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Man drugs wife, sets her ablaze
Paramour held
Accused took victim to Hoshiarpur, strangled her thrice, set her on fire and dumped body
Man worked as manager at Nik Bakers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
A 32-year-old man employed with a fast food joint in the city murdered his wife in connivance with his girlfriend and then dumped her body in the bushes in a deserted area in Hoshiarpur. The victim, Pooja, was given a heavy dose of sedatives and was strangled thrice while being taken in a car from Chandigarh to Hoshiarpur. She was unconsciousness and a seat belt was fastened around her. They set her afire and dumped her body in the bushes.

The incident occurred on July 13. A case was registered today after the police investigated the missing report lodged by the victim’s family and found that the 30-year-old woman, Suresh Kumari, alias Pooja, a resident of Sector 20, was killed due to strained relations with her husband.

The police arrested her husband Vajinder, who is employed as a manager in Nik Bakers in Sector 35, and Renu, his girlfriend, who stays as a paying guest in Sector 20. Pooja’s partially charred body was recovered by a police team from Hoshiarpur today.

Renu hails from Hoshiarpur and was looking for a job. She is also married, but is not living with her husband.

The police said Vajinder married Pooja in 2008 and it was a love marriage. Relations between the couple turned sour and they used to fight often. Vajinder had an affair with Renu, whom he met while they were working together at Dominos in Jalandhar two years ago. Vajinder was forcing Pooja to divorce him so that he could marry Renu, but Pooja refused to do so. Vajinder then planned to eliminate her in connivance with Renu.

‘Missing’ report

Pooja was employed as a computer data operator at a shop in Khuda Alisher village. She had set off to work on July 13 and failed to return home. Her father-in-law Balwinder Pal lodged a missing person report at the Sector 19 police station.

The family also launched a hunt to look for their daughter-in-law. Interestingly, Vajender, too, accompanied the police and his family to look for his wife on July 14 and 15.

The co-accused

Renu hails from Hoshiarpur and was looking for a job. She is also married, but is not staying with her husband.

The breakthrough

On July 16, Pooja’s brother Prem Chand, a resident of Rampur in Shimla, reported to the police that he suspected that Vajinder had killed his sister and disposed of her body. The police rounded up Vajinder and on sustained interrogation, he disclosed that he had murdered her as he was having an affair with Renu.

The confession

The accused told the police that at 10 am on July 13, he picked up Pooja from the road separating Sectors 19 and 20. He then took her towards Sector 9 and gave her a soft drink laced with sedatives. After she fell unconscious, he picked up Renu and set off for Hoshiarpur. Both of them strangled her thrice on the way and bought a litre of petrol. They then set her afire near Nisrala choe at Meghowal village in Hoshiarpur. before dumping the body in the bushes. The accused will be produced in court tomorrow.



A cruel blow to 3-yr-old Rhythm
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Saroj, Pooja’s mother-in-law, breaks down after learning about the murder in Chandigarh
Saroj, Pooja’s mother-in-law, breaks down after learning about the murder in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, July 17
She was the apple of her parents’ eyes before their relations turned sour. The world of three-year-old Rhythm, the only child of Pooja and Vajinder, has come crumbling down, much before she can even begin to comprehend the meaning of life.

The little girl has been missing her mother and crying incessantly since July 13 when Pooja went missing. “When her own father did not think twice about her, how can we blame destiny? He had brought her into this world and killed her mother barbarically. He could have divorced her to marry the other woman in his life,” said a relative of the victim.

“Her father is alive, but Rhythm has been rendered an orphan. He will spend the rest of his life in jail if convicted,” another relative said.

The girl is with her paternal aunt since last night. The parents of the accused cursed their fate as their only son has been sent behind bars. “Pooja was my daughter-in-law, but I loved her like my own daughter. My son has destroyed his life and ours as well. His was a love marriage and we were unaware of any other woman in his life. If she comes in front of us, I will slap her for ruining our family,” said Saroj, Vajinder's mother.

“I wish I had not given birth to my son. I would rather have been childless than being his mother. He has not only killed his wife, but also his parents. What will he do with this life now?” said Saroj, breaking down.



tippa murder case
Businessman gets life term
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal, based on a dying declaration, today awarded life sentence to 30-year-old Minkel Bajaj, alias Balwinder Singh, a businessman from Muktsar, for killing a youth Akali leader from Muktsar in the Sector 9 market here. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 on Bajaj.

Tripat Deep Singh Sekhon, aka Tippa Sekhon, a youth Akali leader from Muktsar, was shot at the busy Sector 9 market on July 13, 2010.

The court said: “A dying declaration enjoys almost a sacrosanct status, a piece of evidence as it comes from the mouth of a person who is about to die and at that stage, he is not likely to make a false statement. The three proved circumstances in the case -- oral dying declaration of the deceased, call details of the deceased and an established motive are sufficient to bring home the guilt of the accused. There is also evidence in the shape of witnesses that there was political rivalry between the accused and deceased who belonged to the Akali party.”

When Tippa was rushed to hospital, the Akali leader told his sister, her friend and Sub-Inspector Dharampal that Bajaj had shot at him as he wanted to take revenge.

Tippa along with some others had allegedly made an obscene MMS of Bajaj’s sister and circulated it. Though he was initially booked in the case, his name was later dropped from the chargesheet. Bajaj then decided to eliminate Tippa.

The police had arrested Bajaj 15 days after the crime and recovered a .32 revolver and four cartridges from him.

On the day of the murder, Tippa had come to the Sector 7 house of his cousin Paramjit Kaur. At 4.10 pm, he received a call on his mobile phone asking him to come to the Sector 9 market. Bajaj then shot at Tippa, who was rushed to the Sector 16 hospital. He was referred to the PGI where he died.

I am innocent

There is no scientific evidence with the prosecution to prove that I committed the murder. I had met senior Akali leaders seeking an inquiry into the MMS scandal regarding my sister, but that was all. I did not kill Tippa and will appeal before the High Court. The CFSL report proved that the weapon which the police recovered from my possession was not the one that was used to shoot him. There is no eyewitness to the murder and I was not even in the city at the time of the murder. It was a sensational case and the police framed me as they were under pressure to solve the case. — Minkel Bajaj, convict



Panchkula Extension-II
Realtor firm in soup for selling plots illegally
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 17
The economic offences wing (EOW) wing of the police today registered an FIR against against Ishan Developers and Infrastructures Limited, a Chandigarh-based realtor firm, for fraudulently selling plots in Sector 16 of Panchkula Extension-II, which were not owned by the company. The town and country planning department had not given license to the firm for selling the plots.

The company was selling plots for IDI City in Sector 16 and was charging Rs 22,000 per sq yard for booking. The company had printed brochures, pamphlets and even placed advertisements on the Internet. The company had not applied for a license to sell plots.

Land mafia

The land mafia is quite active in Panchkula district. Recently, the district town and country planning department had lodged cases against various developers with regard to illegal colonies in Panchkula, Kalka, Pinjore and Raipur Rani.

Not a first

Property related fraud on a large scale is not new in Panchkula. Last year, an FIR was registered against former Panchkula land acquisition officers Dinesh Singh Yadav and DR Kairon. HUDA tehsildar Ghup Singh, Kalka tehsildar Ishwar Chand Vairagi, Kalka kanungo Singh Ram and HUDA naib-tehsildar Surinder Kumar were booked under charges of forgery and criminal conspiracy and various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The land in question was acquired for HUDA sectors and Kaushlya dam.



Wife booked for beating up jeweller-husband
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
In an unusual incident, probably the only one of its kind in recent years, a woman belonging to a high-profile family and resident of Sector 9, beat up and injured her husband today. The woman is yet to be arrested.

Acting on the complaint of Akhil Jain, son of the owner of Nikkamal Baburam chain of jewellers in the city, the police has registered a case against his wife Pooja Jain for assaulting and threatening him.

The incident took place on July 13 and the police took Akhil for a medical examination. As per the FIR, his wife injured him with a griddle (tawa).

A case of voluntarily causing hurt and criminal intimidation under Sections 323 and 506 of the IPC has been registered against her.


Blood spattered on the road where a bus crushed the leg of a girl in front of Government Model Senior Secondary School for Girls, Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Tuesday
Blood spattered on the road where a bus crushed the leg of a girl in front of Government Model Senior Secondary School for Girls, Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Bus runs over girl’s leg
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
A day after a Punjab Roadways bus crushed a rickshaw, killing three persons, including a two-year-old child, in Sector 43, a 17-year-old student of Class XI at Government Model Senior Secondary School for Girls was injured after a speeding CTU bus ran over her leg near Tagore Theatre in Sector 18.

The victim, who has been identified as Anupama, was rushed to the GMSH-16, from where she was referred to the PGI. She is undergoing surgery, but her condition is said to be stable.

Anupama was waiting at the bus stop when the bus ran over her leg.



Third accident victim dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
A day after the accident involving a Punjab Roadways bus, the third occupant of the rickshaw, Anita succumbed to her injuries at the GMCH in Sector 32 here today.

Her two-year-old daughter Priya and sister-in-law Shobha Devi died yesterday. Anita's husband Suresh Kumar was inconsolable. His sister Shobha had come from Una in Himachal Pradesh to give him a 'rakhi'.

Eight others had sustained injuries when the bus rammed into the rickshaw and then a tree on the road separating Sectors 43 and 44 last afternoon.

Bus driver Sharanjeet reportedly suffered an attack while driving and pressed the accelerator, resulting in the collision.

The police booked the driver of the bus in a case of causing death due to negligence under Section 304-A of the IPC.



5 months, 3 gunfights
Mohali turning into haven for troublemakers
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 17
With three back-to-back shootout incidents involving students of the Panjab University (PU) in less than five months, it seems that the town has turned into a battleground for the PU students to settle their scores.

Two of the incidents have taken place in Sector 69 recently, and that too, within a span of 20 days. The third shootout incident happened at Phase VII market in February.

One of the students' leaders pointed out that the place was selected purposefully as many of the students' leaders have strong political contacts there, which comes handy after such incidents. "Many students' leaders have started residing in Mohali of late. The reason is they have strong contacts in Punjab Police or political circle that they use to settle such matter," said Barinder Dhillon, a senior leader of Students' Organisation of Panjab University.

Jaswinder Singh Jassi, a leader of NSUI, said Mohali used to be safer than Chandigarh. "Now most of the leaders are staying at Mohali or other periphery areas. This is also one of the reasons why these incidents are taking place in Mohali," said Jassi.

On the other hand, Mohali SSP GS Bhullar termed the occurring of the back-to-back incidents in his area as just a 'co-incidence'. "Certainly, some of the students' leaders have shifted to the town recently. But I don't think that the place was purposely selected to settle score. We have already arrested about eight students involved in the incidents whereas the rest would be nabbed very soon. This could be a mere co-incidence," said Bhullar.

On the night of July 10 Prabhjeet Singh, a former student of SOPU, was attacked by a group of students belonging to rival students' organisation at Sector 69. A bullet hit his abdomen during the brawl. The police has already arrested four students in this connection.

On June 20, Pankaj and Jaswinder sustained minor injuries when their rivals shot at them. The police had arrested Baljinder Singh alias Skintu in this connection. The arrests of the other accused, who are said to be PU students including Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) chairman Jeevanjot Singh alias Jugnu, are yet to be done. The incident had also occurred at Sector 69.

On February 7, supporters of the SOPU had a narrow escape when supporters of the PUSU fired five shots near a restaurant at the Phase-VII market. The gunshots missed the aim and hit two cars, a Skoda Fabi and a Hyundai Verna, parked outside the restaurant Papa Chicken Corner. The police had arrested two persons in this 

Planned or coincidence?

  • Jaswinder Singh Jassi, a leader of NSUI, said Mohali used to be safer than Chandigarh. According to him most of the students’ leaders are now staying at Mohali. This is one of the reasons why such incidents are taking place in Mohali.
  • Mohali SSP GS Bhullar, on the other hand, termed the back-to-back incidents in his area as just a 'co-incidence'.



Grabbing chance the key: Anand
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
Whenever it comes to chess, the name that always comes in mind is Viswanathan Anand. He may have won the Moscow world championship easily, but it was a bad and gloomy night, for him before he was crowned world champion for the fifth time.

There were many success mantras, but for him, grabbing opportunity in critical moments was the only mantra he had for everyone.

Terming it the most distressing night of his life, he said he slept only for two hours, with the fear of losing the title. All he wanted to remember was the eightth game, where he took the lead.

“The deciding moments of a game are as critical as the first move. If you do not grab that opportunity, you waste months of hard work and team effort,” he said.

He added, “It was the eighth game when Gelfand made a blunder and allowed me to make a comeback. One-point difference might not be considered a big thing, but that moment was the most amazing and the biggest thing of my career.”

He further said, “The state of mind is essential to be a champion. I am happy and relieved that I defended my title. After three months of intense training in Germany and spending seven days with my family, I left for Moscow with the only aim to retain the title.”

Asked about chess at the grassroots, he said, “The approach of children is changing. I want chess to be introduced as part of sports curriculum in schools. States like Gujarat and Tamil Nadu are doing great. Hopefully other states will promote it. We should stress on rural areas.”

He added, “We have a nice batch of junior players competing in various international and national tournaments. We should give them a boost.”

On being awarded the Bharat Ratna, Anand thanked those who felt that he deserved it. “It is a great honour for me, but I cannot go and ask for it. If someone proposes my name, I am grateful for the support,” he said.

Scholarship presented

Anand presented the NIIT Turning Point scholarship to Rajat Kapoor of Ambala. This initiative was aimed at giving an opportunity to meritorious candidates from economically weaker sections of society to make a mark in the IT industry. Kapoor would get 10 scholarships of 100 per cent fee waiver. There would be eight GNIIT scholarships and two IFBI-PGDBO scholarships.


road gullies
Mayor chides MC officials
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
Dissatisfied with the lackadaisical working of the public health and road wings of the municipal corporation in cleaning and repairing road gullies in the city, Mayor Raj Bala Malik today pulled up officials at an emergency meeting here today.

Criticising the report on road gullies by the department, the Mayor commented that it was different from the ground reality of the condition of road gullies.

Referring to her visit to various sectors in the last two days, she stated that not a single sector had fully clean and repaired gullies, as claimed by both departments.

Water supply and disposal committee chairman Mukesh Bassi pointed out that the number of the road gullies in the city had increased manifold in the last five years.

The authorities had not increased the deployment of manpower to clean those during the monsoon, leaving a majority of road gullies blocked or broken, he added.

The Mayor instructed public health department officials to increase the manpower of each subdivision and deploy five field employees for cleaning road gullies during the monsoon.

She criticised the departments for the delay in commencing the cleaning work of road gullies this year.

It was decided that the Mayor and the water supply and disposal committee committee chairman would continue surprise visits to various areas of the city and monitor the cleaning up of road gullies.

Public health officials said all road gullies in the city would be cleaned and repaired by the department by next week.



Mayor gets engineering wing in action mode
Tribune News Service

Residents show their parking area at the Modern Housing Complex in Chandigarh on Tuesday
Residents show their parking area at the Modern Housing Complex in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Chandigarh, July 17
Waking up from slumber after the visit of Mayor Raj Bala Malik to various areas to check cleanliness and the condition of road gullies, the engineering wing has speeded up its repair and clean-ing activities.

The Mayor today visited ward 20, which included Sector 29, Phase I of the Industrial Area and Mani Majra. She took stock of cleanliness and the maintenance of road gullies.

Residents of the ward complained that there had not been any cleanliness drive or repair work of road gullies, due to which there is no improvement in water-logging during rain.

They alleged that the sanitation system in the ward had collapsed as there was no proper garbage collection system at Sector 29.

Residents also complained about the supply of muddy drinking water at the community centre in Sector 29.

During the inspection, officials with the engineering wing were asked to take necessary steps to carry out repairs of road gullies and cleanliness.

The officials were also directed to ensure proper maintenance of road gullies of V-6, V-5 and other roads.

The Mayor directed officials with the road wing to repair damaged roads at Phase I of the Industrial Area. She visited Mani Majra to see blocked road gullies in residential areas.

Water supply and disposal committee chairman Mukesh Bassi, Senior Deputy Mayor Darshan Garg, Deputy Mayor and area councillor Satish Kainth and public health wing officials accompanied her.



UT Admn holds meeting on earthquake preparedness
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
In continuation of the press conference held last month by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) regarding taking up the task of making residents of the tricity more aware of contingencies like that of the earthquake, a meeting of all heads of departments of the Chandigarh Administration was held today to discuss the future course of action on the multi-state earthquake campaign.

The meeting was presided over by Prof Harsh Kumar Gupta and T Nand Kumar, members of the NDMA, and KK Sharma, Adviser to the Administrator. Inaugurating the meet, members of the NDMA highlighted the fact that North India was highly prone to earthquakes and there was an immediate need to coordinate efforts and prepare for any contingency in the future.

There were presentations by Prof Ravi Sinha from IIT, Mumbai, and Prof CVR Murthy from IIT, Chennai, who highlighted the significance of seismic vulnerability assessment and the impact of earthquake on financial resources and functionality.

The aim of the meeting was to introduce the earthquake scenario to the state authorities and define the roles and responsibilities of the UT. As a step towards implementation, the Chandigarh Administration appointed the Deputy Commissioner the overall nodal officer.

All departments were directed to designate a nodal officer who would assess and prepare a detailed report on existing departmental infrastructure and resources. This report would be forwarded to an Indian Institute of Technology so that a detailed contingency plan could be chalked out.



Finally, Haryana sends panel
Suggests six names as replacements for two repatriated HCS officials
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
After a gap of eight months, the Haryana government has finally sent a panel of six HCS officials to the UT Administration for two posts.

During these eight months, the UT Administration had issued a number of reminders to the Haryana government regarding the panel of officials.

The panel of six HCS officials, which was received by the Administration yesterday, had the names of SK Setia, KK Kalson, KS Gill, Mandeep Kaur, Arvind Sharma and Mahavir Singh Yadav.

Setia had worked with UT Administration earlier as well. He was earlier posted as DPI (Schools) here.

The Haryana government sent the panel as replacements for two HCS officials, Ritu and Kamlesh Kumar, repatriated to their parent cadre around eight months back.

Ritu was Chief Executive Officer with the Chandigarh Housing Board. Kamlesh was municipal corporation Joint Commissioner.

The UT Administration had also sought a panel for one PCS official as replacement for DPI (Schools) Sandeep Hans, who went back to his parent cadre last month, but the Punjab government had not sent a panel so far.

A senior official with the Administration said Chief Ministers of both states raised the point of the 60:40 ratio in posts in the UT Administration, but it was very strange that Punjab and Haryana took so much time in sending panels.



Purse found, given to owner
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
Traffic police head constable Suresh Kumar and constable Mangat Ram today found a purse containing Rs 6,000, an ATM card, a voter card and a driver's licence near the South End traffic lights here.

They informed the police control room. After some time, the owner of the purse, Amritpal Singh of Sector 34, came to the police personnel.

After proper verification, the purse was handed over to him. The traffic police personnel were rewarded by the SP (Traffic and Security).



Wireless sets for enforcement dept field staff approved
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
Sounds strange, but the municipal corporation has approved an outdated technology of wireless sets for better communication between the field staff of enforcement department inspectors, though they are equipped with mobile phones for the same.

At the meeting of the enforcement committee here today, it was decided that all 16 inspectors and sub-inspectors would have wireless sets for communicating in the field with each other during anti-encroachment drives.

Though committee chairman Gurcharan Dass Kala had earlier objected to the purchase of wireless sets for inspectors on the plea that all of them had been provided official mobile phones, the proposal was unanimously approved by the committee.

Members stressed that it would improve communication between inspectors. According to the proposal, the department would purchase 14 wireless sets for sub-inspectors and two for inspectors of the enforcement wing.

Records of the corporation revealed that 12 years ago, the department had discontinued the use of this technology as mobile phones were introduced, which were better for communication for field staff.

In 1998 and 1999, enforcement inspectors used wireless sets for better communication during field duty.

Sources said three months ago, also this issue was raised at a departmental meeting, which was objected to by the staff of the department, stating that they were better equipped with mobile phones, after which the proposal was rejected and not tabled. In view of a few untoward incidents in the past, the enforcement staff was issued uniforms for security purposes and for shopkeepers to identify them during special drives.

The ground reality was that no inspector or sub-inspector wore it during field duty. The sources revealed that the corporation reimbursed around Rs 3,000 to an inspector for it.

It was also decided to strengthen the enforcement wing with more manpower and extra police force to properly monitor encroachments in various markets in the city.

Back after five years

After five years, members of enforcement committee have again desired to make Sector 17 a zero-tolerance market for encroachments, with special steps to ensure implementation by the department.



Travelling on NH-73 to become easy
Four-laning project from Panchkula to Yamunanagar to begin soon
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 17
Commuters who dream of a smooth ride on the National Highway-73 from Panchkula to Yamunanagar will soon be a reality. After a long gap of three years, the work on the four-laning project will begin soon.

Recently, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has awarded the work of the four-laning to a private company. It was for the fifth time when NHAI had floated tenders. Earlier, on four occasions no bidder had come forward to take up the project.

With the functioning of the four laning, connectivity of Panchkula with other parts of Haryana will improve. This is also expected to decrease the pressure on the Ambala-Zirakpur highway, as it would also cater to traffic heading to Ambala. People going to Dehradun and Roorkee will also be able to use it.

The project was hanging fire for the past three years. Despite the approvals from the Central Government and Haryana state government, the project had failed to kick off due to cold response from bidders.

Delay in the project has already increased the cost of construction of the project. Initially, the estimated cost of the project was around Rs 662 crore, but now, it has increased to Rs 1021 crore.

A 109-km stretch of the highway, which connects Panchkula, Barwala, Saha and Yamunanagar, will be four-laned. The work will be carried out on the build-operate-transfer basis and new bridges constructed on the way will follow the pattern of the Ambala-Zirakpur highway. The toll will be also levied for travelling on the road.

The road was recognised as a national highway in 2000. The Centre took the decision because the traffic on it had increased. Before that, it was a state highway. Officials said over 70,000 vehicles travelled on the road daily.

Rakesh Dhiman, a Panchkula-based Industrialist, said that at present, the commuters preferred not to travel on NH-73, as it was very narrow but would take to it once it become a four lane.

A killer stretch

Every year, 30 people lose their lives in various accidents on the NH-73 killer stretch between Panchkula and Barwala. Panchkula police officials said the road was very narrow which resulted in a number of head-on collisions. Despite the traffic police being on duty on the highway, it had been of little help, as the topography of the area made it accident-prone.



Hike in power tariff draws flak from consumers in Punjab
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, July 17
The drastic hike in the power tariff in Punjab today drew flak from consumers across the board here. The reactions ranged from “shocking” and “an act of injustice” to “ a big jolt to consumers.”

The consumers demanded an immediate withdrawal of the decision with the Congress MLA threatening to launch an agitation if that was not done. Balbir Singh Sidhu, Congress MLA from Kharar, criticised the Akali-BJP government in the state for increasing the power tariff by 60 paise per unit. He said that the Punjab Government, which was facing a financial crisis, had given a “big jolt” to the people of the state apart from sending shock waves in the industrial sector. Residents were already harassed by long power cuts, who would now also be pressed to pay heavy power bills. He said that on the one hand the Akali-BJP combine was criticising the Central Government for the rising inflation and on the other hand was putting additional financial burden on the people of Punjab. Sidhu further said that if the tariff hike was not withdrawn his party would be compelled to launch an agitation against the state government.

Most of the consumers were already facing hard times due to sharp rise in the prices of essential items and a steep hike in power tariff would add to their problems, said PS Virdi, president of the Consumers Protection Federation. He said that implementing the hiked tariff retrospectively amounted to great injustice with the power consumers. He said that the decision to announce the hike was deliberately kept pending due to the municipal elections in the state. The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) had allegedly failed to check the distribution and transmission losses apart from power theft. In order to recover its losses, the commission had gone in for a hike in power tariff totally ignoring the interests of the common man, added Virdi.

Anurag Aggarwal, president of the Mohali Industries Association (MIA), said that the decision of the PSERC to impose a hike of 12 per cent in the power tariff came as a shock to the industrial unit owners. He said that the industrial sector was already facing a tough time and the hike would harm it further. He said that it was unfortunate that the industrial sector had to suffer financially because of the ineffectiveness of Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd and distribution of free power to one sector. Industry in Punjab was already facing power shortage and had to go through weekly offs and if the hike was not rolled back, it would be compelled to stage protests.



RSS seeks support from Muslims against interlocutors’ report
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is soliciting support of the Muslim community and their clergy across the country to oppose the interlocutors’ report on Jammu and Kashmir.

As part of the campaign, rallies and meetings would be held at different places in the country in the coming months, said Indresh Kumar, a member of the national executive of the outfit, while speaking at a function here.

He said the RSS was for scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution, which has given special status to Jammu and Kashmir. “Entire Kashmir, including Pakistan occupied Kashmir, was part of the country. There should be one law in the country,” he said while blaming the Congress leadership for the present state of affairs in Kashmir. The RSS leader, who has been alleged to be the brain behind the Hindutva terror module that executed terrorist blasts in Ajmer, Hyderabad, on the Samjhauta Express and twice in Malegaon, said instead of going after the terror outfits, which were targeting innocent Indians, the present leadership was out to defame those who professed Hindutva. “In the last three years, the investigating agencies have not found even a single evidence against me,” he said. “I have urged the Islamic seminary, Darul Uloom, at Deoband to issue a fatwa against terror outfits which use the name of saints with their outfits,” he said. “The interlocutors appointed by the Centre are speaking against the interest of the nation and it would not be allowed at any cost,” he said, adding that it was not the issue of Kashmir alone as protecting the border was linked to the nation’s sovereignty.



District-level inspection panel formed to improve education
Surinder Bhardwaj

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 17
To improve the education standard and punctuality in the government schools, the Director-General of School Education (DGSE) has formed a four- member District-level School Inspection Committee, which will inspects the schools regularly and send its report online to the DGSE office.

Harvel Singh, DEO(S), said that the DGSE was keen on improving the quality of education and to ensure that the teachers came to the schools on time and teach students with dedication. He said that the committee in Fatehgarh Sahib would be led by Kuljinder Singh, science supervisor. The other members would be Ramandeep Puri, Gurwinder Pal Singh and Deputy Kumar. He said that the committee would visit at least 10 schools daily and all the shortcomings at the schools would be brought to the notice of the heads of the schools and also the DGSE office. The committee will report to DEO(S) in the district. He said that it would help in improving punctuality, regularity, discipline among teachers, improvement in teaching quality and cleanliness in schools.



Labourer falls to death
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 17
A labourer today died in Sector 20 after falling from the fifth floor of an under -construction building. The deceased has been identified as Amar Singh (23), a native of Uttar Pradesh.

According to information, the incident took place around 5 am in the morning. He lost balance when he was busy working in the fifth floor. He was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, where the doctors declared him brought dead. The police has kept the body at the mortuary of the hospital.



Tricity scan

Felicitation programme

Former PGI faculty members were felicitated by the present faculty members in a function on the opening day of its academic session after the summer vacation. Prof Yogesh Chawla, Director PGI, welcomed and presented each member with a commemorative souvenir released by the PGI on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Year Celebration. Some of the eminent teachers who attended the ceremony included Prof IC Pathak, Prof BK Sharma, Prof NN Wig, Prof BL Talwar, Prof KS Chugh, Prof JS Gujral, Prof BN Dutta, Prof AN Gupta, Prof Amrit Tiwari, Prof Shobha Sehgal.

Children learn about germination

The tiny-tots of UKG wing Saupin's School 32 learned the process of the germination of seeds. The children filled their earthen-pots with sand and mixed it with manure and sowed seeds. The aim of such activity is to educate and help the children to be environment-friendly.

Bedridden patients admitted

As many as 107 patients from the tricity were admitted under the ICMR/DST project on care of bedridden patients. Majority of them have shown significant improvement in their conditions. The project team has now planned to organise training sessions of 1 to 2 hour for family caregivers in different locations of the tricity. To create awareness on the issue of bedsores, two projects are running under the guidance of Dr Sukhpal Kaur, (Lecturer, Department of NINE, PGI) and Dr Amarjeet Singh (Professor, School of Public Health, PGI). The project team regularly visits the bedridden patients and their caregivers selected for the project to prevent and treat bedsores.

Challans issued

Seventy challans were issued by the enforcement wing of the Municipal Corporation on Tuesday while removing encroachment from Sector 17 market and the adjoining area. The enforcement team seized stoves, pharies, tables, chairs, cigarette boxes from the encroachers. During the drive, five sub-inspectors and one inspector were deputed. No untoward incident took place.

Office-bearers elected

Seven executive members in ward number 15 of Sector 35 were elected as the governing council on Tuesday. All the office-bearers of the Governing Council were elected unopposed. Capt Amarjeet Singh Sivia was elected as president, Dr Jagpal Singh as vice-president and SBS Marwah as general secretary.

Scholarship announced

JK Business School (JKBS) has announced a scholarship of Rs 50,000 for the wards of state and Central government and defense employees. This would be applied for those who seek to take admission in the seventh batch (2012-14) of postgraduate diploma in management. Only eligible graduate of any discipline with CAT, MAT and CMAT score will be awarded the scholarship.


PU topper Pitamber, son of a senior IAS officer of Haryana cadre, has topped the LLB entrance examination of Panjab University, the result of which was declared on Monday night. A recipient of International Youth Award, Pitamber was selected for an international educational mission to Tonbridge School in the UK during his schooling at Lawrence School, Sanawar. Like his father, Ashok Kumar Yadav, he too wants to become an IAS officer.

Gramin bank

Punjab Gramin Bank-a pioneer rural bank of Punjab-is providing various banking services to the people of the area, specifically the rural and outreached people. The bank is presently working on the CBS network with 198 branches in 13 districts of Punjab and serving about 9,23,367 customers. Under financial inclusion, the bank till date has taken 2,24,768 customers into its fold.

CU gets nod

The Punjab government has given formal nod for setting up of Chandigarh University at Gharuan, Mohali. During the budget session, bill for setting up this self-financed university was approved unanimously. Chandigarh Group of Colleges, which got the approval, is a leading educational group in the state. The declaration has been made as per Chandigarh University Act, 2012 approved by the Governor. As per University Act, Chairman of Chandigarh Educational Trust and Chandigarh Group of Colleges Satnam Singh Sandhu will be the Chancellor of the new university. Dr Rajneesh Arora, Vice-Chancellor, PTU, on this occasion said, “I feel proud that this affiliated college of the PTU, which has been the top performer institute of the university, is transforming into a full-fledged university.” — TNS



PU admissions
Students’ future hangs in balance
120 final-year students of home science college await results as clock ticks
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
Future of 120 BSc final-year students of Government Home Science College Sector 10 is at stake as their results are yet to be declared by Panjab University. The last dates to apply for various courses in the PU are over and the admissions are going on. Any further delay in declaration of the results might cost the students a chance to take admission in their desired courses in the university.

While the under-graduate results of all the courses were declared by the university by June end, the student of home science college are still waiting for the results. One of the students, requesting anonymity, said she had applied for MSc at University Institute of Fashion Technology and Vocational Development for which the counselling would be held soon. If the results are further delayed, she would miss her chance of getting admission in PU.

“I have mentioned in the admission form that result is awaited, however, if the result is not declared by the university before the admission then there would be no option left for me,” the student said.

Anxious students and their parents are making queries on the results everyday. “I feel the university should declare the results as earliest as possible. It’s already mid-July and further delay will add to trouble,” said a parent.

College principal Madhu Nanda said the college is in touch with the university and the results would be declared soon. It has become a regular affair here. The university fails every year to declare results on time. This year, the results which were supposed to be declared on January 30 were declared on March.

The university has teacher shortage which is affecting the paper evaluation process. Due to this reason, the university enrols research scholars with no experience for evaluating the answersheets.

Results for postgraduate courses at the university were supposed to be declared by June 30, but that has not been done. Despite repeated attempts, PU Registrar AK Bhandari, also officiating Controller of Examination, could not be contacted for comments.

Students' grievances

  • I have mentioned in the admission form that the result is awaited, however, if the result is not declared by the university before the admission then there will be no option left for me.-- Student
  • I feel the university should declare the results as early as possible. It’s already mid-July and further delay will add to trouble. -- Parent



4,500 class XI students willing to change school, stream
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
The number of students willing to change school or stream in class XI at government schools has crossed 4,500 in first two days of second round of admissions.

Huge rush was witnessed in all schools where students came to submit their forms. The students who were not satisfied with the schools allotted to them during the first round of admissions were given a chance to apply for their preferred school. Those who wanted to change their stream also got the opportunity, but it would depend on the availability of seats in their preferred stream.

According to the officials, around 1,300 students submitted their forms at Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS)-40, around 900 forms were received at GMSSS Mani Majra. About 880 forms were submitted at GMSSS-10 and around 1,500 forms were submitted at GMSSS 19, 21 and 46. The admission process is going on at six government schools where forms for change of stream and schools are available apart from prospectus for the students who want to apply for Class XI.

Around 3,000 seats are still lying vacant in the schools for which students can apply till July 18. The officials said based on the fresh applications received by the authorities the students would be considered for school change.

During the first round of admissions over 16,000 applications were received for around 11,000 seats in Class XI at all the government colleges of Chandigarh.



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