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Rs 90.53 lakh spent on ‘futile’ study tours
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Year after year, the municipal corporation spends lakhs of rupees on ‘futile’ study tours, but still the study tours do not yield any results for the city. In the last 10 years, the municipal corporation has spent Rs 90.53 lakh on such tours, but the civic body does not have any record of the projects being implemented in the city on the basis of such ‘wasteful’ study tours.

More importantly, without verifying the reports and suggestions of previous study tours, councillors and officials keep going to the same cities visited by previous councillors and are wasting a lot of public money.

Councillors have visited Chennai, Mumbai, Goa and Bengaluru twice. This year again, the MC has proposed to go to Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala on a study tour, the same city where they had gone on a study tour in October 2010.

The Singapore and Bangkok study tours in November 2007 were the costliest in which 16 councillors had gone and around Rs 16 lakh was spent on the tour, which yielded no results. The park for the visually impaired set up following a study tour to Singapore was not serving the purpose for which it was built. BJP councillor Satinder Singh said that in the name of study tours councillors and officials made multiple trips to Singapore, Bangkok and various cities of the country, but in the MC record no project was implemented, therefore all tours proved to be a futile exercise and a lot of public money was wasted.

SAD councillor Malkiat Singh said that it was the duty of the MC officials to implement the suggestions made by the councillors after such study tours.

MC has no record of study tours

The MC officials chose to remain mum when they were asked as to what purpose the study tours undertaken by councillors from 2004 to 2011 had served. The MC authorities had stated that they did not know anything about the purpose of the tours and the projects.

No action against councillors

According to information, there is no provision in the MC rules to take action against councillors if they go on a study tour but fail to submit a report.

Names of 20 councillors okayed

In 2013, the UT Administration has approved names of 20 councillors for the study tour to Kerala and Tamil Nadu, which includes the names of the Congress and nominated councillors only. On the list of councillors, there are no councillors from the SAD and the BJP.

Admn had turned down proposal in 2006, 2008

In 2006, many councillors had met former UT Adviser Pardeep Mehra and had submitted a memorandum, seeking a ban on study tours on account of wastage of money, following which the Administration had denied to give its consent to such tours. In 2008, the UT Administration had turned down a proposal for a study tour on the ground that no output or fruitful results had come out from the previous tours, so there was no need to send councillors on such tours.



Waterlogging, traffic jams a dampener
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
City residents were inconvenienced after a sudden rainfall in the evening. There was waterlogging and traffic jams on roads and several sectors in the city experienced power cuts.

Heavy rain has once again exposed the ineffectiveness of the cleaning of road gullies campaign, which was completed by the municipal corporation recently. Once again there were waterlogging in various parts of the city.In many areas, The MC employees were seen removing tree branches from road gullies to solve the waterlogging problem.

Worst affected were the residents living in Sectors 19, 21, 22, 25, 29, 30, 33, 40, 41, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49 and 51, Dhanas, Maloya and Mani Majra. Residents said that the MC’s sanitation wing claimed to launch regular sanitation drives in the city but the truth was out in the open. There is no regular check on the working of sweepers.

Power cuts

Residents of southern sectors experienced power cuts due to the rain in the evening. Due to some fault, there was no power in Sectors 19 and 28 for around two hours.

Chaos on roads

Traffic snarls was also witnessed on roads as many roundabouts and roads were waterlogged and motorists were stuck in traffic jams. Since a majority of the traffic intersections were not functional that also led to traffic jams.

Roads worst affected

Worst affected roads were from Sector 17 ISBT roundabout to Industrial Area Phase I, Tribune roundabout, Sector 33-34 roundabout etc. The road dividing Sectors 32 and 33, and Sectors 31 and 32 remained clogged for more than half an hour in the evening. Traffic jams were also witnessed on Madhya Marg.

Panchkula: The rainwater entered several houses in Sectors 19, 11, 12A, 17 and 16 spoiling the belongings of residents. The waterlogging was witnessed at various roundabouts and internal lanes across the city. Commuting was difficult as vehicles could not move on waterlogged roads and roundabouts.

Mercury to dip further on Wednesday

As per the Met forecast, the city received around 40.6 mm of rainfall on Tuesday. Thundershowers with generally cloudy sky will continue on Wednesday, which will further bring down the temperature. The maximum temperature recorded on Tuesday was 33.0 degree Celsius and minimum 25.6 degree Celsius



I-T survey
Rs 4.68 cr undisclosed income seized from 3 hospitals in P’kula
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 20
An undisclosed income of Rs 4.68 crore was seized from three hospitals in a survey conducted by the Income Tax Department, Panchkula. The survey was a 38-hour long operation, which concluded this evening.

Finding discrepancies in the disclosure of income by Dhawan Hospital in Sector 7, Dr Bakshi’s Laboratory in Sector 9 and Dr Poonam Gupta’s nursing home in Sector 16, the Income Tax Department conducted a survey and seized the amount.

Without disclosing the breakup, officials said that the highest amount of income was seized from Dhawan Hospital.

The operation was led by Manveet Sehgal, Assistant Commissioner, and Vandana Mohite, Deputy Commissioner. As many as four different teams comprising seven to eight officials were dispatched to the hospitals and the whole operation was carried out under the supervision of Saroj Deswal, Income Tax Commissioner, and Shalini Bhargav Kaushal, Additional Commissioner.

“We found discrepancies in their statements of income disclosure. They were concealing facts about their actual income and depositing less tax. We have seized various documents and in all Rs 4.68 crore was seized from all the three hospitals,” said a senior official of the department requesting anonymity.

The Income Tax officials said that similar search operations would be conducted at other places too, if any one was found concealing their actual income.



Only 15% women avail of free bus facility
Confusion prevails as Rakhi is being celebrated on Tuesday & Wednesday
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 20
Confusion over Rakhi continues to prevail. Since the free bus service was made available to women today, those celebrating the festival tomorrow will not be able to avail it.

Only 15 per cent of women passengers availed of the facility here this morning from the Sector 5 bus stand, Panchkula.

On Rakhi day, the Haryana government allows women to travel free of cost all over the state. The government had provided the facility today. Every year, the free bus service is availed by thousands of women. However, this time, since the festival is being celebrated on two days, only 15 per cent of women availed it.

“If the festival was to be celebrated tomorrow, then the facility should have been provided tomorrow only. What is the use of providing such a facility when it is not of any use to many,” said Neerja Shekhar, a resident of Sector 11, Panchkula, who always goes to her brother’s house in Kaithal every time, but could not go this time.

“I am going today but will be returning tomorrow on my own expenses. I think this facility is just an eyewash this time,” said Gauri Bhargav, a resident of Kharag Mangoli.

She further added, “Every year, I used to avail the facility both ways.

Auspicious time

Astrologers say the best ‘muhurat’ (auspicious time) to tie Rakhi is from 8.50 pm on Tuesday to 7.15 am on Wednesday.

Schools expected to have low turnout

Schools are expecting a low attendance on Wednesday due to the confusion. Tuesday being a holiday for Rakhi, parents kept calling up the school authorities to know whether it was a holiday on Wednesday.



Blood donation
Women enthusiastic, but unfit: Docs
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Even as city women are keen on donating blood, very few have been found fit to do so. If the pattern observed by doctors at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, is something to go by, only 10 per cent women are deemed fit for blood donation.

In 50 blood donation camps organised by the hospitals across the city in the last four months, 90 per cent of women volunteers were not allowed to donate blood due to low haemoglobin (HB) level, indicating anemia risk. The low HB level, mostly found to be 11 g/dl to 11.5 g/dl among women, has been worrying the experts as it is an indicator of anaemia. As per the guidelines of blood donation, a donor must have HB above 12.5 g/dl to be declared eligible for blood donation.

“Women are more sensitive to social causes. At almost all the camps organised by our teams in the past three to four months, many volunteers were women. But since their HB level were found to be low they were not allowed to donate blood,” said Dr Ravneet Kaur, head, department of trasfusion medicine at GMCH, Sector 32.

What is anaemia?

It is a deficiency in the number of red blood cells or in their haemoglobin content, resulting in pallor, shortness of breath and lack of energy. Government surveys over the past few years have been indicating anaemia being a major cause of concern among Indian women. Improper diet leads to anaemia.



6 Kala Kachha gang members arrested
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 20
The Mohali police has arrested six alleged members of the Kala Kachha gang and recovered sharp-edged weapons, including knives and swords, from their possession.

The accused have been identified as 47-year-old Gola from Panchkula, Bhola (35), Vicky (18) and Lakha (49), all from Kharar, Rahul (19) from Ambala and Danny (27), resident of Patiala.

Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said all the accused were members of the Kala Kachha gang and were conspiring to strike at a factory in Kharar when the police nabbed them.

During preliminary investigations, it was found that Danny and Lakha were members of the notorious Akil gang and have allegedly been involved in various crimes in Punjab and neighbouring states.

“Members of the Akil gang had murdered three members of a family during a dacoity at village Chajju Majra in 2005. Several members of the gang were arrested the same year. Last year, five members were bailed out, who later jumped bail,” said SSP Bhullar.

Gola and Bhola, meanwhile, belong to the Kala Kachha gang active in the Mohali, Ropar and Panchkula area, the police said. Several cases have been registered at various police stations against the duo.

At least seven cases of similar nature have been registered against Rahul in Haryana state. These miscreants were giving shape to their nefarious plans in tandem with several other Akil gang members, including Jeevan, Mastana, Dilshad, Sodaam, Patla, Mohsin and Golia.

“Raids are on to arrest the accomplices. We are hopeful of cracking several cases of dacoity, robbery and other heinous crimes with their arrest,” said SSP Bhullar.

A case under various sections of the IPC has been registered against the accused at the Kharar police station, Kharar (city).


Water crisis hits city, Mohali
Leakage in pipeline of Kajauli Water Works disrupts supply
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 20
The water supply to the town and Chandigarh will remain affected for the next two days due to leakage in Phases III and IV pipeline of the Kajauli Water Works.

Senior officials of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) said both the cities would get five million gallons of water tomorrow due to the snag that developed near Gharuan.

Giving details, Ashok Virdi, executive engineer of GMADA, said the problem occurred due to scour-effect which resulted in dislocation of a piece of pipe.“The problem came to light when the workers were carrying out digging work for laying a new pipeline under the Kajauli project," said Virdi.

"We have shut the water supply of both the lines (Phase III and IV) having a capacity of 2.5 MGD,"
he added.

The Chandigarh Administration is responsible for the maintenance of the pipelines as per the agreement. Virdi said they had apprised the Administration of the leakage in the pipeline and would carry out the repair work tomorrow.

"The fault will be rectified by August 22. Till then the residents will have to bear with us," said the official.

Mohali water supply schedule for Aug 21 and 22

  • Morning supply for 1 hour: Low water pressure
  • Noon and evening: No supply

August 21
4 am to 9 am:
Low water pressure
6 pm to 9 pm: Low water pressure

August 22
4 am to 9 am: Low water pressure
6 pm to 9 pm: Low water pressure


City residents will reel under water crisis on August 21 and August 22 due to the leakage in Phases III and IV pipeline of the Kajauli Water Works. As per information, the supply will remain affected for the next two days on account of repair work. A senior MC official said they were in touch with the Punjab Government officials who were carrying out the repair work. They also urged the residents not to waste drinking water.



Now, help a call away
Admn sets up special cell for elderly
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
The UT Administration has set up a special cell to look into the grievances of senior citizens.

The move aims at ensuring their safety under Section 22(2) of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.

As per notification issued by the Administration, the Deputy Commissioner will be the chairman of the special cell while Social Welfare, director SDM(C), SDM(S), SDM(E) and DSP will be the ex-officio members. Seven NGOs and social workers will be the non-official members.

The elderly can file their complaints at the other helplines set up for women and children as well.

Available round the clock, the special cell will provide counselling to senior citizens.Director of the UT social welfare department, Director Rajesh Jogpal said for the helpline, additional posts of two counsellors and two team members had been created.

The counsellors will refer the cases of senior citizens to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, and the State Legal Services Authority for medical and legal aid in case of emergency. A legal-cum-probation officer of the Child Protection Society, Chandigarh, will also benefit the elderly.



Dead trees pose threat to residents
Tribune News Service

sector 27
 sector 27
sector 10
sector 10
Dry and dangerous trees posing threat to commuters in other parts of Chandigarh. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, August 20
With the proposal of cutting dead and dangerous trees hanging fire, such trees continue to pose a threat to the city residents and commuters.
sector 17
sector 17
sector 16
sector 16
sector 22
sector 22

Last year, the Municipal Corporation, in consultation with the UT Forest Department, had sent a report to the UT Administration, recommending that 200 dead and 128 dangerous trees should be axed immediately, as a majority of these were in residential areas and posed a threat to the lives and property of residents.

Bringing the danger posed by such trees to the fore, on August 15, a 45-year-old woman got seriously injured after a branch of a dead tree fell on her.

The victim, Amarjeet Kaur, a resident of Sector 22-D, received 16 stitches on her right hand and 28 stitches on her head.

Three days back, in another incident which could have been fatal, a branch of a dead tree fell on a ground in Sector 36. Residents said luckily children were not playing on swings in the ground at the time the branch fell, or they could have gotten seriously hurt.

The residents said they had time and again written to the UT Administration and the Municipal Corporation officials asking them to cut the dead trees but to no avail.

Sources said last year too the authorities decided to form a committee of officers from the Forest Department, Engineering Department and the horticulture wing of Municipal Corporation to identify all dangerous trees in the city in a time-bound manner, and then cut them.

A senior official of the UT Administration said that along with the MC they would soon start a drive to cut the dead trees.



Sohana school paints a sorry picture
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 20
A visit to Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Sohana washed away claims made by the state government of spending a huge amount of money on developing school infrastructure in the state. Its dingy rooms, presence of dirty water, slush and algae brought to the fore the ground reality.

During the visit to the school, the Tribune team found that reaching the classrooms from the entry gate was itself a challenging task for around 750 girls studying there. The path leading to classrooms and other areas of the school was either waterlogged or covered with slush. Students were seen stepping on bricks to cross the area.

The small ground of the school, which is used for morning prayers and other activities, was filled with muddy water that overflowed onto it from the village pond located along the boundary wall of the school. Algae could be seen growing on the ground, floors and even walls of the classrooms.

Students rued that it was very difficult to walk on the school premises. “We slip and fall every now and then,” said a Class VIII student.

School principal Usha Mahajan said she had sent several requests to the authorities to look into the matter.

“Muddy water from the village pond enters the school after every shower. I am afraid this could lead to water-borne diseases,” she said.

Some parents approached local MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu, who on visiting the school said he was shocked to see the poor state of infrastructure there. Sidhu said he would take up the issue at higher level.



Respite for buyers: Onion prices come down by Rs 10
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Onion prices have come down by Rs 10 per kg. The price had shot up to Rs 60. Vegetable prices had gone up last week after heavy rains had hit the supplies. Vegetable vendors, however, stated that the prices might go up again.

"The prices may go up due to inclement weather," said Rana, a vegetable vendor in Sector 15.

The hike in the prices had left the residents worried.

With the prices of vegetables going through the roof, it has become difficult for the common man to have a square meal.

People prefer buying onion paste which is easily available at grocery stores.

Onions are priced at Rs 50 per kg at Apni Mandi in Sector 29.

At the market in Chandigarh, the price is fixed at Rs 40 per kg.

Vegetable sellers and wholesale vendors said heavy rains had damaged crops, resulting in supply shortage. 



CITCO scraps extension policy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
In view of the dipping financial health of the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO), the board of members today scarped the policy giving extension to retiring employees.

After studying the profitability of the corporation, the board members turned down a proposal to give further extension to its retiring employees. The decision to give a nine-month extension to the employees will not be implemented. In future, the employees (even the retired ones) will be hired on a contractual basis.

Every month, around four employees of the corporation retire. Faced with competition from private players in the hospitality sector and increasing salary bills of the employees, the corporation had taken the firm decision.

“The employees whose services had been extended by nine months under the previous order will not be given any further extension," said Home Secretary Anil Kumar.

Extension led to additional burden

Sources in the corporation said the salary bill of the regular employees was to the tune of Rs 2.50 crore. The corporation has been trying to give on contract some of its loss-making units due to increasing salary bills.

Even the revenue from Hotel Mountview and Hotel Shivalik View has dropped. According to the sale figures, Hotel Mountview has registered around 40 per cent fall in its turnover. Similar is the situation of Hotel Shivalik View.

Meanwhile, the board members decided to contest the case pertaining to the issuance of notice by the Estate Office asking the corporation to get 25 houses allotted to CITCO employees vacated.

Rooms at Hotel Shivalik View to be renovated

The board of members gave a green signal to the renovation of rooms at Hotel Shivalik View. Only last year, CITCO had spent around Rs 12 crore on the renovation of the hotel.



SUV involved in hit-and-run case impounded
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
The UT police has impounded a white Range Rover bearing a taxi number involved in a hit-and-run case.
Range Rover that hit Manpreet Badal's mother-in-law
Range Rover that hit Manpreet Badal's mother-in-law. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

People's Party of Punjab (PPP) Chief Manpreet Badal's mother-in-law had suffered injuries in the accident.

Shavinder Kaur, a resident of Sector 10, was hit by a speeding white Range Rover on the road separating Sector 10 A and D on August 16.

She was on foot when the accident occurred. The driver fled the spot. Shavinder Kaur had suffered multiple fractures. Eyewitnesses had managed to recognise the make and colour of the vehicle.

A case under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 337 (causing hurt by act of endangering life and property) was registered against the driver.

Police sources said the high-end vehicle bearing Chandigarh number was impounded after the eyewitnesses identified the vehicle.

"The eyewitnesses had stated that the last three digits of the registration number were the same," the sources added.

DSP (Central) Ashish Kapoor said the vehicle had hit the woman ion Sector 10.

"We are now looking for the driver of the vehicle," the DSP said.

No arrests have been made so far. The vehicle is parked at the Sector 3 police station with its front mirror broken. The vehicle belongs to a leading car rental company of the city.



Mohali hospital conducts 3 complicated surgeries
Our Correspondent

Patients who successfully underwent kidney transplant at the Fortis Hospital in Mohali on Tuesday
Patients who successfully underwent kidney transplant at the Fortis Hospital in Mohali on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Mohali, August 20
Fortis Hospital here today announced that it had conducted three complicated kidney transplant surgeries on patients suffering from complex heart diseases.

The surgeries were conducted by a team led by Dr Priyadarshi Ranjan, director Kidney Transplant Surgery and Urology, Fortis, and Dr HK Bali, director, cardiology.

Dr Ranjan said three patients suffering, from various heart-related diseases, had received a kidney transplant.

An 18-year-old resident of Bathinda was suffering from kidney failure and had a hole in the septum separating his ventricles of the heart. His VSD was repaired and subsequently he received a kidney donated by his mother.

In another case, a 31-year-old resident of Mohali had been suffering from defects of both his heart valves, and thus both valves were replaced. He had a very poor ejection fraction and a very weak heart.

In the third case, a patient from Samana had severe multiple cardiac defects that were repaired at the age of 17, added Dr Ranjan.

"Since these patients have a very poor cardiac reserve and are on a variety of blood thinners, so very few centres across the globe do such kind of transplant operations," said Dr Bali.



City gets ready for book fair
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
After a long wait of 15 years, book lovers in the city have a reason to rejoice. The UT Administration is organising Chandigarh Book Fair in partnership with National Book Trust at the Sector 17 Parade Ground from November 13-18.

The city used to have book fairs till late 1990s, which were then discontinued.

A detailed meeting was held today under the chairmanship of Finance-cum-Education Secretary VK Singh to sensitise various departments of the UT, MC and the police officials about the event.

Officials said over 500 publishers were expected to participate in the book fair. Various literary and cultural events, including poetic symposiums and plays based on classical literature, will be held at the venue and Tagore Theatre during the fair.

Added attractions will be a calligraphy workshop, book releases and script reading, for which Chandigarh Sahitya Kala Akademi is in the process of inviting authors and poets of national and international repute.

A detailed brochure will apprise enthusiasts of various events lined up for the book fair.

All the departments would work in tandem to make the book fair a grand success, said the officials.



Puppet play on Gandhi sums up fest
Tribune News Service

A puppet play in progress at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Tuesday
A puppet play in progress at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, August 20
The Chandigarh Art and Heritage Festival concluded with the puppet play "Gandhi" presented by India’s renowned puppeteer Dadi Pudumjee.

Showcasing different phases of Gandhi’s life, the play used both modern and traditional techniques to spread his message of non-violence. Pudumjee will be conducting a five-day workshop on shadow puppetry at the Sector 34 State Library from 4 pm to 8 pm tomorrow onwards.



lyngdoh lecture
PU student leaders rake up irrelevant issues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
The first visit of former Chief Election Commissioner JM Lyngdoh at Panjab University (PU) to address students on the Lyngdoh committee's recommendations regarding student elections must have been a big disappointment for him as not even a single query focusing on the committee’s guidelines was raised during the interactive session.

Instead, the students gave misleading facts and raised irrelevant issues. The lecture was held to make the students aware about the committes's guidelines and encourage them to follow the rules.

Ironically, one of the students during the interaction claimed that 37 per cent was the highest polling ever recored at the university. However, in reality, the last Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) elections witnessed 60.8 per cent polling.

The students even complained about the election dates and claimed that the decision to hold the elections at the weekends in the past was an attempt to discourage them from exercising their franchise. Interestingly, the students failed to mention that the election date of September 4 proposed by the university to the UT Administration this year was finalised by student leaders at a meeting with The PU VC Arun Grover earlier this month.

NSUI leader Sunny Mehta blamed the police and the university for implicating student leaders in false cases. Sunny claimed that he was booked by the police under Section 309 of the IPC (attempt to suicide), however, the reality was that he was on the

indefinite-hunger strike in February, 2012, and when on the fourth-day his condition deteriorated and he refused to get hospitalised, the Chandigarh police forcibly took him to the hospital and booked him for attempt to suicide.

The student leaders, who are least interested in attending the lecturers, also showed their displeasure over the requirement of attending 75 per cent lectures for being eligible to fill the nomination papers. One of the senior faculty members said the students had a very good chance of having a healthy discussion on student elections but they were discussing irrelevant topics.

The VC recommended that if the student parties wanted to restart the open house discussion, they should go to the DSW rather than raising it in the interactive session.

Violation of expenditure limit

Accepting the fact that all candidates violate Rs 5,000 expenditure limit, a student leader said the expenditure details submitted by candidates to the authorities were false as a majority of them spent between Rs 5 to 10 lakh.

PU radio station for canvassing

Panjab University Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Arun Kumar Grover has offered to use the PU radio station for canvassing. He said the PU community radio station, Jyotirgamaya 91.2, could be used to make the elections less expensive. Prof Grover said PU would allot a space to the candidates on the PU website so that they could upload their powerpoint presentations on it.



Political parties should come under RTI, says Lyngdoh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Former Chief Election Commissioner JM Lyngdoh believes that educational institutes should review the recommendations of the Lyngdoh committee after every five years and make amendments according to the need of the hour.

While interacting with media today, Lyngdoh said that there was a need of making amendments in the Lyngdoh committee guidelines drafted in 2006.

Stressing upon the implementation of the guidelines, Lyngdoh said the states were not taking pains in the implementation of the recommendations.

Referring to student elections at DU, he said the norm of restricting the election expenditure to Rs 5,000 had not been followed by DU

Lyngdoh said the Right to Information (RTI) ACT should be made applicable to the political parties. He said the nexus of politician-bureaucrat-contractor had become strong, resulting into the loot of the property of the state. "Many state-funded construction activities in India, such as laying of roads, are dominated by the construction mafia, which is the group of corrupt public works officials, material suppliers, politicians and construction contractors.

He advocated the proportional representation as the measure to curb the corruption in politics.

He supported to bring the Prime Minister Office under the Lokpal and stressed on the need of giving exemplary punishment to the corrupt people.



Security beefed up following brawl at PU canteen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
While JM Lyngdoh was giving a lecture at Panjab University (PU) on student elections, which emphasised on violence-free elections, a brawl was reported at the canteen of the Geology Department.

The incident was reported when a PU student, along with his friends. Four persons came in a car and entered into a scuffle with the student. Sources said the accused were carrying a rod to attack the student. The PU security and the police staff swung into action immediately and caught one of the youths and impounded their car.

The other three managed to flee from the spot. The police has registered a case in this regard and and started the investigation. Meanwhile, the security around all the canteens in PU was beefed up by the police after the incident.



NSUI protests over parking in hostel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Members of the National Students' Union of India (NSUI) staged a protest against the PU authorities today. They were protesting against the parking problem in the boy’s hostel no. VI.

The NSUI demanded ban to allow hostel inmates to park their four-wheelers in the hostel.

NSUI leader Manoj Lubana said about a month ago the Panjab University authorities had imposed the ban, resulting in frequent traffic jams on the road. “This has become a routine problem for the residents and causing inconvenience to the hostel inmates in boy's hostel no. 4, 5 and 6," Lubana said. Meanwhile, the PU officials reached the spot to pacify the protesting students and assured them that the hostel residents would be allowed to park their four-wheelers in the Panjab University hostels.



Counselling dates announced

Chandigarh, August 20
Panjab University (PU) has announced the counselling schedule for MEd at Regional Institute for Mentally Handicapped (RIMH) and Department of Education, PU, and its affiliated colleges of education in Chandigarh and Punjab.

The first counselling for 10 seats at Regional Institute for Mentally Handicapped for MEd Special Education (mental retardation) will be held on August 24 at the Law Auditorium. The second counselling for MEd (regular) will be held on August 23 and 24. — TNS



from schools

Students of St Soldier School, Dhakoli, showed their creativity through projects, models, charts, hanging bags and paper bags during an exhibition in the school. Parents were happy to see the sincere efforts of their children .The principal, Col VJ Singh, appreciated the efforts of the students.

Capacity-building programme

Experts from CBSE empanelled agency Prabhaav Learnings from New Delhi held a one-day capacity building programme on life skills, attitude and values, health for schoolteachers under the umbrella of RIMT Group of Institutions. The session was organised on the RIMT World School campus in Mani Majra and was attended by 40 teachers.

Cultural programme

The Independence Day was celebrated at Government Senior Secondary School, Khudda Lahora, Chandigarh. Anuj Vohra, manager of SBI, Sector 14,Chandigarh, presented 15 ceiling fans and two ROs to the school. The students presented a colourful cultural programme on this occasion. Scouts, guides and NSS voluntaries took part with great dedication. TNS

Raksha Bandhan celebrated

Green Castle Public School, Sector 47, celebrated the Raksha Bandhan with a lot of fanfare today. A rakhi-making competition was held on the school premises for the students up to Class VI. The students made beautiful rakhis. The school chairman, Rajesh Kapoor, encouraged the teachers and the students for organising such activities in future.


Ryan International School, Chandigarh, organised a workshop for the girl students today. Gynecologist Dr Aparna Sanikop addressed the students. The motive of workshop was to make students aware about various physical changes related to puberty. The children were told to take a good care of their health during the transforming phase. Dr Aparna emphasised on the importance of taking a balanced diet.

Rakhi competition

New India Smart Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, Panchkula, organised a rakhi competition for the students. Students of nursery to XII took part in it. The students wrote their feelings on the cards. The nursery students wore colourful dresses. They thoroughly enjoyed the event. The best rakhis and cards were displayed.

English lab opened

St Teresa Convent School, Sector 25, Panchkula started an english lab in the school. The step has been taken to improve students' conversation skills . The students will have to go through regular classes in the lab as part of their learning and curriculum.


Jainendra Public School bagged the first prize in the category of cultural items presented on the Independence Day at the Parade Ground, Sector 5, Panchkula. The President of India also awarded Principal Sudha Babbar the Census Silver Medal in recognition of her outstanding service rendered during the Census of India, 2011. The Independence Day was celebrated at the school with full enthusiasm.

Badminton championship

Students of Gem Public School, Mohali, brought honour to the school by winning the U-19 Badminton Championship organised by the Punjab School Education Board at Manav Mangal Smart School, Mohali. The school team comprising Mandeep Kumar of Class XI (medical) and Taranjeet Singh of Class X won the championship by beating all the four participating zonal teams in direct sets.

Independence Day celebrated

To mark the importance of the Independence Day, students of Chandigarh Baptist School organised a colourful programme. The programme started with the praise and worship of god. The cultural program included a patriotic dance and songs sung and composed by the school choir. The teachers and students delivered poems and speeches. The students were made aware about the importance of the Independence Day.

Government High School

Staff members and students of Government High School, Sector 24 A, celebrated the Independence Day. Inder Mohan Kaur, headmistress, unfurled the national flag .The students presented many items on the occasion. — TNS



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