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Honour killing
Girl’s father, uncle get death
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 17
In the murder case of a 15-year-old girl in Panchkula, which took place nearly 11 months ago, the victim’s father and paternal uncle were today sentenced to death by Panchkula District and Sessions Judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi.

Terming it a clear case of honour killing, the court said the convicts, father Shaukeen and uncle Salim, be hanged till death.

After the orders were pronounced, the two convicts broke down while coming out of the court.

On October 22, 2013, the police had exhumed the body of Tahira from a spot near the Tangri river in Khangesra. The girl was smothered and her body packed in a bag and buried.

The girl, a resident of Muzzafarnagar, was reportedly having an affair with a boy in her village. Incidentally, her sister’s marriage had already been fixed with this boy following which she was sent to Panchkula to her uncle Salim’s house. The case against the sons of Salim and Shaukeen, both juveniles, is being heard by the Juvenile Justice Board.

While Shaukeen and Salim were awarded the death penalty and ordered to pay a fine of Rs 2,000 each under Section 302 (murder) read with Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, they were also sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for seven years and a fine of Rs 1,000 each under Section 120-B and rigorous imprisonment for seven years and a fine of Rs 1,000 under Section 201 (destroying of evidence).

A reference has been made to the Punjab and Haryana High Court for the confirmation of the death sentence to the convicts. Warrants have also been forwarded to the Superintendent, Central Jail, Ambala.

“The apex court has already termed honour killings as the rarest of rare cases irrespective of the family circumstances of the convicts and their social problems,” said the order.

Victim’s father shaukeen caught in own trap

The victim’s father, Shaukeen, was caught in his own trap when he made a complaint to the police that he had sent his daughter to Salim’s house where Salim killed her. During the investigations, the police found that Shaukeen was involved in the crime.

how they were nailed

  • Despite the victim’s mother and other relatives turning hostile in the case, circumstantial evidence helped nail the two convicts. Tahira’s body was found packed in a bag when it was exhumed, which clearly indicated that it was not a natural death.
  • The details of calls exchanged between Shaukeen and Salim from August 23, 2013, to October 23, 2013, were another key evidence.
  • The postmortem revealed that the death was unnatural.



Late satirist back as brand ambassador of traffic police 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
After discontinuing with the name of the late Jaspal Bhatti, satirist, as the brand ambassador of the Chandigarh traffic police following his wife Savita Bhatti’s association with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the local police have once again named Bhatti as their brand ambassador.

On March 3, two days after Savita Bhatti was named the AAP candidate for the LS poll from the Chandigarh seat (later she withdrew from the race), Manish Chaudhary, SSP (Traffic), UT, had passed an order to discontinue with the name of Jaspal Bhatti as the brand ambassador of the traffic police. The order stated the police were required to act in an impartial and non-political manner and it would not be apt if the late Jaspal Bhatti was allowed to continue as the brand ambassador of the traffic police during the elections.

On March 19, Savita Bhatti wrote to RP Upadhyaya, IG, Chandigarh, informing him about the withdrawal of her name from the political party and requested the traffic police to re-appoint her late husband as their brand ambassador.

The SSP (Traffic) said Savita Bhatti had recently again approached the police for including the late Jaspal Bhatti’s name as the brand ambassador. Police officials said Bhatti had been made the brand ambassador till November 1, 2014.

Jaspal Bhatti was declared the brand ambassador of the traffic police on October 25, 2013, his death anniversary. He was announced the ambassador for all campaigns of the traffic police for the next one year.



Man robbed of Rs 2.5 lakh 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
A Nayagaon resident was robbed of Rs 2.5 lakh near Khuda Alisher this afternoon while he was on his way home.
The complainant, Mandeep Singh, claimed that he had gone to the SBI branch at the PGI to deposit the money. He claimed that since the server of the bank was not working, he decided to return.

In his statement to the police, he stated that while he was on his way back home on his scooter, unidentified miscreants intercepted him and snatched the money after throwing chilly powder into his eyes. He said an amount of Rs 2 lakh was lying in the glove box of the scooter, while he had kept Rs 50,000 in his pocket.

He claimed that he had earned the money by selling sand and bricks.

The police reached the spot and started investigations. A case has been registered at the Sector 11 police station.

Past incident

On June 27 this year, around 10 armed youths had looted Rs 5 lakh from a cash van parked outside the State Bank of Patiala branch in Khuda Alisher village.



CGHS dispensary faces closure
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh September 17
The only dispensary catering to pensioners in the city and region (North of Delhi) under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) is on the verge of shutting down. In a setback to nearly 25,000 retired Central government employees and their families, the UT Administration has been repeatedly sending notices for shutting down of the dispensary in view of its proposal to convert the dispensary into a polyclinic.

In fact, former Chandigarh MP Satya Pal Jain had also shot a letter to the UT Adviser, KK Sharma, requesting the Administration not to shut down the dispensary.

The Administration had served a notice on the dispensary in charge to vacate it for the purpose of setting up a polyclinic in the area, a year ago. Another notice has been received recently.

In a letter to Sharma, Jain said, “There is only one dispensary for the pensioners of the Central Government in Chandigarh, which was opened by me when I was a Member of Parliament from Chandigarh. At least 25,000 to 30,000 pensioners, including people of even 80 to 90 years of age, are getting medical facilities from here for the last so many years.”

While a number of sites were identified a few years ago for relocating the dispensary, no progress has been reported so far. For the past three years, the dispensary has been functioning on extended deadlines.

According to officials in the UT Health Department, the building where the dispensary was located was taken on rent from the Administration in 2002. The vacated site will be converted into a polyclinic adjoining the upcoming 50-bedded hospital in Sector 45.

“The elderly will be at a heavy loss if the dispensary shuts down as they are not even covered under any other health scheme,” said an official.

Beneficiaries will not be displaced: Home Secy

UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar said, “The matter has not come to my notice. But certainly the beneficiaries of the CGHS dispensary will not be displaced. Let me look into the matter. There is enough space in the area and all can be accommodated, I believe.”



Brace for traffic snarls in city this festival season
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
Be ready to face traffic snarls in markets during the festival season.Upset with the cold response given by the UT Education Department last year over the traffic police proposal to convert government school grounds as parking lots during evening hours, this year the UT traffic police have decided not to send any such proposal.

Last year, the UT traffic police and various traders association had urged the UT Education Department to allow the people to park their vehicles in school playgrounds, which were near the busy markets, in the evening hours during the festive season. But the Education Department had kept the issue pending.

When contacted, Maneesh Chaudhary, SP (traffic), said last year he had sent a written proposal to the UT Administration and the Education Department but to no avail. This year they would not send any such proposal. But he assured that the traffic police would deploy extra police force in the busy markets to handle the traffic chaos, he said.

Chaudhary also said in the coming days he would also hold a meeting with various market associations and would urge them that they should park their vehicles on the rear side of the markets, so that the customers could park their vehicles in front.

UT Finance-cum-Education Secretary Saravjit Singh could not be contacted to comment on the issue despite repeated calls and SMSes.

Charanjiv Singh, president, Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM), said the UT Education Department should allow parking of vehicles on the school playgrounds as it would smoothen the flow of traffic. In the coming days, they will meet UT Finance Secretary and the SP (traffic) on the issue. He said the CBM would also issue circular to various market associations to deploy private security guards during the festival season to handle traffic chaos in the parking lots, he said.

Parking in schools will help clear traffic

If the UT Education Department will allow parking in school playgrounds during the evening hours in sectors such as 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 34 and 35, it will create more space for parking of vehicles.



Kalka-Katra train likely from September 23 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
The Kalka-Katra train that was announced in the Railways Budget is likely to ply from September 23. An inspection was done by the officials today at the Kalka station and a series of test runs already conducted.

Sources said that by this weekend the confirmation for the plying of the train would be issued by the higher authorities.

As per the Railways schedule, the train number 14503 and 14504 will ply bi-weekly on this route. The tentative schedule of the Kalka-Katra train was part of the train timetable released by the Railways this year. It will depart from Kalka on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7 pm and arrive at Katra the next day at 7.50 am. It will leave from Katra on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9.30 pm and reach Kalka at 4.45 pm.

The Station Superintendent, Chandigarh railway station, RK Dutta, said that they had not received any confirmation for the train till date. The 53-kilometre Jammu-Udhampur line is already operational. It is the 25-kilometre stretch between Udhampur and Katra that was under construction. Once operational, the track will provide direct connectivity to Katra. It will be beneficial for those visiting the Vaishno Devi shrine.

The train was among the many trains announced in the Railway Budget last year. While several other trains have already been started, commencement of this train is awaited. Officials said that the Katra station was complete and would become operational when the track was ready.

The Kalka-Katra train will pass through Chandigarh. Several trains that were announced during the Railway Budget either start or terminate at Chandigarh. 

Train announced in Budget still not started Ramnagar Chandigarh Express (weekly) via Moradabad and Saharanpur.



Ajay’s only aim was to help us financially, says brother
Was crushed under CTU bus near Kala Gram on Tuesday 
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
To make two ends meet, Ajay Kumar had left his native village in Bihar and come to the city to earn a living, least did his parents and his family know that he would never come back.

Ajay was crushed under the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) bus near Kala Gram light point on Tuesday, when he was heading for work.

His elder brother Rajesh Mukhiya who arrived in the city following the tragic incident said that Ajay was very ambitious and wanted to financially help the entire family. “The news of his death has left everyone shocked, back home”, said Rajesh with a choked voice.

Ajay’s relative Surinder Kumar said that Ajay used to send money to his family every month.

Rajesh said, “Life is not going to be easy for me, Now, I have the responsibility of our old parents, Ajay’s wife and son apart from my own family. I work with a private company in Delhi, however, I don’t earn enough to meet the requirements of the entire family”.

Speaking about his problems back home Rajesh said, “A few years ago, my father got paralysis following which he had to leave work. Life has never been kinds to us, we never knew that we will lose an earning member like this. We had great expectations from Ajay”.

The autopsy of the victim was conducted today at Government Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, and the body was handed over to family members for cremation.



MC to come up with kennel at Sector 38
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
The municipal corporation (MC) is all set to come up with a kennel at Government Veterinary Hospital, Sector 38, with a capacity to accommodate 150 dogs. The kennel that will also have an operation theater will be utilised for keeping stray dogs after sterilisation till the time they recover.

MC Joint Commissioner Rajiv Gupta said that the UT Administration had decided to allot a hall at the hospital to the MC, which would be converted into a kennel. “At present, we don’t have any place where dogs in large number can be kept for treatment for a few days”, Gupta added.

The Joint Commissioner further said that an operation theater within the veterinary hospital would be built with a CCTV camera installed in them. “With a kennel we will be able to sterilise more number of dogs every day”, he added.

Officials further said that the NGO which was being roped in for the sterilisation of the dogs would be asked to sterilise between 20 and 25 dogs per day.The sterilisation of the dogs will soon start in Sector 38 following which arrangements are being made. At present, there are two NGOs, the People for Animals (PFA) and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty against Animal (SPCA) that is sterilising the stray dogs in the city.

Number of stray dogs up

The number of stray dogs on Chandigarh streets has soared significantly over the past five years. In 2007, the number was 5,713, whereas the latest census conducted by the UT Animal Husbandry Department last year put the stray dogs’ figure at 7,847.



Swacch bharat
Mohali civic body to launch cleanliness drive on Sept 23
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 17
On the Prime Minister’s call for “Swacch Bharat”, the Municipal Corporation (MC), Mohali, will hold a month-long cleanliness campaign from September 23.
Commissioner of the corporation Uma Shankar Gupta held a meeting with employees of the civic body to draw up a plan of action. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to the citizens of the country and officers to launch a special “Swacch Bharat” campaign to improve the state of sanitation in the country.

Gupta said in response to the Prime Minister’s call, the civic body would start a month-long campaign to remove Congress grass, malba and improve sanitation in the town.

The MC commissioner said teams of civic body employees would be formed for the purpose. Nodal officers would be appointed to monitor the progress of works. The cleanliness work would be carried out on a war footing.

In addition to the resources of the civic body, an additional 40 employees would be hired for the drive. Four tractors, six tractor-trailers, two JCB machines and required implements would to be arranged, added he added.

Gupta said he would also request the GMADA Chief Administrator to get the vacant plots in the town cleaned.

He said the green areas along the main roads would be cleaned during the campaign, but would later be developed and maintained by the corporation.

The commissioner appealed to the residents, NGOs, political leaders and former municipal councillors to cooperate in making the drive a success. 



Thai Trade Show begins on a colourful note
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
The Thailand Trade Show-2014, being organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, Royal Thai Government, began on a colourful note attracting huge crowds here today.

UT Finance Secretary Sarvjit Singh and Minister, Royal Thai Embassy, Soonthorn Chaiyindeepum formally inaugurated the five-day show. Sarvjit said such fairs lead to rapid rise in the trade and cultural cooperation between countries.

Chaiyindeepum shared that the trade and cultural ties between India and Thailand were growing. Around one million Indians visited Thailand in 2013-14 and the majority of the tourists were from Punjab.

The show brings a huge array of products ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 3 lakh.



DSP Sohal transferred
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 17
Mohali DSP, Special Branch, Rajinder Singh Sohal has been transferred to Rajpura.
DSP Sohal, who was also a member of the SIT constituted to probe the cases against suspended Inspector General of Punjab Police Gautam Cheema, is recipient of the President Police Medal for Gallantry, the President Police Medal for Meritorious Services, the Chief Minister Award and two DGP commendation discs.

He also served the town as DSP (City 1) and won accolades on solving the Burail jail break case, Rulda Singh murder case and MLA Bachitter Singh murder case.

DSP Sohal would join his new posting tomorrow. 



Ramoowalia back on Mohali ward delimitation panel
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 17
In a turn of events, the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government has again made Balwant Singh Ramoowalia as member of Mohali’s ward delimitation committee.
In the latest development, the Secretary to Government of Punjab, Department of Local Government, Ashok Kumar Gupta, issued a notification in which it was stated that the name of Ramoowalia, a former union Cabinet minister, was notified in place of Kulwant Singh.

Last week, Ramoowalia was replaced by Kulwant Singh following which the former’s supporters lodged a protest with the SAD high command.

Sources said on learning about the development, Ramoowalia held a meeting at his residence to which several former MC concillors were invited.



MLA seeks Rs 100-crore grant for Nayagaon
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 17
Kharar MLA Jagmohan Kang today demanded a grant of Rs 100 crore from Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to streamline developmental works in Nayagaon here.
The Congress MLA, along with his supporters, met the CM at his residence in Sector 2, Chandigarh, and submitted a memorandum in this regard. “In the absence of any check, the area has seen haphazard growth.

The basic infrastructure, including roads, sewerage system, drinking water and drains, is in pathetic condition here. Besides, the government is not approving the layout plans of the area, which comes under the Notified Area Committee,” he alleged.

Ten days ago, the MLA led a dharna by residents protesting against lack of infrastructure in Nayagaon.

Kang said the residents of the area were forced to live in hell-like conditions and the government was turning a Nelson’s eye to their concern.



Another rejig in UT Estate Office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
The UT Estate Officer today ordered yet another reshuffling of staff in his office.
At least six employees in the misuse and enforcement wings of the Estate Office, who were handling the public dealing posts for over three years, have been shifted.

Last month, around 20 employees have been transferred. More transfers are expected in the coming days, sources said.

A senior official said as per the guidelines of the Central Vigilance Commission, the employees cannot hold on to posts for over three years.

Among those transferred today was Parveen Mittal, a sub-inspector (enforcement), who was transferred to the colony branch last month but did not join there. Now, he has been transferred as a dealing assistant in the branch dealing with the allotment of industrial plots. Bhopal Singh has replaced Mittal as sub-inspector.

Another employee, Gopal Singh, who was posted with the colony branch, has been given an additional charge of enforcement. Ashok Sood, who was earlier in the colony branch, has been transferred to the miscellaneous branch. 



Punjabi girls’ lifestyle leaves Pakistan patient, spouse impressed
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 15
Pakistan-based Sazida is attracted to the lifestyle of local women. The housewife of a business family of Aarifwala town of Punjab in Pakistan, Sazida was on her maiden visit to India for liver transplantation of her husband Sher Afzal at Fortis Hospital here.

Sazida belongs to a Sikh family, which had migrated from Rupaeanwala village at Ferozepur in India to Pakistan during the Partition and adopted Muslim religion after settling there.

“For the first time, I saw Indian Punjabi girls here and I am impressed with their freedom, fashion style, and lifestyle here. They (the girls) are no less than boys in every field,” said Sazida, who admitted that the girls in Pakistan could not imagine, even in their dreams, to enjoy such a life.

Sher Afzal, who is perfectly alright now as per his doctor Ashish Singhal of Fortis Hospital, said after his stint of around 75 days in the town, he had made up his mind that they would encourage their daughter to rise in life.

“Normally people in our country do not prefer their daughter to go for higher studies after Class X. But after seeing the confidence of highly educated girls here, we are determined that we would ask her to go for higher education and let her free to decide what she wants to be in her life,” said Sher Afzal and Sazida.

“We will advise other members of our clan and friends to do the same, the couple said.

Sazida said she wanted to see the village of her forefathers at Ferozepur but could not go there due to some reasons.

“I have procured contacts of some old families of the village. Next time, I will surely visit the place,” said Sazida.

Sher Afzal said he chose the Indian hospital following reference of his acquaintances.

Dr Singhal said the condition of his patient across the border was serious when he was admitted to the hospital.

“Now, he is alright after getting a new liver from his brother-in-law (the donor). He has to visit the hospital again after six months for a routine check-up,” said Dr Singhal.

“We are looking forward to our next visit here and will definitely learn some new things from the place,” the couple added.



Ecostay Nail Enamel

Lotus Make-Up has introduced Ecostay nail enamel that is long-lasting with a high shine. Priced at Rs 249, this innovative nail enamel is seven-day chip-resistant, smudge-free and highly pigmented.

Arvicon International in Punjab

In an endeavour to revolutionise the concept of sustainable, cost-effective and green outdoor and home decor segment in India, Arvicon International announced its plan to enter the Punjab market with its award-winning range of stone veneers. In Punjab, this product will be available through select dealers or one can get in touch with company on their website www.indiastones.com.

‘PVR LIVE’ launched

PVR Cinemas has announced the launch of its brand new platform - ‘PVR LIVE’. It will showcase live and recorded events. In addition to watching movies, PVR guests can also watch events like the best stand-up comedy shows, experience some of the greatest music concerts and spectacular ballet performances on the large screen. As an exclusive one-time cinematic experience for its guests, PVR brings internationally acclaimed choreographer Matthew Bourne’s ‘3D Ballet Swan Lake’ and one of the most innovative and sought-after choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s ‘Cinderella- Dutch National Ballet’. — TNS



Right to Service Act
Online review of services begins
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 17
The online review of services under the Right to Service Act (RSA) has been started on a pilot basis in SAS Nagar district.

Director, Governance Reforms, Punjab, HS Kandhola, stated this here today.

Presiding over a meeting with the officers concerned regarding a review of various services being provided under the RSA, he said a new software had been designed to address and review the pending complaints related to different departments.

In SAS Nagar district it had been made functional on a pilot basis to review the pending applications for the Health, Transport, Urban Development and Revenue departments. Other departments would also be linked soon with this software. Thereafter, the same concept of online review would be made applicable to the other districts.

Kandhola said to facilitate the public, 149 services had been notified under the RSA in the state.

He asked the officers concerned to ensure that the pending cases were dealt with at the earliest.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Poonamdeep Kaur said during the current year, 49,630 applications had been entertained through suvidha centres, out of which services for 49,604 applications were delivered in a timely manner.

She said a special five-member committee had also been formed to conduct surprise checking in various departments under the RSA.



Sappers donate blankets to J&K flood victims

Chandigarh, September 17
Veterans from the Corps of Engineers residing in the tricity have collectively donated 500 blankets for persons affected by floods in Jammu and Kashmir.
The consignment was handed over to the Headquarters, Western Command, Chandimandir, today, for onward dispatch to Srinagar.

Brig Gobindar Singh (retd), an 89-year old Sapper, said this was only the first instalment, since time was of the essence, and more assistance from Sappers would follow.

The Sappers comprise about a third of the Army’s 30,000 strong force deployed in relief and rescue operations. They have been instrumental in restoring damaged roads and bridges as well as clearing landslides. — TNS



HUDA’s bank account sealed
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 17
A bank account of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) containing Rs 7 crore was sealed today by a local court after the former failed to pay nearly Rs 7 crore to a few persons whose land it had acquired in Sector 21 here.

A few months ago, the court had asked HUDA to pay the money to around five residents, but it failed to do the same following which action was taken against it.

The Estate Office of HUDA has already been attached in a case.



Schools await workbooks
Aim at improving academic results of primary section students
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
Tall claims made by the Education Department of providing primary section students with workbooks with an aim to ensure better results have fallen flat, as six months on, the students are yet to receive the books.

The department had taken the initiative after the National Achievement Survey revealed below-average performance of students in UT government schools.

The task of preparing the workbooks was assigned to the State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) and the Regional Institute of English (RIE). Both institutes were told to relook the existing teaching material and prepare workbooks for students of government schools studying in Classes I to V, in order to supplement classroom teaching with activity-based learning.

Although the first semester has already come to an end, schools are yet to receive the much-hyped workbooks that plan to introduce more visuals, diagrams, figures and exercises such as match the following and fill in the blanks.

Officials said the workbooks were being prepared for over 50,000 students.

One of the officials, demanding anonymity, said: “Though the workbooks had been prepared three months back, due to the lackadaisical attitude of the Education Department, which failed to allot the tender for printing of the books, the process had been delayed.”

Around 30 educationalists, including junior basic teachers, trained graduate teachers and technical experts, had been assigned the work of preparing the books, said the official.

Sources said earlier in 2010, workbooks for Class II students of government schools and resource books along with academics manuals for teachers were prepared on similar lines. However, since then no workbooks have been made for students.

SCERT director Dr Surender Singh Dahiya said: “We are at the final stage of preparing the book; only the designing part is left.”



panjab university hostels
PUCSC says no to inaugural function
Instead wants to donate money collected from students to J&K relief fund
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
In view of unprecedented floods and loss of life and property in Jammu and Kashmir there will be no celebrations at Panjab University hostels this year.

During a special meeting chaired by PU Dean Student Welfare Navdeep Goyal, all wardens and the newly elected students’ council proposed not to hold any inaugural function in any of the hostels.

The council, reportedly, proposed that the money collected from students for these events be donated to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for J&K. This was the first meeting that the council had with all wardens to discuss various hostel-related issues.

It is a practice on the campus that after the commencement of a new academic session, an inaugural function is organised for all hostellers by the authorities and the students’ council. For this event, money is collected from hostel inmates. Each student contributes around Rs 130.

The wardens told the council to take consent from all hostellers before any decision could be taken, as the money was collected from students for the celebrations and did not belong to the council.

There are nine girls’ and eight boys’ hostels on the PU campus, each accommodating around 360 students.

Sources said the issue of long waiting list for hostel rooms was also taken up in the meeting. Around 1,000 girls have been waiting for a hostel room, with the number of girl students getting admitted to various PU departments on the rise.

While 1,000 of the 4,300 students staying at boys’ hostels have an independent room, number of girls waiting for a room is increasing by nearly 150 every year.

Seek hostellers consent, say wardens

Hostel wardens, during a meeting, told the Panjab University Campus Students Council to take consent from all hostellers before any decision could be taken, as the money was collected from students for the inaugural function and did not belong to the council.



PU notes
Hospitality, tourism students attend workshop

Chandigarh: The University Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism hosted IMPRESARIO-2014, aimed at creating entrepreneurial spirit among young graduates of hospitality and tourism industry. Former executive director, Punjab State Industries Development Corporation, SK Sharma discussed technical and commercial aspects of small-scale industrial units.

 He told the students that if they had a business idea, the corporation had funds to back them. A resource person from the State Bank of India threw light on financial aspects besides schemes being run by the national bank. During the concluding session, the director, Gursharan Singh, said that successful entrepreneurs had one thing in common: a strong sense of communication. He said it was an art and a science that developed over a period of time.

English dept invites applications

The Department of English has invited applications for registration to the PhD programme. Those who have qualified the UGC-NET or JRF SLET or PUCET conducted for MPhil/PhD, or are national scholarship holders or are regular teachers at colleges affiliated to the varsity can apply by September 24. Interviews will be held at 10 am on September 30. The department has also invited applications for the MPhil course. The eligible candidates, who have qualified the PUCET for MPhil/PhD, should submit applications along with photocopies of certificates from matriculation onwards at the department by September 30. Interviews will be held at 10 am on October 1.

USOL to hold second counselling

The University School of Open Learning will be conducting second counselling for admission to the BEd first semester course. The counselling will be held on September 24.

Theatre workshop

“Discover the actor in you”, a theatre workshop, was organised for the first time at the Department of Indian Theatre. The workshop was conducted by Partha Bandyopadhaya, an alumnus of the National School of Drama. He has been working on different aspects of theatrical mime and movements for the past 20 years. — TNS



from schools
Nature walk

Chandigarh: The kindergarten block of St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44-D, was taken on a nature walk. Along with teachers, the students carried out an awareness rally in the neighborhood park, holding placards with messages such as “Do not cut the trees”, “Grow more trees” and “Each one—Plant one”. The teachers gave them a brief talk on different colors of the flowers, grass and leaves.

Teachers donate money

Teachers of Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22-D, Shishu Niketan Public School, Sector 43-A and Shishu Niketan Public School, Panchkula, contributed their one-day salary to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for Jammu and Kashmir. Students, too, made contributions.

Workshop on first aid

Students of Classes IX and X of Sri Guru Harkrishan Model School, Sector 38-D, attended a four-day workshop on first aid. Students learnt ways to attend to an injured person after any accident before medical assistance can be provided to the person. Principal Harpreet Kaur thanked the resource persons. All participants got certificated from the Red Cross Society. — TNS



from colleges
Animal welfare campaign launched at MCM college

Chandigarh: The People for Animals (PFA), Chandigarh, launched a campaign for animal welfare at the MCM DAV College for Women. PFA founder Payal Sodhi, a college alumna, and other representatives of the organisation set up an information desk to create awareness among students. The campaign aims at introducing animal welfare in the agenda of the National Service Scheme units throughout tricity colleges. Director Higher Education Sandeep Hans attended the function.

CCET union continues month-old protest

The Chandigarh College for Engineering and Technology Union continued its chain hunger strike that started on August 20. Union representatives met the college principal, who arranged their meeting with the Director Higher Education Sandeep Hans. The protesters said the Chandigarh Administration was not listening to their grievances. — TNS



Dept fails to act on audit objection
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
The UT Education Department has failed to act on an audit objection raised against the Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, last year.

During the audit, it was found that associate professor Rajiv Bhandari was availing himself of post and perks for which he was not eligible as per the UGC guidelines. The department, however, has failed to recover the perks.

As per norms, eight years of regular service is required for granting of the senior scale to a non-PhD lecturer. Rajiv Bhandari, however, had completed only around five years.

The objection also stated that the ad-hoc service rendered by him at the Government Polytechnic for Women, Sector 10, against a leave vacancy, could not be counted for awarding the senior scale, as it was on a different scale.

Interestingly, the posting orders on the basis of which the associate professor got the post and perks were issued on October 2, 2007, a national holiday. The benefit had been granted to him with the approval of the Personnel Department.

The then Home-cum-Education Secretary, Ram Niwas, taking cognizance of the issue, had ordered an inquiry into the case.

Director, Higher Education, Sandeep Hans was not available for comment, despite repeated calls. 



US varsity attracts Indian students
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A representative of the US-based Missouri State University in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
A representative of the US-based Missouri State University in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, September 17
The US-based Missouri State University (MSU) today announced the launch of its new programmes for Indian students. The university will offer courses under the umbrella of its three schools: College of Business, College of Natural and Applied Sciences and College of Arts and Letters.

While the varsity is reaching out to students all over India, it is laying special emphasis on students of North India.

Talking about benefits of studying at the university, Colonel Kent D Thomas, assistant vice-president for international programmes at MSU, said: “The varsity’s flexible programmes allow students to choose from a multitude of options, which helps them to shape their education according to their career interests.”

Undergraduate programmes at MSU are generally four-year long and graduate programmes take two years to complete. 



Schools observe World Ozone Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector-38 (West), Dadu Majra Colony, celebrated International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer in association with the NGO Environment Society of India.

NGO president Dr HS Handa told the students that a 20-km thick giant umbrella of ozone gas exists 15 km above the earth’s surface.

“The layer performs the essential task of filtering out most of the sun’s biologically harmful ultraviolet radiation. Aerosols and other particles ejected by natural events such as volcanic eruptions are leading to the depletion of ozone layer,” said Dr Handa.

The only way to mend the ozone hole was to stop the release of chlorofluorocarbons and other ozone-depleting substances, said school principal Prem Joshi.

The day was also observed at Government High School, Sector 32-D. Students took part in speech contest and quiz besides poster making and slogan writing competitions. Headmaster Ram Kumar Sharma distributed prizes.

Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, students took out a rally to create awareness on the importance of ozone layer. The rally was flagged off by principal Alka Mehta.



Teachers get tips on National Curriculum Framework
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17
The State Council of Educational Research Training (SCERT) today conducted a workshop on the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) at Saupin’s School, Sector 32.

The workshop was inaugurated by SCERT director Dr Surender Singh Dahiya. He threw light on various aspects of the curriculum and briefed the teachers about the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act.

Dr Dahiya also spoke about different methods to solve complicated issues in a simpler manner. The interaction was further led by Dr Anil Kumar Gugani, head of in-service education department. In his address, Gugani laid stressed on “innovative education”. 



University honoured

Chandigarh, September 17
The UT Social Welfare Department has presented an appreciation award to Desh Bhagat University in recognition of its "outstanding services" in the field of social work. While receiving the award, university chancellor Dr Zora Singh highlighted the role played by Hara Punjab Khara Samaj, a non-profit subsidiary of the Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes. — TNS



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