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Lal Bagh residents seek cleaning of choked sewerage
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 27
Residents of Lal Bagh Street have accused the municipal authorities of ignoring the problem of a blocked sewerage in their area. In a representation to Patiala Municipal Commissioner MS Narang, the area residents have requested to direct the officials of the sanitation wing to immediately take the necessary steps for removing the blockage.

The area residents including Balwinder Singh, Ramesh Malhotra, Rajinder Kapoor, Hardeep Singh and Lakhwinder Sing, have stated that the sewerage passing from Chitra Modern School of their area is choked and residents of the area were facing lot of difficulty.

“Besides foul smell emanating from the sewage waste, the sewage water has spilled over the road and has become breeding ground for mosquitoes”, they stated in their complaint. The aggrieved area residents have urged the municipal functionaries to get the sewerage cleaned at the earliest.



Students boycott classes, protest against fee hike
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, August 27
Students of the local ITI led by Beant Singh, state secretary, Punjab Students’ Union, boycotted classes and organised a protest rally in front of the ITI gate here today in support of their demands and against fee hike.

Addressing the rally, Beant Singh said it was unfortunate that the government had increased fee in all educational institutions and it had become difficult for common man to get higher education.

Besides this, the students have been facing great difficulty in getting bus passes, identity cards and other education related problems, but the state government has not conceded any of their genuine demand. He said if the government did not respond positively, the protest would be further intensified.



Residents demand bus shelter
Submit memo to SDM
Our Correspondent

Kalka, August 27
A delegation of residents of Himshikha, Pinjore, headed by Naresh Maan, Congress Block president, and Jagmohan Dhiman, MC, Pinjore, submitted a memorandum to Yogesh Kumar, SDM Kalka, regarding the construction of government bus shelter on the T-point of the CRPF group centre on the Pinjore-Mallah link road to avoid inconvenience of the commuters.

In the memorandum it was urged that local administration should provide an ambulance to the residents of Himshikha Colony, which includes several villages like Ishar Nagar, Islam Nagar, Bhogpur, as they face much inconvenience to take patients to hospital in case of emergency. Om Parkash Sharma said the SDM had given assurance to them.



Eight structures razed
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, August 27
Following the directions of High Court, encroachments were removed near national highway by Municipal Council, Dera Bassi.

A total of eight encroachments had been removed by the council today. The action was taken under the Punjab Municipal Act, 1911. Sarbjeet Singh, executive officer of the Municipal Council, Dera Bassi, said nearly 43 encroachments would be removed near national highway at Dera Bassi.

Following this move, 43 notices had been issued to the defaulters a few days ago, but they had not removed encroachments.



ABVP’s mission to burn Rahul’s effigy failed
Our Correspondent

Ambala, August 27
Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Ambala, attempted to burn the effigy of Rahul Gandhi, near Mission Hospital Chowk at Ambala City this noon. The police officials intervened and stopped them to burn the effigy.

Earlier, leaders of the ABVP had announced to burn the effigy of Rahul Gandhi near Arya Chowk today. But at the last movement they changed the venue and gathered near Mission Hospital Chowk.

After receiving the information, the police team led by Sheetal Singh, SHO, Baldev Nagar police station, came to the spot.

The police took the effigy in their possession before the students could burn it which resulted into a heated argument between them.

Sanjay Lakhda, president of the ABVP, Ambala, said they had decided to burn the effigy of Rahul Gandhi to protest against the arrest of several ABVP leaders in Hisar where he had come to address the students in Agriculture University.

He demanded the government to conduct the student union elections soon.



Promotion to Dr AK Gupta 
Health ministry, PGI move HC
Seek quashing of CAT order
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
The Union Health Ministry and the PGI have moved the High Court seeking quashing and setting aside of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) order allowing promotion to Medical Superintendent Dr AK Gupta as professor in the institute. The PGI faculty has already challenged the CAT order.

In a petition filed in the High Court, the PGI and the health ministry have stated that through the impugned order, the CAT had in fact made “an ineligible person eligible”. Claiming that Dr Gupta was not eligible to be promoted, the petition states that the CAT “could have not conferred the eligibility”.

Giving the background of appointment, the petition states that in response to an advertisement issued by the PGI in May 1995, Dr Gupta had applied for the post of professor of hospital administration-cum-medical superintendent even though he did not possess the requisite 14 years experience. However, his candidature was considered and he was offered the post of medical superintendent-cum-additional professor, hospital administration, which was clearly mentioned in the appointment letter issued to him on Dec 1, 1995.

The petition states that after joining the duty for four-and-half years, Dr Gupta did not raise any objections to the rank of additional professor that he was holding. It was only through a representation on September 25, 1999, that he sought the designation as the professor, department of hospital administration on the grounds that at the PGI, he was short of only one year of experience as the professor of hospital administration. This request was, however, turned down by the authorities.

The petition further states that Dr Gupta acknowledged in his letter that his designation was lowered from the post of the professor to additional professor due to his inadequate experience and also the fact that even after completion of four-and-half years at the PGI, he was still short of one-year experience for the post.

The petition states that despite this, CAT granted relief to Dr Gupta and ordered the PGI to treat him as Professor wef January 9, 1996, with consequential benefits of status and seniority.

Claiming that the tribunal had “erred on the law and facts” the petition urged the court to determine whether the tribunal could have conferred the eligibility to Dr Gupta when he was not eligible as per the statutory rules and make him a professor on the date when he was ineligible?

This petition is likely to be taken up along with the ongoing hearing of the writ filed by the PGI faculty challenging the CAT order on Dr Gupta’s case. The faculty has pleaded that the CAT judgement would adversely affect the seniority of over 40 professors of the PGI who were senior to Dr Gupta.



SHO granted bail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
A CBI Special Court of Darshan Singh, today granted bail to Dilsher Singh, SHO, Industrial Area, who was arrested on August 11 for demanding bribe from Gagan Gupta, a resident of Panchkula.

Arguing before the court defense lawyer, Rabindra Pandit said, “The complainant has not named Dilsher Singh in his complaint regarding the demand of bribe. Dilsher was not the police station at the time of trap and was called from his house.”

Dilsher Singh, sub-inspector Hans Raj and two others had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 40,000 from Gupta, who was involved in a cheating case.

The complainant, Gagan Gupta, a resident of Modern Housing Complex, Panchkula, had a matrimonial dispute with his wife. He is contesting a case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking custody of his minor son. On August 3, a case of cheating and impersonation was re-registered against Gagan Gupta and his friend at the Industrial Area police station for giving a false advertisement in a newspaper on a complaint lodged by the counsel of the opposite party. It was alleged that the advertisement was given to harass the counsel contesting the case against Gupta.



CBI submits chargesheet

Chandigarh, August 27
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today submitted a chargesheet in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate JS Sidhu in a case of cheating and forgery against Manoj Goel, director of Balaji Sponge Private Limited, and Jai Singh Rana, a civil engineer based in Una.

The court has also issued notice to two persons who have been chargesheeted to depose before the court on November 1.

The police had registered an FIR in the case on February 27, 2009, on a complaint of KB Jayaprakash, chief vigilance officer, Canara Bank, presently posted in Bangalore.

The case was registered against Manoj Goel, Jai Singh Rana, TS Uday Kumar, assistant general manager of Canara Bank, SK Gupta, chief manager, Canara Bank, KS Amaranarayana, the then manager of Canara Bank and Neeru Goel, director Shree Balaji Sponge Iron Private Limited.

However, after completing the investigation, the CBI submitted the chargesheet against Manoj Goel and Jai Singh Rana and gave a clean chit to others.

The CBI had alleged that the directors had indulged in a criminal conspiracy from 2006 to 2008 with officials of Canara Bank. — TNS



Robbers strike at Mohali house
Decamp with Rs 50,000, jewellery
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 27
Robbers struck at an MIG flat in Sector 70 and decamped with Rs 50,000 and jewellery. Two brothers, Mehul (14) and Rahul (9), were in the house when the incident occurred. The two boys had just returned from school when the miscreants entered the house asking for water.

Soon after drinking water, they took Rahul at knifepoint and asked Mehul about cash and jewellery. The robbers also tried to hit the elder brother.

Owner of the house, Vishal, said the robbers had ransacked the entire house. He said that his wife tried to stop one of robbers but before she could realise what had happened, they fled. She raised an alarm and some area residents even tried to chase the robbers, but in vain. The robbers left behind a scooter and a helmet before fleeing. Matour police station SHO Atul Soni said the matter was being probed.



Institute director gets 2-year jail
Failed to keep promise of providing jobs to students 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has sentenced Sohan Marwaha, director of Tesol India, a unit of Sherman Vocational Institute Private Ltd, to two-year imprisonment for not providing jobs to students, as promised, and non-compliance of forum’s orders.

Marwaha has been imprisoned in three cases filed by Sawtantar Singh of Mohali, Govind Singh Patwal of Sector 45, Chandigarh, and Vivek Kalra of Amritsar as the forum had asked the institute to pay compensation to students. However, the institute failed to comply with the orders. The forum has asked the director to appear before the court on September 24 for his arrest.

Sawtantar Singh had filed a complainant against Tesol India alleging that he registered with the institute on February 10, 2008. He had applied for programme foundation plus specialisation and paid full fee of Rs 49,950. In the brochure, the institute had guaranteed jobs to students after completion of the course.

As per the advertisement in the newspapers, it was stated that “Overseas job guaranteed” and job would fetch “Monthly Rs 1-3 lakh plus” if a course offered by the institute was pursued.

The complainant attended the classes regularly, completed the course and received the certificate. Thereafter, the complainant visited the institute to get a job or placement, but to no avail.

The complainant was shocked to know that the institute had nothing to do with the policies of Global Tesol College, Canada, though at the time of admission, the complainant was told that institute was a part of the Canada college. The complainant sent many e-mails to the institute and to other companies for placement, but in vain.

The forum directed the institute to refund the fee amounting to Rs 49,950 to the complainant along with a compensation of Rs 50,000 for deficiency in service. The institute didn’t comply with the order, therefore the present execution application under Section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act was filed by the complainant.



Shivalik boys drub CHF Academy 3-1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
Shivalik Hockey Academy, Chandigarh, drub CHF Academy by 3-1 in the ONGC 9th SN Vohra Sub-Junior U-14 Hockey Tournament held at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here today.

Gursewak Singh of Shivalik academy sounded the board in the 24th minute giving 1-0 lead to his team. Just two minutes after, Gursewak struck his individual second goal by hitting the board through a field goal.

Thereafter, CHF Academy players launched the attack and were able to reduce the margin when Pushpinder sounded the board through the field goal in the 28th minute. The score remained at 2-1 at the end of the first half.

When the game resumed in the second half, players of Shivalik academy continued to attack their opponents and did not allow any liberty to CHF players. Gursewak again sounded the board through the field goal taking his individual tally to three. Shivalik academy won the match by three goals to one in regulation time.

Earlier in the first league match of the day, Surjit Academy, Jalandhar, beat MRS Hockey Academy, Amritsar, 1-0 in regulation time. The only goal of the game was scored by Pardeep of Surjit academy, who sounded the board in the 16th minute of the game through the field goal.

Thereafter, the players of Surjit academy made various moves to increase the lead, but the players of MRS Academy foiled their attempts.

Tomorrow’s fixture:

MRS Hockey Academy, Amritsar, VS Shivalik Hockey Academy, Mohali, at 3.30 pm.

CHF Academy, Chandigarh, VS Surjit Academy, Jalandhar, at 4.45 pm.



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