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CBI suspends Inspector
CCTV footage shows him manhandling Inspector who was caught taking bribe
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has suspended Inspector Ashok Yadav, who reportedly manhandled and slapped Inspector Rajesh Shukla on September 3 after the CBI arrested him and two other policemen while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 10,000.

Inspector Shukla, who was the SHO of the Sector 34 police station, was taken inside the Burail police post, Sector 45, soon after his arrest and slapped by CBI sleuths.

The CCTV footage of the Burail police post went viral following which CBI officials swung into action and initiated action against their officer.

CBI SP Tarun Gauba said Inspector Yadav was seen hitting Inspector Shukla in the CCTV footage and had been suspended. An inquiry had been initiated into the matter, he said. “We have asked for the CCTV footage from the Chandigarh police, which will be then scrutinised,” the SP said.

Gauba said the role of the other CBI employees seen in the video would also be probed and action taken if they anyone was found at fault. Suspended Inspector Shukla, meanwhile, said he would submit a complaint regarding the manhandling incident to RP Upadhyaya, IGP, Chandigarh, the CBI SP and the human rights commission.

Inspector Rajesh Shukla and constables Dilbaj Singh and Mukesh Kumar were arrested while taking a bribe from a parking contractor.

Shukla had also shot off a communique earlier through his advocate stating that he was framed in the case. He had claimed that he was targeted due to politics within the Chandigarh police.

The special CBI court on September 19 had granted bail to all three policemen.

What's in the footage

The CCTV footage shows CBI sleuths bringing Inspector Shukla inside the office of the in charge of the Burail police post. Shukla is made to sit on a chair. The CBI Inspector then kicks that chair and slaps Shukla.



Murdered man identified; severed head found in manhole
Victim Harikesh Singh was a resident of Sector 26, Panchkula
Mobile phone missing
Police to check call details
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 22
After a two-day search operation during which chopped body parts of a man were found packed in polybags, the Panchkula police today stumbled upon the head of the victim in a manhole in Sector 28 here. The victim has been identified as Harikesh Singh (32), a resident of Sector 26 here.

A neighbour, who was involved in the search operation, identified the victim following which the police informed the family. The head, with the face completely swollen, was found lying in the manhole at a distance of 50 metres from the spot where the other body parts were found.

Urmila, the victim's wife, said Harikesh, an electrican, had gone to the Panchkula District Courts with his friend in connection with a case, but did not return. Harikesh is survived by his wife and three children.

On Sunday, a chopped arm of the victim was found. Yesterday, two legs and the other arm were found in six pieces, which were packed in separate polybags.

The police are trying to ascertain the motive behind the brutal murder. They are examining the call details of the victim and would wait for the postmortem report.

ACP Jagtar Singh said, “The cell phone of the victim is missing, but we are trying to get the call details with the help of the cyber cell.”

'Kara' helped family identify victim

The family could not identify the victim initially as the face was swollen. Later, the family was sent to the mortuary, where Urmila identified her husband from a "kara" which the victim was wearing. Urmila also identified her husband from the henna which he had applied on his hair two days before he went missing.

Tough time for families of missing persons

It was a tough time for families of missing persons which kept thronging the mortuary till Urmila identified her husband. The police had alerted all missing persons’ families after the body parts were recovered.

Friend called for questioning

The friend with whom Harikesh had gone to the court has been called for questioning on Tuesday. The friend told the police that he had left Harikesh at Majri Chowk and went for some work while Harikesh was supposed to go to his house from there.



Sensitising voters
Panchkula Admn takes to places of worship
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 22
The Panchkula Administration is ‘religiously’ asking its voters to exercise their franchise during upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections. Devotees visiting temples, gurdwaras and mosques in Panchkula would be urged to vote. Finding religious places the best platform to educate voters to vote, the Administration has decided to install banners and hoardings in this regard.

Panchkula will go to polls on October 15 and counting of votes will be held on October 19.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) SP Arora, also the nodal officer for the elections, said, “As Navaratras are coinciding with elections, we have installed hoardings at Mansa Devi temple, which will see thousands of devotees paying obeisance. Also, hoardings urging people to vote have been installed at the Nada Sahib Gurdwara and mosques in Panchkula.”

He added, “We have identified 22 places in the city where hoardings have been put up. These include the entry and exit points of the city.”

Besides, as part of Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP), functions are being held at the two colleges in Panchkula. Recently, a competition on the subject was held at the Government College for Girls, Sector 14.

The Residents Welfare associations (RWA) have also been roped in to educate people in their sectors.

“Sarpanches have also been asked to carry out awareness drives in this regard,” added the ADC.

Further, a bus of the District Public Relations, decked up with banners asking people to vote, would go around the city tomorrow.

Panchayat of village with max voting to be honoured

In order to increase voters’ participation, the Administration has decided to honour the panchayat that would ensure maximum participation in the electoral process.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner said the panchayat would be honoured on January 26. 


‘Rama, Ravana’ join hands for J&K flood-hit
Ramlila committees to set up donation boxes, distribute pamphlets; artistes to make announcements
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

A scene being enacted from the Ramayana during a Ramlila at Shiv Thakurdwara Temple at Mani Majra in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, September 22
This time Ramlila committees in the city will not only stage Ramayana, but will also lend helping hand to the flood victims of Jammu and Kashmir for their rehabilitation. To help the flood victims, Ramlila committees will set up donation boxes. These announcements will be made by artistes, who will be performing the roles of Lord Rama, Hanuman and even Ravana.

While some committees started performing Ramlila today, others will start on September 23 in the tricity.

Vikram Bisht, president, Chandigarh Kendriya Ramlila Mahasabha, said there were around 30 Ramlila committees, which came under their association. They had already urged these associations to help the J&K flood victims. In some Ramlila committees, key artistes such as Ram and Ravana would also make announcements, he said.

Mukesh Sharma, director of the Garhwal Ramlila Mandal, Bijli Board, Sector 28 B, said they would set up donation box. Organisers will make announcements for the J&K relief fund, he said.

Rajinder Bagga, assistant director, Shri Ramlila Committee, Sector 17, said their artistes had already Rs 3,100 from their own pocket as donation to the J&K victims. Echoing similar view, Bhupinder Sharma, chairman, Badri Kedar Ramlila Committee, Sector 45 and 46, said they would distribute pamphlets and will urge people to donate for the flood victims.

(With Inputs from Akash Ghai and Hina Rohtaki)

Ramlilas to be staged at 65 places across tricity

In the City Beautiful, Ramlila will be staged at 54 places. In Mauli Jagran and Mani Majra, it started on Monday whereas in Mohali, it will be staged at six places. Mohali SDM Lakhmir Singh said that permissions had been given for six places while Dasehra festival would be held at Phase 1 and Phase VIII on a large scale. In Panchkula, Ramlila will be staged at five places. Ramlila started off in Panchkula on Monday evening at Shalimar Ground in Sector 5. Meanwhile, the other Ramlilas in the township would begin from Tuesday at various sectors.

Install CCTV cameras, cops tell Ramlila committees

An advanced security liaisoning meeting was held between the Chandigarh Police and representatives of the 54 Ramlila committees. DIG AS Chheema emphasised that proper barricading around the Ramlila venue should be done and provision for CCTV cameras should be made. He stated that anti-sabotage check of the venue should be done on all the days. Fire extinguishers will also be installed at suitable places.



Solar Power Tariff
JERC gives 15 days to give suggestions
Commission extends time as city residents were not able to submit their objections
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC), has given a 15-day time period to city residents to submit their suggestions/objections for the determination of solar power tariff and framing of Draft Solar Power Tariff — Ground Mounted Grid Connected and Solar Rooftop with Net Metering Regulations — 2014.

The commission, which held a public hearing session today at the auditorium of Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, witnessed a low turnout of city residents.

The commission has extended the time period as residents were not able to submit their suggestions and objections.

Santosh Kumar, Director, Science and Technology Department and CEO, Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST), gave a detailed presentation on rooftop solar photovoltaic power project.

The Chandigarh Renewable Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST) will sell solar power to the UT Electricity Department on the basis of that tariff.

Earlier, the UT Department of Science and Technology and UT Electricity Department were at loggerheads over the solar power tariff.

The JERC had recently approved the selling of solar power to the UT Electricity Department at the rate of Rs 1.13 per unit, as against Rs 8.75 per unit, which the CREST had demanded in a petition filed on behalf of the UT Department of Science and Technology.

Thereafter, the Chandigarh Renewable Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society had challenged the order and thereafter the public hearing session was organised.

In the offing

  • The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission has asked residents to submit their suggestions/objections for the determination of solar power tariff and framing of Draft Solar Power Tariff - Ground Mounted Grid Connected and Solar Rooftop with Net Metering Regulations - 2014.
  • The Chandigarh Renewable Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST) will sell solar power to the UT Electricity Department on the basis of that tariff.



IAF veterans remember 1965 war heroes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
For a large number of Air Force veterans who had fought the 1965 Indo-Pak war, it was like turning back the hands of the clock and re-living the moments of glory as they lined up in front of the war memorial at the Chandigarh Air Force Station today.

As part of events being organised to commemorate the golden jubilee year of the war, a solemn wreath laying ceremony was held at the airbase to pay tribute to martyrs. An air Force ceremonial guard reversed arms while a bugler from the Army sounded the last post as a mark of respect to those who had laid down their lives in the line of duty.

Wreaths were laid by the Air Officer Commanding 12 Wing, Air Cmde SK Indoria, on behalf of all ranks of the station and by former Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, Air Marshal MM Singh, on behalf of the veterans.As many as 19 war veterans were present at the occasion. Among them were Air Marshal RS Bedi, Air Marshal PS Brar, Air Marshal SD Mohan, Air Vice-Marshal DS Nagi and nine air commodores. Air Commodore Indoria said that during the 1965 war, 12 Wing was involved in the operations from early August till the end of September to provide air transport support to the forces. Both transport squadrons based here were engaged in mobilisation of ground forces from the central India to the northern and western sectors. The only helicopter unit based at the station carried out continuous detachments from bases in Rajasthan and Gujarat. When the hostilities were eminent, 109 Helicopter Unit was again moved to Srinagar on August 15, 1965, following intelligence inputs of heavy advances by enemy forces in the Chamb sector.

A brief presentation on “Air Force Role in 1965 War” was organised by 12 Wing for serving as well as retired officers. The veterans also shared their experiences of service with the present generation of the Air Force personnel.



hotels & eateries
Excise Department to continue charging VAT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
The UT Excise and Taxation Department has reportedly decided to justify the current system of charging value added tax and service tax on the entire bill amount by hotels and restaurants. In its reply to the Excise and Taxation Commissioner, excise officials are learnt to have cited certain judgments to justify their stand on charging VAT on 100 per cent of the bill amount.

A city-based social activist, Ajay jagga, had raised the issue of applicability of VAT and service tax under the Finance Act, 1994. He had stated that the Government of India, through an amendment of the Service tax Rules, 2006, had fixed that the service component in the bill of restaurants was 40 per cent, which meant the goods component was of 60 per cent. At present, The UT charges VAT on the full value of the restaurant bill, which means there is double taxation on the 40 per cent of the component of the bill of a restaurant. As a result of the improper application of VAT, excess tax is being charged from every customer/consumer. Recently, the UT Finance Secretary told the UT Taxation Department to examine the issue of illegal charging of value added tax and service tax on the entire bill amount by hotels and restaurants was giving anxious moments to the officials.

UT calls VAT advisory committee meeting

Ajay Jagga, a member of the advisory committee, said in the forthcoming meeting of the committee, he would be raising key issues like levying of VAT and service tax on 100 per cent value of the bill being issued by eateries.



Abandoned women: Panchkula administration passes the buck
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 22
It seems the Panchkula Administration has not learnt any lesson despite facing flak for ‘not looking after’ an elderly destitute in pain. Two women — one in her early twenties, who had been abandoned by her in-laws and another mentally-challenged — were found lying outside the bus stand in Sector 5 for the past 25 days.

When the local passers-by informed the administration officials concerned, the latter started passing the buck. The women are at the receiving end ever since.

One of the victims met officials from the Social Workers Cell two days ago and alleged that a few men had troubled her following which she had to run for her life. It was only after these officials met DCP Rahul Sharma that the latter immediately directed his staff at the local police station to call the ambulance and drop the women at a destitute home in Chandigarh. Social worker Seema Bhardwaj alleged, “The local police officials were rude. When we went to get a DDR lodged, they told me to search for three or four such women and then inform them.”

Another social worker, Aakash Sharma, resident of Sector 12, said, “I called up at the DC camp office last night but they passed the buck. We met Sub Divisional Magistrate Hema Sharma on Monday evening and we were asked to meet the DCP.” One of the two destitute women was identified as Sona Kumari, resident of Haripur village in Sector 4. She told the social workers that she had been abandoned by her in-laws following her husband’s death. Panchkula still does not have provision to house destitutes.

‘Victim violated’

One of the two women told me that she had been violated by a few men when she was lying near the bus stand. The victims are facing a harrowing time but the Administration has not taken any action.

— Seema Bhardwaj and Aakash Sharma, social workers



Report on study tour missing from MC meeting agenda
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
Even though its been around two-weeks since the councillors and officials returned from the nine days study tour, the authorities have failed to include the report of the study tour in the agenda for the forthcoming General House meeting. The MC had spent around Rs 27 lakh on the junket.

The agenda circulated to the members does not have the report of the study tour to Chennai, Port Blair and Kolkata. Twenty councillors and five officials were part of the tour that concluded on September 9.

A nominated councillor said that they were expecting that the report of the study tour would be part of the agenda that had been circulated to them however there was no mention of the study tour in the agenda.

“By now the MC should have been ready with the report so that the councillors who were not part of the tour could go through it and discuss the contents of the report in the House”, councillor added.

The General House meeting is scheduled for September 25.

Interestingly, the councillors who were part of the study tour have also failed to give their written suggestions to the civic body after returning from the tour.

A councillor who was part of the junket said that it was the duty of the officers accompanying them in the tour to prepare the report and ask for suggestions from the councillors if they felt so.

“We gave our views while visiting the cities now its the duty of the MC officials to compile them.

The agenda also does not include the questions asked by BJP councillor Satinder Singh, regarding the study tour.

“I feel that the answers to my questions and the report should have been included in the agenda before further sending it to the members”, Singh said.



Mohali civic body
Ahead of elections, rift in SAD to the fore
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 22
Though the state government is yet to decide on dates of Municipal Corporation elections, the factionalism in Shiromani Akali Dal’s local unit has started coming to the fore. Supporters of Kulwant Singh, who had contested the recent Lok Sabha elections on the party’s ticket from Fatehgarh Sahib, have openly announced that they would not support the party candidates in the MC election if contested under the leadership of Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, the party’s in-charge for Mohali district.

Sources said a meeting of Kulwant Singh’s supporters took place at a hotel in Phase X recently and was attended by several local Akali leaders and former MC councillors, including Bibi Paramjit Kaur Landran, chairperson of Punjab State Women Commission, Jaspinder Singh Lali, Phoolraj Singh, Sukhminder Singh and others.

Sources added that in the meeting, most leaders were against Ramoowalia’s leadership in the coming election. Kulwant Singh’s supporters had openly announced that they would contest the elections independently if Ramoowalia would remain in the main lead, the sources said.

Bibi Landran said a delegation of Kulwant Singh’s supporters would soon meet Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and apprise him of the ‘sentiments’ of the Akali activists here. “We would request the CM to take a decision in this connection after assessing the ground reality and the sentiments of workers,” said Bibi Landran.

Ramoowalia said he was out of station. “Let me come back and we would talk on the issue then,” he said.



86,307 children immunised in city

Chandigarh, September 22
As many as 86,307 children were immunised during the sub-national immunisation round campaign in Chandigarh. As per the directions of Government of Indiathe sub-national immunisation round was observed for two days in the city.

In the SNID more than 1,600 health workers, including 70-sector supervisers and 15 area supervisers, worked in teams to immunise all the children in 0-5 years of age group in high risk areas along with the children on the roads, streets, beggars as a part of the SNID polio campaign. Dr VK Gajneja, Director, Health Services, thee District Family Welfare Officer and the District Immunisation Officer joined the teams at the grassroots level to continue the fight against polio . On the last day Gagneja said no case had been reported from city since 2006. — TNS



Health Notes
Body donated to PGI

The Department of Anatomy, PGIMER, Chandigarh, today received the body of 82-year-old Bimla Kumari, for research purposes. Earlier, Kumari had pledged to donate her body to the department. The department thanked the family members for the noble gesture.

Interactive session for mothers

Himalaya’s baby care division held an interactive session for mothers in city. Talking about the initiative, Mukesh Patney, Business Head—Pharmaceutical Division, The Himalaya Drug Company said, “The initiative My Baby & Me is a platform for mothers to engage in discussions with doctors and other mothers, to address their own health issues as well as concerns about their baby’s health.”

Zenith fest

As many as 15 teams ran around the PGIMER campus to reach the much-desired treasure on the concluding day of the Zenith fest on Monday. Legendary runner Milkha Singh arrived in the afternoon and gave away prizes to the winners of sports held during the fest. He flagged off the Mini Marathon from PGI to Sukhna Lake, which was organised to collect relief funds for the flood victims in J&K. — TNS



Run to mark ‘joy of giving’ at Sukhna on Sept 28
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 22
Students of the Indian School of Business (ISB) here will organise ISB Joyathon, a run to promote the cause of giving among residents of the tricity, at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh, on September 28.

An initiative of Net Impact, a social responsibility club at the ISB, Joyathon is being organised to create awareness about ‘Daan Utsav’, formerly known as Joy of Giving Week, to encourage residents to become more socially responsible and give back to society in whatever way possible.

The event will begin at 6.30 am near Sukhna Lake on Sunday and will have two categories, 5 km and 10 km.

‘Daan Utsav’ is India’s “festival of giving” and celebrated from October 2 to 8. The festival was held first in 2009 to unite Indians from all walks of life to celebrate giving.



12 leprosy patients undergo surgeries
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 22
The State Leprosy Society performed reconstructive surgeries on 12 affected persons during a camp held at the General Hospital here today. This was the first camp on reconstructive surgery organised for leprosy patients in Haryana. The camp was organised with the assistance of the Regional Leprosy Training Institute, Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Haryana does not own a reconstructive surgery centre.

Dr KM Kambley, joint director of the institute, along with a team of surgeons from the General Hospital performed the surgeries.

The leprosy patients develop various deformities like claw hand and drop foot, which lead to disabilities. The corrective reconstructive surgery helps in restoring the functioning of affected body parts and make the patient self-reliant in performing day-to-day activities, said a spokesperson of the society.



PU yet to decide on resignation row
Dept head US Shivhare reportedly does not fulfil basic UGC criteria for the post
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
Confusion prevailed at the University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET), Panjab University, as the authorities are yet to decide on the resignation of the department head, Dr US Shivhare, submitted to the Vice Chancellor about one month ago.

As a result, the day-to-day work is being affected as the head of the department (HoD), is not taking any decision and the department faculty is in a dilemma about whom to approach to get their works completed.

PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover said, “I have received the HoD’s resignation but I’m yet to take a decision on it.”

“I will hold a meeting with the academic heads, Dean University Instructions and Dean Science Research this weekend to arrive at a final decision,” he added.

The VC said, “Dr Shivhare is an experienced professor. The complaint regarding him about not fulfilling the basic qualifications for the post has no meaning.”

Sources revealed that the issue was raised that Dr US Shivhare, head of the Dr SSB University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (SSB-UICET), did not fulfil the basic UGC criteria fixed for the post.

Dr Shivhare did his BTech in Agricultural Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, Jabalpur, in 1976; MTech in Food Engineering from GBPUA and T Pantnagar in 1979; and PhD in Bio-resource Engineering from Mc Gill University in 1991.

As per the UGC guidelines, the qualifications for the post of a professor in the university and colleges of the engineering discipline are A PhD degree with a first class in Bachelor’s for Master degree in appropriate branch of engineering technology and experience of 10 years in teaching, research, out of which at least 5 years at the level of assistant professor reader or equivalent grade.

Dr Shivhare is a professor in food engineering and does not possess BTech as well as PhD degrees in the appropriate branch in engineering.

‘Will hold meeting on the weekend’

I have received the HoD’s resignation but I am yet to take a decision on it. I will hold a meeting with the academic heads, Dean University Instructions and Dean Science Research this weekend to arrive at a final decision.

— Prof Arun Kumar Grover, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University



Students to visit Germany

Chandigarh: As may as 16 students from Vivek High School will visit Germany and work on the project “Understanding our Borders” under the aegis of the PASCH Project initiated by the German Foreign Office. The students from Class IX, XI and XII will work on a project themed at ‘Understanding our borders (Indo-Pak & the rise & fall of the Berlin Wall)’ which has to be expressed through art.

Support for flood victims

An prayer meeting was held by the students of the philanthropy club, St. Joseph’s Sr. Sec. School, Sector 44, for the restoration of Jammu and Kashmir.

Blue Day

The students of kindergarten of Green Castle Public School, Sector 47, celebrated Blue Day on Monday.

World Peace Day

Mohali: The students of St Anee’s School Mohali celebrated World Peace Day.

Students visit elderly

The students of Shemrock Wonders Preschool visited the Mata Gujri old-age home. The elderly were overwhelmed to see children around them.

Certificates of merit

As many as 19 students of Gian Jyoti School, Phase II, were given certificate of merit by the CBSE Board. Ishika Jindal, Arshdeep Singh Multani, Shubam Walia, Anjani Verma, Navleen Kaur, Kavinpreet Kaur, Shivam Chopra, Neha Sachdeva, Jaisleen Kaur, Simran, Jasmine Kaur, Himani Anand, Tanishpreet Singh Sidhu, Gaurav, Simranjeet Kaur, Jobanpreet Kaur, Amanpreet Kaur Sandhu, Archit Puri and Preksha Bhardwaj were awarded the Certificate of Merit for obtaining Grade A1 in all five subjects opted by them in the All India Secondary School Examination 2014.

Save ozone layer

The students of Doon International School, Sector 69, organised a seminar to save the ozone layer. — TNS



USOL counselling

The University School of Open Learning (USOL), Panjab University (PU), will conduct counselling for four general category seats of MEd on September 24. The counselling will be conducted from 9 am to 10 am at the USOL auditorium. Candidates with merit marks from 53.0166 and above can attend the counselling.

PU don attends conference

Dr JS Sehrawat, Department of Anthropology, PU, attended the prestigious conference ‘BABAO 14’ organised by British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO) in its 16th annual conference held from September 12-15 at Mountjoy Science Centre (Dawison Building), Durham University, Durham (UK).

CCET strike continues

The Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology union continued its chain hunger strike. The protest entered the 33rd day on Monday.

Investiture ceremony

Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, held its students council investiture ceremony on the college premises.

Talk on Nobel prize

MCM DAV College for Women organised a lecture–cum–interactive session on Nobel Prize 2013 in Chemistry: Chemistry; computers and large molecules in collaboration with the Society for Promotion of Science and Technology in India (SPSTI). The lecture was addressed by Prof Keya Dharanwir, Professor Physics and co-ordinator Nanoscience at Panjab University.

Freshers’ party

The University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) organised a party for the fresher students.

Quiz on economics

The Department of Economics, Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, organised a quiz competition for the undergraduate and post graduate students of economics.

British Council

Quest Group of Organisation organised a trip to the British Council Library. — TNS




Abetment to suicide
Woman gets 5-year imprisonment
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 22
The local court today pronounced five-year term to a woman for abetting her daughter-in-law suicide while six other family members, including three women, were acquitted in the case.

The court of Mohali Additional District And Sessions Judge, Jaswinder Shemar, sent Paramjit Kaur to jail for five years and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000. In case of non-payment of fine, the term would be increased by six months, held the court.

Those, who have been acquitted, include Gurmit Singh, Daljit Singh, Jasvir Singh, Lakhwinder Kaur, Surinder Kaur and Rajinder Kaur, all in-laws of victim Sandeep Kaur, a resident of Raipur village.

Sandeep Kaur had committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance on September 2, 2012, as her husband was denied his share in the family land. A case in this regard was registered at the Sohana Police Station under Section 306 of the IPC.



3 held for manhandling constable outside pub

Chandigarh, September 22
The Chandigarh Police arrested three youths for quarreling with a constable outside the Buzz Pub in Sector 17 on late last night. Police officials said that constable Muni Ram who was on night duty at the Neelam Police Post, Sector 17, received information that some youths were fighting outside the pub.

The constable along with the home guards volunteer reached the spot and tried to pacify the youths who were fighting. The police said the three youths who were in inebriated condition started quarrelling with the constable and even tore his uniform.

The accused identified as Gurdeep Singh, a resident of Mauli Jagran, Navneet Singh, a resident of Sector 26, Panchkula, and Mohit Kumar, a resident of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, Chandigarh, quarrelled have been booked under sections 160 (punishment for committing affray) 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC. Three were arrested and investigations are on. — TNS



Football meet: Poor refereeing mars opening tie
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
Poor refereeing has been a common sight during the 12th Administrator’s Challenge Cup Football Tournament since years. The same scenario was witnessed during the opening match between Mahilpur Football Academy, Punjab, and Mohun Bagan SAIL Football Academy at the football stadium in Sector 17 today.

Poor decision making by referees was not only spotted by the spectators but also by a prominent coach Douglas Da Silva of Mohun Bagan SAIL Football Academy.

Today, in the opening game, a total of five yellow cards and two red cards were shown to the players. Learning no lessons from the past, the UT Sports Department again approached the Chandigarh Football Association for providing referees. None of the referees, in the panel, have the experience to supervise national-level matches.

Notably, the tournament is being played under the flagship of the All-India Football Federation (AIFF) and the organisers could have easily asked the AIFF to provide experienced referees from other regions.

“It was a horrible experience. How can a tournament be played with such unprofessional referees? It’s not that I am opposing the decisions because my team lost the match. But the ruthless attitude of the referees left me surprised. If I was wrong then the main referee could have written a complaint against me and submitted the same with the organisers, but they opted laughing at me. He gave many wrong decisions. As a former player, I can just say that such tournaments should have at least respectable and experienced panel of referees,” said Silva, a Brazilian native and former East Bengal’s ace striker.

It is pertinent to mention that Silva has played among the most high-profile clubs of Brazil, including FC Santos, Corinthians and Botafogo, before joining the East Bengal Club in India.

Silva also highlighted the improper schedule of the tournament that can affect the growth of the players. “After every match, a senior level player needs to rest for at least 24 hours. How can we expect, these young growing children to play a 90-minute match everyday without any proper rest? We are making the grassroot-level weak. This is among the most prestigious tournaments of the region and the level should be maintained,” Silva said.

Mahilpur Academy drub Mohun Bagan 2-0

  • In the opening game of the tournament, Mahilpur Football Academy trounced down Mohun Bagan SAIL Football Academy, Durgapur, by 2-0.
  • Starting the day with high ball possession, Mahilpur placed themselves on the higher end against their rivals. Although, Bagan Academy maintained their decent start but it was in the 17th minute, when Mahilpur’s attack from left flank turned down their spirits. A fine pass by left full back Mehtab Singh was equally supported by striker Jaskaran Singh, who placed the ball over the goal line posting the lead. Stunned by an early goal Bagan lads started building momentum. However, they failed to test rival’s custodian on regular intervals.
  • The second half of the game went worse for Bagan Academy, when two of its main players were shown warning cards, bringing them down to nine men. In the 63rd minute, Jugal Kishore of Mahilpur was tackled from behind and was brought down by Suman Dutta of Mohun Bagan. On the awarded free kick, Jaskarn Singh of Mahilpur made no mistake and scored the second goal.



‘Patronage’ to football coach kicks up controversy
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Directorate of Sports, Panjab University, seem to be going to any extent to support their “favourites”. Sample this: A SAI football coach, appointed at the extension coaching centre being run at Panjab University (PU), managed to get his transfer orders cancelled twice in the past four months.

In the meantime, his wife, too, got appointed as a gymnastics coach at the same centre.

Alleged patronage that this coach is getting from the higher-ups can be gauged from the fact that the Directorate of Sports (PU) refused to accept the appointment of a new football coach today.

The SAI headquarters had appointed a new football coach as a replacement on September 19. The reason cited by the directorate for rejecting the appointment was that it already had a football coach.

Last month, however, the same directorate of sports had accepted the appointment of new gymnastics coach (wife of the football coach) despite having a coach.

During a follow-up, it has been observed that the football coach not only managed to drop his transfers’ orders but also continued to work with the same centre. Earlier, he was transferred to a city at a far-east region where he didn’t even join and managed to get the transfer orders cancelled. Last week, after getting transferred by the SAI Delhi headquarters, he again managed to pull back.

Notably, the replacement, who was denied from joining the post of coach, is given an assurance of adjusting him at a clerical position at the SAI office at the Sports Complex in Sector 42.

“This is sheer mockery of the orders signed by the superiors. At every step, the coach concerned has managed to stop his transfer. The extension centre is being run under the guidance of the Sports Authority of India and the Panjab University authorities should obey the orders,” said an official wishing not to be named.

The recent ‘confusion’ over the support to coach becomes a hot topic as in the upcoming months Panjab University is going to host the North-Zone Inter-University Football Tournament.


  • The Directorate of Sports, PU, refused to accept the appointment of a new coach because they already had one. I am here for the welfare of all the coaches. I don’t know about the alleged patronage of the coach, but the appointment procedure is in the hands of superiors working at the headquarters in New Delhi. — Sanjeev Sharma, Director in charge, SAI Centre, Chandigarh
  • We have sent back the appointment as we already have a football coach. Only a female coach was required for gymnastics, so the appointment was accepted. If the Sports Authority of India will offer us a female football coach, we are ready to accept that appointment too. — Dr Dalwinder Singh, Director, Physical education, PU







Tennis tourney
CHART trainees in finals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 22
Chandigarh Academy for Rural Tennis (CHART) trainees of the CLTA continued to hog the limelight during the CLTA-AITA Talent Series (TS-3) Tennis Tournament being played here. In the semifinals of boys’ category, CHART trainee Shashikant drubbed CHART trainee Krishan Hooda.

In the first set, Shashikant used variation to win 6-2 but in the second set, Krishan took an early break and maintained the lead upto the ninth game. Coming back, Shashikant broke back and later in the tie-breaker Shashikant dominated and won 6-2 and 7-6 (2).

In the second semifinal, Bhupender Dahiya defeated Navneet 2-6, 6-3 and 6-0. Bhupender down by 2-6 in the first set, came back strongly and raced with a 3-0 lead. Navneet took next two games but Bhupender used his attacking forehand and claimed the set at 6-3. In the final set, Bhupender defeated Navneet without conceding a game at 6-0.

In the girls’ semifinal, CHART trainee sixth seed Princy Panchal defeated her practice partner Bindu Kulhria 6-3, 6-1 while in the second semifinals CHART trainee 8th seed Nikita Kharangra defeated unseeded Shamita Yadav 6-2, 6-1.

In the boys’ doubles, CHART trainees Krishan Hooda and Naresh Badgujar defeated Abhay Mohan and Jasmol Arora 6-2, 6-1 while Shashikant Rajput and Bhupender Dahiya defeated Sarabjot and Archit Juneja 6-2 and 6-1.


Boys’ singles quarterfinals: Navneet bt Rohit Malik 4-2, 4-1; Bhupender Dahiya bt Abhay Mohan 4-0, 4-0; Shashikant Rajput bt Naresh Badgujar 4-2, 2-4, 7-5; Krishan Hooda bt. [2]Shrut Mohan 4-0, 5-4(4). Boys’ singles semifinals: Bhupender Dahiya bt Navneet 2-6, 6-3, 6-0; Shashikant Rajput bt Krishan Hooda 6-2, 7-6(2). Girls’ singles semifinals: Princy Panchal bt Bindu Kulhria 6-3, 6-1; Nikita Kharangra bt Shamita Yadav 6-2, 6-1.


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