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Sarangpur Murder
Victim hacked before being set afire
Murder was meticulously planned and body dumped in gutter. CFSL experts to reconstruct the victim’s face
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
The Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) experts today examined the spot from where a charred body was found from the proposed under-construction Film City area in Sarangpur village, last night and said the victim was a male. The experts said the victim was brutally hacked to death elsewhere before the body was dumped in a gutter and set afire.

The SHO of the Sector 11 police station, inspector Sukhbir Rana told TNS that the victim appeared to be a migrant labourer in his late twenties. The police has contacted the nearby brick kilns and farmhouses to find whether someone is reportedly missing from there. The police called for missing person reports from the nearby police stations and informed the villages to help identify the victim.

The CFSL scientists thoroughly examined the spot and said the body was burnt after pouring petrol on it. The victim was of thin bearing and was wearing a blue-and-white shirt, which was burnt in the front. The rest of the body was naked and the abdomen was hacked. The upper portion of the body was 100 per cent burnt while the legs and feet were not burnt. The scientists gave the reason that the lower portion could not burn due to lack of oxygen in the gutter.

A scientist said the murder was meticulously planned and the body was dumped in the gutter. Petrol and a hay stack were used to set the body afire. The scientist found two droplets of blood from the spot, which would be chemically examined for matching.

The police said they would ask the CFSL experts to reconstruct the victim’s face. Meanwhile, the body has been shifted to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital for the post- mortem. 



School buses hit speed governor
To go off road on Nov 27, 28
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
Come November 27 and the parents will have to make arrangements to drop and pick their children from school. Reason: The bus operators have decided not to ply buses on November 27 and 28 to protest against the Chandigarh administration’s move to fix December 1 as the deadline for installing speed governors in school buses

The bus operators are also protesting against the administration’s move not to allow buses that have already run over 15 years. In the backdrop of increasing accidents involving school buses, the administration has decided to check overspeeding by installing these instruments that would fix the speed limit to 40-km per hour.

The representatives of the Chandigarh School Bus Operators’ Welfare Association today demanded that this speed control equipment should be installed on trial basis for at least three months in order to see its effect on the vehicle. “At 40 kmph, the bus cannot be put on top gear and the ill effects on the engine will be more, besides high consumption of diesel,” said the bus operators.

The association alleged that the State Transport Authority (STA), in retrospective effect since November 11, is refusing to give fitness certificate to the vehicle in the absence of this equipment.

Denying this, secretary, STA, Vandana Disodia said the fitness certificate was being denied due to other deficiencies in the vehicle. “The installation of the speed governors by December 1 is mandatory, come what may. Any school vehicle found on the road without this equipment would be challaned or even impounded,” she said.

President of the association Manjeet S. Saini said the period to install the speed governors is too less and all transporters would not be able to afford it. “We are already burdened by the administration’s decision to increase the permit fee from Rs 670 to Rs 25,000, and now we are being pressured to install this costly equipment all of a sudden,” he said.

Each speed governor costs around Rs 15,000-17,000 and Rs 1,500 for its installation. The operators said the extra burden would ultimately be passed on to the parents with the hike in the school bus fee. UT home secretary Ram Niwas said the decision would be a binding for all school bus operators. “The installation of the speed governors is a must and would go a long way in checking overspeeding by school buses and ensuring safe journey for the school kids”. The STA officials also observed that certain bus operators run worn out buses, which pose a danger to the road users when they cross the prescribed speed limit.

The device

A speed governor is a device linked to the gearbox where sensors capture the vehicle’s movement and speed. If the vehicle exceeds the specified limit (40 kmph in this case) the device automatically cuts short the fuel supply, thus bringing down the speed of the vehicle under the prescribed limit.

Violators to face action 

CHANDIGARH: As a preventive measure to restrict accidents of school buses, the Chandigarh administration has made it mandatory to install speed governors (conforming to the standard ais:018, as amended from time to time) by operators of all school buses. It has been further directed that the speed governors will be set up in such a way that the vehicle’s speed should not  exceed 40 kmph. These orders will come into force from December 1, 2008, henceforth the passing of school buses will be considered only when they are presented before the board of inspection after installing of the speed governors. — TNS



SI Sanjeev Kumar granted bail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
CBI Special Court of Jagdeep Jain today granted bail to sub-inspector Sanjeev Kumar after he furnished bail bonds of Rs 25,000 in the corruption case against him by the CBI.

Pronouncing the orders, the court observed that this was not the stage to look into the merit of allegations. According to the prosecution, the co-accused Subash Kataria was caught red-handed, whether this was at the behest of Sanjeev would have to be seen during the trial. The court further added that the bail was granted mainly as the accused stands trial and there was nothing to be recovered. Hence, there was no fear that the accused would tamper with the documents or hamper the investigation.

According to the prosecution, Sanjiv was arrested on November 7 on the complaint lodged by a bookstore owner, Arvind Kumar Pandey, who had alleged that Kataria and Sanjiv had demanded Rs 50,000 from him as a “kickback” for evicting his ‘tenant’ from his shop in bridge market.

In the meantime, the co-accused in the case, Subash Kataria also moved bail application on which arguments were held today. Arguing on the bail application, the CBI’s counsel, said, “The people accompanying the accused were encouraging the mob and even pelted stones on the Neelam police post at the time of arrest when the accused was produced before the ilaka magistrate. Thus if the accused can misbehave while in CBI custody the condition might turn worse if granted bail. CBI also has voice recordings of the two accused while they were talking to the complainant.”

Kataria’s counsel argued, “My client was in custody at that time so how can the prosecution attribute the gathering of people to me. I would request the court to adjourn the case as the role of Ramesh Chander, SHO in Sector 17 had to be known.”

The orders in the bail application was then adjourned to December 1. 



Chandigarh Carnival
Many colours of the Carnival
Fun, feasting and festivity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
Marked by merriment and creativity, the Chandigarh Carnival kicked off at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, here, today.

The carnival began amidst releasing of balloons, playing of bands, beating of drums performances of Punjabi giddha, bhangra, dances of different states and display of distinctive regional art forms. Full of cultural pageantry and artistic creative activities, the event attracted huge crowds, including foreign tourists.

The artistic endeavours, handicrafts, tourism-related activities, traffic management, depiction of Indian culture and heritage through different modes, dominated the scene.

The Administrator,Chandigarh, Gen. (Retd.) SF Rodrigues, while inaugurating the carnival flagged off the colourful procession of beautifully structured floats accompanying the young artists and children attired in regional costumes, with the theme “Chandigarh a fine blend of the traditional and the modern”.

The annual Carnival event, this year, has many new novelties with the participation of foreign countries, including Japan, Germany and France exhibiting their art and culture through medium of photography and visuals.

It is for the first time that there was a special feature by 'Air Force Display'. The Carnival Village has huts made of bamboos and mud. It also has a separate section for corporates and business houses.

A food court, comprising CITCO da Vehra, stalls set up by the Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management and Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management were put up to provide quality food to visitors. The artistes of NZCC enthralled the visitors during the celebrations through their performances.

Adding more colours to the Carnival, there is an amusement park for children providing swings and rides, a hanging bridge and children traffic park which were the major attractions in the Carnival. Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, Chandigarh Shaitya Akademi, Chandgiarh Sangeet Natak Akademi, College of Architecture, College of Arts, Educational Institutes, Le Corbusier Center, Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society and various departments of the Chandigarh Administration have also put up their stalls. 

Shreya Ghoshal regales audience

The day-long activities in the Chandigarh Carnival attained an incredible climax, as the mixed musical melodies by Bollywood playback maestro, Shreya Ghoshal, wafted across the panoramic ambience of the Leisure valley here today.

After the chief guest, home secretary UT, Ram Niwas, inaugurated the mega event, Shreya took the centrestage to mesmerise the city music lovers.

Earlier, Saptak Bhattacharya, doled out many hit songs, while Nitin Bhandarkar of Laughter Challenge regaled the audience. The city-bred actor, Gunjan Utreja, and alumnus of Indian Theatre, PU, anchored the show.


Underage drivers continue to hit road 
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
Intensive challaning and occasional awareness campaigns notwithstanding, underage drivers continue to flout traffic rules and regulations with impunity.

Though the traffic police has booked 225 violators till November this year, the number is too small in the face of the gross violations committed by these violators.

Quoting figures, sources in the traffic police said the police had booked 225 violators till November 15 this year, against 177 booked in 2007. On the other hand, the police had booked 328 violators in 2006, which was highest in the past three years.

A traffic police officer asserted though the except data of underage drivers involved in road accidents was not readily available, but in a substantial number of cases it was found that one of the vehicles involved in the accidents was driven by an underage driver. Also, the studies conducted at national shows that underage drivers are four times more prone to road accidents than the older drivers.

Overspeeding, riding without helmets, jumping red lights and driving on wrong side are some of the common violations, the underage and unauthorised rivers indulge into.

One can see the schoolchildren driving vehicles rashly near the schools and other educational institutions, the police had in the past announced it would initiate against the erring parents, who provided vehicles to the underage children. It seemed the police was helpless to curb the menace, Partap Singh, a resident of Sector 32, said.

SP (Traffic) H.S. Doon on the other hand maintained the police could not book parents or the owner of the vehicles for the offence committed by an underage driver. “We have been calling and briefing the parents of these violators about the offences and the danger to the lives of the underage drivers”.

The police had in the past increased the compounding fee for underage and unauthorised drivers. The compounding fee for underage driving a two-wheeler is Rs 1,500 and for other vehicles, it is Rs 2,000.

As per the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, a person below the age of 18 is disqualified from obtaining a driving licence or driving in a public place. In case a youngster is caught, who is below 18 years, the police is liable to challan the “underage driver” and impose a fine of Rs 500 on him. 



Accident victim’s gold bangle, watch missing 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
The family of Sidharath Malhotra, who was killed in a car-bus collision on Saturday near the Aroma traffic lights point, alleged that a gold bangle and an expensive watch that the deceased was wearing at the time of accident had been missing.

Director of Sidharath Couriers, 38-year-old Sidharath Malhotra, was killed after a speeding Punbus rammed into his car near the Aroma traffic lights point on November 15 when he was on his way for a morning walk to the Rose Garden.

The victim’s wife, Mamta Malhotra, told TNS that her husband was wearing a gold bangle weighing about three-and-half tolas and an expensive wristwatch. She said the police had returned her a gold ring, a wallet and a mobile phone. Even the keys of their house, which were with Sidharath, were missing, she added.

The investigating officer of the case, Harbhajan Singh, said that Sidharath was rushed to the hospital by one Jaswant Singh of Sector 21 in his car. The police has also questioned Jaswant Singh about the missing articles.

The SHO of the Sector 17 police station inspector Ramesh Chand Sharma said they would re-inspect the victim’s car, as there is a possibility of articles being lost in the vehicle at the time of the accident. The police believed the chances of someone taking away the victim’s articles were thin as there was a huge rush at the accident spot then.

It is pertinent to mention here that such incidents had been reported in the past also. The police had arrested a woman hailing from Pinjore, who had stolen an expensive mobile phone of a road accident victim. She was travelling in an auto-rickshaw, which stopped near the accident spot and the woman picked up a mobile phone lying beside the body. The police traced the woman through the mobile call details.

In a similar incident, a Sector 22 resident was killed in a road accident, and his family alleged later that his gold chain was stolen. 



Programme to create awareness about drug abuse
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
To create awareness among students about the danger of drugs, a systematic structured programme will be developed between Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and the education department.

It was decided in a meeting of the Nodal Committee “Road Map” for tackling the problem of drug abuse in and around Chandigarh at PGI. The meeting was chaired by Prof K.K. Talwar, director, PGI, and attended by the Nodal Committee members from the sectors of health, education, police, custom and NGO.

The committee members have decided that the drug de-addiction and treatment centre would give training to key persons in the schools like teachers and counsellors of various government and private schools in this area as it is a major threat to our community, especially schoolchildren.

Also, educational activities will be implemented to make the students aware of the menace of drugs. Similarly, training activities will be undertaken for aanganwari and other health workers in the community in collaboration with the Directorate of Health Services. Collaborative activities will also be undertaken with the Narcotic Control Bureau and the police departments, Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana.

According to PGI doctors, a large number of households are affected by the drug abuse and almost 50 per cent school students are consuming gutkha / paan masala. The per head consumption of alcohol in this area is also the highest in the country. “In Punjab, seven out of ten college boys are abusing drugs, and three out of ten girls have been found using drugs in the research conducted by many experts. Every day about 3,000 people die in India due to the consumption of tobacco,” said experts.

In this meeting, a detailed background document, which was earlier prepared by the drug de-addiction and treatment centre, the department of psychiatry, PGIMER, was examined intensely and further inputs were received from the Nodal Committee.



Height of buildings, a contentious issue
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Nayagaon (Mohali), November 22
Fixing the height of buildings in various zones in the Nayagaon master plan could turn out to be yet other contentious issues for the local government department.

The department’s draft master plan is already under focus for defining the land use to facilitate a few vested interests. Since some real estate companies had purchased land in the Nayagaon NAC area, allowing the height controls to enable high-rise buildings would be crucial.

The master plan will be placed before the department’s board for approval on November 29. Sources in the local government said the gradation of the height of building in relation to the Shivalik Hills (specified by Jurong Consultants on behalf of the Punjab Town Planning in the master plan of the Mullanpur local planning area) had set a precedent for the local government to follow the same in case of Nayagaon. Mullanpur and Nayagoan areas were located at a short distance from each other and were close to the Shivalik Hills.

The local government officials were keen that Nayagoan master plan should be approved before the Mullanpur master plan becomes a public documents, the sources added.

In the Mullanpur master plan, the overall height has been fixed at 20-mt, 30-mt and 40-mt as the development slope moves away from the base of ecologically sensitive Shivalik Hills. The intention is to develop the area in such a manner that the view from atop the Shivalik Hills could be maintained. The logic of gradation of height in relation to the hills needs to be followed in case of Nayagaon NAC as the area is also close to the hills.

Even in the draft master plan of Nayagaon, findings of the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology has been mentioned. It states that there is a need to restrict the heights. “But will the department adhere to the height restriction in the zonal plans needs to be seen,” said sources.

Former chief town planner, ministry of urban development D.S. Meshram, has raised the issue of the legality of the master plan in violation of the directives of the union urban ministry.

“In the name of orderly growth of Nayagaon, a mirror image of Sectors 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Chandigarh up to radius of 1-km from the eastern end of the secretariat complex would destroy the concept of Capitol Complex of Chandigarh. The clearance of the forest ministry is required as it lies in the catchments area of the Sukhna choe and heavy development would disturb the entire ecology of the area”, the CTP has mentioned in his objection filed with the local government department.

Besides, in master plan of the NAC, it has been stated that since UT’s Khuda Alisher village was necking in to the Punjab territory, integration of essential services like road, water and sewerage was not possible, unless allowed by the UT.

The UT has sought details about the load of essential services and planning aspects like the floor area ratio (FAR) and bylaws. The UT is opposed to the move of joining a 30-mt road from Kansal with the existing road that opens on the Sarovar path (near Sukhna Lake) would not be allowed. Vehicular pressure on the road would increase manifold in the area.



Meeting held to discuss report 
Special session of MC on Nov 27 
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22 
A special meeting to discuss the action taken report of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (CMC) will be taken up in a morning session of the General House to be convened on November 27. The proceedings of the general house will be taken up in the afternoon after the discussion on this report.

The authorities prepared a list of issues of various departments, to be tabled in the special session of the action report meeting. When contacted, Dr Sunkaria stated that meeting was held to review the report, which is going to be tabled in the special session of the house to discuss the status of projects, undertaken by the corporation. 

He said that that status report of all the projects approved by the House from January 2007 to October 31, 2008 would be discussed in the meeting. A list of all the 800 approved projects was prepared, out of which 300 were completed. Work was in progress on 500 other projects. 

It was decided that the financial limit of approving the development works or the number of agenda which the house could pass in a year, should be fixed. It was pointed out in the meeting that it has become routine for the house to pass the agenda more than the implementation of the authorities. Due to this, the image of the officials is tarnished and they are blamed for not coordinating properly to execute the projects. 

In the special meeting of action taken report, the issue of shortage of staff in various department of the corporation will also be discussed. A proposal will be tabled in the house to fix the responsibility about the quality and completion of any development work, which is under the jurisdiction of the corporation and the XEN of the department, would be responsible for it. The officials suggested that before taking up any work in any area, all departments should coordinate with each other and prepare an integrated plan for that area so that there is no overlapping and wastage of money and materials of the corporation. 

ing that issue of streamlining payment procedure of the contractors would also be discussed. The department, which has allotted the work to the contractor, would get the payment in advance so that he could make timely payment to the contractor after the completion of work. 



Hospital infections on rise among patients: Doc
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 22 
The hospital-acquired infections was a major issue in Indian hospitals and up to 70 per cent of patients have become its victim. This was stated by P. K. Jain, founder president, Critical Care Education Foundation, Mumbai, here today. 

Jain, who was here to attend a five-day Indo-Australian critical care nurses training at Alchemist Hospital, said “If cleanliness and hygien are strictly maintained such incidents could be brought down to a single digit. 

More one stays in the hospital more is the exposure to the infection, he said. The patients have less resistance power and they tend to fall prey to it. If such things are checked not only patients would recover early, the money spent on their stays will also be saved, added Jain.

Danielle Griffiths and Glen Sondheim, both from the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia, said the Indian nurses were not less competent than their counterparts in developed countries. 



Epileptics can lead normal life: Experts
Over 3,000 kids suffering from disease in tricity 
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
More than 3,000 children in tricity are suffering from epilepsy (a nervine disorder that causes fits). Despite this, they can excel in the fields of their choice and this is no daydreaming. 

Even Alexander the Great could conquer the world despite suffering from epilepsy. All what is required is encouragement from their parents. According to Dr Pratibha Singhi, chairperson of Prayas, Rehabilitation Centre, "These children are special children and need a little extra attention and care.” She added that the motivation and encouragement from the parents has shown very positive results as far as the performance of epileptic students in schools is concerned. The percentage of success is as high as 90 per cent. However, the exception of severe mental retardation cases should be kept in mind.

Epilepsy, it may be noted, refers to excessive discharge of current in brain caused by specific reasons. The discharged current may precipitate certain reactions or seizures like unconsciousness, stiffening of limbs, twisting of eyes and so on. However, a single episode of seizure is not taken as epilepsy. Anyone can develop epilepsy; it occurs in all ages, races and social classes. 

Neurologists suggested that besides correct medical intervention and religious treatment, the only way to give a normal life to patients suffering from epilepsy, is to encourage them by all means. Experts say that the most common acquired cause of epilepsy is the worm taenia solium that enters the body through the contaminated food and is carried to the brain by the blood stream. It can either be idiopathic, meaning that there is no known cause, or be precipitated by tumours or pathogenic organisms. 

Says Dr Singhi of PGI, “Even among educated classes, there is a perception problem because epilepsy is viewed as a curse on the individual or the family, rather than a disease. So, instead of coming to a qualified doctor, they prefer the cover of anonymity that a quack provides.’’ She adds that 80-90 per cent epileptics are treatable and they can lead a normal life. In the rest, the treatment can be a little complicated or require surgery depending on the particulars of the case.

More on epilepsy 
n Epilepsy is associated with hyper-excitability of a group of nerve cells 
n It can be idiopathic, precipitated by a worm infection or a tumour 
n 80-90 per cent of epileptics are completely curable, others may need a slightly complicated drug therapy or surgery 
n Drug therapy can take up to 2-3 years. The duration of treatment varies from case to case



MP lodges complaint against inspector
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 22
Bhatinda MP Paramjeet Kaur Gulshan has in a letter written to the Lok Sabha speaker and the Haryana Chief Minister alleged that Baljeet Singh, an inspector, not only misbehaved with her but also made her stand on the road for about an hour despite being aware of her identity.

While talking to the TNS the MP said that she would write to the privilege committee about the incident. Baljeet Singh, SHO, Chandi Mandir police station, has already been placed under suspension after the Thursday’s incident.

Narrating the incident the MP said the car of the inspector hit her vehicle from the rear near the Namaste Chowk on the GT road at Karnal.

However, the inspector took the keys of MP’s vehicle and started demanding the compensation for damages. She was not allowed to go even after Lok Sabha deputy speaker spoke to him on phone. It was only after the Karnal SP came to know about it the MP was allowed to go.



11 students escape unhurt
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 22
The students of Doon Public School, Sector 21, had a narrow escape when the driver of their bus lost control over the vehicle and collided with another bus after hitting a telephone pole here today morning.

According to the school principal, nine students and two teachers sustained minor injuries. The driver in order to avoid collision with a tractor trolley coming from the opposite direction hit another bus. As the digging work was in progress the bus tilted form one side after hitting the pole, the principal added. 



Multi-lingual mushiara held
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, November 22
As many as 12 poets read their verses on diverse themes in the multi-lingual mushiara organised by the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademy here today. Akademy chairperson Manju Jaidaka welcomed chief guest Puneet Bedi, principal MCM DAV College, who inaugurated the literary event.

Reacting to the loneliness forced on aged persons noted Punjabi poet Gurbax Saini lamented in his ghazal “Mere shehar de rukh nu ki ho gya hai, iss da patte ton patta juda ho raha hai.” Deepak Sabharwal presented “Subah ki sair” while Dr D.S. Gupt exhorted people to love senior citizens. T.N. Raz regaled the audience with his crisp and biting satire on corruption in his couplet “Rishwat kisi se lee bhi, toh rishwat kisi ko dee, paida yeh rasam o-rah kiye jaa rha hoon mein.” The poets included G.M. Singh, T.N. Raz, Deepak Khetarpal, Dr M.L. Raina, Urmail Kaushik, Dr Rajinder Kanaujia, Dr Shashi Prabah, G.S. Saini, Jaigpoal Ashq, Vijay Singh and Bhushan Dhyanpuri.



New Dental Colleges
Council asks govt to keep track
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 22
The Dental Council of India has written to the Union government to keep a check on the opening of new dental colleges in the country as the quality of education in the institutes was taking a back seat in the absence of required number of faculty in the country. This was revealed by Dr (Brig) Anil Kohli, president of council, here today.

Dr Kohli, who was here to participate in the Federation of Operative Dentistry of India, said there was a shortage of more than 20 per cent of faculty in the country at the moment. As there was merely up to 10 per cent of increase in the faculty every year, it was necessary to keep a check on the opening of new colleges, he said. There were 71 dental colleges in 2006 against only 17 in 1959, he added .

Moreover, it was also suggested by the council that the dental colleges should be attached with the medical colleges as the basic knowledge of the medical subjects was a must for them.

Awarded with Padama Shri, Padmabhushan and Dr B.C. Roy Award, Dr Kohli further said many steps had been taken to keep a quality check on the treatment and education in the field of dentistry by the council recently.

It has been made compulsory that the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) accredit the dental institution. Moreover, experts attend continuing medical education programmes for 20 hours in one year and attending lectures on the topics such as infection control, HIV/AIDS and medical emergency is a must.

Talking on the scenario of oral health in the country, Dr Kohli said while there was a substantial increase in the awareness, at least 70 per cent of the population in the country did not have access to good oral health institutes. 



Synthetic biology effective tool to treat genetic diseases
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, November 22
The first session of the second day of the National Academy of Sciences India (NASI) conference at Panjab University began with a discussion by Dr Dinkar Salunke from the National Institute of Immunology on “Structural basis of antigen specificity”, chaired by Dr Samir Brahmchari.

Dr Salunke started the talk by defining the immune defence and summarised the talk by suggesting that diverse germ-line antibodies, each exhibiting several discrete structures, can show diverse binding modes leading to generation of antibody diversity.

Prof Samir K. Brahmachari from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi talked on the emerging areas of biomedical research under the topic “Genetic landscape of India and future of medicine”.

In this discussion, Prof Brahmachari laid emphasis on development of synthetic biology as a tool to develop new medicines to treat genetic diseases. The successful sequencing of the complete human genome and development of the draft of 3.2 billion nucleotide sequences of the human genome leads to new challenges. By unravelling the function and the meaning of the sequences, we can save people from cardiovascular disorders, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, infectious diseases, high-altitude disorders, asthma, susceptibility to malaria and tuberculosis, he said.

Prof Brahmachari said the next decade would see emergence of technologies such that 1,00,000-plus human genome can be completely sequenced in a fraction of the present cost.

The third session began with the discussion on immunology by Dr S.K. Basu from National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, on “microbial infections, vaccines and public health”. Dr Sujit Bhattacharya chaired this session.

Dr Basu started the talk by discussing about the common man’s perceptions and expectations from this discipline and the realities of microbiological infections, vaccines and public health, especially in country like ours.



Entrance exams answers to go online
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
With an aim to bring more transparency in the entrance examinations conducted by Panjab University for admission to various courses and to reach to students better, the university has planned to upload all questions along with their correct answers online after the examination.

The scheme, which is due to start from the next session, aims to clear any confusion in the mind of the students regarding their answers.

From the next session, the students would be able to view the answers on PU’s website and incase they have any doubts; they can contact the authorities within a stipulated time period. The evaluation for the entrance exam would start only once the given time period is over for contacting the authorities for any doubts.

This comes as a part of the efforts being made by the university authorities to completely revamp the examination system by the next session and bring more transparency and efficiency from their conduct till the results are declared. Prof R. C. Sobti, vice-chancellor, PU, giving information about this step said, “This was being done to make the entire working and conducting of examinations a two-way street.

Besides this, the university authorities are also working towards making the entire data related to academics, exams, forms, etc. available online. 



City college celebrates World Aids Day 
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, November 22
Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, celebrated World AIDS Day along with National Integration Day. The slogan of the day was ‘Stop AIDS Keep the Promise’. Ehsaas, the Red Ribbon Club of the college, and the NSS volunteers organised this campaign.

Dr Simi Wariach, a leading psychiatrist, talked about the causes of Aids, Drug Addiction and ways to prevent them. Niketa Gupta and Harnoor Sandhu from Ivy Hospital were the key psychologists there with whom the students shared their doubts about AIDS. Col.(Retd.) J.S. Bala, secretary, Sikh Education Society, was the guest of honour.


The Gurpurb of Guru Nanak Dev ji, the first guru of Sikh religion, was celebrated in GNPS, Sector-36, with enthusiasm and fervour. The celebrations began with Akhand Path, which was organised and recited by students and staff from November 20-22. The students, staff and the guests joined in the congregation with spiritual zeal and sanctity. Shabad gayan of Gurbani Kirtan by Bhai Gurpreet Singh and schoolchildren left the audience spellbound.

Mind Tree School

The staff and the students of class IV and V of Mind Tree School were taken to Pinjore for gliding and para-sailing. Later, the staff and students went to Tikertaal near the Morni Hills.

‘Laugh Out Loud’

The Rotract Club of DAV College organised an event, “Laugh out Loud”(LOL) today in Sector 17 plaza. LOL, the project initiated by the Rotract Club of DAV College, aims to promote peace. Members of the club along with people present at the plaza formed a human chain by holding hands.



Annual function at Army school 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
Army Public School, Chandi Mandir, celebrated its annual sports day at the Raina Stadium in the military station today. A colourful cultural programme was also put up by the students on the occasion.

The programme began with an impressive march past contingents from the four houses, Ashoka, Gandhi, Nehru and Pratap, followed by the NCC. Tiny tots from classes I and II won everybody’s heart by their adorable performances in their cute outfits, as they danced on a peppy number.

A display of Taekwondo skills, a gipsy dance, aerobics, Haryanvi folk dance and Kathakali were other items of the show. The star attraction of the day was a fusion showing India as a strong nation with rich diversity of people and traditions.

The principal, Lt Col N.R. Baberwal (retd) presented the school’s annual report, highlighting the achievements during the 2007-08 session. Chief signal officer, Western Command, Maj Gen Rajesh Pant presided over the function and gave away the prizes for outstanding performance in academics, co-curricular activities and sports. The co-curricular activities and sports trophy were lifted by the Gandhi House. 



Annual function celebrated
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 22
Depiction of virtuosity and morality straight from the anecdotes of the classical “Panchtantra” as enacted by tiny tots of Small Wonders School here rendered the school's annual function more delightful than the usual fun and celebration.

Little students presented a fabulous light and sound show “The fables of Panchtantra.” Rahul Bhandari, deputy commissioner, was the chief guest.

While value-based stories from Panchtantra sought to enlighten audiences dominated by the children’s crowds, dances on theme songs added the much appreciated colours to the function.



Scholarships for meritorious students 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) offering Canadian BBA degree programme here, in collaboration with Sanatan Dharma College, topped off its third anniversary celebrations today by honouring three students who ranked first in a worldwide business simulation.

The team of third year students, comprising Shefali Joshi, Sunny Mahajan and Gurinderjeet Kang, achieved the top spot in the globus online business simulation, among 1725 teams, 105 universities and colleges. The university also awarded CDN $5000 in entrance scholarships at the ceremony.

Harsimran Kaur, who graduated from Government Model Senior Secondary School here, bagged the first prize of CDN$2500 (equivalent to Rs. 1,00,000) for having the highest academic average of a student upon completion of Class 12.

Zorawar Ghuman, who graduated from Pinegrove Senior Secondary School in Subathu, received the award for excellent achievement in academics and sports, valued at CDN$1250 (equivalent to Rs. 50,000). Abhishek Chaurasia, a graduate of Satluj Public School in Panchkula, is the recipient of the prize for excellent academic achievement and financial need, also valued at CDN $1250 (equivalent to Rs. 50,000).

Dr H A Bassford, UFV president and vice-chancellor, was also present on the occasion and delivered the keynote address. 



250 students take part in medical camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
Aryans Business School in association with Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital organised a free medical camp on the college campus here today.

Around 250 students of Aryans Business School (ABS), Aryans School of Management (ASM) and Aryans Institute of Management and Technology (AIMT) participated in the camp. A team of specialists from ophthalmology, dermatology, and gynaecology and the medicine department visited the campus. Doctors conducted thorough medical check up and gave various tips regarding their respective ailments. Free medicines were also provided to the students at the camp.

Anshu Kataria, chairman, Aryans Group of Institutes (AGOI) said sometimes the students neglected their health due to academic pressure. The most common problem faced by the students is weak eyesight. “This camp would help detect and solve the problems of such students,” he added. Also, an expert team of the doctors from the gynaecological department conducted a personal counselling of all college girls.



Workshop on global classroom at British School
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 22
The British School organised a seminar-cum-workshop on global classroom for the community that is directly involved with the children. A non-profit initiative was taken to inspire and support leadership and innovation in education.

Syed Sultan Ahmed, educator, trainer, consultant, entrepreneur and founder of “Mentor” magazine. Sunita Gandhi, founder director, City International Schools, academic advisor, City Montessori Schools, Lucknow, and Madhuri Parti, academic director of GEMS, Delhi, were the speakers of the day. Vivek Pandit, the manager of the workshop for the global classroom, also shared his experience and enriching tips.

The day began with Sultan waking up the minds of all the participants by making them confident enough to have confidence in themselves. “We need to create future citizens who have the necessary skills to live life and the confidence to transform their dreams into reality,” Sultan said.

Education today needs a new direction, not just tinkering at the margin, said Dr Gandhi. “The present education scenario is like an old medicine with an expired date, a 19th Century gift in new wrapping.” she opines, Innovation in education should take in consideration the changing social needs, the needs and aspirations of the individual to be the best, she said.



‘Education-through-fun’ programme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
ING Vysya Foundation, under its global flagship programme, ‘ING Chances for Children’ today held its annual employee volunteering initiative, ‘education-through-fun’. In Chandigarh, around 30 employees from ING Vysya Life took 100 children for a visit to an amusement park called “Fun City”.

The initiative created a fun and adventurous experience for the under-privileged children. Fun rides, water park amusement and a safari in the zoo marked the agenda for their fun day with the employees of ING Vysya Life.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajini Chadha said, “ING Vysya is deeply committed to supporting ING’s mission to provide opportunities for children to receive proper education. We believe that the ING Chances for Children Programme truly makes a difference in the lives of children. This effort is representative of many projects that ING’s employees worldwide are supporting to contribute to the worthy cause”.

The ‘education-through-fun’ initiative also took place at 20 locations across the country.



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