C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Haryana Health Minister hurt in mishap 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
Haryana Health Minister Rao Narender Singh and eight others sustained injuries in a collision between three vehicles near the Haryana Raj Bhawan-Sukhna Lake turn here today.

The mishap took place around 1 pm when the minister was on his way to Haryana Secretariat in his official Toyota Camry car. The car collided with a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) mini-truck (HR37-A-1705) when it was coming out of the parking lot at Sukhna Lake. The CRPF truck also hit a scooter, injuring two persons.

The minister sustained a fracture in his right arm and was rushed to the PGI. His Toyota Camry car (HR05-AB-0001) was badly damaged in the accident.

Besides three CRPF personnel seated in the mini-truck, the driver, a personal security officer and a personal assistant of the minister were also injured in the accident.

Eyewitnesses said the collision took place as the CRPF truck tried to evade a scooterist coming from the opposite direction and applied brakes in the middle of the road. Unaware, the driver of the minister's car failed to apply breaks on time and banged the vehicle into the mini-truck.

The police reached the spot and rushed the injured to a hospital.

Three CRPF personnel injured in the accident have been were identified as constable Deepak Kumar Yadav, who was driving the mini-truck, constable Bachan Prasad and sub-inspector Tara Chand. They were admitted to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16.

The minister’s personal assistant Satish Sharma, PSO Bahadur Singh and driver Kaptan Singh also sustained injuries and were admitted to the PGI. The injured scooterists have been identified as Burail residents Pawan and Ashish.

The police has booked the driver of the CRPF truck Deepak Kumar Yadav in a case of rash and negligent driving under Sections 279, 337 of the IPC.

Inspector Neeraj Sarna, SHO, Sector 3 police station, said the truck driver was at fault as he failed to see the minister’s official car and applied brakes in the middle of the road.

Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has wished Rao Narender Singh's early recovery. Power Minister Ajay Singh Yadav, Cooperation Minister Satpal Sangwan, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Ram Kishan Fauji, among others, visited the Health Minister at the PGI.



3 arrested for kidnapping businessman 
Accused had planned to kill victim, had taken ransom of Rs  12 lakh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 9
The Mohali police has arrested three persons for allegedly kidnapping a Gujarat-based businessman, Asif Ali, from his office at Sector 70 on July 3.

The accused have been identified as Pushpal Singh, a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib, Satbir Singh, alias Prince, of Bassi Pathana and Gurnam Singh, a resident of Kurali.

The police said six persons, who were dealing with Asif in his business, were involved in the kidnapping. The other accused, identified as Gurjeet Singh, Harpreet Singh and Satnam, are still at large, said the police.

The police recovered Asif from a hotel in Landra last night and arrested the accused this morning.

Mohali SSP GS Bhullar said the kidnappers had taken a ransom of Rs 12 lakh from Asif’s associates. “They had planned to eliminate Asif and had forced him to write a suicide note. The accused also shot some objectionable video clippings of the victim. We are yet to recover the suicide note, video clippings and the weapons used in the crime,” said the SSP.

Additional station house officer of the Mataur police station sub-inspector Narinder Singh said the accused kidnapped Asif following a monetary dispute. “The accused claimed that Asif owed them Rs 35 lakh. However, Asif said that the amount was Rs 22 lakh and he had already paid the amount,” said SI Narinder Singh.

The police said the kidnappers kept Asif at a local hotel and later shifted him one to another hotels in the periphery. He was also taken to Morinda, the police added.

The accused were produced in a local court and were remanded in a three-day police custody.

“Raids are on to nab the other accused,” said the SSP.

Meanwhile, a case under Sections 364-A, 386, 387 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered against the accused on the complaint of Dr Nasir, a resident of Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh, at the Mataur police station.



Chhatbir zoo authorities, UT administration at loggerheads 
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The Forest and Wildlife Department of the UT administration and the Chhatbir Zoo authorities are at loggerheads over the release of the leopard captured from the Indian Air Force (IAF) station in March.

After giving sleepless nights for about 11 days to officials of the UT Forest and Wildlife Department, the leopard was kept at Chhatbir zoo.

The UT Forest and Wildlife Department had already sent two letters to the zoo authorities to release the leopard, but the zoo authorities are not willing to release the wild cat on medical grounds. Sources said the forest department had also sought details of medical reports of the animal.

Chief Conservator of Forests, UT, Santosh Kumar said the department had written to the zoo authorities to release the leopard as delay in the release would affect the chances of his survival in the forest.

Requesting anonymity, another UT official said if the zoo authorities want to keep the leopard, the Punjab government should take up the matter with the senior officials of the UT administration.

A zoo official said the leopard was injured during the rescue operation and the animal was under medical observation. The leopard will be released after veterinarians declare him fit, he added. However, UT administration officials maintained that there was no injury when the leopard was rescued.

When contacted, Chhatbir zoo director Manish Kumar said he had joined only two days ago and was not aware of the issue.

The male leopard was rescued from a 75 foot long underground pipe at the IAF station as was kept under medical observation at Chhatbir zoo. 



Chaos at GMSH-16 
Registration counters continue to function from emergency wing 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
Chaos prevailed at the emergency wing of Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, throughout the day as the old registration counters did not function for the second day today.

All counters were shifted to the emergency wing of the hospital after the roof of the building began leaking during rain on Saturday. The hospital administration had claimed that they had informed the UT engineering department that there was a problem in the roof and it required immediate repair.

Long queues of patients were seen at the emergency wing since 8 am. Patients had to face difficulty to reach the emergency and the OPDs.

“What kind of hospital is this where attendants of patients could also fall unconscious standing in a queue for hours,” rued Roshan Kumar, a resident of Sector 30, who had come to the hospital for the treatment of his mother.

“I returned after witnessing a huge rush at counters on Saturday. However, the situation was worse today as I had face difficulty in making my way to the registration counter,” said Sanjeev, a patient suffering from backache. 

Roof repaired

The repair of the roof has been completed. We will check the roof tomorrow before installing machines. We expect that the registration counters start functioning normally by Thursday. — Rajiv Vadehra, GMSH medical superintendent 


Rain hampers de-silting drive
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
Though the recent rainfall in the city had brought relief to residents of the city, it had affected the de-silting drive at the city’s landmark, Sukhna Lake. An official of the UT engineering department said the rain had made the de-silting work difficult, as use of heavy machinery on the wet surface is not easy.

He added that they did not carry out de-silting drive yesterday, while today they lifted 2.28-lakh cft silt. He further added that they are keeping a close eye on the situation and are targeting those areas, which have completely dried up.

While sources added that a few are raising questions over the decision of the UT Administration to start the de-silting drive late. They said the drive should have started in the beginning of the year, instead of starting in June.

Requesting anonymity, an official of the UT Administration said had the drive started in February or March, the UT engineering department could be able to de-silt the maximum area of the lake by now. The department started its drive in June and they got only one month before the monsoon, which left the maximum area without de-silting, he added.

Besides, initially the UT Administration had put less machinery into use and it was only after the visit of Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator, Chandigarh, Shivraj V Patil, the department increased the machinery.

Shivraj Patil, along with a team of senior officials of the Chandigarh Administration visited the Sukhna Lake recently to review the ongoing de-silting work. During the visit, it was proposed by Patil to increase the number of machinery deputed on the site to further speed up the de-silting work.

Thereafter, the UT engineering department had increased the number of machinery. Besides, the department had also started to give silt to the IRB Battalion in Sarangpur, Chandigarh Housing Board’s slum rehabilitation projects and other educational institutions in the city.

No help from neighbouring states

The UT Administration is not getting any kind of help from neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana. Recently, the Haryana government turned down the UT Administration’s request to provide water from the Kaushalya Dam in Pinjore. The administration wanted a separate water channel, which the government was laying from Pinjore to Panchkula. Whereas, despite a number of letters issued by the UT Administration, Punjab is not making any arrangements to stop flow of polluted water from the seasonal rivulet from the Kansal area in Punjab into the Sukhna Lake.

Proposals to save Sukhna and their present status

Committee proposed to use Kajauli water supply to Chandigarh to fill the lake in winters. Later, the proposal was rejected.

Proposal to dig up the Sukhna Lake two-feet deep in summer to deal with weed problem was rejected by the committee.

Chandigarh’s tertiary water supply was proposed to be put into use to fill the drying Sukhna. This proposal is still under consideration.

The UT finalised to take up ploughing method to end the menace of weed growth in the lake.



Power thieves to come under scanner
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, July 9
Power thieves beware! Those who steal power, will soon you be under the scanner of Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) and if they do not mend their ways, you will have to pay heavy penalties.

Sitting in their offices, officials of the corporation will easily be able to keep an eye on extra power consumers having a sanctioned load of over 100 kw. And if they are running more than the sanctioned load, they are bound to get into trouble.

The PSPCL has initiated a new Rs 3,00 crore project, “Go Live”, of the Central Government and Mohali has been selected to be covered under the first phase of the project.

Work on the process is going in for software technology started in April. It will take about one year for completion. World-class software, ‘SAP’, is being introduced by Spanco, a company shortlisted by the Central Government for the project.

Data centres under the project are being set up in Patiala and Jalandhar. The relevant records of the power corporation will be available at both these places.

Under the new technology, being adopted by the PSPCL, modems are being installed in transformers and power meters, which will be linked directly to the main system available in each office.

The entire monitoring of transformers and power meters will be possible right at the office table of each official. Meter readings could also be noted sitting in the office itself. The functioning of employees will also be under the scanner.

Sources said, there were 1,600 transformers in Mohali out of which modems had been installed in about 75 per cent areas. Modems had also been installed in the power meters of 240 large consumers, having a sanctioned load of more than 100 kw.

Trials of the new systems under the project are being carried out at the present, said sources.

The new system will help provide better power supply, as additional transformers will be installed in the minimum possible time wherever overloading is noticed. Transmission losses will also be checked.

The project is also being launched in Patiala apart from places like Nangal, Gurdaspur, Jaiton and Patti.



72 diarrhoea cases reported
9 cases from Mani Majra keep the UT authorities on tenterhooks
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
Though a total of 63 new cases of diarrhoea were reported at the Vikas Nagar medical camp as against more than 100 being reported for the past one week, nine new cases reported from Pipliwala town of Mani Majra kept the authorities on tenterhooks here today. Taking no chance, the doctors admitted seven of them to the Government Multi-speciality Hospital, Sector 16.

Meanwhile, officials of the Health Department conducted a house-to-house survey in all the slums and rural areas of the city. The prevention of food adulteration cell of the Health Department, Chandigarh, conducted raids in the slums and rural areas and removed vendors selling cut-fruits and rotten vegetables and ice slabs.

Free medicines are being provided to patients in the slum and rural areas. 


Always wash hands before and after eating and after going to toilet

Use boiled water for drinking

Maintain personal hygiene

Keep your surroundings clean


Don't eat cut-fruits and rotten vegetables and fruits

Avoid hand-pump water

Avoid use of ice and ice candies 



CHB Residents’ Federation launches chain fast
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
Adding another dimension to their ongoing agitation, members of the CHB Residents’ Federation launched chain fast in eight sectors and Dhanas village here today. The day-long agitation would continue till July 14. It would end at a rally at the Sector-40 market on July 15.

Today, five-member teams of the federation observed fast in Sectors 29, 47, 46, 45, 44, 41, 40, 56, and Dhanas village. The councillors of the respective areas garlanded the members of the fasting teams. At Dhanas and Sector 29, women's teams took part in the agitation.

Subhash Chawla, Darshan Garg, Senior Deputy Mayor, Gurbux Rawat, Malkit Singh, Harjinder Kaur, Hira Negi, Davesh Modgil and Satish Kainth, Deputy Mayor encourage the agitators in their respective areas. They offered juice to them in the evening. Sanjay Tandon, president of the local BJP unit, offered juice to the fasting team in Sector 44-D.

The campaign has been aimed at getting all the need-based changes/alterations in all the categories of CHB houses regularised and getting ownership rights for the residents of the rehabilitation colonies who bought their houses on the power of attorney, etc.



Waterlogging worries Admn
Mohali DC calls meeting to gear up for monsoon
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 9
Disturbed by the flood-like situation in certain parts of the town during first downpour, the local administration is out to find the solution.

The Mohali Deputy Commissioner, Varun Roojam, has called a meeting, scheduled for tomorrow, which would be attended by high officials of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), Water Supply and Sanitation Department and Mohali Municipal Corporation.

“We would check where our system (drainage of storm water) collapsed which led to water logging in certain areas of the town and what should be done to avoid such situation again,” said Varun Roojam while talking to Chandigarh Tribune.

Roojam admitted that with the rise in roads levels, Shopping Street, Cremation Ground Road and Airport Road, the natural gradient has been obstructed. But first it has to be checked how much it (the obstruction) affects the scenario, said Roojam adding that the situation was not alarming yet.

Notably, the water-level up to about three feet had entered several houses at Phase IV, 3B2, 11, Sector 70 and 71 during the first downpour on Saturday morning. In Phase IV and III B2, the miffed residents had even smashed some parts of roads, which were blocking the flow of water.

A senior official said due to rise in level of the three roads, the natural flow of water, which was from Phase VII to Sohana village, has been obstructed. This led to flood-like situation in the area,” said the official.

Harbhajan Mann, chairman of District Planning Committee, Mohali, said that he would take stock of the situation to get permanent solution of the problem.

“For the time being, I have deputed officials to clean the entire drainage system in the affected area so that the water could flow quickly. I am in touch with the senior officials of the concerned departments and entire machinery would be put in service during the next rains to avoid any flood-like situation,” assured Mann.

Though the senior officials are making tall claims, the fact is there was not even monitoring cell phone or helpline in place. In the absence of such cell, people do not know whom to contact in case of such emergency, said an official on condition of anonymity.



Balongi sewerage work to be completed soon: DC
tribune news service

Mohali, July 9
Following an outbreak of diarrhoea at Balongi village, the Mohali Deputy Commissioner, Varun Roojam, has issued orders to complete the laying of sewerage work immediately.

A sum of Rs 2.30 crores were allotted for the purpose but somehow the work was lagging behind its schedule.

“The work would be completed soon,” said Roojam during his visit at the village.

Notably, some cases of diarrhoea had surfaced here last week following contamination of sewrage water in main drinking water pipeline due to illegal connection by a resident. DC has also ordered to take strict action against those who had responsible for illegal connections in the water supply pipeline.



Close shave for DCP as car overturns, two injured 

Panchkula, July 9
The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) had a miraculous escape when her official car collided with an Alto car, coming from the opposite direction near Kotbilla village on the Barwala-Panchkula National Highway 73, here today.

However, the DCP Parul Kush Jain escaped unhurt.

According to information, the two occupants of the Alto car, identified as Vikas and Ashok, both residents of Kotbilla, were injured in the accident as their car turtled.

The injured were rushed to General Hospital, Sector 6 where they were declared out of danger. The ribcage of both the two victims were fractured said the hospital sources.



Make online request for excise forms

Chandigarh, July 9
The UT Excise and Taxation Department has put in place a system to accept online requests from traders for the issuing of tax-related forms. 

These forms would be sent to the traders through courier. The process would eliminate unnecessary harassment to traders who had to make rounds of the Excise office to get these forms. — TNS



Faulty desert cooler claims child’s life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
A three-year-old child was electrocuted at his neighbour's house at Sector 25 here today. According to the police, the child, Vishal, was electrocuted when he touched the desert cooler placed outside his neighbour's house. Current was running in the cooler due to some wiring fault.

The police has booked the neighbour, Rajinder Singh, a sweeper with the UT Health Department, in a case of causing death due to negligence under Section 304 A of the IPC.

The police said the neighbours had earlier too complained of current running in the cooler but Rajinder paid no heed to it. Vishal was the son of a labourer.



Surgery performed

Chandigarh, July 9
The doctors at Ivy Heart Institute have claimed to perform the first two cases of mitral repair in severe rheumatic mitral valve heart disease ever reported in north of Delhi, here today.

This method has helped in avoiding any kind of immediate reaction or side-effect in the body, which is often responsible for causing deterioration of prosthetic implants (valves) in the heart, said chief cardiovascular surgeon Dr Harshbir S Pannu.

Rheumatic heart disease is one of the most common heart valve diseases in India. Once the symptoms set in, normally valve replacement is the answer. Repair is possible most often in situations where valve deformation is less and symptoms are yet to appear. — TNS



Speaking out
'Public audit the need of the hour'

As the campaign by the CHB Residents’ Federation for a public audit of all the expenses made from the public funds gains momentum, senior politicians, councillors and people from different walks of life are demanding a transparent mechanism of spending of public money on development works. The Tribune spoke to a cross section of senior politicians, councillors and other eminent personalities on the need to have a public audit of the expenses made from the public funds.

The development works are a source of corruption. Everyone knows about it but no one speaks about it. On paper, works are carried out but on the ground these are not up to the specification. People have the right to know where and how their money is being spent. After all it’s taxpayers' money. There are 15 safai karamcharis allocated for Sector 9 where he lives. But, only three safai karamcharis visit the area daily. There should be an audit to know where the money meant for sanitation was being spent — Harmohan Dhawan, former union minister and senior BJP leader

Public audit was the need of the hour. The residents have the right to know about the funds allocated for specific works and details of the specifications and funds given for various works. There have been cases where contractors advise field staff on tender document. She said public audit was part of citizens’ charter that was prepared during her tenure as Mayor in 2007. Public audit can be done by a panel of experts. A system has to be built to make the system work — Harjinder Kaur, former Mayor

Public audit does not suit the ruling Congress. The ruling party is supposed to instruct the Chandigarh Administration and the Municipal Corporation to get a public audit of all the public works done. The city residents have the right to know where their money was being spent — Satya Pal Jain, senior BJP leader

A system has to be put in place to make it (public audit) work. Before starting any work, public opinion should be sought and valuable suggestions should be invited. He opined that experts should be roped in to carry out an audit of various works - Surinder Bahga, nominated councillor

When the RTI and Right to Service Acts have been implemented, there should be no problem in putting in place a public audit mechanism. The residents should know about the details of the budget and work specifications. There have been cases wherein a community park is developed and many unnecessary works are included that are of no benefit to the public — Satinder Singh, city-based lawyer and councillor

A public audit was a must. The planning and execution of development works was in the hands of bureaucrats but politicians are unnecessary blamed. In the present setup, bureaucrats and technocrats are controlling the system. The public audit will focus on the negligence on part of the officials and bring transparency in the system. But, the model to be adopted is yet not clear — Subhash Chawla, former Mayor

A public audit will bring quality and transparency in government functioning. The mindless spending of public money on unnecessary projects will be checked — Nirmal Datt, chairman, CHB Residents Federation 



Tricity scan


Admission schedule
Interview for admission to MA Hindi first semester will take place on July 10. The candidates are expected to attend the interview with their original documents.
Interview for admissions to MSc (HS) first semester (Anthropology) will be held on July 12; MSc (Medical Physics) first year on July 18; MSc (Nuclear Medicine) first year on 18; MA Part-1 (Sanskrit) on July 12; and Master of Library and Information Science on July 13. The date for submission of forms for MBA (Executive) has been extended to July 10. This has been informed by Prof Meenakshi Malhotra, Chairperson of University Business School.

Teachers’ union objects
The DAV College Teachers' Union condemned the allegations of Prabhjit Singh, Senator, who said that college teacher Prof Charanjit Kaur Sidhu had been unfair in marking Geography papers. Prof Iqbal Preet Kaur, the president of the union, said, “The accusations are fallacious and are not only an attempt to discredit a senior teacher but also a crude attempt to hurt the integrity of our college at the time of admissions." Prof Amitabh Diwedi, secretary of the union, has urged the principal to act promptly and deal with the issue urgently. Meanwhile, Prof Charanjit Kaur Sandhu has stated that she has awarded the internal assessment to the students as per the university rules. She asserted that so far not a single student has approached the teacher with any complaint regarding the matter.


Installation ceremony
The installation ceremony of Innerwheel Club was held here on Monday. The past president, Geeta Sawhney, handed over her responsibilities to Daisy Garg, the new elected president. Her new team includes Lata Goel as the secretary; Sween Goel as the vice-president; and Kusum Dewan as the treasurer.


Mango Day’ celebrated
Mango Day was celebrated in Golden Bells Public School, Sector-77, with great enthusiasm. The students of junior wing participated in an event on mango eating. Col (retd) CS Bawa, chairman of the school, motivated the children to stay close to nature.

Annual Project Day
Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector-15, through its Annual Project Day, held on Monday, tried to sensitise people on different aspects associated with health. The chairman of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Panchkula Kendra, Kulwant Singh, also a former chief secretary of Haryana, was the guest of honour. Through various models, charts, live performances like skits, puppet show and PowerPoint presentations, the students of classes VI to XII showcased different aspects of health like physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual.

Office-bearer appointed
Managing Director of Lider Sanitations, Rtn Sushil Sharma, took the office of President for 2012-13 here on Monday. The outgoing president, Rtn VK Goel, passed on his collar to Rtn Sushil Sharma. Varun Roojam Deputy Commissioner of SAS Nagar was the chief guest. The outgoing secretary Rtn KK Seth presented the report of the club activities. — TNS



Students prefer arts over Science
Applicants with 90 per cent score opt for BA (Honours) courses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
It may not have found many takers at school level, but Arts subjects are quite popular at college level. Most of the students who have scored 90 per cent and above are queuing up to get admission into various disciplines of BA (Honours).

More than 10 students have secured seats in BA courses in SD College. MCM DAV Sector 36 also manages to get ten students in BA. Postgraduate Government College for girls Sector 11, which pats itself for having largest number of combinations available in BA, has got over 20 students who have secured more than 85 per cent.

“Several disciplines of BA (H) get students, who have scored quite well. These subjects are more interesting and productive compared to the usual sciences subjects. Moreover, students today have changed a lot. It’s no longer that toppers line up to get admission in sciences. They choose what they want to study,” said BC Josan, principal of DAV College Sector 10.

Interestingly, it’s BA in psychology and BA in economics which seem to be most preferred, followed by BA in English.

In addition to this, it’s BSc in Non-medical that has made a comeback and got a decent cut-off. The stream, till last year, was the last resort for students who wanted to join engineering or medical but failed to do so. This time, a lot of students are opting for the stream as a starting point for their research. Meanwhile, fusion and vocational courses continue to be a hit among the students.

BA (H) top on priority charts

BSc non-medical makes a comeback

Medical and languages, other than English, fail to get any taker.



Computer science continues to be students’ favourite
Second engineering counselling will be held on July 18
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The results of first joint admission engineering counselling were declared here today.

Computer science continues to be the priority of the students, however, mechanical seem to make a comeback.

“The first allotment of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) was of mechanical stream. This proves that it is now preferred by many. Students are queueing up for this evergreen engineering stream, which had apparently lost its sheen a few years ago. In other colleges also, students with a good AIEEE rank have opted for mechanical as their first choice,” said one of the faculty members of PEC.

Even civil engineering stream, which was believed to be dormant, has been revived. Majority of students, who could not get into the top three, have opted for it.

In terms of popularity, UIET seems to have given a tough fight to PEC deemed university. “PEC has lost its sheen ever since it has became a deemed university. Until last few years every good scorer wanted to be in the PEC irrespective of the stream he or she has got. But things have changed now. UIET’s placement is almost hundred per cent. The institute is now known for its discipline and holistic development,” said one of the faculty members of UIET.

Even CCET, which till last year used to be the last option for many, got many students. The fact is in stark contrast with condition of periphery colleges affiliated to PTU, which are left with hundreds of vacant seats.

“Students have now realised that just a degree for engineering is not enough. It has to be from a good college as well.”

He aslo said, “The periphery colleges do give degrees but there are no placements so students are ready to take less popular streams in city colleges,” said an expert.

The second counselling will be held on July 18.



Law university begins new session
Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 9
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab, commenced its next academic session with the inauguration of orientation week here today.

In the beginning, Professor (Dr) GIS Sandhu, Registrar, formally welcomed the parents and students. He spoke about the university’s development over the years. He congratulated and welcomed the seventh batch of BA LLB (Hons).

Professor (Dr) Paramjit Singh Jaswal, Vice-Chancellor, addressed the students and congratulated them. He spoke about the achievements of the university; highlighted the students' success stories in different fields. He also answered different question of the parents regarding placements, hostels and regulations.



SOPU reacts to discontinuation of PhD in management
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The SOPU raised objections against the alleged unexplained discontinuation of PhD course in management (University Business School).

The party has alleged that the course has been discontinued without any specific reason much to dismay of the students. “They said that there is a faculty crunch and that is why they are not admitting students this year. As many as 350 students apply every year in this PhD course. No one was intimated that the course will be discontinued or will be deferred,” said a SOPU leader.

The party has submitted a memorandum to Vice Chancellor in this regard.



Job fair: 130 students shortlisted
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 9
As many as 130 students were short-listed for at a job fair organised by Guru Gobind Singh Sachdeva Group of Institutes, Kharar.

Hundreds of students from Tricity, J&K, Himachal, Haryana and Punjab participated in the fest. Surinder Pal Singh Sachdeva, Chairman, GGS-Sachdeva Group, said a number of companies, including Vodafone, Dulcimer Technologies Pvt Ltd, Digital Ideaz and Fenfuro etc came for placements.

Satwinder Kaur, Chairperson, GGS Group, said the job fair was an effort to bridge the gap between the employers and potential employees. 



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