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4-yr-old hit by MUV, dies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
A four-year-old girl was killed after being hit by a recklessly driven MUV opposite the GMSH-16 today.

The child was rushed to the hospital where she was declared brought dead. The speeding Skoda Yeti car hit the victim, Mohini, when she was crossing the road along with her mother, Suman Kumari.

The police said Suman, a resident of Ram Darbar, had gone to the GMSH-16 for her check-up. She was crossing the road in front of the hospital when the vehicle driven by Karan Mahan coming from the Matka chowk side hit the child. The vehicle then rammed into a divider and landed on the other side of the road.

While the mother escaped unhurt, eyewitnesses said the child flung into the air after being hit by the vehicle. Commuters waiting for a bus rushed the child to the hospital.

Suman’s husband Ram Chander, who is a painter, also reached the hospital with his relatives.

The police arrested the accused from the spot and a case was registered against him at the Sector 3 police station. The accused was released later released on bail. The police have impounded the vehicle. 

Motorcyclist killed

Mohali: One person was killed after a vehicle hit the motorcycle he was riding on the national highway on Friday. The deceased was identified as Satwinder Singh. The police have registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC against the driver of the vehicle on the statement of Kulwant Singh, a resident of Rukali Mangarh village in Ropar district. Kulwant Singh told the police that he and Satwinder had gone to Darua village to attend a wedding. When they were returning, a speeding vehicle hit their motorcycle.

Only child of her parents

Mohini was the only child of her parents and they were planning to admit her to a school. It was hard for Mohini’s mother to believe that she was no more. “This is the end of the world for me,” said the victim’s mother in a choked voice. The incident moved other patients who had come for a routine check-up at the hospital. 



City’s heritage goes for Rs 86 lakh at Wright 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
In yet another jolt to the UT Administration’s efforts to preserve the city’s heritage, a Chicago-based auction house sold heritage items designed by Le Corbusier’s cousin Pierre Jeanneret. Six lots of heritage items were auctioned for more than Rs 86 lakh. A pair of committee armchairs from the Punjab and Haryana Vidhan Sabha, which had disposed of as junk by the UT Administration, fetched highest amount of $40,000 (Rs 24.82 lakh) at the auction held yesterday. The Chicago-based Wright auction house had estimated its price in the range of $25,000-30,000.

Wright auctioned six lots of heritage items that included a pair of committee armchairs from the Punjab and Haryana Vidhan Sabha, a file rack from one of the administrative buildings in the city, a folding screen and a desk from the College of Architecture, Chandigarh.

Only a set of six chairs from the Central Library of Panjab University and a desk from one of the administrative buildings of the city, failed to find a bidder.

Advocate Ajay Jagga, who had filed a public interest litigation in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, said the Administration should register an FIR against unknown persons for the theft of heritage furniture from the city. Thereafter, the Administration should use diplomatic channels to get in touch with auction houses to stop auctions in future, he added.

In the past six years, a large number of Pierre Jeanneret-designed heritage furniture items have been sold at auctions across the world. 

Heritage under the hammer

  • A pair of committee armchairs from the Punjab and Haryana Vidhan Sabha auctioned for $40,000. (Estimated price: $25,000-30,000)
  • A pair of committee armchairs from the Punjab and Haryana Vidhan Sabha auctioned for $37,500. (Estimated price: $25,000-30,000)
  • An executive desk from administrative buildings Chandigarh auctioned for $15,000. (Estimate price: $10,000-15,000).
  • A file rack from administrative buildings auctioned for $16,250 (Estimated price: $10,000-15,000)
  • A desk from the College of Architecture, Chandigarh, auctioned for $7,500. (Estimated price: $7,000-9,000)
  • A folding screen from administrative buildings auctioned for $22,500. (Estimated price: $5,000-7,000) 

Recent auctions

  • November 3, 2011: Paris-based auction house Marseilles sells 30 different pieces for Rs 1.92 crore
  • May 25, 2011: Artcurial sells four out of seven lots of heritage furniture designed by Jeanneret for Rs 40.75 lakh
  • October 17, 2013: Seven lots of furniture items auctioned for around Rs 1 crore by the Chicago-based auction house 



HC chastises police for trying to delay proceedings of court 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
Pushed to the wall for shoddy investigations in the Tavera-Audi accident case, the Chandigarh Police were today hauled over the coals once again by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, this time for making attempts to delay the court proceedings.

The men in khaki were also chastised for filing an inadequate and ‘beside-the-point’ affidavit in the case. The case also saw the accused, Rajat Kapoor, being impleaded as a party.

Calling for a fresh affidavit, the High Court asked the police to specify their stand on adding more serious offence of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ under Section 304 of the IPC.

The query assumes significance as the section attracts a maximum imprisonment of 10 years. As of now, the first information report in the case has been registered for death due to rash and negligent driving under Section 304-A of the IPC, which carries a maximum sentence of two years.

As the case came up for resumed hearing, the Chandigarh Police placed before Justice Amol Rattan Singh an affidavit on how the victims were handled in accident cases.

Taking strong exception, Justice Amol Rattan Singh indicated in the open court that the affidavit had bypassed the issues raised during the hearing of the matter on investigative method adopted by the police that left the task of gathering evidence on the victim’s kin.

Justice Amol Rattan made it clear that the Chandigarh Police were asked to explain whether it followed the rules of spot inspection of a crime incident as stipulated under the Punjab Police rules.

Also, the police were asked to submit details of procedure it follows at the time of spot inspection.

Justice Amol Rattan also expressed his opinion that the police wanted to delay the matter and were avoiding the issues. Refusing to grant two weeks’ adjournment in the case, the judge fixed Thursday as the next date of hearing.

Justice Amol Rattan was also not pleased with the inability of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory to specify the vehicle speed as the Audi involved in the accident was not available to it.

The directions came on a petition filed by Yash Pal Juneja, who lost his 21-year-old son in the fatal accident.

Two college students from Ghaziabad and a taxi driver had died on the spot when their Chevrolet Tavera was hit by an Audi Q7 that crossed over the divider and rammed into the taxi.

The accident took place on July 24 around 1 am. Initially, the Chandigarh Police had registered a case against the taxi driver, who died in the accident.

It was only after a hue and cry was raised that a case was registered against the driver of the Audi.

Accusing the Chandigarh Police of carrying out a highly “tainted” investigation, Yash Pal Juneja, through counsel Ashit Malik, sought transfer of the probe to some independent investigating agency.

He alleged that the accused was close to politicians and high-ups and was influencing the investigations. 



IT Dept issues arrest warrant against businessman 
Said to be son-in-law of Congress leader from Punjab, accused fails to clear Rs 4-crore dues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
The Income Tax Department today issued an arrest warrant against a businessman for his alleged failure to clear the arrears to the tune of Rs 4 crore.

Confirming the development, Bikramjeet Singh, Income Tax Officer-cum-Tax Recovery Officer, Ward No. I, said the warrant had been issued against Arun Ummat, managing director of Abzoney Glass Pvt Ltd, located at Sangrana village, Panchkula.

He said the department had issued a show-cause notice to Ummat asking him why proceedings of arrest warrant should not be initiated against him. He, however, failed to submit his reply.

The official said the department had already attached his immovable properties.

In 2008 also, the department had attached his properties and vehicles, but later he cleared the dues.

Sources said Ummat is the son-in-law of a Congress leader of Punjab.

Officials said a raid was conducted on various business and residential premises of Ummat in 1999. Subsequently, evasions to the tune of lakhs were detected in his company's accounts. Over the years, the penalty multiplied to crores and proceedings were launched to recover the dues, said the Income Tax Department officials. 

Summons issued against 40 defaulters

The department has issued summons against 40 top defaulters of the region, who had not cleared their dues. 


Year 2013 ender
A prosperous year health-wise 
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

A technician performs dexa scan on the mobile mammography van at Dhanas.
A technician performs dexa scan on the mobile mammography van at Dhanas. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, December 13
For the PGI, 2013 remained a happening year. The premier healthcare institute witnessed a number of changes throughout the year.

The UT health department upgraded its 10-bedded hospital to 100 bedded in Mani Majra.

The PGI held the stone-laying ceremony of a 250-bedded extension of its Nehru hospital and a satellite centre in Sangrur.

The work is supposed to be completed by the end of 2014. The UT health department patted on its back for ensuring a much lower number of dengue contractions in the city this year.

The department failed to shape up the mobile mammography van the way it was expected to.

Mobile mammography van launched with defects

The UT health department, through Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, launched its first mobile mammography van in April this year. Much to the embarrassment of the senior officials, the van had 20 defects which were pointed out a month after the launch. Even the purchase of the van is under the UT Chief Vigilance Officer’s scanner due to complaints of 'pooling of tender' being sent to the CBI and the UT health secretary.

Satellite centre

The PGI held the stone-laying ceremony of the satellite centre in Sangrur. The centre is expected to unburden the hospital. Earlier, during a visit to the PGI during its foundation day ceremony, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad announced environmental clearance for the 25-bedded extension of the PGI's Nehru hospital.

First heart transplant

Finally, PGI doctors performed a heart transplant on a 55-year-old Ambala resident, ML Arora, in August this year.

Approval for discount-based bid for a medical store at the PGI

In its annual meeting held in July, the PGI authorities gave a green signal to the auction of medical stores on the basis of highest discounts quoted and not highest rents.

Hospital inaugurated (no fire safety clearance)

The 100-bedded government hospital in Mani Majra was upgraded and inaugurated. As many as 1,000 to 1,200 patients visit the OPDs everyday.

  • The first heart transplant performed on a 55-year-old patient
  • Ten-bedded hospital upgraded to 100 bedded in Mani Majra
  • Approval for discount-based bid for a medical store at the PGI
  • The purchase of the mammography van is under the UT Chief Vigilance Officer’s scanner

Sneak peep

  • Dr Atul Sachdev took over as the Director of the GMCH-32
  • A senior PGI doctor was accused of receiving a junior’s courier by forging his signatures. The case is still pending.
  • A resident doctor committed suicide at the PGI hostel.
  • The PGI procured a surgery robot to introduce robotic surgery. The authorities have not put it to use.

Looking ahead

  • Ten ambulances based on Punjab’s 108 model to be procured by health department
  • A food court to come up in the PGI
  • GMCH-32 to open a de-addiction centre.
  • Shop offering 57.2 per cent discount to come up at the PGI
  • A unit of Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Hospital to come up at Mullanpur.
  • A parking lot with a capacity of 800 cars to come up at the PGI


  • The family of a 30-year-old woman, who died during delivery at the GMSH-16, vandalised the hospital. Windowpanes were damaged and an ambulance was pelted with stones. An inquiry (still pending) was marked into the alleged medical negligence.
  • A Pakistani prisoner, Sanaullah Khan, was treated at the PGI. He was lodged in a Jammu jail and later shifted to the hospital after being attacked by an inmate. Despite efforts, he could not be saved. Pakistan High Commissioner visited the hospital to see him.
  • The UT health department had imposed a ban on the sale of pentavalent vaccine, easyfive, after the death of a six-week-old baby. The ban triggered panic in the city. The DGCI, later, gave a clean chit to the vaccine. 



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City Mayor goes into damage control mode
Tells officials to restart work on road; stops payment to contractor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
On learning about the use of substandard construction material, Mayor Subhash Chawla today directed the officials to restart the repair of the road in the parking lot of the Sector 19-C market.

Shopkeepers and area councillor had complained about the poor quality of construction material.

Mayor Subhash Chawla, along with area councillor Mukesh Bassi, Road Committee chairman Sat Parkash Aggarwal and the other MC officials visited Sector 19 and checked the material.

Mayor Subhash Chawla also told the shopkeepers that the MC would not release the contractor's payment.

Market Association president Ramji Manchanda said the road was recarpeted three days ago but its condition was so bad that the upper crust of the premix had almost gone.

Another shopkeeper Vinod Talwar said it seemed that the MC wanted the shopkeepers to shut down their establishments and which was why they were using substandard material.

"This puts customers to inconvenience and they avoid coming to the market," he added.

Ashok Mahajan, a shopkeeper, said the road's condition was far better earlier. "We fail to understand why the civic body officials did not check the quality of the material," he stated.

The issue was highlighted in these columns following which area councillor Mukesh Bassi demanded a vigilance probe into the matter.

UT Administration begins probe

UT Adviser-cum-Chief Vigilance Officer KK Sharma said they had received the complaint filed by the councillor, Mukesh Bassi. "We will take appropriate action," he stated. 



They are good at playing politics
Tribune News Service

Posters highlighting the involvement of Pawan Kumar Bansal in booth scam and railgate are being distributed.
Posters highlighting the involvement of Pawan Kumar Bansal in booth scam and railgate are being distributed. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, December 13
In the run up to the Lok Sabha elections, political parties are putting in effort to ensure the victory of their candidates in the gram panchayat elections scheduled for December 15.

Candidates fielded by the SAD-BJP combine are bringing up railgate and booth scam as their poll plank while the Congress candidates are proposing extension of lal dora.

Kamaljit Singh, a villager, said the candidates assured them of keeping their promises.

Today, a team led by MC inspector Sunil Dutt removed 400 posters and 4,000 pamphlets from villages. There are 12 posts of sarpanch and 132 posts of panch.

The elections will be held in village panchayats of Behlana, Rairpur Khurd, Rairpur Kalan, Makhan Majra, Daria, Mauli Jagran, Kishangarh, Kaimbwala, Khuda Ali Sher, Khuda Jassu, Khuda Lahora, Sarangpur and Dhanas. 



Civic body gets richer by Rs 1.92 crore
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
The MC today auctioned four paid parking lots and earned a revenue of Rs 1.92 crore. Sahib Singh and Empire Store automatic parking lots in Sector 17 fetched Rs 1.23 crore.

While Sahib Singh parking lot fetched Rs 71 lakh against the reserve price of Rs 43.18 lakh, the Empire Store parking lot fetched Rs 52.52 lakh against the reserve price of Rs 26.40 lakh.

Both the parking lots will have computer operated boom barriers that will open and close automatically. "The barrier will open after the parking slip is generated from the computer and will close after the vehicle drives past," said a MC official.

The automatic parking lots will ensure that the area does not get overcrowded. The number of vehicles parked in a lot and the availability of space will be displayed at the entry point to the parking.

In case, the automatic system develops any snag, four-wheelers will be charged Rs 5 and Rs 2 for every subsequent hour.

The non-automatic parking lot opposite Elante Mall in Industrial Area, Phase I, was auctioned for Rs 58.15 lakh against the reserve price of Rs 11.99 lakh.

The parking lot at Piccaddily multiplex (II), Sector 34, that had failed to find any bidder in the last auction, fetched Rs 11.20 lakh this time against the reserve price of Rs 11 lakh. 

Parking rates at Sector 17

For the first four hours, residents will have to pay ~5 for four-wheelers and ~2 for two-wheelers. After four hours, ~5 will be charged for four-wheelers and ~2 for two-wheelers every hour.

Parking rates outside Elante Mall and Piccaddily will be ~10 for four-wheelers and ~5 for two-wheelers for the entire day. 



Silver City fined Rs 50,000

Chandigarh, December 13
Silver City Housing and Infrastructure Limited will now have to pay Rs 50,000 more to the complainant for delaying the possession of a flat. The Chandigarh Disputes Redressal Commission has enhanced the penalty on the company from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1,00,000.

Complainant Pooja Kumar booked an apartment under the residential apartment scheme at Bhankarpur village, Patiala. The complainant opted for the payment-linked construction plan. The price of the apartment was Rs14,55,000, including car parking charges, club membership fees and power backup instrument charges. As per schedule, the opposite party was to complete the construction on or before July 31, 2007. Following complaints, the opposite party, in 2008, allotted another flat to the complainant in another building which was under construction. However, the opposite party failed to complete the construction work on time. The commission ruled that the opposite party should refund Rs 10,45,500 to the complainant, along with 9 per cent interest per annum. — TNS



Computer teachers protest outside DPI office
Agitators relent after DPI (S) Kamlesh Kumar assures to resolve their issues within a week
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
More than 200 computer teachers of the government schools held a massive protest in front of the office of the DPI in Sector 9 here today in support of their pending issues related to the delay in salary and increment.

The education department was in for a surprise as computer teachers in a large number reached the DPI office. The convergence resulted in the authorities summoning police force to beef up security at the office so as to ensure that no untoward incident takes place.

However, the protest was peaceful. No arrest was made and teachers left the spot following an assurance from the DPI (Schools) Kamlesh Kumar.

Yesterday, they had gathered at the office of the District Education Officer in Sector 19 and raised slogans against the education department.

A delegation of teachers today met the DPI and raised several of their issues. During the meeting, the computer teachers raised the issue of delay in their salary. They claimed that none of them received their monthly salary since October this year. “Since our contracts are renewed every month, there is no job security either,” they told the DPI.

Members of the delegation also informed the DPI that they had approached the education department on a number of occasions to highlight their plight but they were yet to hear a positive response to their demands.

After the meeting, computer teachers said the DPI had assured them that their issues would be resolved within the next week. However, if the assurance did not materialise, they would again come on streets to protest against the department, they added.

Protesters said their pending issues reflected the standard of computer education in government schools here. They claimed that even after introducing computer education in government schools, the department was yet to recruit permanent computer teachers. A computer teacher said while they should have been recruited under the education department, they were still working under the Society for Promotion of IT (SPIC) in Chandigarh.

Earlier in the morning, the teachers gathered in front of the office of the SPIC inside the PEC University of Technology, Sector 12, Chandigarh, and later, met Anil K Prashar, CEO, SPIC, in connection with their demands. 

Teachers’ tale of woes

  • Protesting computer teachers said their pending issues reflected the standard of computer education in government schools here.
  • They claimed that even after introducing computer education in government schools, the department was yet to recruit permanent computer teachers.
  • A computer teacher lamented that while they should have been recruited under the education department, they were still working under the Society for Promotion of IT (SPIC) in Chandigarh.



College teachers await salary for 6 months
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
Members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers' Union (PCCTU) held a protest rally in front of the office of DPI, Colleges, Punjab, against non-payment of their salaries for the last seven months.

The protesters claimed that the first quarterly grant (March to May) was distributed in the month of November while the grants for the next two quarters were pending. "We have repeatedly exhorted the government that the quarterly grant should be sanctioned in the beginning of the first month of each quarter and final adjustments should be made in the last quarter. We fail to understand the reasons for the undue delay despite the fact that the required 95 per cent grants of Rs 200 crore were sanctioned in the beginning of the financial year 2013-14," protesters regretted.

Prof Iqbal Preet Kaur, convenor, PCCTU, also sought extension of services of the teachers beyond 60 years. 



Staff development programme at PU

Chandigarh, December 13
A one-week staff development programme for enhancing personal and organisational effectiveness organised by Dr SS Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (SSBUICET), Panjab University (PU), under the auspices of the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP-II) began here today.

The purpose of the programme is to improve skills, knowledge and organisational capabilities of employees. Around 75 participants from the PU, the PEC University of Technology, the UIET and other neighbouring institutes have registered for the programme. — TNS



Anti-encroachment drive held in city
Tribune News Service

MC officials remove encroachments at Sector 27 in Chandigarh on Friday.
MC officials remove encroachments at Sector 27 in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: S chandan

Chandigarh, December 13
The enforcement wing of the Municipal Corporation (MC) Chandigarh today conducted anti-encroachment drive and issued 60 challans.

Inspector (enforcement) Sunil Dutta stated that the drive was conducted in the evening between 6 pm to 7.30 pm at the Sector 19 and Sector 27 market.

“The drive was conducted in the evening to catch the vendors installing their fast-food stalls in the parking area and corridors of the market blocking the passage for the visitors,” he said.

Sources stated that the Medical Officer Health (MOH) BK Salwan also participated in the drive along with staff and destroyed around 50 kilograms of spurious products being sold in the markets and issued around 25 challans. 



Play depicting primordial desires staged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
The play “Baldey Tibbey” was staged, today, as part of the ongoing TFT Theatre Festival at Atam Auditorium, Sector 1, Panchkula. The play is the Punjabi adaptation of an American play “Desire under the Elms” written by Eugene O’ Neil.

Balwant Gargi, founder of the Indian Theatre Department at Panjab University, Chandigarh adapted this play.

The play dramatised the primordial desire of the three Zs in the rural areas of Punjab that is, Zar, Zoru, Zameen (Women, Wealth, and Land).

Drawing on the Greek theme of incest, infanticide and fateful retribution, O’ Neil framed his story on a lustful father, a weak son and an adulterous wife who murdered her infant son. The desire of land, woman and son makes the theme not only contemporary but also digs deep into the intellectual roots as well.

Ratna, an old man and a landlord who was married twice and has three sons, Nihala and Dyala from his first wife and Sarwan from his second wife. Both of his wives are no more now.

Despite his old age, he marries for the third time to Preeto, who is as old as his sons, to satisfy his lust and ego.

Preeto, a poor girl, however gets attracted towards Sarwan. Both fall in love with each other and Preeto gives birth to Sarwan’s child but Ratna thinks that it’s his child. So he announces to put all his wealth in the name of this new born child.

On the other hand, when Sarwan comes to know this, he retaliates but Preeto tells him that the new born is his child and not Ratna’s. She vows to kill the child to prove her love for Sarwan but Sarwan leaves her and Preeto kills her own child.

The play pragmatically showed that nobody got anything with differences and ego between their relations. Sudesh Sharma, Baninderjit Singh Bunny, Harwinder Singh, Jaspal Singh Barnala and Tejbhan Gandhi were among the main cast.

Tomorrow the last play of the festival “Paying Guest” will be staged. 



SAD councillor demands inquiry
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
SAD Councillor Malkiat Singh today submitted a complaint to MC Commissioner about the poor recarpeting of roads in Butrela, Badheri and Attawa villages in Sector 41 and 42.

Villagers had complained to the area councillor that these roads were recarpeted last week but now thewy are in damaged condition.

Villager Parminder Singh said MC staff used low quality material.

SAD Councillor Malkiat Singh said it seems that Mayor Subhash Chawla directed the MC officials to use low quality material in recarpeting of road. I have submitted letter to MC Commissioner and demanded a proper inquiry of this matter, he added.

Letter submitted to MC Commissioner reads, “Recarpeting of outer roads as well as internal roads of various villages has been started on my persistent demand is not up to mark. The recarpeting of road in Butrela village is not done appropriately.”

In his letter Malkiat Singh also supported the demand raised by councillor Mukesh Bassi, who had demanded vigilance probe in road repair work in his ward.

Recently, SAD councillor Malkiat Singh had staged a protest outside MC Commissioner Office thereafter the MC had started recparpeting work in his ward, which was pending from last many years. 



First P'kula Lit Fest tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 13
The first Panchkula Lit Fest will be held at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, here, on December 15. It will witness a lot of young authors from the region and other parts of the country who will come together for talks based on books, book launches and sharing their thoughts, ideas and nostalgia on writing.

These authors include Rohit Gore, Reekrit Sarai, Sachin Garg, Sudeep Nagarkar, Rahul Saini, Radhika Panickar, Anshul Khadwalia, Faraaz Kazi, Ravitaj Sandhu, Preeti Singh, Hardik Dhamija, Nikhil Mukhija and a host of other personalities.

Padam Bhushan Sardar Anjum, Bittu Sandhu and Vivek Atray will inaugurate the festival.

The first session, from 11.15 am to 12 pm, will have panelists, including Rohit Gore, Sachin Garg, Reekrit Serai, Payal Dhar, Kal K Korff, sharing how stories have shaped their lives, and how they have groomed their own art of storytelling into a unique identity.

The second session, from 12pm to 12.45pm, will have panelists, including Faraaz Kazi, Sudeep Nagarkar, Rahul Saini, Ravitaj Sandhu, Sharon S Gupta and Lalit Sharma, who will share how stories are specially woven for a young adult audience, and why this genre is turning into such a phenomenon.

The third session of the day will have young authors, including Hardik Dhamija, Nikhil Mukhija, Nikhil Uprety, Shubham Arora and Abhinav Pandey, who will share their experiences on writing for the first time and why they decided to write.

A couple of books will also be launched on the occasion. At 2pm, Reekrit Serai’s new book - ‘Impulse Short Stories’ will be unveiled. There will be a book talk on ‘It started with a friend request’ by Sudeep Nagarkar. There is another book talk on ‘The other Side’ by Faraaz Kazi.



Panel leaves for Amritsar to submit details
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 13
A four-member panel representing leaders of the ‘Bandi Sikh Rihayi’ stir left here today for Amritsar to give details of the detained Sikh youths languishing in various jails of the country to the Akal Takht Jathedar.

The team left Amb Sahib Gurdwara, where the fast by Haryana leader Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa entered its 30th day today for the release of the Sikh youths who had completed their sentences.

The members of the panel were Jhujhar Singh, son of the fasting leader, Harpal Singh Cheema, acting president of the SAD (Panch Pardhani), Amrik Singh of the student wing of the Damdami Taksal, Ajnala, and Amar Singh Chahal, advocate.

Yesterday Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh had sought details about the Sikhs lodged in various jails of the country.

There was resentment among Gurbaksh’s supporters over the reported statement of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal that the Punjab Government would not be able to do much as the release of the detained Sikhs was a matter that concerned other states.

Head of the Akhand Kirtani Jatha RP Singh asked Sukhbir and the SGPC to clarify their stands on the matter.

He said SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar and the Akal Takht Jathedar had earlier given an assurance that appropriate legal steps were being taken to secure the release of the detained Sikhs.

A group of 100 Sikhs led by Nirvair Singh, representative of Baba Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale, reached Amb Sahib Gurdwara to provide protection at the venue where Gurbaksh is on fast.



Shift govt offices to Sectors 48-63

The Chandigarh Tribune has been actively bringing up the issue of increasing congestion in the City Beautiful and many readers have put forward various solutions for the menace. I too have a suggestion that may help address the issue in markets of northern sectors and city roads. Government offices and commercial establishments can be shifted to areas in Sectors 48-63. Besides reducing congestion in marketplaces, it will also save roads from traffic originating in densely populated southern sectors and Mohali. It will also lead to development of Sectors like 48 and 63.
—Amul Garg, Chandigarh

Demand to increase bus services

Being the area of only residential societies, Sector 20 is one of the most thickly populated areas of Panchkula. More societies are coming up in this area and nearby Peer Muchhalla in Punjab. Being the same entry and exit point, there is always a heavy rush of vehicles. Residents of the area depend on Chandigarh for their jobs, business, education and other services. The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) also started a bus service to the PGI a few months ago from this place. But there is no bus service for the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. One has to pay a hefty amount to operators of taxis and three-wheelers to reach there. Bus service via areas like Zirakpur chowk, airport chowk, Tribune chowk, Sector 32, Sectors 46-47 and ISBT, Sector 43, is the need of the hour.
—Sunil Minocha, Panchkula

Readers can send their feedback at [email protected]



Biz News
LIC policies closing on December 31

Various plans of the LIC will be closed for sale on December 31 as these have been found not in conformity with the provisions of new regulations on non-linked insurance products, linked insurance products and health insurance products as per the IRDA. LC Meena, senior divisional manager, Chandigarh Division, LIC’s policies like Jeevan Anand, Bima Bachat, Jeevan Tarang, Jeevan Saral, Jeevan Anurag and Komal Jeevan among 34 plans are available for sale up to December 31 and out of them, Jeevan Amrit and Jeevan Surabhi have already been closed for sale from December 7 and 14, respectively, already due to the new regulations. The most popular plan for female segment Jeevan Bharti-1 will close on December 21. — TNS



Cong advances collecting feedback from students
NSUI, a wing of the party, releases manifesto feedback form for General Elections; to be distributed among 1,000 students in city
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
A dismal performance by the Congress in the Assembly elections held in four states recently drove it to accelerate preparations for the Lok Sabha elections to be held in 2014.

The National Student Union of India (NSUI), a wing of the Congress, today released the feedback form at Panjab University to know the viewpoint of students. The feedback form pertained to the manifesto of the party for the General Elections. It will be distributed among 1,000 students of the university as well as the colleges in the city so as to gather their suggestions for the election manifesto of the Congress.

During the release of the manifesto feedback form, Jaswinder Singh, national secretary of the NSUI, disclosed that as per directions of the party high-command, all forms were to be submitted to the party office by December 20. He said the party would review the suggestions by students before finalising the manifesto.

Sources in the party informed that the release of manifesto feedback form had been preponed after a communication from the party was received through an e-mail on December 11.

As per the instructions of the high-command to all the 40 units of NSUI, the respective representatives have been asked to release the form immediately in order to get the feedback from students at the earliest.

Student representatives will collect these feedback forms from scholars and students of the city in the next five days, the sources further said.

Through the form, the party aims to collect feedback in six areas, including education, youth, science and technology, employment and sports.

Sources said earlier, the party had planned to release the feedback form in the last week of December and was to give about 20 days to collect the forms. However, the outcome of the recent elections in four states changed the schedule. The results left the party jittery due to which it has issued directions to get the feedback at the earliest, the sources added.

The NSUI had released the feedback form in Uttrakhand on Thursday. 

Fact of the matter

  • Through the form, the Congress aims to collect feedback in six areas, including education, youth, science and technology, employment and sports.
  • Forms filled by students have to be deposited with the party office within five days.
  • Earlier, the party had planned to release the feedback form in the last week of December and was to give about 20 days to collect the forms. However, the outcome of the recent elections in four states changed the schedule.



Students exhibit ways to conserve energy

Chandigarh, December 13
On the eve of the Energy Conservation Day, students of Dikshant International School displayed various models and different methods of conserving energy at Sector 17 Plaza here today.

Students showcased various models of harnessing renewable sources of energy like solar, wind and hydel energies. Some new renewable sources of energy were also explored by the students.

Various ways of minimising the wastage of energy and increasing the efficiency of various electronic equipment were also been displayed at the exhibition.

One of the models in the exhibition explained how bricks could be made from fly ash. If brought into use, it could resolve the problem of disposal of non-renewable fly ash. The method will also help saves fuel as the process of making bricks did not require heat energy.

Another model exhibited was CDQ (Coke Dry Quenching) method, which helps in lowering the CO2 emission. In the CDQ system, red hot coke is cooled by gas circulating in an enclosed system, thereby preventing the release of coke dust into the air. — TNS



Annual function of Sacred Heart School concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 13
The second day of 'Carpe Diem', the annual function of Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, concluded at the Inderdhanush Auditorium, Panchkula, today.

All the students from Classes V to XI had presented an enthralling display of dances and musical dramas on the first day of the event. The annual report highlighting the achievements of the school in academic as well as curricular and co-curricular activities was also presented.

The dance drama, Yuva, presented by students of Class X showed if young people's energy is given a right direction, it will not only guide them to success but also cause change in others' lives.

Students of Class XI presented colourful performances of rhythmic dances that had an international flavour.

A musical drama 'Rise of Phoenix' received a thunderous applause from the audience. It was a moving and emotional depiction of the plight of women who become victims of abuse, domestic violence and acid attacks. Through the play, the need to empower the women to further empower the nation was stressed upon along with the importance of standing up and speaking against women-related crimes.

The students from the Hindi medium regaled one and all by their powerful dramatisation 'Prem Kranti', which highlighted the importance of being spiritual in an otherwise materialistic world.



From Schools
World Disability Day

Chandigarh: Class VIII students of Saupin's School, Sector 32, observed the World Disability Day on the school premises. The show was an endeavour to create awareness about the emotional and physical needs of the differently abled.

Religious function

Sri Gita Prachar Samiti organised 'Gita Diwas Sammaroh' in collaboration with State Bank of India at CL Aggarwal DAV Model School, Sector 7, on the eve of Gita Jyanti on Friday. The event started with lighting of ceremonial lamp and recitation of 'Saraswati Vandna'. School principal Sunita Ranyal presided over the event. She appealed to the students to stay connected to their roots and preserve ancient traditions. SBI assistant general manager NK Talwar graced the occasion as the guest of honour.

ENT camp

An ENT camp was organised at KBDAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 7, Chandigarh, in association with the Simply Health Plus where nearly 100 short-listed students with minor ailments were examined. Dr Vandana advised students against clearing ear wax using sharp objects.

Painting contest

Arushdeep Singh of Class VII of Government Model High School, Sector 43, brought laurels to the school by bagging the third position in a state-level painting competition on ‘Water Conservation-2013’ held at Baba Makhan Shah Lubhana Bhawan, Sector 30, Chandigarh. He won a cash prize of Rs 6,000 along with other prizes. Arushdeep will now participate in the national level competition to be held in Delhi in January 2014.

Winter camp

A winter camp was organised at Green Castle Public School, Sector 47, Chandigarh, where students learned table manners, self-dependency, yoga, meditation and family values. They also enjoyed bonfire at night and were taken on a visit to Sukhna Lake. School chairman Rajesh Kapoor presented gifts to the students.

NSS camp

An NSS Camp was inaugurated at the GSSS, Khudda Lahora. An exhibition on ‘Drug Abuse’ was organised by the Red Cross Society of Chandigarh. School principal Asha Rani motivated students to attend the camp with full enthusiasm.

Prize distribution

Mohali: Century Public School, Naya Gaon, celebrated its 19th annual day and prize distribution function on the school campus. Balbir Singh Dhol, PCS, was the chief guest on the occasion. Cultures of different states were showcased during the function. ‘Malvai gidda’ and ‘sammi’ dances performed by students were the main attractions of the event.

Tiny tots present an item during the annual function of Sant Isher Public School, Phase VII, Mohali, on Friday.
Tiny tots present an item during the annual function of Sant Isher Public School, Phase VII, Mohali, on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


Tiny tots of Sant Isher Singh Public School, Phase 7, showcased their talent in 'Fantasia 2013' held on the school premises on Friday. The event with 'Spread Happiness’ as its theme saw participation of all the students. Nursery students highlighted the problem of child labour and the need to resolve it. Kindergarten students enthralled the audience with their performances on songs ‘Itni si Hasi’ and ‘Chand Taare Tod Laoon’. The performances were followed by prize distribution.

Annual day

Panchkula: St Soldier’s School, Sector 16, celebrated the annual day of its kindergarten section. A cultural programme was organised on the occasion which began with recitation of a ‘shabad’ from ‘gurbani’ by UKG students. It was followed by thrilling and power-packed performances on Hindi songs by nursery students. As per the tradition of the school, students of the junior wing read the annual report apprising the audience of the school activities and achievements. In the play, Cindrella’, tiny tots mesmerised the parents and guests with their acting and dancing talent. — TNS



Students showcase talent at annual day
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 13
The senior section of Shivalik Public School here celebrated its annual day today. The annual day, ‘Magical Journey-2013’, celebrations began with the lighting of the traditional lamp.

The annual report was read by Hardip Kaur.

A musical extravaganza was presented to showcase talent of students. They gave a laudable performance in theme dances depicting the students’ life and issues like female foeticide and illegal immigration. An umbrella dance was also presented by girls.

The children also showcased the journey of the Ganges through mime and ended the item with a plea to keep the river clean and pollution-free. A power-point presentation provided parenting tips to parents.

Director DS Bedi gave away prizes to the students for their academic achievements. Awards for excellence were given both on the basis of scholastic and co-scholastic achievements.



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