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DAV College to hold symposium on English today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
DAV College Chandigarh will hold a three-day international symposium on “Towards improvements in English language and literature teaching: cutting across the curriculum”. It will be held from September 22 to 24.

The symposium will be presided over by Prof R.C. Sobti, Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University. Ms Robin Diallo, First Secretary of the US Embassy, will be the guest of honour. Prof M.L. Tickoo, an ELT specialist and ex-professor of the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, and Ms Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar from the University of Qatar will be the key speakers.

Some 60 research papers have been received from experts in the field from India and abroad. There will be presentations by teachers from Jordan, South Africa, Argentina, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Qatar, Kazakhstan and Philippines, etc. Almost all states of India are being represented in the symposium.

Ten sessions, each of three hours, will be held during the programme and these have been thematically arranged. Each session will have about six presentations followed by discussion.

Yoga camp ends

The 15-day yoga camp being held in the Regional Institute of English, Sector 32, concluded here yesterday. Twentytwo teacher trainees of the 85 PGCTE course from J&K, Haryana, Punjab, HP and Chandigarh participated in the camp and learnt various theoretical and practical aspects of yoga and meditation.

Mr Rajiv Sharma, faculty member, Govt Yoga Health Organisation, Sector 23, Chandigarh, was deputed to provide the training. Dr Pahlad Aggarwal, Deputy DPI (Colleges), had an interactive session with the trainees on meditation and stressed on the need of finding out some time for these out of one’s busy schedule.

Addressing the trainees, Dr Sharda Kaushik, of the Regional Institute of English focused on the role of yoga in making one’s life stress-free and peaceful. Dr Mahender Singh, in charge of the Govt Yoga Health Organisation, opined that yoga helps in smoothening the way of our life. Dr Abhilash Nayak, warden, coordinated the activities.

Environment Day

The Environment Club of the Government Polytechnic for Women Sector 10 celebrated Environment Day here today. The theme was solid waste management and preparation of degree manure from vegetable waste.

Dr S.K. Sharma, president, Environment Society, Chandigarh, inaugurated the programme and spoke about the benefits of organic manure for the cultivation of crops and vegetables. The principal, Ms Usha Mahajan, exhorted the students to take interest in growing vegetables using organic manure.

Students’ party

Students of the International Polytechnic for Women, Sector 35, in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Students of the International Polytechnic for Women, Sector 35, in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Fun and frolic marked the freshers’ party at the International Polytechnic for Women in Sector 35 here today. Students gave an entertaining performance dressed in their best attires. A keen contest was witnessed for the three titles at stake in the party. Ms Bavita was chosen Ms Fresher, Ms Manpreet the first runners-up, while Ms Rekha was the second runners-up.

Freshers’ party

The Physical Education Department of Government College organised a dance and music party for the freshers of the BPEd course. Senior students of the department presented scintillating items on the occasion. Addressing the students, the principal, Dr A.N. Garg, appreciated the efforts of the students for presenting the show. Mr Fresher title went to Keshav, Aakash was selected the first runners-up and Sumit was declared the second runners-up.



Hewitt Associates to analyse IT teachers’ programme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
The UT Department of Information Technology has appointed Hewitt Associates to further analyse Chandigarh-Training on Soft Skills Programme (C-TOSS), to make it more effective in generating employment.

The system will also assess the efficacy of the teachers imparting information technology (IT) and information technology enabled services (ITES) education, so that necessary corrective measures can be taken by the Administration to enhance the skills of such teachers. The Hewitt Associates will submit its study report within six weeks.

On the basis of an earlier study, the Administration had launched Chandigarh-Training on Soft Skills Programme (C-TOSS) which is a very successful initiative and has been widely accepted by the students and the industry.



Games session for special children
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
A session of games, joy rides and entertainment was organised for all special children studying in various institutes in the city by the Army Wives Welfare Association at Chandi-mandir today.

Nearly 250 children from Little Flower, St Stephens, Savera, Sadhna, Bhawan Vidyalaya, St Johns and hosts Asha had a day of fun and frolic organised to mark the United Nations International Day of Peace.

The objective of the programme was to enable interaction and intermingling of as many special children as possible so that they could communicate, share and play with each other. A number of games, including blow-the-balloon, ball-in-the-bucket, 3-legged race, skipping, musical chairs and passing the parcel were organised, which gave the children a chance not only to enjoy, but also exhibit their skills.

The president of the Western Command AWWA chapter, Ms Mohini Daljeet Singh interacted with children, and encouraged them to measure up to their counterparts studying in regular schools. She also gave them prizes.



Workshop on puppetry ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
The four-day workshop on “Science and technology through puppetry” concluded on Tuesday with a puppet show by 50 students of the Rayat and Bahra College of Education.

The workshop was organised on the college premises in collaboration with the Punjab State Council of Science and Technology. The would-be teachers learnt how to make puppets as well as how to use them with a theme and present it to students.

On the concluding day, students gave a demonstration on various themes like eradication of dowry system, time management etc, which they developed using their puppets made under the guidance of Mr Zia Ahmed Khan, the resource person.



Workshop at KV
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
A one-day workshop at the regional-level for headmistresses and senior primary teachers was held at Kendriya Vidyalya, Sector 47, yesterday. Fifty-six headmistresses and teachers from Chandigarh took part in it.

The main objective of this workshop was to discuss the problems faced by teachers in the wake of the new curriculum.

Principal, Ms Daljeet Kaur, welcomed the chief guest S.S. Sherawat, Assistant Commissioner, Chandigarh, and Education Officer O.P. Sharma. A cultural show was also presented by tiny tots.



Grandparents’ day in school
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 21
Recognising the role of grandparents in bringing up the children, Shemrock School organised Grandparents Day yesterday. It was celebrated through a fancy dress competition. Grandparents acted as judges and also distributed medals.

The following students of classes of the junior wing were given prizes: Gracy, Riya, Rushil, Yakshayam, Parneet, Yohjit, Haibi, Kartik, Navadesh, Jyotsini, Taranpreet Kaur, Aachman Gandhi, Kanishk, Aditya Nayak, Rashmeet, Ekroop, Hiya, Japneet, Manavjit, Nandini, Vansh, Anoushka, Rajendra and Gurnoor.



Art works displayed on International Peace Day
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, September 21
An art workshop, on-the-spot painting and collage making competitions, seminar and display of art works by foreign delegates marked the celebrations of International Peace Day in the city today. The series of events organised by the Educare India, an NGO at the Chandigarh Art Gallery and Museum with the theme “Unity in Diversity : Be a Global Citizen” were aimed at disseminating the message of peace and international brotherhood.

Though over 100 photographs, collages, paintings and posters put by the local school and college students were a veritable depiction of the specified theme, but the on-the-spot painting competition conducted by eminent artist Ravinder Sharma brought alive the spontaneous expression of its thematic essence.

The spirit of art for peace was more articulate in another attractive display of art works of American, European and African students in global village which reflected their respective cultural traditions and projects currently undertaken by them with Educare India. Special cuisines prepared by them were also enjoyed by visitors and participants.

In exhibited entries, certificates and cash prizes were awarded to winners. According to Mr Bhullar, the prize winning entries will be sent to the UN and selected ones will be on display at the UN Exhibition Hall.

An interactive multimedia presentation on ‘ Challenge your perspective’ was made by Mr Florins Spies from Germany, a project manager in Europe, working with Educare India under the global peace project.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune Mr B.S. Bhullar, chief project director, Educare, said that “to disseminate the message of peace, we organised this programme so that today’s youth can show their thoughts about peace and unity through artistic skills.”


Doctors’ body to certify gastro surgeons
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
The Indian Association of Gastro Endo Surgeons (IAGES) will now begin certifying individual surgeons and laparoscopic centers in the field of laparoscopy. It will also recommend surgical curriculum in laparoscopic surgery to the Medical Council of India (MCI).

This was disclosed by Dr Kuldip Singh, president of IAGES, on his return from Berlin after attending the World Congress of Laparoscopic Surgery and a meeting of International Federation of Endoscopic Societies.

Presenting the Indian scenario of training and curriculum at the congress, Dr Kuldip Singh said that at present there was no approved written curriculum with the MCI, though some universities had introduced basic laparoscopic surgery in their training programmes.

To begin with, a board meeting of IAGES members will scrutinise applications submitted by surgeons and centers from the northern region for certification in Ludhiana from November 3 to 5, when a surgical conference and training workshop was scheduled to be held at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

IAGES was established in 1992. It is the national body of laparoscopic surgeons. It plans to certify the laparoscopic centers in basic and advanced laparoscopic surgery in accordance with specific guidelines and requirements.



Chandigarhians more aware of AIDS
Tribune News Service

The UT AIDS Control Society has proposed the setting up of red ribbon clubs in Panjab University and all colleges in the city to generate awareness among the youth. Dr Trikha also suggested that condom vending machines should be installed in various boys hostels of the university and colleges.

Chandigarh, September 21
City residents are among the most aware persons in the country when it comes to knowledge about HIV and AIDS.
A comparative analysis of data collected by the UT AIDS Control Society and all-India baseline figures have shown that 94 per cent of the 600 persons interviewed in the city had a fairly good idea about the disease, its causes, symptoms and ramifications and prevention.

Stating that this was a positive sign, Ms Sonia Trikha, project director, UT AIDS Control Society, said awareness was the most important factor for the prevention and spread of the disease. She was speaking a seminar organised by the Department of Sociology, Panjab University, on the National AIDS Control Programme yesterday.

A further comparison between the national baseline data on AIDS and Chandigarh revealed that while residents had a higher percentage of faithful uninfected sex partners, prevention through sexual abstinence was lower in Chandigarh than the national average. City residents were found to be more aware of condom use than the rest of the nation and reported higher condom use with non-regular partners than the national figures.

Stating that the number of HIV infected patients in the city was not as high of neighbouring states, Dr Trikha pointed out that most of these patients were, however, were being treated and counseled in the city through the government hospitals. She said the PGI was also providing anti-retroviral drugs for patients free of cost.

Giving the latest figures about the spread of the disease, Dr Trikha said up to August 2006 the number of AIDS cases had increased to 1,208 in Punjab, 262 in Himachal, 456 in Haryana and 114 in Chandigarh.

Tracing the beginning of the National AIDS Control Society’s intervention in controlling the spread of the disease, she said initially the focus was on high risk groups, including commercial sex workers, men having sex with men and intravenous drug users.

“But now the epidemic is changing its face and is spreading from the high risk groups to the general population, from urban to rural areas, from high prevalence states to all states. Also the disease is showing increasing feminisation and the youth is the most vulnerable,” she said.



‘Every third 30-plus city resident has hypertension’
Tribune News Service

PGI Director Dr K.K. Talwar addresses mediapersons in Chandigarh on Thursday
PGI Director Dr K.K. Talwar addresses mediapersons in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, September 21
Every third city resident and every fourth person belonging to slums and rural areas of Haryana aged 30 years and above suffers from hypertension.
Tobacco use in the same areas and age group has led to risk factors for cardio-vascular diseases, according to Dr K.K. Talwar, Director of the PGI.

Dr Talwar addressed a press conference here today to highlight the magnitude of diseases, possible prevention and solutions to be initiated by the PGI in collaboration with the Chandigarh Healthy Heart Action Project.

The project had been observing the World Heart Day on September 24 by organising events for the general public. Dr Talwar claimed that the country had nearly 25 million cases of cardio-vascular diseases and about 1 million cases of stroke.

Health services had been facing a tough task in dealing with the increasing number of such cases, he said.

The economic impact of cardio-vascular diseases because of health problems and deaths at a young age was alarming, he claimed.

Another study had revealed that the urban way of life had been leading to an increase in the number of risk factors and the rate of coronary heart diseases.

Dr Talwar said the main factors for cardio-vascular diseases were stress, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and consumption of tobacco and alcohol.

He said the present-day scenario indicated an increasing trend of deaths due to heart diseases.

Over 32 million heart attacks occurred every year worldwide, he said.

About two-fifth of deaths in the country in 1990 were attributed to these diseases, which was expected to rise to over 60 per cent by 2020, he said. He opined that playing games and walking in an open environment reduced heart ailments by almost half. Yoga was helpful, if done under the guidance of a ‘guru’, and special postures helped in controlling pain, he said.

Dr J.S. Thakur, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, said a walk, a bicycle rally, a poster-making competition, lectures and an exhibition-cum-counselling session would be held to mark the World Heart Day.



150 to attend programme on transfusion medicine
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
The Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGIMER, will organise its ‘Xth Continuing Medical Education” programme in transfusion medicine on Saturday and Monday.
About 150 delegates from the region are expected to attend the programme and interact with faculty of national eminence. Dr KK Talwar, Director of the PGIMER, will inaugurate the programme.

A press note issued by the department said on the first day, there would be discussions on the challenges in implementation of the objectives of the national blood policy. The establishment of blood storage centres in primary health care areas to make blood accessible to needy patients in remote areas will also be highlighted. Issues of judicious use of blood and inter-linking of blood banks will be taken up. 



300 senior citizens take part in brisk walk
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
Over 300 senior citizens took part in a brisk walk organised jointly by the Chandigarh Police and Senior Citizens Association at Sukhna Lake here this morning. The UT IGP, Mr Satish Chandra, flagged off the competition.

A total of five events were organised for men and women. Speaking on the occasion, the IGP, Mr Satish Chandra, emphasised on the need of concern for problems of citizens and their quick solutions.

He stated that he had instructed his officers to develop the attitude of helping the public. He added that senior citizens should give suggestions to improve policing and share their experiences in order to make the force a better serving entity.

Among those present on occasion were Major general (retd.) J.S. Bhullar, chairman of the senior citizens association, Mr P.H. Vaishnav, former Chief Secretary, Punjab Government, and the president of the association, Mr Vivek Gogia, DIG Headquarters and Intelligence of UT police, SSP Gaurav Yadav, SSP Operations, Mr Dinesh Bhatt and other police officers.

Mr Vaishnav and Mr Bhullar, while appreciating the efforts of the Chandigarh police, said such events help in strengthening police-public relationships. The Chandigarh police has been organising this event for the past few years. The participants had a cup of tea with officers and had an interaction session with the IGP.

The winners of the competition are as following:

Men 60-65 years

1. Mr K.S. Sidhu

2. Mr K.K. Sharma

3. Mr B.K. Negi

65-70 years

1. Dr Jagdish Jaggi

2. Mr B.S. Parmar

3. Mr Braham Pal

Women 60-65 years

1. Mrs Gurpreet Khaira

2. Mrs Prem Vati

3. Mrs Jasbir Kaur

65-70 years

1. Dr Nirmal Bhatia

2. Mrs Rajinder Sodhi

3. Mrs Basant Kharbanda


1. Mr M.L. Chitkara

2. Mr G.S. Virdi

3. Mr Daljit Kumar 



Ajay shines in tennis tournament
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
Local player Ajay Yadav won the top honours by beating another local lad Pankaj Kumar 6-1, 6-2 in boys u-12 in the Monsanto AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at CLTA courts, Sector 10, today.

In the girls u-12 category, Parminder Kaur emerged as the winner in the finals defeating Bhavika Wadhwan 6-1, 6-0.

Results are:

Boys u-12 (doubles) final: Ajay Yadav and Digvijay Singh Naruka (Chandigarh) bt Ankit Goyal (Delhi) and Rishab Dev (Chandigarh) 6-4, 6-3.

Boys u-16 (doubles) final: Chandam Shaolin (Chandigarh) and Akshay Ahuja (Haryana) bt Ashwani Kumar and Akshat Joshi (Chandigarh) 6-2, 6-4.

Girls u-16 (doubles) final:Noor Paul and Roop Saran Rihal bt Ankita Singh and Poorna (Chandigarh) 6-3, 7-5.

Boys u-12 final: Ajay Yadav (Chandigarh) bt Pankaj Kumar (Chandigarh) 6-1, 6-2.

Boys u-16 final: Digvijay Singh Mehta (Himachal Pradesh) bt Tejvansh Singh (Punjab) 7-6,7-3, 6-0.

Girls u-12 final: Parminder Kaur (Chandigarh) bt Bhavika Wadhwan (Chandigarh) 6-1, 6-0.

Girls u-16 Final: Poorna (Chandigarh) bt Prabhamrit Kaur (Chandigarh)
6-3, 6-2.



UT badminton meet opens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
Nisha beat Shivani Podder 21-2, 21-5 in a girls’ under-16 singles tie in the 18th Chandigarh State Open Badminton Championship, which began at the Badminton Hall, Sector 42, here today.

The results: girls’ under-16 singles: Nisha b Shivani 21-2, 21-5; Diksha b Ramandeep Kaur 21-19, 21-12; Japneet Kaur b Aastha Batra 21-16, 21-13; Tanu Priya b Payal Bhatia 21-18, 21-18; Chetna b Prekshi 21-3, 21-5; Rashmi Arya b Arshpreet Kaur 21-10, 21-4; boys’ under-10 singles: Robin b Rishabh 21-14, 21-12; Chaitanya Paikar b Tushar 21-2, 21-5; men’s singles: Ashish Sharma b Aman 21-5, 21-15; Sunil b Akash 21-12; boys’ under-13 singles: Prateek b Shivan 21-11, 21-8; Deepak b Gaurav 21-9, 21-3; Mehakman b Ankit 21-13, 21-9; Devank b Ankit 21-19, 23-21; Yoginder b Chirag 21-17, 21-17; Nalin Judge b Nikhilesh 21-11, 21-12; Nikhil Raj b Rishab 19-21, 24-22, 21-12; Ankit b Akhleshwar 15-21, 23-21, 23-21; Pulkit b Anupam 21-6, 21-7; boys’ under-19 singles: Hardeep b Ankur 21-4, 21-13; Navjot b Kanwar 21-9, 21-9; Aman b Ravi 21-17, 21-14; Rohit b Atul 21-18, 21-19.



Softball tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
The local Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College beat A.S. College of Khanna by 14-1 in the Panjab University Inter-College Softball (Women) Zonal Tournament being played on the Panjab University campus here today.
MCM DAV was the other local college that got the better of the MTSM College of Ludhiana by 12-1.

The other colleges that won the zonal matches were GNG College and Ramgarhia Girls College of Ludhiana which outclassed G N Khalsa College, Ludhiana, and GCG, Chandigarh, by 14-4 and 12-0, respectively.Tomorrow, the league matches will be played at the same venue.



Athletics meet
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 21
H. Khelchandra won the marathon while Shailender Singh and Uday Singh were second and third, respectively, during the 26th Inter-Regional Athletics Meet at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 3, here today.

Madhuresh won in the high jump event, followed by Ashok Kumar and Rajesh Nayak in second and third positions, respectively.

Other results: 110m hurdles: Rituraj 1, Chanderkant 2, Rajeev Kumar 3; 3000m steeplechase: Sita Ram 1, Vidhan Tamang 2, Hanumant Kabli 3; 400m race: Lucky Dora 1, Ravi B.S. 2, Yogeshwar Tewari 3.



City shooter wins four medals
Tribune News Service

Akansha Arora
Akansha Arora

Chandigarh, September 21
Akansha Arora, a Class IX student of DAV Model School, Sector 15, has won two gold medals in the first Invitational Shooting Championship, held in Jalandhar recently.

Akansha had shot 351 out of 400 in the sub-junior category in the air pistol event.

She had won gold in the sub-junior women’s team event (NR) air pistol, gold in the senior women’s team event (NR), silver in the sub-junior women’s individual event (NR) and bronze in the senior women’s individual event (NR) air pistol.



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