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Chandigarh to Goa in Rs 4,585
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
Now, in around Rs 4,585 you can reach Madgaon (Goa) from Chandigarh in an AC first class coach in 37 hours. The train (number 12450) for Madgaon will be flagged off at 1:30 am on August 5 from the city railway station by former Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. This will be the fourth train linking the city to the financial capital of the country, Mumbai.

The fare fixed for the Goa Sampark express is Rs 4,585 for the first class, Rs 2,650 for the second class, Rs 1,800 for the third class and for travel in the sleeper class Rs 695 will be charged. There will be 20 coaches in the train, including four general, nine sleepers, two third AC, one second AC, one first AC, one pantry and two guard coaches. The response to the Goa Sampark Express has been huge as for its maiden journey there is a huge waiting list of passengers.

According to the railway schedule, the Chandigarh-Madgaon (Goa) train will depart on Sunday night at 1:30 am and reach Madgaon on Tuesday at 3:00 pm. It will ply on Monday also. It will take a halt at Ambala Cantt, Panipat and New Delhi.

During the return journey, the train (number 12449) will leave Madgaon on Tuesday at 1:24 pm and reach Chandigarh on Thursday morning at 5:25 am. The return train will also ply on Thursday and halt at the New Delhi, Panipat and Ambala Cantt stations.

The officials stated the present time schedule was for monsoon only and it would be revised.

Meanwhile, Ambala Division Railway Manager Anil Kumar Kathapal paid a visit to the city station to inspect the ongoing works, which are aimed at giving a face-lift to the station. He instructed the officials concerned to complete the works on the deadline set by the department.



‘New Chd’ villagers move Permanent Lok Adalat
Say basic amenities non-existent in villages
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Students of Government School, Bharonjia village, tread on a waterlogged road.
Students of Government School, Bharonjia village, tread on a waterlogged road. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Mohali, August 3
While the Punjab Government has promised to develop top-class infrastructure at ‘New Chandigarh’, the residents of the villages that fall in the area have been deprived of the basic amenities, including road links. They have moved the Permanent Lok Adalat in this regard.

Acting on the villagers’ complaint, the Lok Adalat has directed the state government to repair the roads within six months.

The residents of several villages, including Rani Majra, Bharonjia, Bahalpur Taprian, Dhode Majra, Rasoolpur and Salamatpur, said the administration had not been repairing or upgrading the link roads.

In an application, moved by Surjit Kaur, sarpanch of Rani Majra Gram Panchayat, under Section 22 C of the Legal Services Authorities Act along with another application, signed by sarpanches and other residents of the above-mentioned villages, it was stated that the link roads in these villages were about 40 years old and were in a pitiable state.

“Commuting on these roads is quite risky. Despite our repeated reminders to the authorities, nothing has been done in this direction so far. So, we were forced to approach the Permanent Lok Adalat,” said the sarpanches.

The court had issued a notice to the Punjab Government through Chief Engineer, PWD, B&R, Punjab, who, in his reply to the court, had stated that a proposal for the repair of the roads was already submitted to the government and the sample estimates were being prepared.

“The repair work will be started as soon as the funds are sanctioned,” stated the official in his reply to the court.

“Despite tall promises by the government of carrying out top-class development of the area, we are being neglected as far as basic facilities are concerned and continue to suffer,” the villagers said.



No need for city Metro: Ex-chief architect
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
The city's first chief architect and close associate of Le Corbusier, MN Sharma, feels at present there is no need for a Metro project for the City Beautiful. On his 90th birthday, Sharma said instead of spending crores of rupees on the Metro project, the Administration should start free bus service for two hours in the morning and evening for office-goers and it would ease traffic congestion here. There is no need for the Metro project for the city, he added.

On Chandigarh’s master plan, he said initially, he had attended only one meeting but when the master plan was finalised, the UT officials did not consult him. Till date, he had not studied the master plan because it was very lengthy and at the age of 90, he would not be able to go through more than 500 pages of the master plan, he added.

On the Punjab's Government's decision to develop Mullanpur as New Chandigarh, Sharma said the Punjab Government is ultimately benefiting the real estate giants and property dealers. New Chandigarh will ultimately put more pressure on the City Beautiful, he added.

On the present condition of the city, Sharma said the city needed immediate attention. The residents and the authorities are equally responsible for this condition of the city. He wants that the Administration should complete a 11-storey building in Sector 17 and the world-famous Capitol Complex. No construction should be allowed within a radius of 5 km from the Capitol Complex and thereafter low-rise buildings should be allowed.

Tourist info centre to come up near Capitol Complex

City's first chief architect MN Sharma on Saturday said he had also designed a tourist information centre, for which the Administration has earmarked a site near the Capitol Complex. The centre has been designed to ease the cumbersome process of getting permission for sightseeing in the complex. At present, the tourists have to visit Tourism Department office in Sector 9 or Le Corbusier Centre in Sector 19 or Sector 17 office to seek permission to visit the Capitol Complex.



Double murder
Doctors suspect child was abused
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 3
In a shocking revelation in the double murder case that took place near Pinjore, a board of doctors, who conducted the post-mortem examinations of the bodies of the woman and her seven-year-old daughter, suspect that the child was physically abused before being strangled to death.

It is suspected that the child's stepfather abused her. On August 1, highly decomposed bodies of the woman and her daughter were found in the bed box at their residence in Charnia village, near Pinjore. The police investigations revealed that they were murdered by her husband Suraj Bahadur, a Nepalese criminal, over extramarital relations.

The post-mortem report also revealed that the victims were not only administered sedatives, because of which their stomachs were found congested, but also strangled twice to ensure that they were dead.

“Though the bodies are totally decomposed and were infested with maggots, we have observed that the child had been physically abused before the murder. We have sent some samples to get the exact report,” said Dr Sunil Gambhir, head of the post-mortem department at the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula.

He added: “The victims' stomachs were found congested, which means they were offered something laced with sedatives. The finding is substantiated as there were no resistance marks on the bodies, confirming that the two were unconscious when they were strangled to death.”

According to the post-mortem report, a cloth was used for strangling both of them and there were double ligature marks on their necks.

“To make sure that the victims were dead, the killer strangled them with cloth twice. While the woman was strangled with her ‘dupatta’, the child was strangled with some cloth,” said the doctor.

Meanwhile, the police has not been able to trace the accused. The station house officer of the Pinjore police station, Inspector Raj Kumar, said the accused was suspected to have flown to Nepal.


Tricity scan
Hike in collector rates condemned

Chandigarh: Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) condemned the 50 per cent increase in the collector rates by the UT Administration. In its quarterly meeting, CBM office-bearers demanded rollback of collector rates considering recession in property prices. CBM President Charanjiv Singh said they would meet the UT officials and would demand rollback.The Property Consultants Association, Presidwnt, ML Garg and the Traders Association, Sector 17, Chandigarh, led by Kamaljit Panchhi, President, LC Arora and JPS Kalra had condemned the hike in the collector rates in Chandigarh. Recently, they had met M Shyan, Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh, to discuss two major issues related to industries, residential as well as traders.

Special meet

Victims of alcoholism need not wage a lonely losing battle against the fatal disease of alcoholism as recovery is possible through the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), a worldwide fellowship of recovering alcoholics. All the problem drinker has to do is to walk into Shivalik Public School, Sector 41,Chandigarh, on August 4 from 6 pm onwards for a special meeting being organised as part of the anniversary celebrations of the Disha Group of AA.

Councillor’s Turkey tour

Nominated Councillor Architect Surinder Bahga of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation met Sadik S Kayhan, Deputy Mayor of Atasehir Municipality of Istanbul city in Turkey, recently to exchange ideas for the betterment of both cities. Istanbul is a very big city of 14 millions. Meeting was held in the presence of senior officials of Atasehir. Bahga enquired from Deputy Mayor for the secret of such cleanliness in their city. The Istanbul Environmental Protection and Waste Processing Corporation (ISTAC) is a company of Istanbul Municipal Corporation, which is world famous. Responsibilities are fixed and no one is spared for any laxity so far cleanliness is concerned.

Crash course

Mohali: Students of Mohali-based Taaleem College of International Studies (TCIS) and other colleges received a crash course in the area of financial investments. Ankur Grover, Assistant Manager, National Stock exchange, NSE, held an interesting Investor Awareness & Educational programme to promote financial skills & prudent economic decision-making capabilities amongst students. Grover dispelled the notion that the market is not performing, according to him the market has always been good but the timing of entering it could be bad.

Faculty development programme ends

A five-day faculty development programme (FDP) on Induction training on Cloud Computing through ICT was concluded at Sri sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dera Bassi, on Saturday. It was organised by SSIET in collaboration with the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR). During the closing ceremony, Dr GN verma, Prof Rashpal and Prof Gurpreet welcomed the chief guest. — TNS



SHRC seeks report from DC on potable water
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 3
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has sought a report from the Mohali Deputy Commissioner on a complaint that residents of the district have not been getting potable water for the past many months.

A joint complaint was filed by a resident of Kharar and two others that residents were not being provided with potable water and the water pressure was also very low. The complainants were of the view that in case the present situation was not controlled, it could cause irreparable harm to the complainants and also to the residents. They prayed for intervention by the commission.

As allegations had been attributed to public servants, the commission took cognizance of the matter and sought a report from the DC by the next date of hearing.

A copy of the order, which was issued by Justice Jagdish Bhalla, chairperson of the commission, and Justice Baldev Singh, member, was sent to the DC for information and compliance.

The hearing was adjourned till October 17. As many as 21 water samples were collected by the officials of the Health Department from different parts of the district from July 1 to 19 out of which 14 had not been found fit for drinking. Five of the samples which had failed the potability test were from Mohali village located next to Phase I here.

Water samples were collected from Mohali village after patients suffering from typhoid had started visiting to the Civil Hospital in Phase VI. According to an official of the Health Department, out of the 21 samples collected in the district only two were found fit for drinking. Three samples collected from villages falling under the Boothgarh Primary Health Centre also failed the potability test. Similarly, four water samples collected from certain Dera Bassi villages were not found fit for drinking. All the villages from where samples were collected were being supplied water by the rural water supply wing. Another sample taken from a resident of Dera Bassi, who had installed a submersible pump, was also not found fit for drinking. A water sample collected from a tubewell sunk on the BSF campus here had also failed the potability test.



Infra development at snail’s pace
13 govt schools need 149 classrooms to accommodate rising number of students
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
The infrastructure development in government schools of Chandigarh is going on at a slow pace. Classrooms at government schools in Chandigarh are bursting with rising number of students. Forty government schools in Chandigarh are running on double shift and many NGOs feel the quality of education is difficult to maintain in afternoon shifts.

Contrary to it, just three new schools have come up in Chandigarh since 2010, which include Government High School, Sector 53, 50 and 54, revealed the information sought under the Right to Education Act, 2005, from the Education Department.

The construction work of the new school building in Manimajra and Sector 45 is on for the past many years and has not been completed yet. Moreover, the information under the RTI revealed that 13 government schools are in need of 149 additional classrooms and the construction work in any of the schools is yet to take off.

For instance, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, needs 18 rooms. Government Model High School in Sector 43 and Government High School in Sector 53 need 16 rooms each. GMHS, Manimajra, needs 13 rooms. Further, GMSSS-26, GMSSS-23A, GMSSS-28, GMHS-36D, GMHS-38D, GMHS-38 (west) and GMHS-41 are short of 9 rooms each.

A school head said they had to stuff more children into classrooms due to the shortage of rooms. Despite repeated reminders to the Education Department, the construction of the additional rooms had not been started, the school head said.

Another school head said the enrolment and promotion rate of students was very high in every class at government schools due to the implementation of the RTE Act.

RTI activist Pankaj chandgotia said the local administration could expedite the construction of new schools and additional classrooms, but in many government schools, students did not have proper classrooms and students attend classes in verandahs.

Meanwhile, officials of the department said at least four new schools and over 100 additional classrooms in several schools were expected to be completed this year.

The department claimed in the RTI reply that the construction of additional rooms at government middle school in Indira Colony, GMSSS-56, GMSSS, Manimajra, Government High school, Karsan, GHS, Mauli Jagran, GHS, Kajheri, and GSSS, Kaimbhwala, was likely to be completed this academic session. Besides, the new school buildings were expected to be completed in Sector 45, Kishangarh and pocket no 6 and 10 in Manimajra shortly. The construction work of two new government schools in Dhanas is expected to begin soon.



Nirmala’s plight moves audience
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
The City-based Rang Virasat Theatre Group’s fine adaption of Munshi Prem Chand’s acclaimed novel “Nirmala” kicked off the four-day-long theatre festival on the literary work of the acclaimed Indian writer today.

The overall performance in the play managed to bring alive the story of an intense female character. Some of other characters in the play were found comparatively weak, but it was well balanced by the fine performance of main protagonists, including Nirmala, played by actor Nisha Sharma, and her aged husband Surendra Kumar.

The character of Nirmala’s stepson Mansa Ram, played by Dinesh Kumar, too helped in gripping the audience with this fine feminine story, projecting the socio-economic condition of women in India in early 20th century. While the use of three dimensional veil enhanced the dramatic effect of the play, the use of lighting could have been more intense. Directed by Vandana Vashist, the play was a story about a 16-year-old girl, who got married to Totaram, a man of her father's age after her first marriage being cancelled due to the sudden death of his father. It potrayed the journey of an innocence-girl-turned -immature wife who could not hold changes in her life after the marriage.

Nirmala's husband tried all the tactics to woo her. In response, she started showing respect and care for him, but could not control his suspicious mindset and that doomed their lives.

Totaram had three sons and the eldest son, Mansa Ram was just one year elder to Nirmala. Nirmala, who was in a tender age and was inexperienced, could not understand how her comfortable relation with Mansa Ram created suspicion in the mind of her husband. It sowed the seed of mistrust that led to the downfall of everyone.

One by one all the sons died. Totaram loses all the wealth and property. He holds Nirmala responsible for the whole wreckage and turmoil. Nirmala’s death in the last scene poignantly moved the audience.

Tomorrow, another fine story by Munshi Prem Chand “Namak Ka Daroga” that laments corruption during the British rule, would be staged at 7 pm. The play is directed by Dr P Chandershekar.



Panchkula advocates go on strike over ‘assault’ on fellow lawyer
Tribune News Service

The district courts corridor in Panchkula on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, August 3
Litigants were a harassed lot when lawyers at the Panchkla district courts observed a strike till afternoon today following an alleged attack on their former president of the bar association, Satish Kadiyan.

However, station house officer of the Sector 5 police station, Inspector Mukesh Kumar, said both the parties have submitted complaints against each other and they have been called to the police station tomorrow. The advocates did not enter the court premises to show express their displeasure on what happened.

It was yesterday when Kadiyan alleged that he was beaten up by a physical training instructor at a club in Sector 6 following admission of his son in a game course. The other party also alleged that even he was thrashed badly by Kadiyan without any reason. Both reached the police station. The SHO said that medical examination was conducted. But nothing concrete was found. It is only after proper verification that a case would be registered.

Meanwhile, litigants remained a harried lot as the lawyers did not work today till afternoon. “I have come all the way from Karnal due to my case. But the advocates are on strike. Now my case has been deferred and I will have to come again,” said Deepender Gandhi, a litigant.



Mohali murder
Victim was pregnant
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 3
A woman, whose headless body and head were recovered from a local sewerage treatment plant, was pregnant and was on the verge of delivery. The fact came to light after the postmortem examination was conducted at the Civil Hospital, Phase VI, here today. The Mohali police is still clueless about the identity of the woman, who seems to be in her 30’s and belonged to a good family.

“During the postmortem examination, several marks of assault and bruises were found on legs, back and shoulder of the victim. Probably, she was murdered just a day before her body reached here at the mortuary,” said the sources.

On July 19, the victim’s head was recovered at the plant at 8 pm. The head was wrapped in a polythene bag. Next day, the headless body reached there while floating in the N-Choe. A tattoo of ‘Dharmender’ name was engraved on the left arm of the victim.

The police had also rounded up person with the name of Dharmender, whose wife, Mamta had gone missing from Dugri, Ludhiana, on March 26 to identify the body. But he claimed that the body was not of his missing wife, Mamta. The police has also sent the samples of the victim and infant for the DNA test and her viscera to the laboratory in Kharar.

“Efforts are on to identify the victim. After that, we will be able to plan our next course of action,” said Swarndeep Singh, the Mohali SP (city).



Lifting of ban on pioglitazone brings cheer to diabetics
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
The lifting of ban on the sale of the common diabetes drug, pioglitazone, by the Central Government brings cheer to diabetes patients in the city. The ban had left a number of patients in the lurch as many found the medicine highly cost-effective and suitable.

The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry had imposed a ban on the sale of the drug last month fearing risk of cancer in the bladder due to pioglitazone, as pointed out in the letter received by the DCGI.

The drug, available with the trade names pioz and pioglet in the market is not only cheap (Rs 2 per tablet) but also quite effective in controlling the blood sugar levels in patients, said doctors here.

Chandigarh Tribune had, last week, highlighted the ordeal of patients in the city due to the ban.

The Ministry had banned pioglitazone recently on the basis of a letter sent (in January this year) to the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) by a Chennai-based diabetologist, Dr V Mohan, chairman of Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre.

After criticism from diabetologists across the country and recommendations of the Drugs Technical Advisory Board, the Ministry has notified revoking of the ban with certain conditions that included -pioglitazone should not be prescribed as the first line of treatment.

India had approved pioglitazone a decade ago. The drug is being used extensively in European countries, in addition to Australia and the USA. The drug, however, was banned in France in 2010 after reports of its cancerous effects were found in the country. So far in India, six cases have been reported where bladder cancer was feared to have been caused due to the usage of the drug.

These include two cases each from Chennai and Salem and one each from Mumbai and Belgaum.



Cheating case
Rs 1 lakh reward on Khutten sisters
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
The Chandigarh police has announced a reward of Rs 50,000 each on Seema Khutten (35) and her sister, Renu Khutten (32), colleagues of the deceased former municipal councillor (MC) Arshad Khan, in a cheating case.

The case on all three was registered on a complaint of a foreign national in May 2012 for duping her of Rs 71 lakh.

The local court in July this year also declared the Khutten sisters as proclaimed offenders.

The UT police had registered the case against the three under Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC almost four months after Arshad Khan died.

Patricia Craig, a resident of the UK, had told the police that the deceased councillor and the Khutten sisters had cheated her of Rs 71 lakh on the pretext of investing the amount in a joint project.

The complainant had alleged that she paid over Rs 91 lakh to the accused for the project. After Arshad’s death, she demanded her money back, following which she was given cheques of Rs 71 lakh and Rs 20 lakh, of which the cheque of Rs 71 lakh was dishonoured.

The police said both the accused were absconding and evading arrests knowingly. The Khutten sisters also figure among the most wanted criminals in the list of the Chandigarh police.

“Anyone having any clue about both the accused will be rewarded Rs 1 lakh,” said a police official.



Possession of flats, villas, plots
Owners stage protest at developer’s office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
The owners waiting for the possession of flats, villas and plots in Sectors 97, 106 and 107 of SAS Nagar today staged a protest in front of the Unitech Builders Office, Sector 17, Chandigarh. They raised slogans against the developer for not giving them the possession of their plots on time.

The protesters said more than over three years had passed since the company was scheduled to give the possession to them.

Raminder Singh, an employee of Quarck City who owns a 500 square yard plot in the township, said the company was to give the possession of their plots in 2010, but it had failed to do so.

He alleged: “These companies are in connivance with politicians. They collect lots of money and then invest it somewhere else to gain further profits. Even the police and other law enforcing agencies are not taking any action against them”.



BSNL achieves growth rate of 4.3% in tricity

Chandigarh, August 3
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has achieved a growth rate of 4.3 per cent in the tricity during the last financial year, which is reported to be highest in the Punjab Telecom Circle. The revenue has also increased over 13 per cent in the mobile segment of BSNL.

This was stated by JS Sahota, general manager of BSNL, at a meeting of the Telephone Advisory Committee of Chandigarh telephone district today.The general manager also briefed the committee about the number of latest schemes available in broadband and 3G services. The department has reportedly added more than 15,000 new connections of broadband, and a new telephone exchange was also commissioned at Sunny Enclave, Kharar, last year. High speed broadband plans have been launched and a high speed cyber cafe will be opening shortly at Sector 17.“For executing the National Optical Fibre Network project to connect all gram panchayats through an optical fibre cable, the survey of the entire gram panchayats falling in the tricity area has been successfully accomplished,” said Sahota. — TNS



Israeli film fest
Day 3: ‘Yellow Asphalt Poster’ screened
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
The third day of the Israeli Film Festival at the Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10 saw the screening of another Israeli film, “Yellow Asphalt Poster”. A film of forbidden and impossible love affairs, loyalty and betrayal, it told the story of three dramatic encounters between the east and the west. The central plot revolved around the clash of modern Israeli life with the ancient nomadic traditions. The film was unique for its sympathy toward the oppression of the middle- east women, The film was shot entirely on location in the Judean desert with local actors and with the participation of the Jahalin tribe.

The next movie of the festival, “Campfire”, will be screened on Monday evening. It is based on the story of a young widow, the mother of two beautiful teenage daughters, who wants to join the founding group of a new religious settlement in the Western Bank.



Panthic Vichar Manch member defaces signboards at RLA office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
Visitors to the office of the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) office in Sector 17 were on a rude shock when they found that the signboards at the office were smeared with black paint. They lamented that the notice boards which give details of different formalities required to seek documents were smeared with black paint, resulting in difficulty in filling the forms.

Claiming responsibility for disfiguring the notice boards and signboards, Baljeet Singh Khalsa of the Panthic Vichar Manch, said it had been purposely done to impress upon Chandigarh Administration to adopt Punjabi language in official use. All the official boards are in English or Hindi but not in Punjabi, he said.

Official of the RLA said on verifying the facts, they would lodge a complaint with the concerned authorities. Few weeks ago, Baljeet Singh had smeared all the boards of government offices with black paint.



JEs mess up, lineman suffers electric shock
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 3
A 22-year-old youth suffered an electric shock due to a communication gap between the two junior engineers (JEs) of the electricity department at the Industrial Area, Phase I, Panchkula.

The victim, Tejveer, was reportedly informed that the supply had been put-off and he can carry out with the maintenance work on the electricity pole. But the same was not done, following which he suffered a high magnitude electric shock and fell from the pole. Passers-by and other officials of the department reached the spot after hearing Tejveer's scream . He was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, from where he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. The condition of the victim is stated to be serious.

Junior engineer Praveen Kumar declined the allegations and said the supply was already put-off, and there was no communication gap.



From schools
Tree plantation

Students of Dikshant International School Celebrate Friendship Day with students of the Institute for Blind, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

A tree plantation drive was held at Government Model High School, Sector 37C. The headmistress, staff and members of the school management committee planted saplings on the school premises. The students took part in the drive with a great enthusiasm.

Trials for sports wing seats

The Sports Department of the Chandigarh Administration conducted selection trials for the allotment of sports wing seats to the outstanding athletes and footballers at Saint Soldier International School, Sector 28. The top sportsmen were chosen on the basis of their achievements at the state and national-level games. Their performance on the field was also taken into consideration at the time of selections. In the football wing, two girls Urgain and Shikha made it to the selection list by virtue of their outstanding achievements at the national level. Other footballers which were selected selected are Sumit, Rahul, Sandeep, Gurpreet, Gurinderjit, Shubkarman, Ashu and Akshay Shekhar. Selected players will undergo practice and training sessions in the morning and evening.

Educational programme

Students of Sant Waryam Singh Memorial Public Senior Secondary School, Ratwara Sahib, Mohali, once again proved their excellence in the educational programme organised by the Punjab School Education Board at Mohali. In the primary-level competitions, the school bagged first position in folk song and folk dance competitions while secured second position in shabad gayan and speech contests.

Inter-school competition

In an inter-school competition called "Techno Minds", in which about 15 schools from the tricity participated , the young scholars of Shishu Niketan, Sector 66, Mohali, stole the show and were able to grab the overall trophy. The competition was held at Shemrock School, Mohali. In this competition, the students presented slide shows on deploying technology for education, role of social networking in life, new approaches to learning and enhancing knowledge .

Poetry recitation

A poetry recitation competition was held at Doon International School, Mohali, to expose students to the art of speaking. The students kept in mind the rhythm, diction and expressions. This competition enabled the children to develop taste and appreciation for poetry, said school officials.

Environment Week

The Environment Week was celebrated at Saupin's School, Sector 32, with a great fervour and enthusiasm. Students of Class VII presented an impressive programme to highlight the importance of environment in our lives. The programme included a Punjabi skit, based on the theme, "Littering", and a Hindi skit, "Man made Disaster". Parents were invited to witness the show. They were given newspaper bags to create awareness about the environment and were advised not to use plastic bags.


Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, celebrated the Vanamahotsava on the school premises. Chanchal Singh, Deputy Director, School Education, Chandigarh Administration, presided over the function and planted saplings in the school, along with the students. Tree plantation was followed by a cultural programme comprising a song, poetry recitation, speeches and a skit related to the theme, “Environment and Save Trees”.

Interactive session

The Gurukul Global School, Mani Majra, in association with the CII Young Indians organised an interactive session with debutant author Ketan Bhagat on the school premises. During the 40- minute session, the writer used the examples of most successful and famous personalities and addressed the most common paradox of life - how to achieve immense success using the beauty of creative professions. "What eventually matters in the end is excellence," the author said.

GMSSS, Mani Majra

An interactive session on innovative ways of teaching was held at GMSSS, Mani Majra. The students were enlightened and taught both with the aid of old practice of mathematical models and modern ways of smart classroom teaching with the powerpoint presentation. Feedback given by the students was very impressive. — TNS



Two-day art exhibition kicks off at Manav Mangal school
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
Images 2013, the two-day annual art exhibition by the students of Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, Chandigarh, began on the school premises today. The students showed their talent, skills and creativity in an innovative way. Colourful decoration of the school added to the beauty of the event.

Realising that crime against women is on the rise these days, the senior students asked the spectators to honour every girl or woman, treat her with dignity and give her an equal status in society.

A glimpse of Antarctica presented by junior wing students made all the people feel cold as there was ice everywhere. Eat Healthy Stay Healthy, a project by the primary section, advised to keep away from fast food. Through mathematical charisma, the children made the parents aware of Vedic maths. Principal Sanjay Sardana said such annual events were a part of the school's Learning by Doing projects that helped students to learn various important aspects of education.



Pharma institute to hold summer training school from tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3
The University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh is going to host a summer training school on the theme, "Learning Methodologies in Pharmaceutical Chemistry: Medicinal and Analytical Aspects", from August 5.

The six-day programme is for the mid-level faculty in pharmaceutical sciences under the initiative of UGC Networking Programme and Coordination of Professor Ranju Bansal.

Professor Harkishan Singh will be the guest of honour and spoke on "Chandonium, A UIPS Discovery". The training will be held at the Golden Jubilee Seminar Hall of the university.

The course offers a range of high quality training resources on topics related to medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical analysis. It will provide a platform for medicinal chemists to learn new methodologies in the field of pharmaceutical chemistry. The participants will be apprised of the state of the art synthetic techniques like parallel synthesis and microwave-mediated reactions involving green chemistry approaches.



PU notes
Admission date extended

Panjab University (PU) has extended the last date for online submission of application for M Ed (correspondence) upto August 5 at the University School of Open Learning (USOL) for session 2013-2015. The last date for the submission of requisite documents is August 8. The admission to 150 seats is available for in-service teachers only.

Health camp

The NSS unit of Post Graduate Government College, Sector 46, organised a free health-cum-dental-check-up camp on the college campus. The theme of the camp was "Healthy Youth Healthy India". As many as 300 students and 40 staff members availed the camp.

New Dean assumes charge

Prof Navdeep Goyal assumed the charge of the Dean, Students Welfare (DSW), Panjab University. Goyal is a lecturer of physics at the Centre of Advance Studies, PU. — TNS



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