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Jyoti’s murder
Twist that weakened the case
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 24
The Jyoti murder case may be on a weak wicket, with her father Buti Ram turning hostile, but circumstantial evidence with the police can help nail Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary. Legal experts say the cellphone tower locations of all accused can invite trouble for Chaudhary. Also, Chaudhary's handwriting samples can be his nemesis.

The police said though Buti Ram failed to identify Ram Kumar Chaudhary in Ishu's wedding photograph, a link can be established as his photo was also recovered from Jyoti's cellphone. The police had also submitted a CCTV footage of the toll plaza showing a truck passing by which was allegedly used to kill Jyoti. But the owner of the truck had turned hostile saying the truck was with him on the night of the murder.

The evidence going in favour of the accused include the report of hair samples that did not match with that of Chaudhary's. The police had sent samples of Chaudhary's hair as a few strands were found on Jyoti's sweater, but it did not match. The CCTV footage of the Chandigarh-based nursing home, where Jyoti was allegedly taken for abortion could not be retrieved.

Buti Ram's statements gave leads to the police, pointing towards the involvement of Chaudhary, but as, he said, he did not know Chaudhary, murder mystery deepened, said a legal expert.

Excerpts from Buti Ram’s statement

  • I have never given a statement suspecting the involvement of any of the accused in my daughter’s death to the police
  • I have never disclosed to the police that Jyoti informed me and my daughter Ishu about her relations with Ram Kumar Chaudhary, who is a rich person and son of former MLA Lajja Ram
  • I never told the police that Jyoti disclosed to me that she used to talk to Ram Kumar Chaudhary on his cellphone
  • I have seen the photograph that was clicked at the wedding of my daughter. I identify my daughter Ishu and her husband, but I don’t know who the other two persons are. (The picture had Ram Kumar Chaudhary and his friend sitting next to Jyoti’s sister and brother-in-law.)
  • It is incorrect to say that I had disclosed to the police that Jyoti told me that Ram Kumar Chaudhary promised to marry her after the Assembly elections.
  • It is incorrect to say that I had disclosed to the police that when Ram Kumar Chaudhary refused to marry Jyoti, he planned to kill her in connivance with his friends
  • I had identified the clothes of my daughter at the police station, but never expressed my suspicion or involvement of anybody in her death.

Witnesses who turned hostile

  • August 23: Yashpal, Praveen, Surjit and Manoj
  • November 12: Amarjit, owner of the truck and Lakhwinder, owner of the Alto car allegedly used in the crime
  • December 6: Dr Aditi Gupta, a doctor at the Sector 20-based nursing home
  • December 23: Jyoti’s father Buti Ram, who failed to identify Ram Kumar Chaudhary in the court

Witnesses who kept mum

  • October 17: Constable Sidharth, posted with the cyber cell
  • December 6: Dr Mamta, who had conducted post-mortem of Jyoti
  • December 23: Lakwhinder Singh, maternal uncle of the victim

Case of perjury can be registered against father

  • Legal experts believe that a case of perjury can be registered against Jyoti’s father Buti Ram, who turned hostile in the court on Monday. Buti Ram had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the police for not conducting fair investigations in the case.
  • “The police can file a complaint in the court against Buti Ram enclosing all documents which he had filed in the High Court against the accused. His statements are contradictory,” said an advocate.
  • When Buti Ram had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking probe by an independent agency, he had stated that after his daughter’s murder, sufficient evidences were found against Chaudhary and the other accused.
  • He also alleged that the Congress leaders from Punjab had pressured and threatened him to maintain silence and not to pursue the case.



Father’s statements not recorded under Section 164 of CrPC
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 24
Being the complainant in the murder case of his daughter Jyoti, the police never thought that Buti Ram would backtrack from his statements. The police did not get his statements recorded under Section 164 of the CrPC. The police said that the statements under this section were recorded mostly in rape cases where it was feared that the complainant might later back out from her statement.

Writing samples matched with that of MLA

The opinion report about handwriting samples of Chaudhary in the medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) report by the CFSL stated the handwriting sample matched with that of the MLA. “Similarities are observed between the standard and questioned writings in the nature and class of other elements of writing, such as writing movement (combined pre-dominant wrist) , writing skill (medium), speed (medium), slant (approximately 85 degrees), spacing (normal), alignment (ascending), relative size and proportion of characters.”

It was also stated, “Similarities observed indicate that the person who wrote red enclosed standard signatures in the red enclosed parts (original Ram Kumar signed on the form) stamped also wrote the questioned short signature (samples).”

Witnesses turned hostile

August 23: Four witnesses, identified as Yashpal, Praveen, Surjit and Manoj had turned hostile on the first day of the trial. They stated that the police did not even approach them for any statement. They even said that the statements given by the police in their names in the chargesheet that their IDs were used by the accused were not given by them (witnesses).

November 12: Amarjit, owner of the truck (which according to the police was used to crush Jyoti after strangulating her in order to project that it was an accident), said that the truck always remained in his possession and had never been used outside Baddi. He said that even on the night of the murder, the vehicle was with him. Amarjit is the brother of one of the accused, Paramjit, in the case and as per the police, Tilak Raj had brought the truck from Baddi on the directions of Chaudhary and the other accused.

Lakhwinder, owner of the Alto car (who according to the police was used by Paramjit, the second main accused, to reach Panchkula, as Chaudhary and his nephews wanted assistance in killing her), told the court that he had never sold any Alto car bearing that number to Paramjit. He said that the vehicle remained with him even on the night of Jyoti’s murder.

December 6: Dr Aditi Gupta said, “A person came to me and asked me that he had come with Jyoti and his nick name was Ram Kumar. He further said that his actual name was Ramesh Kumar Sharma so he wanted to change the name on the request and consent form. So, accordingly I changed the name from Ram Kumar to Ramesh Kumar Sharma.”

The police had stated that the MLA had accompanied Jyoti for abortion and later requested the doctor to allow him to change his name on the form.

December 23: Buti Ram, father of the victim, said that he did not know who Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary was. He said that he never gave any supplementary statement to the police.

Other main witnesses who kept mum

Constable Sidharth: Constable Sidharth, posted with the cyber cell, who reported about the tower locations of the cellphones of the accused, kept quiet during the hearing. The order mentions: “At this stage the witness has gone quiet and in the last 10 minutes, neither the PP nor the witness could say anything.”

Dr Mamta: Another key witness, Dr Mamta, who had conducted postmortem examination of Jyoti, too kept quiet when she was asked by the defence counsel on what basis did she mention in her postmortem report about the possibility of the victim being run over by some vehicle? The defence counsel had claimed that Dr Mamta had mentioned in her report that there was possibility of the victim being run over by some vehicle.

Maternal uncle: On seeing the photograph from his niece’s wedding album, maternal uncle of the victim, Lakwhinder Singh, said that he knew his niece and the latter’s husband, but the person sitting next to her was said to be some ‘Raj’. He said that the photograph was not taken in his presence and he didn’t know any Ram Kumar in the photograph.

Jyoti murder case: Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary and four others are accused of killing Jyoti, who hailed from Bhunga village in Hoshiarpur. The victim was found murdered on a road in Sector 21, Panchkula. The chargesheet by the Panchkula police stated that since Jyoti was coming in the way of Chaudhary’s political career and wanted him to continue his relationship with her, he eliminated her with the help of aides. First, Jyoti was strangulated and then a truck was run over her to show that it was an accident.

PP did not confront Buti Ram: Surprisingly, when Buti Ram turned hostile, he was not confronted by the public prosecutor in the court. Buti Ram was neither asked to identify Ram Kumar present in the court nor was he asked as to why he filed complaints in the court saying that the MLA was involved.



India Healthcare Award-2013 for PGIMER
Tribune News Service

The Advanced Trauma Centre at the PGI. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, December 24
The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, has been ranked the best hospital with medical college (non-metro) for 2013 under India Healthcare Awards, 2013, by the Planning Commission of India.

The award was announced in New Delhi last evening. Dr Vipin Koushal, acting medical superintendent and PS Saini, superintending hospital engineer (SHE) represented the hospital during the award ceremony. The award was presented by Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India.

The India Healthcare Awards have been instituted to recognise and felicitate the best medical service providers in India by CNBC-TV18 and ICICI Lombard.

CNBC-TV18 in partnership with ICICI Lombard instituted the India Healthcare Awards in 2010 to honour and recognise the healthcare providers in the country.

An independent survey was carried out across 3,000 different categories of hospitals in the country. A jury of renowned doctors from India assessed the hospitals on the basis of sanitation, patient feedback, infrastructure and sustainability, besides education and research quality.

Achievements of PGIMER in 2013

Expansion of hospital: The foundation stone of the PGI satellite centre was laid by the President of the Institute at Sangrur. The satellite centre will have 300-bedded hospital in the first phase.

Infrastructure: The department of anaesthesia and intensive care started a dedicated neurotrauma operation theatre and a multidisciplinary operation theatre where patients requiring the care of more than one surgical speciality can be operated upon in the the Advanced Trauma Centre.

A dedicated emergency operation theatre for children in the Advanced Paediatric Centre has been made operational throughout the day. A new operation theatre for interventional pain management has been started.

State-of-the-art 10 new machines for various kinds of diagnosis, including MRI, ultlrasound, CT scan, dexa scan and digital X-ray were added to the department of radiodiagnosis.

A new electrophysiology machine was installed at the neurodevelopment lab in the APC to provide service of nerve conduction velocities and electromyography.

The department of medical microbiology acquired P3 and LPA laboratory facilities and RNTCP centre for tuberculosis. A new state of the art PET/CT scanner was added in department of nuclear medicine.

The department of psychiatry started state-of-the-art computerised biofeedback services for inpatients in psychiatry.



Adviser seeks report
Substandard material used for recarpeting of roads
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
For using substandard material in the recarpeting of roads, the UT Advisor-cum-Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) has asked for a detailed report from the Commissioner of the municipal corporation. Following complaints from shopkeepers regarding the use of poor quality material in the recarpeting of the road in Sector 19, area councillor Mukesh Bassi had submitted a complaint to the UT Adviser-cum-Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) KK Sharma, demanding a vigilance inquiry into the matter.

The issue was highlighted in these columns recently.

Confirming the development, Sharma said that he had received the complaint regarding the use of poor quality material in the recarpeting of the road and now he had sought report from the MC Commissioner, Vivek Pratap Singh.

The Administration was serious about the issue and would take action accordingly, he added.

Following the demand for a vigilance probe, Mayor Subhash Chawla had ordered fresh recarpeting of the road. However, the next day, the MC staff recarpeted only a small portion of the road.

The shopkeepers again complained to the area councillor and they decided that a delegation of the shopkeepers would meet the UT Adviser to press forward their demand for a vigilance probe. Finally, the MC again recarpeted the entire road in the market.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member, Gurjusjit Singh, said that they had prepared a representation to be submitted to the CBI within a day or two for seeking a fair probe in the road recarpeting “scam” to expose the nexus between the MC officials and contractors.



Student’s rape
UT Admn orders parallel probe
Victim joins investigations, probe team records statement
Tribune News Service

Chandigharh, December 24
A day after an internal inquiry was marked in the rape case involving five police constables, UT Adviser KK Sharma has ordered a another probe to fix the responsibility of officials concerned.

This inquiry has been entrusted to the UT Vigilance Cell. The internal inquiry to find out the police lapses is being conducted by SSP (Traffic) Maneesh Chaudhery.

Meanwhile, the victim joined investigations today and was questioned by a team of the UT vigilance as part of the probe.

The inquiry by the UT vigilance cell has been ordered to find out whether the UT police followed the standard procedure when the rape victim first came to get her statements recorded on December 19. The probe has been ordered to find out the lapses in police investigations at the initial stage.

UT DSP Ashish Kapoor, SHO of the Sector 11 police station inspector Malkit Singh and sub-inspector Usha Rani are in the dock as the victim had alleged that the officers did not take her seriously and recorded her statements in the presence of the accused. It was alleged that the inquiry officer commented that it was a case of love turned sour. It was based on these allegations that the SIT was reconstituted and an all women team was formed to investigate the rape case. These three officers who are in dock are now no longer part of the investigating team. The victim in the rape case involving five UT police constables as the accused joined investigations today and recorded her statements with the newly formed SIT. The girl, who was not meeting the SIT officials since the last two days as she said she had no faith in police, was medically examined today. The police conducted her ultrasound and also collected her DNA samples which will be sent to the CFSL. The ultrasound examination, however, will again be conducted tomorrow as the picture was not clear today.

Yesterday, the UT SSP had reconstituted the SIT following allegations by victim’s family members that the police adopted a casual approach when they had first gone to get the case registered. In her statements to the police today, the victim narrated the series of events and the trauma she went through when the accused raped her. She corroborated all that was written in the FIR and disclosed to the police at what all places she was raped.

The accused will be produced in the court tomorrow.



Divide deepens over Mayoral candidate
Nominated councillor writes to fellow councillors to elect candidate on merit
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
The rift between nominated councillors over the choice of candidates for the post of Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor has widened. For the first time in the history of the Municipal Corporation, a nominated councillor has written a letter to all his fellow nominated councillors that they should elect candidates on merit.

The opposition parties, on a number of occasions, alleged that all nine nominated councillors had always favoured the Congress. Nominated councillor Surinder Bahga, in his letter to other nominated councillors, stated: "All nominated councillors should elect Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) members on merit. You may consider my suggestion."

The letter written by Surinder Bahga is important because last week a nominated councillor had given his statement in media that all nine nominated councillors would be extending suppor to the Congress candidates.

Litmus test for Bansal

The Mayoral elections will be the litmus test for MP Pawan Kumar Bansal post-railgate. As the Parliament elections are also round the corner and many senior leaders are eyeing Congress ticket from Chandigarh seat, Bansal will try to prove his strength by winning all three seats of the Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor. The SAD-BJP alliance will also try to win the seats with the support of nominated councillors.

Numbers game

There are 36 members in the MC house, 13 from the Congress, including the local MP, 11 from the SAD-BJP alliance, two from the BSP, an Independent councillor and nine are nominated. The last date for filing the nominations is December 28 and the elections will be held on January 1.


As the Mayor's seat for the next term is reserved for an SC candidate, Congress councillors HC Kalyan and Satish Kumar Kainth are the top contenders for the post. From the SAD-BJP, councillor Rajinder Kaur Rattu will be in the fray.



winter funk programme
250 sweep audience off their feet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
As many as 250 participants presented performances during the grand finale of the Winter Funk programme, which was held recently. The performances, lasting close to 60 minutes, enthralled one and all during the occasion. Around nine sequences unfolded during the grand finale with precision and perfect timing.

The sequences interspersed fast numbers with those that were peppy, energetic and at the same time soulful.

A lot of thought had clearly gone in to stringing the sequences together in an attempt to showcase all the moves that the dancers in the age group of 4 to 45 had learnt.

The event was organised by Shiamak Davar in conjunction with the Durga Das Foundation.

Regardless of the levels of mastery that ranged, depending on interest, practice and exposure of the dancers, they all seemed to be tailored to suit the occasion.

What appealed was the positive energy that resonated through the entire theatre from the dancers to the audience.

Popular Bollywood numbers, from the recent blockbuster films to some of the old numbers ensured that everybody’s musical preferences were catered to.

The dance styles included the typical Shiamak touch as the dance performances were improvised with jazz, hip hop, rock and roll and disco. The performances created a delightful fusion which mesmerised one and all present on the occasion.

The city clearly got its best Christmas gift through a high voltage show that perked up spirits while temperatures dipped.

The show also amalgamated high tech wizardry with special sound effects, an audio visual show and a special stage setting, all of which guaranteed a most satisfying experience for the audience.



Chancellor honoured for contribution to medical field
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
The Governor of Haryana, Jagannath Pahadia, honoured the Chancellor of Desh Bhagat University and the chairman, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, Dr Zora Singh, during the annual fest. Dr Zora Singh was the chief guest on the occasion. While honouring Singh, Pahadia applauded his contribution to the field of medical education.

Former president of the Dental Council of India Anil Kohli was also present on the occasion.

The function was organised in collaboration with the Indian Federation of United Nations Association and Asia Pacific Dental Federation.

As many as 3,000 students from over 25 dental colleges from across the country, besides the faculty and private practitioners, participated in the gala event.

Dr Zora Singh thanked the BRS Institute, the Indian Federation of United Nations Association and Asia Pacific Dental Federation for recognising his contributions and honouring him.

“We have our group of 21 professional educational institutes including Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College and Hospital and Desh Bhagat Dental College and Hospital that serves the society and provide them with best facilities and medical care,” said the Chancellor of Desh Bhagat University and the chairman, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, Dr Zora Singh.

“Introduction of new techniques have brought a revolution in the field and we are giving every possible opportunity to our students to avail the chance. Special impetus is given on nano-techniques in dentistry,” said Singh.



PGI ethics committee forms sub-panel for clinical trials
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
The Institute Ethics Committee at the PGIMER has constituted a sub-committee of three experts to look into clinical trials. The move will improve the quality of researches being carried out at the institute, as the committee will scrutinise all the trials closely.

The ethics committee, chaired by Dr KS Chugh, in its last meeting, held recently, also decided that the Institute Ethics Committee would accept only projects for extramural funding involving human participants for ethical clearance.

A total of 17 research projects were approved during the meeting.

Earlier, the PGIMER had also decided to strengthen the committee by approving to create four posts for handling the office of the ethics committee.

The ethics committee that needs to review at least 300 new proposals every year and ensure quality and standards in research, has so far been operating on part-time basis from the departmental office and staff of the convener, noted the Standing Finance Committee of the institute. The move will bring a financial burden of Rs 13.5 lakh annually to the institute.

Role and purpose of ethics committee

All thesis plans for Ph.D./M.D./M.S./DM/M.Ch. degrees of the institute, and also all research proposals submitted require clearance from the ethics committee of the institute. All the research projects incorporate a section titled "Ethical justification", for undertaking proposed investigative procedure/therapeutic intervention.

The ethics committee scrutinises and suggests suitable modifications. All clinical trials of new drugs, new actions of existing drugs, and new invasive clinical procedures come under the purview of the committee.

The committee ensures actual implementation of the ethical guidelines and its specific recommendations during the conduct of clinical studies. The clearance from the committee is necessary even for projects that have been cleared by other institutions/agencies.



Coldest Christmas in three years
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
It will be the coldest Christmas in the past three years. As per the Met department, the maximum temperature will be 18 degree Celsius, three notches below the normal temperature, while the minimum is expected to plummet by two-three degrees tomorrow. There will be no let up in fog in the next 48 hours, forcing residents to put off their travel plans.

The Met officials have predicted rain by December 26 which may bring respite from fog. The maximum temperature recorded today was 18 degree Celsius, three notches below the normal temperature, while the minimum was 8.4 degree Celsius, two notches below the normal.

Rail traffic goes off-track

  • The 12311 Howrah-Kalka Express was late by 11 hours 30 minutes
  • The 14217 Unchahar-Chandigarh Express was late by 13 hours
  • The 12011 New Delhi-Kalka Express was delayed by 1 hour 15 minutes 
  • The 12925 Paschim Express was late by two hours 
  • The 12231 Sadbhavana Express was late by two hours 30 minutes
  • Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

As per records of the Met department, in the past three years the maximum temperature remained between 19 and 21 degree Celsius, but this year it has dropped to 18 degree Celsius.

Director of the Met department Surinder Paul Singh said the days would be colder this year.

The officials stated that fog would reduce visibility to less than 200 metres.

All long-route trains continue to run behind schedule. The Unchahar Express was delayed by 13 hours, Howrah-Kalka was late by 11 hours 30 minutes, Paschim Express was delayed by two hours, Sadbhavana Express was late by two hours 30 minutes while the morning Shatabdi was delayed by one hour 15 minutes. Rail traffic has gone haywire, with all trains running late. Railway officials said they had told drivers not to exceed 30 kmph speed mark in the fog-affected areas.



ASI gets rid of bullet after 20 yrs
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 24
After living for around 20 years with a bullet in his lower hip, the Mohali Police assistant sub-inspector, Lakhwinder Kumar Bhatti, finally got rid of it today through an operation conducted at PGI, Chandigarh. According to the family members, he had received the bullet shot on November 8, 1993, during an encounter with some extremists at Gaggarwar village at Fatehgarh Sahib. He was a head constable at that time.

“He had been admitted in the hospital that time but due to some complications the bullet could not be removed from his body,” said Bhatti’s wife Manjinder Kaur Bhatti.

She said the family had spent a huge amount of money on her husband’s treatment but to no avail. “He was promoted as an ASI for his bravery,” said the wife, adding that the family had faced difficulties on financial front due to the incident.

Currently, Bhatti has been posted at the Matuar police station in Phase 7.

SHO inspector Navin Pal Singh Lehal said every kind of help was being extended to Bhatti to get his operation done.

On talking to Bhatti, he said he was feeling better now and only advance medical fund amounting to Rs 1.85 lakh was being provided to him by the government.



Celebrating birthday the noble way
For the past seven years, 73-year-old Ravinder Krishan has been organising blood donation camp on his birthday
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
A blood donation camp was organised by an expert in Income Tax law, Advocate Ravinder Krishan, on the occasion of his 73rd birthday. The camp was organised in association with the team from the department of transfusion medicine, PGI, GMCH, Sector 32, and GMSH, Sector 16, at Krishan’s residence in Sector 9 here. As many as 693 volunteers donated blood on the occasion.

The former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, Justice SS Sodhi, inaugurated the camp and motivated the people to come forward for the noble cause.

Advocate Ravinder Krishan said he has been organising blood donation camp on his birthdays for the last seven years.

The PGI director, Dr YK Chawla, UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar, former Union Minister and Senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan and Romila Dubey, chairperson of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission, also attended the blood donation camp.



X’mas celebrations
Slum children have a day out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
Over 100 underprivileged children from various slum areas of the city today celebrated Christmas at the Sukhna Lake organised by the CITCO and Chandigarh Tourism. On the occasion, the children were given free joy ride on hop-on-hop-off coach. Making it a memorable day, the kids also performed a dance item along with carol singing.

Santa came on a fully decorated motor boat to present gifts and candies to the children. To make them feel special, a cake cutting ceremony was also organised. The eating arena of lake was decorated with colourful balloons, stars and other decoration along with 25-feet Christmas tree beautifully decked up for the children to have a glimpse at it.

The Chandigarh Administration is also organising ‘The New Year Extravaganza 2013’ from December 29 to 31 at the Sector 17 Plaza.



Vastra Arpan 2014
For a noble cause
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 24
Indo Global Colleges commenced their project ‘Vastra Arpan 2014’ for the fourth consecutive year to help the poor and needy. More than 100 drop boxes have been placed across the tricity at various educational institutions, banks, housing colonies, shopping malls, gurdwaras and temples to enable people to donate their old woollen clothes, toys, etc to help the poor and needy.

Dabur, Videocon, Connect and 94.3 My FM have been supporting the cause along with the Indo Global Colleges for the past three years.

Neelam Singla, chairperson, Indo Global Colleges, said the distribution process would start from December 25. Thereafter, they would distribute woollens every week till January 7 among less privileged people.



Bansal extends support to horticulture workers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
MP Pawan Kumar Bansal today extended support to the Horticulture Workers's Union. He said he would take up their demands with the civic body authorities and officials of the Chandigarh Administration. He stated this while addressing members of the union at a gate meeting in Sector 23 Jang Ghar today.

Their demands include risk duty allowance for those involved in cutting congress grass, filling vacant posts, honorarium for daily wagers and gardeners.

Ashwani Kumar, leader, Coordination Committee of the UT Employees, said the Administration was not regularising the services of daily wagers even when they were putting in efforts and performing their duties diligently.



X-Mas at schools
Students take to Nativity

Carol singing and enactment of the birth of Christ through an enactment of the ‘Nativity Scene’ marked the celebrations of Christmas at Kids ‘R’ Kids School. Ringing in the Christmas spirit, the humbleness and simplicity, which are symbolic of the birth of Christ, were discussed on the occasion. The ‘Nativity Scene’ was put up by the students to explain the events leading to the birth of Christ and apprise the gathering of their significance in modern times.

Puppet show, magic show at Manav Mangal school

Students and staff of Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, celebrated Christmas with great fervour and gaity. A puppet show was organised for pre-primary classes and a magic show was held for Classes III and IV. Fun games were organised for students of Classes V to X. The branch director of the school, Anjali Sardana, wished Merry Christmas to all and asked them to follow the path shown by Lord Christ. Prizes were awarded to the winners. Festivity was in the air as children of Nursery and KG were dressed in their party attires. The Christmas tree was beautifully decorated and some senior students dressed up as Santa Claus, distributed sweets and gifts to the children.

British Schools mark X-mas celebrations

Panchkula: The British Schools, Sector 8 and Sector 12, Panchkula, celebrated Christmas amidst a lot of joy. The school premises were decorated with Christmas trees, bells, stars and snowman. Students decorated trees with balloons, cherries and bells. The whole school echoed with the holy hymns recited by the students. Sweets were distributed among students by ‘Santa Claus’.

Christmas fervour grips Sant Isher Singh school

Mohali: Sant Isher Singh Public School celebrated Christmas with great pomp and show. The school organised a singing and dancing programme on the occasion. Donning Santa’s cap, schoolchildren recited carols and danced to the tunes of ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’. — TNS



X-mas spirit wafts across schools
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 24
Various tricity schools today celebrated Christmas with great zeal and fervour. Lawrence Public Senior Secondary School organised Christmas celebrations on the campus in Sector 52. The colourful fiesta began with a play, ‘The First Christmas’, depicting the birth of Jesus Christ. It was staged by students of Class II. Tiny tots sang carols and later danced to the tune of ‘Jingle Bell’. A huge Christmas tree was also decorated by the students on the occasion.

A similar scenario was witnessed at Oakridge International School. The celebrations started with a skit on the theme, ‘Promises are meant to be kept’.

Also, a carol singing and Christmas decoration competition was held among students. A man dressed as Santa entered with goodies and festive cheer to enhance the celebrations, which enthralled one and all present on the occasion.

Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Sector 69, was also seen decked up for the Christmas celebrations.

Students took part in the celebrations with great enthusiasm. They also lit candles at the Church in Sector 19, Chandigarh, to mark the celebrations of the festival.

Musical extravaganza marked the Christmas celebrations at the Smart Wonders School.

Students performed with full zeal and poise. The programme was a mix of old and new melodies.



51 students of winter school bid adieu to Panjab University
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
The valedictory function of the Winter School on the theme titled ‘Challenges in higher education: An inclusive perspective’ was held today at Panjab University (PU). Winter School, a refresher course, for the teachers was organised by Academic Staff College (ASC) and the department of community education and disability studies, PU.

As many as 51 participants from various states participated in the Winter School.

Dr Sucha Singh Gill and Dr Rajesh Gill were the guests of honour. Course Coordinator Dr Navleen Kaur presented the report of Winter School.

In the valedictory address, Dr Sucha Singh Gill discussed the role of a teacher as not only to provide knowledge but assuring its proper dissemination as well. Gill encouraged the young participants to pursue research as there is a shortage of good researchers. He further stated that as a researcher it is important for them to develop a critical capability to evaluate the phenomena.

Director, Academic Staff College, Dr Karamjeet Singh said ASC plans to publish Academic Staff College newsletter and a book on ‘Challenges in Higher Education’, which would provide a policy document to the Government of India and State Governments.



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