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MC splurges on study tours
Councillors, officials to visit the same city, Thiruvananthapuram, this year too
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
In a sheer waste of public money, the councillors and officials of the Municipal Corporation are all set to leave for Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala on a study tour, the same city where they had gone on a study tour in October 2010. Till date, the MC has not implemented any project chalked out on the basis of the 2010 study tour.

From October 18, 2010, to October 25, 2010, a group of 14 councillors and two officials had stayed in Thiruvananthapuram during the study tour. The MC had spent Rs 15,81,600 on that tour. The MC has once again sent a proposal to the UT Administration for a study tour of Thiruvananthapuram and other cities of Kerala and Tamil Nadu this year. The UT Administration has approved the proposal.

This year, the MC had planned to spend Rs 15 lakh on the study tour of 20 councillors and five officials accompanying them to various cities in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The MC had proposed that the councillors would get to know about the functioning of the civic bodies in the South.

Raising a question on wasteful expenditure on such study tours, BJP president Sanjay Tandon said he doubt the wisdom of the people who finalised the study tour. Before sending the proposal to the Administration, the Mayor should have first identify the city-specific problems and then the city where they can find a solution. But, it otherwise here. Cities are finalised first and then problems, Tandon added.

Mayor Subhash Chawla said Thiruvananthapuram was not the only city but it was one of the destinations to be covered during the tour. On the point that the same city was visited by councillors in 2010, he said he ddin’t want to comment on the 2010 tour as he was not the Mayor or councillor at that time.

He denied that study tours were a waste of public money and said many projects were introduced in the city after such tours. On the point that the MC records suggest that no project was implemented in the city on the basis of such study tours, he said MC officials had presented a wrong report in the House meeting.

BJP Councillor Satinder Singh said the previous study tours had proved to be a wasteful expenditure. Rajesh Gupta, BJP councillor, who was part of the 2010 study tour, said instead of Thiruvananthapuram, the MC should have identified other cities.

no project based on 2010 study tour

Rs 16 lakh was spent on the 2010 study tour. The following projects were studied by councillors but no project, based on the study, was implemented in the city.

  • "Kutumbh Shree" system, which employs poor women to collect garbage from houses
  • Mayor’s power to write annual confidential reports (ACRs) of MC officials
  • Implementation of the 74th Constitutional Amendment, matters related to welfare of women and children, etc.

Sitting councillors who were part of the 2010 study tour:

Sheela Devi, Harjinder Kaur and Rajesh Gupta Bittu



Cricket guru Azad’s body consigned to flames
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
With folded hands and numb eyes, Indian cricket legend Kapil Dev bid the last farewell to his “guru” and close friend Desh Prem Azad here today. Azad, the first cricket coach to get the Daronacharya award in the country, was cremated in the presence of several of his former students, including former Indian cricketer Chetan Sharma, and people from other walks of life, this morning at about 11.30 am in the Sector 25 cremation ground.

Looked distress, Kapil first visited Azad’s home in Sector 43 here and after spending some time with the family, he reached the cremation ground and remained there till Azad’s last rites were performed.

His eyes were numb as Azad’s mortal remains were consigned to flames. Both his sons, Sanjeev Aggarwal and Munish Aggarwal, lit the pyre with Kapil Dev and Chetan Sharma standing there to pay their last tribute to their guru. Later, Kapil was spotted along with the members of his guru's family to receive condolences from people who attended the funeral.

Kapil, who began training under Azad at the age of 11 in the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium, seemed inconsolable, as he spoke to the media. “I can’t describe my grief in words. Not only have I lost my guru today but also a close friend who had always remained close to my heart,” said Kapil Dev.

According to him, he had made an immense contribution to the world of cricket. “I don’t think that any cricket coach has produced so many international cricketers as Azad “saab” had. He worked very hard and produced numerous players for the first class cricket and further for the national side,” said Kapil.

He further added that his contribution to the cricket sport was much more valuable than his personal achievements as a cricketer.

When asked whether his death was a culmination of the golden era of cricket in this region, he responded otherwise and said his legacy would continue to inspire hundreds of young cricketers and coaches to remain dedicated and uplift the standard of the sport in the country.

Kapil remembered all the golden moments spent with him on and off the field during the training in the late sixties.

He said: “Azad Saab was the most disciplined and very strict coach who later became a very close friend. I used to share a lot of things with him, which I did not share with anyone else. For me it was a big loss, which can’t be replaced with anyone else”.

Members of the cricket fraternity of Chandigarh, including MP Pandav, Rakesh Jolly, Ravinder Chadha, besides Chandigarh MP Pawan Kumar Bansal and city Mayor Subhash Chawala attended the funeral along with the others.

Several hailed him as the father of cricket in Chandigarh and said it was the end of an era with his death.



Chetan’s nagging question remains unanswered
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
For former Indian cricketer Chetan Sharma, his Daronacharya Award recipient guru DP Azad left the world without answering his one repeated question: “Who was his Arjun among all the students”. “I often asked him who was his best student among hundreds of students he had trained over 30 years of his stint as a cricket coach and he often skipped the question.

Even as my question has remained unanswered forever, there is no doubt to the fact that his legacy would always remain alive in the Indian cricket history, said Sharma, who was one of the brilliant students coached by Azad. He had made his mark in the international cricket in the eighties as an all-rounder. Sharma is infamously remembered for bowling the last over in the final of the Austral-Asia cup in Sharjah in 1986. With Pakistan needing four runs off the last ball to win, he bowled a low full toss outside the leg stump, which was hit for a six by Javed Miandad. That defeat exasperates many Indian cricket fans to this day.

Remembering those difficult days, Chetan said it was his guru DP Azad who helped him come out of the mental trauma of that defeat. “He accompanied me in the very next series in England. In the first Test against the English team, I was struggling with my bowling. Then he advised me to bowl from far end side and then wickets started pouring in for me,” Chetan said while paying him tribute after his funeral . According to him, what he has achieved in life is only because of Azad Saab. “We still carry his values and discipline. “Even today I don’t wear sports shoes with jeans only because he never allowed any of his students to wear sports shoes off the field,” he shared.

Chetan said he lost his father three months ago. “With my guru’s death, it seems I have lost my father again,” he added with numb eyes. Recalling the days of training with him, he said never used to satisfy with the performance of his students as he had a rare talent to extract maximum from them.



Thrashed, vendor jumps before train
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 17
A vendor today committed suicide by jumping in front of a train after he was allegedly beaten up by the staff of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and the Municipal Corporation while removing his ‘rehri’ in Sector 19 here this afternoon.

Frustrated over not being listened to, the victim, identified as Dev Singh, 45, a resident of Sector 19, reportedly rushed to the nearby railway track and jumped before the train.

Following the incident, as many as 500 vendors and local residents gathered to protest against the authorities and demanded that a case should be registered against the officials who forced the vendor to commit suicide. Dev Singh who is survived by his wife and two children, one of whom is mentally challenged, used to sell burgers on his rehri.

“In the morning, the HUDA and MC officials came to remove the vendors. They seized Dev Singh's cylinder and when he urged them to give him some time, some of the MC officials thrashed him badly,” said Mahavir Singh Rana, a vendor.

He added: “Dev Singh cried but they kept thrashing him. After half an hour, we came to know that he had jumped in front of the train near the track.”

The GRP police and the station house officer of the Sector 20 police station, Inspector Pradeep Kumar, visited the spot. Local councillor Ravi Kant Swami also reached the spot.

Executive officer of the MC, OP Sihag, said: “We got a complaint in the grievance meeting that the vendors had encroached upon land. The officials had gone just to do their duty to remove encroachments and no thrashing of vendor was reported. It was in the evening when I got a call that a vendor had committed suicide.”



Girl child found raped, murdered in Panchkula
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 17
A two-year-old girl was found raped and murdered near the Hafed building in Sector 5 here this evening. Preliminary police investigations revealed that the child was first raped and then dumped in the isolated area.

The child, identified as Heena, was strangulated with her top. A passerby noticed the body and informed the police. Her missing report was lodged with the Mauli Jagran police station in the afternoon. However, after visiting the spot and even finding the child murdered, the Chandigarh police was not ready to register a case.

The victim’s family was informed and the body was sent to the mortuary of the General Hospital, Sector 6.

Commissioner of Police Rajbir Deswal said: “It is a horrendous incident. We have registered a case under murder and rape sections.”

“Though the Chandigarh police is not ready to take the case despite a missing report lodged with it, we will conducting investigation and arrest the accused.” The SHO of the Sector 5 police station, Inspector Mukesh Kumar, said they had begun investigation.


238 pedestrians die in mishaps in 5 yrs
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
The accident of Shawinder Kaur Johal, mother-in-law of People's Party of Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet Badal, has once again raised questions over the safety of pedestrians in the city. She was hit by a speeding Range Rover in Sector 10. In the last five-years over 238 pedestrians died in road accidents across the city. This year, 30 pedestrians have lost their lives in road mishaps.

She was on her routine evening stroll when a recklessly driven Range Rover on the Sector 10A and Sector 10 B dividing road hit her . She is undergoing tratmenent multiple at the PGI, Chandigarh.

A pedestrian had also died after a motorcycle hit him near the Sector 40-41 the dividing road on August 16. The injured was rushed to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, where doctors declared him dead.

Harman Sidhu, a social activist who runs NGO Arrive Safety that works for spreading awareness on the road safety, said the UT administration needed to think from the perspective of a pedestrian while widening roads.

"The roads are being widened to accommodate the increasing traffic, which has forced the pedestrians to walk on the road. The V5 roads (internal loop roads) have been widened and people drive very fast on these roads, making pedestrians vulnerable to accidents," Sidhu said.

As per the police records, a large number of casualties involving pedestrians were reported on the main roads, including Madhya Marg, Dakshin Marg and Purv Marg.

The local residents feel as Chandigarh is an education city ans students come from the neighbouring states for the higher education in the city, the incidents of rash and careless driving by younsters are more for which the police should lay nakkas to check the rash driving near the educational institutes and sectors having more paying guests and student population.

Manipal Singh, a resident of Sector 15, stated that the Chandigarh police should be strict on the rash driving in the city, which results in accidents. "More CCTV cameras should be installed at the at the roads to track the culprits and there should be a regular maintenance of the cameras," he said.



UID switches to normal mail service for Aadhaar delivery
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
Due to the slow speed of postal services in delivering the Aadhaar cards in the region, the Unique identification Authority of India (UID) has decided to use the normal mail services of the Postal Department.

Reason: in the past one year, hundreds of complaints have been received at the UID headquarter about the non-delivery of Aadhaar cards through speed post. In fact, through the speed mail the residents received their mails in 15 to 20 days.

Official said the UID had opted for speed post for the quick and timely delivery of Aadhaar cards. However, the ground reality is that due to the poor postal delivery services, the UID has asked the administration in the region to make a provision of free printout copies of Aadhaar cards for the residents as there are a number of government schemes, which can only be availed through the Aadhaar cards.

Records of the UID show that a number of meetings were held with the Postal Department to improve the speed post service for the delivery of Aadhaar cards, but officials of the department expressed their helplessness due to the shortage of staff . The official said through the normal mail, the Aadhar cards could be delivered in 15 to 20 days, while speed post also took the same time.

The Chief Post Master General (CPMG), KL Khanna, said the department was trying to streamline the system with the current staff.

Records of the department show that on an average 10 to 15 complaints were received by the Postal Department about the delay in the delivery of the speed or registered post to people. Sources in the department said for the past six months, the staff at the postal department was guiding people to opt for other services to send their important documents rather than taking the services of the department. As per the norms of the department speed post should reach to its destination in two days after its booking date.



School or shelter for stray cattle!
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 17
Stray cattle had a field day when they were found relaxing inside a government school here today. As many as 10 stray cattle were found inside the Government Primary and Middle School, Sector 19, Panchkula. Meanwhile, no security guard was present there.

"It shows that anyone can enter the school. We fear that any bad element can take shelter inside the school since there is not guard available," said Geetanjali Sahdev, a local resident.

Vishal Shankar, another local resident, said, "The school has become a place, which is open to all."

When contacted, the head teacher of the school, said, "Aa gayi hogi ek aadhi (one or two might have entered). But we have a security guard."

Interestingly, the school was also found being used for personal purposes by the local residents. Doors that belonged to a local resident were seen being painted inside the school. When he was asked about it he said that the school had open space, so he was painting there. The residents said the school premises are often used for personal works.



Siswan Dam to become major tourist spot
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 17
“The New Chandigarh would have a world class tourist spot, the Siswan dam,” said Anuraag Aggarwal, Managing Director of Punjab Infrastructure Development Board while visiting the site, here today.

“We are going to develop it as a major tourist attraction in the region by providing the world class facilities here. The work in this direction would start soon,” said Aggarwal, who also held a meeting with AK Sinha, Chief Administrator, GMADA, DV Rattan, Conservator of Forests, RS Bhall, Project Manager, PIDB, Tarlochan Singh, Chief engineer, GMADA, and other senior administrative officers, here today.

Giving details, Aggarwal said the site would be developed under ECO Project. “There would be no tampering with the nature. We would set up food courts, special arrangements for vehicle parking, boating and other fun games for tourists there,” said Aggarwal.

He has also sought a detailed list of encroachments in the area within two days and asked the Mohali Deputy Commissioner, Tejinderpal Singh Sidhu, to get ready to take action against the encroachers.



Mohali schools in a fix over counter sign fee on buses
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 17
Local school authorities seem to be in a dilemma over counter sign fee on the school bus permits by the Chandigarh Administration to ply the vehicles in the city under mutual agreement of the administrations of Chandigarh and Mohali.

As part of the bus agreement, Chandigarh and Mohali school buses are allowed to enter Chandigarh’s limits after getting a counter sign from the State Transport Authority (STA) and its fee has been set as Rs 500.

This counter sign is valid for five years and is subject to condition that the school bus needs to have the permit and required licensee from the State Transport Authority, Mohali.

“Now, the staff of the State Transport Authority, Chandigarh, has started demanding Rs 4,500 per year for counter sign on permits of the new school buses of Mohali schools, claiming that the fee in question has been increased,” said Robin Aggarwal, director of The Millennium School, Sector 67, while adding that he had paid Rs 100 per annum each for his remaining buses so far.

“When we inquired about the hike from the authorities concerned in Mohali, we were told that they were unaware of any such development,” he said adding that his bus staff was being harassed in Chandigarh for the past one month.

Mohali Deputy Commissioner, Tejinderpal Singh Sidhu, said he was not aware about any change in the agreement in question. When asked the Chandigarh Administration State Transport Authority, Mahavir Kaushik, said there was no change in it (the agreement). “We get Rs 4500 as road tax. If anybody wants to check the related documents, he/she can visit my office on any day,” said Kaushik.

On the issue, Mohali District Transport Authority, Karan Singh, said there must be some confusion. “Why our (Mohali) buses would pay road tax to Chandigarh. I would talk to my counterpart in Chandigarh soon,” said Karan Singh.

“Unreasonable demands lead to unnecessary increase on costs and which will lead to further increase in bus fares,” said other school authorities.

More than 150 to 200 school buses come from Chandigarh to Mohali everyday and vice versa.



Play highlights femininity, female foeticide
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
Who does not love a happy ending? This was precisely the case with a play “Jug Jug Jiyo” that touched several issues, including femininity, female foeticide and human predicaments, but managed to bring smiles on the faces of the audience as it ended at the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18.

Staged as part of the ongoing Chandigarh Heritage and Art festival, the play, directed by Samita Bharti, looked like an extension of “Vicky Donor” as it had Chandigarh’s own Dolly Ahluwalia and theatre actress Swaroopa Ghosh in their respective Punjabi and Bengali women roles and brought life to the characters of Simran and Samyukta in this play.

At its outset, the play had a distressing and extremely sensitive story on the lives of these two women, but it ended with a sense of hope. Its best part was the power-packed performance by each of the actors.

It was a dark comedy about two childhood friends, Simran (Dolly Ahluwalia) and Samyukta (Swaroopa Ghosh), living together in a small town. The tragedy of their lives unfolded on a night when Samyukta’s daughter Sia (Jyotsna Sharma) told in presence of everyone that she was pregnant and the father of her unborn baby was Simran’s son, Siraj (Rachit Behl).

This news worked as a chain reaction that tumbled out the dark side of everyone’s life. It started with Samyukta who so far had told her daughter that she was widow of her father, who died at very early age. But when Simran told Sia in presence of her mother that her mother was never married, her whole world shattered down.

With brave face, Samyukta tried to console her daughter saying that she (Sia) was the result of premarital sex and she concocted the story of a fake father to protect herself from the stigma of unmarried mother.

Second turning point was the argument between Simran and Samyukta that exposed Simran’s dark side. She narrated the horrific stories of her multiple female foeticide at the behest of her cruel husband. Simran, however, eloped with Siraj, who was the son of her husband’s second wife and settled with Samyukta later on.

The moment these skeletons of their dark sides were out, there was a sense of relief on the stage. At the end, Simran decided to start a campaign against foeticide and both their children were happily married.



Know Your Case: 97 persons turn up at police stations
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, August 17
As many as 97 persons visited police stations to know the status of their cases and complaints under the scheme Know Your Case. The scheme was launched by the Chandigarh police to bring transparency and accountability in functioning of the police.

All DSPs and SHOs, beat In charges and other staff were present in their respective police stations and units to attend to the public. The meetings will be held under the scheme every second Saturday of the month, in which complainants can visit police station to find the status of their cases.



Section 144 imposed in Sector 41
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
Due to a rally by the Tenants' Welfare Society, Chandigarh, near Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, the Deputy Commissioner has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC at the venue of the rally.

They were holding the rally Chandigarh to demand for the provision of houses for slum dwellers and regularisation of the need-based changes in the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB). The orders will remain in force from 11 am to midnight tomorrow.

The UT Administration has also imposed a ban on the gathering more than five persons within 1,000 metres of the Raj Bhavan. The ban has been imposed in the wake of the rally by the United Sikh Movement, Punjab.



obstructing faculty development programme
4 teachers arrested, released on bail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
The issue of the faculty development programme of the UT Education Department has come alive again. The police, which registered an FIR against four government schoolteachers on July 20 for obstructing the department’s faculty programme, today arrested these four teachers and later released them on bail.

Those arrested include Khusali Ram, lecturer, Political Science, Shavinder Singh, lecturer, Physics, Swarn Singh Kamboj, tabla instructor, and Ranbir Singh, lecturer, Sociology. The teachers were charged with the IPC Section 341 for wrongly restraining any person, Section 186 for obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions and Section 34 for common intention.

Vijay Kumar, assistant sub-inspector, Sector 19 police station, said these teachers were arrested on the basis of the FIR registered against them last month and internal investigation of the department. While further investigations were on, they were released on bail in the evening, he said.

These four teachers, all office-bearers of the Joint Action Committee of UT government teachers, were furious with the development. Swarn Singh Kamboj, one of the arrested teachers, said this move was breach of trust on part of the Education Department. The officials of the department promised to revoke FIR against them during the negotiation, but today’s development showed that the department had kept them in the dark.

As per information, these teachers were also suspended by the Education Department, but reinstated earlier this month subject to the pending departmental enquiry against them.



Government Primary School re-inaugurated at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
Government Primary School at the PGI, Sector 12, Chandigarh, which was in a shambles nine months ago, was re-inaugurated after the repair work today. Children presented a cultural programme on the occasion, which was attended by the PGIMER Director, Dr Yogesh Chawla, the Municipal Councillor of Ward Number 2, Saurabh Joshi, and the Municipal Commissioner, VP Singh.

Speaking on the occasion, VP Singh said children were the future of the nation and all kind possible help would be provided to the school in the future.

Talking to mediapersons, Saurabh Joshi said the aim of the school was to provide quality education to poor children. Last year, the school was handed over to the Municipal Corporation.

He said till a year ago, the school was in a pathetic condition. In the past nine months, the school has undergone a tremendous change.

“Today, we have around 300 students taking education here,” Joshi said.

He thanked both the commissioner and the Director, PGI, for their support without which the project wouldn’t have been a success.



Placement drive, orientation held at Chandigarh varsity
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 17
Students of Chandigarh University, Gharuan, could not have asked for much better beginning to their academic career with a campus placement drive being conducted for the outgoing 2013 batch on one hand while on the other the university organised an orientation programme to welcome the newly admitted 2013 batch students on its campus.

Chandigarh University remained abuzz with activities with Zycus Infotech, US-based leading IT Multinational Company, visiting the campus to conduct a placement drive for the 2013 batch passing out engineering students.

Dr RS Bawa, Vice-Chancellor, Chandigarh University, Gharuan, said though most of the 2013 batch BTech students from computer science, electronics & communication, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering had already been placed, the pay package of Rs 5.33 lakh offered by Zycus Infotech attracted them to participate in the placement drive. The students underwent rigorous selection process, which included aptitude and skill test, followed by technical and personal interviews.

Dr Bawa said the placement scenario for the 2013 batch had been quite impressive with more than 135 multinationals offering hefty pay packages conducting campus placement drives for engineering and MCA students. Other top notch companies like Oracle, Wipro, Mahindra & Mahindra, L&T, Godrej, HCL Technologies, Capgemini, Schlumberger, ITC Infotech, Samsung, Mahindra Satyam had already selected a good number of BTech students during the campus placement drives held on the university campus.

The newly admitted students of Chandigarh University were made aware of the academic rules and regulations during the orientation programme.



Students display creative talent at exhibition
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 17
The annual exhibition, Xpressions ’13, at Manav Mangal Smart School, Mohali, brought alive the best of the creative talent of students. Twenty-eight rooms displaying various themes were set up by the creative efforts of students and teachers. The Arts Department set up two rooms, the marvel of art and oneness. Both spoke highly of the impeccable art work and creativity of students and teachers.

The world of music set up by the kindergarten section showed the origin and development of various forms and aspects of music. "Milaavat Ki Aafat", adulteration in food, gave a wake-up call to all as to what to consume and what not. 100 years of Indian cinema were portrayed beautifully in one of the rooms having a large collage titled "100 reasons to celebrate Bollywood".

This year, Barbie, every girl’s favourite doll, completes 50 years. Pre-nursery had set up a room to commemorate this event. The room was a huge crowd puller, especially for the girls of all age groups. Human trade - a stark reality was another heart-hitting room displaying how human trade takes place all over the world and how it needs to be stopped.

Sanjay Sardana, director of the school, said the exhibition was a platform for students and teachers to show the creative talent.



Rotary Club celebrates I-Day with special kids
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
This Independence Day, the Rotary Club of Chandigarh Midtown, Part of Rotary International, world’s first service club organisation, and the Prayaas Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped Children, a unit of the Indian Council for Child Welfare, Chandigarh, joined hands to celebrate the event with special children.

The event was conducted at Bal Bhawan, Sector 23, Chandigarh. Flag hoisting was done by chief guest Surinder Singh, Organising Secretary, Bal Bhawan, and Deepak Sood, President Rotary Club of Chandigarh Midtown.

People from all walks of life were invited to join the hosts in celebrating and sharing this colourful moment. Around 50 enthusiastic children participated in creative events like painting competition, Rakhi-making competition, fancy dress competition and singing competition.



Regional CBSE Science Exhibition
Samarth, Parth emerge winners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
Samarth Sardana and Parth Lal of St John’s High School, Sector 26, emerged winners at the Regional CBSE Science Exhibition held at Sacred Heart Convent School in Ludhiana recently. They would now be competing at the national level soon.

The students came up with an innovative idea of saving natural resources and producing electricity with their SMART model, which means Sound Movement Antibacterial Renewable Trash technology. In this concept, sound waves create vibrations and hit special gold-plated tiles. The waves travel through zinc oxide nanowires and then get converted to electricity.

They said this model could be used on the school premises. During the school working hours, sound and movement could produce electricity. For instance, when students step on the floor, crystals react to the movement and can produce power. Similarly, any car entering the school premises could produce electricity if it comes over speed breakers. The rollers of speed breakers transfer the molecular movements to the turbine producing electricity.

The school has an additional advantage of having tables and chairs coated with anti-bacterial plastic sharklet material. This prevents the spread of cold and flu among students and keeps them healthy and fit.

Samarth said the same concept could be used in crowded places such as railway stations, malls, concerts and anywhere large groups of people move.

“The key is the crowd. Approximately 28,500 footsteps generate energy to power a train for one second. Similarly, 84,162,203 steps can generate enough power to launch a space shuttle,” he said.




Patriotic zeal marks I-Day festivities

Mohali: Students of DAV Public School, Sector 39, celebrated Independence Day in their own way. Children were dressed up in saffron, white and green clothes and brought tricolour food items.

Sherwood Convent School

SK Dudeja, branch manager of Union Bank of India, Mohali, Phase V, was the chief guest at Sherwood Convent School. The programme commenced with the unfurling of the National Flag. Later, students performed a string of programmes, comprising patriotic dances.

Gian Jyoti Global School, Phase II

Gian Jyoti Global School, Phase II, Mohali, wore a festive look for the Independence Day celebrations. Students were dressed in traditional clothes with tricolour dupattas, while most of them were dressed like Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Udam Singh, Jhansi Ki Rani and Mahatma Gandhi. Various patriotic songs and foot-tapping dances were presented by the students.

Green Field Public High School

Green Field Public High School celebrated the Independence Day in collaboration with Union Bank of India. Surinder Kumar Dudeja, manager of the bank, felicitated students Navdeep Singh, Jagtar Singh and best teacher Vanita Chaudhary. The students sang patriotic songs.

Doon International School, Sector 69

Students of Doon International School, Mohali, came in different outfits depicting national leaders for the fancy dress competition. They also sang patriotic songs on the occasion. Later, certificates were distributed among the winners.

Genius Public School

Genius Public School, Mohali celebrated the Independence Day in the school premises. Students of classes I and II participated in a poem recitation contest. A group song was also presented by class III students. Class VI students gave a scintillating dance performance on Lord Krishna.

Anee’s School

The function started with the flag-hoisting ceremony at Anee’s School, Mohali. Principal Harpreet Kaur Grewal hoisted the National Flag and took the customary salute from different houses. Students delivered speeches and sang patriotic songs.

St Soldier

V. Tiwana, principal of St Soldier, Mohali, hoisted the Tricolour and received the guard of honour as young NCC cadets marched past. A fancy dress competition was also organised on the occasion.

Vivek International Public School

Vivek International Public School celebrated the Independence Day with great enthusiasm and zest. Ravinder Kumar Giridhar, chief manager of Punjab National Bank, was the chief guest. All four houses did march past. The tiny tots of kindergarten presented a beautiful dance.

Gem Public Senior Secondary School

Gem Public Senior Secondary School, Phase 3B-2, Mohali, celebrated the Independence Day with great zeal and enthusiasm. Director HS Midha hoisted the National Flag. The programme commenced with principal Veena Bakshi's speech. The day’s events comprised of inter-house group song competition, medley of dance and song and bhangra.

Shishu Niketan

The Independence Day was celebrated with enthusiasm and patriotic spirit at Shishu Niketan, Sector 66, Mohali. A special assembly was held to mark the day. Students were quizzed in order to test their knowledge about the country's past and freedom fighters who laid down their lives to make India a free country. It was followed by speeches and patriotic songs. — TNS



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