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Immovable property
Ut top officials falter
Home Secy, DC, 5 IAS officers fail to file details
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar and Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh, along with five other IAS officers, posted in the UT, have not filed the details of their immovable property with the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) for 2011, if the website of the department is to go by.

The deadline of filing the Immovable Property Return (IPR) for 2011 by the IAS officers was January 31, 2012.

The other officers (posted here in the UT) whose names have cropped up in the defaulters’ list of the DoPT include Satya Gopal, Vinod Parshuram Kavle, Nidhi Srivastava, Tanvi Garg and Prerna Puri.

Except Anil Kumar, a 1988-batch IAS officer and Brijendra Singh, from the 1998 batch, both from the Haryana cadre, all officers here are from the AGMUT cadre.

Satya Gopal, a 1988-batch officer, is chairman of the Chandigarh Housing Board and also holds local government, while Puri (2006-batch) has been recently appointed secretary of UT Information Technology and House Allotment.

Kavle (2008 batch) is SDM (South) and the UT Registration and Licensing Authority, Tanvi Garg (2009 batch) is SDM (East).

Notably, 10 IAS officers are posted to the UT Administration.

Last year, only the UT Finance Secretary VK Singh’s name figured in the defaulters’ list.

This latest list, which has been uploaded on the website of the department, shows as many as 1,417 names of defaulters across the country.

The Government of India has made it mandatory for all IAS and IPS officers to submit information about their immovable properties every year.



Woman turns hostile in sister’s murder case
Supports ‘killer’ husband; accused’s brother supports murder of wife, deposes against brother
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
While a woman tried to save her husband accused of murdering her sister by turning hostile in court, the brother of the accused came forward to bring justice for his deceased wife. In an interesting turn of events, the victim’s sister and parents turned hostile in the murder case, while THE deceased’s husband supported the case even though he gave statements against his brother.

The incident dates back to July 1 last year when Ramesh, a Dadu Majra resident, had stabbed his sister-in-law Sonu to death. Seema and Sonu were married to two brothers Ramesh and Rakesh, respectively. Both the sisters had gone to their parents’ house in Dadu Majra on the fateful day when the accused Ramesh came to the city from Panipat and reached his in-laws place in an inebriated state. He then asked his wife Seema to accompany him back to Panipat. Seema refused to accompany her husband owing to strained relations, which led to a heated argument and eventually physical assault.

Ramesh had stabbed Seema’s sister, Sonu, to death as he pulled out a knife when she intervened to save her sister from the wrath of her brother-in-law.

Interestingly, Seema, who turned hostile in court of Additional Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal this week, had remained admitted in the PGI in a critical condition on sustaining a grievous stab injury in the neck following the brawl.

“Seema refused to identify her sister’s killer who was her husband.

It’s a sorry state of affairs that while the victim’s family turned hostile, her husband supported the case,” said public prosecutor Manu Kakkar.

Shocking turn of events in court

  • On February 2, a woman had turned hostile in the murder case of her husband, resulting in the acquittal of three persons.
  • Last week, a person had refused to identify her mother’s killers in court.



PU topper gets gold medal after 20-year fight
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
The 20-year quest to get gold medal from Panjab University (PU) finally ended today for Rubinderjeet Singh Brar, an excise and taxation officer (ETO) posted in Mohali. Brar, after fighting a legal battle for almost two decades to claim his due, was finally awarded a gold medal at the PU’s academic function held today.

Brar, who did his bachelors in civil engineering in 1992 from Punjab Engineering College (PEC), missed one of his fourth semester exams, following which he had to again appear in the exam. “My aggregate score was 200 marks more than the student who had topped. However, I was not considered topper, as I had appeared in the exam later,” Brar said.

Disappointed, Brar decided to knock the doors of Punjab and Haryana High Court in 1993. “I had worked really hard in my college to score the highest marks, and when I was denied the gold medal, I decided to fight for my achievement,” he said.

Brar’s father wanted him to win a gold medal in academics. However, during the course of the legal battle, he lost his father. “I always wanted to get honoured in front of my father. Today he is not with me, although I made his dream come true,” he said. Brar won his legal battle in 2011 and finally his name was recommended for the gold medal.



Teor village murder
Estranged wife ‘killed’ husband
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 4
The four-day-old brutal murder of Paramjit Singh in Teor village has turned to be the handiwork of his estranged wife.

Claiming to have cracked the case, Mohali SSP GPS Bhullar today said that the victim’s estranged wife, Jagroop Kaur, connived with her brother, Pritpal Singh, alias Happy, and his friends to eliminate Paramjit.

Jagroop Kaur was the wife of Hardeep Singh, the elder brother of Paramjit. But after Hardeep died in a road accident in 1994, her family members married her to Paramjit, but the relationship could not sustain for long and they started living separately.

The woman was apparently not happy on Paramjit getting married with another woman and connived with her brother to eliminate Paramjit. On the day of the incident, the accused, Jagroop Kaur, along with her brother and his friends, gathered at Kharar where they had hidden some sharp-edged weapons in the bags.

One of the accused, Jatinder Singh, alias Kaka, purchased a chilly powder packet. On getting confirmation from Jagroop Kaur that Paramjit had left for the fields, Jatinder Singh, threw chilly power in the eyes of the victim and killed him with sharp-edged weapons and fled from the scene.

A case under Sections 302, 120-B and 34 of the IPC was registered at the Kharar police station. During investigation it came to light that accused Jagroop Kaur brother, Pritpal Singh (28) plies a taxi and also running a gym with the help of his friends. The other accused in the case are Dalbir Singh (22) and Goldy. While Jagroop Kaur and Dalbir Singh have been arrested, raids were being conducted to arrest the remaining accused.



After Murrah buffaloes, dogs to walk ramp
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 4
After the success of the fashion show organised for Murrah buffaloes, the Haryana Animal Husbandry is organising a similar show for canine pets. More than 250 pets are expected to sashay down the ramp during the event being organised at the government-run Pet Medical Centre (PMC) in Sector 3 here.

Not only pets, their handlers too would be judged during the fashion show, as the organisers have announced special prizes in the category of "best woman handler" and "best junior handler".

Dog breeders Dr APS Mangat and AIS Bhinder from Ludhiana will be the judges of the show to be managed by the Haryana Animal Husbandry Department.

Pet breeders not only from the tricity region but neighboring states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and even Delhi would also participate in the day and night event which will start at 3 pm.

Earlier, regular dog shows judged canines on the basis of their temperament, agility and looks, as per the standards set by the Kennel Club of India (KCI).

However, this show will focus on their dressing and “addressing” skills.

Two prizes under various categories have been announced for the dogs in best accessories, haircut, coat and dress. Their style and looks will also win a crown.

Giving details about the event, in charge of the PMC, Dr MR Singla, said, “This year we aim to entertain people and encourage the efforts of the pet owners whose services were hardly appreciated during dog shows. A large number of pet owners love to dress up their dogs in stylish clothes, decorate them with ornaments, accessories and spend huge amounts on their haircut and shiny coats.”

Thrilled over the show, Sunita Garg, a resident of Panchkula who has a cocker spaniel, said such events would encourage the pet owners, who have breeds like Pomeranian, Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso.

Amit Kumar, another pet lover from Chandigarh, said such shows were common in foreign countries. He hoped that the show would receive a huge response and pet lovers in the region would enjoy the show.


Assembly Poll
Tight security at counting centres
Tribune News Service

Guards keep a vigil at the Shivalik Public School in Phase VI of Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu
SDM Rajesh Tripathi holds a meeting at the Government College in Dera Bassi on Sunday.
SDM Rajesh Tripathi holds a meeting at the Government College in Dera Bassi on Sunday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Mohali, March 4
The Mohali District Administration and the police authorities have made elaborate arrangements for the counting of votes polled in the Mohali, Kharar and Dera Bassi assembly segments.

The district Election Officer, Varun Roojam, said while the counting for the Mohali and Kharar segments would be carried out at Shivalik Public School in Phase VI here, the counting for the Dera Bassi segment would be done at Government Polytechnic, Dera Bassi. Special observers have been appointed to keep a watch on the counting process. Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said around 600 police personnel had been deputed in and around the counting centres.

The Mohali police is geared up to make sure counting of the votes passes off peacefully, he said, adding that the BSF and paramilitary forces would be deployed in the inner security circle. According to the ECI guidelines, only the residents of the area will be allowed to pass through a radius of 100 meters from the counting centres and that too on showing a pass which will be issued to them.

The SSP also added that we will keep in mind victory processions to be taken out by victorious candidates and they are made aware that the expense of their procession will be added to their election total expenses. Only a candidate and one of his supporters will be allowed inside the centre during the counting process.



Railway Budget
Residents hope for more trains
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
Even as preparations are on for the Railway Budget for fiscal 2012-13, the residents of the city hope for the announcement of more train services from the Chandigarh. The residents have been raising their demands for improving rail services for the past some years, however, these have been overlooked.

About three years ago, the Railways had made an announcement that Chandigarh and Ambala would be made world-class stations and the Ambala Division had sent a detailed report to the higher authorities for upgrading the facilities at the station. However, these projects are yet to see the light of day. The facilities included a shopping mall, food court as well as connectivity to the city airport. It was also proposed that escalators, foot over-bridges and mechanised parcel-handling facilities should also be provided. However, these remain only on paper.

Even a decade after its commencement, the 110-km rail link between Ludhiana and Chandigarh is likely to take another year and a half for completion. Work on the New Morinda-Khamano track and the third line from Sahnewal to Ludhiana will be completed by March next. Work on the Samrala-Madpura section has also been undertaken and will be completed by March end this year. Railway authorities attribute the delay to problems in land acquisition for the Samrala-Sahnewal section.

Doubling of the railway track between Chandigarh and Ambala has not been accomplished. The proposed train to Mumbai is yet to see the light of the day even though former Rail Minister Mamata Banerjee in the last budget announced it. The Duronto train between Amritsar and Chandigarh has also received lukewarm response from the general public. The commuters were now demanding a Jan Shatabdi instead of Duronto with stoppages at Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Beas.

This year too, the residents have been making similar demands, including an afternoon Shatabdi to Delhi and a train to Mysore with stoppages at Delhi, Nagpur, Kachenguda and Bangalore.

An official of the Ambala Division said that demands of the commuters were sent to the authorities concerned time and again and this year they hoped that the Railway ministry would consider these in the forthcoming budget. He said a proposal had been sent to the Railway Board to start Duronto between Chandigarh and Delhi in the afternoon and replace the Amritsar-Chandigarh Duronto with an intercity train.

A senior official at the New Delhi on the condition of anonymity said that Railway Board officials were enthusiastic about changing the destination of Chandigarh Duronto from Amritsar to New Delhi, as they were satisfied with the feasibility of a third super-fast train to New Delhi. There has been a demand for starting a third Shatabdi Express with an afternoon departure from Chandigarh and this will no doubt benefit a large number of passengers, he added.



Defence matters
Civilian women employees denied child leave benefit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
The civilian women industrial employees of the defence establishments have been denied certain benefits under the child care leave (CCL) scheme, which has already been granted to their counterparts in other Central government departments.

Following the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, the government introduced the CCL for women employees in September 2008, which they could avail only after exhausting the earned leave. Later, based upon representations, another order was issued which stated that earned leave if availed by women employees before availing CCL subsequent to the issue of the 2008 order, might be adjusted against the CCL.

The civilian women industrial employees of the defence establishments covered by the Central government leave rules were, however, denied the benefit of the CCL, though they are at par with the other Central government employees covered by the same rules. Industrial employees include those employed with the ordnance factories.

The matter was taken up by the employees' federations with the government and the Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) extended the benefit to the women defence employees. However, the new benefits were made applicable only with effect from October 2011, due to which earned leave availed by them from September 2008 to October 2011 cannot be adjusted against the CCL, putting them at a disadvantage vis-a-vis their counterparts.

The issue was again raised by employees' federations at a national-level meeting held recently. A few days ago, the Indian Defence Workers' Federation has again written to the Secretary, DOPT, seeking removal of this anomaly.



Open House question
No respite from city police lapses

It's shameful that a helpless young man lost his life because the police did not want the burden of one more case! It is not the first time that something like this has happened. Last time a little boy, Khushpreet, lost his life because of lapses in police procedures followed by SHO Udaypal Singh and his team. Actually, SHO Udaypal Singh and his assistant Poonam Dilawari changed the facts in their report when they came to the scene. I suppose I should have offered them some bribe!!

I informed the Chandigarh Police about an accident involving my car that occurred in my sector. It sent me to the Sector 31 police station and the police station authorities sent me to Dera Bassi. After three months, none of the police stations have got back to me to tell me about the identity of the person who hit my car. We had to run around offices for one week because they were fooling me on the issue of whose jurisdiction the case falls in.

No one wants to work and they are happy to throw their job on the shoulders of others. Whenever I complain about noise or nuisance in my area by dialling 100, the police knocks on my door rather than going to culprits. We woke up in the middle of the night because we complained and we have to repeat all the things all over again. Then we are left to face the wrath of our neighbours who hate us for complaining. Is there anything like discretion regarding complaints?

Now, we see people burning heaps of leaves which can cause fire at houses but we stay quiet because we don't want to end up being hated by others. Being a good citizen and reporting to the police about some wrongdoing is not an option anymore.

— Kuldip Kaur

Police image at lowest ebb

The image of our police is certainly fallen to its lowest ebb. Policemen’s behaviour is rude towards citizens. It is unfortunate that a man had to run from one place to the other with his dead mother in the car and yet no policeman guided him properly. Had the police been a little sensitive and honest to its duty, at least the man could have been saved from the cruelty of suicide. Though there are good policemen/women in the country, their mentality is not okay. Actually, the police force in our country has lost its honour by not acting in an impartial manner. Bribes are allegedly taken openly and shamelessly by policemen. They have been unable to solve most of the criminal cases and murder cases.

— R K Kapoor

Residents feel let down

The city police's image and reputation has taken a beating considering the recent spate of attacks on middle-aged and senior citizens. Residents are worried about their safety and feel let down by the police. Most, citizens have lost faith in the police to protect them. In view of the increasing crime rate in the city and the police's failure to solve cases of murder, kidnapping and robbery, the local elected representatives should urge the Inspector General of Police, Chandigarh Administration, to form ward friendly committees, with more number of youngsters, in order to take strong steps to curb crime in their respective wards, participate in night patrolling and pull up ineffective police constables at nakas.

Immediate steps should be taken by the UT Adviser to restore people's faith in the police and the administration. I have been looking at the progress of recent cases, including the sensational Neha

Ahlawat murder case, kidnapping and murder of 5-year-old Khushpreet Singh and the robbery at a Manimajra jewellery shop, and the police seems to be floundering and the residents of the city have

lost faith in it. The elected representatives should come down heavily on the administration to make Chandigarh a safe city. The official machinery has to take measures to improve the deteriorating law and order situation in the city.

If the city police claims to be short-staffed, the authorities concerned should send a proposal to the local MP for providing additional force.

The residents' safety is prime concern of the administration and the newly elected mayor should up take up such issues at meetings of the coordination committee. The Chandigarh administration must find

a way to arrest crime in the city and restore people's faith in the force. There has to be proper coordination between the elected representatives and the police officials, and a joint strategy must be prepared to tackle the alarming law and order situation. The police should rope in youngsters and associations for help to maintain the security in the city. There is a communication gap between the police and residents. Therefore, the police should rope in the youth, associations, paying guest (boys and girls) to bridge the gap. It would also help the youth gain experience in community service that would further facilitate them in social works related to the city.

This exercise would also provide a unique learning opportunity for the youth of the city. The Chandigarh police will get a lukewarm response from these college students as they are not aware

of the ground realities and problems related to the aam adami. Only residents’ welfare associations, in collaboration with the youngsters belonging to different wards, can make this programme a success.

— Sachin Sharma

Need to change mindset

The colonial mindset of the police needs to be changed. It would be unfair to paint the entire police force with the same brush, but the image of the police in our country is low and its actions are

always doubted. The dismal presence of the police on the city streets, particularly at nights, has been reported umpteen numbers of times in newspapers but little has been done to improve the situation.

To show that there is a decline in the crime graph is tantamount to non-registration of FIR/DDRs. Reporting of crimes to police stations by citizens is an indication of healthy policing. The recent incidents relating to law and order, which have been mentioned in the Chandigarh Tribune for Open House discussions, have been increasing leaps and bounds in the tricity and should be an eyeopener for all of us. Since it is the duty of the police to play a vital role to

check crime, the police remains understaffed, cash-strapped, ill-equipped and more so unaccountable.

Recently, there were reports that PCR vehicles of the Chandigarh police stayed off road for want of fuel. Corruption has become a social problem and the police is also part of the society.

For the past decade, there has been a phenomenal increase in the drug trade in the tricity and the number of drug addicts. To run this lucrative business, there is a big nexus between the police and smugglers and politicians and bureaucrats are the right side of the kingpins of the trade. Poor police performance is inevitable because the system of governance is dysfunctional.

At the same time, police personnel are required to provide stringent measures of self-protection. CCTV cameras are required to be installed at prominent places across the city. Senior citizens who are physically fit and alert can play a vital role in developing society, if they are involved in matters relating to curbing crimes such as the open trade of intoxicants, gambling in parks, etc. But, the important aspect needs to be underlined that the police should not always look into the problems of the influential and ignore the ordinary who actually need them. There has always been a manpower crunch, at least not for VIPs.

— SK Khosla

Effective policing need of hour

With the police always found lacking in its duties, it is time to ensure effective policing to establish its presence in people’s minds and the common man’s faith in its functioning. Most importantly, there is a need for the police to reach the grass-roots level while addressing the common man’s problems. There needs to be a proper coordination among the police control rooms of Panchkula, Mohali and Chandigarh and the police should be sensitised to pass on an information to their counterparts in case they receive a call about an incident that has not happened in their jurisdiction. Also, many a time police personnel are found drunk on duty, which needs to be handled strictly. It is shameful to see law keepers turn into law breakers. To serve the purpose, counselling classes can be conducted to remind them of their duties so that such incidents do not occur in the future. Efforts should be made to strengthen the police beat system and a special branch must be set up for tacking up unsolved murder cases. Policemen in the city should do yoga to reduce stress, fatigue and obesity thereby increasing their work efficiency.

— Dr Shruti K Chawla

Question for next week

What is your reaction to the issue of the Centre proposing harsher punishment for various traffic violations. What should be done to check the menace of traffic violations, especially over-speeding and drunken driving? Write to [email protected].



Missing boys return home
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
Five schoolchildren, who had gone missing from Indira Awas Colony, Ramdarbar, yesterday, returned to their respective houses safely this morning. It was found all the students, who are to appear for exams later this month, had gone to pay obeisance at the Mata Mansa Devi temple.

Earlier, Kartar Singh, a resident of Indira Awas Colony, in a complaint to the police, had alleged that five boys Shalu (14), Deepak (13), Ajay (14), Amit (17) and Ravinder had gone missing from a park on March 2.

“We have received a complaint regarding the missing boys. We had registered a case but all the boys came home early this morning after paying obeisance at the Mata Mansa Devi temple,” said SHO of the Sector 31 police station Jaspal Singh.

Bag snatched

Jai Pal Singh, a resident of Bilaspur (Himachal Pradesh), has reported to the police that a rickshaw-puller snatched away his bag containing I/cards, ATM and some clothes at the Dhanas bridge today. A case has been registered in the Sector 11 police station.

2 held for drinking at public place

The police has arrested Bhagwat Saran of Dadu Majra Colony from Sector 22 on Saturday while consuming liquor at public place. A case under sections 68, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered in the Sector 17 police station. Ashwani Kumar, a resident of Panchkula, was arrested near the ISBT in Sector 43 last night while consuming liquor at public place. A case under sections 68, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered at the Sector 36 police station.

4 ‘thieves’ held

Sanjay Garg, a resident of Sector 7, has alleged that Satish, Papu and Karan, all residents of Kaimbala village, were caught red-handed while stealing sanitary materials from Sector 18 on the night of Saturday. A case under sections 457, 380 and 411 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 19 police station.

Liquor seized

The police yesterday arrested Muna of Hallo Majra village and recovered six bottles of country wine from his possession. A case under sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered at the Sector 31 police station. Krishan Kumar, a resident of Sector 38, was arrested near the Attawa bridge yesterday for carrying 50 quarters of country wine of the “Santra” marka. A case under sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered at the Sector 36 police station.

Held for gambling

The police arrested Ashok Kumar, a resident of Burail village, while playing satta near his residence yesterday and recovered Rs 1,105 from his possession. A case under sections 13A, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act has been registered at the Sector 34 police station.

Purse snatched

Gargi Kashyap of Sector 35 has alleged that two unknown persons sped away after snatching her purse containing Rs 2,000, an ATM and a passport yesterday. A case under sections 379 and 356 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 36 police station.



Chandigarh scan
Follow-up screening

The Naad Foundation, in association with the Appollo Clinic today organised a follow-up medical camp at Colony No. 4 here. During the inaugural camp, 143 citizens had availed themselves of the free health check-up facility. A majority of them were women. Blood and ECG tests were also conducted.

Medical camp

A medical camp was organised by the Resident Welfare Association of Sector 48. More than 100 persons were examined for diabetes, blood pressure, arthritis and other ailments.

Course completed

Eighteen students have completed their course of data entry operator. The Government Polytechnic College at Sector 10, along with Zulfiqar Khan of the NGO Theatre Age, had taken the initiative of the course. The course was free of cost.

Annual function

Paramahansa Yogananda Public School at Sector 28 organised its 20th annual function. The function started with a cosmic chant. Students of classes I to V presented colourful dances. School principal Charu Sharda read the annual report.

Prize distribution

The Aanchal International School at Sector 41 organised its annual prize distribution function today. Students who had excelled in various competitions and cultural functions were awarded. The management announced that the school had been given CBSE affiliation.

Applications invited

Simmi Marwaha Memorial Charitable Trust has invited applications from young journalists for jobs. The trust’s managing poetess, Rajinder Rosy, said young journalists should send their performance documents to the trust. The last date to apply was March 25. Journalists would be honoured on April 3.

College farewell

Students of the commerce department of the Postgraduate Government College for Girls at Sector 11 bade farewell to to-be BCom-III passouts today. Students presented a kaleidoscope of events, which included songs, dances, medleys, choreographed items, modelling and mimicry.

Mohali scan

Students’ contest

The Rayat Bahra College of Education organised an inter-college competition on themes like AIDS awareness, drug de-addiction, blood donation, clean energy options and nuclear safety. The event was sponsored by the 
Punjab State AIDS Control Society and the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology. Around 190 students from 15 colleges participated in the event.

‘World Week’

The Surya World Institute organised the annual day function on the campus today. The day marked the culmination of ‘Surya World Week 2012’, a week of fun-filled activities from February 27 to March 3.

‘Mosaic 2012’

Engineering, management, architecture and education students celebrated their annual day, ‘Mosaic 2012’, on the campus of the Indo-Global Colleges at Abhipur. Students presented ‘bhangra’, Haryanvi dance, ‘giddha’ and skit.

— Tribune Reporters



‘Saanjh’ a hit with Chhattisgarh IG
Tribune News Service

RK Vij and SB Negi inspect the working of a ‘Saanjh’centre at at Phase I of Mohali on Sunday.
RK Vij and SB Negi inspect the working of a ‘Saanjh’centre at at Phase I of Mohali on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, March 4
The concept of ‘saanjh’ centre or police outreach centres of the Punjab Police has attracted the attention of the Chhattisgarh police. To view the functioning of the centres, the IG Chhattisgarh, RK Vij, and Joint Director (Environment) SB Negi, visited one of the centres at Phase I today.

They were told that the centres had set up with a view to give civil atmosphere to the public to get their work pertaining to day-to-day police activities.

To simplify police-public interaction and dealing, the police had introduced the concept of ‘saanjh’, meaning partnership, where the public could enjoy police dealing in a civil manner.

The IG said, “We had visited other centres in Mumbai and Delhi, but the upkeep of ‘saanjh’ centres of the Mohali police is the best. They are first to completely implement the concept.”

He added that ‘aap ke liya’, a similar concept of the police in Mumbai and Delhi, is nowhere close to ‘saanjh’. “I must congratulate the Mohali police in carrying out the concept in a perfect manner,” said the IG.

It had been observed that the public was scared to visit police stations for paper work. To reduce stiffness and fear out of the minds of the public, such concepts had been introduced, he added.

The concept included services like procuring FIR copies, depositing information about tenants and servants, information on passport and general complaints.



Sampark centre told to pay Rs 5,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has upheld an order of the consumer forum directing the Sampark centre for MC space booking in Sector 17 to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation to a person for mental agony and harassment. The centre has also been directed to refund an amount of Rs 4,635 and pay to the complainant Rs 3,000 as litigation costs.

The complainant, Rajinder Kumar, had booked a community centre in Sector 39 through the Sampark centre for the marriage of his sister to be solemnised on May 5 last year.

The permission to use the community centre was granted to the complainant after he deposited Rs 4,635 with the Chandigarh Administration Project-e-Sampark, Sector 17, Chandigarh.

Thereafter, the complainant approached the guard of the Community Centre, Sector 39, Chandigarh, to take possession of the hall but the same was not given to him, citing the reason that the civil construction work was going on at the centre. The complainant approached the officer concerned of the Municipal Corporation but he failed to redress his grievance. Ultimately, the complainant solemnised the marriage of her sister on the roadside in Sector 39, Chandigarh, under scathing Sun. It was further stated that the aforesaid acts of the opposite party, amounted to deficiency in rendering service, as also indulgence in unfair trade practices. When the complainant asked the opposite party for refund of the amount deposited by him, it refused to do so.

While delivering the order, Justice Sham Sunder (retd), President, UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, ruled that the order passed by the District Forum, does not suffer from any illegality or perversity, warranting the interference of this commission.



Lankan Airlines ordered to refund Rs 30,000

Chandigarh, March 4
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Sri Lankan Airlines to refund an amount of Rs 30,000 to six complainants whose trip to Bangkok was spoilt due to its deficiency.

The complainants, officials of Khandelia Oil and General Mills, booked six-day Leisure Trip to Thailand (Bangkok) on November 25, 2008. They were charged Rs 3,38,800 for air tickets and visa charges and $3,080 against land-package cost.

The complainants took a flight from New Delhi to Colombo (Sri Lanka).

According to the complaint, the flight arranged by Thomas Cook delayed by two hours at the Delhi Airport. The complainants alleged that on reaching Colombo, they had to spend the entire night at the airport without getting any information regarding their stay there. It was also alleged that they were held up in Colombo for two days and three nights and their passports and luggage were detained by the airport authorities in Colombo. It was also alleged that they were never taken to Bangkok. Thus, instead of enjoying six days in Bangkok, they returned to New Delhi on November 28.

After they served a legal notice on the travel agency, it made the part payment of Rs1,78,817 to them while the remaining payment was withheld. President of the forum PD Goel stated in the reply that the complaint was partly allowed and Sri Lankan Airlines is directed to make the payment of Rs 30,000 to the complainants on account of payment with regard to tax. — TNS



CITCO union accuses management of giving wrong info in press note
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
The CITCO Workers Union has criticised its management for allegedly giving wrong information in their press note regarding a meeting of the Board of Directors which was held on Friday.

Kashmir Chand, president of the union, has alleged that the press note, which was released by the management after the 169th meeting of the Board of Directors two days before, was misleading as it had wrongly mentioned that the board members had appreciated the performance of the units, including petrol stations and Hotel Shivalikview.

On the issue, DK Tiwari, Managing Director, CITCO, said: “The press release in question has been given as per the decision and deliberations held at the board meeting. As I have not seen the letter of the union so I cannot comment on it”.

“Vigilance inquiries have been conducted on charges of pilferage of fuel from the petrol pumps, being run by the corporation at Sector 9 and 56. Then how come the board of directors could appreciate the performance there. Similarly, Hotel Mountview and Shivalikview are running into losses. We are extremely surprised to go through the contents of the press note," said Kashmir Chand, adding that the union, in fact, came to know that the board members at the meeting had pulled up the heads of these units.

Notably, the vigilance cell had conducted inquiries into the alleged pilferage of about 18,000 litres of petrol from the Sector 56 petrol station and about 16,000 litres of fuel from the Sector 9 station while the accounts of Hotel Mountview have reportedly shown a loss of about Rs 3 crore this fiscal.

Kasmir Chand said the union has also written to the management and higher authorities, condemning the press note. He added that a meeting would be held on March 7 to discuss the issue.



Two months on, sewerage fault stays
Tribune News Service

A view of the caved-in part of sewerage at the Kumbra traffic junction in Mohali on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, March 4
It has been over two months since the collapse of a part of sewerage at the Kumbra traffic junction, but it has not been repaired. Reason, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB) are blaming each other for the collapsed sewer line.

As a result, the road users are being harassed for no fault of theirs. The line had collapsed in January much ahead of the polling for the Vidhan Sabha elections and it now first week of March. But the line remain unattended.

While GMADA has written to the PWSSB to repair the damaged sewer line at the earliest, the latter has stated that it has no funds to get the line repaired. GMADA has been claiming that the line did not cave in due to digging for the laying of underground power cables but due to the connecting of the sewer line with a storm water line after the sewer line was blocked.

A water supply line passing above the sewer line started leaking and this resulted in the caving in of the earth beneath it. Further, the public health department instead of repairing the caved-in portion of earth, had left the trench as such in the middle of the busy road. On the other hand, PWSSB officials are sticking to their contention of the line being damaged to digging for the laying of power cable.

As the caved-in portion has been covered with mild steel railing, the effective width of the road has been drastically reduced. There have been several instances when motorists have been caught unawares while crossing the lights. GMADA officials further point out that the power cable was being laid at 20 feet beneath the surface and it was away from the alignment of the sewer line.

The busy road connects Chandigarh and Mohali with Patiala and Fatehgarh districts.



Celebrating womanhood
SD Sharma

A girl performs a Punjabi dance during International Women’s Day celebrations at Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
A girl performs a Punjabi dance during International Women’s Day celebrations at Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, March 4
It was all by women and for women at the annual celebration organised by the Punjab Arts Council to commemorate the International Women’s Day at the Randhawa auditorium here today.

The Roopak Kala Kendra and Welfare Society staged the Punjabi play “Firangian di noonh”. The play was designed and directed by Sangeeta Gupta and was based on a story by Veena Verma, settled in London.

The play depicted the story of Shanti, a docile woman, living with her drug-addict husband, who tortured and subjugated her to a hellish existence.

Over a period of time, she gathered courage to get rid of him, raised her three children and married an Englishman. Verma lauded the performance and complimented that the production appeared to be better than the script.

Earlier, Poonam, editor of the magazine Preetlari, read out the story “Aurat da khat”. She brought alive the emotional content.



FOSWAC elections next month
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
The Federation of Sector Welfare Association (FOSWAC) has decided to hold elections to posts of chairman and general secretary next month.

At a meeting held at Sector 35 today, the executive committee has decided to constitute a three-member committee to conduct the elections.

The present chairman, PC Sanghi, said the members expressed their dis-satisfaction over the insufficient budget provision made by the municipal corporation for the provision of multilevel parking in commercial areas and community parking in residential areas, development of playgrounds, sanitation services and repairs and recarpeting of roads.

In order to sort out the issue of need-based changes made by the occupants of CHB flats as also to streamline the procedure of transfer of CHB flats of GPA holders a meeting will also be held with the chairman of the Chandigarh Housing Board, he added.



Dr Garg to present two papers in US
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 4
Dr Pankaj Garg, a senior consultant with the Fortis hospital, Mohali, has been invited to present two of his original clinical research papers at a conference of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (AGES) scheduled to be held at San Diego, California, on March 8.

The society is the biggest organisation of laparoscopic (key-hole) surgeons in the world with more than 7,000 surgeons as its members. Eminent surgeons from all across the globe would attend the conference.

Dr Garg is presenting papers on “Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)- the latest development in the field of surgery”. Dr Garg was also honoured with SAGES International Young Investigator Award in 2009. He is the first Indian to get this coveted award.



Girls outperform boys
Out of 228 PU medal winning students, 176 are girls
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
Putting up a brilliant performance, girls once again outperformed boys by clinching the maximum numbers of gold medals during the academic function of Panjab University held today.

Among the 228 students who received certificates and medals, 176 were girls. The occasion, however, lost its sheen as there was no dignitary to give away the medals. Also, the students were rushed to the stage to receive their medals and all the medals were given away in less then 25 minutes. The event was not much different from any ordinary function organised at the PU, as the students received their gold medals from the Vice Chancellor. Even most of the deans and the Senate members did not attend the function.

The PU authorities seemed to be in a rush to conclude the function. The students were hurried to the stage and made to rush to get their medals and step down from the stage.

One of the gold medallists who attended the function said that the ceremony was a mere formality as the real charm of the convocation, which is receiving medals at the hands of a dignitary, was missing.

Another student said that the function was a very low-key affair as there was no chief guest to honour them. “There was no one renowned to give away the medals, and we were made to rush to collect our medals as if there was some time restraint,” the student said.

A senior PU official also said that the medals were awarded in a hurry and suggested that there should be a time slot reserved for awarding medals during the function.

Girls once again excelled boys in winning medals and certificates. During the last function, out of the 202 students who received medals, 163 were girls. During the convocation organised earlier, out of the total 479 students who received degrees, 351 were girls.

Professor RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, PU, presided over the academic function. In his presidential remarks, Sobti complimented girls for outnumbering boys in getting medals. While lauding the efforts of the girl students, Sobti also cautioned the gathering about the social problem of female foeticide and dwindling sex ratio. The Vice Chancellor suggested that a change in the mindsets is needed for the progress of the country.



Haryana official, surgeon get medals
Persons of various age groups attend Panjab University academic function
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
Investing in knowledge always pays well,’ believes Shiv Raman Gaur, Additional Principal Secretary to Haryana Chief Minister. He was among those who received gold medals at the Panjab University’s academic function. Dr Navin Chander Raina, a surgeon at Fortis, was also among the ones standing in the queue of students, most of who were in their early twenties, to receive gold medal.

Shiv Raman Gaur received his gold medal at the hands of PU Vice Chancellor. Gaur said that he cleared his civil services exam and became a bureaucrat, but after joining the services, he realised that law is a subject he should have the knowledge of, following which he joined the evening law at PU. Despite his hectic schedule, Gaur managed to concentrate on his studies and topped the exam. “Time constraint failed to deter me. I used to wake-up at 5 am to study and even revised the topics in the evening, after the office hours,” Gaur said. He now plans to enrol himself in LLM and teach after his retirement.

Dr Navin Chander Raina, a surgeon by profession, wanted to study law and ended up enrolling at PU. “I had a passion for law and decided to graduate in the subject. I have now enrolled myself for a Master’s degree in law,” he added. Raina who is fond of studying, also holds an MBA degree and aims to continue his association with academics.



Winning gold is just a start, say toppers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
Sharing their feelings after receiving gold medals at the Panjab University’s academic function, students said that their journey had just begun and they were yet to achieve their goals.

Aishwarya Bhalla, who received gold medal in geology, said that her aim did not end here and she wanted to be an educationist. Inspired by her mother Sangeeta Bhalla, chairperson, University Institute of Legal Studies, Aishwarya also wants to be a teacher.

Sakshi Khanna bagged the gold medal in MSc, microbial biotechnology. She, after clearing the National Eligibility Test (NET) in her subject, has recently joined the department of experimental medicine, PGI, for a PhD. “My next goal is to complete my doctorate,” she said.

Another gold medallist, Navni Garg from Government Medical College Hospital (GMCH-32), wants to join the pulmonary medicine department of the hospital. “My aim is to join the pulmonary medicine and work for the society,” Navni said.



College honours over 400 students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4
The MCMDAV College organised a prize-distribution function to honour over 400 students for contribution to academics, cultural activities and sports here today.

The objective of the event was to encourage students to achieve more and recognise their contribution to the institution.

Haryana minister Randeep Singh Surjewala was the chief guest. Singer-actor Harbhajan Mann was the guest of honour. Parents of prize winners attended the function.

The event kicked off with the annual report presentation by principal Puneet Bedi. She emphasised the importance of the collective contribution of students. The report encompassed the record of accomplishments.

Total prizes worth Rs 2 lakh college colours, special prizes and trophies were awarded. College teams were honoured for folk dances, group song, Indian orchestra, group ‘shabad’, theatre and quiz.



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