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Highway blues don’t seem to end
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 15
The Pinjore-Parwanoo stretch on the all-important NH 21, the gateway to Himachal Pradesh, has been re-christened by the locals as “khooni marg”, thanks to the death of two people in the long traffic jams that have become a daily feature on this road.

Crossing the stretch is a virtual nightmare as it sometimes takes three to four hours to pass through it. And what really frustrates more is the implicit apathy of the local administration, which has done little to regulate the traffic. Policemen are rarely visible and perhaps the only exception is when VVIPs travel in their red-beacon fitted cars, blaring sirens.

“I am sick and tired of these jams,” says Anil Kumar, a Panchkula youth, who travels to work everyday to Parwanoo. “I am thinking of quitting my job and find one closer home since commuting takes four to six hours daily,” he said, adding that he left at odd hours to avoid the traffic rush.

A Kalka resident, Bhawana Singh, says, “We pray everyday that no emergency should occur in our family at peak hours or else we’ll be stuck up in traffic jam rather than reaching the hospital”. Though his claim may sound cynical, the truth is that a women recently delivered her baby in a car near Pinjore while stuck in a traffic jam.

Though the administration has failed to provide any reprieve to the commuters, impatient motorists are too to be blamed for the mess. Caring little for others, such impatient drivers try to steer their vehicles in any available place, showing scant respect to lane driving. They also violate the “no-overtaking” instructions with impunity.

While narrow and heavily encroached roads are a perennial cause of the problem, the road repair work being undertaken by the National Highway Authority has added to the commuter’s woes. Incidentally, the work, which was to be finished by June 30, is yet nowhere near completion.

In fact, the NHAI was fast enough to commence the work but that haste seems to have ended with it. They were quick to remove the encroachments but that agility is missing now and the work proceeds at a snail’s pace or rather at the dragging pace of the vehicles that move on this stretch.

Besides the daily harassment of commuters, the local businessmen are also feeling the heat of the mess. “Our business is down by almost 50 per cent ever since these traffic jams began,” said Sunder Parkash, a shopkeeper at Gandhi chowk in Kalka. In absence of any walking space, customers are staying away, he said.

The black soot emanating from loaded trucks, specially the ones going uphill, and fumes from other stranded vehicles were becoming “unbearable”. “I think I have developed some sort of respiratory problems,” said Rana, another shopkeeper.

While senior officials claim that they are doing “everything” to regulate the traffic, nothing is being translated on the ground. Some cops are certainly visible during the peak hour but they are more busy in challaning people rather than paying attention to the traffic.



Anti-rabies serum goes out of stock
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
Beware Chandigarhians, it may not be a good time to be bitten by a dog as the city’s main referral centre, Sector 19 Anti-Rabies Civil Dispensary, has run out of the vital life-saving anti-rabies serum.

And in case you are unfortunate and fall prey to stray canines -- the city incidentally reports over 500 such cases, including Punjab and Haryana every month -- be prepared to shell out thousands of rupees to save yourself as you’ll be at the mercy of private chemists.

While the dispensary charges a mere Rs 5 for a serum shot, it is available in the open market for about Rs 450 per ampoule (equine), implying that a person with a body weight of 50 kg will have to shell out over Rs 5,000, in case of human immunoglobin, a person with same body weight will have to shell out over Rs 10,000 since the shots are linked to the body weight of the victim.

The anti-rabies serum is a life-saving drug for victims of serious dog bites which, in medical terms, are classified as class III. The administration of the serum to such victims becomes imperative since the chances of spreading of the rabies virus are immense.

Of the 500 cases of dog bites that are recorded in the city every month, one fourth are of class III at the Sector 19 dispensary. Thus the absence of the serum, which incidentally is “out of stock” for past two months, sounds really strange and speaks volumes about the management of the centre.

Former CRI director Dr Harminder Singh said anti-rabies serum was a sterile solution containing pre-formed antibodies and is used for immediate protection and was life-saving for patients who showed symptoms of rabies. He said the serum was given to victims who suffered serious bites on fingers, hands or any body parts near to the head since transmission of the virus to the nervous system was easier in such cases.

Dr Singh said the serum was much different from the anti-rabies vaccine, which took about five days to respond. “Serum is an SOS treatment,” he explained.

According to doctors, two types of serum are available in the market -- equine (horse-derived) serum and human immunoglobulin, which costs Rs 5, 000 per ampoule. Sources said recently the dispensary had recommended human serum vaccine to a victim and he had to shell out Rs 20,000 as it cost according to weight.

Health secretary Roshan Sunkaria said: “It is in my knowledge. Buying process is going on. Very soon, it will be available in Sector 19 dispensary”. Director, health Service, Dr M.S. Bains had already directed for placing tender, he added.



IT raids on education tycoons
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
In a major operation to uncover the undeclared wealth, officials of the Income Tax Department today conducted raids on official and residential premises of at least 20 well-known “education tycoons” (aka Shikshan Samrats) in the tricity and its adjoining areas. The raids led to the recovery of about Rs 3 crore in cash, besides seizure of incriminating documents revealing properties worth crores of rupees.

The early morning swoop, conducted simultaneously at the residential and educational institution premises in Panchkula, Chandigarh and Mohali, reportedly led to the unearthing of large number of documents indicating unaccounted cash deposits.

Deputy director Income Tax (investigation) Praveen Sidhartha said the raids were part of a major operation conducted by the department in Punjab, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir.

In Bagwali, near Barwala, Swami Devi Dayal Institute of Technology run by businessman Roshan Lal Jindal was raided. Raids were also carried out at their spices manufacturing units at Baddi, their hospital at Barwala and dental college, which was also located at Barwala. IT sleuths also raided his residence at Manimajra.

There were three kothis, said IT officials. Deputy director said almost Rs 60 lakh cash were found at the time of raid and property papers worth Rs 4 crore 
were seized.

IT men, Chandigarh region, also raided the BRS Educational Society owned by Arun Girg at Barwala. His residence at Sector 2, Panchkula, was also raided. IT officials said almost Rs 25 lakh was found at the time of raid and they also recovered the documents in which institute mentioned the name of students and donation amount.

In Mohali, raids were carried out at the Indo Global College. IT officers also raided their residences, located at Modern Complex, Manimajra. Raid was conducted on his spice factory, which is located at Industrial Area, phase II, Ram Darbar. About Rs 2 crore found at the time of raid and eight lockers were sealed.

Director of income tax (investigation) MP Singh headed the team along with additional director (investigation) RK Chaubey. Raid was still on till the filing of this report. 



MC uses fire engines for spraying chemicals
Vehicles damaged during operationsRamanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
Strange are the ways in which the municipal corporation functions. In the latest instance, it has ignored the advice of its own officials, only to end up incurring avoidable losses.

The fire and emergency department of the corporation went ahead using fire engines for spraying chemicals, which rendered the machines useless, despite the fact that the station fire officer had advised against using the fire tenders for spraying chemicals. The chemicals were sprinkled on dumping ground in Dadu Majra to prevent breeding of insects and also to prevent emission of toxic gases and foul odour.

Sources in the corporation say that over four fire tenders and other fire-fighting equipment have been damaged in the practice adopted by the public health department over the years. Besides, an enormous amount was spent on repairing the tanks and the central fugal pumps of the fire tenders.

The chemicals, known as Effective Micro (EM) Organism Solution, cause damage to the tanks. However, the authorities told the fire department officials that the chemicals were diluted with water and would cause no harm.

The authorities have auctioned the damaged fire tenders along with others 23 vehicles in the past. Each fire tender roughly costs about Rs 20 lakh. The authorities had admitted to a query made under the Right to Information (RTI) Act that “defects appeared on two fire tenders (CH-01-G-0581 and CH-01-G-0580) during the spraying of chemicals”. They further admitted that the corporation incurred an expenditure of Rs 33,730 in repairing vehicles. They also admitting that the fire officer had told them that the chemicals would damage the vehicles.

Sources add that the vehicles were damaged during the operations and the authorities continued to get them repaired without stopping the misuse of the machines.

P. K. Sharma, secretary, MCC, stated that the public health department had been asked to make their own arrangement to spray chemicals. However, the authorities preferred to remain silent when asked about fixing the responsibility for causing losses to the exchequer. 


Jehad a misused term: Scholar
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
“Jehad is a term wrongly interpreted by the American media and the Indian media has followed the line,” stated Dr Asghar Ali Engineer, a noted activist and scholar, who has worked extensively on communal harmony and human rights. Pioneer in dealing with the subject of common culture and secularism, Dr Ali was at the Panjab University today to deliver a lecture on “Common Culture and Heritage of India”.

Dr Ali has been a crusader for the riot victims, whichever part of the country they may be and an activist since the 1967’s Bhagalpur riots.

Taking the opportunity to clear the air about the much-talked about term ‘jehad’, he said, “In Quran there are 41 verses of jehad but none of the them relates the word to war.”

Taking a dig at the American media, he said, “Islamic terrorism was never heard of until the US media used it. Today, for the media, everyone is a terrorist, irrespective of the fact that whether he is a naxalite, an extremist or even an orthodox.”

Talking of electoral reforms, he said, “Democracy fails its purpose if it is only representative and not participative. Out politicians are filling up their vote banks by dividing people based on their religions. As a result, the polarisation between the Hindus and the Muslims has reached a level which is much higher than what it was at the time of partition. Consequently, the poor Hindus and the poor Muslims are adversely affected.”

This is where his role as the chairman of the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai, comes handy. To dispel these wrong notions from spreading in the society, he holds workshops and seminars to create greater consciousness among people. “My target groups are journalists, teachers, police and youth. For these four category of people can change perceptions and get things moving,” he said.

Dr Ali opined that we need three Ds viz. democracy, diversity and dialogue, to strengthen the culture in India. 



Chief fire officer to be appointed soon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
The fire and emergency committee of the municipal corporation today decided to fill the post of the chief fire officer by appointing a technically qualified officer.

Besides, the committee also decided to recruit firemen against 40 vacant posts in the department in addition to according approval to purchase various high-tech equipments for fire fighting.

Sources in the corporation said the committee also decided to provide insurance cover to 225 firemen and to invite tenders from public and private companies in this regard. In addition to this, purchasing of two video cameras for recording the rescue operations in order to keep a record of the reaction time and efforts made by the firemen to manage time.

The committee also accorded approval for purchasing seven mobile phones for leading fire officials, as it was found that a lot of time was lost while contacting the owner of locked buildings.



PSEB complaint cell neglects residents’ woes
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, July 15
Punjab State Electricity Board complaint centre at Baltana is as good as non-existent. It does not have a telephone and no proper complaint register. Even, the contact number of the lineman, who is present on duty, is not mentioned anywhere.

In the absence of a contact number, local residents face inconvenience as they have to come all the way to the centre to lodge complaints only to find no one to hear their complaints.

Residents claim that most of the time the board workers are not present at the complaint centre and on calling any board official, they are told to wait. “Sometimes we keep waiting for a fault to be registered and repaired even upto 1 am. Most of the time, for writing complaint, register is also not available,” says a resident.

“It is impossible for a new resident to detect where the electricity complaint centre is”, says Ankur, a resident of Saini Vihar. He adds, “The centre is running in a booth near a school and there is no signboard indicating the electricity complaint centre.”

Residents are also reeling under severe power cuts. “Without power supply, I can not complete my school homework and often get punishment by the school teacher,” says Gaurav, a class IV student.

“Most of the wiring in the area is old and lose, power tripping is common in the transmission system”, says Mohan Lal. He adds, “However, it is difficult to judge whether it is a scheduled power cut or fault in power line.”

A PSEB official, however, states that the contact numbers are mentioned at the centre and the staff is also cooperative.



Submit report on amenities, says PSHRC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
Taking cognisance of a news article that appeared in a newspaper, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has asked the state government to submit a report by August 27.

The news relates particularly to Phase IX of Mohali. The industrialists are reportedly craving for basic civic amenities. Their main problem lies with the gandha nullah passing through this Phase. The inhabitants of the area and the industrial workers are facing a serious health hazard as the sewerage lines of the town are being discharged in this nullah.

Besides the risk of an epidemic erupting in this area, there are some electric poles on the bed of this nullah, which can also cause serious trouble at any time. The other problems being faced by the people of this area relate to lack availability of sufficient potable water, faulty streetlights, bad sanitation and deep pot-holed roads.



Fire services smouldering
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 15
The Fire Brigade services in the district have turned from bad to worse.The district with 816 sq km area consisting of four towns of Panchkula, Pinjore, Kalka and Raipur Rani and 264 villages is dependent on three fire tenders after the contract of 20 employees with this emergency service expired on June 12.

Now the Fire Brigade has only two drivers, eight firemen and three fire tenders, one of them for VIPs.

The district witnessed major forest fires this summer. The Army was requested to send fire tenders to rescue children at a school in Pinjore.

Last week-end, when Panchkula was inundated with rain, the Fire Brigade had only three employees taking emergency calls.The town saw water getting into hundreds of houses and basements of SCOs.

At the moment there are only eight firemen and two drivers.

In the absence of adequate staff, a firefighting tender stationed at Kalka has been brought to Panchkula. The Fire Brigade at Panchkula receives more than one complaint everyday.

Fire Officer RP Dhull, when contacted, said the requirement for 25 staff members -- seven drivers and 18 firemen -- has been sent to the government.

The Staff Selection Commission had already initiated the recruitment process. also, two more fire tenders were being requisitioned.



Fake yoga certificate case
Cops seek help from Indian Embassy in Italy
Mandeep Puri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
The UT police is now seeking help from the Indian Embassy in Italy to investigate the authenticity of the “yoga certificate” allegedly used by inspector Ram Gopal for his promotion. Ram Gopal is currently under suspension.

According to sources, the police department recently wrote a letter to the Indian Embassy in Italy seeking help and investigation officials are now waiting for a reply from the embassy.

The cops have even prepared a questionnaire, which they will send to the embassy once they receive a correspondence from the latter. The questionnaire will carry all the details related to the certificate and also with the yoga companionship.

Statements of the accused Ram Gopal, team member Bal Mukand and team manager Madan Lal have already been recorded. Besides this, there are three more people whose statements are yet to be recorded, added a source.

Talking to TNS, ASP Madhur Verma said, “We are waiting for a reply from the Indian Embassy. There is a lot to investigate before submission of the report.”

Sources revealed that Ram Gopal himself pasted photographs on the certificate, which according to the law is a fraud.

Ram Gopal, former SHO of Sector 3 police station, was suspended after a departmental inquiry revealed that he had allegedly used a fake yoga certificate for promotional benefits.

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

The inquiry was initiated after the tribunal had directed the UT IGP to examine the authenticity of the certificate and also find if the promotion was obtained by submitting false facts.

Ram Gopal, who joined the UT police as ASI in March 1991 against a general quota seat, was last on the merit list of inspectors.

Ram Gopal had gone to Italy to attend a private yoga competition at his own expense in October 1997. He was neither sponsored by the administration nor by any other sports organisation.



SSP orders clearance of pending complaints
Mandeep Puri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
Files of pending complaints piling up are now becoming a concern for the Chandigarh police.

Sources in the police department revealed that there are almost a hundred complaints pending in every police station. Even as the UT SSP in a recent letter had ordered the area SHOs to attend to the pending complaints at the earliest, the figure remains constant. In the “crime meeting” held at the UT Police Headquarters today, the SHOs had a hard time convincing the higher-ups about the pending complaints.

According to the figures available, pending complaints in the central division are almost touching the 350 mark with 131 complaints pending in Sector 3, 144 in Sector 11 and 81 in Sector 17 police stations.

Talking to The Tribune, S.S. Srivastava, SSP, said though several complaints were pending, there was no definite time frame to solve the same. The time to solve a particular complaint depends on the nature of the case. However, the SHOs have been told to solve the complaints at the earliest.

Besides the pending complaints, the increasing incidents of vehicle thefts and snatchings in the city are also a cause for concern for the UT police. To curb such incidents, intensified patrolling is what the UT police is now looking at.

According to the SSP, controlling the increasing incidents of snatching and vehicle theft is the top priority for the men in khaki of the Chandigarh police.



Sunkaria orders filing of case against contractor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
Dr Roshan Sunkaria, commissioner, municipal corporation, has recommended registration of a criminal case against the contractor, in the contractor-Xen row, to the UT police for further action.

Talking to The Tribune, the commissioner today said he had already ordered that the matter be reported to the police for registration of a case against the contractor, Tarlochan Singh, for illegally confining Xen Surinder Singh Kandhola, on the basis of a report submitted by secretary P.K. Sharma.

Sunkaria further said that he had also recommended that the contractor be debarred besides shifting SDO A. K. Dadwal’s headquarter to Manimajra.

He said he had also issued instructions to the officials concerned to devise a system to monitor the visitors in the corporation office.



Labourer falls to death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
Mohan Singh (35) died this evening after falling from third floor of Mentally Retarded Charitable Institute, Sector 32.

According to sources, Mohan Singh was a labourer with the sanitation wing and had gone to attend a complaint at the institute at about 10:30 am today. He slipped while working on the third flood and sustained a head injury. He was rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, from where he was referred to the PGI.

He succumbed to his injuries this evening. Mohan was working as a labourer since the past 18 years.

Family members of the deceased have demanded that the authorities should release his benefits for the past 18 years. They also said the authorities should give a job to a member of the family on compassionate grounds.



Facilitate tax payment at sampark centres

It is heartening to know that the UT administration has decided to receive all value added tax (VAT) and central sales tax (CST) returns (quarterly and monthly) at all e.sampark centres in the city. This decision of the administration will facilitate UT traders to file returns at their nearest e.sampark centres.

Before this, traders had to face a lot of inconvenience because of the centralised location of the taxation department.

Similarly, the last date for filing income tax returns is July 31. Most of the persons file their IT returns during the fortnight before the deadline of July 31. Consequently, they have to stand in serpentine queues. It will be in the interest of all of us if the income tax department makes arrangements akin to VAT/CST returns with the UT administration to facilitate taxpayers to file their returns through all e.sampark centres functioning in Chandigarh.

S.K. Khosla, Chandigarh

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City set to spruce up education system
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
Libraries, language and information communication technology (ICT) services are elementary components to transform an unequal society into an egalitarian and progressive society. To achieve this goal, the Chandigarh administration is thinking on lines of adopting the recommendations of the National Knowledge Commission (NKC), Government of India.

The NKC, consisting of eight members and four advisors with communication expert Sam Pitroda as its chairperson, has been constituted as an advisory body to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to “sharpen India’s knowledge edge” and promote excellence in the education system.

S Regunathan, one of the advisors of NKC, was in town to put forth these recommendations to the Chandigarh administration for streamlining the education system and establishing a concrete educational foundation for future growth. The NKC has submitted a charter consisting of around 200 concepts pertaining to schools and higher education institutions.

The director of higher education Raji P. Srivastava has been appointed as nodal officer to interact with the NKC and proceed further after scrutinizing its recommendations.



AIEEE Admissions
Parents raise slogans in PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
High drama was witnessed on the last day today of the joint counselling for admission to engineering courses under the AIEEE at Panjab University when a group of parents and students protested against the university authorities.

The students and their parents were up in arms against the university authorities for allegedly accepting the forms of some students after the due date for submission of forms under the sports category.

The students alleged that the last date for submission of forms was June 23 but some forms were also accepted after that. The parents alleged a softball championship was held on June 30 and some students were given the benefit of that championship against the rules of the university.

The parents along with their children reached the VC’s office raising anti-university authorities slogans and demanding fairness in conducting admissions under the sports category.

Acting promptly, the vice-chancellor constituted a committee and it recommended that any form submitted after June 23 should not be entertained and considered.

The matter was sorted out after this and the counselling that was stalled briefly due to this resumed thereafter.



PU Notes
UIAMS extends last date
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
The last date for submission of admission forms for off-campus postgraduate diploma courses in (i) international business (ii) entrepreneurship management (iii) NRI entrepreneurship management at the University Institute of Applied Management Sciences (UIAMS) has been extended up to July 31, 2008. The admission forms can now be submitted in the office of UIAMS, room No. 207, Aruna Ranjit Chandra Hall (near post office), PU.

VACANT SEATS: Some seats in MSc (industrial chemistry) first year, session 2008-09, are lying vacant in the department of chemical engineering and technology, PU. Interested candidates with the following qualification may submit their application forms by July 25, 2008 and appear for test/ interview on July 28, 2008 at 10 am in the department's office with all the original certificates in order to determine the eligibility for admission. They are advised to bring Rs 22,522 in the form of a demand draft in favour of the registrar, Panjab University, Chandigarh. In addition to the above, an additional fee of Rs 410 will be paid by those students who are coming from any other university/ board/ council. Qualification: Candidates having BSc (hons) in chemistry or BSc (non-medical) or BSc (industrial chemistry) or equivalent examination with at least 55 per cent marks are eligible for this course. Relaxation of 5 per cent marks is for SC/ST students. Admission will be on the basis of an entrance test/ aptitude test to be conducted by the department.

RESULT DECLARED: Panjab University has declared the results of BE (food technology 2nd semester) 4th semester, BE (chemical) 5th semester and MA part-I (geography).



Campus Fashion
Guys and gals all for comfort wear
Jyoti Rai

Chandigarh, July 15
Bidding goodbye to the droning school uniforms, freshers in colleges are revelling in their new trendy dresses, accessories and make-up. Even though colleges aren’t crowded to the maximum, the first peek gave quite an idea of what the coming days may have to offer when it comes to fashion trends and styling.

To start with, the dress code this summer is “comfort”. Be it the ravishing beauties, or the chiselled hotties, everyone is keeping it simple and creating a fashion look of their own.

A majority of girls are sporting the very-much-in-flavour straight-fit jeans. Those blessed with a good height and body are flaunting the super-skinny fit. Further they are teaming it up with simple and casual T-shirts. Long-fitting T-shirts could be spotted easily. At the same time, everyone made sure they did not go overboard choosing T-shirts with bling logos and ‘chatkeela’ prints. Soft, light colours are definitely the pick this season.

“Make-up in this weather is complete turn off for boys. You make it evident that you are trying hard to attract attention. So it’s better to be confident and comfortable in whatever you wear,” says Meetali, a student at DAV college.

One can easily spot girls with skirts in cotton, denim, silk as well, but the smart way to avoid tan and flaunt skirts is teaming it up with leggings. Needless to say, ganjis, halters, tube tops and noodle strap tops are all-time favourites in summers.

Hundred per cent comfort and 200 per cent style, ask the guys, and they will approve of it.

Clutching their hair, or pulling them up in ponies, with a tinge of eye make-up, the college girls are all set to make the temperature soar even higher.

The guys, on the other hand, do not score lesser on the fashion radar. From Bermudas to the most casual yet funky T-shirts, comfortable flotters are their call this season. Guys are spotting the “Salam Namaste” Saif Ali Khan look, flaunting their midriffs enough to showcase the brand they are wearing, be it Jockey or Kevin Clain.

Most guys are opting for short hair styles, avoiding those flirty locks.

Both the female and male brigades seem to be nodding their heads in approval when it comes to glares. Big chunky glares, preferably with ultra UV rays protection are must have.

Well, definitely the season will register more daring and baring fashion trends; this is just the beginning. Beating the conventions, there were some who really did manage to stand apart in the crowd. Sporting a super mini balloon cotton skirt, with a double layered top, 18-year-old Preeti Saxena managed to make heads turn today at the student centre at the university.

Must Haves

Sunscreen (for both guys and girls)

Glares, preferably with UV protection

Big trendy bags (girls)or a canvas-style hanging bag(guys)

A crisp white shirt

Waterproof kajal (girls)

Deo (for both) select the scent that you can carry off

Latest Trends

For Her

Skirts are here to stay this summer (super-short denim skirts, balloon skirts with leggings are the hot pick)

High waist shorts and hot pants

One-piece summer dresses

Beads and chunky bracelets

Anklets, toe rings, temporary tattoos

For Him


Double-cut low-waist jeans


Funky T-shirts, punk style

Stylish footwear, preferably sandals and flotters

Definite No Nos

Too much make-up

Baring tanned skin

Flaunting long, open hair (you might just scare someone, or better, be dizzy yourself) with excess heat

Wearing black too often



NIPER  counselling
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 15
A joint counselling session for five institutes was held at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) here today.

It was held for 277 seats available for the masters programme being run by five NIPERs at Mohali, Hajipur, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. There were about 3,000 applicants. Project directors from other institutes had come here for the counselling.



Army school honours outstanding students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
Army Public School, Chandimandir, organised a prize distribution ceremony to honour meritorious students of Classes X and XII. 

Officiating president, Army Wives’ Welfare Association, Western Command, Bina Aul, presided over the event and awarded cash incentives to outstanding students for their performance in board exams.

The performance of students of the school has been commendable as 19 of them secured 90 per cent and above in Class X and 49 students secured between 80 and 89.9 per cent. Besides this, 32 students in maths, 31 in Hindi, 57 in social science, 28 in English and nine students in science have secured 90 per cent and above subject wise.

Similarly, Class XII students have also brought laurels to the school as two students secured 93.8 per cent and 90.8 per cent respectively.

Notwithstanding board results, students are also getting admission in reputed professional colleges such as IIT, MBBS, BDS, AIT, NDA and other reputed colleges. Vaibhav Jaswal has cleared the IIT exam while Rohit Punia has cleared the NDA exam.



Exemption surprises High Court
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today expressed surprise that land in the Panchkula district belonging to R.S. Malik, a retired IAS officer from Haryana, had been released from the acquisition process, while that of a similarly placed landowner had been acquired

Taking note of a Panchkula district resident’s allegation of pick and choose policy, a Division Bench of the High Court, comprising Justice M.M. Kumar and Justice Sabina, today observed in the open courtroom that as far as the petitioner was concerned, the acquisition proceedings had been completed with the announcement of the award in 2002.

The position of acquisition proceedings was the same in her and Malik’s case. But it was a mystery as to how the land belonging to him had been released from acquisition by order dated March 3.

The Bench also issued notice of motion to the state and other respondents, including Malik.

As Mirdula Joshi’s petition for setting aside the notification came up before the Bench, her counsel contended that though the award was announced way back in 2002, land belonging to certain influential persons was being released. Counsel also drew the court’s attention to the March 3 order, passed in favour of R.S. Malik, Valley Public School, Mansa Devi complex, Panchkula.

Joshi, in her petition, had earlier claimed that the state, the land acquisition collector, the estate officer and Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), had released the constructed and vacant land belonging to Malik. It measured nine kanals and 10 marlas.

The petitioner had added that she had learnt about the release of land belonging to other influential persons. As such, the respondents were acting in an arbitrary and discriminatory manner. They were selectively releasing the land to people at their own whim and fancy. 



Man acquitted of rape
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
District and sessions judge Raj Rahul Garg today acquitted Mohammad Azmal of rape due to lack of evidence.

According to the prosecution, the victim, a resident of Burail, had complained to the police that Mohammad, her neighbour, had allegedly raped her in December, 2002. However, she retracted from her statement when the police asked her to get a medical examination done in January, 2003. Following this, her husband moved an application to the SSP in January, 2003, that his wife was allegedly raped. Thereafter, an inquiry was marked to the police. The victim stated before the court that the accused raped her twice.

The court acquitted Mohammad as the victim and her husband had given contradictory statements.



HC sends notice to railway ministry
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice to the railway ministry and other respondents on a petition seeking directions against unauthorised parking fee charged by contractors at the Chandigarh railway station from vehicle owners using the entry and exit road for dropping or picking up commuters.

The notice was issued by a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Mahesh Grover on a petition filed in public interest by advocate Ajay Jagga.

The petitioner said the entry and exit points at the railway station road were not specified as part of the parking area in any sense of the term. In utter disregard of this fact, vehicle owners were being charged parking fee and the entry was kept blocked till the fee was paid.

In a connected matter pertaining to a PIL on the alleged illegal use of public area by parking contractors at almost all parking sites in the city, Lisa Gill, counsel for the Chandigarh administration, sought more time to file a reply which was granted by the bench.

Both the issues would be taken up on August 13.



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