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Confusion, chaos at Centra Mall
Jasmine Singh 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
Delhi 6 - a story of pandemonium. If you are wondering that you missed out on the punch line, we want to tell you that it wasn't there at all. Is this some kind of joke!

If any of you were witness to the “chaos personified” at the Centra Mall on Sunday, you couldn't have stopped yourself from scribbling this punch line on any of the “Delhi 6” posters, which were torn to pieces by fans and journos, who were not happy with the way the event was organised.

When Abhishek Bachchan came after a two hour long wait, everyone wanted to take a close look at the star. So, what followed was utter chaos. Bouncers pushed the fans,

journos jostled to get the best shot (we heard one of them was rewarded with a knockout punch) and pretty girls dressed in their Sunday best, were escorted to safety by their friends.

As actions unfurled one after the other, Abhishek went around doing his bit - smiling and waving to the fans, completely unruffled with disorder. Not everyone can flaunt “I care two hoots attitude with élan.”

The disorder lasted as long as junior Bachchan stayed the PVR Cinemas, making a snappy visit to the 7 pm “Delhi 6” show and then being whisked away under tight security of burly insensitive bouncers. 

Cameraman slapped by bouncer

Chandigarh, February 22
Inderjit Singh, a cameraman with a private TV channel, later lodged a complaint with the police that he was slapped by one of the bouncers accompanying Abhishek Bachchan during the chaos. The police said a daily diary report had been recorded in this regard and the matter was being inquired. — TNS

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Bloody brawl at Aroma
Medical students attacked with swords; 2 Ludhiana youths nabbed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
Two youngsters from Ludhiana were arrested on the charges of rioting and assaulting a group of medical students with swords at Hotel Aroma in the wee hours today. Three of the injured were admitted to a hospital.

According to the police, the incident took place around 2 am when the medical students were entering the hotel and the other group comprising about five-six youths was coming out. The other group involving youngsters from Ludhiana was creating ruckus. The students told them to behave themselves to which the other party took offensive and picked up a brawl.

The police said the arguments soon turned violent and the miscreants picked up swords and other weapons from their vehicles and attacked the students. Three of the students sustained head injuries caused by swords while the others also injured. The police reached the spot and the injured were rushed to the hospital.

Sector 22 police post sub-inspector Jaspal Singh Bhullar told TNS that the police had arrested two accused, Jagdeep and Tanuj, while the others managed to flee. Both accused were said to be the residents of Ludhiana and had come to the hotel for dinner. They were semi-literate and unemployed. They had come to the city to visit Rose Festival.

A case of rioting, causing injury by weapons and criminal intimidation has been registered against the accused on a complaint lodged by Udhey Singh of Sector 11. The police said Udhey Singh was a student of surgery in a local medical college.

Udhey Singh was accompanied by his brother Karan and friends Paramveer Singh and Arjun Singh. Udhey, Arjun and Karan were admitted to the hospital with head and other injuries. Arun of Rampura Phool in Bathinda had come to meet them.

The police said efforts were on to trace the remaining accused. 

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Mohali, P’kula to have cheaper drug stores
Ram Vilas Paswan to open outlets today
Rajmeet Singh and Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Mohali/Panchkula, February 22
Commonly used unbranded generic medicines will now be available at cheaper rates in Mohali and Panchkula. Fulfilling its commitment to open generic drug stores, the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, in collaboration with the health departments of Haryana and Punjab, are opening such shops, Jan Aushdi Store, in Mohali and Panchkula.

Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers Ram Vilas Paswan will inaugurate the stores at the civil hospitals of Mohali and Panchkula tomorrow. While at Mohali the store to be run by an NGO will remain open 24 hours, the Red Cross will manage the shop at Panchkula.

Panchkula DC Rajender Kataria said the medicines available at the store would be sold after the Red Cross charged 8 per cent of the margin for its wholesale operations and 10 per cent on the subsequent retail sale. The margin to be charged by the Punjab health authorities could not be ascertained. Around 108 such medicines have been identified so far.

Citing example, a Haryana health official said a amoxycillin 500 mg capsule being sold in the market for more then Rs 6 would be at a price of Rs 2.31 only at these stores. Similarly a flauconazole 150 mg capsule would be available for only Rs 2.10, while its average market price was Rs 7.50 per capsule. Similarly, a new antibiotic tablet of Cefuroxime 250 mg would be available for around Rs 10 whereas it cost around Rs 35 in the market.

The ministry has announced to set up such generic drug stores in 11 states, including Punjab and Haryana. The ministry will provide logistic support to the pilot project and the drug stores will be run on minimum profit with no subsidy from the government. The pharmaceutical industry had been roped in to provide medicines.

A study conducted by NIPER, Mohali, had pointed out that branded medicines were 300 times more expensive than the unbranded generic medicines. The unbranded generic medicines comprised 2.5 per cent of the total drugs manufactured in the country. 

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Drunken Driving
Co-passenger to face the music too
Amit Khanna

Chandigarh, February 22
While it is common knowledge that driving under the influence of liquor is punishable under the law, many would be surprised to know that accompanying a drunk driver may attract the same amount of punishment. So, the next time if your friend or spouse, in an inebriated state, insists on hitting the road, think twice before joining him or her.

After the first of its kind of incident in the country, where the Mumbai police had booked a co-passenger for abetment after the driver was caught drunk, the city police is also learnt to be in the process of implementing it.

“We are in the process of studying the order of the Mumbai Metropolitan Court in the related case. After discussions with the senior officials and subject to its feasibility we, will implement it in the city as well,” said SP (Traffic) H.S. Doon.

Under Section 188 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, abetting drunk driving is punishable with a fine of Rs 2,000 and/or imprisonment up to six months.

However, not every co-passenger can be booked for abetting drunk driving. “Abetment has been delved upon in the IPC and it means when a person instigates the accused to commit a crime or when there is evidence which points towards a criminal conspiracy. Mere knowledge of the offence cannot be termed as abetment,” opined Gurmeet Singh Saini, a city-based criminal lawyer.

“The implementation of such a law is a welcome step as it can act as it can prevent road accidents,” added another lawyer.

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Motorcyclist killed in mishap
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
Sanjiv Thakur (26), a resident of Sector 22, was killed after his motorcycle rammed into an electricity pole in Sector 22 late last night.

Rana Ramesh, who was riding pillion, escaped with minor injuries. According to the police Thakur, a hawker in the Sector 22 Shastri Market, was on his way back home at around 9 pm. In a bid to save a cyclist, Thakur lost balance and the mobike rammed into the pole. He sustained serious head injuries in the mishap.

The police said the motorcyclists were not wearing helmets. Thakur was rushed to the Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital form where he was referred to the PGI. However, he succumbed to his injuries at the PGI later.

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MC to put up kiosks against UT’s plan
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
Ambitious proposals of the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, do not seem to fall in line with the much-professed beautification plans of the city beautiful by the UT administration.

On one hand, the UT administration is spending crores of rupees on the beautification of Sector 17 while on the other hand the MCC is set to table the proposal to open kiosks in its meeting.

MC sources revealed that Mayor Kamlesh has mooted the proposal to the MC Commissioner that under the Swaran Jayanti Rozgar Yojna (SJRY) training is given to people in the BPL category (Below poverty line).

However, those who undergo training are not able to utilise their skills, as they do not get any space to sell their products later on.

So to facilitate them, the MCC should open the kiosks for them in Sectors 17, 22, 19 and other market areas, states the proposal. The sources also revealed that the Mayor even proposes to allocate a budget of Rs 2 crore in the coming financial year.

So much so that the chief architect of UT had also raised objections as it tampered with Le Corbusier’s original plan. It was only when the former MCC Commissioner explained the need of putting of the water kiosks, the same was approved by the UT.

Now, with the Mayor proposing to open five counters in Sector 17 seems to only add to the problems. Also, with anti-encroachment drives being conducted from time to time by the MCC to discourage phariwalas in plaza, the proposal only reflects dual policy on the part of the MCC, said a UT official.

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Staff crunch at ISBT-43 creche
Archit Watts

Chandigarh, February 22
The initiative of the UT administration to facilitate the working women by establishing a creche at ISBT-43 has almost failed due to acute shortage of staff and a poor response from the public.

Though the crèche started one year ago, the enrolment register shows only four children have been enrolled hitherto.

A visit to the crèche revealed a single lady was looking after children there and neither a teacher nor a doctor was available.

A working woman, Amrita, said: “I cannot drop my child here, because a single lady cannot take care of all children and any mishappening can take place.” If the authorities have set up a creche, they should pay some concern to provide better management, she added.

The education instructor, Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW), Tejinder K Bajwa, said, “The creche was established for the working mothers but when they are not willing to drop their children here, we removed our extra staff.”

Moreover, it started with the collaboration of ICCW, Bal Bhavan-23, and was decided that women could drop their children in the morning and could take them home in the evening by paying nominal charges.

Anjana, a helper at the crèche, accepted that she alone was working there for the past three months and said, “We are charging a nominal fee of Rs 20 per month from the poor, but still the crèche is not getting a good response.” No working woman prefers to drop her child here, she added.

A child expert said though it was not necessary to appoint a doctor at the crèche, one thing was sure that a single person could not take care of all children.

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Problems of Dalits discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
“No new school has been opened in the Dalit colonies for the last five years while liquor shops have been opened at every nook and corner. As the Dalit families are not being issued the SC/ST certificates, their children cannot avail even proper education, let alone jobs,” said Satya Pal Jain, while addressing the Dalit rally organised by the SC wing of the BJP, Chandigarh.

The rally was organised at the Googa Marhi temple in Dadu Majra Colony here today.

Riding high on the Congress regime, Jain curbed the reduction of the quota for kerosene oil. “Kerosene oil remains a basic necessity for colony residents but the quota for kerosene oil has been reduced from 30 litres per family to 10 litres per family. There is no provision for clean drinking water or sanitation services in the colonies,” he said.

Jain charged that the Dalits remained a marginalised community due to unconcerned attitude of the Congress party.

He questioned the Congress regime on how could they expect a poor labourer receiving meager daily wages to spend days in queues facing bureaucratic red tape for a ration card or an SC/ST certificate.

Kamla Sharma, president, the Chandigarh state BJP unit, Pritam Singh, president and Kuldeep Mehra, general secretary of the SC wing highlighted the problems being faced by the Dalit community. 

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Undisclosed income worth Rs 4 cr detected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
The Income Tax department has detected undisclosed income of Rs 4 crore by a company involved in manufacturing bus and truck bodies during a survey conducted here on Friday.

According to sources, a team led by Additional Commissioner, Income Tax (Range 3), Chandigarh, Ajay Kumar Sharma swooped on M/s HMM Coaches Ltd and conducted the survey simultaneously at three places at Sector 19-B, Chandigarh, Mansa Devi Complex, Panchkula, and, Mandor village on Ambala-Naraingarh road.

During the survey conducted under the supervision of Commissioner, Income Tax (I), G.S. Randhawa, undisclosed investment in buildings worth Rs 60 lakh, plant and machinery Rs 67 lakh, sundry receivable Rs 70 lakh, and unexplained cash of Rs 8 lakh was detected by the officials. Similarly, miscellaneous concealment of Rs 1.95 crore was also detected.

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Experts: Kidney transplant viable option
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
Transplantation is the viable option for patients suffering from end-stage chronic renal disease, observed nephro pathologists in the ongoing International CME on kidney diseases at the PGI here yesterday.

Deliberating on the recent advances in the field of transplant glomerulopathy, the nephrologists said transplanted kidney needed to be protected from of the rejection process, infections, drugs, and recurrence of the original disease.

Prof Racusen from the John Hopkin’s University School of Medicine and an expert in the filed of transplant glomerulopathy elucidated on the topic. Prof Charles Jennette, the author of the Bible of Nephropathology, discussed the various forms of blood disorders secondarily affecting the kidney. Prof Jan Weening from the Netherlands discussed on the autoimmune disorders affecting the kidney.

Chairperson Prof Kusum Joshi and the organising secretary Dr Ritambhra Nada stated the CME programme had provided an opportunity for the national pathologists to learn from the enriching and vast experience of the eminent faculty from abroad.

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Develop medicines for different ethnic groups: Doctors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
A two-day International symposium on “Recent developments in molecular technology” was started here yesterday. The symposium was inaugurated by Prof P Rama Rao, director, NIPER on the campus.

Dr Rao emphasised on developing technologies that are viable and can reach to the doorsteps of users, as majority of the population in India is still living under the poverty line.

Prof Rao also stressed on the need to develop personalised medicine, keeping in mind the genetic polymorphism, in different ethnic groups.

Prof D Kaul, Prof and head, department of experimental medicine and biotechnology PGI, Chandigarh, apprised the participants about the RNAi based technology as the future medicine for the cure of various types of cancers, viral infections, and in understanding the gene expression in the regulation of cell differentiation and organ development.

The plenary sessions started with a talk by Prof Attila Tarnok from Germany on “Polychromatic Cytometry”.

He talked about the power of multi-channel cytometry on understanding the intricacies associated with the cellular mechanisms. This was followed by a lecture on the use of cytometric techniques in plants by Prof David W Galbraith from University of Arizona, USA.

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Activists flout traffic rules
Archit Watts

Chandigarh, February 22
A rally of the Yuva Rashtriya Janta Dal (YRJD) at the road dividing Sectors 27-30 resulted in traffic bottlenecks and jams, which left commuters harassed.

The situation worsened at around 12.30 pm when around 400 activists blocked the roads and commuters were left stranded at several places, including Sectors 27, 28, 29 and 30.

Moreover, the activists were not even wearing helmets and flouting the traffic rules on the city roads, reportedly no cop was present there to control the menace.

An eyewitness alleged that hundreds of vehicles were there and some were not even bearing the registration number plates, but the police remained a silent spectator.

A senior police official said it was a common scene during the rallies, but the traffic was controlled within a few minutes and it was not possible to issue challans.

SHO Raghubir Singh, the Sector 26 police station, said, “The violators were ordered to obey the rules and within a few minutes they were dissolved.”

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Annual fete by SBI Ladies Club
A Correspondent

Chandigarh,February, 22
The SBI Ladies Club, Chandigarh, today organised an annual fete at the SBI officer’s colony park.

Kamlesh, mayor, municipal corporation, inaugurated it.

Manjula Swaroop, president of the club, welcoming the guests, urged the participants to take care for the poor and needy, especially the girl child to help them make their fruitful contributions to the society when they grow up. Self-help groups from Mandi and some units from Patiala, Jammu, Ludhiana and Panipat displayed their traditional products, which attracted a big crowd.

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Kids’ carnival at Banyan Tree
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
A kids’ carnival was organised on the lush green lawns of Banyan Tree School today.

Various fun-filled contests were held for children in the age group of 0-6 years and for their parents as well.

A free medical check up camp was organised by a team of doctors from the department of health and medicare.

A healthy baby show was organised for the babies of age group of 0-2 years. Ritika Goyal and Palak Puri were adjudged as Ms Giggles and Arman and Aryan were declared as Master Gurgles.

To test the intellect of genius juniors, a whiz kids contest was organised in two categories, namely 4-5 years and 5-6 years.

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Talk on dream interpretation
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 22
Dreams, why and how they occur is a mystery and one is free to interpret their significance.

But acclaimed author Uma Tandon had ventured to explore the multiplicity of the dreaming experience in her special talk and presentation on “Dream Interpretation” held under the aegis of Chandigarh Sahitya Akademy at their hall here yesterday.

After welcome of chief guest Mira Balbir Singh and introduction of main speaker Madhu Tandon by akademy chairperson Manju Jaidka, the speaker dwelling on her latest book, “Dreams and Beyond; Finding Your Way in the Dark ” offered a comprehensive analysis of the dreams and their elucidation with a realistic and scientific approach.

Based on interviews of 250 persons from different segments of society, she supplemented her viewpoint on dreams with illustrations through a LCD projector.

In an impressive deliberation she referred three cases from her book and shared sequences of their dreams offering her comments how to interpret these with psychological and mythological approach. 

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3-day travel exhibition ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
A three-day travel exhibition “India Travel Mart” (ITM) concluded yesterday at Hotel Shivalik View, Sector 17.

UT Home Secretary-cum-Tourism Secretary Ram Niwas was the chief guest at the closing ceremony.

The Chandigarh tourism department and CITCO hosted the mega event with Malaysia as the partner country, Singapore tourism as the feature country, Uttarakhand as the partner state and Jammu and Kashmir as the feature state.

The three-day travel exhibition aimed at promoting outbound, inbound and domestic tourism and boost tourism awareness worldwide.

The ITM showcased the best products and packages from the travel, tourism, cruise, railways, aviation, hospitality and other related industries. 

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Letters
Media has vital role to play

Kudos to Raveen Thukral, who has put forth several suggestions given to Pramod Muthalik through his letter “Pramodji, just two mins, please”, published in the Chandigarh Tribune. The Mangalore pub incident is not only one. There have been numerous such attacks in the past though all of them did not hit the headlines in the newspapers. There are many self-righteous groups across the country that assume the right of moral policing and generally issue dictates from time to time. During terrorism days in Punjab, the self-styled groups had issued many dictates. Similarly, Taliban in Afghanistan is issuing such orders. But all this shows that the law-enforcing agencies are incapable of taking any action.

The onus for ensuring a smooth functioning of democracy lies with the government, which must not only bring about laws that are in tune with the changing times but also ensure that these are implemented properly. Today, the role of media has been enhanced. Journalism will no longer remain the way it is, if it does not continue to play a constructive role. The media should ensure that the state is engaged to fulfil its obligations of providing every individual a dignified living. The journalists, as has been done by Thukral, should highlight problems of people. Whatever they do, must serve the wider public interest, particularly of those sections of society who are voiceless.

The social and other religious organisations, besides the media, have an added role to play if we want to keep away the self-righteous groups in the society.

SK Khosla, Chandigarh

II

The fanatic people are curse to our society. The so- called heads of political parties, who remember Ram and Ram temple before every election, are responsible for creation of leaders like Muthalik. The scenario is very dangerous, particularly near the elections. The government and the people find themselves helpless before these self-styled leaders of morality.

The time and circumstances deter them. Raj Thakre, another leader spreading hatred in the name of Maharashtra, was seen nowhere on and after the 26/11 attack. These persons are opportunists. They should not be allowed to prosper in the country. The CrPC should be suitably amended so that no one can infringe in the private life of others. We should live and let others live.

Keshav Aggarwal, Chandigarh

III

The people like Parmod are traders of hatred, who are sick persons in our modern society. Bajrang Dal, Ram Sene, Shiv Sena and other such organisations are having their roots in states where they profess to have hold on local people due to their close proximity. Though silently, but these people have political patronage also.

Any sermon to such fanatic people cannot have any effect as they are not ready to listen to anyone. We need to change our thinking, our way of life and our responsibility towards society, and Persons like Pramod and Raj Thakre should not have any place in our civilised society.

They can be controlled only by ignoring them, and not airing their views as these people are hungry of publicity.

Gayan Parkash. Chandigarh

IV

I strongly oppose the beating of defenceless girls. On the basis of tradition and culture of our country, counselling should be conducted for the pub-going girls. True love does not need a Valentine’s Day as it has become a day for eve-teasing.

You have rightly suggested Pramod to take action against the drug peddlers, who are spoiling our younger generation.

We should analyse the mind of Muthalik and realise the gravity of unaccompanied pub-going girls. Probably, he is for our cultural heritage in the Ramayana way. The pub girls are seen as sex symbols as the males present there desire to behave in an indecent manner with some girls under the influence of alcohol. This may turn into an urge to rape. So in the name of freedom for the fair sex, we are also promoting the lust for sex.

The electronic media revolution has already promoted sex attractions through semi-nude dances showing. The performers are doing no favour to the society but promoting sex desire in the public.

Indians should bring in the concept of female moral policing for all those who bare their bodies for trade and stage performance. Pramod needs respect for highlighting a case of moral behaviour, while chaddis and saris are required for those who trade their bodies for profit.

Dr BS Aggarwal, Panchkula

V

The so-called “protectors of Hindu culture” are none other than goondas in the society, who do all unwanted acts only to gain publicity. They are a blot on the society. Who has given them the right to impose their ideology on common man?

This is a liberal society. Culture changes with the passage of time. No one stops these so-called “moral policemen” from wearing dhoti, kurta or pyjamas. So, who are they to tell us what to do and what not to?

Government should put all such persons behind the bars for life as they preach only hatred.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

VI

The name of Pramod Muthalik has come into light when he and his men attacked the girls and boys in Mangalore. They have beaten them mercilessly and his organisation has also threatened the meeting of young couples on Valtentine’s Day.

A group calling themselves the "Consortium of Pub-going, Loose and Forward Women" has responded to the extremists' campaign by sending them boxes of pink underwears (chaddis) as Valentine's Day gifts. The actions of the sene should be condemned.

Sahil Garg 

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ISB gets possession of land in Mohali
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
Indian School of Business (ISB), which had earlier been allotted 70 acres of land in Mohali Knowledge City, has been given possession of the land for the institute with the state government registering a lease in this regard with its management.

ISB can now start work on the institute as well as four allied institutes, including the Max India Institute of Healthcare Management, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, BML Munjal Institute of Manufacturing and Operation Excellence and Punj Lloyd Institute of Physical Infrastructure Management as envisaged by four collaborators of the project.

The state government has allotted the 70-acre campus site on a 99-year lease at the rate of Rs 1 per acre to the four promoters. The project envisages Rs 300 crore expenditure out of which the four founder supporters will contribute Rs 50 crore each. The remaining Rs 100 crore funding is still to be decided. The founder supporters will also extend their existing support for placements, internships, programmes on campus and visiting faculty to the ISB campus at Mohali.

The management expects to complete the new campus by April 2011 and will try to take in students the same year. It will be run with the support of existing associate schools, Wharton School and Kellogg School of Management, just like its Hyderabad campus. 

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Students suffer as academy changes syllabi
Amit Khanna

Chandigarh, February 22
Students of Arena Multimedia, an animation academy at Sector 17, today alleged that the academy management had not adhered to the syllabi committed at the time of admission, thereby duping them of their fee.

The students of diploma in animation engineering claimed that they had paid Rs 1,70,000 for one-year specialisation in 3D animation, but the institute changed the entire syllabi and was forcing them to study 2D animation for most part of the academic year. “When we took admission in the course, it was committed that three months will be devoted for sketching and seven months for software and two months for 3D projects. Then without any prior information or discussion with students, they stretched the sketching part to seven months, which is just a basic refresher kind of course and reduced software, which is the core of the course to three months,” said one of the students.

“The institute never provided us with a separate brochure of the course, but took a hefty fee. They made abrupt changes in the course schedule. When we approached them, they said it was head office’s decision. We have tried to sort things with them amicably, but of no use. What is the fun when even after the course we do not have the hang of 3D, which we aim to specialise in,” said another student.

Meanwhile, Vineet Raj Kapoor, director of the institute, said, “This is not in my hands. The course was set by the head office and we have to go by their decision. The students approached me and I contacted higher authorities, who have directed me to go on this way only as it was pre-decided.”

The students claim to be all set to seek legal help in case the management does not sort the issue soon.

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From Schools
Sports day at Vivek High School
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 22
The Vivek High School, Sector 70, Mohali, celebrated its second sports and rhyme day for the pre-primary classes here yesterday.

Daman Duggal, director of Vivek High School, presided over along with the eminent members of the school management.

The entire school was abuzz for the song and rhyme show. Each class had a theme-based performance.

For pre-nursery it was festivals of India, for nursery it was nature, and for KG it was seasons of the year. The props depicting each event were very beautiful and vibrant. The children exhibited immense confidence and enthusiasm during the programme.

This was followed by the Sports Day celebrations. Besides the 25 m and 50 m dash, ball in the pail, baton exchange, obstacle run and lemony fun were the events for the day.

Farewell

Gian Jyoti Public School, Phase 2, organised a farewell party for the outgoing students of Class XII on the school premises.

The students of Class XI presented a cultural extravaganza with the creative talent in abundance.

Manreet Kaur and Gulrez of Class XII bagged the titles of Miss Gian Jyoti and Mr Gian Jyoti, respectively.

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Tree plantation drive  at Moti Ram school 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary Model School organised vermin culture composting and tree plantation programme in pursuit of human friendly environment on the school campus yesterday.

Special plantation drive was carried on the medicinal plants such as herbal ores and Rudraksh. A separate and permanent provision has been made for vermin culture composting, as a means of recycling the waste into a useful product.

SK Sharma, a renowned environmentalist, was the chief guest on the occasion. He inaugurated the activities and appreciated the school and its students for their awareness and practicality in this direction.

Annual day

Ashiana Public School, Sector 46, organised its annual day function yesterday. Principal Lalitha Prakash addressed parents on the occasion and gave a brief introduction of the school philosophy, growth and the performances.

The senior classes staged two plays using classic Hindi story lines. The exultant children participating in this beautiful extravaganza learnt and taught a lot through their exuberant performances.  

Prize distribution

St Xaviers Senior Secondary School, Sector 44 C, Chandigarh, organised its annual academic prize distribution function yesterday. The chief guest was Andrew J Gosain, chairman St Xavier’s Schools, Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali.

Juniors presented a classical dance and school coir group presented a soul stirring song and dance sequence. 

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PU Notes
Seminar on global meltdown from tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22
In the backdrop of global meltdown, a two-day seminar is being organised by the department of sociology, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Scholars from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Punjab are taking part in the seminar.

The inaugural function shall start on February 24 at 10 am in the ICSSR Complex of Panjab University.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Minister of Cooperation, Punjab, will be the chief guest. Prof RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, PU, will preside over the inaugural function.

Seminar on February 27

The department of Hindi, PU, is organising a national seminar on “Perspectives in Hindi translations” on February 27. Vice-chancellor Prof RC Sobti shall inaugurate the seminar. Eminent historian, Sudhir Chandra shall give the inaugural address. Other celebrated literary personalities, who will speak in the seminar, include Namwar Singh, Vishnu Khare, Prayag Shukla, Veer Bharat Talwar, Waryan Singh, Geetanjali Shree, Vikas Narain Rai, Varinder Mehandiratta, Vinod Shahi, Pradeep Kasani, Tulsi Raman, Raj Kumar Rakesh, Satish Dhar, Rana Nayyar, Phool Chand Manav, Arun Maheshwari, etc.

A poetic symposium on translated poetry from national and international languages shall also be held on the occasion.

Symposium ends

The ongoing two-day international symposium on recent developments in molecular technology in Panjab University concluded here today. The last day of the symposium had two academic sessions. Prof Suguna, head, the department of microbial technology from MKU, Madurai, deliberated on the role of RNA silencing in the cancer cure. Prof S Shanmugasundaram also from the same university discussed on the role of nanobiotechnolgy in health and disease. The session ended with a talk by Prof A Wanchu of internal medicine, PGI, on the effect of non-protease inhibitor based medication on blood and genital tract, viral and immunological parameters in HIV infected women.

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