14012017-CT-01.qxd 1/14/2017 12:50 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE saturDAY | 14 JANUARY 2017 | chandigarh JOB SCAM: TEACHER GETS CODE VIOLATION: NOTICES TO INTERIM BAIL SAD, CONG CANDIDATES Þ PAGE 8 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY SATURDAY CITY BOYS GO DOWN TO AMRITSAR Þ PAGE 2 Þ PAGE 7 MAXIMUM YESTERDAY MINIMUM 19°C 4°C 18.2°C 3.5°C SUNSET SUNDAY 5.44 PM 7.19 AM Bonfires, dances: Tricity revels as Lohri goes cashless Ishrat S Banwait Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 13 Bonfires and dances, dholis and “sundar mundariye” ruled the day as the cold weather made Lohri more enjoyable. The Prime Minister’s cashless dream seems to be taking shape as even temporary stalls selling Lohri-based items were seen using mobile banking and POS machines for receiving payments. Tricity residents thronged the numerous stalls set up on the roadside selling peanuts, jaggery, rewari, popcorn, chikki and other such items. Many traders provided the option of payment through Paytm while some had POS machines where debit/credit cards could be swiped. This year, tents were erected to set up stalls, giving the city a festive look. Most stalls using POS machines were set up outside shops while stalls on the roadside were using Paytm and other such mobile wallet applications. Binder, a trader in Mohali who was using Paytm, said, “People were facing a problem of cash, Fee hike at PU on the cards Proposal to be tabled at Syndicate meet Tribune News Service Students and staff members of Gian Jyoti School celebrate Lohri at Phase II in Mohali on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY GHARU SEE ALSO PAGE 2 so we thought it better to offer them other options of payment. This also ensured that our sales did not get affected.” Residents said they were pleasantly surprised to see vendors having high-end phones and using various apps. Varun, a resident of Panchkula, said, “We didn’t expect roadside ven- dors to be using Paytm; it is a new concept and requires smart phones. It was indeed a welcome move and came in handy for those who didn’t want Docs’ loud music hurts patients at GMCH Chandigarh: Not caring two hoots about the norms, junior doctors at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, played loud music on the hospital campus on Friday, causing inconvenience to patients. According to eyewitnesses, around 8 pm, 50-odd junior doctors of the GMCH gathered outside the newly inaugurated E Block, the academic block of the hospital, to celebrate Lohri in a big way. The doctors were seen dancing to the loud music and enjoying the Lohri party. Notably, a 100-metre area around hospitals is a silence zone and no horn or loud external noise such as music is allowed to be played there as it can cause inconvenience to patients. “Music was being played on a DJ system, which was so loud that it could be heard even from across the road,” said an eyewitness, adding that attendants of several patients complained that it was a nuisance. Dr Atul Sachdev, Director-Principal of GMCH-32, could not be contacted for comments. — TNS ~30 lakh seized from Class X boy thrashed trader at barrier by schoolmates Lalru: To stem the flow of cash during the Punjab poll, officials of the static surveillance team on Friday seized ~30 lakh unaccounted money from near the Jharmeri barrier. According to reports, a taxi bearing a Delhi registration number, which was coming from the Delhi side, was stopped and during a search, ~30 lakh was recovered from a businessman, Vishal, a resident of Mumbai. Ruhi Dugg, SDM-cum-returning officer, Dera Bassi, said, the man could not produce proper documents and failed to give convincing answers to queries of the surveillance team. She said the matter had been brought to the notice of income tax officials, who would enquire about the motive behind carrying such huge amount. Ruhi said those found carrying an amount of over ~1 lakh would have to show documents regarding the money transaction. — OC SUNRISE SATURDAY Chandigarh: A Class X student of a government school in Raipur Khurd was allegedly thrashed by his schoolmates on the school campus on Friday. The victim was injured and has been admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32. Sources said the victim had been identified as Pankaj. He was thrashed by a few boys. The victim’s kin reported the matter to the police following which a daily diary report (DDR) was lodged at the Mauli Jagran police station. Victim’s uncle Naresh said after returning from school, Pankaj did not tell them that he was thrashed. “Later, he complained of stomach pain, following which we took him to hospital. It was then that we came to know that he was beaten up,” he said. The police they would record the statement of the victim. — TNS c m y b to spend their Rs 100 and Rs 500 notes.” While schools and colleges across the tricity celebrated Lohri in the morning, people organised parties in the evening at their homes, community centres and hotels. Dholis made the most of the festive spirit as they went door to door all through the day. Chandigarh, January 13 From the next academic session, freshers at Panjab University may have to shell out 12 to 13 times more for selffinanced courses and five to six times more for traditional courses. A fee hike proposal will be tabled at the Syndicate meeting, scheduled for January 21, for approval. The draft of the fee hike has been prepared by a committee constituted by the PU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Arun Kumar Grover. The committee is headed by the Dean, University instructions, Prof Dinesh Gupta. After approval from the Syndicate, the draft will be sent to the Senate for final nod. The committee is also of the view that the university should charge Rs 15,000 instead of Rs 2,000 for diploma and certificate courses. The fee should be charged annually rather than semester wise from the next academic session. Self-financed courses may cost 12 times more Freshers at Panjab University may have to shell out 12 to 13 times more for self-financed courses and five to six times more for traditional courses. The committee has proposed to reduce the tuition fee in a few departments. In the Institute of Educational Technology and Vocational Education (IETVE), the annual fee is proposed to be rolled back from Rs 43,000 to Rs 32,000, in pharmacy from Rs 50,000 to Rs 25,000, in the Department of Laws from Rs 25,000 to Rs 20,000 and in the BDS from Rs 1.70 lakh to Rs 1.30 lakh. The authorities have also proposed to offer scholarships Continued on page 8
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