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Juvenile board members visit Bal Niketan
Interact with 12 inmates still living there, check records; girls rejoin school
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 26
The Juvenile Justice Board team today made a surprise visit to Bal Niketan (now known as Children’s Home for Girls), a home for the destitute girls in Sector 15, to meet inmates.

The team comprising Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Muttaci Jeyapaul, District and Sessions Judge SK Aggarwal and Chief Judicial Magistrate (District Courts) Anubhav Sharma. The team went to inspect the home along with the UT Administration officials.

Sources said the team met all the 12 inmates who had complained against supervisor Manish Arora, and are still staying at the home for the destitute. The interaction went on for an hour. After the Judicial Board had completed their inquiry, the UT Social Welfare Department Director, Rajesh Jogpal, was called by the board, which sought some clarification about the records maintained at the destitute home.

As per the Juvenile Justice Board norms, members can make a surprise visit to any of the homes for the destitute. Sources said that after the molestation case was registered against supervisor Manish Arora, there was tension among the inmates due to which they protested and were annoyed with the authorities.

The sources said that all the 12 inmates left in the home attended the school as per schedule today.

Rajesh Jogpal said that those inmates who had left the home after the incident would be called and counselled by a counsellor. The counselling would start shortly to bring them back to the home.

Bal Niketan renamed

The UT Social Welfare Department on Friday, took over the management of the Bal Niketan society from the NGO which was running it. It has now been renamed as the "Children’s Home for Girls".



Commercial property tax, service charges
Five years on, MC to revise list of properties in city
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 26
After a gap of almost five years, the Municipal Corporation (MC), Chandigarh, is going to revise the list of properties in the city in order to identify defaulters and recover commercial property tax and service charges from them.

For the purpose, the MC will hold a fresh survey of the properties.

At present, the MC records show that there are around 23,000 commercial properties and government buildings in the city. However, during the last few years, several new properties have come up in the city that have not been paid property tax.

MC Joint Commissioner-cum-Secretary Rajiv Gupta stated, “The MC does not have an updated list of properties. Due to this, the owners of the properties, which do not find a mention on the MC list, are not paying property tax. Once we are ready with the fresh list of properties, notices for recovery of tax will be sent to the owners."

The MC official disclosed that new properties have come up in sectors 38, 36 and 43, Mani Majra, Industrial Area etc.

For the last few months, the MC has been going strict on the defaulters of commercial property tax and service charges. The civic body has collected over Rs 10 crore from various defaulters. Tax amounting to Rs 2 crore has been recovered from private schools while around Rs 65 lakh has been recovered from the Department of Posts.

The MC has already served notice to around 4,200 property owners.

It is learnt that after serving two notices for recovery of tax, the MC sends a show-cause notice to the property owner evading tax. A personal hearing follows and if the property owner fails to respond to the notices, the MC starts the process of attaching the property.

Recently, the MC had sent a show-cause notice to the Railways as service charges amounting to Rs 1.16 crore are outstanding against the Chandigarh railway station.

To avail rebate, file tax before May 31

The commercial property owners are advised to pay property tax before May 31 and get a rebate of 10 per cent. In case tax is paid after May 31, 25 per cent penalty along with 12 per cent interest on the tax will be applicable.

Rajiv Gupta, MC Joint Commissioner-cum-Secretary



It will be raining invitation cards, pamphlets in Mohali district today
Admn to hire chopper to appeal to voters to exercise their franchise on April 30
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

The Mohali district administration has got 80,000 invitation cards printed to distribute among residents. In the cards, it appeals to the voters to exercise their right to vote on April 30
The Mohali district administration has got 80,000 invitation cards printed to distribute among residents. In the cards, it appeals to the voters to exercise their right to vote on April 30. A Tribune photograph

Mohali, April 26
Tomorrow, hundreds of Mohali district residents will get special invitation cards (prepared just like wedding cards) at their doorsteps and pamphlets will be showered on them from a chopper, with a message to reach the election booths on April 30.

The Mohali district administration has come up with the novel idea to spread awareness among residents to cast their votes on the polling day. The administration has hired a chopper so that one lakh pamphlets can be showered on residents of the district tomorrow. A total of 80,000 invitation cards on the pattern of wedding cards have been printed with an appeal to voters to vote on the polling day.

Giving details, Mohali Additional Deputy Commissioner Parveen Kumar Thind said the administration had tied up with the Patiala Aviation Club, which would send the chopper tomorrow. “The time is yet to be decided upon, but most probably, the job will be done in the evening. We have printed a total of one lakh pamphlets for the purpose”, said Thind.

He added that the estimated expenditure on chopper and pamphlets would be nearly Rs 50,000, which would be sponsored by the Mohali Jewellers Association. Along with the Mohali administration, the district administrations of Sangrur, Jalandhar and Kapurthala have also tied up with the Patiala Aviation Club for the same purpose.

The special invitation cards, with an appeal to the people to come to vote on April 30, would be distributed among the residents here randomly by booth-level officers (BLOs). “In Mohali town and Kharar we will distribute 20,000 cards each while the rest will be distributed in other areas, including Zirakpur, Dera Bassi, Kurali”, said Thind.

The expenditure of these special invitation cards will be borne by Globe Toyota.

“The administration is not spending a single penny on the special awareness drive”, said Thind.

80,000 invitation cards printed

The Mohali administration has hired a chopper so that one lakh pamphlets can be showered on residents of the district on Sunday. A total of 80,000 invitation cards on the pattern of wedding cards have been made with an appeal to voters to vote on the polling day.



assault case
DAV student arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 26
The Chandigarh Police today arrested a student of DAV College who along with his accmplices had assaulted three students of Panjab University (PU) near the Chemistry Canteen on the PU campus on April 25.

Abhimanyu Rai, in his complaint to the police had alleged that Mandeep Singh hailing from Hisar along with Partik, Ankit Hooda, Ashish Negi and others assaulted and threatened him.

The police managed to arrest Mandeep a B.Sc final-year student, who is staying at the hostel in DAV College. Police officials stated that the other three assailants were still absconding and attempts were being made to arrest them. Abhimanyu sustained severe head injuries and on the basis of his medical report, charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, were slapped against the assailants.

Two other colleagues of Abhimanyu were also thrashed but had received minor injuries.

The police sources said that an altercation took place between Mandeep and Abhimanyu on April 24. The very next day, their common friend asked the duo to come near the Chemistry Canteen to strike a compromise, but Mandeep and his friends attacked Abhimanyu with blunt weapons.

A case under different sections of the IPC has been registered against all the accused at the Sector 11 police station and an investigation has been initiated.


50 commercial buildings inspected for violations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 26
Continuing its drive against building violations, the UT Deputy Commissioner today constituted three teams, which inspected 50 commercial properties in different parts of the city. Assistant Estate Officer (AEO) Rahul Gupta, SDM (South) Kashish Mittal and SDM (East) Danish Ashraf led the teams.

It is learnt that the teams found a number of violations in the buildings they inspected today. They noticed a number of portions in the buildings, which were not part of building plans submitted with the Estate Office. They would submit their reports to the Deputy Commissioner (DC).

DC Mohammad Shayin said three teams were constituted as they were receiving a number of complaints regarding building violations in the city. The future course of action would be decided after seeing the inspection reports, he added.

Sources said the DC was likely to imitate action against violators on Monday.

Recently, the UT Estate Office had sealed four commercial properties, including hotels.

The inspecting teams did not include any official from the Estate Office’s building branch. Sources said as staff members of the building branch were suspected to be hand-in-glove with building owners, services of the MC and the UT Engineering Department staff were utilised during the drive.

It took three hours to inspect Elante Mall

  • A team led by SDM (South) Kashish Mittal carried out inspection at the Elante Mall, Industrial Area Phase I.
  • The officials took three hours to check whether construction inside the mall were as per the approved building plan or not.
  • Sources said the team found a number of violations at the largest mall of the city.



Mohali police hold flag march
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 26
To imbibe confidence among the public and instill fear among mischievous elements ahead of the polling-day (April 30), nearly 75 policemen including several senior officers covered a distance of over 20 kilometers on foot today.

The flag-march, led by Mohali Superintendent of Police (City) Swarndeep Singh, was kicked off from Phase 1 at around 5.30 pm and passed through various markets of the town including Phase 2, 5, 3-B2, 7, 9, 10 and 11 and four villages including Kumbhra, Sohana, Mauli and Jagatpura.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, SP Swarndeep Singh said the main objective of this flag-march was to convey the message to the people to vote for their favourite candidates without any fear.

“While passing through the various sites, we talked to the people and appealed them to cast their votes without any fear. We also asked them to contact police in case of any problem or contact our special help lines,” said the SP.

Though vehicles of the officers were following them during the long-distanced flag-march, all the officials preferred to cover the entire stretch on foot.

Notably, this is the first time that the Mohali cops held such a long-distanced flag march, which lasted for nearly three hours.



SP Jain lashes out at Ambika Soni
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 26
Lashing at the Congress candidate from Anandpur Sahib constituency Ambika Soni, the Chandigarh-based BJP leader and former Member of Parliament Satya Pal Jain accused her (Soni) of being part of ‘corrupt inner coterie’ of the ruling Congress in Delhi.

Addressing media persons at Phase 2, here, Jain said Soni should clarify to the public as why had she been defending all the wrongdoings and corrupt business practices of Robert Vadra, who had amassed hundreds of crores by misusing government machinery in various Congress ruled states.

Jain also alleged that Soni had made all effort to defend Pawan Bansal when his name was surfaced in infamous railgate scam. “Soni must tell the people, who was responsible for corruption in the Railways, Bansal or his nephew,” said Jain while adding that she along with Bansal had usurped six acres of land from the Chandigarh Administration in Sector 40 at throwaway price of Rs 90 lakh, where they have opened a school, which can be afforded by rich people only.

In reply to allegations of Jain, Congress MLA Jagmohan Kang said Jain is venting out his frustration. “Bansal has defeated him in Lok Sabha elections in Chandigarh. So he is just venting out his frustration by making baseless allegations against Soni and Bansal,” said Kang.



Three-hour drama at police post in Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 26
High drama was witnessed today when a mob including women stormed into police post of Sector 19 after a complaint was registered against the area councillor Ravi Kant Swami. A woman accused Swami of misbehaviour.

The residents of the sector protested in the favour of Ravi Kant Swami. After a three hour long drama, the woman and Swami struck a compromise.

The matter reached the Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashwin Shenvi.

It was after his interference that the matter was brought under control.

Three days back, the victim, in her late forties, in her complaint stated that Swami misbehaved with her while she was going back home while Swami said the other political parties were trying to tarnish his image.

The police was enquiring into the matter when the residents decided to ‘gherao’ the police post.

“I am a public figure and I can’t do such things. This was all a conspiracy by the rival parties,” said Swami who was recently re-instated by the BJP party.

Panchkula Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia’s husband Dhaninder Walia, and other councilors were also present there.



Liquor vends to remain closed from April 28
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 26
Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections on April 30, the district magistrate-cum-district electoral officer today directed the SSP to ensure the checking of hotels, guest houses, restaurants, community halls and lodges for any unauthorised stay of outsiders and to make a list after the verification of the outsiders.

District electoral officer Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said all taverns and liquor shops in the district will remain closed from 6 pm on April 28 to 6 pm on April 30. Besides, the liquor shops in the neighbouring states like Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, which fell within 3 km of the district jurisdiction, shall also remain closed.

He said serving or distribution of hard drinks and liquor at personal functions on or 48 hours preceding the election day is also prohibited.

He also prohibited canvassing on April 30 by any party, candidate and their supporters within a radius of 100 metres of the polling stations.

The DEO also reviewed the training being imparted to presiding officers and alternative presiding officers in the use of EVMs at the SDM’s office.



AAP activists hold ‘jaago’
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, April 26
To woo voters, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) activists held traditional rural ritual ‘Jaago’ today evening. The party activists, mainly women workers, visited two villages, Dhakauli and Baltana this evening with traditional ‘matki’ (pot) on their heads to give an awakening call for the forthcoming elections. The event began at around 6.30 pm.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, Narinder Brar, convener, AAP, said the idea of holding ‘Jaago’ came to their mind due to the significance of the ritual.

It means to wake up. Our party is ‘waking up’ the people to get free of corrupt leaders and for complete change in political scenario of the country. So we decide to hold ‘Jaago’ just ahead of the polling-day, said Brar.

She claimed that the response was tremendous in both the villages. “We started with 15-20 activists but at the end of the programme nearly 75 women of the area have joined us,” said Brar.



MACT awards Rs 2.6 cr compensation to families of accident victims
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 26
The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) here has awarded compensation of Rs 2.64 crore to the families of three assistant managers with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), who had died in a road accident in June 2012.

This is the highest compensation announced by a Chandigarh district court in a road accident case.

The family members of the deceased bank managers had filed separate claim petitions against United India Insurance Company Limited, Ram Singh, the driver of the truck that hit the victims’ car, and M/s Kundan Bricks Company through its proprietor (the owner of the truck).

Exercising powers of the MACT, Additional District Judge Ranjit Kumar Jain pronounced three separate judgments in the case. He directed the respondents to pay Rs 2.64 crore to the families of assistant managers Kiran Sethi, Balbir Singh and Balwinder Singh.

Advocate Ashwani Chopra said while deciding the compensation amount, the court considered three main factors, the age of the deceased, their income and dependency of their family members on them.

The victims were working as assistant managers with the RBI, Sector 17, Chandigarh and were drawing around Rs 1,00,000 as salary besides allowances.

The claim petition in case of Kiran Sethi was filed by her husband Agya Ram Sethi and their three children. The court awarded compensation of Rs 71,67,331, including claim amount of Rs 71,65,331 and Rs 2,000 as litigation cost.

The claim petition in case of Balbir Singh was filed by his wife Gurinder Kaur and their two children. The court awarded compensation of Rs 1,17,29,150, including the claim amount of Rs 1,17,27,150 and Rs 2000 as litigation cost.

The claim petition in case of Balwinder Singh was filed by his wife Kuldeep Kaur and their three children. The court awarded compensation of Rs 75,04,480, including the claim amount of Rs 75,02,480 and Rs 2,000 as litigation cost.

The court ordered the insurance company to pay the compensation amount equally to the claimants in each case.

In case the amount is not paid within three months, it would attract penal interest at the rate of 12 per cent per annum for the entire period, the court ordered.

The case

  • On June 16, 2012, Balbir Singh (48), Balwinder Singh (51) and Kiran Sethi (52), assistant managers with the RBI, were returning to Chandigarh from an official tour to Jind in a car, which was being driven by Rajinder Singh.
  • At about 11.30 pm, a truck hit their car in the area falling under Baldev Nagar police station in Ambala, leaving all the occupants of car seriously injured.
  • Kiran Sethi and Balwinder Singh were taken to the Civil Hospital at Ambala Cantt while Rajinder Singh and Balbir Singh were taken to the Civil Hospital, Ambala City. However, none of them could survive the injuries.
  • On June 17, 2012, an FIR under Section 279, 337 and 304-A of the IPC was registered against the truck driver, Ram Singh, following a complaint by Inderjit Singh, who was following them in a separate car.



Illegal hoardings removed at Elante Mall
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 26
The enforcement wing of the Municipal Corporation (MC), Chandigarh, today removed illegal hoardings displayed at the Elante Mall here. The hoardings were reportedly in violation of the Chandigarh Advertisement Control Order (CACO), 1954.

The MC swung into action following reports of the Estate Office highlighting display of advertisements without permission.

MC officials said three hoardings, measuring 500, 810 and 1,000 sq ft, were removed.

MC Joint Commissioner-cum-Secretary Rajiv Gupta stated that they would check whether the mall had took permission from the UT’s chief architect to display advertisements. “The fine would be recovered only if the mall had displayed advertisements in violation of the CACO,” he added.

As per the rules, the fine is calculated at the rate of Rs 100 per sq ft per day and charged for a period of six months. In case the mall was found violating the norms, a fine of over Rs 3 crore could be slapped on its owner, sources said.



Traffic disrupted on Zirakpur flyover
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, April 26
Traffic was disrupted for about half an hour on the flyover here today as a scooter caught fire and a man got injured after an unidentified vehicle hit him while he was crossing a road to see the scooter. The driver of the scooter, however, had a miraculous escape.

It is learnt that Nikhil, who was riding an Activa scooter, was returning to his home in Sector 11, Panchkula, when the scooter suddenly stopped. As he restarted the vehicle, it caught fire. He stepped away from the scooter and escaped injuries.

The fire brigade was called but by the time it arrived, the vehicle was engulfed in flames.

Meanwhile, a man, who was riding a bike on the other side of road, parked his bike and tried to cross the road to see the burning scooter.

However, an unidentified vehicle hit him and sped away leaving him injured.

The man sustained injuries in face. He was shifted to a hospital.



world veterinary day
Check-up camp for pets held

Panchkula, April 26
A free medical check-up and awareness camp for pets was held at the Pet Animal Medical Centre (PAMC) on the World Veterinary Day at Sector 3 here today. The Pet Animal Health Society organised the camp and 195 pet owners availed of the facility.

Dr MR Singla, in-charge of the PAMC, said deworming, Xrays and anti-rabies vaccination were done and experts apprised the pet owners of precautions to be taken during summer and monsoons. — TNS



Syndicate meeting
Panjab varsity constitutes new fee panel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 26
Panjab University constituted a new fee committee that will draft the fee structure for all courses. This was decided in the Syndicate meeting held today under the chairmanship of PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover.

Sources said a few members of the old fee committee, who had not attended the meetings in the past, were changed by the Syndicate. It was decided that all stakeholders, including PU Student Council president, would be the member of the committee. The Syndicate has not set any deadline for the committee to submit its report about the fresh fee structure.

Last month, various student political groups of the campus had staged a dharna and a bandh in the Academic Department and the commercial area in protest against the 10 per cent to 20 per cent fee hike in professional and routine courses, respectively. After a week-long dharna, the Senate decided to withdraw the decision and had asked the VC to constitute a fresh committee to review and draft proposals for tabling it in the next Senate meeting.

One of the members of the old fee committee said it was strange that the Syndicate had not taken any lesson from the past before constituting the fresh committee as it was again a larger committee.

Sources said a number of times in the past, the meeting of the fee committee had been cancelled due to incomplete quorum and the decision on the fee hike was inordinately delayed.

Syndicate members surprised

While the report of the committee regarding the internal promotion of the teachers working at Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Sector 26, was tabled, the members were surprised to know that the committee had recommended the post of reader for promotion from the faculty, which had been discontinued by the UGC after 2010. The Syndics said when no such policy exits, then how the agenda could be discussed.

Other important decisions

  • The Vice-Chancellor was authorised by the Syndicate to review the proposal of the Board of Control to increase the number of seats from 17 to 30 in MA (women studies). The Syndicate members also asked for a review of the faculty and infrastructure of the department.
  • The academic calendar of the next session, 2014-15, for all departments and affiliated colleges was approved.
  • A delegation will be sent to the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development to take up the issue of increasing the retirement age from 58 to 65 of the faculty, including colleges and the university.
  • Sanction of funds for the construction of paid parking for flats for teachers at the PU.

Ayurvedic college's affiliation to be discussed

PU VC Prof AK Grover has decided to call the president of the management of Shri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College, Sector 46, Chandigarh, to discuss and resolve the issue of affiliation of the college. This was decided at a meeting with representatives of the student wings of the political parties. The students of Shri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College were protesting since morning on the PU campus to resolve their affiliation issue amicably.



Row over disbursement of salary
PUTA intervenes to put end to controversy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 26
After the decision of withdrawing the powers of Music Department chairman Neelam Paul regarding joining and relieving faculty members, the Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) is planning to visit the department to resolve the controversy arisen between the faculty members and the chairman.

A representative of PUTA said the association would try to resolve the issues amicably between the faculty members so as to avoid any such incident in the future.

Last month, a complaint of delay in the disbursement of salary to two staff members of the Music Department of Panjab University was received by Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover, on which an inquiry was ordered. The Vice-Chancellor had directed the investigating officer to find out who was responsible for the delay in the payment of salary of the staff members of the department.

Sources in the university revealed that the salary of Music Department employee Neera Grover, who is wife of the Vice-Chancellor, was delayed by a month and reemployed employee Arvind Kumar Sharma was delayed by four days.

An official said the objection was raised by the Finance Department on their salary bills as the joining report of both of them was not attached with it.

Records of the university revealed that Neera Grover joined the Music Department on February 5, 2014. The sources said she submitted her joining report to the Dean University Instructions (DUI) rather than the chairperson of the department. Another faculty member Arvind Kumar Sharma, who was reemployed in the department, also did not submit his joining report to the chairperson.

Resultantly, an objection was raised on the salary bill of both of them by the Finance Department, which was sent to them by the chairperson of the Music Department for the disbursement of salary, the sources said.



Diabetic children have a day out at Chhat Bir Zoo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 26
In order to motivate the children suffering from diabetes and distress due to the restrictions on eating, frequent checkups, the Department of Endocrinology, PGIMER, organised a picnic for these young patients at Chhat Bir Zoo recently.

Nearly 20 children suffering from diabetes and their parents were taken for the outing by Dr Sanjay Bhadada, associate professor, Department of Endocrinology, PGIMER.

“Apart from allowing them recreation, our purpose behind the picnic was to let the patients know that they can travel easily by taking a few precautions and following measures to maintain insulin level,” said Dr Bhadada.

There are about 900 patients, including a number of children aged between 2 and 17 from across the Tricity, associated with the Association of Diabetes in Tricity (ADITI).

The picnic was organised by the PGIMER in collaboration with the Research Society for Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI), Punjab and Chandigarh Chapter.



3-day short play festival to be held in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 26
Citi Entertainment Network would organise a three-day short film festival in the city as a tribute to theatre thespian Charan Singh Sindhra. Among the plays that will be showcased include “Mochi Da Putt”, written by Gursharan Singh; “Beimaan” by IC Nanda; and “Ram Mohammad Singh Azad” by CS Sindhra.

Ashish Sharma, director of the plays, said: “The first play “Mochi Da Putt” is about caste system prevalent in the country. Its story plot revolves around the protagonist fighting all odds, including casteism and his own family”.

He said: “The second play is about corrupt practices, which even honest people adopt in times of crisis, despite their conscious stopping them from doing so”.

The last play, with which the festival would conclude, is about the era when the Punjab Government had brought the remains of martyr Udham Singh from the UK and it had got two statues installed - one in a Sikh-dominated belt and the other in a Hindu-dominated belt. Through the story of the play, the writer had tried to make the people aware of communal ailments who could misuse, “Statue Politic”.

The plays will be showcased at the Open Theatre, Punjab Art Council.



Dog bite cases on rise at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 26
Rajinder Kaur, a security guard at Panjab University (PU), had a harrowing time this morning. When she was coming for her duty, a stray dog bit her at Gate Number 1 of the university campus.

She managed to escape after hitting the dog with her bag. However, she suffered no serious injuries.

A security guard deployed at the gate immediately took her to the PU dispensary where she was given medical aid.

Jeevan Kumar, another security guard on the campus, was not lucky like Rajinder Kaur. When he was going home after his duty yesterday, a stray dog caught hold of his leg and before he could react it bit him badly. He had to be rushed to the Sector 19 Civil Dispensary where over the course of a week, he will have to take five anti-rabies injections apart from a tetanus shot.

These are not the only two cases of dog bites on the campus. Two more security guards, named Umesh Kumar and Kulwinder Singh, were bitten by a stray dog last week on the campus near the administrative block of the university.

Officials on duty said security guards who came at late night hours or left their duty at late in the night were attacked by stray dogs.

The staff informed the officials of the security department about the incident. PU assistant security officer Raj Kumar said he had received the complaint and necessary action was being taken.

Dean Student Welfare Navdeep Goyal said the authorities would communicate about the incidents to the Municipal Corporation so that it could take necessary action immediately to avoid any inconvenience to the faculty, students and residents on the campus.

He said the MC authorities should ensure that such incidents do not occur on the university campus.



Training concludes

Seven-day self-defence training for NSS girls of Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary, Sector 22-D, Chandigarh, concluded on the school premises on Saturday. The training, conducted by the Chandigarh Police, was the first project undertaken by any private school in the city. During the week-long programme, the girls received training in techniques of self-defence. Principal Amita Khorana expressed gratitude to RP Upadhyay, IGP, Chandigarh, for getting the training conducted.

Red Colour Day celebrations

Tiny tots of St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44-D, celebrated Red Colour Day in the kindergarten block of the school. Hand printing with red colour was done in the class. A red colour motif of apple was pinned on their dresses. The motive behind the activity was to make them familiar with the basic colour “red”, which is full of life.

Orientation programme

A talk on good parenting was held during an orientation programme for Classes I to VIII at Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, on Saturday. The programme began with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp followed by 'Saraswati Vandana'. Teachers from Classes I to VIII introduced themselves to the parents and explained in details about the curriculum and co-curricular activities.

Investiture ceremony

The annual investiture ceremony of BMD Public School was conducted under the guidance of Neena Sharma, in-charge, house system. A cabinet comprising school captains and vice-captains, their discipline, cleanliness and activity leaders was formed.

‘Roohafza’ party

Red Colour Day was celebrated at AKSIPS-65 on Saturday. Pre-primary children celebrated the day on the school premises. They came dressed up in red outfits and participated in activities such as recitation, colouring and ‘roohafza’ party. They also brought tiffins containing articles such as apple, cherry, jam and strawberry. Director of the school Jasmine Kalra accompanied the children for the roohafza party.

St Soldier School

Red Colour Day was celebrated at St Soldier School, Mohali. Students of the pre-primary wing came to the school dressed up in red attires. Activities related to the red colour were conducted by activity in-charge Deepa Sood in the activity room.

Shishu Niketan

Red Colour Day was celebrated at Shishu Niketan, Mohali, on Saturday. Different fruits and vegetables of red colour were shown to the students. Children recited rhymes like “my little red balloon” and took part in various activities. The junior wing was decorated with red balloons. Students as well as teachers were wearing red colour dresses.

Hanky-washing activity

Saupin’s School organised a hanky-washing activity for the students of the pre-primary wing of the school. It was a fun-filled and exciting activity for the little ones. They were given instruction to carry out the activity. Steps like soaking, scrubbing, rinsing, squeezing and drying were explained to them. They were taught the concepts of wet/dry and clean/dirty. The children exchanged their knowledge about the detergents available in the market.

World Earth Day observed

World Earth Day was celebrated at St Xavier’s, Mohali. Students reinstated the importance of the day by making posters about various environmental issues. They were also told about eco-friendly habits such as disposing of garbage thoughtfully, conserving water and others.

DAV School

To make the students aware of recycling, energy conservation and ecological responsibility, DAV School, Mohali, celebrated World Earth Day. Students of different classes shared their concerns about the earth in the morning assembly. Activities such as poster-making and slogan-writing on “Save Earth, Save Life”, “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”, “Save Wildlife”, and “Save Trees” were also conducted in the senior classes. Tiny tots also coloured worksheets related to environment. — TNS



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