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Campaign trail Aam aadmi party
It's now or never: Panag to voters
A fitness freak, AAP candidate starts her day early, goes campaigning in city door to door
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
It's a strict fitness regime, including 50 push-ups and pull-ups, that marks the beginning of the day for model, actor-turned-politician and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Gulkirat Kaur Panag. She hits the road sharp at 7 am after having a cup of tea.

High on energy, Gulkirat, popularly known as Gul, prefers to walk to the doorstep of all residents with a message: "It's now or never".

Gul believes in fitness. She feels that a leader needs to be fit and full of energy. She goes out on a morning walk and exercises every morning before heading for the campaign.

Though Gul moves out on an empty stomach, she is full of energy, which was visible during her early morning campaign at Hallo Majra and Deep Complex today.

The dark and dingy lanes of Hallo Majra could not deter the Bollywood star from walking tirelessly through every nook and corner of the place for over three hours.

Gul's core team members accompany her, holding a mike and speaker and appealing to the voters to vote against corruption for a better India. Curious people peeped out of their windows to know what the commotion was all about.

AAP candidate Gul Panag campaigns at Hallo Majra in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: parvesh chauhan

While meeting voters and urging them to vote for the AAP, Gul mentions that educated people with a clean image have come together under the banner of the AAP and need their support. "Agar iss bar aap log hamara saath nahe denge, to phir koi dubara bahar nahin niklega", she told residents of the colony.

Jumping over stagnant water and on uneven roads, Gul went door to door, hugged women and called herself their daughter, who needed their support. She promised that she would take up issues which former MPs failed to deal with. Gul candidly and patiently heard the residents and laid out her agenda for the villages and colonies. She promised to make health care, education and sanitation focal points for development.

Targeted by opposition parties as an outsider, Gul makes it a point to clarify that as a young girl she went to Mumbai around 15 years ago to pursue her career. However, she was always connected to her roots in Chandigarh and Punjab.

In a bid to connect with the residents, Gul makes it a point to sit down with residents and have tea at their house. While all AAP supporters went ahead, Gul entered a house in Deep Complex and asked a family to get tea for her. She enjoyed her cup of tea sitting on a cycle parked outside the house.

Sticking to the day's schedule, Gul left Hallo Majra at around 10.15 am to have a light breakfast before further heading for a press conference at 11.15 am. Soon, she joined back the AAP campaigners in the Sector 7 market where she met shopkeepers and later residents of the area.

Changing kurta, Gul style

Gul preferred to change her kurta, which she was wearing during the campaigning at Hallo Majra, before heading for campaigning in VIP sectors in the north of the city.



Dept short of EVMs, courtesy surplus candidates
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
With 17 candidates in the fray for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, the Election Department that had planned to install 519 electronic voting machines (EVMs) at 519 polling booths will now have to install double the number of EVMs as each EVM has only 16 buttons. The department, which is short of EVMs, will now write to the Election Commission, demanding more EVMs.

Twenty-one candidates had filed their nominations of whom four withdrew their papers. Today was the last date for withdrawal of nominations.

Each EVM has 15 buttons bearing party symbols and another button carrying the option NOTA (none of the above) for those who do not want to cast vote to any of the candidates.

UT Joint Chief Electoral Officer Tilak Raj said since there were 17 candidates in the fray, which was two more than the limit of an EVM, they would require more EVMs. "We will have to install 1,038 EVMs at the polling stations," he said.

Tilak Raj said the UT Election Department had around 850 EVMs and would require at least 500 more EVMs since some of these had to be kept in the reserve for exigency. "We have to keep a large number of EVMs in the reserve in case EVMs develop a technical snag," he said.

An official said after calculating the requirement, a letter would be soon be sent to the Election Commission for more machines.

Poll symbols allotted

Elections symbols were allotted to the candidates today by the Election Department. The AAP candidate got broom as the election symbol.

Independent candidate withdraws nomination

Narinder Bansal, an Independent candidate, withdrew his nomination on the last day of withdrawal today.


Chandigarh Votes 2014
Kin power candidates’ campaign
Rajinder Nagarkoti & Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 25
While candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections are sweating it out on the field, their close ones are also making tireless efforts to ensure their victory. To make it possible for Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal win the elections for the fifth time, his two sons—Manish Bansal (35) and Amit Bansal (37)—are making all possible efforts. The brothers have divided the work among themselves and are helping the veteran politician in his election campaign.

As Bansal is expected to see a tough contest this time, Manish Bansal says both brothers are participating in the door-to-door campaigning and padyatras besides holding meetings with party workers. They are also playing a key role in launching various publicity campaigns.

AAP candidate Gul Panag’s younger brother Sherbir Panag operates her social media accounts; and (right) BSP candidate Jannat Jahan’s elder sister Natasha Kalra accompanies her during the door-to-door campaigning. Tribune photographs
Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal’s sons Manish Bansal and Amit Bansal are making efforts to ensure his victory. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Amit Bansal says the duo is also helping the sitting MP handle his accounts on social networking websites.

“During the election campaign, whenever we two get time, we sit together to discuss poll strategies,” he says.

For Aam Aadmi Party candidate Gulkirat Kaur Panag, her 23-year-old brother, Sherbir Panag, is operating the social media accounts sitting at his Pune-based law college. Appearing for his final examinations, Sherbir is one of the core team members coordinating the actor’s election campaign.

“Due to my final exams, I am not able to stay in Chandigarh. When I am not in the city, I stay in touch with the party workers through phone and also keep a track of Gul’s Facebook and Twitter accounts,” says Sherbir, who is also a legal consultant.

Sherbir, in fact, calls his sister every morning to plan the day’s schedule.

“I will be reaching Chandigarh on March 28 to actively participate in the campaigning,” he says.

Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Jannat Jahan-ul-Haq’s elder sister, Natasha Kalra, is also actively taking part in her campaign by reaching out the city residents through her Facebook account.

“I am building a network of supporters by calling my friends and asking them to call their friends. By this way, I am building a chain that will definitely benefit Jannat,” says Natasha. She is also accompanying her younger sibling during the door-to-door campaigning.

Anupam Kher boosts Kirron’s morale

Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Kirron Kher is also getting full support from her husband, Anupam Kher. He had accompanied Kirron during the filing of nomination papers as well. Although he is not in Chandigarh, he is boosting her morale through social networking sites by posting positive messages



BJP stalled development, says Bansal
Tribune News Service

Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal campaigns at the Sector 15 market in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, March 26
Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal today lambasted the BJP for stalling development. Addressing a public meeting in Sector 43 this evening, Bansal said the BJP never played the positive role of the Opposition and tried to stall development by indulging in allegations and obstructing the work in Parliament.

Bansal also visited Sector 33 where traders and residents had jointly organised a get-together. While interacting with the gathering, he said during his tenure need-based changes had been allowed in marla houses while floor area ratio was also increased in kanal houses. Conversion of SCFs to SCOs was also allowed besides covering of rear courtyards in SCOs and SCFs, he said.

The sitting MP also carried out door-to-door campaigning at Sectors 14, 15 and 16.

Later, he visited the Central Administrative Tribunal to address members of the CAT Bar Association.

He told the gathering that in the past few years, the city had seen tremendous growth in vehicular traffic and his major concern was to ensure better road and public transport infrastructure in the city.

Bansal said he was not in favour of flyovers as these could change the character of the city.

He said he got eight underpasses approved to be constructed at important junctions, to ensure free flow of traffic. Work on two was likely to start soon, he said.

Bansal did nothing for society: Jannat Jahan

BSP candidate Jannat Jahan said Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal had done nothing for the society, especially minorities, during his tenure of 15 years as the local MP. She was speaking at a programme in Sector 33, where many leaders of Muslim community joined the BSP today.

Jannat lashed out at both the Congress and BJP for supporting communalism. She said after winning the elections, she would be working for every section of the society.

She welcomed all new members in the party and said they would get the respect they deserved.



Political system needs a change, says Kirron Kher
Tribune News Service

BJP’s Kirron Kher campaigns at the Punjab and Haryana High Court

Chandigarh, March 26
BJP Candidate Kirron Kher today called for a change in the political system to realise the dream of development in the country. Kher, who was addressing advocates of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, said: “The BJP prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, is capable of making India a superpower. Modi takes great interest in Chandigarh’s issues and will commence his Vijaya Rally from here. I assure you that I will fulfil all my promises.”

Thereafter, the actor-turned-politician attended meetings with city businessmen and the SC/ST cell of the BJP besides residents of Bhaskar Colony in Sector 25.

During a function at Sector 43, Kirron Kher said that every vote mattered. She urged BJP workers to work hard to win the upcoming elections. Later in the day, she also addressed various rallies at Kajheri, Sector 46 and Sector 47.

Sikh organisations extend support to Gul Panag

AAP’s Gul Panag with representatives of Sikh organisations in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photos: S Chandan and Parvesh Chauhan

Various Sikh organisations in city have come out in support of AAP candidate Gulkirat Kaur Panag.

The announcement was made at a press conference after a meeting of Sikh scholars and members of Sikh organisations.

The AAP candidate was also present there.

Addressing the gathering, Gul Panag said: "I am an Indian first, then a Sikh. AAP is not a political party, but a movement to cleanse politics of corruption. I have given my commitment towards the country when I was at the peak of my career and it was not an easy decision.”

Representatives of the organizations said sentiments of the Sikh community had not been respected by the Congress and BJP.

AAP, however, raised its voice against the 1984 riots, they said.

Organisations that are supporting Panag are Khalsa Panchayat, Bhai Gurdas Institute of Advance Sikh Studies, Kendri Sri Guru Singh Sabha and International Sikh Confederation.



Youth voice
Make placement cells mandatory in institutes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
City youth want the government to constitute a separate department in the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development to formulate and review the policy on placement cells in higher education institutes. Students of the Government College of Education, Sector 20, want political parties to come up with the policy in their manifestos under which it becomes mandatory for all educational institutes to set up these cells.

No proper guidance

Although there are many vocational courses, students are not guided properly regarding the placements. Also, students are not given proper training.

— Savita Tiwari

Help prepare for interviews

Placement cells should remain active throughout the year to guide the students. The authorities should draft a plan under which the placement cells should be directed to help students prepare their resume besides given them tips on interviews.

— Manila

Courses too theoretical

The curriculum needs an urgent revision. Most of the courses are completely theoretical. Also, to curb eve-teasing, self-defence techniques should also be taught to the students.

— Vandana

Young ministers needed

The government should have young ministers in the Ministry of Human Resource Development. They will be able to effectively chalk out plans for the education sector.

— Arun Gupta



Anandpur sahib: votes 2014
Simranjit resigns to make poll pitch for father
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 26
Simranjit Singh Chandumajra, Punjab’s deputy advocate general, has resigned from his post to campaign for his father, Prem Singh Chandumajra. The Congress sitting MP from Anandpur Sahib constituency, Ravneet Singh Bittu, had complained to the Punjab Chief Electoral Officer that Simranjit Singh was misusing his official position and government machinery for campaigning for his father, the SAD candidate from here. Bittu had also demanded action against Simranjit Singh.

“To avoid such things in future, I decided to resign from my post,” said Simranjit Singh.

He said he had submitted his resignation to Punjab Advocate General yesterday evening. His resignation was, reportedly, accepted by the Punjab government today, after which he started holding meetings with the people of the area.

When asked as to whether Ambika Soni’s candidature forced him to leave his job to give teeth to his father’s election campaign, Simranjit Singh admitted the election scenario had changed with this development.

“We, however, are not worried at all with the fielding of Ambika Soni. In fact, the development has infused more enthusiasm in our activists, particularly in rural areas,” he said.



Surveillance team seizes money
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
A static surveillance team recovered a huge amount of cash from different persons at a naka set up on the rear of Palsora police post near Mohali barrier here today. The team seized Rs 1.35 lakh from one Rajinder, a Ropar resident. Rs 64,000 were recovered from one Rohtash Gupta of Sector 16.

The team also recovered Rs 3 lakh from a Bathinda-resident, Yogesh Kumar, at a naka near the furniture market on the road dividing Sectors 53 and 54.

On the directions of the Election Commission of India, three flying squad teams and three static surveillance teams along with Executive Magistrates are functioning in the city.

P’kula police recover Rs 1.18 lakh

Panchkula: The Panchkula police today seized Rs 1.18 lakh from a person flagged down at the Ramgarh naka. Ahead of elections, any person carrying an amount of more than Rs 50,000 has to give its account to the police.

The person was found carrying Rs 6.98 lakh, but he could produce the ATM and bank receipts for only Rs 5.80 lakh. The remaining cash was seized. Another person carrying Rs 4 lakh was caught at a naka on the Pinjore-Nalagarh road. After his evidence was found satisfactory, the police let him off.



Independent candidate cries foul over symbol

Chandigarh, March 26
An Independent candidate contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Chandigarh has objected to the election symbol allotted to him. The candidate, Shamsher Singh, said earlier he was allotted the symbol of a lighted torch. Later, however, he was called back and was allotted the symbol of a torch that was not lighted.

The candidate and his supporters also staged a protest against the department.

Women pledge to vote

The UT Election Department today made women aware of their voting right at Colony No. 4. During the drive, around 150 women present there pledged to vote without being influenced by their husbands, sons or brothers. Issues related to the women’s safety, problems faced by them at workplace and their lack of involvement in political decision making were discussed. — TNS



Ambala votes 2014
Hooda regime serves vested interests: Chautala
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala and Kusum Bala Sherwal, party candidate for the Ambala constituency, at a rally in Panchkula on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, March 26
Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Singh Chautala, who reached two hours and 20 minutes late, to address a rally in favour of the party candidate from Ambala Lok Sabha seat Dr Kusum Bala Sherwal accused Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda and former Ambala MP Kumari Selja of not fulfilling the commitments made in the Assembly election poll manifesto.

The star campaigner, Chautala however, failed to impress the gathering as people started dispersing from the venue before he started his speech.

Accusing the congress leaders for betraying the innocent public of the state, Chautala alleged that during Hooda regime of 10 years, not only the law and order situation has worsened but price rise and unemployment have touched new heights. He added that last ten years were worst in the history of the state.

The healthcare facilities have been eluding the needy and education standard has witnessed a major decline in absence of inadequate infrastructure and staff strength, he alleged.

The Hooda government has virtually commercialised the education system and this is evident that land acquired by the current government in the National Capital Region (NCR) for setting up of an edu-city almost 10 years ago is still undeveloped.

He alleged that Hooda has an intention to give it to certain big corporate houses for his vested interests.

The dreaded disease -cancer -is wrecking havoc with human lives in Sirsa, Hisar and some other areas in the belt in absence of pure potable water, he claimed. He appealed the gathering to vote for the INLD candidate Dr Kusum Bala Sherwal to strengthen the party and virtually Om Prakash Chautala, future chief minister of Haryana.

Earlier, Dr Sherwal while addressing the gathering claimed that the main aim of the INLD was to win all 10 Lok Sabha seats from Haryana so that former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala could be made strong.

The party will be mobilising the workers at grass root level for ensuring victory in the next Vidhan Sabha elections in the state and the party supremo could be brought out of the jail, she claimed.

A recorded message - We are in Jail due to Bhupinder Singh Hooda, so can’t be with you. Vote against Congress to support the INLD candidates- of Ajay Chaulala was also played in the rally.

Earlier, Pradeep Chaudhary, INLD MLA from Kalka, Pawan Diwan former INLD MLA from Naraingarh, Seema Chaudhary, former president of Panchkula Municipal council, Manoj Aggarwal, president INLD, Panchkula, and many other leaders also addressed the rally.



Patient lies outside Emergency at PGI for 3 days
Admitted by the healthcare institute only after Chandigarh Tribune made a query in this regard
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
A boy in his late teens, unable to move due to his serious condition, had to bear the apathy of the authorities concerned as he lay outside the Emergency of the hospital for three days in a critical condition.

The healthcare institute, which claims that it has a special concern for underprivileged patients and keeps a round-the-clock vigilance on campus has apparently failed to carry out its basic duty of giving taking care of the patients. It was only after the Chandigarh Tribune posed a query into the matter that the hospital woke to its responsibility and immediately swung into action. Spokesperson of PGIMER Dr Rakesh Kapoor said, “When I checked in the evening, the patient was already admitted.”

In the duration of three days, when the patient was outside the emergency of the hospital, attendants of other patients were providing him with food.

Dr Kapoor alleged that other patients in emergency had thrown the unknown patient out of the unit.

“Other patients had complained that the boy is unhygienic. They said he smells really bad. So, he was taken out for bathing. Our staff helped him clean up, that may have taken time,” said Dr Kapoor.

However, in the name of clean up, the patient was thrown out. The two urine bags attached to his body had also filled beyond capacity in three days.

“He is a TB patient. He, anyways, cannot be treated in emergency. We will try and refer him to the DOTS Clinic in Sector 22,” Dr Kapoor added.

For past three days, he kept lying on the pavement and the hospital authorities did not even bother to provide him with a trolley, despite a number of trolleys lying unoccupied in the area.

Eyewitnesses, including hospital attendants and attendants of other patients in emergency, said the father of the patient had left him outside the emergency late at night, a few days ago.

“The family is perhaps extremely poor and unable to afford the cost of the treatment. Some of the patient attendants said he belongs to Yamunagar. He (the patient) hardly remembers anything,” said a hospital attendant at the emergency today.

PGI apathy

Neither the CCTV cameras installed at the PGI nor senior officials, including faculty and the PGI Director, who take regular rounds at the Emergency on a daily basis, could take note of the patient lying on the pavement for the past three days.



Special treat for city jazz enthusiasts
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
Heartfelt melodies and jazz rhythms elevated the atmosphere of the Punjab Kala Bhawan as the New York-based band Ari Roland Jazz Quartet performed here today. The Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Punjab Arts Council had organised the event. Members of the band included Ari Roland (bass), Chris Byars (tenor saxophone), Zaid Nasser (alto saxophone) and a young bloke from Texas Keith Balla (drums).

On their maiden tour to the City Beautiful, Ari, the band leader, said: "Though jazz is the music of dance and sophistication, it expresses all elements and emotions in one go."

The band paid musical tributes to legendary jazz player Louis Armstrong.

Soon the drummer stole the spotlight as he accelerated the pace of the evening with his single drum piece.

To give the audience a slice of home feast entertainment, the artistes played some famous retro Bollywood tracks, including 'Tum bin jaon kahan'.

Recalling his old affair with the country, the bass player said: "I have done my early schooling from India in the 70s and my music is largely inspired by its culture. I believe the Indian music has a lot of technique and there is a hidden story in every piece."

The 30s and 40s era of the New York city was recreated by the artistes as they played some jazz dance tracks dating back to that period.

Adding a punch of wit before playing blue rhythms, Ari, said: "There are only three kinds of blue, one when you don’t have money, two when your girlfriend says bye and the third when you don’t have money and your girlfriend says bye."

The band kept the audiences glued to their seats as they performed Lata Mangeshkar's number 'Ae mere dil hai nadan'.

The band will also perform in Delhi during the International Jazz Festival.



Mansa Devi gets ‘nav greha’ temple
Hina Rohtaki
ribune News Service

Panchkula, March 26
‘Nav Greha’ temple was constructed at the oldest Mansa Devi temple (200yrs) in Panchkula. This Navratras, the devotees will be able to pay obeisance at this new temple. The devotees were demanding the temple ever since the Mansa Devi Temple was built by Maharaja Gopal Singh.

Nine Grehas -nine deities had been placed in the temple. The initiative was taken by Additional Deputy Commissioner SP Arora to have a special attraction for the forth coming ‘navratras’. The nine-day Navratra Fest will begin from March 31 at the Mansa Devi shrine.

This new temple is situated next to the Sati temple in the shrine.

“The priests at the temple told me that whenever a devotee comes, he asks about the ‘Nav Greha’ temple. We decided to build to add a feather to the cap of oldest Mansa Devi shrinr,” said SP Arora, also the administrator of the Navratra Fest.

He added, “The symbolic ‘shani’ temple in the shrine was adjacent to the road. So, we shifted it”. A devotee volunteered to bear the cost. The foundation stone was laid in the last week of January. The temple is near completion and would be ready by March 31.

Pandit Sudarshan at the Mansa Devi temple said, “We have nine deities in this temple- Suraj, Chander, Mangal, Budh, Brihaspati, Shukar, Shani, Rahu and Ketu. All have been placed together in the middle of the temple.”

Meanwhile, the preparations of the Navratra Fest are on in full swing.



Getting HSRPs a headache for residents in Mohali
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 26
People wanting to get high-security registration plates (HSRP) for their vehicles here are harassed lot as they have to wait for hours to get the work done. They have to wait in a long queue for their turn to get the registration plates affixed to their vehicles. There is no separate queue for the convenience of women or senior citizens. Some of them complain that whole day is wasted in the uphill exercise of getting the HSRP.

Vehicle owners have to first fill a form and then wait in a queue for depositing fee. After being given a time of 10 to 15 days, they are asked to get the security plates affixed in Phase VIII.

Narata Singh (70), who had come from Bairopur village to get the HSRP affixed to his car, said he reached Phase VIII around 9.30 am but had to wait till 4.30 pm. Showing his senior citizen card to the staff on duty did not help at all.

Vikram Singh of Balongi village, who had to get the HSRP affixed to his motor cycle, said he had applied for the security plate on February 21. He had come twice earlier to get the work done but every time he was asked to come later. He said that today he reached Phase VIII at 8.15 am but was told in the latter half of the day to come on April 1.

A retired official living in Sector 69 here, Gurmeet Singh, said he came this morning to get the HSRP affixed to his car but had to wait in the queue till the evening.

He said only two persons were on duty for affixing the number plates even when the number of vehicle owners was large. He said more employees should be trained for the job, which was not highly skilled work and only additional tools were required.



DEO fixes prices of items used in campaigning
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 26
The District Election officer had fixed Rs 5 for each small garland to be used during the election campaign while flower decoration on the stage can cost up to Rs 5,000. This amount will be added in election expenditure.

Not only the garlands, the DEO has also fixed rates of tea, snacks, food and other materials, being used during the election campaign by the candidate and his or her supporters.

Each cup of tea offered by the candidates to his/her supporters will cost Rs 7, which also includes the rate of glass. With snacks, the rate would be up to Rs 15. For one simple plate food, the candidate has to bear Rs 40 and if he /she would want to give them VIP treatment with VIP plate, the cost of per plate will be Rs 100.

The list of fixed rates of the items to be used during the election campaigning was released today.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, district election officer-cum deputy commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said the lists were being sent to all the candidates so that there would be no confusion in this regard.

“The rates have been fixed in a meeting of district level committee, especially set up for the purpose,” said Sidhu.



Minor’s rape
Counsel says case registered under political pressure
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
Claiming that the case of a minor’s rape involving a Khuda Lahora resident was registered owing to political pressure, defence counsel Harish Bhardawaj stated in court today that the signatures of two political leaders giving consent on the victim’s medical report raise serious question marks.

The fact was pointed out during cross-examination of the investigating officer sub-inspector Usha Rani during the resumed hearing of the case in court today.

“The signatures of two prominent political leaders giving consent for getting the medical examination of the rape victim done after the case was registered indicate the huge influence of local politicians who gained mileage from the incident. The political party members were even present at the hospital and the court premises when the accused were being produced,” stated Bhardawaj.

“The consent for getting medical done can be given by the victim’s parents and no one else,” he added.

The complainant on March 21 turned hostile and refused to recognize four of the accused, and told the court she had lodged the complaint under pressure from politicians and NGOs.

The girl, after whose complaint the five accused policemen were dismissed, said she had gone to the Sector 11 police station only to complain against constable Akshay, with whom she had a relationship and wanted to marry him.



IT Dept attaches house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
The Income Tax Department today attached the property of a city-based property dealer for evading Income Tax of Rs 4.21 crores. Bikramjeet Singh, income tax officer-cum-tax recovery officer, said they attach house number 52, Sector 9, of Davinder Singh Pannu, who runs a real estate firm, DS Pannu and Associate Private Limited. Pannu had not paid Income Tax amount for the assessment year of 2010-11 and 2011-12. Despite number of notices, he had failed to clear pending amount, he said.

A team of Income Tax Department officials today pasted notice outside the house in Sector 9 and also sent a copy to the sub-registrar, Chandigarh Administration, to stop the proceedings regarding the sale and purchase of attached property with immediate effect.

Bikramjeet Singh said they have also issued show-cause notice to Pannu. If he will not pay the amount before March 31, then arrest warrant will be issued against him. In coming days, they will also issue notice to other such defaulters.



De-addiction camp

The Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector-32, and the UT Social Welfare Department launched a 10-day indoor community de-addiction camp at Palsora village recently. "We identified all needy patients in villages adjoining the city. Among these, around 25 patients were in need of indoor care," said Dr BS Chavan, head, Department of Psychiatry, GMCH.

World TB Day

The Urban Health Training Centre, Indira Colony, School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh, observed World Tuberculosis Day at Indira Colony recently. Dr JS Thakur, additional professor, School of Public Health, PGIMER, informed the methods to identify, prevent and treat tuberculosis. Officials from state the RNTCP, NGOs, local leaders, anganwari workers and members of the Public Health Development Society and around 80 persons attended the event. — TNS



Online registration for PU library soon
Project to begin from next academic session for students, registered members
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
Now getting registered with the Panjab University (PU) AC Joshi library will be just a click away for students as the authorities are coming up with online registration for library membership. The project will be started from the next academic session for all students and registered members of the library.

Sources said the authorities were also commencing the online dues clearance process from the next session for the departments of the university.

As per the plan, the library would send a list of defaulter students to the department concerned and till the students do not get it cleared, roll numbers would not be issued to them, an official said.

Head librarian, PU, Raj Kumar, said the library was working on these plans to get it implemented soon.

He said today that the library had introduced an SMS service for transactions, including registration, membership renewal, issue, return, overdue reminder and reservation alert. Talikng about the process, he said the student had to register his or her mobile number in the library to get these alerts.

This facility also allows the students to know the status of a book they have requested to issue, he said.

Records of the library revealed that the AC Joshi Library had a collection of approximately 7.4 lakh collection of books and over 12,000 registered members.

Siddharth Negi, a PhD student of mass communication, said it was a good step as the slips which the library used to issue earlier was easily lost by students due to which they had to face a lot of inconvenience.

He said the SMS service would act as a reminder and maintain a log of the transactions.

Mallika, another student of the Economics Department, said the service would make transactions easier and also save paper.

Records of the library revealed that the authorities had spent Rs 43,500 for it.



Interactive session on CCE

Chandigarh: An interactive session of the AKSIPS Group of Schools on the continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) and life skills was organised at AKSIPS-41, Sector-41-B, Chandigarh. The principals of AKSIPS 41, AKSIPS 45, AKSIPS 65 and AKSIPS 125 and around 200 teachers, teaching at all levels, attended it. The session opened with a welcome address by executive director of AKSIPS Group of Schools Jasdeep Kalra.

He said the teachers need to update themselves with the changes around them. The session was divided into three parts. The first part laid stress on the importance of the CCE in the students’ journey from pre-primary to senior secondary level. Powerpoint presentations were also used to explain different formative, summative and co-scholastic assessment skills. The second session was conducted by resource person Urvashi Bhatia on a trip to improve spoken English. Various language activities were conducted at individual as well as group levels. The teachers felt that such sessions would enable them to reach the students with new innovative ways and meet the demands of changing trends in the field of education.

Mobile app

St Annes’s Convent School, Sector 32, along with WE Excel Software’s Private Limited, launched an Android-based mobile application ‘One School’. The school declared the result on ‘One School’ for Classes I to VIII on the application. The authorities said the application would be a direct communication medium for parents and the school. Parents can view results and performance of their child, student attendance and health details through it. It will also have new add-ons like fee details, besides other features, in which they can view a fee ledger showing pending and due date details. The school admin and teachers and can also send information across it and connect with parents.

Tuberculosis Day

Government Senior Secondary School, Dhanas, organised a programme on world Tuberculosis Day on its campus. The event was organised to spread awareness among students. It was organised with the help of Surya Foundation chairman Ramneek Sharma, along with 100 NSS volunteers. Dr Rajiv Sethi from the GMCH-32 and Dr Shwetambari of the Daddu Majra dispensary delivered lectures on symptoms of TB, its precautions and treatment. The Bhartiya Kala Kunj also staged a street play based on the disease. Principal of the school Seema appreciated the efforts of the organisers and stressed upon the need for similar programmes to spread awareness.

Fencing competition

Panchkula: Fencers from Bhavan Vidyalaya, including Punya Dewan, Aashni, Sanskriti Khurana and Avishi Sharma, would represent Bhavan Vidyalayas of Panchkula and the rest of Haryana in the Junior National Fencing Championship to be held at Raipur (Chhattisgarh) from March 28 to 31. Punya Dewan and Aashni had bagged a gold medal each, while Sanskriti clinched a silver and Avishi Sharma won a bronze in the Haryana Junior State Fencing Championship held at Golf Range Ramgarh Fort. Principal Shashi Banerjee wished the students good luck for the national championship.

Graduation ceremony

A graduation ceremony was organised for tiny tots of KG of Blue Bird High School. The programme started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp. The students looked elated after receiving degrees in their graduation robe. A school news letter, ‘Kalrav’, was released by chief guest Mamta Sodha (HPS), ACP, Panchkula city, and DR Yadav, former joint secretary and regional officer CBSE, Panchkula. Students of Pre-Nursery, KG and Class I told the audience about conserving the environment by saving water, electricity, fuel, animals and trees was conveyed to the audience. The chief guest appreciated their performances. Principal Vandna proposed a vote of thanks. The function concluded with the singing of the school song and the National Anthem. — TNS



World TB Day observed

The Desh Bhagat University School of Nursing observed World TB Day by organising an awareness rally to save people from the disease. As part of the awareness campaign, nursing students went door to door to make residents aware of the TB and other diseases. Students also visited surrounding areas. They distributed pamphlets among the people and exhorted them to keep their surroundings clean and green. The campaign was undertaken under the guidance of Ramandeep Kaur Dhillon and Kuldeep Longia, directors of the university. Later, the students were honoured with mementos by Civil Surgeon Neelam Bhardwaj.

Students design dirt bike

Amit Anand Kumar and Sukhmeet Singh, both students of mechanical engineering at the Hoshiarpur regional campus of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology have designed a dirt bike, 'storm stunner 2'. It is a modified model of storm stunner. It has an engine displacement of 150cc and a light weight frame of 12.1kg, which is made up of mild steel rods. Students were under the guidance of assistant professors Rajeev Kumar Dang, Gaurav Saini and Abhishek Chauhan. The students received a letter of recommendation and an award of excellence from the Students Welfare in charge and the director.

Talk on programming skills

The technical committee of University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Panjab University (PU), organised an expert talk on developing good logic and programming skills among students. The session was presided over by Vikram Singh, a professional from Infosys. He gave an overview of the IT industry and basics of data structure, emphasising on the importance of logarithm designing, code optimisation, usage of advanced data structure, and time space complexities in real-time application. He also talked about the vast opportunities in the field of computers and the expectation of different companies from college graduates. — TNS



Social science congress begins at PU

Chandigarh, March 26
The two-day 4th Chandigarh Social Science Congress on the theme 'Millennium Development Goals: Retrospect and Prospects' started today at Panjab University here. Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover inaugurated the event.

In his inaugural address, Professor Grover said this congress was significant in the backdrop of Panjab University's Vision-2020, which needs to be visited periodically. Prof Nirupam Bajpai, Director, South Asia, Columbia Global Centers, while delivering the keynote address reminded the participants that "we have almost reached the end of the stipulated time for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but what happens in the Post-2015 period is perhaps more significant."

He said China was going to achieve most of the MDGs, while India would fail to do so by 2015. In case of India, though some progress had been made on account of reduction of poverty and hunger and higher enrolment to primary education, questions remain unanswered like how much children were studying in schools.

Further on account of child mortality, infant mortality, neo-natal mortality and maternal mortality, the government need to do a lot, he said. He suggested sustainment of high rates of economic growth with creation of more jobs, focus on manufacturing, building up skill levels and focus on labour intensive strategies.

Prof Jatinder Mohan, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, and the guest of honour, while presenting the overview of the progress achieved by the country felt that the problems with achieving MDGs were not financial, technical or administrative, but more of psychological nature.

Prof Lalit K Bansal, Dean, Research, and the guest of honour highlighted that MDGs could be achieved by the joint research endeavours of social sciences and natural sciences. He urged upon the participants to design the curriculum that was more relevant to the societal needs. Prof MM Puri, former VC, PU, in his presidential remarks said unlike natural sciences, the subject matter of social sciences was dynamic, complex and the challenge before social scientists was how to cope with this ever-changing social environment and to what extent. He cautioned young researchers to be honest in their research pursuits and working unmindful of the conclusions their efforts were likely to lead them to. — TNS



695 students awarded prizes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
As many as 695 students were awarded prizes for meritorious performance in academics, sports and extra-curricular activities during an annual prize distribution function of GGDSD College, Sector 32, here, today.

Fortytwo students were awarded the roll of honour, while 26 received the college colour and 207 were awarded certificate of distinction.

Three faculty members were felicitated and awarded a cash prize of Rs 5,000 each for completing PhD during the current academic session. The function was presided over by Prof MK Surappa, Director, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar.

Dr Anirudh Joshi, Secretary, GGDSD College Society, urged the students to make optimum use of facilities provided by the college.

Prof MK Surappa, Director, IIT, Ropar, who was the chief guest, congratulated the award winners. Addressing the students, Professor Surappa said the laurels won by the students reflect the hard work of both faculty and the students. It was the stimulating learning environment provided by the college that motivates students to perform to the best of their ability.

Principal Bhushan Kumar Sharma read the annual report of the college and highlighted its achievements during 2013-14. He said the college had been declared 28th on the list of best colleges of the country in the commerce stream as per 'The India Today-Nielson Survey'.



PhD scholars to get hostel facility till final viva voce

Chandigarh, March 26
Panjab University PhD scholars will get the hostel facility till the final viva voce from the next session. On the demand of the Panjab University Campus Students' Council (PUCSC), it today accepted to allow PhD research scholars to have hostel facility till the final viva voce. PU, Dean Student Welfare, Navdeep Goyal, informed the council about the decision. This will also be included in the rule handbook of hostel for the 2014-15 session.

PUCSC president Chandan Rana said earlier the PhD students were told to vacate the hostel room within three days of submitting the thesis. But after its submission, it usually takes two to six months for the PhD viva voce. Resultantly, they have to opt for expensive paying guest accommodations to stay before their final viva voce. The Dean Student Welfare had allowed the PhD students to have hostel facility till the viva voce by paying normal charges. — TNS



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