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No room for non-performers
PU students with at least two compartments may have to vacate hostel
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
In another desperate attempt to bridge the gap between the number of seats available at Panjab University (PU) hostels and students applying for those, the university authorities are going ahead with the proposal to ask non-performing students to clear their accommodation.

Students who get compartment in two or more papers will have to clear their seat to make way for students on the waiting list. The idea has been forwarded to students before a formal decision is announced for implementation.

The proposal is perceived as a strong measure against students who keep hostel seats for their convenience in matters of preparing for competitive examinations other than the subjects for which they take admission. Some in this category include student leaders.

Dean Students Welfare (DSW) AS Ahluwalia told Chandigarh Tribune that he was working on the proposal of providing hostel facility to students with good results.

“We are planning that students having a minimum of two compartments will be asked to vacate the hostel. That particular hostel seat can be transferred to a student in the waiting list with better academic performance,” he said.

Ahluwalia said they planned that such students would be asked to vacate the hostel at the end of the semester so that their studies were not hampered.

Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) president Pusphinder Sharma said the proposal had been discussed with them, but they had asked the university to work out modalities before the proposal was made to it.

A student leader said, “Certain students are engaged in activities other than pure academics, particularly those associated with the campus council. The university should make certain concessions for students performing in other fields.”

“It will benefit students who are performing better academically and are in the need of hostel seats, but create problems for students of a few departments, including law, where a student is

requires to clear five examinations each in two semesters,” the PUCSC president said. He added that the PU should form a mechanism wherein exceptional cases with some genuine problems are exempted.

“The proposal will witness resistance at early stages, but the PU can introduce it in case of worst performers,” he said. Thousands of students applied for hostel seats at the PU every year. After working out the modalities, the PU planned to collect the academic details of students residing in hostels from the departments concerned.



Govt staffer into drug peddling
Was arrested at PU with 600-gram poppy husk
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
The drug peddler arrested by the Chandigarh Police on the Panjab University (PU) campus yesterday turned to be an employee with the Haryana Government who came to sell poppy husk to students.

“He had a fixed clientele and travelled on a car bearing a red beacon and having black film on windowpanes, saying it belonged to the UT Home Secretary,” police sources said.

The police was seriously having a look at his contacts on the campus to explore the network of providing poppy husk and other intoxicants to students for making a fair ground assessment.

Amit Kumar, currently posted with the irrigation department in New Delhi, was a frequent traveller to the city, particularly the campus. He had never been stopped at the gate earlier because his Skoda car always bore a red beacon.

The police recovered 600 grams of poppy husk from his possession. The sources said Amit’s was a fairly recognised face on the campus.

He was arrested during a routine vehicle check on the campus. According to information available, he was driving a Skoda car (CH01AG-8258). During interrogation, he failed to produce documents.

He tried to flee, but officials nabbed him near the girls’ hostel parking. He used to dodge policemen earlier by giving the reference of Home Secretary Anil Kumar.

“Amit admitted to his involvement in the crime. He used to visit the city, including the campus, in the same car. If any policeman stopped him, he always gave the reference of the Home Secretary,” said investigating officer Ramesh Kumar.

“He said the car belonged to the Home Secretary and the registration number was original. We have taken him in custody and will find if he is dealing with any gang or customers on the campus for supplying drugs,” the police official added.

The accused was a resident of Sector 22 at Rohini in New Delhi. The police booked him under Section 20 of the NDPS Act at the Sector-11 police station.



He was poisoned, says SI’s father
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
In a contradiction to Chandigarh Police claims about sub-inspector (SI) Vishal Sharma having committed suicide, his grieving father Dharam Pal Sharma today stated that his son was a strong man and could not have taken any harsh measure. “Someone poisoned him,” he said.

Earlier in the afternoon, after conducting the post-mortem examination, Vishal’s body was handed over to his family. The body was so decomposed that the driver of the ambulance carried it after covering his mouth. Due to the condition of body, it was not taken down. The deceased’s father was heard saying, “His body is not in a condition to see and carry. Please have a last look at him from outside.”

The SI’s decomposed body was found at his

residence in Sector 42. He allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance. A former Ranji player from Jammu, he was the captain of the Chandigarh Police cricket team.

Police sources said it was a case of suicide because of possible matrimonial disharmony. The SI’s wife stayed at the residence for less than five minutes and hurried away, a cousin of the deceased said.

“He could never have consumed poison. He was mentally strong. We are aware that he was going through tension due to a long matrimonial dispute,” said Dharam Pal.

According to Vishal’s cousin, “Bobby ‘bhaiya’ (Vishal) had a 15-minute conversation with me on March 4. He told me that he would have a regular practice session.”

The cousin added, “After that, his phone was switched off. We tried calling up other cousins, but later came to know about the incident.”

Another cousin said, “Around 9:30 am, Vishal’s wife and her parents came near the residence, but left in five minutes.”

Dharam Pal, who was in his seventies, lost his elder brother at Jammu last Sunday. The death of his youngest son gave him the shock of his life. The SI’s mother, who was on a chair due to a joint ailment, was heard blaming her son’s in-laws for his death.

Vishal’s parents had been staying with him after his wife and children left the place on January 25. His parents had left for Jammu to attend the funeral of Dharam Pal’s elder brother.



Where fatalities are commonplace
27 accident-prone points identified in Panchkula district
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 10
The Panchkula police has identified 27 accident-prone points in the district. A majority of those are located on the ‘killer highways’, National Highway 73 (Panchkula to Naraingarh) and National Highway 22 (Zirakpur to Kalka). There are a number of accident-prone points in the town as well.

The police has now asked the Haryana Urban Development Authority, the municipal corporation and the National Highways Authority of India to take remedial steps to minimise the number of accidents on these points.

The police has identified these points after conducting a joint survey with the Road Safety Organisation,

an NGO. The police has studied the data of the past five years and conducted ground-level inspection to check the reasons for the accidents.

In the past two years, 236 persons had died in road accidents in Panchkula district. From 2006 to 2011, 135 persons lost lives in accidents which were untraceable. In these, the police had no idea about how the accident had taken place.

Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police Maneesh Chaudhary said the presence of blind turns and the lack of traffic lights, reflectors and speed-breakers were among the reasons for the accidents.

They had also suggested the painting of zebra crossings, the removal of encroachments and advertisement boards, the blocking of shortcuts, the widening of roads and the construction of slip roads, he added.

Panchkula ACP Dheeraj Setia, who had supervised the survey, said the police had suggested the removal of bus stops from the Mauli and Mattanwala village points and the Nada Sahib T-point on NH-73. The police had suggested that the bus stand be shifted from the point near the Shakti Bhavan roundabout to the opposite side. The police had also suggested that a bus stop be constructed at the old Panchkula crossing.



Audit report finds CITCO at fault
Not maintaining fixed asset register for 12 years
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
The Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) has been flouting rules for the past 12 years by not preparing the fixed asset register, depicting asset-wise details, including depreciation.

The latest audit and inspection report for 2010-11 by the Principal Auditor-General, Punjab and UT, has pointed out that CITCO has neither maintained the register of fixed assets, nor conducted a physical verification of the assets.

As per financial rules and the Companies Act, 1956, it is mandatory to maintain a register of fixed assets, showing full details, including cost and location of the property.

Under the rules, the fixed assets should be verified by the management at least once a year on a random basis and the outcome of the verification has to be recorded in the corresponding register so that discrepancies, if any, can be promptly investigated and accounted for.

According to its balance sheet, as on March 31, 2010, the gross block under fixed assets was Rs 72.06 crore and the net block Rs 33.24 crore.

The audit report mentioned, “Statutory auditors,

in their report dated February 16, 2011, on annual accounts for 2009-10, stated that the fixed asset register had not been prepared beyond 1998-99. The reconciliation of fixed assets with books of accounts has not been done. They were unable to comment on material discrepancies that might exist and their accounting treatment, if any.”

The report pointed out the reasons for the non-maintenance of the register and the non-conducting of physical verification of fixed assets was not stated and the reply to the audit memo was yet to be furnished.



Conviction in Modi College attempt-to-murder case
HC relief for 3 students
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
Exhibiting the humanitarian side of the justice-delivery system, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has salvaged from the rigors of law three former students of Patiala Modi College who were involved in an incident of lawlessness nearly two decades ago.

The trio, Amandeep Bhalla, Ritesh Chopra and Rahul Kumar, had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the orders of their conviction in an attempt-to-murder case under Sections 307, 324 and 34 of the IPC.

The three were sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for three years for an offence under Section 307, IPC. They were further directed to undergo six months of rigorous imprisonment for conviction under Section 324, IPC. Besides the sentence, they were also asked to pay a fine.

The prosecution, in its story, had claimed that victim Hardev Singh was taken to a corner near the cashier's office on September 17, 1993, after Chopra told him that he wanted to talk in seclusion.

The prosecution had further claimed that Hardev Singh then received two blows on his chest, as Bhalla and Kumar allegedly “exhorted” Chopra to finish Hardev Singh before fleeing from the scene.

“The motive behind the occurrence is stated to be a dispute between Ritesh Chopra and Hardev Singh prior to the occurrence,” Justice Ranjit Singh observed.

After hearing the rival submissions, Justice Ranjit Singh asserted: “Taking the totality of facts and circumstances, I am of the considered opinion that the prosecution was not able to establish the charge of attempt to murder under Section 307, IPC, against the appellants.

“However, the evidence sufficiently established the offence of Section 324, IPC, read with Section 34, IPC, against all the appellants. The judgment under appeal convicting the appellants under Sections 307 IPC, therefore, is set aside….

“Considering the fact that it is an old incident, where the fight has taken place in college premises. By now, all the appellants as well as the victim must have grown mature…. As per the counsel, the appellants are fully settled in life.

“Any incarceration, at this stage, will retard their life and would deny their chances to reform. Considering all the facts, the sentence imposed on the appellants is reduced to already undergone. The appellants, however, would appear before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Patiala to give an undertaking for maintaining good behaviour and exhibiting good conduct for a period of six months”.


Train to Mumbai by March 31
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
There is a reason for the residents of the tricity region to rejoice, as the 22451/22452 Mumbai-Chandigarh Express (weekly) train is likely to be introduced by March 31.

This is one of the 26 trains, which have been announced by Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi. Most of the new trains announced by him were part of the Railway Budget 2011-12. The trains announced in the Railway Budget 2011-12 are to be introduced by the end of the financial year ending March 31, 2012.

The spokesman for the Northern Railway said the new train was likely to be flagged off in the next 7 or 10 days. The officials at the local railway station have already received the time schedule of the train. The new train will have 18 coaches and is slated to run once a week.

According to sources, the train will depart from the Chandigarh railway station every Sunday at 5.45 am and after crossing Ambala, Panipat, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Rewari, Alwar, Jaipur and Ahmedabad, it will reach the Bandra terminus the next day. Similarly, the train (22451) from Bandra will arrive at the local railway station at 4.20 pm on Tuesday.

Divisional commercial manager, Ambala Division, GM Singh said the train was announced by then Railway Minister Mamata Bannerji in the previous railway budget.

At present, the Kalka-Bandra Paschim Express (22926-A) joins the Amritsar-Bandra train at Ambala Cantonment railway station to continue its onward journey. Similarly, on return, the Amritsar and Kalka sections of the train are segregated at the Ambala Cantonment railway station.



Relief for registration seekers
Vehicles with approval of any govt testing agency to be considered
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
In a significant development, the Chandigarh Administration has zoomed away from the practice of registering vehicles with models approved in the states of Punjab and Haryana.

In what could eventually save the residents from facing inconvenience, the administration has also decided that vehicles with approval of a government testing agency will be considered for registration, provided all necessary documents are available.

The development came to the fore during the hearing of a bunch of petitions filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court by Saluja Motors Pvt. Ltd. and other petitioners against the UT Administration and other respondents.

In its petition placed before Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal of the High Court, Saluja Motors had earlier prayed for issuance of directions to the respondents “for registration and acceptance of application for registration of vehicles Ford Fiesta Duratec style, including its variants, in view of the type approval certificate issued by the Automotive Research Association of India, Pune”.

After a notice was issued by the High Court to the Chandigarh Administration on the petitions, UT Senior Standing Counsel Sanjay Kaushal produced a copy of a letter dated February 6 issued by the Secretary, State Transport Authority, Chandigarh.

Taking it on record, Justice Mittal observed that the letter stated: “The Chandigarh Administration has decided that all cases where the approval of the government testing agency is there and the model number is clearly mentioned, the same shall be considered, provided all the necessary documents are available”.

Justice Mittal further observed: “It is mentioned therein that the present condition of the model being approved in the states of Punjab and Haryana is being done away with”.

Before parting with the case, Justice Mittal asserted: “In view of this, counsel for the parties are ad-idem (in an agreement) that the present petitions have been rendered infructuous and may be disposed of as such. Ordered accordingly”.



Stress laid on children’s rights
Tribune News Service

Delegates at a seminar in Mohali on Saturday
Delegates at a seminar in Mohali on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Mohali, March 10
The Army Institute of Law, Mohali, in collaboration with the Punjab State Legal Services Authority, organised a seminar on “access to justice for all” in order to create awareness about legal-aid clinics.

The National Legal Services Authority is celebrating 2011-12 as the year of child rights. The seminar was an effort to bring awareness in protecting children from exploitation.

Dr Geeta Joshi, Principal of the institute, welcomed the guests and members of various organisations and highlighted the importance of awareness on children’s rights. She also laid emphasis on efforts of the judiciary by stating, “Our new freedom fighter is our judiciary”.

The guests of the event were Justice Altmas Kabir, Judge, Supreme Court of India and executive chairman of the National legal Services Authority, Justice SS Nijjar, Judge, Supreme Court of India, Justice TS Thakur, Judge Supreme Court of India, Justice MM Kumar, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court and executive chairman of the Punjab State Legal Service Authority, Justice Ranjan Gogogi, Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court, and Justice Jasbir Singh, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court and executive chairman of the State Legal Service Authority, UT, Chandigarh.

Justice Altams Kabir, in his keynote address, urged the masses to work towards the commitments which the people of the India had made while adopting the Constitution of India.

Justice MM Kumar highlighted the plight of the woman prisoners and appreciated “Bal Sansar”, an initiative by judicial officers’ wives to help the woman prisoners. Justice Ranjan Gogoi laid stress on a justice system of a government and the role of autonomous bodies to reduce abject poverty. Justice SS Nijjar focused on the purpose of justice without which, he said, there coudl be no society and nation. Justice TS Thakur shared his experiences and inspired everyone to work towards the promotion of justice.

The Principal, Dr Geeta Joshi, Lt-Col (Dr) JS Sandhu (retd), and other faculty members were also present.



Bankers’ Cooperative fined
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-II hasa slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on All Bank Employees Cooperative USET&C Society Ltd for the non-compliance of its orders.

The forum, comprising president Lakshman Sharma and member Jaswinder Singh Sidhu, directed the All Bank Employees Cooperative USET&C Society Ltd., Chandigarh (opposite party no. 1), and secretary of the society Khazan Singh, (opposite party no. 2) to deposited the fine with the State Legal Services Authority, UT, Chandigarh, within 30 days of the receipt of the certified copy of this order failing which they will have to undergo a punishment of simple imprisonment for a period of six months each along with the said fine.

The forum further observed that it has been nearly 14 years since the order dated March 22, 1999, was released that the complainants have been running from pillar to post for their rights. The forum directed the respondents to pay Rs 15,000 as costs of litigation to the complainants.

The counsel for the complainants, Dr Dinesh Menon, Mukesh Menon, Kanta Menon and KL Menon, all residents of Mohali, submitted that the opposite parties were directed to furnish a report seeking details of the financial status of the society and the recoveries effected by the administrator till the expiry of six months from the date of receipt of the order dated March 23, 1999. After the expiry of the said period, the said criminal complaint No. 55 of 2004 was filed wherein it was prayed that the opposite parties be tried under Section 27 of Consumer Protection (CP) Act. In the partial compliance of order dated March 23, 1999, few payments were made by the opposite parties but the matter kept on lingering on one pretext or the other and the matter was finally dealt with by the order of this forum on March 24, 2011. It was held that an amount of Rs 3,000 as principal amount of the FDRs committed with the opposite parties along with interest still remained unpaid. The opposite parties were called upon to show cause as to why they should not be sentenced and fined under Section 27 of CP Act for non-compliance of the orders dated March 23, 1999, and were asked for to reply by March 29, 2011.

While deciding this issue, this Forum in its order dated October 27, 2011, held that administrator Ram Pal Sharma is correctly impleaded as Representative of th opposite party No. 1 and was answerable to this forum for non-compliance of the orders dated March 22, 1999, in his capacity as the representative of the opposite party No.1. Opposite parties preferred an appeal against the forum order before the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, UT, Chandigarh, which was dismissed on March 24, 2011.

“It has been almost more than one year since the show-cause notice was served upon them and after having given them such a long rope, we feel that it is ripe enough now to punish them under Section 27 (1) of CP Act, 1986”, the forum said in its order.



Primary immuno-deficiency disease rate high
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
Over 100 delegates from various countries reached here to participate in first National Conference on Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (PIDs) that started at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here today. The conference is being organised by The Indian Society for Primary Immune Deficiency (ISPID) and the Foundation for Primary Immune Deficiency Diseases (FPID), USA.

The conference was inaugurated by Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia.

Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (PIDs) have been grossly under- recognised and under-diagnosed, not only in India but the world over.

Population based surveys carried out by the Jeffrey Modell Foundation (JMF), USA, and the Immune Deficiency Foundation, USA, show that the prevalence of PIDs in the community may be as high as 1:1000. This means that in India there would be almost 1 million individuals with a PID. Majority of these individuals are, at present, not being diagnosed and treated. As a result, most of these patients succumb to these conditions without their condition ever having been diagnosed. This is a pity because several PIDs can be adequately treated. The conference aims at filling in some of these lacunae in our knowledge about PIDs, said the doctors at the PGI.

Dr Yogesh Chawla, Director, PGIMER, emphasised the work that was needed to be done in this field. Detailing the facilities for investigative works that are currently available in the institute, he stressed the urgent need for establishing facilities for molecular diagnosis of PIDs in the country.

Dr RW Minz, Professor and Head, Department of Immunopathology, PGIMER, who is also the chairperson of the conference, welcomed the dignitaries.



Tricity scan

Annual day

The pre-primary and the primary wing, AKSIPS-41 Smart School, Chandigarh, put up a scintillating performance on the occasion of their annual day held in the school premises here on Saturday. The chief guest for the day, Dolly Guleria, a renowned singer, inaugurated the programme by lighting the ceremonial lamp. Dolly Guleria applauded the spirit and hard work of the little ones to bring her down memory lane away from the tensions and worries of life. She also sang a song.

Woman honoured

To honour women who are gritty, hard-working and all-rounders in their profession, a ceremony was organised to coincide with International Women’s Day by Gurukul Vidyapeeth. In the field of school education, the services rendered by Mona Shri Sethi, Principal, The British School, Chandigarh, were recognised by the jury and an honour was bestowed on her.

Talk on community service

The NSS unit of Dev Samaj College of Education, in collaboration with Indicorps, organised an informative talk on community welfare and service. The organisation offers prestigious public service fellowships with high-impact organisations at the grass-root level. The students were encouraged to come forward in different fields of community service.

Women’s Day

To depict the power of women in today’s corporate world, volunteers of the NSS unit, students and the staff of Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology (GJIMT), Phase-II, Mohali, commemorated 101th International Women’s Day by organising a book exhibition and poster making contest. The students of the MBA, MCA, BBA and the BCA of the institute participated in the event and interacted with the staff on the importance of giving due respect to women in the societies. The members of the staff gave presentation on great women of the world. JS Bedi, chairman of the Gian Group of Institutes inaugurated the book exhibition. In his address J.S Bedi said,”All of us understand that men and women are two wheels of the same vehicle. Both are complementary to each other and in the recent years, women had taken giant strides to excel in almost all fields of positive activities. — TNS



Punjabi play depicts folly of marrying in haste
SD Sharma

Artiste stage a Punjabi play at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Saturday
Artiste stage a Punjabi play at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Saturday. tribune photograph: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, March 10
The Little Arts Society staged a Punjabi play “Nimoliyaan’, based on a story by well known author Dr Nirmal Jaiswal at the Randhawa auditorium, here today. The script offered an exploration and a radical interpretation of the psyche of two women, who, inspired by their inner urge, depart from the established code of ethical relationships in the society. The successful veteran theatre director, JS Likhari, who handled the directorial assignment, after a long hiatus, presented the play with certain aberrations.

Opening to a mundane start, the play recovered the pace but in patches with a young educated girl Preeti, living life on her own terms weds Avtar, an already married person and father of two. The play moves to depict the consequences she faced for defying the propriety and social barriers and to realise the folly of marrying in haste and repenting in leisure.

Her close friend Jeeti a budding poetess, too, falls in love with her mentor poet, Mohan, who offered her solace and help to groom her poetic passion.

Learning about his marital status, she marries a lecturer, Ranbir, only to live alone later. Using ‘nimoliyaan’, the fruit of a neem tree as the metaphor, the play compares life with ‘nimoliyaan’ which tastes bitter when unripe and sweet when ripe. Short sequences, abrupt fade outs and amateurish acting spells sometimes weakened the play.

Kuldip Bhatti, Naginder Ghakhar, Dilbagh Singh Vandna Bhardwaj and Gagandeep Kaur formed the cast.



PUTA accuses VC of forming committees arbitrarily
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
Accusing the Panjab University Vice-Chancellor of arbitrarily forming committees and appointing selective members in the committee, to manage their decisions according to will, the Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA), in a letter to the V-C have demanded that only statutory committees should be formed to look into the matters of administrative governance and in such committee, elected representatives of PUTA should be given a place.

PUTA, in its letter to RC Sobti, has stated that for various matters that confronts the university administration from time to time, the V-C office sets up a committee to suggest ways and mean to deal with them.

The whole practice looks apparently very democratic and transparent. But the fact of the matter is that every time a new committee is formed, it is in an arbitrary manner.

The letter stated that you (V-C) handpick its members so selectively that you manage their decisions to your liking.

The letter further stated that it had been repeatedly brought to the notice that there should be a statutory committee of the university to deal with day-to-day administrative problems of the university. Dean University Instructions (DUI), BS Brar, in a meeting with all the faculty members had proposed a three tier system at the department level, at faculty level and at the university-level to look into problems that come up from time-to-time.

The meeting was presided by the V-C in law auditorium last-year. However, the proposed system was never made functional and continued to form committees arbitrarily, picking up members that suited your line of thinking.

Vice-Chancellor could not be contacted for his comments.



City cadet awarded by Delhi CM
Successfully surmounted a mountain from a new route
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
Bringing laurels to the city, a student of the MCM DAV College, Sector 36, has been honoured by the Chief Minister of New Delhi for establishing mountaineering record. She was honoured for surmounting the 19, 680 feet tall Mt Thelu in a mountaineering expedition, from a new route that was never explored before.

Jagwinder kaur, an MA Sociology student of the college, and a devout NCC cadet, for surmounting Mt Thelu in a mountaineering expedition.

Despite extremely inclement weather, the cadets drew their entire reservoir of strength and inspiration surmounted the peak and established a new route by discovering a new route.

Jagwinder, speaking to The Tribune, said that their was a team of 16 girls from across the country who started the trek from Gangotri after covering different places ended the expedition at Mt Thelu.

“Out of 16 cadets, only 13 could conquer the peak as three of them could not move further after the base of Mt Thelu,” Jagwinder said.

She added that the major challenge they faced during the expedition was the day they were supposed to climb Mt Thelu, as it was snowing heavily and they trek had turned slippery. “We were supposed to start climbing at 2 am, however, due to bad weather we waited till 8 am and finally started climbing as after reaching so close to the peak we could have never thought to move back”, she added.

Jagwinder, who has also been nominated for Mount Everest team, loves adventure sports. She has done her basic course in mountaineering from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi and advanced course in mountaineering from Manali. She has also done basic course in Skiing from IISM in Gulmarg.

Setting an unparallel example, Jagwinder now aims to conquer the Mt Everest.

The college appraises her as an outstanding student who was always on the front foot and brought laurels to the college with her untiring efforts.



Workshop at Navodaya ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
A two-month workshop on the art and monuments of India, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and the UK concluded at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV), Sector 25, here today.

The workshop was organised by the Art and Craft Committee, comprising Indira Choudhary, Archana Shourie and Madhu Singh, under the International School Award Exchange Programme, according to a press note.

Students from Class VI to XI of JNV showcased the paintings of monuments and those depicting various cultures of India and the other countries.

The objective of the programme was to make the students aware of cultures of the other countries. Parents appreciated the effort by the students.



Farewell party at PGGCG-11
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
The Post Graduate departments of Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, organised a farewell party for the final year students, here today.

The farewell was organised for the postgraduate students of in music, public administration, economics, botany, zoology, chemistry, dance and sociology.

The function started with the rendition of Shiv Vandana. The students presented a display of music and dance on the occasion. Many of them had been the students of the college for the past five years.

The showcase presented songs and dance sequences ranging from classical to contemporary Hindi and Punjabi songs.



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