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Police, CFSL found wanting
Several sensational murder cases in city have fallen flat in court
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Sensational murder cases reported in the city in the recent past are falling flat in courts owing to the failure of both the UT police and the CFSL to get DNA profiling -- identification of individuals by their respective DNA profiles -- of the accused done. In a recent case in which two persons have been acquitted by the court, merely doing blood grouping rather than DNA profiling by the CFSL has been highlighted in the judgment, lambasting the prosecution for its callous attitude. Last year too, at least three murder cases fell flat in the court owing to lack of DNA profiling, which could have otherwise proved a strong scientific evidence.

On April 24, the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Singh Nagpal had acquitted two accused, Rajesh and Sonu, of the murder of a history sheeter, Shammi, in 2012. While a stained piece of cloth containing the blood of the accused, Rajesh, was recovered from the spot after the murder, the CFSL as well as the police did not bother to get the DNA profile of the blood sample on the cloth done to match it with that of the accused, as a result of which both the accused were acquitted.

Moreover, the police simply stated that the “blood group” of the accused had matched with that on the cloth recovered, much to the chagrin of the court.

“Merely for the reason that blood group A was detected from the piece of cloth taken from the spot, which matched with the blood group of accused Rajesh, it would be difficult to indict the accused on the charge of murder. There are eight blood groups of human blood and innumerable persons have the same blood group. The deceased may also have had the same blood group, besides several other persons. The single circumstance of matching the blood group of blood sample of accused Rajesh and the blood-stained piece of cloth taken from the spot cannot, in the opinion of the court, be relied upon to base conviction,” said the court.

“Even otherwise, Inspector Gurmukh Singh, who collected the samples from the spot, did not anywhere state that any stained piece of cloth was taken from his possession,” added the court.

“The serological examination of blood-stained clothes of the deceased and blood-stained shoes of the accused was done, but nothing incriminating was found,” said the court.

The incident occurred on February 7, 2012, when Shammi was murdered following a scuffle over drug syringes with two persons in a colony in Sector 25. The police had later arrested two persons, Rajesh and Sonu, on a charge of murder, both of whom have now been acquitted.

Cases in which lack of DNA profiling resulted in acquittals

* In February this year, a court acquitted nine persons of the murder of a youth in Daddu Majra. In this case too, DNA profiling of the blood recovered from the spot, that matched with that of the accused, was not done.

* In another case decided last year, the court acquitted Ramesh of the murder charge of his sister-in-law. The police failed to get the DNA profiling of the blood found on the knife done and the case crumbled after the witnesses turned hostile.

* In 2011, the court acquitted four accused of the murder of a kitchen supervisor at Western Court in Sector 43. In this case too, DNA profiling was not done.

How DNA profiling can help

The UT police and the CFSL can learn from a case in which the court sentenced a convict, Rahul, to life imprisonment in the siblings double murder case of 2011, which was decided by the court in February this year. The DNA profiling of the blood of the accused, Rahul, had matched with the blood found on the blue sweater recovered from the scene of the crime that proved to be a strong scientific evidence in the case. While it was a blind case, the prosecution proved the case comfortably in the court owing to DNA profiling.

Police do not specifically ask for DNA profiling

* Dockets are issued under the signatures of the SSP, but CFSL experts claim that the police do not specifically ask for DNA profiling of the samples and rely on serological examination, which then weakens the case in the court.

* An overburdened CFSL generally avoids DNA profiling, which is a time-consuming process. This, coupled with the lackadaisical attitude of the police to stress on DNA profiling, makes matters worse. 

SSP’s take

We have formed a committee to look into all acquittals carefully and study all aspects. If something is found lacking in the investigation, we will take the required measures, — Sukchain Singh Gill, UT SSP 



Punjab proposal a mere eyewash, UT tells ministry
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The UT Administration has opposed the Punjab Government’s decision to reduce the radius of the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) around the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary.

At a meeting convened by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) in New Delhi, officials of the UT Forest and Wildlife Department submitted their objections.

The meeting was chaired by the Inspector General of Forests (Wildlife), Dr SK Khanduri, and attended by officials of the Punjab and Haryana governments and UT Chief Conservator of Forests Santosh Kumar. The UT submitted that the Punjab Cabinet decision to have a 100-metre eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) around the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary was a mere eyewash.

Santosh Kumar submitted that the Punjab Government had reduced the limit from 10 km to only 100 metres, which was a threat to the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary. The limit of 100 metres was not applicable in areas which came under the municipal corporation, municipal committees and the lal dora in villages, he submitted.

Santosh Kumar said they had submitted their objections before the MoEF and now the ministry had asked the Punjab Government to reconsider its proposal.

He said they would soon submit a detailed written reply to the MoEF on the Punjab proposal.

Punjab Chief Wildlife Warden Dhirendra Singh said the state had conveyed to the ministry that the decision was taken by the Cabinet and there was no scope for reconsideration. Their draft proposal regarding the ESZ was in accordance with the guidelines of the MoEF and the Supreme Court. The matter was pending before the MoEF, which would take the final decision, he said.

Ministry seeks objections from UT Admn

The MoEF has sought point-wise objections from the UT Administration on the Punjab Government’s proposal to reduce the radius of the ESZ around the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary.

The ministry, in its letter to the Administration, has also sent a copy of the Punjab proposal, seeking a detailed reply on all points that the UT feels can harm the wildlife sanctuary. Recently, the Administration, in a letter to the ministry, had opposed the Punjab proposal.

UT’s draft proposal

In its draft, the Administration has proposed an area ranging from 2 km to 2.75 km as the ESZ around the sanctuary. Low-density and low-rise buildings are proposed in the ESZ. “No mining or hazardous industry should be permitted in the ESZ; no expansion of the road outside the sanctuary should be allowed, no deep borewell should be dug for commercial/large-scale users and all existing water bodies and indigenous floral and faunal diversity within the zone should be protected,” the Administration’s ESZ draft states.

Punjab’s take

The Punjab Government, in its letter to the MoEF, stated that at its Cabinet meeting on August 8, 2013, it was decided that the ESZ (areas falling within Punjab) around the Sukhna sanctuary should be 100 metres from the boundary of the sanctuary.



System to ensure transparency in building branch functioning
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
To ensure transparency in the functioning of the building branch of the Estate Office, the Estate Officer is putting in place a system that would enable regular monitoring of the stages through which the layout plans pass.

It has been observed that there was a strong nexus between the staff in the building branch and certain private architects that facilitated the passing of layout plans in deviation of the building bylaws.

The Estate Officer has ordered registration of an FIR against officials in the building branch of the UT Estate Office in connection with major building violations in certain properties in the city. Three JEs - Sumit Dixit, Daljeet Singh and Madhu Gupta - today joined the building branch.

For the post of the SDO (Building), five candidates were today interviewed by the Chief Engineer. After shortlisting the candidate, the name would be forwarded to the Estate Officer.

Meanwhile, the Estate Officer ordered opening of hotel H Ei8hteen in Sector 18 and a restaurant site in Sector 17. Kamaljeet Singh Panchi, president of Sector 17 Traders' Association, said two of the properties were opened.

"We have requested the DC to issue prior notice in such cases so that the property owners get ample time to remove their violations," he said. 


Security alert at rly station
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Security personnel was put on high alert at the railway station here today following two low-intensity bomb blasts that took place on the Bangalore-Guwahati Express at Chennai Central Station.

A joint team of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the Government Railway Police (GRP) checked tea stalls and the luggage of passengers. The team also thoroughly inspected the parking area.

Sources said after learning about the blasts in Chennai, Ferozepur Senior Divisional Commissioner Alok Kumar ordered checking of railway platforms and trains.

Prank call sends police in a tizzy

A prank call made to the police control room (PCR) sent UT cops in a tizzy today.

An unidentified person rang up the local PCR at around 1.30 pm and said “India may be under attack”.

The call was received hours after two serial blasts in a moving train in Chennai.

The mobile phone number, from which the call was made, was found to be registered in the name of a Mani Majra resident. The caller did not pick the phone when policemen tried to contact him after getting the phone call.

The police are investigating and said it was a prank call.

Meanwhile, the Operations Cell of the Chandigarh Police conducted checking at the railway station, ISBT-17 and ISBT-43 in the wake of the serial blasts in Chennai. 



Retired PGI docs find plum job offers
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Retirement is turning into a delightful appraisal for PGIMER consultants.

Coming from the premier institute of the north India not only provides them with ready acceptability but private institutions in the Tricity are also offering them double the pay package that they used to draw at PGI.

Dr S Prabhakar, who retired from the post of Head, Department of Neurology, yesterday, joined the Fortis Hospital at Mohali today.

Dr Prabhakar's is not an isolated case. In the past six-seven months, a number of PGIMER doctors joined private hospitals.

Meanwhile, private hospitals are cashing in on the popularity of the consultants, which result in an increase in footfall at their establishments.

Dr Vinay Sakhuja, whose joining the Max Super-Speciality Hospital, Mohali, was announced with much fanfare, had retired from the PGI's Department of Nephrology in December last year.

Similarly, Dr RK Sen left the Department of Orthopedics and joined as Director, Orthopedics unit, Fortis Hospital.

PGIMER officials said retaining these doctors on contractual basis cannot be a viable option for the institute. Also, such decisions need to be made at the ministry level, said an official.

Sandeep Dogra, vice-president, Operations, Max Super-Speciality Hospital, Mohali, says, "Doctors retiring from the PGI are super-specialists and definitely an asset for the hospital they join. They bring with them rich experience and high-end medical expertise, both of which are beneficial to patients. It is a win-win situation for a corporate hospital."

Abhijit Singh, Facility Director, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, said, “Over the years, many doctors from reputed public hospitals and government teaching institutions have joined the Fortis Hospital. They brought along decades of experience and expertise in their field. As part of the Fortis family, we ensure all doctors are provided with an encouraging environment and world-class facilities so that they can deliver excellence in patient care, which is our aim. Moreover, we strive to ensure a sound work-life balance and professional satisfaction for our clinicians. These are reasons strong enough for clinicians to join us."

Over the past couple of years, Dr HK Bali from Department of Cardiology, Dr Ashish Pathak from Neurosurgery and Dr SS Makkar and Dr Vipul Nanda from the Department of Plastic Surgery resigned from the PGIMER.



Men outnumber women 
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 1
The SAS Nagar segment of the Anandpur Sahib parliamentary constituency recorded a polling percentage of 67.88 yesterday with more male voters turning out to exercise their franchise.

According to the poll day report made available today, the total number of voters who turned out was 1,36,013 at 221 polling stations in the segment. The number of males who voted was 72,663 (68.97 per cent) while the figure for female voters was 63,350 ( 66.67 per cent).

The total number of registered voters in the SAS Nagar segment was 2,00378.

Several polling stations located in the rural areas in the segment had a high polling percentage (more than 80) while figures below 60 per cent being recorded at certain stations in Mohali town itself.

The polling stations which showed a polling percentage of more than 80 included Government Elementary School, Barhi (polling station no. 79) with 87.03 per cent; Government High School, Gobindgarh (right side, polling station no. 51) with 86.59 per cent; Government Elementary School, Kambali (polling station no. 92) with 86.15 per cent; Government Elementary School, Raipur (polling station no. 5) with 85.52 per cent; Government High School, Gobindgarh, (left side, polling station no. 52) with 85.34 per cent and Government Elementary School, Shiampur (polling station no. 45) with 81.22 per cent.

The polling stations in Mohali town which recorded a polling percentage ranging between 50 to 60 per cent include Paragon Senior Secondary School, Sector 71, (right side-I, polling station no. 216) with 53.30 per cent; Government Elementary School, Phase VII, (right side, polling station no. 147) with 53.55 per cent and Government Elementary School, Phase V, (left side, polling station no. 141) with 57.18 per cent. 


*nTotal voters 2,00,378

* No. of votes polled 1,36,013

* No. of male voters 72,663

* No. of female voters 63,350



Day after polling, candidates unwind 
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 1
A day after polling for the Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha seat, the candidates of Congress and the SAD-BJP alliance were in a relaxed mood while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate said the job was not done yet.

Himmat Singh Shergill AAP candidate

Advocate Himmat Singh Shergill, the AAP candidate, said there was no change in his schedule today. “It is as hectic as it used to be during my election campaign. I got up early in the morning and then visited several places, including Anandpur Sahib, Nawan Shahr and Balachaur. Now I am going to Patiala to meet Dr Dharamveer Gandhi, the party’s Patiala candidate who was assaulted by Akali workers yesterday. Later, I would go to Varanasi to participate in election campaign of the party supremo Arvind Kejriwal,” he said.

The hectic schedule of election campaign, however, did not exhaust the advocate of Punjab and Haryana High Court. “I am not tired or fatigued. Rather I am happy about getting a chance to meet so many people in such a short span,” said Shergill.

When asked if he was relaxed after polling, Shergill said, “People are suffering. Even after 67 years of independence, most of us don’t have access to basic amenities. Drinking water is still not available to all. In such a situation, how can one relax?” He added: “I feel that every worker of the AAP would take rest only after achieving the goals set by our leader Arvind Kejriwal.”

The first-time Lok Sabha candidate said the campaign helped him feel the sufferings and pain of the ‘aam aadmi’, for whose welfare his party was formed. “The condition of ‘aam aadmi’ is very bad. Several people told me that due to prevailing corruption, they have no jobs and hence, no money to take care of their families,” he said.

Prem Singh Chandumjra SAD-BJP candidate

Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, the SAD-BJP candidate spent the day with his family members, including three granddaughters and a grandson. Chandumajra might have impressed the SAD workers and senior Akali leadership with the hard work he did over the past one-and-a-half months, but it came at the cost of ignoring his family in a big way.

“I am very relaxed today, as there would be no more back-to-back meetings, long hours of travelling, public rallies, making strategies etc. Finally, I have got time to spend with my grandchildren,” said Chandumajra at his residence in Phase II here.

“Today, we all (family members) paid obeisance at Gurdwara Nada Sahib and thanked the Almighty for giving us strength to face the challenge,” he said.

Chandumajra (65), who claimed to have covered 250-300 km a day while campaigning, said he was not feeling any fatigue. “The love that people showered on me provided me the energy to campaign extensively. The interesting part of our campaigning was that there was no dull day. The momentum had been rising with every passing day and it was at its top on the last day,” he said.

Chandumajra said, “Seeing my six-year-old granddaughter Reyat canvassing for me is the most memorable moment of my life.”

Ambika Soni (Congress)

During her hectic election campaign, the Congress senior leader Ambika Soni had planned to sleep for two days, at least, immediately after the polling on April 30.

“But I could not (sleep). I woke up at 5.30 am today and started the day with yoga and ‘pranayam’ (breathing exercise). Later, I left for the gurdwara at Anandpur Sahib to pay obeisance,” said Soni, while talking to this correspondent at her Sector 9 residence this evening.

“Today, I did not feel any pressure that used to be there all through my election campaign,” she said, adding that she was feeling relaxed and was not tense about the results, which will be declared on May 16.

The septuagenarian leader said long journeys while campaigning in the constituency not only exhausted her but also converted the new Innova car, which one of her acquaintances had given her for campaigning, into a ‘khataara’ (jalopy). “I am stressed that how would I return the vehicle in such a condition,” she quipped while adding that she was satisfied with her recent experience in Punjab and interaction with Punjabis. She was bowled over by the hospitality she received from people here.

However, she added that she was appalled to see people afraid of speaking their heart out. “It seems that they have been living under constant threat. It is something against the temperament of Punjabis,” said Soni.



After Bangalore, Tricity gets 4G on mobile 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Bharti Airtel today launched 4G on mobile in Chandigarh Tricity region, including Zirakpur, Panchkula and Mullapur. As telecom surveys reveal, Tricity, with the leading data user market, has become the first region after Bangalore to have 4G networks on mobile.

Users with 4G enabled phones (currently available in Apple iPhone 5s or 5c or LG mobiles) can have access to the service.

“Some features of the 4G network include high definition video streaming with zero buffering, downloading 10 movies in less than 30 minutes, uploading full holiday albums in less than 5 minutes by uploading 2 high quality photos per second and also connecting multiple devices without any experience constraint,” said Manu Sood, Hub CEO- Upper North, Bharti Airtel (India), while announcing the launch. 



IGP writes to UT Adviser, seeks Vigilance probe 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The UT IGP has asked the UT Adviser to get a Vigilance inquiry conducted into the transfers made in the police department between 2007 and 2012.

Jagjeet Singh, a constable with the Chandigarh Police, had written a complaint to the CBI that irregularities were committed during transfers of policemen between 2007 and 2012.

The constable stated that three private assistants in the police and two in the civil administration besides 10 cops were striking deals and taking money in lieu of transfers. However, the complainant did not name anyone his complaint.

The constable had written to the CBI in February this year, following which the premier investigating agency apprised the police of the matter.

The UT IGP, RP Upadhyaya, has now written to the UT Adviser to get the matter probed by the Vigilance Bureau or any other investigating agency. 



Don’t overdraw power: DHBVN 
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 1
In an effort to meet the power demand during summer, the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has appealed to the public not to put unauthorised load on the electricity distribution system.

The nigam authorities have cited the unauthorised extension of electricity load by consumers as the main reason behind the interruption in power supply, including low voltage, tripping, breakdown and damage to transformers.

Alerting general public of the unauthorised extension of electricity load, an offence under the Electricity Act that invites heavy penalty, the nigam authorities have asked the consumers not to extend load at their residences, working places, tube wells or industries by installing additional gadgets without giving any intimation.

A spokesperson of the nigam said it does not allow more than 70 per cent load of the capacity on its electricity distribution system under rules.

As and when the load on the system crosses the limit, it augments capacity of the system. But in case of unauthorised extension of the load, it becomes difficult for the officials to justify a scheme of augmentation of capacity of the system.

The spokesman said with the onset of summers, people buy large number of cooling equipment, including air-conditioners and desert coolers, but do not declare the power load in the offices concerned of the nigam. This unauthorised extension of load may create hurdles in continuity of quality power supply.

Due to scanty rains, underground water table gets lower thus compelling farmers to install new and rewound motors of higher capacity at their tube wells which run on higher load than its rated capacity.

As such, the distribution system becomes overloaded causing low voltage, higher line losses and frequent interruptions in supply. For getting a qualitative regular power supply, the farmers should get sanction from the office concerned of the DHBVN to increase load on their tube wells so that overloading of the system could be avoided.

The nigam has also urged the consumers not to extend load without prior approval of the DHBVN for better electricity supply.



Close shave for Manipur Guv’s wife

Zirakpur, May 1
A vehicle escorting the wife of Manipur Governor Vinod Duggal today rammed into a stationary truck at the main bazaar located along the Zirakpur-Ambala highway.

The cops, who were in the escort Gypsy escaped unhurt, while the vehicle’s front part was damaged badly in the accident. Madhu Duggal, wife of Vinod Duggal, was on her way from Delhi to Panchkula with escort Gypsies at the time of the incident. Truck driver Santosh, a resident of Nalagarh, said due to heavy traffic, he parked his truck on one side of the road when the Gypsy hit his vehicle from behind. — TNS



‘The Licence’ brings a woman’s struggle to the fore
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The amphitheatre at Rock Garden was packed to the hilt where the play ‘The Licence’ was showcased today.

The play, sponsored by The Tribune, struck a chord with the theatre aficionados and youngsters alike.

The script of the play is based on a story written by Manto with certain references from Bertold Brecht’s story ‘The Job’.

The play, directed by Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry, revolves around the struggle of a woman tonga rider.

The script highlights the hardships faced by a woman, who takes up the profession, after her husband dies, to make ends meet.

However, society’s hypocrisy and male dominance forces the protagonist to reinvent her identity as a male to survive in the world, as she often faces taunts for adopting a ‘male’ profession.

The depiction of characters left the audience spellbound.



May Day observed

Chandigarh, May 1
The CITCO Workers’ Union today observed the May Day to remember those who lost their lives for the betterment of workers in Chicago in 1886.

A two-minute silence was also observed by the employees who gathered in a large number at Hotel Shivalikview this morning.

Union president Kashmir Chand and general secretary Baldev Raj motivated the employees to work hard for betterment of the organisation. — TNS



PEC Director’s appointment challenged
Roorkee IIT don files petition in HC; says Prof Arora junior to him in experience
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The appointment of Prof MK Arora as the Director of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) has come under the scanner of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

In a petition filed before the High Court, Prof Pradeep Kumar Garg of the IIT, Roorkee, has sought directions for quashing Arora’s appointment.

In his petition, Prof Garg claimed that the Secretary, Technical Education, had issued an advertisement dated December 11, 2012, to fill the post of Director, PEC, for five years or till the incumbent attained the age of 62 years. In response, the petitioner submitted his application through proper channels.

Subsequently, a letter was issued by the respondents, wherein he was called for an interaction on March 12, 2013, in the room of the Advisor to UT Administrator.

Of the nine short-listed candidates, seven attended the interaction.

Based upon a complaint, a second interaction of the same committee was held on May 2, 2013, at the UT Guest House at New Delhi, wherein Dr RS Mishra, Dr Manoj Arora and Dr SM Ishtiaque were called.

The meeting was not brought to the petitioner’s notice, nor was he called to the interaction though his name had appeared as one of the frontrunners in two national newspapers.

After Prof Garg came to know about the second interaction, he submitted a representation on May 22, 2013, to the Administrator, the appointing authority.

Finding no response, he submitted another representation to the Prime Minister’s Office.

Later, Chandigarh Tribune had reported in its edition dated May 31, 2013, that Dr Manoj K Arora, an alumnus of PEC, had been selected as the Director.

Arora was appointed on the basis of the second interaction, which took place behind the petitioner’s back at New Delhi.

The petitioner added that he submitted a complaint in this regard to the Central Vigilance Commissioner, New Delhi, and also to the Chief Justice of India.

Prof Garg added that he had taught Prof Arora in the eighties, during his MTech, and that the latter was junior to him in terms of the length of service and experience.



No ministry nod for 42 posts of librarian 
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
In yet another violation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), has ‘failed’ to give its nod to 42 posts of librarian, proposed by the UT Education Department.

As per the RTE Act, every government school should have a library, which should provide newspapers, magazines and books on all subjects along with story books
as well.

However, as a large number of posts of librarian are lying vacant in government schools, libraries are in a state of neglect.

This also exposes the tall claims of the Education Department of providing excellent education facilities to students across the city.

The worst-affected are the double-shift schools. This is because none of the schools have employed librarian for the students of the second shift. As such, accessing the library remains a distant dream for them.

A student on the condition of anonymity said, “Though our school has a well-stocked library, our librarian does not allow us to access those books. For us the library is as good as being closed.”

The Education Department authorities claimed that the MHRD had rejected the proposal as it wanted to approve only ‘urgently-required posts’.

A few students also alleged that there was no mention of the ‘library period’ in their timetables.

Meanwhile, Director of Public Instructions (schools) Kamlesh Kumar, said, “We will make another effort to get the posts sanctioned. Until then, we will make some arrangements.”



May Day: Honouring dignity of labour
Labour Day was celebrated with zeal across various schools in the Tricity on Thursday. 
Gifts were distributed among Class IV employees and events organised to mark the occasion 

Tribune Model School
Chandigarh: Tribune Model School celebrated Labour Day with zeal on its campus today. The school authorities said they had always acknowledged the contribution of its workforce, the ancillary staff. On the occasion, a special assembly was conducted by the students of Classes I to V. 

The day commenced with a morning prayer, followed by a speech and a skit based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi who believed in the dignity of labour. The students of Classes II to IV sang ‘mazdoor zindabad’. Principal Vandana Saxena thanked the workers for their selfless service.

St. John’s High School

St. John’s High School celebrated Labour Day on its campus today. A special assembly was organised wherein the boys sang songs Students of St John’s High School, Sector 26, clean the corridors of the building on the occasion of Labour Day in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari and performed dances. The Class IV employees of the school were the chief guests and were felicitated with gifts. Recreational games such as musical chairs, antakshri and passing the parcel were organised. The Bollywood movie ‘Bhootnath’ was also aired for the employees. Activities such as cleaning, mopping, sweeping, gate duty, helping kindergarten children and others were undertaken by the volunteer students and teachers.
Students of St John’s High School, Sector 26, clean the corridors of the building on the occasion of Labour Day in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

DAV Public School, Sec 8

DAV Public School, Sector 8-C, celebrated Labour Day for the Class IV employees on its campus today. On this occasion, the students of kindergarten presented a musical bonanza for the helpers. Events such as musical chairs was organised for the employees. The students also gave ‘thank you cards’ and chocolates to all the Class IV employees.

Stepping Stones Sr Sec School

Stepping Stones Sr Sec School, Sector 37-D, celebrated Labour Day on its campus today. A special assembly was organised for the Class IV employees of the school. Gifts were also distributed among the workers. School principal Anu Kumar thanked the helpers for their selfless service to the school. The school club also donated packets of edible items to the daily wagers on the streets.

Guru Teg Bahadur Public School, Sec 15

Guru Teg Bahadur Public School, Sector 15, celebrated Labour Day on the premises today. The function commenced with a speech acknowledging the hard work put in by the workers. Students recited poems to mark the occasion. A lunch was organised by the teaching staff and students for the supporting staff. School principal Ritu Sharma informed the students about the importance of Labour Day.

Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School

The NSS students of Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22-D, celebrated Labour Day with the Class IV employees of the school today. The students presented a brief cultural programme on the occasion. The volunteers interacted with the workforce, shared their experiences and encouraged them to educate their children. The programme concluded with the musical chairs.

St. Joseph’s Senior Secondary School

Labour Day was celebrated by the primary wing of St. Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44-D, today. The celebrations started with a tilak ceremony. Cards and gifts were distributed among the supporting staff.

Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sec 19

Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19-C, celebrated Labour Day on the campus today. The day commenced with a speech delivered by NSS officer Anupam Singh on the importance of labour and hard work. The NSS volunteers carried out the work done by the supporting staff of the school.

St Anne’s Convent School

St Anne’s Convent School celebrated Labour Day with enthusiasm today. The function commenced with a speech welcoming the workers and acknowledging their hard work. The students performed dance items and showcased their dancing skills. School principal Sr. Gracy congratulated the workers and thanked them for their selfless services and priceless contribution to the institution.

DC Montessori School

Mani Majra: DC Montessori School celebrated Labour Day with zeal today. The students of the pre-primary classes presented gifts to the helpers. They also made special cards for them. The students were educated on the ‘Dignity of labour.’

Blue Bird High School

Panchkula: Labour Day was celebrated at Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, with fervour today. The students read out speeches highlighting the importance of labour. All the workers were applauded for their services.  The students of the junior wing sang songs and poems. They were also gifted uniforms. A tea party was also organised for them. — TNS



Now, state awardee teachers to retire at 65
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Giving a sigh of relief to the state awardees, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), has amended the bylaws by extending the retirement age of award-winning CBSE teachers to 65 years.

Till now, only national awardees were being benefited. As per the new notification, the award-winning teachers will retire only at the end of the academic session.

This will benefit those awardees, who were due to retire in the month of May or June. They will now get an extension of 9-10 months.

The new law states that a recipient of a national/state/CBSE teachers’ award shall superannuate from service on attaining the age of 65 years subjected to meritorious, good health and good conduct.

Earlier, the law stated that the recipient of an award was considered for further extension of service for two years after attaining the age of retirement.



Students get prizes at SCERT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The annual prize distribution function was held at the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Chandigarh, today.

Sandeep Hans, Director, Higher Education, gave away prizes to the winners, who had secured positions in various academic and co-curricular activities organised by the SCERT during the academic session 2013-14.

As many as 250 prizes were given away by Hans, who was impressed by the achievements of the prospective teachers of SCERT.

SCERT director Dr Surender S Dahiya said the function had been organised to motivate the prospective teachers of SCERT to keep up the good work.

He said a special feature of the function was that students who had qualified the Central Teachers Eligibility Test (CTET), conducted in February 2014, were awarded special trophies. 



Four Tricity students to attend camp in Germany
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Four students from the Tricity have received scholarships to attend a youth summer camp at Sankt Peter Ording, Germany, from May 5-23.

While two students are from Vivek High School, Sector 38, Chandigarh, the other two are students of Paragon Senior Secondary School in Sector 71, Mohali.

The students are Gurbaaz Maken and Samachi Sharma from Vivek High School, and Aman Malik and Amanpreet Singh from Paragon Senior Secondary School.

Director of Goethe-Zentrum (German Centre), Chandigarh, Surinder Maken, said the trip was being sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Germany under the Project ‘Schools: Partner for the Future’. He said the scholarship would cover the course fee, visa fee, travel expenses, accommodation, meals and health insurance.



Panjab varsity prof felicitated

Chandigarh, May 1
Panjab University Pharmaceutical Society (PUPS), University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), PU, today felicitated Prof Harkishan Singh — who has been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) by the University of the Sciences (USciences), Philadelphia, USA. He was felicitated at the annual function of UIPS at PU.

PU Vice Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover; NIPER director Prof KK Bhutani; UIPS chairperson Prof VR Sinha, besides several PU Deans, fellows, faculty members and students also participated in the function.

The annual report of the institute was also read out on the occasion.

A large number of UIPS students were also honoured at the prize distribution function for their achievements in the fields of sports and academics. — TNS



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