‘ Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawano ka’ – the theme logo of PU Youth Festivals

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Chandigarh September 1,  2018

Prof Raj Kumar , Vice Chancellor , Panjab University Chandigarh released the Theme Logo of PU Youth festivals, here today in the Principals Meeting held in the  University. This year,all the Panjab Univesrity Youth Festivals will be dedicated to Indian Military Forces under the theme logo ‘ Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawano ka’.

Prof Kumar said that there is lot of energy in our youth and we should use this energy for the development of the Nation. He expressed that the youth festivals are the best source to channelize the creativity of our young students. While welcoming, the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Parvinder Singh, DCDC appreciated the efforts of the colleges  for
successful conduct of the these festivals and other recreational activities.

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Dr Nirmal Jaura Director  Youth Welfare informed that twelve Zonal Youth Festivals  will be organised in the various colleges of the university and the final Inter- Zonal Youth Festival will be held at Dasmesh Girls College, Badal Distt. Sri Muktsar Sahib . This University Festival will be inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor Dr Raj Kumar on Oct 30, 2018.

Col G S Chadda Registrar , Principal Gurdeep Sharma , Dr S S Deol , Dr R  K Mahajan , Dr Anita Kaushal , Dr I S Sandhu , Dr S S Sangha , Sh Vikram Nayar FDO , SVC Dr A  S  Aluwaila and Panjab University Senate and Syndicate members were also present in the occasion

The beautiful token of Punjabi Culture Phulkari and Pakhi was presented to the Vice Chancellor

VC-Principals Interface at PU

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The Vice-Chancellor-Principals’ Interface Meeting of all the affiliated Colleges of Panjab University, Chandigarh under the Chairmanship of Professor Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor was held here today at Rajiv Gandhi College Bhawan, Panjab University Chandigarh.

As many as 113 Principals and Conveners and organizing secretaries of PU Zonal Youth & Heritage Festival-2018 from various affiliated colleges were present. Dr. Parvinder Singh, Dean College Development and Controller of examinations accorded a warm welcome to the Vice-Chancellor on his personal behalf and on behalf of the principals of all the affiliated colleges.  He also welcomed the Principals, members of the Senate, Col. G.S. Chadha, Registrar, CA Vikram and Dr. Nirmal Jaura, Director Youth Festival.

The Vice-Chancellor in his Presidential Address,  highlighted the importance of the colleges for the University and assured them that they would collectively try to resolve the issues being faced by them. He said that he would hold quarterly meetings with the Principals.  He shared his vision with the participants and called upon them to take
steps for providing quality education to the students and come up to the expectations of the shareholders. The Vice-Chancellor also released the Logo of the PU Zonal Youth & Heritage Festival-2018.

CA Vikram Nayyar, FDO discussed the issues relating to Financial Grants/Funds/Payments/Honorarium etc. and their redressal mechanism adopted by the University.

Col. G.S. Chadha, Registrar discussed the administrative issues and Redressal mechanism pertaining to PU affiliated colleges.

Prof. A.S. Ahluwalia, Secretary to Vice-Chancellor highlighted the Challenges in Higher Education and said that education has to match global standards so that our students get better employability in the era of globalization.

At the end of the meeting, many issues relating to colleges were highlighted by Principals and suggestions were given for redressal of the grievances.

PU VC meets Finance Minister

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Chandigarh September 1,  2018

Panjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Raj Kumar  met   Sh  Arun Jaitley , Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs yesterday in New Delhi. PU VC  requested for implementation of 7th Pay commission for PU employees.

Prof Kumar also had a meeting with Sh. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. He discussed in details about Research and Development of Bio-Fuels and Bio-Diesels to improvise upon agricultural practices in the state of Punjab.They deliberated on introducing newer technology for doing so.On the basis of these discussions, a proposal shall be submitted by PU for suitable grants for three affiliated colleges in Punjab and PU Rural Regional Centre.

CJI Dipak Misra sticks to tradition, recommends Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s name as his successor

Justice Ranjan Gogoi is a judge of the Supreme Court of India. His father Keshab Chandra Gogoi was a  staunch Congressman and former Chief minister of Assam

Ending months of speculation over the name of the next Chief Justice of India, incumbent Dipak Misra has endorsed Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the senior-most judge in the Supreme Court, for the post.

According to sources, CJI Misra has sent his recommendation to the Ministry of Law and Justice endorsing Justice Gogoi as his successor. As per convention, the outgoing CJI sends the recommendation about his successor 30 days before he is to demit office.

The outgoing CJI usually recommends the name of the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court as his successor.

Justice Gogoi is likely to take oath as 46th CJI on 3 October. He is due to retire on November 17, 2019.

Earlier, rumours about the government introducing a bill to increase the retirement age of judges were doing the rounds in media, only to be later put to rest by Law Ministry denying such speculations.

It is worth the mention that Justice Ranjan Gogoi was one of the four senior Supreme Court judges — Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, MB Lokur and Kurian Joseph — who virtually revolted against CJI Misra over “selective” case allocation and certain judicial orders in January this year.

The four senior Supreme Court judges had called a press conference in New Delhi in the second week of January and said the situation in the top court was “not in order” and that many “less than desirable” things had taken place.

At the unprecedented press conference, Justice Gogoi had hinted that the allocation of a case seeking an investigation in the death of special CBI judge BH Loya to a junior judge led to the ‘revolt’.

Earlier this month, CJI Misra broke his silence on the judges’ revolt saying that the real challenge to the judicial system was to transform it into a performing one with composure and rationality.

“To criticise, attack and destroy a system is quite easy. What is difficult and challenging is to transform it into a performing one. For this one has to transcend one’s personal ambitions or grievances,” CJI Dipak Misra had said while speaking at the Independence Day function organised in the Supreme Court by the Supreme Court Bar Association.

“Concrete reforms must be undertaken with rationality, maturity, responsibility and composure. It’s necessary to be productive instead of being counter-productive,” he said.

“Only then the institution can go to greater heights,” Misra added.

With the arrest of youth Chandigarh police successfully solved snatching cases


Chandigarh                                                                                                                                                                                        01.09.2018

Chandigarh police achieved a success to work out the snatching case occurred in Sector 22 Chandigarh by the team under the supervision of Sh. Krishan Kumar, SDPO Central Division, lead by SHO-17 and I/C PP-22 with police party by the arrest of accused Varun Chaudhary S/o Suresh Kumar R/o H. No. 17, Type-13 JEF, PGI, Sector-12 Chandigarh Age-21 years alongwith one juvenile
During interrogation of accused Varun Chaudhary, case FIR No. 242 dated 21.07.18 U/s 379,356,411 IPC PS-17 has been worked out with recovery of mobile phone and purse. Both were produced before the Hon’ble court, juvenile was sent to Juvenile home and one day police remand of accused Varun Chaudhary was obtained. During remand he revealed that in the year of 2015 he was arrested in four snatching cases in Chandigarh. He further confessed that he along with said juvenile committed snatchings on a blue color pulsar M/Cycle before the Month of July-2018. They committed 03 snatchings in different Police Stations of Chandigarh and 01 in Phase-6 Mohali (PB). These snatching confessed by him are being verified. M/cycle involved in snatching cases, which in now in accidental condition at Mohali was also taken into police possession. He is on police remand and more recovery or snatching cases could be affected.
Recovered Item:-
Xolo Mobile Phone Duel SIM, Purse & Blue Pulsar M/Cycle
Profile of accused:-
Varun Chaudhary S/o Suresh Kumar R/o H. No. 17, Type-13 JEF, PGI, Sector-12 Chandigarh Age -21 year, Qualification- 12th, Un-married, unemployed.
One Juvenile
Previous History of accused Varun Chaudhary:
FIR No. 34/23.01.15 U/s 356,379,411,34 IPC PS-11
FIR No. 114/16.03.15 U/s 356,379,411,34 IPC PS-11
FIR No. 73/27.02.15 U/s 356,379,411,34 IPC PS-17
FIR No. 94/28.02.15 U/s 356,379 IPC PS-26

Opp. Pits Stalin Against Modi

Since the Opposition parties are yet to find out a suitable candidate, leaders like Farooq Abdullah and Azad had said Stalin should lead the country,” said A Saravanan, the DMK spokesman

The demand from regional party satraps to lead a united Opposition in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and the gradual fade away of sibling rivalry has clearly gave an edge to M K Stalin, the 65-year-old president of the DMK and he seems to be on course of leaping to the stature of a king maker in the national politics.

Though Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is currently leading the race, Stalin could be the regional parties’ answer to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, if the words of some of the leaders ~ who addressed the public meeting held at Chennai on Thursday in memory of former chief minister of Tamil Nadu late M Karunanidhi ~ are any indication.

In the meeting Farooq Abdullah, leader of the National Conference and former chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir, urged Stalin to unite and lead the secular forces in the country against the BJP.

“Who is going to lead the flock? Stalin, I tell you. Lead us to the nation that Gandhi could not take us and Karunanidhi could not take us. Please take my children and grandchildren to an India where we can live with honour and dignity and walk with freedom,” said Abdullah who also alleged that the country was undergoing a regime of dictatorship.

The way regional parties pictured Stalin’s importance in the national politics, one could easily analyse that he will be a catalyst of a maha gat bandhan taking shape in Tamil Nadu.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and the senior leader of the Congress also declared that Stalin would be the ideal person to take on the BJP. “Under the leadership of Stalin, we will fight oppression and discrimination of the worst kind India has ever faced,” said Azad.

The words of these two leaders were played again and again by Kalaignar TV, the channel owned by the Karunanidhi family. Former Prime Minister Deve Gowda too paid rich compliments to Stalin, though he did not endorse the candidature of the latter for the post of Prime Minister.

Barring the BJP, leaders of all political parties who were present were vying with one another in praising Stalin and attacking Narendra Modi, though indirectly.

“Yes, it was an endorsement of Stalin as the Prime Ministerial candidate. He has all the qualities to be the Prime Minister of the country. Since the Opposition parties are yet to find out a suitable candidate, leaders like Farooq Abdullah and Azad had said Stalin should lead the country,” said A Saravanan, the DMK spokesman

Sudha Bhardwaj denies Maharashtra police’s claims, terms letter “concocted”, “fabricated”


At a press conference in Mumbai on Friday, the Maharashtra Police said that Bharadwaj had written a letter to a certain “Comrade Prakash”.

Activist Sudha Bharadwaj, who was arrested along with four others on 28 August, rejected the Maharashtra Police’s accusation that the accused had “clear links” with Maoists. In a hand-written statement issued on 1 September, Bharadwaj, who is currently under house arrest, said the police had “totally concocted” a letter to implicate her.

“It is a totally concocted letter fabricated to criminalise me and other human rights lawyers, activists and organisations,” the letter read.

Bharadwaj’s statement was shared through her lawyer Vrinda Grover.

At a press conference in Mumbai on Friday, the Maharashtra Police said that Bharadwaj had written a letter to a certain “Comrade Prakash”. The police had also read out passages from seized letters allegedly establishing the links between the Naxals and those arrested.

Bharadwaj, a visiting professor of Law-Poverty and tribal rights at the National Law University (NLU), Delhi, said that the purported letter shown by the police is a “mixture of innocuous”.

She claimed a number of human rights lawyers, activists and organisations were deliberately named to cast a stigma over them, obstruct their work and incite hatred against them.

“I categorically state that I have never given Rs 50,000 to hold any programme in Moga. Nor do I know any Comrade Ankit who is in touch with Kashmiri separatists,” she wrote.

The activist, who is also the general secretary of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) in Chhattisgarh, said that she knows Gautam Navlakha as “a senior and respected human rights activist whose name has been mentioned in a manner to criminalise and incite hatred against him”.

Navlakha is journalist and civil rights activist who is also involved with PUCL. He has also served as a convener for International People’s Tribunal for Human Rights and Justice in Kashmir. He was picked up by the Pune Police from New Delhi on the same day as the other four.

Early this week, the police raided the homes of activists and lawyers from five states – Varavara Roa in Hyderabad, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira in Mumbai, Bharadwaj in Fariadabad and Navalakha in Delhi. All five were arrested.

Lawyers of the arrested activists slammed the Pune Police for trying to indulge in media trial by publicly sharing sensitive information that is part of investigation.

“What police has done today in the press conference is wrong. Even defence lawyers do not have access to these documents, which the police claim as evidence against accused persons. It is clear that the police is indulging in media trial to put pressure on the judiciary,” Rohan Nahar, lawyer for P Varavara Rao, was quoted as saying by Indian Express.

Vernon Gonsalves’ lawyer Tosif Shaikh, too, backed the “media trial” claim stating that the police does not have strong evidence to prove allegations.

On Friday, ADG (Law and Order), Maharashtra Police, Parambir Singh said at a press conference in Mumbai that the arrests were made only after “we were confident that clear links have been established”.

“Evidence clearly establishes their roles with Maoists,” he said adding that letters exchanged between the activists point to the plotting of a “Rajiv Gandhi-like” incident

Loans given on phone calls from ‘naamdars’ will be recovered: Modi

Speaking at the event, the PM took a jibe at the Congress accusing the party of forcing banks to give loans to known defaulters.

During the previous regime, the majority of bank funds were reserved only for the rich who were close to a particular family, says the Prime Minister

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) service today at a ceremony in New Delhi. Calling it the beginning of his government’s aim at bringing banking facility into the rural heartland of the country, the PM said that the IPPB will bring banks at the doorstep of the rural population.

“Through the IPPB, the path to the doors of every Indian, every tribal, every person living on faraway mountains and ever poor is being paved. The IPPB service will be available in 650 districts – touching every nook and corner of India,” said the PM at the event in Talkatora Stadium.

Praising the service of the post office and the postman, the PM said, “Starting today, the postman will be the bearer of both the letter and bank.”

“The faith in the government may have wavered but the faith in postman has never wavered. The postman has always enjoyed a special status in the lives of the people. Technology has changed everything but the emotion and faith associated with the postman remains the same,” said the PM.

The PM said that the IPPB will be monitored by both the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Ministry of Communication.

“Our government has taken the responsibility of bridging the postman with technology,” said the PM adding that the IPPB has the “power to expand the banking system and digital transactions”.

“All services are available not only at the IPPB counters but also the postman will be able to come at the doorstep to provide facilities,” he said.

“Even the smallest of trader can open a current account in IPPB. A worker from UP or Bihar will be able to send money to his family easily. An IPPB account can be used for every banking transaction, including transfer to another bank,” he said.

Speaking at the event, the PM took a jibe at the Congress accusing the party of forcing banks to give loans to known defaulters.

“From 1947 to 2008, all the banks of the country had extended just Rs 18 lakh crore in loans. But from 2008 to 2014 the banks extended Rs 52 lakh crore as loans,” said the PM.

“Even though bankers knew that loans extended by them to such borrowers will turn bad, they were forced to do so by the naamdars (dynasts). Those who kept defaulting were given fresh loans in name of loan restructuring,” Modi said.

The PM’s comment can be seen in the light of the multi-crore loan default cases involving absconding fugitive Nirav Modi and liquor baron Vijay Mallya.

“Swift action is being taken against 12 biggest defaulters who were given loans before 2014. I want to assure the country that none of these big loans was given by our government,” the PM said.

Modi accused the Congress of leaving the nation’s economy on a land mine.

The IPPB is aimed at providing banking and financial services to people in rural areas through post office branches. The government aims to link all the 1.55 lakh post offices to the India Post Payments Bank system by 31 December, 2018.

IPPB began operations on 30 January 2017 with one pilot branch each in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

According to reports, the IPPB will offer 4 per cent interest rate on savings accounts and accept deposits of up to Rs 1 lakh per account from individuals and small businesses. It can also serve as an agent of other financial service providers in case of certain services such as offering loans.

IPPB has been allowed to link around 17 crore postal savings bank (PSB) accounts with its accounts.

“IPPB has been envisioned as an accessible, affordable and trusted bank for the common man, to help speedily achieve the financial inclusion objectives of the Central government. It will leverage the vast network of the department of posts, which covers every corner of the country with more than 300,000 postmen and Grameen Dak Sewaks. IPPB will hence significantly augment the reach of the banking sector in India,” the government had said in a statement on 31 August.

“The IPPB will offer a range of products such as savings and current accounts, money transfer, direct benefit transfers, bill and utility payments, and enterprise and merchant payments. These products, and related services, will be offered across multiple channels (counter services, micro-ATM, mobile banking app, SMS and IVR), using the bank’s state-of-the-art technology platform,” said the statement.

Communications Minister Manoj Sinha said on Wednesday that by the end of 2018, the number of IPPB access points would increase to 1.55 lakh, of which 1.30 lakh branches would be in rural areas.

“Further, account holders of the Post Office Savings Bank would also be able to avail IPPB services by linking their accounts,” he said.

“The account holders in the payments bank would be provided a QR card and they can authorise transactions with the card and their biometrics,” he added.

पैट्रो पदार्थों की कीमतों में वृद्धि को लेकर आआपा ने फूंका सरकार का पुतला

पंचकूला, 1 सितंबर:

आम आदमी पार्टी की जिला पंचकूला इकाई ने पैट्रो पदार्थों की कीमतों में बार बार हो रही मूल्य वृद्धि के खिलाफ केंद्र सरकार का पुतला फूंका। पार्टी ने इस दौरान लगातार अनियंत्रित हो रही महंगाई को काबू न कर पाने को लेकर भाजपा सरकार के खिलाफ जमकर नारेबाजी भी की।

आआपा के अंबाला के लोकसभा तथा जिला पंचकूला के अध्यक्ष योगेश्वर शर्मा ने इस अवसर पर कहा कि जिस तरह से पैट्रो पदार्थों की कीमतों में आए दिन वृद्धि हो रही है, उसका सीधा असर आम आदमी की रसोई एवं अन्य खर्चों के लिए तय अन्य बजट पर भी पड़ता है। मगर देश की सत्तारूढ़ भाजपा सरकार और उसके नेताओं को शायद इससे कोई फर्क नहीं पड़ता। इसीलिए वे अपने होठों पर चुप्पी का ताला लगाए बैठे हैं। उन्होंने कहा कि इस जुमलेबाज पार्टी ने लोगों को चुनावों से पहले जो बहुत बड़े सपने दिखाए थे, वे सब टूट गए हैं और देश व प्रदेश की जनता इस पार्टी से छुटकारा चाहती है। उन्होंने कहा कि इस पार्टी व पार्टी के नेताओं में काम करने की नीयत नहीं है अन्यथा वायदे पूरे किए जा सकते थे जैसा कि दिल्ली में अरविंद केजरीवाल की आम आदमी पार्टी की सरकार ने करके दिखाया है। उन्होंने कहा कि भारी विरोध और रुकावटों के बावजूद आप की सरकार ने दिल्ली की जनता से किए 83 प्रतिशत वायदे पूरे किए हैं।

पैट्रोल-डीजल के दामों में बेतहाशा वृद्धि के लिए भाजपा की नीतियां जिम्मेदार:-प्रदीप चौधरी

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-कहा..जिले की सड़कें बदहाल मुश्किलों भरा हो रहा राहगीरों का सफर

पंचकूला, 1 सितंबर:

इंडियन नैशनल लोकदल पार्टी के जिलाध्यक्ष एवं पूर्व विधायक प्रदीप चौधरी ने भाजपा सरकार पर आरोप लगाते हुए कहा कि जिस प्रकार से पट्रोल-डीजल के दाम बढ़ाकर लोगों को लूटने का काम किया जा रहा है, वो बहुत ही गलत बात है, इसके लिए भाजपा ज्यादा जिम्मेदार इसलिए है, क्योंकि भाजपा ने तेल कंपनियों को जो मनमर्जी की छूट दी है, उसकी मार उपभोक्ताओं पर पड़ रही है और यहीं कारण है कि आज तेल की कीमतें बेलगाम होती जा रही है।

प्रदीप चौधरी ने कहा कि जब अंतराष्ट्रीय बाज़ार में तेल की क़ीमतें कम होती है तो लोगों को तेल कंपनियां कोई राहत नही देती है। परंतु जब तेल की क़ीमतें बढ़ती है तो पेट्रोल-डीजल की कीमतों म बेतहाशा बढ़ोतरी कर दी जाती है। जिससे उपभोक्ताओं भी भारी आर्थिक मार पड़ती है। उन्होंने कहा कि तेल के भाव बढ़ने के बाद दैनिक प्रयोग की वस्तुओं के दाम बढ़ जाते है। ऐसे में आम आदमी पर महंगाई की दोहरी मार पड़ती है।

प्रदीप चौधरी ने सरकार पर आरोप लगाया कि जीरो टोलरेंस की बातें करने वाली बीजेपी सरकार के राज में सबसे ज्यादा भ्रष्टाचार हो रहा है। आज पंचकूला की सड़कें बदहाल है और राहगीरों का सफर परेशानियों भरा है। गरीब लोगों के राशनकार्ड नही बन रहे है। सरकार अपने वायदों पर ध्यान दौड़ाए, क्योँकि जो वायदे जनता से किये थे वो आज तक पूरे नही किये गए।