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Admn for 45% hike in power tariff
Proposal made in annual revenue requirement and tariff petition for 2013-14; JERC to take final call
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
The Chandigarh Administration has proposed a hike of 45 per cent in the power tariff in all categories. The proposal has been made in the annual revenue requirement (ARR) and tariff petition for 2013-14 submitted by the Administration to the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC).

Pitching for a power tariff hike, the Administration has stated that it wanted to make up for the loss of Rs 344 crore (Rs 154 crore in 2011-12, Rs 87 crore in 2012-13 and Rs 103 crore (projected for 2013-14). Besides, the expenditure on power purchase, fuel and employees had also increased.

Once approved by the JERC, the new tariff will be effective from May this year. Last year, the JERC had approved a power tariff hike between 10 and 25 per cent.

A senior official of the UT Administration said after receiving the report of a consultant on the tariff hike issue, they had submitted the petition and now the JERC would decide on the tariff.

The adjustment on account of fuel and power procurement cost variations will be computed on a quarterly basis and would be included in consumer bills, beginning August, which would be based on the fuel and power purchase cost adjustment (FPPCA) formula to be separately notified by the commission, the official said.

According to the existing tariff plan, consumers in the 0-150 unit category pay Rs 2.30 per unit. In the petition, the Administration has proposed Rs 3.50. In the 150-400 unit category, the Administration has proposed Rs 5.20 per unit against the existing rate of Rs 4.20 per unit.

In the above 400 unit category, the Administration has proposed Rs 6 per unit against the existing tariff of Rs 4.40 per unit.

In the commercial category, the Administration has proposed Rs 5 against the present tariff of Rs 4.30 per unit in the 0-150 unit category, Rs 6.25 against the present rate of Rs 4.50 per unit in the 150-400 unit category and Rs 7 against the existing rate of Rs 4.70 in the slab of above 400 units.

Fixed charges

The Chandigarh Administration has proposed Rs 25 per kW per month as fixed charges for the domestic consumers. At present, there are no fixed charges. In the commercial category, the Administration has proposed Rs 110 per month as fixed charges against the existing rate of Rs 70 per kW per month.



Mahant's Audi Q7 set to don 0001
Shells out Rs 10.05 lakh at an auction of vanity numbers for the CH 01 AR series
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
Mahant Yogi Chhotu Nath (22), the local head of Gorakhnath Math, a religious sect, today bagged the vanity number 0001 for Rs 10,05,100 for his Rs 66-lakh Audi Q7 luxury SUV during an auction of vanity numbers for the CH01 AR series.

From the word go, the mahant kept on increasing the bids every time a higher price was quoted by seven other contenders for the VIP number. Soon after buying the number, his followers made their way through a crowd, refusing to talk to mediapersons.

Based at the Sector 19 Guru Gorakhnath Mandir, the mahant seems to have a penchant for expensive cars as high-end cars are often seen parked at the temple.

During the day-long auction, the VIP number 0001 fetched the highest bid followed by 0100, which went for Rs 4.20 lakh.

In the auction held at the Sector 17 office of the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA), the vanity numbers 0009, 0002, 0007 and 0011 went for Rs 4 lakh, Rs 3.5 lakh, Rs 2.51 lakh and Rs 2.31 lakh, respectively.

UT Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Shayin had last time cancelled the auction for the CH 01 AR series due to a poor response as only 37 numbers were sold. The bid amount had crossed the Rs 1 lakh mark in case of only three numbers: 0001, 0003 and 0010.

In the auction held today, many bidders, who had bought the number at a lower price earlier, participated again. The number 0005, which went for Rs 20,000 in the last auction, was sold for Rs 1.76 lakh today.

The RLA netted Rs 70. 82 lakh through the auction of 147 numbers.

Religious sects' fancy for vanity numbers

It is not for the first time that heads of religious sects have shown their penchant for vanity numbers. During an auction for the CH04 AK series, the head of Baba Buda Dal had bought AK 0047 and AK 0056.



Cops track down car thieves after hot chase; 4 arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
Within 30 minutes after a Zen car was stolen from Sector 20 last night, the Chandigarh police recovered the car. It has arrested four thieves, two of whom were nabbed on the spot while they were trying to flee after abandoning the car.

The car belonged to a PU student, Sanat Bhardwaj. At 1.45 am, Sanat Bhardwaj heard the noise of his car being taken away from his house. He called the police control room number 100, following which PCR vehicles tracked down the thieves and recovered the car after a hot chase.

The police arrested Jaswinder and Karaj Singh, residents of Dharamkot village in Moga district of Punjab, who were staying in Sector 34. Later, Ankur Bishnoi, a resident of Sirsa, and Gurjant Singh, a resident of Moga, were also arrested in the case. All of them were staying as paying guests in the city.

The car number (PB-12 F-0469) was flashed on wireless sets. The car was noticed at The Tribune roundabout by a PCR vehicle stationed there. Constable Dalbir Singh, the driver of the PCR van, noticed the stolen car and began to chase the vehicle.

As the car took a turn near the Hallo Majra roundabout towards Daria village, another PCR van stationed there was informed and they, too, chased the car. The thieves got scared and abandoned the stolen car near Daria village.

Constable Dalbir and Constable Sanjay chased the thieves on foot before the Cheetah sqaud was alerted.

Constables of the Cheetah squad managed to chase the thieves on a bike and arrested them.

“It was quite surprising that I got my car back within one hour after it was stolen. I had just switched off the lights when I heard my car being taken away. The police was quick in nabbing the thieves and recovering the car,” said Sanat Bhardwaj.

A case has been registered at the Sector 19 police station. Inspector Harjit Kaur, SHO, Sector 19 police station, said the thieves had stolen a number of cars in the city and they were being interrogated.

The UT IGP has announced a reward for all six constables whose action helped recover the car and arrest the thieves.

The entire operation was conducted under the supervision of DSP Roshan Lal.


250 structures razed in marble market
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
Using advanced machines and JCBs, the enforcement staff of the Land Acquisition Collector (LAC) today pulled down around 250 structures that had been illegally raised on both sides of the road stretching from Dadu Majra to Sarangpur in the marble market.

A majority of the structures were located on agricultural land of Dhanas village. The LAC, Tilak Raj, said after holding a public hearing for the traders, the demolition drive was carried out with the least resistance. He said the structures had come up in violation of the Periphery Control Act.

Almost a month ago, the LAC had left the drive midway after certain Congress leaders reached the spot. Apparently conscious about political interference, the officials kept the date of the drive a secret.

During the day-long drive, the demolition staff avoided damaging the marble slabs and other material stored by the traders and targeted the tin sheds and concrete structures. The traders were given ample time to remove their goods.

The UT officials said the advanced machines, named 'Porclain', had been specially used during the drive as heavy machinery was more effective compared to the JCB. A heavy posse of police accompanied the demolition staff, who were led by the LAC and ADC Kavle V Parashuram.

More than 250 marble dealers run their business from the area, which is termed the second biggest marble market after Delhi in the region.

Though the officials said the structures violated the Periphery Control Act, which stipulates that no business can be run on the agricultural land, the traders, under the banner of the Marble Traders Welfare Association, blamed a lackadaisical attitude of the administration for their woes.

Anand Gupta, president of the Marble Traders Welfare Association, said despite the administration acquiring 81 acres in Maloya for setting up a bulk material market in 2000, nothing had been done to rehabilitate them.

“It is ironic that on one hand the UT Excise Department collects VAT from the traders while on the other the Deputy Commissioner orders demolitions,” said Anand Gupta.



city sanitation
MC turns to Dera Sacha Sauda chief
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
As the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has miserably failed to solve the problems faced by the city residents, it has now started taking the help of religious gurus. With regards to the stray cattle issue, the MC had proposed to take the help of gaushalas being run by organisations of yoga guru Ramdev and religious guru Bapu Aasaram.

Now, to improve the sanitation condition here, Mayor Subhash Chawla, along with the MC officials, met Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim at his Sirsa-based dera on Sunday.

An MC official said there was a shortage of staff and machinery with the corporation therefore they were trying to take support of NGOs and other organisations without putting financial burden on the MC.

Besides, many residents complained that safai karamcharis do not regularly visit their areas and the collection of garbage is not being done regularly. A shortage of supervisory staff to monitor the collection of garbage is a hurdle in the improvement of the sanitation condition.

Mayor Subhash Chawla said the dera head had assured them that his devotees would remove garbage and malba from various parts of the city. He has issued directions to the MC officials to prepare a report that how many volunteers are required to clean various parts of the city.

On the stray cattle issue, he said soon the MC would form a committee of councillors, who would visit various gaushalas of the country and take help of various NGOs. They have decided to hand over two gaushalas to Chandigarh-based NGOs, he added.


Mayor Subhash Chawla has said the dera head has assured them that his devotees will remove garbage and malba from various parts of the city. He has issued directions to the MC officials to prepare a report that how many volunteers are required to clean various parts of the city



Admn in fix over terms 'paying guest', 'tenant'
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
Waking up from a deep slumber, the Chandigarh Administration has started an exercise to figure out the difference between the terms, 'paying guest' and 'tenant'. At the recently held meetings between the senior officials of the Chandigarh Administration, suggestions like "if people who are staying together in a rented accommodation are not relative then it will come under the paying guest accommodation category".

Besides, points like food is being provided to those who have hired the accommodation by building owners or not, were also discussed to define the term, "paying guest", and distinguishing it from the term, "tenant".

Since running PGs is a lucrative business, hundreds of residential premises in the city are being used as PG accommodations, but the records of the Estate Office show that there are only six registered PGs in the city.

The Estate Office data shows that most of the paying guest accommodations exist in sectors 15, 22, 23, 36, 35 and 34, because all these areas are close to educational institutes.

Earlier, the authority was quite lenient on the issue. But, following the intervention of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2012, the Chandigarh Administration tightened the noose on those running paying guest accommodations illegally throughout the city, and served 80 notices on defaulters.



Water supply to be hit in the city today, tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
There will be low-pressure water supply during evening hours in the city on February 19 and 20 due to some maintenance work. An official of the municipal corporation (MC) said there was need for replacement of "valves on rising mains, suction-side valves and delivery-side valves" in Phase I and II at the Kajauli waterworks.

There will be no supply from Phase I and II of the Kajauli waterworks to the waterworks in Sector 39, Chandigarh, during this period. The MC has appealed to residents to store water and bear with the corporation for the inconvenience.

February 19: 4.30 am to 9 am full pressure; 6 pm to 9 pm low pressure

February 20: 4.30 am to 9 am low pressure; and 6 pm to 9 pm low pressure.



Mohali police to work from showrooms
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 18
After community centres, now the Mataur Police Station and Mohali Police Lines would be run in the showrooms. The Mohali police has taken two showrooms in the building of Punjab Industries Department in Industrial Area, here, where the Mataur Police Station and the police lines would be shifted in a day or two.

Till date, the Mohali police was in illegal occupation of two community centres, Phase XI and Mataur village, for the purpose. Now, after the orders of Punjab and Haryana High Court, in which it has directed to vacate all the community centres, illegally occupied by any of the government department by February 22, the Mohali police has left with no option but to hunt for rented accommodations.

Confirming the development, Mohali SSP, Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, said the police was all set to vacate the community centres. “According to high orders, the centres have to be vacated by February 22. As we have finalised the new locations for our lines and the Mataur Police Station, we will shift there by February 20,” said SSP Bhullar.

Notably, the police has also shifted its economic cell from Phase VI Community Centre to Phase VIII around five months before.

On the other hand, the authorities of Mohali district courts are yet to take decision on vacating the community centre of Phase 3B1, in which the courts are being run.



Swine flu claims three more lives
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 18
In yet another swine flu death on the second consecutive day in Panchkula, a Sector 12 A resident today died at a private hospital here this morning. Yesterday also, a resident of the same area had died of swine flu.

The victim, Anita Tewari (46) was admitted to a private hospital in Sector 21, Panchkula, on February 14. Tewari was in a critical condition when she was admitted.

It was last night when a Panchkula resident died of swine flu at the PGI, Chandigarh. The victim, 78, was a resident of sector 12 Panchkula.

He was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh after he tested positive. So far, five deaths have been reported in the tricity from swine flu and 31 cases of swine flu have been reported from Chandigarh region.

Meanwhile, two other persons died of swine flu at the PGI, Chandigarh, here this evening. The victims, both elderly were admitted to the PGI recently. While one patient hailed from Sector 34, the other hailed from Mani Majra.



Three students injured as bus overturns
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 18
Three school students were seriously injured after the school bus they were travelling turned turtle near Buga-Balauti link road near Barwala. The victims, Rupender, Aman and Vishal were rushed to a local hospital immediately.

The bus of a private school, which was carrying over half a dozen students was going from Buga village and going towards Balauti when suddenly it lost balance and over-turned.

Other students present in the bus escaped unhurt but three got injured. The injured Rupender is a student of pre-nursery, Aman is a student of class IV and Vishal is a student of class II.

A local passer-by noted the incident and rang the police and informed about the matter.



Golf Club brawl: Police to record statements of all witnesses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
A day after former Olympian Milkha Singh denied his involvement in the case of brawl reported at Chandigarh Golf Club last Saturday, the police said it will record statements of all the witnesses and are also looking for independent witnesses in the case.

A senior police official said they are investigating the case and statements of all witnesses including Milkha Singh will be recorded.

The Chandigarh Golf Club was witness to a high drama on Saturday when former athlete Milkha Singh along with three others including former Punjab Chief Secretary RS Mann, Congress MLA from Punjab Randeep Singh and ex-captain of the Golf Club SS Laihal were party to a violent scuffle with a retired Lieutenant Colonel, Vijay Singh Sandhu, who in turn attacked them with Golf Clubs and also hurled abuses during the scuffle.

Acting on a complaint from both the parties, the Chandigarh police has registered a cross case of causing hurt and threatening against both the parties including Milkha Singh, a charge which he has vehemently denied. Milkha Singh today said he has been unnecessarily dragged into the controversy while he was only a witness to the attack, which in fact, took place between Lt Colonel Sandhu (retd) and the MLA Randeep.

The incident occurred during the golf match when Milkha Singh, RS Mann, SS Laihal and MLA Randeep were playing a fourball match at the greens while Lt Colonel (Retd) Vijay Singh Sandhu alongwith advocate Harsimrat Sethi and Ajay Kanwar were playing threeball.



National art week kicks off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
To celebrate the birth centenary of Amrita Sher-Gil, an eminent Indian painter, a week-long National Art Week, started today at the Government Museum, Sector 10, here today.

On the first day the event, artist Anjolie Ela Menon displayed her latest murals, made for the Mumbai International Airport along with cultural commentator and senior editor S Kalidas.

Justice (retd) SS Sodhi, former Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court also marked the presence in the event. During the function, a catalogue based on murals of Amrita Sher-Gil, was also released to the presence.



342 examined at medical camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
SAS Free Poly Clinic Trust organised a free multi-specialty medical camp for the poor and needy rural brethren at their Poly Clinic at Parch village here. During the camp, 17 doctors from various disciplines examined over 342 patients.

Lt Gen BS Dhaliwal, Technical Adviser to Punjab Chief Minister, PS Mattewal, Legal adviser to Punjab CM, Anurag Aggarwal president Mohali Industries Association and DS Grewal, president Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association were among the prominent persons present at the camp.

Maj Gen MS Kandal (retd), trust’s chairman, said that besides having OPD, 5 day a week, the trust has so far conducted 12 eye camps. He said some person were given also given hearing aid and 37 women were put through mammography & cervix smear test at the PGI and 71 patients will be put through cataract operation.

In addition two days a week mobile homeopathic dispensary visits various villages to render at the doorstep medical care to the needy.




Novel released

A Punjabi novel ‘Jhakhran Vich Jhoolda Rukh’ authored by Ripudaman Singh Roop, a lawyer of Punjab and Haryana High Court, was recently released in the presence of eminent persons like by Rajinder Singh Cheema, former Advocate General, Punjab, and Dr Gurpal Singh Sandhu, at impressive gathering at Punjab Kala Bhawan, Chandigarh. The book is a piece of fiction containing 275 characters depicting the social, political, cultural, judicial, historical, economical and geographical chronology including country’s partition spread over a period of about eight decades between 1935 to 2007. The novel peeps into judicial system as well. While reading the tale of novel’s protagonist Deepa, one passes through and can easily visualises the socio-political and economical growth of the country spread over a period near one centaury.

Centre inaugurated

Inner Wheel Chandigarh Central started a Vocational Training Center for stitching for needy girls and ladies at Gurudwara Kalgidhar, Sector 20, Chandigarh. Dr GK Bedi inaugurated the facility. A trained teacher has been appointed for training the girls.

Training programme

The Centre for Assessment, Evaluation and Research (CAER), a CBSE and Pearson Foundation joint venture launched training programme for the teachers of the CBSE affiliated schools based in Chandigarh here on Monday. The Assessment Training Programme (ATP) under the aegis of CAER was organised for a group of 25 teachers at Gurukul Global School, Mani Majra.

Painting competition

Hundreds of students drawn from various schools from the tri-city participated in a painting competition organised by NGO Veeranwali Foundation under its project ‘Nanhi Jaan’ at St. John’s School, Sector 26, here on Monday. Originality of thought and creativity was seen in abundance as students of standard 4th and 5th poured their hearts and minds out to express themselves on the topics for the competition 'I love Nature' and 'People I love'. Earlier, SSP UT Chandigarh, Naunihal Singh, inaugurated the event.

Customer meet

Ashwani Kumar, Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD), Dena Bank here on Monday visited Chandigarh. He addressed the customer meet. MK Sharma, GM (North) and CS Meena, Regional Manager were also present on the occasion. More than 40 top industrialists from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh attended the meet.

Radiant blossoms

RIMT World School, Mani Majra, Chandigarh, organised ‘Radiant Blossoms’ here on Monday. The programme was a fun filled one in which children had a field day participating in activities like baby show, exhibit your talent and creative strokes. Poonam Katoch, Principal, RIMT World School, “The idea behind organising ‘Radiant Blossoms’ was to give a chance to children to show their talent in an uninhibited environment, without any mental stress. We also organised a session for parents in which the sprawling school campus was exposed to them and the RIMT learning philosophy was also be presented.”. — TNS



NCERT fails to fix errors, introduces more
Vivek Gupta
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, February 18
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has introduced errors while fixing several existing ones in the biology resource books for classes XI and XII. The council uploaded the corrections in their online editions (available on NCERT's website) under 'Errata Section' to meet the immediate concerns of the students and teaching staff following a recent news report by Chandigarh Tribune highlighting the glaring errors in the printed resource books, titled Biology Exampler.

However the whole exercise seemed to have been carried out in a jiffy. In order to rectify several corrections, it created new silly goof ups in questions which had otherwise accurate answers in printed resource books.

A question related to the reverse osmosis which had the right answer in the class XI exampler was now replaced with a wrong option in the uploaded errata. The fresh errors had made the RO process a passive process which is otherwise an active process, mentioned rightly in text book as well as the resource book.

In another goof up, it replaced the right option with the wrong one in a question related to mitochondria. All the options were found to be wrong.

"It is shocking that a body like the NCERT could take the mistakes so casually for the books used by thousands of students as references to appear in board as well as competitive examinations, including the PMT," said Arvind Goyal, a city based biology expert.

He claimed that as many as 8 new questions were made factually wrong in the process of rectifying the existing mistakes.

Format confusing

The updated Errata Section has rightly rectified several of the serious mistakes, as pointed out by the Tribune earlier. The format of the corrections is found confusing and absurd by the students.

For instance in the chapter "Human reproduction" of class XII exampler, the statement of one of the questions was revised but it just mentioned the option changed under the question number instead of writing the entire question.

Students also complained that there was no publicity on the part of the NCERT to make the students aware of the mistakes uploaded in the online edition of these books.

Jaishree Sharma, Professor and Head of the Department of Education in Science and Mathematics, NCERT, said: "I don't think that there are new mistakes in the errata section but we will again going through it because the entire process was done in a short period of time."

She said, "Proper correction in these books will take place after the revised edition of these books comes out in the market. Before that we are trying our best to inform the students about the corrections in these books."


Which of the following statements does not apply to reverse osmosis?

1- It is used for water purification

2- In this technique pressure greater than osmotic pressure is applied to the system

3- It is a passive process

4- It is an active process

Answer given in Errata - D

Note: The answer was right in the class XI biology exampler which gave C option as an accurate option

Which factor is not favourable for binding of oxygen to haemoglobin?

1- Higher pH

2- Lower temperature

3- Lower pCO2

4- Higher pO2

Answer given in Errata- A

Note: None of the given option is correct as all these factors favour binding of oxygen to haemoglobin

Which of the following statements is not true for plasma membrane?

1- It is present in both plant and animal cell

2- Lipid is present as a bi-layer in it

3- Proteins are present integrated as well as loosely associated with the lipid bi-layer

4- Carbohydrates are never found in it

Answer given in Errata- A

Note: The 11th biology exampler gave the answer (d) which was the correct answer as carbohydrates are part of plasma membrane.



University to hike fee soon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
Panjab University, in a bid to increase its internal resources, has decided to hike the fee for the traditional and the self financed courses. The Board of Finance (BOF) has given the directions to the university to plan the new fee structure. The expected hike in fee will be nearly 10 per cent.

At a time when the student organisations are demanding that the university should slash down the fee charged from the students studying in the self financed courses, the plans to further hike the fee will make a bigger hole in the pockets.

Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover said, “The university needs to become self sufficient and financially viable while keeping the burden on the students to minimum and within the bounds of inflation.”

The vice-chancellor said, “We are yet to work out the percentage of hike in fee.”

He hinted that it will be close to the double digit.

“To protect the present way of spending as per the inflation rate there is a need to increase the fee,” he said.

Committee in dental college only an advisory body, says VC

Arun Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, while speaking on the issue of constitution of committee at the dental college, said: “The committee is only an advisory body on the lines of a Think Tank. It is neither a monitoring body nor an auditing body.”

VC was of the opinion that professional courses, where a greater intimacy of interaction is required between industry and academia, should have both national and international inputs for their correct and sustained growth - a goal that any educational institution should aspire towards.

VC: New recruitments only after UGC sends clarification

VC, on the filling up of vacancies in the University teaching departments, said the UGC had been contacted regarding a clarification on whether the current API system should be discontinued or there were any proposed guidelines for its replacement.

“After we get a clarification from the UGC only then we will be in a position to advertise and subsequently to screen applications,” he said.



PU plans to restructure curricula
Sends draft to the University Grants Commission
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 18
Panjab University is thinking of restructuring the curricula by introducing honours school, integrated masters and PhD program. The draft of the concept developed by the university over a period of last six-months has been sent to the University Grants Commission (UGC) for the contest regarding innovative universities of India under which 10 universities with best ideas would be given a grant of Rs 60 crore for five years.

Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover, while speaking about restructuring the course framework, said: “A university is meant for higher education and this itself begins at the under graduate level.”

Keeping in mind the reforms suggested by the UGC and the university’s own ‘Vision 2020’ document, VC envisioned the university offering a continuous seven-year program wherein a student will have the flexibility and the option to study up to a particular level, comprising a certain number of years and also to do more than one specialisation.

He said, “As many as 60 universities have forwarded their ideas to the UGC and 30 universities short listed on the bases of their ideas will be asked to submit a detailed project report.”

A team headed by the Dean University Instructions along with the senior teachers and department heads of university has been working on the idea.

He said, “Around 85 per cent of the total budget of the university is spent on paying salaries and on various other expenses. The university is left with fewer percentage of the budget for development; getting an additional grant of Rs 60 crore every year will provide the university an opportunity to have more development.”



Eve-teasing: SSP apprises students of legal remedies
Tribune News Service

Students perform bhangra at SD College, Sector 32, in Chandigarh on Monday
Students perform bhangra at SD College, Sector 32, in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, February 18
The UT SSP who went for an interaction on eve-teasing organised by the SD College as a part of Prof Roshan Lala Verma Memorial Cultural Festival-Virasat- asked the students to come forward and fight against the menace.

In the wake of recent incident of Delhi gang rape, SSP Naunihal Singh was invited as the chief guest to throw some light on the grave problem of eve-teasing in India.

Speaking on the occasion, SSP apprised the students about legal remedies available for them.

He said, "Before September 2012, no case of eve-teasing was registered, whereas from October, 2012, till February, 2013, 340 girls have called up on 100 number and given their complaints. So far, 125 cases of eve-teasing have been registered."

SSP emphasised that girls should have no fear in mind and they should raise their voice against eve-teasing. It was more of an interactive session where students cleared their doubts.

During the day various other competitions such as singing, solo dance, Group dance, Mr and Ms Virasat were held. Stunning performances by college students such as giddha, bhangra, skit on honour killing and eve teasing were the highlights of the day.

Punjabi music singer, Preet Harpal, also gave his performance and enthralled the audience.

Virasat came to a wonderful end with awe-inspiring performances of bhangra which added grandeur to the colourful evening.




Farewell party

Shubham Manchanda, who was crowned Mr KBDAV, and Pearl Sikka, who was crowned KBDAV-7, at KBDAV School, Sector 7, in Chandigarh
Shubham Manchanda, who was crowned Mr KBDAV, and Pearl Sikka, who was crowned KBDAV-7, at KBDAV School, Sector 7, in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

The students of KBDAV School, Sector 7, organised a farewell party, 'Abisaar 2013', for the outgoing batch of Class XII. A fashion show on changing styles and fashion statements remained the highlight of the evening. Later, a hip-hop and a bhangra dance performance compelled everyone to dance. Mr and Ms KBDAV-7 segment witnessed a tough competition as the three rounds tested the wit and presence of mind of the participants. The round 'Dramebaaz' found special likeness among the judges as the participants performed to a given situation. Shubham Manchanda was crowned Mr KBDAV title and Pearl Sikka won the Ms KBDAV-7 title. Anmol Singh and Haneesha won the Mr and Ms Scholar titles followed by Anuj Narula and Aishwarya winning the Mr and Ms Confident titles. Shubham Singh and Senorita won the Mr and Ms Popular titles while Avish Malik and Alisha Ghai won the Mr Handsome and Ms Charming titles, respectively. Five special prizes were given by Principal Madhu Bahl to Navedita Patil, Arnav, Niharika Mahajan and Kartik Abrol for their consistently outstanding performances and diligence in academics. Imaan Thind and Bhaskar Thukral won prizes for co-scholastic categories.

SIS Public School

The students of SIS Public School bid farewell to their seniors with pomp and show. The whole school campus was echoing with the tune of celebration. Celebration commenced with the sarvan of the Shabad 'Mil Pritama Mere Joyo' after which the students of class XI performed various cultural events like giddha, bhangra, and contemporary dances.

Baby show

The RIMT World School, Manimajra, organised 'Radiant Blossoms'. The programme was filled with activities, including baby show (for 2 + age group), exhibit your talent (for 3 + age group) and creative strokes. As many as 30 children participated in the event. The baby show was won by Vansh Sharma. Prisha Chawla and Derek Sachdeva attained second and third place, respectively. In exhibit your talent, Naira, Krishnas and duo of Ashmita and Ashreya secured top spots. The most 'Radianty Dressed' prize went to Sejal Sharma. In creative strokes, Mannat stood first and Sejal Garg secured second berth. "The idea behind organising the event was to give a chance to children to show their talent in an uninhibited environment, without any mental stress" said Poonam Katoch, Principal of RIMT World School.

Seminar on solar energy

A seminar on Solar Energy was organised by Muskarahat Jankalyan Sanstha at the Bharat Model School, Nayagaon (Mohali). Anil Chauhan, Vijay Singh Rawat and other member of the organisation were present on the occasion and contributed their best for noble cause of the organization.

Nukkad natak

The students of Government Model High School, Sector 12, organised Nukkad Natak "Nashe Se Mukti" in the PGI Campus for the awareness of the destruction caused by drugs usage by the illiterate people. Headmistress Amita Khanna, and CRC Vikram Singh were present on the occasion.

Blood donation camp

The Government High School, Sector 53 organised a Blood donation camp in the school. Doctors from the PGI headed the camp. The staff members, parents of students and general public donated blood. A total of 70 units were collected during the camp.



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