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MBA Admission Today
Fee rules have students in a tizzy
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Students seeking admission to Panjab University’s newly started University Institute of Applied Management Sciences (UIAMS) are a worried lot. And this time, it’s not the tough competition that’s giving them sleepless nights, but the hefty amount of fees that they have to pay at the time of admission.

Those students, who have applied for an education loan, will be asked to pay Rs 10,000 on the spot which will be taken for business club. The rest of the amount will have to be paid within 10 days. — Anil Sehajpal

The two-day admission process for MBA courses in UIAMS begins tomorrow and the students are required to pay Rs 2.14 lakh in one go. Reserved category students (SC/ST) are required to pay Rs 1.39 lakh.

Obviously to pay the big amount, most of the students will have to apply for education loan from banks. However, their loan were not sanctioned as the banks can sanction these loans only after these are assured that the admission has been done.

According to the bank rules, the students are required to produce admission documents as a proof to avail the facility.

Even after that is done, to get the loan amount, it takes at least a week for all process.

The students have been shuttling between DUI (dean university instructions) and the director, UAIMS office for the past six days requesting them to relax the rules and give them some time to get the entire amount.

According to students, the letters of confirmation from the institute informing them about the counselling dates (July 14-15) had only reached them on July 4. Since then, they have been making enquiries at the banks for education loans but to no avail.

For students applying from outside Chandigarh (all-India quota), the trouble is more as they were told that their education loans would be sanctioned in banks located in their home states.

Anil Sehajpal, director, UIAMS, said, “After learning the grievance of students, we went to the vice-chancellor who agreed to provide a solution to the problem”.

“Those students who have applied for an education loan will be asked to pay Rs 10,000 on the spot which will be taken for business club.

The business club included the amount for books etc. The students would be given the receipts for business class which they could show to the banks as proof of their admission. The bank would start processing for education loan and the students would have to pay the amount within 10 days, he said.

If the students fail to keep their commitment, their money would be forfeited and their seat would stand cancelled.



Bitten by snake, boy dies in Mohali Phase XI
Tribune News Service

Parents of 11-year-old Arjun with his photo in Mohali on Monday.
Parents of 11-year-old Arjun with his photo in Mohali on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Mohali, July 13
Five-year-old Arjun was bitten by a snake while he was playing near his house in Phase XI here last evening. He was rushed to GMCH-32, Chandigarh, where he died this morning.

Arjun’s father, Shiv Kumar, has a hut in an empty plot where he irons clothes for a living. Arjun was his only son. He has five daughters.

The plot on which his hut stands is unkempt with tall grass and weeds growing in abundance. Other than this empty plot, an entire row of houses in the neighbourhood with vacant space in the rear has overgrown weeds and grass.

“We launched a snake hunt after the incident. A snake charmer was called and he caught three snakes,” said Kulwant Singh Kler, president of the Residents Welfare Association.

Dos and donts

  • Don’t allow children to venture into areas with thick overgrowth
  • Make the victim lie flat. Keep him as still as possible. Any activity may increase the flow of venom into the bloodstream
  • If the bitten area begins to swell, the snake was poisonous
  • Wash the affected area with soap; don’t apply ice
  • Immobilise the bitten area with a splint
  • Get medical help at the earliest. Antidote is the only therapy for snakebite

He said the area behind House No. 863 was like a jungle and GMADA had not bothered to clear the growth.

“We met chief administrator Vivek Pratap Singh early this month and brought the problem to his notice. A written memorandum was also given to him. But nothing has been done,” explained Kler.

Angry residents pointed out that GMADA charged large amounts as extension fee from owners who had not built on their plots. Yet no maintenance of these plots was carried out. “ GMADA is supposed to carry out a clearing campaign twice a year. This has not been done, aggravating the problem,” said Kler.

“We paid Rs 1,000 for each of the snakes trapped by the snake charmer. But it is GMADA which should be clearing the overgrowth for the safety of the residents,” he added.



Lassi jaisi koi nahin
Punjabi drink outscores exotic wines at Brussels contest
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
East or West, lassi is the best. Believe it or not, Punjab’s household beverage has outscored exotic wines, fancy coffees - lattes and cappuccino - and brewed beer at a unique entrepreneurship competition in Brussels, the Netherlands, France and Spain.

And the youth, who achieved this rare feat for “lassi”, is a 20-year-old B.Com student of S D College-32. Taman Raj Singh represented India at the "Know Europe-2008" entrepreneurship programme, organised under the aegis of Normandy Business School of France.

For the month-long programme, aimed at assessing the entrepreneurship acumen of business school students, youth all over the world were invited to give marketing presentation of beverages famous in their countries. Taman chose the traditional Punjabi drink.

His presentation was a mix of tradition and modernity - the age-old “lassi” in Verka’s tetra packs.The presentation impressed the judges immensely and it bagged an unprecedented grading of 90 per cent.

And the reason why none other beverage matched “lassi” was its unique qualities - a mix of simplicity, flavour and health. “It was not very difficult to convince people that “lassi”, a simple mixture of yogurt and water, was a healthy drink , a drink that could be consumed by people of all ages, infants and patients, without hitch. And what’s more, it can be had sweet, salt, spicy or even plain,” said Taman.

This entrepreneurship programme was conducted at four places at Brussels by Hogeschool Universiteit, at the Netherlands by Inholland University, at France by Normandy Business School and at Spain by the Universitat Politecnica Catalunya. It was held under the auspices of the student exchange programme organised between the Normandy French University and SD College-32.

Since the target market was Paris, Taman, along with his five-member team of foreign students, went to all restaurants and big hotels of the city to promote their respective drinks.

An ecstatic Taman said: "The feeling is just out of world.”



Hospitals take to poaching
Anuja Jaiswal

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Competition among private hospitals to grab the best talent available has sparked off a virtual “poaching war” among big industrial houses-turned-healthcare providers and their targets are renowned city doctors.

There has been a sudden surge in luring the doctors with better pay packages, smarter perks, conducive working environment and state-of-the-art facilities.

And the allurement doesn’t end at attracting new doctors alone. It is being used to retain old talent too.

The latest on the list is eminent orthopaedic surgeon Dr Jaswant Rai, a former professor of the PGI, 

who quit Fortis to join the youngest player in the field, Alchemist, a Rs 100-crore hospital that has come up in Panchkula.

Dr Rai admitted that it was a bouquet of a better pay packet and state-of-the-art working environment and technology that weighed heavy on his mind while making the jump.

However, he accepted that there were “other problems too” that he preferred not to discuss in public.

Another doctor, Dr V.K. Kaul, recently made a switch over from Silver Oaks Hospital in Mohali to Mukat Hospital.

Also, Dr P.S. Mahant has joined Fortis from Batra Hospital, New Delhi.

With private players entering the medical sector, doctors have virtually become icons as they are being “marketed” as individuals by hospitals to attract customers.

Several hospitals have started advertising on radio and television, and have also put up hoardings of doctors with them.

Dr S.S. Samra, former cardiac surgeon, Fortis, said if hospitals were attracting patients, consultants would stay. But the way things were, it’s the way around and hence consultant’s had a upper hand.

Though administrators of these hospitals do not admit openly, poaching is becoming a major concern for all.

As hospitals tend to lose their patients too with doctors, they go to any extent to prevent this from happening.

Perhaps for this reason, even days after the doctor’s exit from Fortis, the hospital’s OPD reception is hesitant to admit it.

“He’s out on tour,” was the response received when an appointment was sought with the doctor.

“Yes we are concerned about this. When we bring in a doctor, we invest a lot in advertising for them and though it may sound curt they are our products and we market them and in turn they generate revenue for us”, said a senior management official of a Delhi-based hospital.

However, Dr Akhil Bhargava, owner of Mohali-based Silver Oaks, maintained that it was all part of the game. “We see this as a career move. There is no such conflict,” he claimed.



Punjab Land Preservation Act
Entire land under Act not forest area: Kang
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 13
Former Punjab minister Jagmohan Singh Kang yesterday ridiculed the contention of the Punjab Forest Department that the land under the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) was forest area. He pointed out that when Haryana had already notified that the PLPA lands were not forests and the Forest Conservation Act, 1980, was applicable to them, there was no reason why Punjab was bent upon treating these as forest areas.

He alleged that forest department did not want to de-list PLPA lands as they intended to swindle huge funds meant for afforestation of kandi areas of Ropar, Nawanshahar, Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur districts under the Japan Bank of International Cooperation Scheme.

Kang said PLPA lands, as per revenue records, were barani, gairmumkin pahar, or lands having subsistence agriculture. There were no stock forest maps available, which would identify forest and land under cultivation. Moreover, as per Punjab Forest Manual Vol. III, the stock maps of these forests have to be there to term them as forests. In the absence of that entire PLPA land cannot be termed as forests. The lands, to start with, were essentially agriculture lands, but prone to soil erosion, he added.

Kang further pointed out that no studies had been done either way whereby indicating that how much sediments were still flowing. Hundred and seven years was more than enough time period for stabilisation of the lands. Now the agriculture production in these areas is comparable with that of any plain area.



Post-Rain Misery
Panchkula slums on verge of epidemic outbreak
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

The tilted pillar of an underconstruction bridge at Rajiv Colony in Panchkula on Sunday.
The tilted pillar of an underconstruction bridge at Rajiv Colony in Panchkula on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Panchkula, July 13
Following heavy rains and water logging due to overflowing of nullahs in slums areas, the city is on the verge of outbreak of an epidemic.
To make matters worse, the civic body seems to be quite oblivious of the threat looming large on the city as muck left in the slums after post heavy downpour has started stagnating and the authorities are yet to take preventive measures.

A visit to Indira Colony, Rajiv Colony and Kharak Mangoli was enough to reveal the state of affairs in slums as the authorities concerned failed to take stock of the situation, which is getting serious with each passing hour. It is difficult to walk in the lanes in these localities as pungent odour makes breathing difficult. Hordes of flies and mosquitoes are swarming over the muck and sludge left by the rainwater.

While children can be seen bathing in the sewage flowing in the nullah, signs of flood in the area during heavy rain yesterday were quite visible. A pillar of an underconstruction bridge of a nullah gave way and tilted to a side. Some residents were busy in repairing the damaged drinking water pipelines while others were collecting remnants of their houses and belongings that got washed away in the downpour. Around a dozen houses located on the banks of the nullah were damaged. A major portion of the nullah got eroded in the heavy tides of the gushing waters.

Even as the administration provided food packets to the residents who lost their shelter, officials seemed to be least bothered about the threat of outbreak of an epidemic in the areas. “What to say about the health department officials, the area councillor has not even paid a visit to our locality to listen to our problems. We do not know whom to approach for restoration of basic amenities in the area,” rued Ruldu Ram Yadav, a resident of Rajiv Colony.

When contacted, Ravinder Rawal, president of the municipal committee, said a special drive to clean the areas would be initiated tomorrow.



Suicide by Student
No arrest till probe is complete: SSP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
No arrest or legal action will be taken against the suspects in the case involving a first-year MBBS student of Government Medical College Manjot Singh who had committed suicide at his Amritsar residence last year after allegedly being subjected to harsh ragging by his seniors.

The Punjab Police on July 9 registered a case of abetment to suicide against 14 unidentified persons on the direction of the National Human Rights Commission.

Talking to The Tribune, Amritsar SSP Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh said though a case had been registered, no arrest would be made till the investigations were on. We would thoroughly investigate the involvement of the seniors, including the ex-director-principal of Government Medical College and Hospital-32 H. Swami, and the necessary action would be taken.

According to sources, father of Manjot Milap Singh filed a police complaint against 14 persons, including the ex-director principal of GMCH-32 and two seniors. Milap had allegedly held the authorities responsible for harassing his son following which he committed suicide.

Manjot Singh had gone back to his native town after attending classes for two days at the college and reportedly committed suicide there in August last year. Sources revealed that Manjot had informed the authorities about the harassment and torture on the college premises, but his complaint had been ignored.

Although ragging has been banned by the Supreme Court, the sources at the Government Medical College revealed that it was not enforced in the classrooms and hostels there. 



Helmet that takes calls!
Sandeep Rana

Gurvinder Singh with his helmet-cum-mobile.
Gurvinder Singh with his helmet-cum-mobile.

Chandigarh, July 13
Ever heard of a helmet that can receive phone calls for you? An innovative lad, Gurvinder Singh, has startled everyone with his new contraption that can act both as a head gear as well as a mobile.

Insert a sim card in the helmet and one can have a conversation even without pressing a button. Any GSM sim card can be fitted into the helmet, which has a feature to receive incoming calls automatically after a fixed duration. Calls can also be answered manually by the click of a button.

Also, one can redial a number or a missed call while driving with a single click of the button on the side of the helmet.

It took Gurvinder one and half months with an investment of Rs 1,200 to come up with the contraption.

The battery has seven-day backup and any ordinary battery works in it.

Gurvinder has done his graduation from Government College, Kalka, and has studied a hardware and electronic course. His cousin, who owns an electronic shop, generated his interest in electronics. He hails from Kalka and runs a mobile shop at Panchkula and trains students in hardware.

Gurvinder has also created a device that acts as a landline, mobile as well as FM radio and runs on two rechargeable batteries. Recently, he made a 4-foot-long mobile phone.

“I am broken because my work is not being recognised. I had contacted some news channels and Guinness and Limca books of world records a number of times, but to no avail,” rued Gurvinder Singh.

Gurvinder’s friend Rajeev, who helps him in his work, says: “He is a one-man army. He doesn’t hold a professional degree and yet creates innovative gadgets. He just needs encouragement.”

Gurvinder has many projects lined up and a few of them are on the verge of completion. He quips: “I will come up with my new project very soon.”



Another fake allotment case comes to light
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Cases of false allotment of dwelling units under the rehabilitation scheme continue to come to light. And this time, it is an employee of the public health department, Surinder Kumar, who had filed a false affidavit to get a tenement under the Licensing of Tenements and Sites and Services in Chandigarh Scheme, 1979.

The employee, who has been residing in Sarangpur village as per the record of the election department, had filed a false affidavit that he was living in SBS Colony, Karsan. The election and the food and supplies departments had also issued a voter I-card and ration card against the false address.

The employee, a tube-well operator, had made a request for the allotment under the rehabilitation scheme in Sectors 52 and 53 and in July 1997, he was issued a dwelling unit (no.1100). 



Smoking, biomass fuel ‘main causes’ of lung diseases
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) remains a major public health problem and the fourth leading cause of all deaths worldwide. This was stated by Dr Surinder Kumar Gupta, a Chandigarh-based specialist in pulmonary diseases, while speaking at a one-day regional conference on chest diseases and related disorders ‘Chest Update 2008’ here today.

Stressing that smoking and biomass fuel were the main reasons behind the lung diseases in the adults, he stated that 5 per cent males and 2.5 per cent females above the age of 30 in the country suffered from chronic lung diseases caused due to smoking and exposure to biomass fuel and the disease was called COPD.

Prof S.K. Jindal, head of pulmonary medicines at the PGI, said oxygen therapy was the only intervention which could result in prolongation of lifespan of the patients with chronic lung diseases.

Dr D. Behera, director, LRS Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases, New Delhi, emphasised the use of spirometry (pulmonary function tests) to diagnose and measure asthma and distinguish it from smoking-related lung diseases like COPD.

The conference was attended by more than 200 medical practitioners from the region.



Protesters block road, commuters feel heat
Mandeep Puri

Tribune News service

Chandigarh, July 13
Commuters using the road dividing Sectors 16 and 17 are being forced to make a detour for the past four days as members of the Damdami Taksal are staging a dharna at Matka Chowk to protest against failure of the Central and state governments to proceed against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

The dharna, that started on July 10, would continue till July 19. The protesters are blocking the road for almost four hours everyday and the police is forced to divert the traffic to other adjoining roads.

The protesters are demanding that the deras of Gurmeet Ram Rahim be sealed and he be put behind the bars for allegedly killing an innocent Sikh in Mumbai. They said by not arresting him, the Centre was endangering a number of lives for few votes.

Meanwhile, despite the administration’s order to shift the venue of the protest to the Sector 25 rally ground, Matka Chowk remains a favourite site for the protesters due to its proximity with the Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat and UT Secretariat.

The increasing number of dharnas and rallies at the Matka Chowk is again becoming a concern for the UT police.

Recently, the police had written a letter to the administration demanding to evoke Section 144 even at Matka Chowk. This would certainly curb the increasing number of dharnas.



Experts exhibit animation in films
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Frameboxx Animation and Visual Effects organised a two-day animation event Treasureboxx 2008 at the Government Museum and Art Gallery here yesterday. The event was stressed on importance of computer graphics and animation in fast moving media and entertainment space.

Experts from animation and visual effect studios participated in the event. Mandeep Singh of Rhythm and Hues presented a case study on the visual effects of academy-award winning movie The Golden Compass. He threw light on the role of Indian animators in creating the visual effects of the epic movie.

Kunaal Saigal and Aijaz Rashid of Prime Focus demonstrated the extensive use of animation in the production of commercials, which has brought discernible change in the entire advertising industry in the country by lowering the cost of advertising film productions.

He was followed by Mitul Patel of BR Films who introduced the viewers to the computer generated visual effects in the blockbuster Amitabh-starred Bhoothnath.



Drivers get tips on safe driving
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Drivers from various departments of the Chandigarh administration were given tips on safe driving during a two-day workshop organised by the Chandigarh traffic police here at Traffic Park in Sector 23.

As many as 47 drivers of the UT administration and 80 drivers of the Chandigarh Police attended the workshop.

The workshop commenced with the lecture of J.S. Cheema, DSP, (traffic), who educated the drivers about road safety rules and safe driving.



Youth electrocuted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Ohri Lal, in his mid-20s, was electrocuted after he came in contact with a live wire near Kishangarh here this morning.

According to sources, the victim was on his way back home at 11 am when he fell over a live cable and got electrocuted. He was coming after plucking mangoes from a nearby garden. Ohri immediately fell on the ground. He was rushed to the Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, where the doctors declared him brought dead.

Chote Lal and Dharampal were arrested on the charges of negligence due to death and stealing electricity.



Slip roads cry for attention
Tribune News Service

A slip road on the road dividing Phases 3A and 3B1 in a state of neglect in Mohali.
A slip road on the road dividing Phases 3A and 3B1 in a state of neglect in Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, July 13
Mohali - Punjab’s city of the future could do with some basic facilities first.

Slip roads in the town leave a commuter thoroughly rattled. The slip roads have been constructed using sub-standard material, which results in potholes every time it rains.

The condition of the slip roads on the road dividing Phases 3A and 3B1 is the worst in the city. These slip roads have been constructed only some years ago but have always been in a bad state. “They are repaired only with small stones which come off again and render the road even more dangerous,” said a resident.



Yoga classes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Ozone fitness and spa will hold Power Yoga and Pilates classes from July 15 on its premises.

While talking to mediapersons, Anup Debnath said these classes had been designed to meet the fitness needs of the people and to make their body and mind coordinate better.



Students harassed

The year 2008 will be remembered as a year of confusion as students seeking admission for undergraduate courses in various colleges of Chandigarh are facing harassment due to the mismanagement of the authorities concerned.

All the colleges in Chandigarh under the jurisdiction of the Panjab University set the same dates and time for admission causing much inconvenience. Secondly, all the colleges were not instructed in black and white about the increase of 10 to 25 seats for admission.

Moreover, ministry of human resources development has failed to issue clear-cut directions regarding OBC quota in engineering colleges, which admit students on the basis of AIEEE.

Suman Kukal, Chandigarh

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Panjab varsity to have hi-tech building
Smriti Sharma

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Department of University Institute of Applied Management Sciences (UIAMS) of Panjab University is all set to have its own state of-the-art building which will house an approximate strength of 300 students. The centrally air-conditioned building will have a digital library and a first-of-its-kind “Cyber-rary” (cyber library) on the campus.

The foundation stone of the building will be laid on July 16 by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on the university’s south campus in Sector 25.

Giving details about the infrastructure, Anil Sehajpal, director, UIAMS, said, “The building, after completion, will be no less than any IIM campus.” He said each book in the library will have Radio Frequency Identity (RFID) technology that will enable anyone to locate the book in the library. Besides, there will be a modern computer lab, separate conference halls for management development programme and executive development programme for inviting industry-related people for maximum industry participation.

The Centre For Industry Institute Partnership Programme (CIIP), will also be housed in the same building for giving the students first-hand exposure of industries.

A budget of Rs 4 crore has been sanctioned for the purpose. For the library and Cyber-rary, Rs 32 lakh have been sanctioned from this amount.

The five-storeyed building will have a provision for placement cell, conference halls, digital surround sound auditoriums for presentations and hi-tech seminar rooms.

The final meeting to approve the design of the building will be held tomorrow.

It is pertinent to mention here that the institute is offering 50 seats in MBA (retail management), 50 seats in MBA (banking and insurance), 25 seats in MBA (infrastructure), 25 seats in MBA (IT and telecommunications) and 25 seats in MBA (hospitality) and 25 in MBA (pharmaceutical management).

Also, the UIAMS will be the first institute in the university to introduce a trimester system in all its courses.



2000 take MET
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Over 2000 students appeared for the Management Entrance Test (MET), a state level test for admissions to MBA and MCA courses, held at various centres here today.

The result of the test will be declared on July 20 and the counselling will be held on July 23. Through MET, candidates can seek admission in all universities of Punjab, including PTU, Jalandhar, GNDU, Amritsar, Punjabi University, Patiala, and its affiliated colleges. SD-32, SGGSCW-26 and Dev Samaj- 45 were the main centers in the city.

Anshu Kataria, chairman, Aryans Business School (ABS) said business aptitude section was harder this year than the previous years. It was easy for the students having economics at 10+2 or graduation level, but was tough for others. Hardeep and Satbir from Chandigarh said, “Logical reasoning and English comprehension were comparatively easier.”

Jyoti from Shimla said that mathematical skills section was also easier than expected.



City lad shines in CA exam
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Chandigarh based Raghav Sharda has got 10th position in all-India ranking of the chartered accountancy exam conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). The result was declared yesterday. Raghav aspires to attain the degree in Accounts at International level and want to be a successful direct tax consultant.

Another Chandigarh lad Harshvardhan has got 35th rank while Maneet Kaur from SAS Nagar has bagged 40th rank. Harshvardhan, at present, is getting training in Price Water Coppers (PWC) company at Mumbai and wants to open his own venture after completion of the training while Maneet Kaur wants to pursue her career in finance and banking sector.



AIEEE counselling on
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
The ongoing joint counselling for engineering courses at UIET, DCET, CCET and PEC under AIEEE went on smoothly for the fourth day. Today all the seats in the general category were taken. Around 250 students got admission.

The counselling will continue for the next two days for students from physically challenged quota, sports quota and other reserved quotas.

Today, the students till 55000 ranks were called in the general category and upto 75000 ranks in SC/ST category.



PU Notes
BPharma, BSc (hons) counselling deferred
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
The counselling dates for BPharma and BSc (honours) have been postponed. The counselling for the open- category students will now be held on July 21 and 22 while for the reserved-category students, it will be conducted on July 23 and 24.

However, the counselling for the NRI seats will be held as per schedule on July 20.

BA LLB (hon) five-year integrated course: The counselling for the candidates under the general category with merit marks 130 or above will be held at 10 am on 14 July while for candidates with merit marks less than 130, it will be held the same day at 2 pm.

Candidates belonging to the SC/ST category should report for the counselling on July 15 at 10 am while for all other reserved categories, the counselling will be done at 2 pm.

Counselling for the NRI seats will be held on the morning of July 20. The merit marks of candidates appearing for BA LLB five-year integrated course will be available on the Panjab University website (www.puchd.ac.in).



PU results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Panjab University has declared the results of BA I, entrance examination for MEd, entrance examination for BEd (correspondence) and BEd (regular) for UT colleges.



Consumer Courts
ICICI Bank to refund excess amount
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 13
Upholding the orders of the Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed the ICICI Bank to refund the excess amount charged by the bank from the proprietors of Nikka Mal Babu Ram Jewellers. The bank was also asked to pay Rs 5,000 as costs of litigation.

The appellants, ICICI Bank, appealed before the commission, challenging the orders.

The respondents, Nikka Mal Babu Ram Jewellers, had got a Mercedes Benz car financed for a sum of Rs 14,17,500 in November, 2005 and the amount was to be repaid in 18 equal monthly installments of Rs 83,830 each. The jeweller said the installments included an interest component of Rs 59,740. The jewellers stated that at the time of closing the loan, the bank imposed a penalty of Rs 49,721 against them for foreclosure.

The bank argued that the jewellers were liable to pay the foreclosure charges which had been agreed between them.



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