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CAT dismisses CBI inspector’s plea
Had filed an application challenging his transfer order
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
“Man can tell a lie, but not the record.” With these observations, the Chandigarh bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today dismissed an application filed by CBI inspector Balbir Singh wherein he had challenged his transfer orders.

In his application, inspector Balbir Singh had submitted that CBI DIG Mahesh Aggarwal had ordered his transfer because he did not bow to his pressure tactics. In his affidavit submitted to the tribunal, Balbir had also alleged that DIG Mahesh Aggarwal was responsible for leaking the information of the CBI raid on the residence of former Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla in Sector 28.

While pronouncing the order on the application filed by Balbir, member of CAT Sanjeev Kaushik, said: “Man can tell a lie, but not the record. A perusal of the relevant file makes it clear that on a secret note of the applicant’s colleague, the matter was taken up and a self-contained note was prepared at the Chandigarh office by the in charge, HOZ, Chandigarh, which was endorsed to ADCBI (R), which was ultimately approved by the CBI Director on April 20 who ordered that the applicant be immediately transferred at a far away place from Chandigarh.”

“The record suggests that his transfer has been ordered for the smooth running of the organisation because the allegations against him are serious in nature. So, it can safely be held that before passing the impugned order, there is proper application of mind at the highest level. The respondent, DIG Mahesh Aggarwal, and SP Tarun Gaba, against whom the allegations have been levelled, are neither the competent authority nor they adjust their own blue-eyed boy in place of the applicant,” the order reads.

“In the present case, I find that the applicant has failed to place on record strong and convincing material in support of his plea against private respondents, Mahesh Aggarwal and Tarun Gaba, and the allegations levelled by him in the application do not inspire confidence,” the order reads.

No comment on Railgate

On the allegations of CBI’s raid leak at Vijay Singla’s residence, CAT member in his order says: “I refrain myself from commenting on the material which is not relevant to the present controversy. Moreover, it must be remembered that if an organisation has to run efficiently, flexibility is required to be given to the authority in matters of transfer of its employee, otherwise the administrative machinery may collapse. Necessary adjustments and accommodation for keeping administrative machinery in smooth gear is required at times.”

Allegations failed to inspire confidence in court

“Apart from making vague allegations in the application, the applicant has failed to place on record any cogent material in support of the plea. Allegations of mala fide when levelled must be such as to inspire confidence in the court or should be based on concrete material. Merely the fact that private respondents have not filed separate reply does not suggest as argued by the applicant that they accepted the allegation,” the order states.



mc poll
With Rs 11 cr, Upender Walia is richest of all candidates
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 22
With assets of over Rs 37 crore, Upender Walia and Dhanender Walia from Ward 18 is the most affluent couple in fray for the Panchkula MC elections scheduled for June 2.

An affidavit filed by Upender Walia states that she owns land worth Rs 4 crore in Mani Majra, has stake in a showroom worth Rs 1.5 crore, owns a house in Sector 21 worth Rs 3.5 crore, another house worth Rs 35 lakh, cash in hand and jewellery worth Rs 33 lakh, besides vehicles.

Her husband Dhanender Walia, who is her covering candidate, has land in Mauli worth Rs 12 crore, 118 kanals worth Rs 4 crore, 54 kanals worth Rs 3 crore , 27 bigahs worth Rs 4 crore, a house in Fatehpur worth Rs 3 crore, Rs 22 lakh in cash, shares worth Rs 2 lakh, , six kanals worth Rs 30 lakh and 27 kanals worth Rs 70 lakh.

Former councillor CB Goel, who is contesting from Ward 9, has assets worth over Rs 10 crore. Goel owns a Ford Endeavour SUV, has 25 per cent ownership in a flat at MDC, Sector 5, worth Rs 30 lakh, a shop-cum-office worth Rs 1 crore, a factory in Industrial Area, Phase I, valuing Rs 5 crore, a 350 square yard house in Sector 7 worth Rs 3 crore, cash in hand, bank deposits and jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh.

Another candidate, Manoj Pal Godara, who is also contesting from Ward 9, has assets worth over Rs 7 crore. Godara has 17 acres of agriculture land in Fatehabad worth Rs 5 crore, three shops in Fatehabad worth Rs 1.5 crore, cash in hand, jewellery and deposits worth Rs 4 lakhs, an Innova SUV and tractors.

Former councillor Lily Bawa, who is contesting from Ward 14, has a property worth Rs 6 crore. She owns a house in Sector 12, Panchkula, worth Rs 2 crore, a house in Sector 25, Panchkula, worth Rs 1 crore, a flat in Delhi worth Rs 2 crore, cash in hand, jewellery and other assets worth Rs 10 lakh.

Tarsem Garg, a candidate from Ward 9, has property and assets worth Rs 4 crore. He owns a house in Sector 7 worth Rs 2 crore, cash in hand, deposits and jewellery amounting to Rs 15 lakh, land in Safidon worth Rs 10 lakh, bonds amounting to Rs 8.3 lakh and a Honda car with other assets over 10 lakh.

Lily Bawa from Ward 14

Former councillor Lily Bawa, who is contesting from Ward 14, has a property worth Rs 6 crore. She owns a house in Sector 12, Panchkula, worth Rs 2 crore, a house in Sector 25, Panchkula, worth Rs 1 crore.



Election Commission to get updates through SMSes
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 22
Presiding officers will keep the State Election Commission officials updated through SMSes during the Panchkula MC elections.

The will send an SMS to the officials every hour on the day of the elections.

State Election Commissioner Dharam Vir said sensitive booths would be videographed.

He said they had issued instructions to the Haryana Director General of Police (DGP), SN Vashisht, to maintain law and order in the town.

"Every presiding officer of the area has been asked to send an SMS to the Commission officials. The number of votes polled will also be messaged," said Dharam Vir.

He said, "Action will be taken if any new arms licence is issued during 
this period."

Today, 220 nomination papers were scrutinised by the authorities at Mini Secretariat at Sector 1 in Panchkula.

The officials will release the final list of the candidates tomorrow.

The Panchkula Municipal Corporation elections are scheduled for June 2.

The counting will be done on June 4. The voting time has been extended by one hour from 8 am to 5 pm.

Papers scrutinised

The scrutiny of 220 nominations went on till late evening on Wednesday. The process began around 11.30 am. Till the filing of this report, the nomination papers of three candidates were rejected. The nomination of Kuljeet Waraich's son, who is the covering candidate from ward number 8, was rejected as he is 19-year-old.



No let up in heat in coming days
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
With the record-breaking minimum temperature of 26.8 degree Celsius today the city residents continued to reel under heat wave conditions. Records of the Met department revealed that in the past one decade, the highest minimum temperature recorded in the city was 22.2 degrees Celsius on May 14, 2011.

The maximum temperature recorded in the city today was 43.5 degrees Celsius, which was five notches above normal. The minimum temperature was recorded at 26.8 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal.

The Met department said there would be no relief from the heat wave in the coming days. The minimum temperature is likely to hover between 28 and 29 degree Celsius and maximum temperature will remain between 44 and 45 degree Celsius.

In May 2010 and 2007, the minimum temperature recorded in the city was 20 degree Celsius.

The Met department has forecast mainly clear sky on Thursday. The maximum temperature will be 44 degree Celsius.



300 units of blood discarded at PGI in over 3 months
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
The demand for blood remains endless at the PGI, but over 3,000 units of blood have been discarded by the blood bank in the past three-and-a-half months.

Blame it on the delayed response from the departments at the PGI, or the blood bank authorities, who fail to keep a tab on the supplied units of blood. The unused units are never sent back within the prescribed time frame of 30 minutes, forcing the blood bank authorities to arbitrarily discard the units returned by doctors.

Records at the PGI’s blood bank reveal that at least 30 units of blood are being discarded everyday since February, 2013, due to delay in returning of the unused units.

“As per the rules drafted by the blood bank, the units are to be returned and safely refrigerated within 30 minutes if not transfused. Also, it is mandatory for the departments, where the blood units are supplied, to send a reaction form back to the blood bank. However, these rules cease to exist at the PGI,” said a PGI official.

A few days ago, two units of blood were supplied to the ENT department. As the units remained unused, the officials at the department kept them in the normal refrigerator (maintaining lowest temperature of 16 degrees Celsius, in the absence of low temperature freezer. When the blood units were taken back to the blood bank the next day, they were found completely frozen and hence discarded.

The PGI authorities, on the other hand, claim that the units of blood are never discarded. When contacted, PGI’s official spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said: “The unused blood units are provided to other patients.”

The blood bank receives as many as 150 new blood units everyday from blood donation camps and stocks nearly 500 units of different blood groups at any given time.



Dance guru Saroj Khan visits town...
Our Correspondent

Choreographer Saroj Khan dances with students at Gian Jyoti Global School, Phase II, Mohali, on Wednesday
Choreographer Saroj Khan dances with students at Gian Jyoti Global School, Phase II, Mohali, on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: VIcky Gharu

Mohali, May 22
Saroj Khan. a well known Bollywood choreographer visited the town to teach the basics in dance to students here today. While addressing the students of Shemrock School, Sector 69, she said dancing was an exercise. She further said that over years, the world had become virtual as students liked to remain busy on Facebook and play stations, instead of physical activities. Hence, dance was the best means of entertainment besides being a good physical exercise. Dance could turn out to be a boon for the young generation, she added.

She also went to Gian Jyoti Global School with the aim of delivering a message to the young students that dance could be taken as a lucrative career as well.

Thereafter, the students of Gian Jyoti school performed on the song, "Mera Piya Ghar Aaya O Ram ji" along with Saroj Khan. She also danced with tiny-tots on the stage.

Saroj Khan also visited Max Super Speciality Hospital for a one-day workshop of Dance Gurukul. More than 50 children enthusiastically participated in the workshop. The children enjoyed their one hour with Saroj Khan and learnt many new dance steps from her. She also met some patients at the hospital.


Choreographer Saroj Khan smiles after facing a harrowing time at a school where she got locked in a washroom in Mohali
Choreographer Saroj Khan smiles after facing a harrowing time at a school where she got locked in a washroom in Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

...gets locked in Mohali school’s washroom
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 22
Choreographer Saroj Khan got locked in a washroom at Gian Jyoti Global School today. According to reports, she entered the washroom in the principal’s office but got stuck there.

Efforts were made to open the lock from outside, but to no avail. The lock had to be unscrewed.

Chairman of the Gian Jyoti Group of Institutions JS Bedi said there was no problem.

It was an auto lock and she could not open it, said the principal.


Waterlogging outside PGI renal unit
Causing inconvenience to patients undergoing dialysis at the institute
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
A week after Chandigarh Tribune highlighted in its columns the problem of waterlogging at the PGI's Renal Centre due to leakage in sewer pipes and the authorities repaired it, the problem has resurfaced since Tuesday morning, causing inconvenience to patients in the area.

Patients at the PGIMER's Kidney Unit (Renal Centre) have been bearing with the foul smell emanating from the dirty water accumulated near the unit. The leakage is even visible on the road in front of the mortuary, which is very close to the Director's office.

In addition to the staff deputed near the mortuary, the patients visiting the Kidney Unit are the worst affected with because of the accumulation of dirty water. The kidney unit is visited by a majority of patients who need dialysis.

Taking cognizance of the Chandigarh Tribune report published last week, the PGI authorities had got the leakage in the underground pipelines repaired. The arrangement, however, failed to sustain and the leakage started again.

The leakage in the underground pipes has become quite common at the institute, especially around the Nehru Hospital. All important offices, including those of the PGI Director and the Medical Superintendent, are located in the area, yet no one has taken note of the issue. Gallons of drinking water continue to get wasted at the institute due to the leakage in one of the potable water pipelines, too. The pipeline has been leaking near the Oral Health Centre, for the past one month.



Tragedy in the waiting
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
Risking the lives of hundreds of patients, including newborns, Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, has been operating its gas plant from the main building of the hospital for the past many years.

The gas plant, Manifold Room, houses hundreds of highly combustible oxygen cylinders and is located adjacent to the labour room. The nursery where the newborns are kept is located exactly above the gas plant on the upper floor.

The gas plant, set up about two decades ago, continues to function from the heart of the building till date. A senior doctor of the hospital is learnt to have sent several advisories to the authorities about the risk involved in operating the gas plant from the main building, but to no avail.

Medical Superintendent of the hospital Dr Rajiv Vadera said, “Following a visit by the UT Adviser to the hospital in October last year, where it was discussed that the gas plant needed to be relocated at the old store unit, we had written to the engineering department to do the needful. We sent several reminders to the department, but it did not respond."

The officials are busy passing the buck. The UT Chief Engineer said the engineering wing was looking into the modalities.

The old storeroom is located towards the corner of the building with one portion of the room completely open towards the ground.

A large number of patients’ attendants can be seen sitting in the waiting area near the gas plant, who are equally exposed to the risk. The hospital is learnt to have proposed expansion of the labour room after relocating the gas plant.



ASI, ‘munshi’ accused of demanding bribe
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 22
In another bribery case, an ASI and a “munshi” of the Sector 20 police station have been accused of demanding a bribe of Rs 500 from a local resident for giving a police clearance certificate.

The complaint was filed to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Panchkula, by Sunil, a resident of Sector 20, who further marked it to the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Purnima Singh.

“My brother Pradeep is a businessman and keeps going out on business trips and for that purpose I had gone to meet the police officials at the Sector 20 police station and take a clearance certificate. ASI Ramesh Kumar and munshi Pradeep Kumar said that if I paid them Rs 500, they would give me the clearance certificate,” said Sunil in his complaint.

He further added, “When I told them that I could only give Rs 200, Ramesh said then he would not be able to give the certificate following which I complained to the DCP.”

Recently, two Station House Officers of Mansa Devi Complex and the Sector 20 police station were sent to the police lines when they were accused of taking Rs 10 lakh for letting off bookies (IPL matches) operating in their area.

The preliminary inquiry conducted by ACP Poornima Singh in this case has found both of them guilty.

The departmental inquiry is going on.



Health Department to promote ban on tobacco
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
Marking World Tobacco Day this year on May 31, the UT Health Department is going to promote this year’s theme “Ban Tobacco Advertisement, Promtion, and Sponsorship”.

The Administration had earlier directed that no food substance should contain tobacco or nicotine as its ingredient. The Health Department had collected samples of various “guthka” and “panmasala” brands and sent them for tests to check the contents.

Since tobacco contents were found in the samples, the Administration reinforced the notification prohibiting “articles of food in which tobacco and nicotine are used as ingredients”.

About 40 per cent to 60 per cent of the cancers of head and neck can be directly related to tobacco use, claimed the UT Health Department officials.

As per the rules, there can be no display of any tobacco product at the point of sale.



MC road panel
Construction material to be provided for urgent works
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
A meeting of the Roads Committee of the municipal corporation was held under the chairmanship of Sat Parkash Aggarwal and attended by other members of the committee. In the meeting, the committee members decided that construction material would be provided in each division of the MC so that emergency works could be executed on time.

The members of the committee asked the officials concerned to prepare estimates regarding emergency works of all the buildings falling under the jurisdiction of the MC, including dispensaries, schools, community centres etc.



British Columbia Assembly elections
Indo-Canadians’ seat count down from five to three
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
While the ruling Liberal Party defied prognosticators and pundits to win the fourth consecutive election, nearly a million-strong Indo-Canadian community had its share slashed from five in the last assembly to three in the new assembly elections held last week.

While two of the winners from the Indian community belonged to the NDP — Raj Chauhan and Harry Bains - the only one representing ruling Liberals is Amrik Virk.

Incidentally, both Raj Chauhan and Harry Bains retained their seats while Amrik Virk enters the legislature for the first time.

In the last assembly, Harry Bains, Jagrup Brar, Raj Chauhan, Dave S Hayer and Harry Lalli represented the Indian-Canadian community. While Jagrup Brar lost in a tough fight, Dave S Hayer and Harry Lalli did not contest this time.

In all, 34 Indian-Canadians were in the fray. Both Christy Clark and Michael D Jong - finance minister in the outgoing government — are considered "friends" of India and both have been to India in the recent past.

Pre-election favourite New Democratic Party led by Adrian Dix, too, had its share cut from 36 to 33 in the new assembly. The only consolation for the NDP was that it inflicted a defeat on the Premier Christy Clark in the Vancouver Point Grey riding.

Christy Clark, who narrowly won a byelection in the riding in 2011 against NDP challenger David Eby, the former executive director of the BC Civil Liberties Association, lost to the same rival by over 700 votes. Christy Clark will head a majority BC Liberal government after becoming the first woman leader of her party to stage a stunning come-from-behind victory in British Columbia's 40th provincial election.



New technique to remove kidney stone

Mohali, May 22
A new technique to remove kidney stone has come as a boon to patients. Holmium laser, which has been introduced at Fortis Hospital, eliminates the discomfort and long hospitalisation associated with the kidney stone and prostrate treatment.

Dr AS Bawa, director, urology, Minimal Invasive Surgery in Urology, said, "The use of the laser facilitates quicker recovery. — TNS



CAG slams PGI for failing to prescribe generic medicines
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
Slamming the PGIMER for failing to prescribe generic medicines to patients and staff, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has pointed out an excessive expenditure of Rs 1.19 crore on branded medicines by the institution in 2011-12.

Pointing towards the failure of the institution in availing higher discounts offered on generic medicines, CAG in its report stated, "Either the doctors were not aware of generic medicines or they favoured chemists by prescribing branded medicines."

The drug committee of the PGIMER had prepared a formulary in 2008 that prescribes a list of approved drugs with the objective of identifying 'generic names' of medicines for the convenience of doctors. The other objective was to provide guidelines to the PGI pharmacy to ensure the availability of these generic medicines.

The PGIMER had done a rate contract with a with Delhi drug store from February, 2010, to February, 2012, for the supply of medicines at a discount of 28.8 per cent on branded and 70.20 per cent on generic medicines on MRP, stated the CAG report.

The appellate auditing body also pointed out that the scrutiny of records of the staff clinic on dispensary 'revealed that in most of the prescription slips, doctors prescribe medicines by trade name only and not by generic names'.

"The scrutiny of the records revealed that the PGIMER spent Rs 3.05 crore on the purchase of medicines from approved chemist and Jan Aushadhi Centre. Further, Rs 2.84 crore, constituting 93 per cent of the total amount spent on the purchase of medicines during 2010-11 and 2011-12, was spent on branded medicines in violation of guidelines of the drug committee," reads Para 7 of the CAG report 2011-12. The authority then concluded that the PGI authorities failed to follow the directives of the drug committee, incurring excess expenditure of Rs 1.19 crore. The PGI provides medical facility to its staff with the help of the staff clinic.



Mohali to have American Business Corner

Mohali, May 22
The Mohali Industries Association (MIA) has signed a MoU with the US Commercial Department to set up an American Business Corner (ABC) at the MIA Bhawan in the Phase VII Industrial Area here.

The ABC will be the North India's first such facility, which will help in sharing business requirements between the US and the Indian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). This can prove to be a historic step towards enhancing trade relations between the two countries.

The activities of the ABC will include the dissemination of catalogues of US products to potential buyers or organising workshops and seminars at the centre on topics such as trade and finance.

US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell is scheduled to inaugurate this centre on May 29. — OC



Poetry recitation contest
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 22
Ashmah International School, Sector 70, organised a poetry recitation competition here yesterday. Students were given burning issues as subjects for the poems i.e. environment, water, trees and animals.

The participants were judged on the choice of the poem, voice modulation, pronunciation, actions and confidence.

Principal Roopinder Kaur Ghuman gave away certificates to the winners and said poetry was just another way of expressing one's thoughtfulness and desires and letting the rest of the world be aware of the same.



tricity scan

Former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan has been nominated as the member of the BJP National Working Group for Union Territory Affairs by Raj Nath Singh, National President of the BJP.


Officials of Indian Oil Corporation Limited hand over the keys of an Alto car to the winner in ChandigarhIndian Oil Corporation Limited gave away prizes to the winners of its campaign 'Festival ki umang automated petrol pumps ke sang'. Pankaj Arora, a resident of Chandigarh, got an Alto car. Sudeb Gupta, executive director, Punjab state office of IOCL handed over the car keys to the winner.

Officials of Indian Oil Corporation Limited hand over the keys of an Alto car to the winner in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph


An architect and a nominated councillor, Surinder Bahga, has been invited as a jury member to select architectural firm for prestigious agriculture-cum-cattle university to be set up at Kishanganj in Bihar on 350 acres. During Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's seva yatra to Kishanganj in Bihar on June 9, 2012, he had inspected the site in Pothia and instructed officials of Bihar Agriculture University, Sabour, to set up the university there. The state government is likely to spend Rs 718 crore on the project. — TNS



Water woes hit students hard this summer
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
Children studying at various government schools in the peripheral areas of the city are facing a harrowing time due to the lack of proper water supply. With the mercury rising further up with each passing day, these children are at the receiving end.
Children stare at non-functional water coolers at Government High School, Colony No. 4
Children stare at non-functional water coolers at Government High School, Colony No. 4; and (below) Government Model Senior Secondary School, Karsan, Ram Darbar, Phase II, in Chandigarh.
Government Model Senior Secondary School, Karsan, Ram Darbar, Phase II, in Chandigarh

Everyday, between 12 pm and 2 pm, these schools face water crisis. Making the situation worse, water coolers are non-functional in some schools.

A visit to Government Model Senior Secondary School, Karsan (Ram Darbar, Phase II), revealed that water coolers were not functioning for a long time, and the children had to quench their thirst with the warm and unfiltered stored water. Due to the old piping system and lack of water supply, some toilets, too, have been kept closed at the school.

“We are well aware of the situation,” said the school principal, Harbir Singh. “After getting no response from the higher authorities, we have taken some measures to overcome the situation at our own level. The water pressure booster system is updated every now and then, but problems remain. The school is in a dire need of changing the piping system, and for that we have written several letters to the engineering department, but failed to get any positive feedback. The problem has also been communicated to the Director Public Instructions (DPI) office,” he said.

When asked about the non-functioning water coolers, he said, “We have submitted the complaint with the company concerned, and its management has ensured us that new coolers would be made available to the school. We are still waiting for the delivery.”
The lack of water supply in the afternoon at Government High School, Colony No. 4, leads to unattended toilets. These reek of unpleasant odour, and have become home to mosquitoes
The lack of water supply in the afternoon at Government High School, Colony No. 4, leads to unattended toilets. These reek of unpleasant odour, and have become home to mosquitoes

A similar scenario prevails at Government High School, Colony No. 4. Although the water coolers do provide cold water, this ‘luxury’ is available only in the morning hours. Even the ground floor of the school fails to receive water. Making matters worse, the lack of water supply in the afternoon leads to unattended toilets. These reek of unpleasant odour, and have become home to mosquitoes. A teacher called it the biggest problem being faced by the school.

“The school faces the problem of lack of drinking water, especially during the afternoon hours. Children do bring their water bottles but serving over 200 students needs a proper system. Students, too, lack hygiene,” said the teacher.

A sweeper at the school said, “The toilets were cleaned in the morning, but as there is no water supply in the afternoon, toilets can not be cleaned again. It is a hectic job to clean these dirty toilets in the evening.”

The primary wing of Government High School, Hallo Majra, is also facing a similar problem. The school is under construction for long. The primary wing students are served water directly from the storage tank. “The situation gets worse in summers as there are no water coolers,” said a teacher. “I will soon submit a request with the authorities for providing us with some water coolers,” said Sadhu Ram, principal of the school.

The water storage, too, is not up to the mark in certain schools. No regular sampling and cleaning record has been maintained by the school authorities. Passing the buck, the school authorities blamed the engineering department, who further put the onus on the Municipal Corporation.

A litre a day water needed

On an average, a school going child should consume at least one litre water a day. The need for drinking water increases with outdoor activities. The water storage system, in majority of the schools, is not up to the mark.

Dr Gopal Bhardwaj, Head, internal medicine, GMSH-16



Sanitation given a miss too
Govt schools short of 100 toilets
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
Government schools in the city are woefully short of toilets, both for boys and girl students. The UT Education Department, in its latest survey, found the department needed to provide 100 additional toilets—50 each for boys and girls—in government schools here.

The existing toilets in several schools, too, required immediate repair and maintenance work, the survey found.

Although, the UT has separate toilets for girls and boys in all the schools, the latest survey that was conducted to check the requirement of additional toilets and status of repair work in schools found the Administration needed to expedite its efforts to provide basic amenities in government schools, officials said.

Despite the fact that the three-year deadline for the compliance to Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act is over, the shortage of basic infrastructure in schools continues to pose a major challenge to the department, sources said.

Sample this: Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 19, requires five toilets with four toilet seats each for boys and three toilets with four toilet seats each for girls.

Government Senior Secondary School (GSSS), Mani Majra, is short of two toilets with five seats each for boys and two toilets with three seats each for girls.

One of the most popular model schools in the city—GMSSS-35—is short of three toilets, both for boys and girls. Government High School, Dadu Majra, meanwhile, has just one toilet for boys and needs three more.

A major requirement is seen at GSSS-45 that needs nearly six toilets, for both boys and girls. GMSSS-46 needs three toilets for boys and as many as six toilets for girl students.

The condition of rural schools is as much woeful. GSSS, Raipur Khurd, has just one toilet for boys and needs at least three more. GSSS, Kaimbwala, is short of three toilets for boys and girls.

A government school head said that despite the fact that the strength of students had massively increased in government schools in recent years, the Administration had failed to improve the basic amenities available at these schools. Students were at the receiving end, he said.

Education Secretary, UT, VK Singh said: “Following the survey, the UT Education Department is chalking out a proper plan and the budget requirements to improve the existing toilets and construct additional toilets in government schools. Our first priority is to carry out the required maintenance and repair work of the existing toilets, and ensure cleanliness. Simultaneously, we will be adding new toilets as per the requirement.”

Repair and maintenance a big concern

The survey conducted by the UT Education Department also found that the existing toilets in the government schools required repair and maintenance. For instance, all toilets at GMSSS-21 needed repair works. Toilets at GMSSS-27, GMSSS-18, GMS-26 and GHS-40 too are in need of maintenance. At GMS, Palsora, the existing toilets are in a pathetic condition. At GHS, Karsan, the sewage pipes of 12 boys’ toilets and 10 girls’ toilets are completely blocked. Besides, boys’ toilet at GMSSS-15 requires repair, and four toilets at GSSS, Khuda Alisher, need attention as well. The status of cleanliness at schools was a cause of worry, said an official who was a part of the committee that conducted the survey.



Stress on importance of language skills
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 22
Chairperson of the Punjab School Education Board Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal today stated that books should be prepared 
keeping in mind the needs of students.

She was speaking at a workshop held to assess matriculation books by experts and teachers. Today was the third day of the workshop.

Dr Balwinder Singh, secretary of the board, laid emphasis on the importance of language skills. He said school books must be made interesting.

Experts felt that the use of CDs during teaching could prove beneficial to students. They said books should be reviewed from time to time. Examples should be given from daily life to explain points while teaching.



Sexual harassment
UBS faculty comes out in support of professors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
The faculty of University Business School (UBS) has come out in support of two professors charged with outraging the modesty of an assistant professor.

The staff in a meeting today passed a resolution to support both the professors.

A joint representation sent to the senior police officers and PU authorities states that both the professors are innocent.

A case was registered against chairperson Prof Ak Vashisht and Prof Dinesh Kumar Gupta.

Earlier too, the faculty had sided with the professors. The victim had filed a complaint against the two on April 15. To register a protest, the board of control of the department stalled a group discussion and personal interviews of candidates who had come for admission. It was after the Vice-Chancellor intervened that the group discussion resumed. Both the teachers were on leave today, following which Prof SK Chaddha officiated as the chairperson of the department.

The Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) will hold its executive meeting on Thursday to discuss the issue. PU officials stated that no departmental proceedings would be initiated against the professors until they are found guilty.

The Sexual Harassment Committee at Panjab University, which is probing the matter, has decided to hold a meeting on May 24 and has asked the complainant to bring the witness along.



Students raise issues at ‘Vidyarthi Panchayat’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
The first ever monthly meeting of the students the with the Panjab University (PU) authorities called as ‘Vidyarthi Panchayat’ was held here today. The students came-up with various problems along with a demand of scrutinising the attendance of teachers in classes.

The meeting chaired by the Dean Student Welfare (DSW), AS Ahluwalia, was also attended by hostel wardens. While the hostel residents raised the issue over the cleanliness in the washrooms at the boys' hostels, many students highlighted that the food at student centre was served under unhygienic condition.

One of the students of the University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET) highlighted the case of an irregular teachers of their department. The issue of non-functional water coolers in the BDS department was also raised by the students. NSUI president Jeewanjot Chahal stated that they would ensure that the issues taken-up by the students during the meeting were addressed to by the authorities.



SSA teachers seek regularisation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 22
The Sarva Siksha Abhyan (SSA) teachers launched a signature campaign in the city to seek UT Adminstrator Shivraj Patil's urgent attention on their regularisation issue.

The SSA teachers, who gathered under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers' Welfare Association, also requested the administrator to call for an immediate meeting of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Governing Council and address the pending issue.

Arvind Rana, President of SSATWA said there were nearly 1300 JBT and TGT teachers working under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Society here, but despite assurance, their issue was still pending. "In a public hearing session held with the UT Administrator, Shivraj Patil, May last year, the Finance-cum-Education- Secretary had committed to regularise the SSA teachers shortly. But one year has passed since then and the issue is still pending," Rana Added

The association members also raised the issue of delay in submitting the revised proposal of creating the posts in Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)

The members decided that if the proposal would not be sent to the ministry till June 15, the association would launch a mass movement against the delay.



Anti-Terrorism Day observed at Mohali college

Mohali, May 22
The Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology observed the Anti-Terrorism Day here yesterday.

The day was observed to commemorate the sacrifice of the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and generate awareness among the masses about the danger of terrorism, violence and its effects on the people, society and the country as a whole.

JS Bedi, chairman, , administered a pledge to oppose all forms of terrorism and violence and to uphold and promote peace, social harmony and understanding among all human beings.— OC



EPFO recruitment results declared

Chandigarh, May 22
The result of the written test held for the recruitment of social security assistant, has been declared and is available on the website of Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO): www.epfindia.com or www.epfindia.gov.in.

The details regarding the issue of call letter for the second stage of recruitment, i.e. skill test, for the post is also available on the website of Employees' Provident Fund Organisation. — TNS



from schools
Pool party

Children enjoy “Splash Pool Party” at Tribune Model School in Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Wednesday Chandigarh: To beat the heat and add to have fun, a 'Splash Pool Party' was arranged for the students of kindergarten of the Tribune Model School, Sector 29, Chandigarh. The children enthusiastically participated in the pool party with their toys and thoroughly enjoyed it. Later, they enjoyed snacks and watched their favourite cartoons.

Children enjoy “Splash Pool Party” at Tribune Model School in Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Environment Week

Environment Week was concluded at the Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School, Sector 37. It was a holistic attempt by the school to sensitise the today's youth about the need to preserve the environment and accordingly keep a check upon the destructive activities of today’s generation. A whole lot of activities were conducted to sustain and develop the student's interest in nature and all its blissful contributions to human race.

Business quiz

Coalesce’13- A Business Quiz was organised by the students of commerce stream in St John’s High School, Sector 26. The event was organised to create an awareness among the students about famous business personalities, logos, acquisitions and banking sector and also to hone the quizzing skills among the students. Among 30 schools participated in the quiz, students of PMN SD Public School were declared the winners. Mr.Mushtaq Ahmed was the quiz master.

Hindi poetry recitation

As a part of the literary week activities, the school organised an inter-class Hindi poetry recitation competition for the students of Classes X to XII. Richa Vashishth of XII A won the first position, while Asya of X C won the second position. The third position was shared by Tanvi Gupta of XI C1 and Harnika Aujla of X. The consolation prize went to Neha Goyal of XII C2.

Students bring laurels

Mohali: Sant Isher Singh Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 70,Mohali, produced an excellent result in class XII exam of Punjab School Education Board. Out of total 145 students 122 students passed this examination with Ist divisions. Kamaldeep Kaur stood first in the school securing 90.2 per cent marks, while her sister Amandeep kaur stood second in the school with 90.1 per cent marks. Hardip Kaur Gill, Director of the school congratulated the students for this excellent result.

Summer workshop

A summer workshop began in Green Castle School, Sector 47. The participants learnt and improved their skills in various fields, including dance, art and craft, cursive writing and Spoken-English. Besides, children enjoyed splash pool activity. Students both from Green Castle School as well as from other schools participated in the summer camp enthusiastically. The school had arranged evening classes for the housewives, in which they were learning baking, cooking, stitching, embroidery and tips to groom their personality.

Tech fest

The school organised annual inter-school tech fest for the students of classes III to XII. The two-day mega event ‘TECHNOTHON 2013’, with the theme ‘Make Earth a Humane Planet’ ’ witnessed the participation of over one hundred students from regional schools. The chief-guest, Dr Vinod Sharma, DEO Mohali, honoured the winners of the tech fest and also gave valuable tips to the participants about web-designing and poster-Making. The trophy for the overall winner was bagged by the host school St Soldier, Mohali followed by St John’s High School and Bhavan Vidyalaya.

Project exhibition

Panchkula: The primary wing of St Soldier's School, Sector 16, organised an ‘Exhibition of Projects’ on the parent-teacher meeting here. The models, charts and craft work related to Mathematics, English, Hindi were put up. The model piggy bank, sense organs and abacus were highly appreciated by the parents. Most of the projects were prepared using waste material. The projects showed how the school was teaching every child to “learn by doing.”

Splash pool party

The kindergarten students of New India Smart Senior Secondary School, Sector15, Panchkula, splashed in the pool. They enjoyed the pool party and had real fun dancing in the pool with the music. Dressed in bright and colourful swimming attire, students had splashing time playing in the pool with balls, fishing nets, slides, toys etc.

Summer camp Sukriti

The second day of the summer camp “Sukriti” at Senior Wing of DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur, witnessed the visit of Dr Puneet Bedi, an eminent educationalists and principal of MCM DAV College for women, Chandigarh. The whole school was abuzz with varied activities at different venues, presenting a highly lively and exhilarating environment. The school is holding different workshops for the students in yoga, music, dance, health and nutrition, personality development and sports

Healthy Food Week

Zirakpur: Students of the Buddies Planet School celebrated, “Healthy Food Week”. During the event, the students and the parents were instructed to send green salads, vegetables, sprouts, fruits and curd, for the menu items and the mothers of tiny toddlers strickly followed the menu. Healthy week was concluded today by celebrating ‘Green day’ with gaiety & fervour. Children and teachers came to school dressed up in green attires and spent the whole day in school campus in various activities like colouring, painting and paper tearing.

Action show

To boost up the confidence level of tiny tots and to disperse their stage fear, a “Singing with Action Show” was organised in the St John's School here. The toddlers mesmerised the parents by singing with actions along with casio tunes. The parents appreciated the efforts put by the teachers. The principal said that the main aim to keep this activity was to improve their pronunciation and vocabulary. 'God’s Love', 'London Bridge' , 'It’s a Beautiful Day' were some of the poems being recited by the small kids

Tae kwon do championship

Patiala: Rishitosh Rooprai, a student of Narain Public School, Patiala, has made the institute proud by winning gold medal in an Open National Tae kwon do championship. Not only Rishitosh Rooprai but Harjinder Singh, a student of class VI showed a doosy performance and won a bronze medal. Gyaninder Singh, Pankajpal Singh, Nakul Kaushal, Simranpal Singh and Kevin Karan were awarded with the participation certificates. The championship was held in Mumbai

Dance competition

The students of DAV Public School, Patiala, won prizes in different categories in a dance competition. Gunjan, a student of class V delivered a mesmerising performance and won the second prize in duet competition. She also received a cash prize of Rs11,000.In another category, Lavish of class IV class and Aastha of class V won silver medal in semifinal. World famous choreographer Terrence Lewis was one of the judges of the event.

Workshop on electronics

A two-hour workshop on electronics was conducted at the MRA Modern Public School, Sector 7, Panchkula by Mukul Chaudhary, director of Chopra TV Training centre. The aim of this workshop was to impart a practical knowledge to students. Various students participated in the workshop and learnt about how to make small electronic device, calculate the resistance, AC and DC current . The students were enlightened to new things and it was a good and knowledgeable experience. — TNS



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