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Admn’s master stroke: Rs 1.2 cr per year
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
It’s official now. Chandigarh Golf Club will have to shell out Rs 1.20 crore per annum as lease amount. At a recent meeting, the Administration finalized the lease amount to be charged from the club.

The Administration will also charge Rs 10 lakh per month from the club with effect from March 16, 2008. Earlier, the Administration had offered Rs 1.61 crore lease amount to the club.

A senior official of the UT Administration said the decision about the new lease amount had been communicated to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and former Supreme Court judge Justice Kuldeep Singh, who had been appointed as a mediator by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The Administration will also submit an affidavit in the Punjab and Haryana high court to settle the dispute.

President of the club GS Sandhu said: “We have not received any communication from the Administration as yet. We have already submitted our representation to the UT Administration to reduce the lease amount. It is pending before the mediator and the Punjab and Haryana High Court.”

Recently, the mediator had suggested a lease amount Rs 40 lakh annually, but the UT Administration had turned down his proposal.

In a letter issued by the Administration, the club was asked to deposit Rs 9.27 crore by January 16, 2012. The lease period was proposed for five years, with an annual enhancement of 7 per cent in the rent. The lease was to be effective from March 16, 2008.

Later, the club filed a petition challenging the decision to enhance the lease amount and Rs 9.27 crore as rent, including interest, for five years — March 2008 to 2013. As per the earlier lease, which was for 20 years — 1988 to 2008 — the annual lease amount of the club, established on August 25, 1966, was Rs 1 lakh.

UT rejects Delhi club pattern

The UT Administration has rejected the representation submitted by Chandigarh Golf Club to fix lease amount on the pattern of Delhi Golf Club. The club management had submitted that the Delhi Golf Club paid less than Rs 6 lakh per annum as lease rent whereas the UT Administration had fixed Rs 1.61 crore for Chandigarh Golf Club. Moreover, Delhi Golf Club sprawls 179 acres as compared to Chandigarh Golf Club which is spread over 132 acres. The value of Delhi Golf Club land is much higher than the land in Chandigarh.


August 25, 1966: Chandigarh Golf Club registered under the Registration of Societies Act

November 16, 2012: Administration proposes fresh lease terms for the club, demands Rs 9.27 crore

December 21, 2012: Club sends representation to the UT Estate Officer

December 22, 2012: Club sends representation to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs

January 15, 2013: Club approaches Punjab and Haryana High Court

January 16, 2013: Deadline for depositing Rs 9.27 crore expires

January 16, 2013: HC directs the parties to resolve the issue amicably, restrains coercive action

February 2, 2013: Former Supreme Court judge Kuldip Singh appointed mediator to resolve the lease row



A trek to remember
Admn fails to provide packaged water
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Imagine an 8-km trek without water. Sounds strange, but this was the scene during Nature Trek, organised by the Chandigarh Administration on Wednesday. The administration failed to provide packaged drinking water to trekkers at four stalls set up en route the hike. Water was kept in jerricans and there were a few glasses at each of the stalls.

The 8-km trek was from Nepli forest to Kansal forest, was flagged off by Adviser to the UT Administrator KK Sharma.

Some of the trekkers said they were served packaged drinking water last year. Moreover, there were limited packs of glucose to help boost energy level of trekkers.

The packaged juice was also in short supply. An official was seen directing the staff to dispose of empty packs of juice in the forest area away from the sight of other trekkers.

Trekkers were also seen struggling to get plates for breakfast which was arranged under a tree. The officials, on the other hand, were served breakfast in the comfort of the log hut. Some trekkers were seen using paper napkins instead of plates.

A trekking enthusiast, Binu, said: “I had to wait for about half-an-hour to get a plate for breakfast. I did not drink water as it was being served in glasses without being washed properly. The arrangements are poor.”

Another trekker Barinder Singh said the administration was aware of the number of participants. “Why didn’t the officials make adequate arrangements for the trekkers,” questioned Barinder.

When contacted, Chief Conservator of Forest Santosh Kumar said: “So what! People think as if they are sarkar ke jamai.”



Weekly Amritsar-Lalkuan train flagged off
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The weekly Amritsar-Lalkuan train was flagged off from the city railway station by former Railway Minister and MP Pawan Kumar Bansal today. The train will directly connect city to Uttarakhand.

However, representatives of the Kumaon Sabha, who were present during the flagging off ceremony, said most of the halts of the train were in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh and not in Uttarakhand. The train will depart from Chandigarh every Wednesday at 10.30 am and will reach Lalkuan at 8.50 pm. On its return journey, the train will leave Lalkuan every Wednesday at 11.15 pm and will reach Chandigarh at 9 am the next day. The train will have halts at Beas, Jalandhar City, Phagwara, Ludhiana, New Morinda, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Chandigarh, Ambala Cantt, Jagadhari, Saharanpur, Roorkee, Laksar, Nazibabad, Moradabad and Kashipur stations.

Bansal said the new train would not only cater to the needs of Uttarakhand residents but also tourists from Punjab and the region as Lalkuan is close to Nainital.



Uttarakhand residents not happy with timings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Residents of Uttarakhand demanded that the timing of the train should be changed from 5.55 am in the morning from Amritsar to 5.55 pm in the evening for the convenience of the passengers.

They stated that the demand of changing the timing has been made as the train reaches Lalkuan at 8.50 pm, which is a hilly area and passengers face problem in getting transportation from the station to reach their destination.

They also demanded that instead of Wednesday, the train should ply on Saturday. Kumaon Sabha Association president Bachan Singh Nagarkoti said that earlier a holiday special train from Chandigarh to Ram Nagar was introduced, but as time and day of its plying was not suitable to passengers, it was withdrawn by the Railway Ministry.

Face-lift project status

MP Pawan Kumar Bansal said the projects were held up due to differences with the earlier contractor, but now the work had been allotted again. He said that the leftover work of the VIP Lodge and two escalators on Platform Numbers 2 and 3 would soon be completed as around 80 per cent work had already been done. He said that the tenders of the two more escalators on Platform Numbers 4 and 5 from Panchkula side would also be floated soon.

passengers’ take

We were clueless about the Amritsar-Lalkuan via Chandigarh weekly express train. We belong to Solan, but are going to Roorkee from here. We didn’t know about the train and we consider ourselves lucky that we are boarding the train on its maiden journey. We are going to attend a family function at Roorkee. I am excited about the journey

— Nitin Chopra, Passenger

I have been travelling with my 13-year-old son Vikas from Naziabad to Chandigarh for the past one year. He is being treated at the PGI and it becomes very difficult for us to commute on a regular basis, but this train has come as a big relief. We usually have to wait at the station for long hours, but now we can reach home early

— Ram Kumar, ailing boy’s father


‘Money’bee stings Ramlila organisers
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
This Navratras, entertainment will come at a price. The rising cost of stage lighting and costumes has come as a jolt to Ramlila organisers. Starting tomorrow, the event will be staged at 49 places across the city.

The organisers had it the toughest in the past couple of days.

Collecting donation turned out to be tiresome.

Director of Garhwal Ramlila, Sector 28, Mukesh Sharma, said as the overall cost of staging Ramlilas had gone up by 30 per cent, quality was bound to suffer.

“Last year, staging Ramlila cost Rs 2.5 lakh. This year, the cost has increased to Rs 3.25-3.50 lakh," he said.

Hem Raj of Garhwal Ramlila, Sector 7, said stage cost had increased from Rs 40,000 to Rs 60,000.

"The light and sound system will cost us Rs 35,000," he said.

President of the Chandigarh Kendriya Ramlila Maha Sabha Vikram Bisht said the inflation had failed to dampen the spirits of the organisers as preparations were going on in full swing.

"We can’t afford to cut down on our expenses. We want the event to attract youngsters," he said.

“Some organisers are even pooling money," he said. As far as staging Ramlilas is concerned, the city tops the chart.

In Sector 29, a revolving stage has been set up. In Sector 28, a light and sound show will draw crowds while stage lighting will be the main attraction at Mani Majra.

The Chandigarh Kendriya Maha Sabha has planned 'Ram Baraat' on October 6. A procession will be taken out from Mani Majra till Sector 7.

Weather may play spoilsport

Wednesday showers left Ramlila organisers worried. An organiser, Birender Singh, said they would be in trouble if it rained in the coming days.

Effigies’ cost up

The cost of effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnad has gone up by 25 per cent.

interesting facts

  • Ramlila was first staged at Sector 22 in Chandigarh in 1953
  • Rajinder Bagga, a Chandigarh resident, enacted the role of Ram for 25 years, has registered his name in Limca Book of Records
  • Garhwal Ramlila in Sector 28 has won the first prize 13 times while Garhwal Ramlila and Sanskriti Manch, Sector 22, have attained the top slot 10 times.



Rain no dampener
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 2
Rain left the effigy of Ravana damaged at Shalimar Ground in Sector 5 this evening. But this did not dampen the enthusiasm of artists. An official of Adarsh Ramlila Dramatic Club got a waterproof tent pitched in the evening.

Ramlila will begin tomorrow. A havan will be performed in the morning. Deputy Commissioner SS Phulia will grace the occasion. The shows will be staged from 9 pm to 12 pm. Seating arrangements for 5,000 persons have been made.

“We will make up for the damages," said Asgar Ali, an artist.

Asgar Ali has been called from Agra to make the effigies. “People used to appreciate my father and grandfather’s work. I started learning the art when I was eight-year-old. It is my first visit to the town," Ali stated.



20 test positive for dengue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
With an increase in breeding of aedes mosquito, and the post-monsoon season setting in, 20 residents have tested positive for dengue, so far. So far, three dengue deaths have been reported at the city hospitals, including two at the PGIMER and one at GMCH-32.

The deaths at the PGIMER were reported to be of a 60-year-old Patiala resident and a 20-year-old Kharar resident.

Last month, a Mohali resident died of dengue at GMCH-32. The deadly aedes mosquito causing the disease begins to breed towards the end of the monsoon and often breeds in household water storage.

More than 350 cases of dengue were reported at the city hospitals last year, breaking the records of the previous five years.

The aedes mosquito breeds easily in artificial collection of water.

The mosquito remains in water in the form of egg or larvae for seven to10 days, said NVBDCP officials. On must keep the surroundings clean.

How is Dengue caused?

The dengue mosquito is called a “day-biter” and often breeds in artificial setting of water, which may include, water stored in vessels, buckets and excess water in flower pots. The mosquito can breed in 10-15ml of water. The water accumulated in empty tyres left in the open are also their breeding ground. Dengue is caused by the bite of an infected mosquito-- Aedes aegypti. When the mosquito bites a person infected with the virus, the mosquito spreads it to others, but can survive the virus itself.


High fever, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash and mild bleeding.


  • Always keep overhead tanks covered
  • Drain out water from coolers and scrub dry once a week
  • In case of fever, see a doctor


  • Do not allow water to accumulate in and around your house
  • Do not throw discarded containers, tyres, pitchers and pots on rooftops.

Helpline (Chandigarh)

For queries, contact the malaria wing on 0172-2740408.



Fluctuation damages goods in Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 2
A sudden surge in the voltage damaged various electrical appliances at a number of houses in Sector 2, Panchkula, last night. Most of the residents complained of damaged televisions and refrigerators.

“Our two televisions are now running out of order, following the high voltage fluctuation yesterday,” said Navdeep Singh, a resident of the area.

Most of the residents in the locality have complained of the frequent fluctuation problem in the area. “We have been facing this problem for so long now. This time, we have suffered a huge loss. My LED is running out of order now,” said Gurpreet Singh, a local resident.

Another resident Tej Pal said, “It is not the first time that this is happening. Some time back my air conditioner got damaged because of the fluctuation problem.”

Earlier, on September 22, a live wire fell in the backyard of a resident’s house and there was a surge in the voltage following which many electrical appliances at various residents in Sector 12-A were left damaged.

A minor fire also broke out at the residence of Navdeep Singh due to the power fluctuation.

“Who will take the responsibility for such incidents? A fire broke out in two tubelights of the house as well.” Laptops, washing machines also ran out of order.

Local Sub Divisional Officer(SDO), Pawan, said a wire snapped in the area which resulted in the overflow of voltage.



SASE celebrates 45th Raising Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), a premier laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation, based here, celebrated its 45th Raising Day today.

The establishment was raised at Manali to ensure the safe mobility of troops in the mountainous regions of Himalayas. ISO 9001:2008 QMS certified and one of its kind of laboratory in DRDO, SASE is engaged in the development of technologies for mitigation of cryospheric hazards. It has a network of field observatories and research stations in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Ashwagosha Ganju, Director of SASE, extended his warm greetings and lauded the contribution of the SASE fraternity during his address to scientists and staff of the establishment. He delved upon the stipulated vision of SASE and stressed on the need to align the individual contributions in attaining SASE’s vision, so that the laboratory could attain core competency in the field of cryosphere science and engineering.

He urged the scientists to dream big and be focused in their approach in the decade of “creativity and innovation”. The personnel with outstanding contributions in different fields and disciplines were also felicitated.

As part of the celebrations, the snow scientists and staff presented a colorful cultural programme Himanjali-2013. The whole establishment enjoyed the magnanimous performances of the little angels of SASE apart from skits, solos and Western dance.



demand for need-based changes
CHB residents take out rallies at 11 venues in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The Chandigarh Housing Board Residents’ Federation today stage a protest at 11 venues across the city against the unfriendly policy of the authorities.

Residents demanded ownership rights to those who bought their houses before the lapse of five years from the date of allotment, permission should be given to transfer, free-hold and sale-purchase of the houses without inspection, regularize all need-based structures that are within the plot area and within the storey-line and compound the need-based additional structures made by EWS-house owners and those who were given one-room houses.

The federation appeal to the UT Administrator, Shiv Raj Patil to hold an urgent meeting to resolve the issues as they were affecting a large strata of society.Residents stated that in the latest survey of the Housing Board it was declared that about 90 per cent of the CHB residents violated building bye-laws.



International Day of Elderly celebrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
In a bid to create awareness among youngsters about the need to take care of the elderly, the Desh Bhagat Group and the State Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh, organised a cultural programme at the old age home at Sector 43, Chandigarh.

The cultural programme was presided over by Dr Zora Singh, Chancellor, Desh Bhagat University.

The highlight of the function was the dance performance by elderly people. The students of Desh Bhgat University also presented a colorful cultural programme consisting of songs, dances, skits, bhagra and gidha.

Party games among senior citizen was also arranged which was enjoyed by everyone. The senior citizens participated with enthusiasm in the quiz, game shows and musical programmes.

An NGO, the Hara Punjab Khara Samaj, presented special gift to senior citizens as token of love and appreciation.

Zora Singh said, “ Elderly people are an essential asset to the society. They should be respected. World Elders Day was celebrated to create awareness among the public that one should take care of the senior citizens and not neglect them in the last stage of their lives.

They have done so much for our well-being and now it is payback time. We must take care of their needs and provide them with security and comfortable living, said a member of the group.



150 donate blood
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 2
Everyday hundreds of people in India require blood for transfusion, surgery or other medical procedure. As per official statistics, the nation requires 4 crore units of blood and only 40 lakh units are actually available.

This was stated by Dr Kuldeep Singh, in charge of the blood bank at Max Super Speciality Hospital during a blood donation camp today.

As per the National Blood Transfusion Council, blood banks are one of the significant ways to promote voluntary blood donation in the country.

As many as 150 persons, including staff of the hospital, donated blood. A function was also organised to felicitate regular voluntary donors from the hospital.

“Donating blood is a service to mankind. This is the best we can do to serve the society,” said a doctor from the team.



Retired officers write to Haryana CM
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 2
Haryana Government Retired Officers Welfare Association, Panchkula, wrote a letter to the Haryana CM regarding the pending demands of the pensioners. The demands included proper medical facilities, increase in pension and others.

The letter mentioned that the association, formed in 1990 was set up to look after the welfare of the Haryana government pensioners and at present, it has more than 450 retired Gazetted Officers of the Haryana government on its role, residing at Panchkula, Chandigarh and Mohali.



Kisan haat to come up in Kharar soon

Mohali, October 2
To help farmers sell their produce, the agriculture department will open the first kisan haat at Kharar Tehsil Complex. "The haat will be beneficial to farmers as they will be able to sell their produce at better prices," said Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu.

Now, the farmers will not have to take the middleman's help. Permission has already been granted to the agriculture department for setting up the haat and land for the purpose had been allotted.

The Deputy Commissioner said marketing, promotion and sales were a challenge for small farmers and the haat would overcome these. The haat will be linked with self-help groups of farmers.

Sidhu said the farmers could sell items like vegetables, honey, pickles, turmeric, jaggery, milk and milk products like cheese, curd and butter milk directly to consumers.

The goods will not contain chemicals and pesticides. "The farmers will be motivated to go in for direct sales by opening more such haats at various places with the help of the agriculture department," he added. — TNS



Property tax opposed
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 2
The House Owners Welfare Association of Phase I has opposed the imposition of property tax in Mohali. At a meeting of the association, residents condemned the government for putting an additional financial burden on residents. They said people had already paid development charges and the tax could have been levied after providing basic amenities in each sector.

The residents also opposed the proposed hike of 9 paise per unit in power tariff by Punjab State Power Corporation Limited. They said domestic consumers faced harassment when the corporation failed to give their bills in time. Often the bills were delivered late and the consumers were compelled to make heavy payments in one go because the delay meant an increase in the period of power consumption, they stated. Fuel charge was also being levied in some bills even when such a charge had been done away with from April 1, 2013. Association members urged the Municipal Corporation to clear encroachments in market verandas.

They said even the parking areas had been encroached upon by roadside vendors leading to problems for shoppers. They urged the civic body to switch to the paid parking system so that the residents got more space to park their vehicles.



Pending demands: Sanitation workers shave their heads
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Members of the Sweeper Union today shaved their heads in Sector 17. They said the UT Administration and the Municipal Corporation had failed to fulfil their demands. Krishan Kumar Chadha, president of the union, said they were demanding regularisation of services of 134 daily wage sweepers.

He stated that they would continue their protest and hunger strike.

He said MP Pawan Kumar Bansal never did anything for them. BSP convener Haafiz Anwar Ul Haq assured them of doing the needful.

In another function at Sector 52, senior BJP leader and ex-MP Satya Pal Jain urged the Central Government and Chandigarh Administration to accept the genuine demands of the sanitation workers.

He appealed to the authorities to ensure that the employees engaged by various contractors in different institutions were provided facilities on a par with their counterparts in government offices.



Film festival kicks off at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
A three-day film festival showcasing experimental movies will kick off at Panjab University tomorrow. Open for all, the festival will bring to the city audiences documentaries and movies specially chosen for the purpose. Starting with a 21-minute documentary, "An encounter with faces", at 9 am, all the movies will be screened at the Law Auditorium.

One of the movies, "Chandigarh", will take back the audience to the 1960s when the planned city was under construction. Directed by Yash Chaudhary in 1969, this 10-minute documentary shows various aspects of this modern city during its early days. The film was screened at the Melbourne film festival in 1971.

A 20-minute documentary, "I am Twenty", is one of the earliest independent films, known to inspire many filmmakers. Directed by SNS Sastry in 1967, it features interviews with people born in 1947, the year India attained her freedom. Those born on the Independence Day were selected from different parts of India. They talk about their hopes, desires, ambitions, hobbies, fears and frustrations in this documentary.

Pratidwandi, a magnum opus of the master filmmaker Satyajit Ray, will tell a tale in the backdrop of the Naxalite movement in Bengal. Siddharta, the main protagonist, is an educated middle-class man caught in the social unrest. Corruption and unemployment is rampant, as Siddhartha fails to align himself with either his activist brother or career-oriented sister.

Meanwhile, Little Terrorist, a 15-minute movie, is about Jamal, a 12-year-old Pakistani boy who mistakenly crosses the border and finds an unusual ally in a Hindu boy, Bhola.

The saga of Komogata Maru, a Japanese freighter chartered by Gurdit Singh, a South-Asian entrepreneur who brought 376 emigrants to Canada in 1914, is woven in an 87-minute documentary, "Continuous Journey", the last movie to be screened tomorrow.

At 5 pm, film scholar Surbhi Goel will deliver a lecture. She said her session would delve on the overall connecting aspect of the film festival: human beings and their engagement with the world around them through observation, archiving and documentation of experiences.



Students pay tributes to Bapu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Students came dressed as Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi during the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations at Banyan Tree School. The primary wing students enacted incidents from the couple’s lives. The pre-primary wing students sang and spoke a few lines on them.

At CRB Public School the day was celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervour. The functions aimed at inculcating the spirit of peace, love and brotherhood among students.

Mohali: Students delivered speeches and recited poems highlighting Mahatma Gandhi’s principles at Ashmah International School. The students came dressed in khadi.

A special assembly marked the celebrations at St Xavier’s High School. A speech emphasising on the Gandhian teachings, including the importance of truth and non-violence as a solution to all problems, was delivered. A quiz was also conducted.

Panchkula: A play on Gandhi’s life was enacted by the children of New India Smart School, Sector 15. The students of Kindergarten recited poems in his memory.

celebrations at gandhi smarak

MP Pawan Kumar Bansal along with students felicitated at Gandhi Smarak in Chandigarh on Wednesday
MP Pawan Kumar Bansal along with students felicitated at Gandhi Smarak in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Gandhi Smarak wore a festive look as residents from different walks of life paid tributes to the Father of the Nation at Sector 16 on Wednesday. Local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, who was the chief guest, lauded Mahatma Gandhi for giving a direction to the whole country. The programme began with a bhajan recital, followed by a cultural performance by students of DAV School, Sector 15. Students of Dev Samaj College, Sector 36, also participated in the function. Several members of different associations, such as Punjab Khadi Mandal, Khadi Aashram and Freedom Fighters’ Association, attended the event. President of the organising body KK Sharda said the youth should seek inspiration from Gandhi’s life and adopt his philosophy. Former Prime Minister Lal Bhadur Shastri was also remembered.



College teachers seek promotions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
Leaders of the local unit of Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) met the Director Higher Education (DHE) to press for their demands. Around 50 representatives of the seven aided colleges in the city reached the UT Secretariat.

A delegation of five union leaders met the official, Gurpreet Kaur Sapra, and Special Secretary, Finance, Bhawana Garg.

They are demanding promotions, increments and past-service benefits which have been pending for years.

Prof Iqbal Preet Kaur, convener, PCCTU, said: “The DHE assured the delegation that the cases of promotion and counting of back service will be cleared soon. She informed us that the department was aware of the delay, and was working on it.”

Prof Ghanshyam Dev, president of the local unit, said the DHE had agreed to look into pending PhD /MPhil increments.



‘Dalit studies need change in perspective’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
A two-day national seminar on “Dalit Studies in the 21st Century: Looking Ahead”, organised by the ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre at Panjab University, concluded today at the ICSSR Complex.

In his valedictory address, Professor Kancha Alliah from Osmania University, Hyderabad, stressed on the need to change the perspective of Dalit studies from development to “transformatory”.

He underlined the importance of ideology-based study over the empirical inquiry. While deliberating on it, he critically looked at the ways science was conceived in India and advocated a paradigm in order to produce rational and scientific thinking.

In the technical sessions, Professors Ronki Ram, Satish Sharma, PS Verma and Emanual Nahar spoke on different themes.

US scientist joins varsity

PU alumnus, Dr Amarjit S Naura, an eminent scientist based in the USA, has recently joined as the Ramalingaswami Fellow in the department of biochemistry. The fellowship, sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, encourages successful scientists of the Indian origin to come back to the country. Dr Naura, after being selected under this program chose to join his alma mater.

Students present papers

A national-level conference ICAER'13 (IEEE Conference on Cognizance of Applied Engineering and Research) was organised by the IEEE chapter of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology at the Golden Jubilee hall. Thirty-nine shortlisted papers were presented by the students of various engineering colleges. The conference aimed at generating students’ interest in research in their field of interest. Former director, UIET, Dr BS Sohi appreciated the efforts made by the college chapter in providing a platform to students to share the ideas. The best papers were awarded.

Seminar on gender violence

A participatory seminar on “Gender Violence in Punjab and Haryana: A Stocktaking” was held at Panjab University. Punjab Police officers, through informal presentations, pointed at the nuances of reporting and handling of the cases of gender violence. IG, NRI Affairs, Gurpreet Deo, who is also the Additional Director, Police Academy, Phillaur, stressed on the political will that was needed to turn the tides in favour of women. She also underlined the significant role being played by the judiciary in meting out justice to women. Experts also talked about the commercialisation of media, which is trivialising the issue of gender violence.



Peace march

Chandigarh: The National Service Scheme volunteers of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, joined a peace initiative. Around 50 students marched from the Open Hand to Parade Ground with banners and placards, promoting their “World Without War” drive.

Grandparents’ Day

The tiny tots of Ryan International School celebrated Grandparents’ Day. The students came to the school holding their grandparents’ hands. They put a show comprising various performances. Refreshments were served at the end of the show.

Oratory competition

The English department of St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School organised Grandiloquence, an oratory competition. Eleven schools from the tricity participated in the event. They recited self-composted poetry, narrated excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays and expressed their thoughts in “Just a Minute”.

Children have a gala time

Students of BMD Public School, Sector 63, celebrated the birthday of toy elephant Ele with great enthusiasm. The school hall was decorated with buntings and balloons. Children wore party dresses and birthday caps. They brought handmade birthday cards for Ele. The pre-nursery students cut the cake on Ele’s behalf. It was distributed among all the children. As a return gift, they got wafers.

Interactive session

The peace club of Gurukul Global School, Mani Majra, in association with the NGO Yuvsatta, organised an interactive session with history-sheeter Laxman Tukaram Gole, who has reformed himself and is spreading the message of truth and non-violence. A video highlighting his story was screened for the students.

Blood donation

Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22-D, organised a blood donation camp in collaboration with the department of transfusion medicine, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. Parents and teachers turned up in large numbers. The NSS volunteers took care of the arrangements. Councillor Pardeep Chhabra presided over as the chief guest.

NGO donates 100 schoolbags

Mohali: Chandigarh Round Table, a non-political youth organisation, on Wednesday donated 100 schoolbags to Government Elementary School in Kharar. Amit Jain, chairman of Chandigarh Round Table, said the local unit had adopted the school for upgrading its infrastructure under the Freedom Through Education initiative. Round Table India, under various charitable and social endeavours, has constructed 4,500 classrooms in 1,700 schools in the past 15 years all over the country.

Wildlife conservation

“If the tigers are on the verge of extinction, can men be far behind?” With this thought-provoking idea, Nandita and Charanjot Kaur of Class IX started the session on “Save Wild Animals to Save Our Future”. The one-hour session aimed at sensitising students of Classes VIII and IX to the importance of the wildlife.

Former PM remembered

The 109th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri was celebrated at Shastri Model School. The staff and students remembered him for his contribution in nation building.

Senior Citizens’ Day

Oakridge International School celebrated Senior Citizen Day on the school campus. Students welcomed their grandparents with flowers. The children danced on various songs.

Green Olympiad

Panchkula: Satluj Public School organised Green Olympiad Week 2013. Students took part in a quiz. They also planted saplings and participated in a face painting competition.

Street play

Students of Hallmark Public School, Sector 15, staged a street play, “Naari Narayani”, at Elante Mall in Chandigarh. It showcased the mental and physical agony a homemaker has to bear to keep her family happy. — TNS



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