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Nari Niketan Rape Case
Accused‘s DNA sample to be taken again
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
The court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Anshul Berry today granted permission to take the DNA sample of Bhupinder Singh who is in custody in the sensational rape of a mentally challenged girl at Nari Niketan.

The DNA sample would be taken to match it with the foetus of the rape victim to establish his crime.

The police had earlier taken the DNA sample of Bhupinder Singh on May 19 after he was arrested.

The police has yet to record the statement of the victim under Section 164 of the CrPC before the Magistrate. The statement has not been recorded, probably because the victim is mentally challenged.

The case was registered on the basis of a complaint lodged by a social worker, Pragati Pandey of Mohali, who works as a medical and social worker at Aashreya in Sector 47.

She told the police that the victim came from Nari Niketan to Aashreya on March 13 and complained of uneasiness.

The victim was medically examined on May 16 and she was tested positive for pregnancy. The minor girl revealed that Bhupinder Singh had allegedly raped her six-seven times.

The matter was then reported to the convener of Aashreya, Mani Ratnam, and the victim was taken to the Sector 32 GMCH.

The medical examination confirmed that she was eight-10 weeks pregnant and the matter was reported to the police.

More persons involved?

The police is believed to have gathered vital clues regarding the involvement of more than one person in the rape case. Though the police refused to disclose anything and ruled out the involvement of more persons in the incident following the interrogation of Bhupinder today, sources said some vital leads pointed towards the complicity of more persons. The police cross-questioned Bhupinder in front of Kamla and Jamuna and claimed to have found vital clues. Police sources said they would question other staff members of Nari Niketan.



Fire zones exist only for MC
The MC/administration has failed to educate people and the police on fire zones in parking areas, where parking vehicles is prohibited
GS Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
For some, it is a road divider, and for others, a space to beautify the parking zone. Even police officials know nothing about yellow strips marked as “fire zones” at parking places at busy markets by the Chandigarh MC.

Neither the MC nor the administration has made effort to educate people about the 4-inch wide strip in yellow in parking areas marked as fire zones. This area has been demarcated for fire-fighting vehicles and any hindrance in the passage is prohibited here.

The decision was a fallout of the horrendous experience of the fire department when fire engines had a tough time reaching the spot during a recent fire incident at the Sector 22 market, which had claimed four lives.

However, till date, no official public notice has been circulated to apprise people about it.

As a result, even parking contractors freely use it as extra space. But in several potential trouble spots, the marking is so narrow that no vehicle can be parked there.

Opposite the CMC at Sector 17, the area has been demarcated so narrowly that hardly any car can be parked there.

PK Sharma, MC Additional Commissioner, said: “This is a new concept. “Fire zone” and “no parking” should have been marked on the prohibited area for the common man and even for policemen and contractors.”

About narrow zone markings at Sector 16, he said: “It is not in my knowledge. I will get it checked.”

Meanwhile, even as a high-level of meeting of MC officials was held under the chairmanship of Home Secretary Ram Niwas recently for fire preparedness, the taxi union of Sector 17 today organised a “chhabeel” on the prohibited area marked for fire zones.

The whole area was densely occupied, making it hard for commuters to move, what to talk of leaving space for fire engines if such a situation arose.



Swine Flu
Suspect family quarantined
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
A UT administration employee and his family have been “home quarantined” by the UT health authorities after they came in contact with a confirmed H1N1 influenza patient aboard a North America flight earlier this week.

Nodal officer HC Gera said the entire family, including the employee’s wife (working at PU), son and daughter, has been quarantined for a week at their Sector 49 house and their health was being monitored. He said none of them had any symptoms of H1N1 (swine flu) influenza.

“A team of doctors and paramedics would conduct a daily home check on them and send a report to the health ministry. Quarantine is only a precaution as they have been exposed to the virus,” he said.

As per the guidelines of the World Health Organisation, tamiflu had been administered to all members of the family.

Sources in the health department revealed that the family had gone to Delhi to receive their daughter who was studying in Australia. Her aunt had also landed in Delhi the same day from North America.

“They spent the day together and the next day, her aunt complained of sore throat, sneezing and runny nose and it was during a checkup at hospital that she was found to have swine flu-like symptoms. The test result was positive,” Gera said.

The health authorities, however, confirmed that there were no positive cases of Swine flu in the city. “Samples of three person have been tested so far and all were found negative. There is nothing to panic about it,” he said.

Meanwhile, a woman from Shahbad, with symptoms of swine flu, was admitted to the isolation ward of the GMCH-32 today.



Firing: 2 cops suspended

Chandigarh, June 13
A head constable and constable were today suspended for negligence in the bullet firing incident on June 7.

Head constable Jaspal Singh and constable Surjit Singh, who were posted at the police post-35, had feigned ignorance about the firing of bullet at the Sector-35 parking lot. Ajay Singh was seriously injured and was admitted to a hospital in the incident. The police had yesterday arrested Gurpreet Singh of Durali for allegedly firing a bullet. However, the victim and constables denied that any bullet had been fired. — TNS


CAT breather for ex-Panchkula DC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
Partially accepting the application of Panchkula’s former Deputy Commissioner Rajender Kumar Kataria, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has stated that stigma should not be attached to the applicant.

Stating this, the tribunal said: “It is a fact that complaints were found to be baseless and this was conveyed by the Haryana government’s Chief Electoral Officer to the Election Commission of India. It is also sad that the transfer of the applicant had been ordered by the ECI before receiving the report of the inquiry conducted by regarding the complaint against the applicant. There before, it can be inferred that his transfer was ordered without anything adverse being found against him prima facie.”

The applicant had filed an application before the tribunal wherein he had sought for setting aside the orders of his transfer from the post of DC, Panchkula.

Kataria was asked to leave the charge and transferred to the post of director, primary education, in Haryana on April 7.

Kataria stated in the application that following the announcement of the general election, the model code of conduct came into force. The applicant came to know about an alleged banner regarding Phool Chand Mullana’s, president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee and father-in-law of the applicant, scheduled Navratra puja on March 31. The name of the applicant also figured in the banner.

Kataria stated in the application that he got the matter investigated after issuing a show-cause notice to the alleged trust and sought their explanation. The trust denied the display of the banner and initiated the removal and destruction of the banner.

A news report appeared in an English daily following which the applicant informed the Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana, about the inquiry conducted by him in this regard through a letter dated March 29.

Kataria claimed that two complaints had been filed a case against him and yet nothing adverse had been found against him. Yet, he had been removed from the post of DC, he added.



Traffic cops harass outstation drivers
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, June 13
Driving without helmet and triple riding have become the order of the day in Zirakpur as the traffic cops are more interested in intercepting outstation vehicles.

Despite presence of cops at major junctions, there is no traffic management. No one has bothered to make the traffic signals functional at the Panchkula intersection, the Patiala intersection and the Chhat village link road.

A survey of the area reveals that traffic cops are either seen standing in groups, talking on mobile phones or harassing the outsiders. Auto-rickshaws and rickshaws are often parked on the roadsides posing a difficulty on the congested road.

They are hardly bothered to carry out their duty and can be seen struggling to control the traffic only on VIP duty. A senior citizen, Prem Singh Thakur, said, “There are no rules and regulations for youths who are riding motorcycles rashly and without wearing helmets.”

Mohit Kumar, a resident of Zirakpur, said, “Whenever I am going to Chandigarh, traffic cops in Zirakpur generally stop me because my car bears Delhi registration number. Even if I tell them that I am a resident of Zirakpur they harass me.”

Rajan Khurana, a shopkeeper near the railway track, said, “I have never seen any traffic policeman near the railway track.”

Ironically, though the district administration has banned the stoppage of vehicles on the Zirakpur-Dera Bassi Highway, buses are parked on the road. However, DSP (traffic) Hardevinder Singh said, “We are challaning the traffic violators and traffic cops are deployed on various points to keep an eye on violators.



Post Office
Little hope for Sector-40 residents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
With the authorities concerned turning a blind eye, the wait of Sector 40 residents and those of the adjoining areas for a post office is proving to be endless.

Almost three years after the sub-post office functioning from the sector was closed down, the authorities are dilly-dallying on the re-opening of the post office, much to the inconvenience of people, according to SK Khosla, member, ward development committee, Sector 39-40 ward.

To cater to the postal needs of Sector 40 and the adjoining sectors, a sub-post office had been functioning since 1989 in a rented house of Chandigarh Housing Board.

The Chandigarh division of the Department of Post and CHB were engaged in a bitter battle around three years ago in which the latter forcibly vacated the post office resulting in its closure on July 19, 2006.

On January 4, 2007, when UT Administrator SF Rodrigues inaugurated an e-sampark centre in Sector 40, he categorically told the gathering that a post office would be opened shortly.

“In this context, I met the Administrator on October 6, 2008 during his public hearing meeting, to apprise him of the commitment he had made before public,” Khosla said

Khosla said the Administrator directed the CHB Chairman to do the needful.

“However, the Chairman did nothing except write a letter to the postal authority with a copy to me. Since nothing tangible emerged out, I again met the Administrator when he directed Sanjay Kumar, Finance Secretary, to intervene in the matter.”

There is no other post office in Sectors like 40, 39, 38, 37 except Sector 36 and people have been deprived of the essential postal services in this part of the city,” Khosla added.



Promotion policy set to raise storm
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
The draft rules for recruitment and promotion policy for CITCO employees are set to raise a storm in the upcoming board meeting of the corporation on June 15 if the resentment among employees over the same is anything to go by.

According to sources, the policy will only benefit new appointees or those with around five years of service. It ignores the interest old employees, they add.

Also, the expert committee constituted to frame the policy was not balanced. Insiders claimed the committee comprised only those from the head office and had no representation of others.

The current Deputy Commissioner is the chairman of the committee. During his tenure at CITCO, RK Rao was penalised and thus his promotion was adversely affected.

It had also been alleged that no experts had been included in the committee.

In 2001-2002, a retired civil services officer was appointed to recommend the rules that could be beneficial for framing the policy.

Sources claimed that he stayed in Hotel Shivalikview for six months and was paid a hefty amount for recommendations.

On the contrary, instead of taking into account his recommendations, these were ignored, as these didn’t stand to serve the vested interest.

Meanwhile, ahead of the board meeting, out of the total 60 employees of the bill clerk cadre, 40 have submitted a memorandum for opening up of promotional avenues for their cadre to the managing director of the corporation.



Sikh war memorial at Mohali
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 13
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has finally decided to set up Baba Banda Singh Bahadhur theme park in Chapparchidi village here.

The theme park planned over an area of 10 acres will be set up on panchayat land. It will be located near the golf course planned by the GMADA on 200 acres.

Confirming the development, a GMADA official said it had been agreed to set up the memorial on the historic land. Hardeep Singh, an SGPC member, who has been pursuing the matter with Punjab Chief Minister, said a proposal had already been given to the GMADA officials.

The memorial will house a war museum and a theme park to commemorate the sacrifice of brave soldiers who lost their lives in the Chaparchidi battle.

Sources said, the war memorial would be strategically located near the Kharar-Banur road and another proposed road linkage between Mohali and Landhran.

Besides, the proposed Baddi-Lalru expressway will also pass near the proposed site of the war memorial.



Mirch Masala has audience in splits
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, June 13
To be a bachelor is a curse in the conservative social set up and the tragedy gets even compounded if all in a family are chronic bachelors. This truth was illustrated in a Punjabi comedy play “Mirch Masala” staged jointly by Creative Cultural Society and students of Panjab University law department. Written by a noted playwright Jatinder Brar, the play flourished into a full bloom comedy under the direction of Ishwer Dutt Sharma, a proponent of the theatre for a cause.

The play structured in a middle class family environs with all three unmarried brothers and a bachelor servant generating laughter and humour as their attempts to settle for compatible match for the eldest brother always fall flat. If one proposes, the other disposes the prospective match for not being robust or educated.

Besides, the envious neighbourers levelling false allegations against them on one pretext or the other add to their frustration. The elder one, however, scores over the younger ones and secretly goes for a court marriage, keeping them in the dark. The educated and highly placed technocrat bride does all house-hold duties to teach her brothers-in-law how to maintain a balance in life. The crisp comedy kept the audience in good humour.

Chief guest MLA Tej Prakash Singh blessed the artistes.



265 constables pass out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
A batch of 265 newly inducted recruit constables, who had joined the Chandigarh Police Recruit Training Centre for their basic training course in November, passed out yesterday.

The batch consisted of 167 male, 72 female and 26 ex-servicemen.

The basic training course was divided into two parts — indoor and outdoor. The outdoor training involved physical fitness exercises. Training in lathi drill, traffic signals, mob control, extended over drill, field craft and handling of various types of weapons was given to them. Firing practice on various weapons was also conducted.



Rodrigues visits IMA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
While addressing the cadets of the Indian Military Academy (IMA) on the occasion of the Passing Out Parade Spring Term - 2009 at Dehradun today, UT Administrator and Punjab Governor Gen (Retd) SF Rodrigues, PVSM VSM (Retd), asked them to put India first in discharge of their duties towards motherland, adding that the national interest must be kept foremost, in mind, while facing difficult situations in times of peace and war.



Kapil Dev’s mother dies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
Raj Kumari Nikhanj, mother of cricket icon Kapil Dev Nikhanj, died here today.

Wife of Late Ram Lal Nikhanj, Raj Kumari (85), leaves behind three sons, Ramesh Kumar Nikhanj, Bharat Bhushan Nikhanj and Kapil Dev Nikhanj, and four daughters.

Raj Kumari had not been keeping well and died at 5 am at her residence in Sector 27 while the cremation was done at 5 pm. As Kapil Dev was in Delhi when his mother died, he rushed to Chandigarh after hearing the news and reached at about 11 am.



Promotions pending in schools
No seniority list yet
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
The proposal of the Chandigarh Administration in an overdue meeting of the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) to take up pending cases of promotions seems to be eyewash, as the education department has yet to finalise the seniority list of lecturers, masters, mistresses or in charges.

While on one hand, the authorities claimed that the education department would call the meeting for promotion and recruitment of staff by the month-end, the department, on the other hand, had yet to finalise the seniority list of lecturers and masters for promotion to the posts of principal and headmasters or headmistresses, respectively.

Interestingly, as per the records of the department, the last seniority list of the lecturers was prepared in 2006 and the provisional seniority gradation list of Hindi and Punjabi headmasters and headmistresses was prepared in 2008.

Sources of the education department said the promotion and recruitment process in the schools was delayed, as there was no seniority list available with the department. They added that the department had failed to prepare the list for the staff working in schools for last over ten years.

They said the authorities had decided to convening the DPC meeting by the month-end to solve all pending promotion cases. There were vacancies of 15 principals and 40 headmasters or headmistress in the city schools, they added.

Officials expressed surprise at the calling of the meeting without preparing the seniority lists. They further said the meeting without the seniority lists would be a futile exercise.

The sources said the education department was planning to promote all acting principals and headmasters last year but nothing concrete came out due to non-availability of the seniority list.

When contacted, DP, Samwartak Singh said the department was in the process of preparing the seniority list and the DPC meeting would be likely convened by the month-end.



GGS College for Women, Sector 26
College Admissions-2009
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
Sri Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, is one of the three all-girls colleges in the city. This year the college has planned to extend the existing capacity of the hostel and has added 21 new rooms in the hostel in addition to some new courses.

While the basic graduation degrees were already among the plethora of courses available, the college has also added MPEd degree this year (subject to NCTE approval).

Earlier, in the postgraduate section, MCom and MSc IT were already being offered.

In the add-on segment event management, advertising and sales management and Computer-based accounting has already been offered to the students.

Presently, Mata Kheewiji Hostel of Guru Gobind Singh College for Women is under renovation owing to the directions to add 21 more rooms. As a result there is a fee hike for the hostel facility. The college claims to have added recreational activities for the students in hostel and the menu have also been updated.

The hostel can accommodate 400 students, as the college girls share the hostel with girls of three other institutes. There are total 260 seats for this college.

Important dates:

Forms available form June 10

Last date of submission July 4

Admissions continue from July 14 to July 21


1. BA (General) Number of seats 300

2. BA Hons. (economics, English, sociology) 30 each

3. BCom 140 seats

4. BCom Hons. (accounts, business economics) 30

5. BPEd 50 seats

6. BCA 80 seats

Add-on Courses

Event Management 40 seats

Advertising and Sales management 40 seats

Computer-based accounting 40 seats

Postgraduate courses

1. MPEd (subject to NCTE approval) 30 seats

2. MCom 30 seats

3. Msc IT 20 seats



Racial Attacks
20 pc drop in students’ outflow
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 13
After the racial attacks on Indian students in Australia, there has been a drop of around 20 per cent in the number of students seeking education in Australia. The flow of students to other countries has also been hit marginally.

Sharing the information with mediapersons, Paramdeep Singh, a representative of Waiariki Institute, New Zealand, said no such incidents had taken place there courtesy multi-cultural society.

At the SAS Institute of Information Technology and Research to launch an international programme with New Zealand Universities, he said the main aim of the international tie-ups was to provide education of global standards to Indian students.

Dr JS Dhaliwal, chairman of the institute, emphasised the importance of international exposure to Indian students.



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