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UT’s no to DANICS cadre officers
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The UT Administration is not keen on appointing officers from Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Services (DANICS) on posts at present held by the Haryana Civil Services (HCS) and Punjab Civil Services (PCS) officers.

Recently, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had forwarded a letter to the Administration and had sought its reply on appointing officers from DANICS to those posts, which are held by the officers of the HCS and PCS.

Incidentally, the UT Administration’s move comes after the strong intervention of the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who had sought personal intervention of the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister for immediate withdrawal of the proposed merger of the posts currently held by the PCS and HCS officers into the cadre of UT, Chandigarh, with Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Services (DANICS).

Replying to the MHA, the Administration has maintained that being the capital of Punjab and Haryana, the Union Territory of Chandigarh has a unique character with earmarked posts of officials from Punjab and Haryana. The Chandigarh Administration is maintaining 60:40 ratio of employees on deputation from Punjab and Haryana in the UT. The present system is working fine therefore there is no need to change the system, the Administration informed the MHA.

The UT Adviser, KK Sharma, said they had informed the MHA about the present system, which is working fine.

As of now, the DANICS cadre officers, who are very limited in number, are transferred to the Union Territories other than Chandigarh.

Earlier as well, Badal had raised the issue of 60:40 ratio with the Union Home Ministry. Thereafter in a communication to Badal, the then Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram, had assured him that the existing arrangement of the 60:40 formula in posts filled from among the IAS, IPS and the state-cadre officers of Punjab and Haryana coming on deputation to the UT Administration would be maintained. Thereafter once again Badal raised the same issue at the 26th meeting of Northern Zonal Council chaired by P Chidambaram.


The Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Services (DANICS) cadre officers, who are very limited in number, are transferred to the Union Territories other than Chandigarh. The MHA had sent the letter to all the union territories in the country, including Chandigarh.

Badal’s initiative

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has sought personal intervention of the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister for immediate withdrawal of the proposed merger of the posts currently held by the PCS and HCS officers into the cadre of UT, Chandigarh, with Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Services (DANICS).



Home Ministry suspends Deshraj
Court extends his judicial remand till Nov 17
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued suspension orders for the SP (City), Deshraj Singh, who was arrested red-handed by the CBI while accepting bribe.

The UT Administration received a copy of the MHA’s orders on Friday. Confirming the development, the UT Adviser, KK Sharma, said they had received the orders.

Meanwhile, Deshraj Singh was today produced before the court of Special CBI Judge Vimal Kumar. The court extended his judicial remand till November 17.

Deshraj’s counsel Vishal Garg sought permission from the court to talk to him for a few minutes, which was allowed by the judge.

Deshraj Singh was arrested by the CBI on October 18 while he was accepting Rs 1 lakh as bribe at his Sector-23 residence. The trap was laid on a complaint of the SHO of the Sector-26 police station, Inspector Anokh Singh. The bribe amount was allegedly demanded by Deshraj to give Anokh a clean chit in two inquiries pending against him.



More heads to roll in booth scam
Verification finds violation of allotment rules at Krishna Market
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
More heads are set to roll in the booth scam. The UT Estate Office has found that a number of beneficiaries, who have been allotted booths in the Sector-41 Krishna Market, have rented them out in violation of the allotment rules.

The disclosure follows a surprise check conducted recently by the enforcement teams of the Estate Office to verify the complaints of booths being sold on the general power of attorney (GPA) or these being rented out. Of the 70 cases under the scanner, sub-letting has been found in 50 per cent cases. The Deputy Commissioner, Mohammed Shayin, said notices were being issued to the violators as, according to the terms and conditions of allotment, the premises could not be rented out.

Two years ago, the allotments in the Krishan market had come under the scanner of former ADC PS Shergill, who had pointed out bogus allotments in the market. In the action taken on Shergill’s report, a three-member probe panel has already initiated proceedings to cancel the allotments in eight cases. Of these, the allotments in two cases have already been cancelled. The probe panel had recommended further probe into the monthly income profile in around 30 cases before initiating any further action.

After the submission of the action taken report to the UT Adviser two weeks ago, the DC, while acting on a complaint, had ordered a through checking of the genuineness of all those running their business from the market.

In the complaint submitted to the DC by Dinesh Kumar, the whistle blower in the booth scam, he had pointed out that around 70 booths, of a total of 200 booths, had been either sold out or rented out. Many booths were never opened by the allottees, he had added.

Three teams of the enforcement wing of the Estate Office had checked all the shops to verify the credentials of the persons running their business in the market.


sector-22 Market
3 major fire incidents in 2 years
Violation of building bylaws and fire safety norms go unchecked
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Learning no lessons from major fire incidents at the Sector-22 market in which the firemen had to struggle through a maze of mangled electricity wires and haphazardly constructed partitions, the UT’s Estate Office and the MC’s Fire Department are yet to wake from slumber and take any action against the violators.

Passing the buck to each other, officials in both the departments are reluctant to take any stringent action for the violation of the building bylaws and fire safety norms on the commercial premises.

Records of the Fire Department revealed that in the last two years, three major fire incidents have occurred in the Sector-22 market, opposite the ISBT, Sector 17. During all these incidents, the fire team had to make efforts to reach the spot due to some major violations of the bylaws in the buildings. In the incident that happened day before yesterday, the fire team got delayed by 15 minutes, as a hoarding was installed in the lobby to cover the area. Similarly in the past too, the teams failed to reach the spot as the passage in the buildings had loose wires or major encroachments.

The Fire Department has time and again written to the Estate Office and the UT’s Electricity Department about the untied and dangling electricity wires, open junction boxes and fire-prone partitions; however, seldom any of the violations have been checked.

Assistant Estate Officer Rahul Gupta said notices of violations have been issued to the owners who construct partitions in the basements and upper floors of the buildings, without seeking a sanction from the department.

The MC Station Fire Officer ML Sharma said that notices were issued to the shopkeepers for violation of the fire safety norms. He said that for the past two years, reminders had been sent to the Estate Office, a number of times, for the removal of encroachments and checking the violations of building bylaws on the premises. He said the Electricity Department was also asked to check electricity wiring on the premises that has resulted in major fire incidents. Till date, however, both the departments had not taken any action against the violators, he added.

Violations in other buildings too

During a visit to the market today, this correspondent found that similar violations existed in other buildings too. The shopkeepers have encroached upon the balcony on the first and second floors of the buildings by installing grills. They have also installed huge billboards on the face of the building, blocking the free movement of air. Whatever little space was left on windows, has been used for installing air conditioner units. Verandas of some of the shops have even been covered with tin sheets. The staircases that lead to these floors are dingy and have hanging wires, posing a threat.

samples taken

A forensic team today visited the Sector-22 shop to take samples from the machine where a fire broke out day before yesterday. The team also inspected all the adjoining shops. Sources said the team had visited the spot to investigate the cause of the fire as the other shopkeepers had alleged a conspiracy behind it. According to the allegations, the owner of the shop had stage-managed the incident to get the insurance claim for his machines. Fire Officer ML Sharma said the department will serve a notice for the violation of the fire safety norms on Monday.



Work on bridge over Kurali level crossing to begin soon, says MLA
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 3
To facilitate the local people, an over bridge or underpass would be constructed on the level crossing no. C-31 in Kurali very soon. MLA from Kharar constituency and former Punjab Minister Jagmohan Singh Kang made this announcement here today.

On one side of the railway line, a cluster of villages, including Badali, Bamnara, Paprali, Kakrali, Nathmalpur and Bhagowal, is situated, while on the other side, the local grain market is located.

Kang said that he has apprised the Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal of the problem that the people face in the absence of an over bridge or an underpass on the crossing.

Bansal assured him of starting the work for construction of an over bridge or underpass soon, said Kang.

People in the area have a harrowing time while moving from side of the railway line to the other, due to heavy rush of goods trains on the route. The goods trains halt for long durations due to which the passage across the railway line at the crossing remains closed. The farmers, who brought their produce to the grain market had to wait for hours together too.



Relatives, friends pay tribute to Jaspal Bhatti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
People today paid tribute to late comedian and satirist Jaspal Bhatti during a bhog ceremony at Sector 34. Family members and fellow artistes gathered to pay honour the late comedian.

His close friends remembered his contribution during the ceremony. Among the prominent personalities who attended the bhog, included actor Om Puri and Babu Mann, comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi, MP and Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, Mohali MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu, head of north zone cultural centre, DS Saroya, singer Sukhi Brar and Sardul Sikandar, former MP Satpal Jain and actor Satish Kaul.



Monika’s parents hold protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Parents of computer teacher Monika Goyal (32), who died under mysterious circumstances last month, protested outside the UT district court complex when athe deceased’s in-laws were being produced in the courts on Saturday. Later, her in-laws later sent to judicial remand.

Family members of Monika protested when her in-laws were brought to courts complex in a police vehicle. The family of the deceased was already waiting for them and started raising slogans against the Goyal family calling them “murders”.

“They killed our daughter, we want that the killers be given harshest punishment,” alleged Bhagwan Dass Jindal, Monica’s father while raising the slogans.

Monika’s in-laws had maintained that she had hanged herself to death but her parents have been alleging that it was a murder.

The UT police had also formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the case. DSP Vijay Kumar is heading the team.



Divali gift for UT staff
Dearness allowance hiked to 72%

Chandigarh, November 3
The Chandigarh Administration today hiked the dearness allowance (DA) for its employees by 7 per cent. The move will benefit around 20,000 UT employees. The hike will be effective from July 1, this year, and the employees will be entitled to receive arrears.

Following in the footsteps of the Union Government, the DA has been increased to 72 per cent. Earlier, it stood at 65 percent. Adding to the festivities this Divali, the arrears will be disbursed before November 13.

A senior UT official said earlier they were waiting for the Punjab government to increase the DA. However, later the UT Administration decided to go for the hike before Punjab. — TNS



Spurious sweets destroyed

Chandigarh, November 3
Officials of the UT Health Department along with officials of district administration today conducted surprise checking at sweet shops in Sectors 29, 30, 36 and Colony No 4. They destroyed unhygienic sweets during the raid.

The team, lead by duty magistrate Rajiv Tewari, visited Shiva Sweets, Doaba Sweets, Chandigarh Sweets and other sweet shops in the area.

Rajiv Tewari said around 100 kg of sweets that were kept in unhygienic conditions. — TNS



Children's Theatre Festival
Play on bond of friendship staged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
On the second day of the ongoing children's theatre festival ‘Parwaaz’, children presented 'Harun da aur baadshah'at the St Kabir School auditorium here today. The play was an adaptation of Satyajit Ray's 'On the run with Fotikchand'.

The play was enacted by 30 children, all aged between 9 and 14 years.

The play was about the unusual bond of friendship between the protagonists, Harun and Baadshah.

Surya Mittal, played Harun da, while Guneet Talwar essayed the role of Baadshah in the play.

The music presented by Vinod Pawar and Meher Mastana deserve a special mention, as the music were instrumental in creating the mood and emotion that needed in the play.

The re-run show of the play will be held tomorrow as well.



Schools rush for minority status
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
As the next academic session draws near, schools in Chandigarh are rushing to apply for the minority status to avoid violation of provisions under the RTE Act. Four city schools have applied for the minority status before the six-member panel, which was recently constituted by the Education Department for schools seeking minority status.

The panel has been set up on the direction of National Commission for Minority Education institutes, New Delhi.

Those applied for the status are: Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, Ajit Karam Singh International Public, Sector 41 and Sector 45, and Kids-r-Kids School, Sector 42.

One of the panel members informed that the role of the panel is to examine and screen the cases of the schools applying for the minority status and if the panel find the applicant fit for the status, as per the rules framed for the purpose, they will be recommended to the National Commission for Minority (NCM) Educational Institutions.

He however said that overall working frame of the panel is expected shortly and after this, the panel will convene a meeting of its members to examine the cases, it received so far.

The panel members include Chanchal Singh, Deputy Director, school education-1, Sudhir Prashar, assistant controller (F&A), Ram Kumar Sharma, district education officer, Sunil Bedi, subject expert among others.

The schools are seeking the minority status because Supreme Court in its order stated that 25 per cent reservation for economically weaker section (EWS) students would not be applicable to the unaided minority schools.

There are several others schools in Chandigarh whose cases are pending with the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions.

City schools which have the minority status certificate include Carmel Convent School, Sacred Heart Public School, St Anne’s Convent School, St John’s High School and others.

Role of the panel

The role of the panel is to examine and screen the cases of the schools applying for the minority status. If the panel finds the applicant fit for the status, as per the rules framed for the purpose, it will be recommended to the National Commission for Minority (NCM) Educational Institutions, New Delhi.



Shooting films on PU campus to cost more
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Shooting for films and songs on Panjab University campus is going to be costlier. The PU authorities have framed a policy for shooting films on campus. A single day shoot now going to cost Rs 25,000, which would be preferably allowed on non-working days only to ensure studies are not disrupted.

The university has the provision of allowing production houses to come and shoot films on campus following which a new policy has been drafted. The new policy states that the charges for shooting have been hiked from Rs 15, 000 to Rs 25, 000 per day. The authorities have also decided that the permission would be granted at least ten days before the shoot.

A committee constituted by the Vice Chancellor Arun Grover has drafted the policy which would be tabled before the Syndicate on November 4.

“The university will ensure that the academic environment of the campus does not get disturbed due to the shooting. The permission would be granted on holidays so that students don’t get disturbed,” said a committee member.

The university has also decided that the shooting will be held between 6 am to 8 pm.

Many parts on campus will also be restricted for shooting which includes VC office, girls’ hostels, administrative block, health centre, dental college and AC Joshi Library.

The production houses will also have to pay service tax as an additional charge and if they shoot inside the hall then they have to pay the hall charges as well.

PU campus has always been a favorite of production houses in Chandigarh, for shooting songs and films. Around a year back, Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor and some Punjabi film stars have come on the campus to promote or to shoot scenes of their films. Recently, a Punjabi film, starring Gul Panag, was was also shot here.




Annual day

Sant Isher Singh Public School, Phase VII, Mohali, celebrated its annual day ‘Fantasia 2012’ with zeal and zest. Students beautifully presented the theme of the fest ‘Save water’ in which they highlighted the message that each and every drop of water is precious. The director of the school, Hardip Kaur Gill, cordially welcomed the chief guest Sr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia.


Kids 'R' Kids School, Chandigarh, celebrated Halloween on the school premises here on Saturday. The children as well as the teachers came in colourful attires. Some were dressed up as saints, angels, monsters and devils. The teachers enacted a scary story ‘The Talking Doll’ and the students enjoyed it.

Poetry recitation

A poetry recitation (self-composed) and Halloween were held as formative assessment activities at Ryan International School, Chandigarh. The students of Class X took part with full vigour. The budding actors and poets displayed their talent and mesmerised the audience.

Shloka competition

Students of Sh KR Sarvhitkari Vidya Mandir, Sector 43, Chandigarh, participated in shloka competition which was held at Moti Ram Arya Public School, Sector 27. Mamta Saini of Class VIII received the first prize, Sudha and Khushi of Class VII got second prize. Ayushi of Class V got the third prize. A cash prize of Rs 300 was given to Mamta Saini. A mehndi workshop was also organised by the school on the occasion of Karva Chauth.

Vigilance Awareness Week

Vigilane Awareness Week was celebrated in Government Model High School, Sector 31C, Chandigarh. The school organised various activities like poster competition lectures in the morning assembly, interaction with the parents and etc. A speech was delivered by Paramjit Kaur (Add SHO) Sector 36 police station. A teacher, Rajnider Kumar Sharma, gave in-depth knowledge regarding the awareness week.

Students visit Science City

As many as 135 students of secondary and senior secondary classes of Sri Guru Harkrishan Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 40C, Chandigarh, visited Science City here today. The demonstration of various fundamental science laws, through exhibits, live-presentations caught the imagination of the students.

Anti-cracker rally

The students of GMSSS-20D, Chandigarh, today took oath for not using crackers in the school premises. This was followed by anti-cracker rally attended by 150 students. The rally was flagged off by Nirmal Singh, principal of the school.

Painting competition

A painting competition was held at Sector-17 Plaza by the Chandigarh Police to celebrate Chandigarh Police Week. Around 500 students from different schools participated in the competition.

Poem recitation contest

A declamation and poem recitation contest was held at DAV Public Senior Secondary School, Phase X, Mohali, for the students of Classes III to VI. The students spoke enthusiastically on various topics including ‘Unity in diversity’, ‘female foeticide’, ‘Festivals’ and etc.

Gian Jyoti

Gian Jyoti Public School, Phase II, Mohali, felt honoured when its student Shubhangi of Class VIII won the third position in ‘Moral and Religious Education’ ( Naitik Sikhia) conducted at Punjab Level by Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, SAS Nagar, Fatehgarh Sahib Zone. — TNS



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