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Harassment of four Class XII students
Dept acts against 2 teachers
Based on report of committee, suspends one, repatriates other
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
Acting on a report of the sexual harassment committee of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 (West), the Education Department finally swung into action and repatriated one of the accused teachers in a case of harassment of four Class XII students to his parent cadre state and suspended another accused teacher.

The incident had occurred on August 2 when four girl students of the Class XII humanities stream alleged that two male teachers — an economics lecturer and a JBT teacher, misbehaved with them.

High drama had prevailed in the school as parents of the complainants had called the police from Sector 39 to the spot. However, the same day, both parties had claimed in front of the police that they had reached a compromise.

The Education Department had told the Principal to submit a report based on the sexual harassment committee’s findings.

Principal of the school Baljinder Singh confirmed that both accused teachers were found guilty by the sexual harassment committee. He said, “The department has taken action against both teachers.”

The sexual harassment committee comprised 12 teachers. The girl students had demanded the termination of services of both accused teachers.

Baljinder Singh said, “Today, I received orders from the Education Department to relieve Ashok Kumar, who was serving on deputation in the school. The orders stated that action must been taken with immediate effect. Mukesh’s suspension orders are awaited.”

Meanwhile, DPI (S) Kamlesh Kumar said, “On the basis of the report, which stated that both teachers have been found guilty of misbehaviour, the department has taken action. While one of the teachers has been suspended, the other has been repatriated.”

Found guilty of misbehaviour: DPI (S)

On the basis of the report, which stated that both teachers have been found guilty of misbehaviour, the department has taken action. While one of the teachers has been suspended, the other has been repatriated.

Kamlesh Kumar, DPI (S)



Crime cases in city
Despite CCTV footage, UT police continue to grope in the dark
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
Facing flak from all corners after the daylight robbery incident at a jewellery store in Sector 22 two days ago, the UT police today claimed the crime was “well under control”. While the police today released statistics of crime figures to establish its “all is well” theory, the ground reality is that the police are groping in the dark in the Sector 22 robbery case even after clear CCTV footage has been obtained showing the accused’s face. A peep into recent cases of crimes in the city further highlight the fact that the UT police have failed to make any headway in umpteen cases of crime where they have received CCTV footage.

The police, who have time and again instructed shop owners, banks and market associations to install CCTV cameras, have failed to make headway in most of the cases where they obtained images of the accused after the crimes were committed. Blame it on shoddy investigation or lackadaisical approach of the police in identifying the accused, the fact is that the UT police have been able to derive nothing out of the CCTV footage. Unclear or blurred footage was also received in some of the cases, making the investigations fall flat.

Be it robbery cases, ATM thefts, accidents or even cases of minor thefts, the UT police have failed to identify the accused on the basis of CCTV footage in recent sensational cases. The video of the CCTV footage showing the robber wearing a cap walking into the jewellery store in Sector 22 on Monday, shooting the salesman and fleeing with trays of gold chains is being circulated on Facebook, WhatsApp and also on the electronic media, but the police surveillance system has failed to identify the accused.

CCTV footage that led to nowhere

  • The police failed to gather any evidence in the case of robbery of Rs 5 lakh from the cash van of the State Bank of Patiala in Khuda Ali Sher reported on June 27 this year even though they procured the CCTV footage showing seven men alighting from the car outside the Mansa Devi Complex. The robbers had abandoned the car minutes after conducting the robbery and were visible in the footage. The case remains unsolved.
  • On July 24, a Sector 44 resident, Rajinder Chawla, had provided CCTV footage to the police in which a thief was captured stealing water taps from outside his house. Even over 10 days after the incident, the UT police have not even released the image of the thief and are making no efforts to identify him. “The thief is clearly shown in the footage. There have been four to five thefts of water taps in our locality. The police simply made no efforts even though we had provided them the footage. What is the purpose of installing CCTV cameras if the police fail to make any headway?” asked Rajinder.
  • A woman clad in a sari was booked for cheating a jeweller in Sector 17 by exchanging a diamond ring worth Rs 1 lakh with an artificial ring on May 7. Gulshan Lal, the owner Society Jewellers in Sector 17, had reported to the police that a woman posed as a customer and asked their salesman to show diamond rings. When the salesman attention was diverted, she replaced the diamond ring with the artificial one she was wearing. A CCTV footage obtained from the shop showed a sari-clad woman looking at diamond rings and then cleverly changing one of these with the one she was wearing. The case remains unsolved.
  • The police have failed to make any headway in the case of fraudulent ATM withdrawal of an official of the Punjab Education Department reported this year. The CCTV footage of the ATM in the Industrial Area showed a man withdrawing cash, but the UT police failed to make any headway.

Blurred footage

In most of the cases, the CCTV footage obtained was blurred and made it difficult for us to identify the accused. All efforts are on to identify the robber in the Sector 22 case and we are hopeful of nabbing the culprit soon.




Crime under control: Police
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
In a face-saving exercise after the Sector 22 robbery case, the UT police today released figures to claim that crime was well under control and “all is well”.

Comparing statistics of crime with those of last year, the police stated in a press note that cases of snatchings and murders had dropped. However, the fact remains that the city has been hit by a number of brazen daylight robberies and carjacking cases, which are still unsolved have highlighted the inefficiency of the police.

While the UT police had to transfer the in charge of the Sector 22 police post to the Police Lines after the Sector 22 robbery case on August 4, the police had also received flak in the Swift Dzire carjacking case in July. The car, belonging to an official, was taken away forcibly and the police took a similar call prior to the incident very lightly and did not visit the spot in Sector 43 at that time. Two police personnel were suspended for their negligence too.

The police have also been hit by allegations of corruption as the CBI had laid two traps and arrested a Burail jail warder and a head constable of the traffic police in bribe cases. Moreover, an SHO also levelled allegations of corruption against a woman DSP following which both were transferred.

Nevertheless, in the press note, the UT police said, “This year till July 31, the overall crime situation in the UT remained well under control as compared to the previous year. During the year, nine cases of murder were reported and these have been worked out, including three blind murder cases, as compared to 15 reported in 2013 during the same period. Under the head attempt to murder, 23 cases were reported of which 21 cases have been worked out, as compared to 35 cases reported in the previous year.”

In 2014, a total of 64 cases of snatching have been reported, of which 35 have been worked out as compared to 127 cases reported during 2013. As many as 74 cases of burglary have been reported of which 51 have been worked out as compared to 167 cases reported during the previous year. Similarly, 396 cases of vehicle theft have been reported of which 181 have been worked out as compared to 526 cases reported in the previous year. As many as 261 cases of other thefts have been reported of which 136 cases have been worked out as compared to 433 cases reported in the previous year.



P’kula cops fail to build on CCTV leads
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 6
Even though CCTV cameras captured grabs of persons involved in several cases of robbery here, the police have failed to make any breakthrough in these cases.

When no CCTV cameras were installed five years ago, the Panchkula Police had asked shopkeepers to install cameras so that they might get some clues like the body language or a bit of appearance of miscreants.

Though robbers hide their faces from cameras, the police got some lead from their body language. But, they could not further work on the lead.

The appearance of White Etios gang, which has been on the prowl for the past five years committing robberies, was caught on October 3 last year at the Chandimandir toll plaza while they were going to commit Rs 16 lakh dacoity at Amravati Enclave. Later, the police identified that an aged Sikh was driving the car.

Two employees of a filling station were targetted by the White Etios gang near the State bank of India (SBI) in Amravati. The grabs of the robbers involved in the incident, showing their body language, gave a vital clue to the police, but to no avail.

The police also got CCTV grabs of a theft incident at BJP leader Krishan Dhull’s residence in Sector 12-A here on June 23 last year, but they could not build on the lead. The miscreants decamped with Rs 25 lakh from the BJP leader’s house.

Similarly, in dacoity at Rajat Jewellers in the Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, appearances of the robbers were caught on the CCTV footage. The Chandigarh Police were also trying to match the body language with miscreants in other cases.



Youth held for minor sister’s rape
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 6
A 22-year-old youth was arrested by the Mohali police for allegedly raping his 15-year-old sister at Nayagaon. The accused works as a tempo driver.

The minor girl informed her schoolteacher today that her brother was raping her for the past two years. The teacher called up the child helpline.

Officials of the child helpline informed the Nayagaon police station. The police recorded the statements of the girl and arrested the accused. The father of the victim is a vendor while her mother works as a domestic help. Mohali SP Harpal Singh Sandhu confirmed the development.



Man gets life term for wife’s murder
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 6
A local court today pronounced the life term to a person for murdering his wife.

The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mohali, Jaswinder Sheemar sent Rahul Saini to jail for life along with a fine of Rs 10,000 for murdering his wife Harpeet Kaur by strangling her with a dupatta following a tiff.

However, the court acquitted Neelam Saini, mother of Rahul Saini, for lack of evidence against her.

In 2012, the accused, Rahul, murdered his wife, wrapped her body in a quilt and kept it under the bed in a bedroom in their Phase X residence. The body was recovered on October 29, 2012.

The murder had come to light after neighbours complained of foul smell emanating from the room. Rahul had left the place along with his five-year-old son after locking the room. He had left his son at his parents’ residence in Ludhiana and had gone underground.

A case under Sections 302 and 120-B of the IPC was registered against Rahul and Neelam at the Phase XI police station.



accident case
Taking HC orders lightly costs cop dear, told to pay Rs 50,000
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 6
Taking the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s directions “lightly” has cost an Inspector-rank officer of the Mohali police dear.

For failing to act on the directions of the HC within the stipulated time in a 17-year-old accident case, Inspector Jarnail Singh, SHO of the Phase XI police station has been sent to Police Lines and told to pay Rs 50,000 as costs to the accident victim’s family from his pocket by the HC.

Inspector Jarnail Singh has been punished for not preparing the status report on the efforts being made by the Mohali police for arresting the accused, Davinder Singh, in the case, which was to be submitted in the court on July 28, the date of hearing.

The court had directed the police in February to prepare the status report and submit it on the next date of hearing on July 28, but the police failed to comply with the orders.

The HC ordered that responsibility be fixed and the erring Inspector be asked to pay Rs 50,000 as costs to the victim’s family from his pocket.

Now, the Mohali Superintendent of Police (Detective) has been asked to submit the status report on August 14, the next date of hearing.

The case

The accident had occurred in 1997 in which the petitioner, Sucha Singh’s son had lost his life. The Mohali police had registered an FIR under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC at the Phase XI police station on January 19, 1997, and arrested Davinder Singh, the accused in the case. The accused, who was granted bail later, had jumped the bail and was declared a proclaimed offender in 2001. Sucha Singh had approached the HC over the failure of the Mohali police in arresting the culprit even after 14 years.



800 BSNL phones lose ring, courtesy cable theft
Tribune News Service

BSNL employees carry out repair work in Sector 19, Chandigarh, on Wednesday
BSNL employees carry out repair work in Sector 19, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, August 6
Nearly 800 households in Sector 19 have been facing inconvenience due to disruption of their BSNL telephone lines since yesterday.

The BSNL authorities said two telephone cables were stolen from Sector 19 and a complaint had been registered with the police.

The restoration work is likely to be completed by tomorrow evening, said officials of the nigam.

“The phone lines have not been working since yesterday. Due to the disconnectivity, we have not been able to use the Internet,” said a resident of the area.

“Nearly 40 per cent of the restoration work has been completed. As two cables have been stolen, the work is taking time,” said General Manager, BSNL, JS Sahota.


Poster-making competition on World Organ Donation Day
Against norms, digital image adjudged best
Tribune News Service

Students admire posters on organ donation displayed at an exhibition at the PGI in Chandigarh on Wednesday
SPREADING A MESSAGE: Students admire posters on organ donation displayed at an exhibition at the PGI in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, August 6
Amid over 1,000 posters sent by participants from across the country, a digital image was adjudged the best by the jury at the PGI during the World Organ Donation function here, today, irking many other participants who had given hand-made posters.

Other participants claimed that while inviting entries, about two months ago, the PGIMER authorities had mentioned in instructions that it would disallow digital posters, yet an image was given a cash prize.

“When images were not allowed, how can they adjudge them as the best. Our children have been spending significant time preparing the posters,” said Anmol Sandhu, a parent of an 11-year-old participant.
During the poster-making competition, the digital image (above) bagged the first prize, irking other participants
During the poster-making competition, the digital image (above) bagged the first prize, irking other participants. Photo by writer

Another parent, Ritu Mehta, said, “I had motivated 10 other children around me to send in entries as I was excited about the initiative by the PGI wherein the children researched the subject. But from next time onwards, none of them is going to take these programmes seriously as all rules have been flouted.”

Dr RK Dhiman, Professor, Hepatology Department, who had organised the programme, said, “It might have been an oversight. I take the responsibility for it. But the oveall purpose was to encourage participants and seeing an overwhelming response from students (900 out of total 1121) we increased the number of awards from six to 21. Our purpose was to raise awareness. If need be, we can review it”.

The instructions for postermaking issued by the PGI in July, mentioned, “Posters should be on a drawing sheet or handmade sheet. Electronic posters will not be accepted”.


Posters were displayed in the Zakir Hall and Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki honoured the winners. DS Kapoor, Myra Jawana and Aditi Sahi won the first, second and third prize respectively.Judges included Dr BD Goswami, ManoharLal,Prinicipal, Arts College, Sector 10, Shiv Singh and Chaand Nehru.



50 visitors pledge organs at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
Nearly 50 visitors pledged their organs after attending a public forum at the PGI on World Organ Donation Day. This added to over 700 individuals who have pledged to donate their organs at the institute, in the past four years.

Dr RK Dhiman, Professor, Department of Hepatology, delievered a talk on the subject. “In India, a very few donate organs of a brain-dead patient, but the need of organ donation is greater. At least five lakh Indians are dying every year just because of organ failure.While the number of patients needing organ transplantation is in lakh, the number of those receiving transplantation is only a few thousands. Hence there is huge gap between demand and supply,” he said while addressing visitors today.

Governor of Haryana Prof KaptanSingh Solanki, attended the programme and appealed to the audience to understand the importance of organ donation.

“The success of organ transplantation programme is mostly governed by the availability of suitable organs. ThePGIMER started public awareness programme on organ donation in 2012 by organisinga a public forum. In 2013, in addition to holding a public forum, Organ Donation Website (www.lampoflife.in) was also launched for online pledging of organs,”Dr Dhiman added.

Guv addresses gathering in Hindi

In line with PM Modi’s conduct, veteran BJP leader Kaptan Singh Solanki addressed the gathering in Hindi, an unusual practice at a PGI function. He started his speech in English, by addressing the PGIMER Director and other PGI officials, and later switched over to Hindi saying, “I hope the entire gathering is well-versed in Hindi.”



City’s first four-laned underpass to come up in Sec 17
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
The city’s first underpass that will be built at the ISBT-17 roundabout will be 16-metre wide with four lanes. The underpass that is expected to be built at a cost of Rs 25 crore will also have a dedicated passage for pedestrians.

The underpass will accommodate traffic moving from the Press light point towards the Aroma light point.

Congress Councillor Pardeep Chhabra said the depth of the underpass would be about seven metre and provisions would be made for the stormwater drainage (SWD) system. “The pipeline to accommodate the stormwater will be directly linked to the n-choe in Sector 36”, he stated.

Officials said that around Rs 4 crore out of the total cost would be spent on the drainage system.

At a meeting of the underpass committee held on Monday it was decided that a metro station which was expected to come up at the ISBT roundabout could be between 12 metre and 15 metre below the underpass. “For the synchronisation of both projects we will be sending the report to the UT Administration”, Chhabra said.

Officials stated that the road leading to the ISBT Sector 17 roundabout would have to be closedown once the work on the underpass began.

The MC has already made a provision of Rs 10 crore in this year’s budget for the construction of the underpass.

Chandigarh’s architect Le Corbusier had given a four-phase development plan to cope with the growing traffic. In the first phase, the city was to have roundabouts; the second phase catered to slip roads; the third phase catered to having underpasses and in the fourth phase, the city would have overpasses.

Earlier, the project was with CHB

The project was hanging fire since 2007 when it was allotted to the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB). The CHB had carried out topographical survey, geo-technical investigation, underground utility survey, traffic survey and it was decided to construct three underpasses at the Press Chowk, Transport Chowk and Picaddily Chowk in the first phase. The project, however, could not take off due to unavailability of funds. In 2013, the project was transferred to MC.

Roads leading to ISBT-17 roundabout to be closed

Once the project takes off, the roads leading to the ISBT-17 roundabout will be closed for traffic. The committee constituted to plan the underpass in the city has asked the MC to come up with an alternative plan to accommodate over one-lakh vehicles crossing the intersection daily.

MC conducts study on traffic moving around the roundabout

  • Around 1.27 lakh vehicles cross the intersection every day
  • Over 12,600 vehicles cross between 9 am and 10 am
  • Around 9,500 vehicles cross the intersection between 5 pm and 6 pm



Only 7.4% city consumers declare actual power load
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
The data available with the UT Electricity Department depicts that city residents do not declare the actual power load. There are 2.01 lakh power consumers in the city but till date only 7.4 per cent (15,000 consumers) have approached the Electricity Department to declare their actual electricity load.

The residents have failed to declare power load despite the department having dispatched disclosure forms to each consumer with electricity bills.

UT’s Superintending Engineer (Electricity) MP Singh said they were regularly sending disclosure forms with electricity bills, but they were not getting good response from the consumers. He said they would now hold awareness drive and once again send disclosure forms to to the consumers so that they could declare their actual power load, he said.

The total consumers including domestic and commercial have increased from 1,30,000 in 1991 to 2,01,063 currently. It is not only residents but the Electricity Department also does not performs its duty properly. The enforcement wing of the Electricity Department carries out random checks, but the department has not conducted any special drive to identify those consumers who have not declared their actual load.

Over 2 lakh power consumers

There are 2,01,063 power consumers in the city. Out of this 1,74,717 consumers come under the domestic category, 21,324 under commercial, 103 in large supply, 1,298 in small power, 1,174 in medium supply, 124 in agriculture, 873 in public lighting, 518 in bulk supply and 932 in other temporary categories.

What the law says

Under Section 126 of the Indian Electricity Act, 2003, the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has given power to the UT Electricity Department to impose a penalty on the consumer, who has not declared his actual power load.



Mohali civic body gets tough with violators
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, August 6
Getting tough with persons who have been blatantly violating laws, the Municipal Corporation has slapped notices on 40 residents for dumping malba at unauthorised places and issued warnings to 220 shopkeepers for encroaching upon verandahs in the markets. Through the notices, the civic body had directed the violators to lift the malba dumped illegally within three days and throw it at three sites specified by the corporation, or take the help of the contractor hired by the civic body. If they failed to act within the specified time, the corporation would get the malba removed, for which it would charge Rs 2,000 from the violator apart from levying a fine of Rs 500. If the amount was not paid by the violator, his water and sewer connections would be cut.

The corporation has also warned 220 shopkeepers in various parts of the town and ordered them to remove encroachments in the market verandahs within five days. If the violators ignored the warning, notices would also be issued to them for initiating further action.

Commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta said notices would also be issued to persons who had indulged in the defacement of property. In some cases, ward-and-watch staff was able to stop people from putting up posters illegally, which was generally done at night. Photographs in some cases had been taken and notices would be issued to the offenders.

On July 18, Mohali became the first town in Punjab to introduce the ward-and-watch scheme, which will help improve the look of the town, protect and maintain the property of the MC.

Vehicles equipped with, among other things, GPS system, cameras and computers have been put on the job to provide information to corporation officials concerned through SMS and email regarding shortcomings and bylaw violations in 10 phases selected under the first phase of the scheme. In the first phase of the scheme, Phases I, III-B1, III-B2, V to VII and IX to XI and Phases VIII and IX will be covered.



Fire incident reported from Sec 24

Chandigarh, August 6
A fire was reported on the third floor of SCO No. 302 in Sector 24 here today.

Fire officials said an LPG cylinder in the kitchen of one of the quarters caught fire. Later, the fire spread to the entire kitchen. Sources said on receiving the information, two fire tenders were rushed to the spot from the Fire Station, Sector 17.

A major tragedy was averted as the LPG cylinder was removed from the premises. The firefighters were able to control the fire in 15 minutes. The fire officials said no one was injured in the fire. — TNS



Cops shut door of police station: Rape victim
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 6
Police personnel at the Chandimandir police station closed the doors of the station when the rape victim went for a surprise check late last night to see whether the accused (conman Devinder Gill) was given VIP treatment, alleged the victim.

She has given a fresh complaint regarding the transfer of the case to some other officer.

The victim who took a video grab and photographs of the closed doors immediately sent a communication to the Commissioner of Police, the Deputy Commissioner of Police and the Station House Officer of the Chandimandir police station.

“Legally, the doors of the police station cannot be closed. I went for a surprise check and kept knocking the door and the police personnel concerned opened the same after 25 minutes. I have the entire video and photographs as well,” said the victim.

She said she had a word with the Station House Officer who later did not answer her call after she told him about it.

Two days ago the victim went to the police station at night. During the visit, she found Gill sitting on the investigating officer’s chair right under the air conditioner.



Not part of Kala Kachha gang, say arrested robbers
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 6
“Don’t call us members of the ‘Kala Kachha gang’. We don’t belong to that gang,” said the arrested accused involved in the recent dacoity cases at farmhouses in the Khuda Lahora and Mullanpur areas while being interrogated by the Mohali Police.

Notably, the Mohali Police yesterday termed the accused as members of ‘Kala Kachha gang’ during their press conference after their success in arresting seven members of the gang. But the accused have objection on being called as members of this gang.

“They (the accused) claimed that they were not as much ‘cruel and brutal’ as members of the ‘Kala Kachha gang’ are,” said an official of the Mohali Police.

The official said the accused claimed during the interrogation that unlike members of the ‘Kala Kachha gang’, they did not touch any young girl with bad intention.

“We don’t intend to kill people like members of the ‘Kala Kachha gang’. We just beat them during our strike to create terror among the public so that nobody dares to challenge us,” said the police official quoting the accused.

The accused also did not carry sharp-edged weapons during their strike, while members of the ‘Kala Kachha gang’ use to carry swords, axes, sickles, etc.

The only similarity between the accused and the ‘Kala Kachha gang’ is that members of both the gangs use to wear shorts and usually strike during moonless nights.

Meanwhile, during the interrogation, the accused, who belong to either the Dahhe or Bangala community, are said to have confessed to their involvement in at least 25 strikes in and around the area.

Background of the accused

Birju (30): The key accused, Birju, a resident of Banur, is a habitual criminal as he has been facing at least nine cases of similar nature and has already spent several years in different jails, including Patiala Jail, Gurdaspur Jail and Pathankot Jail. The entire family of Birju is involved in criminal activities. His other three brothers - Danny, Sewak and Jassi - are also wanted in the recent strikes by the police. All these brothers stay in hutments at different places.

Rajkumar (30): Rajkumar, the mastermind in most of the strikes by the gang members, is a resident of Barwala. He used to do different menial jobs like rag picking, balloon selling or junk dealer for doing recce and select the targets before the strike. He used to select the members for different strikes and include new members in the gang.

Shama, alias Kaalu, alias Kala Baba (35): Kala Baba used to roam around in guise of ‘godman’ (saadhu) or ‘Shanidev’ (devotee of Shani Dev) and used to change places of his stay. He also selects the targets and do recce while seeking alms.

Jagga (38) and Bittu (30): Both Jagga and Bittu are residents of Barwala and regular members of the gang. They used to roam around as rag pickers or balloon sellers and give information of soft targets to their bosses.

Bhalu (26) and Raju (27): Bhalu from Handesra and Raju from Simbli village are fresh recruitment in the gang. They use to sell things on rehris or roam around as scrap dealers. They were involved in the recent strikes by the gang.

Five accused still at large

At least five accused - Jassi, Sewak, Danny, Rahi and Ashok - are still at large. While Jassi, Sewak and Danny are real brothers of the key accused, Birju, Ashok and Rahi are also real brothers.

Items recovered

The police recovered three new motorcycles, a country-made .12 bore pistol with cartridges, rods, lathis and handles of hand pumps (being used as weapon) and some jewellery items from their possession



Arrest accused, say residents

Panchkula, August 6
As many as 60 persons gheraoed the police post of Sector 16 here demanding immediate arrests of accused in a brawl case this evening. The situation was brought under control after the ACP and SHO reached the spot.

Last evening, a brawl took place in Indira Colony in which Naseeb was beaten up.

The police then registered a case against six persons.

The kin of the victim gheraoed the police station today. The ACP said the accused would be arrested soon. — TNS



Haryana Guv launches nature cure website

Chandigarh, August 6
Former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan, along with Dr Sheenu Aggarwal, met Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki today.

The meeting was in connection with the launch of a website, “Dhawans nature cure”. The Governor launched the website.

Dr Sheenu and Dhawan discussed about nutritional approaches to prevent and cure various diseases naturally with the Governor.

They also discussed that through this website, they would design an eating plan depending upon an individual’s age, height, weight and gender, which will provide all six nutrients to ward off any disease. — TNS



Teej function at Sector 38 (West)
Cong councillors plan to meet MC Commissioner

Chandigarh, August 6
The controversy over the Teej function organised reportedly by BJP councillors in Sector 38 (West) on July 31 without paying ground rent for holding the function and stealing power through a kundi connection is not going to die down soon as Congress councillors have decided to take up the issue with the MC Commissioner seeking action against BJP Councillors.

Sources said the Congress councillors had planned to demand strict action against the BJP councillors who organised the function.

The BJP councillors claimed that the residents of Sector 28 had organised the function and they were only invited as guests.

One of the Congress councillors said the MC should also impose fine on the organisers for failing to take the permission and pay rent to the MC for holding the function.

The Congress councillors claimed that they had evidence that the function was organised by the BJP. — TNS



Fortis conducts paired kidney transplant
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 6
Fortis Hospital here has conducted a paired kidney transplant, claimed to be the first in the region. It has brought hope to patients with blood group incompatible kidney donors.

A team from Fortis, comprising Dr HJS Gill (senior consultant, Nephrologist), Dr Priyadarshi Ranjan (renal transplant surgeon and urologist) and Dr Amit Sharma (consultant, Nephrologist), presented the paired kidney transplant recipients before mediapersons today.

Dr Gill introduced the two recipients - Susheel Kumar and Bhupinder Bhalodi - with their donors, Soma Devi and Sudha Bhalodi.

Susheel Kumar said though the blood group of his wife did not match with that of his own (A negative), his mother, Soma Devi, could give her kidney to him since her blood group was O. But he got to know that Bhupinder Bhalodi (blood group O) could not take the kidney of his wife, Sudha Bhalodi (blood group A), because their blood groups did not match. However, Sudha could give her kidney to him (Susheel) and his mother (Soma Devi) could give her kidney to Sudha’s husband. So, he readily agreed as this would have led to the saving of one more life. Swapping of kidneys is now allowed under the Transplantation of Human Organs Act.

The families had met during dialysis at Baddi where they came to know about the swapping of kidneys or paired kidney exchange.

Dr Ranjan said both patients underwent kidney transplant on the same day.

“Owing to swapping of kidneys, both patient-donor groups benefitted by getting a compatible kidney,” said Dr Ranjan.



eBay India to host shopping fiesta

eBay India (www.ebay.in), eCommerce marketplace, is hosting a shopping fiesta, ‘Aazadi Rocks’, from August 5–15. With deals galore, ‘Aazadi Rocks’ brings together merchandise across range of product categories, including mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, laptops, television sets, watches, amongst others at up to 79 per cent off.

Coin exchange melas

ICICI Bank Ltd organised 21 coin exchange melas at its various branches in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir during the quarter ended July 31.

Slim soft charcoal toothbrush

Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited, has introduced Colgate slim soft charcoal toothbrush with super slim tip bristles now infused with charcoal. With these bristles, the toothbrush softly sweeps away food particles trapped in narrow gaps between the teeth and gums. — TNS



School authorities fume over PFA raid
Allege armed police personnel accompanied team, students were harassed, told not to use phones
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
The authorities at Vivek High School, Mohali, are fuming over the raid conducted by the representatives of the People for Animals (PFA), on its premises on Tuesday.

The school authorities have alleged that the raid was conducted in an inappropriate manner as the PFA team was accompanied by armed police personnel, which left the students petrified.

On the other hand, the PFA team claimed that the school had violated provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act-1972 by preserving animal specimens in its laboratory.

While slamming the way the raid was conducted by the PFA team, school director HS Mamik said, “The team harassed the students who were leaving the school that time. They entered the school premises with armed policemen and instructed everybody not to use their phones.”

“The school has not committed any offence. We’ve not killed or shot animals. We brought the specimens from authorised people in Ambala in 2009,” he added.

Meanwhile, Saurav Gupta, raiding officer from PFA, claimed the raid was conducted after a tip-off regarding the possession of prohibited animals by the school.

Gupta alleged that the school had violated provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act-1972, which prohibits institutions from preserving these animals in their laboratories.

He claimed no students were present on the premises when the raid was conducted. “We informed the police and had sought permission to conduct the raid,” he said.

Wildlife Protection Act-1972 violated

The People for Animals team claimed that the school had violated provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act-1972 by preserving animal specimens in its laboratory.

CBSE’s instructions to affiliated schools

As per the circular issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education to the heads of all CBSE-affiliated institutions, the schools had been instructed to discontinue the use of specimens of rare/threatened plants and animals kept in science laboratories or classrooms for teaching/learning purposes.

‘Students were a scared lot’

The team harassed the students who were leaving the school that time. They entered the school premises with armed policemen and instructed everybody not to use their phones.

— HS Mamik, director, Vivek High School



Govt teachers hold protest
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 6
Hundreds of members of the Government Teachers Union (Punjab) staged a protest in front of the offices of the Director-General School Education (DGSE) and DPI (Secondary) at Phase VIII today.

Raising anti-government slogans, the protesters were demanding regularisation of jobs of ad hoc employees, removal of anomalies in wages of employees and increase of pay grades and implication of December 2010 notification regarding the regularisation of services of computer teachers.

Earlier, they first held a procession and sat on a dharna in front of the offices of the DGSE and the DPI.

Members of the Punjab and UT Employees Sangharsh Committee also supported the agitation of the teachers.



winter uniform
Education Dept asks govt schools to invite tenders within a week
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
Learning from last year’s bitter experience when the UT Education Department had failed to provide winter uniforms to schoolchildren on time, the department has decided to initiate the tendering process in the coming week to ensure that uniforms are distributed by the time winter sets in.

Each government school invites separate tenders to procure the school uniforms. The winter uniform includes a full-sleeves shirt, trouser and sweater.

The Director Public Instructions (S), Kamlesh Kumar said, “Schools have been directed to start the tendering process so that students get the uniforms on time.”

A government school principal not wishing to be named said the department should review the system adopted for procuring the uniforms. “Rather than asking each government school to procure the uniforms, they should get them in a cluster,” said the principal.

Sources said another reason for the delay in the distribution of uniforms was the delay in getting the quality test conducted by schools.

“The schools should ensure that uniform samples are sent to the lab for test. Upon clearance, these can be distributed among students.”

Wait on for summer uniform

While the Education Department will start the process to procure the winter uniforms, the students are yet to get their summer uniforms.

‘Uniforms should be given on time’

Schools have been directed to initiate the tendering process so that students get the uniforms on time.

Kamlesh Kumar, Director Public Instructions (S)



from schools
Vanamahotsava Week

Chandigarh: Vanamahotsava Week was celebrated at the GMSSS, Maloya, by the school eco-club. Various activities, including paper reading contest, painting competition, slogan-writing competition followed by plantation of medicinal saplings were conducted. School principal Gurmukh Singh sensitised the students to grow more trees.
Students have fun during the Teej celebrations at Ashiana Public School, Sector 46, Chandigarh, on Wednesday
Students have fun during the Teej celebrations at Ashiana Public School, Sector 46, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Students of Shemrock School take part in a cleanliness drive in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

World Peace Day

World Peace Day was celebrated at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31, with fervour. The students made banners and charts for world peace and carried placards. They were educated about the harmful effects of nuclear bombs. They were told about Nagasaki and Hiroshima. A signature campaign was also carried out.

Healthy tiffin competition

A healthy tiffin competition was held at Saint Soldier International School, Sector 28-B, for the mothers of students of KG. They prepared innovative tiffin recipes, including fruit salads, sprouted grains, sandwiches etc. The competition was judged by Ridhi Bajaj, health and nutrition expert. The first prize was bagged by Neha Sood, second by Renu Kakkar, third by Rajni Arora and the consolation prize went to Ritu Rani. Director Jagwinder Pal Singh gave away the prizes.

Workshop on human values

A workshop for teachers was held at St Joseph’s Sr Sec School, Sector 44-D, on ‘Parenting problems at all levels of society and the importance of human values’. The resource person for the workshop was Maya Gaitonde, secretary of the Bala Mandir, Kamraj Trust, Chennai. An interactive session on issues of numerous child-related problems, including peer pressure, teenage problems, slow learners etc was held. Gaitonde emphasised on the importance of elders as being role models. The teachers also voiced their concerns. — TNS



Visually impaired students to get writers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
Panjab University (PU), will provide a writer to the visually impaired or disabled students for their examination. The University Controller of Examination will issue a circular to all institutions and PU-affiliated colleges.

A few days ago, the Ambedkar Students Association (ASA), gave a representation to the Vice-Chancellor for exemption from fee for re-evaluation, re-checking, tuition fee and provision of writers to visually-impaired and disabled students in PU, besides regional centres, colleges affiliated to it.

ASA General Secretary Ranvir Singh said, “Visually-impaired students will not face difficulty in arranging a writer for the exams.”

Help at hand

The Ambedkar Students Association gave a representation to the V-C for exemption from fee for re-evaluation, re-checking, tuition fee and provision of writers to visually impaired and disabled students in PU.



War for ‘credit’ begins among student parties
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
A tussle is going on nowadays among student parties of Panjab University to take the credit for compelling the authorities to resolve issues on matters raised by them.

The National Students Union of India (NSUI), today claimed that following their efforts, the PU authorities had agreed for 90 per cent credits for all 11 science departments running BSc and MSc courses for promotion from BSc-III to MSc-I, which was 100 per cent credits till recently.

On the other hand, the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU), staged a protest in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office today for not resolving the issue, which the authorities had assured to do about two weeks ago.

After one-and-a-half-hour, the PUSU activists were informed by the authorities that they had notified the revised credits and the party should withdraw its protest.

Ironically, PUSU’s event to announce the panel for the PU elections was also delayed by two hours due to the ‘unplanned’ protest over the issue of credits.

Both the NSUI and PUSU leaders claimed that it was due to their efforts that the issue had been resolved.

Interestingly, on July 22, activists of the parties —PUSU, ABVP, NSUI and SOPU had submitted a memorandum on the issue to the Dean Students Welfare. Following this, a committee was constituted.

Sources said all parties gave special attention to the science departments as a majority of votes were from these departments.

Bone of contention

Both the NSUI and PUSU claim that it was following their efforts that the PU authorities had agreed for 90 per cent credits for all 11 science departments running BSc and MSc courses for promotion from BSc-III to MSc-I, which was 100 per cent credits till recently.

PUSU tries to violate pre-poll code of conduct

PUSU, which took permission to announce the panel, tried to violate the pre-election code of conduct on Wednesday by organising a car rally on the campus. However, the security staff deployed at the PU gate did not allow the party vehicles to enter the campus. PU Chief Security Officer Jatinder Grover said a report of the violation will be submitted to the Dean Student Welfare Navdeep Goyal.

Demand raised by all parties

All 11 science departments running BSc and MSc courses should revise the rule for promotion from BSc-III to MSc-I, which is fixed at 100 per cent credits by the authorities. The student parties had demanded that the credit should be of 90 per cent, as was in the past.



SOI protests unhygienic conditions in Arts Block
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
The Students Organisation of India (SOI), today protested against the unhygienic conditions at the Arts Block in Panjab University.

A memorandum was submitted to Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover in which the party sought that the backyard of the Arts Block be cleaned, water coolers be installed in the canteen and infrastructure be upgraded.

The party also raised the issue of the girls’ hostels. The SOI demanded that a special helpline should be started for the girls. The issue of the parking problem in the hostel was also raised by them.



Students apprised on nation building
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
On the third day of the orientation programme at the PEC University of Technology, a lecture was delivered by Dr MP Poonia, Director, National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, Chandigarh.

The lecture was centered on the expectations from students in nation building.



pu & college notes
Homage paid to Hiroshima martyrs

The Department of Gandhian and Peace Studies, Panjab University (PU), today observed World Hiroshima Day at the department. A two-minute silence was observed to pay homage to the martyrs of World War I & II and other wars along with victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

2nd aptitude test for MA-I Sanskrit on August 11

The second aptitude test for admission to MA–I (Sanskrit), will be held on August 11 at the Department of Sanskrit, Panjab University (PU). All candidates are required to be present with their original certificates and documents.

PU don to deliver talk in Dubai

Dr Kewal Krishan, senior assistant professor, Department of Anthropology, has been invited to deliver a talk at the annual meeting of Asian Council of Science Editors in Dubai from August 14-15. He will speak on ‘Open access journal regimes and the state – A country analysis of India.’

BEd admission through USOL

Only two days are left to apply for BEd through the University School of Open Learning (USOL), Panjab University (PU). The last date for the submission of online forms is August 8, 2014. PU spokesman informed that the online admission to BEd-I through USOL is going on and will continue till August 8.

New session begins

During the last day of the orientation programme at the Government College of Education Swami Satyeshananda, Secretary, Rama Krishan Mission Ashram accompanied by Dr Harsh Batra, college principal, inaugurated the new session. — TNS



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