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Police Gypsy comes to ‘rescue’ thief
Rescuers, Patiala IG’s gunmen
Akash Ghai & Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

File photos Mohali/Chandigarh, March 8
The Punjab Police personnel, who allegedly came to “rescue” a thief who was caught red-handed by residents of Pushpac Society at Sector 49 on Thursday night, were deputed as the personal security staff of NS Dhillon, Inspector General of Police, Patiala zone.

The policemen in question have been identified as constable Jaaskaran Singh and constable Zorawar Singh. Both have been deputed as gunmen in the personal security staff of Dhillon.

The Gypsy (PB 65 D 9061), which they had taken to “help” the thief, belonged to the Motor Transport department of the Mohali Police.

Mohali Superintendent of Police (City 1) Swarndeep Singh claimed that the vehicle was given to Dhillon’s staff, a couple of days ago, on demand.

”One of the vehicles in the IG security staff had broken down following which we were directed to give them a vehicle. We gave them the Gypsy in question”, said Swarndeep Singh.

Singh added that Assistant Sub Inspector Paramjit Singh, also deputed in the security staff of the IG, had come at the Phase 11 police station at around 6.30 am yesterday and gave in writing that Jaskaran Singh and Zorawar Singh had taken the vehicle without any information.

Notably the incident had occurred during the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. The residents of the society had caught Mohit, a resident of Phase X, Mohali, stealing the tyres of a car while his two accomplices managed to flee from the spot.

As per the Chandigarh Police, the accused, Mohit, after being caught stealing the tryes of a car called his roommate Babu Brar for help saying that he was in trouble and his car was being snatched by someone in Chandigarh. “Zoravar Singh and Jaskaran Singh, who stay near Brar’s house, had come in the Gypsy to the Pushpac society to “help” Mohit. During our investigation, we found that apparently the policemen were unaware that Mohit was caught stealing tyres”, said a senior officer of the Chandigarh Police.

However, the Chandigarh Police have written to the Punjab Police, recommending departmental action against the two constables.

UT SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill stated that Brar, Jaskaran Singh and Zorawar Singh were left after verification.

“However, we have sent a communiqué to our counterparts in Punjab, and have recommended departmental action against the policemen”, said Gill.



P’kula police arrests NRI after eight years of murdering ex-fiancée
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Kuldeep SinghPanchkula, March 8
An NRI based in the Philippines was finally arrested by the Panchkula Police for murdering his ex-fiancée. The incident took place in Sector 27, Panchkula, in 2006. On a tip off, the local police constituted a special team and nabbed accused Kuldeep Singh (28), who had come to meet his family in Barnala.

He had allegedly strangulated Ramanpreet, a resident of Sector 22, Chandigarh. “Our teams have really worked hard to arrest him. They were constantly keeping a vigil at his native place (Barnala) in Punjab,” said Commissioner of Police Ajay Singhal.

After the murder, Kuldeep had fled to the Philippines and he was declared as a proclaimed offender (PO). He originally hails from Barnala, but had settled abroad. The victim was doing an IELTS course in Chandigarh.

Inspector Arvind Kumar, Station House Officer of the Chandimandir police station said the accused who is on a three-day police remand told the police that he could not see his fiancée with any other man, so he decided to kill Ramanpreet.

“On the pretext of talking to her, Kuldeep got the victim in his car from her Sector 22 PG accommodation. They then drove down to Herbal Park in Sector 27, Panchkula. they entered in to arguments and in a fit of rage Kuldeep strangulated Ramanpreet with her dupatta,” added another police official. The police also said that after he murdered his ex-fiancee, he fled to the Philippines where he got married to another girl, who was not aware of the crime he had committed.

“Our informer told us that he had come to meet his family in Barnala and our team arrested him there,” added the police.

The body of the victim was found at Herbal Park in Panchkula. The postmortem had revealed that she was strangulated. After killing Ramanpreet, the victim fled the scene leaving her body behind.

A proclaimed offender

Accused Kuldeep Singh was declared a proclaimed offender when he fled to the Philippines after the murder. The police had raised the alarm at the Delhi airport, but the accused managed to flee. He got married and established his business there.



No jumbo show for the BSP
Permission denied for using elephants during campaigns
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
The UT Forest and Wildlife Department has rejected the Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) application seeking permission for using elephants during campaigns for the coming Lok Sabha elections.

To counter BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s NaMo tea campaign and the Congress’ RaGa (Rahul Gandhi) milk campaign, the city unit of the BSP had decided to use elephants for the campaigns in the City Beautiful.

The BSP had planned to hire 10 elephants and was hopeful that ‘live shows’ of the party symbol would improve the party’s chances and fetch votes. The elephant happens to be the BSP’s party symbol.

UT Chief Conservator of Forests, Santosh Kumar, said the department had received the BSP letter from the DC Office. It had communicated to the DC Office that the permission could not be granted for using elephants as it was against the guidelines of the Election Commission of India (ECI) and also came under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, he said.

He said that during the election campaign, elephants would be surrounded by people, especially children, so it could not risk the lives of so many people. He further said keeping their safety in mind the department had denied the BSP the permission, he said.

UT Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shayin said that the reply of the UT Forest and Wildlife Department would be sent to the BSP.

The BSP was to hire 10 elephants from Morni, Ambala and Karnal for election campaigns in the city.

ECI’s directions

The Election Commission of India (ECI) in its directions issued to states and union territories states, “Article 51 A (g) of the Constitution of India calls for compassion for living creatures and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, prohibit overloading and torture of animals. Further, the use of animals for work is regulated by the Prevention of Cruelty to Draught and Pack Animals Rules, 1965”. The directions follow complaints from individuals and voluntary organisations alleging cruelty towards animals during election campaigns.

Notice to BSP candidate

UT District Magistrate-cum-Returning Officer Mohammad Shayin on Saturday issued a show-cause notice to BSP’s Lok Sabha candidate Jannat Jahan Ul-Haq for violating the model code of conduct. She had visited various mosques in the city during her election campaign on Friday. The UT Election Department issued the notice on Saturday. The department has given three days to the BSP to submit its reply. When contacted, Jannat Jahan said she did not enter any mosque and campaigned only on roads outside mosques. She said that she was aware of the model code of conduct and would submit her reply accordingly to the Election Department, she said.



Swindlers rob NRI woman in P’kula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 8
An NRI woman was robbed of gold jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh by a couple (in late 40s) who befriended her and told her that they would help her end her problems by chanting some “mantras” near her son's house in Sector 9, here. When the victim reached home, she was left with two ordinary 'karas'.

The victim identified as Nirmal Kaur hails from United Kingdom (UK) and had come to stay at her son's place in Sector 9, here. Kaur was walking down to her son's house when a well-dressed woman approached her. "The woman came up to me and pointed a finger towards a man standing nearby. She asked me if I knew him and when I said a no, she told men that he was a saint and was regarded by everyone," said Kaur.

She then called out to the man and he said that all the problems in the victim’s house would end if she kept her jewellery in the handkerchief both (the man and the woman) were holding," added the victim.

The victim said that she removed all her gold jewellery, including earrings, gold bangles, and a chain, and kept it in the handkerchief.

"They kept talking to me. I did not even notice what they were up to. They woman told me that on reaching home, I should sprinkle some milk on the jewellery and then open the handkerchief”, said the victim, crying.

However, when she opened the handkerchief the miscreants had left two ordinary 'karas’ in it.

A case has been registered at the Sector 5 police station.


Honouring women of substance
A series of events were organised by various social organisations, health and educational institutions and banks on the occasion of International Women’s Day in the Tricity. Here is a round-up of the day’s events.

Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society

The Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society in collaboration with HLL Life Care Ltd and non-government organisations (NGO) organised a rally-cum-educating event, “Condom man ki barat” on International Women’s Day. The event saw a volunteer dressed up like a condom and sitting on a chariot as a groom. A band accompanied him similar to a barat procession. Over 500 AIDS activists and volunteers of different NGOs wore dresses with catchy slogans on the importance of condoms. UT SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill flagged off the procession from Police Lines, Sector 26.


The students and teachers of the National Institute of Nursing Education (NINE) and the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), celebrated International Women’s Day by holding a declamation contest. The students spoke on violence against women at the workplace, violence at home, 21st Century women, women in the Parliament etc. NINE principal Dr Sandhya Ghai shared her views on women empowerment.

GGDSD College

As many as 150 faculty members and trainees from the Kaushaliya Devi Verma Institute for Women celebrated International Women’s Day. The registrar and head of the Commerce Department, GGDSD College, Jagwant, was the chief guest. While addressing the gathering, he narrated several incidents where women had been victims of violence.

Free rides for women

The Chandigarh Social Welfare Board organised a free sightseeing trip for women belonging to the weaker sections of society. Board chairperson Kamlesh flagged off the double-decker hop-on-hop-off bus of CITCO. The women were taken to the Rose Garden, Government Museum, Rock Garden and Sukhna Lake.

Community Centre, Sec-45

An event at the Community Centre, Sector 45, was organised where skits were presented on social issues such as dowry, AIDS control and gender equality.

NSS unit, PGGCG -11

The National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of the Post-Graduate Government College for Girls (PGGCG), Sector 11, celebrated International Women’s Day today. Anupam Bahri, assistant professor, University Institute of Legal Studies, discussed the reasons for the low participation of women in politics.

Health awareness

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Physiotherapists Association organised a public awareness programme on women’s health today. The gathering was counseled on common ailments suffered by women such as osteoporosis, incontinence, post-natal care, lower back and neck pain.

Seminar on nutrition

As many as 200 girl students from the Government Home Science College, Sector 10, attended a health seminar on good nutrition for women. The seminar was organised by Max Super Specialty Hospital (MSSH) at the college. MSSH senior clinical nutritionist, Shivani Gulati, said women should eat foods that contributed to strong bones.

DAV College, Sector 10

The National Service Scheme (NSS) wing of DAV College, Sector 10, celebrated International Women’s Day. College principal BC Josan and chief guests Rajinder Rana and Madhu Bansal, wife of politician Pawan Bansal, were present.

Rana also honoured the girl inmates of Samarth, being run under the Government Institute for Mentally Retarded Children (GIMRC), Sector 31.

Walkathon at Sukhna Lake

Volunteers take part in a walkathon at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Saturday
Volunteers take part in a walkathon at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

A walkathon was organised at Sukhna Lake at the occasion of International Women’s Day. Women of all age groups participated in the event with zeal. The event was jointly organised by the Suparas Homes and VSR Entertainers Company. Suparas Homes director Sham Sharma flagged off the rally. The event will continue for a week and programmes on fetal death and breast cancer awareness will be held.

SASIIT&R, Mohali

Sahibzada Ajit Singh Institute of IT and Research (SASIIT&R), Mohali, organised a leadership seminar on International Women’s Day. The event was based on acknowledging the power of women. The participants included philanthropists, entrepreneurs, educationists, doctors, environmentalists, managers, teachers, housewives and students.

State Bank of India

State Bank of India celebrated International Women’s Day at its head office in Sector 17, Chandigarh. The chief general manager, Chandigarh Circle, Lingaraj Mahapatra, honoured Pragati Gupta (entrepreneur), Pooja sharma (social worker), Shilpa Sharma (bravery), Sangeeta Gupta (arts and culture) and Dr Shalmoli Bhattacharyya (medicine) for their contribution in their respective fields.

Kapsons Kanya Award

The Kapsons Kanya Award was conferred on four women who inspired change at JW Marriott today. The awardees included gynaecologist Dr Yash Bala, psychologist Dr Ritu Nehra, Punjabi actor and singer Satinder Satti and DSP Anjitha Chepyala of Chandigarh Police. Famous classical dancer Shubha Kausar and actor-turned-politician Savita Bhatti were the guests of honour.


International Women’s Day was celebrated at World Wide Immigration Consultancy Services (WWICS) today. Over 150 women participated at the event. Lt Col (retd) BS Sandhu, chairman-cum-managing director, WWICS, said, “This is the best day to thank the women in our lives — our mother, sister, daughter or wife — for being the support of our lives.

Godrej Appliances

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Godrej Appliances hired 52 women employees for its manufacturing unit in Mohali today. There will be a planned rotation of all women staff.

Mahila Nyay Samiti

On International Women’s Day, Mahila Nyay Samiti organised a function at Nari Niketan, Sector 26. Samiti chairperson Satinder Dhawan lend an ear to the grievances of women inmates of Nari Niketan. The volunteers of the organisation shook a leg with the women inmates of Nari Niketan and distributed gifts to them. Dhawan said any woman inmate requiring legal assistance should contact the legal cell of their organisation.

AAP campaigns at Sector 17 plaza

Aam Aadmi Party’s Lok Sabha candidate Savita Bhatti along with party activists at the Sector 17 plaza in Chandigarh
Aam Aadmi Party’s Lok Sabha candidate Savita Bhatti along with party activists at the Sector 17 plaza in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

The Aam Aadmi Party led by party’s Lok Sabha candidate Savita Bhatti celebrated Women’s Day at the Sector 17 plaza today.

On the occasion, Bhatti said, “Being a woman candidate from the city, it is a moment of pride and honour, but a challenge too.” A street play, “Mehangai” was also staged which raised social issues such as corruption, inflation and taxation.

Senior Citizens Welfare Association

Members of the Senior Citizens Welfare Association attend a function at Kalagram on Saturday
Members of the Senior Citizens Welfare Association attend a function at Kalagram on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

The Senior Citizens Welfare Association (Regd), Mani Majra, celebrated its Annual Day and International Women’s Day at Kalagram here today. Senior Citizens from the Tricity took part in the event. UT SSP (operations) RS Ghuman presided over the function. Dr NM Gupta, principal consultant, General Surgery, Max Hospital, Mohali, gave a lecture on general surgery.

Eminent citizens of the Tricity were honoured. Prof Avtar Singh, chairman, Sri Sukhmani Group of Institutes was honoured in the field of education; Prof HS Gill, director North Zone Cultural Centre, in art and culture; Dr Seema Wadhwa of Max Hospital in the field of medicine; and Lakha Singh for his contribution in social service.

District Legal Services Authority

International Women’s Day was celebrated by the District Legal Services Authority, Panchkula, at the Court Complex here today. District and Sessions Judge RK Sondhi was the chief guest. The students of Swami Devi Dayal Law College also took part in the event. Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM)-cum-Secretary Sunil Chauhan, said, “Despite the progressive legislation and judicial pronouncements, inequalities still persist in society.”

Government College, Sec-1 The Women Studies and Development Cell of the college organised a training programme of self defence in Taekwondo and a group discussion for students at the Government College, Sector 1, here today. Vandana Sharma, a college student and a national-level Taekwondo expert, educated students on how to tackle difficult situations.

The Gurukul, Sector 20

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the teachers of The Gurukul, Sector 20, were treated at the drive through outlet of McDonalds, Dera Bassi. It turned out to be a fun-filled and a rewarding event. The teachers said the occassion would always always be a memorable one for them. — TNS



Good Samaritans: 100 units of blood donated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
Hundred units of blood were collected during a blood donation camp organised by The Tribune Employees’ Union on the occasion of International Women’s Day here today. While inaugurating the eleventh successive camp on the special day, The Tribune Trust president Justice SS Sodhi (retd) said for judging the socio-economic conditions of a country, the status of its women and the level of their empowerment should be seen.

Justice Sodhi’s wife, Bonny Sodhi, said men should come forward to donate blood as their wives, daughters and mothers remain busy in household and other affairs.

Lt Gen SS Mehta (retd) and Naresh Mohan, trustees of the Tribune Trust, and Editor-in-Chief Raj Chengappa along with Vinay Verma, the officiating general manager, commended the donors.

Executive Editor, The Tribune, Kanwar Sandhu; Editor, Dainik Tribune, Santosh Tiwari; Editor, Punjabi Tribune, Varinder Walia; and principal of Tribune Model School Vandana Saxena were present on the occasion.

The camp was conducted by a team of doctors led by Dr Paramjit Kaur from the Department of Transfusion Medicine, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

Earlier, Anil Kumar Gupta and Balwinder Jammu, president and general secretary of the union, respectively, said more than 10,000 units of blood had been donated by the union to date.

The donors who have donated blood 25 times or more include Anil Kumar Gupta (45), Ashok Sharma (44), Amarnath Vashisth and Sukhwinderjit Singh (37), Kamal Kumar and Bhajan Singh (33), Rajesh Malik (32), Dhramvir Sharma (31) Ishwar Chandra Dhyani (28) and Tahal Singh (25).



Chandigarh votes 2014
Dept’s tall claims fall flat
Residents told to get enrolment forms photocopied from market
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Rajesh Dutta, a resident of Sector 22, shows the enrolment forms he got photocopied from the market in Chandigarh on Saturday
Rajesh Dutta, a resident of Sector 22, shows the enrolment forms he got photocopied from the market in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, March 8
While the UT Election Department is making tall claims about its efforts to get city residents enrolled as voters, its staff is making the residents get the enrolment forms photocopied from outside.

The residents visiting Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22-A, for getting themselves registered were taken aback when they were asked to get the Form-6 photocopied from market.

The department has set up around 490 centres across the city where the form is supposed to be distributed for free.

Rajesh Dutta, a resident of Sector 22, said he went to the school to get the enrolment forms for his family and some neighbours. Instead of giving the required number of forms to him, the Booth-Level Officers on duty gave him only one form and asked him to get the rest photocopied himself, said Dutta.

Other residents visiting the school during the morning hours were also asked to do the same.

In the afternoon, however, the forms were made available to the residents. Also, the residents were asked to collect forms from only that centre which is close to their house.

UT Joint Chief Electoral Officer Tilak Raj said due to a meeting convened by the Returning Officer and Assistant Returning Officer (Headquarters), Chandigarh Parliamentary Constituency, which was attended by all the Assistant Returning Officers, Master Booth-Level Officers and Booth-Level Officers, at the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Sector-26, there was a delay in supplying the forms to all the centres.

The Form-6 is distributed to all the booth-level officers along with the copy of the electoral roll of respective polling station. The booth-level officer is supposed to provide assistance to people visiting the polling stations.



Modi focuses on women’s empowerment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
The BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi focused on women’s empowerment during the second round of “Chai Pe Charcha” held at different places across the city today. The live telecast of Modi’s speech was screened at markets of Sectors 37 and 47 besides Colony No. 4.

BJP’s city unit president Sanjay Tandon said Modi interacted with many women in India and abroad through video-conferencing. He was asked various questions related to safety of women problems faced by them at workplace, their lack of involvement in political decision making their economic self reliance and literacy. BJP’s Leader of Opposition in the MC House Arun Sood said they were hopeful that in the coming Lok Sabha elections, women will vote for the party.

Education Dept unions boycott elections

The UT Cadre Educational Employees’ Union, Contract Computer Teachers’ Union and Class IV Employees Union of Education Department (daily-wage earners) have decided to boycott the forthcoming elections. Taking a joint decision, office-bearers of all the unions accused the local leaders of not paying heed to their demands. "Around 2,500 families of the union members will not vote. We are also seeking support from other unions. Since long, we have been demanding the regularisation of our services under the Punjab Act, to no avail,” said Swarn Singh Kamboj, president of the UT Cadre Educational Employees’ Union.

Varsity accused of code of conduct violation

The UT Election Department today received a complaint against the Panjab University authorities for violating the Model Code of Conduct by holding interviews for filling various posts. In a complaint submitted by Dr Raghubir Singh of Amritsar, it was stated that PU Vice-Chancellor Professor Arun K Grover had finalised the schedule for holding interviews and tests for appointments, recruitments and promotions close to the Lok Sabha elections. Department officials said there was no violation in conducting the interviews. However, the authorities could not declare the results of the interviews during the period the code of conduct was in force, said the officials. The complainant alleged that the VC has already planned to conduct these interviews to “oblige his political masters” who are contesting the elections from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh.



naming of candidates
Delay hits BJP, Cong campaigns in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
The delay on the part of two major political parties— Congress and BJP—in announcing their candidates for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat is casting its shadow on their national-level campaigns being run in the city.

In the run up to the elections, the Congress is taking out “padyatras” while the BJP is going with the “ek note kamal pe vote” campaign. However, for the past few days, the uncertainty over the final choice of candidates is keeping many party leaders away from the campaigns.

On Saturday, too, the name of Congress candidate did not find any mention in the list of 194 candidates announced by the party late in the evening. The BJP, too, has deferred its decision to announce the candidate for the Chandigarh seat till March 13.

For past two days, senior Congress party leaders have not turned up at the “padyatra” programme in Raipurkhurd and Daria village. The Congress had started the campaign on March 1, which seems to have lost the steam. Turnout is not satisfactory at the BJP campaigns as well.

BSP’s general secy motivates workers

The Bahujan Samaj Party’s national general secretary, Narendra Kashyap, today met the party officials and workers. Kashyap asked the party workers to go from door to door to make people aware of the party’s policies. He said people were against the anti-growth policies of the Congress and this time they would vote for change.



Forms at doorsteps for physically challenged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
The UT Election Department will be providing enrolment forms to physically challenged people at their doorsteps. The booth-level officers (BLOs) will also help them in filling in the forms at their homes.

“People can contact the Assistant Returning Officer, master BLOs or BLOs in their area on their mobile phones to request for this facility. The list of the officers is available on the department website,” said UT Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Shayin, who is also the Returning Officer, Chandigarh.

The department will also conduct a special campaign at all the polling booths for enrolling the remaining residents on March 9.

All the Assistant Returning Officers have been directed to inspect all the polling stations under their charge and ensure that all the basic facilities for the conduct of elections and for the facilitation of the voters are available.

The Returning Officer also met the police officials in connection with the formation of surveillance teams to monitor the implementation of the Model Code of Conduct.




During the Lok Sabha elections, if any political party or any individual approaches you and offers money, liquor or any kind of favour or threatens you to vote in someone’s favour, you can complain to the UT Election Department or the Chandigarh Police.

How to lodge complaint against political parties

Call on helpline number 1800-180-2095

Residents can also call Abhishek Narang (9468300401), SK Bhardwaj (9468300343), Kapil Kishore (9530768500), and Vinod Sharma (9530716162)


The city residents are free to call on the helpline numbers to complain about any such incident. The caller’s identity will be kept a secret

Tilak Raj, UT Joint Chief Electoral Officer

UT Election Dept Helplines

1950, 0172-2700322 and 1800-180-2095

You can send your election-related queries to letters.ct@gmail.com

Contributed by Amit Sharma



Create awareness among young voters, ADC directs educational institutes
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 8
Educational institutions have been directed by Parveen Kumar Thind, Additional Deputy Commissioner, to draw up plans to create awareness among young voters about the importance of exercising their franchise in the Lok Sabha elections.

At a meeting with representatives of educational institutions, he said painting and poster-making competitions should be organised apart from holding lectures, rallies and street plays.

Thind said the campus ambassadors of each educational institution should ensure that awareness among young voters was created as it was one’s moral responsibility to make the voters exercise their right.

The ADC said hoardings and banners highlighting the importance of voting should be put up in the institutions. All campus ambassadors who would work with great enthusiasm would be honoured, he added. Thind said gifts would also be given to young voters who would exercise their right to vote for the first time on April 30.

Thind said all eligible persons, if not registered till tomorrow, could apply for enrolment as voters. The enrolment would be done by booth-level officers.

At another meeting held with representatives of political parties, Thind said the code of conduct should be strictly implemented and those contesting the Lok Sabha poll should ensure that their expenditure did not cross Rs 70 lakh. Proper expenditure accounts had to be maintained which would be checked by the authorities concerned from time-to-time he added.



P’kula DC sensitises petrol pump, gas agency owners
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 8
Panchkula Deputy Commissioner SS Phulia today sensitised the petrol pump owners, gas agency owners and members of the Residents Welfare Association to make people aware of their voting rights.

In a meeting convened today, the DC, who is also the district election officer, sought the cooperation of these people for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Phulia told the petrol pump owners that they should sensitise their employees that while filling the petrol or diesel in the vehicle they must make people aware of casting the vote. Similarly, the gas agencies should also mention on their delivery vans to write slogans on the issue and also paste a slogan slip on the cylinders while delivering the cylinders. He also requested all the resident welfare associations to install banners on the entry gates keeping in mind that the banners contain the message of the Right to Vote only.

During the meeting, JRM Pawar, awareness observer, Election Commission of India, congratulated Phulia for his efforts to increase the rate of polling during the elections.

SP Arora, Additional Deputy Commissioner, informed the gathering that an exhibition would also be organised by the Election Commission of India at the Government College for Girls in Sector 14, Panchkula, from March 19 to 23 to make youth aware about their right of voting. On all 375 booths in the district, the Booth Level Officers will be present from 9 am to 5 pm for the registration of new votes and checking of existing votes.

DC assigns duties

The DC also presided over the meeting of committees and team members in which the duties were assigned regarding the Lok Sabha General Election, 2014.

While giving the information about the modified standard operating procedure for flying squads and static surveillance teams, he told that there shall be three or more flying squads (FS) in each constituency. The FS will start functioning from the date of announcement of election and will continue till the completion of polls.

He said in the Expenditure Sensitive Constituencies (ESC), there may be more flying squads depending on the requirement. The FS shall not be given any other work during the period, he added.

The names and mobile numbers of the Magistrate as head of the FSa nd other officials in FS have been provided to various observers and Complaint Monitoring Control Room and Call Centre,

“Whenever a complaint regarding the distribution of cash, liquor or any other item of bribe or regarding the movement of anti-social elements etc is received, the FS will reach the spot immediately,” he said.



Spring festival fails to elicit favourable response
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 8
The much-awaited Spring Fest elicited a lukewarm response this time. The two-day fest — organised by the Horticulture Wing of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) —was inaugurated by HUDA Administrator Sanjay Joon.

Barring the participants from various schools, their parents and HUDA officials, the fest failed to attract a large crowd, particularly the youth. Artistes dressed as cartoon characters, besides wrestlers displayed their stunts only till the chief guest was on the premises. They rued that they had been poorly paid by the department.

“The HUDA is paying us Rs 500 for one day. This is a meager sum,” said a wrestler from Ferozepur on the condition of anonymity.

Competitions held

Competitions under different categories of flowers were also organised. The Gurukul School, Sector 20, won 28 prizes under various flower categories. Satluj Public School, Sector 2, primary wing, also won the first prize for the best garden on the school campus under the primary category.

Results: Environment quiz

Category Class 6 to 8

First prize Shivangi, Ankit. New India High School, Pinjore.

Category Class 9 to 10

First prize Shivani, Lakashay. DC Model Sr Sec School, Sector 7, Panchkula.

Rangoli competition

Junior category

First prize Haryana Model Sr Sec School, Panchkula.

Senior Category

First prize Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula.

Open category

First prize Muskaan (Group)

Painting competition

Category (Below 10 years)

First prize Sakshi Gupta, New India Public School.

Category (Above 10 years)

First prize Aanchal, Satluj Public School.

Open Category

First prize Surendra, Govt Model School, Sector 20

Face painting competition

Category (Below 10 years)

First prize (2 Nos) 1. Shmiksha of DC Model Sr Sec School. 2. Karamjeet of Satluj Public School.

Category (above 10 years)

First prize Parveen Bedi, Satluj Public School.

Pot painting competition

Category (below 10 years)

First prize Neha, New India School, Sector 15, Panchkula

Category (above 10 years)

First prize Anjali Mann, Satluj Public School.

Open category

First prize Divyanshi, Satluj Public School.

Hasya Kavi Sammelan

Category (Below 10 years)

First prize DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, Panchkula.

Category (Above 10 years)

First prize DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, Panchkula.

Mehandi competition

Category (Age 6-12 years)

First prize Ishika of DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, Panchkula.

Category (Age 12-16 years)

First prize Honey of Satluj Public School.

Open Category

First prize Kanika, Gill Colony, Baltana.

Best out of waste

Category (below 10 years)

First prize (2 Nos.) 1. Dhriti Rana, Little Flower Convent School. 2. Ayushi Maan, Blue Bird High School.

Category (above 10 years)

First prize (2 Nos.) 1. Dirya Sharma, New India High School, Pinjore. 2. Anjali Jangra, Satluj Public School.

Fancy dress competition

(Below 10 years)

First prize Sudhi, The Gurukul School.

(Above 10 years)

First prize Aastha, The British School.

Open category

First prize Shriya.



Sangharsh committee stages dharna
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 8
Members of Sector 76-80 Plot Allotment Sangharsh Committee (PASC) held a dharna in front of GMADA office in Phase VIII today in protest against the indifferent approach of authorities towards development and their other problems.

Raising slogans against GMADA authorities, the protestors were demanding to start development works in their sectors. “In absence of roads, streetlights, parks and other basic needs, including proper supply of drinking water, we are facing a lot of problems in our day-to-day life. We have paid the development charges to GMADA but now we are being asked to pay property tax and still no development has taken place here,” said Sucha Singh Kalour, president of the committee.

The protestors also criticised enhancement in the rates of plots and demanded to take back the same.

“Around 250 allottees of plots in our sectors are yet to be given allotment letters. The process should be expedited so that they could take possession of their property,” said Kalour.

The protestors threatened to intensify their stir if their demands were not met soon.



Construction of toe walls in parks
Councillor seeks inquiry into use of poor material
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
Councillor Malkiat Singh has demanded an inquiry into the alleged use of poor-quality material by a contractor for developing parks in his ward. The SAD councillor from Ward No. 10 said the contractor constructing toe walls in six neighborhood parks of Sector 41-A at a cost of Rs 15 lakh was making use of bricks of poor quality.

“The work has been started at two parks. The quality of bricks being used is very poor. I also met the superintending engineer on Friday to complain about the quality of material being used by the contractor,” said Singh.

Demanding an inquiry, Singh said the contractors using sub-standard material should be blacklisted. He also sought action against the Municipal Corporation officials supervising the work.



Mohali to go waterless on March 10-11

Mohali, March 8
The supply of water to Mohali will be hit on March 10 and 11 due to the repair work of a sluice valve at the Kajauli waterworks. According to the officials, the sluice valve of the rising main of Phase III was being changed by the Chandigarh authorities.

There would be no supply of water in the noon. The supply of water in morning and evening would be according to the availability of water. — TNS



aided colleges
4,000 staff to boycott exam duties
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
As many as 4,000 employees of government-aided colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh have decided to boycott the examination duties of three universities scheduled for the next month.

In a communication sent to the Vice-Chancellors of universities, including Panjab University, Chandigarh, Punjabi University, Patiala, and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) today, it is informed that the teachers of all 136 aided colleges were not going to participate in the upcoming examinations.

Kuldip Singh, general secretary, PCCTU, said the teachers were also told to take a special class, once in a week, in all 136 aided colleges that have around two lakh students, who were also voters, to inform them about the non-friendly attitude of the government towards the staff.

Singh said there were around 4,000 grant-in-aid posts in these colleges for which the government had to release the salaries.

PCCTU representatives said after the release of the first quarterly grant, which was from March to May, and was distributed in November, the grants of two quarters are still pending with the government.

They said repeated requests had been made to the government to sanction the grants in the beginning of every quarter but all in vain.

Prof Iqbal Preet Kaur, convener, PCCTU, criticised the ban on recruitment of teachers in aided colleges since 2005 and exclusion of teachers working against unaided posts from the purview of the Service Security Act, 1974.

She said the security of services was provided to teachers in 1974 when there was no grant in aid available for colleges, but this security was withdrawn in 2007.

PCCTU president PS Gill also sought extension of services of the teachers beyond 60 years like government employees and also creation of posts of professors in the aided colleges.



Sri Dhanwantary Ayurvedic College-46
PU should conduct exams of all batches, says committee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
Panjab University should conduct the examination of all batches of Sri Dhanwantary Ayurvedic College, Sector 46, which were admitted till 2012-13 session. This was the recommendation made by the committee constituted by the university under the chairmanship of DVS Jain, a nominated senator of the PU after the protest rally held by the students last month.

A special committee was constituted for this issue which held its meeting on February 25.

The committee further recommended to the university authorities that a legal opinion should be sought for the students of 2013-14 batch, admitted by the college, but the PU denied to accept their admission forms. The report of the committee is going to be tabled in the Syndicate Meeting scheduled for March 15 for the final decision.

On February 22, students of 2009 of the college held a protest rally demanding that the Syndicate should resolve the issue of conducting examinations of this session.

They alleged that though the university declared their provisional result last month on the directions of a high-power committee, they have yet to receive the detail mark sheets from the university.

In January, the university authorities had tabled the matter during the Syndicate meeting for decision on all issues related to the college. But ignoring the seriousness, it deferred the issue.

The university has already cancelled the admission of all 50 students of the 2013-14 session by sending back their admission forms to the college authorities.

The fee amount which the college management has deposited through the bank was also returned by the PU authorities.

Approval for new courses

A proposal will be tabled for the approval of the Syndicate for two new courses, including retail management and tourism for the Post Graduate Government College (PGGC), Sector 11, and software development and stock marketing trading and operation for Government College, Ludhiana, during the 2014-15 session. Twentyone issues are going to be tabled in the Syndicate meeting.



Fazilka college was using forged signatures of principal: PU panel
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
For the past around one year the National College for Girls, Chowarrian Wali, Fazilka district, is using forged signatures of their principal for every official communication with Panjab University (PU). The matter came into light when on the complaint of one of the student of the MA-II Punjabi, session 2013-14, the PU committee visited the college to verify it.

The university constituted a committee under the Dean, College Development Council, that had submitted its report on December 2, 2013. The report will be tabled in the coming Syndicate meeting scheduled for March 15 during which the final decision will be taken on it.

The committee prepared a report that the college was not only misguiding the PU but also exploiting students financially and academically. The committee recommended that the authorities should penalise the college for it under regulation 11.1 of the university calendar and issue a show-cause notice to the college management.

In the report of the committee, it was also highlighted that during a visit to the college it was found that all communication which were sent to the university had fake signatures.

The committee also found that all the UGC and PU affiliation norms were violated by the college. The college was charging dues more than the fixed amount by the university authorities.

Students of MA II Punjabi, session 2013-14, told to the committee that the students were asked not to come to their classes as the course had been discontinued by the college. While an assurance was given by the college authorities that their exams will be conducted under the PU affiliation.



AVSAR 2014
68 students get job offers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
Sixtyeight students got offer letters from various companies who appeared in the interview during the three-day AVSAR 2014 at Panjab University that concluded today. Out of the 600 students who took part in the event, 381 were shortlisted for the final interview.

The maximum salary package offered during the job fest is Rs 9.6 lakh by Lovely Professional University, which shortlisted 47 students for interview.

While minimum package offered was Rs 2.4 lakh to graduates.

PU Coordinator, Central Placement Cell, SK Chadha, said about 35 companies participated in the fest.

Students from 42 departments registered themselves for placement.

Last year, AVSAR 2013 was held in March in which 32 companies had participated and 868 students from various departments appeared for interviews out of which approximately 267 students were shortlisted and 156 got recruited.

In 2012, 46 companies participated in the job fest and 980 students from various departments appeared for interviews.

Out of which, 483 students were shortlisted and 154 got recruited.



Tiny tots enthral the audience
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 8
The Kindergarten section of Tribune Model School, Sector 29, here, staged a musical presentation, 'Pinocchio' during its annual function. Dressed up in colourful attires, the students presented the annual event with the theme 'Truth triumphs'.

Justice SS Sodhi, chairperson, The Tribune Trust, along with his wife, graced the event as chief guest. Chairperson of the school Chand Nehru were among those others present.

The one-hour show was based on the famous story of 'Pinochhio', whose nose grew longer whenever he used to tell a lie. A total of 125 students enthralled the audience with their dance, drama and singing. Niharika, a student of upper kindergarten, played the lead role of 'Pinochhio'. The school was decked up on the occasion, showcasing the craft works of children.

Parents and teachers motivated the children. Students in different attires presented various interesting scenes.

Principal Vandana Saxena congratulated the students and the staff for their successful presentation. The children gave a big message through a small act, she added.

Later, all teachers, staff and coordinators were called to the stage and were applauded for their consistent efforts.

The Principal said parents must be honest so that their children observe them and should follow them.



Montessori graduation ceremony

Ryan International School organised a spectacular display of talent and enthusiasm during its annual event of the montessori graduation ceremony at the Tagore Theatre. The programme revolved around the theme "We are Champions".

A dance drama, the highlight of the programme, depicting various achievements and activities of the school, was presented. Values like punctuality, discipline, environment protection and respect for the mother nature was showcased.

Women empowerment

Mothers of students of Government High School Sector 54, Chandigarh, were made aware of their rights and women empowerment by school head Baljit Kaur. The mothers participated in a cultural programme with enthusiasm. The Right to Education Act was also discussed. Members of the school management committee were among those others present. — TNS



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