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Lathicharge on protesting teachers in P’kula
Blame game begins
DCP says Duty Magistrate gave orders; DC says cops were provoked
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 2
A day after the authorities lathicharged the protesting Haryana computer teachers which left many of them with critical injuries, senior officers in the Panchkula administration continue to blame one another when asked as to who ordered the lathicharge?

Yesterday, the ugly side of the police came to the fore when protesters who were marching towards the Shiksha Sadan in Sector 5, were not only lathicharged but water cannons were also used to stop them. Even women teachers were not spared.

While Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Rahul Sharma said that the orders were given by the Duty Magistrate appointed by the administration, the Panchkula Deputy Commissioner (DC) SS Phulia said a few police officials were hit by protesters while marching, so the policemen had to lathicharge them immediately.

Sharma said, “It was the Duty Magistrate who ordered the lathicharge. Without his orders, one cannot resort to lathicharge.”

Phulia said, “When the protesters were marching, a few of them threw barricades on police officials and an ACP was hurt, so then the police resorted to lathicharge. I am trying to find out as to who ordered the lathicharge.”

Sources said when the protesters were marching towards Shiksha Sadan ahead of the clash only one police team was present. Duty Magistrate tehsildar Ashwani Gambhir had come after the protesters were lathicharged and wasn’t aware of what had happened. Sudesh, a computer teacher, said, “Before the lathicharge, only the ACP and an Station House Officer (SHO) were present.”

Admn was polite towards protesting ex-MLA

Recently, when former Haryana MLA Venod Sharma had protested, no force was used against him. He had sought the resignation of the HSSC Chairman. Commissioner of Police Ajay Singhal himself was on the spot to request Sharma to call off the protest. The protesters were politely asked to court arrest and proceed to police vans. But here, innocent teachers were beaten up.

Women protesters complain against cops

Women were allegedly abused, their clothes torn and manhandled by policemen. The women protesters have complained to the women’s commission against the police.



Manhandling of protesters
Computer teachers burn effigy of Panchkula police
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 2
Over 150 computer teachers today burnt the effigy of Panchkula police at the back side of Hotel Bella Vista in Sector 5 here. They also raised slogans against Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Adarshdeep Singh for manhandling the protesters.

“We could have been given a warning. We were silently protesting then why were we beaten up so badly. The police officials were mere spectators when our women protesters were being manhandled,” said Sudesh, a protestor.

He added, “Is this the way to behave with women. They tore their clothes, pushed them. What are the women cops for?”

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Rahul Sharma said, “I have requested the mediapersons for the footage of the incident. I will identify the guilty cops who manhandled with the women protesters and will initiate action. They will not be spared.”

Meanwhile, the agitators said if they were not satisfied with the discussion held on August 5 with Haryana Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal, they would gherao the residence of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on August 6.



Mohali ADC’s absence from function
Punjab Chief Secy seeks reply
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 2
In the complaint filed by Punjab Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka against the Mohali Additional Deputy Commissioner for not attending a state-level function, the state Chief Secretary has sought explanation from the PCS officer in question, here.

Sources said Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal has issued a notice to Mohali Additional Deputy Commissioner Puneet Goel (PCS), and asked to explain why he was not present at the state-level function held at Daun village (Kharar) on July 16, in which the minister had inaugurated an advance cattle exhibition ground there.

Goel is also the CEO of the zila parishad, so he should have been present at the function related to the department, which comes under his jurisdiction.

The explanation has been sought through Mohali Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the Mohali DC said that Goel was yet to reply. “Whenever it comes, I will put it forward to the authorities concerned”, said the DC.

Notably, Maluka had made a written complaint against Goel to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on July 23, exactly a week after the function and sought disciplinary action against him.

‘I have explained my position’

I have already explained my position to Maluka sir. I met the minister recently. I will file my reply in this connection.I will not like to say anything more.

Puneet Goel, Mohali Additional Deputy Commissioner


UT bureaucrats don’t have property in city
IAS officers in the Chandigarh Administration have flats, plots in Gurgaon, Noida and Mohali
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
Bureaucrats from Punjab, Haryana and AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory cadre) cadre, who come on deputation and run the Chandigarh Administration, do not have a single residential or commercial property in the City Beautiful.

Property details submitted by Punjab, Haryana and AGMUT cadre IAS officers, who are presently posted in the UT, with the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) for 2013 reveal that they have properties in Mohali, Noida, Gurgaon, Patna and Goa but not in Chandigarh.

A majority of these officials have their ancestral properties.

UT Adviser KK Sharma has an ancestral property in his wife’s name in Goa. Besides, he has a flat in New Delhi and a plot in Greater Noida.

Finance Secretary Saravjit Singh, the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, Vivek Pratap Singh, Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Shayin and Transport Secretary Bhawna Garg, have plots in the Punjab IAS/PCS Cooperative Housing Society at Mullanpur in Mohali district.

Former Additional Deputy Commissioner Tanvi Garg, who was relieved this week, has an ancestral home in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, in her father’s name.

Sub-Divisional Magistrate (East) Danish Ashraf has properties in Bihar, the state from where he belongs.

Property details

KK Sharma, UT Adviser

  • Flat in Mayur Vihar, New Delhi
  • 500 sq metre plot in Greater Noida
  • Wife’s share in her ancestral properties in Goa

Anil Kumar, Home Secretary

  • Flats in Dwarka and Paschim Vihar, New Delhi
  • Nursing home site in Gurgaon
  • Plot in Faridabad

Saravjit Singh, Finance Secy

  • Plot in IAS/PCS Cooperative Housing Society, Mullanpur

Prerna Puri, Addl Secy (Home)

  • Flat in Punjab Officers Co-operative Housing Building Society, Mohali

Mohammed Shayin, DC

  • Flat in Gurgaon
  • Plot in IAS/PCS Coop Housing Society, Mullanpur

Vivek Pratap Singh, MC Commissioner

  • Flat in Mohali
  • Plot in IAS/PCS Cooperative Housing Society, Mullanpur



tribune impact
Mohali MC swings into action
Puts soil on heaps of garbage at town’s dumping yard in Sector 74
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 2
Swinging into action the Mohali Municipal Corporation (MMC) has started putting soil on the heaps of garbage at the town’s dumping yard in Sector 74 here.

Notably, a news item on MMC flouting the regulations of Management of Solid Wastes Rules 2000 while dumping the garbage of the town at the unauthorised site was published under the heading ‘Mohali MC dumping waste into river’ in these columns on Friday (August 1).

As garbage was seen lying in the open, the MMC has now started to put soil on it as per the rules mentioned in the MSW Rules.

A large number of dumpers were seen unloading soil at the site. The MMC workers were also seen cutting the wild growth in around the yard.

A senior official, present at the site, claimed that after putting the soil, a green belt would be developed at the site.

Notably, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has recently issued an order restraining dumping of any kind of waste in ‘Patiala Ki Rao’ river at Sector 74. It (the NGT) also held that it would continue to dump the municipal waste at the site which is available but after taking due precautions and strictly in accordance with The Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules 2000.

The Mohali DC, Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu, said he would ensure that all the rules under MSWR 2000 would be adhered to at the site. “I would also ask the MMC to take out a permanent solution of the problem by getting a dumping site as soon as possible,” Sidhu said.



chandigarh ls seat
Ex-minister Manish Tewari gets ‘active’
Meets residents, listens them out
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
As Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal lost the Chandigarh seat during the recent Lok Sabha (LS) elections, Manish Tewari, who was a Union Minister in the UPA Government, has started building his base in the UT.

Tewari, who was also an ‘aspirant’ for the party’s ticket for the Chandigarh seat during the last LS poll, today met residents of Sectors 49 and 50 here. The meeting was organised by members of the Residents Welfare Association, Sector 49, at the PEC Society in their sector.

Residents reportedly told Tewari that residents were taking care of maintenance of roads, water supply and sanitation inside the societies. However, they wanted that rather than residents, the MC should look after the civic problems inside the societies.

Pardeep Bhardwaj, senior vice-president of the Housing Society Residents Welfare Federation, who also attended the meeting, said the former minister discussed the problems faced by residents and assured them that he would speak to the officials concerned.

Despite repeated attempts, former Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari could not be contacted.

A local leader of the party said after defeat in the last Lok Sabha election, leaders in the Congress were eying the Chandigarh seat. Therefore, they have started building their base in the city. Moreover, the party high command was also likely to change the president of the city unit and every leader wants a person of his choice to get the post, he said.

Now, Manish Tewari will interact with city residents every weekend, sources close to Tewari said, adding that in the coming days, he will meet industrialists, traders, members of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) Federation, villagers and colony residents to build his base in the city.



UT cop shifted out, alleges conspiracy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
A whistle-blower UT cop has accused senior police officials of conspiring against him and posting him on an outstation duty.

In his complaint lodged at the Industrial Area police station, constable Jasjeet Singh stated that senior police officials conspired against him and issued orders sending him to Tarn Taran on security duty. A DDR in this connection has been registered at the police station.

Jagjeet Singh stated that the he was posted at Mauli Jagran police post and on July 31, he received his transfer orders to the Security Wing. On the same day, his wife, who is a constable in the Women Cell of the police, was transferred to the Sector 31 police station. “On August 1, I reported at the Security Wing and at 8 pm, I got another order putting me on VIP security at Tarn Taran. I was told that I will have to leave for Tarn Taran the very next day,” Jagjeet claimed.

The constable has sought an inquiry into his transfer.

“The senior officials targeted me because of the issues in the Police Department that I have been revealing,” he said.

SSP (Security and Traffic) Manish Chaudhary said it was a routine transfer and the complaint given by the constable was preposterous and defamatory. “The Supreme Court has ordered that the Dalit girl in Tarn Taran, who was assaulted by Punjab Police personnel, should be provided a security cover by the Chandigarh Police. To comply with the SC orders, the constable, along with three other cops, have been transferred to Tarn Taran,” Chaudhary said, adding that for the last one year, 12 policemen from Chandigarh have been posted in Tarn Taran. However, they never alleged harassment or being targeted, the SSP claimed.

In the past, constable Jasjeet Singh raised issues such as misappropriation of welfare funds of employees, allotment of houses after taking money from policemen, transfer of police personnel in Chandigarh and low quality shoes.



housing project case
Colonisers still at large
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, August 2
Even after one month and seven days, the district police have failed to nab the prime accused in the Vishranti, a housing project, case. The accused had developed a housing colony on a ‘disputed’ chunk of land in Singhpura village and sold plots and flats to over 250 people.

Though, the police had arrested employees of the construction company- Mount Kailash Land base Private Limited- yet the main accused who are allegedly enjoying political patronage, are still eluding the police.

On June 27, 11 persons, including some directors of the company, and a former sarpanch of Zirakpur were booked for their alleged involvement in a cheating and criminal conspiracy yet the police seem to have given burial to the plight of investors.

Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti, district police chief, claimed to have arrested a woman employee of the company. He said two accused had got stay orders on their arrest from the court while the rest are absconding.

The SSP claimed that the police parties were conducting raids at their suspected hide outs but none of them could be arrested so far.

The suspects were booked for their alleged involvement in selling plots and flats in a housing project- Vishranti, in Zirakpur a couple of years ago, on the complaint of SS Dhand, president of the Residents’ Welfare Association of the society.

A case under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC was registered against Sushil Bindal his brother Pradeep Bindal, Payal Bindal, Naveen Bansal, Sumit Garg, Hem Raj Garg, Rattan Kumar Bansal, Satish Bansal, Ram Goel, Neha Sharma and Jaspal Singh, at Zirakpur police station.

Struggling to get the possession of their flats in the society for the past nearly two years, over 250 buyers are feeling cheated by the builders.



Rail traffic hit as engine of goods train derails

Chandigarh, August 2
All the trains to Chandigarh were diverted via the Ambala-Ludhiana-Chandigarh section following derailment of the engine of a goods train at Ambala station at 8.30 this morning.

As per Railways officials, the track was cleared by the afternoon and since then, all the trains were plying on their fixed routes.

The train number 74991, Churaru Takrala via Chandigarh to Ambala passenger was short terminated at Chandigarh. All the trains to Chandigarh, including the 12029 Shatabdi Express, the 12497 Shan-e-Punjab Express, the 12469 JAT Express, the 15707 Katihar-Amritsar Express, the 14037 Delhi-Pathankot Express, the 11057 Mumbai-Amritsar (Pathankot) Express, the 12919 JAT Malwa Express, the 12054 Jan Shatabdi Express, the 12204 Garib Rath Express, the 12014 Shatabdi Express, the 12460 Amritsar-New Delhi Intercity Express and the 15210 Jan Sewa Express. Besides, the 15654 Amarnath Express, the 12926 Paschim Express and the 12920 Malwa Express were also diverted. — TNS



Four hotels challaned

Chandigarh, August 2
The UT Weight and Measures Department today issued challans to four hotels located in Sector 35 here.

On the directions of the Controller, Legal Metrology, Satish Kumar Jain, a team of officials from the department conducted surprise visit to 10 hotels in the city. The team found three hotels were overcharging for water bottles. These were Hotel Orange, The Regent and Shangri La. Besides, unstamped measures were being used in the bar of Hotel Monarch.

Weight and measures inspector Kamal Sarin said the department conducted surprise check in hotels to see if the norms were followed or not. He said a number of raids were conducted in other parts of the city last week. — TNS



Kent Purifiers gets ISI certification

Chandigarh: Kent RO Systems Limited was awarded ISI certification for Kent Ultra and Kent Max. Mahesh Gupta, chairman, Kent RO Systems Limited, said, “With families increasingly focussing on living a healthy lifestyle and avoiding potential health risks due to contaminated water, the market for water purifiers in India is growing at an amazing rate. Also the competition in market is increasing, we are happy that our two products have got the ISI certifications. We pledge to provide safe and healthy drinking water with best of our products.”

TVS sales grow by 32 pc

TVS Motor Company recorded 32 per cent growth in sales during the month of July 2014, with total sales increasing from 153,676 units recorded in the month of July 2013 to 203,092 units in the month of July 2014. Total two-wheeler sales also increased by 32 per cent from 146,671 units recorded in July 2013 to 194,128 units in July 2014. — TNS



50 teachers take part in CCWE meet
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, August 2
Members of the Chandigarh Confederation of Workers and Employees (CCWE), UT, held a meeting to deliberate upon several issues related to the contractual UT Employees Union at their office in Sector 19-D, here today.

Around 50 contractual teachers employed in various organisations in Chandigarh were present on the occasion.

Members said they had gathered to raise their voice for seeking security of service to the contractual and outsourcing workers.

They claimed that due to the implementation of policies by Centre, Chandigarh Employees and workers have become ‘orphan workers’.

They demanded that that Prime Minister Narender Modi should formulate policies for safeguarding the interests of contractual employees along with the amendment of various Labour Laws in Chandigarh.

While talking about the condition of the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan Volunteers and Special Training Teachers, president of CCWE BS Gill said, “The teachers are being paid peanuts despite working for long hours. We want that they should be paid wages and emoluments at par with regular employees, working on the same posts and performing similar duties as per the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.”

“If our demands are not taken into consideration, we will organise a big convention in the near future. We will hold demonstrations as well to make press our demands,” he added.



Male teachers accused of misbehaviour
Four Class XII girls complain to govt school principal; later, reach compromise
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
Within four days of the incident in which a Class I student was manhandled by her school in charge at Dhanas, four girls studying in Class XII at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 (W), accused two male teachers of misbehaving with them here today.

After a high drama on the school campus, both the parties—the students and the two teachers—entered into a compromise.

After the recess this afternoon, the four students, who are studying humanities, reportedly complained to their principal that two male teachers had misbehaved with them.

The school principal, Baljinder Singh, said: “As soon as the students complained to me, I called for a meeting of the harassment committee. While the committee, comprising senior female teachers, was listening to the students’ complaints, someone called the police and also informed the students’ parents, who rushed to the spot. The matter, however, was resolved.”

Deputy Director, School Education-I, Chanchal Singh, when contacted, said he had asked the school principal to submit a report.

“Since the complaint was made to the principal, I don’t know its contents. I have asked the principal to submit a report on the issue,” he said.

Singh said an inquiry had been initiated and stern action would be taken if anyone was found guilty.

The Sector 39 station house officer, Gurmukh Singh, said the students’ parents had called the Police Control Room to complain about eve-teasing by the two teachers, following which a team from the police station went to the spot.

“Both parties claimed there had been a misunderstanding and they had entered into a compromise,” said the SHO.

However after high drama was witnessed at the school, both the parties accused and the students entered into a compromise.

On July 30, a student of Government Senior Secondary School (Junior Wing), Dhanas, fractured her arm after being pushed by the evening school in charge.



Panjab University Campus Students’ Council elections
CYSS awaits AAP’s nod
Gulkirat Panag meets youth wing members, assures support
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
The Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), the youth wing of Aam Aadmi Party, is yet to get the green signal to contest the upcoming Panjab University Campus Students’ Council elections.

AAP’s national executive member Gulkirat Kaur Panag, who fought the Lok Sabha elections from Chandigarh, today met the CYSS members to discuss whether they should contest the students’ council poll.

Sources said during the meeting it was decided that the CYSS should start sensitising students on the issues that it would raise during and after the elections.

Around 250 students had joined the AAP during the Lok Sabha elections. If the student body gets the go ahead from the party leadership, it would start a special drive to enlist more students, said sources. Panag assured the students that she would campaign for them on the campus, if they get the party’s nod.

The CYSS head, Amandeep Jawandha, said the picture will become clear by the next week. If given the nod, the AAP’s youth wing in PU would be the first one in the region to contest students’ council elections, he said.

He said even if the party did not allow them to contest elections, they would work as a watchdog and sensitise the youth on important issues and on how to choose their candidates during the poll.

The gathering also decided that if the CYSS contests the upcoming elections, it would strictly adhere to the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations.

At present, there are 13 students’ parties that have started campaigning on the campus.



Children raise a toast to environment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2
With the aim to raise environmental awareness among students, The British School, Sector 44-B, organised the event “God’s Gift: My Environment”.

Tiny tots beamed with enthusiasm as they were told about the importance of trees. School principal Mona Sethi said: “We chose the monsoon season to organise the event as plantation drives are carried out during this time. Moreover, with Teej being celebrated everywhere, there could not have been a better time to convey the ‘Green’ message.”

During the event, children donned cut-outs of plants and trees, prepared with the involvement of parents and teachers. The children recited poems themed on environment and the need to plant saplings this monsoon.

Teej festivities at GGSCW
Soaking in festive fervour: Students of the Guru Gobind Singh College for Women dance during a Teej function on the college campus in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Saturday
Soaking in festive fervour: Students of the Guru Gobind Singh College for Women dance during a Teej function on the college campus in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

The Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, celebrated Teej today. Students took part in the Miss Teej competition, followed by mehandi competition, to add to the festivities. Swings put up on the college ground were decorated with flowers, and students danced to the tune of Punjabi songs to make the day a memorable one.

Delicacies such as “kheer” and “poora” were also served on the occasion. Students welcomed college principal Dr Charanjeet Kaur Sohi in a traditional manner. She, too, took an active part in the celebrations.

Harpreet Kaur of MCom-II won the Miss Teej title. Manpreet Kaur of BCom-II was declared “Sunakhi Mutiyaar”, while Sweetpal Sohal of MCom-I was named “Rangeeli Punjaban”. In the mehandi competition, Balwinder Kaur of BA-II won the first prize, followed by Gurjeet Kaur of BA-I.



from schools
Students display projects

Students display models during the annual social studies and science exhibition at Saupin’s School, Sector 70, Mohali, on Saturday Chandigarh: Amravati Vidyalaya held its annual project day on the campus. The school authorities said the event gave students an opportunity to work on different projects and showcase their creativity. School chairman Kulwant Singh visited all classrooms and encouraged the students by appreciating their creations. Principal Ambika Menon, too, appreciated the efforts of all students and teachers.
Students display models during the annual social studies and science exhibition at Saupin’s School, Sector 70, Mohali, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Vanamahotsava celebrated

Government Middle School, Sector 26, celebrated vanamahotsava. Satnarayan Sharma, a member of the Environment Society of India, and area councillor Naresh Kumar were chief guests on the occasion. Students and teachers planted saplings of various trees and herbal plants. Headmaster Shashi Kumar, in his address to students, emphasised the importance of trees.

Fruit day

The kindergarten block of St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44-D, celebrated Fruit Day. A fruit market comprising stalls of various fruits was set up in the classroom. The stalls carried banners bearing students’ names. Some students posed as fruit sellers while others acted as customers. Weighing scales and weighing blocks were used to measure the weight of fruits. The fruits were delivered in paper bags to encourage students to shun polythene bags.

Teachers get tips on finance

Ryan International School, in collaboration with the National Finance Olympiad Association, conducted a workshop for tricity-based teachers of business studies and economics. The workshop aimed at enhancing the teachers’ knowledge about financial market theories and providing them with tools to teach difficult concepts. The key speaker at the workshop was Pranav Chaturvedi. He discussed various case studies and taught group activities for collective learning. Around 50 teachers attended the workshop.

NSS volunteers distribute clothes

The National Service Scheme wing of Saint Soldier International School, Sector 28-B, extended a helping hand to residents of Halo Majra by distributing clothes, shoes and items of daily use. The NSS volunteers had launched a “Help the Needy” campaign at the school to sensitise students towards needs and problems of the underprivileged. They encouraged all students to donate useful items in order to help the community. NSS programme officer Manoj Sharma and NSS volunteers interacted with the residents and distributed the items. Principal Vijaya Sidhu appreciated the students’ efforts.

Science exhibition

Mohali: To provide students with an opportunity to enhance their learning and create awareness on the role played by science and technology in socio-economic and sustainable growth of the country, Saupin’s School, Sector 70, held its annual social studies and science exhibition. The students put up exhibits, depicting various practical uses of physics in the modern day-to-day life. Students also showcased models of machines that gave a fillip to agriculture, communication, transportation and banking. — TNS



pu notes
New premises inaugurated

Chandigarh: The new premises of the Centre for IAS and Other Competitive Examinations were inaugurated at Panjab University on Saturday. While dedicating the new premises to civil services aspirants of the university, Urvashi Gulati, former Chief Secretary and presently the State Information Commissioner, Haryana, talked about her stay on the varsity, both as a student and a faculty. Gulati, who is also the chairperson of the centre’s advisory committee, appreciated the improvements and novel initiatives taken by the centre.

Admissions under way

The online admissions to the BEd course at the University School of Open Learning are under way. The last date for submission of online forms is August 8. — TNS



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