C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


shooting incident
Accused constable discharged, held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Four days after he attempted suicide after shooting his wife to death at the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital in Sector 16, the accused UT police constable Anand Kumar was discharged today and arrested in the murder case.

Anand was taken to the police station from the rear side of the hospital, as the family of the deceased girl was protesting outside the hospital and demanding strict action against the accused.

Anand Kumar, on July 25 had killed his wife with his service revolver at General Hospital, Sector 16. Dimple was on duty at the hospital, when she was killed.

The Chandigarh Police are yet to fix responsibility into the allegations of police negligence by the Sector 24 police post and the Sector 11 police station, into the Dimple murder case. Dimple’s family alleged that they had complained to the police innumerable times that the constable used to threaten his wife with the service revolver but the police paid no heed to their complaints.

Dimple, who was killed by her husband Anand Kumar had complained to the police that her life was in danger as the constable used to threaten to kill her with his service revolver and that his service weapon should be confiscated. The family had also complained but the police failed to act in real time, as a result, Dimple was killed. An inquiry was marked to DSP (crime) Jagbir Singh, who is yet to submit his report. The constable will be produced in the court tomorrow.

Cops’ responsibility remains to be fixed

The Chandigarh Police are yet to fix responsibility into the allegations of negligence by officials of the Sector 24 police post and the Sector 11 police station, into the Dimple murder case. Dimple’s family alleged that they had complained to the police innumerable times that the constable used to threaten his wife with the service revolver but the police paid no heed.

Education: RTI observation adds fuel to fire

The cold war between the UT Education Department and city-based private schools over various issues has deepened further after the appellate authority of the department in its recent observations stated that these schools are covered under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005. The observation made by the Deputy Director, School Education-I, who is also the first appellate authority, has left all private schools furious, with some planning to move court against the order. P2



Rape charge against realtor
P’kula cops initiate quashing of FIR 
Say victim retracted from statement, had levelled allegations to settle scores with accused’s wife
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 29
In a twist to the rape case involving real estate builder Pawan Bansal, the police today initiated cancellation of the FIR that was got lodged by the victim, a minor, at the Sector 5 police station.

The cancellation proceedings were initiated after the victim approached the Ilaqa Magistrate through the police for again recording her statements under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPc).

The victim had got her statements recorded before the magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPc only 20 days ago. It is learnt that the victim in her current statement has reportedly retracted from her previous statements.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Rahul Sharma said, “I have been conveyed by the investigating officer that the victim in her current statement said that she was angry with the wife of the accused and in order to settle scores she levelled those allegations. We have accordingly sent for the cancellation of the FIR.”

Sources said that last week, the victim who was working as a domestic help at Bansal’s house in Sector 7 went to the police station and asked that her statements be recorded again in the court.

On July 10, the victim, a minor, who was working as a domestic help at Bansal’s house, got an FIR lodged under Section 376 (rape) against the accused. Bansal is also the director of a renowned school. Immediately after the FIR was lodged, the police got her statements recorded under Section 164 CrPc, wherein, the victim had stated that while she was sleeping in the kitchen in the wee hours, the accused came and allegedly raped her. It was after she told her family that they went with her to get a case lodged. Meanwhile, Chandigarh Tribune contacted Pawan Bansal but he failed to respond. 

Action can’t be taken against minor: Lawyer

When asked whether action could be initiated against the victim, a panel advocate of the District Legal Services Authority, Manbir Singh Rathi, said, “As per law, no action can be initiated because she is a juvenile. However, if the person against whom she has levelled allegations moves an application, then action can be initiated.”

3 days ago, another victim had turned hostile

The incident occurred three days after former Panchkula District Health Officer Dr Lalit Vermani was acquitted after the victim turned hostile.



AAP worker arrested for sending fake e-mail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
A month after he was booked, the cyber cell of the UT police have arrested Aam Admi Party (AAP) worker for sending a fake e-mail. The police arrested Manpreet Singh who was booked on June 20.

The police had booked Aam Aadmi Party worker Manpreet Singh after the cyber wing started investigating the complaint that a miscreant had created a fake e-mail Id of AAP Chandigarh central observer Roopinder Dhaliwal and also sent her resignation letter. Dhaliwal lodged a complaint against Singh. The party had complained to the Senior Superintendent Of Police that the Id, roopinderdhaliwaal@gmail.com, was being used to send misleading and malicious e-mails, including Dhaliwal's resignation. The email saying that Dhaliwal was resigning from the party was sent to national leaders, including Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia. The complaint against Manpreet was lodged by Dhaliwal, who resides in Sector 8. The accused has been an AAP worker for a short period. Apart from slapping charges of forgery and cheating, some offences related to the Information Technology Act 2000 were also slapped against Manpreet.

A case was registered at the Sector 3 police station. 



kala kachha gang attack
Residents living on outskirts of Dera Bassi under constant fear
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, July 29
Village residents living in the remote areas of Dera Bassi, Lalru, Dyalpura and Chhat villages are living in constant fear of any attack by the kala kaccha gang as they have not received any directions to hold ‘thikri pehras’ in their areas from the police as yet.

But the residents of Sanauli, Kishanpura, Nagla, Gajipur, Pir Muchhala, Dhakoli and some other villages are holding ‘thikri pehras’ after the kala kaccha gang struck at a mango orchard and a ‘dargah’ located on the Sanauli-Kishanpura road on July 26 night on the directions of the district police.

Avtar Singh of Nagla village said the police asked him to organise ‘thikri pehras’ during night and coordinate with the local police and night patrolling parties.

“Though villagers are cooperating and guarding their villages even after a hectic day but some of them are finding it hard to conduct night duty,” he claimed.

“The villagers will hold a meeting to decide if the the panchayat can afford hiring two watchmen for the purpose”, he claimed.

Gurinder Singh of Sanauli village, said that following police directions after the robberies in the village, they had sought licenses for keeping arms. Though a few villagers have licensed weapons, but the Administration is not allowing them to carry weapons during the thikri pehras.” Inquiries revealed that the residents of Dyalpura, Naraingarh Jhungian, Chhat, Bakarpur, Bhankharpur, Mubarikpur and many other villages on the outskirts of Dera Bassi and Lalru had not received any direction from the police or from the civil administration.

GS Grewal, SP (D), Mohali, claimed to have directed sarpacnhes of all the villages to hold thikri pehras.

Grewal claimed that police parties on night vigil had been patrolling in the villages on a regular basis and had asked the people on thikri pehras to call them in case of any untoward incident. He claimed that the villagers were armed with batons and sticks, which were enough to counter robbers if any. 



Hike in prices: Veggie vendors create hype 
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Residents, who have been buying vegetables, especially tomato, from hawkers moving around in residential areas or from vendors in nearby markets, are paying more as the actual costs of vegetables are much less in wholesale markets.

With the UT Market Committee having no control over the rates of vegetables in these retail markets and the UT Administration turning a blind eye to the free run by small vendors, a “hype” has been created in the city that the prices of vegetables have risen, said market sources.

The prices of commonly demanded vegetables like tomato, cauliflower, beans, peas are being sold at high prices in the sectors, than those sold in retail at the Sector 26 Grain Market.

The variation in costs from the wholesale to retail counters within the Sector 26 market is also high, as there is no price regulation.

“It is correct upto some extent that consistent rain in the region has triggered a shortage in supply. But the shortage is not glaring. Besides, when the prices are regulated in the grain and vegetable markets on the wholesale and retail counters, then how can the vendors sell them at double the price and force people to believe that there has been a huge hike overall? The Administration should empower the Sector 26 Market Committee to regulate the prices across the city,” said an official from the Market Committee, Sector 26, on condition of anonymity. 



Panjab varsity student council elections to be held in mid-September 
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Panjab University will now hold student council elections as student parties have agreed to draft their code of conduct for the pre and post elections. The student council election is expected to be will held in mid-September.

Sources said that the authorities were going to hold a meeting with the special committee consisting of party representativesof so that a code of conduct could be drafted. To avoid ruckus on the campus during the elections, PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover has asked all the student parties to draft the norms which they would follow during the elections or else no elections would be conducted by the authorities.

Navdeep Goyal, PU Dean Student Welfare said all student parties had submitted their names of their representatives and soon a meeting would be convened to draft the code of conduct so that the election could be held peacefully.

He said that the draft would be approved by the parties and will also tabled in the meeting of all college heads along with police officials before conducting the elections.

The three stages

Pre-election code of conduct

On Tuesday, there was a minor clash between PUSU and SOI workers, which was resolved with the help of the security staff. With the election round the corner, a majority of the parties violate rules.They will hold car rallies and there are possibilities of group clashes so there should be a pre-election code to keep a check on such activities.

Lyngdoh Committee

The committee norms are applicable after announcement of the elections date till the date of voting.

Post elections

In the past, it has been seen that the workers of the parties that lose the elections indulge in clashes after the announcement of the winner is made and the authorities find it difficult to deal with such students. 

History of polls

  • 1970: Indirect elections were held. The department representatives of all teaching faculties used to elect two vice-presidents who worked under the Dean Student Welfare, who was the president.
  • This was followed by the Emergency, during which elections were not held.
  • 1977: Students demanded holding of direct elections.
  • 1984: The Punjab Government banned elections due to clashes.
  • 1997: PU Vice-Chancellor Prof MM Puri restarted the student council poll.



teej festival
Cong-BJP at loggerheads
BJP wants MP Kirron Kher as chief guest, Cong roots for MC chief or UT Adviser
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Even as the Municipal Corporation is all geared up to celebrate Teej Festival on August 3, the Congress and BJP councillors are at loggerheads over the issue of finalising the chief guest’s name for the function.

While the BJP councillors are rooting for MP Kirron Kher, the Congress councillors are in favour of MC Commissioner or the UT Adviser.

The MC will hold Teej festival at the Shivalik Garden in Mani Majra on August 3.

Civic body Mayor Harphool Kalyan has already formed a special committee for the Teej Festival, which will meet on July 30 to finalise the chief guest’s name and discuss arrangements for the event.

BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi had raised the demand for MP Kirron Kher’s name in the recent Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) meeting.

“In the past, the MC made former MP Pawan Kumar Bansal and his wife Madhu Bansal as chief guests. So this time, they should make MP Kirron Kher as the chief guest,” said Joshi.

However, countering Joshi’s demand, Congress councillor Mukesh Bassi said, “In the past, BJP councillors had boycotted various functions wherein the MC had made former MP Pawan Kumar Bansal as the chief guest, then a Union minister. How can the BJP propose Kirron’s name when they did not favour Bansal’s name in the past,” said Bassi.

Many Congress councillors are in favour of making any senior woman official of UT or MC as the chief guest. Last year, the function was inaugurated by UT’s Additional Secretary Prerna Puri.

Congress councillor Gurbax Rawat — chairperson of the special committee formed by the Mayor for Teej festival — said, “The committee will meet on July 30 and I will comment after that.”

Despite repeated attempts, Mayor Harphool Kalyan could not be contacted for his comments. 

Mayor didn’t inform me about venue: Councillor

Gurcharan Dass Kala, area councillor of Mani Majra, where the MC is organising the Teej Festival, said the Mayor did not inform him about the function in his ward. Targeting Mayor Harphool Kalyan, Kala said, “It was the Mayor’s responsibility to inform the area councillor before finalising the venue. Though it is a welcome step that the festival is being organised in my ward, I feel ‘sidelined’ by the Mayor,” he said.



City to have training institute for drivers 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Soon, the city will have its own state-run driver’s training institute.

Acting on the instructions of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the UT has identified four-acre land in the Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Sector 26, for the facility.

The institute — to be set up under public-private partnership (PPP) mode — will offer training courses to trainers, induction training courses to drive light motor vehicles and heavy motor vehicles.

Two private companies — Maruti and TATA — have approached the UT’s Transport Department to set up the facility under the PPP mode.

Discussing the facility, Additional Secretary of the State Transport Authority, Rajiv Tewari, said, “It will provide trained drivers for employment in the government and private sector.”

Those requiring licences to drive heavy vehicles should possess certification of training from the institute. At present, the state-run institutes are in Kaithal, Haryana and Muktsar, Punjab.

This will also check the practice of procuring fake certificates and address the shortage of trained drivers for driving heavy transport buses in the region.

4-acre land for facility

The UT has identified four-acre land in the Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Sector 26, for setting up the facility. 



Jan Aushadhi centres witness steep revival
Sales have picked up; stocks of medicines increase from 30 to 60 varieties 
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Marred by the erratic supply of medicines, the two Jan Aushadhi centres in the city — that faced closure after losing popularity over the past three years — have shown a steep revival in the last six months.

“Following a month’s closure, the centre’s reopened, and the new scheme of outsourcing has increased medicine stocks and the monthly income of the two centres to Rs 1 lakh,” said officials.

While the stocks of all 319 medicines have not been restored, the availability has increased from 30 to 60 varieties of medicines now.

These two centres — which were opened three years ago at the GMCH-32 and GMSH-16, to provide generic medicines (that cost lesser than branded ones) — had lost popularity as the stocks of medicines were not restored after the sale of the first lot.

The erratic supply of medicines had resulted into severe losses and the UT Red Cross Society was not able to even pay salaries to the operators at these centres.

Sources said a total of Rs 30,000 is incurred in paying salaries to the workers.

what is jan Aushadhi centre

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stipulates that 319 medicines are to be made available at the Jan Aushadhi centres. There are more than 200 such centres in India, including three in the city. The centres were opened with much fanfare — at the PGI in 2009, the GMCH-32 and the GMSH-16 in 2011.

The new strategy

The UT Red Cross Society, which runs these centres, has outsourced the management work, including the supply of medicines, to the contractors. As per an agreement, the managers are responsible for buying generic medicines from multiple suppliers instead of public sector undertakings, a practice that led to the failure of the centres in the past three years. “The managers share nearly 50 per cent of their profit with the UT Red Cross Society, while procuring medicines from different companies, whichever offers a particular salt at the lowest price. The total income per month of the two centres is now turning out to be Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh comes to us,” said Balbir Singh Dhol, Secretary, UT Red Cross Society.



prohibition on entering ghaggar during monsoon
Ban only on paper
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 29
Even as the Panchkula Administration has imposed a ban on entering the waters of Kaushalaya Dam on Ghaggar river in rainy season, youths playing in the waters is a common sight during the daytime.

There is nobody to stop them from entering the area. Directions have been issued under Section 144 of the CrPC prohibiting entering the waters of Kaushalya Dam or Ghaggar river.

The orders, issued for public safety, stated that as the water level rose during rainy season, the residents should avoid entering it.

Police officials claimed that PCRs that patrol the area keep a check on the violators.

In Ghaggar river, many people are seen looking for coins and other household items in the water.

Last year, six youths who had gone to celebrate the birthday of a friend, drowned while playing in the Ghaggar.

A search operation was carried out to fish out the bodies.

In 2010, a resident of Azad Colony and two other youths were swept away in the strong currents of the Ghaggar while they were looking for coins.

Similarly, the Army and firemen in a rescue operation had saved the lives of five persons, including two women of Dhakka Colony near Sector 21, who were stranded on a small island in the overflowing Ghaggar in 2010. 



panchkula heist
Jewellers to meet DGP today
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 29
Seeking speedy investigation in the heist that took place at a jewellery shop on July 13, jewellers from the town would meet the Haryana Director General of Police (DGP), SN Vashisht, at the police headquarters in Sector 6 here tomorrow.

The meeting has been fixed after the Panchkula police failed to make a breakthrough in the case till now.

Robbers struck at the Rajat Jewellers in Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, Panchkula, and fled with cash and jewellery amounting to Rs 50 lakh after stabbing the owner of the shop, Aashi Khanna.

"There is no breakthrough in the case so far. No one has been arrested till now. So we all have decided to meet the DGP tomorrow," said Rajat, son of the owner of the shop where the robbery took place.

He added, " We are not big businessmen like PC Jewellers or Tanishq. Our hardearned money of 16 years went in just 16 minutes due to the poor security in the town."

The police said they had got major clues but till date no one has been arrested.

Seeking justice on facebook

The robbery victims are now demanding justice on the Facebook. They have posted various pictures of the daocity at their shop. Visitors to the Facebook page have had a dig at the failure of Panchkula police in checking crime.



171 units of blood collected

Panchkula, July 29
As many as 171 units were collected during a blood donation camp organised at Hallmark Public School, Sector 15 here.

A medical team from the Rotary Blood Bank Society, Sector 37, Chandigarh, conducted the camp under the supervision of Dr Manish Rai. The donors were awarded with souvenirs and certificates to make the event memorable for them.

As a pre-curser to the camp, this year, Hallmark Public School had added “Importance of Blood Donation”, a 15-day programme, in its curriculum.

School director Jivtesh Garg said, “The idea was to motivate students so as to raise their level of sensitivity towards important social causes.” — TNS



Mohali gears up for monsoon
Stormwater pipelines cleaned up in waterlogging-prone areas; drainage system strengthened
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 29
The Mohali Administration has claimed to have redressed the problem of waterlogging in the town.

“There would be no waterlogging in the town now. The problem has been checked by taking requisite measures in the areas prone to waterlogging,” said JS Dhami, executive engineer, Department of Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation, here.

Dhami said in Phase 3B2, where rainwater used to accumulate in certain parts, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has built a huge underground reservoir, which has been connected with the storm water pipeline for speedy drainage of rainwater

Similarly, in Madanpura village, a 48-inch pipeline has been laid, which is connected to the storm water pipeline, added Dhami.

In Phase XI, the two main pipelines (48 inch and 52 inch) have been cleaned for smooth flow of rainwater. “Work is also on at Phase XI to further improve the drainage system,” he said.

Dhami admitted that several pipelines in the town were blocked as those were never cleaned earlier. “This year, the Municipal Corporation, Mohali, decided to clean up all the pipelines before monsoon sets in. Almost all the pipes in the town are cleaned, so we are sure that there would be no waterlogging this rainy season,” claimed the XEN.

Notably, the GMADA had hired the services of IIT, Mumbai, to improve the water drainage system to cope with the problem of waterlogging.

Some measures, including reducing the level of a part of the main road in Phase V, were also taken last year for free flow of water in the area. “Water used to enter several houses till last year. However, the problem seems to have been redressed,” said Avtar Singh, a resident of Phase V. 



Two youths injured in road mishap
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 29
Two youngsters sustained serious injuries after the motorcycle they were riding was hit by a car on the light point near Radha Soami Satsang Bhawan, Industrial Area, here this afternoon.

The injured, identified as Ashwini Kumar and Jeewan Singh, both in their early 20s, have been admitted to the Max Hospital and their condition is stated to be serious.

The police said Ashwini Kumar was driving the motorcycle without helmet. Their motorbike collided with a Polo car being driven by one Ravinder Singh, the police added.

Both Ashwini Kumar and Jeewan Singh are residents of Khera Gajju village. 



Fortis Hospital awarded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Fortis Hospital, Mohali, won the Best Multi-specialty Hospital (Non Metro) Award during the first edition of Doc N Doc Gammex Saviour Awards 2014 organised at New Delhi.

The awards ceremony, an initiative of Doc N Doc, saw over 50 awards across several categories covering hospitals, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, researchers, innovators, international personalities, campaigns and social development initiatives.

Dr Gurbir Singh, regional medical director, Fortis Hospital, collected the award.




Ezone opens store at mall in Zirakpur

Ezone is all set to open its new store inside Big Bazaar at Paras Downtown Square mall, Zirakpur. The store offers electronics and lifestyle solutions. The store will offer a range of electrical appliances, mobile phones and gaming tools.

Talwalkars offer discounts

Talwalkars Better Value Fitness Limited, a fitness chain, has announced its annual discount scheme. As Talwalkars completes four decades this year, the August Discount Scheme is available from August 1 to September 11 under the Complete Health Club Facility (CHCF).

Bikers reunion in Manali

Royal Enfield is set to host the REunion North in the scenic town of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, starting on August 1. More than 100 riders from Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh, Amritsar and other major cities and towns of North India are expected to join the weekend-long event. The reunion provides yet another opportunity to Royal Enfield owners to spend a weekend doing what they love the most - riding out of cramped cities to scenic destinations.

New test to detect viral hepatitis

To provide accurate and non-invasive tool for assessing liver damage, SRL Diagnostics Limited (SRL),in collaboration with EchosensFrance, launched a new reference test, Echosens Fibro Meter Virus, on the eve of the World Hepatitis Day. Viral hepatitis is a silent killer as it rarely presents symptoms until very late. — TNS



Celebrations galore on Eid
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 29
Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated with fervour at Tiny-tots’ Foundation School.
The festivities spread the message of brotherhood and togetherness among the student fraternity.

The children greeted their teachers and friends by hugging them and wishing “Eid Mubarak”.

Teachers explained the importance of the festival. They said Eid meant living together with love and kindness towards each other.



Tussle between Education Department, private schools
RTI observation adds fuel to fire
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The cold war between the UT Education Department and city-based private schools over various issues has deepened further after the appellate authority of the department in its recent observations stated that these schools are covered under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005.

The observation made by the Deputy Director, School Education-I, who is also the first appellate authority, has left all private schools furious, with some planning to move court against the order.

For the past many years, the Education Department and private schools are at loggerheads over issues such as reimbursement to students admitted under the economically weaker section (EWS) quota, release of EWS quota seats, implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, procedure for allotting land to schools and taking services of private schools for improving the infrastructure of government schools.

Hearing to a case in which the applicant has sought information under the RTI Act, the appellate authority—giving references to the apex court, J&K High Court and Chief Information Commissioner, New Delhi—observed that private schools are covered under the RTI Act, and directed the school in question to make the information available within 10 days.

“This observation is being made on baseless grounds. How can someone overrule the Supreme Court’s verdict? As per the verdict, unaided schools do not come under the RTI Act. In one of the rare cases, the Delhi High Court had asked schools to pass information on restricted queries to a schoolteacher. I have all these orders with me. Private schools will be taking legal opinion. The Deputy Director, School Education, is appointed to look after the department, not to pass such orders,” said HS Mamik, chairman of Vivek High School, Sector 38.

JP Singh, director, St Kabir School, said: “It is a strange decision. How can private schools be covered under the RTI Act. We are not taking a single penny from the UT.”

Maintaining that he had no personal grudges against any of the schools, the Deputy Director, School Education, Chanchal Singh, said: “The observation was made as per documents provided by both parties and on the basis of judgement of the Supreme Court.”



PGGCG-11 girls plant saplings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Prakriti, the environment society of Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, in collaboration with the National Service Scheme unit, celebrated vanamahotsava today. College principal Achila Dogra was the chief guest at the massive plantation drive held on the occasion.

Addressing the students and faculty members, she emphasised the importance of trees, especially medicinal plants.

Around 50 saplings of ashoka, neem, amla, amaltas, chukrasia, kachnar, gulmohar and alstonia were planted by the students and teachers on the college campus.

Dean College and overall coordinator of societies Dr Anita Kaushal and vice principal Dr Beenu Dogra also planted saplings. Students pledged to adopt and take care of the planted saplings.



CBSE to conduct heritage quiz
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The Central Board of Secondary Education, under its Heritage Education Programme, is coming up with an inter-school quiz to create awareness on the cultural diversity of India.

The Heritage India Quiz will include 25 per cent questions on folk and tribal heritages of the northeastern states of India.

The board has directed all school heads to create awareness about heritage preservation among their staff, students and the community.

The quiz will be conducted in three phases. The first phase—city chapter—will be held from the first week of September to mid-October, the second phase—regional chapter—between mid-November and the first week of December, and the third phase—national semifinals and final—in mid-December.

In the first phase, each school will be represented by three students from Classes IX to XII. In the first stage of this phase, a PowerPoint-based written quiz with 30 questions, to be answered in 25 minutes, will be held. In the next round, an onstage quiz of nearly an hour will be conducted. It will comprise verbal, audio and visual questions for the participants who qualify the first round.

The winner from each group will qualify for the regional finals, where six teams will compete. This quiz will be similar to the second round of the first phase. The top two teams from each region will qualify for the national semifinals.

In this stage, top 20 teams from the 10 competing regions will be divided into five groups of four teams each. The winner from each group will qualify for the finals. Both these stages will be held in Delhi and broadcasted on television.

Welcoming the initiative, Dr Arvind Goyal, a local academician, said: “Such activities will motivate the youth to know and explore the rich and vast cultural heritage as well as abundant natural resources of our country. It will instil a sense of pride for the nation and patriotism in the young minds.”



MEd admissions at PU
Submit online forms by today 
Tribune News Service

The counselling for admission to MEd (regular) will be held from August 11 to 13 on the Panjab University campus.
The counselling for admission to MEd (regular) will be held from August 11 to 13 on the Panjab University campus. 

Chandigarh, July 29
Tomorrow is the last day to apply online for admissions to MEd (Regular), Med (Correspondence) and MEd (Special Education) at Panjab University and Punjab-based colleges affiliated to it.

Students who have qualified the entrance examination but are awaiting BEd results can also submit the online form.

The last date for submission of the form at the CET cell, Aruna Ranjit Chandra Hall, for admission to MEd (Regular) is August 4 and for MEd (Correspondence) is August 5.

The counselling for admission to MEd (Regular) will be from August 11 to 13. Candidates desirous of seeking admission to both the courses should send two separate application forms in separate envelopes marked MEd (Regular) and MEd (Correspondence).

Candidates can submit the copy of their BEd result to the coordinator, MEd Admissions 2014, Department of Education, before or during the counselling. The admission will be done through centralised counselling and every candidate will have to appear in person.

The form can be submitted and the counselling schedule can be checked on the website: www.medadmissions.puchd.ac.in.

BEd counselling begins

The first counselling for admission to BEd being offered at Chandigarh-based colleges will be held from July 30 to August 1 at Panjab University’s law auditorium. Students can check the schedule on the website: http://bedadmissions.puchd.ac.in.



from schools
Eye check-up camp

Chandigarh: A free eye check-up camp is being organised at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26. Dr Grewal said it was a part of his institute’s social responsibility efforts.


A plethora of activities marked vanamahotsava at KBDAV School, Sector 7. Students along with the principal and teachers renewed their pledge to “Go Green”. The Eco Club members planted saplings of palm, rose, fern, croton, tulsi, amla, lemon, ivory, bougainvillea and chrysanthemum and took a pledge to nurture them.

Go Green Day

DC Montessori School, Mani Majra, celebrated “Go Green Day”. Tiny tots took part in various activities including cotton dabbing, hand impressions and nature walk. They were taught how to keep their surroundings clean and green.

Blood donation

Panchkula: Hallmark Public School, Sector 15, organised a 15-day programme to make students aware of the importance of donating blood. School director Jivtesh Garg said: “The idea was to motivate students towards social causes. The educators explained to them their responsibilities towards society and the pivotal role of blood donation. Students’ parents, too, came forward to donate blood. In all 171 units of blood were collected. The donors were awarded souvenirs and certificates. The blood was collected by a medical team from the Rotary Blood Bank Society, Sector 37, Chandigarh, under the supervision of Dr Manish Rai.

Red Colour Day

Doon Public School, Sector 21, observed Red Colour Day. Students of the pre-primary wing came to school in red attires. Classrooms, too, were decorated with red articles. Students were told about the significance of red colour. School principal Capt Sanjay Anand appreciated the efforts and the innovative approach taken by teachers.

Children stage play

Children enacted the story of “The Lion and the Mouse” at St Teresa Convent School. Students donned the roles of the lion, mouse and hunter. Through the entertaining activity, the tiny tots learnt names of animals too. — TNS



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