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Pre-poll gifts for Mohali
Stone of business centre, AC bus stand laid
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 24
With focus on development, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today laid the foundation stone of central business district in Sector 62 and the state-of-the-art air-conditioned bus terminal in Sector 57 here.

The combined outlay for the projects is of Rs 10,413 crore. While the central business district will cost Rs 10,000 crore, the ultra-modern air-conditioned bus terminal will cost Rs 300 crore.

Giving a presentation of the central business district, Sukhbir said the project was planned and designed by Singapore agency Jurong International. The business centre would attract an investment of Rs 10,000 crore.

Around Rs 35 crore had already been spent on the construction of the six-lane highway giving smooth access to the business activity.

He said the project would be executed by a professional agency to ensure its time-bound completion.

The project would have a business hub, shopping malls, five-star hotel, theme park, convention centre and entertainment corner.

Junior Badal said the project had been built on the principle of sustainability and offer unique life style choices.

It would be a new economic catalyst, besides strengthening old ones, and its
ripple effect would boost development in surrounding areas and generate around
40,000 jobs.

About the bus terminus, he said the Rs 300-crore air-conditioned bus terminal to be constructed in Sector 57 was the second major decision to facilitate the travel of ordinary commuters.

After facilitating their travel in air-conditioned buses at nearly ordinary rate by adding 500 buses in the fleet, this bus stand, second of its own kind to be constructed in Punjab, was a gift of the Punjab government to ordinary bus commuters of the state.

The 10-storied bus terminal with provision of Helipad on its top floor would emerge as a top commercial centre of this reason.

To be completed in 30 months in the public-private partnership mode, the complex was being constructed by top realty company C&C Constructions.

GMADA would be paid Rs 57 crore by the company and during 90-year lease term, the Punjab government was all set to get Rs 3,445-crore.

It would be the state-of-the-art bus terminal and provide airport-like facilities to bus commuters and would have electronic access control buses, smart card tolling system with escalators and elevators, he added.



Punjabi conference future uncertain
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 24
Panjab University’s Second World Punjabi Conference left delegates with uncertainty on continuity of organising this event by the university next year as the authorities have failed to constitute an organising committee for this conference till date.

The delegates were worried on the fact that even though this is the second conference, yet no committee has been constituted to fix the responsibility of making it a regular feature.

They were surprised to know that the authorities remembered to organise second world Punjabi conference on the campus but forgot to prepare or submit resolutions passed by them in the first conference to the Centre or Punjab government.

Sources in the university revealed that the authorities had not earmarked any regular fund under any head for organising this conference on annual basis.

The event is organised with the funds, which are collected by a few representatives of the organisation and some fund is arranged from the unassigned grant by the UGC to the university.

Sources stated that there was no organised body to make arrangements for this conference and it solely depended on the amount of funds collected.

One delegate revealed that Punjabi University, Patiala, regularly organised annual World Punjabi Conference for which a formal committee had been constituted.

Every year, the university prepared the resolutions passed by the conference and tabled them at the Senate and Syndicate meeting for approval and sending it to the government for execution.

The Punjab government bears the whole expenditure of the conference annually.

Some delegates raised the query upon the utility of organising this conference by the Panjab University when it had no organiszed body and neither it was sending resolutions passed by the conference for promotion of Punjabi language and culture.

Delegates were of the opinion that all three universities of the region should
come together to organise such a conference for creating a common platform
for the promotion of the Punjabi language and culture rather than organising
separate conferences.



Merger of DSP cadre with other UTs on cards
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 24
In a bid to break the “stranglehold” of police officials, particularly of the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), over the city, the UT police has moved a proposal to merge their cadres with Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar and Puducherry and make their jobs transferable.

The proposal, which has been sent for clearance to the Union Home Ministry, is a result of the alleged strong vested interests that UT police officials have developed due to the nature of their non-transferable jobs, resulting in rivalries and factionalism within the force.

The impact of this one-upmanship in the force has been that several important cases, the latest being the Dimpy murder case, have fallen prey to the inflated egos of certain officers, who use investigations to “fix” each other rather than criminals.

Highly placed sources in the police said the senior officials of the Chandigarh police had sent a recommendation to the UT administration for the same.

The administration reportedly agreed to the recommendation and sent it further to the MHA for consideration.

After the implementation of the policy, the cadre of the UT Police DSPs would be merged with the common cadre of the already existing Delhi, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The policy, which would open avenues of promotion for the DSPs of the Chandigarh police, is also being viewed as a “tool” to punish the police officials, indulging in factionalism and help in controlling the unnecessary controversies which had sullied the image of the Chandigarh Police time and again.

At present, there are 11 DSPs in the Chandigarh police. The strength would touch around 30-35 after the establishment of the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB), which was sanctioned by the MHA last month.

Sources said after the merger, the DSP would get chance to be promoted to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police and Superintendent of Police.

Senior officials often admit that in the absence of any strong measures to curb factionalism among certain officers, the UT police draws flak over its functioning.

They could only transfer such officials to some low profile posting in this small city and as they remain in the city and have no fear of moving to some far-flung places, they carry on with their activities, sitting in backseat for a while.

Confirming the development, UT Inspector-General of Police SK Jain said if implemented, the move would help the police officials expand their horizons of knowledge and skills.



Ram Darbar Brawl
Mayor’s hubby a party to clash?
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 24
Was the Mayor’s husband present during the clash that took place yesterday in Ram Darbar? This question was on everybody’s lips today in the Municipal Corporation.

Rumours were doing the rounds since morning that the clash, which took place over the issue of opening of a window in a plot in the area, had the involvement of the husband of the Mayor.

Sources claimed that he was present at the spot, along with three-four of his supporters, and was siding with one of the quarrelling parties.

The sources also alleged that at the time of the clash, he was in the Mayor’s official vehicle, which also got reportedly damaged.

However, Mayor Kamlesh denied her car being damaged and said that the car was in a bad shape and she had sent it for repair.

About her husband’s involvement in the brawl, she claimed that there was no truth in the allegations.

Police sources looking into the matter said they were investigating the issue and whether the Mayor’s husband was involved in the incident was not ascertained.

The complaint received in this case doesn’t mention her husband’s name, said a
police official.

Last night three persons were injured in a brawl over the issue of opening of a window in the street.

Official records claimed that though the parties had encroached the MC’s land, during a recent visit officials and the Mayor had asked both of them to bring the documents of the plots. A meeting in this regard has been scheduled for tomorrow.



Cops’ Sumo falls off bridge during chase; 2 hurt
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 24
Two police officials injured seriously when their Tata Sumo fell on the river bed while chasing a vehicle here yesterday night.

Alleging that accused driver Raghuvir Singh, a resident of Kharkhauda, who was fleeing while avoiding a police naka in his car, hit the police vehicle during chase, police officials have registered a case of attempt to murder against him.

Raghuvir was also injured in the incident and was admitted along with the police officials at General Hospital, Sector 6.

According to the police, a police team following a tip-off set up naka near Ramgarh.

The police got information that the accused involved in the robbery at PC Jewellers in Sector 14 last month were to visit the area.

It was late night when they noticed a car bearing a Delhi registration number took a U-turn from a distance from the naka.

Inspector Yashwant Singh, along with four staff members, took his Tata Sumo and started chasing the vehicle suspecting it to be owned by the robbery accused.

When both vehicles reached the Ghaggar bridge near Azad colony, Raghuvir hit the police vehicle resulting in the police Tata Sumo falling on the river bed.

Raghuvir also left his vehicle and jumped on to the river bed and got injured, said the police.

Later, it was discovered that the accused was carrying bottles of liquor in the car.



Bogus roll number receipts issued
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 24
In the ongoing middle class examination of the Punjab School Education Board, the board authorities today unearthed a racket which involved the issuing of bogus roll numbers’ receipts.

Acting on information, the board authorities detected 14 cases, in which students are appearing on the basis of the bogus roll numbers.

According to information, five of the students, namely Paramjit Kaur, Premlata, Balwinder, Manju, and Karan, were appearing in the middle class exam, as on the basis of the bogus roll numbers at Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Kurali.


Mohali police biased: Fiza
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 24
A preliminary police probe into the criminal complaint filed by Fiza against her husband Chand Mohammad has opined that the ongoing controversy is the result of “strained” relations between the couple.

The findings have been sent for seeking legal opinion over the issue. Sources said after questioning the complainant, the inquiry officer had reportedly opined that the main issue had emerged due to the strained relations between the couple.

Legal opinion on the entire issue has been sought before proceedings in the matter.

Fiza has sought the registration of a criminal case against her MLA husband alleging that he had changed his religion with the intention to rape and defame her.

Yesterday, the MLA had sent a fax message to the Mohali police while categorically pointed that he had never changed his faith and was still Chand Mohammed and has not left Fiza.

The police official said the fax reply was not being taken as a reply from the MLA and it was proceeding as per the law.

The legal opinion had been sought in light of the statements given by the couple and contents of the criminal complaint.

Meanwhile, the estranged wife of the MLA today alleged that the Mohali police was playing a partisan role in the case. She has sought an inquiry into the facts of the fax sent from London while adding that law was same for everyone.

There should no VIP treatment for him. “If Chand is suffering from a serious disease and had to go to London for treatment, I need to know so that I can go there to check upon him”, she added.



Cancer hospital’s stone laid
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 24
The foundation stone of a 200-bed super speciality cancer and trauma hospital was laid by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on the premises of the Civil Hospital here today.

The gathering waiting for the Deputy Chief Minister got a surprise as the chief guest only paid a flying visit to the site of the new hospital. He left the venue immediately after laying the foundation stone.

The Punjab Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla were among the other dignitaries waiting for the stone-laying ceremony.

The hospital will come up on a 3.20 acre plot at a cost of Rs 113 crore and will be built by Max Healthcare under public-private partnership on the basis of project, proposal for which prepared by the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board.

The hospital will provide super speciality care in the two key disciplines of cancer and trauma. Other super specialties and advanced diagnostic centre will also be a part of the project.



MC retrieves 2-kanal land
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 24
The Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, retrieved 2 kanal of land worth crores at Hallo Majra village here today in a demolition drive that was carried out under the supervision of TPS Phoolka, joint commissioner, and assisted by Parminder Pal Singh, assistant commissioner, today.

MC staff demolished a wall constructed around a temple in which the MC had planned to make a park.

The temple in charge agreed that encroachment had been done and did not protest regarding the demolition.

The MC has embarked on a policy to nip the encroachments on public land would be demolished instantly.



Punjabi play ‘Yug Wartara’ staged
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, February 24
Since the very creation of the Universe, the elements of contrast have been constantly operating and affecting nature, life and culture in all its manifestations.

The Punjabi Rang Manch Patiala attempted to delineate certain unethical malevolence ailing the mankind and society after the socio-cultural renaissance in India through their play “Yug Wartara”.

The play, written and directed by veteran thespian PN Shahi, was staged at the
Randhawa Auditorium under the aegis of Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademy and
NZCC, Patiala.

The play was structured in the mythological world in a novel way relying on the modern life characters to illustrate the ethical values in the mortal world.

Heavenly God Dharma is shown as seiged with a peculiar problem, when the departed souls from India resting in peace in the paradise refused to come to mortal world even after their rebirth.

An agitation led by the brave soul of martyr Bhagat Singh gains ground and God is constrained to listen to their grievances against the maladministration, perfidy of social, political patriarchs, rampant corruption and pollution in all spheres of life.

Besides Bhagat Singh, sufi saint poet Waris Shah and others. While the play focussed on all relevant issues, it lacked in technical virtuosity with poor quality of audio and long drawn sequences of poetic spells.

The element of curiosity and cohesive dramatic spell was missing, as the long narratives dominated the play.

However, the actors, especially Anil Sanouri (Dharmraj), Paramjit Waraich (S.Bhagat Singh), Sanjeev Rai (Eunuch) and Jarnial Singh (Waris Shah) and Navdeep (Anguished soul) were articulate and eloquent.

Besides Karamjit Kaur, Gurwinder, PN Shahi, Karamjit Kaur, Surinder and Madan formed the cast.



City authors win national award
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 24
A book on problems faced by women victims of crime by Chandigarh scholars  Dr Upneet Lalli and Dr Rita Tiwari has been chosen for the Govind Pant Ballabh award.

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs gives the award for original writing in Hindi every year on a subject pertaining to police criminal justice system on a theme chosen by the Bureau of Police Research and Development.

Dr Upneet Lalli is the deputy director at the Institute of Correctional Administration, Sector 26.

The award-winning book deals with problems and issues of women victims of crime, with particular focus on Indian women.

The authors have come up with some recommendations and suggestions for helping the victims of crime.



Murder Case
Police accused of manipulation
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 24
Parents of a girl from Mandroi village in Yamuna Nagar district demanding a probe by an independent agency in the death of their daughter alleged that the police under the influence of a politician has not only converted the case of murder into a suicide but has also manipulated the age of their minor daughter.

Accompanied by hundreds of villagers, Chhotan Lal and Saroj Bala, both reached the police headquarters to meet the Director General of Police.

Palwal, an MLA, when contacted, however, denying the charges termed it as a conspiracy of his opponents at the time of the Parliament elections. “I have nothing to do with the case,” he said.

“The matter was two-month-old and the family has started levelling allegations against me only when my name has started being discussed as the contestant for the Faridabad constituency,” said Dalal, adding that the family might being used by his detractors in politics.



MC okays Rs 21.40-cr budget
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, February 24
The Zirakpur Municipal Council has passed the annual budget of Rs 21.40 crore at the meeting of the councillors held here today.

The meeting was headed by MC president Narinder Sharma and all elected councillors from the opposition were also present in the MC office.

The councillors approved six new tubewell connections for dealing with the shortage of water supply in Zirakpur.

Zirakpur MC officials stated that from the passed budget, Rs 19.60 crore would be spent for development and rest of the money would be spent on council employees and other works.

The MC has also passed a resolution of six new tubewells for providing pure drinking water to residents of Mamta Enclave, Saini Vihar Phase-2, MS Enclave, Jarnail Enclave, Harmilap Nagar and Preet Colony.



Business course launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 24
The Icfai Business School (IBS) has launched a global MBA programme with an aim to providing global orientation to the existing MBA modules.

The IBS will offer the two-year MBA programme with the advantage of international exposure and a degree from an international participating university, in addition to that from the IBS.

A one-year global executive MBA programme will also be offered. IBS International has established campuses at four centres of business and commerce.



Seminar on development in India
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 24
A two-day seminar on development, deprivation and marginalisation in India, organised by the department of sociology, was inaugurated by Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Minister of Cooperation, Punjab, on the campus here today.

Singh said dignity and self-esteem were very important for a country like India. “Big companies in India have grown almost 100 times during the past four years while 40 per cent Indian population is still surviving by Rs 20 per day.”

He expressed hope from the cooperative movement, as cooperatives in Punjab were successfully beating MNCs.

Introducing the theme, Prof Manjit Singh, convenor of the seminar, said the neo-liberal model of development had failed everywhere. He further said miseries were being heaped on the ordinary people for no reason and everyday thousands of people were being rendered unemployed.

Indian planners who were making tall claims of pushing GDP to 10 per cent had suddenly gone into deep slumber.

Prof Surinder Jodhka gave a detailed critique of the present model of development and showed how the planners in this country treat people as aggregate numbers.

He said this was inherited from our colonial legacy, which now needed to be
shunned immediately.

There is a dearth of knowledge about the nature and functioning of marginalities in the dominant discourse in India, which is not good for this country, he added.

Three papers were presented during the first session that was chaired by Prof J R Panda, University of Jammu.



Technology security threats discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 24
Finance secretary Sanjay Kumar inaugurated a two-day workshop on “advances in information security” at Punjab Engineering College here today.

The workshop is being organised by the department of information technology, Chandigarh, through the Cyber Security Research Centre (CSRC) in association with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Bangalore.

Sanjay Kumar said time had come to evolve safety measures and convince people that electronic form was safer than the physical form.

Currently, there are many threats to IT infrastructures, which are increasing through various information warfare, hackers, terrorists, criminals and competing organisations that are posing significant challenges.

Thus, it is necessary to research, develop and deploy means to study how security is implemented in and across information networks.



2-day workshop on service solutions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 24
A two-day workshop on statistical product and service solutions (SPSS) was organised for students and faculty of the University Business School, Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana, at the department of statistics, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Dr Narinder Kumar, ex-chairman and senior faculty, the statistics department, Panjab University, explained the importance and application of SPSS software in banking and insurance sector, survey companies, government sector, marketing research, forecasting and other applied areas.

The students and faculty members were trained to easily access data from any other source, perform data management, carry out rigorous statistical analysis and then present results in a variety of reports and graphs for effective decision-making.


The Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) declared Simranjit Singh Dhillon as the president of the party.

Besides, the party also announced panel in which Arnan Thind of the law department was declared as the senior vice-president, Uday Warring of BDS as the vice-president and Harneet Singh Oberoi of UILS as the general secretary.



“Judges’ experiences influence hearings”
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 24
The department of laws, Panjab University, organised a special lecture on the campus here today. Hassan Fancy, managing Barrister at Fancy Barristers PC and a specialist in civil litigation, was the guest speaker and delivered a lecture on Constraining Bias: Bridging the Sciences with the Law.

Referring to the observations of Justice Douglas of the US Supreme Court, Fancy observed the judges were not fungible and bias exists in every person.

It is based on person’s life experience and that is why adjudicators are not fungible.

The life experience in cognitive psychology is known as ‘schemata’ and in neuroscience “memory”.

The unique life experiences of judges, including their education, are often their best qualifications to enter the judiciary.

However, it is equally true that a judge’s “life experience” is not an evidence in any proceeding yet those experiences have a significant impact on all hearings.



GCG-11 holds tech fest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 24
The department of computer science and information technology, Government College, Sector-11, organised a day-long fiesta for the students.

The programme started with the lighting of a lamp by chief guest Dr A L Gauba.

Interspersed with fun and awareness, various programmes were organised, including ‘On the Spot Website Development’, debate, collage making, IT quiz, debugging, IT skit, graphic designing, rangoli, fusion dance, bhangra, typing, ad mad show and character designing.



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