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Demolition squad wipes out 5 slums from UT map
3,700 structures pulled down in areas adjoining Kajheri village in six-hour drive; 2,000 policemen ensure a smooth operation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
Going ahead with its plan to reclaim land under illegal slums, the UT today reclaimed about 37 acres of land after a six-hour demolition drive, during which around 3,700 structures were pulled down in five slums surrounding Kajheri village in Sectors 51 and 52.
A view of Nehru Colony in Sector 52
before: A view of Nehru Colony in Sector 52. A file photograph
Families salvage household goods
after: Families salvage household goods. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Amid sporadic protests, the drive was carried out smoothly with the help of a strong posse of the police.

It was the second biggest demolition drive after the razing of Colony No. 5 that was conducted in November last year. While supervising the operation, Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Shayin said 22 acres was reclaimed in Nehru Colony, Sector 52. In a well-planned drive, structures were pulled down in Kuldeep Colony, Mazdoor Colony, Pandit Colony, Kajehri Colony and Nehru colony.

Learning from the previous experience, the drive was started at 7 am and it continued till 1 pm. At least seven Poclain machines, which came in handy in a speedy removal of structures, were pressed into service and 2,000 policemen ensured a smooth conduct of the drive.

At many places, the job of the demolition squad became easy as occupants had shifted their household goods. For the past two days, the administration officials had been visiting the colonies to keep bad elements at bay. The power supply to the area was disconnected two days ago.

There is about 200 acres of prime land under illegal occupation of residents of 18 slums across the city.

Structures under stay at Kajheri village not touched

The demolition team did not touch the structures on about 10 acres as the Supreme Court has asked the UT to constitute a committee to look in their claim on not being evicted. A committee, under the chairmanship of Prerna Puri, Additional Secretary (Home), has been constituted but it has failed to look into the matter so far.

Kudos for DC on Facebook

After the demolition drive, the UT Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shayin posted pictures of the drive on his Facebook account. He posted: “After the razing of Nehru Colony, Kuldeep Colony and Pandit Colony, 38 acres of priceless government land”. A number of people posted comments like “Good job” “Well done” on the DC’s post. An HCS official, posted in the UT Administration, took this opportunity to remind the city residents they (officials) work for them. The HCS official, Rajesh Jogpal, Director, Social Welfare Department in the UT Administration, posted: “And then they say we do nothing. Well done sir. Proud of you.”

Politicians fail residents

One month back during the Lok Sabha election in the city, the candidates of all major parties, Pawan Kumar Bansal of the Congress, the BJP’s Kirron Kher, the AAP’s Gul Panag and the BSP’s Jannat Jahan, actively campaigned in these colonies. The candidates even assured the residents that nobody would demolish their colonies. On Saturday, no senior leader from any political party came for their help. The residents felt cheated.



Along with shanties, their dreams came crashing down
The UT Administration’s demolition drive in five colonies — Kuldeep Colony, Mazdoor Colony, Pandit Colony, Kajheri Colony and Nehru Colony — shattered the dreams of many dwellers, who say they are left with no roof and the money saved for marrying off their daughters will now be used to pay rent
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
Instead of the rooster’s crows, children of Mazdoor, Pandit, Kuldeep, Khajheri and Nehru colonies today woke up to rattling sounds of JCBs that had come to demolish their houses.
A view of Nehru Colony, Chandigarh, which was demolished by the UT Administration on Saturday
Present tense, future imperfect: A view of Nehru Colony, Chandigarh, which was demolished by the UT Administration on Saturday
A woman, carrying her child, walks her way over the rubble
A woman, carrying her child, walks her way over the rubble
Priya is at loss as her house at Pandit Colony in Sector 52, Chandigarh, which was granted stay by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, was partially grounded during the drive
Priya is at loss as her house at Pandit Colony in Sector 52, Chandigarh, which was granted stay by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, was partially grounded during the drive
Residents of the colony protest against the UT Administration while the drive is under way
Residents of the colony protest against the UT Administration while the drive is under way. Tribune photos: Parvesh Chauhan and S Chandan

The children along with their families witnessed a mass demolition. They helplessly saw their houses being razed to the ground.

Rukshana, a mother of six young daughters, while collecting her belongings buried under broken bricks, said, “All the money I had collected to marry off my elder daughter Rasiya will now be used to pay rent. Though the UT Administration has demolished our house, it did not allot us any accommodation in the rehabilitation colony.”

She cried, “Where will I take my six daughters? Who will take responsibility of their security?”

Sharing the similar plight was Sudesh, who had been living in the colony for the past over 30 years. Sitting outside her demolished house with her belongings scattered all over the place and her dog tied to a broken bed, she said, “For the past five years, I have been running around the courts to save my dwelling but all my complaints have fallen on deaf ears. Today, neither I have a roof over my family members’ heads nor any hope of getting it in future.”

Dilip Kumar, 25, who was born and brought up in the colony, alleged, “Before the Lok Sabha elections, all the candidates for the Chandigarh seat approached us and made tall promises of taking care of us. But today, when we are being forced out of our houses, none of them even came to even enquire about us.”

Colony residents alleged that the Administration had allotted houses in the rehabilitation colony only to a few while most displaced families were rendered homeless.

Manu, a daily wage earner, said, “For the past one month, instead of working, I have been running from pillar to post looking for a house for my children and requesting the officials concerned to allot me a house. However, all my efforts went down the drain. Neither I was allotted a house nor could I find a rented accommodation which I can afford.”

With the rising mercury all that one could spot was an ugly dance of humanity, as women got into cat fights over tin sheet scrap and children, instead of studying, gathered the remains of their houses, broken wooden doors, windowpanes and iron pieces.

Parents fear studies of their kids will suffer

  • Parents of students enrolled in schools around the colonies alleged that since the UT Administration made no arrangement to accommodate them, their children’s studies would suffer.
  • They complained that their children would face problems in commuting between their new rented accommodations and present schools.

Two houses having HC stay partially demolished

Even as the Punjab and Haryana High Court had granted stay against demolition of two houses in Pandit Colony, these were partially razed during the demolition drive.

Vijay, an occupant of one of these houses, said, "We were told by the staff to erect red flags so that the demolition staff could identify the houses that were not to be touched. We were also told not to move out household goods. However, the JCB machine brought down a part of our house and damaged goods." Blaming officials for the mistake, they demanded that they should be provided with houses at the earliest. — TNS

From the Ground Zero

Risking their lives

While the Estate Office team was carrying out the demolition drive, employees of a private contractor engaged by the UT Electricity Department were busy removing power meters installed at the colonies in Sector 52. On a number of occasions, the drive had to be stopped briefly as these employees removed electricity meters. Finally, the police stopped them from interrupting the drive again and again. A UT official said these people were putting their lives at risk only for electricity meters. The Electricity Department has outsourced the work of supplying power to slums and colonies to private contractors.

Scramble for scrap

Two groups of women had a scuffle over collection of scrap of public toilet after it was demolished by the UT Estate Office team. The women started arguing with each other as they started lifting the scrap and even used abusive language without bothering about the presence of Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shayin. Within minutes, they started pelting stones at each other. Finally, the police intervened and brought the situation under control.

Scrap dealers set shops near demolition sites

Even before the demolition drive began, scrap dealers had set up their shops around the colonies. They were seen buying broken tins and mangled iron sheets. The scrap dealers were also seen laying their hands on government property that was damaged during the six-hour-long demolition drive. — TNS



Five colonies put on demolition notice
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
Within hours of pulling down structures in the five colonies, the Chandigarh Administration today slapped a 21-day notice on another five colonies that cover about 50 acres of prime land.

Officials said the colonies, which had been served notice, are LBS Colony, Palsora; Kumhar and Janata Colony, Sector 25; Madrasi Colony, Sector 26; and Kabari and Sanjay Colony in Industrial Area, Phase 1.

The structures in these five colonies would be removed in the third phase of the demolition drive in June.

In the first phase, 107 acres was reclaimed after the razing of Colony No. 5 in November last year. In the second phase, 37 acres was reclaimed today in sectors 51 and 52.

The officials said the structures in Colony No. 4 could not be demolished as the houses were yet to be allotted to those living there under the slum rehabilitation scheme.



Mohali residents heave a sigh of relief
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 10
The removal of Nehru Colony by the Chandigarh authorities has come as a big relief to residents of Phase III-A here who say they had been living a miserable life for a long time due to the proximity of their houses to the slum.

Petty thefts, quarrels, road accidents and unhygienic conditions had become the bane of the Phase III-A residents over the past many years.

Manjit Singh Sethi, a former municipal councillor, said today it was an unauthorised colony, which had grown quite big over time due to political patronage extended to slum dwellers.

The colony, he said, had made life miserable for the residents of Phase III-A, especially those living close to the area. A wall was got constructed to cut off the jhuggi area but parts of it were later broken to make passages through it.

Sethi said residents in the phase often faced power trippings because of kundi connections made by persons living in the colony. When the kundis were got removed, certain slum dwellers attacked residents of Phase III-A and even protests were organised.

President of the Residents Welfare Association of Phase IIIA Harbhajan Singh said the removal of the colony had come as a big relief. Women and children living in the illegal colony often used to roam around in the residential area here leading to road accidents. Petty thefts had become a part of life of the residents, he added.

Harbhajan Singh said there was so much of filth and garbage all along the colony that those living nearby in Mohali often used to curse their fate that they had no option but to live in such unhygienic surroundings.



PU students burn UT Admn’s effigy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
Students of Panjab University (PU) came out to express their anger against the demolition drive held in five colonies here today.

The drive left over 20,000 families homeless. The Students for Society (SFS) burnt an effigy of the UT Administration, at Student Centre on the PU campus.

SFS president Arishdeep Singh said his organisation strongly condemned the action of the UT Administration, which was desperately carrying out demolition drives ignoring the rights and condition of the people and putting their lives and employment at stake.

Raminder Singh, a member, said big promises of rehabilitating dwellers of these colonies under a 2006 scheme proved as a sham as only a few displaced families could avail of the benefit.

“We demand that the present demolition drive, under which the Administration has decided to raze down 18 colonies, be stopped immediately. Proper arrangements should be made to rehabilitate those who have already been displaced. The criteria for allotment of houses should be relaxed. If the Administration sincerely thinks about rehabilitation of displaced people, methods like in situ rehabilitation or regularisation of colonies should be adopted, as it had been done at some other places,” he said.


Mohali family denied cremation
Crematorium ‘in-charge’ tells kin no last rites performed after 4.30 pm
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 10
A family residing in Sector 70 here experienced alleged highhandedness by an "unauthorised” in-charge of a local cremation ground when the latter did not allow them to perform the last rites of their kin. The family of Arwinder Singh, who lost the head of their family Tara Singh yesterday at 11.30am, faced trouble as they were not allowed to perform his last rites after 4.30 pm, the deadline to bring the bodies to the cremation ground.

“The self-styled in-charge of the cremation ground, Narendra Pandey, who is a son of a Mohali Municipal Corporation official, Ram Bilas Pandey, who has been assigned with the duty at the ground, clearly told us not to turn up after 4.30pm. No last rites would be performed after that,” alleged Manjit Singh Bhatia, the immediate neighbour of the family.

Interestingly, the Mohali MC authorities have no idea of such a “deadline”.

Terming the behaviour of the official in question ridiculous, MC Commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta said he would look into the matter and take strict action against him, if found guilty. “How he could behave in such an irresponsible manner,” said Gupta while talking to Chandigarh Tribune today.

Bhatia said the deceased’s family had requested to permit them to perform the last rites at 5 to 5.30 pm as their several relatives, including two sons of Tara Singh, had to come from outside the city.

“He (Narendra Pandey) did not budge,” alleged Bhatia, adding that the family had to keep the body at their house for the entire night. The last rites took place today at 10.30am.



Rain likely in three days
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
Met Department has forecasted rain in the next three days that will give relief from the scorching heat.

As per the forecast for tomorrow, there will be rain in the city which will dip the temperature by two notches below normal. The rain will continue till Tuesday as per the forecast.

There was a mild dust storm during evening hours in the city. The maximum temperature recorded today was 39°C, which is one notch below normal and minimum temperature recorded was 22.2°C.

A Met official said in the next three days, the day and night temperature would further drop due to rain in the city. The official said there would be partly cloudy sky with rain and thunder with a maximum temperature of 37°C and a minimum temperature of 24°C tomorrow. There would be rain along with dust storm in the region due to western disturbances.



Recarpeting of roads in sector 6
P’kula Mayor flares at MC work
Exchanges heated arguments with executive officer of the civic body
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 10
Panchkula Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia exchanged heated arguments with the executive officer of the Municipal Corporation (MC), OP Sihag, over the quality of material to be used for the recarpeting of roads in Sector 6, here yesterday.

Infuriated Ahluwalia said she won’t allow MC officials to take commission in the road repairs. She added, “There is a particular temperature at which the material is heated and the same is being over-heated. Due to over-heating, the road appears dark in colour but starts cracking in five-six days, I am not a layman but still have some technical knowledge.”

Ahluwalia asked as to why no junior engineer (JE) from the MC was present at the time of recarpeting which was mandatory to keep a check on the material used.

Meanwhile, seeing the Mayor flare up, OP Sihag said, “These things should not be discussed publicly.” Regarding poor quality, Sihag added, “We all are laymen. How a Mayor or I can know whether it is of poor quality or not? We send the samples to a third party agency and then make payments.”

Sihag said, “Officials who point out such irregularity should also see how much staff we have. We just have six JEs out of which three are already retired and working as extension.”

Ahluwalia walked out after pointing out the discrepancies.

The work of recarpeting that started in Sector 6 was estimated of Rs 40 lakh. Though, a total of Rs 97 lakh will be spent in the sector, but the stretch which is badly potholed will be repaired first.


I will not tolerate any irregularity on the part of the MC officials. And I will get all the samples checked at the Shri Ram Institute in Delhi and not by any local institute.

Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia, mayor, Panchkula



Goods worth lakhs gutted
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 10
Goods worth lakhs were gutted after a fire broke out at an agarbatti factory (incense stick) in Barwala this evening.

According to the police, short circuit was the reason behind the fire. The police said a short circuit took place in the power switch in the front of the factory that was being run by Mahavir Industry.

Owner of the factory Gautam Jain said the fire broke out at the front side, so the staff was evacuated from the back. Fire was so huge that two fire tenders had to be called from Naraingarh while two others from Panchkula were also roped in to control it.

The fire was controlled after a span of six hours.

All types of raw material used in preparing agarbattis was destroyed in the fire.

Fire at a house

Short circuit in a washing machine triggered in a major fire at a house at Sector 10 here this morning. Owner of the house Gurjeet Singh was out of station for official work while his wife was in a park near the house when the incident took place. The family lived on the first floor of the house.

It was only after a maid working there, saw fumes coming out of the power switch that she went downstairs to inform the owner of the house.

In the meantime, the fire broke out. The neighbours called the fire brigade and police. ASI Sukhwinder Singh reached the spot and found short circuiting as the reason of the fire.

The neighbours also said that the fire brigade reached very late on the spot. When enquired, they said they were caught up at the red light leading to the delay.

It took half an hour for the fire tender to control the fire.



Mahindra on strengthening spree

Chandigarh: India’s leading multi-brand car workshop company, Mahindra First Choice Services (MFCS) is strengthening its presence in the country through its franchise model. With Franchise Owned and Franchise Operated (FOFO) model, the company will now foray into Chandigarh, Punjab, Delhi/NCR, Mumbai, Pune and Karnataka, which will help the company to meet its target of 100 plus workshops by the end of this fiscal year.

OPPO India announces expansion plan

OPPO India, a global technology brand, has announced plans for an aggressive service network expansion in the country with a target of over 200 service centres in the next one year. OPPO currently retails in 12 major cities- New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Kolkata, Pune and Lucknow. Recently, OPPO launched its 3G-enabled budget smartphone named ‘OPPO Joy’ in the Indian market, targeting the young generation and first-time smartphone users.

Grasim launches new collection

Grasim suiting launched its autumn-winter collection’14 on Saturday. The collection focuses on easy dressing designed for men on natural material and blends as 100 per cent mercerised cotton has been used for greater comfort, elegance and a relaxed look. The new collection exudes free spirit, merges glamour with comfort and sophistication while using the most delightful combination of bright colours and different hues to mark the onset of the season. Abhijit Ganguly, brand director, Grasim, said the collection reaffirms Grasim’s emergence from a fabric player to a trendsetter in branded fashionable apparels.

Nissan’s customer service campaign launched

Nissan announced the launch of first phase of its Indian customer service campaign named happy with Nissan, to be held from May 9 to 18, 2014. The initiative will see camps set up in 66 Nissan authorised service outlets across 54 Indian cities. Nissan customers will be able to drop in and have their vehicles washed and thoroughly checked for free by qualified Nissan service staff. For Chandigarh customers, service camps will be hosted in Hind Nissan. Making the announcement, Kenichiro Yomura, president, Nissan India Operations, said we want to create a service environment that our customers could trust, be comfortable and feel proud of being associated with the brand.

Infogain appoints Prashant Karnik as GM

Infogain, an IT consulting firm, has appointed Prashant Karnik as the new senior vice-president and general manager of its high-tech business unit. A current member of Infogain’s board of directors, he brings more than two and a half decades of service industry experience to the role. Infogain’s President and CEO Kapil Nanda said, he possessed a vast understanding of our space and had a track record of successfully managing and growing global teams across various geographies.

Eye hospital comes up in Mohali

Dr Rajeev Gupta, MS Opthalmology, PGI, (second from left) interacts with media at Sangam Netralaya Eye Hospital in Sector 70, Mohali, on Saturday. Also seen in the picture are Dr Gaurav Sanghi (extreme left), Dr Ashish Ahuja (extreme right) and Dr Gagandeep Singh Brar
Dr Rajeev Gupta, MS Opthalmology, PGI, (second from left) interacts with media at Sangam Netralaya Eye Hospital in Sector 70, Mohali, on Saturday. Also seen in the picture are Dr Gaurav Sanghi (extreme left), Dr Ashish Ahuja (extreme right) and Dr Gagandeep Singh Brar. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Mohali: Sangam Netralaya Eye Hospital was launched at Sector 70 on Saturday. The hospital provides facility of retina transplantation. This was stated by Dr Rajeev Gupta, retina specialist. A team of four doctors, consisting three former PGI, Chandigarh eye specialists, have come up with the project where cases of cataract surgeries, corneal transplant, retina, glaucoma, uveitis and pediatric ophthalmology would be handled. The other specialists, including Dr Gagandeep Siingh Brar, Dr Gaurav Sanghi and Dr Ashish Ahuja claimed that the charges were affordable at the hospital and poor patients would be charged nominal rates. — TNS



Morni mishap case
Contradictions surface in girl’s statement
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 10
The police probe into the mysterious death of Panchkula-based lawyer Saman Dhanak has taken a U-turn with serious contradictions surfacing today in the statement made by the girl about the timings of the mishap and the victim’s mobile locations.
Saman Dhanak
Saman Dhanak

While the girl, who was accompanying the boy at the time of the incident, has been stating that the accident took place near Mandana, in Morni, on April 19 at 10.30pm, the mobile location of the victim revealed that he was at Mubarakpur in Punjab, at 10.30pm.

Interestingly, both locations are located around 40 km apart.

With the call details of Saman emerging out today, his family said it was a clear-cut murder. At 10.30pm, Saman’s mother spoke to him and he said he would come home soon and then the call got disconnected and later his phone went not reachable.

The call details of Saman’s phone recovered from the girl, sought by the Special Investigation team (SIT), showed his location at 2.45pm at his residence in the Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 4, when the girl claimed that they visited Tikar Taal in Morni at 12pm on April 19. At 3.30pm, his mobile location was traced near Sectors 11/14 roads in Panchkula.

Surprisingly, according to the police and the family who were shown the details, his mobile phone did not show any mobile location from 3.30pm to 10.30pm and no call was made between this period.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Jagtar Singh, who is heading the SIT, said as no call was made between this period, may be the phone was switched off as it did not show any location.

Rajender Dhanak, father of the deceased, said: "We were shown the call details. My son would never keep his phone switched off. At 10.30pm, when the girl is claiming to have fallen into the gorge, his mobile location is showing Mubarakpur that is in the Punjab circle. My son has been taken to Morni after 10.30pm".

"Why don’t they check the call details of all three phones of the girl. Why are they seeking details from the Cyber Cell for only one phone given by her,” Rajender said.

The SIT also visited the spot at Morni today and went deep inside the gorge to check whether mobile phone network is available there or not. The SIT found that in the gorge it was impossible to operate the Internet, which the girl did for 25 minutes as per her phone records.

Commissioner of Police Ajay Singhal said: "I am waiting for the final report. We are working on all theories."

On the intervening night of April 19 and 20, Saman Dhanak, grandson of a former Haryana Minister, died when his car fell into a 60-foot-deep gorge at the Morni hills. His female friend suffered serious injuries. It was after the family raised several missing links in the police investigation that a SIT was formed in the case.



Strengthen bundhs of water channels before monsoon, says DC
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 10
The bundhs of various rivulets/ water channels passing through Mohali district should be strengthened before the onset of the monsoon to avoid flooding.

This was stated by Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu while addressing a meeting with the officials of various departments here yesterday.

He said encroachments should be removed from the rivulets and the beds should be cleaned to ensure the proper flow of rainwater.

Officials of the Drainage Department were asked to coordinate with the SDMs concerned and get videography and still photography done of weak areas of the bandhs. Reports in this regard should be sent to the government for the release of funds for the repair work.

Members of the District Disaster Management Cell were asked to prepare a flood-management plan.



firing incident at Panjab University
No lessons learnt, vehicles go unchecked
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
Taking no lessons from the yesterday’s firing incident at Panjab University, security officers deployed at different gates of the campus today did not bother to take any precautions to avoid such incidents in future.

During a visit to the campus today, it was found that the security personnel deployed at all five gates, which include the main and southern campus, neither checked the vehicles of outsiders nor noted down the registration numbers of the vehicles entering the campus.

A security guard on the condition of anonymity said it would not be possible for them to check every "outside" vehicle plying on the campus. The practice was followed a few years ago. However, it led to huge traffic jams outside the campus due to which the authorities discontinued it. Even if security guards checked the vehicles, they could not detect the weapons carried by strangers.

After taking over the additional charge of PU chief security officer, the assistant professor, University School of Open Learning (USOL), Dr Jatinder Grover, held a meeting with all security officers. In the meeting, he instructed the officers to start checking of “outside” vehicles on all gates to avoid any such incident in future.

Grover said he had written to the police about the firing incident, which took place in the university yesterday. Police officials said they were yet to trace the accused, Karan Sharma, who was involved in the firing incident in the campus and tried to harm Surjit Singh, a student of the university.

The security officers were also asked to come up with a plan to tighten the security by the next week so that the safety on the campus could be improved. During the meeting, the problems faced by the security staff and the students were also discussed.



Degrees conferred on 50 students at convocation
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 10
As many as 50 students of the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) received MTech degrees in the first-ever convocation of the institute here today.

At a brief function, chief guest Professor Arun Kumar Grover, Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, Chandigarh, gave away the degrees to pass-out students.

Dr Sukhleen Bindra Narang, Dean for Faculty of Engineering and Technology, GNDU, Amritsar, and Dr Rajesh Khanna, HoD, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Thapar University, Patiala, were the guests of honour on the occasion.

Prof Grover said arrangements would be made for C-DAC Mohali and Panjab University, Chandigarh, working together for the better technical education programme in the future.

While sharing the remarkable achievements of the students of his institute, Director of the C-DAC DK Jain said C-DAC had become a big name in the computer technology arena and was well known as “supercomputing” now.

Dr Jain said a placement cell was being created in the institute to look after the employment prospects of the students.

He said: “The institute provides short-term training programmes as well as MTech in VLSI design, embedded systems and electronic product design technology (full-time) and information technology (part-time)”.



Emphasis laid on communication proficiency of students at seminar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
A seminar on communication skills was organised at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (AFPI), Mohali.

It was held to hone the communication proficiency of students of 10 local schools - Shivalik Public School, Gian Jyoti, The British School, St Stephens, Shemrock, Ryan International, Lawerance Public School, YPS Patiala, Doon International Punjab Public School, Nabha, besides the cadets of the AFPI.

In his inaugural address, Maj Gen KS Bajwa (retd), who was commissioned in 1945, shared his personal experiences in the Army and also narrated interesting anecdotes about Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw. He also inaugurated a 18-ft wide mural of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Durbar. Names of the AFPI achievers will be embossed on the walls of the Durbar.

AFPI Director Maj Gen BS Grewal (retd) spoke on the art of public speaking. A talk on the awareness of body language was delivered by Col HS Chauhan. Brig KD Singh highlighted the skills of appearing in an interview, while a talk on written expression was delivered by P Sohal, head mistress of Shemrock Senior Secondary School.

Guest students also delivered brief talks on the topics given to them.



Economic agenda of next government discussed
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 10
With a topic of the economic agenda of the next government of the country, a panel discussion was organised by the Oxford University Press India (OUPI) in collaboration with the Indian School of Business (ISB) here today.

Apart from discussing various economic aspects of the country in coming days, the OUPI also released its publishing work, “the Oxford Handbook of the Indian Economy in the 21st Century”, on the occasion.

The book delves into the unique features of India’s growth path and debates the relative importance of external factors compared to domestic reforms such as improved governance.

Rajesh Chakrabarti, clinical associate professor of Public Policy, executive director, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, ISB; Rajesh Chadha from NCAER; Dr Amir Khan, Gates Foundation and Glocal University; Professor Deepak Lal, UCLA; and Subhomoy Bhattacharya, Deputy Editor, Economic Times; were some of the key speakers at the panel discussion.



from Schools
Children express gratitude to their mothers


The bond between a mother and a child is very precious. It must be acknowledged, appreciated and celebrated. Keeping this in mind, Mother’s Day was celebrated at AKSIPS-45. Students of nursery class expressed their love, affection and esteem for their mothers through different activities.

Chandigarh Baptist School

Students of Chandigarh Baptist School dedicated the morning assembly to their mother to celebrate Mother’s Day. A programme was conducted where students of different classes presented their views on the life of mothers. Children recited poems on the mother’s love.
Women enjoy with their children at Aanchal International School, Sector 41, Chandigarh
Women enjoy with their children at Aanchal International School, Sector 41, Chandigarh; and Ashmah International School in Mohali
Ashmah International School in Mohali

St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School

The Hindi choir of St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School touched the souls of everyone present in the special assembly held to celebrate Mother’s Day. Through their song, the students thanked their mothers for their selfless love and affection. Ishita Agarwal of Class XII-B and Shubanshi of Class IX highlighted the importance of the day through their speeches. Mother’s Day is celebrated worldwide on second Sunday of May every year.

Green Castle Public School

Kindergarten students of Green Castle School, Sector 47-C, celebrated Mother’s day with enthusiasm. Teachers of the kindergarten classes made beautiful cards for the mothers of students. Manager of the school Sunita Kapoor told the students about the importance of the mother in a child’s life.

Banyan Tree School

Mother's Day was celebrated at Banyan Tree School, Sector 48-B. The students expressed their love and respect for their mothers through dance renditions. A health talk was also organised to mark the celebrations. Dr Preeti Jindal, senior consultant, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Mohali, delivered an informative talk on the importance of preventive health care.

St Joseph's Sr Sec School

Mother’s Day is the perfect occasion to acknowledge mother’s place in our heart and life. Students of primary wing of St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44-D, presented a colorful programme. The celebrations began with a speech, followed by poems on Mother’s Day. Later, students of Class I presented a group song “Mommy & Me”.

Govt High Smart School

Government High Smart School, Sector 50-B, celebrated Mother’s Day to honour mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. Students and teachers expressed their views on motherhood through speech and poems. Baljeet Kaur, headmistress of Government High Senior Secondary School, Sector 54, presided over. A poster-making competition was also held.

Sri Guru Harkrishan Model School

Students of Sri Guru Harkrishan Model School, Sector 38-D, celebrated Mother’s Day on the school premises. Students of the music club presented a group song. Poems and speeches on the importance of the mother in the life of a person were also presented. Students of Classes I-V participated in inter-class competitions.

New India Sr Sec School

Panchkula: Students of New India Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, celebrated Mother’s Day with enthusiasm for a week on their campus. Inter-house competitions were held among senior and junior students. Speeches, poem recitation, poem-writing and card-making competition were also held. Students from the kindergarten section expressed their love and gratitude to their mothers.

Shishu Niketan Public School

Tiny tots of Shishu Niketan Public School, Sector 5, Mansa Devi Complex, celebrated Mother’s Day. Dressed in colourful dresses, students of various classes performed cultural activities. A play staged by Class X students left everyone emotional. The celebrations culminated with a speech by principal of the school Ranjana Bakshi.

Hansraj Public School

Students of Hansraj Public School celebrated Mother’s Day with enthusiasm. Various activities and competitions such as poetry recitation, jewellery box designing, card making were organised at the school.

Satluj Public School

Mothers’ Day was celebrated at Satluj Public School. To mark the celebrations, a plethora of activities were organised for students to understand the value of their mothers. The event commenced with a special assembly. The celebrations concluded with students pasting special messages for their mothers on a wall. Students of junior classes baked special cakes for their mothers.

AKSIPS-125 Smart School

Mohali: Students of AKSIPS-125 Smart School made their mothers feel special by celebrating Mothers take part in a modelling contest at AKSIPS-125 Smart School in Mohali Mother's Day on the school premises. The students welcomed their mothers with heart-touching songs. The event was infused with a surfeit of enthralling activities and contests for mothers like tongue twister, ramp walk, rap the sari in one minute, blow the balloons in one minute, etc. The mothers were also asked to share their thoughts about the special day. - TNS

Mothers take part in a modelling contest at AKSIPS-125 Smart School in Mohali. Tribune photographs

The history

Mother's Day dates back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans. But its roots can also be traced to the UK where a Mothering Sunday was celebrated much before the day became popular. Thanks to the hard work of the pioneering women of their times - Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis - the day came into existence.



PO aspirants get handy tips

Chandigarh, May 10
The Institute for Banking Services (IBS) today organised a day-long workshop for those aspiring for the post of SBI probationary officer (PO), the examination for which will be held in June 2014. The objective of the workshop was to provide handy tips and guidelines to those appearing for the examination.

Rizul Sharma, a banking expert from Gurgaon, delivered a session. He highlighted the importance of the nationalised banking sector and core concepts of banking. He also gave tips to the candidates on how to crack the examination. — TNS



Students told about ill-effects of tobacco
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 10
The Sahayta Cancer Sahyog conducted an awareness programme on the harmful effects of tobacco, pan masala, bidi, cigarette, hukka and gutka for students.

The organisers said they held a series of interactive sessions/programmes on the subject throughout April and May, followed by an inter-school declamation contest on the harmful effects of tobacco on Saturday at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, Chandigarh.

The function was presided over by Brig Keshav Chandra, former president of the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association.

Renu Saigal, president of the organisation, said the schools were asked to hold declamation contests under the supervision of teachers and send them the best two entries in each category by April 30. Around 76 entries were received.



International Olympiad
Shemrock student excels

Mohali, May 10
Harshdeep Singh Sohi of Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Mohali, bagged the first rank in the International Olympiad of English Language (iOEL-2014, second level). Students of the school had participated in the iOEL-2014, second level, at the international level and one of its Class 12 students, Harshdeep, won the first rank. He scored 83.222 marks and won a prize of Rs 51,000, which will be awarded to him in Delhi.

He has also become eligible to participate in the third-level competition to be held in Delhi. The winners of the third level will be sent for an educational excursion abroad. Besides Harshdeep, Aalampreet Singh, Aseem Malhotra, Nivandeep Singh Dhillon and Aashish Goyal also won positions among the first 10 students at the state-level in this competition. — OC



Workshop concludes at GMCH-32

Chandigarh, May 10
A workshop on basic and advanced cardiac life support concluded at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here.

It aimed at enhancing knowledge and strengthening life-saving skills of various delegates who are working in various medical colleges and hospitals of the northern India.

The workshop was conducted with the help of Prof Atul Sachdev, Director-Principal, GMCH-32, and Prof Satinder Gombar, Head of the Department (HOD), Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. Prof S Gombar inaugurated the workshop. — TNS



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