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Cooperative Group Housing Societies
Relief for GPA holders
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
Sparing a thought for the general power of attorney (GPA) holders in the cooperative group housing societies, the Chandigarh administration has decided to allow the transfer of share certificates in the name of the members of the societies having occupancy rights.

  • Share certificates to be issued at a nominal fee
  • Shareholders would be able to get housing loans from banks
  • Relief to hundreds of GPAs as they would get voting rights

The decision, which was taken at a meeting held under the chairmanship of finance secretary Sanjay Kumar, would provide a major relief to the GPA holders who were not treated as the members of the socieities and had no voting rights. 

Under the new system, they would virtually be regularised by the administration conceding a long-pending demand of those who own flats. Besides, GPAs having shares in their names would be able to get housing loans from the banks and financial institutions.

The new policy de-facto would be patterned on a substitution policy for the cooperative societies, as was announced by the administration in 2006.

While the substitution fee for different categories of flats was decided by the general bodies of the societies under the substitution policy, the administration was yet to decide the nominal fee for the regularisation of the GPAs under this scheme.

Recently, registrar of cooperative societies RK Rao had submitted a proposal for the transfer of the flats in the name of the GPA holders at a fee ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 30,000 on the Haryana pattern.

While the administration had stopped coming out witha clear-cut transfer policy, the present scheme should take care of the concerns of the GPA holders, who had been at the receiving end of the office-bearers of the management committees. And these officers had already sold their dwelling units to the GPA holders. It may be mentioned the imposition of the increased amounts for the transfer of flats had kicked off a protest from various quarters. The new policy would ultimately make the transfer policy redundant, an official highlighted.

The co-chairman of the Chandigarh Social Welfare Council urged the administration to formulate a ‘public-friendly’ mechanism for the transfer of shares of the GPA holders.He demanded the administration should adopt the procedure being followed in Haryana, where an indemnity bond sufficed to cause transfer of flats in the name of the GPA.


Fiza in hospital, Chand elusive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
A day after claiming that her husband had been kidnapped, former Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan, alias Chand Mohammed’s second wife, Fiza, alias Anuradha Bali, attempted suicide at her residence in Sector 48 this morning.

While Chander Mohan remained elusive despite this attempt, she was booked by the Mohali police under Section 309 of the IPC for attempting suicide.

Doctors attending to her at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where she was brought in a semi-conscious state following consumption of sleeping pills and blood pressure tablets, said her condition was stable.

“She was feeling drowsy when she was brought in at around 11.30 am. We washed her stomach and she was stable. However, we will keep her under observation for at least 24 hours before she is discharged from hospital,” Dr Jeet Ram, who attended on her, said.

Narrating the sequence of events, Fiza’s friend Rana Ghuman said Fiza was disturbed all day yesterday since the time Chander Mohan left the house. “Even after his call, she was convinced that he had been kidnapped. I stayed with her through the night because she was very tense. This morning, too, she was very upset,” Ghuman said.

Fiza sent Ghuman downstairs for breakfast and stayed behind on some pretext. She consumed the tablets in her paternal uncle, Satpal Walia’s room. After having the tablets, she told her uncle that she had consumed sleeping tablets. “We immediately rushed her to the hospital. She is stable now but is still in depression. She wants to see Chander Mohan to know that he is fine,” her uncle stated. Despite this suicide attempt and her admission to the hospital, there was no news of and from Chander Mohan and his location remained a mystery even as Fiza’s family, her mother, sister and friends, remained by her side at the hospital.

The police will record Fiza’s statements once she is fit.



Man gets life term for killing wife
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
District and Sessions Judge KK Garg today sentenced Nirmal Singh, 53, to life imprisonment for murdering his wife as she had allegedly misbehaved with him. While the court acquitted another accused Ajit Pal Singh, who was the son of the deceased.

A case was registered against the accused when taxi driver Surinder Singh along with residents of Sector 32, namely Nirmal Singh and Ajit Pal Singh, reached the police station in Industrial Area at about 6.30 am on November 16, 2006 as he found them perplexed.

On questioning, the duo disclosed that they had killed Malkiat Kaur, wife of Nirmal Singh. On November 15, 2006, after one such incident, Nirmal Singh caught hold of his wife while her son Ajit Pal Singh attacked her with a “darat”, following which she died. The police booked the two accused on the charges of murder.

Surinder Singh was declared hostile after he denied his earlier statement and stated that he had not taken the duo to the police.

The court held, “The deceased was no one else but the mother of accused Ajit Pal Singh. Taking the totality of said circumstances into account it does not appear to mind that accused has concealed any blood stained darati.”



Student politics takes backseat in PU
Archit Watts

Chandigarh, January 29
It seems that students’ politics of the Panjab University has lost its charm. The scenario has, now, changed with leaders hardly having any agenda to work upon for the students’ rights.

Despite this, there are about 11 students organisations in the university. Barring two or three, no other organisation directly takes part in the Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) poll.

Only the Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) have succeeded in the Panjab University Campus Students Council poll.

Apart from these two big parties, some others are the Indian National Students Organisation (INSO), Students Organisation of India (SOI), Akhil Bahartiya Vidyarathi Parishad (ABVP), Haryana Students Association (HSA), Himachal Pardesh Students Union (HPSU), Himachal Pardesh Students Association (HPSA), Students Federation of India (SFI), All India Students Federation (AISF) and the National Students Union of India (NSUI). These parties are better known as the alliance partners during elections, said Varun Madaan, a student. A few students gathered today to register their party but failed to show the required strength, he added.

Most of the students are not even aware of these parties, but they still come out to make their presence felt, another student Mohit said. These organisations are not even aware of the problems faced by the students, he added.

Although the university has given many names to the mainstream politics but for the past few years no student leader from the campus has emerged on this front. This can well be gauged from the fact that during the elections held last September, only three candidates contested for the post of president and the other parties remained silent for the want of candidates.

Even the patrons of a few students’ organisations have changed their parties more than two or three times in their career. These are Bhuvan Azaad (SFI), Shellay Sandhu (ABVP) and Parminder Brar (SOI).

While giving the reason behind the decrease in craze of student politics, a former PUCSC president Malwinder Singh Kang said:” Basically, small parties which have less their vote banks are the behind the issue and even they have no specific agenda to work for the students’ welfare. They should work for the students’ welfare, Kang added. Another former PUCSC president Dalveer Singh said: “Main reason behind this is the Lyngdoh recommendations, which have blocked the entry of the new parties.”

Talking to this correspondent, most of the students replied that the increase in the criminal activities in the campus has also reduced the craze for active politics among students and have learnt a lesson from the leaders.

As per last four years police records at least 200 university students were booked on various sections and 45 cases registered against these students under various provisions of law, ranging from breach of peace, creating nuisance, rioting and attempt to murder. The major incidents in which the FIRs have been registered in the past four years are as follows:

lIn 2004 a few SOPU activists, including the then president Khushbaaz Jattana, reportedly attacked Malwinder Singh Kang and broke his teeth

lIn 2006 Amandeep Singh, the then PUCSC president, reportedly fired at on his Honda city car to gain sympathy.

lIn 2007 just before the elections, A few PUSU activists, including then president Rupinderjit Mann allegedly stabbed Harjeevan of DAV College, near the law auditorium.

lIn 2007 SOPU activists, including then president, Dalveer Singh Goldy, attacked then PUSU president Abhishek Puri in hostel No 6 and two others sustained head injuries.

lIn 2008 a few INSO activists, including then president Vikas Rathee pelted stones on the Vice-Chancellor’s house.

lIn 2008 a few SOPU activists, including then president Harpreet Multani stabbed Simrandeep Sandhu during the examination.

lIn 2008 a few HSA activists, including Narender Gujjar, attacked Brinder Dhillon outside the Vice-Chancellor’s house. Dhillon sustained head injuries. 



Poll for MC posts today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
Elections for the posts of the senior vice-president and the vice-president of the Mohali Municipal Council are scheduled to held tomorrow at 3 pm. This was submitted by the Punjab state counsel before Justice Ajai Lamba of the Punjab and Haryana High Court during the hearing on the writ petition filed by Kuljit Singh Bedi, a council member, today.

He had sought directions for holding the elections to the two posts lying vacant since October 16, 2007. He had contended that despite the lapse of over a year, the state government had not taken steps to fill the vacancies.

Mohali SDM Raghubir Kaur Khaira was present in the court when the matter was taken up for consideration. The hearing has now been adjourned till February 6.



Frequent transfer of DCs, SSPs in Mohali
Public works, development matters suffer
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 29
While the Union Government has been talking of administrative reforms, including fixing of tenure of two years for IAS officers to end political interference, Mohali district has seen four deputy commissioners in the past three years, with none having a stint of more than a year.

The last incumbent, Rahul Bhandhari, who was recently replaced by PS Mand, had a stint of eight months only. It is ironic that in the district created in 2006, the Akali government has replaced three deputy commissioners within a year. The first DC, Tejvir Singh was shifted out when the Akali government took over reins from the Congress government.

And the worst victim of the frequent reshuffle has been the public-reform initiatives. “ It generally takes some months to understand the functioning of the district and its problems. By the time an officer understands the functioning, he is transferred by political bosses,” said an official.

It is not the DC alone, the district has seen five senior superintendents of police (SSPs) in the past three years. The previous SSP, RS Khatra was transferred following a spat with Kings XI owner Ness Wadia.

In Mohali district, the schemes initiated by an official are hardly taken up by his successor. Citing example, sources said the facility of the Suvidha centres set up by Tejvir Singh was not vigorously followed by his successor HIS Grewal.

The sensitive issue of the district administrative complex (DAC) has been a causalty because of the frequent transfers of the DCs. The site of the DAC was shifted from Phase VIII here to Saneta village and then back to Sector 76.

Another important issue has been simplifying of the procedures for the general public. Issues like giving of certificates for different purposes, public meetings and overall development works take a back seat in the event of such transfers. Citing another example, the sources said Rahul Bhandhari’s crusade against the land mafia, involved in grabbing of shamlat land, might not find favour with his successors.

A former DC, HIS Grewal, was transferred out following allegations of partisan behaviour and having conjured up a controversial image in the run-up to the civic elections held last year.



Easing traffic new DC’s priority
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 29
The new Deputy Commissioner, Prabhjot Singh Mand, who took charge here today, said among his priorities in the town would be to ease traffic congestion and beautify the Leisure Valley.

Mand, first resident of the town who have been posted as DC of the district, is supposed to be well aware of the problems of the district, and residents expect a better redress of grievances.

He said traffic was heavy on the road dividing Phase VII and Sector 70. A plan would be drawn up to introduce one-way traffic on the stretch.

Widening of certain roads in the town was also necessary to make the traffic congestion easy. However, such widening would only be possible if essential services such as water supply and sewerage lines were not passing under such roads.

He further said the beauty of the Leisure Valley here was being marred by the presence of a nullah in the area, which originated in Chandiagrh. Foul smell from the nullah was also a major problem. He would take up the matter with the Chandigarh administration to find an early solution to the problem.

He said he would endeavour to bring about transparency in the administration and implementation of policies.


SAD, Cong indulge in horse trading
Ruling party trying hard to dislodge Cong-backed council president Rajinder Singh Rana
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 29
Both ruling as well as the Opposition groups of the Mohali Municipal Council has intensified their efforts to capture the post of a senior vice- president of the civic body. Horse trading is also being done to woo councillors for the elections to the two vacant posts, which is to be held tomorrow.

Posts of the senior vice-president and the vice-president of the council have been lying vacant for the past about a year-and-a-half. Elections to fill the two posts were not being held as the SAD leadership in the area wanted to capture the posts but was not able to get the numbers right for winning the poll.

Municipal councillors have now changed loyalties and the ruling group backed by the Congress was likely to be shown in a minority at the election meeting. Efforts are being made by the SAD not only to win the post of the senior vice-president but also to dislodge Congress-backed council president Rajinder Singh Rana, who is a close associate of Kharar MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu.

Both groups are holding meetings to chalk out strategies for the elections. Till recently the ruling group had strength of 18 councillors while the Opposition group, owing allegiance to Cooperation Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh, comprised 13 councillors. A Congress MLA, who is an ex-officio member, also has the voting right.

Sources said till yesterday the Opposition was successful in breaking away five members of the ruling group. They were RP Sharma, Parkashwati, Usha Rani, Manjit Kaur and Gian Chand Aggarwal. These members were reportedly kept at an undisclosed location and would be coming to the election meeting direct from there. Efforts to win over two more members of the ruling group- Amteshwar Kaur and Kiran Bansal-are also said to be at an advanced stage.

If the Opposition got successful in dislodging Rana from the post of the president, it was likely that the former president of the civic body Kulwant Singh may be asked to head the council once again after a favourable decision on his appeal was given by the Deputy Commissioner.



Wrestler Geetika, Tiwana to get Kalpana Chawla Award
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
The Kalpana Chawla Excellence Awards constituted by the PECOBA (Punjab Engineering College Old Boys’ Association) were announced here today.

The annual awards aimed to honour achievements of women in various field will be given away by Banarasi Lal Chawla, Kalpana’s father.

“This is our way to pay homage to Kalpana who was an alumni of PEC and made the entire nation proud. Its our annual initiative to confer awards upon the outstanding women achievers,” said Amarjit Singh Kohli, general secretary PECOBA.

The nine winners this year include the eight time national wrestling champion and two time Commonwealth Games wrestling champion Geetika Jakhar, Punjabi litterateur and recipient of Sahitya Akademi Dr Dalip Kaur Tiawna, winner of more than 16 gold medals in national, Asian and international events in 400 m race Manjeet Kaur, inventor of hake (breathless alaap) singer Gurmeet Bawa, 23-year-old Ranjeet Kaur who won the gold medal in Commonwealth judo championship in 2008, veteran theatre actor Jatinder Kaur who has been acting on stage, TV and films for the last 47 years, popular singer and film actor Amar Noorie, the award for promotion of art, culture and education which was announced for Manveen Sandhu, the founder of “Saanjh-Amristar-Lahore Festival” will be awarded posthumously as she died in an accident a few days ago.



Centre gives nod to raise reserve battalion
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 29
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has given nod to the UT police for raising Indian Reserve Battalion. The strength of he battalion will be 1,007 personnel.

Confirming the development, Inspector-General of Police, SK Jain, today said the UT police had received a communication from the ministry in this regard. He said the battalion would be comprised of a commandant of an IPS rank, three deputy commandants, seven assistant commandants, seven inspectors, 41 non-gazetted officers, 160 head constables and 675 constables. Apart from this, there would be office staff, wireless staff and medical staff.

The IGP said the battalion would be equipped with 35 vehicles, along with wireless sets, arms and ammunition. He added he would start the proceedings after examining the letter and said the formalities would be completed within six months.

The duration of the training of the recruits would be nine months and for the next nine months, they would be attached with the BSF, the CRPF and the Army, particularly in forward area. As many as 75 per cent of the standard cost of raising would be borne by the Central Government, and 25 per cent would be borne by the UT administration. The total cost is estimated to be around Rs 18 crore, said the police.

The raising of the battalion, for which the city police had been striving for years, would be a shot in the arm of the local police. The senior officials were crying foul over staff shortage since past many years and termed it as a big factor, which was adversely affecting their functioning.

A senior police official said the raising of the battalion would also open up new avenues for promotion in the police circles. Seven inspectors would be included in the battalion after promoting to the rank of DSP.



Rehabilitation of dhaba owners
Despite MC assurance, proposal hangs fire
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
Despite Municipal Corporation’s assurance to rehabilitate the dhaba owners running their business from the Transport Area, Sector-26, their fate still hangs fire. To add to their woes, officials of the corporation’s enforcement wing every second day take away their utensils besides handing over the challans.

About 38 dhaba owners are running their business in the transport area since the past 35 years. Most of them claimed that they had met the corporation officials to put forth their pleas to let them continue with their business. “Every time we meet civic officials we are assured of rehabilitation but nothing has been done so far,” said Ramanijiawan, president, Dhaba Phari Union Transport Area.

According to official sources, the matter was also taken up at the coordination committee meeting between the UT administration and the municipal corporation in July 2008. It was stated in the minutes that the mayor requested to let original dhaba owners continue with their business in the transport area. In fact, the UT adviser had directed the deputy commissioner-cum-estate officer and the chief architect to examine the issue.

Thereafter repeated reminders were sent to the deputy commissioner’s office to look into the matter by the former Mayor Pradeep Chabra but to no avail.

Recently, these dhaba owners met Mayor Kamlesh and apprised her of their problems. “Till a final decision is taken, we are at the mercy of the enforcement wing staff”, rued one of the owners..



Forest dept to conduct bird survey
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
The Chandigarh and Haryana forest department along with Avian Habitat and Wetland Society (AHWS), an NGO, is conducting Chandigarh Bird Survey 2009, covering Chandigarh and adjacent forests of Morni in Haryana.

The survey will be conducted for three days to culminate with a bird count at Sukhna wetlands on February 2 (World Wetland Day) in which citizens of Chandigarh along with schoolchildren will be participating.

Various teams of birdwatchers, conversationalists and ornithologists will be covering different areas and habitats, terrain and altitude to maximise range in the Nepli and Kansal forests in the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, the Sukhna lake and wetlands.

There will also be the bird survey presentation, slideshow, talks for children and other eminent people of Chandigarh at the Botanical Gardens’ Auditorium.

A photo exhibition “Birds of Chandigarh” by Narbir Kahlon and Kaushaland Baljit Singh will also be exhibited at the Botanical Gardens’ Auditorium, which will be inaugurated by Dr DR Ramesh Singh (additional principal chief conservator of forests, Haryana) on the same day. Ishwar Singh (IFS), Chief Conservator Forests, will preside over the function.



Paintings depict girl child’s agony
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
Workshop on “Art for the girl child” at Government College for Girls, Sector 11, concluded today.

Fifteen artists from the region participated in the workshop. Students from various colleges of the city learnt painting skills under the guidance of popular painters. The paintings, portraying the problems of the girl child, were depicted in a varied and versatile manner. Some of the artists painted the issues symbolically. The paintings will be put on exhibition soon.

Meanwhile, on the first day of the workshop artists like Imroz, Aaradhana Tandon, Jaskamal, Kamal Sohal, Neeta Mohindra, Bheem Malhotra, Ishwar Dayal, Ambalika, Vishal Bhatnagar, Satwant Singh, Madan Lal, Jaspal, Rajinder, Ravinder Sharma and RM Singh were present to put forth their views on the importance of the girl child.



Admn to set up dog ponds
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
The administration has planned to set up two dog ponds in order to free the city from the dog menace. A meeting in this regard was held yesterday under the chairmanship of Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar.

According to a press note, two acres has been allocated to the People for Animals by the Department of Animal Husbandry for setting up a dog’s pond at Raipur Kalan. About 645 dogs could be accommodated in the proposed pond.

On the corporation’s request for allocating another piece of land for the dog pond, the Finance Secretary has directed the Chief Architect to identify another site, which could be allotted to it.

The senior town planner proposed that a site near to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) building was lying vacant where the facilities provided by the SPCA could be constructed near Dadu Majra.



MC reviews dog bylaws
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
The Municipal Corporation is reviewing the dog bylaws, which were sent earlier to the UT administration for approval.

After approving the same in one of the house-meetings of the MC, these were sent to the administration for notification, but sources claimed that the officials had some queries in the proposal and that was why they were sent back to the MC for reviewing.

An official of the MC said they were reviewing the bylaws and with in a week, would send them back for UT’s perusal.

Under the proposal, owners of dogs would be made accountable for defecation by their pets at public places and penalty would be imposed in case of a violation.



German Rape Case
IG rewards 23 police officers
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 29
UT IG SK Jain rewarded the team of 23 police personnel led by ASP (Central) Madhur Verma to ensuring investigation speedy trial in the German tourist rape case.

The German lady, who alleged she was kidnapped from Hotel Taj, Sector 17, and was gangraped by five persons. After arresting the accused, a challan had been sent to the court for judicial verdict and trial of the case had led to the conviction of all accused for life imprisonment.

SK Jain rewarded an appreciation letter to Madhur Verma and DSP (CAW) Kulwant Singh Pannu and a cash reward of Rs 2,500 each was given to SHO Sector 17 police station Ramesh Chand, sub-inspector (SI) Sanjiv Kumar, SI Ram Rattan, SI Jaspal Singh, SI Amanjot Singh and SI Usha Rani.

He also awarded cash Rs 1,000 each to the head cnstable, Varinder Kumar, constable Narinder Kumar, Jaswinder Singh, Surjit Singh, Rajesh Kumar, Sirish Partap Singh, Sudhir Kumar, Satish Kumar, Sudhir Kumar, Jarnail Singh, Hansdeep, Narinder Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Sanjiv Kumar and Anil Kumar to motivate them.



SBI donates ambulance to HelpAge India
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
Chief General Manager of the State Bank of India, Ajay Swaroop, today handed over the keys of a mobile medicare unit to Bhavneshwar Sharma, State Manager, Helpage India, a charitable and social organisation working for the welfare of the needy and neglected elders.

The medicare unit donated by the bank will be used for providing medical assistance to elderly in 10 villages in and around Amritsar on all working days. Swaroop applauded the efforts of the Helpage India and appraised the gathering of various activities being undertaken by the bank under the community services banking scheme.



Exhibition van flagged off at MC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
TPS Phoolka, Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, today flagged off a mobile exhibition van for the products prepared by the BPL trainees.

The trainees had undergone training in various vocations with NGOs in the urban colonies of the city under a centrally sponsored scheme, being implemented by the Municipal Corporation.

NPS Randhawa, director of the local Museum and Art Gallery, and Bhagat Ram Rana, project coordinator, SJSRY, and other officers concerned were also present on the occasion. The mobile van, with various products displayed in it, was flagged off from outside of the MC office, which went towards Neelam Cinema parking, and thereafter, to the parking of Kiran Cinema, Sector 22.

The exhibition will continue from January 29 to February 5.



Tribune employees bereaved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
Ratan Kaur, mother of Manjit Singh Sabharwal, assistant manager (press), and Sarabjeet Singh, proof reader in The Tribune, died recently following a brief illness. She was 78.

She is survived by three sons and four daughters.

The bhog ceremony will be held on February 1 from 1 pm to 2 pm at Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Phase XI, Mohali.



Bird migration and environment

Apropos report “Migratory birds make village pond their home” in Chandigarh Tribune, dated January 26.

It is incorrect to write that “since the Chhat Bir zoo is surrounded by vegetation” birds fail to see the water bodies there. During migration, birds do not see the length and breadth of water bodies or vegetation.

Gobind Sagar Lake in Himachal Pradesh does not attract a large number of migratory birds although the area is very big compared to Bharatpur National Park, Rajasthan, Pong Dam or Harike lake in Punjab.

Bharatpur National Park in Rajasthan is only 29 sq km and is surrounded by vegetation, but every year attracts thousands of migratory birds of different kinds. The area has also been declared a World Heritage Site.

Bird ringing by the Bombay Natural History Society, Bombay, in Harike lake from 1980-84 showed that migratory birds were migrating to suitable habitats and pollution-free areas, where there was little human pressure and food availability was sufficient.

If population of birds is good, it indicates the good health of environment/water body. If there is poor migration, it shows the illness of the area.

Gurmit Singh, Deputy Chief Wildlife Warden Punjab (retd), Mohali

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Gandhian Studies
Gandhi’s non-violence still relevant: Don
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
The second day of the International conference on Gandhian Studies commenced with a special lecture by Prof Ramjee Singh, former Vice-Chancellor, Jain Vishva Bharati University, Ladnun, at Gandhi Bhawan, PU, here today. Prof Ramjee while speaking on the theme of “Training on non-violence,” viewed that if Gandhian studies has to be made relevant today, we should have to understand Gandhi’s philosophy on non-violence in proper perspective. Further he stressed on putting emphasis on the training of the strategy with new generations by initiating dialogue and discussions beyond the university campus.

“Today youth are less aware about the non-violence teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, therefore, an urgent need to evolve a complete training package for the youth of the country is required to make Gandhian practice a part of day-to-day affairs,” says Singh.

In the second technical session of the day, Prof BR Dugar, head, the department of non-violence and peace studies, Jain Vishwa Bharti University, emphasised not only on the need for development of a creed of non-violence in the contemporary times but also evolve a strategy to tackle the problem of violence.

In the last technical session, Deepak Jindal, S Andyappan, SL Tater, Himansu Bourai, YP Anand, Manoj Rajan, Suresh Dhanda, RK Gupta, Sanjeev Kumar, Ramesh Dhariwal also spoke on the emerging social problems and Gandhian remedies to resolve those issues. Broadly there was a consensus among the scholars that it is high time we should visualise alternative models of socio-economic change to solve the burning issues of society.



From PU
Ex-Chancellor’s death condoled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
A condolence meeting of students, faculty and non-teaching staff to condole sad demise of R Venkataraman, former President of India and the former chancellor of PU, was held at English Auditorium here today. The university fraternity offered their prayers to grant peace to the departed soul.

Foundation stone laid

Prof RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, PU, laid the foundation stone of Hostel No 7 for girls on PU campus here today.

Dr Sobti announced that the hostel would be named after Mother Teresa. The hostel will take care of the need to accommodate girl students within the campus.

To be built at a cost of Rs 7 crore, the hostel will accommodate 380 students. Six rooms have been reserved for physically challenged girls on the ground floor. The hostel will have seven floors with a majority of residential rooms from 1st floor to 7th floor.



City girl bags honours
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 29
Tanushree Butola of Hansraj Public School was honoured on the Republic Day by the Ministry of Human Resource Development with a certificate of appreciation in recognition for her excellent academic performance in the secondary examination conducted by CBSE during the year 2007-2008. She had secured 98.4 per cent marks in aggregate and 2nd All-India rank. She was given the honour of witnessing the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.



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