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Security guard found murdered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
A 55-year-old security guard was found brutally murdered while he was on duty at a godown in Makhan Majra village in Industrial Area last night.

The victim, Prayag Raj Singh, was found lying in a pool of blood on his cot near a garage in the godown this morning. The police suspects it to be a handiwork of persons with whom he was consuming liquor last night as a number of liquor bottles were recovered from the spot. Cash and mobile phone of the victim was also missing.

The security guard was employed with Saluja Ford for the past 18 months. He was a native of a remote village in Uttar Pradesh and stayed here with his relative.

The murder came to light at 8 am when another security guard, Hriday Nathjha, came for the duty. He saw Prayag lying in a pool of blood and called the police. There was a deep cut near the ear suggesting that Prayag was hit with a heavy rod.

The police reached the spot along with a CFSL team and collected samples. Other workers at the godown told the police that the victim had received a salary of Rs 9,000 only two days ago and was carrying the entire cash in his pocket when the murder took place.

“I met Prayag at 8 pm on Friday when he came to join duty. While he worked on the night shift, I work on the day shift. When I came in the morning, I saw his body,” said another security guard Hriday Nathjha. A case of murder under Section 302 of the IPC has been registered at the Industrial Area police station.



I-T Surveys
2 jewellers surrender Rs 4.3 cr
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
Following surveys conducted by the Income Tax (I-T) Department on business premises of two Patiala-based jewellers, Jamuna Jewellers and Prem Jewellers, the latter made a voluntary surrender of undisclosed income to the tune of Rs 4.3 crore.

According to officials, the major chunk of the surrender, amounting to Rs 2.5 crore, came from Prem Jewellers. Jamuna Jewellers surrendered Rs 1.8 crore.

I-T sleuths, covering the two premises, started the surveys on Thursday evening and concluded their job yesterday.

A team of I-T officials, led by Harjinder Singh, Joint Commissioner, carried out simultaneous survey operations on the business premises of the jewellers under the supervision of Kulwinder Singh, Commissioner, Patiala.


sector 2
Amenities missing from mc’s dictionary
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 10
Potholed roads, non-functional streetlights, ill-maintained parks, encroachments in corridors of markets and thefts, especially in houses situated along the Zirakpur- Kalka highway, irk the residents of Sector 2. Residents have taken up their problems with the authorities concerned time and again, but nothing has been done so far, said Major (retd) KC Verma, general secretary, Residents Welfare and Environment Society, Sector 2.

Shopkeepers have encroached upon land in front of their shops; and (centre) loose electricity wires hang from a pole in Sector 2. A damaged road at Mansa Devi Complex.

Shopkeepers have encroached upon land in front of their shops; and (centre) loose electricity wires hang from a pole in Sector 2. A damaged road at Mansa Devi Complex. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

Shopkeepers in markets have encroached upon almost every inch of space in corridors. “The enforcement wing of HUDA seems to have turned a blind eye towards the violation,” he added.

A streetlight in front of my house had been lying defunct for the past one month. My repeated pleas were turned down. Ultimately, I only had to spend money to get the fault rectified
Sqd Ldr (retd ) PN Dogra, local resident.

HUDA as well as the civic body officials have turned a blind eye towards the problems of residents
Major (retd) KC Verma, general secretary, Residents Welfare and Environment Society.

The authorities should do something to improve the situation
Ram Rattan Sharma, local resident.

I have not received funds for development work for the past three years
Seema Chaudhary, former municipal councillor, Sector 2.

“The nullah has become a garbage dumping site and foul smell emanating from sewage has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes,” lamented Major D S Multani, general secretary, Defence Enclave Welfare Society.

The authorities have even failed to provide basic amenities despite the fact that mostly retired Armymen reside in the sector, said Sqd Ldr (retd) PN Dogra.

“A damaged internal road leading to NH-22 is no one’s baby. Neither the municipal council, nor the national highway authorities are willing to get it repaired,” he added.

“A streetlight in front of my house had been lying defunct for the past one month. Despite bringing the matter to the notice of the MC officials a number of times, it was not replaced. Ultimately, I had to spend money from my own pocket to get a new streelight installed,” said Dogra.

When contacted, executive officer of the municipal corporation KK Jain said with the conversion of the municipal council into a corporation, development works in the sector had been delayed.

sector 4 MDC
Authorities yet to wake up

Despite highlighting the issue in these columns, streetlights are yet to be installed in front of houses in Mansa Devi Complex, Panchkula. Even as residents of Sector 4, Mansa Devi Complex, have been facing inconvenience due to lack of amenities in the area, the authorities concerned have done nothing to tide over their problems. Reports published in newspapers have failed to move the officials concerned.

On revisiting the area, it was found that even after one month the situation remained the same. A report was published in these columns on August 6. The roads were full of potholes. When contacted, municipal corporation executive officer KK Jain said tenders for repair of roads and installation streetlights would be floated next week.
Despite highlighting the issue in these columns, streetlights are yet to be installed in front of houses in Mansa Devi Complex, Panchkula.



PU alumnus arrested for bike thefts
Took to crime after completing MSc in 2009
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
The crime branch of the Chandigarh Police has arrested Jaswinder Singh (25), alias Pinda, a former MSc student of Panjab University, for his involvement in at least eight cases of bike thefts in the city.

The accused, who has a sound family background, used to steal most of the bikes near the ISBT, Sector 17. The accused is a resident of Bhana village, Kaithal district, Haryana.

Crime branch in-charge Amanjot Singh said Jaswinder Singh had a sound family background and had completed his MSc from Punjab University in 2009. After leaving the university, he went back to his native village. “But during his stay in Chandigarh, he got addicted to a luxurious lifestyle and used buy branded clothes and expensive mobile phones. To sustain this, he started stealing bikes from Chandigarh. During interrogation, it was revealed that he used to come to Chandigarh in the evening and sleep at the Rehan Basera, ISBT-17. Early in the morning, he would steal a bike from the adjoining area of the bus station and ride back to Kaithal, where he disposed of the bike,” said Amanjot Singh.

The accused was today produced in a local court, which remanded him in judicial custody. In a separate case, the crime branch arrested Barbjit Singh and Sumit Kumar and recovered a snatched mobile phone and a black Pulsar motor cycle from their possession. The police said the two had snatched the mobile phone from a woman, while she was talking on her phone near a petrol station in Sector 21 on September 1.



garbage mess
HS seeks explanation after stench complaints
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
The tall claims of controlling the spread of foul smell from the dumping ground and garbage plant by the municipal corporation fell flat again when the UT Home Secretary directed MC officials to verify the cause of the smell that was felt across the city late this evening.

Sources said residents of various sectors lodged a complaint with the UT officials about the stench in their sectors from the garbage processing plant and dumping ground located at Dadu Majra.

The Home Secretary asked the MC officials to inform him immediately about the reason for the stench.

Passing the buck as usual, a senior official of the MC claimed that the smell was coming from the garbage processing plant, while a plant representative claimed that the foul smell usually arose after rain as the corporation officials often failed to cover the dumping ground properly.



Abandoned bag triggers panic
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
Panic gripped the Shastri Market in Sector 22 here this afternoon when a bag was found abandoned near a shop. An alert passerby called the police control room and a bomb disposal squad was pressed into service. However, the bag owner returned soon after and identified the bag as his.

Sector-22 police post in-charge Rajiv Kumar said the bag belonged to an engineer working with Sansumg and contained some tools. He had left it by the side of a shop while going to have food at a nearby stall.

“We reached the scene and made an announcement regarding the bag. Soon its owner approached us. He had left the bag at the scene to have lunch,” he said.



SGPC Poll: Mudslinging keeps candidates preoccupied
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 10
The fight between Akali Dal candidate JP Singh and independent candidate Hardeep Singh, a former SGPC member, today took a new turn with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) writing to the Gurdwara Election Commission seeking directions to newspapers not to publish any doctored photograph of JP Singh, allegedly created by rival candidate Hardeep Singh.

The party’s spokesperson claimed that sensing defeat Hardeep Singh, along with his supporters, had resorted to conspiracy in order to tarnish the image of JP Singh. Refuting the allegations levelled by the SAD, Hardeep Singh said he was not aware of any such picture. “It seems to be an election stunt by the SAD to gain publicity,” he said.

Meanwhile, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar while addressing a gathering in support of Akali Dal and Sant Samaj candidate JP Singh, said rival candidate Hardeep Singh was dividing voters in the name of sub-castes and had done nothing for the welfare of the Sikh community. Documentaries produced by Hardeep Singh and funded by the SGPC were never shown to him.

Reacting to the statement of Congress MLA Sukhpal Khera that the SGPC president had misused petrol expenses issued for his official vehicle, Makkar said the information sought under the RTI was presented in a wrong manner.

The funds were used to meet the petrol expenses of three vehicles.



Mining being controlled by Akalis: Capt Amarinder
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 10
“The entire trade of mining was being controlled by the Akalis and the Congress would probe the matter,” said President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Capt Amarinder Singh.

Capt Amarinder, who was in the local district courts in connection with the hearing in the Amritsar Improvement Trust case registered by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau against him and others, said he had already made his stand clear on the issue of giving rights to the Sehajdahri Sikhs.



Chandigarh scan
100 examined at eye camp

As a part of celebrations of Senior Citizens’ month, Sai Tara Ummat Foundation and Senior Citizens’ Welfare Association, Chandigarh, organised a free eye check-up camp in collaboration with Grewal Eye Institute, Sector 9, Chandigarh, today at Old Age Home in Sector 15. Around 100 patients were examined during the camp.

Rally against corruption

The local unit of Youth Against Corruption (YAC) held a car and a bike rally on Saturday. The rally started from the Sector 34 exhibition ground at 3 pm. The rally passed through Sectors 35, 22, 21, 20, 30, 29, 28, 27, 19, 18 and 16. It was culminated at the Sector 15 market. Saurabh Joshi, the new convener of the unit, stated that YAC aimed at eradicating corruption. Job fest

Around 10,000 turned up at the job fest held at Rayat-Bahra Group of Institutions, Mohali. Students from various quarters of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir participated in the fair. The fair was held in collaboration with PHD Chambers of Commerce and Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training. Candidates underwent written test, group discussion and interviews for 1,800 jobs for ITI passouts and 600 for diploma holders.

Literacy Day observed

International Literacy Day was observed at Smart Wonders School. ‘Each One Teach One’ was the slogan raised by students urging parents to educate at least one child. Books were donated among needy children. A play “Love shows the way” was staged.

Mohali scan
Freshers’ party

A fresher’s party was held at GGS Sachdeva College, Kharar. Chief guest was chairman Brijpal Sachdeva. Mr Fresher and Miss Fresher were declared.

panchkula scan
Painting contest

More than 30 children participated in a painting competition. The theme was “Clean Earth, Green Earth”. — TNS



Education dept ties up with research centre
To identify eligible candidates for free education
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
Following two months of deliberation, the UT education department has finally joined hands with the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) to identify eligible candidates for free education ensured under the Right Of Children To Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act.

The department, which had initially decided to conduct a fresh survey, has now entrusted CRRID to rectify its botched up child mapping exercise conducted last year.

“ The last year’s survey report will be handed over to CRRID. The research agency will go through it and rectify the loopholes in data. Last year’s survey had apparently left out many city areas which will be resurveyed by the agency. Re-conducting the entire survey will only add to the burden,” said a senior education department official.

The department, which had initially conducted a survey in 2010, had for two months maintained a conspicuous silence over the results and it was only after the exit of former DPI (S) PK Sharma that it admitted that the survey was “mishandled” and was “ineffective” for use.

This hampered implementation of the Act last year.

A committee, which reviewed the survey report, found that only a few eligible children had been enlisted in contrast to figures obtained from other surveys and sources. The finding hinted at a majority of poor localities been left out by surveyors.

Following which the freshly formed school management committees of government schools were asked to make rectifications in the data pertaining to their neighbourhood, however, nothing happened on ground for almost four months. The department then decided to have a fresh survey, but the cost and manpower involved in the same led to the tie-up.

Chapter 3 of the Act requires the administration to not only identify eligible children for admission under 25 per cent reservation, but also make the record public. The schools are supposed to admit students on the basis of the data.



College principal should be made Dean: Association
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
After the Controller of Examination and Registrar, it is now the post of Panjab University Dean Colleges Development Council which has hit troubled waters. Close to the heels of geology department’s chairperson urging acting DCDC Naval Kishore to withdraw his application for the post, the Affiliated Colleges Association has asked PU Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti to appoint a college principal as Dean (colleges) rather than any university official or professor.

An executive meeting was held yesterday, where colleges principals highlighted the affiliation problems and the authorities callous attitude towards it.

“ For many courses, affiliation has to be sought every year. As the admission season approaches, we repeatedly request the authorities to inspect and grant the affiliation, but nothing is done leaving us in a fix whether or not to admit students. If we admit students then we are accused of having duped the university,” said an association member.

The association in a letter sent to Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti asked him to appoint a principal as he only can understand the gravity of such issues.

“Dean (colleges) should be somebody who empathises with Punjab colleges. This can only happen when somebody who has been a principal for long gets the post as he will understand our problems which generally are dismissed as excuses of inefficiency. Indifference to colleges was the bone of contention between us and former DCDC Keshav Malhotra,” said association’s president Dr SS Randhawa.

Senior university officials, however, termed the demand unjustified, saying, “ If this logic has to be applied then a student should be made DSW because he can only empathise with students.



Admission to Class XI
Last round of counselling on September 13
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
The UT education department will be conducting the last round of counselling for Class XI admission from September 13.

Students seeking admission to science/commerce/humanities and vocational streams can check the list of vacant seats on the website of education department i.e. www.chdeducation.gov.in . and on notice boards of all government, model/non-model senior secondary schools.

Even those students, who have already been enrolled in government schools, can be part of the counselling.

Interested students should submit their applications to schools they wish to get admitted to, along with a photocopy of Class X marksheet and certificate for category of reservation. Separate application is to be submitted for each school/stream. Candidates can also apply for those schools/streams, where seats are not available to avail prospective vacancy during the counselling.



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