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jyoti murder case
Doon MLA walked free on benefit of doubt
In 80-page judgment, court points out glaring flaws in investigation, terms prosecution theory shaky
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 15
It was lack of legal evidence and “botched-up theory” of the prosecution that led the Panchkula fast-track court to give the benefit of the doubt to Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary and 11 others, who were acquitted in the sensational Jyoti murder case.

In its judgment, the court had stated that it was of the considered opinion that the prosecution had not been able to substantiate the charges attributed to the accused. “Hence, all accused are acquitted of the charges framed against them while giving them the benefit of the doubt.”

In the detailed 80-page judgment issued today, Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Roopam Singh, while terming the prosecution theory “shaky”, has pointed out glaring flaws in the entire investigation.

“There is hardly any legal evidence against the accused and doubts raised in the prosecution theory remain unexplained,” the judge observed in her order.

The court has raised seven main points wherein the prosecution was required to prove charges such as harbouring of the accused, criminal conspiracy to procure SIM cards, the MLA’s alleged love affair with Jyoti and her murder with the help of his aides. The prosecution could not provide direct evidence to prove any of the charges.

The judge has not only taken ACP Virender Sangwan to task, but has made scathing remarks against all police officials who were unable to answer several questions during their cross-examination by the defence.

“It is the cardinal principle of criminal jurisprudence that none is guilty until and unless his guilt is established by the prosecution beyond the shadow of all reasonable doubts. The prosecution in the instant case has failed to discharge this burden. On the basis of such a shaky theory, as narrated by the prosecution, the accused cannot be saddled with criminal liability,” said the judge in her order.

“It comes out that there is neither conclusive nor convincing evidence sufficient to hold that there is a complete chain of circumstantial evidence which proves that but for the acts of omission and commission on the part of the accused as per alleged motive, this murder was not possible,” stated the order.

Key observations by court

Why would the MLA leave evidence at the crime spot?

It is highly improbable that accused Ram Kumar, who was so vigilant to throw away the mobile handset of Jyoti after murdering her with the help of his co-accused, did not destroy the evidence regarding her abortion and left it at the spot so that he could be implicated in the crime.

Phone call details not enough to prove MLA-Jyoti affair

No presumption regarding relations between accused Ram Kumar and Jyoti can be drawn on the basis of the call detail record. There is no iota of evidence on the file that anybody had ever seen the MLA and Jyoti together or even talking to each other.

Presence of truck could not be proved

The prosecution could not prove the presence of the said truck in the Panchkula area on the fateful day. Also, there is no evidence that accused Tilak Raj was ever employed as driver by another accused Paramjit or his brother Amarjeet.



Frame new industrial policy, Centre tells UT
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
As the UT Administration is not allowing certain activities under the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Act, 2006, in Chandigarh despite directions from the Union Home Minister, the Centre has now issued directions to it to formulate a new industrial policy commensurate with the Act.

The Centre has also asked the Administration to review its organisational set-up to assist entrepreneurs.

Recently, a parliamentary panel, in its report submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), had recommended proper implementation of the MSMED Act.

The letter, issued by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises to the UT Administration, reads, “As discussed and decided at a meeting, chaired by Joint Secretary (UT) IS Chahal, MHA, on October 15, 2013, regarding the implementation of the MSMED Act in Chandigarh, the UT Administration has to review its organisational set-up to assist entrepreneurs, formulate a new industrial policy commensurate with the Act, notify IT and IT-enabled services and identify a list of service activities which can be notified under the Act.”

The MHA had recently asked the Administration to submit a status report on the implementation of the MSMED Act. In reply, the UT had claimed that the Act had already been implemented. Regarding allowing service activities in the Industrial Area, the Administration stated that it related to use of land, which was governed by the local Urban Planning Act, 1952, and building bylaws framed thereunder. Service activities were not allowed by the Estate Office.

Arun Mahajan, chairman, Industries Association of Chandigarh (IAC), said the Administration should properly implement the MSMED Act in Chandigarh. The Administration was deliberately delaying the implementation of the Act in Chandigarh, he said.

Minister issued directions

Recently, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had issued directions to the Administration for the “quick and time-bound” implementation of the MSMED Act in Chandigarh so that sick units in the city could be revived.

What the Act means to industrialists

The MSMED Act, enacted in 2006 by the Central Government, is helpful for traders as besides manufacturing, it allows a wider array of activities on industrial plots, that too without paying any fee for it. In the Act, the word “industry” has expressly been replaced by “enterprises”, in which services along with manufacturing are allowed. Service activities under the Act include sale of motor vehicles, retail sale in non-specialised stores providing food, retail sale via stalls and markets, hotels and motels, stores, warehousing, hospitals and motion picture projections. Before the Act came into being in 2006, only manufacturing was allowed.



Resident bears the brunt of VIP apathy
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
In yet another incident of high-handedness by a VIP convoy, a Zirakpur resident had to bear with damage to his swanky vehicle and suffer mental harassment after his Honda City car was hit by an escort vehicle of the convoy this morning.

The incident occurred at the Hallo Majra traffic light point on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur highway at around 10 am. Parkash Chand’s car (CH 01 AX 6579) was damaged after being hit from the rear side by a Scorpio, bearing the registration number (PB 02 BJ 3755).

Parkash Chand claimed that around five policemen were travelling by the Scorpio, which was escorting an Innova car donning a red beacon and having the registration number (CH 01 GA 4068).

“I was waiting at the traffic lights when all of sudden, my car was hit by the Scorpio. I tried to stop them, but the policemen didn’t listen. Despite the incident, the VIP convoy did not bother to stop. I chased the convoy and again intercepted the Scorpio near the traffic lights of Tribune Chowk,” said the victim.

“I asked the identity of the VIP and the destination of the convoy, but they didn’t pay heed and moved towards the Mohali side,” he said.

Didn’t receive written complaint, say police

Though a complaint was submitted in this regard by Parkash Chand at the Sector 31 police station immediately after the incident, the police did not even bother to lodge a DDR. “We did not receive any written complaint from the victim,” claimed the munshi at the police station.

The victim, however, claimed that after receiving his written complaint, the police had told him that they would provide a copy of the DDR in the evening and also identify the VIP in question. “I still don’t have any idea who the VIP was,” said Parkash Chand.


Sweeping machines drain MC funds
Civic body to buy spare parts of 3 machines for Rs 18 lakh; Rs 2.45 cr spent on maintenance since 2008
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
After spending over Rs 2.45 crores on three road-sweeping machines since 2008, the Municipal Corporation (MC) is all set to further spend Rs 18 lakh on spare parts of the machines that have turned out to be money-guzzlers for the civic body.

The MC has planned to purchase and import the spare parts, including 30 brooms, three alternator belts and six pneumatic tyres.

These spare parts don’t come under the Comprehensive Maintenance Contract (CMC) between the MC and the Italian company from which the machines were purchased.

In its meeting recently, the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the civic body had approved the purchase of the spare parts.

The machines were purchased in 2008 at a cost of over Rs 5.42 crore and till May 2014, Rs 2.45 crore have been spent on them, which includes over Rs 90 lakh spent on the purchase of spare parts and Rs 1.54 crore on the comprehensive annual maintenance contract for the three machines.

During the first five months of this year, the MC spent around Rs 14.50 lakh on maintenance of the three machines.

As per the municipal records, the machines daily sweep the city roads for around eight hours. However, their utility have always remained under question by a section of councillors who believe that the machines have failed to give the desired results even after spending a huge amount on their maintenance.

The Federation of Sector Welfare Association Chandigarh (FOSWAC) chairman, Baljinder Singh Bittu, stated that despite spending such a huge amount on maintenance of the machines, they were not properly utilised. “These machines should work round the clock and their utility should be assessed,” Bittu said.

Congress councillor Subhash Chawla said these machines were not meant for roads and should be used for sweeping places like Sector 17 Plaza. “I feel that they are not properly utilised due to which their maintenance cost was high,” Chawla stated.

Mean machines

  • The MC is purchasing 30 brooms at the cost of Rs 7.78 lakh, six pneumatic tyres for Rs 2.81 lakh and three alternator belts for Rs 27,000.
  • The civic body will have to pay Rs 7.14 lakh as additional cost, including insurance and freight, custom duty and VAT charges to import the spare parts.
  • Around Rs 1 lakh is spent every month on the maintenance of each machine. Besides, the MC pays for drivers’ salary and fuel.



MAdrasi Colony
NGO comes to the rescue of uprooted dwellers
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
While the UT administration moved on after patting itself for a successful demolition drive in Madrasi Colony and forgetting dwellers who were devastated after being made homeless, Vastsal Chaya, a city based NGO, has come as a savior to them.

Hundreds of families were evicted during the demolition drive conducted three days ago. While some managed to get rehabilitated, there are many who continue to run from one place to another in search of a roof. Neither the administration provided them with shelter nor rehabilitated them in nearby affordable accommodations.

However, Vatsal Chaya, which has been mapping these residents, has so far rehabilitated seven families in nearby locations in order to ensure that their means of making livelihood and education of children remain unaffected.

Maya (28), who was born and married in Madrasi Colony, was abandoned by her husband along wither their four children three years ago. While she was still struggling to make ends meet, bulldozers came in on Friday and uprooted her house and made her family homeless. With no roof to spend night under, Maya was left vulnerable until the NGO came to her rescue.

Recounting her plight, Maya said, “All my documents were complete. However, the officials did not allocate me a house in the rehabilitation colony. Rather, they told me that until and unless my husband came back I would not be given a house.”

She added that had it not been for the NGO, she would have been still struggling to find a house.

Many uprooted slum dwellers are still struggling to find rented accommodations.

Fareeda, a mother of seven, said, “Many people refused to let us rooms stating that my family is too large. For a single room, we are paying over Rs 3,000 and to use washrooms, we have to pay extra.”

She claimed that due to the demolition drive, her children’s education had been affected.

There are many cases akin to that of Fardeena and Maya who are in dire need of help. Though these women found a sponsored shelter by the NGO, there are couples who remain vulnerable.

Meanwhile, Sangita Vardhan, chairperson of the Vatsal Chaya Trust, said, “We at Vatsal Chaya are in the process of providing urgent shelter to 14 children along with their parents to save them from this adversity and disruption.”

Vardhan added that all slum relocations should be accompanied with a comprehensive rehabilitation plan.



City residents in the grip of sleep disorders, say experts
Over 10-15 cases referred to sleep medicine experts every fortnight; actual incidence reportedly much higher
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
If you feel an irresistible urge to move your legs while thinking, report chronic snoring or have frequent complaint of indigestion, excessive daytime sleepiness or morning headaches, watch out! If the clinical observations of sleep medicine experts in the city are anything to go by, each of these are indicators of sleep disorders — posing long-term risks of life-threatening non-communicable diseases.

While the city faces paucity of pulmonologists and sleep medicine experts, the few available have been seeing 10 to 15 new cases of sleep disorders referred from other specialties every fortnight.

“Insomnia is by far the most common sleep disorder. Complaints of sleep disturbance are more prevalent among women than men. Whereas elderly population experience fragmented sleep and reduced quality of sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is seen more frequently among obese men than women. Sleep-related eating disorders in women are also common here,” said Dr Monika Sharma, an expert on behavioural sleep medicine at Max Hospital, Mohali, and a visiting consultant at Alchemist Hospital, Panchkula.

A number of people disturbed with loud snoring of their spouses also land up in the clinic, said Dr AK Janmeja, Head, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

“Though we do get four to five new cases for analysis, the actual incidence appears much higher. That snoring is a sign of sound sleep is a myth. It is rather a symptom of sleep disorder. Also, sleep apnea is a disorder that has often resulted in accidents in the night when those at wheel doze off,” he said.

“This problem is diverse but very few cases actually reach us. Mostly, the cases are referred to us from neurologists, psychiatrists and even ENT experts. Apart from patients, even all doctors need to identify the symptoms to refer them to sleep medicine experts,” said Dr SK Jindal, former head of PGIMER’s Pulmonary Medicine Department who now runs a clinic in Sector 20.

Most common disorders

Insomnia: Difficulty in falling asleep, waking up too early, frequent awakenings

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS): Loud and chronic snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches.

Parasomnia: Walking while asleep, sleep terrors, nightmares.

Restless leg syndrome: Irresistible urge to move the limbs

Circadian rhythm sleep disorder: Continuous or occasional disruption of sleep pattern.

Bruixism: Grinding of teeth during sleep


  • The first line of treatment for insomnia is a multi-component behavioral therapy i.e. without medicines.
  • “Although we don’t have a study on prevalence of sleep disorders in this region, an increase in the use of benzodiazepine or other over the counter drugs point at the increase in prevalence of sleep disorders. Unwarranted long-term use of these drugs should be considered as an emerging public health concern,” said Dr Monika Sharma.

Watch out if you...

  • Sleep for more than 7 hours yet wake up tired and groggy
  • Need more than 30 minutes to fall asleep.
  • Snore loudly
  • Excessive sleepiness during the day
  • Fall asleep while driving or sitting idle?
  • Experience frequent awakenings during sleep
  • Walk/talk in sleep
  • Have leg jerks in sleep



City hospitality body for lowering cap on infra status
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
The Chandigarh Hospitality Association (CHA) has demanded reduction in the cap on ‘infrastructure status’ to the hospitality sector from prevailing Rs 200 crores to Rs 20 crores.

CHA president Ankit Gupta met Anand Kumar, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Tourism, during the 49th Annual Convention of Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI) at Jaipur and urged him to take up the demand with the Finance Ministry to reduce classification of hotel projects under ‘infrastructure status’ from Rs 200 crore to Rs 20 crores in capital investment.

Recently, the government included hotel projects costing over Rs 200 crore in the infrastructure lending list by bringing them under the category of ‘infrastructure sub-sectors’. The government’s move on the infrastructure status for the hospitality sector was aimed at allowing hotels in India to get loans for longer term, up to 15 years.

The CHA president said reduction in the cap on infrastructure status would enable the tourism industry to grow rapidly and help in lessening unemployment.



Rs 2.7 cr embezzled from Balongi village panchayat fund, alleges Mohali MLA
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 15
Alleging embezzlement of Rs 2.70 crore from the panchayat fund of Balongi village, Mohali Congress MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu today demanded an inquiry by the vigilance department or some High Court judge in the matter.

While showing details of information sought under the RTI Act, Sidhu said the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority had acquired around 3.5 acres of “shamlat” land of the village about four years ago and paid around Rs 4 crore to the village panchayat.

“As per the RTI information, only Rs 1.30 crore have been spent on development works and there is no information about the remaining amount,” said Sidhu.

He alleged the remaining amount had been embezzled by certain panchayat members in connivance with government officials.

“When we sought information about the remaining fund, the secretary of panchayat department-cum-information officer did not provide us any information. We were told that no such fund was lying with the village panchayat,” said the Congress leader.

“I am sure that the fund has been embezzled, while the residents of the village are forced to live in hell due to lack of basic infrastructure,” said the MLA.

Demanding a high-level inquiry, Sidhu said those involved in the illegal act should be punished.



Suspension of prtc contractual employees
Regular staff shoulder responsibilities
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
After suspension of 81 contractual employees (drivers and conductors), senior and regular staffers of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC), Chandigarh, have been shouldering all responsibilities.

The regular staff of the corporation are not only devoting extra time but is also driving buses plying on different routes.

Despite staff shortage, the PRTC management claims to have generated considerable revenue in the past over one month.

The revenue has increased even after services of 81 employees (36 drivers and 45 conductors) were suspended by an outsourcing company on the directions of the PRTC management in July end.

To overcome staff shortage, the management had deployed its regular staff, including advance bookers, clerical staff and surplus employees, on duties.

A senior official of the PRTC, Chandigarh Depot, said they earned over Rs 15 lakh revenue in August which was quite high than that of the previous month.

The Chandigarh Depot of the PRTC has managed to cope with the staff crunch after the PRTC Workers Union (Azad) resorted to a continuous strike on August 2 after SS Service Provider, a Patiala-based company, terminated services of its employees.

The PRTC authorities at the Chandigarh Depot had asked the company, which is providing drivers and conductors to the corporation, to withdraw services of its employees after the union members reportedly locked the main gate of the depot on July 17 and 18.

The union members were agitating against Harbans Singh Bhatti, general manager, PRTC, Chandigarh Depot, traffic manager Praveen Kumar Sharma, superintendent Rajinder Pal and Gurjant Singh, service station in-charge, for writing to the outsourcing company to withdraw services of a driver and a conductor.

Bhatti claimed to have found a driver and a conductor cheating the department.

“Putting lives of passengers in danger, the duo kept on operating the bus on Chandigarh-Moga route even after they made a request on July 17 that the bus could not be plied due to certain technical fault. Both the employees were provided by the outsourcing company, so we wrote to the company to withdraw them,” said Bhatti.

The union president, Jasmer Singh, however, denied the allegations, accusing the PRTC management for having connived with the outsourcing company.

“The principal employer of the suspended employees is the PRTC managing director. The PRTC top brass and the outsourcing companies have formed a nexus as they pay less to the employees as per the norms,” said Jasmer Singh.

‘No effect on revenues’

Despite staff shortage, the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) management claims to have generated considerable revenue in the previous month. A senior official of the PRTC, Chandigarh Depot, said they earned over ~15 lakh revenue in August, which was quite higher than that generated the previous month.



UT Admn retrieves 3 acres near PEC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
Around three acres of prime UT land near Nayagaon were cleared of illegal structures in a demolition drive carried out here today. The structures, including a saw mill and meat shops, had come up on the UT land adjoining the boundary of the Punjab Engineering College on the road leading from Chandigarh to Nayagaon.

A part of the land freed of encroachment is to be used for road widening.

The drive, led by Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Central) Prince Dhawan, continued till the evening.

Officials supervising the drive said the land freed of encroachment has been handed over to the engineering department.

Three days ago, the UT had cleared 30 acre under illegal occupation in Madrasi Colony, Sector 26.



Property tax to be rational in Mohali: DC
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 15
Clearing the air on property tax, Member of Parliament (MP) from the Anandpur Sahib constituency Prem Singh Chandumajra said residents of Mohali would have to pay the tax in the coming days.

“But it (the property tax) will be rational and minimal. The tax will not be calculated on the basis of prevalent collector rate or on rental income of the residents. I assure you that the tax would be very minimal and rational,” claimed Chandumajra here today.

On being reminded of his promises of eradication of the tax during his election campaign in the town, he said the state government was in no mood to put burden on the pocket of residents.

“We are working on it and the final announcement in this regard would be made before Diwali. It would be a Diwali gift, I assure,” said Chandumajra.

Talking about his priorities for the town’s development, the MP said the town will soon have a separate slaughterhouse, a meat market, a motor market and a milk colony.

“We have identified chunks of land for these projects. Besides, my main priority is the solid waste management project for the town. It is the foremost requirement of the town and we are aware of problems being faced by industrialists due to the presence of the dumping yard in Sector 74 here,” said the MP.

Chandumajra also promised that the road leading from Phase XI, Mohali to the Mohali Railway Station would be re-carpeted and equipped with proper lighting this month.



57,474 getting mid-day meal in Mohali: DC
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 15
Under the Mid-Day Meal scheme, 57,474 children at 691 schools in the district are being served lunch. Stating this, Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said there were 467 government primary schools in which 35,448 children were studying. At 224 upper primary schools, there were 22,026 students.

These students were being given lunch under the scheme, he said.

Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said earlier food was being provided by a non-government organisation, Istri Shakti, at 105 schools in the district.

Now, this organisation also served 124 other schools, he said.

Deputy Commissioner said the food prepared by the NGO was inspected by a government teacher daily before supplying to the students.

Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu added that various officials had also been directed to inspect the food. Apart from this, food samples were being checked by the Civil Surgeon.



Colourful, musical evenings at Sec 17 soon
Civic body coming up with laser-cum-musical fountain at a cost of Rs 2.75 crore
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
To make evenings at the Sector 17 Plaza more colourful, the Municipal Corporation is coming up with a laser-cum-musical fountain at a cost of around Rs 2.75 crores. The musical fountain will create aesthetic designs, including three-dimensional images, achieved by effects of timed sound waves and timed light against water particles.

Area councillor Pardeep Chhabra said the laser and water effects will form a 27-metre water screen.

“There are 350 lights installed in the fountain to add to its beauty,” he said.

The control room of the fountain has been created next to it. The Kolkata-based company that has installed the fountain will be running and maintaining it for six years.

Chhabra said Sector 17 was struggling to compete with new malls.

“The laser-cum-musical fountain will rejuvenate the sector,” he said.



PGI governing body meeting postponed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
The PGIMER governing body meeting that was scheduled to be held today at Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan’s office in New Delhi was postponed for an undisclosed period, due to the unavailability of the minister.

Against the long-prevailing practice, Dr Vardhan, instead of waiting for the present governing body’s tenure to complete in a few weeks and reconstitute the body with members of his preference, had called the meeting with the existing members, nominated during the UPA government’s regime. The move had raised many eyebrows.

A PGI official said: “The members were surprised when on reaching the minister’s office they were informed that the meeting will be rescheduled owing to an emergency meeting of ministers called at the same time.”

The selection of the next dean of the institute besides promotion of over 100 faculty members are on the top of agenda of the meeting.

Local MP Kirron Kher refused to comment on the issue.



j&K floods
Students lend a helping hand
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
Students pursuing postgraduation at the geography department of Panjab University have collected nearly Rs 54,000 for flood-affected people of Jammu and Kashmir. The department had placed sealed boxes to collect money at different locations on the campus.

The collected amount was used to buy relief material that will be sent to the flood-hit state through the Army.

The department students and chairperson Karanjot Kaur Brar today met Dean University Instructions Prof AK Bhandari and informed him about their noble initiative.

SBoP sends food, blankets

The State Bank of Patiala has donated 2,000 blankets and 5,000 food packets for the flood victims. SA Ramesh Rangan, managing director; S Vijay Kumar, chief general manager (retail banking); and Haridas KV, chief general manager (commercial banking), handed over the relief material to the administration.



CTU bus passes a hit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
The new bus passes introduced by CTU for inter-city travelling on “anytime anywhere basis” is getting good response. E-Sampark centres have been authorised to issue quarterly and half-yearly bus passes in the form of a plastic card. The passholder is allowed to travel on any local route and for any number of times.

CTU officials said ever since the policy was introduced about a week back, requests for 1,900 bus passes have been received, including 1,350 requests from the students of the tricity.

Besides, special concessional fares have been put in force not only for students of recognised institutes/colleges of Chandigarh but for government employees as well. The facility is available irrespective of belonging to any state government/corporation of Punjab, Haryana or UT. The facility has also been extended to the employees working on contract basis with the UT or state government.



Primary sections
Mass transfer of teachers soon
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
In order to remove disparity between student-teacher ratio in government schools, the Education Department has finally decided to do mass transfer of teachers of primary sections.

Not even a single transfer was carried out in the last academic session. However, this year the department has already started transfers of educationists. Nine principals were transferred last month.

Officials from the department revealed that they were ready with the list of teachers to be transferred. Within a week’s time, the list would be released.

Sources said as per the analysis done by the department, it was examined that government schools located within the city had higher number of teachers than the required average, while the periphery schools, which have a large number of students, had shortage of teachers.

With the department planning for a major exercise of transfers, many educationists will face the axe.

The transfer policy of the Education Department states that principals/ headmasters/headmistresses will be transferred after five years’ of completion of stay. Lecturers/ masters/mistresses C&V, teachers, JBT teachers may be transferred after 10 years’ of stay.

Education secretary Sarvjit Singh said: “The department is all set to carry out the transfers of teachers on a rational basis in the primary sections. The exercise is being carried out in order to ensure that there is no skewed distribution of student-teacher ratio.”



Annual Cultural Extravaganza
Act on J&K flood disaster leaves audience in tears
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
The 8th Annual Cultural Extravaganza, “Rajni”, of the Aryans Group of Colleges, Chandigarh, was held at Tagore Theatre today. A special fund-raising activity was also done by the Aryans Group for J&K flood victims.

The function began with a lamp-lighting ceremony by the Aryans Group patrons Prof DC Kataria and Rajni Kataria, followed by Ganesh Vandana.

Students of the Aryans Group presented a colourful cultural programme, which included bhangra, giddha, western dance, Punjabi dance, fusion, act, folk dance, solo song, solo dance, etc.

Dr Anshu Kataria, chairman, Aryans Group of Colleges, said: “The Aryans team shares the concern of the people about the grim situation in Jammu and Kashmir. We at Aryans are distressed by the calamity that struck Jammu and Kashmir. It is a matter of concern for us as our thousands of students belong to J&K and their parents have been affected by the floods.”

On the occasion, J&K students presented a special act on Jammu and Kashmir flood disaster. This emotional act brought tears to eyes of everyone.



ABVP to take up Central varsity issue at all levels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
The ABVP is going to take up the Central university issue at all levels from the PU authorities to the Central government next week. Dinesh, senior leader of the ABVP, while interacting with the media today, said the party had chalked out the strategy on how to get it approved.

He said: “This year, the party will keep on raising this issue till it is implemented. Besides, the issue of hostel for girls and their security will also be on the party’s priority list”.

He said the party was going to start a special campaign in all girls’ hostels to discuss their problems and highlight their demands. Students in the girls’ hostels will be made aware of the Panjab University helpline.

He said their party was committed to delivering all promises, which they made during the student council elections.

Punjab Pradesh joint secretary Harmanjot Singh Gill said the party welcomes the new council. “We want to tell the DSW as well as the council members that we will notice every single penny which they will spend the entire year. If any flaw was found in it, the matter would be raised with the higher authorities,” said Harmanjot Singh Gill.



NSUI to submit details of poll expenditure today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
The NSUI, which won three seats during the recently held student council elections at Panjab University, also wants to lead in submitting the details of its poll expenditure to the university authorities.

Sources said the NSUI was going to submit the details of its poll expenditure on Tuesday.

The sources said the NSUI president, vice-president and secretary spent around Rs 13,200 during the student council elections.

PUSU’s estimated poll expenditure is Rs 14,000, while the ABVP’s expenditure is around Rs 17,000. The SOI is yet to chalk out the total expenditure of the panel during the elections.

Among the NSUI contenders, the secretary spent maximum amount Rs 4,450, vice-president spent Rs 4,400 and the president spent Rs 4,350.

PU Dean Student Welfare Navdeep Goyal said the last date to submit the details of poll expenditure is September 19. The instructions were issued to all parties. However till date, no party had submitted the details of poll expenditure to the authorities.



Engineers’ Day at PEC
Students apprised of job prospects in Navy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
Engineers’ Day was celebrated at the PEC University of Technology to commemorate the birthday of Bharat Ratna awardee Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, a legendary engineer and scholar.

Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya (September 15, 1860 – April 14, 1962) was a notable Indian engineer, scholar, statesman and the Diwan of Mysore from 1912 to 1918. He was the chief engineer responsible for the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara dam in Mandya.

Rear Admiral BR Taneja, Director General, Weapons and Electronics Systems Engineering Establishments (WESEE), was the chief guest for the event. He is also an alumnus of the PEC 1980 batch.

He gave a presentation titled “Indian Navy - Harbinger of Technology”, which enlightened the students about the cutting-edge technology currently being deployed in the Indian Navy and job prospects in the Navy. He also shared anecdotes from his life in the college and the Navy.



University gets complete access to Google services

Chandigarh, September 15
Rayat-Bahra University has become the first educational campus of Punjab to have a complete access to Google Apps Education Edition - a group of Google services enabling 30,000 of its students and teachers to be connected and work together.

Announcing the unique initiative today in the presence of Gagandeep Nagra, Head, Education Access Programmes, Google India, Gurvinder Bahra, Chancellor, Rayat-Bahra University, said the project was implemented and rolled out with the help of Google authorised education partner - Future Vidya. With this, over 30,000 students and educators across seven campuses will have an opportunity to be connected to a common e-mail, chat and calendar system (Gmail, Google Talk and Google Calendar), cloud collaboration tools (Google Docs, Google Sites, & Google Groups) and multimedia tools that will enable them to work together and learn effectively. — TNS



Law graduates get enrolment certificates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
The Bar Council of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today organised a function where enrolment certificates were distributed among law graduates. The function was organised under the chairmanship of Rakesh Gupta at the Law Bhawan, Sector 37, here.

It was attended by Anmol Rattan Sidhu, President, Bar Associate of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.



PU and college notes

The Department of Gandhian and Peace Studies organised a special talk-cum-seminar on Gandhi fellowship at Panjab University on Monday. Rajvinit Gumber, former Gandhi scholarship fellow, was the chief speaker. He delivered an informative and comprehensive talk on Gandhi Fellowship. In his presentation, Rajvinit Gumber discussed various opportunities to get this fellowship.

Training workshop

A training workshop on capacity-building programme for faculty/ research scholars of social science began at ICSSR, Panjab University, on Monday. The two-week workshop will have young participants and research scholars from various social science disciplines hailing from Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Chandigarh.

Entrance test results out

Results of the entrance test of MPhil/PhD programme - 2014 of Panjab University have been declared and are posted on the website, www.puchd.ac.in. The admission criteria for the MPhil programme and the schedule for the same have also been put on the website. Interested candidates are advised to download the application form and apply to the department concerned by September 30.

Participants of Mr and Ms Fresher contest pose for a photograph during a freshers' party at GGDSD College in Chandigarh on Monday
Participants of Mr and Ms Fresher contest pose for a photograph during a freshers' party at GGDSD College in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Freshers’ party

A freshers’ party was organised by the students of the Department of Information Technology, GGDSD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh. Rana Ranbir, actor, writer and comedian in the Punjabi film industry, was the chief guest on the occasion. Ranbir interacted with the audience and gave a social message against female feticide. The audience was kept enthralled for three hours by mind-blowing performances of dances, songs, skits and games.

Engineers’ Day celebrated

The Youth Welfare Association, Panjab University, celebrated Engineers’ Day on the campus to commemorate the birth anniversary of M. Visvesvaraya, who is termed as the father of Engineering Sciences in India. Members of the Youth Welfare Association also arranged an awareness campaign in the Engineering Science Department on the Panjab University campus. The members explained the students about the history and role of engineering in the current scenario in order to make India achieve Mission - 2020. — TNS



From schools
Honour for school

DAV Public School, Sector 8-C, Chandigarh, has been placed at No. 8 at the state level in coeducational day schools in a survey conducted by C-Fore in Education World India School Ranking. The survey rated and ranked over 800 schools on 14 parameters, including academic reputation, faculty competence, leadership quality, sports education and ratings. School principal Jaskiran Harika will be felicitated at an award function in New Delhi on September 20.

Inter-house competition

RIMT World School conducted an inter-house Hindi poetry recital competition for students of Classes VI and VII on the topic “beti” and an inter-house Hindi debate for students of Classes IX and X on “Indian women are highly empowered” on its campus to commemorate International Day of the Girl Child. Students from all four houses participated enthusiastically and exhibited oratorical skills. The participants were judged on the basis of content, voice modulation, pronunciation and confidence. The objective of the activity was to raise awareness on the issues of the girl child.

Slogan-writing contest

Government Senior Secondary School, Khuda Lahora, organised a slogan-writing competition on “say no to polybags” on the campus. Students also took out an awareness rally on the harmful effects of polybags in day-to-day life. Principal Asha Rani delivered a speech on the occasion.

Hindi Diwas celebrated

Hindi Diwas was celebrated at GGSVM, Ratwara Sahib, with a lot of enthusiasm. A special assembly was organised. A speech was delivered by a Hindi teacher. Students recited poems and sang songs to mark the occasion. Hindi calligraphy and poem recitation competitions were also organised as part of the celebrations. — TNS



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