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Garbage greets visitors to PCA stadium
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 11
Tall claims of the Akali government to promote sports activities in the state are belied, if one visits the vacant land of sports complex opposite the Punjab Cricket Stadium (PCA) here.

Even 17 years after the prime chunk of 20 acre land was allotted to the sports department, nothing has changed. Heaps of garbage and malba lie scattered all around in the walled area, as plans to create sports infrastructure on the land only remain on paper.

Ironically, several international matches have been held at the PCA, ever since it came into existence. But, the land earmarked for Rajiv Gandhi Modern Sports Complex is being used for parking during matches at the PCA stadium.

A resident of Phase X said while the Punjab sports department website said to boost the sports culture in Punjab, the government was in the process of finalising the details of constructing the modern infrastructure for sports in Mohali.

After construction of the boundary wall and gates in 1994, the work was stopped.

Now, the government was determined to raise funds to the tune of Rs 100 crores through the private-public partnership for creating not only a showpiece but, also a venue where sportspersons could hone their skills and organisers could hold meets and tournaments.

During the last Congress regime, a similar plan had been announced to commercially develop a part of the land. The land use pattern prescribed in the master plan not withstanding, sites for 30 showrooms and a shopping mall opposite the stadium were to be sold by PUDA on behalf of the department to raise money for the sports complex. But nothing happened. “Till the paper plans are not implemented, the government should maintain the area and use it for some productive purpose. It has become a source of nuisance,” said Avtar Singh, a resident of the area.

Sources in GMADA said against Rs 1.85 crore to be spent on the construction of a boundary wall, the PUDA had spent Rs 6.85 crore on the same. An inquiry into expenditure had proved that Rs 6.85 crore had been wasted by the PUDA. 

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National School Games
Team manager slapped by referee
Sandeep Rana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 11
A girls handball match took an ugly turn here today when a Punjab referee, while officiating the match, slapped a contingent manager of Himachal Pradesh over a trivial issue during the 54th National School Games under way at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23.

The manager of the HP team, Anil Kumar, was cheering his team from behind a goalpost during their match against Chandigarh, when the officiating match referee from Punjab, Ramandeep Singh, slapped him. “He abused me and I couldn’t tolerate that,” said Ramandeep.

The manager, rubbishing the allegation, said, “I haven’t abused him at all and is this the way the guests are treated here. How can you slap someone in full public view like this and where is the professionalism?”

Surprisingly, there was no security for such a big event and officials tried to settle the matter with fistfight. “We want security accompanying us till we go back,” said the HP team manager after he was slapped.

Later, the HP team filed a written complaint with the control room set up at the school. In the complaint, they have asked to take action against the referee. “We wanted to go after the incident but we have some formalities to do before leaving from here,” confirmed a coach of the HP team while talking to The Tribune. KS Bharti, assistant sports director, education department, said, “Both the parties have settled the matter.” 

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Lohri today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 11
Lohri will be celebrated on January 12 instead of its usual date, January 13, this year. According to the astrological calculations, it’s basically an extra month or adhik maas that has advanced the festival.

“There are two calendars that are followed. The solar calendar is of 30 days and lunar of 27 days. As in English calendar, after every four year we have an extra day and the year is leap year. Similarly, according to the astrology, after ever 3-4 years, an extra month gets added to the existing calendar and this is called adhik maas. It is due to this only that after every 3-4 years, Lohri falls on January 12,” explained Kishori Lal, priest, Guga Mari Mandir, Sector 20.

Makar Sakranti will also be celebrated on January 13.

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Trees cut for PEC cycle track
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 11
The PEC authorities have cut several trees in a bid to help the cyclists using the cycle track, near gate no. 1 of the college.

The matter came into light when some professors living on campus contacted Tribune and complained about the ongoing cutting on the strech near Gate number 1 leading to Naya Gaon.

“They have been doing it since last few days. Ideally, they should have pruned the trees but they have cut them from middle and left the barks,” said one of the professors.

On being confronted about the state of affairs, Professor Suman, Horticulture department and incharge of this project, denied the cutting of trees on the PEC campus.

“The cyclists had approached the director that the overgrown branches of trees were causing inconvenience so, we had got the labour to prune them. We are a very eco-friendly organisation and will not tolerate anything of this sort,” he added. 

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Ex-ADC in house row
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 11
Major Nirvikar Singh, high-profile former ADC to Punjab Governor and UT administrator SF Rodrigues, seems to be having a hotline to controversy.

Close on the heels of the row over his extended four-year tenure at Punjab Raj Bhavan and his managing another deputation for two years with the Central government, Major Nirvikar is in the spotlight again for allegedly misusing his position while renovating his official residence in Chandigarh's posh Sector 7.

At a time when the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is set to begin its probe into the UT's mega projects, a Sector-42 resident Dr IPS Basur has shot off a complaint to the CVC for "the blatant misuse of power in renovating the house (52, Sector 7-A) beyond the scope of laid down rules and financial sanctions."

The house had been renovated by effecting certain architectural changes and fittings for which an ADC in the rank of Captain/Major is not entitled to, the complaint, copies of which have also been sent to the Punjab Governor, the Chief of the Army Staff, the Union Cabinet Secretary, the Adviser to the UT Administrator and the Chief Vigilance Officer-cum-UT Home Secretary,alleged.

The architectural changes had been executed through the former Home Secretary. It was made to understand that these were the orders of the UT Administrator, the complaint further alleged.

Despite the repeated efforts, Major Nirvikar could not be contacted.

Eyebrows were raised at the "extended" deputation of Major Nirvikar first at the Raj Bhavan and now with the Central government.The Defence Service Rules (DSRs) clearly state, “The tenure of appointment as an ADC will be strictly for two years in the case of civil dignitaries unless extended by the government under exceptional circumstances”. The rules also state that after the completion of his authorised tenure, an ADC should generally be reverted to regimental employment in terms of Para 91 of the DSRs and, therefore, cannot normally be considered for a staff/Extra Regimental Employment (ERE) in conjunction with his tenure as an ADC.

After reversion, an officer will return to regimental duties for a period not normally less than two years, state the rules. However, in Major Nirvikar’s case, he will be on the ERE for almost six consecutive year - four spent already at Raj Bhavan and now at least two more at his new deputation. His extended stay with the civil authorities is being blamed on his “proximity” to Rodrigues.

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Whither this smoking ban!
Raveen Thukral

Thank god I quit smoking eight years back or else I could have been in league with Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan and Salman Khan who have had a brush with the law for smoking in public. Or would I have been among the thousands of others who, despite the ban, smoke in public places everyday but still get away with it?

Frankly, I don't want to find an answer to this as kicking the 'butt' wasn't an easy task for me and I have no intentions of getting back to it. However, as for the ban, though personally I am all for it, its implementation will always remain a huge problem as laws are hardly ever enforced with sincerity in our country. Moreover, with other pressing problems facing the nation, enactment of such laws, howsoever well intentioned but impossible to implement, willy-nilly exhibit the misplaced priorities of our lawmakers, who have a predilection for playing to the galleries.

As for Ajay and Salman, they will surely remember their last week's trip to Chandigarh since they made it to the front pages of almost all dailies not because of their 'London Dreams' film shoot but for lighting a smoke and with it a controversy. At they same time, I presume, they will go back wondering if this country has two sets of law - one for Chandigarh where they were fined and the other for Punjab (Mohali and Kharar) where no one has questioned them yet for lighting a smoke.

The countrywide ban on smoking was enforced last year on Gandhi Jayanti but many states including Punjab and Haryana are yet to go all out for its implementation. As for Chandigarh, the first city in the country to go 'smoke free', figures show that on an average barely three to four persons are fined everyday for violating the ban.

The figures for such violations in Panchkula and Mohali, even after two months of enactment of the law, are almost negligible, with the latter yet to open an account. So one can imagine how seriously our law enforcers are taking this law. But can they be really blamed for this?

In the context of the rationale behind imposing the no smoking ban, I recall the comments of a columnist of a national English daily, Tavleen Singh, who dubbed it as an "impractical, unenforceable ban". Questioning the ban when there are other many important things that need to be done, she wrote, "Half of India's children are malnourished, more than half of Indian women suffer from aneamia, we have one of the highest rates of infant mortality in the world and most deaths of children under the age of five are from preventable diseases. Can we afford to worry about smoking in public places?"

"Can we afford to burden our law enforcement agencies with this new crime when they are unable to protect us against much more serious problems like bombs in our bazaars and gang rape in our streets? Can we afford to burden the judiciary with punishing smokers when terrorists and other murderers remain untried for years and when the backlog in our courts will take more than 300 years to clear?," she wrote.

I tend to agree with her and strongly feel that such laws hardly achieve any purpose, except making good news stories when celebrities like our cinestars get caught on the camera violating them. In a country where basic healthcare and education systems are in shambles and are crying for attention, such impractical and unenforceable bans are a burden on the meager resources and exhibit the misplaced priorities of those at the helm.

It's ironical that while the government, in its bid to fulfill its social commitment, has imposed the smoking ban, it has done little to ensure that existing laws regarding sale of tobacco products to minors are implemented. Buying cigarettes or zarda in this city or anywhere else is literally a child's play and hardly ever shopkeepers are penalized for it.

The government is still dithering over the move to have gory pictures of cancer infected lungs or chests on cigarettes packs and ironically biddi packs till date don't have the statutory health warning - smoking is injurious to health- on them.

In contrast, in countries like Canada , where one can still smoke in the open, heavy penalties are imposed on retailers for violation of laws pertaining to sale of tobacco to minors. Two consecutive violations in a period of six years can lead to cancellation of license for sale of tobacco products, besides heavy penalties to the tune of $ 15000. In addition the violating retailer has to display posters outside the shop stating that he had been busted for selling tobacco products to minors. In Ontario province the government recently banned display of all tobacco products at shops and cigarettes packs are no longer visible on shelves.

Education, awareness and stricter implementation of existing laws thus could be a better answer to curb smoking rather than such bans.

Write to cityeditor@tribunemail.com

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‘Fungus’ in Meal
Samples taken from Sec-9 joint
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 11
On the complaint of a Panchkula resident, Food Inspector of the UT Health Department collected food samples from popular Chinese eating joint at Sector 9 here today.

According to complainant Gaurav Dhuriwala, senior advocate, he and his wife had gone to the Chinese restaurant in the afternoon and ordered a combo meal- Chinese Schezuan, rice, veg. noodles along with chicken dish.

It came as a shock for them when cauliflower and cabbage of Schezuan appeared in different shade. Gaurav said after having a little bit of Schezuan, her wife started nausea feeling. He was suspecting fungus in meal.

The couple then called the restaurant manager to address the issue. But the manager was not agreeing with them. However, the matter was far from over as the senior advocate demanded that he should be allowed to inspect the kitchen of the restaurant. But the manager refused to allow him into the cooking bay.

Then, the couple called up the food inspector and asked to collect the samples from the restaurant. As per information, the food inspector took samples from Gaurav’s meal as well as from restaurant kitchen.

"I very frequently visit this restaurant because I believe they serve food of standard quality. My faith has been shattered by this incident," Gaurav’s wife said.

The assistant manager, Santa, Yo China, said “For customer satisfaction, we sent the samples. “We sanitise all vegetables in morning, then start processing. Even, we told them the process of making Schezuan. But they didn’t believe us,” he added.

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Kathak dancer enthrals audience
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, January 11
Acclaimed Tabla maestro Dipak Chakraborty, and noted Kathak dancer Rupa Chakraborty performed in an enchanting spell of melody and rhythm at the Pracheen Kala Kendra, here today.
Kathak dancer Rupa Chakraborty.
Kathak dancer Rupa Chakraborty. A Tribune photograph

Opening up his solo Tabla recital with traditional Peshkar in teen taal, Dipak expanded and unfolded it gradually embellishing with a wider range of phrases and sounds. He, then, moved on to present various rhythmic forms like qaidas,

different relas, parans, Chakradars through his classic compositions.

Ably accompanied by Prof Murldhar on Nagma, Dipak casted a magical spell, especially while approaching the 'sam' with 'tihais'.

Promising Rupa Chakraborty, pursuing her doctorate from Rabindra Bharti Shanti Niketan, took the centre-stage to define the fundamental and self-composed kathak syllables in its purest form.

She presented an invocatory dance composition “Shubh ghari pratham Ganesh manayoon in laudation of Lord Ganesha. She went on to delineate the technical aspects (pure Kathak) like upaj, thaat, impressive uthaans and other samples of virtuoso footwork. Her neat and controlled nritya and her impressive abhinaya, with taiyari, precision of footwork, grip over rhythm and the technique of Kathak augmented her recital.

She concluded the recital with an impressive abhinaya piece, “Kahe rokat dagar payare Nandlal”, which paints the myriad colours of romance and teasing of Radha-Krishna.

Dipak Chakraborty and Murlidhar also played tabla and harmonium, respectively. Kendra director Shobha Koser honoured the artistes.

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Residents seek effective waste disposal system
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 11
Faced with various problems of garbage collection system and mushrooming of the sahaj safai kendras here, a meeting of the Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) under the banner of the Federation of Sector Welfare Association, was held at the Sector 21 community centre here.

Sunil Chopra, president, Sector Welfare Association, said the residents were facing numerous problems currently at the hands of sweepers or private contractors, who charged exorbitantly and were accountable to none. Besides, the safai kendras built by the Chandigarh municipal corporation for garbage collection were a sham with splattered garbage, breeding ground for flies, mosquitoes in almost every sector.

Satnam Singh, a former WHO programme director, said the solid waste management was the sole responsibility of the municipal corporations globally and solid waste needed to be transported to the final disposable site.

PC Sanghi, federation chairman, informed the federation had decided to present a memorandum to the UT administrator to direct the corporation to arrange a door-to-door collection and segregation of garbage as was being done by other corporations/ municipalities, including Panjim, Suryapet, Pune, Kalyani, Delhi, Jaipur, Nagpur, Chennai, Ranchi, Hyderabad, Vellore and Mumbai.

He further said the corporation should give a legal mandate to the welfare associations to run the door-to-door garbage collection scheme and a proper police verification of the waste collectors, including issue of identity cards were mandatory.

Sanghi also said the corporation should immediately stop constructing new safai kendras and review the present ones. Also, there should be regular meetings every quarter between the association and corporation officials to improve the system.

Parmod Sharma, coordinator of Yuvsatta, said due to rapid urbanisation and rising population in the city, the municipal solid waste had become one of the critical issues in environmental management.

In pursuance of the Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules, 2000, and Supreme Court judgment in case of Almitra H Patel vs Union of India and others, the door-to-door collection of garbage is required to be implemented by the municipal corporation, he added.

The welfare association members opined that if they did not get any relief from the administrator or the corporation officials, they would file a PIL to seek necessary directions.

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Cops fail to curb hooliganism in Sec 21
Archit Watts

Chandigarh, January 11
Hooliganism has become a major problem at Sector 21-A as the police has failed to act against miscreants. The residents are reportedly facing problems created by the miscreants, who create nuisance with loud noise of their “silencer-less bikes”.

The residents alleged they had complained to the SHO and the SSP six months earlier, but the police had taken no action till now.

While talking to this correspondent, the residents said even after repeated attempts to set the hooligans right, they are creating nuisance in the area. The residents added when the miscreants had come to the sector today, they had called the police, but the police had released them after issuing a challan only.

Harpreet Rai, a resident of the area, said due to the loud noise created by these youngsters, it was very difficult to sleep or sit in the house. “When we go to the police, they only give us assurance to solve the menace, but do nothing,” he added.

Another resident said, “My child is six-month-old and it is inconvenient to sleep in the loud noise. It seems the cops are least bothered about the issue.”

Ram Gopal, SHO, Sector-19 police station, said: “The residents have not complained to me. But if there is any inconvenience to the residents, then a strict action will be taken against the violators.”

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Skill-based visas for Down Under
Tribune News Service 

Chandigarh, January 11 
Canadian educationist Gary Coonar today said skilled migrants having confirmed jobs or those possessing skills that were in great demand were being given priority in the processing of visa applications for permanent residency in Australia. 

Discussing the measures announced by Australian Immigration Minister, Melbourne City Institute of Education (MICE) managing director Gary Coonar said the Australian government had ensured that the skilled migration programme was driven by the needs of the industry and was targeted at delivering manpower required across a slew of sectors, including hospitality management. He averred that this would ensure that the migration programme was more responsive to the needs of the economy.

Coonar said Australia was facing a demographic shift, which would see more people retire than join the workforce, hence the need for skill migration programme in order to provide stable, effective and a targeted source of skilled workers in future.

The Canadian educationist said the October 2008 Australian Educational International figures showed 45 per cent increase in enrolments in vocational educational and training sector. He said the three largest markets in this sector were India, China and Nepal. According to the figures, the top four broad fields of education were food hospitality and personal services, management and commerce, society and culture and engineering and related technology. 

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Manipulating bills, CITCO style
GS Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 11
The inquiry being ordered by the Chandigarh Administration over the manipulation of bills in a ring ceremony held at Hotel Mountview is the tip of an iceberg. The “undue discounts” to bureaucrats by manipulating bills seem to be rampant in CITCO hotel.

Close on the heels of this controversial ring ceremony held at Mountview’s restaurant Rustles on December 9, 2008, another instance of a party organised by a late Punjab cadre IAS officer has come to light. This party was held on September 14, 2008, at Rustles but the bills were manipulated allegedly in fictitious names terming it as “kitty party”.

A Mountview official disclosed that it was the well-knit nexus of some higher rank officials of Mountview, who, in connivance with some staff members of CITCO, were regularly involved in this practice to maintain their links with the powerful men.

The Chief General Manager, CITCO, Amit Talwar, said it was a lone case of December 9 party where the bills were illegally managed and four persons had been issued show cause notices.

But The Tribune is in possession of papers pertaining to booking and billing vouchers of the party held at Rustles for 200 guests where the bills were also unscrupulously issued.

Despite having the banquet hall vacant, the party was organized at the restaurant and the bills were made for the items, which were never served to the guests. This was done, as per the staff of Mountview, on the instance of GM RP Singla, DGM Anurag Walia and executive chef Vijay Sharma.

Ironically, the bills for the party were, reportedly, made pending with remarks “credit C/O General Manager” and the payments were made after four days, but RP Singla, retorted, “I do not have any idea about this. I will speak only after getting it checked tomorrow, if something of the sort was there.”

DGM Anurag Walia, when contacted on phone, complained of inaudible voice but later got his mobile switched off.

Executive chef Vijay Sharma replied that the billing part did not come under my prerogative.

The staff said even the bar service was given in the restaurant but bills were not made on restaurant menu card but on discounted rates meant for parties.

Instead of charging regular buffet rates applicable at banquest hall, the bill was charged by calculating “per table”, through its restaurant Rustles. Consequently, customers end up paying only 12 per cent VAT. Otherwise, the regular charges would have to be calculated at 31 per cent. This led to straightaway evasion of 19 per cent. 

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Tenants’ fast enters 11th day

Chandigarh, Janauary 11
The relay fast by the Chandigarh Industrial Area Tenants Association entered the 11th today. According to a press note, hundreds of industrial tenants face the axe due to the "anti-industry" policies being pursued by the Chandigarh Administration.

The tenants were paying several taxes such as income tax, service tax, excise duty and sales tax, besides generating employment for hundreds of persons. — TNS

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Society elections not held
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 11
Members of the Tribune Friends Cooperative Society today alleged that the office of the registrar was not holding the society elections despite presence of the required members.

The assistant registrar, Derabassi, postponed the elections without giving any reason, said Kamal Dev Sharma, a member of the society. 

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Residents’ Dispute
GMADA builds pathway for Rs 2 lakh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 11
While settling a dispute between a section of residents of Phase IX, here, over the use of a green belt adjoining H. No. 1261, the engineering department of the greater mohali area development authority (GMADA) is wasting public money in constructing a 16-feet wide pathway.

For the past few months, a residents welfare association of Phase IX, had been approaching the GMADA officials to prevent the occupant of H.No 1261 from allegedly blocking the way of the residents to the main road, dividing Sectors 68 and 63. A demolition drive was also carried few months back.

Intervening in the matter, the GMADA officials decided to construct a one-feet high and 16-feet wide pathway to link it with the main road. A boundary wall has also been constructed to prevent direct access to the main road.

A visit to the spot revealed around Rs 2 lakh was being spent in demarcating the public land from the plot owner’s land. The GMADA proposes to put a steel railing to demarcate the pathway from the green belt adjoining the H.No 1261.

While the occupant has written to the GMADA to stop construction of the pathway, the residents said it was their access to the main road.

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Letters
Study police functioning in developed countries

This is with reference to Cityscope “Unending police excesses” by Raveen Thukral, Chandigarh Tribune, January 5.

Police excesses are known in the city. Most of the residents are afraid to bring the excesses to the notice of police officers due to harassment. The media has many a time come to the rescue of residents.

Third-degree methods used by the police should be stopped forever. The police should also be made responsible and accountable for its acts and actions. The pictures of nude Iraqi prisoners who were tortured and abused by US forces appeared in the press had shocked the world. Bad treatment is given everyday to some suspect in some police station in India. The Indian police should study the functioning of the police of the developed countries and implement the positive rules. The government should also control and govern on the police.

ML Garg, Chandigarh

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It is common that police excesses occur everyday with people. In fact, many police officials are recruited through the recommendations of political bosses. They do not care for government and officers. The UT police is still better compared to other state governments.

People and media are conscious in Chandigarh. The police tries to close the cases and save their forces and skin of the department. A few years ago the UT traffic police had misbehaved with a Delhi family who were in a car.Then UT administrator had ordered an inquiry against the police officials, and the police officials on duty were suspended.

There is need for a responsible and responsive police force to maintain law and order. The incident of Arvind Kumar Pandey, a shopkeeper of Sector 17, is a shocking and sad affair the UT police.

The entire world has condemned the third-degree methods used by the US forces against Iraqi prisoners. The civil administration should be strong, otherwise the excesses of police officials will increase.

Sahil Garg, Chandigarh

III

In a democracy, the state is meant for the welfare of the people. But successive governments have used all anti-people and repressive measures, especially to curb the voice of people by police actions. It is not for the first time that the Chandigarh police have exhibited the brute and barbaric display of force, as mentioned by Thukral. Such things do happen across the country repeatedly. In our recent history, there have, of course, been even greater moments of national disgrace - the Sikh massacres in Delhi in October-November 1984, the Hashimpura massacres in 1987, Bhagalpur in 1989, the Muslim killings in Mumbai in January 1993, the Gujarat massacres of 2002.

Undoubtedly, there have been several instances where well-led police organisations have played a crucial role in preventing riots and checking uncontrollable law and order situations in India. They have also brought laurels for the entire force as the police personnel on occasions made supreme sacrifices. But, the state and central authorities have done little to reorient their forces to meet the demands of the times. More than technology, what is needed is a policing philosophy based on the need to protect the rights of all citizens irrespective of Hindus, Muslims, rich or down-trodden.

SK Khosla, Chandigarh

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Pbi varsity to start vocational courses from next session
Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 11
Punjabi department of Punjabi University organised a two-day seminar here recently. Dr Jaspal Singh, vice-chancellor of the university, presided over. GS Sidhu Damdami, Punjabi Tribune editor, gave inaugural address and Amarjit Singh, Punjabi writer and critic, presented keynote.

Dr Jaspal Singh said Punjabi university was committed to promote Punjabi language and culture. He said the university would introduce vocational courses in Punjabi language from the next academic session. The university will organise second all-India Punjabi conference on 30th May, he added. He further said the works to digitalise 850 rare manuscripts were already started by the university. This project will be completed in a year.

Sidhu said industrialists were coming in the media, whose aim is to earn money and get political mileage from the media.

Amarjit, on the other hand said if we want to save our language and culture it was necessary to understand media ecology. There is a dire need to make Punjabi media ecology to promote our culture and language.

Earlier, Dr Baldev Singh Cheema, head of the Punjabi department, briefed about the seminar.

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Inculcate values in students, VC to teachers
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, January 11
“Propounding the ethical ideals and eulogising the role of parents and teachers in shaping the future of a student in the modern times by Dr Khera’s coaching centre is indeed commendable and reminds one of the sanctity of their relationship,” observed Prof RC Sobti, vice-chancellor, Punjab University.

Speaking at the Maat Pita Santaan Divas function organised by the centre at Tagore Theatre here today, Sobti exhorted all institutes to emulate this endeavour to inculcate the wisdom and values in their students.

The play “Aisa Kyon” was written and directed by Ashwani Ohri. It depicted the contrast between the attitude and approach to life by two brothers during their career orientation. With average intelligence but devoted to the service of parents the elder gets the better of highly intelligent but disrespectful younger brother Sushant, Parteek and Priya played major roles. Spiritual scholar Baldev Singh Ji analysed the root cause of malignancy in parent - student relationship.

Earlier the centre director honoured Prof RC Sobti and presented a cheque for rupees one lakh towards vice-chancellor's fund for the deserving and the needy.

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