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Sector 26 traders up in arms
Gherao market committee office in protest against drive to check evasion of fee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
High drama prevailed in the Sector 26 vegetable and fruit market when commission agents, dealing in apples, gheraoed the office of the market committee in protest against a concerted drive by the market committee to check evasion of the market committee fee.
Traders of the vegetable and fruit market hold a protest in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Friday.
Traders of the vegetable and fruit market hold a protest in Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

While the traders were protesting against checking by officials, the latter said it was helping them check the evasion of the market fee. This was evident as the earnings of the committee had gone up in the past few days.

The traders also tried to block roads leading to the market. The protesters, led by Dinesh Mahajan, chairman of the market committee, claimed that the staff of the committee were harassing them on the pretext of checking the evasion of the market fee.

He claimed that despite being granted a “stay” by the Home Secretary against the suspension of the licence of his two firms by the secretary of the market committee, he was not being allowed to run his business.

The licence had been suspended for six months on the basis of the findings of a committee that probed the alleged evasion of the market fee by firms owned by the committee chairman. The orders were challenged before the Home Secretary.

“The market committee staff are forcing us not to run our business, stating that they have not received a copy of the stay orders,” said Kamal Mahajan, Dinesh Mahajan’s brother.

The situation was brought under control after Balbir Singh Dhol, joint secretary of the market committee, reached the spot and allowed Dinesh Mahajan to run his business from Mahajan Trading Company.

Later in the day, the secretary of the market committee, Mohammed Shayin, along with other officials reached the market to check officials who had been deputed for checking the evasion of the market fee. The market committee levies 2 per cent fee on the auction of agriculture Officials of the market committee said ever since the special checking had been started by the staff drawn from other branches of the district administration, the daily revenue had gone up. Against the previous daily sale of Rs 1.75 crore, the sales were now touching the Rs 3 crore mark, indicating evasion of the market fee earlier.

Mohammed Shayin said after getting complaints regarding the evasion of the market fee, officials of the rank of an SDM and other staff had been deputed to regularly check the evasion.



Babbar Khalsa posters in Sec 17 trigger panic
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
A few days after two leading businessmen of Sector 17 received an extortion letter from the Babbar Khalsa group, demanding Rs 31 lakh each as sewa (service), some unidentified miscreants, claiming to be from the Babbar Khalsa group, pasted posters in different parts of Sector 17, threatening people with dire consequences if they demanded dowry or were accused of rape.
One of the posters pasted near the Sector 17 football stadium in Chandigarh on Friday.
One of the posters pasted near the Sector 17 football stadium in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

The posters, written in Punjabi and English, have been pasted at public places to spread scare among people.

According to the posters, the group has introduced two laws of the “Sikh raj”. The posters state that any person demanding dowry or anyone having more than 101 guests in a wedding will face dire consequences and the person and his family will be assassinated. The rape accused will also have to face similar punishment.

The miscreants have warned the public against approaching the police. While the police claim that it is the handiwork of some miscreants, the posters have spread panic among people visiting Sector 17. The SHO of the Sector 17 police station, Dilsher Singh Chandel, said they had started an investigation into the case. “It seems somebody has played mischief,” he said.

Both the extortion letter and the posters pasted by the group carry the name of Palvinder Singh Heera, raising suspicion that the same people are involved in both cases.

A case under Section 505 1b (with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm among the public, or among any section of the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against the state or against public tranquility) of the IPC and under the Prevention of Defacement of Property West Bengal Act — 1946 has been registered at the Sector 17 police station. 



KK Sharma to be Goa Chief Secy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
The Adviser to the UT Administrator, KK Sharma, has been posted as the Chief Secretary of Goa. He will replace B Vijayan, who retires on September 30. A 1983 batch IAS officer, Sharma had joined the UT in April 2011. The formal orders of Sharma’s new place of posting are expected in a day or two.

Sources said the names of three senior IAS officers were doing the rounds for the post of Adviser.

Vijay Kumar Dev, a 1987 batch IAS officer, is likely to replace Sharma as the UT Adviser.

The decision is expected soon as KK Sharma is likely to join his new assignment in October.



P’kula Assembly seat
Parties play the community card
INLD’s Goyal richest candidate
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 26
With the candidates of the BJP, the Congress and the INLD, all belonging to the Aggarwal community, filing their nomination papers for the Panchkula Assembly seat during the past two days, it appears the elections are being fought on community lines instead of issues.

The INLD was the first to field Kulbhushan Goyal from the seat. The BJP fielded Gian Chand Gupta. Not to be left behind, the Congress fielded DK Bansal from the same community.

The Haryana Janhit Congress candidate, Ravinder Rawal, who was once a close aide of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, belongs to the Punjabi community.

“The nearly 45,000 votes of the Aggarwal community are likely to be divided among the three candidates belonging to the community. All three major parties have on purpose fielded candidates from the same community,” said a political analyst. The Baniya community has over 40,000 votes while the Punjabi community has over 50,000 votes.

Of the three candidates from the Baniya community, Kulbhushan Goyal has emerged as the richest candidate with his assets and those of his wife valued around Rs 52.70 crore. The assets include movable and immovable property.

The total value of Goyal’s movable assets, including shares in various companies, is Rs 13.82 crore while those of his wife is Rs 5.13 crores. This also includes gold and diamond jewellery. Though Goyal has gold worth Rs 85,410 only, his wife has jewellery worth Rs 62.89 lakh. He has diamonds worth Rs 2.5 lakh while his wife was diamonds worth Rs 2.40 lakh.

Goyal’s immovable assets are worth Rs 32.16 crore while those of his wife are worth Rs 1.57 crore.

The second richest candidate is BJP’s Gian Chand Gupta with his assets and those of his wife valued around Rs 11 crore. Gupta had filed his nomination papers yesterday.

The third richest candidate is Panchkula MLA DK Bansal of the Congress. He has movable assets worth Rs 5.48 crore while his wife Pooja Bansal’s movable assets are valued around Rs 36.74 lakh. Bansal’s immovable assets are valued around Rs 2.23 crore and those of his wife Rs 30 lakh.


Auction of Sites
GMADA nets Rs 71 cr
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 26
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) earned a revenue of around Rs 71 crore at an auction of sites held here today. The development authority was able to dispose of 26 of the 52 sites put to auction.

The response to the GMADA auction was much better as compared to the earlier auctions held some months ago.

Out of the four institutional sites put to auction, GMADA was able to dispose of two. A site for a school in Sector 78, measuring 15923.6 sq yd and having a reserve price of Rs 15,92,36,000, was sold for Rs 16,15,25,000. Similarly, a site for a nursing home in Sector 70, measuring 1282.1 sq yd, was sold for Rs 7,11,000,00 against the reserve price of Rs 5, 89,51,000. However, a hotel site in Sector 56 and another nursing home site in Sector 69 were kept pending by the authorities.

All three booth sites in Sector 55 were sold. Even four SCF sites in Sector 64 were disposed of. However, three SCF sites in Sector 63 could not be sold.

Shalinder Anand, chairman of the Property Consultants Association, said the auction attracted a good response. This would give a boost to real estate in the area.

On September 19 , the Estate Officer (Plots), had held a meeting with representatives of property dealers’ associations to discuss various matters related to the auction.

The Estate Officer, Inderjit Kaur Kang, had stated in the meeting that GMADA had fixed the rates of various sites included in the auction keeping in mind the pulse of the market.



Afghan rabab player Sadozai brings alive Sufi music
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
Rabab player Utsad Daud Khan Sadozai from Afghanistan accompanied with percussionist professor Parmajit Singh performed at Sector 5 at an event organised by Max, Chandigarh.
Sufi musician Ustad Dadu Khan Sadozai from Afghanistan plays Kabuli Rabab in Sector 5, Chandigarh, on Friday.
Sufi musician Ustad Dadu Khan Sadozai from Afghanistan plays Kabuli Rabab in Sector 5, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Sadozai’s soulful performance captivated the audience and hearts. Dressed to the nines for the evening in his folk attire, the robabist kept the evening’s momentum going with his renditions.

Sadozai who is an internationally acclaimed sufi musician, from Kabul has performed across the globe, and was honoured twice in India in 1988 and 1995 with the Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan award.

It’s was not only his power-packed soulful recital that caught the minds and souls of the spectators but even his instruments that had been heavily decorated with beads and coloured mirrors that caught the eyes of all.

The whole essence and authenticity of the dying instrument, Rabab that Guru Nanak had specially designed for his Muslim companion Bhai Mardana was brought on the stage alive again.The 60 minutes performance left the audiences spellbound as the duo musicians enthralled them. The evening ended on a high sufi note.



Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
Six-day cleanliness drive begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
The Engineering Department of the Chandigarh Administration today started a six-day long drive to clean roads under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Campaign.

Roads falling under the jurisdiction of the Engineering Department have been divided in four sections, each section is being headed by two Assistant Engineers /Junior Engineer with supervisory staff and working staff. The cleaning campaign will cover the area along the main roads and village roads.

The road cleaning work has been started from the UT boundary with Zirakpur , Panchkula and Mullanpur sides. 



Now, face-saving exercise by councillors
Post photographs of tour on social networking sites
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
A day after high drama was witnessed at the MC House meeting over the study tour, councillors, who were part of the tour have now started face-saving exercise.

The Study tour had generated a lot of buzz for overshooting the sanctioned expenditure as family members of several councillors joined the trip.

Today, some of the councillors posted those photos of the tour in which the councillors were meeting their counterparts and officials of the Kolkata MC, on social networking sites. Some of the councillors and their supporters even circulated such 
photos on whatsapp tojustify that it was not a leisure trip.

BJP Councillor Satinder Singh, who had raised questions on the study tour, said such attempts were only a face-saving exercise.

According to the information gathered by him, in the nine days study tour, thecouncillors out of 216 hours only worked for four hours.

How can they say that it was a study tour? It was only a leisure tour and was a waste of public money, he said.

On the other side, Congress Councillor Subhash Chawla, who was part of the study tour said city residents should also know that the councillors were actually working during study tour, therefore he posted such photos of the study tour on the social networking site.

Yesterday, in the MC House meeting, the councillors who were part of the study tour had submitted that there was no wastage of public money and the councillors bore the expenses of their family members.

The MC has spent Rs 28 lakh on the tour, which was scheduled from August 31 to September 9, to Port Blair, Chennai and Kolkata.

Out of 216 hrs, they only worked for four hours

According to the information gathered by BJP Councillor Satinder Singh, who had raised questions on the study tour, said in the nine days study tour, thecouncillors out of 216 hours only worked for four hours. How can they say that it was a study tour? It was only a leisure tour and was a waste of public money, he said. 



60 yrs on, Chaturvedi family enjoys staging Ramlila
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
Chaturvedi family from Mathura has dedicated over six decades to staging of Ramlila, across the country, for they claim that it is the love for the transcendental drama that makes them enact it again and again and pass on the baton to their next generation.

The family of 40 members comprising three generations which is in the city, to stage Ramlila at Sector 27 claimed that all male members in their family, have never taken any training or rehearsed their roles but have always been at the forefront to man the harmonium or don the greasepaint, as they are devoted to the tradition.A marketing manager of a diagnostics centre in Mathura, Vijay Chaturvedi (34), who will essay the role of Ravan this year, said, “Since my early teenage days I have been travelling every year with my family across the country to stage Ramlila, we have staged Ramlila in Delhi, Mumbai, and in almost every corner of Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. For us it is more of a family affair now.”What makes the family really unique is that till date they stage the story of the king of Ayodhya as they did 60 years ago.

Pandit Shamsundar who narrates the Ramayan and explains the mythological epic, said, “My elder brothers Shankarlal and Shivlal were honoured by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1982. Even film directors have appreciated our dedication. In the four hours that we perform not even once do we drop the curtain.”He further adds, “In our family only unmarried male members play the role of Ram.”Such is the dedication of the family that they not only enact Ramlila but right from the make up, to designing of the sets of the stage they do it all by themselves.ne of the youngest member of the family, Deepak (13), who is playing the role of Sita this year said, “ Ramlila runs in our blood. Our family’s only motive is to spread the message of Lord Ram, we are firm believers of his teachings, and we will continue
this tradition in all the times to come.”



INLD supporters paint the town green
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

INLD candidate Kulbhushan Goyal; and (right) Congress candidate DK Bansal during the filing of their nominations in Panchkula on Friday.
INLD candidate Kulbhushan Goyal; and (right) Congress candidate DK Bansal during the filing of their nominations in Panchkula on Friday. Tribune Photos: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, September 26
On the second day of Navratras, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) candidate Kulbhushan Goyal, Congress candidate DK Bansal, and Independent candidates Hem Singh and Harinder Saini filed their nominations in Panchkula. The others were covering candidates.

Before filing nominations, as a show of strength, INLD supporters painted the town green and took out a rally with over 200 cars and 150 bikes. The workers and supporters, in a large number, first assembled at the Sector 5 office of the INLD and then took out a road show.

Goyal said Panchkula had been ignored in the past one decade. He was committed for providing better civic amenities and more job opportunities to youths.

MLA DK Bansal also filed his nomination papers amid drum beats at the SDM office. Over 200 persons accompanied him. He also performed a “havan” at his party office before filing his nominations. Gian Chand Gupta had already filed his nominations yesterday. 

Prominent persons accompanied Goyal

Besides a large number of supporters, prominent among those who accompanied Goyal were INLD National General Secretary RS Choudhary, district president Manoj Aggarwal, prominent businesspersons Kewal Garg, Balkishan Singla, and Tejpal Gupta.

Ravinder Rawal to file papers today

On Thursday, five persons, including Independent candidates, filed their nomination papers. Rest of them were covering candidates. Ravinder Rawal will be filing his nomination on Saturday.



Husband forced me to convert: Woman
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 26
In perhaps the first-of-its-kind case of “Love Jihad”, an 18-year-old woman lodged a complaint with the local police that a man, after marrying her, forced her to convert her religion.

The victim, a resident of Sector 21 here, said the man, identified as Salim, changed his name and allegedly married her. In her complaint, she told the police that the accused took her with him and raped her. He forced her to convert to the minority community.

Inspector Baljeet Singh, Station House Officer of the Sector 5 police station, said: “We have lodged a case under Section 376 and other sections of forcible conversion of community.”

The police said they were verifying the statements of the woman.



Tourism week celebrations begin today
Department plans to promote city as weekend tourist destination
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
In order to make Chandigarh a prominent city on tourism map, the UT Tourism Department has planned to promote the city as a weekend tourist destination of the region.

While stating about the plans in the pipeline for the promotion of the city, Kashish Mittal, Director Tourism, Chandigarh, said: “On the lines of the western tourism, where special packages are made in order to tap larger number of tourists, we are also planning to make standard packages for students, foreigners and architects.”

He said the city would also be hosting more cultural festival series, including carnival, film festival and others.

Kashish Mittal said in an effort to promote tourism, the department and STEPS would be celebrating the annual event, “World Tourism Week”, from September 27 to September 30.

He said the week-long celebrations this time would spread to Southern sectors. To involve youth of the city, the DPI (Schools) had been instructed to inform the schools to send students to take part in the Run for Tourism activity.

He said the celebrations would provide an ample opportunity to visitors and residents of the tricity to participate in a variety of events and activities, which would promote Chandigarh as a happening city and a hub of tourism and culture in the region.

The officials said during the celebrations, various activities, including, morning raga, Bollywood Nite featuring Javed Ali, photography exhibition, Sham-e-Qawwali and others, will be conducted.

They said to facilitate the tourists, visitors and the residents of the tricity, a variety of attractions, concessions and incentives will also be offered.



Hookah bars banned in Mohali district
Ban order to remain in force till November 28, says Deputy Commissioner
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 26
Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, Mohali, has banned the functioning of hookah bars in the district. The ban order will remain in force till November 28.

Sidhu said it had been brought to his notice by the Civil Surgeon that a number of hookah bars functioning in the district were serving tobacco molasses containing nicotine, which were highly injurious to health.

He said such molasses were also being given to minors. It was suspected that at times, apart from tobacco, other harmful substances were also mixed with tobacco molasses and were served at these bars.

The Deputy Commissioner said the ban had been imposed in view of the general health and interests of the public and to ensure in particular that school and college-going students and minors did not become a victim of substances that were extremely harmful to health.



Conference on head and neck oncology

chandigarh, September 26
The 14th national conference of the Foundation for Head & Neck oncology (FHNO) observed about 300 delegates from all over the country who registered for this scientific event. 

The conference opened with presentation of videos showing surgical procedures for head and neck cancer being performed by the experienced surgeons. Dr Bruce Haughey from the Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, US, delivered Dr LH Hiranandani oration and talked in detail about the technique and results of trans oral laser surgery, which is associated with less morbidity and complications of surgery done for the cancers of the oral cavity. — TNS



GITBP society to hold poll on October 15
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
The election of the GITBP Employees’ Coop Salary Earners Thrift and Credit Society Limited, Chandigarh, to elect 21 members of its managing committee will be held on October 15.

As per the election programme, on October 14, nomination papers can be filed from 10am to 11am, scrutiny of papers from 11am to 12noon, withdrawal of papers from 12 noon to 12.30pm, and allotment of symbols will be done from 12.30pm to 1pm.

On October 15, the election (if necessary) will be held from 10am to 1pm, and the counting of votes and the results will be declared at 1.30pm onwards. The election will be held at the registered office of the society at the GITBP, Industrial Area-I, Chandigarh.



Safai karamcharis administered vaccine
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
The Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, today continued the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ and removed garbage from various sectors.

MC officials removed garbage and malba from road berms in Sector 7 and 8.

MC Commissioner VP Singh also launched a Hepatitis B vaccination campaign from Civil Dispensary, Sector 19, under which MC safai karamcharis vaccinated against Hepatitis B.



Sealing of godowns in Daria village
Tandon writes to Home Minister
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
BJP state president Sanjay Tandon has written a letter to the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, pointing out the arbitrary action of the Chandigarh Administration in demolishing and sealing the construction of godowns of villagers in the villages which are situated beyond the lal dora.

Tandon also demanded that directions be given to the Administration to stop the the demolition drive and sealing process immediately and find asolution to redress the grievances of the villagers so that they are releaved.

BJP general secretary Prem Kaushik reiterated that the Chandigarh Administration was demolishing the construction sites of godowns and sealing the housed of the villagers in the villages which are situated beyond the lal dora. Due to the arbitrary action of the Administration, the villagers were inconvenienced. He informed that before sending the letter today, he discussed the matter with Rajnath Singh over the phone. 



Panchkula-Yamunanagar highway
Motorists hit as Kot village residents block highway

Panchkula, September 26
A traffic congestion was witnessed this morning on the Panchkula-Yamunanagar highway when villagers of Kot village blocked the route alleging police inaction. The jam continued for about two hours.

Hundreds of villagers staged a protest against the police stating that the police let off thieves who had stolen their buffaloes and cattle.

The SHO of the Chandimandir police station, Inspector Arvind Kumar said, “We had sorted out the matter with the villagers. They had some misunderstanding.”The villagers alleged that the thieves who were going in a pick-up after stealing their buffalos were caught by them. However, when they called the police, the police let them off. Commuters were a harassed lot. — TNS



Two new cases of dengue reported
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
Two new cases of dengue have been reported bringing the total number to three this season.

One case was reported from a hostel in Sector 15. A PGI employee and resident of Dadu Majra also contracted dengue. Both the cases were diagnosed at thePGI.Two weeks ago, a resident of sector 29 contracted dengue.The first case this season was reported recently.



75 units of blood collected

Chandigarh, September 26
The annual blood donation camp was organised by the Markfed Blood Trust in association with the Rotary and Blood Bank Society Resource Centre, Sector 37, on the Markfed head office premises on Friday. 

Bal Mukand Sharma, executive director, Markfed, organised the camp. As many as 75 units of blood were donated on the occasion. — TNS



‘ArchiBuild 2014’ begins

The three-day exhibition on architecture, building materials and technologies, ‘ArchiBuild 2014’, being jointly organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Chandigarh-Punjab chapter was thrown open for the public on Friday at Himachal Bhawan, Chandigarh.

Siemens’ store opened

Siemens Home Appliances on Friday inaugurated their first exclusive retail brand store in Sector 22 in Chandigarh. The store displays the brand’s built-in and free-standing appliances.

Decathlon store inaugurated

Decathlon, a sports mega-mall, was formally launched at North Country Mall in Mohali. Decathlon, a French brand, on Friday formally opened its third store in Punjab.

AirAsia offers packages

AirAsia India is offering all inclusive fare from as low as Rs 690 from Bengaluru to Chennai/Kochi/Goa and Rs 2,390 from Bengaluru to Jaipur and Chandigarh. This offer is also available on AirAsia Berhad and Thai AirAsia flights.

Food bloggers’ meet

JW Marriott in association with Zomato, organised a meet-up of the city’s food bloggers at Saffron, the Indian fine dining restaurant. Over 15 food bloggers from across the city attended the event, to discuss their shared love for food and swap tales of their respective culinary journeys.

Marquee collection

Vero Moda has taken the style game a notch higher by collaborating with Karan Johar to create the Vero Moda Marquee collection. This occasion-wear line has been created keeping in mind styles that will resonate with the latest trends. The Vero Moda Marquee collection designed by Karan Johar comprises stylish separates and ensembles, which are opulent yet functional. — TNS



syndicate meeting
Students, cops clash at PU
Violence breaks out as students try to enter Admn Block to submit memo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
A minor clash broke out between activists of the student parties, Panjab University security staff and police personnel outside the Administrative Block where a Syndicate meeting was underway on Friday evening.

The student leaders entered into a heated argument with the security staff when the former tried to enter the Administrative Block to submit a memorandum.

The police personnel and security staff, who were deployed for the Syndicate meeting, had a tough time dealing with the student leaders for about half an hour.

Following an assurance by the authorities that the issue would be resolved, the student leaders and members withdrew their protest. The students demanded that the BE and MBA students of UIET be allowed to take part in placement drives.

They also demanded that as the authorities had discontinued the dual course, students in the second or final year should be given an opportunity to opt for one of them.

President of student council, Divyanshu Bhudhiraja, decided to submit a memorandum in this regard to the Syndicate members and later held a protest when the authorities denied taking up the issue.

Surprisingly, all other student parties also joined in the protest to raise their demands.

After the issue was resolved, all student parties took credit that it was due to their efforts that the matter had been resolved. 


* The students demanded that the BE and MBA students of UIET be allowed to participate in placement drives.

* They also demanded that as the PU authorities had discontinued the dual course, students in the second or final year should be given an opportunity to opt for one of them.



Orientation on UDISE data held

Chandigarh, September 26
A six-day orientation training programme on Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE) Data Capturing Format got underway at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, today.

The school authorities informed that UDISE captures data related to particulars of a school, enrolment of students and their performance, teachers, infrastructure and other educational aspects. The function was presided over by Deputy Director School Education-I Chanchal Singh, and Saroj Mittal, DDSE II.

Dinesh Kaushik, MIS Coordinator, SSA, trained the participants in the methodology of filling in the UDISE data capture format, making the participants aware about the common errors committed by the respondents in filling forms. — TNS



Protesting teachers rounded up
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 26
At least 45 computer teachers staging a protest in support of their demands were picked up by the police here today. The teachers were protesting outside the office of the Director-General School Education, located on the premises of the Punjab School Education Board in Phase VIII.

The police first picked up Parminder Singh and state president of teachers’ body Gurvinder Singh. This was resisted by the other protesters.

The police then rounded up all protesters and took them to the Phase VIII police station where they staged a dharna and also raised slogans.

They were charged under Sections 107 and 151 of the CrPC.

As many as 38 of them were presented before SDM Lakhmir Singh, who remanded them in judicial custody till October 2. They were sent to a jail in Nabha.

The teachers’ demands include the regularisation of the services and bringing them under the Education Department unconditionally.

The protesters said they also had not been receiving their salaries regularly.



Varsity nullifies poll of 19 department representatives
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
Panjab University today nullified the elections of 19 department representatives (DR) of nine departments who had not submitted their election expenditure accounts to the election officer of the DR elections.

A notice has been issued to all DRs that as they had not submitted the expenditure details in a stipulated time, their election had been nullified by the PU authorities.

As per the Lyngdoh Committee guidelines, all the DRs who had contested the elections, were to submit their election expenditure to the Dean Student Welfare (DSW). The election of the UIET Department, which has the highest number of four DRs, has been nullified as none of the candidates submitted their election expenditure details to the DSW office.

DSW Navdeep Goyal confirmed that notices had been issued to all departments whose DRs had not submitted their election expenditure details.

He said. “The last date of filing the election expenditure was September 19 but all these 19 DRs did not submit the same.”

He said the candidates were given three more days to submit their expenditure, for which a communication was also sent to the departments but no response was given by them. He said there would be no re-election in these departments and the DRs would now be nominated.

University records revealed that in 41 departments, there was unanimous selection of DR in departments, while in 22 departments, the elections were conducted for 52 DRs on the campus.

The Physics Department, PU, which has a strength of 523 students unanimously elected its four DRs. 



Students start cleanliness drive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
Doon International School organised a cleanliness drive to make the students aware about personal cleanliness and to keep their surroundings clean.

The students cleaned the premises with brooms.

The students also organised a rally to Sector 69 on spreading awareness which was flagged off by the school director CS Mann.

The students motivated the residents to plant trees to keep the surroundings clean. 



Dhanwantary college
Ayurveda students get chance
Panjab University will hold exam for the 2012-13 batch students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
The students of Sri Dhanwantary Ayurvedic College of the 2012-13 batch today got a sigh of relief as Panjab University allowed them to appear in the examinations to be conducted by it.

This decision was taken in the Syndicate meeting held here today under the chairmanship of PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover.

The issue had been hanging fire for almost a year as the university, in March this year, decided not to conduct the examination of Dhanwantary students from the 2008 to 2013 batches.

Records revealed that a report of the committee constituted by the university under the chairmanship of DVS Jain, a nominated Senator of PU, had also recommended the conduct of exams of all batches which was tabled in March.

In March, the university authorities had tabled a Government of India’s communication depicting that as the PU had given affiliation to the 2010-11 batch, the permission to conduct the exams will be given.

The Syndicate members had objected that when the university had not affiliated the college, how the GOI had given permission to hold the exams?

Other issues approved at Syndicate meet

* The Syndicates approved the hike in the rent of guest houses which includes PU guest house, golden jubilee, faculty house, teacher holiday home in Shimla. As per the fresh rates, the authorities will now charge Rs 150 per day which was earlier Rs 75. For guests, the charges will be Rs 600 rather than the earlier Rs 300.

* The Syndicate today approved the provision of Rs 75 lakh to provide tuition fees to needy students on the campus. The Syndicate approved the recommendations of the Board of Finance meeting held on September 5. The next Syndicate meeting will be held on October 26.



PU research scholars can now get loan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
The University Grants Commission (UGC) research scholars at Panjab University will get a diwali bonanza from the authorities. With the efforts of PU Vice Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover, the research scholars will now get a personal loan.

In a first-of-its-kind offer made to any university in the country, the State Bank of Patiala (SBP) officers met the PU VC on Friday and handed over the SBP proposal of launching a ‘Personal loan scheme for research scholars of PU’.

For the past one year, the PU VC has been trying to arrange the loan for the UGC research scholars so that they did not suffer due to the late release of funds from the UGC.

PU Research Promotion Cell will discuss the proposal with the research scholar representatives before the final approval.

The loan amount will be granted to the UGC-selected research scholars of PU to meet the financial needs during the intervening period between the commencement of research and release of grant by the UGC.

Indian nationals, who had secured admission in PU for research and had been recommended by PU, would be eligible for the scheme.

It is learnt that Rs 1.5 lakh is the maximum loan amount, which would be disbursed in 12 equal instalments of the sanctioned loan with a maximum limit of Rs 12,500.

The bank has proposed that students should pay 13 per cent rate of interest per annum. As per the proposal, PU would facilitate the process of getting the loan sanctioned to its research scholars and it would also execute the third party guarantee.

first-of-its-kind offer

* Personal loan scheme for research scholars of PU has been started by the State Bank of Patiala.

* Indian nationals doing research in Panjab University wil be eligible for the scheme.

* It is learnt that Rs 1.5 lakh is the maximum loan amount, which will be disbursed in 12 equal instalments, with a maximum limit of Rs 12,500.



UIHMT students ‘Run for Tourism’

Students of the UIHMT take part in a run for tourism at Panjab University on Friday.
Students of the UIHMT take part in a run for tourism at Panjab University on Friday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari 

Chandigarh, September 26
As part of the World Tourism Day celebrations, students of the University Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism (UIHMT), Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Friday organised a Run for Tourism.

It was flagged off by the Director, UIHMT, Prof RK Gupta. Students took a round of the university campus and encouraged the students to participate in community activities. The run ended at the Gandhi Bhawan, where students took part in a blood donation camp. The camp was held by the UIHMT in collaboration with the Department of Gandhian and Peace Studies and the Rotary Club. — TNS



Experts discuss Indo-China ties
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
Lack of knowledge about the culture and language had become a reason of conflict between India and China. This was stated by the former Governor of Chhattisgarh, Shekhar Dutt, while delivering a key note address on the National Day of China on the topic ‘Vision from history and geography of India and China’ at Panjab University today.

He said, “The officials of both countries are usually unaware about the dialect, culture or trends of each other. Resultantly, there are no talks between the two nations.”

On the National Day of China, the Punjab and Chandigarh chapter of the India China Friendship Association organised the talk.

While referring to the phrase that we should be in the shoes of the person and then think what they believe, he said, “India should examine the situation of China through their prospective and not according to their own situation.”

Meanwhile, former Punjab Governor Lt Gen (retd) BKN Chhibber also presided over the function. 



Manav Mangal principal felicitated
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 26
Sandeep Sardana, principal of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, was felicitated with the prestigious Rashtriya Vidya Saraswati Puraskar on the occasion of National Seminar in Individual Achievements and National Development held at New Delhi.

The award ceremony was held at the Deputy Speaker Hall, Constitution Club of India, New Delhi. The award was presented by Ambassador VB Soni, former Ambassador of India to 10 countries.

The honour was conferred on him for his excellence in academics and field of community service. The event was organised by the Global Society for Health and Educational Growth.

This award is constituted to honour individuals who had made a substantial contribution for the development of India.

Individuals who had been contributing towards the uplift of the girl child, rural education promotion and various other activities concerning community services were also honoured.

Sardar Joginder Singh, former director, CBI; Major Ved Prakesh, secretary of the AICC; Anees Durrani, secretary of the AICC; PC Nainwal, former vice-chairman Uttarakhand Prawasi Coordination and Welfare Advisory Committee, were the other dignitaries which were present on the occasion.



pu & college notes
Lecture on stem cells

The Departments of Botany, Zoology & MFT in collaboration with the Society for Promotion of Science and Technology in India organised a lecture on “stem cells: what we need to know?” The lecture was addressed by Dr Sanjeev Puri, Department of Biochemistry, Panjab University. He highlighted the concept, merits, techniques and ethical issues associated with it.

Scholarship scheme

The Aryans Group of Colleges, Chandigarh, launched a special scholarship scheme for the wards of Army personnel on Friday. General JJ Singh, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (retd) (ex-Army Chief) and former Governor, Arunachal Pradesh, was the chief guest on the occasion. Under this special scheme, 50 students will be benefitted who would get 50 per cent scholarship in various courses being offered at Aryans that include BTech, MBA, BBA, BCA, Polytechnic Diploma, GNM, BA, B.Com, +1 (non-medical).

Training programme

A two-day mediation training programme under the aegis of the mediation and conciliation centre of the Punjab and Haryana High Court commenced at University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), Panjab University, on Friday. The programme, being held for the fifth-semester students of the UILS, is being attended by 180 students.

Expert dwells on hair disorders

Tricity’s famous dermatologist and dermato-laser surgeon Dr Vikas Sharma, National Skin Hospital, Mansa Devi Complex, on Friday advised students of Dev Samaj College, Sector 45, Chandigarh, to get skin and hair disorders diagnosed early in order to avoid irreversible complications. Skin and hair disorders are on the rise in college-going students in the age group of 17-23 years. — TNS



from schools
Special dance organised

Chandigarh: A special dance assembly was organised at the Tribune Model School on the occasion of the Navratras. The assembly commenced with the lighting of the lamp and a prayer. The dance drama was an amalgamation of the Nritya Natika on Durga Mahishasur Vadh of the east and Garba and Dandiya of the west. A special dance performance “Dhunuchi nach” was also showcased by the students.

Fairy tale festival

The pre-primary wing of DPS, Chandigarh, organised a ‘Fairy tale festival’ on its campus. As many as 820 tiny-tots from Nursery to Class II participated in the mega event. On the occasion, principal Dewan said, “The concept of mass participation is emphasised upon to ensure that every student is nurtured to perfection and groomed into a well-rounded and wholesome personality.”

Cleanliness rally

A cleanliness rally was taken out by the students of Government Senior Secondary School, Khudda Lahora. The eco club students, NSS volunteers, scouts, guides and Red Cross volunteers lead the rally. Sarpanch of the village, Rakesh Sharma, flagged off the rally. Principal Asha Rani motivated them to keep their surroundings clean.

Healthy tiffin competition

St. Joseph’s Sr Secondary School organised a healthy tiffin competition for the pre KG students. The children participated with zeal as their lunch boxes contained healthy food in various forms such as fruits, salad, vegetables, sprouted grains, healthy drinks etc. The winners were adjudged on the basis of the nutritional value of the meal and its presentation.

Grandparents Day

Oakridge International School celebrated Grandparents Day on the campus. The school authorities claimed that the event was organised to celebrate the importance of relationships across generations. To mark the event, a fancy dress competition was held. School principal Pranjala Das said since many parents preferred nuclear families, children did not learn to value the presence of their grandparents.

Students bring laurels

Mohali: Shivam Chaudhary, Hrithik Khurana and Gaganjot Kaur, students of Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, have been awarded the certificate of merit for obtaining Grade A1 in all five subjects opted by them in the All India Secondary School Examination, 2014. — TNS



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