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Husband hatched murder plot
Servant eliminated Anuradha, faked own killing
Akash Ghai & Mandeep Puri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
It was a murder perhaps inspired by a flop Bollywood crime thriller. An estranged husband conspires to kill his wife with the help of his “blue-eyed” domestic help. The faithful servant carries out the task, commits a robbery to fool the police, and then fakes his own death by killing a friend and mutilating his face beyond recognition (remember Amitabh Bachchan’s 1983 thriller Andhaa Kanoon).

While Amrish Puri had got away with his own murder in the movie, the kanoon wasn’t so blind in Anuradha Sandhu’s murder. Barely 24 hours after her brutal murder, the police cracked the case and arrested her killer servant, Vijay Pal Singh alias Nikku, who attempted to fake his death by killing his friend, Sunil. The cops also nabbed Anuradha’s realtor husband, Baljinder Pal Singh alias Talla, and Nikku’s associate, Ashok, who was also a party to the two chilling murders.

While efforts are on to confirm Sunil’s identity with the Ropar police opting to go in for a DNA test, the local police said he also used to work for Baljinder and was staying in his other flat in Sector 38 West.

The quick breakthrough came from the cellphone calls made from Nikku’s mobile, which was discovered near Sunil’s body by the Ropar police yesterday. A review of the calls and a statement by Nikku’s sister, Sunita, that Ashok had visited their native village in Malout sometime back, led the police to put his number under surveillance.

What followed was a meticulous technical operation to trace and contact all people with whom Ashok was in touch from his mobile. The big break came yesterday afternoon when one of Ashok’s associates revealed that he along with a “friend” had hired a room in Rathkhansama locality near Nalagarh.

A police party was immediately sent to Nalagarh. The police, who was presuming that Nikku was dead, nabbed a youth and recovered some of the stolen property from his possession. However, they were left aghast when the suspect started spilling the beans and identified himself as Nikku.

Meanwhile, another police party nabbed Ashok from Jagjitpura near Dharampur, while he was on his way to his in-laws house there. The police seized Rs 1.97 lakh and $1788 from Vijay along with some jewellery. He had spent a part of the money to purchase five pairs of jeans and some perfumes.

Baljinder, who was called for questioning early in the morning, was allowed to leave with a police escort for his wife’s cremation that was held at Sector 25 cremation ground. He was later arrested in the evening on the basis of circumstantial evidence and the statements of Vijay, which corroborated with the sequence of the crime, said SSP S S Srivastava. He was booked under Sections 302/34 IPC (Murder and Common Intention).

According to police sources, Baljinder had strained relationship with his wife ever since she had come to know about his extra marital affairs. The tension had escalated several times and it is reliably learnt that they used to have frequent fights on the issue.

This fact was confirmed by the SSP, who said that Baljinder had another flat in the same locality, which was frequented by a woman with whom he was allegedly having an affair. The strained relations between the couple were also confirmed by Anuradha’s family.

According to police officials, the investigation indicates that Baljinder and Nikku had hatched the conspiracy to eliminate Anuradha about a month ago. As per the plan, Vijay along with Ashok went to his native village in Malout and left his sister, Sunita Rani there.

Sunita was said to be close to Anuradha and they did not want her to be in the house at the time of the execution of the plan. Vijay introduced Ashok to his family as his fast friend and said he would be coming to them afterwards.

The police said from his village, Vijay went to Bathinda and purchased two paper cutters. Giving details about the sequence of events, based on Vijay’s statement, preceding the murder, Srivastva told mediapersons that he served dal and rice, laced with sedative, to Anuradha for dinner. She retired to bed and her husband left for night party at 10:30 pm following which he called Ashok to the house. As per the plan, they bolted the door of the children from outside and increased the volume of the TV to hush sounds of resistance by Anuradha.

He also told the police that they first ransacked the cupboard in the bedroom. While they were in the midst of packing the valuable, Anuradha got up. However, before she could react, the two pounced on her and administered an intoxicating injection to her. Subsequently, Nikku caught hold of her arms and Ashok alleged slit her throat, the SSP said.

Thereafter, Nikku brought Sunil to the house and gave him a cold drink with sedatives in it. The sedatives, however, did not affect Sunil so they thrashed him and forcibily made him wear Vijay’s clothes.

The SSP said they had initially planned to kill Sunil in the house to make the entire incident look as a robbery-cum-murder, but they changed it. They gagged Sunil with a tape and made him wear a helmet.

They drove to Ropar on a bike, which was used by Vijay, and killed Sunil at a secluded place near the community swimming pool. They tied his hands and legs and battered his face with stones.

They then left for Nalagarh from where they were later nabbed.

Meanwhile, judicial magistrate first class P.K. Lal today sent the two accused, Ashok and Vijaypal, on police remand of four days fo the murder. 

Not a surprise for her family
Akash Ghai/Mandeep Puri
Triune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
For the family of Anuradha, news of the arrest of her husband Baljinder Singh did not come as a surprise.

“We were expecting that such development would take place so it is not a surprise. We want that the truth should come on the surface. We know that the Chandigarh Police is under tremendous pressure. We have left the matter to God”, said Rajesh, the brother-in-law of Anuradha.

Though the family did not come openly but surely indicated that Anuradha and her husband were sharing strained relations.

“On her on and off visits at our house, my daughter pretended to be happy but as a father I realised many a time that it was not, what she always trying to show”, said Madan Lal, the aggrieved father, while talking to TNS at his residence in Sector 37.

Terming Vijay (Nikku) more as a friend than servant, Madan Lal, who runs a shop in Sector 22, said just a week before I asked my daughter to show him the doors. “One can easily judge about Vijay’s meanness and cleverness by his acts. Just a week before, I told Anuradha to throw him out. As Vijay was quite close to Baljinder, it was not in hands of her”, Madan Lal said.

“Vijay was also the bone of contention between Baljinder and Anuradha”, said another relative.

Now, taking care of two children, 10-year-old Useen and 8-year-old Umar, of the couple is the prime concern for Anuradha’s family.

“Right now, the children are with us. Tomorrow, we will have a talk with Baljinder’s family on the issue”, said the family members.

Anuradha’s father told TNS that it was her second marriage. She was married at Delhi. However, differences cropped up in a week following which the marriage was annulled.

Not allowed to light pyre

Anuradha’s husband Baljinder Sandhu was not allowed to perform her last rites. The moment Baljinder came to the cremation ground, Anuradha’s brother Harish allegedly pushed him away. Madan Lal, father of the deceased, performed the last rites. 


(May 17-18)

10:00 pm: Baljinder left the house to attend a party

11:05 pm: Ashok entered the house

11:25 pm: Anuradha was murdered

11:35 pm: Vijay Pal, the servant, went to bring Sunil at home

11:55 pm: Sunil was tied up and thrashed by the accused

12:20 am: The three left the house and went to Ropar

2:00 am: Sunil was murdered

4:00 am: The accused reached Nalagarh

11:00 am: Vijay hired a house in Nalagarh

9:30 pm: Vijay was arrested

10:20 pm: Ashok was arrested from Jagjitpura



Cab knocks down youth to death
74-yr-old killed in another accident
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 19
A 20-year-old youth was killed while another injured when their motorcycle was knocked down by a maxi cab here last night.

The deceased has been identified as Rohit Pandey, a resident of society No. 85 in Sector 20. The injured Danish, a resident of Sector 15, was admitted to the PGI under critical condition.

The accident took place when both friends were coming from Sector 25 to Sector 21. Both were employed at a call centre in Chandigarh.

The cab driver fled the spot leaving the vehicle behind. On search of the cab, the name of cab owner was found as Sanjiv, a resident of Batod village.

Similary, a 74-year-old resident of Jaipur was killed when a speeding Balero hit him at Barwala near here.

The police said the deceased, identified as Lekh Raj, was going to Karnal in a bus. The bus halted at a dhaba near Barwala on the road. A Balero coming from Raipur Rani hit Lekh Raj who was crossing the road. The driver of Balero also fled the spot leaving the vehicle behind.



49 DAYS GONE still counting ...
Let UT select the secy

The power to select an IAS officer for the post of home secretary should vest with the UT Administrator. The Centre should just be intimated about the name finalised for the post.

The delay in selection is due to interference by the Centre. If the Administrator selects the home secretary, officials would be answerable. If the Centre favours its own officials, it should be responsible for its accountability.

The Centre should respect the choice of the UT Administrator as it was he who runs the administration.

— M.P.S. Chawla, a councillor



Inauguration of garbage processing plant
MC gives ‘raw deal’ to mayor
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh,May 19
The municipal corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) has ignored the mayor yet again. In fact, in a development that may widen the rift between the commissioner and the mayor, the MCC officials have allegedly not taken the mayor into "confidence" while finalising the inauguration of the garbage processing plant at Dadu Majra here.

To be inaugurated by UT administrator SF Rodrigues on May 21, inauguration of the first-of-its-kind plant developed by the Jaypee group in public-private partnership may run into rough weather with the mayor reportedly taking strong exception to his being given a raw deal in the run-up to the inauguration. The mayor, along with other councillors, received the invitation card for the inauguration sent by the medical officer of health (MOH) and Jaypee group today.

While the mayor could not be reached for comments, sources close to him said he would call a meeting of the party councillors tomorrow to "chalk out" the future strategy. A final decision on whether to attend the inauguration would be taken tomorrow in consultation with union minister of state for finance Pawan Bansal, sources told The Tribune tonight.

The sources said the mayor was upset over the MCC decision as the Congress wanted to showcase the commissioning of the garbage processing plant as its major achievement in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections next year.

Chhabra and commissioner Roshan Sunkaria have been having an uneasy relationship for a few weeks now particularly in the wake of the commissioner's reported remarks on the levy of property tax on residential property and a hike in water tariff.

Currently, Chandigarh produces 350 tonnes of garbage daily.The garbage processing plant is designed to process the entire quantity of municipal solid waste generated in the city to produce fluff/pellets in an enclosed ambience and environmentally acceptable process.The plant will produce refused derived fuel (RDF). With the completion of its sanitary landfill site, Chandigarh will become the first city in India to fully implement the provisions of the Municipal Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules 2000. 



Cool breeze, mild sun bring relief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
City residents took a sigh of relief with the drop in the mercury level today. A cool breeze and mild sun rays were the order of the day. Couples were seen enjoying the pleasant weather in popular places like Sector 17 and Sukhana Lake.

There was a sharp drop in the maximum temperature in the city - by almost nine degrees- from 39.4 degrees on Sunday to 30.2 degrees today. The fall in temperatures compelled residents to move out of their houses.

The drop in temperature on the one hand brought relief to the residents, while there was a rise in the humidity level.

According to the weather department, the relative humidity almost doubled from 48 per cent yesterday to 89 per cent today.

According to the weather department, there will be possibility of one or two spells of rain or thundershower on Tuesday. While the maximum temperature may also go up by two degrees at 32 degrees on Tuesday. 



Central Varsity Status
Dept of anthropology joins stir
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The teachers and students of the department of anthropology, including the chairperson of the department, today joined the ongoing relay fast for central university status to Panjab University.

In a press release, Joint Action Committee chairman Prof A.S. Ahluwalia said, “All the senior professors of the university, including deans, directors and teacher-senators, have been sitting on the relay fast during the past one and a half month, but the government at the Centre and the state of Punjab are yet to take any decision on the status of the university.”

Among the teachers of the department of anthropology who sat on the 43rd day of the relay fast were Prof Indu Talwar, chairperson, Prof Rajan Gaur, Dr Abhik Ghosh and Dr Kewal Krishan. Meanwhile, Purnima Prashar, research scholar from the department, represented students. The other research scholars and faculty from the department also spent most of the time with their fasting colleagues.

When asked from Prof Talwar that how her department is going to benefit from the central university status of PU, she said there was a need to expand and upgrade ‘Museum of Man’ to the level of global standards. We have to set new state-of-the-art laboratories, such as, forensic anthropology lab, molecular genetics and human evolution lab, she added.

The department wanted to introduce MSc in forensic sciences, but could not do so because of lack of requisite laboratories, lamented Prof Rajan Gaur. Meanwhile Prof Shelly Walia, dean, foreign students, had informed JAC leadership that some foreign students had approached him to do their bit in the ongoing efforts for obtaining the central university status for PU.

City Concerns

For the past many days, Panjab University teachers, under the banner of PUTA, are on a relay strike, demanding Central University Status for the premier institution.

They claim the status of a Central University will automatically draw in critical improvement and enhancement to the availability of finances both for research as well as teaching and learning.

Curiously though, the Punjab Government continues resisting Panjab University's move to a Central status, no one wants to be quoted on this, but the real reasons for the opposition appear to be political rather than academic.

Chandigarh Tribune invites readers to send in their views on: Could the status of a Central University improve things at PU like the teachers are saying?

Please mail your responses, in not more than 250 words, to rthukral@tribunemail.com or send it to The Tribune Office, marked to the City Editor by May 23, 2008.



Two donate Rs 16 lakh for poor patients
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
To facilitate the treatment of needy patients at the PGI here, two donors have donated a huge amount of Rs 16 lakh to the Poor Patient Welfare Fund.

Vinod Sharma, MLA from Ambala, today donated Rs 10 lakh to the poor patient cell in the memory of his mother and Rs 6 lakh were donated by Peshori Lal, NRI from Canada. During the past, a large number of individuals have contributed to the fund, with several persons donating huge amounts.

In the wake of expensive cost of medicare, including surgery and medicines, there was an urgent need for making donations to the fund, which was playing a yeoman’ s service for medical treatment of persons who could not afford costly treatment at private hospitals, PGI officials said.



Auction of quarrying sites
Sharp hike in prices of construction material
Ruchika M. Khanna and Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Supply constraints have led to a sharp increase in the prices of construction material (sand and gravel) over the past one month. Even as the common man contructing a house battles the high price of cement, he is forced to shell out 43 per cent more for the sand and gravel required for laying the lintel of a building.

With the Haryana government failing to auction the quarrying sites in the Ghaggar and other rivulets of Panchkula, the region is witnessing a severe shortage of the material. Before the contract for the 10 mining zones in the district ended on April 7, the sand and gravel was being sold at the rate of Rs 800-Rs 850 per hundred 
cubic feet.

However, ever since quarrying has stopped in these mines, the rates of this material have been on an upswing and have now gone up to Rs 1,150 per hundred cubic feet. The stone crusher unit owners say that as the supply gets further restricted, the prices are expected to increase further. Aman Sharma, who is constructing a house in Sector 21, Panchkula, says if the rates were to continue going upwards, he would have no option but to stop the construction till there is stability in prices.

Following litigation in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Haryana government has deferred the auction of these quarries. The mining contractors have appealed before the court that the stipulation of environment clearance does not apply to them, as had been notified by the Government of India in 2006, and demanded by the mining department, Haryana. The supply constraints are likely to continue till the case does not reach a logical conclusion.

Though the government had earlier announced an auction last month, the mining contractors had boycotted the same, alleging that the reserve price of Rs 68 crore was prohibitive. Last year, these 10 zones were auctioned for Rs 34 crore and had fetched good returns to the contractors. Based on this, the government has decided to raise the reserve price to Rs 68 crore, with the maximum reserve price of Rs 40 crore being kept for quarrying in the Burj Kotian zone.



Study finds more Army wives killing themselves
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
A new study conducted in the Army found an increased trend in suicide and attempted suicide amongst wives of serving personnel. This has prompted medical specialists to conclude that wives of military personnel may need targeted community intervention focusing on the risk factors for suicide.

The study was undertaken after officials in a military garrison sought advice for intervention after noting a “worrying trend” of suicides and cases of attempted suicide amongst Army wives.

“A comprehensive suicide prevention programme should be evolved after studying the social context, culture, prevalent psychopathology, perceived stressors, vulnerabilities and triggers for a particular community,” the study has recommended. It has been undertaken by Lt Col T Madhusudan, classified specialist (psychiatry), Command Hospital, Chandimandir, Col S Chaudhary (retd) and Brig P K Chakraborty (retd), Director Ranchi Institute of Neuro-Psychiatry and Allied Sciences.

A questionnaire designed to elicit known risk factors for suicide, suicide attempts and suicide idealism by women in the Indian context was administered to 222 wives of military personnel. This included wives of officers, junior commissioned officers and other ranks, representative of the ranks of the personnel.

The study found that a large number of respondents, about 28 per cent, were childless. Alcoholism in husbands was reported by 10 per cent and domestic violence by four respondents. Six respondents had been bereaved in the past year, chronic illness was reported by 10 women and psychiatric illness by four.

The study noted that in the Indian context, disturbed family relationship and domestic violence, alcoholism, psychiatric and chronic physical illness, recent bereavement, inability to have children and harassment for dowry are factors that precipitate suicidal tendencies.

Noting that there was no study available on the risk factors for suicide in wives of military personnel in India, the authors have remarked that the study could provide the basis for certain suggestions to local commanders for incorporating preventive measures for those at risk.

“A community mental health team of psychologists and social workers, with the local military authorities providing a secretariat and other resources, could implement and integrate this preliminary framework into an organisational agenda,” the authors have suggested.



LPG price hike imminent
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The household budget of the middle class is set to be toppled yet again. Close on the heels of inflation playing havoc with the home budget, major oil companies are mulling a hike in the price of the LPG cylinder.

In fact, all indications during the past few days, including freeze on the release of new LPG connections and dealerships, point towards oil companies' plan to increase the LPG price with a view to reduce huge subsidy bill on petroleum products.

Currently, three major public sector oil companies, the Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum, absorb a subsidy of over Rs 250 per cylinder. In fact, they had been urging the central government to reduce the subsidy amount substantially through a hike in the gas prices.

In the backdrop of the international prices of LPG touching a high of $850 per metric ton and India importing about 25 per cent of its total consumption, an upward increase in the LPG price was the need of the hour to bring down the losses of the oil companies, it is felt.

The government reportedly distributes oil bonds to the PSU oil companies to make up for the losses they have to undergo for keeping prices of these commodities below cost. However, the enormous burden the oil bond scheme is forcing the government to think of various ways to prune costs.

Sources confirmed today various measures like stopping new connections was a step in the direction of revising LPG price. We are only complying with the directions of the headquarters on freeze on the new connections, a senior official said.

The sources said a working group constituted by the Prime Minister had also suggested certain measures like differential price structure for the “creamy layer”, PAN cardholders and income tax payers. However, implementation of this scheme could pose problems and the government may ultimately go for a reasonable increase in the LPG price, the sources said.

But, with the election to the Lok Sabha slated for next year, the hike in LPG price may be a tough decision for the Congress-led UPA government to take, the sources added.

Economics of LPG price

With international price of LPG crossing $850 per metric ton, the oil companies are forced to absorb a subsidy of over Rs 250 per cylinder. Since India imported about 25 per cent of its total consumption, precious foreign exchangewas lost necessitating the LPG price hike



Vijayawada MC team visits city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
A 35-member team of the Vijaywada municipal corporation (MC) visited the city today as a part of its study tour.

Chairperson of the visiting team Mallika Begum, who is also the mayor, met her counterpart and learnt about the project under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in the city.

Chandigarh mayor Pardeep Chhabra gave a brief presentation on the working of the corporation and projects, including the JNNURM, which has been sanctioned by the government of India. Anju Beniwala, senior deputy mayor, Harphool Chander Kalyan, deputy mayor, P.K. Sharma, secretary, S.K. Bansal, chief engineer and R.P. Gupta, executive engineer, public health-I, were also present.

Briefing about the projects, Chhabra said the remote computerised surveillance system for implementation of round-the-clock water supply in the city was 50 per cent complete. He highlighted various technical and financial advantages of the project. About the second project of harvesting of sewage water for irrigation of open spaces, he informed that after implementation of this project, 10 MGD of clean drinking water would be saved which was presently being used in various lawns, parks and other open spaces in the city.

Mallika Begum gave a brief introduction of the delegation and talked about the functioning of the Vijayawada MC while appreciating the sanitation system in Chandigarh. She also praised Chandigarh for its green cover and well-maintained parks and roadsides.

Earlier, the delegation visited various ongoing projects of MC, besides Rock Garden and Sukhna Lake. Begum informed that under the JNNURM, the Vijayawada corporation was running various projects, including self-help groups, skill training, urban self-employment programme, sanitation through residents’ welfare associations, integrated slum development, urban housing and social welfare services. 



In service of the poor
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 19
If charity begins at home, so does community work. A group of women of Phase IV here have formed a women welfare association that does much more than kitty party.

Started by Paramjit Kaur, a resident of Phase IV, Mohali, the group now includes a large number of women of her neighbourhood who are chipping in time and effort to improve things around them. “We started with cleanliness around our houses. But then, we also took up education of poor children, getting uniforms for them and many more things,” said Paramjit Kaur.

Sudarshan Kaur Mann was among the first to join her. “We decided to get the park outside our house cleaned. We raised some funds by collecting money from among the neighbours and got the place cleaned. The difference was for everyone to see and the effort was appreciated. That encouraged us and also motivated other women to join us,” related Paramjit.

Paramjit’s group grew large and includes many women of Mohali now. “I shifted with my husband here from Delhi in 2003. I started taking tuitions and run cooking classes also. In fact I am very busy. But still, this work is important to me and I take out time for it,” she added.

Kuldeep Kaur Oberoi, Kuldeep Kaur Linky, Pushpa Gupta, Vandana Khanna, are all now part of Paramjit’s family of dos-gooders.

The group then took on an onerous task of raising funs to get poor girls wedded. “We are collecting Rs 20 per house but there is no bar on anyone helping these poor girls with a larger donation,” she said.



No end to traffic woes on Kalka stretch
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 19
In spite of a number of accidents and odd incidents, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is unconcerned about the starting of repair work on the on Pinjore- Kalka stretch. Recently, a baby was born in a vehicle on the road amidst traffic jam on May 8.

In another incident, Rajiv, a resident of Rana Colony, Kalka, died at PGI yesterday evening. The relatives of the deceased alleged that Rajiv could be saved in case he was shifted to hospital in time. They said they got stuck in a traffic jam at Pinjore when the doctor advised them to take Rajiv to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh. The doctors at GMCH referred him to PGI where he died, said the relatives.

Interestingly, the roads were not repaired even as Lt Col K.P. Sharma, the project director of NHAI, on April 28 had informed the Punjab and Haryana high court that the repair work on the said stretch would be started within one week.

However, the residents of the area are yet to see any initiative in this direction. In fact, the traffic problem in the towns of Kalka and Pinjore aggravated after the anti-encroachment drive at Pinjore in the month of January. The roads were damaged during the drive and the authorities have not carried out any repair work after then. 



Ravinder takes over as council chief
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 19
Ravinder Rawal and B.B. Singhal formally took over as the president and vice-president, respectively, of the Panchkula municipal council here today. BJP councillors along with Singhal left the municipal committee office before Rawal reached his office with deputy chief minister Chander Mohan.

Former Panchkula SDM Virender Dahiya, who is on long leave, also reached to attend the function. INLD councillors were conspicuous by their absence.



From Schools & Colleges
Engg institute announces awards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dera Bassi, on the occasion of celebrating 10 years of excellence in technical education, today announced awards to the persons associated with the institute.

Making this announcement during a press conference here, Avtar Singh, founder of the group, told that Rs 1 lakh would be presented to faculty, Rs 50,000 to instructors and Rs 25,000 for technicians.

Avtar Singh said, “We maintain good assessment system, proper feedback system and one to one interaction. We have around 100 faculty members along with 200 supporting staff members. The Sukhmanians are well placed in good companies — national as well as multinational. The placement percentage over the years has improved from 90 to 98. The college is going to make a mega celebration this year.”

The institute is soon coming up with dental college and a medical park with foreign collaborations. “This project would be mainly for research purpose. The memorandum to this effect has already been signed,” he informed.

Laughter session: A laughter session was held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, here today. DPI(S) S.K. Setia inaugurated the session and introduced the students to Dr Madan Kataria. Dr Kataria informed the students the importance of laughter in daily life in the 15-minute session. Principal of the school Raviraj endeavoured to take this up as regular feature of the school.

Workshop: The Calm Balm Club, open to children in the age group of 3 to 9 years, has structured a format to help children emerge more confident, aware of their special talents, calm and serene enough to handle the pressures of daily life. The sessions spread over 12 days have an extensive programme — Arney’s backyard, which focuses more on food, nutrition and health issues related to children. The enrolment for the workshops commence from today at Nehru Bhavan, Sector 24 on first come first serve basis.

Free uniforms: Canara Bank, Sector 19-D, distributed uniforms to the needy students of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Sector 35, here. The bank’s AGM S.K. Chaudhary presided over the function and assured for possible assistance to needy students in future also. Manager P.K. Kulkarni distributed sweets to all students of the school.

Quiz: A quiz on ‘Understanding Planet Earth’ was organised by Chandigarh administration in collaboration with Department of Science and Technology, in Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria, here today.

Students were divided in five teams and best three teams were selected for final round. In ‘Tough competition’, Team A: Kalpana and Kusum stood first by scoring 85 marks; Team C: Rajesh and Pawan received second place with 80 marks and Team E: Hari Shankar and Ravi Ranjan scored 43 marks and stood third in the competition. Principal Vinod Kumar gave away prizes to the winning teams.



PU Notes
Environment protection camp held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The Centre for Adult, Continuing Education and Extension (CACEE), Panjab University, organised a one-day training camp on “Ethics of Environment Protection- a Commitment towards Social Cause” at Government High School, Sarangpur village, here today. Sixty students and a community from the village attended the training programme.

While highlighting the objectives of the programme, Renu Gandhi, programme in-charge, from the CACEE discussed that the time has come to make the community aware of the consequences of global warming. She expressed that since the issue of environment protection involved the whole community and society at large, involvement of all members to save natural resources is imperative to make healthy environment for the sustainable development of the society.

Dr Avnish Jolly said use of junk food, electronic media and pesticides in agricultural production in our daily life leads to stress and strain in the life of adolescents. There is a need to educate the simple and thoughtful living among adolescents so that they should lead a happy lifestyle.

Refresher course: The CACEE, Panjab University, organised a short-term refresher course, “Improvement of English- Written and Spoken Skills” at Ankur Nursery School, Panjab University. More than 30 schoolteachers participated in the course. The main objective of the course was to provide skills to improve English by laying stress on pronunciation and grammar so that 
professional communication of teachers can improve, along with their performance.

Dr Vipin Sobti, president, managing committee of Ankur School, was the chief guest. While speaking on the occasion she said it is a teacher who makes a lasting impression on the tender minds of their pupils.

Dr Sween, director, CACEE, while introducing the objectives of the course to the participants said it would follow the path of training by enhancing effectiveness in professional communication.



Students enjoy rappling
Tribune News Service

A student of Shemrock School rapples down the school building in Mohali on Saturday.
A student of Shemrock School rapples down the school building in Mohali on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Mohali, May 19
Shemrock Secondary School here organised ‘rappling” for their students. The senior class students “rappled” down the three storey school building.

The school had collaborated with the National Adventure Foundation for the event. Members of the NAF team instructed the students and helped them with the equipment. Most of the students were experiencing the feat for the first time.

“The whole idea was to initiate students to adventure as a popular sport and assure them of fun with safety,” said Navneet Chopra and Narender Sharma of the NAF.

Many students volunteered to participate in the exciting event. “Its scary in the beginning specially when the roof’s short wall has to be climbed before the climbing down begins. But once you start to climb down, its fun,” said Peeyush of class VIII.

Simardeep, Mankaran, Bhavleen, Gurinder, Harman, Simrat, Aniket, Sonalika, Simran Chawlka, Navkiran, Aanchal, Zorawar and Chandan were among the other students who braved the feat.



Consumer Courts
Builders directed to pay Rs 25,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The District Consumer Disputes Rederssal Forum directed the manager and president of Taneja Developers and Infrastructure Limited to pay compensation of Rs 25,000 for unfair trade practice to a resident of Sector 50.

The developers were also directed to refund Rs 3.5 lakh deposited by the petitioner at 12 per cent per annum from the day of booking along with Rs 2,500 as costs of litigation.

The petitioner, Puneet Singh, had applied for a two bedroom flat in the group housing project for which he paid a sum of Rs 3.5 lakh to the builders. He visited the builders’ office several times but even after one-and-a-half year of booking the flat it was not allotted.

The builders asserted that Singh had applied for the plot on April 21, 2006 and paid registration fees. Subsequently, he was allotted the flat on October 30, 2006 within six months of encashment of the cheques but the petitioner did not pay heed to several reminders sent by them. The builders added that they had given a sum of Rs 70,000 as commission to the petitioner for advance booking of flats.

The forum, headed by L.R. Roojam, stated: “The builder took the plea of payment of Rs 70,000 as commission to the petitioner just to harass him for some time and continue utilising funds deposited by him without making any commitment in return.”



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