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PU detects certificate racket
Recovers bogus DMCs from two students of Govt Home Science College
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
In a major revelation that may be just the tip of the iceberg, the Panjab University authorities have come across a racket of bogus detailed marks certificates (DMCs) in the university.

Bogus DMCs have been recovered from two students of Government Home Science College, Sector 10, which were allegedly delivered to them by some fraudster, who charged them Rs 40,000 to get their compartment cleared after re-evaluation.

However, the DMCs handed over to the students turned out to be fake. The fact came to light after the university told them that they had not cleared the previous year's exam.

The university has constituted a committee to investigate the case.

A PU official said one of the students pursuing BSc (fashion designing), after learning that she had got a compartment in the first-year exams, contacted the fraudster, who had once met her on a bus while she was travelling to Chandigarh. The fraudster, who introduced himself as a PU employee, had told her to contact him for any help in the PU.

The fraudster, who gave his name as Surinder Singh, asked the student to pay him Rs 40,000, assuring her that he would apply for re-evaluation after which she would pass the exam. After a few days, the fraudster handed over a DMC to the student, claiming that she had passed the exam. The student then submitted the fresh DMC to the college and took admission to the second-year course.

The student then introduced the accused to her friend, who had got a compartment in the second-year exams. The second student also paid the money to the fraudster and got a DMC with pass marks.

“It was when both students wanted to take admission to the third-year course that the university raised an objection stating that they had not passed the previous classes and the university had not issued DMCs to them,” the PU official said.

After the incident came to the notice of the university authorities, PU Registrar AK Bhandari, along with other officials, visited the college for an inquiry, following which a committee was formed. The committee held a meeting in September and recorded the statements of both students. The committee is yet to submit its report on the issue. “We are investigating to ascertain whether PU employees have any role in the entire incident,” the Registrar said.

What the Registrar says

After examining both DMCs, it has been found that the stamps of the university on these are not genuine. Moreover, the paper used for printing the DMCs is also not the same as that used by the university. The way the DMCs have been prepared indicates that some insider may be involved in this racket.

— AK Bhandari, PU Registrar



Jogger overpowers man fleeing from police custody
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
Setting a perfect example of bravery, a jogger nabbed a person who fled from the premises of the Sector 34 police station after jumping from the police truck in which he had been brought to the police station along with his two accomplices early this morning.

While Harpreet Singh Walia, a resident of Sector 45, caught one of the persons trying to escape, the other two managed to flee. The accused jumped out of the police vehicle soon after it stopped on the police station premises.

Walia, who was on his routine morning jog, said at around 4.45 am, he was passing from outside the Sector 34 police station when he noticed three people running out of the police station being chased by policemen. "On realising that the three were trying to escape from police custody, I immediately ran towards one of the persons and overpowered him," Walia said. Walia handed him over to the police.

The police had detained the three near Sector 32 while they were travelling in a white Maruti car. The police took them to the police station from where two persons managed to flee. The police has impounded the car.

Rajesh Shukla, SHO of the Sector 34 police station, said the matter was not in his knowledge. DSP (South) Surjit Malik confirmed the incident and said the matter was under investigation. The police refused to divulge the details about the persons.

Act of bravery
Harpreet Singh Walia, a resident of Sector 45, was on his routine morning jog at around 4.45 am when he saw three persons running out of the Sector 34 police station who were being chased by policemen. "On realising that they were trying to escape from police custody, I immediately ran towards one of them and overpowered him," Walia said.



Snake scare for Haryana Governor at shrine
Reptile found coiled around brakes of golf cart moments after Pahadia stepped out of it
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 7
In a hair-raising incident, Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia and his wife Shanti Pahadia had a miraculous escape at the Mansa Devi temple when a 3.5-foot-long snake was found in the golf cart from which the duo had just stepped out after using it to pay obeisance at the shrine.

The snake was killed, but no efforts were made to figure out whether it was poisonous or not.

The duo was at the shrine on the third day of the Navratras to take part in a havan.

Police officials deputed for the Governor’s security noticed the snake coiled around the brake paddle of the golf cart and killed it without a second thought using batons. The incident has raised questions over the security as well.

Pahadia and his wife were to sit in the golf cart on their way back also, but preferred not to use it after the incident.

Panchkula Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) SP Arora said the situation was brought under control by the security staff present there. The administration has made arrangements for golf carts for the convenience of the elderly and the physically challenged at the shrine.

“The Governor and his wife had just finished the havan and was to head to the main darbar from the yagyashala to pay obeisance. They travelled in the golf cart to the corridor for about two minutes. Whiile they were paying obeisance and the cart was parked to ferry them back, police officials standing nearby saw a snake coiled near the brakes of the cart,” said a police official.

Panic gripped the area when a policeman raised the alarm.

Station House Officer of the traffic wing (rural) of Ambala, Lakshmi Chand, deployed for the security, came to the “rescue” immediately. He hit the snake with his baton and was joined by others later.

Lord Shiva’s blessing, says Pahadia

A visibly scared Pahadia said in a lighter vein that it was Lord Shiva’s blessing. He said “the snake must have also come to pay obeisance”.

Animal rights activists see red

Senior police officials defended their act, saying that they had no option but to kill the snake as it could have hurt anyone around. Animal rights activists scoffed at the killing of the reptile, saying that wildlife officials could have been informed. They said the killing was an offence under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Dr Sandeep Jain, co-opted member of the Animal Welfare Board of India, said, “It’s an offence under the Wildlife Protection Act. Several persons can be booked. The snake was killed even though it could have been released into a jungle adjoining the temple.”

Devotees keep off golf cart

Following the incident, scare gripped devotees using the golf carts. Some of them preferred not to use the golf carts. “I had brought my mother to pay obeisance at the shrine thinking that she would use the golf cart. However, after the snake incident, we preferred not to use it,” said Bhanu Sharma, a devotee and resident of Sector 12, Panchkula.



Day after, minor girls strike again
Decamp with purse containing gold ornaments, cash from wedding venue
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 7
In yet another incident of lifting of bags and purses from wedding venues, miscreants today targeted a policeman’s family during a function at SS Farms on the Kharar-Landran road.

The purse of Constable Harveer Singh’s mother was allegedly stolen today by the same two minor girls who had reportedly lifted Dr Indira Bhalla’s purse from the Daawat restaurant at Phase V here during the ring ceremony of her son yesterday. Constable Harveer Singh is posted at the Gharuan police post.

On the occasion of Harveer Singh’s wedding today, his mother was talking to guests and had kept her purse, containing two gold sets, two gold rings, two expensive mobiles and some cash on a table, which went missing. CCTV footage showed two minor girls picking up the purse and fleeing.

Sub-Inspector Ram Dev, who reached the spot, claimed that they were the same girls who had taken away Dr Bhalla’s purse yesterday.

“Both girls are aged between 11 and 13 years and were wearing the same clothes” he said.

The family is yet to file a complaint in this regard. Inspector Gurjit Singh, SHO of the Balongi police station, said no complaint had been received regarding the incident.

Harveer Singh’s family, which was busy with the marriage, said it would report the matter to the police tomorrow.

Fourth incident of the year

This is the fourth such incident this year. Apart from these two incidents, miscreants had earlier targeted two more families this year. Cases had been registered at the Phase 1 police station.

In 2012, six such incidents had been reported to the district police, of which three were reported from marriage palaces at Zirakpur.

Modus Operandi
The police said the girls were members of a gang active in the area. “The gang trains children. While the children look for targets at wedding functions, their accomplices wait for them in a vehicle near the venue. The children, posing themselves as guests, roam at the venue of the function and lift bags and purses whenever they get a chance. They mostly target parents of the bride or the bridegroom,” said a police official.


Ramlila organisers think out of the box
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
From special effects to sound and light mixing, the organising committees of Ramlilas are putting a lot of effort to stage their popular scenes, including wounded Sarupnakha and “Lanka Dehan”.

The Sector 29 Ramlila Organising Committee is making good use of technology for both these scenes. They will airlift Sarupnakha and bring her to the stage for their wounded Sarupnakha scene, planned on October 9.

“Along with strong sound mixing, the scene will have the judicious use of lighting system to dramatise it well,” said Jyoti Swaroop Bhardwaj, secretary of the committee. He said: “We will also show to audience three different characters of Sarupnakha and how Laxman cuts her nose”.

He said for their Lanka Dehan scene, they would also airlift Hanuman to give an exciting experience to the audience.

The Sector 28 Ramlila Committee is doing these scenes in a theatrical style. Director Mukesh Sharma said the Sarupnakha scene was very popular because this led to the abduction of Sita, and later the war took place. “We have designed light and sound show for our Sarupnakha scene. Our main focus will be on the inner conflict of Ravana when Sarupnakha comes to her with her wounded nose,” he said.

The Sector 7 Ramlila committee has planned its Sarupnakha scene on October 9 into a dance-drama form. Sanjay Kumar, secretary of the committee, said the scene would be enacted through strong dance performance, for which special training had been given to the artistes.

“As far as Lanka Dehan scene is concerned, we will create such a special effect with the use of light that people will realise actual fire being played at the stage,” he said.

The Mani Majra Ramlila Committee has planned a strong backdrop for both of these scenes. Monu Mehra, secretary of the committee, said they would airlift the dummy of Sarupnakha first and then play up the scene with the help of lighting and sound.

Besides these Ramlilas, Ramlila in Sectors 20, 22, Dhanas and Sector 30, too, are gearing up for these scenes.

Ashok Chaudhary, Secretary, Sector 20 Ramlila, said they had given a natural look to the Ashok Vatika, constructed on the stage, for the Lanka Dehan scene on October 11.

Kevat Scene at Sukhna Lake today

Sukhna Lake will provide the backdrop for the Sector 7’s Ramlila Committee to stage Ramlila’s popular Kevat scene tomorrow at 5 pm. In the Ramayana, a kewat (boatman) helps Lord Rama, Sita and Laxman to cross the Ganga after they were sent for 14-year exile.

Ramlila schedule

Sector 29 Ramlila Sarupnakha (Oct 9) / Lanka Dehan (Oct 10)
Sector 28 Ramlila Sarupnakha (Oct 8) / Lanka Dehan (Oct 10
Sector 7 Ramlila Sarupnakha (Oct 9) / Lanka Dehan (Oct 10)
Mani Majra Ramlila Sarupnakha (Oct 8) / Lanka Dehan (Oct 11)
Sector 20 Ramlila Sarupnakha (Oct 9) Lanka Dehan (Oct 11)



Dasehra fest
Doctors caution against eye injuries
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
With the sale of wooden bows and arrows increasing in the city ahead of Dasehra, doctors in the city cautioned against injuries, especially in the eyes, among children resulting into permanent damage to eyes.

As over 100 cases of severe eye injuries are received every year in children as young as 2 years, eye experts said not only the parents should avoid purchasing bows and arrows made of wood or cane, but also the organisers of Ramlilas should issue advisories before using the bows and arrows on the stage.

“Deep eye injuries, especially among children, are a big concern that rock the health centres every year and often leave the children with problems. Children develop a craze for playing with the bows and arrows by watching these on the Ramlila stage or on TVs. So, it becomes crucial for the organisers to ensure that they give out a clear message in the public about the risk associated with the use of bows and arrows for playing among children,” said Dr Sunandan Sood, Head, Department of Eye, GMCH 32.

Meanwhile, Dr Amit Gupta, Associate Professor, Advanced Eye Centre, PGIMER, said: “First of all, parents should avoid their children falling prey to such games that involve bows and arrows. If at all they buy these, they must go in for plastic ones. Wood has a lot of contaminated substance that can leave a huge damage in the eyes.”

So far, no such cases have reached any of the three institutions in the city.

What to do in case of an injury
Do not rub the eye
Do not wash the injured eye
Cover the injured eye with a bandage and contact the nearest eye specialist



Admn implements SC orders, but partially
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
When it comes to implementing orders of the Supreme Court and its own notification in connection with increasing age limit (which is 25 years in Chandigarh) for entering government service in the city, the UT Administration implements only those parts which suits it.

This can be gauged from the fact that the Supreme Court has ruled (in the case of UT Chandigarh v/s Rajesh Kumar decided on September 8, 2003) that any Punjab Government notification regarding “conditions of service” would ipso facto apply to Chandigarh services without anything further to intervene for its applicability. The same judgement also ruled that “it may not be open for the appellant (Chandigarh Administration) to pick one amendment in the Punjab Rules and implement the same and refuse the other amendment”.

Similarly, the Punjab Government in its notification in 1994, which is also applicable in the UT, clearly mentioned that the age limits between 18 and 30 years in the case of non-technical posts and 18 and 35 years in the case of technical posts are relaxable up to 45 years in the case of persons already in employment with further usual relaxation for SC/OBC candidates.

With the UT not implementing Punjab government notifications and Supreme Court orders, the youths of the city are not getting enough opportunities to apply for government service as presently the age limit is only 25 years.

But, the MHA in its recent reply in the Lok Sabha had stated that the entry into government service did not fall within the ambit of conditions of service. As such the Chandigarh Administration follows the central pattern in the matter of upper age limit for entry into government service.

UT Adviser KK Sharma said he was not aware of such Supreme Court orders and notifications. He would first check these orders. Thereafter, he would be able to comment more on this issue.

Harbans Lal Verma, a retired government official, said the Chandigarh Administration partially implements the Supreme Court and other court’s orders particularly in connection with age limit for entry into government service. Even in the recent reply by the MHA to local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal in the Lok Sabha, they concealed the facts about these notifications.



Auction of sites
GMADA earns Rs 40.27 crore
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 7
Despite a major slump in real estate sector, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) managed to earn Rs 40.27 crore by auctioning three residential and two commercial sites at its complex, here today.

Though the response is not so much encouraging, if one goes by statistics (as only five sites could be auctioned out of total 28 sites, worth Rs 193 crore), but the GMADA authorities have expressed their satisfaction over outcome of today's auction.

In today's auction, a total of 28 sites, two sites of group housing scheme, one site of school, 17 residential sites and eight commercial sites were put under hammer.

Of 17 residential sites, the buyers showed interest in only three residential sites, two in Sector 68 and one in Sector 69 (all one kanal in size). One plot at Sector 68 fetched Rs 2.70 crore, another went for Rs 2.78 crore against the reserve price of Rs 2.63 crore each while the plot in Sector 69 brought in an amount of Rs 4.02 crore against its reserve price of Rs 3.95 cr.

In commercial category, the shop-cum-office (SCO) at Sector 59 brought a ray of hope for the authorities when the site fetched Rs 16.65 crore against its reserve price of Rs 16.65 crore. Another commercial site at the same sector fetched Rs 14.12 crore (reserve price Rs 132.4 crore) whereas the rest six sites failed to attract any buyer.

"As we manage to auction a total of five sites for over 40 crore, it's really not bad," said AK Sinha, Chief Administrator, GMADA.

Though Sinha admitted that his expectations were a bit higher from today's auction, he claimed that he was not disappointed.

"If you ask, it's a good response," said Sinha.

Expressing similar sentiments, Shelender Anand, chairperson of Mohali Property Consultant Association, termed the response a good one. "Everybody knows that recession has hit the market and real estate sector is not an exception. If the GMADA is getting more price that than the reserve price, set for its properties, it's good. Though on statistics ground today's auction seemed a flop show.I will term the response, good especially seeing the market scenario of late," said Anand.

No takers for school and group housing scheme sites

In wake of fetching whopping Rs 98 crore for group housing society at Sector 70 during last auction, the GMADA authorities had pinned high hopes on two group housing societies' sites too. Contrary to the expectations of the GMADA authorities, there was no taker for its two groups housing sites at Sector 66 and a school site at Sector 78. The GMADA has set reserve price for the sites Rs 37. 2 crore while the value of the property was adjudged at Rs 74.5 crore. Similarly, the value and reserve price of the school site was adjudged as Rs 18.39 cr. But nobody showed any interest in the sites, put under hammer.

Festival season, a wrong time for auction

As the festival season has set in, most of the businessmen have invested their money in their respective businesses. "In these days, the businessmen have no money to invest in property. The best timing for auction is post-festival season when all the businessmen will have earned a lot in this season and have spare money to invest in property," said Sarabjit Singh, a local businessman.

Dealers rein

As half of the chairs in the 'pandaal' put up for auction were occupied by the clients but most of them were property dealers of the region. "I have come here only to see the proceedings, not to buy any property. I think most of my fellows too come with the same intention," said a Mohali-based property dealer.



CCTVs to guard your shoes at PGI
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
With regular complaints of theft of shoes removed outside ICUs, the PGIMER is now going to install CCTV cameras outside the ICUs and corridors in patient wards in the second phase of the project.

The shoes belonging to not only doctors but also those of patient attendants removed before entering the ICU complex are often found missing.

Not only this, thefts of clothes, wallets and even cellphones belonging to senior residents and even senior doctors had been reported to have gone missing from the doctors’ changing room in the Advanced Trauma Centre over the past few months, said a senior PGIMER doctor.

“While a total of 37 CCTV cameras are currently installed at various locations (majorly entry and exit points of buildings and patient waiting halls), at the institute, nearly 65 cameras will be installed outside the ICUs in the Trauma Centre and corridors in patient wards within the next five months,” said a PGI official.

The budget for the cameras has already been allocated under the non-planned head, and the second phase will be completed soon.

Earlier, PGIMER’s security department had caught more than 20 mobile thieves and pickpockets at the hospital by viewing CCTV footage.

“Senior residents are often in a rush to reach operation theatres (OT) and ICUs. Engrossed in the work, they tend to leave their wallets and cellphones in their trousers in the changing room before entering the OT or ICU. Though the presence of security guards at the Trauma Centre has been improved and, hence, the situation has somewhat improved, the presence of cameras at the entry points will certainly ensure vigil,” said a senior PGI doctor.

A total of four high-resolution movable night-vision cameras are installed at the main entrance of the PGIMER. Other cameras are stationary.



Check misuse of public money on study tours: BSP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
While the MC is all set to spend public money on study tours for Gujarat, Hyderabad and even on foreign countries like Israel and Nepal, the BSP has written a complaint to UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil to stop the misuse of public money on such wasteful tours.

Jannat Jahan, BSP’s Lok Sabha candidate and councillor, today held a meeting at the Sector 34 office of the BSP and demanded that the “Study Tours” taken by the councillors and members of the Municipal Corporation must be banned with immediate effect.

Jahan pointed out that the study tours taken by these councillors are “leisure and pleasure” tours and had been a complete waste of public money. She sought a report on all tours taken by the MC in the past and their benefits to the City Beautiful.

She pointed out that crores had been spent by the MC under the garb of these tours. Jahan has demanded an inquiry into the same.

She said the tours must be approved only after the MC was able to justify the need and advantages of these tours for the past 10 years.

The meeting was also attended by BSP party convener Haafiz Anwar Ul Haq, chief general secretary Sanjeev Babbar and general secretary Salim Khan.



Rift in Congress gives city BJP a boost
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
Rift in the city Congress unit, especially before Congress’s Chandigarh unit in charge and party general secretary Shakeel Ahmed, has come as a major boost for the city unit of the BJP.

The BJP, which lost the last three Parliamentary elections in 1999, 2004 and 2009, has now geared up after the Congress’s rift, especially the way Congress city unit president was openly targeted by the Congress vice-president and others. Former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan, who is also a contender for the BJP’s ticket from the city, said the Congress was divided in Chandigarh, which was proved after Congress vice-president Pawan Sharma openly targeted Congress president BB Bahl. “The BJP is a united party and its workers also work for the party. With this message, they will go in public and are hopeful that the BJP will definitely win the upcoming elections,” he said.

BJP district president Shakti Prakash Devshali said Congress vice-president Pawan Sharma’s remarks against the party at a Congress rally on Sunday proved that workers had lost faith in the Congress. It was only the BJP that was concerned about the city residents, he said.

On Sunday, in front of AICC general secretary Shakeel Ahmed and local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, Congress vice-president Pawan Sharma had said that the BJP office was occupied by around 150 people at any given time. Whereas, only dogs could be seen outside the Congress office, which is often closed.

Different parameters for Haryana, Chandigarh

At a Congress function in Haryana on Sunday, Shakeel Ahmed, who is also the in charge of Haryana, had directed the Haryana Congress leaders to thrash out their differences behind closed doors. But, a few hours later at a Congress function in Chandigarh, he did not issue any directions to the local Congress leaders, who were openly targeting the city Congress president at a rally.

Bansal’s silence a mystery
While party leaders were targeting Chandigarh Congress president BB Bahl, local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, whose name was recommended by Bahl for the next Parliamentary elections from Chandigarh, preferred to remain silent. Eyebrows are being raised that why Bansal not stopped party leaders from attacking Bahl.



Residents complain against ‘shoddy’ repair work
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 7
Residents of Phase XI here have complained that the Municipal Corporation is not providing a seal coat on certain roads which are being given a premix carpet.

Mukand Singh, resident of the area, said the roads were damaged and were being provided a premix carpet after nearly six years. The civic body was allegedly now taking shortcuts in the repair work as a seal coat was being provided only on the turnings and not on the entire stretches of the internal roads. The strength of the roads increased with the seal coat, he added.

Another resident, Jaswant Singh, complained that a “pick- and-choose” method was being adopted by the corporation while laying paver blocks. These had been laid outside certain row of houses while other rows in the same area had been ignored.

NS Dalam, Assistant Commissioner (Technical), said it had not been brought to his notice that a seal coat was not being provided on the roads being recarpeted in Phase XI. He would direct the officials concerned to get the needful done.

He said that paver blocks were being laid only in areas whose expenditure estimates had been prepared.



MoU signed for net zero energy building pilot project
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 7
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) for the net zero energy building pilot project here today. The memorandum has been signed for the planned building of the Nigam to be constructed at Sector 14, Panchkula.

The MOU has been signed in the presence of the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Power, Jyoti Arora, and the Chairman and Managing Director of the Haryana Power Distribution Corporations, Devender Singh.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) partnership to Advance Clean Energy Development Technical Assistance Program in collaboration with the (BEE) has offered technical assistance to the UHBVN to achieve net zero energy status for the nigam’s corporate office.

Speaking on the occasion, Arora said: “This will be the first net-zero energy building of Haryana. The Ministry of Power has already approved net zero regulations for implementation in India.” She said, “A technical committee will be constituted to plan design, monitor periodic construction of the building and maximise energy efficiency. The Ministry of Power will provide full support for timely completion of this ambitious project.”

Devender Singh said, “The estimated power consumption in the proposed office building will be only 250 KW due to its energy efficient architecture. Solar photo-voltaic plant will be installed in the building to generate the required electricity. The electricity will be transmitted to grid and the Nigam will draw the required power.” He said, “The new office building is planned to be constructed by June 30, 2015. The usage of solar energy will help decrease dependence on imported fuel, contribute to higher greenhouse gas emissions, and strain the country’s fossil fuel dependent infrastructure.”


RC Bhalla is AETC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
After a gap of around four years, the post of the UT Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner has been reverted back to the UT-cadre office. RC Bhalla, senior most UT officer, has been posted as the new AETC.

Sources in the UT Administration said the UT cadre had moved Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) against the practice of the UT in posting punjab cadre officials when eligible officers were available in the UT. The previous incumbent, Naresh Dubey, was a punjab cadre officer, who was given six month extension.



Office of CITCO’s engineering wing vacated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
The office of the engineering wing of the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Corporation (CITCO), housed in a showroom at Sector 7 was vacated following the order of a local court.

The showroom that once housed the head office of the CITCO was now being used by the engineering wing of the corporation. CITCO was in possession of the showroom since late 70's.



24 diesel autos impounded

Chandigarh, October 7
In a drive against illegal plying of autos, the State Transport Authority (STA) today impounded 24 diesel autos under various offences.

An official of the STA said a large number of unauthorised diesel autos coming to Chandigarh from Punjab and Haryana were causing air pollution and traffic congestion on roads.

Though diesel autos are not registered in Chandigarh, they are being registered in Mohali and Panchkula. Diesel autos registered in the neighbouring states are not countersigned by the Chandigarh authorities. — TNS



Members of Sikh sangathan meet Bansal

Chandigarh: Members of the Chandigarh Sikh Sangathan on Sunday met Pawan Kumar Bansal, MP and former Union Minister, to thank him for the recently introduced Nangal Dam- Anadpur Sahib-Chandigarh-Hazur Sahib (Nanded) Express. The delegation was led by sangathan chairman Naib Singh. Among others who were there in the delegation included general secretary Harjit Singh, vice-chairman Tara Singh, general secretary of Sector 19 D Singh Sabha Gurudwara, Paramjit Singh and secretary of Sector 40 Gurudwara, JS Kahlon.

Medical camp

The Chandigarh Senior Citizens' Association organised a medical camp this morning at Government High School, Kajheri, in collaboration with the Director Social Welfare of UT Administration, the area councilor and former sarpanch. In this camp, blood donation was also organised with the help of the GMCH, Sector 32. Pawan Kumar Bansal, Member Parliament, interacted with patients, all service providers and organisers and congratulated all for highly commendable and most meaningful single window service to less privileged brethren. As many as 775 patients were examined, said Maj Gen MS Kandal, convener, and DS Grewal, president of the association.

Blood donation camp

A blood donation camp was organised by Hallmark Public School, Panchkula, on its premiseson Sunday. This was the third camp organised by the school as part of its commitment towards social responsibility. 147 units of blood were collected at the camp. The chief guest on the occasion was Sunil Talwar, Deputy Mayor, MC, Panchkula.—TNS



Dept collects school enrolment data
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
For the first time, the UT Education Department is collecting the school enrolment data relating to children belonging to all minority communities staying in Chandigarh.

The purpose is to find out that how many students out of the minority population are covered under school education in the city.

The data of all minority communities are being collected under the fresh guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Officials of the department said this year, all schools, including private, government and centrally funded schools, were being asked to specifically provide the enrolment data of minority group students along with the total enrolment of the general category and other reserved category students.

“Till last year, the enrolment status of children of Muslim community were recorded but from this year, there are specific guidelines by the Union Ministry to collect school enrolment data belonging to Muslim, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhist, Parsi, Jain and other minority communities,” said a senior official.

He said the idea was to check the education status among the minority groups and then further update the national education policy accordingly.

It is learnt that the latest population data of the minority communities staying in Chandigarh is also under compilation by the Census Department. With this separate school enrolment data, the authorities can come to know about the percentage of children belonging to minority community getting school education.

The process of collecting the data has already begun. The Education Department has recently sent a pro forma to all kind of schools in the city, including government schools, government-aided schools, private schools and Central Government- funded schools, to submit their current year’s academic data before October 20.

There are specific instructions by the department to furnish separate enrolment of students belonging to the minority communities.

The department is expected to compile the data by the mid of the next month and then duly submit it to the Union Ministry.

A total of 1,58,892 students were found studying in Chandigarh in elementary classes in the previous academic session of 2012-13. Out of them, the students belonging to the Muslim minority community were 8,336.



Prominent authors to take part in literary fest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
The literary festival of Chandigarh Literary Society (CLS) to be held from November 23 to 24 at Lake Club, Chandigarh, is expecting to bring prominent literary names to the city.

Some of the authors who have confirmed their participation in ‘Literati 2013’ include Bhaskar Ghose, Prasoon Joshi, Ashok Vajpeyi, Kishwar Desai, Madhu Kishwar, Meghna Pant, Rajeev Dubey, Jerry Pinto, Jaspreet Singh, Mohyna Srinivasan, Nandita C Puri, Paro Anand, Krishna Shastri, Jai Arjun Singh, Manjula Rana, Govind Mishra, Bubbu Tir, Irshad Kamil, Upamanyu Chatterjee, among others.

The literary festival would have sessions on English, Hindi and Punjabi literature with some interesting ones like 'The Four Letter Words: All Betweeen Love & Hate', 'Women and the Paradox of the Modernity', 'Dissent', 'Discourse and Diaspora', and 'Religion and Politics: Oxygen or Position'. Several book launches are also planned, including Helium by Jaspreet Singh, and Manisha Gangahar’s ‘Kashmir’s Narratives of Conflict’.

Member of the Chandigarh Literary Society Vivek Atray, said those interested in participating could register themselves online at www.chandigarhliterati.com.

The sprawling lakeside lawns of the club will be transformed to a literary village with bookstalls, paintings, photographs and handicrafts display, live artists at work, coffee corners and food stalls.



Over 300 participate in city ‘treasure trail’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
Over 300 persons participated in Chandigarh ‘treasure trail’ organised by the Chandigarh Tourism and the Chandigarh College of Architecture on the occasion of 125th birth anniversary of Le Corbusier yesterday.

The Sunday morning saw several participants, including families, youngsters, students of the College of Architecture, who joined the ‘treasure trail’ and visited important unfamiliar spots in Chandigarh like Corbusier Cube -Foundation Stone and under bridge in Sector 15.

Later, the participants joined in an impressive cake cutting ceremony at the Le Corbusier Centre in Sector 19.

Antoine Picon, president, Le Corbusier Foundation, Paris, and also professor in Harvard University, US, cut the ceremonial open hand cake.

The winners of the ‘treasure trail’ were given memorabilia and souvenirs of Le Corbusier. The first prize went to team comprising members Neeraj Bansal, Akhshit Rao, Pranika Mahajan, Rishab Babbar. The second prize went to Mrogyaynee Bhagat, Vaibhav Vasishth, Priyadarshini Bhagat, Kashish Theti and the third prize was bagged by Prabhjot Singh Phul, Varchasa Duggal, Naval Pandey.



PGI holds conference on skull base surgery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
The 15th annual conference of the Skull Base Surgery Society of India was organised at the PGIMER on October 5 and 6. It was inaugurated by Prof VM Katoch, Director-General, Indian Council of Medical Research.

The conference witnessed lectures and discussions on the role of minimally invasive surgery for skull base meningiomas and lesions involving cavernous sinus. Prof M NecMettin Pamir, chairperson of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, Skull Base Surgery Committee, also delivered a lecture on sphenoid wing meningiomas.

Prof Basant Misra, president elect of the WFNS Skull Base Surgery Society and Secretary of World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, also delivered a lecture on treatment strategies for craniopharyngiomas.

The meeting was attended by experts in the field of Skull Base Surgery from the USA, Japan, Sweden, Turkey, Germany, as well as from all parts of India.



college notes
Youth fest begins

Panjab University Youth and Heritage Festival (Zone B) commenced at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26. Education Minister of Haryana Geeta Bhukkal was the chief guest and Prof Arun Kumar Grover, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, was the guest of honour on the occasion. The minister in her address felicitated the students and wished them success in their future endeavours. She emphasised on the empowerment of women in political, economical, spiritual areas. Professor Grover encouraged students to maintain a balance between academics and extra curricular activities. The minister congratulated Panjab University as it has secured a prestigious place in the Times Higher Education World University ranking. The PU has been ranked No. 1 in the country and 226 to 250 in the World University Rankings recently. While referring to the role of youth festivals in the overall personality development of students, Bhukkal said such events provides an opportunity to students to demonstrate the diversity of cultural and creative activities. Besides, it also provides a platform for exhibiting individual talent. While expressing concern over social evils, she urged the gathering to empower themselves and lead in each and every sector. She also announced a discretionary grant of Rs 5 lakh for the college.

Students participate in competitions during the PU Youth and Heritage Festival (Zone B) at the Guru Gobind Singh College for Women in Sector 26, Chandigarh on Monday.

Students participate in competitions during the PU Youth and Heritage Festival (Zone B) at the Guru Gobind Singh College for Women in Sector 26, Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan


The 55th Panjab University Zonal Youth Festival (Zone-A) witnessed various activities like quiz, debate, poem recitation, creative writing and elocution at the GGDSD College, Sector 32. Principal of the college Bhushan Kumar Sharma welcomed the judges of the events on the occasion. Students faced a tough competition in the final round of the quiz. The contest was informative and was immensely enjoyed by one and all. The quiz, debate and poem recitation was held in the auditorium whereas the creative writing contest, showcasing the writing skills of the students, was held in the seminar hall. Students from different colleges participated with great zeal.

Students win laurels

A team comprising four student members - Avantika, Sakshi, Kinsara and Anchal of BSc - of ‘Prakriti’, Environment Society of Post Graduate Government College of Girls (PGGCG), Sector 11, were placed among the top eight winning teams in the Chandigarh treasure trail event organised by the Chandigarh Tourism Department on Sunday. The event was open for all citizens of Chandigarh. As many as 70 teams participated in the event. From PGGCG-11, three teams of Environment Society participated in the event.



school notes
Foreign delegation visits city

Gurukul Global School, Manimajra, in association with the District Rotract 3080 on Monday received a delegation of 20 environmentalists from Australia, Germany, Zimbabwe, Brazil and Italy. The Orchid Eco Club of the school showcased their activities through a power point presentation.

Poster-making and slogan writing competitions on environment were also held. Baibhav (first), Tania (second) and Aastha (third) and Ayushi (consolation) bagged prizes in poster-making and in slogan writing, Janet, Saagar Verma and Geetanjali bagged the top positions.

World Wildlife Week observed

The Shatavari Eco Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector-38, Chandigarh, observed the World Wildlife Week-2013. During the week-long celebrations, volunteers participated in various activities like essay writing, poster-making and slogan writing. An interactive session regarding awareness of protection and preservation of wildlife was also held. Rakesh Dahiya, NSS programme officer and in charge of the club, participated in a trekking camp from Saketri Forest to Kansal Forest.

Three-day camps for children

Sharda Sarvhitkari Model School-40, Chandigarh, organised three-day Bal and Shishu Shivars.

Various competitions like shabad gayan recitation, drawing, shlok uccharan, Hindi speech, English writing, storytelling, rangoli, verg geet, Punjabi writing and Hindi writing were held on the occasion. Children from Classes III to VIII participated in the competitions.

Cyber Olympiad

Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula, conducted its SOF National Cyber Olympiad.

The activities held on the occasion include a PPT presentation on women empowerment, 3D laboratory to show various issues of mathematics and science along with smart class presentations.

Principal of the school Krit Serai said: “Today technology is an integral part of education.

The aim of the cyber week is to enhance educational technology.”

Creative handiwork exhibition

Woodlands House School, Sector-8, Panchkula, organised an annual creative handiwork exhibition and displayed the project works of students. The aim of the event was to showcase the creativity of the children.

Vedic Bhajan Sandhya

Vedic Bhajan Sandhya organised at DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur, Panchkula. Ravinder Talwar, VP Paul, BC Joshan, and Puneet Bedi of the DAV Managing Committee were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.

Principal Anuja Sharma welcomed the guests.

After lighting of the traditional lamp, a team of the Arya Samaj mesmerised the audience by some soulful bhajans.

Students visit old age home

Students of Ashmah International School, Mohali, visited Akal Old Age Home, Ratwara Sahib.

The students gave gifts to inmates of the home. A small cultural programme was also held on the occasion. The inmates of the Akal Old Age Home interacted with the students and shared their experiences.

Vedic havan

DAV School, Mohali, performed 11 Kund Vedic havan. Teachers and students of the school recited vedic mantras on the occasion. Students were explained the importance of ‘Dharti’, ‘Akash’, ‘Agni’, ‘Jal’ and ‘Vayu’.


Mascot painting and fancy dress competitions were held at Star Public School, Mohali. Students of Playway to Class I took part in the fancy dress competition.

‘Nature’ was the theme of the competition. Students of Classes II and III participated in mascot painting competition by using waste material.



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