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Acquisition in Mohali
Litigants to get alternative land
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

But GMADA Unhappy

GMADA and the department of housing are not in favour of any special package to these litigants as this would lead to similar demands from those whose land was acquired and who had been paid compensation. This may also mean the state shelling out nearly Rs 4,000 crore as compensation

Chandigarh, January 23
In what is likely to open a Pandora’s box that could cost the state crores, the Punjab government today “assured” the Punjab and Haryana High Court that it was ready to give alternative pieces of land to those whose land had been acquired for the development of Sectors 76 to 80 in SAS Nagar, but had not taken any compensation due to ensuing litigation.

This decision has been taken despite strong protest from the land-starved Greater Mohali Area Development Authority and the department of housing that would have to shell out land to “appease a handful of litigants.”

While the state counsel today assured the court that this would be a strictly one-time move, sources stated that the decision had laid the field open to a plethora of similar demands from those landowners whose land was acquired for these sectors and were only paid monetary compensation.

The Chief Administrator GMADA, Vivek Pratap Singh, confirmed the development but refused to comment any further.

About 70 landowners of Sohana and Mauli Baidwan villages have been protesting against the acquisition of their land by the government since 2000. These litigants own about 102 acres out of about 1200 acres which were acquired for the development of these sectors. The litigants were offered compensation along with the other landowners but they refused to take it as part of their fight to save their land.

Last year, these litigants had demanded that they either be re-allotted their land or be compensated by the government in the form of developed residential, commercial and institutional plots. The litigants also offered to pay development charges to the government.

“Ours is not going to be the first case. The government acquired and re-allotted land to several societies, groups and individuals in this area in the past nine years, then why not us?” DP Singh, one of the litigants, said.

An earlier demand of the litigants to be compensated according to the new land pooling scheme was considered and rejected by GMADA.

The litigants already fighting against the acquisition in the High Court prayed that the court intervene and in July 2008, the court directed the state to form a committee to decide the matter once and for all.

The committee met once and considered the memorandum given by the litigants but no final decision was reportedly arrived at.

The state counsel today told the court that the state was ready to grant alternative pieces of land to these litigants, but strictly as a one-time move. Also, the grant of land would be done only under certain pre-set conditions. The court has now asked the state to file an affidavit in this regard within a week.

“The department of housing is not in favour of giving any special package to these litigants as this would lead to similar demands from those landowners whose land was acquired and who had been paid compensation. This could also mean the state shelling out almost Rs 4,000 crore as compensation, which in the end would have to be paid by the allottees who have been given plots in the area,” said a source.

But the litigants differ. “How would granting us land lead to the allottees paying for it? Did the allottees pay when the government re-allotted the land to a dera or to a school?” DP Singh asked.



Dhingra murderers won’t hang
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
On death row for murdering Maj Gen KC Dhingra (retd) and his wife Sanjeeta Dhingra, the death sentence awarded to Anand Kindo and Rajan Gaur has been commuted to life imprisonment.

Another convict, Sandhya, has been acquitted in the case and ordered to be released immediately by a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Sandhya was a domestic help and was accused of destroying the evidence and was sentenced to five-year rigorous imprisonment.

Deciding the twin murder case in a record time of just nine months, an Additional and Sessions Judge had placed the crime under the category of “rarest of the rare” case.

The Bench of Justice Mehtab Singh Gill and Justice LN Mittal, however, did not subscribe to the trial judge’s view. Pronouncing the orders in an open court less than two years after the couple was found murdered, the Bench asserted: “On careful consideration, we are of the opinion that it is not a fit case or rarest of the rare in which death sentence should be imposed on the convicts.

“Accordingly, we decline to confirm the death sentence in the murder reference. We sentence the two convicts Anand Kindo and Rajan Gaur to undergo life imprisonment under Section 302 of the IPC”.

Maj Gen Dhingra and his wife were found murdered in their bedroom in Panchkula in 2007. The Chandigarh police had reached the house, along with the Panchkula police, after the officer’s car, taken away by the accused, met with an accident and remained unclaimed.

The car had collided with a pole in Sector 18, Chandigarh, two days before the discovery of the crime. The driver, Anand Kindo, managed to flee, but his accomplices Rajan Gaur and Ajit Khaba were nabbed.

After the owner did not claim the car, the police went to Panchkula and found foul smell emanating from the Maj General’s house. During the trial, Ajit Khaba was declared a proclaimed offender. The prosecution had claimed Gaur, Kindo and Khaba had murdered the couple, committed robbery and had taken away stolen articles in the car.

The trial court concluded Kindo and Gaur had intentionally murdered the couple in a gruesome manner. It was not that the victims had obstructed the robbery and were killed in the process. They were sleeping when they were murdered, the trial court had observed.

Taking up the matter in the appeals and murder reference, the Bench added: “There is not even an allegation, much less evidence, to the effect that Sandhya caused evidence in the commission of offence of crime to disappear and it was done with the intention of screening the offender from legal punishment.”



Meanwhile, charges framed in Dimpy case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
Additional District and Sessions Judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi today framed charges against Jaswinder Singh, alias Rocky, in the sensational blind murder case of “gangster” Prabhjinder Singh Dimpy.

The court held that on the day of the incident on July 7, 2006, Sunil Kumar and Ravinder Singh, alias Bhuria, fired gunshots at Dimpy and Harneev Kaur, leading to the death of Dimpy. Thus, charges of murder along with criminal conspiracy were framed against Jaswinder Singh.

The court also held that Jaswinder, Sunil Kumar, Surinder Singh Advocate, Ravinder Singh and Mukhtiar Ansari had plotted to murder Dimpy. Jaswinder has also been booked for attempt to murder as Harneev Kaur had sustained injuries.

The court also framed charges under Section 25 of the Arms Act as the police had recovered a .45 bore US army pistol that was used in the crime. Magazines and cartridges were also recovered.

Dimpy was shot outside the Sukhna Lake Club. According to the prosecution, his refusal to distribute ransom money was the motive behind the murder.

Rocky reportedly told the police that Dimpy had been denying them their share in the booty even though Rocky and his accomplices executed the work. Fed up with this, they parted ways and later decided to eliminate him.



Students stranded as bus impounded
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
Students of a school in Sector 46 had to pay a price for the challan drive carried out by STA officials today as officials impounded the bus and left the students midway.

The school bus was intercepted in Sector 47 and was impounded for traffic violations, following which the students were made to vacate the bus as it was taken to the Sector 31 police station.

“We were in bus when the police stopped it and asked us to get down when we were a few kilometres away from school. After a while, the school sent another bus and we got very late,” a student said.

“This is unfair. Even if they found the driver guilty of traffic violation, they should have not left the students on the road. We had to arrange for another bus to fetch them. This is not acceptable,” the principal said.

However, Vandana Disodia, Secretary of the STA, maintained that it was the driver’s fault. “It was his fault that he was not complying with the rules. Yesterday also we had impounded a bus, but ensured that the students were sent to school in autos. I don’t know how this happened,” she said.


Traffic restrictions for Republic Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
The Chandigarh Traffic Police has imposed traffic restrictions in the wake of the Republic Day (January 26). It has planned diversions 26 the Chandigarh Traffic Police has imposed restrictions on traffic flow and has planned diversions from a few roads near the Parade Ground, Sector-17, and near the Punjab Raj Bhawan.

The road from the roundabout of sectors 16, 17, 22 and 23 to the rotary near the Gurdial Singh petrol station in Sector 22-A, and from the crossing of sectors 16 and 17 up to the roundabout of sectors 16, 17, 22 and 23 on the Jan Marg, besides that from the light point near Lyon’s Restaurant, Sector 17, up to Parade Ground, will remain closed from 7 am till the function concludes.

General public would not be allowed to park their vehicles in front of Sector 22-A market after 7 am. Senior officers and those with authorised car parking stickers on their vehicles will be allowed to enter from the roundabouts of sectors 16, 17, 22 and 23 on the Udyog Path. They could park their vehicles in Sector 22 market.

The general public will be allowed to park their vehicles in Sector 22-B, near the Blood Disease Hospital, Sector 23-B, and the parking lots of the football stadium and the Circus Ground in Sector 17.

Long route buses from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and other places will be diverted towards the ISBT Chowk from the Bajwara Chowk and the Piccadilly Chowk via Himalya Marg and allowed to enter Sector 17 ISBT through the Gurdial Singh petrol station rotary.

The road from the roundabouts of sectors 5, 6, 7 and 8, up to the T-point near the Golf Club and from the T-point near Punjab Raj Bhawan, will remain closed for the public from 2 pm till the function concludes.

Vehicles with the pink parking labels will be parked behind the Adviser’s residence. Self-driven cars of senior citizens with pink labels can be parked near the mini zoo.

Those with green parking labels can use sectors 7 and 8 road and can park their vehicles in the area adjacent to the Adviser’s residence in Sector 7.



Republic Day honours for 12 cops, 17 others
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
The Chandigarh administration has decided to award 17 commendation certificates to publicmen and employees of the administration at the Republic Day function for outstanding service.

On the occasion, nine policemen would also be honoured with Administrator’s Police Medal for distinguished/meritorious services. SI Karnail Singh and ASI Mahi Pal Nand will be given Administrator’s Police Medal for distinguished services.

Similarly, Inspector Nitya Nand, SI Uday Pal Singh, SI Naseeb Singh, ASI Didar Singh, head constable Suresh Kumar, constable Ram Karan and constable Dilbag Singh would be awarded Administrator’s Police Medal for meritorious services.

Also, SI Baldev Kumar, in-charge of Sector-61 police post, HC Manjit Singh of computer section and constable Sunil Kumar of MT section have been awarded Administrator’s Commendation Certificates.

The other awardees include Madhu Bahl (meritorious services in art and social service), Dr Paramjyoti (meritorious services in health), Urvi Manocha (meritorious services in dance and music), Priya (environment), Mannu Singh (meritorious services), SI Baldev Kumar (meritorious services), Manjeet Singh (meritorious services), Sunil Kumar (meritorious services), Promila Chandra Mohan (social service), Residents Welfare Association, Sector 43 (collections on Armed Forces day), IS Dev Samaj Senior Secondary School, Sector 21-C (collections on Armed Forces day), Dr Amit Bhattacharjee (meritorious services as a sports trainer), KL Zakir (social service), Baldev Aggarwal (social service), Jagdish Lal Ahuja (social service), Brig ML Kataria (social service), and Kanwar Paul (social service).



New house tax to make MC richer
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 23
The municipal council is expected to be richer by a few more crores of rupees in the coming years as it has to collect house tax on the basis of rents being realised on the properties by landlords. Till now, the tax was being charged on the value of property and even people occupying their houses had to pay the house tax. Now onwards while the landlord needs not pay the tax for the property occupied by him, the realization of tax on rental income of landlords is going to fill the coffers of the civic body substantially.

While a survey of the rental income of landlords has already been completed, the notices to residents are to be dispatched by the next month, said Ravinder Rawal, president of the municipal council.

“Till last year, the tax was being collected on every property whether it was occupied by landlord or was rented out. But now, after amendment in house tax rules since April 1, 2008, the house tax will be realized on the basis of rental income of landlords,” said Rawal.

In fact, more than 50 per cent properties in the town were on rent and the council was going to make hay after realizing the tax on this pattern, he claimed.

A 3-storey 10 marla house generating around Rs 25,000 of rental income is to attract at least Rs 6,000, he said. Till now the council was hardly getting Rs 1,500 from such houses according to old pattern, he added.

Even as many landlords who are occupying their properties would get the benefit of the new amendment, the council was expecting a big jump in its revenue, claimed Rawal.

In addition to it, after the new survey, thousands of properties were traced from where no tax was realized.

The civic body which has a budget of Rs 46 crore need to increase its revenue as works to give town a fresh look in this year have already been started. Rawal said new mast lights were being installed replacing old one to illuminate the market areas. The residents would find all outer roads as well as inner roads with new carpeting within this year with green belts on the intersecting roads along the backyard of houses.



Neelgais destroy crops, farmers helpless
Rajiv Bhatia

A villager guards the fields in Chhatt village

Blue bulls roaming in a forest around the Chhatt village
A villager guards the fields in Chhatt village and (above) blue bulls roaming in a forest around the Chhatt village on Friday. Tribune Photographs: Sukh Chandan.

Zirakpur (Chhatt), January 23
Farmers of Chhatt and surroundings villages are organising “tikhri pehras”. It is not to keep at bay anti-social elements but neelgais (blue bulls).

For the past many months, herds of the wild animal have been feasting on the standing crops of the farmers in the area. This has left the farmers terrified as the law prevents them from hurting or trapping the animals.

The neelgai menace has led to the adoption of safety measures by the farmers of Chhatt and other villages. For this, they are using a fence of barbed wires and rice-straws all along the fields. Scarecrows with glittering clothes and white plastic bags have been set up so that they will remain visible during night. The farmers also sit in huts and give "pehras" each night to stop the animals from the fields.

In the fields, farmers have made small jhuggis and sit with tin-drum from where they guard their crops throughout the night. One farmer said they beat the tin-drum whenever the neelgai is visible in the fields.

The farmers say that the animals come from the forest along Chhatbir zoo during the evening and attack their fields. They destroy their standing crop of maize, wheat, vegetables like cauliflower, green chilly and methi as well as seasonal cash crops.

The farmers of the Chhatt village said attacks by blue bull had become more frequent in the recent days. It was also come to know that the farmers of other villages Shatabgarh, Rampur Kalan, Bharampura, Bhakarpur, Ada Jhungian and Paragpur villages were facing the problem. They stated that the neelgais had come in a group of 15 to 20 and damage a huge field within a minute.

Amrik Singh, a farmer from Chhatt village says, "We are doing hardwork the whole day for crops but our efforts have gone waste when neelgais destroy the fields in the night”.

Kaka Singh of Shatabgarh village says, “We cannot afford the advance methods to protect their fields from the blue bulls”. Thus most farmers have found simple and inexpensive ways of protecting their fields with rice-straws and scarecrows with white plastic bags. During night pehras, “We burn the dry grass whole night to beat the winter and do our duty. They have informed the forest officials about this matter but no action has been taken still.”



Rowdyism unabated at Leisure Valley
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 23
Owing to lackadaisical attitude of the police, which has turned a blind eye to the growing menace near CITCO’s eating joint “Stop ‘n’ Stare”, rowdy elements are still using the ground of Leisure Valley, Sector 10, for stunt driving.

“It has become a hangout for hooligans. Even after repeated complaints, the police is not bothered about the issue,” said Kashmir Chand, in-charge, Stop ‘n’ Stare.

The Tribune had earlier published a news on the issue but the matter had not been resolved as not even a single policeman had been deployed there.

A senior CITCO official said: “When I called the DSP (traffic) on the issue, he assured me of resolving the matter, but still nobody has paid a single visit there.”

The CITCO staff even showed written complaints that they had earlier submitted to the SP (traffic and security).

Rowdy youths use the ground for drifting, racing and performing stunts in cars to show off. They create problem for visitors to the eating joint as most of the times they end up virtually biting the dust.

“Our clientele is being affected. Even as we make efforts to serve hygienic and fresh food to our customers, our efforts have gone waste due to the dust. Moreover, customers are afraid of these elements and prefer to avoid coming here. They also damage the grass in the ground,” said joint in-charge Kashmir Chand. “Even the municipal corporation has not yet blocked the illegal entry. Youths often indulge in obscene acts and drink in vehicles parked in the parking lot of the valley,” said a worker at the eating joint.

A few days ago, a group had manhandled a lensman while taking their pictures in the act.DSP (traffic) JS Cheema said: “I have deputed a traffic Inspector there and even forwarded a letter to the SHO concerned. The problem will be solved in a day or two. The MC should block illegal points of entry to the ground.”



Scintillating performance by Gaurav Vij
SD Sharma

An artiste performs ‘Pyaasa Kaa-The Naked Truth’ at the Punjab Kala Bhawan in Chandigarh
An artiste performs ‘Pyaasa Kaa-The Naked Truth’ at the Punjab Kala Bhawan in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, January 23
Yet another scintillating but soul searching experimental drama spectacle ‘Pyasa Kaan- The Naked Truth’ from Prof Pali Bhupinder on the third day of New Punjabi theatre has rightfully established his supremacy as the leading playwright director of the fourth generation of Punjabi Rang Manch in the region.

The largely attended festival organised by the Punjab Arts Council and NZCC has enraptured the city audience with diverse thematic content forms of theatre having socio-cultural relevance.

It virtually sounded different when a middle-aged man hardly looking to be an actor took the centre stage for a challenging solo two hours performance. But as the play progressed his persona acquired the dynamism and volcanic courage to bare the evils ailing the society, governance especially the prevailing systems of education. He depicted the aura of philosophical connotations and practical orientations drawing references of three generations of Prof Atma Ram, the protagonist. Constrained to negate his freedom fighter father perceived belief that education will make us masters of our destiny and will be a powerful instrument for social reconstruction the protagonist bares the plight of teachers and students achieving everything sans respect, ideals and ethics. The playwright feels that education being the basic ingredient for building an ideal society needs transparency. The play, through the life history of the teacher introspects depriving moral values in all the related areas like the rampant corruption in social, political, administration and others.

Gaurav Vij portrayed the diverse faces of society and characters with immaculate perfection by holding the intuitive and receptive audience in rapt attention. He relied on shadow actors sharing the emotional bonds while delineating the caste prejudices, drug abuse besides the eventual penury in which an honest man is destined to live.

Gaurv Vij ability to synchronise with the background audio effects and creating an instant rapport with the audience was wonderful. The effective use of chiaroscuro light effects by Sandeep Kakkar enlivened the shadow characters portrayed by her, Palvika, Shahbaaz, Jasmeet and Sandeep Verma. The music by Shanu was the lifeline of the production.

Tuhaniu Kehda Rang Psand Hai will be staged tomorrow.



Residents hold rally against GMADA
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 23
The Joint Action Committee of the All-Resident Welfare Associations of SAS Nagar held a rally here today against GMADA and the district administration for getting conveyance deeds of plots done at the prevalent collector rates instead of the allotment prices.

The protesters held a rally near the GMADA office in Phase VIII and later outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner in Phase I.

Baljit Singh Kumbra, general secretary of the committee, said the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had assured them during the sangat darshan held in Mohali that conveyance deeds would be done at the allotment prices. The promise should be implemented at the earliest so that residents got free from the tension they were facing. He said conveyance deeds in the neighbouring states like Haryana and Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh were being done at the allotment prices.

He said the allotment price in Mohali at present was Rs 3750 per sq yd but conveyance deeds were being done at the collector rate of Rs 10,000 per sq yd.



Strategic mgmt discussed
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 23
A five-day winter school organised by National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTR), Chandigarh, and Indo Global Colleges, Abhipur, concluded on the college premises here today.

Around 100 faculty members from various engineering and management institutions participated in discussions on strategic management.

Prof Manoj Dutta, director of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, elucidated the road map for achieving excellence in engineering colleges.

Prof MM Malhotra, former principal of NITTTR, outlined the elements of excellence. R Panickar, director general of Indo Global Colleges spoke on the attributes of a winner. He spoke on how a single individual could make a big difference.



Rodrigues releases books
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
Union Territory administrator SF Rodrigues, released two books-“Bird Photography for Beginners” by Arsh Rup Singh and “Female Foeticide - A Curse ” by Dr Harshinder Kaur at a brief ceremony at Punjab Raj Bhavan, here recently. He also inaugurated the mobile exposition of photographs on “Feathered Wonders of the World - Visual Festal” with exhibits of birds and nature’s bounties.

Rodrigues called for sincere and collective efforts for taking the issues of societal concern to the masses to encourage the people to contribute to a progressive society.

While lauding the effort of Dr Harshinder in producing the book Rodrigues said the problems of female foeticide and drug abuse had reached alarming proportions in different parts of the state and all social economic strata and age groups are increasingly affected by the ill affects of these social ills.



NGO comes to victims’ rescue
Tribune News Service

Members of the Saupins during a visit to the victims’ house in Nehru colony, Phase 3-A, Mohali
Members of the Saupins during a visit to the victims’ house in Nehru colony, Phase 3-A, Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, January 23
Even as law is taking its own course in a month-old tragic road accident involving a reckless Mohali police head constable, an NGO has come to the rescue of the victims, Longsri (25) and her son Shivam (4). The victims had to be operated upon after being seriously injured after being hit by the Punjab Police head constable.

The NGO, Saupin’s Community Service Organization (SCSO), has come forward to help the victim’s family in disbursing the medical expenses incurred in their treatment. As soon as the NGO read about the fate of the family in these columns, members of the SCSO took the family to the GMCH, Sector 32, and met with the doctors attending upon them. The NGO has taken the responsibility to pay for their medical treatment as well as diet.

On December 6, a head constable Parminder Singh had killed on the spot two young sisters of Phase 11 based-family and seriously injured a woman and her son while hitting them with his Maruti Zen car (CH 03 V 3054). The victim was bailed out on the night of the accident.

While Dalbir Singh, father of the two deceased sisters, Simran and Ishpreet, is collecting himself all funds to put his life back on track, the Nehru labour colony-based poor family of the other surviving victims are finding it hard even to pay the hospital expenses for their treatment.

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 to meeting the medical expenses, the inhuman cop has not even bothered to console us”, said Raju, father of the Shivam.



Smile is all he has
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Ankush in a happy mood
Ankush in a happy mood.

Chandigarh, January 23
He greets every stranger with a welcoming look and a smile. Though he can’t speak and there is no information about his whereabouts with the Pingalwara in Palsora — where he has been provided shelter — this 13-year-old wears a smile at all times.

The child now has got a new identity and has been christened “Ankush” by officials at the home.

Lost in his own world, Ankush loves to scribble on paper though he doesn’t write anything substantive.

He was found abandoned in the marketplace in Mani Majra and was initially perceived to be deaf and dumb.

On seeing an abandoned child, people in the shopping area informed the police, which took the custody of the child. Later, he was handed over to Pingalwara.

Dressed in a pullover and black trousers, Ankush greets everyone he meets. Talking to the TNS, Kuljeet Kaur, an official at Pingalwara, said: “The child can hear and respond to our calls. When you provide him with a piece of paper and pen, he starts scribbling right away. Earlier, we apprehended that he was deaf and dumb but he responded to our calls and made some sounds. He has some problem and we are yet to study the child.”

Unaware of who he is and what his identity is, Ankush always remains happy. On seeing new faces, a smile automatically comes to his face.

While the family of the abandoned child has not yet been traced, he seems to have adjusted in the new home easily.

Member of the child welfare committee Madhu P. Singh said: “We will try to trace the family of the child if he gives some details about himself or his whereabouts.”



Ragpickers to get prefab shelters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
Acting on the need to rehabilitate ragpickers, the Chandigarh administration has decided to provide prefabricated structure to them. A meeting was held under the chairmanship of UT Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar in this regard here today.

It was decided to make appropriate amendment to the scheme keeping in view the fact that the Chandigarh Housing Board had set up 326 prefab structures to rehabilitate ragpickers and only 29 ragpickers had been allotted the structures.

It was brought to the notice of the members that as per the survey done by the municipal corporation, 321 ragpickers were identified out of whom 146 obtained application forms and only 117 applied for the scheme. Thus, the scheme had been limited to 117 applicants only.

It was deliberated that as ragpickers apparently had no shelter, they slept on footpath or dumping ground and by scavenging filth played a vital role in keeping the city clean, a special consideration would be given to ragpickers so that they could live life with dignity.

It was decided to consider cases of 73 applicants for allotment of prefab structures if they could produce proof of being a city resident by producing voter’s card/driving licence/ration card/electricity bill in their name on rented accommodation in slum.

The proof of their children admitted to government school, college or anganwari centre as on or before the date of notification of the scheme would also be a prove of eligibility for the scheme, a press note said.



Buying wood for cremation may go private
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 23
The Municipal Council is planning to privatise the work of purchasing wood for the cremation ground because the Department of Local Government stayed the execution of important works now and then.

The civic body had put up an estimate for the purchase of wood for the cremation ground worth Rs 9.58 lakh at the meeting of the council held on December 30 which was cleared by the House. It is learnt that the government had put a stay on this estimate as well which was presented along the estimates prepared for putting up gates in various parts of the town for security purposes.

According to reports, the stay was got vacated after the authorities brought the importance of the work to the notice of the officials concerned. Another proposal for the purchase of wood was reportedly stayed by the department about a year ago as well.

Keeping the problem in mind, the civic body now plans to hand over the work to a private party so that it could be done without any obstacle.



BJP protest against ‘Slumdog’
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 23
The local unit of colony cell of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) protested against the English movie, “Slumdog Millionaire”, and burnt the posters at Centra Mall, here this evening.

The colony cell activists assembled under the leadership of BJP’s colony cell president SS Tiwari and raised slogans against the producer, director and those associated with the film.

Tiwari said: “We are not against the movie, but the name ‘Slumdog’ sounds bad. Though the film has won several prizes, the name of movie is annoying slum-dwellers.”

He demanded that the meaning and sense behind the naming of the movie should be clarified.



3 more LPG filling stations soon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to open three more LPG-filling stations as there is going to be a complete ban auto-rickshaws run on the petrol and diesel from August 31 onwards

This decision was taken at a meeting presided over by the Home Secretary here today. Those present at the meeting also decided to assess as to how many companies are offering conversion of petrol or diesel auto-rickshaws by fitting the LPG kits. Besides this, the members also decided to provide easy finance or loan to those willing to purchase LPG autos by tying up with various banks.



Water impure in Baltana
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, January 23
Residents of Baltana village and Punjab Modern Complex complained today that water provided by the water supply department, Zirakpur, are impure and smelling foul.

They claimed that the department could not take it seriously. Jaswant Singh, a resident of Baltana village, alleged that it was difficult to drink this dirty water. A resident of Punjab Modern Complex Bharat Bhusan alleged that they had been complaining to the departments concerned, but no measures had been taken yet.

However, water supply officials stated that the matter did not come in his knowledge and he would check the matter.



262 vehicles challaned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
The joint inspection team consisting of state transport authority (STA) and traffic police issued challans to 262 vehicles under various offences today.

As many as 33 vehicles were impounded and 80 vehicles were challaned for not having pollution under control certificates. The whole drive was conducted under the supervision of Vandana Disodia, secretary STA (UT).



e-Sampark centres
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
The department of information technology, Chandigarh Administration, has been playing a key role by offering varied public utility services at one place -- e-Sampark centres. In another initiative the department has decided to accept single cheque for multiple BSNL telephone bills at sampark/gram sampark centres, but the entry will be made for each and every bill/invoice.




Sewerage blocked

Despite various complaints with the authorities concerned, the sewerage lines of the Civil Lines, Passey Road, locality are blocked, thereby causing tremendous inconvenience and health hazards to the residents.

Residents of the colony pay their taxes to the corporation and thus the authorities should take prompt actions.

HS Gill



Syndicate to discuss student’s welfare issues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
Long pending issues of the student’s welfare would be taken up in the first syndicate meeting of elected members of the Panjab University scheduled to be held on January 25.

In order to introduce transparency in the examination system, a proposal to allow students to see their entrance answer sheets will be discussed in the meeting for which a fee of Rs 10,000 had been fixed. This issue was raised by the students a number of times that they were not satisfied with the marks.

If this proposal is accepted then the students would get their answer sheet re-evaluated by paying the fee. There is also a proposal to uploaded the answer keys on the department website for 48 hours after the examination. The proposal has been finalised by the committee headed by SC Vaidya, dean University Instructions.

The syndicate is also expected to discuss the recommendations of a committee formed to revise fee and cost for supply of information under RTI.

At present, the university charges Rs 10 per application for seeking information under RTI and Rs 2 per page for a copy of these documents.

Whereas according to the proposed rates, Rs 50 would be charged per application for RTI and Rs 10 would be charged for each page created and copied. For information provided on a floppy and CD, the applicant would have to pay Rs 100 and Rs 200, respectively.

Fee structure of the students of University Institute of Applied Management Sciences belonging to the general and SC/ST category will also be decided in the meeting.

Another significant proposal likely to be taken up includes another chance to three-year course to the Law students to improve their percentage. According to the proposal, a candidate would be allowed to appear in any additional subject prescribed by the course other than the one already studied.



From PU
44 attend social science workshop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
The advanced training workshop on the relevance and use of qualitative methods in social science research, organised by the ICSSR northwestern regional centre, concluded at campus here today.

The two-week long workshop was attended by about 44 young researchers from universities, colleges and research institutes in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. Nearly twenty social scientists, drawn from institutions like Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, UNESCO, centre for the study of developing societies, Panjab University and the PGI acted as resource persons. The highlight of the workshop was imparting practical training in fieldwork and writing field reports.

Birth anniversary

Neta ji Subash Chander Bose was remembered on the eve of his birth anniversary by students’ central association, department of evening studies, Panjab University, in collaboration with democratic students organisation. The council of evening studies department organised Mushayara. Around 100 students took out a candle march.



From Schools
Patriotic spirit grips schools
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 23
To commemorate Republic Day, the Mohali branch of Shivalik Public School organised a colourful programme. Principal Satwant Kaur Bedi stressed the inculcation of true patriotic feelings among the students and urged the Shivalikans to be honest, truthful, dutiful and devoted to the cause of national integration.

At Small Wonders School, students participated in the eventful commemoration. As a large gathering of tiny tots watched the colourful event, which offered a spectacular display of pageants, march past and a dazzling array of tableaux, the celebrations also struck an educative note with patriotic theme running throughout.

At Ashmah International School, Mohali, the tiny tots enlivened up the atmosphere by patriotic presentations. Popular patriotic songs highlighted by nationalistic pride like “Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawano Ka” and “It happens only in India” reverberated the whole campus even as students danced and clapped to the beats.

Quiz contest

A quiz competition on climate change was conducted in Gian Jyoti Public School, Phase2, Mohali. Dr Onkar Singh, scientist environment, Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Sector 26, Chandigarh, was the chief guest on the occasion. Harleen Kaur from class XI M and Meena Negi from class IX C bagged I position in the quiz followed by Aditi from class XI M and Sehajveer from class IX C who stood II whereas the III position was grabbed by Vishakha from class XI M and Sahib from class X A.

Talent fest

The Day two of the three-day Talent Fest being conducted at Manav Mangal Smart Schoool, Mohali, was marked with the strong views of the young orators from 15 schools of the tricity with around 100 students participating in debate. The topic of the debate was “Is terrorism a commitment to a cause or a business” and “Terrorism a raw power or a power to cut humanity to raw”.

The results of the events are: In Cat-A students of Classes V and VI competed in various competitions. Debate - Siddharth Goyal of Hansraj Public school, Panchkula -I and Archita Sharma of smart school -II

In Cat -B students of Classes VII and VIII competed in various competitions. Debate - Saksham Gakhar of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chd- I and Aakritee Rajj of smart school-II. Seminar - Robin and Anagad of Shemrock Secondary School, Mohali -I , Nikhil Pratap and Ishwar of Manav Mangal School-Panchkula - II . Turn Coat -Kevin Robbie, John and Virat Hooda of Hansraj Public School, Panchkula -I , Genshna Sharma and Navneet Kaur Dhanjal of smart school-II.



Education secretary visits city colleges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 23
The Union Territory home-cum-technical education secretary Ram Niwas, yesterday paid surprise visits to various technical and educational institutes in the city.

He visited Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET), Sector 26, and the ITI, Sector 28. He inspected the newly constructed building of the degree block at the CCET. Students demanded a new canteen on the premises. He also inaugurated the computer lab with WiFi facilities.

During the visit, the home secretary was apprised of the shortage of staff in the college to which he promised an early solution.



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