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Notices issued to 2 SHOs
Police delaying filing of challans, prisoners tell court though videoconferencing 
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
The second day of videoconferencing at the UT district courts was witness to a large number of grievances from undertrials who alleged that the police was delaying filing of challans in their cases.

Subsequently, the court of Judicial Magistrate Ajit al Singh today issued notices to two SHOs for delay in filing of challans.

An accused in a theft case, Ram Karan, told the court that he was arrested four months ago and police had not filed a challan in a court.

Another accused, Guddu, pleaded that his father was no more, his mother was ill and the police was harassing him by not filing a challan in a court.

“I am the only earning member of the family and have been falsely implicated. My mother is not well stays ill and I need to look after her. Please look into my case,” Guddu urged.

The court then issued notices to the SHOs of the Sector 39 police station and Sector 34 police station to file a challan in their cases.

Another prisoner, Lucky, told the court that he had been arrested in a theft case while he was handicapped in one leg and cannot even run. “I cannot even run and police arrested me in a theft case,” he told the court.

A total of 26 prisoners were produced before the duty magistrate through videoconferencing today and their judicial remand was extended by 14 days. All prisoners were asked to be produced again through videoconferencing on December 7.

‘It’s tension-free life in jail’

Much to the amusement of the court and advocates, an accused in a theft case, Nawab Ali, told the court through videoconferencing that he was enjoying in Burail jail when the magistrate asked him if he had faced any problem. “Sub mast hai, koi tension nai, am happy here,” he told the court. 



Liquor vend owner takes pleasure in Kasab’s hanging, offers free beer bottles 
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

A banner outside a liquor vend in Chandigarh.
A banner outside a liquor vend in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: S Chandan 

Chandigarh, November 23
Taking his pleasure over Mohammed Ajmal Kasab’s hanging too far, a liquor vend owner today offered a freebie in contravention to the Excise Act of UT Administration.

A city-based liquor vend owner today offered a free beer bottle with every purchase of a bottle of whisky and vodka. He had put up a banner outside his shop reading: “On death penalty to Kasab, one bottle of beer free with every bottle.” But later when he realised that his act amounts to violation of the Excise Act, which prohibits offering free liquor to customers, he removed the banner and even stopped giving free beer to customers.

But till then, he had already distributed more than 200 free beer bottles to consumers. Requesting anonymity, the liquor vend owner said: “He feels happy after the death of Kasab, who had killed number of people. Today, I wanted to share my happiness with others. But when I realised about the violation of the Excise Act, I immediately removed the banner and stopped giving free beer bottle to customers.”

A customer who got a free beer bottle said people were free to express their happiness if it was not harming anyone and the idea of the liquor vend owner was not bad. He was also happy that he got a free beer bottle on Kasab’s death, he added.

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the only terrorist caught alive during the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai, was hanged at Pune's Yerwada Jail on November 21.Victim was sexually active, had abortion 



PANCHKULA murder probe
Victim was sexually active, had abortion
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 23
Jyoti, an unmarried BEd student, who was found murdered in Panchkula yesterday, had undergone an abortion in September after remaining pregnant for over four months. This was revealed in her post-mortem report today.

Her ears were chopped off. Her head was brutally smashed. The post-mortem also revealed she was sexually active for the last two-three years. Police sources said she could be a victim of a hate crime due to her relationships.

She was sacked by a security agency last month and she had not even gone to her paying guest accommodation for past 15 days.

Jyoti was putting up as a paying guest in house number 3295, Sector 21D, Chandigarh, with other 15 girls. She was pursuing BEd from a private institute in Mohali and she used to work for a security agency in Mohali.

“During the post-mortem, it was found that the girl was sexually active for the past two years and had even undergone an abortion,” confirmed a doctor, requesting anonymity.

“Both her ears were chopped off and it seemed that the murder had been committed in a fit of rage,” added the doctor.

The police also interrogated Upenderjit Singh, the manager of Surya security agency where Jyoti was working. 



Policewoman found dead
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 23
In a shocking incident, the body of a 25-year-old Chandigarh Police woman constable was found under mysterious circumstances at her in-laws residence in Sector 17, Panchkula, last night.

The victim, identified as Tamanna Yadav, was declared brought dead at the Sector 6 General Hospital, Panchkula.

The post-mortem was conducted following a request by Tamanna’s parents. The post-mortem report revealed that Tamanna had a serious injury in her stomach and bluish contusions were present near her neck and other parts of her body.

“The bluish contusion on the neck reveals that she has been strangulated. Tamanna died as she suffered serious injuries in her stomach because of which the blood oozed out and got accumulated,” said a doctor requesting anonymity.

“We got a call from Tamanna’s husband Vikas last evening that she has fallen unconscious and they were taking her to a private hospital in Sector 17. When we reached there after 15 minutes, we came to know that she had been referred to the general hospital,” said Mahender Singh, Tamanna’s cousin. Singh is also working with the Chandigarh Police.

“We have initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC,” said the in charge of the Sector 16 police post 



Girl pulls out pistol, points it at youth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
High drama was witnessed at the parking lot outside the Chandigarh Carnival venue at Leisure Valley in Sector 10 this evening when a 24-year-old girl pulled out a pistol and trained it at a youth following heated arguments with him.

The police was called and both the girl and the boy were taken to the police station. However, in the absence of any independent eyewitness and a written complaint from the youth, a compromise between both the parties was reached. The incident occurred at around 6 pm when the girl, a Sector 38 resident, accompanied by another girl and a businessman, Surinder Singh, was at the parking of Leisure Valley in a Mercedes SUV. A youth known to her, identified as Akash, a resident of Morinda, was already there with his four friends.

The police said the girl, who is a PU pass-out, and Akash, a DAV college student, had entered into a heated argument two days back also at Leisure Valley when Akash had allegedly stopped her car and had abused her.

When the girl noticed Akash and his friends outside the carnival venue today, she told her friend Surinder about him. She then confronted Akash and a heated scuffle ensued. Akash called the police and alleged that she pulled out a pistol kept in the car and trained it at him. Akash’s friend Sunny came to his rescue and pushed the girl aside.

The police reached the spot and investigations revealed the .32 bore pistol belonged to girl’s accomplice Surinder and it was a licensed weapon. Both the parties were taken to the police station where Akash refused to submit a written complaint.

Inspector Sri Parkash, SHO, Sector 3 police station, said they examined the spot and not even a single eyewitness to the incident was found.

“The pistol is licensed and the owner has the permissions to carry it. There is no eyewitness to the incident and no complaint has been received,” said the SHO.

A daily diary report has been lodged at the Sector 3 police station.


Admn gets 26 applications
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
The UT Administration has received 26 applications from young entrepreneurs for the allotment of space in the Entrepreneur Development Centre (EDC) building situated at the IT Park.

The UT Administration has cleared the allotment policy of the IT department for the EDC building after a gap of three years. UT Administrator Shivraj Patil had approved the allotment of space to young professionals who aim to set up their business ventures at Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park.

Confirming the development, Secretary, Information Technology, Prerna Puri said the administration had received 26 applications for 19 sites for shops. The administration would soon finalise the names and would give preference to young professionals, she added. An official said the administration would allot space for three years.

The civil work at the Entrepreneur Development Centre was completed in 2009 and the building was declared ready to use. The centre was conceived by the Chandigarh Administration to expand the software export from Chandigarh and to assist young professionals in setting up their enterprises by providing shell space or space with plug-and-play facilities, he added. 

Entrepreneur Development Centre

Centre inaugurated in 2009

The four-storeyed centre built at a cost of Rs 18 crore and inaugurated by the then UT Administrator, Gen SF Rodrigues (retd), in November 2009, was originally meant to provide office space at lower rates to young and upcoming IT entrepreneurs, who otherwise, couldn't afford capital investment to purchase or take on rent offices at IT Park. The EDC would be a state-of-the art building where small and medium-sized IT companies would occupy the built-up space for software development, research and development and other high-value export-oriented services.



CHB revokes its decision on freehold, transfer of flats

Chandigarh, November 23
Taking a serious note of the violations in the Chandigarh Housing Board flats, the authorities today reverted to its resolution of giving permission of freehold and transfer of flats without checking the violations.

CHB chairman Satya Gopal has issued directions to officials that freehold and transfer of the flats would not be allowed without checking the violations in flats.

The decision was taken as the board was finding it hard to check violations in flats. In a recent survey, the CHB authorities found that about 70 per cent of the CHB flats had major violations.

Reacting to the decision of the CHB, chairman of the Chandigarh Resident Federation Nirmal Datt said it was strange that the board had reverted from its decision. He said the federation would meet Railway Minister and local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal next week to resolve the issue. — TNS



CIC asks GMCH to check misuse of water, power
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
The Central Information Commission (CIC) in its recent order has asked Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Chandigarh, to check the misuse of water and electricity on its premises.

On the appeal filed by Harmeet Singh, a resident of Sector 46, the CIC said: “Suffice to say that both water and electricity are national resources. Wastage of these resources cannot be countenanced particularly when the country is suffering from the shortage of both these resources. It is therefore in national interest to optimise the use of water and electricity. The commission would like to advise the Director-cum-Principal of the GMCH, Chandigarh, to consider designating an officer to check the misuse of water and electricity in the larger public interest.”

Complainant Harmeet Singh had sought the information that whether the hospital administration had deputed any official for checking the misuse of water and electricity on the campus. Harmeet said after failing to get positive response from the hospital administration, he had filed an appeal before CIC.

Besides, Harmeet had also sought information regarding policy guidelines on the eligibility of officers for use of air-conditioners in the offices. He had also sought list of officers who are entitled to the use of air-conditioners in their offices and list of officers who are using air conditioners in their offices without being entitled for them. He also sought details of amount of EPF deposited in the account of contractual employees.

Now, the CIC has directed the GMCH to provide the information to the applicant within four weeks. 

  • On the appeal filed by Harmeet Singh, a resident of Sector 46, the CIC said: “Suffice to say that both water and electricity are national resources. Wastage of these resources cannot be countenanced particularly when the country is suffering from the shortage of both these resources. It is therefore in national interest to optimise the use of water and electricity.



Destination IT @ North receives overwhelming response
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
After witnessing a good response from the IT industry in the region, the two-day Destination IT @North concluded today.

Prerna Puri, Secretary, IT, Chandigarh Administration, said they had received an overwhelming response and feedback from all stakeholders, especially the industry, for Destination IT @ North because of addition of various new features to the event to promote ICT and benefit the industry.

"The Administration will continue to extend support to the industry and will work for the optimum utilisation of space in the city to attain higher growth of ICT in the region," she added.

Sofi Zahoor, senior director, HR India and Japan Operations, QuarkXPress, said, "This region has attained a tremendous branding in the world as an ICT hub due to such events and supportive policies of the governments. We at Quark are now doing 90 per cent of our operations from Chandigarh region as against 10 per cent to begin with. Even Infosys has registered its best revenue growth from here. This is testimony to the fact that this region has a conducive and congenial climate for ICT business."

Sameer Goel, Chairman, CII Chandigarh Council, shared, "One of the new aspects of Destination IT @ North was the "Consultation Clinics" where in top industry leaders, venture capitalists and funding agencies addressed the challenges and concerns of the IT entrepreneurs from the region. They got solutions to a whole lot of their queries."

  • Ram Ganeshan, professor, Mason School of Business, The College of William and Mary, USA, and visiting faculty, Indian School of Business, said, "Every person who touches the product adds cost to it and information, communication and technology (ICT) is highly related to the supply chain management. There is a significant potential in the area of supply chain management. More than 35,000 people are needed in the field hence the universities across India, especially North, should gear up to meet the demand



When students' patience ran thin
Were made to wait for over two hours for UT Adviser to flag off parade
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
About 400 students from various colleges were made to wait for more than two hours for the UT Adviser to flag off the carnival parade on the opening day of the Chandigarh carnival that began today at Leisure Valley.

All students started lining up for the parade at around 9-9.30 am and it was about 12.30 pm that it was flagged off by the chief guest, KK Sharma, UT Adviser to the Administrator.

The students said they could have easily congregated at 10.30-11 am and then participated in the event. But they were asked to start early and reach the ground by 9 am. They said they had left without taking breakfast and had to spend so many hours on empty stomach.

A student, Loki Kino from a private institute, said, "We came as early as 8.30 am. “I started at 8 am to reach the venue. They think students have all the time in the world and can be put to inconvenience as and when they want us to,” he said.

“We were told that it would begin by 10-11 am, but it took so long. It becomes so difficult to wait unnecessarily,” he added.

A student of a local college, Raman, said earlier the carnival would start between 10-11 am, but this year it really got delayed.

Organiser of the event AK Malhotra, CITCO general manager, said the official time of the parade was 12 noon only. There was no delay. No inconvenience was meted out to anybody.

Meanwhile, Sharma flagged off the carnival parade of decorated floats which saw young ethnic group of visitors from North East mingling with other artistes and children dressed in colourful costumes. The parade went around the City Beautiful to spread merriment and joy among the residents.

The tableaus depicting different characters of dreamland have been prepared by the students of College of Arts. With the theme, Dreamland, the students have conceptualised and executed about 20 colourful attractive and dominating floats right from Doremon to sea horse, fairy, fantasy eagle, mermaid have been created on the rickshaws by the students.



Mystery surrounding Jyoti's death deepens
Spoke to a person 10 to 12 times everyday
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 23
It was learnt that 24-year-old Jyoti, who was found murdered in Panchkula on Thursday, used to talk to a person 10 to 12 times a day. The police is looking for the man whose mobile tower location was traced to Zirakpur.

Jyoti's mobile tower location was also traced to Zirakpur after which her cellphone was switched off.

The police found a greeting card which was sent to the victim. "Love you laddoo" was written on the card.

“On the fateful day, the victim had spoken to the person for about one hour and 10 minutes," said a senior police official.

Jyoti's kin said the manager and the youth supported the family financially. “Though the family claims that the manager had come with some contractor in Jyoti’s sister wedding

two years ago and had even given a shagun of Rs 31,000, the photographs are of some other persons," said a police official.

“Though her salary was Rs 8,000, still she was earning Rs 50,000 per month. Someone from her office used to visit her place and spent a lot of money on Jyoti,” said a relative of the deceased.



Healthy meal for children at just `2
Central Social Welfare Board has not revised diet rates at crèches since 2003
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
Various crèches in the city that cater to the children of working parents are being paid just Rs 2 per meal by the Central Social Welfare Board.

Interestingly, the diet rate was fixed by the board in 2003 and till date, the rates have not been revised.

Though a proposal was mooted about three years ago to increase the rate from Rs 2 to Rs 8 per day, nothing has been done 
so far. The issue was raised today by 45 NGOs during a special meeting convened by the board chairman, Kamlesh, to discuss the problems faced by these organisations.

It was pointed out in the meeting by the representatives of the NGOs that the annual funds released by the board for providing a healthy diet to children in the 3 to 5 age group were nominal.

Members of an NGO told the chairman that the board was supposed to release a contingency grant to the organisations every five years.

Records of the board revealed that last year a number of meetings were held with the CII for providing medical assistance to the children in crèches, but the move failed to yield good results.

Medical check-ups of these children have not been conducted. The members asked the board to request the area dispensary doctors to visit the crèches for a routine check-up of all children.

The board chairman said next week she would visit the headquarters of the board and take up the matter with the higher authorities.

She told the NGOs to raise the contribution of funds.

The representatives of the crèches said a majority of parents were unable to pay even the nominal charges (Rs 20 for BPL families and Rs 60 for above BPL families).

The NGOs brought to the notice of the chairman that it was very difficult to run a crèche from a rented accommodation as they faced various problems there.

They stated that many a times they had to leave the place due to nuisance created by children. They added that they had taken up the problem with the authorities a number of times, but to no avail.

They said each helper was getting Rs 1,000 per month as honorarium. They urged the board chairman to revise the pay scale. 



Sanitation panel recommends purchase of 42 litter bins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
A meeting of the sanitation committee of the municipal corporation was held today. The committee recommended the purchase of 42 litter bins for the market area of Sector 17. To provide better sanitation facilities, the committee stated that 250 wheel barrows would be purchased. The committee also recommended the agenda item regarding enhancement of salary for sanitary inspectors engaged through a service provider from

Rs 8,000 per month to Rs 12,000 per month and send the same agenda to the General House.

The meeting was attended by HC Kalyan and Darshan Kumar Garg, Senior Deputy Mayor, DS Sandhu, Pardeep Chhabra, Mukesh Bassi, Rajesh Gupta and Dr BK Salwan, Medical Officer (Health) and senior officials of the civic body.

Encroachments removed, 75 challaned

The enforcement wing of the municipal corporation today removed encroachments from various parts of Sector 19 and Sector 21. During the drive, 75 challans were issued to violators.

The enforcement team removed and seized readymade garments, counters, stands and cylinders from Sadar Market, Sector 19, and rehris, scooters, parts of two-wheelers, helmets and tools were seized from Sector 21.



Teachers go on chain hunger strike
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
In continuing the struggle for their pending demands, the teaching, retired and non-teaching staff of non-government aided colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh observed a chain fast in Chandigarh.

The demonstration was held in front of the DPI (Colleges) Punjab's office, on a call given by the Joint Action Committee of retired, teaching and non-teaching employees for the implementation of Pension and Gratuity Scheme of 1996.

Prof Uma Joshi, who retired from MCMDAV College said, “we spent our lives serving the society but the government washed its hands off us on retirement. We request the state government to understand our plight as we are now dependent on our wards and are deprived of a digni-fied life”.

Dr Kuldip Singh, general secretary, Panjab Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) said, “teachers and teaching employees would continue the fast till November 26”.



2nd UN conference at Vivek High 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
The second International Model United Nations Conference, VHSMUN 2012, kicked off at Vivek High School today. On till November 26, the conference started with a musical performance by Asim Halwari, a budding piano player, who has trained under AR Rahman.

The junior wing students of the school performed the Saraswati Vandana, while ‘Hence Proved’, the rock band of the school, presented a musical performance. Various dance performances like contemporary and hip-hop were performed at the occasion.

Secretary General, Sahiba Khurrana declared the MUN open. The executive board was introduced to the delegates and the mascot of the conference, ‘Pantastic Panda’ was unveiled.

Over 15 schools, including 55 Lahore Grammar School, Pakistan, Scholastica High School, Bangladesh, Daly College, Indore, Modern School, Delhi, Lawrence School, Sanawar, Maharani Gaytri Devi School, Jaipur, Chittagong Grammar School, Bangladesh, are participating in the event.



school notes
Painting competition

Eco-Club of the school organised a painting competition, in which 88 students from various schools participated. The participants were given the topic ‘safety of migratory birds’. The event was held in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology, Chandigarh, at Sukhna Lake regulatory end. Former Prof Inderjeet Gupta, from Govt Art College, Chandigarh, was the chief guest and the judge for the occasion.


CBSE organised a ‘heritage quiz’ for the schools of North India, Panchkula chapter today. About 145 teams were short listed from Punjab, Haryana, J & K, Himachal and Chandigarh for the quiz
to which DAV-15 played host.

The activity was divided in written and oral rounds. Pranav Mukherjee conducted the quiz.

Cultural event

Cultural Fiesta-2012, the annual event of Manav Mangal High School, commenced at Manav Mangal SMART SCHOOL, Mohali, today. Besides entertaining the audience with cultural items, children also conveyed the message of importance of values in our lives.


ICSE Inter-School Science Symposium was held at St Xavier’s school today. Around 96 students from 10 ICSE schools of the tricity took part in it. Vice-Chairman, St Xavier’s Group of Schools, I William Gosain was the chief guest. He also gave away prizes to the winners.

Poem recitation

An English recitation competition was held at the kindergarten block of the school. The little ones displayed their phonetic & verbal skills with immense confidence and rhythm. The participants used interesting props and actions to impress the judges. 



Students paying extra for meals

Chandigarh, November 23
Students of PU are unaware of the fact that the shops at Student Centre have rolled back the rates of meals after the students’ agitation. They are still paying the previous rates. In the absence of separate rate lists, students are being overcharged by the shopkeepers.

Following a ten-day protest over the hike in food rates in PU hostels and student center, the authorities had decided that the new rates of beverages and food served at the center would only be charged from outsiders.

Sunny Mehta, an NSUI leader, said most of the students are not aware of the decision and shopkeepers are hiding the fact, charging the same amount from outsiders and the students. “It’s been more then a week since the decision has been taken, however, still the students are being charged the hiked rates”, he added. — TNS



Chandigarh Carnival under way
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, November 23
The Chandigarh Carnival started amidst the beating of drums and merriment by visitors at the Leisure Valley today.

The mega fest was inaugurated by KK Sharma, adviser to the UT Administrator, by releasing balloons.

Cultural performances by the North Zone Cultural Centre went on throughout the day, along with performances of the local artists at the mini stage. A special souvenir shop, a pavilion of Le-Corbusier centre and a vintage car exhibition in the Museum & Art Gallery are also a part of the carnival.

Sikkim’s mask dance enthralled the crowd in the evening. A Delhi-based dance troupe performed the mask dance that was weaved in three parts.

Punjabi singer Satinder Sartaj will perform tomorrow evening. 



Youth electrocuted 

Panchkula, November 23
A 23-year-old youth was electrocuted to death after he came in contact with a high-tension wire while working at a sewerage treatment plant in Hotel Shiraaz1 at Sector 5, Panchkula. The victim, Ram Gopal, was rushed to General Hospital in Sector 6, Panchkula.

Gopal hailed from Lucknow and had been working in the hotel for the past 15 days.

"Gopal was cleaning the tanks at the rear of the hotel. He lost balance and came in contact with the electricity wire," said a police official.

He was rushed to the hospital, where he was declared dead. Owner of Hotel Shiraaz1 JS Shangari said he was not asked to clean up the tanks. He added, “As he was about to fall he caught hold of the wire and got electrocuted.”

The body was handed over to the family after an autopsy. — TNS



Fake certificates a ‘saviour’
Student submits fake certificates to condone lectures ahead of semester exams 
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 23
Students of Panjab University are on a spree of submitting fake medical certificates to cover shortage of lectures.

A case in this matter came to light from the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS). The student had furnished a certificate from a doctor who never existed and on being caught, he submitted another certificate from a Mohali based doctor, even changing the illness this time. The case has been sent to the law officer for opinion, as the university is mulling action against the student.

PU officials said, during a scrutiny of the documents submitted by a student, it was discovered that the certificates did not have the address of the doctor who had issued the medical certificate. It was later discovered that the doctor did not exist at all!

“On objections raised by the authorities, the student removed the certificate and furnished another one, issued from a doctor based in Mohali”, officials said.

The student even changed the cause of illness in the ‘new’ certificate.

According to the PU calendar, false representation to appear in an examination may lead to disqualification from appearing in the exam for minimum two-years.

As the semester exams are approaching, the university is regularly receiving medical certificates from students for condonation of lectures. All these certificates violate the PU calendar as it states that the medical certificate should be submitted within seven days of recovery.

PU Registrar AK Bhandari, when contacted, said they were verifying all the documents submitted by the students and it was the duty of the respective departments to check the certificates. 



Teachers posts will be filled within a year
Our Correspondent

SS Malooka Dera Bassi, November 23
The Punjab Education Minister, Sikander Singh Malooka, said all vacant posts of teachers in the state would be fulfilled within one year. He assured that the infrastructure need of the schools would also be met in the coming three years and plans are already in place for this purpose.

Malooka was addressing a gathering, on the occasion of upgradation of Government High School, Dera Bassi, to senior secondary school. He advised teachers to achieve good results so that students are attracted towards the government schools. Six schools at the state level and as many at the district level were honoured for showing good results. He admitted that the governments did not give due attention towards education system, resulting in slow down of the overall development.

Speaking on the occasion, chief parliamentary secretary NK Sharma said the state government had provided Rs 18 crore for the development of education system in Dera Bassi block. Tehsildar Mandeep Singh Dhillon, district and block education officers and municipal council president Baljinder Kaur were also present at the ceremony.



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