07052018-CT-01.qxd 5/7/2018 12:44 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE MONDAY | 7 MAY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Students get degrees Special arrangements MCM girls win A total of 872 degrees were conferred on students during convocation at PGGC-11. P2 Chhatbir Zoo makes special arrangements to keep its inmates hydrated and cool this summer. P4 MCM DAV College, Sector 36, wins Chandigarh Women’s Handball Tournament. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 35°C MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31.7°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.04 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.34 AM Bare truth TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Mohali reels under 13-hr power breakdown 66-KV line conductor breaks down, snapping supply from 220 KV station in Phase VII ❝ Tribune News Service Candidates come out barefoot and in slippers after taking the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2018 conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education at DAV School, Sector 15, in Chandigarh on Sunday. SEE PAGE 2 Youth injured in Mauli Jagran clash dies Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 6 Almost a week after armed assailants opened fire on a group of youths in Mauli Jagran, leaving three injured, one of the victims, who was shot in the head, succumbed to injuries at the PGI on Sunday. The victim has been identified as Vikas. The bullet pierced through his head. He was declared brain dead a few days ago. The accused, identified as Samak, Sultan and Toni, along with others, reached Mauli Jagran to settle a score with Kallu. They opened fire on a group, including Vikas, Sachin and Rajat, who were known to Kallu. All accused have absconded. Earlier, the police had registered a case of attempt to murder, which now has been converted into a murder case. Satish Kumar, DSP East, said a murder case had been registered against all accused. GOVERNANCE REFORMS Senate asks Registrar to withdraw VC’s affidavit Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 6 After five-hour discussion, the Panjab University (PU) Senate on Sunday passed a unanimous resolution directing the Registrar, Col GS Chadha (retd), to approach the High Court (HC) for withdrawal of ViceChancellor (VC) Arun Kumar Grover’s affidavit on governance reforms. Professor Grover had filed an affidavit on April 17 before the HC which is hearing a financial crisis case of the PU. He had called for “serious reforms” in the governance structure of the varsity and said the “groupism in the Senate” did not allow discussions to take place on merit. He said the members thwarted new initiatives for sustenance of the university and “serious offenders are getting away due to technicalities”. At Sunday’s meeting, withdrawal of powers delegated to the VC by the Senate was on the agenda. Those who are in VC’s favour person to withdraw it.” Opening the discussion, a former VC, Prof RP Bambah, said the discussion should be avoided and a committee formed to resolve the matter. Jarnail Singh supported him while Anu Chatrath said the affidavit was premature when a committee was looking into he governance reforms. Additional Solicitor-General of India Satya Pal Jain said people, who differed with the VC’s affidavit, could file their own affidavit. VK Sibal said: “This is a personal affidavit. A third party cannot compel a Those who are against him Dr Subhash Sharma, who had moved the Syndicate resolution of withdrawing powers delegated to the VC, said: “If your dignity is hurt, we are also hurt and you should be hurt when dignity of the Senate or Syndicate is hurt.” Chandigarh BJP unit president Sanjay Tandon said they had requested the VC many times to withdraw the affidavit, but he didn’t. The president of the Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA), Prof Rajesh Gill, Continued on page 5 VC blasts Senators Chandigarh, May 6 The VC, Prof Arun Kumar Grover, said: “I will not withdraw the affidavit.” He said: “Tell me any university, where a Syndicate member can file a false allegation of sexual harassment. A police complaint was also filed…This Senate and Syndicate have failed to protect the office of VC. When you Google my name, it appears as accused VC.” He added: “First the National Students Union of India (NSUI) alleged loot and plunder in the PU and then the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) took it up. A fact-finding committee was formed and our grants were frozen.” He blamed both the UPA and the NDA governments for restricting grants to the PU. “Not one member of the given house see how we should go for it (resolving financial crisis). When we are Rs 100 crore short, how would we pay salaries, conduct exams…” He added: “What centre has done today, you cannot recruit anybody. They have Continued on page 5 Promotion of teacher put on hold Tribune News Service Molestation charge Chandigarh, May 6 As the issue of promotion of a dental teacher, Dr Devinder Preet Singh, who is accused of molesting a student and facing inquiry, came for discussion in the Senate on Sunday, the Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof Arun Kumar Grover, announced that it would be kept in abeyance. Dr Devinder Preet Singh of Dr HS Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital at the PU has been facing more than 10 complaints of sexual harassment by women students. The victims have recorded their On March 6, Dr Devinder Preet Singh allegedly molested a 4th year student against which the victim filed the complaint on March 7. She recorded her statement on March 20 before PUCASH and reiterated the charges. She was allegedly molested on the pretext of checkup as she was coughing. Though, the accused did not have a stethoscope. statements too before the Panjab University Committee Against Sexual Harassment (PUCASH). An item of appointment of Dr Devinder Preet Singh as Associate Professor in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics at dental hospital of the PU, on a temporary basis against the vacant post for one year, was on Senate agenda in information items. The appointment was against his substantive post of Senior Lecturer. When information items were being taken up, Dr Dalip Kumar, Senator, pointed out the case of accused teacher to the VC, after which Professor Grover directed that it would be kept in abeyance. There are agenda items related to honouring of Dr Devinder Preet Singh with ‘Profile of the Month’ award by the Indian Dental Association, too, as information items but no one objected to them. Besides molestation, sending lewd text messages and pornographic clip have also been alleged against the dental doctor. The list of messages and pornographic clip was submitted as evidence also. Students who had filed anonymous complaints of sexual harassment against him also recorded their statements in person. Sources said in one case, he had sent text message saying, “I like you.” c m y b Mohali, May 6 Residents of various parts of the town were at the receiving end of over 13-hour power breakdown that occurred at 10.30 pm on Saturday night. After spending a sleepless night, residents of Sector 67, 68, 69, 70, 71 and parts of Phase VII, IX and 3B2 had no water supply in the morning. The power supply could be restored in a majority of these sectors only around 12 noon on Sunday. The reason behind the power failure was breakdown of 66-KV line conductor, which resulted in failure of power supply from the 220 KV power station in Phase VII, Industrial Area, to the 66-KV substations in Sector 71 and 68. According to HS Oberoi, STORM WARNING: NO SCHOOL AFTER 12 NOON IN UT TODAY, 2-DAY HOLIDAY IN PANCHKULA SCHOOLS Chandigarh: In view of the thunderstorm alert, UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore has ordered closure of schools in the city after 12 noon on Monday. He has asked the school and college managements to be cautious. The Met Department issued warning on Sunday that thunderstorm, along with squall and hail, would hit Chandigarh and Haryana on May 6 and 7. Meanwhile, Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma announced a two-day holiday in govt and private schools starting Monday. POWER SHUTDOWN MOHALI 9 am to 2 pm: Parts of Sec 24, 25, 36, 37, 41 and Badheri village 10 am to 2 pm: Parts of Sec 23 Thank God! It was a Sunday today. First, we could not sleep last night. Then we could not do household chores due to unavailability of water. We managed somehow. SANGEETA, RESIDENT ❞ Workers repair power lines in Mohali on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Executive Engineer of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, Mohali, a special team, headed by the SDO, AOTL, arrived here from Ropar to fix the fault. “It was a major fault as there was a breakdown of 66KV line conductor, which provides power supply from the 220-KV power station to the two substations in Sector 68 and 71. The repair was also delayed due to the rain and darkness. We have to summon a specialised team from Ropar for the job,” said Oberoi. He claimed the supply to most areas being fed by the 11-KV feeders was restored from back feeding/shifting the load to other possible feeders within three-four hours of the breakdown. But the power supply to the other affected areas, including Sector 67, 68, 69 and parts of Phase VII and IX, could be restored around 12 noon on Sunday. Meanwhile, a number of residents complained that their power backup invertors fully drained during the long power outage. Adding to their woes, there was no water in most parts of the town. Those living on upper floors were severely hit. Narrating her woes, Ritu Kumari, a resident of Phase VII, who lives on the upper floor, said: “We have no power backup. All of us spent a sleepless night in hot weather. In the morning, it was no less than a shock as there was Continued on page 5 All parking lots to be paid sites MC survey to demarcate sites to be completed soon Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 6 Facing a financial crisis, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has revived the proposal to convert all non-paid parking lots in the city into paid ones. Sources said the architect wing of the MC, with the support of the engineering department, is carrying out a survey for the demarcation of the parking sites which may be turned into paid lots. One of the senior officers of the MC said the survey was likely to be completed within a week and the MC would place the agenda at the general house meeting of the MC. The issue of converting the free parking lots into paid sites has been pending for over a year. At present, there are only 25 paid parking lots in the city which are being managed by MC to start drive against illegal parking As instances of illegal parking have increased in the recent past, the Municipal Corporation has decided to start a drive with the help of the Chandigarh traffic police to curb the practice. Sources said the MC officials had taken up the issue with the traffic police. A joint team will be formed to check illegal parking. Arya Toll Infra Limited. The company was awarded the contract last year for Rs 15 crore. Sources said the survey team had identified more than 90 non-paid parking lots which can be converted into paid ones. Though the civic body has been at loggerheads with Arya Toll Infra Limited over the parking rates issue, the MC will have to look for other areas for generating more revenue. An officer of the MC said look- ing at the civic body’s poor financial condition, the MC has no other option but to create more parking lots to generate revenue. The MC has been facing the worst financial crisis as it has no money to pay the contractors. The MC is not starting any new project, so it can pay the salary to its staff. Sources said if the MC auctioned all parking lots, it would generate more than Rs 40 crore annually.
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