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Property dealer murdered
Body found from canal; 4 held

Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 11
The police has recovered the body of Harvinder Singh, a property dealer and a resident of Phase I, Mohali, from a canal near Neelon today evening.

The police has also arrested four persons, identified as Randhir Singh alias Dhira, Sewak Singh alias Sebi, Nirmal Singh, alias Nima, and Girdhari Lal, in this connection.

SSP Jatinder Singh Aulakh said that the accused allegedly kidnapped Harvinder and murdered him. His body was later dumped in his Maruti Zen car and pushed it into the canal, said the SSP.

The police was able to trace the body with the arrest of the accused. On questioning, they admitted to the crime. The body was traced after the accused disclosed the exact location of the spot where the crime was committed.

The police said that Harvinder Singh, Randhir Singh and Nirmal Singh hailed from Ranike while Girdhari Lal was a resident of Dhanas.

Harvinder had employed Randhir Singh to look after his work. It was alleged that Randhir had misappropriated about Rs 2 lakh of Harvinder, who had then asked him to return the money or face the consequences. It is alleged that Randhir, who lived next to Girdhari Lal in Dhanas, took the help of three persons to eliminate the property dealer.

Harvinder was missing from his house for the past many days after which his family reported the matter to the police. Later, Banta Singh, father-in-law of Harvinder, filed a complaint that four persons had allegedly kidnapped his son-in-law when he had gone to Sialba Majri with his driver in connection with the registration of some land. He was carrying Rs 3 lakh with him at that time, he said.

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Factionalism to fore in UT Police
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Investigations into the drug racket involving former Director of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Chandigarh, Saji Mohan has once again brought to fore factionalism within the Chandigarh Police.

The brief report send by the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Maharashtra Police regarding the disclosures of Saji Mohan indicating that a Chandigarh Police officer was behind preparing the report by the NCB leading to the suspension of six Chandigarh Police cops is a glaring example of the strong “factionalism” within the force. This is not an isolated incident as such bitter rivalries among the senior police officers become a talk within the police circles every now and then.

Though the top brass in the UT Police tried its best to play down the angle of factionalism in the department, sources said that senior officers find themselves helpless to root out factionalism in the force.

The UT Inspector-General of Police, S.K. Jain had on Tuesday claimed that his force of 4,000 personnel is united and there was no factionalism. However, he confirmed that there were some police officers who have a difference of opinion.

The IGP had said that as the report did not have any strong evidence and the ATS had suggested the police to independently verify the matter.

Rumours are rife in the police department that the suspension of the six policemen, including sub-inspector Harinder Singh Sekhon, on a report send by Saji Mohan to IGP last year for their alleged links with drug-traffickers and the recent ATS reports are the upshots of factionalism within the force.

A retired police officer attributed the reason behind factionalism to the Haryana-Punjab lobby in the Chandigarh Police. He added that the only a few officers are involved in it who wanted to outshine the rival group. Though it is said that factionalism was restricted to professionalism, but there is something more to it that meets the eye.

Take the case of the inspector Jagir Singh who was charged with molesting a woman police officer. From the very outset, it was alleged that the case was registered following rivalry between different groups in the police. Jagir Singh, who was the station house officer of the Sector 34 police station, was arrested, picked up from his office and sent to lock up in the Sector 17 police station.

Besides, the factionalism within the police came in open in the sensational Dimpy Murder case, Anuradha murder case and even inspector Kashmir Singh murder case. The police officers tried to settle their scores at the cost of the investigations in these cases.

Another retired police officer said that there was not a clear-cut division between the Haryana Punjab lobby, as in some cases police officer hailing from Punjab sided with those of Haryana to settle their scores. About the inability of the senior police officer to address the menace, he said the top officers had limited tenure in the city.

The job of Chandigarh police officers is non-transferable, thus they have made a stronghold in the city and are well connected without having a fear of transfer to some far-flung place on their minds, said sources.

Even as the IGP had tried to break the notion by adopting the rotation system, in which chances are given to everyone, but lack of professionalism or limited exposure to officers had given adverse results.

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Phasing out of diesel autos
RTI reply lands STA in dock
GS Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
A reply under RTI has put the State Transport Authority (STA) in a catch-22 situation.

Judicial magistrate first class has served summons to the Secretary, STA, Chandigarh, in a case related to the orders of phasing out of diesel-driven autorickshaws after August 31, 2009, while replacing them with LPG/battery-driven ones.

The STA Mohali Panchkula Autorickshaw Joint Action Committee had filed a petition with the court against this decision citing the reference of an RTI application submitted to the STA.

The STA admitted that the life span of an autorickshaw is of 15 years and are legal to run on the city roads.

On the basis of this information, the court has summoned STA officials to appear before the court on March 17 to hear their point of view.

The autorickshaw committee pleaded before the court that there were substantial number of diesel autorickshaws that were five or six year-old but roadworthy in every respect.

The auto drivers appealed that when the STA has already fixed the life span of 15 years for the life of an autorickshaw, their move to phase out vehicles before 15 years is unjustified. “We have procured information through RTI in August last, where the STA itself has admitted that the life span of an autorickshaw is for 15 years, how can they now back out from their decision”, said Kamla Kant, the chairman of the autorickshaw committee.

The auto committee also rued that majority of them were still paying the installments of their vehicles.

While, Vandana Disodia, Secretary, STA, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts, the officials in the administration said this step should have been in a phased manner.

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‘Obscene’ pictures of HPCC members on e-mails
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has lodged a complaint with the Chandigarh Police alleging that someone has circulated obnoxious e-mails containing morphed pictures of its president, two former presidents and the state education minister.

Sources in the police said the office secretary of the HPCC, Mahinder Singh, had lodged a complaint alleging that morphed obscene pictures of HPCC chief Phool Chand Mullana, two former presidents, Birendra Singh and Shamsher Singh Surjewala, and the general secretary of the HPCC and the Education Minister Mange Ram Gupta was circulated through e-mails to many persons, including mediapersons, a few days back. Birendra Singh is the Finance Minister in the present government while Shamsher Singh Surjewala is MLA from Kaithal.

Though the senior officers refused to come on record, they, however, confirmed that a complaint had been received a few days back and the matter was being looked into.

The Chandigarh Police was keeping the matter confidential and was not divulging details. Even the senior officer refused to come on the record. Officers in the cyber crime cell said they were yet to receive the complaint, saying it might be probed at the top-level.

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Foreigner’s bag snatched in Sec 17
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Two unidentified motorcyclists snatched a bag of a foreign tourist here this evening in Sector 17.

According to the police, a group of foreigners from Baghdad was walking in Sector 17, when motorcyclists struck a woman member of the group carrying the bag. The bag was reportedly containing Rs 4000, a mobile phone and a camera.

The police initially faced difficulty in understanding their language. However, a case was registered in the Sector 17 police station.

The group of foreigners is putting up in Hotel Park View in Sector 24.

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Hope for better life a dream for them
Amit Khanna

Chandigarh, February 11
Aloofness and social isolation are the gifts of “development” in post-modern world. More than half of homeless people in the city beautiful do not have any friends and almost everybody agrees that they have lost all hope for a better life. “I do not remember celebrating any festival for the past 15 years. There is nobody I can trust as my friends,” says Ram Kishore (name changed) whose only home in the city is the bus shelter meant on a busy city road.

Most of them have been living in the city for many years now to support their families in their villages, “This is no life but we do not have any option. I send whatever I save for my incapacitated parents living in Uttar Pradesh,” says Arun who sleeps on the floor in the Sector 23 market.

For those without a family bond often grow up on the streets among strangers, who sometimes prove closer and more loyal than any blood relations. A lonely homeless widow Shanti met Kamla on the streets, who shared community spaces of the temple compound. Though they cannot decide who initiated the friendship, but it’s the only real thing they have earned in the past 10 years of living in the city.

Street boys, cut off from their families and alone in the city, tend to live in groups, sharing everything, food, clothes, and even intoxicants. “We prefer to live in a gang as this protects us from street violence and police. We take care of each other during sickness too,” says Kamal (9), who begs in Sector 17 every day.

Lamenting the government apathy they seem to have surrendered to their fate. “They only come to us for votes but do not intend to do anything for us. Nobody cares for the poor in today’s world,” rues Kashmiri Lal, an old beggar who shares his sleeping space with many others on the pavements inside the PGI.

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Society in a fix over member’s status
GS Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Who is Major Singh? This is the query which has been puzzling members of the Blood Donors House Building Society, Sector 50, Chandigarh.

If some members of the society are to be believed, all dues of the flat in the name of "Major Singh" have been paid by them and they are still clueless about this mysterious person, who reportedly, has been shown as a member of the society but has never appeared in person till date.

"Ironically, his residential address 3912, Sector 44-D, as mentioned in the society records, is fake as this number does not exist in Sector 44”, claimed SP Singh, a member.

On the other hand, president of society Gurvinder Pal Singh claimed that Major Singh is an allottee as per the CHB list supplied to the society. “His name has been added in the draw by the RCS office also and we have no role to play in this connection”. About the fictitious address, he said they did not ever verify any member’s past antecedents.

Nevertheless, alleging misappropriation in the accounts of the society, these members further said out of a total of 39 units of the society, the payments for four flats were irregular and the management told them to contribute an amount of Rs 1.5 lakh each against the outstanding payments due against these units. “We were told that the amount to be fetched by selling these unit later would be distributed among all members", said Ravi Gupta.

The members argued that when they enquired from the office-bearers of the society about the fate of these units, they were told that Major Singh has arrived to have his “rightful” claim of the flat and the money they gave against the four “disputed” flats has been consumed because of the hike in construction cost.

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Police forms SIT to nab drug peddler
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 11
Following the directions of Punjab and Haryana High Court to arrest a convict under the NDPS Act, the district police not only has formed a special investigation team, it has proposed to announce a reward for the information leading to his arrest.

Convict Navdeep Sahota, son of a former PCS officer, was going under rigorous imprisonment of 10 years at Ambala jail when he jumped parole on May 29, 2002, and did not present himself before the jail authorities after completion of his 4-week parole.

The police team, headed by DSP (city) Ram Chander Rathee along with CIA in charge Kulbhushan and SHOs Baljeet Singh and Karan Singh of Sector 5 and Pinjore, respectively, raided the house of Sahota in Sector 4 this evening.

While his father Ram Gopal was available at home, the police could not get any clue about the absconder.

The police has been in touch with the authorities of regional passport office and the police authorities of adjoining districts.

The court has issued directions to put Navdeep behind the bars within two months, making it clear that in case of lapse in compliance of the orders, the DGP, Haryana and the SP, Panchkula, personally will be held responsible. The court in its order said the convict should not be allowed to roam about freely in the society. The case dated back to 1999 when the Panchkula police arrested Navdeep for possessing 1 kg of charas near Mansa Devi T point.

According to the police, Navdeep, who was studying computer engineering from Kohlapur in Maharashtra, during investigations said he got the contraband from Himachal Pradesh and was in search of some client.

The father of the convict was a Punjab civil services officer at that time and retired as an additional deputy commissioner in 2001.

However, this was not the only case of parole jumping by a convict from Panchkula. Ashish Arora, another convict for murdering his relative, also did not return to Chandigarh jail after the completion of parole period.

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UPSC, UT to finalise rules for gazetted posts
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) selections in Chandigarh are set to be streamlined. The Chandigarh Administration and the UPSC have finally decided to get down to business and finalise rules for the scores of appointments at middle level in the city.

While Home-cum-personnel secretary Ram Niwas would meet the UPSC officials tomorrow in a bid to finalise rules concerning departments under his charge, Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar would visit New Delhi in this connection on February 13.

In the absence of clear-cut appointment rules, adhocism ruled the roost in the union territory with scores of Class “A” and “B” posts being filled “temporarily” on “ad hoc” basis in the absence of regular appointees. This apparently resulted in official work being affected adversely particularly in the public dealing departments.

In fact, adhocism in the higher education is largely blamed on the “absence” of rules. Almost all government colleges have been functioning without regular principals for years now. Government College, Sector 46, is the only college which has a regular UPSC-appointed principal in Dr KS Saluja. However, despite his appointment by the UPSC, Dr Saluja had to seek court’s intervention to get appointed in the college.

The situation in other departments, including the engineering and government-run hospitals, is no different with appointments on gazetted posts taking its own time affecting their functioning. Interestingly, the ad hoc arrangements made by the administration had repeatedly resulted in court cases. Besides, these appointments had resulted in allegations and counter-allegations on numerous occasions bringing credibility of certain departments under a cloud.

With UPSC-appointed officials in short supply, deputationists from the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana called the shots. As the deputationists had to be reverted to their parent states, the continuity in important policy matters was the first casualty in the administration following their repatriation.

Sources said the framing of rules, besides making appointments hassle-free, would attract best talent as the UPSC selections were considered to be “fair”.

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MC panel chief elected unopposed
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
With parliamentary elections barely two months away, political pressures have already started mounting. So much so that even the committees constituted under the Municipal Corporation are also not untouched by political shades with the chairpersons of the enforcement committee and road committee declared elected unopposed.

A testimony to this was the election for the chairperson of the road committee of the MC held yesterday. At the last minute, nominated councillor Reshamchand Jhaku, who was contesting against Congress candidate Anju Beniwala, was conspicuous by his absence during the elections process. Consequently, Anju was declared as the chairperson unopposed.

Also, the elections for the post of the chairman of the enforcement committee were supposed to be held tomorrow. But again with the withdrawal of nomination by BSP’s councillor Ram Sumer Mourya, nominated councillor MPS Chawla was declared elected as chairman of the enforcement committee yesterday itself.

Insiders believe that both the elections were politically motivated. According to sources, in a meeting of the Congress party held on February 6, Congress councillors, where MP Pawan Kumar Bansal and CTCC president BB Behl were present, complained that the situation of elections for the chairmen of committees has arisen only due to Mayor Kamlesh’s wrong choice of members of these committees.

Party insiders revealed that Jhaku was asked to withdraw his nominations in this meeting only.

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Punjab to strengthen public transport system
Our Correspondent

People look at their appointment letters, given by Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal, in Mohali
People look at their appointment letters, given by Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal, in Mohali on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph 

Mohali, February 11
The Punjab government has decided to strengthen the public transport system in order to minimise the use of private vehicles so that pollution and traffic congestion could be reduced on roads, said Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal.

Speaking at a function held here today to hand over appointment letters to eligible persons on compassionate grounds, the minister said that keeping in mind people’s convenience, the government was also planning to introduce online booking, e-ticketing, single-fare facility and an insurance cover for commuters. Efforts are also being made to avail CNG for buses to reduce pollution, he added.

Talking to mediapersons after the function, the minister said the number of persons using public transport system had come down over the years which had resulted in traffic congestion and pollution. The problem could be solved if buses equipped with modern facilities are made available to the public, he said.

“The Punjab Roadways was running in losses to the tune of Rs 162 crore when the SAD-BJP combine came into power in the state. The losses had now been reduced to about Rs 50 crore,” claimed the minister.

He said that as many as 300 new buses would be added to the Roadways fleet and 100 additional air-conditioned buses would also be run on different routes. He said the Punjab Roadways would have a fleet of 2,500 buses in the coming two years while the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation would have 1,500 buses.

The minister said that driving schools would be set up in every district and orientation programmes would be carried out for drivers and conductors. He added that the services of agents making driving licences would be regularised to curb corruption. The minister also honoured drivers and conductors of the roadways for their good performance. Two officials - Chhavinder Kohli, General Manager of the Batala depot, and Inderjit Singh Chawla, General Manager of the Jalandhar-1 depot - were also honoured by the minister for their outstanding performance.

Earlier, Principal Secretary, Transport, D.S. Jaspal, said that efforts were on to make CNG available in Punjab at the earliest to reduce pollution. He said the pipeline had already reached Sonepat and if this could be extended till Ludhiana, the facility would be available early than the deadline of 2011 fixed in this regard.

Transport Director Mandeep Singh said that apart from introducing fully-equipped buses, the government was upgrading the bus stands in the state as well. A sum of Rs 11.6 crore was spent on the Jalandhar bus stand which was spread over a 12-acre plot.

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‘One-The part of Two’, a poignant play
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, February 11
A perfect presentation of Hindi play “One - The Part of Two” gave a majestic start to the first ever five-day-long “Katha Manchan-2009” theatre festival at the Randhawa auditorium, here today. The mega theatrical bonanza is a prestigious endeavour of the active mask theatre group conceptualised by its director Vijay Machal, an awardee of the National Sangeet Natak Academy.

The play, based on Hari Shanker Paarsai’s story, “Ek ke bheetar do aadmi” was an analysis of the existential truths concerning human nature. Though treated in comedy genre, the basic theme of the play excavated some intense psychological problems one faces in daily life. The element of conflict rules our psyche with contrasting thoughts in our conscious and subconscious minds. Whenever the protagonist Sanjay plans or executes something, his own self or his alter ego contradicts his actions.

The depiction of an element of conflict that underlines the tension and interest in the story and enacted with brilliance by Niresh Kumar and Lalit Chandra, kept the audience engrossed. The young actor-director, Chakresh, illustrated the storyline by employing two different soulmates of the same soul. Anuradha, Jagdish, Gaurav Rana, Kuljinder Himanshu, Vandna Jyoti and others appeared in various roles.

Anita Shabdeesh will present “Mohan Das” tomorrow in the festival.

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Sufi spell at kala kendra
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, February 11
The Pracheen Kala Kendra today presented a Sufiana spell by young maestro, Neelay Khan, at its auditorium here today. The audience relished the splendour of mysticism.

Holding allegiance to the Patiala gharana, Khan, with postgraduation in music, has a distinctive style of singing, which is a blend of Sufi and traditional folk, interspersed with recitation of couplets relevant to the compositional theme.

After a reposeful alaap, He commenced the recital with an invocatory composition, “Sanson ki mala”, in a calm contemplative mood. As expected, this was followed by couplets of Bulle Shah and a bandish, “Abe tu jaan, na jaan”. He doled out the “Mainu ishq de rang wich rang sajna”. He depicted the anguish and the tormented psyche of Punjabi poet Shiv Kumar Batalvi while presenting his poems. After a few songs when he concluded his recital with a composition, “Ve ja tu bada harjai”, requests for more poured in. He obliged the audience with many ghazals.

He was accompanied by Manoj Kumar and Jolly on tabla, Amit Kumar on dholak, while Shanty and Sajjan provided him vocal support. Shobha Koser, registrar of the kendra honoured the artists.

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Film fest from March 20
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The Punjab International Film Festival (PIFF), earlier scheduled from February 13 to 15, will now be held from March 20 to 22 at Mohali.

This change has been necessitated due to Stardust Awards being organised on February 15 in Mumbai.

Many Bollywood celebrities invited for the festival are also planning to attend the awards. Dev Anand, who will be honoured by a Lifetime Achievement Award by PIFF, is being given the similar honour by Stardust Awards.

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2 cops suspended for misbehaviour
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The Chandigarh Police today placed under suspension two constables who were arrested at the Howrah railway station for allegedly creating ruckus.

A departmental inquiry has also been marked against the two cops. Sources in the police said that both the constables, Kulwant Singh and Harjit Singh, were placed under suspension following their arrest.

They were arrested by the Government Railway Police (GRP) on Tuesday following a complaint by some passengers, alleging that the constables created nuisance, allegedly in an inebriated condition, in the train. It was alleged that the accused vomited and relieved themselves on the luggage of the passengers who were on a pilgrimage.

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Mascarenhas Bishop of Shimla-Chandigarh diocese
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Rev. Fr. Ignatius Loyola Mascarenhas has been appointed as the new Bishop of Shimla-Chandigarh diocese, by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome, yesterday. According to a communiqué, Fr. Mascarenhas was a priest from the Archdiocese of Delhi and was the Rector of the Krist Jyoti Gurukul, Kauli, Patiala.

The priests, including diocesan administrator of Shimla-Chandigarh diocese, Father Thomas Anchanikal, religious and laity of Shimla-Chandigarh welcomed the appointment of the new Bishop and accorded him their filial affection and prayers for the success of his new responsibility.

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INLD rally in Chandigarh today
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 11
Thousands of INLD workers reached the town to participate in the Jan Aakrosh Yatra rally scheduled to be held at Chandigarh tomorrow. The rally will be led by Indian National Lok Dal general secretary Ajay Singh Chautala.

Chautala addressed his supporters today. Coming down heavily on the state government, the INLD leader said the Hooda government was behaving like Henry-VIII.

He said sometimes ago in a case regarding appointment of a director of the Haryana Seeds Certification Agency, the high court had said nobody could be allowed to become Henry Eight.

The INLD secretary general alleged that there was no development in the state as all money meant for development was being siphoned to ruling party leaders and government functionaries assured of providing free education to all poor.

Unemployment fund of Rs 1,000 per month will be provided to all unemployed youths of the state, besides Rs 700 as old age pension, he added.

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PU fails to refund fee on time
NRI, Industry-sponsored students

Archit Watts

Chandigarh, February 11
The Panjab University authorities are reportedly delaying in reimbursing the fee of the NRI-sponsored and Industry-sponsored students of the law department.

Interestingly, the authorities forgot to implement their orders of refunding the fee to the students, even after nine months.

As per the records of the law department, more than 70 students took admission in the NRI and Industry quota in the session 2008-09, for which the department charged each student $2,240 as fee. But later, the authorities issued orders that the NRI fee was deducted by $102 and surplus fee would be refunded to the students within three months.

The students revealed the fee refund application had been submitted to the administrative branch of the department, five months ago, as asked by them. But, not even a single student had been refunded the fee refunded hitherto.

The students even claimed they visited the department every month to check the status of the fee, but nothing concrete had come out.

Sources in the department revealed they had received the refund applications of the students but the list would be given to the fee branch in order to get the funds reimbursed. Whereas the chairman, department of laws, P S Jaswal, said the department had sent the list to the fee branch to get it reimbursed. He further said as soon as the department received the money, it would be refunded to the students.

On the contrary, university registrar, SS Bari, said the fee branch had not received any list from the law department to reimburse their fee.

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Seminar on economic crisis at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The Consumer Coordination Council, New Delhi, and Consumers Association, Chandigarh, have organised a seminar on “Global Financial Crisis - Impact on Consumers” at Golden Jubilee Conference Hall, Punjab University, here today.

Brig JS Phoolka, chairman, Consumers Association, traced out the history of the consumer movement in Chandigarh and said how this movement had been working successfully for over three decades in guiding the consumers in different fields.

Prof Ram Khanna of Delhi University highlighted the fact that if there was a good governance, India could be in the golden age in the next years. He pointed out the fault in our politicians.

Ramban Mavani, ex-MP Lok Sabha, Rajkot, who is the chairperson of the council, said there was a serious foreign invasion of school and collegegoing children, who were indulged in various bad habits.

SK Khosla, coordinator of the seminar, discussed that there had been a large-scale unemployment because of this financial crisis. While quoting the data, he said 71 diamond polishers had committed suicide in Gujarat over the last few months, following their laying off due to the recent economic crisis.

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Youth fest kicks off today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The youth welfare department, Panjab University, in collaboration with the Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, will be hosting a five-day 4th South Asian Universities Youth Festival (SAUFEST) from February 12, 2009, on its campus.

Over 175 artists from 22 South Asian Universities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and India will be participating in various disciplines during the festival.

The department spokesperson revealed the festival had been dedicated to the theme of promoting international peace and development. The youth festival would promote the active collaboration and mutual assistance among the South Asian countries in educational, social, cultural and economic fields.

The youth festivals are dedicated to the youth, as they symbolise courage, initiatives, exuberance and idealism.

Such festivals instill awareness and respect for our historical and cultural heritage in the youth, thereby inculcating in them a sense of pride and national identity, he added.

Youth cultural troupes from various South Asian countries will be participating, which will help in projecting the composite cultural heritage of the South Asian countries.

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Science Congress from Feb 26
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Panjab University is holding a three-day Chandigarh Science Congress from February 26. In a joint natural history outreach venture, the departments of Anthropology, Botany, Geology and Zoology invite all to have a feeling of Charles Darwin and the methods and philosophy of sciences dealing with natural history.

A small film of Geological Society of America, Colorado, featuring a man’s legacy to the planet and earth’s legacy to a man would be screened and followed by a short film ‘Survival of the Fittest’.

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DAV holds seminar on VOIP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
DAV College, Sector 10, organised a UGC-sponsored seminar on “Use of VOIP in education” here today.

Prof Minakshi Bhardwaj, head of computer science department, highlighted the excellence of VOIP over traditional way of communication through telephone lines. She made the students aware of the architecture and working of the VOIP.

Ajay Guleria, a system manager, Punjab University, imparted knowledge on the implementation of VOIP in any institution. VOIP was growing rapidly as cost saving is associated with it, regardless of the fact whether it is a lased service from a service-provider or implemented from its own services.

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Shatakshee wins speech contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The ABVP organised a speech competition on topics “Corruption in India” and “Terrorism in India” today at Panjab University. About 30 participants took part in this competition from different departments. PU Dean (student welfare) Naval Kishore inaugurated the function.

The first prize was won by Shatakshee Chaterjee from biotechnology department, Abishek from the department of law won the second prize and Ajay from the UBS department bagged the third prize.

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