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163 candidates file nominations for MC poll
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The last day of filing nominations for the Municipal Corporation (MC) elections saw as many as 163 candidates, including five former mayors and many prominent persons, filing their papers with seven returning officers.

A total of 232 candidates have filed their nomination papers till date. Till yesterday, only 69 candidates had filed their nomination papers.

The highest number of 18 nomination papers were filed in ward number 5 and the lowest of four were filed in ward number 3 and 15.

Meanwhile, it were not the candidates, but their supporters, who made the situation “lively” today. If it was chaos-like situation inside the returning officers’ offices, it was anarchy outside.

Most of the city roads near the venue were choked with traffic and it took several hours to normalise the situation. At some places, people were held up in traffic jams for hours.

Senior leaders of various parties accompanied the candidates when they filed their nomination papers. Prominent among those filed their nomination papers were Pardeep Chhabra, Anu Chatrath, Subash Chawla, Jatinder Bhatia, Kamlesh, Arshad Khan, Harphool Chand, Arun Sood, Satinder Dhawan, Divesh Moudgil, Ram Lal, Anil Kumar Dubey, Gurcharan Dass Kala.

Throughout the day, it was chaos all over the city today. Supporters of the candidates crammed in small spaces at the seven venues of the returning officers since morning to file their nomination papers. A large number of people shouted slogans in support of their leaders as they headed to file their papers.

The police had a tough time at all seven places to control the huge inflow of people who had come along with their candidates. This led to chaos and disorder in the offices where candidates went to file their papers.

Since today was the last date for the filing of nomination papers, there was a huge rush of candidates belonging to all political parties to submit their papers. Almost all candidates belonging to the main political parties were accompanied by a large number of vehicles. Some candidates were followed by a long caravan of 20 to 30 vehicles. There were several independent candidates, who were also accompanied by their supporters.

Roaring business

It was a golden day for drum-beaters of the city, who were much in demand by the candidates who filed their nomination papers today. For the next fortnight, drum-beater groups plans to hire more employees to meet the demands of the candidates for canvassing in their areas. One of the drum-beaters said they were charging the candidates Rs 500 an hour till the campaign for the elections.

 Show of strength

It was a show of strength for the candidates who filed their nomination today. Most of the candidates came to the returning officers in a convoy vehicles led by their supporters.



Work in offices suffers
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Good time for drummers during the filing of nominations outside the DC office
Good time for drummers during the filing of nominations outside the DC office.

Chandigarh, November 28
Slogans, dhols and celebrations brought work to a virtual standstill in certain departments of the UT Administration today as the candidates for the forthcoming Municipal Corporation (MC) elections kept pouring in with their supporters to file their nominations.

Since today was the last day of filing the nominations, candidates of different political outfits and independent candidates turned up at the offices of seven returning officers, affecting the work very badly at these public offices.

At the Deputy Commissioner’s Office, where two returning officers, Rahul Gupta and Tilak Raj, received the nomination papers, most of the employees were seen standing in galleries or outside the office, enjoying the colours of celebrations.

“Since 10 am, one or the other candidate is walking in with his brigade, ‘dhol’ and dancers. How can you work like this? It is so distracting that you cannot concentrate even in a closed room,” said an employee in an office.

“It is very difficult to work in such a situation. In such loud ‘dhol’ beats, which have been beating continuously for the last two hours, you can’t even hear the phone calls. So it’s better to come out and witness the proceedings,” said another employee, standing in the gallery of the office. He added that the authorities should have passed orders in advance to stop this nuisance, particularly in front of the DC office.

The worst-hit were those, who came to office to get their work done. “I came here to meet an official in connection with my property documents. The official concerned is in the office but not in his seat. Somebody told me that he is outside to witness the election proceedings,” said Ramesh Kumar, who claimed to have been waiting for the official for the last one hour.

Gurbaksh Singh, who came from Ludhiana to meet Assistant Estate Officer, Rahul Gupta, was disappointed as the officer was busy with nomination process. “I have to come back again,” lamented Gurbaksh Singh.



Drama in Palsora as BJP councillor assaulted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
In the first incident relating to poll violence, a sitting BJP councillor Anil Dubey was allegedly manhandled by supporters of another candidate who was not given party ticket.

High drama was witnessed in Sector 56, Palsora Colony when the councillor ( who has filed nomination from ward no 11) alleged that supporters of an aspiring candidate, who failed to get the party ticket, assaulted him.

Members of both groups, including the candidate of BJP Dubey, sustained injures and were rushed to hospital for medical examination.

Later, they were all discharged after first-aid.

The incident occurred in the evening when Ram Kumar, a resident of Sector 56 and supporter of BJP candidate Anil Dubey, travelling in his Scorpio, met with an accident, as his vehicle collided with an Esteem car. A heated scuffle followed between Ram Kumar and the driver of the Esteem car Deepak. Ram Kumar alleged that Deepak summoned supporters of Manauwar Khan, who was earlier aspirant to get BJP ticket, but it was Anil Dubey who finally got the ticket.

Ram Kumar alleged that he was thrashed by the supporters and he soon called Dubey. As Anil Dubey reached the spot, a mob pelted stones at him and he, too, sustained minor injuries.

As the police reached the spot, Deepak told the police that he did not belong to any political party and the allegations levelled by Ram Kumar were baseless. He told the police that he was instead assaulted by Dubey and his men.

Munauwar Khan completely denied his role in the incident. The police took both parties to the police station and was recording their statements.

Meanwhile, no case was registered as a compromise was reached between the two parties.



Acid attack: Police narrows in on girl’s ex-colleague
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
A day after the acid attack on a teenager working with Westside Mall in Industrial Area here, police investigations have narrowed down to a youth who was allegedly harassing the girl for some time.

While the victim’s condition is not stable and her statements are yet to be recorded, the police has dispatched various teams to arrest the suspect, identified as Aman, a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib. The second accused, who was on the bike along with Aman during the attack, is yet to be identified.

Two youths on a bike had poured acid on Neha Thakur, as she was walking towards the Sector 28 light point with her colleague Nirmala.

Based on the statements of her family members and friends, the police today said that the suspect was harassing the girl for some time and Neha’s brother had even lodged a complaint against him at the Burail police post in October. In the complaint, Neha’s brother had alleged that Aman was mentally harassing his sister and used to call her at late night hours. A compromise into the complaint was reached the next day. Neha had entered into the compromise on the condition that Aman will not call or harass her any further.

Police sources said the suspect was a former employee of the mall and had left his job before Diwali following a controversy. The police is trying to locate the accused on the basis of his tower location. Meanwhile, a case of attempt to murder under Section 307 of the IPC has been registered in the Industrial Area police station.

Neha (19), was working as a sales service associate with Westside Mall in the Industrial Area, Phase I.

A Burail resident, she was on foot along with her colleague Nirmala when the two youths on a bike poured acid on them.



A gesture transcending national barriers
Local hospital operates upon two-year-old girl from Pakistan for heart ailment
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
Two days ago on 26/11, the entire nation remembered the victims of the senseless violence perpetrated by Pakistani terrorists in Mumbai three years ago. The third anniversary of the bloody Mumbai attacks coincided with anti-India protests by hardliners in Pakistan, reminding one and all of the strained and bitter relations between the two countries.

But amidst the under currents of this animosity, humanity hasn't lost hope. And two-year-old Mahira, a resident of Lahore, is a living testimony to the humane face of the relations that exist between these countries.

"Though this girl was born in Pakistan, she owes her life to India," says Mahira's mother, Fatima. The family of this young beautiful girl had lost all hope of her survival after she was detected to be suffering from a heart ailment when she was just four months old. "Besides a hole in her heart, one chamber is also missing," said Fatima, adding that her treatment was impossible in Pakistan.

However, 10 days ago, she was successfully operated at Fortis Hospital and today the family is looking forward to her leading a normal life. With the help of the Rotary International's novel project of "Heart Line", the family came to Chandigarh and has got Mahira treated at the hospital.

Rotary district president Madhukar described the surgery as an effort made not only to treat Mahira’s heart but to reach out to the hearts of millions of people in Pakistan.

About their experience, Mahira's father, Shahbaz, says, ‘‘We had no problems at all. People here are very helpful... much more than we expected." He said besides the expenses for the surgery, which were about Rs 3 lakh, all other expenses were borne jointly by the Rotary International and Fortis Hospital.



Now 11 lots of heritage items to go under hammer in NY
A committee table from Assembly building will be auctioned for whopping $ 60,000 to $ 1,00,000
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
In yet another major auction of city’s heritage items, a New York-based auction house is going to sell 11 lots of heritage furniture items from the city, which include a pair of armchairs, committee table, lounge chairs, dining table, pair of advocate chairs, a bench, two sets of four armchairs and a stool.

These furniture items were sources from the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh College of Architecture, PGI, Assembly, government offices and private residences. The auction would be the largest one in recent months.

New York-based auction house Phillips de Pury and Company is going to sell 11 lots of furniture designed by master architect Le Corbusier and his associate Pierre Jeanneret on December 14.

Auction house website reveals that a dining table from the PGI cafeteria will be auctioned with a starting bid price ranging between $30,000 and $ 50,000. A committee table from the Assembly building is listed for auction between whopping $ 60,000 to $ 1,00,000. Similarly, a pair of “Committee” armchairs, sourced from an Administrative building from the city, is having a starting bid price of $ 18000 to $ 24,000.

Two pairs of lounge chairs taken out from a private residence will be auctioned with a reserved price of $ 30,000 to $ 50,000 each.

In the list there are heritage furniture from the Punjab and Haryana High Court as well. A pair of “Advocate and Press” armchairs of the Punjab and Haryana High Court will be auctioned with reserve price of $12,000 to $ 20,000. Another furniture item a ‘Public bench’ from the High Court is up for grabs for $ 7,000 to $ 12,000.

Not only the High Court, but there are heritage furniture items from the Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) as well. Two sets of four ‘cross easy’ armchairs from CCA are listed for $ 30,000 to $ 45,000 for each set.

Besides these items, a stool is listed for $ 2,000 to $ 3,000 and an art piece is having reserved price of $ 18,000 to $ 28,000.


Of Poor sanitation, internal parks and roads

A public park is a picture of neglect as residents have put up lines to dry clothes in old Indira Colony
A public park is a picture of neglect as residents have put up lines to dry clothes in old Indira Colony.

Garbage dumped near a residential area at Indira Colony
Garbage dumped near a residential area at Indira Colony. Tribune photos: S Chandan

All major plans, including a marriage palace in pocket No. 8, renovation of the motor market and recarpeting of internal roads in Indira Colony, chalked out by the Chandigarh municipal corporation in the past five years for the development of ward No. 26 have been put into cold storage. Adding to the residents’ woes is the lack of basic civic amenities, including proper sanitation, garbage collection and removal of encroachment.

Community Centre

Following a rapid increase in the population of Indira Colony in the past five years, residents have been clamouring for the renovation and enhancement of facilities at the community centre. As the community centre lacks adequate infrastructure, residents have been forced to hire open spaces in the ward for organising small functions. The residents complain that while facilities are being made available in community centres in the urban areas, colony residents are being served with mere assurances.


Public utility services are introduced for urban residents alone. Perhaps that is why the authorities have not thought of providing the ward residents with the e-Sampark facility so far. In spite of the introduction of online public utility services in the city, the area residents have to stand in long queues for routine works like making payments of electricity and water bills.

Motor Market

In 2007, the municipal corporation allocated Rs 7 crore for the renovation of the Motor Market at Mani Majra and make it one the best in Asia. Far from realising the glorified status, the only thing that the market has earned in the past five years is the reputation of having maximum encroachment in the city. Regular anti-encroachment drives carried out by the authorities in the past one year have remained ineffective, as the offenders spring back within hours of such drives. In fact, some encroachers have been running their offices on the MC land and the authorities have failed to initiate action against them in spite of numerous complaints.


It’s a surprise that the civic body has been boasting of providing sanitation services to colonies and slums of the city. One visit to this ward is enough to dispel this, as lack of sanitation becomes evident from the heaps of garbage lying in every nook and cranny of the ward. Residents often complain of the perpetual absence of sanitation staff deployed in the ward to maintain cleanliness and sanitation. They have been left with no option but to make arrangements on their own for the collection of garbage.

Internal parks

After numerous reminders by the ward residents, the civic body developed some parks in Indira Colony. However, after creating these, it forgot to look after the green spaces. Learning a lesson from the bad experience they had on account of lack of maintenance of parks, the residents prevented the authorities from developing more parks in their neighborhood. They question the rationale behind developing parks in the ward when the authorities have no staff to manage these.

Recarpeting of roads

Indira Colony residents have made repeated requests for the recarpeting of internal roads in the past five years, but no action has been taken. As a result, the residents have been finding it difficult to commute in the ward.

No: 26 (Motor Market, Mani Majra; Darshani Bagh; Pipli Wala; Indira Colony)

Voter Population

Motor Market 4,500

Darshani Bagh 4,000

Pipli Wala 3,000

Indira Colony 8,000


Sunita Choudhary


Ward development fund?

Of the Rs 130 lakh allotted in the past five years, only Rs 71.62 lakh has been spent till March, 2011

Tech know-how?

Has never responded to public grievances posted either on the Facebook or the official e-mail ID

Questions asked in House in 2010

Never tabled any question in the question hour of the general house


  • Internal parks in Mani Majra pocket
  • Sewerage in colony
  • Internal roads in colony



Husband-wife teams in fray
Tribune News Service

Jagit Singh Kang and his wife Indeerjeet Kaur
Jagit Singh Kang and his wife Indeerjeet Kaur

Chandigarh, November 28
For the first time, the better halves of two of the sitting Municipal Corporation (MC) councillors are going to contest the coming elections along with their husbands from different wards. SAD-BJP candidate Jagit Singh Kang is going to contest from ward number 5, while his wife Indeerjeet Kaur Kang has filed the nomination from ward number 9.

Similarly, Joginder, wife of sitting nominated councillor Pallav Mukherjee, is going to contest from ward number 1 as a Chandigarh Jan Manch candidate. Pallav Mukherjee is contesting from ward number 2.

For the past 32 years, Indeerjeet Kaur Kang, wife of JS Kang, was a supporter of her husband, but for the first time, she is contesting as a SAD candidate from ward number 9 in the MC elections as a SAD candidate. Pallav Mukherjee and his wife are contesting the MC elections for the first time.



MC library or a store house?
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, November 28
Is the library being run by the civic body in the Phase X Silvi Park a municipal library or a store house? This is the question that has been raised by a former municipal councilor who visits the place now and then.

The municipal library hardly exists for all practical purposes. It does not have even a single member. Visitors frequented the library only to read newspapers and some magazines. Readers complained that there were very few books in the library and these, too, were not of reputed authors. Most of the books purchased by the civic body for the library were of a publishing house based in Mansa. About eight months ago, the civic body had purchased computers, cupboards, and chairs worth Rs 5 lakh for the municipal library. But where are the quality books that are needed to make the place useful? ask residents. More than four years ago the elected body of the Municipal Council had decided to run the library at its own level instead of handing it over to a private business house. A peon and a clerk were posted there to run the show. However, it failed to attract people as books which could be of use to book lovers or students were not made available. Out of a total of about 1,000 books, nearly 150 were donated by book lovers. Most of the books were old editions. It is learnt that on an average about 15 persons visited the library daily but only to read newspapers and magazines. Most of them were senior citizens.

Amteshwar Kaur, former municipal councillor, said the number of books was very less and 80 per cent of these were useless as these were old editions. The area did not give the look of a library but that of a store house where old books are stocked. There were no catalogues and the library was managed by clerks who had no knowledge of books. There were no books which could help students in preparing for competitive examinations or books on history, general knowledge and computers.

She demanded that books of celebrated writers should be stocked apart from some costly books which were out of the reach of the common man.

No member

The library being run by the civic body in the Phase X Silvi Park hardly exists for all practical purposes. It does not have even a single member. Visitors frequent the library only to read newspapers and some magazines. Readers complain that there are very few books in the library and these, too, are not of reputed authors. Most of the books purchased by the civic body for the library are of a publishing house based in Mansa.



Eco City Draw
Tears for many, cheer for some
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 28
The draw of lots for the plots in Mullanpur Eco City brought tears to many and cheer to some, as 836 persons were declared successful in 100 sq yd, 200 sq yd, 300 sq yd, 400 sq yd and 500 sq yd plot categories. The successful applicants were given plot numbers on the spot.

The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority had received 1,58,277 applications for the plots. The draw for all plots could not be held as some of the oustees could not turn up for the draw.

A senior official in GMADA said with over 50,000 hits within a matter of 15 minutes, the GMADA website became literally inaccessible to the Net users.

To cope with the rush of applicants, GMADA had made elaborate arrangements. The draw was held in three different arenas, at short distances from each other.

The proceedings of the draw were videographed and the result of the successful applicants was displayed on LCDs put up at different places at the venue. The draw ended around 6 pm.

“I am feeling extremely lucky to have got a 100 sq yd plot. I will keep the plot,” said an elated Joginder Singh, one of the successful applicants.

To ensure transparency, GMADA had printed slips in the form of bundles like currency wads. Applicants were invited to the stage to check these, before the slips were dropped in the box.

In a first, plot numbers were given to successful applicants soon after the draw.

Mullanpur Eco City has been divided into five blocks — A, B, C, D and E — further divided into different streets.

Compared to an overwhelming response to 100 sq yd and 200 sq yd plots, the total number of applications received for 300 sq yd, 400 sq yd and 500 sq yd plots was 14,379, 11,043 and 12,493, respectively.

While the total number of applications against different sizes of plots in the general category was 1,30,673, the number of applications received against all reserved categories was 27,554.

The draw of lots for the land-pooling category would be held next month.



Samjhauta Blast
Aseemanand seeks probe
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 28
Aseemanand, key conspirator in the Samjhauta blast case that left 68 persons dead at Panipat in February 2007, has sought an inquiry by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) against the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for criminal extortion of confessional statement while in judicial custody.

In a memorandum to the President of India, with copies to the Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, Home Minister and the NHRC among others, released by president of the Panchkula Bar Association Nardev Sharma and Ram Kumar Singla here today, Naba Kumar Sarkar, alias Aseemanand, said though he had full faith in the judiciary, the way bail had been granted to seven accused belonging to a particular community in the 2006 Malegaon blast case made it imperative for him to seek their intervention with the hope of getting justice.

Aseemanand said though the United Nation Security Council had passed a resolution stating the involvement of Lashkar-e-Toiba’s Arif Kosmani, a Pakistan-based businessman, and four others in the act of terror in India, “it was astonishing to learn how, after carrying out detailed investigations, and having informed the United States’ interior department about the involvement of Lashkar-e-Toiba and HUJI terrorists behind the Samjhauta blast, the Home Ministry had taken a summersault and started to rely upon my criminally extorted confessional statement, which has already been retracted by me. All this is politics and my retracted confession is being used as a tool to release Muslim terrorist and falsely implicate the Hindus”.

“How can the NIA (National Investigation Agency) support the bail pleas of the Muslim accused in the Malegaon case in the face of the confession by these accused and the inputs shared by the government of India with the US and the UNO?” said Aseemanand, who had been arrested in the Mecca Masjid blast case in 2007.

“It is unfortunate that in a democratic country like India, ATS officials have so much power that they can pick up any person and treat him in utter disregard of law and human rights. How can the accused in the Malegaon case be shown indulgence of bail on the basis of my retracted confession when they had themselves given their confessional statements in the case”, says Aseemanand in the memorandum.

‘ATS official all poweRful’

It is unfortunate that in a democratic country like India, ATS officials have so much power that they can pick up any person and treat him in utter disregard of law and human rights.

— Aseemanand in a memo



Excise and taxation seek pay scale revision
No change in First Pay Commission’s fitment table
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 28
The Excise and Taxation Inspectors Association of Punjab has expressed concern over the non-revision of pay scale of inspector by the state government. During a meeting chaired by the president of the association, Harjot Singh, the members condemned the attitude of the government towards their pay scale.

The pay scale had been fixed according to the fitment table since the First Pay Commission and there had not been any increase thereafter.

On the other hand, pay scales of naib tehsildar, primary education officer and cooperative inspector had increased whereas there had been no revision in the pay scale of excise inspector.

The pay scale of ETT teacher had been increased from Rs 3,200 to Rs 4,200. According to the Fifth Pay Commission, category ‘B’ employees started from the pay scale of Rs 3,800, leaving excise and taxation inspectors in category ‘C’.

According to new PCS rules, only employees in categories ‘A’ and ‘B’ were eligible to be nominated to the PCS, leaving them out. The department was the breadwinner of the government, collecting 72 per cent of government revenue.

In the meeting, the association put forward the demand of a pay scale of Rs 10,300-Rs 34,800, with grade pay of Rs 5,000 and their inclusion in category ‘B’ employees.

Excise and taxation inspectors would go on a pen-down strike on November 29 and 30. In the second phase, those posted at sales tax barriers and distilleries will go on strike.



Pensioners protest against admn
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 28
Pensioners raise slogans against the administration for not releasing pension for the past four or five months at the municipal corporation (MC) office complex in Sector 4 here today.

Over 200 pensioners of Indira Colony, Rajiv Colony, Kharak Mangoli and Kundi were denied the pension as the officials concerned at the MC office cited discrepancies in smart cards of the pensioners.

One of the pensioners, Bhagwani Devi, said she has been making rounds of the MC office for the past five to six months to get her pension, but every time, officials refused to pay the pension to her stating discrepancies in her smart card.

She said she, along with other pensioners, had paid Rs 100 or more for hiring an auto-rickshaw to reach the MC office and despite complaining to officials of the social welfare department, no one had cared to redress their grievances.

Officials of FINO, which had been engaged by the Haryana State Cooperative Bank for disbursal of pension, said these pensioners have discrepancies like spelling mistakes in names and wrong residential address in their smart cards.



Musical tribute to Surinder Kaur
SD Sharma

Panchkula, November 28
Rich musical tributes were paid to legendary Punjabi folk and playback singer Surinder Kaur on her 82nd birth anniversary at the Rotary complex hall yesterday. The highlight was the presentation of her memorable melodies by her daughter Dolly Guleria, granddaughter Sunaini Sharma and great-granddaughter Riya.

Dolly gave a grandiose start to the programme with the Sufi kalaam “Haazi lok makke wal jaande” before she partnered Ustad Rajab Ali for the duet “Sajna vet ere binaa”.

Rajesh Khan rendered the ‘thumri’ “Aan milo ikk baar” before a mesmerising recital of Mehdi Hasan’s classic “Ranjish hi sahi”.

Dolly’s disciples and artistes from the Nightingale Music Academy doled out various songs. Chitra Bakshi sang “Sajna jet un mera”.

Dolly teamed up with Muktesh Dewan for “Mein tenu yaad awanga” and with Kuljit Bakshi for “Balo mahiya”.

Dolly brought alive the anguish and pain in the lyrics of Shiv Kumar Batalvi, especially in “Loki poojan rabb mein tera birhda” as she sang with Sunaini and Riya.

The enraptured audience asked for more. The trio doled out “Maanvan te dhiyan”, “Laththe di chadar”, “Charkha” and other songs.

Providing musical accompaniment were Debashish Dhar (tabla) Sonu (keyboard), Dharampal (dholak), Surinder (guitar) and Sattaji (drums).



Chandigarh Carnival
Contestants vie for top prizes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The Chandigarh Carnival proved to be a huge draw as thousands of visitors turned up on the final day of the festival at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, here yesterday. The carnival, which offered fun activities like swings, camel ride, besides dance, music and delicacies, witnessed on-the-spot competitions for visitors.

In the float-making competition (science), five teams headed by Kashmir Singh, Hamit Soni, Kuldeep Singh, Imanpreet Singh and Ajmer Singh, respectively, were chosen for prizes.

Prem Singh, former principal, Government College of Art (GCA), Sector 10; Malkit Singh, eminent artist; and Prof DS Kapoor, principal, GCA, adjudicated the competition, which saw participation of around 100 students of the GCA.

In another competition, “Chandigarh Carnival 2011”, the first prize of Rs 10,000 went to Niharika Singh, while the second (Rs 5,000) and third prizes (Rs 3000) were bagged by Ankit Awasthi and Aushi Swami, respectively.

Two consolation prizes of Rs 1,000 each were bagged by Deepak Arora and Randeep Singh.

An entertainment programme and a singing talent search competition were also organised by the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi.

The winners: 1-16 years: 1 Ayush, 2 Sachin Parkhi, 3 Gaurav Arora; 17-50 years: 1 Akhil, 2 Krishan Kumar, 3 Arshdeep.



Melodious musical moves mesmerise
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, November 28
An immaculate spell of vocal and instrumental music by Delhi-based music maestros marked the classical music concert organised by Prasar Bharti, All-India Radio, at the Law Bhavan auditorium here today.

Acclaimed Banaras gharana vocalist Pt Bhola Mishra commenced the recital with the exposition of raga ‘Bageshwari’ through a slow-paced (vilambat) composition “Kaun gat bhayi” before a ‘madhya laya bandish’ “Kaun bast tori bintni piyrava” in ‘teen taal’.

He embellished the recital with ‘sargam’, ‘aakaar’ and complex ‘taans’ rendered with fluency and precision.

Accompanied by Bharat Bhushan on the sarangi and Anup Ghosh on the tabla, Mishra captivated the audience with “Tappa suhanvan mukhra” in raga ‘Sohni’ and a boisterous ‘thumri’ in raga ‘Kafi’.

Earlier, prodigious sitar maestro Rajeev Kumar Janaradhan displayed his versatility and technical virtuosity in a sleek delineation of raga ‘Kalawati’, virtually making the sitar strings whisper and sing, much to the delight of music lovers.

Teaming up with acclaimed tabla virtuoso Vinod Pathak, he showcased his dexterous

mastery over the instrument, both in ‘gayaki’ and ‘tanatarkari’ formats.

He excelled in all patterns of recital and ‘jugalbandi’. Janaradhan elicited adulation for every move on his sitar.



Police steps up night patrol

Chandigarh, November 28
Waking up to a spate in thefts in the city in the past two days, the UT police has finally deputed 11 motorcycles for late-night patrol. At least eight thefts were reported in the city this weekend, with the police failing to curb the rising number of thefts.

DSP (PCR) Roshan Lal said they had streamlined PCR patrolling and increased their strength from six motorcycles to 11.

“These motorcycles, better known as ‘Cheeta Squad’, will patrol during the night hours, especially to curb theft/snatching,” he said. To ensure the availability of PCR mobiles in the city as well as make effective supervision of these units, all PCR inspectors have been directed to remain present in the city area in three shifts (of two inspectors each) round the clock.

These inspectors will ensure timely closure of discos to avoid brawls, besides checking noise pollution and supervising the “Cheeta Squad”. — TNS



Ills of nepotism, corruption bared
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, November 28
The Ajnabi Rangkarmi, in collaboration with Haryana’s Department of Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs, presented the Hindi play “Taj Mahal Ka Tender” at the Tagore Theatre here yesterday.

The play, written by Ajay Shukla, flourished under the direction of film and television actor Kuldeep Sharma, who also excelled in the lead role of a chief engineer.

The play eloquently brought into sharp focus all the problems due to nepotism and corruption ailing society and governance.

Sachin Sharma as ‘Shehanshah’ and Mukesh Sharma as ‘Netaji’ won applause. Parvesh Sethi, Vinod Sharma and Baljit Zakhmi essayed the other major roles.



Move forum for power plaints
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
City residents can now approach the Consumer Grievances Redressal Forum (CGRF), set up by the UT administration, for complaints pertaining to the electricity department.

The residents can submit their complaints, which have not been entertained by the electricity department officials, directly to the forum office at the UT Secretariat in Sector 9.



Chappar Chiri inauguration
Schools, colleges to remain closed
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 28
The Mohali district administration has declared November 30 as a holiday in wake of state level function to inaugurate the Chappar Chiri war memorial by Punjab Chief Minister at Chappar Chiri village on November 30.

All the educational institutions, both government and private will remain closed including all the technical institutes.





‘Share-a-thon’ on alcoholics

Families and friends of alcoholics in the tricity held a day-long ‘Share-a-thon’ at St John’s Convent School, Sector 26, on Sunday. Al-Anon members, comprising families and friends of alcoholics from the tricity, Ambala, Karnal, New Delhi, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Batala and Nangal, came together to share their experiences, strengths and hopes in dealing with the effects of living with problem drinkers.

Musical treat

Eurokids organised Kindermusik, a musical programme involving students and parents, as part of school curriculum at its four branches with fanfare and zest on Monday. Specialised equipment were employed for taking children and parents on a joyful musical journey.


Dr Surjeet Pathjeja, director-principal, Desh Bhagat College of Education, has been awarded the ‘Bharat Excellence Award’ and a gold medal by the Friendship Forum of India in New Delhi.


As many as 20 amateur poets from different city banks recited their verses at the annual mushaira organised under the aegis of Chandigarh Banks’ Town Official Language Implementation Committee at the Indira Holiday Home. Most of the poems touched the right chord, as it covered burning issues like corruption, poverty, terrorism and other socio-cultural themes. Poets who won applause included Dr Usha Sehgal, Dr Nishi and many more.


‘Jobs People Do’

The infant wing of St Soldier’s School celebrated ‘Jobs People Do’ week at the school to make children understand services provided by different people around them. Role plays and meetings with gardeners, bus drivers, postmen, doctors, firefighters and traffic policemen were conducted. A live demonstration was given by a chef in the activity hall. To teach them the dignity of labour and the value of each job, ‘Washing the school bus’ activity was conducted. At the end of the week, school helpers were given ‘Thank you’ cards by the children. Tribune reporters



Principals’ thumbs up to Integrity Clubs
They will help in combating negative effects of television, mobiles, Internet
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
Inspired from the model developed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and adopted by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked all affiliated schools to introduce “Integrity Clubs” to sensitise students on the importance of upholding high values and life skills.

The circular comes after an annual review meeting of the Vigilance Advisory Council set up by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) this July saying such clubs will help in combating the negative effects of television, mobiles, Internet and rapid urbanisation in addition to eradicate unethical practices among students like ragging and cheating.

The circular states that the clubs would be designed as community groups for cultivating “human values among students by means of organising games, activities and workshops in schools.” Members will be students in the age group of 11-16 years and would be called “young champions of ethics”.

The CVC had also asked CBSE to explore the possibility of introducing lessons on integrity and honesty in schools, though moral education happens to be a compulsory subject in a majority of schools.

The idea has got thumbs up from city school principals who feel that such a club will lend more seriousness to value education by sensitising students.

“We have heritage club in our schools and just after a few cleanliness and sensitisation visits to tourist places, the students have become more aware of their responsibility, so we hope that this idea shall also click and help us to deal with the ever-increasing problem of thefts and violence in schools,” said a local principal.

Inculcating values

The schools already hold lessons in moral education, but unfortunately it ends up being confined to books and exams. These clubs will not preach but will inculcate values by various activities. Education is not just about academics but also preparing good human beings and these clubs will help schools to realise this role.

— RJ Khanderao, CBSE regional director, Panchkula



Nursery Admissions
Probe against St Kabir
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The UT education department has marked an inquiry against St Kabir School after receiving a written complaint against it. The parents have alleged that the school has mismanaged the admission process and left eligible candidates in response to nursery admissions.

The school had declared only 18 out of 70 seats open, reserving the rest for various categories, ranging from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to student’s siblings and alumnus child.

The complaint comes in the wake of outburst from the parents on Saturday whose children could not make it to 18 open seats in the draw of lots for nursery admissions.

Hundreds of such parents raised slogans against the school and accused the school authorities of not informing them about the admission criteria in advance.

The school authorities immediately summoned the police and the parents were dispersed.

The school authorities have maintained that they reserve the right to decide the admission criteria abiding by the RTE’s directive of not screening the students.



Students from J&K visit city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
A group of 25 students from Baramullah district of Jammu and Kashmir visited Western Command Army Headquarters at Chandimandir today as part of an army-sponsored educational and motivational tour.

The students, in the age group of 11-15 years, hail from sparsely populated remote border areas of Tanmarg and Sopore sub-divisions.

Most of the children have come out of their native places for the first time. The students visited PCA Cricket Stadium at Mohali, Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, Wildlife Santuary, Fun City, Rose Garden, International Dolls Museum, Shopping Malls and the Yadvendra Gardens at Pinjore.



Aaghaaz wins laurels in skit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 28
The DAV Dramatics Club “Aaghaaz” representing Panjab University won the first position in skit category at the 27th North Zone Inter-University Competition held at Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar, from November 22 to 26.

Over 29 universities participated in various fields. They are now looking forward to their participation at the Inter-Varsity National Youth Festival being held at Nagpur from January 22 to 25, 2012.



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