C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Hyacinth can widen utility of biogas plants: study
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 18
A team of researchers from the Department of Renewable Energy Sources, College of Technology and Engineering, Udaipur, has announced that water hyacinth (a common polluting fresh water weed) can be used for the production of biogas. The weed can be used either alone or along with cow dung, the most commonly used material in biogas plants.

The two researchers— Nafisa Ali and B.L Chaudhary—have announced this in an article published in the Panjab University Science Research Journal, which was released by the Vice-Chancellor here today.

The research paper ‘‘Bio-conversion of water hyacinth to fuel and fertiliser through pre treatment’’ states that anaerobic digestion of water hyacinth may reduce the nuisance and water pollution problem created by this waterweed and considerable amount of biogas can be obtained.

The researchers add that the rate of biogas can be enhanced in a short period by giving certain fungal treatment prior to anaerobic digestion. This would solve the problem of choking in the biogas plants. In India most of the biogas plants are cow dung based but due to the less availability of dung at some places people are unable to make full use of these plants.

Apart than this 28 other research papers form a part of the Journal’s 55th volume. In order to celebrate the 55th year of its uninterrupted publication the volume has aptly been named ‘‘Emerald’’ volume.



PU bars B.Ed colleges from counselling
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 18
Panjab University would not be allowing certain B.Ed colleges running in the state to participate in the counselling for admissions following the all- India test to be conducted by the university. The entrance test for admission to over 110 B.Ed colleges running in the state and affiliated to various universities would be conducted by Panjab University in the first week of July.

Stating this, the PU Vice Chancellor today added that a comprehensive list of all the B.Ed colleges running in the state was being prepared by the college development council branch. "Those colleges which did not subscribe to the conditions laid down by the National Council of Teachers Education (NCTE) would not be allowed to participate in the counselling process following the declaration of the result," he said.

This in turn means that these colleges would not be considered as existing during the admission process. The VC had taken a round of the college development council office here this morning following his return to office returning from a 10-day trip to Australia.

The college development council had written to the other universities to draw up a list of the colleges which had not been approved by the NCTE. Many of these colleges had sought affiliation to the universities but were deficient in various aspects.

Mrs Satinder Dhillon, who is likely to be the coordinator of the said test, added that these lists had to be sent to the Punjab Government by June 15.



PTU holds awareness rally for Virasat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 18
An awareness rally for Virasat, the first cultural fest of Punjab Technical University (PTU), was organised by the host college, Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology (SVIET), at Mohali today.

Flagging off the rally, the Vice-Chancellor of PTU, Dr S.K. Salwan, stressed the need for the preservation and documentation of diverse folklores of Punjab.

Dr M.S. Grewal, Registrar, remarked that SVIET had been chosen for Virasat because this college was a reflection of the aspirations of the people of the region.

The rally, which started from the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Mohali, passed through various roads carrying placards and posters displaying Virasat Fest.

It may be recalled that the three-day festival will kick off from April 21 at the SVIET campus on the Zirakpur-Rajpura highway and all engineering colleges affiliated to PTU will participate.



200 get degrees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 18
The annual convocation of the Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences (DBIMCS) was held on the college campus in Mandi Gobindgarh yesterday. Dr S.K. Salwan, Vice-Chancellor, PTU, was the chief guest.

Dr Zora Singh, Chairman, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, welcomed the chief guest and principals of other colleges. He gave details of institutes which were being governed by the Aasra Foundation.

Ms Shalini Gupta, Director, DBIMCS, highlighted the objectives of the college. She said three students topped in Punjabi University, Patiala. Ravinder Kaur stood first in BCA, Teena Bhateja in MCA and Deepak Vijan in PGDCA courses, respectively.

Dr S.K. Salwan conferred degrees on 200 graduates and postgraduates of the institute. He signed the convocation register and distributed prizes among students who achieved excellence in academics. He also released the college magazine, Excelsior-2006. Later an alumni meeting was also organised.



Euro school holds session for parents
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 18
An orientation programme for parents was held at Euro Kids School here today.

Ms Sangeet Growar, school Principal, said all parents were invited and given an insight into teaching methods being used for their wards. Queries of parents were answered patiently. They were told about the problems that could arise at this tender age and how to deal with them.

Earlier, the school had held a meeting of all its 22 branches from North India and discussed lesson plans at length.



Haemophilia society calls for sensitisation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 18
The executive committee of the Haemophilic Welfare Society, Chandigarh Chapter, in its meeting on the World Haemophilia Day here today appealed to the Central and state governments to provide adequate medical and financial help to haemophilics.

They also called upon the electronic and print media to promote awareness about haemophilia among the general public, doctors, paramedical staff and NGOs to minimise the sufferings of haemophilics.

Mr Maghar Singh, finance secretary of the society, said April 17 was celebrated as World Haemophilia Day and the theme for this year was "treatment for all".

He said the World Federation of Haemophilia (WFH) was supporting a global advocacy effort to secure appropriate care and treatment for everyone with the bleeding disorder, no matter what their circumstances or where they lived.

Mr Mark Skinner, WFH president, informed that treatment for all meant that all people with the disorder should have access to safe and effective treatment until a cure was found.



Fine knock by Rohit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 18
With a fine knock of 96 runs by Rohit Kashyap, the Chandigarh team consolidated its position by scoring 308 runs against Jalandhar in the first innings of the two-day match for the Sushil Bali Cricket Trophy being played at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, here today.

Chandigarh won the toss and elected to bat first. Fine batting by Rohit (96) enabled the team to score 308 runs in 95 overs. The other scorers included Lovnish (37), Naveen (36) and Manan (30).

For Jalandhar, R. Thappa was the main wicket taker. He claimed 4 for 68 followed by Pargat Singh 3 for 73.

Basketball meet

The team of Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, ensured its place in the final of the First GNPS Inter-School Invitational Basket Ball Tournament. The team thrashed St Joseph School, Sector 44, in a match played at the GNPS basketball court, here on Tuesday.

In another match, Moti Ram Arya School, Sector 27, reached semifinals after beating St Stephen’s School, Sector 45. Moti Ram team will meet Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, at the same venue on Wednesday.

Director (Sports)

Prof Dina Nath Johar of the Department of Laws has been given on additional charge of Director, Sports, Panjab University. Prof Johar will relieve the outgoing Director, Dr D.S. Toor, on Wednesday.



Federation apathy leaves athletes in lurch
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 18
Three athletes from the Sector 46 Sports Complex — Talwinder, Jaspreet and Luvneet — got the news of their selection in a camp a bit too late. Though the National Junior Athletics camp started at Jamshedpur on April 16, the information about their selection was conveyed to them last evening.

In all, five girls from the city were selected for the camp. The other two are Amandeep of Sports Complex, Sector 7, and Pooja of SAI Centre, Sector 18.

Surprisingly, the Chandigarh Amateur Athletics Association, which looks after the affairs of athletics, does not help the athletes in any manner instead of conveying the selection news to the respective coaches.

Mr Ravinder Chaudhary, secretary of the association, said: “We received the news three days back from the Athletics Federation of India. Our association’s responsibility is just to convey the selection news to the coaches concerned. The association is not accountable to make any further arrangements for the players,” he said.

Moreover, it is also difficult for junior players, especially girls, to attend a month-long camp without any guardian or coach.

“I have to take leave if I want to join my trainees at the camp,” said coach Iqbal Singh.

“We are looking forward to join the camp to get training,” said the selected athletes.

Jaspreet, a student of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, had won the gold in shot put at the Inter-District Athletic Meet last year. Talwinder remained third in the 100m race in the same event.



SSP gets make-shift office
Our Correspondent

Mohali , April 18
The SSP, Mr Naunihal Singh, will be functioning from the Phase IV building which housed the camp office of Ropar, SSP, till the former’s office gets renovated.

Mr Naunihal said he would be available to the public from 11 am to 2 pm except on days when he had to attend meetings.

Mr Naunihal, who had taken charge of the district on April 7, was functioning from his car in the absence of an office.

His office is being set up in the PUDA building in Phase I but the work of renovation will probably take a few more days.



DSP discusses development of Mohali
Our Correspondent

Mohali , April 18
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Tejveer Singh, held a meeting here today with officials of various departments and discussed issues relating to the development of the district.

He told officials of the local Municipal Council to ensure basic amenities like adequate supply of drinking water, proper roads and streetlights. As the town had been given the status of a district, the expectations of the residents had gone up, he said. He would personally take a round of various areas, he added.


HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |