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CTU bus critically injures another student
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
In a grim reminder of the Anupama accident case, a CTU bus today critically injured a 17-year-old girl student who was on way to her school in Sector 35 on her bicycle this morning. The girl sustained grievous head injury and is battling for life in the PGI.

A month ago, a CTU bus had run over the leg of a student Anupama. Later, she had died due to the negligence of the PGI staff.

Pooja, a resident of Sector 52, was on the way to Government High School, Sector 35, at 8 am when the mishap occurred near the Sector 43 roundabout. As per eyewitnesses, the bus was speeding and hit Pooja’s cycle from the right, making her lose her balance. She fell and was hit by the front wheel of the bus. Her head hit the road.

Pooja was accompanied by three of her schoolmates who were on cycles and escaped unhurt. She was rushed to the Government Multi Speciality Hospital in Sector 16 and was later referred to the PGI, where she is undergoing treatment at the Advanced Trauma Centre.

The police has booked the driver of the bus, Shamsher Singh, in a case of rash and negligent driving under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC registered against him in the Sector 36 police station. He was arrested and later released on bail.

Killer buses

Chandigarh Transportation Undertaking (CTU) buses plying on city roads, particularly low-floor buses, are fast turning into killer vehicles if one goes by the spate of recent road accidents. The tall claims of the CTU authorities of sensitising and educating bus drivers and taking steps to prevent accidents fall flat in the face of another girl student being hit and injured by a bus today.

It was only after Anupama’s death that the CTU woke up to take stock of the ground realities. It had sent the data of about 6,000 students travelling in CTU buses to assist in the streamlining of various routes for students. The CTU had even planned to advance the timing of the buses on several routes to prevent accidents, but nothing has been done on the ground.

Director Transport TPS Phoolka said they had marked an inquiry into the accident and would decide on the basis of the report what action would be taken against the driver. “I have marked an inquiry into the accident today. It is a very unfortunate incident and we are looking into all aspects. The driver has been driving buses for the last over 10 years and has a clean record. We are holding workshops to sensitise our drivers,” he said.



Parents pray she doesn't go Anupama way
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
Praying for the speedy recovery of their daughter Pooja, Baijnath and his wife sit with hands folded into a prayer outside the Advanced Trauma Centre of the PGI where she is admitted. A bright student, Pooja, had set off to school this morning when a rashly driven CTU bus hit her cycle and injured her critically.

"We hope she recovers soon. She is a very intelligent student and comes first in her class. She aspires to become a nurse or a teacher," said Baijnath with tears in his eyes.

Pooja is the second of five siblings and her father is a labourer. "She was so happy in the morning when she left for school. We got a call from the hospital that she has been admitted there. She has a severe head injury and the skin on her right hand has come off. She is in deep pain. It is a grave situation," he said.

"The CTU drivers should be dealt with firmly. They keep snuffing out innocent lives and there is no one to check them," he said.



Police vehicle hits auto head-on, one dead
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

The father of Gurmeet (inset) who was killed in the accident
The father of Gurmeet (inset) who was killed in the accident. Tribune photos: nitin mittal

Panchkula, August 17
One person was killed and three were seriously injured when the autorickshaw in which they were travelling was hit by a police vehicle belonging to the SHO of the Sector 5 police station near Sector 25 today. The deceased has been identified as the auto driver, Gurmeet.

The SHO, Nupur Bishnoi, was not in the vehicle at the time of the accident. The driver and the injured, Sandeep and his parents, were rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, where Gurmeet was declared brought dead. The injured have been referred to the PGI. All the victims are residents of Ramgarh.

After the incident, several auto drivers blocked the road for about an hour, claiming that instead of taking swift action, the police was trying to hide the staff vehicle. This is not the first time that the police has indulged in rash driving. A DCP’s staff car was also involved in an accident sometime ago.

“The auto was coming towards Panchkula from Ramgarh while the staff vehicle came speeding from the opposite side, hitting the auto head-on. The auto flipped twice and all the three passengers, besides the driver, were thrown out,” said Ganga Bishan, an eyewitness, adding that it was after passersby gathered at the spot that the police was called.

Nacchatar Singh, who was driving the police vehicle, said they were going to get petrol filled in the vehicle.

“The police removed the blue beacon atop the vehicle,” said another person requesting anonymity.

Where was the police vehicle headed?

Police personnel said they were going to Ramgarh from the Sector 5 police station to get petrol filled in the vehicle. Strangely, there are a number of petrol stations located near the police station.

No medical examination

The medical examination of the driver of the vehicle was not conducted. SHO Narender Rana said since they were busy with the cremation of the auto driver, the medical examination could not be conducted.

Accident involving DCP's car

On July 9, two persons were seriously injured after the staff car of DCP Parul Kush collided head-on with an Alto car. Kush had escaped unhurt. The medical examination of the youth driving the car was conducted immediately and it was learnt that he was drunk. A case was registered against him expeditiously.



Cyclist killed in hit-and-run case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
A 28-year-old cyclist was killed after being hit by a rashly driven Swift car on the road separating Sectors 11 and 12 near the PGI late last night.

The victim, Darshan Singh, a safai karamchari, was rushed to the PGI, where he was declared brought dead. The number of the car could not be noted down. The mishap took place at 10.45 pm when Darshan was returning to his house in Janta Colony after visiting a temple near the

PGI. His friend was accompanying him on another cycle. A speeding red car hit Darshan from the rear and sped away.

Darshan received severe head injury and was rushed to the PGI. He was staying with his brother’s family and worked as a safai karamchari with a private contractor.

Gurmukh Singh, SHO of the Sector 11 police station, said the number of the car could not be noted down. They would investigate if any red Swift car had been brought for repairs in any of the Maruti workshops or private mechanics. “We will trace the car soon,” he said.

The police has registered a case under Section 304-A of the IPC.



crime of passion
15-year-old girl's face scarred
Accused took advantage of my handicap, says mother
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
Under shock and emotional trauma after her daughter's face was scarred by attackers in Phase 4 of Mohali yesterday, Raminder Kaur said she could not take on the accused since as she was physically challenged.

“Taking advantage, the three accused attacked us and scarred my girl's face. They were abusive and made fun of my condition while attacking her,” she said.

The victims were discharged from the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, this morning. Though two of the youths were arrested last night, another accused is absconding.

It was last evening when both the mother and daughter were stabbed by a spurned youth and his friends at the girl's house in Mohali. Fifteen-year-old Rijakdeep Kaur and her mother were rushed to the GMCH.

“Since I am physically challenged, I could not resist the attack on my daughter. The accused were using foul language. One of them said he would not spare 'this lame woman’. They attacked us with a knife,” said Raminder Kaur.

“My daughter’s only fault was that she refused to be friends with one of the accused,” she said bitterly.

Raminder Kaur received 15 stitches on her back while a surgery had to be performed on her daughter. They are living in fear now. “We are scared to even move out of the house. Even if the third youth is arrested, their friends might be on the prowl,” she said.

A day before, she had gone along with her daughter to the tuition class and the youths had argued with her when she warned them not to follow and trouble her daughter.

“My granddaughter is feeling unsafe even in her own home. The motive behind attacking her was to spoil her face so she may suffer her whole life,” the girl's grandfather Inder Singh said.



Fiza : A maze of love, passion, betrayal and revenge
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Fiza with her relatives
Fiza with her relatives

Chandigarh, August 17
Fiza, in Arabic means breeze. Anuradha Bali, who rechristened herself to fiza on embracing Islam to marry former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Chander Mohan, stirred a major storm then, and now created even a bigger story in her death-dubbed mysterious by the police as well as her friends.

Anuradha Bali wanted to strike it big in life. She settled for shortcuts to conquer whatever she desired. It didn’t matter if she courted controversies. She ended up being caught in a maze of love, passion, betrayal and revenge from where nothing less than death could rescue her.
Her father Dharam Pal and mother Savitri Devi
Her father Dharam Pal and mother Savitri Devi

Her meteoric rise from a lawyer to an Assistant District Attorney to Additional Advocate General of Haryana raised many an eyebrows. Her liaisons with certain bureaucrats and politicians sent tongues wagging. But she continued to strike at a lightning speed and did not miss an opportunity to make her way to fame, however brief it may have been.

Her mysterious tale was full of love and romance even if she indulged in it for the wrong reasons with the wrong persons. She vacillated between bouts of love, hatred and desire to avenge the “wrong” done to her. She was hypertensive and was suffering from anxiety before she died a lonely death. There was nobody by her side and she lay dead for six days uncared for and unnoticed. Less than a fortnight after she met a sad end at a young age of 41, one wonders if she was more sinned against than sinning.

May 3, 2011:
A publicity hungry Fiza, alias Anuradha Bali, never failed to surprise people and remained in news. She married former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan amidst high drama only to part later on. She then entered into a series of spats with neighbours and later entered into another wedlock, but this time her groom was none other than the seventh largest country in the world - India.

Craved for attention

Fiza definitely got what she wanted- love, power and fame. But it was short lived. She lost everything in a sudden blow of fate and was forced to live a life seeking love, and attention. Even in the end peace eluded her. She clamoured for attention, picked up fights with her neighbours, even turned violent at times. She did not like anybody to infringe on her privacy. “She would not answer the door bell if we went to her unannounced. Even her siblings were told not to spring any surprises in the form of their visits,” says Rohit Mahajan, Anuradha’s friend, who studied law with her at Panjab. University.

Had a rocking affair but failed marriage

Anu, as she was fondly addressed by her friends and relatives, fell in love with a boy, popularly known as Babbar when she was in class XI. Her affair went on for more than a decade before she finally got married to this man, a small time transporter in Mohali. He did not study beyond class XII while she went on to do her LLB. “Her ex-husband would spend all his time waiting for her outside the law department throughout the day as she attended classes. She finally got married in 1995 only to walk out of his life eight months after the wedding,” recall her friend adding she found out that her husband was hooked to drugs.

Married to controversies

She started practicing law in 1995 and a year later she was appointed as the Assistant District Attorney. Tongues started wagging as her closeness to a Haryana cadre bureaucrat began doing the rounds. She was however removed from the post when she started having differences with certain Judges in the same year. Then she moved to the High Court. Here she became the Additional Advocate General of Haryana amidst controversies.
A shattered Fiza in tears after she was deserted by Chander Mohan
Distraught Fiza: A shattered Fiza in tears after she was deserted by Chander Mohan

The love story

It began with Chander Mohan. And that led to her nemesis. The affair goes back to 2004 when she met him at a juice shop. Her friends said he started following her. She was reluctant initially but she fell for him. “She would discuss him with me. I was also charmed by Chander’s simplicity. He promised he would divorce his wife, Seema Bishnoi and live with Fiza forever. They decided to get married by converting and finally both embraced Islam and got married in December 2008,” recalls Rohit.
Fiza shows Chand’s divorce message
How he did it: Fiza shows Chand’s divorce message

Parents advised her against the alliance

Her parents had advised her against marrying Chander Mohan stating he was a politician and already married with children. “But Fiza would not listen. She was in love and convinced that Chander will be hers forever,” recalls Rohit.

The revenge

She was heartbroken. The betrayal made her suffer bouts of hatred. She started thinking of taking revenge from Chander Mohan. She complained against him to the police but he was given a clean chit. Later in 2009, she campaigned against former Haryana Chief Minister Bhajan Lal and Chander Mohan’s brother Kuldip Bishnoi. She had decided to contest next Assembly elections against Chander Mohan. “She would even think of claiming maintenance from Chander Mohan”, a friend said.
Letters recovered from Fiza’s house
Letters recovered from Fiza’s house
Letters recovered from Fiza’s house 

A connoisseur of good things in life

Anu, as she was popularly known as was a connoisseur of good things in life. She was known for her expensive dresses and perfumes. “One day, I complimented her for a perfume she was wearing. She told me she bought it for Rs 17,000. Then she started telling me how she loved dressing up,” said a police official, praying anonymity. The police officials, who searched her house after her death said she had a fascinating collection of saris, clothes, gold and diamond jewelry. She left every body open eyed when Rs 1crore cash was found stacked in a cupboard in her house along with jewellery worth Rs 45 lakh. The money was linked with Chander Mohan.

Not fond of house keeping, never cooked at home

Her house was in a mess. Only her bedroom was tidy. Rest every other room was in a disorder, said a police official, who frequented her house following her complaints. Her clothes were always scattered around and a thick layer of dust was accumulated on her furniture and other goods kept in her house. It spoke volumes about her mental state. “She could have hired a few servants as she had a lot of money and easily taken care of the household chores.” “She would never cook at home and was always eating out or ordering food from hotels. She was fond of pizzas,” said a close friend. “As far as I knew her she hated alcohol. But I was shocked to find that she had started drinking,” said Rohit.

Unanswered questions

  • Nobody contacted her for five days when she lay dead.
  • Neither her neighbours nor her uncle, who came to her house on August 5, complained of foul smell.
  • Nobody tried to contact her on Rakhi, which fell on August 2.
  • Neighbours say she was always frequented by visitors
  • police is taking too long to probe the case
  • A Scorpio, she lent to a friend, was found abandoned in Ambala.
  • Decorative lights on her balcony remained switched on for five days.

‘Feared for her life’

Ranjan Lakhanpal, a leading lawyer: Reported Fiza called him on July 28 and expressed a threat from a Haryana political leader and a close relative of Chander Mohan. But the police claimed that Fiza called him up on July 19 and spoke to him for just 63 seconds.

Salim Alwi, a Bulandshahar-based social activist: Reported that Fiza had often expressed threat to her life from a Haryana-based politician.

Police Take

These people are trying to draw out mileage from the incident.


We cannot say anything till the time we get the viscera and fingerprint reports. We are conducting a probe and all her friends and relatives have been questioned in the case but so far we have not been able to reach any conclusion.

DS Mann, DSP, Mohali city II

Those in touch with Fiza

  • Satpal, Fiza’s uncle: He reported Fiza’s death.
  • Ajit Hooda, her lawyer friend: Was last seen with her.
  • Rohit Mahajan, her university friend: Has been constantly in touch with her.
  • Dilip Mahajan, her lawyer friend: Had lent his Scorpio car to her and had reported the matter to the police.
  • Balwinder Singh, owner of Dera Bassi-based Five Star Security Agency: who abandoned the Scorpio car borrowed by Fiza from Dilip Mahajan.

Question mark on her mental health

Fiza was a terror in her neighbourhood. She would beat up children playing in the park opposite her house. She would often shout passing off the neighbours as “down market.” “The children were so scared of her that they would leave their slippers and run towards their home just at her sight. She would not allow neighbours to wash clothes as she could not stand noise,” said a neighbour.

“ her quarrels with children were a routine affair. On one occasion, the children had staged a protest”, said Amrik Singh, a resident of the area. Having suffered emotional trauma after separation from Chander Mohan, she attempted suicide, but was saved. Her dispute with one of her neighbour, R K Phuliya, saw her regularly appearing in the district courts here.

‘Needed a psychiatrist’

Amrita Brar, former Assistant Inspector General of Police, Punjab, who inquired into a case of assault on Fiza’s neighbour Sanjay Aggarwal recommended in her report that it seemed Fiza was not keeping good mental health and needed medical attention. Her report did not go down well with Fiza. “She was very upset. After that we challenged the report in the Punjab and Haryana High Court,” says Rohit Mahajan.

Celebrated birthday on July 25

She celebrated her birthday on July 25 in Blue Ice at Ssector 17 with a handful of her friends. “Her uncle Satpal was invited. It was a low-key affair. Only four persons were invited,” said a friend.

Was hypertensive

She was suffering from hypertension for last two years. “Her blood pressure started going haywire after Chander Mohan deserted her. She was on 500 mg Amlong, a drug used to control blood pressure. Of late she was missing out on the medication. I remember her telling me 10 days before her death that she hadn’t taken her medicine for some days,” said Rohit Mahajan.

Death mystery
A CCTV clip when she was spotted last at Rajshree Hotel in Chandigarh
A CCTV clip when she was spotted last at Rajshree Hotel in Chandigarh

Fiza was last seen alive on August 1 when she went to Hotel Rajshree in Industrial Area with her lawyer friend, Ajit Hooda, who dropped her off at her Sector 48 residence at 7 pm. Incidentally, Ajit was the last person to have spoken to her at 10pm the same day over the phone. She spoke to him about changing her lawyer in the cases she had filed against her neighbours. After that nobody has reported speaking to Fiza.

On her last evening out, she consumed two mugs of coffee and butter toast. She then got cottage cheese pakoras packed before reaching home.

Her body was recovered on August 6 after her uncle Satpal reported to the police about stench of flesh emanating from her house.

(Inputs: Rajmeet Singh, Akash Ghai)

Baby Anu (Anuradha Bali)
Baby Anu (Anuradha Bali)

From the beginning to the end

  • July 25,1971: Anuradha Bali was born. She was the eldest of the four daughters of Dharam Pal, a Military Engineering Services Engineer and Savitri Devi, a housewife.
  • June 1990: Graduateed from Government College for Girls at Sector 42.
  • 1994: got her Law degree from PU
  • 1995: Began law practice
  • 1995: Got married to a small-time transporter
  • 2005: Appointed Assistant Advocate General of Haryana
  • November, 2008: Eloped with Chander Mohan
  • December 2, 2008: Converted to Islam, married Chander Mohan
  • January 29, 2009: Chander Mohan deserted her
  • March 14, 2009: Fiza and Chand were divorced
  • June 8, 2012: Met leaders of the Bahujan Samaj Party and expressed her desire to contest elections
  • July 25, 2012: Celebrated her birthday
  • July 30: Took part in Iftaar party
  • August 2: Called up her uncle Satpal to invite him on Raksha Bandhan
  • August 6, 2012: Her body was found from her residence in Sector 48

Shy teenager

Anuradha was a stunningly beautiful but a shy young woman in the Law Department of Panjab University, Chandigarh, where she completed her studies in 1994. “She was a head turner and hated the attention she would get. Ogling boys would upset her no end,” says Rohit Mahajan, adding, “She would often complain she hated the stares,” he adds. However, just a few years down the line she changed completely.


To err is Administration
Error-free Independence Day speech remains a pipedream for officials
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
Government school and college teachers are the resource person for the UT Administration when it comes to translating Independence Day speech. Still the UT Administration falters in preparing an ‘error-free’ speech year after year.

This is despite the fact that the Administration as well as the Punjab Raj Bhawan have full-fledged departments of public relations headed by a PR director and deputy director, respectively.

The UT Administration public relation department with an annual budget of Rs 40 lakh has always erred in drafting the I-Day speech. There are around 25 employees with the public relation department, including officials and clerical staff, to whom around Rs 6 lakh per month is given as salary, but the department always seeks help from school and college teachers to translate Hindi version of the speech into English, but to no avail.

When contacted, Home Secretary-cum-Secretary (Public Relations) Anil Kumar said as the main speech was in Hindi, they prepared a better speech in Hindi. But regarding translation, he added that if they would have translated it, the spirit of the speech would have gone.

When asked to comment on the help sought from schoolteachers, he said, "We all are a part of UT Administration and there is no harm in taking the help from schoolteachers. As the teachers have a good command over the language, the department approaches them for help," he added.

As UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil had already made it clear that he would deliver his Independence Day speech in Hindi, the UT officials had put in extra effort in preparing the speech in Hindi, but forgot to translate it into English correctly.

Sources added that this time the UT Administration had prepared the speech a few days before the Independence Day and the Administrator had also approved it in time. After that the UT Administration sought help from the education department and a few schoolteachers were called to assist the public relation department in translating Hindi speech into English.

The UT officials had thought that these teachers would translate the speech correctly, but there were many errors in the English version of Patil’s speech.

Last year, the UT Administration had taken the help of a government college principal and teachers and this time they had sought help from schoolteachers, but to no avail. Last year, the Administrator had finalised speech on the night of August 14 and there was very less time with the Administration to translate it, but this time the speech was finalised in time.

Faux pas

  • In the past everybody has cooperated for this. We are getting this cooperation today we hope and keep getting it in future also.
  • It is important to raise the standard of primary, middle and secondary and education…(Sentence left incomplete).
  • We expect that they will make arrangements for keeping their cars within their buildings whether on ground or underground. It will be our consideration that nobody faces any problems in getting permission for this.
  • We are making an effort to provide facility on ground as well as under it.



I-Day speech
Admn enlists achievements of only 10 departments
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
On Independence Day, the UT Administration enlisted the achievements of only 10 departments.

The list of achievements, which was circulated to media, only mentioned the achievements of departments such as education, health, Chandigarh Housing Board, police, prison, engineering, Chandigarh Transport Undertaking, science and technology, excise and taxation, State Transport Authority, Forests and Wildlife.

But most of these achievements had already figured on the lists circulated to media earlier as well.

But on the other hand, the departments like industries, registration and Licensing Authority (RLA), tourism, animal husbandry and fishery, information technology (IT), social welfare and employment did not have achieve anything between January 26 to August 15.

A senior official of the UT Administration said as there were clear cut directions from the UT Administrator, Shivraj V Patil, that not to include old achievements in his Independence Day speech, they only included achievements of those departments, which were latest.

Sources said the remaining departments had also submitted their achievements to the UT Administration, but it was learnt that these achievements were not worth considering, therefore those were not included in the list of achievements.

There were many departments like RLA, where the backlog is increasing everyday; tourism, where night tourism project was scrapped; architect department, which is yet to complete city's master plan; which have long list of failures instead of achievements.

The departments like industries, which is yet to finalise the industrial policy; and animal husbandry and fishery, which failed to save fish in Sukhna Lake from dying.



Stabbing incident: Timely action could have averted attack
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
Tall claims of the UT police regarding quick and easy registration of FIRs fell flat when it failed to register a case following the complaint of eve-teasing lodged by two women, who were later stabbed in Mohali yesterday. The tragedy could have been easily averted had the police acted timely and arrested the accused on time.

The UT police failed to coordinate with the Mohali police and did not share the number of the motorcycle given by the women with their counterparts in Mohali.

Raminder Kaur had filed a complaint with the Chandigarh police against the three youths for threatening the mother and daughter in Sector 41 yesterday.

The complaint was filed around 3.30 pm when Raminder came to drop her daughter at her tuition centre in Sector 41 when three youths threatened them with dire consequences. Raminder had given the registration number of motorcycle (PB-65M-8169) in her complaint with the Chandigarh police. As the number was of Mohali, the police did not act immediately and by the time a Chandigarh policeman reached Mohali DTO to get details of the number, the office there was closed.

The delay was long enough to give the accused enough benefit as the three stabbed the women at their residence in Mohali later in evening. The Mohali police had later arrested them.

Even today, the UT police failed to act and said they would register a case after recording the statements of the victims.

“We are yet to record the statements of the woman and will register a case only then. We tried our best to trace the number of the accused, but the DTO office was closed. There is no delay on our part and we are investigation the matter,” said DSP (South) BS Negi.



Two-day police remand for accused
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 17
Following yesterday’s stabbing incident that had left 50-year-old Raminder Kaur and her 16-year-old daughter injured, the local court today sent the accused, Maninder Singh and his friend Tajinder Singh, to a two-day police remand.

Maninder Singh, who claimed to be the girl's boyfriend, had allegedly attacked the girl and her mother with a knife after forcibly entering their house at Phase IV last evening at 7.30 pm. He was accompanied by his friend Lucky, a resident of Sector 35. Their third accomplice, Tajinder Singh, was waiting for them outside the house.

While the family members of the girl alleged that Maninder had been stalking their daughter for over a week, the accused Maninder claimed that he and the victim had an affair for the past five months. “She (the girl) used to meet me on a regular basis and used to call me up regularly. Some differences had cropped up," claimed the accused.

Maninder Singh admitted that he had gone to meet the mother of the girl yesterday to clear his position following their police complaint against him at the Sector 39 police station in Chandigarh. He claimed that he had also visited the girl’s house the same day in the afternoon as he wanted to talk to her mother. “The girl called me there," claimed Maninder Singh, while adding that he had visited their house in the evening as well.

“Her parents, along with her grandfather Inder Singh, started beating me up”, claimed Maninder Singh.

He said neither he nor his friend had attacked the mother-daughter duo.

“In fact, her (the girl’s) grandfather unsheathed his ‘gatra’ (small sword) in a fit of rage and attacked us. In the mêlée, the mother and daughter had received the injuries”, claimed Maninder Singh. However, he admitted that he was having a knife in his pocket when he went to the house of the girl. “It was a fancy knife-cum-torch," claimed the accused.

On the other hand, Inder Singh, the victim's grandfather, claimed that he was away to a gurdwara located nearby at the time of incident.

“They (Maninder and Tajinder) forcibly entered our house in the evening and attacked the girl. When her mother came to her rescue, the accused attacked her too," said Inder Singh, while adding that his son Amrik Singh (the girl’s father) was also at the home and he had caught hold one of the attackers. But he managed to flee," said Inder Singh.

He alleged that Maninder Singh had also threatened to kill her if she would not respond to his advances. “My daughter-in-law also approached the police yesterday which had provoked the accused to attack us," said Inder Singh.

The girl, denied having known the boy. “He used to harass me and stalk me on way to my school. I don’t know him," said the girl.

However, sources in the police department claimed that they (the boy and girl) were friends on Facebook and had exchanged about 3,077 messages. “Even the girl had sent a friend request to Maninder," said the sources.

“We are yet to confirm these things," said Gurdeep Singh, SHO, Phase I police station.

“We are also checking the call details and IDs of both the accused and girl on the social networking site. We have registered an attempt to murder case against the accused," said the SHO.



Good news for CITCO employees
Board of directors approves revised pay grade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
In a significant decision, the Board of Directors of Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) in its meeting today approved the revised grade pay and other allowances to various categories of employees of the corporation, including the operational staff working in its hotels.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Home Secretary Anil Kumar.

The board members also approved a grant of special benefits such as childcare leave, fixed travelling allowances, encashment of earned leave along with leave travel concession and Assured Career Progression Scheme. In another decision to benefit banquet guests, the board decided that henceforth no lawn charges would be levied for social functions in Hotel Mountview. The facility has been extended as a gesture of goodwill to the public to host banquets in the prestigious five star hotel property of the corporation.

DK Tiwari, MD, CITCO, said the board also approved the proposal of Hotel Mountview to be the official caterer as well as official hotel for the ensuing Davis Cup International Tennis Tournament being held in Chandigarh from September 14 to September 16.

Keeping in view the popularity of the privileged cards, the board approved introduction of a new diamond card along with the existing gold card which will entitle a card holder to avail better facilities and benefits in the hotels. The charges for issuing of diamond card have been fixed at Rs 6,000.

Company secretary given three-month extension

The company secretary of CITCO, ID Kalra, has been given extension till December, 2012. In a supplementary agenda, the board of members allowed him to continue to work against the post of DGM, Industrial Development Facilitation Centre (IDFC). For the last one year, CITCO has so far not been able to finalise the name of new secretary. The present company secretary is looking after the purchases, marketing and personal matters of the corporation.



Car dealer penalised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
A local car dealer, along with a Noida-based car dealer, has been penalised for selling a car with ineffective air-conditioner to a city resident. The UT Consumer Forum has directed the two dealers to pay Rs 50,000 to the complainant for not addressing the problem of "foul smell emitting from the ineffective AC unit".

The respondents, Harmony Honda, Joshi Automotives Pvt Ltd, Industrial Area and Honda Siel Cars India Ltd,Noida, have been directed to replace the entire AC units of the car in question, without charging anything from the complainant and pay the litigation amount of Rs 15,000 to the complainant.

The complainant, Manu K Bhandari, had purchased a Honda city from Harmony Honda in 2008. "Every time the complainant would send the car for servicing, both the dealers assured that necessary corrective measures would be taken, however, they failed to elicit fruitful results," said the complaint.



Resident forum submits memorandum
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
The Resident Welfare Forum, Sector 50, yesterday submitted a memorandum to the MC Commissioner highlighting the problems of their area. They complained that the officials did not do anything to rid the area of wild growth.

They said many accidents had taken place on the V-5 road as there was no streetlights. "Streetlights in Sectors 50 and 51 have been lying defunct," they added.



Short film, documentary festival begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
The short films and documentary festival have started at Lajpat Rai Bhawan, sector 15, today. The festival has several entries that cuts across many subjects and present before the local audience some of the new experiment in the genre.

The festival is being organised by city-based Creative Cinema Circus 4C. The festival began with theatre director GS Channi's two short films 'Tuttu' and 'Pakhi'.

According to the organisers, about 20 short movies and documentaries will be shown on Saturday and Sunday. After every slot, a live discussion, either with film’s director or any of the crew members was planned, Sawan, one of the organisers, said. Many short movies like 'Mud Cak', 'Holy cow', 'Akashvani' and the award wining movie 'Hansa', will be shown.



Silent march to highlight senior citizens’ plight
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
Members of Chandigarh Senior Citizen Association held a silent march along with 30 local NGOs to raise their issues relating to senior citizens as well as to make the people aware about the problems of old people. Among them were school children and parents.

Daljit Singh Grewal, president of Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association, said the Government of India had announced a national policy for old people in 1999 and in last 13 years a very little progress had been made to implement the policy.

The policy says that there will be financial security for old people and healthcare facilities along with setting up of old-age home, day care centers, will be provided to the old people.

Grewal said in 2007 Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen Act was passed but most of the states had not implemented it. Though Chandigarh administration had implemented the act, yet few problems remained, he added. "The old age pension is still Rs 250, which needs to be increased at least to Rs 1,000. There is also no day care centre for the senior citizens in the city," Grewal said

“Through our march we request the Centre Government that there should be separate union ministry and independent department for senior citizens as their number will swell to about 18-20 crore by 2020,” said Grewal.



Schools taken to task
Served show-cause notice for poor performance in board examination
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, August 17
Tightening the screws on government schools over poor performance in this year's Punjab board examinations, the District Education Office has slapped notices on nearly 60 per cent of the institutions for failing to maintain satisfactory educational standards.

Of the 213 schools in the district, 124 schools were issued show-cause notices after various shortcomings were observed in these institutions. Only 14 schools were given appreciation letters. The action was taken under a quality improvement project launched last month.

Sources said during a pilot study carried out by District Education Officer (Secondary) Vinod Kumar, on the directions of Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka, it was seen that teachers in many schools came late and did not teach for the required number of periods. It was also observed that some of them did not have adequate knowledge of their subjects, and the lectures did not co-relate to the day-to-day life to arouse the interest of students. Besides, teaching aids like blackboards were also not used by some of the teachers.

The study also found that many teachers availed themselves of leaves under the government's "child-care scheme" even when examinations were approaching; hence, adversely affecting the performance of those studying in senior classes.

Sources further said that show-cause notices had so far been issued to schools located in "remote areas". Some of these senior secondary institutions were based in areas like Sakrulapur, Teur, Sahora, Lalru and Kurali and high schools located in villages like Garangan, Perch and Jayanti Majri.

There are 34 government senior secondary schools in the district, 62 government high schools and 117 middle schools.

y No examinee from Mohali town had managed to make it to the merit list of the Senior Secondary (Class XII) examination of the Punjab School Education Board, the final results of which were announced in June. The pass percentage in Mohali district was 62.13, placing it in the second last position among 20 districts in Punjab. In the Class X examination of the board, only seven students could find a place on the merit list of 398 examinees. The pass percentage stood at only 60 .97, even when the highest pass percentage in the state was 91.49, achieved by Tarn Taran district.



PU gives in to students' demand
Allowed to take MPhil entrance exam in Hindi and Punjabi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
The Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) ended its four-day long hunger strike after the university accepted their demand to conduct MPhil entrance exam at the department of police administration for the students who could not appear for the exam due to a language barrier. Students who wanted to write the exam in Punjabi were not allowed to sit for it.

SOPU leader Vicky Middukhera said around three years back, the PU Senate had decided that every sign board bearing the name of a department should use all the three languages, i.e. English, Hindi and Punjabi. Still the students who had passed the master's in Hindi and Punjabi were forced to appear for the entrance test in English only, he said.

A meeting was held today to resolve the issue of medium for the admission test in the Faculty of Arts.

PU officials stated, "It has been noticed that the practice of allowing candidates to write their answers in Punjabi or Hindi in MPhil admission test has existed in some departments of the Arts Faculty for some years. The Vice-Chancellor has decided to have this practice reviewed speedily in the light of the existing University Calendar which allows the use of only English medium."

Pending this review, it was decided that admissions to the MPhil for the present academic session would be allowed regardless of the language in which candidates write the answers.



PUSU stages protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
The Panjab University Students' Union (PUSU) staged a protest to demand a re-appear examination for students of the Pharmacy department today.

Students opposed the year-back system for students who failed to score adequate credits.

PUSU chairman Jeewanjyot Chahal said a committee, including the chairman of the department, had been formed after the protest. A decision would be taken on Tuesday, he said.



Rival party members trained pistols at us: SOPU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
Leaders of the Student Organisation of Panjab University have alleged that some outsiders associated with a rival party pointed pistols at them at the department of evening studies here today.

SOPU chairman of the evening department Inderjeet Moudgil said they were in the department when a group of outsiders associated with the Panjab University Students' Union arrived there and started tearing their party posters.

"When we objected to this, two boys pointed pistols at us and threatened that they would shoot, following which we fled from the scene and informed the police," Moudgil said.

PU Chief Security Officer PK Dhawan said although, the SOPU members alleged that pistols were pointed at them; no report of gun shots being fired on the campus were received. Station House Officer at Sector 11 police station Gurmukh Singh said that the compliant was being verified.



pu senate
Triangular contest for faculty of science
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
A triangular contest will take place for the Senate seat under the faculty of science, with the university rejecting the objections filed against the nomination of Dean College Development Council Prof Naval Kishore.

Prof Naval's name was included in the list of candidates displayed today. He is a sitting Senate and Syndicate member. Apart from Prof Naval Kishore, Prof Promila Pathak, who raised an objection against his nomination, and Prof Rajat Sandhir are also in the fray.

Prof Pathak in her objection submitted to the PU Registrar AK Bhandari, who is the returning officer, had demanded Prof Naval's disqualification from contesting elections under Section 16 of the Panjab University Act 1947.

The act stated that the whole-time-paid servants of the university except the teaching staff be disqualified to seek election to any elected body of the university. Prof Promila mentioned that Prof Naval Kishore was holding a key position in the university and had been drawing a salary on a non-teaching post.

Prof Naval, who appeared before the returning officer yesterday, stated that apart from holding the position of the DCDC, he was taking regular classes of students and ten research scholars were pursuing research under him.

The first phase of elections will be held on August 29.



UT to open four more smart schools
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
The UT education department will open four more smart schools in the city, most likely within the current academic session. One of the proposed schools, Government High School, Sector 50, is expected to start within three months.

According to officials, the newly constructed building of the school at Sector 50 had already been handed over to the education department.

District Education Officer RK Sharma said a budget of around Rs 60 lakh had already been finalised for the school. The process of procurement of computers and other facilities was under process and the department hoped to furnish the school as per the required modalities of a smart school within two to three months, he said.

Government High School, Sector 53, which opened from the current academic session in April, was the first smart school in the region. The basic concept of the school is to impart integrated e-teaching and learning methodologies and promote tech-savvy education in government schools at par with private schools.

Government High School, Sector 54, is another school planned to be started as a smart school. An official said that its building was currently under construction and would be soon handed over to the education department. Students from the nearby schools would be shifted to the new schools in Sectors 50 and 54, like it was done in the case of the Sector 53 smart school, an official said.

In addition to these two schools, the department has given an approval to upgrade two more schools -- Government Model Senior Secondary Schools at Sectors 16 and 35 -- as smart schools. The work at these schools is expected to be started within the present financial year.

DPI (Schools) Upkar Singh said the opening of these smart schools would boost the e-education in government schools.



NSS spreads message of harmony in city colleges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
The National Service Scheme wings of the DAV College, Sector 10, and Dev Samaj College, Sector 45, celebrated Sadbhavana Divas on the respective college premises today. The day celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of former Indian Prime Minister Rajeev Gandhi, saw volunteers pledge to work towards maintaining harmony in India regardless of barriers of caste, religion and language.

An environmental awareness campaign was also organised at Dev Samaj College on the occasion. Over 50 NSS volunteers were asked to adopt a tree each and to spread the plantation drive outside the college premises too. 



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