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Sherwood Convent holds annual function
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 29
The annual function of Sherwood Convent School, Mohali, Phase-4 was held at Pracheen Kala Kendra Sector 71 here.

The programme started with the chief guest lighting deepshiksha. The principal presented the annual report and informed the audience about the extra curricular activities and plan for the year ahead. The effort of the staff was highly appreciated. The children presented Peacock dance, Paharidance, Goar dance, and Dandia. The programme ended with a Punjabi dance, “Shami”. The vote of thanks was given by Mr V.K Singhal, general secretary of the society.

Those who were given prizes on the occasion were: Bhaynect Kaur, Gurleen Kaur. Jasleen Kaur. Mahim. Amrit Lal, Jaskaran Singh, Somiya Pathanina, Deepanshu, Nisha, Atul Narayan, Simranjeet Cheena, Taranprect Singh, Sunania, Gabish Singhla, Irain Khan, Ashish, Gobind Nihal Singh, Vikram Vig, Shubham Kumar, Anmol Kaur, Duleep Kaur, Anjaii Raj, Inderjot Singh, Mchak, Pooja Bhatia, Anmol Singh, Sahil Puri, Shudanshu, Jadot Singh, Amisha Thakur, Roomi Gairola, Devinder Kumar, Kulkiranjot Kaur, Sourav, Deepanshu, Ashima Sood, Naveen Rattu, Munish Bhardwaj, Ankit Thapiyal, Surya Kant Bansal, Riya Malik, Jivash Sandhu, Bhajnesh Kaur, Jasbir Kaur, Richa Soni, Ranneek Kaur, Vishal, Diksha and Neha Jamwal.

Anmol Kaur was declared the all-rounder student, and Angadveer Singh was declared the most obedient student.

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Dance mania at PU as Goonj concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
The annual technical-cum-cultural festival — Goonj — at Panjab University, organised by the students of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), ended with a DJ night here this evening.

The three-day festival saw the final round of events on the last day today. The MCM DAV college drama group, Parvaaz, comprising of Shikha, Vasundhra Chadha, Vasundhra Kumar, Sakshi, Tilottama and Geetika, bagged the first prize in the inter-college skit competition – Abhinay. Their presentation “garam masala” dealt with woman-related issues. The UIET team of Neeraj Monga, Rini, Sahil, Chirag, Anirudh, Alka, Sugandhi, Vikramjit Vishal, Harleen and Jatin, who presented the play, Ramayana — The Remix, came second. The play was directed by Amit Gulati.

The dance troupe of the UIET beat Velocity, the Panjab University’s combined group, in a scintillating western dance competition event — Razamataz. The UIET team, comprising of Namita, Sauravsagar, Carol, Tanisha, Aditi, Vishant and Sunny, won the competition after two rounds.

The most interesting event of the day, however, remained “Men at Work”. Introduced for the first time in Goonj, six teams of three each short listed yesterday were given a case study with a management problem which they solved with presentations this morning before the judges.

The judges — Mr Vipin Dewan, Director, CMTR, Ms Amar Deepika, GM (HR), PTL, and Mr K.K. Misra, senior vice-president, Industrial Cables Limited, Rajpura, found the team of Mandeep, Varun and Tarunjit from Punjab Engineering College the best. UIET teams of Ankush, Ashish, Garima and Isha, Rini and Sonali stood second and third, respectively.

Besides, today’s events included an on-the-spot website development competition, assembling of model, a biotech quiz, technical group discussion, debugging, a mock press conference, pre-developed website presentation, gliding, technical paper presentations, sudoku, EQ-IQ, mobile phone gaming and on line gaming.

A charity tambola was also organised by Mitra, a social welfare club of the UIET. The day ended in the company of DJ Nasha.

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Campus placements at CEC
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 29
Max New York Life Insurance Company Ltd conducted campus interviews at Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, near here, today.

Under the campus placement drive launched by the Training and Placement Cell (TPC) set up by the college, the interviews were for the first batch of its MBA students passing out in 2006.

The company has offered a package of Rs 1.75 lakh per annum plus incentives for the students selected for the posts of sales executive. Mr Mohit Mathur, Manager HR (Rural Channel), along with his colleagues, Mr Avilesh Mahajan and Mr Vinod K Bansal, conducted the interviews.

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India Tourism Day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
Desh Bhagat Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, celebrated “India Tourism Day” by organising a seminar on “The Growing Trends of Tourism in India” here today.

According Dr Zora Singh, the chairman of the Desh Bhagat Group, Mr Jagjeet Puri, Managing Director, Punjab Tourism and Development Corporation, Punjab was the chief guest. Mr N.S. Nanda president, Hotel and Restaurant Association, Punjab, presided over the function. Mr Naveen Kumar Nanchahal Principal, Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management and Catering, was the guest of honour.

Dignitaries from five star hotels like hotel Taj, Sarovar Park Plaza, Kaivoli Garden Resorts, Delhi, presented their papers on “The Growing Trends Of Tourism In India”. A colorful cultural program was also put up by the students which included western dance, skit, solo dance and Punjabi folk dance.

Valedictory session speech was delivered by Mrs Tejinder Kaur, vice-president, Aasra Foundation. The institute also inaugurated a bakery shop in the college campus.

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Poem recitation by tiny tots
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 29
Poem recitation by play schoolchildren took place at Small Wonders School, Phase 7, here. Children in the 2-3 age group enthralled the audience.

The Director, Mr Sandeep Singh, welcomed the guest of honour, Mr Gursewak Mann. The children sang confidently to the tune of the songs. The programme was enjoyed by the parents and grandparents of the children. The audience gave a thunderous applause after each poem and swayed to the melody.

Mr Gursewak Mann appreciated the effort of the school in grooming the pupils and enhancing their confidence. The impressive show was applauded by the audience.

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Students advised to follow Guru’s ideals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
Film and television actor Mangal Dhillon visited Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, here today. Khalsa — a film on Sikh religions was screened for the students. Khalsa directed by Dhillon, depicts the life of Guru Gobind Singh.

Dhillon also addressed the students and said the Gurbani too recognises place of respect for women. Illustrating from Guru Granth Sahib, he said Sikhism was universal religion and preaches oneness of human kind.

Khalsa highlights, spirit of sacrifice in Sikhism not just for religious purpose but also for the welfare of entire mankind.

Dr Harinjderjit Kaur, Principal of the college, called on students to lead ethical life based on teachings of the Sikh Gurus. She also appealed to them to preserve the Sikh heritage.

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Learning centre for children with disability
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, has set up a “Learning Centre” for children suffering from various learning disabilities.

Children suffering from various forms of learning disability will be given training by a special educator, Ms Vandana Jakati. She has been specially trained to deal with and undertake individualized teaching of these children.

The Hansraj “Learning Centre” with the motto “I too can”, was formally inaugurated by Mr D.R. Yadava, Regional Officer CBSE. Lauding the efforts put in by the school in helping children achieve their potential, he said that CBSE also recognises the incidence of learning disability and has incorporated various concessions for these students.

The School Principal, Mr Vijay Kumar, said that the school is ready with a helping hand whenever they need it. “The students who suffer from learning disabilities need our sympathy and support. The purpose of starting a learning centre in the school premises is that these children could be given help.

This facility is provided free of cost to the students of the school. Special teaching will be done during school hours, while ensuring that the regular studies are not disrupted,” he said.

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Fun time at Euro Kids
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 29
Euro Kids today celebrated health is wealth day with much enthusiasm. Students of playschool and nursery displayed tremendous energy by exhibiting races like transport modes in the form of cars, buses etc., and cartoon character race had Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh and Donald Duck rubbing shoulders with Buddy, the special Euro Kids mascot and Wild animals’ race, where elephants, tigers, zebras and lions ran together.

The parent- child races had the parents participating in the lemon and puzzle solving races with their children. Threading the beads, panning the gold and lets go fishing were some of the other races that the students actively participated in.

National hockey player Prabhjot Singh was the chief guest on the occasion and Mr Rakesh Sharma, president, Swami Ram Tiratha Public School, the guest of honour.

Ms Sangeet Growar, Principal of the school, said it was her school’s endeavour to develop overall personality of the students.

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Service for NET aspirants

Chandigarh, January 29
The Aryans Educational and Charitable Trust extended free UGC postal service for aspirants from north India of the National Eligibility Test (NET), to be held in June, for the third consecutive term here today.

Prof D.C. Kataria, director of the trust, said many students in small towns and villages did not get proper information about the test, but they could obtain information about NET at their homes by using this service. TNS

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DAVOSA holds school fete
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
A fete was recently organised by the old students of DAV Public School, Sector 8 within the school premises. It was organised with the aim to relive old memories and foster closer ties with the juniors. The highlights of the fete included skill-games, food-stalls, tattoo-making, and face-painting.

An enterprise of DAVOSA (DAV Old Students Association), the enthusiastic old students hogged the limelight by their presence in large numbers. The dance party and the food stalls were great crowd pullers.

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MC chief files writ in HC
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 29
The Municipal Council, President, Mr Tarun Bhandari has filed a writ in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, against the Director, Urban Development, Haryana, Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, and others for declaring the MC meeting of October 19, 2005, as null and void.

Mr Bhandari had to face a no- confidence motion in this meeting, but the Congress councillors, who had moved the no confidence motion against him, had withdrawn the motion.

In his petition, Mr Bhandari has alleged that the councillors could not have withdrawn the motion, as the meeting had already begun when they gave their application for withdrawal.

In his writ petition, Mr Bhandari has submitted that the Director, Urban Development, has no authority to declare a meeting called to discuss a no confidence motion as null and void. The writ is likely to be taken up in the Punjab and Haryana High Court tomorrow.

The Director, Urban Development, had recently declared this meeting as null and void, following an appeal by the Congress Councillors. On January 25, 23 of the 31 Municipal councillors in the Municipal Council house here, including the vice-president, Ms Kuljit Waraich, again gave a notice for no confidence motion against the MC president.

Deputy Commissioner, Mr Brijendra Singh had then appointed SDM Panchkula, Mr Virender Dahiya, as the Administrator.

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Electricity Dept ordered to pay compensation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
Upholding an order of the state Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission on overcharging a Sector 38 (West) resident for an electricity bill, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed the UT Electricity Department to pay Rs 50,000 as compensation to the consumer.

While passing the judgment, the Commission observed that the callous attitude of the Electricity Department in replacing a defective electricity meter with another defective meter resulted in harassment to the consumer. The department forced the consumer to pay the dues of Rs 26, 408 when he went to get no-dues certificate from the department.

The consumer, Mr V.P. Aggarwal, in his application lamented that he was allotted a government accommodation in Sector 39 on rental basis in 1994. He remained in the house till March 27, 2000, but the electricity department did not issue the bill till the time of his superannuation.

On his retirement, he had to vacate the house and no-dues certificate was required from the electricity department. At the time of vacation, the electricity department issued a bill of Rs 26, 408 on average basis instead of actual consumption basis.

Earlier, the state commission had directed the department to pay Rs 5000 as compensation and Rs 500 as litigation expenses. Dissatisfied with the order, the consumer went to the National Commission.

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‘Zindagi’ wins hearts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 29
‘Zindagi’, a play by Jagdev Dhillon has brought laurels to Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26 here. The play’s winning streak started with the Panjab University Zonal Youth Festival held on October 26, 2005 at Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45. Not only did the play bag the first prize, artist Ritu Bala won the first individual prize also.

The same play went on to win the first prize at Panjab University Inter-Zonal Youth Festival hosted by Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana on November 10, 2005. Here, also the first and third individual prizes were bagged by Ritu Bala and Poonam respectively.

‘Zindagi’s’ ‘winning run continued with the Prabhat Trophy, awarded at Sambhang a theatre festival organised at G.C.G, Sector 11 on November 19, 2005. The play depicted the trauma faced by the parents of a child belonging to a marginalised section of the society. It reflected the concerns raised by the non-inclusion of this part of the society in the mainstream. Ritu Bala’s sensitive portrayal of the mother of the child was widely appreciated by the audience.

The play was also organised for an Alumni meet of the college on November 19, 2005 and for a function organised by Samaj Bhalai Manch on the occasion of Republic Day at Musafir Auditorium, Sector 24, under the aegis of Department of Youth Welfare, P.U., Chandigarh, where it pulled the heartstrings of the audience.

The college also won the second prize in Mime at the Zonal Youth Festival, while Poonam bagged the first individual prize for her performance in the skit at the same festival. The troupe was prepared by Ms Meenu Sharma, Ms Harneet Kaur and Ms Pratibha Verma, faculty members of the college. The play will now compete at the National Youth Festival, to be held at Patna from February 11-16, 2006.

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Seminar, kavi-darbar held
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 29
The ‘14th MS Randhawa Yaadgaari sabhyacharak mela’ concluded here today. A seminar and kavi-darbar were organised as part of the two-day celebrations at the Sant Isher Singh Public School, Phase VII. A cultural programme was organised today. Singers, including Jaijee Bains, Satwinder Bitti, Hardeep, Balbeer Boparai and Gurkirpal Surapuri performed on stage at the Phase VIII, Dasehra Grounds.

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Telefilm

Zirakpur, January 29
Ganga Laxmi Videos launched its first Haryanavi comedy video film “Chandigarh ki Chhori Haryana ka chhora” here on Sunday. Director Bobby Uljhan shot the opening scene on Anil Kumar, Pooja Rathore and Upendra Bhatnagar. The film is slated to be completed by March. TNS

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