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UBS chairman apologises, students call off stir
Tribune News Service

UBS students, along with DSW Nawal Kishore, in a delighted mood after they called off their strike at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Monday.
UBS students, along with DSW Nawal Kishore, in a delighted mood after they called off their strike at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: S. Chandan

Chandigarh, February 14
Bringing to an end the ongoing indefinite agitation by girl students of MCom (Ecommerce, final semester), the chairman of the Panjab University Business School, Dr Dinesh Gupta, tendered an apology in writing for having used abusive language in the class. The 72-hour agitation by the students, seeking his ouster was called off after the intervention by the special committee and also the Syndicate which took up the matter separately.

The apology came after the students had a special session with the committee under the chairmanship of Dr Pam Rajput, a former director of the Centre for Women Studies. A syndic, requesting anonymity, said: “Dr Dinesh Gupta offered his regret over the unpleasant situation in the department. It was basically meant to be an apology.”

Parents too played a “very constructive role” in breaking the ice. The final semester will not have any classes tomorrow, it has been learnt. As many as 15 girls of Ecommerce were sitting outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office, seeking the resignation of Dr Gupta.

High drama continued on the campus late in the evening when Syndicate members along with the Dean Student Welfare (DSW) made attempts to strike peace with the agitating students. An emergency Syndicate meeting was also called today. Syndic Gurmeet Singh along with DSW Naval Kishore and Gupta held a meeting with the girls and some parents.

When the girls began raising slogans against the university authorities, a team of the UT police also arrived at the spot to prevent any untoward incident.

The UBS chairperson along with certain faculty members of the department had met the MCom girls last night as well. The girls were offered dinner by the teachers and were also provided with blankets. However, the girls refused to end their protest and demanded that the chairperson be made to submit his resignation.



Rural Retreat on V Day
Couples take off to cosy corners
Akash Ghai/TNS

Chandigarh, February 14
It was neither Stu-C at Panjab University nor the “happening” markets of Sectors 10, 11 and 15 or the Sector 17 plaza. Instead, the youth chose to go rural, preferring to spend time with their valentines in the secluded surroundings of water bodies and dams located up to 15 to 30 km along the city’s periphery.

Girls buy red balloons at Sector 10 in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: S Chandan;(RIGHT)Balloon vendors run for their buyers on Chandigarh roads on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Thanks to the tight security arrangements by the Chandigarh Police to keep a check on eve-teasing and hooliganism, several couples went to Jayanti, Perch and Siswan dams to spend a special moment.

During a visit to these locations this morning, the Tribune team found only a handful of couples there, even though a large number of cars and motorbikes with Chandigarh registration numbers were parked all around these places. These stood testimony to the presence of couples in this area, which comprised thick growth of vegetation.

Garima Sharma, a student of the psychology department, spends time with underprivileged children at the university. Tribune photo: S Chandan;(RIGHT)Youngsters have fun on the Sector 10-11 geri route in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

“I don’t know what is going on today. We are amazed to see several couples coming here since morning,” said Gurjant Singh, a resident of Seonk village, located near Jayanti Dam.

A couple said they were students of MA (Hindi) at Panjab University and had chosen this location to mark the occasion. “We had planned to visit Siswan Dam today as the police unnecessary harasses couples in Chandigarh on this day. Here we not only enjoy each other’s company, but also nature and peace,” said Ajay, who was accompanied with his girlfriend.

Empty bottles of liquor at Jayanti Dam told a different tale.

A youth talks on mobile, seemingly ignorant of the pillion rider. Tribune photo: S Chandan ;(RIGHT)People visiting the Jayanti dam, near Chandigarh, make a face while crossing a number of empty liquor bottles on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Just another day

Valentine’s Day appeared to be just another day at most places in the city. Lovebirds were missing from the traditional “geri” route, PU campus and the markets of Sectors 10, 11 and 15. Though a handful of vehicles decorated with heart-shaped balloons were seen zipping past Government College for Girls, Sector 11, or stationed in front of the PU girls’ hostels, the spirit was missing. “Time’s changed now. No one wants to roam around like Romeos, offering flowers. Those who are in a relationship have better ways to celebrate the day,” Jyoti Malhotra, a college student, said.

Khaki rules

Valentine’s Day remained largely peaceful in the city with over 700 police personnel remaining on their toes throughout the day. Heavy police force was deployed at educational institutions and gardens to maintain vigil.

51 Shiv Sainiks held

As many as 51 Shiv Sainiks were arrested while they were marching from Mauli Jagran towards the main road in protest against Valentine’s Day celebrations. The police swung into action after it received information at 11 am that Shiv Sainiks had planned to block traffic at the railway lights and disrupt law and order.



Group Housing Societies
Managing committees for members only
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
In a decision that is expected to go a long way in streamlining the functioning of cooperative group housing societies in Chandigarh, the UT Administration has debarred non-resident members of cooperative group housing societies (GHS) from contesting elections to management committees.

Taking cognisance of several complaints, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Registrar Cooperative Societies (RCS) Brijendra Singh also directed that the office of the GHS be located within the premises of the respective societies. “Under Rules 45 of the Punjab Cooperative Societies Rules, 1963, members residing outside the premises of the society cannot contest elections to the management. Besides, the management of the respective societies will open their offices within the premises of the society to facilitate members resolve their problems. The requisite charges to maintain the office will be shared by the members of the society equally,” the RCS order states.

The order seems to be a fallout of a large number of complaints that certain unscrupulous members run the society managements through “remote control” from their offices outside the society. This resulted in non-residents calling the shots, particularly in the management of vast funds at the disposal of the societies. The manner in which many societies are functioning had resulted in allegations of mismanagement of the societies’ affairs, particularly with respect to funds.

The non-residents running the society’s affairs were “unable to safeguard the interests of the members and resolve their day-to-day problems,” the order states.

Sources said certain vested interests who had not been living in the societies were monopolising the society management in collusion with UT cooperative department officials. This left resident-members of the societies crying hoarse over provision of even basic amenities to them. 



PCA Stadium in no rush for NOC
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 14
A no-objection certificate (NOC) has not been acquired by the PCA Stadium management from the fire brigade in connection with fire safety arrangements even as some ICC World Cup cricket matches will be held here next month. According to reports, three of these matches will be held in Mohali, the first being on March 3.

Station fire officer BS Sandhu said his office had so far not received any request from the management of the PCA Stadium to check the fire safety arrangements installed inside the building. He said since fire had broken out in the stadium twice earlier, the management should ensure that it was well-equipped to handle such incidents.

He said fire had broken out near the score board earlier and again in 2008 in the AC lounge area when fire engines from Chandigarh and other neighbouring stations had to be called to fight the blaze. He said even though he had received no request for checking the fire-fighting arrangements, he would try to visit the stadium tomorrow to see if the system was functional.

However, GS Walia, honorary joint secretary of the PCA, said the technical staff was on the job and all formalities would be completed before the start of the matchesin Mohali.



Notice to four cops in Khushpreet case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
Admitting the complaint filed by an advocate in the Khushpreet murder case, the Police Complaint Authority (PCA) today issued a notice to four police officers. In the dock for negligence, the four police officers have been asked to file a reply for their inaction on March 4.

The four in the dock are Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Vijay Kumar, the then Station House Officer (SHO) of the Sector 34 police station, the then in charge of the Burail police post Inspector Narinder Patial and investigating officer Sub-Inspector Balraj Singh.

Advocate Gagan Aggarwal had demanded stringent action against all those responsible for botching up the Khushpreet kidnapping and murder case and moved the Police Complaint Authority earlier this month.

Earlier, a public interest litigation (PIL) petition had already been filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court demanding a CBI probe into the case.

“The police officials are fully responsible for the death of the child and the police has lost its confidence and faith in the eyes of the public at large. It requires serious concern of the PCA so that such shameful acts of the police are not repeated in future,” states the complaint.



2 missing kids found
Our Correspondent

The missing children with their parents at Dera Bassi on Monday.
The missing children with their parents at Dera Bassi on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Dera Bassi, February 14
The Dera Bassi police has received a success in recovering the two missing children today.The children, who were nearly 4-year-old, suddenly went missing from Rauni Mohalla, Dera Bassi, this morning. The police found the children who were identified as Shivam son of Randheer Singh and Ayush Pandy son of Parkesh Pandey, residents of Rauni Mohalla Dera Bassi.

SHO Harjinder Singh said both children went missing when they were playing in front of their houses and the police found them from Barwala road, Dera Bassi, in the evening. The children were handed over to their parents after confirming the identification. 



Of the toppers in Panjab varsity, 74% are women
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
Outshining boys in academics yet again, out of a total of 479 toppers in various subjects who received their degrees at the 60th Annual Convocation of Panjab University today, 351 were girls. While the share of girls was 74 per cent in the toppers’ list, another 30 per cent (147 out of a total of 479 students) received their PhD degrees today at the ceremony held in the gymnasium hall.

In his convocation address, CNR Rao, National Research Professor and who was conferred with the Doctor of Science degree (honoris causa) today, said among the top one per cent research work in the world, India’s contribution is less than one per cent whereas USA is contributing 63 per cent to the top research work in the world.

“We have to raise our contribution in global quality research from less than one to 5-10 per cent over the next 10 years,” said Rao.

He said a greater number of educational institutions, was not an indicator of development, it was the challenge of providing good quality education that is the main concern in the country today.

India, he said, cannot become a super economic power unless we went ahead in the field of science and technology. Prof Rao said 60 per cent of India’s population lives in rural areas, which have tremendous potential and talent that needed to be tapped.

Professor Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC (USA), was also conferred with the Doctor of Science degree, while Prof AK Sood, department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore) got the Vigyan Rattan Award, incepted by PU last year.

The chief guest UT Administrator and Punjab Governor, Shivraj V Patil, said he was overwhelmed that a large number of recipients of degrees and winners of gold medals were girls.

Advising the students to adopt a positive outlook, he said, “If you leave the university with a positive attitude and optimism you are sure to rise in life.”

Patil said universities should pass on the knowledge to the masses, particularly to those who could make use of it for national development.

The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni, who was a special guest on the occasion, said the overwhelming number of girls getting the degrees had impressed her. “Union government has been working to provide reservation of 33 per cent to women in Parliament as well as at other levels in government services to ensure betterment of their lot. When I see the bright female students here, I think it should be 50 percent,” she said in a lighter vein.

Vice-Chancellor, PU, RC Sobti, announced a separate convocation will be held at Delhi to bestow the Doctor of Literature degree and Doctor of Laws degree to eminent author and journalist, Khushwant Singh and former Lok Sabha Speaker Som Nath Chatterjee, respectively.


Topped in exams? Wait for 15 days to get medal
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
The ritualistic ceremony of awarding gold and silver medals to the toppers at Panjab University’s annual convocation was today given a miss, which resulted in disappointment among students, particularly those who had come to attend the ceremony from far off places in Punjab. In a surprise announcement made by the PU Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti during the convocation today, he said medals would be presented to the toppers in another ceremony after 15 days.

Interestingly, the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni, who was a special guest at the convocation, pointed out in her speech that getting a gold medal during the convocation meant a lot to a student.

After the ceremony, students were found enquiring about their medals from university officials outside the venue. “Getting a medal after 15 days is indeed unusual. I was eagerly waiting to get it today,” said a student, who topped MSc examination last year. “If only I had any such clue, I wouldn’t have come from Hoshiarpur,” said a university topper from a PU affiliated college.

Offering a clarification to the students, a university official said the President of India Pratibha Patil was expected to visit the campus in March and toppers were to be honoured at a special ceremony. Another reason cited for the delay in awarding the medals to students was that the results of certain subjects were being awaited and the final positions could vary. “Till all results are announced, we don’t want to take a risk by giving someone else the medal,” said a PU official.



Suman’s woes go on
Cheque in hand, still no cash
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
Ironical as it may sound, Suman is unable to encash a cheque for Rs 50,000, given to her by the UT Administration as interim compensation for medical negligence, which led to the death of her baby in her womb and severe damage to her kidneys.

The reason: No bank can encash her cheque because she does not have a bank account. And no bank can open an account because she does not have a local permanent address.

The result: Suman is holding on to what has been reduced to a piece of paper with an elusive digit and is making the rounds of cheap quacks for want of ready access to cash.

Suman lost her baby in the womb and had her kidneys damaged after she was administered a wrong blood group at the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital in Sector 16 on December 16, 2010.

The PGI authorities took two weeks to consider her poor economic condition and waive the cost of treatment. By that time, the family had already spent more than Rs 15,000 on her treatment.

Suman was discharged from the PGI last month, with instructions to visit PGI as an outdoor patient.

The facility for her treatment as a poor patient was withdrawn on the pretext that it was meant only for indoor patients.

“The PGI is expensive and we are left with no alternative but to visit ‘Akhtar’, a quack near our house,” said Des Raj, her husband.

“Taking her to hospital meant a loss of a big portion of my daily wages. I cannot afford it anymore as I am already in debt,” he said.

The cheque given by the Administration proved not more than a piece of paper, he said.

“I was handed over a cheque for Rs 50,000 on Thursday. Banks need an account for encashing it or residential proof and PAN card for opening a new account. I do not have any of these,” said Des Raj, expressing his helplessness.



Teachers’ Recruitment Scam
UT’s silence on phone calls questioned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
Less than a week after the Punjab and Haryana High Court summoned the trial court record on the controversial teachers’ recruitment scam, the Bench today questioned UT’s silence on the telephonic conversations between the Director Public Instructions (DPI) Samwartak Singh and the accused.

The Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Augustine George Masih asked the UT standing counsel Sanjay Kaushal to explain why the police was silent on the issue of phone calls.

The query came after the Bench was informed about 130 calls and two short messages that were exchanged between Samwartak Singh and the accused Jolly.

The Bench observed that they had the option of handing over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Or else, monitor its progress on regular basis.

The Bench also accepted UT’s request for additional time to go through the documents and adjourned the case till Monday next.

The alleged scam had come to the fore in 2009. Demanding a CBI probe into the scam, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was, earlier, filed by Karamjit Singh.

His counsel Ranjivan Singh had, earlier, submitted that Samwartak Singh was let off by the police. He had also claimed the scam to be of “huge magnitude”. Kaushal, on the other hand, has all along been claiming that the petition is a non-PIL and “lacks” public interest element. Karamjit Singh was an unsuccessful candidate and had, earlier, approached the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) with the same demand, but the petition was dismissed by the Tribunal, Kaushal had told the court.

Explaining the phone calls between Samwartak and the two accused presently facing trial, Kaushal had asserted the DPI had told the police that he had received calls from the accused for some tourism activities. 



Advocate arrested for thrashing constable
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
The Chandigarh Police today arrested two persons, including an advocate, for thrashing a police constable in full public view last night. The incident took place near the Police Colony at Sector 20 here.

Advocate Anminder Singh of Sector 20, Rahul Moudgil, an education department employee, and two others were consuming liquor in a car, which was parked at a public place near the colony.

The police control room was informed about the four drinking liquor at a public place, following which constable Salinder Singh reached the spot.

As the constable objected to their drinking liquor at a public place, two of them abused him and there was a scuffle. The constable received kicks and blows.

His uniform was torn and he suffered minor injuries. The two others who were consuming liquor with them fled the spot on seeing the police.

The police from the Sector 19 police station reached the spot and arrested advocate Anminder Singh and Rahul Moudgil.

The constable was taken to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, where he received first-aid.

The police registered a case under Sections 332 (causing hurt to public servant) and 353 (using criminal force on public servant) in the Sector 19 police station.

The two accused were produced in court and sent to judicial custody. They were later released on bail.

Lawyers protest

Work remained suspended at the district courts today as advocates protested the arrest of their colleague Anminder Singh. Raising a hue and cry, lawyers staged a protest and suspended work, resulting in harassment to scores of litigants. Terming the police action biased and claiming innocence on the part of the accused, a group of lawyers thronged the Sector 19 police station in the morning. They raised anti-police slogans and demanded action against the cops. “Advocate Anminder Singh was there with his family and was not drinking liquor. On the other hand, the constable misbehaved with him,” said advocate AS Chahal, District Bar Association president.



Two more posts of professor at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
The standing finance committee of the PGI has decided to boost the comprehensive epilepsy programme (CEP) by creating two more posts of Additional Professor (Epileptology) and Assistant Professor (Neuro Physiology).

The authorities have also proposed for operation theatres (OTs), especially for the surgery of the patients suffering from the disease.

This is good news for hundreds of patients waiting to get rid of epileptic seizures (fits) through surgery at the PGI.

Many patients, especially from northern region, have to wait for years to get a date for surgery as there is a shortage of trained hands and inadequate infrastructure across the country to operate upon epileptic patients.


MC to seek admn nod forfresh recruitment
To enrol 4,000 employees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation will take up the issue of recruiting 4,000 employees with the UT administration to fill vacancies. If the proposal gets the nod in the next fiscal, the civic body will incur an additional expenditure under the non-plan head of about Rs 80 crore on salaries.

Incidentally, deputationists from neighbouring states and the administration are holding all key posts in most of the MC departments as the civic body has no sanctioned posts to recruit employees.

The agenda on filing the posts is being tabled in the MC’s next budget session. According to the proposal, the requirement of staff in various MC wings MC was buildings & roads and the public health department (1,700), fire services (300), medical health office (340) and commissioner’s office (461). The proposal also covers the administrative staff of 213 for primary health and 495 for the education department that was recently transferred to the corporation. The expected budget implications for the fresh recruitment will be around Rs 80 crore.

City mayor Ravinder Pal Singh has set up a special committee to finalize the proposal of schedule of posts of each department and recruitment and promotion policy prepared by the authorities. The panel will submit its report to MC commissioner Roshan Sunkaria on February 16.

Sources said that the committee has sent a communiqué to the MC chief engineer asking he should file a reply on what basis the each department has analyse their requirement of staff.

Records show that last year the total budget approved by the MC general house was Rs 690.8 crore for the next financial year (2011-12). Under the plan head the approved budget was of Rs 409.35 crore and under the non-plan head of Rs 281.45 crore.

Expressing the urgent need for additional staff in all the departments, Sunkaria said the proposal would be tabled in the coming budget meeting of the house for approval.

Records show every fiscal, the MC approves fresh posts in its budget and forwards the proposal to the UT administration for its approval, as most of the civic body’s departments face staff crunch. However, the administration has not sanctioned any fresh post for any MC department till date.



Missing Class V student returns home
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
A Class V student of Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, went missing on Valentine’s Day as she failed to return from school. The student Shivangi Bhattacharya was later found in the evening after she returned to her home at Sector 46 in the evening on her own.

The police remained on its toes for more than five hours looking for the girl. Her mother Rupa Bhattaharya had complained to the police following which driver of the school bus and teachers were questioned.

The police said she was upset as she missed her father, who is in Kolkata and she was suffering from asthma. The police said she spent the day in a park as she was upset. 



Tributes paid to Corbusier, Jeanneret
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
The Chandigarh-Punjab chapter of the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) and the Saakaar Foundation organised an Indo-Swiss symposium on “Learning From La Chaux-De-Fonds To Chandigarh” here yesterday.

In his address, Surinder Bahga, chairman of the chapter, termed the symposium as a tribute to Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret as great architects.

Dr SS Bhatti delivered the keynote address. He spoke about the lessons learnt from the Chandigarh Experiment and how those could be implemented.



Govt job still eludes them
Deepankar Sharda

Chandigarh, February 14
Dream of a government job (as promised by the Haryana government) eludes many sportsmen, despite of the cash awards and trophies being given to them by the state government. The despair of the paralympics sportspersons is more as they feel their future is insecure. Gyanand Singh from Bhiwani, who has won the prestigious ‘Bhim Award’ for his contribution in paralympic athletics events, was among the seven awardees, who were given the ‘Bhim award’ for their contribution in the field of sports by the state government.

Gyanand, who is suffering from polio in his left thigh since his childhood, had won two bronze medals in the World Paralympic Games 2007 and in the same year he won a gold medal in the 100X4 relay during the Ninth Senior Paralympic Athletics Championship. In 2008 he won a gold in the long jump event of the 10th Senior National Paralympic Athletics Championship. In the 11th Senior Paralympic Athletics Championship he won the 4X400 relay. “I am happy with cash awards and government jobs being given to general category players winning medals at the state, national or international level. Despite winning medals, I am yet to get any job as promised by the state government”, said Gyanand.

The biased approach of the state government had made us feel low as the general category players are getting more opportunities to grab jobs and this has badly affected our morale, rued Gyanand.

Gyanand who had also represented Haryana at the state level in Kabaddi said, “The government job will not only help me in improving my game but will also secure the future of my family. With a job in my hand will be able to concentrate on the game and bring laurels to the state and country.”

However, when asked in this regard, Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the process of giving jobs to the unemployed players was under process.

Another paralympian player, Dr Sunita Devi, who was also awarded with ‘Bhim Award’ for the contribution she made in the field of sports, also expressed the same anguish. Even though she is presently employed as a hostel warden for the past 20 years in MDU University, Rohtak, she lamented that she should also be provided a government job.

Sunita, who was earlier presented with awards like the most efficient employee by the Vigayan Bhawan, New Delhi, and Rani Lakshmi Bai Istri Shakti awards by the President of India, has done M.Phil, Ph.D. in Sanskrit. She won two golds and a silver medal in the Senior Paralympic Athletics Championship in 2007. In the 11th Senior Paralympic Athletics Championship, she won a gold medal in 400-m race, whereas a silver and bronze in the 200-m and 100m respectively, besides winning a gold medal in the 4X100 relay in the 2008 national championship.

“I wanted to become a teacher. But despite my achievements, I wonder whether any government job will come my way or not” said Sunita.



eSys loses plot for violating terms

Chandigarh, February 14
The Chandigarh Administration today cancelled the allotment of a six-acre plot to eSys Information Technologies Limited at the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP) for violating terms and conditions of allotment.

An order to this effect was passed by UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas while exercising the powers of Chief Administrator. The Estate Office had already resumed the plot for violating terms of allotment.

The company was allotted a 5.99-acre plot for a premium of Rs 4.59 crore at the RGCTP on June 1, 2006. However, eSys, promoted by eSys Technologies Private Limited, Singapore, sold 51 per cent of shares to Teledata India as part of “strategic investment”.

The Estate Officer had passed the resumption order in September, 2008, on the grounds of violation of terms of allotment. The allottee company had challenged the resumption order before the Chief Administrator.

The Adviser to the UT Administrator and the Punjab and Haryana High Court could now be moved against the Chief Administrator’s order. — TNS



Dealer told to replace mobile, pay relief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 14
Selling a used mobile phone to a customer has proved expensive for Sanjeev Enterprises at Sector 22 here.

The shopkeeper will not only have to replace the handset, worth Rs 2,900, with a new one, but also pay Rs 2,500 towards compensation and costs of litigation.

The UT Consumer Forum today directed Sanjeev Enterprises to replace the mobile of Sandeep Kumar of Sector 27 and pay him a compensation of Rs 1,500 for causing harassment to him.

The forum also directed him that the replaced mobile phone should also carry a fresh warranty for six months.

Sandeep had bought a mobile from Sanjeev Enterprises in October last and it was covered under a six-month warranty.

However, when he switched on the mobile, he discovered that it was a used handset as certain phone number were already stored in its memory.

In his complaint, Sandeep claimed that when he approached the shopkeeper, instead of acting on his complaint, he threatened to get Sandeep implicated in false cases of theft.

Left with no choice, Sandeep had approached the forum. Despite the issuance of a notice, no one appeared on behalf of Sanjeev Enterprises. Subsequently, the forum passed an ex parte order in favour of the complainant.

The forum, comprising its president Lakshman Sharma and member Madhu Mutneja, directed Sanjeev Enterprises to replace the old handset with a new one of the same model and pay a compensation of Rs 1,500 for mental agony, along with 18 per cent penal interest from the date of filing of the complaint.



Residents demand election of Kalka MC

Panchkula, February 14
Residents of Kalka have demanded fresh elections of the Kalka municipal committee so that development activities in this block of the district could be taken up on a priority basis.

The patron of the Shivalik Vikas Manch, Advocate Vijay Bansal, talking to the mediapersons here today said that elections to the municipal council were due on April 16, 2010 but with the notification of Panchkula as a Municipal Corporation on March 17 the urban areas as well as 42 panchayats were subsequently made a part of the corporation. He said as per section 12 (b) of the Haryana Municipal Act 1973 elections should be held six months before the last day of the present municipal council. But with the notification of Panchkula as a corporation, the elections were not held on time, he rued.

Bansal said that they had also submitted a memorandum on November 22 last year to the Haryana Election Commissioner for holding elections to the Kalka Municipal Council but no steps had been initiated in this regard. He said the no development works had been taken up during the last one and a half years in the region.

The SVM patron urged the district administration to hold the elections to the Kalka Municipal Council so that people could elect their representatives. He said this would also help in restarting the development works in the region, which had hit a roadblock. — TNS



RTE Act guidelines issued to private schools
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 14
The district elementary education officer (DEEO), SP Singh, filed a detailed reply on behalf of the Deputy Commissioner stating that the administration had already circulated the detailed policy and guidelines under the RTE Act to all private schools in the city.

Singh said that the policy and guidelines of the state government had already been circulated to private school in the city for implementing the 25 per cent quota provided under the Act, vide letter dated February 9, 2011.

The PIL seeking implementation of RTE Act in local schools filed by a couple, Pankaj and Sangeta Chandgothia, came up for hearing before the court of Renu Rana, Civil Judge, today. Apart from the deputy commissioner, the petitioner had also made six private schools of the city as defendants.

The Civil Judge after hearing the arguments kept the matter for final arguments tomorrow.

Chandgothia said prior to this, a meeting was also held with all the school heads and added that the primary features of the policy were that the 25 per cent quota had been split up into various sub-categories and extensive advertising for inviting applications and purveying information.

Meanwhile, the private schools filed an application seeking dismissal of the case as pre-mature since the responsibility of implementation was that of the government and not schools and that they had not received any policy guidelines from the authority concerned.

However, Chandgothia argued that in view of the reply filed by the DEEO, the application filed by the schools was not maintainable and the schools were bound to follow the policy from the next academic session starting from April 2011. 



‘Dismissed SI not cooperating in probe’
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 14
Dismissed cop SI Narinder Singh was not cooperating in the investigation conducted by the Ambala Range Commission as he had not appeared in the enquiry despite several reminders sent to him.

In a press note issued here today the police spokesman said that Narinder Singh was levelling false allegations against the authorities. He said despite repeated reminders Narinder Singh had failed to present himself before the enquiry committee constituted by the Ambala Range Commission.

It is worth mentioning here that Narinder, who was dismissed from service about two years ago, while challenging his removal sat on fast-unto-death in front of the DGP office, in Sector 6 on February 7. He had alleged that he had been sacked from service for acting fairly in a land dispute case pertaining to the Morni area. He said he has begun this fast-unto-death to register his protest against the corrupt police officers and his dismissal.

Narinder had alleged that a complaint was lodged with the DGP on July 13, 2007 accusing him of siding with a particular group after he got a land dispute settled. He said that he was found guilty in a departmental enquiry conducted by the police department. Subsequently he was suspended on August 22, 2007 and was subsequently dismissed from service after the inquiry conducted by the then ASP, Ambala, on February 6, 2008. 



CSFL report rules out rape of mentally challenged girl
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 14
The Central Science Forensic Laboratory (CSFL), Madhuban, has ruled out the gang rape of a mentally challenged girl of Ramgarh village on December 2 last year.

Confirming the same today, Chandimandir police station SHO Jangsher said that hey had received the report in this regard confirming that the brother of the victim, Parveen, had levelled baseless charges against unidentified youths of the city.

The police had registered a case under Section 164 on the directions of the Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar after about one month after the residents of the village accompanied by mother and brothers of the victim girl had complained that the police was trying to shield the accused under political pressure.

It is pertinent to mention here that the brother of the victim, a resident of Ramgarh village, had complained to the police alleging that two youths had gang raped his mentally challenged and blind sister on December 2.

In the complaint the brother of the victim had said that his mother Krishan along with her daughter had gone to the nearby forest area to attend the call of nature. He said his mother, who was surprised to see her daughter missing from the spot, searched for her and returned to the house after failing to find her. Later His brother and mother found the girl abandoned in a deep gorge.



Cyclist killed
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, February 14
A cyclist died after being hit by an unknown vehicle near the Fort Resort on the Dhakoli road here this late evening. The deceased was identified as Pandit Ishwar Tiwari, a resident of Dhakoli. He was working as a labourer.

According to the police, the incident took place 8.45 pm when he was going towards Dhakoli from Panchkula on his cycle. While he reached near the marriage palace, an unknown vehicle hit him from the rear. He fell down on the road and died on spot, the police said.

A passerby immediately called the police and moved the victim to the Dera Bassi Civil Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. The car driver, however, managed to flee from the spot.

The body will be handed over to the family after an autopsy on Tuesday. A case has been registered against unidentified person of the unknown vehicle, the police official added. 



Work on ‘mahila bhawan’ begins

Chandigarh, February 14
The construction of a ‘mahila bhawan’ by the municipal corporation at Sector 38 here was started by Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh today.

The corporation would run various vocational and training courses for women from the region at the ‘bhawan’.

According to its plan, the ‘bhawan’ would be developed on 1.3 acres and would have three storeys and an underground parking for 158 cars. — TNS



From Schools & Colleges

CHANDIGARH: The Consumer Club of Government Model High School, Sector 36-D, organised a slogan-writing contest on consumer rights. ML Vohra, convener, Consumer Association, Chandigarh, addressed students and urged them to be aware of their consumer rights. Rakesh Sood, headmaster of the school, also encouraged the students to make others also aware. Nikhil Sanouria, Class IX-B, Shaheen, Class IX-A, and Bharti, Class IX-B, secured the first, second and third prizes, respectively.


MOHALI: Shrishti Asthana, a Class VIII student of The Millennium School, Mohali, has topped in Punjab in the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) held in November, 2010. School principal Komal Singh said Shrishti was the only student to have qualified from Mohali. Shrishti has also cleared the first stage of mathematics and science Olympiad conducted by the Science Olympiad Foundation.

Vocational training

More than 200 persons, including village sarpanch, panchayat members, residents and students participated in a certificate distribution function organised by the Jan Shikshan Sansthan, Mohali, at Kanchera village, Anandpur Sahib block, Rupnagar district. Thirty-five students were awarded certificates for completing a three-month vocational training course in “Applique and patch work” organised by the sansthan in the village.

Golden Bells

Students of primary wing of Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, Mohali, today celebrated Valentine’s Day with fun and frolic. Tiny tots exchanged flowers and gave red balloons to their teachers. The meaning of Valentine’s Day was taught to these little angles that we should love and respect our teachers and parents.


Cultural programme was presented by students of Paragon Senior Secondary School, Sector 71, Mohali, during their annual carnival here on Monday.

Different stalls relating to education by involving entertainment features were a great hit. Jagir Singh, assistant general manager, Punjab and Sind Bank, inaugurated the carnival.


Kapila Venu, an established Koodiyattam trainer, enthralled the students workshop with her performance at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, here on Monday. The workshop is being held as a part of the SPICMACAY Heritage Festival.

Placement drive

KHARAR: IT company Oracle Financial Services Software selected 69 students during a joint campus placement drive at Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Gharuan. Students from engineering and computer application colleges across Punjab, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh participated in the three-day drive.BTech computer science, IT, mechanical, electronics and communications, electrical, MCA and MSc math students were eligible for the placement drive.Selected students will be joining the company as graduate engineer trainees. Satnam Singh Sandhu, chairman, said the company had, earlier, selected 51 students.Indo Global Colleges held two-day job carnival wherein students from the NCR region, Delhi and UP besides Punjab, J&K, HP and Chandigarh participated.Students from B Tech, B Arch, MBA, PGDM, MCA, diploma holders and general graduates appeared for interviews. — TNS 



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