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12th Five Year Plan
UT seeks Rs 5,530.79 crore 
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The UT Administration has sought Rs 5,530.79 crore from the Centre under the 12th Five Year Plan, about 159 per cent more than it had asked during the previous plan.

The proposed annual budget (plan and non-plan) of the Administration is Rs 2,929.48 crore for the financial year 2012-13, which is only 5 per cent more compared with this fiscal budget of Rs 2,805.2 crore. For 2012-13, the UT has proposed Rs 750.70 crore under the plan budget. This fiscal (2011-12), the figure was Rs 661.89 crore.

The UT Finance Secretary, VK Singh, said: “We have got over Rs 200 crore this fiscal, which is more than the previous budget. This is the main reason behind the marginal increase proposed by us for the next fiscal.

“We have envisaged long-term planning for the city, under which the main focus of the Administration would be on urban planning, education, health and transport,” he said.

Highlights of the 12th plan & budget (plan) for 2012-13

Core areas: Integrated urban development, education, health and transport

Urban development, education, particularly women education, health and advanced public transport system, are the main areas on which the Administration has proposed to spend the lion’s share of the budget.

For urban development, the Administration has demanded a whopping budget of Rs 2,062 crore under the 12th plan while in the next fiscal, the proposed budget for the purpose is Rs 238.85 crore.

The Finance Secretary said: “Integrated urban development of the city is on the top of the agenda. It will be done in two ways. Firstly, we have increased the proposed budget manifold for the Municipal Corporation. Secondly, we will upgrade the road infrastructure and highways and other related projects.”

With its proposed budget of Rs 1,187 crore for the next five years, the Administration has sought an increase of 400 per cent in the MC budget against Rs 237.81 crore during the last plan. In 2011-12, the MC budget was Rs 20.95 crore while the proposed budget now is Rs 156 crore.

The envisaged projects under the plan included construction of a new secretariat building (Rs 50 cr); construction of an auditorium of Beant Singh Memorial Trust (Rs 8 cr); construction of eight underpasses (Rs 75 cr); completion of project of slum rehabilitation under JNNURM (Rs 375 cr); construction and improvement of stadia (Rs 108 cr); augmentation of water supply system; development of city roads and highways; solid waste management; and providing basic amenities and services in rehabilitation colonies.

To develop the education scenario, especially women’s education, the Administration has demanded Rs 909.46 crore under the 12th plan while in the next fiscal the Administration has planned to spend Rs 139.71 crore.

“We have planned to construct additional women’s hostels at the GCG-11, GCG-42 and GC-11. The construction of 18 schools in southern sectors and the periphery and upgradation of seven schools, besides developing the existing infrastructural facilities at various schools, will be undertaken in the next five years with an estimated budget of Rs 120 crore,” said VK Singh.

Health: With the proposed budget of Rs 678.33 crore, health will be another prime area. As there is no proposal for the construction of any new hospital in the near future, the amount will be spent on the upgradation of the existing infrastructure of hospitals and clinics. Transport: To bring metro and advanced trams in the city, the Administration has proposed to set aside Rs 250 crore under the 12th plan while Rs 10 crore has been demanded under the annual plan for the next fiscal. The other major proposed expenditure will be the replacement of 208 CTU buses at a cost of Rs 120 crore.

The total budget being sought under the plan is Rs 466.81 crore while the annual budget for 2012-13 is Rs 64.70 crore.

Heritage : The Administration has asked for Rs 20 crore to conserve the heritage of the city. “We will complete unfinished projects of the Capitol Complex in Rs 5 crore while the rest of the amount will be spent on the implementation of the “green code” to achieve sustainable development and ensure compliance with the Centre’s guidelines enunciated in the mission for climate change.

A heritage conservation committee will also be set up,” VK Singh said.



Panchkula gets tough with drunk drivers
Fine doubled; offenders to sit in court till it rises
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 1
Now tipplers caught driving on Panchkula roads will now have to sit in court till it rises and also cough up Rs 2,000 as fine, double the amount charged earlier.

Following in the footsteps of Chandigarh, the Panchkula court has also started punishing drunk drivers by making them sit in court. Going a step ahead, the court has also sent violators to “bakshikhana” (lockup on court premises) and released only after court working hours. So far, the Panchkula court has punished 15 drunk drivers under the practice, which started last week.

The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Gurvinder Kaur has been designated as special court to deal with challans pertaining to drunk driving.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Panchkula, Maneesh Chaudhary, had earlier held a meeting with the judges of the Panchkula district court to keep the offenders under arrest till the rising of the court. A communication was issued by the DCP’s office to the district court, requesting it to follow the practice which is already being followed in Delhi and Chandigarh.

Till February 29, the Panchkula police had issued 193 challans against such drivers. The figure in 2011 was 668. The DCP said the Chandigarh and Delhi police were following this practice as a deterrent to drunk driving. He added that to tighten the noose around such violators, the Panchkula police had also regularly started holding police checks and challaning people indulging in such traffic violations.

Permissible blood alcohol limit

According to Section 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act, anyone found driving or attempting to drive a vehicle above the permissible limit of alcohol in the blood (30mg/100 ml) faces imprisonment up to six months or a fine of Rs 2,000 or both. Repeat offenders can be fined Rs 3,000 or jailed up to two years. A traffic police official said 30 mg was equal to about two regular pegs of whiskey.



jeev’s car case
Chargesheet filed, woman’s name dropped
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The UT police has filed a chargesheet in court in an accident case involving golfer Jeev Milkha Singh’s Range Rover in October last year. The detailed chargesheet names Milkha’s driver Ramkumar as the accused while the name of the woman who was an accused as per the FIR has been dropped from the chargesheet, raising a question mark on police investigation.

The accident took place on October 31 when the car being driven by Sunita Malik met with an accident with Jeev Milkha Singh’s car, which was being driven by Ramkumar. Sunita and her son were injured in the accident.

An inquiry was marked into the accident and after the probe report, the police had booked both the parties, including Ramkumar and Sunita, in a case of rash and negligent driving. Police investigation had revealed that Ramkumar jumped the traffic signal while the Alto being driven by Sunita crossed the zebra line when the light was amber, leading to the accident. However, as per the chargesheet filed in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Sunita’s name has been dropped.

An FIR was registered only after close scrutiny of the CCTV footage. DSP Kamaldeep said as per the investigation, Sunita was not at fault, so her name had been dropped from the chargesheet. “The FIR was registered after an inquiry when Ramkumar and Sunita were made the accused. But she was not at fault as per our follow-up investigation,” he said.


abuse of power
PCA for action against SI, Ex-SHO
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
In an order issued today, the Police Complaint Authority (PCA) has recommended action against a Sub-Inspector posted at the Sector-3 police station for gross abuse of power and for unnecessarily harassing a retired Army officer. The PCA has ordered transfer of the SI to the police lines and initiation of a departmental inquiry against him.

While the PCA also found former SHO of Sector 3 police station Mahavir Singh guilty, no action was recommended against him as he has retired.

Colonel (retired) Amardeep Singh stated in the complaint that he had an ongoing property dispute with his brother CD Sigh over the possession of their house in Sector 9.His brother resides on the first floor, while the complainant occupies the ground floor of the house.

An incident of assault occurred at their house in October 2010 when the colonel objected to his brother’s domestic help plucking fruits from the trees of his garden. In the brawl that ensued, his nephew came with a pistol and gave blows on his face. The complainant received injuries and the police was called. His wife too was manhandled.

It was alleged that Sub -Inspector Sewak Singh from the Sector-3 police station, who allegedly had a biased approach, arrived and arrested the Colonel and detained him in the police lockup for the entire night while the other party was never arrested.

The PCA stated in the order that the two police officers, the then SHO Mahavir Singh and SI Sewak Singh were found to have acted in the most arbitrary manner by arresting one party while letting the other party go scotfree.

“It was an unreasonable action and gross abuse of power by them. The complainant, being a former senior officer of the Army was treated in a cruel and humiliating manner by detaining him in the police lockup for 17 hours,” stated the order.

‘Biased approach’

y The PCA stated in the order that the two police officers, the then SHO Mahavir Singh and SI Sewak Singh were found to have acted in the most arbitrary manner by arresting one party while letting the other party go scotfree.



registeration of false case
Orders probe against SI 
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
In another order passed on the complaint of Colonel (retired) Amardeep Singh, the PCA has recommended a departmental inquiry against Chandigarh Police Sub-Inspector (SI) Rajiv Kumar, who was posted with the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the police for registering a false case of cheating.

It was found that SI Rajiv Kumar had acted in an arbitrary and mala fide manner in conducting the investigation. The matter dates back to February 2010 when a cheating case was registered against Sector 9 resident Col Amardeep on the complaint of his sister Anupam Deep Kaur. She told the police that their father had a joint account with her and further alleged that Singh used their father’s ATM card in a deceitful manner to withdraw money. The withdrawals were reported to have taken place between August and December 2009. Their father had died on December 19, 2009.

The PCA order stated that no case of cheating was made out and even after BS Chadha, DSP (EOW), who agreed to the same view, SI Rajiv still persisted that it was a case of cheating. The authority found that there was no need to seek the bank’s permission as Amardeep’s father had given him the card to withdraw the money. No withdrawals were made after his death.



Police skips procedure, allows film shooting in sensitive area
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Setting aside all norms and procedures, the UT police went out of its way to allow the crew of a Punjabi film, “Aaj Ke Ranjhe”, comprising 60 persons to shoot for an entire day at its training grounds, which is a sensitive area.

The ground is not only meant for the training of new police recruits, but also houses hostels of trainees, including women. It is also in the close vicinity of an ammunition depot.

The film crew moved freely in the area and the actors “occupied” the room of DSP (Training) Suman Kumar while he sat and waited outside.

An approval is mandatory from the CID and the SGPO or the DSP concerned also had no information. Even the top brass like IG PK Shrivasatava and DIG Alok Kumar were clueless about any such permission being granted to the film unit and that too free of cost.

SSP Naunihal Singh said: “Permission had been granted following a request put forth by the unit for the projection of the police in a positive light in public interest.”

The scene which was shot in the DSP’s room “projected” a local drug mafia lord threatening an SSP with a gun. Rumours are rife in the police headquarters that the permission was granted with the sole aim of appeasing the unit as the leading lady of the film, Gurleen Chopra, happens to be a special invitee at the forthcoming IG Golf Championship.

“The training ground is one of the most sensitive areas and our publicity-loving officials went ahead to allow the shooting of a film there and that too free of cost and without following any procedure. Tomorrow will we allow a similar shooting in the police headquarters just to appease a special guest?” said a senior police official.

In poor light

The training ground is one of the most sensitive areas and our publicity-loving officials went ahead to allow the shooting of a film there and that too free of cost and without following any procedure. Tomorrow will we allow a similar shooting in the police headquarters just to appease a special guest? It has shown us in a poor light. The incident should be viewed sternly. — a senior police official 



Birth, death certificates to cost less
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The Municipal Corporation has decided to reduce the fee for issuing birth and death certificates to residents of the city.

Sources in the corporation said as per the decision, the authorities would charge a fee of Rs 7 for an original certificate and a fee of Rs 5 would be charged for an additional certificate.

Earlier, the corporation had outsourced this service to private contractors, who used to charge Rs 21 for the original certificate and Rs 18 for an additional certificate from the applicant.

A senior official said that the charges had been reduced by the department, as it had taken over the work of issuing the certificate and the rates charged by the department were very nominal.

The sources said that the department had take over the system of issuing certificates but if the problem of staff crunch persisted the department would have to revert to the old system of outsourcing. Records of the department reveal that for the past 20 years there has been no recruitment of clerical staffs who basically deal with the public on a day-to-day basis.

The sources said that at present, the department would issue computerised birth and death certificates but in the next fiscal year, they were planning to launch online registration of the same too. An official said that in the present system the residents had to download the application certificate from the MC official website, but had to submit the form to the medical officer of the health department.

In the recent budget, a special fund of Rs 52.15 crore has been allocated for the online registration of birth and death certificates and setting up of a bird-slaughter house.



UK Mayor meets Raj Bala Malik
Discusses study tour 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Lord Mayor Keiran Mulhall, Coventry, UK, along with Lady Mayoress Jane Barlow and Harjinder Singh Sehmi, councillor of Cheylesmore Ward, held a meeting with Municipal Corporation Mayor Raj Bala Malik regarding the study tour today.

The Mayor welcomed the delegation in the committee room this afternoon and MC Commissioner VP Singh gave a brief introduction regarding various projects and functions of the corporation, water supply, gardens, green belts, urban planning and architecture.

Lord Mulhall said that the study tour also aimed to provide a forum for cultural, economic and educational interchange between communities and to encourage friendship, co-operation and understanding to improve peaceful coexistence worldwide.

Others officials who were present on the occasion were Darshan Kumar Garg, Senior Deputy Mayor, Sunil Bhatia, Additional Commissioner-I, Lalit Siwach, Additional Commissioner-II, Mukesh Anand, SE (B and R), R C Diwan, SE Public Health, Dr BK Salwan, MOH and other officers of Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh.



Two MC panels formed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Municipal Corporation Mayor Raj Bala Malik today constituted two committees, including the malba bye-laws committee and water-saving committee.

The malba bye-laws committee will be headed by Congress councillor Pardeep Chhabra and other members will be Major D S Sandhu, Mukesh Bassi, Davesh Modgil and Harjinder Kaur. The committee will draft a policy on malba bye-laws and submit it to the Mayor in one-month time.

In the water-saving committee, the members will be Pardeep Chabbra, Surinder bagha, Asha Jaswal, Subhash Chawla and Jannat ul haq- Jahan. The committee will submit its report in the next three months. 



Work allotted for 80 MGD pipeline
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 1
While the issue of sharing water from Phase V and VI Kajauli water works between Chandigarh and Mohali is being heard in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has allocated the work for laying of the pipeline that would bring 80 MGD of water. The project was already running behind schedule due to change in the decision to increase the capacity of the pipeline from 40 MGD to 80 MGD.

The work has been allotted after fresh tenders were called by GMADA. Earlier, the authority had cancelled the Rs 108 crore work to lay 40 MGD capacity line fresh tenders were called to lay a larger pipeline that would bring 80 MGD of the water for Mohali, Kharar and Zirakpur. The board members of GMADA had stamped the crucial decision before the fresh tenders were called.

Earlier, the schedule to make the pipeline operational was August 2013, but now with 10 months wasted, the timeline to complete the project had also been delayed.

Mohali is currently getting 10 MGD from Kajauli and another three 1 from tubewells. The requirement of the water in the town is likely to touch 50 MGD with the growth of adjoining areas like Zirakpur, Banur, Mullanpur, Dera Bassi and Kharar within the GMADA area.



Streetlights glow during day
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 1
It seems that the cash-starved Mohali Municipal Council is not bothered about the conservation of its resources, if the operational streetlights during the daytime in Sector 68 are any indication.

For the past four days, the streetlights at a locality of houses, behind the MC building remain lighted throughout the day. The residents said they have complained to the MC in this regard. After being switched off for a day, the lights were again turned on. Kulwant Singh, a resident of Sector 68, said a private contractor was maintaining the streetlights on behalf of the Municipal Council. As per the standard practise, the private contractor has to check each and every streetlights point in the city and he is paid accordingly. Certain amount of fine is levied if any of the streetlight was not found functional.



PEC, ICICI launch programme to help entrepreneurs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) of PEC University of Technology, in collaboration with the ICICI bank, launched a program today for budding engineers to help them realise their dreams as innovators and entrepreneurs. The function was held at the PEC auditorium.

The bank signed an MoU with PEC University of Technology with a view to bring forth new ideas and innovations which can be applied in the banking and finance industry and help in their commercialisation.

PEC is participating in the program for the benefit of the institute and its students. The programme comprises of 3 stages - Ideate, Prototype, Be an entrepreneur. This program seeks to identify ideas, evaluate and help turn them into successful business ventures.

The program offers to absorb the full cost of developing prototypes and funding the commercially viable solutions to teams interested in becoming entrepreneurs.

The program provides an opportunity to meet, interact and learn from industry veterans, thereby making it a rewarding and enriching experience for the students.

Manoj Datta, director PEC, addressing the gathering of 350 students,encouraged them to work for the realisation of their technical dreams through innovation.



Preserve forests, wetlands for biodiversity, says expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Eminent scientist Dr KK Bhutani, Director, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research inaugurated a two-day national conference on “Plants and Microbial Biodiversity, Present Scenario, Threats and Conservation Strategies” at the Botany Department, PU campus, here today.

Dr Bhutani highlighted the role of microbes and plants in day-to-day life and stressed upon their conservation. The Dean University Instructions, Prof BS Brar, presided over the inaugural session and suggested the use of natural resources in a sustainable manner for a better future.

Prof C Manoharachary, Emeritus Professor, Osmania University, Hyderabad, dealt with“Biodiversity of microbes, fungi and plants”. He highlighted the contribution of wild biodiversity to the existence of human society and its role in cleaning up of environment through bio-remediation. He cautioned the audience about the shrinking forest cover and wetlands and advised the conservation of these for protecting the biodiversity.

Prof SK Bhatnagar, professor and head of department, Cell Biology, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Meerut, spoke about Charophycean biodiversity. He elaborated the importance of kinetochore differentiation through Geimsa C-banding as a tool for Charophycean biodiversity. 
Prof NS Atri, head of department, botany, Punjabi University, Patiala, highlighted the importance of medicinal mushrooms in the modern society. The delegates also displayed their posters on diverse topics of microbial and plant biodiversity for evaluation by experts in the afternoon session. 



Protest outside mini secretariat
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 1
Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) held a protest outside Mini Secretariat Complex in Sector 1 over various demands raised by both the parties. BJP state president Krishan Pal Gujjar submitted a memorandum to Panchkula city magistrate, Ashwini Malik.

Gujjar said, earlier, the administration had made more than 13,000 BPL cards but now they have cut the names of around 8,000 cardholders. He also said that there was no fear among the criminals in Panchkula and every day incidents of robbery, snatching and thefts were being reported. The police was only focusing on issuing traffic challans, he added.

HJC president, Shashi Sharma, said that by constructing the toll plaza near Surajpur, the government was putting financial pressure on the residents of Panchkula, Kalka and Pinjore.



‘Jinney Jhalley Merre Palley’ wows audience
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, March1
The four-day TFT Basant Theatre Festival organised by the Theatre for Theatre Institute in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, concluded with the staging of a Punjabi comedy play “ Jinney Jhalley Merre Palley” at the Randhawa auditorium here today.

The play presented by the Sparsh Art Society, Abohar, was about the day to day problems in life observed and discussed by Saparsh actors that was presented in the form of a hilarious comedy directed by Gaurav Vijh.

The play opens with mentally sick persons in a mental asylum participating in a trial court setup by them, wherein, the prosecution is trying to establish the identity of an accused while the defense counsel tries to prove him innocent. In the process, all social evils prevalent in the society are bared.

Later, the health minister scheduled to visit the centre prefers to take a round without his security and hospital staff and to his surprise, all patients mistake him to be a new mentally challenged person. The situations cleverly designed by Gaurav Vijh generate genial laughter much to the annoyance and discomfort of the honourable minister. However, the climax is reached as the minister finds them all educated who have been compelled by circumstances and prefer to join the mental asylum. The play brings into focus all social evils, depravation of moral values, greed for money prevalent in the society. The minister vows to fight for them.



115 challans issued 

Chandigarh, March 1
115 challans were issued to encroachers today during a special encroachment drive carried out by the enforcement wing of the Municipal Corporation in the Industrial Area Phase-II.

During the drive, 3 jeeps, 4 tempos, 7 tractor-trolleys and 10 wire rolls, steel pipes and counters were impound by the team. The drive was carried out peacefully by the 10 Sub- Inspectors and supporting staff of the enforcement wing of the MC. — TNS



Tri city Scan

Placement drive organised:
The placement cell of PTU organised a placement drive for the students of Distance Education program (DEP) today at GCS Group, the regional center of PTU for Distance Education Program at Sector 9, Chandigarh. This was the first time that the global I-T giant IBM participated in the PTU placement drive. GCS is the regional centre of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, for I-T and Management. IBM visited the campus to select students for BPO vacancies. The selected candidates may also be absorbed in the same company depending on their skills.

Stray cattle caught: 83 stray cattle were caught by the Municipal Corporation during a stray cattle catching drive held from February 20 to 29. The drive was conducted in Sector 47, 48, 43, 51, Mauli Jagran, Vikas Nagar, Faidan, Ram Darbar, Colony No 5, Kajheri, Maloya, Dadu Majra Colony, Rajindra Park, Sector 26, IT Park and Manimajra. Two cattle catching vehicles have been deployed to impound the stray cattle. Official spokesman informed that resident can inform Ranbir Singh, in-charge of stray cattle nuisance, on mobile number 9872511284 if they find stray cattle on the city streets or public places.

Blood donation camp: 178 donors donated blood a camp organised by the Municipal Corporation Engineers Association. The camp was heed at the water supply maintenance booth, Sector-15. The event was inaugurated by Mayor Raj Bala Malik. The medical specialists came from PGIMER, Sector 12, Chandigarh. The association general secretary, K D Sharma, congratulated the co-coordinator of the programme.

Energy efficient device: Gurgaurav Singh, a third year student of electrical and electronics department, Panjab University, has been awarded with the ‘Chasco vision’ award for making a new electrical device that reduces power consumption for pumping underground water. The device also increases the overall output of farmers.

Student brings laurels:
Shristi Asthana of Class IX of The Millennium School, Mohali, has brought laurels to the school by qualifying in the National Standard Examination Junior Science (NSEJS). By clearing the same, she has crossed the first stage and has also been selected to appear for the International Junior Astronomy Olympiad, 2012. She is the only student to have qualified this examination from the states of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and J&K. Around 15,000 students from across the nation appeared for this examination and only around 300 students were selected for the second stage. Shristi has achieved the top merit certificate from the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Mumbai, said Komal Singh, principal, The Millennium School. Shristi has also qualified the Australian National Chemistry Quiz with a high distinction and was selected for the Zonal Camp of the Bal Shree Award in “Creative Writing in English”.

Global warming club: Students of the Civil Club of Gurukul Vidyapeeth Institute of Engineering, Banur, launched a global warming club at a press conference here today. Addressing the press conference, executive director Des Raj Thakral and managing director IK Kataria of Gurukul Vidyapeeth, said that global warming was considered to be one of the most difficult challenges of our times. The club would suggest practical ways to deal with the ever-increasing problem.

Property association gets land: The Mohali Property Consultant Association has been allotted a one kanal plot, Industrial Area, Sector 82, by Janta Land Promoters. Shalender Anand, a former president of the association, said though the state government had failed to allot land to the association, Kulwant Singh of Janta Land had offered them land for constructing office-cum-club of the association.

College organises industry trip: Punjab Group of Colleges organised an educational trip to Sebiz Infotech Ltd for the students of BCA (sixth semester) and Diploma (CSE) with the objective to provide students an exposure to the industrial environment . Student were exposed to the diverse information-technology areas and processes undertaken in the company.

Two-day cultural fest concludes: A two-day cultural fest for the junior wing concluded here at the premises of Shishu Niketan Public School, Sector - 66, Mohali. Students of class I dressed up as trees and plants and told the audience about the importance of trees and animal life. Similarly, class II students presented short plays like ‘Mr Sun Takes a Holiday’, ‘Earth Day’, and ‘What I want to be’. The motive of the cultural fest was to enhance kids’ speaking skills and, and to help them overcome stage fright.

Techfest Panache-2012: The students of Desh Bhagat Engineering College have attained the first position in the Zonal Championship Techfest ‘Panache-2012’ held at the SUS College of Engineering and Technology Tangori, Mohali. Principal of Desh Bhagat Engineering College, Dr JK Chawla while congratulating the students said that Aamandeep Singh, Gagandeep Singh and Varinder Singh, all Mechanical Engineering (sixth semester) students, participated in the ‘Robotics-Junkyard Championship’ under the supervision of Jasmit Singh, head of department, and got the first position. He further stated that the winning students will take part in the national-level robotics competition which will be held at IIT Delhi.

National conference: Over 300 delegates and students participated in the national conference on ‘Recent Trends in Human Resource Management’ hosted at the Campus of Indo-Global Colleges at Abhipur. Capt Priya Panjikar, director HR of JW Marriott, Chandigarh, was the guest of honor, Vishal Sood, director of IIM-A consultants, Dr Vaneeta Agarwal of UBS, Dr Poonam Agarwal, Divesh Uppal, and Dr Kesar Singh were the other dignitaries who enlightened the participants. Over 32 research papers on topics like ethical leadership, delegation of authority, HR managers as agents of change, innovation, job portals, e-HRM etc were published in a souvenir pertaining to the conference. — Tribune Reporters



Easy start to CBSE exams 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The CBSE exams for class XII began today with students appearing in the English exam. According to experts, the students had a good start as the question paper was relatively easy.

Principal of DAV school, Sector 15, Rakesh Sachdeva, also a CBSE councillor, said that the students are hopeful of scoring good marks in English as the question paper wasn’t too difficult.

Harpreet Singh, a class XII students who appeared in the exam, said that the students were able to finish the paper well in time.

Another CBSE councillor and principal of KBDAV, Sector 7, Madhu Bahl said that the beginning for the class XII students have gone well. “Students found the question paper moderate, it was neither too difficult nor very easy,” Bahl said.

The exams for lass X exams have also begun with the painting exam. However, their first mainstream paper will be mathematics on March 2.



485 government college students awarded at annual function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The 56th annual prize distribution function of Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector-11, was held today. The students were awarded prizes for excelling in the fields of academics, sports, and co-curricular activities.

Chief Guest KK Sharma, Advisor to the UT Administrator, gave away the prizes to the students. Congratulating the prize winners on the occasion, Sharma motivated them to continue their hard-work and maintain the standards of excellence of the college. Earlier, presenting the College Annual Report, Achila Dogra, principal of the college, highlighted the achievements of the students.

As many as 485 prizes were awarded to the students in various categories. 302 students bagged prizes for their academic performance and 103 for excellence in extra-curricular activities. 35 students were awarded the College Colour - 29 in sports, 4 in extra-curricular activities and 2 in NCC. 12 students were awarded the Roll of Honour in sports for their achievements at the various inter-university, state, and national-level championships and 14 students were awarded the Roll of Honour for extra-curricular activities. 



Seminar on philosophy at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
A two-day national seminar titled ‘Perspectives on Subjectivity’, organised by the department of philosophy, Panjab University, started at the ICSSR Complex today. The first day of the seminar was inaugurated by Dr BS Brar, DUI, Panjab University, and was presided by rofessor Emeritus of the department, Dr Dharmendra Goel.

In his inaugural address, Dr BS Brar, DUI, Panjab University, introduced the importance of subjectivity in social science and its value in the lived experience of human life. He stressed upon the uniqueness of each individual and how inter-subjectivity adds to our human experience.

The keynote address was given by Professor Raghu Ram Raju, Central University of Hyderabad, which traced the recent developments in the field. Using philosophers such as Aristotle, Descartes, Rousseau, Gandhi and KC Bhattacharya, the address introduced the audiences to the subject. Dr Goel summarised the first session of the event by stating, “Subjectivity is the condition of our knowledge of the world.”

In the second session, Prof SK Arun Murthi from ICER, Mohali, presented his arguments on the notion of object and subject in science. Using simple examples of scientific experiments, he presented his reflections on Kuhn’s ideas on scientific observations, clarifying the difference between programme and paradigm in natural sciences. In the third session, Dr Neeraj Sharma, from Batala, Punjab, elaborated upon the concept of ‘Body-subject’ and argued that body has to be treated as a subject in contrast to being treated as an object of experience as by empiricists and intellectuals.

Dr Pankaj Srivastava, from Panjab University, Chandigarh, criticised the western medical methodology of objectification of human beings without taking into consideration the specific subjectivities. 



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