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Chief Postmaster General found dead
  Injury mark on right side of forehead; son's role under the scanner; postmortem today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
Chief Postmaster General, North Circle, KL Khanna was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his residence in Sector 30-A this morning. A 1979-batch officer of the Indian Postal Services, Khanna was found lying on the floor at the backyard of the house with an injury mark on the right side of his forehead. There were blood stains near the body.

Khanna Was nearing retirement

K L Khanna, a 1979-batch Indian Postal Services officer, joined as the Postmaster General, Punjab and Chandigarh, in 2003. In 2009, he was promoted as the Chief Postmaster General. Khanna was in the Group-A Engineering Services prior to the assignment as Postmaster General and had also worked as Financial Adviser from 1989 to 1992 at the PGI. He was nearing his retirement.

Sources close to the family said Khanna’s son Gaurav (27), who was present in the house at the time of the incident, instead of rushing his father to a hospital, called an ambulance. Surprisingly, he did not open the door for sometime when the ambulance arrived.

Later, when Gaurav opened the door, the ambulance driver, on finding the Chief Postmaster General’s body lying in a pool of blood, informed the hospital authorities, which in turn informed the police control room about the incident.

“The father-son duo was not on good terms with each other and verbal spats between them were a routine,” the sources said.

Khanna's son was found smoking cigarettes while standing near the body when the police arrived.

Khanna’s wife, a senior bank official, is posted in New Delhi and is staying with her daughter there.

Police sources said they were probing the case from various angles. “The role of Khanna's son is also under the scanner as it is suspected that the duo had an altercation in the morning,” said a senior police official.

The body was taken to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, where a postmortem will be conducted tomorrow. The police has registered a case of accidental death as of now. 



MC worker caught taking bribe 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
The CBI today arrested a daily wage worker at the waterworks department of the municipal corporation in Sector 37 while taking a bribe of Rs 6, 000 for installing a water connection.
Sukhdev Sharma in the CBI custody in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Sukhdev Sharma in the CBI custody in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

The CBI had received a complaint from Dinesh Kumar, a resident of Dhanas, who stated that the accused, Sukhdev Sharma, working as a beldar in the waterworks department, was demanding a bribe to install a water meter.

Acting on the complaint, CBI officials laid a trap and arrested the daily wage worker while taking the bribe money at the office. "The complainant was being harassed to pay bribe for the water connection," an official said.

The accused had demanded Rs 4,000 for the connection and Rs 2,000 as security for the water connection.

The official said the accused would be produced in court tomorrow. 



Supplementary Chargesheet
A few days before murder, Doon MLA made 41 missed calls on Jyoti’s mobile in two days
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 11
As many as 41 missed calls were made by Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary within two days on Jyoti's mobile number a few days before the murder, according to the supplementary chargesheet, a copy of which is with Chandigarh Tribune.

While Chaudhary, in his statement to the police, had stated that the victim was troubling him, the calls made by him to Jyoti, which she did not respond to, reveal a different story.

A few days before Jyoti was strangled and then crushed under a truck, the MLA had called her up several times (from a number which the police claims was used by Chaudhary) from November 11 to November 20. The fact came to light through the missed call service when the message record was retrieved.

On November 11, 2012, a message in Jyoti's inbox stated that there were 26 missed calls from this number at 2.06 pm and four missed calls on the same day at 3.23 pm. On November 12, 2012, the message shows 11 missed calls from this number.

A "Happy Diwali" message sent from Chaudhary's number on November 13 was also there on Jyoti's cell phone.

While there were two missed calls on November 17, there was just one call on November 20, a day before the murder. According to the police, it indicated that she was avoiding him, but he wanted to speak to her.

On the night of November 21, Jyoti was allegedly murdered by Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary and his accomplices.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Aswhin Shenvi said, "The large number of calls indicates intimacy. We have sufficient proof to nail the accused."

In the retrieved messages, there are several messages sent by Jyoti's friends, most of them by her former boyfriend Sumitm, aka Simi.

Jyoti was ignoring me, says ex-boyfriend

Jyoti's former boyfriend Sumit said the victim was ignoring him because of Chaudhary. After finding a number of retrieved messages sent by Simi, the police came to know that he was her former boyfreind. He was called for investigations during which he gave a statement that has been attached with the chargesheet.

According to the chargesheet, Simi was taking coaching from the IELTS and had met Jyoti during his aunt's marriage in Jalandhar in April 2010. "Since then, we were friends. After a few months, I found Jyoti's phone busy most of the time. When I asked her, she told me she was talking to her sir. When I asked her who her sir was, she said he was Ram Kumar Chaudhary, who helped her a lot whenever she had a problem," the chargesheet has quoted him as saying, adding that when she started avoiding him, he broke the relationship.

Witnesses record statements

Two witnesses recorded their statements before the court on Wednesday regarding the procurement of SIM cards on fake IDs. One of them, Anil Kumar, said he met Jyoti at the workplace. When Jyoti requested him to give his identity card for a mobile number, he obliged her. The other witness, Suresh Kumar, said he never gave his ID to anyone for any mobile number and was not aware how it had been used. The accused MLA was also present in the court. Meanwhile, another accused, Gurmeet, Chaudhary's nephew, applied for bail on Wednesday.

155 contacts in Jyoti's phone

There were 155 contacts in Jyoti's phone. All names have been mentioned in the chargesheet. The date and time of all messages and photographs retrieved from the phone have also been mentioned.

Messages sent by Simi to Jyoti

The CFSL, Chandigarh, has retrieved some messages sent by Simi to Jyoti, indicating that the duo had strained relations.

April 10, 2011: Jini tu akad dakhani aa ohni koi gal nai. Ek tan tu galtiya kare upro mainu tu akad dikhari? kadi apni galti na manni (You are acting pricey instead of accepting your mistakes)

July 26: Yaar tera phone waiting kyu aa reha c je class cha a. Mainu pagal samjhaya (Why was your phone on waiting if you were attending a class. Do you think I am stupid?)

August 6: Kithe aa phn kyun nahi chak rahi (Where are you? Why aren't you answering the call?)

August 6: Ki hoya, phn kyun kat dita mera (What happened? Why did you disconnect my call?)

August 7: Wish u happy frndshp day. Lots of love

August 7: Love u and missing u sooooooo much

August 8: Phn kyun ni chak rahi (Why aren't you taking my calls)

August 12: Plz cum back I am missing u

August 18: Plz Plz yaar tere aagge hath jod da. Mere naal ehda na kar plz plz (Please, I beg of you; don't do this to me)



Now, PM to travel by road from airport to Dhanas
Earlier, he was to go by helicopter till Sarangpur village
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
City residents, including patients heading for the PGI, should brace for traffic restrictions on September 14 as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will now travel by road from the airport to Dhanas to deliver the keys of flats to the beneficiaries of an ambitious slum rehabilitation scheme under the JNNURM, spread over 162.5 acres in Dhanas.

Earlier, it was decided that to avoid a controversy such as the one during Manmohan Singh's previous visit to the city in 2009 when a patient allegedly died after the ambulance in which he was being taken to the PGI got stuck on the road, which was closed to make way for the Prime Minister’s convoy, the Administration had constructed a helipad in Sarangpur village at a cost of around Rs 14 lakh following directions from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

The authorities had planned that the Prime Minister would travel by helicopter to Sarangpur village after getting down from the plane at the Chandigarh airport. From Sarangpur, he was to travel to the venue by road. However, now he would travel by road from the airport to Dhanas.

UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar said they were making arrangements for his travel by road. He said the route would be finalised by the PMO and not the UT Administration. He said directions had been issued to the police to make way for ambulances for safe passage of patients to the PGI.

The Prime Minister will arrive at 10.30 am and from the airport, his convoy will reach the venue around 11 am. The convoy will pass through The Tribune roundabout to the Transport light point in Sector 26 and further to the T-point in Sector 26. Thereafter, the convoy will pass through a road adjoining St Kabir School in Sector 26, then through the road in front of the Chandigarh Golf Club, the Punjab Raj Bhawan and the Haryana Raj Bhawan to the Sukhna Lake. From there, the Prime Minister’s convoy will go towards the residences of the Punjab Chief Minister and the Haryana Chief Minister, PEC, the PGI roundabout, the Mullanpur road and finally to the venue at Dhanas.

Roads get a facelift

Ahead of the Prime Minister's visit, the UT Administration and the municipal corporation have geared themselves up and have started beautifying and recarpeting city roads. Besides the roads falling on the Prime Minister’s route, some other roads are also being recarpeted.

Patil for review of rent

Sources said at a meeting with senior officials, UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil had stated that the montly rent of Rs 800, which is to be charged from the allottees, was quite high. The Administrator had told the officials to review the amount, if possible.

UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar and CHB Secretary Mandeep Kumar, at a press conference today, clarified that the Administration would not take back houses from the allottees after the 20-year lease period. Some people were spreading rumours regarding this. Former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan said he would court arrest tomorrow for the rights of slum dwellers. 



Admn gears up for PM’s visit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
To promote solar power, the UT Administration for the first time installed a solar panel on a government house in the rehabilitation colony at Dhanas.

Workers give the final touches to a sample flat; and a solar panel installed on a flat at Dhanas.
(Top) Workers give the final touches to a sample flat; and a solar panel installed on a flat at Dhanas. tribune photos: parvesh chauhan

An official revealed that the authorities had installed the panel on the sample flat, which would be handed over to a beneficiary by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on September 14. Later on, such solar panels will be installed on all other houses of the colony.

During a visit to the site to be visited by the Prime Minister, it was found that the beautification work was going on full swing. Besides, the officials were on their toes supervising various works.

New parks are being developed and parking spaces created. The Prime Minister is coming to the city on September 14 to hand over the keys of one-room tenements to slum dwellers. A total of 8,448 flats have been constructed under the rehabilitation scheme of JNNURM.

Around 40,000 people are expected to reside in these houses. The road leading from Sarangpur to Dhanas is being four-laned. The carpeting work is going on and the medians are being constructed.

Long queues of claimants were witnessed at the Chandigarh Housing Board office in Chandigarh today. 



Mayor’s ‘secret’ Mumbai tour raises councillors’ hackles 
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
There is resentment among councillors as a five-member team of the municipal corporation, led by city Mayor Subhash Chawla, "secretly" went to Mumbai to study a project regarding disposal of waste generated by hotels.

Some councillors, especially those belonging to the Congress, only got to know about the "secret tour" when they came to the MC office to meet the Mayor. Even the Senior Deputy Mayor and the Deputy Mayor, who are from the Congress, came to know about the trip only hours before the Mayor and other officials left for the tour by air.

Requesting anonymity, a Congress councillor said last month local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, at a meeting with Congress councillors, had told the Mayor to take all councillors along with him on tours, but he never discussed the Mumbai tour with them and decided about it on his own. He said if the Mayor and MC officials could discuss the study tour of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, scheduled for September 18, with them, why "didn't they discuss the Mumbai tour with us".

On the Mumbai tour, Mayor Subhash Chawla was accompanied by Congress councillor Pardeep Chhabra, BJP councillor Arun Sood and two MC officials.

Another Congress councillor questioned that the project for which a five-member team went to Mumbai was related to sanitation, but the sanitation committee chairman was not part of the team while Pardeep Chhabra, a sanitation committee member, went to Mumbai.

Sources said the councillors were not against the tour, but felt cheated since they were not consulted by the Mayor and MC officials about the Mumbai tour.

MC Commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh said the tour to Mumbai was finalised to study plants set up in Mumbai to dispose of food waste, decomposed organic material and kitchen waste. 


Diabetes fast affecting youth
  3 of every 10 persons in city are either diabetic or at high risk of developing syndrome
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
The phase I of a study taken up by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has found that 13.6 per cent population of Chandigarh is diabetic while 14.6 per cent is at high risk of diabetes.

Quoting the data of the ICMR-INDIAB study-2011, experts at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, also said the incidence of type 2 diabetes had increased among the youth (aged between 25 and 34).

“According to the study, three out of every 10 persons in our city are either diabetic or at a high risk of developing the syndrome. Earlier, the incidence of type 2 diabetes was found in patients aged above 60. But it is fast affecting the younger generation due to an unbalanced diet and sedentary lifestyle,” said Dr Yashdeep, an endocrinologist with the GMCH-32.

This disease is a silent killer as the symptoms surface at a very advanced stage of uncontrolled diabetes. There should be an emphasis on regular diabetes screening by residents of all age groups, said Dr AK Attri, Head, Department of General Surgery.

Screening is crucial, especially for those who have a family history of diabetes or have at least one family member suffering from it. Since members of a same family have similar lifestyle, they are likely to develop the syndrome, the experts added.

Diabetes awareness programme

A team of experts at the GMCH-32 will hold a diabetes awareness programme and interaction session on September 16. The programme is open for all. Blood sugar and HbA1c tests and eye/foot checkup would be done free of cost. It will be held in Block B from 2pm to 4pm. 



Elderly go on diet to escape docs’ wrath
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
To escape the wrath of their doctors and attendants, a number of diabetics have adopted the practice of controlling diet a few days before undergoing a test so that deviation in their diet plan is not detected.

But the doctors at GMCH-32 are not any less smart as they have started catching the farce by sending them for the HbA1c test that diagnoses the sugar levels in patients maintained over the last three months.

The practice is more common in the elderly, said doctors. “When there are too many restrictions on eating and drinking on patients, especially diabetics, they tend to feel pressurised and start deviating from the prescribed diet plan. Not only the doctors but they also fear the fury of their spouses or young children taking care of them and hence, tend to prove that they are fit,” said Dr Sunandan Sood, Head, Department of Opthalmology, GMCH-32.

“This tendency is more common in the elderly as they often dislike being identified as a diabetic. They would preferably seek appointment for a farther date that gives them a chance to quickly stick to the balanced diet,” said Dr Subina Narang, Associate Professor, Department of Opthalmology.

The experts said patients had several misconceptions about certain food and hence continued to eat sugar-rich food unconsciously.

Chief Dietician at the hospital Madhu Arora said: “Patients very often stop eating potatoes and other food rich in carbohydrates. But they need to understand the property of the food. For instance, boiled potatoes are good for health. It's only the fried potatoes that should be avoided.”

The experts also said though the HbA1c test was not a new finding, it had gained popularity. 



Nod to multi-functional complex at railway station
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA), at a meeting held here today, gave the green light to the action plan for the setting up of a multi-functional complex (MFC) at the Chandigarh railway station. It was decided that the RLDA would develop the MFC on the approved site in the city in the current fiscal year.

A senior railway official said in the MFC, facilities to be provided to the passengers included a shopping arcade, food stalls, restaurants, book stalls, ATMs, medicine shops, variety stores, budget hotels and a parking lot. He said a team of officials had inspected the sites available near the station in the past six months and shortlisted some.

The RLDA has a target of generating more than Rs 1,000 crore by commercially exploiting the surplus land. It has invited nine bids this year for the development of 43 MFCs in northern, western and southern India.

Sources said prominent bidders and developers from retail and hotel chains would be invited by the department.

A senior official said the RLDA was going to hold a pre-bid conference in Hyderabad tomorrow to invite bids for commercial development of the MFCs at eight stations in the cities of tourist and religious interest like Dharmavaram, Karimnagar, Kurnool Town, Nellore, Nizamabad, Vijayawada, Zahirabad and Kacheguda. After studying the bidders' response, the authorities will invite bids for the rest of the stations. 



Dadu Majra residents curse new road; blame PWD for their plight
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
Construction of a road at Dadu Majra has proved to be a nightmare for the local residents after the PWD workers dug up up to the foundations of many houses. As the foundations are exposed to the rainwater accumulated in the area dug up by the workers, many houses have developed cracks. This careless digging by the PWD staff has put the property and lives of many residents to a grave risk.

Exposed foundation of a house at Dadu Majra; and (right) a man shows a crack in the floor of his house.
Exposed foundation of a house at Dadu Majra; and (right) a man shows a crack in the floor of his house. tribune photos: pradeep tewari

A visit to the area revealed that earth adjoining the houses had been removed completely. The digging has led to big cracks on the walls and floor of house no. 71.

Ektadar, the owner of the house, said the PWD workers started digging earth in the area for laying a road linking the area to Sector 38 (West). The earth was removed up to the walls of the houses. Rainwater is seeping into the foundations, resulting in damage to the houses, he said.

Mehar Singh said the PWD workers dug up the area a few days ago. They were cautioned against digging earth very close to the foundations, but in vain. After the houses started sinking due to the seeping of rainwater in the foundations, many residents got the foundations plastered spending thousands of rupees, said Mehar Singh.

While MC Chief Engineer SS Bida could not be contacted, local councillor Sat Prakash Aggrawal said he came to know about the problem and advised the officials concerned to visit the area. He, however, could not confirm what action was taken by the officials in this regard.



Sanitation drive has little impact
  Garbage, debris a common sight in Mohali despite 10-day campaign
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 11
Sanitation is far from satisfactory in parts of Mohali despite a recent 10-day cleanliness drive.

Heaps of garbage, dry leaves and debris are a common sight in the town. Footpaths along some of the roads can be seen strewn with waste material and polythene bags. Unhygienic conditions prevail near garbage collection points in various parts of the town.

During a survey by this correspondent today, garbage was seen lying along the main road next to the mango garden in the Industrial Area, on the road from Franco Hotel to Phase IV, on the dividing road of Phases II and IV as well as I and VI, on the street behind the Phase II market, and near the road leading to the Government ITI for Girls in Phase V.

A 10-day sanitation drive was jointly inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu and former Union Minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia at the YPS chowk on August 1. During the drive, special attention was to be given to the cleaning of dumping points and kerb channels, removal of wild growth, lifting of garbage from the roadside and the cleaning of roads.

Kuljit Singh Bedi, a resident of Phase III-B2, said despite hiring labourers for the drive, the Municipal Corporation did not have proper infrastructure to carry out the work.

Terming the drive “unsuccessful”, Bedi said the dumping point near Sector 71 was in a bad state and passers-by had to put up with foul smell.

Phool Raj Singh, a resident of Phase VII, however, said there had been some improvement after the drive. He said sanitation workers were more regular these days. The lifting of garbage, however, was not being properly managed by the civic body, said the resident. 



Dept of Posts has lost a dynamic official: Staff
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
Shock and grief prevailed at the postal department this morning as the information about Chief Post Master General KL Khanna’s sudden demise spread in the office. Employees exchanged calls to confirm the sad news.

With the death of 60-year-old KL Khanna, the department lost a dynamic official who was instrumental in launching a number of projects to streamline the system in the past three years, said the staff.

Due to his efforts, the delay in the delivery of mails had been reduced to 90 per cent in the past six months, said an employee. The major project launched by Khanna in Punjab was the introduction of a new mail system with minimum expenditure, leading to a 10 per cent increase in the number of clients, an employee said.

During his tenure, Khanna opened the first woman post office of the region in Sector 8 here. He was planning to open more such post offices in other parts of Punjab.

The representative of the employees’ union, Janak Raj Rana, said Khanna had called a special meeting tomorrow to discuss the long-pending demands relating to the recruitment and promotion of the employees. Employees were hopeful that as he was retiring in October, he would take necessary steps for their benefit, said Rana.



Traffic marshal accuses cop of misbehaviour
  Had objected to letting a speeding red-beacon car off at a checkpoint
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
A traffic marshal has accused a traffic police inspector of misbehaving with him after he objected to a vehicle with a red beacon being let off despite being stopped for speeding.
Traffic marshal Jagdish Singh Sarpal shows his complaint in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Traffic marshal Jagdish Singh Sarpal shows his complaint in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

The marshal, Jagdish Singh Sarpal, in his complaint to the Inspector General (IG) of Police, stated a vehicle bearing the registration number of Panchkula was stopped at a checkpoint on the Tribune road in the Industrial Area, Ram Darbar, on Monday night.

“The vehicle had a red beacon and it was moving at a speed higher than the permissible limit. However, after the inspector, Jaswinder Singh, had a word with a woman sitting on the rear seat, the vehicle was let off without being fined,” said Sarpal, who reportedly also recorded the incident.

The complainant further alleged that when he objected to this, Inspector Jaswinder flared up and asked him to mind his own business. He allegedly dared the traffic marshal to go and complain against him.

Sarpal said he was humiliated in front of the police staff on duty and other traffic marshals at the nakka.

“The traffic marshals are providing their services for free to the Chandigarh Police. If in turn the police officers misbehave with us, no one will volunteer for it,” said Sarpal.

Inspector Jaswinder Singh, however, refuted all the allegations. Claiming that he did not misbehave with anyone, Jaswinder Singh said, “Traffic marshals are only to observe how the police personnel function at a checkpoint. The complainant was only advised to observe.”

The inspector said all the traffic marshals were doing social service, and he respected them for that.



Nikolai Gogol’s play staged at Tagore Theatre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
Russian dramatist Nikolai Gogol’s famous play “Revizor, The Inspector General” was staged at the Tagore Theatre in Sector 18 here. Designed and directed by Prof Mahendra Kumar, the play underlined social absurdities, corruption, greed and insecurities throbbing beneath the artificial facade of the system.

Artistes enact a scene from “Revizor, The Inspector General” at the Tagore Theatre on Wednesday.
Artistes enact a scene from “Revizor, The Inspector General” at the Tagore Theatre on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S.Chandan

It was translated into Hindi while retaining the original characters and situations to establish more meaningful communication with the audience.

The play told the story of a small town whose Mayor receives a secret information that an Inspector-General is visiting the town to look into its administration. All officers, including the judge, health officers, headmaster of schools and post master, are panicked due to the visit.

They, however, mistake Khlestakov, a man fond of lavish lifestyle, food and woman, to be the visiting Inspector-General. The officers and the Mayor try their best to please Khlestakov with blatant flattery and bribe, and he, in turn, enjoys the situation and flaunts his mistaken identity to impress ladies.

Later, Khlestakov leaves the town, pocketing all the bribe money. The Mayor’s family and colleagues are in the midst of celebrations when a letter reveals the true identity of Khlestakov. They get another shock when they come to know that the real Inspector-General did visit the town for inspection. 



Acclaimed danseuse enthrals audience
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
Acclaimed danseuse Neha Khaitan left the audience spellbound with her Bharat Natyam performance at the Pracheen Kala Kendra in Sector 35 here. Neha Khaitan made her present felt with her graceful movements, beautiful expressions and charming personality.
Neha Khaitan performs at the Pracheen Kala Kendra in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
Neha Khaitan performs at the Pracheen Kala Kendra in Sector 35, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

The enthusiastic Bharat Natyam dancer commenced with Swami Dikshtirar’s popular composition “Vathapi Ganapthim Bhaje Hum”, a prayer in praise of Lord Ganesha.

Neha displayed her versatility in the next Varnam titled “Manavi Cheykonarada” as the highlight of the recital to Lord Brihadeeshwara of Tanjore.

A Meera Bhajan “Pag Ghungroo Bandh Meera Nachi Re” was well received as she described Meera Bai as an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna.

Neha Khaitan concluded her recital with a Thillana, which was a pure “nritta” item with crisp footwork and poses in raga Suruthi.

Kendra registrar Dr Shobha Koser honoured the artist.




A feather in UT Dept’s cap

Chandigarh, September 11
Skoch Smart e-Governance Award 2013 has been conferred on the UT Social Welfare Department for its initiative in the field of social security pensions.

The award was received by UT Social Welfare Director Rajesh Jogpal on behalf of the department. The department received this award for its outstanding performance in the integration of Aadhaar cards with pension schemes. — TNS



3,224 girl students to get free bicycles in Mohali
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 11
The Punjab Government will provide 3,224 bicycles free of cost to girl students of Classes XI and XII in the government schools of Mohali district. Chief Parliamentary Secretary NK Sharma said 1,542 girl students of Class XI and 1,682 of Class XII in the district would benefit from the Mai Bhago Vidya scheme this financial year.

Sharma said the scheme was launched in 2011-12. Under the scheme, Rs 91 lakh had been spent on providing bicycles to 3,316 girl students of Classes XI and XII during 2011-12 in Mohali district.

Sharma said the scheme was a dream project of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. He said through the scheme, the state government aimed at promoting education among girls and to reduce the dropout rate in government schools across the state.



Chandigarh Scan

A plantation drive at DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Plantation drive
Chandigarh: The National Service Scheme wing of DAV College, Sector 10, organised a plantation drive on the college premises on Tuesday. A sapling was planted by the chief guest, Vineet Joshi, Assistant Media Adviser and Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Government of Punjab. Principal Dr BC Josan and Dr RK Dogra also planted saplings to commemorate International Literacy Day. The drive aimed at spreading awareness about environment conservation among the NSS volunteers and other students. The students were encouraged to adopt a tree each. Another plantation drive was organised by councillor Jannat Jahan in the Ram Darbar area. She emphasised on the importance of trees in making the environment healthy.
A plantation drive at DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Traders meet MC Commissioner

A delegation of senior functionaries of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal on Wednesday met the MC Commissioner, Vivek Partap Singh, to discussed traders-related issues. President of the association Charanjiv Singh handed over a memorandum to the Commissioner. The traders demanded an expansion of the parking facilities in markets, beautification of markets, provision of dustbins in markets, completion of the new plaza in Sector 17, shifting of taxi stand from markets and provision of water. Singh asked the delegation to come out with a proposal of the available space in and around the markets, so that provision for parking could be made.

MoU signed

The Professional School of Indian Banking (PSIB), a Gurgaon-based institute has tied up with The Institute of Computerised Financial Accounting (ICFA). An MoU was signed between Gursimran Singh, director, ICFA, and Amit Singh, director, PSIB, during a press conference today. 



Controversy fails to die down
 Student parties plan to move no-confidence motion against PUCSC president
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
The student parties on the Panjab University campus that have joined hands alleging rigging and Lyngdoh violations by the newly elected Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) president are now planning to move a no-confidence motion against the president.

The candidates affiliated to the parties opposing the win of Chandan Rana have won all the five posts of the executive committee, which is elected among the department representatives (DRs). The party leaders are now planning to move the no-confidence motion against the newly elected president.

As per the PU calendar, the no-confidence motion against any of the office-bearers or any elected members of the executive committee can be moved only if a one-third of the members are in favour of the motion, giving 15-day notice in writing to the Dean Students Welfare (DSW). The motion after discussion is put to vote. If two-thirds of the total members of the Student Council are in the favour of the no confidence motion, it will be treated as carried.

PU officials said the Student Council consists of four office-bearers and department representatives (DR) of all the teaching departments. “All the elected DRs and office-bearers have the right to vote for the no confidence motion,” the PU officials said.

Sources said calculations had been started within the parties to calculate the strength of DRs supporting them.

SOPU leader Vikramjit Singh Medukhera said they were verifying the rules and regulations before moving the no-confidence motion.

“We are yet to get a clear understating of the rule as a two-thirds majority of the total number of DRs and four office-bearers can pass the motion or a two-thirds majority of the executive committee and office-bearers have the power to pass the motion,” SOPU leaders said.

He said all the parties would be mobilised to plan a strategy.

The sources said the student parties were also planning to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the university’s decision to give the clean chit to the presidential candidate against the complaints of Lyngdoh violations. 



PU starts online submission of exam forms

Chandigarh, September 11
Taking a major leap towards examination reforms, Panjab University has switched over to online system for the submission of forms. This would benefit the students as they would get online roll numbers, information regarding examination centre and the result at the click of the mouse. PU Controller of Examinations Dr Parvinder Singh said it was a new initiative that would help the students of the university.

He disclosed that as part of the first phase, it would be applied to all postgraduate students on the campus, affiliated colleges of PU in Chandigarh and Punjab, University School of Open Learning and Private, who would be appearing for December 2013 examination under the Semester System. The first phase would benefit 35,000 students. In the second phase, all undergraduate students of PU and its 188 affiliated colleges and four constituent colleges would also be covered.

The detail schedule regarding the new system would be made available from September 26 onwards. — TNS



Cultural programme, contest mark freshers’ party
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 11
Desh Bhagat University organised a freshers’ party to welcome its new students and acquaint them with the facilities and the academic atmosphere available in this university. Students from different university schools participated in this programme. Desh Bhagat University Vice-Chancellor Dr SS Chahal inaugurated the function.

He welcomed the students and said they had to work hard right from now to achieve their targets in life. Pro-Vice-Chancellor Dr Shalini Gupta motivated the students to make the best use of the educational and training facilities available to them in the university to succeed in their career.

University Chancellor Dr Zora Singh and Pro-Chancellor Tajinder Kaur, while conveying their best wishes to the students, said they should move towards their goals by avoiding bad company and bad habits.

The students presented a colourful cultural programme consisting of songs, dances and skits. A modelling competition was also organised on the occasion. The party was highly enjoyed and appreciated by the students. They said with this party they got a chance of introduction with senior students and also got the knowledge about the facilities available in the university. 



PSEB holds motivational training programme
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 11
The Punjab School Education Board organised a motivational training programme for its staff in collaboration with the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPA) on the board premises here yesterday.

The first-ever such programme for board officials and employees was inaugurated by the chairperson of the board, Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal. The Vice-Chairman of the board, Suresh Kumar Tandon, and training officials from the MGSIPA, Dr PV Rao, Dr Susheel Moudgil and Dr Gauri Moudgil, were present on the occasion.

Addressing the inaugural session, Dr Dhaliwal said that an organisation was made through discipline and collective wisdom. The board had decided to go in for a collective experimentation in shape of training programmes which, in turn, would lead to better service to the public.

The officials from the MGSIPA interacted with various board officials and employees to draw up the parameters for training. The employees and officials were of the view that if grievances were redressed, better performance might be achieved.

Among those present were various representatives from the academic and non-academic sections of the board, Director (Academic) Amrita Gill, Director (Computer) Navneet Kaur and Subject Expert Kanchan Sharma. 



PU/College Notes
Applications invited

Panjab University has invited applications for admission to MPhil in the Department of Punjabi on the PU campus. Students have been asked to submit application forms at the office of the Department of Punjabi before September 20 till 5 PM. Interviews for MPhil (Punjabi) would be conducted on September 24 at 10 AM, whereas interviews for MPhil (Guru Granth Sahib Studies) have been scheduled on September 26 at 10 AM.

Oath-taking ceremony

Post Graduate Government College, Sector 46, organised an oath-taking ceremony of the Students’ Association on Wednesday in a unique manner. Swami Anupamanand, Secretary Rama Krishna Mission, Chandigarh, delivered a thought-provoking and enlightening talk on moral values and stress management. He emphasised on control over mind and speech to combat stress. Materialistic competition is bound to be destructive, so one must compete with oneself to become a better person.


An oath-taking ceremony was held on Wednesday at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women (GGSCW)-26. Council members and class representatives were introduced to the students and were given badges. Principal Dr Charanjeet Kaur Sohi congratulated the council members and they were apprised of their responsibilities towards the college. After that, president Jaslene Mahal thanked the principal and the staff members. As a gesture of gratitude towards the teachers, a special title and flower was given to them.

Magazine released

Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, released its college magazine “Nibhrant” for the session 2012-13. The theme of the magazine “Anti-Corruption” was appreciated by one and all. The magazine is an endeavour to motivate our readers in combating corruption and fostering peace, progress and harmony in its place. — TNS



From Schools
Poster-making contest

Chandigarh: Saupin's School, Sector 32, devoted the entire day to lay stress on the use and reuse of tetra packs. Students from classes I to X were shown movies. A poster-making competition was conducted on topics like Save Earth, 4R's - recycle, reuse, refuse and reduce. The journey of a tetra pack was explained and children were told how to dispose them of. Thereafter, a special session was also conducted for the helpers and the cleaning staff.

Students take an oath for recycling tetra waste products at Saupin's School in Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
Students take an oath for recycling tetra waste products at Saupin's School in Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Hindi Divas celebrations

Gurukul Global School, Mani Majra, hosted the first inter-school competition “Vaani Parv” on the occasion of the Hindi Divas celebrations. Participating students across the tricity schools took part in the contest under three categories viz. spell bee, declamation and debate. In the debate category, the first and second prizes were bagged by Sushnato and Nikhi (St John's) and Divyanshi and Stuti (Carmel Convent), respectively. In the declamation category, Mankaran (Chitkara School) stood first, followed by Aparna (Gurukul Global) and Mannat (The Millennium School). In the spell bee category, Garima stood first (The Millennium), while the second position was jointly bagged by Nehal (The Millennium) and Muskan (Gurukul Global).

Librarians’ Day

Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, celebrated Librarians’ Day and hosted several activities, including a paperweight-making competition for students of class VI, a book-making competition for students of classes VII and IX and a file folder-making competition for students of class VIII. The most-awaited competition was the caption-writing contest open for the students of classes VI to XII. More than 200 students participated in the competition and over 500 captions were received. A similar caption contest was also organised for the teachers of the school.

Rangoli-making contest

On the behalf of the eco club activity, a rangoli-making competition was held at MDAV School, Sector 22. Students of different classes took part in the contest. They showed awareness about the harmful effects of the depletion of Ozone layer through their activities. The students who stood first, second and third got prizes.

Orientation programme

The NSS units of Government Model Senior Secondary School-38 (West) organised an orientation programme for the new NSS volunteers for the session 2013-14 on its campus. Gurdeep Singh Bhatti, assistant programme adviser, NSS Regional Centre, was the chief guest on the occasion. The volunteers were given detailed information about the National Service Scheme by the chief guest and the NSS programme officers of the school.

World Literacy Day

DAV Model School, Sector 15-A, celebrated World Literacy Day. Students participated in a declamation contest and spoke on the role of teachers in the literacy programme, problems of illiteracy and India’s efforts to eradicate illiteracy. Rakesh Sachdeva, principal of the school, encouraged the teacher-trainees to participate in the process of nation building by encouraging and helping the citizens to become literate.

Grandparents’ Day

Panchkula: Brilliance World School, Sector 12, celebrated Grandparents’ Day. The elders were emotionally touched when their grandchildren offered them a card with best wishes in the beginning of the function. It was followed by the principal's address in which he exhorted the students to be respectful towards their grandparents.

Shishu Niketan Public School

Students of Shishu Niketan Public School, Sector 5, MDC, celebrated Grandparents’ Day on the school premises. Tiny tots of the nursery class were the first one to welcome the grandparents by presenting “Ganesh Vandana’’. Grandmothers and grandfathers played different games with grandchildren cheering them up. The programme ended up with a lively dance by class X students. - TNS



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