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GPA holders get occupancy rights
GS Paul
Tribune News Service

Rs 50,000 fixed for Category A
Rs 25,000 for Category B
Rs 10,000 for Category C
n GPA holder will have ownership rights
n Able to get loans from financial institutions
n Have voting rights in general body elections
n Curb nexus between dealers and RCS officials

Chandigarh, February 10
Ultimately, the decks have been cleared for general power of attorney (GPA) holders in the cooperative group housing societies to have occupancy rights legally. For, the administration has drafted a regularisation policy under which the GPA holders will pay a fixed amount to have property in their own names.

According to new cooperative rules, Rs 50,000 has been fixed for transferring share of a flat falling in the Category A, Rs 25,000 for Category B, Rs 10,000 for Category C.

Sanjay Kumar, Finance Secretary, said the management of the societies would charge the share-transfer money only to keep it in the accounts of the societies under the welfare fund.

“The idea is to plough back the money for the welfare of the societies. We are working on the modalities to draft further rules and regulations for the management to maintain the accounts for the purpose,” he said.

With the introduction of this new policy, over 15,000 GPA holders in the cooperative group housing societies, from Sector 48 to 52, will now have voting right in the general elections of the society.

Earlier, they had been at the receiving end of the officer bearers of the management committees.

It is an irony that the majority of the societies were being governed by those original members who had already sold their flats.

Now, after being recognised by the administration and having flat in their own names, they will also be able to get housing loans from the banks and financial institutions.

Registrar for the Cooperative Societies (RCS) RK Rao said, “We have adopted the pattern which is applicable in Haryana, but here, no part of share transfer money will go into the RCS’s account”.

Nevertheless, the new policy will make the old transfer policy based on “unearned profit clause”, ranged from Rs 3.8 lakh to Rs 5.25 lakh, redundant as the share of flat will now be transferred directly, as many times, in the name of new buyer by paying the new transfer fee as applicable.



School board roll nos a click away
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 10
Students missing annual exams due to delay in getting roll numbers is now a thing of past.

The roll numbers can be generated online from the website of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB). For the first time, the board authorities have installed software to enable the students to get a computer-generated roll number while sitting at home.

Made operational from today, the facility will be available to thousands of private candidates in the middle, secondary and senior secondary level board exams.

By inserting the name, father’s name and district, the candidate can download the roll number from the board’s website: www.pseb.ac.in “Centre superintendents and the examination staff have been asked to allow the students to appear on the basis of the such slips only after verifying the antecedents of the candidates,” said Dr Dalbir Singh, chairman of the board.

The facility is at present available for students of middle and senior secondary classes. For Class X, the exam details will be available online after February 15.

In the past, it has been seen that just before commencing of the board exams, students throng the board headquarters to get duplicate roll numbers.

Earlier, the students had to either approach the district depots or approach the board officials at Mohali to get the documents.

For maintaining the secrecy of the answer-sheets, the chairman said fictitious numbers would be assigned to each answer-sheet.



Garib Rath to Jaipur from Feb 14
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
At last, the Northern Railway has fulfilled its commitment to run Garib Rath between Chandigarh and Jaipur. The train will replace special holiday train that had been running for the past one year as an interim arrangement.

Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Ambala division, Karan Singh, told The Tribune that the Garib Rath from Chandigarh to Jaipur would run from February 14 and the reverse pair from Jaipur to Chandigarh would run on February 13.

It will be the first Garib Rath from Chandigarh connecting the city to the pink city. The III-tier train will have 10 bogies. The fare for the III AC will be around Rs 470. The train will run thrice a week on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from the city.

JS Bhogal, member of the Zonal Railway User Consultative Committee, welcoming the decision said it should also be extended up to Ajmer Sharif.

Railway officials said the Jaipur special departs from Chandigarh at 9 pm and reaches Jaipur at 9.35 am the next day. The reverse train (number 0989) would run from Jaipur to Chandigarh on every Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The train would pass through Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Panipat, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri, Rewari, Alwar, Rajgarh, Baswa, Dasua, Jagatpur and Gandhinagar stations.



Student hangs to death in PEC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
Unable to clear his final exams in repeated attempts, Tarun Sharma, a 20-year-old student of mechanical engineering diploma of a private Jalandhar college, today allegedly commited suicide by hanging at his residence in Punjab Engineering College (PEC), here, this evening.

Even as no suicide note was recovered from the body, the police termed the death as a case of suicide. He was pursuing his diploma in a private college in Jalandhar.

The police said the failure in clearing the final exams seemed to be the reason behind the extreme step.

The death came to light at around 5:15 pm when the deceased’s father Daulat Ram, a technician in the engineering department of the college, returned home from work. He found the door locked from inside and there was no response of his calls. He waited for about 30 minutes and took the help of the next-door neighbour. The neighbouring youth went to the terrace and entered Daulat’s house and opened the door. They found Tarun hanging from the a ceiling fan hook.

The police was informed about the incident. The police conducted the spot inspection and shifted the body to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Speciality Hospital. The police sealed the room and will get the spot examined by experts of the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory.

The neighbours told the police that there was nothing unusual in his behaviour. He had reportedly discussed about his exams with his father.

His mother had gone to meet his brother, who is working at Ludhiana. Tarun had come about a fortnight ago to meet his father. The police has initiated inquest proceedings in this connection.

ITI student commits suicide

In a separate incident, a 23-year-old ITI student Kamaljeet Singh committed suicide by hanging at his residence here in Daria village this evening.

The police said that the mother of the deceased was at the terrace of the house and his brother was not at home. The inquest proceedings have been started under Section 174 of the CrPC, the police added.


Drug Racket
Police to bring Saji Mohan to city
To be produced before a local court on Feb 24
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
The Chandigarh Police is all set to bring Saji Mohan, former Director of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), arrested by the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra in a drug-trafficking case, to the city.

Confirming the development, the UT Inspector-General of Police, S.K. Jain, today said they had obtained production warrants from a local court and Saji Mohan would be produced before the court on February 24.

The Chandigarh Police had booked Saji Mohan in a case of corruption for misappropriating Rs 13 lakh of a case property on a complaint lodged by R.C. Bodh, in-charge of NCB ‘malkhana’ in Chandigarh.

About the report sent by the ATS regarding the involvement of a Chandigarh Police DSP and a local journalist of an English daily, the IGP said that in its report, the ATS had given indication about their involvement. Sharing the contents of the report, he said the ATS said in its report that “they (both the DSP and the journalist) may have a role” in the report prepared by the NCB Director alleging nexus of six policemen with drug peddlers. He, however, added that as no strong evidence about the involvement of the DSP and the journalist was mentioned in the report, the police had not taken any action till now.

He said the ATS report had mentioned that the journalist had used his influence in getting the report prepared about the nexus of drug peddlers with six Chandigarh cops by Saji Mohan at the behest of the DSP.

The IGP had asked the ATS to send a report of Saji Mohan’s interrogation, to confirm whether any police officer of the Chandigarh Police was involved in the nexus with drug peddlers. The IGP had specifically asked about the role of the six policemen, including sub-inspector Harinder Singh Sekhon, who are placed under suspension following report given by the NCB about their nexus with drug peddlers. The IGP said the ATS suggested the police to “independently verify” the matter.

When asked about the action on the report, the IGP said it was a brief report not having details. They would wait for the arrival of Saji Mohan in the city and would thoroughly interrogate him to reach the bottom of the truth. He added that they would also write to the ATS to provide a detailed interrogation report of Saji Mohan.

Highly placed sources said the ATS report was being taken up with the UT Administration and the police would discuss the report with him. Replying to a query, the IGP stated that there was no factionalism in the police.



Showers, winds lash city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
Light showers coupled with high-velocity winds and thunderstorm lashed the city today evening ending the long dry spell leading to a fall in temperature.

People who were thinking of packing their woolens would have to think again as according to Met department, the temperature is likely to witness a dip of 2-3 degrees in the next few days.

According to the met department, the city will have a partially cloudy weather, followed by light showers.

As per the Met department, the city will have average rainfall in the coming week. However, the minimum temperature recorded today was 10.8 degrees Celsius and the maximum was 24 degrees.

According to the Met department Director, Chatter Singh, the delay in the rain was due to week Western disturbances in this area this season. He said that there was normal rainfall in the Jammu and Kashmir region.



Students in trouble
SAP cancels franchisee’s licence
Amit Khanna

Chandigarh, February 10
Dispute between franchiser and franchisee of a SAP (System Application and Products in Data Processing) certified course has put a question mark over the future of over 60 students who have already spent lakhs of rupees with the hope that the course will eventually make them secure their dream jobs.

Students studying in a Sector 36 institute, e-gyan today accused SAP India (a Bangalore company) of breach of trust by suddenly cancelling the licence of their institute without stating any reason. The institute had been running for the past two years.

“Our careers have been jeopardised by this sudden decision of the company. We are feeling helpless as we have been betrayed” said Prateek Bedi, an agitated student.

The students gathered outside the institute this morning and demanded that their course should be completed in the institute only.

They were agitated and heated arguments ensued throughout the day. The parents of students were saying that they had already lodged a complaint of criminal breach of trust against the authorities. It is learnt that the police has recorded a DDR in this connection at the Sector 36 police station.

On the other hand, Dhiren Singh, SAP official maintained, “We have cancelled the authorisation of the institute on account of Intellectual Property Rights Violation”.

Denying any violation on their part Vijay Chhabra, manager of the institute, held that no violation was committed by his institute.

Till the filing of the report, the parents of the students were having arguments with the management to resolve the issue in the interest of the students.

The five months course cost Rs. 1,50,000.



Land Acquisition
Villagers move SC/ST panel against admn
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
Accusing the UT Administration of divesting them of their land, the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes families residing in rural belt of the city have filed a petition before the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to look into the matter.

Terming it a violation of Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, the petitioners pleaded before the commission that for the past five decades, a majority of them are dependent on agriculture and small cottage trades for their livelihood and survival, but the administration, in contravention to the Periphery Control Act, has been compelling them to restrict their activities by forcefully acquiring the land for commercial purposes.

The petition reads: “Under the legislation, no kind of commercial use of the land, other than agricultural activities, related and ancillary activities and some cottage trades, was allowed and owing to such restrictions, the people belonging to SC and ST category, around 2,25,000, polished their skills in such activities and learned such permitted trades and arts to just ensure their bare survival, but since 2001 onwards, the administration itself has indulged into all such commercial activities in connivance with the influential and wealthy business houses, earlier declared to be restricted under the “Periphery Control Act”.

It is irony that the administration, in violation of Section 25 of Land Acquisition Act, has forcibly started acquiring land from SC/ST villagers at low value. The SC and ST families were compensated just around Rs 10 lakh per acre whereas the commercial market value, when auctioned in open auction, was as high as Rs 20 crore per acre for that particular period.

“It is a deliberate atrocity committed on SC and ST families in violation of the national policy and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. That this also is a punishable offence under Section 3 of the act for forcefully dispossessing the member of SC and ST of the land allotted to them,” the petitioners argue.

The petitioners urged the Commission to arbitrate their interest provide judicial support so that to lawfully contest the legal cases relating to the wrongful acquisition and extremely low compensation.

They further appealed that the administration, while implementing the National Resettlement and Rehabilitation Policy, 2007, be directed to follow the provisions of Section 23 of the Land Acquisition Act in its true letter and spirit and by taking all the costs, etc at actual market value.



Education trip for have-nots
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
Ram Dayal Hookran, a sub-inspector in the Chandigarh Police, today organised an education trip of underprivileged students of seven schools of Hoshiarpur district. The physically challenged police officer, along with his family, has been running “Awareness Mission”, a venture to promote education among the children from lower strata of the society.

In all, 130 students from seven schools of the district were brought to the city on a two-day educational tour. They visited historical gurdwaras, including Machhiwara Sahib, Chamkaur Sahib and Fatehgarh Sahib. Today the students were taken to the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Punjab and Haryana Vidhan Sabhas, Civil Secretariats, Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, Children Traffic Park and to The Tribune building. The children were informed about the functioning of these institutions.

The mission will encourage the students to share their experiences in an essay writing competition and the first 10 students will be given a cash prize of Rs 500.



Consumer forum starts in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 10
The Mohali district consumer forum became functional, with its inauguration by the Food and Civil Supplies Minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, in Phase 2 here today.

After inaugurating the court, the minister said all the consumer forums were being linked through Internet. It is the cheapest way of getting redressal on consumer related issues. A former district and session judge, BS Mendirrata, president of the forum said, around 100 cases from Fatehgarh Sahib and Ropar had been transferred to the Mohali district forum. One member from Fatehgarh Sahib would be assisting the president in dispensing the cases.



PUDA staff seek pension
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 10
Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) employees today met Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal demanding pension for them.

While the urban housing employees were getting pension, those absorbed from housing board were not getting pension. About 1500 PUDA employees were being affected, said AS Randhawa, PUDA Diploma Engineer Association. The CM assured them to take up the matter.



Book released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
A book titled “United Nations and Empowerment of Women” authored by Dr Surinder K Shukla was released by Panjab University’s Vice-Chancellor Dr RC Sobti here today.

Shukla revealed that objective of the book is to focuss on codification and implementation of women’s rights not only in the political and economical spheres but also in relation to issues such as migration and intercultural zones, minorities and children.

The book seeks to address both the theoretical significance of gender as realised by the United Nations and practical importance for all concerned with the formulation and administration of social policy. She said there were many books written separately on the United Nations and issues related to women but none dealing with the United Nations and women together.



Daily-wage earner ends life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
A daily-wager in horticulture department of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, Bhola Ram, was found hanging from a tree in Sector 48 today afternoon.

The incident was reported to the police at around 3:30 pm when someone spotted the body hanging from a tree in an open ground adjoining the boundary wall of the Banyan Tree School.

The police recovered an identity card from the body and informed his family about the incident. Later, the police shifted the body to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital.



Self-finance courses face PU’s apathy
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
It seems that the Panjab University authorities are giving stepmother treatment to self-finance courses being run on the campus as most of these are going on in dilapidated buildings and one of the buildings is still under construction.

Fee being charged for these self-finance courses vary from Rs 40,000 to Rs 1 lakh annually or per semester. All self-finance courses were initiated by the authorities in the last three years to raise funds for the university.

While visiting the department of the institute of educational technology and vocational education department, which started in 2007, it is found that it is running in one of the oldest buildings of the campus.

The authorities have not even bothered to take care about the parking facility for seven different courses in the old building. The strength of the students attending these courses is more than 2,000, but the department has no parking facility in it.

One of the senior officials of the university revealed that two years ago the university authorities thought of demolishing the building in which these seven departments were being run as the base of the building had become very weak. The official told that the roof of all rooms of the building have major leakage problem and no renovation had been done since long as the authorities proposed to demolish the building.

The official further stated that it is strange why the authorities had allocated this building for running these new courses, as it is not suitable for any activity.

Surprisingly, the condition of the newly constructed building of the University Institute of Legal Studies is also not different. While visiting the department it is found that there is no proper place for the parking in the department. Strangely the computers which were purchased around three years back were yet to be unpacked for setting a computer lab.

Sources in the university commented that it is strange that the university is raising funds through these self-finance courses but none of the department has even the basic facilities of studies.

When contacted university’s Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti revealed that the authorities were allocating adequate funds for improving the condition of all self-finance courses. He said around Rs 2 crore was going to be incurred for the development of the university infrastructure.



From Schools & Colleges
IT fest at GCG-11
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
The department of computer applications of Government College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh, organised “Tech Zeal 09”, a kaleidoscope of inter-college competitions, here today.

“Computers: The upcoming rulers” was the topic of “Cross talk”, a debate competition. “Brain wave”, an IT quiz and “Feel the heat”, a theme dance were thoroughly applauded and enjoyed by audience. GCG-11 won the first prize for the IT quiz and SGGS-26 won the first prize for the IT skit.

Farewell given

Class Xth students of St Kabir Public School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, were given a farewell party by their juniors. Various dance presentations were presented on the occasion. A power point presentation by school teachers tracing the class X students growing up from nursery onwards had audience clapping in appreciation.


Amandeep Singh, a student of Government College, Sector 11, has done the city proud. He was adjudged the all-India best cadet at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi and awarded the Prime Minister's baton and trophy. This is the first time that an NCC Naval wing cadet from the city has won the trophy.

Get together

An annual get together of the special cell of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, was organised on Sunday.

As many as 50 students of the special cell enthralled audience with their colourful song and dance sequences. Recreational activities for parents of these special children were also organised on the occasion.



‘Philosophy hones analytical skills’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
Philosophy that has attracted a great interest among the students of Ferozepur, today knocked the door of Panjab University. A group of more than 70 students from Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepur, with their philosophy teacher, Ambuj Sharma, participated in one-day national seminar on “Philosophy and living traditions” on the campus today.

The seminar was organised by department of philosophy, Panjab University, in collaboration with Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepur.

In the first session, Dr V T Sebastian, chairman of the department, said philosophy is an excellent course for training in reading, writing and analytical skills. He shared his views on the history of western philosophy.

In the second session, Dr HP Sah spoke on the relevance of philosophy and human existence. He said philosophy is a basic field of enquiry. Its range encompasses ideas and issues in every domain of human experience. The study of philosophy can profoundly affect thoughts and personality of a person.



PU VC honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti, Panjab University, has been honoured with “EDGE-2009 award” (Emerging directions in global education) for his contributions as a researcher in cancer and environmental biotechnology at a function held in New Delhi.

EDGE is a forum collectively conceptualised by prestigious institutions from India and abroad. The forum gives awards every year to those who have made significant contributions in the field of higher education.



Session on social evils
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
Spirit India, a group of volunteers of GGDSD College, held an interactive session with Prof Jyotsna Chander, from Wisconsin University, here today.

Chander emphasised on the empowerment of women and said the character of the society was recognised by the way the people treat their women.

She also spoke on the problems of female foeticide, dowry and property rights of female. Students confided that at times they feel helpless in front of their families when issues like dowry are discussed.



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