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Medicity Project
windfall for landowners

Land fixation panel for Rs 1.85 cr per acre relief
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 4
It is bonanza for landowners in Mullanpur, with the District Land Fixation Committee recommending the highest-ever land compensation of Rs 1.85 crore an acre for 125 acres of land being acquired in Ferozepore Jhungia village (Mullanpur) for the Medicity project.

The land for the Medicity project is located at a short distance from the PGI, Chandigarh.

The rates recommended by the committee are in contrast to the land compensation of Rs 1.30 crore an acre offered to the landowners of Mullanpur for the 400 acres being acquired for the Phase-1 of the Mullanpur Urban Estate. The recommendations would be sent to the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Land Compensation before the land compensation was finally offered to the landowners.

Sources in the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) said the government was keen on developing the Medicity and Phase-II of the Mullanpur Urban Estate. But GMADA was keen on offering land pooling scheme to the landowners instead of offering the land compensation. So far the highest compensation of Rs 1.50 crore has been paid to the landowners whose land had been acquired for the Aerocity project. “Keeping in mind land prices, the government should offer at least Rs 4 crore an acre,” said Kharar MLA Balbir Sidhu.

Before notifying Section 6 of the Land Acquisition Act (LAC), the objections of the landowners have been forwarded to the state government for clearance. The reply of the state government is expected soon, said a senior GMADA official.

Once acquired, plots of 5 acres and 10 acres would be offered to the interested medical care providers. In the master plan, a state-of-the-art health village, knowledge village and eco-tourism-related activities have been planned in the foothills of Shivalik Hills. The consultants for the project have proposed recreational facilities like amusement park, spa village, open-air theatres, theme parks and lifestyle hub including golf course and sports facilities around the seasonal rivulets passing through the area. Only low-density urbanisation has been recommended.

Due to the proximity of the area to Chandigarh, the Medicity has been planned along the Chandigarh-Siswan-Baddi road. Medicity would be a self-contained campus, with the best of housing facilities for the doctors and the paramedical staff.

The work on the four-laning of the Chandigarh-Mullanpur road is expected to begin soon with the state government getting clearance from the Forest Ministry.



Tape grass clogs large areas of Sukhna
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
The main weed that has clogged a major portion of the Sukhna Lake, the city’s most visited tourist spot, is Vallisneria spiralis or tape grass, a fast growing grass-like shrub native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world.

In its latest report to the UT administration, the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) has said large areas of the lake have been infested with tape grass while four other types of weed - Potamogeton crispus, Potamogeton gramineus, Hydrilla and Zannichdlia poloustries - have also contributed in clogging the water body.

However, the NBRI report is at variance with that submitted by Panjab University experts who had specified Potamogeton Crispus as the principle weed spoiling the lake’s serene setting.

Dwelling on the reasons behind the growth of this particular weed in Sukhna, NBRI scientists said increase in level of nutrients in the lake was a major factor. “The nutrients have come from the use of fertilizers in the fields, particularly those located around the lake. Nutrients are serving are natural diet for the weed, which has now become self-perpetuating”, they added.

Though NBRI experts have suggested manual deweeding of the lake as the right step, they have also recommended techniques to remove weeds permanently. The institute has sought a study period of one more year to get more details in this direction, which would cost around Rs 25 lakh.

“We have sent the copy of the report to the UT engineering department and also apprised the authorities about the NBRI’s recommendations. Now the ball is in the court of senior administration officials,” said Santosh Kumar, chief conservator of forests and director of the UT environment department.

With the presence of the perennial weed in its waters, the rainfed Sukhna, spread over 148.28 hectare metres, now presents a dismal picture.

About Vallisneria spiralis

Also known as straight Vallisneria, tape grass, or eel grass, it is a fast growing submerged aquatic plant that prefers good light and a nutrient rich substrate. In the wild it can be found in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. It has narrow, linear leaves that range in colour from a pale-green to reddish up to one metre long and up to 0.75 inches broad. The weed is monoecious with flowers carried on long spiral stalks.



PGI docs for Bihar-like law for their protection
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
The recent incident of the alleged manhandling of a junior resident doctor by the relatives of a patient at the PGI emergency on Friday has led to a demand for enactment of a law, on the lines of the recently passed Bihar Medical Service Institution and Personal Protection Bill, 2011, which provides shield for doctors by making an attack on them a cognizable offence. The doctor was allegedly beaten up after he failed to save the patient.

The controversial bill, which has been dubbed to be heavily in favour of the doctors by many, was passed in the Bihar Assembly in July after a prolonged agitation by doctors who faced a series of such attacks by patients and their relatives. Besides making the attack on the doctors a cognizable offence, the bill also provides that those indulging in vandalism against doctors and nursing homes would have to pay double the amount of damage caused by them during such incidents.

“We are reading the Bill and if we find it suitable, we will certainly demand one on similar lines”, said the president of Association of Resident Doctors, Dr Rajeev Chauhan. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Chauhan said they would have a meeting of the association scheduled this week and they would mull over the possibilities of having such a law to provide protection to the doctors. He said if there was a consensus, they would take up the issue with other doctors’ bodies, including the Indian Medical Association (IMA), so that a joint effort could be made in the direction.

Incidentally, Bihar is the third state, after Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, to have enacted laws specifically providing protection to doctors against assault by patients and their relatives.

Claiming that incidents of verbal abuse and manhandling were quite common, a PGI resident doctor said the institute had no mechanism to protect them from such incidents. He said they had raised the issue with the PGI authorities many a times but nothing had been done to make them safer in the hospital.

Referring to the Friday incident, the resident doctors said the patient was admitted to the emergency ward and the junior resident on duty administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) but was unable to save him. This infuriated the relatives of the patient and they beat the doctor, who did everything to save the patient.

Following the incident, ARD has sent a complaint to the medical superintendent, with a copy to the dean, chief security in charge and the police post, but they expect little out of it. “We work in adverse conditions and should have legal protection”, said a doctor requesting anonymity.



Drunken Driving
Cops zero in on 30 hotels, pubs
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
In an important development, the Chandigarh Police has listed at least 30 hotels, clubs and pubs feeding the maximum potential drunk drivers hitting local roads after downing their share of evening drinks.

The police has earmarked different spots along markets of Sectors 9, 22, 26, 27 and 34 and 35. It challaned at least 80 drunken drivers on Saturday night at six different nakas in the city. From May this year, the Chandigarh police has issued over 3,000 challans for drunken driving.

DSP Traffic Vijay Kumar said the police conducted a survey, following which 30 prominent hotels, pubs and clubs were identified at places with potential offenders. Special nakas have been arranged along the roads leading to these places. “We had initiated special drive against drunken driving in May. The drive was held regularly in June and July. Till this month, over 3,000 drivers have been challaned for drunken driving,” the DSP added.

In routine, after catching a drunk driver, cops refuse to hand over the car keys unless the driver calls someone else to drive the vehicle who is not drunk or else the vehicle is impounded.

The police on Saturday night laid six nakas at various parts in the city and issued about 80 challans for drunken driving. The special drive also continued on Sunday night with cops laying checkpoints at various parts of city.

The DSP said the drive was initiated during weekend to nab the offenders as more cases of drunken driving are reported during weekends.

The police shifted the locations of the nakas on Sunday night so that those aware of locations of naka laid on Saturday could not escape the checkpoints. “We shift the locations of nakas everyday and the new locations are decided an hour before the drive so that nobody manages to escape.”

Traffic Marshal Gurnam Singh, who coordinated with the cops for their drive against drunken driving, said earlier those driving vehicles after consuming liquor beyond the permissible limit used to escape. However, the cops now have started acting tough.

“The recently started drive against drunken driving shows that a majority of challans were issued against the drivers who had consumed liquor at liquor vends, clubs and pubs,” Singh said.

It may be noted that over 1,800 challans were issued for drunken driving in 2010.

Interestingly, the number has crossed 3,000 in the past few months.



2 students held with pistol, cartridges
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Two days after the alleged shooting incident in which Sourav Malik, a supporter of the Hindustan Students Association (HSA), was injured, the Chandigarh Police arrested the two accused involved in the incident from Sector 43 and recovered one 7.65 mm pistol and two live cartridges from them.

Police sources revealed that the accused, identified as Amandeep Singh, a resident of Sector 69, Mohali, and Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Sector 46, are students of GGDSD College Sector-32.

The police said the accused had been involved in the shooting incident reported a day before the student elections.

Sourav Malik, an HSA supporter ,had complained that he was allegedly shot at from close range on the road separating Sectors 32 and 33 by members of the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), following which a case was registered in the Sector 34 police station. However, later the case was shifted from the Sector 34 police station to the Sector 36 police station after it was found that Malik had an altercation with the accused at the Sectors 42-43 roundabout where the accused had opened fire. Two shots were fired and the police had also recovered two shells from the spot.

SHO Sector 36 Sukhbir Rana, however, denied that the arrested students were associated with the SD college incident. A case under Sections 25-27-54-59 of the Arms Act was registered against the accused at the Sector 36 police station.



Open House Response
Need to work unitedly to rid nation of corruption

The response to Anna Hazare’s fast showed public dissatisfaction with the prevalent corruption in all walks of life. His fast was not an exhibition of any overnight discovery, but a public face of simmering anger breeding in the hearts of the common man. We have grown up hearing about mega-scandals in education, recruitment, agriculture and politics.

I am unaware of any examples set by the government which would dissuade others from following the same line because there have been no worth quoting examples set for the public. Corruption starts from the bottom of the entire administrative machinery. I am not sure if we will ever get the real answers to the animal fodder, “Cash for Votes”, “Olympic Games” and “Bofors” scams. The compilation process for a comprehensive listing of scandals might actually be impossible if one looked into the mere number of scams reported from different states. Even if the common man says he is not affected by the big scandals, he surely wants to know why he could not get his buildings plans cleared without greasing the palms of officials? Why he wanted a ‘sifarish’ to get his wards admitted to school, college or university? Why he needed to pay for getting even a routine file cleared? Why he needed to pay for getting his funds released after his retirement? The list is endless. Instead of shifting the attention from the main issue of corruption like certain groups were trying, the nation needs to stand united on getting the system cleansed because otherwise it will be just another example of all noise, but no action.

— Dr Jodh Singh Gandyal, Chandigarh

Media played a constructive role

The collapsed system of redressal of public grievances and the system of bribing officials at every level in the nation forced people to launch a nationwide movement against corruption. At present, there is no forum where people can go and raise their issues which is why they thronged the Ram Leela Maidaan. The movement will also help in restoring the touch between public and MPs. The media has undoubtedly played a major and constructive role in making the anti-graft movement a success.

— Ajay Jagga, Advocate and president, Janata Party, Chandigarh

Need to take cue from the US

Hats-off to Anna Hazare for bringing the Centre to its knees.

There is no sphere of life where we do not encounter corruption. Even when we buy something from the market we do not insist on asking for a "cash memo", nor does the shopkeeper issue it on his own, as a duty. This is also a sort of bribe that we get from shopkeepers or businessmen. Because, by not asking for a cash memo, we are cheating the government in not giving sales tax. This is not the case in the US. My personal experience shows that whatever we buy/purchase, even a small item such as a packet of biscuit or a cup of coffee we are issued a cash memo in the US. They never cheat the government. Our country should follow the same practice.

— R K Kapoor, Chandigarh

People’s power is supreme

In India development has become another name of corruption. India has been considered as one of the most corrupt countries in the world and ranks 83rd in the list of 133 countries rated for their Corruption Perception Index.

First of all we have to ponder over the alarming issue, how this rampant corruption happens in the country. It is because of the capitalist system under which governments adopted new-liberal polices, especially since 1991, under the garb of economic reforms which germinates a big nexus of politicians- bureaucrats-Industrialists. Thus, capitalism is actually the systematic form of corruption. India’s rapid economic growth is at the risk of tripping if the country does not curb corruption and enforce a strict law, the World Bank has already warned in a report published recently.

The UPA government has become synonymous with high level of corruption. The recent alarming corruption cases like 2G spectrum, Adarsh Society, and Commonwealth Games have sensitised society, especially those who want that there should be some mechanism to check the menace. The already existing mechanisms like Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and certain provisions made in the Indian Panel Code to curb corruption have not served the intended purpose. Thus, there is a greater need to check the corruption. There is certainly a merit in Hazare’s argument that the Jan Lokpal Bill needs to be drafted in consultation with the people having impeccable credentials. The Parliament agreed “in principle” to the three major demands the activist had raised in his letter to the Prime Minister as a condition to end his protest. Citizens character, lower bureaucracy under the Lokpal through an appropriate mechanism and establishment of the Lokayukta in states.

A lone soldier armed with limited resources and powers have over the years turned out to be a viable concept to fight corruption prevalent across the country. This is just a wake up call and people should be ready to fight the real battle to change the entire system (Capitalism system which is the root cause of the prevailing problems).

— SK Khosla, Sector 40-C, Chandigarh

Comprehensive programme need of the hour

Team Anna and social activists have captured the attention of Indians across the globe as Anna Hazare did during his "fast unto death" over the issue of the Jan Lokpal Bill anti-corruption in New Delhi. Hazare , a Gandhian by belief, outlook and practice, has become the face of India's fight against corruption. The Jan Lokpal Bill has been discussed and approved by Parliament. Anna Hazare has broken his fast after the Lokpal Bill to the Standing Committee for further action. The entire country had supported Anna’s movement. The country has been facing corruption in every sphere of life. It will require a comprehensive programme of action. There is a perception that enactment of single Bill will eradicate corruption. The Lokpal law is just one element in the fight against corruption. Laws are also required on government funding of elections, land issues and mining. Parliament has more responsibility to function so that such laws could be enacted.

— M L Garg

A bitter experience

Way back in 1976, my department asked me to get a copy of ‘Pharad’ from the patwari concerned required for the purchase of a land near Mukerian in Hoshiarpur for the construction of storage godowns.

The patwari asked me to visit him the next day. Taking it in a lighter vein, I did not mind as it was my first visit. His reaction, the other day, was even more appalling. He, instead of listening to me, blurted to ask why I required and who sent me. I had the gumption to tolerate his ill-temper, and explained. Seeing my good intention that my organisation needed it, he again flew into rage and told that he had no time and desired me to come after five days as he stated that he was busy.

Hurt by and fed up with his rudeness, above all, uncouth and boorish behaviour, I shared the disgusting experience with an employee of some other department who told me that there was no need to wait. He simply advised me to go to the patwari and offer him Rs 20. I did the same and got “Pharad” the next day. The bitter experience turned into a happy memory even after 25 years now when the corruption has crossed limits and involves big wigs squandering and frittering away the taxpayers’ money.

— Gurmit Singh Saini, Mohali


Teacher’s Day on September 5, every year, has transformed into a remnant of formal exchanges eulogising the role of teachers in life of a student. Every day we read about the change in expectation and behaviour of students. This, naturally, calls for a change in the teaching methodology.

Write to the openhouse@tribunemail.com about the new challenges for teachers and matching expectation of students.


11 yrs on, industry still denied transfer of lease hold rights
Admn’s delay spawning flurry of lawsuits, family disputes
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Almost eleven years after the lock-in period for transfer of lease hold rights of their plots ended, the city’s industry continues to be at the receiving end of the UT administration that is still dilly-dallying over the issue. As if this was not frustrating enough, the administration has also been dragging its feet on issuing “no objection certificates” (NOCs) for transfer of the rights.

“The denial of transfer of lease hold rights and issue of NOCs has resulted in unclear titles of the leasehold plots with the result industrialists have been find it tough to raise loans against mortgage of these plots”, averred Naveen Manglani, president of the Chamber of Chandigarh Industries.

The last time leasehold plots were allotted to the city’s industrial units was way back in 1982. According to the norms, the 15-year lock-in period for transfer of leasehold rights should have ended in 1997. However, true to its reputation of sitting on the fence about major decisions, the UT administration has been delaying making a move on the issue on one pretext or the other.

In the case of commercial properties the administration had fixed a transfer rate of Rs 800 per square foot and the same pattern should be followed with regard to industrial plots, industrialists have argued.

Arun Mahajan of the Industries Association of Chandigarh, while claiming the delay in transfer of plots is giving rise to a spate of litigation and family disputes, asserted the transfer of plots should have been permitted a long time ago on the pattern of residential and commercial properties and shop-cum-flats.

Official sources claimed the matter was under the “active consideration” of the administration and a final decision would be taken soon after taking all legal aspects into account.

UT suffers revenue loss

In the backdrop of the failure to fix transfer charges, ownership of most of the plots in the city Industrial Area has been changing hands through registered general power of attorneys (GPAs).While the UT administration is losing revenue on registration of the industrial plots, the buyers cannot get a clear title resulting in frequent disputes and unnecessary litigation.



Sector 16 a blot on Panchkula
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 4
Heaps of garbage, dangerous road cuts and a new building of dispensary lying unoccupied for the past one year have become a bane of Sector 16 here. “The sector is in fact surrounded by slum areas and unkempt parking lots,” said Kuldipak Lal, president of the Residents Welfare Association.

The slum area of Indira Colony and Budhanpur village has become a nuisance for residents, as the foul smell emanating from the heaps of garbage and junk collected there has made the lives of residents miserable,” he said. Parking areas in front of markets have turned into garbage dumping sites, while the authorities have chosen to turn a blind eye to our problems,” he added. The ground provided for holding kisan mandis has become a grazing place for stray cattle as the sanitation department does not bother to get it cleaned up.

“Poor sanitation and bad condition of roads have added to the woes of residents. Unauthorised cuts on main roads can result in fatal accidents, still the authorities are sleeping over the issues,” lamented CL Malhotra, a local resident.

There are two ‘cuts’ on the M2 road separating the sector from Budhanpur village,” said Malhotra.

The sector also eludes basic amenities. While it lacks a post office despite being a district centre, the new building of dispensary which was constructed last year still awaits the required infrastructure.



Park’s entrance puts off visitors
Stagnant water poses health risk
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, September 4
A pool of stagnant water in front of the Zirakpur Municipal Council park at Baltana is causing a major health risk for visitors. Residents claim that the council has turned a blind eye to this problem. They say they have submitted their complaints to the local councillor and MC officials many times, but nothing has been done so far.

There are just two green belts in Zirakpur. The park is located near the police chowki and a cremation ground. A visit to the area reveals that the pool of water on the entrance and pavers lying in a haphazard manner create nuisance and difficulty for visitors.

“The pool of water has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and poses threat to the health. The stagnant filthy water can also lead to outbreak of water-borne diseases,” said Munish Sharma, a resident of Baltana.

Simran Kaur, another resident, said foul smell of the water acted as a deterrent to the residents for taking morning and evening walks in that area. “The situation is so worse that we can hardly cross that area,” she added.

The Executive Officer of the Zirakpur Municipal Council, Paramjit Singh, stated that he would visit the site and ask the department concerned to solve the problem on priority.

Pleas fall on deaf ears

Residents claimed that the council had turned a blind eye to their problem. They added that they had taken up the matter with the local councillor and MC officials many a times, but nothing had been done so far.



Zirakpur MC fails to launch website
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, September 4
Even four months after the Zirakpur Municipal Council had announced to launch its website, like the council’s many other assurances, this one too remains unfulfilled. The need for having the website of the council was felt since long as it would contain vital information about the development and other projects being taken up in the area under the MC’s jurisdiction and also provide details of fresh proposals.

The website would also benefit NRIs who were living aboard and had their properties in Zirakpur as they could monitor the rate of their properties.

The website is also seen as the first step towards paperless office. In some civic bodies even the agenda for the general house meeting is floated on their website for perusal by councillors and general public.

Residents say the website of the council would enable them to know about the projects and proposal and in the process would give them an opportunity to comment on the same.

Sumit Sharma, a resident of Zirakpur, said: “The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation even has a Facebook profile, providing the residents with a platform to air their grievances and to lodge their complaints.” He added that, “In Zirakpur one still has to follow the age old system of going from one clerk to another in case of any problem.”

An MC official said earlier the council had planned to design its own website, but now it had adopted the e-governance system of the Punjab local bodies department and sent a proposal for approval. He said the residents would get information regarding their house tax dues and water supply bills. The residents could apply online for death and birth certificates. They could also check the status of their applications for building map online, the official added.



Housefed flats
Rollback in transfer fee sought
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 4
The Housefed Flats Sangarsh Committee, Sector 79, has urged the Punjab Chief Minister to ask Punjab State Federation of Cooperative House Building Societies ltd (Housefed) to reduce the transfer fee of its upcoming flats in Sector 79. The fee was increased from Rs 20,000 to Rs 1 lakh on July 4.

This is the second revision in the last three years, whereas the construction of the 632-apartment multistorey residential complex began only last year due to some legal complication.

President of the Committee Naresh Kumar Trehan said while they had been demanding reduction in the fee from Rs 20,000 to Rs 10,000, Housefed had increased it. The committee stated that the transfer fee charged by GMADA was lesser. There were around 126 cases of family transfer pending with Housefed.

The worst affected are the allottees of Category I flats (four bedrooms) and Category II flats (three bedrooms). The fee of Category III flats (two bedrooms and one study room) and Category IV flats (two bedrooms) was increased from Rs 20,000 to Rs 75,000, while the fee of Category IV flats (one bedroom) was increased from Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000. Sources in Housefed said since the cost of construction material had gone up, the cost of the flats was expected to be revised in the coming months.



Simplify procedure for getting NOC: Pendu sangarsh panel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Members of the Pendu Sangarsh Committee held a meeting to finalise charter of demands, which the committee intended to hand over to the UT Administrator Shivraj Patil shortly.

The main demands of the committee included simplifying the procedure for getting no objection certificate (NOC) from the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation for construction, construction of stadiums and playgrounds in the rural areas, job for a member of the family, whose land had been acquired by the administration and improvement of the conditions of roads, streetlights and other civic amenities in the villages.

Baba Gurdyal Singh, patron of the committee, haired the meeting and 100 members of the committee participated in it.



ENT surgical workshop concludes

Chandigarh, September 4
The three-day ENT surgical workshop was concluded at PGI today. The workshop today commenced with a live demonstration of endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy by professor Ashok Gupta head of otolaryngologists department of the institute.

Explaining the surgery, Gupta said that endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy was an extended application of endoscopic sinus surgery used for treating patient with increased watering from eyes due to a block in the system, This was followed by a panel discussion on ‘controversies in stapes surgery which was moderated by Dr Satheesh Mehta (Jammu). — TNS



MC issues 25 challans

Chandigarh, September 4
The Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, held an anti-encroachment drive at Sector-19 and 22 markets on Sunday. About 60 shopkeepers were challaned for encroaching corridors opposite to their shops.

Inspector Kashmira Singh said that 25 challans were issued at Sector-19 market and 35 challans were issued at Sector-22 Shashtri market.

“Being Sunday the shopkeepers and roadside vendors had laid their stalls (mostly of the readymade garments) in the corridors of the market following which they were challaned”, Singh said.

MC officials said that more such drives would be conducted in the near future to keep a check on encroachments.



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chandigarh scan

Blood donation camps

As many as 80 persons donated blood in a camp organised by the Saupin’s Community Service Organisation (SCSO) of Saupin’s School, Sector 32, a press release stated. Meanwhile, Kumaon Sabha, Chandigarh, organised a blood donation camp at Garhwal Bhawan, Sector 29, on Sunday. Bachan Singh, president, Kumaon Sabha, said 160 units of blood had been collected.

120 attend health camp

More than 120 women and children attended a health camp held at Mauli Jagran on Sunday. The camp was organised by Fortis Hospital, Mohali, as part of its ongoing National Nutrition Week celebrations. A team led by Sonia Gandhi, head, Clinical Nutrition and Dietics, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, spoke on common health problems such as anaemia, constipation and protein & calcium deficiencies.

Workshops on English teaching

British Council Library organised workshops on English teaching at the British Library. Prof Deepti Gupta was the resource person. Forty teachers attended the workshops.

Conference ends

The eighth Annual National Childhood Disability Conference, 2011, on the theme -“Disability to Ability Beyond Endeavours” concluded on Sunday. Papers were presented on the last day. Five symposia were held. The first symposium on “Understanding Disability in Community” addressed the issues on impact of early intervention in children with developmental disorder by Dr Sandhya Khadse. Dr Dipty Jain, Dr Rashmi Kumar, Dr Samir Dalwai, secretary, CDG, IAP, Dr Prabjot Malhi, Dr Anjan Bhattacharya, Dr Baishali Mukherjee, Dr Ajit Sidana, Dr Neeraj Kumar and Dr Catherine Mc Clain from the USA also spoke on various issues.

51 saplings planted

Children associated with the Yuva Dharti planted 51 saplings in different public parks of Sectors 7 and 8 on Sunday. Yuva Dharti is an organisation made by youngsters (below 16 years). It has organised several plantation drives.

Talk on ‘healthy living’

The First Friday Forum(FFF) organised a special talk on “Healthy Living” by Dr Tej Pal Singh Chawla at Government College of Art. Founder of the forum Dr SS Bhatti introduced the speaker.

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Anee’s School, Sector 69, Mohali, organised a Camilin colour contest. Students from nursery to Class X participated in the competition. Students were allotted various topics like “Visit to fun fair” “Sports day” and “Visit to the market. Principal Harpreet Grewal appreciated the efforts made by students. She said the purpose of the contest was to create awareness among students about wildlife, sports, family and culture. — Tribune Reporters



student poll: SOPU rises like phoenix
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
The party had lost by a few hundred votes last year, party’s senior leader Brinder Dhillon was arrested for allegedly firing at another student leader. It was late October when SOPU was handed over to Robin Brar and Vicky Midukhera, known as Dhillon’s sidekicks.

Six months and the duo has not only got SOPU a victory in the student elections against an alliance of four parties, but has ended up creating a history by defeating the rivals with a record margin of over 1,000 votes.

Riding high on the wave of effective interpersonal campaigning and focused action plan, the coy boys credit the party ideals for it.

“To be in SOPU, you just have to be truthful and committed towards students’ welfare than your own issues. Both of us have worked at the ground level and understood what a normal student wanted from its president. We never sold dreams but apprised the students of a perfectly workable plan,” says Vicky Midukhera, party president.

Robin Brar, campus president, is in full agreement, as he adds on, “People would complain that our candidate was not getting clicked for newspapers and we were not giving any interviews. It is because we were meeting each student and apprising the students of the true scenario in PU. I think that’s what clicked with them.”

Quiz them on replacing the party big guns and they say, “When we took over, we were nervous but our party seniors advised us to go with what we deemed right and it is just the insistence to support the right that has helped us. The party now is being run by young ideas, however, the experience of seniors is indispensable.”

Showstoppers on D-Day

With everybody clapping for the best and peaceful student elections in Panjab University this year, the credit surely goes to these two, AS Ahluwalia, Dean Student Welfare, Panjab University and Gurmukh Singh, SHO, Sector 11 police station, who mangled to run a perfect show behind the scenes.



Beginning of golden era for SOI

When the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) entered into an alliance with the Student Organisation of India (SOI), nobody could have thought that it would prove to be the luckiest ally than the most sought-after INSO and ABVP.

But equipped with diverse student issues, channelised campaign and focused approach, the party became partner in the biggest victory till date and took SOPU through.

Even though PU politics experts are at their wits end to work out the magic that this party has created, the leaders believe in their commitment despite being making an entry just a month ago the student elections.

“It’s not flashy cars, parties or booze, but it’s your commitment to the issues and capability to deliver, which made all the difference. People say we were not in the scene till last month because we were not figuring in newspapers for protests. We were working for students and their issues silently. We have proved that it’s not the number or workers, which makes the difference, but it’s the work that does all the magic. We were not into protests but served students at ground level and gained their confidence. The victory is beginning of the party’s golden era,” said party president Manmeet Sekhon.



PUSU: Divided we fall

Contrary to their last year’s winning stint when defeating the two-time winner, SOPU, sent them into a frenzy, Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) supporters were nowhere to be seen amidst victory celebrations this year. While the supporters are surely perturbed over the defeat but there isn’t an iota of doubt about the reason.

The party, which entered into a coalition student council last year, bore the brunt of internal tussles, which resurfaced within a month of winning the last year’s elections.

As party ace leaders, Simrandeep Dhillon and Sukhjeet Brar, were busy in ego hassles, their agenda, supporters everything went haywire.

Though the duo dramatically patched up a few days before the student elections, the party could neither come up with organised campaigning style nor could impress students.

Having denied to accept it for days now, PUSU members have finally accepted that the split has left the party wounded.

“In any party where there are senior leaders, issues are bound to crop up, but they should never be publicised. No matter whatever happened in our homes, we can’t go washing our dirty linen in public. I think this year the party will once again regain its ideological strength,” said Parminder Jaswal, a senior PUSU leader.

“We have lost the student elections but will continue to serve students and will surely win next year,” added Sukhjeet Brar, PUSU president.



Teachers urged to become role model for students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Almost every country in the world celebrates Teacher’s Day but for different reasons and on different dates. The Teacher’s Day is celebrated on September 5 in our country. The day is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who apart from being the first Vice-President and second President of India, was one of the most distinguished diplomats, scholars and a great teacher.

The Teacher’s Day celebrations have transformed into a remnant of formal exchanges, eulogising the role of teachers in a life of a student. The role of a true teacher has and will remain the same, as to be the guiding light and creating conditions conducive to the overall development of their students. UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil extended his greetings to all teachers on the eve of Teacher’s Day.

Patil felicitated the teaching fraternity and called upon them to become a “role model” for the students by imparting value-based quality education and making out efforts to imbibe noble qualities in them.

National Award

Two teachers of the city, Neerja Jain and Om Parkash, have been selected for the National Award for teachers for the year 2010 by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development.

Neerja Jain is working as a lecturer in English in Government Model Senior School, Sector 16. She is a Fulbright Scholar and is among one of the 13 teachers selected from India in 2007 for a professional development programme in the University of California, Los Angeles.

Om Parkash is a teacher, whose missionary zeal is par excellence. He is the chief coordinator-cum-overall in charge of all Eco Clubs of Chandigarh.

He is the editor of two booklets “Voice of the Camphor Eco Club”, GMSSS-35-D, and “Voice of the Sohanjana Eco Club”, GMSSS-46-D, in collaboration with the department of environment.

The Sohanjana Eco Club has bagged the best eco club award for the sessions 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 and a special achievement award 2011 for carrying outstanding environmental conservation activities from the department of environment.

State Award

The department of education is organising a state-level function to honour teachers. The teachers who would be awarded include Praneet Pratima Kaur of GMHS-36, Tek Singh Rathore of GMSSS-23, Jasmine Josh of State Institute of Education, Sector 32, Raj Bala, headmistress, GMHS-28, Puneet of GMSSS-10, Nirmal Singh of GMHS-41, Bharti Vandana of GMSSS, Mani Majra Housing Complex, and Sumati Kanwar of IS Dev Samaj, Sector 21.



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