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Court for ‘Holistic’ view
‘Inaction’ of Chandigarh Administration officials in transferring title of properties in Estate Office records
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
Taking cognisance of so many city residents being compelled to repeatedly approach the court against the “inaction” of the UT Administration officials in transferring the title of properties in the Estate Office records, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today made clear its decision to take a “comprehensive view” of the issue.

In a significant development, the High Court also called for the details of cases pending transfer of ownership on the basis of Will and general power of attorney.

As the issue cropped up during the hearing of a petition filed by a Sector 24 resident, the Bench of Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice AN Jindal gave the Administration time till April 3 to come out with the details.

The Bench fixed the deadline after asserting: “UT senior standing counsel Sanjay Kaushal seeks time to furnish the details of the cases where the transfer of ownership on the basis of Will, family settlement and general power of attorney are pending consideration before the Administration to enable this court to take a comprehensive view in respect of the matters coming before this court time and time again in relation to the issue of transfer of ownership.”

The Bench, on the previous date of hearing, had observed: “This is not the first case where an aggrieved person has approached this court for the transfer of the title in the records of the Estate Office.”

“We find that many citizens are approaching this court against the inaction of the officials of the Administration on the ground, which may not be legally tenable.”

“We direct Sanjay Kaushal to get the details of the cases, which are pending transfer of ownership rights in their records and also the issues which commonly arise before them. Such an exercise is necessary to instill transparency and to expedite the issue of transfer of rights.”

The directions came on the petition filed by senior citizen Darshan Singh against the Chandigarh Administration and the Estate Office. He was seeking directions to the respondents to transfer “the share” as per the probate in his name.”

Elaborating, the petitioner had contended that he had forwarded a request vide an application dated January 28 last year to “transfer the share in his name as per the probate of Will dated April 28, 1979.”



Court gives April 1 as deadline to Administration
Earmarking 2 vital parking areas of Sector 17 as no-vehicle zones after 4 pm
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
Trudging towards making Sector 17 once again a walkers’ paradise, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today told the Chandigarh Administration to earmark two vital parking areas of the downtown as no vehicle zones after 4 pm. The Bench also made it clear that the Administration would enforce the decision by April 1 after finalising the modalities.

As the vehicle-free zone issue came up for hearing this afternoon, the Bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice Ajay Tewari refused to accept the Chandigarh Administration’s plea of granting additional time for implementing the court’s earlier direction of converting some areas of Sector 17 into no vehicle zones.

UT senior standing counsel Sanjay Kaushal’s assertion that the authorities concerned had, in principle, agreed to take the step, but required time for the decision’s implementation, also did not find favour with the Bench. Seeking time till April 15 for working out the modalities, Kaushal even told the court that the contractors had already been awarded the contracts of parking in the two areas - Dr Sahib Singh Parking and Empire Store Parking.

But, the Bench was of the opinion that the parking contract could be altered. The Bench was of the view that customarily annual contracts were awarded from the financial year beginning April. As such, it would not be a problem for the authorities to cancel the contracts and grant a new one.

Even if the parking contract had been allotted for a year beginning January, the contractor could be refunded the licence fee on pro rata basis, the Bench asserted.

Asserting that there was no scope for granting additional time, the Bench even cautioned the authorities that if the modalities were not worked out before April 1, it would be compelled to intervene in the matter.

Referring to the issue of increasing congestions in different sectors of Chandigarh, the Bench also reiterated its earlier suggestion of making some parts of each sector vehicle-free zones on a rotational basis.

Driving at making Sector 17 once again a walkers’ paradise, the Bench on the previous date of hearing had given the Chandigarh Administration time to come out with its plans of making parts of the city vehicle-free zones - the downtown included.

The Bench had also directed the Chandigarh Administration to look into ways of steering clear parking problems in the city.

The Bench had also suggested that some areas of the city could be reserved only for running of eco-cabs, a specially designed rickshaw. The modern rickshaws, popularly known as “eco-cabs”, are 25 per cent lighter than the existing models.



10-year jail for 3 robbers
Had looted Rs 9.70 lakh from SBoP on Feb 12, 2009; Were members of dreaded Badri gang of Haryana
Tribune News Service

The State Bank of Patiala branch at Sector 15 in Panchkula.
The State Bank of Patiala branch at Sector 15 in Panchkula. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, March 7
A local court here today awarded 10 years’ imprisonment to three robbers of the dreaded Badri gang of Haryana, headed by Rajesh, alias Badri, in the State Bank of Patiala (SBoP) gunpoint robbery case.

The Additional District and Sessions Judge Kanchan Mahi awarded 10 years’ jail to Amit Yadav, Rohit Khasa and Sameer Nain.

The main accused Amit Yadav was an MBA passout from a private college of Barwala and Rohit Khasa was a medical shop owner in Rohtak.

The court also slapped a fine of Rs 14,000 each on the guilty and in case of default of the fine, the accused would serve further three years’ imprisonment.

In this case, the court had already acquitted three Naresh, Raj and Pawan, who had helped these robbers in hiding the looted amount.

According to the prosecution, on February 12, 2009, accused Amit Yadav and Sameer Nain had looted Rs 9.70 lakh from the State Bank of Patiala in Sector 15. It was around 3 in the afternoon when both, along with pistols, entered the bank and one of them pointed a pistol at the bank guard, while the other pointed a pistol towards the bank cashier’s head. After that they took the cash, which was lying on the counter and fled from the bank, the public prosecutor added.

On March 14, 2009, the Yamunanagar police had arrested Amit Yadav of Rohtak and his accomplice Sameer Nain of Jind. Later on March 20, 2009, the Panchkula police managed another success when it arrested a medical shop owner of Rohtak, Rohit Khasa, in the bank robbery case. According to the police, he was also the part of conspiracy in this matter.

Finally on March 23, 2009, the Panchkula police had arrested the last accused in this case, Pawan Kumar, a cable operator of Delhi and had later arrested Naresh and Raj.

Profile of Amit Yadav

After doing MBA from Swami Devi Dyal College, Barwala, in 2007, Amit came to study in Rohtak university. A resident of Jhajjar, Anil is the son of an SDO. Earlier, in 2003, he was lodged in a Rohtak jail in a robbery case, where he met Badri for the first time. Then in 2008, he again met him on the Rohtak university campus and joined the gang. He was involved in the PC Jewellers robbery case and State Bank of Patiala robbery.

Encounter of Badri gang head Rajesh, alias Badri

Terror of Haryana’s most-wanted criminal Rajesh, alias Badri, finally came to an end on February 1, 2011, when the Special Task Force (STF) of the Ambala range police killed him in an encounter on the Rajasthan-Uttar Pradesh border. He was the head of the dreaded ‘Badri’ gang. The STF killed him in an encounter in Dhaulpur in Rajasthan. He was wanted in 26 cases in Haryana and also in a number of cases in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.



We could’ve saved Amit Garg, says Vigilance report
For action against 8 policemen
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
“If we had tried, we could have saved Amit’s life.” The conclusion of the Vigilance report submitted to SP RS Ghuman today sums up the story of the insensitive, callous and indifferent attitude of the Khaki brigade towards Amit Garg, a man who came knocking at its door on February 22 with his mother’s body and eventually committed suicide at a hotel in Mohra (Ambala), with the woman’s day-old body lying in his car parked outside.

Though he went around two police stations and a city hospital carrying the body and a two-page-long suicide note, no policeman, including Industrial Area SHO Malkit Singh, and DSP PCR and Communications Roshan Lal, who were informed by The Tribune team, failed to take the body in custody or hand it over to the Ambala police or even inform them. What further exaggerated the callousness of the PCR department was the fact that after Amit left Tribune, the PCR got two calls informing about his car being rashly driven and carrying a body but no action was taken in this regard.

Other than recommending departmental action against eight officers, DSP PCR and Communications Roshan Lal, SHO Industrial Area Malkit Singh, a sub-inspector of the Sector 34 police station, night munshis of PS Sectors 34 and 17 Duty Officer PCR and a PCR official, the report has brought to the fore the rampant ignorance of police procedures amongst top officials.

Answering a question on procedures not being followed while dealing with the case, DSP Roshan Lal, who was the seniormost official informed by The Tribune correspondent about Amit’s condition, claimed that as he belonged to the wireless cadre, he had no knowledge of these procedures and the SHO should have known it and acted accordingly.

“The reply has come as a shock. We consider DSP Roshan Lal a good officer, but it is embarrassing that despite heading an executive branch like the PCR, he has pleaded ignorance about procedures on the pretext of being of the wireless cadre. If that is the case, we shall have somebody with knowledge to head the team. No guilty police official will be spared,” said a senior officer who refused to be quoted.

Amit had come to city with his mother’s body, claiming that she had committed suicide after a row with his girlfriend. She was declared brought dead by hospital. Following this, he put her body in his car, went to the Sector 17 and 34 police stations ,but was sent way.

He landed at The Tribune in a hysterical state. A Tribune correspondent called a PCR at 100 at 9:45 p.m and informed it about the man’s state and the body in his car.

Two PCR vans and SHO Industrial Area Malkeet Singh reached the Tribune and spoke to him. DSP PCR Roshal Lal was informed about the incident, who claimed that the police had “pacified” the man and sent him to Ambala, where he committed suicide.

DSP claims ignorance

n Question: “Aap shahar ke zimmewar officer hain aur PCR ka vibhaag aapke paas hai, jab aapko Tribune ke patrakaar ne bataya ki ek addmi ek laash ko leke ghum raha hai to aapke hissab se kya karwaai banti thi? Communication vibhaag ke hone ke naate aapne apne seniors ko batana zaruri nahi samhjha?

n Answer: Main wireless cadre ka hun. Isme kya hona chahiye tha, muje nahi pata. Ye kaam SHO ka hai, use pata hona chahiye ke isme kya karwaii banti hai.


Police all set to ensure peaceful holi
Chd braces to rein in hooligans
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
To prevent hooligans from creating a ruckus on Holi, the Chandigarh police and its traffic department has decided to beef up security in the city tomorrow.

The Chandigarh police has deployed around 1,250 policemen, including four DSPs, 31 Inspectors, six NGOs, along with IRB personnel, in the city for the entire day. The traffic police will set up as many as 16 nakas in different parts of city. The traffic wing will also deploy about 350 traffic policemen and home guards volunteers in the sensitive areas.

“Holi should be celebrated in good spirit and to make it possible we have come up with a security plan. The security will remain there till evening to avoid the any untoward incident. Moreover, the police parties will also conduct flag march in sensitive areas,” said Vijay Kumar, DSP, Traffic.

On other hand, RS Ghumman, Superintendent of Police (SP Security), said: “The police is all set to stop hooligans from creating any nuisance,” said Ghuman.

The Police Control Room vehicles (PCR) will also be deployed around Panjab University, schools and colleges in the city. Notably, 33 police mobile parties are also deployed in all the three subdivisions headed by the respective area Inspectors.



Special teams formed in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Moihali, March 7
Elaborate arrangements have been made to keep hooligans at bay during the Holi celebrations tomorrow. Special eight static teams would be deputed at the entry points from Chandigarh.

Apart from keeping a check on troublemakers moving on the Mohali-Kharar national highway, the police would not allow revellers to play blaring music in their vehicles. SP, city, Harpreet Singh said the PCR vehicles would be deputed in the markets of Phase 3B2, 7 and 5. There have been instances in the past wherein hooligans had crated nuisance in markets.

The traffic police would also launch a special drive to check the revelers who drive their motorcycles without silencers.



P’kula to check drunken driving
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 7
The Panchkula police has decided to deal strictly with hooligans on the festival of Holi on Thursday. The deployment of 450 police personnel will put the brakes on drunken driving in Panchkula.

A top official of the Panchkula police said they would set up special nakas on the Kalka-Pinjore highway, near Funcity, in Ramgarh on NH-73, Morni-T point, roads touching adjoining Chandigarh and near all the hotels and discotheques in Panchkula district to deal with drunken driving.

Although there is a special police post in Surajpur on the Kalka-Zirakpur highway, the Panchkula police don't want to take any chances. The police, armed with breathalysers, will set up temporary check posts at many places to curb drunk driving and use speed guns to curb over-speeding.

Panchkula is known for sharing its boundary with the hills of Himachal Pradesh, where party lovers want to go and enjoy. But sometimes youngsters consume excessive liquor and then they drive, which could be dangerous for them and for others as well, the official added.

Confirming the same, Panchkula DCP Maneesh Chaudhary, said: "We will put up special check points in specific areas. Regarding this we have made a list of personnel for special duties on these nakas."

To deal with women violators, we will put women police staff as well on duties, he added.

Special nakas

A top official of the Panchkula police said they would set up special nakas on the Kalka-Pinjore highway, near Funcity, in Ramgarh on NH-73, Morni-T point, roads touching adjoining Chandigarh and near all the hotels and discotheques in Panchkula district to deal with drunken driving



Play safe: Expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
The festival of colours can make life colourless forever if one is not cautious. Every year after Holi, doctors receive many patients with burning and itching eyes, and some with severe injuries, which can lead to blindness. Eye specialists say coloured water thrown from water pistols, balloons and pichkaris can causes more harm to eyes than toxic colours.

"Coloured water thrown directly on the eye from pistols can cause problems more severe than injuries that lead to burning, irritation and pain," said Dr SPS Grewal, Grewal Eye Institute, adding that there could be bleeding in the eye leading to the loss of vision or loss of the eye. He said the synthetic colours are also known to cause irritation, allergies and even temporary blindness.

He said: “We have had cases of grievous injury caused by water balloons bursting on the eye. It is important to not rub any powder, or paste or even liquid in the eye and wash the eyes immediately with water, which will dilute the side effects of the irritant.” But if redness persists or the vision seems to be affected it is vital to see an eye specialist immediately, advised Dr Grewal.

“People who use contact lenses need to be extra careful as lenses absorb and concentrate any coloured water that enters the eye. For Holi, if you do wish to wear lenses, it is best to use a daily disposable lens and discard it as soon as possible once you are done,” advises Dr Grewal.

Eye Care Tips

n Avoid synthetic colours and use home-made colours
n Avoid water-colour balloons
n In case any colour goes in the eye, splash a lot of water in it
n Avoid self-medication in case of an eye-injury, instead rush to your eye-specialist
n Ensure that your eyes remain protected at all times. Use sunglasses to protect your eyes from coloured water
n Apply a thick layer of cold cream on your face especially around the eyes so that the colour doesn't stick and it can be easily washed
n While washing off the colour, use lukewarm water and keep your eyes tightly closed



Panjab University soaked in colours
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
Panjab University was soaked in Holi colours as Thursday being a holiday students of various departments splashed colours on each other making campus lively.

Groups of students drove across the campus honking horns and throwing colours on each other.

Students were even seen dancing to the beats of the dhol at the students centre, while others were witnessed dancing on the music played in their cars.

The PU hostels were also soaked in the colours with students getting into the Holi mood. Playing safe, they used organic colours.

A colourful Holi was celebrated in the new building of Department of Music. On this colourful occasion, Dr Arvind Kumar Sharma, along with the students of the department, performed a “Holi Gayan” in the Brij style of singing. After the performance, the students of the department and classical performers presented a wonderful Holi gayan in ‘raga basant’.

The Holi celebrations were also held in the other colleges of the city.



Three humiliated for playing Holi with friends at girls’ college
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
Playing Holi along with their friends on the campus of the Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, landed three students of DAV College, Sector 10, in trouble after they were caught by the college security today. The students were paraded to the Principal’s office and were let off after the gave an apology in writing. The students had come to the college to collect their participation certificate of a tech-fest organised by the college last month.

The students from DAV College, Sector 10, had arrived to collect their participation certificates, however, on finding their friends playing Holi, they joined in the celebrations and started throwing colours on the girls. On noticing the three, the college security rushed to the scene and caught hold of them.

Sources said all the three, after a scolding, were paraded to the Principal’s office.

Principal Achila Dogra said the DAV students, who were known to certain students of her college, joined in the Holi celebrations following which the college security intervened. The students had made an entry in the register kept at the main gate, stating they were in the college to collect certificates. “Although no complaint of any kind of misbehaviour was received from any of the students, we made them tender an apology,” Dogra said.



Spring Fest from March 10
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 7
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) is set to hold its 26th Spring Festival at the Town Park in Sector 5 here on March 10 and 11.

Various competitions, including a baby show, ‘rangoli’, ‘mehndi’, painting and fancy dress for schoolchildren, will be held. Results for best individual gardens in the town were announced today.

The Gurukul School at Sector 20 bagged the first prize in the category of garden of any size in schools. It was the 10th consecutive year that the school won the prize.

The Satluj Public School at Sector 4 was adjudged first in the primary category. The Hallmark School at Sector 15 won the first prize in the middle category.

In the category of sector parks maintained by resident welfare associations, Tarsem Garg of Sector 7 won the first prize for the Sector-7 park. In the category of institutes, the Venus Remedies at Phase I of Industrial Area was adjudged first.

In the category of roundabouts, the Sector 10-11-14-15 roundabout, maintained by Dharmeder and Monika Abrol, was selected for the first prize.

In the category of garden in two-kanal house, Rajesh Kumar of Sector 6 won the first prize. In the category of garden in one-kanal house, Anu Goel of Sector 8 bagged the first prize.

In the category of garden in 14-marla house, Sangita Bhambri of Sector 4 stood first. In the terrace garden category, Inder Pal of Sector 4 stood first.



Who will be MC chief?
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, March 7
The local municipal council (MC) will have to elect a new president soon as NK Sharma has been elected MLA.

The councillor from ward 6 here is also likely to be elected again. There is one year to go for MC elections.

A senior official with the local administration said Sharma would have to quit the MC president’s post as rules did not permit anyone to hold two offices.

The possibility of MC vice-president Kulwinder Sohi being elevated was not being ruled out.

Sharma might field a family member from ward 6.

MC sources said the decision on the new MC president was likely to be taken soon as a meeting to discuss the budget was scheduled for the end of this month.

When contacted, Sharma said they had not taken a decision on the new MC president yet and discussions would be carried out.

Speaking out
Pinning hopes on govt

As the SAD-BJP combine is set to take charge again, residents have huge expectations from the government in return for the faith they have reposed in it. Chandigarh Tribune talks to a few to seek their opinion.

Punjab is known for its villages and the government should provide basic facilities like better road connectivity, education and health facilities and drinking water in rural areas. Road re-carpeting is pending in Mohali for the past three years. In some areas, poor electricity supply is a worry for residents. The government should re-carpet roads and provide better electricity supply, especially in summer.

— Manmeet Mann

The Zirakpur-Dera Bassi-Lalru area should be developed with proper facilities. Proper bus stands and shelters, good markets, uninterrupted power supply at reasonable rates, potable drinking water, sewerage, storm-water drains and good roads are needed. The state government should issue a white paper on the financial health of the state. It should first clear all pending dues. The pace of development in Mohali should not be disturbed.

— Prem Chaudhary

I am looking forward to a neat and clean and corruption-free SAD-BJP combine, which is responsive to the needs of the people. I will like to have good governance, where the government does not look for cheap publicity by gifting freebies for cheap popularity. it should provide work opportunities and education and health facilities to all at affordable rates.

— Group Capt (retd) Vinod Jaiswal



2 attacked outside SGGS College
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
Two youngsters sustained serious injuries after they were attacked outside Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, here this evening.

According to the police, the victims were identified as Sudhir Malik, a student of BCom-III in this college, and his friend Ashish Kumar, an outsider.

“Ashish and Sudhir were sitting in a car when some unidentified youngsters, who came by two cars, attacked them. They were attacked with sharp-edged weapons. The victims were taken to the Government Multi Speciality Hospital in sector 16 for treatment,” said a police official.

While Ashish suffered injuries on his stomach, Sudhir was injured in hand. The suspects, before fleeing from the scene, also damaged the car in which the victims were sitting.

So far, the reason behind this attack could not be ascertained and the police was recording the victims’ statements.



PGI paediatrician wins laurels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
Dr Prateek Bhatia, Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, PGI, has won the Ist prize for his presentation at the poster session of the 3rd International Conference on Hematological Malignancies, which was held at Hong-Kong recently.

His research work, entitled “Detection of the common chimeric fusion transcripts in acute leukaemia cases using a single Multiplex Reverse Transcriptase assay”, was adjudged the best work. A total of 78 abstracts were received for the poster presentation session from researchers and scientists in the field of hematology world over. The study was carried out jointly by the departments of hematology, paediatrics and internal medicine, PGI.



Health staffer commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
A person in his mid-40s allegedly committed suicide at his residence in sector 20 here this morning. Suraj Mal, who worked as a safai karamchari in the Health Department, committed suicide by hanging himself with a rope from a pipe in the bathroom in the wee hours.

According to the information, the victim was a habitual drinker and at the time of the incident he was under the influence of liquor. He is survived by four daughters and wife. No suicide note was recovered from the spot.

The victim was sleeping in his bedroom and suddenly went to the bathroom. When he didn’t return, his wife made an effort to broke open the door but failed. Later, the police was called and he was found dead. The body has been sent to the GMSH-16 for post-mortem.

Body found in park

The body of an unidentified youth was found in a green-belt area of Manimajra this evening. According to the police, the 25-year-old youth was a drug addict and his body was found on a bench at the park.

“After receiving the information from certain residents of the locality, we reached the spot and found the body. The body is yet to be identified and according to primary investigation, the youth seems to be a drug addict. The body will be sent for a post-mortem,” said the investigating officer.



Chandigarh scan

Kashmir Chand and Baldev Raj have been reelected as president and general secretary, respectively, unanimously for the next two years in the general body meeting of the CITCO Workers Union at Hotel Shivalikview, here on Wednesday. The names of other office bearers are Pardeep Kumar Sharma, chairman, Umesh Dixit and Ashwani Kumar Sawan, Senior vice-presidents, Kuldeep Singh, Parmod Bhel and Swarn Singh, vice-presidents and Surinder, Kamal Chauhan and Kamal, joint secretaries.


The students of Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, organised a farewell party here on Wednesday. Junior students presented various forms of dances, songs and skits etc, for the entertainment of audience. The most awaited event was modelling by seniors. Priyanka Garg was adjudged as the Miss Farewell 2011, Disha and Aruna were declared the first and second runners-up, respectively. College principal, Achila Dogra emphasised that participation in such events was more important as it helped in enhancing the overall personality of an individual. The event concluded with crowning of the winners of the modeling.

Teacher award given

Dr Shivani Gulati, an assistant professor in the department of chemistry, DAV College, Sector 10, has been conferred with the BEST Teacher award by the President Chemical Research Society of India, professor S Chandrasekaran, Indian Institute of Sciences, Banglore at 14th CRSI National Symposium in Chemistry and the 6th CRSI-RSC Joint Symposium, during February 2 to 5. The meet was jointly organised by the CSIR-NIIST, Trivandrum and the IISER, Thiruvananthapuram. She was one of the six persons to receive the award at national level.


Women in a happy mood after receiving awards given by Gurukul Vidyapeeth and S4 Trust to tnem at a function held at the CII in Sector 31, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
Women in a happy mood after receiving awards given by Gurukul Vidyapeeth and S4 Trust to tnem at a function held at the CII in Sector 31, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Gurukul Vidyapeeth and S-4 Trust honoured 27 prominent women personalities from different walks of life with the “International Women’s Day Awards 2012” for their outstanding contribution to the society on the eve of the International Woman’s Day here on Wednesday. At a function organised at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Sector 31 here, Madhu Bansal wife of Pawan Bansal, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, and Raj Bala Malik, Mayor of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh, felicitated the women achievers comprising bureaucrats, educationists, doctors, artists, dancers, singers, social activists and entrepreneurs. In her welcome address, Rinku Kalia, winner of Zee TV’s highest-rated musical show “Sa Re Ga Ma” founder-trustee of the S-4 Trust, said the main objective of the institution of the awards was to celebrate the spirit of womanhood and recognise the exceptional achievements of those eminent woman, who have carved a niche for themselves in the society.

Workshop held

Vasumati Paryavaran Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, organised a workshop on ‘How to make natural and ecofriendly Holi colours”. The Eco Club in-charge, Anju Mahajan, discussed the harmful effects of synthetic and chemical colours.


The students of Anees School celebrated Holi on the school campus. The toddlers and their teachers participated in the festival. The children performed dance items.

Seminar on joint pains

A seminar on ‘Orthopaedics problems in women’ was organised to mark Women’s Day at a hospital, here on Wednesday. Beside the routine problems related to bone and joints, women do experience some orthopedic ailments which are more common in them. The reasons vary from anatomical, hormonal to job patterns etc. Understanding these problems and taking preventive measures can go a long way in maintaining good health, said a doctor during the seminar. He added that orthopedic problems in women normally started in 30’s. Anterior knee pain was one of the commonest problems, he remarked. He said that heel pain, lower back pain, shoulder pain or rotator cuff tendonitis, elbow pain or lateral epicondylitis and wrist pain or carpal tunnel syndro were some of the other common problems faced by women.



Put appointments on hold: PUTA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
The Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) has demanded that all the bulk appointments should be put on hold and only need based appointments should be made by the university. The demand came with the formation of the search committee for the appointment of the new Vice-Chancellor (VC).

PUTA, in their letter to the Vice-Chancellor, has stated that they had been insisting on recruiting teachers to the various under-staffed departments. But under the circumstances, when a search committee had been formed for the appointment of the next VC, propriety demands that bulk appointments be put on hold. Only need-based appointments be made, and to ascertain that a committee be formed.

The association further mentioned that since the notification for the next senate elections had already been issued, it would be proper to take the selections to the next senate, which shall have the fresh mandate.

PUTA secretary, Mohammed Khalid, said that their demand was more like the code of conduct that was being implemented before the elections for State Government. “We have demanded that the fresh appointments should be made with the coming of the new VC and the formation of new senate,” he added.

One of the faculty members said on anonymity that as the senate elections had been notified and many of the PU’s prominent faces who will play a deciding role in the selections would be contesting the senate elections, so there was fear of influencing the voters through making their desired appointments in the PU.



Focus on communication skills, critical thinking
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
The three-day seminar, organised by the Career Counselling and Guidance Cell, on life skills, concluded here today.

The seminar focused on 10 core skills that World Health Organisation has listed; self-awareness, interpersonal relations, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, creative thinking, dealing with emotions, coping with stress, decision-making and empathy.

The programme concluded with the valedictory function where professor Kalpana Mahajan (DSW Women) felicitated the students with certificates and professor Suresh K Chadha (Director, Central Placement Cell) was also present at the function.

A student committee, “Yuvothhan”, has been formed for the first time in PU for solving career related problems of the students.

The idea for the formation of this committee stressed that it provides a good platform for the students to represent their career developmental needs in their respective departments and fields. The committee will also serve the purpose of bringing a better and a more direct connection between the cell and the student community. The career counsellors expressed that there had been a good feedback on the workshop, which was highlighted by the students, truly, demanding for more such workshops in the university and their desire to become a volunteer of the ‘Yuvothhan’ committee.

The idea for the formation of this committee stressed that it provides a good platform for the students to represent their career developmental needs in their respective departments and fields. The committee will also serve the purpose of bringing a better and a more direct connection between the cell and the student community.

The career counsellors expressed that there had been a good feedback on the workshop, which was highlighted by the students, truly, demanding for more such workshops in the university and their desire to become a volunteer of the ‘Yuvothhan’ committee.



UBS organises seminar on ‘innovations in marketing’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
The University Business School (UBS), Panjab University, organised a national-level seminar on ‘Innovations in Marketing’ on the PU Campus, here today.

Over 50 research scholars, students and academia members of the universities and colleges from all over the country, made submissions for the seminar.

Professor Bhupinder Singh Brar, Dean University Instructions, delivered the inaugural address. He presented a definition of marketing to the audience.

The guest speaker was Sanjay Kumar, head of the creative and copy department, design shack.

Kumar conducted a session, where he shared his knowledge and experience from the advertising industry. After which a presentation of papers was conducted by the participating delegates. The papers discussed several emerging issues related to innovations in the field of marketing.



PU to get Rs 1.5 crore from MHRD
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
The Panjab University will soon receive Rs 1.5 crore from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) as a part of its first installment under the World Bank assisted Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme of India for the year 2011-12 to the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET).

The MHRD has released first 75 per cent of the share the remaining 25 per cent share of Rs 50 lakh will be released by the Chandigarh Administration. Director of the UIET Renu Vig said that the grant would be utilised for strengthening of laboratories and to enhance employability of students.



Shubneet adjudged Miss MCM DAV
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
Giving a new definition to the tradition of bidding farewell, the MCM College, Sector 36, today, organised an exceptional farewell event, ‘Hues of Womanhood’.

The event was a unique communion of the three revered traditions of farewell, Holi and celebration of womanhood, intricately, interwoven into one.

The theme for the modeling rounds was hues of the womanhood in which the girls showcased different shades of womanhood.

Through a plethora of enthralling activities and performances, the MCM sorority bade adieu to some of the members of their blithe family.

The audience was captivated by the superlative cultural show. The most captivating event was the MCM farewell queen contest.

Manpreet Punia was all smiles as she received the MCM Farewell Queen title, flanking her were Jasdeep and Mantasha the first and the second runners-up, respectively. Ms Seep won Charming title while Dilpreet bagged the title for Graceful Walk, Pallavi’s flowing tresses won her the title of Ms Lustrous locks and Palak was the Ms Glowing skin.

Shubneet was adjudged as the Miss MCM Postgraduate.



Navjot crowned Miss Dev Samaj
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 7
A farewell function was held at Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45. The final-year students of the college received a warm send off from their juniors.

The students performed dances. The seniors were welcomed choreographed a traditional dance. Entertainment and enthusiasm took the centre stage with ‘one minute games’ and an ‘Ad-Mad Show’.

More than 20 girls vied for the Miss Dev Samaj contest. Displaying their forte in the talent round and a glimpse of their bright young minds in the challenging question-answer round, the girls put-up an exhilarating show.

After three gruelling rounds, Navjot was crowned as Miss Dev Samaj, Deepika as first runners-up and Pulkit was the second runners-up. College principal, Dr Meera Modi, crowned the winners.



City prof presents papers at EFLU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh. March 7
Associate Professor, Anil Sarwal, of DAV College, Sector 10, demonstrated a presentation at the 2nd International Conference for English Language Teacher Educators. As many as 1200 delegates from all over the world attended the conference, making it the largest ever held conference of teacher educators, which concluded in Hyderabad.

The British Council, English and Foreign Languages University (EFL-U), and English Language Teachers’ Association of India (ELTAI) in collaboration with some international partners had organised the conference. Professor Sarwal presented a research paper on the ‘Implementation of the CCE in the Schools of Chandigarh: Opportunities and Challenges’.

His findings from the data gathered from 11 schools were that while the students, largely, welcomed the new continuous comprehensive evaluation scheme, the teachers and parents had certain reservations. The teachers found it difficult because of the tedious procedures in maintaining each student’s details and the large number of students in the classroom.

The study found that despite the new system, trend of tuitions was not affected. Some parents felt concerned about reduced homework and competitions.

Sarwal said the study further mentions that there were also concerns regarding the promotion of the students to higher classes without proper achievement levels. “However, the new evaluation scheme is generally perceived to have sound pedagogic and educational objectives and philosophy,” he said.

The theme of the conference was ‘Assessment and Evaluation of English Language Teacher Education, Teaching and Learning’. The theme was designed to focus on the importance of setting, achieving and maintaining standards, which lead to better quality and more accountability, not just at the practitioner level, but also at the programme level.



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