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‘Member’ of Kala Kachha gang nabbed
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 18
Amid rumours of the Kala Kachha gang active in the area, residents of Jhampur village in Mohali nabbed a suspected member of the gang in the wee hours of Sunday.

The residents said the member of the gang was attempting to target a family, but was overpowered by persons who were on ‘theekri pehra’ (night vigil).

The residents claimed that other members of the gang, around six in number, managed to flee from the spot.

The accused, who hails from South, was thrashed by the residents before he was handed over to the police.

Station house officer of the Balongi police station Gurjit Singh said: “We are not able to understand his language. He has been admitted to the Kharar Civil Hospital. We are yet to record his statement. He said a case under Sections 457, 380 and 511 of the IPC had been registered against the accused and his accomplices.

Sarpanch of the village Charan Singh claimed that members of the gang were armed with sharp-edged weapons. “A sharp-edged chopper was also recovered from the accused,” he claimed.

Charan Singh said the members of the gang entered the house of Gurnam Singh around 2 am. The members of the family raised the alarm and the residents managed to nab one of them, he said. However, the police still maintains that mischievous elements were spreading rumours to disturb the law and order situation in the area.

On the other hand, the residents claimed that they were keeping a vigil as some unidentified persons were seen roaming in the area for past few days.

“Residents of several nearby villages have resorted to theekri pehra, but the police was not taking our complaints seriously,” lamented a resident.



Protector turns predator
Stepfather arrested by P’kula police for raping, killing three-year-old
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

The suspected member of the Kala Kachha gang undergoes treatment at Civil Hospital in Kharar on Sunday
The suspected member of the Kala Kachha gang undergoes treatment at Civil Hospital in Kharar on Sunday. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu

Panchkula, August 18
The Panchkula police has cracked the murder case of a three-year-old girl who went missing from Mauli Jagran in Chandigarh yesterday.

The police has arrested Ekram Ahmed, the victim’s stepfather, allegedly for raping and killing her. The girl’s was found murdered near the Hafed building in Sector 5, Panchkula, on Saturday.

Sources said after killing his stepdaughter, the accused kept on moving in the town with her body before dumping it in Sector 5, Panchkula.

Sources said the accused was frustrated at the behaviour of his second wife with his two daughters and planned to eliminate the three-year-old. He planned the cold blooded murder of the child.

The Panchkula police cracked the case this evening following confession by the accused.

The post-mortem report confirmed that the child was raped before being strangled to death.

Ahmed, who has two daughters from his first wife, married the victim’s mother, Phool, after his wife died. Phool’s husband had committed suicide. Later, the couple was blessed with a boy.

Panchkula Commissioner of Police Rajbir Deswal said: “Investigations reveal that Phool used to beat up Ahmed’s daughters and in order to take revenge, Ahmed raped the three-year-old and killed her.”

Ahmed was looking for an opportunity to execute the crime and remained absent from his workplace. He also carried waste cloth in his pocket to strangulate the child.

“While victim’s mother thought that she was playing in the neighbourhood, the accused took her with him on Saturday. He moved around Zirakpur and Rajpura to find a suitable place to commit the crime. Around 2.30 pm, he raped the child and strangled her to death near Suraj Theatre,” said Deswal.

After the crime, Ahmed moved around with the victim’s body and hired a rickshaw. When the rickshaw-puller questioned Ahmed, he said the child was not well. Later, he dumped the body near the Hafed building.

Ahmed returned home and washed his undergarments to destroy evidence. He then went to the Mauli Jagran police station and lodged a missing complaint, said the police.

The accused showed no signs of remorse. Ahmed told the police that he raped the child before strangulating her.



P’kula police turns down UT SSP’s proposal
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 18
The Panchkula Commissioner of Police, Rajbir Deswal, has turned down the proposal of UT SSP Naunihal Singh to join investigations into the rape and murder of a three-year-old girl.

The girl, a resident of Mauli Jagran in Chandigarh, was found murdered in Sector 5, Panchkula. Though the Chandigarh Police had registered a kidnapping case, it refused to investigate the case on Saturday evening.

While the UT SSP claimed the Chandigarh Police acted as per law and was ready to join investigations, Deswal said the Panchkula police did not want any help from the UT police.

“The murder took place in Panchkula. We conducted investigations in the kidnapping case, but are ready to join investigations,” said Naunihal Singh.

Deswal said: “I don’t want to court controversy over the jurisdiction as the case involves a three-year-old child. But as per the rules, sections are subsequently added where the initial case is registered. The UT police should have been more sensitive in handling the case.”

“We don’t need help from the Chandigarh Police. We conducted an independent probe and cracked the case,” said Deswal.

Sources said Chandigarh IGP RP Upadhyay also pulled up the UT police officers for confusion over the jurisdiction in the case.



Accused extorted money from us: Vendors
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 18
Registering a protest against officials of HUDA and the Panchkula MC, vendors alleged that the persons responsible for the death of their companion yesterday used to extort money from them.

The Government Railway Police recorded the statements of the vendors today after one of the 
vendors jumped before a moving train to end his life on Saturday. The vendor, Dev Singh, was allegedly beaten up by officials of HUDA and MC during an anti-encroachment drive in Sector 19, Panchkula.

A case of abetment to suicide was registered against RK Verma and Dev Raj Sharma and others for harassing the vendor.

The GRP inspector said he had recorded the statements of the vendors. The vendors alleged that they had given Rs 15,000 to the accused last month, but were unable to give the money this month.

No arrest has been made so far.

Following the suicide, more than 500 vendors and residents held a protest against the authorities.


Chaos chugs on railway tracks
In haste to board train, over 8,000 candidates give co-passengers a tough time
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Chaos became the order of the day at the Chandigarh railway station as more than 8,000 candidates appeared for the Railway Recruitment Board exam today.

Candidates turned up in large numbers to take the PGIMER's entrance exam for paramedical courses.

A special Chandigarh-Ambala introduced to tackle the rush failed to serve the purpose as the situation went out of control when the train was about to depart at 3.30 pm.

The counters were flooded with candidates. Passengers had it the toughest. Things went from bad to worse when staff at the counter took a break.

Senior citizens and women had a tough time buying the tickets. Some were even pushed by the candidates.

Ditto was the situation on the platforms as the students were in haste to board the train that was scheduled to leave at 3.35 pm.

"Thousands of aspirants come to the city to take one or the other exam on Sundays. It becomes difficult for the elderly and women to travel by trains on these days. Sometimes, the staff at the ticket counters do not give us tickets on time and we are made to wait for hours," said 75-year-old Sada Ram.



Health centres to unburden PGI
Hospital authorities urge Administration to upgrade dispensaries
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Unable to deal with the heavy rush of patients at the OPDs and the Emergency, the PGIMER has approached the UT Administration, requesting it to upgrade dispensaries.

Last month during a general body meeting, the hospital authorities had discussed ways and means to improve patient care with members.

"In order to unburden the institute, we are mulling over upgrading health centres so that patients with minor ailments do not rush to the PGI. Talks are on and we are yet to chalk out ways to deal with the heavy rush in all hospitals," said UT Health Secretary, Anil Kumar.

To solve the problem of overcrowding, the PGI had also proposed to limit the number of patients being examined by a consultant in a day at the OPDs.

During the general body meeting, the authorities had stated that there should be a screening system for OPD patients who 'reported directly without referral' from other institutions.

One of the problems kept before the Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was the absence of a triage area (where the priority of patients' treatment is determined).

The institute wants that an MoU be signed between the PGI, the UT and hospitals located in state's peripheral areas that once the condition of a patient improves, he or she should be referred to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, and Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16.

More than 7,000 patients visit the OPDs every day. The number of patients touches 10,000 on Mondays, when most of the consultants are available at the OPDs.

Official figures revealed that more than 80 per cent of the indoor patients at the PGI came through the Emergency and those seeking surgeries after consulting doctors in the OPDs kept waiting for months for the surgeries.

The hospital has also been negotiating with the UT Administration to provide space for a screening OPD and centres for advanced neurology, physical medicine, cancer and geriatrics.

PGI’s solution

To solve the problem of overcrowding, the PGI had proposed to limit the number of patients being examined by a consultant at the OPDs in a day.



Residents go waterless
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 18
Residents of HIG colony at Phase XI are up in arms due to indifferent attitude of the authorities concerned, towards their problem of drinking water supply, due to a damaged pipeline.

The water pipe was damaged around 15 days ago by tippers and other heavy vehicles, which were being used for some construction work in the area by the authorities. Due to heavy water leakage from the pipeline, the residents of the area claimed that they were not getting enough water supply for the past 15 days.

“Apart from that, a pond has been formed in the area due to the water leakage which poses a big threat of dengue in the area,” said AS Bhatia, a resident of the area.

In this season, the health authorities campaign against waterlogging in pots, coolers or even in small vases in the houses to avoid the breeding of dengue mosquito. “But a pond has come up in the past 15 days in front of our houses and despite our repeated requests, the authorities are not taking any action in this regard,” said Bhatia.

Due to damage in the water supply pipeline, the water supply in the area has been affected drastically. “We are not getting sufficient water,” said JS Gulati, another resident of the area.



Members take developer to task
250 members of the Sky Rock City Welfare Society protest against delay in plot allotment
Tribune News Service

Members of the Sky Rock City Welfare Society hold a protest at Silvy Park, Phase X, in Mohali on Sunday
Members of the Sky Rock City Welfare Society hold a protest at Silvy Park, Phase X, in Mohali on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, August 18
As many as 250 members of the Sky Rock City Welfare Society staged a protest at Silvy Park, Phase X, today morning. The protesters alleged that the coloniser was neither allotting them the plots nor giving any information about any development in this direction. Local MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu also joined the protestors.

Sucha Singh Kalaur, a member of the Sky Rock Hitt Bachao committee, formed by the aggrieved members, said, “Three years have passed but the coloniser is not helping us in any way.”

“The president of the society, Navjeet Singh, has collected over Rs 350 crores from 2500 members, but the number of plots are 234. The society has also been found to have violated key provisions of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act (PAPRA), 1995, under the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA). Most of the members have taken loan from banks and now they are at receiving end,” said Kalaur.

Giving assurance to the applicants, Sidhu said that he would try to resolve the issue by taking the matter to the higher authorities. “The state government should intervene in the case to give justice to these persons, who have put all their life savings to buy the plots,” said Sidhu.

The Sky Rock City Welfare Society at Behrampura was launched on August 4, 2010. As many as 234 plots ranging from 100 square yards to 500 square yards were to be allotted to the members in a time-period of two years. An amount of Rs 10 lakh to 85 lakh from each of its member, despite not having a developer's licence, was collected. The GMADA had cancelled the licence of the society's promoter. But the licence was revived on May 27.

Navjeet Singh, president of the Sky Rock City Welfare Society, said, “The committee members were misleading the other members. The GMADA has reinstated our promoter’s license and now we are waiting for the developer’s license. After getting the license, we will allot the plots to them.”

He said the society was giving plots to people at cheaper rates as compared to the prevailing prices in the market and so certain people were targeting them by spreading false news against them.



Industry struggles for survival in city
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
Industrialists have intensified their agitation against the UT Administration, with a majority of them forming a Joint Action Committee.

Key issues: The traders' associations want that the hike in collector rates should be rolled back, amendment should be made to the building bylaws, the penalty of Rs 500 per square feet should not be imposed on them and lease hold rights should be transferred to free hold.

Chandigarh Tribune correspondent spoke to the traders to find out the impact of their problems on the city's growth.

The hike in collector rates has left the traders worried. This will not only ail the industry, but also entangle the traders in various issues pertaining to the income tax. Conversion of plots has become a tedious task as the stamp duty runs into crores as per the existing conditions.

Chander Verma, president, Chandigarh Industrial Converted Plot Owners Association

Poor infrastructure in Industrial Area is one of the biggest problems. The city no longer attracts tourists.

Hotels and eateries, too, have failed to elicit good response. People prefer going to nearby tourist spots. Industrial Area needs to be beautified. Although a new name for Industrial Area has been approved, not many are aware of it.

MPS Chawla, president, Chandigarh Industrial Association

We have more than 50-year-old houses in the city. More than the cost of these houses, it is the taxes that we have to pay. The Rs 500 penalty per square yard which is imposed on us every month only adds to our woes. There is no uniformity in taxes. A pick-and-choose policy is adopted. Some traders receive penalty notices while others do not.

DS Chahal, president, Chandigarh Resident Social Welfare Federation

The city has more than 8,00,000 cars and the number is still counting. To date, there are no clear guidelines as far as the setting up of dealerships and service station is concerned. Despite being the highest VAT contributor, the industry is suffering because of the economic slump and the notices issued by the Administration. The Administration has failed to implement the MSME Act, 2006.

Varinder Singh Saluja, president, Federation of Chandigarh Region Automobile Dealers' Association

The Rs 500 penalty turns out to be higher than the rent of the area. How do we justify that? Besides, the rules cannot have a retrospective effect. Even the Punjab and Haryana High Court had clearly directed that new policies should have a prospective effect. The very purpose of converting the plots gets defeated if we still end up paying penalties.

Jagdish Arora, president, Chandigarh Business Council

All buildings in Sector 17 are commercial. As per the control plan, a building can be used for commercial purposes, still penalties are imposed. This has affected our business.

Neeraj Bajaj, president, Business Promotion Council, Sector 17

We had requested the Administration to make registration mandatory in order to check malpractice. A few fraudsters bring down the credibility of the entire sector. But the matter is still pending. The high stamp duty on power of attorney has discouraged transactions in the city.

— Rajesh Walia, president, Chandigarh Property Consultants Association

We want the Administration to implement the MSME Act. Even Parliament has accepted the demand. The Act aims at addressing problems of the industrial sector across the country. The Administration should also give a green signal to the setting up of service centres and service stations.

Sandeep Sahni, president, Chamber of Chandigarh Industries

There Administration has adopted a pick-and-choose policy as far as the issuance of notices is concerned. For some, it has specified a time limit of three years while for others there is no time limit for starting the construction. There is no justification for the variation. Owner of the land should take the call.

Vinod Mittal, president, Chandigarh Roller Flour Mills Association



Poetic evening with Nida Fazli
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Poet Nida Fazli at the UT Guesthouse in Chandigarh on Sunday
Poet Nida Fazli at the UT Guesthouse in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, August 18
If poetry imbibes sublime feelings and addresses concerns in the most subtle manner, it is all because of poets like Nida Fazli, whose creative stint continues to promote communal harmony and expose the ills of society.

His heart rendering poetry recital won him a standing ovation from the packed audience at the UT Guesthouse in Sector 6, Chandigarh. The poems that he recited highlighted the concerns of the common man, who he said, was still suffering even as the Indian subcontinent got divided into three nations, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The pain of the Partition and pseudo-secularism was still fresh in his poetry as he read several of couplets, bringing alive those days of homicide and prolonged bickering of religious discomfort in the country.

One of the couplets that earned him a lot of applause in the function was: “Ek Naksha Le Ke Hath Main, Bacha Hai Haeraan, Kaise Deemak Kha Gayee Uska Hindustan”.

Another couplet was “Koi Hindu Hai, koi Muslim Hai aur Koi Isai Hai. Magar Sabne Insaan Naa Banne Ki Kasam Khai Hai” He said the common man for whom the Partition was imposed, was nowhere to be seen in the political and governance process. “He is beggar in India as well as in Pakistan and they don’t matter to the political establishment,” he stated. Padma Shri awardee Nida said the words too had lost their importance. “It is because we don’t have people like Nehru or Radhakrishnan,” he said

He said ghazal was the lyrical form of poetry. “Poetry is not a thought or content or text. It is a feeling reeling through one’s experience,” he said. He also doled out “Hosh vaalon ko Khabar kyaa behkhudii kyaa chiiz hai”.



open House response
Most councillors don’t have subject knowledge

Study tour needs to be a planned programme and persons going on the tour need to have a firsthand knowledge of the subject of the study tour. This is not happening in the case of the so-called study tours of the MC. In fact, these are not study tours but fully paid tours which should be treated as a perquisite to the councillors and officers as the tours which they have under taken in past have always proved to be useless as no worthwhile reports have been made for improvement of the city. To quote one example of non-seriousness recently an officer of the UT had gone to a country for a foreign visit and he could not submit any tour report in spite of an RTI application. In fact, most of these councillors do not have any knowledge of the subject. But they have to go on tour as politically they can pull strings to get approval.

RK Garg, Chandigarh

Tours are an eyewash

Result-oriented study tours should be allowed. The so-called study tours for the councillors are just an eyewash and wastage of public money. It is an attempt to deviate the councillors not to think over major issues to strengthen democracy at local level for example Mayor is not pressurising for the implementation of 74th Constitutional amendment in the letter and spirit, creation of metropolitan planning committee and other reforms which the administration undertook to initiate under JNNURM scheme while entering into MOU with Centre Govt.

Satinder Singh, Councillor

Past tours have yielded no results

It is an open secret that the past tours of councillors have yielded no results. It was sheer wastage of public money. Even the reports of the tours have not been submitted in many cases. Some reports submitted in the past are lost in the corridors of red-tapism. Now, in order to cover it up, it is being advocated that these are cultural exchange trips.The MC should send small groups of councillors with a specific agenda which needs immediate attention. For example, to study sanitation and cleanliness, visit Surat; to check leakage of water, visit Hubli and Dharwad in Karnataka. Similarly, to study multi-level mechanised parking, visit Kolkata. Secondly, councillors should attend workshops organised on the subjects pertaining to municipal administration. On the contrary, certain councillors have undertaken tours on their own expense and brought back good ideas, only to be negated by the bureaucracy under one pretext or the other. Besides, it is observed that certain councillors come unprepared to the General House of the MC, without reading the agendas. What will such councillors contribute to the city when sent on tours? I suggest that preference should be given to those councillors who perform irrespective of their party affiliations. Councillors should submit their tour reports timely.

Surinder Bahga, Nominated councillor

Taking their family members more shameful

It is very shameful to note that the Municipal Councillors are once again planning to tout the south-Indian cities on public money. More shameful is that they are also taking their family members along with them. If they pay for the fare tickets of their wives and children, it's okay. But that they will enjoy all other expenses like boarding and lodging from the public exchequer is certainly not justified and is illegal. Such tours are not study tours but "jaunts on public money" that must be condemned by one and all in the harshest tones.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

Conduct tours of neglected city areas

Chandigarh MC has already earned a good name in incurring wasteful expenditure from public money, be it previously undertaken study tours, laying/replacing paver blocks in favoured pockets or developing the already developed areas at the cost of traditionally neglected areas/sectors particularly the southern sectors. The problems of the city, particularly of the southern belt i.e. non-functional street lights, potholed and bad roads turning into death traps, cleanliness and sanitation in shambles causing diseases such as malaria, dengue and cholera and defecation in the open by slum dwellers and the menace of stray cattle and dogs are few problems to mention. Instead of this ‘study tourism’ the councillors, officials and the administration must pool in extra energies and conduct tours to neglected and backward areas of the city itself.

Rakesh Chopra, Chandigarh


These are not study tours but fully paid tours which should be treated as a perquisite for the councillors and officers as the tours which they have under taken in the past have always proved to be useless

RK Garg, Chandigarh

The so-called study tours for the councillors are just an eyewash and wastage of public money. It is an attempt to deviate the councillors from thinking over major issues to strengthen democracy

Satinder Singh, Councillor, Chandigarh



Despite the fact that lakhs of rupees are being pumped in to the Midday Meal Scheme, complaints of food that is unfit for human consumption being cooked in unhygienic conditions are being regularly received. What needs to be done to ensure that the midday meal is cooked in hygienic conditions. Write your comments to openhouse@tribunemail.com



chandigarh scan
MP listens to grievances

Pawan Kumar Bansal, Member of Parliament, assured the residents of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) houses that their demand to allow need-based changes would be taken up with the Chandigarh Administration. He was addressing a meeting of the joint action committee of the CHB residents in Sector 40.


The Chandigarh branch of Institute of Chartered Accountants of india organised a conference on the topic "Emerging Issues in Income Tax and Service tax" at JW Marriott hotel on Saturday. Krishan Joshi, chairman of the CA branch, said the purpose of the conference was to apprise the CA's from the tricity about the latest issues and amendments in the Income Tax Act.

panchkula scan

The following have been elected office bearers of Akash Cooperative Group Housing Society Ltd, Panchkula. President- GC Dhadwal; Vice President- Ajay Khosla; Cashier- Amarjit Kaur and Executive Member- KK Arora. — TNS



Indian classical music wins hearts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
The day three of the Chandigarh Art and Heritage Festival saw the classical recital by Pt Sugato Bahaduri and Dr Jayanthi Kumaresh. Sugato Bhaduri, one of the most sought after Mandolinist in India, mesmerised the audience with his Mandolin recital. This rare instrument is a musical instrument in the lute family usually with four courses of strings.

Since 2005, Sugato Bhaduri has toured frequently both in India and Europe and in 2006 he was recognised as the best mandolin soloist of the world by the Eurofestival Zupfmusik held in Bamberg, Germany.

He performed the pure and ancient form of the Indian classical music and won the hearts of the audience.

Saraswati Veena recital by Dr Jayanthi Kumaresh was also one of the highlights of the evening. Her performance was rich and elegant. Her flying fingers produced music that was deep and sublime. Rajasthani folk singer Gazi Khan will perform tomorrow evening.



Ailing man needs help

Chandigarh, August 18
A 44-year-old man, Inder Raj, from Ambala, requires an immediate heart treatment as he is at a high risk of getting a cardiac arrest. He is unable to afford Rs 3 lakhs required for the treatment. He has been seeking consultation at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Chandigarh.

Those interested in helping him can contact the Medical Superintendent (Block D, Level-II) at the hospital or provide cheques/demand draft in favour of the Medical Superintendant, GMCH, Sector 32. Contact Number:0172-2601023/24. — OC



PU departments left in lurch
Results of many postgraduate courses yet to be declared
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
While the academic session for the postgraduate courses at PU have started, the results of various courses are yet to be declared by the university (PU). The results of MA in philosophy, political science, psychology, public administration, punjabi, history, geography are yet to be declared. While some departments have started the second year classes after provisional admission of students, others are waiting for the results.

The teaching departments at PU were opened on July 11 and the classes for the third semester were supposed to start from July 17, however, the result of MA (second semester) is still awaited.

The classes at the philosophy department could not commence due the delay . The classes of the MA in sociology and Gandhian and peace studies are also yet to commence as the result was declared only a few days ago.

Although the result of political science are yet to be declared, the classes were started a week ago. Deepak Kumar Singh, chairperson of the Political Science Department, said the result was still not out awaited but they had started the classes some days ago so that the students did not suffer.

The classes for MA in English started only a week ago after the declaration of results.

A senior Professor said the semester system had already been declared for postgraduate courses as per which classes were to be held for less than four months and a month had already been lost due to the delay . “The semester exams will be held in December and to complete the syllabus teachers will have less time," the professor said.

PU Controller of Examination (COE) Parvinder Singh said the results of most of the postgraduate courses would be declared in a few days. “The results have already been compiled and they will be declared soon," Singh said.



Management and information system for 20 government schools soon
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 18
After launching the School Management and Information System (SMIS) in five government schools, the UT Education Department is planning to provide that system in other government schools soon.

As per officials, the department is planning to start the system in 20 more government schools for which the financial assessment of the programme is being worked out. The SMIS is an e-governance project under which government schools will update the attendance of their students everyday on their school websites.

The information can be easily accessed by parents, school staff and officials of the department. Besides, the performance of students, service books of teachers and general planning of the school will be uploaded on the website periodically.

Biometric-based attendance will be there for schools staff too. Moreover, the inventory management system and the grading system as per the CBSE and the CCE pattern will also be entered through the SMIS. The Education Department can view overall school performance, monitor students' performance and academic performance through the student.

The programme was launched last week in five government schools-Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 16, GMSSS, Sector 35, Government Smart School, Sector 50, Government Smart School, Sector 53, and Government Senior Secondary School, Maloya.

DPI (s) Upkar Singh said the system would prove beneficial to students, parents and teachers. Keeping in view its advantages, the system would soon be launch in other government schools as part of our plan to improve the quality of education and good governance in government schools, he said.

“we are working out on the overall cost at the moment and this system will be made available in other schools soon," the DPI (s) said.



PU students bag second position

Chandigarh, August 18
Two Panjab University (PU) students have bagged the second prize in a national-level short film-making competition. Divyanshu Mangla, a student of the School of Communication Studies, and Kamaljeet Singh, a student of the Department of Psychology, at PU have secured the second position. The competition, "Solar Energy Awareness Contest’, was organised on the theme "Solar Energy - Perennial Dependable Clean Source’. The national-level competition had received over 74 entries from all over the country. As many as 24 teams were shortlisted and out of which these two PU students bagged the second prize. The title of their film was "Peace of Mind". — TNS



Art exhibition at school draws huge crowd
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 18
The second and the last day of " Xpressions 13", a annual art exhibition by the students of Manav Mangal School, Mohali, was a huge crowd puller. The two rooms set up by the class II, exhibiting the journey of two rivers Ganga and Kaveri, got a lot of appreciated.

The model of the big fat Indian wedding set up by kindergarten showcasing was an instant hit. The French department set up a room on the French festivals that attracted a huge crowd. Another theme "Reviving Renaissance" by the SST department displayed how all evils and problems can be eradicated from society through education. The model of the ancient Egypt was appreciated for its beautiful and neat display. The Maths department displayed different maths puzzles.



Loan mela for students organised
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 18
An education loan mela for the new students was organised by Aryans Group of Colleges on its campus here today. Several students of BTech, MBA, BBA, BCA, BA, BCom, BEd participated in the event.

"For the education loan upto Rs four lakh, the margin is nil whereas for the loan above Rs four lakh, the margin is 5 per cent and the repayment of loan can be done in 10 years for loan amounting Rs 7.5 lakh," claimed the organsiers.



pu/college notes

A two-day symposium of the Department of Computer Science, Panjab University (PU), on the topic "Curriculum Revision and Quality Education" concluded on Sunday. The symposium was organised to review and amend the curricula and syllabi of various professional courses offered by various affiliated colleges of PU. Lectures as well as interactive sessions among the academicians, Industry were also organised. Various colleges from Chandigarh as well as Punjab presented their suggestions.

Freshers’ party

Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, organised a freshers’ party to give a warm welcome to the new students. The senior students presented a colorful cultural programme for the freshers.Ms. Freshers’ Pageant competition was held in three rounds. Devansh of Bcom I won the first runners’ up title. Roli of BBA I was judged as the second runners’ up. Sakirat Kaur of BBA I was crowned as Ms. Freshers. Girls looked pretty dressed in different colourful attires. The Department of Commerce at Postgraduate Government College, Sector 46, also organised a fresher’s party to welcome new students of BCom I and MCom I. The chief guest on the occasion was Dr Gurjeet Kaur Mander, Principal of the college. Speaking on the event, Principal welcomed the students and inspired them to work with full enthusiasm for the college. Vice-Principal Dr JK Sehgal urged the students to prioritise their goals in life and give preference to their personality development, skills and moral values.

Environment conservation

The Hariawal Campaign was inaugurated by S Gurdev Singh, president, Sikh Educational Society, along with the principals of the local institutions at SGGS College, Sector 26. The aim of the campaign is to improve the environment and to make surroundings clean and green. A major plantation drive was initiated on Saturday. The Sikh Educational Society has planned to plant more than 100 saplings at its four educational institutions in Chandigarh this season. — TNS



from schools
Independence Day celebrated

Students and staff of Sri Guru Harkrishan Model School, Sector 38D, Chandigarh, celebrated the 67th Independence Day with fervour in the school. The cultural programme commenced with the children singing patriotic songs. All the participants took an oath to preserve the unity, peace and harmony of the nation.

Ryan International School

The Independence Day was celebrated with fervour and gaiety at Ryan International School, Chandigarh. Air Marshal Darshan Singh Basra, Lily Bawa, counsellor, Panchkula, presided over the function. The programme began with the unfurling of the Tricolour by the chief guest. Eight contingents comprising students of the four houses in the school, NSS volunteers, members of the school parliament took part in the march past. A dance-drama ‘Jazba-E-Hindustan’ was staged on the occasion. The drama portrayed the significant role of youth in the freedom struggle.

Green Public School

The whole campus of Green Public School was decorated with the Tricolor. Parents of the children were also invited in the school to celebrate the national festival. The chairman of the school, Rajesh Kapoor, unfurled the national flag The day concluded with "Sare Jahan Se Acha”, which was sung by all the participants.

PMLSD Public School

Students and staff of PMLSD Public School celebrated the Independence Day with fervour and joy. On this joyous occasion, a painting competition on the theme "Road to Independence" and a GK competition were held to commemorate the sweet memories of prominent national leaders and patriots.Their long struggle and sacrifice won us our freedom from the foreign yoke on 15th August, 1947.


Saluting the spirit of free India, the students of AKSIPS-41, Chandigarh, celebrated the 67th Independence Day of India on the school premises. The executive director of the AKSIPS Group of Schools, Jasdeep Kalra, unfurled the national flag. Kalra urged the students to be proud of being Indians and work wholeheartedly to take India to the pinnacle of success .

Government High School

The Independence Day was celebrated with a great enthusiasm by the school management committee and staff at Government High School, Sector 46C, Chandigarh. Hira Negi, Councillor unfurled the national flag. The special attraction of the function was a drama on drug abuse, which was presented by the students.

Banyan Tree School

Banyan Tree School , Chandigarh, was beautifully decorated with the Indian flags, balloons and buntings. A special morning assembly was organised to pay homage to the freedom fighters. Students of Classes VII and VIII presented a skit on the theme “Unity in Diversity”.

St Soldier International School

Ravinder Pal Singh Hayer, chairman of Saint Soldier International School, was the chief guest during the Independence Day celebrations in the school. He unfurled the national flag. Students from the pre-primary to senior wing of the school presented various spectacular performances and expressed their love for the motherland. A painting competition on the theme "National Heroes" was held in the school.


The Independence Day was celebrated with great fervour at GMSSS, Sector 20D, Chandigarh. The celebrations began with the hoisting of the national flag by chief guest Dr OP Verma, chairman, Residents' Welfare Association, Sector 20, Chandigarh. It was followed by a parade. A colourful cultural programme was presented by the students to mark the occasion.


Students, teachers and SMC members of GMHS-12, Chandigarh, celebrated the 67th Independence Day with a great zeal. The headmaster of the school hoisted the national flag and a cultural programme was organised in the school.

Lohia International School

Students of Lohia International School, Mani Majra, celebrated the Independence Day with a great patriotic spirit. Kindergarten students presented dances, songs and speeches. During the celebrations, each class got the opportunity to express their intense love for the nation. Sweets were also distributed among the students.

DAV Senior Public School

Panchkula: Patriotic fervour was vividly present in the air as the children expressed their love for the nation at DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur. A puppet show, inter-house patriotic song competition and a poetry recitation contest were held on the occasion.

Vijay Public Smart School

Vijay Public Smart School,Sector 17, Panchkula organised different activities and competitions in the school to mark the Independence Day. A flag-making competition was organised for the students of Class II to IV. A slogan writing and poster-making competitions were also held for Classes V to VIII. The students made attractive and beautiful flags and posters. — TNS



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