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Day one: Violations rampant
Parties throw code of conduct, Lyngdoh panel norms to the wind during canvassing
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

SOPU leader Amninder Mann violates Clause 6.7.5 of the Lyngdoh Committee norms as he releases printed manifesto at Student Centre
SOPU leader Amninder Mann violates Clause 6.7.5 of the Lyngdoh Committee norms as he releases printed manifesto at Student Centre.  Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, August 31
A day after candidates for the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) elections was announced, different parties were seen flouting the code of conduct and the Lyngdoh Committee norms during canvassing.

Leading to it was the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) whose supporters held a foot rally from the Administrative Block to Hostel No.3 where they gathered and the superviser of the NSUI, Rahul Inder Singh Bhattal, met all panelists of the council and interacted with them. He addressed supporters and chalked out the canvassing strategy. Later, the panel was introduced to the supporters and the party sought students’ support.

As per the election code of conduct, no foot rally is allowed without the permission of the Chandigarh Police, the chief security officer and Dean Student Welfare. Records revealed that no permission was taken by them from the authorities.

Lyngdoh panel norms violated

As per the Lyngdoh committee Clause 6.7.1, no candidate may indulge or abet, any activity, which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic or between groups of students.

While three student parties — the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU), the Hindustan Students Association (HAS) and the Gandhi Group Student Union (GGSU) held a media interaction today in which they introduced their candidates who are in fray in the council election.The Himachal Pradesh Student Association (HPSA) alliance announced unconditional support in the elections to the Students’ Federation of India (SFI). Their presidential candidate, Anil Sharma, of the Biophysics Department addressed their supporters.

Sailing in the same boat is the Student Organisation of India (SOI), the Indian National Students Organisation (INSO), the Students Organisation of Panjab University and the Youth Welfare Association alliance whose senior leaders announced unconditional support of the Himachal Student Organisation to their alliance. SOI senior leader Robin Brar introduced the party candidates of their alliance to the media. As per the Lyngdoh clause, 6.7.5, no candidate is permitted to make use of printed posters, printed pamphlets or any other printed material for the purpose of canvassing. SOPU leader Amninder Mann today released a booklet, which contained their manifesto for 2014-15 and achievements of the party.

‘notice to be issued’

"A notice will be issued to all student parties that violate the code of conduct or the recommendations of the Lyngdoh Committee, after monitoring the videography."

Navdeep Goyal, Dean Student Welfare, PU



16 more cases of diarrhoea in Panchkula
Administration ups the ante, health teams formed to spread awareness
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 31
Sixteen more cases of diarrhoea were reported in Sector 19 Civil Dispensary, on the third day of the outbreak of this water-borne disease, raising the patient count to over 200. Two patients however, were referred to Government Hospital, Sector 6, after their heath worsened at the dispensary. A majority of the patients are from Sector 19.

Officials the Haryana health and public health departments remained on their toes and visited all 1,800 houses of Sector 19 today.

Senior officials include Deputy Commissioner (DC), Dr SS Phulia, Dr V K Bansal, Civil Surgeon, Panchkula, and the top brass of the Haryana Public Health Department also visited the affected areas.

The Health Department today made public announcements (muniadi) and distributed pamphlets in Sector 19 to educate and spread awareness among the general public about the diahorrea and its symptoms.

Talking to the Tribune, the Civil Surgeon said that 10 teams of health officials were doing door-to-door survey in the the second round. They distributed chlorine tablets and ORS packets among the residents. They also advised the residents to boil water, let it cool and then mix crushed chlorine tablets in it before consuming water, Bansal said.

“Additional beds have been placed in the dispensary to accommodate the patients and a team of two doctors has been deployed at the dispensary to attend to them round-the -clock,” he claimed.

Preet Mohan Singh, Executive Engineer, Public Health, said that 10 teams led by Junior Engineers had been told to visit each and every house to detect the fault (mixing of drinking water with the sewerage) in the water supply pipes.

“At present, no fault was detected but we will still continue to find the fault and rectify it, if any,” he claimed.

Meanwhile, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has deputed nine Junior Engineers (JEs)to ensure safe drinking water to resident of Sector 19. The HUDA has taken the step following directions of the DC.

Press notes issued by the district administration revealed that the JEs had been assigned areas of their operation.



Man shoots at father over property dispute in Sec 36
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
A retired Chief Engineer from the Punjab Mandikaran Board was shot twice by his 46-year-old son over a property dispute at his four-kanal house in Sector 36 today. The police said, 75-year-old Kesar Singh was shot on his shoulder and left leg by Harminder Singh after they had an argument over the property.

The police said the accused shot at his father with his licensed .32 bore pistol.

Sources said family members were present in the house when the incident took place.

The police was informed about the incident by the family members and Singh was rushed to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector16, where he underwent a surgery.

Meanwhile, the accused himself went to the Sector 36 police station and surrendered before the police.

A team from the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL) team of the Chandigarh police also visited the spot.

Doctors at the hospital said that the victim’s condition was stable.

The sources said the father and son had a dispute over sharing the amount recovered by the family after selling a property.

Police officials said that the statements of the family members would be recorded. The police have registered a case of attempt to murder and under the Arms Act against the accused at the Sector 36 police station.



Industrial Area, Phase II
Fire breaks out at printing press
Seven printing machines, raw material worth Rs 1 cr gutted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
A fire incident was reported at a printing press at Plot No. 44 in Industrial Area, Phase II, this morning leading to an estimated loss of around Rs 1 crore. The fire control room received a call at around 5.21 am following which three fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The machinery and stock stored in the printing press were destroyed in the fire.

Rajinder Kumar Sahota, one of the directors of Sahota Offset Printers Pvt. ltd said that seven printing machines and raw material stored in the printing press were destroyed. “There was paper, ink and other material worth around Rs 35 lakh, which was stored in the building that were gutted”, Sahota said.

Sahota said that there were two employees working in the press when they saw smoke coming out from the office cabin.They then informed me. “The fire very rapidly spread in the entire printing press”, he said.

A two-wheeler parked in the parking of the printing press was also gutted. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, the owners said.

A fireman said that it took no time for the combustible material stored in the press to be reduced to ashes. A report of the entire incident was prepared by the Fire Department.



UT to ban entry of diesel-run autos
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to ban the entry of diesel-run autos in the city with effect from November 1. Auto operators from the neighouring states of Punjab and Haryana have been given option of converting to LPG fuel.

The transport authorities of Punjab and Haryana have already intimated about the UT Administration’s decision as allowing diesel autos was in violation of the inter-state agreement inked between Punjab and Chandigargh.

The secretary, Transport, Bhawan Garg, said the operators of diesel-run autos have been given two months time to convert to cleaner fuel or abstain from entering the UT. The UT police have been asked to challan the autos after the expiry of the deadline.

There are around 10,000 diesel-run autos plying in the city, mostly registered in Mohali and Panchkula. On the other hand, there are around 3,000 LPG autos registered in the city.

But due to the inter-state issue, the UT officials have been in the past desisting from taking action against the diesel autos coming from neighbouring states.

But it has been found that a large number of diesel auto-rickshaws registered with the Registering Authority/DTO, Mohali, have been illegally plying between Mohali and Chandigarh. The plying of such unauthorised auto-rickshaws within the limits of the UT of Chandigarh also causes a loss of earning to the genuine owners of LPG or other cleaner fuel auto-rickshaws. It has also been observed that the diesel autos tend to carry eight to10 passengers than the requisite capacity of four. The administration is keen to promote the auto-rickshaws with cleaner fuel.

Inter-state agreement

As per the reciprocal inter-state agreement signed between Chandigarh and Punjab on June 4 , 2008, only LPG/CNG/battery operated auto-rickshaws with fare meter fitted shall be allowed for countersignatures by both the governments for their plying between Chandigarh and Mohali. It was also decided that the permits of petrol/diesel auto-rickshaws registered for more than 10 years would not be countersigned.



PM’s speech on Sept 5: Teachers, students, parents a worried lot
School authorities say preparations for the event deviating focus of students, teachers from forthcoming exams
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
The scheduled national live broadcast of Prime Minister Narender Modi’s speech for students on Teacher’s Day (September 5) has not only upset teachers of various schools, but has also left students and their parents worried, as exams are round the corner.

Exams from September 10 onwards in schools The first semester examinations are scheduled to get underway from September 10 onwards. The school authorities claimed that in the run up to the broadcast, preparations would at least take a week, which would further deviate, the focus of students who are preparing for the exams. The teachers would be busy organising the event rather than preparing the students for the examination. The teachers would be burdened with the responsibility of hiring equipment for the event and making arrangements. They further claimed that they neither had adequate time and staff to organise the event, nor space to accommodate all students. Sources from the department alleged that they were being forced to make arrangements which would not only dampen the celebrations, but would also disturb the students who were busy preparing for the exams.

Not easy to accommodate all students

The school authorities of double-shift schools further said that they were already short of infrastructure and were forced to run the school in double shifts, so it was next to impossible to accommodate both shift students at the same time in the schools.

School authorities not happy

One of the school principals, on the condition of anonymity, said, “To implement the government’s directive, the schools require lot of funds and infrastructure and the school authorities are not happy the way it is being forced on them.

Children would not be able to stay back till 5 pm

The school authorities said that holding back students from Class I to III till 5 pm would further add to the problems, as the students are too young to understand the speech and will be tired by the afternoon.

BB Bhel Cong opposes event

While opposing the event, president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, BB Behl, said, “I agree with the school authorities. This is the time to focus on preparations for the forthcoming examinations and not on the address of any political leader. The event will further tax the students.”

Gulkirat Kaur Panag AAp’s Gul appreciates initiative

While appreciating the PM’s initiative, AAP leader Gulkirat Kaur Panag, said, “The PM should be appreciated for his will to engage with students. Yes, there will be certain organisational challenges for the school authorities but the MHRD and the PMO together can easily find solutions.” She said the impact of the event would be more if it was held during school hours.

Kirron Kher Event first of its kind in country: Kirron Kher

MP Kirron Kher said the school authorities were crying foul. The schools have adequate funds in place to organise the event. Such an event is being held for the first time in the country. The dismal results of the schools reflect the need for inspiring teachers as well as students. The MP further said the school authorities should find alternative ways to hold the event, as it was the need of the hour.



Open House response
Spate of road accidents: It’s time to get serious
Accidents keep claiming precious lives on city roads. The 15-km stretch of National Highway-21 is most prone to such mishaps, especially during night hours. Chandigarh Tribune asked its readers what can be done to check the menace.

Police alone cannot control such incidents

Hardly a day passes without an accident on the city roads. Over speeding is the major cause behind these mishaps. The police alone cannot control these incidents. People must follow rules and cooperate with the traffic police. Also, CCTV cameras must be installed at all light points to ensure round-the-clock monitoring. If the cameras catch anyone breaking rules, the challan must be sent to the registered address the very next day. The licence of the erring driver must be forfeited.

Ujagar Singh,

Residents must take responsibility

Residents must take responsibility for making the city roads safer. For example, people must not stop their vehicles in the middle of the road to use mobile phones.

Mili Mahajan,

Remove wild growth

The authorities must ensure that no wild growth on the roadside obstructs motorists’ vision. Such obstructions, including wild growth and protruding tree branches, should be removes, especially at sensitive locations.

SC Luthra,

More personnel needed

All major intersections must be manned by an adequate number of police personnel. They must be provided with challan books, walkie-talkies and hand-held speed guns, and can be deployed in three shifts to ensure round-the-clock vigil. Also, speed bumps must be constructed at every crossing. Flip-up barriers and stainless steel bollards can also be used in coordination with traffic lights.

SK Mittal,

Use proper signage

Extensive police patrolling besides installation of signboards highlighting the speed limit and the fact that the area is accident-prone will help reduced accidents on the sensitive stretches. Stern action must be taken against violators.

Vijay Singla,

Police must be proactive

Roads connecting light points should be barricaded after 11 pm to check speed of vehicles. Such speed breakers that come out automatically after 11 pm can also be installed at light points. Traffic police personnel patrolling the area can also play a proactive role by guiding and advising youngsters during night hours.

Wg Cdr Jasbir Singh Minhas (retd),

Build roundabouts

Roundabouts must replace the light points on accident-prone stretches. For the time being, the wild growth on the divider must be removed to clear the vision. Also, the lack of reflectors poses a serious threat to those using these roads at night.

Mayank Garg,

Keep check on speeding at night

The traffic police must keep a check on speeding vehicles at night as well. There should be rigorous checking. All offenders must be dealt with strictly. Swift medical aid should be provided to victims.

Dr Navkirat Chauhan,

Proper lighting must

More number of police personnel should keep a check on over speeding and drunken driving on sensitive stretches. At night, provisions for proper lighting must be made. The police must ensure that people follow traffic rules at night as well. Those driving heavy motor vehicles must be dealt with strictly for any breach of traffic rule.


Install speed sensors

To keep an effective check on speeding at night, speed sensors must be installed along busy roads. Hooters should be attached to these sensors to alert the driver as well as the traffic police control room when anyone crosses the speed limit.

KC Rana,

We must adhere to rules

We all must take responsibility for the spate of accidents. Every person must adhere to traffic rules, no matter its day or night, rush hour or an empty road. Also, focus the emergency response system must be strengthened to save lives of accident victims.

Sanjay Kapila,

Take habitual offenders to task

Habitual offenders have a field day at night hours. They shift lanes, jump lights and keep no check on their vehicle’s speed. Night patrolling, heavy fines and suspension or cancellation of driving licence of such traffic violators will help checking the menace.

PS Bhullar,

Better patrolling needed

A designated highway patrol will only work if an organised patrolling system is in place to combat the problem. A special post near the Sector 45/46/49/50 light point is needed. Speed bumps must be constructed at the light point.

Pradyumn Gupta,

Ensure clear vision for drivers

Vehicles should not be driven at high speed on accident-prone roads. Wild growth must be removed from such areas, so that the people can have a clear vision.

Priya Darsh Growar,

Onus lies on us

The onus lies on the driver to follow traffic rules and drive within the speed limit for own as well as others’ safety. More policing is not the solution. It is the responsibility of parents to not let their children drive vehicles, when they neither have maturity nor discipline to drive on roads.

Dinesh Kumar,

Admn, police must wake up from slumber

The UT Administration and traffic police have not done much after identifying accident-prone points and killer stretches. Speeding vehicles at night hours are the major reason behind fatal accidents. Synchronised traffic lights should be made functional along with proper lighting on both sides of the road.

Sukhpal Singh,

Tackle drunken driving

Drunken driving is the main reason behind such tragic incidents. Controlling the use of intoxicants at late hours will help control accidents.

Sat Pal Kansal,

Carry out random checks at night

The traffic police should carry out random checks to ensure that vehicles are following the speed limit during night hours. However, youngsters, too, must treasure their own and others’ lives and be careful while driving.

Ravinder Nath,

Make roads traffic-friendly

The authorities concerned must go in an overdrive to identify accident-prone stretches and then turn them traffic-friendly. Speed governors and rumble strips can be used on these killer stretches.

Ramesh K Dhiman,

Use advanced technologies

To record traffic violations, more CCTV cameras should be installed. Advanced transport technologies, such as global positioning system, can be considered. Presence of round-the-clock police personnel at accident-prone junctions is a must. Also, special ambulances should be ready to be pressed into service in case of mishaps.

Vidya Sagar Garg,

Concerted efforts needed

The increasing number of accidents calls for a concerted effort on the part of the administration, police and public. Speed bumps and clear indicators on the roadside will help reduce accidents on the killer stretches.

Sanjeev Kumar,

Counselling a solution

Proper checks by the traffic police staff, especially during night, is the only remedy. In the absence of strict punishments, only vigil and counselling can make a difference.

MPS Chadha,

Dedicated highway patrol need of the hour

A dedicated highway patrol is the need of the hour. Also, dedicated medical staff and rescue teams should be made available at nights. Surveillance through CCTV cameras should be made effective and violators must be booked immediately.

Dr Rajeev Kumar,

Remove obstructions to vision

Mishaps take place at the Sector 45/46/49/50 light point due to wild growth that obstructs vision at the intersection. Besides removing this, speed bumps must be constructed there.

Anil Kumar,

Speeding main concern

Over-speeding vehicles remain the main cause of concern. The traffic police must keep a check on such violations to prevent accidents.

Colonel RD Singh (retd),
Ambala Cantt

Go for automation of challaning

The Chandigarh Administration and police should identity all accident-prone areas. CCTV cameras must be installed at all major crossings for automation of challans. This will spare the police personnel for other important tasks.

Col BS Mathauda (retd),

Gamut of safety measures must

A plethora of initiatives must be taken to check the increasing number of accidents on city roads. These include improving public lighting and signage, checking speed limits, frequent inspection of vehicles and installation of CCTV cameras.

SK Khosla,

Repair faulty signals

A designated highway patrol will help check the spate of accidents on the NH-21. Also, speed bumps should be constructed and faulty signals should be repaired.

Ajit Singh,

open house question

Despite the legal opinion that a penalty of ~500 per sq yard cannot be imposed under the Estate Rules 2007 with retrospective effect, the Chandigarh Administration officials have no clarity on the matter. City traders and residents have been speaking against the imposition of the penalty. This has resulted in unnecessary litigation. What needs to be done to solve the issue once and for all. Send your comments (in not more than 100 words) along with your passport-size photograph (in JPG format) to [email protected].



Zero tolerance need of the hour
Rajmeet Singh*

As sun sets over the city, traffic rules go for a toss. With traffic law enforcers calling it a day, it is literally a free-for-all on the city roads. Even the self-regulated traffic signals are replaced by blinkers.

In the absence of round-the-clock strict enforcement of traffic rules, lives of law-abiding citizens are at the mercy of those driving their vehicles at breakneck speed, either for thrill or under the influence of intoxicants. The results can be, and are, fatal.

In a recent fatal accident at Sector 45/46/49/50 light point, three youngsters were charred to death in their car while an NRI couple from the UK, travelling on a Volvo bus, was crushed to death. Both vehicles had collided at a high speed. The incident has triggered a debate over the need for effective policing to check the menace.

Several precious lives have been lost in various mishaps in recent months. Statistics available with the traffic police reveal that while 117 persons lost their life in road accidents during the year, the number of persons booked for jumping red lights, over speeding, dangerous driving and drunken driving have risen over the past four years. The police have no specific figures about the number of violations after 11 pm, as the authorities are yet to put in place a 24x7 mechanism. Barring a few special nakas to check drunken driving, there is no check on over speeding and drunken driving after midnight.

From different quarters, voices are being raised to ensure that different government agencies join hands to have zero tolerance towards drunken driving and over speeding.

While the minimum age for drinking is 25 years, there is no check on youngsters binging at discotheques and bars. There is a need to ensure that all major hotels and discotheques dissuade inebriated revellers from getting behind the wheel. They must make alternative arrangements of drivers, cabs and other means of transport for their guests. The punishment for drivers, especially youngsters below the age of 25 years, found drunk needs to be made harsher.

There is also a need to have a centralised state-of-the-art IT-based traffic management system. The traffic police figures reveal that licences of as many as 276 motorists have been suspended in the past five years. In all, there were at least 350 repeat offenders, but licences of only regular repeat offenders were suspended, that too for only three to six months.

The offences that top the chart among habitual offenders are speeding, using mobile phone while driving, drunken driving and jumping signal. The provisions of Section 19 of the Motor Vehicles Act and Rule 21 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules empower the licensing authority to disqualify individuals in certain cases from holding the driving licence or to revoke such licence. These provisions must be enforced.

The administration can take a cue from developed countries, such as the UK, where speed limits are enforced strictly by appropriately empowered authorities. The methods used include roadside fixed speed cameras, average speed cameras, and police-operated LIDAR speed guns or radar speed guns.

The authorities in UT and neighbouring towns of Punjab and Haryana need to create a fear of law among citizens and for this laws need to be enforced uniformly, with an iron hand.

(*The writer is Chief City Reporter)


Deficient rain in city a blessing in disguise
No dengue case reported this year; the number of malaria cases much less than the previous year
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
Even as deficient rain this year left the city residents unhappy, it has brought a reason to cheer. Not a single confirmed case of dengue has been reported this year so far. The figure for the previous year stood at 109 while in 2012, 160 persons had tested positive for dengue.

Also, only 49 cases of malaria have been reported this year while the number was 70 by this time last year.

The nodal officer for National Vector-Borne Disease Control Program (NVBDCP), Dr Anil Garg, said more than 800 suspected cases of dengue were reported in the city this year but none turned out to be positive for the disease. “Our officials have been regularly surveying houses to check breeding of mosquitoes,” Dr Garg added.

In fact, this year, special clinics and screening camps were also not set up. Recently, the UT Health Department had served notice to 26 residents as larvae were found in the coolers at their places.

How is dengue caused

  • Dengue is caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, Aedes Aegypti.
  • The mosquito can breed in 10 to 15 ml of water accumulated in vessels, buckets, flower pots and tyres left in the open.
  • It bites during the daytime.


People infected with the dengue virus show symptoms of high fever, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, skin rashes and mild bleeding.

Helpline: For any complaint or query regarding the spread of dengue, residents can ring up 0172-2740408



MC to provide 15 acres for sports complex in Mani Majra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
The Municipal Corporation (MC) has decided to transfer around 15 acres in Mani Majra to the UT Sports Department for setting up a sports complex. The Director, Sports, UT, had written to the civic body requesting transfer of a suitable site in Mani Majra to set up a sports complex similar to those in Sectors 7, 42 and 46, and the Lake Sports Complex.

The Director, Sports, in a communication to the MC had stated that despite having a population of around 1.40 lakh, Mani Majra doesn’t have a sports complex.

The issue of transferring the land was tabled before the MC general house meeting held recently.

Area councillor Gurcharan Dass Kala said sports complex was a long pending demand of the area residents. “A sports complex in Mani Majra will encourage sports among children,” he added.

Congress councillor Subhash Chawla said there was a sports complex in different parts of the city but there was none in Mani Majra.



When a little apathy cost PGI nurse dear

A little apathy cost a staff nurse dear at the PGIMER last week. As a patient approached her during lunch time for affixation of a stamp on his OPD card for further course of treatment, the nurse, without paying much heed to the person accompanying the patient, kept the request pending for over half an hour citing lunch break.

The patient’s companion turned out to be an officer from the PGI’s Accounts Department. Irked over the nurse’s act, the officer filed a complaint against her resulting in her transfer. The decision, however, did not go down well with the association of nurses as they threatened agitation and work suspension following transfer orders.

Shaping up on jail diet

The Burail jail, it seems, has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for some convicts, as far as their health is concerned. A number of criminals, who went to jail in poor health, are seen flaunting muscular bodies in no less than a year. A classic example is of murder accused Vajinder, who went to jail as a frail young man but had gained quite a few kilos at the time the case reached its end and he was finally sentenced. With a fixed routine, exercise and simple but healthy food, the convicts are in pink of health.

PFA, wildlife officials at loggerheads

Catching of snake venom on a tip-off by the People For Animals (PFA) saw officials of the Wildlife Department accusing the former of doing nothing worthwhile and not taking the department into confidence. On the contrary, the PFA accused the department officials of turning a blind eye to the illegal activity. Now who is doing the job in a rightful manner is a matter of debate!

Councillor plays smart to avoid controversy

A councillor of the Municipal Corporation (MC), Chandigarh, who wanted his wife to accompany him during his study tour to Port Blair, Chennai and Kolkata, was found carrying a slip acknowledging payment of Rs 30,000 made for his wife’s ticket. The councillor claimed that he took a hand written slip from the MC as proof so that in case journalists question him, he will show the slip and tell them he is taking his wife on his own expenses.

Barking dogs at protesting site

Stray dogs, perhaps, did not like the idea of students raising slogans at the Student Centre in Panjab University last week. While Panjab University NSS volunteers were holding a ‘go green’ rally at the Student Centre, the dogs started barking at them. When around 250 students raised slogans at the centre, stray dogs barked at the students who led the rally. May be they wanted to protest’ against the sloganeering.

Contributed by Ritika Jha Palial, Aneesha Sareen, Rajmeet Singh, Amit Sharma and Aarti Kapur



GMADA fails to meet deadline

Mohali, August 31
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has failed to meet the deadline of its ambitious Rs 150 crore project of laying new Phase 5 and 6 pipeline of Kajauli Waterworks to pump additional 80 MGD (million gallon per day) water to Mohali.

The deadline to complete the project, under which a 22.3-km pipeline has to be laid from Kajauli Waterworks to Kharar and a water treatment plant to be constructed), ended today. Officials said of the total 22.3-km pipeline, they could lay only about 19-km-long pipeline so far. The remaining work would be completed soon, they said.

Even then it would take some more years to complete the project as GMADA is yet to decide about the location where this pipeline is to be terminated and where the water treatment plant will be set up. — TNS



PU elections
‘Paperless’ campaign on in full swing
Parties take to social media for one-on-one interaction with students to promote achievements
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

The NSUI has developed an application through which its manifesto will be uploaded
The NSUI has developed an application through which its manifesto will be uploaded. A Tribune photo

Chandigarh, August 31
With the student parties taking to social media to garner the support of voters for the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) elections, canvassing through posters and pamphlets has taken a backseat.

The student parties are concentrating more on social media pages and smart phone applications to attract voters as it is a cheap and fast mode of communication.

In fact, every department has made a group on the popular chat messenger — WhatsApp — wherein the activists of the respective parties have a one-on-one interaction with the students.

Interestingly, theatre groups are in high demand among the student parties to propagate their achievements and manifesto.

The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) senior leader Manoj Lubana said, “Beside a one-on-one interaction, our activists have formed a group on Whatsapp, through which they inform students about the party’s achievements and updates.”

Another senior leader of the party, Birender Dhillon, said, “An application of the party has been developed through which the manifesto will be uploaded. A theatre group has prepared a skit of 6 minutes which will cover our party’s achievements and highlight flaws of the other student parties.”

Talking on similar lines, Panjab University Students Union senior leader Naval, said, “For the first time, we will use the university’s radio station to canvass, besides 94.3 FM, which is a commercial radio station of the city.”

The Students for Society (SFS) is also planning to use PU’s radio station this time to highlight their agenda, which is free of cost for the students.

The Students Organisation of India (SOI) senior leader Vicky Middukhera is also looking for new ideas to canvass this year.

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) senior leader Dinesh said, “We have started a one-on-one interaction with the students of all departments. This way we will get to know their issues and can address their grievances.”

innovative ways to communicate

The student parties are concentrating more on social media pages and smart phone applications to attract voters as it is a cheap and fast mode of communication.

Interestingly, theatre groups are also in high demand among the student parties to propagate their achievements and manifesto. The parties are also using the university’s radio station to canvass, besides 94.3 FM, which is a commercial radio station of the city.

‘manifesto will be uploaded’

"An application of the party has been developed on which the manifesto will be uploaded. A theatre group has prepared a skit of 6 minutes which will cover our party’s achievements and highlight flaws of the other student parties."

— Birender Dhillon, senior leader, NSUI

sidelights of the day

‘SOPU has not formed alliance with SOI’

The Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) senior leader Amninder Mann on Sunday alleged that the Students Organisation of India (SOI) was misguiding the students that it had formed an alliance with SOPU for this year’s student council election. “SOPU has not formed any alliance with any party and will contest the elections independently,” added Mann.

nsui announces panel at SGGS College, sECTOR 26

The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) unit at the SGGS Khalsa College, Sector 26, on Sunday announced its student panel for the elections. Their President is Satwinder Khosa, vice-president Gurpreet Kaur, General Secretary Lovepreet Singh and Joint Secretary Amit Jaggi.



NSUI, PUSU ‘organise’ trips to Shimla, Kasauli
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
It is picnic time for the student voters of Panjab University as the parties — in the race for the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) elections — are making all out efforts to earn brownie points.

Sources said two trips were organised by student parties from Chandigarh to Kasauli and Shimla today.

These included the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) — organised a trip for the students of the University Institute Chemical Engineering Technology to Shimla — while the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) took the students of the University Institute Engineering Technology and BDS to Kasauli.

To avoid being caught by the PU authorities about organising such trips, the students were asked to gather at a selected point outside the campus. Besides, party vehicles were used to ply students from the campus to the bus stop.

However, denying that they had organised a trip, senior PUSU leader Naval said, “The students themselves organised the trip. We just assisted them in doing so. It was not sponsored by us.”

Sources also revealed that the Students Organisation of India (SOI) today organised a party for those students, who assured to bring adequate voters in their support for the poll, at Hotel Mount View, Sector 10.

Besides, students parties are also organising free lunches to win the confidence of the voters.



Cops in civvies keep eye on outsiders at city colleges
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
Keeping in view that outsiders turned out to be the trouble-makers during the student elections in colleges every year, the Chandigarh Police has gone a step ahead in keeping vigil this year.

Going beyond the basic exercises such as checking identity cards during the entry of students, the Chandigarh Police has deployed younger looking cops in civil dresses to keep a close watch on outsiders in student groups.

These cops, usually dressed in jeans and t-shirts, easily mingle with the students and roam around freely on the college campus. This practice yielded results two days ago at the GGDSD College, Sector32, as two outsiders were rounded with the help of a police personnel dressed in civvies.

The two outsiders were nabbed amid a gathering of more than 200 students, in front of the library, where various student organisations had lifted their candidates up in the air.

”These outsiders are smart. They sneak out as soon as they see a police official around. This time we thought of ensuring extra vigil by spreading out our reach within the groups,” said a police official deputed from the Sector 34 police station at the GGDSD College.

More than 50 police personnel have been deployed at all three private co-educational colleges - GGDSD, Sector 32; SGGS Khalsa College, Sector 26 and DAV College, Sector 10.



Parking chaos ranks high on parties’ agenda
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 31
Frequent challaning of students’ vehicles parked outside college premises has turned out to be one of the major issues concerning all student organisations this time. The paucity of parking space on college campuses has been forcing students to park their vehicles along side the boundary wall and on main roads in all the three private colleges, leading to traffic chaos in the area.

Such a scenario can be seen outside DAV College, Sector 10; GGDSD College, Sector 32 and SGGS Khalsa College, Sector 26. The students of GGDSD College have alleged that the Chandigarh Police are biased against them as they are issued challans every second day.

“The problem is grave in our college as our institution is surrounded by three schools. Also, the residents in the area have frequently been writing to the Administration citing their inconvenience. But nobody understands the ordeal of students. If the college does not provide parking space, we have to park our vehicles outside,” said Rachit Suri, student at the GGDSD College.


In all the three colleges, more than 100 cars belonging to the students can be seen parked outside the premises. The haphazard parking of vehicles on the main road causes traffic congestion, resulting in frequent challaning of the students.



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