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Tech colleges ink pact to check job hoppers
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Kharar, July 26
While the episode of fake degree of an engineering college principal has exposed laxity on part of the college administration, the technical colleges claim that they lack educated faculty.

Dearth of efficient staff has proven helpful for many job-hoppers, who switch over to the institutes that pay them well, often during the mid-term.

In order to keep a tab on job-hoppers, 12 colleges in and around Chandigarh under the Punjab Un-aided Technical Institutes Association (PUTIA) had signed a pact, which says that staff member of one institute will not be given job by the other institute.

“This had put career of around 3000 faculty members on hold,” a teacher of Doaba Group of Colleges said.

Members of the association said this was done for the benefit of students. The technical colleges face acute shortage of skilled staff.

“At times, teachers join another institute without informing their previous organisation. They have started leaving in mid-term,” the vice-chairman of Rayat and Bahra Group, Gurvinder Singh Bahra, said.

The faulty is allowed to leave after serving notice period and getting NOC from the institute, chairperson of Chandigarh Group of Colleges Satnam Singh Sandhu said.

“When staff members started leaving in mid-term, we decided to settle with NOC and the notice period issue for it is a time-saving procedure,” he added.

Despite this, staff members still continue to change jobs. Instead of leaving without informing the current employer, they are now leaving after fulfilling due conditions.

Some colleges under this MoU included SAS Group, Mohali, CEC Landran, Rayat and Bahra, Kharar, Sri Sukhmani Group, Dera Bassi, Indo Global Group, Abipur, SVIET, Banur, Desh Bhagat Group, Mandi Gobingarh, RIMT, Mandi Gobindgarh, and Aryans Group, Banur.



Banur Bypoll
Residents cry for water as councillors busy in campaign
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Banur, July 26
People residing in ward numbers 8 and 9 of Banur today complained of lack of water in their area for the past few days. They said water did not reach their houses despite repeated requests to various Municipal Council officials.

“Many of the families have started purchasing water collectively from the water tankers in marriage palaces as the tankers from the Municipal Council did not come to supply water,” said Surinder, a resident of ward number 9.

He alleged that the councillors were busy in the byelections and hardly paid any heed towards the lack of basic amenities in certain wards.

He said the residents of ward number 8 even staged a dharna and protested against the non-availability of water, but to no avail.

“We have written to the council president and also met the vice-president umpteen times, but nothing has come out,” said the area residents.

The residents alleged that the council has handed over the charge of water supply to some contractors who do not get the faults repaired that develop in the water pumps installed in the water tanks. “There has been a number of electric motors which are not functioning properly at various tubewells in the town,” said Kuldeep Singh, another resident of Banur.

The area residents rued that they were without water since morning and had to rush to various places to fetch water. “My children carry water from nearby school where a submersible pump is installed. Others fetch water from the bus stand area where a hand pump is installed,” said Kamla.

When contacted, MC president Harbans Lal said efforts were on to provide water to all the residents of the town. “The water level of some pockets in certain wards have drastically fallen during the past some time. Nonetheless, we have pressed water tankers into service and efforts are intensified to provide water tanker services to the residents at least twice a day,” he said. He also added that a survey would be conducted in this regard on Monday to assess the reducing water table and its solution.



Power Crisis
Preneet lashes out at Sukhbir
Tribune News Service

Banur, July 26
Union Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur today lashed out at the tall claims of Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal of surplus electricity in Punjab.

She urged the voters to fight against lack of electricity and water in the state. “There is no water and electricity in the entire state. The state is running only with the help of schemes and the money released by the Central government,” she said.

The ruling SAD-BJP siphoned off the entire money and only the Badals are responsible for the sorry state of affairs prevailing in the state.

There is no law and order, people are crying for electricity and water. The state government was continuously harassing the Congress workers, who tried to highlight the drawbacks of sorry state of affairs, she said.

She came down heavily on SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal for describing the Centre's announcement of 100 MW additional power and 50 per cent diesel subsidy as “too little and too late”.

Akalis failed to produce even single MW power during the past 30 months of their tenure. “Akalis are day-dreamers and will do nothing for the people. They are just accumulating wealth for themselves and have thrown Punjab in dark ages,” she said.

She said we had brought additional 100 MW power from the Central pool to Punjab for timely completion of paddy transplantation and to protect the already sown crops.

Earlier, she also criticised Punjab government’s role for not implementing the Centre-sponsored schemes in the state.

The other Congress leaders reminded that in the previous government, power was no issue and people from all communities were provided electricity during the tenure of Capt Amarinder Singh as Chief Minister.



Sixth Pay Commission
Hry teachers’ stir from today
Our Correspondent

Kalka, July 26
As a mark of resentment against the non-implementation of UGC Grades/ Sixth Pay Commission’s recommendations, Haryana Universities and Colleges and Haryana Government College Teachers’ Association (HGCTA), under the banner of the Haryana Federations of Universities and College Teachers’ Organisation (HFUDTO), will launch a stir on July 27.

TN Saini, lecturer at Government Postgraduate College, and member of the Haryana Government College Teachers’ Association, said a meeting regarding the protest was organised in Government College, Rohtak, on July 19, which was presided over by RS Kundu, president of the association.

Haryana has been divided into 10 zones. It was decided in the meeting that despite the declaration given by Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Chief Minister of Haryana, on the occasion of last Teachers’ Day, the lecturers of Government Colleges, have not been given cadre of Class I officer.

The state government had also made promises that after getting the Fitment Table or Pay Fixation Formula from the Ministry of Central Human Resources Development, the teachers of colleges would be given salaries according to the University Grants Commission (UGC). But nothing happened till date.

It was decided in the meeting that from July 27 to 30, the teachers of Haryana would protest against the state government with black badges between 1 pm to 2 pm in their respective colleges. On July 27, a memorandum will also be submitted to Haryana Chief Minister, through local SDM.

On July 1, a dharna will be staged before the Panchkula office of Commissioner, Higher Education, Haryana.



Shooting Ball
Dera Bassi schools claim u-17 titles
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, July 26
Col VR Mohan DAV Public School and DAV Senior Secondary School ‘A’ team, Dera Bassi, claimed the girls’ and boys’ under-17 titles, respectively, in the Mohali District Open Shooting Ball Championship.

The championship was organised by the District Shooting Ball Association, Mohali, at the Sports Complex of Col. VR Mohan DAV Public School at Dera Bassi here today.

In the girls’ final, Col VR Mohan DAV Public School defeated Government High School of Daffarpur by 15-6, 15-13. It defeated Shooting Ball Club of Mohali by 15-6,15-8 and stood third.

In the boys’ final, DAV Senior Secondary School of Dera Bassi prevailed over DAV Senior Secondary School 'B' Team, Dera Bassi, by 15-6, 15-9.

Striving for third and fourth positions, DAV Senior Secondary School 'B' Team, Dera Bassi, defeated Col VR DAV School, Dera Bassi, by 15-11, 15-12.

Nearly 13 Schools from Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali participated in the two-day competitions. Mahesh Chawla, chairman of the District Shooting Ball Association, and Ashwani Sharma inaugurated the tournaments.

Principal of DAV School, Promila Dhar, said district and state level competitions would be organised to popularise the game in the future whereas principal of Col VR Mohan DAV Public School, Dera Bassi, distributed prizes to the participants.



Peddler held with 2-kg poppy husk
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, July 26
The district CIA staff today arrested a drug peddler and recovered 2 kg of poppy husk from him. The SSP said CIA staff, headed by Daljit Singh, had put a naka on a T-point at Ghamandgarh village.

The police noticed a man coming from the village side in a suspicious manner. As soon as he noticed the police he turned back to the village. The police chased him and during interrogation he revealed his identity as Surjit Singh alias Sony, a resident of Basti Bhateri Dasian.

Two kg of poppy husk was recovered from him. He admitted that he was involved in the sale of drugs in the area. A case under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act, has been registered against him.



Man mowed down by train
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, July 26
A 45-year-old man was crushed to death under an unidentified train on the Dappar-Ghaggar railway track here this morning.

According to the police, the victim has been identified as Akshay Kumar of Gohulmajra village. The passers-by noticed the body and informed the Railway authorities at around 8.15 am. A police party from Lalru reached the spot and removed the body from the scene. The body was later sent to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, for autopsy.



14 hurt in bus-truck collision
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, July 26
As many as 14 persons were injured when a Rajasthan Roadways bus rammed into a stationary truck near Janetpur village here late tonight.

According to the police, the mishap took place when the driver of the bus tried to overtake a vehicle from wrong side and rammed into a stationary truck on the road. Some of the passengers were seriously injured in the mishap. They were rushed to the Civil Hospital in Dera Bassi.

The police said both bus and truck drivers fled from the spot after the mishap.



Man killed in freak accident
Tribune News Service

Police officials examine the spot at Naaz Saloon in Sector 20 in Chandigarh where Nilender Singh Chauhan was killed after he allegedly walked into a glass door on Sunday morning.
Police officials examine the spot at Naaz Saloon in Sector 20 in Chandigarh where Nilender Singh Chauhan was killed after he allegedly walked into a glass door on Sunday morning. Tribune
photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, July 26
Mystery shrouds the death of the general manager of a Baddi-based shoe-manufacturing unit, who was critically wounded after he allegedly walked through a glass door at Naaz Saloon in Sector 20-D here this morning.

The victim, Nilendra Singh Chauhan, in his mid-forties, was rushed to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, where he was declared brought dead. A visit to the second floor of the building, where the saloon is located, presented a horrifying sight as the blood was splattered all over the place, including in the saloon, on the staircase and in the corridors outside the saloon. The saloon was covered with blood and the broken pieces of glass and the sofa, on which the victim was reportedly made to sit, was soaked in blood.

Ibrahim and Mohammad Hanif, who run the saloon, told TNS that Chauhan frequented their saloon to buy wigs and had come today for purchasing some wigs. He was in haste and made quick enquiries. “He was paying Rs 1,000 per wig, but I demanded more. During the discussion he said he was in hurry and would buy on old price. He gathered the wigs in a bag and was leaving when he walked into the glass door and injured himself,” said Ibrahim.

Hanif said he ran out after hearing the noise of the broken glass and saw Chauhan holding his thigh, which was bleeding. “We made him sit on the sofa, bandaged the wound with a sheet and called the police for ambulance. As the police did not come in time, without wasting much time I put him in my car and rushed to the hospital,” stated Hanif.

Raising doubts over the incident, a police officer said it was a coloured glass with brown hue and as it was being said the victim was a regular visitor, the chances of his walking into the door were far less.

Moreover, he came out of the cabin, which was adjacent to the door, and it was also doubtful that he gained as much speed to break into the glass.

The SHO of the Sector 19 police station said Chauhan was declared brought dead in the hospital. Ruling out possibility of any foul play, the SHO said there was no altercation between the parties and it was an accident. He said they had initiated inquest proceedings into the matter and would get the postmortem conducted tomorrow to rule out doubts, if any, behind the death.

Chauhan was working in Nikhil International factory in Baddi, which manufactures shoes products for Action Shoes. He was reportedly in the city to visit Mansa Devi Shrine and had come to the saloon to buy some wigs. Chauhan is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. They live in Gwalior while he hailed from Kanoj in Uttar Pradesh.



Ex-serviceman held for assaulting parents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
The Chandigarh Police has arrested a retired Major, a resident of Sector 18, on the charges of assaulting and abusing his parents. The police arrested Major GB Singh (Retd) under Sections 323 (causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code on a complaint lodged by his father, Col Gurdev Singh (Retd).

Inspector Ram Gopal, SHO of Sector 19 police station, told TNS that the incident took place around 3.35 pm yesterday. Col Gurdev reported to the police alleging that his son had been harassing him and his wife and was a constant source of trouble.

The Major used to sprinkle chilies at the worship place in order to stop his mother from praying and when they objected he began assaulting them.

In a fit of rage, the Major had tried to strangle his mother following which Col Gurdev called the police.

The SHO said when a police party reached the house, the Major had bolted the room from inside. Failing to convince him to come out, the police called the neighbours and broke open the door of Singh’s room. They found Singh consuming alcohol. On seeing the police party, he began hurling abuses on the policemen, his parents and others.

The police took him in custody and produced him before a local court, which remanded him to judicial custody.

When asked why the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, was not invoked against the accused, the SHO maintained the action was taken on the basis of the contents of the complaint lodged by the victim.



12 injured in road accident
Tribune News Service

One of the vehicles badly damaged in a road accident at PCL lights in Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, July 26
All 11 members of a Phase XI-based family, travelling in a Tata Winger, and the driver of a Mahindra Pickup were injured in a collision between the vehicles at PCL traffic junction here last night. The driver of the jeep, Bittu, and an occupant of the other vehicle are seriously injured.

While the family members were going from Phase XI to Naina Devi, the jeep, carrying newspapers of a regional press, was going towards Shimla from the Industrial Area, Phase VIII, when the accident took place.

Due to impact of the collision, the Tata Winger crash landed on a road berm after damaging the mild steel railing. The Mahindra jeep also suffered damage due to the accident. A police official said a co-driver in the Tata Winger suffered maximum damage as the jeep hit the vehicle on the right side.

The police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC against the driver of the jeep, Bittu.



6 held for cheating in exam
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
The police today arrested six persons for impersonation and cheating for allegedly appearing in place of candidates for the written examination of Indian Reserve Battalion conducted by the Chandigarh Police.

The police said in all four cases of impersonation, cheating and criminal conspiracy under various sections of the Indian Penal Code had been registered against six persons.

The police has also been looking for the original candidates, who send these persons in their places for appearing in the examination. The examination was conducted in DAV College, Sector 10, here.

The police said among those arrested, Somveer was appearing in place of Sunil Kumar, Surjit Singh for Ashok, Satpal for Harpal, Sanjay for Jitendera, Manjit Singh for Sonu Singh and Navin for Sanjiv. They all hailed from Haryana.



5 hurt in mishap
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 26
Five persons of a family were injured when the Tata Indica car they were travelling in collided head-on with a Mahindra Bolero Jeep near Ramgarh village here this evening.

According to the police, the injured have been identified as 60-year-old Sukhdev Singh, his son Jasbir Singh, a minor child Navi and two women deepa and Jasbir Kaur. They were rushed to the Sector 6 General Hospital, from where four persons were discharged after first aid. Deepa, who dislocated her shoulder, was admitted to the hospital.

The police has registered a case against an unidentified driver.



Shri Shri academy beat Sec-26 academy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
Magnificent knocks by trio-Gurdeep (33 not out), Priyankit (31) and Arshit (28)- paved the way for Shri Shri Cricket Academy of Panchkula for an easy eight-wicket victory over Sector-26 Cricket Academy of Chandigarh in the second S Amar Singh Memorial Under-13 Cricket Tournament at Government Senior Secondary School ground in Sector 26 here today.

Chasing a target of 131 for win, Shri Shri Cricket Academy made 131 for two in 23 overs. Gurdeep and Priyankit were associated in a match-winning 41-run partnership for the second wicket. Gurdeep remained not out on 33, which he compiled in just 29 balls and hit three boundaries. Priyankit scored 31 with the help of three boundaries.

Earlier, Sector-26 Cricket Academy, put into bat first by Shri Shri Cricket Academy after winning the toss, scored 130 for four in allotted 25 overs. Adhayan (23, 4x4s), Subhanshu (19) and Gurmanat (17) were their main scorers.

In another match, MCM Blue Caps defeated Guru Nanak Public School Academy, Sector 36, by five wickets with eight balls to spare. Batting first GNPS-36 made 116 for five in stipulated 25 overs. Jashandeep top scored with 36 made in 47 deliveries with the help of three fours. Rizul and Amrit contributed 23 and 16, respectively. Rizul and Jashandeep put on 40 runs for the second wicket stand.

In reply, MCM Blue Caps achieved their target in 23.4 overs by scoring 119 for five. Siyam made 35 in 47 balls and hit five fours. Arun and Abhishek made 27 and 18, respectively. For GNPS Eshaan Mavi bagged two for 36.

Brief scores

Sector-26 Cricket Academy: 130 for four in 25 overs

(Adhayan 23, Subhanshu 19, Gurmanat 17, Abhishek 1 for 19, Priyankit 1 for 23).

Shri Shri Cricket Academy: 131 for two in 23 overs

(Gurdeep 33 not out, Arshit 28, Mehul Bansal 1 for 27, Subhanshu 1 for 20).

Shri Shri Cricket Academy win by eight wickets.

Guru Nanak Public School Academy: 116 for 5 in 25 overs (Jashandeep 35, Rizul 23, Amrit 16, Harpreet 1 for 6, Chandan 1 for 23).

MCM Blue Caps: 119 for 5 in 23.4 overs (Saiyam 35, Arun 27, Abhishek 18, Eshaan Mavi 2 for 36, Rizul 1 for 18).

MCM Blue Caps win by five wickets.



Mohali Gymkhana, Sun XI to lock horns in final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
The Mohali Gymkhana and Sun XI would clash in the finals tomorrow after defeating Bedi XI and MCA teams, respectively, in the semifinals of JAL Mohali Premier League underway at Yadvindra Public School here.

In the first semifinal, Mohali Gymkhana won the toss and elected to bat first. Mohali Gymkhana got a steady start. A 50-run third-wicket partnership between Sunny Sohal (31, 4x4) and Gurkirat Maan (76, 8x4, 2x6) and fourth-wicket partnership of 67 runs between Gurkirat Maan and Yuvraj Singh (29) enabled Mohali Gymkhana to post a challenging total of 170 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 25 overs.

Pankaj of Bedi XI got two wickets for 13 runs.

In reply, Bedi XI scored 143 runs in 24 overs. Opener Gunrit (37) gave his side a good start, but other batsmen failed to score freely as man of the match, Rajan Munjal 4/29, and Jagdish 3/18 bowled with a tight line and length.

Rahul (25), Varinder (22, 2x6) and Harpreet (18) were other successful batsmen.

In the second semifinal, MCA beat Sun XI by four wickets. Sun XI captain Sunil decided to bat first and put a decent total of 150/nine in the allotted 25 overs.

Rickey Singh (48, 6x4, 2x6), Sunil (24) and Aman (15) played well. Varun Khanna and Parneet got two wickets each for 15 and 16 runs, respectively.

In reply, MCA chased the target in 22 overs losing just six wickets. Manpreet Goni played a scintillating knock of 59 runs, which included 4X6. Sherif (28, 3x4) and Sachin Sohal (17) were other noted contributors. Nikhil Sharma got two wicket conceding 37 runs.



DP Azad Academy edge past DAV-8
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy outclassed DAV Senior Secondary School Academy, Sector 8, by two wickets in the opening fixture of the five-match under-16 series. The series is underway on the DAV School grounds in Sector 8 here.

A fine bowling spell by left arm spinner Shivam Sharma (4 for 18) restricted DAVSSS Academy to 103 in 39.3 overs. Jatinder and Kapil Punia were their main scorers with 17 and 15, respectively. Jagpreet Singh and Rishu Chopra got two wickets each for 9 and 11 runs, respectively. In reply, Azad Academy achived the target in 35.4 oves, as it made 104 for 8 while Dakash Aggarwal scored 15.

While at one stage Azad Academy was struggling at 81 for 8, Shivam Sharma and Prakshit Rana steered the team to victory by remaining not out 12 and 20, respectivley. For losers, Aman was the main bowler for he captured three wickets for 11 runs whereas Sarabjit Singh got 2 for 20.


DAV-8: 103 in 39.3 (Jatinder 17, Kapil Punia 15, Sarabjit 12, Jagpreet Singh 2 for 9, Gaurav Singh 1 for 15, Rishu Chopra, 2 for 11, Shivam Sharma 4 for 18, Karan Aggarwal 1 for 3).

DP Azad Academy: 104 for 8 in 35.4 (Dakash Aggarwal 15, Shivam Sharma 20 not out, Prikshit Rana 12 not out, Jagpreet Singh 20, Vikas 1 for 15, Sarabjit 2 for 20, Aman 3 for 11).



Pre-Subroto Football
GMHS-36 drub St Mary school
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
Government Model High School, Sector 36, drubbed St Mary School, Sector 46, by 5-0 to win the under-14 Pre-Subroto Football Cup at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, here yesterday.

In an under-17 fixture, Vivek High School, Sector 38, blanked Government Model High School, Sector 26, by 3-0.



Monsoon Cricket Cup from Aug 1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26
Kundan Cricket Academy, Sector 46, will be organising first Under-13 Monsoon Cricket Cup from August 1.

The players born or after September 1, 1996, can participate in the tournament. The candidates are required to bring along their date of birth certificates. The matches will be of 20 overs each and only four teams will participate in the tournament. Entry fee for each team is Rs 3,000 and the last date for entry is July 31.



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