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Robbers target Mohali family
Enter retired Col’s house and decamp with gold ornaments after attacking members
Tribune News Service

The police look for clues near the house in Phase X, Mohali, on Monday. tribune photos: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, October 13
In yet another robbery in Mohali, six robbers, armed with knives, cutters and a toy pistol, targeted a house in Phase X and decamped with gold ornaments after beating up family members.
The incident took place around 8.30 pm when the robbers entered house number 2035 in Phase X, owned by Col Lajbir Singh Makan (retd), who had gone to the USA.

Makan’s two businessmen sons Hardeep and Harpreet stay in the house with their families.

According to family members, Hardeep had gone to the market along with his son when the robbers entered the house and beat up their servant, Rupesh, who was cooking on the ground floor. They then hit Hardeep’s wife Simrat. The robbers snatched a gold bangle, a chain and two rings from Simrat, the family members said.

After hearing a commotion, Harpreet and his wife Gaganbir, who were residing on the first floor, came down. The robbers locked them inside a room at “gunpoint”. Within a few minutes, Hardeep also returned from the market. Sensing trouble, the robbers attacked Hardeep and fled from the house, a Mohali police official said.

Though the family members said the robbers also fired gunshots, the police did not recover any bullet shells from the spot.

Mohali SP GS Grewal said robbers had used a toy gun and could be migrants.

Robbers appeared to be drunk: Family members

According to the family members, the robbers appeared to be scared while they were snatching gold ornaments. “They were speaking Hindi and were clean shaven youths,” Simrat said. A police official said the family members told them that the robbers were drunk.



Panjab varsity set to adopt CGPA for semester system
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Panjab University is going to adopt the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) for students enrolled under the semester system this year. The issue was raised at a recent meeting of all chairpersons with Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover. The VC instructed all departments to adopt the CGPA in their respective departments.

Sources said the examination branch was asked to adopt the CGPA for the semester system. A proposal in this regard had been mooted earlier. Some departments in the university have already adopted the CGPA, but it is yet to be implemented in all departments and colleges affiliated to the university.

The VC asked the examination branch to work out the modalities of the CGPA and also take reference from the CBSE to adopt this system in the university and colleges for students under the semester system.

PU Controller of Examinations Parvinder Singh said the first phase of implementing the semester system in all colleges was over and the examination branch had started working out the modalities to adopt the CGPA for the semester system. He said a senior official of the university had been requested to draft a proposal for the CGPA calculations so that it could be implemented from the next session.

He said the examination branch would upload 15 frequently asked questions by students on the Panjab university website to make it student friendly. 

How the CGPA is calculated

  • The CGPA is the calculation of the average of all grades of a student achieved during his/her period of study.



JERC fixes solar power tariff at Rs 6.80 per unit
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
On the review application filed by the UT Department of Science and Technology, the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) today revised the solar power tariff and fixed it at Rs 6.80 per unit (KWh).

Earlier, the JERC had approved the sale of solar power to the UT Electricity Department at Rs 1.13 per unit against the Rs 8.75 per unit which the Chandigarh Renewable Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST) had demanded in a petition.

The Department of Science and Technology had challenged the order and filed a review petition.

Santosh Kumar, Director, Science and Technology Department and CEO, CREST, says, “The UT has installed and commissioned rooftop SPV plants having an overall capacity of 2.2 MW on 50 government buildings. Another 3 MW SPV plants are in the process of being installed. We plan to install another 10 MW SPV plants over the next seven years. This year, rooftop SPV plants on 35 government schools are being installed”.

“The JERC order is a welcome step and will help convert the Chandigarh into a model solar city,” he said.

The JERC, in its order, directed the UT Science and Technology Department to create a separate fund for the collection of the returns generated from the rooftop projects under consideration. Separate accounts should be maintained for this fund. The fund would be maintained and utilised by the department for promoting programmes related to renewable energy generation/energy efficiency in Chandigarh.

Earlier in its petition filed last year with the commission, CREST had sought permission from the JERC to sell power to the UT Electricity Department at Rs 8.75 per unit. However, the JERC had fixed the solar tariff Rs 1.13 per unit.

Cost of installing SPV plant

Roughly, a 1 kWp SPV plant requires a 100 sq ft shade-free rooftop area and the cost is around Rs 1 lakh and Rs 1.3 lakh (off grid with battery). The higher the size of the plant, the proportionate cost will come down. As much as 30 per cent subsidy on the capital cost is available now.



Parking row turns violent
Guards thrash man who was in hurry to rush baby to GMCH
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
A resident of Burail, Manoj, was allegedly beaten up by security guards at the GMCH, Sector 32, following arguments over the wrong parking of a scooter. The incident took place at around 8.30 am today.

In a hurry to take his three-month-old daughter to the Emergency at the hospital, Manoj parked his scooter improperly and did not ask for the parking slip. The baby had reportedly fallen sick yesterday and was declared brought dead at the hospital. Traumatised, as Manoj stepped out of the hospital, he was told that his scooter had been towed away.

When he asked for the reason, he was allegedly ridiculed by security guards. As he tried to retaliate, he was allegedly beaten up and sustained bruises, he told the police. Manoj called up the police control room following which a policeman took him to a doctor inside the Emergency. He was later informed that it was a medico-legal case and the baby’s body could not be released without a post-mortem.

“They (security guards) thrashed him and tried to lodge a counter case of assault on him. The baby’s condition was critical. In a hurry, we didn’t realise that we had to take a parking slip as our entire focus was on rushing the baby to the doctor,” said Manoj’s relative Sunil.

No complaint received: SHO

The SHO of the Sector 34 police station, Ranjeet Singh Dhillon, said, “We have not received any written complaint from the family.”

Scooter was parked at wrong place: MS

The Medical Superintendent (MS), Dr AK Janmeja said, “During a preliminary inquiry, we found that the scooter was parked at the wrong place and the in charge of security reported about an assault on security guards. However, we will look further into the case to find out what exactly happened.”

Baby declared brought dead

The baby had reportedly fallen sick on Sunday and was declared brought dead at the hospital. 



Road rage lands policemen, youths at police station 
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 13
In a case of road rage, Chandigarh policemen landed at the Chandimandir police station in Panchkula after they had a scuffle with two youths over the overtaking of a car near the Morni T-point.
Four constables of the Chandigarh police were on their way back from Morni when they had a scuffle with the youths near the T-point late last night.

The SHO of the Chandimandir police station, Inspector Arvind Kumar, said, “The constables were in a Swift car. They had gone on a leisure trip to Morni.”

He said, “The two youths were from Morni and were on the way to Panchkula when they overtook the policemen’s vehicle.” Following this, the constables intercepted the youths’ car.

Heated arguments followed and soon turned into a scuffle following which a passerby called up the police. The constables allegedly thrashed the two youths. The youths were summoned to the police station today.

“The two sides reached a compromise when they were called to the police station by the investgating officer,” said the SHO.



misuse of property
Orders to seal portion of MP’s ancestral house
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The UT Estate Officer has ordered the sealing of a portion of the ancestral house of Member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher in Sector 8 here.

The sealing orders have been passed by the court of the Land Acquisition Collector (LAC), who exercises the powers of the Estate Officer, in a case of misuse of a portion of the property in the possession of the MP’s widowed sister-in-law, Gurindesh Sandhu.

In the orders issued a few days ago, the quasi judicial authority-cum-LAC, Tilak Raj, stated that according to an inspection carried out by the staff of the Tehsildar, the portion of the house under question was being misused for running a boutique.

“In view of the inspection report, I have no option but to seal the portion where the misuse is continuing. Before sealing, the Tehsildar is directed to inspect the premises after 15 days from the date of the issue of the orders and if the misuse of the site is still continuing, the misused portion of the premises should be sealed immediately,” the court orders stated.

The Estate Office has been asked to calculate the misuse charges from the date of issue of the show-cause notice (November 7, 2013) till the date the misuse is actually stopped.

While the MP’s father, Col TS Sandhu (retd), and sister Kanwal Thakar live on the ground floor of the house, the first floor is in Gurindesh Sandhu’s possession. Gurindesh runs a boutique from a portion on the ground floor, which is under her possession. As part of the court proceedings, show-cause notices were issued to all owners and occupants of the house.

Tilak Raj said the orders had been passed after going through the replies filed by the occupants. Giving her side of the story, Kirron’s sister-in-law Gurindesh Sandhu said the MP was using her influence to pursue the case. “We have already stopped the misuse. Anybody can come and check,” she claimed.

The Tehsildar is yet to file the latest inspection report, it is learnt.



Civic body takes U-turn
Now, allows old licence holders to set up firecracker stalls across city
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Three days after its decision to allow stalls of fire crackers only at three places — the Circus Ground in Sector 17, Exhibition Ground, Sector 34, and Mani Majra — today the municipal corporation (MC) decided to allow old licence holders to set up stalls at different places in various sectors and villages.

A delegation of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) along with BJP councillors Arun Sood and Saurabh Joshi met the MC Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner today and apprised them that the UT had given licences to around 400 persons to sell crackers at designated places. But the new direction issued by the MC and UT stopped them from setting up fire crackers stalls in their respective sectors and villages. MC Commissioner Vivek Partap Singh said the new order was only for the new licence holders and old licence holders could set up their stalls in sectors and villages. They will now write to the DC office as the final order will be issued by the Estate Office in this regard, he said. CBM president Charanjiv Singh said the MC Commissioner understood the problem faced by the traders and were hopeful that soon the new orders would be issued by the competent authority.

Besides crackers stalls, the MC will start the sale of prepaid coupons from October 14 to people who want to set up temporary stalls on Diwali.These coupons will be issued at the MC Office and Sub Office, Mani Majra, from October 14 to October 20 from 11am to 6pm. For Mani Majra and Mauli Jagran, the coupons will be issued at the Sub Office, Mani Majra. No coupons will be issued for sale on the Circus Ground, Sector 17, Nehru Park, Sector 22, Exhibition Ground, Sector 34, polyclinic and the area around Kiran Cinema, Sector 22, Chandigarh.

The coupons will be issued on a first come first serve basis. Any one found setting up a stall without a coupon, will be charged double the rate applicable. For the convenience of public, sufficient stalls have been set up at the corporation office, Sector 17, Chandigarh, and one stall at the Sub Office, Mani Majra, for issuing of the coupons, an MC official said.

Earlier, stalls were to be set up at only 3 places

Earlier, the municipal corporation had allow stalls of fire crackers only at three places — the Circus Ground in Sector 17, Exhibition Ground, Sector 34, and Mani Majra

MP Kirron Kher took up the matter

BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi said the decision had come after MP Kirron Kher had intervened in the matter. Joshi said, "On the insistence of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, the Administration had zeroed in on selling crackers only in Sector 17, 34 and Mani Majra. However, he brought the matter to the notice of Kirron Kher and on Monday, the MC and UT decided to provide relief to traders". 



Token system still not in place at PGI
Was to be reintroduced at OPDs from May; process to take 3 to 5 months 
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Despite having a ready solution for relieving thousands of patients from the uncertainty of finding their turn in OPDs owing to heavy rush everyday, the PGIMER has continued to overlook the urgent need of launching the token system.
Most patients are forced to stick to corridors in the OPDs for over 6 hours after reaching the hospital waiting for their turn.

Under the token system, the patients are issued numbers in series which are displayed outside OPDs. Patients can estimate the time lapse before their turn and move away.

The token system, which was proposed to be introduced at the PGI OPDs from May this year, is set to be delayed further as the procurement process has not been completed as yet.

The proposal was mooted to save patients from standing at registration counters in long queues.

The patients, after obtaining the token number, will wait for their turn and reach the counter on the call. The process will take another three to five months, said sources.The official spokesperson for the PGI, Manju Wadwalkar, said, “We are in the process of implementing it.”The daily rush at the PGI’s outpatient departments, which touches the 10,000 mark, has compelled the institution to reconsider the old token system. At present, most patients end up standing in queues to meet the doctors till late afternoon outside the OPDs, without any assurance whether their turn will come for a checkup on the same day.

The system existed at the PGI, Chandigarh, but was withdrawn four years ago.

At present, the patients hand over their OPD cards to attendants outside the doctors’ room. The sequence of cards remains unknown to the patients.

How the token system works

  • New and follow-up patients will first register at the counters and will be issued a token number
  • The patients will carry their token number and sit outside their respective consultant’s room
  • The number will be displayed in the sequence of registrations done outside the doctor’s room
  • Names of the patients will also be announced when their turn comes 



Consignment of 1,800 injections seized, one held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The local police, during a naka, seized a consignment of 1,800 injections. Ashok Kumar, a resident of Sector 56, was carrying them in three ice boxes, on Monday morning.
The accused was arrested while carrying 900 labelled ‘Kevin injections’ and 900 injections without any label. During the preliminary investigations, the police disclosed that the accused had hit a vehicle in Sector 56 and while fleeing from the spot was caught at the check post.

The injections were kept in three ice boxes lying in the back-boot of the car. Kevin injections are used by drug addicts and it cannot be sold without a prescription of a qualified doctor. According to Baldev Kumar, in-charge, police post, Palsora, the accused, in police custody admitted to selling injections for Rs 150 to Rs 300 from his house and also admitted to supplying the injections in the periphery areas. The accused was produced in the local court from where he was sent on police remand. 



Women continue to be soft targets in city
UT woman constable manhandled, three booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The local police has booked four persons who allegedly misbehaved with a woman constable on duty, and tried to outrage her modesty on Monday at Mauli Jagran.
The police said Mangat Ram, a resident of Mauli Jagran, and three others, have been booked for misbehaving with constable Poonam Devi.

The incident took place after the PCR received information about an accident near Government School, Mauli Jagran. The injured Yogesh and Mahesh stated that an unknown auto-driver sped away after hitting their car when they were heading home. However, when the police started the investigation, a group gathered at the spot and blocked the road. Mangat Ram, who was leading the group, allegedly misbehaved with Poonam Dev while Mangat and three others manhandled the woman constable. In the process she received injuries and was rushed to a local hospital.

Meanwhile, the accused managed to escape and the local police are still conducting raids. According to Ram Rattan, in-charge, police post, Mauli Jagran, the matter is still under investigation and a case has been registered against Mangat Ram and three others unknown persons.



Woman employee slaps cop
Was passing lewd comments on GMCH staff members
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
A UT policeman was slapped by a staff member working in the Gynaecology Ward of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, here today.
Eyewitnesses said the accused allegedly began passing lewd comments on female staff members of the Gynaecology Ward, following which a staff member slapped the accused. Sources said the accused had been identified as Tasvir Singh, belonging to a rank of a constable in the Chandigarh Police. 

After the incident, a PCR was called. However, the matter was disclosed only after both the parties struck a compromise.No case was registered in the matter. The yewitnesses said Tasvir went to GMCH for the treatment of his son at the ENT Ward. The accused left his son in the ward and went to the Gynaecology Ward for some work. Later, he started passing lewd comments on female staff members and when a woman objected to his behaviour, Tasvir misbehaved with them. The staff members also alleged that Tasvir physically assaulted them.Later, the accused was taken to the police station in Sector 32, where both the parties struck a compromise.

Winter OPD timings from Oct 16

OPD timings of Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, and its allied dispensaries, including Ayush dispensaries, Community Health Centre, Mani Majra, Community Health Centre, Sector 22, Chandigarh and Poly Clinic, Sector 45, Chandigarh, will change from October 16 ie- 9 am to 3 PM. The timings of ESI dispensaries in Sector 29, 23, UT Secretariat, Punjab and Haryana Secretariat and High Court dispensaries will remain as before.



Panchkula and Kalka Votes 2014
Campaigning ends, all set for polling 
Electorate to decide fate tomorrow, counting will be held on October 19
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 13
With a series of rallies, the campaigning for Vidhan Sabha elections concluded here today. Candidates switched over to personal meetings after the campaigning. The polling would take place on October 15 while the counting would be done on October 19.
It was a day of hectic activities for Kulbhushan Goyal, the INLD candidate from Panchkula.

Goyal, accompanied by supporters, visited several places in the city, held meetings and also held a personal contact programme. He met residents who assured to vote and support him.

Addressing gatherings, Goyal said Panchkula had lagged behind in almost all spheres. The law and order situation was bad and residents were facing problems due to lack of infrastructure.

BJP’s Gian Chand Gupta today extensively campaigned in various parts of the constituency. He got support from the Christian community in Panchkula. Residents of the Barwala Sikh Mohalla also announced to support the BJP candidate.

Gupta has assured the residents that all villages in the constituency would get better amenities and Panchkula would be developed as a smart city.

Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister, Delhi, campaigned for Congress candidate DK Bansal on the last day. She said Bansal had always been with people and deserves a win from Panchkula. 

Cops hold flag march

  • With the D-day on October 15 and the campaigning ending 48 hours before the same, the Panchkula police took out a flag march in the city. All Assistant Commissioners of Police and respective Station House Officers took out a flag march in all urban and rural areas. ACP Adarshdeep Singh said the purpose of the march was to check anti-social elements in the city.



Candidates, kin shift focus to social networking sites
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 13
As the campaigning ended today, family members of candidates switched over to social networking sites and applications like facebook and whatsApp. Alerts are being sent by various candidates from time to time through messages. Special whatsapp groups have been formed to carry out campaigning in a bigger way.

Kulbhushan Goyal, the INLD candidate, said: “My children and other members of the family are seeking people’s support on social networking sites. Now, we are also meeting people personally.”

Goyal’s USP, as per him, is to make Panchkula “the real Paris of Haryana”.

He said the city had always lacked development which also was a part of the content on social networking sites.

BJP candidate Gian Chand Gupta through his social networking sites has been seeking support by saying that he had served Panchkula from the very beginning.

DK Bansal, the Congress candidate, said he was now personally going and meeting people.

The HJC is sending message alerts stating “You are requested to cast your vote and give support to Ravinder Rawal”.



Party time for residents
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 13
With just one day left for the Vidhan Sabha polls, political parties flooded colonies and villages with ‘gifts’ to woo voters. From matchboxes carrying currency notes to various brands of liquor, residents of colonies and villages are enjoying the ‘gifts’ from all parties. The colonies and villages form a major vote bank.

While the Budanpur, Rajiv Colony and Indira Colony belt has over 35,000 voters, the Beer Ghaggar and nearby areas have over 17,000 votes.

As liquor vends were to be closed today after 6pm, the vends were flooded with party workers with ‘slips’ using the code words demanding to keep a stock of liquor.

During the elections, the police seized 2,925 cartons of liquor in the Ambala-Panchkula commissionerate.

“For certain liquor brands, the denomination of notes is enough to indicate a code word. Like if the Rs 100 note is given, the liquor owner is aware that it is for Blenders Pride. ACP falls in ‘Re 10’ category,” said a worker requesting anonymity.

Sources said certain representatives were keeping their demands before the candidates to get maximum support. The representatives approach the party workers telling that the other party had been ‘quite considerate and supprot would be extended only after ‘special’ gifts.

In certain colonies, matchboxes with the currency note of Rs 1,000 deomination is allegedly being offered.

10 cartons of liquor seized

The Panchkula police seized 10 cartons of liquor near Billa village from an occupant of a car late on Monday evening. Assistant Commissioner of Police Jagtar Singh said the driver, identified as Darshan, was carrying the cartons of Aristrocrat brand of liquor towards villages. The political party to which the man belongs is being verified.



CME on brigham-nephrology course ends

Chandigarh, October 13
The three-day International continuous medical education (CME) - ‘PGIMER-Brigham-Nephrology Course’ - concluded on Sunday.
The CME was organised by the PGI’s Department of Nephrology and started on October 10. The purpose of the event was to avail benefit of experience of American nephrologists of the Indian origin along with Indian faculty.

The course is basically meant for PG students in nephrology and young physicians practicing in renal medicine and it covers different aspects of nephrology, including acute kidney failure and dialysis.— TNS



Cosmetic surgeries among middle class on rise: Experts 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Amid the consistent rise in the number of patients of facial, limb trauma and burn inuries, the demand for cosmetic surgeries is also rising among the middle class. Going by clinical observations of plastic surgeons at the PGIMER, hair transplant, rhinoplasty (enhancing nose), breast reduction (in men) and enlargement (in women) are rising among the middle class.

“Of the total 300 patients we see everyday in the OPD, nearly 30 per cent constitute those who come for rhinoplasty. Also, we have dedicated a day every week for hair transplant and we see that there is a huge waiting list, said Dr RK Sharma, Head, Department of Plastic Surgery, PGIMER, while addressing a press conference here today.

Ahead of holding annual conference of Association of Plastic Surgeons, on ‘Demystifying Plastic Surgery’ from October 15 to 19, the experts at the PGI also shared that people from smaller cities are readily opting for aesthetic surgeries.

“They come prepared with research on Internet about the surgeries,” Dr Sharma said.

Dr Sharma said there was a general perception in the public that plastic surgery was synonymous with cosmetic surgery giving an elitist hue to the specialty.

“This is at best a half-truth as majority of patients treated by plastic surgeons in the Indian subcontinent usually suffer from congenital deformities or sequelae of trauma and burns. Plastic surgeons operate on all parts of the body from head to toe. It has got various sub-specialties, including craniofacial surgery, hand and microvascular surgery. The plastic surgeons are actively involved in management of patients with maxillofacial trauma, limb trauma and unfortunate victims of burn injuries.”



Violations by Eating joints
Lawyer writes to Admn 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
A city-based advocate has appealed to the UT Adviser, KK Sharma, to look into the “violation” of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, by a majority of eateries in the city. “Without any fear of law, hardly anyone has displayed the valid licence (which is mandatory to display),” pointed out advocate Ajay Jagga in a letter shot to the UT Adviser.

“It is pertienent to highlight that even the famous multi-national food chains and restaurants at five star hotels are also violating this important provision of law. So no one knows whether they have the licence and secondly whether their licence is valid or expired. In such a scenario, the compliance of other conditions of law is also doubtful, which is exposing common man to a great risk,” reads the letter further.

“The law is very strict on such violations because Section 55 provides for the penalty upto Rs. 2 lakh, so it is requested that the all those eateries are violating the law must be penalised accordingly,” he added.

As per the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Regulations 2011, any food manufacturer whose annual turnover exceeds Rs12 lakh has to obtain Licence under the new Act and many of the eateries/restaurants/hotels have already obtained the food licence. 



Baithak Programme
Vocalist enthrals audience
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Hindustani vocalist Mahalakshmi Shenoy gave a classical rendition during the monthly Baithak Programme. It was organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra at Bhaskar Rao Indoor Auditorium here today.
The classical music evening began with the resonance of vocalist Shenoy, the foremost vocal disciple of Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt. Her accompanists were Avirbhav Verma on Tabla and Murlodhar Soni on harmonium.

Shenoy’s illuminating exposition vocals stimulated the interest of the audience.

The vocalist scaled high notes with ease. Her “saragam” was also impressive. When she moved on to “dhrut” (fast-paced rendition), the audience was left spellbound.

Her refreshing renditions of Hindustani ragas earned her thunderous plaudits.

The vocalist, who is the child prodigy, proved her mastery over her talent as with her melodious voice, purity of tone, clarity of expression and speedy multifaceted taan patterns in all three octaves, left the audience mesmerised.



Bank penalised, told to pay compensation
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 13
The Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services), headed by Jagroop Singh Mahal, has penalised IDBI Bank, Phase 3B2, here, for causing harassment to a customer.
The adalat directed the bank manager to release Rs 1,35,105 along with interest at 9 per cent per annum to Himmat Singh of Dhurali village and also pay him Rs 10,000 as cost of litigation and Rs 25,000 as compensation for causing him mental and physical harassment.

It ordered that if the amount was not paid within 15 days, the same would carry interest at 12 per cent per annum till the amount was paid. The bank was given the option to recover the amount of interest, costs and compensation from the manager who refused to make the payment to the applicant.

Himmat Singh, along with his father, Puran Singh, had opened a joint account with the bank in which Rs 1,35,105 was lying. Puran Singh died on March 18, 2006. When Himmat Singh asked for the payment of the said amount, the bank refused to pay it alleging that Puran Singh was illiterate and the account was to be operated jointly by all. Therefore, the heir certificate should be produced.

Himmat Singh said he produced the heir certificate but even then the bank refused to make the payment. During reconciliation proceedings, the manager agreed to pay the amount if all legal heirs of Puran Singh appeared in the bank and executed the relevant documents. Himmat Singh, therefore, produced the legal heirs and all documents, as desired by the bank, were executed. The respondent, however, refused to make the payment and contended that in the documents executed by the legal heirs the account number was not mentioned.

When the documents were produced before the adalat, the same contained the account number and the manager’s contention was found to be wrong. He again undertook to make the payment on the same day and Himmat Singh was directed to appear before the bank manager. However, the respondent again refused to make the payment.

The adalat held that the account was to be operated by “either or survivor” and the relevant box in the account opening form had been tick marked to this effect. Subsequently, the manager tampered with the application form and by scoring out the said tick mark another box was tick marked, which showed that the bank account was to be operated “jointly by all”.

To support his contention, the bank produced a circular issued on November 6, 2012, in view of which if one of the depositors was illiterate, as Puran Singh was, the account was to be operated jointly by all. However, the account in the present case had been opened before 2006 and no such circular of 2006, or prior to that, was produced. It appeared that the manager, in order to justify the refusal of payment, tampered with the account opening form and sought support from the aforesaid circular, though it was not applicable to the present case. It was further held that the account was to be operated by “either or survivor” and the bank was not justified in withholding the account.

The adalat held that even if the account was to be operated “jointly by all,” the applicant, having produced the affidavits, indemnity bond and no- objection certificate of all legal heirs of Puran Singh, was entitled to withdraw the amount.



1 quintal of cream destroyed 
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 13
About one quintal of cream was destroyed and samples of paneer and ghee were collected for laboratory tests by a team of officials which carried out a check on a manufacturing unit in Jagatpura village here today.
The team, comprising SDM Lakhmir Singh, District Health Officer HS Oberoi and Food Security Officer Navneet Kaur Bagga, conducted a surprise check on a paneer and ghee manufacturing unit.

It was found that paneer and ghee were being prepared in unhygienic conditions. As such, the officials destroyed around one quintal of cream on the spot.

Lakhmir Singh said the conditions were so bad that there were also rats and flies on the premises. The unit was said to be run by a resident of Chandigarh.

Workers at the unit told the officials that 10 to 12 qunitals of paneer made there was being supplied daily to Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali.

The SDM said samples of milk, paneer and ghee had been collected from the unit. If these failed the laboratory tests, strict action would be initiated against the defaulters.



PU national meet to discuss research
To devise concrete plans on how to make Indian universities research oriented
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Panjab University is going to host a two-day national discussion meet on research to devise concrete plans on how to make Indian universities research oriented.
Professor Srikumar Banerjee, noted scientist and DAE Homi Bhabha Chair Professor, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, will deliver the third Panjab University Foundation Day Public Lecture at the PU Auditorium on October 15 (founder’s day of PU). A national discussion meet on research - New Innovation and Work Plan - will be organised on October 16 by the authorities on various other issues.

Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover said this while interacting with mediapersons here today.

He said UGC Chairperson Ved Prakash had communicated to all universities to come up with a tangible plan that could be implemented for improving the research work in the universities.

He said Vice-Chancellors of several leading universities of the country and heads of some regulatory bodies would also participate in the meet. The agenda of this meet would be to discuss the proposals for better research universities and adopt them as their new policy. As per this new policy, any student who performs well in the first year of masters will get financial support from the university during MPhil or PhD. Another agenda for discussion would be to introduce combined ranking system of the All-India Council for Technical Education and the UGC for all universities and review their performances.

He said universities were not producing quality products as per needs of the industry due to which there was less percentage of employment among the youth even after spending a huge money on their education.

He said this year all chairpersons had been instructed that the young faculty which had recently been recruited should not be given much burden of classes. Rather, they should be asked to prepare a paper which could be the source of external funding to the university. In fact, they should be involved in three-year projects whose outcome would be beneficial for the academic and finances of the university. Some seed money should be provided by the departments to the faculty members under whom PhD and MPhil students work as assistants for the projects.

The agenda of this meet will be to discuss the proposals for better research universities and adopt them as thier new policy. As per this new policy, any student who performs well in first year of masters will get financial support from the university during MPhil or PhD. Another agenda of discussion will be to introduce combined ranking system of the All-India Council for Technical Education and the UGC for all universities and review their performances.
— Arun Kumar Grover, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University



e-payment: Panjab University, Department of Posts join hands
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
To facilitate Panjab University students, especially in the rural areas, in availing all services, the authorities have tied up with the Department of Posts to set up a single-window counter in 3,500 post offices of Punjab and Chandigarh.

Records revealed that there are around 60,000 students who could avail any service related to the university free of cost. It includes online fee deposit, forms and roll number downloading and submission of all kinds of forms at these counters.

The Punjab Postal Circle has entered into an agreement with Panjab University today to extend its facility of e-payment service to the candidates for depositing various examination fees at post offices. The service will be inaugurated at the Sector 14 Post Office, Chandigarh, by the PU Vice-Chancellor on Tuesday.

Resultantly, the inconvenience, which rural students usually face, especially during the exam days, in depositing their fees or roll number by travelling all the way to the university, will be reduced. The university is also in the process to start this facility at e-sampark centres of the city.

Chief Post Master General Kuldeep Singh said they had agreed to provide the service to the university.

He said the department would charge the service fee less than the banks where at present students were availing the facility of submitting their fee online.

PU Controller of Examination Parvinder Singh said they had received the draft from the Postal Department on which the final decision would be taken shortly by the authorities.

He said the university had decided to bear the service charges of all facilities to facilitate the students.

An official said there were 188 PU-affiliated colleges. With the single-window counter in the rural areas, the students would get the benefit to deposit all kinds of forms and fee at their doorstep.



Research on neutrino physics
Panjab varsity to be nodal agency for collaboration of Indian, US institutions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Panjab University has been selected the nodal agency for collaboration of Indian and US institutions in research on neutrino physics.
Neutrino physics is considered a frontline science, which is an important part of high energy physics.

PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover today said the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, had selected the PU to set up the Centre for High Energy Physics Detectors and Instrumentation (CHEPDI) on the campus. The centre would be set up to collaborate closely with Fermilab Neutrino Experiments (Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment).

Prof Grover said the PU was a leading part of Indian Institutions and Fermilab Collaboration-Neutrino Physics (IIFC-nuP), which was set up in 2009 to work on the field of high energy physics.

The project would cost Rs 30 crore, of which Rs 20 crore would be given by the DST, which has been already approved by the DST. A sum of Rs 10 crore is to be given by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) for which the approval is in the pipeline, he said.

The centre would evolve into a full-fledged Inter-Institutional Centre in Physical Sciences (IICPS) after the completion of Phase I. The centre is being set up in a project mode as a precursor stage to eventually nucleate and establish IICPS in the university sector in India, Prof Grover said.

Initially, the centre would be hosted by the PU Physics Department, he said.



college notes
Mega job fest

The Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology is organising a mega job fest from October 16 to October 22. Renowned companies and MNCs such as Accenture, US Tech and many more will be coming for recruitments. Around 300 students have already registered for the fest. The participating companies are expected to recruit 250 students for the post of merchandiser, production officer, quality assurance officer, supervisor and technical assistant.

President elected

Upkar Krishan Sharma has been unanimously elected president of the GGDSD College Society at a meeting held at SD College, Chandigarh. His name was proposed by Dr Anirudh Joshi, General Secretary of the GGDSD College Society. He has been authorised to appoint his own executive. Jatinder Bhatia, finance secretary of the society, presented the budget of all institutions. — TNS



ABVP submits memo to VC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Members of the ABVP, Panjab University, today submitted a memorandum to PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover regarding various demands of campus students.
The students demanded that revaluation result should be announced within two days. The entry time in the administrative block for university campus students having ID cards should be made from 9 am to 5 pm. Students should be allocated time to meet the Vice-Chancellor in working hours.

The new rule according to which the passing marks are 45 at the UILS should be applied with retrospective effect. The ABVP unit of the Panjab University demanded that the solution to all these problems should be found within two days.

The ABVP gave the memorandum to the PU Vice-Chancellor under the leadership of Dinesh Chauhan, organising secretary, Chandigarh, Patiala Zone, along with other party workers.



From Schools
Scrabble competition

Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, Chandigarh, hosted the Seventh Inter-School Scrabble competition. The scrabble contest, an annual event hosted by the school, saw students from over 20 schools across Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula taking part in the globally popular word challenge.

Wildlife Week celebrated

Wildlife Week was celebrated at Government Senior Secondary School, Raipur Khurd, and Chandigarh. Various activities were organised under the Eco Club. Students were taken on a one-day trip to Chhatbir Zoo. A film on conservation of wildlife was shown to students of the senior wing. For junior wing students, clay modelling competition was held. Tiny tots made beautiful models of different animals and birds.

Awareness rally

Students of New India Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, Panchkula, took out an awareness rally regarding right to vote. Manager KK Gupta flagged off the rally. The students raised slogans by holding banners and placards, which depicted the right of every individual to vote for the better future. The students also raised slogans during the rally. Almost 300 students took part in the rally.

Drawing competition

A “Freehand Drawing Competition” was organised for students of the Montessori wing of Ryan International School, Mohali. The students drew beautiful umbrellas, fishes and trees, putting forth their amalgamation of imagination and creativity.

Cleanliness drive

Students of DAV, Mohali, participated in the “Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya” campaign by cleaning the school premises. Students of Classes III to X participated actively in cleaning the entire school. The areas cleaned by the students were school playground, classrooms and corridors.

Ashmah International School

Ashmah International School, Sector 70, Mohali, organised a cleanliness drive at its campus and the adjoining parks. Students participated in cleaning their school and the adjoining parks. Teachers made students aware of the importance of cleanliness at home and the surrounding areas.

Girl students honoured

St John’s High School celebrated Girl Child Day by honouring the girl students of “Khelshala”, an NGO working to empower the underprivileged through sport. To mark the occasion, a programme with inspirational poems and speeches was organised and each girl was given a personal kit for hygiene needs. The school authorities said St John’s High School adopted the cause of the girl child in 2009 with the motto that every girl and boy can grow up with mutual respect, dignity and equality. — TNS



Govt school student brings laurels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Nityashish Bhandari, a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22A, here, bagged first position in the state-level category from Chandigarh at the 4th national-level exhibition and project competition under the INSPIRE Award Scheme organised by the Department of Science & Technology (DST) at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
Nityashish said for the exhibition he had designed a solar air conditioner.

While explaining about his project, he said: “The AC works on solar energy and has a backup of three hours. If sunlight and battery backup is not available, then it will automatically work on the home outlet. It will only consume 950Watt on home outlet. This solar air conditioner is equivalent to 1.5 ton AC. This solar air conditioner has auto-servicing mode. This mode will work every time you turn on the AC. Hence, this will not need any service for the next 7 to 8 year. This air conditioner can also be controlled by mobile using air conditioner app. This app will be available for iOS, Android and Windows”.

Sandeep Hans, Director Higher Education, Chandigarh Administration, also congratulated Nityashish. He encouraged the young budding scientists to carry on with creative pursuit of science and wished him all success in life. Dr Surender S Dahiya, Director, SCERT, expressed his delight on the achievement of the winner.



City students to take part in global contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Three students of Vivek High School, Chandigarh, will participate in the International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition to be held in Hong Kong from October 16 to October 21.
The school authorities said Tarini Nath of Class XI, Mehar Bachhar of Class XI and Stuti Munjal of Class XII accompanied by their coach Reetika Khanna, Deputy Dean Academics, would compete in the persuasive speaking, interpretive reading, dramatic interpretation, radio newscast and impromptu categories.

The authorities said only two Indian schools compete with leading private North American and British schools every year.



Govt schoolteacher to be honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
On the eve of World Unity Day, a city-based government school teacher, Dr GP Pal, would be awarded with the Samrasta Ekta Award.
GP Pal, a teacher at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20-D, Chandigarh, said the award function would be held at The Indian Institute of International Law in New Delhi.

The teacher said the award was being given to him by the Antarrashtriya Samrasta Manch.

He said: “This award is given to distinguished personalities from varied fields like education, medical, judicial, social worker, industrial and commercial.”



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