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Mohali MC limits extended
Nine residential, 2 industrial sectors, 2 villages included
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, January 28
The limits of the Mohali Municipal Corporation have finally been extended with the Punjab government issuing the final notification in this regard today. According to the notification, nine residential sectors, two industrial sectors and two villages have now come within the jurisdiction of the corporation. The new areas are Sectors 66 to 69, 76 to 80, industrial Sectors 74 and 75 and Kumbra and Sohana villages. The residential sectors were earlier under the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).

The office of the corporation in Sector 68, which was strangely out of the municipal limits, will now be under its jurisdiction. With this development, the corporation is now a step closer to the much-awaited first poll to the body after its status was upgraded from a municipal council to that of a corporation. The area extension assumes significance as it involves an addition to the number of voters as well as municipal wards, which will ultimately impact the corporation poll. The now-dissolved municipal council had 31 wards in the area within its jurisdiction. For the elections, the civic body will now have at least 50 wards. With the extension of the limits, the revenue of the civic body will also go up, but with this benefit will come the additional responsibility of maintenance of the new areas.

Uma Shankar Gupta, Commissioner, said the civic body was likely to earn between Rs 5 crore and Rs 6 crore as revenue from the extended limits by way of property tax and its share of building plan fee from GMADA.

He said with the issuance of the government notification, the entire developed area of Mohali had now come under the civic body, ending confusion among residents. They were earlier not sure whether to approach GMADA or the civic body for solving their problems. The government had in October issued a preliminary notification in connection with the extension of the limits, directing the civic body to invite objections and suggestions from residents of the areas to be included in the extended limits.

The corporation had received only four objections relating to the proposed extension of the limits. The objections, along with other relevant documents, were sent to the Secretary, Local Government, on November 6 for approval.

A step closer to municipal body poll

With this development, the MC is now a step closer to the much-awaited first poll to the body after its status was upgraded from a municipal council. The extension of the area assumes significance as it involves an addition to the number of voters as well as municipal wards.



Man dies at PGI; kin allege negligence
Tribune News Service

Manoj Kumar Singla's father shows his medical record in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, January 28
A 45-year-old man died at the PGI on Monday. His family has alleged medical negligence at the hands of the hospital staff. According to the family and records of the patient, Manoj Kumar Singla, he was referred to the PGI from Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, after being diagnosed with jaundice on Saturday.

The family alleged that when it reached the PGI on Saturday, it faced resistance from the Emergency staff in getting the patient admitted, even though he was sinking.

"They were not ready to accept that it was an emergency case. After several requests, they finally admitted him," said a relative. Doctors discharged him the nexy day, asking him to come to the Outpatient Department of Internal Medicine on Monday. As the patient was taken to the OPD on Monday, the consultant referred him to the Emergency Medical OPD where he collapsed within a few hours.

The family submitted a complaint to the Medical Superintendent on Monday evening. This morning, the family sent a complaint to the Chandigarh police also.

A medical board had been constituted to conduct the autopsy, said PGI spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar. The autopsy will be conducted tomorrow to determine the cause of the death and assess the alleged medical negligence.



City Ls seat
Behl gives AICC rules the go-by
Seeks demand draft of Rs 10,000 along with application from Cong ticket aspirants
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
In a clear violation of the rules of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), BB Behl, president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC), today issued directions that those eyeing the party ticket for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat would have to deposit a demand draft for Rs 10,000 along with their application forms.

Interestingly, no such condition has been imposed by the Congress in Punjab and Haryana where interested Congress workers can even file their applications through fax and email, that too without depositing a single penny.

Local Congress leaders have expressed resentment against Behl’s directions.

Behl said though the AICC had not issued any such directions, there was no harm in depositing Rs 10,000 along with the application form. Asked if ticket aspirants in Punjab and Haryana could file their applications free of cost, Behl said he was the president of the Chandigarh Congress and could not comment on Punjab and Haryana.

Justifying his move, Behl said Chandigarh was a costly city. "This money will go to the Congress. I won't pocket it," he said. Targeting Behl, former Congress general secretary Chandermukhi Sharma, who filed his application for the Chandigarh seat today, said such directions were issued only to stop Congress workers from filing their applications.

Earlier also, nobody was given an opportunity to apply and the CTCC president had proposed only Pawan Kumar Bansal's name, he said.

CTCC general secretary Pawan Sharma said, “Nobody is above the AICC and we have to follow its directions without any modifications."

Former Senior Deputy Mayor Bhupinder Singh Badheri said such directions would only harm the Congress. "Since ticket aspirants in Punjab and Haryana can file their applications free of cost, why has Behl imposed such a condition in Chandigarh?" he asked.


Former Congress general secretary and former councillor Chandermukhi Sharma filed his application for the ticket for the Chandigarh LS seat on Tuesday. He said he had submitted his application along with his biodata to CTCC president BB Behl. Since he was not aware about the Rs 10,000 condition, he would deposit the demand draft tomorrow. Party leaders HS Lucky and Bhupinder Singh Badheri will file their applications on Wednesday. Lucky said as a token of love, his supporters would give him Rs 100 each and he would deposit Rs 10,000 along with his application.



Cop punches senior citizen; residents block traffic
Tribune News Service

Residents block traffic in Mani Majra demanding action against the erring constable
. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, January 28
The "We care for you" brigade was yet again caught on the wrong foot today when a 75-year-old man was allegedly punched in the chest by a UT traffic constable at the Housing Board light point in Mani Majra. As the elderly citizen lay on the road after being punched, infuriated residents and passersby blocked traffic for one and a half hours demanding action against the constable.

It was only after the intervention of senior police officials that the protesters dispersed. The police assured the protesters that suitable action would be taken against the errant constable. UT DSP (Traffic) Kamaldeep said they had marked an inquiry against the constable, Yashveer, who allegedly punched the senior citizen.

The incident occurred at 3.30 pm when Gurnam Singh, a resident of Dera Sahib Mohalla in Mani Majra, was on his way to an optician in the NAC, Mani Majra, to get his eyes tested. The senior citizen took a wrong U-turn from a small roundabout ahead of the Housing Board light point. Traffic constable Yashveer signalled him to stop, but the scooterist paid no heed. The constable chased him and after a heated exchange of words, he allegedly punched Gurnam Singh in the chest.

A crowd gathered at the spot and high drama was witnessed. Gurnam Singh was taken to the hospital where his condition was stated to be stable.

Demanding action against the constable, Gurnam Singh’s son and area residents blocked traffic for around 90 minutes. Commuters suffered and the police had a trying time managing the chaos. A huge posse of police was pressed in for security arrangements and to manage the traffic.

Inspector Charanjeet Singh, SHO, Mani Majra police station, said they had received a complaint against the constable.

“We have ordered an inquiry and suitable action will be taken,” said DSP (Traffic) Kamaldeep.



Homeless sadhu dies of cold in Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 28
A 60-year-old sadhu died of cold (hypothermia) here late last night. The homeless sadhu, who is yet to be identified, was found lying at the entrance to a parking area at Nada Sahib Gurdwara in Panchkula.

The sadhu, who was seen sitting outside the gurdwara for the past few days, was surviving on alms. A passerby spotted him and informed the police. The victim was taken to the General Hospital in Sector 6 here where he was declared brought dead.

Efforts by the police to track down his family or relatives have failed. Two diaries were recovered from his possession in which hymns were written. Two phone numbers written in the diary, which the police suspects may be of his family members, were found switched off. Inspector Arvind Kumar, SHO of the Chandimandir police station, said, "We spoke to other sadhus present there who said he had come here recently. No one was aware about his name or whereabouts."

This is the fifth death due to hypothermia in Panchkula. A few days ago, a sadhu was found dead outside the Tau Devi Lal stadium.

Several sadhus can be spotted outside the gurdwara who live on "parshad" offered by devotees. All homeless persons who have died due to cold this winter were elderly. While the first death took place outside the anaj mandi in Raipurrani, the second death was reported from outside the bus stop on the road separating Sectors 8 and 9, the third from outside Yavnika in Sector 5 and the fourth one (of a 60-year-old sadhu) outside the Tau Devi Lal stadium in Sector 3, Panchkula.

Officials of the administration had earlier conducted a survey to identify homeless persons and had asked them to move to temporary shelters in the Mansa Devi temple. In the survey, over 200 families were found spending their nights on the streets in biting cold. A night shelter project (Raen Basera) at Fatehpur village in Sector 20, Panchkula, is hanging fire for the past two years.



Token system for medicines
Patients appreciate initiative at Panchkula General Hospital
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 28
In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the token system to procure medicines has been started at the Panchkula General Hospital, Sector 6. The project took off under the supervision of Panchkula Civil Surgeon VK Bansal. As many as 2,000 patients daily receive free of cost medicines at the facility. Five separate counters have been set up for senior citizens, women, men and others.

As many as five trained pharmacists have been roped in to ease out the rush.

A separate counter for medicines meant for newborn babies has also been set up.

Now, patients from low-income groups need not stand in long queues to get medicines at the counters.

To educate patients, slips indicating the amount of dosage will be pasted on medicine packs.

“The new token system will benefit people. A patient can collect the token from the first counter or the registration desk and wait until his number flashes on the screen,” said Bansal.

Proper seating arrangements have been made near the counter. The attendant needs to show the doctor's prescription at the registration counter, which will be sent to the pharmacist, and a token will be given to him.

When the token number flashes on the screen, the attendant will be given the medicines and explained through the slip attached on the pack about the required dosage.

“The token system is a boon for us. It has become convenient to get medicines now. Earlier, we had to stand in long queues. The move will benefit a large number of patients” said Rani Devi, an attendant with a patient.

Another attendant, Raju said, “This system is not in practice at the PGIMER. Earlier, we witnessed huge rush while collecting medicines at the hospital. Things will change now. The move should be implemented at all community health centres in the town.”

This is the first time that such an initiative has been started in a government hospital in Haryana, which has subsequently been carried out in other parts of the state as well.



Mahindra launches new Bolero

Mahindra and Mahindra Limited today launched new ‘Bolero Pick-Up Flat Bed’, at a price of Rs 5.58 lakh (BS3 version) ex-showroom, Chandigarh. The new look Bolero Pick-Up Flat Bed comes with micro-hybrid technology and higher load carrying capacity of 1,250 kg. It retains the core values of the tough and rugged Bolero Pick-Up. The Bolero Pick-Up Flat Bed is the flagship brand in Mahindra’s pick-up portfolio, contributing over 60% to overall pick-up sales.

Reliance introduces moneyback plan

Reliance Life Insurance today launched its new offering ‘Reliance Super Moneyback Plan’, a traditional non-participating plan; it provides periodic guaranteed money back pay-outs and a monthly income along with life cover.

Two win Airtel contest

Riding on the engagement with spectators during the HIL's second match today at Mohali, Micky Khindria, Head- Marcom, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, Bharti Airtel Ltd. awarded Tanwar Ali of Chandigarh and Rajesh Kumar of Chandigarh the 'Airtel Golden Goal Winner' with a cheque of Rs10,000 each. In every match, winners scoring a goal were entitled Rs 10,000 cheques.

Samsung launches new ACs

Samsung Electronics has unveiled its new Smart digital inverter air conditioner series with a new design. The digital inverter series (AR7000 and AR5000) is engineered to deliver better cooling, comfort and health benefits with a triangle body design. The triangular shape allows for a larger inlet port, wider blade and bigger fans while maintaining a compact exterior profile. It also facilitates easy installation, quick filter removal and cleaning. — TNS



Bansal loyalists meet Venod Sharma
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
A day after the revolt against MP Pawan Kumar Bansal by many city Congress leaders, four senior Congress leaders and Bansal’s ‘loyalists’reached former Union Minister Venod Sharma’s residence today. Sharma is the Ambala city MLA. Venod Sharma, whose name is also doing the rounds for the Congress ticket for Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, today first met former Senior Deputy Mayor Bhupinder Singh Badheri, former councillor Davinder Babla and former Market Committee chief Kesar Singh at his residence in Sector 9.

In the evening, former Deputy Mayor HS Lucky also met him. Sources said at today’s meetings, the political scenario in the city was discussed.

The importance of today’s meetings can be gauged from the fact that Babla and Badheri had also attended the meeting held at Lucky’s office in Sector 27 on January 26 where the strategy to oppose Bansal’s name was finalised by more than 15 disgruntled senior Congress leaders.

Meanwhile, Venod Sharma confirmed Lucky, Babla, Badheri and Kesar Singh met him today. However, he ruled out any possibility of contesting the LS elections from the Chandigarh seat.

While Davinder Babla said today’s meetings was a routine affair, Bhupinder Badheri said they wanted Venod Sharma to contest the LS elections from Chandigarh.

Congress councillor Poonam Sharma, who is also the head of the Congress Committee, Urban II, Chandigarh, issued a press note today in which she has condemned the move of former Deputy Mayor HS Lucky. Meanwhile, countering Poonam Sharma’s statement, Lucky said he did not act against the Congress but only demanded a fresh face for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat.

The facilitator

One of the four Congress leaders, who met Venod Sharma in the morning, also met MP Pawan Kumar Bansal later. The leader, who was once considered a confidant of the MP, is said to be instrumental in arranging the meeting between Lucky and Venod Sharma. Sources said the same leader also met former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan a few days ago. Dhawan is also a contender for the BJP ticket from the Chandigarh seat.



Elderly need to be looked after

Many elders in the city are not treated properly by their kith and kin. Until a few years ago, the Chandigarh Administration, under the patronage of CITCO, used to entertain the elderly by way of tours to important historical places and serve the brunch as the case may be. But this has not been in practice for quite sometime. Instead, study tours have been launched by counsellors, MLAs etc, besides other recreation options. I wish the practice is revived as senior citizens have no other source of entertainment owing to problems such as conveyance.

Sham Lal Khera, Chandigarh

UT Administrator as Jan Lokayukta

Though there are two advisory bodies relating to Chandigarh — the Union Home Minister's Advisory Committee and the Administrator's Advisory Council (AAC), a majority of city residents are unaware about the former as it seldom holds its meeting. Surprisingly, the last meeting was held more than eight years ago in September 2005 and that, too, after a gap of 20 years. Incidentally, it was presided over by incumbent Chandigarh's Administrator Shivraj Patil, who was the then Union Home Minister. The same goes for the AAC, with minimal details about its meetings or agenda in the public domain. Even the official website of UT Chandigarh has not been updated. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs in its 121st report (August, 2006) had strongly recommended that the AAC should meet more frequently and steps needed to be taken by the Union Home Ministry but in vain. There cannot be a second opinion that public darbars, as conducted by the administrator, have also not been able to live up to the expectations of the residents of Chandigarh. Amidst all this and the fact that till date, Chandigarh has not got an institution of Lokayukta as functioning in a majority of states, including Delhi, it is incumbent upon the UT Administrator to assume the role of Chandigarh's “Jan Lokayukta”. Though the recently enacted Lok Pal and Lokayukta Act 2013 provides states to establish lokayuktas, the UT administrator can adorn the avatar of Chandigarh's Jan Lokayukta even if the same is non-statutory in nature. He, being at the helm of affairs in UT, owns responsibility to showcase the administration's concern for the Aam Aadmi.

Hemant Kumar, Ambala City



Mushaira casts a spell
Amarjot Kaur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
The Jashn-e-Haryana All-India Mushaira was organised at the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, here today. It was organised by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Haryana. “The department initiated this event to promote Urdu, which is a minority language in Haryana. It also aimed at promoting national integration through promotion of language and culture,” said Shiv Kumar, Cultural Affairs Officer, Department of Cultural Affairs, Haryana.

SC Chaudhary, IAS, Chief Secretary, Haryana, inaugurated the mushaira.

It was attended by over 15 poets, including Nida Fazli from Mumbai, Popular Meeruthi from Meerut, Dr Nasim Nikhat from Lucknow, Khurram Qaiyyumi from Delhi, Ana Dehalvi from Delhi and Dr Zia Tonki Tonk Haq Kanpuri from Kanpur.

The poets recited poetic compositions, including, ‘shers’, ghazals and geet.

Savita Aseem from Delhi, Kashish Warsi from Muradabad, Naim Rashid from Burhanpur, Moin Shadab from Delhi, Qaiyyum Bismil from Rurkee and Shams Tabrezi from Panchkula were also present on the occasion.

While most of the poets, including Nida Faizli, Qaiyyum Bismil, Kashish Warsi and Naim Rashid, spoke about politics and society, others narrated ghazals on the same.



Preparations on in full swing for agro summit
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 28
Preparations are on in full swing for the Progressive Punjab Agriculture Summit-2014 to be held at Fateh Burj, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial, Chappar Chiri. Mohali Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu , who took stock of the preparations being made at the venue, said elaborate arrangements were being made for the summit so that farmers and delegates don’t face any problems.

He further said farmers from various states and also from abroad would be attending the summit. He said an exhibition related to agriculture and allied occupations would be organised in an open space near the memorial. Technical sessions would be organised and farmers would also share their experiences.

The agro-technology and business event will be held from February 16 to 19. It is being organised to catalyse the process of improving the sustainability and economic viability of farming.

The authorities expect it to be a mega event with farmers, entrepreneurs, researchers , faculty members, policy planners, administrators, students and others concerned from all over the country will attend it. Prominent national and international companies will also participate in the event.



Council meeting discusses provisions of RTE Act
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
The second meeting of the State Advisory Council was held yesterday under the chairmanship of the Adviser to the Administrator. The council has been constituted under the provisions of section 34 (1) of the RTE Act-2009 to advise the UT Administration on the implementation of various provisions of the Act.

All the points relating to the implementation of different provisions of the Act were discussed in detail. The council advised the Education Department to prepare a detailed proposal for the requirement of additional class rooms and schools keeping in view the future need. Areas receiving a large number of students may be mentioned specifically in the proposal.

Regarding the admission of children for economically weaker sections and disadvantaged groups under the 25 per cent quota, the council advised that a meeting with all recognised private schools might be convened and the instructions should be issued to admit students against reserved seats.



Surgeries conducted free of cost at facility
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 28
Under the new government scheme to provide free medical aid to patients, operations and tests worth Rs 27 lakh were conducted free of cost at the Panchkula General Hospital from January 1 to 24.

During a press briefing, Panchkula Civil Surgeon VK Bansal, said, “As many as 96 surgeries worth Rs 3 lakh were conducted free of cost. Also, 94 orthopedic surgeries worth Rs 1.25 lakh, 3,497 dental procedures worth Rs 1.10 lakh, 109 eye surgeries, 137 gynae operations, 37,000 general tests and other minor operations were also performed free of cost.”

“Any patient who has already paid the amount will be reimbursed,” stated the hospital authorities.

Vikram Singh, resident of Sector 19, said, “I underwent a surgery to remove a stone from my stomach. I thought I would have to a pay huge amount for the operation but thankfully, the surgery was conducted free of cost.” “This is a boon for scores of people like me who are surviving on meagre sources,” he added.



Hospital launches health programme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
Shri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Charitable Multispeciality Hospital, Sohana, today launched its “Keep the Doctor Away” programme with the aim of making the nation healthier. The hospital, through this programme, aims at providing and promoting healthier and prosperous living as the hospitals are overloaded, infrastructure is limited and a large segment of society cannot afford expenses on health care.

“Many diseases are manageable at the initial stage if proper care is taken but the lack of awareness turn them into chronic ones. Today’s generation is so busy in shaping their career and future that often even basic guidelines are ignored. Regular exercise and a balanced diet are some of the important ingredients to healthy. If certain precautions are followed, most of the basic ailments can be kept miles away,” Dr Gagandeep Singh Sachdeva, CEO, SGHS Charitable Multispeciality Hospital.

The initiative includes free medical advisory in the form of public lectures every Saturday starting February 8. The advisory will be uploaded on the website of the hospital.



Fellowship for GMCH-32 doc
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
Prof Suman Kochhar, Head of the Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging at the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, has been conferred the ‘Fellowship of Indian College of Radiology and Imaging’.

She was awarded the fellowship in Agra during the annual conference of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association. She was awarded the fellowship for her outstanding scientific contribution as well as administrative and organisational capabilities.

Professor Kochhar is the person behind the setting up of the Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging at the GMCH. She has to her credit more than 60 scientific publications in reputed national and international journals and has delivered many talks at national and international conferences.



From schools
Patriotic fervour marks Republic Day celebrations in tricity schools

Chandigarh: Republic Day was celebrated at Desh Bhagat University with fervour and enthusiasm. A large number of students, faculty members and staff took part in the celebrations. Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the university Dr Shalini Gupta hoisted the National Flag.

Green Castle Public School-47

Republic Day was celebrated with patriotic zest and fervour at Green Castle Public School, Sector 47. The school campus was decorated with Tricolour flags and balloons. The chairman of the school unfurled the National Flag.

Sri Guru Harkrishan Sr Sec Public School

Sri Guru Harkrishan Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 40-C, celebrated Republic Day with fervour. The member in-charge, School Management Committee, Dr Paramjit Singh, hoisted the Tricolour.

Govt High School-41

Republic Day was celebrated with fervour at Government High School, Sector 41. Students presented a cultural programme. Sweets were also distributed among the students.

Govt Sr Sec School

Republic Day was celebrated at Government Senior Secondary School, Mani Majra Town. Manita, principal of the school, hoisted the National Flag.

Stepping Stones Sr Sec School-37

Republic Day was celebrated at Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, with enthusiasm and fervour. NCC cadets saluted the National Flag. The students of the school participated in the function with zeal.


The day was celebrated with fervour at GMSSS-20. A colourful cultural programme was presented by the students of the school.

Sharda Sarvhitkari Model Sr Sec School-40

Republic Day was celebrated on the school premises with patriotic fervour. BS Kanwar, principal of the school, unfurled the National Flag.

St Xavier's Sr Sec School

Students of St Xavier's Senior Secondary School celebrated Republic Day with enthusiasm. A special assembly was conducted. Principal Mervin told the students about the importance of the day.

Moti Ram Arya Sr Sec School-27

Republic Day was celebrated at Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary School, Sector 27. S Mahajan, director of the school, hoisted the National Flag.

AKSIPS-41 Smart School

The patriotic colours of the Indian Republic were seen on the campus of AKSIPS-41 Smart School. Jasdeep Kalra, executive director of the AKSIPS Group of Schools, unfurled the Tricolour. Jagjit Sekhon, principal of the school, addressed the students.

Guru Tegh Bahadur Public School-15

Republic Day was celebrated on the school premises. The event started with a shabad. Chairman Jathedar Gurpratap Singh Riar and principal R Sharma hoisted the National Flag.

Sri Guru Gobind Singh Sr Sec School-35B

The day was celebrated with enthusiasm at Sri Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School, Sector 35. S Amrik Singh, manager of the School Managing Committee, unfurled the National Flag. The students sang patriotic songs and presented a cultural programme.

Government Sr Sec School, Raipur Khurd

R-Day was celebrated with zeal at Government Senior Secondary School, Raipur Khurd. The campus resounded with patriotic melodies by the students. Principal Neena Kalia hoisted the Tricolour.

Banyan Tree School

Republic Day was celebrated with patriotic zeal at Banyan Tree School. The campus was decorated with flowers and balloons. Prarthana House conducted a special assembly. The day began with a morning prayer by the school choir.

Hansraj Public School

Panchkula: Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, celebrated Republic Day with zeal. Principal Bhardwaj hoisted the National Flag amidst the resounding tune of the National Anthem to commence the celebrations. She highlighted the importance of being worthy citizens of a sovereign republic nation where the guidelines of the Constitution and the freedom of citizens are valued earnestly.

Sky World School

Sky World School, Sector 21, celebrated Republic Day in the true spirit of nationalism. The National Flag was hoisted by the youngest child of the school, followed by the National Anthem and a colourful cultural programme. To instill faith, confidence and self-esteem among the children, a number of competitions like dance, colour, paint, music, fancy dress, and mathematics and science laureates were held. Principal Santosh Bhandari said: “Celebrating the day with such enthusiasm will instill love for the country among children”.

The British School

The Panchkula Administration honoured Geetika Sethi, director of The British School, for her outstanding contribution in the field of school education. The appreciation award was given by the chief guest, Haryana Health Minister Rao Narender Singh, on Republic Day.

Satluj Public School

Special assemblies were held at the branches of Satluj Public School in Sectors 2 and 4. Students were told about the significance of Republic Day. The celebrations began with a special assembly during which various cultural items were presented by the students. Principal Krit Serai hoisted the Tricolour in the Sector 4 branch. It was followed by the National Anthem, patriotic dances and songs.

MR Vidya Academy

Republic Day was celebrated with fervour at MR Vidya Academy in the Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5. A declamation contest, quiz and an extempore were held. A few parents also participated in the events. Fun-filled games were organised for the students. This was followed by a prize-distribution ceremony.

Sant Waryam Singh Memorial Public School

Mohali: Sant Waryam Singh Memorial Public Senior Secondary School, Ratwara Sahib, celebrated Republic Day. Students presented a cultural programme on the occasion. A flag-making competition was organised for the tiny tots. The students presented bhangra.

ACNP School, Zirakpur

ACNP School, Zirakpur, celebrated Republic Day with patriotic zeal. Students sang songs, performed dances and delivered speeches. Principal Krishna Agnihorti told the students about the importance of the day.

Bachpan School, Naya Gaon

Republic Day was celebrated at Bachpan School, Naya Gaon, with fanfare. Students danced to the tune of patriotic songs.

DAV School

DAV School celebrated Republic Day with zeal. The premises was decorated with National Flags, motivational thoughts and posters depicting various national issues. Rosy Sharma, principal of the institution, unfurled the National Flag. Students presented a cultural programme and danced to the tune of patriotic songs.

Doon International School

The kindergarten wing of Doon International School celebrated the day with enthusiasm and fervour. A special assembly was conducted.

Gem Public Sr Sec School-3B2

Gem Public Senior Secondary School, Phase 3B-2, celebrated Republic Day. School director HS Midha graced the occasion and principal Veena Bakshi delivered an inspirational speech.

Lawerance Public Sr Sec School

Lawerance Public Senior Secondary School celebrated Republic Day with zest. The programme began with the unfurling of the National Flag. Students of Class V performed a dance. A patriotic poem was recited by Vasu and Upasana. Children were made aware of the Fundamental Rights and Duties through a skit.

Ashmah International School

Students of Ashmah International School organised a function, which marked the conclusion of the week-long activities and festivities at the school. To sensitise the students to the values and importance of Republic Day, several activities were organised. Teachers told the students about the significance of the National Flag. A cultural programme was organised on the occasion.

Gian Jyoti Group

Students and staff members of the Gian Jyoti Group of Institutions celebrated Republic Day with enthusiasm. The staff members sang a patriotic song. Students presented a cultural programme. Sweets were distributed among the students. — TNS



PU notes
Signature campaign

As part of the national campaign, “students stand against corruption”, the National Students Union of India (NSUI) on Tuesday launched a two-day signature campaign on the Panjab University campus and its colleges. This will be followed by a day-long hunger strike on January 30 in support of the demand of passing six pending Anti-Corruption Bills and also commemorating Mahatma Gandhi's death anniversary, the venue for which remains undecided. Panjab University Campus Students Council president Chandan Rana said: “The NSUI organised a celebration at Jantar Mantar on December 30 in which we had welcomed the Lokpal Bill in the Parliament and demanded the acceptance of six other Anti-Corruption Bills that are still pending in Parliament".

PU teacher awarded

Panjab University teacher Dr Anurag Kuhad has bagged the “AICTE Career Award for Young Teachers (CAYT) 2013-14”. Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr Anurag has been selected for the CAYT by the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi. The purpose of the AICTE Career Award scheme is to identify young talented teachers who have established competence in their area of specialisation.

Talk on sustainable energy

The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Chandigarh Regional Centre, and the SSB University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology, PU, on Tuesday organised an talk by the chief engineer, Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited, Dr M Velan. He spoke on the topic of “sustainable energy for developing India” at the Dr SS Bhatnagar Auditorium, PU campus. Dr M Velan stressed upon the fact that energy consumption was the driver of the Human Development Index. The index reaches its maximum when 4,000KWh electricity per capita is consumed. India is using just 600 KWh. He said the Centre was targeting on an installation capacity of 2 lakh MW by the end of the XI Plan (2020) so as to achieve 12 per cent growth rate in power and satisfy the peak demand. Dr M Velan said energy management was to monitor, record, examine, analyse and control energy flow. — TNS



School assns seek educational reforms
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 28
A coordination committee of 11 private unaided schools of Haryana has expressed resentment over their demands not being redressed by authorities. Coordination Committee of Private Unaided School Associations (CCPUSA) of Haryana in a representation sent to CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda raised several issues, alleging a step-motherly treatment given to them by several departments of the state.

JS Ahlawat, coordinator, CCPUSA said there was a need for an administrative overhaul of the education sector in the state. He said the education department running its own institutions governs its own schools and private ones as well. The committee has also sought regular meetings with the CM on a quarterly basis.

Ahlawat also expressed serious concern over huge taxes imposed on land and buildings of private schools. He also demanded supply of electricity, LPG and diesel at domestic rates to schools. Legal issues being faced by schools were also taken note by him.

He said additional conditions are being unnecessarily put on private schools for implementation of the RTE. “Land norms for recognition among the regulations of CBSE, School Rules 2003 and Haryana Town and Country Planning have a number of anomalies which need to be rectified,” he added.



Evolution of Indian economy discussed at seminar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
A seminar on "economic environment for business in India - reforms and challenges" was organised by the Economics Department of GGDSD College here today. The chief speaker, Professor Upinder Sawhney from Panjab University, enlightened the students about the growth and evolution of the Indian economy during the regulatory regime (1947-1991), during the 1991 financial crisis and the post-liberalisation period.

She also discussed the opportunities and challenges faced by the country during the present times.

Principal Bhushan Kumar Sharma said all these topics were essential for the competitive exams and also for group discussions and personal interviews.

The seminar concluded with a vote of thanks by Professor Vivek Sharma, Head, Economics Department of SD College.



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