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Colony number 4
Man dies in roof collapse
Future of 7 children hangs in balance as victim was lone breadwinner of family 
Tribune News Service

An injured child being rescued.

Chandigarh, August 16
A man died while six of his family and one neighbour sustained injuries when the roof of a house collapsed at the Colony No. 4 here on Friday night.

The deceased identified as Nawab Ahmad (42), a resident of Saharanpur, was living in Colony No.4, for over a decade and was working as a carpenter. He is survived by his wife and seven children.

At the time of the incident, Aafroz (38), the deceased’s wife, was away to her hometown with their eight-year-old child, Adnan.

While the other six children, Shaziya (15), Uzma (17), Afreen (12), Shoaib (11), Danish (14) and Farhaz (23), they present in the house at the time of the incident and sustained head injuries besides minor injuries on legs and arms. A woman, Rajeshwari (45) living in their neighborhood, also sustained minor injuries in the incident.
Nawab Ahmed,
Nawab Ahmed,
the victim

On Friday night, when the family members were having their dinner, the roof of the two -storeyed house collapsed. In no time, residents living nearby called the police control room and rescue teams along with the fire brigade tender rushed to the spot. After one hour of rescue operation, trapped members of the family were rescued and were rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Sector 32. On arrival, Nawab Ahmad, the head of the family, was declared brought dead by doctors.

“Just at the time, when we were beginning to eat our dinner, a brick from the roof fell on the ground and in fraction of seconds, the entire roof collapsed. We were stuck under the debris. My younger siblings were yelling and some people were shouting for help. It was a harrowing night for us and our father left us forever in just a few minutes” said Farhaz the eldest of siblings.

‘Substandard material’ used in construction

Sources in the fire and the police departments maintained that the rescue team reportedly found that substandard material was used in the construction of the damaged building. “The roof of the damaged two-storeyed house was constructed with a mud base and without any support. The structure failed to bear the brunt of the rain on Friday evening and collapsed within no time,” maintained officials in the Fire Department.

Bolt from the blue for family

With the lone breadwinner losing his life in the roof collapse, the family has lost all hopes. He is survived by seven children with severe injuries. The family is in shock, as their whole world collapsed in a few seconds. With no father to look after them and no house to live in, the family sees itself surrounded by misery and despair. P3

Protest leads to traffic jam

Making the incident a base to raise their demands, residents of the Colony No. 4, including area councillor Satish Kainth and Congress colony cell leader Shashi Shankar Tiwari, protested at the light point on Saturday morning. The residents sought allotment of houses in rehabilitation colonies. The protest lasted for almost three hours and led to a traffic jam. 



Relief for converted plot owners
Law Dept calls UT’s condition as illegal, unreasonable
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 16
Providing relief to the industrialists, who had opted for the Conversion Scheme in the Industrial Area, Phases I and II, the UT’s Law Department, in its opinion, has termed the UT’s condition to complete construction within three years on a converted plot as illegal and unreasonable.

The Law Department, infact, recommended that the construction period limit should be extended from three years to five years, which could be further extended to one or two years.

As many as 125 industrialists had opted for the Conversion Scheme, but till date only 50 industrialists have opted for construction on their plots.

The Law Department in its note to the Finance Department says, “The notified Conversion Scheme has17 columns and none of the columns restrict the industrialist, who had opted for the conversion scheme, to complete his construction within three years from the date of issuance of the conversion letter”.

The Law Department further says, “Once the period of completion of construction has not been specified in a principal document i.e. the notified conversion policy, then, imposition of condition in the conversion letter to complete construction within three year is not a wise step, rather, illegal, unreasonable”.

However, the department also says, “At the same time, the period of construction is required to be specified, otherwise, a few plot holders will not complete construction, in order to avail good profit, and sell them to prospective buyers. A reasonable period of construction may be upto five years or more be fixed, which may be further extendable to one or two years, depending on the peculiarity of facts of the particular case but there must be fixation of maximum limit for the completion of construction. For re-affixation of period of construction on the converted plot, the Chandigarh Administration will require to amend relevant scheme or rules”.

UT Finance Secretary Saravjit Singh says, “The Finance Department has received the note of the Law Department and the matter is under consideration”.

Mukesh Bassi, councillor and member, Industries Association of Chandigarh (IAC), says, “Industrialists are happy and are hopeful that the UT Administration will make required changes in their rules after the Legal Department’s opinion. It was one of the major demands of the industrialists, who had opted for the Conversion Scheme”. 

‘A welcome move’

It is a welcome step by the UT Administration. Since there was no limit mentioned in the conversion policy, we are hopeful that the Administration will remove the completion of construction clause
Kamaljit Singh Panchhi, president, Property Federation, Chandigarh



UT again plans Film City Project
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 16
After scrapping the ambitious state-of-the-art Film City Project in 2009, the UT Administration is now planning to build a film city in Chandigarh.

UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil also spoke about the proposal of the Film City Project in his Independence Day speech.

More importantly, local MP Kirron Kher, during the recent Administrator’s Advisory Council (AAC) meeting held on June 30, had stressed on the Film City project for the city. According to the minutes of the meeting, “Kher also proposed that land should be provided for the film city as it will generate employment for the youth”.

Patil in his speech said, “The Indian cinema enjoys an important place in our society and it is through this medium, cultural exchange and tourism is promoted. The UT Administration is always ready to help film producers, so we are also considering the idea of instituting a film city”. It was on November 30, 2009, the then UT Administrator SF Rodrigues had scrapped the 191-crore Film City Project of Parsvnath Developers Limited (PDL) at Sarangpur. At that time, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), which was probing alleged irregularities into the mega projects, had recommended a CBI inquiry into the film city and the amusement park projects.

The Administration and Parsvnath were locked in a tug-of-war over the Film City Project since January, 2006, when the project was awarded to Parsvnath in partnership with noted actor-director Satish Kaushik for Rs 191 crore. The project was intended to provide one-stop destination to filmmakers for the film production and post-production. Parsvnath wanted to withdraw from the project on the grounds that the Administration had failed to provide “encumbrance-free” land to the developers.



Patriotic fervour marks I-Day celebrations in Tricity
City to have mobile health clinics, says Patil
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 16
The UT Administration is going to launch mobile health clinics in the city. Administrator Shivraj V Patil announced this during the Independence Day function at the Parade Ground in Sector 17 here on Friday.

Patil said, for the sake of citizens, best medical facilities were being provided in government hospitals of the city. “Our aim, as always, is to educate people about health and hygiene and resolve all medical issues. The scheme of mobile health clinics will be initiated, which will bring medical advice, help and medicines at people’s doorsteps,” Patil said.

The Administrator did not go much into figures and statistics in his speech. He focussed on solar energy, underground parking lots, women safety and the draft Master Plan.

Patil said UT was also focussing on the development of the PGI and Panjab University. Maintaining a futuristic approach towards education and health requirements for the next 50 years, the Administration has formulated plans to allot land to these institutions, Patil said.

Patil said to deal with scarcity of land, the UT Administration would also ensure availability of school playgrounds in the evening for children to encourage sports activities among them.

Local MP Kirron Kher, UT Adviser KK Sharma and other senior UT and MC officials attended the function.

The No. 1 Chandigarh Naval NCC Unit was adjudged the best marching contingent among the NCC units that participated in the celebrations. The Army contingent came second, followed by the Air Wing. As many as 100 NCC cadets of the senior division from various city colleges took part in the parade.

Meanwhile, the 51st Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) celebrated the 68th Independence day at the CRPF’s Hallomajra campus here.

The staff of the Controller of Defence Accounts (Western Command), and their families celebrated the Independence Day with enthusiasm and patriotic fervour at their office complex in Sector 9. 

Mayor highlights MC projects

During the Independence Day function at the Fire Station, Sector 17, Mayor Harphool Kalyan spoke about ongoing and pending projects in the city. Kalyan highlighted an underpass project, a new green belt in Sector 45, renovation work of various community centres, installation of tubewells, launching of a new Helpline number, installation of streetlights and recarpeting of roads. However, he did not announce any major project for the city.



Dignitaries converge on Raj Bhawan for ‘At Home’
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Greetings all the way: Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil and MP Kirron Kher meet guests during the 'At Home' function held at the Punjab Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh on Friday.
Greetings all the way: Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil and MP Kirron Kher meet guests during the 'At Home' function held at the Punjab Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, August 16
A host of dignitaries, including Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, along with other politicians and defence personnel gathered at the Punjab Raj Bhawan for the ‘At Home’ function of the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Shivraj V Patil, organised to mark the Independence Day.

Kirron Kher, MP, Chandigarh; Justice Ashutosh Mohunta, acting Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court; Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker, Punjab Assembly; Harphool Kalyan, Mayor, Chandigarh; Satya Pal Jain, former MP; Sanjay Tandon, president of the BJP city unit; Sunil Jakhar, Leader of Opposition, Punjab; Sarvesh Kausal, Chief Secretary, Punjab; Sumedh Singh Saini, Punjab DGP; RP Upadhayay; UT IG; KK Sharma, UT Advisor; Anil Kumar, UT Home Secretary; Saravjit Singh, UT Finance Secretary; and senior defence, civil and police officers of the Punjab and the Chandigarh Administrations attended the function.

Patil interacted with freedom fighters besides serving and retired Army officers.

Due to bad weather, the programme, which had started at 5.30 pm was concluded by 6 pm. It was, otherwise, an hour-long event.



Haryana minister adds political hue to I-Day function in P’kula 
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In high spirits: Students present an item during the Independence Day function at Sector 5, Panchkula, on Friday.
In high spirits: Students present an item during the Independence Day function at Sector 5, Panchkula, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Panchkula, August 16
The speech by Haryana Finance Minister Harmohinder Singh during the Independence Day function organised by the district administration at the Parade Ground in Sector 5 here yesterday was more of an election speech.

With forthcoming Vidhan Sabha elections on mind, Harmohinder Singh, who was the chief guest at the function, spoke more about the achievements of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda rather than about the significance of the Independence Day.

The finance minister said Hooda did a lot for the state and in his 10-year tenure as the Chief Minister, he initiated programmes for every strata of society. Hooda made efforts towards the cause of pensioners and widows, he added.

Earlier, the chief guest unfurled the Tricolour at 9 am. Deputy Commissioner SS Phulia, Deputy Commissioner of Police Rahul Sharma and Additional Deputy Commissioner SP Arora were present on the occasion.

Various schools presented cultural items. As many as 40 persons were honoured during the function.



Punjab to tap renewable energy: Majithia
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 16
Evincing interest in alternative and renewable energy, the Punjab Government has planned to spend a whopping Rs 2,000 crore in solar power projects across the state.

This was stated by Bikram Singh Majithia, the Minister for Information and Public Relations, and Environment and Non-conventional Energy during his address after unfurling the Tricolour at the Independence Day function held in Phase VI here on Friday. The minister highlighted the achievements of the state government.

“We are setting up 200-MW solar power projects at the cost of Rs 2,000 crore in the state,” said Majithia.

He added that when the SAD-BJP came to power in 2007, the power generation of the state stood at 6,200 MW. “By the end of the current year, it would touch 14,428 MW,” said Majithia.

Earlier, Majithia inspected the guard of honour and took salute from the march past comprising contingents of the Punjab Police, the traffic police wing, the women police wing, the NCC and scouts and guides. A colourful variety programme was also presented by students of various schools and colleges.

The minister distributed tricycles to eight physically challenged persons and 15 sewing machines to needy women.

Prominent among those present on the occasion were former union minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, Zila Parishad chairperson Bibi Parmjeet Kaur Badali, DIG RK Jaiswal, Mohali Deputy Commissioner Tejinderpal Singh Sidhu and Mohali SSP Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti.

Due to sultry weather, at least three children and a cop fainted during the function. They were immediately shifted to the Civil Hospital located nearby.

Meanwhile, the officials of the administration faced embarrassment when three women alleged favouritism on the part of the Administration in selecting needy women for distribution of sewing machines. A SAD activist, Kashmir Kaur of Phase XI, alleged that it was the third time that her needy tenant was not given the aid. She had also created a ruckus at the Republic Day function. Senior officials of the Administration and the Mohali police were seen pacifying the woman with assurances. 



Cultural events at Dera Bassi

Dera Bassi, August 16
The Independence Day was celebrated with patriotic fervour here on Friday.
Local MLA NK Sharma hoisted the National Flag at a sub-division-level function organised at Gurnam Singh Saini Government Senior Secondary School. Besides a march past, an impressive cultural programme was organised to mark the day.

Meanwhile, Parminder Singh, Executive Officer, Municipal Council (MC), unfurled the Tricolour during a function organised on the MC premises in Zirakpur. Civic body staff, councillors and general public attended the function. — TNS



DP Azad remembered on his first death anniversary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 16
On the first death anniversary of a legendary cricket coach and first Dronacharya awardee in cricket, Desh Prem Azad, a prayer meeting was hosted at the Chandigarh Golf Range here this morning.

People from all walks of life attended the meeting along with the Dronacharya awardee’s two sons Sanjiv Azad and Monish Azad. Messages from former international cricketers Kapil Dev and Chetan Sharma were read out during the meeting.

Chandigarh Golf Association president PS Pruthi, Chandigarh Golf Club president BS Gill, Arjuna Award winner Harmeet Kahlon, former international cricketer Bhupinder Singh (senior) and Shivali Azad paid floral tributes to Desh Prem Azad.

Chairman of BCCI Pitch and Grounds Committee Daljit Singh, golf coach Jesse Grewal, Chandigarh Golf Association secretary Vivek Vahi, Haryana (Vigilance) DGP K Selvraj and Harmeet Kahlon were present.

Before the prayer meeting, Azad’s sons went to the cricket stadium in Sector 16 where he spent most of his life imparting training to youngsters.



180 units of blood donated at camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 16
The Canara Bank Officers’ Association, Chandigarh Region, organised its 33rd blood donation camp at Sector 34-A, Chandigarh, in association with the Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh, on the occasion of the 68th Independence Day.

Devender Arora, general manager, Canara Bank, inaugurated the camp and Atul Kapoor, vice-president of the association, was the first person to donate blood (47 times).

Raman Anand, joint general-secretary and SK Sharma, regional secretary of the association, participated along with other functionaries of the association.

Pragraj Sharma (217 times); Gulab Singh (85 times); Atul Kapoor (47 times); Yugesh Kumar (47 times) and Subhash Kharbanda (58 times) were the star donors. As many as 180 units of blood were donated.

Members of the association along with their family members from Chandigarh, nearby places and faraway places donated blood.



Tele-evidence by docs: PGI to start videoconferencing soon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 16
The PGI is going to start the facility of videoconferencing for tele-evidence by doctors at the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Professor YK Chawla, Director of the PGIMER, made this announcement on the occasion of the 68th Independence Day.

He said this was a joint effort of the Department of Hospital Administration and the Punjab and Haryana High Court. After the commencement of this facility, physical presence of doctors in courts would not be required.

Prof Chawla also informed about the developments in the institute. He said the advanced radiotherapy centre, regional organ and tissue transplant organisation and single window system for laboratory investigations in research block A were going to be started soon.

The Municipal Corporation had allotted the land in Indira Colony, Mani Majra, for the PGI public health centre. The hospital information system had been strengthened by linking it with the web portal.

Prof AK Gupta, medical superintendent, PGIMER, has been honoured with a cash award of Rs 51,000, a medal and a citation by the J&K Government for rendering meritorious public service. He donated the amount for the poor patients’ welfare fund of the PGI.

Prof JS Neki, Prof KK Talwar, Dr Ajit Avasthi and Dr D Basu had been bestowed with the Punjab Government State Award and Sunita Sharma had been bestowed with the Florence Nightingale Award by the President of India.



Anti-rabies clinic opens in Sec 38
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 16
Local Member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher today inaugurated an anti-rabies clinic at the Civil Dispensary in Sector 38 here.
This will be the second such clinic in the city.

Till now, dog-bite victims were being treated only at the Civil Dispensary in Sector 19. Every day, nearly 25 dog-bite cases are reported from the city.

Mayor Harphool Kalyan and local councillor Arun Sood were also present on this occasion.

The new clinic will have two additional pharmacists and an additional ward servant. Anti-rabies vaccination will be administered at Rs 100 per dose. A dog-bite victim is given a total of five vaccinations.

Recently, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had pulled up the civic body for its failure to curb stray dog menace in the city. Thereafter, the MC had started a toll-free emergency service-cum-stray dog helpline 0172-155304.



Ex-DGHS succumbs to injuries
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 16
Haryana’s former Director-General, Health Services (DGHS), Dr SK Sharma (88) succumbed to his injuries at Fortis Hospital here today.

According to spokesperson for Fortis Hospital, the condition of Dr Sharma deteriorated this morning and he breathed his last at around 11.15 am. Dr Sharma, who had received multiple head injuries, was admitted to the ICU and his condition was critical since he met with the accident on August 10.

Dr Sharma was walking down to a temple in Sector 16 when a motorcyclist hit him near the Sector 15-16 light point in Chandigarh. Dr Sharma, a philanthropist and a spiritual person, was also a former member of the Haryana Public Service Commission.

His cremation took place at 6 pm at the Cremation Ground, Sector 25, today.

“The ‘uthala’ ritual will be held on August 20 (Wednesday) from 12 noon to 1 pm at Sanatan Dharam Temple in Sector 16,” said Ritu Jhingon, Dr Sharma’s niece.



A bolt from the blue for eight-member family
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 16
When the roof of Nawab Ahmad’s house in Colony Number 4 collapsed last evening, his family’s entire world got buried under the concrete debris, for they lost their lone bread earner and their shelter.

Nawab, 42-year-old carpenter, got crushed and died on the spot while his six children suffered serious injuries.

Still reeling under the nightmare of losing their father, Nawab, devastated Faraz (23), the eldest son, said: “We were watching TV together when within fractions of seconds, the roof of our roof collapsed and all of us got buried. We lost our father and our house.”

It has been a sleepless night and constant pain for Uzma, the eldest daughter, who suffered a head injury as she was stuck under the rubble for over an hour.

In a state of grief and shock after the incident, Aafroz, spouse of the deceased, said: “We lived in this colony for over a decade. I was on my way back home with my youngest child, Adnam (8), from our native village when I got the news of my husband’s death and injury to my children.”

She said her husband was trapped inside the debris for over three hours and had to be extricated through mounds of rubble and concrete.

“My daughters and sons are suffering from severe pains. We have no roof to live under and no one to support us,” she said. “Where will I take my young daughters? Who will marry them off?” she said with tears rolling down her cheeks.

In inconsolable state, Uzma, while recounting the tragic incident, said: “It was pitch black and there was no air. I cried for my mother but all I could hear were the cries of my siblings. All of us yelled for help.”

With tears in her eyes and sitting on the planks of her collapsed house, she said: “My father’s photographs also got buried with the house. We are left with nothing. We have no place to go.”

All that one could spot under the buried debris were the remains of a house, a broken TV, a few utensils scattered, torn sheets, a broken toy of Adnam.



Fire breaks out at C-DAC building

Mohali, August 16
A fire broke out at the Centre for Development of Advance Computing (C-DAC) building here yesterday morning. The fire resulted in a loss of nearly Rs 1 crore. Due to holiday, no student was present on the premises when the fire broke out at the Green House building, which houses research and development unit.

Security personnel immediately informed the senior functionaries of the centre about the incident. The centre is being managed by the Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India.

A fire tender reached the spot on time and doused the flames at around 8.30 am.

“We suffered an estimated loss of nearly Rs 1 crore as our R&D equipment, computers, acrylic sheets and an air-conditioned plant have been damaged in the fire,” said an official. He said the exact loss would be assessed by a committee of senior officials when the centre would open on Tuesday. It would also try to ascertain the cause of the fire. According to a fire official, short circuit seemed to be the cause of the fire. — TNS



Havells Galaxy Carnival

Havells India Limited organised Havells Galaxy Carnival in Mundi Kharar. The carnival took off three days ago and will conclude on Sunday. During the carnival, the company will present exclusive and limited period offers for its valued customers.

Independence Day offers

HomeShop18 celebrated August 15 by introducing a grand bumper prize of a Hyundai Verna car, 100 Samsung LED TVs and 50 bikes. The promo that started from August 8 will continue till August 17.

Max special offer for women

Max, India’s leading fashion brand, brings an exclusive day for women to unwind, relax and shop. The in store exclusive experiences for women which started on August 13 will be available on September 3 and 10 as well. An individual can indulge in a buzz of activities such as nail art, mehandi, foot spa, and much more on every Wednesday.

Micromax Unite Anthem unveiled

Micromax Informatics Limited unveiled the Roobaroo Micromax Unite Anthem in a first of its kind initiative bringing together ten artists, singing one song in nine languages.

Sunglasses collection launched

Maui Jim has launched Wassup Collection. Maui Jim’s Wassup Collection is sunglass loaded with technology and packs unmatched attitude into a sleek rectangular nylon frame that covers the face to fend off the sun. Wassup offers full coverage for medium faces.

Sonata launches third edition of watches

Sonata has launched its third edition of watches in the Super Fibre Ocean Series collection. The Ocean Series III timepieces from Super Fibre are designed especially for an adventure junkie. It is water resistant, tough and stylish. This collection is spread over 18 variants.

Olacabs launches nationwide initiative

Olacabs, India’s largest cab network, announced the launch of its nationwide initiative which will run till August 21. Customers who book an Ola during this period will receive an SMS urging them to help drivers become entrepreneurs by simply giving a missed call on the number mentioned. Ola will donate Rs100 towards this cause on behalf of every customer participating. — TNS



City theatre vandalised

Panchkula, August 16
Irate spectators of Singham, an Indian Bollywood action film, vandalised windowpanes and seats at the KC Theatre in Sector 5 on Friday.

The spectators, sitting in the upper stall of the cinema hall, created ruckus over some blur scenes during a show (2.30 am) of the film. Majority of the spectators were labourers. The theatre management had to call the police to control the mob. The manager of the theatre, Roop Raj, said the audience turned violent for about 15 minutes. “They damaged almost 250 seats and smashed the glasses of show windows causing huge losses to the management,” said Raj. The problem shooters left from the scene soon after the police teams reached the spot, Raj claimed. A complaint has been lodged. — TNS



50 take part in drawing competition

Mohali, August 16
The Sooch Sewa Samiti organised a drawing competition for children here.
The president of the samiti, Atul Sharma, said around 50 kids participated in the competition, which was aimed at engaging the local community and stimulating child’s imagination. Prizes were given to the winners.


Age group (A) 4-6 yrs: 1st Kiki, 2nd Dhriti, 3rd Varda; Age group (B) 6-8 yrs: 1st Pratham, 2nd Lalit, 3rd Anshika; Age group (B) 8-10 yrs: 1st Daizy Dhiman, 2nd Jatin, 3rd Gunika. — OC



PU honours 7 employees on I-Day 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 16
Panjab University (PU) honoured seven employees for their meritorious services. PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover honoured the employees and one lady police constable with cash prizes, commendation certificates and mementoes on the occasion of the 68th Independence Day. PU Vice-Chancellor unfurled the national flag at the parade ground of the university.

The Vice-Chancellor honoured security officer Shiv Lal Yadav and security guards Tarlochan Singh and Manjit Singh with a cash prize of Rs 2,100 each along with a commendation certificate and memento in recognition of their dedication towards duty.

Four senior assistants of the accounts branch of the PU - Gurbanchan Singh, Nameet Gupta, Narinder Luthra and Pradeep Bose - were awarded with a cash prize of Rs 500 each along with a commendation certificate and memento in recognition of their contribution in the implementation of e-governance in the branch.

The Vice-Chancellor also honoured the Chandigarh Police constable, Kamaljit Kaur, (Belt No 116) with an appreciation letter and a memento.

Patriotic songs and dance performances were part of the celebrations. The PU security staff and schoolchildren also participated in the March Past.

Addressing the gathering, Professor Grover listed the achievements and initiatives of the university in the previous year and described it as a ‘year of achievements and accomplishments’.

Referring to the financial position of the university, he said its income was increasing at a lesser rate than the rate of inflation but the financial requirements were increasing at a faster rate than the rate of inflation. He also appealed to all PU stakeholders to work in a harmonious manner.



Panjab University witnesses day of complaints, counter-complaints
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 16
It was a day of complaints and counter complaints by student workers of different parties to the Panjab University authorities. High drama was witnessed today when NSUI chief patron Simranjeet Gill objected to misbehaviour by four PUSU workers with girls who turned up at sciences manual counselling at law auditorium in the university.

Contrary to it, a girl activist of PUSU, Meenakshi, alleged eve-teasing by NSUI activists Rishab and Umang at the Law Auditorium of the university. The girl alleged that the boys passed a comment when she was guiding students who turned up for counselling at the auditorium.

Police and security officials who were on the campus due to the student council elections controlled the situation on the spot as an argument was on between both parties on this issue. PU chief security officer Jatinder Grover said he had received the complaint and would forward it to the police for appropriate action.

After an hour, Rishab, against whom the allegation was made by the PUSU workers, complained to the authorities about ragging by Meenaskhi, who was senior to him, on the campus.

Even the NSUI chief parton alleged in the evening that four PUSU workers had misbehaved with her on the campus. The PU chief security officer said he had forwarded the two complaints to the police. 



Memorandum submitted

Chandigarh, August 16
Students of 2012 batch of Shri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College today submitted a memorandum to UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil to resolve the issue of affiliation between PU and the college management.

The students asked the administrator to intervene in the matter as the PU was not conducting their annual exams of 2013 and 2014. They have also paid their fees. Students complained that for the past two years, a number of requests had been made to the authorities in this regard but to no avail. — TNS



Patriotism marks I-Day celebrations at schools

Tribune Model School

Students take part in the Independence Day celebrations at Anee’s School in Mohali.
Students take part in the Independence Day celebrations at Anee’s School in Mohali. A Tribune photo

Chandigarh: Tribune Model School celebrated the 68th Independence Day with zeal. The occasion was graced by Shailesh Patil, a social worker, and his team members. The celebrations commenced with shloka recitals, followed by the unfurling of the national flag by principal of the school Vandana Saxena. The school campus was adorned with tricoloured artefacts and paintings made by students.


Patriotic fervour was visible amongst students and staff members of Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 16, as they celebrated the Independence Day. A function was organised on the school campus to commemorate the 68th Independence Day celebrations. Anujit Kaur, principal of the school, hoisted the Tricolour. The students sang the National Anthem.

DAV Model School-15

DEC Ed students (NTT) of DAV Model School, Sector-15 A, celebrated Independence Day with patriotic fervour. The pre-primary students of the school were invited to the function. Teacher trainees presented a number of dances and songs based on the themes of patriotism and India’s independence struggle. The programme started on the notes of ‘Vande Mataram’. Many students recited poems.

Saint Soldier International School

Students of Saint Soldier International School, Sector 28-B, were filled with patriotism and presented a mélange of patriotic items that created an atmosphere of national pride. A fancy dress competition was held for students of Class I in which children were dressed up as freedom fighters. Mehak of Class V and Abhishek of Class III threw light on the importance of the day. The Independence Day celebrations started with unfurling of the Tricolour by its chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Hayer. It was followed by soul- stirring songs and energetic dances by students. Principal Vijaya Sidhu inspired the students to uphold the honour of the nation and embrace the values and principles that made the freedom fighters bring glory to the nation.


Government Model High School (GMHS), Sector 34-C, celebrated the 68th Independence day amidst great patriotic fervour. The national flag was unfurled by the head of the Institution, Dr Vinod Sharma. The guest of honour at the event was president of the Lioness Club Rama Mathur who planted trees to mark the celebrations. The students and staff planted saplings. The function started with around 50 students participating in a speech on Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi. Songs were sung by the junior wing and nursery section. A play was also staged.


Government High School (a smart school), Sector 50-B, celebrated the Independence Day with gaiety. The national flag was hoisted on the occasion. Many cultural programmes were organised to mark the day. The ‘Inderdhanush’ theatre group of the school organised a play ‘Sapne Jo Kahin Kho Gaye’ on Shaheed Bhagat Singh. It depicted the thoughts of freedom fighters and tried to analyse the present condition of society. The message through the play was to rebuild society based on a social, economic and political transformation.

Kendriya Vidyalaya-47

Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV), Sector 47, Chandigarh, celebrated the 68th Independence Day with fervour. The programme started with the arrival of chief guest Air Commodore SK Indoria, AOC, 12 Wing, Air Force. Chairman, vidyalaya management committee, was also present. Scouts and guides accorded a warm welcome to guests and escorted them during the national flag hoisting. A colourful programme was presented by the students in the form of patriotic songs and speeches. The tiny tot created a ‘miniature India’ with their fancy dresses.

St. John’s School

St. John’s School celebrated Independence Day in the most traditional and festive way. The day began with the hoisting of the national flag. A celebratory programme was organised thereafter by students under the guidance of teachers during which they sang mellifluous songs, put up an intense mime and recited poetry. Kavita Das, Principal, said: “It is our duty to lead our country into peace and an ever-growing nation. The highlight of the function was the National Anthem that was performed in a sign language.

Gurukul Global School

Gurukul Global School, Manimajra, celebrated the Independence Day with great zeal. The School bore a festive look on the day. The celebrations began with the unfurling of the Tricolor by director Parveen Setya and Principal Dr Vandana Tandon. It was soon followed by a cultural programme that included short speeches, group songs ,dances, short skits bringing forth the immense passion and spirit of nationalism amongst the children.


Independence Day was celebrated at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37-D. The national flag was hoisted by the Principal Neeta Sandhu. NSS volunteers, Scouts & Guides organized the March Past and saluted the Flag. SMC members and Senior Citizen Association were invited on this occasion. A colorful cultural programme of Skit, Speech and Patriotic Songs was presented by the students. The STC Students also presented a group song. On this occasion, the Principal distributed prizes among the participants. — TNS



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