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On call of duty, cop run over by MUV
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
A 45-year-old Chandigarh Police constable died after being hit by a MUV near the CRPF camp at Hallo Majra last night.

The police has arrested the driver, who was in an inebriated state. His medical report confirmed presence of alcohol in his blood.

The mishap took place at 12.45 am when constable Vijay Kumar had gone to an accident spot in which two motorcycles had collided with each other. He was inspecting the spot when a speeding MUV ran over him.

He suffered severe head injuries and was rushed to the GMCH-32 where he died. Other policemen present at the spot, including sub-inspector Kuldeep Singh, head constable Anil Kumar and constable Milap Singh, had a narrow escape.

Head constable Anil Kumar, who was present at the spot, said the victim, Vijay, was standing in a corner, while the three others were making attempts to pick the damaged vehicles when the MUV (CH-01-AM-9762) hit him. The MUV also hit a police vehicle (CH-01G1-6246).

Vijay, an ex-serviceman, had joined the Chandigarh Police around three years ago. He was deployed with a police canter and used to ferry policemen from the Sector 31 police station to different spots. Vijay hailed from Charkhi-Dadri in Bhiwani district of Haryana and was putting up in Sector 31, Chandigarh.

The police said the driver of the MUV Girwar resident of Raipur Khurd was under the influence of liquor. He also scuffled with the policemen and tried to escape, but was arrested. He has been booked in a case of causing death due to negligence under Section 304-A of the IPC.



Golf Club granted tax exemption
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Chandigarh Golf Club has been granted exemption under Section 12-A of the Income Tax Act.

Information to this effect was given to the Punjab and Haryana High Court by the Golf Club counsel.

The development is significant as the income of an organisation is exempted if it has a 12-A registration. In fact, the income is not taxable after one-time 12-A registration. As three connected petitions filed by Golf Club came up for resumed hearing before the High Court, the counsel told a Division Bench that the pleas filed by the club in this regard had been rendered infructuous as the organisation had been granted exemption under Section 12-A by the Income Tax Department.

Taking on record the assertion, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Augustine George Masih accordingly disposed of the three petitions as infructuous or unfruitful not requiring further directions.

The issue was first raked up about three years back when a petition in public interest was filed alleging that the Golf Club was not serving the purpose for which it had been granted income tax exemption and other privileges.

Acting on the petition, the High Court had issued a notice to the Chandigarh Administration, Income Tax Department and the club.

In its response to the petition, the I-T Department had submitted that that the club was under scrutiny of Section 143 (3) of the IT Act for assessment year 2008-09 and the club would be taxed if it was found not utilising funds as per objectives for which it was set up. The department had also submitted that the club would be examined for cancellation of exemption of income tax granted under Section 12AA of the I-T Act.

The club was also slapped a penalty of Rs 96 lakh by the Income Tax department for non-payment of tax for 2007-2008. During a previous date of hearing, the Bench was informed that the club has filed an appeal against the penalty before the commissioner of income tax (appeals). The club had at that time also told the High Court that the I-T exemption was granted on the grounds of promoting sports activities. As per the I-T Act, income tax exemption can be granted for advancement of any object of general public utility not involving any activity for profit.



Voluntary Blood Donors’ Day
No ordinary mortals
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Donating blood is not a responsibility but a moral obligation for him. Chanranjeet Singh (62) has been donating blood regularly for the past over four decades.

Moved by the condition of soldiers during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, Charanjeet donated blood in 1971 for the first time. He has donated blood 188 times to date. One of the most recognized blood donors at the PGIMER, the apex body encouraging voluntary donations; Charanjeet inspires young donors to retain their spirit of serving the ailing humanity.

For 60-year-old Jagtar Singh Beniwal, who has donated blood 113 times, it is nothing less than worship. “It may seem strange, but I have always been an atheist and for me, worshipping the mankind is more meaningful than believing in the supernatural. With this ideology, I started donating blood regularly in my teenage,” he said. However, sustaining this passion for serving the society did not come down easy for Jagtar Singh as he had to battle the resistance of his parents for allowing him donate blood.

“They had several myths about blood donation and forced me to discontinue the practice. They feared that regular donations would deteriorate my health. I discontinued donating blood for nearly 10 years and settled with my family. We have now set up the Chandigarh Blood Donors Council,” said Jagtar Singh.

Another passionate donor who has donated blood as many as 209 times to date. Prag Raj Sharma, 53, was 14 when he first donated blood. “I and my two friends were returning from DAV College and we saw a couple and their child injured in an accident at Sector 16. When we took them to the PGIMER, the doctor asked us to arrange for blood. We three were jittery initially, doctor motivate us to the core,” said Prag.

Voluntary donations up

Voluntary blood donations increased from 50 to 85 per cent in past 10 years at the PGIMER. More than 50,000 blood units are donated at the PGIMER every year.



Amritsar-Lalkuan train to chug off from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
The weekly air-conditioned Amritsar-Lalkuan via Chandigarh train will be flagged off from the Chandigarh railway station 10 am on Wednesday.

Former Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal will launch the train. Around 50 per cent tickets of the train have already been sold. The train will run on every Wednesday from both the directions. There will be 18 coaches, including 13 AC 3 tier coaches and three AC chair car coaches. The fare for the AC 3 tier will be Rs 605 and Rs 405 for the chair car from Chandigarh.

Officials revealed that the response for the the maiden journey of the train was encouraging.

The weekly train will depart on every Wednesday from Amritsar at 05:55 am and will reach Chandigarh at 10.20 am. The train will reach Lalkuan (Uttarakhand) at 8.50 pm. The train will halt at Beas, Jalandhar City, Phagwara, Ludhiana, New Morinda, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Chandigarh, Ambala Cantt, Jagadhari, Saharanpur, Roorkee, Laksar, Nazibabad, Moradabad and Kashipur stations. The train will leave Lalkuan every Wednesday at 11.15 pm. It will reach Chandigarh at 9 am the next day and Amritsar at 2.45 pm. The train will halt at Kashipur, Moradabad, Nazibabad, Laksar, Roorkee, Saharanpur, Jagadhari, Ambala Cantt, Chandigarh, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, New Morinda, Ludhiana, Phagwara, Jalandhar City and Beas.

Vintage engine

A vintage diesel engine will be placed at the entrance of the city railway station. The engine is stationed at the yard of the railway station. Former Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal had proposed that the vintage engine would be placed on the premises of the railway station.



Stage set for ‘political’ Ramlila
Bansal, Dhawan, Tandon, Jain to attend 2-3 events in a day
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
This will be a surprise. Political speeches from the Ramlila stage!

As parliamentary elections are due in 2014, hectic political activity will be seen during Ramlilas. Those seeking ticket for the elections, including MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan, senior BJP leader and former MP Satya Pal Jain, BJP president Sanjay Tandon and BSP’s Lok Sabha candidate Jannat Jahan Ul Haq will attend two-three functions on a single day.

More than 50 committees will stage Ramlila in various parts of the city.

MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, who will attend more than 20 Ramlilas in the city, said the organising committees were doing a wonderful job by spreading message of Lord Rama. “I will try my best to help these committees.”

Former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan said he had received invitations from Ramlila committees. BJP President Sanjay Tandon said: “It is our social and religious duty to be a part of the Ramlila. I will attend two-three functions in a day.” A member of a Ramlila committee said: “We have invited them not as politicians but as devotees of Lord Rama. We hope that they will also help us financially as staging the Ramlila has become costly affair these days.”

MC councillors not behind

Sitting and former councillors of the MC will also attend Ramlilas as chief guests. Besides, industrialists and traders have also received invitations from the organising committees.


25 shanties in Maloya village gutted
No loss of life reported, many rendered homeless; fire controlled in 20 minutes
Tribune News Service

Kashish Mittal (extreem right), SDM (South), inspects the site
Kashish Mittal (extreem right), SDM (South), inspects the site
A woman collects her belongings from her gutted hut
A woman collects her belongings from her gutted hut

Chandigarh, October 1
As many as 25 shanties were gutted in a fire in Gwala colony in Maloya on Tuesday afternoon, leaving many people homeless.

Officials of the Fire Department said, no injuries or casualties were reported. The Fire Department had received a call at 11.56 am and immediately three fire engines were pressed into service. Within 20 minutes they controlled the fire.

Krishna Devi, a resident, said that the fire spread in all shanties within no time. They didn’t know what exactly triggered the fire, but everything was destroyed. Her utensils, household items and even some cash were destroyed, she added. Area Councillor Poonam Sharma said that they had made food arrangements for the residents and would try to help them by providing household items. She also said that the reason why the fire broke out was not known.

The officials said they were still ascertaining the reason behind the incident and they would soon find out.



49% elderly disrespected, 32.71% verbally abused by kin in city: Survey
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
According to a survey report of Help age India, around 49 per cent of the elderly are disrespected by their kin in the city.

The report has alarming figures that there are 32.71 per cent of the elderly are verbally abused by their near and dear ones. The city ranks ninth in the country, among 20 cities, where Help Age India had conducted the survey.

In Chandigarh, the survey was conducted among 280 elderly belonging to every strata of the society, said Bhavneshwar Sharma, state head of Help Age India. He said that the cases of disrespect in the city are on the higher side which make the condition of the elderly worse here.

He said that the cases were increasing every year as most of them hesitateed to come forward and report the matter. As per the samples collected from the city during the survey, it was found that there were 79 victims who did not report the matter to anyone, 59 per cent of them said that the confidentiality of the family mattered to them and rest avoided complaining against the offenders due to lack of confidence to the police or other agencies.

A recent survey report released by Help Age India has highlighted the fact that irrespective of their economical and social status, the city elders are yet to get their right place in the family.

In fact the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007 is still a long dream to be implemented in the city, he added. He said that the elderly in the rural areas were hardly aware about the act and their rights in the society.

As per the Act, a maintenance application could be filed by parents or senior citizens above the age of 60 years, who are unable to maintain themselves, against children or relatives in case they are ill-treated or not looked after well by them. Under the Act, the states will form tribunals to decide upon their maintenance. If, the children or relatives fail to pay the maintenance ordered by the Tribunal to the elderly, they will be liable to be fined or face imprisonment.

Meanwhile, Help Age India organized a “Walkathon” of schoolchildren at Sector 15 old-age home today which was flagged off by Member of Parliament Pawan Kumar Bansal on International Day of Older Persons.

Strongly advocating the need to respect the elderly, he said that despite a law being in place to safeguard the elderly, the need should not arise for them to knock the door of law, and ask for their right, youngsters should automatically respect them.

He also cited the Maharashtra Cabinet name-and-shame policy for grown-ups who did not take care of their parents, saying those who abandoned their parents or left them with no option but to take shelter in old-age homes, they would figure on defaulters’ list and their names would be widely publicised in newspapers.



Blood samples of patients go missing at PGI
In 2 weeks, 3 samples misplaced; authorities keep no check 
on staff
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Misplacing blood samples of patients has become rampant at the PGIMER and the authorities seem to be ignorant of the faults of the staff involved in blood-sample collection.

Officials at the PGIMER seemed to be unmoved by the patients’ ordeal who travels several miles, waits patiently in endless queues at the counters to collect the reports, so that he can show them to the doctors.

In the past two weeks, the department of biochemistry has misplaced at least three blood samples, forcing the patients to either get the tests done from private labs at double the cost or revisit for giving samples and wait for another few days.Sample this: A 59-year-old patient, who travelled all the way from Panipat, gave sample for blood sugar (both fasting and after having food). While he conveniently went home and revisited the hospital a week later, he was told that both the samples could not be found. Despite being disappointed and enraged, he was forced to give the sample again as there was no other provision for investigating the blood components. Harassed and compelled when he asked the clerk at the counter the reason for misplacing the sample, he was told to leave and get the tests done from any private lab.

Similarly, another patient was forced to get the liver function test done from a private lab. He had travelled to the PGIMER for a skin problem. He will have to again visit after few days to get the report before consulting the doctor.

The authorities at the PGIMER, however, have conveniently turned a blind eye to the harassment of the patients. The ordeal of the patients seems to be immaterial to the officials as they feel that overcrowding can lead to “negligible errors”.

“With so much of patient load on the labs, once in a while, there are chances of such errors. But we try our best to ensure that patient should not be inconvenienced. Besides, the time taken for a particular test depends upon the nature of the test. There are some tests for which the reports are provided within a day while others consume more time in investigation,” said PGI’s official spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar.

Endless wait for reports

While the PGIMER in its rulebook has defined specific number of days within which a report for a given test should be provided to the patients, neither the patients nor the staff is aware of these. While the staff most often fails to provide the reports on time, there is no mechanism for a patient to know these rules as nothing has been put up in the public domain.

Chandigarh Tribune had earlier highlighted over a month’s delay in release of a urology patient’s reports. A senior faculty at the PGIMER, on condition of anonymity said, “The delay in providing reports leads to wastage of a doctor’s time. Many patients come to us saying that their reports are attached to their file-as told by the operators at the counter and many a times the reports are not attached. They should display the minimum time required for a given test over the sample collection windows so that patients get a tentative idea as to when they should collect the reports and plan their next visit accordingly,” the faculty added.

The PRO replies

Different tests have variable turn-around time. Reports of routine blood or urine tests are sent the next day. In emergency cases, they are available even after few hours. In case of biopsies it depends on the nature of biopsy specimen and it may take five days to 12 days and in some special cases the time limit is not predictable. The patients are always told when to come and collect their respective reports. The reports are dispatched to the respective departments, wards and CRDs. The copy of the report is also available in the department. Since there are innumerable number of tests conducted at the PGI, these have not been been displayed in the public domain.



blood donation day
110 units of blood collected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
On the occasion of National Voluntary Blood Donation Day, a blood donation camp was organised by Markfed Blood Trust in association with the department of blood transfusion, PGIMER.

The executive director, Markfed, Bal Mukand Sharma, organised the 18th blood donation camp. The camp was inaugurated by S Jarnaial Singh Wahid, chairman, Punjab Markfed. Wahid appreciated the efforts of the trust for organising the blood donation camp.

Staff members, along with their spouses and wards, donated blood. As many as 110 units of blood were donated on the occasion.

The department of transfusion medicine, PGIMER, felicitated centurion donors including Charanjeet Singh and Jagtar Singh Benipal.

As many as 900 volunteers also formed a human chain on Madhya Marg to spread awareness about the voluntary blood donation day.

The human chain was formed by members of the Rotary and Blood Bank Society Resource Centre, Rotary Chandigarh, Shivalik, and 16 other Rotaract and Interact Clubs of the tri-city.

The chain generated tremendous interest among the general public, many passersby even stopped to chat with the volunteers and acquired more details about the special day.

The general secretary, Rotary and Blood Bank Society Resource Centre, Kanta Saroop Krishen, said, "Blood is the greatest gift one can give to mankind. Voluntary Blood Donors are saviors of mankind."



Industrialists oppose advance charges
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Industrialists have resented the imposition of advance consumption demand (ACD) charges.

In a meeting of the Chamber of Chandigarh Industries (CCI), the traders opposed the decision of the electricity department, terming it unfair.

Sandeep Sahni, president of the CCI, said as per rules, the electricity department could take security deposit from consumers for consumption equivalent to the estimated consumption for a specific period. This way only defaulters would be penalised.

Naveen Manglani, vice-president of the CCI, said they had demanded to revoke the decision.

Officials of the electricity department maintained that the charges were imposed following the directions of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC).

UT superintending engineer (electricity) MP Singh said they had compiled the data of average consumption of every consumer. "We have also identified consumers, who are using more electricity than their sanctioned load. Notices are being issued to such consumers to pay additional security amount," he stated.

Power consumers

There are 2,09,602 power consumers in the city. Of these, 1,78,883 come under the domestic category, 25,806 under the commercial category, 104 in the large supply category, 1,291 in the small power category, 1,152 in the medium supply category, 122 in the agriculture category, 867 in the public lighting category, 383 in the bulk supply category and 994 in the temporary category.



Power pangs ahead of Navratras
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 1
Residents of Mansa Devi Complex have been facing 10-12 hour power cuts.

The reason cited by the electricity department behind the outages is maintenance work.

The department had been imposing the cuts since September 11.

Executive engineer of the electricity department DS Dhanda said, "The power supply is being suspended on account of maintenance work." "The officials could have done the work months ago but they have chosen the time when Navratras are about to commence," said Davinder Mahajan, president, Residents Welfare Association, Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 4. Panchkula. Seema Soni, another resident of the MDC, Sector 5, Panchkula said, "Residents are always at the receiving end. They should have carried out the work on time." "Navratras fall twice a year. Last year, the situation was no better," said Gurtej Singh, a resident of the MDC, Sector 4, Panchkula.

The scheduled timings for the cuts are from 9 am to 5 pm or 10 am to 4 pm.

The nine-day fest will start from October 5 at Mata Mansa Devi Temple. 



Money web around Ramlila
Organisers told to pay Rs 1.20 lakh for 11-day event and Rs 1.12 lakh for Dasehra
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 1
Ramlila is no longer a 'penny task'. This time, even the ground will not be free of cost. The Administration is charging the committee lakhs per day.

For Dasehra celebrations, the committee will have to pay Rs 1.12 lakh for a day while the organisers will have to shell out Rs 1.20 lakh for the 11-day Ramlila starting from October 3.

A 'havan' will be performed in the morning. Ramlila will be staged from 9 pm to 12 pm. Seating arrangement for 5,000 persons has been made.

The organisers have been staging Ramlila at the Sector 5 parade ground for the past many years. They were never asked to pay even a penny for using the ground for the event.

This time, the event will be staged at Shalimar ground while Dasehra celebrations will take place at the Sector 5 ground.

Estate officer of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) Ashwini Sharma said, "We have to go by the decision taken by the officials at the headquarters. The organisers will be charged for the ground this year."

"We will be charging Rs 1.12 lakh for the parade ground. As the rent is high, the organisers have decided not to use the ground," said a HUDA official.

Only 1 acre will be used to stage the event. An amount of Rs 60,000 has been taken as security. "Though we have limited resources, we will put in efforts to entertain the public and will not be a disappointment," said Pawan Sharma, an official of the Adarsh Ramlila Dramatic Party.

Cost of effigies go through roof

Ramlila organisers will have to pop up a bitter pill this time. Staging the event has become a costly affair.

The cost of effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnad has doubled from Rs 1.15 lakh each to Rs 2.15 lakh each. The organisers will have to pay Rs 40,000 instead of Rs 15,000 for the costumes this time. For the stage, they will have to pay Rs 3.5 lakh. Cabins for artistes will also be set up for them at the rear of the stage. "We have introduced three new characters. The main attraction will be the special effects. Those sitting at the back will also be able to see the facial expressions of the artistes," said Pawan Sharma, a member of the Adarsh Ramleela Dramatic Party. Vishnu Goel, another member, said, "Our aim is to revive the decaying tradition."



stone pelting
Two police personnel injured

Chandigarh, October 1
Two policemen, including a woman, were injured after six youths pelted stones at the police control room vehicle here at Vikas Nagar near the railway bridge late in the evening today.

The police said that six youngsters were reported to be robbing people in the area, near a liquor vend at Vikas Nagar in Mauli Jagran. A passerby called up the police that the six youths were robbing dwellers at knifepoint, following which a police control room vehicle rushed to the spot.

As the police approached them near the liquor vend, the miscreants started pelting stones at the policemen and in the process two policemen got injured. The two injured were identified as head constable Suresh and constable Anita Rani. They were rushed to the Civil Dispensary at Mani Majra and were later referred to General Hospital, Sector 16. The police said Anita Rani had sustained minor injuries, while Suresh was seriously injured. The miscreants fled the spot and efforts were on to trace them, the police said. — TNS



Make use of Punjabi, Hindi languages on signboards: Patil to UT officials
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
The UT Administrator, Shivraj V Patil, today met senior UT officials and asked them to make use of Hindi and Punjabi languages on signboards of different areas of the City Beautiful for the convenience of residents and tourists.

The Administrator also advised the senior officials to constitute a committee to look into the matter. Recently, an activist had been spraying black spary on the signboards,demanding the use of Punjabi language on them in the City Beautiful. Leaders of the Akali Dal 1920 had also met the Administrator and pleaded that Punjabi must be given enough importance in the city.

Besides, the Administrator also reviewed the alternative arrangements, which would be made available to commuters during the period of the construction of the multi-level parking in Sector 17.

Sources said that the Administration and the MC had identified a ground near the RBI building in Sector 17 and would use it as a parking space for vehicles till the time the construction of the multi-level parking was completed.



BIS organises jewellers meet

Chandigarh, October 1
An awareness programme was organised by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chandigarh, for jewellers on the significance of hallmarking of gold and silver jewelleries today.

BIS Deputy Director General (North), AK Saini urged the jewellers to join the hallmarking schemes for jewelleries.

There are 11,000 operative licenses for gold jewellery and 225 BIS recognised hallmarking centers in India. — TNS



Preservation of natural heritage stressed

Prashant Sarkar with his works displayed at a hotel in Chandigarh on Tuesday
Prashant Sarkar with his works displayed at a hotel in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, October 1
An international conference on ‘Interpretation of Built Heritage and Natural Heritage’ was organised by the Punjab Tourism Department ended here today. During the two-day event, which saw participations from artists, NGO working towards the preservation of natural heritage and those involved in preservation of wildlife, the events of discussion ranged from raising natural heritage awareness, eco tourism for wetlands, and interpretation of rural heritage sites.

One of the participating couple, Prashant K Sarkar and Kirti B Sarkar, who presented works based on preservation of nature, said: “Nature was valuable and we should respect it. Our paintings depict our human relationship with the nature”. Officials from different state forest departments, NZCC, state tourism boards participated in the event. — TNS



LIC to celebrate social security month
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
In order to emphasise the message of social security, particularly to socially and economically backward classes and poor, the LIC will be celebrating the month of October as social security month. The event was inaugurated by LC Meena, Senior Divisional Manager, LIC, Chandigarh division.

One of the main objectives of the LIC has been to spread life insurance widely, particulary in rural areas and to the socially and economically backward classes with the objective of providing them financial cover against death and disability.

At present, a major scheme, sponsored by the Central Government, ‘Aam Admi Bima Yojana’ is administered by the LIC for the benefit of weaker sections, which has an add-on benefit of ‘Shiksha Sahayog Yojana’ free of cost.



Dharna by CHB federation

Chandigarh, October 1
The CHB Resident Federation today announced that it would stage a two-hour dharna on Gandhi Jayanti.

Members said they wanted to meet UT Administrator Shivraj Patil.

The federation has been demanding relaxation of building bylaws. The federation lamented that CHB flat owners were being made to suffer. — TNS



Chandigarh Scan
Students participate in a walk to celebrate International Day for Old People at Sector 15 in Chandigarh on Tuesday
Students participate in a walk to celebrate International Day for Old People at Sector 15 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

A travelling exhibition of the Netherlands Architecture Institute entitled “Architecture of Consequence” depicting Dutch designs on the future since 1840 opened at the Foyer Gallery, Chandigarh College of Architecture, today. The exhibition will be open for public viewing from October 3-7 from 9 am to 5 pm. Recent designs alongside selected works from the rich collection of Dutch architecture of 19th and 20th century are on display.

Social security

In order to emphasise the message of social security, particularly to socially & economically backward classes & rural poor, LIC has been celebrating the month of October every year as a Social Security month. The event was inaugurated by LC Meena, senior divisional manager, LIC, Chandigarh.

Mohali Scan
Art workshop

Mind Tree School, Kharar, organised an art workshop under the aegis of Praveen Kedar, a post graduate from Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai, who is awarded Junior Fellowship by the Ministry of Culture, New Delhi. Ashwini Godbole, alumnus of IKS University, Khairagarh and RS Balle, art and craft teacher, too made the workshop interesting and allowed the children to ask questions and related well with their imagination.

Cardiac camp

On the occasion of World Heart Day, SGHS Super Specialty Hospital, Sohana, organised a cardiac camp at the hospital premises. Dr Rajiv Bhalla, civil surgeon, Mohali inaugurated the camp. Dr TP Singh and Dr Mahesh Garg screened more than 500 patients during the camp.


The students of Swami Vivekananda Institute of Engineering & Technology (SVIET) today organised a “Walkathon for Cause” under the aegis of IIT Mumbai’s nationwide campaign “The Techfest Reform Nation”. The objective of this marathon was to bring awareness amongst the masses on various grounds which include food wastage, women empowerment and fight against cancer. The walkathon was flagged off by Nek Chand, curator of Rock Garden. — TNS



PU official’s appointment upheld
High Court imposes a cost of Rs 10,000 on the petitioner
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 1
Upholding Vikram Nayyar’s appointment as Panjab University Finance and Development Officer, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today imposed a cost of Rs 10,000 on the petitioner, Rajinder K Singla.

The costs, to be deposited to the high court’s Legal Service and Mediation Centre, were imposed as the Division Bench, headed by Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, dismissed the petition filed by Singla challenging Nayyar’s appointment to the post.

Pronouncing the orders in the open court, the Bench made it clear that the appointment was made after following the due process of law.

In his petition filed in January this year, the petitioner had sought directions for quashing the appointment after alleging that it was not only illegal, but also arbitrary.

Giving details, the petitioner had alleged that Nayyar was not fulfilling the qualification and experience specified in the advertisement for filling the post.

He had also submitted that the university had tailor-made the criteria to appoint Nayyar on the post.

Rather, former Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti had replaced the earlier selection committee with a new panel of members who could work as per their whims and fancies.

It was also alleged in the petition that Nayyar had done his master’s degree from the Vinayaka Mission University of Directorate of Distance Education, which was not an approved degree by the Panjab University.

After hearing the arguments, the Bench was of the view that the selection was made after following the due process of law.

It has also held that the master degree of Nayyar was also valid as per the UGC norms.



UN Day for Elderly Persons
Grandparents from India, Pakistan share their experiences
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 1
Rising above the enmity of warring nations, grandparents from Pakistan interacted with their counterparts here at a school in Panchkula through videoconferencing here this evening.

An interactive session in association with the Tony Blair Foundation was organised at The Gurukul school, Sector 20, Panchkula, and discussion on the acceptance of the elderly was discussed on the occasion of World Elderly Day. Celebrating United Nations Day for Elderly Persons, three schools, including The Gurukul, from India and Pakistan in an hour-long free flowing video-link discussion, hovered around the central theme of ‘Elderly People’.

The elderly people from both nations talked about the young-at-heart experiences and how true happiness lies in doing small little things be it sipping a cup of tea in the balcony with the spouse or getting ready ahead of schedule as instructed by the grandchild to collect stationery items from the market,” said Principal of the school, Harsimran Kaur.

She further added, “Since Pakistani students were wearing Burkha, our students asked how do they cope with the same even in the family and they said they were fine with it being their culture.”

During the interaction, a student of The Gurukul also broke down as she lost her grandfather recently.



Students hold peace march
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 1
In view of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2, a peace march was held by students of The Sky World School, Sector 21, Panchkula, at Sukhna Lake this morning.

The march was held to mobilise the spirit of peace and harmony.

Around 100 students of the school set out to mobilise the sleeping momentum of the nation.

Principal of the school Santosh Bhandari and director Manu Bhandari inspired the students and the faculty to rejoice in the true essence of humanity through slogans - ‘Love is God’, ‘Love All Hate None’ and ‘Why Borders When We Can Make Bridges With Human Values’.

The message of the peace march — ‘Identify yourself first as a human and than anything else’ —should echo in the hearts of the young souls and the whole Chandigarh,” said Santosh Bhandari.



Cultural event marks Gandhi Jayanti
Our Correspondent

Students from India and China perform during an event to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti and China’s National Day at Paragon Senior Secondary School in Mohali
Students from India and China perform during an event to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti and China’s National Day at Paragon Senior Secondary School in Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, October 1
Paragon Senior Secondary School, Mohali, has organised a cultural event to commemorate Gandhi Jayanti and China’s National Day.

A delegation of 10 students and their five teachers had reached India last week to celebrate China’s National Day and Peace Fest. The Chinese students stayed at the houses of local students and both got to know about each other’s culture.

They presented various dance performances. A mime was also presented by students of Classes VI and VII to convey the message of ‘save the environment’.

Children of both countries danced to the beats of bhangra.

Tu Lily, leader of the Chinese delegation, thanked Iqbal Singh Shergill, Director of Paragon School, for the Indian hospitality they received.

She added that the Chinese students enjoyed their visit to the Golden Temple and other places in Punjab. Moreover, they were excited to dance to the tune of Indian numbers.



Workshop on fermentation technology

Chandigarh, October 1
The Department of Biotechnology, GGDSD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh, organised a lecture series-cum-workshop on fermentation technology under the aegis of Star College Scheme of Department of Biotechnology (DBT), GoI. Engineer Anoop Verma from Thapar University, Patiala, was the resource person. In his talk, he discussed various aspects of design and control system of lab to industrial scale fermenters.

He encouraged students to explore the opportunities available in the field of biochemical engineering. He also carried out practical sessions where participants were exposed to the working of various parts of the fermenter, its assembly and sterilisation procedures. — TNS



IEEE fest ends

The IEEE festival, ‘Aarambh’ concluded in the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Panjab University (PU), on Tuesday. The student wing of the UIET-IEEE, PU, Chandigarh, organised its first IEEE fest ‘Aarambh’ for enhancing the technical knowledge and skills among students. Aarambh, a national-level fest, is an ensemble of technology and innovation having a vision to incline the youth towards research and foster innovation in budding engineers. IEEE, headquartered in New York, stands for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Conference on food security

IIPA, Punjab, and Chandigarh Regional Branch and Department of Public Administration, Panjab University (PU), will jointly organise a regional conference on the theme of ‘Food Security in India - Issues and Suggestions for Effectiveness’ on October 4, 2013, at 11.30am at the department in the Arts Block III, PU. Professor Ramanjit Kaur Johal, Chairperson, Department of Public Administration, will present major findings of the theme paper. Other Speakers will join her in discussion.Professor HS Shergill, Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, will preside over the conference.

Applications invited

The Department of Music, PU, has invited application forms for admission to ‘Advance Practical Training in Indian Classical Music Vocal and Instrumental and Certificate Course in Music Vocal and Instrumental’ for the session 2013-14. The last date for receiving application forms is October 10 in the Department of Music, PU. No separate call letters will be sent to candidates.


Professor Ravi K Mahajan on Tuesday joined the IAS Centre of Panjab University as Director. Earlier, when he was the coordinator of the centre from 2000 to 2004, he had initiated some novel features to make it more active. He has been actively associated with the centre for over 15 years and is quite conversant with its demands and pressures.

Dalit seminar

A two-day national seminar on ‘Dalit Studies in 21st Century: Looking Ahead’ started on Tuesday at the ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre, PU. Director, IDC, Chandigarh, Prof Pramod Kumar in his address emphasised upon the positive role of politics on cultural dimensions of human life. He pointed out the current phenomena of universalisation of capital and the repressive measures adopted by the contemporary state and the ways how to democratise the same for the welfare of Dalits. He asked for shift from policy oriented research to ideology-based inquiry. He warned against bureaucratically controlled knowledge and popcorn research and underlined the need of innovative knowledge. — TNS



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