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Kirron Kher is BJP nominee
Party has tough task cut out for the actor; to face divided unit in city
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

I am happy that the party has given me the chance to contest from the city to which I belong. I will come to Chandigarh on March 18 to start my campaign. At present, I am in Mumbai
— Kirron Kher, actor

Chandigarh, March 15
The Central Election Committee of the BJP today announced Bollywood actor Kirron Kher’s name as the party’s Lok Sabha candidate for the Chandigarh seat.

With the announcement of Kher’s name, now, there will be two Bollywood celebrities — Kirron Kher and AAP’s Gul Panag — who will try their luck from the city. Kher is not new to the City Beautiful, as she studied in Panjab University and her parents reside in Sector 8, Chandigarh. Though there were three top contenders for the Chandigarh seat — BJP city unit president Sanjay Tandon, former Union Minister Harmohan Dhawan and ex-MP Satya Pal Jain — yet surprisingly the party did not give ticket to any of them and decided to field Kher.

Later in the evening, Dhawan’s name was doing the rounds. Supporters even began congratulating him, but in the end the ticket went to Kher. After the candidature was announced, there has been resentment among the supporters of all the three leaders. A BJP worker said that these leaders were working for the party for the last many years and suddenly the party fielded an outsider candidate, who was completely a new name for the BJP workers here. The party should have considered the feelings of the local party workers, he said.

Bansal V/S women candidates
Against Congress sitting MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, now there will be three women candidates — BJP’s Kirron Kher, AAP’s Gul Panag and BSP’s Jannat Jahan — who will be contesting the Lok Sabha elections.

Tough road ahead
Though the party has given ticket to Kirron Kher, yet it will not be so easy for her to win the Lok Sabha elections. As the party is already divided into three camps —Dhawan, Tandon and Jain — it will be very difficult for her to keep the party united. Since all three leaders were ticket aspirants, there are chances that they will not campaign for her whole-heartedly. Besides differences within the party, Pawan Kumar Bansal of the Congress and AAP’s Gul Panag will be opponents to reckon with.



Modi’s hoarding installed, then removed from Golf Club premises
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
High drama was witnessed at the Chandigarh Golf Club over a huge political hoarding of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi inside the club premises today.

A hoarding was installed to promote the image of Narendra Modi, in which he was wishing residents for Holi festival. The advertisement with the picture of Modi read, “Rang Anek, Hum Ek” “Holi ki Shubkamnayein”. But since the matter reached before the UT Election Department, the club management was quick to remove the advertisement.

The advertisement firm which was allotted the space for commercial advertisements maintained that it was unfair on the part of the UT Election Department and the club management to remove the advertisement, as they had valid permission for installing them.

Club president GS Sandhu initially denied any such installation, but when he was told that Chandigarh Tribune had the picture of Modi’s advertisements , he admitted that an advertising firm had installed the hoarding on their own, but later removed it. No political advertisement was allowed inside the club premises, Sandhu said.

Advertisement firm representative Tejinder Kaushal said as per the orders of the ECI, advertisements at commercial sites were allowed. He further said that the political parties only had to show the amount incurred on these advertisements. He said, “The advertisement boards at the Chandigarh Golf Club were a private property and as long as the internal management of the club did not have any problem they could freely use the board for advertising.”

MC’s take
I am not aware of any such permission given for displaying advertisements inside the club premises. We will check the record on Tuesday. — Rajiv Gupta, MC Joint Commissioner



Finally, water supply resumes in affected sectors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Bringing 50 hours of inconvenience to an end, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) finally resumed the water supply in Sectors 19, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and Bapu Dham Colony at 2 pm today.

In the absence of water supply, thousands of residents had no other option but to visit nearby sectors.

Hundreds of affected residents visited the Sectors 26, 27 and 28 roundabout on Madhya Marg where the repair work was being done by the Public Health Department of the MC. The repair work started on March 13.

Manpreet Singh, a resident of Sector 27, said he and his family had to go to his relatives in Mohali to freshen up.

“We went to our relative’s place to freshen up and even had breakfast there as there was no water for cooking”, he said.

Water tankers provided by the MC in several sectors were insufficient to cater to the needs of the residents so they had to hire additional water tankers.

Seema Bisht, a resident of Sector 28, said that they were provided with a water tanker in their sector, but not many residents managed to get water from it. “We had no other option but to visit the other sectors or transport water in our cars,” she stated.

After the water supply was resumed, the residents complained that muddy water continued to flow out of the taps for over an hour.

BJP councillor Satinder Singh, who is a councillor from Ward No. 18 (comprising Sectors 27, 28 and 30), said that the responsibility of MC officials should be fixed, as they should have done the planning before starting the repair work.

“The incident has exposed the unpreparedness of the MC as all the affected sectors went dry till the time the repair work was completed”, Singh stated.

drinking water sold for Rs 150 a bottle
The sale of packaged drinking water picked up in the affected sectors due to the affected water supply. Residents were seen purchasing bottles of water for ~150. One of the shopkeepers in Sector 27 said that the entire stock of water was sold out.

Goof-up by MC officials
Due to the goof-up by MC officials, the resumption of water supply was further delayed by nearly four hours. The MC officials resumed the water supply even before the water pipe was repaired completely. Following this, the water supply was stopped and the pipe was welded again and this led to further delay.

Former councillor complains to UT adviser
Devinder Singh Babla, a former MC councillor, also gave a complaint to UT Adviser KK Sharma demanding action against the Chief Engineer and Superintending Engineer (SE), Public Health, for failing to make an alternative arrangement.



Shalimar mall owner arrested
Commits fraud of over Rs 10.20 cr
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Real estate giant RK Aggarwal, who is the owner of Shalimar Estate Pvt Ltd, was arrested by the Chandigarh Police for allegedly committing a fraud of over Rs 10.20 crore with his business partner Kewal Garg.

The accused is also the owner of Shalimar Mega Mall, a multiplex-cum-shopping centre, in Sector 5, Panchkula.

His wife Kamlesh Aggarwal, and the manager of a local branch of a national bank, Jitender Singh, has also been named as an accused in the FIR, which was registered at the Sector 3 police station.

The complainant, Kewal Garg, reported to police that he had invested Rs 10.20 crore in Aggarwal’s Shalimar project, who had promised to return his money along with the interest.

Police sources said Garg had invested money in 2004, but had not received any profit and the principal amount till December 2013.

The matter is being investigated by the Economic Offenses Wing of Sector 17. The police had sought five-day police custody of the accused, but the court has granted them only three days. He will be produced in the court on March 18. Accused Kamlesh Aggarwal and Jitender Singh are yet to be arrested in the case.

More trouble for Aggarwal

More than 12 investors from the Tricity also reached at the Economic Offenses Wing of the Chandigarh Police in Sector 17 and submitted complaints against Aggarwal alleging that they had paid several lakhs for the shops in the Shalimar shopping mall, but many were not given possession of the shops and those who were given the possession could not get the shops transferred in their names. MC Jain, one of the investors, alleged that he paid around Rs 42 lakh to Aggarwal following which he was given the possession of the shop, however, the shop was not transferred in his name.


Chandigarh votes 2014
Vote and get discounts!
Amit Sharma/Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Exercising your voting right comes with an added advantage this time. All those who turn up at various polling booths in the city to vote on April 10 will get huge discounts on haircut, spa, gym membership and other services.

The UT Election Department has roped several commercial establishments in to encourage city residents to vote. You only need to show the indelible ink mark on your finger to avail yourself of the benefit.

UT Joint Chief Electoral Officer Tilak Raj said the department’s aim was to ensure maximum voter turnout on the election day.

The city witnessed the highest electoral turnout of 66.85 per cent in 1971. The Election Department wants to break this record.

An appeal to vote before the screening of a movie at Shalimar Mall in Panchkula on Saturday.
An appeal to vote before the screening of a movie at Shalimar Mall in Panchkula on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

“We are trying to record higher voting percentage than the highest recorded to date,” he said.

The Election Department, as a part of this campaign, has decided that all those who vote will get around 30 per cent discount on haircut, spa and gym membership, while a discount of around 40 per cent would be offered at restaurants.

For getting the discount, voters will have to visit the outlet on the day of voting to get registered, following which they can avail themselves of the benefit any day. The discounts at restaurants, however, will only be available on April 10 and 11.

Officials said names of food joints, hairdressing salons and gyms that would be offering the discounts would be released soon.

Panchkula: At Panchkula, the first-time voters will get at least 25 per cent discount all the eateries. The administration is also in talks with the owners of multiplexes to provide the same discount on movie tickets on the day of voting.

Panchkula Additional Deputy Commissioner SP Arora said, “We had a meeting with the owners of restaurants and cafeterias, where it was decided that 25 per cent discount will be given to motivate the voters.”

He said the administration would also try to rope garment shops in.

The administration is also trying to get the message “Cast your vote on April 10” appear on ATM screens when people operate the machines. Movie halls in the town are already showing this message at the beginning of movies. Also, slogans have been put up at various shops, post offices, cinema halls and ATMs.

Arora said for the first time senior citizens were helping the administration in sensitising people on the need to vote.



P’kula DEO seeks cooperation from UT, Mohali, HP counterparts
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 15
The District Election Officer (DEO) has written to his counterparts in Chandigarh, Mohali and Solan and Sirmour in Himachal Pradesh to strengthen security arrangements in their respected jurisdictions in wake of the Lok Sabha elections on April 10.

DEO Dr SS Phulia, in the communication, has requested the setting up of special nakas in areas bordering Haryana to ensure fair, free and peaceful elections.

Apprehending flow of liquor, cash and other items from across the interstate borders, Dr Phulia has also asked his counterparts to pass on information on any suspicious activity to the Haryana Police.

Dr Phulia has also asked the district police chief to strengthen security arrangements along the Haryana border and take adequate measures to enforce the model code of conduct.

He said response to the campaign launched to educate people about their voting right was overwhelming. Against the target of enrolling 7,000 new voters, the administration was able to cover 12,000 residents across the district, the DEO said.

Panchkula DCP Ashwin Shenvi, meanwhile, said six static security teams, six flying squads and mobile security vehicles had been deployed for round-the-clock surveillance.

To check the inflow of liquor, cash and other items, over 25 nakas had been set up in the district, said the DCP.

Of these, 12 nakas have been set up at strategic points, seven on the entry and exit points of the district and five within the city limit.



Bansal to file nomination on March 18
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
The local unit of Congress today intensified its election campaign with several events taking place across the city as party’s candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal reached here from New Delhi. Bansal, while talking to mediapersons, said he would file his nomination papers in presence of his supporters on March 18.

Earlier today, the Congress vice-president, Rahul Gandhi, interacted with the party workers through video conferencing at the Congress Bhawan in Sector 35. Thereafter, Pawan Kumar Bansal visited Defence Services Officers’ Institute (DSOI) in Sector 36 to meet ex-servicemen.

The Congress workers also took out a padyatra at Hallo Majra. Later in the evening, Bansal attended a cultural programme organised by Uttarakhand Yuva Manch at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18. He then attended a meeting in Sector 40 where INTUC state president Arun Kumar Gupta announced Muneesh Nanda as the new state youth president of INTUC.

Gul Panag meets residents

Aam Aadmi Party candidate Gul Panag began her day with a morning walk with the residents of Sector 36. Thereafter, she visited the vegetable market and Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26, areas that are facing acute water crisis for past two days. She interacted with individuals and groups and listened to the problems they were facing due to the disruption to the water supply. Thereafter, Panag also visited Kishangarh and Mani Majra to meet the residents.

Jannat Jahan attacks Cong

Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Jannat Jahan, during her election campaign, said the Congress had “ruined the country”. She said sitting MP Pawan Kumar Bansal had done nothing for the city in past 15 years.

JD(U) releases manifesto

Janata Dal (United) candidate Surinder Bhardwaj today released the party manifesto. Bhardwaj will file his nomination on March 22, his birthday. The party’s main poll plank is the "Mission Apna Chandigarh": getting the status of a state for the UT. Bhardwaj also proposed the creation of Chandigarh Public Service Commission for recruiting the city youth directly to administrative posts.



Know your Lok Sabha candidates

As all key political parties have announced the names of their Lok Sabha candidates for the Chandigarh seat, the Chandigarh Tribune brings to you the profile of all these contenders.

Pawan Kumar Bansal Sitting Congress MP (65)

An advocate by profession, Pawan Kumar Bansal won the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat in 1991, 1999, 2004 and 2009. He lost the election two times—in 1996 and 1998. In October 2012, he became the first Congress MP since 1996 to become the Union Minister for Railways. On May 10, 2013, however, he had to resign from the office after the CBI arrested his nephew, Vijay Singla, for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 90 lakh from a middleman on behalf of a member of the Indian Railway Board. Now, Bansal is contesting the Lok Sabha election for the seventh time.

Kirron Kher BJP candidate (58)

Actor Kirron Kher joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2009. She has been a vocal admirer of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi since long, even before his candidature was announced. In the recent municipal corporation elections in Chandigarh, she had campaigned for the party. Kirron made her acting debut in 1983 in a Punjabi movie. After her first marriage ended in 1985, she married actor Anupam Kher. In 2003, she changed her name from "Kiron" to "Kirron" due to her belief in numerology.

Gul Panag AAP candidate (35)

A Bollywood actor and social activist, Gul Panag followed in the footsteps of her father, Lt Gen HS Panag (retd), to join the Aam Aadmi Party. Panag won the Miss India title in 1999. She began her career in Bollywood with the 2003 film Dhoop. She has used her considerable influence on Twitter and Facebook platforms to raise a number of issues. Gul is also a founder trustee of an NGO, The Colonel Shamsher Singh Foundation.

Jannat Jahan BSP candidate (34)

A councillor in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, Jannat Jahan was born in the city in 1980. She changed her name from Naina Chaudhary to Jannat Jahan after she converted to tie the knot with Hafiz Anwar-ul-Haq. Jannat’s father, Ashok Kumar, is the MD of Chandigarh-based KC Group. Jannat is the mother of two daughters and a son (from her husband’s first wife).

Surinder Bhardwaj JD(U) candidate (65)

Surinder Bhardwaj has been associated with the Janata Dal (United) for past many years and has held various key positions in the party. He was also instrumental in removing the “disturbed area” tag from Chandigarh. He had filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which finally ordered the UT Administration and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to remove the tag.

Contributed by Rajinder Nagarkoti



HUDA to evict 300 flat owners from MDC
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 15
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) is all set to send eviction notices to 300 flat owners in Haryana Employees Welfare Association Society, Mansa Devi Complex, following the notice of resumption being served on them.

Residents requested politicians, who reached the spot today, to intervene in the matter.

The notices of resumption were sent after the HUDA officials came to know about the illegal construction being done by the flat owners. Many of them had constructed toilets because of which the sewer pipe merged with the fresh water pipe, allegedly leading to an outbreak of typhoid. Also, an 11-year-old girl died of typhoid while over 30 persons fell ill, following which the HUDA officials had to conduct an inspection.

Estate Officer, HUDA, Vandana Disodia said, “Illegal constructions won’t be tolerated. We will be sending the eviction notices and the proceedings are underway.”

Meanwhile, local MLA DK Bansal reached the spot to pacify the agitators. President of the Haryana Mahila Pradesh Committee Ranjeeta Mehta said, “We are with the residents of the society. They told us that gradually they are clearing the encroachments and want time for the same.”

“We will clear the encroachments very soon. We need some time,” said Raj Kumar, a resident.

Yesterday, a notice was served on the society, wherein the EO mentioned that “under Section 17(4) of the HUDA Act, 1977, I hereby order to resume the plots and building constructed thereon and further forfeit 10 per cent of the consideration money of the plots and other dues payable up to the date of resumption. Eviction proceedings will also be initiated against you”.

During the survey conducted by the office, it has been found that unauthorised bathrooms have been constructed by 135 flat owners of the society. Some of the members of the society had covered the balconies by erecting grille and fibre sheets.

The Blame game
The residents of the erring society are accusing one another for HUDA’s action. While some blamed those who fell ill due to typhoid, some blamed those who reached out to the press.



Get sewerage pipes cleaned regularly, XEN told
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 15
Coming to the rescue of local residents facing sewerage problems, the Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services), issued directions to the Mohali Municipal Corporation and Water Supply and Sanitation Department authorities to solve the issue by regularly cleaning sewerage pipelines in the area.

In his petition, the petitioner, Atul Sharma, a resident of Phase 2, here, has complained that due to the short-sightedness of the authorities, most of the manhole covers had been buried under the roads while re-carpeting them.

"Hence, the sewerage lines were not being cleaned by the authorities due to which the flow of water reverses and enters toilet seats during the rainy season,” it said.

The PLA, Mohali, headed by Jagroop Singh Mahal, ordered the Executive Engineer, Water Supply and Sanitation, Division No. 1 to clean the sewerage pipelines in the area and to get it cleaned at regular intervals. The Judge also issued directions to the Assistant Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Mohali, to scarify the roads before re-carpeting the same within one year.

Both these respondents have been directed by the Judge to uncover manhole covers within two months from today and keep it visible to the eye in the future while carpeting the roads.



Use organic colours for a ‘safe’ Holi
Tribune News Service

Students play Holi at Dev Samaj College in Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
Joyous colours: Students play Holi at Dev Samaj College in Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, March 15
Skin pigmentation, rashes and eczema are some common effects of the use of synthetic colours and one must use them cautiously, said experts ahead of Holi, the festival of colours.

“The chemicals used in Holi colours consist of synthetic dyes and in many cases mica dust, too, that can cause major skin allergies. Green colour contains copper sulphate, silver contains aluminium bromide and black colour has lead oxide,” said Dr Vikas Sharma, chief consultant, National Skin Hospital, Mansa Devi Complex.

“To safeguard your health, use organic colours instead of synthetic colours this Holi,” said Dr Vikas Bhutani, additional director, Internal Medicine, Fortis Hospital, Mohali.

Dr KM Kapoor, plastic surgeon, Anticlock Medispa, Chandigarh, said: “Besides the negative impact of harmful chemicals in Holi colours, the most important problem that Holi colours cause to the skin is excessive loss of moisture and natural oils. A few minutes of session with hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler like juvederm can replenish the lost reserves of hyaluronic acid in the skin and have a long-term moisturising effect lasting well beyond Holi”.

Useful tips
Don’t throw colours in eyes. If a colour comes in contact with the eye, one should immediately wash it with a lot of water. In case irritation persists, medical aid should be sought immediately.
Don’t apply oil over the body before playing Holi as it eases the penetration of colours into the body system.
Don’t use synthetic colours. Instead, use organic or home-made colours.
Use a hat or a cap to protect your hair from being coloured with hard-to-rinse dyes.
Use dental caps to protect your teeth from staining.
Use sunglasses to protect your eyes from the harmful chemicals of colours.
Wear full-sleeved T-shirts or shirts and leggings that cover your legs fully to protect your skin from the harmful effects of colours.
Try to save yourself from all possible attacks on the face. In case such attempts fail, keep your eyes and lips tightly shut if you are attacked on your face.
Keep the windows of cars thoroughly shut in case you have to move out. Avoid travelling on Holi, the day of playing colours.



Over 1,400 police personnel to keep check on hooligans
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Over 1,400 police personnel will be on duty in Chandigarh on the day of Holi to avoid any untoward incident.

Police officials said nine DSPs and 30 inspectors would also be on duty to keep a check on hooliganism.

Police force will be deployed with proper barricading on the prominent roads in different sectors, including Sectors 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 22, 23, 27, 28, 32, 34, 35, 36 and Panjab University.

“Total 77 points in colonies, hospitals, women institutes and markets have been identified where nakkas will be laid,” the officials said.

Meanwhile, 54 nakas will also be erected on main roads of the city. Besides, special traffic arrangements will also be made to check rash driving.



Met predicts light rain on March 17, 18
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Be ready for a wet Holi this time as the Met Department has forecast rain and chilly weather. As per the forecast, there will be partly cloudy sky on March 17 and 18 and light rain is expected, which will further drop the day and night temperatures.

The maximum temperature reported today was 28.2 degree Celsius, which was one notches below the normal, while the minimum was 13.4 degree Celsius, which was one notches above the normal.

Met officials said light rain was expected in the city.

As per the forecast for tomorrow, there will be mainly clear sky with the maximum temperature at 29 degree Celsius and minimum temperature at 15 degree Celsius.



Political, social issues discussed via poems, satires
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 15
More than 20 poets from tricity presented their views in shape of poems, gazals and nazams at a Kavi Darbar organised by Kidar Adabi Trust, here today.

Various social, political and other issues were presented in a different manner. Poems on female foeticide and satire on Indian politics were well appreciated.

An NRI from Canada Jarnail Singh Basota was the chief guest while a SK Monga, a retired IAS officer, presided over the function.



DLSA to hold special camp courts in jails
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 15
Keeping in view the pendency of a large number of cases, where accused are in custody, the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Mohali, would hold special camp courts in jails at Patiala, Nabha and Ropar.

Giving details, Tarntaran Singh Bindra, chief judicial magistrate-cum-secretary, DLSA, Mohali, said the special courts would be held at Patiala Jail on March 19, Nabha Jail on March 20 and Ropar Jail on March 28.

“These camp courts are being held following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. A bench comprising the secretary, DLSA, and two members will hold these courts,” said Tarntaran Singh Bindra.

He said in these courts, the cases of the accused, who wish to confess their guilt and other cases of petty nature, would be disposed of.

“This way the pendency of a large number of cases in the courts will be decreased,” said Tarntaran Singh Bindra.

During the courts, the DLSA authorities would also sensitise the jail inmates to their legal rights and plea bargaining by which they could earn lesser punishment by confession of guilt and compensating the complainant party.

“An effort will be made to educate jail inmates with respect to their enrollment as paralegal volunteers so that the problems of other inmates can be brought to the notice of the DLSA,” said Bindra.



Lawyers allege misbehaviour by Judge, suspend work
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 15
High drama was witnessed when local lawyers today boycotted the proceedings and sat outside the court of a Judge alleging misbehaviour by him. The lawyers sat on chairs outside the court room. They suspended the work pertaining to this court leaving several litigants harassed.

Realising the issues faced by litigants who had come from far-off places, the Judge called them to the court room to appear for hearing without the lawyers. No case went without being heard.

The lawyers will be protesting till March 18 and they have also prepared a resolution. They alleged that the Judge was not polite with them.

General secretary of the Bar Association Ashwini Chaudhary said: “He does not talk with us politely during case hearings”. The decision by the association has to be followed by all lawyers and no lawyer would participate in any hearing at this court, he said.

"If the Judge is ready to talk to us on the issue, we will call off the strike on Tuesday,” Chaudhary added. 



Consumer awareness need of the hour: Justice

Chandigarh, March 15
To celebrate World Consumer Day, the Consumers Association Chandigarh (CAC) conducted a seminar on the Food Safety Act. Chandigarh Municipal Corporation Mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan was the chief guest.

Sukhwinder Singh, Food Safety Officer, Health Department, Chandigarh Administration, talked about food adulteration and the diseases caused by unsafe food.

“Contaminated food contributes to 1.5 billion cases of diarrhoea in children each year, resulting in over three million premature deaths as per the World Health Organisation,” he said.

The District Rotaract Organisation 3080 also marked World Consumer Day by releasing a manual smart consumer. The booklet written by Hasrat and Bhawna, third-year students of the University Institute of Legal Studies, PU, under the guidance of Pankaj Chandgothia, advocate, was released by Justice NK Sanghi and Madhu P Singh, president of the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Mohali.

Justice Sanghi said consumer awareness was the need of the hour and appreciated the consumer guide book. Madhu P Singh called upon the youth to exercise their rights in an effective manner so that unscrupulous traders did not exploit them. —TNS



Youth stabbed at Sec 29 market
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
A 17-year-old youth was stabbed repeatedly by a group of youths at the Sector 29 market here this evening.

According to sources, the victim, identified as Ashwinder Sharma, a resident of Sector 29, here, received multiple injuries on various parts of his body.

The accused managed to flee from the spot leaving the victim in a pool of blood. The victim's family members said Ashwinder had an altercation with some youths at the Sector 30 market on Friday after which they struck a compromise.

The family members said the same group of youths attacked Ashwinder.

The victim was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here. The police was informed about the incident. An investigation has been initiated.



ACREX 2014 concludes

The growth trend of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration sector had been distinctly more positive when compared to the rest of the industrial sectors, it was said by experts at the Acrex India 2014, which was recently concluded. Experts said it was expected that the total number of air-conditioner units in use in the country would reach 200 million by 2030. This is about 40 times of the present installed number of units.

Mitsubishi launches advanced ACs

Mitsubishi Electric India unveiled its advanced air conditioning systems, at a dealer meet held in Chandigarh. Its new range of systems uses a newly developed cooling agent that is chlorine-free, non-flammable, environment-friendly and about 20 per cent more energy efficient as compared to the conventional ACs. — TNS



Sri Dhanwantary Ayurvedic College
PU won’t conduct exams from this session
250 college students, admitted in the batches from 2008 to 2013, will be affected by the decision
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Panjab University will not conduct the examinations of any batch of the Sri Dhanwantary Ayurvedic College, Sector 46, from this academic session.

As many as 250 students — who were admitted in batches from 2008 to 2013 — will be affected by the move.

The decision was taken at a Syndicate meeting held under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover today.

The report of the committee — constituted under DVS Jain — recommended that the examinations of all batches should be conducted by PU.

The Syndicate also constituted a special team under the Dean, College Development Council, Naval Kishore, to visit the Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy System (AYUSH) and find out which documents the college management had submitted to claim that PU had given affiliation to the college for the 2010-11 batch.

During the discussion, the university authorities tabled a Government of India’s (GOI) communication which stated, “As PU has given affiliation to the 2010-11 batch, the permission to conduct the exams will be given.”

However, the Syndicate members raised an objection stating, “When the university has not accorded affiliation to the college, how can the GOI give permission to hold the exams?”

The Syndicate members further said the university should look into the documents submitted by the college with the hearing committee of AYUSH. “Action should be taken against them for submitting false documents,” they added.

Meanwhile, College finance secretary SK Aggarwal said he was not aware about the decision of the Syndicate.

On February 22, the students of the 2009 batch had held a protest rally demanding that the Syndicate resolve the issue of conducting exams of this session.

Students hold emergency meeting
Following the decision of the Syndicate, an emergency meeting of the College Students Union was organised on the campus. The students are likely to seek legal opinion on the decision.



Fee hike
Cops thwart SFS members from entering Admin Block
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
High drama was witnessed when the agitating members of the Students for Society (SFS) — who are on an indefinite hunger strike at Panjab University since March 12 — entered the Administrative Block, where the Syndicate meeting was in progress, today.

The police had a tough time while setting up barricades to stop the students from entering the building.

The protesting students raised slogans against the police and the PU authorities.

The SFS representatives are protesting the proposed fee hike of 20 per cent for routine courses and 10 per cent for professional courses.

Earlier, the police and PU authorities ‘forcefully’ tried to hospitalise SFS representative Raminder, who is on an indefinite hunger strike since March 12. However, they failed to do so following resistance by the students.

SFS president Arishdeep said, “The Chandigarh Police have no right to interfere in the functioning of the university. Whenever students raise their voice, PU authorities use police force to threaten them.”

Even as the students were protesting for their rights, no Syndicate member came forward to offer assistance.

DSW Navdeep Goyal arrived at the spot and left without giving any assurance about taking up the matter with the authorities.

SFS leader Raminder said, “I will continue the hunger strike until the authorities take back their decision.”



Semester system in colleges: Syndicate puts issue on hold
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Ignoring the implications of a delay in taking a decision on the implementation of the semester system in colleges, the Syndicate did not raise the issue in the meeting held today.

The Syndicate members objected that as the agenda was sent in the supplementary part, they had ‘failed’ to go through it.

Owing to this, the issue will remain pending till the next meeting, scheduled for April 26.

Sources said PU will not be able to implement the semester system in the next session if the issue is not approved by the Syndicate and the Senate this month.

The final draft for the implementation of the semester system in colleges for the first-year students of BA, BCom and BSc was tabled in the meeting for approval. As per the proposed agenda, the university will frame a policy wherein a student can apply for re-evaluation within 15 days on the basis of result available on the internet.

Earlier, the university had a policy wherein after receiving the detailed mark sheet, the student could apply for re-evaluation within 21 days.

The committee approved the creation of an 
additional branch of Assistant Registrar for the semester system along with the appointment of 47 employees.

crux of the matter
PU will not be able to implement the semester system in the next session if the issue is not approved by the Syndicate and the Senate this month.

Decisions taken by syndicate
The university will draft a fresh three-year syllabus for the Bachelor of Physical Education course.
PU has adopted an academic performance indicator (API) with effect from August 1, 2013, for the appointment and promotion of principal, professor, associate professor and assistant professor.
The Syndicate approved two new courses — Retail Management and Tourism for the Post Graduate Government College (PGGC), Sector 11, and Software Development and Stock Marketing Trading and Operation for the Government College, Ludhiana, for the session 2014-15.



Youth fest from March 19
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Panjab University will organise its annual youth festival ‘Jhankaar-2014’ from March 19 to 22.

More than 30 cultural events will be organised for the event.

Various artistic and literary programmes, including poster making, graffiti, debate and Youth Congress, will form part of the festival. Cultural events such as the X Factor and street play competition will also be organised.

The main highlights will be the law events such as the Model United Nations, Extempore Moot Court Competition and Conference Client Counselling. The event will be a feather in the cap of Panjab University’s youth festival.



UT Subordinate Services Federation to seek 100% DA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
The UT Subordinate Services Federation will seek 100 per cent dearness allowance (DA), from the UT Administration.

This decision was taken at a meeting headed by union president Ranjit Singh along with general secretary Rajinder Kumar.

Their other demands include promotion of JBT teachers to the TGT level, regularisation of contractual teachers and daily-wage Class IV employees.

The union members will meet Director Public Instructions (DPI) to discuss their demands.

“We will meet the DPI and seek our rights. Our employees should be given 100 per cent DA similar on the lines of Central government employees. The union will also raise the issue of promoting JBT teachers to the TGT level and regularisation of contract teachers and daily-wage Class IV employees,” said Ranjit Singh.

“The employees on deputation have been given promotions but there has been a prolonged delay in our promotions,” said Kumar.



Annual day

Chandigarh: The tiny tots of Eurokids celebrated their annual day for the session 2013-14 at Moti Ram Arya School today. Students of all branches of Eurokids (Sectors 18 and 37 in Chandigarh and Sector 9 of Panchkula) took part in the event. India’s cultural heritage was portrayed beautifully through the dance drama, ‘Unity in diversity’. Students dressed as Radha-Krishna enthralled the audience with their dance on ‘Woh Kisna hai’. The programme concluded with a bhangra performance.

Graduation day

Gurukul Global School celebrated its two-day Annual Graduation Day ‘Accolades’. The function was organised to motivate tiny tots to participate in all activities. The function was held from March 14 to 15. Senior Superintendent of Police (operations), RS Ghumman was the chief guest. The students impressed the audience with their performance. Prizes were distributed among the pre-nursery and nursery students. The performance by KG students on Punjab’s culture impressed one and all.

Holi celebrations

The annual examinations concluded at Sherwood Convent School today. On the last day of their academic session 2014-15, students celebrated Holi and applied colours on each other.

Maths Olympiad

Mohali: Students of Paragoan Senior Secondary School, Sector 71, brought laurels to the school by bagging gold medals at the National Mathematics Olympaid (NMO), conducted by the All India School Mathematics Teachers Association. As many as 140 students from the school participated in the event. Of these, eight students scored 100 per cent marks, while 25 scored over 90 per cent.


The kindergarten wing of Doon International School visited the Children Traffic Park, Sector 23, today. The tiny tots walked on the flyover and learnt about the functioning of traffic lights. Deshraj, the head constable, educated them on the importance of traffic rules.

Graduation ceremony

Panchkula: Shishu Niketan Public School held its Graduation Ceremony for the tiny tots of the kindergarten section today. The event commenced with the students dancing on “Itni si khushi”. The other dance performance was on ‘Chand tare jeb mein.’ Dressed in western outfits, the students took part in a fashion show. The show was a perfect symphony of music, dance and games. Principal Ranjna Bakshi lauded the efforts of students and teachers.

Flower Holi

To celebrate Holi, the teachers of Blue Bird High School celebrated the festival with flowers today. The traditional sweet ‘Ghujiya’ was distributed among the staff members.

Seminar on joint problems

A seminar on bones and joints problems was organised at DAV Public Senior Public School, Surajpur. An informative session was held with Dr Sumit Mahajan, MS orthopaedician, Max Hospital, Mohali. The doctor apprised the staff about problems related to joints.

Graduation ceremony

The Sky World School, Sector 21, organised Graduation Ceremony for the tiny tots today. The students greeted their parents and received convocation rolls. Principal Santosh Bhandari lauded the students. — TNS



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