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Warrants against Home Secy
CAT acts as Anil Kumar fails to appear before Bench following a show-cause notice
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today issued bailable warrants against UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar after he failed to appear before the Bench following a show-cause notice issued to him on October 19. The show-cause notice was issued to him for failing to implement an order pertaining to quashing of "accelerated promotions" of UT police inspectors under the reserved category.

A Division Bench of CAT, headed by Justice SD Anand, today issued warrants, bailable in the sum of Rs 500 with one surety in the like amount, against the Home Secretary to secure his presence. CAT also ordered that the process shall be executed by a police officer not below the rank of Superintendent of Police. The case has now been listed for November 29.

While issuing the order, the Bench observed: “In view of the fact that the plea raised by him for grant of exemption from personal appearance stands negated, we order the issuance of bailable warrants against the UT Home Secretary.”

On October 19, CAT had issued a notice to the Home Secretary in response to an execution petition filed by UT police inspectors for the implementation of orders dated March 13, 2012. As per these orders, CAT had quashed accelerated promotion granted to inspectors of the UT police under the reserved category. Even after the CAT decision, the orders are yet to be implemented by the UT Home Secretary. An execution petition was filed before the tribunal by the applicants through advocate Rohit Seth.

CAT took suo motu cognisance of the matter and directed the personal appearance of UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar to show cause why proceedings for contumacious non-implementation of orders dated March 13 be not initiated against him.

On March 13, 2012, CAT issued orders acting on a bunch of applications filed by 11 inspectors of the UT police belonging to the general category who had sought quashing of accelerated promotions granted to inspectors under the reserved category.

CAT show-cause notice

“The UT Home Secretary is not inclined to implement the orders granted by the tribunal and he is trying to gain time, on one pretext or the other. For providing justice, it is incumbent upon the courts to ensure the implementation of the decreed orders in order to uphold the majesty of the law. The UT Home Secretary, by having blown hot and cold in the matter and by also filing contradictory pleadings at different points of time, is not entitled to any large measure of indulgence. We are not inclined to issue a notice to the UT IGP because he did act at the expected pace in the matter of implementation by addressing a letter dated April 9, 2012, to the Home Department.”



IAS officer encroaches upon road
Pitches tent for his staff, says area part of his house
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
An IAS officer of Punjab is disobeying the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court by allegedly encroaching upon a part of the road outside his house in Sector 7 here and using it as a temporary shelter for his security staff.

The HC had ordered removal of unauthorised security tents pitched on government land outside residences of VVIPs. However, Punjab IAS officer Sumer Singh Gurjar, posted as Director, State Transport, Punjab, is using a tent pitched outside house No. 901 in Sector 7.

Gurjar's servant, security guard and driver are using this tent. The tent has been erected on the rear side of his house. On the front side of his house, a note has pasted on the gate stating that the entry is from the rear side.

SS Gurjar justified the pitching of the tent saying that it was not on land belonging to the MC or the Administration and the area was part of the boundary of his house. When questioned that the tent was outside the boundry wall of his house, he said the area where the tent had been pitched was part of his house and he could show the map of his house to justify his claim.

MC Additional Commissioner Lalit Siwach said earlier on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court they had removed all illegal tents. Now, whenever they received any complaint regarding encroachment, they took action. In this case, they would check whether there was any encroachment and accordingly take action, he added.

An official of the estate office said the road outside government houses in Sector 7 was on MC land.

Recently, following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Chandigarh Administration and the municipal corporation had removed security tents pitched on MC land and in green belts. The court had issued stern instructions to the Administration and the Punjab and Haryana governments to immediately remove all security tents and make green belts free of such encroachments. The court had also ordered the Administration to start with removing security tents from outside judges’ residences. 



Housing loan scam unearthed
Ex-manager of Punjab & Sind Bank, 2 others arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
In a multi-crore bank fraud case, the UT police today arrested a former manager of Punjab and Sind Bank, Sector 24, Rajinder Singh Kalsi, along with two others. With these arrests, the police has unearthed a racket of sanctioning of housing loans under fictitious names by duping the bank.

The accused sanctioned as many as 133 housing loans amounting to over Rs 20 crore on fictitious names, the police said.

The two other accused have been identified as Karan Thakur of Sector 40, who is also a liquor contractor, and Pardeep Goel of Mohali, who is a small businessman.

The police said the scrutiny of housing loans revealed that all loans, ranging between Rs 20 lakh and Rs 25 lakh, were issued on fictitious names and plots, against which the loans were sought. While some of the plots did not exist, the value of other plots was small.

The police said the accused invested a large portion of the money in the share market, finance and in property. Accused Karan had recently purchased two floors of a house in Sector 40-A and also worked as a liquor contractor.

Rajinder was posted with Punjab and Sind Bank in Sector 24 when he committed the fraud. He was heading the loan section of the branch from June 2010 till June 2012 and during his term he had sanctioned a total of 133 loans on fictitious names with forged documents. Rajinder was authorised to sanction loans up to Rs 25 lakh. He released the loan amount by way of credit in savings accounts opened in the name of fictitious persons.

The multi-crore fraud come to light during the annual inspection by the Manager (Inspection) of the bank, Swaran Singh, who found huge irregularities in all sanctioned loans and submitted a complaint to the police. The prime accused, Rajinder Singh, owns a lavish house in Phase-III, Mohali. The police has initiated a process for attaching his property.

The police has registered a case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC at the Sector 11 police station. 



Factory blast: Bid to hush up case?
Unit belongs to former Haryana Financial Commissioner Raj Kumar
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 16
A day after a worker, Ram Dheer, died in a blast in a boiler installed illegally in a sweets manufacturing unit, the Panchkula police has not registered a case of negligence against anyone. The unit belongs to former Haryana Financial Commissioner Raj Kumar.

Yesterday, a 35-year-old worker was killed and another was injured when the boiler on which they were working exploded at the manufacturing unit of Bengali Sweets, Phase II, Industrial Area, Panchkula.

Officials, in a bid to hush up the case, are blaming the worker's destiny for his death. Under the law, the police is supposed to book the owner, whose alleged negligence led to the mishap. The unit did not have the requisite licences and permission, and was being run illegally. However, despite this the police has not registered a case and is "just investigating the case" under Section 174 of the CrPC.

Raj Kumar retired as Haryana Financial Commissioner a month ago. He is the owner of the factory.

“Under the law, the owner should have been booked under Section 304-A (death due to negligence) since the unit was being run illegally when the worker died,” said a senior lawyer on condition of anonymity. Deputy Commissioner of Police Parul Kush said, “We have not received any complaint in the case. If we get a complaint, we will definitely take action as per the law.” Raj Kumar could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

Meanwhile, the Administration has served a number of notices to the unit owner. The Labour Department has also issued challans to the owner. Persons running the sweets manufacturing unit have downed the shutters and fled.

Following Ram Dheer's death in the blast, Subdivisional Magistrate Sharandeep Kaur Brar has issued notices to the owner. The Haryana Pollution Control Board has also served a notice as the factory owner had not taken an NOC.

“We have issued challans to the owner under the labour laws as no records regarding labourers were maintained by the owner,” said an officiall of the Labour Department.

“Why does the Administration wake up only when someone’s life is lost? Had they kept a regular check on factories in the area, the worker would not have died,” said Rajbir Singh Sangwan, a resident of Sector 14, Panchkula.

The owner, Raj Kumar, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. He was sent SMSes on his cellphone, but he did not respond.



pgi exam racket
SIM card dealer held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
A team of the CBI today rounded up a SIM card dealer from Behlana village who sold as many as 48 SIM cards to Shaik Afroz, one of the accused in the PGI paper leak case. A team of the CBI nabbed the dealer, Naval Kumar. He is being interrogated to get further clues in the case.

The CBI had yesterday procured additional two-day police custody for all 15 accused in the paper scam. The CBI had stated that the prime accused, Gurivi Reddy, had purchased 48 SIM cards of Airtel and Tata Docomo in order to facilitate cheating during the MD/MS examination. The accused, Shaik Afroz, managed to purchase the SIM cards from Naval Kumar in Behlana. The CBI is verifying whether the cards were purchased on fake identity cards and addresses.

CBI sources said the SIM cards were used to communicate by members of the gang, including helpers and beneficiary candidates, while making arrangements for the PGI paper leak.

Besides SIM cards, four tablets were used for the commission of the crime. The accused, Gurivi Reddy, had given a fictitious name and mobile number while purchasing a tablet, said the CBI.



PM’s daughter walks down memory lane
Visits house where she spent her childhood
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
It was a nostalgic moment for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s daughter who visited the house where she had spent many years of her childhood when the Prime Minister was a teacher at Panjab University. Upinder Singh, a history Professor who was in the university for a lecture, visited house F-15 to relive old memories. UBS professor Dinesh Gupta’s son, who was alone at the home, played host to the PM’s daughter.

Soon after the lecture ended, Professor Upinder went to the house where Professor Gupta lives. His son Lakshay Gupta, a Class XII student of DAV Model School, Sector 15, welcomed the PM’s daughter. Professor Upinder expressed the desire to see the drawing room first. “Professor Upinder then asked me to show her the garden at the backyard where they used to plant vegetables,” Lakshay said.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Professor Upinder said she remembered the "aam ka bagh" just opposite to their house. “I could recollect some of the memories of the days spent at the PU and our stay at this house,” she said.

Professor Upinder also expressed the desire to see the room where she had stayed during her childhood. “Now, I live in that room and her first reaction on seeing the room was that it is better now,” Lakshay said.

She was accompanied by Vice-Chancellor Arun Grover to the house. Being alone at home, Lakshay offered her dry fruits during the short visit. “I feel lucky and proud to have got a chance to meet and interact with her,” he said.

Asked whether she would also help in getting one cylinder per student per year at a subsidized rate, a proposal regarding which has already been sent to the Prime Minister, Professor Upinder said she would not be able to comment on the issue as it was not related to her university.

Before the lecture, Professor Upinder also visited the economics department where the Prime Minister taught for several years.


Imposition of property tax
Mohali district divided into seven zones
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 16
Taking another quick step in the direction of imposing property tax in Mohali district, the authorities are ready with the plan of zone determination for the 

According to sources, the entire district has been divided into seven zones, which are categorised as Zone A, B, C, D, E, F and G.

Under the plan, Sectors 54, 55 and 56 fall into Zone A, which means the tax will be the highest in these sectors. The Zone B comprises Sectors 53, 59, 60, 61, 70, 71 and certain part of Sector 69. Here in the Zone B, the property tax will be slightly less than Zone A. In Zone C, there will be Sectors 62 and 51, while the Zone D will have Sectors 48, 63, 64, 65, 66 (res) and 67.

While the Sectors 56-A, 57 and 58 will be covered under Zone E and the Sectors 72, 73 and 66 come under Zone F.

All villages have been put in Zone G, where the property tax would be minimum in comparison to the rest zones. Sources said zoning had been done considering the prevalent price of land, facilities, cost of construction and the rental value. However, the authorities maintained that Mohali was a planned town and there would not be much variation in the tax structure of different zones.

The zone determination is being done by the Zoning Committee, headed by the Director, Local Government, Punjab. Notably, the authorities concerned had begun the exercise of imposing property tax immediately after the Punjab Municipal Corporation (second amendment) Ordinance, 2012, came into force from November 5.

Mohali is the only district in the state which is yet to impose property tax. The authorities said the exercise to calculate and impose property tax would be completed in a couple of months.



Anupama case
CTU GM, PGI officer to be quizzed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
In another development in the Anupama case, the PGI nodal officer of the Advanced Trauma Centre and the General Manager (GM) of the CTU will be questioned on November 29, 2012 before the UT State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission.

Advocate Pankaj Chandgothia, on behalf of the parents of Anupama will question Dr Sameer Aggarwal, the nodal officer and SP Parmar, the GM.

Aggarwal today, filed his affidavit stating that the patient, Anupama, was planned for surgery (debridement and external fixator) at the time of admission itself. But due to heavy rush of patients, she was taken up for surgery only on the night of July 19, 2012. However, she was found unfit for operation, she was shifted back to operation theatre recovery. She was transfused four units of blood and two units of fresh frozen plasma. She was again taken up for surgery in the morning of July 20. She underwent hip disarticulation and debridement of the anterior abdominal wall.

Anupama went into shock and became unconscious after the surgery due to which she had to be put on life-support systems on July 20. She did not recover and suffered cardio-respiratory arrest on July 24, 2012 and expired.

Aggarwal also said there were eight other patients of "serious open fracture surgeries", prior to Anupama. Pankaj Chandgothia, counsel for complainant stated that Anupama should have been given preference for surgery, as she was also suffering from gangrene and sepsis, which the other patients were not.

General Manager of the CTU also filed his affidavit on behalf of the Undertaking, stating that Ashok Kumar was driving the bus which Anupama tried to board while it was running and due to her own negligence, she fell down and suffered the injury. The reply also admits that the CTU buses are not insured because it is exempted from the insurance being government vehicle.

Pankaj Chandgothia, advocate, pointed out that the reply of the CTU was against the record as the police FIR named Atul Kumar Gautam as the driver of the bus and not Ashok Kumar. The FIR also states that Anupama had boarded the bus and fell down due to the bus had been started suddenly by the driver. Chandgothia also countered that the Motor Vehicles Act, makes it mandatory for every vehicle to be insured and does not make any exemption for Government Vehicles.

Chandgothia filed an application for cross-examination of the PGI doctor and the CTU GM, as according to him, they had suppressed certain facts and made wrong statements.

He said that questioning them was necessary to bring out the true facts and for the proper adjudication of the case. The PGI has not produced its inquiry report and the CTU has not filed any documents in support of its contentions. Upon this, the UT State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, headed by Justice Sham Sunder, directed Chandgothia to file written interrogatories for Dr Sameer Aggarwal of the PGI and the General Manager of the CTU on November 29, which will be answered by them by affidavit.



Blast case
P’kula admn didn’t keep word on relief ompensation given to victim’s kin
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 16
While the Panchkula Administration was beating drums in the previous blast case at a factory in Industrial Area, Phase II, that due compensation would be given to the kin of the deceased worker by them, it has come to light that no such compensation was given.

The administration took a u-turn contending that they had sent a notice of compensation but no legal heir turned up.

It was on November 7, 2011, when a worker was killed after two blasts of high magnitude took place in factory of Colour Udyog in Industrial Area, Phase II, Panchkula. Even in this case, the worker, Ramesh (22) was working on a boiler when it exploded. Ramesh had suffered 90 per cent burns but he succumbed to injuries in the PGI, Chandigarh.

The officials of the administration after the incident had claimed that the kin of the deceased would get compensation as per the labour laws. But when it was enquired, a different reality came to the fore.

Though the family of Ramesh kept asking that who would give them the compensation but they did not get any information during that time. As they had nothing to do in Panchkula after Ramesh’s death, they had no option but to go back to their home town in Uttar Pradesh (UP),” said a worker at the factory on the condition of anonymity.

He further added, “Though they got compensation from the owner yet they did not receive any compensation from the administration.”

When a senior official of the labour department was contacted, he said, “In fact, in that blast, when the labourer died, we had sent a notice that the claimant can contact us but no legal heir turned up.”

The official added, “We did our best from our side to give them compensation. But when they did not turn up, what could we do.”

Covering up this ‘reality’, which came out, it was also told that the family of the worker who was killed in yesterday’s blast at another factory would, according to them, be given a compensation of Rs 5 lakh.

In the previous blast incident, according to the eye witnesses, Ramesh was trying to connect some wires in the boiler when it exploded and he died. Even in the blast incident, the report submitted to the SDM mentioned that the fire equipments were ill equipped.



Shell out more for power in Chandigarh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
The amount spent by the UT Electricity Department on purchasing electricity during the summer to meet the shortage of power will be recovered from consumers. The consumers will have to shell out more in their next electricity bill.

A senior official of the UT Administration said the demand for power in the summer had reached around 350 MW. To meet the increasing demand, the Administration had purchased fuel and power from various sources. On various occasions, the Administration had paid more than the estimated budget for power purchase to meet the demand for power. To recover the cost variation, the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) had authorised the UT Electricity Department to charge more, he added.

In the next electricity bill, the Administration will charge the cost variation in July, August and September. The JERC, in its June 27 order, had authorised the Chandigarh Electricity Department to compute the fuel and power procurement cost variation on a quarterly basis and make the adjustment in the consumers’ bills. The fuel and power purchase cost adjustment (FPPCA) from July to September was calculated in October and now it would reflect in the consumers’ bills of November, December and January.

JERC order

The appellate tribunal for electricity, the JERC, in its order of Nov 11, 2011, has advised all state electricity regulatory commissions to put in place a mechanism for fuel and power purchase cost adjustment, preferably on a monthly basis. The JERC has formulated a mechanism for fuel and power purchase cost adjustment applicable for distribution of licences in Goa and the UTs to ensure periodic adjustment of the uncontrollable expenses.



MC fails to start afternoon water supply
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
More than five months have passed since the Municipal Corporation had stopped afternoon water supply in the city to solve water crisis in summers, but the civic body failed to start afternoon water supply till now. In May, when the MC stopped afternoon water supply, they had assured that soon they would start the service. Sources revealed that the MC would not be able to start the service in the coming days as well. Mukesh Bassi, Chairman of the Water Supply Committee, said they would raise the issue at the next meeting.

PC Sanghi, president of the Federation of Sector Welfare Association Chandigarh (FOSWAC), said the MC should immediately start the afternoon water service.

Increase in the population of the city is the reason behind rising pressure on water supply system. At present, the UT Administration is drawing 80 million gallons (MGD) of water per day from the Bhakra Main Line, Kajauli. This is being partly used at Mohali, Panchkula and Chandimandir Cantonment. Chandigarh alone uses 67 million gallons out of the the 80 million gallons.

The UT has been demanding additional supply of 40 million gallons per day from the Bhakra Main Canal, Kajauli but Punjab has been denying the demand. 



Darshan is Mohali SP (HQ)
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 16
Darshan Singh Mann is the new Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) of the town.

Mann joined his new posting today evening.

Earlier, Mann has served as DSP (City II) in the town. He had also remained the DSP at Patiala, Malerkotla and other districts of Punjab. He had also played an important role during terrorism days.



UT Class IV staff get peanuts for uniform
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Sample this: A class IV male employee of the Chandigarh Administration is entitled for just Rs 594 to buy three pairs of shirts, three pairs of trousers and a turban as the official uniform for a period of three years. This also includes the cost of stitching the uniform.

This means that an employee is entitled to Rs 198 for a pair of shirt and trousers. On the same lines, a woman employee to entitled to same amount for three shirts, three salwars, and three stoles for a period of three years. The renewal of the entitlement in all cases is done after three years.

Seem unrealistic! In this amount, it is difficult to buy and stitch three pairs of shirts and trousers. But the cash-rich Chandigarh Administration has been blindly following Punjab’s rule to fix entitlement of official uniform for its Class IV employees for the past 18 years.

Last time, the maximum cost of the articles was revised in 1994. The UT’s Home Department has adopted the Punjab Government’s guidelines in respect of ‘Supply of Uniform to Class IV employees, drivers of motor vehicles gate keepers and gate messengers. The uniform are issued through Kendriya Bhandar, also known as the Central Government Employees Consumer Cooperative Society Ltd. Additional Secretary, Home, Prerna Puri, said a proposal to increase the maximum entitlement of the items.

On the condition of anonymity, the UT employees admit that as the amount is woefully short, they had to pay from their pocket to pay for the price of the uniform and it’s stitching.

“The department gives Rs 119 for a pair of black shoes. I have to pay from my pocket to buy a pair of shoes,” said an employee.

The issue has surfaced after the Class IV employees in the Deputy Commissioner’s office were asked to wear the official uniform to differentiate them from the visitors. Due to inadequate entitlement and poor quality of the cloth, many prefer not to ask for the uniform.



Protesting MLA rounded up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
The UT police today rounded up Kuljit Singh Nagra, MLA, Fatehgarh Sahib, as he protested in front of the house of the CM, Punjab, which is a prohibited area.

Nagra alleged that he was taken to the police station and was treated as a criminal.

However, no case was registered and he was set free.

Nagra said farmers of Jionpura, Shahpura, Cholti-kheri, Harna villages were misguided by the Punjab Government. He said that he stood for the welfare of farmers.



Wipro wants to come to IT Park
Writes to UT Admn, wants cancelled plot back
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Information Technology (IT) giant Wipro is once again interested in investing in Phase II of the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP).

In a recent communication to the UT Administration, Wipro conveyed that it wanted to set up a Software Development Centre in the IT Park, for which it wants its cancelled plot back.

The letter was received by the IT department of the UT Administration, which has further forwarded the letter to the UT Estate Office.

In 2006, the company had been given the second largest plot of land (30 acre) in the IT Park of the city by the UT Administration at the rate of Rs 40 lakh per acre. The UT Administration had given three years time to start construction work. But when Wipro failed to start work, the Administration gave one extra year to the IT giant. But despite giving extra time, the company failed to start construction work.

The company was given several reminders by the UT Administration for beginning construction at the site. But even after five years, Wipro neither got its construction plan sanctioned, nor paid the extension fee, resulting in the cancellation of the land allotment.

The first notice was served to Wipro on June 10, 2009; and thereafter, 15 more notices were issued, with the last one being on March 9, 2011. Wipro officials had informed the administration that the company had no immediate plans of investing in the city after which the land was repossessed by the government.



Former Principal Secy to vacate house by Nov 20
Occupying govt accommodation without holding any post
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Under the spotlight for not vacating the sprawling government accommodation in Sector 5 without holding any post after losing the last assembly elections, Darbara Singh Guru, a former principal secretary of the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has given an undertaking to the Chandigarh Administration that he would vacate the house by November 20.

The undertaking comes ahead of the affidavit to be filed the Chandigarh Administration in connection with a petition being heard by the Punjab and Haryana High Court regarding illegal occupation of government houses by high profile people.

Sources reveal that DS Guru was listed as one of the retired Punjab officials, who had been holding the house despite reminders by the UT House Allotment Committee.

It was second high profile case after the former Punjab DGP, PS Gill, who vacated his Sector 16 house three months after his retirement in September 2011. The UT had served a two-month eviction notice upon the DGP.

The former Punjab DGP had been in controversy for not vacating the house and getting it renovated couple of months before he resigned to contest the assembly elections from Moga.

He had spent around Rs 1.06 crore on renovating the Sector 16 accommodation allotted to him a couple of months before he resigned.



PM’s daughter dwells on ‘problem of war’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Upinder Singh, daughter of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, delivered a lecture on "The Problem of War Perspectives from Ancient India" at Panjab University today.

Upinder Singh, who is a professor at Delhi University, highlighted the manner in which thinkers of the ancient India dealt with the problem of war. She said Ashoka was known for the bloody wars, which he imposed on people, but he was also known for being the harbinger of peace in south Asia.

"He believed that it was the duty of a king to ensure well-being of his people. For this purpose, Ashoka propagated the idea of "Dhamma". The bloodshed during the Kalinga war sensitised him about the futility of war. In his Rock Edict 13 he talked about the need for "ahimsa" but this was the idea he never expressed in any of his edict in Kalinga region. Perhaps, he was ridden with guilt of imposing war on the people of Kalijnga." Professor said

She said the book Nitisara by the Kamandaka dealt with the problem of war in a completely different way. "Kamandaka refused to approve violence. He even went on to say that there was no need for a king to indulge in violence. Even while undergoing training, a king was supposed to abjure hunting because that inflicted violence on innocent animals. Kamandaka was of the view that it was much better for a king to use diplomacy and similar non-violent methods to further his imperial ambitions."

Poet Kalidasa, Upinder Singh said, used the story of king Raghu and his lineage to highlight the diverse ways in which kings indulged in warfare. She said according to Kalidasa the best king was the one, who even after conquering the whole world was able to renounce it.

At the end, Upinder Singh concluded that there were various ways in which people in India dealt with the idea of violence. "However, there was one thing common among all the thinkers. Unmitigated violence, illegitimate violence, was detested by everyone. it was believed that a good king was the one, who was able to enforce his will and expand his empire without the using violence. Use of diplomacy and persuasion were considered as just ways," she said.



New technique for treatment of asthma patients
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
In a good news for asthma patients, a new technique has been developed to bring relief to them. Jyoti S Datta, a Calfornia-based doctor presented a new technique and procedure at the PGI, Chandigarh,this morning.

"The technique involves the use of thermoplasty catheter, which had been approved for use by the US regulatory agency FDA, "said Datta. Dr SK Jindal from the PGI said they would introduce the technique in the PGI within a year.



‘Bobby Breaker’ staged at Tagore Theatre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
The play "Bobby Breaker", directed by Geeta Aggarwal, was staged at the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, today as the part of the annual theatre festival of the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy. The play was about the struggle of a young boy Vishwas Joshi, who was worked in a bank and was sincere and talented guy . But he stammers and that often makes him feel inferior. Due to his problem, people named him “Bobby-Breaker”. But Bobby wax lucky to have a friend (narrator of the play) who tried to bring him out of his ordeal.

Tomorrow the play ‘Hum to Aise hi Hain, directed by Manish Joshi Bismil, will be staged.



Science express reaches city
Tribune News Service

Visitors at the science express exhibition in Chandigarh on Friday
Visitors at the science express exhibition in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune Photos: S Chandan
Visitors at the science express exhibition in Chandigarh on Friday

Chandigarh, November 16
Feel your body lighter by calculating your mass on other planets. A weighing machine for this is available on the Science Express Biodiversity Special Mobile Exhibition Train. For the next two days the mobile exhibition train will be at the Chandigarh Railway Station. Interestingly, the machine was the main attraction for the girl students, who visited the exhibition today. Long queue of girls was seen at the railway coach where the machine was on display. In fact, the students were also interested in the projects, showing wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, community reserves.

The science express comprises of 14 coaches. One coach is having a science laboratory to acquaint the visitors about various new experiments. The exhibition covers various bio-geographical zones of India, including trans-Himalayas, Gangetic plains, north-east India, desert and semi-arid zones. The Science Express, Manager Sudhir Kumar Sharma said, was in its the fifth phase and the ministry of Forest an Environment was planning to dedicate the sixth phase to the bio-diversity, in which II-tier cities would be covered by the mobile exhibition train during the next year.

Environment Director Santosh Kumar said if the city schools were informed well in time about the exhibition, the schoolchildren of the tricity could visit the exhibition, which would help them in understanding many aspects of science.




Renovation of community centre
Students take part in a painting competition at Kala Gram in Chandigarh on Friday
Students take part in a painting competition at Kala Gram in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Councillor Mukesh Bassi has written a letter to the chief engineer, Municipal Corporation, for the renovation and extension of the Community Centres at Sectors 18 and 19. In his letter, he said the centres were inspected by Mayor Raj Bala Malik and UT’s chief architect Sumit Kaur on November 15. During the visit it was found that the stairs and washroom in the Community Centre, Sector 19, were very congested. Whereas, at Sector 18 centre, head clearance of the stairs was not sufficient. Bassi requested the chief engineer to raise the matter with the UT Chief Administrator.


Raj Bala Malik, Mayor, today inaugurated renovated the Community Centre, Sector 47, Chandigarh. Devesh Moudgil, area councillor, other councillors and MC officials were present on the occasion. The centre was under renovation from the last year. Area councillor Devesh Moudgil said with the facility of a gym, a badminton court and a table tennis room, the residents and children could enjoy physical activities under one roof.

Meeting held

A gate meeting of Joint Action Committee was held under the leadership of Kamwaljit Singh at the Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Friday. About thousand employees of the various departments of the hospital participated and raised slogans against the Medical Superintendent. During the gate meeting, Dr G Dewan, Deputy Medical Superintendent, GMSH, called the delegations discussed the demands of the employees. He assured that requisite action would be taken. 

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Science Day celebrated

Quest Group of Colleges organised live projects making competition to celebrate the Science Day. The function commenced with the speeches of the students. The students highlighted the advantages and disadvantages of science and various innovations like computers, internet, telephones, aeroplanes, robots and artificial intelligence. DS Sekhon, chairman of the Group, advised the students to think out of the box and work for the benefit of mankind with their inventions. He asked them not to be afraid of failures as the failures teach us more than success.

Poster-making competition

A poster-making competition was held at Sant Iser School to celebrate world diabetes day. The students made beautiful pictures, depicting importance of a girl child. The students of the primary wing tried to spread awareness about the dos and don’t of hand washing to prevent infection.

Tribune Reporters



Students submit fake medical certificates?
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
With the semester exams around the corner, The PU students, who are short of attendance, are on a spree of submitting medical certificates and interestingly, abdominal pain is the common problem reported by the students. They submit medical certificates issued by private doctors of adjoining areas. There are also some cases, in which the same doctor has issued certificates.

PU officials said abdominal pain seemed to be the favourite problem among the students. The PU officials said the authenticity of the medical certificates, submitted by the students, was also under question.

A PU official said a medical certificate furnished by a UILS student, which was issued by the Government Hospital Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, did not have the computerised registration slip pasted on the card. “Surprisingly, the department has also forwarded the cases without verifying it," the official said.

The students in the most of the cases have furnished the medical certificates issued by the private doctors, practising in Mohali and Panchkula. In a case, two students have submitted medical certificates, which were issued by a doctor of Nalagarh.

When contacted, Dean Student Welfare (DSW), AS Ahluwalia, said the cases could be forwarded only after the Board of Studies gave its approval and it was assumed that the certificates were thoroughly verified. “To prevent the students from submitting fake medical certificates, we are planning to introduce a new system according to which the students will have to submit medical certificates within ten days of recovery from illness. The certificates submitted after the duration won't be entertained," Ahluwalia said.

Around three year ago, the university authorities had discovered that the medical certificates, submitted by majority of students, were issued by a private doctor of Sector 19, following which the university had decided that the medical certificates issued by the doctor would not be considered.



SSA contractual teachers yet to get revised salaries
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Although, the Chandigarh Administration revised the monthly-consolidated salary of its contractual employees with effect from September this year, yet over 500 contractual teachers, recruited under the Sarav Shikha Abhiyan, are waiting revision in their salaries.

An SSA teachers said the other contractual employees, recruited under the DEO panel, got their revised salary but there had been no action regarding revision in their salaries.

Another SSA teacher said over two months had passed since the revision but they were still getting old salaries.

Arvind Rana of UT SSA Teachers Welfare Association said the department should take the decision soon as like other contractual employees they too were entitled to the revision in salaries and SSA teachers were leaving their jobs for better salaries.

"Therefore, the increase in our salary would motivate to stay with the job," Rana said.

"Our regularisation process is also pending for a long time. It should be considered on the priority basis," he said. Chanchal Singh, Deputy Director (school education), said soon their salary would be revised as per the new grade pay system issued by the Personnel Department.



Posts of teacher to be filled in a year, says minister
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 16
All the vacant posts of teacher in the government school would be filled within a year. This was stated by Sikander Singh Maluka, Education Minister, Punjab, after laying the foundation stone of new building at Shaheed Lt Bikram Singh Government Senior Secondary School , Sialba Fatehpur.

Speaking on the occasion, Maluka said the SAD-BJP Government had paid special emphasis on improving the education standards in the state. He said basic infrastructure of all schools would be upgraded within three years. He added that setting up of four new education hubs in the state aimed at providing quality education . Maluka warned the teachers against the practise of absenteeism by saying that such erring teachers would be taken to task.



After PU, city colleges to increase mess charges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
After Panjab University, several city colleges are ready to increase the meal charges in their hostels, citing hike in LPG prices and inflation as the main reasons.

JS Raghav, Principal, Government College, Sector 11, said they were are looking for 20 to 25 per cent hike.

"As per our estimates, more than 60 cylinders are consumed every month in our three hostels. The hike in LPG prices has increased catering expenses. To avoid any problem with the mess contractors, a decision to increase the prices will be taken soon," he said.

Government College of Education, Sector 20, is going to allot mess contract to new contractor. Harsh Batra, principal of the college said they were about to open the tender to hire new contractor for the mess and they were expecting 20 to 30 per cent increase in the mess charges.

BC Joshan, Principal, DAV College, Sector 10, said they would soon hold a meeting meeting with the students and would arrive at some decision on the issue. "Most likely, we would follow what university has decided," he said.

Many colleges have already increased the mess charges. Mani Bedi, principal of Government College for girls, Sector 42, said they had increased the charges by Rs 150 per student per month.

He said the decision was taken after consulting the hostel students as well as the staff.



Conference held at PEC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
A conference on entrepreneurship was held at the PEC today. Nischal Kesarwani, founder of Preseed, a company which empowers ordinary people, conducted the conference.

Nischal Kesarwani, who is a college dropout, had started Preseed in 2010 with an aim of helping people in going ahead with their ideas and create companies.

He motivated young entrepreneurs and inspired them to conceptualise and build upon their ideas.

He also shared his ideology of ‘failing fast’ and asked students to act and learn rather than just planning and waiting.

He emphasised on the need of rising above fear and share ideas for success.

Kesarwani is planning to open a Chandigarh chapter of Preseed besides holding entrepreneurship workshops at other colleges in the tricity.



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