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No breakfast for 700 patients at PGI 
LPG agency owner stops supply of cylinders due to non-payment of bills
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Over 700 patients admitted to the region's premier institute, the PGI, had to go without breakfast. Reason: The PGI did not get the supply of LPG cylinders as the authorities failed to clear the bills of the gas agency.

The patients were not even served chapattis in dinner yesterday. The workers in the main kitchen of Nehru Hospital had informed the accounts department on Saturday morning that the dealer had refused to supply LPG cylinders due to non-payment of bills worth Rs 60,000.

However, officials at accounts department did not bother to release the payment and left the office in the afternoon as it was half day on Saturday. On Sunday, the gas agency was closed which forced the kitchen staff to delete chapattis from the menu in dinner and patients had to go without breakfast today.

"The breakfast served by the hospital is prepared under the supervision of dieticians according to the particular need of a patient. However, today I had to get the breakfast for my patient from an eatery in the market," said Udaivir, an attendant of a patient from Bijnaur.

The situation is grim, said an attendant of a patient at the female surgical ward. "We have been asked to protect the patient from infection, but this is not possible if the patient is given food from eateries outside the hospital," said Rajinder form Kullu.

The kitchen staff said: "Five cylinders are required every day to cook the meal for patients. Yesterday, we were left with three cylinders. Today, the morning tea was also served, but there was no gas to prepare the breakfast. The LPG cylinders were supplied at 11 am and food was served to patients."

Sources said the storekeeper of department of dietetics Gopal informed his seniors on Saturday that there were not enough cylinders. The staff at contacted the LPG dealer who in reply refused to supply the cylinders till the bills were not cleared.

Following this, officials contacted the accounts department which assured of sorting out the issue.

However, the staff at accounts department left home without doing anything leaving the staff at kitchen in the lurch. When contacted, gas agency dealer Preetinder Pal Singh Patheja said he was supplying LPG cylinders to the PGI even as his bills were not cleared since September 15. "My repeated requests to the officials concerned evoked no response and now I had no option but to refuse the supply," said Patheja.



Central Club to open in 2 days 
High Court directs club authorities to pay arrears of rent
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
There is good news for members of Central Club which was sealed by the Chandigarh Administration last month. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the UT Administration to open the club in two days.

The club authorities have also been directed to pay the arrears of rent within a month. The club would pay Rs 25,000 as rent per month and not the increased rent till further orders. The interim orders have been issued by a Division Bench of the High Court on a petition filed by members of Central Club.

Vinod Khanna, secretary of Central Club, said they got a reprieve from the High Court but were still waiting for the copy of the court's order.

On September 22, the UT Administration had sealed the club following the district court orders as the management failed to clear the dues. The club owes over Rs 1.1.5 crore to the administration.

The site of Central Club was originally allotted for a community centre to the Plot Holders' Association in 1961 for five years at a token rent of Rs 25 per annum. The site was leased out to Central Club in 1975 and a fresh deed was executed on March 24, 1975. The rent from 1974 to 1982 was Rs 975 per annum and from 1982 to 1989 it was enhanced to Rs 1,267 per annum. Later, it was increased to Rs 15,504 per annum and then to Rs 19,009 per annum.

The club paid the lease amount at the rate of Rs 19,009 per annum till March 2003 and thereafter the lease amount was enhanced to Rs 25,567 per month with retrospective effect from March 1, 1993.

The lease of the club was cancelled in 2004 for non-payment of dues. The club filed an appeal which was dismissed by the Chief Administrator. The decision was upheld by the UT Adviser in October 2009.

In August 2011, the estate officer under the Public Premises Act ordered the club committee to vacate the premises within 15 days.

After this order, the club committee moved the Chandigarh District Courts. On September 13, the court of Additional District Judge SS Sahni dismissed the appeal of the club committee.



Questions raised over police action 
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Handling the case of four drunken teenagers in a local school has raised a question over the police action.

Was rounding up the four school students the only solution is the biggest question. Schools officials said the school wanted the issue to be resolved with a strong warning and a complaint to the parents so the students not face embarrassment of being handled by the police. But the police rounded them up, gave the fodder to the media to make headlines, conducted their medical test like hardcore criminals and later released them with a formal report submitted to the DPI (Schools).

Sociologists and school authorities feel that even if the police officials reached the school, they could have left after taking a stock of the situation and let the school and parents handle the situation. "After all, they are not criminals," said a sociologist.

Principal of the school S Deswal said: "I thought the police would resolve the matter quietly when they arrived in the school after getting a tip-off. But I was surprised when they took them away."

She said: "These four students belong to poor families and two of them have lot their fathers. While their conduct was wrong and invites punishment, the police should not have taken such action and should have let them off."

She said: "We would have called their parents. It was an issue of conduct and not any law and order. The police has to make a distinction between hardcore criminals and schoolchildren. There was no need to spill in the beans in such sensitive case."

Sociologist at Panjab University Rajesh Gill said: "I feel the school could have taken better action, but it is also important to consider whether these students were previously involved with such incidents."



Tragic end to a love story 
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 8
A young couple's love story had a tragic ending. The girl, 15-year-old Anju, a resident of Karnal, was killed for honour. She was hung on a tree in Morni after being strangulated.

She was taken to Morni in an auto-rickshaw and was eliminated for falling in love and breaking 'social norms'. Anju's skeleton was found hanging on a tree in Morni. Her clothes were also found from near the spot.

Anju's love story with her neighbour, Vijay, started in Karnal. But her family moved to Chandigarh early this year to avoid the embarrassment that the family was facing at the hands of the society.

"The village was aware of the two seeing each other. Anju and Vijay were seen together at many places. Once there were talks that the girl had stayed with Vijay at the latter's house too when the family of the former were away to some place," Ram Paal, sarpanch of Doda Karsa village in Karnal, told The Tribune over phone.

The duo also tried to go in for court marriage by faking Vijay's paternal aunt as his mother, but the family of the girl raised an objection.

"As the news of her affair spread, the family of the girl decided to leave the place. They said they were going to Chandigarh. We felt suspicious because when they returned to the village after two months in September, Anju was not with them," he added. When the villagers asked the family about Anju was, they replied that she was putting up with her aunt in Chandigarh.

"We have heard that Vijay has now agreed to marry another girl. The family of the girl was against Anju and Vijay's marriage as they had the same gotra," said another villager.

The police had registered a case of murder. Though the case has been registered against the paternal uncle of the girl, Jasmer Singh, the police is also suspecting the involvement of other family members in the case.

Paternal uncle, bRother arrested

The Panchkula police arrested Jasmer Singh, the paternal uncle of Anju, and her brother Aman late on Monday evening. The police claimed that Jasmer Singh along with Anju's maternal uncle and brother strangled Anju to death and then hung her body on a tree showing that she committed suicide. Jasmer said: "Anju's parents could not see her being killed in front of their eyes so we decided to eliminate her at a secluded place." 



Four Class XI students found drunk in school 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The UT police today rounded up four Class XI students of Gyan Deep Model High School, Sector 20, after they were found in an inebriated state in the classroom.

The Police Control Room (PCR) received a call of some students drinking in the school and raided the school premises. The classes were on when the police reached the school.

The four students, who are 18 years of age, were taken to the Sector 19 police station from where they were rushed to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16 for medical examination. The medical tests confirmed presence of alcohol in their blood.

The police has sent a report to the DPI (Schools) about the incident and a daily diary report has been lodged. Besides, the police also recovered four disposable glasses from the classroom.

The incident took place at around 10 am when someone from the school informed the Police Control Room. The PCR vehicle was not allowed to enter the school. The police from the Sector 19 police station managed to enter the school after asserting that they had received information and thus they need to enter the classroom.

While the students were not drinking at the time of police raid, investigations established that they had consumed alcohol in the school.


SPIC’s role under scanner
New printer not functional at RLA, pendency of documents crosses 23,000
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The role of the Society for Promotion of IT in Chandigarh (SPIC) in not providing timely technical support to the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) has come under scanner. Recently, applicants for registration certificate (RC) and driving licence (DL) have been questioning the indifferent attitude of the Chandigarh Administration in ensuring smooth functioning of the RLA.

Due to the delay in issuing of the RC and DL, the pendency of the documents has already crossed 23,000.

Thanks to the efficiency of SPIC, a new printer procured through the funds provided by the RLA, could not be made functional due to technical glitches. As the time is running out, SPIC is taking its own time to get the printer functional.

UT Advisor KK Sharma said he had asked the Secretary (IT) and the Deputy Commissioner to ensure that the problem of printer was sorted out and the backlog was cleared. “The running of the RLA is with the DC and procurement of the systems is with the IT department”, he said.

The advisor said the Secretary (IT) would be able to give the update on the issue. Prerna Puri, Secretary (IT), was not available for comments. Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Shayin said efforts were being made to start issuing the documents soon.

SPIC functions under the aegis of the full-fledged Information Technology (IT) department of the Chandigarh Administration. The work of procuring the smart cards for RC and DL and printing them has been outsourced to SPIC. “Due to certain orders of the Chandigarh Administration, every purchase related to IT equipment has to be made through SPIC”, said an official.

Though the money was being spent by the district administration, the technical specification of buying the printers and related software was the responsibility of SPIC. “Set up to redress the grievance of the residents by use of IT, the government agency has created more problems for residents”, rued Amit, another applicant for DL.

“It is ridiculous that the cash rich Chandigarh Administration has not been able to make the printer functional. If any government agency is not capable, it should be outsource the work to private parties to ensure speedy work”, said RK Behl, who has been doing rounds of the office to get the RC of his scooter since June.

In the past, there has also been problem in procuring the smarts cards by SPIC.



Name of PCS officer cleared for UT Admn
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Finally, after the gap of more than two months, the UT Administration has finalised the name of one PCS officer, Amandeep Kaur, from the panel of 12 PCS officials.

Kaur had already worked with the UT Administration and had held different postings as the Director, Social Welfare Department, the Director, Tourism, and Chief General Manager, Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation Limited, (CITCO). She was repatriated to her parent state in 2011.

A senior official of the UT Administration said that they had finalised the name of Amandeep Kaur in place of DPI (Schools) Sandeep Hans, who had gone back to parent cadre Punjab in June.

Regarding the selection of other officials from the panel of 12 PCS officials, the official added that they would finalise the names very soon.

The panel of 12 PCS officials includes the names of Ritu Aggarwal, APS Virk, HK Nagpal, Bakhtawar Singh, Vimal Kumar Setia, Gurmeet Singh, Devinder Singh, Harbir Singh, Amandeep Kaur, Poonam Deep Kaur, Neeru Katyal Gupta and Anupam Kaler.

Recently, the Haryana government had also sent a panel of six HCS officials, out of whom the UT Administration had selected SK Setia and Mandeep Kaur.



Documents made on fake identities a matter of concern, says police
Role of officials concerned in govt depts under lens
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 8
Recovery of important documents, including PAN cards, voter cards, driving licenses and passports with fake identities from criminals is a matter of concern for the local police here.

In yesterday’s arrest of 20-year-old Nikhil Thakur in ATM fraud cases, the police recovered a PAN card, which he had got made on a fake identity card.

“Thakur had prepared a PAN card in the name of Amarjit Singh, a resident of Phase 5. He was also doing a job on a fake name and had made ESI card under fake identity”, said the police.

Similarly, the police had recovered about six driving licenses, two passports, several voter cards and PAN cards from fraudster Talwinder Singh, alias Dimple, who had robbed at least 20 persons across the country after drugging them. Dimple was arrested in september by the police.

“Preparing such important documents involves several verifications. It is really shocking as to how these criminals managed to prepare such documents on fake identities”, said a senior police official while talking to Chandigarh Police.

We suspect the involvement of some government officials in preparing such crucial documents and we cannot ignore it by terming this as mere negligence, added the police official.

On the issue, Mohali SSP GS Bhullar said that steps had already been initiated in Dimple’s case. “We have sought the record from the departments concerned to check as to which officials were involved in preparing his crucial documents on fake identities. The roles of the officials involved will be looked into. In Thakur’s case also we will check as to how he had prepared his PAN card under a fake name”, said Bhullar adding that the matter was really shocking.

Notably, Dimple had looted several lakh of rupees from at least 20 victims while Thakur had cheated about 12 persons of over Rs 7 lakh. 



6 underground reservoirs approved

Chandigarh, October 8
If all goes well as per the planning of the Municipal Corporation, their will be no problem of low-water pressure in the city next summer. The Chandigarh Administration today approved six under ground reservoirs (UGR) for different parts of the city, which will help in boosting the water pressure in those areas.

The sites which were approved for UGR included Sectors 29-C, 31-D, 39-B, 46-C, 47-A, and 48-C. — TNS



Deadlock continues between councillors, officials
Sanitation panel chairman cancels scheduled meeting without any tangible justification
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Municipal Corporation councillors and officials continued their deadlock due to recent spat in the general house meeting. A classic example of which is sanitation committee chairman HC Kalyan cancelling today’s scheduled meeting without giving any tangible justification for it to the members. The meeting was to be held at 3 pm to discuss three important issues, but the councillors got a call at 11 am that the committee meeting had been cancelled.

Kalyan said that he had cancelled the meeting as he was busy with some personnel engagement and would convene the meeting within the next three days.

Sources revealed that the meeting was cancelled as the chairman had raised an objection with MC Mayor Raj Bala Malik that till the controversy between the officials and councillors was not sorted out he would not hold any committee meeting. Pointing out that after making a complaint to UT Adviser KK Sharma about the incident, the Mayor did not inform any councillor as to what action would be taken against the officials.

The important issues which were to be taken up at the meeting included hiring of chain dozer for the dumping ground by the medical officer of the health department, the authorities had put up the issue for urgent clearance so that the problem of the department faced in the dumping ground at Dadu Majra could be resolved.

Another issue which the authorities included in the agenda was finalisation of modalities of the three sweeping machines. It was taken up in the house recently that maintenance cost of these sweeping machines were very high and the work conducted by them were not up to the mark so the sanitation committee should recommend whether these machines should be used in future or not. The issue of taking the approval of purchase of 100 garbage bin carts to collect the heaps of garbage from internal roads of the city by the sweepers of the corporation was also tabled at the meeting. But none of the issues were discussed as the committee meeting was cancelled.

The sources said that the MC Mayor has called a meeting of all party representatives tomorrow to discuss thie issue. At least one representative from each party will attend the meeting.



Evaporation reason behind water loss in Sukhna: Study
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The Sukhna Lake suffered a loss of 300-hectare metre water (approximately) due to evaporation from October 1, last year, to June 28, this year.

This was stated in a study conducted by the National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), Roorkee, which has recently submitted the study to the UT Administration.

The average decline in water level during October 1, 2011 to June 28, 2012 is 5.99 mm per day.

Besides evaporation loss, NIH in its report has also stated that water scarcity problem of the Sukhna Lake is mainly due to deficit in rainfall. In case the UT Administration desires to ensure the availability of water during the rainfall-deficit years, then it can do so through an alternate source of water.

As per the study, the main problems of lake are: Availability of water, weed infestation and siltation. The study also highlights the importance of check dams in the Sukhna catchment area. As per study, the silt detention dams in the hilly catchment have exhibited their utility in checking the siltation of the Lake. Without them, the Lake would have been filled up completely by now. The silt-detention dams still have significant importance and the Lake needs their presence.

The study also suggests that desilting should be undertaken in such a manner that the surface area of the Lake does not increase significantly as that would lead more water loss due to evaporation, which is already very high for the Lake.

NIH also studying

To study the water availability at the catchment level instead of the Lake level.

To study water losses from the lake, NIH have only considered the losses due to evaporation. The UT Administration requested NIH scientists to study the water loss though transpiration and seepage as well.

To carry out a study to explore the possibility of diverting water from the Ghaggar and Patiala-Ki-Rao to Sukhna Lake.



Truck involved in mishap still parked on road
Tribune News Services

Zirakpur, October 8
A truck, which was involved in an accident yesterday, is yet to be removed from the highway. The truck, which is loaded with iron rods, is parked partially on the highway, which hinders the smooth flow of traffic.

It was on Sunday, when a jeep rammed into the truck on Chandigarh-Ambala highway at Zirakpur. Two persons of a family were killed and four were seriously injured in the accident. Neither the police nor the NHAI authority has taken an initiative to remove the truck from the highway. Chances of accidents are more during night due low visibility.

“I was not aware that the truck was not removed. I will shortly get it removed,” said SHO Trilochan Singh.



Encroachment continues unabated in parks
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Encroachment upon public parks of Municipal Corporation continues unabated in the city.

An example of which is a park in Sector 21 where raw materials are lying for the past two weeks. The corporation has not yet taken any action against the offender.

This is not the only park which is being used by contractors to dump construction materials. During a visit to Sector 22 it was found that raw materials for construction of a house were kept in a nearby park. Residents revealed that they have complained to the authority concern a number of times, however, no action was taken against the violators.

Residents of Sector 21 said a few months ago the corporation had challaned a resident for keeping raw materials along the roadside. However, the corporation is not even reacting when another resident has virtually damaged the entire park of the corporation.

Passing the buck on, the encroachment department said the area falls under road wing so they have no authority to take action. However, the officials of the road wing stated that it is the duty of the horticulture department to keep a check on encroachments in parks.

Adding to this, a senior official also remarked that the person, whose materials are kept in the parks, might have taken prior permission from the corporation to do so. He also said if no permission had been sought then the authorities could take stringent action against the offenders.



Raising Day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The Regiment of Artillery celebrated its 185th Raising Day at Chandimandir Military Station here today. The day commemorates the birth of the first Indian artillery unit, the Bombay Battery, in 1827.

Serving as well as retired officers paid homage to the martyrs at the Veer Smriti War Memorial. A function and a special Ssainik Sammelan was held at an artillery unit located in the station. The celebrations also included a social get-together for the Gunners’ Fraternity of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali.

The gunners have repeatedly proved their mettle during battle. The gunners have also performed well in counter insurgency operations and won numerous awards and unit citations.



2-day theatre fest opens with Munshi Prem Chand’s satire
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
A two-day theatre festival on satirical plays opened with the play “Lottery” at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, here today. Based on a story written by Munshi Prem Chand, the comic satire showcased how the attitude of the relatives towards each other changed when suddenly the family got a large amount or money.

The second play staged in the evening was “Dr Palta”. This play was written by Balwant Gargi and directed by Gaurav Sharma.

The play was a sharp satire depicting the early struggle of professionals striving to settle down in their professional business. It told the story of Dr Palta who after losing all his money while completing his bachelor’s of dental surgery struggle to 
get a job.

Finally, he sets up his own clinic where he is confronted with a lot of problems in the absence of resources.

Tomorrow, “Maza Ban Jaye na Saja” written by Dr Anand Parkash Mishra and directed by Irfan Ahmed will be staged.

The play is a comic satire on the burning problem of AIDS. It also depicts the plight of bar dancer in India.



Refund late fee charges, say law students
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Demanding the refunding of the late fee charges to the newly admitted students, around 50 students of the Department of Laws, Panjab University, staged a protest in front of the department building here today.

The protestors said the students on the waiting list who were recently given admission to the department were charged late fee expenses of Rs 1,800 that must be refunded to them. Students said that last year too, the fee was charged, but later refunded after a protest was staged.

The students also highlighted the sanitation problem in the department. They said half of the 1,200 students at the department were girls; however, it had only one toilet for girls. Providing better sanitation facilities must be taken on a priority basis, they said.



Students demand better facilities
Stage protest against poor infrastructure, job placements at CCET-26
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Around 500 students of the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET), Sector 26, staged a protest against the “incompetence and lack of willingness” of the authorities to provide adequate facilities to the students.

The students lamented that the training and placement cell had remained ineffective in the college. They also complained about the poor infrastructure and hostel facilities. “The laboratory equipments do not function properly due to which our time is wasted during the practical classes. Projectors in the lecture halls are also not in a working state,” rued a student.

The students said proper sports facilities were also not made available by the college authorities. “No funds are sanctioned to the teams representing the college in various technical, cultural and sports competitions held in other colleges,” they said.

Students asked for an explanation from the authorities as to why the funds collected from the students for various facilities were not properly utilised.

They said despite the various funds collected under alumni, sports, and training and placement categories, amounting to nearly Rs 49 lakh every year, the facilities provided to them were dismal. A few months ago, lecturers of the college had also protested over similar demands.



Need to curb mobile phone misuse in schools, say teachers
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
With the advent of technology, the schools are trying their best to keep the students abreast by exposing them to computers and other technologies. However, the misuse of new technologies, of which mobile phones have emerged as the most contentious, is also raising many problems.

Last month, during a special raid on the examination day at a school in Sector 8, the school authorities confiscated 45 mobile phones from the students. Schoolteachers informed that most of these phones were expensive, and many parents were not even aware of it or chose to ignore the issue.

Anshu Chugh, a senior teacher at DAV School, Sector 15, says that the use of mobile phones on the school campus is a serious problem.

“Although we keep a constant check, at times students are caught surfing social networking sites or texting each other in the class room,” Chugh says.

According to Manju Bhardwaj, principal of SD Public School, Sector 32, technology has an important role to play in transforming the society, but children need to be told about the right use of technology too. For instance, websites such as Google can be used for searching for vital information, she says.

However, recently there was a case involving some students watching objectionable videos on a mobile phone at a popular school of the city. Many feel that there are several such incidents that often go unreported.

Sister Maria Swati, principal of Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, says mobile phones are making children take a “wrong route” at times. The personal numbers of students are also found in our school records, she says.

Anujit Kaur, principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, shares a recent incident where students were found taking photographs of a teacher with their mobile phones and making fun of her.

The issue needs to be tackled by a collaborative effort of parents and teachers, she feels. It is important to talk about the problem at length, she says.

Sister Maria Swati also feels that the role of the parents is very crucial in this whole issue. They must keep a proper check on the activities of their children while they are using mobile phones. They must also try to find alternative means, she says.

Parents, however, have their own reasons for giving mobile phones to the children. Shikha Mehrotra, a homemaker, says that as her son goes for tuitions after the school, it is important to keep a track, for which mobile phone comes handy.

Agreeing with such genuine concerns of the parents, a teacher, however, suggests that the same purpose can be achieved with a simple handset.

Dr Adarsh Kohli, a child psychologist at the PGI, says possessing a mobile phone has become a self-esteem issue due to the peer pressure. In case parents fail to provide them with mobile phones, extreme reactions from the children have also been noticed, he says.

In such a scenario, the society is moving away from social relationships and one-to-one interactions, and natural learning of the child is also being affected, as they become addicted to mobile phones.

The core issue is of imbalance in our lives these days, which is occurring at every level, says Dr Kohli. 

Parents must cooperate

Despite a proper check, at times students are caught carrying mobile phones. Parents must cooperate with the school authorities to find a solution

— Amita Khurana, Principal, Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22

We can’t deny the fact that misuse of technology is raising many issues these days. Therefore, precautionary measures that keep both the school and parents alert are a must

— Kavita Das, Principal, St John’s High School, Sector 26 



PU gets ready for Rahul’s visit on Oct 11
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
After his visit to the University of Kashmir in Srinagar, the Congress general general secretary, Rahul Gandhi, will be visiting Panjab University on October 11 to interact with students of PU and students from various parts of Punjab.

During the interaction, main focus will be on the state of education in Punjab. A team of Special protection Group (SPG) has already arrived in the city to check the security arrangements and plan the event.

The preparation for his visit has already begun on the ground opposite to Student’s Centre. The venue will accommodate around 5, 000 students who are expected to participate in the event organsied by the NSUI unit of Punjab and Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC).

Brinder Dhillon, NSUI leader of Punjab, who is also a leader of the Student Organsiation of Panjab University (SOPU) at PU, said that the NSG team arrived on Sunday and was busy planning the arrangements for Rahul’s visit. “The design, height and seating of students apart from parking is being planned by the SPG officials who are monitoring everything”, Dhillon said.

Dhillon further said that the students would be free to interact with the leader who would be arriving at around 2 pm for a brief visit of about 45 minutes.

PU student leader, Manoj Lubana, said that the road leading to the Student Centre and departments, including UBS and law, would be blocked on the day of his visit and special arrangement for parking will be made for the students and faculty visiting departments for classes.

Sources said that the PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Grover has also shown willingness to meet the Congress general Secretary for a few minutes.

This will be Rahul ‘s second visit toPU. Earlier, he had visited the campus in October 2009.

Cultural extravaganza

A cultural performance would also be organised for students before Rahul Gandhi arrives on the PU campus. Meanwhile, a Punjabi singer is also expected to perform on the stage. 



From schools and colleges
Children to raise funds for underprivileged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Students of Firstep Montessori School and members of NGO Goonj gathered at Sector 17 to celebrate the “Joy of Giving Week”. They created the city’s first “Wish Tree” to raise funds for the underprivileged students. In this week, various collection drives will be conducted by the students to collect clothes, blankets, footwear, used books and notebooks from their neighbourhood.

Potable water for students

Sector 21-C branch of the State Bank of Patiala donated a water purifier to Government Model High School, Sector 36-D. The school authorities appreciated the initiative of the bank authorities to ensure clean drinking water for the students.

Environment awareness campaign

St John’s High School celebrated the National Environment Awareness Campaign on the school premises. The theme of the campaign was “Forest for sustainable livelihood”. The activities included a demonstration on different forms of composting such as vermicomposting and box composting. A documentary on composting was also shown during the event. Students also planted medicinal plants including ginger, basil, thyme and dill in the school garden.

Gagneet wins declamation

Gagneet Kaur of Saupin’s School bagged the first prize at the inter-school declamation contest organised to mark World Wildlife Week at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10. The contest was jointly held by the Department of Forests and Wildlife and Yuvsatta, an NGO. The theme of the declamation was 'Conservation versus Development'.

Students apprised of career avenues

The commerce department of the MCMDAV College for Women, Sector 36, organised an interactive session on ”Career Guidance and Counselling” for the students of the commerce and management stream. The session aimed at apprising the students of various career options available to them. Hirdesh Madan, an expert in career guidance and counselling, interacted with the students on the occasion.
He said such opportunities that the college provided to its students went a long way in shaping their careers.

600 take part in math competition

Around 600 students from various North Indian states participated in a national-level math competition at Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma College, Sector 32-C. The students selected at the competition would participate in the PAMA International Abacus & Mental Arithmetic competition to be held in Taiwan in December this year. The competition was followed by a cultural event and the prize distribution ceremony. Prof Naval Kishore, Dean, Panjab University, who was the chief guest on the occasion addressed the gathering and gave away the prizes.

Seminar on leadership

Taaleem College of International Studies organised a session on “Lessons in Leadership and Globalisation”. Peter Maslen, CEO, Knowledge Universe, was the speaker on the occasion. While addressing the gathering, Maslen said that while half of Silicon Valley in the USA was run by Indian students, the quality of rural primary education in India still needed to be addressed. In India nearly 100 million children did not attend school and another 30 million attend school only to get the midday meal.

Students visit fire brigade

Panchkula: The students of Hallmark Public School, Sector 15, visited the fire brigade department at Sector 5. They were given information about the helpline numbers as well as the fire control system of the department. District Fire Officer Rampal Dhull and his assistant elaborated on the instruments used during fire accidents. Students were also shown helmets and gum boots used by the firemen. Children were also told about precautions to be taken in case of fire.



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