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Mystery shrouds girl’s death
Had gone to a guest house in Sector 43 with taxi driver, who has been arrested
Tribune News Service

Taxi driver Mohammad Arshad in police custody
Taxi driver Mohammad Arshad in police custody. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, May 14
A 22-year-old BA final-year student of Government College, Sector 42, died under mysterious circumstances at a room in a guest house in Sector 43 this morning. The victim, Babita Kashyap, a resident of Shanti Nagar in Mani Majra, had gone there with a youth who was known to her for the past two years.

The police have arrested the youth, 29-year-old Mohammad Arshad, a taxi driver in Palsora, in a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder under Section 304 of the IPC. The case has been registered at the Sector 36 police station.

The girl, Babita, went to a room in the guest house at the ISBT with her friend Arshad at 8.15 am this morning. Earlier, she went to the college where she spent five minutes and then planned to meet Arshad after he called her. The police said the girl reportedly had physical relations with him in the guest house room and then died as she allegedly consumed some intoxicant.

According to the statements given by Arshad to the police, the girl went to the washroom after having physical relations with him and complained of uneasiness after coming out. She was feeling nauseated and foam was oozing out of her mouth. She then collapsed following which Arshad called a taxi and took her to Government Multi-Speciality Hospital in Sector 16. She was declared brought dead at the hospital following which the police were called.

Following a complaint given by Babita’s brother to the police, Arshad was arrested. The police suspect Arshad gave the girl a drug or some intoxicant, which she consumed and died. The police interrogated Arshad during which he stated that he had physical relations with the girl, but denied having given her any intoxicant.

Deputy Suprintendant of Police (DSP) Surjit Malik said the postmortem would be conducted tomorrow and only then the exact cause of death would be known.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that the girl consumed a poisonous substance, resulting in her death. The youth has been arrested as he was with her. The girl's brother has stated that he poisoned her to death; we are investigating,” said Malik.

The police said Arshad, a taxi driver, was employed with the girl’s father, Balbir Kashyap, some time ago when he became friends with the girl.



Morni 'incident'
28-year-old woman arrested for concocting rape story
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 14
The Panchkula police today unearthed a scandal of a "rape victim" involved in the sensational Morni rape case by arresting her for allegedly cooking up a story and then demanding for Rs 1.5 crore to withdraw the case.

The, "victim", Priyanka (28), has been sent to judicial custody by the court, while the police has got the Dera Bassi-based realtor, Tony, against whom she had levelled false rape charges, discharged from the court. The police have not ruled out the possibility of other people being falsely implicated by the woman. She was arrested by the police from Panipat.

On March 6 this year, the woman complained that she came by a bus to Panchkula alone when on the pretext of offering her a job, she was taken to Morni by a Dera Bassi realtor who offered her tea laced with sedatives in a hotel there and then raped her.

The woman came under the scanner of the police after a complaint was received from realtor Tony's brother, who provided a recording to the police about the girl striking a deal. A probe was ordered into the matter.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Jagtar Singh said two more boys were involved in the conspiracy with the woman, who would be arrested soon.

"We conducted an inquiry and the mobile numbers of the victim were put on the tracking system. The deal was initially struck for Rs 20 lakh. She later raised the amount to Rs 1.5 crore after the case got highlighted," said Jagtar Singh.

On the day of the "incident", according to the police, no rape took place. The woman had come to the Industrial Area, Phase I, with two boys in a car, and then she met Tony. The duo had gone to Morni to see a property and had lunch in a hotel there, said the police.

"Priyanka was working with a property dealer, who was known to Tony. The duo spoke for the first time only once on March 2 regarding the sale of a property. They then met on March 6 on an official visit. There was no truth in the allegation that on the pretext of offering a job, he committed the crime," said Jagtar Singh.

The call details of the two other boys involved with her also matched with that of the woman on the day of the crime. The statements of hotel employees were recorded which also hinted that no such crime took place.

Fake ID cards used for getting SIM cards

Apart from charges of extortion and providing false information to the police, the woman has been booked for forgery as the SIM cards which she was using were procured on fake identity cards. Priyanka has been arrested under Sections 182, 120B, 388, 465 and 467 of the IPC.


Inspector Arvind, SHO of the Chandimandir police station, said they were trying to find out if some other people had also been falsely implicated by her.

Rape cases in which victims came under the scanner

In January this year, the Panchkula police arrested three persons, including a rape victim and a middleman, for taking Rs 2.3 lakh from the accused for deposing in his favour. A trap was laid by the police. The victim, a resident of Kalka, had got a youth booked on a charge of raping her on the pretext of marriage.

In August last year, the court had booked a 19-year-old girl for concocting a rape story against two executive engineers working with the PWD in Punjab.



Robber stabs woman in her house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
In a daring daylight incident, a 34-year-old widow was repeatedly stabbed by a robber who entered her house on the first floor in Sector 37 here today. The incident occurred at 12.30 pm when Radhika Mittal was resting.

The robber entered as the door was not locked and started abusing her. Radhika retaliated following which he tried to harass her, the police said.

The accused, 28-year-old Sagar Kumar, then threatened the woman and asked her to give him all her valuables and jewellery. Radhika raised the alarm and resisted the attack when Sagar pulled out a knife and attacked her. He stabbed her repeatedly on her back and feet. The accused then fled after leaving her bleeding and was later nabbed by neighbours and the beat police, who chased him after hearing the woman's screams.

Radhika was taken to the hospital, where she has been admitted.

Radhika’s husband, Pankaj, had died a few months ago and she was alone at her house at the time of the incident. Her children were away. Radhika stays on the first floor while her in-laws stay on the ground floor.

The police said accused Sagar’s maternal uncle was a resident of the same area and he used to come there often. He began eyeing the woman as he knew she stayed alone most of the time and thus planned to rob her.

The incident has shocked residents of the area who said they were no longer safe in their homes. The accused is a resident of Zira in Ferozepur and was unemployed for some time now.

The police have registered a case of house trespass after preparation for hurt (Section 452), wrongful confinement to extort property (347), robbery with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt (397) and sexual harassment (354) of the IPC in the matter.



Woman found murdered in Baltana
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 14
A 32-year-old woman was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend in Ravindra Enclave, Phase I, at Baltana near here. Her semi-naked and partially charred body was found on the floor of her house by the police this evening.

The incident came to light when her neighbourers complained of foul smell emanating from the house owned by Vikram Singh, a retired government employee, following which they informed the police.

A police team, lead by in charge of the Baltana police post Paramjit Singh, visited the spot and entered the house after beaking open the lock of the main gate. The police found the semi-naked body of a woman lying on the floor.

The police also found some burnt clothes indicated that the assailant tried to set the body afire. The incident occurred when Vikram Singh and his wife had gone to Uttarakhand while the woman was staying behind alone, the police said.

According to neighbourers, the woman was in a relationship with a youth, Amit, of the same locality and the couple was often seen together at the victim’s house, station house officer (SHO), Zirakpur, Ravinder Kumar said.

The station house officer said prima facie it appeared that the couple might have entered into a scuffle following which the youth forced her face into a bucket full of water, leading to her death. Later, he tried to set the body on fire to destroy evidence. The possibility of rape could not be ruled out, he said.

The station house officer said Amit was at large and efforts were on to arrest him.

“We are trying to locate the victim’s parents. The body has been sent to the morgue at the Dera Bassi Civil Hospital,” the station house officer said.

A case would be registered in this regard after the victim’s parents record their statement, said the station house officer.


Kirron ‘skips’ party meet
BJP had organised press meet to thank voters for their support
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
BJP candidate Kirron Kher was conspicuous by her absence during a media briefing called by Arti Mehra, the party’s national secretary and Chandigarh in charge, today to thank city voters for supporting the party in the Lok Sabha elections.

When questioned about the party candidate's absence, Mehra, said they did not invite her. However, later she claimed that Kher was busy with her shooting schedule due to which she could not turn up at the conference held at the BJP office in Sector 33 here. Notably, senior BJP leaders Satya Pal Jain and Harmohan Dhawan were also not present.

Jain, when contacted, said he was not invited to the press conference.

BJP’s city unit president Sanjay Tandon, senior deputy mayor Heera Negi and municipal councillor Arun Sood were, however, present in the conference.

Addressing mediapersons, Mehra said she wanted to convey gratitude to the senior leaders of the BJP, party workers and residents of Chandigarh for playing an important role in the process of selecting the right candidate to represent the City Beautiful. “We have been receiving an overwhelming response and the party is sure that Kirron Kher will win the seat,” she added.

Kirron not invited?

When questioned about the party candidate’s absence, Arti Mehra said they did not invite her. However, later she claimed that Kher was busy with her shooting schedule due to which she could not turn up at the conference, held at the BJP office in Sector 33.



Differences refuse to die down in BJP’s city unit
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
Differences within the BJP's city unit do not seem to end. After witnessing a revolt over the party’s choice of candidate for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, party leaders and workers are annoyed at the list of counting agents sent to the Returning Officer (RO) by BJP leader Satya Pal Jain, who is also Kher’s election agent, without consulting the party’s city president Sanjay Tandon.

The move witnessed a strong criticism during a meeting of the BJP’s core team, chaired by Arti Mehra, the party’s national secretary and Chandigarh in-charge, held at the party’s office in Sector 33 here today.

Party sources said in a meeting of office-bearers, it was decided that the five district presidents in the city would be giving five names each from their areas to be nominated as counting agents. However, the names were recommended without consulting the district presidents or the party’s city president. The list was sent to the RO on May 5.

Satya Pal Jain, when contacted, said the list of counting agents prepared by the party’s top leadership, including the candidate's name, was sent to him, which he forwarded to the RO.

Arti Mehra said it was an internal matter of the party and such incidents were not rare.

Being the election agent of BJP candidate Kirron Kher, the names of the counting agents were to be forwarded by Jain.

Sources said the party workers demanded that the incident should be taken up with the party high command.



Counting of votes: Security beefed up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
As many as 1,500 cops will be deployed across the city to maintain law and order on the day of counting of votes on May 16. The Chandigarh police officials stated that apart from heavy deployment of police force at the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET), Sector 26, where the counting of votes will be done, the police force would also be deployed outside the offices of the political parties.

Special arrangements have been made for the victory processions. Teams have been constituted that will move with the victory procession.

Officials stated that in a bid to ensure that the city roads were not jammed the traffic cops would be deployed at various locations to regulate the traffic.

Anti-riot vehicles, tear gas and water cannons will also be stationed outside the counting centre.

The police officials further stated that the roads leading to the counting centre would also be barricaded to avoid unwanted entry in the area.

Meanwhile, fire tenders and ambulance will also be stationed at the counting centre.



EC appoints counting observers
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 14
The Election Commission of India has appointed counting observers for the Kalka and Panchkula Constituency for the counting day on May 16.

SS Phulia, Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, said Kiran Kulkarni was appointed for Kalka and if anyone wanted to give information or make a complaint, they could call him on mobile no. 9465374170 (local) and 0202570900 (personal).

Similarly, Sudhir Kochar was appointed for Panchkula-02 constituency. He can be contacted on 09465374383 (local) and 9425018862.



Corruption in transfers
UT police begin investigation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
The Chandigarh Police have initiated a probe into the alleged corruption in its transfers. An SSP-rank officer is looking into a complaint in this regard. As a petition filed in public interest on the alleged irregularities in transfer policy by constable Jagjeet Singh came up for hearing today, the Punjab and Haryana High Court observed that action on the alleged irregularities pointed out by the petitioner was already in progress.

Disposing of the petition, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Arun Palli made it clear that “necessary exercise would be carried out under the overall supervision of UT IGP”. The Bench also directed that “conclusion of the inquiry be intimated to the petitioner”.

Earlier during the hearing, the petitioner told the court that he had submitted a representation to the Director, CBI, on December 5, 2013. The representation on alleged corruption in transfer policy was then marked to the UT IGP on February 10. He, in turn, appointed an SSP to inquire into the complaint.

The petitioner alleged, “A number of sensitive posts were deliberately declared non-sensitive. For instance, the post of OSI, which deals with more than 6,000 constables, was deliberately and wrongly declared non-sensitive to retain favourite officials on the sensitive seat for an unquestioned long period”.

He said senior officers in August 2012 were made aware of the discrepancies in transfer policy of Chandigarh Police through a research paper “Fair transfer; motivational veins”.

The paper concluded that some officials were being posted or transferred from sensitive to sensitive units time and again. The Police Establishment Board was taking the plea of operational and functional requirement vis-ŕ-vis availability of limited staff for police station duties.

Some police personnel were being transferred to the same unit after putting them under other units. “Police officials performing duties in the field do not know the terms such as operational and functional requirement. They only see same persons being posted or transferred again in the same units such as from traffic to traffic, police station to police station, PCR to PCR, police station to beat and beat to police station,” he said.



Shortage of spare parts hampers CTU bus service
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
As the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) is yet to get 49 midi buses, shortage of spare parts for a fleet of over 50 low-floor non-AC buses has been crippling the local service of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU).

All the stranded buses were running on the local routes. The frequency of buses on around 30 routes a day has been affected.

Not only the low-floor buses, as many as 10 AC mini buses were also stranded at the CTU workshops due to non-functional air conditioners. A few other buses are stranded at Depot No. 2 and Depot No. 3 due to the shortage of drivers and conductors.

The buses have been with the CTU for the past 10 years. It operates around 250 buses, including 100 red or green semi-low floor buses, and 34 mini AC buses on the local routes.

Over the past few days, around 20 semi-low floor buses are being parked at CTU workshops daily due to want of spare parts. As a result, the operational strength of buses, painted in white and blue, is decreasing on many routes.

CTU General Manager SPS Parmar was not available for comments.

The General Secretary of the CTU Workers Union, Jaswant Singh, said, “There was a problem in spare parts. The buses were old and were running on extended life,” he said.

Sources said over 119 semi-low floor buses were purchased in 2004-05 though the committee, which examined the initial lot of buses, had found discrepancies in it.

However, the Administration purchased the buses. There were frequent mechanical problems in the buses, due to which these had to be taken to workshops every few days.



demolition drive
A span of 5 days, a void for a lifetime
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
For Prem Shankar (34), who was rendered homeless along with his family during the demolition drive conducted by the Municipal Corporation last week, life has become an arduous journey. A rehriwala (vendor), Shankar was residing at Nehru Colony, Sector 53.

Little did he know that within a span of five days, his world would come crashing down. He lost his mother today.

Two days after the demolition drive, Shankar’s mother, Jaya Devi (55), who kept waiting for the house allotment for several hours, collapsed outside the SDM’s office in Sector 42 and sustained a head injury. She was rushed to the PGIMER where she was declared brain dead.

However, Shankar’s problems do not end here. He is yet to find a shelter for his two children. The family has nothing to eat and wear.

“My life is ruined. My father died ten years ago and I lost my mother today. I have no money to feed my children. I did not even have money to cremate my mother,” said Shankar as he came out of the Sector 36 police station requesting the police not to conduct his mother’s post-mortem since she had collapsed naturally.

“My mother died waiting that a pakka house would be allotted to us. We have been awaiting allotment since the past over 30 years,” he said.

“I have made some arrangements in a shelter home in Sohana for my children. I will try to pay off the fee from my wages tomorrow,” added Shankar.

Even as the Administration razed illegal colonies last week, the ambiguity in the rehabilitation system has shattered the lives of several others like Shankar.



One booth sealed in Sec 22
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
After taking action against commercial sites wherein buildings had been razed in violation of the building bylaws, the estate office has launched its drive against eating joints that have not been constructed as per the bylaws.

Beginning with Sector 22, the estate office team sealed a restaurant being run from a booth.

To take stringent action, a survey of the city is being conducted to ascertain such violations.



Building Bylaws
Traders’ body meets UT Finance Secretary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
A deputation of traders` association of Sector 17 lead by its president Kamaljit Singh Panchhi today met Saravjit Singh, UT Finance Secretary, to discuss issues related to the building bylaws.

In the meeting, the members said resentment prevailed among the trading community after the sealing drive conducted by the Enforcement Wing due to violations in buildings.

As the Administration is still trying to implement and rely upon building bylaws of the Punjab Capital Act-1952 — which indeed do not match with the existing set-up and structure in Chandigarh — the deputation members suggested that the rules framed under the Act be reviewed.

They also stated that the owner should be informed about the nature of the violation. “In case of a non-compoundable offence, one should be given sufficient time — at least 2 months — to get the same removed to avoid further complications,” they added.

The delegation members sought that a Building Bylaws Advisory Committee comprising traders, architects, industrialists and RWAs should hold quarterly meetings and discuss issues related to the building bylaws in Chandigarh.



UT awaits advanced life support ambulance
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
Even as the UT Health Department boasts of introducing the state-of-the-art health services in the city, the City Beautiful is still awaiting the advanced life support (ALS) ambulances — which can save patients in the golden hour.

Out of the 28 ambulances available at the city hospitals, only one has ALS features, but remains reserved for VVIP visits. Two years after the Punjab and Haryana High Court pulled up the UT Health Department officials for not improving the ambulance services, in response to a PIL filed by an NGO, the process of procurement is yet to be initiated.

The Health Department had submitted an affidavit in the HC last year, for adopting the best models from other parts of the country to improve ambulance services in the city.

Under the National Rural Health Mission, the budget for the purchase of 10 ambulances, including three ALS ambulances was allocated about eight months ago.

However, these are still to be procured as the specifications of the ambulances have not been approved yet.

UT Health Secretary Anil Kumar said, “We will purchase the ambulances after the elections. We have another ALS Ambulance, which should be used for the public when not on VVIP duties.”

At present, other than the ALS ambulance which is reserved for VVIPs, there is only one hi-tech ambulance owned by the PGIMER. However, this ambulance does not move beyond the PGIMER campus.



Public toilets: MC asks trader bodies to lend a helping hand
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
The Municipal Corporation (MC), Chandigarh, which shut 86 public toilets in the city for want of manpower, has offered market and shopkeeper associations to operate and maintain toilets till a new policy is finalised.

The toilets were taken over by the MC from Selvel Media Services Pvt Ltd, but it decided to lock them as the civil body did not have staff to maintain or operate them.

As many as 86 male staff members and as many female employees are required to operate the toilets in the city. Besides, 86 guards are needed for deployment during night hours.

MC Chief Engineer Mukesh Anand said to ensure that people don’t suffer, they had decided to offer operation of toilets to market associations till the time a policy was framed. “We are in the process of framing a policy, which has to be approved by either the General House or the Finance and Contract Committee of the MC," Anand said.

The Chief Engineer added that several market associations had expressed their willingness to operate toilets for the time being.

Members of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) also held a meeting to discuss the issue and decided that they will take over the toilets.

CBM president Charanjiv Singh said they had decided to take over the public toilets till the time the MC did not get enough staff. “The decision has been taken in the interest of visitors to the city markets," he said.

The market associations of sectors 11, 23, 24 and 44 have given their consent to operate the toilet blocks.



Major tragedy averted
16-wheel truck overturns at busy Majri Chowk in Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 14
A major tragedy was averted when a 14-wheel truck carrying a soap chemical overturned at the Majri Chowk in Panchkula this evening. The truck driver, Sher Singh, suffered minor injuries in the mishap. He was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6.

The chemical spilled out of the container onto the road giving a tough time to commuters.

The mishap led to traffic jam on the busy route.

Sector 5 police station SHO Inspector Malkiat Singh said the truck was shifted to a corner to ensure smooth flow of traffic on the route.

While taking a turn, the driver lost control over the vehicle and it overturned. The material was being transported from Gujarat to Baddi in Himachal Pradesh.



HSRPs: Violators to be challaned after August
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 14
Vehicle owners have been asked to get High Security Registration Plates (HSRPs) fixed by the end of August, after which the challaning of vehicles will be started, stated District Transport Officer (DTO) Pardeep Singh Dhillon here today.

The DTO said about 30,000 HSRPs had been fixed in Mohali district so far. He added that the State Transport Commissioner had already directed, as per the instruction of the Supreme Court of India, to do the work of fixing HSRPs on a war footing.

In Mohali district, about 10,000 HSRPs were ready for fixing. Dhillon appealed to the applicants to get these plates fixed at the earliest. He said to facilitate the general public, Padam Motors, Sahi Majra, and Gurdas Motor Workshop, Balongi, had been authorised for fixing HSRPs.

The DTO said besides, the work of fixing HSRPs was already being carried out at the bus stand near Phase VIII.



Mohali to wait for additional water from Kajauli waterworks
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 14
Residents of Mohali will not be able to get additional water from the Kajauli waterworks for the next three years as the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has not yet started the process of acquiring land for constructing a water treatment plant in Jandpur village.

Stating this at a press conference here on Tuesday, former municipal councillor Kuljit Singh Bedi said the work on laying of about 22 km of pipeline from the Kajauli waterworks by a private company was nearing completion. A stretch of 18 km had already been covered and the work was likely to be completed by August-end.

He said the GMADA had to construct the water treatment plant in Jandpur from where water was to be supplied to parts of Mohali. Since the development authority had still not started the process of acquiring about 80 acres for the treatment plant, residents would not be able to get the additional water till the project was completed by the GMADA, he added.



anand Marriage (amendment) Act
Amendment pushed Sikh community 40 years back, says SGPC member
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 14
Opposing the Anand Marriage (Amendment) Act, 2012, SGPC member Hardeep Singh said here today that by accepting it, the Sikh leadership had pushed the Sikh community 40 years back.

He said there was no big change under the amendment except for opening a register for Anand marriages. Not even the words Sikh marriage had been introduced, and it was still within the purview of the Hindu Marriage Act.

The Anand Marriage Act, 1909, which made marriages solemnised as per Anand “sanskar” as valid, was an independent Act. But the present amendment specifically mentions that the Hindu Marriage Act will be applicable to such marriages. By accepting the amendment, Sikhs accepted that they were a part of the Hindus.

The SGPC member said the Sikh community had been demanding that the Article 25-B of the Constitution be amended and an independent and complete “Sikh marriage act” be introduced for Anand marriages.

Despite the recommendations of the Justice MN Venkatachaliah Commission to amend the Article 25-B, leaders kept silent.

The SGPC member said former member of Rajya Sabha Tarlochan Singh never demanded a complete marriage act in the Upper House. He tabled the “dummy draft” for introducing a separate register for Sikhs under the same Hindu Marriage Act.

Hardeep Singh said it was for the SGPC chief and Tarlochan Singh to explain who was responsible for this fraud on the Sikh community.



Snake scare at hospital in Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 14
Panic gripped the visitors to the General Hospital here after a five-foot-long King Cobra was spotted near the training centre this morning. An alert was sounded after a few persons near the hospital canteen saw the reptile.

The local police were called to the spot, who further informed the forest officials. Senior officials of the hospital also reached the spot to take stock of the situation.

Ishwar Lal, a forest guard, and seized the reptile.

The hospital's rear side is full of bushes and it is believed that slithering visitor might have come from there.



Farewell for 4 PGI profs

Chandigarh, May 14
The faculty at the PGIMER bid farewell to Prof Jyotsna Wig, Prof SK Jindal, Prof S Prabhakar and Prof Ramesh Sen on their superannuation at the Lecture Theatre-I. Prof Yogesh Chawla, Director, PGI, presided over the function. Prof Amod Gupta, Dean PGI, was also present.

Dr Jyotsna Wig joined the institute as a House Surgeon in 1972. She joined as a consultant in April, 1978, and rose to the position of head, Department of Anaesthesia.

Dr SK Jindal joined the institute in January, 1972, and rose to the position of head, Pulmonary Medicine, in 1988. Dr S Prabhakar joined PGIMER in 1972 and rose to the level of professor & head, Department of Neurology in 1993.

Dr Ramesh Sen joined PGI in 1993. — TNS



Students’ future ‘demolished’
Residents of demolished colonies shift children to their native villages
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
There seems to be no end to the worries of residents of the recently demolished colonies. Unable to find rented accommodations for their families, they are now shifting their children to their native places.

Sunita Kandwal, principal of Government High School, Kajheri, said: “Since Monday, over five to six parents had approached the school to take transfer certificates of their wards”.

Kandwal said the parents claimed that they were shifting their children to their native villages.

A cursory look at the affairs showed that students across government schools at Kajheri, Sectors 52 and 53, who were residents of demolished colonies, including, Pandit, Kuldeep, Mazdoor, Nehru and Kajheri, were leaving the schools.

Raj Bala, principal of Government Model School, said: “A few parents have approached us to take their children out of the school. However, the number is still less. Usually during the summer break, parents take their wards back to villages”.

Anita Devi, mother of four school-going children, said: “Since we haven’t been able to find a rented accommodation for our family, we are planning to take the children back to our village and leave them there”.

Meanwhile, Madhu Bala, principal of Government Model School, Sector 52, said: “The parents have assured us that they will not let their children leave the school. Only a few parents have taken their children out of our school”.

Director Public Instructions (Schools) Kamlesh Kumar said: “The District Education Officer has been directed to ensure that no child of the shifted family should be denied admission to schools in the areas wherever they move out”.

He said a team had been constituted to keep a check on the number of new admissions of this sort.



Disaffiliation issue
Dhanwantry college students approach UT Administrator
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
Students of Shri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College, Sector 46, here, led by representatives of the Students’ Federation of India (SFI), today approached UT Administrator Shivraj Patil after they were left in the lurch due to the sudden disaffiliation of the college.

The affiliation of the college was in question for the past couple of years. Last month, the Panjab University Syndicate decided to withdraw the affiliation of the college.

“We requested the UT Administrator to help the students ensure that their examinations be conducted and degrees be issued by Panjab University. The conflict between the college management and the Panjab University authorities has put the career of 200 students at stake,” said Prabhpreet, president of the SFI, who accompanied the students.

One of the Dhanwantry students said: “Our admissions were made to the college on the basis of merit in the Common Entrance Test. When we joined the college, it was affiliated to Panjab University. Who will give us jobs if the university does not provide us degrees?”

The students said as a solution the university could set up a provisional centre within the PU campus for safeguarding those students who have already enrolled in the college for the Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine (BAMS) degree and close the college campus if there were deviations from the UGC norms by the management of the college.

The issue has been irking the students of the college for long. Six months ago, students of the college staged a massive protest at Panjab University over the delay in the declaration of results of the yearly examination by the PU. Water cannons were used to control the agitating students.



PU invites online applications for MEd
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
Panjab University has invited online applications for MEd admission to PU and a number of its affiliated colleges in Punjab and Chandigarh. The admissions will be done through entrance test and the students may apply up to June 10, 2014. The test will be conducted on July 6, 2014.

Panjab University has 105 MEd seats on the PU campus and 150 seats at PU’s University School of Open Learning. The prospectus and application forms are available on the Panjab University website, http://medadmissions.puchd.ac.in/index.php. The last date for the submission of online application to generate the bank challan is June 10, 2014, and the last date for the submission of fee in any branch of the SBI is June 13, 2014, till 4 PM.

The last date for the submission of fee details and uploading photographs, signatures with the rest of the information on the website is June 17, 2014.

“e-admit cards will be available on the website on June 27, 2014. Admit cards will be required to be downloaded from the website by the candidate using his/her own login and password as provided while generating the bank challan. There will be no physical communication for this purpose,” said a spokesperson for the Panjab University.

The candidates appearing/ appeared for the BEd examination of any recognised university in June 2014 are also eligible provisionally to appear for the MEd entrance test at their own risk and responsibility.

The admission of this category of candidates to the test would be purely provisional and would stand cancelled if they fail to obtain the said qualification with the requisite percentage of marks positively before the date of counselling or on the date of interview for admission to the MEd course, the spokesperson said.

The students have been advised to regularly update themselves from the MEd admission website.



SIE changes counselling pattern
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
In an effort to broaden the horizon of career options for students, the State Institute of Education (SIE), Sector 32, here, has changed its counselling pattern. According to the new format, the counsellors are now guiding the students about various subject combinations they can opt for rather than just one particular stream.

While giving an insight into the new process, Surender S Dahiya, director of the institute, said: “The students who approach us are the ones who usually have confusion between opting science stream and commerce stream. Every stream has various subject combinations and even at the graduation level, universities offer diverse subject combinations. Therefore, from this year onwards we have started counselling students on the basis of the subject combinations they can opt for rather than specific streams.”

The institute conducts a psychometric test for ICSE students from Class VIII onwards and for CBSE students from Class IX to the PG level. The counselling session is done in three phases.

Institute counsellor Surinder Pal Sharma said: “Teachers in schools often misguide students that those who score more than 90 per cent marks should opt for science. However, students should not opt for streams based upon the scholastic performance but on the basis of their interest, skills and aptitude.”

The counsellors said the trend of students opting for medical and commerce streams was reviving again. However, inclination towards non-medical stream was still the highest.

Gurpreet Kaur, another counsellor at the institute, said: “Considering the ability of the students, we guide them about various subject combinations possible for them, ranging from science, humanities and commerce. We want the students to explore as many options as possible as well as grow as individuals.”

She said the parents who were approaching the centre for counselling had become more flexible as compared to the earlier times.

“Though there is still peer and parent pressure on the students till date, parents are more flexible in their approach now,” she said.



GMSH-16 nurse gets national award from President
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 14
President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the National Florence Nightingale Award-2014 on Kailash Rashid Mashi, staff nurse, Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, Chandigarh, at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Monday.

Kailash Rashid Mashi has been providing exemplary services to patients.

She underwent training to counsel people living with HIV/AIDS in 1997 at a time when HIV/AIDS was extremely stigmatised, even among the fraternity of health service providers.

Kailash Rashid Mashi has been an active member in the functioning of the hospital and is willing to undertake responsibilities, that too beyond her described duties.



128 students get placement
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 14
The Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC), Jhanjeri, organised a placement drive. Various companies selected 128 MBA and engineering students of different colleges during the drive. A number of offers were made by different companies.

Genpact selected 27 students, Tommy Hilfiger 24, Just Dial 24, Cera Sanitaryware 16, Cara Info Solutions 10, Main Tech Technologies 8, Religare Enterprises 7, Decathlon Sports 5, Teleperformance India 4 and Telecom Network Solutions 3 students.

The final results of Ideas Design Solutions and Vault up Technologies are still awaited.



Akademi’s annual brochure released

Chandigarh, May 14
The Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi held its annual round-up here today. Manju Jaidka, chairperson of the akademi, gave a power-point presentation, which showed the highlights of the year.

KK Sharma, adviser to the Administrator, who was the chief guest, released the annual brochure of the akademi. He also appreciated the efforts of the akademi.

The function included a presentation by Anita Krishan, author of “Tears of Jhelum”. Four books published with the assistance of the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi were also released by KK Sharma during the event. The authors included Yojana Rawat, Sandeep Bhatia, Sukhwinder Mann and Geeta Devi. The chairperson of the akademi said a creative writing workshop for children between 10 and 15 years would be held from May 26 to May 30. — TNS



Slogan-writing competition

Chandigarh: MDAV, Sector 22, organised a slogan-writing competition to mark Technology day. Students from Classes VI to X participated in the competition. Teachers organised a special assembly where students were briefed about the development of modern technology. The students, through their slogans, emphasised the advancement of modern technology.

Mother’s Day celebrated

Ryan International School, Sector 49, celebrated Mother’s Day on its campus. Classrooms and corridors were decorated with flowers and buntings. Quotes on Mother’s Day were put on walls and boards. Games and fun-filled activities were the main attractions of the day. Mothers sang songs for their children. Prizes were distributed among the winners of various games.

Eye check-up camp

AKSIPS-45 organised an eye check-up camp on its campus. The motive was to create awareness about eye care among students and staff members. The camp was held in association with Grewal Eye Institute. Ophthalmologists apprised the students of common eye problems, their prevention and care through a presentation. Right posture, correct distance from screen and light exercising at regular intervals were suggested to avoid eye problems. A team of doctors examined the eyes of the students as well as the staff members.

Children express gratitude to mothers

Mohali: Students of Gem Public Senior Secondary School celebrated Mother's Day with enthusiasm on the campus. Junior section of the school celebrated Mother's Day as Red Day. The children came dresses in red attires with red balloons in their hands. Teachers made the day memorable by dancing with students. Senior students made cards for their mothers. Children expressed their feelings on the “place of mothers in their life” through creative writing.

Investiture ceremony

Mata Sahib Kaur School held an investiture ceremony to nominate students for various appointments at the school. The function began with the school song. The newly elected members of the council were conferred badges and flags by principal Ranjit Kaur. A prayer service was conducted by the principal, who also administered the oath to the office-bearers. While congratulating the badge holders, the principal encouraged them to shoulder their duties with loyalty, truth and honour. She inspired the students to develop the qualities of leadership in themselves and stressed upon the need to assume responsibilities by each one in the interest of the school.

Debate contest

Panchkula: St Xavier’s High School organised an inter-house debate competition for the students of Classes VI to X. The students of four houses competed with each other in a contemporary and thought-provoking manner. The highlight of the activity was the rebuttal during the debate. The vigour and enthusiasm in the participants showed that they completely believed in what they said. A tough competition was witnessed during the debate. Principal George S Shear praised the students and motivated them to voice their opinion. He praised the dynamism of the students.

Role of mothers highlighted

Mother’s Day was celebrated at Blue Bird School to adore the role of mothers in a child’s life. To spread the message on the importance of mothers in our lives, a special assembly was organised by Red House. Students from Classes I to V recited poems and group songs highlighting the role of mothers. Students of Classes VI to VIII presented a skit, which also aimed at depicting loving and selfless service a mother renders in the life of her children. Students from Classes IX to X delivered speeches and prepared gifts for their mothers. The programme concluded with a speech by principal Vandana Bhatnagar. The principal told the children to realise the selfless sacrifices of their mothers. — TNS



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