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Restoration of Resumed Properties
Decisions of Advisers under scanner
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
In a significant decision, the Chandigarh administration has decided to seek legal opinion from the UT Standing Counsel on orders of all previous UT Advisers for granting relief to owners of resumed properties.

According to sources, Home Secretary-cum-Chief Vigilance Officer Ram Niwas has directed the Deputy Commissioner to send all records pertaining to entertaining and giving relief to properties by all Advisers, including Neeru Nanda, Virender Singh, Lalit Sharma and Pradip Mehra, to the Standing Counsel for any “irregularities and illegalities” in the decisions.

Mehra, who crossed swords with UT Administrator SF Rodrigues over the latter’s pet mega projects, now under CVC scanner, was in the eye of the storm recently following reports that he had granted relief on certain resumed “prime properties” in the city.

However, it was later found that all Advisers had condoned the delay in the filing of the revision petitions and extended deadlines for depositing the paltry forfeiture amounts with the administration for the release of the resumed properties. It was argued that such orders were routine and should be seen in a proper perspective.

Even the courts have ruled that modification orders to the limited extent of extension of time could not be equated with the prayer for review, rather such a prayer was well within the inherent powers possessed by every judicial or quasi-judicial authority. The Advisers’ orders are passed as part of their quasi-judicial powers.

A large number of prime residential and commercial properties had been resumed by the estate office in the wake of the failure of owners’ successors to deposit nominal forfeiture amounts. In certain cases, the legal heirs came to know about the resumption of properties by the estate office years later when they wanted to sell their properties.

It is believed that with th decision, the Administration wanted to be seen as “fair” in dealing with the decisions of the Advisers so that there was no scope for allegations of partiality later. Earlier, the administration had proposed the handing over of the decisions of Mehra only to the Standing Counsel, a decision that had given rise to allegations and counter-allegations.



Stale daal served at school
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
Even as DPI (S) Samwartak Singh was on a “taste and inspect” spree in city schools today, students of Government High School in Sector 24 here were protesting against being served stale daal for lunch.

The matter came to light when some students approached the school authorities with bowls of daal, saying that it was sour and smelling foul. Several other students also threw the daal.

“The daal was smelling bad right from the moment it was served to us. It tasted sour and we told our teachers that it was not edible,” a student said.

“Two students who consumed it vomited and we decided not to have it. We then met the principal, who asked us to keep quiet,” another student claimed.

When the Tribune photographer reached the spot, the authorities tried to wash off the daal strewn all over the campus.

While Principal Maninder Singh refused to comment on the issue, the staff revealed that the daal supplied to them was indeed inedible and a team “probably” from CITCO had come to inspect it and had even replaced the food.

According to the DPI, there was some problem with the food provided to this school only. “The food that goes to all schools is the same and there were no complaints from any other school. In fact, I was inspecting some schools today and students were relishing the food. The food in this particular school was immediately replaced and I will look into the matter,” he said.



Quick Justice in Parmila Case
Man, son convicted of honour killing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
In a speedy trial, the court has convicted Jaswant Singh and Sunil, father and brother, respectively, of Parmila of murdering her within six months of the crime.

The trial of the case moved at a fast pace, with only three adjournments after the framing of charges.

The court had examined seven prosecution witnesses in one day and defence witnesses were examined on the next adjournment. The quantum of sentence would be pronounced on January 24.

The defaced body of 17-year-old Parmila, who was bludgeoned to death, was found in the jungle area near Kajheri village in Sector 52 on July 20 last year.

Her face and other parts of the body had been burnt by killers to conceal her identity. On July 23, her father and brother confessed to having killed Parmila who was four months pregnant to save the honour of the family.

On the intervening night of July 19 and 20, he told his wife, son and daughter to accompany him to the lavatory in Pandit Colony where he used to stay.

On the way, he enacted a drama and entered into an argument with his wife and she went back home.

They then forcibly took Parmila to a garden and strangled her before smashing her head with a heavy stone.

They then poured acid on her face in a bid to conceal her identity and tried to fake her rape by removing her salwar and strangling her to mislead the police.



Meaty high prize for players
Archit Watts

Chandigarh, January 22
Panjab University boarders have hit upon a unique idea to keep players in “high spirits”. They are allegedly offering whisky and chicken as prize during an inter-hostel volleyball tournament that got under way at Hostel No. 4 here today.

A visit to various boys’ hostels revealed that notices had been put up, offering two BSP (Blenders’ Pride) and one CHKN (chicken) as the first prize and one BSP as the second prize. One OMK (Old Monk) was up for grabs as third prize.

The entry fee for the competition is Rs 200 and teams from all hostels have been invited for the tournament.

Though the players refrained from coming on record, two of them said on the condition of anonymity that their team had already paid the entry fee.

When this correspondent called at the contact numbers displayed on the notice, the persons concerned expressed their ignorance, saying that they were not aware of it and the warden or sports secretary of the hostel could be contacted for comment.

Pranay Partap Singh, sports secretary of the hostel, whose room number was written on the notice, said: “We have removed the posters. Someone was playing mischief and we are tracing those responsible for the posters.”

However, for those who have joined the university for serious studies, this nuisance is a serious matter. “I can’t say anything to these persons as they are politically connected and we fear them,” an agitated student said.

Gurmeet Singh, warden of Hostel No. 6, from where The Tribune got a copy of the notice, pleaded ignorance about the posters. Naval Kishore, Dean, Students’ Welfare, said he would look into the matter.


Auction of commercial sites in Mani Majra cancelled
Change in clause forces bidders to opt out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
Poor response to the auction and the change in terms and conditions for the allotment of commercial sites at NAC, Mani Majra, on the Chandigarh-Kalka Highway, led to the cancellation of the auction organised by the municipal corporation today.

Only nine persons turned up to take part in the auction, which were being offered at a reserve price of Rs 10.55 crore for SCOs, Rs 3.38 crore for SCF and Rs 45.60 lakh for a booth.

But as soon as the terms and conditions for the auction were read out, they objected to the inclusion of a ‘new’ clause, which barred the successful bidders from selling, transferring, gifting or even mortgaging these sites for 15 years.

They demanded that this new clause be removed, failing which they threatened to boycott. Though the civic authorities tried to dispel their fears and assured that this would be reviewed later.

The bidders added that they would take part in the auction only after the authorities concerned gave a written assurance.

The effect of slowdown in the realty sector here was evident as participants said the reserve price of Rs 3.38 crore was too high for the SCFs.

In fact, the entire realty business in the region had cast its eyes on this auction, as this was touted as litmus test to determine the slowdown in realty business here.

Even during the last commercial and residential auction of the administration, an upward trend was witnessed in the prices of the real estate.

In fact, Chandigarh is the only city wherein even during the times of acute recession in the reality sector, the prices of property have not come down.

Nevertheless, the auction proved to be a futile exercise with the money spent on conducting the same in Hotel Shivalik View went waste. By evening, the corporation officials were trying to fix responsibility for the debacle.



Sukhbir’s hoardings give tough time to commuters
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 22
A day after Sukhbir Singh Badal was sworn as the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, local Akali leaders are battling it out on the streets to catch the “attention” of the junior Badal.

Lower and middle-rung Akali leaders have pitched hoardings of the junior Badal at every traffic junction, thus diverting the attention of drivers.

Some of these hoardings even cover the official signposts displaying traffic directions, making matter even more serious and worthy of intervention of the authorities concerned.

Though there are specific directions against putting up such hoardings and other publicity material facing the roads as these divert the attention of drivers and may cause accidents, the politicians are least bothered about the rules and regulations.

Violating the law apart, the politicians are not paying any penny to the respective civic bodies in shape of advertisement fee.

In Mohali, there are clear-cut policies on advertisements in green belts and open spaces along the main roads and the fee to be charged.

As far as the rules are concerned, the hoardings are illegal and they amount to defacement. The police can also book under the West Bengal Defacement Act, said a Mohali MC official.

A senior official in the administration, when contacted, refused to come on record as it was a “sensitive” matter. AK Goel, executive officer of the Mohali MC, said they had been removing hoardings of the politicians.



Hoteliers get 10 days to install CCTVs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
The SSP said today that all hotel and restaurant owners in the city had been directed to install CCTV cameras on their premises within 10 days failing which action would be taken against them.

The UT Deputy Commissioner had already issued directions in this regard for making the installation of cameras mandatory under Section 144 of the CrPC.

DSP (South) Jaswant Singh Khera and Sector-36 police station SHO Anokh Singh met the hotel and restaurant owners in Sector 35 today and asked them to install CCTV cameras as early as possible.

They also asked the hoteliers to ensure that all guests fill C forms for identification. Replying to a query by hoteliers that they face problems in submitting the forms to the police headquarters on Saturday and Sunday due to day offs, they told them they could deposit the same at their respective police stations.

The police is also conducting special searches to nab anti-social elements in view of the Republic Day function.

A search operation was conducted in Palsora Colony from 4 am to 7am today. About 90 police personnel under the supervision of the DSP (Operations Cell) conducted the search.

The police rounded up eight suspects during the operation and they were let off after verification. Meanwhile, IGP SK Jain flagged off six new gypsies today.



Official machinery-mafia nexus exposed
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 22
The collusion between the government machinery and the mining mafia once again came to fore here today when the task force of the district administration came to the rivers in the area of Rattewali and Bunga to check illegal mining, but found not even a single labourer or vehicle during its surprise visit.

The rivers, which usually remain a happening place with thousands of labourers and hundreds of vehicles, were found abandoned indicating that the information of the visit by tasks force was already leaked to the people concerned.

Deputy commissioner Rajender Kataria, who noticed the illegal mining in the area yesterday, following which a case was registered against Jagdeep Chaudhary, a close relative of an INLD leader, asked the task force to visit the area and to ensure that there was no violation of rules.

Earlier The Tribune highlighted the illegal mining being carried out in the river of Rattewali in its issue on January 15.

The tasks force consisting of SDM Ashok Meena, pollution department Xen Bhagwan Singh, district forest officer Partap Singh and mining officer Deepak Hooda reached the spot but found it  abandoned.

The visit, however, proved that the havoc being played with the ecology and infrastructure in the area was much more than what it was reported till now. There was hardly any place on the banks of Begwali river near Bunga village where banks of river were excavated up to several kilometres, flouting the rules of mining in the rivers.

The mining rules state that the digging activity in the riverbed is to be restricted up to the 3/4th part of the total width of a river from its centre point and it can go up to the depth of 10 feet.

Despite the mining rules stating that mining could not be done within 500 metres from a bridge, the mining was carried out blatantly near the bridge leaving it prone to damage due to land  erosion.

The riverbed too was dug up till miles contrary to the rules which state that a benchmark of 50 meters is to be maintained after digging of every 500 metres in the riverbed so that the flow of water could be controlled in case there is a flood in the river. The riverbed was being dug up for illegally selling the sand and boulders.

The task force which reached the Rattewali area found that the banks of the river were dug up to thirty feet.

It also came to light that despite the grave irregularities nothing concrete could be done against the offenders.

The mining officer Deepak Hooda said he would issue a notice to the offenders and in case there were no let up in their illegal activity they could be penalised and criminal proceedings could be initiated against them.



Stress on upgrading fire services
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas chaired a meeting on disaster management plan at Sector 6 here yesterday.

He directed MC commissioner Dr Roshan Sankaria to initiate steps for upgrading fire services in view of new challenges and make comprehensive fire-fighting plans to tackle emergency.

He also asked for starting fire sensitivity analysis of vital buildings like shopping malls, theaters, markets, industrial units and other public places.

During the meeting, Deputy Commissioner RK Rao gave a presentation on the disaster management plan. He spoke on earthquake, terrorist activity and fire.

He apprised the authorities regarding the issues of pre-disaster preparedness and post-disaster phase.

Rao emphasised the need to beef up security at vital installations, including High Court, Vidhan Sabha, deluxe and additional deluxe buildings, hospitals, educational institutions, hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, etc during such situations and ask officials to take stock of the damage and take remedial measures.

Explaining fire services of municipal corporation, Dr Sankaria said currently there were seven fire stations in the city. He said the department was equipped with latest fire fighting equipment and other rescue tools.



Home Secy for better facilities at libraries
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 21
Home Secretary Ram Niwas convened a meeting to explore the possibility of improving infrastructure and quality of Central State Library, Sector 17, and State Library, Sector 34, yesterday.

Niwas impressed upon the overall beautification, improvement of light and interiors of the library for making more footfalls.

To resolve the space problem, he directed Chief Architect Sumit Kaur to create more space options within the building. In this regard, it was also proposed to shift the civil defence office from the building of library as the office had occupied majority of space of building.



R.S.V.P. has audience in splits
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, January 22
“It is the mission of comedy to depict contemporary life with moral intent,” said Ben Johnson. Rightly the acclaimed playwright Pali Bhupinder carried the didactic dictum through his comedy play ‘R.S.V.P.’ staged on at Randhawa auditorium in the festival organised by the Punjab Arts council and NZCC.

It reminds us of an Urdu play ‘Adarak Ke Panje’ on family planning with many records to its credit when staged at Tagore over three decades ago guaranteed laughter in every dialogue and hailed as the ultimate in comedy.

Though after a long hiatus the Punjabi play “R.S.V.P comedy of Canada” staged at Randhawa auditorium outwitted it with the tradition of excellence associated with the plays from Pali Bhupinder.

The story depicts the hideous realities in store for those obsessed with the glamour, debasing power of money play and in search of greener pastures.

In a parochial pastoral family environment where young man, Satti falling prey to the clever motifs of immigration agents is bent upon doing anything unethical for the sake of settling abroad.

The play eloquently juxtaposed the perfidy, hypocrisy and unethical role of the agents who woo, loot and leave the innocent aspirants in lurch.

The sharpest, funniest and unadulterated comedy play is a stinging critique of the unlawful practice.

The idioms, slangs added to the full-blown comedy. Rajinder Raja excelled with his ability to hold the audience enthralled with stage movements and voice modulation while Gagandeep, Kiran Manchanda and Davinder Singh cast a spell.



400 students left in lurch
Amit Khanna

Chandigarh, January 22
It’s not only the bourses which landed into troubled waters after the Satyam scam hit the headlines, threatening clouds are now hovering over the dreams of students of various engineering colleges surrounding the Tri-City.

More than 400 students with dreams in their eyes of a perfect start to their careers have been left in lurch after the unfolding of the recent turn of events.

Students from institutions like University Institute of Engineering and Technology and Chandigarh College of Engineering and Training were given appointment letters by Satyam at a placement session held at Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, last August. The students were offered an annual package of around 3.50 lakh.

While students from colleges like PEC who were earlier offered jobs by Satyam have offers from other companies as well, many others might not prove to be that lucky.

KK Garg, the training and placement officer at PEC while admitting the enormity of the situation says “Most of our students who were planning to join Satyam have offers from other good companies too, but I am worried about the future of students of other colleges who might not have the same luxury.”

The overwhelming feeling prevalent among students is of anger and frustration. Sumant from University Institute of Engineering and Technology says “I feel betrayed to say the least and will not join even if I get a fresh call form the company. The greatest regret is that I missed out on other good opportunities as we were not allowed to sit for other interviews after the selection.”

However some students like Anirudh Bishnoi are still hopeful that everything will
be fine soon.

In the ‘trying’ times for students their mentors sounded a note of cautious optimism while urging other big IT companies like Infosys to accommodate students who will be without jobs. Kapoor, the placement incharge at Sector 26 Engineering College says, “Let other big names in the sector come forward for the students.” Satyam officials could not be contacted despite several attempts.



Ministerial union holds rally
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
The Punjab State Ministerial Services Union and the joint action committee of the Punjab and UT Employees jointly organised a rally at the Plaza in Sector 17 protesting against the dilly-dallying attitude of the state government for implementing the fifth Pay Commission.

The protesters alleged that the state government was busy promoting family and had no time for addressing the employees’ demands, which are pending since long.

They rued that though the Central and state governments had already given a hike to their employees, the Punjab government had failed to do the same.

They also demanded that the government should start recruitment on regular basis and regularise the contractual employees.



Domestic help commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
Suffering from prolonged illness Sita, a domestic help in her mid-twenties, allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at her employer’s residence in Sector-35, here.

Her husband rushed her to the PGI on Wednesday afternoon. She died today morning. According to the police, Sita was living with her husband, Vikram in the house, where he was employed as a watchman. The couple hailed from Nepal and had a minor son.

The body had been kept at the PGI for a post-mortem examination, which would be conducted after Sita’ parents arrive from their native village. The police had informed them about her death.



March 20 deadline for school buses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
The administration has fixed March 20 as deadline for installing speed governor devices in school buses and CTU buses.

This decision was taken at a meeting held with the Secretary, State Transport Authority (STA), under the chairmanship of Home Secretary Ram Niwas yesterday.

Though no instructions have been issued regarding the make or type of the speed governor devices, but these should certify the Automative Research Association of India (ARI) norms and would be sealed by the STA.

The vehicles would be cleared only when these are presented before the board of inspection after installing speed governors. These instruments would fix the speed limit to 50 km per hour.

But this decision has not gone down well with the Chandigarh School Bus Operators Welfare Association. Manjit Singh, president of the association, said: “We have done a trial run after installing these devices but we found these were not so compatible with the vehicle. Moreover, it was also not feasible in case of overtaking.”

“The device costs around Rs 15,000 and another Rs 1,500 as installation charges. This would compel us to raise bus charges,” he said.

They said the administration had hiked the permit fee for Chandigarh to 40 times and the life span for school buses had been fixed at 15 years. “The fee which was Rs 670 earlier has now been raised to Rs 25,000 by the administration. “What is the justification of this raise?” they asked.

Vandana Disodia, Secretary, STA, clarified that the permit fee was justifiable as under the reciprocal inter-state agreement held in July 2008, the bus operators had been exempted from paying Rs 25,000 per year to Punjab.

“How can they argue on hike in permit fee when after entering into an inter-state agreement with Punjab, they have been exempted from paying Rs 25,000 a year. Now, they have to pay Rs 25,000 for five years for UT permit,” she said.

Ram Niwas said: “The installation of the speed governor by March 20 is a mandatory condition. We have decided to install these in CTU buses also. Any school vehicle found without this equipment would be challaned heavily or even impounded.”

Four inspection teams from the STA and the traffic police have been formed for the enforcement of these rules.



Size of proposed site cut by over half
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 22
The land acquisition policy of the Punjab Government has taken its toll on the size of the first garbage treatment plant in Mohali.

Apparently fearing high land compensation to be paid to landowners, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has reduced the size of the proposed solid water treatment plant from 76 acres to 26 acres.

Against the chunks of land identified in Chaunmajra, Dardi, and Darali villages, the 26 acres of land is now being acquired in Dardi and Durali villages only.

Due to high land acquisition prices, particularly after the payment of Rs 1.5 crore an acre for the land acquired for the proposed international airport, the GMADA officials were wary of unnecessary “spending” on acquiring 76 acres for the project.

“Since the immediate requirement for the landfill site was 26 acres, notice under Section 6 under the Land Acquisition Act has been issued. The compensation would be paid within the next two months. The district administration has already issued NOC for acquiring the land,” said a senior official.

GMADA was taking the garbage treatment plant project on priority as the existing dumping site in Industrial Area had attracted litigation.

A committee, headed by housing secretary Arun Goel and comprising officials from science and technology department, Pollution Control Board, GMADA, and Mohali municipal council members, had been constituted to monitor the project.

Currently, garbage of the township was dumped in a densely-populated area surrounded by industrial units, mega projects and residential areas like, IT major Quark Media, Dell Computers and Punjab’s touted special economic zone QuarkCity.

The Residential Welfare Society of the PSIEC Housing Complex in the Industrial Focal Point claimed that the garbage was dumped against the national dumping rules.

The foul smell of the garbage and smoke from the burning of garbage had been causing health problems like breathing, skin and eye complications. The Residential Welfare Society had been fighting a legal battle seeking shifting of the dumping ground from the present site.

The sources said initially the new site would be used as a scientific garbage dumping and burning centre before the setting up of the solid waste treatment plant under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.



Govt stays MC proposal
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 22
The proposal of the municipal council to put up gates in various parts of the town for security purposes has been stayed by the government.

The proposal was presented at a meeting of the civic body held in the Municipal Bhawan on December 30 and unanimously cleared by the house. A sum of Rs 66 lakh was required for the project.

A letter from the office of the Director, Local Government, to the executive officer of the council said the proposal for putting up security gates at the level of the civic body had been stayed.

He suggested that open offers should be invited from private firms that were interested in installing the gates.

The firms should be asked about the period for which they would put up advertisements on the gates and security cabins installed by them as also the area of the gates and cabins covered for advertisements.

He said another proposal should be prepared and put up in the house for clearance. Councillors were of the view that the stay imposed by the government had delayed the work on installing gates that were necessary for security purposes.

The plan to put up gates was drawn after SSP Jatinder Singh Aulakh wrote a letter to the council on November 28 in which he had suggested that metal gates be put up in various parts of the town to restrict the movement of criminals.

The SSP had later held a meeting with council president Rajinder Singh Rana to discuss the plan. The SSP had suggested that various pockets should be earmarked for installing gates.

These gates were to be closed at night, leaving only one gate open that would be manned by a security guard who would have to maintain a register to enter the names of persons entering that particular area once gates were closed.

Estimates for the project were worked out after junior engineers of the civic body surveyed the town along with police officials to find out how many gates were needed for making the town more secure.



Tribune Impact
PU authorities wake up to fire threat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
Panjab University finally spared a thought to check the “outdated” fire extinguishers on the campus.

The university authorities issued directions to the department concerned to check all the fire extinguishers and prepared a list of those buildings where new fire extinguishers were required.

After The Tribune reported about “Fire extinguishers at PU outdated” today the authorities swung into action and have issued this order. As per the orders, the department concerned was asked to submit a detail report to the registrar about the status of fire extinguishers of the campus.

PU registrar, SS Bari revealed that he has issued the orders of preparing a report
to the department.



Vigilance key to activate system

Apropos of Raveen Thukral’s weekly column, I would like to share that the system in North America also needs a lot of improvement. He is right when he says we hardly fight for our rights. Those who fight do get justice.

In Canada, citizens have to fight to activate the system and sometimes they feel disappointed too. I attend weekly meeting of the Indo Canadian Association of Immigrant seniors who have been regularly complaining lack of health facilities, provision of bus stop shelters and washrooms at bus stops and railway stations and other civic facilities without success.

My idea is not to defend Indian system or defame the Canadian system. The only point is that those who run the system have roughly the same attitude.

The solution lies in constant vigilance and protests on part of citizens whether in India or elsewhere.

In India we have the Right to Information Act, which is a potent weapon in the hands of public to get things done.

GS Tiwana, Canada

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Class X students still stuck with projects
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
Class X students of GMSSS, Sector 35, are having a harrowing time and all thanks to the alleged confusion of the school authorities over the ‘exact’ subject of the social science projects.

While CBSE in its notification issued in July had stated that students would be evaluated based on the projects submitted on disaster management, students claim to have been made to do two projects, prior to informing them the final topic.

“We did a project on disaster management in summer vacation and were evaluated on it and even had appeared for viva but due to the transfer of a teacher, the new faculty asked us to make projects on two different topics in December and told us that they were our final projects. Having submitted that few days ago the teachers said CBSE notification has come now and we need to submit new projects. When we protested they took our earlier projects but still stressed that we submit new ones within two days,” revealed one of the students.

“We have to prepare for pre boards also and we have already made three projects. Had they told us earlier we could have still managed something but with only a few days left for final practical it’s getting really tough,” asserted another student.

Some students even alleged that they were informed about the topic of their maths project few days ago.

However, principal Raviraj Kaur states that there is no confusion. “Some parents did approach me and I clarified with my staff who said students are not being made to redo anything. I only wanted they should make projects on different topics to give them a better exposure but that was in summer vacations,” she said.



Teachers protest for more salaries
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
Launching their struggle for implementation of the new UGC Pay Scales notified by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), on December 31, teachers of local aided colleges of Chandigarh and Panjab University teachers Association (PUTA) observed a two-hour strike and held rallies on the call of the Punjab Federation of University and College Teachers' Organisations (PFUCTO).

A federation representing all the teachers of the five universities, 54 government colleges and nearly 170 non-government colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh.

On January 28, teachers all over the state would proceed on mass casual leave to attend a rally in the city to impress the Punjab Government to implement the new pay scales at the earliest.



Agarwal is science cong assn president
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
Prof AK Agarwal of the centre for advanced study in maths, Panjab University, Chandigarh has been elected president (section of mathematical sciences, statistics) of the Indian Science Congress Association for the Year 2009-10.

In a national level contest he defeated Prof K Srinivasa Rao of Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. Prof Agarwal is also the president of the Indian Mathematical Society and president and Editor-in-Chief of the Society for Special Functions and their applications.


A special lecture on “Sanchankot (UP), myth and historical perspectives-problems and objectives” by Prof DP Tewari, Prof and head, department of ancient Indian history, culture and archaeology, Lucknow University was organised by the department of ancient Indian history, culture and archaeology, in the fine arts department of Panjab University, Chandigarh today.

Foundation day

As a part of Institute of Microbial Technology silver jubilee foundation day celebrations, IMTECH is holding an open day for general public for two days on January 23-24, from 10 am to 11.30 am.

Also the institute is organising a CPYLS programme (CSIR programme on youth for leadership in science) in which school and college students of the region are invited to visit the laboratories, thereby exposing them to the world of science and the Institute’s laboratories, national facilities and also provide scientific demonstrations.



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