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GPA transfer policy notification soon
Pradeep Sharma/Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The city administration’s transfer policy for the general power of attorney (GPA) holders in the cooperative group housing societies is set to take a concrete shape. With the UT senior standing counsel “favourably inclined” to the formulation of the transfer policy, decks have been cleared for the notification of the policy that would benefit hundreds of GPA holders in cooperative societies of Sectors 48 to 51.

The cooperative department is giving final touches to the policy, which would replace the earlier policy of paying “unearned income” ranging from Rs 3.8 lakh to 5.25 lakh. The notification would be issued in a couple of days after UT administrator SF Rodrigues cleared the file, a senior official told The Tribune today.

Efforts were being made to notify the policy before the poll code of conduct came into force, sources said. All parties, including Minister of State for Finance Pawan Bansal, wanted the transfer policy ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Earlier, following in the footsteps of the Haryana Government, the UT Registar of Cooperative Societies (RCS) had taken recommended a nominal transfer fee ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 30,000 for various categories of flat. Now, the cooperative and finance departments are unanimous on a new policy, the sources said, adding that the new policy would be an improvement on the 2006 substitution policy.

Under the 2006 policy, the administration had empowered the general bodies of the cooperative societies to levy tranfer fee. However, under the new policy, the administration would fix nominal transfer charges with a view to ensuring uniformity in transfers, a senior official said.

The policy would ensure voting rights to GPA holders having occupancy rights and reduce the influence of original members, who had sold off flats on hefty premium.



Cops ignore ASP’s order, refuse to lodge FIR
Theft case not registered in six days
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Even as the Supreme Court has issued clear directions that the police must register an FIR where a cognizable offence has taken place, the UT police is finding it hard to break free from its “mindset” of not registering a case at the first instance.

The case in point is that a Sector 22 resident had to make several rounds of the police post in his area over the past six days to make the police register a case of theft of his motorcycle.

This, despite the fact that ASP (central) Madur Verma had twice intervened in the matter, but to no avail. This also reflects the gross indiscipline in the force.

Talking to The Tribune, Raman of Sector 22 alleged that the policemen on duty categorically told him that they had been directed to register only one case of theft in a day.

He rued that even after six days, he was asked to come tomorrow to know the status of his complaint. Though he was told by them that a case had been registered, they refused to give him a copy of the FIR.

Raman said his motorcycle was stolen from outside his house during the night intervening of February 24 and 25. He went to the police post to lodge a complaint and had been making the rounds since. Leave aside prompt registration of the case, the police did not even bother to flash a message regarding the theft to the police control room.

When contacted, Sub-Inspectors at the police post curtly said they did not register two cases of theft in a day.

Raman said the police lodged a complaint today and said he could get the copy of the FIR at 5 pm, but at 7 pm, he was told to come on Monday.

Madur Verma said he had issued instructions to the staff to immediately register a case in this regard.



Expired medicines given at eye camp
Tribune News Service

Kharar, March 1
Expired medicines were distributed at an eye camp held at Malikpur village here today. The eye camp was held at the sidelines of a blood donation camp by the local Youth Services Club.

Around 40 patients with eye ailments were examined. The SMO of the Kharar Civil Hospital, Dr Jai Singh, examined the patients and prescribed medicines. Later, club members distributed medicines among the patients.

However, the medicines bore the imprint of April 2008 as expiry date. Also, these medicines were part of samples meant for physicians.

Talking to The Tribune, Dr Jai Singh, said he had prescribed the medicines and not distributed those. “We do not have any provision to distribute medicines at such camps. The NGO was solely responsible for the medicines,” he said.



Octogenarian couple killed in Patiala
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 1
An elderly couple was found murdered in their house here this afternoon. Sirjit Singh Sekhon (85) and his wife Satwant Kaur (80) were found dead in their posh Bhupindra road house.

SSP Arpit Shukla said the couple had probably been killed last night. In the morning when the gardener came to the house, nobody opened the door and he informed the police.

The police broke open the door and found the couple dead in their room. They had sustained head injuries.

The police said it was too early to comment on the reason behind the murder. The relatives of the couple were expected here tonight or early tomorrow morning.

The couple had two sons and two daughters. The elder son had died over two years ago while the younger one is a retired Colonel. He has been missing from Zirakpur for the past five months. One of the daughters is settled in the UK and the other stays in Delhi.

Shukla said the investigation would gain momentum once the relatives of the deceased arrived in Patiala.



PU boarder commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Kulbir Singh, a PhD student of Panjab University, was found hanging in his room in hostel number 1 here this afternoon. The police said 27-year-old Kulbir Singh had written in his suicide note that he was suffering from depression and no one was responsible for this extreme step.

The police said the incident came to light at around 1.30 pm when Kulbir’s friends went to his room after they did not get a response after repeated calls on his mobile phone. Kulbir was enrolled for PhD with the zoology department and had an interview today, for which he did not go.

His friends found the room locked from inside. One of them peeped through a window on the side of the room and saw a rope hanging from the ceiling fan. Suspecting the worst, they informed the hostel authorities, who further called the police.

ASP (central) Madur Verma said the police reached the spot and broke open the room to find Kulbir hanging from the fan. “It appeared from the condition of the body that he had committed suicide last night. A suicide note was recovered from the room,” he said.

Kulbir’s friends and teachers described him as a brilliant student who had never shown any sign of depression. He had given a poster presentation in the recently concluded CHASCON, a national-level science congress in the city.

His acquaintances said he had an accident about five months ago and had a complication in his right foot due to the injury. He had done his MPhil and was staying in the hostel for the past over two years.

His family had been informed and the postmortem would be conducted tomorrow after their arrival. 



Punjab board under scanner
Now, textbook scam
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 1
A scam involving the release of payment of lakhs of rupees to certain private printers without books of various classes being supplied to the Punjab School Education Board has come to light.

The board released the payment to publishers without receiving the books, indicating the involvement of certain officials. Dr Dalbir Singh Dhillon, chairman of the board, said he would look into the matter. “If anything was found, strict action would be taken against the guilty. I had taken action against one firm last year,” he said.

Sources in the board said order for books pertaining to the academic year 2008-09 was given to two Noida-based printing firms. One of the firms failed to supply the entire order and 40,000 books of maths (Punjabi medium) for Class VI fell short. In one of the cases, the board has already released the payment for books that were never supplied, resulting in a loss of around Rs 18 lakh to the board.

Though the firm did not supply the entire lot of books, fudged bills for the release of payment were sent to board officials, who released the payment. The bill against the payment was submitted in parts.

Similarly, fewer number of books of social education were supplied against an order of around 3,45,000 books. For the Jalandhar depot, a firm tampered with the figure of 2,815 books and changed it to 12,815 books.

In another case, against a supply of 6,930 books, 16,930 books were shown in the bills. Such cases from Ludhiana and Bathinda depots, besides some centres, have also come to light.

As per board rules, printing firms could be blacklisted if irregularity on part of the publisher was proved and an FIR could be registered.


Handling Stress
Boost morale of children during examinations
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
As school board exams inch closer, it’s once again time for the thousands of students to get sweaty hands and cold feet. “Will I crack the exam or will I flunk,” the question continues to bother students year after year.

With percentages soaring high, pressure on students, not only from their parents but peers too, to perform exceedingly well is giving the youngsters extreme stress. Experts feel that if ignored, the stress can have serious repercussions on mental and physical health of the children.

According to doctors, students have a tendency to neglect their health during examinations. Loss of sleep and appetite, coupled with the stress, are very common during exams. For this, Dr BS Chavan, head of psychiatry department, GMCH-32, suggests at least six to eight hours of sleep everyday.

“Students need not sleep for eight hours at a stretch. Instead, they should break it up,” he says. He also suggests that students should take optimum calories and plenty of liquids during exam time. “Fresh fruits in small bites are a must. They should avoid food that creates acidity and distension of abdomen. Overeating should be avoided. However, they should keep a watch on their intake of carbohydrates,” advised the doctor.

The role of parents is of utmost importance if the child does do well. “Parents are the first to inspire children. On being admonished, their confidence level can dip, pushing them in a state of shock. If care is not taken, children lose hope,” says Prof Savita Malhotra, head of psychiatry department.

The experts suggest that the parents should react only if they notice physical symptoms such as sleeping or eating more or less than usual, mental symptoms, like loss of concentration and interest, emotional symptoms such as tears, tantrums, panic attacks, and addictive symptoms such as excessive drinking, smoking or using pills and self-depreciating comments.

Ways for students to combat stress

  • Be confident and believe in your capabilities
  • Avoid last-minute cramming. Leave enough time to revise
  • Maintain a timetable so that you can monitor your progress. Give yourself short breaks as you revise, which will keep you fresh longer
  • Eat healthy food and sleep well. Try to follow your regular routine
  • Regular exercise will boost your energy, clear your mind and reduce stress
  • It’s great to aim for the stars, but we must realise that we cannot be perfect all the time
  • After the exam , don’t spend time criticising yourself for where you think you went wrong. Concentrate on the next paper

Relaxation techniques

  • Close your eyes and breathe slowly and deeply
  • Locate areas of tension and try to relax those muscles
  • Stretch your muscles. There’s no better way to relax

What parents can do

  • Avoid communicating your anxieties to your child
  • Use positive reinforcement and avoid criticism
  • Parents must encourage and guide the child as per his/her abilities and not force their own will upon him/her
  • Don’t place too many demands on your child
  • Avoid comparisons with other students or with siblings

Signs of immense stress

  • Disturbed/lack of sleep
  • Recurring worrying thoughts
  • Stomach upsets, frequent headaches, feeling of fatigue
  • Poor appetite and indigestion, irritability
  • Poor concentration/memory

On the day of examination 

  • Have a light but adequate breakfast
  • Check whether one has taken all the necessary things — pens, pencils, geometry box, and hall-ticket. A checklist of all items is essential
  • Leave for the examination hall well in advance
  • Avoid people who panic, wait in a place where people are calm
  • Go to the toilet before entering the examination hall
  • Take deep breaths, making a suggestion or a prayer to do well and keep yourself relaxed


  • Don’t skip your breakfast. Getting hungry during the middle of the examination can be distracting
  • Avoid negative thoughts, for example, “I have not prepared well”, “I may fail in this examination” or “I have not covered all the portions”
  • Avoid revising things just before entering the examination hall

In examination hall

  • Read the instructions carefully. If there are any doubts, clarify with the instructor, teacher or invigilator
  • Budget the time and plan the answers. Allocate time for each question
  • Choose the best known questions, if choices are available
  • If not sure of an answer, do not spend long time thinking and recalling answers; go to the next question. Handle the less known questions later
  • Write legibly. If a mistake is made, do not overwrite but cross it out
  • Answer to the point and avoid writing unnecessary information to make the answer appear long
  • Try to finish a little earlier. Then go through the paper to correct mistakes and underline important points etc. Highlight important points: Underline and write in capital etc

If feeling stressed

  • Take in a deep breath, and then take it out. Try to release the tension with each breath you exhale
  • Tighten up your hand or feet muscles for 5 seconds and then release the tension to keep you relaxed. Repeat this couple of times
  • Visualise a peaceful and relaxing setting to feel light and relaxed Writing better answers in the examination - Give your best shot:
  • Speed and accuracy is the name of the game. Combine wisdom with work. Write with a firm focus calmly and confidently. Make boxes
  • Before you start answering, take few minutes to read through the whole examination. Get an idea of what the examination is like. Read the instructions carefully
  • Notice the relevant value assigned to each question and number your answers correctly
  • Make sure that you answer the question asked and not answer what you hoped or wished the question would be
  • Be clear about the certain “code words” that examiners use, which indicate what kind of answer they are looking for. Different kinds of questions ask you to answer accordingly. Be very much clear about the terminologies. Few of them are:

1. DEFINE: Tell what a term briefly means. Definitions can be clarified by giving brief examples

2. LIST, ENUMERATE: Give a series of point and number them 1, 2, 3……

3. STATE: Give the main points in brief

4. SUMMARISE: Give a shortened account of something longer

5. EXPLAIN: Give a longer, more detailed account of a thing or idea, offer more facts and examples to support your answer, state how and why something is

6. DESCRIBE, DISCUSS: Explain in some detail



Akansha Dubey wins best mooter award
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
On the concluding day of the ongoing two-day Shri Dip Chand Memorial National Moot Court Competition-2009, the final rounds were conducted here today. The four semifinalist teams comprising National Law University, Jodhpur, Government Law College, Mumbai, Campus Law Centre II, Delhi University, and Army Institute of Law, Mohali, vied against each other for the coveted seats in the final rounds.

All teams displayed high standards of legal arguments in the moot court competition on the issue of Consumer Protection. The final rounds were convincingly swept away by the National Law University, Jodhpur, consisting of Akansha Dubey, Vijya Sharma and Nitin Kaushal. The Army Institute of Law, Mohali, bagged the best memorial award and Akansha Dubey won the best mooter award.

The semifinals were judged by Justice Rajan Gupta, Justice Ajay Tiwari, Justice MMS Bedi and Justice Mahesh Grover, whereas the finals were judged by Justice Rajiv Bhalla, Justice Rakesh Kumar Garg and Dr Balram K Gupta.

The valedictory function of the moot court competition was presided over by Justice Ashok Bhan (Retd.), President, National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, New Delhi. In his valedictory remarks, he highlighted the importance of consumer awareness under the theme Jago Grahak Jago.



Marginal rise in tourist influx
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Has the global meltdown really affected the tourism industry of the City Beautiful? Probably, not much, if the figures of the tourist influx of the recent years are to be believed!

Though, there had been substantial increase in the number of tourists visiting the city, from 2006 to 2007, but this increase remained marginal in 2008, if compared with the preceding year.

As per statistics compiled by the department 960,912 tourists visited the city in 2008 whereas the figure for 2007 stood at 954,726. In 2005, nearly 638,000 tourists visited the city, while it was 7,29,748 in 2006.

Vinod Kalia, Deputy Director, Chandigarh Tourism, said: “Though, there is not very receptive increase in the number of high end corporate tourists but still we are not on losing trend. The beginning of this year has been encouraging for us as a lot of tourists, both domestic (72,283) and foreign (2,612), visited the city in January. Chandigarh has its own advantages because of its strategic location. Being golden gateway to Punjab, Haryana Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, this place adds to their itinerary invariably.”

“Even if the foreign tourists have to go to their designated places like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Delhi, Agra and if they cover Shimla, an overnight stay at Chandigarh would be a must for them before preceding to Ludhiana or Amritsar. Last year we had launched many special schemes for tourists like Chandigarh City Card which has shown tremendous response. The budget tourism which fills up the middle segment of tourists too has shown an increase with the introduction of the bed and breakfast scheme”, he added.

“At the same time, the city is sandwiched between Panchkula and Mohali. Since, there is a little scope for expanding it further from either side, our strategy would be to improve the existing infrastructure and facilities here”, he said.

A.K. Malhotra, general manager, Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO), said besides domestic tourists, the architectural magnificence of the city had been helpful in attracting the foreign tourists as well. “The tourists from Italy, France, Germany and the United Kingdom pour in for studying the architectural splendour of the city. A batch of 18 students from the University of Washington are still in town for the same.”

“Sukhna Lake is the most happening spot. The encouraging response of tourists has compelled us to introduce high-tech jetty boats which is a rare thing in this part of the country, besides shikaras, colourful pedal boats etc”, he added. 



80,000 kids administered polio drops
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
More than 80,000 children below the age of five years, including newborns, were administered polio drops at various centres spread across the city on the Pulse Polio Immunization Day here today.

About 463 stationary booths and 66 mobile teams were deputed, comprising 2,100 personnel belonging to the Health, Education and Social Welfare Department, various nursing institutions, students of GMCH-32, PGIMER, volunteers from various colleges, NSS and NGOs for administering polio drops. Special arrangements were made to provide oral polio drops at all entry or exit points of the city, Sector-17 and Sector-43 ISBT, railway station and the airport.

Volunteers started administering polio drops in the morning, which continued till evening. According to health officials, maximum attendance was reported from booths located in Bapu Dham, Ram Darbar, Mauli Jagran, Indira Colony, Nehru Colony, Colony No.4, Colony No.5, Village Dhanas, Dadu Majra, Sarangpur, Khudda Jassu, Khudda Lahora and other parts of the city.

Director Health and Family Welfare, MS Bains and other senior officials of the health department supervised the activities in different areas. He said, “Every possible care was taken to ensure that the maximum number of children below five years were administered the Oral Polio Vaccine.”

The Chandigarh administration has urged those parents whose children missed today’s dose to get them immunized on March 2nd and March 3rd as the health department will continue send its volunteers to each and every house for ensuring full coverage. 



Iran Trial
Bahai body demands release of its leaders
Archit Watts
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, March 1
The Bahai community today demanded immediate release of its community leaders
facing trial in Iran. At a meeting attended by delegates from Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pardesh and Jammu and Kashmir, here, the community urged the international community to put pressure on the Iranian government for the release of detainees.

The seven Bahai leaders who were detained in Tehran allegedly without charges in May 2008, are going to be tried at the revolutionary court shortly. The Iranian deputy public prosecutor had announced that they were all accused of espionage for Israel, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic republic, a press note said here.

For the past eight months, these leaders have been detained without any official charges and had no access to their legal counsel, Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi.

In June 2008, 13 prominent Indian personalities, including Justice VR Krishna Iyer, Justice JS Verma and Justice Rajinder Sachar, had co-signed an open letter, voicing their deep concern over the arrests of the seven Bahai leaders in Iran.

The open letter had called on Iran to abide by the international human rights conventions. The letter further stated that if charges were to be framed against them, they should be provided without undue delay a fair and open trial, as well as access to legal counsel.

On February 11, a section of media had quoted that Tehran’s deputy public prosecutor Hassan Hadda saying the seven leaders were accused of espionage of Israel, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic republic.

It was told at today’s meeting that even Amnesty international considered the charges to be politically motivated.

Danesh Roshan, secretary, regional Bahai council of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pardesh and Jammu Kashmir said, “All seven leaders should be provided fair trial, full access to their lawyers, access of their lawyer to their files and sufficient time to prepare the defence. The trial should be held in the presence of international observers.”

It is pertinent to mention here that the Iranian Bahai community represents the religious minority in Iran with 3 lakh members. But still the establishment of the Islamic Republic does not recognise them and they are still becoming targets of intense and systematic persecution. 



Himalayan Eagles celebrate anniversary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Himalayan Eagles squadron, which maintains the vital air-bridge to the remote northern sector for round-the-year logistics support to troops as well as civilians, celebrated its 46th anniversary here today.

As part of the celebrations various events, including an exhibition cricket match, barakhana and a grand anniversary party were organised. A number of serving and retired personnel associated with the Squadron joined in the celebrations. Group Captain JX Israel, the commanding officer, extended his wishes to all squadron officers, air warriors and their families on the occasion.

The Squadron was raised in 1963 in the wake of the Indo-China war with the Antonov-12 aircraft under the command of the then Wg Cdr GJ Shaw. The Squadron now operates the versatile, multi-role Antonov-32 and the strategic Ilyushin-76 heavy lift aircraft. It forms the backbone of the nation’s security in the J&K, Siachen and Ladhakh sectors and has played vital roles in conflicts ranging from the 1965 war to the Kargil conflict.

Nowhere in the world have heavy transport aircraft such as the AN-12 and IL-76 been used in so hostile a terrain as prevails in the Himalayas where airfields like Leh, Thoise and Kargil are located at elevations of over 10,000 feet. They provide logistical support to the large Army and Air Force units deployed in areas that remain cut off by road for most of the year due snow and landslides.

The IL-76 aircraft also plays a major role in India’s international relations and power projection. 



Coop society gets tech savvy
Website to benefit 15,000 members
GS Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Transparency and accountability seem to be the new mantra of the Office of Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Chandigarh. For the first time ever, this office is developing its own website specifically for making the credentials of the group housing societies, a public document. This would enable the members to have access on the society proceedings right from the preliminary stage.

The society members would be given a password to crack the code of the account of their respective societies.

This move generates significance in the wake of disputes arising in majority of societies, due to discrepancy and misappropriation of funds, between the management and the society members.

Joint Registrar, Cooperative Societies, NPS Randhawa, who has initiated the move, said it would enable the members to have details about each and every penny they had spent on the construction of their flats, besides fixing the accountability on the part of the office- bearers, in case of any inconsistency found in the accounts.

“There are about 200 group housing societies in Chandigarh. Every now and then, we receive complaints from the members about the embezzlement of their funds by the office-bearers of the societies. In most of the cases, the members alleged that decisions are taken behind closed doors and records are never shown to them. So, to find a concrete and feasible solution, we have proposed to make an official website where the society members would be able to see the detailed accounts,” he added.

Randhawa said it would take a week’s time to get all papers pertaining to the society scanned. “We have plans to put all documents pertaining to each and every decision taken by the society management, justification of these decisions, all stages of construction, the payment breakups etc. We are in the process of recalling all official proceedings from the society managements and the accounts’ details from the banks”.

Apart from accounts, the minutes of the general body meeting too would be put on in the website.

This would also benefit over 15,000 members who have purchased the flats on the general power of attorney (GPA). The GPA shareholders are not officially allowed either to attend the general body meeting 
or to view the minutes’ proceedings. 



Safai karamcharis stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
On the call of coordination committee of the government and municipal employees and workers, Chandigarh, safai karamcharis working under the medical officer of health and UT panchayats staged dharna in protest against non- fulfillment of there demands like grant of basic plus DA to the daily wagers, including the names of transferred employees in the seniority list of the medical officer of health strictly according to their date of appointment.

Rakesh Kumar, convener, said the medical officer health and department of rural development and panchayats had failed to implement the labour laws, orders of the UT administration regarding the payment of wages to the sweepers who are working under medical officer and panchayats on daily wages. There is a clear-cut instruction from the administration that to the daily wages basic plus dearness allowance should be paid and all other departments have implemented this.



Gurdwara Row
Cops to seek Ranbir’s remand
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The Chandigarh police is going to take constable Ranbir Singh into police remand for his alleged role in the getting a passport issued to alleged terrorist Burbhej Singh Sonu by furnishing fake documents.

DSP (CID) Satbir Singh told TNS that the police would seek custodial interrogation of Ranbir Singh in the case. Baba Gurdeep Singh, who was arrested on Friday in the case, had repeatedly told the investigators that he had agreed to include Sonu’s name in his ration card after being repeatedly persuaded by Baba Sarup Singh and Ranbir Singh.

Gurdeep admitted that it was Ranbir Singh, who played active role and also got the photograph of Sonu taken along with his  family in the Gurdwara Santsar Sahib. 



Zirakpur residents allege inaction by cops
Block national highway for two hours
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, March 1
Alleged inefficiency of the Mohali police for not taking timely action in case of kidnapping of Panchkula-based financier Vinod Mittal and his son, who were killed by their captors, today saw road blockade and protest by the area residents.

Stating that life of Yashan, the son of the financier, could have been saved by timely action of the Baltana police, they said the cops tried to push the case towards the Panchkula police, giving enough time to the captors to eliminate the boy.

The protestors blocked the Zirakpur-Panchkula highway for more than two hours demanding suspension of the erring cop, ASI Kishore Chand.

Sushil Garg, BJP president, Zirkapur, alleged that had the Zirakpur police acted swiftly and raided the house of Raju, the main accused, the damage could have been prevented. Mukesh Mittal, elder brother of the deceased, also participated in the protest and demanded that the bodies of their loved ones should be recovered at the earliest.

MC president NK Sharma also joined the protest. He said the local police did not carry out its duty properly, thus helping the culprits. SP (D), Mohali, RK Bakshi reached the spot and assured the family of the deceased of proper action. He directed the officials of the CIA wing to help the family of the deceased in searching the bodies in Rajpura.

During the protest, the residents bashed up Subhash Malik, husband of Manisha Malik, a councillor from ward No. 1, as he supported the ASI.

Meanwhile, Punjab Cooperation Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh in a statement today said he would meet Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda tomorrow and take up the issue of murder of the Panchkula-based financier. He said he would urge the CM to ensure thorough probe in the matter and severe punishment for the suspects. 



Seminar on Chinese history from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Department of Chinese and Tibetan, Panjab University, will organise a two-day seminar on “China, since 1949”, to be held at ICSSR Complex on March 2 and 3.

Prof MM Puri, former Vice-Chancellor of the university, will preside over the function. Prof Kashi Ram Sharma, former dean, social sciences, and former head, department of East Asian studies, Delhi University, will deliver the keynote address.



Seminar on tax deduction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The Chandigarh-Panchkula chapter of the ICWAI organised a seminar on the tax deducted at source (TDS) here today, wherein as many as 70 members and students participated. Balwinder Singh, central council member of the ICWAI, inaugurated the seminar.

RK Raman, a practising member from Delhi, shared his experiences in the field with the members. He elaborated the provisions of the Income Tax Act, relating to TDS applicable to income from salaries, interest, rent, tax-free perquisites, dividend and payment to contractors etc.

Rakesh Bhalla, secretary, NIRC, shared his views on responsibility and accountability of the professional members, while dealing with TDS matters in their respective organisations. This was followed by an interactive session, wherein Raman clarified the doubts and questions raised by the participants.



A promising career cut short
Amit Khanna

Chandigarh, March 1
Tragic death of Kulbir Singh has left his friends and teachers in a state of shock and disbelief. Describing him as a brilliant student, his teachers are finding it hard to come to terms with the untimely demise of such a bright student, who had a number of achievements to his credit.

A topper in the M.Phil’s entrance exam Kulbir had cracked various competitive examinations before enrolling himself for PhD in the field of cytogenetics in the Panjab University.

“He was a dedicated student who nursed an ambition to make it big in life. The tragic death has brought an abrupt end to a profitable career” said VL Sharma under whose guidance he completed his M.Phil.

A research scholar in the Zoology Department at the campus he was to submit his synopsis tomorrow. “He had given a poster presentation in the ongoing Science Congress being held in the university and was to submit the abstract for his research work tomorrow. As he was a deserving candidate he was certain to be selected for the CAS scholarship given by the UGC for which he was to appear in an interview today,” said Mridula Jain Chairperson, Zoology Department.

“He had cleared the written examination for the post of college lecturer in Himachal Pradesh and his interview was scheduled for next week. We had already started calling him a professor” said Sanjay, his friend and junior during college days.



Use IT for education: Ex-Dean
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 1
“Nothing can substitute a teacher but modern technique like information and communication technology (ICT), if used by teachers, can increase the benefits of education manifolds.” That is how Dr DN Sansanwal has explained the importance of a symbiotic existence between teachers and technology.

An ex-dean and head, School of Education, DAV, Indore, was in the city yesterday to address principals, senior functionaries of the education department and students at Government College-46 at an event jointly organised by the State Institute of Education (SIE) and NCERT, New Delhi, and the Chandigarh Administration to commemorate the silver jubilee celebrations of the Central Institute of Educational Technology(CIET).

“Use of audio-video aids is being taught in B.Ed course but many teachers could not use it in schools due too lack of infrastructure. But with the ICT, one can sit at a school in a far-flung area and see the lectures delivered by experts on just one computer,” says Dr Sansanwal.

He has been awarded Best Teacher Educator Award by the All-India Association of Teacher Educators and feels that education should not be confined to a few chapters prescribed in the syllabi but should be a thought-provoking endeavour. “Education should not be a task in life but a desired asset and students should be given freedom to choose. I do not think they study due to the fear of teachers.”

Explaining one of his contributions, Jerk technology, he said it was aimed to bring the students back from passive mood to active during a classroom lecture. Usage of double negatives and unusual sentence construction were some of the techniques applied under this technology. He also used these while delivering his lecture in the college auditorium to which students respond enthusiastically.



From PU
Seminar on Dalit social mobility ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
A national-level seminar on “Dalit Social Mobility” concluded here yesterday. A documentary directed by noted Dalit rights advocate Chandra Bhan was screened on the occasion. Dr Ronki Ram, while putting forward an alternate agenda said that the existing models are unable to explain Dalit mobility in Punjab and showed how the “adharma” movement was different from both.

Dr Mujibur Rehman made a presentation on the missing Ambedkar among Indian Muslims. He brought to light the plight of Muslim dalits and how they had been completely ignored. Dr Himanshu Roy and

Dr. Bhupinder Yadav also presented papers in this session. Afroz Alam, Utkarsh and Mogallan Bharati focused on the issue of dalit mobility and mobilization in UP while Ramesh Nayak’s study looked at the issue of social mobility among safai karamcharis..

The presentations were followed by an intense discussion session in which students, researchers and teachers from the university and colleges in Punjab participated.


“Just a minute” competition was organised, wherein nearly 40 students and research scholars hailing from Panjab University and other science institutes of the tricity participated. Later in the afternoon, a valedictory session for CHASCON 2009 was also held where Prof RC Sobti gave away the prizes to students in various competitions held during the day.

Economic crisis

Readers and Writers Society of India organised presentations on the theme of “Global Economy Crisis: Some lessons to learn” at the training centre bulkiding, Ministry of Women and Child welfare, Sector 23, here yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion Prof MR Aggarwal and Dr Swaraj Singh stressed that the consumerist capitalism of the US has failed to deliver the results and the European model of utilitarianism will survive.


A UGC-sponsored symposium on “Biodiversity--Cell and molecular biology”, organised by the department of zoology, got underway at Panjab University here today. A galaxy of scientists of the region, drawn from research institutes of national repute, deliberated on myriad aspects of bio-diversity.

Prof VP Sharma, former Additional Director General, ICMR, New Delhi, and ex-Director, National Institute of Malaria Research, New Delhi, said the only solution to India’s poverty was to do worthwhile science. He said the biodiversity was directly concerned with the food security issue worldwide, and India, with its teeming millions and rich biodiversity resources, required to address the issue properly. This was important considering the prospects of agricultural food production decline globally beyond 2015, he said.

Entomologist Prof VV Ramamurthy of Indian Agricultural Research Institute gave an in-depth account of insect biodiversity vis-à-vis climate change. Guest of honour Prof KC Pandey spoke about various interpretations of biodiversity, the role played by sustained biodiversity in ecological balance, and ultimately the human survival.

Prof Vibhu Prakash, principal scientist with the Bombay Natural History Society, spoke about the conservation strategies being considered actively for the threatened “Gyps” vulture in this part of the world.


Three community projects, proposed by students of social work department, have been declared as grant winners for the Carter Academic-Service Entrepreneur (CASE) Award, Winter 2009.

The CASE Award distribution function was organised at senate hall today.

Prof RC Sobti, Vice Chancellor, and Dr Surishtha Sehgal, founder and president of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Foundation, presented merit certificates to the winner students and faculty advisers. Dr Sween, member, CASE committee, and joint director, ACEE, introduced the guests and other dignitaries. Dr Dharinder Tayal, while welcoming the guests, also appreciated the efforts made by the students.

Dr Sue Sehgal, in her address, said the students were breaking new ground in the country by applying what they learn to make a difference in the lives of communities near their university.



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