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JERC pulls up Electricity Dept
Raises questions over the functioning of department’s enforcement cell
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has raised questions over the functioning of the enforcement cell of the UT Electricity Department. The commission has pulled up the Electricity Department as it has not quantified the enforcement cell’s performance in the petition submitted to the JERC. The commission has now directed the Electricity Department to submit the status of the functioning of the enforcement cell and the quarterly progress report giving details of the number of cases, amount involved, sub-judice cases and reduction in losses as a consequence.

The JERC in its recent order said: “The commission appreciates the UT Electricity Department’s effort to set up an enforcement cell, but there are no statistics given in the aggregate revenue requirement (ARR) for the financial year 2013-14 to prove or quantify the results of the enforcement cell in terms of the amount realised and energy saved.”

The JERC also pulled up the Electricity Department for not taking energy audit seriously. The JERC in its order said: “The petitioner (UT Electricity Department) submitted that it was taking steps to reduce the transmission and distribution losses. However, it should take energy audit more seriously.”

“The Electricity Department should furnish a report on the transmission and distribution losses in the first place and segregate the distribution losses into technical and commercial losses in the next petition along with the status report on energy audit and accounting,” the order reads.

Only five officials in enforcement cell

The enforcement cell of the department is a centralised team at the circle level. It comprises five officials, including an assistant engineer, two junior engineers and two assistant linesmen. The enforcement cell conducts checks on the consumers’ premises, does energy audit of independent feeders and meters installed on distribution transformers in Industrial units. The cell has worked on 487 cases in first two quarters of 2012-13.

UT’s stand before JERC

The department said: “The enforcement cell raids consumers’ premises based on inputs and also undertakes other vigilance activities like reviewing load, tampering of meters and their accuracy. At the sub-division level, routine checking of the premises is undertaken. To check power thefts, connections have been provided to slum dwellers in unauthorised colonies.



Liquor vends sold for a song
Excise Department manages to sell only 47 pc vends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
In the first phase of allotment of liquor vends through the tendering process held today, the UT Excise and Taxation Department could sell only 47 per cent of the vends, an apparent outcome of the UT’s move to bring the excise duty and assessment fee in its new Excise Policy (2013-2014) on a par with Punjab.

UT officials claimed a hike of 25 per cent by earning a revenue of Rs 97.47 crore from the allotment of 103 vends, both IMFL and country vends, as compared to revenue of Rs 77 crore earned last year from the auction of same number of vends. This does not include the 27 pre-fabricated vends that have been closed this year following the Punjab and Haryana High Court orders.

Commissioner, Excise and Taxation, Mohammed Shayin said though the trends did not reflect much, the total revenue would be calculated after all vends are sold.

Figures provided by the department reveal that most of the liquor vends in the Sector 17 market attracted a hike of just Rs 1,500 and one of the vends recorded a hike of just Rs 250. The highest increase was registered by vends which went for Rs 2.22 crore against a reserve price of Rs 68 lakh in Kajehri village and another vend which went for Rs 2.11 crore against a reserve price of Rs 1.22 crore in Ram Darbar, Industrial Area, Phase II. A total of 39 vends attracted a bid of over Rs 1 crore.

Analysing the allotment of vends, sources in the trade said most of the high premium vends in pre-fabricated vends that used to attract competition between applicants face closure in the new policy. As a result, vends in SCFs, SCOs, markets and rehabilitation colonies attracted applications. Those located in rehabilitation colonies close to the border with Mohali attracted applications,” said an official.

As the UT has ignored the populist excise policy of Panchkula (Haryana), it did not get much response for vends in Mani Majra.

For the IMFL vends, the department earned a revenue of Rs 69.62 crore against the reserved price of Rs 55.63 crore. In case of country liquor vends, the department earned Rs 12. 9 crore against the reserved price of Rs 11.19 crore.

The department has increased the excise duty from 20 per cent to 300 per cent and the assessment fee by 33 per cent.

“The lukewarm response to liquor vends would also reduce the quota of liquor to be lifted,” said an official.


  • UT earns a revenue of ~ 97.47 crore from allotment of 103 vends
  • No takers for vends along the Mohali border as pre-fabricated structures closed down
  • Highest bid of ~2.22 crore for a vend in Kajehri
  • Maximum demand for vends in villages and rehabilitation colonies
  • A vend in Sector 17 allotted at a profit of just ~289 over the reserve price



Kundi connections in colonies belies dept’s claims
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
A visit to colonies, villages and houses outside lal dora belies the claims of the UT Administration in checking kundi connections. A visit to Colony Number 4 and 5, Burail, Hallo Majra, and Mani Majra revealed that the UT Administration has turned a blind eye to the kundi connections. Every year, the UT Administration is facing a loss of more than Rs 7 crore from nearly 20,000 unauthorised connections.

Residents are drawing electricity from the main power supply line. There is nobody from the UT Electricity Department who can stop them from stealing power. As the electricity department does not conduct regular checks, residents continue to draw power illegally.

A colony resident said when they could easily use power without paying even a single penny, what is the need of a power connection.

Loss of power due to illegal connections is also making it difficult for the Administration to prepare an estimate for the actual power requirement for the city. In the end, it is the common man who has to face shortage of power due to the cuts.

MP Singh, Superintending Engineer (Electricity), said they were regularly conducting raids to detect power theft in various parts of the city. He added that it would be wrong to suggest that the department is not doing anything because many people were also punished for power theft under electricity act, 2003.

Sources in the Electricity Department revealed that the department teams always find it difficult to conduct raids in the slums and colonies.

An official said it was risky to enter in these colonies to check kundi connections without any police protection. Moreover, there is staff shortage in the enforcement cell as well, he added.

In the recent public hearing session of the JERC, city residents had raised questions over power thefts through kundi connections.

Charanjiv Singh, president, Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, who had also raised objections, said that the department should take strict action against people who are using kundi connections. It is very unfortunate that those paying electricity bills on time were facing unscheduled power cuts, but those who were stealing it were enjoying it free of cost, he said.



Tribune impact: Police personnel deployed outside schools in Sector 26
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
Swinging into action after The Tribune highlighted the traffic problem outside educational institutions in Sector 26, the Chandigarh Police today deployed police personnel outside schools to regulate traffic. The commuters driving in the wrong direction during the schools hours were also challaned by the police.

Apart from realising the problem of traffic snarls outside schools and colleges, the Chandigarh Police deputed five traffic policemen to regulate traffic in Sector 26.

Parents, who usually used to park the vehicles on the road in three rows parallel to each other, were not allowed to park the vehicles to ensure free flow of traffic.

The police also made the parents park the vehicles in an open ground opposite the schools in Sector 26.

Assistant sub-inspector Vijay Kumar, who was on duty outside the schools, said 16 challans were issued to violators who were found driving in the wrong lane. Police officials said driving in the wrong direction amounts to a fine of Rs 300.



Unhygienic toilets annoy passengers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
Passengers on board the Chandigarh-Amritsar Superfast Express rue lack of basic amenities in the coaches. A majority of the passengers complain of unhygienic conditions in the coaches. The air-conditioners are also non-functional.

Sharing his experience, city resident Brig BS Gill who was on board the Chandigarh-Amritsar Superfast Express this morning, said the air-conditioner in the chair car C-1 was not functioning. Even the toilets in the coaches were not clean. He said as the train reaches Amritsar around 9.30 pm and starts next morning at 5.20 am, the staff has very less time to clean the coaches.

He said there should be quality catering service on board the train, especially for passengers travelling to Jalandhar and Amritsar.

Another passenger Sunakshi said the authorities should provide better transportation for commuters from Mohali as the auto drivers charge at will, she said.

Another passenger Harjinder Singh said the railway authorities should also review the fare between Chandigarh and Ludhiana as an AC bus charges Rs 160 per seat, whereas the railway authorities were charging Rs 290 per passenger.


In Tangle Part-II
They play the waiting game every day after school

Dropping their children and picking them up from schools is an ordeal for parents in Sector 32. In the second of the six-part series, The Tribune reporter Ritika Jha Palial and chief photographer Manoj Mahajan report the chaos that prevails.

Problem area

After school, it is total chaos outside St Anne’s School.

It is virtually a scramble for space outside St Anne’s Convent School and GGDSD School as more than 10 school buses owned by both these schools remain lined up on the road. The other side of the road remains occupied with vehicles of students and visitors at the GGDSD College and also of parents who come to pick and drop their children.

All kinds of vehicles ranging from auto-rickshaws to school buses, cars and even two-wheelers jostle for space in the peak hours. While many of the commuters in the area prefer to take longer-alternate routes in a bid to avoid being held up in a jam, hundreds of parents of schoolchildren and students of the college have to brave the chaos everyday. While the timings of the college remain flexible with students commuting throughout the day, their vehicles are seen parked outside the college. This adds to the congestion on the road and traffic remains held up for at least 20 minutes.

St Anne’s school
More strength, less parking space

Though the school has a small parking area available inside, not many vehicles can be accommodated there. The parents have to park their vehicles outside when they come to leave or pick up their children. The school staff park their vehicles inside the campus.

SD school
No open area and parking space on campus

There is no parking space inside the school building and the road outside the school gate is just enough for only one vehicle to cross at one time. The parents need to park their vehicles either in front of St Anne’s school or GGDSD College to drop their children. A number of parents take their vehicles up to the school gate thus blocking the exit for others as the school is located at the dead end.

GGDSD College
Students park 4-wheelers outside campus

The college only has space to accommodate two-wheelers of students.

Only the staff is allowed to take their cars inside the campus. Nearly, 30 per cent of the students go the college on four-wheelers and are forced to park them alongside the main road leading from college building to the market towards the other end of the school. A trail of these vehicles is visible after 9 am on the road, causing major traffic chaos in the afternoon when the schools close. Chaotic scene can be witnessed there.

A parent parks his car right in front of school.

There is no sense of direction.

School buses occupy a large part of the stretch.

This land next to the ggdsd college can be utilised as a common parking area.

Students park their vehicles on either side of the road outside the GGDSD College.

Schools play blame game

All three institutions lack parking space, but blame one another for the mismanagement of traffic. Each one claims that their institution has the minimum number of vehicles parked alongside the roads.

There is also an open land adjoining the college building, which can be earmarked as a common parking area. However, the land has been lying unutilised by the municipal corporation, said the parents.

Parents’ inputs

We have to really take out time to drop and pick up our children. Earlier, I used to be stranded for more than 20 minutes every day in the afternoon. Now, I have deliberately started coming late to pick up my children to avoid the chaos at least in the afternoon.

— Ashok Ahuja, a parent

The road is already very narrow. Further, a large portion of the road gets occupied by cars and school buses during peak hours. After that, there is total chaos. People moving in opposite directions cross each other from both sides, leading to delay. There should be one-way traffic on the road during peak hours~

— Sanjeev Khurana, a parent

The schools must make it compulsory for students, living nearby to pool in vehicles to commute. This will bring down the vehicle density~

— LC Khullar, a parent

Staggering the timings of institutions on this road is an option. This will help in smooth flow of traffic

— PPS Sodhi, a parent

}We come 45 minutes early to pick up our children so that we can get some space to park our car. The school has sufficient space inside and the buses can easily be accommodated inside

— Neenu Sachdeva, a parent

Schools, college authorities’ take

We have deputed security guards to man the traffic movement outside the college and have also proposed an underground parking. We have observed that very few cars parked alongside the road belong to our students

— Bhushan Kumar Sharma, Principal, GGDSD College

Maximum vehicles that are parked outside belong to the college students and they block the way. We have parking space inside our campus but not for parents. The MC can earmark a nearby land for parking and make the entire lane vehicle-free during rush hours

— H Mavi, Spokesperson, St Anne’s School

We have space for two-wheelers inside our premises. But we discourage students coming on four-wheelers. Maybe a multi-level parking can help in controlling the parking problem in the area

— Manju Bhardwaj, Principal, SD School


We are soon going to construct children-friendly foothpaths along side the roads so that parents will be able to drop their children in front of the school gates on foot

— SS Bidda, Chief Engineer, MC

We have already written to the principal of GGDSD College to accommodate cars of the students and visitors inside the campus to avoid parking on roads

— Maneesh Chaudhary, SP (Traffic)

Schools and college management have done their bit

SD College

The college has proposed an underground parking and has deputed security staff. The college has written to the Estate Office seeking permission for the construction of an underground parking for the college. The proposal is currently with the Estate Office for consideration. The capacity of the parking is yet to be decided.

A security guard also remains on duty for regulating the movement of the cars outside the college and also to discourage the students from parking the vehicle inappropriately.

St Anne’s Convent School

The school has deputed staff for manning the traffic.The school principal regularly deputes its staff and also checks the traffic situation personally during the afternoon. The school’s spokesperson said, the traffic was more mismanaged in the afternoons.



Why the situation is chaotic in the sector

Alongside the main road connecting the three institutions, the MC has built nearly 11-feet wide pavement, which is of no use as it is not smooth enough to park vehicles. Another six-feet wide pavement has been constructed along the other side of the road touching the gate of St Anne’s School. The pavement is being used by students. However, the one on the other side is of no use as it could have been utilised for widening of the main road.

Inflow of vehicles

The three institutions has around 4,000 students with 1,000 students each in the two schools and about 2,000 students in the college. The total staff strength of these institutions is nearly 700.Even if half the number of schoolchildren commute by bus, the other half are dropped and picked up by their parents in their personal vehicles. A majority of teachers in all the three institutions commute in their personal vehicles.

Presence of cops negligible

The presence of policemen in the area during the rush hours remains negligible. The school staff and security guards are seen manning the traffic. Sometimes even some parents take the initiative.

School buses cover large area

While on one side, the parents of schoolchildren and college students park their vehicles, as many as 10 school buses remain lined on the other side of the road leaving very less space for the movement of vehicles in between. Often the lane gets dissolved and the vehicles move in a criss-cross manner from both sides, leading to chaos.

No specified study conducted

The authorities have not conducted any specified studies to understand the causes of traffic chaos in the area. The police says that the road needs to be widened and college students should be discouraged to park their four-wheelers outside the campus. The car pool system should be encouraged.



Assault on security guards: Police remains clueless
Tribune reporters

Chandigarh, April 23
A day after two security guards were assaulted at the petrol station in Sector 56, the police today interrogated five suspects in the case. The police is still clueless abut the case.

The five suspects who were rounded up were involved in a prior clash at the petrol station. They reportedly denied any involvement in yesterday's violence and were let off.

Eight assailants had barged into the CITCO-run petrol station in Sector 56 on Sunday night and brutally attacked two security guards who were on duty. While it appeared to be a case of robbery attempt, the police said an old enmity could also be the reason behind the attack.

The incident had occurred at 1.30 am when security guards Chander Shekhar Mishra and Surinder Pal Singh Rana, residents of Maloya, were on guard.

Chander Shekhar Mishra was critically injured and slipped in a coma at the PGI. He gained consciousness today and the police is yet to record his statements.

Rape charges framed against youth

A local court today framed charges of rape against a 20-year-old youth. The court framed charges under Section 376 of the IPC against Karan while simultaneously discharging his parents from the case.

The case was registered on December 14, 2012, when a 15-year-old girl had gone missing from her residence in Bapu Dham Colony. Her grandmother Vimla had lodged a missing report at the Sector 26 police station. Later, it came to light that Karan, who also resides in the colony, eloped with the girl on the pretext of marrying her.

The police arrested the accused, his parents and rescued the girl.

However, in the court, charges were framed only against the accused and his parents were discharged from the case.

2 held with 1-kg opium

Mohali: The police today arrested two youths, including a student of hotel management, and recovered 1 kg of opium from their possession.

Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the accused, Gursewak Singh (19), a resident of Lalliawal village, Faridkot, and Gurpreet Singh (20) from Chatthiowal village, Fazilka, were arrested from the Kharar railway station.

Gurpreet Singh is a second year student of hotel management at Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, while Gursewak Singh is a Class V passed out. The accused confessed to have bought the contraband from Gangnagar (Rajasthan).



PGI research to get fillip
Raj Bahadur hands over charge to new Director Principal, rejoins PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
Handing over the charge of Director Principal, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Dr Raj Bahadur, the longest-serving head of the institution, rejoined the PGIMER.

He plans to promote research

In the next three years of his service at the PGIMER's department of orthopaedics, he plans to promote research and also enhance the output of the department.

"At the PGI, there are so many specialities under one subject and there is a wider scope of research work. I will encourage students to get into research work," he said.

"Patient care load remains on the shoulders of orthopaedists due to high influx of patients into the Advanced Trauma Centre. We need to improve the overall output of the department," Dr Bahadur said.

Post-retirement, to focus on regional spine centre

Being the chairman of the regional spine centre in Mohali, I have planned to improve the infrastructure at the centre within a year.

Better infrastructure for spine centre

I have requested the Punjab government to give us two senior residents each in the department of orthopaedics and anaesthesia and one consultant in each department. The work on the first floor of the eight-bed centre will be completed by year-end, he said.

I have been attending to at least 200 patients at the centre.

He feels GMCH has struggled a lot

Being constantly compared with the PGIMER for its facilities and services, the GMCH-32 has always been struggling to prove its quality of services and ensure growth. Not only the patients but also experts have been comparing our services with that of the PGI. This has helped the institute improve over the years.

I will always owe my growth and popularity to the GMCH-32. The institution has given me an identity. I will request the faculty members to work together.



Fire at record room of RLA office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
A fire broke out at the record room of the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) today. The flames engulfed the basement of the RLA building. Papers lying in the basement caught fire following sparks from a welding set being used in the adjoining MC building.

The Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA), Mahavir Kaushik, said records were not destroyed in the fire.

MC chief fire officer Rajiv Gupta said though no major damage was reported, the fire department officials found it difficult to move through the burnt papers stacked haphazardly.

"As per fire-safety norms, the records should be stacked neatly. The fire department will be issuing a notice to the RLA asking it to set its house in order and replace the expired fire extinguishers.

High drama at RLA office in Sector 42

High drama was witnessed at the Registration and Licensing branch in Sector 42 when registration certificate and driving licence seekers complained that their documents were not being accepted by officials at the counter as the BSNL connection to the office had been snapped due to digging work.

The fault was rectified this afternoon.



Civil Hospital to get more facilities
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 23
The Civil Hospital in Phase VI is set to be equipped with more testing facilities, including MRI, mammography and CT scan. Dr Rajiv Bhalla, Senior Medical Officer, said the project was given a green signal under public private partnership (PPP).

"The construction of rooms near emergency ward has been started," said Dr Bhalla.

On being asked about the cost of the tests, Dr Bhalla said the patients would be charged as per the rates fixed by the Central government for its medical establishments.

"Though the rates are yet to be finalised, these will be much lower than the prevailing market rates," said Dr Bhalla.

The facility will be available round the clock and the company that has tied up with the hospital will provide the staff, including radiologists and technicians.

Patients have to go to private testing centres for these tests. These centres charge hefty sum from the patients. "The facility will prove beneficial and put an end to harassment," he said.



Nonsense Club makes sense
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
The brutal rape of a five-year-old girl in Delhi has shocked the city. Expressing solidarity with the victim, Jaspal Bhatti's Nonsense Club today demanded that the government should declare women a commodity.

The city missed its ace comedian, Bhatti, as his club held its first satirical protest after his death today. Declaring women as a commodity will just be a constitutional formality for the nation since women are already being treated as an object, said the members of the club at the Sector 17 plaza. The venue used to be Bhatti's favourite.

"By labelling women as a commodity, one can buy, sell, molest, hurt her," said Savita Bhatti, CEO, Mad Arts Film School.

This was the first event that the club organised after Bhatti's death.



PU gears up to declare results on time
Sets June 23 as deadline, plans to use software to maintain record of evaluated answersheets
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
The examination branch of Panjab University, which is reportedly famous for not declaring results on time, has marked June 23 as the deadline to declare all results of its affiliated colleges. Last year, the declaration of results was delayed up to July 6. The examination branch in a bid to meet the deadline has already begun the process of evaluation.

The delay in the declaration of results has always remained a major cause of concern among students since it affects their further studies and admission process. The students, who are planning to take further admissions, have to face tough times due to delay in the declaration of results.

PU Controller of Examination (COE) Parvinder Singh said the university would start declaring the results from May 27 and wind-up all the declaration process of results by June23.

“We have expedited the internal circulation of documents that earlier helpful in declaring the results,” the COE said.

He said earlier, the examination branch after receiving the answersheets used to wait for a memo-copy from the secrecy branch, which was a time consuming process. It was one of the resons for the delay in the declaration of results. However, the examination branch now would get a duplicate memo copy on the basis of which it would start the evaluation work simultaneously and compile the results.

“The university is planning to use a software, which will be helpful in tracking the number of evaluated answersheets on the day-to-day basis across all the evaluation centres,” the COE said.

“With the help of the software, we will be able to maintain a record of the number of answersheets evaluated each day. This will help us in meeting the deadline and speed the process of the declaration of results,” he said.

PU officials said the university would ensure better coordination within various departments to declare the results on time.

With the help of the software, we will be able to maintain a record of the number of answersheets evaluated each day. This will help us in meeting the deadline and speed the process of the declaration of results.

— Parvinder Singh, PU Controller of Examination (COE)



From Schools and Colleges
Awareness on RTE Act

Chandigarh: The National Student's Union of India (NSUI) organised a camp near Vivek High School, Sector 38, to make people aware about seats reserved for children from economically weaker section (EWS) under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act. NSUI National Delegate Sunny Mehta headed the camp. His team collected approximately 50 applications for vacant EWS seats. Later, DPI schools Upkar Singh asked to forward his proposals of the NUSI workers. Further, the NSUI delegate proposed a strict implementation of 15 per cent reservation for the EWS students at all levels in lieu of the land allotment scheme.

DAV principal honoured

Principal of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Dr Vibha Ray, was honoured by the DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi, on Mahatma Hansraj Day, at DAV University, Sarmastpur, Jalandhar. Under her guidance, the school maintained its tradition of winning the overall UT Inter School Sports Championship and produced a number of players of international repute as Prashant Chopra, Manan Vohra, Gaurav Chauhan, Aman Chauhan.

Gippy Grewal enthrals audience

Mohali: Over 2,000 students turned up at the Aryans Group of Colleges on the Chandigarh-Patiala highway to see the performance of Punjabi actor and singer Gippy Grewal. Gippy gave a live performance. Students from the nearby villages were also invited to the event. The campus was abuzz with the singer’s fans as they enjoyed some of his foot-tapping numbers.

284 students get degrees

Over 284 students of MBA, MCA, and BBA and BCA were awarded degrees during the 11th annual convocation of Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Phase II, Mohali. Dr SK Vasudeva, Chief Controller, DRDO, was the chief guest and Dr Prabhjot Kaur, Incharge (PTU) Mohali campus, was the guest of honour at the convocation. Dr Vasudeva emphasised the importance of industry and educational institutions coming closer to each other to bring desirable changes in society. Dr. Prabhjot Kaur congratulated the students for their achievements.

Earth Day observed

Shivalik Public School, Mohali, observed World Book Reading Day, Earth Day and Mahavir Jayanti on its campus. The students were made aware of the fact that the nature is a treasure house and it is a moral duty of each one to take care of it.

Mahavir Jayanti celebrated

Panchkula: Over 300 students of The British School, Panchkula, celebrated Mahavir Jayanti with devotion and dedication on Tuesday. Lectures and presentations on life and teachings of Lord Mahavira were organised to mark the day. School director Geetika Sethi enlightened the students about the significance of celebrating Mahavir Jayanti.

— Tribune Reporters



Halli’s Urdu poetry speaks about women’s issues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
A national seminar on ‘Aurat ki duniya aur Halli ki nazme’ was organised by the Department-cum-Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, Panjab University, in collaboration with the Urdu Academy, Haryana, and Shuruat Samiti, Karnal.

Inaugurating the seminar, Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Sameer Mathur said Khwaja Altaf Hussain, a poet who was famous as Halli Panipati, is a symbol of intellectual inheritance for the social reconstruction of Haryana.

He further said Halli made Urdu into a language of development and freedom. “The issues concerning women and children were close to his heart. Halli highlighted women empowerment issues through his poetry,” he said.

Dr Manvinder Kaur, Chairperson, Department-cum-Centre for Women’s Studies, said the voice of women is suppressed and now, they are being increasingly targeted by others. “Treated as commodities for men’s pleasure, women are denied their status as human beings,” she said.

Delivering a keynote address, Maulana Umer Siddiqui from Shilpi Academy, Azamgarh, said Halli was the first person who highlighted women’s dignity through Urdu. “Prior to this, there was no talk of women’s rights in Urdu. With the help of him, a primary school for girls was started at Panipat,” he said. Dr Virender emphasised that Halli used his poetry to talk of women’s rights.



Reckless driving
Students told to file undertaking for not driving vehicles on PU campus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
Students of University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), who were suspended for reckless driving on the Panjab University (PU) campus, have been asked to give an undertaking on an affidavit that they will not drive any vehicle on the university campus till they are enrolled with the university.

On April 16, a major accident occurred on the campus due to reckless driving by two PU students, who were in separate vehicles. Both students were reportedly racing on the main road of the campus.

PU officials stated that the students have been asked to give an undertaking that they will not drive vehicles on the campus till they get passed-out. “We will conduct a meeting, after receiving the required documents from the students, to decide further action against them,” said a member of a committee constituted in this regard.

The girl who was driving one of the cars is a second-year student while the boy is a fourth-year student of the department.

The university has already suspended them from attending the classes till the time the committee gives its report recommending action against them.



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