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IAS officer booked for beating up wife
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
A senior IAS officer and managing director of the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation, Anurag Verma, was today booked on charges of domestic violence after his estranged wife, Shweta, alleged that he had beaten her up at his Sector 16 house here today.

Though Shweta had bruises on her face and forearm, Verma claimed that they were “self-inflicted”. He said the allegations were false and baseless and claimed that he was being “blackmailed”.

Shweta, who has been living with her parents in Panchkula for the past over a year, said she came to Anurag’s house with her 11-year-old son this morning for reconciliation.

She said he was not at home at that time, but when he did come in the afternoon, he started beating her up and locked her in a room.

She said the incident happened in front of his sister, younger brother, and father.

She also said her sister Pamila was manhandled by Anurag when she tried to intervene. Pamila, who also stays in Sector 16, said she reached Anurag’s house after her nephew came to her house and told her about the incident.

In her complaint, Shweta said they had strained relations ever since their marriage in 1995. “He used to beat me up, but I remained quiet to save my family’s reputation,” she said, alleging that he was involved with another woman.

Refuting the charges, Anurag termed the episode as a farce. “Why should I beat her when a divorce case is already going on,” he asked mediapersons who reached his house after being informed about the incident.

He alleged that Shweta was asking for Rs 10 lakh for a compromise, which he had said no to. “It’s sheer blackmailing,” he insisted.

Interestingly, while he claims that money was the reason for the dispute, Shweta reportedly comes from a very rich family which is referred to as “brick kings”.



Vijay Diwas
‘Chief guest’ ADC fails to show up
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkukla, June 25
The additional deputy commissioner of Panchkula failed to turn up to pay tributes to martyr Major Sandeep Sagar on the occasion of Vijay Diwas here today.

The ADC, Parveen Kumar, was the chief guest on the occasion. When he did not reach the venue, the families of martyrs from the tricity and others who had gathered there to pay homage to the martyr decided to carry on the ritual as per schedule.

The ADC, however, later visited the house of Harbans Lal Sagar, father of Major Sandeep.

It is learnt that the ADC forgot about the function and went to play golf, leaving behind his mobile phone.

He was approached on Friday and he had consented to be the chief guest, Harbans Lal said. However, he could not make it due to some reason, he added.

Col Om Singh and Lt Col Akash Sood of the JAK light infantry battalion 1 represented the regiment on the occasion.

Other than the families of martyrs, including Lt Col Rajeev Bakshi, Major Harminder Pal Singh, Major Rohit Sharma, Major Sandeep Sankhla and Captain Rohit Kaushal, the others present included assistant secretary of the Haryana Rajya Sainik Board, Seema Chaudhary, former MC president, and Sangeeta Goyal, councillor.

DSP Rajesh Kalia paid homage on behalf of the Panchkula police. A bust of Major Sandeep was unveiled by his parents at the government school in Sector 7.



Good Babus, Poor Educators
Principals flunk aptitude test
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Q. What is the quantity of the midday meal supplied in schools?

A. —

Q. What are the benefits of the midday meal scheme?

A. It increases the physique of the students as well as teachers.

Q. What is CWSN?

A. —

Q. What is ACPS?

A. Assured Carrier Progression Scheme (check out the spelling of career)

Chandigarh, June 25
Wondering what this is? These were the questions put to our worthy government school principals in an aptitude test recently. And if you haven’t guessed it already, a majority of them flunked.

Believe it or not, 85 per cent of the principals have no clue about the quantity of meal given to students under the midday meal scheme, which incidentally they have been implementing for the past several years. And 80 per cent of them don’t know that CWSN stands for children with special needs.

These and many other foul ups were exposed after the city education department decided to conduct an aptitude test for principals.

Based on steps to be taken to streamline the schooling system, the test comprised 50 questions. The least marks scored were 40 out of 100.

Interestingly, the principals turned out to be better babus than educators as they were well aware of administrative norms concerning their “carriers” (pun intended). Baring a minuscule 1 per cent, all could well describe queries relating to their salaries, increments, leave norms, retirement benefits and allowances etc.

The Government of India has issued specific directions for implementing the Rs 4,000-crore midday meal scheme which clearly states that the school authorities should know the exact quantity of food to be given to the students.

The guidelines say that children from Classes 1 to V should be supplied with 250 gm of cooked meal while students from Classes VI to VIII should have an intake of 350 gm of food.

This information has been supplied on the official website of the ministry of human resources development as well as the Chandigarh education department. But clearly no one has bothered to look at it.

The ignorance of this basic but mandatory information is a reflection on how well the scheme is being run in city schools.



A next for Mohali
Knowledge data bank
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 25
It’s raining national institutes in Mohali. The Government of India’s pilot project, a national institute of knowledge management (NIKM) would be set up in Sector 79 here.

The institute, first of its kind in the country, would be spread on 2 acres of land identified by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).

“This unique institute is being established by the National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), a public sector unit working under the ministry of science and technology,” GMADA chief Vivek Pratap Singh said.

Knowledge Management System (KMS) is already a part of the corporation’s portfolio, wherein a group of experts evaluate technologies and suggest further modifications for value-addition to technologies in order to make them more competitive.

The institute here would be involved full time in gathering intellectual property in North India and create a data bank which can be shared with others.

The research cell of the institute would also suggest value additions to new technologies.

The institute would facilitate the entire processing of technologies from concept-to-commissioning, a source said.

“There would be incubators in the institute to showcase the technologies which work all the way from the lab to the plant,” the source added. The NRDC is a profit-earning public sector enterprise and is engaged in the transfer of technology from R and D laboratories to the industry.

It has also signed a number of agreements with several foreign countries for technology transfer and commercialisation.

The corporation gathers information on the latest technologies developed across the world. An objective assessment of the commercial potential of inventions is undertaken by the corporation, which also consults on national and international patenting, the corporation’s website states.

It also identifies potential manufacturers and helps Indian companies negotiate licensing agreements. It exports Indian technology knowhow and services.


Garbage dots Sector 2 roads
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 25
Heaps of garbage, encroachments, stray cattle, and stink have made life a living nightmare for Sector 2 residents. This is supposed to be a posh sector of the town.

Rotting garbage and emanating stink has made it difficult to live in the area but there is nobody to clean it.

In fact, the residents have lost all hopes of getting relief from the problem after all the efforts to check the problem went futile.

The open space lying behind the petrol pump of Bharat Petroleum adjoining the residential area has turned into a garbage dump. The labourers have built their huts encroaching upon the space. The area in the sector has been reduced to a public urinal for the people residing in jhuggis and hutments, as no toilet is available for them. The foul smell coming from filth and garbage strewn all around round the clock has made it unbearable for the residents and passersby.

The situation has increased the chances of outbreak of several vector-borne diseases in the area during the rainy season. The garbage has attracted stray animals in the area.

“The situation has turned into such a grave condition that we even can not use our coolers as the stink enters our home as soon as the air through the cooler reaches inside,” said Guptas, living in house No. 902.

“Polythenes from the garbage are often spotted in the veranda whenever there is strong wind in the region,” said Dr A.C. Verma, a resident of house No. 875.

A private telecom company has left earth mounds after digging in the sector making the area accident-prone.

The electricity wires have been left hanging at low level putting the lives of residents in danger.

“The electricity wire going across from house No. 883 towards the opposite row hangs at such a low level that it broke down when a loaded truck passed through the road sometime back. Though the tragedy was averted that time but nobody bothered to increase the height of the wire,” said Col B.M. Sabhlok, a resident of house No. 884.

The councillor from area Mamta Mittal, has something else to tell.

A garbage container was kept in the area but the residents of the locality objected to it. Then the open space behind the petrol pump was fixed for keeping the garbage container but the residents here again did not like it. Now, the sweepers in the area as well as people from nearby offices have converted the open space as a garbage dumping ground, said the councillor.



‘Sifarish’, not CVC guidelines, works in engg dept
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Engineers in the UT’s engineering department have become so powerful that their postings have become a matter of “sifarish”. So much so that the administration today had to revert its own orders regarding the posting of two sub-divisional engineers within two weeks.

The officiating chief engineer, S.K. Jaitley, passed the posting orders.

“This is an unprecedented move. In the past, the transfer of SEs and XENs were passed by the office of the home secretary,” a senior official said.

The engineers have “managed” to remain posted in the maintenance wing, considered a plum posting. Records of the department reveal that one of the SDEs, S.K. Chopra, remained posted in the maintenance wing for seven years and was transferred only two weeks ago.

Sources said on receiving a call from a top official in the Punjab Government, the SDE was transferred back to the maintenance wing, making a mockery of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

Another SDE, Prem Pal, posted in the maintenance wing, was back in the construction wing.

The administration follows the advisory of the CVC at its own convenience, be it rotating officials posted on sensitive posts or giving additional charge to those against whom penalty has been advised by the commission.

The posting record reveals that in some cases JEs have been at one place for more than 10 years. The lower staff like work inspectors, work munshi, supervisors and building inspectors have remained at one place for years together.

The officials are responsible for the maintenance of government houses, Raj Bhavan and other government paraphernalia.

Last month, the CVC had told the chief vigilance officer, Chandigarh administration, not to post back officials before three years.

A posting in the construction circle-II has “rewarded” an executive engineer, Harsh Kumar, who is holding the additional charge of SE. The officiating SE faces a charge in a vigilance case. He has swapped place with SE Kishanjit Singh who goes as SE, construction circle-I.

XEN Mukesh Anand has been transferred from division no. 2 to division no. 5.

On the other hand, the administration has failed to reinstate SE (electricity) V.P. Dhingra despite orders of the Central Administrative Tribunal. Another “tainted” official, Tarlochan Singh, has been given additional charge of public health division no.3.



Fake passports were printed after grant of work permit
Mandeep Puri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
The suspects involved in the stolen passports case got the passports printed after the approval of the work permit of Italy.

Rotting garbage and emanating stink has made it difficult to live in the area but there is nobody to clean it.

The three were part of the racket looking after clearing the immigration formalities at the airport in Italy, before they got the approval of work permit.

The passports were printed according to the names mentioned in the work permit certificate.

The three, who were in India, fled the country when the matter came to light with the arrest of Sukhwant Singh, a resident of Kapurthala, and Raj Kumar, a resident of Patiala, earlier this month.

The two had disclosed that apart from Vicky, another Jalandhar-based travel agent was involved and had played a major role in sending them to Italy.

Sukhwant and Raj Kumar were sent to Italy via Singapore. After the approval of the work permit, the visas valid till January, 2009 were handed over to the two.

Once they got the approval of the work permit, the passports were made by Bharat Ghai, operational director of Air Slovakia airlines, who was arrested by the police earlier this week.

The suspects operated using coded language like “Shoes would soon be delivered”. Ghai told the investigating officials that they never used to discuss anything about sending people abroad illegally on the telephone, and instead used coded language.

Sources said Ghai was given Rs 50,000 per passport from the total Rs 7 lakh they charged from each individual.

Ghai was handed over photocopies of some of the passports on which he had sent people to Italy in Air Slovakia.

Officials are searching for the details of air tickets on which the clients had boarded the fight.

Though, a team of the crime branch has raided some places in Ropar and Kapurthala, they have failed to trace the whereabouts of Lucky, who was involved in stealing the passport from the RPO.

According to sources at the Amritsar airport, Ghai ran his own taxi service and owned around 10 taxis.



Rodrigues inaugurates training centre for women
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
UT administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) inaugurated a production centre in Sector 19-D, here today.

Set up by the Chandigarh Child and Women Development Corporation, under the project, training skills will be imparted to women in various income-generating ventures with focus on the disadvantaged sections of society.

Accompanied by Jean Rodrigues, the administrator went around the facility and training classrooms for cutting and tailoring, beauty culture, stitching, embroidery and dress designing.

The administrator directed the finance secretary and the social welfare director to hire the services of professional and competent trainers to impart quality training to the trainee women in different courses.

He also told the officers to tie up with fashion designing institutes of the region and corporate and business houses to help them in training programmes and to provide a platform to sell their products.

Another feature of the project is the launch of child helpline aimed at giving protection to victims of child abuse incidents and follow-up counselling services.



International Day Against
Drug Abuse
Not enough de-addiction centres
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Instances of drug abuse seem to be growing in all segments of society, but there are very few centres where an addict could get help.

Medical facilities are inadequate and in the absence of an effective follow-up mechanism, the relapse rate is high. In a city with a population of over 10 lakhs, only 38 beds are available in the private and public sector de-addiction centres. While the number of patients has increased considerably, doctors admit that the facilities are inadequate.

Over 2,500 patients report in the PGI OPD and around 500 are admitted to the de-addiction centre every year. The figure has gone up by 20 per cent as against last year.

Usually, within a year of being discharged from de-addiction centres, about 70-80 per cent patients get back to addiction. Prof P. Khulara, head of the PGI psychiatry department, says almost 60 per cent patients return for treatment.

The department of psychiatry, GMCH-32, also runs a drug de-addiction centre. Dr B.S. Chavan, head of the department, says they have about 10 beds in the centre, which are mostly occupied. A patient is required to stay for at least three weeks.

— Tribune photos by Karam Singh

In the private sector, the treatment is expensive. The cost of treatment, including food, therapy and medication, works out to about Rs 40,000 for three weeks.

In the government set-up, the treatment costs not more than Rs 2,000.

“Most cases we get are related to addiction to alcohol, tobacco, smack, cocaine, sleeping pills, morphine and correction fluid,” Dr Debashish Basu, additional professor, PGI psychiatry department, says.

Talking about the de-addiction process, he says, “It is a three-stage process involving the assessment of the reasons for initiation, positive consequences (getting a high) and adverse consequences (family troubles). The turning point is the will to quit, followed by the active quitting process and treatment. Relapse prevention comes last.”

Psychiatrists maintain that controlling the withdrawal symptoms is important. Apart from medication, the de-addiction process also involves family therapy, supportive therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy.

(To be continued)



It was worse than death: Ex-addict
Jashan Gill

There can’t be anything worse than drug addiction and Raman experienced it for himself. He was in Class XI when he started taking drugs. All of 17, he began with marijuana and soon was hooked to other drugs like cocaine, charas and heroine.

After five years, he realised that he was trapped and needed to get out. Due to his will power, he returned to the real world.

His addiction started when his parents were going through a divorce. He isolated himself from family and started spending more time with friends. Being the son of a rich entrepreneur, he had access to a lot of money. “Under the spell of drugs, the world seems like paradise. You lose your senses and feel immortal,” he says.

It took several years for his sister to convince him that he is ruining his life and needs to do something about it. “My sister became my pillar of strength and I resolved to quit it for her sake. My biggest problem was that I could not go to a rehabilitation centre as my parents did not know about my addiction.

“There were nights when I would tell my sister to tie me to the bed so that I could not get up to take a dose. Many a time, my condition would worsen and my sister would tell me to have drugs,” he says.

After four years, the day arrived when he went without a single dose and a new chapter in his life began. He realised that life was too precious to be wasted on drugs. “Drugs are the biggest curse and worse than death. Instead of escaping from life, I have learnt to face it. Now, I feel I can achieve anything in life no matter how difficult it is,” says Raman who is now looking after his father’s business.



Just another day for them
Parminderjit Singh

The “International Day against Drug Abuse” is celebrated with a resolution to unite the world against drug addiction and take the oath of converting international society free of drug abuse. However, it is meaningless for those who are actual victims of the menace and need genuine support.

Rohit (29) is a drug addict and believes that celebrating such a day is irrelevant. This is just a tool through which the government and various organisations draw publicity, he feels.

“Picking just one day out of the entire year does not serve the purpose. The police is always aware of the joints where youths get together to have drugs. It even knows the areas through which drugs come to the city. But it doesn’t do nothing. Obviously, it earns profits from this industry.”

Colleges and schools are the most vulnerable areas for youngsters to catch the habit. But mere poster making competitions or plays cannot generate awareness, he feels.

Vigilance and law enforcement is a must to tackling the problem.

“School authorities need to do more than just organise camps and functions on drug abuse. Children should be imparted knowledge about the ugly consequences of drug addiction. This is a serious issue that needs to be tackled headfirst,” says Amarjit Singh, a retired lecturer.

Manpreet, who is 20 and spends at least Rs 2,000 every week on smack and alcohol, says youngsters are not the only ones to blame for drug addiction. The administration for its lack of will is also equally responsible for the menace.

“We take to drugs as it is easily available. But instead of catching us why don’t authorities do something about the companies that produce medicines, which are abused as drugs, on a large scale. Why are only chemist shops raided and not companies?” says Manpreet.

The authorities should ponder over the problem and come out with sterner rules against those who are into drugs and also against those who allow the industry to run even when they have means to stop it,” says a university student.



UT police bares evils of drug abuse
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
International day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was observed by the Chandigarh Police at the law auditorium, Panjab University, here this morning.

IGP S.K. Jain was the chief guest on the occasion. The auditorium witnessed theatre and dance performances based on the evils of drug abuse.

The audience included police personnel, principals and teachers of government schools, students of Panjab University and members of Nehru Yuva Kendra Society.

The event began with the welcome note of the SSP, Sudhanshu Shekhar Srivastava, who appealed to the audience to refrain themselves from the use of drugs.

An NGO named ‘Theater Age’ performed dance choreography on the theme of the ill effects of drug abuse.

Zonal director of Narcotics Control Bureau, Saji Mohan, also addressed the gathering.



Empty bombshell found
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Panic gripped parts of Naya Gaon this morning when an empty bombshell was spotted along a road there.

The police was informed, which reached the scene with a team of the bomb disposal squad.

According to sources, a bomb-like object was found on the rear of the Chandigarh Club around 11.15 am.

A police team reached the scene and found the head of an empty bombshell measuring around 15 inch.

The bomb disposal squad took the shell into its possession and sent it to the Central Forensics Science Laboratory.

The shell was buried in the ground and appeared to be a few years old.



Minor re-united with her husband
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Shalu was united with her husband today. After entering into a “suicide pact” with her husband, the minor was, for safety reasons, sent to the Women Home, Chandigarh, on Monday by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Taking up the matter again this morning, Justice Kanwaljit Singh Ahluwalia directed the handing over of the girl’s custody to her husband. Shalu had reportedly entered the High Court premises carrying celphos tablets. The poisonous substance was reportedly recovered by an assistant sub- inspector, Pawan Kumar, as the couple was entering the court complex.



Road work proves near fatal for family
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Negligence on part of the UT engineering department nearly proved fatal for a family when their vehicle got out of control after hitting paver blocks kept on the road separating Sectors 34 and 35, here this evening.

According to eyewitnesses, Param Katiyal of Ludhiana along with his family was on his way to Mohali, when his car overturned after hitting paver blocks on the road. The vehicle (PB 10 X 9108) ran over the median and hit another vehicle (PB 01 T 6255), injuring the passengers.

The injured were taken to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, from where they were later discharged.

The engineering department is busy installing railing on the stretch and paver blocks had been kept on the roads.



Mayor visits Ram Darbar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Mayor Pardeep Chhabra along with area councillor Ram Lal and senior officials of the municipal corporation visited Ram Darbar to inspect roads and internal streets in the area.

Chhabra announced Rs 2 lakh for development works of the area.

The mayor assured area residents of addressing problems like sanitation, water supply, electricity and re-carpeting of roads.



Sec 21 residents protest against PG students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Residents of Sector 21 protested against nuisance caused by students living as paying guests in the sector this evening.

The agitation was led by nominated councillor R.C. Jakhu and student leader Parminder Jaswal.

According to Jakhu, the issue had been take up with the Chandigarh police a number of times but it had failed to take action against them.

They alleged that students used motorcycles without silencer and rode recklessly on internal roads.




City needs space to breathe

Chandigarh is claiming its place in the UNESCO world heritage list on the basis of the original character of the city, as conceptualised by Le Corbusier. However, it is paying no heed to his vision of an ideal city, which calls for attention to maintain space and greenery in the city.

The UT administration, in the name of decongesting the city, is narrowing the footpaths and open green spaces by widening the roads. It should rather provide safe and accessible places to walk by widening footpaths and concourses.

Interestingly, UT’s inclusion in the world heritage list would only be valid for consideration next year, whereas the mall culture is all set to hit the heart of the city within a few months. I reckon the mall culture will neither popularise the city nor will it make it an ideal destination. It will only put the city’s heritage at risk.

Rajesh Krishan

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Syndicate to discuss OBC quota on June 28
Meeting to be held in university: VC

Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
An emergent meeting of Panjab University’s syndicate is scheduled for June 28 at the PU campus. Clarifying the media reports, vice-chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti said, “It was just an idea, a mere proposal and nothing was finalised as such. The meeting will be held as usual at Syndicate Room in the university.”

If the insiders are to be believed, the authorities have called the emergent meeting to discuss the pros and cons of the implementation of OBC quota after receiving a letter from the ministry of human resources and development.

The ministry has asked the university officials to implement 27 per cent OBC quota in the university. Though it is to be implemented in the central educational institutions, the letter mentions PU as one. It has been asked to create additional 27 per cent seats for OBCs in all the courses, and the infrastructure for the additional seats, which will be funded by the Centre government.

In case 27 per cent reservation for OBC is implemented, it will lead to an overall increase of 54 per cent seats, as equal number of seats will also be increased for the general category.

The syndics will also discuss the issue of charging Rs 5,000 as laboratory fees from the students of third and fourth semester of MBA (biotech).

The two semesters require students to undergo practicals as well.

The members will also consider the vice-chancellor’s recommendations on giving equal financial powers to coordinators of the departments as well as centres, as are enjoyed by the chairpersons.

The name of the department of mass communication and journalism, which was earlier, changed to University School of Journalism and Mass Communication may also get changed to School of Communication Studies if the syndics approve it.

The university may also adopt the letter of MCI (Medical Council Of India) dated April 30, 2008, regarding appointing honorary/part time teachers in medical colleges if syndics give it their nod.



From Schools
Anti-drug addiction day observed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
More than 10 SSA teachers participated in the declamation contest held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, here, today. The event was organised to celebrate the International Anti-Drug Addiction and Illicit Trafficking Day. Dr Sazi Mohan, joint director, Narcotic Control Bureau, was the chief guest on the occasion while Pardeep Rattan was the guest of honour. Principal Anil Sharma threw light on the gravity of the problem of drug abuse and encouraged young teachers for timely action to eradicate this problem. Dr Sazi Mohan demonstrated slide show related to drug abuse and illicit trafficking. Later, the winners were given prizes and certificates.

Prospectus sold

As many as 264 copies of prospectus in all three languages were sold today for the centralised admission to Class XI at different government schools of Chandigarh for the academic session 2008-09.

Around 1,823 admission forms duly filled up by the candidates were received by SPIC.

Number of copies of prospectus were sold at various centres -- GMSSS(10)- 40, GMSSS(23)- 82, GMSSS(32)- 59, GMSSS(37)- 30 and GMSSS(Modern Housing Complex)- 53.

A total of 12,034 prospectus and forms have been sold till today and 9,786 have been received from the candidates at all the five centres.

Children visit British Library

Children of Bapu Dham Colony and also members of ‘Kitab Ghar’, a library for children started by Yuvsatta, visited British Library, here today. They were also shown the film ‘Harry Potter & Order of Phoenix’ in the library.

On the occasion, library manager Bipin Kumar said, “Kids who learn to read when they’re young are less likely to end up in prison, drop out of school, or take drugs. And bringing children to library on International Anti-Drugs Day is the best one can do.”

Shailender, a student of Class X and in charge of Kitab Ghar, said, “This visit gave me many ideas about colourful display of books and also about activities like organising storytelling, book reading sessions, creative writing, public speaking and craft sessions.”

Parmod Sharma, coordinator of Yuvsatta said, “A child’s entire lifestyle can be enhanced by picking up a novel now and then.”

After seeing the response of children, especially their interest in Harry Potter books, Bipin presented a whole set of Harry Potter books to them.



PU Notes
‘Save the Girl Child’ campaign at Maloya
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Center for Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, in collaboration with Don Bosco Navjeevan Centre, organised a one-day campaign on ‘Save the Girl Child’ at Maloya Creche, Madrasi Colony, Maloya, today. More than 50 girls and women participated in the campaign. Dr Prabha Vig, project officer from the center, laid stress on the change in the mindset of women.

She said it was the negative attitude towards the girl child, which signaled the demographic imbalances and degenerate socio-economic conditions of women. She further added that the rejection of the unwanted girl began even before her birth. Pre-natal sex detective tests followed by quick abortions eliminated thousands of foetuses before they were born. In a male-dominated society, girls were denied equal access to food, health care, education, employment and even simple human dignity. Averse sex ratio, early age of marriage, high female morbidity and mortality rates had adverse effects on low status of girls in the society, she said. Mamta from Don Bosco Navjeevan Centre also spoke on the occasion.

Results declared

Panjab University has declared the results of BA I (compartment), BA II (compartment), BA III (compartment), BE (food technology) 8th semester, MPhil, Punjabi, 2nd semester, ME (computer science and engineering) Ist semester, BSc (hons) in mathematics and computing, Ist, 2nd and 3rd year and BSc (hons) in mathematics, Ist, 2nd year and 3rd year.



NCC cadets screened for shooting tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
In its ongoing mission to identify shooting talent among NCC cadets, the Directorate of NCC conducted the second phase of the Long Term Development Program (LTDP) in Shooting Discipline at the Patiala Ki Rao Ranges here today.

As many as 128 NCC cadets from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, who had been shortlisted after initial training and screening earlier this month, were now screened for their talent and aptitude. Around 40 cadets would be selected from this lot, who would then compete with the selected cadets of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi NCC directorates in a championship scheduled to be held here from July 7 to 16.

The top rankers of the three rounds were Sandeep from Ambala, Renu from Chandigarh and Rahul also from Ambala, respectively. Sandeep Kumar, Sarabjeet Kaur and Sandeep bagged the second position in the three rounds, respectively, followed by Arjun Gupta, Vaishali Pathania and Amit in the third spot.

Addressing the participants, Brigadier Rajendra Singh, Deputy Director General, NCC, urged all the cadets and their coaches to give their best to make the mission a success.

Speaking on the occasion, Col M.S. Chauhan, Group Commander, Chandigarh and a renowned national coach, said the performance of a sportsman was directly proportionate to the efforts put in by the coaches and matching support by the system. The NCC, he said, was providing adequate support to the cadets in terms of coaching, weapons and equipment. He, however, emphasised upon the need for providing matching infrastructural facilities in the region.

“As the shooting discipline is turning out to be one of the most promising sporting event for the country to win medals in the international arena, especially at the Asian and Olympics levels, the NCC is all out to spot the talent at the grassroots level in the region in the quest of Olympic Gold. The LTDP will involve moulding raw talent progressively following a scientifically designed programme with the aim of producing champions for the nation,” he said.



JBT teacher dismissed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
The Chandigarh Education Department today dismissed a JBT teacher for being absent from her job for two years without getting her leave sanctioned from the competent authority.

Rama Saini, a teacher with Government Primary School, Sector 26, Timber Market, here, took leave with effect from April 1, 2006, without any intimation and did not join the duty till date. The department on September 15, 2006, issued a chargesheet directing her to face the inquiry panel in her case, which she did not attend.

Taking into account the facts, the department today ordered her dismissal from services under Punjab Civil Services (Punishment and Appeal) Rules, 1970.



New guidelines on promotion to schools
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
The Chandigarh Education Department has issued fresh directions regarding appointments and promotions today. In yet another decision, the department has instructed all school principles to provide information about the ministerial staff working in the government schools that have completed three years stay at one school.

The district education officer has asked the school heads to get all such clerks transferred who have completed three-year stay or more in their schools or have remained earlier in their schools. This decision has been taken in the wake of number of fraud cases that came to light in the past.

Education secretary Sanjay Kumar instructed that in case of all appointments made to the education department, a certificate must state that the degrees possessed by the applicant have been verified and are found to be correct. A statement in this effect would also be taken from the applicants concerned that they have passed out from a recognised university and they are eligible for the post as per their certificates.



High Court
Advocate’s file sent for SC review
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Another advocate has failed to make it to the Bench, at least for the time being. Advocate Ritu Bahri’s file has reportedly been sent back to the Supreme Court collegium for reconsideration, even as the President cleared the names of Rajan Gupta, Ajay Tewari, Nirmaljit Kaur, Jatinder Chauhan and A.G. Masih.

For filling up the vacancies of judges in the High Court, the collegium headed by Chief Justice Vijender Jain in January this year had forwarded the names of eight advocates to the Supreme Court.

The list was controversial at the Bar ever since it became public, as one of the candidates recommended was G.S. Cheema. His name had reportedly found a mention in the statement of former Markfed officer Randhir Singh Gill alias Dheera, alleged conduit for Punjab Public Service Commission’s former chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu.

Another advocate had faced contempt of court proceedings, while a third advocate was handing a controversial matter.

The worse fears of the advocates regarding the list being flawed came true when the Supreme Court collegium of judges, headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, rejected the names of Cheema and the other two advocates.

According to information, Bahri’s name has been sent for reconsideration as two Supreme Court Judges had reservations about her total experience. Sources said with the elevation of other five advocates, the High Court will have a record number of 48 judges. The oath-administration ceremony is expected to take place next week.

Masih’s name was cleared earlier also, but his elevation had been kept pending as he had not attained the age of 45. Gupta was CBI’s standing counsel and chief prosecutor in High Court, besides additional standing counsel for UT.



Proposed Strike
Admn warns power staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
The Chandigarh administration today warned the UT Powermen Union of treating their proposed strike under the “no work no pay” formula.

Reacting to a call given by the union regarding the pen-down strike on June 27 due to non-acceptance of their demands, the administration said it had always been sympathetic towards the demands of the electricity employees and there was no need for strike by employees.

The employees have been advised to attend their duty and defaulting employees have been cautioned against disciplinary action under the ESMA.

Meanwhile, necessary arrangements for maintaining continuity of power supply has been made but chances of power failure due to untoward incidents has not been ruled out. Consumers have been requested to cooperate with the administration.

The June 27 deadline for payment of electricity bills will be extended to the next working day i.e. June 30 in the event of strike.

People have been requested to contact various complaint centres in their area for electricity complaints. Besides, they can also contact the control room.

The consumers have been urged to keep a vigil on electricity lines and in case of sabotage they have been requested to inform the police control room or the citizen facilitation centre at 0172-4639999.



Admn mulls allowing conversion to small plots
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
In what may come as a relief to the owners of industrial plots below two kanal, the Chandigarh administration on the directions of the UT administrator is now considering allowing conversion of such industrial plots into commercial establishments.

The UT officials are of the view that since parking requirement of the small plots were less, there should be no problem in allowing the conversions.

It will be a big relief for the occupants of small plots as the estate office had issued the maximum number of misuse notices to small plots.

Deputy commissioner R.K. Rao said it had been decided to use 120 vacant vacant plots for creating parking.

This will mitigate the problem of parking for the proposed conversions in Industrial Area.



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