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4 kids of a family run over by train
Parmod Mehta

Lalru, May 6
In a tragic accident, four children from a poverty-stricken family were killed while crossing rail tracks near a bridge in Lalru this morning.

All of them were walking along the tracks collecting plastic bottles thrown by train passengers to earn their livelihood. The children were mowed down by the Lucknow-Chandigarh Sadhbhavana Express when they were crossing the Jharmal Choe bridge on the tracks. The deceased have been identified as Samshad (8), Naushad (11), Nabi Azad (13) and Irshad (14).

The parents of the deceased arrived at the scene nearly four hours after the accident and identified their children. Their father Mohammad Azad, who works as a daily labourer in Lalru, said they had five children, including a girl.

It was a pitiable sight to watch the bottles collected by the innocent children scattered near their bodies.

“All our sons are dead, leaving us with only our daughter. Destiny has its own ways and we don't know what more it has in store for us. Bad things seem to happen only to people who are facing difficulties in life," said the mother of deceased children mother, Javeda.

The bodies of the four children were handed over to their parents after a post-mortem was conducted on them at the Civil Hospital in Dera Bassi.

According to an official at the Lalru train station, KV Singh, the accident occurred at about 9:50 am. "We received information about he mishap from some PWI employees and rushed to the scene. The train too halted for about 15 minutes after the accident", he said.

Lalru railway police head Sulekh Chand said he arrived at the accident scene immediately after receiving the information and made arrangements for the bodies to be identified. According to Northern Railway officials, some eyewitnesses said nearly six children were walking near the rail tracks and two escaped being run over by the oncoming train as they crossed the tracks swiftly. SP (city) Sunita Rani also visited the accident scene.



CWG Scam
CBI raids in city, P’kula
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
A CBI team from Delhi today conducted searches on the premises of a city-based firm, Premier Brand Private Ltd, a sister concern of Compact Disc India Limited (CDIL), in connection with a fresh FIR registered in the Commonwealth Games scam.

Sources said searches were conducted across company's offices in Chandigarh and Panchkula. Premier Brands Private Ltd (PBPL) and Compact Disc India Ltd are named in the sixth FIR in the CWG scam registered by the CBI today.

The CBI said the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee extended undue favours to appoint PBPL as the master licensee for merchandising and retail for the games.

The committee had fixed a minimum royalty of Rs 7.05 crore. The CBI said assistance of sleuths of the Chandigarh unit of the CBI was also being taken for conducting the raids.



RPO halts online appointment system
Can be fixed 24 hours before submitting application
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
The Regional Passport Office (RPO) here has decided to do away with the procedure of allowing applicants of choosing advance online appointment dates for submitting applications at the Tata-run Passport Sewa Kendra.

Unlike before when applicants had the choice of choosing any date in a window period of two months, appointments will now have to be fixed, though still online, just a day before the desired day of submitting the application at the kendra. Though the decision is aimed at curbing the problem of people blocking dates in advance and then not turning up for appointment, it will deny many the convenience of planning things at their own will well in advance.

Confirming the move, Regional passport officer Vitul Kumar said the existing procedure was being done away with to curb the trend of people fixing appointments and not turning up. He said this was putting genuine applicants to inconvenience as they had to wait for longer periods due to dates being blocked. He, however, clarified that applicants for tatkal passports would not have to seek appointment.

Kumar said from May 16, applicants would be able to seek appointments only 24 hours in advance. He said all online appointments were closed till May 15 due to prior bookings so an additional slot of 450 appointments has been opened for booking till May 16.

The decision has evoked a mixed response among the general public. Requesting anonymity, a leading travel agent said the decision was illogical. He said the passport office could have easily worked out the average percentage of daily "no shows" and booked appointments accordingly. All airlines work on the same principal and if they start following the passport office logic, tickets would be available only 24 hours before departure, he added.

Rajinder Singh a resident of Panchkula, said what was the guarantee that people who book 24 hours in advance would turn up? He said now one would have to get into the race of “first-come-first-served” to get on the daily list for appointments.

Nandita Kumar, a city resident, however, said this wouldn't create problem. Applying for a passport is not a daily affair and it can be easily planned within 24 hours.

However, she admitted that the freedom to choose a date of one's choice would be missing.

The online appointment system was started in Chandigarh in August 2010. In the initial months, the average time for the issuance of passport was 53 days, which has come down to around 20 days. The average time taken by the police for report has also come down from 60 days to around 18 days, said the regional passport officer.

People don’t turn up

The procedure is being done away with to curb the trend of people fixing appointments and not turning up. This was putting genuine applicants to inconvenience. However, applicants for tatkal passports will not have to seek an appointment.

Vitul Kumar, regional passport officer



Offended by email, PU geology head quits
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
Yet another Panjab University department has fallen prey to interfaculty ego clashes. The chairman of the geology department, Gurtek Singh Gill, has resigned following an “insulting” email sent by AD Ahluwalia, a former faculty member now reemployed in the recently set up petroleum and applied geology department.

The controversy sparked off on April 28 when all faculty members, including Gill, received an email from Ahluwalia informing them the latter had been included in the committee formed by Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti to draw up a blueprint for the PU Science City, which was earlier proposed by the geology department. What however left Gill fuming were the remarks that followed.

“I hope Gurtek won’t once again shout at the VC and ask him why a "reemployed" geology teacher has been given any assignment without his permission. While we all pray for positive inspirations to this dear friend and old colleague fast on his way to getting into my category, I request you all to pool in ideas and imaginations for the PU Science City so that we can jointly submit the same,” Ahluwalia had said in his email.

Making a reference to the alleged removal of posters in the Granite Gallery by Gill, the mail further read: “It’s time for all of us to focus sharply on our share of name, fame and glory in this PU Science City; our Natural History Museum has been the star attraction of PU during the past 50 years. Our gallery posters had become of great interest to every one - students and visitors and their guests, so many of whom could be seen clicking pictures of them. Our friend Gurtek in a tsunami like fit removed or tore off the posters created by so many and donated by so many from across the world. Even the Granite Gallery in the chairman's room which was on way to becoming a Granite Museum has been partially destroyed by Gurtek in his rush to create a never before needed toilet. Not only our newly made toilet has been made ugly and unhygienic by obstructing light and air, the precious Granite Gallery is gone forever,” reads the mail.

While Gill construed this email as being a personal insult, Ahluwalia has accused him of being “biased” and expressed objection on his department being shifted midsemester to a new building that, according to him, lacks any infrastructure . He has in this email also raised questions on Gill having “many” official rooms and laptops and also not applying for fresh CAS grants.

Resignation not accepted

Even as Panjab University Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti confirmed having received Gill’s resignation letter and not having accepted it so far, he refused to divulge the varsity’s further course of action. A senior PU Official, however, said: “It has become routine here…professors fight, one resigns and students suffer. We’re trying to get both of them to settle their issues amicably as such ego clashes are a great hindrance to the university’s development.”


Nokia stores in city under excise lens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
Nokia stores in the city as well as two outlets of its affiliate firm came under the UT excise & taxation department’s scanner on Friday after being suspected of evading taxes. Five stores of the companies - four in Sector 17 and one in DT Mall at the IT Park - were inspected by department officials.

A team of the officials led by UT ADC ML Sharma and assistant excise & taxation commissioner Naresh Dubey inspected the premises and seized certain documents to ascertain evasion of taxes.

While two Nokia outlets were inspected in Sector 17, two shoe outlets--Shoe Tree - located in the same sector run by Nokia’s affiliate Sports Stations India(Pvt) Ltd, were reportedly inspected. Inspection was also carried out at a company outlet in DT Mall at the IT Park.

Sources said the inspections were part of the “commodity mapping” method adopted by the excise & taxation department to target those commodities from where the amount of tax collected was less than the commensurate sales volume.

Officials said while 12.5% value added tax (VAT) was reportedly being charged on shoes by the company from customers, only 4% was paid as tax.

Similarly, under electronic billing only a single invoice was issued, which could be manipulated at a later stage. Under the rules the duplicate retail invoice has to be retained by the dealer for the payment of the exact amount of tax, the officials asserted.

Similarly, the evasion of TDS (tax deducted at source) that had to be deducted by the company from the contractors engaged in the renovation of various showrooms was also being looked into by the department.

Sharma said the suspected tax evasion was being investigated and stern action would be taken when evasion was established.



Raids At Meat Shops
MC destroys 7 quintal of fish, 20-kg chicken
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) today seized and destroyed seven-quintal fish and 20 kg chicken in raids conducted in the various markets of the city to maintain the quality control of meat for human consumption.

The raids were conducted by a team of MC officials led by Dr MS Kamboj, superintendent, slaughterhouse.

The team started the raids at 4 pm from the Sector 21 Meat Market and ended in Hallo Majra around 7 pm. They went through Sector 38, Dadu Majra, Maloya, Sector 42, Sector 47 and Ramdarbar.

During the raid, the team found that certain unauthorised persons were selling fish and chicken in open spaces at various places.

They seized the fish and chicken and destroyed it in the Biomethanisation plant of the Municipal Corporation situated in the Industrial Area, Phase I.

As many as 11 persons were issued challans under the Meat, Fish and Poultary Bylaws.

An official spokesman of the MCC said that this type of raids would be held from time to time to maintain quality control in the production of fish and meat and strict action would be taken against the regular defaulters.



Consumer forum fines The British School
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 6
In a decision that has a bearing on the private schools that withhold school leaving certificate on flimsy grounds, the Panchkula District Consumer Disputes Forum directed the authorities of The British School, Panchkula, not to adopt unfair practices by withholding the school leaving certificates of a student.

Coming to the rescue of the student, the Forum also directed the school authorities to pay an amount of Rs 10,000 to complainant Vikas Chaudhary, the father of the student as compensation for unfair trade practice, deficiency in service, mental agony and harassment.

Chaudhary in his complaint claimed that after the session completed he applied for the transfer certificate of his son who had been studying in The British School, Panchkula, on February 17, last year. However, the same has not been issued till date.

The school authorities, however, submitted that they issued school circular on January 29 asking the parents seeking transfer of their wards to submit their applications by February 5, failing which any request for transfer shall be entertained only after the receipt of the payment of fee, including the annual charges for the next session.

“Since the complainant submitted the application on February 17, without giving valid reason for not informing the school up to February 5, as such no transfer certificates could be issued to him,” contended the school authorities.

Delivering its decision, the forum said the son of the complainant remained in the school for the academic session 2009-2010 ending on March 2010 and that the complainant had deposited full fees and dues for that session for his son and nothing was due qua that session.

“We find that after depositing requisite dues for the previous session, for which his son attended the school, the complainant is entitled for transfer certificate of his son,” ordered the forum comprising Ashok Kumar Jain, president, and members Sarita Jain and SP Singh.

“However, non-issuance of transfer certificate by the school authorities is totally wrong and against the principal of natural justice. Thus, we find that the school authorities were remiss in their duties in not issuing the school leaving certificate and they declined no dues certificate/transfer certificate on flimsy grounds.

We hold that this act of the school authorities tantamount to deficiency in service and unfair trade practice on their part,” said the forum.

The forum, however, did not find any merit in other allegations of the Chaudhary against school authorities.



Caterer told to refund charges for denying services
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
In an ex parte order the UT District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum directed a catering firm, Balaji Caterers, to refund `3.1 lakh to a city resident, Deepak Verma, for failing to comply with its undertaking of providing catering, flowering and tenting facilities on his wedding day. The forum also asked the firm to pay him `40,000 and `10,000 as compensation and cost of litigation, respectively.

In his complaint Verma had stated he had approached Balaji Caterers for making arrangements for a dinner party at Arzoo Resort in Dera Bassi on November 12 last year. He said he had asked for catering, flowering and tenting services for a minimum of 600 guests, for which payment was made to the caterer.

The complainant stated he had given 20 per cent of the charges as advance booking - an amount of `1.35 lakh - on September 9, 2010 and 60 per cent advance of `1.75 lakh prior to the function on October 21. The caterer had also provided the dinner menu in which 100 eatables were offered.

Verma claimed the caterer did not turn up at Arzoo Resort on November 12 till 6 pm as promised despite several calls made on his cellular and landline numbers. Thereafter, 15-20 people who were available on behalf of the caterer expressed their inability to serve as they had no cups and plates. Due to the rush of guests and relatives they were forced to serve in small plastic plates available with the resort.

Verma further contended the marriage party reached by 9.30 pm but the caterer made no proper and sufficient arrangement for 600 guests due to which many people left the party. “Even sitting arrangements were inadequate and accommodated not even for 50 persons, which also caused humiliation to the bride’s family members as it was a joint function arranged by them”, he stated.

The forum, comprising its president, PD Goyal, and members Rajinder Singh Goyal and Madanjit Kaur Sahota, observed that the caterer failed miserably in keeping his promise to provide all facilities that included catering, flowering and tents for gracing the occasion for which payment was made initially as per the terms and conditions, which caused great humiliation to the complainant as well as his relatives. Therefore, the caterer was liable to refund `3.1 lakh along with compensation and litigation cost, the forum added.



Morning showers bring relief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
Early morning showers and a cloudy sky greeted Chandigarhians today. The sudden change in the weather after a hot spell over the past one week brought down the city's maximum temperature from Thursday's 37.0 degrees to 34.4 degrees Celsius today. The minimum temperature, also witnessed a dip by almost 4 degree C to 23.8 as compared to 27.6 degrees yesterday. The Met department recorded a 7.7 mm rainfall.

Weathermen said a sudden change in the climate was due to the western disturbance, which had been persisting for the last three days, resulting in light rain and drop in temperatures.

The official forecast said that the cloudy weather will remain at least for another day after which there will be a rise in temperature.



Used Surgical Item
Cannula not from my shop: Chemist
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
After a three-member inquiry committee of the PGI started its proceedings in the detection of a used cannula, a surgical item for heart patients, the suspect chemist in his reply has claimed that he never sold a used cannula to any patient.

In his reply, Dr Ashok, the manager of the chemist shop, said that the attendants of the patient bought medicines and surgical items from his shop one day prior to the day when the doctors in operation theatre found the cannula lying among other items meant for the surgery of the patient was not a new one.

He was not aware as to how a used surgical item was found in the operation theatre, and felt the PGI authorities should investigate the matter, he stated in his reply. “I only can assure that no such item is sold from my shop,” said the manager of the shop.

It was on April 19 that a cannula purchased by the relatives of a patients named Surjeet Singh, was found to be a used one by the doctors at the Advanced Cardiac Centre.

Following this, the PGI along with an inquiry by the internal security branch constituted a three - member committee comprising Dr T Shyam K Singh, head of the department of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, Dr RK Sharma, joint medical superintendent and Dr Ashish Bhalla, an associate member, department of internal medicine.



2 ex-PGI docs dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
Two former heads of departments at the PGI passed away here today. Dr SD Deodhar, and Dr Kuldeep Singh, served at the PGI in the departments of Internal Medicine and General Surgery, respectively before their superannuation.

Deodhar contributed significantly to the field of medical education besides establishing first rate rheumatology services. After his superannuation in 1998 he continued practicing as a rheumatologist.

Professor Kuldeep Singh was one of the founder faculty members of the PGI. He joined the Department of General Surgery in 1962. After retiring from PGI he was actively involved in service of cancer patients at various institutions across Punjab.

A condolence meeting was held today at the PGI where Professor Vinay Sakhuja, officiating director, was among others who offered tributes to their both former colleagues.



Old-age homes in pathetic condition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
The Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab, Avinash Rai Khanna, has brought the pathetic condition at old-age homes of Chandigarh to the notice of the National Human Rights Commission.

Khanna, all India in charge of the BJP Human Rights Cell, said he had written a complaint to the commission in this regard. “It is painful to find that we have failed to provide care to our elders, in a planned city like Chandigarh”, he said.

A team from the PGI for the study of “Quality Care Audit of Old Age Homes of Chandigarh” had found that the kitchens and rooms of three old-age homes were lacking proper cleaning, facility of storage of foodstuff and poor lighting. Besides these deficiencies, people having no training in handling the old inmates were running them. In a visit by the team of TNS it was found that at the Old-Age Home in Sector 30, old inmates were living under unhygienic conditions in a three-storeyed building, which neither had any ramp nor an elevator.



Patil launches UT unit of Global Punjabi Society

Chandigarh, May 6
Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil, after launching the Chandigarh chapter of Global Punjabi Society here today, said the chapter would certainly help in sharing experiences, perceptions and ideas for promoting mutual understanding besides reminding the Punjabis of their roots and cultural heritage.

Patil said chapter should function as a uniting force and not as a dividing energy. If it functions as a uniting force, it would add to the strength and capability of one and all. If it works as a dividing force, it is bound to make all, smaller, weaker, and less capable.

Stressing upon following the teachings of our spiritual gurus in our daily life, the Governor said Punjabis were known for their enterprise, hard work and leadership qualities. He said Punjabis have contributed immensely to the social, economical and political development of our country.

"Punjab had been the land of Gurus and Seers, so the common Punjabis should seek solace in their teachings," he added. — TNS



Delay in environmental clearance
Development at site to take longer
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 6
Procedural delays in getting environmental clearance for Aerocity could cost the allottee dearer. Three months after the Union Ministry of Environment directed the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to conduct the environment assessment study, the case is now being sent back to the State Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC) for giving the necessary environmental clearances.

In the process, the entire exercise is going to take few more months before the clearance is secured. “At the time of applying for the clearance, there was no state-level committee. But in the meanwhile, the state committee has been constituted,” said sources in the State Pollution Control Board.

Presently, GMADA has engaged a consultant to conduct the environment assessment study. The terms of reference in the assessment study include various aspects of urbanisation that have to be taken into account for the project in question.

The GMADA officials have given 30 months period to the allottees from the date of issue of letter of intent (LOI). But since the process of getting clearance is far from over, the development work at the site is yet to start. An official pointed out that, “Without completing the development works the physical possession of the plots cannot be handed over to the allottees.”

The official added, “To be legally safe, we have already mentioned in the LOI that draw of lots and physical possession would be subject to environmental clearance.”

Due to forthcoming Vidhan Sabha and the SGPC elections, the development work is not expected to start during the current year.

After getting the environment clearance from State Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC), the case would be sent to the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) for final approval.

As per the new environment impact assessment notification, starting the development of any township or group housing project covering an area of 124 acres or more has to seek environmental clearance.



Zirakpur MC mulls e-governance system
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, May 6
To expedite the delivery of services to residents, the Zirakpur municipal council is planning to adopt the e-governance system. The proposal has been mooted before the Punjab local bodies department for approval.

An MC official said the project was aimed at bringing an improvement in the delivery of services benefitting residents. The project aims at bringing integrated service to the area residents, the official added.

Describing the benefits of the e-governance system, the official said it would provide a single-window solution to residents, offering 8 am to 8 pm service on all days barring Sundays. It will also increase the response time for any service. Besides, multiple facilitation centres having state-of-the-art facilities across all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) would offer anywhere and anytime services.

The MC official said the residents would get information regarding their house tax dues, water supply bills and recoverable arrears. They could also check the status of their applications for building map, the official added.

He said the residents could apply online for birth and death certificates and other general information regarding the council’s new schemes.

Talking to the TNS, Zirakpur municipal council vice-president Kulwinder Sohi said: “It is a prestigious project of the local bodies department and the council sent a proposal to department for approval in the last council meeting.” He claimed that after adopting the system, the residents would reap the benefit of all services.



DEVelopment works
Former councillor urges Commissioner to float tenders
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 6
A former municipal councillor has requested the Commissioner of the Mohali Municipal Corporation to get development works worth Rs 6 crore started, estimates of which were cleared more than four months ago, failing which he would be compelled to go to court.

In a letter to the Commissioner, Kuljit Singh Bedi stated that the last meeting of the elected representatives of the civic body was held on December 16 when estimates of development works worth about Rs 11 crore were unanimously cleared. The estimates were related to various types of works to be carried out in different wards and also some common works of the town.

The civic body was dissolved in January for the formation of the corporation. All estimates cleared by the general house were approved by the director of the local government department and sent back to the corporation, but tenders had been floated only for works worth about Rs 5 crore so far. This had delayed the development work in the city.

He requested the Commissioner to float tenders of the remaining estimates worth Rs 6 crore within 21 days failing which he would be compelled to go to court for which he would be responsible.



Rs 11 cr being spent on roads, parking: DC
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 6
The state government was spending Rs 10.80 crore on widening and strengthening of roads and parking lots in the city, said Mohali Deputy Commissioner Varun Roozam after conducting a surprise checking of the ongoing development works across the city.

Giving details he said Rs 1.37 crore were being spent to widen the road from Bawa White House in Industrial Area, Phase IX, to Kumbhra traffic junction by the Mohali Municipal Corporation.

He conducted checking at parking lots of Phase III-B2 and Phase VII and Sectors 70 and 71, which were being re-carpeted by the corporation, and the roundabouts of Verka and Dara Studio that were being beautified by private builders.



PU to allot grades to PG students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
In what comes forth as a major milestone in Panjab University education system, nine-point grading scale would now replace marks in all postgraduate courses in the session 2011-12.

In the move, probably inspired from the Central Board of Senior Education (CBSE), Panjab University has decided to allot grades to its postgraduate students than marks. The system, according to officials, would help in breaking the mark-based division, which many a times, has adverse affect on students’ placements.

“We are following the cumulative grading point system specified by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Though the grade slab is yet to be finalised, we are aiming to have a nine-point system, in which whether a student achieves 91 per cent or 99 per cent, both of them would get same grade, said Controller of Examination, Panjab University, AK Bhandari.

While many students have raised objections claiming that “topers” would lose their sheen, the university seems to think otherwise.

“Marks are not just reflection of a student’s ability. The mark obtained by a student also depends on an examiner, his marking style and even probability of mistakes. The system would ensure that no student loses an opportunity just because for want of one or two per cent. It will be breakthrough in the existent culture where marks dominate aptitude and other skills,” added Bhandari.



Khalsa College to start 4 new courses
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 6
Khalsa College, Patiala, is starting four new courses of MA English, MCom, MSc physics and MSc chemistry from this session.

The college is constructing smart rooms and labs with modern infrastructure for these courses. Many professional courses are already being taught in modernised and well-equipped classrooms and labs of the college.

College principal, Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha informed that the last date for registration of other postgraduate courses like MSc maths, MSc IT, MBA (off-campus Punjabi University, Patiala), MSc fashion designing and technology was June 6, whereas the last date of registration for graduate courses like BCA, BBA, BCom professional, BSc biotechnology, Bachelor of Accounting and Finance was June 1 and of PGDCA is June 20.

Keeping in view the convenience of working students and those engaged in jobs, the college is being run in two shifts.

In the evening shift, the courses of MSc maths, MSc IT, BCA, PGDCA, diploma in computer hardware and networking, diploma in business process outsourcing, PG diploma advance web technology, PG diploma in business journalism and one-year diploma in French are taught successfully in smart rooms and labs.



Stress to plant herbal saplings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
Saplings were planted as a part of the scouts and guides camp being organised by the education department, UT, at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, here today.

Sandeep Hans, the DPI, lauding the activity at the camp said more such camps would be organised in the government schools. He laid emphasis on planting herbal saplings.

At least 180 students from local schools are participating in the camp, which has laid special emphasis on “training students to be independent and dedicating themselves to serve others”.



From Schools & colleges

Stationery distributed
A member of the Lions Welfare Society distributes stationery items to underprivileged children at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, Chandigarh, on Friday
A member of the Lions Welfare Society distributes stationery items to underprivileged children at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh: Members of the Lions Welfare Society on Friday distributed stationery items to underprivileged students at several government schools in the city. Led by society president LK Khurana, the members toured the schools at Vikas Nagar (Mani Majra), Mauli Jagran, Sectors 18, 20, 21, 28, 29,30, 32 and 33. Geometry boxes, notebooks and books were the items distributed to the needy students, according to a press note issued here.

Flag Day

On the occasion of the Red Cross Flag Day, students of Mata Sahib Kaur Public School, Swara, Mohali, on Friday pinned a flag on Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil at the Punjab Raj Bhavan here. Appreciating the theme “Find the volunteer inside you”, Patil advocated further strengthening of the Red Cross movement through massive collective effort, which is carrying out the noble mission of alleviating human sufferings through its fundamental doctrine of selfless service. Patil said the day presented a great opportunity to learn about the international efforts of Red Cross. It also reminds us of our social obligation to contribute in minimising the sufferings of humanity and to continue to adhere to the basic principles of humanitarianism, compassion, universality and voluntary service.

Labour Day

New India Smart Senior Secondary School, Panchkula, celebrated the Labour Day as a mark of respect to all workers, who perform all jobs, besides white collared jobs.


Children were told about the relevance of Labour Day at AKSIPS-45. Skit and slogans against child labour were some of the activities that were carried out in the school. Principal Harpreet Kaur took the opportunity to boost their morale and appreciate the workers for their efforts throughout the year.


The students of Classes I, II and V were encouraged to participate in a fancy dress competition at AKSIPS-41 to mark the Labour Day. The students came dressed up as helpers and spoke a few lines about their characters with great enthusiasm. The winners were given prizes by Jasdeep Kalra, executive director, AKSIPS Group of Schools. Principal Jagjit Sekhon spoke about the importance of the day and encouraged the students to help the needy and treat them with respect.


Delhi Public School (DPS) held a special assembly to observe Labour Day, so that students learn that labour is one of the greatest elements of society. The programme began with a speech on the origin and significance of the Labour Day. A skit signifying dignity of labour was the highlight of the assembly. Principal Reema Dewan emphasised that no race or society can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling the fields as in writing a poem.

Peace Award

The Peace Club of DAV Public School, Sector 8 C, organised various activities in 2010-11 to inculcate good values, spirit of service and sacrifice among young students, for which principal Jaskiran Harika was presented the Peace Award by an NGO, Yuvsatta. The principal felicitated the Peace Club members for dedicating their time and resources and making the club vibrant and result oriented. The efforts of the Peace Club in charge, Nisha Gupta were also appreciated.


Saupin’s-32 takes pride in announcing the incredible performance of Lokavya Kumar, a student of Class VIII, who won the first rank in Punjab and Chandigarh in the 10th National Cyber Olympiad organised by the Science Olympiad Foundation, New Delhi.


PANCHKULA: About 200 students of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, Panchkula, from Class IX went for an excursion trip to the National Cactus and Succulent Botanical Garden and Research Centre situated at Sector 5, Panchkula. Students learnt new facts about cacti and succulent like bursera, adenia venenata, adenium Obesum\desert rose, carnegia gigantea and many more. Students also got the chance to see endangered varieties like caralluma. They also visited nine glass houses and took a site of eight outdoor beds.


MOHALI: As many as 368 students of GJ-IMT Rotaract Club, a part of the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Phase II, Mohali, were honoured at a prize distribution function on the GJ-IMT’s campus. This event was organised for the distribution of certificates and medals to GJ-IMT Rotaract members, who are a part of the mega projects of social work. JS Bedi, chairman, Gian Jyoti Group of Institutes, and a member of the Mohali Rotaract Club distributed the prizes to deserving students. While presiding over the function, JS Bedi, chairman of Gian Jyoti Group of Institutions, said GJ-IMT was working to ensure literacy for all sections of society. He further added that we should always help others who want to be educated but cannot afford education because of financial constraints.


A farewell function “Sham-e-Dosti” was organised at Sahibzada Ajit Singh Institutions, Mohali. While Kanwalpreet and Swati Kaley were adjudged Mr and Miss Farewell, Mudassir and Monika were adjudged Mr and Miss Evening, whereas Supriya Nigam was adjudged Miss Elegant.

The function was organised for over 160 MBA students. Dr JS Dhaliwal, chairman, SAS Group, presided over the function. The function commenced with the lightening of the lamp, followed by a dance performance by Bharat. Jagdish and Muzamil enthralled audience with solo songs. Comedy skit brought the audience into peels of laughter.

Mother’s Day

Students of pre-primary wing (nursery to Class II) of Shivalik Public School, Mohali, paid tributes to their mothers by celebrating “Mother’s Day” on Friday. Kindergarten students made beautiful cards for their mothers. The students of Classes I and II appreciated their mothers by reciting English poems like “My Mother”, “I Love You Mom”, “My Mom is the Best”. All students of Classes I and II made cards and a painting competition was also organised to mark the occasion. The students were inspired to respect, obey, love and help their mothers.

Eye camp

A three-day eye check-up camp was held at Smart Wonders School in association with Health Plus to diagnose undetected vision problems among young children, which leads to poor school results and learning difficulties.

The school held this camp and urged parents to further follow up if their child is having any eye problem. “Short sightedness or myopia, which is the most common among children, is one of the key reasons why many kids find it hard to read the blackboard at school. Undiagnosed vision problems can be a real setback to children in school and can impact their learning and socialisation,” said the visiting doctor, Dr Deepa.

She said the parents must not forget about their children’s eye health. A quick and simple eye test can ensure their child’s eyes are fit and ready for the new school year.

Dr Deepa also guided educators that students who are squinting, rubbing eyes, having headaches and frequently skip lines or lose their place while reading books have vision associated problems. — TNS



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