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Jhota Kut Colony pulled down
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 20
In a major demolition drive, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) today razed around 130 commercial and residential structures at Jhota Kut Colony in Sector 71 here.

GMADA was engaged in a legal battle with the occupants of the land for the past several years. The drive was undertaken after the petitions of landowners were dismissed by the high court. Though the colony existed since 1978, GMADA went to court after plots were carved out on the 5-acre prime chunk of land.

Incessant rain throughout the day aggravated the problem of the enforcement staff and also those who were evicted.

Belongings of the residents were stacked along the PCL traffic lights. “We were not even given time to remove our belongings,” Kultar, who lived in a one-room tenement in the colony, said.

The drive started in the afternoon, but was suspended at around 6 pm after the JCB machine developed a snag. The drive would resume tomorrow and all structures would be removed, an official supervising the operation said.

Residents of PUDA sectors were happy at the development. Due to the rearing of cattle in the colony, filthy conditions prevailed in the area and the structures caused a traffic bottleneck. GMADA proposes to widen the road from Phase 1 to Semi Conductor Limited. It is learnt that the engineering department would soon begin work on this section of the encroached road.

The owner of the land, Baldev Singh Bains, alias Jhota Kut, who had rented out the land, said GMADA should give alternative land to those who had been evicted.



Chastity Matters
Back in virgin cloak
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Women are becoming more liberated, but when it comes to virginity, they seem to turn conventional.

With premarital affair and teenage sex becoming common, young girls who end up marrying men other than their lovers, often fear that their affair may be exposed on the wedding night.

In such a scenario, hymenoplasty, a cosmetic surgery to reconstruct the hymen, is the best bet. And one needn’t go to foreign lands for this state-of-the-art surgery as it is available locally and costs Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000.

More and more women from the tricity are going in for surgery to prevent their husbands from discovering that they are not virgin, says cosmetologist Dr K.M. Kapoor of Fortis Hospital, adding that women from rural areas also approach them.

A 28-year-old woman from Panchkula, who recently underwent this surgery, says: “I had premarital sex, but unfortunately, I’m not getting married to him. I was scared that my past would be revealed to my husband and cast a shadow over my future.” She had heard about hymenoplasty from a friend.

Dr Kapoor says though it is a myth that hymen is ruptured only after first intercourse, many men are disinclined to understand this and value virginity more than anything else.

Strenuous exercise, horse riding, cycling and swimming can also rupture the hymen, he adds.

“Indian men are very insecure and such issues crop up only when they have low self-esteem. A person with higher self-esteem will not bother about the past and move on as long as nothing happens post-marriage,” a counsellor says.

Dr V.D. Singh, a cosmetologist, says: “Hymenoplasty is common in South America, China and Japan. In India, it has gained popularity only in the past couple of years. I have conducted six such surgeries in the past year.”

Some older women are also undergoing surgery to present themselves as virgins to their husbands. “I wanted to present myself that way to my husband on our 18th wedding anniversary,” remarks a 42-year-old woman.



Alien fright
Tribune New Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The city was agog with rumours of a UFO having been sighted here late this evening.

Some people described it as a revolving flying object while some others said it was an alien spaceship.

The rumours created panic and excitement among residents even as the object was not visible at all places.

According to eyewitnesses, a ring-like bright object revolved in the sky at around 8.30 pm for half hour. People went out of their houses and work places to take a glimpse of the flying object.

“It was round and bright in appearance and was moving in a circle. We saw it for at least 20 minutes,” an eyewitness claimed.

“It is difficult to say what exactly these things are as these are unidentified objects and scientists are still researching on them. It may be a meteoroid, a satellite or some electromagnetic phenomenon which creates disturbance in the atmosphere. But nothing can be confirmed,” Manmohan Gupta, head of the physics department at Panjab University, said.

However, the Met department did not confirm the presence of any such object. “We don’t have any such information,” an official of the department said.

The object was spotted over areas like Sectors 7 and 8, Sukhna Lake, Dhanas and Panjab University.



Road rage leaves 1 dead

Chandigarh, September 20
Road rage cost a youth his life late this evening. The deceased has been identified as Nitin Bansal of Talwandi Sabo. He was doing BSc from an institute in Mohali. According to SI Satbir Rathi, who was present on the spot, a Skoda and an Indica met with a minor accident near the lights of Sectors 15 and 16. This led to a tiff between the occupants of the cars, who were allegedly in an inebriated condition.

Vishal Sharma, who was in the Indica, took out a sharp-edged weapon and injured Nitin. His friend took him to hospital where he died. — TNS


Rain wreaks havoc on roads
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Heavy monsoon this season has wreaked havoc on city roads. The impact was clearly visible today, as barely any street in the city was left untouched by the fury of the rain.

Residents of the city, especially motorists, had a bumpy ride throughout the day as roads were dotted with potholes.

Huge potholes, caved in sections and signs of “patching up” of repair works bore testimony to the havoc wreaked on the roads. This also exposed the claims of the Chandigarh municipal corporation’s engineering department of doing quality work.

Major roads that were damaged due to waterlogging or blockage of sewerage were in Sectors 45, 47, V 3 roads in Sectors 28, 29, 28, Industrial Area, V 5 in Sector 19, Khajeri, Sector 52, roundabouts of Sector 56, PGI campus, Sectors 48, 49, road to Funcity, near railway station, IT parks. Most of the slip roads were covered with slush.

Even the pavement blocks that were recently laid on the roads separating Sectors 28 and 29, and 33 and 34 were almost washed away or damaged due of rains.

Thick layers of mud and slush on roads spelled doom for motorists, especially two-wheelers, who faced difficulty while driving on these roads. The authorities concerned failed to clear the sand from roads.

A Sector-48 resident said the corporation should recarpet the roads after monsoon, as they had not used material good enough to withstand the fury of monsoon.

The material used in recarpeting would last only a year, as roads would be damaged in the next monsoon, he said.



Rain poses threat to historic temple
Tribune News Service

Shops at the footsteps of Jyanti Majri temple that were damaged in rain
Shops at the footsteps of Jyanti Majri temple that were damaged in rain. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Mohali, September 20
In Jyantri Majri village, a hillock supporting the Jyanti Majri temple, a historic temple in the periphery of Chandigarh, suffered erosion following incessant rains in the last two days. At least four shops at the footsteps of the temple were also damaged.

The historical temple, which is at least 300 years old, was built on a hill in Jyanti village in Hathnor state, which was ruled by the Rajputs for many years. The temple is linked to the Chandigarh-Mullanpur-Garibdass road.

The MLA, Morinda, Ujagar Singh Badali, who visited the spot, said one side of the hill that supports the temple had suffered slight erosion. The road connecting Chandigarh to villages in the interior of the area had also been damage. A swollen Jyanti Ki Rao choe had cut off the road link of the village.

Reports reaching the district headquarters reveal that sections of the Landran-Banur road were submerged under water. The police had to be deployed to divert the traffic.

Meanwhile, traffic on the Chandigarh-Mullanpur road was opened after the PWD authorities undertook enforcement measures at the foundation of Mullanpur bridge.



Laying of sewerage
Sec-35 residents confined to houses, courtesy MC
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
A section of residents living in Sector 35 has been forced to stay home due to laying of a new sewerage along their houses.

The contractor assigned the job has failed to make arrangements for residents to cross over the trenches or take out their vehicles.

This, courtesy the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC), which allotted the work to the contractor who started the digging process in front of the houses (Nos. 3001 to 3014) to lay sewerage at a time when rains were wreaking a havoc.

Due to rains, labourers left the work midway leaving the trenches uncovered.

In spite of repeated requests by the residents, the contractor failed to make temporary arrangements for their movement both in and out of their houses.

Residents are now in a fix on how to take their vehicles out of their houses and otherwise.

Ruing indifferent attitude of the authorities in dealing with the problem, a resident said he had to go out to attend some urgent work yesterday and had to hire a private crane for Rs 500 to help manoeuvre his vehicle out of his house.

He questioned the role of the authorities concerned in handing out works to such contractors.

Another senior citizen said he had been confined to his house and could not go out for walk.

He said in the past one week, a number of accidents had taken place due to the digging of trenches.

The trenches also posed a threat to children, as they could fall in and get hurt, he added. He said usually the MC took the plea of not initiating development works during monsoon. “I fail to understand why such a big work was started in rainy season?” he said.

An official of the corporation said the work was allotted at the insistence of the area councillor. The official stated that due to heavy downpour this season, many projects were lying incomplete.

MC chief engineer S.K. Bansal said this year the rains had been beyond their expectation, which had affected the works taken up by the corporation.



Shubhwant back to her in-laws’ house
Allowed in amidst resistance

Akash Ghai & Archit Watts
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, September 20
High drama was witnessed this evening when Shubhwant Kaur, the Ryan International School teacher who had accused her husband and in-laws of setting her afire earlier this week, returned to her marital home in Sector 44.

Though her in-laws, Prithpal Singh and Harbhajan Kaur, were in the house, they refused to open the door for her despite repeated knocking at the door. At that time, Shubhwant’s sister-in-law Pooja and her husband were also in the house.

Accompanied by her parents, Shubhwant reached Sector 44 around 3.45 pm after being discharged from the GMCH, Sector 32, where she was admitted with 15 per cent burns last Sunday.

Neighbours also gathered there and accused Pritpal and his family of treating their daughter-in-law shabbily.

While all this commotion was going on outside, Shubhwant’s in-laws and other members of their family kept a watch on the developments from the house.

It was learnt that Shubhwant’s children, Akhil and Abhijit, were also in the house at that time.

Shubhwant was finally allowed in after the police arrived at the scene. However, her in-laws categorically stated that they didn’t want to stay with her. They even gave a statement in writing to the effect to the police.

Shubhwant’s husband, Vikramjit, an executive with an MNC, is in judicial custody after being arrested on charges of attempted murder.

On the other hand, Shubhwant insisted that she would stay in the house and her in-laws were welcome to leave if they wanted.

“It’s my house. My children are here and I won’t leave this place under any circumstances,” she said.

Meanwhile, Sector-34 police station SHO Sudarshan Thakur, who reached the scene, said the names of other members of Vikramjit’s family would be included in the FIR only after thorough investigation.

According to sources, Prithpal and other members of his family left the house later in the evening on the pretext that the former was feeling unwell.



HCS body moves plea against government order
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Members of the Haryana Civil Services (Executive) Officers (HCS) Association have filed an application in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) accusing the state government of adopting arbitrary criteria for considering non-State Civil Services (SCS) officers for induction as IAS.

The application has pleaded the tribunal to quash the orders passed by the state on April 9, 2002 and circular issued on April 3, 2008.

The applicants have also sought fresh directions to the Union of India and the UPSC restraining them from convening a meeting of selection committee for filling one vacancy of IAS earmarked to non-SCS category.

The application has been adjourned to September 29. It was mentioned in the application that under the provisions of the Indian Administrative Services (Recruitment) Rules-1954, the state had to recommend non-SCS officers only in special circumstances.

It was stated that the rules for induction of non-SCS officers in IAS laid down in the Indian Administrative Services (Appointment by Selection) Regulations-1997 provides for 33.3 per cent quota of IAS cadre strength through promotion of state civil services officers and in event of making recruitment by selection from non-SCS officers in special cases and the same should not exceed 15 per cent of post calculated under 33.3 per cent quota of SCS for promotion to IAS.

Unlike the rules, the provision meant for resorting to only in special circumstances is being used as a matter of routine and in arbitrary manner since 2002, application stated.

Through the orders issued by the state government on April 9, 2004, some conditions had been laid for consideration of non-SCS officers in derogation of rules in this regard.

On January 22, the chief minister had sent a communication to the UPSC for filling one vacancy from non-SCS officers, which was accepted by the UPSC.

Based on the approval in this regard, the state government had issued a circular to all financial secretaries for recommending the names of non-SCS officers for the same on April 3, 2008.

The applicants claimed that the recommendations were illegal, as no procedure had been laid for identification of such officers out of thousands of officers working in 75 departments of the state government.



No ride to school for Juvenile Home inmates
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The recent accident of an inmate at the Juvenile Home, Sector 25, has brought to the fore the lackadaisical approach of the women and child development and welfare cooperation, who in spite of having a vehicle and a driver are letting inmates walk to the school.

On Thursday, Dinesh (name changed) living in the care and protection unit at the Juvenile Home, Sector 25, sustained two stitches near his eyelid when a two-wheeler rammed into him while he walking to the school.

The vehicle was donated by a voluntary organisation in January this year and the department for the welfare of children had appointed a driver.

The driver comes to the home between 9 am and 5 pm, thus inmates are forced to walk to Government School in Sector 25, as it opens early.

Dinesh along with his three brothers was going to the school from the home when a two-wheeler hit him.

No one was accompanying the inmates from the Juvenile Home. Subsequently, Dinesh was given medical aid and the superintendent of the home informed the authorities concerned. In spite of the accident, the timings of the driver have not been changed.

Dinesh and his three brothers were given shelter by the care and protection unit here on the request of their mother.

A resident of Nehru Colony in Sector 51, their mother in her request to the authorities to provide shelter to her children, had said: “Drugs are openly consumed in the area I live. I am apprehensive that my children might get addicted to it.”

A domestic help, their mother said her husband was a drug addict and used to beat up the children.

She had asked the authorities to adopt her children to provide better living conditions to her children.



Conference begins with live surgical session
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The 21st annual conference of the All-India Rhinology Society started with a live surgical session wherein three surgeries were carried out at the PGI today.

The first surgery was optic nerve decompression and fenestration for traumatic optic nerve neuropathy responsible for loss of vision of at least one million cases per year in India.

Early decompression could help recover vision in as many as 70 per cent cases, said Dr A.K. Gupta.

The art of this surgical procedure was demonstrated by Prof Ashok Gupta of the PGI. The patient had improvement in vision in the immediate post-operative period.

The next surgery was mini FESS for chronic sinusitis wherein Dr Arvind Soni, senior consultant, Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, demonstrated the art of osteomeatal complex opening.

It was followed by endoscopic sinus surgery for allergic nasal polyposis demonstrated by Dr Nishit Shah, Mumbai.

There were two more cases operated, one each of chronic rhinosinusitis and nasal polyposis, by Dr Devender Rai from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, and Dr Satish Jain from Jaipur.

In addition, Dr Stephan Vlaminck from Belgium was awarded Udhi Devi Oration for his work on “The uncinate process — key to maxillary antrum”.

Prof S.B.S. Mann was also present and shared his experience of four decades on rhinology as changing trends.

In panel discussion, lectures on “Complications of endoscopic sinus surgery and their remedies” were moderated by Dr Hemant Chopra from DMC, Ludhiana. This was followed by best resident award paper, and poster and video sessions.



Cardiac camp concludes today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
A two-day mega cardiac camp started at Ivy Hospital, Mohali, with the release of 72 heart-shaped balloons in the sky here today. The doctors of Ivy Hospital released red balloons, to mark the opening of the camp.

Dr Zora Singh, president, Indian Medical Association, Chandigarh state branch, inaugurated the cardiac camp. Film stars of movie “Luv U Bobby” was also present on the occasion.

The cardiac camp will continue till 7 pm tomorrow. Anybody can benefit from the camp by paying a registration fee of Rs 50 only. A special discount of 30 per cent is being given to the patients on all the cardiac evaluation processes, including ECG, 2D Echo, TMT, coronary angiography and coronary angioplasty.

Gurtej Singh, CEO of the hospital, said, “Ivy Hospital will keep an ambulance equipped with advanced cardiac care ready for all the heart patients. We are also launching a cardiac emergency helpline (0172 - 5044 333).”

Dr Kanwaldeep Kaur, medical director of the hospital, thanked the actors and guests for their presence and support for this noble cause of providing healthcare at an affordable price.



Rahul Gandhi to visit city tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Member of Parliament from Amethi, UP, and All-India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi will visit the city on September 22 as part of his Punjab tour.

During his visit, he will hold a road show from the airport to Hallo Majra and hold a meeting with the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) at the PHD chamber here.

Sources in the Congress said during the visit, the party would discuss issues related to the Chandigarh administration and its policies.

Recently, Congress members had decided to approach the 10, Janpath to meet UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the “failure” of the administration in redressing the grievances of public.

Among the issues taken up at that meeting were low land compensation to farmers, high price of the CHB flats, lopsided policies of the administration and “inaccessibility” of top UT functionaries to public in general and Congress leaders in particular.

The latest instance had been the Congress boycott of the inauguration of garbage processing plant by UT administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues at Dadu Majra.

According to party sources, a meeting was held by the CCTC today in which a decision was taken on the arrangements to be made regarding Rahul Gandhi’s visit.



10-yr-old drowns in choe
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 20
A 10-year-old boy was reportedly drowned to death while trying to rescue his pet dog from a choe in Pundsar village, Dera Bassi here this morning.

Though the police has not registered any case, sources said the victim, Bunty, went to the choe near the village with his friends to bathe his pet. The boy was drowned while trying to pull his pet back from the water. Bunty’s friends told about this incident at their home after half an hour. After a long search, the body of the child was found and handed over to the family.

There was unconfirmed report about drowning of another boy in Siswan choe in Kurali.




Intelligence failure

The terror attacks in Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Delhi have shown that our intelligence services and the police failed to prevent such strikes. After every such incident, there is usual investigation that invariably leads to a dead end.

Every time, other than making promises by the government to spruce up security and putting major cities on high alert, little is done in terms of going after the terrorist groups. We are a long way away from establishing a credible intelligence agency. The government and the parties in opposition fail to have consensus on a matter of national concern.

Dilbag Rai

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PU Senate Polls
Candidate objects to DAVs as polling stations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Ahead of the Panjab University senate polls tomorrow, sitting senator R. N. Sharma, who is contesting for the fifth time, has given a written complaint to the vice-chancellor regarding setting up of polling booths in DAV institutions.

In the complaint, he has alleged that a grave injustice is being done in having DAV institutions as election booths for the senate elections on September 21, because of the candidature of M. L. Aeri, who is the director colleges of the DAV colleges managing committee, New Delhi as well as others like principal Kakaria and principal Kaul, who are working as principals in DAV Colleges.

He added that not only are they using the huge money and human resources of the DAV colleges managing committee, and its schools and colleges to get themselves elected, but they would also be enjoying an undue advantage on election day itself in having DAV institutions as election booths for the senate elections. He said the need for having impartial and neutral venues has been overlooked by the university.

He said: “It is surprising that when various government and other private schools and colleges are available, then what is the need to have DAV Institutions as polling booths. For example, in Chandigarh, DAV College, Sector 10, and DAV Schools of Sector 8 and 15 are polling stations, despite other government and private institutions being in their vicinity. Same is the case in many places in Punjab and other states.”

Dr Rabindra Nath Sharma has urged the authorities to either shift the polling booths immediately, or observers be appointed to oversee that polling is conducted in a fair and unbiased manner.



Election for 31 PU senate members today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The last leg of Panjab University’s senate elections is scheduled to take place tomorrow. The polling will take place to elect 31 members of the senate, 15 members from graduates’ constituency and eight each from affiliated-college principals’ constituency and the teachers of affiliated colleges’ constituency. Around 2,10,000 voters are supposed to exercise their right to elect 15 members from registered graduates’ constituency.

The constituency, which is spread over states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh, Delhi and areas of Rajasthan and Uttaranchal, more than 250 polling booths will be set up. The voters will have to come with identity proof.

The candidates have been campaigning day in and day out to reach out to voters and convince them to vote. Since there is no restriction on when the campaigning should end, so last minute phone calls, sending text messages, holding poll meetings continued throughout the day today.

A total of 42 candidates are contesting from the graduates’ constituency. Prominent among those, who are contesting, include Anu Chatrath, Prabhjit Singh, D. P. S. Randhawa, R. N. Sharma, Malwinder Singh Kang, Jagpal Singh, Madanjit Sahota, Lakhbir Gill, M. L. Aeri, Juneja Kakaria, Dharinder Tayal, Jarnail Singh, S. S. Hundal, Praveen Kumar, Kaul and Ravinder Joshi.



MCM Scuffle: Committee fails to resolve matter
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
No breakthrough was achieved today in the MCM DAV girls’ scuffle case, which took place on the college campus two days ago, even after the committee, formed on the directions of DPI(C), deliberated upon the issue throughout the whole day.

A committee comprising of nine members was formed by the authorities of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, to solve the matter between two students, who fought following an argument on campus on September 18.

According to sources, the committee members called up families of both the students. As per the information, Priyanka, a student of the college, was allegedly beaten up by two students of the same college, Jyoti and Ritu, on Thursday. Priyanka lodged a DDR in Sector-36 police station.

According to sources, Priyanka and her brother today alleged that the committee members had been forcing her to compromise on the issue. Priyanka said she wanted action against Ritu and Jyoti.

On the other hand, parents of Ritu and Jyoti also waited for ten hours as the committee members were hearing both the parties in a meeting, which lasted from morning to evening. They alleged that Priyanka did not want to solve the matter.

Priyanka alleged that another girl, Himani Walia, had sent the girls to beat her, and she was behind the whole scene as Himani dropped Ritu and Jyoti after the brawl.



St Kabir’s teacher to visit UK
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Rekha Chandra, an education adviser at St. Kabir Public School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, will be visiting eight schools in Wolver Hampton and Cornwell in the UK under the UKIERI project which is an initiative of the UK and Indian education research by the British Council, New Delhi.

This project is called, ‘From Core to Crust,’ and deals with professional development and inter-cultural exchange between six schools in Punjab and eight schools in the UK. She has been teaching for the past 29 years.

The other five members from Punjab are Daman Dugal, principal Vivek High School, Dr Rashmi Vij, principal DAV Public School, Jalandhar, Deepa Dogra, principal Cambridge International School, Jalandhar. Sangeeta Bhatia, student counselor, MGN Public School, Jalandhar and Harinder Kaur, HOD Social science, Montogomery Guru Nanak Public School, Kapurthala.



From Schools and Colleges
Bhavya wins declamation contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
As a part of Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas celebrations, primary wing of Shishu Nikean Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, Chandigarh, organised a declamation contest for KG to Class II on the school premise today. The tiny tots, dressed as various sources of energy, dwelled at length on the use of energy. Taking the lead, the juniors appealed to the senior friends to make efforts to preserve these sources for the future use. Bhavya of KG bagged first prize, while the second prize went to Priya of Class I. Harsimran of Class II got third prize and Khushi of Class I got consolation prize. A special prize was awarded to Sarthak of Class I for being on the forefront of all activities.

Student shines

Kunal Bhardwaj, a student of Class XI, AKSIPS-41, Chandigarh, won gold medal in freestyle swimming and was awarded a cash prize of Rs 1,800 in the State Swimming Competition held at Yoga Centre swimming pool, Sector 23 here. He competed in the under-17 category and was declared the overall champion. He bagged gold medal in 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle event. He has also won gold medal in swimming competition held at Vidya Jain Public School, Rohini, New Delhi.

Workshop on statistics

A three-day workshop on statistical products and service solutions (SPSS), organised by department of economics at GGDSD College, concluded today. The workshop was organised in collaboration with department of statistics, Panjab University, Chandigarh, under the Faculty Development Programme. The resource person for the workshop was Dr Suresh Sharma, head, department of statistics, Panjab University. The workshop, spanned over a period of nine hours, included training sessions to enable the faculty and the students to grasp the practical aspects of world-acclaimed software known for its utility in academics and market research. Nisha Angrish, head, department of economics, said: “We had decided to hold the workshop in order to give exposure and understanding to the students of our professional courses like MBE and MEFB and teachers to become more competent at usage of statistical and research tools.”

Workshop for teachers

SK Setia, director public instructions (schools), Chandigarh, today inaugurated a camp for teachers-incharge from government and private schools and master-trainers of the National Green Corps of Chandigarh. The function was held at the Commonwealth Youth Programme Asia Centre, Sector 12 here. S. K. Setia said the teachers had got the ample opportunities to learn from nature and they should involve the children in nature-conservation pursuits. The teachers were shown various species of sacred medicinal and fruit plants on CYP and the nature observatory, Sector 26.

Quiz on Olympics

A quiz on the recently held Beijing Olympics was organised at SPS-41. The quiz was equipped with the information about Para Olympics, youth Olympics and motto of the Olympics. Simranjit, Mayank, Purlov and Sukhpreet got first prize. Second prize was given to Rajat, Shubham, Amandeep and Preetinder. Prize for best student of the quiz was given to Jaskirat Singh of SPS, Mohali.

Teachers’ meeting

Coordination committee of teachers today organised a meeting to discuss the outcomes of the conference with finance cum education secretary. The teachers expressed resentment and decided not to participate in the award-giving ceremony of teachers to be held on Monday.



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