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GMSH junior docs go on mass leave
Protest against indictment of colleagues in Bulbul case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
At least 20 junior doctors at the Government Multi-specialty Hospital, Sector 16, proceeded on mass leave today in protest over the indictment of some of their colleagues in the inquiry held into the recent death of a newborn baby at the hospital.

As soon as the hospital’s OPDs opened Diplomate of National Board (DNB) doctors began gathering near the office of the medical superintendent, Rajiv Wadhera. After meeting him they decided to go on mass leave.

“The indictment of DNB doctors in the incident was unjustified. We’ll take up the matter with senior officials”, they said.

On July 21 Bulbul, a poor woman from Bihar, was forced to move to the corridors in the hospital’s gynaecology department though she was in labour. She later gave the birth to a baby girl in the open near the OPD counters. The child’s head reportedly hit the floor leading to her almost instant death.

An inquiry into the incident indicted Dr Veena Sarna, head of the gynaecology department, Dr Usha Bansal, Dr Praveena Dhiman and three DNB doctors - Deepak Thakur, Rita Gaba and Vandna. The legal remembrancer recommended criminal proceedings against Sarna and the three DNB doctors. “We work under the guidance of seniors and can’t take any step without their supervision or direction. In view of such conditions there was no logic in criminal proceedings being recommended against three of us. We did our job as was expected from us and we will apprise this to higher authorities including the UT administrator”, the DNB doctors said.

When contacted GMSH spokesman MP Singh said the doctors met the medical superintendent and registered their protest against the indictment of medicos. “The doctors told him they were intended to meet the administrator. To ensure patients don’t suffer due to their absence at OPDs we have shifted doctors deputed in dispensaries in the city’s periphery to the hospital”, he added.



Class VII boy arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
In what comes across as the first concrete step towards curtailing the ongoing slapgate in UT government schools, the UT police today arrested the class VII boy who had slapped his teacher yesterday for asking him for his homework.

Sunil Kumar, a student of GSSS 38 (W), was booked for voluntarily causing hurt and assaulting a public servant to deter him from performing his duty in addition to criminal intimidation (332, 353 and 506 of the IPC).

He was taken to the Sector 39 police station and interrogated for about an hour before being taken to District Courts, where he got bail.

“Education officials had informed us about the incident yesterday only. A complaint was lodged against the boy and he was nabbed eventually,” said a police official.

According to some unconfirmed reports, the police has also been intimated about the teacher concerned being threatened to withdraw her complaint. However, the police officials refused to confirm it.

While DPI (S) PK Sharma could not be contacted for his comments, an official of the education department claimed that the student’s parents approached them, demanding mercy for the boy, citing his age.

Sunil had slapped his teacher Ravi Kataria when she repeatedly asked him to show his homework. The DPI reacted to the incident by asking the police to take immediate and apt action in the case.



Reduce homework: CBSE to schools
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
In its latest circular issued to its affiliated schools, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked them to reduce homework and the number of tests being given to students in the name of formative assessment.

The circular comes in wake of the of the parents’ feedback on the implementation of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) where they have complained about various schools having increased frequency of tests and volume of homework in the name of formative assessment.

“A majority of parents seem perturbed over unjustified increase in tests, assignments, projects, homework etc. The students in some schools are being tested six times a week.

Many times the projects given to students to be done at home lead to no real learning as they are either done by siblings or parents or conveniently outsourced to entrepreneurs," claimed the circular. The practice according to CBSE officials defeated the purpose of formative assessment, which surely was not based on formal tests or exams.

“The assessment should be based on student’s learning abilities and classroom conduct. The activities need to be aimed at identifying various skills like communication, reading, discussion and group participation. The schools take the easy way out and conduct tests and award grades, which need to be stopped immediately, “ said DR Yadav, Regional Director, CBSE.

"Assessing students on a continuous basis in a cyclic manner is formative assessment. It needs to be taken up with discrimination and in consultation with all teachers so that projects are not given at the same time," the circular clarified. The circular also said excessive homework or assignments or projects were not CCE, but collaborating of project and research work in groups, and balancing projects and assignments amounted to CCE.



Court to seek medical opinion on victim’s abortion
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
A local court today directed the UT health department to appoint a panel of doctors to decide whether the pregnancy of the 14-year-old rape victim, an inmate of Snehalaya, a home for destitute children, should be medically terminated or not.

The court of additional chief judicial magistrate Anshul Berry asked the department to submit the panel’s report by September 13.

Pronouncing the orders, the court said the panel of doctors would ascertain the stage of the victim’s pregnancy. It further said the panel should take note of the risk factors involved for both mother and child in case the latter is delivered or if an abortion is conducted.

In its reply on Wednesday the police said according to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971, an abortion can be conducted only during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Last Tuesday Luxmi, the victim’s maternal grandmother, had moved an application seeking directions for aborting the victim’s child wherein she had sought directions to be issued for preserving the foetus for conducting a DNA test on the rape suspect.

The rape came to light when the victim returned to Snehalaya from her grandmother’s home in Bapu Dham colony. A medical examination conducted on her found her three months pregnant. The police arrested a suspect, Om Prakash, who was the son of Laxmi’s landlord.



CHB Schemes
Authorities yet to decide on tenders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Allottees of various schemes of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) will have to wait for some more time, as even after more than a year, the CHB authorities are yet to decide on the tenders that had been invited.

Now the board authorities are contemplating to seek approval for these old bids at the upcoming board meeting on September 14. Earlier, the meeting was scheduled for today, but due to certain reasons it had to be postponed.

Sources claimed that in order to construct 3,648 small flats under JNNURM scheme, the authorities had invited tenders on January 22. Following some contradictions in documents submitted by the firm, which was alloted work, an enquiry was marked into the matter and fresh bids were called for. However, insiders claim that if after 42 days of selecting a tender, work is not allotted, fresh tenders have to be invited.

Now, after months, the authorities are taking up the matter at the board meeting.

Similar is the case with almost all housing schemes that have been launched in the recent past. Worst hit is the housing scheme for Sector 63, which has been hanging fire for around three years now. All tenders invited under this housing scheme are gathering dust in office files. While the officials had recently claimed that they were soon going to allot the tenders. That is another matter of fact that till date the tenders have not even been technically verified on a priority basis.

Similarly, Sector 52 housing schemes for UT employees also seem to have been buried deep inside with the officials only giving verbal assurance to employees that draw of lots will take place soon. No date has been fixed so far. Even after the scheme was embroiled in category mess and some of the applicants approached the high court for relief, the CHB is mum on the issue. It must be mentioned that the Sector 63 housing scheme has already jumped the deadline.



Army man gets life for murder attempt on wife
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 9
A local court today sentenced an Indian army constable to life imprisonment for attempting to kill his wife besides harassing her for dowry. The convict, Baljinder Singh, is posted in the army western command at Chandimandir, near here.

Additional district & sessions judge Ritu Garg held Baljinder guilty under section 307 (attempt to murder), 498A (husband of a woman or his relative subjecting her to cruelty) and 325 (punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt) of the IPC. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 on him, in default of payment of which he would have to serve another 10 months of imprisonment.

However, the court acquitted four members of his family - his mother, Kamaljit Kaur, father, Inder Singh, sister, Harjinder Kaur, and brother-in-law, Jaswinder Singh - as the prosecution failed to establish anything substantial against them.

The case dates back to October 31, 2008 when the Panchkula police filed a case against Baljinder and his family members.

In his complaint to the police on October 27, 2008, the victim’s father, Gurmit Singh, stated Baljinder called him up to say his wife, Ranjit Kaur, had suffered an electric shock from an immersion rod water heater. He said Baljinder had told him she was hospitalised but on arrived at the hospital he found his daughter had sustained strangulation injuries and burns.

Gurmit, a resident of Kapurthala district, had further stated he spent nearly Rs 15 lakh on Ranjit’s wedding in January 2008. He said he had also gifted a Maruti 800 car to Baljinder as part of the dowry. The police later arrested the suspect.


Ambala-Jagadhri Stretch
Narrow road cause of mishap
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 9
The 2-kilometer narrow road near MM University, Mullana, in Ambala district seemed to be the main cause of yesterday’s bus accident, in which 28 students and teachers were injured.Drivers are normally seen vying with each other to reach the institution in time.

Students said they had taken up the issue of widening the road from the main Ambala-Jagadhri road to the university campus with the MM University management, who had told them that they had taken up the matter with the state government for the widening of the road. They further added that the management claimed that they did not have funds to acquire the land.

They alleged that other bus drivers, who were following the ill-fated bus, did not even bother to know the fate of their colleague, Sukhbir Singh, who was trapped under the bus.

When the driver was rescued, one of the college buses stopped at the site and took the injured driver to the college hospital for treatment, leaving in the lurch the injured students.

Despite repeated attempts, college dean JK Sharma could not be contacted to elicit his views over the issue.

The students said when they requested to take back the bus to the accident site, the driver instead of listening to them continued to drive the bus.

They further said they requested him to at least drop them so that they could help their colleagues in distress.

They said they took lift from a truck driver to reach the accident site and further informed the parents of the injured students.

Meanwhile, the parents of one of the injured students, Mayank, while talking to the Tribune said they were worried about the studies of their son, who had been advised bed rest for at least three weeks. They said the college management did not even bother to instruct the bus drivers to immediately lift the injured and rush them to the nearest hospital.



PTU to start incubation centres
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Punjab Technical University will start 50 incubation centres in the state from this academic session.The announcement was made by Dr Rajneesh Arora, Vice-Chancellor, PTU, while inaugurating the first such centre to be started in Aryans Business School (ABS).

The aim of these incubation centres will be to produce job providers and not job seekers. This will not only help the overall development of students, but will also help in industrialisation in the state,” said Arora. Dr Anshu Kataria, chairman of the Aryans Group, said the centre aims to create opportunity for enthusiastic students with an entrepreneurial bent of mind, to come up with innovative ideas and channelise their efforts to give birth to new ventures.

Dalip Sharma, RD (PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry), also signed an MoU to run the incubation centres.



PU hands colleges’ charge to controller examination
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Addressing the demands put forth by principals of Panjab University-affiliated non-government colleges, the university has handed over the colleges-related work charge to controller examination, AK Bhandari rather than recently appointed associate dean colleges, Keshav Malhotra.

The principals have staged a dharna today against the university’s act of appointing Keshav Malhotra as the associate dean. They claimed that the university and colleges’ relations had deteriorated and day-to-day work like appointment was being delayed ever since.

PU Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti met the principals and is believed to have taken the decision at the meeting.

Though Sobti chose to be tight-lipped about the decision, the principals confirmed it.

“The Vice-Chancellor has been understanding enough to take several steps. He has promised to appoint a regular dean in the next 15 days and till then files are to be directly moved to him. The protest is not against an individual but existing incompatibility, which is harming the colleges’ functioning,” said AC Vaid, principal SD College, Sector 32.

It may be recalled that around 25 principals boycotted the principals’ meet organised by the Academic Staff College, PU, recently.

The principals under the leadership of Dr SS Randhawa submitted a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor raising objections on the appointment of Prof Keshav Malhotra as the associate dean, college development council.



Stress on community healthcare services by GMCH-32
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, (GMCH-32) celebrated its annual day at the college auditorium with fanfare. Director-principal, Prof Raj Bahadur welcomed chief guest Geeta Bhukkal and other dignitaries.

He presented the annual report of the medical college. He also elaborated upon various community healthcare services and national health programmes being rendered by the hospital in the field of eradication of polio, blood donation, HIV/AIDS, geriatrics, adolescent care, nutrition and dental care.

He also spoke about the future plans of the institution like installation of MRI, bio-medical lab, construction of mental health institute, starting of college of nursing, college of physiotherapy and national injury surveillance centre.

The chief guest also addressed the gathering and announced a donation of Rs 5 lakh for poor patients in GMCH.

Later, the chief guest released the college magazine. The college students also presented a cultural programme.



DPI (S) listens to problems at AIE centres
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
DPI (S) PK Sharma today chaired his first meeting with the NGOs running AIE centres.

In addition to regular briefing, various cluster heads informed him about problems being faced at several AIE centres.

Several NGO heads complained about lack of cleanliness or storage area, while others had problems like hanging electricity wires and lack of extra-curricular activities.

It was also decided at the meeting that an 11-point agenda need to be addressed upon immediately.



Dumping ground to be shifted outside Mohali
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 9
To tackle the problem of waste management, Mohali district administration has identified 35 acres of panchayat land near Sangouli village at Dera Bassi.

Garbage from Mohali, Kharar, Kurali, Zirakpur, Naya Goan, Dera Bassi, Lalru and other small towns would be taken to the site for solid waste management.

The site is among three sites identified by the administration outside the urbanised area of the district. Mohali Deputy Commissioner Parveen Kumar said today that the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mohinder Singh Kainth, had been entrusted to finalise the site in the coming few months.

He said environmental clearance for the project would be sought before giving the final approval.

The DC said garbage would be collected at collection centres in different towns before being transferred to the solid waste management site.

Though the technology has not been finalised, sources say that the proposed plant will have a capacity to handle 200 tonnes per day (TPD) of solid waste.

It may be mentioned that the GMADA has been looking for a landfill site on the outskirts of Mohali. After failing to get environmental clearance, the GMADA has decided set up the site at Jhanjheri village. But the environmental clearance for the site was still pending.

Earlier, three sites in Tangori, Swara and Nagari villages had also been identified by a committee constituted for the purpose on the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

But due to delay or protest by residents living near the identified sites, no site had been finalised.



Better security for gurdwaras urged
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 9
In view of the statement issued by the Haryana Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee’s (HGPC) for the forcible overtaking of religious shrines, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) urged the district administration to ensure security of the shrines here today.

SAD delegation led by Gurdeep Singh Bhanokheri, SGPC member, Ambala, in a memorandum submitted to Deputy Commissioner Ashima Garg, alleged that Jagdish Singh Jhinda, president of the HGPC (adhoc) was trying to violate the peaceful atmosphere in the state.

He said, earlier too, Jhinda had tried to overtake the gurdwaras besides taking away the money by breaking open the “Goluk” of the shrines in various parts of the state, but the police or the state government had not taken any action against him.

Bhanokheri alleged that Jhinda, along with anti-social elements, was trying to grab the Sikh shrine to hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community.

He said devotees would strongly oppose if anyone tried to take the possession of gurdwaras and would even sacrifice their lives to save religious places.



3 suspected cases of dengue surface
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 9
Three more suspected cases of dengue fever surfaced in the town today.Dr PK Shridhar, Civil Surgeon, Fortis Hospital, said one of the patients was from Delhi and the other two were from Mohali and Panchkula.

The rapid test done on them showed symptoms of dengue fever, but the confirmatory report was yet to come, he added.

He said the total number of patients suffering from dengue fever in Mohali was eight. Most of the cases had been reported from Phases III A and VII. He said a door-to-door survey in these two areas was conducted by employees of the health department. Around 900 houses were surveyed. The municipal council had also been asked to carry out fogging in the town so as to check breeding of mosquitoes, added Shridhar. 



Chandigarh-Ambala Highway
Bumpy ride for commuters
Tribune News Service

A stretch leading to the Chandigarh-Ambala Highway in a dilapidated condition near the Zirakpur flyover.
A stretch leading to the Chandigarh-Ambala Highway in a dilapidated condition near the Zirakpur flyover. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Zirakpur, September 9
Bumpy ride, road full of potholes and minor accidents precisely define the stretch leading to the Zirakpur flyover on the Chandigarh-Ambala Highway, which is in a deplorable condition.

Thanks to the authorities concerned for turning their blind eye to this stretch.

It is learnt that the road had been repaired in June, but the potholes surfaced again and damaged it. According to the sources, minor accidents are a routine affair here. Last night only three cars collided here.

Hundreds of commuters travelling between Chandigarh and Ambala use the road. The road is also used by a number of ministers and other VIPs, but no seem to be doing anything about this stretch.

Commuters alleged that the stretch had been repaired several times, but it seems that the authorities concerned are spending lakhs of money only for patch works and have failed to give any permanent solution.

However, PWD official (central work division) stated that due to absence of drainage system, along the highway, the rainwater accumulated on the road and damaged it.

He claimed that the stretch would be repaired soon and the drainage system would be set up as planned.



DP Azad hospitalised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Dronacharya awardee Desh Prem Azad has been hospitalised at the advanced cardiac centre of the PGI after he complained of difficulty in breathing on Monday.

Doctors diagnosed that he is suffering from chest and lungs infection. He was put in the cardiac care unit (CCU) yesterday. The doctors said his condition was stable now.

This is the second time that the septuagenarian coach has been admitted here in one month. Earlier, Azad was admitted for treatment of heart ailment and was relieved on August 29.

Azad had undergone heart bypass surgery in 1996.

Azad is known for having coached top cricketers of India, including Kapil Dev, Chetan Sharma, Ashok Malhotra and Harbhajan Singh.



Advisory council to meet today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Various issues related to the development of the city will be discussed at a meeting of the Administrator’s Advisory Council (AAC) to be held at the UT guesthouse here tomorrow.

Among the issues to be discussed would be traffic management, making nine sub-committees of the AAC more effective, besides other issues. The meeting will go a long way in making the participatory democracy more effective in the city, a senior official said. The meeting will be presided over by UT Administrator Shivraj Patil.



Shops at fish market to be re-auctioned this month
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Once again the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is trying their luck to auction shops of the first-air-conditioned fish market located at Sector 41. The auction will be held by the end of this month with the same reserve price with which it was auctioned four months ago.

In this market, there are 12 booths of three different categories varying from 22.75 square yards to 25.37 square yards for the retail shopkeepers and 47.25 square yards for the wholesalers. There is one 380.2 square feet chill room also in the market. The authorities have fixed the reserve price for two small booths at Rs 37.5 lakh, for eight big booths at Rs 41.5 lakh and for two wholesaler booths Rs 77.5 lakh annually. The reserve price of chill room has been fixed at Rs 16, 666 per month.

It may be mentioned that in April this year, the authorities held auction of the shops and only five bidders turned up and out of them only two deposited their bids to participate in the bidding. After the poor response, the MC cancelled the auction and decided to re-auction it later on.

During the last auction, the bidders requested the authorities that as the quoted reserve price were very high provision should be made for them to avail loan for it. It may be added that most of the bidders were not financially well off and could not afford to participate in it.

When contacted, MC Additional Commissioner TPS Phoolka said that no change had been made in the terms and condition of the auction. He said they were hoping for a good response from both retail and wholesale fish sellers. After seeing the response this time, decision will be taken whether to make any changes or not.

Meanwhile, when this project was mooted up by the Chandigarh Administration it was decided that the market would be auctioned at a price, which would be within the reach of the small shopkeepers. The other purpose of setting up this market was to rehabilitate the shopkeepers who were illegally holding shops in various sectors of the city, including Rajiv Colony, Mauli Jagran, Shastri Nagar, Colony No. 4 and 5, Dadu Majra Colony and in 
villages under the corporation.

A majority of shopkeepers stated that they would not participate in the bidding as the authorities had neither amended the terms and conditions nor made any provision for them to take loans from banks.



PGI attendants protest delay in salaries
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Hundreds of hospital attendants and sweepers at the PGI protested against the delay in their salaries here today.

Gopal, member of the PGI Contractual Sweepers and Attendants’ Association, said it was a routine affair that the contractors used to delay in distributing salaries every month.

They also complained to the PGI administration regarding this.

All the attendants and sweepers assembled near the cafeteria and sat on a dharna for over two hours demanding immediate distribution of their salaries.

Contractors, however, said they didn’t get dues from the PGI, which led to delay in the payment to the staff.

PGI sokesperson said, the contractor did not submit the bills in time which led to the delay in payment.



Architects awarded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Leading architects from countries like Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Nepal were awarded at the 19th Architect of the Year Awards (AYA) today at Grand Ball Room of Hotel Taj, Chandigarh.

Shivraj Patil, Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator presented the awards to the winners. A crčme de la crčme of architects, builders, civil engineers and dignitaries connected with architecture and construction from India and neighbouring countries such Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Nepal were also present during the award function.

Speaking on the occasion of the 19th Architect of the Year Awards Ceremony YP Singhania, Managing Director, JK Cement Ltd said, “We are very happy to hold the 19th Architect of the Year Awards Ceremony at Chandigarh.”

From seventh AYA, the award was extended to the neighbouring countries. To encourage the work of young architects, award under the Young Architect’s category was included in the 7th AYA. In order to recognise the work of architects working in various states, the State Architecture Award was introduced from the ninth AYA.

Beginning with a small number of participant years ago, the awards have grown in the world because the selection is based on merit and scrutinised by independent jury consisting of prominent Indian as well as foreign architects. The architect of the year award was given to Christopher Charls Benninger from Pune (Project: Samudra Institute of Maritime Studies, Lonavala), Sanjay Puri from Mumbai (Project: Trios, Lonavala), Kiran Venkatesh from Bangalore (Project: National Assessment and Accreditation Council), P Krishna Raj from Banglore (Project: Hulikanu Mane), Smaran Mallesh, Banglore (Project: Out of Box), Kishor N Trivedi, Rajkot (Project: IPSA School of Architecture, Rajkot, Gujrat), Uday Andhare and Mausami Andhare from Ahmedabad (Project: Koba House, Ahmedabad), Deepak Guggar from Pune (Project: Grid House), Alistar Macbeth from Mauritius (Project: Anahita Waterfront Village, Mauritius), Palinda Kannangara from Sri Lanka (Project: Weekend House, SriLanka) and Peshali Mandara Perera from Sri Lanka (Project: Random Rust, Sri Lanka).



IT raids on 5 colonisers’ groups

Chandigarh, September 9
After a gap of almost two months, Income Tax department was back in an action with nine teams of sleuths conducting surveys on five leading groups of colonisers here today.

The surveys, which began at 12 pm at Zirakpur and Kharar, continued till the filing of the report. It was learnt that IT sleuths had seized documents pertaining to the sale and purchase of “benami” property.

The builders who came under the IT scanner include Josh Builders and Developers, KDH Builders, Landmark Coloniser and Surya Infrastructure and Builder in Zirkpur and Sony Builder in Kharar. The surveys were carried out under the supervision of HC Negi, IT Commissioner. — TNS



‘India enjoys mature bilateral relations with Spain and Mexico’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Lon de La Riva, Ambassador of Spain, and Jaime Nualrat, Ambassador of Mexico, today called on Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V. Patil at Punjab Raj Bhawan.

Discussing various issues at length, Patil said India enjoyed mature bilateral relations and strong socio-cultural linkages with both Spain and Mexico.

Emphasising on joining hands to work on genetic technology and solar energy, Patil said bold initiatives had taken for the generation of more power with focus on tapping solar energy to meet growing demand in different sectors of economy as India had great potential for this.

He stressed upon the need for further strengthening of economic and trade ties through vibrant partnership and joint ventures in different fields of activities.

He said that Punjab had achieved a major breakthrough in the agriculture sector and allied fields and the state was emerging as a progressive and vibrant investment destination.

Patil said that India’s economic capability was growing at a faster pace. It had enormous dynamism and potential.

He said that there was a major scope to further expand economic and business cooperation in wide range of fields like information technology, marketing of agriculture produce, sharing of educational tools and technologies, which can be of immense mutual benefit of people on both sides.

He said India has strong people to people links with both Spain and Mexico.

Patil said India and Mexico had striking similarities in geo-climatic conditions, biodiversity cultural and family values. Similarly, relations between India and Spain are cordial.

Earlier, the ambassadors visited the Le Corbusier Centre. Director of the centre VN Singh showed them around.



‘Fake’ Encounter Involving Kulwinder Singh
Statements of witnesses recorded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
The CBI Special Court today recorded the statement of retired DSP Harbhajan Singh and CRPF constable Anil Kumar in connection with the “fake” encounter of Kulwinder Singh, alias Kid, on the Tangori-Kurda road at SAS Nagar.

During cross-examination, constable Anil Kumar, who was present at the time of encounter, stated before the court that the incident occurred late in the evening and the visibility was poor, so he could not identify anyone.

The case was registered on July 22, 1989, when SS Grewal was posted as inspector (Crime) with the CIA staff in Patiala. The police had accused seven cops of the crime. Kid was killed in an alleged fake encounter in July, 1989, by the accused policemen on the Tangori-Kurda road. A case of abduction was registered against Grewal and Amarjit, while Birbal Das, Gurcharan Singh, Nikka Ram, Chanan Singh and Dayal Singh were booked in a murder case in 2002. During the course of arguments, the CBI made an appeal that Grewal and Amarjit be charged with murder. It was alleged that Grewal and Amarjit, along with other CIA personnel, raided a house at Phase V, Mohali, on July 22, 1989, in search of terrorists Dhyan Singh, Kulwinder Singh and Jagbir Singh, alias Panjola. During the raid, Palwinder, an acquaintance of Kid, was shot dead and Kulwinder was picked up by the raiding party. Later, Kulwinder was killed by the police personnel in an alleged fake encounter.

Kulwinder’s father Tirlochan Singh had moved a writ petition against the policemen in the high court. Acting on the petition, the court had directed the sessions judge to probe the case and submit a report.

After he submitted his report on April 24, 1995, the court directed the CBI to register a case against the policemen. Investigation by the CBI revealed that Kulwinder was picked up by Grewal, Amarjit and five CIA personnel.



Union Minister visits DD Kendra
Takes stock of situation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Choudhury Mohan Jatua, Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, visited the city yesterday.

During his visit, the minister had discussions with the heads of the media units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Jatua visited the Doordarshan Kendra in Sector 37, where Station Director K K Rattu apprised him of the working of the station. The latter also apprised the minister about the transmission problems being faced by the kendra. The minister assured that the problems of the station would be looked into.

Jatua also inaugurated a blood donation camp organised by the local unit of the Trinamool Congress at Aggarsain Bhawan, Sector 30. Appreciating the efforts of the organisers, the minister said that blood donation was one of the noblest acts as each drop of blood could save a life.

Earlier, Jatua was given a warm welcome at his arrival in Chandigarh near the Airport Light Point and The Tribune roundabout by the Trinamool Congress activists.

While addressing the party activists at Aggarsen Bhawan, Jatua said that the Trinamool Congress always raised the voice of poor people.

Shambhu Banerjee, local Trinamool Congress unit chief, said the Trinamool Congress was getting good response from the city residents and in the forthcoming Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh elections it would make its presence felt.



Jaitley’s name cleared for Chief Engineer’s post
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
After putting to rest all speculations, SK Jaitley’s name has been cleared for the post of UT Chief Engineer. Jaitley’s name was cleared with UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil and Adviser to UT Administrator Pradip Mehra for the coveted post here today.

As of now, Jaitley will hold the additional charge of Chief Engineer and his file would go to the UPSC for promotion.

With the post of Chief Engineer, Jaitley will remain Superintending Engineer (SE).

It must be mentioned here that Jaitley was already performing all duties of the Chief Engineer and was an acting de-facto Chief Engineer for the past few days.

The post had fallen vacant following the repatriation of Surinder Pall to his parent state, Punjab, as director commercial, Powercom.

SK Jaitley has also held the post of Chief Engineer with additional charge in 2008. Later Jaitley was out of action for a few months after a near-fatal fall resulting in a fracture in his leg. Finally, SK Jaitley’s file and Krishanjit’s file was sent to the UPSC for promotion to the post of Chief Engineer. Even though Krishanjit Singh was a junior to SK Jaitley, he rose to the post of Chief Engineer before retiring from service.



UT extends GMCH-32 Director’s tenure
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Chandigarh Administration has decided to give extension of one year to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Director Principal Professor Raj Bahadur.

UT Home-cum-Health Secretary Ram Niwas confirmed that the administration has given its nod in this regard.

Dr Raj Bahadur, from department of Orthopaedics, PGI, joined as head of GMCH three years ago on December 1,2007 on deputation. He will continue on his current posting till November 30, 2011.



CAT issues notice to education dept
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today issued notice to the UT education department on an application filed by a teacher, Sonia Sharma, as she was declared ineligible in the merit list of guest faculty.

Sonia Sharma stated in the application that the present merit list for lecturers should be set aside as it declared her ineligible. She further sought that directions be issued to the administration to consider her appointment with all consequential benefits.

She was appointed as a guest faculty on September 4, 2008, for teaching the subject of commerce. On July 13, 2009, she was again engaged as a lecturer.

Then on May 31 she was relieved.



Mountaineering expedition flagged off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
A 23-member mountaineering expedition being undertaken by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) was flagged-off by Harbhajan Singh, Deputy Inspector General, Logistics and Communication, here today.

In the coming 12 days, the team, led by assistant commandant Anand Singhawat will pass through the rugged terrain of Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh and attempt to scale an unnamed 19,500-feet high peak in the remote confines of the Himalayas.

The purpose of the expedition is to train ITBP personnel in mountaineering and also to enhance the operational capability of the force.



11 qualify for NTSE
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9
Students from FIITJEE’s NTSE one-year classroom programme and long duration Ascent Programmes have demonstrated exemplary scholastic brilliance to qualify for the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), 2010, from Chandigarh zone.

Among 11 students that can qualify for the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) from Chandigarh, seven students, namely Kritarth, Micky, Rajan Singh, Vishwa Rattan Sharma, Shivam Kakkar, Vishal Rana and Shivangi Goel, are from FIITJEE.

The examination was coordinated by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT).



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