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College turns into battleground
Violence at DAV-10 again; 2 students shot at, 5 more injured; PUSU chief admitted to PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
In an embarrassment to the UT police, armed assailants barged into the DAV College at Sector 10 here this afternoon, fired five gunshots and attacked members of a rival party with swords and sticks, injuring seven PUSU supporters.

Two of the students, Charan Dev Singh and Jeevanjot, the latter being the newly elected chairman of PUSU, sustained bullet injuries and were admitted to the PGI.

The group of assailants entered the college around 4:30 pm through the rear door, opening to the college ground, by breaking the lock.

The assailants fled through the same door before the police could reach the college ground where the incident occurred. The attack lasted precisely 10 minutes and left behind a trail of terror.

Interestingly, the staff with a PCR van stationed permanently at the front gate of the college remained ignorant of the violence for the time the attackers sneaked in and fled after the attack.

Students of the college said the police arrived late though information about the pre-planned attack had leaked and PUSU members had informed the police in advance that they were apprehending an attack from the rival party.

The assailants came to disrupt preparations for the star nite to be held at the college tomorrow. PUSU members were among the organisers for the event.

Sources said that Jeevanjot and Multani, one of the accused, had a verbal scuffle at Panjab University in the morning and Multani planned the attack to avenge the insult.

The police said the attack was pre-planned and it registered a case of attempt-to-murder against over 20 persons, seven of whom were identified in the FIR, registered at the Sector-3 police station. The accused included Amandeep Singh Multani, Lawrence Bishnoi, Vicky Bakra, Sunny Malhotra, Robin Brar, Rashpal Singh and Kanwar Pal, supporters of SOPU.

“The attackers were at least 25 in number. I was preparing the stage when they entered and fired indiscriminately at us. As we ran, they caught some of us and beat them up mercilessly,” said Amandeep, a BA-III student at the college.

The assailants threw the countrymade pistol at the ground, which was later recovered by the police. Five shells were also recovered from the spot. The injured were identified as Jeevanjot, Charan Dev, Paramdeep Singh, Navneet, Arshdeep, Satpal and Ankit Grover.

Criminal past

Prime accused Amandeep Singh Multani and Lawrence Bishnoi had a criminal past and had been actively involved in a number of incidents of violence in the past. Lawrence had attacked four persons at Sector 40 last year and was later apprehended by the crime branch. He was currently out on bail. The police had then said he was close to dreaded gangsters and was involved in violent crimes at his hometown Ferozepur. The other accused named in the FIR had also been involved in clashes in the past.

Outsiders hurt

The incident brought to the fore loopholes in security measures at the college. All seven persons who were injured were outsiders, five of them being students of the Landran College of Engineering.

Remember 2009?

The attack was a grim reminder of the incident of violence at the college on the eve of PU elections in 2009, when 150 students of various parties went on the rampage, attacking one another with soft drink bottles and bricks, damaging the canteen and shattering windowpanes of the library.



‘We care for you?’
Tipsy policeman fires shots near SSP’s residence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
Leaving the UT police red-faceda yet again, two UT police constables created nuisance in an inebriated state and fired gunshots near the SSP’s residence at Sector 16 last night.

The incident occurred around 1:30 am, when the constables posted with the PCR went out of control and hurled abuses at everyone who came their way.

A UT police inspector, who was fired at, had a miraculous escape. Both constables were arrested and booked in an attempt-to-murder case.

Constable Jagbir Singh, who was in charge of the PCR van, and constable Balir Singh consumed a large amount of liquor around midnight while they were on duty at the ISBT roundabout in Sector 17.

They headed towards the police headquarters in Sector 9 and sought leave from duty as they were drunk. The duty officer at the control room reportedly reprimanded them for being drunk on duty and denied them leave.

Heavily drunk, they then created nuisance and began hurling abuses at their colleagues. They threatened they would go to the SSP’s residence to seek leave.

The constables then headed to the official residence of UT SSP Naunihal Singh at Sector 16. They were some metres away from his residence when they were confronted by two seniors.

Inspector Satpal and assistant sub-inspector Sukhwinder Singh persuaded them to stop when Jagbir pulled out his service revolver and fired two shots at Satpal, who had a miraculous escape.

When inspector Diwan Singh tried to stop them, he was threatened and abused. While Jagbir was detained immediately, Balir was arrested later in the day.

After the medical examination of the constables was conducted, it was established that they were under the heavy influence of liquor. Jagbir was produced in court and remanded to one-day police custody.

‘Habitual offender’

Sources said Jagbir was habitual of creating a ruckus in a drunken state and had been involved in similar cases in the past. In November, 2010, he had created nuisance outside the SSP’s residence while he was on a PCR motorcycle. The SHO of the Sector-17 police station had recommended a departmental inquiry against him.

Deplorable: SSP

Admitting that such an act by policemen was deplorable, UT SSP Naunihal Singh said the matter had been taken very seriously and a detailed introspection was being done. “Such acts will not be tolerated and strict punishment will be awarded to them,” he said. Admitted that the constable was a habitual offender, the SSP said a detailed inquiry would be conducted to look into the lapses. It would also be investigated as to how the constable managed to get a public-dealing posting though he had been involved in such incidents.



Over 300 mobile towers in city illegal
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
Shocking but true: more than 300 mobile towers in the city are illegal. Deputy Commissioner (DC) Brijendra Singh today submitted a report on mobile towers to UT Finance Secretary VK Singh.

It was stated in the report that of the 547 mobile towers in the city, more than 300 were operating illegally. It was also pointed out that a majority of those were operating from residential areas.

The UT Administration had asked for the report after receiving directions from the Punjab and Haryana High Court to notify its policy on mobile towers in residential areas in two months. The high court had made it clear that it wanted the mobile towers to be shifted out of residential areas in phases.

Sources revealed that after receiving the report, the Finance Secretary sought explanations from area inspectors of various departments, the estate office and the municipal corporation on why they did not issued any show-cause notice to mobile operators.

Meanwhile, in a meeting between UT officials and representatives of mobile companies, representatives of the companies opposed the draft policy prepared by the Administration in 2004, wherein the UT had decided not to allow mobile companies to instal towers in residential areas.

Requesting anonymity, the representative of a mobile company said there was no commercial area in Sectors 1 to 7 and Sectors 48 and 49, where they needed permission from the Administration to instal towers in residential areas.

Meanwhile, a senior UT official said they had proposed that four or five companies use one tower, but those were using separate towers. He added that they heard the objections of mobile company representatives and would draft the policy on mobile towers shortly.

What draft policy stated

The draft policy prepared in 2004 made it clear that no mobile tower would be allowed in residential areas. The policy stated that mobile towers would be allowed on commercial buildings which had completion certificates and sanctioned building plans. The policy further read that the commercial buildings should have sewerage connections and be inspected by the estate office staff. Mobile company owners had challenged other provisions and directions in the policy. The policy could not be notified since the court had stayed proceedings. The litigation had been sent to the Supreme Court and was subsequently reverted to the high court.

What high court observed

The high court order dated February 13 read, “The mobile emits signals in the form of radio waves, which can cause brain cell changes. If the DNA in the brain cells gets damaged, those may become cancerous and cause brain tumour. It is also feared that radio waves can cause chemical and electrical reactions in the brain, changing the way brain cells communicate. Studies have revealed that sparrows have declined in the most contaminated electromagnetic fields.”



Liquor dearer in Chandigarh from May 1
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
There is bad news for Bacchus lovers as from May 1: they have to pay more for liquor. In the excise policy for 2012-13, the Chandigarh Administration has proposed a hike of between 10 and 15 per cent in the annual licence fee which parties interested pay to bag liquor vend licences.

The Administration has also proposed to allot liquor vends in the city through the tender system, in use last year. Sources have revealed that the Administration has also proposed to reduce the numbers of pre-fabricated sheds.

The sources have added that as per the proposal, the pre-fabricated liquor vend sites which come in the way of construction of slip roads and any other construction will be removed.

Chandigarh Wine Merchants Association president Satpal said liquor vends had gone for crores last year and bidders were expected to quote higher prices this time, resulting in the hike in liquor prices.

A local liquor merchant said the tender system would help liquor barons of Punjab and Haryana. The consumer would not be king as the syndicate would control prices, he added. In the previous excise policy, the licence fee for a vend was Rs 37 lakh (country liquor) and Rs 45 lakh (IMFL).

In the new excise policy, the areas where a liquor vend could be opened would be identified by the Administration and tenders would be invited from bidders interested, a senior official with the Administration said.

The highest bidder, after fulfilling the requisite formalities, would be awarded the vend licence for one year. The applicant interested would be required to have the premises of his own (in case of landlord) or on rent (in case of tenant, but with valid permission or no-objection certificate) before filling the tender.

Last year, the Chandigarh Administration had collected Rs 127 crore by allotting liquor licences for 217 vends under the excise policy effective from May 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012, which was more than double the licence fee of Rs 60.10 crore during 2011-12.

Last year, the liquor vend at Sector 52, on the Vikas Marg and opposite the Sector-43 ISBT, had fetched the highest licence fee, which was Rs 2.75 crore.

This was followed by the vend at Behlana village, on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway near the airport traffic light point, which had fetched Rs 2.51 crore.

The liquor vend at Palsora village, near Phase I of Mohali, had fetched the third-highest licence fee, which was around Rs 2.11 crore.



Mending ways not MC’s forte
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
Not learning a lesson from yesterday’s incident on the supply of contaminated drinking water from tubewells at Sector 38 (West), the municipal corporation (MC) has not taken any step to fix non-functional chlorinators installed at the 30 tubewells for purifying water before supplying it to the residents.

Surprisingly, for the past more than three months, supervisors at the tubewells had been informing the department concerned that the chlorinators at the tubewells were not functional and had to be repaired immediately.

Resultantly, various areas were getting non-purified water everyday. An expert said the purpose of installing chlorinators was to get water purified at the site for further supply as adding chlorine made water free from germs and bacteria.

As per MC records, there were 200 tubewells for water supply to the city. The authorities had installed chlorinators to about 100 of those to give direct water supply.

The records revealed that water from around 60 tubewells was being supplied directly to residents and the rest were connected to underground reservoirs.

MC sources said reminders had been sent to the public health department for the last three months to fixi chlorinators at the tubewells, but in vain. Records revealed that the maintenance of all tubewells had been outsourced to a private firm.

When contacted, MC chief engineer SS Bidda denied that water was being supplied directly from tubewells.

He said instructions were issued to the public health department today to monitor the infrastructure of tubewells.

He added that the department was told that if there was a problem with machinery, it should be rectified. He said the department took 40 water samples a day to check the quality of water being supplied.

A senior official said on the basis of anonymity that since the maintenance had been outsourced to a Delhi-based company, routine repair work of the tubewells had always been delayed.

Mayor Raj Bala Malik today visited Sector 38, where children had fallen ill after consuming water supplied from the tubewell, and met residents.


It’s like winning a war if one gets 6’X5’ space to park
With parking scenario grim in the prime sector of the City Beautiful, Chandigarh Tribune highlights visitors’ plight
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
With about one-lakh vehicles coming to this prime sector of the City Beautiful on any given day, the parking scenario has worsened here.

The 15-earmarked parking lots in the sector are insufficient to cope up with the vehicles rush, especially during the day when most of the parking lots can be seen full to capacity.

“In fact, it’s not less than winning a war if one gets 6’X5’ space to park one’s four-wheeler here”, said Rajinder Manocha, who runs a shop in the area.

The situation is worst particularly in the two main parking lots in front of Plaza, near the DC Office, Bank Square and 30-Bays Building while other parking lots also witness chaos during the peak hours.

On many occasions, the visitors have to spend a lot of time looking for space to park their cars in the parking lots, particularly in the Bank Square and two main parking lots in front of Neelam Cinema and 30-Bays Building.

“Definitely, if one has to roam around the Plaza then one needs to have a proper parking space to park one’s car and half of the time is wasted looking for a parking space for one’s vehicle, this is not a good sign”, feel most of the shopkeepers in the area.

“The administration seems to be least bothered about the problem. The concern of the local Municipal Corporation is just to auction the parking sites. After that they don’t bother about the problems being faced by the users,” said JPS Kalra, general secretary of the Traders Association, Sector 17, and Chandigarh Business Council. He further said that the decision to convert the sector into ‘walkers’ paradise’ does not seem practical, though it’s a good idea. They are talking of closing at least two parking sites after 4 pm to make the area ‘vehicle-free’ zone. Will they ask the owners of the vehicles, (which will be parked in the ‘identified zones’ before the specified time), to leave the place before 4 pm or will they look for another alternative,” ? asked Kalra.He further said the administration should first talk to the bodies of the shopkeepers and businessmen and assess the ground reality and problems of the area before taking any step.

Vehicles ‘unsafe’ at paid parking lots

Despite payment of Rs 5 or 10 for parking of a four-wheeler in the paid-parking lots, the vehicles are still ‘unsafe’.

“You see, the contractors don’t stop any vehicle from entering his parking lot even if it is over-capacitated. The reason being More vehicles, more income. The greed of the contractors leads to chaos in the parking areas, which results in minor accidents on many occasion,” Maninder Singh said. He lamented that an unknown person in the parking area hit his swanky Audi car, which was parked in Sector 17. “When I contacted the contractor, he pleaded ignorance”, Maninder Singh said.

“Their (the contractors) main concern is to charge the parking fee, once they take the money they are not concerned if one has got a parking space or not,” said Vermani.

Even officials of the local Municipal Corporation are least bothered about the over-capacitated parking lots.

Haphazard parking of vehicles in the parking lots, long queues of vehicles near entry and exit gates of these lots, brawls between parking contractors and vehicles’ owners over parking of vehicles are a common sight.

‘Controversial’ parking lot in front of Hotel Mehfil

The UT administration, which is overzealous in constructing another over-bridge from KC Theatre to Hotel Taj to make the road free from vehicles, has no answer if asked about the parking of vehicles in front of Hotel Mehfil. The MC has allowed parking of vehicles in front of Hotel Mehfil on both sides of the road, leading to old overbridge here.

Traffic jams due to parked vehicles on the road are a routine affair here. Many times, the Chandigarh Police has issued ‘challans’ to the owners of vehicles, parked at the site, where parking is allowed by the local MC.

“When overbridge was made to make the area vehicle-free zone then why are they allowing parking of vehicles on the road?,” questioned RK Kalia, a resident.

Multi-storeyed parking lots, a need of the hour: Most of the shopkeepers here feel that the administration should go for multi-storeyed parking lots in the sector.

“With the coming up of two new malls and the administration’s proposal to spruce up the dead’ part of Sector 17 in the coming days, the rush of vehicles as well as the footfall will increase here. To manage the things, the sector needs at least two or three multi-storeyed parking lots which can be underground,” said Ashutosh Vermani, another shopkeeper of Sector 17.

However, during the evening hours, there is some relief as the vehicles owners prefer only three or four parking lots, which fall near the Plaza, to park their vehicles while the rest remain almost empty during that time.

Underground parking non-functional

As three underground parking lots in the area are non-functional there is total chaos here. With these being in a state of neglect no one prefers to park his/her vehicle here.

“In the underground parking lots, there is no lighting arrangements, cleanliness and watchmen. Why doesn’t the administration provide proper facilities in these lots to make them functional?” asked LK Sahni, a bank employee.

There are three underground parking lots near the 30-Bays Building, telephone exchange and CMC Hospital in the sector.

Read tomorrow:

Different solutions under consideration of the Chandigarh Administration for solving the parking problem

Situation worst during peak hours

The situation is worst particularly in the two main parking lots in front of Plaza, near the DC Office, Bank Square and 30-Bays Building while other parking lots also witness chaos during peak hours.

Looking for parking space a tough call for visitors

On many occasions, the visitors have to spend a lot of time looking for space to park their cars in the parking lots, particularly in the Bank Square and two main parking lots in front of Neelam Cinema and 30-Bays Building.



Coordination with neighbouring states becoming tough for UT Administration
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
Lack of co-ordination with the two neighbouring states in the overall development of the tricity is one of the major challenges faced by the UT Administration, said Finance Secretary VK Singh at a CII-organised annual session on Leveraging Growth for Social Return today. The Finance Secretary added that the attitude of the neighbours sometimes forces UT to raise the red flag. Singh, while addressing the gathering on inclusive and sustainable growth, mentioned that Chandigarh is a land-locked city and needs to focus is on the overall development of Chandigarh-Mohali- Panchkula, which is considered as a single city. However, the UT is facing a lot of challenges due to lack of lack of coordination from the neighbouring states. “That is why we sometime raises the red flag,” he stated. Singh further said that a new Act should be constituted for the tricity and expect the same from both the neighbouring state. “This is the need of the hour and should be done immediately,” he added.

Speaking about other challenges, the Finance Secretary said that their was a shortage of land in Chandigarh and it should be question is how it should be developed as we don’t know the future needs of the city.

Singh said that the UT has an ambitious plan to make it slum free for which UT has already come-up with 12,000 flats for slum dwellers to give them better living conditions.

Speaking about the social returns Singh said if, someone wants to do something they need to be sincere towards their work and society. “Such activities are taken by the corporates, however, there is no sincerity in their efforts and is only done for popularity”, he added. 

Chandigarh land -locked

Chandigarh is a land-locked city and needs to focus on the overall development of Chandigarh-Mohali- Panchkula, which is considered as a single city. 



Medical scheme for Central Govt’s officers 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
The officers of the Central Government Group-A civil services have been brought under the purview of the annual medical examination scheme that would enable them to get a comprehensive medical check-up every year.

The complete report of the medical examination, complied in stipulated format, would be attached with the officers' annual performance appraisal report, according to a circular received by various departments here. The scheme so far available for the officers of the IAS, IPS and IFS. The Group-A cadre comprises abut 45 services including the Indian Foreign Service, revenue, economic, postal, engineering, information, geological, archeological, legal, railway and telecommunication services.

Officers of the age of 40 years and above would be covered by the scheme. Men and women officers would be entitled to Rs 2,000 and Rs 2,200, respectively for the checkup, the same rates have been offered for empanelled hospitals under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) in Delhi. The schedules of tests and investigations that can be availed under the scheme have also been defined.

There are 26 empanelled hospitals in Delhi to carry out the examinations, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is in the process of empanelling hospitals in other cities where CGHS facilities are available.

The ministry is expected to take about three months to empanel hospitals. In cities where the CGHS facilities are not available, the ministry is exploring the possibility of tying up with recognised or well-established hospitals.



Liquor vends in Sectors 10, 12, 14 fetch Rs 3.51 crore
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 12
Liquor vends of Panchkula district were today auctioned for the year 2012-13. For the first time, the auction of 117 liquor vends were held in groups. Each group had three liquor vends. A group of liquor vends in Sectors 10, 12 and 14, fetched Rs 3.51 crore as against the reserve price of the group Rs 2,91,60,000.

Out of the 117 liquor vends in Panchkula district, 57 were of English liquor while 60 were of country-made liquor.

As per information, a group of liquor vends in Shahpur, Khokhra and Madanwalla, fetched Rs 3,02,70,000 against the group’s reserved price Rs 2,11,00,000. Among the other groups that fetched good prices (Rs 2,03,00,000) were Rajiv Colony-I, II and Sector 16. A group of Industrial Area, Kundi I and II fetched Rs 2,20,00,000.

A group of Sectors 7, 8, 9 and 5 got Rs 2,40,00,000.

A senior official of the district excise department said they started the group system as the bidders normally bought liquor vends that generated good business and left those where people did not turn up in large numbers. This time in every group, the officials had included two liquor vends, where people come in large numbers and the one where only a few turn up.

The official added that with this group system, they succeeded in selling those liquor vends as well, which in previous years had evoked a poor response. He added that they were still calculating the figures of revenue generated from the auction of these liquor vends. 



All set for swearing-in ceremony of Cabinet

Mohali, March 12
As part of the hectic preparations going in for the swearing-in ceremony of the new Punjab Cabinet at Chappar Chiri on March 14, the health department is gearing up to meet any eventuality at a function which will be attended by VVIPs, apart from thousands of people.

As many as four teams of doctors and paramedical staff have been formed for the special day.

While two teams will be managing two dispensaries to be set up outside the area of the main function, the other two teams will be deployed inside. One of these teams will be present at another dispensary planned for the inner area, the fourth team of doctors will remain near the stage.

Mohali Civil Surgeon Dr Usha Bansal said blood, glucose bottles, ECG machines, stretchers and medicines would be made available at the three dispensaries to be set up at Chappar Chiri on March 14. Adequate stock of anti-allergy medicines 
would also be arranged, Dr Usha added. — TNS



Women’s Day celebrations end 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
The department of Life Long Learning and Extension, Panjab University, organised a week long celebration on International Women’s Day from March 6-12.

As a part of the celebrations, different competitive programmes like Heena competition, best recipe preparation and ‘rangoli’ were organised at the Sector 25 colony.

A function was also organised for working women to educate them about new societal problems like domestic violence and HIV at the YWCA in Sector-11.

The department also organised the valedictory function at the Panjab University for students and gave them information on issues of gender disparity.

Renu Gandhi, programme in-charge, expressed that there is a need to provide vocational educational programmes for women which in-return will help in raising social and economic status of rural and urban women and decision making power.

It is important that the government and society invest in quality education and develop lifelong learning programmes to help poor urban and rural women to exercise their citizenship, be agent of change and contribute to sustainable development, she added.

Dr Sudhir Baweja from USOL, department of philosophy, said that the education system today must contribute to the economic autonomy of women, which in turn will raise the economic status of women and provide them decision-making power.

Professor Devi Sirohi, department of history, emphasised that the main problem the rural women face today is their non-participation in educational activities and this hinders their economic and productive role in the society in general. 



Charity necessary for social growth, say experts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
Charity is the way to social growth, but not the only way, and entrepreneurs need to be a part of social growth said David Wittenberg, CEO, The Innovation Workgroup, speaking on ‘Innovating for Social Return’ at the CII today.

Wittenberg, while interacting with the gathering, spoke about social growth and asked the participants to share their views about the understanding of social growth. “There is an urgent need to have social growth as companies these days are only focused towards making business profits,” he said.

He added that business hoses and individuals play a greater role in social growth in any country than the government. Wittenberg said that there are different ways to work for social returns and one just needs to have a goal as how and what needs to be done. Siting Tata’s example, Wittenberg said that they have opened a cancer hospital to serve the society which is also a step towards social growth. 



3-day fest on Kabir opens at Tagore
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, March12
Sufiana spiritual fervour pervaded the ambience of the Tagore theatre as the three day festival on Kabir - Films and Bhakti Sangeet - organised by the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademy, titled "Suno Bhai Sadho" opened to a grand start here today.

Eminent vocalist Vijay Sardeshmukh, foremost disciple of legendary Pandit Kumar Gandharv commenced the Kabir vani recital with a soulful rendition of Kabir bhajan "Bin Saguru nahin bhullana." He delved deeper into the mystic utterances of Kabir and the wisdom inherent in the couplets through his singing marked with sobriety. He moved on to recite "Meyya mori laagi re" replete with spirituality. He brought the impersonal aspect (Nirguna) of the lord into focus in the next offering “Ham pardes pancchi baanwre" and other devotional compositions. Swaroop Sardeshmukh and Tanvi gave him the vocal support.

The second session belonged to the invincible Rajasthani folk and sufiana maestro, Mukhtyar Ali from the semi nomadic community of

thaar desert of Rajasthan. Gifted with a voice which traversed into all octaves, Mukhtyar opned up with sufinana couplets before reciting the Amir Khusro classic "Mann Kunto maula".

He was at his best with Kabir's "Chadriya jhini re" as he interspersed his rendition with soothing couplets from Sufi mystics like Shah Hussain, Bulleh Shah an others. Ali presented "Man atkeya beparwah" and another Kabir bhajan "Maujhko kahan dhoonde re bande" with perfection. His expertise had given him an opportunity to record a jugalabndi with legendary Bal Murli Krishna for a Tamil film "Kathai" after he recorded for a film named Bombay Summer.

Akademy chairperson Kamal Tewari welcomed the chief guest Dr BN Goswami , recipient of Tagore Akaemi Rattan honour, who blessed the artists.

Earlier in the day, a film on Kabir titled "Had Anhad" produced and directed by Shabnam Virmani was screened in the festival.

Ms Shabnam Virmani, Moora Lala Marwada and Gafoor Khan will perform tomorrow at 6.30 pm while a film on Kabir will be screened at 11.00 am.



Sufiana maestros enthral audience
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 12
The acclaimed duo of Sufiana and Rajasthani folk maestros, Idrim Khan and Shakur Khan, enthralled the audience at the NZCC Kalagram complex in a programme organised by the School of Punjabi Studies, PU, and Punjabi Sahit Akademy, Ludhiana, in collaboration with North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) here today.

The duo doled out Sufi numbers commencing with Baba Bulleh Shah's ‘Nukta yaar padaya’ after presenting a Rajasthani dhun.

The artistes presented kalaams of Bulleh Shah like ‘Bulle nu samjhavan aayin’, ‘Bulla ki jaana mein kauan’, ‘Saade waal mukhra mod’, and Mein kyon ker javaan Kaabe nu deil loche takhat hazaare nu’.

They also gave renditions of kalaams of Shah Hussain, Inayat Hussain, Kabir, Farid and many more.

Dr Sukhdev Singh welcomed chief guest Dr Deepak Manmohan, director, World Punjabi Centre, Patiala, who honoured the artistes.



Tricity Scan

AIMA workshop:
All India Management Association (AIMA) in collaboration with Chandigarh Management Association (CMA) organized its first ever workshop for Students of African countries studying in India. The theme of the Workshop was “Don’t Hunt for a Job, Be your own Boss”. Over 52 students from different countries of Africa participated in this Workshop held at PHD Chamber in sector-31, Chandigarh.

‘Villages lack civic amenities’: The local unit of the CPM has alleged step-motherly treatment being meted out to the nine UT villages in the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC). In a press release, Piara Singh Saini, CPM secretary, alleged that civic amenities, like roads, water supply and sanitation, were going from bad to worse, with even councillors concerned not sparing a thought for the villages.

ACs launched: Daikin Air Conditioning India launched 13 new variants of energy efficient air conditioners for the coming summer season today. Kanwal Jeet Jawa, managing director of the company said that this July onwards the company will also start manufacturing room air conditioners at its factory in Neemrana. So far, room air conditioners are imported from its facility in Thailand, and only commercial air conditioners (VRVs and chillers) are manufactured here. He also said that the company was looking at expanding its sales and service dealers in the northern region from 60 to 100 by the end of the year

Energetic lighting: Energetic Lighting, which manufactures CFL lamps, will now make a foray in the Punjab market. Krishna Mehta, managing director, said that they were looking at a 20 per cent share in the Punjab market by the end of its first year in operation. He said that the Bachat Lamp Yojana Scheme in Punjab, will help them achieve growth in the state.

Nomination papers filed: Candidates have filed nominations for Municipal Corporation chairman of the road, water supply and sewerage and house tax today. For the road committee, BSP councillor Jannat Jahan Ul Haq, for the water supply and sewerage disposal committee, councillor Dr Shagufta Parveen, and for the house tax, councillor M P Kohli filed their nomination. As there are no candidates who filed nomination for the positions, these three have been elected as the chairman of these committees.

HR programme:
The Indian subsidiary of US-based Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conducted an HR programme in the Aryans Campus. The topic of the seminar was “Tips on how to enter in corporate world”. Rashmi Bhargava, director, Academic Alliance, SHRM India ,was the chief guest on the occasion. — Tribune Reporters



PU Boys’ hostels to have self-service
The decision has already been enforced at girls’ hostels
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
PU students would no longer be given the facility of having food served at their tables in the university mess halls and canteens as the authorities have decided to introduce self-service. While self-service has already been introduced in all the girls hostels, the new rule would soon be introduced in boys hostels as well.

Breaking the long tradition of food being served at the tables, and sometimes even at the hostel rooms, the PU has finally decided to introduce self-service in hostels.

The students now have to go to the mess counters to collect their plates and drop them back after having their meal. Girls, who earlier could place an order at the canteen while sitting in the hostel lawns, too are now carrying their food items themselves. Though the PU authorities claim that the move will help in controlling food prices in hostels, the decision has led to resentment among the students.

Dean Student Welfare (DSW) AS Ahluwalia, justifying the move, said that with the introduction of self service there would be lesser labour required which would further lead to cost reduction. “It would moreover also help in curbing food wastage as students will take food according to their needs,” the DSW added.

A resident of girls hostel no IV said that they were comfortable with self-service inside the mess; however, the facility to get food served in the guest room and in the lawns should continue. “It is very difficult to take the food tray to the guest room ourselves when some visits us in the hostel,” the student added.

Sources said that the residents of girls hostel no III have also initiated a signature campaign against the decision and are planning to submit a memorandum to the hostel warden. 



DAV function cancelled due to shoot out
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
The shoot-out at DAV college campus today led to the cancellation of the star night that was to be held on Tuesday. Fearing more trouble, the DAV College cancelled the function that was organised by the Student Council of DAV College.

Famous Punjabi singers Preet Harpal and Mafia Munder were to perform at the college ground in the evening. However, the shoot-out at the venue has forced the college to call-off the event.

SSP Chandigarh Naunihal Singh was the chief guest at the function. Police sources confirmed that the star night has been called-off. However, they stated that the college would still be kept under a close watch.

Sources, said that the president of the student council belongs to Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) and the opposition members of Student Organistaion of Panjab University (SOPU) had planned to disrupt the function. With all the invitations to guests already sent and all arrangements for the star night made, along with the setting of the stage, the shoot-out that has led to the cancellation has turned out to be a major embarrassment for the college.

This is the first violence reported after AK Nanda took-charge of the college as the officiating principal. The college has also decided to ban the entry of the college students who are found involved in the incident and would be taking disciplinary action. It could also lead to expulsion from the college and cancellation of admission for the next academic session. 



PUSU announces candidates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
The political scene is gearing-up at the Panjab University with the student organisations announcing their general bodies for the next session. PUSU members today announced their candidates who would be taking charge of the organisation for the student elections to be held in the coming session.

Senior party leaders announced Jeewanjot Singh Chahal as the new PUSU chairman, while Visahvveer Singh Bhanu Pratap has been appointed as the senior vice president of the party. Abhinav Puri has been appointed as vice president and Ranjeet Singh as the party conevner.

Party president Sukhjit Singh Brar said that the new team would start working among the students from this session only and would take charge for the next elections.

PUSU also appointed all the party in-charge officials in all the teaching departments to bridge the gap between the students and the union. 



Month-long job fest at CGC
25 companies, including Tata Motors, and Infosys, will participate in the fest
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 12
In an initiative aimed at facilitating placement for polytechnic diploma holders and ITI trained students, the Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC) has organised a month-long job fest on its campus at Gharuan.

The fest is being sponsored by the Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training. About 25 top companies would participate in the recruitment process in the fest.

While inaugurating the fest, Dr Amarpal Singh, Secretary, Punjab State Board of Technical Education & Industrial Training, said that they deliberately avoided calling too many companies. “We preferred serious recruitment process instead of mere hype,” Dr Singh said. Among the companies slated to participate in the job fest are Mahindra, Satyam, TVS Motors, Tata Motors, Hero Cycles, Infosys, Rockman Industries, and Swaraj Mazda, claimed the organisers.

NPS Lamba, Director Academics, PSBTE&IT, said, “As placements in polytechnic colleges were not working, this job fest would be of great help to the students looking for new jobs.”

The organisers said that while the number of students passing out from polytechnic colleges and ITIs was more than 60,000 annually, job placement efforts for these students were negligible. “We are committed to ensure that students from Punjab get placements, and this month-long job fest is a step in that direction,” claimed the organisers.



Bags distributed among students
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 12
About 300 students from Jeevan Mukta Nishukla Vidyaliya, Jagatpura, Sector 48, were given bags, stationary and food items by the GJ-IMT Rotaract Club during a cultural function held at Jeevan Mukta NishuklaVidyaliya here today.

JS Bedi, chairman of the Gian Jyoti Group of Institutions, said GJ-IMT was working to ensure literacy for all sections of society and providing the paraphernalia to poor students was a step towards the objective.

AK Sharma, deputy general manager, Punjab National Bank, Patiala circle, said the bank was organising such programmes on a regular basis.



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