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Robbers strike at 3 farmhouses
Attack occupants with rods, lathis at Seonk and Khuda Lahora, decamp with jewellery, cash
Tribune News Service

A man shows blood stains at Bhullar Farmhouse in Khuda Lahora, Chandigarh, after the robbery.
A man shows blood stains at Bhullar Farmhouse in Khuda Lahora, Chandigarh, after the robbery.

Mohali/ Chandigarh, July 24
A gang of dacoits struck at three farmhouses at peripheral villages to the north of Chandigarh in the wee hours today, leaving three persons injured.

While two of the targeted farmhouses are located in Seonk near Mullanpur, the third one is located at Khuda Lahora, Chandigarh. The dacoits, numbering six, attacked the occupants with rods and locked the farmhouses before fleeing with the booty.

The police suspect the strikes to be the handiwork of the “Kale Kachhe Wale” gang, which has struck in the peripheral areas of Mohali and Kharar in the past. Some of the assailants were wearing “lungis”.

Six robbers, armed with lathis, struck at two farmhouses at Seonk village last night and took away some gold jewellery items and Rs 1,000 from two caretaker migrant families residing there.

Jai Singh Bhola, who lives with his family at Capt Rajpal Farmhouse at Seonk village, became the first target of the dacoits, who entered his house at around 12 midnight. While issuing threats, the robbers also assaulted Bhola, resulting in minor injuries to him near the ear. They then entered his brother Ram Karn Yadav’s house, who lives with his family in Gaba Farmhouse, located right opposite Capt Rajpal Farmhouse and looted him. Both brothers serve as caretakers of the farmhouses.

Mohali SSP Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti said the robbers took away some gold jewellery items, including a pair of earrings, a nose ring and two anklets, and Rs 1,000 from both the families. The robbers came from the Jayanti Devi temple side. The robbers remained at the two farmhouses in Mohali district for around half an hour and then left for Khudda Lahora, where they struck at another farmhouse.

Babloo (above) and Gian Singh, who were attacked by the robbers.

Gian Singh

Capt Rajpal Farmhouse belongs to Navy Capt Rajpal Singh while the owner of Gaba Farmhouse is GN Gaba, a former officer in the Haryana Government. The police have registered a case under Sections 382, 323 and 325 of the IPC against unidentified persons at the Mullanpur police station.

After targeting the two farmhouses in Mullanpur, the gang then targeted Bhullar Farmhouse in Khuda Lahora village and fled with cash and jewellery after beating up and injuring the caretaker and a couple.

The farmhouse is owned by former Punjab Police DGP Dalbir Singh Bhullar.

The injured include a retired Punjab Police ASI, Gian Singh, who was the caretaker, and a couple, Babloo and his wife Mamta, who were staying on rent in the farmhouse.

The incident occurred at 3 am when the gang knocked at the farmhouse and attacked Gian Singh with sticks as he opened the door. Gian Singh resisted the attack and caught hold of the stick when another assailant hit him on his head with another stick. The robbers then beat him up and fractured both his arms, and left him with deep head injuries. Gian Singh has been admitted to the Advanced Trauma Centre at the PGI and is unconscious.

After attacking Gian, they took away his gold bracelet and then targeted the couple who were staying on rent in a room in the basement at the farmhouse. They beat up Babloo and his wife Mamta. They robbed Bablu of his watch and then asked his wife to part with whatever jewellery she had.

The robbers then fled away with Rs 35,000 and gold and silver jewellery after locking the house from outside. Mamta’s relative then called up the police, who rushed the injured to the hospital and began investigations.

UT SSP Sukchain Singh Gill and a team of the UT police crime branch also visited the spot.


While the Mohali police have registered a case under Sections 382 (theft after preparation made for causing hurt), 323 and 325 of the IPC against unidentified persons, the UT police have registered a case under Section 395 (dacoity) of the IPC at the Sector 11 police station. 


In all three incidents, the robbers barged into the farmhouses without giving any time to the occupants to react. All had their faces covered. All incidents took place between midnight and 3 am

Former Punjab DGP’s farmhouse targeted

  • One of the farmhouses that was targeted belongs to a former Punjab Police DGP
  • On June 27, robbers had taken away ~5 lakh from a cash van of the State Bank of Patiala in Khuda Ali Sher, located at a short distance from Khuda Lahora.



Pak spy convicted; sentence today
Tribune News Service

Pak spy Kashif Ali.
Pak spy Kashif Ali. A file photo

Chandigarh, July 24
Four years after he was arrested, a local court today convicted Pakistan spy Kashif Ali, a resident of Faisalabad in Pakistan, of spying. He has been convicted under various Sections of the Official Secrets Act and the Foreigners Act, and under Sections 419 and 120-B of the IPC. The quantum of sentence will be pronounced tomorrow.

Besides, the court convicted a co-accused in the case and acquitted three others.

The court of CJM Anubhav Sharma today convicted Kashif Ali of Faisalabad, who was arrested in July 2010 when he was residing with a fake identity of Pawan Kumar in Sector 44 here. He had been residing in the city with a fake identity for the previous two and a half years when he was finally nabbed. Another co-accused, Anand Kumar, has been convicted in a cheating case under Sections 419 and 120-B of the IPC. Three others accused in the case have been acquitted.

According to the prosecution case, the accused, Kashif Ali, was passing information about national security to his handlers in Pakistan. The police had recovered sensitive information pertaining to national security from the possession of Kashif, who had been living in the city as Pawan Kumar, and called himself a native of Delhi. The police said the accused actually belonged to Zulfiqar Colony at Faisalabad in Pakistan, and he had been monitoring defence installations.

The police were alerted by a source about Kashif’s whereabouts, and they accordingly placed a barricade near the Laxmi Narain Temple in Sector 44 on July 11, 2010. The accused arrived in a blue Maruti car and was stopped for questioning. He gave his name as Pawan Kumar, a resident of Pitampura in Delhi, and claimed to be a hiring agent dealing with property. But when the police tightened the interrogation, he gave in and disclosed his real identity.

The police then conducted a search on him and found a driving licence issued in Delhi to his alias; a receipt issued by the Regional Passport Office, Chandigarh, to Pawan Kumar was also recovered from him. The police also recovered certain incriminating documents relating to the Indian Army and a digital camera. He was then arrested.

“It is clear that he was planted by Pakistani intelligence agencies to gather information about India. He entered the country through either Bangladesh or Nepal, and was staying in Rajasthan before coming to Chandigarh,” the prosecution told the court.

Co-accused convicted, 3 acquitted

The court also convicted Anand Kumar, a Delhi resident who was arrested for his active involvement in giving the Pakistani national a fake identity of Pawan Kumar. According to the prosecution case, the accused stood as surety for Kashif, enabling him to open an account in Syndicate Bank, Delhi, with the fake name of Pawan Kumar. He also provided a ration card in the name of Pawan to Kashif and thus has been convicted of cheating and criminal conspiracy. Anand had convinced Kashif to change his name to Pawan. The ration card in the name of Anand’s brother Pawan was then shown as a residence proof by Kashif while opening his bank account and the accused stood as surety for Kashif.

Besides, the court today acquitted three persons who were arrested for allegedly helping Kashif in procuring a matriculation certificate and also filling his passport form.

The court acquitted Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Sector 66, Mohali, Gurpinder Singh, a resident of Sector 47-C, and Jagdish Raui, a resident of Phase IV, Mohali.



Snag disrupts power supply to southern sectors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
A technical snag in the power line from Mohali led to a disruption in the power supply to a majority of the sectors in the southern parts of the city this evening.

The supply remained disrupted for around three hours. According to an official of the Electricity Department, parts of Sectors 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 43, 44, 51, 52 and 53 were among the affected areas.

UT Superintending Engineer MP Singh said the southern sectors were without electricity as the power line from Mohali had developed a technical snag.

The department was flooded with complaints from residents from various sectors. Over 200 complaints were received.

Chandigarh receives a major share of power through Mohali.

While 67 per cent of its power is received through Mohali, about 10 per cent is received from Dhulkote (BBMB) and the remaining 23 per cent through Nalagarh.

Dr Jagdish Jaggi, president of the Residents Welfare Association, Sector 37, said the power supply to Sector 37 remained disrupted for over an hour.”Power cuts in our sectors have become a routine,” Jaggi said.

Mandeep, a resident of Sector 47, said the entire sector witnessed a blackout for about an hour, leading to inconvenience to residents

The fault in the 220 kV substation in the Industrial Area, Mohali, also caused power cuts for half an hour in several areas of Mohali from around 8.30 pm. The affected areas included Phase I, Phase II, Phase V and Phase VII, and Sectors 70 and 71. 



High Court stays UT’s demand, but with a rider
Asks Golf Club to deposit 50% of the Rs 8.59 cr lease rent
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Issuing a fresh notice for August 25 on a petition filed by the Chandigarh Golf Club, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the impugned demand made by the Chandigarh Administration, subject to deposit of 50 per cent amount.

As the matter came up for hearing this morning, a Division Bench of Justice Satish Kumar Mittal and Justice Mahavir Singh Chauhan asserted: “The impugned demand made by the Chandigarh Administration is stayed, subject to deposit of 50 per cent amount”.

Deputy Commissioner-cum-Estate Officer Mohammed Shayin had last week issued a notice to the president of the Chandigarh Golf Club for depositing Rs 8.59 crore within 15 days as lease rent from March 16, 2008, to March 15, 2014.

As a result of the development, the Golf Club will now have to pay approximately Rs 4.30 crore. Attempts earlier made by the High Court to sort out the issue through mediation could not succeed. The High Court, on a previous date of hearing, was informed that a former Judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Kuldip Singh, was no more mediating.

Justice Kuldip Singh was appointed as a mediator by the High Court to resolve the row over the renewal of lease between the Golf Club and the Chandigarh Administration. The High Court had earlier made it clear that it wanted the Administration and the club to put their heads together for resolving the row. Seeking directions for setting aside the order/letter issued by the Administration on November 15 and 16 last year, the club had contended that it was illegal, arbitrary and discriminatory.

The Administration, vide the letter, had asked the club to deposit lease money from March 16, 2008, to March 15, 2013. The amount, as per the calculations, comes out to be Rs 9,27,48,000.

Directions were also sought by the club to extend the lease of the petitioner society either in terms of draft lease proposed through a letter dated December 2, 2009, or on terms similar to that of the Delhi Golf Club, both in terms of lease money as well as tenure.

The High Court, during the course of the hearing, had earlier verbally questioned the Golf Club on the issue of paying the lease amount. Dubbing it as a rich club, a Division Bench of the High Court had minced no words in saying that money was not being paid, while lakhs were being spent on elections and lavish parties.

The Bench had, in fact, asked the Golf Club counsel the reason behind its reluctance to pay the amount, even though it was charging fees for organising functions. The observations were made verbally during the course of the hearing as passing reference, and cannot be construed as expression by the Bench on the merits of the on-going case.

Drawing a parallel between the Central Club and the Golf Club, the Bench observed that the former could pay from its meagre resources, but the latter, which was a club of the rich, was yet to pay. 


UT soft-pedals on cycle track issue
Loses track of Punjab and Haryana High Court orders; condition of paths deplorable 
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Nearly seven months have lapsed since the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the UT Engineering Department and the Municipal Corporation to repair cycle pathways in the city, but the authorities concerned seems to have lost track of the orders. So many cycle tracks need repair and cleaning, as the authorities continue to soft-pedal on the issue.

Pathways at so many places disappear from under the wheels, throwing off track the safety of the cyclist. In fact, efforts to encourage the cyclists to use the tracks have hit a roadblock, with fissures, craters and garbage bins practically throwing the trails out of gear.

Taking up the matter, Justice Rajive Bhalla of the Punjab and Haryana High Court had on November 8 last year observed that claims of having repaired the tracks under their control by the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh “appear to be prima-facie incorrect”.

“The Engineering Department and the Municipal Corporation are directed to repair cycle tracks preferably within two months. It is made clear to the Engineering Department as well as the Municipal Corporation that they should not make excuses and instead ensure repair of cycle tracks.

“As regard lighting of cycle tracts, every effort be made to complete lighting work within three months after obtaining due sanction from the authority concerned,” Justice Bhalla had added.

As the Punjab and Haryana High Court takes up the traffic regulation and road safety case once again on Friday, the Tribune carries out a reality check by taking a look at some of the tracks.

The narrow strip of road that takes off from near the Sector 18,19, 20 and 21 roundabout on the Sector 20 side gives no indication of the heaps of garbage that block the track ahead. The journey on the track comes to an abrupt halt before the destination as refuse spilling out of two colossal bins placed at a close distance force the cyclists to apply brakes. To make the matters worse, they have no option but to step into the traffic on the busy road dividing Sector 20 and 21 after leaving the track near the traffic lights.

The situation is a shade better on the track abutting the road dividing Sector 7 and 8. The metalled track on the Sector 7 side gives way to a massive crevice filled with sludge and muck. The cyclists have to do a balancing act to prevent the loss of equilibrium.

Peddle on the track adjacent to the road dividing Sector 19 and 18, and you find a crevice with water from a nearby tank almost constantly flowing through it. The point marks a break in the journey of the cyclists, as they have to get down to save themselves from falling during the daytime. At night, it’s that hand of providence that saves a few.

This is not all. Nearly two decades ago, Baleshwar Rai as the Adviser to the UT Administrator announced the launch of the city’s first concrete cycle track from the Sector 16 cricket stadium to the Sukhna Lake.



Fiza’s death: Finally, Mohali police file closure report
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

A file photo of Fiza

Mohali, July 24
It is official now that Anuradha Bali aka Fiza, the estranged wife of Haryana’s former Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan, was not murdered.

After almost two years of Fiza’s sensational death, the Mohali Police now closed her death case.

“She had died a sudden natural death due to overdose of some medicine and liquor or she had consumed some poisonous substance, so the case attracted inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPc”, stated the report of the Special Investigating Team, which was constituted by the Mohali police to work out the case. The opinion of the District Attorney (DA) (legal), sought by the Mohali police in the case, was also the same

Taking the SIT report and the DA (legal)’s opinion into consideration, the Mohali police closed the case recently.

Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti confirmed the development and said, “One thing is definite Fiza was not murdered”.

He added that there was no need to continue the probe in the case. “All the investigations in the case indicated that there was no foul play so we have closed the case after initiating proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPc”, said the SSP.

Though the Mohali police have closed the case, there is still a question mark whether Fiza had died due to overdose of some medicine or some chemical reaction had taken place because she had medicine with liquor or she had committed suicide.

Notably, the medical analysis reports of Fiza confirmed presence of rat-poison along with liquor in her stomach.

Fiza’s highly decomposed body was recovered from her bedroom at her residence in Sector 48 on August 6, 2012. Her postmortem reports indicated that she might have died on August 2.

Her murder had come to light when Fiza’s uncle, whom she had called up on August 1, had gone to see her on August 6 after finding her mobile phone switched off since August 2.



Click-a-cab service launched in city 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
A consolidated cab service for local and outstation travel, bringing 75 individual cab operators under one platform, has been launched in the city today.

The service that operates via a mobile app, connects the traveller to the nearest cab tracing pickup location automatically and asks for a drop location and sends the cab driver to the pickup location directly.

While the company, Olacabs, that launched the service today claims to be bringing more safety in travel experience, better and regular income avenues for small car operators in city at Rs 18 per Kilometre tarrif, the existing larger cab operators are of another view. They said running business at such low rates would not be viable.

Olacabs claimed that it would conduct regular car audits, driver training and sensitisation sessions to ensure standardised service delivery and customer experience, without, however, owning the vehicles.

“We do not own the vehicles, but we have a mechanism to ensure standards of the vehicles,” said Anand Subramanian, director-marketing communications, Olacabs.

The existing cab owners in the city said that owning a vehicle was crucial for maintaining standards. “Owning a taxi is very important to regulate standards. We are offering the minimum possible charges for the cab service. Anything below this will make it difficult to run the business and our charges are regulated by the Administration,” said Colonel VS Dhillon, MD, Tricity Tour and Travels.



Garden of Palms inaugurated in city
Tribune News Service

Children come out of the tourist information centre at the garden.
Children come out of the tourist information centre at the garden.

The Garden of Palms in Sector 42, Chandigarh.
The Garden of Palms in Sector 42, Chandigarh.

Chandigarh, July 24
Adviser to UT Administrator KK Sharma inaugurated the Garden of Palms in Sector 42 here and released a brochure on “Festivals of Chandigarh” that describes and synchronize tourist events organised by the Chandigarh Tourism.

Anil Kumar, Home Secretary-cum-Secretary, Tourism, said the garden had come up with a central financial assistance of Rs 220 lakh and Rs 279 lakh from the UT Engineering Department.

The garden consists of 21 varieties of palms with over hundred palm plants, besides a tourist information centre, adventure tourism cycling infrastructure, tourist multi-play system, tourist huts and benches, walkways for tourists, artistic bridges over the rivulet for convenience of tourists connecting the garden with an artificial lake, public toilets and parking facility.

To promote garden tourism in Chandigarh, the Chandigarh Tourism in association with the Engineering Department of the Municipal Corporation and with the Central Financial Assistance (CFA), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, under the scheme “A City of Green & Gardens”, is making efforts to bring more similar gardens such as ‘Garden of Springs’, Sector-53, Chandigarh; ‘Japanese Garden’, Sector-31, Chandigarh; and ‘Garden of Conifer’, Sector-52, Chandigarh; which will further promote Chandigarh as a “a city of greens & gardens”.

Tanvi Garg, IAS, Director, Tourism, said to facilitate residents and tourists, it had been decided that a cafeteria would be opened shortly in the garden and it would be run by the Society for Tourism and Entertainment Promotions in Chandigarh (STEPS). The cafeteria would facilitate people visiting the ISBT, Sector 43, who could have refreshment there, besides availing all information about tourist places from the tourist information centre.



RLA set to make forms people-friendly
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
In a bid to make forms for different services at the UT Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) simpler and people-friendly, the department is soon going to introduce revised forms that will provide all information, including fee for the service and the counter number where the file will be deposited to name a few.

Officials said that more information had been added to the forms that would assist people. RLA Kashish Mittal said that the form would also act as a guide to the user as every detail regarding the services would be printed on the form. “Once the forms are introduced, people will not have to depend on middlemen who charge fee from them to fill the forms and provide them with basic information”, the RLA stated. The officials said there would also be a checklist of documents that would also help people at the time of depositing the file.

Sources said to streamline the process, there would be a column in which objections if any in the file would be recorded and when someone would again come with the file then the RLA employee concerned would not go through the entire file again but would only check whether the objection had been cleared.

The officials said that once the forms were finalised they would be uploaded on the official website of the RLA.



Rs 14.56 cr spent on infrastructure: DC
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 24
A sum of over Rs 14.56 crore has been spent so far on providing basic infrastructure and facilities, including proper classrooms, and renovation work in government schools in the district.

Stating this here yesterday, Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said improvisation in primary education was being done. The objective was to ensure that those studying in government schools had access to better employment opportunities.

The Deputy Commissioner said free school uniforms were being given to SC and ST students. This facility had also been extended to students belonging to the BPL families. For providing the uniforms, about Rs 1.97 crore had been spent.

Under the special training component scheme, training was being provided to 223 children who were lacking in their school education.



Contract employees’ body holds protest
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 24
Members of the Contractual Employees Association (CEA) of the Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Punjab, staged a dharna here today against the failure of the authorities to fulfill their demands.

The employees, who staged the protest in front of the office of the State Programme Management Cell, said the programme director had given an assurance to the CEA that its demands would be accepted at a meeting on July 3, but no intimation had been received so far in this regard by the association.

The demands of the CEA include regularisation of the services of all contractual staff; implementation of pay scales on the pattern of the SSA and the NRHM contractual staff; and continuation of the services of the contractual employees in the department after the completion of the World Bank-aided project.

The protesters said they would continue their stir till their demands were met.



MC tightens noose around parking contractors
To impose heavy fine for overcharging
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
In a bid to tighten the noose around paid parking contractors in the city who overcharge commuters using the facility, the Municipal Corporation (MC) has decided to impose heavy fine on them starting from Rs 500, which will go up to Rs 10,000.

The committee constituted by the MC to work out the rules and regulations of paid parking in the city has taken the decision to impose fine on the contractors.

Congress councillor Pardeep Chhabra, who is one of the members of the committee, said on getting the complaint for the first time the contractor would be fined for Rs 500.

“The fine will relatively increase with the growing number of complaints,” Chhabra said.

He said after getting seven complaints of overcharging, the paid parking operators would be fined with Rs 10,000 for each complaint.

The MC frequently receives complaints of overcharging at different parking lots, however, despite several checks carried by it the problem still persists.

The committee has also decided that the parking contractors would be blacklisted if they would surrender their parking contract for two times. In the recent past, several parking contractors surrendered the parking contract over some issues with the MC.

Officials said a special meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) is called on Friday, especially to discuss the decision.

Once the decision is approved by the F&CC, both clauses will be added to the terms and conditions for paid parking.

“The contracts of paid parking, which will be allotted by the MC, will be as per the revised terms and conditions,” an official added.



Diplomats host dinner to mark opening of C’wealth Games
Tribune News Service

British Deputy High Commissioner David Lelliott (left), Canadian Consul General Rajani Alexander (centre) and NSNIS Director Sumitra R Jyotsi (extreme right) at a dinner to mark the opening of the XXth Commonwealth Games in Chandigarh.
British Deputy High Commissioner David Lelliott (left), Canadian Consul General Rajani Alexander (centre) and NSNIS Director Sumitra R Jyotsi (extreme right) at a dinner to mark the opening of the XXth Commonwealth Games in Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, July 24
To mark the opening of the XXth Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, David Lelliott, British Deputy High Commissioner, Chandigarh, and Canadian Consul General Rajani Alexander, jointly hosted a dinner here today.

British High Commissioner David Lelliott said, “Things have changed, few years back Commonwealth Games were not about medal tally but about individual endeavours.”

Rajani added “We have 265 athletes from Canada participating in the CWG and we are hopeful of bagging couple of gold medals.”

On the expectations from the Indian contigent Sumitra R Jyotsi, director, NSNIS, Patiala, said “We are hopeful of winning some medals in table tennis, weight lifting and athletics.”

She further claimed, “Though the boxing team had practised at NIS. However, due to lack of overseas competition we are not very hopeful of bagging medals in boxing.”

David Lelliott said, “We’re delighted to host this reception with our Canadian friends, a reflection of the commitment of both our governments that our diplomatic missions around the world should work closely together. Our membership of the Commonwealth is one of many interests that we share, both with each other and India.”

He further stated that the Commonwealth Games provide a fantastic opportunity for sportspersons from around the world to come together in friendship; and for us all Canadians, Indians, Britons, the whole Commonwealth Family to celebrate what unites us. And of course we would like to wish best of luck to all the sportspersons gathered in Glasgow.”

Rajani Alexander said “I am pleased to co-host this reception with our friends from the United Kingdom. Sports represents one of the best ways in which people from different parts of the world can come together to celebrate the human qualities of perseverance and endurance. The Commonwealth Games also celebrate the relationship we share with the larger Commonwealth family based on the values of democracy, rule of law, peace and security. We are happy to celebrate this occasion in India, a close partner of Canada. I wish all the sportspersons participating in the games a very best of luck.”

The XX Commonwealth Games are being held in Glasgow, Scotland, from July 23 to August 3. The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 70 teams from Commonwealth family. 



3-yr-old gets free cancer treatment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
A three-year-old child, Manish, suffering from cancer of abdomen was provided free treatment by a hospital here. The Samana-based couple working in a bakery had lost hopes due to their inability to afford the expenses.

Senior oncologist and chairman of Gian Sagar Medical College Hospital Dr Barjinder Singh said the child was first examined at a medical check-up camp held in Samana in November 2013.



Business News
Technology carnival

Epson on Thursday conducted its ‘envision programme’, a technology carnival, aiming at delighting visitors with the latest digital imaging solutions for home, office, business and beyond. Epson is a company committed to developing technologies that enhance experiences of customers. With a home theatre projector zone, a photo zone with a photo contest, the event provided consumers an incredible opportunity to learn, connect, and have fun.

Emami launches new product

Emami launched its new product - Zandu Balm Ultra Power. Mohan Goenka, director, Emami Limited, said: “The topical pain management segment in India is pegged at around Rs 2,500 crore and Zandu Balm, an Ayurvedic brand, aims a growth of around 20 per cent in the segment. Zandu aims at providing a holistic care to consumers across generations”.

Nerolac Paints announces Q1 results

Kansai Nerolac Paints Limited (KNPL) on Thursday announced its unaudited results for the first quarter of financial year 2014-15 during a board meeting. The company declared gross sales of Rs 1,095.08 crore, marking a growth of 17 per cent, over the same quarter of the previous year.

Scholarship on television

Tata Sky has announced the launch of the first-ever scholarship for children that can be availed through television. Author Chetan Bhagat has been roped in to promote the Tata Sky Scholarship Quiz. — TNS



Contract faculty terminated, CCET staff go on strike
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
The staff of the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Sector 26, today went on an indefinite strike against the termination of a contractual Assistant Professor from the college. As the teaching faculty was on strike, no classes were held today.

A delegation of the college staff called on UT Secretary, Technical Education, Sarvjit Singh, but no decision was taken to reinstate the faculty member. Following this, the members decided to continue the strike.

The faculty alleged that this was not a lone case and rather reflected the plight of all contractual employees, who were made to work for years in government institutions and later ‘shunted out’ at the time of regular appointment.

Vikramjeet Pawar, President, CCET Employees Union, said, “We won’t stop the protest until the authorities don’t find a permanent solution to our problem.”

“The contract staff, who now face the threat of termination, have been associated with the college from the start. It is the lone engineering college of the UT Administration but has 100 per cent contract staff,” added Pawar.



class xi admissions in government schools
Second cut-off hits the roof again
All general category seats bagged by 10 CGPA holders at Mani Majra school
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Applicants seeking admission in Class XI in government schools continue to face cut-throat competition as the cut-off in the science and commerce stream after the second counselling has scaled up to a perfect 10, while it is 8.6 in humanities.

After the second counselling, 2,100 seats have already been filled up and around 2,000 reserved seats are still vacant.

As per information uploaded on the official website of the Education Department, the most sought-after school for the science and commerce stream is Government Model Senior Secondary School, Mani Majra Modern Housing Complex (GMSSS MHC MM), as the remaining seven seats in the science stream (general category), and two in commerce stream (general category), were bagged by students with 10 CGPA.

In the science stream, the cut off was 6.20 in the physically-challenged category, 8.20 in the freedom-fighter category and 9.20 in the Kashmiri migrant category.

Meanwhile, lauding the students who had secured admission in the second counselling, the Director Public Instructions DPI (S), Kamlesh Kumar, said, “I wish all students a bright future.”

Kumar said the vacant seats under the reserved category will be allotted to the general category candidates during the third counselling.

Education Department officials said a majority of the seats were lying vacant in schools located in the peripheral areas.

In the humanities stream, the highest cut off scaled from 8 CGPA in the first counselling to 8.6.

Tough competition was seen at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, to secure admission in the humanities stream.

The cut off for the second counselling in the science stream in the top five government schools was between 10 to 8.8 CGPA, while it was between 10 to 8.6 CGPA in the commerce stream and between 8.6 to 7.2 CGPA in humanities.

The Education Department officials said in case, a candidate could not get a seat in the school/stream of his first option, his/her name has been included in the ‘waiting list’ of that school/stream (first option).

Meanwhile, the officials further said the waiting list would be valid up to August 6.

Help at hand

  • Candidates who had taken admission during the first round of counselling can submit their forms in the allotted school from July 25-26 between 9 am to 11 am.
  • Candidates who have been allotted seat for the first time can deposit their fees in the school, where the seat has been allotted from July 25-26 between 9 am to 11 am.
  • In case, the fees is not deposited on the due date, the allotment of seat will be cancelled.
  • The option of school and stream given in the application form cannot be changed before the completion of the second round of counselling.
  • For the change of school/stream/option, a candidate can submit the form in the third counselling, which will start from August 13.
  • For any discrepancy/objection, candidates must inform the Grievances Redressal Cell at GMSSS-19 and GMSSS-16.



panjab university student council elections
NSUI announces general body
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
The National Students Union of India (NSUI), today announced its general body for the Panjab University Student Council Election-2014 at the Student Centre.

The newly-constituted general body of the NSUI aims to give proper representation to students of the science departments, promote participation of girls in university politics so as to empower them to take up responsibilities and involve them in the decision-making process.

The new panel comprises party convener Amrit Sohi, campus president Sanjeev Sharma, party in charge Harvinder Singh, campus in charge Rishav Budhwal, general secretary Brahmjot Singh, general secretary Naval and girl’s wing in charge Amandeep Kaur.

The announcements were made by Gagan Brar, who has been appointed by the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee to supervise and co-ordinate the university elections.

New Panel

  • The new panel comprises party convener Amrit Sohi, campus president Sanjeev Sharma, party in charge Harvinder Singh, campus in charge Rishav Budhwal, general secretary Brahmjot Singh, general secretary Naval and girl’s wing in charge Amandeep Kaur.
  • The newly-constituted general body of the NSUI aims to give proper representation to students of the science departments, promote participation of girls in university politics so as to empower them to take up responsibilities and involve them in the decision-making process.



PU and college notes
Counselling schedule announced

Chandigarh: Panjab University has announced counselling schedule for various certificate and diploma courses in departments. The counselling for admission to certificate courses in Chinese and Tibetan, Postgraduate Diploma in Buddhist Studies will be held on July 25. Interview for admission to certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses in the subject of Urdu and Persian for session 2014-15 will be held on July 25 in the department.

Principal honoured

Following the direction of the UT Home Secretary, Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45 has put college signboard in Punjabi and Hindi. Panditrao Dharennavar, assistant professor in Post Graduate Government College, Sector 46, here honoured principal Dr Meera Modi for putting signboard in Punjabi and Hindi.

ASPA young scholar

Panjab University Junior Research Fellow (UGC) Mohammad Sohail Dhillon has been selected as one of the young scholars by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) for its 3rd International Young Scholars Workshop in Public Policy and Administration Research. The workshop is being hosted by Jilin University in Changchun, People’s Republic of China in China from July 21 to July 24. Mohammad Sohail Dhillon is pursuing his PhD under the supervision of Prof BS Ghuman in Department of Public Administration.

Week-long induction programme

For the newcomer students of BSc (Hospitality and Hotel Administration) and BSc (Tourism), the University Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism (UIHMT) had organised a week-long induction programme from July 16 to July 23. Panjab University Dean Student Welfare (DSW) Prof Navdeep Goyal appreciated the initiative taken by the the University Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism for organising this programme which, he said, was very useful for the new entreats. — TNS



PU security staff seek assistance from UT police
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
With the election scenario hotting up on the Panjab University campus, the PU Security Department has approached the UT Police to manage the law and order situation during the student council elections.

The move comes in the wake of student party leaders canvassing and holding car rallies on the campus without ‘taking permission’ from the varsity authorities.

A communication has been sent by the PU Security Office to the UT Police to depute two police constables each, round the clock, on three gates in the university.

A special team comprising police personnel (four men and women each), along with an ASI officer, should be deployed outside girl hostel numbers 3 to 7, from 6 pm to 10 pm, till the election period.

In the past fortnight, there have been several instances wherein student political parties have not sought permission from the authorities to hold student or car rallies, particularly after announcing their panels.

Sources said PU’s ‘toothless’ security staff could not initiate action against student parties as they did not have power and could only ‘request’ them not to conduct such activities.

A student political party — who had sought permission to announce their panel — today held a car rally on the campus without the approval of the authorities.

Jatinder Grover, Chief Security Officer, PU, said, “We’ve written to the SSP and SHO for help which will be provided to us shortly.”

“We will take police assistance to avoid any untoward incident as a number of parties comprise students with a dark past,” he added.

Grover said a letter had been written to the office of the DSW that students with ID cards should seek permission to paste posters and outsiders should not be allowed to do so.



Junkyard exhibition ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
The best of working and non-working models prepared from waste materials were showcased at the junkyard exhibition, which concluded at RIMT World School, Mani Majra, today.

The week-long workshop on waste management was organised by the students of Classes VII-X. The students –- who had displayed state-of-the-art projects — dwelled upon environmental issues, disaster management and importance of light and sound.

School principal Poonam Katoch said, “We divided the projects on themes based on the subjects taught in classes”.

She further said the competition was aimed at promoting creativity, scientific temper and understanding about scientific concepts through easily-available materials.

The students showcased working models of generating electricity through salt water, practical way of rainwater harvesting and reducing pollution in our daily lives.



Protesting INSO students lock up XEN’s office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
High drama was witnessed at the office of the Executive Engineer, Panjab University (PU), when activists of the Indian National Students Organisation (INSO), locked the XEN’s office today.

The students were protesting against the alleged lackadaisical attitude of the XEN office in completing several ongoing projects and commencing new ones.

The students staged a protest for nearly two hours, thereby locking the staff and visitors inside the office.

The university authorities opened the rear door to facilitate easy movement of visitors in the department.

Panjab University sub-divisional officer (SDO), also arrived at the spot and tried to pacify the agitating INSO leaders but they refused to talk to him and demanded a meeting with the XEN.

Later, a meeting was convened by the Dean Student Welfare Navdeep Goyal along with the XEN and INSO leaders wherein the students were assured that all pending works will be completed.

INSO party president Gautam Nain said, “We’ve submitted a memorandum twice to the Executive Engineer regarding maintenance issues of various buildings on the campus. But no action has been taken till date.”

“The repair of roads on the campus, hostel and department buildings has been pending for long,” he added.


  • Completion of Community Centre, South Campus.
  • Repair roads; hostel and department buildings.
  • Maintenance of parks and open spaces in PU.
  • Completion of all under construction projects.
  • Hand over newly constructed buildings to the departments concerned on a priority basis.
  • Install new benches along with sheds at the Student Centre; cutting of wild grass.
  • Ensure cleanliness of sewage as well as installation of proper dustbins on the campus.



From Schools
Students bring laurels

Chandigarh: Adiraj Chaudhary, a student of Ryan International School, brought laurels to her school by securing second position at the international level of the National Science Olympiad. Toshali Pandey, another student, topped the state-level examination of the International English Olympiad. The principal of the school was also awarded with the Best Principal Award for North Region and Savitri Tikkoo was awarded as the best coordinator of the school.

Traffic awareness workshop

A traffic awareness workshop was organised at Saint Soldier International School, Sector 28-B, for students of Classes XI and XII. The workshop was conducted by Wing Commander CS Grewal and his associates, Sukhdev Singh sub-inspector and Vinod Kumar head constable, Chandigarh Police, Uma Mahajan and Ram Labhaya Gupta, traffic marshals, for creating awareness among students to ensure their safety on roads and to apprise them of traffic rules. Uma Mahajan made the students realise the importance of being alert on roads while driving. Head constable Vinod made the students aware of road signs through information booklets, which were later distributed among the students.

Prize distribution ceremony

A prize distribution ceremony was organised for the kindergarten section of the school. The tiny tots were given away prizes in various categories. School principal Jaskiran Harika applauded the tiny tots for their achievements and appreciated their teachers for the efforts put in each day in grooming up the children.

Investiture ceremony held

The investiture ceremony of the Interact Club of AKSIPS-41 Smart School was organised on the school premises. Eminent Rotarians were welcomed by Jasdeep Kalra, executive director of the AKSIPS Group of Schools. The programme began with the lighting of the “Jyoti Kalash” by the Rotarians. Kalra encouraged the students to go out of their way to help those who need their help. The newly elected office-bearers were decorated by the present Rotary president Paramjit Singh and secretary Sukhjit Singh Gill. — TNS



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