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Another clash on PU campus
PUSU activist hurt as canvassing turns ugly; FIR lodged against NSUI leaders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
A clash took place between workers and leaders of the NSUI and PUSU at Panjab University this morning during canvassing at the BA/BEd department. A PUSU worker, Argaj Ibhrahim, alias Sona, of the Tibetan department, PU, was injured in the incident.

On Sona’s complaint, an FIR has been lodged under Sections 341, 323, 506 and 34 at the Sector 11 police station against NSUI leaders Bindhu Grewal and Ladhi Beniwal, who were canvassing in the department.

The incident occurred at around 11.30 am when PUSU worker Sona went with his party leaders for canvassing in the BA/BEd department.

NSUI chief patron Simranjeet Kaur Gill was canvassing for her party in the same department. After she addressed the gathering, a few students alleged that she had lodged a false complaint against PUSU campus president Satwinder Naval, who was a student of their department.

Reacting to the allegations, she had heated arguments with PUSU supporters, who were waiting outside for their turn to campaign in the department.

Following this, NSUI workers manhandled PUSU worker Sona outside the department and attacked him with rods. He alleged that around 15 outsiders attacked him.

Police round up five NSUI supporters

A Scorpio bearing an NSUI sticker was impounded and five NSUI supporters rounded up by the police on the campus. However, after verification, the students were released.

Outsiders in dept

The police got a call from the evening studies department that some outsiders were roaming in the department. During verification, the police found that there were two outsiders, one a SOPU supporter and the other a PUSU supporter.

Facebook slogan

On their respective Facebook pages, both parties share the same slogan. While the PUSU slogan reads “Keep calm and support the red wave”, the NSUI slogan states “Keep calm and support the NSUI”. However, workers of both parties have failed to live up to the slogan.

No end to clashes

A number of clashes have taken place on the campus ahead of the student council elections. As many as 11 FIRs have been registered in connection with the clashes.



CTU hikes local bus fares
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Travelling by the local bus service of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) has become costlier by up to 40 per cent. The hike has been allowed after a gap of over 10 years. UT Adviser KK Sharma confirmed the revision of the bus fares on local bus routes.

For the first time, the Transport Department has introduced a 12-hour bus pass facility for non-AC and AC buses that will cost Rs 30 and Rs 50, respectively.

Secretary (Transport) Bhawan Garg said the revised fares would be applicable soon after being notified. With the hike in the bus fares, the department targets to earn an additional income of around Rs 1.25 crore per month.

The fares for both non-AC and AC buses have been divided into three slabs. Now, in the case of non-AC buses, Rs 5 will be charged for the first 3 km, Rs 10 for 3 km to 10 km and Rs 15 for more than 10 km.

Similarly, for AC buses, the passengers will have to pay Rs 10 for the first 3 km, Rs 15 for 3 km to 10 km and Rs 20 for more than 10 km.

At present, the passengers are being charged Rs 5 for 5 km and Rs 10 for more than 5 km for non-AC buses. For AC buses, the commuters are being charged Rs 10 for up to 5 km and Rs 15 for more than 5 km.

“The increase will have more impact on those travelling longer distances,” said an official.

For the convenience of students, the CTU has now come up with bus passes that will enable them to travel between Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula.

“The quarterly, biannual and annual student bus passes will cost Rs 300, Rs 600 and Rs 1,200, respectively. This means that the monthly pass will cost Rs 100 instead of the existing Rs 60.

For employees and senior citizens, the monthly bus pass for non-AC and AC bus will now cost Rs 250 and Rs 500, respectively. For the public, the cost of the monthly pass has been kept at Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, respectively.


  • 12-hour bus pass for non-AC and AC buses to be issued for Rs 30 and Rs 50, respectively
  • Quarterly, biannual and annual student bus passes to cost Rs 300, Rs 600 and Rs 1,200, respectively.



Streetlight staff to be under WhatsApp lens
Told to upload photographs of illuminated lights from their respective areas daily
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Facing the ire of residents over non-functional streetlights in the city, the electrical wing of the Municipal Corporation (MC) has now created a WhatsApp group on which the field staff will have to upload pictures of illuminated lights everyday.

At a meeting held today, which was chaired by the MC Commissioner, the field staff was asked to inspect the areas under them daily and upload pictures on the WhatsApp group, which also has the MC Chief Engineer as a member. “The field staff will also have to identify the area where the picture is clicked”, sources said.

They said the aim behind the move was to ensure that all city roads were illuminated.

All JEs, SDOs and the Executive Engineer have been included in the list of members who will have to keep the officers updated about the status of the streetlights on a daily basis.

SDO (Electrical) AK Dadwal has been made the administrator of the WhatsApp group.

The MC also plans to outsource the maintenance of streetlights on V3 roads in the city since there are only two sub-divisional engineers and one XEN to look after the maintenance of around 30,000 streetlights across the city. BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi said the public should also be involved in the exercise so that the MC gets to know the ground situation in different parts of the city.

Theft of wires

Theft of wires is a major problem faced by the MC, mainly in southern sectors. The wires of three streetlights, which were repaired at the Sector 45/46/49/50 light point on August 26, were found stolen the next day.

Delay in approving estimates

The delay in approving the estimates for carrying out repair works and installing new lights leads to a delay in executing the works. Interestingly, some of the proposals have been lying pending from 10 months.

Inadequate infrastructure

The field staff do not have inadequate infrastructure to carry out inspections. Sources said there was need for having boomladders and vehicles for carrying out inspections.



11-yr-old girl kills baby for revenge
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, August 28
An 11-month-old baby girl was allegedly killed by her neighbour, an 11-year-old girl, at Preet Nagar in Zirakpur today. According to the police, the victim’s father, Salam Khan, reported that his daughter was playing outside the house in the evening. After sometime, she went missing.

The police said Salam started enquiring from his neighbours following which he was told that the victim, Jannat, was playing with the juvenile girl before she went missing.

Zirakpur SHO Deepinder Singh said Salam then questioned the 11-year-old girl, who admitted that she had thrown the girl into the choe near the house. “The victim’s father then found the body, which was kept in a plastic bag, from the choe,” the SHO said.

The victim was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, where doctors declared her brought dead.

The police said the accused had an altercation with Salam’s 12-year-old sister-in-law and to settle a score with her, she threw Jannat into the choe.

A case has been registered.


Civic body to discuss water tariff issue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
The issue of increasing water tariff in the city, which could not be discussed in the municipal corporation (MC) General House meeting held in July, would be tabled for discussion in the meeting scheduled for August 29.

The agenda was supposed to be discussed during the last meeting however, since the House had thin attendance, the councillors decided to take up the issue in the next meeting.

With the residents consuming more water in the city, the MC had witnessed the need to revise the water tariff to ensure there was no wastage of water, following which the public health wing of the MC prepared a revised tariff plan which would affect residents using above 60 kilolitre (KL) of water.

At present, the residents pay Rs 8 per KL for 60 to 80 KL of water. If the revised tariff plan is introduced, they will have to pay Rs 25 per KL.

The northern sectors in the city consume more water than the southern sectors. The northern sectors are using over 1,000 litres of water per person against the national norm of 135 kilolitre per day.

Watering lawns will also get costlier as the MC has proposed to revise the present tariff of Rs 8 per KL to Rs 25 per KL.

The MC also plans to hike the charges for unmetered water connections. EWS house occupants who are at present paying Rs 100 per month will have to pay Rs 125. Residents of Milk Colony, who are paying Rs 150, will have to pay Rs 300.



Cops raise reward amount in Sec 22 robbery case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Twenty four days after a youth on foot shot at a salesman and looted 18 gold chains worth Rs 6 lakh from KRJ Karan Jewellers in Sector 22, the UT police have raised the reward fee on the robber from Rs 50,000 as announced earlier to Rs 75,000.

Earlier, the police had announced a reward of Rs 50,000 to anyone who would provide information about the robber and the amount had been increased by Rs 25,000 today.

The name of the informer would be kept a secret, the police said.

On August 4, in a daring daylight robbery, a youth, who was on foot and sporting a cap, looted 18 gold chains worth over Rs 6 lakh from a Sector 22-based jewellery store and shot at a salesman of the shop in the head and left him critically injured. The police had earlier announced a reward of Rs 50,000 on the robber on August 5.

Despite a crystal clear CCTV footage available at the jewellery store and sending it across police stations of various states, the UT police have failed to get any lead in the case till now.

Various teams of the police also worked on technical surveillance to get any clue about the robber seen in the footage but to no avail.

UT IGP RP Upadhyaya said the police worked on various leads and the CCTV footage was also sent to the police of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi as well as all states headquarters but there had been nothing on ground till now so they had decided to raise the reward price.

The robber, wearing a pair of jeans and a T-shirt, and sporting a cap, walked into the jewellery store when the salesman was alone at the shop. He asked him to show gold bracelets. As the salesman was displaying bracelets, the robber pulled out a pistol and opened fired at him.

The pistol got stuck in the first attempt, following which he took out another country-made pistol from his pocket and fired at him. While one shot missed the salesman, the other hit him on the temple.

As the salesman collapsed and lay there bleeding profusely from the head, the robber collected three trays of gold chains and put them in his bag.

the incident

On August 4, in a daring daylight robbery, a youth, who was on foot and sporting a cap, looted 18 gold chains worth over Rs 6 lakh from a Sector 22-based jewellery store and shot at a salesman of the shop in the head and left him critically injured.



Annual conference on emergency radiology begins at PGI today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
The Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, is organising the 1st annual conference of the Society for Emergency Radiology from August 29 to August 31.

The meeting is being held under the able guidance of Prof N Khandelwal, chairperson and Head, Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, PGIMER, and Dr Akshay Kumar Saxena and Dr Kushaljit Singh Sodhi, organising secretaries of the conference.

Emergency radiology is a relatively new and evolving sub-speciality in the field of radiology for the diagnosis and treatment of acutely ill or critically injured patients. The crux of this sub-speciality is that high quality and timely imaging and interventional facilities have to be provided to the patients in an emergent manner.

This conference is an important event for the national Society for Emergency Radiology, which was formed last year at the PGIMER, Chandigarh, under the leadership of Prof N Khandelwal, president of the society, Dr Akshay Saxena, general secretary of the society, and other eminent radiologists like Dr Mandeep Kang and Dr Naveen Kalra.

The society aims at promoting the teaching of emergency radiology in India.



Suicide by patient
No lessons learnt by PGI; balconies still uncovered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
The incident of suicide by a patient who jumped off the balcony of the New OPD, three days ago, has exposed the apathy of the PGIMER authorities in implementing its own proposals.

Despite a proposal of covering the balconies of the PGIMER, the New OPD building with net shields, being approved following a similar suicide incident, a few years ago, the implementation is yet to see the light of day.

Earlier, a similar incident was reported where a patient had jumped off the second floor off the psychiatry OPD. While officials said that immediately after the incident “welded mesh et shields on open balconies of the psychiatry OPD were installed,” rest of the areas still remain uncovered.

Asked whether any measures had been taken to expedite the project, to prevent more such mishappenings, official spokesperson of the PGI said, “An estimate for providing aluminium glazing to close all balconies and open areas of the New OPD Block has already been approved by the Standing Estate Committee and the work will start shortly.”

On Monday, a 24-year-old cancer patient, died at the PGIMER after he jumped off the fifth floor of the New OPD building. Karamjeet singh was rushed to the emergency, but he had died on the spot.

A resident of Jallandhar, Karamjeet, had gone to the hospital for his chemotherapy at the Cancer Day care located on the fifth floor of the New OPD building.

The incident had triggered panic on the ground floor of the New OPD builing as hundreds of patients were waiting for their turn near the X-ray/ultrasound fee counter and others waiting near the sample collection centre heard a loud noise when he fell.



Patil’s check-up
PGI docs see red as colleagues denied entry to OPD
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
The PGI Faculty Association today condemned the denial of entry to two doctors to the OPD area during Governor Shivraj V Patil’s check-up on Tuesday due to security concerns.

The association wrote to PGIMER Director Dr YK Chawla suggesting that such VVIPs should be provided consultation in separate areas without disturbing general OPDs.

Patil had visited the ENT OPD on Tuesday and the area was blocked for public entry for several hours.

“VVIPs need special treatment. Hence, separate arrangements should be made for their treatment. This will allow experts to pay due attention on VVIPs without affecting general patients. It is understandable that in specialties like ENT, equipment are required and these cannot be shifted to other areas. So, VVIPs can be allotted time after OPDs and they may send prior intimation to the PGI Director,” said Dr Virendra Singh, president, Faculty Association, PGI.



brawl over parking
Former DSP harassing my family: NRI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Giving a new twist to the story, NRI Kuljeet Kaur, sister of former cricketer Yograj Singh, alleged that former DSP Ashanand was harassing her family during their stay in Panchkula.

Briefing the media in Chandigarh, Kuljeet Kaur put allegations on the former DSP of the Chandigarh police. She went on to add that the Panchkula police did not act swiftly on her complaint and cross booked Yograj, who was helping her, without any reason. “As I said earlier, my daughter and son were attacked by the former DSP and his two sons. The police kept me waiting at the police station for the whole night and was acting under pressure of the former officer” said Kuljeet Kaur with her daughter Tanya confirming the allegations.

Denying any allegations, Sunil Narang, elder son of former DSP Ashanand, maintained that Yograj and his friend Bhupinder Singh attacked them and threatened them of dire consequences. “The NRI family is afraid that their passports will be seized and so they are putting such false allegations on my family. Earlier also, they created ruckus, on many occasions”, said Sunil Narang.

Kuljeet Kaur also alleged that Ashanand and his two sons attacked her family, daughter Tanya, and son Aaron. She also alleged that the accused family misbehaved with Tanya and tore her clothes while using abusive language.On August 24, Yograj Singh was arrested along with his friend Bhupinder Singh for alleged trespass and criminal intimidation during a clash with DSP Ashanand and his two sons in Sector 2. The actor was later released on bail. The police had registered cross FIRs against both parties under Sections 148, 149, 323, 452 and 506 of the IPC registered at the Sector 5 police station. The brawl started when Bhupinder Singh, along with Kuljeet, Aaron) and Tanya, reached his house after attending a birthday party of Yograj’s daughter as Bhupinder parked his car, the former DSP objected. Heated arguments turned into a scuffle.

‘Charges baseless’

Sunil Narang, elder son of former DSP Ashanand, said, “We are well educated and civilised people. The allegations made by Kuljeet are baseless.”



A couple together at home and at work
Retiring on Aug 31, Dr SC Sharma & Dr Firuza Patel speak about their 40-year journey at PGI
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Defying the common perception that good spouses may not be good colleagues, here is a doctor couple that fought all odds and stayed 40 years together at the Department of Radiotherapy, PGIMER.

Dr SC Sharma, currently head and his wife Dr Firuza Patel, professor, Department of Radiotherapy, retire from the department this week, they shared their 40 year-long journey as immediate collegues in one the oldest department of the PGI (started in 1971).

In an interview with Chandigarh Tribune, they shared how their marital tie helped them overcome administrative issues and proved to be a boon always in not letting the ego come in the way of expanding facilities at the department. They said they would miss their morning lectures the most after retirement on August 31.

Joined the first batch of MD in radiotherapy

“Ours was the first department (1971) offering an MD course and we both had enrolled in it. That was the time we first met. And gradually, we decided to marry each other,” said Sharma.

“I went to the USA for a few years and I realised that the facilities at the Department of Radiotherapy in the PGIMER were in no way inferior to what was available in the USA. So I decided to return,” Firuza said.

While making submission to Sharma, juniors routed them through Firuza

“The best part about this department was the parity among the staff. We always felt that we were incomplete without our technicians and physiologists. A radiotherapist is nothing without machines. We planned, the technical staff executed,” Sharma said. When junior doctors had a hitch while making submissions to HoD (Dr Sharma), they would often route them through Firuza.

Post-retirement, Firuza to focus on palliative care, Sharma open to joining other hospitals

Asked whether they were convinced with the trend of private hospitals readily accepting retired PGI doctors and cashing in on their names, Sharma said this trend had been prevalent across the country. “Though we have not thought much about it and we are taking a month’s break after retirement, I think I will not work anywhere. I will focus on palliative care. Besides, there is nothing wrong if the private hospitals cash in on the experience of senior and retired doctors,” said Firuza.

Never discussed work at home, matched in principles

One thing that played a key role in their successful journey as colleagues, they said, was their ability to find personal space at home. “Also, we both appreciated each other’s principles and never let each other compromise on them,” Sharma said.

Fulfilled dream of setting up linear accelerator centre

The Image Guided Radiation Therapy Complex has been set up at the PGIMER under their guidance, offering treatment for all forms of cancer at one centre.



Departure timings of four trains changed

Chandigarh, August 28
The departure timings of four trains of the Northern Railways have been changed. The new schedule will come into force from September 1, 2014. As per the new schedule, train number 12984 from Chandigarh to Ajmer will depart at 8:50 pm, instead of 9:10 pm.

Another train (12241) from Chandigarh to Amritsar will now depart at 5:10 pm. Earlier, it used to leave Chandigarh at 5:25 pm.

Passenger train (74992) from Chandigarh to Ambala will now depart at 11:35 am, instead of 12:15 pm.

As per the new schedule, the departure timings of Chandigarh-Lucknow Express (12232) have also been changed. As per the new schedule, the train will depart at 9:10 pm, which earlier used to leave the city at 8:50 pm.

Railway Station Superintendent RK Dutta confirmed the changes in the timetable of these trains. He said there was no change in the timings of Shatabdi or any other long-route train as per the new time table. — TNS



Cong councillors unhappy over Mayor’s style of working

Chandigarh, August 28
Rifts between Congress councillors during the pre-House meeting called by the Mayor was witnessed when a few councillors didn’t turn up for the meeting after they were given the information about it at the 11th hour.

The meeting was to be held at 4.45 pm. Sources said that while some councillors were informed about the meeting in the afternoon, few councillors got the information about the meeting at around 4.30 pm that led to resentment among them.

One of the Congress councillors said that this was an insult, as it seemed the councillors who were informed late were not important. — TNS



panjab university student council elections
Parties lure voters with discount coupons
Offer discounts at eating joints, gyms and on beauty and spa services in leading salons of city
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

The coupons are in high demand among girl students at PU
The coupons are in high demand among girl students at PU. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Chandigarh, August 28
Moving a step ahead in wooing voters for the Panjab University Student Council Elections, various student parties are offering them discount coupons to avail several services.

Ranging from eating joints, restaurants to gyms, the discount coupons have been well received by the students. Among these, the coupons offering 30% to 50% discount on beauty services — in leading salons of the city — are in huge demand.

The student parties are buying these discount coupons or booklets in bulk to win the confidence of students, particularly those living in hostels.

“It’s just a way of befriending the fresher students. These coupons are the best way to attract freshers. The coupons offering discount on liquor in restaurants are also lucrative but the salon services are high in demand,” said a campus leader.

Also, the demand for coupons is being raised at the girl’s hostel.

Sources said a majority of girls in the hostels were demanding 50% discount coupons on all spa and salon services.

“Salon vouchers are high in demand by girls in the hostels. We’ve purchased as many as 40 booklets, within a minimal budget, and forwarded it to our supporters. Freebies are always welcomed by the students and more or less this is among the easiest way to strengthen the party’s base,” said a senior leader on the campus.

Commenting on the pratice, a group of girls at PU said, “What’s the harm in accepting these coupons?”

“During the elections every year, student parties offer these freebies. These coupons are much better than trips or discotheque invites. We can save on a few bucks,” they added.

Another leader of a student party, said, “This is one of the ways to attract voters. Girl students and hostellers are our major voters. These coupons have made introduction easier with them.”

“Once we build a rapport with them, we will plan more offers for the students. This helps in bridging the gap with the students ,” he added.

‘Strengthen party base’

"Freebies are always welcomed by the students and more or less this is among the easiest way to strengthen the party’s base."

Senior party leader



Social media sites a platform for parties to highlight achievements
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Student parties in the race for the Panjab University Student Council Elections have taken to social media sites to popularise themselves and their alliances. This is even before when the parties are yet to make a formal announcement about their tie-ups with the other parties.

Moving in this direction, the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU), recently forged an alliance with the Gandhi Group Students’ Union (GGSU) and Hindustan Students Association (HSA); and subsequently uploaded the PUSU-GGSU-HAS political ideology on a social media website.

However, till date, the parties have not made any formal announcement in this regard.

Other major student parties have started posting allegations and counter allegations on their social networking pages regarding issues which they had raised last year but which have not been resolved so far. Following the announcement of the student council elections, all parties are holding ‘confidential meetings’ to decide about the alliances.


Rahul Inder Singh Sidhu, NSUI coordinator in PU elections, said, “The Students Organisation of India (SOI), is offering unconditional support and invitations to all parties and candidates for the election.”

Contrary to this, senior SOI leader Vicky Middukhera, said, “We will fight the elections independently. We are not in talks with the the National Students Union of India (NSUI) or any other party on the camvarsity pus.”

Sources in the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) said they were also planning to fight independent elections.

By tomorrow, the new panel of the party will be declared after the nominations are filed.


The Panjab University Students Union (PUSU), recently forged an alliance with the Gandhi Group Students’ Union (GGSU) and Hindustan Students Association (HSA); and subsequently uploaded the PUSU-GGSU-HAS political ideology on a social media website. However, the parties have not made any formal announcement in this regard till date.

Campaigning on in departments

Various student parties have kicked off their election campaigning in various departments, particularly in the canteen, to woo the student voters.

‘soi offering support’

"The Students Organisation of India is offering unconditional support and invitations to all parties and candidates for the Panjab University election."

— Rahul Inder Singh Sidhu, NSUI coordinator in PU elections



Amid poll fanfare, PU wears ugly look
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Panjab University presented an ugly picture today following the announcement of the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) elections as the authorities removed all posters from notice boards.

However, several posters lay strewn on the ground as the student parties seemed least bothered to clean the premises.

Even though the authorities removed all the posters, the National Students’ Organisation (NSO), again pasted them on the notice boards on the campus.

Panjab University Chief Security Officer Jatinder Grover said, “A warning had been issued to the NSO for pasting posters after implementation of the code of conduct.”

If any party violates the rule in future, stern action will be taken against them, added Grover.

The move has been taken to ensure that the varsity premises is kept clean.

nso acts defiant; warning issued

Even though the Panjab University authorities removed the posters of all parties on the campus, the National Students’ Organisation again pasted them on the notice boards, much to the ire of authorities



Nine observers appointed for poll
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
Panjab University today appointed nine observers for the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) elections. The observers will monitor the activities of all parties and prepare a report on the violations carried out by them during campaigning and take appropriate action.

The Chief Observer will be Angrish Yograj, who is also a Senator in the university. He will coordinate with all the observers.

Out of the nine, three observers are women and six are men.

During the all-party meeting with the PU Chief Security Officer Jatinder Gorver, the representatives of all parties were informed about the implementation of the code of conduct. A meeting of police officials and authorities was also held to discuss security arrangements on the campus.



Strict police vigil at colleges casts a shadow on campaigning
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 28
In what can be termed as an outcome of increased police presence on the Panjab University campus or a strict approach adopted by the authorities ahead of the student council poll, electioneering remains a low-key affair this year.

Unlike the previous years wherein student leaders could be seen wearing badges and hand-made stickers, raising slogans throughout the day and moving around in large numbers, the election fever is far from high this time.

This despite the fact that the polling day is hardly seven days away.

A visit to three private co-educational colleges — GGDSD College, Sector 32; DAV College, Sector 10; and GGS Khalsa College, Sector 26 — over the past three days revealed that student were not only refraining from pasting stickers on notice boards and other public areas but also deliberately delaying the declaration of panels.

|“The idea behind holding back the names of candidates for a longer duration is to prevent the rival parties and authorities from finding faults in potential candidates. We have learnt from the past experience. Many of our candidates faced cancellation of nomination as their shortcomings were pointed out by rivals and conveyed to the authorities,” said a student leader at GGDSD College.

“A number of students get involved in violence-related activities. They do not realise that it is a wastage of money and time. It is ultimately in their interest only. The purpose of elections is to make students learn about the electoral process and leadership, rather than defacing the city or indulging in violence,” said BC Josan, Principal of DAV College.

Apart from campus-based parties in the GGDSD College and GGS Khalsa College, the SOPU, PUSU, NSUI, INSO and SOI will be common parties contesting the poll this time.

Students refrain from election-related activities

A visit to three private co-educational colleges — GGDSD College, Sector 32; DAV College, Sector 10; and GGS Khalsa College, Sector 26 — over the past three days revealed that student were not only refraining from pasting stickers on notice boards and other public areas but also deliberately delaying the declaration of panels.



Business school to set up club for SMEs

Mohali, August 28
In a one-of-its-kind initiative to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in and around the region of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, the Indian School of Business (ISB) has announced the setting up of the Big Leap Club exclusively for owners of SMEs.

The objective of the club is to help SMEs get access to the latest and best practices across the world, interact with ISB and international faculty, network with leading industry experts and leaders from large Indian corporates and MNCs and get an opportunity to enroll for ISB’s specially designed executive education programmes, all being organised in a planned manner to help them take the leap forward and accelerate their growth.

An initiative of the Munjal Institute for Global Manufacturing at the ISB, the club will be formally launched at the Big Leap Summit, a two-day conference organised at the ISB’s Mohali campus on September 6 and 7.

The summit is being organised to provide a platform for in-depth discussions among promoters, entrepreneurs, technologists, operations and financial experts from the SMEs on current issues/ challenges and how to overcome them. Supporting them in this summit will be faculty from the ISB and other global schools, and industry leaders from various sectors, who will share their expertise and give insights that will help provide solutions and the way forward to these SMEs.

The speaker sessions at the summit will revolve around themes such as growing business through action learning, lean manufacturing, just-in-time concepts, mastering negotiation techniques, improving performance capabilities and strategies for growth. — OC



from schools
Sports tournament

Chandigarh: A two-day inter-house sports tournament was organised at CL Aggarwal DAV School. The students took part in various games, including carrom, chess, table soccer etc.

Paper-reading activity

A paper reading competition was organised at AKSIPS-41 Smart School in which students of Class I participated with zeal.

Water activities

Rain dance and splash pool activity was organised for the tiny tots of LKG class of DAVPS-8C.

Dance academy

Mohali: Step 2 Step Dance Academy announced a talent show, based “Dance Dikhlaja” at the Shivalik Auditorium, Shivalik Public School, Phase VI. Participants in the show ranged between 2 years to 45 years of age.

Founder’s Day

On the occasion of the birthday of Dr Augustine Francis Pinto, Chairman of Ryan Group of Institutions, Founder’s Day was celebrated at Ryan International School, Mohali. — TNS



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