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Land registration kicks up row
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur (Mohali), March 9
The decision of Mohali district revenue officials to register a prime chunk of land valued in crores twice on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway at Zirakpur has kicked up a major storm, with several plot owners crying foul.

First, the revenue officials registered the land meant for setting a shopping complex, Chaura Bazar, along the highway, in the commercial category and then out of the total 20 bighas, the officials recently registered around 3 bighas and 18 biswas in the agricultural category.

After exhausting all relevant channels, the affected persons today approached the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohali, seeking registration of a case against revenue officials and those who had got the fresh land registered.

SSP, Mohali, GPS Bhullar, said he had marked an inquiry into the case, as it could lead to law and order problem.

The new owner of the land in the dispute has, meanwhile, approached the Additional Civil Judge, Dera Bassi, and got orders restraining the previous GPA holders from alienating and changing the nature of the suit property. The case has been fixed for hearing on April 17, 2010.

Explaining the lacuna in the case, the dispute has arisen as the demarcation of land had not been done and registries were done in both cases on the basis of power of attorney. First, the land was sold to two persons and the original owner cancelled their power of attorney and issued the same in the name of another person.

Earlier, addressing a press conference, the affected plot owners of Chaura Bazar (II) Welfare Association, alleged that a 70-ft road-cum-parking space at Chaura Bazar had allegedly been sold off by the Director of Sinhapore Hectare Developer Pvt. Ltd to third person with the connivance of revenue officials.

In their complaint to the SSP, Mohali, the owners alleged that the original owner had transferred a piece of land situated opposite Hotel Bristol on the Chandigarh-Ambala National Highway to Sanjeev Kumar Bansal and Sanjeev Kumar in 2004 through power of attorney.

After that Sanjeev Bansal and Sanjeev Kumar sold off a total of 97 showroom-plots, keeping a 70 feet road for road-cum-parking. Later, the plots were registered in the names of their respective plot owners. However, the area of parking lot and path to the showrooms remained in the name of Sanjeev Kumar Bansal and Sanjeev Kumar as per the rules.

They further alleged that on February 8, Aditya Sinha, with the help of lower rung revenue officials, got the previous power of attorney in the name of Sanjeev Kumar Bansal and Sanjeev Kumar cancelled and resold 3 bighas and 18 biswas to one Major Singh, who got it registered in the name of his mother as agricultural land.



City govt colleges to go e-way from next session
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
In an attempt to launch “smart classes” in the city’s government colleges from the next academic session, faculty members from various institutions are now preparing “E-content” from the curriculum.

Explanations using diagrams, detailed visuals and engaging notes will now be made available to the students through projectors.

At the outset, the UT Education Department has given a target of compiling 1,800 chapters to the colleges, which is to be achieved before March 31. As part of this “E-model”, the teachers are required to prepare Power Point presentations for students from their respective curriculum.

In addition to the presentations, the “e-material” for the smart classes in colleges will contain the E-text, teaching material, videos, F&Qs and interactive presentations. For now, emphasis is being laid on compiling the teaching material.

While several private schools in the city have been advertising the smart classes for quite some time, the introduction of such a concept in the government colleges is being viewed as a landmark and a challenging concept by college faculties.

“The initiative is unprecedented since introducing such a concept in government colleges, even before private ones, was a distant thought. Now, that the efforts are being made in this direction by all colleges, the students would be proud to be part of these institutions,” said a senior faculty member on anonymity.

Meanwhile, the UT Education department is facilitating training workshops for faculty members to prepare the e-content. One such workshop is taking place at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11.

“We are in the process of introducing smart classes and developing the E-content. Representatives from the Government of India will come to facilitate workshops for the college faculty to help them prepare e-content,” informed Ajoy Sharma, Director, Higher Education, UT Administration. 



5 Punjab docs on deputation to city return
More likely to follow suit
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
The Punjab government’s persistence in seeking the repatriation of its doctors enjoying the virtual endless deputation to the City Beautiful has finally yielded some result.

Five doctors, who had been on deputation in the city for long, some for over a decade, have gone back to Punjab and more are likely to follow suit.

According to sources in the Punjab Government five doctors - Dr Surya Kant (Sector 20 dispensary), Dr Rajeev Sethi (District Courts), Dr Trilochan Singh (GMSH 16), Dr Savita Kaushal (Civil Hospital Mani Majra) and Dr Singla (ESI Hospital, Sector 29) - have joined back duties. Sources claimed that at least five more repatriations were in the pipeline.

What has perhaps proved to be the ‘deciding’ factor for these doctors to go back to Punjab, leaving the comfortable environs of this city, is the lure of extended job tenures, as the state government has raised the retirement age for its employees from 58 years to 59. Almost all repatriated doctors were either on the verge or close to their retirement and had they continued, they would have superannuated at the age of 58.

Sources in the UT administration confirmed the repatriation of these five doctors, but admitted that their replacements had not been decided yet. “We are in the process of finalising their replacements and will soon declare the names,”said a senior official, claiming that the Punjab Government’s decision to raise the retirement age by one year had proved a boon in disguise for the doctors seeking deputation to the city.

Punjab Health Secretary Satish Chandra said names of 25 doctors had already been sent to the UT against the repatriations sought by the state government in the current year. “They can choose any five from the list and appoint them in the place of those who have come back,” he said, adding that he was hopeful that more doctors would return on their own.

There are about 100 doctors from Punjab who are on deputation in the UT and the state government has drawn an elaborate place to get them back. Officials claim that they would be pursuing the repatriation of 30 doctors in a year and complete the process in a span of three years. And if these officials are to believed, the state seems determined to get its doctors back, notwithstanding their resistance.



Doctor duped of Rs 41 lakh 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
A city-based doctor has accused a Delhi resident of duping him of Rs 41 lakh on the pretext of getting his two sons admitted in a medical institute abroad.

Sources in the economic offences wing of the Chandigarh Police said Dr Palas Ram Sharma of Sector 34 lodged a complaint alleging that he had read an advertisement in a newspaper by Piyus Bharat Saini of Old Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi, wherein he had claimed that he had expertise in getting the medical aspirants admitted in foreign medical colleges. The complainant contacted Saini, who called him to his office in Delhi, where he assured seats to his two sons in medical colleges abroad.

Sharma alleged that Saini also convinced him that he had links in medical colleges in Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai and assured that he could secure admission for his sons in these colleges, too. After a few days, Saini sent one Ashok Kumar to Chandigarh and told Sharma to give Ashok Kumar Rs 15 Lakh so that he could initiate the process of admission of his sons.

Sharma reportedly gave the amount to Ashok along with Xerox copies of certificates, 11 passport size photographs and two blank papers signed by his sons on July 12, 2009.

On July 18, Saini again contacted him saying he needed more money for the processing fee and other charges, including the tuitions fee, visa fee and others expenses. He demanded Rs 26 lakh more and send Ashok Kumar to collect the amount. Sharma claimed that he raised the amount after selling his house and taking loans from private financers.

In turn, Ashok Kumar in turn gave him two cheques drawn on ICICI Bank, Chandigarh, purportedly signed by Saini for Rs 20 lakh and Rs 6 lakh.

Sharma alleged that after taking the amount, Saini failed to get his sons admitted anywhere and when he asked him to return his money, he started threatening him.

The police said a case has been registered against Saini under Section 420 of the IPC and a team had been dispatched to Delhi to arrest the accused. 


ITBP, police yet to vacate MC building
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation’s wait to get the Sector 26 community centre building vacated from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Police department does not seem to end.

Despite assurances from the Chandigarh administration for the last 15 years, the community centre still houses an ITBP office and a police department office. During emergency in 1984, the community centre building was handed over to the ITBP to maintain law and order in the region. In 1996, after the municipal corporation came into being, the administration allotted the labour building in Sector 26 to the ITBP.

In the last three years, MC mayors had been taking up this issue with the administration in the coordination committee meeting and administration officials had been assuring them that they will soon allot some other land for these departments, but nothing has been done till date.

Officials revealed that as the building was not vacated since long, the area councillor had been pressing upon the MC authorities to allot fresh land for the construction of the community centre in the same sector. But this proposal was rejected on the ground that assurance had been given by the administration that they would get the building vacated. Officials said as two offices are running in the building for a long time, most of the infrastructure is in a bad shape.

When contacted, Mayor Anu Chatrath said that in the last coordination committee meeting, administration officials had said that space had already been allotted to these departments in Mani Majra, where both these offices would be shifted after renovation in two months. 



BJP’s Randhawa is market committee vice-chairman
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
BJP candidate Subhash Randhawa was elected vice-chairman of Chandigarh Market Committee, election for which was held here today. Randhawa won the seat by one vote from the Congress candidate Devinder Singh Lubana.

Randhawa got the support of chairman Darshan Singh, former vice-chairman Ramvir Bhatti, Jujhar Singh Bhadheri and Desh Raj Gupta, whereas Lubana was supported by Devinder Singh Babla, Anand Singh Khajheri and Jeet Singh Behlana.

Market committee chairman Darshan Singh proposed the name of BJP candidate Subhash Randhawa and Congress’ candidate Devinder Singh Lubana’s name was proposed by Jeet Singh Behlana.

With the permission of the court, Devinder Singh Babla also came to participate in the election.

The post fell vacant after Ramvir Bhatti resigned on February 28. 



Employees take govt to task 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Members of the Haryana Karamchari Maha Sangh today held a protest demonstration at the Sector 25 rally ground, accusing the government adopting anti-employee and worker policies.

Around 10,000 employees of 52 trade unions assembled at the rally ground under the aegis of the Haryana Karamchari Maha Sangh. The protesters said if the state government failed to address their grievances, they would resort to “chakka jam” in the state on March 31 and also launch a relay hunger strike at the residence of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Rohtak from April 7.

The employee leaders alleged that the state had gone backwards during the tenure of the Hooda government, which had been on the forefront of destroying the public sector units. The government had not been keeping the promises it had made with the people of Haryana while seeking votes.

Baldev Singh Ghangas, president of the Haryana Pradesh Maha Karamchari Sangh, told TNS that the government had promised during the elections that it would give equal scales and other benefits of the Sixth Pay Commission to the state employees in parity with the Central government employees.

The state government had withheld arrears of the employee since January 2006 and had given only 40 per cent of the amount. Regarding the rest of the amount, the government had said it would release first instalment till March 31, while the rest of the amount would be given next year. He alleged that the state governments had been befooling the employees by not giving with minimum wages.

The leaders said if the government failed to regularise the daily wage earners, they would be forced to intensify their stir and the government would be responsible of its consequences.

Meanwhile, the OSD to the Chief Ministers reached the rally venue and accepted a memorandum from the protesters.



Tribunal’s directive to reduce litigation 
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
In an important decision while granting revised pensionary benefits to ex-servicemen, the Armed Forces Tribunal directed the Central government that orders of the High Court affirmed by the Supreme Court on settled issues of law be applied to all similarly placed persons so as to avoid infructuous litigation. The order would affect a large number of ex-servicemen who have been moving various courts individually to claim pensionary benefits.

Though the judiciary has settled the basic issue, the government departments concerned have not extended the benefits to all persons placed in the same category, but have instead been granting relief on a case-to-case basis only to those who have got court verdicts in their favour.

Legal experts say the implementation of the Tribunal’s order would significantly cut down the number of litigants. Besides, it would also put an end to the harassment and financial burden brought about to veterans who live in far-off places.

About 10,000 cases pertaining to armed forces personnel are pending before the courts and the tribunal and the aforementioned categories constitute a significant chunk.

The number of cases pertaining to pension fixation, grant of disability pension and release of arrears pending before the High Courts and now benches of the Armed Force Tribunal is very large. In many cases, the issue involved or the point of law concerned is the same.

The Bench, comprising Justice and Lt Gen NS Brar (retd) directed the government to grant revised pensionary benefits to the two petitioners in the case within a p Ghanshyam Prashaderiod of three months. Further, the arrears would be paid to them with 10 per cent interest per annum.

The petitioners had contended that after the implementation of the Fifth Central Pay Commission from January 1, 1996, there were certain anomalies in the pay scales of the personnel below officer rank (PBOR).

Upon the removal of the anomalies, the rationalisation of Armed Forces was carried out on the recommendations of a committee, but the same was implemented from October 10, 1997 only in respect of those who were in service on that date.

Thus, a class of PBOR retirees was created who were made to remain on the anomalous pay scales and the benefit of correction of anomalies was not given to them. 



Patil: Simplify tax collection

Chandigarh, March 9
Modernise your working and simplify procedures of tax collection, keeping in mind the complete satisfaction of the tax payers, said Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj Patil, while addressing senior income tax officials at a workshop here today.

Patil said that most important thing to keep in mind while collecting taxes was that people should not be burdened. Level of income tax has to come down with this the income tax department would be in better position to collect more taxes.

The income tax department should adopt customer-centric approach where the services rendered to tax payers are assuming centrestage. e-filing initiatives, e-payment of taxes and direct credit of refunds, e-passbook facility where the taxpayer can view his status regarding taxes paid and demands raised were the need of the hour. — TNS



Realtors’ body seeks implementation 
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 9
The Mohali Property Consultants Association yesterday called upon Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj Patil seeking implementation of the Apartment Act 1995, as applicable to Punjab.

ID Singh, general secretary of the association, said despite the Act being passed in 1995, GMADA had not implemented it. The implementation of the act would go a long way in meeting the growing housing needs of the residents.

In a memorandum to the Governor, the association also sought land for construction of property dealers office complex in Sector 62. 



Ranjit's bodyguard ‘had’ pistol
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 9
Malkhan Singh, guard of Ranjit Bajaj, has reportedly confessed before the police that he had the pistol at the time of scuffle between Bajaj and Gurmohan on the night of January 29 at hotel North Park.

He, however, did not use it and Ranjit took the pistol from him, he told the police, said sources.

Malkhan was arrested by the police yesterday from his residence at Bapu Dham in Sector 26, Chandigarh.

Malkhan was produced before a Judicial Magistrate and the Public Prosecutor informed the court that the pistol, used in the scuffle, was to be recovered. Following this Malkhan was sent to five-day police remand.



Husband’s sperm is used in IVF procedure: Doc
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 9
There is a misconception that the sperm of a person other than that of the husband is used in the in vitro fertilisation
(IVF) procedure but the fact is that only husband’s sperm is used unless his sperm count is very low, said Dr Hrishikesh Pai, a renowned infertility expert, here today.

Head of the IVF unit at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai, Pai said while addressing a press conference that the society was not very aware in this regard because of which some fears had arisen, The fact was that only husband’s sperm was used for getting pregnant using the IVF technique . Sperm was taken from the semen bank only in cases where the sperm count of some persons was found to be very low. He said that he had treated 10,000 patients so far and the results were getting better with lot of advancement in technology. He said that 1,200 cycles were being done each year and the success rate was between 40 to 50 per cent.

Pai, who has been in the IVF field for the past 20 years, said lifestyle changes and chemical contamination were among the reasons leading to infertility. As women had become more career oriented, they wanted to get married late but pregnancy becomes difficult after the age of 35. Live-in relationships also cause problems and chemical contamination generally leads to reduction in the sperm count.

Pai, former vice-president of the Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction and gyneacologist and infertility expert at the Fortis Bloom IVF Centre, Mohali, said there were 300 million people in the reproductive age group out of which 30 million were infertile. Infertility in 80 per cent of the couples could be treated by simple methods and only 20 per cent required advanced treatment. Though usually women were blamed for infertility, 30 to 40 per cent of the males suffered from low-sperm count, no sperm or other problems that obstructs pregnancy. 



Death Near Hallomajra Village
Docs for early post-mortem
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Even as the police is trying to establish the identity of the man who was found hanging in the jungle area near Hallomajra village on Monday, doctors said if the post-mortem was not conducted immediately, the chances of ascertaining the cause of the death would be very thin.

Sources in the police said the investigators were trying to establish the identity of the unidentified Sikh man, in his mid-thirties, and had contacted the police of adjoining places, but to no avail so far. The body has been kept in the mortuary of the Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital for post-mortem.

Generally, the police waits for a few days, in some cases for a couple of weeks, to get the body identified before going in for the post-mortem. In this case, the doctors, after preliminary examination of the body, told police officials that they could not delay the post-mortem, as the body was in a bad shape.

The doctors told the police that the body was badly infested with maggots and had started decomposing. Also, the body had started oozing liquids and delay in the post-mortem would only lead to inconclusive reports, telling the police to get the post-mortem conducted by tomorrow.

The SHO of the Industrial Area police station said they had informed the police control room in the region, giving details about the deceased, but had not got any clue so far. “We will initiate the process of getting the post-mortem conducted by tomorrow, as we cannot delay it for long. If the cause of the death is ascertained in the post-mortem, it may dispel mystery shrouding the death, as the victim’s hands were tied, though it initially appeared to be suicide,” the SHO said. The deceased was wearing a green T-shirt on which “Blue Bird Model School” was printed. However, the name of the city was not printed on the shirt and the police has been trying to find the school, hoping it could get some leads in identifying the man. 



Class IX paper duplication
Sacred Heart to re-examine students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
In the first major fallout of the recent duplication of Class IX CBSE papers in various city schools, Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, is all set to re-conduct the examination for Hindi and maths.

While Father Thomas of Sacred heart claimed to have no clue about the decision, according to sources, the school has taken the “consent” of students to re-conduct exams on March 17 and 19, respectively.

The school reportedly took the decision after realising that both the papers were a replica of the ones used by a Sector 40- based school.

It may be noted that the Sacred Heart is the first school in the city to have taken a corrective step on the issue of rampant duplication.

The school’s initiative has, however, irked many parents who claimed of being forced to pay for CBSE’s blunder.

“There is nothing like consent, but the kids were forced to sign an undertaking stating that they were ready to be re-examined on particular dates. It’s not just one school where this has happened. If there was any duplication then it is board’s fault, why should our children pay for it,” said a parent.

“The board has already denied changing the allotted papers. As per its directive no school can make changes, so how can they set a new paper to re-examine the kids. The school’s intention may be good, but this is unjust to the kids,” added another.

As a part of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation, the CBSE had announced to set papers for all major subjects of Class IX to mark uniformity. The board uploaded these papers in CDS and sent them to all schools, which were followed by a password. This password reportedly reached each school at a different time. The schools were asked to work out their own datesheets. The idea, however, backfired with many schools receiving same papers, which exchanged hands due to different datasheets.

CBSE asserted that it could not set different paper for thousands of schools, but could not justify allowing varied datesheets.



From Colleges
Prize distribution at GC-46
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
The 28th annual prize distribution function was held at Government College, Sector 46, Chandigarh, here today.

Pradip Mehra, adviser to UT administrator, was the chief guest.

He applauded the efforts of faculty and students and distributed prizes.

Dr JS Raghu, college principal, read the annual report of the college and applauded the efforts of staff in guiding the students in bringing laurels to the college.

Ajoy Sharma, special secretary finance-cum-director higher education, was the guest of honour. Ten students were awarded roll of honour, 67 were awarded college colours, 38 were awarded merit certificates in extra curricular activities and 204 were awarded merit certificates in academics.

Shalini of BA (III) was awarded roll of honour for being best NSS volunteer and Shehwas Singh was awarded roll of honour for participating in zonal, state and national level youth festivals.

Exam postponed

The university practical examination scheduled for March 10 and 11 have been postponed. The new dates for practical examinations will be announced later and would be available on the PU website: www.pu.ac.in <http://www.pu.ac.in>.

The practical exam would be held from March 12 onwards as per the schedule informed the controller of examinations, PU.


The department of economics, Panjab University, organised “Brij Narain Memorial Lecture” which was delivered by Dr Isher Judge Ahluwalia, chairperson, Board of Governors, the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi, here today. Prof Upinder Sawhney, chairperson of the department, brought into focus the passion with which Dr Isher Ahluwalia has been pursuing the cause of the turn around of the Punjab economy.

The theme of the lecture was “Challenges of Social Development in Punjab”. Prof Ahluwalia dwelt on the social indicators of Punjab. Prof RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, spoke about Dr Ahluwalia who was awarded Padma Bhushan by the President of India in 2009 for her services in the field of education and literature.

Coaching classes

The Centre for IAS and other competitive examinations will start coaching classes for interviews/personality tests like IAS, PCS and HCS from March 15. Interested candidates can apply on prescribed application form, which is available in the office of the Centre in Old Correspondence Building (near SBI main branch), Sector 14, and can also be downloaded <http://iasc.puchd.ac.in>. For details contact 2784156, 2534367 and 2534380.



Equal salaries for govt contractual teachers mooted
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 9
Clarifying the status of salaries of contractual staff on additionally sanctioned posts created by UT education department, director of higher education Ajoy Sharma today assured nearly 60 contractual lecturers of various government colleges, who submitted a representation against disparity in salaries.

Mooting for equal salaries for nearly 272 college teachers who have been appointed by the education department to deal with extra workload, the officials also informed that the case had been recommended and forwarded to the UT education secretary.

As per the notification of Union Public Service Commission, these contractual lecturers are to be paid equal to lecturers employed against regular posts on contract approved by Government of India, claimed the teachers who came to submit the representation after the issue was highlighted by the Chandigarh Tribune on Tuesday.

Besides, the case of filling up the regular posts in colleges is also being pushed by the administration with the UPSC.

“Some clarifications are needed from the UPSC in the recruitment rules and we are now pushing the case. We need regular faculty members for new postgraduate courses,” said Ajoy.

Meanwhile, the lecturers also raised issues like re-appointment, regularisation of services, discrimination on the basis of sanctioned and posts as per increased workload with the DHE.

On the issue of relieving the contractual teachers from April to July due to lesser work, the official said it was a long practice and the administration would loose crores if this demand was considered.

“In the past there have been directions from the Centre that adhoc appointments have done damage to higher education and only permanent vacancies should be filled. The rules should be clarified from the UPSC and the qualification should be as per the UGC rules. The confusion happens when the UGC changes its qualification and the UT policy remains the same. A lot of time is wasted to amend the rules,” Jagwant Singh, general secretary, Punjab Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation (PFUCTO) said.



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