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BJP leader’s guard shoots himself
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
Amrik Singh, a security guard deployed at the Sector 18 residence of senior BJP leader Balramji Das Tandon, reportedly shot himself early this morning. Though no suicide note was recovered from the spot, the police, on the basis of circumstantial evidence, termed it as suicide. Amrik Singh, a constable in the Indian Reserve Battalion, Punjab, was staying in a room along with three other security guards.

The SHO of the Sector 19 police station said the police received information about the incident at 7.15 am and rushed to the spot. The body was found lying in a pool of blood. The victim had shot himself with his service rifle.

No one was in the room at the time of the incident. One of the security guards accompanied Tandon for a walk while the other two had gone to the market for tea. The guard accompanying Tandon said they had only gone some distance, when they heard a shot, but dismissed it as a cracker.

“A wall and the ceiling was splattered with blood, which indicated that the victim had shot himself in standing position. We recovered two shells from the spot. It was possible that the first might have missed the target following which another one was fired,” a police officer said.

The DSP (East) said though two shells were recovered from the room, it could not be said at this stage if the victim had fired the second shot after the first one missed the target. Things would be clear only after a postmortem.

Amrik Singh’s colleagues said he was paranoid and remained in a state of depression. He would sometimes proceed on leave without informing anyone. He had gone to his native village at Hoshiarpur and had returned only yesterday. He would also drink quite a bit. For Diwali he had gone home and had remained absent for days. When contacted, his wife said he had been drinking a lot and was at home.

The police has informed his family and initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.



Road Show
Students give rules the go-by, challaned
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 6
A road show by students of the Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran, resulted in chaos on Mohali roads as hundreds of students virtually laid siege to the roads, resulting in traffic jams.

They moved in a cavalcade, where participants could be seen driving without helmet and doing stunts on bikes, cars and jeeps. Their enthusiasm, however, was shortlived as the traffic police challaned participants for various violations.

A large number of youths were driving their bikes without silencer and were standing on vehicles. On getting reports about the nuisance being created by the participants, instructions were issued to the traffic police and the respective SHOs to challan the traffic violators.

The SP, SS Gill, said around 35 challans were issued. Permission to take out a rally did not mean that one had to violate rules, he said. Educational institutions were responsible for the act of the students and they should ensure that no rules were broken during such events.

The rally had been organised to mark the beginning of a two-day festival, “Parivartan 2K9”. Satnam Singh Sandhu, chairman, CGC, and Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, president of 
the CGC, had flagged off the rally from the college campus. They said the road show was meant to spread awareness about environment.

Over 30,000 students from various schools and colleges of the state are expected to participate in the fest.



SI guilty of death in custody
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
A local court today held SI Narinder Singh guilty in the sensational custodial death case of a youth that took place at the Mani Majra police station on July 12, 2007.

The victim, Anil, was picked up by the police for the verification of his antecedents on a complaint by Surjit Kaur of Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra, who stated that she had seen a youth roaming about in suspicious circumstances. He gave an address, which was found to be incorrect, and following this, he was beaten to death.

Though the police had earlier claimed that the victim (21) had jumped to death, but his family maintained that he was tortured in custody and murdered by the police.

In course of the proceedings, the victim’s uncle, Ved Prakash, had alleged that the case in charge, Narinder Singh, had been misleading them about the death. He had changed his statement thrice and was coercing them into taking away the body without a postmortem.

The court had on December 15, 2008, framed charges against the SI.



Nari Niketan Case
Trust hits back at admn
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
The National Trust has got back at the UT administration in the Nari Niketan case. Mincing no words, the trust has asserted that it did not receive any response to the assistance package offered by it for the rape victim.

In a reply placed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the National Trust stated: “A meeting of the committee was held on October 1, in which the representatives of the UT administration were present. The details of the assistance package by the National Trust were read out. But the representatives of the administration declined to make any comments on the same, nor gave any kind of feedback.

“They merely mentioned that they would likely to discuss the assistance package of the trust with the UT Administrator and would revert on October 5. However, no response came from them. The sharp exchange referred to in the affidavit of the administration have no relevance.”

The UT had earlier objected to the assistance package offered by the National Trust (for welfare of persons with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities) for the mentally challenged woman who got pregnant after being raped at Nari Niketan here.



Drug for diabetics may not be safe
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning that Byetta, a drug commonly prescribed to obese diabetic patients, could cause kidney problems may have pressed the panic button among its users, but doctors in the city remain divided over the issue.

The FDA warning over the use of the drug came after reports that 78 users between April 2005 and October 2008 had developed kidney problems. Though some of these cases had a history of kidney ailments, a majority of them had developed problems after they began the drug, which besides controlling sugar levels, also helps in weight reduction.

“I stopped taking the drug after I read about the FDA warning,” Manjit, who was put on Byetta to deal with sugar and weight problems, said. Though he admitted that the drug had help him shed a few kilos, he had complained of nausea sometimes.

Endocrinologists say that kidney problems, as reported by the FDA, are not common. However, they advocate caution over its use.

Dr KP Singh, senior consultant, endocrinology, at Fortis Hospital, said: “I have recommended Byetta to almost 130 patients and have never seen a problem with the drug, but the caution of the FDA cannot be ignored.

“The drug may not be applicable to all patients, but is good for those who need to lose weight with high post-meal blood sugar rises that remain uncontrolled even on oral medicines. We have been recommending it for more than two years and never faced such a problem,” he said, adding that he never recommended Byetta to a patient using alcohol as it might cause pancreatitis.

Dr Sanjay Bhadada, endocrinologist at the PGI, said Byetta was one of the agents which was not as important as insulin and was hardly recommended to patients examined at the PGI due to its high cost. “It costs around Rs 7,000-8000 monthly,” he said, adding that the drug might lead to nausea, which decreased fluid intake and caused deterioration of kidney function in those with pre-existing kidney problems.



GMADA allots 388 plots in draw
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 6
After a gap of ninth months, the Greater Mohali Area Development (GMADA) today held a draw of lots for plots measuring 100 sq yd, 200 sq yd and 500 sq yd in Sectors 76 to 80 here.

The land was acquired in 2001. A total of 388 plots were allotted in the draw of lots held at the GMADA office here.

Of these, 135 plots were of 100 sq yd, 169 plots of 200 sq yd and 84 plots of 500 sq yd, said Mohali ACA Balwinder Singh Multani. The draw of lots for other categories was pending.

The GMADA had been delaying the draw of lots after applicants under the oustees’ quota went to court, demanding that all shareholders be treated as individuals while allotting plots.

In different cases, the court had directed the GMADA to reserve plots for applicants till the case was decided. After reserving plots, the draw had to be held, said a GMADA official.

Those oustees who had not gone to court were also included in the draw. Around 160 plots of 100 sq yd had reportedly been kept reserved.

The Plot Allotment Sangarsh Committee, Sectors 76-80, had been protesting against the GMADA for failing to hold the draw of lots for the remaining plots.

They had urged the authorities concerned to fix a date for holding the draw of lots, failing which they would intensify their agitation and hold protests in front of houses of GMADA officials.

In the last draw of lots, held in February, the GMADA had allotted 427 plots of 250 sq yd, 300 sq yd, 400 sq yd and 1,000 sq yd.

The plots included in the draw were free from litigation, but development work in the area had still not been completed.

This would be the third draw of lots for the plots in these sectors. Around 500 plots were yet to be allotted as the case was under litigation.



Porn Row
Complainant backs out from inquiry
Refuses to provide evidence on pretext of not having faith in school authorities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
After levelling serious allegations against one of the teachers of St John’s School, complainant TK Goyal, a senior PCS official, backed out from the school inquiry by refusing to provide any corroborating evidence on pretext of not having faith in the school authorities.

In the entire episode, which has now boiled down to be a blame game, while Goyal has so far maintained that he will provide all proofs only to administration officials, as he is not sure of transparency in school investigations, the school authorities have asserted that he is a habitual complainant.

Reacting to his denial to give any evidence despite promising it since two days, the school authorities have questioned that if he has no faith in them, then why did he complaint in the first place and continuing his kids in the school.

Goyal, father of two students of class VII, had alleged that the art teacher of the school, Michael Angelo, was instigating the students to view and join “adult” sites and also bring mobile phones to the school.

Reacting to the allegations, the UT administration had served a show-cause notice to the school authorities, who in turn initiated an inquiry into the matter and asked Goyal to furnish “material proposed to be relied upon”, which he eventually refused.

Meanwhile, in his response to the complaint, the accused teacher claimed that Goyal was in a habit of giving expensive gifts to all teachers and take obligations on refusing the gifts, which in turn he would complain against the teacher. Calling it to be his permanent habit since his kids joined the school in KG, he revealed that this attitude of his had forced the school authorities to put his wards under a senior IAS official’s wife in class V whom he could not trouble.

It has also been further alleged that the complainant had approached the teacher to include his ward’s songs into the upcoming golden jubilee album of the school and has even offered heavy amount for the same.

He has also further accused the PCS official of making constant offers of foreign trips and even a PlayStation 3, the denial to which seems to have preceded the complaint.

Interestingly, as part of the supporting documents Michael Angelo has brought out the details of a corruption case registered against him in 2001.



Ruksana awaits security, assistance
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
Eliciting praise from across country for her daredevil act of killing Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant Abu Osama, Ruksana is now struggling for security of her family. Even after two months of the incident, she has received mere assurances from the Centre and state governments.

This was revealed by Ruksana during a press meet held at the Press Club here today. While recalling September 29 incident, Ruksana stated that on that dark night “it was only Allah who was with us and nobody else helped us”. And till date she had received no financial relief or security from the government.

She said her family has still been waiting for getting a cash prize of Rs 8.5 lakh on the head of the terrorist for killing him. Strangely, the authorities are offering them only Rs 2.5 lakh, which they have denied to accept. She reiterated her demand of a permanent job in Paramilitary force. She had already rejected an offer of Jammu and Kashmir police for appointing her as Special Police Officer. “I want that I and my brother should be given permanent job in Central forces like CRPF, BSF etc,” she added.

“Hundreds of Ruksana’s and Aijaz Ahmed are ready to fight against terrorism in the state, if the government gives them full support,” she stated. But after seeing the disillusioned attitude of the government, nobody would come forward to participate in this mission.

Disclosing about the reaction of the people of her region, she said when she was called by the All India Anti Terrorist Front (AIATF) president Maninderjeet Singh Bitta to Delhi, due to threat to her life, no taxi driver was ready to give a lift to her family till Jammu from her village. Even after repeated requests of Bitta, transportation was arranged by SSP of that area for them. Ruksana, who gave up her studies two years ago after failing in 10th class, opined that if the government is serious to curb terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, it would not be possible only by using Armed Forces, but they would have to actively involve the local public in this mission.

When asked whether she wanted to go back to her native village, she said a fortnight back terrorists again attacked her house at Kalsian village in Rajouri district. Even though, the government had claimed that they have given adequate protection to her, but in such circumstances, how could you expect me to go back?

Bitta, who was also present on the occasion, alleged that if any untoward incident happens with Ruksana or her family the government and all political parties would be responsible for it.



Cultural performers cast a spell
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, November 6
The folklore traditions of all regions and nations share common bonds of cultural affinity because these represent the cumulative expression of many ages and not the product of any particular age.

This belief found testimony at the much-awaited SAARC Folklore Festival, which commenced at the Tagore Theatre here today.

The four-day mega-event organised by the Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature, in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs and the Chandigarh Administration, got off to a majestic start with an academic seminar at the CRRID auditorium and folk performances at different colleges and the Tagore Theatre.

Eight scholars, including folk maestro Dolly Guleria, offered deliberations on folk traditions and their relevance in the contemporary milieu. Performances were held at the MCM DAV College and the Government College, Sector 46.

Cultural performers, including Malangs from Pakistan, Bhutanese folk dancers and the Alha group from Uttar Pradesh, were presented at the MCM DAV College while Yaksh dance from Karnataka, Yak dance from Arunachal Pradesh, an Afghanistan band and Tappti folk songs from Nagaland were presented at the Government College, Sector 46.

The main function, held at the Tagore Theatre, depicted serenity and spirituality through the mystic renderings of Puran Das Baul, representing the seventh generation of the Baul family.

Malangs from the ‘mazaar’ of Madholal Hussain dargah spelt magic with their entrancing dances on rhythmic dhol beats.

The whirling Malangs captivated the audience with ‘qalandari dhamaal’ before the dazzling Kalbelia dancers from Rajasthan gave a scintillating performance.

Female dancers were unmatched in footwork, flexible body movements and gestures. As expected, a boisterous performance came from folk and Sufi maestro Dolly.

Supported by an array of 10 accomplished musicians, Dolly bared the mysticism of Shah Hussain in “Taarin rabba” from her album.

After another Sufi number “Tere rang”, she doled out “Chhalla”, “Lathe di chadar”, “Tappe” and “Heer”. She concluded with the fast romantic number “Shuankan mele di” amid applause.



Case of wrong medication
14-yr-old boy consumed celphos: Report
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 6
Ten months after the death of a 14-year-old boy from Budhanpur village, allegedly due to wrong medication, the mystery has deepened with the report of forensic laboratory from Madhuban. The laboratory, in its report sent to the police, has submitted that the boy had died due to consumption of celphos -- an insecticide.

Dhruv died on January 8 within hours after suffering from fever. The relatives of the boy alleged that his condition deteriorated after he was given treatment by a local medical practitioner at Budhanpur village. The boy, however, was declared dead on arrival at the General Hospital.

Dhruv, working at a grocery shop, had been staying with his relatives at the village.

According to doctors, there were some rashes on his body indicating a possible reaction of medicines that he took during the treatment. There may be some other reason as well and to know the exact cause of the death, his body was sent for postmortem. The quack, PK Rai, who ‘treated’ Dhruv, however, fled from the village following his death.

While the police is considering it a case of suicide following the report of forensic laboratory, the relatives of Dhruv have raised their doubts over the report.

Dhruv, who was suffering from acute fever, was not even able to walk and remained ill for a few hours only, said his cousin Ajay adding that in such circumstances it was not possible for him to consume celphos.



CPI condemns admn for imposing Section 144
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
Senior leaders of the CPI today flayed the UT administration for crushing the right to protest by imposing Section 144 in the city.

Towing the lines of the Punjab and Haryana governments, the UT administration is crushing the right of protest, said CPI leaders Gurudas Das Gupta and Shamim Faizi.

They added that the UT Administrator, who himself is embroiled in controversies, had turned the city into a “jail” where no one can raise their voice against oppression. Gupta said if the government fails to the curb such unconstitutional moves, they would raise the issue in Parliament. He warned that such moves only end up in enticing people to revolt.

Gupta said the union government should take steps to stop recruitment of private security guards in factories. “This is a serious move, which would result in serious consequences. If the factory owners have a right to raise their private armies, the workers also have a right a take to arms,” he argued.

Faizi said four national trade unions, including AITUC, INTUC, the BMS and CITU have decided to stage a protest in front of Parliament house against privatisation and price rise on December 16. Similarly, the workingwomen would also stage a protest in Delhi in support of their demands on December 4. They would also carry out rallies in Punjab along with the CPM against the privatisation and other anti-workers policies adopted by the governments.



Air Force station inspected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, Western Air Command, Air Vice Marshal P Kanakaraj arrived at Chandigarh Air Force Station on an inspection visit today.

It is his first visit here taking over the key appointment at Command Headquarters. On his arrival, he was received by Air Commodore SRK Nair, Air Officer Commanding 12 Wing and was given a detailed briefing about the operational and maintenance activities. He took stock of the maintenance activities being carried out at the station.

Later, Air Vice Marshal Kanakaraj interacted technical personnel of the station and emphasised upon the importance of professional leadership at all levels and the need to maintain safe and healthy working environment.

He also commended the technicias on their performance and applauded the efforts put in by the entire station in implementing safe maintenance practices. He also made a specific mention of the important role being played by Air Force Station, Chandigarh, in the northern sector.



SDM office website launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
The website of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (South) office was inaugurated and launched by Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh here today.

SDM (S) Prerna Puri said the website - www.chdsdmsouth.gov.in - has been designed and developed by the Chandigarh NIC unit. She said the website had been developed with a view to provide information in the public domain to ensure better dissemination of information and greater accessibility.

The website gives elaborate and comprehensive details of the services provided by the SDM office, including registration of new vehicles, issuance of certificates for scheduled castes, other backward castes, income certificate, residence certificate, late registration of births and deaths, sound permissions, title approval and the countersignatures on documents.

For the convenience of the public, the facility of downloading online application forms has been provided. The website incorporates the RTI annexure and frequently asked questions providing answers to some of the common queries of the people. The website has a sound permission module wherein the applicants applying for sound permission can check the status of their applications online.



PGI doc awarded German fellowship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
Dr Sujit Kumar Tripathy, a senior resident in the department of orthopaedics, PGI, secured first position in an international examination conducted by International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT) in Pattaya, Thailand.

A total of 25 candidates from different countries took the test.

Dr Tripathy was awarded German-SICOT fellowship for being the best candidate of the exam. During the fellowship, he will visit four major centres of Germany and will be trained on various subspecialties of orthopaedics surgery. He is the first Indian to receive this fellowship.



South Indian food carnival tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
The Orthodox Syrian Church Society will organise a South Indian food carnival at St Mary’s School, Sector 46-A, here from 11 am to 3 pm on November 8. At least 6,000 persons are expected to attend it. This will be the sixth such carnival to be organised by the society to raise funds for its various charity projects.

Group Captain Biji Philip from the Chandigarh Air Force station will be the guest of honour. Dr John V George, DG prisons, will be present on the occasion.



‘Jilted’ lover creates ruckus

Chandigarh, November 6
There was high drama at the Dabur Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College in Sector 46 here this afternoon when a 28-year-old ‘jilted’ lover misbehaved with a student. The accused, Parvinder Kumar of Kansal village, had an ‘affair’ with a student of the college for the past six years.

The girl parted ways with him and refused to meet him. He came to the college today and insisted on talking to her.

When she refused to talk to him, he misbehaved with her, following which teachers of the college and other staff members intervened.

Parvinder manhandled two staff members and one of them was injured in the scuffle. Parvinder was eventually locked in a room and the police was called.

The drama went on for about an hour. The police arrested the accused as a preventive measure. — TNS



86 units of blood donated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
Members of the Canara Bank Officers Association, Chandigarh region, organised a blood donation camp at Sector 34-A here yesterday.

The camp was organised in association with the transfusion medicine department of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

Association vice-president Atul Kapoor inaugurated in the camp, in which 86 units of blood were donated. It was the 17th blood donation camp organised by the association.



Gurshabad samagam from tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 6
To mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and 300 centuries of martyrdom of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, a two-day gurshabad samagam will be organised by Kalgidhar Sewak Jatha on the Dassehra Ground, Phase VIII, SAS Nagar, on November 8 and 9.

Jatinderpal Singh said ragis would be reciting shabad during the two-day event.



Birth centenary of PGI ex-director today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
The birth centenary of former director of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Prof Santokh Singh Anand, will be celebrated in the Lecture Theatre Complex of PGI on November 7 from 2.30 pm onwards.

Prof Anand was a legendary surgeon, research worker and a medical teacher of international repute. Most of the eminent surgeons of north India have been trained either by him or by his students.



From Schools & Colleges
Awareness programme on industry, business
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 6
The Quest Group of Institutions organised an “Awareness programme on industry and business” in collaboration with the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India, for engineering and management students.

The students were made aware of setting up an industrial venture and the facilities provided by the ministry.

Yashvir Mahajan, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, who was the chief guest, inaugurated the event by lighting a lamp. Dr Baljeet S Kapoor, director general, welcomed the dignitaries.

RC Chopra, director, MSME Institute, apprised the students about the emerging trends in self-employment opportunities particularly in the service sector and family business management.

Faculty development

The SAS Institute of IT and Research, Mohali, organised a Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on the college campus here today.

Prof Girish Jaiswal, director general, was the keynote speaker. Gurbir Shergill, executive nominee, presided over the function. Over 50 faculty members of business management and IT departments of the institute attended the programme.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Jaswal informed the staff members about the Right to Information (RTI) Act and its importance. After the lecture, an interactive session was held in which the staff members came up with their queries regarding the Act.

Campus placement

An expert team headed by Hashish Gulati, senior manager, conducted campus placement and job interviews at Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Derabassi, for the selection of candidates of electronics and communication engineering.

More than 60 students of ECE final year appeared for the pre-placement written test of digital electronics and aptitude. The team evaluated the candidates through group discussions followed by the personal interview session to shortlist them the final screening by the company. A total of 19 students were selected after screening.



Curtains up on PEC Fest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
Best orators from various colleges in the region competed in the popular and engrossing debate ‘Crossswords’ on the first day of PEC Fest at the PEC University of Technology here today.

The fest entered its sixth year with organisers promising much more fun-filled events this time. Hundreds of students could be spotted involved in various cultural and intellectual events on the campus today.

Padma Shri Chandra Mohan, chairman, Board of Governors, PEC, graced the occasion as chief guest.

The fest started with a panel discussion “Think India Think”.

A few stalwarts from the industry and alumni of PEC deliberated upon various topics, including recession and its aftermath.

A round of questions and discussions with budding engineers followed.

Music and movie lovers enjoyed quaint quizzes on tales of “70 mm”, rounds of antakshri and other events.

“Word crunchers”- a scrabble event, saw a round of keenly contested games. In addition to this, “CLICK” the national photography competition had entries pouring in from several budding lensmen.

Salsa workshop was a crowd puller during the fest. The attraction of day one- "Groovz” had the best dancers from the region showing performances.

“Glitterati”-the fashion parade was another interesting event on the ramp. 



Syndicate turns down teachers’ demand
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
Panjab University Syndicate today rejected the demand of PUTA (Panjab University Teacher’s Association) to sign up re-employed teachers for the period of three years instead of a year.

The Syndicate members decided that the procedure of analysing a teacher’s workload annually before extension of their term for a year would continue.

In another major decision taken today, all teachers in PU will now have to evaluate minimum 250 answer sheets. Explanation will be sought by the authorities if any teacher failed to do so.

The decision was taken in wake of the shortage of evaluators during examination, which caused a delay in results. Also, disciplinary action will be taken against any teacher, who failed to either check answer sheets or furnish explanation for not doing so.

None of the four candidates, who staked claim for the Rajiv Gandhi Chair, were found competent to enjoy the position. Though our Delhi correspondent made this revelation few weeks back when the interviews were conducted in Delhi, sealed papers were opened today during the Syndicate meeting at PU.

One-year Extension has been granted to Prof SC Vaidya, Dean University Instructions (DUI).

The proposal to give extension to the DUI, similar to that of the Registrar, was considered by the Syndicate.

In another decision, name of the adult and continuing education department has been changed to life long learning department now.

The decision is approved by the Syndicate.



Central status issue dominates PUTA meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
Caught in a whirlpool of uncertainty, the issue of Central status for Panjab University ruled the roost at the general body meeting of Panjab University Teacher’s Association (PUTA) here today.

In the meeting, which was held after a gap of nearly three months, members of the body expressed their disappointment on lack of the direction on the issue from those at the helm of affairs in the association.

The viewpoints of the speakers hinted at the common objective of getting the Central status for PU, although the discussion on the means to acquire the goal seemed to fade in a blame game.

Vouching for sending a proposal in the Senate in this regards, Dr Gurmeet Singh said, “Nothing concrete has come out of PUTA’s representation to the PM and to the Punjab CM till now. PUTA should consider sending a resolution to the Senate and plan how to take up the issue with the future government in Punjab.”

Stating that the entire region will benefit if PU gets a special status at the Central level, Prof Nahar said the concrete basis on which the demand of the Central status was to be chalked down.

Adding that finances are the primary reason why we are demanding the Central status, Prof Karamjeet Singh of University Business School, said there should be an effort to formulate the public opinion about the issue.



2-day youth fest begins
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 6
A two-day youth festival of the PTU colleges began at the Indo Global Colleges, Abhipur campus, here today.

Students from 43 colleges from across the state are participating in the festival. The campus hummed with students as competitions like classical and western vocal group, solo, classical instrumental percussion and non-percussion, folk dance, quiz, debate, rangoli, on-the-spot painting and collage making, were held.

College chairman Sukhdev Kumar Singla said such festivals not only provided a platform to students to exhibit their talent, but also played a vital role in developing their personality. College director general R Panickar also addressed the gathering.



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