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khushpreet case
PCA talks tough, for action against DSP
tribune news service

Chandigarh, October 14
The infamous Khushpreet kidnapping and murder case dating back to December has returned to haunt the police department with the Police Complaint Authority (PCA) recommending action against Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Vijay Kumar for mishandling the investigation at the initial stage.

It has also criticised the police department for not taking action against two Inspectors and a Sub-Inspector who had earlier been indicted for dereliction of duty in both a magisterial and departmental inquiry held this year.

Vijay Kumar was the then Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO, South) and overall in charge for the area where the tragic incident had occurred.

The Police Complaint Authority has also pointed to how the police had not yet taken action against Inspector Udey Pal Singh (who was the then Station House Officer of the Sector 34 police station), Inspector Narinder Singh Patial (who was the then in charge of the Burail police post) and Sub-Inspector Balraj Singh (former investigating officer), all of who had earlier been indicted in two separate inquiries related to the Khushpreet murder case.

Advocate Gagan Aggarwal had demanded stringent action against the police officers guilty and responsible for botching up the case and later moved the Police Complaint Authority.

While no independent inquiry was conducted by the Police Complaint Authority, the order to take action was passed after it was found that the police department had failed to take any action against the DSP in spite of the inquiries.

“The Inspector-General of Police is advised to take appropriate action against Deputy Superintendent of Police Vijay Kumar also as the departmental inquiry officer (himself being a DSP) did not conduct any inquiry against DSP Vijay Kumar,” states the order.

“It does not now appear appropriate and necessary to embark upon yet another inquiry after two independent inquiries have already been conducted, one by a PCS officer and the other by a senior police officer,” stated the Police Complaint Authority.

“It is also noticed that the departmental inquiry report dated June 22, 2011, is still under consideration. A period of almost four months is likely to pass. No action appears to have been taken by the department as yet against the delinquent and indicted police officers. They have also been reinstated,” observed the Police Complaint Authority.

“It would be advisable that a suitable departmental action is taken against them at an early date as a logical conclusion of the inquiry. The officers found guilty should not be let off lightly,” states the order.

Five-year-old Khushpreet was kidnapped from his house in Burail on December 21, 2010. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of Rs 4 lakh.

A police trap laid to arrest the kidnappers failed and the accused fled with the money. Khushpreet’s body was found dumped in a pit in Mohali on January 5.

There was public outcry against police laxity and the police department came in for a lot of criticism for botching up the case.



This ‘Chilly’ took the bite out of terrorists’ plan
 Sniffed out explosives where equipment failed
Tribune news service

Chandigarh, October 14
Chillies sting, but this one did his bit to save lives and property from nefarious designs. Behind the seizure of 5 kg of RDX at Ambala yesterday, was the sniffing power of Chilly, a canine trained by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP).

A black labrador, Chilly had passed out from the ITBP National Training Centre for Dogs (NTCD) at Bhanu, near here, in May this year.

Chilly and his handler, constable Deepak Kumar of Haryana Police, were deployed at the Ambala railway station after specific intelligence input. After all explosive detection equipment failed to detect the explosives, the police dog was deployed. Within 15 minutes, the dog literally pulled his master towards a parked Indica car and placed its paw on the bonnet. The bomb disposal team recovered the RDX from this car, which, according to reports, was being transported by terrorists to Delhi to create panic and inflict massive casualties during the festive season.

Chilly, like his other furry four-footed comrades-in-arms, was given extensive training for 24 weeks.

“During his training as a sniffer dog, he was excellent and enjoyed a very good rapport with his handler Deepak. It is a proud moment for the centre,” an instructor at the centre said.

Dogs trained at the centre have done a commendable job during the Commonwealth Games held in Delhi. During the visit of US President Barak Obama, more than a dozen ITBP dogs were deployed for anti-sabotage checking.

Last year, ITBP-trained search and rescue dogs of the National Disaster Response Force found three women alive in the debris during the Ladakh cloudburst.

The NTCD is training dogs of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Central Industrial Security Force for counter-insurgency operations and airport security duties, respectively.



Raids on, 7 tonnes of sweets destroyed
tribune news service

A tray containing fungus-infested sweets which was seized from Gobind Sweets at Sector 7 in Chandigarh on Friday
A tray containing fungus-infested sweets which was seized from Gobind Sweets at Sector 7 in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan Another photo 

Chandigarh, October 14
Carrying on with the raids to check substandard sweets, a special team of the UT administration conducted raids in Sectors 7, 8, 14, 26 and 44 here today.

More than 7 tonnes of sweets were destroyed today, said Nidhi Srivastava, Additional Commissioner. A senior officer said: “A number of production outlets raided in the city, particularly in colonies, had clean working environment.”

A case has been registered against New Vaishno Sweets in Sector 8 for using an illegal gas connection.

An illegal consignment of raisins worth nearly Rs 6.5 lakh was seized today. ML Sharma, Additional Deputy Commissioner, said: “We caught a consignment worth Rs 4.94 lakh from a truck during raids in the Industrial Area. The parties involved were Ketan and Aman Associates. One of the firms had not even paid the returns. We found another questionable consignment worth Rs 1.52 lakh at the site.”



MC clears way for Bansal’s ‘smooth’ travel
  Creates new approach to Dadu Majra dumping ground by breaking boundary wall
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) certainly distinguishes between the common man of the city and the VVIPs.
Construction of a road in progress near the demolished boundary wall at the Dadu Majra Garbage Plant dumping ground in Chandigarh on Friday.
Construction of a road in progress near the demolished boundary wall at the Dadu Majra Garbage Plant dumping ground in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

While the officials of the cash-rich MC have expressed their helplessness in rescuing the residents of Dadu Majra from the nauseating smell of the nearby located garbage dumping ground, it has gone out of way to ensure “smooth” travel for the Union Minister and Member of Parliament from Chandigarh Pawan Kumar Bansal, who is scheduled to inaugurate a Theme Park inside the dumping ground on October 17.

To shorten the travelling time for the minister, the MC has created a new approach to the site by breaking the boundary wall of the dumping ground. In a matter of two days, the MC has spent lakhs on laying a paver block pathway that would reduce the travelling time of the minister to the inaugural site by only a few minutes.

Interestingly, the wing concerned of the MC has taken no permission for the alternative entry gate. The issue came to light when two nominated councillors - Dr AP Sanwaria and Pallav Mukherjee - on visiting the dumping ground found that work of laying of paver blocks going on at a fast pace. Both the councillors, who had gone to join the Dadu Majra resident in their crusade against the pungent smell, purportedly coming from the garbage dumping ground, ended up making a complaint to MC Commissioner Prerna Puri, following which the work has been stopped.

Sources in the MC stated that there were two entry points to the dumping ground. One is used for the entry and exit of the garbage vehicles and another is permanently closed as it opens on the road and it was in violation of the building bylaws.

Area councillor Kamlesh, however, claimed that the contractor had not broken the boundary wall but it was the second gate of the dumping ground, which was being repaired for the inaugural ceremony.

Resident Welfare Association General Secretary Narinder Choudhary, however, said that even after the directions of the MC Commissioner, the work was still on under the supervision of the husband of the area councillor, Kamlesh.

Underground reservoir

The MC had mooted a theme park near the dumping ground with irrigation system at the Dadu Majra Colony. The plan is afoot for constructing an underground reservoir along with a pumping machinery for storing 1 lakh gallons of water for irrigation. A complete network of irrigation lines with hydrants would also be provided for irrigating the dumping ground. The project would approximately cost Rs 33.5 lakh.

Spendthrift MC

In the past five years, the MC has spent highest funds of Rs 3,54,300 on eight inaugurations where Pawan Kumar Bansal was the chief guest.

Notice to MC Commissioner, DC

Civil Judge Gurpratap Singh today issued notice to the MC Commissioner, the Deputy Commissioner, the Mayor and the JP Group in connection with the Dadu Majra garbage processing plant. Advocate Arvind Thakur on Thursday had filed a civil suit seeking directions to the respondents to remove garbage and inerts lying in the dumping ground at Dadu Majra. He had also sought directions to stop the functioning of the garbage processing plant till the time the authorities solve the problem of foul smell emanating from the plant. The court has deferred the hearing for December 5. 



It’s free mehndi service for teachers!
Sumedha Sharma
tribune news service

Chandigarh, October 14
On the eve of Karva Chauth, schoolchildren, particularly girls, were engaged in applying “mehndi” on teachers at several government schools in Sectors 28, 29, 37 and 38 here today.

A casual visit to various school compounds revealed that students were engaged in the “special activity” in corridors. These students largely belonged to the stream of vocational studies which trains students in “mehndi”, facials and waxing, among other things.

Certain students were also seen designing sarees and were engaged in a whole range of beauty treatment like facials and waxing.

What has apparently become a routine for principals and education department officials in the name of giving students a platform to showcase their talent, however, leaves students grumbling.

A class X student of a Sector 37 government school said: “I am the best in the application of ‘mehndi’ and have won many competitions. It’s been two years now, my principal and vice-principal ask me to apply it on them during special occasions. I did not want to go to school today, but I was called only for this purpose. As if this was not enough, I have been asked by the principal to visit her house and apply ‘mehndi’ on the hands of her daughter-in-law also.”

“My course teacher asked me to alter her blouse fittings. I agreed thinking it to be a small task, but she got 15 pieces. All she gave me was Rs 50. We can’t say anything since we are students. Last year, my sister, who is now in class VI, was asked by her teacher to visit her house to apply ‘mehndi’ and she was there till 12 am. In return, the teacher promised to pass her,” a student of a school in Sector 38 claimed.

‘Students can complain’

While DPI (S) Sandeep Hans was unavailable for comment, a senior official said the department could take action only if a complaint was received from students. Last year, former DPI (S) PK Sharma had issued a directive that surprise inspections should be carried out in schools before such occasions.



Hawara brought to city from Tihar in shackles
This is against SC ruling, police say they have permission to do so
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
In the infamous Burail jailbreak case, a local court here today recorded the statement of Sub-Inspector Surinder Singh for the evidence. Earlier, bailable warrants were issued against him on September 14 as he had failed to appear before the court.
Jagtar Singh Hawara, main accused in the Beant Singh assassination case, in Chandigarh.
Jagtar Singh Hawara, main accused in the Beant Singh assassination case, in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorists Jagtar Singh Hawara and Paramjit Singh Bheora were especially brought from Tihar Jail to Chandigarh for Friday’s hearing. Owing to some technical glitch in the video-conferencing system, the police was forced to bring them here.

Meanwhile, defence counsel Arvind Thakur informed the court that Hawara and Bheora were today handcuffed and leg-chained which was against the Supreme Court orders.

But the Delhi police official informed the court that they had obtained permission from a Delhi court and would produce the order’s copy on the next date of hearing. The next date of hearing is slated on November 11.

Hawara and Bheora had dug the tunnel to run away from the Burail Jail on the night intervening January 21-22, 2004. They were the mastermind of the assassination of the then Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh at the high-security state secretariat complex here on August 31, 1995.


Think twice before popping antibiotics
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
There is an old Hindi adage: “Neem hakeem khatra-e-jaan”, which literally means that a person with little knowledge of medicine may prove to cause harm rather than curing the disease.

Ironically, while everyone would have heard the age-old adage, we Indians do not follow it and seem to have a penchant for self-medication and love for popping antibiotic pills.

If you don’t believe, have a look at these figures-a study conducted by the World health Organisation (WHO) reveals that 53 per cent Indians take antibiotics without a doctor’s prescription and up to 48 per cent tend to change their physician if not prescribed antibiotics for something as simple as common cold. No wonder, we are facing the deadly threat of the Superbug, an antibiotic resistant bacteria, that develops in the body due to abuse and misuse of antibiotics.

“Do not underestimate the threat of Superbug,” says Dr SK Jindal, head of pulmonary medicine, PGI, adding that many studies in India have confirmed that the multi-drug resistant Superbug is a reality and present here. “We depend on antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines to treat conditions that would otherwise be fatal. Antimicrobial resistance is drug resistance that renders these medicines ineffective,” he said.

“Though antimicrobial resistance is not a new problem, it is fast becoming more dangerous,” he added.

Expressing concern at the indiscriminate and excessive use of antibiotics at a continuous medical education (CME), organised by the department of pulmonary medicine at the PGI, Dr Jindal and other doctors said the misuse was the most common cause of drug resistance.

Saying it is dangerous to take antibiotics without medical supervision, Dr Jindal stated, “The growth in sales of such medicines in India is 7 per cent, second highest in the world. The highest growth in sales of 8 per cent is in China.”

Doctors feel that the most worrisome aspect of infection is the emergence of drug resistant strain. Dr Jindal says frequent use of antibiotics develops highly resistant bacteria and these infections can be deadly.

“People should refrain from taking drugs on their own and all antibiotics should be taken under medical supervision,” he added.



6 ex-employees to be chargesheeted
Allowed use of poor quality material in development works in Panchkula
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 14
The Directorate of Haryana’s Local Urban Bodies has initiated the process to chargesheet six former employees of the erstwhile Panchkula Municipal Council, including an executive officer and secretary, for allowing the use of poor quality material in at least 250 development works of parks and roads carried out four years ago.

Rohtas Chander, executive officer, BB Bhardwaj, secretary, Mukesh Sharma, maintenance engineer and junior engineers Sadhu Ram Verma, Jagdeep Rao and Gopal Kalawat, have been held responsible for irregularities in an inquiry conducted by the state vigilance department as well as by the then Panchkula Additional Deputy Commissioner, Pravin Kumar.

The action comes three years after the findings of the inquiry were submitted. Pending action, Gopal has meanwhile been promoted to the rank of the maintenance engineer and posted at Pinjore while Bhardwaj retired on September 30.

The directorate has asked officials of the Panchkula Municipal Corporation to send a draft of the chargesheet document so that the erring official can be charge sheeted under Rule 7 of the Employment Act. The services of the accused facing chargesheet under the above mentioned that the rule can be terminated after the charges are proved.

A local resident BL Tandon had lodged a complaint alleging that poor quality material had been used in nearly 250 works carried out during a period of two years, 2005-06 and 2006-07. Following the complaint, 30 works were inspected randomly by the inquiry committee and 12 samples of material used in works were found to be of poor quality. The samples were sent to a New Delhi-based laboratory and the report of the laboratory confirmed that the material used in the works was not of specifications mentioned in the tenders issued by municipal council. 



Love story gone wrong 
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune news service

Panchkula, October 14
An inter-caste love marriage followed by a 10-day honeymoon in a police protection home and then finally a separation.

This sums up the short love story of 29-year-old Praveen and 21-year-old Sonia. Both had recently tied the nuptial knot in Panchkula against the wishes of their parents. But then, love stories can sometimes go horribly wrong. After spending 10 days together, the bride today informed the court that she no longer wished to stay with her husband and was ready to return to her parents.

Suspecting that they could become a victim of honour killing at the hands of their parents, Praveen, an agriculturist and a resident of Kurukshetra, and 21-year-old Sonia, a teacher and a resident of Karnal, had approached the Panchkula district court for protection on October 4. Acting on their plea, the court had directed the police to provide full protection.

Sources added that the couple had been involved in a love affair for the past many years. Before marrying, both had told their respective parents about their desire to get married. But their families did not agree.

Thereafter, the couple ran away and started staying in Panchkula. It was on October 3 that the couple tied the knot. The couple had also produced all certificates pertaining to their marriage certificate, photos of their wedding, evidence certifying their proof of residence and age.

The couple’s counsel MS Bitta said that the bride girl today suddenly changed her stand.

10-day honeymoon

After spending 10 days together in the police protection home at Panchkula, the bride informed the court that she no longer wished to stay with her husband and was ready to return to her parents.

Court’s caution

Suspecting a threat to his life, court staff had cautioned Praveen to stay in the courtroom till the time girl and her family members did not leave the court complex. Praveen left the courtroom only after he was sure that his ‘runaway bride’ and her family had left the court complex. 



Constraints on human development discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
The second day of the international workshop had a medley of activities with presenters from over the world.

Under the theme of “contexts and environments for risky outcomes: theoretical frameworks” there was a host of interesting topics ranging from vulnerability of children involved in armed conflict, psycho-social profile of children of prostitutes, profiling resilience from the perspective of sibling as child carer and resiliency pathways among street children, which was a cross-country research showcasing India, Indonesia, Philippines and South Africa. Professor Arnold Sameroff, who has authored the book ‘The Transactional Model of Development’, in his presentation deliberated on the social constraints on the human development.

The plenary delved into the area of health issues among children where the chair, Dr Pratibha Singhi, chief paediatric neurology, neurodevelopment, PGIMER, Chandigarh, ushered in the clinical perspective highlighting the issues of disability and rehabilitation which is an area to reckon considering the need of the times and the windows of opportunity that has opened up, developing pro-social behaviour. Further the concerns and psychosocial issues were revealed in the works of researchers and scholars, discussing children with special needs, an Asian perspective of nutritional status and early child development.



Mock drill by P’kula police
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 14
The local police conducted a mock drill to check the preparedness of the force in Sector 15 here today. A message was flashed from the Panchkula police control room to all PCR vehicles and police stations that a gunshot had been fired in front of house No. 1450 in Sector 15.

The message was flashed around 12 noon and within a few minutes, Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police Maneesh Chaudhary was at the scene. A few PCR vehicles also reached the scene within 10 minutes.

The DCP was, however, unhappy with the reaction time of those officers who arrived at the scene 20 minutes after the message was flashed.

Panic gripped local residents on seeing the movement of a large number of police vehicles in their sector.

Chaudhary said it was a mock drill to check the reaction time of the force. He added that they were satisfied with the outcome of the drill.



Couple killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 14
A couple was killed after being hit by a speeding truck near Balongi sales tax barrier on the National Highway-21 here today.

The victims have been identified as ex-serviceman Parkash Singh (78) and his wife Satwant Kaur (75) of Mundi Kharar. The incident led to a traffic jam on the highway for more than an hour.

The investigating officer said the incident took place when the couple were going towards Mundi Kharar from Chandigarh and had stopped at traffic lights. A truck coming from the same direction hit their scooter, killing them on the spot.

The police took the victims to the Civil Hospital, Mohali, where the doctors declared them dead on arrival.

The driver of the truck fled the scene, leaving the vehicle behind. The victims’ bodies have been handed over to the family after the autopsy.

The investigating officer stated that the police impounded the truck and registered a case against its driver.

Meanwhile, two persons were killed in two road accidents at Zirakpur.

The victims have been identified as Swaran Singh, a resident of Issrapur Rohni, and Ajay Singh, a resident Sector 24 C, Chandigarh.



Conference on dermatology begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
The Asia Pacific Environmental and Occupational Dermatology Symposium and the third Conference of the Contact and Occupational Dermatitis Forum of India (APEODS 2011 and 3rd CODFICON) commenced at the PGI today.

After the inauguration by Professor YK Chawla, Director, PGIMER, an inspiring keynote address was given by Dr JS Pasricha, former head of the dermatology department, AIIMS, New Delhi and the father of contact dermatitis in India. This was followed by an elegant overview of fragrance allergies in the current scenario by globally renowned expert, Dr Chee Leok Goh, founder of APODS, from Singapore.

This is an area growing in importance in our country with the increasing use of perfumes and deodorants. This was followed by a series of lectures by experts including Dr Magnus Bruze, Dr Klaus Andersen, Dr VK Sharma, Dr Hemangi Jerajani, Dr Rosemary Nixon and Dr C R Srinivas. The lectures covered all basic aspects of contact dermatitis such as why, what and how to patch test, irritant contact dermatitis, photopatch testing, as is patch testing and clinical relevance of patch tests. The afternoon began with a hands-on practical demonstration of various aspects of patch, photopatch and prick testing. There were four demonstration stations dealing with patch test kits, technique, reading and prick testing. 



back from jail
Sharma sees scope for prison reforms
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 14
IPS officer RK Sharma, who was acquitted in the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case by the Delhi High Court on Wednesday, said there was a big scope for prison reforms in the country. He would pen a book based on his experiences during his imprisonment for over nine years in the Tihar Jail, he added.

Sharma, after his release from the jail, reached his home in Sector 6 last night.

“I thank God for I am back with my family, especially my wife Madhu to celebrate Karva Chauth after missing out on it for the past nine years,” he said. “I always had faith in the country’s judicial system and the court has given me my life back again.”

“I have seen a different India during my term in the jail and I am a different person now,” he said.

His wife said they would now arrange a big family get-together to celebrate Diwali later this month.



Eight chikungunya cases reported
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 14
After a gap of three years, chikungunya, a viral disease spread by mosquitoes, has struck in a big way at a village in Kalka.

Of the 21 people from Majra Mehtab village who had reported at the local hospital with symptoms of dengue, eight have been found to be suffering from chikungunya. In 2008, three cases of the disease were reported in the district. “It causes fever and severe joint pain. The disease shares some clinical signs with dengue and can be mistaken in areas where dengue is common,” said Dr VK Bansal, civil surgeon, Panchkula. Even after one is relieved of chikungunya fever, the joint pain continues to stay for almost a year, he said. Blood samples were sent to the PGI from where it was confirmed that the patients were suffering from chikungunya, said Dr Anil, district malaria officer, who visited the affected area today. Fumigation would be carried out in the area in the next few days, it was learnt.



14 jhuggis gutted

Panchkula, October 14
Foruteen jhuggis were gutted after a fire broke out near Nadha Sahib Gurdwara here this afternoon. The victims, all migrants, said their goods and cash kept in the jhuggis were lost in the fire. The fire broke out around 1 pm in one of the jhuggis at a slum located near the gurdwara.

Pinky, who suffered some bruises on the hand while trying to douse the fire, said Rs 8,000 kept in her jhuggi were lost besides other goods. It took the fire brigade over one hour to douse the fire. tns



breach of peace
Fiza told to furnish surety bonds
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 14
The Mohali Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Amit Talwar, while concluding arguments in a case of breach of peace against Fiza, alias Anuradha Bali, today directed her to furnish surety bonds.

The seven-month-old case pertains to the alleged throwing of paint by Fiza in the courtyard of her neighbour’s house in Sector 48 C.

The Phase-XI police station SHO said Fiza’s neighbour Ram Krishan had complained to the police that Chander Mohan’s estranged wife had thrown paint in his back courtyard.

Apart from lodging a case under Sections 107 and 150 of the CrPC, the police had also lodged a case under Section 427(damage to property) of the IPC.

On the other hand, Fiza claimed that it was a frivolous complaint. “Nothing has come out of the case. I have been asked to furnish surety bonds,” she said.



JEs to go on mass leave
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 14
The Council of Diploma Engineers of UT, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, have announced to proceed on a three-day mass casual leave from October 18 in support of its demand for the revision of junior engineers’ pay scales.

Satnam Singh Dhanoa, chairman of the council, and Avinesh Dadwal, senior member, said the engineers would stage a rally at the YPS Chowk on October 21.

Dhanoa said in case of Punjab, a committee had decide to revise the pay scale of the JEs with effect from January, 2011, but nothing had happened in this regard so far.



66-yr-old goes missing 
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 14
A 66-yer-old resident of Sector 4, identified as Surinder Nath Chopra, is missing from his house since October 10.

Chopra had left his house on a Suzuki motorcycle in the afternoon and did not return, said his brother Tejinder Chopra in a complaint lodged with the police.

Surinder is not keeping well. He is suffering from a liver disorder, said Tejinder. 



Chandigarh Scan
Patil for standardisation in medicine

Shivraj V PatilStandardisation in the field of medicine with the help of nanotechnology for saving the precious lives of the consumers is the need of the hour, stressed Shivraj V Patil, Governor of Punjab and Administrator of Chandigarh , while addressing a seminar marking World Standards Day, organized by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) here on Friday. SS Bains, Director-cum-Additional Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Punjab, in his address, said in today’s increasingly globalised trading environment, international standards were tools for building clarity and mutual understanding there by benefiting manufacturers, consumers and service provider alike. Technical session, afterwards, was addressed by Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, Director Social Securities, Women and Child Development, Nehal Bagga, Nestle India, Tapan Kumar Bandhyopadhyay, Philips India; HS Pasricha, BIS, and Avinit Singh, quality professional.

Cars removed

In a special anti-encroachment drive, the municipal corporation lifted 13 cars dumped near the ICICI Bank at Sector 8 with the help of four cranes. There were complaints regarding vehicles being dumped adjoining the parking area.

Helpline for sex workers

Following the orders of Supreme Court in Buddha Dev Karmaskar versus state of West Bengal and others in order to provide a life of dignity to sex workers, the State Legal Services Authority has issued helpline number 1800-180-2058. Any sex worker or victim of sex trade who is distressed and who is compelled to continue sex trade can approach the State Legal Services Authority, Additional Deluxe Building, ground floor, Sector 9, or call on the given number to seek help.

2-day seminar

To fulfil its objective of becoming one of the leading educational institutes in the country, offering quality education, training, research and consultancy in the field of hospitality, tourism, travel and allied sectors, the University Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism, Panjab University, will organise its first-ever seminar on “Tourism and Hospitality Industry - Omission, Innovation and Challenges” on October 15 and 16. It is dedicated to address a wide vista of related issues. Around 153 delegates from various parts of India will participate in the seminar, where 108 research presentations are expected.

Dogs captured

The dog control cell of the municipal corporation has captured 16 dogs from Sectors 40, 38, 30, 23, 35, 15, 11 and 8 and Mani Majra. These have been handed over to the SPCA. At least 13 dogs which have been operated upon have been taken from the SPCA and the Pet Animal Health Society at Panchkula. At least 75 dogs have been given anti-rabies vaccination at Dadu Majra.

— Tribune reporters



AIEEE 2012
Not opting for online test? Go to Bathinda or Kurukshetra
CBSE has decided to allot just online centre for tricity
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
Thousands of tricity students planning to stick to the ‘pen and paper’ examination mode in the All India Engineering entrance Examination-2012 (AIEEE) are in for a tough time as they will have to travel either to Bathinda or Kurukshetra to take the exam.

Last year over 15,000 students opted for the ‘pen and paper mode’ compared to only 1,200 who went for online test, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to allot just the online centre for the tricity leaving those opting for conventional paper mode with no option but to travel to other cities.

“I am studying in a rural school and am not too confident about the online test. This is the first time it is being conducted on such a large scale, so I have decided to stick to the pen and paper mode, but shockingly, there is no centre in the tricity for students like us,” rued Krishan Kumar, an AIEEE aspirant.

“Chandigarh has always been one of the key centres for examination and would cater to students from Punjab Haryana Himachal Pradesh and J&K. Less than 1 per cent of applicants appeared for the online test last year and they perceived us to be hi-tech and made no provision for students sitting with pen and paper,” said Dr Sangeeta Khanna, a local AIEEE trainer. Chandigarh, dubbed as a hi-tech city by the board, has failed to completely switch to online admissions either in schools, colleges or university.



Meenakshi first in essay-writing contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
As part of the celebrations of the “International Year of Chemistry 2011”, the Science Society of PGGCG-11 organised an inter-college essay writing competition and quiz contest on Friday.

The theme of the essay writing competition was “Chemistry: Our life, our future”.

The Chandigarh Renewable Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society sponsored the event. The essay writing competition witnessed participation of 11 students from different colleges.

Meenakshi of PGGCG-11, Shantanu Sharma of PGGC-11 and Pooja Chaudhary of MCMDAV College-36 bagged the first three prizes in essay-writing competition. Consolation prizes were also distributed to the participants.

Achila Dogra, principal of PGGCG-11, motivated and encouraged students to participate in such activities to enhance their skills. 




gandhian studies
Colleges to have full-time course
Postgraduates can apply for PhD in arts, social sciences
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 14
Postulate 71 on the agenda of the Panjab University (PU) senate is bound to bring joy hundreds of students. Not only does it permit colleges to have a full-time course in Gandhian studies, but also allows postgraduates in the subject to apply for PhD in other subjects of arts and social sciences.

Going by the directive of the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Gandhian studies should be included in the curriculum of colleges, for which these will be provided an initial grant of about Rs 10,50,000 to set up proper centres and hire an assistant professors.

To popularise the course further, the ministry has widened the horizon of opportunities after a postgraduate degree in the subject. Candidates will now be able to apply for PhD in any arts subject, subject to their clearing the entrance test.

The move is bound to revive the decreasing interest in the subject. Records of the past five years of the department have revealed that around 45 per cent students opted out of the final examination.

The general perception was that the actual motive behind choosing this course was to avail oneself of hostel and library facilities. Of the 29 students who enrolled for the course in 2010, 13 dropped out before the first-year examination.

For the 2009-2011 batch, only 21 of the 29 students appeared in the first-year examination. The number dipped further by the end of the fourth semester. The trend was the same for the previous three batches, with many leaving midway.

Prosecution permission

The CBI has sought PU’s permission to start prosecution proceedings against Satish Padam, executive engineer with PU, and his accomplice Nand Lal Kaushal, a subdivisional officer. They were apprehended in July the previous year on charges of demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 32,000. The CBI had moved repeated applications to RC Sobti, asking his permission to start prosecution proceedings, but to no avail. A committee set up to decide on the issue had referred it to the senate. Sources said a couple of senators were against prosecution as the complainant was not the contractor concerned, but his grandson. The CBI felt that irrespective of who the complainant was, the fact that they had been found guilty was enough to punish them.



Mohali Govt College lifts youth fest trophy
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 14
Government College, Mohali, bagged the overall championship trophy at the Zonal Youth Festival (North Zone) of Punjabi University, that concluded at Rayat-Bahra College of Education, Mohali campus, today.
Students participate in Zonal Youth Festival at Rayat-Bahara College of Education in Mohali on Friday.
Students participate in Zonal Youth Festival at Rayat-Bahara College of Education in Mohali on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Government College, Ropar, were declared first runners-up, with Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa Collge, Anandpur Sahib, and Rayat and Bahra College of Education, Sahauran, being jointly declared second runners-up.

In skit, Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib, stood first, Government College, Mohali, second and Amar Shaheed Baba Ajit Singh Jujhar Singh Memorial College, Bela, third. In mime, Amar Shaheed Baba Ajit Singh Jujhar Singh Memorial College stood first, Government Shivalik College, Naya Nangal, second and Shivalik Hills College of Education, Patti, third.

In the category of classical instrumental (non-percussion) music, Government College, Ropar, stood first, Government College, Mohali, second and Rayat and Bahra College of Education third.

In Western group song, Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College stood first, Rayat and Bahra College of Education second and Shivalik Institute of Education and Research, Mohali, third.

In collage-making, Government College, Mohali, were first, Government College, Ropar, second and Rayat and Bahra College of Education third.

In poster-making, Rayat and Bahra College of Education stood first, Amar Shaheed Baba Ajit Singh Jujhar Singh Memorial College second and International Divine College of Education, Ratwara Sahib, third.

In cartooning, Government College, Ropar, stood first, Government College, Mohali, second and Rayat and Bahra College of Education third.

In debate, Shivalik College, Naya Nangal, stood first, Guru Nanak Dev College of Education, Majatri, second and Rayat and Bahra College of Education third.

In elocution, Government College, Mohali, stood first, Government Shivalik College second and Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College third. In the category of one-act plays, Government College, Mohali, stood first, Amar Shaheed Baba Ajit Singh Jujhar Singh Memorial College second and Rayat and Bahra College of Education third.

In mimicry, Amar Shaheed Baba Ajit Singh Jujhar Singh Memorial College stood first, Government College, Ropar, second and Shivalik Hills College of Education third.

In music (overall), Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College stood first. In theatre, Amar Shaheed Baba Ajit Singh Jujhar Singh Memorial College were first.

In the literary event, Rayat and Bahra College of Law, Mohali, and Government Shivalik College were declared joint winners.

In dance, Rayat and Bahra College of Education and Government College, Ropar, were declared joint winners.

Kulvir Singh Dhillon, dean, student welfare, Punjabi University, Patiala, was the chief guest. 



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