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German tourist was raped: CFSL
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
The Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL) report in the alleged molestation case of German tourist has confirmed her rape.

While the report has confirmed rape by Pankaj, the possibility of her being gangraped are being considered “immensely high” as another condom recovered from the spot contains the semen of another accused Manvir Singh alias Jolly.

However, no cells matching the vaginal test swabs of the victim have been found on the exterior of the condom, allegedly used by Jolly. The police attributed the absence of the girl’s cells from the condom to the fact that it was recovered over 48 hours after the crime took place and was smudged with soil.

The condom was recovered by the police from the tubewell site in Jolly’s farm at Samalkha village (Ambala).

In its report, which came around 45 days after the crime was committed, the CFSL revealed that the 20-year-old foreigner was raped by Pankaj, one of the five accused in the case, as his semen was found in the vaginal swab of the victim.

Apart from that, the samples of semen, which were found on the skirt of the victim, also matched with Pankaj’s genetic samples, the report held.

“This is enough to establish that rape took place”, asserted ASP Madhur Verma under whose supervision the investigation of the case was conducted.

So far, the police had been continuously asserting that it was only a kidnapping and molestation case.

The report also confirms that the genetic material of Harpreet Singh, alias Dalli, and Jolly matched with the samples contained in the nails of the victim. While the tests on three cigarette butts revealed that two of them were used by the victim, Jolly puffed the other one.

On the other hand, there is no mention of the names of Sompal and Sukhwinder Singh, alias Sukhi, in the CFSL report.

“It does not make any difference as we have sufficient proofs to establish the involvement of the two in the case,” said Madhur Verma.

Interestingly, Pankaj had claimed earlier that he had rescued the victim by opposing his friends, who were allegedly planning to eliminate her after the crime.

“She also hugged me and thanked me when I came Chandigarh to drop her along with Dalli”, Pankaj told to the police.

“The rape was committed in open at the tubewell site in Jolly’s field at Samalkha village by Jolly and Pankaj. Pankaj has also confessed this when he was taken by the police at the spot”, said a close family friend of Jolly, while quoting an eyewitness to a Tribune team during its visit to the crime spots at Saha and Samalkha villages in Ambala.

“The eyewitness also alleged that he had seen the victim lying without clothes in an inebriated condition on a cot in the open for around two hours after the rape”, stated the friend.

Meanwhile, the police has removed the Section 511, IPC from the FIR to make it a rape case under Section 376 and 120 B of the Code.

“The challan is ready and we were only waiting for the CFSL report”, said ASP, while maintaining that it would be submitted in the court tomorrow.

“A request to the court for speedy trial has already made by us”, said Verma.

After the arrest of investigating officer (IO) Sanjiv Kumar by the CBI on Friday in a graft case, the authorities have appointed SI Ram Rattan as IO in the case, said ASP Verma.


September 28: German girl kidnapped from Hotel Taj GVK around 2 am. The victim was taken to tubewell site at Jolly’s farm at Samalkha around 9.30 am.
September 29: The police arrested Pankaj from Ambala and recovered the Maruti car and Scorpio, used in the crime.
September 30: Dalli was arrested from Ambala.
October 1: Jolly and Sukhi surrendered before the court.
October 3: Sompal surrendered before the court. 
October 5: Identification held at Burail jail in which the 
victim identified Pankaj and Dalli.
October 7: The victim flew back to Germany.



DAV Sodomy Case
Probe report out, with loose ends
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
After dilly-dallying for almost a month, the DAV, Sector 8, authorities have finally submitted an inquiry report into the alleged sodomy case of a class VI child by fellow students.

While the report rules out sodomy on grounds of “absence of a medical report”, it confirms “attempt of sexual molestation”.

Surprisingly, the so-called inquiry committee has chosen to forward its report to the DPI even without recording the statement of the victim on the pretext that he was “not brought to do so”.

While on the one hand, the report rules out sodomy in the absence of medical report, it categorically states that there was no “pain and bleeding” even when the statement of the victim was not recorded.

The inquiry committee also seems to have overstepped its brief by combining an inquiry of an earlier incident of sodomy in which the school authorities had already rusticated a class-VIII boy.

While this inquiry was ordered by the DPI after The Tribune exposed the case on October 19, the authorities have appended the statements of the earlier victim also while stating that the second victim had appeared “confused” during one verbal questioning. Interestingly, no date of this questioning has been referred to in the report.

The report states: “In absence of any medical reports though sodomy cannot be established but there seems to be an attempt of sexual molestation of two boys”. Indicating that the first case can be one of mutual consent, the report refers to “probable incident of sexual arousal due to fiddling of each other’s private parts”.

It arrives at this inference on grounds that the victim was not forced by the accused to be on his bed. The report confirms the shifting of beds by hostel in charge soon after the incident came to light.

However, with almost all requisite documents “absent” in the second case, the victim’s father has confirmed of some kids telling his child about “something” done to him.

Going by the report, there is a sheer display of double standard by those at the helm as while one student was rusticated, the other was just segregated from the victim for the same crime i.e. “attempt to molest”, notwithstanding the confirmation of the involvement of second accused by the first one.

The report has also raised questions on the role of hostel superintendent Vijay Jaiswal and accused him of instigating students. However, he has dismissed it, calling it a hoax.

“The entire inquiry is false. When everything was on paper why was there no written instruction to participate in the inquiry? Moreover, they have not even recorded my statement. Principal accused me of instigating students just because I asked the second accused to own up and speak the truth. When the incident was brought to light, why was no medical examination done? The guy who got rusticated confessed to everything and revealed the other incident in public. And if one child gets rusticated for crime, why spare others?”

While principal Vibha Ray was unavailable to comments, UT DPI (S) Samwartak Singh ensured justice and quick action after the review of the report.



Vacate house, MC to ex-DC
Garewal also told to deposit Rs 8.62 lakh as rent
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 11
The former Mohali deputy commissioner H.I.S.Garewal has been asked by the Municipal Council to vacate the house illegally occupied by him for more than a year and also deposit Rs 8.62 lakh as rent for the period of his stay.

The council authorities have also requested the principal secretary concerned to intervene in the matter to get the house vacated and also help in the realising the rent amount from Garewal.

It is learnt that the executive officer (EO) of the civic body Amna Kumar Goyal wrote a letter to the former deputy commissioner, who is now working as joint development commissioner, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Punjab, in which he stated that Garewal had illegally occupied a house (no 1985) in the municipal complex since April last year.

The letter further stated that the rent for the house had not been paid so far and neither had the house been vacated. The rent from April last year to September this year came to Rs 8,62,200. It was requested to pay the rent amount to the civic body and vacate the house at the earliest.

Garewal had taken possession of the two-kanal house in Phase V amid high drama on April 14 when he and the president of the council Rajinder Singh Rana tried to occupy the house after it was vacated by a former EO of the council.

Truck loads of belongings of both deputy commissioner and MC president reached the municipal complex. A dispute arose as to who would occupy the house. A naib tehsildar had at that time stopped the men of the council president from unloading his belongings from the truck. Some councillors present at the scene had prevented the personnel from taking the DC’s property into the house. Grewal finally took the possession of the house on April 17 and continues to live there even when he is no longer the DC of the Mohali district.



Sec-63 Scheme
Borderline Case
CHB dropped 175 flats to avoid spat
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
The absence of proper demarcation between the boundaries of Chandigarh and Mohali has cost the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) crores of rupees. While the CHB had initially planned the Sector 63 Housing Scheme for 1,976 dwellings, it allotted only 1,801 yesterday, as the remaining 175 flats fell in a “disputed” territory.

Interestingly, the CHB made this change without any prior announcement. The decision to reduce the number of dwellings was taken after the CHB officials discovered that around two acres of the land earmarked earlier for the scheme fell in Mohali.

In a bid to apparently avoid controversy, the board changed its plans and chose to cut down the number of units and also the service areas.

Consequently, the originally proposed 304 units for the three-bedroom scheme were reduced to 276 flats; the two-bedroom scheme was scaled down from 836 to 754 units; and one bedroom from 532 to 482 units.

In the EWS (one room) category, draw was conducted for 289 units against the proposed 304 units.

Officials, preferring anonymity, said the UT officials found that over 50 proposed ground units (to be built four-storey) and roads fell on at least two-acre land, shown as UT land. However, the zigzag stretch of the project land ran parallel to Phase IX, Mohali.

Last year also, the CHB had to face an embarrassing situation when the land allotted to Parsavnath Developers at the IT Park fell short by at least 1.25 acre. This happened after a joint demarcation by revenue officials of Chandigarh and Haryana.

G.S. Rosha, the then acting chief engineer of the CHB, had approached the estate office for a joint demarcation (with Punjab) and ultimately the administration backed out and the planning for housing scheme was made on 40.66 acre against the original land area of 42.6 acre.

However, sources in the CHB said a joint survey with revenue officials had revealed that houses stood on UT land, yet Chandigarh preferred to forgo its claim.

The land, originally of Nizampur Kumbra village, was acquired in the 1980s and its possession was given to the UT engineering department.

The UT urban planning department, too, had objected to the layout planning of the housing scheme. The CHB had outsourced the architectural planning of the area to an outside agency for “better planning”.

The flaws in the layout plan, the sources added, included more coverage of the floor area ratio (FAR) to construct more than required flats, causing less distance between different blocks and absence of the greenbelt.

Besides, several openings on the V-3 road were another irritant as only one opening was allowed under the rules, a senior UT official said.

Allottees of one-room dwelling units will have no privacy as they will share a common window depriving them of sunlight.

In category A flats (three bedroom), the entrance is surrounded by a dressing room and toilet, which will make placing a double-bed difficult. The category B (two bedroom) will have a limited dining area.



‘Rowdy’ show by Landran students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
Chaos ruled city roads today as hundreds of students of the Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran, held a road show to promote the coming two-day cultural fest “Parivartan” beginning November 15.

The road show, which was flagged off by Satnam Singh Sandhu, chairman, and Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal from Landran, virtually turned into free for all with the students flouting the traffic rules in the city and indulging in hooliganism. The local police preferred to be a silent spectator even as the students shouted slogans and sparked off traffic jams on certain city roads.

Except in Sector 22, the students went unchecked. While scores of cars, two-wheelers and buses threw traffic norms to the winds, only two cars were challaned by the police and the two-wheelers were not even asked to show the documents of their vehicles.

The students sounded defiant saying that it was their right to move about in the city. However, the other road users were a harassed lot. Gourav Madan, a commuter said, “The administration and the police are least bothered on the issue and that’s why the students are taking out a rally.”

Jaspal Singh, in charge of the police post Sector 22, said, “We have challaned two vehicles as they were violating the rules, but the other vehicles were having the proper documents with them.”



Doctor booked for raping 25-yr-old
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 11
The local police has booked a doctor for allegedly raping a 25-year-old girl of village Teor on the pretext of marrying her.

The girl in her complaint with the police, alleged that the private doctor, Harpal Singh, who used to run clinic in the village, promised to train her in assisting him. He used to bring her to his Sector-66 residence here.

When the victim asked him to marry her, he said he was already married and had two children.

The police has registered a case and is investigating the matter.

The suspect has yet not been arrested.



Tribune Impact
Office in Residential Area
Estate office serves notice on NCB
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), the premier agency responsible for maintaining law and order, has been found to be on the wrong side of law. For, the Chandigarh estate office has issued a notice to the bureau for running its office from a residential area.

Confirming this, assistant estate officer (AEO) Ashwani Kumar said: “The notice under Section 8 for violating the building norms, which denotes misuse of premises, has been served to the NCB. This means that the activities being run by the NCB from residential premises were totally against the building norms.”

“The norms do not permit to run any government agency from the residential complex. The NCB officials have been asked to explain their position within a period of 15 days that how come they are running their activities without any permission,” said the AEO.

The AEO clarified that after hearing their side, if not convinced, the building would be resumed by serving another notice under Section 15, which means their activities will be stalled, followed by “eviction” from the premises.

On November 1, The Tribune had highlighted that the zonal office of the bureau had been running its operations against drug traffickers from a residential accommodation (House No. 80, Sector 2) here for the past several years.

The rundown condition of the house had raised a question mark on the requisite security arrangement at this office, which deals with well-organised crime and hardened criminals.

The bureau has powers to arrest suspects and keep them in custody. For the purpose, one of the rooms in the single-storey house had been converted into a lockup where suspects were usually detained for questioning. However, the house had a handful of ITBP guards posted for security.

The bureau has already paid the price for the lack of security after a hardcore Israel drug trafficker, Lior Avi Ben Moyal, escaped from the house in 2005. While fleeing, the suspect had allegedly thrashed two NCB officials.



Kanishka Bombing
Canadian team to quiz Hawara, Bheora
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
An investigating team consisting five officials of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrived in the city today to re-investigate the Kanishka bombing in 1985.

The team will quiz top Babbars Jagtar Singh Hawara and Paramjit Singh Bheora, who are in the Burail jail, the prime accused in former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh’ assassination.

A capital punishment has been awarded to Hawara in the case.

According to sources, the RCMP team has a list of individuals who are believed to be potential witnesses and can possibly be retained as agents in the case.

“The exercise is a part of continuing investigations into the Kanishka aircraft, which was exploded off the coast of Ireland and a related explosion in the transit area of Tokyo's Narita Airport wherein 331 passengers were killed”, said the sources.

The Canadian police believes that Hawara and Bheora have associated with Canada-based Babbar activists. So something concrete can come out to solve the case after questioning these Babbars, feels the RCMP.

The Mounties, represented by staff sergeants Bart Blacktore and Mike Haney, and corporals Dan Sandhar, Joanne Baines and Bill Kalkat, today met Chandigarh IG SK Jain and DIG (CBI) B L Soni to start its legal procedure.

The squad is scheduled to meet the top police authorities in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and the CBI in the coming days, added the sources.

Besides others, the task force officers also want to question a former Indian intelligence officer Maloy Krishna Dhar, an author of “Open Secrets: India's Intelligence Secrets Unveiled” and was director of security at India's High Commission at Ottawa in the mid-1980s.

In the aircraft bombing case, only one of the accused, Interjit Singh Reyat, has been convicted so far while the two others, Ajaib Singh Bagri and Ripudaman Singh Malik were let off by the Canadian Supreme Court for want of credible witnesses.



No regular police force for Mohali
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 11
The Punjab government has been delaying the sanctioning of a regular force for the Mohali district. At present, to manage the law and order situation, cops from the other districts have been deputed here as a stop-gap arrangement.

Talking to mediapersons, the DGP, Punjab, N.P.S Aulakh, said the sanction had to come from the state government.

The DGP was here to lay the foundation stone of a cyber police station and forensic science laboratory.

M.K. Tiwari, managing director of the Punjab Police Housing Corporation, said the corporation had exceeded the monthly target of more than Rs 4.5 crore in October, besides the plan to achieve the annual target of Rs 56 crore as compared to the works done of Rs 24 crore last year.

He said the PPHC had embarked upon a path of modernisation in a big way with the introduction of 50 computers connected with WAN and LAN. There was also a proposal to set up a computer and telecommunication centre in Phase XI here.



Build houses for needy: CPI
Tribune News Service

Devi Dyal Sharma (second from right), secretary, CPI addresses a press conference in Sector 21, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, November 11
Criticising the Chandigarh Administration for formulating the policies only for rich segment, the local unit of the CPI today emphasised that the middle income and lower income strata has been totally ignored when it comes to housing.

DD Sharma, secretary, CPI, said, “All plans, be it Parsvnath’s Pride Asia apartments or medicity project or modern terminal market, are against the interest of common man. The land is acquired for peanuts from farmers, only to be sold to big sharks which have no thought for common man.”

“There is every apprehension that no land will be left for the construction of housing for homeless and needy persons. At least, 30,000 houses should be constructed for homeless and needy persons at genuine price. What is the fun in spending crores on the medicity project when Chandigarh already has been equipped with the state-of-the-art medical facilities? questioned Sharma.

The other demand put forth by the party was eradication of Section 144 in the northern areas of the city. “Even the administration has stopped to hold the meetings of the Chandigarh Advisory Council for the past two years”, complained Sharma, who is also the member of the advisory council. 



‘Charan Das Chor’— story of an honest thief
S. D. Sharma

Artistes stage a play ‘Charan Das Chor’ at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, November 11
Formulating the concept of comedy, Ben Johnson once said, “It is the mission of comedy to depict contemporary life, in its varied manifestations, with moral intent.” Director Zulfiqar Khan made a bold attempt in this regard through staging of a play, “Charan Das Chor” on the second day of the ongoing 3rd Chandigarh Theatre Fest at the Tagore Theatre here today.

“The swelling crowd of intrusive art aficionados at this annual festival of the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademy is encouraging us and the performing artistes,” said Kamal Tewari, the chairperson.

Based on Vijay Daan Thetha’s story and the play immortalised by Habib Tanvir, Zulfiqar evolved a script suiting to the regional milieu. The play was a bold satire on the hypocrite culture prevalent in the social, political and administrative set up. The skilled thief, yet a gem of benevolence, Charan Das, is dedicated to his profession, but abides by the vows laid down by his guru, though contradictory to his professional norms. He ventures his last theft of stealing five gold coins, which lands him to the test of his dignity as a thief and disciple. He dares to reject the marriage proposal from the royal princess to keep up his five vows.

The captivating play was enlivened by versatile actor Surender Kumar’s magical portrayal of the protagonist, and later, Anita Shabdeesh’s majesty of a queen besides Zulfiqar Khan (sepoy), Mukesh Sharma (Baba/Seth) and others. Lyrics by poet Shams Tabrezi and music by Kamal Kushal linked up the sequences. Akademy vice chairperson Kamal Arora welcomed veteran AIR and stage artiste Som Dutt Sharma, who honoured the artistes.

Studio Challenge will present a play “Loot” under the direction of Nimma Dandona tomorrow at the same time.



40 illegal structures razed
Tribune News Service

A JCB machine razes an illegal structure at Butrela village in Sector 41, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, November 11
Four acres of land was vacated during a joint demolition drive by the municipal corporation, Chandigarh, and estate office at Butrela village here today.

Launched under the supervision of MC joint commissioner T.P.S. Phoolka, the drive started 10 am and continued till 6 pm under heavy police protection. MC commissioner Roshan Sunkaria also visited the site.

During the drive, around 40 illegal structures, including structures on the acquired land, were demolished.

The land was reportedly acquired by the administration in 1975. A field inspection made by the land acquisition officer had revealed that unauthorised structures had come up after the land was acquired and handed over to the municipal corporation.

DSP Jaswant Singh Khaira, who led the police force, claimed that the drive was peaceful and no untoward incident was reported.

Phoolka said the civic body had removed almost all illegal structures, while remaining structures would be removed tomorrow.



Check rising prices of PID drugs: Doc
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
As the costs of life-saving drug for Primary Immune Deficiency (PID) disorder have suddenly become out of reach and are threatening the life of many children, parents of these children today appeal to the authorities to govern the prices of such drugs. Also, they are requested to individuals, corporate houses and NGO to help them out.

With the increased medicine cost from Rs 2,500 to 14,000 per 5 gm in just six months, it has become difficult for the parents to bear the cost of medicine, as these patients need life-long medication in order to keep their immune system function properly, said experts.

Addressing the press conference, Dr Surjit Singh, additional professor of paediatric allergy and immunology, department of paediatrics, PGIMER, said such patients needed injections of immunoglobulin every three to four weeks as antibodies protected the patient from any kind of infections, which could be life threatening. “If these patients are left untreated, they rarely survive beyond the first few years of life," said Dr Surjit.



Chandigarh Carnival
Home secy inspects venue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
Home secretary Ram Niwas yesterday inspected the venue of the Chandigarh Carnival at Leisure Valley, Sector 10.

During his visit, he was apprised by senior officials of the UT administration of the facilities that would be made available to visitors during the carnival, which starts from November 22.

He directed officials of respective departments to expedite the process of setting up of various stalls.

He directed the officials of the horticulture department to start the levelling work. He further asked officials of the municipal corporation to set up a pyramid of flowers in front of the main entry to add colour to the carnival. Officials of the electrical wing were told to light up the carnival and set up colourful lights in trees. He also directed police officials to take adequate security measures during the carnival.

Among officials present were SP (traffic) H.S. Doon, additional commissioner of municipal corporation P.K. Sharma, director tourism Samwartak Singh and director museum and art gallery N.P.S. Randhawa.



IT officials attach 6.5 acre land
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
Income tax officials today attached an agricultural land of Kuldeep Singh, resident of Ropar, to recover tax arrears to the tune of Rs 68 lakh.

According to information, the IT officials swooped down at Kuldeep’s land around 2.30 pm. Around 6.5 acre land, which is situated at Khabra and Miapur village, was attached today by the recovery officer, Chandigarh.

Vikramjeet Singh, recovery officer, told The Tribune that if the landowner did not deposit the arrear within a month, the department would sell off the land.



Child falls into ditch, rescued
Tribune News Service

Two-year-old Himanshu, who was rescued from a ditch near his house at Dadu Majra on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, November 11
Himanshu, a two-year-old kid of Dadu Majra, fell into a three-foot deep ditch at his home while playing. The child fell into it but was recovered by his mother minutes after she saw him drowning.

Yesterday, officials of the Municipal Corporation filled up this ditch after the repair of the sewerage pipeline and due to the leakage, it become muddy.

Immediately after the incident, public gathered there and started abusing the authorities. Senior official of the Municipal Corporation visited there and assured the public to fill it up.

Sudhir Kumar, father of the child, alleged that it happened due to the negligence of the officials of the municipal corporation.



Sector-23 shop gutted
Tribune News Service

The department store that was gutted in Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, November 11
A department store was reduced to ashes when a fire broke out in the building in Sector 23 this morning.

Officials in the fire department said no one was injured in the fire. The exact loss was yet to be ascertained by the owner.

Panic gripped the market as soon as the fire broke out around 6.30 am. A scooter, electronic equipment like fridge and wood furniture were gutted. The fire, however, did not cause any damage to other shops in the market.

An eyewitness, Deepak Dutta, said: “Firemen reached the scene within five minutes of the call. However, the entire shop was damaged after three explosions rocked the shop.”

According to a fire officer, they received information at 6.30 am about the fire and two fire tenders were rushed to the scene. The fire was contained within half an hour. He said the fire was apparently caused by a short-circuit.

Shop owner Baldev Bajaj was in a state of shock and refused to comment on the incident.



Kalam to open GMCH conference

Chandigarh, November 11
The annual national conference of the Medical Biochemists of India will be organised by the department of biochemistry of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector-32, here. Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam will inaugurate the conference on November 14. A pre-conference workshop will be held on November 13. — TNS




Chandigarh: The Institution for Secretarial Practices and Development elected its office-bearers at a meeting held recently. Chairman - Lalit Bansal; vice-chairman - Rajan Nanda; secretary-general - Purushotam Mehta; finance secretary - P.P. Pahwa; auditor - S. K. Dhawan. — TNS



CCTV cameras or showpiece

Panchkula is the second city after Delhi in the northern region to install the CCTV cameras at major traffic-light points. But what is the use of such huge investment when these cameras are not put to use? For almost a year from their installment, these cameras have not been put into work. These cameras were employed for extensive traffic-monitoring systems to detect congestion and also point out accidents. But no supervision is being done, and there is no idea where the monitors are installed.

The installation of each unit of CCTV costs around Rs 1.5 lakh, and the money is being wasted this way. Some urgent action must be taken to put the installed cameras into use.

Dr Shruti K. Chawla, Chandigarh

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Online library for correspondence MBA students
UIAMS to start virtual classroom
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
The students of MBA off campus at Panjab University will now be able to access management books online. This has been made possible at the University Institute of Applied Management Sciences (UIAMS) of Panjab University that has signed an agreement with a service-provider agency to provide the facility of accessing books online.

It must be mentioned here that this is the first time that Panjab University has tied up with an agency to offer this facility to the students of distance learning programme.

The facility kick started today as the institute authorities provided them with the password to access the books.

“Students are looking forward to use this facility as they got their password today itself,” said Dr Sahijpal.

Also in the pipeline is a virtual classroom for students pursuing the MBA course through distance education mode. Dr A. K. Sahijpal, director of the UIAMS, said: “We are already in the process of making it happen and are working towards it.” An agreement will be signed with an agency for coming up with a service of virtual classroom for the students. And soon, we will start offering this facility to the students, he added.

Meanwhile, the students will be able to access online 3,000 management books and 150 national and international journals. The students have been given a separate user name and password that can be used to log on to the virtual library from wherever they wish to. "The virtual library will help in enhancing the knowledge of students without having to come to the library of the department physically. Also, some of the best-known American and British journals will be made available online for better exposure. Management articles of Harvard Business School and of the topmost B-schools of the world will also be available for downloading.

It must be mentioned here that the UIAMS has started MBA off campus programmes from this academic year only.



From Schools & Colleges
Education Day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
Punjab Engineering College celebrated National Education Day today wherein the faculty members spoke to the students about the ‘Future of Education in PEC’. The director, Dr Manoj Dutta, presided over and accentuated the need of industry interface in technical education. Dr Shiv Narayan emphasised that in the present context the system of higher education should equip students with adequate skills.

GMSSS: To observe the birthday of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad as the first National Education Day the GMSSS, Sector 46, organised a rally by as many as 150 students who took a round of entire sector with placards carrying the message “Education for all”.

Govt College-11: On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Govt. College, Sector-11, celebrated the first National Education Day today. On this occasion, a number of events such as essay-writing competition, elocution were organised in the college. The college principal Dr A.L. Gauba, presided over and gave away prizes to the winners. The competition was followed by a rally on the Madhya Marg, in which both teachers and students participated.

St Xavier`s School: St Xavier`s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, remembered Maulana Abul Kalam by celebrating National Education Day with great enthusiasm.

Govt. College- 42: National Education Day was celebrated at Govt. College for Girls, Sector 42. On this occasion special lecture was delivered by Prof Anirudh Joshi, former dean student welfare, Panjab University, Chandigarh. He discussed various aspects of education system in India. He further elaborated that there is a need to reform the education system.

Aryans Business School: City-based Aryans Business School (ABS) celebrated National Education Day in the college campus today. This was to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, an eminent educationist and the first Union minister of education of India.

Saint Soldier International School: First National Education Day was observed in the Saint Soldier International School, Sector 28-B, to mark the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. To mark this occasion slogan-writing competition was organised in which the students of Class VI and VII participated and stated their views on all aspects of education.

Education College-20: Sham Singh, former editor Punjabi Tribune gave a talk on “Role of newspapers in changing contexts of Punjabi” to the pupils-teachers at Government College of Education, Sector 20-D here today.



PU Notes
Student leaders resolve to shun violence
Tribune News Service

Students take part in a competition to mark the Education Day held at PU, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, November 11
After the recent incidents of violence on Panjab University campus, the authorities today held an all-party meeting of students. In the meeting, it was decided to hold similar meetings every month to gauge the situation. The student representatives of various organisations resolved unanimously to shun violence and to solve any kind of difference in opinion with dialogue.

The issue pertaining to security on campus was also discussed and the students deliberated upon the ways to strengthen it.

The students also urged the university authorities to take stringent action against the erring students or parties concerned without exception as per university rules, thus minimising police interference on the campus. According to the students, there is too much interference of police on campus, which they feel sometimes leads to harassment of the students even in trivial matters.

Reception counters

Panjab University has notified that in spite of having being declared a holiday on November 14, the reception counters to receiving the examination forms for annual examinations will remain open from 9 am to 5 pm with lunch break. The counter for sale of forms will also remain open.

Education Day

Various competitions were held today at Panjab University to mark the Education Day today. Story writing, poem writing and essay writing competitions were held in the English auditorium.



Home secy visits schools
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
Home-cum-health secretary Ram Niwas today paid visit to various healthcare and educational institutes. He visited Bal Bhawan, Sector 23, Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 47-D, Government High School (GHS), Colony No. 4, Prayaas building, Sector 38 and civil hospital, Mani Majra.

Ram Niwas examined the renovation work at the auditorium and the open air theatre of Bal Bhawan. He also visited GMSSS, Sector 47-D, and inspected the preparation of the mid-day meal.

He took round of GHS, Colony No. 4. Officials apprised him of the shortage of staff and rooms for the students. The home secretary directed the officials to immediately fill the vacant posts.

At the Prayaas building he took stock of the amenities and services being provided to the children with special needs.

At civil hospital he proposed the upgradation of the hospital with the construction of a new block having emergency, Ayush services and additional 50 beds.



Speed governors in school buses opposed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
The Chandigarh School Bus Operators Welfare Association today resented the decision of the Chandigarh Administration to make the installation of speed governors mandatory from December 1.

In a press note issued here today, the association claimed that the school buses did not exceed the speed limits of 40-50 km per hour and the installation of speed governors costing around Rs 15,000 would be unnecessary expenditure.

While the school buses were being targeted on the pretext of checking accidents, motor cycles, government buses and other vehicles registered outside Chandigarh and plying in Chandigarh not being monitored by the authorities concerned.

Meanwhile, the State Transport Authority (STA) today refused to give fitness certificates to the school buses which were without the speed governors.



International Students Day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 11
A colourful cultural programme by foreign students was the highlight of the International Students Day at Government College, Sector 11, here today.

Students from various countries, including Tibet, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Kazakhstan, participated in the programme organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

The day was organised to commemorate the birth anniversary of the ICCR founder and India’s first education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. The primary purpose of the programme was to promote rich cultural heritage of the foreign countries in India and to foster mutual respect and brotherhood, ICCR’s regional director M.M. Sharma added.



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