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Kajauli pump house damaged
Area gets flooded as officials empty water pipes for repair work carelessly
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Kajauli (Morinda), January 16
The "careless approach" of the authorities responsible for the maintenance of the Kajauli water pipelines resulted in the wastage of hundreds of gallons of water and also caused huge damage to buildings of the Kajauli Head Works (Phase 1 and Phase 2) and the Water Pump House at Kajauli village in Morinda today.

The huge quantity of water, which was lying in two pipelines, Kajauli Phase 1 and Phase 2, of the Kajauli Head Works, was released "mindlessly" by officials of the Punjab Public Health Department to empty the pipes, resulting in virtual flooding of the area.

The building of the Water Pump House near the Kajauli Head Works plant, which is under construction, witnessed around 5-foot-deep waterlogging. Due to the flooding, the foundation of the GMADA building was exposed at several places, which now poses a danger to the structure.

The "suction headers and delivery headers", which are also being constructed adjoining the pump house, were also filled with the muddy water. The building of the Kajauli Head Works also suffered damage due to the flooding.

A senior official of the Public Health Department said on condition of anonymity that due to some repair work in the Phase 1 and Phase 2 pipelines, they had to empty these pipes (the pipelines are used to supply water to Chandigarh and Mohali). As the plinth level of Chandigarh and Mohali is above that of Kajauli, the water lying in the pipelines came back.

“The non-return valves (which stop the water from going into the pumping machinery when it comes back) in the pipelines were not functioning. The drain, in which the water goes whenever the pipelines are emptied, was also choked. The water was released mindlessly from the pipelines at the head works building,” admitted the official.

"Due to the damage to the building of Water Pump House, we have suffered a loss of lakhs of rupees," said Pardeep Sekhri, Superintending Engineer, GMADA. He said the project would also get delayed now.

In August last year, Chandigarh and Mohali had witnessed a major water crisis for about 15 days when the Phase 3 and Phase 4 pipelines were damaged due to digging work.



panchkula dacoity
Three robbers sentenced to seven-year imprisonment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 16
The sessions court in Panchkula today sentenced three persons to seven-year rigorous imprisonment. The accused were convicted of committing a robbery at a house in Sector 7 here. The accused were also fined Rs 5,000 each, failing which, the punishment will be extended by two years.

The court convicted Arun, alias Avtar Singh, and Deepak, both residents of Jalandhar, and Reepak, a resident of Hoshiarpur, for robbing a housewife at her Sector 7 residence. The accused held her eight-month-old daughter hostage at gunpoint and executed the crime.

The case was registered in March 2012. The weapon used in the crime could not be recovered.

However, the accused maintained that they commited the crime with a toy pistol.

According to victim Sakshi Modi's statement, on March 15, two persons knocked at her door at 2.15 pm. They asked her to fill a form for getting a smart card. However, she refused to entertain them. Later, the accused asked for a glass of water and forcibly entered the house. The accused caught hold of the eight-month-old baby at gunpoint.

In the meantime, another accomplice of the accused entered the house and all of them executed the robbery. The accused robbed Rs 40,000 and gold jewellery worth Rs 30 lakh.

Sakshi's mother-in law, who was returning from a temple, raised the alarm. Neighbours gathered and nabbed one of the accused (Arun). However, the other two managed to flee but were later arrested by the police.



UT does a U-turn, puts on hold transfer of society flats
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 16
The UT Administration has taken a U-turn on the issue of transfer of cooperative house building society flats, sending hundreds of allottees in a tizzy.

Almost four years after coming out with a comprehensive “pro-people” transfer policy for society flats, the UT has come out with an order effectively putting on hold the transfer of society flats.

Quoting a letter of the Joint Director (Estates), SK Setia, regarding the pending issue of the transfer fee for conversion of leasehold property into freehold, the Registrar, Cooperative Societies, has stopped the transfer of flats in leasehold cooperative house building societies.

Unmindful of the transfer policy notified by the UT in 2009, the UT Finance Department, through the Estate Office, has been repeatedly pointing to the issue of "unearned income" through the sale and purchase of flats in the societies. The UT is getting a nominal fee.

According to the last policy notified in 2009, the GPA holders could get their flats transferred in their name by paying Rs 50,000 for category A flats, Rs 25,000 for category B flats and Rs 15,000 for category C flats.

The March 2009 policy had been approved by the UT Administrator. The transfer of the share certificate will only be limited to those people who are valid GPA holders (given by a member of the society).

Earlier, the UT had proposed charging a transfer fee between Rs 3.8 lakh and Rs 5.25 lakh, depending on the category of flats. However, the Administration could not find any takers for the scheme.

General secretary of the Group Housing Society Welfare Council Satish Chandra Sharma said it was an "anti-people decision". “How can the UT go against its own notification. We will challenge the orders”.

Not the first time

This is not just the case with cooperative societies. The UT has already put on hold the transfer of residential property allotted by the UT Estate Office and the CHB. The Administration has not been able to decide on the transfer fee for the conversion of leasehold property into freehold.



Engineering student dies in road mishap
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 16
An 18-year-old engineering student was killed while two others, including a woman, were critically injured in a freak accident that took place on the road dividing Sectors 19 and 27 late this evening.

The mishap took place when two students, Deepanshu Sudhir and Ankush, were riding a bike and hit a woman, Santosh, who was crossing the road. According to the police, the students were riding at a high speed and hit the woman following which the bike rammed into a pole.

Deepanshu, a resident of Sector 27, received a severe head injury. According to eyewitnesses, he died on the spot. Deepanshu and Ankush were taken to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16, where Deepanshu was declared brought dead and Ankush, a resident of Sector 40, was referred to the PGI. Santosh was admitted to the GMCH, Sector 32.

Both students were pursing their studies at a polytechnic college in Sector 26. The police said Santosh, who hailed from Solan, had come to visit her sister Geeta in Sector 56. Both had come to Sadar Bazar in Sector 19 in the evening and were returning home. The accident took place when both were looking for an autorickshaw.



Soon, Ertigas or Innovas to patrol City Beautiful roads
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 16
The good-old Maruti Gypsy of the PCR will soon be replaced by the swanky and spacious Maruti Eritiga or Toyota Innova. The UT police have planned to purchase 16 of these vehicles for patrolling purposes for the PCR at a cost of Rs 1.1 crore or Rs 1.5 crore. Part of the modernisation plans of the UT police, the new multi-utility vehicles have been chosen keeping in view their features of economy and space.

Police sources said the proposal to purchase Ertigas or Innovas had received the go-ahead and 16 vehicles would soon be added to the PCR fleet. Being spacious, the vehicles would also be used as ambulances to ferry accident victims to hospitals and would also come equipped with a stretcher and the GPS.

The vehicles were currently being checked and tested for their speed and other utility features at the Police Lines in Sector 26. With an average of 18 km per litre of diesel, the vehicles would come in handy in chasing thieves and in patrolling, the police said.

While the cost of an Ertiga is approximately Rs 7 lakh, that of an Innova is Rs 11 lakh.

“We are purchasing these vehicles as these are viable for the police compared to the Gypsy, which consumes a lot of fuel. Moreover, these vehicles have power steering and are easier to manoeuvre while chasing thieves. Besides, these are also spacious and can be used as ambulances. We have decided to induct 16 of these vehicles. A final decision whether these will be Eritigas or Innovas will be taken soon,” said UT Inspector General of Police RP Upadhyay.

At present, the UT PCR has 60 Gypsy vehicles. As many as 32 of these are equipped with the GPS. The police have planned to install the system on the remaining vehicles as well.

Why Innovas/Ertigas for PCR staff

  • Fuel efficiency n Mileage n Can be used as ambulance
  • Power steering n High speed

Cyber lab in the offing

A state-of-the-art cyber lab for cellphone analysis, laptop analysis and tracking will soon be a reality in the UT police as a proposal in this regard is being actively pursued by senior police officials. The project, coordinated by the Computer Emergency and Response Team India (CERT-IN), is being considered and the police are seeking expert advice in this direction. If the project comes through, the police will not be dependent on outside agencies to track phone records and analysis will be done within the department for investigation purposes.


Day 2: No flight operations in city
All long-route trains reach late due to foggy conditions in region, periphery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 16
For the second day in a row, the dense fog led to the cancellation of all the 13 flights at the domestic airport here. More than 2,000 passengers were affected. Besides, nine trains arrived late at the railway station due to the foggy conditions in the region.

The fog had reduced visibility on the runway right since the morning, making it impossible for the flights to land at the airport throughout the day.

While the passengers had tough time rescheduling their flights, the airlines suffered a loss of more than Rs 50 lakh due to the cancellation of flights.

All the four flights of the Jet Airways, including Chandigarh-Delhi at 11.40, Chandigarh-Mumbai at 12.40 pm, Chandigarh-Delhi at 5.15 pm and Chandigarh-Delhi-Bangalore at 5.40 pm were cancelled.

All the four flights of Spice Jet at 10.25 am (Chandigarh-Delhi), 1.10 pm (Chandigarh-Srinagar) 4.15 pm (Chandigarh-Mumbai) and 5.10 pm (Chandigarh-Delhi) also did not operate due to low visibility.

Besides, Air India's Chandigarh-Delhi-Mumbai at 11.25 was cancelled. Two flights each of Go Air and Indigo from Chandigarh to Mumbai were called off due to the bad weather

Meanwhile, a railway official said their would be no improvement in the rail traffic movement till the fog engulfed the city and its periphery.

All long-route trains were delayed. These include Unchahaar Express by 10 hours, Howrah Kalka by more than 5 hours and Lalkaun by more than 4 hours. Besides, Shatabdi, Himalayan Queen were also delayed by more than an hour.

No respite from fog for next 24 hours

There will be partly cloudy sky with the possibility of rain, due to which the temperature will drop by a few notches on Friday. There will be no improvement in the foggy conditions in the city in the next 24 hours.



Villagers seek rehabilitation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 16
Residents of 11 villages of Chandigarh today staged a protest at Rally Ground, Sector 25, Chandigarh.

People from Karsan, Kanthala, Bair Majra, Jaipura, Faidan, Datarpur, Shahpur, Bajwara, Madrian (Fatehgarh), Chuhar Pur and Bakhta Bajwari villages participated in the rally. They said they were uprooted without rehabilitation and sufficient compensation.

Naib Singh, general secretary, Pind Vasao Committee (PVC) said out of total 50 Villages of Chandigarh Capital Project, a number of villages had already been duly rehabilitated but till date residents of these 11 villages were not rehabilitated by the Chandigarh Administration.

There are around 5,000 people, who are yet to be rehabilitated, he added.

Committee members alleged that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated a project of around 8,448 units of one room at Dhanas Village, Chandigarh. No one from the uprooted villages was given house at Dhanas.

On the contrary, slum-dwellers, who had encroached upon the government land, were allotted houses at Dhanas Rehabilitation Colony.

Villagers demanded that the UT Administration should rehabilitate them as they were uprooted from their legitimate villages only to develop the City Beautiful.



Mayor fails to put up united show of councillors
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 16
Mayor Harphool Kalyan, at the first-ever meeting called by him, failed to put a united show of the Congress councillors. After becoming the Mayor on January 1, Harphool Kalyan called the first meeting of the Congress councillors today where only five councillors turned up.

The meeting was called on the issue that how the Congress councillors will help the Mayor in a smooth running of the MC House.

Besides the Mayor, councillors Satish Kainth, Darshan Garg, Sat Parkash Aggarwal, Mukesh Bassi and Pardeep Chhabra attended the meeting. The councillors, who failed to attend the meeting, were Subhash Chawla, Rajbala Malik, Gurbax Rawat, Rana Kashmiri Devi, Poonam Sharma and Sheela Devi.

The meeting time was 11.30 am but the members waited till 1 pm for others to turn up. The meeting lasted for around half and hour.

At the recent Lohri function organised by the MC, besides the Mayor, only three councillors attended the function. Eight councillors did not turn up at the function despite the fact that local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal was the chief guest.

Infighting among the Congress councillors had resulted in the Congress candidates' defeat in the recent elections to the posts of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Now, the elections to the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) are due on January 22, for which different parties are finalising the names of their candidates.



Gym row
Women staff accuse ADGP of misbehaviour
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 16
Two women employees of a local gym have complained to Mohali SSP Inder Mohan Singh against Punjab ADGP Rajinder Singh.

In their complaint, the employees have alleged that the senior police officer misbehaved with them and threatened them.

“At the gym, loud music was being played, to which the police officer, a member of the gym, objected. He started creating a ruckus when we tried to calm him down. He not only misbehaved with us but also kept threatening us before the other members present there,” they have alleged in their complaint.

Meanwhile, Rajinder Singh told the SSP that he spoke loudly because of loud music being played in the gym. “I only asked them to reduce the volume,” the SSP said while quoting the ADGP. The ADGP claimed that all allegations against him were false and baseless.

Both women have sought action against the ADGP for threatening them. “We are feeling insecure,” they state in their complaint.

The SSP said he had deputed SP (City) Swarndeep Singh to verify the facts of the complaint.

Meanwhile, the gym management has terminated the ADGP’s membership.



Kalka-Katra train to chug off in Feb
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 16
The city will be connected with Indore and Katra through the rail link in the next 15 days as the Northern Railway has finalised the schedule of these trains. Indore train will start run next week and the Katra train in the first week of February.

Train number 19308 from Chandigarh to Indore will leave at 6.25 am on every Thursday and no. 19307 from Indore to Chandigarh at 4.40 am. Information about the final date is yet to be received by the railway authorities. The train will take a halt at Dewas, Ujjain, Guna, Gwalior and Hazart Nizamuddin.

The Kalka-Katra train (number 14504) will run every Thursday and Sunday at 7 am and on return, the Katra-Kalka train (number 14503) will operate on every Tuesday and Friday at 7.55 pm.

Both these trains were announced by the former Railway Minister, Pawan Kumar Bansal, in the railway budget of 2013-14.



Now, fresh survey for underpasses
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 16
The UT Administration and the Municipal Corporation will now jointly carry out a fresh survey with regards to the construction of much-awaited underpasses in the city. It was decided at a meeting held among the officials of the UT Administration and the Municipal Corporation today.

Recently, taking note of the delay in the construction of these underpasses, the UT Administrator, Shivraj V Patil, had ordered the transfer of the project from the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) to the Municipal Corporation (MC). The project has been hanging fire since 2008.

Earlier, the plan was to construct eight underpasses at different points, including the Press Chowk, Transport Chowk, Piccadily Chowk, Sector 17 ISBT, Kisan Bhawan and Matka Chowk. In the first phase, it was decided to construct the underpasses at the Press Chowk, Transport Chowk and the Piccadily Chowk, which witness frequent traffic snarls.

A senior official of the UT Administration said to identify places where these underpasses were needed, a fresh traffic survey was a must.

Signal-free junctions proposed

Chandigarh could soon have signal-free traffic junctions, if a proposal presented to the top brass of the Chandigarh Administration is implemented. A team of consultants has prepared a design of junctions, which will provide a free movement of traffic. The proposed design has a series of subsurface ramps, which are economical to construct. The roundabouts, which is a feature of the City Beautiful, will be retained. The presentation was made for four roundabouts, i.e. Tribune Chowk, Transport Chowk, Railway Chowk and Housing Board Chowk. The consultants submitted their proposal to the Administration on Thursday.



Life insurance firm penalised

Mohali, January 16
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Mohali, has directed Aviva Life Insurance to pay compensation of Rs 1 lakh and to refund Rs 60,000 to a Mohali resident for deficiency in service.

The forum directed the company and its representative to refund Rs 60,000 which was illegally retained by them. The company was also directed to pay the amount along with an interest of 9 per cent per annum to the complainant.

Complainant Parvinder Kaur said representative of the company suggested her to deposit money in the plan explained by him, under which the amount with the insurance company would be doubled in three years. The representative also assured that if the policy continues for more than three years she would get Rs 5,000 per month as bonus.

On the representative’s advice, she paid Rs 30,000 as insurance premium. Thereafter, she paid two installments of Rs 30,000 each.

The forum said the policy terms and conditions do not give any right to the company to terminate the policy unilaterally and arbitrarily. This act, therefore, amounts to unfair trade practice and deficiency in service. — OC



Philately exhibition opens today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 16
Chandigarh Postal Division, in collaboration with Chandigarh Philatelic Bureau, is organising a district-level philately exhibition from tomorrow.

The two-day exhibition, to be held at the Department of Life Long Learning and Extension, Panjab University, will showcase rare collections of 28 philatelists. The exhibition will remain open from 11 am to 5 pm on the opening day and 10 am to 4 pm on the second day.



No headway in loot case
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 16
The police have made no headway in the firing incident which took place on the Kharar-Landran road last evening.

The injured has been identified as Davinder Singh, a registry clerk at Kharar, was rushed to Max Hospital here last night. He was later admitted to Fortis Hospital where his leg had to be amputated, as a miscreant took a shot at his right leg.

According to information, Davinder Singh was going along with his assistant, Munish, in his vehicle when he stopped on the Kharar-Landran road to buy a water bottle from a confectionary shop.

It is then that one of the three miscreants shot at Davinder Singh, before taking away the vehicle. His assistant Munish was also pushed out of the vehicle.

A revolver, two mobile phones and cash were lying in the vehicle.



AAP activists play good samaritans, rush accident victims to hospital
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 16
The office-bearers of Aam Aadmi Party, Zirakpur, played good samaritan when they came to the rescue of two accident victims at Patiala-Zirakpur crossing under the flyover at Zirakpur today afternoon.

The victims, Rajveer (30) from Kurukshetra, and Arvind (27) from Baltana, were rushed to a private hospital by Aam Aadmi Party (Zirakpur) in charge Narinder Jeet Kaur Brar along with Pankaj Pant and Anuradha Sharma and other Aam Aadmi Party activists.

Narinder Jeet Kaur Brar said they (the party activists) were busy in propagating for their party when they saw an auto rickshaw hit Arvind’s motorcycle.

After being hit, Arvind’s motorcycle hit Rajveer, who was walking on the road. Both sustained injuries as a result of the accident.

“Traffic policemen were also there but they simply ignored the entire scene. As nobody came to help them for about nearly five minutes, we took them to a private hospital, where doctors told us that Rajveer’s condition was serious,” said Brar.

“We were shocked to see the policemen’s indifferent attitude towards the whole scenario. The injured victims were lying on the road but even then no one came forward to help them,” alleged Aam Aadmi Party (Zirakpur) in charge Narinder Jeet Kaur Brar.



Dell announces partnership with Ingram Micro

Dell announced its partnership with Ingram Micro for the distribution of Dell’s End-User Computing commercial products on Thursday. This is first-of-its-kind engagement for Dell to boost distribution of its commercial desktop and notebook enabling Dell’s end customers to have an immediate access to Dell’s products without any wait period. The partnership is planned on a national distribution framework. Ajay Kaul, director and general manager, Global Commercial Channel, Dell India, said, “This partnership reflects the commitment to our channel strategy, keeping customers at the epicenter, as it enables customers to buy Dell’s fast selling and latest commercial laptops and desktops off-the-shelf through Ingram’s Wide network of 3,000 partners across 40 cities.

SLBC convener office inaugurated

Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Government of Punjab, inaugurated new office of the Convener, State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC), Punjab, at Sector 17, on Thursday. On the occasion, Harpal Singh, Field General Manager (PNB, Punjab) and Convener (SLBC), while addressing the gathering of various government functionaries, bankers and others, said a new office at Chandigarh is being established to ensure easier coordination and liaison with state government authorities would provide better support and enable the authorities to handle the government-business more effectively. — TNS



panjab university
Syndicate defers decision
Capping issue not taken up for discussion in absence of DPIs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 16
Ignoring Panjab University's failure to adopt the capping recommended by the University Grants Commission for direct recruitment and career advancement scheme of teachers six months ago, the PU Syndicate deferred its decision on the matter during its meeting today.

Sources said the Syndics, who were meeting under the chairmanship of PU Vice-Chancellor Professor Arun Kumar Grover, said that as the Director Public Instructions from Punjab and the UT were not present at the meeting, the issue could not be taken up for discussion.

In the meeting, the letter sent by the Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Government of Punjab, regarding the adoption of academic performance indicator (API) was tabled for consideration.

In fact, on July 24, 2013, the UGC had notified the adoption of capping to calculate the API for direct recruitment and career advancement. As per the notification, every university was to adopt the capping with immediate effect after the publication of the official gazette.

Also, ignoring the seriousness of the issue pertaining to the declaration of provisional results of the 2011-12 batch of Sri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College, Sector 46, the Syndicate deferred its decision. Although, the authorities tabled all the controversies which arose in the past three years on the affiliation of the college, the final decision could not be taken.

The Syndicate also deferred the agenda of the committee recommending hike in the existing rent of the rooms of the Main Guest House, Golden Jubilee Guest House and Faculty House besides the holiday home at Shimla.

Meanwhile, on the issue of ban imposed on the recruitment of staff in the university, the Syndicate decided to send a communication to the Government of Punjab asking it to lift the ban imposed in July 2005.

The Syndicate members also constituted a three-member committee to prepare a report on the pro forma and lay-down norms for recognition of research centres. The committee headed by Professor Karamjeet Singh and comprising Dilip Kumar and Dinesh Talwar will submit its report to the Vice-Chancellor.

In principle, the Syndicate, meanwhile, approved its implementation.

Rejecting the proposal of the VC for making provisions for inducting an officer of the central civil services or all-India services on deputation for appointment on the post of registrar, the Syndics unanimously decided the post should be filled as per the UGC norms.

Items that got the go-ahead

  • Proper assistance to differently abled students as recommended by the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
  • Two advance increments to teachers of professional courses at the entry level
  • Guidelines for the PhD registration, approval of candidacy, appointment of supervisor and pre-PhD course work
  • Director and deputy director of physical education to act as independent supervisors for PhD-related research work



Desh Bhagat University gets award

Chandigarh, January 16
Desh Bhagat University has been awarded with the Bharat Vidya Shiromani Award and a Certificate of Education Excellence for the “outstanding achievements and a remarkable role” in the field of education.

The Indian Solidarity Council presented the award to Dr Zora Singh, Chancellor, Desh Bhagat University. A national seminar on education and economic development was also organised on the occasion.

Dr Zora Singh said his university would strive harder to establish new benchmarks in the field of education. — TNS



from colleges
Interaction with authors

Chandigarh: The BBA Club at GGDSD College, Sector 32, in association with British Council, organised an interactive session-cum-talk programme with Taiye Selasi and Xiaolu Guo, authors from England. Selasi made her fiction debut in 2011 with “The Sex Lives of African Girls”, which was selected for best American short stories in 2012. In April 2013, Guo was named one of the best of young British novelists by Granta Magazine. When asked about the creative process, Selasi said that it required discipline and isolation.

Seminar on moral duties

Mohali: The Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC), Jhanjeri, organised a seminar to make students aware of their moral duties towards the society. The students pledged to keep their surroundings clean, help the needy and raise voice against corruption and dowry system. Students also pledged to save natural resources including water and petrol.

Tribune Reporters



draw of lots
57 children get lucky at DPS
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 16
The much-awaited draw of lots for admission to the entry-level class at Delhi Public School, Sector 40, was again a tale of smiles and tears.

While many celebrated their ward’s success, others left disappointed. The draw of lots was held on the school premises in the presence of parents. There was a tough competition as nearly 800 applicants were vying for 57 seats in the general category.

While 37 seats were reserved for the economically weaker section, 56 of the total 150 seats were given to the siblings of students and wards of staff and alumni. The school also has a waiting list of applicants in the general and sibling categories.

Principal Reema Dewan said the parents appreciated the transparency and smooth manner with which the draw of lots was conducted. She congratulated the parents whose wards made it through the draw of lots.

Now, parents are waiting for the draw of lots at Bhavan Vidyalaya Junior, which will be conducted on January 18. The competition is very tough, as it has received the highest number of applications: 1,700 applicants for 75 seats.

Principal of Bhavan Vidyalaya (Senior School), Sector 27, Vineeta Arora said only one parent would be allowed to attend the draw of lots. Nearly 50 seats are expected to be allotted to the general category, she said.

KBDAV School, Sector 7, will also hold its draw of lots on the same day.



Teachers’ union reviews pending demands
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 16
The state executive committee of Government Teachers Union (GTU) reviewed the present status of various demands submitted to the authorities from time to time.

During the meeting chaired by the union president Dr Vinod Sharma, the committee deliberated on urgent issues and major demands of the teachers, including pending promotions to the post of master/mistress from JBT, nursery, drawing, PTI and work experience teachers.

A comprehensive policy for the grant of monthly salary on the basis of “equal pay for equal work” for contractual and guest faculty besides part-time lecturers and computer teachers was also sought. The committee also demanded the regularisation of services of the SSA teachers and raised the issue of regular pay scale for school heads.

The committee decided that it would send a seven-member delegation to the Director Public Instructions (Schools) to deliberate on the demands. Meanwhile, the committee welcomed the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court for the filling of regular posts of various categories in the Education Department.



from schools
Motivational seminar

Panchkula: A motivational seminar was held at DAV Public School, Surajpur. During the thought-provoking seminar, the students and teachers were engaged in an interesting manner. The students were urged to voice their feelings and be effective communicators. They were also told to imbibe good human values.

Student brings laurels

Skater Anuj Sud, a Class X student of The Gurukul brought laurels to his school and the state by shining at 59th National School Games. Representing Haryana in the under-17 category, Anuj won a bronze medal in the in-line skating event.

Traffic awareness

Mohali: A traffic awareness seminar was conducted at Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77. Students of classes VI to XII and teachers along with drivers and conductors of school buses attended the seminar. Wing Commander JS Khokar explained the students about the consequences of rash driving and negligence on roads.

Festive spirit

Tiny-tots’ Foundation School celebrated the spirit of togetherness on the re-opening of the school on Thursday. All the recent festivals including Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal and Eid were celebrated on the occasion. Children came dressed in casual dresses. The day started with a special session during which teachers told the tiny tots relevance and importance of various festivals. — TNS



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