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From abhineta to neta
BJP candidate Kirron Kher uses the actor in her to strike a chord with the voters
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
It has been a complete transformation from an "abhineta" to a "neta" for 61-year-old Kirron Kher, the BJP candidate for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha constituency.

Ever since she landed in the city amid stiff opposition from local BJP leaders, the actress has made inroads into the heart of voters, using her fluency to speak chaste Punjabi. Not to miss the actor in her, Kirron uses her facial expressions to control her emotions when confronted with uncomfortable questions.

Keeping up with the hectic schedule she follows in reel life, she makes it a point to offer prayers before starting her campaign for the day in her political life.

Today was no different as she offered prayers and got her morning dose of energy from her breakfast of bananas and papayas. Rubbishing allegations of being a parachute candidate, she hits back, saying that she is a daughter of the city, born and brought up here.

As the day progressed, she, along with some BJP youth wing workers, headed for the BJP office "Kamlam" in Sector 33 in a Toyota Innova car. In her brief interviews to the print and electronic media, she used her linguistic and acting skills to her advantage to drive home her point.

She then headed for Maharashtra Bhawan, Sector 19, where different unions of UT contractual employees had organised an open debate. The first one to reach there on time, she spoke in Punjabi and Hindi about the rights of contractual employees. She assured them they it she was elected and Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister, the BJP would solve all their problems.

During the debate, programme organisers said that if the person who got elected failed to fulfil their demands, they would start a campaign to recall the MP. To this, Kirron immediately hit back, saying, "Pichle 15 saalan wich kyun ni chalayi tusi ida di muhim".

Kirron, while looking at AAP candidate Gul Panag who was present during the debate, said, "Mein AAP bare kehna taan chahndi si, par mainu Gul naal pyar hai".

Later, addressing another meeting of the Hind Pressman Dhobhi Parishad in Sector 24, she said, "Mein yahan Modi ji ke aadesh par aayi hu, aur aapki apni beti hun".

Unlike her opponents, she does not include padyatras in her election campaign and mainly focuses on road shows and big meetings. She has a quick explanation, "As the ticket was announced late, it would not have been possible for me to cover the entire city through padayatras."

Kirron then went to the parking area of the Punjab and Haryana Secretariat, Sector 1, to address a gathering of employees. There too, she spoke about the employees' rights. On women employees' demand, she gave a "jadu ki jhappi" to them. The employees had come to listen to her during lunch time.

Kirron's star status attracts people to her meetings, several of whom want to get themselves clicked with her. To a query whether these fans would vote for her, Kirron said, "Unka zameer unko lekar jayega voting ke liye. They are not just voting for me, they are voting for a change at the Centre so that their life becomes better," Kirron said.

In the evening, Kirron addressed four public meetings in Mani Majra, Colony No. 4, Mauli Complex and the Panjab University market area where she told people that the Chandigarh seat was very important for Modi.

Kirron Kher invites people for Modi's rally

During her meetings, Kirron invited people for Modi's rally in her own Punjabi style. She said, "Tusi saareyan ne aana hai Sector 34 ground vich Shanivaar nu. Tuhada dil khush ho jana Modi ji nu sunke."

Mystery about her house

While Kirron claims that she stays at house No. 65 in Sector 8 A, which was also mentioned in her nomination papers, her sister-in-law Gurindesh Sandhu said Kirron hardly came there and was rather staying in her sister's house in Sector 32 D. A majority of the BJP workers are also not aware where she resides. Kirron does not invite mediapersons to her residence and instead prefers to meet them in the party office in Sector 33.



modi’s rally in sector 34
Brace for traffic snarls today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
The city is all set to witness major traffic snarls during BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s rally at Sector 34 tomorrow.

Though the BJP leader is schedule to reach the venue by 4 pm, the traffic restrictions around the venue are expected to come into force earlier in the day.

As the Chandigarh Administration has given permission for the rally in Sector 34, one of the most congested commercial centres after Sector 17, it is expected to cripple traffic movement on Dakshin Marg, the vital road that runs from Tribune Chowk to Sector 25.

The road also serves as a vital link to the Sector 17 ISBT. Though UT officials expect around 30,000 persons to attend the rally, police sources feel the number could be much more.

To avoid inconvenience, commuters are advised not to take Dakshin Marg and roads leading to different parts of Mohali. According to the itinerary, the BJP leader will head towards Sector 34 from the airport, crossing through Tribune Chowk. The cavalcade will turn towards the venue from the Sector 20 roundabout. Sources said the traffic on all roads connecting Dakshin Marg will be stopped eight minutes before the leader crosses from that particular point.

Due to security reasons, the road dividing Sectors 33 and 34, and the road opposite the Sector 34 market will be closed for the public.

The rush of vehicles is likely to stretch to nearby sectors, including Sectors 33, 35, 20, 21 and 44, which in turn will choke other city roads.

BJP supporters from different parts of Punjab and Haryana are expected to arrive in the city for the rally. Around 300 buses will ferry the BJP supporters to the venue, clogging the roads near the venue.

In the absence of sufficient parking space in and around Sector 34, people will have to park their vehicles in nearby sectors and walk down to the venue.

Election Department to record Modi's speech

The UT Election Department will record the speech of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to ascertain that the contents of the speech are not in violation of the model code of conduct.

Traffic advisory

  • Avoid Dakshin Marg from 3 pm to 8 pm
  • People wanting to attend the rally are advised to park their vehicles in nearby sectors to avoid traffic snarls.



Admn goes about its voter awareness drive religiously!
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 28
In a first-of-its-kind initiative, devotees visiting temples, gurdwaras and mosques won't just pay obeisance, but will also be made aware about the importance of their vote.

In the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, the district administration is now tapping religious places to encourage devotees to cast their vote.

Banners and hoardings have been put up at religious places. Finding the religious places a good platform to educate voters, messages such as "Caste vote on April 10" have been displayed at Mansa Devi temple, Sakteri temple, Kali Mata temple in Kalka and Gurdwara Nada Sahib.

This time, the Navratras, beginning March 31, are coinciding with the elections. A special exhibition to make people aware of the importance of voting is being inaugurated at the Mansa devi temple in Panchkula from tomorrow.

The exhibition will continue on all nine Navratras. Devotees will get to see various photographs highlighting the importance of voting, according to an official.

The initiative has been taken by Additional Deputy Commissioner SP Arora. "It is being organised under the aegis of the Election Commission. A lot of devotees visit religious places daely. So we thought it would be a nice platform to encourage people to vote," he said.

A large number of devotees visit the Mansa Devi temple during the Navratras. We have put up banners and hoardings requesting them to cast their vote on April 10," said Arora.



Soon, GMCH to have special centre for rape victims
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
In an attempt to allow more privacy and save victims of sexual assault from shuttling across the hospital for various tests, the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, is soon going to launch a “One Stop Crisis Centre (OSCC)".

Unlike the existing system under which a victim or a complainant is first taken to the general emergency and examined by the Emergency Medical Officer and then referred to a gynaecologist and asked to visit different counters for tests, the OSCC will provide all services in one room.

A week after the Health Ministry notified the guidelines for setting up these centres across India, the first such centre in the city is being set up at the GMCH. According to the guidelines, issued on March 19, the OSCC will provide clothes, an attached toilet, sample collection facility, psychological counselling and legal advice to the victim under one roof. The victim's statement will also be recorded at the centre.

“Our endeavour is to launch the centre within a month. We need the support of NGO volunteers and legal experts for cases that are reported late in the evening or in the wee hours so that no incovenience is faced by the victims,” said Dr Anju Huria, Head of the Department of Gynaecology.

While the initial intervention will be that of the Department of Gyaenacology, forensic experts may later be involved for examining the case as per the requirement. “All these services will be provided free of cost,” said Dr Dasari Harish, Head of the Department of Forensic Medicine.

“We need to be more sympathetic and humane while dealing with victims of sexual assault, right from protecting their privacy to making them feel secure,” Dr Anju said.A similar centre was launched at the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, last month.

Experts dwell on guidelines for OSCC

A one-day Continuous Medical Education (CME) programme was organised at the GMCH today. The faculty and undergraduates from various departments of the hospital and medical officers from Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, and the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, discussed the guidelines for the OSCC and the legal aspects while taking and preserving the samples. In the case of a victim directly reporting at the OSCC before informing the police for the registration of an FIR, seeking the consent of the victim aged above 12 and that of the gurdian in case the victim is aged below 12 was mandatory, experts said.


Another debate turns political war of words
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
The open debate organised by the Chandigarh Confederation of Workers and Employees at Maharastra Bhawan here today turned into a political battleground as candidates for the Lok Sabha Chandigarh seat used the podium to woo voters and levelled allegations against each other.

The debate, which was supposed to focus on the demands of the Chandigarh Confederation of Workers and Employees and their issues, took a political turn as the speakers, who had earlier assured that they would not use the platform to talk about their parties and policies, backtracked on their promises.

BJP candidate Kirron Kher began the debate with a comment, “The Chandigarh Administration has been using the ‘hire and fire’ policy for recruitment in various departments. It is sad to know that the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET) does not have regular teaching faculty.”

While assuring the workers of regularising their services, the actress-turned-politician took a dig at the Congress, “Despite being in power for a decade, the Congress has failed to deliver.”

The CPI (ML) candidate Kanwaljit Singh said, “Both the Congress and the BJP have failed to deliver. They do not espouse the cause of workforce.”

The CPI (ML) leader’s address was cut short and he was made to hand over the mike to BSP leader Naresh Kumar, who too preferred to take potshots at the Congress during his short address.

The environment at the venue flared up as the Congress representative, HS Lucky, began his address. The employees interrupted his speech when he tried to highlight the achievements of his party. His address drew a sharp reaction from members of the confederation, who expressed their dissatisfaction and threw counter questions at him.

The women Lok Sabha candidates cashed in on the moment and forced the leader to shorten his speech.

Making the most of the last word, AAP candidate Gul Panag went all out to woo the voters. She said, “A contractual job means working for two or three years. However, a worker, who has given more than 10 years of his life in the same job, should be regularised.”

Gul claimed, “If you elect me and send me to Delhi, I will support your cause. However, if you feel I have failed to perform you can recall me.”

The political drama ended with high-pitched comments coming in from all ends resenting the successive governments’ apathy towards the issues pertaining to the worker class.



Kirron's sister-in-law writes open letter to Narendra Modi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
BJP candidate Kirron Kher's sister-in-law has written an open letter to the party's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, who will address a rally in the city tomorrow.

Kher's sister-in-law Gurindesh Sandhu, who is fighting a legal battle with Kher over the ownership of a house in Sector 8, has written that "ever since Amardeep Singh, my husband, passed away in 2003, Kirron Kher has trampled on the rights of my two young daughters and me".

Earlier, she had submitted a complaint before the Returning Officer stating that Kirron Kher provided wrong information about property details in her nomination papers. But the Returning Officer did not consider her complaint and accepted Kher's papers.

Sandhu's letter reads, "Mr. Modi, one of your party's main agenda is to give rights and protection to women as you have done in Gujarat as the Chief Minister. Your candidate Kirron Kher, however, has taken an undue advantage of my widowhood and helplessness and trampled on our rights for 10 years."

"If Mrs. Kirron Kher is a daughter of Chandigarh, does it mean the rights of daughters-in-law and grand-daughters cease to exist? Instead of being a pillar of strength to my children, she has left no stone unturned to harm them financially and emotionally and deprived them of their legal rights. She is heartless to the extent that she removed her brother's (my husband's) nameplate from our house gate," the letter further reads.

Sandhu has addressed the letter to all the candidates for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, Kirron's husband Anupam Kher and others.



Colonies, villages will be priority: Gul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
The villages in the UT have remained neglected despite Congress candidate Pawan Bansal's 15-year tenure as Chandigarh MP, said AAP candidate Gulkirat Kaur Panag during her door-to-door campaign in Vikas Nagar here today.

She added that the development of villages and colonies in terms of healthcare, education and sanitation would be on top of her priority list.

Later, she held a corner meeting with villagers and the sarpanch of Kaimbwala village to discuss their grievances and shortcomings in the village.

The AAP candidate said Bansal had a lot to explain for the appalling state of affairs in the villages that have subsisted during his 15-year tenure.



Kirron Kher addresses washermen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
BJP candidate Kirron Kher today addressed a public meeting at Hind Press Man Dhobi Parishad, Sector 24.

Addressing the gathering, she said, "If I get a chance to serve the people of Chandigarh, I will ensure the basic infrastructure for dhobis such as proper sheds and adequate power supply. The Congress has ignored the problems of less-privileged communities. If the BJP comes to power at the Centre, under the leadership of Narendra Modi, there would be development on all fronts."

She said employees were facing many problems due to wrong policies of the Congress government. She assured them of taking up their issues in the Parliament if she won the poll.



CHB scheme: Jain has a dig at Bansal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
Senior BJP leader and former MP Satya Pal Jain today criticised Congress MP Pawan Kumar Bansal for not doing anything to help the 3,930 employees, who were successful in draw of lots for allotment of flats under the self-financing scheme of Chandigarh Housing Boards.

Jain said on coming to power at the Centre, the BJP would get the flats constructed in a time-bound manner and frame a similar scheme for those who remained unlucky in the draw of lots.

Jain also posed a question to the Congress leadership whether they considered corruption as an issue in the present Lok Sabha elections. He said despite the railgate scam, the Congress gave ticket to Bansal.



Kirron, Gul outsiders: Bansal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
Reiterating that the candidates of BJP and AAP, Kirron Kher and Gul Panag, respectively, were 'outsiders', Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal today said they were claiming that they were born in Chandigarh but people should understand that only place of birth was not enough.

During his election campaign, Bansal said if these actresses were so concerned about the city then why they turned up only before elections. He said he would remain in the city even after elections, but these actresses would not. "Choice is yours," Bansal told voters in Hallomajra.

The four-time MP said it was ironical that instead of participating in debates in the Parliament and suggesting ways to improve a Bill in the interest of general public, the BJP only created ruckus. "This has also been evident in the Municipal Corporation here," Bansal said.

Meanwhile, Bansal's daughter-in-law Shaina Bansal also started campaigning for him. The MP's younger son Manish Bansal's wife today carried out a padyatra in Sector 18 along with the area councillor Mukesh Bassi. She appealed to the residents to cast their votes in favour of Bansal.

Congress workers distributed pamphlets to the residents highlighting the development works carried out during Bansal's tenure.



Time for voters to judge reality show judge: Students
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
“Iss political reality show vich janta ne buzzer dabaana hai, Kirron Kher ne nahi” (now voters will press the buzzer in the political reality show and not the BJP candidate Kirron Kher). This was the point of discussion among a group of students at MCM DAV College, Sector 36 here.

While enjoying tea and samosas at the college canteen, the girls, who had come to the college to submit their dues, had a half-an-hour long lively discussion on the issue attracting attention of those present.

Arushi, a member of the group, asked, “Kya bollywood star Chandigarh seat jeet sakta hai” (can a bollywood star win the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat).

Seema countered with a question. “Toh kya Karein? Corrupt ko hi vote de deh phir iss bar!” (What else should we do? Vote for corrupt candidate again!)

The debate appeared to have a consensus that candidates from the glamour world should not be the choice of young voters as their contribution in the development of the city as its MP would be minimal owing to their other engagements.

Students of the Department of Public Administration, Panjab University (PU) having a discussion at a juice corner are in a state of confusion, if their vote is on sale or is it their ‘right’. The Election Commission and private hoteliers are offering a number of incentives to the voters in the city.

“Kya achhe candidate ko choose karke vote daalna itna asaan kaam hai”, (Is it so easy to choose a good candidate and vote for him), Sukhmani wondered.

“Oye iss baar toh vote zarur karna hai. Kya farak padhta hai, kisi ko bhi daal dena (we must vote this time. It does not matter whom we vote), as votes of first-time voters are on sale,” Ranbir Sharma rescued members of the group, who were in a fix upon choosing a good candidate for the city.’

In the common room of the university, a group of boys are debating the ticket distribution politics of national parties.

“Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) tah Congress di sister concern hai jo usdi boli hi boldi hai” (AAP is a sister concern of Congress, as the former speaks the same language that Congress men do), commented Balwinder Pal Singh, a PU student.

Ankur joined the heated discussion saying, “BJP Hitler head kar reha hai (BJP is headed by a Hitler).

TNS asked them which party was fair in distribution of tickets. A group of five boys were of the opinion that Congress, BJP and APP had a similar ideology to give ticket to a powerful and rich candidate rather than the activist who works at the grassroots level.

“Kissa kursi ka hai, candidate ka nahi” ( the race is for the seat and not about the candidate), Ramneet, a student, said in a lighter vein.

While concluding the session, boys in the group said, ‘Inn political parties ke liye muddhe, candidate, manifesto, problems, voter sab kuchh dinon ka tamasha hai. April 10 ke baad na hi yeh baatein sunane ko milengi aur na candidates dikhenge”, (Issues, candidate, manifesto, problems and voters of the city are important to the candidates only till Apirl 10. After that, neither these things will be discussed nor will we be able to see the candidates.



ambala votes 2014
Rajnath to seek votes for Kataria
The BJP leader will address a rally in Barwala on April 4
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 28
With the election fever heating up in this part of the region, political pundits and stalwarts of different political parties have started descending in the state seeking votes for candidates of their respective parties.

While Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP, will be in Chandigarh to address a rally tomorrow, Rajnath Singh, national president of the party, will allure voters in favour of Rattan Lal Kataria, the BJP candidate from Ambala, at a rally in Barwala on April 4.

Party workers and supporters have started making elaborated arrangements to make the rally a success and moblising the public to gather at the venue. The party has also sought approval for landing a helicopter, being used by Rajnath, and other required formalities, sources in the party said.

Meanwhile, Arvind Kejriwal, national convener of the AAP, will lead a road show in Panchkula on March 30.

Kejriwal, after a road show in Chandigarh, will enter Panchkula through the Housing Board Chowk where party leaders and workers will receive him. He then will move towards the Sector 7/17 main road, Sector 16, Labour Chowk, Amartex (crossing), Sector 14 (main market), Sector 11/15 Chowk, Sector 11 (main market), Sector 4/11 Chowk, Sector 4/11 (dividing road), Maheshpur and Sector 20 (market) before reaching the Chandigarh-Ambala National Highway at the Zirakpur traffic light point.



AAP holds road show in Barwala
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 28
Intensifying its election campaign, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) organised a road show in Barwala, about 30 km from here, and interacted with shopkeepers and local residents.

The party candidate, SP Singh, also opened an election office in Barwala and asked his workers and supporters to launch a mass contact programme and appealed to the public to come forward against corruption in the political system.

Accompanied by over 250 party workers, SP Singh also promised a corruption-free governance if he was elected to power.

During his campaign in over 12 villages, the Aam Aadmi Partycandidate interacted with local residents and listened to their problems.

Singh had started his campaign from Hussaini where residents joined his march till the Panjalsa Chowk.

The Aam Aadmi Party leaders, workers and supporters had also held public meetings in the Badagaon, Chhajal Majra and Shehzaadpur areas.

The party candidate also claimed to have stood by the party’s commitment against corruption.

He also explained the concept of ‘Swaraj’ to the people.



BJP workers hold door-to-door campaign
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 28
Enchanting the party’s slogan ‘Ghar Ghar Modi’, workers of the BJP, including activists of the Mahila Morcha of the party, today began a door-to-door election campaign seeking votes for Rattan Lal Kataria, the BJP candidate from Ambala. They made public aware of the vision of Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the party. While members of the morcha are holding meetings with the women folk under the leadership of Neelam Awasthi and Paramjit Kaur, Harinder Malik and Meher Singh Thakur, mandal presidents, allured voters by holding meetings at streets in various areas.

Vishal Seth, district president of the party, and Ajay Mittal, vice-president, visited houses in Sector 8 and 16, seeking votes for Kataria and Modi.Extending a helping hand to Kataria, senior BJP leader and former HP health minister Rajeev Bindal campaigned for him in the Panchkula segment of the constituency yesterday.

Bindal visited Sector 17, Abhaypur, Rajiv Colony and some other areas of the city. He reached the party office at Sector 2 in the noon and was accompanied by Vishal Seth, district president of the party; Gian Chand Gupta, a senior BJP leader and former Mayor of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, besides other party workers.

While talking to The Tribune, Bindal claimed to have personal relations with Kataria and would campaign in favour of the BJP candidate for the next three days. He also flayed the UPA government and the Hooda regime in Haryana for rampant corruption, unemployment and price rise.

He also attacked former Congress MP from Ambala Kumari Selja for opting for the Rajya Sabha instead of contesting the general Lok Sabha elections.



BSP workers all set to welcome party supremo
Mayawati will address a rally in city tomorrow; Over 2,500 cops to be deployed at venue
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
The local unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is all set to host the party supremo Mayawati's rally at the rally ground in Sector 25 on Sunday.

The arrangements for the rally has already began with a seating arrangement for 20,000 made by the party.

The Bahujan Samaj Party leader will be reaching the city through a helicopter which will land at the Rajendra Park in Sector 3 from where she would head towards
Sector 25.

She is expected to reach the city around 2.30pm after attending a rally in Ambala. Soon after addressing the rally in Sector 25, she would leave for her rally in Punjab.

Bahujan Samaj Party leader Hafiz Anwar Ul Haq said they were expecting that more than 40,000 people would reach the venue from within the city.

"Several teams have been constituted to mobilise party supporters and ferry them to the venue from a particular point," Hafiz stated.

Sources said over 500 buses and trucks would ferry the party supporters to the rally ground from villages and colonies of Chandigarh.

Over 2,500 police personnel will be on duty at the venue to ensure peace during the rally.

The road show of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal will also be held on Sunday in Chandigarh. It will start around 9am from Ram Darbar and would travel to different parts of the city before concluding at 12.30pm.

It will be leading to traffic snarls in the city. Heavy deployment of police personnel would be made during the road show to avoid any untoward incident.



hike in hostel charges
Working women hold protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
Around 70 girls of working women hostel in Sector 24 today held a protest against the UT Social Welfare Department for not reverting back the hostel fee hike implemented two months ago.

Girls alleged that they were assured by the authorities that the hike would be reconsidered and reduced but till date no action had been taken.

Recently, the UT Child and Women Welfare Governing Board approved the hike in the rent of the working women hostel from Rs 1,780 to Rs 3,500 per month. Besides this, the girls will have to pay Rs 1,200 for mess and Rs 75 for geyser during winters. Records of the department revealed that there are 24 rooms in the hostel in which 72 working women can be accommodated. In each room, three girls have been accommodated at the hostel.

The UT Social Welfare Department received a representation from the working women hostel to reconsider the steep hike in the charges. It was decided that in the next governing board meeting the issue about reduction in the charges will be tabled and the final decision will be taken by the body.



Power Dept bends rules for ministers in Panchkula
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 28
The Electricity Department has bended rules for Haryana ministers having residences in Sector 12-A, here. Though officials of the department in the city are ensuring that electricity meters are installed outside the houses of residents in order to curb power thefts as per government directions, the ministers in Sector 12A have been given "special treatment" in this regard.

Despite the fact that a new contractor, who was given the work of shifting meters to outside houses, took one month to do the work in the entire sector 12A, the houses of the ministers went unnoticed.

Residences of Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) Vinod Bhayana, Haryana Health Minister Rao Narender Singh, Cabinet Minister Savitri Jindal, MLA Sumita Singh, CPS Jaleb Khan, CPS Rao Dan Singh and many other ministers of Haryana have been "ignored".

The Executive Engineer of the department, DS Dhanda, said: "Usually the chances of theft are less in these houses because the government has to pay the bill. But I will certainly ensure as to why meters of these houses were not shifted outside."

He added: "Tomorrow itself, I will send my team to imply these rules on them also."

In January this year, the government had asked that all meters at independent houses may be shifted outside. The department had also informed the residents of Panchkula that they should cooperate to get the meters shifted.

A resident of the locality, on the condition of anonymity, said: "Are the directions of the government only applicable for us and not the ministers."



youth voice
Youngsters want helpline for harassment victims
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
Gender notwithstanding, youngsters in the city want to have an ‘operational’ helpline where victims of harassment can register their complaints.

Students of DAV College, Sector 10, are of the view that political parties should come up with a helpline, which caters to all youngsters and not only women complainants.

Shubleenjot Kaur said after Nirbahya incident, a number of projects were started for the security of girls in the country, but not even a single programme, which could resolve the problems faced by the girls in the city, was functioning properly.

Warlin Kaur added, “Such projects should not be women specific. Considering the atmosphere in the city, boys too require regular counselling.”

Vikas Kalyan fails to understand the motive of launching a helpline, which does not to serve its purpose. He suggested that counselling of boys should begin at the school level so that they do not fall in bad company or indulge in any criminal activity.

Anyways, the political parties having leaders with criminal background would not allow drafting of rules to youths were not victimised, opined Smriti Jain.

Sanjay Kaushal, a student, said the youth do not hope that their lives were secured in the present set-up, adding that political leaders had short memory and they generally forget the promises they made to voters before elections.

Another student Jai Parkash believed that for yet another time, the country would be spending crores on an election exercise that would only end up shattering the hopes of masses. 



city poll facts
Biggest victory margin

The biggest margin of victory in the Lok Sabha elections for Chandigarh seat was recorded in 1984.

The Congress had defeated its nearest rival by 66,300 votes.

The Congress candidate, Jagan Nath Kaushal, had polled 1,03,090 votes while his rival candidate, Harmohan Dhawan, who had contested on the Janta Party ticket, had got only 36,790 votes.



Candidates chirp

Kirron Kher @KirronKherBJP

7.55 am: Good morning Chandigarh! The more I meet you all d more I discover d possibilities of making our city one of the BEST in country. Let's do it.

8.11 am: Kaam Sochne se nahi Karne se hote hai. Mai vaade Karne nahi nibhane Mein Vishwaas rakhti hoon. Aapka pyar aur Vishwaas Meri SHAKTI hai.

Gul Panag @GulPanag

6.16 pm: With my worthy opponents @PawanBansalMP @KirronKherBJP at a round table conference.



National service camp for loaders

Chandigarh: JCB India Limited announced the start of the 2014 National Service Camp for backhoe loaders across its dealerships in India up to March 30. With this campaign, JCB is inviting its patrons to meet and recognise their loyalty and take feedback. Also, JCB is inviting its patrons for a 50-point backhoe machine checkup.

Investors’ meet organised

Paras Buildtech recently organised a meeting with the investors and HNIs in Chandigarh. The event witnessed participation of more than 100 businessmen, High Net Worth individuals and investors.

OLX comes up with TVC on women empowerment

OLX brings fresh perspective to women empowerment a new, spirited TVC by OLX celebrates the exuberance, individuality, and the confidence of the women of today, highlighting their independence, and freedom to express themselves. The TVC, which was released on March 26, shows an empowered, smart, and vivacious woman protagonist, and reinforces the ease and simplicity of the OLX Mobile app. — TNS



Elected to Governing Council

Chandigarh: VK Kappor, convernor of the Chanidgarh chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), has been elected to the Governing Council of INTACH. INTACH is an organisation dedicated to the preservation of architectural and cultural heritage in the country. At present, INTACH has chapters in as many as 170 countries of the world. During his stewardship, the Chandigarh chapter was declared as the best chapter in the country.

Painting workshop

A three-day painting workshop was organised by Shri Shanti Sarup Sharma Memorial Educational and Charitable Trust (S-4 Trust) in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Haryana Government. The workshop concluded at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, on Friday. Rajbir S Deswal, IGP (Telecom), Haryana Police, was the chief guest on the occasion. Dr Surinder Singh, school principal, said Deswal appreciated the paintings made by students, under the guidance of coordinators Gursharan Kaur and Shivani.

Invited to present paper

An assistant professor of the PG Department of Commerce, DAV College, Sector 10, has been invited to present a paper in the 26th International Business Research Conference at Imperial College, London. The title of the paper is ‘Whistleblowers: Traitors or heroes? A global perspective’. — TNS



Education Department to hold recruitment drive
22 administrative, 1,108 posts of teacher to be filled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
The Education Department will be conducting recruitment drive for 1,130 posts by mid June. This was stated by the Director Public Instructions (DPI) schools, Kamlesh Kumar, here today.

According to the information available, the 1,108 posts of teacher include 683 posts for masters, 342 posts for Junior Basic Training JBT (primary teachers) and 83 nursery teacher training NTT posts.

The DPI informed that the recruitment would be held through open and direct method and the advertisement for it would be carried out in newspapers.

Kamlesh added that a standard procedure would be followed which would include marks for experience and qualifications.

“A written test might also be conducted. The recruitment drive will be open for all eligible candidates,” he said.

According to the information, 22 administrative posts, including one post for director (school education), deputy director (school education), deputy director (Administration), deputy controller (F&A), section officer each, along with eight posts for senior assistant and clerks are to be recruited.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of School Education and Literacy, UT, has sanctioned the posts for the Education Department.



Spontania kicks off at SVIET
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
Spontania-2014, a tehno-cultural extravaganza of the Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology (SVIET), kicked off at the college campus today.

Over 1,800 students from 13 colleges and institutes from region are participating in three-day extravaganza.

Chief guest Union Bank of India deputy general manager Keshav Baijal thoroughly praised the students and faculty for putting up a grand show.

The inaugural day featured events, including cultural extravaganza, comedy, mimicry, treasure hunt, quiz, poetry, best documentary, bulls and bears.



Role of youth in national integration discussed
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
Queries by a student left the panelists, including Anurag Thakur, President of BJYM, in an awkward situation at a convention on ‘The Role of Youth in Society and National Integration’ at Panjab University, here today.

The student pointed out that the speakers, who boasted of that youth could steer the nation to new heights, themselves reached the venue with a delay of over two hours keeping them waiting.

He also raised a point that: “Today youth is confused and frustrated and need socio-economic support for building their career and subsequently the nation.”

Thakur admitted the delay saying that his question contained weightage. Giving example of punctuality, Thakur, however, referred that Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal was the most punctual politician even in his mid 80’s. He has always been on time at every function.

Shri Bhaiyyu ji Maharaj, a venerable young saint, who was a prominent speaker at the convention organised by the Society for Health and Free Education (SHAFE in association with Suryoday Foundation), however, said one should have zeal to achieve his goal.

Thakur also said that 3Es (education, employment and empowerment) should be the bases of efficient governance.

“Don’t be afraid of failure. They are the pillars to success. So, try again and again to achieve the targets,” advised Kartikey Sharma, a city-based entrepreneur.

Earlier, a Sufi performance by Kanwar Grewal enthralled the audience.



2-day national conference on women empowerment begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
A national conference on ‘women empowerment- an index of human development’ started today at the University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh. Prof Mool Chand Sharma, member, Law Commission of India, inaugurated the two-day national conference.

PU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Arun Kumar Grover in his presidential address emphasised on the empowerment of women in the field of education.

Prof Grover pointed out that in the university, women have overtaken men in PhD during the past several years and 15 years down the line more women educators would be seen in higher education.

In the keynote address, Prof Mool Chand Sharma said a change had to be brought in the complex web of economic policy, politics, culture and sociology to develop women as human capital. “Twenty-seven per cent GDP is lost in the country because women are not given equal opportunity to work,” Sharma said.



from colleges
Farewell party

Chandigarh: The Postgraduate Department of Commerce and Economics organised a farewell ceremony titled ‘AMANTRYA 2014’ to bid adieu to the outgoing batch of 2012-2014 at GGDSD College in Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Friday. Indian wrestler and WWE contender Rajesh Kumar (Bheem) was the chief guest for the occasion. Students presented mesmerising cultural bonanza of songs, dances, skits, etc. The highlight of the function was the visit by wrestler Rakesh Kumar, who is India’s fourth tallest person. He is 7 ft 5 inch tall. He is also known as ‘New Khali’. He interacted with students and encouraged them to take part in sports.

Website for LLB test launched

The website for the entrance test for admission to LLB (3 year course) was launched on Friday by Dr Tankeshwar Kumar, director, computer centre. The website http://pglaw.puchd.ac.in/ is made operational from Friday and the interested candidates can apply for the entrance test leading to admission through the online form available on the website. It will be operational up to May 9, 2014, for registration and generation of bank slip. The fee can be deposited in any branch of the State Bank of India up to May 12, 2014, and the information about the submission of fee can be made up to May 14.

Sidhant Sen tops GATE exam

Sidhant Sen topped the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 2014 (GATE) the result of which was declared on Friday. His parents had shifted to Chandigarh for the sake of his studies. Sidhant’s father is an Army officer, currently posted in Mathura. He finished his schooling from DAV Model School, Sector 15, in the year 2009 and finished BTech in Civil Engineering from PEC in June 2013. Sidhant was looking for various options, however after the result of GATE, opportunity to join prestigious institutes like IIT-Delhi for MTech will be open to him.

State Bank opens e-corner

A State Bank e-corner was inaugurated by Panjab University, Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover in the presence of the SBI chief general manager of Chandigarh circle, Lingaraj Mohaptra. “Now you can deposit cash, cheques, print passbook, get a bank FD, pay bills, order for cheque book and transfer funds to any bank account throughout the country 24x7 at any State Bank e-corner,” Mohaptra said. The e-corner has seven automated machines under a roof, including three ATMs, cash deposit machine, cheque deposit, one self-service kiosk and one internet banking kiosk. The chief manager of the branch, Anuj Vohra, said students and the employees of the university had to take out time in between their classes and daily working hours to get the basic banking requirement during the bank business hours. “Viewing the same, the bank has rolled out this e-corner so that major basic banking requirement can be taken care off any time as per their convenience,” Vohra said.

159 get prizes at USOL

Students with their prizes at the USOL in Panjab University
Students with their prizes at the USOL in Panjab University

The University School of Open Learning (USOL) celebrated its 41st annual prize distribution function today. About 159 students were awarded prizes by the Vice-Chancellor, Arun Kumar Grover, who was the chief guest on the occasion. The VC congratulated the students and called upon USOL to take up bigger challenges. He appreciated the efforts made by USOL in delivering an inclusive and sustainable quality education. Earlier Prof Lalit K Bansal, chairperson of USOL, read the annual report giving a comprehensive account of the achievements of the largest department of PU.

Annual function

An annual prize distribution function was organized at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26. Dr Naval Kishore, Dean College Development Council, PU, was the chief guest. Principal Dr Charanjeet Kaur Sohi presented the annual report of the college highlighting the achievements of the students. More than 400 prizes were given to students for their meritorious achievements in the fields of academics, cultural and sports. — TNS



Students awarded roll of honour, college colour
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 28
An annual prize distribution function was organised at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College in Sector 26 here today. Chandigarh Administration higher education director Sandeep Hans was the chief guest on the occasion. Principal MS Marwaha released and read out the annual report of the college.

About 250 students from different streams, including academics and sports, were awarded prizes. Colonel Mehboob Singh Trophy, carrying a cash prize of Rs 25,000, was awarded to all-rounder Kuldeep Singh (MSc II, Maths). Two other awards carrying cash prizes Rs 21,000 and Rs 11,000 were given to Sumeet Kumar (BSc II) and Ashish Kumar (B Com III), respectively.

Twenty students were presented with the ‘roll of honour’ and 70 with ‘college colour’ for their achievements in academics, NSS, NCC, sports, cultural activities, etc.

Sandeep Hans congratulated the students for their achievements and motivated them to work with persistence in future.



250 students awarded degrees
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 28
As many as 250 students from undergraduate, postgraduate and diploma programmes were awarded degrees and certificates during the annual convocation at the Universal Group of Institutions.

Madan Mohan Mittal, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Industries, Commerce and Technical Education, Punjab, who was the chief guest, said if the 20th century was about hierarchy, the 21st was about networks. “People who have most of the opportunities today were the ones who collaborated and built the largest and most diverse networks,” said Mittal. Dr DP Singh, executive director, Universal Group, shared the progress report of the universal group. Chairman Dr Gurpreet Singh wished the graduating students all the best for their future endeavours.



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