PU student suspended for ragging
Chandigarh, August 1
An FIR has also been lodged against the erring student.
Anirudh, who till last night maintained that he was asked for an all-Hindi introduction by his seniors, in his complaint before a PU committee today further alleged that he was asked to kill mosquitoes around, failing which he had to entertain his seniors with a “phantom parade” by wearing his briefs over the jeans.
However, Sourav, the sole accused identified by Anirudh, could not appear before the committee today, as he claimed to having been in Rohtak since last evening.
“Sourav claimed that he was in Rohtak when the incident happened. We have asked him to come to the university immediately so that we can probe his claims. From Anirudh’s complaint, it prima facie seems to be a case of ragging, so we have suspended Sourav and lodged an FIR against him,” said Naval Kishore, dean student welfare, Panjab University.
While Sourav may be claiming of having been out of the city, hostel insiders have confirmed that he was spotted having food in the mess around 7.30 pm. According the sources, the university will also check Sourav’s call locations to find the truth.
The incident came to light late last night when a group of students of the department of Indian theatre claimed that they spotted five UIET boys ragging a junior on the stairs near the underground parking.
According to them, they “rescued” the victim and dispersed the group. However, somebody reportedly misled the warden and accused Chakresh of Indian theatre of ragging the boy instead.
“Infuriated over our objection to ragging, the UIET students made a false complaint against me and the warden came up to my room. We then decided to complain about the matter, following which Anirudh accepted that he was being ragged,” said Chakresh.
Later, both groups and Anirudh were called for questioning by the warden. Anirudh was then asked to give his complaint in writing.
School vice-chairman held for molestation
Mohali, August 1
On two occasions, the accused allegedly held her captive in the school and molested her in the name of practicing witchcraft.
In a state of shock after the two incidents, the victim refused to join back at school. “She refused to share her suffering. But when pressed hard by her family, she finally broke down and revealed her anguish,” said one of the family members of the girl.
The father of the victim has died and her mother works as a peon in the same school. The accused is learnt to have confessed his crime.
Defending his action, the 38-year-old vice-chairman claimed he had done no wrong with the girl and the obscene act with the girl was a part of the witchcraft being practiced by him. The partner of the accused, George, said the act was not acceptable and he should be punished as per the law.
The police has registered a case under Sections 342, 354 and 506 of the IPC. The investigating officer said the sections had been imposed on the basis of statement given by the girl.
The first incident took place on May 2 when the accused allegedly locked the girl in a room of Bharat Model School and indulged in obscene act. He allegedly did the same act on July 24 after the school break.
“The police will invoke sections of rape, if medical examination proves it,” said a police official.
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 1
Reacting promptly, Bansal stressed that there was no justification of pitching security tents on the public parks, as these are source of discomfort and irritation for the residents living in the locality.
“When I can do it, why not others? I have got my security squad shifted inside my premises so that it should not be of any inconvenience to residents living near my house,”, he said, adding that in case there was urgent need for security, it should, by all means, be inside the premises of the protectees.
At least, the administration should make proper arrangements and demark area, may be one corner of the public land for establishing securitymen so that they should not hinder other residents’ privacy and rights,” he opined.
Bansal was amazed when told that these VIPs had illegally extended electricity connections in an illegal manner directly from street poles to faclitate their securitymen with coolers, TVs and even heaters for cooking food.
Confirming the IG’s correspondence received by the Municipal Corporation, Commissioner Roshan Sankaria said, “ The IG’s letter stated that before taking action for the removal of security tents of the VIPs, their security aspect had to be taken into account.”
Ignoring the anti-encroachment notice by the Municipal Corporation for voluntarily removing security tents from public place, these bigwigs continue to grab public parks, road berms and service lanes adjoining their houses in various parts of the city, apparently, to display their clout.
The Home Secretary, around 20 days ago, had directed the Municipal Corporation to carry anti-encroachmentdrive against the “wrong doers”. The MC had identified over 80 such locations in different parts of the city, where public land was grabbed by “men in khaki” and the source of electricity was illegally dragged either from their bosses’ house or directly from electricity poles as “kundi connection”. The MC had also released public notices, conveying the VIPs to get their security tents removed within one week, but in vain.
When asked, Sankaria said the action had been deferred till next anti-encroachment meeting for further decision. “ The matter would be taken up in the anti-encroachment committee meeting to be held on Wednesday. Further action would be taken accordingly,” he said.
Kundi connection is sheer theft of power and the administrative officials say that it is a criminal offence under Section 135, and if convicted, it calls for imprisonment for a minimum period of six months or fine or both.
The action also calls for “moral turpitude” for officers, if they get convicted under Section 135 for stealing power or extending the electricity supply to their security guards, without seeking any permission or extra load sanctioned from the competent authorities, said officials.
Endangered vulture bred in captivity
Morni (Panchkula), August 1
This is for the first time in the history of vulture breeding centres in the country that a slender-billed vulture has been bred in captivity, said Haryana Minister of State for Forests Kiran Choudhry. She said the nestling hatched on March 2, 2009, and the development was kept under wrap as the scientists wanted to be certain before claiming any success in the field. Now, it was 140 days old and was likely to fly any day. She said two pairs of slender-billed vultures had laid eggs, but only one of them hatched.
Earlier, two nestlings of white-backed vultures hatched at the centre last year.
The nestlings have brought a ray of hope to scientists and wildlife experts who were working hard to maintain ecological balance as the population of once most abundant species of vultures - white-backed, long-billed and slender-billed vultures - had dwindled down in the country. The number of white-backed vultures had declined by more than 99 per cent and the long-billed and the slender-billed by over 97 per cent during the last 15 years. The slender-billed vulture was perhaps the mostendangered vulture in the world with less than 1,000 birds left in the wild.
Though this species is found north of Indo-Gangetic plains from Himachal Pradesh to Assam in the east, it had almost disappeared from most parts and was seen only in small numbers in Assam.
The Pinjore Vulture Conservative Breeding Centre had 14 birds of this species that had been brought from Assam, the minister added.
The breeding of white-backed vulture had also yielded good results this year as three nestling fledged successfully. However, two hatchings out of five this year could not survive. Two white-backed vultures that hatched last year were now more than one-and-a-half-year old.
Two long-billed vultures also laid eggs this year but they did not hatch as they were still too young to breed successfully. The centre was hopeful of their successful breeding in the years to come, said the minister.
The minister said there were 120 vultures at the centre at present of which 54 were long billed, 52 white backed, including two juveniles (Vibhu and Phoenix, hatched last year) and 14 slender-billed vultures. Besides, there were two Himalayan Griffons that which were not part of the breeding programme.
Diclofenac, a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug given to livestock against inflammation and pain implicated in most of the mortalities of vultures and was the major cause of their becoming extinct. The vultures get exposed to the drug when they feed on carcasses of livestock which had died within 72 hours after they were administered the drug. The government recently had banned the veterinary use of diclofenac.
City Beautiful’sUgly face
Sec 2 parks eyesore
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 1
The overflowing garbage bins, unkempt parks, bumpy roads, which are the hallmark of the southern sectors, are conspicuous by their absence.
However, the back lanes of houses in the sector present a dismal picture. These lanes have not been cleaned for weeks, may be months, giving the area a shabby look.
Bungalows are built on four-kanal plots and above and the residents do not have a residents’ welfare association because this is not required. As one of the residents pointed out they had never felt the need for such an association. This sector has one of the lowest densities of population in the city and is more than adequately served by civic amenities.
The residents of this sector are managing the domestic and horticulture garbage on their own as the corporation does not provide any arrangements for garbage disposal. Most of the residents constructed cemented pits near their houses to collect garbage.
Even the parks developed in this area are in a sorry state as gardeners come at their own will and are hardly bothered to maintain them.
One of the residents stated that the cleaning of road berms and road gullies had become a history as for the past four years, the corporation did not bother to clean it. Even though the authorities had deployed sufficient number of sweepers in the area, usually they came in the morning and sat in the park to gossip rather than clean the roads.
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service
Banur (Mohali), August 1
According to the data released by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and the National Election Watch (NEW), a nationwide campaign, the candidates with criminal records are: SAD candidate Sukhbir Singh Badal from Jalalabad, Congress candidate Deepinder Singh Dhillon from Banur and Congress leader Fatehganj Bajwa from Kahnuwan.
Both Badal and Bajwa have murder charges pending against them, while Dhillon is accused of forgery and cheating.
SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal is the richest of all candidates with over Rs 67.98 crore, including his movable and immovable assets.
The data also reveals that out of the total 21 candidates contesting elections, there is not even a single female candidate.
This, despite the fact that there are four women Members of Parliament from the state.
The Banur constituency falls under the Patiala Lok Sabha seat where the MP is a woman.
Around 52 per cent candidates are graduates, graduate professionals or post graduates.
There are six crorepati candidates — three each from the SAD and the Congress.
The club includes Sukhbir Badal (Rs 67.98 crore), Fatehganj Bajwa (Rs 18.83 crore), Jasjit Singh Bunny (Rs 10.59 crore), Deepinder Dhillon (Rs 4.59 crore), Sewa Singh Sekhwan (Rs 1.89 crore) and Hans Raj Josan (Rs 1.70 crore).
Among the major parties, average asset per candidate for the SAD is Rs 26 crore and the INC Rs 8 crore.
The election watch has collected the information from self-sworn affidavits submitted by candidates at the time of nomination filing.
Even with 158 current MPs having criminal records, the parties have not taken any step to curb entry of such elements into politics.
Bansal bats for ward no. 10 candidate
Chandigarh, August 1
Disclosing this during a press conference held in support of Congress candidate Bhupinder Singh for Ward no. 10 at Congress Bhawan, Sector 35, the MP said that implementation of 74th amendment under Schedule 12 for transferring some executive powers to local governments, would be his top priority.
“For this, there is no need to pass a Bill, only a nod from Parliament is required, which will be sought in a year’s time,” said Bansal.
When asked about the slugfest between the administration and the corporation over the allocation of powers and functions and tussle between the Mayor and the Commissioner, Bansal said these types of situations arose in a democratic set up. “Both the sides are complimentary and supplementary to each other. I do not foresee any scope for confrontation, which could hamper their working.”
The Union Minister confirmed that the Sukhna Lake was soon going to be developed. The Ministry of Environment and Forests has identified the lake under its Wet Land Renovation policy. Bansal said, “The implementation of National Water Policy would be the prime objective of the government. Under this policy, essential areas like drinking water, agriculture and industrial sectors would be taken on priority. Around 95 per cent of money would be spent by the Government of India to streamline in these sectors while rest of money would be met by the state government concerned for managing flood management and ground waters charge etc”.
Bansal said: “The Congress party through its candidate Bhupinder Singh would focus on development of the area, especially Attawa. Attawa would never be the same in coming years because of party’s long term plan of making villages of the city a
Rs 1,850 cr disbursed under ‘Samadhan-2009’
Chandigarh, August 1
He was speaking at the inaugural address of the function held to review “Samadhan-2009” and working of Mediation and Conciliation organised by the State Legal Service Authorities of Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory Chandigarh and Punjab and Haryana High Court Mediation and Conciliation Committee at the Chandigarh Judicial Academy here today.
Justice HS Bedi of the Supreme Court of India, who has remained associated with Chandigarh and the Punjab and Haryana High Court, appreciated Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice TS Thakur for giving directions to each judicial officer to dispose of 200 oldest civil and 200 oldest criminal cases in three phases under “Samadhan-2009”. He said that during the first phase, Rs 1,850 crore had been disbursed as compensation in Punjab under “Samadhan-2009” and it was a remarkable achievement. He pointed out that a number of cases were also being disposed off through lok adalats. In disposal of cases, the Punjab and Haryana High Court was second after the Kerala High Court.
While presiding over the function, Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice TS Thakur said that the high court has the advantage of having proximity to the Supreme Court of India. He said that “Samadhan-2009” had been divided into three phases. The first phase was from February 14 to May 30. Similarly, the second phase had started from June 1 to September 26 and third phase would culminate on December 20. In the first phase, 96,024 cases were taken up, out of which 25,710 had been disposed of in Haryana while the highest percentage of disposed of cases was 46.9 per cent in Fatehabad followed by Kaithal 43.22 per cent.
Justice Thakur said that a new committee had been set up to suggest for opening up of new mediation and conciliation centre so that references could be made.
Executive Chairman, Punjab State Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh, Justice MS Gill said there was a remarkable achievement under “Samadhan-2009”. Similarly, in lok adalats, lakhs of cases were disposed of. He said that during the first phase of “Samadhan-2009”, 33,758 cases had been disposed of in Punjab. He said that Bathinda district in Punjab remained first in disposing of the cases while Gurdaspur district remained at the bottom. He said that 1,000 cases were referred in the Mediation and Conciliation Centres in Punjab and out of these 250 cases had been settled.
Executive Chairman, Haryana State Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh, Justice AK Goel said the Mediation and Conciliation Centres were set up in 2008 and a total 18 centres were set up in Punjab and Haryana. He said first Mediation and Conciliation Centre was set up in the Punjab and Haryana High Court premises in March 2008 in which 375 cases were referred, out of these 50 were disposed of. Similarly, the second centre was set up in Chandigarh Judicial Court where 256 cases were referred and out of these 51 cases were disposed of. He said that in Haryana, 470 cases were disposed of.
Justice Mahesh Grover, while addressing the second session regarding Mediation and Conciliation - A new horizon for dispute resolutions, maintained that there was a need to adopt holistic approach so that mediator could success in his mission.
In his keynote address, Prof G. Mohan Gopal, Director, National Judicial Academy, Bhopal, through video conferencing, said: “On an average one judge has about 2,000 cases in India and in the coming years, it would be a challenge for us to cope up with the growing demand of the judges with the increasing population.” He opined that increasing demand of justice could be met by Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) system.
On the occasion, a number of Judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, all District and Sessions Judges of Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory, Additional District and Sessions Judges of Punjab, Haryana, Union Territory, all Chief Judicial Magistrates and Sub-Divisional Magistrates of Sub-Divisional Courts were also present.
Today, we have computers in every home, in every pocket, car and practically everywhere else. During the 1960s, computers were expensive mainframes. Processing power was scarce and valuable and was reserved for use by IT professionals, mostly working for big companies and the government.
The real transformation came when regular folks found new ways to use computers. Wired editor in chief Chris Anderson (author of the best-selling book, “The Long Tail”) in his book “Free: The future of a Radical Price” says that this was possible because computers were made simple enough for all to use. Soon applications were found for them that technologists never dreamt of.
This is the power of waste. When scarce resources become abundant, smart people treat them differently, squandering them rather than conserving them. It feels wrong, but if done right it can change the world. But the funny thing about waste is that it’s relative to our sense of scarcity.
Nature wastes life our brains seem wired to resist waste, but we are relatively unique in nature for this. The death of a human is a tragedy and we prize life above all. In the past, our ancestors had many children in order to ensure that at least some survived. However, the environment has changed and so has the trend to have more babies. Evolution and success are triggered by abundance, but in the reproduction case, this is against the scarcity of our time and resources. As a result, we have a very developed sense of morality of waste.
We feel bad about unloved toys or uneaten food. Sometimes this is for a good reason because we understand the greater social cost of profligacy, but often it’s just because our brains are programmed that way. Nature is so wasteful because scattershot strategies are the best way to do what mathematicians refer to as fully exploring “the potential space”.
Imagine a desert with two pools of water separated by some distance. If you are growing a plant next to one of those pools, you can follow one of two strategies. You can drop seeds near your roots, where there’s a good chance they’ll find water. This is safe, but would soon lead to crowding. Or you can toss the seeds to the wind and let them float far away. This means that almost all will die, but it’s the only way to find the second pool of water where life can expand.
Perhaps, the best example of a glorious embrace of waste is YouTube. One often hears people complain that YouTube is no threat to television because it’s full of crap, which is supposedly true. The problem is that no one agrees on what the crap is. Clips of our own charming family members are of course delightful to us and boring to everyone else. Crap is in the eye of the beholder. Even the most popular YouTube clips fail in the standard definition of production quality.
But none of that matters because the most important thing is relevance. We’ll always choose a low-quality video of something we actually want over a high-quality video of something we don’t. In a sense, we’re “wasting video” in search of a better video, exploring the potential space of what the moving picture can be. YouTube is a vast collective experiment to invent the future of television, one thoughtless, wasteful upload at a time. Sooner or later, through YouTube and other sharing sites, every video that can be made will be made, and every person who can be a filmmaker will become one.
Every possible niche will be explored. If you lower the costs of exploring a space, you can be more indiscriminate in how you do it. What this boils down to is the difference between abundance -- and scarcity-based business models. If you are controlling a scarce resource, you have to be discriminating.
There are real costs associated with those half-hour chunks of network time, and the penalty for failing to reach tens of millions of viewers with them is calculated in red ink and lost careers. No wonder TV executives fall back on sitcom formulae and celebrities. But if you are tapping into an abundant resource, you can afford to take chances, since the cost of failure is low. Nobody gets fired when your YouTube video is viewed only by your mother.
That’s the nature of the hybrid world we are entering, where scarcity and abundance exist side by side. We are good at scarcity thinking -- it’s the 20th century organisational model. Now, we have to get good at abundance thinking, too. Free for whom? At least not for the bottom billion. Only the technologically savvy 20 per cent of the populace is able to get its digital for free or at least at a fixed monthly price. The business model of burning through cash while providing a free service in the hope of getting to a critical advertise-able mass of subscribers/followers/addicts crashed with the dot coms. One would like to see someone deliver a real service, a real product, for free -- start with water?
The writer is an editor of Instablogs.com (email@example.com)
Plantation drive at Hansraj school
Panchkula, August 1
The function was organised by Komplein, a voluntary organisation run by principal Jaya Bhardwaj. Choudhary said the educational institutions always played a vital role in maintaining the green cover of the country.
I am victimised: Suspended student
Chandigarh, August 1 In a written statement issued to the media, Seema said, “This is injustice. We had compromised in front of a committee, still we were suspended from the college. However, it was only me who was rusticated from hostel notwithstanding the fact that she was equally involved in the brawl. I have good academic records and no complaints have been received regarding my behaviour in hostel. This decision has ruined my career so the college should rethink about it as by giving me extra punishment, they have confirmed the false charges levelled against me by Urmila.”
Chandigarh, August 1
In a written statement issued to the media, Seema said, “This is injustice. We had compromised in front of a committee, still we were suspended from the college. However, it was only me who was rusticated from hostel notwithstanding the fact that she was equally involved in the brawl. I have good academic records and no complaints have been received regarding my behaviour in hostel. This decision has ruined my career so the college should rethink about it as by giving me extra punishment, they have confirmed the false charges levelled against me by Urmila.”
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 1
He persuaded students to abstain themselves from any form of drug addiction. The education secretary further directed the principals of the school to prepare a list of weak students and start subject-wise extra classes for these students and also submit the list to DPI (S).
Talking about the personal hygiene, he disclosed that the students of the government schools were suffering from various diseases like anaemia, tooth cavity and malnutrition.
While emphasising that the city has been declared polythene free, he directed the students to stop the use of polythene bags voluntarily.
Government High School, Sarangpur, celebrated Vana Mahotsav in association with the State Bank of Patiala today. Students and teachers planted saplings of ashoka tree, Amla, aloe vera, neem and tulsi. School headmaster Indermohan Kaur highlighted the importance of trees. A short cultural programme was also organised.
Blood donation camp
The Interact Club of Delhi Public School, Chandigarh, organised a blood donation camp on the school premises today.
The camp was organised in collaboration with the Rotary and Blood Bank Society, Resource Centre. A special team of doctors and paramedical staff with necessary equipment came to the premises and made the blood donation camp successful.
Principal Reema Dewan appreciated the efforts of the Interact Club for its commitment to serve society.
While encouraging blood donors for coming forward for this noble cause, she said there was no donation bigger than blood donation.
School dresses given
UT Administrator General SF Rodrigues (Retd) today distributed school dresses to 17 children, who were offered free education in Strawberry Field School, Sector 26.
He also distributed food to the students of the night schools run by the foundation. A teacher from the school disclosed that these students were given separate morning classes following the curriculum and methodology, as was adopted for the schoolchildren.
The children studying in these night schools are from Hallo Majra, Indira Colony and Bapu Dham.
100 saplings planted
Volunteers of the NSS and Eco Bhoomi Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40-B, celebrated the tree plantation day on the school premises. Nearly 100 saplings were planted by the volunteers and members of the PTA were also present on the occasion.
‘Swar Udgam’ at Mount Carmel
“Swar Udgam”, an inter-school Hindustani classical vocal and geet gazal competition was organised by Mount Carmel School, Sector 47-B, on the school premises.
The classical vocal competition was organised for classes VI to VIII and the geet gazal for the classes XI and X students.
The students from across the city participated in the competition. Prof Pankaj Mala, department of music, PU, was the chief guest.
Prizes were distributed to the winning schools by the chief guest.
Hindustani classical vocal:
1. Savy Gupta of New Public School, Sector 18
2. Satyam Tandon of St John’s High School, Sector 26
3. Manjot Singh of Shivalik Public School, Sector 41
Consolation- Aanchal of AKSIPS, Sector 41
1. Paramjit of Chandigarh Baptist School, Sector 45
2. Arshdeep Kaur of AKSIPS, Sector 41
3. Chetanjit Singh of Guru Nanak Public School,
Consolation — Tanveer Singh of Shivalik Public School, Sector 41.
Chetna, Harleen win poetry contest
Mohali, August 1
The students recited the poems on various topics like global warming, save earth, save water, save trees and pollution. The tiny tots also recited patriotic poems, which expressed their feelings for the motherland.
Classes I and II:
1st prize: Chetna, Harleen Kaur
2nd prize: Sumbul, Ekamjot Singh
3rd prize: Yashvi, Prerna
Genius Public School, Sector 69, Mohali, celebrated “Raksha Bandhan” with great enthusiasm. On the occasion, a rakhi-making competition was held in which students from classes III to VIII made rakhis.
The students who won prizes in the competitions included Harpreet Kaur, Gagan Bhavya, Harmanpreet and Anjali of class III; Priyanka, Manpreet Kaur and Tamanna of class IV; Gargi, Roopneet Kaur, Avneet and Birinder of class V; Anchal, Simranpreet Kaur, Hempreet Kaur, Angali and Mandeep Kaur of classes VII and VIII.
In a unique initiative, Saupin’s School, Sector 70, here organised a computer workshop for mothers of students from classes I to VIII. The workshop was held to acquaint the parents with the computers. The mothers were exposed to basic introduction of computers, creating an email ID, sending and receiving mails and net surfing. The computer teacher also gave a demo to the participants.