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All set for UT police-DANIPS merger
Joining of city force by 5 DSPs from Delhi on deputation Home Affairs Ministry’s first move in this direction
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
The first-ever induction of five Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) from Delhi on a two-year deputation with the UT police has come in the wake of a move of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to merge the DSP cadre of the Chandigarh Police with the DANIPS (the Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Services) cadre.

In a formal notification inducting five DSPs from Delhi into the UT police, the MHA has stated, “It has been decided, in principle, to merge the DSP cadre of the Chandigarh Police with DANIPS. Necessary amendments to the DANIPS rules will be made in due course after the completion of procedural formalities.”

The move has come as a major step in reforming the policing system as the UT police force was till now the only force in the counntry where DSPs never used to get transferred out of the city. Only last month, the UT Administration had communicated to the MHA that it would not be able to spare DSPs from Chandigarh for posting in other union territories of the country. However, with more DSPs from other states likely to be inducted and 18 posts having already been filled, the seven DSPs, who belong to the UT cadre, are likely to be transferred out to other UTs once the complete merger of the UT cadre with DANIPS takes place.

In a fresh development, the UT has also mooted a proposal for inducting DSPs from central police organisations such as the CRPF, the ITBP and the BSF into the UT police. The recent induction of five DSPs from Delhi has resulted in filling 18 posts of DSP in the UT police against a total of 23 vacant posts. Five posts of DSP are still lying vacant.

Police sources said lack of qualified officers in the UT police had provoked it to seek additional officers from central organisations. The sources said the Inspector-level cadre of the UT police also needed to be incorporated in DANIPS. There are 65 inspectors in the UT police.

UT mulls inducting DSPs from central forces

In a fresh development, the UT has mooted a proposal for inducting DSPs from central police organisations such as the CRPF, the ITBP and the BSF into the UT police

Five DSPs who have joined from Delhi

  • Surjit Singh Malik
  • Vijay Kumar
  • Ram Chander Meena
  • Jaldhari Lal Meena
  • Kamla Devi Meena



Blow to 7 local DSPs, may now have to move out of city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
Even as the first move of the MHA for the merger of the DSP cadre of the UT police with DANIPS has been welcomed by senior police officers, who feel that the entry of the new incumbents will help improve the overall efficiency of the force, some of the seven UT police DSPs are resenting the move. These DSPs, who are nearing retirement in two to three years, may have to pack their bags to settle in another city at a time when they have spent 34 years of their policing career in Chandigarh.

Of the 18 posts of DSP that are currently occupied, seven are from Chandigarh, three each from Punjab and Haryana and five from Delhi.

The current lot of seven Chandigarh Police DSPs includes DSP Roshan Lal, who joined as a constable in 1979 and was promoted as the DSP, Communication, in 2003. The remaining six DSPs had joined the UT police as ASIs in 1979. They are DSP Aswini Kumar, DSP BS Chadha, DSP Jagbir Singh, DSP Satbir Singh, DSP Vijay Kumar and DSP BS Negi.

They have been DSPs for five years. They were promoted as DSPs in 2007.

The proposed UT police-DANIPS merger, which has been hanging fire for many years, has been a topic of heated debate in police circles and has evoked strong reactions, both in favour and against it. The entire DSP brigade of the Chandigarh Police

has been unanimous in resisting the move.

Over the years, the UT police has developed an image of a divided force with some DSPs openly seen arguing to the point of defiance with their seniors.

A policeman, who joins the UT police as an ASI, usually becomes a DSP without serving outside Chandigarh. The only “transfer” that any Chandigarh Police official ever gets is between the 11 police stations and 17 police posts in the city, besides various departments of the Chandigarh Police.



Siliguri girl stripped, tortured by couple in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
In a horrifying incident, a 20-year-old girl from Siliguri in West Bengal was stripped, beaten up and brutally hit on her private parts by a couple at their rented one-room accommodation in Sector 41 last night. The girl, who resisted going to a hotel for flesh trade, was also captured nude in a video by the accused, who blackmailed her to be a sex worker.

The incident came to light only when the victim tried to escape from the clutches of the couple in the morning and tied herself to a bedsheet in an attempt to jump from the second floor to escape.

She fell and sustained injuries. Neighbours called the police after a hue and cry was raised as at the first instance it appeared that she had attempted suicide.

The police has arrested the accused couple, 35-year-old Naresh, a resident of Meerut, and his live-in partner Seema, a resident of Kolkata, in a case of rape attempt, unnatural sex, wrongful confinement, criminal intimidation, threatening, assault and causing hurt under Sections 342, 352, 323, 506, 376, 511, 377 and 392 of the IPC and various Sections of the IT Act. A case has been registered at the Sector 39 police station.

The victim was taken to a hospital where her medical examination confirmed that she was sexually exploited and an attempt had been made to rape her as there were injuries on her private parts. The police has also booked a person by the name of ‘Raja Bhaiya’ in the FIR as he was the one who had introduced the girl to the accused woman, Seema, in Delhi.

In her statement to the police, the victim said she came to Delhi from West Bengal with her sister through a person known to her, whom she addressed as Raja Bhaiya.

“Raja Bhaiya introduced me to Seema in Delhi. Seema asked me to come to Chandigarh along with her, where she promised me to provide a job. We reached Chandigarh at 10.30 last night. There were two more girls with me when Seema asked me to go to a hotel to have physical relations with someone. As I resisted, both Seema and her friend Naresh stripped me and beat me up. Naresh also made a video and blackmailed me,” the girl told the police.

“The couple continued to thrash and sexually abuse her till 2 am, when she finally fell asleep. In the morning, she got up and tried to escape when she fell from the second floor,” said Inspector Charanjeet Singh, SHO of the Sector 39 police station.

The police has recovered the video footage from the accused, who would be produced in court tomorrow. The accused also robbed the girl of her mobile phone.

Flesh trade racket?

The victim told the police that there were two more girls who had come along with her. The girls have been recovered by the police and will be made witnesses in the case. The police is trying to find out the hotels where these girls were to be sent. It is likely to make more arrests in the coming days. The incident has exposed human trafficking in the city as the girl was brought to the city on the pretext of providng her a job as a maid.

Man, live-in partner held

The police has arrested the accused couple, 35-year-old Naresh, a resident of Meerut, and his live-in partner Seema, a resident of Kolkata, in a case of rape attempt, unnatural sex, wrongful confinement, criminal intimidation, threatening, assault and causing hurt under Sections 342, 352, 323, 506, 376, 511, 377 and 392 of the IPC and various Sections of the IT Act



Two youths rape woman, arrested
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 10
A 30-year-old woman was allegedly raped by two youths when she asked for a lift for Barwala near the Barwala-Ambala road this evening. She was forcibly taken to Morni and raped. The victim, who hails from Nepal, works at a poultry farm near Barwala and had asked for a lift from the two youths, who were passing by in a Tata 407 vehicle. The two youths were nabbed by the police near Morni late this evening. They have been identified as Kapil and Rohit, both from Himachal Pradesh.

A naka was laid to nab the youths near Morni. The accused tried to injure policemen and while doing so their car banged into the barricades. A case under Section 307 (attempt to murder) has also been registered against the two.

"According to the woman, she asked for a lift from the duo to go to a poultry farm. The accused gave her a life, but instead of dropping her near Barwala, they took her to an isolated place near Morni and raped her," said Inspector Satish Kumar, SHO of the Chandimandir police station.

He said, "When the woman raised the alarm, they took her near Bhurr village and dumped her there."

Two cases have been registered against them, one under Section 376 (gangrape) and the other under Section 307 (attempt to murder) at the Chandimandir police station.



5 held for attack on police station
Tribune News Service

A policeman shows damaged windowpanes at the police station; and (right) arms seized from the attackers
A policeman shows damaged windowpanes at the police station; and (right) arms seized from the attackers.
Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Mohali, January 10
The police today arrested five persons, including a woman, after registering a case of attempt to murder against 13 persons in connection with the last night attack on the Naya Gaon police station.

Of the arrested persons, three are members of Sandeep Sandhu’s family. Sandeep was arrested on the charges of assault and preventing a public servant from discharging his duty last evening. To free Sandeep from police custody, his father Pawan Sandhu, mother Pritpal Kaur and brother Amandeep Sandhu, along with at least 20 persons, many of whom were armed with swords, lathis and stones, had attacked the police station at around 10.45 pm last night.

The police has arrested Pawan Sandhu, who is the driver of Haryana IES officer Hawa Singh, Director, Special Secretary (Finance), Pritpal Kaur, Amandeep Sandhu, Parteek Thakur and Amit Kumar Saini. The others, who have been booked in the case included Harman Singh, Parveen Kumar, Johny, Tinni, Tony, Chatin Saini and Gurwinder Singh Laddi. All the accused are said to be the residents of Naya Gaon. Amit Saini had recently returned from Perth, Australia, where he runs his own business.

Meanwhile, DSP Rajinder Singh Sohal said during the attack, three policemen were injured. “Amit Saini, who was carrying a sword, tried to hit the ‘munshi’, Dharam Chand, but he managed to escape with a cut on his hand. Our three constables, Pawan Kumar, Dharwinder and Sandip Singh also suffered minor injuries in the attack,” said DSP Sohal.

Sohal added that the attack was pre-planned to free Sandeep. “More than 20 persons came in five vehicles and barged into the police station exactly at that moment when Sandeep was taken out of the lockup to answer the call of nature”, said the DSP, adding that only five policemen were present at the police station then.

“While some of them, carrying swords, lathis and rods, barged into the police stations, the others started hurling stones at the building. They tried to take Sandeep along with them but our policemen foiled their attempt,” said Sohal. Extra force was called to deal with the attackers.

Meanwhile, the accused were produced in a court in the evening. The court remanded Pritpal Kaur and Sandeep Sandhu in judicial custody while Pawan Sandhu, Amandeep Sandhu, Parteek Thakur and Amit Saini have been sent to two-day police remand.

Notably, the police had arrested Sandeep, a resident of Naya Gaon, when he assaulted the policemen on duty at a naka last evening. Sandeep has done BTech from Devi Dayal College at Barwala and is unemployed, said the police.

SSP denies political angle to attack

Denying any political angle in the attack on the police station, Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the police had investigated the backgrounds of all the accused but none of them had been found having any political connection. “Most of the accused are youngsters, having ordinary backgrounds. Attacking the policemen in the police station is really a serious matter. No guilty would be spared,” said SSP Rajinder.

Attack Plan hatched over dinner

The police has said the plan to free Sandhu was made when his family, along with his close friends, came to give him food at the police station about an hour before the attack. “Just before the attack, Sandeep asked the policeman on duty to take him out of the lockup for answering the call of nature. Exactly at that time some of the attackers, who were present outside the police station, entered the building scaling the wall while the others started hitting the main gate of the police station with rods and ‘lathis’. In the melee, the attackers managed to make Sandhu sit in a Gypsy, which was parked outside the station, but our policemen managed foiled the attempt”, said the DSP.


Third Shatabdi a hit
50 per cent of the executive class tickets booked
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
More than 50 per cent of the executive class tickets of the third Kalka Shatabdi were sold on the first day of booking for the train, which will be flagged off from Chandigarh on January 14.

According to the booking record, for the Chandigarh-Delhi journey, out of a total of 56 seats under the executive class category, 30 had been booked till 6 pm today, and of a total of 780 seats in the chair car category, 256 had been booked. Even the response to booking for the return journey from Delhi to Chandigarh is also excellent with 34 seats of the executive class and 195 seats of the chair car category having been booked till 6 pm.

Officials said the fare of the executive class would be Rs 1,080, including service tax and charges for lunch during the afternoon journey and dinner during the evening journey. The fare of the chair car will be Rs 513 for both the afternoon and evening trains. The officials at the booking counters said inquiries about the third Shatabdi had been on since morning.

Railway Divisional Manager PK Sangi said the response on the first day of booking for the third Shatabdi was good and more rush was expected on the weekends.

During a visit to the booking counter, it was found that there was a waiting list of 100 or 120 passengers for the morning Shatabdi. Most residents were cancelling their morning Shatabdi tickets and booking for the afternoon Shatabdi to get confirmed tickets. Sushma (70), the waiting number of whom in the list for the morning Shatabdi of January 13 was 50, said it was very difficult for a senior citizen like her to travel in the morning amid biting cold. The new Shatabdi timings are suitable and convenient for elderly persons.

A college student, Reshmi Verma, who was standing in a queue at the booking counters, said she and her friends wanted to enjoy the ride on the first day on the new train. As the fare of this train is the highest compared to other Shatabdis, the quality of food served on it would be better.

The afternoon Shatabdi will be flagged off by Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal from the Chandigarh railway station at 11:40 am and it will reach New Delhi at 3:00 pm. The train will leave Delhi at 7:15 pm and reach Chandigarh at 10:35 pm.



SHOs can’t issue residence proof certificates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
The Station House Officers (SHOs) of the Chandigarh Police will no longer be allowed to issue residence proof certificates for the purpose of vehicle registration or getting a driver’s licence from the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA).

The District Administration has now decided to be strict while accepting documents as proof of residence for the issuing of registration certificate or driver’s licence at the RLA.

While asking the general public to submit to the authority only the genuine proof of residence, the administration has done away with the old practice of accepting a report of the area SHO as a proof of residence.

At a meeting chaired by the Deputy Commissioner, Mohammed Shayin, it was decided to delete the clause from the checklist given by the RLA. It was also decided that instead of one year, applicants would be asked to furnish income tax returns of the last three years as one of the proofs of residence.

The DC said the amendments would be published in the information booklet within the next one week. “The SSP has already directed the SHOs not to issue any certificate of residence proof,” he said.

It had come to the notice of the authorities that in order of get vehicle registration number of Chandigarh, a number of applicants gave the details of Chandigarh-based companies in the address column. The officials also received certain complaints about tampering with ration cards.

Relaxation in UID card norm

With regard to the recent decision of the RLA to make mandatory the submission of a copy of the UID card as a proof of identity, it has now been decided that the applicant would not be required to furnish the same in case of renewal of vehicles after 15 years, 20 yeas and 25 years, seeking the NOC to be given to other state administrations, termination of hypothecation, defence personnel, central government employees, addition of hypothecation and vehicles to be registered in the names of companies, departments or organisations.

“In case the UID card is not available, one can give a copy of the receipt of the application for the UID card or the print of the card downloaded from the Internet. The UID is primarily a proof of identity,” clarified officials at the RLA.

The use of the UID card was made mandatory so as to encourage the public to get their UID cards made for the future.

Defaulters to face legal action

Balbir Singh, State Transport Authority (STA), said the RLA authorities could verify the proof of residence submitted by an applicant. If the documents are found to be bogus, legal action would be initiated against the defaulter.



Tragedy averted at Mohali village
Pillars of four four-storeyed showrooms develop cracks
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 10
A major tragedy was averted today when the pillars of four four-storeyed showrooms in a row started giving way today evening at Shahi Majra village here.

Over 200 persons, mostly youngsters, were present in the showrooms, which house several shops, computer retailers and placement centres there.

Several persons, who were present in the showrooms at the time of the incident, said they heard a loud noise and felt a jolt at around 4.30 PM.

“Firstly, I thought it was an earthquake and I asked everyone to run out of the building,” said Bhupinder Singh, who works at ISSSD Security Service, whose office is located in the building.

“When we came down, we were shocked to see the cemented material of two front pillars of the building giving way,” he added.

Similarly, Ashish Kumar, who runs Career Art on the third floor of the building, said he was busy in his work when all of a sudden he felt a shock. “Then I saw people running down for safety,” said Ashish.

Most of the shopkeepers were seen taking out their valuable goods out of the shops at the site. “I think that the building will cave in as the construction material seemed to be substandard,” said another shopkeeper.

Bir Singh, who runs Jai Lakshami Fabrics shop in the building, said goods worth about Rs 20 lakh were lying in his shop. “I don’t dare to enter in it now,” said Bir Singh.

Meanwhile, some of the shopkeepers started laying steel supporters and wooden poles to give support to the roof, along with the damaged pillars.

A team of the police immediately reached at the site. A fire tender was also sent to the spot to deal with any emergency.

“You see, the width of the each pillar is about nine inches and they have constructed four-storeyed building on it, along with basements. It is evidently an unsafe building,” said one of the shopkeepers there.

An owner of one of the showrooms, Colonel SS Sohi, said he had bought the showroom around seven years ago. “Like me, all owners have bought the already constructed showrooms,” said Sohi.



Swine flu case reported

Chandigarh, January 10
One more case of swine flu was reported from the PGI today. A woman from Rajpura with symptoms of swine flu was admitted to the hospital, taking the total number of swine flu cases at the institute to 10.

A spokesperson said one out of the 10 patients admitted earlier was discharged today.

Of the 10 cases, four patients are from Chandigarh. The other patients are from Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab. — TNS



IES officer’s car among impounded vehicles
One of the attackers is his driver

Among five vehicles, which the attackers used in the attack on the Naya Gaon police station, one car belonged to Haryana-cadre Indian Economic Service (IES) officer.

The DSP, Rajinder Singh Sohal, said the members of Sandeep’s family, Pawan Sandhu, Pritpal Kaur and Amandeep Sandhu, came in an SX-4 (having a red beckon). They left the vehicle when the policemen retaliated.

“We found that the car, bearing registration number HR70 L-0065, belonged to Haryana IES officer Hawa Singh, Director, Special Secretary (Finance). Then we came to know that Pawan Sandhu, Sandeep’s father, is the Haryana cadre IES officer’s driver,” said Sohal.

When asked whether the IES officer inquired about the vehicle or the police informed him about the development, the DSP said they would inform the officer soon about it.

“We did not get any call from the officer. May be he is not aware of the development but we will inform him soon,” said Sohal.

Along with the VIP vehicle, the police has also impounded a Swift (PB65R-477) and an I-20 (CH01AM 2357). The I-20 belonged to Sandeep while the Swift is owned by his friend Amit Saini.



Lohri celebrations
Rivalry among Congress councillors comes to the fore
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
Internal rivalry among Congress councillors has once again surfaced when city Mayor Subhash Chawla agreed to take part in the Lohri celebrations of the Sector 21 Residents’ Welfare Association (RWA). Area councillor Mukesh Bassi (who represents Sectors 18, 19 and 21) has been completely sidelined in this entire episode.

The Lohri celebrations, scheduled for January 11, are being organised by the Sector 21 RWA, whose president, a Congress rebel, had independently contested the MC elections in 2011 against Mukesh Bassi, official candidate of the Congress.

In the invitation card of the Lohri programme, Mukesh Bassi’s name is also missing.

Besides, keeping in mind the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress is also planning to include the RWA president in the Congress, but in this process as well, Mukesh Bassi is never consulted, sources added.

Bassi said he was neither consulted nor invited in the programme.

Another Congress councillor and a former Mayor, Pardeep Chhabra, said every councillor should get due respect and regard in his ward.

It is worth mentioning here that Mukesh Bassi was also one of the contenders for the Mayor’s post this year but ultimately Congress High Command finalised the name of Subhash Chawla.

This is not for the first time that an argument has arisen among Congress councillors. Earlier on January 1, minutes after the victory in Mayoral elections, a scuffle broke out between councillor Satprakash Aggarwal and a former councillor Bhupinder Singh Badheri in the Mayor’s room. For the post of Mayor, Bhupinder Singh Badheri was lobbying for Subhash Chawla’s name and Sat Prakash Aggarwal, who was also one of the contenders for the Mayor’s post, was aware of it.



Estate Office removes partition from showroom
Tribune News Service

Enforcement staff of the UT estate office remove a partition from a shop in Sector 22 in Chandigarh on Thursday
Enforcement staff of the UT estate office remove a partition from a shop in Sector 22 in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, January 10
The UT Estate Office today removed a partition from a showroom in Sector 22 here. Officials supervising the drive said the owners of the showroom did not stop the violation despite being issued a notice under Section 10 of the Capital of Punjab (Development and Regulation) Act - 1952. The officials said acting tough on the violators, the estate office had stepped up its drive against the cases of misuse and building violation.

“Despite having no stay from courts, there are many building owners who continue with the violations. We are starting a concerted drive against such violators. Many are being issued penalty notices and others are being issued sealing notices,” said Rahul Gupta, Assistant Estate Officer.

UT to give 15-day notice to govt offices

The UT estate office has decided to give a final 15-day notice to the Haryana and Punjab offices in Sector 17 for glazing corridors. Several notices have been issued by the estate office in previous occasions, but to no avail.



Get ready to pay fine for littering

Chandigarh, January 10
In an attempt to improve the sanitation condition of the City Beautiful, the Municipal Corporation today decided to impose a fine on throwing garbage in the open. The challans would be released only through the local districts court.

City Mayor Subhash Chawla said now whosoever would throw garbage in the open, MC officials would impose a fine of Rs 500 on the violators. He said earlier people were not taking challans seriously, therefore now they had decided that challans would be released only through court.

Chawla said no official or councillor would be authorised to reduce the amount of the fine.

The civic body today also gave challaning powers to all chief sanitary inspectors, sanitary inspectors, sub-divisional engineers and junior engineers. An MC official said challan books would be issued by the office of Medical Officer of Health and officials would submit the challaning amount with the same department after challaning the violators. — TNS



Sarabhai highlights plight of women
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
A spectacular and enthralling performance, “Women with Broken Wings”, by Dr Mallika Sarabhai and Pianist Elizabeth mesmerised the audience at Tagore Theatre. The event was organised by the Chandigarh Police in collaboration with the Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42.

The performance depicted the plight of women throughout the world that took a special meaning after the Delhi gang rape incident. It aimed at generating awareness about the need to raise a collective voice against every act of violence against women.

Mallika with her lyrical but strong movements accompanied by stillness of eyes complemented Elizabeth’s rendition on the piano.

Answering queries, Mallika emphasised that we must stop pointing fingers at the victim, and instead focus the accusations on the perpetrators of violence. She said that though it was very difficult to step out of the house in such an environment, it was more traumatic and dehumanising to be a continuous victim of violence.



Evils of casteism in focus at Tagore Theatre

Artistes perform in the play “Court Martial” at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Thursday
Artistes perform in the play “Court Martial” at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Chandigarh, January 10
On the fourth day of the Eighth TFT Winter Theatre Festival, the much acclaimed production “Court Martial” was staged at Tagore Theatre today. The play, directed by city-based theatre director Sudesh Sharma, was staged for the 400th time.

The play was based on the caste system, which is still prevalent in our society and has not spared prestigious institutions such as the Army too. The play depicted the trial of Sawar Ram Chandra, who after being insulted by an upper caste officer, murders one of his officers and injures another.

Everyone starts sympathizing with the accused after his trial begins. War veteran Col Surat Singh, who is presiding the proceedings, also realises that the issue at stake is much larger than what meets the eye.

Court Martial presented a combination of both legal and poetic justice. — TNS



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Residents fete girl child
Residents celebrate “Kudiyan di Lohri” at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Thursday
Residents celebrate “Kudiyan di Lohri” at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

“Kudiyan di Lohri” was celebrated at Sukhna Lake on Thursday. CITCO had invited families blessed with a girl child in the previous year to celebrate her first Lohri with the same enthusiasm as the birth of a male child is traditionally celebrated during this festival. In the evening, huge bonfires were lit in the open area in front of Chef Lakeview. People gathered around the rising flames and savoured “gajak”, jaggery, peanuts and popcorn. Various artistes including Juggy-D, Geeta Zaildar and Rimz J also performed on the occasion.

DM imposes Section 144

In the wake of the protest being planned against the rail price hike in front of the house of Union Minister of Railways Pawan Kumar Bansal in Sector 28, the District Magistrate has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC. DM Mohammed Shayin said that taking out rallies, staging protests, making speeches, raising slogans, or carrying of “lathis” within a radius of 500 meters around the residence of the Minister has been banned from January 11 to January 13.

Successful bidders finalised

In an effort to encourage young entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises in the field of information technology, the Chandigarh Administration has moved a step closer to the setting up of Entrepreneur Development Centre (EDC). The list of successful bidders who had applied for an office space in the EDC has been finalised. The selection of eligible applicants was completed on Wednesday with the opening of financial bids by the committee set up by the administration with representatives from various line departments and the industry.

Retired Prof’s death mourned

The demise of Dr SS Mathur, retired professor of department of education, Panjab University, came as a big shock for many in the city. Several remembered him for not only providing the long-term vision for the development of the department but also for his vast contributions in the filed of philosophical and sociological foundation of the education and educational administration. His close associates said that it was an irreparable loss to the teaching fraternity.

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Cancer awareness

Cancer prevalence is increasing in India; however, the cases can be reduced through simple lifestyle changes, stated Dr JD Wig, director and head, department of general surgery, Fortis Hospital. Dr Wig was addressing over 90 senior citizens at a special free health education lecture organised by the hospital. Talking about cancer and its prevalence, Dr. Wig said, “Cancer is set to become a major health problem in every region of the world. The UN has forecast that global population will increase from to 8.3 billion by 2030. These changes translate to a predicted global burden of 20.3 million new cancer cases by 2030. Over the years, researchers have convincingly shown that lifestyle factors play a huge role in cancer incidence and mortality.”

Farewell party

The department of airlines tourism and hospitality management of Desh Bhagat University organised a farewell party for the BSc final year students. Various activities were organised during the event including fun games, modelling, musical chair and talent show. Sukhvir and Bablu Sharma were crowned Miss Farewell and Mr Farewell respectively. The award for Mr Personality was bagged by Gurpreet Singh, while Rajni Sharma was adjudged Miss Personality. — TNS



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High drama at Saupin’s School
Parents accuse school of misguiding them, submit complaint to police
Tribune News Service
A woman in a jubilant mood after her daughter got admission to the school in Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Thursday
A woman in a jubilant mood after her daughter got admission to the school in Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Thursday

Chandigarh, January 10
After Ankur School in Sector 14, parents are crying foul over the “arbitrary” selection procedure adopted by Saupin’s School, Sector 32. Agitated parents accused the school authorities of misguiding them regarding the selection procedure and called the police too.

At Saupin’s School, parents said that they were clearly informed by the school that the selection would be done through a draw of lots, but no such thing happened today.

“The final list was already on the notice board when we arrived for the draw of lots,” said a parent, Nikhil Jain.

Another parent Nitin, resident of Zirakpur, said that the school deliberately failed to mention the selection procedure during the submission of admission forms.

The parents submitted a written complaint against the alleged harassment and cheating by the school. Police authorities said that they had sent the complaint to the DPI (S).

Parents also raised a hue and cry in front of Vivek High School, Sector 38, where the final selection list based on the point system was released today. The parents alleged the school had deliberately skipped conducting the draw of lot in order to give preference to other students.

‘Our selection criteria were clearly stated’

APS Sidhu, principal of Saupin’s School, said the prospectus as well as the school website clearly stated the criteria for selection. The children residing in the neighbouring sectors and those having siblings studying in the school, besides wards of the staff members were given preference under these criteria, he said. A draw of lots was to be conducted only in the case of EWS category, Sidhu added.

HS Mamik, chairman of Vivek High School, said: “We had clearly told the parents during the registration that the school will follow the point system and the neighbourhood criterion. Of the 90 available seats, 38 were given to students from Sector 38, and 45 were filled by siblings of students or wards of staff.”



panjab university
Miscreants break windowpanes of four cars in hostel parking lot
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
Some unidentified miscreants broke the windowpanes of four cars parked outside the Boy’s Hostel Number 4 at Panjab University here early morning. Although the parking lot is situated just a few metres away from the hostel gate, the security personnel present at the gate was oblivious of the incident.

This happened while the university is making tall claims of strengthening the security on the campus by intensifying patrolling. Moreover, one security guard is always present at the hostel gate and is supposed to man the parking lot of the hostel. While CCTV cameras are installed at all the hostel gates, there are no cameras installed for the surveillance of the parking lots.

The PU authorities came to know about the incident in the morning, when the students saw the broken windowpanes. Around 10 cars were parked in the hostel parking lot when the incident took place. Videography of the damaged cars was done by the university security staff and the students who owned these cars were informed.

One of the students, whose Maruti Suzuki Zen car was damaged in the incident, said that a stereo and speakers were also stolen from the car.

Chief Security Officer (CSO) PK Dhawan said that it seemed some anti-social elements had broken the windowpanes as nothing was missing from the remaining three cars. “We are investigating the matter and the hostel security has being directed to remain alert,” Dhawan said.

The hostel authorities have also directed the students to avoid leaving expensive things in their cars.



Eating vends fleecing students at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
Despite separate rate lists of food and beverages for students and outsiders at Panjab University’s Student Centre, the students end up paying the same amount as the outsiders as the vendors have failed to display these rates. The students submitted a memorandum regarding this to the PU authorities today.

Following a protest staged by the students in November, last year, over the increase in the price of food in hostel messes and Student Centre, the university had decided that at Student Centre food would be available at the older rates for the students, while the new rates would apply only to outsiders. The PU authorities had asked the vendors to display the rate lists; however, the vendors have not complied with the direction.

NSUI leader Sunny Mehta said: “The students who are not aware of the fact that they are supposed to pay less are being fleeced by the shopkeepers, who are making a profit of several thousands of rupees everyday by overcharging the students.”

Mehta said the students had once again submitted a memorandum to the university authorities. “I don’t understand why the university is being lenient with the shopkeepers,” he said.

Students have threatened to launch a massive agitation if the university failed to act immediately.

Mehta said that a drive to inform the students about the different rates of food and beverages had also been launched. The university students can get food at cheaper rates by showing their university identity card, he said.



education dept
10 fresh representations submitted against recruitments made in 2009
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
Further doubts have been raised over the recruitment of 536 teachers by the UT Education Department in 2009, after around 10 candidates, who failed to get through at that time, recently submitted written representations to the department, claiming their eligibility under the original recruitment criteria advertised by the department in August 2007.

The stated criteria were allegedly overlooked during the recruitment in 2009, which is still under investigation.

These fresh representations are in a series of similar accusations made earlier. Recently, the department expelled two teachers to make way for Raminderjeet Kaur and Shalu Chawla, who managed to secure permanent appointment with the court’s intervention based on the recruitment criteria issued in 2007.

The candidates alleged in the fresh representations that the then procedure did not ensure full transparency and gave an edge to even those candidates who did not clear the screening test and lacked experience. The whole procedure was circumvented to keep the eligible candidates away, the representations stated.

Sources said that since the department is not expected to take any action on the fresh representations due to the ongoing litigations involving the matter, all these candidates are likely to move Chandigarh Administrative Tribunal against the alleged “faulty” recruitment procedure.

Officials feared that more accusations in the matter could bring the entire recruitment procedure under the scanner. So far the litigations were confined to SST, fine arts and math categories, but the fresh litigations could lead to scrutiny of appointments made under other categories too, officials said.

The department has also failed to justify the basis to expel Arpana Mahajan, one of the appointees during the 2009 recruitment process, who has argued in her petition filed to the tribunal that she should not to be considered the last candidate in her category (TGT SST). Mahajan was expelled to make way for Shalu Chawla, and her petition is pending before the CAT.

CAT reserves judgement

Chandigarh Administrative Tribunal on Thursday reserved its judgement on the petition filed by a candidate, Ankush Mahajan, in 2011, against the recruitment procedure. Mahajan, who is currently working as a contract teacher, argued that despite having a gold medal in postgraduation he was not granted any weightage for the same. The petition further said that the candidates having no or lesser experience were awarded much higher marks in the interview, while the petitioner, who scored the highest in the academics among all the candidates in his category and also had more than seven years of experience, was granted the lowest marks in the interview.



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