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‘Shamlat’ land fraud
Probe stalls as police awaits revenue records
Case in multi-crore scam was registered six months ago
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 1
Even six months after the Haryana police filed a case pertaining to the alleged fraud in a ‘shamlat’ land deal, reportedly running into crores of rupees, in Chowki village on the outskirts of Panchkula, the district administration is still to provide all the land revenue records to the cops for their investigations.

District revenue officials have been facing serious charges of having allegedly forged documents and given ownership of ‘shamlat’ land to villagers without the district administration’s consent over a period of 14 years from 1995 to 2008.

It was on the state government’s instructions that a criminal case of forgery and criminal conspiracy under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act was filed at the Chandimandir police station in the first week of February this year. It was alleged a few officials of the Panchkula revenue department and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had transferred ownership of ‘shamlat’ land in Chowki to village residents. At current market prices the disputed land is valued at several crores of rupees

The Haryana government had later transferred the probe into the land scam to the state’s CID department.

Deputy superintendent of police Ashok Bakshi, who was earlier handling the investigation, said the police had sent several letters to district administration officials asking it to provide all records related to the fraud but they had still to do so.

When contacted DSP Mukesh Malhotra, who is currently investigating the case, said the Panchkula administration had yet to provide the relevant records to the police. “Recently we received a few documents but are still awaiting the entire records pertaining to the case”, he added.

The delay in handing over the records to the police is hampering the probe into the alleged fraud, said sources.

Following a complaint filed by a resident of Chowki village, Mukhtyari Devi, the state government ordered an inquiry into the sale of about 200 acres of land. She had alleged revenue officials had forged documents and had transferred the land's ownership to villagers without the consent of the competent authorities.

The inquiry report, filed on January 6, stated land acquisition officials had made serious mistakes in the matter, adding officials of both HUDA and the revenue department had failed to perform their tasks and responsibilities. The report suggested disciplinary and criminal proceedings should be taken against the officials who had registered the sale deed of the ‘shamlat’ land.



Anti-ragging Measure
Seniors get 7-day break at dental college
PU declares holiday, bows to pressure from student leaders
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
The inseparable influence of student politics on the academic environment of Panjab University’s Dr HSJ Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital continues unabated with student leaders today managing to force a week’s holiday for all classes except first year.

Citing the “advice” of the Supreme Court to keep away seniors from first year students at the onset of a new academic session, certain student leaders had been repeatedly approaching the dental college authorities to declare holidays for seniors as has been the practice in the past. Representatives of the Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) even asked the university to give a week-long holiday this year if not two weeks like in the past.

The PU authorities have ordered the closure of classes for seniors in the dental college for a week with immediate effect.

“The decision to declare holidays was taken in a meeting held in the evening,” said Naval Kishore, outgoing Dean Student Welfare, PU. The principal of the dental hospital, Dr SP Singh, confirmed having received the instructions from the university.

Traditionally, the PU issues a notice every year in order to ensure a difference in time between the commencement of the classes of seniors and the fresh batch of medical students. This year, however, the institute did not issue any fresh circular in this regard.

In the absence of any circular, the college today began classes for seniors and juniors simultaneously.

“The interference of student leaders is so much that students now virtually get away with anything by pressurising the authorities. This is not a healthy sign and is bound to damage the institute,” said a faculty member on the condition of anonymity. A faculty member of the dental college said the department had already formed anti-ragging teams consisting of five members each.

“The Supreme court clearly advises and does not instruct on separate commencement of classes. Call it the run-up to the student council poll or the inherent interference of student leaders, they came to us asking for even a single day holiday just to tell students outside that they were a powerful entity. Parents also face inconvenience if classes are suspended for a week when the session has just commenced,” the faculty member said.

Snap decision

After a meeting held in the evening, Panjab University declared a week-long holiday for all senior classes of Dr HSJ Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, except first year students.



High-security number plates launched
Competition among vendors set to hot up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
With the high security registration plates (HSRP) scheme being formally launched on Monday, it is market forces that will play a decisive role in the pricing of the new plates. The UT administration announced it had not fixed any price for these plates and the vendors authorized to sell them had been given a free hand.

The stiff competition among vendors is set to begin with about 125 vehicle owners being issued HSRP authorization slips by the Registration & Licensing Authority on the very first day.

The scheme was launched today by adviser to the UT administrator, KK Sharma, in the presence of senior administration and police officials at the Sector 42 office of the subdivisional magistrate (south). Sarghi Kohli, a Sector 61 resident, became the first person to be issued the new license plate for her car (Registration no: CH01 AD0019).

Two vendors have set up their business in the city for supplying the plates for vehicles registered with the RLA. These are Celex Technologies, located in shop no 53, ISBT, Sector 17, and Utsav Safety Systems (P) Ltd, which has set up shop at plot no 182/65 in Industrial Area, Phase I

While Celex has fixed its rates for supplying high security registration plates to a two-wheeler at Rs 350, the firm is supplying these plates to a four-wheeler for Rs 600 and for a heavy vehicle the price is Rs 650. “We will increase or reduce the price of these plates depending upon the demand and the competition,” said Sandeep, a representative of the firm.

On the other hand, Utsav has fixed its prices at Rs 280 for motorcycle/moped, Rs 300 for a two wheeler, Rs 560 for a four-wheeler and Rs 600 for a heavy vehicle.

Presently there are 18 vendors in the country who are eligible to sell high security registration plates and a list can be obtained from the RLA office. Details are also available on the website www.morth.nic.in.

Features of high-security plate

Tamper-proof plate: Not possible to change or repaint it in case of theft -Reflectivity: A vehicle with HSRP is visible from a minimum distance of 200 metres in night due to retro-reflective sheeting

Chromium-based hologram: Carries the image of “Chakra” as notified by the Government of India

Security Inscript: Type of colour or ink is based on pearl pigment colour which changes intensity when the visual direction between the viewer and the licence plate is changed.

Laser etched 9-digit alpha numeric code: This is a sequential identification unique to every plate. It is laser engraved and cannot be erased.

Snap lock: External fastening device used as normal bolting procedure for the plate. Prevents removal and reuse of the plate.

Third licence sticker: Contains information pertaining to a vehicle’s registration. Serves the purpose of double secure identification mark.

Online connectivity: A vendor will set up an information management system connected to all embossing stations. This process shall be a central data collection of the vehicle population throughout the state.

Benefits of the scheme

Purchase of pre-owned vehicles is less risky

Easy to identify traffic offenders

Easy to trace stolen vehicles involved in crimes


High-security registration plate (HSRP) mandatory for all new vehicles

For old vehicles, there is a two-year deadline

Old vehicles must submit original registration certificate along with an application at the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) office

How to procure plate

Visit RLA office in Sector 17; office of SDM (south), Sector 42; or office of SDM (east), Industrial Area, Phase 1

Get the new vehicle passed

Get the registration number along with three copies of HSRP authorisation slip from the RLA

One slip will be kept for the RLA record, one will be with the owner and the third slip is for the vendor

Vendor will provide two copies of HSRP delivery document

Keep one for record and take along the other for fastening of plates to RLA office.

HSRP plate will be fastened in presence of RLA officials only and on the premises of the RLA

RC will be issued once the HSRP is fixed



Multi-speciality hospital, but no thyroid kit
Anuja Jaiswal
tribune news service

Chandigarh, August 1
Strange but one of the two flagships hospitals of the UT Administration, the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, has been turning away patients coming for thyroid investigations for the last five days as the required kits for tests are “out of stock”. Sources said the situation was likely to continue for some more days even though there is no shortage of such kits in the open market.

About 50 to 60 patients reportedly come for thyroid functioning tests every Monday and Thursday, but for the last five days, they have been returning disappointed as the tests are not being undertaken. Those who can wait are being asked to return after a week to try their luck again and those with urgency have to rush to private labs and pay more than double the amount for the same test.

Sunita (name changed), who was seen this morning desperately trying to convince an attendant at counter no. 1 of the OPD about her urgency for the test, said she had visited the GMSH last Thursday too and was told to come today. “I will have to come again next week,” she said, adding that she could not afford to pay Rs 500 to a private lab for a thyroid test that cost Rs 225 in the hospital.

When this correspondent approached the counter posing as a patient, she was told that due to the non-availability of the kits, the tests would not be done for another week. The attendant said the kits had been out of stock for the last five days and it might take another week for them to arrive, quickly adding that there was no guarantee to it.

Insiders reveal that this was not happening for the first time and almost every year there was a shortage due to the tender procedure involved for procuring the kits. “It is odd that no solution is being worked out and every year the problem is allowed to repeat itself,” said a doctor, remarking that though the hospital was labelled “multi speciality”, it neither had an endocrinologist on the rolls nor a thyroid kit. The Medical Superintendent, Dr Rajiv Vadhera, confirmed the non-availability of the kits but said efforts were being made for their early procurement. He said tenders for the kits were finalised for a year, but the supply came in batches and got delayed sometimes.



Tricity scan

189 donate blood: A total of 189 persons donated blood, including many first timers and women. The blood donation camp was conducted by a team of doctors from the department of transfusion medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh, and was supported by Ambedkar Study Circle in memory of Shaheed Udham Singh. The Chandigarh unit of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front organised the blood donation camp under the leadership of Rajesh Sharma.

Pledge to protect identity: The local circle of the State Bank of India (SBI) employees on Monday solemnly made a pledge that they will wholeheartedly and continuously strive to facilitate compliance of KYC norms by all SBI customers. Speaking on the occasion, SK Sehgal, chief general manager, Chandigarh circle, said the staff would strive to protect customer’s identity/financial security interest from exploitation by individuals/elements engaged in money laundering/financing of terrorism, etc.

Candidates announced: The local unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) took the lead in announcing candidates for three wards for the forthcoming elections to the local municipal corporation. The party will be fielding Deepak Sharma from ward number 21, SM Khan from ward number 19 and Manav Mehra from ward number 11.

Power shutdown: The power supply will remain suspended on Tuesday to parts of Sectors 61 and 43-A from 10 am to 12 noon; to parts of Sectors 14 and 15, Kajehri village, Nehru Colony and water works-52 from 10 am to 3 pm and to parts of Dhanas and Sarangpur from 10 am to 5 pm.

Freshers welcomed: The management, faculty and staff of the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology welcomed new entrants. The Sukhmani family greeted fresh students. The institute held the 13th orientation programme at the Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dera Bassi campus.

Training for faculty: A comprehensive five-day orientation and induction programme for faculty members on “Curriculum development through quality function” concluded at Rattan Professional College, Sector 78. The programme aimed to impart knowledge to the young faculty of MBA, BBA, BCA, BEd and nursing colleges the necessary pedagogical skills through hands-on sessions, thereby improving their effectiveness and efficiency in the classroom. Managing director of the Rattan Group of Institutes, Sunder Lal Agarwal welcomed distinguished guests during the inauguration function and stressed on the importance of training and induction for faculty.

Mobile found: KNS Sodhi, a resident of Sector 70, in a statement said a Blackberry mobile phone and around cash worth Rs 30,000 had been found lying unclaimed in a locality in Sector 70. The owners of the cash and mobile can claim it after producing the identity.

Houses for EWS: The Punjab government has approved construction of more than 8,000 flats for homeless economically weaker sections in Mohali district. This was disclosed by Shiromani Akali Dal joint secretary and chairman of District Planning Committee, NK Sharma. He was addressing a gathering here at Lakhnour organised by the Kissan Sangarsh Committee. Leaders of different political parties rising above the party lines honoured Sharma for his contribution in getting the land pooling policy approved by the Punjab government. He said the Punjab government had approved a policy in regard to construction of houses for homeless and economically weaker sections, according to which the company acquiring the land would have to build such flats with two rooms, one kitchen and a bathroom. He said homeless residents of the particular village whose land was being acquired would be eligible to get the flat. Giving detail about the amendments to land pooling scheme, Sharma said now farmer would get a residential plot of 1,000 yards and a commercial plot of 100 yards as compared to 968 and 61 yard plots, respectively. The schema has been implemented throughout the state, he added. Prominent those who spoke on the occasion included Baljit Singh Kumbra, president; Parmjit Kaur Landran, general secretary; Balraj Singh Gill, Parvinder Singh Sohana, Satwant Kaur Johal, Gurpal Singh Motemajra, Harpal Singh Channa, besides others.

‘Re-carpet roads’: Members of the Resident Welfare Association (RWA), Sector 4, met Panchkula Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ashima Brar to apprise her of problems being faced by them. The association president Devinder Mahajan informed the DC that roads of the sector were in dire need of repair. Speed breakers and traffic signal lights were also required in the area as there was big rush of vehicular traffic during office hours, he said. The DC assured the members of taking remedial measures in this regard. — Tribune Reporters


slum rehab scheme
Claims of colony squatters to be reviewed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
The Estate Office, which is all set to raze Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony in Mauli Jagran, will review the claims of certain colony squatters under the UT Slum Rehab Scheme, whose eligibility was in question due to some objections raised by a committee during a biometric survey.

Recently a team from the UT Estate’s Office, during a visit to the site to check the modalities of removing illegal structures there, found that around 150 families were still residing in the colony. “These were the families, whose claims were rejected due to some objections raised by the committee,” said Rahul Gupta, UT Assistant Estate Officer.

While most of the families said there was a typing error in the spelling of their names, the Estate officials claimed that they had scrutinised the cases properly.

“Now, we have shortlisted 70 such cases, which will be reviewed on August 3 and 4 at the SDM’s office, hockey stadium, Sector 42,” said Gupta.

Around 400 families of the colony have already been rehabilitated under the scheme.



Immediate repatriation of GMCH MS sought
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
The PGI authorities have asked the UT administration to immediately repatriate Dr Vipin Kaushal, Medical Superintendent, GMCH-32, whose deputation ended on July 21.

Though as per terms of the deputation, Dr Kaushal, who has till date not sought any extension of his term at the GMCH-32, should have automatically gone back to his parent department, the PGI, after the expiry of his two-year deputation period, he continues to serve the UT administration.

Sources in the PGI revealed that director Prof Vinay Sakhuja had recently written to the UT administration asking them to repatriate Dr Kaushal.

When contacted, Dr Kaushal refused to comment on the development. Meanwhile, sources in the GMCH maintained that efforts were on to seek an extension for Dr Kaushal.

Interestingly, apart from Dr Kaushal, the Director Principal GMCH-32, Dr Raj Bahadur, is also on deputation to the hospital from the PGI. Though he had come on a two-year stint in December, 2007, he had managed two extensions of one year each since then. Dr Bahadur, who is one of the front-runners for the post of the PGI director, is on an extension till 30 November, 2011.

According to sources in the PGI, two more doctors from the hospital, Dr D Behera (pulmonary medicine) and Dr JS Thakur (community medicine), are also on deputation to Delhi. While Dr Behera is presently working as the director, LRS Institute of Tuberculosis, Delhi, Dr Thakur is with the WHO. Sources said Dr Behera’s term of deputation would end on September 29 this year.

The sources said Dr Thakur’s term with the WHO ended on March 31 this year and he had applied for an extension. However, it could not be confirmed whether the extension was given to him by the PGI’s governing body or was still under consideration.



‘City Forests’ are new attractions
Have a jungle feel amid concrete buildings
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Having already taken the lead in terms of green belts, particularly gardens, there will now be forests in the vicinity of residential quarters across the city.

Under the novel concept of ‘City Forests’, the UT forest department has developed three pockets, spread over 25 acres, at Sector 26, Sector 39 and Mani Majra.

At Sector 39, seven acres of forestland has been used to create ‘Peacock Park’. The department has also come up with ‘Arboretom’ at Sector 26. The third, ‘City Forest’, has been created near the IT Park, where 11 acres of abandoned land has been used.

“The purpose of converting deserted land in an urban area is to give jungle lovers the feel. Apart from that, the pockets will also act as green lungs for the city,” says Santosh Kumar, UT Chief Conservator of Forests.

He has added that the three ‘City Forests’ are ready and will be thrown open to the public in a week or two. After fencing the area, the department has set up benches and laid tracks.

“In the City Forest near IT Park, we have created a meditation hut. Those who want to have a feel of ther jungle can visit these areas any time,” says Santosh Kumar.

While the department has used its own land for ‘Peacock Park’ and ‘Arboretom’, the land near the IT Park does not belong to it.

“We are trying to transfer it in our department’s name,” says Santosh Kumar. He has added that the land had been used for brick kilns, but was lying abandoned of late.

The city has a total of 6.5 sq km o forestland in urban areas. “The other pockets in our area will be developed under this concept one by one,” says Santosh Kumar.



Sukhna eight feet under
Less rain this year, normal water level not expected
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Indicating less rainfall this year, the water level in the Sukhna Lake has fallen by more than eight feet compared to the corresponding period the previous year.

While the measuring scale showed today’s water level at 1,154.20 feet, it was 1,162.50 feet in July past year.

“We consider 1,160 feet the normal water level of the lake. As there has been less rain this season, I do not expect it to reach even the normal level,” says an official with the Chandigarh administration.

The maximum water level of the lake is 1,163 feet, after which officials have to open the floodgates to release water.

So far, the city has received about 460 mm of rain since June 1. Figures show the city having received 1,178 mm of rain the previous monsoon.

The rain this year has filled the 190-odd check dams in the Sukhna catchment area, says the official.

He has maintained that water will start flowing from the check dams to the lake only if the city receives heavy rain in the coming days.

So far, the water level has gone up by just one foot due to rain, he has added. With the lake receiving less water this year, the accumulation of fresh silt is negligible.

As the water level did not cross the maximum mark the previous year, there was no need to open the floodgates then. These were opened only once, in 2009.

Down to one-third of original size

The 3-sq-km rain-fed Sukhna is 1.52-km long and 1.49-km wide. After its completion in 1958, the water-spread area of the lake was 188 hectares and the average depth 4.69 metres. It originally had a depth of 18 feet, but due to heavy silt deposits, the average depth reduced to eight feet and six inches and the area to 1.5 sq km. The lake lost nearly 66 per cent of its area and water-holding capacity till 2009.

Siltation rate falling every year

According to a study by the Society for Promotion and Conservation of Environment, the siltation rate has been decreasing every year. Around 15 years ago, the siltation rate was 150 tonnes per hectare per year, but the figure was between 0.71 and 6.44 tonnes per hectare per year now. The average depth was about eight feet and the maximum 16 feet.



Police finds loopholes in BKU leader’s claims
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 1
Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Guni Prakash seems to have landed himself in trouble after yesterday’s incident of firing. The district police has found many loopholes in his statement over the incident in which he got a bullet injury at Barwala here last night.

Guni had alleged in his complaint that four persons -- Ashok, Randeep, Soni and Ratanmaan -- attacked him along with another unidentified person at 9.15 pm at Barwala. While Ratanmaan is a resident of Karnal the other three belong to Kaithal. The police in its investigation has found that three of the accused, Soni, Randeep and Ratanmaan, were present at their houses around 10 pm. Even the fourth accused, Ashok, was at the house of his sister on the occasion of Teej festival.

Last night Guni Prakash (50), chief of the Mahender Singh-Sharad Joshi faction of the Bhartiya Kisan Union was brought to the General Hospital with a bullet injury. Guni Prakash, a resident of Kaithal, alleged that five persons shot at him at Tangri river bridge, near Barwala.

According to Guni Prakash, he was here at the residence of his relatives at Bataud village and going towards Sarakpur village, near Raipur Rani, on a motorcycle alone when five persons got down from a Maruti Alto car and fired two rounds upon him.

While one of the fires missed the target, the other hit him on a shoulder, he alleged. Doctors at the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, referred him to the PGI, Chandigarh.

After the incident the Panchkula Police contacted Kaithal and Karnal Police to verify the claims of the victim. To their surprise it was found that Randeep, Soni and Ratanmaan were present at their homes even as the distance between Barwala and Kaithal would take more than two hours journey.

Further it was found that the motorcycle had no marks of damages, which otherwise was expected to fall down during such attacks. Moreover, it was in a neutral mode, which again showed that Guni Prakash had sufficient time to put the vehicle in order before the alleged attack on him, sources added.

There was a history of enmity between Guni Prakash and the accused, said sources. Ashok and Soni, both brothers, had lodged a complaint with the police in the past alleging that Guni Prakash had duped them of Rs 3 lakh on the assurance of arranging a job for Soni in the electricity department as an assistant lineman.

In this case an application of the anticipatory bail of Guni Prakash was dismissed on July 7 at Kaithal, said sources. Besides, a few years ago Guni Prakash had lodged a complaint with the Kaithal Police that Randeep had fired a shot at his home. Later, the complaint was found to be false.

Panchkula Superintendent of Police, confirming that there were loose ends in the statement of the victim, said the district police would investigate the incident before reaching to any conclusion.



No CVO, no MC action
Another inquiry report remains on paper
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
The inquiry report about the illegal digging and unauthorised laying of cables on the road separating Sectors 33 and 34 will remain in the closet as the municipal corporation (MC) does not have a chief vigilance officer (CVO), who is empowered to take action in this regard.

MC Additional Commissioner Lalit Siwach said no action could be taken on the inquiry report as the UT administration had not given official charge of CVO to any officer with the MC.

During a recent General House meeting of the MC, a decision was taken that the vigilance cell would take action against the officials found guilty in the report. But interestingly, for the past three months, the post of CVO had been lying vacant as the UT administration had failed to appoint an official to the post.

This was the fate of not only this inquiry report, but also of pending cases piling up for the past quarter of a year. In fact, for routine complaints, the MC had been recommending complainants to approach the UT CVO to take action as there was no official on this post with the MC.

The MC CVO’s post fell vacant with the repatriation of the then Joint Commissioner-cum-CVO Kamlesh three months ago.

MC records showed that a number of reminders had been sent to the UT administration, with a request to appoint CVO, during the past three months, but no action had been initiated by the administration yet.

Sources in the MC revealed that a number of cases, which had huge financial implications, were pending with the vigilance cell, but action could not be taken as no official had been assigned charge of CVO.

Cases of (in)action

Cement scam unearthed past year, in which a truck carrying 200 cement bags was impounded by an MC team, after which imposition of penalty on the SDO was sought in the inquiry report

Theft of pipes from the Sector-17 plaza detected, with an MC team impounding a truck



Defaulters to be penalised
Illegal digging up of roads
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
In order to tighten noose around private companies involved in illegal digging up of roads, the municipal corporation (MC) is mulling over imposing double the amount of fee, fixed for getting permission to start the work, as a penalty on such defaulters.

As per the proposal, if a company digs up a road for laying pipes or cables without seeking permission, it will have to pay Rs 302 per running foot, while for a road cut on concrete area, the penalty will be Rs 404 per running foot. MC Chief Engineer SS Bidda stated that the proposal of imposing fine would be sent to the Commissioner for approval. He said an inquiry had been marked into an illegal road cut found in Sectors 28 and 29 yesterday.

One of the senior officials of the civic body the authorities could not take action against violators, as in the existing policy, no such provision was made. Whereas the irony is that the authorities, instead of penalising the defaulters, end up pulling up their own officials.

In the past four months, two cases of illegal road cuts by private companies came to the fore. In both the cases, FIRs were filed but no action was taken against the companies involved in the digging up of roads. Whereas in a departmental inquiry of the MC, responsibility of those officials was fixed, who did not take action even after the matter was exposed.



Terminal Ballistics Research Lab gets new Director 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Dr Manjit Singh has today assumed the charge of the Director of Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL), an establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organisation based here. He takes over from Dr Satish Kumar, who has been given higher responsibilities at the DRDO headquarters in New Delhi.
Dr Manjit Singh
Dr Manjit Singh

An alumnus of the Department of Physics, Panjab University, he joined the TBRL in December 1984 and since then he has been working in the field of “Detonics of High Explosives and Shock Dynamics”, which remained his area of specialisation. He played an instrumental role in the development of explosive wave shapers and technologies for dynamic shock compression of materials.

With the blend of ultra-fast diagnostics, modelling and simulation techniques, he made his division a centre of excellence for performance evaluation and design optimisation of various explosive systems needed for making the country self-reliant in strategic technologies.

He played the lead role in creating state-of-the-art experimental facilities consisting of two-stage light gas gun and split Hopkinson pressure bar that have made the TBRL a unique laboratory for characterisation of materials under different loading conditions. 



PU issues circular to departments
Incomplete info provided to RTI activist
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
In the light of recent incident wherein incomplete information regarding doctorate degrees awarded by Panjab University was provided to an RTI applicant, the university authorities have issued a circular to all teaching departments, administrative branches and regional centres of the university.

The circular reads, “It has been observed that appropriate regard is not being paid to the sacredness of the Right to Information Act and replies are not sent in time to the applicants, thus causing discomfiture and even penalties are imposed in some cases.”

The circular further says in a majority of the cases, dealing officials of various branches are putting up obscure and incomplete replies. Even if the information is not available with the university, the application is required to be sent to the quarters concerned with a proper copy to the applicant as well.

PU announced that henceforth, if any delay is observed at any level, the official concerned will be held accountable.

The circular further mentions that “any penalty is imposed because of such inaction or delay, the same will be recovered from the official concerned, besides other disciplinary action, as may be deemed fit.



Prof Amrik is new DSW
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Professor Amrik Singh Ahluwalia, department of botany and dean, science faculty, has been appointed the dean student welfare (DSW) at Panjab University.

Professor Gurmail Singh, chairperson, department of economics, has been appointed new dean international students and Professor Varinder Walia, department of zoology, has been appointed dean alumni relations. Professor Kalpna K Mahajan retains the charge of dean student welfare (women).



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