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Speeding car kills couple
Girl dies in another accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
A couple in their early fifties and a 14-year-old girl were killed while four others were injured in two separate road accidents in the city this morning.

According to the police, the couple, Devinder Singh Ahluwalia and Gurpreet Kaur, were on their way back to home on their scooter when the mishap took place around 10 am near the Haryana Chief Minister’s residence.

A speeding Honda Accord car (PB-10-PZ-3050), which was coming from the Sukhna Lake side, rammed into the scooter.

Gurpreet reportedly died on the spot due to severe head and multiple injuries, while her husband was taken to the PGI in a critical condition. However, he too was declared dead on arrival.

The police said the motorcyclists, whom the car hit after colliding with the scooter, escaped with minor injuries. Gurpreet was working as a teacher at Government School in Khuda Ali Sher village. The couple is survived by two married daughters and a son.

Gurpreet’s mother Darshan Kaur, who had come to visit her daughter, was not aware of the tragedy that struck the family. She told The Tribune: “They were being treated at a hospital and will return soon.”

The police arrested the car driver, Ajay Kumar of Delhi, on the charges of causing death due to rash and negligent driving. The car belonged to an industrialist.

Meanwhile, in the other fatal accident, the police said the victim, 14-year-old Bimlesh of Palsora, was going on a cycle with her friend Rani to fetch kerosene when the mishap occurred around 6 am near the Badheri rotary.

A Maruti Alto car, driven by a PGI doctor, Rajesh Jarwat, rammed into a rickshaw before hitting the victim’s cycle. The girls and the rickshaw-puller were severely wounded in the mishap.

The girls were taken to the PGI where Bimlesh was declared brought-dead, while Rani’s condition was said to be stable.

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Prolonged ‘holiday’ for VVIP wives
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
Questions are being raised on the prolonged “disappearance” of the wives of some IAS officers, serving as Punjab, UT-cadre lecturers and on PU faculty, from their designated teaching duties, as most of them continue to be on deputation or leave.

The matter came to light today when the office of Vice-Chancellor Panjab University received a complaint against the alleged undue advantages being extended to some “Indian memsahibs” in the form of leaves and deputation postings at the work station of their husbands.

The first to have come under scanner is Gurpreet Maini, wife of JS Maini, a senior Punjab-cadre IAS officer on deputation to Delhi, who, according to sources, was a lecturer in a Punjab-based college, but was sent on deputation to Punjab Bhawan on a special post handling languages.

According to the complaint, she has reportedly been there for seven years. However, Roop Aulaukh, DPI (Colleges) Punjab (who retired yesterday) stated that she had come back and joined her duties and probably proceeded on leave thereafter.

Similarly, Deepa Rakesh Singh, wife of Rakesh Singh, IAS Punjab-cadre, is an employee of the GCG 11 and is on deputation to NCERT Delhi for a period of five years as per the complaint. However, according to Promila Kaushal, Principal, she did join back after the expiry of deputation, which was probably extended further.

The third name to surface is of Belu Jain Maheshwari, wife of a senior Haryana-cadre IAS officer late SK Maheshwari and an employee of PU, now settled in Delhi. According to the complaint, she was granted a two-year study leave by the university, but never joined back even after its expiry and neither did she submit any study material. She is believed to have applied for an extension.

RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, PU, in a written statement, clarified that while three names mentioned in the complaint were not PU employees, and another one had already resigned. It’s the case of Belu Maheshwari, which he could explain.

According to him “In the current case, the Study Leave to Ms Belu Jain Maheshawari, effective from 22.3.2007 to 21.3.2009 was allowed by the Senate, after having been recommended by other bodies, i.e. Advisory Committee of the department, Leave Case Committee and Syndicate also. The issue of extension of leave to Ms Belu Jain Maheshwari from 22.3.09 for one more year, as recommended by the Advisory Committee of the Department is yet to be discussed by the Leave Cases Committee, meeting of which is scheduled to be held on 5.6.09.”

Urvashi Raoul, wife of C Raoul, IAS Punjab-cadre, hit the news recently for being away from college for six years, as she was working for the Punjab government’s industries department in Delhi as Deputy Commissioner, NRI Affairs, doing the onerous task of bringing in investment for the state, while the college paid her salary. She, according to Roop Aulakh, has joined, but immediately proceeded on medical leave.

The complaint, too, raises the question over such leaves and prolonged deputations when institutions ail from staff crunch. It also refers to Alka Pandey, wife of Mukul Joshi, IAS, who was reportedly on a prolonged extra ordinary leave before resigning from the PU’s Fine Arts Department.

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Gangrape accused acquitted
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 1
Eight months after the alleged gangrape of a 17-year-old schoolgirl on September 16 last year, the local court here today acquitted two accused, Aman Ahuja and Jitesh Bareja, in the absence of any evidence against them.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the district courts in May to solve the case within one month.

Announcing the judgment, Additional District and Sessions Judge Sanjeev Jindal said: “In the case, neither the complainant has stated that on the fateful night any rape was committed, nor the medical evidence depicts anywhere that any rape or other forcible violent acts were committed on the complainant. Therefore in such circumstances, the court is left with no option except to conclude it with a conclusive certainty that both accused become liable to be acquitted with respect to the alleged incident of kidnapping and rape of the complainant,” said the judgment.

The complainant in her statement before the magistrate said the accused had raped her in a hotel at Mani Majra and made a movie of the act. While no mention of the date, month and year about the incident was found in her statement, she informed the police that it was July, 2007.

Apart from this, complainant didn’t mention the name of Aman Ahuja in her complaint. Ravindra Pandit, the counsel for Jitesh, said the alleged victim never mentioned his name in her statements.

“She had not named the names of these persons in her complaint lodged with the police. Also, in her statement recorded under Section 164 of CrPC before the magistrate she did not take Jitesh’s name.

Her mother Gita Nayyar had filed a petition before the High Court wherein she had filed an affidavit stating that the police was not investigating the matter fairly and the culprits were let off and some innocent persons were arrested in the case, said Pandit.

Moreover, the complainant had alleged that she was taken to Daun village in Punjab on September 16, 2008, where Jitesh had committed the offence. However, his mobile tower locations were found to be in Sector 4, Panchkula. For the entire night on the day of the alleged incident, the police claimed that Jitesh was using his mobile phone at the time of crime, said Pandit.

The complainant had attended her school after reaching home in the morning on September 17. While, it seemed unreasonable that she could have attended the school in case such an act was forced upon her, said the counsel.

The family of the victim, however, has decided to move the High Court against Jitesh and Aman.

Following the complaint the police had registered a case under sections363, 366A, 376, 377, 342, 323, 34, and 506 IPC on September 18 last against a girl Chhavi, Jatin and three other unidentified accused. The victim however, also told the police that Chhavi was a former schoolmate of her. However she did not know more than this about her, she informed the police.

The SHO of Sector 14 Aman Kumar told The Tribune that the police was yet to find Jatin. The girl identified by victim as Chhavi in the pictures and records obtained from the school authorities was found to be someone else. Moreover, the girl was in Delhi to board a flight for abroad on September 16, 2008, he said. The role of Khushhal Kaushal who allegedly ferried the girl and accused in his car to Chandigarh was also under investigation, he added.

Timeline

September 18, 2008: A student of Class 12 complained of rape and torture by five persons, including a girl on September 16.

September 21: The police arrested Aman Ahuja from Sector 10 for raping and making a CD of the alleged victim.

September 26: Jitesh Bareja, another youth, from Sector 4 was arrested.

November 1: Aman was released on bail.

Novemebr 5: Bail application of Jitesh was rejected by Panchkula court.

November 11: Punjab and Haryana High Court issued notices to DGP, Haryana and SP, Panchkula, on the petition filed by the mother of the girl to seeking investigation into the matter by an independent agency, alleging that the police was protecting the accused.

November 28: The mother of the girl sought the review of the decision.

May, 2009: The High Court directed the Panchkula court to conclude the hearing in the case within a month.

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Unbridled Growth
Corbusier associate’s SOS to Centre
Laws violated for vested interests, says MN Sharma
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
Alleging that rampant violation of the Punjab New Capital (periphery) Control Act, 1952, has pushed Chandigarh to the “point of no return”, MN Sharma, a close associate of Chandigarh’s creator Le Corbusier, has sent an SOS to the Union Government to safeguard city’s future.

In representations to the ministry of home affairs (MHA), the ministry of the urban development and the UT Adviser, Sharma alleged that certain authorities had deliberately violated the established laws and regulations for vested interest.

“These acts are damaging the very concept of Chandigarh and are endangering the orderly growth of the entire region,” Sharma, who worked as chief architect and secretary (1965-79) to the Chandigarh administration, said.

Coming down heavily on the administration’s much-touted mega projects, which he alleged were being executed without any feasibility study, Sharma wanted a change in the mindset of officials who were currently behaving like feudal lords.

More responsive administration and more weightage to experts’ opinion was the need of the hour, he opined.

Expressing concern at Punjab government’s attempt to bury the sanctity of the Act while planning buildings in the forbidden zone behind the Capitol Complex, he apprehended that it would block the panoramic view of the Shivalik hills.

“There is very little land left for the future growth of the city and it is considered prudent that all major projects in hand and in the offing be evaluated by high-level technical experts,” Sharma asserted.

Certain crucial problems facing the city like suitable mass public transportation, rehabilitation of slums, balanced employment opportunities and adequate infrastructure should be given priority to avoid undue pressure on the city. It may be worthwhile to consider co-option of a knowledgeable expert on the Administrator’s Advisory Committee, he stated.

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Shift Nari Niketan case to CBI, accused to HC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
Bhupinder Singh, main accused in the infamous Nari Niketan rape, has filed a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking transfer of the investigation of the case to the CBI and dismissal of the UT Administration’s plea for the termination of pregnancy of the mentally challenged girl.

The petition has been filed by his advocate, AS Chahal, under Section 151 of the Code of Civil Procedure for impleading Bhupinder Singh in the UT administration writ. The petition states that Bhupinder Singh was falsely implicated in the case as he was not present in Nari Niketan during the period (6 March to 15 March), when the incident occurred. Stating that he was on leave, the petition said the pregnancy tests of the girl had confirmed the age of foetus at nine weeks hence Bhupinder’s involvement in the crime was not possible.

Seeking the dismissal of the UT administration’s plea, the writ states that the termination of the pregnancy is not necessary under the circumstances of the case, as it will result in destroying the evidence against the real culprits.

Meanwhile, a Mohali NGO has also filed a petition for not permitting the termination of pregnancy, as it will be conducive to the health of the mentally retarded teenage girl. Also, it sought permission for adoption after the birth of the child.

However, the administration sought permission for termination as the victim is not capable of taking the decision in that regard and does not have parents or guardians to decide for her. The UT counsel also informed the court that the administration had formed a four-member committee comprising a gynaecologist, radiologist, paediatrician and a psychologist for giving considered opinion as to the consequences of continuing the pregnancy of the victim.

In its detailed report submitted on May 27, the committee recommended the medical termination of the pregnancy. In the report, the members of the board stated that the victim’s mental condition did not allow her to fend for herself. 

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40 from city lose lakhs to Gujarati ‘baba’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
Driven by the greed to double their money with “divine powers”, several residents from various parts of the city allegedly lost lakhs of rupees to a self-styled baba and trickster Ashok Jadeja, who was arrested by the Gujarat Police yesterday.

A day after the news of the arrest of con man Jadeja and his wife flashed on TV channels, around 40 residents of Sector 25, Colony No 4 and 5, Dadu Majra and Maloya, rushed to the police headquarters in Sector 9 to lodged complaint against him. The fraud victims alleged that Jadeja had promised to double their money with his magical powers.

Talking to TNS, the victims said lured by the greed to double their money, they went to Ahmedabad to pay obeisance to the doctor, said to be blessed with supernatural powers. Jadeja promised them that he would double their money to bring their community on the path of prosperity. He even gave double the amount deposited by some persons to win their trust.

“I initially deposited Rs 1 lakh with an agent of Jadeja who came here. The agent had shown us video CDs of the doctor attired in a robe like a ‘baba’. The agent gave me Rs 2 lakh in return. He then persuaded me to deposit the amount again with the baba, which was never returned,” lamented Biram Chand, a street vendor.

Some victims went all the way to Ahmedabad to deposit the amounts, others gave the money to agents of the baba, who used to note down their voter ID card number,” alleged Shanti of Dadu Majra Colony. The victims raised loans and sold their valuable driven by the fad of doubling their money and lost their lifetime savings to the trickster. They did not have any receipts of the amount given to Jedeja.

The SHO of the Sector 39 police station Janak Rana told TNS that the victims had given the amount to the accused in Ahmedabad, thus the matter did not comes under the jurisdiction of the Chandigarh Police. He added that he had received a complaint from them and these would be forwarded to the Gujarat Police for further investigation. 

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Rodrigues for quick redress of people’s problems 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
Punjab Governor and UT Administrator SF Rodrigues, while listening to grievances of people at a scheduled public hearing session at the UT Secretariat here today, made it clear that there should be no violation of law or the use of discretion at any level while processing requests made by applicants.

He asked the senior officials to create a culture in their respective organisations to quickly respond to general problems of the people and find answers keeping in view the larger public interest.

Rodrigues, while sharing his concern over the reported incidents of attack on the Indian students in some parts of the world, emphasised the need for creating quality professional education opportunities in our own land. He asked the officials to speed up the process of making the education city in Chandigarh functional at the earliest to help our children to empower themselves and contribute to our society.

He also asked the Home-cum-Education Secretary to give his focused attention on non-model schools to create enabling environment and upgradation of infrastructural support for imparting quality education to the students, as they generally come from disadvantaged sections.

Noting that some fountains installed in different parts of the city are not functioning, the administrator asked the Engineering Department and Municipal Corporation to undertake necessary repairs and put them in use. He also asked the Home Secretary and the Finance Secretary to ensure the implementation of integrated development and beautification plan of Sector 17 in partnership with the shopkeepers and traders of the area.

He also called for the speedy completion of second phase of Snehalaya, a vocational training centre for street children and the working women’s hostel to benefit the stakeholders.

Rodrigues observed that there were various vacant plots lying in urban and industrial area of the city and there are always chances of illegal occupation by the encroachers. He asked the Home Secretary, the Finance Secretary and the Deputy Commissioner to identify such vacant spaces and prepare suitable development plans for their use. He also observed that some open spaces had been occupied by security persons in different parts of the city and the respective security organisations have the responsibility to provide good accommodation and other facilities to their jawans.He asked the DIG, Chandigarh Police, to coordinate in this matter. He also directed the sorting out of the issues of marla houses and tenements to ensure more comfortable life to the stakeholders.

The administrator also asked the Chairman of the Chandigarh Housing Board to speed up the work on various housing schemes, especially the houses under slum rehabilitation plan and for rag-pickers. He asked the Home Secretary and the Finance Secretary to evolve a plan in collaboration with Dr KL Zakir for educating the slum-dwellers being shifted to the new colonies in phases about the concept of social and harmonious living with the rest of society.

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17,500 take test for constables
Maximum candidates from hinterlands of Haryana, Punjab
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
If one goes by the physical efficiency test conducted by the UT Police, young generation from Punjab seems to have lost the legendary valour and strength to their Haryanvi cousins.

Around 17,500 aspiring candidates have appeared in the physical efficiency test for 150 posts of constable in the Chandigarh Police since May 25 and roughly 10 per cent of the candidates have qualified the test.

The tests will go on till June 9. Besides the recruitment of 150 constables, the candidates for 30 posts of women constable and 50 constables for the posts of wireless operator will be examined in the test.

A senior police officer monitoring the ongoing recruitment process at the Police Lines in Sector 26 told TNS that a large number of candidates qualifying in the test are from hinterlands of Haryana and Punjab.

The youths from Haryana are leading in number for one reason or another. Those putting the candidates to physical tests said though they were sure about the reason, the rampant drug addiction and lack of interest in physical activities had taken its toll on Punjabi youths.

A survey of the candidates qualifying in the test revealed that the youths from Rewari, Mahendargarh, Bhiwani, Jhajjar and Rohtak districts of Haryana and from Sangrur and Mukatsar of Punjab were leading.

However, the police officer added that it would be premature to say anything about the failure of the less number of youths from Punjab qualifying in the test as a large number of candidates failed to come for the test due to a curfew imposed in various parts of the state.

The Chandigarh police has announced June 9 for the candidates, who failed to reach on the appointed day due to the curfew in Punjab.

The tests for the general category candidates had been finished yesterday while the OBC category candidates were examined today.

On an average 2,500 candidates are examined everyday for the physical efficiency test. A candidate has to finish one mile of race within 5.30 minutes, clear a long jump of 14 feet and a high jump of 4 feet to qualify for the test while the criteria for height is 5 feet 7 inches and for chest is 33 inches to 34 ½ inches.

After the OBS category, the SCs, STs, ex-servicemen and women candidates would be examined. 

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Ex-MLA highlights incomplete projects
Tribune New Service

Mohali, June 1
Whether in the Congress or the SAD, former Kharar MLA Bir Devinder continues to be a rebel with a “cause”.

After creating uncomfortable moments for the Congress by raking up controversial Amritsar Improvement Trust case, it is now the turn of the Akalis to face the music for delaying scheduled completion of projects in Mohali and Kharar.

Taking up long pending public issues, the former MLA has pointed out that there is resentment among people for delay in the completion of the vital projects.

Taking up the projects in Mohali, he said work on a vital bridge between Chachu Majra and Papri had been going at snails’ pace.

Though 30 villages are going to benefit after the completion of the bridge, it has been hanging fire for the last three years. Similarly, the projects of 200-bed hospital, upgradation of the government schools, establishment of Sabzi Mandi and beginning of work on the Mohali bus stand. The MLA has also highlighted the pending issue of the bus stand at Kharar, Ghanran-Kharar widening, widening of the national highway at Desu Majra and four laning of the Banur-Teplan road.

The issues have been brought to the notice of the Punjab Chief Minister.

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CityScope Letters-II
Need for fixing responsibility 

Insensitivity has become the order of the day. I refer to an article “Insensitivity is not the answer” written by Raveen Thukral appeared in Chandigarh Tribune on May 25.

It is not for the first time that rape of a mentally challenged teenaged girl at Nari Niketan has happened. The front page report in the Chandigarh Tribune (May 29) further substantiated the fact that how callous and indifferent attitude of the bureaucratic system is that the Advisory and Co-ordination Committee formed to look into the functioning of Nari Niketan has not met even once since its reconstitution four years ago.

The report does not reflect the apathy in the functioning of Nari Niketan only but it seems everywhere in the administrative set up such things do happen frequently. For instance, the Administrator’s Advisory Council, which was formed for a three years term in 2005, has not been reportedly reconstituted till date and the worse is that the council could not meet even once since its inception.

It is only on the directive of MHA, the UT Administrator has recently ordered the reconstitution of this body. In the absence of any democratic system in Chandigarh, the advisory council has its own importance, which consists of members of various shades.

In the opinion of some city bureaucrats, Chandigarh is still better off than other places across the country. Since the city is governed by the bureaucrats except for some civic amenities by the corporation they have the correct feeling which is far away from the reality. They hardly visit the plight of the people especially living in southern sectors, colonies, villages and slums, which are worst than even the villages of any neighbouring states.

The facts speak volumes of truth when we see figures of almost 200 fires and with six persons died in the city in one month. It all happened because of shear negligence on the part of the administration. The department swings into action only after the unfortunate incidents like the one happened in Sector 22 on April 9, a visit to the area by bigwigs, including politicians to exude lip sympathy, holding meetings, order probe, announce compensation and waiting for another tragedy to happen.

Most of these tragic incidents are man-made and happened repeatedly. The policy makers frame the policy in air-conditioned rooms and the staff enjoy their duty like festivities.

Safety and security being the paramount need, the staff concerned should visit the areas of their jurisdiction regularly and identify the infirmities in electricity, health, roads, etc, to plug the loopholes. Failure to this, a strong action must be taken against the guilty.

There is a greater need to fix the responsibility of not only the staff concerned but the policy framers should be booked under various Sections of the IPC for criminal negligence.

SK Khosla, Chandigarh

II

Nikhil Kumar episode is a fitting reminder and a slap on the face of city bureaucrats’ insensitivity to the recent rape of a mentally challenged teenaged girl at Nari Niketan.

The irresponsible remarks of a certain city bureaucrats that what happened at Nari Niketan was a manifestation of a social problem and “part of society” should be strongly condemned by all right thinking people. Is it not the duty of the administration to protect life, property and honour of its citizens? If mentally challenged people are not safe in the custody of the state, where will they be safe is a million dollar question to be answered by the powers that be? What right such incompetent, insensitive and irresponsible officers have to hold office when they neither can perform nor feel the pinch of the hurt? This reflects on their competency, sense of duty and social obligation to society.

There is not an iota of doubt that the way the investigations are taking place suggest that the authorities are trying to shield the guilty officials and the culprits.

One fails to understand that what stops the authorities from taking the rightful action against the guilty officials when the ultrasound test has confirmed that the victim was raped in Nari Niketan and not in Aashray. Why indulge in blame game and delay the matter?

Harbans Singh Chopra, Mohali

III

Insensitivity is certainly not an answer to vows but sensitivity certainly is. Ours is a welfare state and every step of the government should be for the welfare of the public. There is no dearth of rules and regulations for the welfare of public. But the moment something over the board happens than they become defensive and severe public and press criticism immediately puts them in a defensive mode. This has happened not once but many a times. Immediately after the dacoity in Panchkula, the SP rued his fate.

As such we should not blame the entire system as survival of insensitive person, leader or officer is difficult for longer period. As such sensitivity will certainly prevail if the present system of governance has to survive which certainly will.

Gayan Parkash, Chandigarh

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‘Court Martial’ bares caste prejudice
SD Sharma

Panchkula, June 1
The Theatre for Theatre Institute staged the 357th show of their prestigious production of Hindi play “Court Martial” in the ongoing TFT festival at the Inderadhanush auditorium here today.

The play, staged over 2,000 times in India by leading theatre groups, is a testimony to its potent theme of social relevance that ripped open the caste prejudices.

Sculpted by master playwright Swadesh Deepak, the play established that even after 60 years of Independence and a clear legislation, the deep-rooted de-humanising evil of caste bigotry is still ailing our society.

This malevolence assumes alarming proportions when discernible in the Army, the most prestigious and disciplined institution.

Structured under the backdrop of Army establishment and its codes of discipline, the play actors brought alive the live court martial proceedings, otherwise not accessible by general public.

The marathon cross-examination of the case charging a low caste Ram Chander for attacking two senior officers enlivened the play with a captivating continuity of delectable dialogues with brilliance.

Kapil Kalyan and Parvesh Sethi stole the limelight leading the cast with KK Doda, Sessions Judge (retired), Tejbhan Gandhi, Mukseh Sharma GS Dardi and others.

Earlier, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda accompanied by senior officers inaugurated and watched the play.

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Training institute for youth shifted to garage
G.S.Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
Once the Centre for Training and Employment of Punjab Youth (C-PYTE) in Sector 42 had been termed as “an island of hope” by the Punjab government, but today it has lost all hopes. Reason: the institute has been forced to vacate its premises and has been shifted to the basement of the building, meant for car garage and store.

This has put a big question mark on the future of the students who were undergoing pre-recruitment training for defence and para-military forces and learning various skill-development courses like carpentary, plumbing, multi-purpose mechanic courses, stenography and vocational guidance for self-employment development.

The institute, with grant-in aid from the Punjab government, was providing free boarding and lodging to the students, besides stipend.

Nevertheless, a visit to the site revealed startling facts.The institute has been ordered to vacate the premises in Sector 42 “forthwith” on the grounds that it has now been disassociated with the sports wing. Consequently, the institute staff was forced to shift the office belongings to the dilapidated basement of the building, where there is no drinking water facility, no provision for toilets. The adjoining stinking nullah has made it impossible for 150 employees and students to live and carry on with their training workshops.

Joint Secretary, Sports and Youth Services, Punjab, Daljit Singh, on whose orders the premises was got vacated, said that since the C-PYTE had now been associated with the employment generation wing, they would have to vacate the present premises.

“Since we needed place for the meetings for the Youth Development Board, Punjab, we asked them to check out of the premises. But they themselves requested us to let them run their institute from the basement, for which we allowed them one month or the time till they got another suitable place elsewhere, but they have to shift, as we need to renovate the place,” said Daljit Singh.

On the other hand, Director-General of C-PYTE, Brig GJ Singh, rued that in the absence of basic facilities, the staff and students had been put to such deplorable conditions. “It is a pity that the institute which was especially established for the welfare of youth was facing such terrible times. I have arranged the generator here, as I anticipate that they might cut off our electricity supply too,”he said. It may be mentioned that in 1990s, the then Governor of Punjab had allotted 1.5 acre of this land free of cost jointly to the Punjab Yuva Bhawan and the C-PYTE.

“Our endeavour was to impart them technical skills so that they may get employment with industry or undertake self-employment ventures or join defence services,” said Singh.

But all their dreams have been shattered with this new development. “Earlier, I was foreseeing some hope for my future, but this discriminating stance of the authorities have discouraged me,” said Amrinder Singh, undergoing Army training in this institution.

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AEC celebrates 62nd anniversary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
The Army Education Corps (AEC) celebrated the 62nd anniversary of its raising at Headquarters Western Command in Chandimandir today. A large number of serving and retired AEC officers and their families personnel attended a social get-to-together organised on the occasion.

AEC has made significant contribution to the cause of education of Army personnel and have made dedicated efforts in the field of information technology, map craft, English and foreign languages and military music, besides imparting education to the Army personnel by enhancing their civilian qualifications through the IGNOU--Army education project.

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Anti-malaria camps in June
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
The UT health department has decided to observe June as anti-malaria month and will hold camps at various places in the city.

According to health department officials, the camps will be organised at Labour Colony No. 4, Labour Colony No. 5, Dadu Majra Colony and Indira Colony, Mani Majra during June. “On-the-spot examination of blood smears will be done and population of the area will be screened for malaria,” said HC Gera, anti-malaria officer.

Services of trained members of the rapid response team will also be taken for investigation and control of the vector-borne diseases, including malaria, dengue and chikunguniya in Chandigarh.

For prevention and control of vector-borne diseases in the city, the National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme has already framed bylaws for prevention and control of malaria, dengue and chikunguniya.

It has been enforced from January 1 and will continue till December 31, 2009, said officials of the health department.

“Notices will be served on the defaulters - residents, owners of the building, government and private, and other institutions - for creating a situation responsible for vector breeding on their premises,” said Gera. They will be issued challans and served notices for eliminating mosquito-breeding places, added Gera.

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Cyber cafés told to install CCTV
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, June 1
Zirakpur Station House Officer Sukhwinder Singh today convened a meeting of cyber cafés owners and asked them to maintain records of users approaching the café for browsing Internet. He also asked the owners to install CCTV cameras in their cyber cafes. The SHO urged them to get information of users, including their names, address with telephone numbers and time of entry with date.

He advised them not to permit users without verifying their identity in the form of license, college ID card, and passport or PAN card. Around 12 cyber café owners attended the meeting. Meanwhile, the SHO also visited some banks at Zirakpur and checked the security of the banks.

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No Tobacco Day observed

Mohali, June 1
The Voluntary Heath Association of Punjab in collaboration with local NGO Jeevan Jot Welfare Society, Mohali, and the management committee of Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Matour village, observed “World No Tobacco Day” on the theme of “Tobacco Heath Warning” at Singh Sabha Gurdwara here today. As many as 150 persons participated in the programme.

Dr SPS Surila, DHO, Mohali, and District Tobacco Control Cell, Mohali, Jasvir Singh Bains, state programme coordinator, Tobacco Control Cell, Mohali, Amit Joshi, state coordinator, TB Control Programme, Voluntary Health Association of Punjab, Chandigarh, and Varinder Kaur, cancer expert, deliberated on the affects of tobacco consumption. — TNS

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Fire in Pabhat godown
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, June 1
Around 24 boxes of desi ghee of various brands were gutted in a fire that broke out on Monday morning at a godown in Pabhat village here.

The exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Fire department officials are looking into the possibility of short circuit leading to the incident.

According to sources, a fire tender from Dera Bassi was pressed into service. The fire was brought under control completely in an hour. 

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Wives of VIPs headache for school
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 1
Too many cooks spoil the broth. The presence of wives of bigwigs at Mullanpur Garibdass government school has become a source of headache not only for the education department but also for students.

Ironically, the school has reported 33 per cent pass percentage. But instead of improving the results, the wives of bigwigs are busy in mudslinging. And the education department is watching helplessly. The name of the wife of a senior police official is also figuring in the controversy.

In a recent episode, the Mullanpur police lodged a DDR against Kuljinder Kaur Randhawa, wife of the Director, Public Instructions (elementary), SS Randhawa, a class XI girl student of the school, Amarjeet, and her father. Mullanpur SHO HS Bal said the case had been sent to the SDM for further action.

An unfair means case (UMC) had been made against Amarjeet during the examination of class XI conducted at the school level. The complainant in the case, Anil Kumar, officiating principal of the school, had made the UMC case against the girl.

While the girl and Anil Kumar were not available for comments, Kuljinder Kaur said since she was career counsellor at the school, students kept on calling her. “The girl approached her for guidance. I advised her to appeal before education department officials and there is nothing wrong in it,” she added.

On May 27, 2009, Anil Kumar in a complaint to the DSP (city), Mohali, alleged harassment at the hands of Kuljinder Kaur. He alleged that using the clout of her husband, she was violating rules to assign outside duties and false inquiries had been initiated against him.

He further alleged that false complaint was made against him after the student, Amarjeet Kaur, failed in the exams. He has even complained of threat to his life.

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NGO distributes study material to students 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP), an NGO, yesterday distributed aid under its ‘Sakhsharta’ project at MCM DAV College for Women, Sector-36.

Many projects are being run under its banner for providing study material, uniforms and stationery to economically weaker and deserving students.

National working president of the organisation ID Ojha presided over the function. He lauded the efforts being put in by the BVP in providing aid to the needy.

Zonal patron of BVP, KL Passi, appreciated the efforts of the Chandigarh unit. Ajay Dutta, national secretary, BVP, SP Tiwari, national convener seminar, KL Chauhan, coordination chairman and HR Narang, state secretary also spoke.

Chief general manager, NABARD, JR Sarngal was the chief guest. He appreciated the work done by the the BVP and assured full cooperation from his institution. RP Agarwal was the guest of honour.

Sameer Goyal of Infosys also spoke on the occasion and asked the youth to come forward to lend support for the cause.

Virender Sharma, Ruby Jaspreet and Kuldeep Chahl, who recently secured top slots in the Civil Services, gave away awards to 43 meritorious students securing over 80 per cent marks in their annual examination.

It was also proposed to start a vocational centre for students to undergo trainings in different fields so as to enable them to be self-reliant.

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City lad selected for global summit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
A city boy Karan Kaura of St. John High School got selected for people-to-people leadership summit, which offers leadership development programmes in Washington.

Under this programme, students will be able to choose a specific topic or career to develop leadership skills, embracing the power of teamwork with peers from all across the globe.

While talking to mediapersons, Karan stated that he was happy for being selected in such a programme, as this would help any student to get prepared for their higher education.

He believes that through this he would know what makes a leader great.

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