28052018-CT-01.qxd 5/28/2018 12:43 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE MONDAY | 28 MAY 2018 | CHANDIGARH 1-yr extension to CMO 15 rehris removed Snigdha beats Catherine PU Senate okays extension to Dr Devinder Dhawan with administrative powers of CMO. P2 Around 15 rehris removed from busy Kharar-Balongi highway during a drive. P4 Snigdha Sran beats Catherine Bhangu in U-16 CLTA-AITA tennis tournament. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 42°C MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41.7°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.17 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.23 AM Pay property tax by May 31 or face penalty Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 27 With just four days left for the deadline to end for depositing property tax with 20 per cent rebate, the Municipal Corporation has collected approximately Rs 17 crore as tax from owners of properties so far. The MC had announced a 20 per cent rebate for taxpayers in the case of residential properties and 10 per cent in the case of commercial properties. The rebate period was of two months, from April 1 to May 31. Sources said the MC had decided not to extend the date for availing of the rebate beyond May 31. An MC officer said those who failed to pay the amount within this stipulated time would have to pay 25 per cent penalty and 12 per Soil toil OPEN HOUSE RESPONSE An MC officer said those who failed to pay the amount within this stipulated time would have to pay 25 per cent penalty and 12 per cent interest on the amount. cent interest on the entire amount to the civic body. RK Garg, a resident of Sector 27, demanded that the date for availing of the rebate should be extended. He said records of the MC were not readily available online. The process was under way and the last date for availing of the rebate should be extended till June 30 to enable residents to pay the correct property tax as per the latest calculations done by the MC. He said when residents were paying taxes in advance, charging penalty and interest was not justified. WITHOUT PEOPLE’S INTENT, CLEANLINESS A DISTANT DREAM Segregation of garbage, monitoring of MC employees & proper functioning of waste treatment plant needed to bag top spot PAGE 5 POWER SHUTDOWN Vendors brave the scorching heat as they wait for customers on a pavement at Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI PU Senate dismisses Asst Prof Komal Singh pays for ‘repeated acts of sexual harassment’, can seek job outside Panjab varsity Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 27 In a first-of-its-kind case, the Panjab University (PU) Senate on Sunday dismissed Assistant Professor Komal Singh of the department of public administration from service for repeated acts of sexual harassment. However, he would have the option of seeking a job outside the PU. Komal Singh was facing four cases of sexual harassment. The Panjab University Committee Against Sexual Harassment (PUCASH) held him guilty in two cases, while the other two ended in a compromise. The Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof Arun Kumar Grover, had given a call to the Senators to be present to ensure a two-thirds strength. However, some members said as per the PU calendar, only two-thirds of the members present were required to take a decision on dismiss- CASES AGAINST KOMAL SINGH Komal Singh had helped get a hostel room for an outsider girl in 2014. He called her outside her hostel and allegedly misbehaved with her and asked her to sit in a car. She had to make a police complaint. Komal Singh submitted an apology to the police, but he had to leave his chairpersonship because of the complaint. 1 On September 10, 2015, an MA student lodged a complaint against Komal Singh as he indulged in “sexual talks” with her. The victim said on September 4, 2015, Komal Singh rang up her and said, “Teri ankhen badi sundar hai, meri wife se milti hai (your eyes are very beautiful and are similar to my wife’s). Teri ankhon mein bada dard hai (there is pain in your eyes), and I love you, I love you.” PUCASH held him guilty. 2 ing a faculty member. On April 1, voting had taken place on whether he should be demoted or dismissed. As many as 18 voted in favour of demotion and 32 in favour of his dismissal, but it did not constitute a two-thirds strength. Professor Grover on Sunday admitted that it was his folly that the choice of demotion was offered as Komal Komal Singh used sexually coloured abusive language and pulled the hair of a third-year student. He was allegedly drunk. PUCASH, in its report dated May 31, 2017, commented that “repetitive misconduct always warrants more stringent punishment” and called for a major penalty against him. 3 Singh could not be demoted as he was already in the grade pay of Rs 6,000. On April 5, PUCASH had written to the VC that their recommendation for a major penalty against Komal Singh should be accepted and all his misdemeanours should be taken in totality. Those on Komal Singh’s side Emeritus Professor Akhtar Seventeen MA-I students of the public administration department complained that on August 29, 2017, he introduced students to an acronym KISS, which, according to him, stood for knowledge, information and society. He then added, “Ae tuhade vale kiss di gall ni mai kar reha (I am not talking about your version of kiss). Then he told students that he was a fakir in a Punjabi accent and added, “F**k vala ni.” He first threatened a girl that he would slap her and then slapped her. “Moreover, he was calling girls individually to his office. He crossed his limits saying “I love you”. This was very offensive and wasn’t bearable, said students. Komal Singh had to apologise for his conduct in this case and the issue was settled on January 23. 4 Mahmood, a nominated senator, said, “You (VC) are misleading people with misinformation to change their minds.” He called the papers related to sexual harassment as “garbage”. Dr Ajay Ranga called the VC biased and claimed the case against Komal Singh was at his behest. The secretary of the Panjab University Teachers Associa- Nigerian woman among three arrested with heroin Tribune News Service Mohali, May 27 Three persons, including a Nigerian woman, were arrested by the Special Task Force (STF), Mohali, in two separate cases for carrying a total of 790 gm of heroin, worth Rs 20 lakh, here on Saturday. According to the police, Nigerian national Maryam Wano was caught with 280 gm of heroin, while Ludhiana residents Harmanpreet Singh and Manpreet Singh, alias Patwari, both habitual drug peddlers, were nabbed with 510 gm of heroin. Acting on a tip-off, the police intercepted the Nigerian woman near the old barrier in Mohali. The police recovered the heroin from her purse. She was coming to Chandigarh from New Delhi, where she resides, for supplying drugs to her clients when she was stopped. The woman, who is believed to be in her thirties, told the police that she came to India in August 2016 on a medical visa and later started Two of the three accused in police custody in Mohali. TRIBUNE PHOTO working in a beauty and hair salon. She, meanwhile, started the trade of carrying the drug from New Delhi and smuggling it to Punjab and neighbouring areas. She failed to produce her visa and passport, the police said. “She has been into drug peddling for over eight months,” said Rajinder Singh Sohal, Superintendent of Police, STF . In another case, the police intercepted a car in which the Ludhiana duo was sitting near Bougainvillea Garden, Phase 4, here. On checking, heroin was recovered from the vehicle. They were coming from MOHALI 9:30 am to 10:30 pm: Parts of Sector 39, 40, 42, 55 and 56, Attawa, Palsora and Maloya villages, and Maloya Colony Delhi when they were caught. Harmanpreet told the police that his father was a property dealer and did farming as well. It was during his BCA studies that he started taking drugs. He was then sent to a drug rehabilitation centre by his family. Later, he moved to Dubai and returned to India in 2017. He then again started taking and peddling drugs along with Manpreet, who already had two drug cases registered against him in Ludhiana. Meanwhile, the three have been remanded in two-day police custody. c m y b tion (PUTA), Prof JK Goswami, also came out in support of Komal Singh and claimed that the documents related to sexual harassment cases were in contravention of the principle of natural justice. “He has not been given a chance. Can PUCASH members give an affidavit that all rules were followed while deciding the case,” he asked. Prof Chaman Lal was against Komal Singh’s dismissal and said he could be punished in some other way. He suggested that he could be demoted to a research officer or could be sent on oneyear leave without pay to a de-addiction centre. He also raised questions over the legality of PUCASH to which the VC objected. Those against him Prof Sandhir said action against Komal Singh would instil confidence in students. Even in the recently concluded case of molestation against Dr Devinder Preet Singh, students used to say nothing would materialise as in the case of Komal Singh, he said. Former Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal called for punishment. Chandigarh BJP unit president Sanjay Tandon asked the senators, who were defending him, whether they could send their daughters to such teachers. Okays 5% fee hike in affiliated colleges Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 27 The Panjab University Senate on Sunday approved a 5 per cent fee hike in affiliated colleges. As many as 188 colleges are affiliated with the PU in Chandigarh and Punjab. The decision to hike the fee will impact close to 2.5 lakh students. According to the minutes of a September 29 meeting of the fee rationalisation committee under Prof RS Jhanji, principal of AS College, Khanna, an overall 5 per cent hike was recommended in all heads of affiliated colleges, subject to a maximum of Rs 1,000. The committee reasoned that private universities had opened up degree courses and were attracting students while admissions in colleges had seen a dip. “Better infrastructure, amenities, hygiene and a conducive environment for students is also a challenge for our colleges. As a matter of fact, in order to rationalise the fee structure for 2018-19, it is important to ensure that the fee is enhanced only up to a reasonable rate. If the fee is enhanced in a big way, the number of students in affiliated colleges will further decrease,” according to the minutes of the meeting. New fee structure for 2018-19 Courses BA BSc BCom MA MSc MCom Punjab affiliated colleges ~11,350 ~12,760 ~20,530 ~15,880 ~18,590 ~20,938 Chandigarh affiliated colleges ~13,470 ~14,830 ~20,030 ~15,880 ~18,590 ~20,530
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