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Attack on Class X student
FIR registered against 12
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
Four days after a Class X student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, was allegedly thrashed by his seniors (students of Class XII) in broad daylight, the police today registered an FIR against 12 persons.

The case has been registered by name against two students of Class XII and against 10 other unidentified youths under Sections 382 (theft after preparation for causing death, hurt or restraint in order to commit the theft), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 147 (punishment for rioting) and 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of a common object).

The incident had occurred on Thursday afternoon after school hours at around 2.30 pm when at least 12 students assaulted their junior in the Sector 35 market.

Devinder Singh, father of the victim, Sachin, alleged that four days after the incident, the police had failed to act despite the fact that his son had given his statement on the day of the incident and had provided the police with the numbers of the bikes on which the youths had come.

He said, “Since neither the school authorities nor the police were taking any action, today I approached SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill, who assured me that a case would be registered and my son would get justice.”

The SSP said, “A formal FIR has now been registered on the basis of the contents of the DDR. However, if the accused are found to be juveniles, the whole course of proceedings will have to be changed.”

Meanwhile, the victim’s father alleged that the school authorities had been pressuring him not to pursue the matter further.

Police were seeking legal opinion: SSP

The DDR was registered on the day of the incident. However, the police were trying to find out whether the accused were juveniles or not and seeking a legal opinion on it. We have registered an FIR and are probing the matter.
— Sukhchain Singh Gill, SSP, Chandigarh



Another fire at Sector 17
Records of Directorate of Industrial Training, Hry, damaged
Tribune News Service

Firefighters and officials of the Directorate of Industrial Training, Haryana, outside the 30 Bays building in Sector 17, Chandigarh, late on Monday evening.
Firefighters and officials of the Directorate of Industrial Training, Haryana, outside the 30 Bays building in Sector 17, Chandigarh, late on Monday evening. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, July 21
A fire broke out on the first floor office of the Directorate of Industrial Training, Haryana, 30 Bays building, Sector 17, late this evening. This is the third major fire incident reported from Sector 17 in less than two months.

The fire control room was intimated about the fire on the first floor of the building by the police control room at 10.05 pm. The department swung into action and rushed six fire tenders to the site.

Station Fire Officer ML Sharma said a fire tender and a hydraulic ladder were immediately rushed to the spot from the Sector 17 fire station. Later, five more fire tenders from different fire stations in the city were pressed into service.

Sharma said, “It is suspected that a short circuit led to the fire. However, the exact cause of the fire will be known only after a thorough investigation.” The fire was controlled within an hour by around 11.10 pm.

Loss of furniture and equipment, including computers, records and files, was reported in the fire. The fire officer said the hydraulic ladder could not be used as the trees close to the building had not been pruned. As the hydraulic ladder could not be used, firefighters had to pull out the extension ladder from a fire tender to reach the first floor of the building.

The Civil Defence team reached the spot. An ambulance, along with a medical team, also arrived at the spot.

Trees came in way of hydraulic ladder

Had the fire taken place on upper floors, it would have led to a fiasco as the hydraulic ladder could not have been used with trees, which were not pruned, acting as a hindrance

Firefighters without wireless sets

In the absence of wireless sets, the fire officer was communicating with firemen inside the building through mobile phones to take stock of the situation. The firemen had to shout from the first floor of the building to send messages to firemen stationed at the fire tenders. 

Fire incidents reported in past two months

  • A three-storeyed building of the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology in Sector 17 collapsed after a major fire broke out on June 8.
  • A major tragedy was averted after a fire broke out at the regional office of Syndicate Bank at Bank Square in Sector 17 on July 3.



platform allotment case
Ex-councillor Babla convicted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
The court of Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Shifa today convicted former councillor and former chairman of the Market Committee Devinder Singh Babla of cheating in a case of allotment of platforms in the Grain Market, Sector 26, to 10 “ineligible” persons. He was released on probation for one year after the conviction by the court here today.

On August 19, 2009, the UT police had booked Babla for allegedly allotting platforms to “ineligible” persons.

According to the police, Suraj Parkash Ahuja, owner of shop numbers 9 and 10 in the Grain Market, lodged a complaint alleging that irregularities were committed during the auctioning and allottment of platforms in the market.

It was alleged that the accused had manipulated the list of allottees to accommodate his men. According to the original list, 59 platforms were to be allotted during the auction against a licence fee. The accused not only allegedly deleted names of six genuine allottees, but also added more names, thus bringing the number of allottees to 69. The platforms, which were originally distributed among 59 allottees, were ultimately allotted to 69 persons.

A case of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy was registered at the Sector 26 police station. 



Patients’ woes: PGI chemist offers 57.2% discount, but not medicines!
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
The chemist shop at the PGI that quoted the highest discount of 57.2 per cent (across the country) on all medicines has failed to fulfil its purpose.

Not only has the chemist been denying medicines to most of the customers during the past five months since it was launched in March this year, it has conveniently skipped the vigilance of the PGI administration over these months. This, despite several complaints submitted by various patients regarding unavailability of medicines on different occasions. This was the PGI’s first shop opened on an experimental basis where bidding was done on the basis of the highest discount for patients instead of the highest rent.

The official spokesperson for the PGI said, “The matter regarding Shivangee Medicos will be discussed at the next estate committee (commercial) meeting, scheduled for July 28.”

Chandigarh Tribune has copies of two such complaints citing unavailability of even a single medicine of all the prescribed ones despite visiting the shop at least three times within a month.

A Panchkula-based patient visited Shivangee Medicos on three days — March 15, March 20 and April 2 — to buy medicines on a discount. The medicines included Telma, T. Loxof, T. Soliten, Uro Tone and Systone. “None of the medicines was available on all three visits to the shop,” said the patient in his complaint submitted to the PGI authorities.

Another complaint received against the chemist from a Nayagaon resident last week stated, “It is strange that all four prescribed medicines were out of stock. Besides, cash memos were not being issued to other patients.”

In name of 57.2% discount, chemist escaping hefty rent

Shivangee Medicos was allotted the shop on a minimal rent of about ~5,000 per month on the condition that it would provide 57.2 per cent discount on all medicines. The practice of bidding on the basis of the highest rent has seen monthly rents rise as high as ~50 lakh across the PGI campus. In the rate contract of Shivangee Medicos, the PGI had included a clause of imposing a fine on the chemist in case stocks were not available. However, no action has been taken against the chemist.

Stocking all medicines not possible: Chemist

Shailesh Sanwaria, owner of Shivangee Medicos, said,“Stocking all medicines is practically not possible. But according to the directions of the authorities, we provide alternative medicines. Often, patients refuse to take alternative medicines. We are, in fact, selling medicines worth ~2 lakh per day.”

Tribune team’s first-hand account as patient

Last week, a Chandigarh Tribune team visited the shop and asked for medicines Duphalac, Pataday alcon and Acular LS (for infection in eyes), prescribed by PGI doctors. The chemist said these medicines were not available. Asked when these medicines would be available, he said he did not stock these medicines, and added, “If you want, you may lodge a complaint against me. I am not affected.”



Woman gets 10 years in jail
Had thrown acid on mother-in-law, sister-in-law
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
A special court for crime against women here has awarded 10-year rigorous imprisonment to a woman for throwing acid on her mother-in-law and sister-in-law.

The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Anshu Shukla has also slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on the convict, Tinku.

The case was registered in March 2013 on a complaint of Sanjay. He had told the police that his wife, Usha, and his mother, Shanti, were injured in the attack.

The convict, Tinku, was Usha’s sister-in-law and they had old enmity. The accused as well as the victim were residents of Bhaskar Colony in Sector 25. Tinku had poured acid on the two and Usha’s left arm and upper body were partially burnt in the attack.

Earlier, a case was registered against Tinku for attempt to murder and causing grievous hurt with a harmful substance.

However, she was acquitted of the charge of attempt to murder and was convicted of causing grievous hurt with a harmful substance.

Families of accused,  victims argue Following the pronouncement of the judgment, Tinku’s maternal family and her in-laws entered into heated arguments. Tinku’s family alleged that it was, in fact, she, who was attacked by her in-laws, but in self-defence, the two women got hurt.

The convict said: “I kept doing the rounds of the police station for getting a complaint of domestic violence lodged against my in-laws. The main cause of their resentment towards me was that I didn’t have an issue. My husband, mother-in-law, sister-in-law and her husband conspired against me and brought five litres of acid to attack me.”



SI gets two-year jail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
The Special CBI Court of Vimal Kumar today sentenced a UT sub-inspector to two-year imprisonment and two middlemen to one-year imprisonment in a graft case. The court had convicted SI Hansraj Singh under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Hansraj was also convicted of criminal conspiracy along with two civilians, Satwant Singh Sethi and Jhujhar Singh.

The court has slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on Hansraj, Rs 2,000 on Satwant Singh and Rs 1,000 on Jhujhar Singh. All three accused were released on bail soon after the orders were pronounced.

The case was registered on August 10, 2010, when sleuths of the CBI had arrested the then SHO of the Industrial Area police station, Dilsher Singh, sub-inspector Hans Raj and the two civilians for allegedly taking Rs 40,000 from a Panchkula resident, who was involved in a cheating case.

The investigating agency had later dropped the name of Inspector Dilsher Singh from the chargesheet as no evidence was found against him.According to the prosecution case, Jhujjar Singh, owner of a teastall near the police station, and Satwant Sethi had taken Rs 40,000 from the complainant on the behalf of SI Hansraj.

Jhujjar was talking over the phone with SI Hans Raj when he was caught taking the money. The CBI team simultaneously apprehended Sethi and Hans Raj. The CBI complainant, Gagan Gupta, a resident of the Modern Housing Complex, Panchkula, had a marital dispute with his wife. He was contesting a case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking the custody of his minor son. On August 3, 2010, a case of cheating and impersonation was registered against Gagan Gupta and his friend at the Industrial Area police station for giving a false advertisement in a newspaper on a complaint lodged by counsel for the opposite party. It was alleged that the advertisement was given to harass the counsel contesting the case against Gupta. 


Surprise check at education department
Higher-ups among 162 found absent 
Our Correspondent

Mohali , July 21
A high-level team conducted a surprise check at the offices of the Director-General, School Education, Punjab, and the DPI, Schools, here this morning and found that the two top officials along with nearly 160 other staff members were not present in their offices.

According to reports, JK Singh, Director-General, School Education and Dr Kamal Kumar Garg, DPI, Schools, were found absent.

A team headed by Gurpreet Kaur Sapra, Special Secretary, Personnel, reached the two offices at 9.05 am for checking. The two top officials, reports said, had allegedly not reached their offices till 9.24 am. Nearly 160 other employees in various branches of the two offices were also not present at the time of raid.

The team took away the attendance register with them before leaving. A report about the surprise checking was later submitted to Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal. He is reported to have taken serious note of the absence of the senior officials at the time of checking. He has issued directions to the Principal Secretary, Education, Anjali Bhawra, to seek explanations from both the senior officials and the other staff members concerned and take the necessary action in this regard within seven days.

However, some staff members found absent claimed that they got delayed as there was only one lift for both the offices. They said while the DGSE’s office was on the fourth floor and office of the DPI was on the fifth floor, and it took time for them to reach their branches. Most of the staff members found absent during the checking were said to be on leave, they claimed. 



Civic body demolishes roadside liquor vend
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 21
Residents jammed the main road at Abhaypur and got the temporary structure of a liquor vend demolished after they found that the same was being set up along the road here this afternoon.

Local councillor Ravi Kant Swami reached the spot and supported the agitators.

“A liquor vend on this road would restrict the movement of women. They would be forced to stay indoors. Even otherwise, a liquor vend along the road is not allowed,” said Swami.

The drama continued for about three hours. The agitators damaged the tin structure being erected along side the road. Later, a team of Municipal Corporation arrived with a JCB machine and demolished the structure.

“The contractor of vend was given seven days to remove the structure by the Deputy Commissioner when he tried to put it up at another place in Abhaypur. Now, he is trying to put the same here on the road which is not allowed,” said Swami.

The commuters were a harassed lot after the road was jammed.



Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary not a part of UT, says FSI
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

According to the latest Indian State of Forest Report-2013, prepared by the Forest Survey of India (FSI), Chandigarh is ranked third in terms of percentage of area under tree cover.
According to the latest Indian State of Forest Report-2013, prepared by the Forest Survey of India (FSI), Chandigarh is ranked third in terms of percentage of area under tree cover. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, July 21
The UT Administration always tries its best to protect the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary from unregulated development in its periphery, but the Forest Survey of India (FSI) does not consider the area of the sanctuary the UT’s part.

The FSI in its latest Indian State of Forest Report 2013 has not included the sanctuary in the green cover of Chandigarh.

The city’s green cover, which includes the forest cover and tree cover, has increased from 26.78 square km in 2011 to 27.26 square km in 2013. But still, the city’s green cover is less as compare to the 2009 figures when the city’s green cover was 28 square km.The report, released on July 8, was compiled by the Forest Survey of India (FSI), Dehradun, which is under the Ministry Environment and Forests.

A senior official of the UT Administration said the FSI has not included the 26 sq km area of the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary in its survey and calculated figures on the UT’s 114 sq km area.

The FSI calculates the green cover on the basis of the map of the Survey of India and in that map the sanctuary has been shown as the part of Punjab and Haryana. Though the UT maintains the sanctuary, but the revenue record of the sanctuary are with Punjab and Haryana, an official added.

City slips to third position

According to the report Lakshadweep has the highest percentage of tree cover (16.69%), followed by Goa (9.03%) and Chandigarh (8.51%). In the last report of 2011, Chandigarh was in second position in the country in terms of tree cover, but this time, the city has slipped to third position. In 2011, the percentage of tree cover of the geographical area was 8.93%. Of the city’s total area of 114 square km, the tree cover is of 10 square km. The area under the tree cover has remained unchanged since 2011.

Tree cover

Year Area
2009: 11 sq km
2011: 10 sq km
2013: 10 sq km

City’s green cover in FSI survey report, including tree cover and forest cover

Year Area
2009: 28 sq km
2011: 26.78 sq km
2013: 27.26 sq km

Forest cover has increased

The forest cover of Chandigarh is based on a satellite data, which is 17.26 sq km. It is 15.14% of the geographical area, which has increased as compare to year 2011. Of the Chandigarh’s forest area, 1.36 sq km comprises ‘very dense forest’, 9.66 sq km is ‘moderately dense forest’ and 6.24 sq km is ‘open forest’. In 2011, the forest area was 16.78 sq km, which was 14.72 per cent of the geographical area.

Forest cover

Year Area
2009: 17 sq km
2011: 16.78 sq km
2013: 17.26 sq km



Residents no more safe in tricity
City on the radar of snatchers
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
While Panchkula and Mohali have been dubbed as the favourite destination for robberies and dacoity, Chandigarh has turned out to be a city on the radar of snatchers, as 58 persons have fallen prey to snatching, this year, .

Modus operandi

The snatchers riding a motorcycle usually target women who are walking alone and it’s the gold chain that attracts the attention of the accused. The snatchers wear helmets to hide their faces and change the number plates of the motorcycle in a bid to ensure they are not caught.

Robberies this year

In a daring daylight robbery, around eight to 10-armed youths, robbed a cash box containing Rs 5 lakh from a cash van parked outside the State Bank of Patiala (SBOP) branch in Khuda Ali Sher village on June 27. Located on the outskirts of the city, the robbers easily managed to flee after committing the crime. Similarly, on July 7, unidentified assailants forcibly took away the Swift Dzire car of a Haryana government official after beating him in Sector 43.

City high on vehicle thefts

On an average two vehicles are stolen from Chandigarh every day. The city has witnessed 360 cases of vehicle thefts in less than seven months. The theft of two-wheelers is more as compared to cars and SUVs.

A series of robberies and snatchings in Panchkula, Mohali and Chandigarh since January this year have become an unending puzzle for the police force of the two states, leaving residents at the mercy of criminals.

Ironically, criminals always remain ahead of the police while committing the crime and they conveniently escape through porous borders.

In over six and half months, cash and jewellery worth over Rs 1.50 crore has been either looted at gunpoint or snatched in different incidents in Mohali and Panchkula. Residents in Chandigarh have lost their valuable jewellery items in at least 58 incidents of snatching. This means eight snatchings per month have been reported across the city.

In the wake of the increasing crime incidents, Chandigarh Tribune reporters take stock of the unsolved cases in the tricity.

Crime cases reported from Jan 1 to July 10

Crime No. of cases
Snatching 58
Robbery 37
Vehicle thefts 360

(As many as 176 cases of snatchings were reported in 2012 while in 2013, a total of 195 cases were registered in the city)

The UT police should install CCTV cameras at strategic locations, including streets and markets. They should have centralised monitoring room that can help them in checking crime and providing vital clues to nab the accused
— Ajay Guleria, IT expert

I think the Chandigarh Police needs an overhaul. It has failed to give the desired results~
— Manmohan Garg, Chartered accountant

Case where CCTV cameras were of no help

In the daylight dacoity at Amravati,robbers in a white Etios car robbed Rs 16 lakh from two employees of a petrol pump; their grabs were captured in the cameras installed on toll plaza. Despite the footage of robbers who had not covered their face, the police could not nab them.

P’kula police checking with Mohali police now

After assisting the Chandigarh Police, the Panchkula police is now verifying with the Mohali police regarding the involvement of the same gang in the cash van loot at Sector 70.

Unsolved strikes

March 2014 : Two persons were shot at by five armed criminals and robbed of Rs 1.28 lakh and drafts worth Rs 18 lakh in the Industrial Area, Phase I. The victims, Deepak and Pradeep, employees of the Pioneer Toyota agency, were in a demo Etios Liva car with a cash bag when the robbers struck.

Dec 2013: Four robbers donning police uniform looted Rs 1.68 crore and two double-barrelled guns from CMS Company’s security van at gunpoint after throwing chilly powder in the eyes of four persons on the Chandigarh-Baddi highway

Oct 2013: In broad daylight, five armed robbers in a white Etios looted Rs 16 lakh from two employees of a petrol pump in Amravati Enclave, Panchkula.

January 2013: Ritanesh Tripathi, an employee of a cash collection company, was shot at and robbed of Rs 17.58 lakh by four robbers in a white Etios car.

February 2012: Two employees of a private transport company robbed of Rs 6 lakh at gunpoint in Sector 14, Panchkula, by miscreants who came in a white Zen car.

January 2012: An elderly couple was attacked by four miscreants in Sector 6, Panchkula, in their house. The miscreants took away jewellery and cash worth Rs 6 lakh from the house.

November 2009: A bag containing Rs 18 lakh looted at gunpoint from Anil Kumar, an employee of the Electricity Department, by miscreants who came in a white Zen car.



Porus borders worry P’kula cops
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

The road dividing Sectors 11 and 14 where a robbery took place near the residence of the DCP in Panchkula.
The road dividing Sectors 11 and 14 where a robbery took place near the residence of the DCP in Panchkula. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, July 21
Escape routes of criminals in Panchkula continue to facilitate them as Chandigarh Tribune found that no policemenwere found on most of the borders of the city. Eight days after the Sunday dacoity at Rajat Jewellers, no cop was found on the border nakas of Panchkula and Peer Muchhala (Zirakpur), the Panchkula-Morni border, towards Baltana side and on the Panchkula-Chandigarh border near Fun Republic on the Zirakpur highway, which leads to Panchkula. Only two policemen were found on the Mansa Devi road near the Mansa Devi Singh Dwar today.

Our PCRs are patrolling regularly. We have fixed places where they are stationed. Still, I will look into the matter and find out why they were not there
—Rahul Sharma, DCP, Panchkula

Rarely do we see any PCR patrolling on the streets. Either they are stationed at a point or they are at police stations. Women have been forced to stay indoors
— Ram Lal Gujjar, A Resident of Sector 19

It is residents who have to be alert. Most policemen are deployed when there are protests. More recruitments should be made
— Harinder Malik, A Resident of Abhaypur



Back-to-back robberies put Mohali residents on tenterhooks
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 21
Two back-to-back robberies at gunpoint has not only exposed the law and order situation but has also created panic among residents in Mohali. At least six of cases of robbery remain unsolved as criminals have always been a step ahead of the police.

Criminals after committing the crime conveniently escape without being intercepted or questioned by the Mohali police.

Eight incidents of robbery since Jan

January 13: Three motorcycle-borne armed robbers with faces covered with monkey caps and carrying knives and rods, had attempted to rob an employee of Bhushan Enterprises outside a bank in Phase VII.

Case result: Unsolved.

January 15: Three unidentified looters had taken away a new Innova car (Pb65N-0007), a revolver, two mobile phones and cash after injuring its owner, Davinder Singh from Salamatpur, on the Kharar-Landran road. Davinder’s friend Bawa Singh had sustained injuries in the scuffle with miscreants.

Case result: Unsolved

February 4: Three motorcycle-borne robbers snatched a bag, containing cash around Rs 1.5 lakh, from a local jeweller, Subhash Chander, near his residence in Adarsh nagar, Naya Gaon. The robbers had also opened fire when the victim tried to prevent them from taking his bag and he received two bullets in his legs.

Case result: Police claimed to have arrested two criminals but the victim is yet to get back his looted jewellery items.

February 5: In a major heist, six armed robbers wearing monkey caps looted cash, jewellery and other valuable items, worth over Rs 40 lakh from a coloniser, Sohan Lal Arora, after making all family members hostage for three hours at gunpoint at their residence in Phase 3B-1.

Case result: Unresolved

February 14: Four robbers had opened fire and looted a liquor vend at Sohana village. They had looted Rs 20,000 from the shop and one person had sustained bullet injury in the incident.

Case result: Unresolved

April 17: Two motorcycle-borne robbers had opened fire at Goldy, an owner of Kiran Jewellers at Mullanpur Garibdass and looted cash and jewellery worth several lakhs of rupees

Case result: Police claimed to have arrested one accused but the victim is yet to get back his looted jewellery items.

May 5: Three masked robbers had looted Rs 2.5 lakh from the post office of Dera Bassi at gunpoint in broad daylight and fled away.

Case result: Unsolved.

June 23: Two youngsters had abducted a young girl along with her Innova car at gunpoint from Zirakpur. The robbers released the girl but took away the car.

Case result: Unsolved.

We are trying our level best to crack the unsolved cases. Special nakas are being laid to check the movement of anti-social elements. We are coordinating with Chandigarh and Panchkula to solve the cases
— Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti, SSP, Mohali

Criminals are roaming freely with arms and nobody is there to check them. It’s really scary that people are not safe even in their own homes now
— Shradha Sharma, A Resident of Phase III B-1

In Mohali, the police goes missing after 11 pm. They don’t lay nakas at sensitive and entry points of the town during night time
— Gurinder Pal, A Resident of Phase V



Four witnesses depose in Jyoti murder case
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 21
In another twist to the Jyoti murder case, a defence witness corroborated Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary’s statement that the legislator’s driver Satpal would handle his phone calls and that on the night of murder, Satpal had told him that he was busy. Four witnesses deposed before the court today.

The Doon MLA, in his statement to the court, had claimed that it was his driver Satpal who would handle all his calls and he might be known to Jyoti. He had also stated that on the night of murder, November 21, 2012, Satpal was away to the Panchkula side with his mobile phone.

The prosecution had, through Chaudhary’s mobile phone location, proved that the MLA Chaudhary was at the murder spot and killed Jyoti with the help of his aides.

A witness, Majid Khan who worked at Luxmi Brick Kiln owned by the MLA in 2010-11, stated that he was known to Satpal. “Khan said he had tea with him in the evening of November 21, 2012, and they were to have dinner at Satpal’s place. However, he waited a lot and when he phoned Satpal at 12.30, he replied that he was busy and would take time,” said defence counsel Amandeep Bindra.

Another defence witness Jaswinder Singh, a property dealer, said he mediated a deal between the MLA and a vendor, Bagga Ram. “On November 21, 2012, a sale deed was executed at the office of Sub-registrar in Nalagarh and as the vendor was suffering from blood cancer, he was dropped at Baddi by Satpal. Thereafter, Jaswinder dropped the MLA at his residence in his vehicle,” added the counsel.

Also a photographer, Hoshiar Singh, produced two snaps which he had clicked at the residence of Praveen, the brother of MLA’s nephew Gurmeet, who is another accused in the case.

The photographs contradicted the prosecution’s case.

Gurmeet’s sister-in-law Jasbir said Gurmeet never stayed with them and resides at Chakka road. She said the police never came to their house to recover anything. Gurmeet too contradicted the statement of the prosecution that the police recovered the mobile phones of MLA and others from the house stating that he never lived there.

The case

  • Doon MLA and four others, including the legislator’s two nephews, have been accused of killing Jyoti, who hailed from village Bhunga in Hoshiarpur. The victim, who was found murdered on a road in Sector 21, Panchkula, on November 22, 2012, was allegedly coming in the way of Chaudhary’s political career, stated the police chargesheet.
  • According to the chargesheet, the accused first strangulated Jyoti and then a truck was run over her to show it as an accident case. 



health notes
Felicitation ceremony

Department of Health and Family Welfare, Chandigarh, organised a function for the felicitation of the teams and stakeholders involved in improvement of services. Many maternal, newborn and child deaths have been averted in the year 2013-14 in the city. “This has been feasible through a convergence at both inter-sectoral and intra-sectoral level (community to PGIMER, Social Welfare Department). In order to enhance the team spirit for sustained achievement in future, the function was organised by the Department of Health and Family Welfare,” said an official statement issued this evening.

Public awareness talk

Fortis Hospital, Mohali, conducted a public awareness talk on stroke, on Sunday. It was attended by over 150 persons. Dr Sudesh Prabhakar, Director, Neurology, explained that stroke is a condition in which blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving the brain tissues of oxygen and food. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. He said stroke may be caused by a blocked artery (ischemic stroke), a leaking or burst blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke). He emphasised that the longer a stroke goes untreated, greater the potential for brain damage and disability.

Eye check-up camp

A free eye check-up camp was organised by Grewal Eye Institute (GEI), at Chandigarh Golf Club, on Sunday. The camp was inaugurated by President BS Gill and Dr GS Kochhar, Chairman, CSR, Chandigarh Golf Club. As many as 250 patients were checked by a team of highly experienced ophthalmologists from Grewal Eye Institute. — TNS



UT Adviser inaugurates green belt in Sector 45
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
UT Adviser KK Sharma today inaugurated the green belt spread over 2.3 acre in Sector 45 here.

The green belt, which came up at the cost of Rs 37 lakh, has ornamental trees, shrubs, benches, huts and footpath etc. In addition, various play equipment have also been set up there.

In his address, Mayor HC Kalyan said the Municipal Corporation was developing many more green belts that would be having facilities like walking tracks, sitting benches, play equipment etc.

He said the development work of green belts in other sectors was under way and they would be opened to the public soon.



‘Chukayenge Nahi’ to be staged today

Chandigarh, July 21
The Satvik Art Society will stage Dario Fo’s classic riotous comedy “Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay” as “Chukayenge Nahi” at Punjab Kala Bhawan here on July 22.

The organisers said the play directed by Amit Sanouria and Sarver Ali was set in an economically depressed working-class neighbourhood in Italy where food prices are skyrocketing. Due to this, people resort to eating “rabbit heads”, “millet for birds”, and succulent “supermeat dog food” instead of their usual gastronomical fare.

The artistes said the play highlights the recent affect of inflation on the lives of commoners. — TNS



MC supdt seeks budget for hospitality expenses
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
A superintendent at the Municipal Corporation’s (MC) slaughterhouse has demanded a monthly budget of Rs 3,000 on the lines of his seniors to entertain the officers visiting his office.

The Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the civic body will discuss the mater during its meeting on Tuesday. The agenda for the meeting mentions that Dr MS Kamboj, who is discharging his duties as a superintendent at the slaughterhouse, has to entertain a lot of officers of the MC and other departments of the administration, and he has to spend approximately Rs 3,000 from his own pocket to meet the expenditure.

Sources said almost all the officers in the MC have a budget for hospitality depending on the designation.

An MC official wishing not to be named said many councillors and other officers visit his office everyday and if he starts paying from his own pocket, he would end up losing almost Rs 5,000 per month.

The elected representatives also have a hospitality budget. While the mayor has a monthly budget of Rs 10,000, the senior deputy mayor and the deputy mayor get Rs 5,000 each to meet their hospitality expenditure.



Tributes paid to MH-17 victims
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
City-based NGO Yuvsatta and Peace Club of KB DAV, Sector-7, held a prayer meeting in the memory of the recent Malaysian airline MH-17 crash victims.

Over 2,500 students of the school observed two minute silence and recited gayatri mantra for the peace of the departed souls. They also wrote messages of condolences. During the prayer meet, the school students were carrying placards asking for justice for the victims and feeling sorry for them. 



Realtors fined for delaying possession 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
Chandigarh Overseas Private Limited and Greenfield Sites Management Private Limited have been penalised by the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum for delay in handing over the possession of a unit in Design Studio.

The company has been told to pay Rs 7.5 lakh with interest, Rs 6,250 per month since January 18, 2010, on account of delay in handing over the possession till the actual date of payment as penalty and Rs 50,000 towards compensation for mental agony to complainant.

The complainant, Kiranjeet Sandhu, a resident of Sector 33, agreed to purchase a unit measuring 125 sq ft at Design Studio in Fashion Technology Park in Sector 90, Mohali, owned by opposite parties.

The total cost of the unit allotted was Rs 5 lakh. The complainant deposited a total sum of Rs 4.75 lakh and the remaining Rs 25,000 was payable at the time of taking possession of the said design studio.

Later, the complainant entered into a Developer-Buyer Agreement and also availed the buy-back offer of her design studio at the rate of Rs7.5 lakh per unit, she stated.

“The project was to be completed by March 2009 but the same is still nowhere near the completion,” she alleged.

“The opposite parties did not appear to contest the claim of the complainant and preferred to proceed against ex parte, which draws an adverse inference against them,” the forum ruled.



Closure of Dutch University 
Parents seek PM Modi’s help for refund of fees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
Twenty-nine students belonging to Punjab, who were students of the Dutch University which was shut down five years ago, are expecting a new ray of hope from the newly formed Centre Government.

Students, who didn’t even get their tuition fees refunded, and their parents urged Prime Minister Narender Modi to rigorously intervene in the five-year-old deadlock between Indian students and the Dutch Government, who are responsible for the loss of money and putting their future in danger.

The European University at Hague (EUPE), which was closed in June 2009 by the act of the Dutch Government, brought troubles for students, as their struggle continues for the refund of 1,47,000 euros which amounts to Rs 1.75 crore till date.

While addressing the mediapersons, Simranjit Singh from Patiala said it was very disappointing on the part of the Dutch Government for not allowing Indian students to Netherlands thus in bringing a sense of discrimination. Further to that, non-refunding of admission fees of the students has made our lives more miserable. 



F&CC to discuss setting up anti-rabies centre

Chandigarh, July 21
The issue for setting up an anti-rabies centre in Sector 35 will be tabled before the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation. Presently, the city has one anti-rabies dispensary in Sector 19.

The panel will decide on the infrastructure to be purchased for the centre and the additional staff required to attend to dog bite cases.

SAD councillor Malkiat Singh, an F&CC member, said it was a long-pending demand of the residents to have more anti-rabies dispensaries in the city. During the House meeting on May 30, BJP councillors had also brought a table agenda regarding the stray dog menace in the city. The councillors had demanded four more anti-rabies dispensaries.

Meanwhile, the issue of purchasing 160 garbage collection cycle carts for around Rs 19 lakh will also be tabled before the F&CC. — TNS



Catchline struck the lyricist while he was in shower, says ‘Pink lips’ singer
Tribune News Service

Actor-singer Khushboo Grewal during a press confrence at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Monday.
Actor-singer Khushboo Grewal during a press confrence at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, July 21
Actress Khushboo Grewal, who recently donned a singer’s hat with her maiden Bollywood track ‘Pink lips’, said, “Today, one needs to be multi-talented to make a name in the entertainment industry.”

During a media interaction at the Chandigarh Golf Club here, Grewal said though her music stint dates back to 2002 when she had auditioned for Channel V’s Popstars, her big break came when Meet Bros Anjjan signed her for ‘Pink lips’, an item song in ‘Hate Story 2.

The actress-turned-singer said, “Five years ago, Meet Bros Anjjan heard me singing at a party and told me that I should visit their studio. However, I did not take it seriously back then.”

She added that since last year, she had started taking formal vocal training from Pandit Sanjay Mishra.

“Before I recorded my first track, I used to think that those who haven’t taken formal training in music during their childhood can never become singers,” Grewal said.

On whether she had any pressure while recording her first track, she said, “I was not under any pressure. Rather I enjoyed the transition. Being a Punjabi, I had an advantage of having inborn performer’s skills.”

While giving an interesting bit about the song, Grewal said, “The catchline of the song struck Kumaar, the lyricists, while he was in shower.”

Talking about her upcoming projects, the actor-singer said she had another Bollywood song ‘Selfiyaan’ from the movie ‘Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene’ in her kitty along with two Punjabi movies ‘Aa Gaye Munde UK De’ and ‘Paisa, Yaar N Panga’.



Non-teaching staff of PU hold strike

Chandigarh, July 21
The Panjab University non-teaching staff went on a pen- down strike this morning from 10 am to 11 am in support of their demands. The staff of the administrative block held a gate meeting and discussed issues.

Resultantly it didn’t affect the students who visited administrative block for there day-to-day work. President of the association Deepak Kaushik said the issue of the interference of senators in the administrative work was resolved amicably but the written instructions by the higher authorities had yet to be issued for it. — TNS



Traders meet Assistant Estate Officer

Chandigarh, July 21
A delegation of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) today met Assistant Estate Officer (AEO) Balbir Singh Dhol and welcomed him on the behalf of traders in the city.

The delegation apprised him of the problems faced by the traders in the city, Balbir Singh Dhol the new AEO, has assured them that he would hold a formal meeting with office-bearers of the CBM on issues of building bylaws governing commercial buildings in the city. He also assured the genuine problems of the traders would be solved. — TNS



Business News
New Delhi to host Win India 2014

Taking the legacy of the successful seven editions of world’s leading industrial trade fair forward, New Delhi is all set to host Win India 2014-World of Industry, from December 10 to13 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Organisers Hannover Messe are looking forward to a huge participation of manufacturers, dealers and distributers from Chandigarh and Punjab.

Titan offers discount

Titan, India’s most desired watch brand, is offering a flat 20 per cent discount on any Titan watch. Titan has an array of styles to choose from that would suit any occasion. Titan’s flat 20 per cent offer ends on August 17. The offer is valid across India in World of Titan, Helios, multi-brand and authorised dealer stores.

CC tea launched in North India

The SuiGeneris Inc., a privately owned sustainable development enterprise, launched its unique CC tea in North India. CC tea is a naturally caffeine-free instant lemongrass tea with a subtle citrus flavor and a soothing aroma. — TNS



Recruitment of professionals
PU plans to start interviews on Skype
Tribune News Service

PU Vice-Chancellor AK Grover (centre), along with other professors, during the launch of online admission for PG courses at the USOL in Panjab University on Monday.
PU Vice-Chancellor AK Grover (centre), along with other professors, during the launch of online admission for PG courses at the USOL in Panjab University on Monday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, July 21
Panjab University is planning to start interviews of professionals through Skype to cut down on the time and hefty amount it had to spend on conducting interviews for filling a single post.

On an average, the authorities have to spend around Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh to conduct interviews by calling various experts of departments.

During the launch of the online admission for various postgraduate courses at the University School of Open Learning (USOL), PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover said this could cut down the huge cost, which the university was incurring on conducting interviews to recruit faculty members.

He said the authorities could initiate the process by conducting interviews of professionals residing abroad and then think for faculty members in India also.

Grover asked the officials that rather than demanding the hard copy of the online application for the USOL, they should come up with an option of mailing their documents along with forms on a single PDF file to make it student-friendly.

Referring to recent interviews conducted by the IIT-Kanpur in which he was one of the panellists, he said all experts had iPads in which details of all applicants were downloaded. There was no paperwork for the same by the institute. He said such process could be implemented at the Panjab University also.

Computer centre director K Tankeshwar said for online interviews, the authorities did not have to spend much as the systems were already in place.

He said: “After directions from the higher authorities, this can be experimented in our university also”.

PU USOL chairperson Prof Lalit Kumar Bansal said the candidates could apply online for postgraduate classes and able to deposit fee in any branch of the State Bank of India situated anywhere.

Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover said: “The commencement of online admission was a gift to me from the faculty on the completion of my two years on the campus”.



SOPU protests outside VC’s office
Demands relaxation in admission norms for science students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
SOPU members demonstrated in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office and demanded that all students of science departments, who could not secure 100 per cent credits in their examination, should be given relaxation in getting admission to the first semester of MSc.

SOPU president Amninder Maan said: “On one hand the university authorities always complain of shortage of funds, while on the other they had allotted one new shop at the Student Centre at a rent of just Rs 18,000 without holding any auction and without any tender”.

The SOPU members also alleged that the authorities had increased the hostel fee by approximately 45 per cent. They demanded 100 per cent roll back in the hostel fee.

The university authorities had promised to convene a meeting of the SOPU leaders and the DUI and the DSW on Tuesday.



Protesting ETT teachers gherao DGSE office
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 21
Protesting ETT teachers gheraoed the office of the Punjab Director-General School Education (DGSE) here today.

They are demanding that their services be brought under the Education Department and not be kept under Zila Parishads.

The protesters closed the gate to the office of the DGSE and raised slogans against the government.

They said the state government had made a promise in 2007 to shift ETT teachers who were under Zila Parishads to the Education Department, but later it backed out.

The protesters claimed that in 2010, they were given an assurance that ETT teachers would be deputed in government schools but that had not been done.

The teachers said if the authorities failed to concede their demands, they would intensify their protest.

Meanwhile, the Punjab School Education Board Employees Union has extended its support to the protesting teachers.



Panjab University gears up to check ragging
PCR vehicles to move in and around the campus till Aug 31
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
To check ragging incidents on the Panjab University campus, police control room (PCR) vehicles will soon start moving in and around the campus up to August 31.

Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover approved this recommendation of the Anti-Ragging Committee today.

In order to motivate the students against the ragging menace, an awareness march will be organised by the Dean Student Welfare office. A play against ragging by Indian Theatre students will also be organised near the Student Centre in Sector 14 and near the boys’ hostel on the Sector 25 campus.

Security in the teaching department and in hostels in Sectors 14 and 25 is being beefed up by providing additional security personnel. One additional security man will also be provided in each hostel during night hours.

Members of the Anti-Ragging Committee have been asked to be available on the campus at least up to August 31 when chances of ragging are potential.

PU chief security officer Jatinder Grover has been requested to ensure that CCTVs installed at all designated places are functional for constant surveillance by the staff. Mobile numbers of the anti-ragging squad will be displayed and put on notice boards of the departments to facilitate the newcomers.



NSUI submits memo to PU VC

Chandigarh, July 21
The National Students Union of India (NSUI) today submitted a memorandum to the PU Vice-Chancellor concerning vital issues of the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) department that were affecting the students for a long time.

The party under the leadership of its president Hardeep Singh said one-year LLM course was to be started in the UILS department. However, it had not been started due to the biased nature of the authorities and the PU Syndicate.

The students of the UILS who once obtained the degree of BA LLB (Honours) are not given 10 per cent weightage for admission to any of the LLM courses in the university or for admission to any other course of humanities. The demand to extend UILS parking has been repeatedly raised by the NSUI, but the authorities are not taking any note of it. — TNS



Teachers continue protest

Mohali, July 21
Some members of the ETT (Tech I) Pass Unemployed Teachers Union today staged a dharna outside the office of the Director, Panchayats, while others continued their protest atop a water tank at Sohana village to press the government to accept their demands.

The teachers have been protesting atop the water tank for the past four days in support of their demands.

The protesters were demanding the completion of the recruitment process for ETT teachers on a priority basis. They said the process was started earlier this year but was halted by the government after releasing the merit list. — OC



From Schools
Students present skits

Chandigarh: St Mary’s School organised various activities for different classes. A storytelling competition was held for students of Classes I to IV. Students of Classes V and VI exhibited their oratory skills in an extempore competition. In an inter-house skit competition, students of all four houses were at their best presenting skits on the theme ‘Vanamahotsav’. Bose House was adjudged the best in the skit competition.

Census Week observed

Census Week was observed at Government High School, Mauli Colony. The function began with a slogan-writing competition. A quiz competition was organised for the students of Classes IX and X.

GHS, Dadu Majra

Government High School (GHS), Dadu Majra, observed Census Week under the initiative “Census and You”. Activities, including screening of census movies, discussion in classrooms on topic relating to population, display of census literature, slogan-writing competition and quiz contest, were held.

Students visit Institute for the Blind

Students of the community service club of Sri Guru Harkrishan Model School, Sector 38-D, visited the Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, on Monday. JS Jayara, principal of the Institute for the Blind, gave the students a hearty welcome. He interacted with the members of the club and apprised them of the facilities provided to blind children at the school.

NSS volunteers interact with patients

A group of NSS volunteers of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19-C, visited the PGI campus along with programme officers Anupam Singh and Premlal Sharma. The volunteers met patients who had taken shelter in the open area of the PGI. During their interaction with the patients, they were told about the long period of their treatment and the lack of financial assistance, which is a hindrance for their survival and cure. The volunteers were sensitised to the helplessness and their tough condition on the PGI campus. The volunteers decided to visit the PGI campus and help poor patients at the weekend.

Semi-classical vocal contest

An inter-school semi-classical vocal competition was organised at The New Public School, Sector 18-B. Nearly 20 schools from the tricity participated in the competition. Sanjay Tandon, BJP city unit president, was the chief guest on the occasion. Mellifluous voice of several participants rendering the classical compositions captivated the audience and the judges.

Vanmahotsava celebrated

Students of the primary wing of St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44-D, celebrated Vanamahotsava. The programme began with a speech followed by poems recited by students. The students were made aware of the importance of trees. They were encouraged to plant more saplings to make the environment green and pollution free. — TNS



PU and college notes
Teacher to present paper at global conference

Chandigarh: Dr Sudhir Hindwan, a senior faculty member in the Post Graduate Department of Political Science at PGGCG, Sector 42, here, has been invited to present his research paper on “International Terrorism” at an international conference organised by the University of Sakarya, Turkey. The conference will be held from August 10 to August 15. A prolific writer and an expert on strategic affairs, Dr Hindwan has more than 100 publications to his credit.

Syllabi available on PU website

Panjab University Controller of Examination Prof Parvinder Singh has said that syllabi and structural outline of the new semester system for various undergraduate departments of the university for session 2014-15 are available at http:// puchd.ac.in/syllabus.php?qstrfacid=11. Students may refer to the syllabus from the Panjab University website.

Orientation programme

Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, on Monday organised an orientation programme for the students of MA economics. The programme began with a motivational speech by Pankaja Vashist, head of the department. The faculty members made the students aware of career options available after doing MA in economics. Principal Dr Meera Modi also welcomed the new batch. — TNS 



Admission begins for first aid training
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
The Indian Red Cross Society, Chandigarh, today began admission for first aid and home nursing training. The admission will be given on a first-come-first-served basis.

The department is imparting first aid and home nursing training to students of educational institutions, conductors, drivers, factory workers, police personnel, and employees of public and private sectors.

Regular classes of first-aid began today. It is a seven-day course. After the completion of the course, St John Ambulance will issue certificates to all the successful candidates.



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