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SOPU, PUSU supporters come to blows
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
High drama prevailed outside boys’ hostel 3 where nearly 350 supporters of SOPU and PUSU entered into a heated argument that was followed by a scuffle here tonight.

The incident took place at 8.15 pm when tension mounted between both lobbies with just few hours left for the polling process tomorrow. A couple of supporters of both parties were seen tearing off one another’s shirts and asked the police to get out of their way.

The event took an interesting turn when supporters shouted slogans against the police and criticised the role of the UT police in controlling the situation.

Sources revealed that body builders and bouncers were brought from Ludhiana, Bathinda and Patiala on the campus today by both parties. Today’s tiff, however, was an outcome of Wednesday’s brawl between the two parties outside the department of laws. Despite the presence of the police and the university security in large numbers, the students were in no mood for a compromise.

The verbal abuse was also triggered by an incident in the boys’ hostel 3 where “confusion” occurred between some students from the UICET. A batch mate reportedly locked a few boys of the UICET unintentionally, who was earlier sitting with them, but had left the room. When the news travelled to the SOPU and PUSU camps, both alleged that the other had locked up their supporters.

When the boys gave a written clarification to the university authorities that it was a goof up, the two parties, who were already finding a reason to enter into an argument, went ahead with verbal abuses that lasted about 15 minutes.

The police said it was a “minor” incident and no complaint had been lodged. Both parties are now levelling allegations against each other.

SOPU Alleges

“PUSU supporters made an attempt to kidnap seven students of the first year and forced them in an Innova. They also misbehaved with girls sitting outside the SOPU-ABVP tent. They got people from Ludhiana who had criminal background on the campus,” SOPU leader Amit Bhatia alleged.

PUSU Speaks

PUSU supporters alleged that SOPU members were taking students out for a movie and were caught. “We have strong objection at the attitude of the police. It is biased towards SOPU and did not nab any of the outsiders with them,” PUSU leader Arshbir Johal alleged.



Snehalaya Case
Will she deliver the baby?
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
The Chandigarh Administration is faced with a piquant situation of deciding the future of the minor inmate of Snehalaya who is over three-month pregnant.

Dr Mangla Dogra, a gynaecologist, said: “In this case, a 14-year-old girl is pregnant, who herself is not an adult and physically unfit to deliver a baby. Even if she delivers the baby, the government will take the responsibility of looking after how many such children? Medically speaking, a pregnancy can be terminated till 20 weeks. However, it is not safe to go in for the termination of the foetus after three months. Even in such a case, the doctor has to collaborate with at least two doctors to take the decision. The girl is well within the time frame of a legal abortion and should go ahead with it.”

A lawyer and a social activist, requesting anonymity, said: “I feel that we have no right to take the life of the baby. It has the right to be born and has to be protected. In such cases, the mother’s consent is important, but since she is a minor she cannot give her consent.”

Manju Bhalla, a member of the Juvenile Justice Board and director of the Child and Woman Development Corporation, remarked: “When the issue of child abortion came during the Nari Niketan rape case, I felt that the baby should have been aborted. The police could have used the foetus for DNA profile matching. If the government really wants to help then this situation would not have arisen. The victim is a child herself. How can we expect her to deliver a baby? This incident has come to light because she was an inmate of Snehalaya. There are several such cases in Bapu Dham Colony. How many children will the government look after?”

Amarjit Kaur Dhillon, a social activist, stated: “Why should the baby be aborted. It has the right to be born as life is divine and precious. If the girl has been sexually abused, it does not mean that the baby should be aborted.”

Another social activist, Sukhbir Jorawar, was of the view that the girl should get justice. “This is not the right age for her to deliver a baby,” she said.

Both the Director Social Welfare and Home Secretary were not available for comments. At least 15 calls were made to the Director Social Welfare, Vandana Disodia, however, she did not respond and later the number was switched off. The Home Secretary’s number was not reachable.

The Supreme Court in an order dealing with the pregnancy of a mentally challenged inmate of Nari Niketan earlier, had not allowed the termination of her pregnancy. She had to deliver the baby.

SC Order

Passing orders against the termination of pregnancy of the victim in the Nari Niketan rape case, a Division Bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan had held that the medical opinion given by the PGI favoured the continuation of pregnancy. The court also laid special emphasis on the desire expressed by the victim to deliver her baby. 



Her life a long tale of misery
Accused remanded in judicial custody; abortion uncertain
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
The gruesome incident of rape is just another addition to the long tale of misery in the life of the 14-year-old inhabitant of Snehalaya, an orphanage at Maloya.The victim lived with her parents and brother in Ludhiana about four years ago, before coming to Chandigarh. They originally hailed from Tamil Nadu.

About four years back, her father committed suicide. A few months later, her mother ended her life. This forced the orphaned siblings to leave Ludhiana. They began living with their maternal grandmother in Chandigarh, who eked out her living by selling balloons.

Finding it hard to support both children with her meagre income, the elderly woman, who was apprehensive of leaving the girl alone at home, decided to leave her at Snehalaya, which she considered a safe place for her.

“Life had something shocking in store for both the victim and her grandmother as the victim was raped when she was on vacation from Snehalaya at her grandmother’s place in Bapu Dham Colony,” said a police officer.

Meanwhile, a local court today remanded the accused, Om Parkash, alias Sanjiv, in judicial custody. The police was planning to conduct an ossification test on the victim to confirm her age.

Sources said the investigators would also record the victim’s statement before an ilaqa magistrate under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) to avoid any hassles at the later stage of the investigation.

“The statement under Section 164 of the CrPC assumes significance in such cases as chances of the other party coaxing or pressurising the victim to change her statement are higher, which results in scuttling of the entire probe,” said a police officer.

DSP (East) Jaswant Singh Khaira said the blood samples of the accused had been taken for making his DNA profile. The profile would be matched from the samples taken from the victim to nail the accused, he added.

The police said it would be premature to say anything about abortion at this stage. The samples of the baby conceived would be strong scientific evidence against the accused.

The victim had been living at Snehalaya for the past over a year-and-a-half. The rape came to light yesterday, after the victim complained of uneasiness. Her medical examination at the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, confirmed that she was about three-months pregnant.

The accused, a father of two, was a musician at a religious place and had been living at Sector 56. He used to visit his parents at their residence in Bapu Dham Colony, where he allegedly exploited the girl sexually.



Drama shifts to multiplex
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
On the eve of the Panjab University student council elections, members of some organisations were found to be blatantly violating the election ‘code of conduct’ by hiring taxis to drop students at movie theatres.

In one such incident, the Tribune team today saw supporters of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) helping students into three Toyota Innova vehicles right outside their help desks on the PU campus and sending them off to see a movie.

On arriving at the DT Mall, nearly 60 students were noticed coming out of the hired cars with stickers of ABVP and the Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), which has entered into an alliance with the former to contest this year’s polls. The drivers of the vehicles did not bother to halt at any red light on its way.

These students were then taken to a movie show, escorted by members of the party.

Even as the supporters of certain student groups claim they are making efforts to prevent students from going back home, since most of them are hostellers, most student organisations have become habitual offenders when it comes to breaking rules.

When asked about the movie outing, ABVP leader Dinesh Chauhan denied taking the students out for obvious reasons. This despite the fact that ABVP leaders were spotted seeing off the students when the vehicles left the campus.

Meanwhile, in yet another breach of the poll code of conduct, supporters of the Panjab University Students Organisation (PUSU) today invited college students to their help desks to flaunt the crowd on a relatively dry day before the elections.

When the Tribune team approached the students at their help desk, most of them were reluctant to reveal their identity and dispersed within seconds.



No shortage of platelets to treat dengue, say hospitals
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
While the five confirmed dengue cases reported in the city have raised an alarm among health officials, residents need not worry about the supply of platelets, a major blood component required for treating the disease.

Authorities at the city’s major hospitals claimed they had sufficient stocks of platelets. Moreover, not every patient suffering from dengue required the transfusion, they added.

In fact this year the worries of local health officials are set to rise, as there are still two months to go before the onset of winter, when the incidence of the disease subsides. Two of the five cases were reported from Sector 15, leading to fears among the officials that the disease may get clustered in this area.

The other three cases were reported from the city’s southern sectors. Health officials apprehend the numbers could rise in the coming days. Last year while 25 cases were reported in the city, the figure was much higher in preceding years - 99 cases in 2008 and 199 in 2009.

While a door-to-door survey has begun to locate breeding grounds of mosquitoes, fogging of localities where the dengue patients reside has already been done, the officials claimed.

Experts say the autumn months pose a bigger risk as far as dengue is concerned. The breeding of the Aedes mosquito stops with the onset of winters, especially when the temperature drops below 20 degrees Celsius. Water collection following rains becomes a breeding ground for Aedes Egypti.

“A dengue patient of has sudden onset of high grade fever, along with severe headache and pain in the eyes. While the victim has the body aches and rashes on the skin starts emerging as the number of platelets in body goes down. Many also feel nausea or vomiting and bleeding from the nose or blood in the urine can be noticed at an advanced stage”, says Dr Ram Singh, deputy medical superintendent at the GMCH, Sector 32.

He said the platelet count should be in the normal range of 1.52 to 2.5 lakh. “If a person has a platelet count of less than 50,000, there are chances of bleeding and as precautionary measure plasma transfusion is conducted on such patients, he said. However, many other aspects also have to be kept in mind before deciding on the transfusion”, he added.

“There’s no need for a platelet transfusion to every dengue patient”, said Dr RR Sharma of PGI’s blood transfusion department. “Until there was no manifestation of blood the patient doesn’t require it”, he added.

“Though the shelf life of platelets is only three to five days in comparison to red cells - another blood component that has a shelf life of 35 days - there’s no shortage due to constant blood donations by people from the region”, Sharma added.

In addition to PGI and GMCH, where platelet transfusions have been regularly done, the Rotary Blood Bank Society Resource Centre has been providing all blood components including fresh frozen plasma, packed red blood cells, platelets rich plasma, platelet concentrate and crya precipitate since last year.



St John’s alleges wrongful confinement of students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
St John’s High School, Sector 26, today filed a complaint with the senior superintendent of police against TK Goyal, a senior PCS officer, whose son formerly studied at the school, and Rohtas Sangwan, a former school employee, for allegedly “confining” five minor school students in a house without taking any permission from their parents or guardians.

The school accused the two of forcing the students to attend a “question and answer” session and attempting to extract false statements from them. The school has also alleged that Goyal made attempts to “bribe” the children by offering them “help” regarding books or any monetary needs for giving statements against the school.

The school claims it took the step after receiving a complaint from the five students.

“The students were asked to come to a former school student’s home in Bapu Dham on the pretext of a casual meeting with Goyal. However, when the students got there, they were confronted with video cameras and forced to make statements. They were asked to react to false allegations about the school having misused funds meant for its students. Goyal offered the children “help” regarding books or any monetary requirements in return for giving statements against the school. He along with Sangwan had filed false complaints against the school and the situation has now become intolerable. A disgruntled parent is not even sparing children and is corrupting their hearts in an attempt to undermine the school’s reputation. His actions are unbecoming of a PCS officer and display a vexatious attitude of a government official,” school officials asserted.

Goyal could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. The school’s move appears to be a reaction to the complaint filed against it with the National Commission for ‘Scheduled Castes’ & ‘Scheduled Tribes’.



IT city for Mohali gets nod
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 2
After Aerocity, the Punjab Government has approved a new IT city for Mohali. The project was approved by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during a meeting of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA)
here yesterday.

Unlike Phases 1 and 2 of Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP) of the Chandigarh Administration that offered around 350 acres, the integrated IT park in Mohali would offer plots of varying sizes on 1,500 acres.

The project would come up perpendicular to Aerocity. Anticipating a good response from entrepreneurs due to the coming up of the international airport, the state government has decided to allow commercial activity on both sides of a 200-ft road that would link the international airport with the Kharar-Banur highway, crisscrossing Aerocity.

“We would soon start the acquisition proceedings. The area has been chosen for expansion to the southeastern edge of Mohali city,” VP Singh, Chief Administrator of GMADA, stated.

Apart from the IT component, the city would offer limited residential and commercial components. Depending on the requirements, plots measuring up to 100 acres and smaller would be on offer.

Compared to Aerocity, for which 800 acres of land was acquired, the IT city is a bigger project that would spread over six sectors. Apart from offering the land pooling scheme, GMADA proposes to raise loans from financial institutions to fund the land acquisition.

Officials said the IT city had been planned to take advantage of the expansion of the airport and development in its proximity. The airport would act as a catalyst for the IT industry, they stated.


Luring with chicken, movies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
Playing a spoilsport in student elections, almost 60 per cent of college hostelers have left for home due to the extended weekend. The holidays seemed to have dampened the election spirit as the polling percentage would suffer.

The parties, meanwhile, are leaving no stone unturned to lure the hostelers to stay back. Free non-vegetarian dinners and movies are being promised.

“A large number of voters are from hostels and with four holidays coming their way, a majority of boarders have left for home.

The voting is expected to be minimalist with only hardcore members of various parties staying on,” the principal of a government college said.

“When the elections were announced, we had tried reasoning out the dates with the administration, but to no avail. Since a majority of voters will not be there, it is an exercise in futility,” a student leader stated.



From lengthy speeches to short message service
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
With an extended weekend marring the election fever at Panjab University, supporters of student organisations were today spotted using SMSes, emails and social networking websites to persuade voters for a last-minute appeal.

In the wake of a restriction on canvassing on the penultimate day of the elections, supporters of various student organisations were found sitting in groups at their respective tents, digging out lists of PU students and sending them messages.

The emphasis today was on highlighting the election code allotted to candidates of various parties.

“Since we cannot go out in groups to talk about elections or our organisations, we have been telling students personally about the party. Throughout the day, students were messaging their classmates and friends in the department,” said NSUI leader Randeep Singh Khaira.

Meanwhile, there were several other supporters who were spotted drafting rhymes “like aai aai SOI aai” and caricatures in the SMSes.

“We have been messaging students in our hostels and classmates to come and attend the voting process. Students at times sit back in hostels or at home and miss the election process. We have been inspiring and motivating students to exercise their right,” said a PUSU supporter. 



Election Round-Up
Petty politics

Even as the student organisations put up a clean face in front of the PU authorities, insiders reveal that supporters of a prominent student organisation have spend the penultimate day confiscating identity cards of hostel students supporting other parties. As part of the election strategy, girls of this party today went to hostels and seized identity cards on request and by force.

Outsiders or supporters?

On the day before Panjab University Campus Student’s Council elections (PUCSC), college students were spotted assisting both prominent alliances, SOPU-ABVP and PUSU-INSO. While the parties continued to flaunt crowd at their respective tents with these students around, when questioned by The Tribune team, most of them were reluctant to reveal their identity.

Painter babu!

Rajesh Kaushal, an ardent PUSU supporter, was today spotted painting posters within minutes in stylish calligraphy behind their tent. The talented student is no fine arts students, instead he hails from the department of laws and has been making party posters for three years now. When asked about his association with the party, he replied,” I am painting my party’s victory!”

Security on campus

Tight security arrangement and special nakas at odd locations on the PU campus kept mischievous elements at bay just a day before elections. Right from the entry gate (gate number 2) till Gandhi Bhawan, the police was on a vigil and inspected the cars with stickers of different organisations. The university security guards were assigned the task to watch the activities of prominent leaders of both SOPU and PUSU and they were found following them on the campus.

The sister act

Strange are the ways of student leaders on the PU campus. One such leader, who belongs to SOI and who is a relatively fresh face in politics, was today spotted with her cousin strolling around the campus. While the contestant was hesitant to reveal the identity of her cousin, when probed further it was found that her cousin was actually a pass out from a college and despite this had been canvassing on the campus for the past one week, right under the security’s nose.

High profile supporters

An official car of a judge was found parked close to the tent of a party today. It was discovered later that the son and son-in-law of the VIP were supporting a relatively new party on the campus and the driver and another attendant was on duty of the “kids” of the judge. Not only this, in the past four days, several cars belonging to the VIP’s have been spotted moving on the campus and talks are rife on campus about bigwigs pooling money in the election this year.

HSA protests

At least 50 students of the Haryana Students Association (HSA) staged a protest in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s residence here today. In the wake of the scuffle between SOPU and PUSU tonight, the HSA demanded that the candidature of those fielded by both parties be quashed by the retuning office and the 
university authorities.


Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) elections

l No entry in polling booths (departments) after 10 am

l Six candidates for president, three each for vice-president, general secretary and joint secretary

l A total of 12,600 voters on PU campus, with expected turnout of 40 per cent

l SOPU-PUSU scuffle again, protest against UT police

l HSA stages protest in front of VC’s residence against SOPU, PUSU

l ABVP hosts movie outing for campus students day before poll

l Hostels go empty as students head home for weekend, parties make attempts to hold them back



Lyngdoh Committee’s guidelines violated

Chandigarh, September 2
A complaint was lodged by an independent candidate, Avinash Goyal, regarding distribution of printed material in PU hostels with the Panjab University Dean Student Welfare, Naval Kishore, who is also the retuning officer for the PU student council elections.

A copy of the complaint has also been forwarded to UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas. In his complaint, Avinash mentioned that the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) and Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) had distributed printed pamphlets in PU hostels this morning, which is against the election code of conduct.

“Rules are being constantly breached on the campus during the elections. I have attached a copy of the pamphlet in my complaint letter and neither the HS nor the DSW cared to reply on the matter within 24 hours. The Lyngdoh recommendations are being openly flouted,” he alleged. The DSW could not be reached for comment. — TNS



Extended Weekend
Boarders leave for home on poll eve
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
Boarders today left for home on an extended weekend, dampening the election spirit on the Panjab University campus.According to information by the hostel staff, nearly 50 per cent hostelers went home on Wednesday and Thursday due to holidays. Students said it was the first time that boarders had left for home before elections in such large numbers.

With the Panjab University Campus Student Council elections tomorrow and Janamashtami (September 2), the extended weekend could prove dear to student organisations which had been rigorously campaigning in hostels over the years.

“We have been participating in the council elections for four years now. This is the first time girls have gone back home so early. The Janamashtmi holiday was a bonus in addition to the election holiday,” said a hosteler of Sarojini Hostel.

“More than half the hostel is vacant now. Most students left yesterday while others left this morning. A majority of students do no take interest in the election process when there is a holiday,” a hostel attendant remarked.



The lone crusader
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
He boasts of being the only candidate who did not violate a single clause of the Lyngdoh recommendations during campaigning this year.He is also the lone independent candidate among the 15 students contesting for the posts of office-bearers of the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC).

The “one paise per SMS” formula is his tool to contest the post of president in the forthcoming elections. The only way that Avinash Goyal, an MBA graduate, and a student of department of laws, is canvassing is through SMSes.

“My aim is to set an example for other students that a candidate can dare to stand independent without indulging in violence and without violating any recommendation laid down by the Lyngdoh committee,” said Goyal. He adds that all student parties and supporters of major alliances are flouting norms and are openly violating the election code of conduct.

“I have not got any election material printed, nor have I violated any rule. But it is unfortunate that the key players in PU student politics are themselves breaching rules and the authorities are mum on it,” said

He does not have any lobby of supporters hovering around him. “I did BBA and then got an MBA degree. Due to recession, I could not find a job and later I joined the law department in PU,” he adds.



Govt staff to observe strike on Sept 7
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
Work at various Central Government offices, including the Income Tax, Postal and Communication, CGHS and Accountant General, is likely to be affected on September 7 as employees will join the one-day nationwide strike called by the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers.

While the strike has been called in protest against the “rising prices of essential commodities”, the charter of demands of the confederation also includes demand for the implementation of concrete proactive measures for linking employment protection in recession-stricken sectors with the stimulus packages offered to the entrepreneurs concerned.

End to outsourcing and contract system, regularisation of daily workers in various departments, including Grameen Dak Sewaks, and removal of the ceiling on compassionate appointments are among the other demands of the organisation. The association is also demanding withdrawal of the PFRDA Bill and extension of statutory defined benefit pension scheme to all government employees, filling up all vacant posts and lifting the ban on recruitments. 



3 injured in head-on collision
Tribune News Service

The ambulance that turned turtle after colliding with a Ford Ikon car near NIPER in Mohali on Thursday
The ambulance that turned turtle after colliding with a Ford Ikon car near NIPER in Mohali on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, September 2
Three persons sustained serious injuries after the ambulance in which they were travelling was damaged badly in a head-on collision with a Ford Ikon car near NIPER here this evening. The ambulance was ferrying Sanjeev, a road accident victim, who had suffered multiple injuries, from Sirhind to a hospital in Panchkula.

Sanjeev was accompanied by Poonam, Raj Rani and Ravinder. Sanjeev had suffered the injuries only four days ago and was being shifted to a Panchkula hospital.

While the driver of the car, Shaky, alleged that it was the ambulance that jumped a red signal, the ambulance driver contradicted the former’s claim. The police has registered a case and is probing the matter. The traffic junction near NIPER has become an accident-prone area. Every month, fatal and non-fatal accidents take place at the spot. The Mohali municipal corporation has failed to mark the stop line for vehicle coming from different sides.


Despite heightened security arrangements, snatchers struck at Phase V here and escaped with a gold necklace of an elderly woman here this evening. According to information, the woman was returning after attending a religious ceremony in the locality. The victim, Chander Kanta, said two motorcycle-borne youths came close to her and one of them snatched her chain. She fell and received minor injuries.


Onam Irgeri, a resident of Phase III B-2 , was injured after Sonu, a resident of Abohar, allegedly attacked her at her resident. In a complaint to the police, she alleged that Sonu, along with six other persons, barged into her house and attacked her with sticks and weapons. A case under Sections 452, 427, 323, 380, 147, 149 and 506 IPC has been registered at Matour police station. She stated that she was staying in a rented accommodation and she owned some land in Abohar and Sriganganagar. Sonu was threatening her to transfer the land and property in his name.

Fiza alleges police bias

Fiza, alias Anuradha Bali, the estranged wife of Chander Mohan, today alleged that the police was biased towards her as it had failed to register a case on a complaint lodged by her relative, Tarun, who was injured after her neighbours pelted him with stones. Reacting to the registration of a case against her for allegedly trespassing into the house of Ram Krishan, her neighbour, and creating ruckus, she said while the police had registered a case against her on the complaint of her neighbour, it had failed to act on the complaint lodged by her relative Tarun.

The police said statement of Tarun had been recorded and the incident was being verified. 



Mohali police to go online
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 2
To enable Mohali residents to check the online status of a request for passport verification or a complaint filed with the police departments, the Mohali police is all set to have its own website. The website would also have linkage to the website of the Punjab police and other related departments.

As part of introducing people-friendly schemes, the process to start a toll free helpline for senior citizens, women and children has been initiated. Mohali SSP GSP Bhullar said the helpline number could also be used as traffic helpline. He said the residents would also be able to check the status of police clearance certificate, foreign status and character verification application.

The department was planning to post the list of the most wanted, crime statistics, crime bulletin, a list of lost and found, missing persons, unclaimed bodies, proclaimed offenders, forms and downloads.

The police department had given a Powerpoint presentation on the steps being taken to modernise the force and introduce various traffic-related reforms.

The department has already modernised the PCR with the introduction of global positioning system (GPS) on PCR vehicles. Around 10 Tavera vehicles were being added to the PCR fleet to reduce the response time to calls received at the 
control room.

The MC has been asked to mark the zebra crossings, pedestrians lights, speed limit boards, no parking zones, dividing lines on roads, bus by-lanes, proper parking 
near court complex and identification of sites for vegetable markets.



Janamashtmi celebrated

Janamashtmi being celebrated at Sector 36 in Chandigarh on Thursday.
Janamashtmi being celebrated at Sector 36 in Chandigarh on Thursday.Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan and Parvesh Chauhan

Zirakpur, September 2
Janamashtmi was celebrated with great fervour at Zirakpur. A colourful cultural programme was organised by children of the Highland Cooperative Society at Baltana.

Zirakpur municipal council president NK Sharma was the chief guest on the occasion. The function was organised by Mahila Mandal of the society.They were dressed as Radha and Krishna. 

Besides, a bhajan sandya was also organised at Lohgarh village. Jyoti prachand was lit by Madan Lal Jindal, proprietor of Maya Gardens. 

Temples in the Baltana, Pabhat, Lohgarh and Dhakoli villages were decorated beautifully. — TNS



Garbage in open: Bins purchased, not in place
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, September 2
The Zirakpur municipal council has failed to place garbage bins at appropriate locations, due to which garbage keeps lying in the open, presenting a sorry state of affairs.

Heaps of garbage at ward 4 (left) and near the water supply office at Zirakpur.
Heaps of garbage at ward 4 (left) and near the water supply office at Zirakpur. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

Residents of Zirakpur are unaware of the garbage bins. Those are lying unused on municipal council land at the water supply office. The council has spent lakhs on buying those.

An MC official has claimed that garbage is being lifted everyday. According to him, the garbage bins are lying at one place due to the absence of designated locations in residential colonies.

Residents allege that the council is not in the mood to keep the town clean, demanding that garbage bins be placed at appropriate locations.

Garbage has been lying in the open in vacant plots on the Zirakpur-Dhakoli road and near Baltana village and market, the Zirakpur police station and the water supply office.

“The foul smell makes it difficult for passersby to cross the stretch as heaps of garbage lies in the open at many places in the area,” says Krishna Sharma of Dhakoli.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, council president and District Town Planning chairman NK Sharma said garbage bins, with walls around those, would be placed at various locations.



Janamashtmi celebrated
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, September 2
People from all walks of life celebrated Sri Krishna Janamashtmi at ISKCON temples across the world in a typical ancient Indian Vedic tradition with religious fervour. Similarly, the local centre of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) organised various colourful programmes in the bedecked temple hall at Hare Krishna Dham in Sector 36-B here today. Lakhs of devotees thronged the temple on this auspicious occasion, said Nand Maharaj Das, temple co-president.

Jagannath Pahadia, Governor of Haryana, and his wife Shanti Pahadia graced the occasion. Earlier, the Governor released the annual souvenir. He appreciated the efforts by ISKCON to preach and propagate the glories of Lord Shri Krishna.

Janmashtami celebrations began with “Mangala Aarti of Sri Sri Radha Madhava” at 4.30 am. The festive mood was enhanced by kirtan by various devotees and prasadam was distributed.

The main attractions of the programme were flower decoration, 108 kalash abhishekam of Sri Laddoo Gopal, 108 pradeep aarti and maha abhishekam of Sri Sri Radha Madhava. ISKCON Youth Forum (girls) presented a special programme.

MOHALI: Tiny tots of Gian Jyoti Global School, Phase II, Mohali, celebrated Janamashtmi with great fervour today. Prayers were held. Students came dressed as Krishna and Radha. Principal Ranjeet Bedi appreciated the efforts of kids.

Sant Waryam Singh school

Sant Waryam Singh Memorial Public High School celebrated Janamashtmi with great zeal today. Tiny tots came dressed up as Radha and Krishna. Principal Gurpreet Kaur spoke on the importance of the day. The school was decorated.

Janamashtmi was celebrated at Manav Mangal Smart School here yesterday. A beautiful tabloid was set up in the kindergarten wing. Students gave a dance performance. The whole school was decorated. A play on the birth of Lord Krishna was enacted.

Fun and frolic marked the Janamashtmi celebrations at Shivalik Public School here. Students of classes III to V presented a tableau depicting the birth of Lord Krishna and his childhood. Students of classes I to III presented speeches and recited prayers and poems. The school choir presented bhajans. Tiny tots of the kindergarten wing were dressed as Lord Krishna and Radha. 



Toor UT additional public prosecutor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
The Chandigarh administration has appointed Jasdeep Singh Toor, Additional Advocate-General, Haryana, the UT additional public prosecutor on the panel of Punjab and Haryana. Rakesh Nagpal, Sarfraj Hussain and Anil Kumar Lamdharia have also been appointed additional public prosecutors.



Rathore moves CAT, wants pension back
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
Former DGP SPS Rathore has filed an application in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), challenging the orders of Ministry of Home Affairs to stop his pension.

Admitting the application, the court issued a notice for October 19. The ministry pronounced the orders of withholding Rathore’s pension on June 23. He stated in the application that he retired on July 31, 2002.

Rathore added that a show-cause notice to impose a penalty by withholding his pension on a permanent basis was served on him on December 29, 2009.

Rathore was convicted in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case by a Chief Judicial Magistrate here on December 21, 2009. He had subsequently filed a revision petition against the orders, which was admitted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.



CAT tells IGP, SSP to fix cop’s salary
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
Providing relief to a head constable, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today directed the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) to fix the salary of the applicant if it has not been fixed.

The applicant, Ravel Singh, had filed an application that he was entitled to different pay scales on account of orders of the SSP and the IGP. He had been awarded punishment of stoppage of one increment, with temporary effect. He had sought reversal of the orders.

Pronouncing the orders, the tribunal held, “In compliance with court orders, the applicant was reinstated. The orders regarding entitlement to pay and allowances was passed on October 10, 2005. Therefore, we do not feel any need to interfere with the decision of the respondents as they have imposed a lesser punishment of stoppage of one increment with temporary effect. We do not feel any need to interfere with the order, which denies the applicant pay and allowances for the period from February 16, 1993, to September 26, 2003.”

Elaborating, the tribunal held, “Taking into consideration that the applicant had been granted seniority from the back date,on which he was dismissed,his pay had been fixed fromthat date and he had been imposed the punishment of stoppage of one increment with temporary effect on June 23, 2008, his pay was required to befixed after the expiry of one year of this penalty, which wasJune 22, 2009.”

Ravel Singh had stated in the application that his wife was unwell, due to which he had to take leave. However, he was served with a summary of allegations of continuously remaining absent on March 24, 1990.

A charge sheet was served on him on March 11, 1992, and an inquiry was conducted. The SSP served a show-cause notice dated January 4, 1993, on him. The disciplinary authorities imposed the penalty of dismissal from service with orders dated February 16, 1993.

Ravel Singh had challenged the dismissal orders in CAT, but he did not get relief. He had then appealed to the Punjab and Haryana High Court and was reinstated, but did not get wages for this period.

Thereafter, the IGP passed an order on September 26, 2003, regarding award of punishment. The SSP had then passed an order that the applicant was not entitled to pay and allowances for the period from February 16, 1993, to September 26, 2003.



Gunman of judge found dead in car

Chandigarh, September 2
Simranjit Singh, a 29-year-old constable with the Haryana Police and security guard of a judge posted in Haryana, was found dead in a car in Sector 23 here yesterday.

The police said the victim apparently died of brain haemorrhage, but his viscera samples had been taken and would be sent for chemical examination to the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory.

Simranjit Singh, a resident of Ambala, was found unconscious in the private car of the judge, AP Gaur, in Sector 23. He was found lying unconscious in the car around 7 pm. 



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