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Noor’s sister takes on mediamen
Mandeep Puri
Tribune News Service
Sister of Noor Kataria tries to snatch the camera of a mediaperson outside Burail Jail, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.
Sister of Noor Kataria tries to snatch the camera of a mediaperson outside Burail Jail, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, June 10
Noor’s release from prison this evening was marked by a drama as her sister, Bulbul, struggled with photographers in a bid to prevent them from taking pictures.

Wearing a blue outfit, Noor came out of the jail at around 9 pm. Bulbul’s name had figured in the kidney scam for her alleged involvement with Dr Amit, the main accused in the scam.

As soon as cameramen came forward to take Noor’s photographs, Bulbul pushed one of them, yelling, “Tera camera tod dungi badtamiz” (I will break your camera, you scoundrel).

A local court had granted bail to Noor yesterday, but she was released from Burail Jail this evening after Bulbul furnished a bail bond.

Bulbul came from Delhi today and furnished a bail bond of Rs 20,000 to secure Noor’s bail. Noor’s mother and her other siblings live in the city, but they did not come to furnish the bail bond.

Noor, who was allegedly having an affair with Baljinder Singh Sandhu, the prime accused in the Anuradha murder case, was arrested on the charges of posing a fake driving license on May 23.



Sarita Case
Death does not end official apathy
Mandeep Puri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
Humiliation, it seems, did not end with her death. Sarita’s body was not kept in refrigeration at the mortuary, alleged her family.

Sarita consumed poison in the office of the Haryana Police Headquarters yesterday for police inaction against her rapists.

She was allegedly raped by two constables of the Rohtak police when she visited the police station for release of her husband caught on theft charges. Her kin had to wait for almost 30 hours before they were handed over the body after a postmortem examination.

With doctors at the PGI reportedly on leave, the body had to be sent to the Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16. There was further delay as a team of doctors from Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, had to be called for the postmortem because there is no provision for the post of forensic expert in the General Hospital.

As there was no arrangement for a hearse, Sarita’s body lay in the sun for an hour before being taken to the hospital in Sector 16.

A spokesperson of the PGI said most medico-legal cases were transferred to Sector 16. But why did the PGI take a day to do this.

Waiting for the body at the General Hospital, Sarita’s husband Subhash said his wife had warned the higher officials that she would take the extreme step if the police failed to take action against the culprits.

The family, he said, had met the area SP and DSP Dheeraj Setia a couple of times inquiring about the probe into the complaint. “Investigations are on and we are looking into the matter was all, the higher officials had to say,” said the husband.

Sarita in her suicide note had said she was committing suicide as no action was taken against the policemen.

The police was trying to protect the accused and her family was being threatened with dire consequences, the note mentioned.



I’m doubly cursed: Sarita’s father
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
As a broken Jagbir stood outside the PGI mortuary waiting for the body of his daughter Sarita, holding his grand-daughters close to him, he cursed his fate, saying “history has repeated itself”.

“Fourteen years ago, my wife Saroj Devi was murdered when she resisted a rape bid, now my daughter is dead because she could not endure the humiliation of being raped,” he said.

Recalling the tragic events of 1994, Jagbir said: “Saroj was working in the fields when one Naseeb tried to force himself on her. She resisted and he kicked her in the neck that proved fatal.”

Jagbir claimed that though a case of murder and attempt to rape was registered against the suspect, he was soon out on bail. “We did not receive justice then and I doubt if we will get justice now.”

Sarita’s daughters Heena (5) and Muskan (3) look bewildered. But they hope their mother will be back soon. They cry when the elders in the family break down.

Sarita and Subhash had a love marriage. “They were a happy couple,” said a relative, cursing the Rohtak police for the family’s woes.

“I don’t know how I’ll raise my daughters,” said Subhash, reiterating that he was wrongly booked in a theft case. Asked if he hoped to get justice, Subhash chose to keep mum. Perhaps, his silence says it all. 



Housewife found dead in Sec 20
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
Rosy Sharma, 33, was found dead at her residence in Sector 20 here last evening. She was reported to have had strained ties with her husband.

According to sources, Rosy, a Fiji nationalist, had not been keeping well since the past few days. Her husband, Pradeep Sharma, who works in a private company, was the first to find her dead. He rushed her to the PGI, where the doctors declared her “brought dead.”

According to Pradeep Sharma, his wife often took sleeping pills. Yesterday he noticed her asleep till 1 pm but didn’t made an effort to wake her up, thinking that she might have taken some pills.When Rosy did not get up till about 3pm, he got suspicious and rushed her to the hospital.

The post-mortem(the body is kept at GMSSH-16) would be conducted when Rosy parents arrive here from Australia.

Pradeep met Rosy during a trip to Australia in 1996. A year later, they got married and shifted to India.The couple has a 10-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter. Pradeep’s father is a retired police inspector. 



Top athlete injured in brawl
Ravi Dhaliwal

Patiala, June 10
A midnight brawl in the National Institute of Sports (NIS) left a top Indian athlete, preparing for the Beijing Olympics, seriously injured.

Indian shot putter O.P Singh, who won a silver medal in the Asian indoor championship held at Doha recently, sustained serious head injuries when he allegedly entered into an altercation with triple jumper Prithpal Singh in his room at Dhyan Chand Hostel late last night.

Questions have arisen over the security at NIS.

Prithpal Singh, who is not in the national athletics camp underway at the NIS, was allegedly staying in the hostel for the past few days without permission from the authorities.

But NIS executive director L.S Ranawat said Prithpal “comes to meet his friends every 10 or 15 days." But sources say Prithpal is seen regularly at NIS hostels.

Prithpal Singh is a ASI with the Punjab Police.The NIS authorities have not filed a police complaint regarding the incident. Ranawat said he had written to the IG, the SSP and the Civil Lines police station.

Prithpal Singh was thrown out of a national camp earlier on disciplinary grounds. The triple jumper is said to be close to bigwigs in the Athletic Federation of India (AFI). 


Building bylaws a casualty
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
Haphazard construction continues to plague southern parts of the city. Unsafe buildings are coming up in villages under the jurisdiction of the municipal corporation in violation of the Chandigarh administration (erection and re-erection of buildings) Rules, 2006, which prohibits any new construction without approved building plan.

Unlike northern sectors, which have green open spaces, most parts of the southern sectors are fast developing into a concrete jungle.

Not just villages, haphazard and unauthorised construction can be seen in the backyard of houses in most sectors.

Gates have been put up on the rear of most houses and these open to main roads, which is proving to a major traffic hazard.

Villages surrounded by sectors have shops, workshops, guesthouses, hotels, godowns and multi-storey houses having 40-60 rooms, which are given to labourers.

Villages, including Burail, Attawa, Kajheri and Hallo Majra, have narrow lanes and buildings with dingy living conditions, hanging electricity cables, lack of adequate ventilation and sunlight.

In case of an eventuality, it is difficult for firemen to carry out a rescue operation.

Under the rules, the minimum height of a habitable room should not be less than nine feet, which is applicable to kitchen, veranda and other parts of the building and its minimum size should not be less than 100 sq ft.

Besides, there should also be no opening in the common wall and minimum ventilation should be 10 per cent of the floor area.

However, construction is being carried out mindlessly, paying scant regard to these rules.

According to a senior MC official, the estate office has served around 20 notices in every village, where approval of buildings plans has not been taken prior to construction.

In some cases, the owners claimed that their structures had been constructed before the building bylaws were enforced.

Terming the demolition of unauthorised construction “massive exercise”, the officer maintains that lack of infrastructure and staff shortage also adversely affects drives against such violations.

Though corporation officials citing shortage of staff and resources as roadblocks to demolish illegal structures, sources inform that illegal construction is being carried out in connivance with the “black sheep” in the corporation.

In their race to make quick buck, owners of such buildings are flouting building bylaws and also paying a scant regard to the safety of those living in the houses.

The buildings are being constructed without getting approval from the department concerned.

In several cases, the owners have raised the height of the building from permissible 34 feet.

While the north-south divide is too prominent in regard to the maintenance of roads, infrastructure, sanitation and overall upkeep, unauthorised structures are common to both. However, the problem is not as serious as in the southern sectors.



Fake Certificate Case
Police records Bal Mukand’s statement
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
The police yesterday recorded the statement of Bal Mukand, a world champion, in the fake yoga championship certificate case involving inspector Ram Gopal, currently placed under suspension for allegedly using fake certificate for promotional benefits.

Bal Mukand was part of the team that represented India in the yoga championship held in Italy.

According to sources in the police, Ram Gopal had fraudulently pasted his photographs on the certificate.

Bal Mukand maintained that Ram Gopal was part of the yoga team that represented India.

However, the world champion failed to answer why there were no signatures on the certificate of Ram Gopal, while the three certificates held by him had his initials on them.

ASP Madhur Verma said: “We have confiscated the certificates of Bal Mukand and will send these to the Central Forensic Laboratory Test in the coming days.”

According to sources, IG S.K. Jain had suspended inspector Ram Gopal and ordered a departmental inquiry in the case.

Under the law, the inspector should have been arrested in the case but he has not even been reverted to the post of sub-inspector.

Immediately after the submission of the inquiry report, an FIR was lodged against Ram Gopal under Sections 420,467,468 and 471, IPC.

The tribunal had directed the IGP and home secretary to examine the matter and find if the promotion was obtained by submitting wrong facts.

It was learned that Ram Gopal joined the UT police as ASI in March, 1991 against a general quota seat and was last on the merit list of seven successful candidates.

He had gone to Italy to attend a private yoga competition at his own expense in October, 1997.

He was not sponsored by the administration or any other sports organisation.



Residents protest allotment of land to school
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
Agitated residents of Sector 27 along with members of the Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress today protested against the allotment a piece of land in the residential area of the sector to a school.

According to sources, the school was earlier given a piece of land in Sector 19 but after residents there protested, the allotment was shifted to Sector 27.

Chandigarh Youth Congress president H.S. Lucky said they had already met with the UT adviser on the issue. Around 50 trees will have to be felled before the construction of the school building begins, he added.



Involve youth in decision-making: Expert
Parminderjit Singh & Jashan Gill

Chandigarh, June 10
A five-day Commonwealth Asia regional workshop on “Youth and Local Self-Governance”, organised by the department of youth affairs, Government of India, and Commonwealth Youth Program Asia Centre, began in Sector 12 today.

It is being organised in pursuance of the mandate given by the Commonwealth Youth ministers at their meeting in the Bahamas in 2006. Secretary, department of youth affairs, S.K. Arora, inaugurated the workshop, while S. Wirithamula, secretary, ministry of youth, Government of Sri Lanka, was the guest of honour.

Sharing the views, S. Wirithamula said: “Self-governance is a widely deliberated topic these days. Once in power, both local or central governments want to keep it. They forget to share the power with people and at that time conflict between people and their representatives occur. Ideal situation should be where people are consulted in decision making in one way or another. However, this is not what is happening today.”

The first day of workshop was attended by 30 delegates from the Commonwealth countries in Asia including Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore and Sri Lanka. “Generally, young people are involved in war, crime or drug abuse. However, when it comes to signing peace treaties or decision making, it’s the older generation that calls the shots. This is a wrong practice. Let the young people come forward and make peace, only then will they abide by it,” said Wirithamula.



Speaking Out
DGP, ADGP must step down

Sarita’s suicide at the Haryana police headquarters yesterday has evoked a strong reaction from almost all sections of society. Talking to Aarti Kapur and Jyoti Rai some felt that getting justice for women still wasn’t easy, while the others said policing was not people oriented. Everyone believed that senior police officials were equally responsible for her death. 

 Manju Sharma There should be no mercy and both the accused should be hanged. The top ranking officials, whom she approached for justice, should get life imprisonment. This is the time for the judiciary to set an example.

Manju Sharma 

Yogesh Kumar SharmaThe DGP’s khula darbar reminds me of political stunts used to mislead society. The inhuman attitude of the Haryana police reflects the fall in the standard of the force. All those involved in hushing up the case should get life imprisonment.

Yogesh Kumar Sharma

KanureetIf no action is taken against the accused immediately, it will be like suicide of law. The culprits should be hanged and top police officials, including the DGP and the ADGP should resign immediately.


Alka DhawanIt has jolted the conscience of society. Policemen consider themselves above law. The top brass of the Haryana police has shown scant regard to the basics of investigation in rape cases.

Alka Dhawan

Swarna Singh BaidhwanThe suicide by a young mother of two girls speaks volumes about the whole system of policing in the country. It reminds me of various judicial pronouncements in which certain policemen have been described as criminals in uniform.

Swarna Singh Baidhwan



MC earning lakhs from medicinal plants
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
A rich treasure of medicinal plants, which have immense medical value and also keep the environment clean, has been generating good revenue for the municipal corporation.

The revenue generated by medicinal and seasonal fruit-bearing plants through auction runs into lakhs of rupees.

Officials in the corporation say that the belts of plants in the city have been divided into 10 zones for annual auction.

Most plants like “anwala”, “bahera”, “doda”, “herdh” and mango fall in parks and by the roadside in the city.

The aim of auctioning such fruit-bearing plants is to utilise these in a proper manner. The auction of the mango fruit belt of the corporation is done after six years.

He says the revenue generated by medicinal fruit plants varies between Rs 10,000 and 15,000 each year depending on their production.

He adds that the last auction of the mango belt earned the corporation Rs 12.50 lakh.

The corporation has fixed a target of planting over 24,000 saplings of fruit, ornamental, medicinal plants and shrubs this year, he adds.

MC’s SDE (horticulture) Arun Kansal says fruit plants are becoming a good source of income for the corporation.

The reserved price for auction of the mango belt, to be held in July, has been kept at Rs 12 lakh.

He says the revenue generated through auction will be spent on various development work of the corporation.

On the other hand, the administration has also formulated a plan for intensive educational campaign regarding the benefits of medicinal plants.

In the first phase, the administration will focus on the benefits of “Arjun” trees, which have been planted in the city on a large scale on the Dakshin Marg from Zirakpur to Sector 25 and on the either side of the Chandi Path.

Deputy conservator of forest Ishwar Singh says the forest department does not auction fruits of herbal trees as the number of plants in the ambit of the department is very low.

He says most medicinal plants planted by the department are used for research and education purpose by scholars and students.

He says they will focus more on creating awareness about herbal and other plants among youngsters so that they plant more trees to make the city greener and keep the environment clean.



Alcoholics Anonymous turns 73
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), worldwide life-giving fellowship of over 3 million recovering alcoholics, is 73 today. In fact, like millions the world over, it was a day of thanksgiving for hundreds of once problem-drinkers in the tricity having contented
sobriety now.

Recovery from alcoholism once nearly impossible is now routine, that was the underlying message to the newcomers to the fellowship at a solemn function at Carmel Convent School in Sector 9 here as the members shared their experience, strength and hope. Alcoholism is a family disease. Even the World Health Organisation and the American Medical Association term it as an incurable illness of the mind, body and soul, a member informed.

The alcoholic is not a bad man but a diseased man and like diabetes the disease can be arrested “one day at a time” and not cured. In fact, alcoholics have an allergy of the body, the overpowering craving for alcohol once some has been introduced to their body.

Giving a blueprint for recovery, the members informed that the AA programme relied on sharing of experience, strength and hope among alcoholics. The recovery process itself is highly individual, adapted by each member to meet his/her own needs, they added.

The AA started on June 10, 1935, in Akron, Ohio (US), when an alcoholic stockbroker, Bill W, and a drunken doctor, Bob Smith, came in touch with each other.

Bill told Bob the story of how he got chronically and almost fatally drunk, then how he got sober. What happened that day has happened ever since in AA groups all over the world: the person passing on insight got at least as much benefit as the listener.

“The AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership,” the AA literature said.



Another blot on khaki
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 10
The desperation of Sarita to get justice and its denial even after she voiced her grievance at the Haryana police headquarters has shame-faced the police that claims to provide “sewa, suraksha and sahyog” to people of the state.

In spite of the highly publicised attempts by the Haryana police top brass to present a people-friendly face, this incident has once again exposed the callous attitude of the police and its inability to deliver justice. The state police seems to be ignoring the SC directive that makes the registration of an FIR mandatory.

Only a media onslaught forced the DGP, R.S. Dalal, to say that he was sorry for what had happened and that the incident was a blot on the police. He admitted that justice had been delayed.

This is not the only instance where the police has been caught on the wrong foot. Be it the controversial death of constable Jaiveer, the Ruchika molestation case, police inaction when houses of Dalits were torched in Gohana, or the lathicharge on striking workers of Honda, courting controversy is not new to the state’s police force.

This puts a question mark on the efficacy of ‘khula’ darbars held by the DGP. When even the intervention of the DGP’s office in a criminal case is shown scant regard by his juniors (as in Sarita’s case), the fate of complaints made directly at police stations is not hard to guess.



Contractors told to take back sacked safai workers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
The chairperson of the national commission of safai karamcharis, ministry of social justice and empowerment, has instructed contractors to take back three dismissed employees on their rolls for deployment at Government Medical College and Hospital-32.

Commission chairperson Santosh Choudhary also insisted to provide hepatitis B injection and regular medical check-up to all karamcharis.

She exhorted outsourced safai karamcharis to work in unison with the management for the growth of the GMCH-32. She further advised the GMCH to create awareness amongst the karamcharis regarding different schemes meant for their community by the central government as well as the Chandigarh administration. The chairperson directed the authorities to hold a meeting with the education department, social welfare department, the UT and bankers to explain schemes of their respective departments for the uplift of the workers.

She also stressed the close monitoring of accounts of outsourcing firms.



Cop killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, June 10
Ram Avtar (57), head constable at Baltana police chowki, was killed in a road accident near Baltana police post last night.

According to police officials, Abhimanyu, a resident of Baltana, who was driving an Activa, hit Ram Avtar. The deceased was on his way to Zirakpur godowns for official work. He was at the fag end of his career and was scheduled to retire next year.

Sources in the police said Ram Avtar is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

The police took Avtar to GMCH-32, Chandigarh, where the doctors declared him brought dead. A case has been registered.



Youth’s body found on track
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
An unidentified youth in his mid-20s was found dead on the railway track near Mansa Devi Complex here this morning. The police has so far ruled out foul play.

The railway police said the incident came to light at around 10 am. The deceased was wearing black trousers, black shirt and sports shoes. The body was sent to the Civil Hospital, Panchkula, for identification.

The police has initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.



MC evicts Yoga Sabha from community centre-21
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
The municipal corporation today evicted the Yoga Sabha from the Community Centre, Sector 21, that had been under the illegal occupation of the sabha for the past 30 years.

According to the corporation, the authorities had served notices numerous times to the sabha to evict the premises but to no avail. Corporation officials carried out a drive this evening to evict the occupants from the centre following directions from MC commissioner Dr Roshan Sunkaria.

The Yoga Sabha had occupied the premises in 1977. The UT estate office had leased out one room with adjoining store along with water closet and a bathroom in the building to the sabha for a period of one year i.e. from August 14, 1877 to August 12, 1978 at the annual rent of Rs 680.

As per the record, no further extension of lease of the premises had ever been granted to the sabha thereafter.

Recently, Dr Sunkaria directed the officials concerned to take action in the matter. The illegal occupation had hindered the execution of development works at the centre.

On the other hand, yoga acharya Roshan Lal Sharma maintained that they had been delivering services on a charitable basis. The authorities, without giving any prior notice, removed the property of the sabha from the premises.

On lease, he said they had taken the premises on lease for one year in 1977, but they kept depositing the amount and continued using the premises. The corporation last night pasted a noticed outside the premises and got it forcibly vacated today.



Man’s body found near ISBT-17
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
A man in his mid-30s was found lying dead near the ISBT, Sector 17, here this morning. Ruling out the possibility of foul play, the police said no visible injury mark was found on the body.

The police said the body was spotted at around 11am and was taken to hospital. Doctors said he might have been ill and probably had a cardiac arrest.

He was known as Raju among his associates.

The postmortem would be conducted tomorrow. Inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC have been started. 



Open fair price veggie shops

This is regarding cancellation apni mandi in Sector 33. No doubt apni mandis have lost their real purpose where farmers used to sell their products at affordable rates and there was no middleman, but still a large number of people prefer to buy vegetables and fruits from these mandis.

Now, after the closure of Sector-33 mandi, the people have to depend on vegetable vendors as everybody cannot go to the wholesale market where the condition is no better due to congestion.

There are very few vegetables shops in the sector’s market. Keeping in view the difficulties faced by people, I suggest that at least one fair price vegetable shop should be opened in every sector.

Gayan, Chandigarh

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Poor coordination mars admission process at UBS
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
Students seeking admission to the University Business School, Panjab University, stand to lose out on lakhs of rupees due to the uncoordinated admission process. Lack of coordination among the different quarters of the university is likely to delay the admission process.

The first big question that has been baffling the officials is the definition of ‘NRI’. It is pertinent to mention here that The Tribune had reported about the matter and the university had then sought legal opinion. The legal retainer, Anupam Gupta, in his nine-page opinion had suggested to study each case individually.

Further, he had maintained that a standing committee should be assigned the task to determine the NRI status in each individual case and should not be left to the whims of individuals in each department. The vice-chancellor had constituted a standing committee under the chairmanship of the DUI, S.K. Kulkarni, to determine the status of NRI students and to work out certain parameters for the same.

But with the DUI on leave for a fortnight, the committee has not been able to meet and decide about the same leaving the fate of NRI students hanging in balance. There are 19 NRI seats in the UBS and nine in PUBS, Ludhiana.

Not only this, the university authorities were supposed to decide upon eight seats under the sports quota for which 64 candidates’ applications were to be scrutinised and the list of eligible candidates was to come from the office of the deputy director of sports. The UBS sent its first letter to the directorate of sports in April this year and even after repeated reminders, the list hasn’t reached the department adding to the delay.

Also, the candidature of those under the freedom fighter and Kahsmiri migrants’ categories is yet to come. Even after that happens, three seats, one each for single girl child, cancer patient and AIDS patient, would still be left undecided for which the clearance is awaited from the university authorities.

So far, the UBS has only been able to complete group discussions and personal interviews of 1,029 students in the general and SC/ST categories.

The department is under immense pressure to declare the results of the general category as in the next two weeks, around three B-Schools are starting with their last lap of the admission process and in order to save one academic year, the students will be forced to choose these colleges over the UBS.

Chairman of the department Dinesh Gupta said, “The moment we receive the results/clearances by the coordinators of various categories, we will display it on the web and notice boards. There is no delay on our part.”

Vice-chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti said, “All lists will be sent to the UBS within a day or two without any further delay, he assured.” 



PU sells prospectus sans application form
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
Buying a prospectus from Panjab University turned out to be a nightmarish experience for a student today when she found that the prospectus that she bought for Rs 1,100 didn’t have the admission form in it.

Indu Sharma, a Dera Bassi resident, went to the university to buy prospectus for BEd (correspondence course). After making a payment of Rs 1,100 at the bank counter, she opened the booklet and found the admission form missing.

She went back to the counter and asked the official on the counter about the same. Instead of listening to her compliant, the official yelled at her and told her that she should have checked the prospectus at the time of purchasing and refused to give her another prospectus.

At this, the girl started crying and people gathered there. Immediately the advisor (examinations), A.K. Bhandari, and dean, students’ welfare, Naval Kishore, rushed to the rescue of the girl.

On the orders of the vice-chancellor, Naval Kishore bought the girl another prospectus and sorted out the matter.



GGDSD to hold counselling fair from tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
The department of psychology of GGDSD College, Sector 32-C, Chandigarh, will hold its annual guidance and counselling fair for the students of Class XII on the June 12 and 13 on the college premises. All students seeking professional guidance can attend the fair.

Career counselling is a personalised process that combines both intuitive and cognitive techniques to help one understand himself/herself, explore career options and attain the desired career goals. The career counselling programme will offer insight, guidance and support to help one understand and manage varied career and lifestyle issues.

The counselling procedure would include psychological testing of students’ aptitude, intelligence, areas of interest and personality traits to facilitate their career decision making.

All those students who are interested can get themselves registered on June 12. The registration would be done purely on the first-come-first-serve basis. Students are requested to reach the college between 10 am and 1 pm for the registration. Only the registered students would be permitted to sit for the test series that would be held on June 13.

"The main aim of career counselling is to provide accurate, current and relevant information that will help students develop confidence, courage, knowledge and strategies to effectively manage their own education, career and life," said principal of the college Dr A.C. Vaid.

The details regarding the testing schedule and procedure would be provided on the day of the registration. For further information, contact Charu Talwar: 9878755755. 



PU Notes
OCET results out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
Panjab University has declared the OCET 2008 results for admissions to LLB, MA (English) and master’s of journalism and mass communications today. The result is available at <http://results.puchd.ac.in/ocet08/>


A help desk-cum-guidance cell was inaugurated today by Punjab minister for cooperation Captain Kanwaljit Singh along with PUSU president Tejpal Singh Cheema. Cheema said the volunteers would help the freshers and their parents as well as old students by providing them with information about forms, admission process, counselling and hostel accommodation. Captain Kanwaljit Singh appreciated the initiatives taken by the party for carrying out various activities on the campus.


A meeting of the NSUI was convened at the university today under the supervision of Amrita Dhawan and Avaneesh Pandey to review the functioning of the organisation in Chandigarh. The meeting was presided over by Nitin Goyal, president, NSUI, Chandigarh. Dalvir Singh Goldy, former president, PUCSC, and Naushad Ali, former secretary, PUCSC, joined the NSUI along with hundreds of their supporters.



Fire Safety
Educational institutes flout norms
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
Educational institutes functioning from market places in Sectors 36 and 38 are flouting fire-safety norms with impunity.

A team of the fire and emergency services committee of the municipal corporation led by mayor Pardeep Chhabra conducted surprise checks at over a dozen institutes in Sectors 36 and 38. The team was surprised to know that the fire-safety norms were not being followed by the institutes.

The team noticed that one of the institutions had blocked the terrace of the building with a grill which could prove dangerous in case of an eventuality.

Chawla said taking serious view of the lapses, notices would be served on the institutions and if the institutions failed to meet the fire-safety standards, strict action would be recommended against them.



Australia beckons budding professionals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
The Western Australia Trade Office, Small Business Development Corporation and Perth Education City jointly organised a skilled labour migration and education road show at a hotel here today.

Western Australian minister for small business Margaret Quirk said, “India is the top most skilled migration market as 36 per cent of skilled migrants of Western Australia come from India followed by the UK, Sri Lanka and South Africa. There is a great demand of skilled professionals, particularly civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical, petroleum and mining engineers, accountants, computing professionals, medical practitioners and chartered accountants.”

Member of parliament John Hyde said the number of Indian students wishing to migrate to Western Australia in 2007 had increased by 123.7 per cent. “The students are attracted toward Perth because of the part-time work available there. They also have good prospects and salaries.”

The multi-city road show, which is scheduled for Delhi soon after, will showcase career and education opportunities as well as lifestyle and economic benefits available in Western Australia. The vocational courses are career-oriented and carefully designed in collaboration with the industry.

“We have a very friendly and safe multi-cultural society in Western Australia with high standards of education and health care,” minister Quirk added.



From Schools & Colleges
Malayalam session for tricity students concludes
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 10
In a unique effort to utilise the summer vacation, a Malayalam learning class was organised for school students of the tricity from May 25, 2008 that concluded yesterday here at Kerala Bhawan, Sector 65, Mohali, under the auspices of Malayalee Samajam, Mohali, a voluntary Keralite socio-cultural organisation. A large number of children from the local Malayalee community of the tricity enjoyed the special learning session. Ravindran Nair, vice-president of the Samajam, described the language as one of the toughest Indian language to learn, having more than 56 alphabets. Appreciating the enthusiasm and passion of the students who came to learn an additional language even during their holidays, Nair teachers Beena Raphel and Mini Suresh who volunteered for this extra-ordinary service without any remuneration.

SELECTED: Manmeet Kaur, a student of Airhostess Hospitality Management Institute, 3B2, has been selected for ‘Kya Aaap Panvi Pass Se Tez Hai’, a game show on Star Plus hosted by Shahrukh Khan.

CAMPUS RECRUITMENT: HDFC Bank, Morinda branch, visited Guru Gobind Singh College Of Modern Technology at Kharar for conducting campus interview of MBA marketing students, passing out in July 2008. After several rounds of discussion, three students Rashmi Kakkar, Sumit Singh and Amrik Singh were selected by the bank.

SEMINAR: About 50 students participated in a seminar for career guidance conducted by ICFAI at Vision Institute, Kharar. Speakers from the Mohali branch of ICFAI informed students about various career options. Head of Vision Institute Navneet Singh Badwal said this seminar would help the students to choose a right career.



District Courts
Police remand for Bright
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
Chief judicial magistrate Kanchan Mahi today remanded Nigerian national Bright, accused of duping several persons through a million-pound Internet lottery scam, in two-day police custody.

According to sources, senior police officials will interrogate the foreign national.

Balbir Singh, an MBA student of Phase 3B-I, Mohali, had lodged a complaint with the UT police on June 4 alleging that he had been defrauded of Rs 1.81 lakh by representatives of UK-based company United Kingdom Online Promos on the pretext that he had won a £ 1 million lottery.

Balbir told the police that he received an email from drawnoticetiws@dodo.com.au <mailto:drawnoticetiws@dodo.com.au> on May 11 informing him that he had won an award of £ 1 million during a draw held on May 9.

He replied the mail and was told to pay Rs 1.81 lakh in four installments on one pretext or another.

To catch the suspect red-handed, the police asked Balbir to call the company’s representative to Chandigarh to collect the money. The plan succeeded and Bright walked right into the police trap.


Additional district and sessions judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi today acquitted Ranjit Singh of attempted murder charge after witnesses turned hostile.

According to the prosecution, during a dharna at Matka Chowk, the accused had entered into an altercation with the victim, Balwinder Singh, over the volume of television in a tent on June 3, 2005.

Ranjit stabbed the victim in the chest with a knife. Thereafter, a case of attempted murder was registered against the accused.

During the course of the trail, the accused was also sent to mental hospital last year.



Rules for mobile tower installation notified
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
The Chandigarh administration has the paved way for installation of mobile towers on non-residential buildings owned by it, semi-government organisations and autonomous bodies.

Notifying the rules, the administration has said the towers will be shared by at least three mobile companies and the cellular operator will have to put up monopole towers on the institutional premises.

The operators will have to obtain separate permission from the administration after obtaining the consent of the company that is erecting the tower on terms and conditions to be decided on case-to-case basis.

The total height of the pole from ground zero will not exceed 30 metres and for towers on the rooftop of the building, the height of the building shall be reduced by permissible 30 metres.

The size of the generator room will be 11.49x7.06 metres, including the area of pole and shelter room and its components.

The generator will have to be noiseless and conform to environmental laws and guidelines.

The final permission to install the towers will be granted by the single window committee.

After approval from the committee, the application will be sent to the plan approval committee for issuance of formal orders and the rent deed will be signed with the UT administration for a period of five years.

The deed can be subsequently extended in future for three years each on such terms and conditions that will be decided by the administration at the time of every renewal.

The site will be used only for setting up towers and generator room. No commercial activity will be permitted.

If the company that has put up the tower fails to pay the lease money to the administration within 15 days from the expiry of the due date, the administration will be free to disconnect the essential services to the tower and remove it without giving any prior notice. The rent will be prescribed on case-to-case basis by the finance department and the rent will increase by 5 per cent every year.



CAT quashes appointment at UT Guest House
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 10
Questioning the selection criteria followed by the department of hospitality and tourism, UT secretariat, for the post of telephone operator at the UT Guest House, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has asked the department to appoint Neelam Kumari, an applicant, for the job.

It also directed the department to quash the appointment of Rama Shankar for the post. Stating that the selection of Rama Shankar was illegal, the CAT said: “On the basis of the interview, Neelam Kumari was placed at serial number one on the waiting list among OBC candidates.

The appointment of Rama Shankar having been held illegal, she was the next candidate among the OBC candidates to whom the post should go. There was no legal infirmity in the procedure followed by the selection committee, except the inclusion of Rama Shankar in an arbitrary manner, it said.

Applicants Neelam Kumari and Amit Sharma used to work at the UT Guest House. Neelam Kumari joined the guest house on contract in 2003 while Amit was appointed as receptionist.

Both applied for the post, the interview for which was held in 2006. As many as 34 persons participated. Neelam Kumari was on the waiting in the OBC category. She alleged that favouritism had been shown to Ram Shankar as his father worked as a gardener at the house of the home secretary, Krishan Mohan.

She also said Ram Shankar worked at the house of the director, public relations, Haryana, as peon and had not applied through proper channel. Also, he attached the OBC certificate after the interview.

Pronouncing its order, it said: “Amit Sharma, placed at serial number one among general category candidates, was rightly offered appointment and there is no controversy in his case. While the appointment of selection and appointment of Ram Shankar smacks of arbitrariness and deserves to be quashed.”



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