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Two students expelled
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
A day after the police registered an FIR against two students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, who had allegedly thrashed their junior, a Class X student, the Education Department swung into action today and expelled the duo.

Education Secretary Sarvjit Singh said, “The two accused students have been formally expelled from the school by way of written orders.”

The incident occurred in the Sector 35 market at 2.30 pm on Thursday when the victim, Sachin, was on his way back home from the school. Two of his seniors, both Class XII students of the humanities stream, allegedly assaulted him with helmets, rods and stones.

The Education Secretary claimed that fresh guidelines would be issued to all schools to maintain discipline.

The victim’s father, Devinder Singh, who had been struggling to get justice for his son, a national-level boxer, said, “Today, I was called to the office of the District Education Officer where school Principal Indra Dhingra, along with the physical education teacher of the school, had come to discuss the matter.”

He claimed that during the meeting, the Principal agreed that the incident could have been averted had the school authorities acted on his earlier complaint that senior students were bullying his sons.

The victim’s father said he had met the Director Public Instructions (Schools), Kamlesh Kumar, who had assured him of a fair probe into the case.

DPI (S) Kamlesh Kumar said, “The department would follow the zero-tolerance policy in this case and would extend all possible help to the victim.”

Meanwhile, Devinder Singh alleged that the investigation officer told him that since he was busy with a case in the High Court, no action could be taken in his case today.

Refuting the allegation, the Sector 36 SHO, Inspector Bhupinder Singh,said, “The investigation officer approached the victim’s father today to conduct further investigation. However, he refused to meet him on the grounds that he was busy meeting officials of the Education Department.

The incident

Sachin, a Class X student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, was assaulted in the Sector 35 market at 2.30 pm on Thursday while he was returning home from the school. Two of his seniors, both Class XII students of the humanities stream, allegedly beat him up with helmets, rods and stones.



Two brothers get 7 years in jail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal today sentenced two brothers to seven-year imprisonment in a culpable homicide case.

The court convicted Harinder Kapil and Surinder Kapil, both residents of Khuda Ali Sher, of causing the death of a youth, Ashish Pathania. A fine of Rs 21,000 each has been imposed on the convicts.

The incident occurred on August 30, 2010, when Ashish, along with brothers Parveen Kumar and Anil Kumar, who were his friends, was returning after parking their vehicle on a plot in Khuda Lahora.

Ashish and his friends entered into an altercation over the parking of vehicle with Harinder and Surinder.

As per the prosecution case, Harinder and Surinder, who were armed with wooden and iron rods, assaulted Ashish and Parveen Kumar, leaving them badly injured.

Both accused then fled, leaving the duo bleeding. Ashish later succumbed to his injuries.

While pronouncing the verdict, the court said the convicts were first-time offenders. Both were young (aged between 22 and 25 years) and did not have a motive to kill Ashish. “Balancing the mitigating circumstances narrated by the convicts, their age and character, along with the gravity of the offence, both convicts are sentenced to seven years in jail. They have been convicted under Sections 304-II, 308 and 506 of the IPC,” said the court.

Since Parveen Kumar also received grievous injuries, the court also convicted the accused under sections of attempt to culpable homicide.

Kin to get compensation

The court said considering the overall facts and circumstances of the case, it was of the opinion that the deceased’s parents, who lost their son, Ashish Pathania, in the prime of his youth due to the crime committed by the convicts, deserved to be suitably compensated. Therefore, a recommendation was made to the District Legal Services Authority to award compensation to the deceased’s family under Section 357 of the CrPC.



Yet another fire reported from Sec 17
Incident occurs at Food & Supplies Dept office; fourth blaze in past 45 days
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
A day after the fire incident in the office of the Directorate of Industrial Training, Haryana, 30 Bays building, Sector 17, a fire broke out in the office of the Food and Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, Sector 17, here today.

Since June 8, when a major fire destroyed a four-storeyed building in Sector 17-B killing two people, this is the fourth incident reported from Sector 17.

At 2.45 pm, the fire control room received a call about the incident and two fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Firefighters controlled the fire within 15 minutes.

The fire broke out in the office of the Food and Supplies Department, which is in the basement of the building where the office of Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) is situated.

The fire was not major and was brought under control within 15 minutes, a fire official said.

The District Food and Supply Officer (DFSO), Jairam Singh, said though the exact cause of fire was yet to be ascertained, apparently it was due to a short-circuit.

Department officials said the flames destroyed some office records.

Danish Ashraf, Joint Director, Food & Supplies and Consumer Affairs, said the records destroyed in the fire were already preserved in computers. All the data and records were safe with the department, he said.

A team of the Civil Defence and the Chandigarh Police also reached the spot.

RLA in-charge Kashish Mittal said though the fire took place in the Food and Supplies Department, they would write to the Electricity Department to remove old and loose electricity wiring from the RLA office as well, he said.

Fire incidents in Sector 17 during past 45 days

* June 8: A four-storeyed building of the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology collapsed after a major fire

* July 3: A major tragedy was averted after a fire broke out at the regional office of Syndicate Bank in Bank Square

* July 21: A fire broke out at the office of the Directorate of Industrial Training, Haryana, 30 Bays building

Accidental fire?

Though officials are claiming that it was an accidental fire, the place where the records were kept was around 20 metres away from the electricity box from where the short-circuit was reported. Sources said records were lying on the floor as these were being inspected.



Anti-rabies clinic to come up in Sector 38
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
The Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation (MC) today accorded its approval for setting up an anti-rabies clinic at the Civil Dispensary in Sector 38, Chandigarh. This will be the second such clinic in the city.

Till now, dog bite victims were being treated only at the Civil Dispensary in Sector 19. Every day, nearly 25 dog bite cases are reported from the city.

The new clinic will have two additional pharmacists and an additional ward servant. The anti-rabies vaccination will be administered at Rs 100 per dose. A dog bite victim is given a total of five vaccinations.

Recently, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had pulled up the civic body for its failure to curb stray dog menace in the city. Thereafter, the MC had started a toll-free emergency service-cum-stray dog helpline 0172-155304.

Besides complaints about stray dogs, the residents could lodge their complaints pertaining to roads requiring repairs, non-functional streetlights, encroachments, maintenance of parks, problems in water supply and choked sewerages, an MC official said.

Meanwhile, an agenda item for providing Rs 3,000 to the superintendent at the MC slaughterhouse to entertain the officers visiting his office was deferred. Members of the committee decided that similar proposal for other officials should also be brought before the committee so that a joint decision could be taken on it.

The panel also approved

* Procurement of 160 garbage-collection cycle carts (small)

* Issuance of raincoat and gumboots to the eligible Group C & D employees on field duty

* Hiring of a chain dozer for the upkeep of the dumping ground in Dadu Majra

* Laying of additional 300 mm and 450 mm diameter SWD lines in Sectors 31 and 47 and the Industrial Area, Phase II, at an estimated cost of ~26.17 lakh

* Celebrating Teej festival on August 3



25 schools to get multi-purpose sports complex
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Multi-purpose sports complexes will come up at as many as 25 government schools in the city. The complexes will be open to school students as well as residents in the school’s neighbourhood.

The project will be completed in two phases. Phase I will include 17 schools while eight schools will be covered in the second phase.

The UT Sports Department is ready with the blueprint for the first phase of the project. According to the blueprint, there will be at least one sports complex within a range of 1.5 km.

The department had carried out a survey of government schools in the city and selected 25 schools for setting up multi-purpose sports complexes.

Secretary, Finance and Sports, Sarvjit Singh, who had initiated the idea of developing the sports complexes, said, “The multi-purpose sports complexes will be developed in such a way that school students can use it during the school hours while residents of the area can avail of the sports facilities at the complex after the school closes for the day. A chain link fence between the school and the ground will be installed so that the school building is not used by outsiders.”

Singh said there would be different entry gates for students as well as outsiders.

He said all multi-purpose sports complexes would have a swimming pool, a squash court, a toilet block, a multi-purpose hall with an indoor badminton court, store and one-room tenement.

The Director, Sports, Sunil Bhatia, said in the first phase, sports complexes would be developed in 17 schools and in the second phase, the facility would come up in eight more schools. The department would soon invite tenders for the purpose.

The schools selected for the first phase include government model senior secondary schools in Sectors 8, 18, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29-A, 29-B, 34, 41, 42, 44, 45 and 46 and government high schools in Sectors 31 and 43.

The schools selected for the second phase are government model senior secondary schools in Sectors 10, 15, 19, 26, 32, 33, 35 and 37.

The Sports Director said the sports complexes would have facilities such as a walking track and benches, besides equipment for players.

“Since there is no velodrome facility in the city, we have thought of creating one in the multi-purpose sports complex to come up at the GMSSS-28. A skating bend track would come up at the GMSSS-22,” he said.


Tragedy waiting to happen
Combustible gas plant operating adjacent to labour room at GMSH-16
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Putting lives of several patients as well as staff at risk, Government Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, has continued to run a huge gas plant from the main building. The gas plant, that houses hundreds of combustible cylinders, is located adjacent to a labour room (Gynaecology Department) and exactly below the nursery where newborn babies are kept.

For the past two decades, the hospital has been violating the norms and has failed to relocate the plant (called manifold room) away from the patient area. Sources said a small inflammation in the room could explode the entire hospital in case of a tragedy and several technical experts had been raising objections over it. In fact, former medical superintendent of the hospital, Dr Rajiv Vadehra had written to the UT Administration several times during his tenure to allow shifting of the plant. However, no action has been taken till date.

Also, a senior doctor of the hospital is learnt to have sent several advisories to the authorities about the risk involved in operating the gas plant from the main building, but nothing improved and he retired recently.

The old storeroom is located towards the corner of the building with one portion of the room completely open towards the ground. Patients, including those waiting outside the gynaecology ward and those admitted to the wards, ICUs on upper floors are exposed to the risk. 

‘Looking for site’

In the past four-five months, we have sent four proposals to the UT Engineering wing and the Fire Department, having identified alternative locations within the hospital campus for relocating the gas plant. However, due to technical issues, none of the four locations could be finalised for the purpose. In addition to the risks involved in running the gas plant from the main building, we also want to relocate it to vacate space for the expansion of the labour room. We have now identified a location near the mortuary and are in process of proposing it again.— — Dr Vandana Gupta, Medical Superintendent of GMSH-16 



Role of PUDA officials under scanner
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 22
In the Brigadier Nawab Singh Heer (retd) plot grab case, the Mohali police are now zeroing in on certain GMADA officials, who are suspected to have facilitated the accused in the case by providing documents, related to the plot in question.

Confirming the development, Mohali Superintendent of Police (City I) Swarndeep Singh said that apparently some officials of GMADA were hand in glove with the accused.

“The victim told us that his plot file, containing all documents related to the property, had gone missing for at least two months and one fine day it was found behind the almirah of a department in the PUDA office. Investigations are on in this connection and the role of certain GMADA officials are being checked in the case”, said SP Swarndeep Singh. Meanwhile, the Mohali police produced SAD local leader Harjinder Singh in the court last evening. “He has been sent to two days police remand”, said SP Swarndeep Singh.

He added that the police were trying to get more information about involvement of all the accused in other cases of land grab.

Notably, the accused in the case, Harjinder Singh, Mohinder Singh, Aman and Gurdip Singh had allegedly tried to grab Brigadier Heer’s one-kanal plot at Sector 71 by preparing fake documents. They (the accused) had also opened a fake bank account of Brig Heer at the SBI Bank at Phase X. The police have registered a cheating and criminal conspiracy case at the Phase VIII police station in this regard.

Meanwhile, some close associates of Harjinder Singh claimed that he (Harjinder Singh) was falsely implicated in the case. “He did not do anything wrong and has been falsely implicated in the case, which is politically motivated”, said Harjinder Singh’s associate while holding a press conference in the town, today. 

Mohali cops trying to get more info

The accused in the case, Harjinder Singh, Mohinder Singh, Aman and Gurdip Singh had allegedly tried to grab Brigadier Heer’s one-kanal plot at Sector 71 by preparing fake documents.Confirming the development, Mohali Superintendent of Police (City I) Swarndeep Singh said that apparently some officials of GMADA were hand in glove with the accused.the police were trying to get more information about involvement of all the accused in other cases of land grab. 



Fire Dept to write to Haryana Govt over violations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Following the fire incident on the first floor office of the Directorate of Industrial Training, Haryana, 30 Bays building, Sector 17, the Fire Department has decided to write to the department concerned and the Haryana Government about lack of fire safety and violations in the building.

Sources said the passages of the building were blocked as almirahs and office records had been kept there. According to fire safety norms, no files are to be kept in balconies, staircase, lobbies and corridors.

Loss of furniture and equipment, including computers, records and files, was reported in the fire incident last evening.

Several departments of the Chandigarh Administration are violating fire safety rules. The UT Estate Office, the Municipal Corporation building in Sector 17 and the UT Secretariat building in Sector 9 are not following the fire safety norms strictly. In these buildings, records and almirahs have been kept in passages, which is a violation.



Rising crime: Jewellers meet DCP

Panchkula, July 22
Jewellers along with BJP workers today met DCP Rahul Sharma. They told him that crime incidents in broad daylight have shaken the public’s faith in the police. It was pointed out that even holding a public gathering during daytime has become difficult for them.

Recently during a BJP meeting at the Aggarwal Bhawan in Sector 16 as many as 15 persons became victims of pickpocketing and mobile thefts. On July 13, a dacoity took place at Rajat Jewellers in Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, and the police failed to arrest the accused. However, the DCP said there was a progress in the case and it was satisfactory.

No headway in Rajat Jewellers’ case

Over 10 days have passed since the dacoity took place at Rajat Jewellers but neither the Panchkula police nor the Chandigarh Police has been able to make any breakthrough in the case. — TNS



Year on, little headway in the case
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
A year on and there seems no end to struggle and sorrow for the family members of deceased Sahil Juneja, who lost his life in a fatal car accident that occurred on July 22, 2013.

Sahil’s loved ones, family members and friends came out on roads of the city today from Ghaziabad to carry out a silent candle light protest in his memory.

Still living under the grief of losing her younger brother Simran Juneja said, “My brother will never come back, but I don’t want others to lose their loved ones in road accidents. Hence, I am fighting for justice till date and will continue to do so.”

Last year, three persons, including 34-year-old driver Hast Bahadur, a resident of Dharampur, along with two students 22-year-old Sahil Juneja and 19-year-old Kuldeep Singh, both residents of Ghaziabad, who died on the spot, while two others were injured in a tragic accident involving a Tavera and an Audi Q7 car on the road separating Sectors 17 and 18.

Simran further stated, “Justice delayed is justice denied, it’s been exactly a year today and we are still hoping to get justice for my brother.”

While recounting the old wounds, Sahil’s sister said, “My only brother had gone for a trip to Shimla with his childhood friend and was on his way back to Chandigarh to catch a volvo for Ghaziabad with the mishap took place. His last words to my dad were I see you tomorrow papa.” With tears in her eyes she said, “Tomorrow never came.” 



Suspect’s sketch released
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 22
In the case of a robbery at a liquor shop in Sector 70 here, the Mohali police today released a sketch of a suspect in the incident.

Giving information, Mohali Superintendent of Police (City 1) Swarndeep Singh said the expert were able to prepare the sketch of one of the three accused on description provided by some eyewitnesses of the crime.

“We are trying to prepare the sketches of the two other accused”, said the SP.

He, however, ruled out that these robbers were involved in a recent loot of a jeweller shop at the MDC, Panchkula.

“We have clues that some insider was involved in the crime so we are working on this line”, said the SP.

Notably, three robbers had looted the cash van, belonging to a local liquor syndicate and had decamped with cash amounting to around Rs 11 lakh during the late night hours on July 18. The vehicle was recovered from 500 metres away from the crime spot the next morning.

The police is yet to identify the accused in the case.



Mohali MC put on notice
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 22
Following an application moved by the Mohali Industry and Commerce Association, the National Green Tribunal, Delhi, has issued a notice to the local Municipal Corporation and also restrained the respondents concerned in the matter and any person from dumping any kind of waste in Patiala ki Rao in Sector 74, Mohali.

The Tribunal further ordered that they would continue to dump municipal waste at the site which was available but after taking due precaution and strictly in accordance with the Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000. The respondents would also specifically inform the tribunal if there was any other approved site identified by them.

The tribunal, with Justice Swatanter Kumar as Chairperson, counsel for the applicant, said the association had contended that there was indiscriminate dumping of unsegregated municipal waste that contained industrial, municipal and medical waste in Sector 74, which was causing serious environment and health hazards.

He said even the order passed by the Pollution Control Board dated December 12, 2013, and the terms and conditions thereof were being violated and the board was also not taking any effective steps.

In the matter before the tribunal, the respondents were the state of Punjab, through the Secretary, Department of Local Government; the Municipal Corporation; the Punjab Pollution Control Board; and the SSP, Mohali.

The application was filed under Sections 14 and 15 read with Section 18 (1)of the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010, read with Section 151 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

The Tribunal said the reply should be filed within two weeks, with advance copy to the applicant’s counsel, who could file a rejoinder thereto, if any, within one week thereafter. A copy of the application was to be furnished to counsel appearing for the respondents while notice was to be issued to the corporation.



Panel to decide fate of Dharamraj.com
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
After two days of protest carried out by theatre artistes, finally the UT Administration has constituted a three-member committee that would watch ‘Dharamraj.com’, a play, and decide whether it can staged in the city or not.

The committee includes Amandeep Kaur, Director, Cultural Affairs; Kuldeep Sharma, Director, Tagore Theatre; and Rajeev Tewari, District Treasury Officer.

The decision was taken today when the artistes gathered outside the district magistrate office in Sector 17 to protest against the orders of the District Magistrate to withdraw the permission for staging the play. The play was scheduled to be staged in Tagore Theatre on July 19. It was called off following protests by religious groups who alleged that the play was against religious sentiments.

Director of the play Sangeeta Gupta claimed that this kind of decision by the administration was a direct attack on the freedom of speech and expression as well as the freedom of culture.

Gurchet Chitarkar, the writer of the play, said: “Without even seeing the play, how can the authorities judge what is wrong and what is right.”

The artistes claimed that they would carry out a protest at the Punjab Kala Bhavan tomorrow.



Realtors allege harassment by officials

Panchkula, July 22
The Property Dealers’ Association during a press conference today alleged harassment at the hands of officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority.

The dealers, who also alleged that certain officials were corrupt, have now written a letter to Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda. They will also meet the CM during a rally in Hisar.

“We represent the public - the buyers and the sellers. Even for selling a plot, they harass us a lot,” said president of the association Suresh Aggarwal.

Despite having several meetings with officials, who, in turn, agreed to proposals made by the association, the same were not implemented.

“There was an elderly couple who had to sell their plot for their daughter’s marriage. Despite showing them the wedding card, the officials laid so many conditions that the couple had to drop the idea,” said Gaurav, a property dealer.



Pack of dogs attacks 9-yr-old in Mani Majra
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
On a day when the MC approves setting up of a second anti-rabies clinic in Sector 38, stray dogs attack a nine-year-old girl in Mani Majra.

Nine-year-old Pari Garg, a resident of NAC, Mani Majra, received injury marks on her right hand, when stray dogs attacked her this morning.

Pari’s father Parmod Garg said it was around 7.30 am when he along with his daughter was going to the bus stop. Pari, who is a student of class III of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, Panchkula, was suddenly attacked by a pack of dogs. He managed to save his daughter but her right hand was injured, he said.She was rushed to Panchkula General Hospital, Sector 6, but had to be referred to The PGI, Chandigarh, as no stock of vaccines were not available there. She was finally vaccinated at the PGI, he said.

Doctors have advised her one-month bed rest as there are deep wounds on her right hand, he said.Garg demanded that the MC should deal strictly with the stray dog menace. On May 7, stray dogs had attacked around 30 persons in Sector 20. 

Numbers have gone up

The number of stray dogs on the Chandigarh streets has soared significantly over the past five years. In 2007, the number was 5,713 whereas, the latest census conducted by the UT Animal Husbandry Department last year put the stray dogs figure at 7,847. The population of stray dogs here has risen by about 36 per cent.

What the rules say

According to the Centre-notified Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules 2000 (ABC Rules), there is a ban on killing of stray dogs, even the ferocious ones. In the past five years, 6,948 dogs have been sterilised and vaccinated against rabies. The Administration has completely banned commercial breeding of dogs in the city.



Play ‘Chukayenge Nahi’ has audience in splits
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
The Satvik Art Society staged a play, “Chukayenge Nahi”, at Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16, here today. The play directed by Amit Sanouria and Sarver Ali was an adaptation of Dario Fo’s classic riotous comedy “Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay”.

The play offered a perfect antidote of uncertain financial times. The story of the play was set in an economically depressed working class, which gets affected by skyrocketing food prices. Due to this, people resort to eating “rabbit heads”, “millet for birds”, and succulent “Supermeat Dog Food” instead of their usual gastronomical fare. The funny physical farce of the script got rolling when the character, Lakshmi, tried to hide the fact that she smuggled food out of a supermarket during a food riot from her husband, Gobind, who would rather “starve than eat stolen food”.

In the ensuing complications, which included the appearance of a buffoonish police detective hot on the trail of “food thieves”, Lakshmi’s friend Maala is forced to feign pregnancy (hiding the stolen food up her dress) and inadvertently winds up being taken to the hospital to “deliver” a bag of leaking tomatoes. The play left the audience in splits.



Parties race to submit memos
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Ahead of the student council elections, there is a race among all major student parties to submit memorandums regarding students’ issues to the Panjab University authorities.

Today, three student parties submitted memorandums on the same issue to Dean Student Welfare (DSW) Navdeep Goyal. In the memorandums, they highlighted the problems faced by students of the science department.

PUSU and SOPU workers and leaders turned up at the same time at the Vice-Chancellor’s office to submit similar memorandums to the DSW. The ABVP later submitted the same memorandum to the DSW.

Yesterday, SOPU took up all these issues with the DSW and demanded urgent action on them.

DSW Navdeep Goyal said these days his office receives four to five memorandums from various student parties on every working day. He said number of times the demands of all parties were similar.

Experts at the university said the parties do not ignore issues of science departments because a major chunk of votes are from these departments, which play a major role in winning the elections.

The committee, which has been formed by the Dean Student Welfare and Dean Sciences, accepted the demand to take a special examination.

What ABVP, NSUI and PUSU want

* All 11 science departments running BSc and MSc courses should revise the rules for promotion from BSc third year to MSc first year, which is at present 100 credits. Parties want that the credits should be lowered to 90 as it was in the past.

* The rule for promotion within BSc courses for the first three years, which has now been raised to 80 per cent, should be 50 per cent as was practiced earlier.



Teachers get tips at training programme
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 22
For improvement in pedagogy, attitude, technology, skill development and make education relevant in the 21st century, the AKSIPS Group of Institution organised an In-Service Teachers’ Training Programme for teachers at its premises in Sector 125, here.

Under the programme, an art and craft workshop for the teachers was organised which aimed at giving various tips to the teachers on how to utilise the available resource in the best possible manner and to create beautiful and effective art. The workshop wad divided into two sessions in which rangoli, rice, rangloi plaster, mask-making, paper-lamp making, figure stand, strings, paper flower-making were showcased.

“It was an enriching workshop where the teachers were able to learn a variety of techniques that would help them in their daily routine as creative teachers,” said Parnika Singh, the principal of the school.



Government teachers meet DPI, submit charter of demands
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
An 11-member delegation of the Government Teachers Union (GTU), Chandigarh, headed by union president Dr Vinod Sharma, today met DPI(S) Kamlesh Kumar Bhadoo and submitted a charter of demands to him.

The union members said the charter of demands included increase in the monthly salary of guest faculty teachers on a par with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and contractual teachers; similarly the salary of part-time lecturers from Rs 12,000 to Rs 25,000 per month; no relieving of any teacher/contractual employee due to summer vacation; fixation of notional pay as per the Punjab Government notification dated 14-10-11; promotion to the post of master/mistress/principals/deputy director and others from UT Cadre teachers; implementation of court decision for Centre pay scale for work experience teachers; regularisation of SSA teachers; regular pay scale to headmasters/principals from the date of joining duties as per the decision of the CAT; Centre pay scale and service conditions for UT Cadre employees; appointment of headmaster/headmistress in middle schools; and early settlement of pension cases.

The delegation members pointed out that the said demands were pending since long and the implementation of decisions must be ensured on a priority basis. All vacant posts of various cadres should be filled up by promoting UT Cadre teacher.

President of the union Dr Vinod Sharma claimed that the DPI (S) assured them of earlier settlement of all deliberated issues of teachers, including regularisation.

He assured that monthly salary of teachers working on a contractual basis, which includes guest faculty and part-time lecturers, will be increased, and court decision for Centre pay scale for work experience teachers would be implemented at the earliest.



Indefinite fast by chief of ETT Teachers Union enters Day 3

Mohali, July 22
The fast unto death of Jaswinder Singh Sidhu, president of the ETT Teachers’ Union, Punjab, has entered third day today.

Sidhu has been sitting on the fast since July 20 to press the demands of the union members to bring the ETT teachers and schools, which also come under Zila Parishads, under the Punjab Education Department. Meanwhile, Gurpreet Singh Maluka, chairman of the Bathinda Zila Parishad and son of Punjab’s former education minister Sikandar Singh Maluka, met the protestors and assured them of supporting their demands.

Following a meeting with Maluka, the union members postponed their plan to ‘gherao’ the Punjab Assembly, but Sidhu decided to continue his fast. — TNS



Candidates write to PGI Director over anomalies in examination
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Nearly a month after the PGIMER conducted an examination for recruitment to about 500 posts of lower division clerk (LDC) and stenographer, a number of candidates have given representations to the PGI Director citing anomalies and irregularities pertaining to the exam.

The representations given to PGI Director Dr YK Chawla stated that the medium of examination was only English, while many candidates had opted for Hindi as the medium. Also, they alleged that the seal of papers was broken before distribution and roll numbers of candidates were mentioned on the question paper, indicating “favouritism”.

The PGIMER authorities, meanwhile, said: “This institute has received only four representations in the case of LDC examination and the issues raised therein are not tenable as the candidates were informed well in advance about the date of examination by notice in various English and Hindi newspapers.”

“There was no clause for the medium of examination being in other languages as syllabus includes both English and Hindi. The question papers are carried in sealed boxes and there is a proper procedure for handling the question papers. The sealed boxes for this particular examination were opened in the presence of observers and centre superintendents,” the authorities said.

Over 10,000 candidates had appeared for the exam on June 30 and the results were announced the next day.



Counselling for students held at Mohali school

Mohali, July 22
Counselling for students seeking admission to Class XI in six new residential schools set up in the state was held at Government Senior Secondary School, Phase IIIB1, here today.

KS Bhullar, project director for the Society for Promotion of Education for Poor and Meritorious Students of Punjab, said these schools would provide quality education and free residential facilities.

He said needy students getting 80 per cent or more marks would get admission on the basis of their qualifications and interests.

Admission in-charge Nalini Sharma said admission to the residential schools would be on the basis of merit. — OC



From schools

Special monsoon assembly

Chandigarh: Tiny tots of Tribune Model School danced to the tune of rain songs during their special assembly on monsoon that was conducted at the school premises on Tuesday. Besides the dance, yoga and different learning concepts, including colour, season, value, food habits, clothing, were incorporated for wholesome development of the students.

Investiture ceremony

Banyan Tree School, Sector 48-B, organised an investiture ceremony. Newly appointed members of the school council were formally vested with powers and positions on the occasion. The principal handed over badges and sashes to the appointed students. It was followed by an oath-taking ceremony by the office-bearers. All newly elected office-bearers took pledge to perform their duties to the best of their ability, integrity and dedication.

Slogan-writing competition

Students of Sri Guru Harkrishan Model School, Sector 38-D, participated in a slogan-writing competition on the topic “Litter and Garbage”. It was organised in collaboration with NGO “Garbage-free Chandigarh”. The school authorities said the activity was undertaken with the motive of inspiring students not to litter their surroundings and public places. The students pledged not to treat their country as a giant garbage bin.

Mathematics quiz

Sharda Sarvhitkari Model Senior School, Sector 40-D, organised mathematics quiz in the school premises on Tuesday. Students of Classes IX and X participated in the competition. There were six teams. Students of Team B - Muskan, Shivani, and Divya - won the first prize. There were seven rounds based on various mathematics concepts, including such quadrilational number system and trigonometry.

Educational visit

Panchkula: An educational visit was made by Canadian delegates from Toronto District School Board, Canada, at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula. Principal Krit Serai welcomed the guests. Some of the eminent personalities included Shulin Dave, Mary Jane McNamara, John Hastings, Deepa Karamjeet and Peter Singh. They gave a multimedia presentation to the students making them aware of the education culture and information about Canadian universities. Principal Krit Serai said: “The aim of the Canadian visit was to promote global culture among the students”.

Plantation drive held

A young team of the Rotract Club, Panchkula, visited Gurukul Global School and interacted with students of Class VII-A, who were introduced and briefed about the causes Rotract addresses. A plantation drive was also organised on the occasion. The students were made aware of the advantages of trees and the need of greenery. Importance of planting saplings was also discussed. — TNS



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