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20 in fray for student council elections
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
Not ready to take any risk in the upcoming Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) elections, major student parties are preferring to continue with the same alliances of last year. Three panels have been formed by various student parties while three parties have decided to fight the election independently.

(Left to right) Ankush Gupta (president),Manpreet Kaur (vice-president), Sheenu Bala (general secretary) and Keshav Deep Singh (joint secretary) after the ABVP announced its panel
(Left to right) Ankush Gupta (president),Manpreet Kaur (vice-president), Sheenu Bala (general secretary) and Keshav Deep Singh (joint secretary) after the ABVP announced its panel. Tribune photo: S Chandan
(Left to right) Sachin Kanwar (joint secretary), Ankur (general secretary), Snigdha Bawa (vice-president)  and Divyanshu Budhiraja (president) after the NSUI declared its panel
(Left to right) Sachin Kanwar (joint secretary), Ankur (general secretary), Snigdha Bawa (vice-president) and Divyanshu Budhiraja (president) after the NSUI declared its panel. Tribune photo: S Chandan

A joint panel has been announced by the Student Organisation of India (SOI), the Indian National Students Organisation (INSO), the Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), Youth Welfare Association (YUWA) and another panel has been constituted by Panjab University Students Union (PUSU), the Hindustan Students Association (HSA), the Gandhi Group Student Union (GGSU), the Himachal Pradesh Student Association (HPSA), and the third panel consistes of the National Students Union of India (NSUI), the Himachal students union (HIMSU) and the National Students Organisation (NSO). While, the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the Student for Society (SFS) and the Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) which emerged from the main party has decided to go alone in the elections.

As per the records, last year, the NSUI-HIMSU contested together and their candidate won the presidential post. The SOPU-SOI-HSA alliance last year failed to get even a single seat. While the PUSU-ABVP-INSO alliance which won the vice-president and secretary’s post last year are no more together.

For the president’s post, the SOI alliance has fielded Rachit Duggal, a candidate from UIET, giving him a tough fight is the NSUI alliance candidate from the same department, Divyanshu Budhiraja.

Out of 204 nominations, only 20 in fray

Out of 204 candidates, who filed their nominations, 184 have withdrawn and 20 are left in the fray for the PU polls. NSUI presidential candidate Nishant Maini requested his nomination be cancelled as he was not able to withdraw.

only girl presidential candidate

The SFS is only going to contest on the post of the president. It has fielded girl candidate Amandeep Kaur from the English Department.



PM’s address to schoolchildren on September 5
Schools told to bear expenses of event
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
UT government schools are in a fix over live broadcasting of Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi’s address to schoolchildren on Teacher’s Day (September 5). The school authorities claimed that the Education Department had directed all schools to bear the expenses of the broadcast.

On Teacher’s Day, the PM will interact with schoolchildren from classes I to XII in Delhi and spend an hour and 45 minutes with them between 3 pm and 4.45 pm. The same interaction will be telecast at every government and private school.

Sources from the Education Department said the higher authorities from the department had been conducting several meetings with the government as well as the private school authorities to make the event a success.

One of the principals of a government school on the condition of anonymity said, “Earlier, we had proposed to show the live telecast in the open ground of schools by putting up tents, which was a viable option, but the Education Department instructed us to show the telecast in the classes or computer labs of the school which is not cost effective as the schools will have to get multiple screens in order to accommodate all students.”

The educationalists said that the school classrooms did not have adequate space to accommodate all the students.

The school authorities alleged that with less than a week to go before the event is to be held they had to hire LCD plasma screens along with either dish or dongle connections for the broadcast.

The school authorities claimed that in order to organise the event each school would have to pay nearly Rs 15,000. The whole event will cost the department several lakhs as there are 106 government schools.

Moreover some of the school authorities claimed that instead of using the funds for the broadcast of the event they could have been used for other purposes which were of immediate concern, including construction and maintenance of toilets.

Some of the educationalists suggested that instead of showing the students the broadcast, the department should have suggested the schools to let the students hear the PM live on radio, which would have been more cost effective.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a circular to all the schools for conducting the event. The schools have been instructed to make arrangements for the event and ask the children to stay from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm on the school premises. They have also been told to make alternative arrangements in case of power cut.

The CSBE has also told the schools to make a report on the arrangement made by the schools and the number of students who would be covered and send to the Board by September 1st.

Meanwhile the education Secretary Sarvjit Singh said, “The Director Public Instruction DPI (S), Kamlesh Kumar, has been making all the arrangements. The schools have been instructed to make arrangements at the least possible cost. Most of the schools have the required infrastructure in place.”

A costly affair

The school authorities alleged that with less than a week to go before the event is to be held they had to hire LCD plasma screens along with either dish or dongle connections for the broadcast. They claimed that in order to organise the event, each school would have to pay nearly ~15,000. The whole event will cost the department several lakhs as there are 106 government schools.



Ambala-Shimla National Highway
NHAI increases toll plaza charges
New rates will come into force tonight; second annual hike in user-fee rates
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Panchkula/Dera Bassi, August 30
Now, road users will have to pay more for travelling on the Ambala-Shimla National Highway with the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) revising the annual toll charges being collected at toll plazas set up at Chandimandir and Dappar villages. The revised toll charges will come into force from August 31 midnight.

With the NHAI revising the toll charges, the proposal of the Hayrana government for reducing toll taxes on similar toll barriers in a number of states and national highways seems to have gone awry.

The NHAI had allotted the construction work of the Panchkula-Parwanoo stretch to Himalyan Express Limited, a construction company, in April 2012, on the built operate and transfer basis (BOT) for 20 years.

This is the second annual hike in the user-fee rates by the concessionaire in the last two years.

Similarly, construction of the Ambala-Chandigarh section of the highway was taken up by GMR Ambala-Chandigarh Expressways Private Limited.

At the Chandimandir Toll Plaza, the revised toll charges will be : Car/jeep/van; Rs 28 (single journey), Rs 42 (return journey) and Rs 838 (monthly pass), LCV Rs 29 (single journey); Rs 73 (return journey) and Rs 1,467 (monthly pass); truck/bus; Rs 98 (single journery); Rs 147 (return journey) and Rs 2934 ( monthly pass), MAV; Rs 157 (single journey); Rs 236 (return journey) and Rs 4,716 (monthly pass).

Similarly, revised toll charges in Dappar will be: Car/jeep/van; Rs 36 (single journey), Rs 53 (return journey) and Rs 1,066 (monthly pass), LCV Rs 62 (single journey); Rs 93 ( return journey) and Rs 1,866 (monthly pass); truck/bus; Rs 124 (single journey); Rs 187 (return journey) and Rs 3,732 ( monthly pass), MAV; Rs 200 (single journey); Rs 300 (return journey) and Rs 5,999 (monthly pass) and heavy vehicles; Rs 267 (single journey); Rs 400 (return journey) and Rs 7,998 monthly pass.

Col. (retd.) P Sharma, general manager of the company, said that toll charges had been revised as per the wholesale price index (WPI) of the previous year. However, there is no change in the local areas’ discounted rates, he said.

“The estimated cost of the project was Rs 295 crore while the completion cost was Rs 740 crore. The project is not viable as the company is facing monthly loss of Rs 1.7 crore,” he claimed.

As per records of the company, nearly 30,000 vehicles cross (up and down) the toll barrier daily that also include local residents availing monthly pass facility.

The residents of villages and township (Chandigarh-Panchkula and Pinjore) falling within 10 km radial distance have been issued monthly passes on discounted rates, claimed Col. KJS Sandhu, official spokesperson of the company.

Pradeep Sharma, a resident of HMT Colony, Pinjore, claimed that the government should make travelling in all the states and national highways free of cost as owners paid all the taxes at the time of purchase of the vehicles. He further said it was government’s duty to provide basic amenities to its people.


MC readies for yet another study tour
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
While around 20 councillors will be leaving for a study tour to Port Blair, Chennai and Kolkata on Sunday, the Municipal Corporation (MC), Chandigarh, has another one planned for the remaining councillors, who would be going to Bangalore, Coimbatore and Thiruvananthapuram.

Sources said the MC had sought a joint approval for two cultural exchange programme tours from UT Administration. The MC House has 36 members, including the local Member of Parliament (MP). Those who are not going to Port Blair can opt for the second tour.

“We already have an approval from the Administration. However, the date for the tour will be decided only after councillors return from the eight day tour to Port Blair and other cities,” said a MC official.

Interestingly, the civic body has been organising such study tours in the past also and majority of them have turned out to be a futile exercise.

In 2012, BJP councillor Satinder Singh, while terming these tours as wastage of money, had sought information about the study tours in the General House.

“In 2012, I was given an option to go for a study tour. However, I rejected it and instead demanded that my share of money be spent for works in my ward,” he added.

Congress councillor Mukesh Bassi said going on study tours was not wrong. However, if nothing comes out of these tours, on which several lakhs are spent, it is wastage of public money. “It is time to introspect and analyze whether the reports of the study tours organised in the past have been implemented in Chandigarh or not,” Bassi said.

Bassi added that there should be a proper planning before heading for a tour and it should be made clear which projects and schemes of the cities being visited need to be studied.

Huge amount of money has been spent on study tours in last 10 years and the MC is going to spend Rs 27 lakh on councillors’ tour to Port Blair, Chennai and Koltata.

20 councillors leaving for study tour today

  • Around 20 councillors will be leaving for a study tour to Port Blair, Chennai and Kolkata on Sunday.
  • The MC House has 36 members, including the local Member of Parliament (MP).
  • Those who are not going to Port Blair can go on another study tour to Bangalore, Coimbatore and Thiruvananthapuram.



Builder blamed for developing project sans approval
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, August 30
A resident of Peer Muchalla has alleged that a Zirakpur-based builder has developed a housing society without obtaining mandatory permissions from different government departments.

The builder allegedly gave the possession of flats to unsuspecting investors without taking mandatory clearances from the Local Government.

The local municipal authorities conveniently turned a blind eye when the builder illegally connected the society’s sewer line with the civic body’s main sewer line.

Jayshal Sood, a resident of Trishla Plus Homes, obtained information under the RTI Act from the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), Zirakpur Municipal Council (MC) and the Department of Local Government, Punjab, regarding mandatory permissions given to Royal Empire, a housing project coming up in Peer Muchalla village.

The complainant sought information from the PSPCL authorities that how could a promoter, without having a clearance certificate from the local civic body, get a power connection for 98 families residing in an incomplete building.

The Zirakpur MC, in its reply, claimed to have not granted any permission to the promoter in this regard.

Parminder Singh, Executive Officer, Zirakpur MC, said the builder had abandoned the project after depositing all the charges for the blocks in the society. “We are looking into the illegal sewerage connection. Action will be taken against the offenders,” he claimed.

In his reply, the PSPCL Chief Engineer (commercial) claimed to have released power connections for 98 flats owned by members of Royal Empire ABCD Blocks Flat Owners Welfare Association, a society duly registered with Additional Registrar of Societies, instead of the promoter.

The permission was granted by the whole-time directors of PSPCL during a meeting held in Patiala in March 2014, on certain terms and conditions, the official claimed.

Sood claimed that the Department of Local Government did not reply to his RTI application.

He has complained to the Regional Deputy Director, Local Government, Punjab, and the PSPCL, raising illegalities by the promoter and the officials of the departments concerned.

The complainant alleged that the Royal Empire does not have completion/occupancy certificate for its Peer Muchalla project. He said without the completion certificate, the possession of flats could not be given, as stated in a letter of the Zirakpur Municipal Council. He alleged that the PSPCL officials overlooked the pre-requisites while releasing power connections for 98 flats of A, B, C and D blocks in the society. The PSPCL released the power connection without checking the legal ownership of the flat holders, he alleged.

PSPCL Chief Engineer (commercial) Gurpal Singh claimed that the Powercom could release electricity connections in special cases but the beneficiaries must have to fulfill the terms and conditions set up by the authorities.

Jeevan Garg, the developer of the Royal Empire, was not available for comments.

‘Developer duped us by leaving the project midway’

  • Surinder Kumar, president of the Royal Empire ABCD Blocks Flat Owners Welfare Association, said he was duped by the developer, who abandoned the project midway.
  • The association members who invested their hard-earned money are facing harassment in the absence of electricity and other facilities promised by the builder, he said.
  • "The PSPCL authorities had earlier agreed to release a connection on certain conditions to us and we even pooled money to pay a penalty of Rs 15,99,424 (slapped on the absconding builder), but the authorities again raised objection on the NOC granted by the Zirakpur MC," Surinder Kumar said.



Restaurants charging ‘extra’ VAT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
The Chandigarh Administration is getting rich at the cost of restaurant goers due to a wrong taxation formula being used by restaurant operators while charging the value added tax (VAT).

The tax is being charged on the total food bill amount in contravention of the new tax regime. A local lawyer, Ajay jagga, in his representation to the Member of Parliament (MP), Kirron Kher, has stated that the restaurant operators were charging VAT in an arbitrary manner, putting unnecessary burden on consumers.

VAT is to be charged on 70 per cent of the food bill amount, but instead it is being charged on 100 per cent of the bill amount. Service tax is to be charged on 30 per cent of the food bill amount.

Since restaurant operators are charging VAT on the entire food bill amount, customers end up paying more as tax than what is stipulated under Rule 2 C of the Service Tax (Determination of Value Rules).

He has quoted recent judgements of the High Courts of Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh which have decided the matter regarding charging of taxes on the foods/beverages being served in a hotel/restaurant and has ruled that in view of the fact that the Government of India vide its notification dated June 6, 2012, has declared the component of service in the foods/beverages and as such the state is not empowered to charge the VAT on the entire value.

The courts have ruled that the service tax could be charged on the service portion and VAT or sales tax could be charged only on the goods value.

As such every visitor to the restaurant, including me, is paying 5 per cent extra VAT or is being penalised.

The family that spends Rs 4,000 on a food bill is paying Rs 200 extra VAT.



12 fresh cases of diarrhoea in Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 30
More than 12 persons suffering from diarrhoea were reported at the Civil Dispensary in Sector 19 here today. Yesterday, over 60 cases of diarrhoea were reported from Abheypur village and Sector 19.

Taking a note of the outbreak of diarrhoea, Deputy Commissioner Dr SS Phulia has directed officials of the Public Health division of the HUDA to take samples of drinking water from the affected areas.

The DC has also ordered them to check water pipelines in Abheypur and Sector 19.

Dr Phulia also visited the diarrhoea patients at the Civil Dispensary, Sector 19, and asked the Panchkula civic body officials to maintain cleanliness and hygiene in villages, colonies and other places.

The DC directed the officials of the health department to chlorinate all water-storage tanks in the city and villages.

TD Chopra, Chief Engineering, Public Health, HUDA, claimed to have launched a drive to distribute chlorine tables among residents of the affected areas. He said water samples collected from Sector 19 and Abheypur village have been sent for examination.

Meanwhile, an elderly lady died in Sector 19 here this afternoon. As per her neighbours, Shashi Bala (70) had fallen ill some days ago. Shashi was taking medicine from the local dispensary but her health showed no improvement, they said.

The elderly woman was staying with her mentally retarded son.

Panchkula Civil Surgeon Dr VK Bansal, however, ruled out diarrhoea as the cause of death. He said the woman was brought dead to the hospital.



high security registration plates
RLA to take up CH-01-AF series from September 1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
From the coming month, the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) is going to start affixing High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) on vehicles having registration numbers of CH-01-AF series.

The number plates will be affixed at three notified RLA offices, in Sector 17, the SDM office in Sector 42, and Industrial Area, Phase I.

Officials said the owners of the vehicles having registration numbers of CH-01-AF series shall apply for affixation of HSRP at the RLA office concerned within one month. They will have to give a request on a plain paper mentioning the details of vehicle, including chassis number, engine number, make and model, along with a copy of Registration Certificate and valid insurance.

The number plates will be affixed till September 30. After that, the Traffic Police would initiate the process for challaning vehicles of CH-01-AF series without HSRP.



Mock drill conducted at Burail jail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
A mock drill was conducted at the Burail Model Jail here on Friday night to check the alertness and reaction time of the jail officials and the Chandigarh Police. Sources said a few jail officials and police officers failed to reach in time.

Hooter and sirens of the jail were blown as jail wardens raised an alarm that two inmates have escaped after scaling the boundary wall of the jail.

Over a dozen police Gypsies and 50 police personnel rushed to the spot. An alert was sounded to neighboring cities also and all border check-posts were sealed.



Exhibition on health awareness begins

Chandigarh, August 30
Doctor Calling, a unique exhibition on health awareness, was inaugurated by Dr Dharamvira Gandhi, a cardiologist and Patiala MP, here today. The exhibition will be on till August 31.

The exhibition is the initiative of Dr Vishavdeep Singh, a young physician who brought together a group of people from diverse professions, including doctors, dentists, psychologists, nurses, lawyers, businessmen, artists, social workers, research scholars and psychologists.

The exhibition aimed at educating a layman about prevention and treatment of common as well as fatal health problems. — TNS



Five children released from Snehalaya
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
On an application moved by the Lawyers for Human Rights International (LFHRI), the Child Welfare Council of the UT Administration has released five children from the Snehalaya in Maloya village here today.

The custody of the children was given to their grandfather Gopali Prasad, after their maternal grandfather, in an affidavit, stated to have no objection to it.

Gopali Prasad had sought the custody of the children, claimed Gagan Aggarwal, general secretary of the local unit of the LFHRI.

Relatives of the children were fighting a legal battle to get them released from Snehalaya where they were sent after their father killed their mother in Hallomajra on August 17. Earlier, a local court had issued a show-cause notice to the Snehalaya authorities after a contempt petition was filed against them for failing to obey the court orders to release the children.



Residents of societies rue poor basic amenities

Chandigarh, August 30
Residents of two residential societies — GBS and DC Office Society — are at the receiving end due to lack of basic amenities. The roads are not being carpeted due to infighting among members of the general bodies of both societies. The entry point to the societies is in a bad shape. There are 96 flats in the societies.

For the past one month, the damaged internal roads are not carpeted as the general bodies are not contributing for the repair of these roads.

The general bodies consist of employees of the DC office and Registrar of cooperative societies but no one is bothered to look after the issue.

The residents in a representation to the higher authorities have suggested amalgamation of both societies to end the infighting. — TNS



Wall collapses in Naya Gaon

Mohali, August 30
A 10-feet high boundary wall of a house in Ward Number 4 of Dashmesh Nagar in Naya Gaon collapsed today at around 8.30 pm, here.

According to Harish Singh, who lives nearby, it is a busy street and children play there every day. “But luckily no one was present there at the time of incident,” he said.

Harish Singh added that work was on to lay some pipe in the street. “The contractor dug the soil near the wall following which the incident took place,” Harish Singh said. — TNS



PU elections
Parties’ agenda old wine in new bottle
Presidential candidates are picking up old agendas though they lack vision to execute them
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
Student parties in the race for the forthcoming elections to the Panjab University Campus Students Council are digging old election agendas to prepare a list of new promises to the voters.

With hardly a week’s time left for the scheduled voting on September 5, the parties are picking up old agendas to select issues to make a list of promises, a majority of which remain unfulfilled.

The issues mentioned in the agendas of all parties are central university status, representation in Senate of the Council, women safety and improving infrastructure of departments and hostels.

Interestingly, all presidential candidates mentioned the same old issues without any vision and plan to execute them.

Ironically, all party workers are also trying to trace their old manifestos to chalk out this year’s issues.

But none of the student parties seems to have a clear vision about what they should offer to their voters.

As usual, a majority of the leaders are silent on larger issues related to the national education policy, need to update the curricula, revision of courses and the ills afflicting the examination system.

The leaders here are concentrating on local issues, including the high fee structure in new courses, poor quality of food in hostels, lack of drinking water facilities in certain departments, inconvenience to girl students while going to the library during the night and poor facilities in the Administration Block.

“The parties have tried to attract the attention of voters by staging protests in the pre-election days. The pamphlets and posters thrown by the parties after campaigning have marred the varsity’s look. They should be penalised for the same,” said Mohini Vig, a student of MA in Social Work.

Gaurav Sharma, student of MBA, said, “Inadequate seating capacity in the library is a big problem for hostel students as congestion in the common rooms disturbs students.”

Satpreet Singh, a student of MA History, said, “Parking vehicles becomes difficult, particularly during elections, as outsiders roam the university roads, causing traffic and parking problems.”

Rupal, a Ist year student at the Department of Forensic Sciences, said, “The atmosphere at the university is not conducive nowadays. The aggressive behaviour of party leaders can cause violence.”

on parties’ agenda

Prevent degradation of infrastructure

To prevent university’s infrastructure from getting marred during poll and campaigning, the leaders have plans. Pamphlets, posters and banners can be seen scattered in every nook and corner of the campus during poll days. Many students feel that apart from wastage of paper, infrastructure had been degraded.

Increase seating capacity of library

The seating capacity at the library needs to be increased as the common room has become extremely congested.

Tab on the entry of outsiders

During the election days, strict vigil is maintained on the premises but upon completion of the poll, extra vigil needs to be kept on the entry of outsiders. The security apparatus needs to be strengthened.

Ensure better Facilities in hostels

The problems related to hostels is one of the major issues faced by students on the campus. The leaders have included this issue.



No voters in German Dept
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
No student from the German Department at Panjab University will cast his vote in the coming Punjab University Student Campus Council Elections. As per data, students of the department are not eligible to cast their vote.

As no student from the department agreed to become the department representatives (DR) in the elections, the authorities had no other option but to cut down the name of the department from the list of elections and DR selection.

Another department which has not elected or chosen their DR is the French.

Here, too, no student agreed to contest the DR election. When the authorities asked the department to select their representatives unanimously, the students refused to do so.

There are 24 students in the French Department against which one DR is appointed.

The Dean Student Welfare Navdeep Goyal said, “The German Department communicated to the authorities that they do not require election material this year for the council elections as their students are not eligible to cast their vote.”

He said, “Last year, there was a candidate for the DR in both the departments but this year, the students neither wanted to contest or choose their candidate unanimously.”

PU records revealed that in 41 departments, there is an unanimous selection of DRs, while in 22 departments, elections will be conducted for 52 DRs on the campus.

Unanimous selection

The Physics Department which has a strength of 523 students unanimously elected its four DRs.



Photographers at DAV-10 to capture trouble makers
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
To avoid any untoward incident and to curb the entry of outsiders, the authorities at DAV College, Sector 10, have hired special photographers and camerapersons to record all activities on the premises till the date of elections.

With the Panjab University Student Council elections scheduled for September 5, DAV College is among the few sensitive spots, if one goes by the past records.

To keep a tab on the situation, the authorities have decided to ‘film’ every movement of the students.

Three camerapersons have been hired from a local studio for the job. The rise in clashes at Panjab University have been a wake-up call for colleges to adopt extra precautions to maintain discipline.

“We have hired camerapersons to keep a tab on the activities of students. Besides, this will create fear in the minds of trouble makers. The exercise will continue till September 5, the date of elections. Anyone indulging in wrong acts will be strictly punished as per the rule framed by the DAV College Committee,” said Dr Amninder Mann, DSW, DAV Sector 10.

“We work in different shifts. Three camerapersons have marked their working area and we record every movement, including students campaigning in groups. Later, in evening, we hand over the entire footage to the college authorities and start shooting the next day,” said Sanjay, a cameraman on duty.

“It’s a good gesture by the college authorities. Such strictness is needed as it will make students secure on the college premises. The round-the-clock surveillance by the police personnel will stop the menace and keep tabs on trouble makers,” said Pritika Kapur, a student.


On similar lines, other colleges have also installed CCTV cameras. GGD SD College, Sector 32, SGGS College in Sector 26 and PG Government College, Sector 11, are keeping a close watch on students’ activities through CCTVs. “We have already installed 10-12 CCTVs which cover the entire premises. Police officials also patrol round-the-clock,” said Prof Davinder, DSW, SGGS College in Sector 26.



Protesting students scuffle with cops at college
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
High drama prevailed at the PG Government College, Sector 11, when the hostel inmates — staging a protest to demand better living facilities — exchanged heated arguments with the Chandigarh Police and college authorities today.

The police personnel took a strong view when the students raised slogans against the UT police.

The trouble began when the area SHO asked a protester, a former student, to sit in the police gypsy.

Following this, the students gathered and started raising slogans against the Chandigarh Police. However, after a heated exchange of words, the protesters were asked to write down their demands and submit it to the principal.

“We need better living facilities in the hostel. We have been requesting the authorities to do the same from the past one year but they are least bothered. We are not representing any political party. We are only demanding our rights,” said Nariender, a protester.

On the other hand, police officials and college authorities maintained that the former students were making a mountain out of a molehill.

“We were rounding up some protesters who were actually outsiders. They started misbehaving with the cops deployed at the spot. We asked the students to stage a protest in a peaceful way and discuss the matter with the college authorities. There is nothing to raise slogans against the Chandigarh Police,” said Malkiat Singh, SHO.

‘authorities are least bothered’

"We need better living facilities in the hostel. We have been requesting the authorities to do the same from the past one year but they are least bothered. We are not representing any political party. We are only demanding our genuine rights."





MCM College, Sector 36

President: no candidate

Vice president: no candidate

General Secretary: Nikita Singh and Jaideep Kaur

Joint Secretary: Shivali Vashisht and Naymat Pundara

SD College, Sector 32


President: Sachin

Vice President: Palak Satija

General Secretary: Hiba Wadera

Joint secretary: Pavni Arora


President: Jaskirat Singh

Vice President: Loveleen Sharma

General Secretary: Ravneet Dhaliwal

Joint Secretary: Vikas Mallik

DAV College, Sector 10


President: Bharat Walia

Vice President: Rohit Sohal

General Secretary: Abhinav Chauhan

Joint Secretary: Harish Bera


President: Sanjeev

Vice president: Dekid Palmo

General Secretary Gagandeep Singh Mann

Joint Secretary: Rajat Narwal


President: Himatveer Singh

Vice president: Saurav

General Secretary: Amit Dayal


President: Janvir Singh

Vice president - Sanghmitra Choudhary

General secretary - Ajay Bansal


President: Sandeep Dudi

General Secretary: Sanjay Rana

SGGS College, Sector 26


President: Gagandeep Singh

Vice President: Sheena Saini

General Secretary: Gagandeep Ghai

Joint Secretary- Divya


President: Ramandeep Kaur

Vice President: Deepak Sangwan

General Secretary: Rajat Nain

Joint Secretary: Tamna Wallia


President: Harman Brar

Vice President: Vishal Kumar

General Secretary: Manpreet Singh

Joint Secretary: Ayushi Singla


President: Daleep

Campaign: Students with party posters at the GGDSD College, Sector 32
Campaign: Students with party posters at the GGDSD College, Sector 32. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

sidelights of the day

Colourful Saturday

Ahead of the student poll, the workers of various parties were seen helping freshers make identity cards. Without ID cards, a student cannot cast his or her vote. “It feels good when a group of people urge us to cast vote,” said Nikita Mehta, a student of SD College-32.

Hostel inmates asked not to take leave on Sept 5

Most of the political parties are trying to attract voters living in the hostels. Keeping in mind the strength of hostels, senior students are issuing a circular asking the hostel inmates to avoid taking a holiday on September 5, till 1 pm, even during an emergency. Senior students said they were urging the juniors not to take leave but the latter had assumed it to be a warning.



Leaders should be good team members first: General Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 30
Ethics is a fundamental component of good leadership. All leaders have the power to bring about change and have a big responsibility to lead by example, or as they say in the Army, “lead from the front.”

It was stated by General VP Malik, former Chief of Army Staff while delivering the Pt Mohan Lal Memorial Lecture to students and staff of the GGDSD College, Sector 32, here, today.

He said armed forces demand the highest standard of ethical leadership and the same should be seen in the political leadership of any country.

General Malik left the students spellbound as he quoted incidents of Operation Vijay during the Kargil War of 1999 to drive home the importance of discipline, ethics and governance in all aspects of life.

He added that leaders have to be good team members first before they become good team leaders.



15 schools win prizes in science exhibition
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 30
Prizes were awarded to nine schools from the junior category and six from the senior category during the concluding session of the District-level Inspire Award Exhibition-2014, here, today.

St Soldier School, Mohali, was selected for the state-level Inspire Award. Ajoy Sharma, Special Secretary to the Chief Minister, was the chief guest.

The schools that won prizes will participate in the state-level event which will be held from September 10 to 13.

The exhibition at St Soldier International Convent School was organised by the Punjab School Education Board to tap the hidden potential of hard working students with scientific acumen.

As many as 200 students participated in it out of which 130 belonged to the junior category and 70 to the senior category.

The students through their working and non-working models focused on various problems related to the environment, especially various forms of pollution and their remedial measures.

The other topics touched upon related to the subjects of mathematics and engineering.



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