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ASI indicted, suspended
 Had forcibly taken money from a woman, working at IT Park 
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
A traffic police ASI has been suspended for allegedly taking a bribe after a woman employee of DLF IT Park had filed a complained against him with the SSP during an interaction on eve-teasing held in October.

The woman, who had got an opportunity to vent her grievance, had narrated her experience on how she was stopped by a traffic policeman and had asked her for the bribe.

ASI Dulip Singh, who was then posted with the traffic police, has been suspended by the SSP after a preliminary inquiry found him guilty.

This is the second instance when a police officer has been nailed on the complaint of a girl during an interaction on eve-teasing. A home guards volunteer, Om Parkash, was earlier dismissed from service after a student of the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, had complained against him to the SSP.

UT SP (Traffic) Maneesh Chaudhery said the woman did not know the name of the traffic policeman who took bribe from her and after she narrated her experience, they had called all traffic policemen who were on duty at that particular time so the bribe accused could be identified.

“The woman managed to identify the policeman and we ordered an inquiry. He was shifted to the Sector 26 police station and the file was then sent to the SSP,” said Chaudhery. SSP Naunihal Singh then passed the suspension orders this week.

The interaction on eve-teasing at IT Park was held in October when the woman had complained that she was stopped by a traffic policeman at Modern Housing lights for over speeding.

The ASI asked her to settle the matter on the spot and snatched money from her purse which she had taken out to show documents. After several days of struggle, the girl managed to get her money back from the policeman.

“He asked me to show documents of the vehicle and started asking me about my salary. As soon as I took out the documents, he snatched the money from me,” she said.

“After reaching office, I called at the police complaint number, but there was no response. Later, I somehow managed to speak with the SP and the policeman met me on the same road to return my money,” the victim added. 



2 SIs sent to police lines
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Senior police officials today shifted two UT Police sub-inspectors (SIs) posted at the Sector 26 police station to the police lines after they failed to ensure closing of discotheques at the prescribed time of 2 am on Sunday.

Sub-inspector Baljinder, beat in charge and sub-inspector Hansraj have been transferred to the police lines. To ensure strict implementation of the orders of the District Magistrate, the UT Police had deployed two inspectors and four sub-inspectors posted with the PCR outside all discotheques in the city. The PCR personnel have been instructed to ensure that all discotheques close by 1am on weekdays and 2am on weekends. It was brought to the notice of senior police officials by the PCR team that three discotheques in Sector 26 closed as late as 3am on Sunday and no effort was made by the two SIs to ensure that the discos close on time. Moreover, SI Baljinder and SI Hansraj did not take any action against the owners. 



7 of family killed in mishap
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Grief-stricken residents of Bhaskar Colony received the bodies of seven persons, including a 5-year-old girl, Gonu, who died in a tragic road accident on the Jind-Bhiwani road on Monday while they were on their way to Sirsa to attend a religious congregation.
The victims, Vedpal and his wife Rajbala; and Phulo and Sonam
The victims, Vedpal and his wife Rajbala; and Phulo and Sonam. Tribune Photos

The other nine members of the family, who were travelling in the maxi cab, were rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh, in a critical condition. While Gonu died on her way to the hospital, her mother Pinki is critical and is currently under observation in the hospital.

While seeing off the family this morning, Sonu, the only one who did not agree to go along, had hardly imagined that he would see half of the family dead in the next few hours.

“I had some important work so I did not go with them. My parents were excited to attend the religious function. My mother had made a wish which came true. So she took the entire family for the function,” said 25-year-old Sonu, with tears in his eyes.

Those admitted to the hospital include Sonu’s father, mother, two brothers, sister-in-law and a nephew. Gonu, the deceased, was Sonu’s niece. Sonu also lost his maternal uncle.

A volunteer of an NGO, who accompanied the victims to the hospital, said: “The victims were immediately rushed to the hospital. While the 7-year-old girl died on her way to the hospital. Sonu’s five-year-old nephew Rohit, sustained minor injuries. He lost his mother last year.”

Doctors at the PGI Advanced Trauma Centre said three patients were still critical.

The maxi cab was carrying 21 persons, including the family from Chandigarh, to Naanda village in Bhiwani from a religious place, Pandu Pindara, in Jind district. The cab collided head on with a private school bus coming from the opposite direction.

The deceased have been identified as Gonu, Vedpal, Rajbala, Phulo, Sonam, Krishan and Chele Singh. 



pu senate meeting
Agenda has 3,094 pages, weighs 11.5 kg
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
A 3,094-page Panjab University Senate meeting agenda, weighing 11.5 kg, is giving anxious moments to senators. Perhaps for the first time in the history of the university, the senators would be carrying the voluminous agenda for the meeting scheduled for December 22. A nine-month delay in holding the meeting has made the agenda lengthier and bulkier.

Dalip Kumar, a Senate member, said the agenda could have been lighter if the meetings had been conducted at regular intervals. “Frequent Senate meeting will lead to better discussion and participation of the members. The house also needs sufficient time to discuss all items which are sometimes not possible due to the lengthy agenda. Reading all agenda items require a lot of time,” he said.

There are 100 agenda items for consideration, 52 for ratification and 11 items for information would be discussed during the meeting to be held on December 22.

Interestingly, the members would get less then 12 hour to discuss the entire agenda. The meeting will begin at 9.30 am and conclude at 10 pm. There will be a lunch break of 30 minutes.

Rajesh Gill, another Senate member, stated she would not have any problem in carrying 11.5 kg agenda to the meeting. However, if the meetings are held more frequently, the members would get enough time to deliberate over the issues rather then rushing through the agenda.

The Senate members are in fix how to carry the agenda to the Senate hall Gurdip Kumar Sharma, principal, GGDSD College, Hariana, Hoshiarpur, said: “It seems we will now have to keep a caddy along with us for carrying bulky agendas,” said Sharma.

He said to save paper, the option of providing soft copies to members could also be explored. “Those who have laptops and are comfortable in bringing it to the Senate meeting should be provided with the soft copies. This would somewhere help in reducing the number of copies printed by the PU,” he said.

The PU publishes over 100 copies of the agenda for the Senate meeting for members, assisting staff and even journalists.

Few years ago, the PU had published an agenda having 1,500 pages.



Eyeing reward, cops list their achievements 
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
City’s 11 station house officers (SHOs) and 17 police post in-charges are busy these days listing their achievements of 2012.

Gearing up for a commendation and reward announced by the UT SSP for the best work done in the year, key police officials are working hard and are preparing the list of their achievements.

At the crime review meeting to be held this week, the best SHO, the best police post in charge, the best unit in charge and the best investigating officer of the year will be announced after a 10 to 15 minute representation by each one of them.

Police officials are thus digging into their case files, counting their solved cases, pendency and major achievements of the year. Besides, they are also counting the percentage of disposed of cases, under investigation cases, rate of petty crimes in their respective areas, recovery in property related cases and public response.

Most of the SHOs have also filed more than a dozen challans in a court in the past week so as to speed up the disposal rate of cases. The recovery rate in snatching and theft cases will also be reviewed.

“The crime review meeting is a regular affair and we are evaluating the individual performance of each unit this time. The idea is to analyse the strengths and the weakness to bring about an overall improvement in the force. The unit in-charges will give a representation and the best will be suitably rewarded so as to motivate others to improve,” said UT SSP Naunihal Singh.

The unit in-charges are given a target to meet the recovery rate of solving at least 50 per cent of theft cases in their area. Besides, the recovery in property related cases and cases pending investigation are also taken into account. The year has so far witnessed over 1,400 thefts, 212 burglary cases, 17 murders and 55 robberies. The police has not been able to solve the murder of a balloon seller. and a robbery of Rs 5 lakh in Mani Majra.


Shortage of docs at GMSH-16
NHRC seeks report 
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Reacting to a complaint filed by a city-based lawyer on the basis of a Chandigarh Tribune report, which highlighted the shortage of doctors attending to 2,500 patients per day at GMSH-16, the National Human Rights Commission has sought a report from the UT Health Secretary on the matter.

The medical superintendent, GMSH-16, has also been made one of the respondents in the complaint. The complaint filed on October 30 cited the fact that there were only 116 doctors to attend to more than 2,500 patients at the Out Patient Department(OPD) at Government Multi Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, everyday.

“The above said figure of the doctors is very much on the lower side. However, the Administration has closed its eyes on the issue,” reads the copy of the complaint.

The complainant, Arvind Thakur, contended that , “Due to the shortage of doctors at GMSH 16, appropriate facilities and medical care cannot be provided to the patients. Due to recent controversies emerging at the GMSH, the medical professionals are reluctant to join the hospital because it is not possible for the doctors at the GMSH to take care of each and every patient.”

The Tribune had highlighted the issue earlier in September.

Over the last one year more than 6.5 lakh patients have visited the hospital OPDs, while the number of patients in the in-patient department per day remained as high as 4,300.

In addition, average number of surgeries performed per month turned out to be 1,000 and that of deliveries conducted in a month remained close to 850.

The authorities attribute the rush of patients in the hospital to the lack of another other general hospital in the city.



Social activist gets Neerja Bhanot Award
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Gen VP Malik (retired), a former Chief of Army Staff, conferred the Neerja Bhanot Award 2012 on Ajmer-based Asha Manwani (55).

The annual Neerja Bhanot Award was instituted in 1990 in the memory of the brave senior flight purser, Neerja Bhanot, who saved hundreds of lives while sacrificing her own, during a Pan Am plane hijack at Karachi Airport in September 1986. The Award consists of Rs. 1.50 lakh, a citation and a trophy.

Speaking on the occasion, General Malik said Neerja was a role-model for the young women of the country and had she been in the Indian defence forces she would have been a role model for young officers due to her bravery and supreme sacrifice. “The country needs many more Neerja Bhanots, who think about safety of others above their own. She did the country proud,” he added.

Accepting the Award, Manwani said “I am proud to receive this award as it represents the spirit of Neerja Bhanot’s determination and grit in the face of overwhelming circumstances. A woman must not tolerate injustice and must learn to stand up for her rights,come what may.”

She said it was time young girls and women in India refused to allow themselves to be ill-treated by male members of their families especially their husbands.

Manwani was tormented and ridiculed by her ex-husband for her short height but she went to prove how tall she was with her compassionate and noble actions and her strong and undying spirit.

Rama Bhanot, managing trustee, Neerja Bhanot Pan Am Trust, exhorted her to continue with her mission to help the less privileged women. 



Fire breaks out at house in Dhanas
 70-year-old man sustains burn injuries
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
A 70-year-old man sustained injuries when a fire broke out in a house at the Housing Board Colony in Dhanas on Sunday morning. The injured was identified as Joginder Singh.

Tully, a resident of house number 1014 in the Housing Board Colony of Dhanas, sustained 30 per cent burns and was taken to the PGI. He was reported to be stable.

The fire broke out due to leakage in a LPG cylinder in the house. The fire control room received a call at 2.14 am and a fire tender was rushed to the spot. However, no major loss of property was reported from the spot. The police said Joginder Singh was sleeping on the ground floor of the house while other family members were on the first floor at the time when the fire broke out.

Singh lit the gas in order to boil water for himself as he was not feeling well. The fire broke put once he turned on the switch of the gas cylinder.

“We took the injured to the PGI. The lower part of his body sustained injuries. However, no other major loss of property has been reported”, said, Gurmukh Singh, SHO of the Sector 11 police station.

Ram Tej, station fire officer at the Sector 38, said, “The place was close to the fire station due to which a major tragedy was averted”.



Eve-teasing victim faces police harassment 
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 16
Eve-teasing victim faces police harassment Hina Rohtaki Tribune News Service Panchkula, December 16 Gathering some courage after morale-boosting speeches by police officials, an eve-teasing victim approached the police, but she was in for a shock when an assistant sub-inspector posted at the Sector 10 police station passed indecent remarks on her.

Unable to get justice, the 32-year-old woman today joined a group of men and women running an NGO. Members of the NGO took out a candle march in Sector 7 against the increasing incidents of eve-teasing in the tricity. The incident dates back to September when she approached the ASI to lodge her complaint about some boys in her neighbour.

They used to harass and chase her. But seeing the indifferent attitude of the policeman who passed an objectionable comment, she approached the then station house officer, Sector 5, Nupur Bhisnoi. “The SHO asked me to give proof of the eve-teasing and asked embarrassing questions. Disheartened, I continued to suffer the trauma till I got in contact with the NGO,” she said. When contacted, the Sector 10 police post in charge, Baldev Singh, said: “I have taken charge recently. A woman did file a complaint. She was asked to identify the accused, but she couldn’t.” 



Vijay Diwas celebrated at Chandimandir
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Commemorating Vijay Diwas to mark the 41st anniversary of “India’s Finest Hour”, rich tributes were paid to the martyrs at a solemn ceremony at the Chandimandir Military Station today.
Lt-Gen Sanjiv Chachra, GOC-in-C, WC, and (extreme right) General VP Malik (retired) interact with paraplegic soldiers during the Vijay Divas celebrations at Chandimandir in Panchkula on Sunday.
Lt-Gen Sanjiv Chachra, GOC-in-C, WC, and (extreme right) General VP Malik (retired) interact with paraplegic soldiers during the Vijay Divas celebrations at Chandimandir in Panchkula on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Floral tributes were paid to the martyrs at the Veer Smriti War Memorial by the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lt-Gen Sanjiv Chachra, and former Army Chief Gen VP Malik.

War veterans, including gallantry awardees, inmates from the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre, Mohali, as well as a large number of serving and retired officers and men attended the ceremony.

A ceremonial guard reversed arms as a mark of respect to the fallen soldiers, while buglers sounded the last post followed by the rouse.

This day is celebrated every year to commemorate the spectacular victory achieved by the Indian armed forces over Pakistani forces on both Eastern as well as the Western Fronts in 1971, which resulted in the birth of Bangladesh as a sovereign nation. The war, fought from December 3 to 16, culminated in Pakistani forces laying down arms before the Indian troops and 93,000 Pakistani troops being taken prisoner of war.

Later in the evening, a candle lighting ceremony was also held at the war memorial, where over 500 officers, JCOs and other ranks lit candles as a mark of remembrance to those who had laid down their lives in the line of duty.



Bomb shell found at Daria village
Tribune News Service

An Army jawan lifts a bomb shell at Daria village in Chandigarh on Sunday.
An Army jawan lifts a bomb shell at Daria village in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, December 16
Panic struck Daria village near the Industrial Area this evening after a live bomb shell was found from near the jungle area. The bombshell, weighing around 40 kg and over one feet in length, was enough to cause damage within a radius of three to four km.

A woman who went to attend the nature’s call in the area at around 6 pm when she noticed the bomb lying there and called the police control room. A bomb disposal squad was immediately pressed into service and the Army was called, which took the shell into its possession.

Inspector Narinder Patial said the source of the bombshell could not be ascertained as the imprint was not readable. The police suspects that the bomb could have been part of junk or belonged to the Army.



2 policemen injured

Chandigarh, December 16
Two policemen on a motorcycle were injured after a ca hit their motorcycle at the roundabout of Sector 7, 8, 18 and 189 last night. SI Jaiveer and constable Suresh posted at the Sector 11 police station were on the motorcycle. 

They were rushed to the Government Multi Speciality Hospital at Sector 16 where they are currently admitted. — TNS



Pinjore Heritage Festival concludes
 Six-inch ‘jalebas’ from Gohana attract visitors
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 16
Special jalebas from Gohana with a radius of 6 inch were the main crowd pullers at the seventh Heritage Festival this time. The two-day fest concluded at the Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore, here today.

The festival was organised by the Haryana Tourism Department. It was inaugurated by Governor Jagannath Pahadia yesterday.

Thousands of people visited the fest today. Performances like puppet show, Rajasthani kachi ghori, traditional Haryanavi orchestra and Haryanavi folk dances (ghoomer) remained the main attraction for the visitors.

The special 'jalebas' were made in pure ghee. They were about six inch in radius.

The festival concluded on a musical note. Amidst the royal settings of the Pinjore Gardens, music lovers came together to enjoy an evening of Sufi music on the concluding day of the festival. Over 15,000 people visited the festival and enjoyed every aspect of it.

The evening witnessed instrumental playing of Awadhi folk and Sufiana performance by Malini Awasthi. Disciple of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ghosh, enthralled the audience by playing raag puria kalian in jhaptal in Madhya and drut laya. Arun Jha and Madhuresh Bhatt accompanied him on pakhawaj and tabla, respectively.



jyoti’s murder
Victim’s father apprehends threat to life
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 16
The Panchkula police has written to the Hoshiarpur police asking it to provide security to the father of Jyoti, who was found murdered near Sector 21 in Panchkula on November 22.

The deceased's father, Buti Ram, had lodged a complaint apprehending threat to his life.

He alleged that a few persons had threatened to kill him if he refused to accept the money and sign an affidavit to close the case.

He added that a Baddi-based politician, Ram Kumar Chaudhary, who is one of the suspects, should be made the prime accused in the case. Ram Kumar Chaudhary has contested the Vidhan Sabha polls from Himachal Pradesh. Raids were conducted to nab Chaudhary.

“Buti Ram has alleged that he was threatened by some youths at Tanda village near Hoshiarpur. We have written to the Hoshiarpur police to provide him security," said Assistant Commissioner of Police(ACP) Virender.

The deceased was putting up as a paying guest in house number 3295, Sector-21D Chandigarh. She was pursuing BEd from a private institute in Mohali. She was also working in a security agency in Mohali.

Buti Ram in his complaint had stated that his daughter was handling Chaudhary's financial matters during the elections. On her sister's wedding in 2009, Ram Kumar had come and she had introduced him to her family.

The post-mortem report had revealed that she had undergone abortion.



Those who have lit up several lives
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
The PGIMER campus remained lit up with the visit of its prestigious alumni who gathered at their alma mater to celebrate the first-ever alumni meet of the institution. Among those 600 who attended the celebrations on Saturday and Sunday were many who brought laurels to the institution by making a mark in the medical field wherever they went. While some have emerged as pioneers in the field of research, there were others currently working as faculty members at some of the most renowned medical education institutions of the world.

Dr NK Ganguly. MD (microbiology), 1967 batch
He has served as the chairman of the Indian Council for Medical Research. Dr Ganguly was the acting director of the National Institute of Biologicals, Noida. He has been the Chair of WHO-SEARO Advisory Committee on Health Research for the past several years. He was the vice-chairman of the Joint Coordinating Board (JCB) for special programme for research and training in tropical diseases (TDR) and of joint Indo-US vaccine action programme.

Dr Manju Kalra, MD (surgery), 1981 batch
Presently working as the associate professor of vascular surgery at Mayo Clinic, the US, Dr Manju, has contributed a lot to the research in her field. She has been a part of various publications on vascular surgery and remembered as one of the few women surgery students from her batch.

Dr Shivayogi Bhusnurmath MD (pathology), 1977 batch
Presently working as the Dean, academic affairs, at St George University School of Medicine at Grenada, West Indies, Dr Shivayogi is also the President of North American Association of Indian Pathologists. He is credited with his contribution to liver, gastroenterology and renal pathology.

Dr KK Talwar, MD (medicine), 1973 batch, DM (cardiology), 1976 batch
He is serving as the chairman of the Medical Council of India. Professor Talwar has significantly contributed to medical research. For the first time in the world of literature, he described occurrence of inflammatory myocarditis in Takayasu arteritis using endomyocardial biopsy. He is the recipient of various national and international awards and served as the member of various medical bodies.

Sanjeev Gupta, MD (medicine), 1977 batch
At present, Dr Gupta is placed as professor, medicine) and pathology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the US. In addition to being the pioneer in development of cell therapy, he has been a prominent representative in the Association of Physicians of India, British Medical Association Royal College of Physicians of London and many others.

Dr S Mahapatra, MD (medicine), 1968 batch
Presently servicing as the CMO, Nebraska Heart Institute and Heart Hospital, Lincoln, the US, Dr Mahapatra, completed an internal medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and a cardiology fellowship at Sinai Hospital in Detroit. He has been a member of the American College of Cardiology; American Association of Nuclear Medicine; American Society of Cardiovascular Interventionalists; and Society of Echocardiography. 



open house response
Plaques a scar on city’s face

Plaques installed by officials for self-glorification has blotted the City Beautiful. The irony is that after installing the plaques, the officials do not even bother to visit the areas again. Most of the parks are a shambles. Nothing is being done to maintain these. A group of residents should hand over a memorandum to the Administrator, requesting him to do the needful.

Priya Darsh Growar, Mohali

Projects must be completed on time

Politicians should put in efforts to get the projects completed after laying foundation stones. These must be completed on time. People curse those who get their names engraved on plaques. What a shame!

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

A right move

Mayor Raj Bala Malik might have inaugurated the community centre at the Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra, for self-glorification, but the beneficiaries owe a lot to the area councillor who got the work completed on time. The plaque installed on the day added to the aesthetics of the facade of the main building.

SC Luthra, MHC, Mani Majra
Open house question
Be it the upkeep of parks or repair of streetlights, the outgoing Mayor has failed to deliver on the promises and bring about a change. What do you expect from the next Mayor. Write your suggestions to openhouse@tribunemail.com

Practice will continue

The installation of plaques has become the in thing these days. No one knows about the foundation stone laid by President of India Dr Rajendra Prasad in Sector 1 in early 50s. It seems that even the officials have no control over the practice and it will continue.

Tarsem Bhardwaj, Mani Majra

Efforts must to maintain parks

The plaque installed at the PGI's administrative block, with the name of Partap Singh Kairon, the then Chief Minister of Punjab, written on it adds to the beauty of the PGI. After laying a foundation stone, the officials should initiate steps to maintain the area.

Gurmit Singh Saini, Ontario, Canada.

Green belts should be maintained

Politicians and MC officials launch projects with much fanfare, but when it comes to maintaining these, they choose to look the other way. Instead of installing plaques for self-glorification, they should maintain green belts. They should live up to the expectations of residents.

Sumesh Kumar, Badhwar, Mohali

A futile exercise

Councillors are in no way behind, when it comes to taking credit for development works. Re-inaugurating already inaugurated parks or installing plaques do not make sense. The works that benefit residents should be appreciated.

Sachin Sharma, Chandigarh

Residents should raise voice

The installation of plaques and inauguration is a part of our culture. The officials should launch projects to benefit the public. Politicians and bureaucrats are doing a wrong thing. Residents should raise their voice to put an end to the practice.

Vidya Sagar Garg, Panchkula

Practice has annoyed residents

The poor upkeep of parks has resulted in resentment among the residents. Instead of putting up plaques, the MC should maintain parks properly as the civic body is short of machines and tools like tractors, grass cutters, leaf collectors and pest-spraying pumps.

Dr Shruti K Chawla, Chandigarh

Money should not be wasted

Officials of the civic body must concentrate on important issues rather than wasting time and money in glorifying themselves by inaugurating parks and laying foundation stones, with their names engraved on those. Parks in the city are in a pitiable condition. Cleanliness drives should be carried out in the city.

Vineet Kapoor, Panchkula

Little is done for the upkeep of green belts

Our city is becoming a city of plaques and those in power hog self-glorification. A little is done to maintain the projects. It is strange that the officials forget the projects after inaugurating those.

Isha Dahiya, Panchkula

Exercise should be banned

The objective of the MC should be to serve the public. They should ask residents how they feel when they see a green belt in a poor state. There is a need to ban the practice.

Satish Chandra Sharma, Chandigarh 



Chandigarh Scan

Interdisciplinary math conference

The 21st International Conference of the Forum for Interdisciplinary Mathematics (FIM) was inaugurated at the Department of Statistics, Panjab University. In his inaugural address, Vice-Chancellor Professor Arun Grover reminded the delegates of the noted contributions made by mathematicians from Ramanujan to RP Bhamba that led to developments in the field of statistics. Earlier, Professor Kalpana Mahajan, the conference chair, informed that the FIM conference is first of its kind being organised in the department. In all, around 175 delegates from India and abroad registered at the desk by noon for the three-day conference.

Painting competition

Nearly 4.4 lakh students from 12,863 schools across Punjab participated in the state level painting competition on energy conservation organised by Bhakra Beas Management Board Energy Conservation. The event was organised on the behalf of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) under the Ministry of Power, Government of India, for students of classes IV to VI, studying in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

Inter-house quiz

An inter-house quiz at RIMT World School witnessed enthusiastic participation from the students from classes V to VIII. The competition, Quizomania, was won by Courage House, while Endurance House and Honour House bagged the second and third positions respectively. The Science Quizomania included five rounds consisting of rapid fire, transfer, visual, solve the unsolved and buzzer rounds.

International conference on plants

Around 100 delegates from Japan, China, Pakistan, Iraq, Lithuania and other countries are attending the international conference on allelopathy at the department of botany, Panjab University. The conference is being organised under the auspices of Asian Allelopathy Society. Prof AS Ahluwalia, chairperson of the department and organising secretary of the conference, explained the objectives and relevance of the conference. The delegates would deliberate on several ecological issues such as invasion by weeds, their management using new scientific approaches and biodiversity conservation.

Sports meet

The sports meet consisting of fun games was held at the Rattan Professional Education College of Nursing, Sohana. The chief guest Rattan Aggarwal inaugurated the event. The students of the nursing college participate in various events.

Plantation drive

The Eco Club of Sarva Institute of Hotel Management conducted a plantation drive near Gurdwara Nadda Sahib. Over 80 saplings of medicinal and ornamental plants were planted on the occasion. Around 60 volunteers participated in the drive under the supervision of Malini Dahiya, MD, SIHM. Vineet Kapoor, principal, talked about the importance of conservation of forests.

Blankets distributed

Vishvas Foundation, Panchklula, distributed blankets to the poor and needy habitants of cottages near Vishvas Meditation Centre, Sector 66, Mohali. More than 160 blankets were distributed and a grand langar was arranged. — TNS



Education Department gears up for direct cash transfer
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
The UT Administration is gearing up for the direct cash transfer system expected to start form January 1. The Education Department has started the process of making Aadhar cards as well as opening bank accounts for the beneficiaries of several government schemes and scholarships, studying in schools and institutions of higher education.

There are around 3,500 students in local schools and colleges, who are receiving monetary benefits under several government schemes. In the Higher Education Department, there are over 400 beneficiaries of post-matric scholarship for SC and OBC students, besides over 350 students receiving post-matric scholarship meant for the minority communities. In schools, there are around 1500 children covered under schemes meant for SCs, OBCs and girls.

A senior official of the department said that there are seven schemes at the post-matric level and around three schemes at the pre-matric level that will be made part of the direct cash transfer system.

Overall, close to 35 government schemes are to be made part of this system. These are being run by various departments including social justice and empowerment, women and child development, health and family welfare, labour and employment, besides targeted public distribution system.

Currently all the departments concerned are busy identifying the total number of beneficiaries.



No uniforms for schoolchildren
 Admission process for next academic session has already begun
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Despite the admission process for the next academic session already underway, thousands of government schoolchildren are yet to be provided free school uniform for the current academic session.

“Children should get the school uniform at the beginning of the session, but uniforms have not yet been delivered to us,” said the head of a government school.

The children studying in the periphery schools are reportedly more affected by the delay than those studying in the urban schools.

The principal of the government school in Mauli Jagran said that this year the school had to take the help of some non-governmental organisations to arrange uniforms for the students from financially weaker sections of the society.

As per The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, students up to class VIII are to be provided free school uniforms.

In Chandigarh, there are around one lakh eligible students.

The delay in supply of school uniforms is being attributed to indecision on the part of the department. Earlier, the Education Department had proposed a one time cash subsidy, which was to be transferred to the joint account of the student and his/her mother, for the purpose of buying the uniform.

Later, however, after a series of meetings with the heads of the schools and the senior officials of the department, it was decided that the school management committee (SMEs) of each school will be responsible for buying the uniform for their respective wards.

A school head, however, said that it was nearly a month ago that they were told about this decision, but since then there had been no word from the department.

District Education Officer Ram Kumar Sharma said the file had been sent to the higher officials.

“As soon as it gets the official approval, the school heads will be informed about it with specific details,” he said. 



Former international athlete attends alumni meet at PGGCG-11
 She is the first Indian woman to win gold at Asian Games
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Many old students of the Post Graduate Government College for Girls (PGGCG), Sector 11, reached the campus today to participate in the alumni meet. Kamaljeet Sandhu Kooner, who graduated from the college in 1969, was one such alumna.

Old students of the Post Graduate Government College for Girls in a jubilant mood during the alumni meet on the college campus in Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
Old students of the Post Graduate Government College for Girls in a jubilant mood during the alumni meet on the college campus in Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan 

Within just two years, she went on to be honoured with a Padma Shri award in 1971, making the college proud.

Kamaljeet was honoured for becoming the first woman in the country to win a gold medal at the Asian Games in 1970. She covered the 400m track in 57.3 seconds to win the medal.

She also went on to become the first Indian women to reach the final of an Olympics athletics event, later, in 1972.

“It feels great to come back to the college, where I started my sporting career,” she said.

“Nothing has changed here; even the buildings look just the same,” said Kamaljeet, who was delighted to meet her English teacher, also an alumna of the college.

Kamaljeet was surrounded by many other old students who wanted to know more about her passion for running that turned her into an international athlete.

For the other alumni, too, it was a nostalgic moment during the third alumni meet held at the college. Indu Kalia, head of public administration department of the college, who is also an alumna, said that it felt great to be teaching at the college where she once studied. 



from schools
Cultural fiesta

Chandigarh: The Annual Cultural Fiesta 2012 of Manav Mangal High School was organised in the auditorium of Manav Mangal Smart School, Mohali. The programme commenced with a prayer, sung by nursery students, followed by a dance performance by class I students. Nursery students also captivated the audience with their garba dance performance. A patriotic dance item by kindergarten students made the audience proud of being Indians. Students also enacted the fairy tale of Cindrella in a unique and innovative way through a medley of the latest movie songs.

Children perform a dance during the annual day function at Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, in Mohali on Sunday.
Children perform a dance during the annual day function at Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, in Mohali on Sunday. Tribune photo Vicky Gharu

Alumni meet

An alumni meet was organised at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sector 25. Old students from various batches attended the meet. They recalled the days spent at the school. Yashwinder Pal Singh, an alumnus, motivated the students to work hard in every sphere of life.

Bhajan Sandhya

Panchkula: The annual day of Chaman Lal DAV Senior Secondary School was celebrated on Monday. An enthralling “Bhajan Sandhya” was organised on the occasion. Garima Singh, Additional Commissioner, Income Tax, UT, graced the occasion. She also inaugurated “Taruni”, a club to empower girls.

Annual day

Mohali: The British School organised its 7th annual day function at Indradhanush Auditorium. The event saw ‘Taal’, a colourful and scintillating cultural fiesta comprising of a medley of dance and musical performances. The school registered 100 per cent participation from the students.

Students learn how to make earthenware

Anee's School organised a workshop on making pots, different earthenware and utensils of mud. Students of senior classes participated and tried to learn traditional techniques of pottery making. The principal said the traditional art and culture were being forgotten in the present era — TNS



pu re-employment
Senators to decide on 2-yr extension
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
Various key issues cleared by the Syndicate during its meetings held between April and December this year will be tabled before the Senators when they meet on December 22.

The issue of extension in the re-employment of teachers, which was discussed by the Syndics on September 8, will be tabled before the House.

The Syndicate had recommended that the re-employed teachers be allowed re-employment for a period of five years in which the initial appointment would be made for three years and a further two-year extension would be given on the basis of an appraisal. 



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