate in Tibet.

P.C. Dogra, former DIG, Punjab, elaborated upon the perspective of Tibetan issue and raised issues regarding the security of India and the Chinese betrayal of promises they made to the Tibetan people. He said, “If China can accept a policy of country and two systems of governance in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, then why is it not accepting the autonomy proposal of Dalai Lama”.



‘84 riot victims demand relief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
The victims of the ‘84 riots have warned the Union Government to provide them compensation within 10 days or they would protest outside the Prime Minister’s residence in New Delhi. Addressing a press conference in Sector 34 here, Baljit Singh Khalsa said it had been more than 23 years since the government had been denying them compensation.



A day on, fire smoulders
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 4
The fire which destroyed a TV manufacturing unit here yesterday, was still smouldering today and two fire engines were sent to control the same. Lakhwinder Singh, assistant divisional fire officer, Mohali, said a vigil was kept throughout last night but lamented that there was no fire hydrant in the area and water was brought from the fire station and from a private factory.

The TV unit did not have any storage of water or other fire fighting arrangements, he said.



Speaker Acts

Lok Sabha speaker has been showing his annoyance and anger against the MPs who had been disrupting proceedings in the Lok Sabha. Many a times, the headmaster has shown his helplessness, as the honorable members do not heed to his request. He has rightly described the question hour as the ‘torture hour’ and has avoided taking strong action against erring parliamentarians.

His decision to name 32 MPs belonging to different parties who had been holding the proceedings in the house to standstill sends a strong signal in the right direction. It has shown that the headmaster can also act if he wants.

The speaker needs to take such strong actions so that the Zero hour becomes more effective and matters of national importance are discussed to attain maximum benefit. The action is not injustice as termed by the Shiv Sena spokesperson.

J.S. Bhalla, Chandigarh

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Senate Polls
PU setting the rules to break them!
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
The Panjab University authorities set the rules first for themselves only to violate them thereafter. As a run up for senate elections, scheduled for September, the authorities had in its meeting held in March 2008 resolved that till the time the elections are held that any principal or lecturers, fighting elections in their respective constituencies, will not be sent in any committees to interview candidates or as part of inspection committees in colleges.

However, in a blatant violation of this resolve, a committee with a principal of a local city college and a person who is fighting elections from the principals’ constituency, was sent as a member to appoint a principal in Kamla Lotiya S.D. College, Ludhiana on May 1.

As per the sources, even today in one college in Ludhiana district, two principals, who are contesting elections from the principal’s constituencies, had gone in as experts in a selection committee.

However, this has resulted in resentment among the PU fellows and has virtually divided the house. Mukesh Arora, a PU fellow who was among the first ones to write a letter to the university stating that he should not be sent in any committee as he is contesting elections said, “I strongly condemn this and I am against this kind of a selection process. In a way, we are displaying our favoritism and our bias. This is against the spirit of the resolve and the whole process of electioneering”.

Former principal P.S. Sangha, PU fellow, who was also a part of the committee said, “I did not know that the principal was also one of the members. If I knew I would have politely refused to go for the interview as the constitution of selection committee and the spirit of the senate violated the decision”.

Former principal Tarsem Bahia, who was earlier a member of the committee said, “The VC had proposed the resolve and I welcomed it. The senate elections should be absolutely transparent. It’s important for us to have this minimum moral code of conduct at least in the year of elections. Even the most corrupt politicians follow the codes of conduct during elections”.

Dr A.C. Vaid who is fighting from the principals’ constituency, when contacted said, “For the selection of a principal, a principal or a professor or government servant, minimum of the rank of a deputy director or a judge can go”.

When contacted, the vice-chancellor, Prof R.C. Sobti, said, “I had sent a letter to all the members asking them to give information that under which constituency are they fighting elections. Everyone is responsible for his/her truthful reply”.



City girl gets NSHSS membership
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
Meet Sabhya Rana (17), the confident city girl who has been offered the prestigious membership of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), USA.

The society recognises top scholars and invites those who have excelled in academics at high school-level. The announcement was made by the NSHSS founder and chairman Claes Nobel; a senior member of the family that established the world-renowned Nobel Prizes.

In forging this honor, the society gathers a powerful advisory board comprising of Nobel laureates and other luminaries and offer the membership by invitation only.

Elated over her achievement, Sabhya said, “It is definitely a wonderful feeling because I would be the only one from Chandigarh to have been selected for this prestigious membership. This opportunity would enable me to showcase my caliber in a rightful manner”.

She also received an amount of $23,000 as a foreign scholarship from Bard College, New York and a Dean’s fellowship of $19,500 from Drexel University, Philadelphia. “I was invited to join the honors college at Drexel but I accepted the offer from University of California, Irvine, which was my first choice”, she said.

Sabhya would be part of a team, chosen from the world over, to undertake a project work on “Biological Science on Pre-Med track” and would be leaving for USA in August.

Currently waiting for her Class XIIth board results, she studied at SGGS Collegiate Public School, Sector 26, and did her high school from Sacred Heart School, Sector 26. She remained on the top slot be it studies or sports or any extra-curricular activities throughout her career. “I played state-level volleyball and also participated in the National parade in 2004”.

Highly influenced by her mother S.V. Rana, who is a doctor in the Gastroentrology Department at PGI, Sabhya too aims to become a doctor. “I want to pursue my career in medicine and probably in the pediatric division. But, somehow I aim to join the UN forces someday”, she expressed.

Her father N.P. Singh is a software engineer at Sudan and brother is a strategic consultant in California. “We never impose our wish on our children and always let them take their decisions. I believe that it was Sabhya’s hardwork and dedication which paid her off well”.

Sabhya too describes her mantra of success “Do not give up and never lose heart on your failure because at the end of the day, the one who wins is the one who thinks he can”.



Attack on Student
Syndicate lays down steps to check violence
Mandeep Puri
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, May 4
Elections or no-elections, Panjab University is constantly marked with violence which is now becoming a regular feature, thanks to changing face of student politics.

Violence and group clashes, which earlier were seen during the phase of the student elections, are common now days. During the last council elections of the Panjab University Student Union, more than 20 students were booked and accused under various charges.

The clash that took place inside the examination hall yesterday was certainly an outcome of a shuffle between the two students organisations.

Simrandeep Singh Sandhu, a six-semester law student, became a member of the Students Organisation of Panjab University in the year 2005. Simran and Harpreet Multani both worked together for the organisation before an argument regarding the selection of candidates for the department of Law during the 2006 council elections.

After the rift, Simran joined Panjab University Students Union (PUSU).

A minor argument took place between the two and Simran alleged assaulted Harpreet Multani outside English Auditorium on March 30.

Seeking revenge, Multani planned an attack on Simran, which resulted in a violent clash inside the hall yesterday.

Taking a note of increasing clashes and violence within the campus, the university authorities have decided to suspend the students involved in the criminal activity.

Meanwhile, an emergency syndicate meeting was called today in the evening to assess the law and order situation on the university campus. The syndicate unanimously accepted the recommendations of the committee constituted by the vice-chancellor in yesterday’s incident of violence. A meeting to organise a joint operation with the university authorities was held with the ASP, Madhu Verma.

Recommendations of the Syndicate meeting

  • Students of the campus, who have been identified in the FIR, should be suspended immediately till further orders. Their entry into the campus should be banned with immediate effect and they should be expelled from the university hostel.
  • Similar action should be taken against the students of affiliated colleges of PU by the respective principals.
  • The students who have been identified in the FIR should be fined at least Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000 in accordance with the gravity of their offence.
  • University should constitute a disciplinary standing committee to resolve such incidents and give its recommendations within one month’s time.
  • All the CCTV cameras installed on the university campus should be inspected once in 15 days and the recordings (weekly) should be reviewed and the information should be given to the security officer. The recordings of the cameras should be preserved for at least one month.
  • The boundary wall of the university close to UIPS, UILS and boys hostels no. 6 and 7 should be strengthened immediately.
  • A student-counselling cell, which should periodically organise lectures, and strengthen the feeling of brotherhood amongst the community should be formed. The cell should get the student council involved in such activities.



Education dept takes innovative step
Theatre groups to provide moral education

G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
After envelope making scheme under skill development programme, now the education department has initiated to utilise the ongoing lean period through innovative teaching methodologies.

Under this project, the department has engaged the services of theatre groups and storytellers to impart moral education, teaching syllabus and civil duties among the students by way of drama and plays, puppet shows, local sight seeing for primary classes etc.

“Since there is a delay in supply of books, it is a better way to engage children in learning methodology through plays or story telling or puppet show. The consent of parents would be taken because it would be an optional programme beyond primary classes. Other recognised schools, if interested, can also take advantage of their services at their mutually agreed rates”, said S.K. Setia, DPI (S).

For primary classes, the resource persons from the theatre groups would be there from 10.50 am to 12.30 pm. For Classes VI to XII, the theatre persons would take classes in their zero periods and would prepare plays, acts based on their curriculum. The theatre persons would be paid an honorarium of Rs 250 per day out of work experience funds and the expenditure on costumes would be reimbursed from the skill development fund of the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA).

The officials said the rehearsal may be continued after school hours (from 3 pm to 5 pm) or during upcoming summer vacations with mutual adjustments. The SSA wing has also sanctioned a fixed honorarium of Rs 45 per hour so as to make the total of Rs 10, 000 to the director or directing team for special shows.

The schools have been instructed to spend a sum up to Rs 50,000 from any of the relevant fund (Students Welfare Fund, Work Experience Fund or Amalgamated Fund to meet other expenses).

A puppet show team of CCRT would take care of students of primary classes. A local sight seeing programme has also been chalked out for the students. The SSA wing would meet all the expenses, the officials told.

“We have also allowed school heads to give Rs 500 in advance for writing script, purchase of relevant books, photostat and other expenses to the resource persons. Besides this, refreshment of Rs 20 per head would be given to all students and persons from theatre groups who would engaged in this activity based programme beyond school hours or on holidays”, said Setia.



Job fest turns a big hit
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Sahauran (Kharar), May 4
The mega job fest at Rayat and Bahra Institute here has turned out to be a perfect match of quality and quantity of candidates for 147 companies hunting for prospective employees.

With students and professionals from Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Delhi and other states thronging the fest, the human resources (HR) wings of the visiting companies had a tough time going through the recruitment process. The IT sector was a big hit among aspirants.

Main recruiters

  • Wipro Technologies
  • Perot Systems
  • Reliance Communications
  • Asia Consulting
  • Reliance Fresh in retail sector

“We could not sleep for two nights, as there was a pile of applications to choose from for shortlisting candidates,” said the HR officials of Wipro Technologies, which hired 20 candidates.

As per Wipro officials, the influence of mother tongue on the English language remains a major handicap for people of the North, especially Punjabis. “We wanted people with excellent communication skills as well and this was where some aspirants here did not excel. Otherwise, we have had the best of the entire lot,” the official added.

Similarly, Infosys has hired around 135 people. The company officials had received around 1,000 applications. “We are happy to receive such a huge response. The finest thing was that quality was also maintained,” their HR official said. She added that Infosys will be looking forward to similar joint placement job fests in the future.

Komal Bhatia from Talent Corner HR Services, Mumbai, which represented six companies, said 29 students have been selected from around 1,500 applicants. “The quality of stuff was amazing. We had talented students. Since the job fest not only catered to fresh faces, we were also fortunate enough to have experienced professionals," she added.

Similarly, Emphasis Technology officials had never come prepared for such a huge number of candidates. Around 2,000 applicants had applied and 46 of them have been shortlisted. “It was unbelievable to see such a tremendous response,” said an official of a company.

Applicants had come from far-flung areas as well. Since the job fest also included +2 pass students and holders of conventional graduate degrees, the visiting companies had a mixed lot to choose from.

The highest package of Rs 10 lakh per annum was offered by Jubilee Constructions, UAE, and Rs 4 lakh per annum was the average pay package.



Despite heat, PU strike continues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
On the 28th day of the chain fast on the campus for the central university status for Panjab University today, four teachers and five research scholars sat on chain fast. Prof K.K. Bhasin, dean, faculty of science, Dr Mohanmeet Khosla, chairperson, department of mass communication, Dr Madhukar Arya, and Dr Zarreen Fatima, both from the department of Urdu-Persian, were among the teachers who sat on the fast, braving the scorching heat.

Five research scholars from the department of Urdu-Persian, Behnaz Alipour, Manjit Singh, Ravinder Nath, Kamaljit Kaur, and Sarvjit Singh, also sat on the fast. Behnaz Alipour is a research scholar from Iran who spent the day along with other fellow research scholars sitting on the fast.

The DUI, the DSW, and many other senior syndics and senators visited the dharna site to give a moral boost to those sitting on the fast for the just demand, facing unkind weather.

When contacted, Pawan Kumar Bansal, union minister of state for finance to know the progress at the Centre, he said he had already talked to Tarlochan Singh, member of Rajya Sabha and former chairman of Minority Commission, to use his good offices to persuade the leaders from Punjab government to give concurrence at the earliest.

Bansal has also called on the Vice-President of India and the chancellor of Panjab University and shared his anxiety to have a word with the Punjab government so that no reaction is triggered from the state of Punjab in case the Prime Minister announces the central status for PU.

Meanwhile, PU fellows from the campus have decided to sit on the chain fast tomorrow.



2,000 take MAT exam
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
Around 2,000 candidates appeared for the Management Aptitude Test (MAT) in the four centres at Panjab University’s Arts Block I and II, Law department and PU engineering wing at Sector 25 here today.

Around 450 prestigious business schools from all over India participated in the test, conducted by the All India Management Association, New Delhi.

The students generally opined that the mathematical skills and Indian and Global Environment sections were harder than the expectations. However, data analysis and sufficiency intelligence, language comprehension and critical reasoning sections were comparatively easier.

Most of the students found May MAT exam tougher as compared to previous MAT exams held in the month of February 2008, and September 2007.

Aryans Business School (ABS) distributed around 10,000 free examination kits to the North Indian candidates appearing for MAT examination in various regions. These include Chandigarh, Ambala, Markanda, Kurukshetra, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Hisar, Jammu, Srinagar, Dehradoon, Patna etc.



Science seminar at Punjabi University
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 4
The Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University Dr Jaspal Singh on Friday inaugurated a seven-day motivational contact programme for talented science students. The seminar is being organised by the university’s department of zoology, in collaboration with Punjab State Council for Science and Technology.

Dr Jaspal said scientists can play a big role by ‘revealing actual and hidden benefits of science, particularly about eatables and environment to the common man.’ “Science helps students to develop a greater sense of precision and exactitude which helps them in living a quality life,” he said.

Dr M.S. Saini, head of zoology department, said 30 students from different schools of Punjab are participating in the programme.



PEC students create 180 designs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4
As many as 180 innovative designs were created by first year students of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) during a design competition, held at PEC auditorium here today.

This was the initiative of Prof Nitin Kumar, Prof Rajesh Kumar and Prof Sarabjit Singh of mechanical engineering department.

Dr Arun K. Lall, head, mechanical engineering, judged the designs. “The designs were very unique, original and to the international standards which motivated first year students to design new systems for a betterment of society in future”, said Dr Lall.



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