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Finally, Admn defines PG
Can't run separate kitchen; can be told to leave accommodation anytime
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
Paying guests (PGs) will not be allowed to run their own kitchen in the PG accommodation in the city. After nearly two years, the UT Administration has finally defined the term: paying guest.
A paying guest can be asked to leave the residential premises by its owner any time, that too without giving a notice. The practice of building owners entering into a rent deed with paying guests to circumvent the law will now be null and void.

According to an estimate of the UT Estate Office, there are more than 500 PG accommodations in the city, mainly in Sectors 15, 19, 22, 27, 32, 35, 40 and 44, of which only 14 are registered.

After obtaining a legal opinion from the UT Legal Remembrancer, the UT Administration has communicated the definition of a paying guest to the Estate Office. On the basis of the definition of a paying guest, the Estate office will now take action against illegal PG accommodations in the city.

A letter sent by the Administration states, “A paying guest is a person such as a student of any class/course or an employee, government or private, or a professional, who is allowed to use a part of a residential premises, either individually or jointly, by its owner or occupier for shelter, with or without food, for a certain period of time, on a payment basis or otherwise, but not allowed to run his/her kitchen (as the common kitchen for all paying guests in the same premises is run by its owner or occupier like in school or college hostels).”

“A paying guest does not mean a tenant or a sub-tenant in a hotel, dharamshala, inn or a similar premises and he/she can be asked to leave the residential premises by its owner or occupier at any time without giving a notice,” the letter states.


Building violation cases

With the definition of a paying guest clear now, the Estate Office will also dispose of cases against 300 violators of building bylaws in the city, who made structural changes. These violators were initially served notices for violations, but no action could be taken owing to the lack of clear guidelines on PGs.

Who all can run PGs

Under the rules of the Administration, owners of PG accommodations in the city have to get themselves registered with the Estate Office. A notification in this regard was issued in September 2006. Later, an amendment to the notification allowed owners of houses of 7.5 marla or more to run PGs. In the original notification, only owners of bigger houses were allowed to run PGs. PG owners will have to pay electricity and water bills at commercial rates.

Estate Office can now take action

The definition of a paying guest will help the Estate Office take action against violators. Building owners in the city are, at present, running PGs by adopting "the method of the tenant-landlord rent deed". In most cases, the violators claim that the occupants are mere tenants. In support of their argument, they also produce rent deeds. 



Investigation transferred to economic offences wing
Tribune News Service

Amanjot Singh, accused
Amanjot Singh, accused 

Chandigarh, April 29
The investigation into the extortion case having a former in charge of the crime branch, Inspector Amanjot Singh, as the accused was today transferred to DSP (Economic Offences Wing) Ram Chander Meena. The DSP will begin recording statements in the case from tomorrow.

A case of extortion, theft and criminal intimidation was registered against Amanjot on a complaint lodged by a city-based property dealer on April 27. The case was registered under Sections 380, 384 and 506 of the IPC at the Sector 19 police station.

The investigation will involve various departments such as the Enforcement Directorate, the Income Tax Department and the UT Vigilance Department, which have been roped in to probe the source of income of the Inspector as he had allegedly lent an amount of Rs 1 crore to a businessman. Another DSP, Krishan Kumar Sharma, will assist in the investigation under the supervision of DIG Alok Kumar. The police said it would also soon write to the CBI to probe the Inspector’s source of income and assests.

Sources said the investigation had been transferred to the economic offences wing as the case involved an amount of Rs 1 crore. It had been done to ensure an independent inquiry as the complainant had alleged that he was under pressure to withdraw the FIR.

Meanwhile, the complainant, along with another property dealer, met the IGP today and apprised him of the issue.

Contradiction in statements

The Sector 19 police today recorded the statements of three Sector 20-based shopkeepers as part of the investigation and several contradictions were found in their statements.

Sources said three shopkeepers, including Bhushan Kumar, a market leader of Sector 20, were questioned at the Sector 19 police station.

Though Bhushan recorded his statement in favour of the complainant, claiming that Amanjot had threatened Harish, the two other shopkeepers, Sunil and Samar, who are witnesses according to the FIR, refused to support the complainant's version and told the police that they did not know anything about the incident.

It has been alleged in the complaint by Harish, a businessman and resident of Sector 18, that Inspector Amanjot had threatened him when he came to his shop in Sector 20 four months ago and took away Rs 3 lakh kept in a box by threatening him to return his money. He also slapped his business partner Sudershan. He again came on April 27 and asked him to hand over the keys of the shop. The businessman had alleged that he had taken Rs 1 crore from Inspector Amanjot at 7 per cent interest last year and while he had returned a large part of the amount, an amount of Rs 10 lakh was still pending.



PU fines two students Rs 41,300 each
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
Two Panjab University students have been fined Rs 41,300 each for the damage caused to the university property due to reckless driving by them, which recently led to a major accident on the campus. The university has also decided that if the two students, a boy and a girl, are found driving recklessly on the campus again, their admission will be cancelled permanently.

The two, both students of the University Institute of Legal Studies, who are under suspension, have been fined 10 times the estimated cost of the damage caused by the accident.

"According to a report prepared by the office of the XEN, the loss has been estimated to be around Rs 4,130. Both students will now be asked to pay 10 times the amount," said a member of the committee that is looking into the case.

The students, who were reportedly racing on the campus, putting many lives at risk, had met with an accident on April 16, leaving five vehicles, including a motorcycle, damaged and one person injured.

The four-member committee formed by the university has also decided that the students will have to furnish an affidavit with an undertaking that if they are found driving negligently on the campus, the university will have the right to cancel their admission. The affidavit should be attested by a first class magistrate.

While the girl is a second-year student, the boy is a fourth-year student of the UILS. "We want that the students should drive safely on the campus. The two students will have to furnish an affidavit in this regard," said Yograj Angrish, a committee member.

The committee has also barred both students from exercising their voting right during the PU Campus Student Council elections this year.

An official said the students' suspension would be revoked only after they furnished the affidavit and deposited the fine with the university.



Fresh complaint over food, tip on board Shatabdi
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
Contrary to tall claims made by the railway authorities regarding close monitoring of the quality and quantity of food served on board the Shatabdi, passengers are still not satisfied with the services being provided on the train.

Passengers have alleged that they were forced to pay a tip to the pantry staff after the meal when the staff served them a mouth fresher.

In a complaint lodged by passenger ML Batra, who travelled on the Shatabdi (train No. 12005) on April 28, he alleged that the caterer served different quality of food in different coaches. He said in coach C2, the pantry staff served patties and "soan papadi" while in coach 10 of the same train, the passengers were served "namkeen" packets and wafers. He alleged that his wife, who got a seat on the C2 coach, complained that the patty served to her was of a poor quality.

The complainant alleged that during his journey on April 27 on the Shatabdi (train No. 12046) from Chandigarh to New Delhi, a pantry staff member came to each passenger with a mouth fresher and asked for a tip after serving the meals. He said when some passengers refused to oblige, the staff member expressed resentment. He said this was a routine practice followed by the pantry staff after serving meals to passengers on the Shatabdi.

Ambala Division Railway Manager PK Sanghi, however, claimed that there was a regular inspection of the quality and quantity of food served on the train by a special committee constituted for the purpose. He said an inquiry would be conducted into the fresh complaint. He said announcements were made on the coaches by the railway authorities asking passengers not to pay any tip to the pantry staff as it was against the railway norms. He said he would look into the matter


Special committee

On April 20, after a complaint regarding a delay in serving meals due to shortage of food items on the Shatabdi, the authorities had constituted a special committee to monitor the quality and quantity of food being served during the journey to the passengers 



Panchkula schools blame administration, police for
traffic mess
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 29
Despite numerous solutions having beeen proposed, there seems to no solution in sight to ease the traffic congestion outside schools in Panchkula. For parents, dropping or picking up wards from outside their schools, especially those located in residential areas, is a herculean task.

The school authorities are trying their best to mange the traffic outside their schools. From imposing the one-way traffic norm during peak hours to deploying school guards, change in timings and issuing circulars to parents, they have done it all. But the problem continues.

A ground reality check by Chandigarh Tribune showed heavy traffic congestion in the morning and afternoon hours outside various schools in Panchkula. A survey of some reputed schools such as The Gurukul, Sector 20, Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Jainendra Public School, Sector 1, and Shishu Niketan, Mansa Devi Complex, Sector, 5 has brought to the fore various problems being faced by the authorities and the solutions that have been offered to deal with the problem.

The school authorities have blamed the administration and the police for failing to help them out. However, the police and the administration say they are trying their best to solve the problem.

The problem becomes worse during the rainy season when most students are dropped in cars by their parents, leading to traffic jams.

Not even a single policeman has been deployed outside any school during peak hours to help ease the traffic.

The police said it was ready to extend all possible help to the school authorities in this regard. Schools say parents often refuse to listen to them, leading to brawls with commuters.

Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar said they were periodically holding meetings with the road safety committee to solve the problem of daily traffic snarls outside educational institutions in the township.

Details on P3



Jilted lover gets 5-year jail for stabbing girl
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal today sentenced a 27-year-old jilted lover to five years' rigorous imprisonment for stabbing a 22-year-old girl. The court sentenced Sonu Chauhan, alias Rahul, to jail and also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on him.

The accused had repeatedly stabbed the girl at her house in Baterla village, Sector 41, in June 2012. The police had arrested Sonu of Maloya on a charge of attempt to murder. The police said the accused was enraged over the family's refusal to allow him to marry the girl. According to the prosecution, enraged over the refusal of the family, Sonu came to her residence on June 1, 2012, and confronted her father Yashpal. A heated argument between Yashpal and Sonu ensued and it turned violent. Sonu attacked Yashpal with a stick. Sonu took out a knife and stabbed the girl repeatedly, leaving her in a pool of blood. The court decided the case in just four hearings. 


In Tangle Part-VI, Panchkula
Deal with it yourself, will help when needed: Admn
Dealing with traffic congestion is an uphill task for the school authorities outside their premises in Panchkula. The Tribune reporter Hina Rohtaki and photographer Nitin Mittal take stock of the situation.

Repeated requests by schools in the township to help them ease the traffic congestion outside their schools during peak hours have fallen on deaf ears. The administration has left the parking problem to be handled by the school authorities. The schools have written several times to the local authorities regarding the issue, but they have done nothing to tackle the problem.

Not even a single policeman can be seen outside schools during peak hours.

Most of the schools that are near the residential areas have to deal with traffic, thereby, leading to complete choking of the road.

“The commuters themselves have to find a way out to pass through the road. If a policeman is deployed in such areas, at least, one can get the way cleared soon,” said Vinita Vashisht, a resident of Sector 8, Panchkula.

The absence of policemen outside the educational institutions also leads to a number of brawls on the spot.

“Recently, a visitor who had come to the school that is located near my house parked the car outside my residence. I urgently had to rush to the hospital to see someone, but was held up, as I could not take out my car,” said Ranbir Singh, a resident of Sector 11, Panchkula. He further added, “I had heated arguments with the man when he came back to pick up his car.”

“The policemen cannot be deployed because we are short of manpower. But whenever, we get information from the control room that there is a heavy traffic congestion outside a particular school, we rush there to ease out the flow,” said Mukesh Kumar, Traffic Inspector.

Manav Mangal School, Sector 11

Near residential area; road narrow The school is close to the residential area and the road is very narrow. The road gets choked during peak hours. During the rainy season, the situation become worse, as all parents drop their wards in cars and this often leads to traffic jam. A PCR is parked just near the school, but the policemen don’t bother to comeand help.

Variation in school timings

The authorities have kept a variation of one hour in the timings of the junior and senior school. The school for juniors gets over at 12.50 pm while it is 1.50 pm for the seniors.

The students have been divided into three categories and they are sent home in a staggered manner.

Letters have been written to the administration to make the traffic one way during peak hours and deploy a policeman.

They ensure that the parents leave immediately after picking up their children.

Hansraj Public School, Sector 6

Heavy vehicular movement

All important institutions like the General Hospital, Gymkhana Club, offices like the police headquarters, forest department, state vigilance bureau and even the government residences of officers are located here. There is heavy vehicular movement on the road during lunch time. There is no traffic police to at peak hours to tackle the flow of vehicles.
 Buses parked on the premises of Hansraj Public School in Sector 6.
Buses parked on the premises of Hansraj Public School in Sector 6.

Transport in charge deployed

A special transport in charge along with another staff has been deployed particularly for the purpose. Enough space is there within the school and it has been made mandatory that the school buses drop and pick up children from inside the school.

A circular was issued to the parents at the beginning of the session that they should not park their vehicles haphazardly and take the way from the Gymkhana Club, where there is one-way traffic.

The Gurukul School, Sector 20

Lack of parking space

The school lies near the flats in Sector 20, which have less parking space and the outsiders visiting the societies park their cars outside on the road haphazardly. Even the visitors to the school park their vehicles on the road. However, the traffic can be managed as the road is quite broad. Despite being one of the biggest schools in the township, the local authorities have not bothered to deploy anyone to man the traffic rush during the peak hours.

Security guards stationed

The school authorities had recently written a letter to the local administration asking it to help them deal with the traffic problem, but all in vain. The school authorities have deployed security guards outside the school who don’t let the parents halt there for long. There is one-way traffic during the rush hours to ease out traffic congestion.

The parents have also been sensitised not to park their cars haphazardly.

Shishu Niketan School, Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5

Limited parking space
 The traffic jam outside Shishu Niketan School.
The traffic jam outside Shishu Niketan School.

The school lies in the middle of the group housing societies and the road in front of it is very narrow. There is hardly any parking space inside the school premises. Auto-rickshaws and other vehicles choke the road when they come to pick up students. The commuters have a harrowing time passing through it. Despite being a congested area, the policemen are conspicuous by their absence.

Staggered timings

As there is limited parking space in the school, the authorities have maintained variation in school timings. All students till class II leave at 12.50 pm, while classes III, IV and V leave at 2.10 pm and the rest at 2.20 pm. 

Jainendra Public School, Sector 1

Located near Kalka- Shimla Highway
 Students of Jainendra Public School cross the flyover on the Shimla-Zirakpur Highway.
Students of Jainendra Public School cross the flyover on the Shimla-Zirakpur Highway.

There are two branches of the school. They are loacated near the Kalka-Shimla Highway where there is heavy vehicular movement. Students stand on the main highway and wait for their parents. It is not only dangerous but at the same time very chaotic. No signboards have been put up near the school. Sometimes, a PCR is stationed on the highway, but the policemen don’t help in clearing the traffic congestions.

Two gates being used

Two gates are being used, one for parking of vehicles and the other by students. It has been made mandatory that the staff park their vehicles inside. Two guards have been deployed to check the haphazard parking by the parents.


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Lab to look into mishandling of vaccine in cold chain
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
The Central Drug Laboratory (CDL), Kasauli, today hinted at the possibility of mishandling of the Easyfive vaccine in the cold chain that led to an adverse reaction in the baby who died at the PGI last week.

Director of the CDL Dr Arun Bhardwaj said: “The protocol for examining the drug involves a series of procedures that takes at least 20 days. Vaccines are susceptible to becoming toxic in case the cold chain is not maintained properly. We need to examine if there was any kind of mishandling of the cold chain that altered the stability of the vaccine, leading to an adverse reaction.”

Following the death of the six-weeks-old baby 16 hours after he was administered the Easyfive vaccine, manufactured by Panacia Biotech, at the PGI’s Advanced Pediatrics Centre (APC), the UT Health Department seized 29 samples of the vaccine from a chemist shop at APC and sent them for examination at the CDL.

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) will take necessary action on the basis of findings of the CDL. The UT Health Department, meanwhile, has imposed a provisional ban on the sale of the vaccine across the city. The sale will be allowed only if the company gets a clearance from the central laboratory.

Earlier, objections were raised over the presence of multiple labels of expiry date on the vaccine in other parts of the country including Tamil Nadu. Three days before the baby’s death, the company had written a letter to its distributors across the country to recall the vaccine.

The company had sought permission for extending the expiry date from March 2013 to March 2014 and carried both the labels. “Extension in the expiry date is permissible depending upon stability of the vaccine,” said Dr Bhardwaj.

The baby’s parents objected the sale of vaccine despite the company issuing a letter to recall it. “There must have been some problem in the vaccine if the company asked for its recall. Why were we not informed about it then?” said the baby’s father, Subhash.



Liquor contractors misuse loopholes
Construct pucca structures to house vends outside lal dora of villages
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
In absence of clear-cut guidelines in the new Excise Policy (2013-2014) about the opening of liquor vends outside the lal dora of villages, some of the liquor contractors are raising illegal pucca structures near roads outside the lal dora of villages.
A site behind an existing liquor vend identified for opening a new vend at Kajehri village
A site behind an existing liquor vend identified for opening a new vend at Kajehri village in Sector 52, Chandigarh, on Monday.

This comes after the Punjab and Haryana High Court banned operation of liquor vends in pre-fabricated structures along roads and on the government land.

As per the new policy, the licenses would be granted at specified locations in the sectors, industrial areas, NAC, rehabilitation colonies, and already existing pucca structures in villages where such structures are allowed by the Administration. In absence of such structures, contractors are looking for sites located at strategic points either in the villages or on the outskirts.

Not only are the structures coming up in the violation of the periphery Act, these are causing a huge loss to the state exchequer. After bidding for a location within the village at a low premium, the contractors are smartly looking for high premium sites on the main roads, said sources.

This morning, a three-day old pucca structure outside the lal dora of Dhanas village was given a new coat of whitewash before opening a liquor vend in it. The site is located a few metres away from the government school of the village.

On getting a whiff of a similar structure coming up in Maloya village, a team of the Land Acquisition Collector (LAC) stopped the construction. The team also visited Hallo Majra. The UT Land Acquisition Collector, Titak Raj, said no structure would be allowed to come up outside the lal dora.

Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner Naresh Dubey said the department would strictly follow the policy.

In Kajehri village, meanwhile, residents protested against the opening of a vend in a structure that has a tin roof and is being used to house labourers. The land in question is outside the lal dora of the village and the Supreme Court had given a stay in the favour of the occupants. 



Councillors to table agenda in meeting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
Finally, on the demand of the family members of Harpreet Singh Sodhi, who died in an accident involving stray cattle, both Congress and BJP councillors are now including the agenda regarding the proving of a job and compensation to the victims’s widow to be discussed in the MC House meeting tomorrow.

Today, Congress councillors including Mukesh Bassi, Poonam Sharma, Darshan Garg, Satish Kainth and Sat Parkash Aggarwal, signed the agenda, which will now come up for discussion during the House meeting. The BJP-SAD councillors, too, in a pre-House meeting, decided to table the agenda.

Family of Harpreet Singh Sodhi today met Mayor Subhash Chawla, who assured them that the process would be initiated as per provisions of the Municipal Corporation.

It was highlighted in these columns that how despite assurances given by various political leaders to Harpreet’s family members, councillors of both the parties failed to include the agenda in this regard. 



Doc on a mission: Performs 331 joint replacement surgeries in 31 days
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 29
Performing 331 joint replacement surgeries within 31 days, Dr Manuj Wadhwa, director, department of orthopaedics and joint replacements at Fortis Hospital, has reportedly created a world record in the field.

Dr Manuj Wadhwa claimed that he and his team achieved the feat last month and they were planning to register their record in the famous world record books.

“We are far ahead of the USA and the European countries, where a doctor in the field performs a maximum of 250 to 300 surgeries a year. Seeing the scarcity of expert doctors in the field in our country, the available doctors have to perform extraordinarily,” said Dr Wadhwa.

Dr Wadhwa, who claimed to have performed over 12,000 joint replacements in his career so far, said the number of patients of joint ailments was growing substantially.

“In 2008, around 42,000 cases of joint replacement were reported, but the number had crossed the figure of 91,000 in 2012,” said Dr Wadhwa.

He said India had emerged as one of the top countries, using ultra-advance technology to treat patients. “Such surgeries have now become highly accurate and time saving,” said Dr Wadhwa.

A knee replacement costs between Rs 1.7 lakh and 2.5 lakh, whereas the hip replacement costs between Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 2 lakh, he said.



Solution to P’kula residents’ problems just a token away
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 29
Providing much needed respite to residents who have to make rounds of the Municipal Corporation departments to get their work done, the civic body has launched a new project. Residents will now be able to avail of all kinds of assistance for any service via a slip that will bear the name and contact number of assistants who would be handling their problem, and will also mention the number of days it would take to address their problem.

Panchkula Municipal Corporation Commissioner Ashima Brar today inaugurated the Citizen Facilitation Centre (CFC) and also launched the official website of the civic body at the MC office, Sector 4, Panchkula.

The centre will provide six services to citizens including issuance of the birth and death certificates, registration of marriages, issuance of fire NOC, approval to building plans, licence for mobile towers and redressal of grievances, said Brar.

Residents can approach the CFC and fill the application form pertaining to their problem. After he gets his mobile number registered, he would be issued a slip which would mention the number of days in which their problem would be solved and also the name and contact number of the person who would be dealing with it.

For further facilitation a toll-free number, 1800-1802-013, has also been started which would work from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on all working days and residents can check the status of their complaint on this number. On the toll-free number, residents can also lodge their complaints.

The website www.mcpkl.ulbhry.org has also been launched where citizens can file complaints online.

“People only have to come to the office for submitting their necessary documents and to deposit fee for the application,” said Brar.

The CFC will remain open on all the working days from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.



10 traders booked for bogus VAT returns
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
Eight months after the UT Excise and Taxation Department unearthed a scam involving filing of bogus VAT returns to the tune of Rs 1 crore during 2010-11 and 2011-12, the UT police has registered two separate FIRs against ten traders.

After recovering around Rs 70 lakh from the traders on whose behalf the bogus VAT returns had been filed, the department had written to the police to register FIRs against the erring traders.

The scam had been unearthed during a special audit. It had been revealed that over 100 local traders, comprising of jewellers, dealers of motor spare parts and wholesalers, had filed bogus VAT returns.

Although the department had detected discrepancy in the amount shown by the traders and the actual receipt, it took over three months to trace the anomaly and recover the amount from the traders.



Three youths injured in mishap at light point
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
Three youths, triple riding without helmets on a motorcycle, were critically injured after being hit by an ambulance at the Press light point in Sector 8 last night.

The damaged motorcycle on which the youths were triple riding.
The damaged motorcycle on which the youths were triple riding. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan 

The youths, residents of Indira colony in Mani Majra, were admitted to the PGI.

The condition of one of them, Gaurav, is critical. He works as a painter. The other two injured have been identified as Shiv Kumar, who was riding the motorcycle, and Satpal. All the three are 20-year old.

The ambulance, which had come from Karnal, was returning from the PGI after dropping off a patient, while the youths moving on Sectors 17/18 diving road had just reached Madhya Marg when the collision occurred.

Being late at night, the traffic lights were not functional when the accident took place.

The police has registered a case of rash and negligent driving under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC at the Sector 3 police station against the ambulance driver, Amit Sharma of Karnal. He was arrested, but later released on bail. 



Blood donation camp held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
The Canara Bank Officers’ Association, Chandigarh, organised its 29th blood donation camp at Sector 34-A, Chandigarh, in association with the Department of Transfusion Medicine, GMSH-32, Chandigarh.

Atul Kapoor, vice-president of the Canara Bank Officers’ Association, inaugurated the camp and was the first one to donate blood.

Raman Anand, general secretary, and SK Sharma, regional secretary, Canara Bank Officers’ Association, Chandigarh, participated in the event along with the other functionaries of the association.

Members of the association along with their family members also came forward to donate blood. 



Kathak dancers leave audience spellbound
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
A kathak dance recital by Madhumita Roy, the renowned classical dancer from Kolkata, left the audience spellbound at the Punjab Kala Bhawan today.

Accompanied by her troupe, Madhumita commenced the recital of her self-choreographed invocatory item in salutation to the supreme power of Trinity-Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh. The seven of her accomplished dancers presented the mythological “Samudra Manthan” as also the “Shiv Tandav” with brilliance and energetic dance movements.

The second item, “Nritya Mel”, depicted the journey of traditional kathak to modern kathak. Artistes displayed immaculate footwork too. Madhumita concluded the captivating kathak recital with her famous choreography “kathaa kala kalaakar ki”. The most educative and entertaining item laid emphasis on the importance of artiste, art and its propagation. The recital left a big question mark on the minds of the audience that whether we are dedicated enough to save and promote the rich art and cultural legacy preserved and fostered by our legendary gurus and musicologists.

The dancers, who shared the stage, were Nandini Chakrabarty, Sriyanka Mali, Dibjaya Sarkar, Monalisa Kundu, Prasanjit Majumdar, Amit Das and Manav Parui. Dr Shobha Koser, Registrar of the Pracheen Kala Kendra, and Secretary Sajal Koser honoured the artistes.



Bank caught on wrong foot, penalised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
A local consumer court today penalised Kotak Mahindra Bank for wrongly putting a customer's name on the defaulter list of the CIBIL’s (Credit Information Bureau India Ltd) website and failing to issue the No Dues Certificate in spite of the settlement of loan account.

The court slapped a compensation of Rs 15,000 on the bank. Sameer Monga, a resident of Sector 38, had taken a personal loan from the bank which was settled under the one-time settlement scheme of the bank.

Counsel for the complainant contended that the bank itself had issued a letter in December, 2010 to the complainant directing him to deposit Rs 65,000 on or before December 30, 2010 in full and final settlement of his loan account.

Accordingly, the complainant deposited the amount on December 30, 2012. The bank compounded its deficiency by displaying the name of the complainant as a defaulter on the CIBIL website. Finding deficiency in service, the forum directed the bank to issue No Dues Certificate to the complainant and get his name deleted from the CIBIL list. 



NIPER students refuse to have lunch
Distribute food among schoolchildren and poor persons outside the institute
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 29
Protesting students of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) here refused to have lunch today and instead distributed the food among the needy.

The food was carried in big containers from the hostel mess on rehris and brought near the main gate of the institute where students held their protest. Some schoolchildren and poor persons walking on the main road outside the gate were stopped by the protesting students and served food in disposable plates.

The students, who had resumed their protest on April 16 after giving 15 days’ time to the authorities concerned to concede to their demands, said their main demand was the resignation of the officiating director of NIPER. They said if their demand was not fulfilled, students would quit their courses.

The students said if the authorities remained indifferent to their demands, their professional future would not be secure.

They said NIPER was an autonomous body and degrees given by it to the passing-out students were not recognised either by the UGC or the Pharmaceutical Council of India. As such, it became difficult for the students to get jobs after completing their studies.

The protesters further said the campus lacked hostel facility for girl students. Despite funds being available from the Central Government, hostel facilities had not been improved. They demanded better facilities and infrastructure at the hostel.

Besides, they said proper research facilities were lacking at the institute and there was a shortage of faculty members with only 31 against the requirement of 81.



Five-day faculty development programme begins at SD College
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
A five-day international-level faculty development programme began today at GGDSD College to enhance the teaching skills of faculty of all colleges under the GGDSD College Society.

Over 200 teachers are attending the workshop. The programme is being conducted by Dr Wendy Burton, director, Teaching and Learning, at the University of Fraser Valley (UFV), Canada.

Dr Burton has been teaching for over 30 years and has conducted such skill enhancement programmes for teachers across the world.

“The faculty at any institution of higher education is the most important resource for the success of students. Faculty members who are up-to-date in their field, who are knowledgeable about their subject matter and who care about teaching are true professionals. I commend the faculty at SD College for their efforts to continue to be excellent teachers. This series of workshops is part of their endeavours to provide the best possible education to their students,” said Dr Burton.

The UFV has been associated with GGDSD College for the past 8 years and runs its BBA course on the college campus in line with its campus at Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.

During the five-day workshop, Dr Burton will hold sessions of all institutions under the GGDSD College Society. These institutions include GGDSD College, Chandigarh, Pt Mohan Lal SD College for Girls, Fatehgarh Churian, Punjab, and Pt Mohan Lal SD College for Women, Gurdaspur, Punjab.



Students awarded certificates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
A certificate awarding ceremony of the C-TOSS programme was held at the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, today.

DK Tiwari, Secretary, Tourism, and MD, CITCO, was the chief guest on the occasion.

“In the present scenario, soft skills are the main foundation in front line positions in the hospitality industry. There is no substitute for the employees who have good communication skills and companies are increasingly giving top priority to soft skills at the time of hiring,” Tiwari said.

The C-TOSS programme is aimed at enabling the students to transform themselves into highly employable and self-dependent individuals who would be ready to meet the challenges of the competitive job market.

The programme was organised by the SPIC. It was designed keeping in view the industry requirements and the major modules, which include communication skills, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, group discussions, presentation skills, corporate grooming and business etiquette, telephone etiquette, interview skills, etc.



Syndicate to meet on May 2 to review decision
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
Following an uproar by students over the decision of Panjab University to re-conduct the cost accounting exam, the Syndicate today decided to call a special meeting on May 2 to review its decision.

Overruling the decision of the Board of Studies (BoS) to give 20 grace marks to BCom second-year students in the cost accounting exam, the Syndicate had last week decided to re-conduct the exam, keeping in view the wider perspective and interest of students.

However, the students raised objections over the re-conducting of the exam. The recommendations of the BoS were discussed in the Syndicate meeting held on Thursday evening and the House, after a long deliberation, decided that re-examination should be conducted.

Controller of Examination (CoE) Parvinder Singh had said on the basis of the Syndicate's unanimous decision, a fresh proposal to 
re-conduct the exam had been sent to the Vice-Chancellor.

Dinesh Talwar, a Syndicate member, said the decision had been taken while considering the welfare of the students on account that by having numerical-type questions in the paper, most of the students score almost full marks in this section.

BCom students were left surprised on April 10 after they found that the paper, which was supposed to be a mixture of theoretical and numerical-type questions, turned out to be an entirely theoretical paper.

Based on the complaint by the students, a referral committee of experts was formed by PU, which found that the complaint was genuine and the exam should be re-conducted.

The referral committee's recommendations were tabled before the Board of Studies, which, however, recommended 20 grace marks to the students.

Over 4,000 students had appeared for the exam across various examination centres in Chandigarh and Punjab.



From schools
Installation ceremony

New members of the Students' Representative Council of St John's High School, Sector 26, were installed in an impressive and colourful ceremony held on the school campus. The newly elected captains were installed by the outgoing captains of the school. Nikhil Peshawaria was installed as the school captain, whereas Barinder Thapa was handed over the responsibility of the school sports captain. In addition to them, school vice-captains, house captains, assistant captains and editors of the school magazine “Soaring Eagles” were also installed. They were also administered the oath of responsibility by Principal Kavita Das. It was a matter of pride for the parents also who witnessed their wards being handed over new responsibilities.

Investiture ceremony

An investiture ceremony of new school captain, house captains and parliament of St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32, Chandigarh, was held today during the morning assembly on the school premises. A total of 20 students of the parliament were administered the oath by school principal Sister Gracy Jose. Kensiya Kennedy is named as the school captain for this session, while Aaditya Sharma was made the vice-captain.

Saupin’s School, Mohali

Saupin’s School, Mohali, organised its annual investiture ceremony for the new academic session heralding a new set of Student Council members. The function was presided over by Ajit Singh, Olympic medal winner and a former hockey player. Arsshdeep Singh was announced as the head boy, while Navsift Kaur is the head girl. Kunal Vishwa was announced as the sports captain and Harhman is the sports vice-captain.

Freshers’ party

MDAV School, Sector 22-A, Chandigarh, organised the freshers’ party to welcome the students of the pre-primary wing. Little angels wore colourful dresses and enjoyed the party. Teachers arranged different games and activities. — TNS



Education Dept to hold meeting with private unaided schools
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
The UT Education Department has called a meeting of private unaided schools on the issue of their failure to supply information under the RTE Act despite repeated reminders of the department.

The meeting is scheduled for tomorrow with Education Secretary VK Singh. The minority schools have also been called for a meeting on May 2 on the issue of EWS reservation in their schools in lieu of land allotment on a concessional basis.

Officials said there were about 11-12 private schools, which had not yet supplied any information about the admission given to EWS and disadvantaged ground despite repeated correspondence by the department. “These schools have been called for a meeting to seek their explanation on this matter,” said an official.

As per information, there are nearly 50 per cent seats, which are still vacant under the RTE Act in private schools of the city. Parents alleged that several private schools did not even entertain their applications. Out of the total 772 seats for the 2013-14 session, the department had got confirmation of nearly 430 seats, with no clarity about the rest of the seats. It includes the confirmation of admission on just 90 out of the 298 application forms the Education Department sent to private schools for admission under the RTE Act after its Centralised admission process.

Meeting with minority schools

The department has also planned a meeting with minority schools of the city on the issue of 15 per cent EWS reservation in lieu of land allotment on a concessional basis. Several minority schools had argued that this reservation was not applicable to their schools, since they owned the freehold property.

“All these issues will be discussed in length in the meeting, said officials.

Meanwhile, the officials said the reimbursement to private schools would start soon. The rate was about to be notified after which it would start releasing the payment under the RTE Act.



Block housing various labs inaugurated at CCET-26
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
Block-B housing various laboratories at the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET) was made functional today. Shivraj V. Patil, Governor of Punjab, and Administrator of Chandigarh, inaugurated the block today.

Patil congratulated the Engineering Department and the Architect Department of the UT Administration for the completion of the building within a short span of time.

KK Sharma, Adviser to the Administrator, stressed on the fact that education must be made enjoyable. For that, students must be receptive and notice things around them and show their creativity.

VK Singh highlighted the achievements of the college. Patil also planted a few saplings on the campus. The students showcased their technical projects to the Governor. 



Over 150 students get placements
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
As many as 62 companies visited Chitkara Business School, Chandigarh, for placements of MBA (general) and MBA (FMP) students. Federal Bank, Zee News, ICICI Securities, Unicon KBC, Jaro Education, HCL Infosystems, Ambuja Cements and Citi Bank were among other top names that offered jobs to over 150 students.

“I got a placement in Federal Bank at a package of Rs 6.6 lakh which is a big achievement for me,” said Diksha, a student.

Madhav Sood, another student, said: “It was a dream come true when I was offered a placement at MCX-SX India's New Stock Exchange”.

Rohit Gupta, who got a placement in Colgate Palmolive, said the campus really helped him in acquiring skills on a par with industry standards.



ABVP holds protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) today staged a dharna at the Panjab University’s Student Centre, demonstrating against China’s intrusion into the Indian territory.

The representatives urged that the government must draft specified policies to check such invasions. The strike was called as part of the nationwide call given by the ABVP.



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