30042018-CT-01.qxd 4/30/2018 1:05 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE MONDAY | 30 APRIL 2018 | CHANDIGARH Dealers up in arms Project nears completion Sidhanth logs win Chandigarh Car Dealers Association holds protest at Hallo Majra Chowk over facilities. P3 The much-delayed Zirakpur-Patiala highway four-laning project nears completion. P4 Sidhanth beats Manpreet in a match of the boys’ U-14 category in tennis meet. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 37°C MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38.5°C MIN 23.2°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.59 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.40 AM Syndicate okays 10% fee hike in PU depts Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 29 The Panjab University Syndicate on Sunday approved a 10 per cent hike in the fee at teaching departments for 2018-19. The PU has 78 teaching departments. Earlier also, it was proposed that for all traditional and professional courses, the fee will be enhanced by 10 per cent with a minimum annual increase of Rs 1,000. However, with the intervention of fellows — Dr Rabinder Nath Sharma and Dr Subhash Sharma — the minimum hike has been reduced to Rs 750 per annum. The tuition fee of all selffinancing courses, except the MBA at the University Institute of Applied Management Sciences (UIAMS) and MPharma in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Pharmaceutical Analysis, will be enhanced by 5 per cent for the current students and by 10 per cent for new students. The tuition fee and other charges of all courses of the University School of Open Learning (USOL) will be enhanced by 10 per cent with a minimum annual hike of Rs 1,000. Earlier, the tuition fee of MBA at the UIAMS was proposed to be hiked at Rs 7,500 per annum, but now it has been reduced to 6,000 per annum. The user and maintenance charges of all courses will be enhanced by 10 per cent. 5% fee hike for constituent colleges The Syndicate on Sunday also approved a fee hike in constituent colleges by 5 per cent for 2018-19. The university has six constituent colleges located at Sikhwala (Sri Muktsar Sahib), Balachaur (SBS Nagar), Nihalsingh Wala (Moga), Dharamkot (Moga), Mokham Khan Wala (Ferozepur) and Guru Harsahai (Ferozepur). The fee has been enhanced to augment resources for constituent colleges. The chairperson of the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), Prof Kanwaljit Chopra, had requested for a reduction in the fee for MPharma in Pharmaceutical Analysis and Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance from Rs 2.92 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh per annum. She cited that income from both courses was around Rs 60.90 lakh whereas the expenditure was Rs 39.15 lakh per annum. Both courses are being run in the self-financing mode. The Syndicate had approved the proposal on Sunday. The examination fee of all courses has also been enhanced by 10 per cent subject to a maximum of Rs 200 per semester. For courses where dissertation is to be evaluated by an external examiner such as MTech, MEd, a hike of Rs 1,000 per semester has been approved. Earlier, the examination fee of PhD, DLit and DSc was proposed to be hiked from Rs 12,000 to Rs 15,000. However, with the intervention of Dr Rabinder Nath Sharma and Dr Subhash Sharma, it has been reduced to Rs 14,000 now. The entire fee of the PhD course from the date of enrolment to the submission of the thesis has been hiked from Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000. UBS proposal To keep pace with other management institutes, students of University Business School (UBS) had demanded inviting visiting faculty from the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), the Indian School of Business (ISB) and the Xavier School of Management (XLRI), making MBA a resident programme and starting an exchange programme with institutes from the USA, the UK, France and Australia. Interestingly, they said they knew it would put an extra burden on the university and agreed for a fee hike by Rs 50,000 per annum, which is much more than the existing fee. As per the Handbook of Information for 201718, the annual fee for MBA at the UBS was Rs 16,477 and there was a 10 per cent hike in the tuition fee for 2018-19. The Syndicate approved the proposal in principle, but said it could be implemented after a proposal from the UBS for 2019-20 onwards. SFS condemns fee hike The Students for Society (SFS) has condemned the decision of the Syndicate to hike the fee. “The PU authorities have made it a habit to hike the fee. The Central Government is not giving enough grant to educational institutions and is converting these into business hubs,” said Harman Deep, an SFS leader. Vani Sood, secretary of the PU Campus Students Council, said, “ I was a part of the meeting when the hike was decided. Initially, the proposed fee hike was 20 per cent and the examination fee was supposed to be increased to Rs 3,000. However, after a lot of negotiations by the student council, the fee hike was brought down to 10 per cent for new courses and 5 per cent for the ongoing courses. I still did not agree to this. We had written to the Finance and Development Officer (FDO) on this and did not sign the minutes of the meeting to express our dissent.” Scrap dealer dies in blast at house in Patiala Ravneet Singh Tribune News Service Patiala, April 29 One person was killed while another one was injured in a blast at a scrap dealer’s house in Indira Colony, Harinder Nagar, here on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Vikramjeet Singh (20), a scrap dealer, and the injured as Manohar Singh. The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, ordered a probe and announced an ex gratia of Rs 1 lakh to the family of the deceased. According to nearby residents, Vikramjeet had joined work with the owner of a scrap business, Gurdev Singh. He was alone and was Family members of Vikramjeet Singh (inset) mourn his death at Indira Colony in Patiala on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAJESH SACHAR separating stuff when the blast occurred. He died on the spot. Manohar Singh, who was passing by the house, was injured in the blast. SP (City) Kesar Singh said, “The blast occurred around 9 am. The police were informed at 10.30 am after which we reached the spot. It was a low-intensity blast and killed one person and injured another.” A forensic team visited the Gunshots fired in group clash at Mauli village, four injured Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 29 At least four persons were injured, two of them seriously. after two groups, who had come to attend a wedding, clashed at Mauli village in Mauli Jagran on Sunday night. There were reports of gunshots being fired. However, the police were yet to confirm whether gunshots had been fired. The injured were rushed to the GMCH, Sector 32, by a PCR vehicle. Police sources said information was received that an injured man was lying on the road near the Fingers crossed spot and took samples and fingerprints. The deceased’s body was taken to Government Rajindra Hospital for a postmortem, while Manohar Singh was admitted to the hospital. Police officials said his condition was stable. Tripuri SHO Rajesh Malhotra said, “According to preliminary investigation, the blast seems to have occurred because of a compressor kept in the house. We are investigating the matter.” He said the police had registered a case against the owner of the house and the scrap business, Gurdev Singh, under Section 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC. Flying Sikh Milkha Singh interacts with Malvinder Singh (right), brother of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, during the Golf Club elections in Chandigarh on Sunday. Candidates for the post of president Birinder Singh (left) and JS Panag are also seen. The results will be declared today. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH PAGE 6 8-YR-OLD SECTOR 9 MURDER CASE High Court upholds assailant’s conviction, life imprisonment Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 29 When Tripatdeep Singh took his sister’s four-and-ahalf-year-old daughter on a scooter to visit a family friend in Sector 7, there was no way anyone could have guessed he would not return. Only his body would. He was shot in Sector 9 behind an eye institute. Nearly eight years after the incident, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has upheld the assailant’s conviction and life imprisonment. The judgment by the Bench of Justice AB Chaudhari and Justice Inderjit Singh is distinctive as the victim had given an oral dying declaration and the doctor was not examined to show that the injured was fit to make a statement. The case was brought under the High Court’s scanner after Balwinder Singh, aka Minkal Bajaj, challenged the judgment of conviction and order of sentence passed by the UT Additional Sessions Judge in July 2012. Appearing for sister-complainant Kiran Harpreet Kaur Cheema, counsel Ramdeep Partap Singh had claimed that Tripatdeep Singh told her that he had been shot by Minkal Bajaj and his companions. The spot where Tripatdeep Singh (inset) was shot in Sector 9 on July 12, 2010. A FILE PHOTO At the time, family friend Paramjit Kaur and the police were present. Taking up the matter, the Bench asserted there was no reason to disbelieve the prosecution version, especially the oral dying declaration given by Tripatdeep Singh. The material witnesses deposed he fell unconscious when they were shifting him to the hospital emergency. There was no reason or ground for a subinspector to depose falsely against the accused. The Bench added that admittedly there was no evidence on record that the doctor was present when he was brought to the hospital. “As the doctor was not present at the time of the oral dying declaration, no doctor was examined to show that the injured, now deceased, was fit or not to make the statement,” the Bench observed. The Bench added the pros- ecution’s case was that Tripatdeep Singh sustained firearm injuries and was bleeding profusely. He was alive when shifted from the spot. The Bench added: “Even if the eyewitness has turned hostile, it will not create any doubt in the prosecution case in the fact and circumstances.” The Bench observed that the oral evidence was also supported by the medical evidence and investigation of the case. The material prosecution witnesses were natural and reliable. “By relying upon their statements, we find that the prosecution has duly proved its case beyond reasonable doubt,” the Bench concluded. Dismissing the appeal, the Bench added the impugned judgment of conviction and order of sentence were correct, as per evidence and law, and did not require interference from the court. Civic body puts all major projects on hold as financial crisis deepens Only urgent works to be placed for approval before F&CC today Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service The police inspect the spot at Mauli village on Sunday night. government school at Mauli village. The incident was reported around 11 pm. Police teams were rushed to the spot. A large number of residents gathered at the spot following the incident. The police were at the spot till the filing of this report. An investigation has been initiated at Mauli Jagran police station. Chandigarh, April 29 Facing a financial crisis, the Municipal Corporation has put all new development projects on hold. Sources said the MC would not take up any major projects for approval at a meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC), scheduled for Monday. The sources said the MC would place 19 agenda items for approval before the F&CC, but a majority of them were below Rs 10 lakh. c m y b The MC has decided to seek approval for works which are urgent in nature. One agenda is being placed for the purchase of 44 breathing apparatus sets for fire and emergency services wing, which will cost around Rs 46 lakh. Two proposals are coming up for the repair of the Sahaj Safai Kendras situated in Sector 33 and Sector 22-C at a cost of Rs 2.40 lakh each. One agenda is for the widening of Vikas Marg. Devinder Singh Babla, Congress councillor, said this was the first time that the F&CC was not taking any new projects. He said major projects such as recarpeting of roads and construction of community centres had been put on hold. He also objected to the agenda for installation of PCC tiles worth lakhs in sectors when the MC was facing a financial crisis. An MC official said due to paucity of funds, they had not allowed the agenda related to major developmental works to be placed at the meeting on Monday. MC sends House resolution on parking to UT The MC has sent a resolution of the general house of the MC to reduce the enhanced paid parking charges and cancel the contract to the UT Administration. Sources said the resolution had been sent to the Local Bodies Department of the Chandigarh administration with full facts of the matter. A copy of the MoU was also sent with the resolution. Now, the Administration has to take a decision on the issue. Gangster Bishnoi’s aide held with gun Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 29 The crime branch of the UT police has arrested an accomplice of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi for illegally possessing a country-made gun and a live cartridge. The accused already has four cases registered against him, including one in Rajasthan for opening fire at the police. According to the police, the accused, Javed Jhinjha, is a resident of Bingawali village in Fazilka district. He was arrested from small chowk in Sector 11 while possessing a .315 bore gun and a live cartridge. Javed Jhinjha. Has four cases against him The accused, Javed Jhinjha, a resident of Bingawali village in Fazilka district, already has four cases registered against him, including one in Rajasthan for opening fire at the police. Inspector Amanjot Singh, in-charge of the crime branch, said Javed already had four cases registered against him in Punjab and Rajasthan. “In three of the cases, Javed was a co-accused with Lawrence Bishnoi,” Singh said. The police said while three cases against Javed were registered in Abohar, one case was registered at Sikar in Rajasthan. The accused is out on bail. A case under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against the accused at the Sector 11 police station. Police sources said they were investigating who all were in contact with Javed. “We will also investigate from where the accused procured the gun,” the police said. Give more teeth to elected MC House representatives P5
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