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Harassment of four Class XII students
FIR against two teachers
Case registered after victims, parents hold protest over inadequate action
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
Not satisfied with the action taken by the Education Department against the two accused teachers in the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 (West), sexual harassment case, the parents of the four girl students, who were allegedly harassed, staged a protest at the school. They submitted a written complaint to the police following which a case was registered against the teachers, Ashok Kumar and Mukesh Kumar.

High drama prevailed on the school premises today after the students, accompanied by their parents and members of the Nari Jagriti Manch and the Dadu Majra Welfare Association, staged a protest against “inadequate” action taken by the department.

On the basis of a report of the sexual harassment committee, the department had repatriated Ashok Kumar to his parent cadre state, while Mukesh Kumar was suspended.

The incident had occurred on August 2 when four girl students of the Class XII humanities stream alleged that the two teachers, Ashok Kumar (economics lecturer) and Mukesh Kumar (JBT teacher), harassed them.

The parents of the complainants had called the police from Sector 39 to the spot. However, the same day, both parties had claimed that they had reached a compromise.

The students alleged that on the day of the incident, they did not file a case against the teachers following pressure from them.

One of the students alleged, “Both teachers used to harass us and pass lewd comments. There had been incidents in the past when the teachers tried to forcibly establish physical contact with us.”

Despite the school informing the Education Department about the protest and chaos on the school premises, no official representative visited the spot.

Principal of the school Baljinder Singh said, “I had sent the report of the sexual harassment committee to the department and whatever decision was taken by it, the school implemented it.”

DSP (South) Urvija Goel, who visited the school, said, “A case has been registered under Section 354 (assault or criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and Section 354 A (sexual harassment). They have also been booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

Meanwhile, a police team has been dispatched to Haryana to arrest the accused teacher. DPI (S) Kamlesh Kumar said, “Let the police investigate the matter without any interference.”

Panel recommended stern action

On the day the sexual harassment committee conducted the probe, accused Ashok Kumar told the committee that he would submit his reply only to the higher authorities. The other accused, Mukesh Kumar, did not appear before the committee. The committee had recommended stern action against the teachers.

Teacher’s controversial past

  • n Earlier this year, Ashok Kumar had allegedly thrashed a Class IX student. The parents of the student had given a written complaint to the Principal. However, no action was taken. The mother of the student had then thrashed the teacher in front of the media as he had used defamatory language.
  • n In 2012, the teacher had allegedly kicked a girl student of Class XII.


  • August 2: Four students allege sexual harassment by two teachers. Both parties reach a compromise.
  • August 4: Sexual harassment committee conducts probe, submits report.
  • August 6: The Chandigarh State Commission for Protection of Child Rights sends summons to the school Principal for personal appearance on August 13. The Education Department repatriates one of the accused and suspends the other.
  • August 7: Students and their parents stage protest; FIR registered against the accused.



Bank puts 5-star hotel site on sale; e-auction on Sept 10
Had failed to pay Rs 57 crore to PNB, TFCI
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
With the upcoming five-star hotel in the Industrial Area, Phase II, failing to clear its dues of Rs 57 crore to Punjab National Bank (PNB) and the Tourism Finance Corporation of India (TFCI), the bank has now put the hotel site on sale.

The bank has decided to hold an e-auction of the hotel site on September 10. It has fixed September 9 as the last date to accept earnest money and documents. Earlier, the bank had pasted a deemed possession notice outside the hotel construction site.

Joy Hotel and Resorts Private Limited is constructing a 178-room five-star hotel in the Industrial Area, Phase II.

Arun Sadana, AGM, Punjab National Bank, Phase I, Mohali, said the TFCI had issued a demand notice on January 15. Later, the PNB had also issued a demand notice on February 15. However, despite giving enough opportunities to the company, Joy Hotel and Resorts Private Limited, it had failed to clear the dues. Now, they would hold an e-auction of the hotel site on September 10. They had also issued notices in newspapers in this connection, he said.

PNB officials said since the company owed Rs 31,09,46,343 to the PNB and Rs 25,46,88,060 to the TFCI, both organisations had earlier pasted deemed possession notices outside the site under construction in plot number 33-34 in the Industrial Area, Phase II.

The officials said they had also given a 30-day sale notice under Rule 8 (6) of the SARFAESI Act, 2002, to borrower/guarantors to clear their dues along with interest before the e-auction, failing which the property will be auctioned and the balance dues, if any, will be recovered with interest and cost.

Despite calls and SMSes, Sushil Suri, Chairman, Joy Hotel and Resorts Private Limited, could not be contacted. Earlier, he had told Chandigarh Tribune that the promoters had invested 80 per cent amount and the bank had invested only 20 per cent. The amount was not huge and they would clear the dues soon.

178-room Sheraton Hotel

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide had an agreement with Joy Hotel and Resorts Private Limited to manage Sheraton Hotel, Chandigarh. According to the plan, the hotel will offer 178 rooms, five restaurants, a health club, a full-service nectar spa, a swimming pool, a business centre and more than 15,000 sq ft of meeting space.

Plot converted in 2007 under UT policy

The plot, measuring 10,694.44 sq yards was converted under the UT’s conversion policy in 2007. The company had paid around Rs 31 crore as conversion money to the Administration. At present, the value of this property is more than Rs 100 crore.



INLD kicks off election campaign in P’kula, Kalka
Tribune News Service

Panchkula/Kalka, August 7
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) kicked off the election campaign of the party candidates from Kalka and Panchkula assembly constituencies, with Ajay Chuatala, son of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supremo Om Parkash Chautala, addressing meeting of party workers, here today.

Chautala was addressing the meeting to introduce the candidates —Pradeep Chaudhary and Kulbhushan Goyal— fielded by the INLD from Kalka and Panchkula assembly constituencies, respectively, for the ensuing elections.

He claimed that there is no scope of any change in 62 candidates fielded by the INLD. He opened election office of Kulbhushan Goyal in Sector 5, Panchklula, before addressing the meeting.

Chautala condemned the Congress’ government in the state for ruining the state in last 10 years. The unemployment, inflation and corruption have attained new heights in the congress rule, he alleged.

He criticised Bhupinder Singh Hooda, for multiplying the problems of the farmers by not providing them adequate prices for their products, inadequate water for irrigation and power cuts across the state.

The law and order situation has gone out of control in the state in last 10 years, he alleged.

Talking a dig on the Haryana Janhit Congress, Chautala also raised finger at the ‘character’ of Chander Mohan, former deputy chief minister and son of late Bhajan Lal, former CM, alleging that he had disrespected Hindu and Muslim religions by changing his name Chaand Mohammad from Chander Mohan and vice versa.

He also briefed the workers about the manifesto of INLD. He asked the leader and workers put a united face and work hard for the forthcoming assembly elections.

Apart from party workers those who were present include Ashok Arora, Preveen Attrey, Kusum Bala Sherwal, Seema Chaudhary, Ashok Sherwal, SP Arora, Dina Nath Sharma, Sushil Garg and many others.

In Kalka, Mahesh Sharma, a member Zila Parishad, along with a number of supporters joined the INLD.



Uneasy calm prevails at Nada Sahib
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 7
An uneasy calm continues to prevail at Sikh shrine in Nada Sahib even after the Apex Court directs the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) and the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) to main status quo in all the 52 gurdwaras, today.

Though there was an ‘aakhan paath’ going on and devotees throng the shrine yet the police personnel, deployed by the district administration in and around this historic religious institution in plain clothes, were keeping a close watch on each and every activity here.

The gurdwara premises were virtually cordoned off by the police on Wednesday evening following clash at Kurukshetra while HSGMC tried to take over the Sikh shrine.

Tension prevailed here following which Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) deployed Sewa Singh Sekhwan, senior Akali leader from Gurdaspur, to takes the command at Nada Sahib.

A member of SGPC core committee, Sucha Singh Langha was earlier holding the charge of the gurdwara and leading a ‘dharma youdh morcha’ here since after the ‘religious’ problem had erupted.

Sekhwan claimed,” We respect the Apex Court’s verdict and will following the directions.”

He, however, criticized the HSGMC’s attempt to take possession of gurdwara Chhevin Patshahi in Kurukshstra. “We will be camping here till the further the party issues further orders,” claimed Sekhwan.

Sources revealed that the SGPC members from Taran Tarn, Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Ropar, Mohali and Chandigarh have been camping in the gurdwara along with heavy ‘task force’.

Dr. SS Phulia, Deputy Commissioner, was not available for comments.



Security gadgets on display at CII
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
A wide range of security gadgets with latest technology are being displayed at the CII Secure North - 2014 conference at the CII’s Northern Region Headquarters in Sector 31 here. With rise in anti-social activities and high number of security threats, focus on safety and security challenges has increased in the country. Hence, these technologies have become much more relevant than ever.

BlackBox Tracking System, displayed at the expo, is designed to keep a track on the live location of the vehicle with the help of GPS and GPRS, straight to your computer screen or mobile phone in micro seconds. It brings a great relief to all transport-logistics companies and corporate for whom it was virtually impossible to keep an eye on its fleet and unscrupulous drivers.

Underwater Camera, by Bristo Security Systems, is a camera in India that can click pictures up to a distance of 5 metres in deep water also.

“Such cameras are a boon for government investigative agencies that work during flood-control and disaster management. This unique range of camera was earlier only available in the US. But for the first time ever through CII Secure North, we are showcasing it to tricity residents,” said BS Bhathal, managing director, Bristo Security Systems.

For those who want to experience the ultimate combination of internet and smartphone technology in day-to-day life, the incredible home automation solution range is being offered by APS Smart Living and Consultant.

The Home Automation System actually enables one control house, office, factory, etc. With an access to a simple Internet protocol, one can virtually have a look at each nook and corner of any place. From changing channels on TV to controlling AC temperature or turning on the lights or computers, all such actions can be easily performed from the touch screen of the phone.



Landslide cuts off over 200 villages in Morni
Tribune News Service

Morni, August 7
In less than three days after a stretch of Panchkula-Morni road caved in Thana village due to land slide, huge rocks came crumbling down on the same road in Shilyo village thus snapping the road link to his tourist place of the state.

The sandy rocks along with lose soil, boulders and trees descended on the road at about 2.30 am in Shilyo village that disrupted vehicular traffic on the Morni-Panchkula road. Land sliding in Plasra village also disconnected the link to Morni from Raipur Rain in the mooring.

Landslides disconnected both the approaches to Morni Hills following which over 200 villages were cut off from the rest of the state.

Passengers, including school students, of a government heading towards Panchkula had a narrow escape when a portion of the hillock came crashing on the road just e few seconds the vehicle cross from the site in Shilyo, eyewitness revealed.

The Haryana Public Works department employees who had been deployed to clear the blockage also stranded on the roads.

Equipped teams of the PWD along with some police personnel reached the sites and managed to clear the road this afternoon.

The road blockages also put office goers, school students and patients to a great hardship as the missed their respective offices because of the land sliding, claimed Inder Kumar of Morni.

On Monday direct link to over 125 villages was disconnected as the same road caved in at Thana. Nearly 80 ft long stretch of the road rolled down in a deep gorge thus snapping the road connectivity to scores of villages in Morni Hills. The road was repaired in less than 20 hours by the department. 



Teej function: IAS officer Prerna Puri to be chief guest
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
After witnessing controversy over local MP Kirron Kher’s name as the chief guest for the Teej function, which led to postponing of the function, the Municipal Corporation (MC) has finally decided to invite Prerna Puri, an IAS officer, as the chief guest for the function. Interestingly, the MC has also slashed the budget for organising the function from Rs 9.73 lakhs to Rs 5.20 lakh.

The Teej celebrations, which was earlier scheduled to be held on August 3 was postponed after a despute arose between the BJP and Congress councillors as to who should be invited as the chief guest for the function. While the BJP councillors wanted MP Kirron Kher as the chief guest, Mayor HC Kalyan who is from the Congress was not willing to invite Kher as the chief guest. Sources said, following the controversy, the MC officials decided to organise the function on their own. “Since the councillors had a dispute over the chief guest issue, we have decided to invite a civil servant as the chief guest”, official sources added.

Prerna Puri is presently holding the charge of the Additional Secretary (Home). Interestingly, the ad hoc committee that was constituted by the Mayor to organise the function has also been dissolved. Sources said the Budget, which was earlier, approved by the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) has been reduced. The MC has also decided not to purchase phulkari and sweets for the councillors for which earlier a budget of Rs one-lakh was reserved. Earlier, the MC had planned to spend Rs 18,000 on the packed lunch for the officers and staff, which has been reduced to Rs 10,000.



LG opens Brand Shoppe in Sec 35

LG Electronics has opened a Brand Shoppe, Mehr Electronics, in Sector 35 here. Designed to meet the current challenging demands of the retail environment in the country, this new LG Shoppe was inaugurated by Lokendra Bihari Lal, regional manager (Punjab and Haryana), LG Electronics India.

Franchise Show

A company named 1000 Overseas Franchise Private Limited launched Franchise Show 2014 - RISE (Revenue, Investors, Servicing, Endorsing), a new retail and franchise solution platform catering to investors who are willing to invest in franchise and retail businesses in India. The show will be held on August 23 and 24 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

ASUS launches Chromebox

ASUS has now launched mini desktop (Chromebox). The ASUS Chromebox is a 12cmx12cm sized fast, compact home or office computer that runs on Chrome OS. It has the latest Haswell processor and supports 4K ultra high definition video playback. It comes with virus protection built-in and updates automatically. It starts up in seconds and gives you quick access to all your favourite websites and apps. Starting at Rs 21,000 in India, ASUS Chromebox is an attractive new proposition for those looking for a space saving desktop solution.

Bajaj Electricals Ltd holds blood donation camp

Bajaj Electricals Limited in association with the Blood Transfusion Department, PGI, on Thursday organised a blood donation camp at its office campus in Sector 26, here. This was the second blood donation camp in the annual series as part of its social corporate responsibility. Employees of the company participated in the camp. As many as 53 units of blood were collected during the camp.

McDonald’s launches three variations of saucy wraps

McDonald’s has introduced three new variants of saucy wraps on its menu. Saucy wraps have been introduced by McDonald’s for customers who look at value and affordability in McDonald’s menu. “This is the first time that we have introduced products that address the preferences of vegetarian, eggitarian and non-vegetarian customers in a single launch,” said Kailash Aggarwal, director, McDonald’s India (North & East) & member of the McDonald’s National Menu Development Council in India. — TNS



Unauthorised dumping yard in Mohali
Form panel to check violations: NGT
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 7
In a major development in a case against unauthorised dumping yard at Sector 74 today, the National Green Tribunal (NGT), New Delhi, ordered to form a committee to check violations at the yard and chalk out a plan for permanent solution.

The NGT directed to constitute a committee, consisting a senior officer of Punjab from the Environment Ministry, Environmental Engineer of the Punjab Pollution Control Board, a senior officer of the Mohali Municipal Corporation (MMC) and a senior officer of the Urban Development Ministry of Punjab.

The most important direction, given to the committee is to complete a time-bound programme as to when and how a permanent plant for management of solid waste at Sambholi village, the site slated to be approved by all the authorities concerned.

Apart from that, the committee would also submit a report on whether any water is seeping to the place where the municipal waste is being dumped.

Notably, the present site is located on the banks of the seasonal rivulet ‘Patiala ki Rao’ in Sector 74, which is being developed as the IT sector of the Industrial Area.

The committee will also check whether or not the mandatory rules, laid under the Management of Solid Waste Rules 2000 (MSWR) are being complied with at the site.

The NGT has also directed the MMC to ensure that the garbage is being properly covered by soil and polythene and is sprayed regularly as per the MSWR-2000.

‘The Commissioner of the corporation will be personally liable for compliance of the order and will also act as the Nodal Officer for this purpose and submit the report positively before the next date of hearing’, held the NGT’s order.

The next date of hearing is set for September 10.



Clearing pending files UT Estate Office’s priority
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
Clearing pending files is the latest buzzword in the UT Estate Office. To clear pending files pertaining to sanctioning of building plans and notices issued for misuse and building violations, the UT Estate Office has been categorically told to clear the backlog.

In case of the building branch, the SDO (Building) has specially been asked to speed up clearances in sanctioning of building plans.

As per the guidelines issued by the Chief Administrator, the estate office has been asked to provide the ownership details to be given to the applicant within a week of applying, convey discrepancies in building plans to the applicant within 10 days through e-mail and plans should be sanctioned within 30 days and 60 days.

A senior official said “We have to clear the chaos-like situation arising out of misuse and building violations issued in the past, the field staff has been asked to desist from issuing fresh notices and concentrate on clearing the pendency. Around 15,000 cases of misuse and building violations were pending in different courts.

The UT Administration was having second thoughts on implementing the provisions under the Estate Rules 2007 that had resulted in the estate office imposing fine at a rate of Rs 500 per sq yard per month. Besides, the field staff has been asked to bring transparency in reporting and calculating the fine on building violation. In some case it has been detected that despite the compounding fee for changes in the building plan having been paid, the penalty on the allottee increased manifold as the record was not set right. In another case, the penalty for the building violation had been calculated for a larger area than the actual area of violation.

Members of Plan approval panel to be reduced: A senior official said the UT Administration was seriously contemplating reducing the members of the Plan Approval Committee as it was resulting in a delay in sanctioning building plans.



Sector-22 robbery
Umpteen calls to police, but robber not yet identified
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
With the UT police announcing cash reward of Rs 50,000 for anyone who provided information leading to arrest of the robber seen robbing Sector 22 jewellery store on Monday, the UT police has been flooded with over 450 calls in the last two days. Besides, rumours that the accused had been caught by the Panchkula police, that his father had called up and that he was seen in the city also kept the police on its toes throughout the day.

However, all these claims were found baseless and the UT police iare still clueless in the case with the unidentified accused still at large.

Police sources said the callers have been providing various types of information with some saying that they had seen the accused in the city many a times. The police are also working on input that the accused was arrested by the Punjab Police sometime back and had spent time in the jail too.The robber dressed in white t-shirt, blue jeans and wearing a brown-color cap on his head had shot a salesman at KRJ Karan Jewelers in Sector 22 and robbed 18 gold chains on August 4.The police said maximum information and phone calls were being received from Punjab residents but nobody had provided concrete information about the suspect. Three teams, including the crime branch, PS 17 and operations cell, are working to crack the case. A case was registered at the Sector 17 police station.



Poster-making contest
Digital image: Day after, PGI withdraws prize from winner
Tribune News Service

The poster that had won first prize at the PGI. A file photo Chandigarh, August 7
A day after the anomaly was highlighted, the PGIMER today withdrew the honour from the person who was awarded first prize in the poster-making competition on World Organ Donation Day. The person had submitted a digital image instead of a hand-made poster.

Admitting that the entry given by DS Kapoor was “an image copied from the Internet and failed to meet the conditions of the competition,” the authorites revised the list of winners.

In the new list, Myra Jawanda, a Class II student from Carmel Convent School was adjudged first (earlier given the second prize) and Aditi Sahi, a Class VII student, from DC Model School, Panchkula, was declared second (earlier given the third prize). Anandi Roy, a Sector-41 resident was given the third prize. A total of 17 other participants were given prizes.

Amid over 1,000 posters sent by the participants from across the country, a digital image was adjudged best by the jury at the PGI during the World Organ Donation function, yesterday, irking many other participants who had prepared posters.

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

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”.

The competition was held at the PGI on occasion of World Organ Donation Day celebrations on Wednesday. Judges included Dr BD Goswami, ManoharLal, Prinicipal, Arts College, Sector 10, Shiv Singh and Chaand Nehru.



Punjab provides 500 vials of anti-snake venom to PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, here today provided 500 vials of anti-snake venom to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, after a request was made by the Director, PGIMER, Chandigarh.

Surjit Kumar Jyani, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab, said for the past sometime the PGI, Chandigarh, had been facing a shortage of anti-snake venom, which is a life-saving serum in snakebite cases. As during the monsoon season, the number of snakebite cases raises manifold, the demand of anti-snake venom also rises sharply.

However, Punjab Health Systems Corporation, which is a nodal procurement agency for providing essential medicines and consumables in the hospitals in Punjab, already had a sufficient stock of anti-snake venom, he said.

More than 10 snakebite cases were received at the PGI, including two deaths, until last month. Also, every year the number rises to 150 in the monsoon season.

Mostly men/women engaged in farming or construction activities are exposed to the risk of snakebites.

These labourers and farmers, sleeping on floors, are particularly susceptible to snakebites, said the experts.



Issues related to adolescents discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
The Women and Child Helpline under the aegis of the Department of Social Welfare, along with the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, organised a workshop on Premarital Health Counselling (PMHC) of adolescents here today.

Dr Sonia Puri, associate professor-cum-project coordinator, Department of Community Medicine, GMCH-32, gave an introductory session about premarital health counselling.

She said the PMHC was a new concept that had been adopted by countries such as Arab and the UAE. It was an educational awareness/therapy to adolescents about various issues like anaemia, contraceptive measures, genetic diseases, STIs, haemoglobinopathies and cancers so that they had disease-free life and healthy progeny.

Experts from different specialities were resource persons for the workshop.

Session on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and infertility was taken by Prof Gurvinder Pal Thami (HoD, Department of Dermatology, GMCH-32. Another detailed session on anaemia and haemoglobinopathies was taken by Dr Anita Tahlan, associate professor, Department of Haemotology, GMCH-32.

Post-lunch sessions on contraceptives and genetic counselling as well as awareness about breast and cervical cancer were conducted by Dr Alka Sehgal and Dr Awadesh Pandey, respectively.



Air Force officers meet DC
Object to carcass site near Kambali village, garbage heaps near Jagatpura and Zirakpur

Mohali, August 7
Air Force officers today objected to the presence of a carcass site near Kambali village and garbage heaps near Jagatpura and Zirakpur, which were attracting birds and posing a danger to flights at the Air Force Station, Chandigarh.

Air Cdre SK Indoria, Air Officer Commanding, 12 Wing, Chandigarh, Gp Capt MK Sharma, Chief Managing Officer, 12 Wing, and other senior officers met the Deputy Commissioner here to draw his attention to the difficulties being faced at the Air Force Station.

Air Commodore Indoria demanded the removal of the carcass site near Kambali and garbage heaps near Zirakpur and Jagatpura.

He said these were attracting birds and making the area accident prone during flights.

The officers said although there was a ban on new construction within 100 metres of the premises of the Air Force Station, illegal construction work was in progress along the boundary of the station near Bhabhat village.

They also said the Nagar Panchayat, Zirakpur, should be directed to clean the Bhabhat drain.

The Air Force officers also sought the demarcation of land measuring 8 kanal 7 marla near the Air Force Station at Kandala village.

The Deputy Commissioner directed the SDM concerned to take the necessary action. He assured the Air Force officers of timely solution to the problems. — OC



Cong will form govt for third time: Hooda
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 7
With the assembly elections ahead, Bhupinder Singh Hooda is on a foundation stones laying spree in the city. The CM also inaugurated some projects here today. Addressing party workers and ticket aspirants in Inderdhanush auditorium, Hooda said the Panipat Rally will show the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, how Haryana remained number one in terms of per capita income.

The party workers should get prepared for the rally as people would decide the outcome of the ensuing Vidhan Sabha elections.

The workers would get a platform in the rally to exhibit their strength. He urged the high command to take a call on the tickets after the Panipat rally.

“I am sure that the Congress would form government for the third consecutive term if the workers maintain the right atmosphere through publicity and dissemination of information. Those who may not get the party tickets should introspect and support the workers whom the party would give tickets,” he said adding that every applicant should suggest the name of another party worker also. It is not necessary that tickets would be given to the all sitting MLAs.

He asked party workers not to get disappointed over the outcome of recently held Lok Sabha elections as the circumstances were different. An atmosphere was created in the country in favour of a particular individual, saying that he had a magic wand with which he would make the problems of people vanish.

Lashing out at leaders who have been accusing him of regionalism, Hooda they themselves indulged in regionalism.



White coats mandatory for RLA employees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
It will now be compulsory for the staff at the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) and its branches in Sector 42 and the Industrial Area to wear white colour coats and display ID cards during working hours.

The coats have been introduced to give a separate identity to the Registration and Licensing Authority employees so that the visitors can easily recognise them.

Registration and Licensing Authority Kashish Mittal said that the aim behind the move is to ensure that the visitors don’t have to locate the employees. “This will also help the department in saving the visitors from getting into the trap of agents”, he added.

Further, it has been ordered that no staff willcarry mobile phones during working hours in RLA offices. These steps have been taken to bring more discipline among the 
staff and to check the presence or any possible interaction of any agent with the RLA staff.



Development works to begin at Balongi village
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 7
Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu today gave the go-ahead for development works at Balongi village, near here, providing over Rs 1.87 crore for the purpose. The Deputy Commissioner said the area would be developed on the Mohali pattern so that a new look could be given to the village.

Sidhu said the residents of the village had been facing inconvenience for a long time due to bad condition of roads. A sum of Rs 52.31 lakh would be spent on the repair of the approach road to the Balongi link road. A drain would be provided on both sides of the road and a new road would be constructed from the gurdwara to the main link road. A sum of Rs 29.13 lakh would be spent on the same.

Besides, over Rs 1 crore would be spent on the renovation of the village periphery and other development works.

The Deputy Commissioner said the panchayat of Balongi and the residents of Balongi colony had been directed to get water and sewerage connections before August 31.



PU alumnus discovers ways to fight brain stroke
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
Researchers led by a Punjab-based scientist Dr Vishal Chanana at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA — working on the animal brain stroke models from the last five years — claimed to have discovered two drugs with neuro-protective effects.

Dr Chanana, a neuroscientist, specialising in the field of ion exchangers (NHE-1), ischemic brain strokes, neurotrophins, brain macrophages and cell death, claimed that they had discovered a drug, cariporide HOE-642 — when given within 24 hours of the onset of the stroke can block the ion exchanger NHE-1 activation and help prevent brain macrophages to cause any further damage, besides help in regeneration of neurons.

“Till date, there is no drug that is effective beyond only symptomatic treatments. Our drugs have shown enormous preventive and protective potential post stroke,” claimed Dr Chanana.

These findings were published recently in the Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurochemistry, Journal of Biological Chemistry and PLoS.

Dr Chanana did his masters and PhD from the Department of Microbiology, PU.



Defacement of public property
MC issues notices to 22 violators
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 7
Going strict against defacement of property by pasting posters, pamphlets or other such material on buildings, hoardings, poles, etc., the Mohali Municipal Corporation issued notices to 22 violators here today.

Giving details, Mohali Municipal Corporation Commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta said the notices had been issued under appropriate Sections of the Punjab Prevention of Defacement of Property Act 1997 and the violators had been asked to remove the materials within three days.

“If the violators do not comply with the order, legal action will be initiated against them under Section 3 of the Act, which has provisions of six-month term and a fine of Rs 1000,” said Gupta.

He said the private agency, hired by the Mohali Municipal Corporation, had been keeping an eye on the hazard in the town.

Notably, Mohali Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu has written to the Mohali Municipal Corporation in this regard two days ago.



Tricity scan
Conference concludes

The Local Audit Officers (LAOs) conference involving 32 LAOs from across six states - Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh - under the administrative control of the PCDA (WC) concluded on Thursday. The two-day conference was chaired by principal controller GS Sood.

Prof invited to present paper: Dr Ranjay Vardhan, senior assistant professor, Sociology, at the Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, Chandigarh, has been invited to present a paper “Information Technology and Empowerment of Women: A Sociological Study” at the 12th Congress to be held at Hyderabad from August 17-22. An author of international repute, Dr Ranjay Vardhan has published 10 books, which have been procured by libraries of top universities of the world. — TNS



Haute couture trends mark INIFD fashion show
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
The Inter National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD), organised a fashion show ‘INIFD Designer Medley 14’ at The Lalit today. The show was a presentation of 18 collections created by the passing-out students of INIFD.

Pulsating live performances by international troupes on dance styles such as Cancan, Chicago Stepping, Samba, Bollywood free style, thrilled the audiences.

The designers created silhouettes in impressive fabrics and exciting colours with exquisite embroidery details and different printing techniques.

The collection displayed the unique and inimitable traditional and western outfits.

The show highlighted the creative collections, inspired from traditional and merging into global concepts. The show received an overwhelming response. The creativity on the ramp was a visual delight.



PU to have tow-away zones soon
Will be marked on all roads in PU where the parking menace has increased
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
Next time you visit Panjab University, make sure you don’t park your vehicle in the tow-away zone. To check the haphazard parking of vehicles on the campus, the authorities have decided to earmark tow-away zones.

By the next fortnight, all roads on the campus —where the parking menace has increased due to the cramming of a large number of vehicles — the authorities plan to earmark tow-away zones.

Sources said the university authorities would replicate the tow-away model of the PGI.

The PGI authorities have outsourced the towing away of vehicles to operators, who charge Rs 100 for two-wheelers and Rs 200 for four-wheelers from those violating the traffic norms.

A parking lot would be also designated by the PU authorities where the towed-away vehicles from the campus will be parked.

Sources said a majority of parking complaints had been received from the Arts Block I to V, where the plan will be introduced initially.

Another proposal to streamline parking is through a one-way zone in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s and Registrar's office.

The authorities will also earmark an area near the new examination hall, which will cater to the two-wheelers of three departments — mathematics, computer science and psychology — and the AC Joshi Library.

PU Chief Security Officer Jatinder Grover said, “A special committee has been constituted, which will meet on Friday, to decide the fine amount to be imposed on the violators and areas where the problem is rampant.”

He said the problem areas had already been identified by the security department, where boards would be installed mentioning the speed limit and no-parking zones.

PU Dean Student Welfare Navdeep Goyal said, “Work on the five new parking lots has been started to accommodate more vehicles.”

‘Problem areas have been identified’

A special committee has been constituted, which will meet on Friday, to decide the fine amount to be imposed on the violators and areas where the problem is rampant. The problem areas had already been identified by the security department, where boards would be installed mentioning the speed limit and no-parking zones.

— Jatinder Grover, Chief Security Officer, panjab university


Work on the five new parking lots has been started to accommodate more vehicles on the university campus. Things will be streamlined. Navdeep Goyal, Dean Student Welfare, PU

Plans in the offing

Proposed speed limit: Panjab University authorities will implement the speed limit of 30 KM per hour on the campus.

Proposed one-way zone:

  • In front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office.
  • Front area of Registrar office.
  • Main road from gate no. 1 to the Administrative Block.
  • In front of Physics Department.

Five new parking lots

  • Adjoining area near hostel no. 5 for 42 cars.
  • Vacant space in front of Herbal Garden near chemistry for 23 cars.
  • Additional area near Rose Garden for 30 cars.
  • Near Correspondent Studies for 46 cars.
  • Near Student Centre for 44 cars.

PU’s fresh proposal for parking

  • Near hostel no. 7.
  • Area between hostel numbers 2 and 3.



From schools
Sri Aurobindo remembered

Chandigarh: To commemorate the birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo, an inter-school nukkad natak competition was held at the Sri Aurobindo School of Integral Education, Sector 27A. As many as 150 students from 13 schools of the tricity presented street plays on ‘Mera Bharat Mahan’. Mount Carmel School and Strawberry Fields World School won the first and second position, respectively.

Student bags laurels

Manik Singh of New India Sr Sec School brought laurels to the school by getting the first position in kickboxing in the state. He was awarded a certificate and gold medal by the Haryana Sports Kickboxing Association.

Karate championship

Budha Dal Public School, Zirakpur, participated in the second inter-state Karate Ashiara Karate Championship-2014 held at Moti Ram Arya School, Sector 7, Panchkula. Simrandeep Singh, Gagandeep Singh and Karan Sood bagged gold medals, nine students won silver medals and an equal number secured bronze medals. The best performance trophy was lifted by Budha Dal Public School, Zirakpur.

Awareness rally

To commemorate intensified diarrhoea control, the volunteers of NSS from Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19 C, took out a rally to spread awareness among students and people to protect themselves from the infection. The volunteers told sensitised the students to consume ORS during diarrhea, besides wash their hands frequently to avoid infection. — TNS



Punjabi Department counselling postponed

The counselling for admission to MPhil (GGSS), 2014-15, scheduled to be held on August 8 in the Department of Panjabi (PU), has been postponed. PU spokesperson said as the result of MA Punjabi-IV semester 2013-14 is yet to be declared, the department has postponed the counselling for admission to MPhil (GGSS). The next date of counselling will be announced after the declaration of result of MA Punjabi.

Orientation day at PEC

On Day four of the orientation programme, the new students of PEC University of Technology were introduced to clubs and technical societies by their seniors.

Women’s World Congress

Senior Assistant Professor in Sociology at the PG Government College for Girls, Sector 42, Dr Ranjay Vardhan has been invited to present his paper ‘Information Technology and Empowerment of Women: A Sociological Study’ at the prestigious 12th Women’s World Congress. The 12th Women’s World Congress will be held at Hyderabad from August 17-22.

Litreray seminar

A literary seminar on the birth anniversary of Mahesh Dattani was organised by the Department of English, PGGC-11.

NSS volunteers at MCM

The NSS Unit of MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, organised an orientation programme for NSS volunteers.

NEST organised

A National Experimental Skill Test (NEST), was organised at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, today. — TNS



PU elections
PUSU, NSUI get notices for violating pre-election code
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 7
Panjab University authorities have served notices on two student parties for violating the pre-election code of conduct. Acting on the report of the PU Chief Security Officer Jatinder Grover, the Dean Student Welfare Navdeep Goyal has served notices on the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) and National Students Union of India (NSUI).

As per the report, PUSU party after announcing its panel at the Student Centre on Wednesday, had taken out a car rally on the campus, which amounted to a clear violation of the code.

The NSUI workers, on Wednesday night, had pasted their party posters on the space allotted to another student party.

In the report, the Chief Security Officer also recommended action against the Indian National Students Organisation (INSO), whose workers had pasted posters on the campus on places which were not earmarked.

The DSW said the notices had been served and PUSU had sent its apology on it, while the NSUI was yet to respond.

“PUSU leaders have been warned and if they violate the rules again, stern action will be taken against them,” added the Dean Student Welfare.



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