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BJP youth leader gunned down
Father, brother injured by assailants at Manav Colony near Saketri; 5 detained
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Two of the accused detained by the Panchkula police in the murder case.
Two of the accused detained by the Panchkula police in the murder case.

Panchkula, May 26
A youth leader of the Panchkula unit of the BJP was shot dead while his younger brother and father were injured seriously when a group of youths, equipped with firearms and sharp weapons, attacked the family at their residence in Manav Colony near Saketri village late last night.

The incident occurred just 500 metres away from the office of the Commissioner of Police, Panchkula, and the Mansa Devi Complex police station at about 1.45 am.

Blood stains on the floor at the crime spot in Manav Colony near Saketri.
Blood stains on the floor at the crime spot in Manav Colony near Saketri. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Ashutosh Bhardwaj (25) and his younger brother Rahul Bhardwaj (23) were asleep in a room on the first floor when the armed assailants entered the house after scaling the boundary wall.

The assailants entered the room and one of them fired a gunshot on the right side of Ashutosh’s chest while the others attacked both brothers with sharp weapons, leaving them with serious injuries all over their bodies.

Hearing the shrieks of his sons, Krishan Bhardwaj, who was sleeping on the ground floor along with his wife Geeta, rushed to the rescue of his sons, but he, too, was attacked by the armed youths. He sustained injuries on his legs and heel.

Ashutosh’s wife Neeru, who had given birth to a baby girl 10 days ago, was sleeping with her infant and two-year-old daughter on the ground floor.

Hearing the shrieks, some jhuggi-dwellers, residing nearby, rushed to the spot, but by then the assailants managed to flee from the spot by jumping down from the terrace of a neighbouring house.

One of their accomplices, however, was caught by Rahul and his father with the help of the public. They managed to confine the assailant in a washroom. He was later taken by the police into custody.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Dilbagh Bhardwaj, bother of Krishan, said the assailant fired two gunshots. “One bullet pierced through Ashutosh’s chest, while the second was a misfire. While fleeing from the spot, the assailants left behind a sword.

According to eyewitnesses, a woman was allegedly monitoring the killer attack from a distance and telling the assailants in a loud voice to ensure that "no one remains alive in the house".

The injured were taken to the Civil Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, from where doctors referred them to the PGI. After reaching the Emergency, Ashutosh succumbed to his injuries, while Rahul and his father were discharged after treatment.

The body was later handed over to the family after a postmortem examination at the Civil Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, this evening.

A PCR team of the Haryana police was the first to reach the crime spot. Later, Assistant Commissioners of Police Jagtar Singh and Arshdeep Singh also reached the spot and took the assailant, who was caught, in police custody.

The police reportedly recovered a live cartridge and a shell from the room. A sword was found on the terrace of the neighbouring house from where the assailants escaped.

A team of forensic experts also visited the site and collected blood samples and fingerprints.

The police claim to have detained five suspects in the case. A case under Sections 148, 149, 323, 452 and 302 of the IPC and under the Arms Act has been registered at the Mansa Devi Complex police station.

The case was later shifted to the CIA staff of the Panchkula police.

Irate residents hold protest

Angry over the killing, residents of Manav Colony held a protest outside the Mansa Devi Complex police station for over three hours, demanding the arrest of all the accused, who belong to the same colony.

Leaders from various political parties, including Vishal Seth, district president of the BJP, Gian Chand Gupta, senior BJP leader, DK Bansal, Congress MLA from Panchkula, Pradeep Chaudhary, INLD MLA, Kalka, and Manoj Aggarwal, senior INLD leader, visited the police station and expressed solidarity with the grief-stricken family.

Apprehending violence, DCP Ashwin Shenvi, ACPs Jagtar Singh and Arshdeep Singh reached the police station and deployed a heavy police force to avoid any untoward incident.

BJP leader alleges misbehaviour by ACP

ACP Arshdeep Singh allegedly misbehaved with senior BJP leader Gian Chand Gupta while he was accompanying the family members of the victim at the Mansa Devi Complex police station during the protest.

The problem started when the ACP allegedly called the leader "chor". Seth and Gupta met Ajay Singal, Commissioner of Police, Panchkula, and complained against Arshdeep.

BJP gives bandh call for today

Angered over the alleged misbehaviour by a senior police officer with a senior party leader, the BJP has given a call for bandh in the city tomorrow. Ram Vilas Sharma, Haryana in charge of the party, will visit the party office in Panchkula tomorrow to plan the future course of action in this regard.

Enmity between 2 families
Residents said the murder was planned and the reason was enmity between two families. The victims and the assailants were known to each other and their relations had turned sour during the past couple of years. Two cases were registered against members of both families in the past. A case was registered in November 2013 after boys of both families indulged in a scuffle near a water tank. On April 10, the date of polling for the Lok Sabha elections in Panchkula, the boys yet again entered into a scuffle at a polling booth following which a case was registered against both parties.



Karate gold medallist arrested with heroin worth Rs 1 crore
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 26
Balbir Singh, alias Balla (28), who reportedly won top honours in an international karate meet, Asia Cup, 2012, held at the PAP, Jalandhar, landed in the police net in Mohali late last night. The police have recovered 150 gm of heroin, worth around Rs 1 crore, from his possession. The heroin was to be supplied to certain persons in the area.

Balla, a resident of Bhojra village in Tarn Taran district, was arrested on a tip-off near Cheema Hospital at Phase IV here.

According to Sub-Inspector Rajeev Kumar, SHO of the Phase I police station, Balla was going somewhere on foot when the police arrested him.

“We seized a polythene packet from his pocket, which contained the drug,” said the SHO.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Balla said unemployment led him to the crime. “I had won the gold medal in the Asia Cup karate championship, held at the PAP, Jalandhar, in 2012. Even after that, I could not get a job. I finally ended up supplying drugs in a bid to earn a handsome livelihood for my family,” said Balla, who is matriculate and son of a former subedar. Balla is married and has a daughter.

The SHO said the police were trying to find out the persons for whom the contraband was meant.

“We have registered a case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act against the accused,” he said.



Leasehold Flats
UT told to finalise conversion rates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Chandigarh Administration to finalise the rates of conversion from leasehold to freehold for flats in cooperative house building societies.

For the purpose, the High Court has set a four-month deadline. The directions by the Division Bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice Lias Gill came on a petition filed by Sudesh Goyal.

The petitioner had submitted that the Registrar, Cooperative Societies-cum-UT Deputy

Commissioner had, in his order dated January 7, directed the Estate Officer against registering transfer of flats in any cooperative house building societies till the Chandigarh Administration revised the conversion rates.

The petitioner alleged that she suffered serious prejudice due to the restraint on transfer of flats in the cooperative house building societies.

Going into the background of the matter, the petitioner contended that she entered into an agreement for transfer of her plot in the Advocates' Society, Sector 49-A, Chandigarh, on January 2.

However, the purchaser of her flat did not come forward to pay the balance amount due to the order dated January 7.


Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony
Residents glued to television sets
LCDs installed, sweets, tea distributed in various markets of the City Beautiful
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
There was excitement among city residents to see Narendra Damodardas Modi (63), being sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of India, on their TV screens.

While some completed their work early, some witnessed the swearing-in ceremony with their friends, but they did not miss the opportunity to watch Modi take oath live on television.

Be it student, working class or senior citizens, people from all walks of life saw the swearing-in ceremony. It was not only the local unit of BJP, who had made arrangements to see Modi live on TV at the party office in Sector 33 but arrangements were also made in various markets of Sectors 15, , 23, 29, 44 and 51 where shopkeepers had installed LCD screens to see the ceremony and even distributed sweets.

Not only in the markets, but at restaurants, food joints, people were seen glued to the TV screens. Mannat Arora, a young woman entrepreneur, said today she completed her work early and reached home before 6 pm. Along with her parents she saw the glittering function at Rashtrapati Bhawan. She said she had lots of hope from Modi, she said.

Echoing similar view, Mukesh Goyal, a businessman of Sector 44, said today they distributed sweets and ladoos in the market as history was made with Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. Now, they are hopeful that the Modi government will bring about a change in the system, he said.

Residents even watched the function on TV screens along with their friends. Dalip Singh, a resident of Sector 47, said he watched Modi’s swearing-in ceremony on TV screen with his friends. There were some important work in the evening, but he preferred to see the ceremony. They even distributed sweets to friends and public, he said.

BJP celebrates in a big way
The local unit of BJP had arranged a live telecast of Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony as the Prime Minister of India at the party office, Kamlam, in Sector 33, which was attended by party workers. On the occasion, laddoos were distributed and the party workers burst crackers. Besides, BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi had organised “Chai with Modi sarkar” in the Sector 15 market. Senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan also attended various functions across the city markets, wherein people distributed sweets. A programme in Sector 29 was also organised by BJP district president Shakti Devshali.Party’s city unit president Sanjay Tandon who was in Delhi to attend the ceremony, expressed hope that the country under Modi would usher in a new era.



Residents glum as Kirron doesn’t get ministerial berth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
Even as there is disappointment among city residents over city MP, Kirron Kher not being given a ministerial berth in today, a ray of hope has emerged with Rajnath Singh being given the charge of Home Ministry.

While the BJP leader, Harmohan Dhawan was the Union Aviation Minister, former Congress MP Pawan Kumar Bansal held different portfolios including that of the Railways. Kirron Kher has not been able to a bag ministerial berth in Modi government.

But more than appointing the city MP as a minister, the residents wanted UT officials to act and deliver. Since most of the problems related to the functioning of the Chandigarh Administration arerelated to the Ministry of Home Affairs, persons close to Rajnath Singh expect an efficient team of bureaucrats to propel the development of the city.

Vineet Joshi, national spokesman, BJP Kissan Morcha and media in charge of Rajnath Singh in the 2006 elections, said the residents could hope for officers who would deliver. Joshi was among the persons who was invited to attend the oath ceremony at Delhi.



‘Protect’ Mayor’s post, Cong tells its councillors
No-confidence motion likely in upcoming MC meeting
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
Anticipating that after winning the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat after a gap of 15 years, the BJP can bring a no-confidence motion against sitting Congress Mayor Harphool Kalyan in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC), the Congress has started its work to protect the Mayor’s seat in the municipal corporation.

Recently, the local Congress unit directed its councillors in the MC, to protect Mayor’s post if the BJP brought in the no-confidence motion. The BJP is likely to bring in the no-confidence motion in the upcoming MC House meeting.

The Congress has already lost the post of the Senior Deputy Mayor and the Deputy Mayor to the BJP in the mayoral elections, which were held on January 1. Cross-voting was one of the reasons for the defeat of Congress candidates.

Now, with the victory of newly elected MP Kirron Kher, the BJP-SAD alliance has 13 members in the MC House, since the MP is also the ex-officio member of the MC House. Recently, Independent councillor Gurcharan Das Kala also joined the BJP.

In a 36-member MC House, the BJP needs a simple majority or two-third votes of members present in the House to bring a no-confidence motion. Now, in the MC, the BJP-SAD alliance has 13 votes, the BSP two votes, the Congress 12 votes and nine votes belong to the nominated councillors.

What the Act says
According to Section 39 of the Punjab Municipal Act, a councillor holding the office of a Mayor or Senior Deputy Mayor or Deputy Mayor may be removed from his office by a resolution of the corporation passed by a majority of the total membership of the corporation and by a majority of not less than two-third members of the corporation present and voting in a meeting of the corporation in the prescribed manner.

Sources said the BJP was banking on the support of the nine nominated councillors, who were now likely to change their loyalties with the Congress, after the defeat of Pawan Kumar Bansal. Besides, the BJP is also hopeful of the BSP’s support and cross-voting in the Congress.

Trouble for BB Behl?
If the BJP will be able to remove the Congress Mayor through a no confidence motion, chances of some Congress leaders will become bright, as they will become contenders for the post of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) president. At present, senior Congressman BB Behl is holding the post for the last 14 years. Number of Congress leaders who are eyeing the post can point out before the party high command the back-to-back defeat in the Lok Sabha elections and the MC’s no confidence motion, under the presidentship of Behl. Before, the Lok Sabha elections, many Congress leaders had questioned the functioning of the local Congress unit.



pending dues
Excise Dept blacklists 18 liquor contractors
Barred from taking part in bids for vends today; can’t dispose of moveable and immovable properties
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
A week ahead of the beginning of the new excise policy 2014-2015, the UT Excise and Taxation Department has blacklisted at least 18 liquor contractors who had failed to clear dues to the tune of Rs 3.40 crore.

The defaulters have not only been barred from participating in tomorrow’s process for allotment of vends in the city but have also been stopped from disposing of their movable and immovable properties.

After giving ample opportunities to the excise licencees, who had failed to clear their dues for the year 2012-2013, the department has now blacklisted them. This list of defaulters does not include the licencees of the year 2013-2014, who owe another over Rs 3 crore to the department.

“Though the total pending dues against the defaulters was Rs 8.33 crore, the department managed to recover Rs 4.93 crore,” said Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner Ashok Bhalla.

Among the main defaulters are Davinder Singh (Rs 1.95 crore), Inder Enterprises (Rs 66 lakh) and Kashnir Singh (Rs 39 lakh).

Officials in the Excise Department disclose that under the Land Revenue Act, the deputy commissioners of Chandigarh and Mohali have been requested not to allow transfer of their moveable and immovable properties.

No takers for 54 liquor vends in city

For allotment of 173 liquor vends, both IMFL and country, the UT Excise Department has received applications only for 119 vends. Today was the last date to apply for vends under the new excise policy 2014-15.

Of the total 188 applications received, 91 are for IMFL liquor vends and 28 are for country liquor vends.

Officials say the poor response was due to the fact that the number of vends had been reduced from 217 to 173 in the new policy.

The process for opening of bids would be held tomorrow.



inspection of dispensaries
Health team submits its final report
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Key findings of the report

Sanitation was a casualty at all dispensaries.
Health centre, Kaimbwala: Doctor, pharmacist, ANM found absent.
Punjab & Haryana High Court dispensary: Found closed.
Dhanas dispensary: Doctor, pharmacist, data-entry operator, NRHM staff absent
Dhanas rehab colony: Doctor, safaikaramchari absent; patients complained of regular unavailability of doctor
Ram Darbar dispensary: Doctor, technician absent
Ram Darbar ayurvedic unit: Doctor absent
Mauli Jagran dispensary: One of the two doctors, safaikaramchari, malaria unit and TB unit staff absent.
Civil Hospital, Sector 22: SMO, ECG staff, lab technician absent.


All doctors must get their leaves sanctioned, else they should be considered absent.
Group D employees need to be instructed to wear uniforms.
Safaikaramcharis must be told to maintain hygiene.
A security guard should be provided in Civil Dispensary, Sector 22, for better vigilance in the gynaecology ward.
One helper should be provided for ambulance at the Civil Hospital, Mani Majra.

Chandigarh, May 26
The team of the UT Health Department, which found a majority of doctors “absent” during a surprise inspection at civil dispensaries in the city a few weeks ago, today submitted its final report to the UT Health Secretary.

The team has recommended that those who were working on deputation and found absent should be repatriated as “disciplinary action” and a show-cause notice be served on others.

The report stated, “In all dispensaries, it was found that most of the doctors were on leave without getting it sanctioned from the competent authority.”

"Their leave applications were placed in the attendance registers and were shown to the inspecting team. But these were not sanctioned by the competent authority, which means these applications are emergency devices either written by someone else or kept on record for such an eventuality and if nobody checks, these could be destroyed later," the inspection team noted in the report, a copy of which is with Chandigarh Tribune.

On the action part, the report stated, “In all these cases, those on deputation need to be repatriated for demonstrative effect and substitutes be called.”

Ten days ago, an interim report of the inspection was submitted to the UT Health Secretary.

The team headed by Joint Health Secretary SK Setia had inspected 13 health centres a few weeks ago.



Bal niketan incident
Child rights panel summons 4 cops
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
The Chandigarh Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR) has summoned four UT police officials in a case wherein cops visited the Children’s Home for Girls (earlier Bal Niketan), Sector 15, in uniform.

The commission chairperson professor Devi Sirohi has directed SHOs Malkit Singh and Dalbir Singh along with police constables Sudesh and Jyoti, who were part of the team investigating the Bal Niketan case, to appear for a hearing on June 26, 2014.

Sirohi revealed that inquiry officer Aarti Goyal, who appeared before the commission today, was clueless about the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act according to which police officials cannot enter the child destitute home in police uniform for the purpose of investigation. She informed the commission that Dalbir Singh had deployed her to investigate and record the statements in the case.

Aarti Goyal further failed to inform the commission whether the police department had any special juvenile unit in Chandigarh and if it had, who was heading it.

Professor Devi Sirohi said SHO Malkit Singh who was also asked to appear today had sent a letter that due to some urgent work, he would not be able to appear for the hearing.

On April 22, the UT police had booked Bal Niketan supervisor Manish Kumar under Sections 354 and 354 A of the IPC, and Section 12 of the POCSO Act. Besides Kumar, the role of two women caretakers, Manjeet and Meena, is also being investigated for alleged negligence.

The victims had submitted a written complaint at the public window of the police headquarters and child-line 1098 against the supervisor. The girls had complained that they were sexually assaulted, beaten up, tortured and intimidated by the supervisor after which the police investigated the case.



Demolition: Sports couple tries to surrender medals in protest
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 26
Carrying their medals, Bhim Award winner hockey player and her husband, an international rowing player, protested against demolition of the boundary wall of their house at Chowki village by Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) on Saturday.

Kamla Dalal, a former national hockey player, and Gurjinder Cheema along with a number of others met the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Dr SS Phulia, and tried to surrender their medals.

The DC, however, told them that the boundary wall was constructed in violation of the stay orders issued by the court.

Memorandum submitted

A delegation of Shivalik Vikas Manch, led by Vijay Bansal, today met the DC and gave him a memorandum appealing not to demolish structures constructed outside the 'Lala Dora' in villages until the government issues a notification in this regard.

He also appraised the DC about a PIL filed by him in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2010 following which the court ordered the Haryana government to raise the limits of Lal Dora.

Bansal said if the government officials launched any drive to raze constructions outside the Lal Dora, the Manch will move court and file petitions against the officers concerned for the contempt of court.



Tribune staffer manhandled as Kings XI Punjab team leaves
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
Unpleasant scenes were witnessed as Kings XI Punjab team left the hotel in the city where they had been putting up. A supporting staff of the team misbehaved with a photojournalist of The Tribune while the staff at the hotel manhandled him. The team left for Kolkata at 8.30 am.

Kings XI Punjab will play its first play-off match against Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday.

Before leaving, a supporting staff of the team, who claimed to be the security head, misbehaved with the photojournalist and the hotel staff manhandled him and tried to damage his camera.

The police personnel deployed there acted as a mute spectator.

"We have not allowed any mediaperson on the hotel premises for the last three and a half years. And you (the journalist) are also not allowed to cover anything," said a staff member who claimed to be the head at that hour.

The staff member, however, failed to reply when asked if covering the event was not permissible then why the journalist was allowed to enter the hotel with a camera.



Rotary Club honours 5 residents with Vocational Service Award
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
The Rotary Club, Chandigarh, honoured five citizens with the Vocational Service Award for going beyond their call of duty.

Dr Anuradha Sharma, a doctorate in Chemistry and working as Associate Professor in Government College, Sector 11. She founded 'Hamari Kaksha' in 2003 to teach underprivileged children and today it has been providing surrogate parenting to nearly 700 children at its five branches.

Constable Anuj Kumar posted at Sukhna Lake was honoured for showing exemplary character by returning money and other valuables to their owners who had lost them at the lake.

Fireman Sunil Kumar, posted at the Fire Station in Sector 11, showed exemplary courage by rescuing many persons when the chlorine-filled container of a heavy vehicle burst on the road separating Sectors 23 and 24 near Hotel Parkview.

Ramandeep Kaur, a Nursing Sister Grade II working at PGIMER, was honoured for her selfless service in promoting organ donation.

Harpal Singh of the Chhatbir Zoo was honoured for his efforts towards conservation of wildlife.



Exercise regimen can help prevent knee replacement
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
For 58-year-old Vijay Kumari (knee arthritis patient), who was recommended a total knee replacement at the PGIMER a few months ago -- to overcome immense pain in knees and inability to walk freely -- compliance to correct exercises for about 3 months as well as her daughter-in-laws’ motivation did wonders to her.

Vijay does not require total knee replacement anymore.

Tired of the indigenous treatment for the last couple of years, she went to the PGIMER four months ago.

The doctor’s recommendation of a total knee replacement was no less than a shock to her.

Before knee replacement, she was directed to follow a correct exercise regimen.

While moving her legs without support had become almost “impossible” for her, her daughter-in-law Jyoti Sharma took up the responsibility of taking her regularly to a workshop at PGI. She also ensured a two-hour exercise regimen everyday at their residence in Mani Majra.

“I had put on a lot of weight due to the indigenous medicine and my movement was restricted. But, now, the exercises have not only strengthened my knees but also helped me reduce weight,” said Vijay.

More than 100 other patients like her also enrolled in the project introduced by a Phd student, Dr Meenakshi Sharma, under the guidance of Prof Mandeep Dhillon (orthopaedics) and Prof Amarjeet Singh (community medicine) for the past three months and showed considerable improvement.

Videos distributed free of cost
In view of time limitation in OPDs, PGI doctors have started distributing copies of video demonstration to all patients, to help them exercise properly. As knee arthritis patients displayed too much self-sympathy and restricted body movement, making them physically and mentally weaker, experts at the PGIMER are providing videos free of cost.

New project in the offing
A new project, on the same lines, has been funded by UT Administration and Ministry for Science and Technology. The enrolment is still on and patients aged above 65 years can enrol.



CHB Subdivisional Engineer suspended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
A Subdivisional Engineer with the Chandigarh Housing Board, Kailash Garg, has been placed under suspension by the Chief Executive Officer of the Chandigarh Housing Board.

While suspending the Subdivisional Engineer , the Secretary has ordered disciplinary proceedings for major penalty.



Cong leader’s murder
5 days on, Mohali police still clueless
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 26
After five days of recovering the decomposed body of Congress leader Rajwant Singh Shergill, the Mohali Police are yet to get any vital lead to work out the sensational blind murder case so far.

The police, which earlier were sure of solving the case within 24 hours after recovering the body on May 21 morning, are now cross-questioning close relatives of the victim, including his wife.

Confirming the development, Mohali Superintendent of Police (City 1) Swarndeep Singh said the police have cross-questioned the victim’s wife and his other close relatives today.

“During the process, we came to know about some facts, which needed to be probed thoroughly,” said SP Swarndeep Singh. The SP said his wife told the police that she was aware of only two-three mobile phone numbers of her husband.

“We have recovered around nine SIM cards, which were being used by Shergill. His wife claimed that except two or three mobile phone numbers of Shergill, she was ignorant of the rest,” he said.

The police have also recovered one more cellphone from the Ertiga SUV, in which the Shegill’s body was found.

“Prima facie, it seemed that the cellphone belonged to Shergill. As the cellphone has been damaged due to heat in the vehicle, we are taking help of the CFSL to get further details related to the cellphone,” said the SP.

While the Mohali Police are working hard to solve this case, there are many blind murder cases which they had failed to solve till date. These include Airtel’s deputy general manager Sameer Watts, Panchkula-based realtor Suresh Kumar and mysterious death of Anuradha Bali, aka Fiza, estranged wife of Haryana’s former Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan, aka Chand Mohammad.

past incidents that are yet to be solved

Sameer Watts case
Sameer Watts, who was working as the DGM, Airtel, was shot dead at point-blank range on March 12, 2009, near Cosmo Hospital, Phase VIII, Mohali.

Suresh Kumar case
The charred body of Suresh Kumar (26) was found in a burnt white Maruti Swift car on the Chandigarh-Siswan road on November 26, 2010.

Fiza case
The highly decomposed body of Anuradha Bali, aka Fiza, estranged wife of Haryana’s former Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan, aka Chand Mohammad, was found in the bedroom of her residence at Sector 48, here about 21 months ago.



Development works to begin at Banur town
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 26
The District Administration is all set to start development works at Banur town. Following a meeting with officials of the Municipal Council, Banur, at the District Administrative Complex today, Mohali Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu issued directions to them to start special sanitation cleanliness drive, proper cleanliness of roads and drains and management of waste water to minimise the damage during monsoons.

The council has also been asked to start laying premix within a week on the main road approaching towards the Grain Market. The estimated cost of the road is Rs 47 lakh.

A decision on enhancing the beauty of the MC Park with the installation of a musical fountain was also taken at the meeting.

Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said Rs 4.13 crore were spent on development works in the town last year.



Punbus, ASHA workers support 108 ambulance employees’ stir
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 26
Drivers and staff of 108 ambulances, who continued their strike on the fourth day today, got a boost when the Punbus Workers Union and ASHA workers supported their protest here.

Earlier, the protesters had planned to block traffic on the Kharar-Mohali highway near Balongi village today afternoon but the programme was postponed at the last moment.

The protesters, who are contractual staff, demanded the government to regularise their services.

“Now we will block the traffic on the highway on May 28,” said Bikram Singh Saini, president of the 108 Ambulance Employees Association.

Notably, the health authorities have made makeshift arrangements of drivers to run the emergency service but these drivers now have also refused to run the ambulances.

On the other hand, a call attendant at 108 said the ambulances were running across the state and asked the spot where the caller needed the vehicle.



Week-long exhibition

A week-long exhibition on Handicrafts from Madhya Pradesh began at Lala Lajpat Rai Bhawan, Sector 15, on Saturday. The exhibition will continue till June 1. It is offering a variety of fabric and accessories.

Free ‘Propell’ workshop

Educational Testing Service, creator of the TOEFL test, announced another series of free Propell® workshop taking place in Chandigarh on 26 May. The workshop is a one-day professional development programme designed to help English language teachers meet the challenges of teaching English to students as a second language.

DLF City Centre Mall turns six

Tricity’s upmarket DLF City Centre Mall has turned six. Caroline Dangwal, manager of the mall, said: “We are having month-long fun-filled anniversary celebrations. This year, we are proud to announce that DLF City Centre Mall is now tricity’s first Premium Outlet Mall”. The concept of Premium Outlet Malls is prevalent in the West, mainly the US, where brands are available at discount through the year.

TVS StaR City Plus launched

TVS Motor Company launched its all-new commuter motorcycle, TVS StaR City+ equipped with modern styling, engine performance and comfort. Derived from the Ecothrust engine of TVS Phoenix, the 109.7cc power mill of TVS StaR City+ delivers better pickup.

Elante Mall bags award

Elante Mall, Chandigarh, has bagged the Images Shopping Centre Award for the Most Admired Shopping Centre Launch of the Year in the North for 2013 -14. Elante figured among the 15 top retail and shopping centres across the country, which were conferred the awards at a ceremony in Mumbai recently.

GM appointed

First Flight Couriers Ltd has appointed IS Kang as its new general manager for the Chandigarh and Himachal region. Kang has been with First Flight Couriers Ltd for 18 years. — TNS



self-finance courses
PU mulls fee exemption
Aimed at helping students of economically weaker sections
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
In a first-of-its kind initiative, Panjab University (PU), is formulating a scheme to extend the facility for exemption of fee to students of economically weaker sections enrolled under self-finance courses from the academic session 2014-15.

The authorities have started the process to draft slabs of the exemption for the self-finance courses.

Sources said four types of slabs are going to be framed by the authorities, including 100 per cent, 75 per cent, 50 per cent and 10 per cent depending on the financial status of the applicant under the scheme for self-finance courses.

Records of the university revealed that as many as 17 partially self-finance courses are being run by the university.

Out of this, some departments are charging more than Rs 1 lakh per semester from the students as fee.

PU Dean Student Welfare Navdeep Goyal confirmed that the authorities had asked the PU student council president to draft norms for the scheme, so that it could be implemented from the current academic session.

He said the proposal had been approved in the Senate meeting held yesterday.

Sources said the authorities were mooting the norms wherein a student will get the refund of first-year fee after getting clearance from the committee constituted for the screening of applications.

From the second year, if the applicant clears the first-year exam, no fee will be charged by the Self-Finance Department.

Sources said the scheme had been mooted by the university after the decision of fee hike was taken, as students were assured that out of the total amount collected after the hike, 50 per cent would be spent on providing relief to the poor students.

Sources said about Rs 1.5 crore will be collected after the fee hike, of which Rs 75 to Rs 80 lakh will be spent on scholarships and free education of the poor students.

help at hand
Four types of slabs are going to be framed by the authorities, including 100 per cent, 75 per cent, 50 per cent and 10 per cent depending on the financial status of the applicant under the scheme for self-finance courses.
As many as 17 partially self-finance courses are being run by the university.
The scheme was mooted by the university after the decision of fee hike was taken, as students were assured that out of the total amount collected after the hike, 50 per cent would be spent on providing relief to the poor students.
About Rs 1.5 crore will be collected after the fee hike, of which Rs 75 to Rs 80 lakh will be spent on scholarships and free education of the poor students.



Vivek High School launches its app
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
For effective communication between parents and the school authorities, Vivek High School, Sector 38, today introduced its school’s mobile application — Vivek High School app.

The school authorities claimed that the application would allow parents and teachers to communicate on a daily basis and at the same time, provide information on the day-to-day activities, circulars and event updates.

The authorities further said the application would also work on laptops and computers as well.

Ranging from the attendance records of students to providing information on daily homework as well as lessons taught in the classroom, besides pending syllabus, the parents will be informed on various issues.

HS Mamik, chairman of the board, Vivek High School, said, “In this fast-paced life, it has rather become important to introduce such an application.”

“The complete schedule of the upcoming examinations, formative as well as subjective assessments will be available for a review. Also, the progress of a child will be sent to his parents at regular intervals,” added Mamik.

Varun Gupta, who has developed the application, said, “We had to work on something which informative and also dealt with the psychological aspects of adolescent students.”

Ranging from the attendance records of students to providing information on daily homework as well as lessons taught in the classroom, besides pending syllabus, the parents will be informed on various issues. They can also discuss issues with the respective teachers.



205 students get awards at annual day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
As many as 205 students received awards for their achievements in the academic session 2013-14, during the annual day prize distribution function at Government College of Education, Sector 20, today.

Dr Vandana Mehra, chairperson, Department of Education, Panjab University, was the chief guest. She lauded the institution for providing a substantive platform to students for professing their academic and co-curricular skills.

“Positive thinking and clarity of goals provide excellence to academic work,” she added.

College principal Dr Harsh Batra welcomed the gathering. The occasion also witnessed reminiscent and reflective moments as students expressed how they had come a long way in the past few months, thereby changing their roles and responsibilities from pupils to teachers.

Meanwhile, 69 students — who had pledged their eyes — received trophies and appreciation certificates on the occasion.

for a noble cause
As many as 69 students — who had pledged their eyes — also received trophies and appreciation certificates.



AIIMS MBBS Entrance Test
We have subject experts to handle errors: Exam officials
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
Putting rest to speculations about the correction of errors in the biology section of NCERT books and exemplars, recently, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) examination governing authorities have claimed that they have subject experts to handle any sort of error or controversy in the examination.

The corrections were recently made in the NCERT biology online edition after an order by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

In a reply to an RTI filed by local PMT trainer, Dr Arvind had sought information whether the AIIMS examination section will ensure that the examiners will go through the corrections made in the NCERT biology section, while setting up the entrance examination paper.

On this, the AIIMS examination section had replied, “We have an appropriate confidential process in place to take care of wrong questions by the subject expert and other related issues.”

Meanwhile Dr Arvind Goyal said, “We hope the expert panel of AIIMS as mentioned by them in the reply, has taken care that there are no controversial questions in the examination.”

Dr Goyal further claimed that the students had already had a bitter experience due to so many controversies in the All India Pre-Medical/ Pre-Dental Entrance Test (AIPMT). However, if any errors appear inadvertently, the expert panel on being intimated by the students or subject experts should look into the matter.”

The AIIMS MBBS entrance test will be held on June 1.

For biology, concentrate on revising the main points of NCERT of Class XI and XII. Revise the sample question papers of Morphology, Anatomy & Kingdoms, a day before the exam.
Try to solve previous year’s examination papers. Time yourself and keep a tab on your speed while trying to solve these questions.
To maximize your efficiency, it is recommended to take a short break of about 10 minutes after every one-and-a-half-hour of study.
Keep your admit card, stamp size photograph, ID proof and wrist watch together. You won't forget anything before the exam.



BCom first year
PU launches website for centralised admissions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
Panjab University (PU), today launched the website for centralised admissions for B.Com first-year in 12 institutions across Chandigarh. Students can now apply for B.Com-I through the website.

There are 1,120 seats in co-educational colleges, 770 seats in women colleges and 140 seats in men colleges.

The admission-seekers can submit their online registration up to June 12. The application forms can be submitted by post or by hand up to June 20 at University Institute of Hotel Management.

The tentative merit list will be displayed on June 25. The objections to the merit list can be filed by mailing at bcomadmissions@pu.ac.in mailto:bcomadmissions@pu.ac.in till June 27.

The final merit list will be declared by June 30.

The first counselling for the colleges situated in UT, including Department of Evening Studies, PU, will be held from July 3-6 at PU.



Students’ council condemns hike in course, exam fees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
The Students for Society (SFS), has strongly condemned the decision passed by the Senate to hike course fees by 5 per cent, besides hostel and examination fees by 10 per cent.

The students alleged that the authorities had left no option for them to protest, as the decision had been passed at a time when they were busy in examinations, while others had gone home.

SFS students said the decision to hike the fee revealed the anti-student attitude of the university authorities.

This is not the first time that the university has back-tracked from its promises. Earlier, too, when the students had protested against the hike in the prices of mess diets, the authorities first assured to decrease the rates but had later back-tracked.

The authorities were also ‘exposed’ at that time when the fee committee was constituted, in which the students were given no representation. Only the president of the Students’ Council was included in it. It seems the Students’ Council has allied with the authorities concerned against the university students and their rights.



from schools
Biodiversity Day

Chandigarh: Biodiversity Day was celebrated at GSSS, Khuda Lahora, Chandigarh. The students participated in chart-making and speech recognition competitions.

Students apprised of personal hygiene

As part of a project sanctioned by The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI), the students of Ryan International School, Chandigarh, visited Jeevan Mukt Nishulk Vidyalaya, Nayagaon.

Teddy Bear’s birthday

The tiny tots of PMLSD Public School, Sector 19, celebrated Teddy Bear's birthday. They also presented a cultural programme which included dances and solo songs.

Students take part in ‘Summer’s sweet delights’ at the AKSIPS, Sector 45, on Monday.Summer’s sweet delight

AKSIPS-45 organised ‘Summer’s sweet delights’on the school premises. The students from Classes I-V engaged themselves in fun-filled programmes.

Students take part in ‘Summer’s sweet delights’ at the AKSIPS, Sector 45, on Monday. A Tribune Photograph

Children’s needs discussed

A workshop on psychological issues of children was conducted by C-Max Education Centre at DC Montessori (Senior Secondary SMART) School, Mani Majra.

Investiture ceremony

The new student council of AKSIPS-41 Smart School was sworn at the investiture ceremony today. The ceremony saw swearing-in of various heads, prefects, captains and vice-captains.

Race for tiny tots

Panchkula: Saupin’s School organised a race for the tiny tots. They were made to run on the fields in a group of five students.

Creative workshop held

Mohali: The Holy Wonders School held a workshop on creative art using coloured paper to make flowers such as lotus, wall hangings, dolls and rangoli designs. — TNS



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