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notice to UT, nominated councillors
Petition seeking stay on swearing in due to questionable credentials 
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
On a petition seeking stay on the swearing-in ceremony of nine nominated councillors, the Chandigarh District Court today issued notice to the Union of India, the UT Administrator, the Municipal Corporation and nine nominated councillors for December 30.

Civil Judge Aashish Abrol (vacation judge), not staying the swearing-in ceremony of the new councillors, scheduled on December 28, issued a notice to the respondents on the petition filed by Surinder Bhardwaj, president, Janta Dal United (JDU) and Subhash Kataria, president of the Traders Association, Sector 17, who had demanded that directions should be issued to the UT Administration and the MC to restrain nine nominated councillors from working as MC councillors and exercising rights and powers given to the nominated councillors.

The petition has levelled a strong allegation that “the nominations have been made due to political reasons and under the pressure of the ruling party (Congress)”.

Giving details of the political affiliation of the nominated councillors, the petition reads, “Dr Amrit Tiwari is the mother of Ludhiana MP and Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari. Major (retd) DS Sandhu has remained an office-bearer of the Ex-servicemen cell of Chandigarh Congress and had also played the role of the stage secretary during the election meeting in favour of the Congress candidate Chandermukhi Sharma.”

The petition further reads, “Another nominated councillor Shagufta Parveen is the daughter-in-law of Khaleel Ahmed, chairman of the Minority cell of the Congress party, who is also the vice-president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC). Sat Paul Bansal is a family friend and distant relative of city MP Pawan Kumar Bansal.”

Taking a dig at the selection process, the petitioners stated that the UT Administrator had only got a police verification of their credentials. There was no check carried out on their background, social and political affiliations. If only this is the criteria, every passport holder whose credentials have been verified by the police is competent to be nominated as a councillor. The “Tuglaqi Farman”, imposed on the residents of Chandigarh, is in violation of the principle of natural justice, the petitioners argued. 

Controversial connections and past

n Dr Amrit Tiwari---Mother of Congress MP Manish Tiwari

n Shagufta Parveen----Daugther-in-law of Congress leader Khaleel Ahmed

n Major DS Sandhu (retd) ---- Campaigned for Congress candidate in the MC elections

n Sat Paul Bansal----Family friend and distant relative of Pawan Kumar Bansal

n Anoop Sunny Gill----Resident of Chandigarh for only last seven years, ignorant about issues of Chandigarh

n Prof Aruna Goyal----Never remained active in public or social activities

n Babu Lal----Retired Punjab IAS officer, ignorant of city residents’ problems

n Surinder Bahga----Merely an architect, no social contribution in Chandigarh

Vital role to play

Nominated coucillors are a key to the power game in the MC House as is evident from the election results, particularly this time. With no major political party or alliance, including the Congress and the BJP-SAD, winning a clear majority, the nominated councillors hold the key to power in the house. Most importantly, unlike a majority of corporations all over the country, the local nominated councillors have the right to vote and are crucial in any decision of the house.



PU recruitment plan draws flak
280 teachers to be hired within a span of just 20 days!
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
With its plans to hire 280 teachers within a span of just 20 days, Panjab University (PU) is all set to create a history of sorts with its forthcoming recruitment drive starting from January 7, 2012.

In what has left many faculty members and even the PU high-ups “shocked”, the Vice-Chancellor’s office has prepared and sent the detailed interview schedule to the establishment branch for the selection committees to be called in for hiring over 280 teachers latest by January 29, 2012.

The self-claimed initiative to do away with staff crunch has, however, left everybody smelling a fish, as neither any screening been done nor has the varsity cared to issue a corrigendum following the PU Senate’s decisions, which would make non-NET cleared PhD candidates eligible for the post of assistant professors.

“Is the VC buying vegetables or hiring teachers? As per the given schedule, the average of interviews per day works out to about 14 teachers within the current work schedule of eight hours. This seems impossible,” a senior faculty member said.

Another senior faculty member, requesting anonymity, said, “The university has not cared to make alteration in the eligibility criteria public and it was ready to hire candidates in an open interview. The issue left many questions unanswered and raises certain doubts on the process.”

The varsity officials concerned have defended the hurry, saying it to be an attempt to save recruitment from coming under the purview of the Punjab election code of conduct.



tribune impact
Night shelters to provide free stay for 3 months
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
Following report of a Chandigarh Tribune special survey on “Night shelters for homeless: Meant for them, but pinching their pocket”, on December 15, the UT Administration has decided to provide ‘free of cost’ stay to poor people in the two night shelters (popularly known as
‘Raenbasera’), in Sectors 17 and 26. Shelter-less people will be allowed to stay at these venues, free of cost, for three winter months, including December, January and February.

The Tribune had carried out a survey and discovered that a sizable number of poor were still left out in the open. The reason was that they could not afford “hefty” amount of Rs 40 (by their standards) for a single night’s stay.

The city has five night shelters, in Sectors 17 (bus stand), 26 (transport area), Sector 28, Sector 29 and Mani Majra. However, only two are operational, as the Sector 28 and Sector 29 ones are occupied by paramilitary forces and an NGO runs from the one at Mani Majra. UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar said the office had issued directions to the Social Welfare Department to provide free stay to poor people at these shelters with immediate effect till February end. The administration is considering plans to construct certain temporary shelter homes as well to ensure that “poor people did not die due to the cold”.

The Supreme Court has already directed the Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh governments to ensure that shelter-less people did not die due to cold. 



Double murder: A tough nut to crack for police
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
The Special Investigation Team (SIT), formed to probe the gruesome murder of two teenaged siblings, Kavita and Gaurang Sahu, seems to be still groping in the dark, with no vital clues in hand. Though in the past 10 days, the SIT has followed several leads, the motive behind the brutal crime that shook the city still remains unclear, making matters worse for the police.

If those privy to the investigations are to be believed, the SIT has so far questioned almost 60 people, including friends, relatives and neighbours of the victims and their families, but conclusive evidence that could lead to the killers still eludes them. “It’s a complicated case…the motive unclear, the phone records are just a maze of numbers that haven’t thrown up any clues, there is no apparent evidence of enmity and the neighbours are maintaining a stoic silence on the incident,” said SIT head, Satbir Singh.

Satbir also admitted that the case wasn’t “easy enough” as it had initially appeared and cited the aforesaid reasons for it. With the police having no clues whatsoever till now, apprehensions about the case joining the list of earlier unsolved sensational crimes loom large.

According to sources, the SIT has met a “dead end” on several leads and many vital questions that are baffling the police remain unanswered.

What was the motive?: The police is still not clear about the motive that led to the murder. Questioning of friends and relatives has so far not yielded anything concrete if the two siblings Gaurang and Kavita had enmity with anyone. It is also not clear if the accused had enmity with Guarang and killed Kavita as she witnessed her brother’s murder or whether it was Kavita who had enmity with anyone. A large number of their friends visited their house daily.

Whose sweater was it? Whose ‘beedi’ was it?: A beedi belonging to ‘Son pari’ brand and a sweater recovered from the scene of the crime provided some clues that the accused could be from the native village of the two in Haryana. Gaurang and Kavita had visited their native village last month to attend a relative’s wedding. The police looked at the video footage and found suspected Gaurang’s friend to be seen wearing a similar sweater. However, the team returned empty handed after failing to get any lead from Mewat.

The Chopper mystery: The police has questioned at least a dozen crockery shops in Sectors 41, 40, 39, 38 and 37 to find out if the chopper, which was recovered from the murder spot, belonged to their shop. It has been clear that the accused brought the chopper from outside.

Confusion in mobile usage: Both victims Gaurang and Kavita Sahu used their mother’s mobile phone as their mother had taken away their phones. The police has questioned all those persons who featured in the call details of the mother’s number. As a result, there was initial confusion as to which numbers belonged to friends of Kavita, while which number belonged to Gaurang’s friends in addition to separate contacts of their mother. The police is verifying the statements given to it by the friends of the deceased by matching it with their tower location at the time of the murder. Police is also relying upon scientific evidence and scrutinising dump data of all mobiles that were in use that time in the particular area.

Cold neighbours: None of the neighbours have provided any clue to the police regarding the murder even as the incident occurred in a congested locality and at a time when most of the them were basking in the sun. The police suspect someone in the vicinity has a clue but is not coming up for fear of the police. Even an announcement of Rs 2 lakh for the informer has been of no help to the police.



PCR staff rewarded for honesty
Return Rs 19 lakh to dead man’s family 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
In a case of exemplary professional honesty, personnel of the police control room (PCR) returned a sum of Rs 19 lakh to the family of a man who died of heart attack at the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) in Sector 43 here today.

The PCR received a call that a person had fallen near Counter No. 21, ISBT, Sector 43, due to some illness or some other medical problem and had become unconscious.

Acting swiftly on the information, a PCR vehicle rushed to the spot and immediately shifted the person to the GMSH Sector 16, where doctors declared him brought dead.

During his personal search, an amount of Rs 19,47,730/ (Nineteen lakh forty seven thousand and seven hundred thirty rupees) was recovered from his search and the same was handed over to ASI Surinder Gautam of police post, Sector 43, along with other belongings. Later, the deceased was identified as Mohan Pal Singh, a resident of Amritsar, who was returning from Delhi to Amritsar via Chandigarh.

The conduct of the PCR staff was appreciated by senior police officials.

Driver/Constable Ganga Parshad, Lady Constable Monica and Lady Constable Suman were lauded for their honesty and DSP (PCR) Roshan Lal, recommended their names for awarding of Commendation Certificate Class-I along with suitable cash reward for their future encouragement.

IGP UT, Pardeep Kumar Shrivastva, awarded them with Commendation Certificate Class-I along with cash reward of Rs 5,000 each.


ashiana SCheme
Stay over allotment of flats for slum dwellers
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 27
The much-hyped Ashiana scheme of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to rehabilitate slum dwellers in various slum colonies in the town has landed in a legal tangle as a few persons have got stay from the court.

According to information, around 120 persons have got stay against the allotment of Ashiana flats to be held by HUDA tomorrow. About 65 to 70 flats were to be allotted in draw of lots but with the stay, the draw has been cancelled.

It is relevant to mention here that HUDA has constructed about 2,072 apartments in the first phase and names of those were being included in the draw whose names appeared in the biometric survey done till April 1, 2003. He said HUDA was in the process of identifying the land to construct more apartments under the scheme.

About 1,500 flats have already been allotted to beneficiaries who were now being shifted to Ashiana apartments at Sector 20, Sector 28 and Abhay Pur village in the Industrial Area, Phase I, from the slum colonies such as Matu Ram Colony, Ramesh Colony and Azad Colony near Sector 3 here.

According to sources, the process of shifting the slum dwellers would not be possible now with stay order in place and some people were now trying to occupy the huts vacated by the beneficiaries to stake their claim.

HUDA executive officer Ashwani Kumar said they had received the stay order and were studying the same to file the reply. He said the process of shifting the beneficiaries to the new flats would be held after the court vacates the stay.

Meanwhile, former councillor Gautam Parkash said houses were being allotted to those whose names appeared in the biometric survey conducted by HUDA in 2005 and 2009. He said houses were also being allotted to those whose names appear in the 1996 list.

He said if need be they would also file their reply in the case.



teacher-pupil ratio
Education dept fails to fulfill criteria 
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
Even after one year of notification of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE Act) in the city, the UT education department has failed to fulfill the prescribed teacher-pupil ratio in its government schools, struggling with an average ratio of 1:50, making them “unfit” to implement the Act.

While Section 25 of the Act mandates that within six months from the date of its commencement, the local authority or government shall ensure that the specified teacher-pupil ratio is maintained in the schools.

Section 26 clearly states that a school owned by or funded by the local government cannot have more than 10 per cent teaching positions vacant and any school failing to fulfill the requisites will not be recognised under Section 19.

Even though more than 1,000 teaching positions are still lying vacant and inflow of 25 per cent students demands creation of more posts, the education department is yet to make headway in starting the recruitment process.

The department had ever since November claimed to be waiting for conduct of the CBSE’s teacher eligibility test, which is key eligibility criterion for hiring teachers now, it is yet to make any start even after two months of the declaration of results.

While DPI (S) Sandeep Hans failed to respond to numerous calls and messages sent to him, an official revealed that they had got some posts sanctioned, but no recruitment plans have been made so far.

“The interpretation of the Act is different for them and us. Despite obvious quality of our teaching and infrastructure, they pull us up in the name of recognition but what about their own schools? They don’t have enough teachers, toilets, classrooms and they are worried to improve us,” said HS Mamik, president Independent School Association.


From classes I to V

Number of students Teachers

Up to 60 Two

61-90 Three

91-120 Four

121-150 Four

Above 150 Five plus one head teacher

Above 200 Teachers (excluding head teacher) not to exceed 40

From classes VI to VIII

* One teacher per 35 students.

* At least one teacher per class for subjects of science, mathematics, social studies, languages.



MC house ends on high pitch
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
The proceedings of the last meeting of the General House commenced today with heated exchanges between the ruling and opposition councillors on the delay in the completion of development works in various wards.

SAD councillor Harjinder Kaur raised the issue of halting of works, approved and allotted before the execution of code of conduct in the MC, midway by the departments concerned without giving any concrete reason.

Reacting to this, Congress councillors Jatinder Bhatia and Manjeet Singh said the development works in some sectors, including 24, 45 and 47, had continued as these had been commenced one month prior to the imposition of the model code of conduct.

Nominated councillor Dr AP Sanwaria and ruling party councillors had a spat over Dr Sanwaria’s remarks: “Uchalte hi raha karo har bat par” (you keep reacting to every thing said). Councillors expressed their annoyance and asked him not to use unparliamentary language.

However, the high tea, arranged by the authorities to bid adieu to the outgoing councillors and welcome the fresh ones, turned out to be a platform for the mayoral candidates of different parties to interact with nominated councillors for their support.

In fact, fresh councillors took tips from the old ones about the proceedings of the House during the interaction. A few bigwigs, including former Mayor Anu Chatrath and nominated councillor Arshad Khan, were missing from the high tea.


n Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh announced to give all former councillors paid parking pass for five years rather than one year

n Councillors who lost in the recent elections gave valedictory speeches in the last general house

n SAD councillor Jagjit Singh Kang urged the MC Commissioner not to allow the use of mobile phones during the casting of ballots during future elections

n Congress councillor Chander Mukhi Sharma pointed out two major challenges for the new house — solid waste management and staff crunch

n The house gave an extension of one month to contractors of apni mandi as fresh allotment could not be made due to the imposition of model code of conduct

n The Mayor informed the House that the vigilance officer had submitted his inquiry report on the laying of underground cables without the permission of the MC authorities. The MC Commissioner will take necessary action on it



‘Tech-savvy’ councillors not ready to part with laptops
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
Like the proverbial love for their seats, none of the outgoing municipal corporation councillors wants to part with their erstwhile official laptops.

A majority of councillors have even failed to utilise the machines for the purpose these were allotted to them by the MC authorities.

During the last general house meeting of the present house today, all councillors asked the IT department to work out the cost of their official laptops, as they were willing to pay the price to retain the machines.

Interestingly, of the 35 councillors who had been allotted the laptops, only three — Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh and two sitting councillors Devinder Singh Babla and Pallav Mukherjee — had been posting replies on the MC’s Facebook page regularly to resolve the problems of residents. None of the other councillors had even bothered to respond on the their official e-mail IDs assigned to them by the corporation for communication.

Sources revealed that in order to make councillors tech-savvy, the corporation had spent Rs 46,500 on the supply of high-end Sony Vaio laptops to each councillor in January this year.

MC Additional Commissioner Lalit Siwach said as per the request of the councillors, the IT department was working out the cost that they would have to pay to retain the laptops.

Before getting the laptops, some councillors had even suggested that they would conduct research on development projects through the Internet. However, barring nominated councillor Pallav Mukherjee, no one ever submitted any suggestion collected from the Internet.

Another purpose of giving laptops to councillors was to reduce the cost of printing the agendas by the department concerned and sending these by their official e-mail IDs.

However, none of the councillors accepted the proposal. So, the cost of printing of copies of agenda could not be curtailed.

The apathy of the councillors was evident from the attendance record of a month-long special computer training session held for them in 2009, to make them computer literate. Only five councillors turned up for the programme, organised for their benefit at a considerable expense.

Willing to pay

All councillors have asked the IT department to work out the cost of their official laptops, as they were willing to pay the price to retain their machines



Audit department draws flak for laxity
Dues for 2007 recovered from municipal councillors in 2011
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
In a classic example of lackadaisical attitude of the municipal corporation’s audit department, the pending dues from councillors for 2007 were recovered in 2011.

The fact came to light when a majority of councillors raised the issue in the last General House today.

A majority of them said they got their “no dues certificate” to contest the elections only after clearing their outstanding dues, for which they had never been informed by the department concerned earlier.

Congress councillor and former Mayor Kamlesh said the audit department had raised pending dues amounting to Rs 1 lakh for the two house meetings that she convened in 2007 during her tenure.

Expressing surprise, she questioned the failure of the audit department to raise objection in their 2007 report.

In fact, all councillors who went on a study tour to Singapore in 2006 have deposited Rs 9,200 to the corporation.

Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla told the House that the authorities had recovered the study tour amount from the respective councillors but they had not cleared the pending dues of the company that was hired for the tour.

Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh said the matter had been taken up with the local bodies department about the special meetings convened by Kamlesh during her tenure as Mayor. He assured that the money would be refunded to her by January 15, next year.

Raising a question mark over the pre-audit report, Congress councillor Chander Mukhi Sharma alleged that the functioning of the MC’s audit department was not up to the mark, as it had failed to point out recoveries from councillors.

Levelling allegations of biased attitude against the MC Chief Audit Officer, JS Kang, who has been holding the office for the past 15 years, he said the authorities were violating the CVC norms, according to which no officer could hold a sensitive post for more than three years.

The councillors also pointed out in that their salary of Rs 5,000 had not been released by the authorities so far.

No dues certificate

Councillors say they got their “no dues certificate” to contest the elections only after clearing their outstanding dues, for which they had never been informed by the audit department earlier



mayoral elections
Filing of nomination papers today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
The nomination papers for the posts of Mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor of the newly constituted municipal corporation will be filed tomorrow.

According to a notification issued by the Deputy Commissioner, the date for filing of nomination papers for the post of Mayor has been fixed for December 28.

This year, the post of Mayor has been reserved for “general woman”. Nominated councillor Babu Lal has been appointed as the returning officer for the conduct of the elections to the Mayor.

The mayor will be elected on January 1. After which, the Mayor will hold elections to appoint Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

Sources in the Congress said the final decision on the mayoral candidate would be taken at a party meeting scheduled tomorrow. The meeting would be presided over by observer Parveen Davar, secretary, All-India Congress Committee.

The sources added that the names of Raj Bala Malik for the post of Mayor and Satish Kainth for the post of deputy mayor had been finalised. While for the post of senior deputy mayor, three contenders — Darshan Kumar Garg, Mukesh Bassi and Sat Prakash Aggarwal — were in the reckoning.

The BJP also finalised the names of their candidates for the mayoral elections during a meeting today.

Sources said the party approved the names of Asha Kumari Jaswal for the post of mayor, Desraj Gupta for senior deputy mayor and Malkeet Singh for deputy mayor.

Sources in the BSP said Jannat Jahan Ul-Haq would be the party candidate for the post of mayor, while Naresh Kumar would be their contender for the post of senior deputy mayor. 



Year Ender 2011
district courts

Violence, verdicts and VIP appearances
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
The year witnessed key developments in important cases and judges of the Chandigarh district courts delivering several important verdicts. Apart from verdicts, proceedings in infamous cases like J&K sex scandal, cash-for-judge scam and rape-on-wheels cases are still on. The year also saw handing down of punishment to drunk drivers by the district courts. Besides, high-profile people arrested in a number of cases also appeared in courts.
Jagtar Singh Hawara being taken away after an attack on him at the district courts in Chandigarh.
Jagtar Singh Hawara being taken away after an attack on him at the district courts in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Court violence

On May 14, a Chandigarh Police constable posted as naib court was assaulted in a courtroom by a group of lawyers. Constable Ram Karan, who was posted in the court of judicial magistrate Parinder Singh Gill as naib court, was attacked by a group of lawyers and then dragged outside, with the police choosing to remain a mute spectator. Later, the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered a fact-finding inquiry into the incident and the Registrar (Vigilance) indicted the lawyers.

Cash-for-judge scam

On March 4, the CBI filed a charge-sheet against former Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Nirmal Yadav, lawyer Sanjeev Bansal, Delhi-based hotelier Ravinder Singh Bhasin, Chandigarh-based businessman Rajiv Gupta and Nirmal Singh under various sections of the IPC. The court also issued summons to Yadav to appear in person.

Attack on Hawara

Making a mockery of the so-called “tight security” being provided by the UT police, a few right-wing activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti (ABHSS) on November 11 attacked Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorists Jagtar Singh Hawara and Paramjit Singh Bheora inside the courts complex. Hawara and Bheora were attacked as they were entering the courts complex. Later, the police arrested the attackers.

Lior case

Pronouncing an important judgment in the NDPS cases, the Chandigarh district court on July 30 awarded 16-year jail term to three persons, including two foreign nationals. Those sentenced were Lior Avi Ben Moyal, an Israel national, Jiri Andreev, a resident of Czech Republic, and Narender Kumar, a resident of Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu.

J&K sex scandal

In the infamous J&K sex scandal, the premier investigation agency, CBI, received a number of blows this year when five witnesses, including two victims, turned hostile. The scandal hit the headlines after a pornographic MMS was traced doing rounds in Jammu and Kashmir. In all, 14 “VIP” accused are involved in the scandal.

Rape-on-wheels case

In a major setback to the local police, the victim in the “rape-on-wheels” case turned hostile this year. So far, six witnesses have turned hostile, including the victim. The case was filed against former UT Home Secretary and top Haryana-cadre IAS officer NK Jain and others. The victim had informed the court that her statement in which she had named former Home Secretary NK Jain and others was given under duress.

Strike at courts

Hundreds of litigants had to suffer on account of a series of strikes by district court lawyers this year. The lawyers suspended work on six occasions on issues varying from local to regional.

Stick for drunk drivers

The special traffic court and other local courts handed down ‘till-the-rising-of-the-court’ punishment this year to teach drunk drivers a lesson. Over 50 drivers were awarded the punishment.

VIPs in court

A number of high-profile people, including BJP leader Raj Khurana, Mohali DSP Raka Ghirra, Punjab police AIG PS Sandhu, arrested in corruption cases, appeared in the court this year. Last month, the court discharged Kings XI Punjab owners Priety Zinta and Ness Wadia in a return filing case.


* 33,617 cases settled in quarterly lok adalats
* BKI terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara attacked at complex
* Group of lawyers attacked UT constable inside complex

Looking ahead

* Video conferencing facility linking the courts with Burail Jail next year
* District courts building may be shifted to the judicial complex in Sector 43 



48 Anna’s supporters held

Chandigarh, December 27
The UT police arrested 48 persons for hold a protest in Anna Hazare’s support at Sector 17-21 and 18-7 roundabouts here today. The UT administration had imposed Section 144, CrPC, in the area. The supporters were arrested under the preventive measures under Sections 107 and 51 of the CrPC.

The protest was supposed to start at 10 am but police arrested the volunteers as a preventive measure.

All supporters were produced before the SDM and were later released. TNS



Arzoo rocks to clinch title
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, December 27
Braving the chilly weather, music and fun-loving audience thronged the Sector-17 Plaza on the day three of the ongoing “New Year Extravaganza-2011” organised by the Chandigarh Tourism.
Artistes perform at the rock band competition as a part of the ‘New Year Extravaganza-2011’ at the Sector-17 Plaza in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Artistes perform at the rock band competition as a part of the ‘New Year Extravaganza-2011’ at the Sector-17 Plaza in Chandigarh on Tuesday. tribune photo: vicky gharu

In the scintillating rock band competition, “Arzoo” won the title of the Chandigarh rock band with band, while “Take Off” and “Hash Trip” settling for second and third positions in a close contest.

Earlier, prodigious Jahan Geet, a student of class IX of St Anne’s Convent School, began the programme with a short but thunderous solo performance on traditional dhol. She presented tode, tukde with stylish dagga virtually storming into the male bastion, much to the delight of audience.

“Bhangra Warriors”, finalists of popular TV show “India’s Got Talent” and winners of the national youth festival gave a sterling performance under the guidance of coach Balbir Chand and captain Gangandeep Singh.

Earlier in a captivating couples salsa dance competition held yesterday, Pankaj and Pratima were declared winners, while Naveen Arya and Meenakshi bagged the second position and Saksham and Nandini bagged the third slot and Sangeeta and Rajkumar were given the consolation prize in the competition.

“Desi Playaz”, a music group, also performed and thrilled the audience.



Chandigarh Scan

NSS camp ends

A seven-day NSS camp conducted by NSS volunteers of the National Institute of Nursing Education (NINE), PGIMER, at Sarangpur village concluded on Monday. As many as 130 NSS volunteers and two programme officials, Meenakshi Agnihotri and Dr Sukhjeet Kaur of NINE, PGI, participated in activities conducted during the camp, including sanitation campaign, baby clinic, health mela, sapling plantation drive, health awareness campaign, meeting with AA group and food and nutrition campaign.
NCC cadets rehearse in full dress for the Republic Day parade in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
NCC cadets rehearse in full dress for the Republic Day parade in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: s chandan


Prof SS Bhatti, an internationally renowned architect, delivered a talk on “Understanding the architecture of Le Corbusier’s city” at Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, Punjab. The talk was supported with an audiovisual presentation on “The making of new city of Chandigarh” on Monday. A large number of architects from Belgium, USA and UK attended the talk.

Mgmt programme

The Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences organised a five-day management development programme under the patronage of Dr Zora Singh, chairman, and Tejinder Kaur, vice-chairperson, of Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes. The programme was organised under the industry motivation campaign with a view to tackle unemployment by creating self-employment opportunities.

Tributes paid

Members of the Panjab University Campus Student Council and Student Union of Panjab University (SOPU) paid tributes to shaheed-e-azam S Udham Singh led by Mouji Lubana, SOPU leader; DSW AS Ahluwalia, executive member KP Bawa, along with other council members and students at the student centre. Sweets were distributed among students to mark the occasion.

Schemes reviewed

Krishna Tirth, minister (independent charge) women and child development, on Monday reviewed various schemes implemented by the Chandigarh Administration under the Ministry of Women and Child Development. A meeting of the minister was held with officials of the social welfare department, health department and food and nutrition board, in which various schemes such as Integrated Child Development Services, Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana, Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls- Sabla, Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS), National Mission for Empowerment of Women & Swadhar were discussed.

Prohibitory orders

The Chandigarh Administration in a special order has prohibited the public in general and any member there of from forming an assembly of five or more persons, taking out processions, making speeches, raising slogans, carrying of lathis within the 200m radius of H. No. 727, Sector 11; H. No. 64, Sector 8; H. No. 29, Sector 5; H. No. 79, Sector 9; H. No. 1,309, Sector 19; Sector-17 Plaza and within 100m radius on chowks of Sectors 17-18-21-22 and 18-19-7-8 Chandigarh for a period of three days.

New Year celebrations

KBDAV School, Sector 7, on Monday organised a function to celebrate the New Year. The function began with carol singing. The school campus was decorated with Christmas trees, bells, cap, Santa Claus, buntings and New Year cards.

Faculty programme

The GGS College of Modern Technology took up an initiative to organise the faculty development programme (FDP) in collaboration with PTU. At least 30 participants from 10 institutes participated in the programme. The FDP was inaugurated by Dr Alkashesh, a professor, PEC, and Dr SB Singh, ex-principal, GNE Ludhiana.

NSS camp

NSS volunteers of the Doaba College of Education organised a seven-day NSS camp at Ghataur village under the supervision of programme official, Dr Sukhjinder Singh. Dr Urmila Sharma, principal, addressed students to motivate them.

Pad yatra

The NSS unit of the Aryans College of Education organised a pad yatra on functional literacy under the banner of “Human rights and development - Educating the youth” to sensitise masses in Nepra village. The NSS volunteers educated people about the qualities of being educated human beings and how they can become good citizens. — Tribune Reporters



academic posts
PUTA seeks discontinuation of elections
‘Appoint senior faculty on rotation basis’
tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 27
Reacting to the “embarrassing” show of power put up by certain Senators during the election for deans of different departments, the Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) has urged the Vice-Chancellor (VC) to discontinue election of these academic posts and appoint senior faculty on same on rotation basis.

Condemning the politicisation of the academic offices of the varsity, the PUTA president in a letter shot to the VC stated that the association is not in favour of holding election.

“Deanship entails responsibilities that demand an experience of higher research. The position should be rotated among the senior-most faculty members with a term of one year. Along with the principle of rotation, a suitable set of minimum qualifications of dean could also be proposed to ensure that only those who have stakes in research and academics become eligible for the position of deanship,” read the letter.

The dean election held this year were in a way more exciting and neck to neck as compared to Syndicate with a margin having reduced to one vote in many cases. Meanwhile, PUTA has yet again demanded inclusion of its president as an ex-officio member of Syndicate so that PUTA’s viewpoint in matters related to the university teachers could be duly taken into account.



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