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New district courts complex-43
Confusion rules opening day
Litigants shuttle between Sector 17 courts and new courts complex in Sector 43
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Litigants at the Sector 17 courts complex
Litigants at the Sector 17 courts complex on Monday. Tribune photos: S Chandan

Chandigarh, January 28
Inadequate publicity regarding the shifting of the district courts from Sector 17 to the new District Courts Complex in Sector 43 has led to confusion among litigants. The new District Courts Complex was inaugurated with much fanfare last week, but the authorities failed to publicise it. Unaware of the relocation of the district courts, hundreds of litigants were harassed after reaching the courts complex in Sector 17 this morning. The courts started functioning at the new complex from today.

Some of the litigants had come after taking leave from their office, while others came from far-off places to attend their cases.

"I am a daily wage earner. I lost the day's salary. I had taken leave to attend the hearing. When the court officials told me about the next date during last hearing, they should have informed me about the shifting of the courts complex. I will not be able to reach the court on time," said Sanju, a resident of Ambala.

"I have been visiting the courts complex almost every week for the hearing of my case for the past two months. I have been meeting the lawyers regularly, but I am surprised to note that none of the lawyers bothered to inform me about the shifting. The authorities should have put up notices in the complex. I am an old man and moving around in the city is not an easy task for me," said Raj Devinder Singh, a litigant.

The officials present at the Sector 17 courts complex said the shifting was planned in a hurry and more than 100 litigants had returned between 9.30 am and 10.30 am from here.

No parking arrangements

Owing to the lack of proper planning by the authorities, litigants had to struggle to find a space for parking their vehicles at the new Courts Complex.

Visiting the new court complex is a Herculean task for the litigants as well as the lawyers in the absence of systematic parking arrangements in the area adjoining the new complex.

A large number of vehicles, including two-wheelers and four-wheelers, were parked haphazardly, blocking the entry and exit points.

"What was the hurry to shift the courts complex if there was no adequate parking space at the new complex? A person who comes to attend the hearing will be completely lost in the parking lot. I have been stuck in the parking lot for the past one hour. I cannot move my car in any direction since there is a huge trail of vehicles all around," said Kamal Verma, a visitor to the complex.

While the litigants and the lawyers struggled to park their vehicles, the policemen were busy warning those who had parked their vehicles on the road outside the complex.

Non-functional lifts

The hi-tech lifts in the five-storeyed building at the new courts complex did not function on the opening day. An 89-year-old litigant, Gurbachan Singh, who came to the court on Monday, said: "I had to wait for about 10 minutes for the lift. The liftman told me that it was stuck on one of the floors. While returning, I again kept waiting for the lift for a long time. Then somebody told me that it was not working. I had to take the stairs to reach the ground floor."

A first-hand experience of moving inside the court building revealed that none of the lifts were working properly, forcing the litigants to take stairs.

Lawyers also lost

More than the litigants, it was the lawyers who remained perplexed while locating the courtrooms in the new complex. A large number of lawyers were seen jotting down the location of courts from a display board on the ground floor. Many lawyers kept shuttling between the floors along with the complainants for finding the court rooms. "Even we are new to the place. It will take us some time to be familiar with the new complex," said advocate Terminder Singh.

Harrowing time for staff

Though the shifting of the official record from the old courts complex started five days ago, a number of files pertaining to the cases taken up by various courts were still lying at the Sector 17 complex. Staff members were seen shuttling between the two complexes throughout the day.

"Although we had prepared well in advance by keeping the files of cases listed this week on the top in the trunks, locating each one of them was a tedious task. It will take us at least three months to put everything in place," said a court official.

Tussle between lawyers

High drama was witnessed during the draw of lots for lawyers' chambers at the new complex. The draw for 440 chambers built across four floors continued for more than SIX hours after being halted twice due to a tussle between the lawyers.



Estate Office on demolition mode
Tribune News Service

An earth-moving machine demolishes an illegal house at Mauli Jagran in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Chandigarh, January 28
The enforcement staff of the UT Estate Office today demolished four multi-storeyed houses and sealed another two houses in Charan Singh Colony, Mauli Jagran, this morning. The authorities also pulled down security gates put up by residents in Sector 45. Besides, demolition notices were issued against 34 marla houses in Sector 22.

In Mauli Jagran, the enforcement staff accompanied by a strong posse of police carried out the demolition drive. The houses had been illegally raised on the vacant government land. In two cases, four-storeyed structures were raised without following safety guidelines and in one of the houses, a bakery was being run from the ground floor.

Niab tehsildar Amarinder Singh said four houses were demolished. The authorities also sealed two houses as the demolition could have posed a danger to the adjoining structures.

An anti-encroachment drive in progress at Mauli Jagran; and (right) a resident shows the spot from where security barricades were removed at Sector 45 in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal and Pradeep Tewari

In another drive, a team of the UT Estate Office and the MC removed security gates from a residential area in Sector 45-B, attracting strong protest from the residents. The residents alleged that the funds for the three gates on the V6 roads had been sanctioned by MP Pawan Kumar Bansal. The gates were removed following a complaint by the St Stephen’s School authorities.

A youth lifts a girl who fell uncon
scious; and a resident cries during the demolition drive at Mauli Jagran.

Harold Carver, director of the school, was not available for comments. The headmaster of the school, G Jacob, said the gates were hampering the movement of school buses.

The president of the Sector Welfare Association, AC Dhawan, said the gates were removed without any provocation. The gates had been installed as a security measure.

Officials said the gates on the MC land were installed without approval. On the other hand, the residents said the drive was carried out even as the MP had given permission for the gates on the V6 roads. The entry of school buses on the V6 roads has been banned.

Demolition notices

Continuing with the drive against ‘non-sanctionable’ building violations, the assistant estate officer has issued notices to 34 residential premises in Sector 22. Officials said the violators had been given 15 days to remove the violations or face demolition.



Six students hurt as bus overturns
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
Six students of Vivek High School, Mohali, had a miraculous escape after a school bus they were travelling in overturned at the Sector 17/9 light point at 8 am today. The students sustained minor injuries and were discharged after treatment at the GMSH, Sector 16.

The incident took place when the school bus coming from the Sector 8/9 dividing road took a turn towards Sector 17 from the Sector 17/9 light point. A car coming from Madhya Marg jumped the red light and hit the bus.

Six students, including five girls, sustained injuries and were rushed to the GMSH-16.

Nikita Gupta of Class IV got two stitches on her left ear, while others were discharged after being administered the first aid.

Nikita was sent home after an hour. A teacher, who was also travelling in the bus, was also discharged after the treatment. The driver of the bus escaped unhurt.

HS Mamik, chairman of Vivek High School, said the driver of the car told the police that he was heading towards the PGI and did not see the bus coming from the other side.



Setback for UT Admn
Union Ministry turns down request to lift ban on land acquisition
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
In a major setback for the UT Administration, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has turned down the request of the UT Administration to lift a ban on land acquisition. The ban was imposed by the MHA. The ministry has asked for the status of the land available with the Administration.

It also wants to know when the land was acquired and why it had been lying vacant for so many years.

Recently, the UT Administration had written to the ministry, requesting for permission or relaxation in the ban so as to enable it to acquire land for important projects hanging fire for the past many years.

In a letter sent to the Administration on August 26, 2011, the MHA had directed it to put all land acquisitions on hold.

A senior official said the Administration was planning to acquire 1.89 acres for the widening of a road from railway point at Daria village and 3.32 acres for providing connectivity with Daria and Mauli Jagran.

The authorities intend to acquire another 2.12 acres for the widening of a V3 road on Paschim Marg between Sector 38 and Sector 38 (West) and for upgrading infrastructure in Shahpur village.

The project of laying storm water drainage (SWD) for 169 one-room tenements in Mauli Jagran has been stuck up due to the ban.

For linking airfield and transit camp, the authorities plan to acquire 5.53 acres at Hallo Majra.

Some other projects yet to take off include development of community centre-cum-vocational training institutes at Hallo Majra, additional route from the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) sheds to Hallo Majra village, identification and procurement of a new dumping site for future use and allotment of land to the welfare rehabilitation board of the ITBP.

Projects hanging fire

  • 1.89 acres for widening a road from railway point
  • 2.12 acres for widening a V3 road on Paschim Marg
  • Land for laying storm water drainage (SWD) in Mauli Jagran
  • Development of community centre-cum-vocational training institutes at Hallo Majra
  • Additional route from the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) sheds to Hallo Majra village
  • Identification and procurement of a new dumping site for future use
  • Allotment of land to the welfare rehabilitation board of the ITBP



Mega credit camp
Mohali DC distributes 21 eco-rickshaws
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 28
A mega credit camp was organised at the Municipal Bhawan where sanction letters worth Rs 21 lakh were given to beneficiaries by Mohali Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam here today. The DRI (differential rate of interest) credit camp was organised by the Lead Bank office with the active participation of banks in the district.

As many as 21 eco-rickshaws, financed by banks at a low interest, were given to various beneficiaries at the function as part of the credit scheme. These rickshaws are light in weight, apart from being non-polluting vehicles.

Roojam said for social and economic development of the weaker sections, such steps should be taken at regular intervals. He said the Punjab and Haryana High Court had advised the financing of eco-rickshaws to bring poor persons out of the clutches of financers from whom they were taking rickshaws on a daily rent basis.

Parveen Kumar Thind, Additional Deputy Commissioner, said members of the economically weaker sections earned their bread and butter by starting small business activities by availing themselves of DRI advances, which was a national goal. He said 23 eco-rickshaws had earlier been financed by banks. Eleven more such rickshaws were under process of sanction by the banks.

DK Sharma, DGM, Punjab National Bank, Circle Head, Circle Office, Patiala, appreciated the efforts made by the Lead District Manager (LDM) Office, Mohali, and all banks for organising the credit camp. He said sanction letters had been distributed among 181 beneficiaries, out of which 21 cases had been financed for eco-rickshaws. He said out of the 181 cases, 51 cases had been financed by PNB, the lead bank.

PK Jain, LDM, Mohali, said loans under the scheme were available to persons in the lower income group at the concessional rate of 4 per cent interest per annum up to an amount of Rs 15,000, and a maximum of Rs 20,000 in the case of the construction of a house.

The function concluded with the distribution of eco-rickshaws and a vote of thanks by Ashwani Channana, DGM, OBC.



Mayor puts off F&CC elections
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
City Mayor Subhash Chawla today postponed the MC house meeting and the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) elections to January 30. The elections were to be held on January 29. The Mayor's decision has not gone down well with the opposition parties as they are terming the decision unethical and illegal.

Sources said the elections were postponed as Union Railway Minister and local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal would be available on January 30. But the Congress leaders said the Mayor took the decision as he was not keeping well.

BJP councillor Arun Sood, who is contesting the elections, said the Mayor did not have the right to postpone the F&CC elections. It was a violation of MC Act.

He said they would hold a protest tomorrow.

He said if the Mayor was not well, the Senior Deputy Mayor and the Deputy Mayor could have taken the meeting. There was no need to postpone the meeting and the elections, he added.

BJP councillor and candidate Davesh Moudgil, said by postponing the elections, the Congress had accepted its defeat in the F&CC elections.

The Mayor said he had the power to defer the meeting.

On the BJP's allegations, Congress councillor and candidate Mukesh Bassi, said the Congress was confident of winning both the seats.

The system of preferential voting is followed in the F&CC elections. In case of a tie, the second preference votes would be counted. With every vote to count, getting more first preference votes in their favour would be a priority for the candidates.



General House on January 30
House tax to be on civic body’s agenda
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
Though the city Mayor is against the imposition of house tax, nominated councillors today submitted an application to the Mayor and the MC Commissioner, asking them to table the house tax agenda in the General House scheduled for January 30.

Recently in a meeting held between the UT Administrator, Shivraj V Patil, and nominated councillors, the Administrator told the nominated councillors to table the agenda in the upcoming house meeting. Thereafter, the nominated councillors had assured Patil of doing the same.

The letter submitted by the nominated councillors reads, “We, all nominated councillors propose that the proposal of house tax (Rs 1/sqyd/year) may be discussed in the MC House to be held on January 30. It is also mentioned here that no house tax should be levied on houses spread over less than 125 sqyds. The EWS and LIG houses should also be exempted from the tax.”

“Regarding apartments, category-wise lump-sum amount should be charged proportionately,” the letter read.

On January 1, after the Mayoral elections, city mayor Subhash Chawla had announced that the MC would not impose the tax this year.

A senior UT official said if the tax was not imposed, the city would lose around Rs 400 crore under the JNNURM as a result of which the Administration and the MC would not be able to seek more funds under the JNNURM for future projects.

The Planning Commission had recently told the Administration to impose the tax. The commission had told the Administration to raise funds from all possible sources, including house tax, to fund its plan.

The imposition of house tax was one of the reforms to be implemented in states and union territories that get funds under the JNNURM. The MC had signed an MoU under the JNNURM with the Ministry of Urban Development to levy house tax to raise funds.



Chandigarh scan
171 units of blood donated

As many as 171 units of blood were donated at the 28th blood donation camp organised by the Canara Bank Officers’ Association, Chandigarh Region. The camp, held to mark Republic Day, was organised in association with the department of transfusion medicine, PGI. During the camp Pragraj Sharma donated blood for the 205th time in his life. The star donor was joined by Atul Kapoor (42nd time) and Gulab Singh (78th time). Members of the association along with their family members from Chandigarh, Ambala, Karnal, Ludhiana, Patiala, Panchkula and Mohali donated blood.

Students bring laurels

The team comprising of Omung Puri and Kashish Kumar of Chandigarh University, Gharuan, brought laurels to the institute by wining the second prize at ELAN-2013, annual fest of IIT, Hyderabad. The team stood second in “Electronic Champs” event, in which more than 17 teams participated.

92% women feel unsafe: Study

A recent study of ASSOCHAM Social Development Foundation (ASDF) has revealed that around 92 per cent of working women in all the major cities across the country feel insecure, especially at night. The survey covered women working in the key segments including business process outsourcing, information technology enables services, hospitality, civil aviation, hospitals and garment units. The Northern region topped the list with 92 per cent women respondents complaining that they felt unsafe. Eighty-five per cent women felt insecure in South, while 82 per cent felt unsafe in East.

Disability camp

The State Resource Centre under the aegis of the Department of Psychiatry, GMCH-32, Chandigarh, organised a disability camp on Monday. Experts from the Department of Psychiatry, Eye, ENT of GMCH-32, examined the patients in their respective fields. The main purpose of the camp was to bring all services, including the assessment of various disabilities by the experts, calculating the degree of disability, issuing disability certificates and providing certificates for availing various concessions, under one umbrella. This will cut down the cost of availing the disability certificate as well as the time spent in getting the certificate from the hospital, which generally takes a few months. As many as 172 patients of various disabilities registered themselves during the camp. — TNS



Insurance company penalised for denying mediclaim
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
The New India Assurance Company has been penalised for denying a medical claim and has also been directed to pay Rs 35,000 as compensation. The company had denied claim against tongue cancer operation of the complainant claiming that it was caused due to tobacco chewing.

The District Forum held the treating doctor is the best person to define the cause of disease. In his complaint, VK Makharia, a Panchkula resident, contended that he and his family were covered under a mediclaim policy since 2004, and the said policy was renewed annually without a break.

In the judgement authored by Jaswinder Singh Sidhu, member of the UT District Forum-II, “it has been held the best person to express opinion about a patient’s condition is always the doctor under whose observation he has undergone treatment. The opinion expressed by him can in no manner be superseded by the opinion of someone who has not examined or not even seen the patient.”

The complainant underwent an operation for the treatment of tongue cancer in September 2011, upon which a claim form for the reimbursement of the medical expenses amounting to Rs 3,34,264 was filed with the New India Assurance Company.

In its reply, the insurance company said the claim was not payable on the ground that the tongue cancer was caused by tobacco chewing, which was excluded under the mediclaim policy.

“The patient suffered from Carcinoma Tongue. As per the details available, the patient has the history of tobacco chewing. Tobacco is the causative factor of oral cancer, including tongue. Therefore, claim is not payable as per the policy,” quoted the company.

Pankaj Chandgothia, counsel for the complainant, contended that the exclusion clause did not exist when the policy was initially taken in 2004. It was added later on in 2007, without any information or consent of the complainant and therefore this condition could not be applied in the case of the complainant, he said.

Chandgothia further argued that Dr Sultan A. Pradhan of Prince Aly Khan Hospital, who had treated the complainant, had certified the cause of patient's carcinoma to be Chronic Dental Irritation and not tobacco chewing, which he had given up 25 years ago.

The insurance company has been directed to pay Rs 35,000 as compensation for harassment and Rs 10,000 as cost of litigation, in addition to the principal claim of Rs 3,34,264.



CTU treads path with caution
Puts in efforts to ensure transparency in recruitment process
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
The scam-hit Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) is treading cautiously while recruiting 150 drivers. The conductor recruitment scam had raised many an eyebrow two years ago. The undertaking has received 3,000 applicants.

It has engaged experts from different departments who are making applicants face a rigorous driving test.

Candidates are being asked to form an eight (8) while reversing a bus.

“Of the total 520 candidates, who have taken the test, only 92 have been able to clear the test," said officials.

The test has been re-introduced after 25 years.

The entire proceedings of the test are being video-graphed.

Director (Transport), TPS Phoolka, said every candidate was being subjected to rigorous screening. “Every candidate will have to take a written test so that only the best candidates are selected," he said.

Entry to the CTU workshop in Industrial Area has been restricted to keep unscrupulous elements at bay.

Two drivers suspended

TPS Phoolka, Director (Transport), UT, Chandigarh, suspended Jasvir Singh and Ashwani Kumar, both conductors, for committing a fraud of Rs 400 and Rs 165, respectively, by not issuing tickets to passengers. About 28 conductors were placed under suspension and chargesheeted for the similar offence during 2011-12.

CTU proposes fare hike

Due to increase in diesel price, the CTU in a proposal sent to the UT Administration has sought an increase of Rs 5 in the fare of AC buses. The travel by non-AC buses has been divided into slabs, starting with Rs 10 for the first four km and going up to Rs 25 when the journey is beyond 12 km. The proposal is pending with the UT Administrator.



Girl forced to live with man who raped her
Accuses policemen of favouring the accused
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 28
Even after the Delhi gang rape case, the Panchkula police has not learnt any lesson. Allegations by a minor girl revealed that policemen forced her to live with an accused who raped her. A 17-year-old resident of Morni alleged that after she was abducted while coming back from school, she was raped by a youth and in connivance with the policemen she was kept hostage.

The victim, who was here at the office of Deputy Commissioner of Police Parul Kush to lodge a complaint against the policemen, alleged that she was made to live with the accused for about eleven months in connivance with the police. Finally, she managed to escape and was now seeking justice.

“While coming from the school, I was abducted by a youth and his friend, who took me to an isolated place where one of them raped me. After a complaint was lodged by my parents, the police nabbed the accused,” said the victim in her complaint.

She said: “I and the youth were called to the police post where the in charge and the investigating officer said since the rape had already been committed, it would be better for me to compromise with the circumstances and stay with the accused.” “Whenever I managed to make a call to the police, the officers came to the youth’s house, had a cup of tea with him and left,” said the complainant.

The challan presented by the police tells a different story. It has been mentioned that the minor used to be kept like a daughter and they wanted to bring her up.

Krishan Kumar Hooda, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Kalka, said: “The enquiry hasn’t reached me. But in any case, I will ensure that the victim gets justice.”



Tableau on lok adalats to spread awareness
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 28
To spread awareness among the public about the schemes, legal rights and importance of lok adalats, the Mohali District Legal Authority Services adopted a novel way by parking the tableau depicting a “lok adalat” scene in front of local district courts here today.

The tableau was also presented for the first time in the Republic Day parade at the Government College ground, Phase 6, here.

“After the parade, we have decided to present this tableau at different sites of the town and the rural areas as well in the coming days. This way, we can attract the people’s attention,” said Gopal Arora, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-secretary, Mohali District State Legal Authority Service.

“Unlike other departments, we did not dismantle the tableau. Instead, we decided to use it for the public awareness purposes,” said Arora.

The tableau gives out information about various schemes of the organisation as well as the contact numbers and addresses of its officers.



3 more cases of swine flu surface
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
Three new cases of swine flu were reported in city hospitals today. Of these, one case was reported at the GMCH, Sector 32, while the other two were reported in Haryana.

The total number of cases reported at city hospitals, including the PGIMER and the GMCH, Sector 32, has reached 40.

These include seven deaths and seven cases from Chandigarh. A 42-year-old woman from Sector 32 was admitted to the GMCH-32, a one-year-old baby girl from Haryana and another 53-year-old man were brought to the PGIMER after they tested positive for swine flu.


  • Difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Blood in sputum Precautions
  • Wash hands with an alcohol-based hand cleanser



Illegal structures razed at Balongi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 28
Swinging into action against illegal constructions along the National Highway, the Public Works Department (PWD) demolished at least six structures, including a liquor vend and three shops, at Balongi village here today morning.

The drive passed off peacefully as officials on duty did not witness any protest.

Giving details, SDO Jagtar Singh said notices had already been served to these encroachers under the PUDA Act, 1995.

“All illegal structures constructed along the road after 1995 will be demolished. We are following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court,” said Jagtar.

He said the shopkeepers, who had constructed their shops here before 1995, had to give a proof to avoid demolition. The drive began at around 10 am and continued for two hours.

“We will target more encroachers under the drive tomorrow,” said Jagtar.



Ludhiana ACP’s bribe case hearing adjourned till Feb 8
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 28
In the bribe case against Ludhiana’s Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Gurcharan Singh, the local court today adjourned the hearing till February 8. Earlier, the ACP, who has been released on bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, was present in the court today.

A case of corruption was slapped against Gurcharan Singh at the Vigilance Police Station, Phase 8, on September 10 last year on the complaint of Ludhiana’s Motor Vehicle Inspector Rakesh Gupta. Gurcharan had surrendered before the local court on October 4, 2012.

In his complaint to the Vigilance Department, Gupta had alleged that he had given Gurcharan (who was posted as the DSP, vigilance at Ludhiana then) Rs 25 lakh to hush up complaints of corruption against him.

Later, Gurcharan had returned him Rs 12.5 lakh in two instalments, but did not pay the rest amount following which the complaint was lodged, alleged Gupta in the complaint.

The case

A case of corruption was slapped against Gurcharan Singh at the Vigilance Police Station, Phase 8, on September 10 last year on the complaint of Ludhiana’s Motor Vehicle Inspector Rakesh Gupta. Gurcharan had surrendered before the local court on October 4, 2012.



From schools
Republic Day celebrations

Chandigarh: Republic Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm at Government Model High School, Sector 29. The National Flag was unfurled in the presence the staff and students, who sang the National Anthem. Students took part a cultural programme.

St Soldier School

St Soldier School chairman KS Brar hoisted the National Flag on the school campus. Students of class III recited a poem, “Mera desh mahaan”. Classes IX and XI staged a street play to spread the message of women empowerment and gender equality.

Noble Heart School

Patriotic and cultural items were presented during a programme at Noble Heart School, Nayagaon. Students took part in skit, giddha and bhangra.

Gem Public School

A special morning assembly was organised at Gem Public School. The children were told stories of sacrifices made by freedom fighters. They pledged to become responsible citizens. Director HS Midha made children aware about the Constitution, fundamental rights and duties.

CL Aggarwal DAV School

Students and staff of CL Aggarwal DAV School took part in the Republic Day celebrations. The school principal and chief guest Shri Shalender Verma hoisted the National Flag. It was followed by the National Anthem.


Headmistress of Government High School, Sector 46-C, Suhinder Kaur felicitated meritorious students. Students sang patriotic songs with great enthusiasm.


The campus of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, was bedecked with Tricolour. The chief guest, Anil Adiwal, PTA president, paid tributes to martyrs who scarified their lives in order to attain India’s independence.

Green Castle Public School

Green Castle Public School, Sector 47, was decorated with saffron, white and green coloured flags and balloons. School chairman Rajesh Kapoor unfurled the National Flag. The headmistress delivered a speech to mark the occasion.

Ashmah International School

Mohali: A function marked the conclusion of week-long Republic Day celebrations at Ashmah International School. To sensitise students about the values and importance of the occasion, a number of activities were organised on the campus.

DAV School

Several activities were organised at DAV School, in which students participated with patriotic fervour. Motivational speeches delivered by students inspired others.

Gian Jyoti School

Kindergarten students of Gian Jyoti School, Phase II, dressed in Tricolour, took part in a cultural programme. Students were apprised of the significance of the three colours of the National Flag.

Baby show

Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Sector 69, organised a baby show, showcasing the hidden talents of children. The event was judged by actor Girija Shanker, who played the role of Dhritrashtra in epic serial Mahabharat. Over 550 parents and children from tricity participated in the show. Children in the age group of one to four years “sashayed” down the ramp. The show had a variety of activities for the children.

Creative workshop

Famous artist Bapun Dutaa conducted a creative workshop at Gillco International School. He taught children the art of candle drawing, marble printing, vegetable printing, pottery with free hand moulding, and making paper mache masks and dolls. Over 450 children in the age category of three-13 years participated in the workshop. — TNS



A shot in the arm for NSUi at PU
Student leaders of rival parties SOPU and PUSU join Congress youth wing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
In a bid to strengthen the Congress youth wing in Panjab University, senior student leaders affiliated to the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) joined the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) here today.

Brinder Dhillon, who remained the SOPU chief for several years, had joined the NSUI on Rahul Gandhi’s recent visit to the PU campus. Dhillon reportedly was instrumental in attracting other SOPU leaders and leaders of rival party NSUI.

Among the famous faces that joined NSUI were Manoj Lubana from SOPU, who played a key role in the party’s win during the last two Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) elections, SOPU party president Bikram Jattana, members Bhupinder Bhatt and KP Dullat, PUSU chairman Jeevanjot Singh Chahal and PUSU acting president Sanjeev Sharma.

Sources said the shift in loyalty of these student leaders could cost the two regional student parties dear during the next student council elections.

SOPU and PUSU members, however, believe that the departure of leaders would not affect the parties as they still enjoyed a massive support of students.

SOPU president Vikramkit Singh Middukhera said under his leadership SOPU had won the student council elections with a record margin of 1,001 votes, and this feat could be repeated with the help of party supporters.

PUSU leader Sumit Gokhlaney shared similar views. He said the party still had the support of other members who had been associated with the party for past many years.



CBSE introduces web-based software for providing question papers, marking scheme
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will not provide question papers and marking scheme on compact disks for the forthcoming written examination of classes IX and X. The CDs that were being sent till the previous examination in the current academic session have been replaced by a web-based software — CBSE Integrated Test Management System (CBSE-ITMS).

The new system allows all the affiliated schools to automatically generate and download question papers and marking scheme through the online system in a transparent, secure and user-friendly manner.

An official said: "The new system is mandatory. It will be followed from the forthcoming summative assessment-II (SA-II) of classes IX and X in March this year."

RJ Khanderao, regional officer, CBSE, said: "Principals after getting registered on the new system between February 1 and 15 can access question papers online." The class IX and X papers will be available from March 5 and 11 respectively. The examination is scheduled to begin on March 10 and 15 respectively. The marking scheme will be provided online on March 19 and 29 respectively, a day before the end of exams.

Khanderao said although the syllabus and design of question papers would remain the same, the new system would help in addressing problems such as delay and damage of CDs in transit.

The online software will have two sets of unique question papers generated for each subject for each school. Khanderao said schools could select one of the two question papers for each subject, but should use both the papers for the purpose of conducting examination.

Over 70 per cent schools in the region have opted for the school-based board examination. Under this system, schools can prepare their own question papers as per the scheme available on the CBSE’s website. “In case a school opts for it, it has to send question papers and marking scheme to the board for verification within a week of conducting the examination,” an official said.



PEC university of technology
Vehicle-free zoning receives mixed response
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
On the first day, the vehicle-free zoning on the PEC University of Technology campus received mixed response from students. Students who are accustomed to park their vehicles outside their departments got late for classes, as they had to walk from the designated parking lots to the departments.

The students who arrived on two-wheelers were made to park their vehicles along the boundary wall of the deemed university between Gate No. 1 and 2. The students who parked their vehicles near Gate No. 1 said they had to walk through the entire campus to reach their classrooms.

A second-year student of mechanical engineering said he got late for his class as it took him almost 10 minutes to reach his department on foot.

Students also complained about the parking lot not being cemented. Some of the parked motorcycles fell due to the uneven surface, they said.

The PEC authorities said the parking lots will be paved and provided with round-the-clock security and lighting arrangement. During the second and third phase, to be completed within a few months, a token system would also be introduced, they said.

The students who commute on four-wheelers have been provided the parking space next to the basket ball court, after entering the campus through Gate No. 3.

Students said they would soon get used to the new regulations and then walking would not seem as much of a trouble.

The PEC authorities have allowed the hostel residents to park their vehicles on the hostel premises. They, however, are not allowed to travel to their departments on vehicles.



MCM students showcase latest trends in winter fashion
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
Bringing their research and study of the latest fashion trends to the ramp, students of cosmetology and beauty care organised a fashion show at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, here today.

Through different rounds, that incorporated both traditional and modern styles, students showcased various trends that got popular in this winter season.

The event aimed at providing a platform for practical learning of students.

The fashion show also saw captivating dance performances by the college students.

Upcoming singer Yuvraaj Hans, son of famous singer Hansraj Hans, also performed during the event.



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