28092017-CT-01.qxd 9/28/2017 1:00 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 28 SEPTEMBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH Problems at anganwadi Online fraud Saaniya in lead A surprise inspection by CCPCR team exposes problems at anganwadi centres. P2 A Sector 7 resident of Chandigarh becomes the latest victim of online fraud. P4 Saaniya cards a one-under 71 to take sole lead after the first round of golf tour. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 33°C MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32.8°C MIN 24.2°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.12 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.14 AM PU changes admission criteria, raises eyebrows Striking the right chord Move follows rejection of candidature of Bhukkal’s daughter for PhD Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and his son Salil perform during a programme to mark World Tourism Day in Chandigarh on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR P2 Cops face difficulty in retrieving data from mobiles Police suspect contract killing, revenge angle Tribune News Service KJ’s woman acquaintances under the scanner Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 27 The Panchkula police are facing difficulty in retrieving data from mobile phones and have been able to trace blue whale links in just two phones, one that of suicide victim Karan Thakur and the other one of his friend Pankaj Kumar of Rohtak. Thakur had committed suicide on Monday while Pankaj Kumar, who was playing the game with links provided by Thakur, was saved by the Panchkula police after reaching on time on Tuesday. He BLUE WHALEGAME was sent a link of an advanced stage by Thakur, but the phone was with his father. A girl living the neighbourhood had made Thakur's video wile playing the game and moving from one stage to another. Five phones have been seized so far. Besides the phones of Thakur and Pankaj Kumar, those of a female friend of Thakur and two more classmates of the suicide victim have been seized and sent to the cyber cell lab of the police at Gurugram. continued on page 6 Mohali, September 27 The manner in which the double murder of senior journalist KJ Singh and his bedridden nonagenarian mother Gurcharan Kaur was executed has made investigators believe that it was a "supari" (contract) killing and the handiwork of some unprofessional criminal(s), which smacks of utter revenge. “Most likely it was a ‘supari’ killing executed by unprofessional(s),” sources in the Punjab Police told The Tribune here today. The investigators say more than one person was involved in the ghastly crime. One of them is believed to be known to KJ Singh since there was no forced entry into the house. Circumstantial evidence showed that at least two sharp weapons were used in the crime. KJ Singh was stabbed 17 times in different parts of the body. His throat was slit. He was also stabbed near the heart. Repeated stabbing in his chest and abdomen had damaged his vital organs, including liver, according to the postmortem report. His aged mother was strangled to death. A senior police officer said the way KJ Singh was killed clearly indicated that it was a "revengeful act". “The MOHALI DOUBLE MURDER killer(s) don't appear to be professional(s),” said the officer, claiming that the professional killers usually execute murders in a different way. Working on several angles and theories, the police today questioned at least five more persons known to the victims. On the basis of clues found so far, the police have broadened the scope of investigation. Several women acquaintances, including KJ Singh’s former colleagues, have also come under the scanner. The police have found a SIM card issued on KJ Singh’s name, which was being used by his woman acquaintance. The call details have revealed that this SIM card was used only for interaction between the two. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Singh Chahal said some "family issues" had come to light and were being investigated. “So far, we have recorded the statements of three relatives of the victims. Some acquaintances will soon be summoned for questioning,” said the SSP adding , that it appeared that some close acquaintance was involved in the crime. Suspected killer seen in CCTV footage KJ Singh and his mother were murdered before midnight on Friday. The fact came to the fore as the Mohali police have detected KJ Singh’s Ford Ikon car in a video footage of a CCTV camera installed at the Phase 3/5 traffic light point. The car was moving towards the Radha Soami Bhawan side around midnight on the fateful day. Confirming the development, SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal said the footage showed the car being driven by a clean-shaven person, wearing a white shirt. “Though his (the car driver) face is not clear, one can figure out certain details of him,” said the SSP . Asked about the presence of any other persons in the car, the SSP said since it was raining, the other things in the car were not very clear. “However, it was sure that there was more than one person in the car,” said the SSP . The SSP said the murderers, who fled in KJ Singh's car after committing the crime, first turned the car continued on page 6 Chandigarh, September 27 After the candidature of Haryana Congress leader Geeta Bhukkal's daughter was rejected along with that of other SC candidates for admission to PhD in the English department, Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover changed the template for admission to MPhil and PhD admissions. Now, all departments have to consider marks in graduation and postgraduation degrees and initiate admissions afresh. Bhukkal was the Education Minister during the tenure of Bhupinder Singh Hooda as the Haryana Chief Minister. Dean of University Instructions Meenakshi Malhotra issued a letter on September 26 to all departments and centres regarding the new template. Earlier, the departments had devised their own methods and like the English department were admitting students on the basis of interviews. The department had even counselled some candidates to take up MPhil first and gain some research experience before pursuing PhD. The PU authorities have pointed out that the English department did not get the admission criteria approved from them. New template For admission to PhD now, 50 per cent marks have been fixed for the academic record — 20 per cent weightage for POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 9 am to 11 am: Parts of Sector 20, 26, 27, 28 and 30, Phase I, waterworks, Sector 26, Plot No. 1 & 2 , 4 to 19, 5 M/W, 121 and Industrial Area, Phase 1 9 am to 2 pm: Parts of Sector 23 10 am to 3 pm: Parts of Sector 27, 28, 43 and 51, and Burail village 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sector 2, 3, 11 and 37, Dadu Majra village and Colony 10 am to 5 pm: Parts of Sector 32 & MHC, Subhash Nagar, Bank Colony, Police Colony, Mani Majra, Kishangarh & residential area of 220 kV substation, Kishangarh CITYZEN PEOPLE, PLACES, PASSIONS PAGE 5 Playing mighty Ravana – from father to son Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 27 Playing Ravana in the Ramlila is not an easy task even for artistes who have been doing so for years. A majority of those who have been enacting the role of Ravana are among the most experienced artistes. Mohit Kumar inherited the role from his father Pradeep Kumar, who played the role of Ravana for 37 consecutive years. Mohit, who is performing in the Ramlila at Sector 7, said he learnt a lot from his father. He used to accompany his father since childhood and watched him enact the role of Ravana every year. He Mohit Kumar Ashwini Sharma said he was happy to perform the role, which he found very challenging. Similarly, UT constable Ashwani Sharma is playing the role of Ravana in Sector 17. He said he had been performing in the Ramlila continuously for 27 years. Before playing Ravana, Sharma c m y b enacted the roles of Meghnad, Parshuram and Dashrath for many years. Posted at the Police Headquarters with the office of the SSP (Traffic and Security), Sharma said the role of Ravana was challenging and required a lot of practice. With the support of his seniors and family members, he managed to pursue his passion, he said. For Ashok Chaudhary, it is the 34th year as Ravana. An employee of the PWD, Haryana, he said whenever he went, he was asked to repeat his unique Ravana''s laughter, which he willingly did. Chaudhary is performing at the Sector 20 Ramlila. SOI activists hold a protest outside the VC's office at Panjab University on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL P2 SC/ST cell seeks details Qualifying marks reduced The SC/ST cell of the PU has written to all departments to submit details of SC and ST candidates pursuing PhD under each supervisor. On September 23, the PU Syndicate had reduced the qualifying marks in the MPhil/PhD entrance test in paper 1 from 50 per cent to 40 per cent for SCs/STs despite the fact that the results were out and the interviews had been conducted. graduation and 30 per cent for postgraduation. Ten per cent marks will be given for scholarship/fellowship. The interview carries 40 per cent marks — 10 per cent marks for the research proposal an 30 per cent for interaction with department committee. However, for MPhil, 60 per cent weightage will be given for the academic record -- 10 per cent for Class XII, 20 per cent for graduation and 30 per cent for postgraduation. The interview will carry 40 per cent marks. However, the issue before the departments is that since they have already conducted admissions and at some places students have even started attending MPhil or course work classes (for PhD candidates), how will they conduct admissions again. “It is an evolving process. We have issued the letter to all departments on a new template. You cannot admit candidates on the basis of just interviews or interaction, otherwise we will face allegations of favouritism,” said Prof Meenakshi Malhotra. It has been clarified in the letter that “it has come to notice that some departments are preparing their merit lists by using 50 per cent cut-off marks as the criteria for admitting students. There should not be any cutoff point for interaction for admission to the MPhil/PhD programmes. Simply, addition of academic record and interaction may be considered for admission.” Congress leader Geeta Bhukkal said, “I don’t want to make it a political issue. But if the English department doesn’t follow the reservation policy, we will approach the National Commission for Scheduled Castes. My daughter is meritorious and has done BA (Hons) from a top Delhi college. She is a Junior Research Fellow (JRF). continued on page 6
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