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16-yr-old hurt as goalpost gives way
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
A 16-year-old non-medical student of Class XII at the GMSSS-37 B, Rupinder Singh, was severely injured after an iron pole (football goalpost) fell on him in the school at about 11.45 am today.

Though the boy was said to be at fault for loosely hanging over the goalpost, which allegedly led to the accident, the fact that government schools have poor sports infrastructure and lack regular maintenance work cannot be denied. Last month, three students of Government High School, Sector 11, fell from the second floor allegedly due to a fragile grill in the corridor.

The lack of maintenance work in government schools was one of the major observations of an inspection team comprising senior officials of the department. The team is in the process of compiling its report.

Rupinder’s father Rajinder Singh, a post office employee residing in Sector 37, said the one of the iron poles of the goalpost was rickety and fell on his son.

The injured boy was taken to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16. School staff members, who accompanied Rupinder, said initially the hospital was planning to refer him to the PGI, but his treatment started after head injury was ruled out in the CT scan.

Rupinder's parents said he suffered a nose fracture and there was swelling all over his face. Stitches were used on his face and neck. “An injury in his jaw has not been ruled out and will be known only after a few medical tests," said his father, adding that it would take at least two to three months for his son to recover fully.

Principal of the school Raviraj Kaur said the school immediately took action and rushed him to a hospital on time. The condition of the boy was stable when she visited the hospital to see him, she said.

On the loose goalpost, she said, “With the passage of time, there is wear and tear in the infrastructure. However, it is wrong on the part of students to risk their life by doing things which they should not do.” Today's was one such incident, she added.

Poor infrastructure

Though the boy was said to be at fault for loosely hanging over the goalpost, which allegedly led to the accident, the fact that government schools have poor sports infrastructure and lack regular maintenance work cannot be denied

Not the first incident

Last month, three students of Government High School, Sector 11, Chandigarh, fell from the second floor allegedly due to a fragile grill in the corridor.


With the passage of time, there is wear and tear in the infrastructure. However, it is wrong on the part of students to risk their life by doing things which they should not do.

— Raviraj Kaur, Principal, GMSSS-37 B



Now, victims of atrocities can claim relief
UT Admn notifies Chandigarh Victims' Assistance Scheme
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
Now, victims of atrocities can claim compensation under the Chandigarh Victims' Assistance Scheme, 2012. Under the scheme, which was notified today by the UT Administration, the victims can claim compensation for 10 types of offences, including murder, assault, rape, acid attack and human trafficking. They can claim compensation for rehabilitation also.

The victims and their family members can apply through the State Legal Services Authority for compensation amount ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 5 lakh.

UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar said the victims could apply for compensation, no matter whether the accused had been arrested or not. The UT Administration would recover the compensation amount from the accused, he added.

Home Secyspeak

The victims can apply for compensation, no matter whether the accused has been arrested or not. The UT Administration will recover the compensation amount from the accused

— Anil Kumar, UT Home Secy

Dowry Death

On the issue of dowry death, Home Secretary Anil Kumar said the Administration would consider the dependants and then decide on the case for compensation.

The Chandigarh Victims' Assistance Scheme will be funded from the Consolidated Fund of India. The cost of the assistance shall be recovered from the accused in accordance with the relevant provisions of law.

However, under this scheme, only those victims will be eligible for compensation who have not received any assistance for the loss or injury under any other scheme of the Central Government or the UT Administration.

Officials of the State Legal Services Authority can also order immediate first-aid facility or medical benefits or any other interim relief as deemed fit. This shall be made available free of cost to the victims and shall not be adjustable against the amount of assistance.

No claim of assistance shall be entertained after a period of three years from the date of commission of the crime.

However, the State Legal Services Authority or the District Legal Services Authority, as the case may be, if satisfied for reasons to be recorded in writing, may entertain a claim after the said period of three years.

For denial of assistance by the State Legal Services Authority, the victims can also file an appeal before senior officials of the UT Administration within a period of 90 days.



No poison found in samples lifted from Fiza's house
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 3
Experts at the Punjab State Chemical Laboratory at Kharar have found no traces of poison in the samples of liquor, soda, water and eatables (cheese pakoras) which were lifted from Fiza’s room on August 7.

Sources said the chemical analysis of all samples had been conducted and a report had been prepared. However, there were some doubts over the viscera analysis and it was being re-examined. It would take another day or two to prepare the final report in this regard, the sources said.

Legal opinion on her property

According to a legal expert, Fiza's immovable property will go to her closest relatives in case no will was prepared by her while the accounted money will go to her nominees. The fate of the unaccounted money will be decided by the court.

The police had seized a bottle of liquor, soda, water, cheese pakoras and a pack of cigarettes from the room in which Fiza’s highly-decomposed and maggot-infested body was found last month. These samples were sent to the laboratory for a chemical analysis to find out whether or not she was poisoned.

“As no objectionable substance was found in the samples, chances are rife that she was not poisoned. However, we are waiting for the viscera report to be finalised”, said an official in the laboratory, adding that it would take two to three more days to prepare the final report.

No internal or external injury was found in the postmortem report of Fiza and the physical tests of the samples of her heart and other organs at the medical college in Patiala could not reveal the reason of her death.

Mohali SSP GS Bhullar said the police was yet to receive the report. “We are waiting for the final reports to ascertain the reason of Fiza’s death. Till then, we are not in a position to comment on it”, said Bhullar.

Fiza's lockers to be opened

Three lockers of Fiza in Punjab and Sind Bank, Sector 47, the State Bank of Patiala at the High Court and Punjab National Bank, Sector 17, will now be opened without the presence of officials of the Income Tax Department.

Mohali SSP GS Bhullar said the Income Tax Department in Ludhiana had given the police its nod to open Fiza’s lockers. “In the absence of IT officials, a duty magistrate will accompany the police while opening the lockers,” said Bhullar.

The police will videograph the entire process and also make an inventory of the items and cash, if recovered from there, and submit it to the IT Department.

SP (City) Swarndeep Singh, under whose supervision the investigations into the case are being conducted, said the police had already intimated officials of the banks. “Under some internal system, the banks need two or three days before allowing us to open the lockers. After that we will do the needful”, said SP Swarndeep Singh.

Earlier, the police had sent a communiqué to the IT Department, Panchkula, to accompany them while opening the lockers, but they had referred the case to the IT Department, Ludhiana.

The police has already recovered Rs 92.8 lakh and about 1.5 kg of gold jewellery worth Rs 45 lakh from Fiza’s Sector 48 residence. Besides, an amount of Rs 28.50 lakh has been found deposited in her 16 accounts in various banks and two local post offices. The cash and jewellery items, recovered from Fiza’s house, have already been deposited in the government Treasury by the Mohali police.



Cops' kin turning lawbreakers
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 3
Be it a case of robbery, kidnapping, attempt to murder or carjacking, it has come to light that kin of law protectors are turning lawbreakers. Most of the recent crimes show thier involvement.

On Thursday, the son of a Chandigarh policeman, in an inebriated condition, had rammed his car into hutments near Surajpur in Pinjore. The youth, along with three others, got injured. The police had seized liquor bottles from the car. The youths had admitted in a hospital before the police that they took liquor at Timber Trail. One of them was the son of a senior Punjab Police official.

According to psychologists, children of policemen feel they can easily get away with such cases. “I think kin of policemen feel that since they have a family member serving in the police, they can take it easy. Besides, discussions on kidnappings, robberies and bone-chilling crimes are a common thing in their families,” said Seema Vinayak , Head of the Psychology Department, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

She said, “These children have often seen people get away easily after committing crimes and they feel they can also do so. That is one of the reasons why kin of policemen are found involved in many cases.”

Vikram Bhanot, a psychologist based in Sector 15, Panchkula, says, “The immunity factor makes them do all this. Psychologically they are being groomed in this atmosphere. In any case, a lot depends on the attitude of policemen. It is they who often shield their kids.”

Cases galore

  • On May 15, Parminder Rana, son of an Inspector, was arrested and at least six of his accomplices were booked on charges of abducting, robbing and threatening a trader. Parminder (19), a resident of the Police Colony in Sector 26, Panchkula, had been arrested earlier also in connection with an attempt-to-murder case in 2010.
  • A carjacking gang that was busted by the Jalandhar police recently involves the son of a Chandigarh constable, posted at the Vigilance wing. The son, Inderpreet Singh, alias Peri, was pursuing his BA II from DAV College, Chandigarh. He is a member of the inter-state carjacking gang.
  • Jaipal, who heads the highway robbers' gang, is the son of a Punjab Police Inspector. He was arrested three years ago. Jaipal is an undergraduate and a proclaimed offender. A national player of hammer throw and mastermind of two recently busted gangs, this Ferozepur resident has been involved in more than 10 heinous crimes, including the Mohali bank robbery, a robbery in Chandigarh, the Panchkula bank robbery, a robbery in Ludhiana and the Ajit Gun House (Hoshiarpur) robbery. He was lodged in a Punjab jail for kidnapping and robbing an NRI couple of around $8,000.
  • Tinu, another important member of the highway robbers' gang, is the son of a Chandigarh Police Inspector. Tinu was doing LLB from Panjab University before joining the highway robbers' gang. To avoid identification while committing crimes, he would tie a turban. He has been involved in the Panchkula bank robbery, the Mohali bank robbery and the Chandigarh robbery.
  • Ashish Verma, the son of a Chandigarh Police SHO, rammed a car into hutments near Surajpur after returning from Timber Trail as he was drunk His friends, including Gurvinder Singh, son of a senior Punjab Police officer, also got injured.



Stray dogs hound Panchkula residents
42 cases of dog bites reported in a week, 660 in three months
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Dog-bite victims show their injury marks at the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula. Photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, September 3
Vinod Bhushan, an eldery person, was walking home from the Sector 12 market here when a pack of stray dogs attacked him. He was bitten while trying to shoo them away. Almost everyday, residents are becoming victims of dog bites in Panchkula. As many as 42 cases of dog bites have been reported in the past one week. Five such incidents were reported today itself.

The dog menace has assumed alarming proportions in Panchkula. If official statistics of the past three months are any indication, as many as 660 cases of dog bites have been reported in city hospitals.

“I have to go for tuition on foot and I really feel scared as stray dogs in my locality run after me when they see books in my hand. These dogs have attacked many people in our area and it has become difficult to move out,” said Shivam Sharma, a resident of Sector 4. Shivam is a student of Class VII at a Panchkula school.

He added, “Now, my mother drops me for tuition daily because of the stray dog scare.”

OP Sehag, Executive Officer of the Panchkula Municipal Corporation, said, “Sterilisation of dogs is about to start. A tender for the purpose has been accepted and the work will start soon.”

He said, “We have observed that in the past two years, stray dogs in the township have increased, and so have the cases of dog bites.”

Vishnu Goel, a resident of Sector 12, Panchkula, said, “I was coming home last night after work when stray dogs ran after my car. Had I been on a two-wheeler, they would have attacked me.”

A survey conducted by the municipal corporation a few months ago ack revealed that there were around 3,000 to 4,000 stray dogs in the city. Seeing the rise in the number of dog bites cases daily, the authorities had decided to sterilise dogs to control their population. Around 10 stray dogs were being taken to a pet clinic for sterilisation everyday. An amount of Rs 775 is being paid to the clinic for the sterilisation of a dog.

“I can’t go out for a walk in the evening. Stray dogs are out to attack you. Yesterday, two dogs bit a woman who was going on an Activa. They pulled her clothes because of which she lost her balance and fell,” said Radha Verma, a resident of Sector 11, Panchkula.



Govt school runs from PGI serai
Chronic patients lodged in same building, pose risk to students
Ritika Jha
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
For children studying at the government school located at the PGI campus, “adjustment” seems to be too small a term. The school, which has been operating from a serai (shelter home) housing patients for the past 12 years, has not only kept the children aloof of basic facilities like clean toilets, playgrounds and spacious classrooms but also posed risks of exposure to the patients with chronic ailments.

In addition to violating the norms of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, which makes it mandatory for the schools to maintain clean toilets, playgrounds and pupil-teacher ratio of 40 students per teacher, the school regularly reports minor infections among both students and teachers.

While the UT education department had set up a separate entrance for the school recently, the school continues to share its building with the Rotary Serai. The two blocks facing each other house the patients on one side and classrooms for pre-nursery and nursery class children on the other side at the ground floor.

The first floor of the building comprises classrooms for children of classes I to X, sharing a wall with the other end of the serai. Children studying in these classrooms use the corridor adjoining the patients’ block.

“Many of the patients often spit and vomit in the corridors and the children have to pass through the area. Owing to lack of maintenance, the corridor remains stinky for weeks,” said a school official.

In 2006, the PGI had signed a memorandum of understanding with the education department and for relocation of the school to a new building, which was to be set up inside the campus.

While the land has already been earmarked for the purpose and a budget of Rs 5 crore had been sanctioned by the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in 2010, the construction has not even been initiated.

PGI’s official spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said, “The PGI has already written to the education department for relocation of the building several times.”

UT education secretary VK Singh, meanwhile, said, “The construction of the new building could not be initiated since the land earmarked for the relocation was found to be surrounded with hypertension wires. We will have to earmark a different piece of land, which may take a few more years.”

The serai buildings at the PGI, including the Rotary and Nehru Serai, also reflect the lackadaisical approach of the institution towards maintenance. The doors of ladies’ toilets at the Nehru Serai are broken and foul smell emanates from all toilets at both buildings.



Lake Club
Attractive deal on beer was on offer at pool party: Caterer
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
In the high-voltage pool party at the Lake Club, the attractive deal of one-plus-one was available on beer for youngsters. Not only this, chicken items like kebab, etc, were also available at Rs 100 per small plate.

It was revealed in the statement given by Sanjay Singla, official caterer of the Lake Club, to the UT police.

According to the statement, which is also a part of ADC Mahavir Kaushik’s report, the one-plus-one deal on beer was available for the youngsters at the Lake Club.

Sanjay Singla in his statement has admitted that the party was actually a function for beer promotion. Sanjay Singla had booked the club for a social get-together for 60 guests.

Besides, the list of food items, which was seized by the UT police, shows that various chicken items and special item like “Chuski”, which is still a mystery, was available on price.

Sources said Harjeet Kukreja, co-owner of Expert Events, an event management company, in his statement to the police had stated that Sanjay Singla had told them that in their booking, swimming pool of the Lake Club was also available for the party. Not only this but the tent, which was used to cover the entire pool area, was also erected by Sanjay Singla, Kukreja told the UT police.

The report, which is now with the UT’s Finance-cum-Sports Secretary, VK Singh, had mentioned that for holding a pool party at the Lake Club, there was an oral understanding between Harjeet Singh, Sanjay Singla and officials of the Lake Club.

On August 19, when Principal-Secretary to the Punjab Governor, MP Singh, had visited the Lake Club for a function of the Punjab Rowing Association, he found the youngsters creating a ruckus in the swimming pool. Thereafter, he had immediately directed UT Finance Secretary VK Singh to take action. The party was immediately stopped.

Later, the UT Administration had suspended Lake Club general manager Rajiv Tuli and had marked an inquiry to ADC Mahavir Kaushik.



16 complainants turn up at public darbar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
UT Administrator Shivraj Patil’s public darbar witnessed 16 complainants that turned up for the public hearing session at the UT Secretariat, Sector 9, today. One of the complainants, Sucha Singh, a victim of the 1984 riots, said his truck was burnt in Madhya Pradesh in 1984, but he has not got any compensation so far.

To this, the Deputy Commissioner informed the Administrator that in 1986, Rs 12,860 was granted to the complainant by the then Deputy Commissioner from the district relief fund, but he has not applied in a stipulated time for full compensation. Patil asked officers concerned to reconsider his case and try to help him as per the rules.

Another riot victim, Baljit Singh Khalsa, said out of total 143 cases, 130 were given compensation and remaining 13 were yet to get the compensation. The Administrator asked the officers concerned to consider their cases.

Another complainant, Naveen Kumar, told the Administrator that he was selected as the ASI, but still waiting for the appointment. On this, ADGP PK Srivastava informed that the department has asked for more posts and as and when they will get the sanctioned posts, he will be adjusted.

In another case, Sukhpal Kaur requested to adjust her daughter on clerical post on compassionate ground as her husband had died while on official duty. Patil asked the UT’s Finance Secretary to try to consider her case for a clerical post.

Jaspal Singh raised the issue of contractual employees of the municipal corporation and asked for regularisation of their services. Patil asked the officers to consider their names at the time of regular recruitments as per the rules.


As UT Adviser KK Sharma was also present at the public hearing session of Shivraj Patil, BJP councillors, who had come to meet the Adviser, protested for delay in the meeting. Finally, the Adviser met them and heard their grievances.



PGI to launch 27 genetic tests

Chandigarh, September 3
The Postgraduate Institute for Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is going to introduce 27 new genetic tests for patient care. These include genetic testing for epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, ataxias, Alzheimer, Parkinson, migraine and retinitis pigmentosa.

Each of these 27 tests, which cost between Rs 6,000 and Rs 10,000 in private laboratories across the country, will be available at nearly half the cost at the PGI. The tests will be launched at the PGI’s department of neurology on September 5.

“These tests will primarily be introduced for the patient care. But each of these tests will boost the research work at the institute. The facility is available at various government institutions in the country, however, the utility has remained restricted to research work,” said Dr S Prabhakar, head of department of neurology, PGI.

Further, a neuroscientist at the department, Dr Akshay Anand, said, “These genetic tests need super-specialised interpretation and reporting. The researches will act as armamentarium for international collaboration and enhance identification of risk genes in neuro-genetic disorders.” These tests are currently available in the private laboratories and hospitals in Delhi and Mumbai at exorbitant prices, said an official at the PGI.

These facilities would be launched as per the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) norms with the quality assurance component and a turnaround time of three weeks. — TNS



Now, eggs to be served at food street
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
The all-vegetarian menu at the Night Food Street at Sector 14 will now include eggs and four kiosks will be allotted for the food street. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee (FNCC) today.

The committee had, earlier, decided to include non-vegetarian food in the menu at the Night Food Street. The civic body has proposed the allotment of kiosks by the end of this month.

The action-taken report on the resolutions passed for the implementation from January 2011 to December 2011, meanwhile, could not be discussed, as the Mayor pointed out that the report was incomplete.

Mayor Raj Bala Malik directed councillors to provide complete report at the next meeting of the committee.

The auction of kiosks at the Night Food Street will be leased out via draw of lots and monthly rent of each kiosk will be around Rs 25,000.

The Night Food Street had to be shut down, following complaints of arbitrary costs of food items being charged by vendors.

In 2010, the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued notices to the municipal corporation and UT Administration seeking the cause for the high rates charged at the street.

In 2009, former Mayor Kamlesh introduced the auction system instead of draw for the kiosks. With this decision, the rent of kiosks ranged between Rs 70,000 and Rs 1 lakh.



Chandigarh scan
Alumni meet

Members of the Chandigarh Janata Dal stage a dharna at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

A meet of JMOSMA was organised at Chandigarh Club. Old students of Model 22 School recalled their school memories. It was fun to meet old school friends after a gap of 25 to 30 years. Most of them also enquired about the wellbeing of those who were not present in the meet. The meet concluded with a vote of thanks to members present there and with the hope of next meet on October 5, this year.

Medical camp

Chandigarh Senior Citizens' Association organised a socio-medical camp this morning at Government Senor Secondary School, Dhanas. This was the second camp in a series of such camps and other events forming part of over a month-long celebrations culminating in their formal function on October 1, International Senior Citizens’ Day. Grewal Eye Institute and Guru Nanak Multi-Specality Hospital provided eye and dental care service, respectively. Sahayta Cancer Sahyog spread awareness on cancer.

RWA elections

Elections of Residential Welfare Association (RWA), Sector 45 D, which were held on Sunday Mohinder Verma, was elected as president. Election observer RS Rawat said elections were conducted very peacefully.

Braille presented

Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik (RCS) presented a Perkins Braille to Jagdish Chander, a visually challenged person, who had approached RCS for partial funding for Braille which cost Rs.16,000. RCS contributed 70 per cent of the cost.

Anniversary celebrated

Life Insurance Corporation of India began a week-long celebration of its 56th anniversary at its divisional office Jeevan Prakash Building here on Monday. The corporate flag was hoisted by LC Meena, senior divisional manager, Chandigarh Division. Subsequently, an oath was administered by the senior most employee of the Division. Meena emphasised upon the achievements of LIC since its inception in 1956, business performance, and contribution in the service of the nation for the last 56 years.

Beds donated

Rotary Club of Mohali under a simplified grant project donated 12 fans, 15 beds, 15 mattresses, 35 bed sheets along with other items of daily need to the members of Prabh Asra Trust, near Jhanjeri village.

Office-bearers elected

The General Election of Chandigarh Kendriya Ramlila Mahasabha was held on Sunday in which Vikram Bisht defeats Govind Kumar for the post of president. Meanwhile, other office-bearers were elected unanimously. Other official-bearers were Inderjit Aggarwal as chairman, Bhagwati Gaur as general secretary, Surinder Sharma as senior vice-president, Brij Mohan as vice-president, Mohan Singh Negi as secretary and many others.

Seminar held

The Chandigarh- Panchkula Chapter of Cost Accountants of India conducted a seminar on emerging topic “Paradigm Shift in Taxation of Services” in association with Central Excise and Service Tax Department and Baddi Industry Association at Vardhman Club, Baddi. SJ Singh, Commissioner Central Excise, presided over the function. CMA Rakesh Bhalla and CMA Anil Sharma coordinated the programme.

Teacher’s Day celebrated

KBDAV-7, Chandigarh, celebrated Teachers’ Day today at the Tagore Theatre, Sector-18. All the teaching and non-teaching staff showcased their theme-based, value-oriented cultural performances for the school children. H.R. Gandhar, Advisor, DAV central management committee, New Delhi, presided over the function. The grand show saw several students’ performances. Poorvi Koutish, an Indian Idol participant, performed during the concert.

Exhibition on food

VK Singh, IAS, finance-cum-education secretary at Government Model High School, Sector 34, Chandigarh. He also inaugurated ‘Herbal Garden’ in the school. Exhibition comprised more than 200 charts/posters based on fruits, vegetables, cereals, herbal plants promoting healthy life. The exhibition also aimed at familiarising the students with the food values of different eatables. The cultural programme included a short play. The exhibition is till September 5.

Mohali scan

Freshers’ party

Rayat Institutes Management Ropar Campus, Rail Majra, organised a freshers’ party ‘Swagtam-2012’ by the cultural team of the college for all the new faces with support of 2nd year students. The electrifying music, songs, flash freezing lights and the exuberant students were the defining moments in the party.

— Tribune Reporters



Panchkula ACP resumes charge
Was released on bail on September 1
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 3
Panchkula Assistant Commissioner of Police (under training) Adarshdeep Singh, who was recently lodged in Burail Jail, resumed his duty from today. He was released on bail on September 1 and currently posted as station house officer at Sector-14 police station, Panchkula.

It was two days back when Adarshdeep, his father Gurmeet Singh and his brother Gagandeep Singh were released on bail. The Panchkula police had contested the probe conducted by Chandigarh police and the latter had asserted to have conducted a fair probe. They said head constable Dilawar Singh was told to submit an affidavit in the court, which stated that he had no objection if they were granted bail.

According to the Panchkula police, Adarshdeep Singh was innocent and was unnecessarily dragged into by the Chandigarh police. A report was also sent to the Haryana government mentioning that how Chandigarh police played mischief and the action taken by them against the ACP was biased.

It was on August 20 when Adarshdeep, his brother Gagandeep Singh and father Gurmeet Singh were arrested for reportedly thrashing a Chandigarh police constable, Dilawar Singh, over a parking issue at the Police Society, Sector 51, in Chandigarh.

Despite the fact that Adarshdeep had given a parallel complaint alleging that his family was badly beaten up by the constable, no action was taken on his complaint.



Thrashing of student by teacher
Mohali police to conduct inquiry
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 3
The Mohali police will conduct an inquiry in the alleged bashing-up case of a six-year-old student of Lawrence Public Senior Secondary School (LPSSS), Sector 51, by a PT teacher.

The parents of Jatin Kansal, a student of Class I, today approached Mohali SSP GS Bhullar and urged him to take action. Following which Bhullar marked an inquiry by DSP (headquarters) in the case.

Mohan Lal Kansal, father of the victim, alleged that they have been making repeated rounds of various hospitals for the treatment of their child since the incident occurred on August 9. “My child had undergone an operation as he suffered from knee fracture. He later suffered from infection on his injured knee,” said Kansal.

In his complaint, Kansal alleged that Jatin was pushed and dragged by the PT teacher during a game period in the school on August 9. “My son was limping when he came back home that day. On being inquired he told us about the incident. We took it to a private doctor first. Then he was shifted to the Phase-6 Civil Hospital. After that he was admitted to CMC, Sector 17, from where he was referred to the PGI. After the operation, my son was discharged on August 31,” said Kansal.

On the other hand, the authorities in the school claimed that the parents were making false allegations against them.

“We have initiated the inquiry and the report would be submitted very soon,” said the police.



423 vehicles challaned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
To curb the menace of plying unauthorised vehicles with incomplete documents, driving overloaded vehicles and to make the city pollution free, the State Transport Authority (STA) carried out an intensive checking campaign of commercial vehicles.

More than 1,800 transport vehicles were checked and 423 were challaned. As a result, by compounding the above challans, Rs 8,58,400 was recovered as composition fee.

STA secretary Balbir Singh Dhol has advised people to keep the documents complete in their vehicles i.e. RC, insurance, driving licence, pollution under control certificate and permit and not to overload their vehicles while travelling, so that they may not face unnecessary inconvenience.



Musical treat for senior citizens
Tribune News Service

Rinku Kalia performs at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh September 3
Melody ruled the centre-stage as Rinku Kalia, acclaimed vocalist and winner of Zee TV’s musical show “Sa Re Ga Ma”, performed at a concert organised by the Chandigarh Senior Citizens’ Association at the Tagore Theatre here today.

Kicking off the concert with Mirza Ghalib’s “Ye na thihamari kismet”, his well-honed voice then graduated to Bashir Badr’s ”Sar jhukao to pathar devta ho jaye ga and “Kal chaudvi ki raatthi”. The second part of the concert was reserved for popular numberslike Shiv Batalvi’s “Mein kandiali thore ve sanj” and folks “Nitkhair manga” “mahiya”, “sun charke di mithi mithi kook” and sufi “Dama dam mast kalandar”. Musician Virender Bachan led a team of accompanists. PK Srivastava, Director-General of Police, Chandigarh Police, was the chief guest.



Nutritious food exhibition at Fortis
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 3
As part of World Nutrition Week, from September 1 to 7, an exhibition of various nutritious foods was organised at Fortis Hospital.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Col Harinder Singh Chehal, zonal director, Fortis Healthcare, Fortis Hospital, Mohali. Apart from the stall where Dietetics Department of Fortis gave free consultation, the other stalls displayed health products of various companies like skimmed milk or food for weight management, wheat-free products, and soya nuts, protein powder and probiotic foods. Special offers were available on products at several stalls.

Colonel Chehal said, “Most of the diseases today are lifestyle related ones and can be prevented to a great extent by changing our eating habits. As part of our social commitment, we are spreading awareness on healthy eating habits so that people can live a happier, longer life.”



BJP councillors submit memo to Adviser

Chandigarh, September 3
Senior BJP leaders, including Harmohan Dhawan, along with councillors today submitted a memorandum to UT Adviser KK Sharma against the MC’s decision to scrap the project of day market at Mauli Jagran.

Following a heated argument between the Congress and BJP councillors in the last House meeting held on August 29, the MC cancelled the construction of 130 pucca booths in Mauli Jagran. A voting was called by city Mayor in this regard. The Congress and nominated councillors supported the cancellation of the project, while BJP councillors opposed to it. — TNS



Lyngdoh committee
Student bodies violate norms
Panjab University to issue show-cause notices
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
Panjab University will issue show-cause notices to three student organisations for violating Lyngdoh recommendations. The parties, during checking were found using printed material and were even disturbing classes during campaigning.

Dean Student Welfare, AS Ahluwalia, said due to the coordinated efforts of the PU authorities and that of the UT Administration, the university already has evidence that in some instances the Lyngdoh guidelines are being violated for which show cause notices will be issued to SOPU, PUSU and INSO.

He further elaborated that the violations are in terms of use of printed publicity material, entry of outside vehicles, disruption of classes, pasting of posters on non-designated spots, solicitation of votes through sponsored trips, involvement of national-level political parties etc.

Ahluwalia said a register is being maintained wherein all the poll expenses are being noted down everyday. Even promises of post-victory bashes will be factored into the expenses. Any candidate, who exceeds the maximum permitted expenditure of Rs 5,000 will be issued a show cause notice and will be liable to lose his candidature. The same would hold true of a winning candidate as well.

SSP Chandigarh, Naunihal Singh, while addressing media at PU said the principle behind the strict enforcement of the Lyngdoh guidelines is that the focus should be on legwork and not money or muscle power.

He clarified that mere presence does not mean participation, therefore, as long as outsiders, including former political leaders are not directly taking part in the election process, it would not be deemed to be a violation.

He said that the UT Administration would not hesitate to take action against anyone if “complicity or willful laxity” was proven in the disruption of the democratic process and that could include university officials as well.



Parties announce candidates
SOPU-HSA alliance bets on Satwinder; PUSU picks Abhinav
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) will contest the elections in alliance with Hindustan Students Association (HSA) and Student Organisation of India (SOI), SOPU has decided to field Satwinder Singh from the geology department as the presidential candidate meanwhile, Kuldeep Sheron an HSA candidate has been fielded for the post of secretary.

SOPU chief Bridner Dhillon said the party would be deciding on the remaining two seats on Tuesday.

Sources said that SOPU has also got support from a section of students from Haryana who are associated with INSO party. INSO this year is contesting elections independently and have also launched its panel.

“The group of students is demanding two seats from the party, following which the declaration of candidates on the remaining two seats is being delayed,” sources said.

PUSU today introduced its complete panel with Abhinav Puri a student of University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) pitched for presidential post. Abhinav is younger brother of a former PUSU leader Abhishek Puri. For the post of vice-president, PUSU alliance has fielded Smriti Brar, a student of University Institute of Legal Studies, on the post of secretary Ranjit Singh of department of laws would be contesting the elections. While Akashdeep Singh of University Institute of Applied Management and Sciences (UIAMS) would be contesting for the post of joint secretary.

Indian National Students Organisations (INSO) had also launched its panel that had a girl candidate for the presidential post. Rita, a student of LLM, would be contesting the elections for presidential post, Harman Singh of environment sciences for vice-president, Somvir Singh of public administration for the post of secretary and Amit Chahal would contest for the post of joint secretary.



Coalition the norm
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
Coalition is not a buzz word among the main stream political parties but the trend is catching fast among the student organisations also who prefer entering into alliances with other parties to ensure a massive win.

The regional parties that have emerged in the past few years on the Panjab University Campus play a key role in assuring a win for the major parties.

When the direct elections again started on the PU campus in 1997, only two major parties Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) and Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) used to independently contest the elections. However, the trend has changed in the past few years with these parties looking for support to jump in the elections.

The poll results of the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) have clearly shown the changing trend of student elections where the parties have been entering into alliances for the past few years.

The trend of one party claiming the maximum posts is student council is fading away from the university student politics. No party is daring to contest on their own as they are entering into last minute alliances with other parties on the lines of national political organisations.

In 2006 SOPU alliance won three seats while one went to PUSU, in 2007 PUSU alliance registered win on three seats while one seat went to SOPU meanwhile for consecutive two years in 2008 and 2009 SOPU alliance claimed victory on complete panel.

In 2010 PUSU alliance and in 2011 SOPU alliance won the elections.

This year, PUSU is contesting the elections in alliance with NSUI, while SOPU is contesting the elections in alliance with Student Organisation of India (SOI) and Hindustan Students Association (HAS). Interestingly, ideologies do not matter to the student parties before entering into alliance.

In 2006, SOPU and INSO had an alliance the following year, INSO entered into alliance with PUSU.

In 2009, INSO again entered into alliance with PUSU and in 2010 INSO supported PUSU.

ABVP contested elections in alliance with SOPU in 2008, however, in 2011 the party joined hands with PUSU.



Swanky cars add to expenditure
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
Riding swanky cars with party stickers to show money and muscle power will not come easy to the student organisations as using each car for campaigning would be added to the expenditure of a candidate. The number of cars used for elections will be calculated at par with the expenses incurred to hire same number of taxis for campaigning. The police is also procuring the bills of the buses used by the parties to ferrying students to various destinations, in a bid to woo them.

SSP Naunihal Singh, said the evidences of the student parties, using vehicles for their campaigning, are being collected based on which the party leaders will be issued a show-cause notices.

“Expense of each car even of the party supporters would be calculated in the total expenditure of candidates. The daily rent and fuel cost will be calculated in comparison to rent charges by taxi operators,” said SSP.

The police today prepared a list of 36 vehicles of various organisations that had party stickers and were used for campaigning.

The police stated that the models of the vehicles have also been identified along with the registration numbers based on which expenses will be calculated.

The SSP said that apart from PU administration, the police has also appointed its observers who are keeping the record of the expenses made by each party.

The police officials stated that they would make their own report and submit it with the university to ensure any candidate crossing the maximum limit of expenditure is not allowed to contest the elections.

Lyngdoh Committee recommendations clearly state that the poll expenditure of each candidate cannot exceed Rs 5,000. The recommendations also mention that the use of vehicles for elections cannot be made. However, all the student parties have a fleet of cars available for campaigning round the clock.



800 additional humanities seats for Class XI
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
The UT Education Department has created over 800 additional seats in humanities in government schools with a view to accommodate those students who did not get admission in class XI even after three rounds of counselling due to lower CGPA. Along with vacant seats, these seats will be given to low CGPA students in special round of admission, to be held separately in different schools on Tuesday.

As per the information, a separate section of 60 seats each have been created in as many as 14 schools.

The schools where additional seats are created include Govt. Model Sr. Sec. Schools at Sarangpur, Raipur Khurd, Dhanas, Kaimbwala, Mani Majra (Town), Mauli Jagran, Khuda Alisher, Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, Government Model Senior Secondary Schools at Khuda Lahora, Karsan, Maloya, Sector 38 (W), Behlana, and at Sector 45.

Officials said that no request for change of school/stream would be entertained during the special round of admission.



5 outsiders detained; let off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
High drama was witnessed when the Chandigarh police started surprise checking of the identity cards of Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) supporters outside the law department.

The sudden check led to panic among the outsiders accompanying the party leaders for campaigning who fled from the scene.

The police sources stated that PUSU leaders along with the supporters had arrived for campaigning at the law department when the SHO, Sector 11, police station, arrived and started checking the identity cards of the supporters.

On finding police verifying the credentials of each of the member the outsiders ran away from the scene.

SHO said five outsiders were rounded and taken to the police station, which were left after verification.

Sources said the incident led to outsiders with other student organisations leaving the party tents fearing a check by the police.



30 go on fast after cancellation of candidature
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 3
Over 30 members of Student Organistaion of Panjab University (SOPU) today began an indefinite hunger strike at GGDSD College, Sector 32, after the nominations of SOPU presidential candidate was rejected due to incomplete information.

SOPU leader, Amtoj Singh, had filled his nominations for the presidential post, however, his candidature was cancelled due to his incomplete form.

Singh rued that one of the teachers who was supposed to give him the class attendance records delayed in handing over his attendance records following which he got late for filing the nominations. “As I got late, the nomination papers were left incomplete and my nomination was cancelled,” he said.

He along with his supporters sat on hunger strike after the college authorities refused to entertain his plea. The students claimed that they would continue the hunger strike till the time the nomination papers were being accepted.



28 girls file papers for 4 seats

Chandigarh, September 3
It is not just the Panjab University where student leaders are in race for power, but the girls’ colleges in the city are also witnessing competition among the candidates contesting student elections, which can be gauged with the fact that total 28 candidates today applied for four seats in student council at Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42.

The election fever has gripped the city colleges which was witnessed at Sector 42 College where long line of candidates. College officials said total six candidates have applied for the post of president. Over 10 candidatures were received for the post of vice-president five for the post of secretary and seven for the post of joint secretary. One of the college teachers said witnessing so many nominations nail biting competition would take place in the elections this year. — TNS

Candidates elected unopposed

Two candidates of PUSU at GCM College, Sector 11, were elected unopposed after the nomination of their rivals was cancelled. While Payal has been elected as vice- president, Tejbir Kaur was elected as joint secretary. PUSU-SOI alliance has fielded Guruuinder Singh Brar for the post of president against Rahul Mann of SOPU-INSO-HIMSU-NYFI alliance. All the candidates at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, were elected unopposed.



Quick police action defuses tension
Tribune News Service

PUSU, SOPU leaders argue at a girls’ hostel in Panjab University on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, September 3
A verbal dispute between SOPU and PUSU supporters was witnessed at the girls’ hostels today evening. Timely intervention by the police pacified the situation.

Sources said both the party supporters reached the girls’ hostel for campaigning on which their girl supporters started shouting the names of their leaders and party from the hostel building.

On witnessing the girls raising their party slogans the supporters of both the parties also came face-to-face entering into an argument.

The police on duty intervened and forced the supporters of both the parties out of the hostels.



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