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IT raids on Talwar Jewellers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Income tax officials conducted raids on at least 12 commercial premises, including houses of city-based jeweller, Talwar, and his relatives at several places here today.

“The raids are still on. Details on recoveries are awaited as the teams are yet to return from the field. The searches are being conducted in connection with tax evasion and amassing of wealth disproportionate to their sources of income,” an income tax official said.

According to sources, Talwar jewellers has various outlets at Sector 22, owned by Anil Talwar, Sundep Talwar, Rakesh Talwar and Suneel Talwar. Several teams comprising more than 100 officials and supporting staff conducted the raids.

The teams descended on the business premises of the groups early in the morning and carried out a detailed inspection of account books, IT returns, documents relating to sale and purchase and physical verification of stock. During the raids, entry and exit from the premises were restricted and telephone calls were barred. While the officials refused to comment, the sources in the department revealed that the raids were initiated on the basis of specific information that these business groups were fudging accounts and filing returns grossly disproportionate to their sources of income.



Tribune Impact
Engg college principal quits
Lucknow University says degree may be fake
Tribune News Service

Kharar, July 24
Col Amar Jit Singh (retd) has resigned as principal of Sachdeva Girls Engineering College, Gharuan following a controversy over his PhD degree in automobile engineering from Lucknow University.

The director-principal of the college, Baljit Kaur, said the management had taken back the charge from him after he failed to prove that his degree was genuine. This was done after The Tribune highlighted that Lucknow University did not offer any degree in the particular discipline.

“After he was asked to surrender his duties, he resigned from the post. He is no more associated with the college. It was a shock even for us,” she said, adding that it was an unfortunate incident and the college was unaware of any deceit.

The Tribune is in possession of the degree of Col Amar Jit Singh, which is dated November 27, 2008, and bears the signature of the Vice-Chancellor of Lucknow University, AS Brar. It mentions that Amar Jit had done his PhD in futuristic fuels for IC engines.

The certificate mentions his name and the discipline of PhD is handwritten in English, but another degree certificate procured by The Tribune mentions all these details in Hindi. This certificate was issued in 1989 and even at that time, all details were duly typed.

The director of the Institute of Publication and Public Relation, Surendra Kumar Dwivedi, said the university would verify the degree. He said the university issued certificates in Hindi, but if some candidate requested, the details were mentioned in English as well.

“We do not offer any technical course. The degree does not seem to be genuine, but we will have to cross check,” he said. Earlier an employee of the university had produced fake degree papers and he was chargesheeted after a judicial commission inquired into the matter. “There can be a possibility of someone from our university being involved in the issuance of this degree. We will look into it,” he added.

The dean of Punjab Technical University, VK Arora, said during the interview of a candidate for the post of principal, a representative of the university was also part of the interview board. “It seems that in this case, the principal was recruited directly,” he said.



Narwana Honour Killing
Didn’t see a thing: Warrant officer
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
“Maine kuch nahin dekha ... main gir ke behosh ho gaya ... jab aankh khuli to hospital mein tha.” Well, that’s what is the crux of the “eyewitness” account of warrant officer Suraj Bhan who was present when 23-year-old Ved Pal Mor was lynched by a mob at Narwana yesterday as a fallout of the “khap” row.

Lying at the GMCH-32 after a surgery on his right leg, Suraj Bhan, who was appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to recover Ved Pal’s wife, Sonia, told The Tribune that after reaching Narwana he went to the local police station for security cover. He said though the SHO wasn’t there, he was given an escort of 20 policemen.

“We reached Sonia’s house at about 8 pm and looked for her on the ground floor,” he said. Ved Pal was also with them. When they could not find Sonia there, he went to the first floor along with some policemen to look for her. Ved Pal was left behind with the remaining cops.

“When I was on the first floor, I heard loud voices and was told that Ved Pal had got into an argument with Sonia’s father,” he said. Before he could realise what was going on, the policemen accompanying him advised him to leave by the back door as the situation had turned ugly.

Claiming that he was not attacked by anyone, Suraj Bhan, said: “I hurt myself while scaling the rear wall of the house.” He lost consciousness when he slipped and fell down.

“All I remember is that the policemen accompanying me put me in a car and when I came back to my senses, I was at the Civil Hospital,” he said. He, however, insisted that he had not seen anyone lynching or beating up Ved Pal.

A resident of Sector 23 here, Suraj Bhan, was earlier operated upon for a fracture on his leg. Doctors said the bone of his lower limb had been dislocated and he had suffered compounded fractures. “We have straightened the bone and put plates for support,” they said.



GMCH doctor indicted for abetting suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
A local court today framed charges against a professor of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, abetting suicide of a medical student of the college.

The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Rahul Garg framed charges against Prof NK Goel, head of department of community medicine, under Section 306 of the IPC and Section 3(2)(VII) of the SC/ ST Act, in a matter pertaining to January 28, 2008.

Earlier, the police had submitted a challan against Prof Goel in a case of suicide of Jaspreet Singh, an MBBS final-year student of the GMCH, on September 11.

The challan was filed based on an inquiry report submitted by a GMCH committee and the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) report of the suicide note and a re-evaluation of examination paper.

On January 28, Prof Goel and two students of GMCH-32 were booked for abetting suicide after the body of Jaspreet Singh, a final-year MBBS student, was found hanging in the toilet of the library on the fifth floor of B-block of the hospital during night.

Two classmates of the deceased and Prof Goel were booked under Section 306 of the IPC.

A suicide note recovered by the police mentioned the names of the three.

The note said they used to ridicule him over his caste. Later, the names of the classmates were dropped after the inquiry board cleared their names of the charges.

Jaspreet’s father Charan Singh had said that his son excelled in studies, but had not fared well in his last examination, which had depressed him. He had alleged that the college was responsible for his son’s death as he had attempted suicide earlier too by consuming tablets.


VIP links pay in postings
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
When it comes to choice postings, VIP connections pay. The recommendation of the name of Brijendra Singh, son of Haryana Finance Minister Birendra Singh, as the Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner by the UT administration to the Central government has once again proved that “powerful relatives” can manage the postings of senior administrative officials.

Brijendra Singh is not the only VIP kin who is set take up the plum assignment as the Chandigarh DC. In recent times, Rajinder Kataria, son-in-law of Phool Chand Mullana, president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC), remained as the Panchkula DC, another significant posting.

A majority of the VIP kin prefer Chandigarh and its satellite towns of Panchkula and Mohali as the favourite place of posting as the city is the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana. Given its world-class infrastructure, Chandigarh offer best facilities to the wives and children of the officials.

A significant number of IAS, PCS and HCS officers also bring along their wives on deputation to the UT education department. In case of Brijendra Singh, who has been the Panchkula DC earlier, the Haryana government seems to have bent over backwards to indirectly push for him.

In the wake of the Centre's refusal to grant one-year extension to present incumbent RK Rao, who had spent a major part of his career in Chandigarh, the UT administration had invited the panel of only directly-recruited IAS officers for the DC's post.

However, in a bid to make Brijendra Singh's case stronger, the Haryana government also sent the names of two promoted officials - OP Langyan and Ramesh Krishan - besides Brijendra Singh. It was a “smart strategy” to accommodate Brijendra Singh as his name was not likely to opposed by the Congress-ruled Central government, a senior Haryana government official officer said.

Interestingly, both Brijendra Singh and Kataria had managed good postings even outside the tricity. While Kataria was posted as the Gurgaon DC after his transfer from Panchkula due to model code of conduct during the recent elections, Brijendra Singh was posted in the National Capital Region (NCR) as the Faridabad DC.



Factory sealed for flouting fire safety norms
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Getting tough on the commercial establishments flouting fire safety norms, the Fire Department today sealed RK Foams in Phase II of the Industrial Area.

A team of the department led by station fire officer SK Gosain sealed the premises of factory for violating various provisions of the Fire Prevention and Safety Act.

Earlier, the department had issued notices to five factories for not making fire safety provisions on their premises. Sources said the drive against the defaulting factories and offices would continue in the days to come.



Covering of roof with fibre sheet
Shalimar Mall faces HUDA notice
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 24
Already mired in controversy over environmental clearance and possession of showrooms to allottees, Shalimar Mall is now facing a notice from the Haryana Urban Development Authority for unauthorised construction in the building.

Replying to a query of a local resident, Parmanand, under the Right to Information Act, HUDA authorities stated that the management of mall would be served notice under Section 17 of HUDA norms as it had been found that the roof of the building had been covered with fibre sheet against the norms.

The only mall in operation in the town has already seen some rough weather, as in 2007 the Haryana State Pollution Control Board had passed orders seeking to stop power and water supply to the project site stating that environmental clearance for the construction of the project had not been obtained.

The management, however, got relief from the High Court, even as the case was still pending.

In January this year, after the mall opened, the allottees of showrooms staged a protest alleging delay in possession.

HUDA officials confirmed that the management of mall was allowed to construct a five-storey structure with a three-level basement, but the management had violated the norms by covering the roof with a fibre sheet.

A notice would be served on the management, asking them to remove the unauthorised construction, failing which HUDA would initiate action against the management, said the authorities.



Scooterist has miraculous escape
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 24
A scooterist, Harjeet Singh, had a miraculous escape when the driver of a private bus operator, Jhajj’z, steered the vehicle on to a road berms while trying to avoid direct collision with the vehicle standing at a traffic junction of Phase VII here this morning. While crashing on to the road berm, the scooter was literally crushed.

Enquiries reveal that the bus was being driven by a conductor who was not trained to drive the vehicle. Few seconds before the accident, the bus had hit a Scorpio at the Phase VII traffic lights. No case was registered as the affected parties reached a compromise. 



Garbage dump in slums epidemic threat
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 24
Things perhaps never change for better, especially for slums in the town. The residents of adjoining areas also suffer with the slum dwellers. Rajiv colony, Indira colony, Azad colony, Dhakka colony, Kharak Mongoli, Budhanpur, and Abhaypur have now become a bane for the locals as the authorities always took the cause half heartedly.

The areas, cleared of garbage and encroachments last year following cholera outbreak in the town, is again back to square one creating the epidemic conditions in the town.

While the heaps of garbage could be found strewn all over around these colonies, the accumulation of rainwater in the trenches between Rajiv colony and Sector 17 is enough to provide breeding place for mosquitoes.

“HUDA had sold us plots charging lakhs of rupees, but they did not bother to provide the ideal living conditions and left the residents to sulk under such conditions,” said Rajesh Rana, a resident of Sector 17.

“The presence of garbage and stagnating water all over had made the life of residents a hell as flies and mosquitoes have been swarming the area,” said another resident from Sector 16.

The situation was not better in Sector 21 where the meat products are being sold in open in the adjoining Azad colony. The heaps of garbage and chickens hanging in the open on ‘rehris’ welcome the people going through the main road leading towards the National Highway 73.

Though the area was sanitised exactly a year ago, following the outbreak of the epidemic during the last rainy season, the authorities found it not fit to keep it clean forever.

“Perhaps they did not consider us a part of the town, that is why the garbage collected here is not cleared for days together before it starts stinking,” rued Mangat, a shopkeeper of Azad colony.



Traffic Violations-VI
Road berms also unsafe
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 24
Going by the rate of accidents, the city roads may no longer be safe. But what is alarming is that the roads berms have also become unsafe, if the incident of vehicles crashing on to the berms was any indication.

Today was no exception. Several pedestrians had a miraculous escape when a private bus operator landed on to a road berm while avoiding direct hit with a vehicle standing at a traffic junction of Phases 3B 2 and VII. A conductor was driving the vehicle.

It is not an isolated incident. Around 30 incidents are reported every year wherein pedestrians are injured in such freak accidents. The highest rate was in Lalru and Dera Bassi where 25 such incidents have been reported in the last seven months.

Not to forget seven-month tragic accident in which two sisters were killed due to reckless driving by a Punjab Police constable.

The victims were moving on a road berm along with their parents when the constable, Parminder Singh, while driving his Zen crashed on to the road berm in Phase II here. He not only killed the two girls, but also injured a woman 
and her son.

Reckless driving should be made a non-bailable offence.

Penalise violators

Reckless driving can cripple several families at a time. “I feel that the police should enforce law on those who drive their vehicle in a wrong manner. Heavy penalty should be fixed on the violators who cannot distinguish between a road and a road berm,” said Dalbir Singh, father of the deceased sisters.

As the father of the deceased sisters, Simran and Ishpreet, is trying to put his life back on track, he repents the day he took out his family on an outing.

It was on December 6, last year when the two sisters died on the spot after being mowed down by a speeding Maruti Zen (CH 03 V 3054) driven by a head constable, Parminder Singh, of the Mohali traffic police. It being a weekend, Simran, an LKG student of Sant Isher School, Phase VII, and Ishpreet, had gone with their parents to Amartex in the Industrial Area for some purchases for a marriage in the family. Unconfirmed reports said the constable was drunk, a fact contradicted by the police.



4 suspected cholera cases reported
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 24
While a makeshift dispensary was set up at most affected Mandpa village from where four suspected cases of cholera cases, along with dozens of patients suffering from diarrhoea, reported during the last couple of days, drinking water supply to the affected villages today was made through tankers.

The health teams led by district health officer ML Garg remained busy in making arrangements for additional beds at Raipur Rani hospital as the patients suffering from diarrhoea keep on pouring in hospital.

A provision of 16 beds was made at the General Hospital, Panchkula, by using folding beds for some of the patients at Raipur Rani hospital to tackle the unexpected rush of patients.

Meanwhile, six new patients were admitted at Raipur Rani hospital today. However, the number of admitted patients dwindled there as 14 patients were discharged following the improvement in their condition.

More than 80 persons from six villages in the area fell ill in six villages -- Mandpa, Mirpur, Bador, Thapli, Saranga and Kot -- after consuming water, supply of which was made through rusted pipes from a tubewell.

It happened despite the fact that the Raipur Rani medical officer had written twice to public health officials, sending them alert in this regard, said the district health officer.

Many of the residents have got water connections illegally by damaging the main water pipeline and exposing it to the infections and the public health department did not take appropriate action in time to check the problem which led the epidemic, he said.

The samples of four suspected cholera patients have been sent to the PGI and the report was yet to be received, said Dr Garg.



Mohd Rafi finals on July 27
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society, Chandigarh, will hold the final round of the singing competition for Best Singer Award-2009 for junior and senior in male and female categories on July 27, 2009 at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, Chandigarh, at 5.00 pm.

Nearly 28 male and female singers will sing melodious songs of 50s and 60s sung by Mohd Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar.

Sh Manoranjan Kalia, Minister for Local Bodies, Punjab, will be the chief guest and Mr Raj Kumar Khattar of Panchkula will preside over the function. 



Pay Scales
Teachers to protest on July 29
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Punjab Federation of the University and College Teachers’ Organisations (PFUCTO) has decided to stage a protest from July 29, 2009, against the failure of the Punjab government to notify the revised UGC pay scales notified by the Government of India on December 31, 2008.

In a joint statement, Dr SS Dhillon and Dr Jagwant Singh, president and general secretary of the organisation, said it had been decided to stage a protest from July 29 and mode of protest would be decided on July 27. Dr Dhillon said the blame for the decision lied with the government, which had failed to notify notification of the scales even after five weeks of the Cabinet decisions. 



Anti-dengue camp held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
An anti-dengue awareness camp was organised in new motor market, Sector 48, today. The camp was inaugurated by Dr GC Bansal, officer in charge (malaria wing). Dr Bansal said this was the high time for taking remedial measures for reducing the aedes mosquito breeding in and around the motor market area.

He called upon the people not only to join hands with the government for creating awareness about prevention and control of dengue and chikunguniya, but also come forward in reducing the mosquito breeding places in and around their houses.

HC Gera, anti-malaria officer-cum-nodal officer, IDSP, said discarded tyres and junk material could become breeding ground for mosquitoes. 



PU staffer found dead

Chandigarh, July 24
A Panjab University (PU) employee, Nirmal Singh, was found dead at his residence on the campus here this morning.

The police said the body bore no injury marks. He was living alone and was an alcoholic. His wife had deserted him, the police added. The police said several empty bottles of liquor were recovered from the room, which was locked form inside. Nirmal’s neighbours informed the police after they noticed foul smell emanating from his residence. They told the police that they had not seen Nirmal for the last couple of days. He was also absent from his office. — TNS



SDM is maintenance tribunal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
The UT administration has appointed sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) as the Maintenance Tribunal under Section 7 of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.

The administration said the office of the district magistrate was declared as the Appellate Tribunal under Section 15 of the Act to hear the appeals against the order of the tribunals. 



Two Estate Office employees suspended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
The UT administration today suspended two Estate Office employees -- junior assistant Narinder Verma and superintendent Sant Ram -- in connection with the unauthorised sale of a shop-cum-flat (SCF) in Sector 20, owned by an England-based NRI.

According to sources, the employees have been placed under suspension for their alleged role in grant of no objection certificate on the basis of forged/fake general power of attorney (GPA).

The matter is being investigated by the Vigilance Department. Earlier, the UT Vigilance Department conducted raids at several places to nab the accused. The role of senior officials is also under the vigilance scanner, sources said.

NRI Tara Singh had approached Home Secretary-cum-Chief Vigilance Officer Ram Niwas alleging that some persons, in connivance with Estate Office employees and an advocate, sold off his property worth crores on the basis of forged GPA.

Following orders of Ram Niwas, the Vigilance Department had booked OP Mittal, Harnek Singh, Jaswant Singh and JB Singh.



Left to fend for himself
Disabled man moves court against father
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
While one may have heard of children shunning away their parents calling them “liability” or “burden” on them, a peculiar case before a local court has brought another aspect of changing equations between parents and their offspring.

A 32-year-old mentally and physically challenged son has knocked the doors of the judiciary against his father after the latter refused to maintain him despite his disabilities.

A case in this regard was filed in the court of judicial magistrate Amit Sharma in June. The father, a retired Punjab government official earning pension amount in six figures and rental income of around Rs 5,000 a month besides other incomes from fixed deposits, appeared before the court on July 2.

In his reply filed on July 11, the father said since his son was highly qualified and well educated, he could maintain himself and bear his family’s expenses as well.

However, the father remained silent on the issue of his son’s disabilities and refused to acknowledge his son’s physical disabilities before the court.

The son who apparently married against his father’s wishes has a two-year-old daughter and a wife to support.

The son is currently staying at his in-laws’ house in Mohali after his own father refused to accept him after he suffered from seizures in 2006 and was admitted to the PGI for two months and remained in coma, saying that he was a burden on him.

Besides suffering from a brain condition called HSV encephalitis, both his hands and legs are 60 per cent disabled. He can barely walk with the help of a walker and is undergoing a treatment at the PGI in the departments of neurosurgery, neurology, psychiatry and orthopedics.

Unable to bear his monthly expenses on lifesaving drugs as well as his daily physiotherapy session to keep his limbs in motion, he has filed a case before the court to direct his father to maintain him as he has no other responsibility due to the fact that his other two siblings are well settled.

The Section 125 of the CrPC clearly states: “If any person having sufficient means neglects or refuses to maintain his legitimate child who has attained majority where such child is by reason of any physical or mental abnormality or injury, is unable to maintain himself, a magistrate of first class may order such a person to make a monthly allowance or the maintenance of such a child.”

The son used to run a computer graphics business from a small shop in industrial area, which due to his disability was shut and now there remains a photostat machine from where the wife is earning a meagre amount to make their both ends meet. The matter is due to come up for next hearing on July 25.



Gambling: Tougher laws needed to curb menace
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
The provisions in the Gambling Act have apparently failed to act as deterrent to habitual gamblers in the city. According to the police record, habitual gamblers continue with their activities unabated despite having been booked several times every year.

Inquiries by the TNS reveal that the police actions are restricted to raiding and arresting some known faces operating in city slums. Sources say gambling is a well-organised crime, which is rampant in the city and is flourishing with an understanding with the police.

Regular gamblers often take hotel room on rent and gamble without any hassles.

The hotel owners make money by way of rent and serving eatables and drinks and also have prior information about police raids.

“Some of the regular gamblers have never been caught for the past over 20 years” says a city resident, who is in the “business” for over three decades.

Suggesting some ways out, a police officer says the authorities should issue some notification to make gambling a non-bailable offence, which can act as a deterrent.

The Punjab Police includes Section 420 (cheating) against such criminals to curb the menace. UT SSP SS Srivastva says steps are being taken to take action against habitual offenders under the prevailing laws.

In some cases, Section 110, CrPC Act has been invoked against habitual offenders.

He adds that such notorious persons are declared “bad characters” in the records of the police station of their area.

On invoking Section 420 of the IPC, the SSP says it depends on the merit of the case and during raids the police catches gamblers by sending decoy customers.

Citing the example of Ramdhari, who was arrested for allegedly indulging in gambling during a raid conducted by SDM (South) on July 17, sources say he along with his associates has been facing 24 cases for various crimes.

Ramdhari, a bad character in the records of the Sector 34 police station, is a notorious figure and has been taking advantage of the less stringent law.

Knowing well that they will be set free after paying a nominal fine, such notorious persons carry on with their activities without any fear of law, says a police office. The police had recently booked Ramdhari under Section 110 of the CrPC, following which he was sent to jail.

Saying that it this not enough, the official adds that steps should be taken to take more stringent action to curb such organised crime.

The sources say since January 1, last year till July 18, as many as 62 cases under the Gambling Act have been registered in the area of Burail village. Of these, 24 cases have been registered against Ramdhari and his associates. The police has recovered Rs 1,42,754 from the accused.

Ramdhari has been booked in seven cases under the Gambling Act other than 15 cases registered for various other crimes.



Rich menu on cards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
The midday meal is all set for a change. The chapatti is being replaced by stuffed parantha, plain rice by jeera pulao and khichdi by puri chana to ensure nutritional value along with taste.

It was discussed at a meeting chaired by Education Secretary Ram Niwas today, attended by PCS and HCS officers, suggesting improvements in the midday meal.

One of the officer pointed out that chapattis are not well cooked and soon get dry. It was further desired that Glucose biscuits should also be served.

The Education Secretary apprised the officers regarding the low calorie midday meal being served at various schools.

The calories of the food were also discussed and to improve the calories, certain changes in the menu were discussed with the representative of sources from where the cooked food is being prepared.

It was also pointed out that a lot of time was consumed in distributing midday meal. In order to meet these deficiencies, it was decided to direct the respective head of the Institutes to arrange additional resources, including utensils, buckets, manpower etc out of their available funds and they shall ensure that midday meal must be served within 15-20 minutes. It was also decided that all staff members who serve midday meal should wear gloves.

In certain schools, it has been reported that children serving the meal should be discontinued and manpower should be engaged as per the norms.



Saplings planted to mark Teej
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Government Senior Secondary School, Khuda Lahora, and Centre for Adult Education and Extension, Panjab University, celebrated Teej festival by planting herbal saplings on the school premises. Inaugurating the festival Renu Gandhi, senior project officer from CACEE, asserted that it is the responsibility of the community to save environment for sustainable development.

Online courses

Panjab University has introduced two new online courses on geo-informatics from the current academic session, including two year MSc (GIS) and one year diploma in geo-informatics. The department of geography will run these courses in collaboration with the University of Salzburg, Austria. The last date for submitting the application forms has been extended to August 17.The interested candidates are advised to visit www.unigis.net/P.U <http://www.unigis.net/P.U>.

Applications invited

Applications are invited for postgraduate diploma in research methodology and statistics (20 Seats) by department of education, from candidates having postgraduation in any discipline by August 5. According to the chairperson of the department of education, PU, counselling will be held on August 7.

Admit cards dispatched

Admit cards of PULEET-2009 to be conducted by Panjab University on August 2 have been dispatched to all the eligible candidates by registered post on July 23.

According to controller of examinations, PU, those who don’t receive the admit cards by July 30 will get the duplicate admit cards from the University office (CET cell, Aruna Ranjit Chandra Hall, near Post Office) on July 31 and August 1 after completing pre-requisite requirements as detailed in para 32 on page 07 of the PULEET prospectus-2009.



Education top priority: Adviser
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Adviser to the UT Administrator Pradip Mehra yesterday directed the head of departments to draft plans keeping in mind priority works beneficial for public and funds required for execution of the same.

Chairing a meeting on prioritisation of plan projects for 2009-10, the Adviser said the plans should be made for a period of two-three years to have better results.

The Adviser made it clear that education, health, social welfare and development of general infrastructure would remain top priorities for the administration.

He asked the department heads to focus on centrally-sponsored schemes.



Training for lawyers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Forty advocates have been selected for training programme on promoting alternative methods of disputes resolution and out of court settlement while keeping in view interest of the parties.

The selections were made on the inaugural day of the training programme on mediation organised by Delhi-based International Centre for Alternate Dispute Resolution, New Delhi. 

It was inaugurated this morning by Justice MM Kumar, who is also the chairman of Punjab and Haryana High Court’s mediation and conciliation committee.
The faculty is provided by Justice IP Vasishth, Mandira Mitra, MS Oberoi, MS Daobia, RS Rathore and Deepak Jindal.



Orientation programme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
An orientation programme for the first year students of different streams was organised at Government College for Girls, Sector 42, yesterday.

Several students attended the function, which was addressed by principal Dr Nindru Bal, who motivated the students for all-round excellence.



No ads on school buses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
To discuss the issues of permit fees and the advertisements on the school buses of government schools, a meeting of Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar and secretary of the School Teacher Association (STA) was organised here today.

It was decided during a meeting that as per the directions of the Supreme Court, the school buses should not contain advertisements.

“The school buses can only have the name of the school and numbers of the transporter and principal,” Sanjay said.

The Finance Secretary has also directed the STA to invite fresh technical and financial bids from aspirant operators.

In a scheme launched earlier, Rs 380 per month was fixed for each child and as an incentive measure, the transport department has proposed to give an incentive to transporters by allowing them to carrying advertisements on their vehicles pertaining to informative and educative purposes. 



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