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Two guards done to death
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The bodies of two private security guards were recovered from under a bridge in Dariya village located near the railway station here this morning, just a few days after the police arrested three thieves on a tip-off given by the duo.

The murder of 45-year-old Sucha Singh and 65-year-old Gurdial Singh came to light when the latter’s son, Jagtar Singh, who was searching for his father when he did not return home this morning after his duty, was informed by a watchman about a body lying under a bridge on the newly constructed road connecting Hallo Majra and the Panchkula industrial area.

Jagtar reached the spot around 8.30 am and identified Sucha Singh and informed the police. The body of Gurdial Singh was found lying a few feet away in a pool of dirty water. The bloodstains, found at different places on the bridge, indicated that the deserted place was used to dispose of the bodies and the murder took place at a nearby place in the forest area.

The heads of both the victims were virtually ripped apart, showing that they were hit by some heavy object like a rod or heavy stone. There were several injury marks on the bodies. Gurdial Singh was a guard at a Pepsi godown while Sucha Singh was a guard in a groundnut factory. Both were said to be good friends. While Sucha Singh lived at Mauli village, Gurdial was a resident of Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran.

Jagtar Singh said this was the handiwork of the acquaintances of thieves that the police had arrested two days after his father and Sucha Singh had complained. He said his father had received threats last evening that he and Sucha Singh would pay a price for complaining to the police.

The SSP, Sudhanshu Srivstava, confirmed that both victims were instrumental in nabbing the thieves. “The murder could be an act of revenge by acquaintances of the arrested criminals,” he said.

The mobile of Sucha Singh and his cycle were also found missing. The victims were on duty when the incident took place.

Jagtar Singh said the duty timings of the victims were for 12 hours from 6 pm to 6 am, “but nobody saw them after 3 am. This was told to us by a chowkidar there. This shows that the murder took place after 3 am,” he said.

The police said the thieves were most likely drug addicts who used to sell sewers and electrical wires to meet their expenses.



Crime-prone road
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The brutal double murder of Sucha Singh and Gurdial Singh spread panic in and around Dariya village here today.

Villagers complained that the area, especially the newly constructed road connecting Hallo Majra and the Panchkula industrial area, had become a crime-prone zone.

“Criminal activities have become routine here. The area, which has a big forest cover, is a haven for criminals and drug addicts, who generally give shape to their nefarious activities during night,” said Gurpreet Singh, sarpanch of Mauli village.

“Brawls, drug peddling, snatching and other crimes have become a routine affair. Their is no light at night on the road and there is hardly any police patrol. It is very dangerous to commute on this road at night,” said Amarjeet Singh, a resident of Dariya.

Pointing to a broken sewer, Amarjeet alleged that a group of drug addicts had broken and sold it in parts. “Sucha Singh informed the police about this theft,” he added.

The residents urged the IG, Pradeep Srivastava, to intensify patrolling in the area and ensure proper lighting.



Bodies not picked for hours
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
“Hai oye koi tan chak lo mere gharwale nu” (somebody please lift the body of my husband) were the cries of Sucha Singh’s widow, Savita Rani, that melted the hearts of many at the spot where the bodies of two slain guards were found this morning.

For almost four hours, from 8.30 am to 12.15 pm, the body of Gurdial Singh was left lying in turpid waters under a bridge at Dariya village. The reason: The IG, Pradeep Srivastava, wanted to visit the crime scene before the body was removed.

Gurdial’s sons, Jagtar Singh and Avtar Singh, were left with no option, but to wait while their father lay dead with his face in the water. Even Sucha Singh’s body, which had been lifted from the spot before the IG flashed his message to wait, was kept in a truck for hours while both his wife and his octogenarian father, Karam Singh, waited for the IG’s visit.

The almost four-hour wait turned out to be a 10-minute affair. The IG disembarked from his car, walked down to the body, glanced at it for a minute or two, then briefly met the grieving family and left in his car immediately. It was only after he left that the body was finally removed.

Jagtar, who was wearing surgery gloves, pulled out the body of his father with the help of others, including some policemen.

But the wait was far too much for the already traumatised families that had lost their breadwinners. Many who had gathered at the spot watched in disbelief as the police declined to shift the bodies until 12.15 pm even though these had been found around 8.30 am.

Even Sucha Singh’s grief-stricken wife was seen requesting the police to remove the body from the dirty water, but her pleas fell on deaf ears.

Even the aged father of Sucha Singh, the second victim whose body had been kept in a truck, was seen asking onlookers to request the police to pull out Gurdial’s body. “So what if the IG is coming. At least they (the cops) should pull out the body from the water,” said Karam Singh with tears in his eyes.

“I left my house around 7 am today for duty and at that time I did not know what had happened. I got the news of my husband’s death at my work place,” said Savita, who has an eight-year-old son.

Punished for nabbing thieves

An inconsolable Savita, who is also working as a security guard in a private security agency, said both her husband and Gurdial had lost their lives because they had helped the police in nabbing some thieves two days ago.



Thieves at it again in P’kula
Strike at three shops
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 1
Burglars were on a looting spree in the wee hours of this morning when they broke into three shops in Sector 7 and stole Rs 77,000 and five mobiles here.

The shutters had been pulled up with locks still fixed, indicating that the thieves had possibly used a car jack to minimise the sound. The shutter of the shops -- Shivam Mishthan Bhandar, Reliance mobile store and Singh Sons -- were found open this morning.

The thieves were, however, unsuccessful in breaking open the locks of the adjacent office of ICICI Securities Ltd and another showroom, Sachdeva garments, located in the same row.

Hundreds of shopkeepers gathered at the site and raised slogans against the police for failing to provide security. They registered their protest by keeping the shops closed.

Deepak, a worker at Shivam Mishtan Bhandar, said he came to know of the incident after his colleague came to the shop at about 6.30 am and asked him why he had kept the shutters of the shop open. Shocked, he immediately informed the owner, Ghanshyam Joshi, who informed the police. He said he, along with other workers, was sleeping in the basement of the shop after locking the shutters around 11 pm.

Joshi said he also saw the shutters of other adjacent shops open and informed their owners and president of the Sector 7 market welfare association, BB Kochhar. “A sum of Rs 22,000 was stolen from the cash box,” he said.

Rakesh Bansal of Reliance store said he came to know of the incident after the owner of Singh Sons informed him. He said the thieves had decamped with Rs 25,000 and five mobile sets worth Rs 30,000. Harpal Singh of Singh Sons said the thieves had decamped with Rs 30,000 from his shop.

The SP, Manish Chaudhary, said: “It is our bad luck that such an incident has occurred in the city. Investigations are on and we are expecting to nab the culprits soon. We have been trying to check the crime during the past four months, but we are facing a shortage of manpower because one battalion of the Indian Reserve Police has been shifted to Jammu and Kashmir. We were expecting to receive another battalion within two weeks.”

Former MC vice-president BB Singal said the market in the area remained open until midnight and milk was supplied around 3 am. This raised a question on the functioning of the police. 


UT wakes up to water scarcity
To seek more water from Bhakra Canal
Arun Sharma
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Drop in water pressure has set the alarm bells ringing for the Chandigarh administration. Sensing the gravity of situation, the UT Advisor has convened a meeting of Punjab and Haryana chief secretaries to get 40 mgd (million gallons per day) more water from Bhakra canal.

Besides, 14 teams of the municipal corporation officials have also been constituted to keep a check on the misuse of water in the city, said SS Bidda, MC chief 

The situation has gone bad to worse with the rise in mercury as residents of Sectors 29, 21, 47, 48, 49, 50, 38, 37 and 15, where the city Mayor lives, have been complaining of no water on the upper floors since yesterday evening. The city is getting only 80 mgd from Bhakra through Kajouli water works against its requirement of more than 105 mgd. Another 20 mgd of water is pumped out of 200 tubewells set up in different parts of city. Out of this, the city is left only with 87 mgd of water as 10 mgd and three mgd of water is being supplied to Mohali and Chandimandir, respectively. Hence the city is left with a shortfall of around 20 mgd against its requirement. The water being supplied to the city consists of share of Punjab and Haryana in ratio of 60:40.

As no more tubewells could be set up following depletion of water table, the only option left with the administration is to draw more water from Bhakra canal.

Ram Lal, a resident of Sector 47-D, rued that there was no water on the upper two stories of his house since last week and the overhead tank also remained empty.

Sanjay Gautam of Sector 50 staying on the ground floor had also complaints of not getting water in his overhead tank, forcing him to buy buckets to store water in bathrooms.

Residents in a major part of Sector 38 have also complained of low pressure. While people living in marla houses manage to tackle the problem by installing electric motors, people living in colonies could be seen lifting water from ground floors in buckets.



Kalpana Chawla remembered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
“Yar ko ham ne ja-ba-ja dekha.. kahin zahir kahin chupa dekha..” (Wherever I see, I find my friends everywhere. Visibly or indirectly, I see them all around me).

Once used by NASA scientists to wake up astronaut Kalpana Chawla from sleep during her space visit, this song today gripped audience at PEC University of Technology during screening of a short film based on Kalpana Chawla.

At the “Open House”, an annual event to display best-innovated projects by engineers to school students, Kalpana, an illustrious alumnus, was fondly remembered.

Kaplana, who died during spacecraft Columbus crash on earth surface in February 2003, had graduated from PEC in 1982.

“To inspire hundreds of school students we prepared this short film, in which we showcased clippings of her training at NASA, along with her interview,” said Prof KK Garg, convenor of the Open House.

“Several extracts of the film have been taken from Kalpana’s sister,” he added. The film was complied by Sumit Pratap, a final year student of PEC.

The university is now developing a library in memory of Kalpana where all books that she read and talked about to her friends would be kept. “Some of them have been given to us by her sister, others we would purchase,” said Prof Garg.



Portable machine to drill metals adjudged best innovation
Tribune News Service

Schoolchildren look at the model of a vehicle displayed at PEC University of Technology in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Schoolchildren look at the model of a vehicle displayed at PEC University of Technology in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, May 1
A computer device to empower visually challenged persons, a portable machine to engrave design on metals and a device to nab traffic offenders were adjudged the best innovations at the Open House at PEC University of Technology today.

Out of the 15 projects prepared by the students of various departments in PEC, three to four projects from each department were selected for display in today’s event before school students and teachers. The award winning entries were prepared with a cost of Rs 2,500 to Rs 25,000.

“With the help of two cameras in my blind guidance system, the visually challenged students would be able to get audio signals of the object in front of them. These objects already exist in the database and the image will then be matched to the stored data to guide the person,” said Amrit Pal, a fourth year student of PEC, who won the second prize for his device.

While the expense involved in preparing this unique system was Rs 2,500, there were others who prepared a machine worth Rs 25,000 (if upgraded), which would enable the traffic cops to capture image of the number plate of an over-speeding vehicle.

“Our project will help to detect such cars at the toll tax area or the highways, where the hidden cameras would capture the image of the speeding vehicle. The device would make the task of the traffic cops easier,” said Pulkit, who made the project in collaboration with Pranav and Aakash.

The first prize entry, which was a computer controlled multi-purpose machine to drill metals, was yet another innovation that engrossed the school students.

“The benefit of our project is that it is a portable machine unlike the machines currently available in the market. It does the job of drilling, milling, engraving and reaming metals and has precision up to 0.1 millimetres,” said Vineet Kumar, a student of mechanical department. Ayjun, Vineet, Asim, Manik and Ishesh together devised this system, which cost them Rs 7,000.

Besides the award winning entries, a “power theft detection circuit” caught the attention of several onlookers. “This machine would enable the electricity board to detect the meter where the power theft is taking place by using an application in physics. We add a resistance in the meter with which the current flow can be checked,” said Ankita Sethi, who made the device, along with Arun Jindal.



Inspection panel submits report
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Panjab University’s two-member committee, which visited Sri Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College, Sector 46, for a surprise inspection three days back, today submitted a report to the university authorities.

After receiving a memorandum from the college students, the PU authorities asked college principal SK Thakur to file a reply to the Dean University Instructions (DUI) and subsequently a committee was sent for a surprise visit to the college.

The committee consisting Dr Ravi Gupta of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, and Chaman Lal Sharma, university Senate member, inspected the college during which several loopholes were found.

The report stated that as per the timetable, the scheduled anatomy class was not in progress as the teacher was not in the class. To this, the principal replied that the teacher concerned was on campus itself.

The committee in its report disclosed that the teachers of anatomy subject were not present in the college, while two teachers were on leave and another teacher did not attend the college since October 2009 without citing a reason. Another teacher of the department of basic principles returned to job only on the day of the inspection, said the report. The committee also visited the dissection lab and classrooms in the college.

On April 27, a group of students from the college gave a letter to the Tribune highlighting their plight due to dire shortage of the teachers.

The students had mentioned that as against the required number of teachers for the subjects like physiology, anatomy, ashtaang hriday, padarth vigyan and Sanskrit, only a few teachers were teaching. An action is likely in the matter, hinted a university official.



Companies being surveyed in IT park
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The Estate Office is getting a survey done of the companies functioning from Rajiv Gandhi Information Technology Park.

In this regard, some officials have also visited the IT park. At present, there are approximately 16 companies functioning out of which some are into non-IT related work as well.

While the allotment conditions of the plots clearly state that the companies should be engaged in IT and IT-related work.



Restaurant owner told to vacate premises
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
A local court on Friday has directed the proprietor of Moti Mahal restaurant to vacate the premises within three months as it failed to pay the rent. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of SCO (shop-cum-office) 179-180, Sector 17.

The court asked Sonia Ahuja, owner of restaurant Moti Mahal, to vacate the premises as she failed to pay the rent in the past two years.

Kripal Singh, owner of the building has filed an eviction petition under Section 13 of the East Punjab Rent Restriction Act for Eviction of the tenant on the ground of non-payment of rent on May 6 in the court of Civil Judge-cum-Rent Controller.

He stated that Sonia was running the restaurant from the above said premises since July 2002. Kripal claimed that the tenant had not paid rent since February 2008.

Divanshu Jain, counsel for the applicant, said that earlier they had sent a legal notice to Sonia Ahuja on March 23, 2009. She was asked to make the payment but they did not reply nor paid any rent.

While passing the orders the court observed that the rent was assessed by the Rent Controller to the tune of Rs.32 lakh to be paid by the tenant on April 28,2010. But the tenant failed to pay the rent as assessed by the court.

Jain claimed that many of the cheques had bounced but they didn’t take any action. “Sonia kept on denying the payment since February 2008 stating that she was passing through a bad phase.

Now the total rent payable by her had become around 32 lakh. We will file a recovery suit against the restaurant now,” he said.



May Day observed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The CITCO Workers Union today in collaboration with other employees union, including Hind Mazdoor Union and JCT Employees Union, observed Labour Day today at Hotel Shivalikview, Sector 17.

On this occasion, the history of Labour Day was recollected. The employees also observed two-minute silence in the memory of those workers of Chicago who lost heir lives.

The president, senior vice-president, General secretary Kashmir Chand, Prem Lal, Baldev Raj respectively also spoke on the occasion and apprised the members of the importance of the day.



Talk on use of advanced tools in basic research
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
A one-day symposium on “Advance Techniques in Basic Research-Tools of 21st Century” was organised by the Association of Basic Medical Scientists of PGI here today.

The inaugural ceremony of the symposium was graced by Prof. NK Ganguly, Ex-Director-General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Prof. KK Talwar, Director of PGIMER along with Prof. KK Bhutani, Director, NIPER.

Eminent Scientists from various renowned institutions like Dr Parag Sadhale from IISc, Bangalore; Dr. J Agrewala, Dr. A. Bachawat, Dr P Guptasarma from IMTECH; Prof. D. Kaul, Dr. S. K. Arora and Prof. Madhu Khullar from PGIMER chaired various sessions and gave their valuable suggestions, which immensely helped the delegates.

Various talks focused on the nuances of application of advanced tools in basic research.

In the valedictory ceremony, Prof VK Sakhuja, Dean in PGIMER and Prof. Kusum Joshi facilitated various budding scientists (ABMS Members) for their achievements in various academic as well as extracurricular activities.

Overall the scientific symposium has been a success and has left a mark on the aspiring scientists of this region.

The symposium got an overwhelming response with over 600 students from different institutes of India in attendance. 



Singing contest on May 16
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society, Chandigarh, will hold singing contest for Best Singer Award-2010 for male and female in senior and junior categories on May 16 at the Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16, Chandigarh.

Male participants will sing Mohd Rafi songs and women will sing Lata’s. The society is celebrating 2010 as its silver jublee year.

For more details contact: BD Sharma 9814731112.



Schools celebrate Labour Day
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 1
“Respect and love for all who work, no matter how small the work is” was the message given to the students of Manav Mangal Smart School, Mohali, today by celebrating Labour Day at the school campus. Children had prepared a special assembly to commemorate the occasion with songs and insights about the day. The children had bought hand-made cards and flowers, which were later distributed among Class IV employees.

Ashmah school

The Labour Day was celebrated in a special manner at Ashmah International School, Mohali. Hundreds of tiny tots played games, offered gifts, sweets and flowers to helpers and labourers of the school.

Ajit Karam school

At Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 65, Labour Day was celebrated by paying gratitude to the helpers. Members of Tagore House highlighted the significance of the day. They presented a medley highlighting specific characteristics of the helpers, which was followed by dance performances.



Journalists’ body forms human chain
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists (CPUJ) today organised a rally at Plaza, Sector 17, to mark the May Day and to recall the scarifies of people who laid down their lives for the cause of the working class.

Members of the union also formed a human chain to press for their demand. On the occasion, CPUJ president Vinod Kohli expressed concern over the delay in announcing the Justice Majithia Wage Board Report for journalists. He urged the Central government not to grant extension to the wage board and press it to submit its final report within the stipulated period.

Kohli demanded inclusion of the electronic media in the purview of the Press Council by renaming it as the media council. 



Technical symposium showcases projects
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Nearly 600 school students today participated in the annual technical symposium of PEC University of Technology, “Open House”, which showcased best projects created by students of different departments of PEC.

With an objective of creating awareness among young children from Classes X to XII, the students interacted with the engineering students and also participated in a quiz contest. The students were taken across various stalls put up in all departments where they were taught about several projects and working models developed by the students of the college, including award-winning entries at the BAJA competition by the students of mechanical engineering department.

Experts from various fields of engineering give lectures to the students. To encourage the students, awards were also given to the best projects, which were sponsored by PEC Old Students’ Association (PECOSA). “We gave special focus to the students from rural areas,” said Advitya Patyal, a fourth-year student. The students from Government High School, Hallo Majra, Dadu Majra, Kajheri, Maloya, Kaimbwala, Khuda Alisher, Karsan, etc, attended the programme.



Wastage of water
Residents continue to flout ban
Kulwinder Sangha

Residents of Phase XI show muddy drinking water in Mohali.
Residents of Phase XI show muddy drinking water in Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, May 1
The Water Supply and Sanitation Wing has disconnected one connection, issued challans in six cases and sent notices to 831 persons since it imposed a ban on the wastage of water a month ago, even as residents in certain parts of the town are facing shortage of water.

The water supply wing had imposed a ban on April 1 on washing of cars, courtyards and watering of lawns during the morning supply hours. Six teams were set up to check the wastage of water.

But residents, who face shortage of water during summer months, do not bother much about the ban imposed by the department concerned and continue with old habits of using water the way it suited them.

One such case was that of an eating joint being run in Phase I, the owner of which was allegedly wasting a huge quantity of water. The authorities concerned issued a notice to him to check the wastage of water. But when he failed to do the needful a challan for Rs 500 was issued to him. However, when nothing worked officials of the water supply wing then cut the supply of water to the eating joint.

Two residents living in Phase IX and four in Phase I were challaned for violating the ban imposed by the department concerned. As many as 831 notices were issued to persons in various parts of the town for the misuse of water.

Though the authorities concerned are making efforts not to allow water shortage to plague Mohali, residents have started having a tough time due to inadequate supply of water.

Dharam Pal Upashak, living in Phase V, said today that his overhead water tank was lying empty since the past three days. The pressure of water had reduced over the days and since he was living on the third floor he was facing problems of inadequate supply.

Sukhminder Singh Barnala, municipal councillor, said residents in Phase XI were facing acute shortage of water for the past many days. The department concerned was trying new methods to improve the supply, but residents continued to suffer. Pressure of water was low and those living on the upper floors were the worst affected.

Kulwant Singh Kler of Phase X complained that water being supplied was muddy. HPS Dhillon, executive engineer, Water Supply and Sanitation Wing, said all efforts were being made to supply adequate water to residents of Mohali.

Water rationing had been avoided till date and standby arrangements were made to overcome power shutdowns. Water supply to Phases X and XI was being improved. There was a big gap between the demand and supply which would only be filled after Phase V of Kajauli waterworks was made functional. 



Estate office lifts sealing orders
Asks to remove violations within 25 days
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Following protests by traders in Sector 17 over sealing of the basement of a commercial building, the UT estate office today lifted the orders on the condition that the violations will be removed within 25 days.

Sources claim that the move comes following a three-day protest by members of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal and a section of traders who were up in arms against the sealing of a building.

Superintendent (misuse and enforcement branch) of the estate office today lifted the orders on the condition that the occupants/tenants will get the violations removed within 25 days. Sources claim that more buildings could be sealed if violations were not removed voluntarily in Sector 17.

Notices were also served on the occupants of the basement of a building in Sector 17 before it was sealed about four days back.

However, the protesting traders claimed that no prior intimation was given to them and the sealing had adversely affected their business. They claimed that the ownership of the building was yet to be established and all these months they were kept in the dark about the ongoing legal process.

They had also demanded withdrawal of this arbitrary power to the estate office to seal any portion of the building on the pretext of misuse where as the cases were pending in courts.



Census gets under way
Tribune Reporters

Mohali, May 1
Mohali district census officials began the day by knocking at the doors of city’s “First Citizens”. Different teams simultaneously went to the houses of Mohali municipal corporation president Kulwant Singh, local Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Balbir Sidhu and Mohali Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh Mand.

It has been a practice to start the census from the residence of the “First Citizen” as it creates awareness about the exercise among general public.

The census officials led by SDM RPS Wali went to the DC’s house. A total of 1,902 census officers and 321 supervisors have been put on duty. These officials will work in the first phase of the census.

In the Dera Bassi block, the census started from the house of municipal council president Manjit Kaur Dally.

SDM Puneet Goyal will perform the duty of sub-divisional census officer and tehsildar and executive officers of Dera Bassi and Zirakpur will be the census charge officers. Dera Bassi BDPO will be additional census charge officer.

Census officials said the second and last round of population counting would be completed by February, 2011.

They added that they would cover 171 villages and two towns in the block. For the purpose, around 100 supervisors and over 600 enumerators have been assigned the work.

During the first round of census, house listing will be completed in which living standard and occupation will be included.

Population counting will be done in the second and last round, census officials added.

At Zirakpur, the first phase of census operations began this morning with the enumeration of MC president Narinder Kumar Sharma.

Census officials started their day at 9 am and got good response from residents. The official said it was the first day of the operations. The enumerators and supervisors visited their respective blocks.

The official said 15 wards had been divided into 202 blocks in which enumerators as well as 32 supervisors had been assigned the duties at block and village levels.

He said the teams, including one supervisor and six enumerators, would visit residences across the town to collect information about houses and also collect data about housing amenities and assets for assessing the conditions in human settlements.

However, Banur MLA Jasjit Singh Bunny, a resident of Chhat village as per the voting list, was out of station.

Bunny claimed that the census officials called him but he told them that he was out of station.

In Patiala, the first phase of Census 2011 officially kick-started in the district with ADC (development)-cum-district census officer APS Virk formally initiating the data collection process from Khalsa College Colony here today.

Virk said the first phase of the data collection would continue till June 15.

As many as 3,342 government employees had been deputed for the purpose and 561 supervisors would monitor the process.



Eviction Order
Ex-mayor’s plea dismissed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
A local court today dismissed an appeal filed by Congress councillor and former Mayor Pradeep Chhabra regarding the eviction order of the business-cum-shopping arcade of Hotel Shivalikview at Sector 17 passed by the estate office.

The court dismissed the appeal on the ground that after issuing the notice for the stimulated time period, the caretaker of the premises can ask the tenant to vacate it anytime.

Pradeep had submitted to the court that he had a licence for running his business from the shopping arcade and he had spent Rs 7 lakh for its renovation.

The estate office had issued notice to all the occupants to vacate the premises stating that the same was required for reconstruction work notice under the Public Premises Act.



Students awarded

Chandigarh, May 1
Guru Harikrishan Educational Society, Chandigarh, held its 18th Sanman Samaroh function at the auditorium of Vivek High School, Sector 38, here recently.

A total of 40 students, who topped in the faculties of engineering, medicine and other professional courses from various universities and institutions participated.

Students from Kurukshetra and Maharishi Dayanand Universities of Haryana, Panjab University, and PEC University of Technology, Punjabi University, and Punjab Agricultural University, Punjab Technical University, Guru Nanak Dev University, Baba Farid University and Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology were also part of the event.

Lt Gen Dr DDS Sandhum, Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University, who was the chief guest, conferred the awards on toppers. — TNS



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