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MC poll
Criminal past dogs candidates
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
The shady criminal past of at least five candidates who are contesting the Municipal Corporation (MC) elections on tickets of the two major political parties, the Congress and BJP, seems to have come to haunt them. These councillors have earlier been booked for crimes ranging from preventive measures, assault, gambling and a cheque-bounce case. The disclosures form part of the affidavits filed by the candidates as part of their nomination papers.

The BJP-SAD tops the list, with four candidates with police cases against them under different Sections of the IPC. It is not only old war horses, even fresh faces of some parties are also sailing in the same boat. BJP candidate Arun Goyal of ward number 3 was booked in a case in 2005 under Section 3 and 4 of the Public Gambling Act.

Another BJP candidate and first-timer Asha Jaiswal from ward number 4 was booked by the police under preventive measures. BJP candidate from ward number 11, Anil Kumar Dubey, is reportedly an accused in a case of hurt and assault.

Meanwhile, the information seems to be working to the advantage of the opposition candidates, who are leaving no stone unturned to mention a candidate’s criminal history."Political parties like the Congress and the BJP-SAD combine who are speaking against the criminalisation of politics are themselves fielding some candidates with a criminal record," said Sachin Sharma, a member of a city-based association.

The Congress is also in the same league, with two of its candidates booked in different cases. Three cases of forgery and assault have been registered against senior Congress leader Devinder Singh Babla. Another Congress leader HS Lucky was booked for hurt and assault, which was later cancelled.

Shady history

Three cases of forgery and assault have been registered against senior Congress leader Devinder Singh Babla. Another Congress leader HS Lucky was booked for hurt and assault, which was later cancelled. BJP candidate Arun Goyal was booked in a case in 2005 under the Public Gambling Act. Another BJP candidate and first-timer Asha Jaiswal from ward number 4 was booked by the police under preventive measures. BJP candidate Anil Kumar Dubey is reportedly an accused in a case of hurt and assault.



Warrants against ex-councillor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate JS Sidhu today issued bailable warrants against former nominated councillor Dr AP Sanwaria and his wife Sushila Devi for ensuring the presence of both above said accused for 23-01-2012 as they had avoided summons issued by the court in a criminal complaint filed by “PC Sanghi on behalf of federation versus Dr AP Sanwaria and others” under Sections 420, 120-B, 511 of the IPC.

The case pertains to the filing of a false affidavit by Sanwaria with the Registrar of Cooperative Societies.



Immigration fraud: Three arrested in Sector 34
Accused are owners of ACME Career World

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
The special investigating team (SIT) of the UT police, formed to crack down on fraudulent immigration firms in the city, today arrested three persons who are the owners of ACME Career World in Sector 34 for allegedly duping many clients to the tune of Rs 2 crore on the promise of sending them abroad.

The police arrested the main accused, Charanjit Singh Bhatia, his partner, Aroop Bhattacharya, and his wife Rita Bhattacharya in a case of cheating under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 120-B of the IPC.

The police said Charanjit Bhatia, alias Goldy, a resident of Kathgarh village, located in Punjab’s Nawanshahr district, had been a proclaimed offender in a cheque bounce case and was wanted in another case of cheating registered against him in Punjab in July this year.

The police has received 55 complaints about fraud against the immigration company. Charanjit Singh Bhatia was running his office from the third floor of an SCO (number 218-19) in Sector 34 along with Aroop Bhatacharaya and his wife. The three used to lure aspirants by promising to send them to the United States and Canada and collected huge amounts of money from them.

DSP (SIT) Anil Joshi said Charanjit Singh Bhatia would take the complainants to Mumbai and provide them fake visas for Canada. The accused is also running his office near the Jalandhar bus stand. “The accused have duped more than Rs 2 crore from innocent persons of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, who were eager to migrate abroad,” he said. The accused were remanded to four-day police custody.



School admissions
HC tells Admn to form uniform policy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Opening a new chapter of consistency in school admissions, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the UT administration to come out with a uniform policy for admissions to city schools. The policy is to be formulated in coordination with the school managements and will come in force from 2013-2014 sessions.

Till the formulation of the new policy, the city schools can go ahead with the process initiated by them for admissions.

The directions by Justice Surya Kant came on a petition filed by Enakshi Pant and some other minors through their parents, seeking uniform criteria for admissions in schools.

The petitioners insisted their prime grievance was that the UT District Education Officer (DEO) was continuously changing the admission criteria for pre-nursery, UKG, LKG and first class, causing huge loss and grave injustice to children.

The petitioners contended that on January 14, the Chandigarh Administration had mentioned in a communication that the minimum age to be eligible for admission to pre-nursery was 3-plus years. However, on January 18, the administration again changed the age criteria and informed the parents that 4-plus would be eligible for the purpose. It was argued by the petitioners that the non-fixation of uniform criteria had led to chaos among the parents and their wards.



76 nomination papers rejected, 2 kept pending
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Out of the 232 nomination papers filed for Municipal Corporation (MC) elections, 76 were rejected and decision about two was kept pending for tomorrow.

As many as 156 candidates are in the fray for the 26 wards. As per reports of the election office, out of these candidates, 106 are males and 50 females.

The nomination papers of two candidates of ward number 5 have been kept pending due to objection by the opponent candidates. One of the prominent candidates of the BJP-SAD alliance, Jagjit Singh Kang, who has filed his nomination from ward number 5, has been held back on the complaint of Congress candidate Subhash Chawla.

Chawla lodged a complaint that the nomination paper filed by Kang was not in order, as he had mentioned his party (SAD) as national political party, whereas his party is a regional party. The returning office has fixed the hearing for tomorrow. Similarly, the objections made on the nomination paper of Independent candidate Varinder Gularia has been also been fixed for tomorrow.

Earlier, an objection was raised by the BJP candidate of ward number 2 Sourabh Joshi on the incomplete nomination papers of Congress candidate Anu Chatrath, which was clarified.

A majority of the nomination papers which were rejected today were of independent candidates due to faulty and incomplete filing of papers. Many rejected independent candidates complained that they were not able to fill compicated forms correctly.



Chilly winds lash tricity
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
The city today recorded the lowest temperature of the season at 10.2 degrees celsius. Meteorologists cited chilly winds blowing from Himachal Pradesh and the Kashmir valley as the reason for this.

Today’s maximum temperature was recorded as 24.2 degrees celsius, which was one degree below normal, while the minimum of 10.2 degrees was two degrees below normal.

Weathermen have attributed the dip in temperature to snowfall in higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh and the Kashmir valley. During last week, the temperature in the city had mostly been oscillating between 12-plus degree celsius and 28 degree celsius. Winds from the hills, which recently witnessed snowfall, led to chill in the air, particularly affecting the north-eastern parts of the region.

The sudden drop in night temperatures took people by surprise, forcing them to dig out their heavy woollens.

Winter has been erratic in the city during the past four years. In 2006-2007 and 2007-2008, winter was warmer, with no fog at all, while 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 saw intense cold, along with fog in the first week of January 2011.

This year, the Met department predicted a normal winter, which meant chilly nights, foggy mornings and bright sun during the day. The weatherman has predicted partly cloudy sky in the tricity region, besides Punjab and Haryana. The maximum and minimum temperatures were likely to hover around 24 degree celsius and 11 degree celsius, respectively, tomorrow.



Centre nod to tender document
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Residents of the city will have to wait another two months before they will be able to get high security registration plates (HSRPs) fitted on their vehicles. The good news, however, is that the Union government has approved the UT’s tender document on these plates which are expected to be advertised soon after the conclusion of MC elections.

The tender document had been prepared in mid-September, but it had taken around three months to get the required approval, as the Centre had returned it (the document) at least four times after marking queries to the UT Administration.

“The approval has enabled us to float the tender to select the vendor for the job of affixing HSRPs. But the proceedings would be initiated only after the code of conduct comes to an end,” said the official. This means that it would take another two months to take off here.

The process of affixing of HSRPs came into effect in August but without the UT Administration selecting the vendor after floating a tender. This had resulted in the UT Administration receiving a censure from the Supreme Court on August 30 for flouting the rules. The Administration was given six weeks for rectifying the situation. Since the requisite document had not been approved by the Union government by October 12, the UT Administration filed an affidavit in the court on October 13 clarifying its position.



Children pay their tribute to Mother Earth
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 29
The annual function of Shemrock Senior Secondary School, comprising the senior wing, was a tribute to Mother Earth, which happened to be the theme this year. The students had prepared a medley of events to pay homage to the effervescent mother.

The programme began by invoking the blessings of goddess Saraswati. The play ‘Rachna Dhara Ki’ highlighted the story of how Earth began, and highlighted the massive problem of environmental degradation.

A Western dance performance was also presented. ‘Nau Kanjkaan’, a Punjabi play, focused on the issue of female foeticide.

Children walked the ramp depicting costumes of the world and important days of the year. The Western dance and bhangra were the major attractions.

The choreography on the reincarnations of Lord Vishnu won applause. The students were awarded trophies for academic excellence and 100 per cent attendance for 2010-11.

Colourful medley

Sunday was a day of colourful activity and display of art work by kindergarten and junior wings of Yadavindra Public School.

While the display of paintings and paper work by different classes attracted parents, the cultural activity in the assembly area kept them glued to their seats.

The short item ‘Papu ka TV’ by the junior theatre group of the school and bhangra attracted applause.

In the kindergarten section, interesting art and craft work by little angels spoke for itself.

Voyage 2011

Budding stars of Swami Ram Tirtha Senior Secondary Smart School, Phase IV, enthralled the audience with their endearing and enthusiastic performances in their annual show Voyage 2011 on the school premises.

The function commenced with multi-coloured panorama. The spirit of dance legend Michael Jackson was brought alive by the students. “The Voyage- Ek Abhivaykti”, “Surya Vandana” and a peppy display of dance steps by tiny tots depicting “Unity is Strength” was applauded by the audience.



RPF to rescue of Australian girl
Got separated from friends at Ambala, reached Kalka in evening
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 29
The railway protection force (RPF) came to the rescue of an Australian girl who got separated from her friends at the Ambala railway station and reached Kalka late last evening after some youths tried to chase her.

The girl, identified as Sweet Fob Merry Rooth (21), was taken into protective custody by the GRP and was kept at the GRP station at Kalka under the watch of ASI Maneesha.

During investigation, Rooth told RPF inspector Ajay Sharma that she along with her two friends — Sam and Elanore — had boarded the Shaan-e-Punjab train at New Delhi for Amritsar.

When they reached Ambala, she alighted from the train to fetch some eatables when some youths tried to engage her in a conversation. In the process, she missed the train.

The youths then asked her to board another train bound for Amritsar.

When she boarded the train, the youths followed her and started pestering her. When she reached the Kalka railway station, the youths disappeared after some RPF personnel noticed her and came to her rescue.

The GRP today contacted their counterparts at the Amritsar railway station and sought information about her two companions, who had already reported the GRP about their missing friend at the Ambala railway station.

Rooth was then allowed to talk to her friends on the phone to inform them about her safety.

Accompanied by a lady officer of the GRP, Rooth boarded a train for Ambala, from where she was taken to the Amritsar railway station.



Automated haematology analyser opened
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Prof YK Chawla, PGI director, inaugurated an automated haematology analyser, used for measuring properties of blood and other fluids, at the advanced paediatric centre (APC) here today.

Prof Sunit Singhi, head of the paediatrics department, said the state-of-the-art equipment could process up to 50 samples per hour, which would not only reduce waiting time of patients, but also reduce the burden of haematology department.

Professor Chawla congratulated Professor Singhi and Prof RK Marwaha for their efforts in establishing and strengthening haematology laboratory services at the APC.

Meanwhile, the first examination in DM paediatric haematology and oncology was conducted at the PGI today. The PGI was the only centre in India offering a three-year training course in the super-speciality.

The training course was aimed at initiating and augmenting the care of children with various types of cancer and blood diseases throughout the country.

A consolidated care for children with cancer was being provided at the APC. Besides dedicated cancer and blood disease clinics for children, a chemotherapy day care facility was also operational.



Poll arena
Post-scrutiny, candidates in canvassing mode
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Campaigning for the forthcoming municipal corporation elections took off officially today, as candidates got the green signal from the election panel following the scrutiny of their nomination papers.

The first-timers in the fray went all-out to approach voters during their hectic canvassing.

BJP candidate and first-timer Jatinder Malhotra undertook door-to-door canvassing in his area. After the officials cleared his nomination papers, he procured canvassing material from the party office and commenced canvassing in ward No. 17.

Congress candidate Harmohinder Singh Lucky of ward No. 16 visited the market of Sector 20 as part of his campaign.

He visited the market of Sector 20-A and Azad market of Sector 20-D to hear the problems and difficulties of the shopkeepers.

The market association members extended support to Lucky and promised to support him.

Other prominent candidates who started their campaign were Chander Mukhi Sharma from ward No. 15, Mukesh Bassi from ward No. 17, Pardeep Chhabra from ward No. 3 and BJP candidate Arun Sood from ward No. 8.

Rajnath meets candidates

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former party president Rajnath Singh meet with party candidates contesting the municipal corporation elections at the party office, here today.

Addressing the meeting, he said the Congress had lost the moral right to rule the nation. They were making false excuses that the prices were rising as the growth rate was going up, which further increased the buying capacity of people. The growth rate was 8.2 per cent during former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s regime, he asserted.

On direct foreign investment in retail sector, Rajnath Singh said it would take the nation towards economic slavery.

The customer would suffer on account of this as multinational companies, which started off with minor profits, would start charging up to 200 per cent profit once the small retailers were out of the local market, the BJP leader added.



Lamp-lighting ceremony for nurses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
The lamp-lighting ceremony for the 46th batch of probationer nursing officers was held at the School of Nursing, Command Hospital, Chandi Mandir, with the Nurses’ Pledge being administered to them.

The lighting of the lamp signifies the resolve of these students to care for the sick and wounded soldiers and their families during peace and war. The ceremony also symbolises the transfer of knowledge, skills and the sprit of nursing from the elder to the younger generation.

In his address, Lieut-Gen Baljeet Singh, Chief of Staff, Western Command, exhorted them to maintain high standards of the nursing profession, inculcate a sense of maturity, empathy, dedication and commitment and keep abreast with the latest technical advancements and scientific knowledge in the field.

Stating that nursing demanded a high degree of professionalism, motivation and right attitude besides physical fitness, General Baljeet added that the event was a significant day in their careers and the pledge they had taken required regular studies, hard work and selfless devotion.

Lieut-Col Neelam Sharma, Principal of School of Nursing, presented the course report.

She said the school came into existence in 1961 at Military Hospital, Jalandhar, and shifted to its present location at Chandi Mandir in 1991. It conducts three-and-a-half years diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery in accordance with the directives issued by the Director General Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS) and Indian Nursing Council.

The probationer nurses presented the invocation song and the nurses’ song.

A slideshow on “Florence Nightingale — The Lady with the Lamp, Military Nursing Service” and the achievements of the school was also presented. Prizes were also given by the Chief of Staff for academic excellence.



Syndicate nod on Nov 20 likely
CAS promotions, retirement age enhancement

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
It seems that long-pending CAS promotions and retirement age enhancement will get approval of the Syndicate before the upcoming Senate meeting, scheduled for December 20. The code of conduct, in force due to MC elections, will be over on November 19.

Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) members today met the Vice-Chancellor (VC) for holding the Syndicate meeting, following which the VC asked PUTA to garner support of Senate members.

PUTA president Akshaya Kumar said the VC had principally agreed to hold a Syndicate meeting, but he had the apprehension that Senate members would object to it.

“We have been asked to garner support of Senate members for holding a Syndicate meeting the same day, before the Senate meeting,” he said.

The main agenda items that would be taken up in the Syndicate meeting included CAS promotions and retirement age enhancement from 60 to 65 years.

“The promotions, already delayed, will be delayed further if the promotions are not tabled during the upcoming Senate meeting,” he said.

The university had written to the MHRD for retirement age enhancement. The MHDR had asked the university to get Senate approval first. Following the meeting with the VC, the PUTA executive committee held a meeting on the issue.



Bus hits divider, kids unhurt
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 29
Twentynine students of Sacred Heart School in Chandigarh had a miraculous escape as their bus hit a road divider near the Sudarshan filling station at Phase I, Industrial Area, here this morning.

According to information available, the students were in a state of shock after the bus, coming from Zirakpur and proceeding towards Chandigarh, hit the road divider at 7:15 am.

One of the teachers in the bus informed the parents of a student, who further informed the police. Cops arrived at the spot after 15 minutes. The PCR staff took the driver, identified as Monu, into custody and took him to the Sector-6 General Hospital for medical examination.

Meanwhile, another driver arrived at the spot and drove the bus away without informing the police. The teacher in the bus informed the parents of the students. They arrived at the spot and took their wards with them.

Sector-20 SHO Narinder Singh said the driver told him that he also worked for a catering centre and the incident took place because he could not get sound sleep the previous night, which resulted in a nap while driving.

The SHO said a challan was issued as the driver neither possessed documents of the vehicle, nor a driving licence. The SHO added that they informed the school principal, who assured them that the driver would be changed after the matter was taken up with the transporter.



Air pollution
Traffic police to initiate special drive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
The Chandigarh Traffic Police is set to initiate a special campaign to check pollution caused by automobiles in the city from December 1.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Vijay Kumar said as per the Chandigarh Motor Vehicle Rules 1989, Rule 116 — Test for smoke emission level and carbon monoxide level for vehicles — a sub- inspector of police or an inspector of motor vehicles can direct the driver of any vehicle to submit certificate of pollution from any authorised authority within seven days if they notice any violation of air pollution standards.

“If the result of the pollution test is not found as per the air pollution standards or the driver does not produce the pollution certificate within the stipulated period, the owner of the vehicle shall be liable for the penalty prescribed under sub-section (2) of Section 190 of the Motor Vehicles Act,” he said.

The traffic police has appealed to the general public to get their vehicles checked from authorised pollution centers to avoid penalty under the traffic rules.



I-T sleuths search Geetanjali outlet
Nation-wide drive against jewellery firm

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
As part of a nationwide search at the offices and residential premises of Geetanjali Gems, the local income tax department also conducted a search at the exclusive sale outlet of the company in Sector 7, here today.

According to sources, the local income tax department had received orders from their Mumbai counterpart yesterday, directing them to conduct a search operation at the exclusive sale outlet of the company in the city.

However, the search operation could start only around 7 pm, as Bollywood actress Vidya Balan was slated to visit the showroom earlier in the day for the promotion of her latest movie, Dirty Picture.

“We will assess the documents and data on computers before commenting on the case,” said an official involved in the search operation.



Cancer patient jumps to death

Chandigarh, November 29
A 51-year-old cancer patient admitted to the PGI committed suicide by jumping from the fifth floor of the hospital here this evening. The victim, Ravi Bali, died on the spot. He was a resident of Solan. Sub-inspector Eram Rizwi, in-charge, PGI police post, said the patient was admitted to the PGI on November 12 and was shifted to the private ward on the fifth floor of B block on November 18. Around 7 pm, the victim asked his wife for a cup of coffee and as she left, he jumped off the building. The police has initiated inquest proceedings in this regard. TNS



Awards given

Chandigarh, November 29
The teams of 260 dramas being broadcast on the Internet radio www.radiochandigarh.com assembled as part of the IRJ Radio Masters, fourth season of the Inter-School Radio Drama Competition, at MRA School, Sector 27, today. At least 700 students from 22 schools participated in the awards ceremony. In all, 65 teams from the tricity, Ludhiana and Patiala participated in the ceremony. The dramas would be broadcast on All-India Radio FM 107.2 every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from tomorrow till December 16. Professor Menhdiratta, who was the chief guest, felicitated the winners with trophies. Sister Sebestina, principal of Sacred Heart School, gave away the awards. SP Singh, CEO, Institute of Radio Jockeying, Sector 35, said a panel of judges selected 150 participants for their performances. Tns



Water shutdown
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
There will be no water supply from 9 am to 6 pm, with low pressure evening supply, in Sectors 23, 24, 35 to 43, 53 to 56, including Maloya and Dadu Majra, on Wednesday. The shutdown is being enforced to fix the electromagnetic flow meter at the waterworks in Sector 39.



Punjab offices in city closed today

Chandigarh, November 29
The Punjab government has declared a holiday in all government offices, boards and corporations in Chandigarh on Wednesday to enable people to attend the inauguration of Chappar Chiri in memory of Banda Singh Bahadur.

The Mohali district administration has already declared a holiday in all government offices and educational institutions on November 30. TNS



85-yr-old run over by train
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 29
An 85-year-old man was crushed under the train at the level crossing near New India Public School, Pinjore, this morning.

The victim has been identified as Nandu Ram. He was run over by the Kalka-Bandra train at 10.30 am. 



DAV-10 in trouble again
Appoints 83 asst profs on contract who are not qualified

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Information sought under the Right to Information Act (RTI Act) by an activist has revealed that DAV College, Sector 10, appointed a large number of assistant professors on contract who are not qualified as per the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Panjab University (PU) norms, defeating the legitimate right to employment of qualified ones.

The RTI has revealed that no one from 83 assistant professors appointed for the academic session 2011-12 has been issued an appointment letter.

The college had invited applications through an advertisement for appointment of assistant professors on contract basis in various subjects. The college from July 24 to 29, 2011 conducted interviews for these vacancies. Dr Singla had sought information through an RTI application, details on these teachers, including copies of appointment letters issued to them. Documents supplied under the RTI revealed that a total of 83 teachers have been appointed in various subjects, but no one has been issued an appointment letter.

In its reply given on November 17, the college has mentioned, “Since the appointment of ad hoc, contractual staff is only for the session 2011-12, no appointment letter has been issued.”

However, Singla mentioned that as per the conditions of service prescribed by PU, appointment of every teacher in an affiliated college is required to be on a written contract as per the form prescribed by the university from time to time.

He further mentioned that many candidates qualified as per the UGC and PU norms were rejected in order to appoint unqualified favourites. “In physics, Sukhdeep Kaur and Vishali were wait-listed by the selection committee, though they did not possess PhD or UGC-NET. On the contrary, four qualified candidates, Satnam Singh (UGC-JRF), Ashok Kumar (NET), Dr LL Dhawan (PhD) and Dr Prashauli Shrivastava (PhD) were rejected. Similarly, in mathematics, a UGC-NET qualified candidate, Arvind Garg, who was selected by the selection committee, was not made to join in order to accommodate Anuj Puri, who was neither PhD nor NET,” Singla claimed.

PU calendar further requires that all appointments of teachers in the affiliated colleges are to be got approved by the university. The colleges are duty bound to report to the Registrar about the new appointments within two weeks for approval.

“The college, however, failed to disclose the teachers’ returns of 83 newly appointed assistant professors submitted by the college to the PU Registrar and the status of their approval by the university. Instead, he claims that the college has not committed any violations in this regard,” said Singla.

Singla said instead of disclosing the status of approval of contractual appointments, the college supplied the PU approval for the regular-aided staff, which was not asked for in the RTI application.

When contacted, officiating principal Pawan Jain said he would not be able to comment on the issue as the appointments process was conducted before he took the charge of the college.



Strike to hit work at colleges today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Work in city colleges will come to a standstill tomorrow following a joint strike called by teachers and non-teaching staff of non-government-aided colleges. Intensifying their protest against the long-pending demands, all colleges will observe a full-day strike. Seven city colleges will observe the strike.

The half-yearly examinations at the colleges are also going on. Colleges have already decided not to hold any examination on November 30 in view of the ‘bandh’.

The strike has been called in response to a call given by the Joint Action Committee of Non-Government Colleges Management Federation, Federation of Associations of College Principals and Punjab and Chandigarh Teachers Union and Federation of Non-Teaching Employees of Punjab.

All colleges will observe a ‘bandh’. Since it is a joint call by managements, principals and teaching and non-teaching employees, work in colleges will come to a halt.

Demands include implementation of the pension-gratuity scheme approved by the state government on December 12, 2001, lifting of the ban on recruitment and implementation and release of revised pay scales from January 1, 2006.

Jagwant Singh, general secretary of the Joint Action Committee, has said policies of the Punjab government have created serious problems for colleges and their employees.

On December 7, after closing the colleges, the employees will hold a rally at Sector 25 and court arrest to press for the acceptance of their demands.



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