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PU elections
Parties spar over nominations
Trade charges of shortage of attendance against each other’s candidates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
High drama was witnessed today at three departments of Panjab University (PU) with student parties raising objections over the attendance of candidates of other parties, who filed their nomination papers for the Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) elections.

The student parties staged a protest at the UIET department for an hour after the nomination papers of all candidates except the NSUI were rejected due to shortage of attendance. Senior leaders of the parties alleged that the authorities had not calculated the attendance properly. Later, the issue was resolved following which the nomination papers were accepted.

In the botany department, SOPU objected to the nomination papers of the NSUI candidate alleging that the candidate’s attendance was short. SOPU workers staged a protest during which they had heated arguments with NSUI workers outside the department.

In the UBS department, the NSUI objected to the nomination papers filed by SOI over shortage of attendance. SOI objected to the NSUI candidate’s nomination.

DRs in 25 depts elected unanimously

A total of 116 nominations were filed for posts of department representative on the campus for the Panjab University Student Council Election.

In 25 departments, the Department Representatives were elected unanimously.

Polling booths on campus

The PU will set up 184 polling booths for the elections. There are 64 departments, in which around 14,000 voters will cast their ballot.

8 complaints received

Eight complaints were received by the grievance cell of the Panjab University regarding the student elections today.

The Dean Students Welfare Navdeep Goyal said of these, seven complaints had been resolved while one was pending.

Filing of nomination papers delayed

Due to confusion among students, the filling of nomination continued till 11 am in the UIET department though the timings were from 9.30 am to 10.30 am.

The department allowed extra time to the students as nomination forms were not available with it.

Meanwhile, heated arguments were also witnessed among students at University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET), department over the delay in the issuing nomination forms. 

204 candidates file papers

As many as 204 candidates filed their nomination papers for the student council elections. The elections are being fought for the posts of president, vice-president, secretary and joint secretary.



SC rejects Golf Club’s plea
Asks it to deposit 50% of the ~8.59 cr lease rent amount
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, August 29
The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a petition filed by the Chandigarh Golf Club challenging the demand notice of the UT Administration for the payment of Rs 8.59 crore as rent lease arrears for the past six years.

A Bench comprising Justices FMI Kalifulla and SK Singh directed the club to deposit 50 per cent of the amount within three weeks as directed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The club had come challenging the HC’s July 24, 2014, order refusing to grant any relief in the payment of the lease rent. Appearing for the club, senior advocate Salman Khurshid pleaded for at least some relief but the SC was not convinced.

Counsel Chandra Prakash, who appeared for the Administration, contended that the club had suppressed the information that the lease was renewed in 2001 under which least rent would go up by 7 per cent every year.

The annual membership fee was one of the highest in the country and as such the club should not have any problem in paying the enhanced rent, he pleaded.

The club continued to pay the rent on the old rate, resulting in accumulation of arrears. On July 19, the DC had asked the club to deposit Rs 8.59 crore within 15 days for the period March 2008 to March 2014, failing which the premises would be sealed.



Group clash at Lalru college
Probe begins, SDM records Principal’s statement
Tribune News Service

Lalru, August 29
Three days after the clash in a hostel of Swami Parmanand College of Engineering and Technology in which over 20 inmates, including 12 students from Kashmir, were injured, the local administration today started a probe into the incident. This is the second incident in which local students have clashed with students from Kashmir in private colleges on the periphery of Chandigarh.

Dera Bassi SDM Sanjiv Kumar recorded the statement of TD Sharma, Principal of the college, at his office today.

The SDM asked the college management and the principal to help trace the absconding hostel warden, Sandeep, who is an eyewitness to the incident and can provide vital information.

“So far, it has not been established that slogans in favour of Pakistan were raised in the hostel common room,” said the SDM, adding that the Sandeep’s disappearance had raised doubts over his involvement in the clash.

The SDM asked the college management to engage a counsellor to help the students, including those from Kashmir, once they rejoin the college. He also directed the management to constitute a committee to maintain peace and harmony among students from different states studying in the college.

Asked if any student from Kashmir had quit the college following the clash, the Principal said, “We have not received any such application in writing.”

Meanwhile, the college wore a deserted look today and the security guards deployed there did not allow anyone to enter the college premises.

Past incident

June 29, 2012: Students from Kashmir studying at Swami Devi Dyal College of Engineering and Information Technology, Golpura Barwala, in Panchkula were injured in a group clash.



Pooja murder case
Husband, paramour get life term
Tribune News Service

The convicts, Vajinder and Renu, being taken away by the police after the pronouncement of the sentence in Chandigarh on Friday.
The convicts, Vajinder and Renu, being taken away by the police after the pronouncement of the sentence in Chandigarh on Friday. PHOTO: ANEESHA SAREEN

Chandigarh, August 29
Holding that the convicts in the Pooja murder case deserved exemplary and stringent punishment, the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Anshu Shukla today sentenced the victim’s husband, Vajinder Paul, and his paramour Renu Bains to life imprisonment. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 70,000 each on the convicts.

A clear motive of an extramarital affair and circumstantial evidence led to the conviction.

The murder took place in July 2012 when 32-year-old Vajinder, who was employed with a fast food joint in the city, murdered his wife Pooja in connivance with his paramour Renu and then dumped her body in bushes in a deserted area in Hoshiarpur. According to the prosecution case, Vajinder was forcing Pooja to divorce him so that he could marry Renu, but Pooja refused to do so. Vajinder then planned to eliminate Pooja in connivance with Renu.

While pronouncing the order, the court stated, “The husband is expected to remain faithful to his wife to maintain and sustain the sanctity of the wedlock. Mutual trust is its very foundation. Any breach of trust on either side can prove fatal and deadly. In the case in hand, Pooja’s husband Vajinder Paul went awry. He broke the trust of his wife deliberately. He crossed all limits of humanity when he, in furtherance of his common intention, committed the murder of his wife with the help of his paramour.”

“He turned brute and strangled all norms and values of his marital status. The other accused, Renu Bains, also joined hands in the commission of the murder of Pooja. Both accused, in furtherance of the common intention, caused the evidence of the offence to disappear with the intention of screening themselves from legal punishment. Such persons deserve exemplary and stringent punishment,” the court stated.

Vajinder and Renu had given Pooja a heavy dose of sedatives and strangled her thrice in a car while on the way from Chandigarh to Hoshiarpur where they dumped her body. She was fastened with a seat belt on the front seat of the car in an unconscious state while she was being taken to Hoshiarpur. The two had set the victim’s body afire before dumping it.

While the woman was murdered on July 13, 2012, the case was registered on July 16 after the police investigations into the missing report lodged by victim Pooja’s family unearthed that she had been killed owing to strained relations with her husband.

The police had then arrested Vajinder, who was then employed as a manager at Nik Bakers in Sector 35, and Renu, who was staying as a paying guest in Sector 20 in the city. The woman’s body was recovered by a police team from Hoshiarpur on that day.

Vajinder had an affair with Renu, whom he met while they were working together at Dominos in Jalandhar.

Convicts show no remorse

Even though they were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder, none of the two convicts Vajinder and Renu showed any signs of remorse on their face. Both kept talking to each other while in the courtroom after the orders were pronounced.


Civic body meeting a noisy affair
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
Uproar was witnessed in the monthly House meeting of the local Municipal Corporation (MC) here today. Congress councillor Gurbax Rawat, who was the chairperson of the committee constituted to organise Teej function, alleged that bids for the dance artistes to be hired for the Teej function was opened in her absence and that ignoring the lowest bid, a higher bid was supported by SAD councillor Harjinder Kaur, who was a member of the committee.

The dance artistes, however, were not hired since the Teej function was cancelled and the committee was disbanded. Later, MC officials organised the function on their own.

Soon after the House proceedings began at 3.22 pm, Rawat accused the SAD councillor of supporting a higher bid. Rawat asked Mayor HC Kalyan that it should be made clear as to who opened the highest bid of Rs 1.35 lakh when the lowest bid was of Rs 1.20 lakhs.

Rawat claimed that she was not even informed while the bids were opened. “Being the chairperson of the committee, the bids should have been opened in my presence,” she said.

She alleged that the SAD councillor, during a meeting of the organising committee, had used unparliamentary language against her.

As the SAD councillor was not present in the House meeting, BJP councillors said Rawat should not be leveling allegations against Harjinder Kaur as she was not present in the House.

Mayor HC Kalyan said they would enquire the matter to find out who opened the bids.

The ruckus continued for nearly 30 minutes forcing the Mayor to adjourn the house for nearly 35 minutes.

Teej festival, which was to be celebrated on August 3, was postponed as the Opposition asked the ruling Congress to invite MP Kirron Kher as the chief guest at the function. The festival was later organised on August 9. 

What the House decided

  • The MC resolution for introducing electric rickshaws in the city to be sent to the UT Administration for approval.
  • PCC tiles to be laid on the foothpaths along V-5 road, Sector 42, at the cost of Rs 37.28 lakh.

Turn of events

  • Soon after the House proceedings began at 3.22 pm, Congress councillor Gurbax Rawat accused SAD councillor Harjinder Kaur of supporting a higher bid for the dance artistes, who were to be hired for a Teej function.
  • Rawat was chairperson of the committee formed to organise the function while Harjinder Kaur was one of its members.
  • Rawat alleged that the bids were opened in her absence and the lowest bid of Rs 1.20 lakh was ignored while selecting the bid of Rs 1.35 lakh.
  • Mayor HC Kalyan said they would enquire the matter to find out who opened the bids.
  • The ruckus continued for nearly 30 minutes forcing the Mayor to adjourn the house for half an hour.



Hike in water tariff deferred, again
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
The general House of the local Municipal Corporation (MC) has once again deferred the agenda to hike the water tariff in the city as it believed that the issue needed a lengthy discussion.

This is the second time that the issue was taken up in the House; however, a majority of councillors opposed it.

MC Commissioner VP Singh said tariff was being revised to curb misuse of potable water. “Only those who are using excess water will be affected with the hike,” Singh added.

A BJP councillor and the leader of Opposition, Arun Sood, backed by several other party councillors, demanded that the agenda item should be rejected.

Congress councillor Subhash Chawla claimed that the revision of tariff will also affect middle-class joint families and sought rejection of the agenda item. Chawla proposed several other measures to curb misuse of water and recover the revenue losses.

Congress councillor Satish Kainth outrightly opposed the proposal of approving the revised water tariff.

The MC commissioner, however, said the agenda for the next House meeting can be amended and a discussion can be held on it. “The House can modify and approve a revised agenda,” he said.

The House then decided to defer the issue to the next meeting.

The public health wing of the MC had prepared a revised tariff plan, which would affect residents using above 60 kilolitre (kl) of water. At present, consumers are charged at the rate of Rs 8 per kl for 60 to 80 kl of water. If the revised tariff plan comes into effect, they will have to pay Rs 25 per kl for similar volume of water. For consumption above 80 kl, residents will have to pay Rs 40 per kl as per the new tariff while they are presently paying at the rate of Rs 8 per kl.



Bacchus lovers on a high in city
Flouting Excise Dept orders, vendors selling liquor below minimum reserve price
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, August 29
It is raining liquor in the city, thanks to the competition between liquor contractors.

For the past few days, a number of liquor shops have reduced the rates of popular brands of IMFL by up to 40 per cent and beer by up to 20 per cent.

Even the premium brands of beer like Carlsberg and Budweiser are being sold between Rs 90 and Rs 100 a bottle and the popular brand of Kingfisher strong is being sold for around Rs 70.

In case of IMFL, brands like Blenders Pride and Signature are being sold for Rs 400 a bottle against the minimum reserved price of Rs 500. Other brands like Royal Stag and Officer’s Choice are being sold for Rs 200 and Rs 150 a bottle, respectively.

In some cases, aggressive stake holders are selling liquor even below the minimum reserve price, forcing the UT Excise Department to challan as many as 23 liquor contractors. Eight vends have been closed for four days as a penalty for under-selling.

Despite the orders of the Excise Department, liquor is being sold below the minimum reserve price in the city.

Assistant Excise and Taxation Officer Ashok Bhalla said any vend found selling liquor below the minimum reserve price would be sealed on the spot.

Liquor vends across the city have put up banners and billboards announcing discounts up to 40 per cent on popular IMFL brands.



House rejects compensation to stray dog-bite victims
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
The Municipal Corporation (MC) general House today rejected a table agenda to award compensation to stray dog-bite victims.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court, during the course of hearing on a petition filed by a Chandigarh resident on stray dog menace, had yesterday issued an interim direction to the MC to clarify its stand on compensation for stray dog-bite victims. Accordingly, an agenda was placed before the general House for consideration.

The general House deliberated on the issue and arrived at the conclusion that in absence of a provision regarding compensation in the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, no relief can be extended by the MC.

The House rejected the agenda unanimously as it was observed that the MC is not liable to compensate the victims. It further observed that the MC has been performing its functions in accordance with the law of the land and as per the provisions of Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001. 



CVO to probe salary arrears paid to ‘ghost’ employees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
Municipal Commissioner VP Singh has forwarded the issue of 256 ‘non-existent’ employees raised by the Municipal Corporation’s audit department, to the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) for an inquiry.

During the MC House meeting today, the commissioner said the he has forwarded the objections of the audit department to the UT Adviser KK Sharma, who is also the CVO, for an inquiry.

The audit department had recently forwarded a list of 256 employees, who were transferred from the UT Administration to the civic body in 1996 and were paid Rs 25 lakh as arrears of salary.

In 1996, when the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation came into existence, the UT Administration transferred as many as 1,369 employees, of which only 1,113 had joined the civic body.



After firefighters, MC sewermen to get insurance cover
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
The Municipal Corporation (MC) employees assigned the job of cleaning sewer lines within the MC limits will also be brought under insurance cover on the pattern of the firemen of the Fire and Emergency services.

The issue was discussed during the general House meeting following asphyxiation of a Safai Karamchari employed with the UT’s public health department. The Safai Karamchari inhaled toxic gases while cleaning a blocked sewer line near the Lake Club earlier this month.

BJP councillor Arun Sood said the MC employees cleaning sewer lines should also get the benefit of insurance cover. Congress councillor Pardeep Chhabra agreed that there was a need to bring them under insurance cover.

Thereafter, Municipal Commissioner VP Singh assured that employees engaged in the work of cleaning sewer lines would be offered insurance cover on the pattern of firefighters.

During a meeting on July 28, the House had approved an insurance cover of Rs 20 lakh for its firemen in case of death during rescue operation, Rs 10 lakh in case of 75 per cent disability, Rs 10 lakh in case of 75 per cent disability, Rs 7.5 lakh in case of 50 to 70 per cent disability and Rs 5 lakh in case of 20 to 50 per cent disability.



Over 60 diarrhoea cases reported from P’kula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, Au3gust 29
Over 60 cases of diarrhoea were reported from Abheypur village and Sector 19, here, in the past 24 hours. While a large number of the patients were given first aid, over 30 patients, including women, children and elderly persons, were under treatment at Government Hospital, Sector 6.

More cases are being reported at private and government hospitals from the affected areas.

The outbreak of diarrhoea in these areas brought to the fore the lack of preparedness of the district Health Department and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) in tackling water-borne diseases.

Residents said they were getting contaminated water supply for the past two days.

Initially the affected residents got medicines from chemists but had to rush to Government Hospital as later the situation worsened, claimed some residents of Sector 19.

The administration has constituted a team to take the stock of the situation.

Hema Sharma, SDM, Panchkula, along with officials of the Public Health wing of HUDA, visited Civil Dispensary, Sector 19, and Government Hospital, Sector 6, and interacted with patients.

She asked the health officials to deploy a team of additional doctors at the Civil Dispensary, which would remain open round-the-clock for the convenience of patients.

The administration has also asked the officials of the Public Health department to check the cause of contamination in water supply, ensure chlorination of water tanks and tubewells and collect sample of water from the affected areas.

VK Bansal, civil surgeon, Panchkula, said nine teams had been constituted to help control the disease.

The teams would conduct a door-to-door survey, distribute chlorine tablets among residents of the affected areas and tell them to use either boiled or chlorinated water, he said.



Woman alleges misbehaviour by ASI
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 29
A resident of Badali village, near Kharar, today levelled allegations against an ASI posted in Kharar that he had implicated her in a false case.

Malkeet Kaur told mediapersons here that her husband had died earlier and she was running a school in the village. She owned a plot in her village which she sold to Harjeet Kaur. After the deal, some residents of the village quarrelled with Harjeet and also injured her.

Malkeet said when she went to the police station to lodge a compliant against those who had attacked Harjeet, an ASI at the Kharar Sadar police station refused to take any action.

She alleged that her daughter also went to the police station but the ASI used abusive language. He also implicated them in a false case and also got their property damaged.



Sewerage project in 7 villages to be completed soon: DC
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 29
The Rs 9.68 crore sewerage-laying project, being executed by the government in seven villages, in SAS Nagar district will be completed soon.

Stating this here today, Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said the pilot project was being undertaken in Singhpura, Bhajouli, Fatehgarh, Jaulan Kalan, Mukandpur, Bhagsi and Batta villages. It was being executed by the Department of Water Supply and Sanitation under a World Bank project.

He said after laying the sewers in these villages, other villages would also be covered in the second phase.

He said each village would have a separate sewage treatment plant through which waste water would be made usable for irrigation purposes.



Conference on emergency radiology begins at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
The first annual conference of the Society for Emergency Radiology was inaugurated today at the PGIMER by Governor of Chhattisgarh Balramji Das Tandon.

The meeting is being held under the able guidance of Prof N Khandelwal, chairperson and head, Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, PGIMER, and Prof MS Sandhu, vice-chairperson of the conference.

Emergency radiology is defined as imaging and image-guided treatment of acutely ill or critically injured patients. Lectures and panel discussions related to the sub-speciality of emergency radiology were held.

Dr Dinesh Verma, deputy director of Radiology, and head of Trauma and Emergency Radiology at Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Dr Junichi Matsumoto, chief, Division of Emergency and Trauma Radiology, Kawasaki, and Dr Veena Chowdhury, Professor of Excellence, Department of Radiodiagnosis, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, discussed the Australian, Japanese and Indian perspective of emergency radiology, respectively.

The ways and means of spreading and improving the practice of emergency radiology were also highlighted.

A panel discussion on the role of radiologist in management of mass casualty and emergency radiology training, practice set-up and scope was held. There was also a quiz session where experts discussed interesting emergency radiology cases with postgraduate fellows.



CII excellence awards presented to companies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
Seven awards in large, services, medium and small scale industries were presented to a number of companies, out of a total of 45, which participated in the CII 5S 
Excellence Awards - 2014 at the CII Headquarters, Sector 31, here.

In the large scale category, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, Manesar, Haryana, and Hero Motocorp Limited, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, won the first and second prizes, respectively.

Delhi International Airport Private Limited was presented with the first prize in the services sector category. Visaka Industries Limited and Bikanervala Foods Private Limited, Delhi, were awarded the first and second prizes, respectively, in the medium scale industry category, while Faiveley Transport Rail Technologies India Limited, Baddi, Himachal Pradesh, and Pyrotech Electronics Private Limited, Udaipur, Rajasthan, won the first and second prize, respectively, in the small scale industry category.

Six special recognition awards were given to Aksh Optifibre Limited, Bhiwadi, Rajasthan; Coatec India, Kurali, Punjab; ITC Limited, Haridwar, Uttarakhand; Johnson & Johnson Limited, Baddi, Himachal Pradesh; Mayur Uniquoters Limited; Voith Paper Fabrics India Limited, Faridabad, Haryana, for remarkable work in the field of 5S.

The awards were presented by Karan Avtar Singh, principal secretary, Investment Promotion, Government of Punjab.



Stroke major health problem in India, says expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
A sensitisation programme on enunciation of stroke registry was conducted at the GMCH-32 here on Thursday.

Addressing the gathering, chief programme officer Dr Sonia Puri, Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, said globally around 16.9 million new stroke cases occur every year, including 5.9 million deaths.

As per the World Heart Federation estimates, stroke is the second leading cause of death in population aged above 60, she said.

She highlighted that every 39 seconds someone dies of a stroke. Stroke risk increases with age and for each decade after age 55, the risk of stroke doubles.

Dr Ram Singh, Head, Department of General Medicine, GMCH-32, said: “Developing countries like India are facing a double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Stroke is a major health problem in India”.



NGO holds tree plantation programme

Chandigarh, August 29
A tree plantation programme was organised by an NGO, “HOPE FOR ALL SOCIETY”. The NGO has been formed by doctors and chartered accountants of the tricity. The NGO aims at providing support and help to needy sections of society.

It plans to plant one lakh saplings in one year in the tricity under the society’s “Parimandal” project, said Dr Aditya Rattan, president of the society. — TNS



Tricity Scan
Student brings laurels

Chandigarh: The National Society of High School Scholars has selected Aayush Bhutani, a student of Bal Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, as a member of the society. The society recognises the scholars who demonstrate outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment.

Grain market assn poll today

Chandigarh Grain Market Association elections will be held on August 30. The elections are being held after a gap of 10 years. Ramkaran Gupta, who is in-charge of the BJP Trader Cell, is fighting for the post of president. He, along with team members Raj Kumar Goyal, ex-mayor, Chandigarh, and Desraj Gupta, councillor, said issues related to the grain market had not been addressed. — TNS



Business News
Account kits distributed

Bank of Baroda, Bank of India and Allahabad Bank, Phase IX, Mohali, distributed kits to the new account holders of bank accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan 
Dhan Yojana. Kits were also distributed at Bank of India, Zonal Office, Sector 31.

Value-for-money offer

Tata Docomo has launched value-for-money offer for its prepay customers in Punjab. Through this offer, prepay customers will now be able to avail unlimited local on-net calls at Rs 9. At a nominal cost of Rs 9, customers are offered unlimited local calls through which they can talk longer with their family and friends.

‘Kings of Speed’ Nites

Enlivening their association with Sahara Force India, Kingfisher Strong on Wednesday extended an invite to racing enthusiasts to be a part of a fun-filled evening - ‘Kings of Speed’ Nites - at Underdoggs Sports Bar & Grill this Sunday. Eight lucky fans were provided with a chance to compete for the title of the city’s ‘King of Speed’ by attempting to set a high speed record on a thrilling PS3 game. Kingfisher Strong ensured that the party spirits soared high with electrifying music performances, screening of the intense grand prix match and an engaging session of racing trivia and games.

Vodafone’s ROTO store in P’kula

Vodafone India has ramped up its retail footprint in the tricity with the launch of its first ROTO store in Panchkula. The new store will enable more customers to avail the bouquet of services offered by Vodafone and enhance their experience. The newly launched Vodafone ROTO store is located in Sector 20, Panchkula. It aims at being conveniently accessible to all Vodafone customers in the catchment areas of the city as well. - TNS



PU elections: filing of nominations
College campuses abuzz with activity
No one to contest from PUSU at DAV College as papers rejected for being filed late
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
A jubilant mood prevailed among students at city colleges, coupled with the fury of police personnel, as they celebrated the eligibility of candidates after the nominations.

Soon after the nominations were filed by the candidates of various parties at the GGDSD College, Sector 32, more 200 supporters of different parties gathered in front of the library cheering for their candidates.

As the candidates were lifted up in the air and their supporters raised their party slogans, the scene caught attention of one and all.

Students attending lectures in the Science Block, a few yards away from the library, could be seen peeping out of the windows and capturing images of the student leaders.

Around noon, college principal Bhushan Kumar, along with more than 50 police personnel, directed the students to return to their classrooms.

In the process, one of the outsiders was rounded up by Rajesh Shukla, SHO of the Sector 34 Police Station, while a few others managed to sneak out immediately.

A total of three alliances were declared late afternoon.

While the SD College Union (SDCU) and SD College Hotel Union (SDCU) formed one party, the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU), Students Union of India (SOI) and Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) joined hands.

The third alliance contesting from the college will be the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and National Students Union of India (NSUI). The allied parties celebrated the eligibility of their candidates.

“We will wait for the final objections on Saturday and will announce the panel then,” said Gurkirat, a representative of the NSUI and SOPU alliance.

At DAV College, 15 nominations for the post of president were filed.

DSW Amninder Maan said, “We are not recognising any party and are simply taking nominations.”

The college soon turned into a VIP zone due to the presence of about 50 UT police personnel.

DSP Ashish Kapoor also visited the college and briefed the cops on being strict with the students.

From DAV, the Hindustan Students Association (HSA), Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Indian National Students’ Organisation (INSO), Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), Lokhit Student Organisation (LSO), will be contesting elections, while alliances are yet to be announced.

PUSU members could not file nomination at DAV

PUSU had a tough time convincing the authorities to allow them to file their nominations. “They exceeded the deadline of 10:30 am for filing the nominations and hence we did not entertain them,” said the officials. PUSU representatives alleged they were discriminated against.

ID cards

DAV College will soon issue ID cards bearing holograms to all students. The ID cards will also carry electronic signatures of the college authorities to check bogus voting.

Cops in civvies keep tabs

At GGDSD College, a police personnel was seen dressed in civvies and moving around with student groups. “He was selected as he was young and could easily mingle with the students,” said a police official.

2 outsiders rounded up

Police authorities rounded up two outsiders at GGDSD, while another was nabbed at DAV.

Ban on stickers at DAV College

While students at GGDSD College flaunted party stickers, the scenario at DAV College was altogether different. The reason being that stickers and posters have been banned at DAV College.

Hostel inmates protest

The students of PG College, Sector 11, residing in the General Hostel in Sector 15, staged a protest regarding poor quality of food. Davinder, a student, said, “We are not representing any party. We protesting for our genuine demands.” 



UIET holds the key for student parties
Of 52 candidates who filed their nominations for the post of president, 11 are from UIET
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Students of the UIET cross-check their nomination papers on Friday.
Students of the UIET cross-check their nomination papers on Friday. Tribune Photo Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, August 29
Students of professional departments — which have maximum student strength and decide the fate of leaders contesting the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) elections — have become the first choice of parties for the presidential candidate.

As per records of the university, 52 candidates filed their nominations for the post of president today.

Of these, 11 are from the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) Department and nine from the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS).

The UIET has emerged as the key department from where student parties might field their presidential candidates.

In the past, two presidents of the UIET department — Sahil Nanda (2008) and Gurindervir Singh Aulakh (2010) — were elected.

The second choice of student parties for their panel is from the UILS instead of the Law Department, which earlier topped the list of parties.

The parties have been making all possible efforts to garner support from these departments.

The UIET has a strength of around 2,600 students, out of which more than 1,600 usually cast their vote in the election. Both the UILS and the Law Department have around 2,100 votes each.

The Dental Sciences Institute also has a considerable voter bank with 500 students and the University Institute of Applied Management and Sciences (UIAMS) has around 350 students.

In addition to these, the Chemical Engineering Department has nearly 600 students.

The student leaders claimed that the focus had shifted from the Arts and Sciences to professional departments and more time was being devoted to these departments during campaigning.

A student leader said, “It has become mandatory for every party to focus on the UIET and UILS departments as the maximum votes are cast from here. This decides the fate of parties in the council election.”

Earlier, the post of secretary or general secretary was allotted to the candidates of these departments.

However, this year, a majority of the parties have nominated their presidential candidate from the UIET to confirm their maximum support. 



SOPU fields women candidates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
The Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), has fielded women candidates for the posts of president and vice-president in the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) elections.

Sources said a girl research scholar from the Arts Block 5 had filed the nomination today from SOPU for the post of president while from the botany department, a girl candidate had filed her papers for the post of vice-president. The final decision will be taken by the party after an alliance and withdrawal of nominations.

PUSU has formally announced its alliance with the HSA in the elections. 



YUWA releases manifesto
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 29
The Youth Welfare Association (YUWA), today released its manifesto after filing its nomination for the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) elections.

The party assured timely completion of Phd for research scholars.

The party stated in its manifesto to start the online single window student grievance redressal system.

They also assured a separate PU student council website wherein every PU student can raise his issues, upload comments and suggestions directly with the council.



184 polling booths to be set up on varsity campus
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Police personnel check the identity cards of students at a hostel gate at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Friday.
Police personnel check the identity cards of students at a hostel gate at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Baseball bats that were seized during the checking of vehicles at Panjab University on Friday.
Baseball bats that were seized during the checking of vehicles at Panjab University on Friday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, August 29
As many as 14,205 voters will cast their votes at 184 polling stations to be set up by Panjab University authorities for the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) elections. The authorities finalised the number of polling booths today in a special meeting convened for the purpose.

Sources in the university revealed that the list of voters will be updated by September 1 as admissions are on in the campus till August 30.

The numbers of polling booths have been finalised depending on the figures of voters.

As per the university data, the highest number of polling booths — which is 27 — will be set up in the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), where the number of voters is 2,545.

The second highest number of polling booths –- which is 17 — will be set up at the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), where the number of voters is 1,015.

At the Law Department, 10 polling stations will be set up for 1,252 voters.

In the Physics Department, eight booths were set up for 523 voters, while another eight will be set up for 700 voters in the Chemical Engineering Department.

Sources said during a meeting with the 10 observers today, the list of booths and voters were discussed and instructions were issued to them on how to monitor the candidates.

Special checking drive in north, South campus

A special drive was conducted by the PU security staff at all gates of the North and South campus to check vehicles, particularly of outsiders. In the evening, ID cards were checked by the security staff at the Hostel No. 5. The PU security staff also conducted a raid at the Hostel No. 6 of boys to check outsiders. PU chief security officer Jatinder Grover said this year, raids will also be conducted in girls’ hostels during the code of conduct.



National Sports Day

Chandigarh: Tribune Model School celebrated National Sports Day by organising a cycle rally from the school grounds to the Sukhna Lake. The students were motivated by the achievements of Dhyan Chand. As many as 100 students participated in the rally.

KVS Regional Sports Meet

The 45th KVS Regional Sports Meet-2014 was held at KV 3BRD, Air Force Station here. A total of 93 players of cricket (Under-19) and 50 players of hockey (Under-19) from 25 Kendriya Vidyalayas of the Chandigarh region took part in the event. In the hockey matches, KV No. 1, RCF, Hussainpur, stood first, while KV NO. 2 RCF, Hussainpur, stood second and KV No. 1, Halwara, came third. Also, 16 players of cricket and 18 players of hockey were selected for the KVS National Sports Meet.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Mohali: Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated at Mind Tree School with great enthusiasm. The students of kindergarten mesmerised the audience with their dance performances and renditions of the Ganesh Vandana. — TNS



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