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Congress has failed to guard villagers’ interests: Badheri 
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Ahead of the Prime Minister's visit to the city, voices of resentment in the city unit of the Congress against local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal have come to the fore.

Former Senior Deputy Mayor and former general secretary of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) Bhupinder Singh Badheri, who is the face of the Congress in city villages, has written a strong-worded letter to Bansal stating that the Congress had miserably failed to work for the betterment of villages and hence should be ready to face the consequences in the coming parliamentary elections.

Bansal has been the MP from the city for the past 15 years and also remained minister at the Centre. He also held the Railway Ministry portfolio.

The letter states, “Our villagers are facing a lot of problems, which could have been solved since our party was heading the government at the Centre. However, we all know that our party has been found wanting."

The letter states, “Before the merger of some of the villages with the MC, our party propagated and assured the villagers that better facilities will be provided to them, but after the merger, our party has failed to keep its word and as a result, villagers are without basic civic amenities... In every election, our party approaches villagers and makes a lot of promises to secure their votes, but once the process is over, our party hardly bothers about them."

Houses outside lal dora

“Our party should ensure a specific policy for the regularisation of houses built beyond the lal dora. At present, a large chunk of population in villages lives beyond the lal dora. It is the moral duty of our party to safeguard their interests,” the letter says.

New building bylaws

“Villagers are objecting to the unrealistic new building bylaws. Our party should ensure that these bylaws are not be implemented in villages,” the letter states.

Houses for slum dwellers, but 'nothing' for villagers

In the letter, Badheri has pointed out that in Chandigarh, flats are being given to the migrant population, which had built jhuggis on  government land, but there is nothing for villagers. He said the party must provide houses to the migrants, but at the same time should not ignore the interests of the villagers also.



UT machinery in top gear for PM’s visit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
With a day left for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the city for the inauguration of a flats complex at Dhanas, the final touches are being given to the sprucing up of the roads and the venue of the function.

The staff of the Engineering Department were busy repairing the road from the PGI to Dhanas. The incomplete road between the PGI and the Mullanpur T-point was being constructed this morning.

Not only the area around the venue of the function, roads across the city are also being repaired and berms whitewashed. A new road from the IRB battalion campus to the PGI-Mullanpur road has been laid.

For the high-profile visit, security agencies are leaving nothing to chance. Though the UT officials have stated that the PM’s convoy would take the road route, a helipad has been set up on the IRB battalion campus at cost of Rs 15 lakh. "It is part of the security paraphernalia for VVIP visits. It cannot be disclosed whether he will use the helipad or not,” said an official.

Incidentally, a helipad already exists at Rajindra Park, Sector 1. But, the UT officials, who were keen to set up a helipad near the venue of the function, decided to construct one at the IRB battalion campus.

Today, NSG commandos and teams of the Chandigarh police and Punjab police conducted security drills on proposed route of the PM's cavalcade.

CHB officials work till late evening

Officials of the CHB were seen working till late evening to issue maximum possible allotment letters to  the beneficiaries  under the Small Flat Scheme-2006.  Sources said around 3,000 letters had been given and efforts were being made to give more allotment letters to the beneficiaries. The CHB intends to issue allotment letters to 8,000 slum  dwellers.

Widening of the  PGI-Mullanpur road in progress in Chandigarh. The road will be used by the PM’s cavalcade. 



Student killed in bus accident
Several students of DPS, Pinjore, injured seriously; rash driving to blame, say victims
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 12
A student of Class VI was killed and at least 12 other students of Delhi Public School, Pinjore, were injured seriously when the school minibus they were travelling on overturned on the Mallah road this morning.

According to the police, the mishap took place when the driver tried to avoid a collision with an auto. The driver was reportedly driving rashly and lost control over the vehicle. The bus was carrying 27 students. Manav, a resident of Sector 21, Panchkula, died while nine others, including a teacher, were taken to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula. The remaining injured were given first aid at the Kalka Civil Hospital and discharged.

Manav reportedly kept lying beneath the overturned school bus for quite sometime. Police officials and the authorities allegedly kept shuttling him from one hospital to another. Finally, he was taken to the PGI, where he was declared brought dead.

The police has registered a case against the driver, Sher Singh, who, it claims, is at large.

“At around 7.45 pm today, Sher Singh was driving the school bus on the Mallah road while an auto was coming in the opposite direction. The road was narrow and slippery since two maxi cab drivers were washing their vehicles on the sides of the road,” said a police official.

He said, “While trying to avoid a collision, Sher Singh could not control the overspeeding vehicle, which skidded, hit a divider and then overturned.”

Manav, who was sitting on the first seat adjacent to the driver, was thrown out. Windowpanes of the bus broke and in the process, some students and a teacher suffered injuries. Some of the injured at the General Hospital have been identified as Anne (teacher), Nitin, Diya, Armaan, Aman Singh, Aakash, Keshav, Nishant and Aman. The youngest student in the bus was a nursery girl student, who was given first aid and discharged. The others were students of classes I to VIII.

Passersby raised the alarm after which the injured were taken out of the bus with great difficulty by breaking open the emergency door.

For quite some time, the rescuers were not even aware that Manav was stuck under the bus. Later, someone saw him lying beneath the bus in an unconscious state. The police reached the spot after 15 minutes of the accident.

Parents alleged that they had made several complaints against rash driving by the school bus driver, but to no avail. “The driver was appointed some time back. It all happened suddenly and I fell unconscious,” said Anne, a teacher.

Nitin, a student of Class VII and resident of Nada Sahib, said, “Sher Singh was driving rashly. We have complained to the authorities against his rash driving several times.” 

Victim's brother suffers minor injuries

The school was to start at 7.50 am. The school bus was running late and had only reached the Mallah road at 7.45 am. After the accident, the rear wheel of the bus was found punctured.

Manav's younger brother was also travelling on the same bus, but was sitting on the rear seat and not with him. He suffered minor injuries.

What the Principal says

Samson Masih, Principal of the school, said he had asked the contractor to terminate the driver and conductor's services with immediate effect. “The incident is unfortunate,” said the Principal.


Precious time was wasted in shuttling between hospitals
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 12
Had the "golden hour" of the accident victim, Manav, not been wasted in shuttling him from one hospital to another, the child could probably have been saved.

Manav struggled to survive and was alive even after remaining stuck underneath the bus for quite some time, but finally died as there was a delay of around two hours in shifting him to the "right place" for treatment.

After being taken to two hospitals, the child finally died on way to the PGI, Chandigarh.

The child's father, Sanjeev Garg, said the accident took place at 7.45 am his son was brought to the PGI at 9.30 am.

“Passersby rushed my child to the Kalka Civil Hospital from where the authorities referred him to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula. Manav was alive when he was brought to the General Hospital, but again he was further referred to the PGI,” said Garg.

He said, “When they knew that the child was critically injured, why didn't they rush him to the PGI directly. Had the crucial time not been wasted, he would have been alive today.”

He alleged that not even a single official of the administration was present at the spot. “We were informed by the school authorities, that too an hour after the accident,” said the grieving father.

The paternal uncle of the child, Satish Garg, said only four days ago, Manav's father had complained against rash driving by the school bus driver. “We had alerted the school authorities. Manav had asked his father to complain against the rash driving,” said Satish Garg

Cops' U-turn on driver

For nearly an hour after the accident, police officials kept claiming that the driver had suffered minor injuries. However, as soon as a case of negligent and rash driving was registered against him, they came up with a fresh theory that he was at large. The SHO of the Pinjore police station, Inspector Raj Kumar, said a case had been registered and the driver would be arrested soon.



Where is bhai, Lavish asks mother after surviving mishap
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
While boarding the school minibus this morning and holding the hands of his elder brother Manav (12), little did seven-year-old Lavish know that this was the last time they were going to the school together.
A teacher looks at the ill-fated bus of DPS Pinjore. tribune photo: manoj mahajan
A teacher looks at the ill-fated bus of DPS Pinjore. tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Since the time Lavish was sent back home after being given first aid, he has been repeatedly asking his mother about Manav, who was declared dead at the PGI soon after the accident.

“Where is bhai…?” he asked his mother the moment he reached home. “Manav had a lot of attachment with the younger one and was his mother’s favourite,” said his uncle Satish Garg.

Manav, who was sitting on the front seat, fell out of the minibus, which turned turtle and he was crushed under it. He was taken to the Kalka Civil Hospital, from where he was referred to the General Hospital, Panchkula. Doctors referred him to the PGI, where he was declared brought dead.

It was a usual day for both boys when they got up. However, they were running late by a few minutes and rushed to board the school minibus.

Both were students of Delhi Public School, Pinjore. While Manav was a student of Class VI, Lavish studies in Class III. Their father, Sanjeev Garg, a resident of Sector 21, Panchkula, works as a property consultant.



Khanna’s family rules out foul play
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The family of Chief Postmaster General KL Khanna, whose body was found under mysterious circumstances at his house in Sector 30 yesterday, has ruled out any foul play in his death.

A preliminary autopsy report has pointed towards head injury as the cause of death. The police has also sent the viscera samples to the CFSL for tests. Khanna's autopsy was conducted at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16. He was cremated in an electric crematorium in Sector 25.

DSP (East) Vijay Kumar said so far there were no signs of any foul play and the family had also ruled out foul play in Khanna's death. "The actual cause of death will be known after the viscera reports are received," the DSP said.

Khanna's family members had gone to the GMSH in the morning before the autopsy along with employees of the Department of Posts. After the autopsy, the body was taken to the house from where the family members took it for cremation.

Khanna's son Gaurav did not attend the cremation and neither did he visit the hospital during the autopsy. Sources said he had been admitted to the PGI due to an illness. Khanna's last rites were performed by his younger brother Sanjiv Khanna.

The family members, including GK Pillai, a former Home Secretary of India, and his wife Sudha Pillai, both 1972-batch IAS officers, reached Khanna's residence following his death. 



Now, digital token system to save power consumers’ time
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 12
No longer will the residents of Panchkula have to wait in long queues to pay the electricity bills as for the first time, a digital token system has been started by the Electricity Department for the payment of the bills.

The Chairman and Managing Director of the UHBVN and the DHBVN, Devender Singh, inaugurated the state’s first model cash collection centres today. The consumers of the city will be facilitated to make payment of their electricity bills through digital token system in these centres.

Finding huge rush of consumers to pay the bills, particularly near the due dates, this initiative was taken. Proper seating arrangements with other facilities have also been made for the consumers visiting the centres. There will be separate window for senior citizens and women.

After inaugurating the centres, Singh said normally the consumers make payment of their electricity bills near or on the due dates. It was observed that there was a rush of consumers at these centres and adequate facilities were not available. This led to inconvenience, particularly during the summer, rainy and winter seasons. Women and old persons had no option except to wait in long queue following which the decision was taken.

“The rush of the consumers was mainly in the urban cash collection centres on the due dates. In view of this, as many as 40 model cash collection centres are being setup in the state and will be made functional within two months,” said Singh.

He said, “The consumer grievances redressal is the focus area of the Discoms. Model cash collection centres will also help in achieving the goal.”

Adviser, RK Sehgal, Director Operation, DK Maheshwari, Director Projects, AK Grover, Director DHBVN, VK Chaudhary, Chief Engineers, Superintending Engineers and other senior officers were also present on the occasion. 


SDM inspects villages, registers 18 FIRs 
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 12
Eighteen FIRs were registered today in connection with illegal mining after a team headed by an SDM inspected various villages in Kharar sub-division.

A special team to carry out raids to check illegal mining had been formed by Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu yesterday.

Sidhu said the team headed by Kharar SDM Sukhjit Pal Singh had conducted raids in villages like Khijrabad, Mianpur Changar, Kubaheri, Sainimajri and Lubangarh. FIRs were registered against the owners of 18 unauthorised stone crushers. The Deputy Commissioner said no offender would be spared, no matter how influential he might be. Sukhjit Pal Singh said the authorities had received complaints about alleged illegal mining from residents of the Majri block after which notices were issued to the offenders. He said during on-the-spot checking yesterday, the raiding team had found “freshly crushed and screened” material. There was nobody to show the records maintained in connection with the business carried out by the owners. Under the government’s crusher policy, registered crusher owners were supposed to maintain proper records of their raw materials, manpower, power consumed, etc, and also file their returns by the 10th of every month at the offices of the Mining Department and the SDM.

Cases were registered by the police on the complaint of Mining Inspector Neeraj Thakur. The Chandigarh Tribune had in its edition of September 5 highlighted unauthorised mining that was going on unabated in Khijrabad village, near here.

A Tribune team had found during a visit to the site, which was 2 km from that village in the middle of a forest area close to a seasonal river, a huge pit in 8 acres of land. The pit had been formed due to the excavation of sand and gravel. Village residents had said that the land was shamlat land (common land). The team had also found that several trees had been felled to facilitate the movement of vehicles. 



Polio drops to be administered in Mohali from Sept 15 
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 12
More than 1.36 lakh children in the age group of 0 to five years will be administered polio drops in Mohali district during a three-day campaign starting on September 15.

This was stated by Parveen Kumar Thind , Additional Deputy Commissioner , at a meeting with members of the District Task Force held here today to ensure that 100 per cent targets were achieved during the pulse polio campaign.

He directed officials of the Health Department to get cooperation from political, religious and social organisations apart from leaders and panchayat members.

He said that 1085 teams had been formed out of which 1001 teams would be going from door-to-door to administer the polio drops. Apart from this, 60 mobile teams and 24 transit teams had also been formed for the campaign. Work would be monitored by 181 supervisors deployed in this regard.

Thind asked health officials to ensure that no child was missed out during the campaign.

Later, while addressing a meeting of the District Health Society, Thind said camps would be organised at village levels to create awareness among people about dengue and malaria in order to check the spread of the diseases. 



Former councillor files petition, challenges delimitation of wards 
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 12
Former municipal councillor Kuljit Singh Bedi today filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the notification of the Department of Local Government on the delimitation of wards for the Mohali civic body elections. Bedi claimed that when the Municipal Council was dissolved, the government had said that the area under the civic body would be increased by including various areas like the developed sectors of the town before conducting elections to the Municipal Corporation.

However, under the notification the area had remained the same with the number of wards merely being increased from 31 to 50 following the upgradation of the Municipal Council to a Municipal Corporation. This had adversely affected the democratic rights of the residents excluded from the ward delimitation process.



Admn reassures aggrieved parties
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
To avoid any unsavoury situation during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit, the UT Administration is taking all the precautions like reassuring those whose issues are yet to be resolved. One such case is the notification of the Chandigarh social welfare board, which has been pending for the past 10 months.

Sources in the administration revealed that last week, a few residents were called by the authorities for their selection as board members despite the fact that they were already appointed for the purpose by the Union Government. The sources said after a long discussion, the authorities decided that after the PM's visit, the board would be finalised.

A senior official said a verbal communication had been sent to the chairperson of the board that after the PM's visit, the board would be notified.

For the past three months, the Board chairperson has been sending communications to the PMO stating that the notification of the welfare board has been kept pending by the administration and no action is being taken by the authorities to speed up the formation of the board.

The records revealed that for the past 10 months, a number of reminders have been sent by the board chairperson about the delay in the issuance of a notification for the constitution of Chandigarh social welfare board by the UT administration. In fact, the administration is yet to notify the appointment of new chairperson Kamlesh, who was appointed by the Central Social Welfare Board in November last year.

The sources said the final decision about the selection of the board members would be taken by the administration while the Social Welfare Department had forwarded all the request letters and proposed names to them.

During the last three-year tenure of the former chairperson Lalit Joshi, the board had not been notified by the administration. As such, no meeting of the board has been held for three years. In fact, even after the end of the tenure of the chairperson, no fresh panel for the post of board chairperson was sent to the Central Board for consideration. 

Chemical spray at garbage dumps to keep stench at bay

As the UT officials are busy sprucing up the venue of the function, the MC officials were busy covering the garbage with soil and spraying chemicals to suppress stench.



Now, online appointment a must
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Now, for the re-issuance of passports, applicants will have to take online appointment from the regional passport authority. The decision has been taken to streamline the submission of passport applications at the Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) in Ambala, Chandigarh and Ludhiana. These kendras are under the Regional Passport Office, Chandigarh.

Regional passport officer Rakesh Aggarwal said,” Earlier, the applicants could walk in to get the passport re-issued by the authorities from 9 to 11 am every day. On an average there were around 200 to 250 applicants daily due to which there was difficulty in handling the crowd. Taking cognizance of the burden on the staff, this decision has been taken.

He, however, added that the applicants applying for a tatkaal passport (both fresh and re-issuance) did not need to take the online appointment.

The applicants seeking police clearances certificates (PCC) and those applying for a tatkaal passport (both fresh and re-issue cases) do not need online appointment. Senior citizens above 60 years of age, minors below 15 years of age whose at least one parent holds a valid passport with spouse name entered, physically-challenged, including visually- impaired, deaf and mute reporting with medical certificate, and applicants applying for the deletion of ECR status in passport without changing any other personal particulars do not need the online appointment. 



Trains to Shirdi, Hazur Sahib via Chandigarh from next month 

Chandigarh, September 12
By next month the city will be connected with Shirdi and Hazur Sahib by train as the Railway Ministry has given the green signal to it. These trains will run from the first week of October. In a communication to the local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Minister for Railways Mallikarjun Kharge informed that the two trains connecting Chandigarh with these religious places will run from the first week of the next month. The final date of the journey is yet to be communicated to the Northern Railways. The two trains include the Kalka-Chandigarh-Shirdi Express (weekly) and the Una-Nangal Dam-Anadpur Sahib-Chandigarh-Hazur Sahib (Nanded) Express (bi-weekly), which were announced by the former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal in the 2013 Rail Budget .

Pawan Kumar Bansal said he was glad that these two trains were being started by the Railway Ministry. He said now his focus would be on the rest of the new and extended trains to be started from the city as announced in the Budget. — TNS 



Dhawan, Ekta Sangharsh Samiti members court arrest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Harmohan Dhawan, a BJP leader, and members of the Ekta Sangharsh Samiti today courted arrest and demanded two-room tenements for the jhuggi dwellers being rehabilitated at Dhanas. Members of the samiti, led by BJP leader, Harmohan Dhawan, gathered at Colony No. 5 while demanding ownership rights for the slum dwellers.

Along with Harmohan Dhawan, BJP councillor Satinder Singh alleged that the one-room tenements were too small to accomodate families of the slum dwellers. Later, they were released after issuing a warning. The BJP and the BSP have announced to show black flags to the PM on his visit to the city on September 14. 



Fire breaks out at Swaraj Mazda unit 
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 12
A fire broke out in the Swaraj Mazda unit in Chappar Chiri here today. According to the reports, the local fire brigade received a call from the factory at around 9.30 am and a fire engine was immediately sent to the scene.

Sources said the fire broke out in a paint chamber at the unit and then spread to other paint chambers. The fire is said to have been caused by overheating. The fire was brought under control in about half-an-hour, but it took more time to defuse the situation. The fire brigade staff returned after about two hours of work at the unit. The sources said there could have been a major tragedy had the flames spread to the unit area where thinner was stored. 



Lecture on RTI Act on Sept 19

Chandigarh, September 12
Chief Information Commissioner Deepak Sandhu will deliver a lecture on the Right to Information (RTI) Act at PU on September 19. 

PU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Arun Kumar Grover will preside over the function. It will be her first official visit to Chandigarh after taking over the charge of the Chief Information Commissioner.— TNS



Man survives 3 heart attacks 

Panchkula, September 12
A 55-year-old Ambala resident Mohan Lal Verma escaped three heart attacks and managed to survive after an open heart surgery by the doctors of the Alchemist Hospital, Sector 21, Panchkula.

Doctors resurrected him each time he suffered a cardiac arrest and performed a quick open heart surgery to save him.

The patient complained of severe chest pain and was rushed to the CCU of the Alchemist Hospital. The next day while Dr Rajan Mehra, senior cardiac surgeon, was seeking the consent of the patient’s relatives for his open heart surgery, his heart suddenly stopped beating.

Dr Inderjit Singh Virdi, MD, Alchemist Hospitals and Chairman of the Institute of Cardio Pulmonary Sciences, said, “Apart from the high level of preparedness of the hospital, the most commendable achievement in this entire episode has been the ability of the heart team doctors to not only salvage an almost impossible situation, but also ensure that there is no deficit to the heart and the brain of the patient.” — TNS



NGO to teach needy students
Initially, 50 underprivileged students of Class VIII will be selected
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Students of private schools and colleges associated with a city-based NGO, Saathi, will soon teach the underprivileged students to improve their academic performance. The project has been envisaged by the NGO for the underprivileged students of government schools, especially of Classes VIII, having the potential to perform but lacking resources and guidance. “The idea is to raise their competency level so that they could perform in IIT and IIM competitions,” said Punita Singh, president of the NGO.

She said the selection of students would start from the next month. In the first batch, 50 underprivileged children of Class VIII would be selected by the Education Department. These students will be taught mathematics and English for two hours on Saturday and Sunday at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35.

“The idea is to prepare them for competitive examinations and scholarships,” she said. Resource persons who will teach these students are Class XII students of city’s top private schools and college. The graduates associated with the NGO will also teach the students. Punita Singh said the teaching schedule had been so fixed to avoid any loss to their regular studies. The work sheets and lesson plans have also been prepared. “Once this pilot projects gets successful, students of Classes IX and X would also be roped in,” she said.

Education Department officials said the students would be selected from among those having good grades. This project will improve the level of education in the poor students so that they could compete with their counterparts in private schools. Upkar Singh, DPI (Schools), said the department had given the nod to the proposal. 



PU adopts new accounts manual 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
To bring transparency and rationalisation in accounts and decentralisation of financial powers, Panjab University (PU) has adopted a new accounts manual.

PU Vice Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover on Thursday addressed a meeting of the chairpersons of various PU departments at the Senate Hall where they were briefed about the new accounts manual.

The manual has been compiled after 22 years as the previous accounts manual was compiled in 1990.

Honorary Director of Academic Staff College Prof Karamjeet Singh gave presentation on it. The new manual is having 238 pages with 34 chapters. Prof Karamjeet Singh said rationalisation and decentralisation were the two guiding principles behind the initiative.

Seven new chapters have been introduced in the present manual. "The time limit has been fixed at the each level for the standard approval of the different procedures and it will be the responsibility of officials at the each level to ensure its compliance," officials stated.

PU officials said the expenditure on TA/DA (excluding charged from the budget head, conduct of exams.) upto any limit, if claim is as per entitlement and within rules, would be approved by the head of the department whether it was a teaching or non-teaching department.

Finance Development Officer (FDO) Vikram Nayyar said the accounts manual was a step towards e-governance. The main aim is to remove hyper-technicalities and bring efficiency. New elaborated procedure has been incorporated into the manual for the procurement of goods and services to bring efficiency, transparency, economy and fair competition," he added.



Brawl over Facebook comment 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Two students of the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), Panjab University (PU), entered into a brawl over posting a comment on the Facebook page of a girl student of the same department. 

According to the police, both the students entered into an altercation after one of them objected on the posting of the comment. Sources said both the students left the department after a heated argument. Later, they returned with their friends and entered into a brawl. “The police was informed about the incident. The police took both the students to the police station. 



National conference on space from October 25 in Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The third national conference on space and the Mars Exhibition will be held at the Indradhanush Auditorium, Sector 5, Panchkula, on October 25 and 26. The mega event will be hosted by the International Space Society (ISS) in association with Jyotirvidya Pratisthan (JVP), Pune.

The event will be organised by Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, in support with the National Space Society (USA). During this conference, a student space settlement design competition on the theme "Designing a Habitat on Mars" will be organised for the students.

The competition will be open to the students of Class XII from any schools in the country. The participants have to send a detailed project report and developed mars settlement designs in the form of a poster or model.

The best three presentations will be awarded with a cash prize of Rs 11,000, Rs 7,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively.

The highest-ranking winners will also be invited to give oral presentations during the NCS-2013.

Suresh Naik, former group director, ISRO, and chairman of the International Space Society, said, “The International Space Society aims at creating awareness about space science through seminars, outreach events and training programmes. The objective of the upcoming conference is to give exposure to space enthusiasts, particularly students."

“The Space Craft ‘Mars Orbiter Mission’ is slated to be launched through PSLV-C25 between October 21 and November 10, which, if successful, would put India into the prestigious group of three space agencies of the USA, Russia, Europe. Also, in Panchkula, we will be welcoming almost 10,000 students, who will come to attend the exhibition on mars from various schools and colleges across the country,” said Mitul Dikshit, president of the ISS in India. 



Students nab thief while stealing taps
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Students of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) today caught a thief while stealing taps from a washroom of the institute.

The thief, who was stealing the taps from a women's washroom, was noticed by a girl student who raised an alarm. Soon the students gathered at there and nabbed him.

Director of the UIET Renu Vig, confirming the incident, stated thefts were reported in the department earlier also. "A few days ago, a student's bag was stolen from the department. It was also recovered from the accused," she stated.

The thief was later handed over to the police



Third MEd counselling tomorrow 

Chandigarh, September 12
Panjab University (PU) has announced the third counselling schedule for MEd (regular). The counselling will be held on September 14 at the Law Auditorium, PU.

Coordinator Dr Kirandeep Singh said 12 seats were reported to be vacant after the second counselling. Shifting has been allowed, once again, considering the higher number of vacant seats.

Four seats have been vacated in the Department of Education, PU. Out of these, three seats are vacant in the general category; two in MEd guidance and counselling and one in MEd educational technology. One seat belonging to the physically handicapped category is vacant in the M Ed General at the Department of Education, PU. Four seats are lying vacant in Dev Samaj College of Education for Women, Chandigarh. Two seats of them belong to the Scheduled Caste Category under the general pool whereas an equal number of seats belongs to the general category under the UT pool.

Four seats have been declared vacant in the Colleges of Education situated in Punjab. All these seats belong to the Punjab quota. One seat each is vacant under the general category at the GHG College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, and SDS College of Education for Women, Lopon. One seat each is vacant under the Scheduled Caste category in both these colleges. The second counselling will also be held at the same venue and same day to fill the vacant seats of MEd Special Education (MR) in the Regional Institute for Mentally Handicapped.— TNS



From schools

Poetry recitation

An activity session was organised in St Teresa Convent School, Sector 25, Panchkula. The students of Classes I and II recited various Hindi poems on the topic of their choice. They all participated in the activity with enthusiasm. The students of Classes III and IV expressed their views on the topic “Hindi Bhasha Ka Mahatav”. Through this session, all the students got to know how important Hindi language was.

Rally organised

Children of The Sky World School, Sector 21, Panchkula, took out a rally to highlight the danger of depleting natural resources. Some of the slogans recreated the recent happening in Uttarakhand. The rally was a great success. People stopped and read the slogans. Principal Santosh Bhandari said such rallies were an effort to create awareness about the nature and its side effects.

Science exhibition

DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur, shined at the CBSE Regional Level Science Exhibition at Gurgaon recently. The school reached the national-level finals from the Panchkula zone. As many as 151 schools participated in competition . From the Panchkula Zone (CBSE), DAV, Surajpur, was selected from the finals. Six different themes were given to the teams and the school chose to showcase a project on transport and communication.

Recycling project

The project SEARCH was initiated at Saupin’s School, Mohali, with Tetra Pak. It aimed to sensitise, educate and make children aware about the importance recycling . The students were told about the importance of waste segregation and waste management. They were also demonstrated the process of packaging food products in Tetra Pak cartons and the steps to dispose of Tetra Pak cartons. The students and the teachers were motivated to collect dry recyclable waste like cartons, aluminium foils, metals, paper and glass from the school in separate bins, which could be sent for recycling.


Students take part in a workshop on first aid at Lawrence Public Senior Secondary School, Mohali, on Thursday. A Tribune photographLawrence School, Mohali, organised a workshop on first aid. The students were made aware of fainting, nose bleeding, fracture in leg or hand, epileptic attack, dog bite, bee sting, snake bite, dislocation. The students were taught about the use of first aid at the time of an injury.

Students take part in a workshop on first aid at Lawrence Public Senior Secondary School, Mohali, on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Green Day

The Green day was celebrated at St Soldier, Mohali. All the students wore green dresses and brought green food items in their tiffins. A field trip to Reliance Fresh was also arranged. They were introduced to a new fruit, "baby sugar melon", and vegetable "okra". Earlier, in the morning, a special assembly on clean and green environment was conducted.

Annual campaign

Oakridge International School, Mohali, organised the annual campaign to apprise the students of the importance of first aid. The main motive of the training was to explain the methods of giving first aid to an injured during an emergency . — TNS 



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