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Drowning of 3 students in pond
Parents to get Rs 7.50 lakh each
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
Justice Ritu Bahri of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered a compensation of Rs 7.50 lakh each to the parents of three students, who drowned in a Mani Majra pond in August 2002.

Class VIII students Ajay, Vijay Masih and Vijay Kumar were drowned in the pond near the railway crossing. Their parents had filed a joint writ petition for compensation alleging that digging in the area by the Chandigarh Administration had resulted in a depression, which was converted into a pond in the rainy season.

Appearing for the parents, senior advocate Satya Pal Jain, Dheeraj Jain and Namit Kumar argued that the pond was a creation of gross negligence on the part of UT officers. They did not fill the area with earth after the completion of a project.

It was added that all three students were playing in that area when they suddenly slipped into the pond and died. It was further alleged that the death was caused only because of the negligence. The court was also told that the parents of two of the deceased were working as sweepers and that of the other as a labourer.

Counsel for the Chandigarh Administration KK Gupta, on the other hand, submitted that the death was not caused due to drowning. It was alleged that the pond was not situated on government or MC land but on private land.

Justice Bahri observed that it was the responsibility of the UT Administration to maintain the low-lying area. “The petitions are held entitled to a compensation of Rs 7.50 lakh to each petitioner for the loss of their sons, along with an interest of 7.5 per cent per annum form the date of filing of this petition till the date of realisation. Accordingly, the petition is allowed qua the UT Administration.” the Judge said.



Youth dies as bike, scooter collide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
A student of a hotel management institute in Sector 42 was killed while three others were injured in a collision between a bike and a scooter in Sector 42 last night. The scooter and the bike-borne youths were racing parallel to each other when the mishap occurred, police sources said.

The deceased, Mayank Daksh, was riding a bike while his friend Satyam was riding pillion. The scooter was being driven by Rinku, a resident of Sector 40. His friend Punit was riding pillion on the scooter. All four were friends.

While Mayank succumbed to his injuries, Satyam, Punit and Rinku were critically injured. Satyam is a resident of Bhopal and is an engineering student. The mishap occurred near the Sector 42 petrol pump when both vehicles collided. Mayank received severe head injuries.

The police have registered a cross case against both the scooter driver, Rinku, and the deceased bike rider, Mayank, stating that both of them were at fault.

A case of causing death due to negligence under Sections 304-A of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 36 police station.

Mayank was a resident of Sector 41-C. He is survived by his parents and a brother.



pm’s speech
Dept relaxes school timings
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
In a bid to ease the burden on school students on Teacher’s Day due to the live broadcast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to schoolchildren, the UT Education Department has relaxed the school timings on September 5.

The students were earlier supposed to reach the school at 8 am and were to stay back till 5 pm. However, according to a fresh circular, the students will now have to reach the school at 11.30 am and stay there till 5.30 pm.

A UT official said with the school timings being relaxed, the students would now not have to stay for long hours in the school.

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 from 3 pm and 4.45 pm. The interaction will be telecast in every government and private school. City schools have already geared up for the event.

Ravi Raj, Principal, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37-B, said to accommodate all students, three corridors and two laboratories were being converted into virtual theatres.

Vinod Sharma, Headmaster, Government Model High School, Sector 34, said nearly 500 students would watch the PM’s speech. “Classrooms have been decorated for the day and arrangements have been made for the telecast of the speech,” said Sharma.

Students to reach school at 11.30 am

Students were earlier supposed to reach the school at 8 am and were to stay back till 5 pm. However, according to a fresh circular, the students will now have to reach the school at 11.30 am and stay there till 5.30 pm.



Student parties make voters dance to their tunes
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
If politics is all about making voters dance to parties' tunes, then PUSU is halfway through. The students' front has come up with in-house peppy numbers in a bid to enter the hearts of PU students and garner their support for the coming student council elections.

Adding flavour to the campaign, a PUSU song has gone viral on mobile phones of party supporters.

The lyrics focus around the enviable SUVs, designer clothes and expensive shoes, tempting students to join PUSU. A video of a song that has gone viral has the lyrics: “Gerhi mariya Lancer te kudiyan vich Cruze Xenon Thar te shaukeen Endeavour, 12-bore gaddi ch Gypsy ch slugger”. The Students Organisation of India (SOI) has also come up with a catchy song to woo students by showing its power and strength on the campus. The NSUI has also come up with a song which highlights the contribution of its senior leaders towards the betterment of the campus last year. Through the lyrics, the party has praised its supporters.

The songs can be heard in cars moving around on the university campus. The social media is flooded with videos of student parties, which have been downloaded by more than 4,000 students.



Votes up for sale on varsity campus
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
It's pouring money for small-time leaders on the Panjab University campus having an assured vote bank. Depending upon the number of votes, the leaders, especially those in professional courses, are being bribed with money to swing votes in favour of parties.

According to sources, for ensuring 20 votes, a leader is being paid between Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000. Besides, freebies are being offered to voters.

Knowing well that money can swing the elections either way, student parties are making all possible efforts to lure voters.

The sources said the money factor was more at play in professional departments where students preferred to jointly support a particular student outfit.

A student leader, who has been associated with the campus elections for the past six years, said they were locating self-styled leaders who were capable of ensuring votes for the party. “The group leader is being paid and uphill tours are being organised for voters”, said the leader.

The bigger departments, including the UIET, the UICET and the UILS, have small groups which are being paid between Rs 5,000 and Rs 25,000 for garnering votes.

The student parties claim that it is easy to establish whether the particular group in that department voted for the party or not. “If there are 60 students in a class and 30 have committed their vote for a party, then during the counting of votes, there should be at least 30 votes in favour of the party,” said another student leader.

Several student outfits, which were formed just ahead of the student elections, are trying to garner votes through money power.

Sources said to encash the opportunity, students have created small groups promising their vote and support to parties in lieu of money.

The student parties have been blatantly violating the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations which state that the election expenditure of a candidate should be below Rs 5,000. The PU authorities are turning a blind eye to the serious violation.


outbreak of diarrhoea
HUDA officials failed to act: MLA
Alleges officers had failed to detect the cause of spread, writes to CM Hooda
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 2
The functioning of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) came under a scanner with the local MLA accusing the officials for not taking precautionary measures against diarrhoea that affected more than 320 residents in Sector 19 and Abheypur village of the city.

DK Bansal, MLA, has held the HUDA officials responsible for the outbreak of diarrhoea that claimed the life of an elderly woman in Sector 19 three days ago.

Bansal has also written a letter to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda alleging that the HUDA officials had failed to detect the cause of the spread of the water-borne disease even after five days of its outbreak.

He alleged that the HUDA officials were still negligent in tackling the problem, while people were at the receiving end.

In his letter, the MLA has also claimed that contaminated water supply by the HUDA to residents of Abheypur village and Sector 19 was the main cause of diarrhoea for which HUDA officials were responsible.

“The HUDA officials were rude to residents who visited their offices with complaints,” alleged Bansal.

The MLA has also demanded registration of a criminal case against the CA, HUDA, compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family members of Shashi Bala (70), who allegedly died of the disease and financial assistance to diarrhoea-affected patients.

AK Singh, Chief Administrator, HUDA, however, was not available for comments.

Meanwhile, 65 new diarrhoea patients were reported at the civil dispensary in Sector 19 today. The figures were quite less than the number of patients (96), reported on Monday.

Civil Surgeon Dr VK Bansal said all those who visited the dispensary were given medicines and ORS solution. “The situation is under control. There is no new admission and a majority of the admitted patients have been discharged.”

Contaminated water supply

  • MLA DK Bansal has held HUDA officials responsible for the outbreak of diarrhoea that claimed the life of an elderly woman in Sector 19 three days ago.
  • He also claimed that contaminated water supply by the HUDA to residents of Abheypur village and Sector 19 was the main cause of diarrhoea for which HUDA officials were responsible.

65 new cases

In a red flag to the health authorities, as many as 65 new diarrhoea patients were reported at the Civil Dispensary in Sector 19 on Tuesday.



CTU bus catches fire at ISBT-17
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
Panic gripped passengers at the Sector 17 Inter-state Bus Terminus (ISBT), when the engine of a bus caught fire today. Some of the passengers were standing on the rear side of the bus when the incident took place.

The passengers standing near the bus reported a noise, which sounded like a blast, from the engine followed by smoke.

Due to the impact of the blast, the parts of the engine fell on the ground.

The bus driver, Avtar Singh, said, “As soon as I started the ignition, the engine caught fire. I managed to escape unhurt.”

Though having outlived its life, the aging bus of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU), had been given a roadworthy certificate on August 31.

The bus was to ferry passengers on the Chandigarh-Kharar route. Sources said the loss could have been more had the mishap taken place with the passengers on board. Meanwhile, CTU officials said the reason for the mishap was being probed.

Close shave

The bus was to ferry passengers on the Chandigarh-Kharar route. As soon as the driver started the ignition, the engine caught fire. He managed to escape unhurt. Sources said the loss could have been more had the mishap taken place with the passengers on board.



PGI gets FICCI healthcare awards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
The PGIMER has been conferred two awards by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) Healthcare Excellence Awards for 2014 under the categories of medical technology and diagnostics, pathology laboratories.

The PGIMER Director Dr YK Chawla along with the Head of Medical Microbiology Department and Prof GD Puri, Department of Anaesthesia, received the awards from Prof K Vijay Raghavan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology and Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, during the function organised in New Delhi on Monday.

The PGIMER was awarded the FICCI Health Care Excellence Award in the field of excellence in medical technology for the “Closed loop anaesthesia delivery system (CLADS)” design and developed by Prof GD Puri, Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, PGIMER, Chandigarh, and his team.

The Department of Medical Microbiology, PGIMER, has been conferred the award under the category of diagnostics, pathology laboratories. The department was accorded accreditation by the NABL in February 2014. Meanwhile, the department handles as many as 800 specimens every day.



Community centres to have solar plants
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
Solar plants will soon be installed at community centres in the city. The Municipal Corporation (MC), has given a go ahead to the proposal of installing solar plants at the Community Centre in Sector 40.

The request for the installation of the solar plant was moved by Congress Councillor Gurbax Rawat, which was tabled in the General House Meeting held recently. The house gave its consent to the proposal.

The UT Science and Technology Department will install the solar plant.

Congress councillor Pardeep Chhabra said, “The feasibility study for other community centres will also be carried out so that solar plants can be installed there.”

The UT Science and Technology Department has recently commissioned the first solar photovoltaic (SPV) power plant at an e-Sampark centre in Sector 7.

At present, solar plants have been installed at 27 buildings, including the Paryavaran Bhawan, the Model Burail Jail, the UT Secretariat Building, the GCGirls-11 and the Government Model Senior Secondary School-46.

At sector 40

The MC has given a go ahead to the proposal of installing solar plants at the Community Centre in Sector 40.



Residents face 8-hour power cut
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, September 2
Unscheduled power cuts have put residents of Baltana, Pabhat and parts of Zirakpur at the receiving end. Power supply remained suspended for more than 8 hours here on Monday night.

The electricity supply, however, was restored early Tuesday morning.

Residents rued that frequent cuts were being imposed over the past few days.

A Punjab State Power Corporation Limited official said power supply had been affected due to a technical snag at a power grid located in the Bhabhat village. “The Maintenance Department has repaired the fault despite rain,” he claimed.

The officer advised the residents to lodge their electricity-related complaints on the 24-hour helpline number (9646137873).


Residents to lodge their electricity-related complaints on the 24-hour helpline number (9646137873) of the Electricity Department.



vanity numbers
RLA to hold auction on Sept 13
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
The Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) is going to hold an open auction for vanity numbers of the CH-01-AZ series. The auction of numbers from 0001 to 0100 will be held on September 13, while the auction for the number 0101 onwards will be held the following day.

RLA officials said they were expecting to break the previous records of the open auction. “We are hopeful of breaking all records and earning a huge revenue from the auction”, they said.

Earlier this year, the RLA had earned Rs 98.75 lakh by auctioning 354 registration numbers of the CH01AX series. Prior to that, CH01AQ vehicle registration series had fetched the highest amount of Rs 87.45 around two years ago.

Applicants who wanted to procure vanity numbers through auction should come with the prescribed amount on the day of the auction.



Bishnoi Jr mobilises youth
Tribune News Service

Panchkula September 2
In an effort to encash the legacy of his grandfather, former Haryana Chief Minister late Bhajan Lal, Bhavya Bishnoi, lead a ‘Chhatra Chetna Rally’ in different colleges of the district today.

Ahead of the Assembly elections, Bhavya — son of Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) supremo Kuldeep Bishnoi — had launched the rally to mobilise youth and sensitise them on the policies of the party across the state.

Accompanied by his uncle Chander Mohan, former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, and Shashi Sharma, district president of the HJC, Bhavya interacted with students at government colleges in Panchkula and Kalka.

He recalled the efforts made by Bhajan Lal in developing Panchkula at par with the Union Territory Chandigarh. He also assured revival of the student council elections, suspended a few years ago, in the state.

Earlier, scores of youths received Bhavya in Bagawali village on the Raipur Rani-Sahajadpur road in the morning. A cavalcade of motorcycles, cars and cars accompanied Bhavya to Barwala, Panchkula and Kalka.



non-compliance of Lok Adalat orders
PSPCL XEN’s funds attached
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 2
Following non-compliance of its orders, the Permanent Lok Adalat (Public utility services) today attached a sum of Rs 1.05 lakh from the account of an Executive Engineer (XEN) of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), Anandpur Sahib, and directed the manager concerned of the State Bank of Patiala, Patiala branch, to send the said amount to the court.

The PSPCL had not responded to the court’s earlier order directing release of an electricity connection for a tubewell of the complainant, Gurmail Singh of Bajroor village, tehsil Anandpur Sahib, Ropar district. Today, the court, headed by Jagroop Singh Mahal, ordered to attach a sum of Rs 1.05 lakh from the account of the XEN concerned.

In his complaint, Gurmail Singh had alleged that he had applied for a tubewell connection on June 4, 1991, and had deposited a sum of Rs 79,480 along with a self-declaration that he was in the possession of a joint land where he wanted to set up a tubewell. He applied for a power connection to run the tubewell but the respondent, the PSPCL, did not grant him one.

In it defence, the PSPCL maintained that the power connection was not released as Gurmail was not in the possession of the land and that other owners of the land had opposed releasing of a power connection to the complainant.

Deciding the case in the complainant’s favour, the court had, on April 29, directed the PSPCL to release an electric connection within 30 days from the receipt of a copy of the order, failing which it will have to pay Rs 1 lakh as compensation for harassment, delay and loss of income to the applicant, along with Rs 5,000 as litigation cost.

As the respondent did not release the electric connection within the specified period, the court ordered attachment of the sum in question from the XEN’s bank account.



Builder-MC officials’ nexus leaves residents of Peer Muchalla society at receiving end
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, September 2
As the occupants of flats in Royal Empire, a housing project in Peer Muchalla, are at the receiving end in absence of an electricity connection, enquiries reveal that a nexus between the Zirakpur MC officials and the builder is to be blamed for their woes.

While the unsuspecting flat owners kept making rounds of the Electricity Department seeking power connections early this year, after the builder had abandoned the project, the MC officials kept them in the dark about the legality of the mandatory permissions required to get legal possession of their properties.

Documents accessed by The Tribune reveal that the Executive Officer, Zirakpur MC, while giving an NOC (dated March 31, 2014) to the flat owners to get the electricity connections referred to the previous NOC issued for the project in March 31, 2007, stating that the civic body had no objection to the same.

Parminder Singh, Executive Officer of the MC, said the NOC was given to the flat owners on humanitarian ground. “The builder is already on the run and the flat owners had already moved in,” he said.

However, the fact is that the builder had never applied for a completion certificate for the project. Without obtaining the completion certificate, possession of flats cannot be granted. All this while, the flat owners relied on the possession letters given to them by the builder. The letters have no validity till the MC issues a completion certificate for the project.

Despite being in the know of things, the MC officials kept the unsuspecting flat owners in the dark.

“We are being forced to run power generator sets at a very high cost. The builder has cheated us. We have already paid the entire cost of the flat but are still without regular electricity connection. Now, we are requesting the Electricity Department to release the connection on humanitarian ground,” said Surinder Kumar, president of the Royal Empire ABCD Blocks Flat Owners Welfare Association.

After the nexus between the builder and the civic body officials was exposed recently, the MC Executive Officer, in a letter written to the Electricity Department, clarified that the previous NOC issued on March 31, 2007, was valid only for one year and the society would have to seek the approval of the MC again.

However, the approval, which the Executive Officer sent to the Electricity Department five months ago, did not mention that the NOC was valid for only one year, indicating a cover up exercise by MC officials.



Coffee table book on UT police released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
Strong and credible police is necessary to safeguard public interest and for the common good of people, said Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil at the release of the maiden coffee table book on the Chandigarh Police here today.

Patil said besides focusing on the history of the Chandigarh Police, the book would also educate people about its working and achievements.

The Administrator congratulated IGP Rajinder Upadhyay and his team for an attractive coffee table book and appreciated the role of Chandigarh Police in undertaking modernisation and upgrading so as to have the cutting edge technology to combat crime and criminals.

Patil also lauded the role of Senior Citizens Association for achieving their goals in right manner. He stressed on the need to pay more attention towards the elderly.

He appreciated artists of the Chandigarh Traffic Police and women employees of the Infosys for performing two short skits, one on traffic rules and violations and the other on drugs and atrocities on women.

Earlier, IGP Rajinder Upadhyay highlighted the achievements and ongoing projects initiated by the Chandigarh Police.

Prominent among those present were Adviser to the Administrator KK Sharma, Principal Secretary to the Governor ; MP Singh, Home Secretary Anil Kumar, MC Commissioner Vivek Partap Singh, UT SSP Sukhchain Singh and president of the Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association GS Garewal besides senior police and civil officers.



citco board meeting
Mountview may reduce room tariff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
The Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Corporation (CITCO), is mulling to lower the room tariffs at Hotel Mountview, Sector 10. The hotel is running into losses for the past few years and the issue came up for a discussion during a meeting of the board members of CITCO today.

The board members felt that there was a need to reduce the room rent from 15-20 per cent.

The issue of increasing the efficiency of employees was also discussed by the board members.



PUSU, SOPU join hands at PGGC-11
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
Rising above their long-standing enmity, the Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) and Students’ Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) have joined hands for this year’s student council elections at the Post Graduate Government College (PGGC), Sector 11.

Being not associated to any national or regional party like other student outfits, the two decided to form an alliance to “fight for students’ rights without any political motives”.

“We are the two oldest parties affiliated to Panjab University and have a history of producing popular leaders. I think we are still more popular among students,” said Gagandeep Singh, the presidential candidate of the SOPU-PUSU-HSA-HPSU alliance.

Two other panels of candidates in the fray are those of the NSUI and INSO-SOI-HIMSU-GCSU alliance. Leaders of these parties said the lack of support the two parties were finding at PU had cast its shadow on the college elections as well, resulting in the move.

INSO, HSA leaders enter into spat at DAV College

A girl student leader of the Hindustan Student Union (HSA) entered into a heated argument with a male representative of the Indian National Students’ Organisation (INSO) at DAV College, Sector 10, this morning. She accused him of making calls on her personal mobile number. The INSO leader maintained that she herself gave him the number. Soon, other leaders of the two parties joined in as well. Finally, the faculty members had to intervene and control the situation. “We had a meeting with leaders of both parties in the evening, and they promised us that they will settle their differences,” said Dean, Students’ Welfare, Amaninder Maan.



SOI, NSUI make poll pitch
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
In a show of strength, the Students’ Organisation of India (SOI) and National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) today took out rallies on the Panjab University campus. While, the former held a rally at the UIET, the NSUI campaigned at the pharmacy department.

Meanwhile, two Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) leaders—local unit chairman Sonu Bajwa and Punjab unit president Lucky—joined the SOI.

The PUSU president, Satwinder Naval, accused Akali Dal and Congress workers of putting undue pressure on PUSU workers and students to join SOI and NSUI respectively. In a letter sent to Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, he said their party supporters—Bunty Romana of Akali Dal and Rahul Bhattal, former Punjab CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal’s son—were directly involved in the student council elections.

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad leaders, too, alleged that some student parties were violating the code of conduct by organising trips and parties for students.

22 students produced before SDM

Twenty-two students, booked under preventive measures on August 27 after the police feared that they might create trouble, were produced before the court of Sub-Divisional Magistrate here today. The students, who were booked under Sections 107, 150 of the CrPC, furnished their surety bonds.

Prominent leaders who were booked include student council president Chandan Rana and presidents of three student groups: INSO’s Gautam Nain, HSA’s Neeraj Kharab and SOI’s Yadwinder Singh. Other leaders include Arshdeep Singh (alias Robin Brar), Manoj Lubana, Sunny Mehta, Amninder Mann, Sachin Kanwar, Dinesh Chauhan, Sehajpal and Rashpal Singh.

The police said all students will be directly sent to Model Burail Jail if they were caught indulging in violence. Some of the student leaders are already facing criminal cases and 14 of them are hostlers.



PUSU supporters disturb classes
Deepanker Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
Supporters of the PUSU alliance today entered into an argument with the chairperson of the Centre for Microbial Biotechnology during canvassing on its premises. The supporters, allegedly, entered the classrooms without taking permission from any teacher and started canvassing.

When the department chairperson, Rupinder Tewari, objected to it, the students argued with him and later left the class.

Tewari said yesterday, too, the student party leaders entered a classroom without permission, following which the faculty had complained to him.

Today, the chairperson submitted a complaint with the Dean, Students’ Welfare, Navdeep Goyal. When contacted, the DSW said a notice would be issued to PUSU tomorrow.

A similar incident had taken place yesterday at the School of Communication Studies as well.

“Rather than disturbing classes, why don’t the student parties campaign during the free hours?” said Akriti Khaneja, a student of the UILS.

Students said supporters of various parties came for campaigning in departments without any prior information and disturbed the ongoing classes. On many occasions, the supporters indulged in verbal arguments with teachers, they said.

Hostellers, too, said the student parties should maintain some decorum when it came to canvassing. A student, seeking anonymity, said in the past fortnight, the hostellers had complained to their wardens a number of times about student parties canvassing on the premises after the stipulated hours. No action, however, was taken, said the student.

As per varsity norms, parties are not allowed to campaign after 7 pm at girls’ hostels and after 10 pm at boys’ hostels.



It’s all just hubbub, say new students
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
While many eyes are set on the ongoing poll activities at Panjab University, for certain newly admitted students, all the hubbub is just disturbing normal life on the campus. Many freshers believe that the elections are a sheer waste of money and time.

They say all parties and their leaders are in the fray only to elevate their own status and are least bothered about solving issues affecting students.

“We joined Panjab University as it is among the most prestigious universities of the country. The classrooms and hostels, however, present a totally different picture. Not a single presidential candidate has promised us to work hard to ensure that we get basic facilities,” said Minichet Bishnoi, a newly admitted student.

He said all political parties kept targeting each other, rather than discussing issues concerning the students.

“Problems faced by students are the same as were in the previous years. Elections have brought about no change. These activities just add to the nuisance. The authorities must instead form an executive committee that listens to students’ grievances and works to address them,” said Snehlata of the UIET.



Students take PU officials, cops for a ride
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
The authorities of Panjab University (PU) and the Chandigarh Police had a tough time stopping the students of the Department of Chemical Engineering who were going to a attend a ‘sponsored’ trip to an amusement and water park this morning.

The Chandigarh Police intervened in the matter and asked the PU authorities to take action against tainted students.

Soon after witnessing three buses near the PU premises at 10.30 am, the police alarmed the PU authorities. However, even the PU authorities failed to stop students from attending the trip.

A senior warden reached the spot and ordered the students to get back to their classes. After a while, when the warden left the spot, the students started moving towards the UIET gate, Sector 24, where the three buses were waiting for them.

Left with no other option, the PU authorities ordered a preliminary inquiry and asked the department to check the attendance of the students while the police personal maintained silence over the issue.

Tents of student parties removed

  • Panjab University authorities removed the tents of all three student parties of the Department of Evening Studies by late on Tuesday evening after the complaint of indiscipline by party activists.
  • The PU authorities had permitted the NSUI-SOPU, the PUSU and the HSA-SOI to pitch tents for campaigning in the Department of Evening Studies.
  • The security staff complained that the party workers were raising slogans against each other while sitting in their respective tents and they found it difficult to handle them.
  • The security staff said the workers of all three parties did not pay heed to their direction and continued to argue with each other.
  • After the complaint of the security staff, SS Gill, convenor of the Department of Evening Studies, recommended to the senior officials of university that all the tents should be removed.
  • PU chief security officer Jatinder Grover said he ordered removal of the tents of all the parties as on checking the identity cards of the students sitting in the tents, he found that a majority of them were outsiders.



Strawberry students pay musical ode to September
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2
“Come September” is an annual event when students of nursery and LKG at the Strawberry Fields present to a very special audience – their parents - half an hour of songs and rhymes.

The monsoon showers with the accompanying pitter-patter of raindrops create melodies all their own and the toddlers of Strawberry Fields seem to be familiar with the deep connect that nature has with the creative and performing arts.

Twice a year, in September and March, these music lessons “go live”, in the sense that students get an opportunity to sing them to their parents.

This year, the students worked along with their teachers, to put together a wonderful beach scene as a backdrop, tempting audience to get into costume and sailing boats, and enter the waters, play in sand and make the most of the perfect weather.

On day one of ‘Come September’, students of LKG handpicked a selection of numbers that ranged from ‘God always listens’ to ‘Fuzzy fuzzy caterpillar’, ‘The sailor man’, ‘ Don’t bother me’, ‘I am a clown’, ‘It’s a lovely day’, ‘The great big truck’ and ‘Ate a peanut’.

As the tempo of the music rose and fell, the children sang perfectly in tune, rhyming their words in a delicate balance with expressions and movements to match.

With twinkling eyes and energetic action, this was childhood innocence at its best.

The venue for the event was the school library, which has a quaint old world charm with lined book shelves and charming seating arrangement that is conducive to picking up a book and settling down to some quiet “me only” time and a vintage piano that comes to life every morning when the tiny-tots troop in for their daily music lesson.



Putting waste to use

Chandigarh: Students of the junior wing of the Eco Club of Banyan Tree School, Sector 48, Chandigarh, held a best-out-of-waste event. They prepared waste bins using old cardboard to collect pencil shavings and waste paper.

Imbibing moral values

To imbibe moral values in students, Government High School, Dadu Majra, Headmistress Lovleen Kaur and Peace Club in-charge Naresh Kumar organised their visit to “Mother Teresa Home”.

Teacher honoured

Neetu Singh of Saupin’s School, Sector 32, was honoured by the Lioness Club, Panchkula, during an event organised to mark the Teachers’ Day at Aroma Hotel on Monday. Neetu is also an active member of the Chandigarh Breast Cancer Trust.

Science, maths exhibition

Mohali: Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Sector 69, organised a science and maths exhibition for Classes VII to X.

Poster-making competition

Lions Club, Chandigarh central, organised an inter-school poster-making competition on ‘Eye donation’ at Manav Mangal Smart School, Mohali. As many as 235 students form 27 schools in the tricity took part in the event.

Bhavan students shine

Panchkula: Two students of Bhavan Vidyalaya brought laurels to the institutions by bagging second and third positions in the district yoga competition held at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula. Yashika of Class VIII won the second position while Arunima of Class XII secured the third place in the competitions. The students have also been selected for the state yoga competition. — TNS



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