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Maths students protest internal exam decision
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
The students of the Department of Mathematics went on a strike today to protest against the implementation of holding two internal exams instead of three.

The strike led to disruption in the regular classes even as the matter was taken up by Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) president Abhishek Puri, who representing the students of various science departments, met Registrar S.S. Bari and DSW Prof Naval Kishore and presented the students’ long-pending demands.

Puri said students wanted the system that was in place till the last academic session of holding three internal exams instead of the proposed two for this year. The number of internal exams had been reduced to two in the Academic Council meeting last year and PUSU had strongly objected to it.

Puri said the DSW had assured of holding a meeting of the chairpersons of all the science departments under the chairmanship of DUI and they would reconsider the decision of holding two internals. PUSU supporters also stated that if these demands were not met, they would launch a mass agitation of science students next week.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: At a camp organised at the Department of English, approximately 135 students donated blood today. Also participating actively was ‘Pratigya’ - an association formed by students of the department. This body was represented by its member Anurag Chauhan, who said the association had been formed with “a far-reaching vision and perspective to work for all those issues that demanded attention and were contemporary.” 

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Programme seeks to popularise science 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
A week-long motivational programme in botany for talented school students from all over Punjab began at the Department of Botany, Panjab University, today. The university’s Dean University Instructions (DUI) Prof S.K. Kulkarni inaugurated the programme.

Welcoming the students, department chairman Prof I.S. Dua said the programme had been designed to popularise science in the best possible form and to motivate youngsters to take up basic sciences as their first choice and help foster socially conscious and responsible citizens.

Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST) conceived the programme under the direction of Dr Neelam Gulati Sharma. The programme began with Prof Kulkarni’s lecture on ‘Reaching New Heights’ where he spoke on the importance of being good human beings. This was followed by a talk by Prof R.K. Kohli, professor of botany, who spoke about the process of science.

The lecture session ended with Prof Dua’s talk, which drew on appreciating life through science. He gave them a slogan to ponder over - ‘Learn science, live with science and try to find the answers of mysteries of life by looking through the glass of science.’

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Students from Kargil visit HMT
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 18
A group of 31 students from the remote Suru River Valley in Kargil sector visited the HMT factory at Pinjore today. Organised by the Indian Army, the trip is part of its Sadbhavana Project.

The students were taken around both the machine tools and tractor plants to acquaint them with the technologies and processes being adopted in manufacturing. Then, they were treated to joyrides on tractors.

HMT executive director Prakash Sharan interacted with the students and briefed them the company’s role in industrial and agricultural development of the country. Later, the students visited the local St Vivekanand Millennium School, which had organised a cultural programme for the visitors.

The visiting students also presented folk songs from their region. Major Pushkar Rah of the Indian Army, who coordinated the visit, said, “The visit has been organised to bring about oneness, build bridges of friendship and help the local population in remote areas to join the mainstream. For most of the students, this is their first visit away from their villages. It will go a long way in broadening their vision.” 

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PEC team sweeps Oxford contest with business plan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
The students of Punjab Engineering College (deemed university) have made the city proud by winning the business plan competition ‘YBD 2007 (Youth Business Development)’ organised by the SAID Business School at Oxford University, London. Another team from the college bagged the runners-up position.

Around 80 teams from across the globe competed for the coveted prize. After having qualified three rounds where the business plans were scrutinised closely by the venture capitalists and the YBD judging panel, two teams from PEC topped the competition.

The team of Anish Sandhir, Ankur Singla, Anuj Atri and Anuj Bhatia won the first position with a B-plan that aimed to uplift the socially and economically backward section of the society. They would receive a £1000 award to put toward their business idea, which involves providing support to local trade people to establish safer and more secure retail businesses.

The first runners-up was a team comprising five third-year students - Vishesh Gandhi, Puneet Dhar, Rohit Bhat, Madhur Behl, and Himanshu Arora.

Anuj Atri from the winning team said, “This competition gave us an insight of the business world and inculcated a spirit of entrepreneurship with a social aspect.”

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Mohali student bags silver medal at world c’ship
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 18
Talwinder Singh, a student of Class II student of Golden Bells Public School, Sector-77, bagged the silver medal in the Third Annual Universal Taekwondo World Championship, which was held at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA recently.

Educational trip: Students of the junior wing of Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Sector 69, Mohali went on an educational trip to the post office at Phase 8 today. They were given a live demo on how the post office functions.

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From Colleges
Students spread awareness on depleting ozone layer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
The students of Chitkara College of Education for Women today spread awareness on the depleting ozone layer and safeguarding the environment in an innovative way. They distributed paper bags made of recycled and handmade paper among the general public at Sector 17, while also informing them about various environmental issues.

MCM wins: The archery team of MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, won the first position in the inter-college archery competition in the 50 mts and 30 mts distances. The events took place at Panjab University. Narinder of BA (I) won the second position in both 30mts and 50mts distance. Ratinder of BA (II), Pooja Laxmi of BA (II) and Narinder, have also been selected for the inter-university archery championship scheduled for October.

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HC issues notice to admn on hookah bars
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
The High Court today issued notice of motion on a PIL petition against the supply of nicotine through “shishas”and “hookahs” at joints across Chandigarh.

The petition has been filed by Burning Brain Society, an NGO.

Notices have also been issued to the union ministry of health, drugs technical advisory board and the directorate-general of commercial intelligence and statistics.

The writ points towards the alleged laxity on the administration's part in registering FIR against such outlets and its failure to get the material tested under the prevention of the Food Adulteration Act and the drugs Act.

Since nicotine is used in its chemical form and not tobacco as defined in Schedule One of the Tobacco Control Act, it is illegal to make people consume it, the petition states.

It also mentions that these Central government bodies had failed to check the import of dangerous nicotine at the first stage and had erred by not framing clear guidelines with regard to the supply and sale of nicotine in its extracted form.

Chairperson of the society, Hemant Goswami, said the health department had also erred in not cancelling the licence of such outlets, even after 
having knowledge that visitors were exposed to dangerous gases and pollutants emitted from the combustion of nicotine-laced substance and charcoal.

The petition requested the government to take action against establishments, hotels and restaurants in this regard, adding that nicotine was actually used as an insecticide.

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Triple murder case:Statement of witness recorded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
The additional sessions judge today recorded the statement of a forensic expert who is a witness in the triple-murder case in which the accused, Pawandeep, had allegedly killed his parents and his aunt.

The forensic expert said the bullet was of 9mm calibre and was fired by one person.

The case has been adjourned to September 19 for recording the statement of Jasdeep, brother of Pawandeep, who is the main witness in the case.

According to the prosecution, the accused, Pawandeep, had strained relations with his father Group Captain T.P. Singh and mother Shibani as they were not giving him his share in the property and money to spend the way he liked.

On the night of February 8, 2006, Pawandeep, along with his two accomplices, came to his parents’ house at midnight.

His father opened the door and it was then that Pawandeep killed him, his mother and his aunt.

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Goa magic unfolds at Taj
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
The spirit of Goan carnival descended on the Taj, where the upcoming designers of Inter National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD), Sector 8, celebrated their freshers’ bash, ‘INIFD Goan Carnival’ today.

About a thousand students of the institute turned up for the mega event flaunting their Goan style costumes in floral prints complete with seashells, beaded necklaces, straw hats, etc.

Sheryl Godara was crowned Mr Fresher, while Pawandeep Kaur was adjudged Miss Fresher. Beside the contest, the titles for best dancer and best dressed were also given out. Co-coordinator, Annamalai University, Aditi Srivastava crowned the winners.

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‘Nach Baliye’ stars perform

Chandigarh, September 18
With the couples going all out to reach the audiences, Vikas-Amita, one of the participating couples in Nach Baliye-3 (to be aired on Star Plus) today reached the city to drum up support for themselves. The couple performed at a Sector 10 hotel and at PGI this evening.

An excited Amita said, “It is very exciting to perform in front of the public. I am trying my level best to win the contest by putting in a lot of hard work and effort.” — TNS

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