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Feb surprise: City parts don white mantle
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 15
Heavy rain, accompanied by hailstorm, which lashed the city this evening, brought down the temperature appreciably. The city recorded 19 mm rainfall today. The Meteorological Department has stated showers are likely to continue till tomorrow morning. There is forecast of hailstorm and squall with winds exceeding 45 kmph speed at isolated places.

Black turns white: A man collects hailstones from a car and (left) a CTU bus moves on a road covered with hailstones in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal and Manoj Mahajan

Officials of the Met Office stated low pressure in the areas of northern Rajasthan and its neighbourhood resulted in today’s hailstorm. Cloud development in various sectors increased the intensity of the hailstorm. Snow in Shimla could intensify the cold wave conditions in the region, they added.

The day, however, began with rain in the morning, with the minimum temperature settling at 10.4 degrees Celsius, one notch above the normal. The maximum temperature was recorded at 14.6 degrees Celsius, which is eight notches below the normal.

While the rain caused inconvenience to commuters, it brought a pleasant surprise for youngsters and children who enjoyed the unusual site of hailstones and white roads in some part on a February evening.

“It was unexpected but nice to see hailstones. I hope the weather stays like this on Sunday also. It will make for a perfect outing,” said Sumanya, an IT executive.

Traffic was affected on many roads.


  • Another hailstorm likely
  • Intermittent rain to continue for two more days 

No hailstorm in Met office area..

The Met Department official said there was no hailstorm in Sector 39 where their office was located. However, in the evening, they received many calls from the city residents about hailstorm in their respective areas.

Hailstorm occurred in past 12 years..

2002 May 26

2003 February 20

2004 January 24

2012 January 6

2012 April 13



Disabled brigadier dies awaiting medical reimbursement
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 15
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has proved to be the nemesis of a critically ill disabled brigadier. The officer died yesterday while waiting for the reimbursement of expenses incurred on his emergency treatment several years ago. Despite judicial orders three years ago, which were upheld by the Supreme Court, the MoD has been sitting on the case.

Owing to an in-service disability, an automated implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (AICD) was implanted on Brig TS Sekhon (retd) in 2003. It controls low as well as high heart rate and its wires and leads are connected to the heart. The device has a life of about four years. A surgery to replace the AICD and to remove the wires was not successful.

While on a visit to Germany to meet his daughter, the brigadier had a medical emergency. He was evacuated to a hospital where an emergency procedure was carried out to save his heart through a laser surgery and the wires were also removed.

It was certified by doctors that the procedure was an emergency procedure and it was also endorsed by doctors of the Army in India. The total cost incurred was Rs 5.56 lakh which, it was claimed, was much less than the treatment that would have cost in India. The Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) provides for reimbursement in emergencies at the government hospital rates. Hence, Brigadier Sekhon applied for reimbursement.

Despite it being certified by the Indian and German doctors as a medical emergency, the claim was rejected by the MoD on the ground that he should have returned to India for the procedure and that the reimbursement of medical emergencies outside India was not permissible. The brigadier contested both the statements on the grounds that it was clear from the medical documents that it was an emergency and there was nothing in the ECHS policy which stated that emergencies outside India would not be reimbursed. The only stipulation in the policy was that in case of an emergency, only the rates as applicable to the AIIMS would be considered.

He moved the Chandigarh Bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal, which allowed his petition in February 2011 and directed the MoD to release the reimbursement at the rates at which the treatment would have cost in India. The Tribunal also quoted a Supreme Court (SC) judgment which provides that medical expenditure has to be released at the Indian rates even if an emergency has happened outside India.

The MoD did not implement the order despite no stay on it and appealed against it in the SC. Though the MoD’s appeal was dismissed by the SC, his application for the execution of the orders kept getting adjourned by the Tribunal.



Caught with her friend, girl jumps off roof

Chandigarh, February 15
High drama was witnessed in a house in Sector 27 when a minor girl jumped off the roof of her house after she was caught with her male friend by her father. The girl suffered injuries and has been admitted to the Advance Trauma Centre of the PGI. Her condition was stable. Her friend, who was with her, is her classmate. He escaped through the staircase. The incident occurred at the government quarters complex in Sector 27 around 1.15 pm.

The police said the girl jumped off the roof when her father caught her with her friend and was about to slap him.

The father called up the police control room and his injured daughter was rushed to the PGI in a police vehicle.

Inspector Anokh Singh, SHO of the Sector 26 police station, said the male friend of the injured girl lived in the same locality. A daily diary report has been lodged. He said the girl’s father had refused to lodge a complaint against anyone. — TNS



Lottery scam
Panchkula cops suspect wider network
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 15
Many persons in the tricity are suspected to have fallen prey to the 'special lotteries' run by Nigerian nationals who were arrested by the Panchkula police late last night. The Panchkula Police had arrested these foreign nationals and two women for duping a man of Rs 14 lakh.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Commissioner of Police Ajay Singhal and Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashwin Shenvi said their arrest could unearth a bigger network spread across the country.

The Nigerians, identified as Chopper and John, alias Goodluck (both arrested) and David (absconding), used to contact people through e-mail and then talk to them on the phone. Their two women accomplices from Delhi and Jalandhar would help them trap their victims on the phone.

"Our teams have worked day and night to bust this gang. They would trap their victims through e-mails informing them that they have won a lottery of £700,000 pounds.

They would tell their victims that to convert the lottery amount into Indian currency, certain fees prescribed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) have to be deposited by them," said Singhal. The victims were told that the fees had to be deposited in different bank accounts. The victim, Bhupinder, deposited Rs 14 lakh in 13 accounts. The accused used to withdraw the money through ATM cards, added Shenvi.

After withdrawing the amount, the accused would either break the sim cards or discard them, sources said.

The three Nigerian nationals are graduates and came to India three years ago. The absconding Nigerian, who is said to be the mastermind of the gang, is carrying all the cash. David, who was jailed for drug peddling and possessing a fake passport, was released 13 months ago.

It's a big scam with the network spread all over the country. Money was deposited in the accused’s accounts from Nagpur, Goa, Bangalore, Mumbai and several other places, added Singhal.

One laptop, three landline phones, three broken sim cards, four passports and one bank account copy have been recovered from the accused.

The accused, John and Chopper, and one of their woman accomplices have been remanded in five-day police custody while another woman accused has been sent to three-day police remand.

Partnership in crime turned into marriage

Partnership in duping people culminated into marriage of a Punjabi girl and a Nigerian boy. The woman, who married the Nigerian national, David, has an 11-month-old baby boy, who would be sent to a juvenile home. The woman said she was introduced to David by another woman who was facing a trial in a Delhi court under the Immigration Act.



Agri Summit: Change in venue keeps officials on their toes
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 15
Shifting the venue of Kisan Sammelan at the eleventh hour kept the government functionaries on their toes today. Having less than 24 hours for the inauguration of the sammelan at Modern Vegetable Market by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, the entire state functionary was racing against time to complete the arrangements at the site.

Meetings of senior bureaucracy of the state were organised to chalk out every minute detail of the programme at the new venue.

“We have no time, but we are determined to complete all the arrangements here,” said Kahan Singh Pannu, secretary of the Punjab Agricultural Department.

Notably, all the arrangement by the state functionaries for the Punjab Progressive Agriculture Summit at Chappar Chhiri was washed away by the incessant rain.

Senior officers such as Punjab Financial Commissioner (Development) Suresh Kumar, Punjab Agriculture secretary Kahan Singh Pannu, Mohali Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu, GMADA chief administrator AK Sinha and Mohali SSP Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti were present at the site to take stock of the situation.

“Though we have no time to make elaborate arrangements at the new site like we had made at Chappar Chhiri for tomorrow’s function, but the new venue would definitely be readied as per the standards of a top class state-level function”, said a senior officer.

SSP Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti said elaborate security arrangements would be made at both the venues. “We are working on our new plans in this regard,” said SSP Bhatti.

Mohali Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said he would supervise all the proceedings.

The sammelan would be inaugurated at 12 pm. 



Narrow escape for fire officials
Road constructed ahead of Agriculture Summit caves in near Fateh Burj
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chappar Chiri (Mohali), February 15
Four personnel of the Fire Department, Mohali, including fire officer, had a narrow escape when the fire tender they were travelling in overturned near the ‘Fateh Burj’ as a part of a newly constructed road caved in at Chappar Chiri village this afternoon.

Mohali fire officer Mohan Lal, firemen Jatinder Singh and Sarabjit Singh and driver Amrik Singh were going to the venue of the Punjab Progressive Agriculture Summit scheduled for tomorrow, to attend rehearsal for landing of VVIPs’ choppers.

Notably, the road was constructed two-three days ago to widen the approaching road to the Fateh Burj in view of the agriculture summit.

The Fire Department personnel were sitting in the driver’s cabin of the fire tender (PB65-L-4450) when it overturned in the fields nearby. Luckily, all of them escaped unhurt.

A Punjab Police constable, who was deployed there, said a mishap was averted in the morning too when another part of the road caved in. “A car plying on the stretch would have met the same fate but its driver managed to avert the tragedy,” said the constable.

The caving in of the road raised questions on the quality of material used in its construction. Hundreds of vehicles would be using the road during the four-day event that begins tomorrow.

CM convoy passed a few minutes before

The convoy of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal passed on the stretch twice, just a few minutes before the fire tender overturned. “We were not aware that a car was also stuck there in the morning,” said a senior Punjab Government official, admitting that the quality of the road needed to be examined.



Book released

A book on Advance Pharmacology was released at North Zone, New Horrizon in Pharmacy and Pharmacology, during the Indian Pharmacological Society (IPS) meet, Mathura, on Saturday. The book has been written by Dr Bikash Medhi and Dr Ajay Prakash from the Department of Pharmacology, PGIMER. The book has been divided into three sections for easy learning, and each of them covers different aspects of drug module.

Health talk show

As many as 300 members of Pushpac Complex, Sector 49, took part in a health talk on how to manage lower back pain. The show was organised by Max Super Speciality Hospital (MSSH), Mohali, on Saturday. Dr Manuj Wadhwa, director and head, Max Elite Institute of Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement, said the lower back pain is a leading cause of disability. “It is being reported frequently over the last few years, especially among the working class,” said Wadhwa. “Nowadays, young patients in the age group of 15-45 years are complaining of lower back pain. Around 75 per cent of computer professionals from the region suffer from back discomfort due to lack of Vitamin D. As per a recent report, Vitamin D deficiency in youngsters was quite high at 36 per cent,” said Dr Wadhwa.

Health camp

The SBI General Insurance and State Bank of India (SBI) jointly organised free-of-cost health check-up camps across 80 cities, including the State Bank of India local head office, Chandigarh. The camp was inaugurated by Lingaraj Mahapatra, chief general manager, SBI Chandigarh Circle.

Book on cancer released

Litterateur Dr Sashi Prabha released a book on ‘Breast Cancer in Woman - Facts and Suggestions’ at a function in Sector 43-B. The book is based on her own personal experience and how she fought breast cancer seven years ago. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rajwinder Kaur Dhinsa, a breast cancer survivor, said she has gone through the rigorous rounds of eight chemotherapies in order to overcome the disease. She said awareness needs to be spread about cancer and a timely detection, proper treatment, and motivation and counselling are the surest ways of curing breast cancer. Kamaljit Walia, founder of Chandigarh Breast Cancer Trust, said the will power to fight the disease is the most vital factor and it bears positive results. Sahayata Cancer Trust, Chandigarh, was also represented there. The earnings from the book will go to the trust.

Patients join hands to combat hepatitis

Patients from remote districts of Punjab and Haryana and other parts of India joined hands to combat Hepatitis. According to the experts, lack of awareness about the disease and its treatment, coupled with the fact, that it has no visible symptoms in its early stages has contributed to its spread. Dr Bobby John, executive director of Global Health Advocates India, said, people living with Hepatitis B and C is far higher than the number of patients infected with HIV or any other type of cancer. — TNS



Poll buzz
All is not well in Congress camppoll buzz
Senior leaders of the party fail to turn up at Lucky’s tea party for Bansal
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News service

HS Lucky (left) shares a point with Member of Parliament Pawan Kumar Bansal during a function held at the Community Centre in Sector 20, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, February 15
There is no end to fissures in the Chandigarh unit of the Congress if absence of senior party leaders at a 'patch up' tea party organised for the sitting MP, Pawan Kumar Bansal, by a foe-turned-friend HS Lucky here this evening is any indication. Barring Bansal, general secretary of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) Pawan Sharma and councillor Darshan Garg, other leaders were conspicuous by their absence.

In a public display of mending terms with the sitting MP (within few days of rebelling against Bansal), Lucky had invited CTCC president BB Behl, Mayor Harphool C Kalyan and all Congress councillors. But the majority of senior leaders did not turn up at the tea party.

Congress district president HS Lucky said the function was for MP Pawan Kumar Bansal and he attended it. Moreover, his (Lucky's) supporters also attended the function, he said.

The political drama between Bansal and Lucky had unfolded on January 27 when Lucky opposed Bansal's candidature for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat. It ended after a meeting between the two leaders in Delhi on February 10.

At today's meeting, Bansal said he was hopeful of getting the party ticket for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat but final decision would be taken by the Congress high command. He added that the Congress would announce the name of its Chandigarh candidate in the second list, which will be released in February end.

BJP slams Congress

Arun Sood, a BJP's leader of opposition in the MC House, said as per rules, no community centre could be booked for holding a political function. However, the Congress flouted the rule by holding one in Sector 20 community centre in the name of 'tea party'. It seemed that MC officials were hand-in-glove with Congress leaders, Sood alleged.

Lucky or Bansal’s boycott?

In the Congress camp, there are two different views about today's function. While some are saying that Congress leaders did not turn up because they did not want to get their name tagged with Lucky, others say there was still some resentment against Bansal due to which senior leaders gave the tea party a miss.

No revolt in Cong: MP

MP Pawan Kumar Bansal said there was no revolt in the Congress city unit and it was only a media creation. Six candidates, including Bansal and Lucky, have sought the Congress ticket for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat.



Project inauguration at mauli jagran
Mayor, area councillor at loggerheads
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 15
The inauguration of three projects at Mauli Jagran planned by the Municipal Corporation (MC) on February 17, without intimating the information to the area councillor, BJP, in advance has led to a controversy. The projects were to be inaugurated by the Congrees Mayor HC Kalyan, however the area councillor in a bid to express resentment over the matter has decided to boycott the inauguration and get the projects inaugurated by residents of the area on February 16 instead.

The BJP councillor from Ward Number 24, Rajinder Kaur, said she was shocked to see the invitation card for the inauguration of the projects in her ward. “The card also had my name mentioned too, however, nobody told me about the inaugurations earlier,” said Kaur.

A new community centre at Vikas Nagar, an extension of community centre and a shopping complex is to be inaugurated at Mauli Jagran.

Kaur said it was after her determined efforts that the projects were completed and the Mayor wanted to inaugurate the project himself.

Arun Sood, BJP councillor, and leader of opposition said the Congress wants to take the credit of the new projects as the Lok Sabha elections are approaching. Kaur said she will get the projects inaugurated by senior citizens of her ward at 1 pm. City Mayor HC Kalyan said the area councillor was taken in confidence before finalising the inaugural ceremony of the projects.

“These projects are the property of the MC and a Mayor is supposed to inaugurate these projects, how can the residents inaugurate the projects?” Mayor questioned.

Mayor further added that the formal inauguration of the project would be held on February 17. “The move planned by the BJP councillors is illegal and I strongly oppose that,” he added.



Patch up: Lucky’s U-turn irks supporters
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 15
The District Congress Committee (Urban-1) president HS Lucky's 'patch up' with the sitting Congress MP, Pawan Kumar Bansal, has drawn his supporters' ire. Taking a dig at the tea party organised for Bansal, Ajay Sikka, one of Lucky's supporters who claims to be a general secretary in the District Congress Committee (Urban-1), posted a comment on a social networking site, "Get ready for hot tea party at Sector 20 Community Centre, where HS Lucky, who had earlier sought ticket (for Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat), is going to shake hands with MP Pawan Kumar Bansal after playing with the emotions of everyone. This tea party will be too hot."

In another comment posted on the Lucky's Facebook wall, which Lucky had removed later, Sikka wrote, "Munna bhai sab ko MAMU bana kar chala gaya".

Ajay Sikka said he had accompanied Lucky when he had filed his application for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat. He along with other supporters stood by him, but within a few days, Lucky took a U-turn and 'patched up' with Bansal, he said.

"Lucky cheated his supporters, who had supported him by going against Bansal. He did not take his supporters in confidence before making up with Bansal," Sikka remarked.

Another Lucky supporter, seeking anonymity, said, "Lucky was left with no other option because the party high command was favouring Bansal."

HS Lucky said the majority of supporters were still with him and they had respected his decision. He added that Sikka was associated with the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) as mentioned on his Facebook profile.



Residents of housing societies meet MP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 15
A delegation of the Housing Societies Residents Welfare Federation for Sectors 48, 49, 50 and 51, Chandigarh, today met the local Member Parliament, Pawan Kumar Bansal to discuss their long-pending demands.

Led by Kamal Kant Gupta, chairman of the Federation, members of the delegation discussed the transfer policy introduced by Registrar Co-operative Societies (RCS)-cum- Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh, recently. Development of the area was among the issues that were discussed.

The delegation sought urgent intervention of MP for getting the order of the RCS-cum-DC reversed and restoration of the earlier notification of 2009.

“Under the present orders the transferees of flats shall have to shell out up to Rs. 5,00,000 instead of Rs. 50,000 which one had to pay as per the previous notification of the UT Administration,” said Gupta. Pardeep Bhardwaj, senior vice-chairman of the federation, said there was an urgent need to frame a policy for developing streetlights, maintenance and re-carpeting of internal roads and parks on the premises of the societies.



Cops, councillor should join hands to stop light thefts

Hibiscus Garden, situated adjacent to the CFSL and Alliance French Study Centre in Sector 36, is one of the oldest gardens in Chandigarh. The unique set up and calm atmosphere in the evenings cast a soothing spell on the visitors, who despite of the shortage of benches regularly visit the garden. Two days back, we were shocked to find five newly-installed lights stolen from the park. Yesterday too, we found the iron cage broken and one more light had been stolen by some miscreants. We hope that the councillor concerned and officials of the horticulture wing, with the help of police, will do something about it at the earliest.

RK Sharma, Chandigarh

Timers should be repaired at traffic light points in tricity

Malfunctioning timers at the traffic lights in the tricity pose confusion for the commuters. If someone is crossing the green light, the same turns 
into red light soon after without any indication. Sometimes it is not even possible to halt the vehicle and the driver is immediately caught and challaned for crossing the signal. The same is the case at the traffic light point near Kala Gram for a very long time now. Also there should be a clear mark, so as the commuters know where to stop.

Jatinder Kumar Aggarwal, Panchkula

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Interest of consumers on mind, BIS launches i-Care
Tribune News Service

Sonil Soni, director general, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), flanked by AK Saini, deputy general (left), and Sneh Bhatia releases the i-Care logo at a hotel in Sector 43, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, February 15
For effective networking and engaging all stake holders, including industry, market and consumers, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) launched an i-Care programme here today.

While launching the logo of the programme, BIS director general Sunil Soni said the main aim of the BIS was to safeguard and protect consumers’ interests. He said the i-Care activities included consumer awareness and protection besides complaint redressal, industry awareness, promotion of standards and educating students.

Under the programme, the BIS has launched a scheme for recognition of consumer organisations. The scheme will empower consumers to get the ISI-marked product tested from the BIS-recognised labs and hallmarked jewelry from the BIS referral lab to protect them from being cheated.

Soni informed that over 26,500 licences covering more than 900 products had been given under the BIS product certification scheme.

Soni, who is on a two-day visit to the city, interacted with industry and consumer organisations of the region to obtain viewpoints on improving the system in the interest of consumers.



2 PU senators to go on fast
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 15
For the first time in the history of the Panjab University (PU), two of its senators are going on sit on hunger strike and will stage a ‘dharna’ against the vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover. The senators were demanding legitimate right of rotation of post of chairperson in University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS).

The senators include Dr Ajay Ranga, fellow and assistant professor (Law) UILS and Varinder Singh. They will sit on hunger strike on Monday. While other 10 senators, of the teaching association and non-teaching association will support them.

Senators were demanding that when the rules of rotation for head of UILS are clearly defined in PU Calendar and all different committees constituted for this purpose recommended the rotation, then why the VC is providing undue benefit to only some selected people.

On this issue, till date, two of the VCs including former professor RC Sobti and present VC Arun Kumar Grover had constituted four committees and they had recommended the rotation of headship as per PU Calendar.

Considering the Rule 2.1 of PU Calendar III all the committees recommend the rotation of headship as chairperson among all faculty members eligible.

Violating all committees recommendations the VC again appointed former chairperson for next three years who had already been heading UILS for more than last four and half years.

PU dean of law department Satpal Jain said the vice-chancellor had constituted a committee on this issue and it was decided in the meeting that professor of the department will hold the position rotation wise which was implemented. He said he had not received any representation from the faculty of department on this issue. But if faculty approaches him he will examine the matter and forward it to the syndicate for consideration.



School notes
Oil conservation highlighted

Chandigarh: An oil conservation fortnight concluded at Government High School, Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Friday. Organised by the Dhanwantri Eco Club, the fortnight saw teachers Rajni Taneja, Neelam Diwaan, Rajesh, Sunaina and eco club in-charge Baljit Kaur sensitising students to the depleting natural resource and the need to conserve it. Vijay won the paper reading competition, Suraj Mehta secured the first position in quiz, Rohit’s work was adjudged the best in the poster-making competition while Mashina won the slogan-writing contest. A rally was also organised on the occasion to spread awareness about the need to conserve fuel. School headmaster Ram Kumar flagged off the rally.

MDAV School

MDAV School organised a poster making competition and declamation on the behalf of Eco-club. Students of different classes took part in it. A rally was also conducted. Winners among participants were awarded.

Best private education institute

Ryan International Group of Institutions was named as Asia's best private education Institute in the K-12 category, at the recently held WCRC Leaders Asian Education Excellence Summit & Awards. The process advisors and evaluators for this were KPMG. While accepting the award on the behalf of the group, Ryan Pinto,

CEO, said, "I thank Jesus Christ for this recognition. It is the vision & leadership of our Chairman, Dr AF Pinto and MD, Madam Grace Pinto and the hard work of our teams that enabled us to be awarded with such recognition"

Farewell function

Mohali: Gem Public Senior Secondary School bid an emotional adieu to the +2 class by hosting a fabulous farewell party for them. The day started with great excitement, all the +2 students dressed to their glamorous best. The boys looked dashing in their tuxedos and the girls were draped in gorgeous sarees and contemporary dresses. Bhangra and western dance were the most entertaining of all the performances. Principal Veena Bakshi gave the best wishes to the students for their upcoming exams and successful future. Director HS Midha blessed the students and wished them best of luck.

DAV School

DAV School, Mohali, organised a farewell party to bid adieu to the students of Class XII. Students of Class XI arranged a grand party for their seniors. The theme of the farewell party was spectrum. The host class decorated the stage and warmly welcomed their seniors with a Vedic ceremony and showering of flowers. Students attired themselves in their best costumes. The party began with a welcome speech followed by various dances and songs. The host class arranged many games for their seniors. After all the fun and frolic, the outgoing students were asked to walk down the ramp.

Annual songs & rhyme day

Panchkula: The students of Class LKG and UKG of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, exhibited their talent on the annual songs and rhyme day in the school auditorium. The function was presided over by Kulwant Singh, Chairman, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, retired IAS. The members of the management committee also graced the event. — TNS



NIPER celebrates foundation day
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 15
The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) celebrated its foundation day today. Prof SS Gill, vice-chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, was the chief guest. He delivered the foundation day lecture entitled on the topic “Why Science?”

Dr Gill said science was concerned with understanding, “how nature and the physical world work.” Quoting Albert Einstein, he said the whole of science was nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking. He also quoted Dr APJ Abdul Kalam that in a world where the powers were determined by the share of the world’s knowledge, reflected by patents, papers and so on” it is important for India to put all her acts together to become a continuous innovator and creator of science and technology intensive products.”

Prof KK Bhutani, officiating director, NIPER, congratulated the faculty and students on their achievements, including awards won by faculty/scientists and students like the Ranbaxy Award, the Astra Zeneca Awards and the CL Malhotra Award. The total number of scientific publications in national and international journals was 247. The faculty also attracted sponsored projects consultancy of a significant value. NIPER was also awarded the Thomson Reuters Innovation Award 2011 to recognise NIPER as India’s most innovative organisation under the Pharmaceutical and Academic category. In the previous year, a total of 305 students were awarded Master’s degrees and 16 PhD degrees.

Prof Ganesh Pandey, director, Centre of Biomedical Research, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, delivered the Astra Zeneca Oration Award lecture. His lecture was on the topic “Programming Stereochemistry for the Synthesis of Structurally Complex Alkaloids.”

Dr Nitya Anand, former director, CDRI, Lucknow, presided over the function and gave a brief account of the life and achievement of Dr Parvinder Singh of Ranbaxy Laboratories, who conceived the idea of NIPER in the 1980s. In his memory, the Dr Parvinder Singh Memorial Award Lecture was instituted by NIPER. The first lecture was delivered by PD Seth, former executive vice-president and member, board of Ranbaxy Labs.

Seth talked about the evolution of the pharmaceutical industry in India. He said innovative R&D processes should be done to produce medicines at economic prices.

The Director gave away prizes to students and staff members of the institute who had won in various events. The founder director, NIPER, Mohali, Dr CL Kaul, presented the Best Scientific Support, Best Technical Support and Best Administrative Support awards to the winners.



Traffic awareness seminar held at Manav Mangal School
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 15
A traffic awareness seminar was organised at the Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula, under its ‘Social Awareness Campaign.’ Justice Rajive Bhalla of the High Court Punjab and Haryana was the keynote speaker in the seminar which was attended by about 600 students.

Justice Bhalla said, “I have come to address young children as they can spread this message to everyone in the society that rules are meant for safety and it is imperative to obey them for our benefit.”

The seminar not only sensitised students about the problem on roads but also their effective solutions. The traffic on Indian roads is increasing at an alarming pace and many untoward incidents and accidents have become a routine practice. Every day valuable lives are lost to mishaps. The students were made aware that even with a minor effort and care, some major tragedies or accidents could be averted.

Principal Sandeep Sardana also called upon the students to develop a habit of following traffic rules while driving, riding, crossing or walking on roads. He said, “Children can also play a vital role in correcting their elders if they see any irregularity being observed by them in their presence. They can be a motivating factor for their parents.”



college notes
Fashion show

The Department of Fashion Designing in collaboration with Kaushaliya Devi Verma Institute for Women, Tailoring, Embroidery and Beauty Culture, a charitable trust being run under the aegis of the GGDSD College Society, organized an exhibition ‘Traditions 2014’ today. Adarsh Sharma, wife of Upkar Krishan Sharma, president, GGDSD College Society, was the chief guest of the occasion. Students showcased their garments in a fashion show. Tiny-tots won the hearts of the audience by their graceful moves on the ramp displaying their colourful attire. All the garments were designed and stitched by the students. The show had an entire range of clothing from western to traditional, innovative garments, kids wear, painted, hand and machine embroidered home furnishings, knitting and crochet work articles were also displayed.


A two-day workshop on JAVA and PHP for Bioinformatics, Data Analysis and Management started today in the department of bioinformatics, SD College. Dr Sudhanshu Shrivastava, associate professor at Jai Parkash Mukand Lal Institute of Engineering & Technology, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana, was the resource person. This workshop included lecture sessions followed by hands-on training in JAVA programming language. The workshop includes the sessions on basics of java, control statements, classes and objects and answered certain questions as why JAVA is a powerful language by exploring its utilities in various web-based applications. During his talk, Dr Shrivastava discussed how programming languages can be applied in handling and managing enormous biological data in a systematic way. The workshop included the sessions on basics of java, control statements, classes and objects. Students found the workshop helful and learning. They interacted with the experts and asked them various questions to them. — TNS



Orientation course begins at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 15
UGC-Academic Staff College (ASC) of Panjab University (PU) today commenced its 101th orientation course for the benefit of teachers of different universities and colleges from all over the country. The course will be for 28-days up to March 14, 2014. Twenty seven participants from different states of the country will attend the programme.

Former Ambassador to the United Nations, an Indian Foreign Services Officer and PU Fellow, IS Chaddha was the chief guest of the function. He inspired the teachers to set their goals higher than the routine promotions. He cautioned that mere thinking of one’s own promotion without thinking about society is a crime.

In his keynote address Professor Jitendra Mohan, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, PU, focused on time management and emotional intelligence.



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