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German’s Cross-Examination
Victim: Had pressed rape charge on Day 1
Blames language barrier for foul-up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
The 20-year-old German tourist today claimed that she had repeatedly told the Chief Judicial Magistrate the very first day that she was raped but the same was not recorded apparently due to language barrier. She stated this during her cross-examination here.

In reply to the defence counsel’s question as to why she had not informed the CJM or the police about the rape on the day she had lodged the case, the victim claimed that she had done so but had apparently failed to covey the same because of language barrier.

On the sequence of events, the girl stood by her yesterday’s statement, which was in tune with the indictment given to Additional District and Sessions Judge RS Attri.

It has been learned that in her statement the victim has confirmed and identified one of the suspects who had allegedly raped her. She has, however, accused the other five of physically molesting her and making obscene advances.

She also reportedly stated that during the 12 hours of ordeal her life was under constant threat and all through she had doubts about getting out alive from the clutches of the suspects.

She reportedly identified the sickle that was used by one of the suspects to threaten her.

Meanwhile, the court has directed the administration to reimburse the victim 530 Euros (around Rs 34,000) as travelling expenses.

The court further directed the administration to pay Rs 1,500 to Prof Manmohan S. Chauhan who helped the court translate the victim’s statement and Rs 1,000 to and Prof Airish Kumar, who assisted him.

The victim along with her father and officials from the embassy had reached the district courts at 10.30 am amidst tight security and left the cross-examination around 5.30 pm. Even today, the victim reportedly broke down while narrating the events of the fateful day.



Families left to fend for themselves
Hit by cop’s vehicle

Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 17
Even as law is taking its course, the month-old tragic road accident, involving a reckless Punjab Police head constable, has left two families crippled.

On December 6, two sisters, residents of Phase XI, Mohali, were killed and a mother and son were left seriously injured when a head constable with Mohali police, Parminder Singh, hit them with his Maruti Zen car (CH 03 V 3054). The accused was bailed out on the night of the accident.

While Dalbir Singh, father of the deceased sisters, Simran and Ishpreet, is trying to put life back on track, the other family of the surviving victims, residents of Nehru Labour Colony, is finding it hard even to pay the hospital expenses for the treatment of mother and son, Longsri (25) and Shivam (4).

The accident has left the woman and child almost crippled. While the woman was operated upon and a rod was inserted in one of her legs, the four-year-old boy had to undergo surgery to rectify his broken arm. “What to talk of meeting the medical expenses, the inhuman cop has not even bothered to console us,” said Raju, father of Shivam.

Sharing the feeling with Raju, the father of the deceased girls said the irresponsible cop was rude even on the night of the accident. “He has not even bothered to console the family. Strict action should be taken against the head constable so that a clear message should go to the society,” he added.

Raju’s wife is bed-ridden and has to be taken to Sector 32 GMCH after a few days. He had to raise loans from friends and relatives to meet the expenses of treatment. So far, he has incurred around Rs 30,000 in getting them treated.

While the family of the victim claims that the cop was in an inebriated state, the police said it was still waiting for medical reports.



Drunk woman found dead in flat
Sister critical, admitted to GMSH-16

Archit Watts

Chandigarh, January 17
A resident of Sector 40 Ranjit Kaur (35) lost her life under mysterious circumstances at her residence here while her elder sister, Jasbir Kaur (40), who is physically challenged, is reportedly under critical situation.

However, the police said both were under the influence of liquor and the possibilities of excess consumption of liquor for the death of Ranjit Kaur could not be ruled out. According to the police, the deceased was reportedly not having good moral character.

Avtar Kaur, a neighbour, said the deceased and her sister had been living in their own flat for the past 15 years and were habitual drinker.

The matter came to light this evening when the neighbours called up the police upon sensing the foul smell being emanated from the house. The neighbours said they had knocked at the door of the house but no body responded. “When nobody opened the door of the house, we brought it to the notice of police control room,” told a neighbour.

The police broke open the door only to find both of them lying unconscious on the bed. SHO 39 police station Janak Rana said Ranjit was found to be dead while her sister, who was not able to speak anything, had been referred to the GMSH-16.

Another police official said, “Two empty bottles of liquor have been seized from the spot and the body has been shifted to the mortuary at GMSH, where her post-mortem will be conducted tomorrow.”

The police disclosed that the deceased was having an affair with a man in the locality a few years back. But that guy had rejected her proposal of marriage and, afterwards, Ranjit Kaur became a drunkard. It further said she had also been booked under immoral trafficking.



Tobacco Consumption
Gutka leads over cigarette
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
The city youth seem to be hooked on more to tobacco products like gutka and pan masala as compared to smoking. However, urbane mothers can heave a sigh of relief as youngsters, hailing from rural areas, are more easily falling prey to such vices than their city-bred counterparts.

If statistics collected by the PGI from tobacco users in the city are any indication, 36.5 per cent of youngsters in the age group of 15 to 24 years prefer to chew products like gutka and pan masala as compared to 26 per cent who go in for smoking.

The study, conducted by the PGI’s Community Medicine Department on 500 young tobacco users, also indicates high prevalence of smoking among girls. However, the figures of the fairer sex taking to smoking in the city are lesser than the national average of 10 per cent as it stands at 8.7 per cent.

“We unanimously agree that children should be kept away from tobacco ?products but there is not a single place in India that’s tobacco-free. The use of tobacco among children ranges from 5 per cent in certain states to as high as 60 per cent in Northeastern states and Bihar,” says Dr J S Thakur of the department.

Another alarming revelation of the report is that the initiation into tobacco use is increasing before the age 14 years and almost 40 per cent of the youth got hooked on to smoking at the age of 10 years.

“The constant use of tobacco ?leads to pre-cancerous lesions and submucous fibrosis (where the opening of the mouth is reduced). A decade back, the mean age of affected patients was 40 years, now it has come down to 20 years. This means the person has got hooked on to gutka as early as 13-14 years,” says Dr Thakur.

The study reveals that tobacco use among the urban youth is significantly lower as compared to the rural youth. As per study, 58 per cent youth of rural areas are using tobacco products and the prevalence rate of tobacco among urban youth is 27 per cent.



Mass campaign required to control tobacco use
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
A mass campaign is required for creating awareness among people against the use of tobacco and its products for better healthcare of the society, said experts during the two-day workshop on “tobacco control laws and related issues in India” that concluded at the PGI here today.

During discussion, experts suggested that summated resources of advocacy, communication and social mobilisation were required to combat the menace.

The second day of workshop started with the address by Dr Mira Aghi, a communication expert (Advocacy Forum for Tobacco Control), who said that prolonged tobacco use causes around 2-lakh deaths due to tuberculosis (TB). Dr Naseem Shah Prof and Head of Preventive Dentistry at AIIMS, Delhi, spoke on the role of dental surgeons in tobacco control in India. They can identify and intervene in oral cancer at a very early stage by diagnosing pre-cancerous lesions.

Dr Honey Sawhney, State Nodal Officer, Tobacco Control, Chandigarh, narrated the story of making Chandigarh a smoke-free city. The Deputy Proctor of Delhi University, Dr Om Pal shared the success story of achieving tobacco-free educational institutions.

Dr Savita Malhotra, Professor of Psychiatry and Head Tobacco Cessation Centre, Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER, Chandigarh, discussed the need of tobacco cessation services and how tobacco cessation clinics can be launched in various departments and places.

Speaking on the occasion, Executive Director (HPVHA), Dr Narendra Sharma discussed the role of civil society in tobacco control.


Badal showers grants on Mohali, Kharar, Kurali
Relief for Desumajra residents

Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 17
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today disbursed cheuqes of development grants for Rs 3 crore for Mohali, Rs 2 crore each for Kharar and Kurali and Rs 1 crore for Nayagaon civic bodies.

While addressing a gathering as part of the vikas yatra, the CM announced to construct 2000 dwelling units for the economically weaker sections of the society at Jagatpura, Ambsahib and Guru Nanak Colony. He also gave away ownership certificates of residence on panchayti land to the 201 beneficiaries of vimukat castes.

Allotment letters of GMADA residential plots were also given to the nine National hockey players for their outstanding performance in various sports events.

The CM said there would be no forcible acquisition of land for roads in Mohali district. He said this while referring to the protest of people to the acquisition of their land in Desumajra for a major road. The MC has already approved the structures which stand on the proposed road alignment.

Earlier, addressing a rally, the CM said the state government was committed to ushering an era of overall development and prosperity in villages and cities. He said the state government had embarked upon a massive development plan of Rs 555 crore to disburse development grants in all assembly segments to ensure the balanced economic growth and development.

The CM asked the people to be wise enough while exercising their franchise because any wrong decision could land them in trouble for five years. Supporting the party candidate from Anandpur seat, the CM said Dr Cheema was a gentlemen committed to the party and had been tirelessly and selflessly working in different capacities in the Shiromani Akali Dal for past three decades.

Punjab Cooperation Minister Kanwaljit Singh urged the Chief Minister to name the road to international airport, Mohali, and Punjab Technical University after Jassa Singh Ramgarhia. Chairman, Punjab State Cooperative Bank, Jasjit Singh Bunny, also spoke on the occasion.



Shed fear to usher in change, says Ujjal Dosanjh
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
Former British Columbia Premier Ujjal Dosanjh said India needed yet another “liberation movement” that could free its people from an unknown fear that prevented them from speaking out the truth in front of their elders, seniors, more affluent and more powerful members of the society.

“There has been a tendency to hide or hold back the truth in the guise of respect for elders, seniors, richer or powerful people. Speaking truth to the power should be a habit and once we have it, we can usher in a much needed change for a more honest and transparent environment in the country,” said Dosanjh, who has been elected for the third term as Member of Parliament from Vancouver South.

Admitting that no society could ever be perfect, he felt that economic development and strengthening of value system had to go hand-in-hand for overall progress of the country and its people.

“Though India is a strong, growing economy yet the gap between the rich and the poor, developed and undeveloped besides stronger and weaker sections of society has been widening. I strongly feel about it because I have my origin, my roots in India,” he added.

Refusing to be drawn into any debate on the political developments in India or Punjab, he said when he left India at the age of 18, the value system was stronger and responsive.

“I admit I am an absconder, who instead of struggling here, went for green pastures abroad like other NRIs. I do not advocate for any special concessions for NRIs. Rather, I always argue that the entire system should be streamlined so that a common man gets his due in an honest and transparent manner. People who live and struggle here have more rights to demand improvements in governance than those who come here on short trips,” he said.

Dosanjh does not support the common belief that the Indian-Canadian community wields a clout in Canadian politics. “More than Indian-Canadians, it is the Chinese community that wields much stronger clout in both socio-economic and other affairs. Though the number of Sino-Canadians in the House of Commons may not be large but it has emerged as a strong lobby in contemporary Canada,” he said.

He is also hopeful that Canada will be in the suppliers group for meeting India’s nuclear fuel demands. He feels that coalition government is something that is not meant for Canada.



Sanjot Malhi brings laurels to city
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
If Chiranjeev Milkha Singh has been bringing laurels to city in golf, Sanjot Malhi has done the same in academics. He has become the first ever non-American Indian to be selected as silver scholar by the Yale School of Management. The selection was announced last night.

Under its prestigious Silver Scholars Programme, Yale University selects a handful of exceptional undergraduate students without work experience worldwide to groom them as future leaders in business and government as a part of its MBA programme.

Based on his potential and outstanding achievements, he has also been chosen for the Dean’s Scholarship. He will be the youngest student to join the MBA course in August this year.

Son of Gurjot Singh Malhi, DGP, Home Guards, Haryana, Sanjot is an exceptional student and an all-rounder — a footballer and a cricketer — who secured 760 out of 800 in the GMAT examination, one of the highest marks (99 percentile).

In the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2008 for the Indian Institutes of Management, Sanjot scored 99.83 percentile. Besides the CAT, he also cleared the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) as well as the JMET for MBA at IITs with flying colours. Sanjot has also been accepted by the University of Cambridge in the UK for pursuing postgraduate study.

Sanjot, who turned 21, recently completed his Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Honours) degree from BITS, Pilani, in three and a half years against normal term of four years. Only three students have managed to do so at BITS till date.

Sanjot was an intern at IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland, where again he was the youngest and the only one without any full-time work experience. There he wrote a paper on “Challenges of Equity and Inclusive Growth in India” that received wide acclaim from the highest echelons of academia.



BSP activist joins Cong
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
Dejected by the BSP’s dictatorial attitude, Amit Kumar, a young activist of the party along with his supporters today announced to join the Congress. This development was held during the new Congress party’s meeting held under the chairmanship of principal Ram Pal Hans.

Amit Kumar has also submitted his resignation with the BSP’s local unit convener Harmohan Dhawan. While speaking on the occasion, Amit told that the Mayawati-led BSP has deviated from its objective of upliftment of Dalit and underprivileged community. “Its policies are now being framed keeping in mind the prosperous community only who have their own vested interests. This compelled me to get dissociate from the BSP,” said Amit.

On the other hand, Dalip Sharma, president district 1 of the BSP, in connivance with party convener Harmohan Dhawan and president MC Suman today announced office-bearers of the district-1 sect. According to party spokesperson DS Aulakh, Mewa Singh and Sanjeev Sharma have been selected as senior general secretaries while Rajeev Panday and Rajesh Kumar has been selected as general secretaries.



Letter Controversy
Councillors seek apology from ex-Mayor Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
The controversy over the letter written by former Mayor Anu Chatrath levelling allegations against nominated councillors refuses to die down.

Two days after the letter was published in these columns, the nominated councillors today held a meeting to discuss the matter. Out of total nine nominated councillors, six attended the meeting.

Sources reveal that after hours of discussion on the issue, the nominated councillors decided to seek unconditional written apology from the former Mayor individually. One of the nominated councillors said: “She has to give a written apology to each one of us for her uncalled remarks.”

They have also threatened that if she fails to tender an apology, they would stage a walkout in the forthcoming House meeting of the Municipal Corporation, likely to be held on January 27.

It is pertinent to mention here that the letter accused the Akali-BJP alliance of interfering in the UT Administration’s matters and it was a result of this interference that the Mayor’s post went to their candidate in 2007.

Meanwhile, coming down heavily on her remarks, former Mayor Harjinder Kaur said: “It is shameful on her part to have passed such petty remarks. Be it frustration over her defeat in the mayoral polls in 2007 or excitement over something else, but if she has something against the UT Administrator, she must personally go and talk. She has no right to bring dirty politics on the platform of the House.”



80 units of blood collected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
The Chandigarh Social Welfare Council and the Modern Housing Complex (Duplex) Residents Welfare Association, Manimajra, today held a blood donation-cum-plantation camp at Manimajra, here, today. The camp was dedicated to the memory of Veer Deva Veerji, a prominent freedom fighter of Manimajra.

The camp was inaugurated by Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Minister of State for Finance, and was accompanied by his wife. Bansal also planted saplings to mark the plantation ceremony.

The council also said around 200 girls belonging to the underprivileged section of society had also been adopted by the council to help them in their education.

Meanwhile, Bansal’s wife gave certificates to donors and honoured them by presenting a bouquet to them. Over 80 units of blood was donated.



Fire in showroom

Panchkula, January 17
Fire broke out at the office of a Finland-based trading company here today. However, no major loss was reported. Manager of the company Sujit Jacob said the fire was noticed in the office located at the first floor in SCO No 345 in Sector 9 when employees reached to join the duties in the morning. Immediately the fire brigade was informed following which two fire tenders took half-an-hour to put off the blaze. Six computers were damaged in the incident, he said. — TNS



Sanjay Kumar gets PR secy’s charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
The Chandigarh administration has given the charge of Secretary, Public Relations, to Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar whereas the charge of Director, Public Relations, has been given to Director, Information Technology, Manjit Singh Brar.



Governor no longer required

The post of the Chief Commissioner should be revived. The Administrator was appointed for the better coordination between the forces and the administration during the days of terrorism. But it is continuing because of political reasons as Punjab wants its hold on the city.

But as now, when the days of terrorism have gone, there is no such requirement. Rather, the interference by the so-called other-cadre officers needs to be reduced.

The character of the city has been changed; rules have been ignored. The city has a fragile eco-structure because the Administrator has no obligation towards the city public.

That the Governor of Punjab looks to be less required in the state as he is hardly called for any ceremony in the state, where as he inaugurates almost every important function of the city; perhaps is the most photographed person in UT's media.

There is no reason why the post of the Adviser be replaced with the post of the Chief Commissioner.

Name withheld on request

Just ego clash

It is not important whether the UT is administered by Governor of a neighbouring state or Chief Commissioner. The real issue is the integrity of the administrator.

The administration should be honest, people-oriented and sensitive towards the fast-growing needs of the city and who can match the speed of development with growing needs.

Probably, the present system of the Administrator and the Adviser is right. Had it not been the ego tussle between the Administrator and the Adviser, their alleged shady actions would not have come to the notice of public.

Tej K Magazine
Management Consultant & Corporate Trainer
1508/1, Sector 43-B, Chandigarh

Adviser as Lt-Guv

The UT has grown up almost four times since the days of Chief Commissioner being as head of the UT administration. Now it should be brought under the post of the Lt-Governor.

The present Administrator is not listening to the advice of the Adviser, it looks to be a public offence and is against the democratic norms. The Central Home Ministry should re-designate SF Rodrigues as Governor of Punjab only, and Pardip Mehra should be given independent charge of a Lt Governor as the administrator of the UT.

Dr BS Aggarwal
H. No. 4, Sector 18-A

No accountability

Chandigarh has assumed a unique status of it, being capital of Punjab and Haryana, and the city as UT under the administrative control of the Chief Commissioner. Again, during 90s, further unique feature was added by abolishing the post of Chief Commissioner and appointing Punjab Governor as Administrator.

Over these years, functioning of the Punjab Governor as UT Administrator has led the development of the city and the aspirations of the citizens to a setback due to his unaccountability and inaccessibility. In the fitness of things, Chandigarh as UT must have its independent administrator directly under the Central government with accountability for city’s development and administrative affairs.

The Punjab Governor should be left for the state as its Constitutional head, with no interference in the affairs of the UT. This needs to be done fast to avoid further unpleasant situations as recently surfaced due to the differences between the Administrator and his Adviser, causing tremendous setback to the execution of certain prestigious projects and the governance.

SS Arora

System inaccessible

The present system not only burdens the role of the Governor but is also a hindrance in the administration of the city.

This is very apt for the UT to have a Chief Commissioner in place of the Governor Of Punjab as Administrator. This will not only ensure proper focus of the administrator on the city but it will also allow to quick resolutions of the important issues.

This system will also ensure the availability of Commissioner to the city residents for maximum time. The city should return to the old style of administration. It does not make sense that the profile, which was created for liaison between Punjab government and the UT administration, should continue even now, when the situation has normalised in the state after the terrorism days.

Paramjot Singh Minhas
House No. 5302-B,
Sector 38-West,

Elected govt

Neither Governor nor Chief Secretary should head the city; rather it should be under an elected government. Assembly should be elected like other states, but designed to run the government of the UT. Chief Minister should be the executive head, assisted by a Chief Secretary, who would be the head of the bureaucracy. The Governor can be the titular governor like other states.

Udit Vinayak
YPS, Mohali

(To be continued)



Private schools look to enhance charges
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, January 17
Parents of students studying in private schools here will have to pay more from the next academic session with the managements drawing up plans for charging higher fee.

Most private schools barring Yadavindra Public School and Shivalik Public School are looking to hike charges, including tuition fee, for providing “better facilities” and rise in school expenses.

Many parents feel that the additional burden can be overlooked if their children get “good education”, while there are others who see the rising expenses as burden.

The town does not have any association of private schools on the pattern of Chandigarh or Panchkula.

DS Bedi, president of the Independent Schools Association, Chandigarh, said he believed education should not be sold and fee should not be hiked drastically.

Day boarders at Yadavindra Public School had to pay Rs 2,875 per month as fee, which included charges for lunch and other refreshment provided by the school.

Annual fee varied from class to class ranging from around Rs 2,000 to Rs 7,000. A new entrant to a school had to pay Rs 10,000 as admission fee and another Rs 10,000 as development charges.

Shivalik Public School was taking Rs 850 as tuition fee, Rs 5,000 as annual charges and Rs 1,000 as admission fee.

Manav Mangal Smart School, which had equipped its classrooms with multimedia kit for providing hi-tech education to its students, was charging Rs 1,320 per month as fee and would increase the charges to Rs 1,450 from the next session.

Annual charges were being hiked from Rs 3,960 to Rs 4,320 and the admission fee and development charges to be paid only by those seeking admission were being increased from Rs 12,000 to Rs 13,500.

Millennium School, which had provided laptop to every student in the classroom, was charging Rs 1,900 per month as fee. It would enhance the charges to Rs 2,100 from the next session.

Admission fee, which included development charges, was being hiked from Rs 9,500 to Rs 12,500. However, it had so far not been decided if the annual fee of Rs 7,000 would be increased.

Tuition fee at Vivek High School for the next academic session would vary between Rs 6,000 and Rs 7,500 per quarter depending on the class. Those seeking new admission would have to pay Rs 10,000 as caution money, which was refundable, and admission fee and amalgamated fund of Rs 10,000.

Expenses had also been hiked by Doon International. While the tuition fee in the next session for most students would remain the same (Rs 2,000), annual charges would be increased from Rs 3,200 to Rs 3,500 and admission fee from Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000.



Shrubs, says PEC; trees, say experts
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
Contrary to the claims of the PEC authorities that only some bushes were trimmed and no trees were cut on the campus, as reported in these columns on January 12 “Trees cut for PEC cycle track”, experts have identified the stubs to be that of an “evergreen tree”, yellow oleander, popularly known as Kaner.

In response to the news report, S K Suman, Estate Officer, PEC, has claimed that the news article was wrong and an outcome of “ignorance of the photographer and reporter”, who failed to differentiate between a “shrub” and a “tree”.

Another professor of the college, K K Garg, who claimed to be speaking on behalf of college director Manoj Dutta, rudely questioned this correspondent for daring to publish” the “false” report.

A Tribune team today approached Prof. ML Sharma, former chairman, Department of Botany, PU, and author of Ornamental shrubs, along with the photographs of the tree stubs and the samples of its leaves, fruits and bark. Sharma identified the tree as yellow oleander, scientifically known as “Thevetia neriifolia”. He said this was commonly known as Kaner and was sometimes wrongly dubbed as a shrub. “It is a tree which has known medicinal values.

“I have written a book on shrubs and it has no mention of it since it is very much a tree”, he asserted. Incidentally, the book is to be released tomorrow in New Delhi.

Even officials of the Horticulture Department (UT) confirmed that stubs, shown in the picture, appeared to be of tree stubs. According to a senior official, “I have seen the pictures and they are not shrubs but proper trees that were cut from middle. However, if the college claims that they are bushes or shrubs, we have to visit the spot and see”. However, he added that permission was required to even prune trees.


Students perform during ‘Goonj’ at Panjab University
Students perform during ‘Goonj’ at Panjab University on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Goonj 2009
Various contests mark Day 2
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
On the second day of the “Goonj” at the Panjab University, various competitions testing mental aptitude and emotional quotient of students were held today.

A photography exhibition was also put up by a freelance photojournalist Mayank Austen Soofa from Delhi.

Other event that saw a huge response in the fun stage was “mock the rock” by indo music.

A team from UIET which had imitated the Greenday band was given the first prize. Meanwhile, rock night ablution - a first of its kind rock competition - was also organised.



Moot Court
8 teams make it to quarterfinals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
The national rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Competition, organised by University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) and Surana and Surana International Attorneys, began at the law auditorium of the Panjab University here today.

Supreme Court Judge Justice B. Sudarshan Reddy was the Chief Guest. P.S. Surana, founder, Surana and Surana International Attorneys and Dr Vinod Surana, CEO, were also present.

Addressing the students, Justice Reddy said that India was capable of producing the finest lawyers in the world.

The inauguration was followed by the preliminary rounds, which were judged by the Judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court along with other legal luminaries. Out of the 28 teams, only eight qualified for the quarterfinals.

Many sitting judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, advocates, Prof S.S. Bari, Registrar, Panjab University, Syndics and Senators, faculty members of the department of Laws, UILS and students were also present.



Child art gallery to come up in February
GS Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 17
Come February, a new state-of-the-art children’s gallery will come up at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10.

The ‘Child art gallery’ will be the first of its kind in North India. This museum will cater to the talent of children between 3 and 15 years of age.

The specially designed gallery will showcase the art and craft learned and created by children of the region. A special area will cater to the works of special (physically and mentally challenged) children. A team of government museum is currently doing survey in schools and slum areas like Mauli Jagran, Bapu Dham colonies to spot young talent.

Home Secretary Ram Niwas said the idea was conceptualised to give a fillip to the talent among young children.

“Besides routine assessment at schools and institutions, we are conducting random surveys especially among ‘special children’ and those belonging to the slum areas who rarely find a platform to showcase their talent,” said Niwas.

“A couple of good paintings made by these children would be put on display next month in the children’s section”, he added.

A special children activity corner is also being developed where children will be taught and different art and craft techniques. Various competitions pertaining to art and craft will be conducted to encourage children.

“The museum is planning to launch talent hunt programmes wherein various painting competitions would be organised for children of different age groups,” said NPS Randhawa, director, government museum.



‘Praznik-09’ from today

Chandigarh, January 17
The University Institute of Applied Management Sciences (UIAMS) will organise a three-day management-cum-cultural fest, “Praznik 09”, on the PU campus from tomorrow.

Prof AK Sahejpal said business seminars, fashion shows, rock show, star night, informal events, business events, cultural events would be held during the festival.

He said the first day of the festival would be marked by a business seminar devoted to special lectures by eminent personalities. The other days will see fun-filled events to bring the best out of the youth. — TNS



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