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Dr Sobti takes over as VC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Dr Ranbir Chander Sobti, Professor of Biotechnology, took over as the 11th Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University here today. Dr K.N. Pathak, the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, handed him the charge and keys of the office today evening.

The ceremony was a memorable one. The place was crowded with faculty members, syndicate and Senate members, retired teachers, non-teaching staff, family members and well-wishers. An influx of emotions was witnessed as they all congratulated and welcomed the new incumbent and bid emotional farewell to Prof Pathak, the outgoing Vice-Chancellor. Mrs Kulwanti Pathak, wife of Prof Pathak was also present.

It was an emotional moment for Dr G.P. Sharma, Dr Sobti’s zoology professor in PU, and Kanwar Babu Singh, his school teacher as they blessed Dr Sobti. Dr Sobti’s father, Mr S.D. Sobti, and his wife Mrs Vipin Sobti, were also present.

After taking charge in an informal chat with the media, Dr Sobti praising the services of Dr K.N. Pathak announced that he would carry on the healthy legacy, which he had inherited. He also announced the appointment of Mr H.C. Malhotra as the new secretary to the Vice-Chancellor. Dr Pathak in his farewell address congratulated Dr Sobti and wished him all success. He also thanked all staff members, students and faculty members for making his six-year stay as the Vice-Chancellor a memorable one.

Dr Sobti could be seen taking special care of Prof Veer Singh, DUI, who had recently in an emotional outburst submitted his resignation. Later Dr Sobti accompanied by his wife drove with Dr Pathak and his wife in their car and escorted them to their residence, before returning back to office.



SGHP School students honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Justice Rajiv Bhalla, a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, today awarded scholarships and cash awards to meritorious students of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Sector 40 -C on the occasion of Parkash Utsav of Sri Guru Harkrishan celebrated with great reverence on the school premises today.

Cash awards were given to the toppers of CBSE exams and the school announced other incentives to encourage meritorious students. Talking on the occasion, Justice Bhalla asked the students to follow the example of their peers who had done exceedingly well in the board exams and brought great laurels to the school. He conveyed that the school management had decided to recognise the achievements of all deserving students.

The programme commenced with the recitation of the school shabad by the school children. It was followed by shabad Gayan by Hazoori Ragi Bhai Davinder Singh. A brief sketch of Guru Harkrishan was presented by Mr A.S. Rawel.

The Principal, Mrs Bindu Daljit Singh, read the school report. A vote of thanks was proposed by Mr Harinder Singh Giani, president, school management committee. Mr Chandan Singh, member in charge and other members of the managing committee, were also present on the occasion.



Free education claim hollow
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 22
The Haryana Government’s claim on free education to Scheduled Caste children has proved to be hollow.
The Education Department has failed to provide textbooks to students of Classes VI, VII and VIII at 361 government schools in the district covered under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan.

At least 8,500 students have not been given textbooks of English, Hindi, Sanskrit, science, mathematics, social studies and music even four months after their admission.

The delay by almost three months in printing textbooks has not only affected studies, but also put the teachers in a quandary over the completion of syllabi in time.

Teachers have been making alternative arrangements for providing study material to students.

The Haryana Board of School Education has replaced the annual academic session with a six-month semester system from this year.

As per the new system, students have to appear in the first semester examinations in September and the second semester examinations in March.

Textbooks have not been distributed at a majority of government schools in Barwala, Raipur Rani, Morni and Pinjore blocks in Panchkula district.

Government schools in other parts of the state have been facing the same problem due to the negligence of the government towards the printing of textbooks in time.

Fearing action against them, a number of teachers have refused to come on the record.

They admit that the studies of students, already facing financial constraints, have been hit by the delay in arrival of textbooks.

The government is not serious about the future of poor students, claims Mr Mansa Ram Ahuja, chief of the Jeevan Mukat Nishulk Vidyalaya, Panchkula.

Teachers have been providing photostat copies of textbooks and pooling money for meeting expenses, he says.

Ms Sumedha Taneja, district project co-coordinator of the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, admits that textbooks have been received after a delay of over three months from the Haryana Board of School Education, Bhiwani.

According to her, textbooks of a majority of the subjects have been received and dispatched to schools.

She is hopeful of the completion of syllabi for the first semester examinations in time.

She claims that students will not face any problem as question papers will contain objective-type questions.



Kids given lessons in healthy eating
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 22
On the eve of Parents Day, kids of Mohali-based Ashmah International School took their day out to express their love for their parents. The idea behind the function was to educate the kids about the day and its importance.

While speaking on this occasion, Mr J.S. Kesar, adviser to the Ashmah International School, said: “I feel parents should celebrate this day irrespective of their religious belief.”

The Principal of the school, Mrs Devneet Singh, said the basic idea to organise the event was to make them understand the significance of Parents Day. “It is an attempt to engage students in activities that promote special fun and memorable learning and also try to inculcate the true spirit of the day in them,” said the Principal.

Students of Small Wonders School, Phase VII, took lessons in ‘healthy eating’ through a fruit chaat activity. Play class children recognised colours and fruits and relished the chaat with the message “Say no to cold drinks, candies and chocolates”. Mrs Arti Suri, dietician, was invited to talk to the students about the importance of eating fruit.

Environment rally

A rally on protection of the environment by students of the Shishu Niketan School, Sector 66, here was flagged off by Mr Nazar Singh, former Municipal Councillor. The chief guest lauded the efforts of the school for joining in to protect the environment. The rally was the culmination of the environment week celebrated by the school students. Activities, including plantation of saplings, making of carry bags using old newspapers, best of waste competition, poster making, slogan writing etc were undertaken during the week.



Nurses awarded degrees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22The second CIIS-UCOL bachelor of nursing graduation ceremony was held at Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, Sector-27, today. It was to honor the successful candidates of the second batch passing out of CIIS and award them the bachelor of nursing degrees.

Keeping in view the huge demand of nurses globally, this programme of bachelor of nursing was started in November 2004 jointly by Canadian Institute for International Studies, Mohali, in collaboration with Universal College of Nursing, New Zealand.

Ms Heather Ward, Deputy High Commissioner, New Zealand, congratulated the nurses of the second batch for completing the programme successfully.

The president of CIIS, Col B.S. Sandhu said the programme was specifically designed to place the Indian nurses on a better footing in the international job market.



Rally by Dikshant tiny tots
Chandigarh, July 22
Children from the kindergarten wing of Dikshant International School held a rally on environment at the Sector 7 market in Panchkula. A skit depicting the story of a plant and its effect on environment were presented by the tiny tots. It was followed by a rally by 250 children from the kindergarten, holding placards. TNS
Tiny-tots of the kindergarten wing of Dikshant International School take out a rally on environment protection in Panchkula on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh
Tiny-tots of the kindergarten wing of Dikshant International School take out a rally on environment protection in Panchkula



Saplings planted
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, July 22
As part of the vanmahotsava celebrations, a sapling plantation drive was organised at the AFS High Grounds, near here, today. Addressing the students, the officiating Principal, Ms Amita Sharma ,expressed concern over the receding green cover on the earth.The problems of deforestation and global warming could be tackled only by sapling plantation, she added. Over 120 students from 10 schools of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Zirakpur participated in the function and planted saplings.



Inauguration of courts today
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 22
Mr Justice H.S.Bedi, acting Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, will inaugurate the judicial courts in Phase III B 1 tomorrow. Mr N.S. Minhas, president of the SAS Nagar Bar Association, demanded that District and Session Judge and other Additional Sessions Judge be appointed immediately.

He said the Bar welcomed the decision of the high court of appointing Ms Poonam Rati, Civil Judge, Senior Division, at Mohali. He demanded that lawyers’ chambers be constructed at the earliest.



Naseeruddin’s Katha Collage from July 27
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
The Durga Das Foundation and Spice Telecom along with the Tribune group of publications are bringing to Chandigarh, Jalandhar and Amritsar, theatre person par excellence Naseeruddin Shah on July 27, 28 and 29, respectively with Katha Collage , three classic tales directed, adapted and acted by the supreme himself.

The play has received rave reviews in India and overseas. With the actor turning more discerning towards the role he is playing, also showing some receptivity towards international cinema, he has turned full circle by embracing his first love, namely theatre.

Katha Collage as the name suggests is a compilation of three short tales which though taken from literature which was penned eons ago, is still relevant to our contemporary times. Bade Bhai Saheb is a short story by master story teller Prem Chand where two distinctly opposing personas go through life with their entirely different attitudes and mindsets. It tackles differences in an albeit lighter vein.

Shatranj ke Khiladi which was also by Premchand was immortalised by its award-winning screen rendition. It comes alive yet again in this dramatic and satirical interpretation where the decadence of feudal lords is captured in a period setting.

The third and final story is that of Sankraman which means circle of life written originally by Kamtanath. Here the attempt is to delve into parental patterns and deduce how similar we have become to them as we approach our advancing years. The mixed emotions of shock, disbelief, denial and finally acceptance are tackled brilliantly by an actor who has so many shades to his persona.

Katha Collage is an apt production to showcase the thespian’s acting prowess. Naseeruddin lends enormous stature to each of the characters he portrays. Entry is by invitation only.


Rs 749 crore grant for rural health plan
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 22
The Haryana Government has decided to allocate a sum of Rs 749 crore under the National Rural Health Mission Programme by 2010.
Under the programme, accredited social health activists would be appointed for providing better healthcare facilities to villagers at their doorsteps.

Apart from this, mobile dispensaries have also been set up in every district to meet the needs of the residents of far- flung areas.

The Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Chander Mohan, disclosed this while addressing a public meeting after inaugurating a government ayurvedic dispensary in Rampur Jangi village, about 30 km from here, today.

Mr Chander Mohan said unemployment allowance would be given for six months under the ESI Rajiv Gandhi Sarmik Kalyan Yojna to those labourers who met with an accidents or had been rendered unemployed due to closure of units.

The Deputy Chief Minister said a sum of Rs 30.50 crore had been earmarked for promoting sports in a big way. The number of sport nurseries had been increased to 31 from 28 in the state.

He said the government had also allocated a sum of Rs 40 crore to promote games in the rural areas. Under the scheme, mini stadiums would be constructed in every block level.

For setting up a sports academy in Rohtak, a proposal had been forwarded to the Government of India. He further added that a multipurpose hall was under construction at Sports School, Rai.

The Deputy Chief Minister also heard grievances of residents of Alipur village and solved most of them on the spot.

Mr Virander Dahiya, SDM Panchkula, Mr Maheshwar Sharma, SDM, Kalka, Mr Om Parkash, district Congress president, Mr Vijay Bansal and Ravinder Rawal, senior Congress leaders were also present on the occasion.



Nirmal Dua heads homoeopathic teachers’ association
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Dr Nirmala Dua has been elected president of the Homoeopathic Medical College Teachers Association, Chandigarh.
Other office-bearers are Dr Sandeep Puri-secretary and Dr Randeep Nanda-treasurer while Dr Ashok Mittal and Dr Anita Bagga have been elected executive members. This was stated in a press note issued by the association here today. 



Ramandeep rewrites three state records
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Ramandeep Singh from WCC-42, Chandigarh, clinched first place and created three state records in the 77 kg class snatch from 65 kg to 85 kg, clean and jerk from 80 kg to 95 kg and in total from 145 to 175 kg while Akashdeep Singh from Public Sports Club, Sector 56 , Chandigarh, recorded (in 62 kg class) snatch from 60 kg to 67.5 kg, clean and jerk from 75 kg to 80 kg and total from 127.5 kg to 147.5 kg during the 4th Subjunior boys and girls Chandigarh Weightlifting Championship held at Weightlifting Coaching Centre, Sector 42, here, today.

Weightlifting Coaching Centre, Sector 42, Chandigarh won the team championship by obtaining 26 points after winning more gold medals while Public Sports Club, Sector 56, secured the runners-up position.

The results: Boys: 56 kg: Varinder Singh 1, Hardeep Singh 2, Varan Bhardwaj 3 62 kg: Akashdeep 1, Jarnail Singh 2, Jagjeet Singh 3 69 kg: Vikrant 1, Satbir Singh 2, Amjot 3, 77 kg: Ramandeep Singh 1, Inderjeet Singh 2, Amrik Singh 3, 85 kg: Naveen Jyoti 1, Inderbir 2, Amandeep Singh 3, +85 kg: Harpreet Singh 1, Lakhwinder 2, Gurindervir Singh 3.

Girls: 48 kg: Renu 1, Monika 2, Baljit 3, 53 kg: Supinder 1, Jatinder 2, Sunita 3, 58 kg: Inderjeet 1, Naresh 2, Savita 3, 63 kg: Geetanjli 1, Parveen Sharma 2.



Orissa, Tripura in semis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Last year’s runners-up Orissa and Tripura sailed into the semifinals after beating West Bengal (6-0) and Uttar Pradesh (5-1), respectively in the third edition of the Junior Girls (Under-17) National Football Championship at Punjab Engineering College grounds here today.

The two other semifinalists are defending champions Manipur and Haryana.

Earlier, in their match against West Bengal, Orissa dominated the proceedings from the beginning as their forwards pierced the West Bengal defence six times successfully.

It was Orissa’s third successive win, which earned full nine points to emerge group II leaders.

In another match, Tripura registered 5-1 victory over U P to move into semifinals. 



Chess meet results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Abhinandan Vohra, Naveen Bansal, B.N. Prasad, Anmol Razdan, Ashwani Nirankari and Anil Raina with five points each are leading at the end of the sixth round of the 17th Chandigarh Chess Championship 2006 held at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sector 25, here, today.

The points position at the end of 6th round:-

5 Points: Naveen Bansal, Abhinandan Vohra, Anmol Razdan, Anil Raina, B.N. Prasad, Ashwni Nirankari.

4.5 Points: Sanjeev Biswas, Jeetender Joshi, Nitin, Ajay Jaswal, Himal Gusain.

4 Points: Harinder Pal Singh, Sunil Bansal, Vipnesh Bhardwaj, Swapan Kumar, Manmohan Singh,Shweta, A.N. Dey, C.M. Sharma, Megha, Satpal, Manish Sehgal, Kewaljeet Singh, Vipan Negi, Shivam Shashwat.

3.5 Points: Samir Malhotra, Sahil Dhawan.

3 Points: Surinder Singh, A.P. Singh, Prateek Munjal, Jatinder Padhi, Anubhav Pasrija,Hari Lal Sharma, Shirish, C.M. Oberoi, Mohit Arora,William, Pallak, Sumer Singh, Gopal Singh,Gurnoor Singh, Devinder Pal Singh, Gagandeep Singh,Gitin Oberoi, Gurdeep Singh, Harpreet Singh,Sunny Kumar, Shivam Kansal, Madhav Jha.

2.5 Points: Archit, Vikram Hooda, Rohan.

2 Point: Rita Gupta, Akshit Maurya, Ajay Kumar, Anita, Arjun, D.M. Kapoor, Anmol, Kanwar Inder,Raghav Jha, Harkirat, Raghav, Anubhav Tuknayat, Gaurav.

1.5 Point: Japesh, Simran, Lawrence, Sidharth.

1 Point: Naveen Sapra, Paras, Harsimranjeet Singh, Harmanjeet.



Hockey trials
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Trials for selection of the Chandigarh hockey team (under-21) in preparation for the 34 th Junior National Hockey Championship will be held at the Sector 18 hockey stadium, here, at 3.30 pm on July 24. The championship is scheduled to be held at Safai, Etawah (UP) from August 5 to 19.

According to Mr YP Vohra, secretary, Chandigarh Hockey Association, only those born on or after January 1, 1986, will be eligible for participation in the trials. A 10-day camp of probables will be held from July 25 onwards and the final team will be selected a day before its departure for Etawah.



Mayank, Kalyani clinch titles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Mayank Sharma of DAVPS-8 and Kalyani of Manav Mangal-21 cinched cadet boys and girls singles title while Meghna Kakkaria of Sacred Heart-26 and Puneet Kumar of Delhi Public School, Sector 40, bagged the sub junior girls and boys singles titles in the Bhawan Hawk's 12th BV Chandigarh State (1st Ranking) Table Tennis Tournament organised by Bhavan Vidyalaya-27 at table tennis hall, Sector 23, here, today.

The results (final):

Cadet boys: Mayank Sharma b Mayank Kapoor 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9

Cadet girls: Kalyani b Sakshi Jain 6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-3

Subjunior boys: Puneet Kumar b Rajat Saini 11-3, 11-5, 11-9

3 rd place: Ranjot Singh b Mayank Sharma 11-7, 3-11, 12-10, 11-9

Subjunior girls: Meghna b Barbie 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7

3 rd place: Naina Saini b Kalyani 11-7, 11-7, 11-9.



Carrom meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
The XVI Chandigarh State Carrom Championship will be organised by the Chandigarh Carrom Association at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, Chandigarh, from August 5.
In the championship, a total of six events, including men’s singles, women’s singles, boys’ singles (junior), girls’ singles (junior), boys’ singles (sub-junior), girls’ singles (sub-junior), shall be organised.

A participant must be below the age of 18 and 14 years for participation in the junior and sub-junior categories, respectively.

Entries close on July 30 at 7 p.m. with Mr Diwan Singh Aithani, assistant general secretary of the association.



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