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It’s official, PU poll on Sept 5
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
The stage is set for holding the Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) elections on September 5. The UT Administration today gave approval to the proposal sent by Panjab University in this regard.

According to the election schedule, the filing of nominations, scrutiny, display of the list and filing of objections for the student council elections will take place on August 29. The date for withdrawal of papers is August 30 and the final list of candidates will also be out on the same day.

PU Dean Students Welfare Navdeep Goyal said they had received the approval along with instructions from the Administration for holding the elections.

He said the polling would start at 9.45 am and voters would not be allowed to enter the class after 10.15 am to cast their ballot. Earlier, this deadline was 10 am.

According to the new norms, if any student party or candidate violates the defacement Act on the campus, a complaint will be lodged against them with the police for action. Learning lessons from last year, this year the authorities have instructed the parties that no worker will be allowed to wear the T-shirt of the party candidate on the polling day of during canvassing.

14,000 voters

There are around 14,000 voters on the campus for the student council elections.

17 parties in the race

There are 17 student parties in the race for the elections this year.

Security measures

PU chief security officer Jatinder Grover has sent a communication to the police to make adequate security arrangements for the student council elections.

Wardens told to keep check on liquor distribution

The UT Administration has pointed out that there are complaints of distribution of liquor among students in hostels by student organisations. Instructions were issued on Wednesday to wardens to keep a check on such activities.

Elections will be fought for following posts

  • President
  • Vice-president
  • Secretary
  • Joint secretary

Vehicle-free zone

The DSW said they were planning to make the academic blocks vehicle-free till the elections to avoid any chaos on the campus. Vehicles of only faculty members would be allowed.

Student parties’ meeting today

The PU authorities have convened a meeting of all student parties tomorrow to discuss the code of conduct and its implementation.



Man strangles wife to death, ends his life on railway track
Had returned from Dubai a few months ago
Tribune News Service

Kharar, August 27
A Mundi Kharar resident, who was in his early thirties and had returned from Dubai a few months ago, allegedly committed suicide by jumping before a train after strangling his wife to death at his rented accommodation last evening.

In his five-page suicide note, the accused, identified as Manjit Singh, stated that he suspected that his wife Paramjit Kaur was having illicit relations and decided to murder her. Manjit Singh had pasted the suicide note, written in Punjabi, on the wall of a room in which Paramjit Kaur’s body was found.

According to Inspector Manjit Singh, SHO of the Kharar police station, the accused, Manjit Singh, went to Morinda and jumped before a train near the Morinda railway station.

The couple had a four-year-old son and was also bringing up a small girl of Paramjit Kaur’s sister, who had died last year.

Inspector Manjit Singh said the accused, Manjit Singh, had left both children at a relative’s house yesterday afternoon. “The matter came to light when the relative went to Manjit Singh’s house late yesterday evening and found Paramjit Kaur’s body there,” said Inspector Manjit Singh.

He said Manjit Singh had returned from Dubai a few months ago and was living in a rented accommodation in Mundi Kharar. The owners of the house stay in Australia.

Inspector Manjit Singh said they had registered a case of murder against Manjit Singh at the Kharar police station while the GRP, Morinda, had initiated proceedings in the suicide case.



Sealing of Golf Club bank accounts
High Court stays UT DC’s orders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
The Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner, it seems, hit the wrong stroke by ordering the sealing of bank accounts of the Chandigarh Golf Club. As a petition filed by the club came up for hearing this morning, the Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed the Deputy Commissioner’s orders.

Taking up the matter, Justice M Jeyapaul and Justice Navita Singh verbally questioned the counsel for the UT Administration over the authority of law under which the sealing orders were passed. The Bench also fixed September 3 as the next date of hearing in the matter.

The Golf Club had moved the HC through counsel Tushar Sharma soon after news reports on the sealing of the bank accounts appeared. Sharma pointed out that the matter was already pending before the Supreme Court.

UT DC Mohammad Shayin had earlier sealed five bank accounts for the failure of the club to pay the pending lease amount of Rs 4.30 crore as directed by the HC.

The HC, on a previous date of hearing, had stayed the impugned demand made by the Chandigarh Administration, subject to the deposit of 50 per cent of the amount.

The Division Bench of Justice Satish Kumar Mittal and Justice Mahavir Singh Chauhan had asserted: “The impugned demand made by the Chandigarh Administration is stayed, subject to the deposit of 50 per cent of the same”.

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

As a result of the development, the club was required to pay approximately Rs 4.30 crore. Attempts earlier made by the HC to sort out the issue through mediation could not succeed. The HC was informed that a former SC Judge, Justice Kuldip Singh, was not mediating anymore. Justice Kuldip Singh was appointed mediator by the HC to resolve the row over the renewal of lease between the Golf Club and the UT Administration. The HC had earlier made it clear that it wanted both to put their heads together for resolving the row.



Clash erupts as Kashmir students cheer Pak cricket team, 12 injured
Tribune News Service

Lalru, August 27
At least 12 students of Swami Parmanand College of Engineering and Technology were injured in a group clash in the hostel near here last night. The incident occurred when the inmates were watching a cricket match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on a TV in the hostel common room.

The students were divided in two groups. Those hailing from Kashmir were in one group, while those from other states were in the other group.

There was tension when members of the Kashmiri group started raising slogans in favour of Pakistan each time the Pakistan team did well, which irked the other group.

Eyewitnesses said both groups indulged in heated aruguments, which soon turned into a clash, leaving at least 12 students injured. The injured were taken to private hospitals.

Students of both groups went berserk and vandalised the hostel. They hurled chairs at each other, damaged the TV and other items, besides smashing the windowpanes of the common room and the hostels.

It was free for all in the melee, said JC Rana, Parmod, Manish Jatinder and Satyam, eyewitnesses to the incident.

As the situation went out of control, the college management, including Dr TD Sharma, Principal, intervened and deployed security guards at the hostel.

Santokh Singh, SHO, Handesra, reached the college with a police force to tackle the situation.

Receiving information, student leaders from the surrounding colleges and some BJP leaders reached the college premises this morning, which further added fuel to the fire.

Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti, SSP, Mohali, Anil Sharma, SP, Dera Bassi, and Sanjiv Kumar, SDM, Dera Bassi, reached the college to take stock of the situation.

Demanding the arrest of the Kashmiri students, college students, along with local BJP leaders, reached Lalru and blocked the highway for over an hour.

The police later registered a case under Sections 283, 148 and 149 of the IPC and under provisions of the highway Act against Dahami Sharma, a local resident, and 40 unidentified persons in this regard.

College closed till Sept 8

Dr TD Sharma, Principal of the college, said some students were injured in the clash and a few windowpanes were broken. He said there were nearly 200 students from Kashmir in the hostel, but none of them had been sent away from the hostel. The college management had decided to close the college till September 8, he said.



Class XII student stabbed to death
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
A 17-year-old Class XII student of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 (West) was stabbed to death by unidentified persons near Maloya vllage. The victim, who was brought to the Sector 16 GMSH in an auto-rickshaw by his family members, was declared brought dead.

The victim’s family raised slogans at the hospital against the police for not reaching the spot despite being intimated. Chander Bhan, the victim’s father, said his son could have been saved had the police shifted him to the hospital on time.

The victim, Ankit, along with his friends Amit and Deepu, was going towards Togan village when they were confronted by a group of unidentified persons. While Amit and Deepu fled from the spot, Ankit was stabbed four times.

The victim kept lying at the spot in a pool of blood as his friends rushed to inform his parents.



2 youths killed as car rams into tree
Tribune News Service

The mangled remains of the car that rammed into a tree on the Morinda-Chandigarh road on Wednesday. A Tribune Photograph

Kurali, August 27
Two local youths were killed when the car they were travelling in rammed into a tree on the Morinda-Chandigarh road near here today. The deceased, Prabhjot Singh (23) and Navreet Singh (20), were students of BBA at Chandigarh University, Gharuan, near Kharar.

Two other students, Parveen Singh and Tanveer Singh, both brothers and residents of Ropar, who were sitting on the rear seat of the car, were injured in the accident.

Morinda SHO Harkirat Singh said at around 9.30 am, the victims were going in a Swift car from Kurali via Morinda to Gharuan. An unidentified vehicle hit their car while overtaking it. Prabhjot Singh, who was driving the car, lost control over the vehicle, leading to the mishap. Prabhjot and Navreet died on the spot. Tanveer was admitted to a hospital in Ropar and his brother, Parveen, was discharged after being given first aid, said the SHO.

A case has been registered against the unidentified driver on Tanveer’s statement.



2 students take away pick-up forcibly, held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
Two students forcibly took away a Bolero pick-up following an incident of road rage at the Sector 7/8/18/19 roundabout on Madhya Marg this evening. The police have arrested the two students, who were in an inebriated state, and have registered a case against them at the Sector 26 police station.

The incident occurred in the evening when Jasnit, a private MSc student at Karnataka University, and Manpreet, a student of civil engineering at the LPU, along with three other friends, were in a car. Their vehicle was hit by a Bolero pick-up from the rear side. The pick-up was being driven by Tarsem Lal, a resident of Bapu Dham Colony.

A violent scuffle took place between the two students and the driver, Tarsem, following which Jasnit and Manpreet forcibly took away his pick-up.

The police swung into action and flashed a message on the wireless to trace the vehicle. The pick-up was finally found at the Sector 47/48 barrier.

The two students were then arrested in a case of dacoity registered at the Sector 26 police station.

ASP Parminder Singh said efforts were on to trace the car belonging to the students in which three of their accomplices fled.



Auction for Diwali fair
Again, no takers for Sector 34 ground
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
For the second time, the municipal corporation (MC) failed to auction the ground in Sector 34 for the Diwali fair. After the MC failed to get bidders for the ground earlier this month, the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) had decided to hold another auction, which also failed to get bidders.

In 2013 also, the MC had failed to get any bidder for the ground following which the Diwali fair could not be organised leading to a loss of several lakhs to the MC.

During the recently held meeting of the F&CC, it was proposed that if the MC failed to invite bids for the second time then the MC should on its own hold the Diwali fair.

A member of the F&CC stated that MC should organise the Diwali fair on its own by renting stalls, which would also help in generating revenue. “Rather than leaving the ground empty, the MC should organise the fair on their own”, the member stated. Official sources said that one of the reasons behind not getting any bids is that the ground owned by UT Administration just next to the MC ground is rented out for Rs 9-lakh for two-months while for the MC ground, a bidder has to pay around Rs 15.62 lakh for 10 days.

Loss to MC: In 2013 also, the MC had failed to get any bidder for the ground following which the Diwali fair could not be organised leading to a loss of several lakhs to the MC.



custody of children
Show-cause notice served on Snehalaya authorities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
Ten days after a 35-year-old woman was killed by her husband in Hallo Majra and the five children of the couple were sent to Snehalaya in Maloya village, relatives of the children are fighting a legal battle to get the children released from Snehalaya and to take their custody. The court of JMIC Shilpi Gupta today issued a show-cause notice to the Snehalaya authorities after a contempt petition was filed against them for failing to obey the court orders to release the five children.

On August 17, a 41-year-old resident of Hallo Majra and father of five children had battered his wife to death at his residence.

The victim, 35-year-old Rita, bled to death as she received a severe head injury. The police then arrested the accused, Jugal Kishore, a labourer in a case of murder registered at the Sector 31 police station.

As the five children of the couple, the eldest girl aged 10 years and the youngest boy aged one year was orphaned with their mother dead and father jailed, the UT police had sent all the children to Snehalyaya at that time as there were no other relatives of the couple living in the city.

Two days ago, the children’s grandfather, Gopali Prasad, came to the city from Kushinagar in UP and sought custody of the five children. After the Snehalyaya authorities objected, the grandfather moved the court of JMIC Shilpi Gupta. He stated in the application that he was willing to take the children to their native village.

The court then ordered that the five children of the couple — Vandana, Anchal, Ranjana, Satyawan and Balbir — be released from Snehalaya to applicant Gopali Prasad who is the paternal grandfather of the children. The application was moved through counsel Gagan Aggarwal.

“The application is allowed and the Chairman/authorised authority of Snehalaya in Maloya is directed to hand over the children to the applicant,” the court ordered.However, the Snehalaya authorities refused to release the children despite court orders following which a contempt petition was filed in the court today.The court order for release of children was submitted to Neil Robat, Chairman of the Child Welfare Committee, but he failed to obey the court orders, states the contempt petition. Acting on the petition, the court has issued a show-cause notice to Chairman of Snehalaya Neil Robat to explain the reason for contempt of court so that proceedings under Sections 10 and 12 of the Contempt of Courts Act should not be initiated against them within 24 hours of the receipt of the notice.



violation of building bylaws
UT to seek MHA nod before reducing penalty amount
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
The Chandigarh Administration will seek approval from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to decide upon the issue of reducing the penalty fee for misuse of buildings and violation of building bylaws.

The development comes a day after the UT had proposed to reduce the penalty amount from Rs 500 per sq yard per month to Rs 210 per sq yard per month.

Sources said the UT Administrator instead of taking call on the issue wanted to seek approval of the MHA.

Few days ago, the UT in its proposal had proposed to reduce the penalty charges from Rs 500 per sq yard per month to Rs 7 per sq yard per day, making it Rs 210 per sq yard per month. The case had been sent to the UT Administrator for approval.

While a section of traders has applauded the move to reduce the fine amount, the others had been knocking at the door of the Member of Parliament (MP), Kirron Kher, to do away with the increased penalty amount.

Recently, the Law Department of the UT Administration had termed the retrospective application of the Chandigarh Estate Rules — 2007 (with amendments in 2009), that allow the sealing of a building or imposing a heavy penalty of Rs 500 per sq yard per month for misuse and building violations, as illegal and an arbitrary decision. In its legal opinion to the UT Administration, the department had stated that the rules could not be applied with retrospective effect. This means that the provisions of the Estate Rules — 2007 do not govern the buildings allotted or auctioned prior to 2007.

In 2007, the Administration had enhanced the misuse charges from Rs 10 per sq yard to Rs 500 per sq yard with the enforcement of the Estate Rules — 2007.



Lt Gen visits armed forces institute
Asks cadets to work hard and achieve their goal of joining NDA
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 27
Lt Gen KJ Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Western Command, visited Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (AFPI) here today. This was his first visit to the AFPI after assuming the command.

On his arrival, the GOC-in-C was introduced to the faculty and cadet appointments. He was briefed by the Director of the AFPI, Maj Gen BS Grewal (retd), on various training activities being carried out at the institute.

General KJ Singh expressed happiness over the good performance of cadets of the second course, who had recently completed their training at the institute. As many as 29 cadets have already joined the National Defence Academy and the Indian Naval Academy.

The GOC-in-C said he was confident that in the years ahead the institute would develop into a centre of excellence for pre-commission training of youths from Punjab. He addressed the cadets and exhorted them to work hard and achieve their goal of joining the National Defence Academy and serving the motherland.

He also advised them to follow seven golden rules of achieving success - to be proactive in life; set a clear goal; do things in an orderly manner; think of a win-win situation; understand things; synergise efforts; and sharpen knowledge to be an ultimate winner in life.

A memento was presented to the GOC-in-C by the director. He was also shown the state-of-the-art infrastructure at the AFPI. General KJ Singh presented a memento to the director and motivational books to cadets on developing good habits and becoming effective in life.



Commercial property tax
Civic body plans to amend Clause 6
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
The municipal corporation (MC) is planning to amend Clause 6 of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation as per which the assesses depositing the commercial property tax through cheque or demand draft will have to submit the tax by May 27.

At present, the last date for depositing the tax through cheque or demand draft is May 31, however, as the amount is transferred to the MC’s account after due date, the assesses have to lose the rebate of 10 per cent in the amount and besides this an additional amount of 25 per cent over and above the prescribed rate is charged. Officials stated that as per the past experience it was observed that some assesses deposited the tax on the last date i.e May 31 and it took around four days for the cheque to get cleared, thus the amount was transferred to the MC’s account after the expiry of the due date. Consequently, the assesses lose the rebate of 10 per cent in the amount and besides this an additional amount of 25 per cent over and above the prescribed rate is charged. The assesses are further liable to pay an interest of 12 per cent per annum from April 1 of the ensuing assessment year to the end of the month in which the tax is deposited.

MC Secretary Rajiv Gupta stated that this used to put the assesses in an unavoidable unnecessary financial loss. “The aim behind amending the clause is to encourage assesses who used to end-up paying more amount, as we don’t want that they should be overburdened”, he stated. The agenda to amend the clause will be tabled before the general house during the forthcoming meeting scheduled on August 29.



Pending demands: PGI faculty to hold protest on Sept 16

Chandigarh, August 27
Irked over the pendency of numerous demands, the PGIMER Faculty Association has decided to hold a protest from September 16.

Delay in promotion of over 150 doctors and less number of operation theatres available for consultants, resulting in long waiting period for surgeries, were among the issues taken up during the general body meeting of the association held here on Tuesday evening. The faculty also unanimously decided that the charge of the head of departments should be given to professors on rotation.

About 150 faculty members are awaiting promotions for the last five months. However, the governing body of the PGI has not been convened to ratify the promotions. During this period, the AIIMS, New Delhi, has completed the promotion process twice. Such delays lead to stagnation and frustration among the faculty, stated a press release issued by the association this evening. — TNS



Tomato, potato prices up
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
Triggered by shortage in supply, the cost of tomatoes has gone up from Rs 50 per kg to Rs 70 per kg in the retail market. In the wholesale market, the cost of tomatoes ranges from Rs 45 to Rs 50 per kg these days.

“Rain in Himachal Pradesh has dampened the supply to the city as produce got destroyed in transit. The costs are expected to remain high for the next few days till the normal supply is restored,” said an official of the Market Committee, Sector 26.

The cost of potatoes in the retail market has also increased from Rs 30 to Rs 45 per kg. Potatoes cost Rs 25 per kg in the wholesale market.

Polythene seized

A team of food and sanitary inspectors raided the Apni Mandi in Sector 15 and seized about a quintal of polythene bags. “We will try to go on with the drive to make the city plastic free,” said Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Shayin.



Now, women conductors on board CTU buses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
Now, passengers will see women conductors issuing them tickets on the local Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) buses. On Wednesday, newly recruited women conductors were seen issuing tickets in the buses. Of the total 246 conductors, 72 were women. One such new recruit, Sandeep Kaur, was seen on board a bus at the Sector-43 ISBT, which was enroute to the IT park.

TPS Phoolka, Director (transport), said the new recruits were being trained to handle the ticketing. Once they are fully trained, they would be independently given the task of issuing the tickets.

After hiring them, the city becomes third in the country after Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh to recruit women conductors.

CTU officials said women conductors were being recruited as the Administration felt that it would help in improving the safety and security of female passengers. The officials were planning to deploy the women conductors on routes which had more female commuters. “In the future, more women would be engaged for the job, as it instills sense of security among the women commuters”, said the officials.

City third in country

The city becomes third in the country after Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh to recruit women conductors. TPS Phoolka, Director (transport), said the new recruits were being trained to handle the ticketing. Once they are fully trained, they would be independently given the task of issuing the tickets.



Partial knee replacement a ray of hope for osteoarthritis patients
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
For osteoarthritis patients having damage in only one of the two compartments in knee, a technique of partial knee replacement instead of total knee replacement is now available in the city.

The technique not only leaves 75 per cent of the knee bone intact following transplant, but also costs 25 per cent lesser than that of total knee replacement. Addressing a press conference here today, Dr Jatinder Singla, a visting consultant, Orthopaedics, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, and the Fortis centre in Sector 11 here, said, “It is pertinent to note that only selective patients with lesser damaged knee are fit for the procedure. But it does not mean that aged patients cannot take benefit of the technique. It depends on the condition of knees.”A total of 10 patients from Punjab and two from the city have undergone partial knee transplant surgery in the past one year.

Partial knee replacement

It is the latest technique in the field of knee replacement surgery. It is better than the total knee replacement as it can preserve up to 75 per cent of the healthy bone, cartilage and ligaments. As on date, only one US-based company has been patenting the implants for partial knee replacement and only Oxford-certified surgeons are supplied the implants.



Panjab university student council elections
New code of conduct announced
For the first time, varsity authorities bifurcate candidates’ daily expenditure
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
Candidates, who are contesting the Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) elections, will have to manage their funds very meticulously. For the first time, the authorities have bifurcated the expenditure of candidates to be spent on the election material each day in the revised code of conduct.

Norms for tents

As per the fresh code of conduct, tents will be allocated after the withdrawal of name to the office-bearers of the candidates. Each candidate will be given a space of 15’X15’ for accommodating a maximum of two tables and 15 chairs.

Election expenditure

As per the Lyngdoh committee norms, each candidate can spend Rs 5,000 in the election. The authorities have decided that the expenditure will be counted in the name of the candidate for all election arrangements.

A candidate will also hire a table at Rs 30 per day, chair at Rs 10 per day, tent measuring 15’X15” at Rs 200 per day and one-side curtain for Rs 100 per day.

This will be included in their daily expenditure.

If there is a panel of four candidates, the tent of 30’X30’ size and maximum four tables and 30 chairs will be allowed.

Canvassing timings

Five students of the party concerned can campaign in the girls’ hostel up to 7 pm. No permission will be given for rallies in the girls’ hostels, while at the boys’ hostel, the party can canvass up to 10 pm. No vehicle will be allowed in campaigning and no guests will be allowed to stay in hostels until the poll.

Violation of Defacement Act

If any party violates the Defacement Act, a police complaint will be lodged and legal action will be initiated against the party or the candidate. No speakers, flags with stickers will be allowed during foot rallies or canvassing.

Cancellation of nomination

If any chairperson lodges a complaint about the candidate disturbing classes during canvassing, their nomination will be cancelled.

Admissions of three students cancelled

PU authorities have cancelled the admission of three students for submitting fake medical certificates to avail leave though they were seen on the campus canvassing for different parties. The Dean Student Welfare said it had become a trend with students to take admission on the last days to participate in campaigning and later withdraw their names from the courses.

Lyngdoh panel recommendations

  • Candidates contesting elections should be regular students.
  • Candidate should have a minimum of 75 per cent attendance.
  • Candidate should not have any academic arrears in the year of contesting.
  • Candidate should not have any criminal record.
  • Maximum expenditure per candidate shall 
    be Rs 5,000.
  • In case of excessive expenditure, candidature will be nullified.

ID cards to be issued

The Dean Student Welfare on Wednesday issued instructions to all chairpersons to issue identity cards to all fresher students. This has been done to streamline things.



PUTA expresses concern over violence on campus
Tribune News Service

Students of the Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital protest at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, August 27
Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) today expressed concern over frequent protests, violence and disruption of teaching activities by various student organisations on the campus.

“The self-styled students often enter into heated arguments with teachers and chairpersons of the departments. Even senior faculty and woman colleagues are being targeted. Teachers on the campus are worried about the growing level of intrusion of these student leaders in the day-to-day functioning of the university,” stated the PUTA members.

They demanded that the authorities should evolve a mechanism to promptly address the grievances of the teachers, who are allegedly bullied by students and take disciplinary action against those students who cause indiscipline on the campus.

Dental students continue protest

Meanwhile, the students of the Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital continued their protest today. The protesting interns seemed reluctant to resolve the issue with the authorities. The stalemate continued as neither the authority nor the students seemed willing to resolve the issue.


The self-styled students often enter into heated arguments with teachers and chairpersons of the departments. Even senior faculty and woman colleagues are targeted. Teachers on the campus are worried about the growing level of intrusion of these student leaders in the day-to-day functioning of the university. The authorities need to look into the issue. — PUTA MEMBERS



Outsiders dominate PU politics
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Students of Government College, Phase VI, discuss the Panjab University student elections on the campus in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, August 27
With the poll scene hotting up for the Panjab University Campus Students Council, election fever is also gripping the students of Government College, Phase VI. Even though the college is affiliated to Punjabi University, Patiala, and has nothing to do with Panjab University, student leaders have been making a beeline to ‘gather supporters’.

The student parties of PU garner manpower from the college to strengthen their presence during election campaign — car and scooter rallies — on the campus.

Interestingly, these supporters also adorn colours of their favourite party and wear stickers on their clothes though the results of the PU election will have no bearing on the college.

A few such supporters said their vehicles bore stickers of student parties as a mark of support and they regularly visited PU campus to make their presence felt in their own college.

“If the candidate of the party whom we support becomes the president, it will strengthen our position in the college. The PU election holds importance. It’s important to have a strong backing,” said Gurvinder Singh, a student.

The college students visit Panjab University despite the ‘no tolerance’ approach of the PU towards outsiders during the election.

“PU students approach us to participate in car and bike rallies and foot march. Till date, we have attended all major rallies and nobody has questioned our presence on the campus. Even today, a few of us were at Panjab University for poll work,” said Navjot Nagar.

Talking on similar lines, Davinder Singh, another student, said, “Only a few PU students campaign for the elections as outsiders form a major chunk. We roam around on the campus. Our vehicles bear Punjab-Haryana registration numbers and we don’t have identity cards. But nobody stops us. Without us, political parties cannot attract voters.”

‘Nobody questions us’

PU students approach us to participate in car and bike rallies and foot march. Till date, we have attended all major rallies and nobody has questioned our presence on the campus.

— Navjot Nagar, student, government college


DSW Navdeep Goyal said, “The university is adopting ‘zero-tolerance’ towards outsiders supporting the student parties in rallies. PU’s security staff and the Chandigarh Police have already rounded up many outsiders.”



It’s party time for voters on campus
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
Student leaders in the fray for the Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) elections are hosting free lunches, planning movie trips and outings to woo voters on the campus. Interestingly, various parties treat students of a respective department each day at the Student Centre for lunch or dinner.

A student not wishing to be named said, “It is party time for us as different parties treat us in a lavish way. A vehicle is stationed outside each department every day by different party workers to take the students to the Student Centre for a treat.”

Meanwhile, workers of the Students’ Organisation of India (SOI), today treated the girl students of a department at the Student Centre.

A waiter at an eatery on the Student Centre said, “The party workers also take orders from students to woo them. In fact, they also ensure that the order is not delayed.”

Sources said the party workers had also organised pick-and-drop facility for student movie-goers at malls.

Sources said with the Panjab University election being announced, all student parties will chalk out outing plans for students by tomorrow to win their votes.

At various protest rallies held recently, several parties were seen distributing refreshments to the agitating students.

August 30 to be working day

All teaching departments and administrative offices of the Panjab University (PU) will remain functional on August 30. The Dean University Instruction Prof AK Bhandari informed that the timetable of the teaching departments for September 8 will be operative on August 30. The decision has been taken for the smooth conduct of elections of the PU Campus Student Council, scheduled on September 5. “In lieu of a working day on August 30, a holiday will be observed on September 8,” added Bhandari.

‘Treats are daily’

It is party time for us as parties treat us in a lavish way. A vehicle is stationed outside each department every day by different party workers to take the students to the Student Centre for a treat. — A student



Class XI Admission
Students protest at DPI office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 27
Irked at not getting admission in Class XI in government schools, even after announcement of a third cut-off list, scores of students and their parents staged a protest at the DPI office building, Sector 9, today. They demanded that students, who had been allotted seats after the third counselling, should be allotted schools near their localities.

The protesters submitted a memorandum of their demands to the DPI (schools) Kamlesh Kumar.

Amit, a student, said, “We are demanding seats in schools located near our houses. After the third counselling, we have been allotted seats in schools at Khuda Lahora, Karsan, Khuda Ali Sher. These places are quite far. Our demands are genuine but no one is ready to lend us an ear.”

Shivani, another student said, “Even after the third counselling, we have not been allotted seats in local government schools. The DPI did not bother to address our grievances.”

Later in the evening, the UT Education Department released a note mentioning, “No request for change of school or stream will be entertained after the third round of counselling.”

The Department stated that if a candidate does not get a seat during the three rounds of counselling, he/she can submit an application for government senior secondary schools at Khuda Lahora, Khuda Ali Sher, Behlana, Raipur Khurd, Kaimbwala.



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