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Day after, 5 rape accused cops dismissed
Remanded in three-day police custody; victim records statement in court, says she was raped at gunpoint
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
Facing flak from all corners after the horrifying incident in which a minor girl alleged that she was raped by five UT constables, senior police officials today dismissed all five constables with immediate effect. The orders for their dismissal were passed by the UT IGP amid widespread protests by irate residents and political parties across the city today.
Two of the rape accused constables being taken to the District Courts in Sector 43, Chandigarh, on Friday (L) and  Protesting against the rape incident, BJP workers try to push their way through a barricade at the Police Headquarters in Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photos
Two of the rape accused constables being taken to the District Courts in Sector 43, Chandigarh, on Friday (L) and  Protesting against the rape incident, BJP workers try to push their way through a barricade at the Police Headquarters in Sector 9, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photos

While four of the accused constables were arrested yesterday, the police arrested the fifth accused constable, identified as Anil and posted in the PCR, this morning. All five accused were produced in court, which remanded them in three-day in police custody.

Pleading for four-day police custody of the accused, the police said they had to recover the vehicle used in the crime and also the weapon with which they used to threaten the girl at gunpoint while sexually exploiting her over the past two months. The police also said they had to recover the source of the contraceptive pills which the accused used to make the victim consume forcibly.

Public prosecutor JP Singh said the victim was raped at various places by the five constables and the accused had to be taken to the places to gather evidence in the rape case for which their custody was required.

The court then remanded the accused in three-day police custody. The police had yesterday arrested constables Sunil, Akshay, Jagtar and Himmat Singh for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl, a student of Class X and resident of Khuda Lahora. Two of the accused constables had met the victim at her house as they had gone to look into a dispute at her house some months ago while on duty. They had then called her the next day and after becoming friends with her raped her several times at gunpoint.

The girl was going to commit suicide when she reported the trauma she faced to her brother who then informed area councillor Saurabh Joshi, who informed the police. Of the five accused, three belong to Haryana, one is from Rajasthan and one hails from Gurdaspur. All accused constables were recruited by the UT police in 2011.

Fast-track trial: IG

UT Inspector General of Police RP Upadhyaya has written to the court authorities requesting them for a fast-track trial in the case. Meanwhile, over 20 advocates volunteered to take up the case of the victim to ensure justice for her.

Constables attacked on court premises

The five accused constables were attacked by angry BJP protesters as they were taken to the court. Despite a heavy presence of the police, the constables received punches and blows form the protesters near a staircase adjoining the court in which they were to be produced. Several parties raised slogans against the police outside the court while the accused were being produced.

I want justice, says victim

The 16-year-old victim recorded her statements before the Magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC and narrated the trauma she had been facing at the hands of the five constables who exploited her. The statements were recorded in-camera during which the victim broke down several times recalling the trauma she had been facing.

“I used to dread going outside my house as the accused used to chase me in a police van. They took me to several places where they used to rape me at gunpoint. I was forced to consume contraceptive pills by them,” she said.

The 16-year-old student of Class X urged the court to provide her justice. “I want justice as the accused have made my life hell; I thought of committing suicide several times,” she said.

“Constable Akshay used to follow me when I used to go to school. He used to come along with Sunil Kumar. They both forcibly took me in a police Gypsy and raped me three months ago. When I tried to resist, they pointed a gun at me and both raped me repeatedly. They also forcibly gave contraceptive pills to me after raping me,” she said.

“Both would pick me up on my way to school and would take me to some house or would rape me in the Gypsy after parking it in an isolated area. They were soon joined in by three others Himmat Singh, Jagtar Singh and Anil Kumar. The trio used to outrage my modesty and also forced me to have relations with them,” she said.



Incident triggers public outrage 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
A day after five UT constables were booked for repeatedly raping a 16-year-old girl at gunpoint, workers of the BJP and the Congress took to the streets today demanding strict action against the erring policemen. They burnt an effigy of the Chandigarh Police as a mark of protest.

The incident sparked public outrage with residents holding protests against the incident across the city.

While BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi was seen helping the victim in the court, party workers blocked traffic in Sectors 16 and 22. BJP workers clashed with the police while marching towards the Chandigarh Police Headquarters in Sector 9.

At the Sector 17 police station, Congress workers, led by Devinder Singh Babla and HS Lucky, tried to force their way into the police station before being pushed back. Heated arguments were witnessed between the police and the Congress workers over the issue.

Earlier, BJP workers squatted on the roundabout of Sectors 16 and 22 for over an hour and blocked traffic. The protesters were demanding action against the guilty policemen. Some protesters were seen deflating tyres and damaging windowpanes of the parked police vehicles.

Outside the Chandigarh Police Headquarters, BJP workers, led by local unit president Sanjay Tandon, clashed with the police while trying to run over barricades. The police pushed the party workers as they tried to sneak through the barricades.

The protesters insisted on meeting the Home Secretary. However, the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), SS Gill, accepted their memorandum and assured them that suitable action would be taken in the matter.

“The incident is a blot, not only on the police but the entire humanity. We want an independent agency to submit the chargesheet in the case and not the police.

"The police is going slow in taking action and is trying to save some of the accused in the case,” alleged Saurabh Joshi.

Ajay Jaggi, a local lawyer, demanded a revamp of the Chandigarh Police. In a representation to the MHA, he said the Chandigarh Police stood completely exposed by such incidents.

Later, a delegation of the Aam Aadmi Party, led by Gurjusjit Singh, submitted a memorandum in the office of UT IGP RP Upadhyay, demanding action against all the erring police personnel.

ABVP protests outside District Courts

ABVP workers protested against the incident outside the Sector 43 District Courts. Led by Harmanit Singh Gill, joint secretary of the Punjab unit of the ABVP, the protesters demanded that the trial in the case should take place in a fast-track court. They also demanded a job for the victim and security for her family. Later, a candlelight march was organised near the victim’s house in Khuda Lahora.



MC sets aside Rs 62 lakh for parks
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
The Environment and City Beautification Committee of the Municipal Corporation today passed a budget of around Rs 62 lakh for beautifying the city parks and their surroundings.

The committee approved a budget of Rs 13.73 lakh for providing and fixing of RCC tree guards on V-3 road between Sectors 2 and 4 and Sectors 9 and 11.

The committee also approved fixing of benches in parks in Sectors 39, 40 and 47 and in Government Primary School besides the PGI.

Committee chairman Gurbax Rawat said the committee has also decided to spend around Rs 6.87 lakh for the development of green belt in front of houses in Sector 38-B and D.

“Around Rs 8.70 lakh will also be spent on developing open spaces at the milk colony in Dhanas,” she said.

The playway apparatus in various parks of Sectors 31 and 47 will also be installed at a cost of Rs 9.78 lakh. 


Year 2013 ender
Thumbs up for Railways, aviation a flop 
Aarti Kapur/Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
This year, Chandigarh residents got a big bonanza from the Centre as nine new trains were flagged off from the city railway station, helping to increase the rail connectivity with other cities.

However, there was no headway in air connectivity from the Chandigarh domestic airport. Neither domestic nor international connectivity saw any improvement. Besides, the navigational system at the airport, too, was not upgraded.

Rail connectivity gets a boost

After more than a decade, Chandigarh has emerged as a prominent city to have direct rail connectivity with important tourist and religious destinations. After a decade, the whole track between Chandigarh and Ludhiana, measuring 112 km, became fully operational this year.

First IT railway industry

The former Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal announced the setting up of first information technology industry of the region at Chandigarh over 400 acres of railway land. The main focus of the industry will be on manufacturing railway signal links and anti-collision devices. According to the records of the Railways, only five per cent of tracks in the country are equipped with the signals. The project is yet to be allotted.

Station gets a facelift

With the facelift of the city railway station through the construction of a food plaza, escalators and multi-level parking, it can now compete with some of the major railway stations of the country. Due to a conflict with the contractor, however, a number of developmental projects of revamping the railway station were hampered this year. After reallocation, all projects were restarted. The installation of escalators for the platform number 2 and 3 from outside the station, the construction of a footbridge and VVIP rest rooms have been affected. Construction of eight rooms on the Panchkula side of the station was sanctioned, which include waiting rooms and the administrative block for accommodating the staff, is in the pipeline. The proposal for construction of two more yards (stabling line) has been proposed by the authorities, which will be used for cleaning trains. The work on parcel room is also under progress.

Accolades for rly station

Recently, the Chandigarh railway station was adjudged the best in energy conservation at national level by the Ministry of Power and Bureau of Energy Efficiency. The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, presented the award.

No improvement in air connectivity

The connectivity from the domestic airport dropped further with the Kingfisher airlines shutting down its operation. Some airlines started connecting flights for Goa, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad, but the frequency is very limited. Spicejet planned to start an international flight on the Chandigarh-Dubai route, but it could not manage to get the requisite permission from the Union Ministry of Defence. IndiGo, too, planned an international flight, but there is no clarity over the proposal till date.

Landing system not upgraded

Despite continuous demands made by the residents and airlines, the airport failed to upgrade the navigational system, also called Instrument Landing System. It is due to the ill-equipped system that the Chandigarh domestic airport virtually remained shutdown in the beginning of the year and is heading for a similar situation once again. 

New trains chug off

This year, nine new trains were flagged off from the Chandigarh railway station: train to Amritsar (Lalkuan Express), Chandigarh-Amritsar Intercity Express via Mohali, Indore-Chandigarh Express, Hazrat Nizamuddin weekly, Kalka-Jammu-Udhampur to Katra Express, Una-Nangaldam-Hazoor Saheb Nanded Express, Kalka-Sai Nagar Shirdi Express, Hazrat Nizamuddin, train to Bhopal and third Shatabdi Express between Chandigarh and New Delhi. Resultantly, the city has been connected with Uttarakhand, Jammu, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Karnataka and Goa.



Find alternatives to canal irrigation, urges Patil
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
Industry, governments and the society at large, all need to collaborate to make available required quantities of drinkable water as also the water fit for irrigation purposes in the region, said Shivraj V Patil, Governor, Punjab, and UT Administrator, while addressing the Water Conclave organised here today.

He said the governments should look for alternatives to the traditional canal irrigation system and work towards implementing computerised tube irrigation system in the fields, as in Israel.

He also urged the industry to invest in research and development and innovation to develop advanced chips, Hi-Tech equipment, software, computerised tubes and other instruments which can gauge the water requirements specific to the type of soil texture and nature of cultivated crops besides starting and stopping the water supply automatically. “This not only helps in water conservation but also enhances crop quality,” said Patil.

“Water sector has immense potential for the industry to invest in, grow and expand, as these Hi-Tech products can be sold to governments and agriculturists,” he said.

Calling for proper water management techniques, he said that one-third of the world cannot consume two-third of water available across the globe, provided we develop techniques to manage this natural resource in an optimum manner.

Vijoy K Singh, Finance Secretary-cum-Secretary Engineering & Urban Planning & Development, UT, said: “We need new water tariff policy that promotes water saving and treatment projects and takes a greater share from major consumers of water: the industry. We also need to encourage development of more tertiary water treatment plants.”



CAT go-ahead for drivers’ appointment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
In a major relief to the UT Transport Department, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today directed the Chandigarh Administration to go ahead with the process of appointing 114 drivers in the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking.

In June, the CAT had directed the UT not to issue appointment letters to the successful candidates till the petitioners were heard to.

Ten of the unsuccessful candidates had moved the tribunal against the alleged mistakes in the Punjabi question paper. The candidates claimed that compared to the question papers in English and Hindi, the question paper in Punjabi had mistakes and incorrect words.

Instead of having one question paper in three languages, a separate question paper was given to those who preferred to give the test in Punjabi, they had alleged.

After hearing arguments from both sides, the CAT today dismissed the case and directed the UT to go ahead with the selection process.

Six bids for midi-buses

The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking has received six bids for midi buses. The bids will be opened in the last week of December. The bids had been invited for 49 buses.



Bureau of Water Efficiency key to conservation: Experts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
The Bureau of Water Efficiency is the key to water conservation, said experts gathered at the Water Conclave organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The centre has already prepared a draft policy that is likely to be implemented within two years.

“Every equipment that consumes water should be rated in terms of its efficiency in using minimum water. Declaring the water footprint will help in a big way in preventing the wastage of water,” said TM Nagarajan, head, water technologies, Siemens Ltd.

“The bureau would certify and rate equipment used in households and machinery in industry on the basis of its efficiency in utilising minimum water. For instance, washing machines, water taps and bath fittings will soon be rated in terms of efficiency like electrical equipment are rated as power efficient,” he added.

The board would also regulate the use of water under different sectors in the industry.

Talking about water source mapping, Mukund Vasudevan, chairman, CII NR Committee on Water and MD-cum-country head of Pentair Water, said: “In India, only 15 per cent of the water sources are mapped, whereas it is 80 per cent in Australia. So, effective implementation of technology is required to make wise utilisation of water resources.”

Vasudevan strongly advocated Public-Private Community Partnership (PPCP) for chalking a roadmap for sustainable future.

“Popularising drip irrigation, zero liquid discharge in tannery and textile clusters through common effluent treatment plant, participatory watershed management in villages and waterless urinals are a few ways of water management,” he said.



Some respite for travellers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
There was some respite for both the air and railway passengers from the ongoing disruption of services due to fog here today.

As many as eight flights operated at the Chandigarh domestic airport with the runway visibility improving after 11.30 am. Yesterday, the dense fog led to cancellation of as many as 12 out of 14 flights. At the railway station, too, only five trains were delayed as compared to eight yesterday.

According to the airport officials, visibility improved to over 1,200 metre, following which operations resumed smoothly after noon.

Though many flights ran behind schedule, the cancellation of flights was far less, said officials.

Air India’s Chandigarh-Delhi-Mumbai flight was the first to take off from the airport at 12.10 pm. It was followed by Spicejet’s Chandigarh-Delhi flight scheduled at 10.25 am, which took off nearly two hours late at 12.20 pm. Its evening Chandigarh-Delhi flight at 5.10, however, was on time.

Both the flights of the Go Air managed to take off from the airport. The morning Chandigarh-Mumbai flight, scheduled at 11.15 am, however, ran behind schedule and left at 1.30 pm.

Indigo’s 12.20 pm Chandigarh-Mumbai flight, too, took off late by nearly two hours. There was, however, no major delay in Indigo’s other Chandigarh-Mumbai flight at 2.40 pm.

Passengers of Jet Airways were disappointed since it had to cancel four of its flights due to delay in the departure from the Delhi airport. Its only flight operated today was Chandigarh-Mumbai, which took off nearly three hours late at 2.50 pm.

As far as Railways were concerned, five trains got delayed. These include Unchahar Express (by eight hours), Howrah-Kalka (4 hours 40 minutes), Chandigarh-Lucknow (3 hours 15 minutes) besides the morning Shatabdi and Himalayan Queen, both an hour late.

Rain expected in 48 hrs

The Meteorological Department predicts rain in the city in next 48 hours. Director Surinder Pal Singh said this would further dip the temperature. Dense fog will continue to engulf the city in the morning and at night, with visibility around 50 metre, he said.



Dog shelter for Panchkula soon
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 20
The Municipal Corporation, on the lines of cattle shed, has decided to make a dog shelter to curb the growing menace of stray dogs in the region.

In first of its kind initiative, Panchkula is all set to become free of stray dogs soon.

“We have spoken to an Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) regarding the matter. We just need to provide them with required space. The stray dogs will be housed there and all the facilities including food and that of medical facilities would be provided to them,” said Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia.

The Mayor further said, “Usually stray dogs are sterilised and then abandoned on the streets. So our aim is to make the city dog-free now.”

The initiative has been taken after considering the number of complaints registered by residents about the stray dogs menace. The authorities are yet to decide the cost and the land which will be earmarked at the earliest.

The city has around 2,500 stray dogs.

As the stray dogs, after sterilisation, were kept at the Government Pet Clinic, Sector 3, for two days, the local residents of adjoining Devinagar village were unable to sleep because of the barking noise, following which residents of the area protested resulting in the process to come to a standstill.

The Municipal Corporation is now preparing to build a separate shed in the area, which would be soundproof.



Long queues welcome residents at model cash collection centre 
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 20
Haryana’s first model centre for paying electricity bills through token system is working half steam. One of the two counters, meant for depositing electricity bills, has been closed by the authorities at their own discretion.

The counter closed was meant for senior citizens and women.

An attendant present at the location alleged that the authorities felt that one counter was sufficient for all the residents, and so the other one was shut down.

Due to this situation, residents of Panchkula are being forced to queue up at the only available counter to pay their bills, thereby, causing inconvenience to residents. Elderly and disabled are apparently facing a tough time while waiting for their turn.

The Sub-Divisional officer (SDO) of the department, Anil Tanwar, said he was not aware of the same. “I will look into the matter and enquire as to why the counter has been closed,” said the SDO.

“The second counter is closed. A board for senior citizens and women has been put up here, but nobody was there. Because of this I had to wait in the queue at the other counter. As I could not stand for long, I had to return without paying the bill,” said 60-year-old Rajeev Batra, a resident of Sector 9, Panchkula.

Birender Singh, a resident of Panchkula, said, “I thought the counter was closed, I got so confused that I ended up waiting at the other counter in a separate area. When I asked an official there, he said it was meant for the sub-urban people and I need to wait at the general counter. So I returned to the place which I thought was closed. The situation is that chaotic.”

Vishal Singh, another resident who had come to pay the bill but returned without doing so, said, “If the counter had to be closed, why did the department made tall claims about the same.”

The department inaugurated the state’s first model cash collection centre in the month of September.

It was claimed that the consumers of the city will be facilitated to make payment of their electricity bills through digital token system in these two centres.

Considering the huge rush of residents to pay the electricity bills, particularly near the due dates, the electricity department had initiated the step of opening the centres to make the process a little easier for them.



Civil Security Training Institute inaugurated
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, December 20
The chief secretary of the home department, DS Bains, inaugurated the Punjab Home Guards and Civil Security Training Institute at Sundran village.

Speaking on the occasion, Bains said the training institute would be constructed in 40 acre area at a cost of Rs 44 crore. Along with training home guards, the institute will help in providing civil security to the unemployed youths of Punjab. Meanwhile DGP, Home Guards, DG Pandey said nearly 300 men of home guards would get training in the institute. “Dogs will also be trained in the centre,” said Pandey.



Traders welcome new UT SSP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
A delegation of senior functionaries of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) comprising Charanjiv Singh, president and patron, CBM; Jagdish kapoor, chairman, police coordination subcommittee, CBM; Bhim Sain, adviser, CBM; Subash Narang, general secretary, Chandigarh Beopar Mandal; and Pradeep Malhotra, finance secretary; today called on the office of Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, IPS, who has recently taken over as the new SSP, Chandigarh, to formally welcome him on behalf of traders of the city.

A welcome letter was handed over to the SSP by the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal president, which also demands improvement of traffic/parking management in market areas and enhancement of security at such places, especially in the evening hours.

It was also suggested that the functionaries of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal be associated in public participation campaigns jointly with the Chandigarh Police for the benefit of the public.



Sukhna Lake gets Nature Interpretation Centre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
UT Adviser KK Sharma today inaugurated the Nature Interpretation Centre at the Regulator End of the Sukhna Lake here.

Constructed by the UT Engineering Department, the centre has been constructed at a cost of Rs 2 crore provided by the Ministry of Tourism. The development of the centre in terms of its interior, theme and display was undertaken by the Engineering Department in consultation with the Forest Department.

The centre consists of two rooms having different themes like Bio-diversity of Sukhna with lake habitat, Avifauna of Sukhna Lake, Lake Ecology, Sukhna Lake in different seasons, Introduction to Sukhna lake, Importance of wetlands and impact of climate change, Flora and fauna of Sukhna sanctuary and conservation measures, Tourist Information, Aquatic eco-systems of the world, Animal Adaptations and information about the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary.

Information on the flora and fauna of the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary as well as of the lake have been displayed in the form of 15 wayside signages all along the three- km-long lake embankment so that visitors can get to know about the bio-diversity of the area while walking.

More signages in the Punjabi language were also being installed for local residents. On the occasion, the Adviser also released a brochure on Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, a poster on tiger and a 2014 table calendar prepared by the Forest Department on the theme ‘Fauna of Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary’.



Santa distributes gifts among cancer-hit children
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
The Sahayta Charitable Welfare Society celebrated Christmas with children afflicted with cancer and their families today. The festival brought cheer and frolic. It was celebrated in the playroom at the Advanced Paediatric Centre (APC), PGI, and the wards for inpatients.

Sahayta volunteer Pammi dressed as Santa distributed miscellaneous gifts, candies, Santa caps and Santa watches among the children. There was an atmosphere of gaiety. A magic show was organised, along with games for the children. There was a lot of enthusiasm among the children. The atmosphere was full of joy and there was no sign of sickness on their faces.

The event was sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank, Chandigarh, and was attended by Sahayta volunteers, Dr Deepak, Dr Amita and doctors from the APC.

Anirban Chakravorty, zonal head, and Ishwinder with their team represented the bank. 



Two NSS volunteers to represent city

Chandigarh, December 20
Two NSS volunteers from the city, Gurinder Singh from PG Government College-11 and Himanshi from Government Model Senior Secondary School-19, have been selected to represent Chandigarh at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. 

Bikram Rana, head of the State NSS Cell, Chandigarh, said a communiqué to this effect had been received by the NSS Cell, Chandigarh, from the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. They would leave for New Delhi soon to attend the Republic Day parade camp to be held there from January 1 to January 31. He also said Rakesh Dahiya, NSS programme officer from Chandigarh, has been selected as a contingent in-charge of the North Zone comprising Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. — TNS



Cultural programme

Chandigarh, December 20
The Kumaon Sabha, Chandigarh, will organise a cultural programme of Uttarakhand, ‘Kumaoni Kautik’, on December 22 at Tagore Theatre. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari will be the chief guest on the occasion.

RS Rawat, general secretary, Kumaon Sabha, said renowned singers and artistes of Uttarakhand would perform at the event. A special dance group from Delhi would perform ‘Choliya’, a popular dance form in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, which will be a special attraction of the evening, he said. A sovenier would also be released for the 75,000 Kumaonis who were residing in the tricity. The sabha would also honour famous personalities of Uttarakhand residing in the tricity, Rawat added. — TNS




Need to revamp image of police

The involvement of five UT police personnel for repeatedly raping a minor girl in the city has shocked humanity. The Chandigarh Police stands exposed on account of its claims of accountability and responsibility. The police are trumpeting the steps taken by them to improve the law and order situation but the current incident is an evidence beyond doubt that they were an indisciplined force. The incident also proves that there is no fear of law in the minds of those who are supposed to maintain the law and order. It also establishes the fact that senior officials must be changed so that the message goes from top to bottom. The present set up of the local police is not doing justice to its job as it has completely failed to contain even its own staff. How can a commoner feel safe and secure in society? The need of the hour is to give a new and improved form, structure and appearance to the local police by revamping its image in the larger interests of law and order, public and justice.

Ajay Jagga, advocate. Chandigarh

No check on filthy parking lots

The Municipal Corporation has failed to make parking lots clean in the city. Heaps of garbage, dry leaves and waste material are a common sight at the parking lots of various sectors like 34, 17, 35 and 22. Contractors are charging money from each motorists, but are not keeping the parking lots clean. The contractors have to ask their staff to clean the parking lots at regular intervals. They should also put signboards at the parking lots to stop people from throwing waste material at the parking lots. The authorities should inspect the parking lots and challan the contractors where they find these dirty and other violations and also warn them to keep the parking areas clean.

Dheeraj, Panchkula

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BDS admission through all-India test
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 20
For admission to the Bachelor of Dental Studies (BDS), Panjab University Dental Institute, a candidate has to go through all-India pre-medical/pre-dental test (AIPMT).

The Academic and Administration Committee of the Dental Institute, the Board of Control and the Board of Studies and the Faculty of Medical Sciences have recommended it.

In the wake of the abolition of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), the Academic and Administration Committee of the Dental Institute had recommended to the faculty of medical sciences to make admission to the BDS first-year for the session 2014-15 on the basis of all-India pre-medical/pre-dental test.

The committees are of the view that the admission based on the AIPMT gives a chance to larger number of students to take admission. The faculty of medical sciences has agreed to the request of the institute and recommended for admissions to BDS be based on the AIPMT.

The faculty meeting has also decided that the requirement of the scholastic aptitude test (SAT) should be abolished for the NRI candidates. The admission to NRI seats should be made by merit drawn on the basis of qualifying examination taken by these NRI candidates and equivalency shall be done by the PU.



Tender Heart students mesmerise audience

Chandigarh, December 20
“The world of fantasy”, a resplendent annual show put up by students of Tender Heart School, Sector 33, drew thunderous applause from the audience at Moti Ram Arya School, Sector 27, here.

The auditorium, which was a chock-a-block with the audience, witnessed nearly 475 children putting up a vigorous dance to the vibrant tunes. The dance prepared by tiny tots, such as 'Barbie Song', 'Tara Rum-Pum', 'Aashiyan' and 'Pretty Maid' drew great applause from the spectators. Lavini, a folk dance from Maharastra, was well presented.

The medley presented by the senior students was the start attraction of this magnificent show. Attired in the traditional colourful dresses, young bhangra dancers put the audience on their feet. The show ended with 70 students presenting the grand musical finale. — TNS



Carols, dance mark Christmas celebrations
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 20
Woodlands House School, Sector 8, Panchkula, celebrated Christmas here today. Children enacted a tableau showing the birth of Jesus Christ.

They sang Christmas carols, danced and exchanged gifts with each other.

The children were asked to wear red, green, golden and silver colour dresses and were told about the significance of these colours on Christmas.

Red signified Christ’s drop of blood and the Holly. Green represented everlasting life and the Christmas tree. Silver symbolised the star that appeared miraculously in the eastern sky on the birth of Jesus Christ.

Santa Claus blessed the children and spread the message of joy, peace, sharing and love.

Vijay Baksh, principal of the school, said the school believed in celebrating all festivals in a grand manner as it not only gave the children an insight into the basics of the occasion but also provided them with an opportunity to have fun and merriment, which in turn made the school-going experience more enjoyable.



PU notes

Workshop concludes

A three-day workshop to enhance the technical skill of non-teaching staff of the University Institute of Engineering & Technology (UIET), Panjab University concluded at the PU on Friday. The workshop was organised by the UIET under the technical education quality improvement programme (TEQIP) of the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. The TEQIP is programme for strengthening institutions to improve learning outcomes and employability of graduates. This project is a world bank initiative to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the Technical Education Management System. PU Finance and Development Officer Vikram Nayyar presided over the inaugural session and Controller of Examinations Dr Parvinder Singh delivered the valedictory address.

Lecture delivered

Dr Gurinderpal Singh, a renowned scholar from the USA, on Friday delivered a lecture on the theme of guidelines of Guru Granth Sahib in maintaining a harmonious married life at the Department of Guru Nanak Sikh Studies, Panjab University. The lecture was organised under the special lecture series arranged by the department. Dr Gurinderpal Singh explained the mental attitude such as contentment, trust, truthful life, love, communication, forgiveness and others are essential for a harmonious and successful married life. He illustrated all his views through quotes taken for Gurbani enshrined in Guru Granth Shaib. In a way he presented Gurbani as a practice guide for building up healthy relationships in the family as well as in society.

Short-term course

A one-week short term course on harnessing of energy in harmony with ecology was organised by the Department of Electrical Engineering at the PEC University of Technology under the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP-II) concluded on Friday. Around 40 participants from the technical and other institutes of the region and from within the institute attended the course. — TNS 



From schools

Friendship cards presented

Students of Gurukul Global School, Chandigarh, presented over 500 Indo-Sri Lanka friendship cards to a 13-member Yuvsatta (an NGO) delegation leaving for Sri Lanka on Saturday. Aruna Bhardwaj, principal of the school, said the relationship between India and Sri Lanka was more than 2,500-year-old and both sides had built upon a legacy of intellectual, cultural, religious and linguistic intercourse.

Rhyme, recitation competition

Christmas was celebrated at BMD Public School, Sector 63, Chandigarh. The students were made aware of the significance of Christmas, its celebrations and festivities through an introductory speech. A rhyme and recitation competition was held in which tiny tots of the nursery wing and the pre-primary wing participated.

Human Rights Week

Students of Class IX of Saupin’s-32, Chandigarh, celebrated Human Rights Week on the school premises. The show commenced with an inaugural speech on human rights with a special mention of late Nelson Mandela (social activist and reformer). The programme was dedicated to him. The humble initiative taken by the students aimed at bringing about a change in the world we live in.

Visit to railway station

Kindergarten students of DC Montessori Smart School, Mani Majra, went to the railway station. There they met ticket checker, railway superintendent and various other people. They also saw a number of trains coming and going from different platforms. It was a practical experience for the children.

Honour for P’kula teacher

Anita Ranjan, pre-primary teacher of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, bagged the best pre-primary teacher award in the public/private school category in Pearson Teaching Awards-2013. The event was organised at The Taj, New Delhi, on December 13 to recognise the outstanding contribution of teachers. The winners received the awards from Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal, actress Shabana Azmi and cricketer Gautam Gambhir.

Cycle rally

Students of the Eco-Club of Saupins, Panchkula, conducted a cycle rally to motivate the people to save fuel, thereby saving energy. The students prepared banners creating awareness among people to go for the alternative sources of energy. They raised slogans like “burn fat not fuel”, “ride bicycle to school its super cool”, “save fuel, save environment” and “don’t add fuel to the fire of global warming”.

Students bring laurels

Girls of Sant Waryam Singh School, Ratwara Sahib, Mohali, brought laurels to the school by bagging the third position in the gatka playing competition organised by the Punjab School Education Board at Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar. — TNS



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