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Bansal chides UT officials for inaction 
Accuses them of not focusing on city's development, spending three yrs in a lazy way
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
Union Railway Minister and Member of Parliament Pawan Kumar Bansal today accused officials of the Chandigarh Administration of not focusing on the city’s development and just while away three years of their posting.

Officials come on a deputation for a period of three years, start the projects and leave them incomplete. The residents have to then grapple with the problems. Officials will have to work hard to provide facilities to residents till the draft master plan, 2031, prepared by the Chandigarh Administration is implemented.

Pawan Bansal, Union Railway Minister and local MP

His discontent towards the UT officials came to the fore at a felicitation function organised by traders of the Sector 16 grain and vegetable market. Bansal said: “Officials come on a deputation for a period of three years, start the projects and leave them incomplete. The residents have to then grapple with the problems.”

His strong reaction came when the organisers of the function complained about the problems faced by them due to the poor upkeep of the market. He advised the bureaucrats to strive hard to complete the pending projects.

Bansal praised the draft master plan, 2031, prepared by the Chandigarh Administration but advised the officials to provide facilities to city residents till it is implemented.

Bansal also raised questions on the policies of the UT Administration. As the city’s population is swelling, there is a need for more vegetable markets, grain markets and fruit markets, said Bansal. He said the grain market and the vegetable market should be shifted from Sector 26 to Sector 39 due to the paucity of space.

UT Adviser KK Sharma could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

Market committee members join Cong

Dinesh Mahajan, chairman of the market committee, Digvijay Kapoor, president, Sabzi Mandi Arthiya Association, Subhash Randhawa, director, market committee and president, Subzi Mandi Mazdoor Union, and Vicky Sharda, former member of the BSP, joined the Congress on Saturday.

Tandon flays Cong

Sanjay Tandon, president of the Chandigarh unit of the BJP, condemned the attitude of the UT Administration for exerting pressure on the BJP activists by registering cases against them and compelling them to join the Congress. Tandon said a few days ago, the Administration had registered a case against the chairman of the market committee and on Saturday, he joined the Congress. 

Sector 26 market in a bad shape

Garbage and vegetable waste was seen scattered at the market on Saturday. Traders urged the Union Minister to improve the condition of the market. They said the internal roads were in a bad shape, streetlights were non-functional and there was not much space to park trucks. 



Fastest trial ever in UT's history 
Accused convicted in attempt to rape case within 14 days of the
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
The UT district courts today created history by convicting an accused in an attempt to rape case within 14 days. The incident was reported on March 2.


March 2: UT police registers case of attempt to rape against the accused

March 7: Police files chargesheet

March 12: Court frames charges

March 14: Entire evidence recorded in an hour

March 16: Accused convicted

March 19: Court to pronounce quantum of sentence

The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Shalini Nagpal, today convicted Ram Bahadur, alias Veer Bahadur, under Sections 376 and 511 (attempt to rape) of the IPC and Sections 8 and 18 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

This was the first case registered by UT police under this Act. The today's verdict is the fastest trials in the history of UT district courts. The evidence in a case was recorded in an hour on March 14.

The quantum of sentence will be pronounced on March 19. As per the prosecution, the police had arrested 40-year-old labourer Ram Bahadur for attempting to rape a three-year-old girl on March 2. The accused, a resident of Kajheri village, is the victim's neighbour. In a complaint to the police, the family of the victim alleged that the accused, who was in an inebriated state, took the child to a secluded place and attempted to rape her. The victim raised the alarm and started to cry. Her mother rushed to her rescue.

The accused was thrashed by residents of the area before being handed over to the police. The prosecution had examined four witnesses in the court in the first-ever case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. The court had framed charges on March 12 against the accused.

The police had filed a chargesheet in the case five days after the incident. Public prosecutor Manu Kakkar said the case is the fastest trial ever in history of the UT. "It is owing to the speedy work done by police in filing the chargesheet within six days and the efforts of the court that the case has been decided so quickly," he said.



Girl student thrashes policewomen at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
High drama was witnessed at Panjab University when a girl, student of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), reportedly in an inebriated condition, slapped a women constable during the UIET’s annual fest ‘Goonj’ this evening.

The police said the girls of hostel number 8 started creating ruckus outside the venue following which women constables and the PU security tried to stop them.

Sources said one of the girls started abusing the constables and security guards. “As the girl was a resident of the girls’ hostel, the women constables and her friends dropped her outside the hostel,” said the police.

The girl, who was not going inside the hostel, allegedly slapped two policewomen in presence of other students. The drama continued for over 30 minutes. The PU authorities were informed and additional policewomen were called.

Dean, Student Welfare, AS Ahluwalia said two female wardens were rushed to the spot to pacify the girl. She was taken to the GMSH-16 for medical test.

“We will inform her parents on Sunday and appropriate action will be taken against her,” the DSW said.

No case was registered till the filing of the report.



4-year-old molested in crèche, one arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
The Chandigarh Police has arrested a 25-five-year old man for allegedly molesting a four-year-old girl at a crèche in Sector 38. The crèche is being run by the accused’s mother.

DSP (South) Surjit Malik said the girl’s parents complained to the police that their daughter was molested at the crèche. “During investigations, it was found that Monty, son of the owner of the crèche, allegedly molested the child,” the DSP said.

The victim, a resident of Dadu Majra, started crying in front of her parents 
and narrated the incident to them. The police said the accused’s mother was not at home when the incident took place. Monty is pursuing B.Com from a local 
college. The girl’s medical examination was conducted and the report is awaited.

The DSP said a case of molestation had been registered at the Sector 39 police station. “We have registered a case of molestation. The charges of rape can be added if the medical report confirms so,” he added. 


Will take up matter in Punjab Assembly, says Capt
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 16
Assuring the family of Amarpreet, who was shot dead by some youths, Capt Amarinder Singh said he would take up the issue in the Punjab Assembly soon.

Amarinder, who visited the residence of the deceased at Phase III A today, said, “I will ask Sunil Jakhar, the leader of Opposition, to take up the issue during the Assembly session." Amarjit Singh Sethi, father of the deceased, expressed dissatisfaction over the progress in the case.

While showing a SAD's sticker with pictures of Sukhbir Badal and Bubby Badal, pasted on the screen of Skoda car (PB16B-0004), belonging to one of the accused, Deepak Kaushal, and pointing towards the involvement of Jaswinder Singh, son of SGPC member Ranjit Singh Mangali, Amarinder said there was enough evidence to nail the culprit.

“We are with the family members and will ensure that they get the justice," said Amarinder. Amarpreet Singh was shot dead by some youths over a trivial issue of parking on February 27.

The police has arrested four accused, including Jaswinder Singh and Deepak Kaushal in the case, while the remaining five are still at large. 



Another accused identified
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 16
The police has identified another accused involved in the KFC firing incident.
Mohali SSP GS Bhullar said Rajinder Singh, alias Mintoo, a resident of Bhaini Khurd village, Fatehgarh Sahib, along with the main accused, Talminder Singh, alias Talley, an Indian origin UK citizen, had opened fire to settle scores with his friend Shweta and her former employer at the KFC, Kharar, on March 12.

The SSP said Mintoo's SUV Fortuner, bearing registration number PB11BB (T) 6519, was used in the crime. "We raided Mintoo's residence where his family claimed that he had not returned home for the past 10 days. The car was also missing," said SSP Bhullar.

Talley, who hails from Tut village in Nakodar (Jalandhar), along with Mintoo and others, had opened fired on a resident of Samrala, Manveer Singh, who is a DJ, and his employee Billu following heated arguments. Billu suffered a leg injury. All the accused had fled the scene.

"The third accused is yet to be identified. Raids are on to nab him," said Bhullar.

22-year-old girl abducted

Chandigarh: A 22-year-old girl, a resident of Sector 47, was allegedly abducted by four car-borne youths from near her residence around 10 pm on Saturday. In her complaint to the police, the victim said the accused dropped her at Sector 26. The girl, who runs her coaching centre, claimed that she had seen one of the accused at Sector 47. The police has initiated an inquiry. 



RLA fails to find bidders for vanity numbers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
With the financial year nearing an end, prospective bidders seem to have lost interest in the vanity numbers being put under the hammer for the new series CH01 AS by the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA), Chandigarh.

As compared to 816 applications received for the auction of the previous series CH01 AR, this time the RLA has received just 481 applications. Many applicants are said to be single bidders. Officials said till 4 pm, only 481 applications had been received. On an average, the RLA receives around 700 applications. The officials claimed that the future course of action would depend on the outcome of the auction scheduled for next week. Citing a reason for the poor response, the officials said as the last auction was held on February 18, bidders did not have much time to submit applications. For the convenience of the applicants, the RLA had decided to accept the applications till 4 pm on March 16, but still the figure did not cross the
500 mark. 



Indian teams stand out
Tribune News Service

The winning team of the China University of Law and Political Science with the trophy at Abu Dhabi.
The winning team of the China University of Law and Political Science with the trophy at Abu Dhabi. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, March 16
Five teams from India participated in the international rounds of the fourth Leiden-Sarin International Air Law Moot Court Competition held at Abu Dhabi from March 9 to March 12.

Nine teams from nine countries and five from India participated. Justice Gilbert Guilllaume, former president of the International Court of Justice; Dr Wolf Mueller-Rostin from Germany and Vijay Poonoosamy from Mauritius, who is the vice-president of Etihad Airways, were the judges.

Teams from China, Pakistan, Nepal, Indonesia, Canada, Russia and The Netherlands also took part in the moot court. Prior to the international rounds, the Indian teams were shortlisted at the Army Institute of Law, Mohali. The trophy was won by the team from China University of Law and Political Science, the team from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, finished runners-up. Three Indian teams figured among the top five. The next year's final will be held in Bucharest (Romania).



Now, face arrest for wrong parking
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 16
Those parking their cars haphazardly in the town will have to pay for it.
The police has decided to book and arrest the offenders. Following complaints of wrong parking, Commissioner of Police Rajbir Deswal has asked the the Haryana Urban Development Authority officials for a list of authorised and non-authorised parking lots.

"The offenders will be booked," said Deswal.

The Panchkula police is grappling with the problem as in the absence of parking space, residents parked vehicles haphazardly.

"Fearing arrest, residents will think twice before parking their vehicles just anywhere they please to," said Davinder Mahajan, president of the Residents Welfare Association, Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 4, Panchkula.

It is a wise step and will help solve the problem. Last evening, I could not reach hospital on time as someone had wrongly parked a car behind vehicle at the Sector 7 market in Panchkula," said Gauri Bhandari.

She said, "I had to wait for half-an-hour for the person who had parked the vehicle and had to seek the help from my neighbours to rush my father to the hospital."

Vehicles parked in no parking zone are towed away by the police. These are then taken to the Sector 14 police station. A challan of Rs 200 is issued to the offender and a fine of Rs 300 is also imposed on him.

"The police should register a case and arrest HUDA officials for not regularising the parking system," said Panchkula MLA DK Bansal

The Chandigarh police has already started arresting such offenders.

A case under Section 283 (danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) is registered against the violators. 



Railways all set to commence Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail link
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
The much-awaited Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail link is likely to become operational from March 31. A team of officials drawn from all the departments, which is headed by Railway Divisional Manager (RDM) P K Sangi, today inspected the link.

The RDM said during the inspection, minor faults were found on the line and the departments concerned had been asked to rectify them. He said they had made a request to the Commissioner of Rail Safety (CRS) for inspecting the link but he had not confirmed any date in this regard.

Sources said in the past two weeks, a number of freight train have been run on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana link by the railway authorities on a trial basis to detect faults on the track. Till a team of the CRS inspects the track, the permission to ply trains on it will not be granted by the railway authorities.

The 112-km track between Chandigarh and Ludhiana will help to reduce traffic on the road route. Recently in his budget speech, Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal had announced that the link between Chandigarh and Ludhiana would become operational before March 31.

The officials said after the commencement of the Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail track, several trains, which ply on the Ambala-Ludhiana line, will be diverted to Chandigarh.



Kidnap drama at hospital
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 16
The police was virtually on its toes when a resident of Sector 46 approached it complaining that her five-year-old son was kidnapped from the Civil Hospital in Phase VI this afternoon.

However, later it came to light that the child was not kidnapped but was taken along by her acquaintance, whose child was also undergoing treatment at the hospital in the same ward. Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said it was a case of misunderstanding so no action was taken. He said Renu's son Amit had been undergoing treatment for pneumonia in the hospital for the past few days. "Today, Renu went home in the afternoon, leaving her son alone.

She asked Rekha, a Balongi resident, to look after her son. Rekha's son was in the same ward. As Rekha's son was discharged, she took Amit along after informing Renu's husband over phone, who did not convey the message to his wife. On her return when Renu did not find her son, she raised the alarm and approached the police," said the SSP. The child was later handed over to his mother.



UT Admn eyeing grants
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
Cashing in on the imposition of house tax, the Chandigarh Administration is eyeing grants for the projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM)-2.

The UT Administration will focus on the improvement of city's urban infrastructure.

In a meeting held between the officials of the UT, JNNURM and MC, the JNNURM officials asked the Administration to prepare a detailed project report (DPR).

UT Finance Secretary VK Singh said they would seek funds under JNNURM-2 for improving the city’s infrastructure, including road connectivity.

While submitting the DPR for the projects, they should mention about the imposition of house tax as well, he added. In the last house meeting of the Municipal Corporation, the house tax agenda was passed.

Nominated councillors had proposed the house tax agenda according to which owners of houses spread over 125 sq yards or five marlas should pay the tax at the rate of Re 1 per sq yard per year, but not more than

Rs 1,000 annually. An occupant of a five marla house in the city should shell out only Rs 125 per year, followed by Rs 187.5, Rs 250 and Rs 375 per year for occupants of 7.5, 10 and 15 marla houses.

As a one kanal house has an area of 500 sq yards, according to the proposal, the occupant of a one kanal house should shell out Rs 500 per year, followed by Rs 1,000 per year for the occupants of two, three, four, five and six kanal houses. No house tax should be levied on houses spread over less than 125 sq yards. EWS and LIG houses should also be exempted from the tax.



Four more candidates file petitions
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
The problem for the UT Education Department has further increased as four more candidates have filed their petitions in the Chandigarh Administrative Tribunal (CAT) to seek their selection on the basis of original recruitment criteria advertised by the department in August 2007.

These rules were allegedly overlooked during the recruitment of 536 teachers in 2009. The matter is already under investigation by the CBI, Delhi.

Two candidates - Raminderjeet Kaur and Shalu Chawala - have already managed to secure their permanent appointment from the Tribunal on the basis of the original criteria issued on August 5, 2007, and are now working as permanent teachers in government schools here.

The overall issue has now gained momentum after the new litigants have made a further appeal for relief in the matter as it was given to Raminderjeet Kaur and Shalu Chawala.

Taking the cognisance of the matter, the department has lately requested the Tribunal, through a formal affidavit, to combine these four new cases, along with the ongoing Arpana Mahajan’s case, for common decision due to their similar circumstanced nature.

Arpana Mahajan, one of the appointees out of 536 teachers, was expelled by the department to make way for Shalu Chawala last year in December. Following the termination, Arpana filed a petition in the Chandigarh Administrative Tribunal, demanding reversal of the decision, which is still sub judice and will come up for hearing on March 20.

The Education Department in its fresh affidavit said it was appropriate and fitness of things that the similar cases were clubbed together and heard together by the Tribunal so that no inconsistency creeps in.

As it mentioned in the affidavit, the department is also thinking to file a civil petition in the Punjab & Haryana High Court in all these cases, submitting that the selections of 536 teachers in 2009 were done by the department on the basis of laid out criteria duly published through corrigendum/public notice dated September 9, 2009 and February 22, 2010. The fact was earlier not duly represented in the court on similar matter.



Games, fun events mark Day 2 of Vyom 2013
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
Day two of “Vyom 2013” began with a bang with the general technical quiz “Omniquest”. The second day featured some entertaining games and fun events such as “vellapanti”, “national open” and “crime scene investigations”.

Students went into detail about various workshops such as android workshop, hacking workshop, sixth sense workshop and PLC workshop.

In the event “patent wars”, students fought to defend their own and attack another company for patent infringement.

In seagulls, participants flew RC aircraft and performed a variety of acrobatic events. In junkyard wars, robots fought each other to rule the ring. Techolympics was another well-attended event. Tech Mahautsav and metal-mate exhibitions were also well received by everyone. The day ended with the much-awaited mega show - the famous play “Copenhagen”.

Now, the focus shifts to the final day of Vyom, which promises to be as fun-filled and knowledgeable as previous days with special emphasis on a stand-up comedian, ‘Rivaldo’.



PU VC’s statement sparks row
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
The Syndicate witnessed heated discussions over the Vice-Chancellor’s (VC) statement, which mentioned that SL Verma, special officer (SO) to the VC, be allowed to continue in the office till further orders.

After much discussion, the House decided to give an extension of two months, i.e. till May 31, to Verma. His term was going to end on March 31.

The House, which was surprised to read the statement, flayed the VC for bringing up this issue. The statement mentioned that it was proposed that the SO be allowed to continue in the office on same terms and conditions till further orders.

The House members raised objections to it claiming that the VC should not bring up such an issue. The members said Verma was going to attain the age of 65 years and a non-teaching employee could not be retained after that period.

Before the Syndicate meeting, Panjab University Staff Association (PUSA) president Deepak Kaushik also met the syndics and requested that the SO should be appointed from the in-service employees who have not attained the age of 65 years.

“We demanded that the university either gives extension to all non-teaching employees after attaining the age of 65 years or there should be no special treatment for a few,” PUSA president said.



Invigilators barred from using cellphones
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 16
Punjab School Education Board chairperson Dr Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal has asked the supervisory staff on duty during the ongoing examinations not to use cellphones while on duty.

Dhaliwal issued fresh instructions after a meeting of flying squad members as a move to check copying. She said the board would not allow its efforts and that of the Punjab Education Department to go waste due to the activities of a handful of unscrupulous supervisory staff members. She wants such elements to desist from these activities or face action.

She said over 500 unfair means cases had been registered and exam papers had been cancelled at more than 50 centres.



Cultural festival concludes at IIT-Ropar

Ropar, March 16
The third annual cultural festival, "Zeitgeist 2013", of the Indian Institute of Technology concluded with various competitions and a performance from "The Local Train" here today.

One of the main highlights of the day was "Titan", which saw bodybuilders exhibiting various aspects of strength. A "nukkad natak" saw participation from various colleges.

IIT-Ropar students won the western instrumental competition “Symphony” and English debate competition “Crosswars”. — TNS



from schools
Paper-reading competition

Around 200 students of the primary wing of The British School, Sector 8, Panchkula enthusiastically participated in the paper reading competition on 'How can I help disabled people'. Children spoke on various disabilities that prevail in society today and what all was being done to help the disabled people. They spoke on how organisations were coming forward to aid and facilitate such people. The children encouraged their fellow students and teachers to stay always open to lend a hand to these people. The students appealed to everyone to spread love and care which was required by the disabled persons.

Role-play activity

Students of Saupin's School, Sector 32, participated in a role-play activity conducted on the school premises. Children of class IV and class V confidently enacted and delivered dialogues based on short stories namely, 'Saving the old apple tree' a story based on saving the environment and 'The Happy Prince', by Oscar Wilde. Role-play forms an integral part of conversation. The children were divided into groups and were given a particular character role to enact. They were assessed on the basis of their strengths, clarity in speech, confidence and expression. Each and every child participated in the activity.

Teddy Bear Day

Teddy Bear Day was full of fun and frolic for the junior wing at Ashmah International School, Mohali, as birthday of their favourite teddy was celebrated on its campus. A formal invitation was also given to the students. The students were adorned in attractive and bright colourful dresses. The party hall was decorated with beautiful hues of ribbons, balloons, festoons and steamers. Cake was also cut on the occasion. It was distributed among the children, along with cookies, wafers and chips. — TNS



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