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Cash box robbers caught on CCTV
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Even as the UT police are investigating into the cash box robbery of Rs 5 lakh outside SBOP in Khuda Ali Sher yesterday, the footage of a CCTV camera installed outside a residential area in Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 4, Panchkula, where the Ford Fortuner, which was used in the crime, was found abandoned, has revealed there were seven robbers in all.

The seven robbers are seen alighting from the car, with its tyre punctured, in the footage. Their faces, however, are not clear in the footage and they are wearing jeans and T-shirts.

They had to abandon the Fortuner as one of its tyres was punctured.

Besides scrutinizing the footage for more clues, the UT police are analysing the record of the criminals who were recently released from jails in Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana and have a history of such robberies.

Teams of the UT police Operation Cell and the Crime Branch are working on various leads and are hopeful of catching with the accused soon.

Yesterday, the seven assailants robbed a cash box containing Rs 5 lakh from a cash van parked outside the SBOP branch in Khuda Ali Sher village.

Two security guards, including a bank guard, were injured in the incident. The robbers took away the cash box after a scuffle with the guards of the van for about 10 minutes.

One of the guards, Jagtar Singh, also fired a gunshot at the robbers as they were trying to flee.

The robbers chased the cash van inside the narrow lane in Khuda Ali Sher leading to the bank branch.



Fortuner owner provides some lead
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
A day after the robbery of a cash box containing Rs 5 lakh from a cash van of the State Bank of Patiala, the UT police have got vital information about the robbers from the owner of the Ford Fortuner, which was used in the robbery and later found abandoned in Panchkula. Rohit Singla, the owner of the Fortuner told the police how his driver ran for life when he was waylaid on a highway near Rajpura by four youngsters in an I20 car on June 22. The robbers, four in number, took away the Fortuner from his driver at knifepoint.

The police suspect the gang belongs to some rural areas of Haryana.

“A robber was sporting a beard and wearing a cap as described by my driver. It was a harrowing time to lose the Fortuner to the robbers in a split second. My driver had a narrow escape and had no option but to run for his life,” he said.

“My driver Amardeep was returning after dropping me in Patiala on that day. At 7.30 pm near Peher village, an I20 car started moving parallel to his Fortuner. The youngsters in the car then signalled him to slow down. They soon came on a narrow road when the car blocked his way. Two youngsters alighted from the car and the one wearing a cap threatened him with a knife. They kept asking him to come out of the car,” said Singla, who is the owner of a rice mill in Banur. “They threatened him with the knife when he pushed them and escaped,” he added.

The robbers changed the number plate of the Fortuner and used it to loot a cash box carrying Rs 5 lakh from the cash van at Khuda Ali Sher village.



‘0001’ goes for Rs 5. 75 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
In a price that could have get him an entry level sedan, the proprietor of a Chandigarh-based pesticides manufacturing unit, Modern Pesticides, has bought number ‘0001’ for his Merc in an open auction held at the office of the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) here today. The General Manager of the company, Rajan Kapoor, made the bid of a whopping Rs 5.75 lakh to buy this special number in the presence of the company’s proprietor, Kanwaljit Singh Joson and his son Karan. The Josons own four more high-end sedans.

There were four bidders for this special number.

The vanity number to attract the second highest bid was CH 01 AY 0002, which went for Rs 2.35 lakh, followed by ‘0003’ and ‘0005’ that went for Rs 1.70 lakh each. Numbers such as 0100 and 0099 went for Rs 77,000 and Rs 80,000 respectively.

In the auction of the numbers from 001 to 0100, the total bid amount earned was Rs 57.68 lakh. Kashish Mittal, RLA, Chandigarh, said the remaining numbers of the ‘CH-01-AY’ series, i.e. 0101 onwards, would go under the hammer tomorrow. A variety of swanky cars were seen parked in the parking lot.



Trip to Kullu-Manali ends in death for 2
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 28
Two persons were killed and eight injured in a collision between a tipper and a Tempo Traveller near Chanalon village (Kurali) last night. The Tempo Traveller, in which eight persons from Andhra Pradesh were travelling, was coming from the Kullu-Manali area to Chandigarh. The accident took place at around 12.30 am on the national highway.

The deceased, who were in the Tempo Traveller, were identified by the police as K Venkatpati Raju and Annapurna. Those injured (travelling in the Tempo Traveller) were SNP Choudhry, G Bhaskar Rao, CA Shastri, N Kamraju, K Bawani, Raja Rajeshwari and the driver, Vrijesh Rai.

The tipper driver reportedly fled the scene.

According to reports, the tipper was trying to overtake a bus when it collided with the Tempo Traveller. Seven of the injured were referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

The police have registered a case and impounded the two vehicles.

The Tempo Traveller had been hired from Chandigarh by the tourists who were returning from a trip to the hills.



Robbers strike at orchard contractor’s house
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 28
Robbers struck at a house near Bhagomajra village last night and seriously injured five members of a family before decamping with about Rs 1.5 lakh and 4 tolas of gold and silver ornaments.

The robbers, whose modus operandi seemed to be similar to that used by “kale kachhewale” gangs, were armed with lathis and wearing only vests and underwear. They attacked the house of an orchard contractor located on the Morinda-Kharar road near Bhagomajra. They were talking in Punjabi.

While Mohinder Pal, his wife Kishori and a relative, Chander Pal, were admitted to the PGI, Suraj and Poonam were undergoing treatment at the Sector 16 hospital in Chandigarh.

According to reports, at least seven or eight robbers hit Mohinder Pal and his wife Kishori, who were sleeping near the gate of the orchard, on the head and tied them on the beds on which they were sleeping. Later, the robbers moved to the two-room house in the orchard. They also hit all persons asleep there on the head.

Mohinder Pal is a resident of Moradabad in UP and had taken the orchard, which is spread over about 6 acres, on contract for the past three years. The money looted from the house was meant for paying the orchard rent.

The gold jewellery taken away by the looters belonged to Babita, daughter of Mohinder Pal, who got married about three months ago and had come to meet her parents. According to reports, the police have rounded up some persons.

Inder Mohan Singh, SSP, said right now it seemed that those involved in the crime were members of a robbers’ gang. The modus operandi used by them appeared to be that of a “kale kachhewale gang”. He said a case had been registered in this regard and the police were investigating the matter.



AAC’s tomorrow meet to discuss city’s Master Plan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
A meeting of the Administrator’s Advisory Council (AAC), which will be held on June 30, will see discussions only on the city’s Master Plan. The agenda circulated to the AAC members only stated that only suggestions on the Master Plan would be received and discussed during the AAC meeting. The members had given their suggestions in the last meeting held on June 19, which was chaired by UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil. Thereafter, the UT Administration had decided to hold further discussion on the Master Plan in the next meeting.

A senior official in the UT Administration said as finalising the city’s Master Plan was their priority, they would only discuss it in the meeting.

Meanwhile, the BJP’s city unit has also prepared a list of suggestions for the plan.

A member of the AAC and the BJP city unit president, Sanjay Tandon, will submit all these suggestions in the meeting. The BJP had prepared the list after receiving suggestions on the plan from the city residents.

High drama was witnessed in last meeting

High drama was witnessed when former MP and senior BJP leader Satya Pal Jain, BJP city unit chief Sanjay Tandon and the party’s district (rural) president Bhajan Singh Maru, who are members of the AAC, boycotted the meeting as the UT Administrator and the Administration did not consult local MP Kirron Kher before fixing the AAC meeting date.

Kirron Kher to attend the meeting

After the controversy, the UT Administration had fixed the next date of meeting (June 30) after consulting Kirron Kher.

BJP leaders said now, Kirron would attend the meeting and would also give her suggestions on the Master Plan.

Earlier, she had requested the UT Administration to hold the AAC meeting after June 27, as she was busy with her shooting commitments in Mumbai. But the Administration had turned down her request and held the meeting on June 19.



400 activists of AAP’s Haryana unit detained
Led by party leader from Rohtak Naveen Jaihind, they were heading towards Haryana CM’s residence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Over 400 activists of the Haryana unit of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), led by Naveen Jaihind, who unsuccessfully contested the Rohtak Lok Sabha seat, were detained from the Matka Chowk while they tried to march towards Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s official residence in Sector 3 here today.

The AAP leaders and activists were also allegedly roughed up by the Chandigarh Police when they tried to break the barricades erected to prevent them from marching towards the areas where the UT Administration has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC.

Accompanied by his supporters, Jaihind, party leaders and activists reached the city to seek replies to the 10 questions they had asked from Hooda in Rohtak. They assembled near the Rose Garden in Sector 16 and began their march towards the Haryana CM’s residence. However, the activists reportedly indulged in arguments with the cops deployed at the site, following which they were rounded up and taken away in police vehicles.

The activists were detained in police stations of Sectors 26, 31, 33, 36 and 30. Jaihind was detained in the Sector 26 police station.

While talking to mediapersons, Jaihind accused the police of highhandedness and claimed that the AAP activists had not violated any prohibitory orders as they were moving in small groups of four activists each. “In Rohtak, the AAP activists had asked the chief minister 10 questions pertaining to the common man, which he did not reply. So we were in Chandigarh today to get the answers. Now, we will go to Delhi to gherao the CM’s house,” Jaihind said.

How it happened

  • Party leaders and activists reached the city to seek replies to the 10 questions they had asked from Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Rohtak.
  • They assembled near the Rose Garden and started a march towards the CM’s residence.
  • Following arguments with the cops deployed at the site, they were rounded up and taken away in police vehicles.



woman’s suicide case
Autopsy delayed by 3 days as docs await police documents
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 28
The family of a seven-month-pregnant woman, who died after she allegedly set herself ablaze in Sector 12 A, kept waiting outside the mortuary of the General Hospital for three days to get the body to perform the last rites. The reason was delay in the post-mortem examination as the police had not prepared documents which were required before doctors could conduct autopsy.

The post-mortem examination of Kiran’s body was conducted this afternoon when it was brought to the notice of the cops.

Dr Sunil Gambhir, head of the Post-mortem Department at the hospital, said, “We were waiting for some papers that were to be sent by the police. We can’t start the post-mortem till the police submit the documents.”

He added, “On Monday, I will write to the higher officials in the police department that the police take such death cases so casually and in most of the cases, the investigating officers don’t send papers on time.”

The family of the victim had come from Uttar Pradesh. “We have spent three days waiting outside the mortuary. We have to perform the last rites but are helpless and no one listened to us,” said a family member.

The post-mortem was conducted by a board of doctors this afternoon. There were burns and it was found that the victim was pregnant. Sources said due to burns, all the organs were congested.

On Wednesday, Kiran had allegedly set herself ablaze. The police had said as per the statements of her family, Kiran committed suicide but the owners of the houses where she worked as a maid said her in-laws used to trouble her and she had apprehended threat to her life many a times.



Sector 5 of Panchkula becomes protesters’ favourite venue!
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 28
The heart of Panchkula, Sector 5, has become a hub of protests. Protesters have installed banners venting their ire against the Haryana Government in different corners of the sector. For the last over a month, some agitators are sitting on indefinite hunger strike while some are squatting seeking ‘justice’.

At different spots in the sector, seven groups from Haryana government departments are staging protests in support of their demands.

“I don’t know why no efforts are being made to remove the banners. Talks can be held with the protesters to resolve their issues. What impression would a visitor to the sector have about the city? The only two malls of the city are situated in this sector and sees maximum number of visitors,” said Rakhi Sharma, a resident of Sector 6.

Outside the Shiksha Sadan, Sector 5, lab attendants are sitting on a hunger strike for the past four days. The condition of one of them deteriorated today. Another group of protesters are PGT teachers who are holding a dharna in support of their demands for the last 34 days but to no avail. They said though they had been hired, they did not get any appointment letter.

Then, there is a group of 101 teachers from the technical wing, who are agitating for the last 28 days. Some deemed university PGT teachers are staging a sit-in against the state government for the last 18 days. As many as 168 members of the Master Trainers Association are holding an agitation against the government.

Further, with most of the spots already occupied by protesters, computer professionals had to hold their agitation near the Sankla Chowk.

While some of the protesters have not received salary, some are demanding regularisation while others are awaiting joining letters.



Case against Punjab MLA
Complainant faces threat, writes to IG
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
A complainant in a high-profile multi-crore fraud case against a Punjab MLA has written to the UT IGP that he and his family are facing threat to life from certain ‘politically powerful individuals’.

Raman Uppal has stated that he was being pressurised to withdraw the case against the Punjab MLA.

Earlier, Uppal had moved court alleging that the police cancellation report in the case involving Congress MLA Jeet Mohinder Singh as an accused was misplaced for three months by the court staff. It was alleged that one of the accused in the case managed to get access to the report while the court remained oblivious of the entire happenings. The report was later rejected.

On September 16 last year, the Chandigarh Police had booked the MLA and seven others, including Sukhbir Singh Shergill, a trustee of the Adesh Foundation, and Gurdeep Singh, managing director of Fastway Transmissions and partner in Jujhar Travels, in a fraud case.

The FIR, registered on the directions of the Illaqa Magistrate, Chandigarh, stated that the accused were booked for forgery of valuable security, creating false/fraudulent documents, money laundering, harbouring absconders in a scam of Rs 60 crore and cheating the complainant, Raman Uppal of International Customer Related Management Services Private Limited.



Admission to Class XI in govt schools
Many throng grievances redressal cells
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Applicants seeking admission to Class XI in government schools thronged grievances redressal cells located at Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sectors 16 and 19, with objections over gender, reserved categories status and CGPA’s conversion of other boards today.

The students whined that the authorities had made enormous errors in the first common merit list that was uploaded on the official website of the Education Department.

Karthik Garg, an applicant seeking admission to the commerce stream, said: “My name was spelled wrong in the merit list. When I asked for the correction, the authorities returned me back on the account that the correction will be done during the time of the counselling once I have my matriculation certificate.”

Kishor Singh, another applicant who was returned back, said: “The stream entered by the authorities was wrong. When I asked them to correct it, they said it would be possible only after second counselling.”

The students started reaching the grievances redressal cells since 8 am.

Several students, who had passed their matriculation from other boards, including the ICSE and the PSEB, whined that there had been calculation errors during the conversion of their percentages to CGPA grades, due to which grades had dropped down.

Dinesh, father of an applicant, said his son’s gender had been mentioned wrong in the merit list.

Meanwhile, Sukhneer Sekhon, principal of GMSSS-19, said: “Though a large number of students turned with objections, of them only 35 objections were valid.” She said most of the objections were of reserved categories. While filling the prospectus, students had failed to provide authentic certificates of the categories.

“The other objections included conversion of grades and gender,” she said.

Officials of the Education Department said no change would be allowed in the preference of school and stream before the completion of the first round of counselling. As per the admission schedule, the final list indicating allotment of school and stream would be displayed on July 1 at 11 AM.



‘Lack of vision for higher education programmes reflects in UGC-DU row’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
Lack of coordination and vision for higher education programmes was reflected in the controversy of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Delhi University (DU), which arose recently over the issue of introducing four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).

City academicians felt that such a situation was due to ignoring the National Education Policy of the country.

A few days ago, the UGC had asked Delhi University to admit students only under three-year degree programmes and scrap the four-year programme. The UGC had even warned that strict action would be taken against the university if the orders were flouted. But, the issue lingered on for more than a week, causing harassment to students and their parents after which the DU withdrew the four-year course.

PU Senator Karamjeet Singh said: “The decision to introduce the FYUP by the DU authorities was a classic example of short-term vision for the higher education programme. It looks as if the authorities did not minutely examine the programme but were in a hurry to introduce it in the colleges. It was the duty of the UGC to act on this wrong decision last year to avoid this controversy, which caused resentment among the student community”.

“I find it strange that the DU had introduced the course that was against the National Education Policy of 1986, according to which 10+2+3 is the norm,” said Daleep Singh, Senator and faculty member of Government College, Sector 42, here.

“How the university can introduce a policy at its own level without considering that what could be the effect on the students if they move to some other part of the country in between the course,” he said.

“In 2004, a coordination committee was constituted of all three universities located in Patiala, Amritsar and Chandigarh to make similar syllabus so that if any student changes from one university to another, he will not face any problem in adjusting there,” he said.

PU Public Administration Professor BS Ghuman said such controversies should not come out in the public domain. It would have been better if both the UGC and the DU had resolved it amicably to maintain the higher standard of education.



PU and College Notes
BSc-II results out

Chandigarh: Panjab University has declared the result of BSc (General) second year. The result would be available on the PU website, http:// results.puchd.ac.in/. PU Controller of Examinations Prof Parvinder Singh said 83.87 per cent students had passed the BSc (General) second-year examination.

As many as 5,102 students had appeared for BSc-II examinations, of which 4,279 have passed. Ishit Sehgal of SCD Government College, Ludhiana, has topped with 1,292/1,400 marks. Nishi of Government College for Girls, Ludhiana, has secured the second position with 1,286 marks. Sukhmanpreet Kour of RSD College, Ferozepur City, has secured the third position with 1283 marks.

ICAI holds seminar

The Chandigarh Branch of Institute of Chartered Accountants in India (ICAI) organised a seminar on issues in concurrent audit in bank branches to acquaint its members with the new provisions and tackle with the challenges in concurrent audit. The seminar witnessed a massive participation of more than 150 CA members of the region who were there to learn the details of their subject. Speaking on the occasion, Uma Kant Mehta laid emphasis on bank audit, highlighting the latest development concerning bank branch audit process.

SFS protests police action

The Students for Society (SFS) organised a protest against police action at Balad Kalan village of Sangrur district. Gathered students at the Student Centre and raised slogans against anti-Dalit action of the police and the administration. SFS president Arishdeep said: “We strongly condemn the inhumane action of the police and the anti-Dalit attitude of government officials. These incidents reflect the bitter realities of society, where oppressed are even unable to avail their legal and constitutional rights”.

Special website for SC/ST/OBC students

Under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) plan, Aryans Group of colleges, Chandigarh, has dedicated a special website for SC/ST/OBC students of India. This website, www.scstscholarships.com, was launched by Shivraj V Patil, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, at the Punjab Raj Bhawan at a programme. It was presided over by Dr Anshu Kataria, chairman, Aryans Group of Colleges. This website contains every state’s information regarding SC/ST/OBC scholarships. It will also help the students in getting offline career counselling for various career options available to them. After launching the website, Shivraj Patil said this was a good initiative taken by the Aryans to make the SC/ST/OBC students aware of various government-sponsored scholarship schemes available to them. He said it was the need of the hour to educate these students on their rights so that they might get the best use out of it. — TNS



Conference focuses on e-learning
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28
An educational conclave, ‘Kaizen’, for enhancing teaching skills and efficiency of teachers of all DAV Schools in the tricity was held at the Tagore Theatre today. The conclave was conducted by Dr Nisha Peshin, Director of Public Schools, DAV CMC, New Delhi.

Dr KS Arya, former principal of DAV College, Chandigarh, and Dr PS Jaiswal, Vice-Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, who were among the prominent speakers at the conclave, spoke about effective and efficient teaching techniques.

During the conference, emphasis was laid on e-learning and enhancing the effectiveness of teaching with the help of technological aids.

Dr Nisha Peshin, asked the teachers to stay abreast with the latest developments in technology in the field of education.

The eminent speakers emphasised the need for self-introspection and self-appraisal amongst the teachers.

While addressing the gathering of educationalist, Dr PS Jaiswal said: “A positive attitude with an open and inquisitive mind can create a congenial environment for teaching and learning where the teacher should always lead by example. It is for the teacher to carry the student into an interactive, punctual and disciplined world of knowledge.”

The conclave concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr Rakesh Sachdeva, Principal, DAV School, Sector 15, Chandigarh.



Panjab University delegation visits Britain

Chandigarh, June 28
A delegation of Panjab University and the Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC) institutions is on a visit to Britain for making collaborations with UK’s prestigious University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham and other leading institutions. The delegation representing five CRIKC institutions from Chandigarh visited Birmingham this week to learn more about how UK universities operate, with the hope of exploring potential partnerships in the future. The delegation is likely to return India tonight.

Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover would make a follow-up visit near August-end and make a presentation at Nottingham on the invitation of the Nottingham Council on the eve of a cricket test match at Trent Bridge. — TNS



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