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Egg on police’s face for security lapses
BJP seeks sedition case against Mirwaiz
Tribune News Service

21 booked

The local police booked 21 people, including seven women, on the charges of rioting, causing injuries and damaging public property. Chandigarh SSP Naunihal Singh said the BJP’s application for filing a sedition case against Hurriyat Conference leaders Mirwaiz Omar Farooq would be forwarded to the UT home department “for further action”.

Chandigarh, November 25
Intelligence failure and police ineffectiveness came to the fore again today when activists of right-wing Hindu organizations and Kashmiri Pandits physically assaulted Hurriyat Conference leaders Mirwaiz Omar Farooq and Bilal Lone at Kisan Bhawan in Sector 35.

In fact, the much-touted crisis management skills of the local police came under a cloud with the activists indulging in large-scale vandalism, smashing window panes and hurling chairs and flower pots during the seminar on “Kashmir problem in reference to Indo-Pak relations”, which was was organized by the Internationalist Democratic Party (IDP).

While no one was seriously injured as police personnel and organizers came to rescue of the two separatist leaders, the incident left the cops red faced. A group of people, including women activists, charged at Mirwaiz and manhandled him.

Though the threat perception to the two leaders is well-known, police intelligence failed to gauge the gravity of the situation and provide adequate security at the seminar venue. It remains a mystery how the troublemakers entered the seminar room and indulged in hooliganism.

For about half-an-hour it was virtually a free for all at Kisan Bhawan with broken windowpanes and flowerpots bearing testimony to the vandalism by the protesters. The cops posted at the venue appeared to be meek spectators before additional police forces were requisitioned. After they arrived at the scene the police went into an overdrive and turned the building into a virtual fortress.

The seminar then resumed amid tight security and the police did not allow even reporters and some prominent IDP members to enter the venue. The party’s national general secretary, Syed Jamir Kazmi, was seen pleading with the cops to allow him in as he was one of the organizers, but without any success.

While calling the incident “preplanned”, Kazmi stated the IDP’s initiative was part of its nationwide campaign to apprise Indians about the ground realities in Jammu & Kashmir and find an amicable solution to the interminable Kashmir problem.

Even as both sides accused police of acting in a biased manner, members of the right-wing Hindu organizations, including the BJP, later staged a protest at the Sector 36 police station throughout the day seeking registration of a sedition case against Mirwaiz and his supporters.

They slogans accusing the cops of “shielding people making anti-Indian statements”. Sanjay Tandon, head of the local BJP unit, alleged some of Mirwaiz’s supporters had attacked the activists when the latter objected to his “antinational” remarks.



‘Corruption, lack of accountability bane of MC’
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Not mincing any words about the “corruption, absence of any accountability and utter chaos” in the functioning of the municipal corporation, nominated councillor Pallav Mukherjee today said the civic body is organizing several official trips, which are essentially meaningless exercises, making purchases at exorbitant prices and undertaking many projects - particularly on road construction - without any justification.

“The mismanagement has become systematic. There’s no accountability and anyone who gets a chance to mess with the system does it fair and square. Tomorrow is going to be just another meeting,” he asserted.

Mukherjee feels the city’s councillors, caught up in the rigmarole of managing municipal affairs amid repeated complaints of having very little powers, had in fact been rendered “impotent” by the administration. “Officialdom has given chance opportunistic groups to indulge in corruption rule the roost by bending rules in the existing system”, he claimed.

An architect by profession, Mukherjee, said: “There’s no accountability on how the civic body spends Rs 1 lakh per working hour of the corporation, if calculated on the basis of five working hours on an average of less than five days a week. By a very simple logic, in the annual MC budget of Rs 650 crore the weekly expenditure worked out Rs 12.5 crore. At approximately Rs 50 lakh per working hour on a working day, the expenditure worked out to about Rs 1 lakh per minute during working hours. The crux of the situation is there’s no accountability”.

He went on to say, “The unaccountable expenditure on trips too exposes the sham of the august body managing local affairs”. Quoting an example, he said: “A former commissioner assisted by the chief engineer and medical officer went to Finland to buy a ladder truck costing Rs 4 crore for the fire department. And, yes, they took along a leading fireman to assist them in the task. In our country a good chassis for the same purpose would not have cost more than Rs 6 to 7 lakh and probably another Rs 25 lakh for a hydraulic ladder. This would have given a more than reasonably fitted fire vehicle to cater to the needs of the city where almost all buildings are under 87 feet high." Citing more examples, Mukherjee stated: “A team of of senior officials went to Italy to shop for 200 to 300 psi compressors that could be bought in the city for much lower prices in the city, were instead shopped for by a team of seniors in Italy. These machines are available at stores that are located at a distance of less than a kilometer from the MC building”.

Mukherjee said on one occasion the MC commissioner traveled to Goa on a special trip to check PVC pipes that could have been easily purchased from manufacturers in Mohali, Parwanoo or Pinjore, all located in the city’s vicinity. Citing particular examples of needless recarpeting of roads, he said: “Try traveling up the road between Sectors 40 and 41 towards the PU campus and see for yourself the massive misutilization of precious public funds on projects all over the city. A couple of crores of rupees have been sanctioned to recarpet the potholed roads roads in Sector 17. The chief engineer and commissioner are also said to have spent a huge amount of money on a trip to Goa when the plane tickets could have been purchased at much lower prices on the Net.”

Mukherjee stated: “I can’t think of any justification for a trip to Kerala by an official who went there see a fluid testing laboratory there when water meters can be tested right here in their own workshop or in Delhi. I’ve also not understood the rationale for a trip to Bangalore by an executive engineer to see roses when the city’s Rose Garden - Asia’s biggest - has the widest range”.



HC rap for home ministry
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

What does MHA affidavit say

The affidavit states that the UT Administration has been “advised to develop a plan of the periphery and get it approved by the competent authority and also approach the Ministry of Environment and Forest to carry out prior environment impact assessment in accordance with the development”. “The MHA, with the approval of the Home Minister, advised the Administrator, vide communication dated October 11, 2010, to put the acquisition on hold. However, the MHA cannot issue any directions to the Administrator,” it added.

Chandigarh, November 25
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs today found itself at the receiving end in Chandigarh IT Park land acquisition case with the Punjab and Haryana High Court verbally lambasting it for “washing its hands off the controversy” by leaving the decision to go ahead with the process on the UT administration.

The MHA has asserted decision to continue with acquisition or otherwise was to be taken by the “Administrator only”.

The assertion by the Bench came soon after MHA counsel referred to an affidavit saying the “acquisition of land for the IT Park (phase III) was to be put on hold”. The affidavit added: “A decision to continue with this acquisition or otherwise has to be taken by the Administrator, UT, only, who has been delegated powers of the appropriate government under the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, and who had taken the decision to acquire the land for this purpose”. Additional Secretary B Bhamathi was present during the hearing.

As the MHA counsel read out the affidavit by Under Secretary Ranvir Singh, Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Augustine George Masih questioned him on logic behind the move.

Describing it as “very surprising”, Justice Jasbir Singh asked the counsel to explain the MHA stand. Asking the ministry to take a decision, Justice Jasbir Singh said: “You cannot wash your hands. You have to tell whether you agree with the project or not. Once you have indicated deficiencies, what follow up action did you take?”

Referring to an inquiry initiated on the Centre’s behalf, Justice Jasbir Singh asked: “Was the report a waste paper? If you cannot take action, why ask for the information”.

The Bench also questioned the counsel whether the acquisition process had the approval of UT’s earlier administrator; and whether any land was released after the acquisition process.

The observations were verbally made in the open court and cannot be construed as expression of final opinion. The case will now come up on January 27, 2011.



ATM fraud: Two more lose Rs 3.5 lakh
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 25
With two more people falling prey to ATM card cloning, investigations by the district police have revealed that the bank managements appear least concerned about the security of their staff members as well as their clients. As many as 14 bank branches in Panchkula and Pinjore have failed to install close-circuit cameras or deploy gunmen.

Though there have been several bank robberies in the town in the recent past, there has been a spate of such thefts in the region. In one such incident, CCTV footage recorded at one of the bank's ATMs shows that a suspect wearing a helmet had used about 10 cloned cards to withdraw cash. To date, over two dozen cases of ATM cloning have been reported in the district.

Haryana Public Service Commission member Prem Parkash Pandit lost more than Rs 3 lakh, while Mohan Lal Saini of Sector 20 became the second victim to complain that Rs 51,200 had been fraudulently withdrawn from his State Bank of India account. His wife, who has an account in the PGI branch of the SBI, lost Rs 20,800 in a similar fashion. The withdrawals were made at the ATMs of the SBoP at Mani Majra and Sector 20 in Panchkula on November 13 and 14.

But banks in the city seem to have turned a blind eye to the situation. During a police check on banks, it was discovered that at branches of the Central Bank of India in Sector 25 and at Pinjore, neither had a gunman been deputed nor any CCTV camera installed.



2 speeding bikers ram into stationary cars
Underage boys cops’ sons, both let off
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

The bike that was involved in an accident in Chandigarh
The bike that was involved in an accident in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, November 25
Two youngsters, both minors and sons of policemen, who were reportedly racing on their Enfield Bullet motorcycles at breakneck speed had a miraculous escape when their bikes rammed into two vehicles parked outside a house in Sector 20D here today morning.

The police let go the erring boys after they arrived at a “compromise” with the policemen and agreed to compensate for the loss of the damaged cars. Residents of the locality alleged reckless youngsters driving vehicles at high speed had become a routine matter. They said they had requested officials concerned umpteen times to construct speedbreakers and curb rash driving but nothing had been done so far.

The silencers of both motorbikes had been modified in order to produce a loud sound. The boys were on a ‘geri’ route and were racing with another youth on a Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle when the accident occurred at about 8:30 am. The noise of the collision was so loud that residents came out of their homes in panic.

Sumit Singla, the owner of a Tata Indica car (registration no: CH03 X2013) said after hearing the sound he rushed out and saw one of the youths running toward the Pulsar bike and speeding away. The other boy riding a Bullet bike (CH03 P2683) was caught as his vehicle got stuck with a Maruti Swift car (CH 04 C 5355), which belonged to Jatinder Pal Singh.

The rear left side door of the Swift car was dented while its rear brake lights were broken. Both motorcycles were damaged while one of the boys was injured in the mishap.

The residents claimed a police control room team arrived at the scene 15 minutes after they had reported the incident. The PCR cops later called up the reserve officer at the Sector 19 police station after which a long session of negotiations began.

The policemen told both car owners they would get nothing by pursuing the matter legally, citing the tedious process. They said their cars would be taken into police custody and would only be released by a court. On the other hand it would be easy for them (the policemen) to contest the case, the cops argued.

The father of one of the boys, head constable Hari Om, who is posted at the PGI police post, said his son was riding the motorcycle without his knowledge. “How can we control boys who are growing up? Kids of other people also indulge in underage driving”, he said.

Om agreed to pay Jatinder Rs 2,500 for the loss while constable Sajan Singh told Singla he would bear the expenses of depreciation of his vehicle deducted by the insurance firm. Sector 19 police station SHO inspector Ram Gopal said as both sides resolved the issue “amicably” no case was filed in this connection.


HUDA property attached
Failed to settle payments to farmers against acquisition of land
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 25
High drama prevailed at the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) head office here today when district court officials attached the property of the state urban development authority for not settling payments to land owners against the acquisition of land.

However, within a few hours, HUDA officials deposited Rs 50 crore to get back the impounded articles.

The petitioners, belonging to Ramgarh village, had filed an application before the court alleging that HUDA had acquired their land for developing Sectors 25 and 28 in 1992. The landowners were yet to receive the full compensation against the acquisition, they claimed.

HUDA paid Rs 1.10 lakh per acre against the acquired land. Claiming that the compensation was too low, the farmers had moved the court following which the court ordered disbursement of Rs 4 lakh per acre. Following a court settlement, HUDA had to pay Rs 62 crore to the petitioners.

When HUDA failed to comply with the orders, the court had attached the headquarter building in Sector 6 along with 10 official vehicles and six showrooms of HUDA in Sector 8. The court also ordered that bank accounts of HUDA were to be attached.

When contacted, HUDA estate officer Ashwani Sharma said they had deposited the amount with the court. He added that they were ready to pay the amount but calculation of tax on the compensation amount takes time, he added.



Community Centres
MC to finalise bylaws
Tribune News Service

Congestion tax

The imposition of congestion tax on vehicles entering certain areas like the Sector 17 Plaza, Sector 22, Sector 35 and Sector 26 will also be discussed at the meeting. In the Administrator’s Advisory Council meeting held under the chairmanship of UT Administrator Shivraj Patil on September 10, it was pointed out by certain members that the problem of congestion of traffic assumed alarming proportions and steps should be taken to tackle the issue.

Chandigarh, November 25
The 159th meeting of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, scheduled to be held here on November 26, is to finalise the bylaws for running of various community centres under the civic body.

Besides the bylaws for the community centres, the civic body will deliberate on transfer of functions from the Chandigarh administration to the MC and financial implications amounting to Rs 382.96 crore in the next five years.

The revalidation of outsourcing of sanitation contract for villages and some sectors will also be taken up for discussion. An inquiry report regarding widening of V-6 roads in Sector 8-A, B and C, and construction of hall at the ground floor, lobby and mini hall on the first floor and renovation of the community centre building in Sector 8 will be also be taken up at the meeting.

Augmentation of the water supply scheme of Kajauli water works will also form the agenda for the discussion. The House will deliberate on the acquisition of 66 acres of land for the Phase VII and VIII of the water supply scheme.



De-addiction Centre
Explanation sought from hospital in charge
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, November 25
Mohali Civil Surgeon has sought an explanation from the SMO, in charge of the local Civil Hospital, regarding the drug de-addiction centre which is not being run properly, despite orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Dr PK Shridhar, Civil Surgeon, told this correspondent that a letter had been sent to SMO Dr Rajiv Bhalla on Tuesday to explain why the de-addiction centre was not being run from an area earmarked for the purpose. He had also been asked to give other details about the de-addiction centre which was being run since August 15. A reply in this regard had been sought within three days.

The SMO had been asked to start running the de-addiction centre from a new block at the earliest, added the Civil Surgeon.

Shridhar said programme officer Dr Jai Singh had also been asked to probe the matter and file a report. It was highlighted in the Chandigarh Tribune on November 20 that addicts coming to the hospital for treatment related to drug abuse were kept in the male ward and not in the rooms reserved for running the de-addiction centre. Those admitted for specialised and long-term treatment were discharged at the earliest.

The main door of the de-addiction centre was found locked by The Tribune team on that day. The centre was found locked even on October 21 when the Chairman of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) had inspected the extended block of the hospital.

While the hospital authorities had claimed that the engineering wing of the PHSC had asked them to vacate the de-addiction ward set up on the second floor of the extended block to complete the remaining work, officials of the engineering wing denied the same.



Sanitation contractors get 2-month extension
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 25
Two months extension has been given to sanitation contractors as the earlier contract expired today even as history was created when the vice-president belonging to the opposition group conducted the proceedings of the general house meeting in the absence of the president and the senior vice-president of the civic body.

The house cleared the proposal to give the sanitation work on contract for another year. As the earlier contract expired today two months extension was given to sanitation contractors to carry on work till it was allotted for another year. Councillors suggested that the work of each zone should be allotted to only one contractor to achieve better results.

Councillor BB Maini suggested that a “satisfactory report” in connection with sanitation work should be taken from each councillor before payments were made to contractors.

Vice-president Harpal Singh said a five-member committee should be constituted to check the state of sanitation in the town and penalty should be imposed if the work was not done in a satisfactory manner.

In order to improve the state of sanitation in Mohali, the council has proposed to spend a sum of nearly Rs 2.75 crore and divide the work in two parts before giving it on contract for another year.

The council has now proposed to divide the work in two parts -- cleaning the town, including the curb channels, and dumping the garbage from collection points. While the civic body has proposed to spend about Rs 2.23 crore on the cleaning part, a sum of more than Rs 50 lakh has been estimated to be spent on dumping garbage.

The town has been divided in four zones for cleaning purposes. Zone one consists of Phases I, II, III, IV and VI, zone two of Phases III-A , III-B1, III-B2, VII and VIII, zone three will have Phases IX to XI, Sector 48-C and industrial area Phase IX. Sectors 70, 71, Phase V and industrial area Phases VII and VIII will fall in zone four.

Councillors demanded that the monthly meeting of the civic body should be called at the earliest and work estimates worth Rs 15 lakh for each ward should be put up for clearance.



Canada reopens doors for Punjabi farmers
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 25
Canadian government has re-opened Federal Immigrant Investor Programme from December 1 to grant permanent residency to the investors from across the world. With the re-opening of the programme, the doors for immigration to Canada have opened for the Punjabi farmers as well.

Col BS Sandhu, chairman and managing director, WorldWide Immigration Consultancy Services (WWICS), elaborated that as per new criteria, farmers need to have personal net worth of $1.6 million, which is up from $800,000 under the old criteria.

“Punjabis already have created waves in Canada establishing their own vibrant community. The Canadian government is seeking more hardworking Punjabi farmers to improve its immigrants’ quality as well,” he said.

Farmers would now be able to make an investment of $800,000, up from the previous requirement of $400,000. Despite the fact that Canada has doubled the investment requirement, still the investment levels in Canada under the Federal Immigrant Investor Programme have been the lowest in the world in comparison to other countries that have similar programmes.

Last year too, the programme had received an overwhelming response from farming community. WWICS helped more than 500 farmers and businesspersons to get permanent residency in a short span of 9-12 months under this category.



Jaspal Bhatti takes a potshot at scams
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
Quoting the example of the controversial Tata Housing project in Kansal, ace comedian Jaspal Bhatti said when a “country’s bosses (MPs and MLAs) were engaged in making money out of controversial projects, a common man too should be allowed to make as much money and property as he can.

While addressing a gathering in the Sector 17 Plaza, Bhatti said Dr Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister, should abandon the ongoing ‘Sarva Siksha Abhiyan’ and replace it with ‘Sarva Ghotala Abhiyaan’. “Instead of wasting time, money and effort on educating a huge population, everyone-young or old alike-should be taught to understand what a scam is and how it can be done”.

The SSA does not guarantee jobs and placements but studying and mastering scams will enable a child to make an earning.

In his typical puckish, short-but-straight manner, Bhatti said, “All the countrymen should be congratulated on India becoming the land of scams. Leaders like A Raja should be decorated with national awards for taking corruption to new heights in our country.”

Showing the reality of the day, Bhatti said, “Now even a scam of the magnitude of Rs 1,67 lakh crore doesn’t raise a murmur, these days. A common man perhaps does not even know how many zeroes the amount has and that was the biggest reason they were not in a position to react”.

Paying rich tributes to the founding father of scams Harshad Mehta, Bhatti said personalities like Telgi, Kalmadi, Yeddyurappa, Ashok Chavan, Lalit Modi and A Raja should be crowned as the ‘navratnas of our nation’.

Students of Mad Arts, Bhatti’s film school danced to the theme of “Aao scam karein,” much to the delight of the gathering. They shouted slogans of “Mera Bharat mahaan- sarv ghotala abhiyaan” and “Hare ek ko de sarkar ghotalon ka adhikar.”

Artists from the Bhatti camp, including Keshav Bharata, Vinod Sharma, Lally Gill and Anoop Sharma were also present on the occasion.



Misuse of Beacons
States told to place rules on record
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
The states of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh have been asked to place on record the rules framed on the use of red or blue beacons atop the vehicles to prevent its misuse.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court Division Bench of Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Ranjan Gogoi also directed both the states and Chandigarh to file a fresh list of persons and government officials entitled to use beacons atop their vehicles. The Bench also issued directions for handing out appropriate stickers mentioning the colour of beacons to authorised persons. Traffic authorities would be authorised to challan vehicles without the authorisation.

The directions came on a petition filed in public interest by a 16-year-old girl. She was demanding action against those showing disrespect to the National Emblem. A student of Sacred Heart School, Deepshikha Singh, had argued in person.



Wages revised

Chandigarh, November 25
The minimum rates of wages in respect of workers employed in the 44 scheduled employments in the UT have been revised with effect from June 1, 2010. The revised rate of minimum wages for unskilled category is Rs 5,000 per month while for the semi-skilled-II category it will be Rs 5,150 per month.

For the semi-skilled-I category, the new rates will be Rs 5,250 per month. For the skilled-II category, the revised wages will be Rs 5,450 and for the skilled-I category, it will be Rs 5,675.

The new rates for the highly-skilled workers will be Rs 6,075, while for the class III staff it will be Rs 5,275. For the class II staff, the revised wages will Rs 5,425 and for the class I staff it will be Rs 5,785. — TNS



Workshop on paediatrics at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
It was a proud moment for the paediatric department at the PGI when the workshop on “How to teach evidence-based medicine” started on the institute’s campus yesterday.

Eminent doctors from various national and international medical institutions are attending the workshop. It is an outcome of the collaboration between the Indian Academy of Paediatrics and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK. Faculty members from UK include Professor Ruth Gilbert, Prof Stuart Logan and Tatjana.

The inaugural ceremony started with the welcome speech by head of department Dr Sunit Singhi who honoured chief guest Dr VM Katoch, director, ICMR, and secretary, department of health research, Dr KK Talwar, director, PGIMER, and foreign delegates.

Speaking on the occasion, Ruth Gilbert and Stuart Logan appreciated the efforts of Dr Meenu Singh, additional professor, APC, and course convenor, to start a course on “How to teach evidence-based medicine”.

Chief guest Dr VM Katoch also focused the role of doctors in recent changing advancement in medical treatise. He asked other peripheral institutes to involve in such type of workshops.



Date for submission of PhD thesis extended
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, November 25
The Panjab University Syndicate today extended the date of submission of thesis of PhD till June 30, 2011 for the candidates enrolled under old regulations. The decision is bound to rejoice hundreds of students who were earlier asked to submit this thesis latest by December 31, 2010.

The decision comes in wake of new PhD regulations, which came in force this August.

Similarly, close to the lines of educational benefits being provided to blind candidates, it has been decided that the university would impart free education to the dependent children of the Leprosy Affected Persons (LAPs). It will also work towards arranging special vocational and degree courses for such students.

The university approved the temporary charge of Bhai Vir Singh Chair being given to Dr Gurpal Singh, and that of Baba Farid Chair to Dr ID Gaur.

Amongst those felicitated at the meeting were Professor PS Jaswal on his having been appointed as Vice-Chancellor of Hidayatullah National University of Law, Professor Akshaya Kumar, Department of English and Cultural Studies on his having been acknowledged for his book of literary criticism titled “Politics and Culture:

Anshuman Shukla, currently pursuing PhD at UIPS was felicitated on being awarded the Global Health Travel Award of Bill and Milinda Gates Foundation. Professor Rumina Sethi got felicitated for release of her book “Politics of Post Colonisation — Empire, Nation and Resistance” Frankfurt Book Fair.

The Syndicate also felicitated Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, principal, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, for his having been elected to the Senate of the university from the principal’s constituency in a recent by-poll.



350 poor students get free books, stationery
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 25
As many as 350 students from Jeevan Mukta Nishukla Vidyaliya, Jagatpura, Sector 48, were given free books and stationery by the GJ-IMT Rotaract Club, a part of Gian Jyoti Group of Institutions, at a function held at “Jeevan Mukta Nishukla Vidyaliya today. A six-member team of Rotary Club, South Carolina, USA, was also present on the spot.

GJ-IMT Rotaract Cub collected one-sided used sheet from the students of Gian Jyoti Institute under the project” Using paper to its best” and with that paper they made note books and distributed them to poor children.

While presiding over the function, JS Bedi, chairman of Gian Jyoti group of Institutions, said that GJ-IMT was working to ensure literacy for all sections of the society. The GJ-IMT Rotract Club students distributed the refreshment in the form of soft drinks and biscuits to poor children on this occasion. The function ended with the vote of thanks by president Raman Singla, president, GJ-IMT Rotract Club, Mohali.



From Schools & Colleges

Youth programme

Chandigarh: Members of the Bal Panchayat at Bapu Dham Colony in collaboration with UT State AIDS Control Society staged a play ``Nasha Mukht Bapu Dham’ in the presence of a visiting Oxfam International Youth Partnerships programme (OIYP) delegation and other prominent religious and social leaders in the city. This was followed by organisation of an awareness rally against growing drug abuse and alcoholism, which was led, by Lalit Joshi, chairperson, Chandigarh Social Welfare Board.OYIP delegation comprising of 18 members from different countries interacted with the Peace Club members of Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36.

The delegation was impressed with the idea of setting up Peace Clubs in schools and colleges and felt encouraged to start similar ventures.

These visits were a part of an eight-day event entitled ‘Kaleidoscope’ as part of which youth from across the world had come together to find universal solutions to community problems across the globe.

Dance workshop

Shiamak Davar's Institute for Performing Arts (SDIPA) in collaboration with the Durga Das Foundation will hold its annual “Winter Funk” at Strawberry Fields World School, Sector 26, from December 3 to December 22.Designed as a platform to nurture dancing talent, this workshop has received promising response in the past. The workshop is open to participants between 4-60 years. Enrolments are on at the Nehru Bhawan, Sector 24, and are on a first come first serve basis from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Communal Harmony Week

GMSSS, MHC, Mani Majra, celebrated Communal Harmony Week on the school premises. Various activities were carried out during the week in the school. Students were sensitised on national integrity and unity during the morning assembly. The highlight of week was a musical play on communal harmony presented by the students of the school on the song “Apas main Prem Karo Desh Pramiyo…” The play highlighted India’s unity in diversity.

Annual sports day

Mount Carmel School, Sector 47-B, organised their annual sports day on the school premises on Thursday wherein students of pre-nursery to XII enthusiastically participated. The day commenced with unfurling of the school flag by the chief guest Munawar Masih, chairman, Minority Commission, Punjab. This was followed by an impressive march past by the contingents of the four houses and scouts and guides of the School. Various events like chocolate race, three legged race, hurdles race, slow cycling, 100mts, 200mts, 400mts and relay races, long jump and shot put, were held. However, the highlight of the day was the tug-o-war where former school students competed with the current class XII students and teachers. Students were also apprised about the importance of flag day.

Counselling session

Counsellor Promil Vasudev held a counselling session for the students of class X at AKSIPS-41-B, a former professor of department of psychology, Panjab University. She emphasised the need to reintroduce the old concepts of aahar, vaivhar, achaar and vichaar, which are very much relevant today. She also gave students some tips on anger management and curtailing of negative emotions. The students were apprised of methods of time control and how to polish their inter-social skills.

Integration Week

Government Model High School, Sector 36 Celebrated ‘Integration Week’ under the guidance of the headmaster Rakesh Sood. It was marked by various competitions like declamation, song and dance competition. Students enthusiastically participated in the competitions and winners were awarded by the headmaster who urged the students to inculcate secularism and keep themselves away from religious discrimination. — TNS



PU Notes

Students protest

Chandigarh: Members of the Indian National Students’ Organisation (INSO) and students of masters of social work (MSW)department along with council members protested in front of the Vice-Chancellor office highlighting the problems being faced by the MSW department. PUCSC vice-president and INSO leader Vibha and INSO president Anil Ghanghas led the delegation. They alleged that despite of high fee being charged from department students, basic facilities continued to evade students.

According to the representation, though MSW students are paying Rs 4,000 (Rs 1,500 hiked recently) for fieldwork but no such training is being organised by the university. The department is functioning out of two rooms apparently borrowed from sociology department and students struggle with unhygienic conditions, broken chairs and absent blackboards.

They also raised objection on behaviour of current HoD Mohinder Teja. Dean Student Welfare Professor Naval Kishore assured students that their demands would be looked into and addressed immediately.

International conference

The University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET), Panjab University, is organising a two-day International Conference on “Polymer Science and Engineering: Emerging Dimensions” from November 26. Professor Ashok Misra, chairman, Intellectual Ventures, India, will be the chief guest for the two-day event. It will provide a platform to scientists, academicians, technologists, researchers and students to update themselves of the latest developments in the field of technology. Dignitaries like Dr Surinder Kulkarni, Dow Chemicals, Prof I K Varma, IIT Delhi Ajay Shah, Senior Vice President Reliance Industries were also present.

Ex-professor dead

Professor Satya Deva, a former professor of Public Administration of Panjab University passed away on Thursday night at the age of 80. Deva joined Panjab University in 1961 when he, along with late Prof. BS Khanna, established the Department of Public Administration. Known for his professional integrity he had many academic achievements to his credit. Deva went on a Fulbright Fellowship to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, in 1966 and specialised in Administrative Theory and Research Methodology. He also had been consultant to the Administrative Reforms Commission, University Grants Commission and the Haryana Government. The cremation will take place at the Sector 25 crematorium at 4pm on November 26, 2010, informed the chairperson of the public administration department.

Panel discussion

The delegates comprising geologists, hydrologists and engineers from different national institutes and laboratories attended the panel discussion organised at the valedictory function of national workshop on “Climate Change and its Impact on Water Resources - Adaptation Issues” organised by the Department of Geology, Panjab University, in collaboration with Global Hydrological Solutions, New Delhi.



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