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Vice-President to visit city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
Vice-President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari will visit the city to lay the foundation stone of a proposed college, which is going to come up at the cost of Rs 3 crore, and Yuva Bhavan at Panjab University on December 1 as part of its ongoing diamond jubilee celebrations.


On an invitation from four different universities in California, Dr Manju Jaidka, from the department of English, is in the USA on a two-week lecture tour these days. She will visit university departments at Fresno, Riverside, Irvine and Cupertino, deliver lectures and hold seminar discussions on subjects like ‘Narratives and Narratology’, ‘Gender Issues/Women's Studies in India’ and ‘Asian-American Women’s writing’.


A lecture series of master’s in public health (MPH) course under Centre for Emerging Areas in Science and Technology, PU, was inaugurated by Prof R.C. Sobti yesterday. He highlighted the importance of public health and stressed the need of public health experts in the present scenario.

First lecture in the series was delivered by Dr Amarjit Singh, professor at School of Public Health, PGI, on ‘Importance of Public Health’. Second lecture on rabies was delivered by Dr Mini P. Singh from the department of virology, PGI.

AIDS awareness

The Population and Development Education Cell at Regional Resource Centre for Adult and Continuing Education, Panjab University, organised an awareness programme on STI, RTI and HIV/AIDS for the migrant labourers working in different construction sites of the university yesterday. Sandeep Mittal, adviser, Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society, discussed in detail the scenario, causes, consequences and prevention of AIDS. A documentary film was shown to the group. 



From Schools
Array of dances mark annual day
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 24
The second day of three-day annual function of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, commenced with the customary lighting of the sacred lamp. Sandeep Khirwar, SP, Panchkula, was the chief guest. On the occasion, ‘Ram stuti’ created an aura of mysticism while the group song stressed the need for peace in Kashmir. This was followed by a splendid aerobic show. Next on the array was a mythological dance which exhibited multifaceted forms of Lord Krishna. Need to save the environment was stressed through a performance by tiny tots. Later, Sandeep Sardana, principal of the school, presented the annual report.


Annual function: Shivalik Public School celebrated its annual day and prize distribution function for the senior students here yesterday. Justice Vijender Jain, Chief Justice Punjab and Haryana High Court was the chief guest. The Chief Justice extolled the performance of the students. The annual school report was read by Malvinder Kaur. Panchtatva — a theme dance delivered a message that a harmonious blend of the five elements together can make a beautiful creation. The toppers of Classes X and XII were given cheques of Rs 2,500 each under the sponsorship of Canara Bank.


Kajal’s group wins trophy for best skit: Kajal and her group from DAV Public School, Kurukshetra, won the trophy for the best skit during the 38th All-India inter-state inter-school cultural competition organised at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, here today. Results: Folk song: 1 Karan, 2 Prabhjot and Devender; classical vocal: 1 Yaman Vaid, 2 Purnima and Utsah; classical instrumental: 1 Mazar, 2 Vikram; western instrument: 1 Ankit, 2 Aarush; skit: 1 Kajal and group, DAV Public School, Kurukshetra, 2 Om Prakash and group, DAV Senior Secondary School-8, Chandigarh; best acting: 1 Surya Narayan for Chitra Gupt’ role (DAV Public School, Kurukshetra) 2 Supreet for Yamraj, (DAV Public School, Kurukshetra); mono acting: 1 Suryanarayan, DAV Public School, Kurukshetra, 2 Jeevanjot Singh, St Soldier’s School, Chandigarh.

BLOOD DONATION: More than 100 donors donated blood at a camp held at Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary School, Sector 27. The camp, in collaboration with the PGI Blood Bank Society, was organised to pay homage to founder president Hardyal Mahajan.

The camp was inaugurated by C.R. Khajuria, deputy general manager, Punjab National Bank. The bank also sponsored gifts for the donors.



Manav takes Satluj school to win
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 24
A magnificent all round performance by Manan Vohra (82 runs, 2 for 5) enabled the hosts Satluj Public School, Panchkula, to beat the Mohali Cricket Association in a league match of the Vampire Champions Trophy Cricket Tournament being played at the school ground in Sector 4, here today.

Batting first, Satluj Public School team made 148 runs after losing four wickets in stipulated 20 overs. Besides Manav, Rakesh also contributed valuable 25 runs. Chasing the target, Satluj’s Manan demolished all hopes of Mohali team which fell short of 2 runs and lost the match. Gaurav also claimed two wickets for 18 runs.

Brief score: Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula: 148/4 in 20 overs.

Manan Vohra: 82 ,Rakesh 25 not out ,Ankush Dhariwal 20, Sachin 2/22 .

Mohali Cricket Association: 148 all out. Sachin 35, Saurav Chopra 26,Parteek Deswal 21,Vishwas Khatak 3/21 ,Manan vohra 2/5 Gaurav Singh 2/18.



UGC NET now on Dec 30
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
The UGC NET scheduled for December 16 has been postponed to December 30.

The examination has been postponed on account of the assembly elections in Gujarat on December 11 and 17. However, the timings of the test will remain the same.



Insurance firm to pay Rs 50,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
Holding the District Forum responsible for not taking note of New Insurance Company Limited’s acceptance of deficiency in service in their reply, the State Commission has imposed Rs 50,000 as damages on the company.

Not complying with the decision of the District Forum, the commission has asked the company to pay Rs 16,500 as labour and parking charges to Nisha Nanda along with Rs 8,642 towards the cost of damaged parts of the car. The insurance company has also been directed to pay Rs 5,000 on account of harassment.

The commission observed: “The company is not maintaining the record of incoming letters showing that the claims of respondents are not being taken on record or thrown off the record at the whims and fancies of the officials, due to reasons best known to the company. In the commission’s view, it is proved beyond doubt that deficient services are being rendered to the consumers.”

The petitioner, Nisha, had got her car insured by the company on May 12, 2005, valid for a year. She stated that her car met with an accident on May 10, 2006, within the validity period. Despite informing the company about the collision of the car with a roundabout, no action was taken by the company. She claimed to have renewed the insurance policy on May 10, 2006.

The company in its reply stated that no fax message was received by them. Also, they pointed out that the complete details of the accident were not provided. The company further alleged that the story of the accident was concocted by the petitioner.

Defending her claim, Nisha said the fax message in question was typed mechanically and the same does not permit any forgery.



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