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Soon, identify donors through DLs
PGI doctors want driver’s licence to carry organ donation pledge of volunteers
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

ML Arora, who recently underwent a heart transplant at the PGI, attends a public forum on organ donation.
ML Arora, who recently underwent a heart transplant at the PGI, attends a public forum on organ donation. Tribune Photo: Pradeep tewari

Chandigarh, September 5
The consent of volunteers pledging their organs for donation will soon be visible on their driver’s licence. In a move that will help doctors in quickly identifying a potential donor in case of a road accident, the UT Administration is planning to imprint a label on the driver’s licence indicating that the individual has registered for organ donation. Taking note of the suggestion of PGIMER experts, the Administration has now written to the Union Ministry of Road and Transport for introducing the facility.

“Dr RK Dhiman from the department of hepatology at the PGIMER had come up with the suggestion, a few days ago. The technical aspect of designing and printing of the licences is dealt by the National Informatics Centre (NIC). We have written to the Ministry to make provisions for including a label showing that the individual has volunteered for organ donation,” said Balbir Singh Dhol, SDM (South), while addressing a public forum on organ donation at the PGIMER.

The doctors at the PGIMER said that for donation, transplant organs were to be harvested from the body of a brain-dead patient who was mostly an accident victim.

“A detailed protocol is to be followed before choosing a brain-dead patient for organ donation. All the formalities, reviewing legal aspects and acquiring consent of the families is to be completed in a limited time frame as the organs need to be harvested well in time, keeping in mind their short shelf-life before the transplant,” explained the doctors, while addressing the forum.

Keeping in mind the time limitation and urgency for transplants and also the growing requirement of organ transplants at the PGIMER, the imprint of a registered donor in case of need will save time for the needy.

400 registered so far

In a move that will help doctors in quickly identifying a potential donor in case of a road accident, the UT Administration is planning to imprint a label on the driver’s licence indicating that the individual has registered for organ donation. The Administration has now written to the Union Ministry of Road and Transport for introducing the facility. So far, nearly 400 persons have pledged their organs on the PGIMER website www. lampoflife.in, which was launched last year.



Hotel, plot owners misusing green belts in Industrial Area
Dy Mayor writes to Municipal Commissioner, seeks inquiry
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

A hotel alongside the green belt at the Industrial Area, Phase II, Chandigarh.
A hotel alongside the green belt at the Industrial Area, Phase II, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, September 5
The Deputy Mayor of the municipal corporation shot off a letter to the MC Commissioner to stop commercial activities being carried out by hotel owners in the Industrial Area Phase I and II. They were misusing the open spaces adjoining their hotels as they were being rented out for parties, marriages, functions etc.

Deputy Mayor Satish Kainth has demanded an inquiry into the case and has asked for a physical survey to be conducted by the MC to restrict such violations by hotel and plot owners.

Letter sent by the Deputy Mayor reads, “I would like to bring this to your notice that as per the MoUs, the open spaces handed over to allottees are being misused by them, as the same are being used for commercial use and high costs are being charged for parties, marriages, functions etc. and hence they are violating the terms and conditions of the MoUs”.

“In this regard, I would like to suggest that a physical survey be conducted by the MC to restrict such violations. I further suggest that either such commercial activities should be stopped or such organisations be directed to take prior permission from the MC for using the same for commercial use and charges be fixed for them so that some revenue can be generated and till the formation of such a policy, the MoUs may not be renewed,” the letter further reads.

Kainth said that it was not only about those plot owners and hotel owners who had signed the MoUs with the MC, but even those who had not signed any MoUs with the MC and were also using the adjoining open spaces for booking parties etc. It seemed that the MC officials were hand-in-glove with the hotel owners, which was resulting in financial loss to the civic body, he added.

“While the MC, Estate Office and the CHB issued notice to residents of rehabilitation colonies, CHB houses etc. when they made need-based changes in their houses. But the authorities did not issue notice to hotel owners, who without signing any MoUs with the MC, have encroached upon the government land and are using it for commercial purpose,” Kainth said. 

MC to cancel MoUs of plot owners

The MC is considering cancelling MoUs signed between the MC and plot owners for the maintenance of open spaces. Regarding others, I have already directed the staff to inquire into the matter and report the same to me at the earliest.
— Vivek Pratap Singh, Municipal Commissioner, Chandigarh 



kajauli water works
Laying of pipelines halted
Work on Phases V, VI to resume after company submits detailed methodology
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 5
Alerted by a major leakage in the Phase III and Phase IV pipelines of the Kajauli Water Works recently, an extra cautious Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has directed the Welspun Company to stop the project of laying the Phase V and Phase VI pipelines along the existing pipelines.

In a communication to the company, which has been allotted the project worth Rs 150 crore, the GMADA authorities also directed it to submit a detailed methodology to prevent damages to existing services and to avoid recurrence of incidents of leakage.

Confirming the development, AK Sinha, the chief administrator of GMADA, said it was found that the company had taken inadequate precautions while carrying out excavations for laying the 2200 MD pipelines for Phases V and VI.

“The company officials should have taken more precautions as the soil at the site was wet. Now, they have been asked to stop the work and submit a detailed methodology to prevent any recurrence of such an incident,” said Sinha.

Sinha said the company would have to bear 90 per cent of the cost of repair works.

According to a rough estimate, around Rs 20 lakh have been spent on the repair work, which lasted for 15 days. The damage led to a major water crisis affecting around 14 lakh people in Mohali and Chandigarh for a fortnight.

Around 35 per cent work of the project has been completed, with the company having laid 8.43 km of the total 22.3 km pipeline. Around seven-km-long pipes are lying in the company’s yard.

The deadline of the project is August next year. 



Robbery bid in p’kula Two arrested
Tribune News Service

The accused in police custody in Panchkula on Thursday.
The accused in police custody in Panchkula on Thursday. A tribune Photograph

Panchkula, September 5
With the arrest of two persons, the Panchkula Police has claimed to have cracked yesterday’s attempt to robbery case, in which a woman received a bullet on her foot while trying to save her money from armed robbers at Sector 25, here.

Cracking the case in a span of less than 24 hours, the police arrested Anil and Naresh, both in their mid-20s, from their residence in Sector 26 and recovered the revolver, whose license is in the name of Naresh, and the motorcycle, used in the crime.

Anil, a resident of Sivaani village in Hisar, was the shooter while his accomplice Naresh, a resident of Uchchana village near Panipat, was riding the motorcycle. Naresh worked as a security guard in a private bank at Sector 11.

Giving details, Panchkula Police Commissioner Rajbir Deswal said that the duo had contacted victim Manju Mittal’s driver on the pretext of getting a job at her petrol pump. “When he had shown his inability, they asked him to get them money from his employer. When we came to know about the duo, we zeroed in on them and nabbed them from their residence”, said Deswal. Jaghdhri-based Manju is an owner of a petrol pump at Sector 25, here.

The police said five bullets were missing from the revolver’s magazine. The forensic team also confirmed that five shots were fired - three at the victim and two in the air- by the miscreants while trying to rob Manju. Manju (42) had received one shot on her foot while two bullets were found stuck in the briefcase, in which the money was kept. Deswal added that at least 12 persons were detained by the police in this connection. “Our three teams were on the job to crack the case. I am going to give reward to the entire team, particularly the station house officer of the area and the incharge, CIA, for solving the case so fast”, said Deswal.

The accused had tried to rob Manju when she went to deposit money in HDFC Bank, in Sector 25 yesterday afternoon. On showing resistance, the accused had opened fire at her.


Resident doctors intensify stir at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Irked by the “apathy” of the PGIMER in rectifying the inconvenience faced by patients at the Emergency and ensuring the security of doctors, resident doctors today intensified their stir.

Giving up their earlier mode of protest against overcrowding, lack of beds and lab equipments by wearing black badges since Monday, resident doctors moved out in large numbers with banners and placards.

Around 100 policemen were deployed on the campus. The doctors took out a march from the Emergency to Bhargava Auditorium, where the PGIMER Director, along with other administrative officials, was attending a public forum around 4pm.

Over 1,000 resident doctors have been demanding the setting up of a police post near the Emergency ever since a patient’s attendant manhandled one of them, 10 days back.

The overburdened resident doctors are also irked by the fact that due to an inadequate number of full-time personnel for shifting patients, transferring samples to the labs and collecting the reports in a timely manner, they are forced to perform these menial jobs. This has been the first time that the doctors have shown resentment against the authorities over the patient care facilities.

The protestors are also demanding and adequate number of monitoring devices, oxygen cylinders, piped oxygen, functioning suction ports, essential medications and other consumables along with functional laryngoscopes and BP instruments.

The official spokesperson of the PGI, Manju Wadwalkar, said: “We are taking steps to decongest the emergency and to provide security to resident doctors.”



No respite from scorching sun
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
There is no respite from scorching sun in store for city residents, with the Meteorological Department predicting a rise in mercury in coming days.

Met officials said in the coming week, the days will remain dry and the maximum temperature will rise to 34 to 36 degree Celsius.

Department director Surinder Pal Singh said due to the wind pressure, which should be towards the north-west of the Bay of Bengal, being towards the north side, there is a decline in rainfall, leading to an increase in the maximum temperature. He said the city was expected to receive lesser rain than the normal, which is 154 mm in the month of September this year. He said the city will receive showers in patches due to the weak pressure in the region.

On an average, the city records a maximum temperature of 33.1 degree Celsius and minimum of 21.8 degree Celsius in September. Since the commencement of this month, the maximum temperature has lingered between 34 and 35 degree Celsius and minimum between 25 and 26 degree.

Today, the maximum temperature recorded was 33.5 degree Celsius and minimum 23.5 degree, with a rainfall of 0.2 mm. For tomorrow, the department has predicted a partly cloudy sky with chances of thunder showers. The maximum temperature is expected to be 33 degree Celsius and minimum around 24 degree Celsius.



UT tells slum dwellers to clear power dues to get one-room tenements
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Hundreds of slum dwellers who did not bothered to clear the dues of the UT Electricity Department are now at the receiving end.

The Chandigarh Administration has linked the allotment of one-room tenements with the clearance of the pending electricity bills.

As the process of allotment of 8,448 flats under the Small Flat Scheme 2006 is underway, the beneficiaries have been asked to first get no dues certificate from the department.

For the past five years, the slum dwellers, who have been encroaching upon the government land in different parts of the city, have not been paying their dues running in to lakhs of rupee.

“Since 2008, when the power supply in the slums was handed over to private contractors, there have been many cases of defaulting,” said a UT official.

The average defaulting amount of the beneficiaries runs in to Rs 6,000. In some cases, it is as high as Rs 20,000, said an official in the UT Electricity Department.

Beneficiaries in a tizzy

The targeted beneficiaries are in a tizzy, following the UT directive.

“I am a daily wage earner. How can I clear an amount of Rs 21,000?” said Inderjeet, a resident of Colony No. 5 who had come to the Sector 43 office of the UT Electricity Department. There were many others with similar grievances accompanying him. For the past few days, there has been a huge rush of the targeted beneficiaries at the office of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) and UT Electricity Department.

“The issue of pending electricity bills has cropped up while the UT officials are working overtime to hand over the possession of the one-room tenements at Dhanas to the beneficiaries,” said a concerned official. 



Police zeroes in on some suspects

Chandigarh, September 5
The UT police has begun its investigations to find the source of the threat letter received by advocate Pankaj Chandgothia, who had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) on the stray cattle issue.

Sources said the names of four persons who undersigned the letter match with the names of some of the cattle owners who had filed a case against the Municipal Corporation in the District Courts. Names of some cattle owners against whom the MC had filed an FIR also match with the names on the letter.

A police officer said they were not sure if these persons were the same. They would be questioned in the coming days, he said.

The police is also checking the CCTV camera footage of the Sector 17 General Post Office, from where the speed post was sent to the advocate’s residence. — TNS



They live on, giving a new lease of life to others
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Nothing can be more painful for a family than losing its youngest member. However, amid the agony of losing their 20-year-old son in a road accident, a couple gave a new lease of life to five needy patients.

Balram and his wife gave consent to donating their son Sanjay’s organs, after he died of his injuries at the PGI in June this year. His donated organs, including kidneys, cornea and liver, were transplanted into other patients.

The appreciation they received from doctors at the PGI and the gratitude of the recipients and their families inspired the couple to start a foundation in the name of the donor. So far, they have motivated 60 persons in their native place, Una, to pledge their organs for donation.

The family was here today to interact with the audience during a public forum on organ donation organised at the PGIMER.

Sanjay is not the only one whose family has immortalised him with the noble gesture. Parth Gandhi, another youth who died of his injuries following a road accident, also saved several lives through his organs.

“Though we lost him, his organs are still alive. Our son has saved several lives,” said Sanjay Gandhi, father of 21-year-old Parth Gandhi.

During the public forum, recipients of organ transplants shared their experiences. ML Arora, who underwent a heart transplant this month; Rajesh Kochar and Onkar Singh, eye cornea recipients; Anil and Harmesh, liver recipients; and kidney recipient Gurvinder Singh spoke about their experiences.

Documentary released

During a public forum on organ donation at the PGI on Thursday, a documentary on Upasana, who successfully underwent a liver transplant, was released by the PGI Dean, Dr A Gupta. Upasana, who suffered from liver cirrhosis since childhood was operated on in October 2011. By then she had become very weak. Today, she has resumed working and leads a happy married life. In Upasana’s words, “Liver transplant se mujhe nai zindagi mili hai (I’ve got a new life through the liver transplant).”



Ex-SSP gives statement

Chandigarh, September 5
Former UT Senior Superintendent of Police SS Srivastava appeared before the CBI court in connection with a five-year-old corruption case involving two sub-inspectors.

The case dates back to November 2008, when the CBI arrested SI Sanjiv Kumar, the then in charge of the Neelam police post, and his colleague SI Ramesh Chand, for demanding “kickback” for evicting a tenant from bookstore owner Arvind Kumar Pandey’s shop at the bridge market.

The former SSP was summoned to give statements in relation to the prosecution sanction accorded by him in the case. He is currently serving as the DIG of Special Protection Group. — TNS



Recommendations of panel unrealistic: Railway body
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Unrealistic recommendations have been drafted by the high-powered committee (HPC) constituted by the Railway Board to restructure the working hours of driver and guards alleged the members of the Indian Railway Loco Runningmen Organisation (IRLRO).

Considering it as an unlawful committee, the IRLRO plans to protest against the recommendations by circulating posters among 55,000 drivers and guards in the Railways, said central working president Sanjay Kumar Pandhi. He said that despite receiving the court notice on the validity and legality of the committee, the Railway Board and the HPC had issued the report on August 8, 2013.

Raising questions on the report of the high-power committee, IRLRO representatives stated that ignoring the number of accidents, which took place in the country due to long duty hours, the committee had suggested that the duty hours of the drivers and guards should be increased from 10 hours to 11 hours. In case the train did not reach on time at the destination then the duty hours would be extended to 12 hours.

The IRLRO further raised a query on the suggestion of the committee to introduce automatic signalling on tracks, while the ground reality was that due to failure of the automatic signalling in the past, a number of accidents occurred due to which thousands of passengers lost their lives. It was not prudent to introduce high-tech automatic signalling with such less qualified employees and manager with no management qualification, they said.

The organisation alleged that the committee members were not even aware about the existing norms. In the report the committee mentioned that the existing limit of 104 hours fortnightly and 90 hours limit for mail express drivers was not correct because actually it was 108 hours fortnightly. The committee recommended that a call notice time of two hours should be included at the head quarters.



Three-day science exhibition kicks off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Around 50 schools from Panjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and the tricity are participating in a three-day science exhibition that began today at Mount Carmel School, Sector 47.

The main theme of this year’s exhibition is science and society and the six sub-themes are Industry, Natural resources and their Conservation, Transport and Communication, Information and Education Technology, Community Health & Environment and Mathematical Modelling.

Based on these themes, the student displayed their creative and innovative ideas. There will be two rounds of judgement.

Best 15 exhibits selected during this exhibition will be eligible to participate in a National-Level Science Exhibition, to be organised by the CBSE later during the year.

RJ Khanderao, Regional Officer, CBSE, inaugurated the exhibition. The event began with colourful cultural functions.

Prof IS Dua, Emeritus Professor, Botany Department, Panjab University, Chandigarh, the observer during the exhibition, appointed by the Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi, for this Science Exhibition also spoke on the occasion.



Now, bills a must at IOC petrol pumps
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) introduced a new technological advancement scheme of “No Print No Delivery” (NPND) at 11 petrol pumps across the city.

The scheme was launched at Kapoor Service Station, Sector 21, here today. Under this scheme, an electronic generated fueling bill will be given to every customer. If the print is not taken from dispenser, next delivery to the customer cannot be taken.



‘Social evils plaguing society’
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 5
Students are the future of the nation and their progressive thinking can help in creating a healthy society. This was stated by Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Sanjay Kishan Kaul after launching the Legal Literacy Mission through EDUSAT.

The Chief Justice, who is also the patron-in-chief of Punjab Legal Services Authority, said it was necessary for students to be aware of their rights
and duties.

He said despite Punjabis achieving heights in India and abroad, social evils such as drug addiction and female foeticide were still harming the state. People must come forward and fight against such evils, said the Chief Justice. Such evils are posing a threat to the growth of our society. We must break the silence and raise a voice against it, said Kaul.

Informing the mediapersons about the 24-hour helpline number 1968, the Chief Justice said people could use it to report cases of female foeticide and drug trafficking. Needy persons could also contact the helpline for free legal services, he said.

The Chief Justice, Sanjay Kishan Kaul, said there had been a decrease in the backlog of cases in courts. Recently, as many as 170 judges had been appointed and new recruitments would continue, he said.

It is necessary for students to be aware of their rights. They are the future of the country and their progressive thinking can help in forming a healthy society. Also social evils hindering the growth of our state must be eradicated from its roots. People must come forward and fight against such evils.
— Sanjay kishan kaul, chief Justice of pUnjab



Pu polls
Students go on hunger strike 
Allege rigging in Panjab University student polls, demand re-election 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
As many as 42 students belonging to various student parties sat on an indefinite hunger strike today. They alleged rigging in the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) elections. The students are demanding re-elections and the cancellation of the nomination of NSUI president Chandan Rana.

In a joint press conference, the students threatened that they won't allow the university to function. "We won't allow students to attend classes," said a agitating student. The campus seems to have become a platform for the national-level politicians as Kamal Sharma, president of the BJP, Punjab, former Cabinet Ministers Master Mohan Lal and Tikshan Sood visited the campus to meet the agitating students.

Dean Student Welfare (DSW) Navdeep Goyal said the university was willing to provide the list of the voters. "We are ready to give details of 9,144 students who participated in the polling process. If any student party has any doubt, they can verify it with the voters," the DSW said.

Refuting all the allegations, NSUI leader Brinder Dhillon, said the party was on the campus for the past many years, but it failed to win the elections as there was a lack of leadership in the party. "This year student leaders and their supporters from all the parties joined the NSUI, which resulted in the party's win," Dhillon said.

Dhillon further said the PUSU-INSO-ABVP-NSO alliance candidates who were elected to the posts of vice-president and secretary should first submit their resignations before demanding the cancellation of the candidature of the NSUI president.

A meeting of the PU authorities with the leaders of all the student parties was also held at the university guest house in the evening to resolve the issue.



PU elections a breeding ground for young politicos
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Though the NSUI has won the Panjab University (PU) student elections for the first time, the PU campus has been a breeding ground for the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and the Panjab University Students' Union (PUSU) student leaders who after graduating from the university joined the Congress and the mainstream politics.

The NSUI, which is the the student wing of the Congress, thrashed the homegrown outfits this year, however, the forefront leaders of these parties have been associated with the Congress for long.

Kuljit Singh Nagra, Congress MLA from Fatehgarh Sahib, was a PUSU leader in the university for over a decade. Similarly, Bhupinder Singh Bhupi was elected as the PU council president in 2000. He joined the Congress after passing out from the university. Rajwinder Singh Lucky, a PUSU leader, was elected as the council president in 2004. Later, he joined the Youth Congress. He contested from the Balachaur Assembly segment in 2012 on the Congress ticket. However, he lost the elections. Lucky is presently the general secretary of the Youth Congress in Punjab.

SOPU leader Dalvir Singh Goldy was elected as the PUCSC president in 2006. Later, he joined the Youth Congress and now, he is the national coordinator of the Youth Congress. “There are many prominent faces from the SOPU and the PUSU who joined the Youth Congress after completing their studies," Goldy said.

In 2007, Parminder Jaswal, a PUSU leader, was elected as the council president and after passing out from the university, he joined the youth wing of the Congress. He is presently the Secretary of Chandigarh Congress Committee (urban). 



New student council president spends the day relaxing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
A day after the student elections, the newly elected Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) president, Chandan Rana, spent the day relaxing at the department. Rana also celebrated the Teacher's Day with his PhD guide by cutting a cake in the department.

"It was a pleasant morning as I found my pictures in all newspapers," he added. He has been receiving greetings over the phone since morning.

Rana went to biophysics department and met the chairperson and his PhD guide. "As the university was close today, I could not meet the students who voted for me, which will be the first thing I will do as the university opens," Rana said. The new president spent the rest of the day relaxing with NSUI leaders and supporters.



Cong leaders scramble to take credit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Success has many fathers and if one goes by the Facebook status of the local Congress leaders. The party that won the 2013 PU student elections for the first time has earned many admirers overnight. Making this win a perfect platform to pocket credit, senior Congress leaders were taking credit for the win through their Facebook posts. Some leaders revealed that the top brass of the local Congress was taking the by claiming themselves as the "real mentor".

The leaders who are claiming the credit for the success include Deepinder Singh Hooda, Member of Parliament, Rohtak. "We don't think the local politicians had any role to play in this win. They never visited the PU campus before elections." said a student leader. On other hand, some politicians in the party claim that the win was a new birth for the NSUI, but the local leaders had no role in this. "We wish them good luck ,but the local Congress brass did not play any role. How can they claim to be a mentor,” said a leader. 



Adopt latest tools, methodology, Education Secy to teachers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Addressing during a Teacher's Day function, which was organised by the UT Education Department, Education Secretary V K Singh urged the teachers to equip themselves with the latest tools and methodology to meet the modern day changes. He also guided them to develop their interpersonal skills and expertise.

“We know that learning is no longer confined to classroom-based curriculum. We are adopting new technology and innovative teaching aids for which more positive approach of teachers is required," he said.

The day was celebrated at Tagore Theatre today. Nearly 800 teachers attended the programme. The entire house paid a homage to Dr S Radhakrishnan, second President of India. He was a staunch believer of quality education and was one of the greatest scholars. The programme unfolded with the Saraswati vandana performed by the students of GMSSS, Sector 33. A documentary, “Role of Teacher”, was presented by Government High School, Sector 53. As many as 12 teachers got the state award, five teachers got commendation certification and eight others got special appreciation awards on the occasion. VK Singh said education was the most effective tool to help students in thriving in this world. Upkar Singh, DPI (Schools), presented the vote of thanks. Chanchal Singh, DDSE - I, Saroj Mittal, DDSE- II, and other Officers of the Chandigarh Administration were also present on this occasion. 

Black day observed

Members of the joint action committee of UT teachers observed black day on Thursday. They said the department did not cancel the FIRs against four leaders. They alleged that the department did not have a clear transfer policy. Officers on non- sanctioned posts should be reverted to their original roles and an independent inquiry be initiated, they demanded. 



Science depts ensured Rana’s win
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Science departments and the arts block I and III played a crucial role in driving National Students Union of India (NSUI) and the HIMSU presidential candidate towards victory with a lead of 838 votes.

The decision to field Chandan Rana, a research scholar of science department (biophysics), proved right for the NSUI. Rana's popularity among science students gave him a lead of 368 votes over other parties in the biomedical sciences departments, which included pharmacy, biochemistry, biophysics, microbiology, genome studies and centre for emerging areas in science and technology.

Botany, chemistry, maths, statistics, psychology, Gandhian studies and departments under emerging areas of social sciences contributed substantially towards Rana'a victory.

All the departments had a large number of students, which helped the NSUI candidate in taking a big lead over his rivals. The PUSU-alliance candidate, Satwant Singh, was strong in the law department and the arts block II and IV. However, in the departments, except law, he failed failed to get a major lead.

SOPU-alliance candidate, Amandeep Singh, struggled to make his presence felt in a majority of the departments. He bagged the third position. Though the SOPU had won the last two student elections, the absence of supporters in postgraduate courses and science departments turned out to be a major setback for the SOPU alliance.

The SOPU alliance managed to take the lead in UIET, UHIMT, Institute of Education Technology, vocational studies department and dental sciences department .



from schools
Teacher’s Day celebrated

The Tribune Model School celebrated the Teacher’s Day amid great fanfare and excitement. Students of Classes IX and X dedicated melodious songs to their loving teachers. Students of Classes V and VII put up beautiful dance performances. The day reached its crescendo with an emotional and motivational song sung by the Sur Sangam Choir.

Bhavan Vidyalaya

The Teacher's Day celebrations began with a special assembly at the Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, where the students expressed their admiration and respect for their teachers through self-composed poems, stories and speeches. This was followed by an endearing performances by a group of students who enthralled the audience with a medley of foot-tapping songs. Later in the day, the students put up a magnificent programme repleted with mesmerising performances, games and a touching presentation. On this occasion, Anuradha Bhatia was honored with the Jindal Award for the Best Teacher.

St John’s High School

To make this year’s Teachers’ Day special, the executive team of SJOBA hosted a lunch for the teachers of St John’s High School, Sector 26. Kavita Dass, principal of the school, termed the event a memorable one. “The pain that had been taken, the thoughtfulness in inviting senior teachers and the small acts of kindness made us feel special,” she said.

Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School

A thought-provoking PowerPoint presentation was the highlight of the Teacher's Day celebrations at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26. The selfless and wholehearted contribution of the teachers to their profession was appreciated by the students. The presented a colourful programme to express their reverence and love for their mentors. The programme saw a rendition of foot-tapping songs, dazzling dances, a reflective skit followed by a sumptuous lunch.

Sharda Sarvhitkari Model Senior Secondary School

The Teacher's Day celebrations started with the students greeting their teachers with "tilak", flowers and beautifully-made cards at Sharda Sarvhitkari Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40 D, Chandigarh. Meenakshi, a student of Class V set the ball rolling with a beautifully poem, which was followed by a group song from the pre-primary classes. A "doha" composition on the importance of teachers was appreciated. Prabha Tripathi, Hindi teacher at the school, stressed upon the contribution, and works of Dr Radhakrishnan.

St Xavier's Senior Secondary School

Around 110 teachers took part in a gala get-together organised by St Xavier's Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh, at a local hotel on Thursday. The programme started with a prayer to Almighty, seeking His blessings. Many game were organised on the occasion.

Kendriya Vidyalaya

The Teachers' Day was celebrated with enthusiasm at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31, Chandigarh. The portrait of Sarvapalli Dr Radhakrishna was garlanded on the occasion. Principal SK Bhatia spoke on the contribution of the former president of India.

Blue Bird School

In a special Teacher's Day assembly today, students paid tributes to their teachers in a different manner at Blue Bird School, Panchkula, today. Class X students highlighted the importance of teachers in their lives and society. Flowers and cards were showered on the teachers.

Vijay Public Smart School

Teacher's DAY was celebrated on the premises of Vijay Public Smart School, Sector 17, Panchkula, with a pomp and show today. A special assembly was organised in which the senior students gave speech on the role and importance of teachers. The teaching staff of the school was taken to the Fort Ramgarh and The Heritage Hotel where many activities were organised. —TNS 



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