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Two college girls hurt in mishap
Speeding vehicle hits scooter; victims critical
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
High-speed driving on a slow carriageway in the city once again caused serious head injuries to two girls as their vehicle was hit by a speeding SUV here today.

The two victims were identified as Pooja and Shah Farmana, students of the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, and residents of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26. They were admitted to the PGI in a critical condition.

According to the police, the two girls, aged between 19 and 20, were coming out of their college on an Activa scooter around 2:30 pm after attending their classes.

As soon as they came out of the college gate, they vehicle was hit from the rear by a Tata Safari (CH04A-4270), which was being driven by Raghav Mehra, a student of the Government College, Sector 11. The Sector 11 police filed a DDR against the accused and impounded the vehicle.

Pooja also received injuries on her arm. They were rushed to the PGI in Sector 12. Both girls were unconscious and the police was yet to record their statement till the filing of this report. Worried parents of the victims reached the hospital.

Student deaths in road accidents in 2009

January 19: Twelve-year-old Lakshmi died while her sister and a friend were seriously injured when they were hit by a speeding car. The three girls were walking to school when a rashly driven Innova car with a Punjab registration number hit them in Sector 53. The girls were students of class VII at a government school here.

January 20: Fourteen-year-old Lakshmi was crushed to death by a speeding car at the roundabout separating Sectors 39, 40, 55 and 56. A class VIII student of the Government High School in Sector 40, she was walking to school with two friends, Renu and Chandni, when the accident occurred. Renu and Chandni were seriously injured and were admitted to the PGI.

January: A first-year BBA student at GGDSD College died in a road accident when the Skoda in which they were travelling in fell into a 500-foot ‘khud’ on the Kalka-Shimla highway.

July 13: Hemant, a DAV College student, died when his motorcycle met with an accident near the traffic lights on the road separating Sectors 17 and 18.

August 10: Twentyone-year-old Ahmed Jawid, a student from Afghanistan, was killed when a speeding car hit him while he was crossing the road near the railway station. He had come to India a month prior to the accident. He had been pursuing a bachelors degree at the Government College in Sector 11 and staying in a hostel. He was returning after watching a movie with his friends when the accident took place.

October 24: A final-year pharmacy student of Panjab University was killed in an accident on the traffic signal on the road separating Sectors 14 and 15 late at night when he was returning from the Night Food Street.



Increase in gross density of population
Panchkula to be left out of notification
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 7
Panchkula is not to be benefited by the new notification to be issued by the state government in near future regarding the increase in the gross density of population in the areas to be developed in the state.

Sources said since most parts of the district are in the eco-sensitive zone, the town and country planning department has decided not to include the district in the notification.

At present, the gross density of population in the state is 80 and 100 against every one acre. In order to cope with the increasing pressure on land, Haryana is set to increase the density proportions in upcoming residential areas. The state government would issue a notification in this regard soon. This was stated by TC Gupta, director, town and country planning, Haryana, and Chief Administrator of HUDA here today.

The increase could be over 20 per cent, he said. Gupta, who was the chief guest at the North Conference of Institute of Town Planners of India (ITPI) on the theme of “Land-A resource for development planning”, emphasised on the need for updating rules for optimum utilisation of available urban land.

“Technology has given us options for intensive utilisation of land by constructing safe, high-rise buildings,” he said. The required infrastructure for such buildings in densely populated areas, including fire-safety measures and earthquake-resistant designs could also be taken care of by using modern technologies.

Outdated laws and policies should be weeded to make way for modern planning practices, he said, adding that town planners should be flexible and innovative so that the land could be put to best use in a balanced manner.

“This was the reason why Haryana had already done away with restrictions on the height of buildings,” he said. DS Meshram, president of the ITPI was the guest of honour at the conference organised by the Haryana regional chapter of the ITPI which was attended by more than 100 delegates, including town planners, architects, engineers and other professionals from Haryana, Punjab, HP, UP, Delhi and the Council Members of the Institute who have come from various states.

NK Sehgal, senior consultant (EQ-President), Ansals properties and infrastructure limited, Nadim Akhtar, senior town planner, HUDA, Dr Ashok Kumar, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, AR Sankhayan, state town planner, HP, presented papers.



PEC pumped up for tonight
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
After months of tireless efforts from searching sponsors to providing first-rate hospitality, PEC students are all geared up to host the star night on Sunday, which promises unparallelled entertainment to music lovers.

A host of Punjabi stars and hip-hop singers will come together for a befitting finale to PEC Fest-09, which began two days back.

The fest is being organised by the students of PEC University of Engineering and Technology for the sixth year in succession.

With the fusion band Chakravyuh set to strike the chords of a variety of musical instruments, the star night will include a blend of performances by popular Punjabi rap and hip-hop singers.

The sole band performing on the star night, Chakravyuh will infuse the rhythms of different instruments, giving a classy touch to modern Indian music.

In addition to the band, singer Preet Harpal, who has recently launched his new album and is known for his spirited Punjabi numbers, will be one of the performers.

Yet another performer is Honey Singh, a hip-hop singer, who will perform along with Badshah, a professional rap singer.

“We all worked day and night for the fest and for the star night in particular. The core committee has been enthusiastically managing the events. We are expecting a crowd of 20,000 on Sunday and entry will be through passes only. For PEC students entry is through identity cards,” said Gagandeep, a third-year mechanical student.

From cultural to creative, literary to intellectual and fun-filled events, the fest has witnessed a host of activities for the students across the region in the past few days.

City rap and hip-hop lovers can pick their passes for the star night from the campus during the day.

“Passes for the star night, which will start at 6 pm, are available at the office of dean, student welfare, on the PEC campus,” informed a team member.



4 booked for bank fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The police has registered a case against four persons for defrauding Kotak Mohindra Bank of Rs 2.5 crore by allegedly selling a piece of land which was already mortgaged with the bank.

In his complaint to the police, Kamal Mehtani, manager of the Sector 9 branch of the bank, alleged that the accused, identified as Prakash Chand, Inder Lal, Baljit Singh and Jasminder, all residents of House No. 981, Phase X, Mohali, had taken a loan of Rs 2.5 crore after mortgaging their agriculture land situated in Kharar and Ropar.

However, the bank later found that the accused had sold the land to some other persons and even the revenue record did not show any land in their name for which they had taken the loan.

The Sector 3 police station has registered a case against the accused and is investigating the matter.



An apology for community centres
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

The Ram Darbar community centre, which has developed cracks due to the installation of a mobile tower on the roof of the the building.
The Ram Darbar community centre, which has developed cracks due to the installation of a mobile tower on the roof of the the building. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, November 7
Unsafe building, broken windows, unkempt lawns, damaged doors, unhygienic toilets and wilted plants, this is the real picture of most community centres developed in various sectors by the MC for various functions.

More such centres are in the pipeline even though the existing ones are crying for maintenance. As per records of the corporation, there are 30 community centres in various sectors and villages for general purpose and six for welfare activities, specifically to promote vocational schemes in villages under the jurisdiction of the MC.

During a visit to these centres, it was found that most buildings needed renovation and the furniture was broken. Most centres did not even have basic facilities like fans and tubelights in halls.

A security guard said for booking the centre, the authorities fixed the charges. For lawn and hall, they charged Rs 2,000 a day; for lawn Rs 1,500; for hall Rs 1,000; and for kitty parties Rs 250. If people wanted the lawn cleaned, they had to pay Rs 200 extra for it.

Recently, a senior vice-president of the sectional officer association of the Chandigarh Housing Board had booked the centre at Sector 19, but when members of the association reached the centre, the chowkidar refused to open the gate, stating that he had no information about the booking and he would allow entry only on the directions of its caretaker. Residents alleged that guards opened the centre at will.

The residents said they had taken up the matter with officials through their councillors several times, but nothing came off it. They said if the authorities could not maintain the centres, what was the point in wasting money on the construction of such infrastructures.

Councillors have raised the matter at house meetings, but the authorities only make false promises that these would be renovated soon.



Administrator wants full list to select DPI(S)
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
In a bid to choose a ‘worthy’ successor to outgoing DPI(S) Samwartak Singh, the UT administrator has sought a detailed list of all HCS and PCS officers serving in the city along with their respective portfolios.

Contrary to speculation that only five names have been proposed, the administration claims to have been considering all to make a fair choice.

“We were asked to submit a complete list, which we have done. The decision will now be taken by the administrator on Monday”, said home secretary Ram Niwas. This has had different responses in the corridors of the the administration.

While one section believes it to be a way to consider everybody on merit before making a final choice, for others its just a ritual as the final choice has already been made.

“The post will surely be given to an HCS officer. We already have two names doing the rounds. This action is sure to win some appreciation for transparency, but will not have any affect on the speculative decision”, commented a senior administration official.

Since Samwartak’s role came under the scanner for being in touch with the prime accused in the cash-for-job scam, the UT administration withdrew all his powers. State transport authority secretary Dr Vandana Disodia had emerged as the favorite to replace him.

It was also being speculated that Samwartak would have to give up charge of the tourism department as he had admitted to have been in touch with cash-for-job scam accused Jolly in connection with some tourism tenders. His future posting remained uncertain.

Samwartak maintained, “The truth has come in front of everybody. I am a public servant and will continue to serve the people in whichever department I am”.


Strengthen legal framework: Rodrigues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Strongly pleading for a focused attention on implementation of various laws and rules in place in their true spirit, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator SF Rodrigues today called for strengthening legal framework and evolving a more effective and responsive mechanisms to further fortify the confidence of stakeholders in judicial system.

He said: “Members of the legal fraternity can play a vital role in guiding our endeavour to ensure speedy and prompt delivery of justice to the people.”

Inaugurating the national-level seminar on competition laws hosted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court at the Chandigarh Judicial Academy, Rodrigues called for “a serious introspection of our strategies, change our attitudes and mindset and adopt a proactive approach for safe guarding and protection of the interests of our people through healthy judicious practices.”

He said: “Our value system must have the top priority in our day-to-day dealings to create a healthy ambience and work culture with commitment and dedication.” He referred to the committed endeavour of Tarlok Singh, a civil servant, for the resettlement of refugees after partition.

Speaking on the occasion, Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice TS Thakur said competition law was a vital instrument for growth and country’s economy and was relevant in every human activity in life. He said its relevance had become all the more significant as India was emerging as a biggest player in the economic world. He emphasised the need for healthy competition in the corporate sector for bringing about socio-economic change.

Justice Arijit Pasayat, former judge of the Supreme Court and the chairperson of the Competition Appellate Tribunal, in his keynote address, called for putting the implementation of competition law on a fast track to give the real power to the consumers. He said competition brings prosperity and sincere efforts should be made at the national and state government level to implement the Competition Laws Act.

Speaking on the occasion, Manpreet Singh Badal, Finance Minister, Punjab, made a forceful plea for giving better future to the younger generation by generating awareness of healthy competition in life.

Dhanendra Kumar, chairman, Competition Commission of India, gave an account of the objective and spirit behind setting up of Competition Commission of India. Justice Mahesh Grover, Judge Punjab and Haryana High Court, welcomed the guests.



Roads panel comes out with development plan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The roads committee of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has recommended important agenda items, including rough cost estimate (RCE) of Rs 15.5 lakh for development of a green belt in Sector 42-C and D, at a meeting held yesterday.

The meeting was chaired by Anju Beniwala and attended by other members of the committee and officials concerned. The committee has recommended agenda items including RCE for providing and fixing 60 mm thick paver blocks around the park in Sector 40-A, B and C of Rs 16.31 lakh, construction cement concrete footpath and toe wall under railing in extension of green belt in Sector 20-A and B of Rs 11.85 lakh, providing and laying 25 mm thick SDBC in parking of market in Sector 42-C of Rs 7.5 lakh, widening of V-6 road in Sector 22-D of Rs 2.06 lakh, renovation of community centre, Sector 20 of Rs 22.73 lakh.

Another agendas approved by committee include RCE for constructing jogging track in floral park, Sector 15-A and B, of Rs 12.45 lakh, providing and fixing 60 mm thick paver blocks around a park in rehabilitation colony, Sector 52 of Rs 16.43 lakh, improvement of paid parking of Sector 16 and 22 of Rs 20.14 lakh, providing and fixing 60 mm thick paver blocks around the park in Sector 61, providing and fixing 60 mm thick paver blocks around the parks in Sector 23-A, B and D and green belt in Sector 24-C and D, providing and fixing 60 mm thick paver blocks along V-5 road, Sector 20-A and B and constructing connecting passage between SCO 2926 and booths adjoining toilet in Sector 22-C.

Besides, the RCE for improvement of paid parking in Sector 35-B and C along Himalayan Marg, providing and fixing 60 mm thick paver blocks on berm of V-5 road, Sector 22-A, providing and fixing 60 mm thick paver blocks and widening of V-6 road around the park in Sector 35 A, providing and fixing 60 mm thick paver blocks around the park in Sector 36-C, providing and fixing 60 mm thick factory made cement concrete interlocking paver blocks in various sites in Sectors 46 and 32.



PGI remembers Prof Anand
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Birth centenary of former director of the PGI Prof SS Anand was celebrated at the department of Surgery, PGI, Chandigarh, today. Prof IC Pathak, former director, PGI, and a student of Prof Anand, chaired the function. All the admirers and students of Prof Anand attended the function.

Prof MS Valiathan, former Vice-Chancellor of Manipal University, and former faculty member of the PGI, delivered a thought-provoking keynote address. He asked: “Has the PGI fulfilled the vision of the founding fathers?” Prof BNS Walia, NK Ganguly, KK Talwar, BL Talwar, who were associated with the PGI during Prof Anand’s era, also spoke on the occasion.

A few of his students, who themselves have earned name and fame as eminent surgeons, remembered the golden days of their association, notable amongst them were Prof Ajmer Singh, Prof SK Khanna, Prof SM Bose. Prof Anand was not only one of the founders of the PGI but he laid, guided and modelled the golden traditions in the institute, which has become a role model in the medical world. His vision, commitment, quest for excellence and straight forwardness was fondly remembered by all.

Janki Anand was felicitated for support to her late husband, which not only enabled him to carve a name as a legendary surgeon but create and nurture a monumental institution like PGI, Chandigarh. Prof Santokh Singh Anand was a legendary surgeon, research worker and medical teacher of international repute. Most of the well-known eminent surgeons of north India have been trained either by him or by his students. 



Removal of construction material
Suppliers get 15-day notice
Tribune News Service

Tractor-trollies loaded with construction material block traffic at Baltana in Zirakpur.
Tractor-trollies loaded with construction material block traffic at Baltana in Zirakpur. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Zirakpur, November 7
Zirakpur MC president NK Sharma has given 15 days time to construction material suppliers for removing their vehicles loaded with sand, bricks and other construction material from the Baltana link road here today. He also instructed MC sanitary inspector Rajinder Singh to challan them if they failed to remove their vehicles after 15 days.

Sharma stated that he got complaints from the residents that a large number of trolleys loaded with stone-dust, bricks, and other construction material were parked on the roadside and also in front of commercial showrooms causing traffic problems.

Sharma told the construction material suppliers to take some vacant place for their business as it was causing problem for public to commute this road. He told them to put only sample material at their shops.

He further said that the work of drainage system had been started and Rs 2 crore would be spent on it. He also said after the completion of drainage system the road would be recarpted.



40 youngsters to get life skill training
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
A seven-day life skill training programme under the adolescent health and development project, a scheme of the ministry of youth affairs and sports, is being organised by the Nehru Yuva Kendra at Raipur Khurd village, according to an official press release.

Under the programme, 40 adolescent boys and girls aged 10 to 19 years from Raipur Khurd, Raipur Kalan, Behlana, Dariya, Mauli Jagran and Hallo Majra would be provided training related to personal and professional growth.

Dr GS Bajwa, district youth coordinator, Nehru Yuvak Kendra, highlighted the various programmes and schemes being implemented by the kendra for the development of the youth at a workshop.

He explained the importance of 10 life skills under the project and shared his experiences with the participants.

He exhorted the participants to take part in productive activities and work for national development.

During the camp, the participants would be made aware of issues like family planning, HIV/AIDS, personal health and hygiene, rural development, critical thinking and effective communication.

Nisha Deswal, district project officer, said an exposure tour would be organised during the training for participants to make them aware of the Jan Shikshan Sansthan, the Commonwealth Youth Programme, the Asia Centre and the Environment Society of India, Chandigarh.

Participants would take part in various games. Dr Jasbir Lohan, professor of psychology, Panjab University, would provide training in behavioural change and how to cope with stress, career planning and sexual health.



Bankers open humour accounts
SD Sharma

One of the poets at the “Hasya kavi sammalen” held at Indira Holiday Home in Chandigarh on Saturday.
One of the poets at the “Hasya kavi sammalen” held at Indira Holiday Home in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, November 7
A “Hasya kavi sammelan” by city bankers saw the dormant literary potential of amateur poets at its best. The annual event, eighth in the series, was organised by the Punjab and Sind Bank under the aegis of the Chandigarh Bank Town Officials Committee (TOLIC) at the Indra Holiday Home here today. A total of 20 poets from all member banks recited poems weaved in raw but subtle humour.

TOLIC secretary and noted poet Sham Lal Mehta set the pace with comments exuding humour while all poets dwelt on issues of contemporary relevance relating to their official problems concerning wage increase, implementation of revised pay scales or the training for the staff.

A general manager of a leading bank depicted the dilemma of his four transfers in a single year. Other participants included Anup Kukar, Renu Sood, Sneh Mirchandani, Parvin Vijh, SK Ganju, Dr Nidhi Gupta Balwinder Singh, SS Sachdeva, Usha Ahuja, Mohan Lal Philoria, Hari Chand, Cahnaranjit Kaler, Bhavesh Kahanna, Ranjit Ranjan Jha, JS Kohli, Naveen Rawat, Rakesh Arora, Maya Sharma, Suman Sharma and Rajinder Singh Bewli. 



One more down with swine flu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
One more doctor tested positive for swine flu in the city today, taking the total number of cases to 62. The victim is a 36-year-old female doctor, who runs coaching centre for preparation of MBBS at her residence in Sector 15, Chandigarh.

UT nodal officer for swine flu HC Gera said, the doctor was undergoing treatment and had been put on Tamiflu. The UT health officials have quarantined five family members of the victim and instructed to close down their coaching centre for a week. 



Electrical workers seek Central scales
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The Electrical Workmen Union, in its 25th conference held here today, demanded pay scales and service conditions on the Central pattern.

Giving details, Rakesh Kumar, general secretary of the union, said: “The UT had repeatedly been asked to fill vacant posts, but to no avail. The department work had been suffering. Due to the absence of competent officers, the issues related to the welfare of the employees were not being addressed.”

He drew a long list of vacant posts, including executive engineers, sub-divisional engineers, electricians, foremen and trade mates, a press release said.



Porn Row
Students take out rally to support teacher
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Reacting to the serious allegation filed against an art teacher of St John’s School, over 100 students of the school accompanied by their parents and alumni assembled at the Sector 4 petrol station and organised a rally in support of the teacher by carrying banners with slogans, “Don’t poison young minds”, “We trust our teachers, we trust St John’s”, “We trust our 50-year-old school”.

The students had come on road to extend their support to the teacher against whom a senior PCS official had filed a complaint accusing him of instigating the students to watch adult sites.

While the school has marked an inquiry, the complainant backed off and refused to provide any supporting proof on the pretext of not trusting the school authorities.



Child prodigies steal the show
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 7
The incessant applause and adulation by the fully packed Tagore Theatre seemed to eloquently suggest “Chhote Miyan Subhan Allah…”, while the folklore performance by Langhas of Rajasthan was embellished by two child prodigies, master Umar and Saleem, today at the ongoing SAARC folk fest. Opening up with romance laden “Aave hichki”, the Langhas led by Ustad Neku Mohammad from Barmer cast a spell as both Saleem and Umar traversed all octaves much to the delight of receptive audience.

They maintained the pace of excellence in the next hits, “Nimbuda” and “Kesriya balma padharo mero des”.

Both promising prodigies were presented shawls by organisers.

The evening performances started with Poddar Nachon, a devotional dance drama in laudation of the Goddess of snakes by artistes from Bangladesh. Despite the contextual references about the ritualistic composition were not properly explained, the performance displayed verve and vitality of the dancer singers.

“Alha”, a historical saga of Chandella king Paramdideva or Parmal, who fought Prithviraj Chauhan in 1182 AD, which is recited in Bundelkhand.

In the concluding session, Purulia Chhau performers from West Bengal held the audience spellbound. The dance form, which involves strenuous physical activity needs great devotion and practice.

The colourful masks worn by the performers also demand great skill.

Earlier during the day, a seminar on folklore was held which saw the participation of eminent personalities like Molly Kaushal, Rakshanda Jalil, Prof AK Rashid from Afghanistan, Abhi Subedi from Nepal, Selina Husian from Bangladesh and was chaired by Prof Sitakant Mohapatra.

Earlier chief guest Ram Niwas, UT Home Secretary, lighted the traditional lamp.



Artistes from Kashmir, Pakistan ensnare audience
Tribune News Service

Folk artistes from West Bengal perform during the SAARC Folklore Festival at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Folk artistes from West Bengal perform during the SAARC Folklore Festival at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: S. Chandan

Mohali, November 7
Artistes from all SAARC nations-Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka regaled audience on the second day of SAARC Folklore Festival at Shivalik Public School, Mohali, here today.

The school’s auditorium was abuzz with activities, as artistes draped in colourful traditional dresses kept the audience glued to their chairs.

The festival organised by the Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature Apex Body aims at strengthening emotional and cultural ties and ensuring peace and harmony.

Artistes were honoured and garlanded. Singers from Afghanistan marked beginning of the programme. Though they sang in their regional dialect, yet the rhythm and melody of songs made its way through hearts and set the delegates sway in ecstasy. Artistes from Kashmir followed. Pakistan-based troupe “Malangs” of Madhu Lal -Hussain Darbar was next to perform with the beat of drums.

At conclusion of the programme, Nisar A Chaudhary, president, South Asian Fraternity, Pakistan chapter, presented a shawl to DS Bedi, director, Shivalik Public School, as a token of remembrance and goodwill gesture. 



Symposium on advances in biological sciences
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
A two-day national symposium on “Recent advances in biological sciences”, a joint venture of the departments of zoology, biotechnology and bio-informatics concluded at DAV College, Sector 10, today.

The event was organised under the star college scheme sponsored by the department of biotechnology, Government of India, and was inaugurated by principal Dr BC Josan.

Chief coordinator Dr VK Garg started the programme with an introductory address. The chief guest Dr Girish Sahni, director, Imtech, in his keynote address highlighted the importance of fundamental discoveries in applied 

Other scientists and scholars who spoke at the seminar were Dr Shekhar Mande, Dr Chanderdeep Tandon, Prof IS Dua and Dr Mitali Mukherjes.

International biotech companies like Bioage, Forever Living, Radical Instruments, ADI Bio-solutions, Excellion, Scigenics and Biomatrix displayed their stalls of latest equipment for the delegates.



Seminar highlights impact of climate change
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
A seminar on “Reducing Carbon Footprint for Sustainable Development” was organised by PHD Chamber in association with the Consulting Engineering Services (India) Private Limited (CES) at the PHD House here yesterday.

During the seminar, the national experts highlighted the problem of climate change, their impact and adaptive measures currently being undertaken across the world.

The seminar was organised in the backdrop of the alarming effects of the environmental degradation and climate change factors that are being caused due to emission of the huge quantities of greenhouse gases, particularly carbondioxide and methane, due to human activities.

Speaking on the occasion, CMD of the CES, SS Chakraborty said, “Exploitation of the natural resources for the economic benefit of mankind has already reached a stage, where the development for the economic growth is becoming environmentally unsustainable. It is imperative that we stress on conservation of the natural resources and development of technologies and products that have lower carbon footprint.” 



Army organises career exhibition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Faced with a huge shortage of officers and seeking to attract talent towards its rank and file, the army organised a career exhibition at DAV College here today. The exhibition showcased various entry schemes to join as officers and personnel below officer rank into the Indian Army.

Computerised interactive modules, movies of prestigious training institutions, presentations and distribution of brochures and other training related material gave an impetus to the drive in generating awareness amongst the participants.

Special emphasis was laid on the National Defence Academy, Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy and commission opportunities for women. Pay and allowances, facilities available to defence personnel as well as the quality of life in the services were also highlighted.

Students, prospective candidates and aspirants from the affiliated colleges of Panjab University and Department of Higher Education, Chandigarh, NCC cadets, students from Sainik Schools at Kunjpura, Kapurthala and Sujanpur Tira also attended the exhibition.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Col RK Singh (retd), an alumni of DAV College, in presence of the principal, Dr BC Josan, and Brig JS Soin, Deputy Director-General, Recruiting Zone, Ambala.

Brigadier Soin told the participants that the Army was one of the finest, most secure, stable and prestigious careers options available today coupled and it provides an unmatched lifestyle along with excellent opportunities for professional, intellectual and personal growth.

Recruiting officers from Haryana and Himachal Pradesh helped and counselled prospective candidates to arrive at a correct decision with regard to selection of appropriate mode of entry in the Indian Army. 



3 city schools selected for aerospace olympiad
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Teams from three local schools, St John’s High School, St Kabir Public School and Vivek High School, are among the 20 selected schools from across the country to participate in the 4th National Aerospace Olympiad to be held here from December 17-19.

A total of 20 teams from various parts of the country have made it to the Olympiad after the first phase of the annual event. Organised by the Aeronautical Society of India, the Olympiad aims to spread awareness about the exciting fields of aviation and space with specific relation to India.

During the three-day event here, teams would be required to make reports and presentations on specific topics, the event director, Wg Cdr DP Sabharwal (retd) said. Quiz covering current affairs, aerospace and Indian personalities, poster-making competition and a cultural programme are also being organised.

A total of 86 teams participated in the first phase. There are six more teams from the northern region, namely Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Pathankot, Panipat and New Delhi, besides Chandigarh.



Sood mela on Nov 15
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The Sood Sabha, Chandigah, will organise the 47th Sood Mela at Sood Bhawan, Sector, 44-A, on November 15.

According to a release issued here today, former minister, Punjab, Brahm Mohindra will be the chief guest and former chief engineer and member technical, Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board, DR Sood will be the guest of honour.

Cultural programmes, fancy dress, painting competition and selection of “Sood Prince” and “Sood Princess” will be the main attraction of the mela.

Participants will be made aware about eye donation, female foeticide and other social evils during the mela. A free blood test camp will also be organised from 8 am to 11 am at the Charitable Diagnostic Laboratory at Sood Bhawan. 



Autonomy sought on syllabus for Army institutes
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 7
Institutes being run by the Army Welfare Education Society (AWES) should be given more autonomy to restructure their syllabus so that they could meet the needs of the society, said Maj Gen Manmohan Singh (retd), Managing Director of the AWES.

While addressing a press conference here yesterday, General Manmohan Singh said the colleges were affiliated with regulatory bodies like universities and there was a need to sensitise universities regarding the autonomy issue though there were no problems faced by colleges otherwise. He said colleges were run by the AWES for wards of Army personnel in order to “give them a level playfield” where admission was done only on merit.

He said the Army Institute of Law in Mohali was hosting a two-day annual conference of directors/heads of all professional colleges of AWES in the country. The conference was held every year for 13 colleges and institutes of higher education to discuss matters pertaining to the administration, management, improvement of infrastructure and curriculum.

He said it would be seen as how to improve the quality of education in these colleges. There was a need to improve the system prevalent in schools as well because “output of schools was the input of these colleges”.

The AWES was presently managing 126 Army Public Schools and 13 professional colleges spread all over India. Besides the law college, the Army had colleges in dental sciences, management, BEd, nursing, engineering colleges, Fashion and Design College, Hospitability and Catering Technology. A medical college at Delhi was opened last year.



National council to study environment assessment 
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 7
The National Productivity Council (NPC) has been entrusted with the environment assessment study for the land fill site proposed in 57 acres falling in three villages, Swara, Jhanjheri and Rashanheri.

The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) had identified the site keeping in mind the minimum distance requirement from inhabited areas. But the residents of the area have already started protesting.

The environment assessment clearance is expected soon. The sites located in Dairi and Durali villages that had been identified earlier could not get the environmental clearance.

At least three sites in Tangori, Swara and Nagari villages have been identified by a committee constituted for the purpose on the directions of the Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal. Apart from catering to the garbage collection from Mohali, the proposed plant -- due to its location -- would also cater to the garbage generated by other peripheral towns.

The members of the committee, comprising of the chief administrator, GAMDA, chief town planner, Punjab, executive director of the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology and member secretary, Punjab Pollution Control Board, have been holding meetings on the burning issue.

The technology to be used has not been finalised yet. Earlier, about 26-acre site had been “wrongly” notified. Sources said since there was possibility of flooding as a seasonal rivulet passed through the area, the site was dropped.



‘Case against SAD leader motivated’
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 7
Municipal councillor and president of the women wing of the Mohali district unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal Kuldeep Kaur Kang and other Akali leaders have urged the party high command to intervene and get a false police case registered against an Akali leader cancelled within a week failing which Akali workers would be compelled to stage a protest outside the office of the SSP.

Addressing a press conference here yesterday, Kang said Jaspinder Singh Lali and five others were booked under Section 307 of the IPC by the police. She alleged that the false case was registered on the directions of NK Sharma, chairman of the District Planning Board.

The matter was brought to the notice of Morinda MLA Ujjagar Singh Badali and Dr Daljit Singh Cheema. Badali had requested the police to hold an inquiry into the case but nothing had been done so far. She lamented that certain Akali workers were being harassed by those holding higher positions which had created lot of resentment among party workers.

Kang said Rajinder Sharma, municipal councillor from Phase VI, had a grudge against Lali and as such he allegedly got him booked in a false case by taking the help of the planning board chairman. Sharma had complained to the police that his son was attacked by Lali and others. Lali had been serving the party for the past 15 years.

Another Akali leader Arjan Singh Shergill said that those holding higher positions should use their power in a responsible way and not to harass party workers. He urged that party leadership should intervene and get the matter resolved before bitterness among workers increased.

NK Sharma said the police did not act according to his directions but registered the case after the son of the councillor was attacked. He said he never sided with people indulging in wrong activities .



PEC Fest
Rock night gives roaring farewell to Day 2
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
PEC University of Technology Fest (PEC Fest ’09) entered the second day today. From mainstream technical events for techno buffs to creative, literary and fun events, the second day of the PEC Fest offered different flavours for everyone.

The day began with PEC winning the first prize in dramatics, “Rangmanch”. In the stage play event, Postgraduate Government College team, Sector 11, finished second.

A quiz contest, “Eureka”, and a music event, “Crochet”, were other attractions of the day. Prospective leaders of tomorrow competed to prove their mettle in “Confluence”, a panel discussion and youth Parliament.

The creatively driven minds were attracted towards events like tattoo making and T-shirt painting contest. The day came to a roaring end with the mother of all nights, The “Rock Nyt” where Mother Jane made the crowd rock to their beats.

Agriculture department director Roshan Lal was the chief guest of the rock night.



Army school building inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lt Gen TK Sapru, inaugurated the new building of Army Public School at Chandi Mandir today.

He conveyed his felicitations to staff and students and exhorted them to strive hard to bring up the school as the best institution in the region.

General Sapru also went around the school premises and interacted with the students and staff members. Chief of Staff, Western Command, Lt Gen MS Buttar and other senior officers were also present.



People suffer on account of VIPs security

ON the death of a patient, Sumit Verma, who was not allowed to enter the PGI because of the Prime Minister’s visit, though the Prime Minister has expressed his profound sense of sadness but such vacuous expressions of regret have been heard earlier too whenever people have to suffer on account of security arrangements ostensibly meant to protect “VVIPs” and “VIPs” but in reality are no more than an elaborate effort to demonstrate the ‘importance’ of the person who is being protected.

In fact whenever any VVIP visits a city, chaos is created, as the roads are closed, traffic halted and life is brought to a standstill.

In the name of the VVIP security, politicians enjoy immunity and leave people to suffer to the extent of losing their lives. Instead of seeking an apology, the PM should ensure that such incidents are not repeated and it is hoped that the conscience of our security-crazy politicians, too, will be roused from slumber.

Dilbag Rai, Chandigarh

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Interactive session on corruption
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
To celebrate the ongoing vigilance week, Spirit India volunteers of GGDSD College, Sector 32 C, under the aegis of an NGO, “Aavahan,” organised an interactive session on fighting corruption.

Principal Dr AC Vaid lauded the efforts of Spirit India for raising their voice against corruption, which he said was the foremost need of the hour.

The programme commenced with the volunteers performing a skit, “Bus ab aur nahi”. A slide show propagating the message “To deserve before you desire”, was also presented.

Co-ordinator Meera Sharma said, “Corruption is principally a tool of weak people and that one must strive to resist the temptation of following the seemingly easy, though unfair routes, to attain power and position in life.”

Senior faculty member Dr PK Bajaj presided over the session and encouraged the students to play their role in building a fair and honest society with their constant efforts and thus to make the country a better place to live in.


A debate on the issue, “Reality shows: Exploitative or talent hunt” was organised by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in association with Friederich Naumann-Stiftung Fur Die Freiheit today at the open air theatre of the department of Indian theatre, Panjab University.

Expressing concern over the increasing popularity of reality shows like Roadies, Splitsvilla and Big Boss wherein the contestants are shown showering a torrent of expletives at each other, Dr PD Kaushik, associate director of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, said such shows only promoted a disregard for values and resulted in the collapse of the moral fabric of society.

Among those who participated in the event were Renuka Salwan, director PR, BIS, Balwant Gurunay, management trainer, Suparna Puri, dean, Chitkara Institute of Mass Communication and Dr Sherry Sabbharwal, chairperson, department of sociology.

MCM DAV wins youth fest

MCM DAV College emerged victorious at the Panjab University Inter-Zonal Youth Festival-2009 held at Firozepur.

The college giddha team, which had got the first prize at the zonal youth festival, won the first spot at the inter-zonal level also.

Principal Dr Puneet Bedi congratulated the faculty and students for achieving the exceptional feat and encouraged them to go further with the same winning streak.



Flag Day at GGMSSS-18
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The Bharat scouts and guides unit of GGMSSS, Sector 18, celebrated the Flag Day with gaiety and fervour today.

Principal Nirupma Kush hoisted the flag of the unit and emphasised on the need for inculcating the value of discipline in our lives and imbibe the principles of Lord Baden Pawel, founder of the movement.

Science exhibition

A science exhibition was organised at Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, today.

The exhibition aimed to boost the scientific aptitude of the children and the students from classes VI to X participated with great zeal.

Various projects related to the concepts of energy, electricity, plant cell and chemical processes were displayed and parents appreciated the scientific temperament of the students.

The Yellow House was adjudged the best and the Red House bagged the top position for participation. Principal Anu Kumar congratulated the winners and appreciated the efforts of staff and students.



PTU Youth Fest
Debate, play mark final day
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 7
The two-day PTU Inter-College Youth Festival concluded at Indo Global Colleges, Abhipur, here today.

The students from 43 colleges showcased their talent in the field of art, drama, literature and culture. The host college excelled in various competitions by winning top prizes in various contests.

The results:

Debate: Komal and Mithali (Indo Global College of Engineering) 1, Sidharth and Bhavna (Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Mohali) 2.

Quiz: Gurbir, Sugam and Sumit (Rayat & Bahara) 1, Manpreet, Gautam and Ramandeep (Gian Jyoti) 2.

Classical vocal (solo): Paridhi Mittal (Rayat & Bahara) 1, Prachi Sharma (Indo Global) 2.

Western vocal (solo): Nitish Kalia 1, Pramod Giri 2 (both Indo Global).

Light vocal (Indian): Eshan Sharma (SUSCET, Tangori) 1, Prabhjyot Singh (SAS IIT&R) 2; Group song (Indian): Shivalik College 1, Indo Global College of Engineering 2.

Group song (western): Indo Global College of Engineering 1, Gian Jyoti 2.

Classical instrumental (solo): Abhishek (Indo Global) 1.

Bhangra: Rayat & Bahra 1, Continental Institute 2. Giddha: Indo Global College of Engineering 1; SUSCET, Tangori, 2.

Rangoli: Gurpreet (Indo Global College) 1, Ritu (Shivalik College of Pharmacy) 2.

On-the-spot painting: Nelli (SUSCET) 1, Saurav (Indo Global) 2.

Collage making: Manpreet (Gian Jyoti) 1, Khyati (Rayat & Bahara) 2.

One-act play: Rayat & Bahara 1.

Mime: Rayat & Bahara 1, Shivalik College of Pharmacy, Nangal, 2.

Skit: Gian Jyoti 1, Indo Global College of Engineering 2.

Mimicry: SUSCET, Tangori, 1, Indo Global College of Engineering 2.

Vaar singing: Indo Global College of Engineering 1, IET, Bhaddal, 2.

Elocution: Gian Jyoti 1, IET, Bhaddal, 2.

Poem recitation: Indo Global College of Engineering 1, IET, Bhaddal, 2.

Poster making: Indo Global College of Engineering 1, Indo Global College of Architecture 2.



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