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Balancing family life, politics
BSP candidate Jannat Jahan believes in the 'magic' of shaking hands with voters
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 27
For 32-year-old Jannat Jahan, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, the focus is on striking a perfect balance between family life and politics.

In politics for the past three years, ever since she was elected councillor from Ward No. 23, the housewife-turned-politician goes full throttle from 7.30 am to 10 pm when she retires for the day after a hectic campaign.

Much before she hits the road in her Audi Q5 sports utility vehicle (SUV), she is literally after her five-year-old daughter Rohani to ensure that she gets ready for her school. “Yesterday, Rohani could not go to school as I left early for campaigning at Sukhna Lake,” she said.

Today, Jannat began the day from Mauli village. She went around shaking hands with each woman voter, terming it "jadu ka shake hand". Before hitting the road, she discussed the day’s plan with her husband Hafiz Anwar-ul-Haq.

Following the campaign plan chalked out by her husband, Jannat left for Mauli village at 8.15 am. Before moving out for the campaign, she ensured that her friends and a team of young supporters, including Nitika, Sonia, Ridhi and Ranjeet, who are among her key campaigners, have taken their seats in a black SUV. Jannat’s husband followed her in a Mercedes.

After a 15-minute drive, the three cars -- Audi Q5, Mercedes and Ford Endeavour -- reached Mauli village where local BSP supporters and volunteers had already gathered to welcome and accompany Jannat.

Brandishing blue flags and distributing wall calendars, her supporters walked through the narrow lanes, giving a "wake up" call to many who were seen leaning out of the balconies wearing towels to have a glimpse of the young BSP leader. Amid the beat of dhols, the BSP supporters made their presence felt.

Jannat feels that shaking hands with women during her door-to-door campaign is a gesture that can help win hearts. “I want to make them feel that I am one of them,” she said.

Jannat was seen waving at people whom she could not meet personally and telling them: "Haathi (party’s election symbol) par mohar lagana."

Jannat’s husband is boosting her campaign in his own way. Hafiz was seen reaching out to the voters, walking alone through the village.

After almost three hours of campaigning in Mauli village and Raipur Khurd, Jannat returned back to her house in Sector 35 for breakfast. Catching up with the afternoon schedule, at around 1 pm, swanky cars headed towards the Sector 34 market for campaign. Jannat interacted with shopkeepers, urging them to support her in the elections.

As the day progressed, Jannat got ready for a party rally at Burail in Sector 45. Boosting Jannat’s confidence, hundreds of BSP supporters gathered for the rally to show their strength. After a long day, Jannat reached her home late in the evening and rushed towards her children's room to hug them and apologise for staying away from them for so long.


* Jannat’s husband has a unique way of reaching out to the voters. Stating that he is one of them, he tries to connect with the voters in colonies and villages hailing from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

* A woman at Mauli village, on learning that the BSP candidate and her supporters were arriving to meet her, rushed inside to change her shawl.

* Jannat sat with a housewife who was cooking food outside her house and ate a chapati along with sabzi.



Candidates chirp

Kirron Kher @KirronKherBJP

9.19 am: Good morning Chandigarh! It is amazing to meet you all. Your support and our hard work will triumph. Bahut Kuch Karna hai aur Bahut kuch hoga.

Gul Panag @GulPanag

11.01 am: Majority of those who elected you, dear incumbent, hail from UP & Bihar. Do you dismiss them as ‘outsiders; too?

11.06 am: I was born & brought up here. And if you’d created enough opportunity for my generation, dear incumbent, we wouldn’t be seeking it elsewhere.

11.16 am: Dear incumbent, we know you can’t fetch the moon. But what about all those promises of doing your job?

City poll facts

Woman candidate never won the seat

* No woman candidate won the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat so far.

* In 1977 elections, the CPI had fielded the first woman candidate, Sheila Devi, for the seat. She had polled 2,481 votes and finished third. Krishna Kant of Bhartiya Lok Dal (BLD) had won the election.

* This time, BJP, AAP and BSP have woman nominees, namely Kirron Kher, Gul Panag and Jannat Jahan, respectively. 



Candidates exchange salvos
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 27
As election mood simmers in the city, the candidates of the main parties in fray have started targeting each other in their speeches.

The Congress candidate and sitting MP, Pawan Kumar Bansal is approaching city residents with a ‘man-next-door’ image. Terming other candidates as outsiders, Bansal said as the BJP and the AAP failed to find a local leader, they fielded ‘outsiders’. Addressing residents and shopkeepers of sectors 27 and 28, Bansal said with the changing times, needs also change and he was committed to take up their legitimate issues.

Earlier in the morning, Bansal held a padyatra at Ram Darbar, Industrial Area Phase 2. On their request, he also flagged off four buses of devotees, who left for a pilgrimage to Vaishno Devi, a shrine in Jammu & Kashmir.

AAP candidate Gulkirat Kaur Panag, during her election campaign in Dhanas, Sector 17 and PGI, said in the last 25 years, Chandigarh voters elected either the BJP or the Congress candidate. Bansal had been the MP for four terms. She pointed out that the current ‘sad’ situation did not develop in a day. “It is the result of the MP, the MC and the parties in power over the last three decades, not doing their job properly,” she alleged.

Addressing woman workers in Sector 28, BJP candidate Kirron Kher said people from all strata of society here faced similar problems, which the Congress failed to solve. Addressing employees at the Government Press in Sector 18, she said the BJP government’s priority would be to provide basic amenities to the city residents.

On the AAP candidate, Kher said the AAP was an anti-business party and hence, people should not cast their votes in the favour of its candidate Gul Panag.

During her campaign, BSP candidate Jannat Jahan said Congress MP Pawan Bansal didn’t develop the city despite being in power for the last 15 years. Now, he has to pay for his deeds. Public totally understands his words and intentions, she said while canvassing in Sector 34. She said Kirron Kher and Gul Panag, who claim to be the city’s daughters, were only befooling local voters, adding, “These Mumbai-based actresses just landed in the city and claim to be its daughters.” She claimed that she was the real daughter of the City Beautiful as her father was an industrialist here.



Election manifestos useless
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 27
Girl students of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, are at a loss when they are asked about their expectations from manifestos of political parties. Tired of lengthy manifestos, the students believe there is no point in drafting a manifesto when the party doesn’t fulfill the promises made therein.

Ritu Kalyan, a student of arts, says political parties never follow what they promise in their manifestos. “A manifesto is meant to fool people,” she said, adding that the promises made in a manifesto were never fulfilled after the party came to power.

Priya Gulati says politicians leave nothing unsaid when they discuss their manifestos, but after winning the elections, they don’t even remember what they had said or promised.

Harpreet Kaur from the arts section says there is no need for celebrities to contest elections. “How will they solve the problems of the common man,” she asked.

Komal Garg says party manifesto should include framing of laws to safeguard the interest of woman victims of crime and violence. There should be better fast-track courts. “When it comes to woman victims, the government has not done much for their welfare. For example, if a woman is raped, the police and the medical staff further victimise her to an extent that most women avoid taking any help,” she rues.

There should be better schools and colleges for women, demands Ekta, a student of second year, adding that the environment should be such that women feel empowered and motivated to study and work. 


Medical examination finds Haryana Guv out of danger
Ritika Jha Palial & Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 27
Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia and his wife Shanti Pahadia were rushed to the new OPD at the PGI at around 1 pm and underwent a thorough check-up after their aircraft crashlanded soon after take-off at the Chandigarh airport.

While there were no external injuries, suspecting internal inujuries, the consultants referred the Governor to the CT Scan centre. However, the reports revealed that he was out of danger.

Both were discharged soon after the check-up. Doctors from various specialities, including the Cardiology, Orthopaedics, General Surgery and Neurosurgery departments, examined the Governor and his wife at the VIP room in New OPD Block.

The Haryana Government aircraft crash-landed soon after take-off at around 11.30 am at the city airport today. The Governor was headed for New Delhi along with with his wife, a Secretary, two ADCs, a doctor, two attendants and two pilots.

It was a miraculous escape: Doctor

"For a few seconds, it was difficult to comprehend what happened. As soon as we took off, the plane completely tilted towards the left side," said Dr Rakesh Talwar, Medical Officer, Haryana Raj Bhavan dispensary.

"The crash-like situation sent a shiver down my spine as suddenly the ground was visible from the left window. The sudden commotion inside the plane elevated my pulse rate," said Talwar.

The last-minute prayers of the Haryana Governor, his wife and eight officials, including Talwar, were heard as they were evacuated

safely from the plane that crash-landed on one wheel.

"It was no less than a miracle. I am thankful to the Almighty that all of us are safe and even heading for Delhi now," Talwar told Chandigarh Tribune in the evening.

While no injuries were sustained by any of the passengers, the Haryana Governor complained of pain in the neck and appeared traumatised after he was examined at the Post Graduate Institue of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER).

Sources said the Governor's wife was keen on leaving for Delhi today and was seeking assurance about everyone's well-being to confirm if they could travel the same day. They boarded the Shatabdi Express in the evening.

Death stared us in the face: ADC

"We boarded the aircraft around 11.30 am. As it moved out for Delhi and had just taken off, the pilots detected smoke. Before we could realise what had happened, it crashlanded into a kutcha area of the runaway with a loud thud.

All hell broke loose as in a fraction of a second, the plane caught fire and death was staring us in the face. I feared for the worst as the fire could have led to a blast in the plane.

The emergency door was opened and the Governor, his wife and the other passengers were taken out of the aircraft safely," said JP Dahiya, ADC to the Governor.



Flights delayed, cancelled due to crash-landing of plane
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 27
It was a virtual shutdown at the airport, just few minutes after the crash landing of the plane, carrying Haryana’s Governor, took place near the Chandigarh Airport here.

Three flights were delayed and five flights were cancelled, halting other operations as soon as the news of crash landing near the air force’s operational air-strip, spread.

The flights setting to arrive at Chandigarh Airport, between 11.30 am to 1 pm were delayed by almost an hour while five flights scheduled to depart from Chandigarh Airport, in afternoon, were cancelled.

“Three flights were delayed and five flights were cancelled. The Chandigarh airport has nothing to do with the accident. However, as per the instructions given by the ATC (Air Traffic Control), the flights were delayed and cancelled,” said the airport manager on duty.



Avoid Sector 34 for 5 hours tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 27
As the BJP leader Narendra Modi is set to address a rally of over 30,000 people in Sector 34 this Saturday evening, avoid all routes leading to the Sector from 3 pm to 8 pm.

In an advisory issued by the UT Traffic Police, city residents should avoid going towards Sector 34 in an area of two square kilometers from the parade ground.

With chaos expected to hit the rally, the UT Police have roped in 2,500 police personnel for security arrangements. Moreover, 40 Inspectors, 18 DSP's and commandos will also remain guard.

Besides, a bomb disposal squad, anti-sabotage unit, quick reaction team, dog squad, fire brigade and emergency services will remain on guard.

"We have made foolproof security arrangements and made best efforts to avoid chaos. However, keeping in view the VVIP's and the huge gathering, commuters are advised to avoid going to Sector 34 from 3 pm to 8 pm on that day," said SSP (Traffic and security) Maneesh Chaudhery.

"Had the rally been held in Sector 25, it would have choked the entire city as the cavalcade would then have to pass through the entire city. As Sector 34 is nearer to the airport, we gave a no-objection certificate," said the SSP.

Resentment amongst shopkeepers

As the city police and security agencies are gearing up for preparations for the rally of Narendra Modi on March 29, there is wave of discontentment amongst the Sector 33/34 shopkeepers and residents of the area.

Parade ground the commercial hub of the city, most affected will be the government offices, educational institutions and market place who will have to bear the brunt owing to expected chaos in the area which is a vital link to the Dakshin Marg. Usually, all the political rallies are held in Sector 25 rally ground.

Chandigarh Tribune spoke to a number of shopkeepers and residents of the area, they expressed their resentment and anguish at the rally.

On the other hand giving information about the rally Raghuveer Arora, rally in-charge and vice-president of the BJP, said it is going to be a historic rally and all the teams are busy with the preparations and they expect a gathering of around 50.000 people.

The permission for holding the was given by Returning Officer (RO) for the Chandigarh Parliamentary Constituency, Mohammed Shayin, on the basis of clearance given by SSP, Traffic and Security, Maneesh Chaudhary. Initially, the BJP has sought permission at Sector 25. But as BSP had already taken permission for holding rally at Sector 25 on March 30, the BJP sought permission for Sector 34.

"We will face a total closure on the eve of rally and the business will be affected. All the roads will be closed and we cannot carry on our business as the customers will also stay away from the rally area." Rakesh

"The permission for rally in Sector 34 should not have been given as it would lead to chaos. The area is already congested as it faces frequent traffic snarls. Such rallies should be held on the outskirts of the city. The police should ensure that all roads leading to the venue are sealed." Sukhpreet Singh

"{The rally will result in traffic jams and there will be a lot of inconvenience to the people." Hardeep

"Such political stunts by parties should not be allowed inside the periphery of city. For what purpose is the rally ground in Sector 25 designated when the rally is to be organised in Sector 34?" Gurnam Singh



BJP making hi-tech preparations for Modi’s rally
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 27
City unit of the BJP is using Hi-tech methods to spread word about BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s ‘Bharat Vijay Rally’ to be held on March 29 at the Exhibition Ground, Sector 34.

Local BJP unit president Sanjay Tandon said to create a buzz around, a special song has been prepared and an app has been created. Besides, an aggressive campaign is running on facebook, twitter and SMSes are being sent. To invite the people, a recorded voice message of our MP candidate, Kirron Kher is being spread. Moreover, people have been receiving invite through the calls being made through a special call centre, Tandon said.

While sharing the details on the arrangements for the rally, Sanjay Tandon said, “To ensure the success of the mega show in the city, we have made all the required arrangements and also spreading awareness by using the mass media. The city has been neglected by the Congress misrule from the last 15 years. We have prepared a charge sheet of the opposition party which will draw attention to UPA government’s scams,” Tandon said.

There will be huge sitting arrangements and LED screens will be installed where a short film on Modi’s future vision will be played, Tandon added. 

Highlights of the rally

*y Modi is expected to reach the venue by 5.15 pm and will stay there till 6.15 pm.

* Special stage being set up for Narendra Modi

* Expected gathering: 50,000 people

* Chairs in the pandal: 10,000 chairs

* LED screens: Four

* Special arrangements for print and electronic media

* Parking arrangements in Sector 34

* 500 buses

* 1000 four wheelers

* 2000 two wheelers



69 polling centres hypersensitive, 24 sensitive
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 27
District Election Officer (DEO) Dr SS Phulia has declared 69 polling centres hypersensitive and 24 sensitive of the total 375 in the Panchkula and Kalka segments of the Ambala Lok Sabha seat.

“While there are 19 polling centres hypersensitive and 14 sensitive in Kalka, Panchkula has 50 hypersensitive polling centres and 10 sensitive,” the DEO said.

Phulia said elaborate security arrangements had been made in these hypersensitive and sensitive polling centres.

The police have also been asked to make adequate security arrangements in the suspected areas, besides keeping a close watch on anti-social elements.

He stated that election control rooms with dedicated phone numbers (2568311 for Panchkula and 0171-2600043) have been set up at Mini-Secretariats both in Panchkula and Ambala.



‘Made in Pak’ show opens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 27
The sixth edition of 5-day ‘Made in Pakistan’ show, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), opened today, at Himachal Bhawan, Sector 28. CII has organised the show in association with Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce.

Major attractions at the fair include designed evening gowns and bridal wear, chiffon and cotton suits, dress material, Multani handwork dress material, Irani rosewater, brass door bells, Afghani and Dubai Ittar, Irani plum (energy boosters). Nearly 75 exhibitors from Pakistan are showcasing their products in the exhibition.



Rare surgery performed at hospital
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 27
A rare skull base tumour was recently operated at Ivy hospital by senior neurosurgeon Dr Vineet Saggar. Complete tumour removal was achieved and patient was discharged within few days. He was supported by plastic surgery team headed by Dr Rahul Goyal, which played a role in minimizing scars on face as approach to tumor of skull base required a facial incision.

A 28-year-old male visited Dr Vineet Saggar with complaints of loss of vision in right eye and swelling around right eye. His MRI was done and it revealed large skull base tumour behind face and nose extending to other side.



PU delays decision on nod to semester system
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 27
Due to the lackadaisical attitude of the Panjab University (PU) authorities in giving approval to the semester system for the undergraduate courses, the Academic Calendar Committee had to approve the old annual system for the next session today.

At a meeting chaired by PU Dean University Instruction AK Bhandari, the committee approved the annual system for the undergraduate courses of the colleges for the next session.

A member of the committee said it was strange that the higher authorities ignored the urgency of the approval of the semester system for the undergraduate courses.

The officials informed the committee that if in the future the semester system would be approved, a revised calendar would be drafted and tabled in the meeting.

The members objected as to why the authorities had not drafted the semester system for the undergraduate courses and tabled it to avoid the duplicity.

The Academic Calendar Committee also approved the final dates for admissions. As per the admission schedule, routine admissions to the university will be conducted from July 7 to July 15, July 16 to July 28 (with special permission from principals) and July 29 to August 20 (with permission from the Vice-Chancellor).

The committee also approved the vacation schedule of the university. For summer vacation, the university will be closed from May 26 to July 6, autumn vacation will be from October 2 to October 12 and winter vacation will be from December 28 to January 14 for the next academic session.



Meritorious students felicitated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 27
Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition celebrated its 24th annual day today.

The chief guest, AR Talwar, principal secretary, Department of Technical Education and Industrial Training, Government of Punjab, inaugurated the event.

Manmohan Singh Kohli, president, Chandigarh Hotel and Restaurant Association, Chandigarh, was the guest of honour.

Bharti Tyagi, principal of the institute, presented the annual report and highlighted the major achievements and performances in academics and co-curricular activities performed at the institute in academic year 2013-14.

The principal advised the students to take part in more such activities.

The theme for the annual day was “Navras” (nine rasas) that are the basis of all human emotions.

The 16th issue of “GOURMET’S AFFAIR”, the annual magazine of the institute, was released by the chief guest.

The prizes were distributed among the meritorious students for excelling in the field of academics, sports and extra-curricular activities. 



24 mn students underachievers in India: Former CBSE chairman
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 27
About 24 million students are underachievers in India. They comprise 20 to 25 per cent of the total school students in the country.

This was stated Dr Ashok Ganguly, former chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), while addressing a national seminar on “Inclusive Education Through Teachers” at the Rayat Bahra Group of Institutions in Mohali today. The seminar was sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).

Ganguly said the main reason for underachievement among the school students in the country was improper learning process.

“In India, people have been working on reforming the education process. However, the need was to transform school education to achieve the motive of inclusive education,” he said.

He said there was a need to change the mindset to achieve inclusive education across the country.

“Homogeneity in classrooms is another bottleneck in achieving the target of inclusive education. All children have special needs and we need heterogeneous classrooms to address the requirements of all students,” he said.

Dr Indu Rihani, principal, Rayat Bahra College of Education, Mohali, said with the Right to Education becoming a law in the country, providing inclusive education to all sections of society had become the duty of teachers.

“The teachers need to shed their traditional mindset to achieve the goal,” she said. Around 50 educationists and research scholars from the country would present their papers during the seminar.



Teachers hail UT Admn’s decision

Chandigarh, March 27
The State Executive Committee of the Government Teachers’ Union welcomed the decision of the Chandigarh Administration to reschedule the school timings from the coming academic session during its meeting today. The committee members said the time schedule from 8 am to 1 pm instead of 8 am to 2 pm in the summer season and 8:40 am to 1:40 pm in the winter season would be more suitable for children and their parents.

Meanwhile, during the meeting headed by Dr Vinod Sharma, president of the union, the members also discussed various issues and demands of the teachers.

Vinod said the members were demanding the regularisation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers and a comprehensive policy for teachers appointed on a contractual basis, along with an increase in the salary of part-time lecturers. He said their demands included promotion of UT-cadre teachers and filling of vacant posts. — TNS



Chandigarh University students shine at national symposium
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 27
A project, "Stair Climbing Mechanism", based on Robot-Controlled Automatic Vehicle (RCAV), developed by electronics and communication engineering students of Chandigarh University (CU), Gharuan, won the first prize in the mechatronics project category at a national-level science and technology symposium, “INNO-TECH 2014”, organised by Pushpa Gujral Science City.

Over 250 live projects in various disciplines of computer science, electronics, electrical, mechanical, civil and inter-disciplinary engineering fields were developed and displayed by young and budding engineers of Punjab, Chandigarh, UP, HP, Haryana and Rajasthan.

Another project, "Pipe-Bending Machine", designed by mechanical engineers of Chandigarh University, won the second prize in the mechanical projects category.

Projects “Magnetic Bearing” and “Mobile Microscope”, designed by students of CU, won consolation prizes in the mechanical and computer science categories.



PU & college notes


Prize distribution function

Sri Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, organised the annual prize distribution function in the college. Dr Naval Kishore, Dean, College Development Council, Panjab University, was the chief guest. Principal Dr Charanjeet Kaur Sohi presented the annual report of the college. The chief guest congratulated the students on their achievements. More than 400 prizes were given to students for excelling in academics, cultural and sports activities.

Financial assistance

NavSankalp, the charity association of DAV College, Sector 10, provided financial assistance to parents of an ailing child, who underwent a critical surgery. The financial assistance of Rs 1.20 lakh was provided for the treatment of a two-month old child, who is suffering from Transportation of Great Arteries. The child was diagnosed with the ailment about 20 days ago at the PGIMER.

Cultural extravaganza

Spontania-2014, a tehno-cultural extravaganza of the Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology, began on Thursday. Over 1,800 students from 13 colleges and institutes from the region are participating in the three-day event. — TNS



From schools


Alumni meet

Saint Soldier International School, Sector 28B, organised an alumni meet under the guidance of the Association of Old Soldierites on the school premises. Manager Sukhreet Kaur, along with the school staff, welcomed the alumni. Jagwinder Pal Singh, president of the alumni association, along with the office-bearers, lighted the lamp to inaugurate the meet. Principal Vijaya Sidhu outlined the forthcoming events and community service activities involving the former students.


Summer camp

Satluj Public School, Sector 4, organised a three-day summer camp, which concluded here on Thursday. Around 34 students took part in the camp. The workshop included art and craft, dance, spoken English and singing competitions. The closing ceremony of the camp included songs, dances, speeches and prize distribution. Krit Serai, principal of Satluj Public School, was the chief guest on the closing ceremony. He said these types of activities enhance the calibre and potential of students.

Cultural extravaganza

Students of St Vivekanand Millennium School, HMT Pinjore, on Thursday organised “Gaiety 2014”, a cultural extravaganza, to mark the annual day at the BR Ambedkar auditorium. “Vivek Darshan”, a play highlighting Swami Vivekanand’s moral values, mesmerised the audience. Foot-tapping bhanga by the students set the stage on fire. The chief guest, RJ Khanderao, regional officer, CBSE, Panchkula, applauded the performance of the students. The guest of honour, Usha Sharma, director, Haryana Kala Parishad, Panchkula, gave away prizes and certificates of appreciation to meritorious students. — TNS



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