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Toilet doubles as kitchen for mid-day meal!
Councillor's visit bares shocking reality in Panchkula school; helpless, says head teacher
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 14
Conveniences double as a kitchen at Government Primary School, Sector 19, Panchkula, in which the mid-day meal is cooked for 500 students. The toilet is also used for storing grains, cleaning utensils and distributing food. Shockingly, the water used for cooking is also drawn from it.

While boys have been asked to use a temporary shelter as a toilet, girls use the toilet-cum-kitchen for the purpose.

A stove, plates, glass tumblers and other utensils have been kept inside the toilet-cum-kitchen, from where the meals are also served.

The shocking fact came to light today when a local councillor, Ravi Kant Swami, went to the school to check the water supply and toilet facilities in the school. When he opened the door of the toilet, he was shocked to see meals being cooked there.

“How can children be served such food? The authorities should be asked whether they would partake of food cooked in toilets. I was here to see the water and toilet arrangements, and was shocked to see this,” said Swami.

Admitting that it was wrong, the head teacher of the primary school, Raj, said, “I know it is wrong. A toilet should not be used for cooking food. I have raised the issue with the authorities several times, but I am helpless as there were directions to cook food here.”

Cobwebs and insects were found in the rice, wheat and pulses meant for students.

The administration seems to have learnt no lessons from the inspection conducted by Chief Judicial Magistrate Jaibir Hooda yesterday during which maggot-infested rice and wheat meant for mid-day meals were found in three government schools here.

Asked to comment on the shocking revelation, Deputy Commissioner SS Phulia said he was at a meeting. Later, he did not answer the phone calls.

District Education Officer Nalini Mimani said she was busy in an official visit.

SDM RK Singh said, “If this is true, it is shocking. Strict action will be taken in the matter.” 

Shocked, says Swami

How can children be served such food? The authorities should be asked whether they would partake of food cooked in toilets. I was here to see the water and toilet arrangements, and was shocked to see this. — Ravi Kant Swami, councillor



Now, get water, power bills online
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
For the convenience of city residents, the municipal corporation today launched the Management Information System (MIS) to manage the water billing data here.

With the launch of this facility, the residents can check their water bills online and can also get SMS alerts to remind them of the last date of payment. The residents can also submit their meter reading online and get their bills through email.

At the launch function, Mayor Subhash Chawla said there were about 1.5 lakh water connections, including residential, commercial and institutional. For this service, the civic body had signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology, he said.

Giving details about the project, MC Commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh said now the consumers would be able to register themselves on the website to view their water bills. Messages on email and SMS alerts would be sent to the registered consumers as and when the new bills were generated. The registered consumers would get to know the due date of payment of water bills through these SMSes. They need not wait for the bill to reach their premises, he said.

The MC had come across a long list of defaulters and had disconnected a number of connections during the past five months. 

How the new system works

Register yourself online on the official website of the MC, www.mcchandigarh.nic.in for getting SMS alerts and bills through e-mail. Register your mobile number and email ID with the website.

By logging in with your water account number, you can view bills of the past one year, can submit meter reading online, and even update personal details.

After getting an SMS alert, a consumer can pay his bill at the nearest e-Sampark Centre by showing the SMS. The consumer will also receive an SMS regarding the confirmation of the payment.



Lower police ranks may become transferable
MHA forms committee, asks it to submit report within 3 months
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
A proposal for making the subordinate ranks of the UT police transferable among all UTs, which was mooted last year, is gathering momentum with the Ministry of Home Affairs issuing an order to form a committee, comprising heads of all police forces, to study all issues in this regard.

With the committee required to give a report within three months, police ranks (Inspector level and below) are likely to be transferred out of Chandigarh to other UTs and vice versa.

If the proposal comes through, this will be for the first time in the history of the police force in the country that Inspector-level and ranks below it will be transferred to other UTs and vice versa. The move has come as a major step for reforming the policing system as until now officers never used to get transferred out from the city.

In an order issued by the MHA to the Chandigarh Administration, received last week, a committee has been constituted comprising senior officials of the MHA and heads of police of all UTs, who will examine various technical, legal and feasibility issues, which are required to be sorted out before further considering the proposal of cadre restructuring of the UT police and suggest the necessary measures. The committee will submit its report as soon as possible, but not later than three months, states the order.

A policeman who joins the UT police as an ASI usually becomes a DSP without serving outside Chandigarh.

The only “transfer” that any Chandigarh police official ever gets is between the 11 police stations and 17 police posts in the city, besides various departments of the Chandigarh Police.

This is for the first time in the country that a proposal for the transfer of inspectors, sub-inspectors and lower ranks in UTs has been taken up by the MHA.

The UT has also taken the first step towards the merger of DSPs with the DANIPS cadre with the induction of DSPs from Delhi into the force on deputation this year.

Composition of committee

Chairman: Additional Secretary, MHA

Convener: Joint Secy, MHA

Members: Special CP (Admn), Delhi Police; IGP, Chandigarh; IGP, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli; DGP, Andaman and Nicobar Islands; IGP, Puducherry, and SP, Lakshadweep.



Veggie prices go through the roof
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
With onions already out of the reach of the common man, a hike in the prices of other green vegetables during the past one month has added to the burden of households.

A survey of the Sector 26 vegetable market revealed that the prices of most green vegetables have more than doubled.

Today, lady finger, sponge gourd, long gourd and beans were being sold at Rs 40 per kg. Last month, all these vegetables were available at Rs 20 per kg. Prices of round gourd (tinda) have seen a three-fold hike from Rs 20 to Rs 60, said Suresh, a vegetable vendor.

Simlarly, the prices of pumpkin, capsicum and green peas were quoted at Rs 20, Rs 40 and Rs 70 per kg, respectively. These were available at Rs 10, Rs 30 and Rs 40, respectively, a few weeks ago.

The prices of tomato have jumped from Rs 20 to Rs 50, while those of ginger have touched Rs 150 per kg.




Police steps up vigil in tricity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
The UT police undertook a major checking exercise in the city keeping in view the Independence Day celebrations tomorrow. The drive aimed at checking the movement of criminals in the city.

A total of 100 barriers were set up across the city under the supervision of 15 Deputy Superintendents of Police, 22 inspectors, 11 station house officers and 16 in-charges of police posts. As many as 738 police personnel and 50 police control room (PCR) vehicles were deployed during the City Seal. In all, 6,025 vehicles were checked and 386 challans were issued for various traffic violations, while 28 vehicles were impounded. A special search was also carried out in the morning at various places.

750 police personnel on duty in Mohali

mohali: Over 750 policemen will be keeping vigil in the town as Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal hoists the Tricolour during the Independence Day function here tomorrow. Mohali Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) Darshan Singh Mann said four Superintendents of Police, 10 Deputy Superintendents of Police and 14 inspectors would supervise the security arrangements for tomorrow’s function.

“We have sealed all the entry points to the town with special checkpoints and a special force of 360 police personnel has been summoned from outstation,” said Mann.

Security strengthened in Panchkula

Security has been strengthened in Panchkula. Police Commissioner Rajbir Deswal said as many as 150 police personnel have been deployed around the Sector 5 parade ground, where the I-Day function will be held. 


Questions over GMSH management 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
The incident of vandalism by a deceased's family at the GMSH-16 on Tuesday has posed a big question mark over the system of patient handling and the response of authorities to allegations of negligence. While the police said there was the lack of communication from the hospital's side that enraged the family, the officials at GMSH took the plea that the GMCH-32 failed to send a forensic expert, leading to the delay, which aggravated the issue.

While no major effect of the incident on other indoor patients was reported, an air of insecurity could be seen among the patients today after this family of the 38-year-old pregnant woman who died on Monday, created a ruckus at the hospital on Tuesday.

Patients inside the hospital were left in a state of shock after one of the family members broke a windowpane in the Emergency after hurling a stone in a fit of rage.

Chandigarh Tribune spoke to the authorities involved in handling Tuesday's incident and sought answers to the questions arising out of the incident.

The incident

Agitated relatives of the 38-year-old woman who died along with her baby in the womb on Monday at the GMSH-16 took to frenzy and vandalised the entire hospital. Pelting stones, breaking windowpanes of the Emergency and a stationary ambulance, as many as 100 relatives of the deceased woman had created a ruckus at the hospital for over three hours.

While some of the patients returned from the main gate after seeing the drama, indoor patients' attendants remained glued to the windows and terraces watching the agitators.

The electricity cables were also dismantled leading to fluctuation inside the Emergency, which added to the awe of the indoor patients.

In a fit of rage, one of the women in the family broke a signboard near the Emergency. The incident brought the entire hospital to a standstill, with the staff also taking a wide view of the drama from the upper floors.

Later, as many as 100 policemen reached the spot but preferred not to intervene. The drama ended after the body was handed over the the deceased woman's relatives.

Why police kept mum during the protest?

While the family of the deceased woman Harjinder Kaur vandalised the whole hospital, the police remained a spectator despite being present in strength of over 100 at the hospital.

"The family was the aggrieved party. It was crucial for us to handle them sensitively. I feel that it is the hospital authorities that should have taken stock of the situation at first. The frenzy of the family was understandable, as they were kept aloof of the exact time of post-mortem and also the cause for the delay. It was not a sudden reaction that they took to vandalism. Our concern was to pacify them gently so as to ensure that their ferocity over the delay in performing the last rites did not intensify," said DSP (Central) Anil Joshi.

What could have caused the death?

While an independent inquiry has been marked to examine the efficiency of the doctors on duty in the case, sources at the hospital said the lack of judgment on the part of the junior doctors in understanding the pressure level on the uterus due to artificially induced pain could have been a cause. An expert gynaecologist from the city, requesting anonymity, said such complications occur when the other ailments like thyroid or blood pressure of the patient are not taken into account before the delivery.

Whether baby could have been saved?

Depending upon the pressure of the artificial pain induced, the possibility of C-Section delivery should have been checked to save the baby. But, a sudden rupture in the blood vessel could lead to hemorrhage of the baby's brain, said an official from the hospital.

What has changed after Bulbul case?

Following the Bulbul case, we created a separate Gynaecology Medical Emergency to ensure that patients do not need to wait. We have also increased the staff strength in the department.

Why are such dramas frequent at GMSH-16?

This is not the first such incident at the hospital where the staff was accused of medical negligence. Earlier in December, 2009, in a case of mistaken identity (there were two women by the same name in a similar state of pregnancy), Suman was administered a unit of B-positive blood that was meant for the other woman. When it was detected that she had been transfused the wrong blood, it was too late. Then in July, 2011, Bulbul, a resident of Bihar, had visited the hospital while she was in labour. Ignoring her condition, she was made to shuttle from one window to another and she delivered a child outside the OPD counter in a standing position. The baby's head hit the floor, which resulted in its death. Asked why such incidents are so frequent at the hospital, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr Rajiv Vadehra, said: "One reason for this is that we are secondary care hospital and patients come in contact of senior doctors directly. We do not have a hierarchy of various senior and junior doctors who attend to patients. Besides, we address the grievances of all the patients allowing them an opportunity to put forth their grievances. Our system is very transparent and we do not conceal anything".



Rs 25.88 lakh cheque for family of Sucha Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
As a token of respect and gratitude to late Inspector Sucha Singh, who sacrificed his life on the call of duty, a cheque for Rs 25,88,300 was handed over to his wife Ranjit Kaur by UT IGP RP Upadhyaya. The amount was contributed by the Chandigarh Police employees from their salaries.

Upadhyaya said he would always remember Inspector Sucha Singh for his qualities and the entire force would draw inspiration from his behaviour and dedication towards duties.

Inspector Sucha Singh was murdered in June this year by fugitive Chandigarh police constable Basant and his lover Sarita who killed him after the Inspector rounded them up. The couple had absconded after perpetrating a double murder in Haryana in April. They had been on the run for a long time. The accused were later arrested. 



Making a difference, reaching the sky
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
The fireman who saved lives of women trapped during a fire incident and Goyal sisters who have been making waves in chess are among 12 people who will be given commendation certificates by the UT Administration during the Independence Day function at the Sector 17 Parade Ground tomorrow.

The UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil will give the awards to the achievers. Gendan Lal Sharma, senior assistant, home department; Sushil Datt, superintendent, social welfare department; and Hukam Singh, planning officer, finance department, will be awarded for their meritorious service in their respective departments.

From the Municipal Corporation, fireman Randhir Singh will be awarded.

Inspector Davinder Kumar and inspector Gurmukh Singh will be awarded for their service in the Chandigarh Police.

Dr Chhaya Sambharya Prasad has been selected for social service while Madan Lal Vashisht and MR Jindal, manager, Air India, will bag the award for public service. In the field of art and culture, Jahan Geet Singh has been selected for the honours.

In sports, Tarini Goyal and Arunima Goyal, both students of Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, will be honoured.

Tarini and Arunima Goyal

Local chess prodigies, 15-year-old Arunima Goyal and 12-year-old Tarini Goyal will be felicitated for making the city proud in the field of chess. The sisters said they were very happy after getting shortlisted for the state honor. “We will continue to work hard and try to take the city’s name to greater heights,” said the duo. Arunima bagged a bronze medal at the Asian Schools Chess Championship 2012 and also got selected for representing the country in the World Schools Chess Championship 2013 to be held in Halkidi, Greece. Tarini, meanwhile, bagged a bronze in Asian Youth Chess Championship held at Iran in June 2013.

Mamraj Jindal

For his contribution in the field of public service, Mamraj Jindal will be awarded with the Independence Day award. Manager, Sales, Air India for Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh, Jindal said, “I am very happy after getting shortlisted for the award. I am being awarded on the basis on my contribution in the field of aviation and my effort to start the first flight for Mumbai.”

Randhir Singh

Thirty-seven-year-old Randhir Singh, a fireman, has saved the lives of city residents on many occasions. Recently in a fire incident at the Sector 38 showroom, some women were trapped on the first floor. He entered the building with the help of a ladder and managed to rescue these women. In another fire incident in Sector 38, he had sustained burn injuries after a gas cylinder blast. Recalling the incident, he said that lanes were very narrow in Sector 38 due to which the fire tenders were not able to enter the area. As he tried to enter the area, a cylinder blasted and he sustained injuries.

Dr Chhaya S Prasad

Dr Chhaya Sambharya Prasad, in-charge, child development clinic, RIMH, has been working in the field for the past eight years. As a developmental and behavioral paediatrician, she has been running special clinics for children with developmental disorders and intellectual disabilities. She has been mainly catering to the needs of children affected with autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, learning disability, speech and language delays, and behavioural disorders. She also has been working against corporal punishment, and for creating awareness about effect of media on children and adolescents besides child rights issues. In the past three years, she has assessed over 2,000 children with disabilities and conducted sessions of counseling and guidance for their families.

Jahan Geet Singh

India’s only female Dholi, 15-year-old Jahan Geet Singh will also receive the Independence Day award tomorrow. Recognised internationally, Jahan Geet, a student of St Anee’s School, will bag the award for her contrition in the field of art or culture. She has been named as an upcoming dholi by a New York-based magazine. “I want to become a successful dholi and want people to dance to the beats of my dhol,” said Jahan Geet.



Ghaggar tragedy: Villagers to be honoured for bravery
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 14
Although they could not save some lives in the Ghaggar tragedy, their consistent efforts which saved eight children has earned three villagers awards from the district administration. They will be felicitated during the Independence Day function at Sector 5 Parade Ground tomorrow. Raj Kumar, the policeman, who jumped in the river to save the lives of children will also be awarded.

The villagers who will get the bravery awards are Anil Kumar, a resident of Old Panchkula, and Nek Mohammad and Bhura Khan, residents of Burj Kotian.

It was on July 24 when as many as 14 children got swept away in strong currents of the Ghaggar in three separate incidents that the villagers came to their rescue. They could save only eight of them.

In the first incident, Anil Kumar rescued an11-year-old child, Rishabh, resident of Kharag Mangoli, who was swept away while playing in water near Sector 25. The rescue team present there was hesitant to jump in, following which the child was rescued by Anil.

Nek Mohammad and Bhura Khan jumped into the river and rescued the children in the second and third incidents.

The administration will also be awarding 51 officials besides the CBSE and ICSE board examinations toppers from Panchkula. Haryana Revenue Minister Mahender Pratap Singh will hoist the National Flag during the function.

Patting its own back

Patting its own back, the Panchkula administration has decided to award the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Kalka, Manita Malik for her “good supervision” during the Ghaggar tragedy. Senior officials said even they were surprised when the decision to award Manita Malik was taken, as it was her duty to perform the task. There were many other officials who were on the site for three days as the bodies of youths were recovered.



Dy CM to felicitate 19
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 14
As many as 19 persons, including government officials, sportspersons, social workers and policemen, will be honoured for their meritorious service by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal during The Independence Day function at Government College, Phase VI, tomorrow.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mohali Deputy Commissioner Tajinder Pal Singh Sidhu said all arrangements had been made for the function. A special Independence Day parade by Punjab policemen, cadets of NCC and schoolchildren will mark the occasion, he said.

The function will start at 8.30 am and the Deputy CM will hoist the Tricolour at 8.40 am, followed by inspection of the parade.

The cultural programme will see students from schools and colleges presenting various performances.

Tricycles and sewing machines would also be distributed among the needy people on the occasion.

Awardees: Gagandeep Singh (bravery), Dr Daler Singh Multani (public service), Dr Neera Verma (public service), Chandandeep (sports), Jagtar Singh Benipal (social service), Jaspal Singh Saini (social service), Parvesh Kumar (art and culture), Baldev Singh Malhi (social service), Jagmohan Singh Kosa, Varinder Singh (public service), sub-inspector Sarabjit Singh, constable Ashok Kumar, Mandip Singh, Kamljit Kaur and Veerpal Kaur besides principals of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Kharar; Government Senior Secondary School, Rani Majra; Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Gharuan, and Government High School, Baltana.



President’s Police Medal for UT SSP 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
1997-batch IPS officer, UT Senior Superintendent of Police Naunihal Singh has been awarded with President’s Police Medal for meritorious service this Independence Day. The honour has also been bestowed upon head constable Hari Om posted at police post, PGIMER. As many as nine policemen will be honoured with Administrator’s Police Medal for distinguished services.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Crime) Satbir Singh, sub-inspector Ravi Dutt, sub-inspector Sat Pal and head constable Dilbagh Singh will be given medals for distinguished service in the police department. Inspector Manju Sharma, sub-inspector Baldev Singh, assistant sub-inspector Jagdeep Singh, Ram Lubhaya and lady constable Balbir Kaur will be awarded for meritorious services in the police department.

Inspector Devinder Kumar and inspector Gurmukh Singh will be awarded commendation certificates.

Honour for railway police post in charge

Railway Police Force post in-charge of Northern Railways, Ambala Cantt., Sukhdev Raj has been awarded with the President’s Police Medal on the eve of Independence Day for his distinguished services. Expressing his happiness on receiving the award after 35 years of his service, Sukhdev Raj said such honours motivated the government employees to perform their duties with dedication and sincerity.

In 2008, Sukhdev Raj received the best investigation officer award, and in 2006 Indian police medal besides six awards from the Railways general manager and seven from the divisional manager for his excellent services.



Body found in forest area
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
The mutilated body of an unidentified person was found in the forest area near Sector 26 this morning. The deceased appears to be 25 years of age and his face has been smashed with a stone. The police said the body was lying in a pool of blood about 700 meters from a bridge leading to Kishangarh.

A watchman of the area, Kaka Singh, noticed the body. The victim was wearing a shirt and trousers and used syringes were lying near the body.

The police said the victim might be a drug addict. No identity card or any other document was found near the body. 



Lyngdoh to address PU students on Aug 20 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Former Chief Election Commissioner JM Lyngdoh will address the PU students and the faculty members at the PU auditorium on August 20. He was the former charman of the Lyngdoh Committee, which was was constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, India, as per the direction of the Supreme Court.

The panel was constituted to frame guidelines regarding student elections in colleges and universities. Union Higher Education Secretary Ashok Thakur will deliver Panjab University (PU) Colloquium and the AC Joshi Memorial Lecture on August 16 at the PU auditorium. Adressing the media, Prof Grover, VC, Panjab University, said Ashok Thakur was a PU alumnus and would share his thoughts on the issues of higher education in India.



Shuttle bus service at PU soon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
In a bid to de-congest the Panjab University (PU) campus, the university will soon introduce a shuttle bus service for students. Some of the areas will be made one way so that vehicles are parked only on one side.

"The service has to be flawless. There should be a bus available every 10 minutes. Otherwise, there is no benefit of the service. We will ensure that buses are available every 10 minutes," said Vice-Chancellor Prof AK Grover.

"We also need big central parking areas to accommodate vehicles here," Prof Grover added.

Recently, the proposal to put up notice boards mentioning bus numbers, timings and route of the buses at different locations was taken.

The varsity, at present, has the buses plying on the main campus and in Sector 25, however, it proves to be ineffective for a majority of students as there is 30-minute waiting time.

While the former VC, Prof RC Sobti, had made several efforts for promoting cycles on the campus, the project failed to take off. The cycles that were arranged for senior PU officials are now gathering the dust. Meanwhile the VC also shared a variety of projects and developments.


The university is soon going to appoint Assistant Professors to meet with the shortage of teachers. In the first lot, 125 seats of Assistant professors will be filled.

New hostels

The varsity will complete work at all the under construction sites within next 12 months and then set up new hostels for PU students.

Open house during poll

So far, the varsity has not decided anything over it. The VC said there was no need for conducting such a large scale debate.


From the next financial year, PU is likely to find place in the Central budget and is expected to grants under planned and non-planned heads. 



New software for govt schools launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
On the eve of the Independence Day, the UT Education Department has launched the school management and information system (SMIS), a software, under the aegis of the Department of Information Technology at the Tagore Theatre today.

The school management and information system (SMIS) was inaugurated by KK Sharma, Adviser to the Administrator. The interactive platform is being made for the benefit of students, parents and teachers.

The software will help the school management and communication system, fee collection and accounting system. The grading system can also be viewed online. The site will also carry overall school performance and will monitor a student's performance. The softwarewill be provided in five schools—Government Senior Secondary School, Maloya, Government High School, Sector 50 (smart school), Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16—on pilot basis.

KK Sharma announced that the city would soon have five government smart schools. He said 20 more schools would be established to cater to the rising number of students.



MCM DAV celebrates I-Day 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
MCM DAV College for Women celebrated the Pre-Independence Day today. The festivities gave an impetus to the spirit of statesmanship among students of the college.

The event witnessed varios activities. All the participants were clad in the Tricolour that exhibited their devotion and love for the country.

While some took to face painting on patriotic themes to augment the mood of the occasion, others hummed patriotic tunes to enliven the spirit of the event. The spirit of patriotist prevailed on the college campus.

The students posed as the famous national heroes and motivated the audience through insightful quotes and speeches.

The Principal of the college, Dr Puneet Bedi, appreciated the efforts of the students in celebrating the most important day day in the history of the nation. 



NSUI stages protest outside VC's office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Representatives of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) staged a protest outside the Vice-Chancellor's office at Panjab University (PU) today. They were protesting against the involvement of the police on the campus. The NSUI members alleged that they were being chased and questioned by the police unnecessarily every time they met students or organised any meeting.

"Our basic fundamental rights are being violated in Panjab University. The involvement of the police has curbed the freedom of student organisations. We all know that peaceful party meetings are being organised as the elections are near, so police officials should cooperate with the parties," the representatives said.

NSUI leader Manoj Lubana said," We all having a long association with the university and we cannot be stopped from meeting people as we represent a student organisation.

Another NSUI leader Bindu Grewal said, "If there is any unlawful activity or any kind of violence we condemn that, but in no way our fundamental rights be taken away ." NSUI chairman Bhupinder Singh Batth said to maintain discipline on the campus, the authorities should not take such stern actions.



college faculty row
Now, ball in VC’s court

Chandigarh, August 14
The Panjab University (PU) Syndicate on Tuesday authorised the Vice-Chancellor to look into the possibility of a probe by an independant investigation agency in the case of SGGS College, Mahilpur. 

The college is alleged to have produced inflated number of faculty, above 100, to avail autonomous status. The case was being review by a special committee, which found these violations during the investigation.—TNS



From schools


Patriotic fervour grips city schools

Sanawar Montessori School, Sector 11, celebrated the 67th Independence Day in the school today. The stage was decorated with the sketches of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh.The celebrations commenced with the hoisting of the national flag by principal Harjit Sehgal.

Students take part in an Independence Day programme at The British School in Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
Students take part in an Independence Day programme at The British School in Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. 
Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Painting competition

The Gurukul, Sector 20, Panchkula, organised a face painting competition in collaboration with McDonalds at Fun Republic, Mani Majra to celebrate the Independence Day. Vibrant patriotic themes were presented by the students. Avni Garg , Anuj Sood and Shreya Narwal won the competition in different categories.


PML SD Public School organised a rally to celebrate the Independence Day. The children holding the national flag and banners participated in the event.The tiny tots also participated in a drawing competition and made inspiring drawings .


To create the feeling of patriotism, love, sacrifice and freedom among students, a function was organised at Ryan International School. The play "Dhyey Lekhan" was performed by the students of Class VI on the occasion. The Preamble was also written on the map of India and knowledge regarding the Constitution was imparted.

Students bring laurels

Students of Saupin's, Sector 32, Chandigarh, registered an impressive victory in the Robotics Olympiad recently. The competition was organised by the Indian Robotics Olympiad. It was conducted at Quest Group of Institutions, Jhanjeri. At the regional level, 30 teams had participated. The senior level (high School), the team including Rahul Ghangas, Aashish Bansal, Jaskaran Bhullar won the first place and will compete at the national level in Delhi. The junior team of Pritish Sharma, Umang Kumar.and Angel secured the third position in the competiton and will contest at the national level in Delhi.


Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary Model School organised a plethora of activities to mark the Independence Day. Students from various classes presented drama, dance and patriotic songs. Quiz on the theme of freedom struggle was also organised. Director Shakuntala Mahajan lauded the efforts of the staff and the students.


A workshop was organised at St Xavier’s High School, Panchkula, for Class VII students of the school. The topic of the workshop was biodiversity.The students were educated about the different plants through a powepoint presentation.

Cultural programme

AC Global School ,Banur, celebrated the Independence Day with patriotic fervor today. Whole of the school was exhibiting the spirit of patriotism. A cultural program was presented in which the students participated enthusiastically .

Poetry recitation

The junior wing of The Baptist School, Chandigarh, celebrated the 67th Independence Day on Tuesday. Various competitions were held to mark the occasion. A peotry recitation competition was held for class I and II children. The children recited heart-touching poems. A fancy dress competition on the theme, Freedom Fighters, was also organised for the schoolchildren. The schoolchildren participated with great enthusiasm. 



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