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Highest rainfall in March in last six yrs
Rain, hailstorm likely in city today; temperature to fall further
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The city today recorded the highest rainfall of 24.9 mm in March in the last six years. The Met Department in its forecast said that it was going to rain tomorrow which would further bring down the temperature in the city.

Records of the Met Department revealed that in March 2013, the city had received 24.2 mm of rainfall. While in 2011 it received 5.2 mm, but there was no rain in March in 2008 and 2010. In 2009 there was a trace of rain and in 2012 Met recorded 2 mm rainfall in the city.

As per the Met report, the city recorded the maximum temperature of 17.4 degree Celsius which is eight notches below the normal and minimum temperature of 12.4 which is two notches below the normal. As per the Met forecast, the maximum temperature will be 21 degree Celsius and minimum temperature 10 degree Celsius tomorrow.

A Met official said that as there was warning of hailstorms in Punjab and Haryana, the city temperature would dip further from its normal record. There are chances of rainfall and hailstorm as well. The city will get relief from cold winds by tomorrow evening but on March 5 there are again chances of light rain. 

Record of rain in previous years

Year Total rain

2013 24.2 mm

2012 2 mm

2011 5.2 mm

2010 nil

2009 trace

2008 nil 



Sec-16 PG owner’s grandson booked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
A week after a 24-year-old woman staying as a paying guest allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her Sector 16 paying guest (PG) accommodation, the Chandigarh police have booked the PG owner’s grandson for abetment to suicide.

The police have registered a case under Section 306 of the IPC against Deepinder Singh, alias Deepi, a resident of House No. 167, on the complaint of the deceased’s father, who is a railway employee. The accused is his mid-20s and is a businessman.

On February 22, the landlord had found the victim, Puneeta Kapoor, hanging from the ceiling fan with a piece of cloth (dupatta). By the time the police reached the spot, the landlord had already removed the body from the ceiling fan. No suicide note was found at the spot. The victim was working with a private company in Mohali and belonged to Patiala.

The victim’s family has alleged that the youth used to harass her following which she took the extreme step. The autopsy report of the victim had revealed that the victim died due to hanging.

Dilsher Singh, SHO, Sector 17, said they had arrested the accused and begun the probe.

“The details of the calls held between the accused and the victim are also being scrutinised”, the SHO stated. 



Rs 8 lakh stolen from car in P’kula
Thieves break windowpane of vehicle parked in the busy Sector 9 market, take away cash
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 1
Miscreants allegedly decamped with Rs 8 lakh after breaking a windowpane of a car at the busy Sector 9 market in Panchkula, today.

Victims had parked their car in front of Indusind Bank in the sector and had gone inside the bank for some work. Incidentally, an armed security guard of the bank was present near the car which was targeted.

GL Singla, a resident of Sector 8, operated a bank in Sector 11. He had gone there with his three relatives. They had gone there to get the denomination of currency worth Rs 12 lakh changed and after doing so, they had gone to Indusind Bank in Sector 9. They carried Rs 4 lakh with them and left Rs 8 lakh in the dashboard of the car. Singla is an employee with the Education Department.

The police have taken the CCTV footage as cameras were installed in a nearby showroom. “We have got clues and we will be cracking the case soon. The cameras installed were of poor quality so the picture is not clear. But anyone who gives us another clue will be suitably rewarded,” said Commissioner of Police Ajay Singhal. Police officials said a sharp-edged weapon had been used to break the windowpane. “We thought we will be back soon so we left Rs 8 lakh in the dashboard and carried just Rs 4 lakh with us,” said Singla. He said, “When we returned we saw the window pane broken and money was missing.” The footage shows a person in the middle of the road near the car carrying the bag. The police are suspecting that the thieves may have came on a motorbike. A case has been registered.

Robbers keep watch on bank visitors

Several such incidents have taken place in the past when miscreants have struck after keeping a close watch on persons visiting banks with cash. The police have issued several directions to residents in the past. They have asked the residents to inform them while carrying huge amount of money to the banks. 

Past incidents

Dec 9, 2013: Rs 1.68 crore looted on Siswan-Tapriyan Road when a cash distributing van was on its way to Baddi to replenish ATMs of the banks there.

Oct 3, 2013: Rs 16.8 lakh looted from two employees of a petrol pump in Amravati Enclave when they were on their way to deposit the money (collected from the pump) at a nearby branch of the State Bank of India.

January 21, 2013: Ritanesh Tripathi, employee of a cash-collection company was robbed of Rs 17.58 lakh when he was on the way to IDBI Bank in Sector 10 to deposit the cash.

October 31, 2012: Rs 13.17 lakh robbed at Sector 5 when two employees of a security agency were on their way to deposit the collected amount at a bank

May 17, 2012: Rs 4.4 lakh robbed when an accountant of a businessman withdrew the amount from a bank in Sector 11.

November 24, 2009: Rs 18 lakh looted from an employee of the Electricity Department who was on his way to deposit the amount in a bank. 



Chandigarh votes 2014
Savita Bhatti gets AAP ticket from city
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The announcement of Savita Bhatti as the candidate of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) from the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat is likely to upset the plans of the two major political parties — the Congress and the BJP —which are yet to announce the names of their candidates.

Bhatti, wife of late comedian-actor-director Jaspal Bhatti, will bank upon the anti-corruption campaign started by her husband during the late 1980s.

Though AAP had started its fight against corruption only a few years ago, Bhatti’s family had been doing the same from the last many years.

Her late husband — who used comedy as a tool to highlight corruption before the masses —enjoyed a good reputation in the city. This is bound to help Savita ride on the sympathy wave to garner votes.

Upon getting the AAP ticket, Bhatti said, “I am thankful to God. My husband fought against corruption throughout his life. It is only due to his anti-corruption campaign that I have been chosen for the ticket.”

On Saturday, Bhatti paid obeisance at the Golden Temple, Amritsar. She will start her election campaign from the Sector 17 plaza on Sunday. This is the same place where her late husband used to highlight social issues.

Hailing from the Sikh community — with nearly 80,000 voters in the city —can also play a crucial role in Bhatti’s favour.


Savita Bhatti, wife of late comedian Jaspal Bhatti, has acted in TV serials and movies along with her husband. She is the CEO of Mad Arts Film School and chief coordinator of Nonsense Club, which were also started by her husband to highlight social issues.

Resentment among local AAP workers

Following the announcement of Savita Bhatti as AAP candidate, resentment brews among AAP volunteers in the city. An AAP volunteer said, “The party high command did not follow the procedure before finalising Bhatti’s name. Her name was not included in the shortlisted 31 candidates, whose names were uploaded on AAP’s official website. Due to this, people could not give their opinion against her.” Requesting anonymity, another AAP volunteer said, “We have been working for the party for the last two years but Bhatti joined the party fold only two months ago. She never participated in AAP’s campaign in colonies and villages.” — TNS


NHAI told to shorten pit near residential plot
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 1
The Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services), Mohali, headed by Jagroop Singh Mahal, has directed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to reduce the area of a pit in front of a plot of a complainant and to construct/extend the RCC storm channel and get the pit cleaned regularly.

The facts of the case were that Ashish Gupta and his father own a plot at Dhakauli village in Dera Bassi tehsil. When the NHAI widened the Highway Number 22 from Zirakpur to Parwanoo, it constructed a storm water channel and a culvert near Gupta's plot. It, however, left a big pit, about 40ft in length and 23ft broad, on one side and 18ft on the other side adjoining the applicant's plot. When the adalat inspected the spot, the pit was found to be stinking to such an extent that it was not possible to stand near it even after covering one’s nose. A dog was found dead lying in the pit and it was likely to spread an epidemic.

The contention of the NHAI that it was regularly cleaning the pit was found to be wrong. The NHAI objected that the area of the pit could not be reduced and that Gupta required its permission to approach the National Highway and, therefore, the complaint should be dismissed.

The adalat made efforts to bring about a compromise between the parties but the same did not succeed. Ultimately, the matter was heard on merits. The complaint of Gupta regarding public conservancy and sanitation was found correct and the NHAI was directed to reduce the area of the pit by constructing a wall in it and leaving a space of 12ft wide adjoining Gupta's plot, which could be filled up by him with earth and used as a right of way.

The National Highways Authority of India was also directed to extend the RCC storm water channel up to the wall of the culvert, a distance of about 15 ft, and to get the pit cleaned regularly. 



Activities, contests mark Day 1 of flower show
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 1
A two-day Flower Show-2014, organised by Janta Land Promoters Limited (JLPL), was inaugurated by NK Sharma, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, here today in the backdrop of drumbeats and folk dances.

The colourful show was a fusion of flower arrangements in various categories. The other events included a baby show, photography, painting and rangoli competitions.

Children enjoyed entertainment activities like stick walker, cartoon characters, puppet show, parrot pundit and jugglers at the show.

In the flower plants grown in pots (open to amateurs only) category, Avinash Kaur, Phase VII, Mohali, won 10 prizes; principal, SGGS College, Sector 26, Chandigarh, bagged 8 prizes; Harishwar Sharma, Sector 38-D, won 4 prizes; Ram Raj Mali, Dhanas, Chandigarh, got 3 prizes; Sukhwinder Singh, Majatari, Mohali, won 4 prizes; and Thapar University, LMT, Derabassi, bagged 3 prizes.

In the flower plants grown in pots (open to government, semi-government bodies, institutions and private nurseries) category, the PGIMER, Sector 12, Chandigarh, bagged 28 prizes; Thapar University, LMT, Dera Bassi, won 3 prizes; Panjab University, Sector 14, Chandigarh, got 3 prizes; Small Wonders School, Phase VII, Mohali, bagged 1 prize; Shivalik Nursery, Khuda Alisher, Chandigarh, won 6 prizes; and Rani Sharma, Sector 38-D, Chandigarh, and Omparkash, Manauli, won 1 prize each. 



Applications invited from young scribes

Chandigarh, March 1
The Simmi Marwaha Memorial Charitable Trust has invited applications from young journalists for their outstanding work in the field of journalism.

Trust Managing Trustee Kavitri Rajender Rosy said any young journalist, who had worked for the betterment of society, could send his/her work performance to the trust for the 11th Young Journalist Simmi Marwaha Honour.

Journalists from the print, electronic and online media could submit their work. — TNS



UT to have prenatal, postnatal fitness centre for women soon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Chandigarh will have its own prenatal and postnatal fitness centre for women soon.

Rita's Pregnancy 101 centre is an initiative for the fitness of expecting women. The centre acts as a support to ease the anxieties and problems of expecting mothers.

Their fifth centre will be located in Sector 33-A, Chandigarh.

Rita Sangha, 37, started her first centre in Ahmedabad. She got procured training in child birth from abroad.

“In western countries, these classes are conducted frequently. I thought why not introduce such a good thing in my own country,” Rita said.

The programme also focuses on shattering age-old myths of pregnancies and ensures that the women stay fit till the ninth month.

Neeru Verma, who got training from Rita, will be running the new franchise. The classes will be held five days a week.

“Rita's venture has been welcomed in other cities. They are expecting a good response from Chandigarh,” she said.



Balongi village may boycott polls
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 1
Residents of Balongi village have accused authorities concerned of having adopted a laidback attitude in providing them with the basic facilities. Irked over the alleged inaction of the bodies concerned, villagers have threatened to block traffic on Mohali-Kharar highway on March 4. They have also threatened to boycott the coming Lok Sabha polls to further press their demands.

Residents said heaps of garbage in every nook and corner of the area, huge potholes on the main road of the village, slushy pathways and poor sewerage system has become a total nightmarish experience for them.

The village, having around a population of 50,000, is located adjoining to a biggest shopping mall in the region, The Country Mall, on Mohali-Kharar highway.

“We have the most advanced shopping mall in our neighbourhood. But here in our village, we are deprived of getting even the basic facilities. We have no roads, no proper sewerage system, no cleanliness, no drinking water and no streetlights,” said Makhan Singh, a former sarpanch of the village.

“Seeing the indifferent approach of the authorities concerned and leaders of the area, we are planning to boycott the forthcoming polls as a mark of protest,” said Makhan Singh.

Former sarpanch Raghubir Singh and other residents alleged that they (the villagers) have become a victim of ‘vote politics’.

“We are not getting clean drinking water. This has resulted in outbreak of several waterborne diseases in the village in the past. In the past one-and-a-half month, over 50 cases of typhoid, diarrohea and other waterborne diseases have been reported. But the authorities seem to be least bothered,” alleged residents.

A project worth Rs 3.50 for laying new sewerage pipelines in the village was initiated a couple of years ago. It was stopped in the midway, due to reasons best known to them (authorities), said a resident of the area.



PSEB exams: One centre cancelled, eight imposters held on Day 1
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 1
On the first day of the Class XII examinations, the Punjab School Education Board cancelled an examination centre of an open school at Bhakna, Amritsar, and held eight imposters across the state.

The chairperson of the PSEB, Dr Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal, said the board took the decision to cancel the examination centre at Bhakna following a ruckus created by acquaintances of some candidates. “Candidates of the centre will have to take the exam again,” said Dr Dhaliwal.

Some candidates, apparently, ran away with the answer sheets during the ruckus today.

In another incident, local district education officer Mewa Singh Sidhu nabbed two candidates red-handed using unfair means while taking the exam at a centre in Ramgarh village at Dera Bassi.

“Our teams have also nabbed five imposters from an examination centre at Narot Jaimal Singh village in Pathankot. Three more were caught from Mansa,” said Dr Dhaliwal.

Except for these incidents, the chairperson said she got good reports from the rest of the centres.



61-year-old Iraqi man gets fresh lease of life at Mohali hospital
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 1
Abdul Hussein, a resident of Karbala, Iraq, is grateful to India and Indian doctors for giving him a new lease of life. Hussein (61), who was suffering from a serious heart ailment, is now hale and hearty. He underwent a successful surgery for his illness at Fortis Hospital, Mohali.

Dr TS Mahant, executive director-CTVS, said Hussain was suffering from a severe mitral valve regurgitation, prolaspe of PML, which could lead to a heart failure any time.

“He underwent a successful surgery of mitral valve repair with ring annuloplasty and has been discharged,” said Dr Mahant.

Hussein said Iraqi hospitals lack advanced equipment to carry out such surgeries.

“I came to India to get quality treatment. I will surely be recommending people back in my country to avail advanced medical care in India,” said Hussein.



Councillors term MC house meet as ‘eye wash’
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 1
The long-pending house meet of the Panchkula Municipal Corporation has raked protests among councillors.

Councillors alleged that it has been five months now, but no meeting has been organised so far.

Next meeting has been scheduled for March 3 and the last house meet was held on October 26.

Councillors said the same is being held now but it is just an eye wash.

They said during the code of conduct period, no new work can be initiated and because of this the development works in the city will take a back seat.

A meeting of majority of the councillors was convened today where they objected the move.

It was also alleged that two meetings were being held in a day.

“At 12 pm we have got the budget meeting and at 2 pm, it's the house meet. According to an Act, two meetings cannot be convened in a day,” said councillor Ravi Kant Swami. Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia said, “We were busy with some projects in the city, so the meeting was delayed. The budget meeting is also equally important as it has to be passed in the house as well.” Satinder Tony, a councillor, said, “This is the second time that the points in the agendas have been listed without asking us.”



Now, get LPG cylinders at petrol pump in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Now, domestic LPG cylinders will be available at petrol pumps across Mohali district.

The Indian Oil Company today launched its 5-kg free trade LPG cylinder at Mann Gas Station, Mohali district.

Indian Oil officials stated that any resident, who required a domestic LPG cylinder, could purchase it from the petrol pump at a cost of Rs 1,000 for the first cylinder. On the purchase of the second cylinder, customers will have to pay Rs 500.

The facility was launched by Sudeb Gupta, executive director, Indian Oil Punjab State Office.

Gupta said the free trade LPG cylinder would be a step forward in the area of customer service and convenience.

“The free trade LPG cylinder will help those people who are not able to get domestic LPG connections as for FTL (free trade LPG), an identity proof is required,” said Gupta.

Speaking on the occasion, Shailendra Sharma, GM, Indian Oil Company (LPG), said, “In FTL, the cylinder and regulator would also be sold to the customer rather than loaning it to them as was the case earlier.”

He said, “By next week, the facility will also be available at Sector 37, Chandigarh.”


In free trade LPG, the cylinder and regulator will also be sold to the customer rather than loaning it to them as was the case earlier. This will benefit a large number of customers. —Shailendra Sharma, gm, indian oil company (lpg)



EC nod to bifurcation of ADC’s work
Tanvi Garg to be divested of charges of ADM and SDM (Central) 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Paving the way for the bifurcation of work of 2009 batch UT cadre officer, Tanvi Garg, the Election Commission has given its nod to the UT’s proposal on division of her work.

In the approval sent to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), the Election Commission has allowed Garg — who hails from Chandigarh — to hold the charges of Additional Deputy Commissioner, Managing Director of CITCO, Additional Labour Commissioner, Additional Director Food and Supplies, Additional Commissioner Excise and Taxation and Director Tourism.

She will not be assigned any election-related work. The charges of Additional District Magistrate and SDM (Central) will be taken away from her.

Citing instructions of the Election Commission — regarding posting of officials in their home district — the UT’s personal department in a communication to the UT’s Chief Electoral Officer-cum-Home Secretary has sought Garg’s continuation in Chandigarh as no election-related work would be assigned to her.

As per instructions issued to the chief secretaries of the states and Union Territories, it has been clearly specified that not only the officers appointed for specific election duties, but other officers such as Additional District Magistrate, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Tehsildars and Block Development Officers should not be posted in their home district.

The officers, who have completed three years on or before May 31, 2014, should not be allowed to continue in the present place of posting, state the instructions.

The CEO had taken up the matter with the Election Commission. “Now, with the Election Commission consenting to UT’s proposal, the orders would be issued on Monday,” said a UT official.

Sources said the work of SDM Central and ADM could be distributed among Kashish Mittal SDM (South) and Danish Ashraf SDM (East).



‘Lack of awareness spreading hepatitis’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Patients from remote districts of Punjab and Haryana and other parts of India today joined hands to start a hepatitis awareness programme.

The programme aims at mobilising all stakeholders, including practitioners and policy makers, to contain the growing number of hepatitis patients.

Global Health Advocates India executive director Dr Bobby John said at present, the number of persons battling hepatitis B and C were estimated at 25 million. He said a coordinated mix of prevention, treatment and awareness programmes was required to check the viral hepatitis. As many as 12 million people are chronic hepatitis patients in India. Dr John said lack of awareness about the disease and its treatment, coupled with the fact that it had no visible symptoms in its early stages, contributed to its spread, particularly in the North India.



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CA Uma Kant is new chairman of ICAI

CA Uma Kant is the new chairman of The Institute of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI), Chandigarh Chapter. Kant was unanimously elected as the chief at the CA Bhawan in Sector 35, Chandigarh.

TVS sales go up

The TVS Motor Company recorded an increase of seven per cent in total sales, registering 1,77,662 units in the month of February 2014 against 1,65,696 units recorded in the month of February 2013. TVS Motor Company has also reduced prices of its product range.— TNS



Tricity scan


Uma Kant to head ICAI city chapter: Uma Kant has been unanimously chosen as the new chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI), Chandigarh Chapter. The newly formed executive body will include Jaswant Dhawan as the vice-chairman and treasurer, and Naveen Kumar Soni as secretary.

Seminar on Companies Act

The Chandigarh chapter of the ICAI organised a seminar to acquaint its members with the provisions of the new Companies Act. More than 400 members of the region participated in the seminar. Vijay Jhalani deliberated on the provisions of the Act which were affecting chartered accountants.

Fund-raising for animals

The People for Animals (PFA) organised a fund-raiser sponsored by the Haryana Tourism to support its two major initiatives, animal hospital-cum-shelter Basera and the 24-hour ambulance service, Jeev Rakshak Seva, at the Elante Mall. — TNS



Rs 200-cr package sought for fund-strapped PU
Leader of Cong-backed NSUI urges Centre to release special package before poll code of conduct comes into force
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The National Student Union of India (NSUI), which is backed by the Congress, has asked the Centre to release a special package of Rs 200 crore for the university before the Model Code of Conduct for the coming Lok Sabha elections comes into force.

In a communication sent to the Union Minister of Human Resource Development Dr M Mangapati Pallam Raju by Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) president Chandan Rana, who is also an NSUI leader, has demanded a special package of Rs 200 crore for the university in the current financial year.

In the letter, he mentioned that owing to shortage of funds, a number of projects of the university were hanging fire for the past three years.

The PUCSC president said they had also sought an appointment with the minister to discuss the issues pertaining to the university. He said they were hopeful that the before the announcement of the schedule for the Lok Sabha elections, the ministry would sanction the grant.

This is for the first time in the history of the university that the president of a council has asked for a special financial package from the political party backing them.

A senior official at the university admitted that for almost all major building projects, the PU was facing scarcity of funds as the Centre and the Punjab Government did not earmarked funds to upgrade the university's infrastructure.

Projects hanging fire

* The construction of a multi-purpose auditorium is held up for the past five years. On November 3, 2009, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had laid the foundation stone of the project. The PU authorities require ~58 crore for the project but till date, they have been able to arrange only ~28.50 crore.

* Sources said the foundation stone for the auditorium was to be laid in 2007 but the university authorities wanted that the PM should lay the stone and could not arrange his visit.

* The fully air-conditioned auditorium with several seminar halls was the long-pending demand of PU students. As per the plan, the auditorium will have the seating capacity of around 2,000.

* Another pending project is the first woman research scholar hostel. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 23 crore but the authorities have been able to collect Rs 10 crore only. The university is expected to commence the project in the next fiscal.



Experts dwell on Kashmir issue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Punjab University (PU), organised a national seminar on 'Kashmir problem and India's policy options' at the Post-Graduate Government College for Boys in Sector 11 here today.

Brigadier Jatinder Singh Arora, who was the chief guest on the occasion, emphasised that Kashmir had been a troubled state on account of a nexus between the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Lakhar-e-Tohiba, Hurriyat and a minority of disgruntled local rebels. "Kashmiriyat is a way of life primarily inspired by the rich tradition of Sufism," Brigadier Arora added.

In his keynote address, Prof Rakesh Dutta, chairperson of the department, analysed the Kashmi issue with a historical perspective saying that there had been no consistent policy for bringing peace in the Valley.

Twenty-five papers were presented during the day-long seminar deliberating upon the issue from economic, political, cultural and media perspectives.



US varsity confers doctorate on PU emeritus professor

Chandigarh, March 1
Panjab University (PU) emeritus Prof Harkishan Singh has been conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Science by the University of the Sciences (USciences), Philadelphia, USA.

With the honour, Prof Singh has joined a select number of eminent scientists, including Nobel laureates, to have received an honorary degree from the USciences. Prof Singh is the first pharmaceutical scientist from India to receive the highest honour by a renowned US university. He was felicitated for several significant accomplishments and professional contributions to the fields of organic and medicinal chemistry and the history of pharmaceutics.

Prof Harkishan Singh is emeritus professor at the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), PU. Marvin Samon, the chairperson of the board of trustees, awarded the degree to Prof Singh during the University’s Founder’s Day celebrations on February 20.

Prof Harkishan Singh gave the credit for the honour to the UIPS and and research students, who were associated with him in the creation of new knowledge. — TNS



282 students shortlisted at job fair
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 1
As many as 282 students were offered pay packages ranging from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 5.50 lakh per annum by close to 25 national and international companies during a job fair organised by the Quest Group of Institutions here.

More than 2,000 students from over 100 institutions located in Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Haryana, Punjab and Delhi attended the event.

DS Sekhon, chairman of the group, who inaugurated the event, said, "If we want to prosper, the only way was to have positive-minded and skilful youth." 



PEC student rewarded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Shubham Ranakoti, a BTech student of Punjab Engineering College (PEC), was felicitated with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh under a reward scheme of the CBSE.

During a function held in New Delhi on Friday, Union Human Resource Minister Dr Pallam Raju honoured Shubham for his performance in the All-India Senior School Certificate Examination-2013. The PEC student was selected under the Reward Scheme for Meritorious Students passing Class XII from government schools affiliated to the CBSE.



Project exhibition marks Science Day
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 1
A project exhibition, INNO-ZEN 2014, was held to mark the Science Day at Rayat Bahra College of Engineering and Biotechnology for Women here today.

As many as 262 students of the college participated in project-making and poster-making competitions.

The main aim of the programme was to encourage innovation and using theoretical concepts in real-life applications, thereby improving the practical knowledge of students and bringing about effectiveness and efficiency in learning.

The three best application-oriented projects as well as the best innovation and the best technical knowhow projects were awarded.

The wining projects included smart street light system, green house implementation, coin-based power drawing, puzzle game and Android-based apps.

Dr Neelam Gulati Sharma, director, Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, was the chief guest at the event. 



Expressing gratitude to parents, guardians 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
As an ode to parents, Dev Samaj College of Women today organised Mat Pita Divas.

Hockey Olympian Balbir Singh was the chief guest and Dr Madhu Prashar, principal, Dev Samaj College of Women, was the guest of honour. A large number of students along with their parents were present on the occasion.

While addressing the gathering, Singh expressed his indebtedness to his parents and attributed his good habits, learning and success to them. Several events were conducted to mark the occasion.

Mat Pita Santan Bhajan was sung by the students and faculty. The students expressed gratitude to their parents through short speeches and self-composed poems.

The event provided students an opportunity to exhibit their love, affection and gratitude to their parents. 



From schools


Promoting science

Renewal Energy Science and Technology Promotional Society (CREST) held poster-making, slogan and essay-writing competitions for the students of GMSH-43, to increase their interest in science. Alternative energy sources and pollution were the topics for the contests wherein more than 200 students of Classes VII and VIII took part.

Workshop for mothers

A workshop for mothers was held at the Special Training Centre, Government High School, Sector 46. Dr Tarun Kumar Garg guided mothers on importance of health, hygiene and girl education.

Essay-writing contest

An essay-writing competition was organised by the Science Club of GMSSS-33, under the aegis of CREST. Popularising science was the theme of the contest. Participants wrote essays on the theme in Hindi and English languages.

Awareness campaign

The NSS unit, Shatavri Eco-club and Peace Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 (West), Dadu Majra colony, held an awareness campaign on oil conservation. Students were sensitised to the need for oil conservation through different activities like interactive session and rally.


Dental check-up

A free dental check-up was organised at the Tiny Tots’ Foundation School, Phase X. A team of dentists headed by Dr Sonam of Indus Hospital, Mohali, examined all the students. Students were advised to maintain dental cleanliness.

Farewell party

Students of Class IX of Century Public School, Naya Gaon, organised a farewell party to bid adieu to the students of Class X on the school campus on Saturday. The programme started with a welcome song ‘Swagtam Swagtam’ followed by various dance items. As a token of love, Class IX students gave titles to their seniors while the outgoing students gave titles to their teachers as a mark of respect.

Seminar held

Shemrock Senior Secondary School here organised a seminar on the overall development of students. Dilbagh Singh, a counsellor, held a session with parents and advised them to ensure that the energy of children was channelised in a positive way and that they should encourage them to take part in various activities like music, sports and dance.

Graduation ceremony

Oakridge International School conducted a graduation ceremony for primary classes. Some students shared their memories and experience at the school. Tiny tots also exhibited their singing and dancing talents. Students delivered speeches on different topics.

Gratitude party

Panchkula: Students of Classes IX and X of Doon Public School, Sector 21, held an ‘aabhaar party’ as a mark of respect and gratitude to their school management before appearing in the final examination. On the occasion, students presented music and dance items.

Farewell function

The principal, teachers and students of Class XI bid adieu to Class XII students in a glittering function held at DAV School here. Girls and boys dressed in their finest attires looked resplendent. They were presented with titles and beautiful folders as parting gifts. Rahul of Class XII science stream was adjudged Mr Well-dressed and Parul of Class XII commerce stream was chosen Miss Well-dressed.

Arya Samaj founder remembered

To commemorate the 190th birth anniversary of Swami Dayanand, the founder of Arya Samaj and DAV institutions in the tricity, a tableau depicting ‘inculcation of moral values among students and modern youth’ was presented by various schools.

— Tribune reporters



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