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PU elections
NSUI takes home the lion’s share
Bags three top posts of president, vice-president & secretary
PUSU gets 1 seat
Aarti Kapur & Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Making inroads into the once stronghold of PUSU and SOPU, the NSUI today bagged three of the four seats in the elections held for the Panjab University Campus Students Council. The party’s warhorses, who worked hard behind the scenes, saw it winning the three key posts of president, vice-president and secretary while the post of joint secretary was won by PUSU.

NSUI presidential candidate Divyanshu Budhiraja, who was supported by HIMSU, a student front of Himachal Pradesh, and the NSO, was declared the winner. He defeated the SOPU-SOI-HSA alliance candidate, Rachit Duggal, by a thin margin of 58 votes. Close behind on the third position was the PUSU-GGSU-INSO-YUWA alliance canidadate, Anil Sharma, who scored 77 votes less than Budhiraja.

The posts of vice-president and secretary also went to the NSUI. The party's vice-presidential candidate, Snigdha Bawa, defeated the SOI alliance candidate, Ramandeep Kaur Sivia, by a margin of 288 votes. Snigdha polled 2,614 votes while Ramandeep got 2,326 votes. For the post of secretary, the NSUI alliance candidate, Ankur Sehrawat, was declared the winner. He defeated the SOI candidate, Som Nath Thakur, by a margin of 1,081 votes. Sehrawat polled 2,953 votes while Som Nath got 1,872 votes. The post of joint secretary went to PUSU candidate Abhishek Thapar, who defeated NSUI candidate Sachin Kanwar by a margin of 76 votes. The SOI alliance, SOPU and the ABVP failed to open their account in the student council elections.

NSUI senior leader Brinder Dhillon and Manoj Lubana were instrumental in the win of the presidential candidate, who won by a close margin. Dhillon has been associated with the PU student politics for the past eight years while Manoj has spent around four years.

As the results were being declared, candidates of the NSUI and their supporters marched in procession towards the Student Centre from Boys’ Hostel No. 3.

There were celebrations in the NSUI camp even before the final results were declared by the DSW. For around five hours, the supporters kept waiting for the formal declaration of the result as it was delayed due to recounting by the authorities in view of the close victory margin of 58 votes for the post of president.

Cops advised PU to delay announcement of results

Sources said the police advised the PU authorities to delay the announcement of the election results to avoid any untoward incident.

Highest voting

The University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) recorded the highest voting with over 1,500 votes being cast.

Game changer

DSW Navdeep Goyal said before the counting in Arts Block III, which took place in the end, the PUSU alliance was leading.

Executive body poll

The PU will hold the elections to the executive body on Wednesday.

Only woman presidential candidate got 1,334 votes

The only woman presidential candidate of the Students for Society, Amandeep Kaur, got 1,334 votes. She was on the fourth position.



electrocution of man, daughter 
HC orders Rs 22 lakh relief for family
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Justice Ritu Bahri of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered a compensation of Rs 22 lakh to the family of Mahinder Singh and his daughter Harmit Kaur of Badheri village, both of whom died of electric shock while hanging clothes on their roof in May 2003.

The court also directed the Electricity Department to pay an interest of 7.5 per cent per annum from 2003 till the time the compensation is paid.

The incident took place on May 14, 2003, when the deceased’s wife, Ravinder Kaur, got an electric shock while putting wet clothes for drying on a clothes line on the roof of their house.

On hearing her cries, her husband rushed to rescue her, but he got electrocuted. Thereafter, their daughter also tried to rescue them, but she too came in contact with the wire and got electrocuted. The three were rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh, where the man and his daughter lost their lives. The Electricity Department of the Chandigarh Administration had granted a meagre compensation of Rs 50,000 to the family, comprising Ravinder Kaur, her daughter Baljinder Kaur and son Amandeep Singh. All three had filed a joint petition before the HC seeking enhanced compensation of 7.5 lakh. Satya Pal Jain, senior advocate, along with Dheeraj Jain and Namit Kumar, both advocates, had argued that electric current travelled to the clothes line from a naked electricity wire.

Counsel for the Administration AS Dhindsa, submitted that an inquiry was conducted by the electrical department of PEC, in which it was found that the accident occurred due to the naked internal wiring coming in contact with the steel roof. Dhindsa said a compensation of Rs 50,000 had been paid to the family on humanitarian grounds. He said the responsibility lay on the consumer, in whose name the meter was installed, as well as the Electricity Department.

The Judge observed that since as per the report, the Electricity Department was held responsible for maintaining the damaged consumer wire, the compensation already granted by it was not sufficient. The petitioners shall be entitled to a total compensation of Rs 22.81 lakh with an interest of 7.5 per cent per annum from August 4, 2003, till realisation.



Modi fails to hold students’ interest
Mehakdeep Grewal and Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh/Panchkula, September 5
The elaborate arrangements made by school authorities failed to hold students’ attention as scores of them were seen engrossed in their own activities than listening to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address on Teacher’s Day.

Similar scenes of children chitchatting with each other were seen at both Chandigarh and Panchkula schools.

Although, the UT Education Department left no stone unturned, spending a huge sum of money to make the PM’s address a grand success, students could be seen losing interest in the programme as it progressed.

The teachers, in turn, got busy in maintaining discipline, rather than listening to the PM. Many teachers quizzed by Chandigarh Tribune across various schools were not even aware of the issues addressed by Modi during his address.

Although, government schools recorded a high turnout of students, many of these children seated for the programme were found ignorant of its purpose.

In Panchkula, many students preferred to stay back in their classrooms waiting for the school to get over. At Government Primary School, Sector 19, some were seen completing their homework in classrooms. Even many of those who attended the address could not tell much about its content.

Many school authorities claimed that the number of students attending the programme was much more than they had anticipated and arranged for.


Chandigarh witnessed traffic snarls as the Prime Minister’s address concluded around the time of closing of offices. With rain, too, lashing the city, many roads remained choked with vehicles for over an hour.

The UT Education Department went overboard to make the event a grand success, as not only every school had ensured a back-up power supply, but also distributed refreshments among students.

As students failed to pay attention to Modi’s address, some Panchkula schools, especially those in villages, asked them to disperse around 4 pm.

In a random survey done at Panchkula, students failed to answer what they had heard in the address. Some of them did not even know the Prime Minister’s name.

Power cut disrupted the entire programme at various colonies in Panchkula. At the government school in Budanpur, power was restored at 3.40 pm.



Lack of infrastructure comes to the fore in P’kula schools
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 5
The lack of infrastructure at government schools came to the fore during the Prime Minister’s interactive speech today as 
students were left drenched in rain while watching the programme.

At the government school in Budanpur, the entire strength of around 800 students was asked to sit together as there was only one television set. Many students had to sit in the open, even as it rained heavily.

“As we don’t have any hall, the students had to be seated in the open. The rain played spoilsport,” said Sandeep, a teacher at the school.

Only one television set was provided to each government school, without taking into account the number of students. Also, no proper sitting arrangements were made, and the rain was not accounted for.

Uma Yadav, principal of the government school in Sector 17, said, “Rain hampered the entire experience. Due to the huge strength of students, we had made all arrangements in the open.”

“As it rained heavily and students got drenched, we could not ask them to sit for long,” said a schoolteacher.

“I was running fever and had been asked watch the PM’s speech, even as it rained. I took a special permission and am going back home,” said a student of Class VII. 



Rain, power cuts play spoilsport
Akash Ghai and Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Students get drenched in rain while returning from school after the PM’s address in Mohali on Friday.
Students get drenched in rain while returning from school after the PM’s address in Mohali on Friday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali/Dera Bassi, September 5
Rain and power cuts during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address on Teacher's Day disappointed scores of students and teachers in schools located on Chandigarh's periphery.

Power cuts at Mubarikpur, Morthikri, Daffarpur and a number of other villages in remote areas of Dera Bassi forced school authorities to shift their students to neighbouring schools having a power back-up. A similar situation prevailed at Khelan Malhan, Bahaura, Bahauri and other villages.

"We could not hear the complete speech due to power failure," said Uma, a student of Morthikri village.

Several students faced a lot of inconvenience in reaching their homes due to heavy rain in the evening.

"The government school authorities have made no arrangements of vehicles to pick up and drop off the children. My son was totally drenched when he returned home," said Avtar Singh, a resident of Phase VII, Mohali.

PM’s anecdotes motivate listeners

The Prime Minister's initiative to address students across the country on Teacher's Day found favour with Mohali students and teachers.

"Modi sir di class vich mazaa aa gaya (We enjoyed Modi sir's class a lot)," was one such comment made by several students after watching the live telecast of the interaction this evening.

"We liked his simple, but useful talk. He taught us several things with which we can contribute towards our country's progress," said Arjun, Jashanjot and other students of The Millennium School, Sector 67.

Gagan Deep, a Class IX student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Phase III-B2, said the day became a special one with the PM's interaction.

"At least someone thought to celebrate Teachers Day in such a way," said Ranjit Singh, a student of Government Senior Secondary School, Dera Bassi.

Several teachers, too, were seen appreciating the idea.

"The PM instantly made a rapport with children and teachers. His simple anecdotes were very meaningful," said Jasmer Singh, principal, Government High School, Desu Majra.

"The online interaction is an important step towards the dream of realising a 'Digital India'," said Arvinder Kaur, a Zirakpur-based schoolteacher.


Goods worth lakhs destroyed
Tribune News Service

Firemen try to douse the flames at Maloya village in Chandigarh on Friday.
Firemen try to douse the flames at Maloya village in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photos: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, September 5
Goods worth lakhs were destroyed after a fire broke out at a two-storey building in Maloya, housing a mattress shop on the ground floor and an AC repair shop on the upper floor. Two firemen also received minor injuries.

The fire control room received a call regarding the fire in RK Enterprises, Maloya, at 2.47 am. Six fire tenders from fire stations of Sector 17, 11 and 32 were rushed to the spot to douse the fire.

A Dry Chemical Powder (DCM) tender also rushed to the spot from the Sector 38 Fire Station.

The firefighters had to climb on to the opposite building to douse the fire. A blast inside the building was also reported.

A driver of one of the fire tenders, Kuldeep Singh, received a minor injury on his forearm while, another fireman Varinder Singh received minor burn injury on the left side of his face following the blast.

The Station Fire Officer (SFO), ML Sharma, said foam was also used to douse the fire. Two drums of the foams were used.

The firefighters also removed around 10 cylinders from the adjoining building to avoid any untoward incident. The fire was brought under control in around two hours.



Portion of false ceiling falls off at MC office

Chandigarh, September 5
A portion of the plaster of Paris (POP) fell from the roof of the MC Joint Commissioner’s office today. Nobody was injured in the incident.

The false ceiling at the office of Sarita Mallik fell down leading to panic among the office staff.

Sources revealed that the officer was not present in the office at the time of incident.

An MC official said due to construction work on the upper floors, water was leaking from the roof since morning. The matter was reported to the engineering wing of the MC to avoid any untoward incident in future. More floors are being constructed at the MC building, following which water seeps down to the office building leading to inconvenience to the MC employees. — TNS



Chandimandir Command Hospital gets organ retrieval, transplant capability
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Command Hospital, Chandimandir, has achieved the capability to retrieve and harvest liver, kidney, small intestine and pancreas for organ transplant. This makes it the second service hospital to have this expertise after the Army Research and Referral (RR) Hospital, New Delhi.

A five-day Transplant Coordinators Workshop was also organised at the hospital in association with the Multi-Organ Harvesting Aid Network Foundation, the apex body dealing with organ donation in the country, which concluded today.

Officers from Command Hospital and other services hospitals of the Western Command, including the Army Research and Referral Hospital, Base Hospital, Delhi, and Military Hospitals at Ambala, Jalandhar and Pathankot, went through the counselling sessions and training modules during the workshop.

Representatives from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, and office of the Director General Health Services (DGHS), Haryana, also attended the workshop.

Dr NK Arora, DGHS, Haryana, handed over the certificate of registration and accreditation in this regard to Maj Gen Rajvir Singh, the Hospital Commandant.

According to Col Anuj Sharma, Senior Advisor Surgical Gastroenterology and Transplant Surgeon, organ donation rate in India is abysmally low. “Command Hospital has set an example in the northern part of the country where organ donation and transplant activities are lagging behind,” added Col Sharma.



overcharging of vat
Finance Secy asks UT officials to submit report
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
The UT Finance Secretary, Saravjit Singh, today asked the UT officials to submit a report on the complaints regarding charging of Value Added Tax (VAT) and the illegal levying of service charges by city restaurants and hotels.

The directions were issued after a city-based Advocate Ajay Jagga submitted complaint to the UT Administration in this regard. Jagga had submitted that the Government of India, through an amendment of the Service Tax Rules, 2006, fixed that the service component in the bill of restaurants is 40 per cent, which means the goods component is of 60 per cent. Jagga had raised the issue of applicability of VAT and service tax under the Finance Act, 1994.

He submitted that at present, VAT is being charged on the full value of the restaurant bill, which means there is double taxation on the 40 per cent of the component of the bill of a restaurant. In the present scenario, VAT and service tax, both, are being charged on 40 per cent of the invoice value. He has claimed that due to this improper application of VAT, excess tax was being charged from consumers.

Restaurants are also charging service charges

Ajay Jagga has also raised the issue of the practice of charging of service charges ranging from 7.5 per cent to 12 per cent of the total bill in city restaurants. These charges are being collected by restaurants on the pretext of being the tip of the waiter.

He pointed out that customers can not be forced to pay the tip. It should be the choice of the customer only if he feels happy with the service, he argued. 



Solar power panel in bad shape at Chhat village
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur (Chhat), September 5
Cow dung cakes and weed have taken over a solar power plant installed at Chhat village by the previous SAD-BJP government in 1999. The Punjab Energy Development Authority (PEDA) has reportedly turned a blind eye towards the existing infrastructure system, lying defunct for the past 14 years. The PEDA is, however, taking up various new projects across the state.

The solar power plant was installed at a cost of Rs 30 lakh, under a Central Government aided-project in Chhat village with the efforts of the area MLA, late Capt Kanwaljit Singh, the then Finance Minister of Punjab. The PEDA had given the project to a private party for free maintenance during the warranty period. The director of the PEDA, Blour Singh, expressed his ignorance about such a solar power project taken up in Chhat village. Talking to the Tribune, Kehar Singh, a village nambardar, claimed that the system worked well for more than a year. “It even helped in improving the security in the village,” he added. Jaswinder, a resident of the village, said, “No one realised the importance of solar lights as the villagers were getting free power supply during that time.”

The system developed faults after a year, when the PEDA handed it over to the village panchayat. With passage of time, electricity poles, electricity tubes and cables of the system went missing from the village, said Keshav Rai. The thieves even took away solar panels from the system, claimed Rajinder Singh, another villager. 



Given a day by Delhi HC, accused fails to tie the knot
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 5
Despite being given a day by the Delhi High Court to get married, Puneet from Panchkula, who was arrested by the Melbourne police in a fatal car crash, did not tie the knot.

Puneet’s marriage was fixed for September 5. An application was moved by his counsel to allow him to tie the knot.

“The court asked him to go by Shatabdi and return the same day after tying the knot in presence of the police force. As per the Hindu customs, a wedding can’t be solemnised in a day. So he could not tie the knot,” said a relative at Puneet’s residence in Sector 15 here.

The 24-year-old, wanted in a fatal car crash, was arrested with the collaborative efforts of Melbourne and Haryana police in November last year.

A $100,000 reward was kept on Puneet by the Melbourne police after he skipped out on a sentencing hearing for culpable driving in 2009.

A student of hospitality, Puneet was drunk and was driving at high speed. A 19-year-old Dean Hofstee was killed and a 20-year-old Clancy Coker was seriously injured in Southbank on October 1, 2008. The two students were pedestrians and were visiting from Queensland.

According to the Melbourne police, at the time of the incident, Puneet was a learner driver.

Puneet (who was on bail before the sentence and guilty in culpable driving) had used his friend’s passport to fly back home from Australia and so he failed to appear in the court.



Rs 34 lakh found in bank accounts

Chandigarh, September 5
With the accused SHO Inspector Rajesh Shukla in CBI custody, the investigating officials today scrutinised his bank accounts.

Interrogation revealed that Inspector Rajesh Shukla and his immediate family members have eight bank accounts and total cash amounting to Rs 34 lakh. All eight bank accounts are situated in four different national banks and Shukla has two bank accounts.

CBI sources said initially, the amount in accounts was calculated Rs 15 lakh but further probe revealed that the amount was actually Rs 34 lakh. However, the probe agency has failed to dig out names of senior officials, to whom bribe money was supposed to be provided.

So far, name of no senior officer came to light during the interrogation of bribe accused Shukla, HC Mukesh and constable Dilbaj Singh. The trio was arrested red-handed for accepting bribe of Rs 10,000 from a parking contractor, Lalit Joshi, and bribe was recovered from the possession of Shukla on September 3.

The probe agency claimed that Shukla had collected numerous benami properties worth around Rs 85 lakh in the periphery of Chandigarh in the past few years and details in this connection are being verified. — TNS



Admn honours teachers, staff for their dedication
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
The UT Education Department today paid rich tributes to Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second President of India, whose birth anniversary is celebrated across the nation as Teacher’s Day.

The department honoured eight teachers with state awards besides giving commendation certificates to five teachers and three officials for their contributions in the field of education.

The chief guest, UT Adviser KK Sharma, inaugurated the event by lightning the traditional lamp. Nearly 900 teachers and principals of various government schools besides UT staff participated in the annual celebration.

The teachers felicitated are Dr Vinod Kumar Sharma, headmaster, GMHS-34; Baljinder Kaur, lecturer, GMSSS-46; Anju Mahajan, lecturer, GMSSS-33; Kanwaljit Kaur, music mistress, GMSSS-46; Jasjit Kaur, TGT NM, GMSSS-37B; Yogesh Kumar, SS master, GHS-41; Gobinder Singh, PTI, GMSSS-Karsan; Ramesh Kumar, JBT, GMS-Kishangarh; Dr Jatinder Kumra, chemistry lecturer, GGMSS-18; Usha Rani Garg, lecturer, GSSS-Kaimbwala; Dr Shankar Mohan, Sanskrit master, GMSSS-10; Goldy Thapliyal, JBT, GMSSS-37; and Sushma Rani, GPS-Railway Colony.

The department also appreciated the work of three officials: Tarunpreet Kaur, TGT Mathematics, GMHS-43; Manju Shree, superintendent, School-I branch; and Tarlochan Singh, driver, DPI (Schools) office.

National awardee Parvinder Kaur, a lecturer of GMSSS-35, was also honoured during the event.

KK Sharma congratulated all awardees and appreciated their contribution to the cause of education.

“We are bound to recall memories of our schooldays and remember those teachers who walked that extra mile to shape us into the individuals that we are today. Teaching is indeed a very noble profession,” he said.

DPI (Schools) KK Bhadoo, too, congratulated all principals and teachers for their contributions.

SBI felicitates teachers

The State Bank of India honoured various national awardee teachers at the local head office in Sector 17 today. Teachers and Education Department officials felicitated by Lingaraj Mahapatra, Chief General Manager, Chandigarh Circle, were Chanchal Singh, Deputy Director, School Education; Om Prakash, master, GMSSS-16; Neerja Jain, lecturer, GMSSS-16; Preeti Garg, lecturer, GMSSS-10; Rajender Kumar Sharma, master, GMSSS-37; and Parvinder Kaur Grover, lecturer, GMSSS-35. Mahapatra said the bank branches will be donating 135 computers to schools under the corporate social responsibility activities.



teacher’s day celebrations
St John's High School

Chandigarh: The programme began with the President's speech, delivered by students in English and Hindi. It was followed by the Prime Minister's address.

Bhavan Vidyalaya

Students greeted teachers with flowers, cards, cakes and chocolates. The mood was upbeat as everyone was keen to watch the live telecast of the PM's interaction.


Students highlighted the importance of teachers through poems and speeches. Teachers thanked them for presenting an entertaining programme

St. Xavier’s School

Nearly 1,500 students gathered to listen the PM’s address. It was followed by high tea and dance party for teachers.

Tiny-tots Foundation School

The senior school honored their senior teachers. The principal presented a bouquet and certificate to the teachers. Other teachers, too, received appreciation certificates. — TNS



College Poll results: Consistent rain throughout the day and long weekend were no deterrent for enthusiastic voters
Over 50% voters turn out in colleges
PGGC-11 records highest turnout of 67.9%, DAV College-10 lowest of 37%
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
The student council elections in city colleges got a boost this year. The voter turnout went up, crossing 60 per cent in a number of colleges. Last year, the voter turnout had broken the records of previous five years. The excitement among voters continued to grow this time.

The consistent rain throughout the day and long weekend were no deterrent even for hostellers, especially in Post Graduate Government College (PGGC), Sector 11, as the college recorded the highest voter turnout of 67.9 per cent out of 3,840 voters.

“This is a surprise for us too. The excitement among students seems to be rising year by year,” said JS Raghu, Principal of PGGC, Sector 11. The second highest voting was reported at Sri Guru Gobind Singh (SGGS) Khalsa College, Sector 26, which recorded a voter turnout of 55.6 per cent out of 5,022 students. At GGDSD College, 50.16 per cent turned up to vote out of the total 5,000 students. “There was a lot of excitement among girl students. The voter turnout is much higher this time,” said Bhushan Kumar, Principal, GGDSD College.

In PGGC, Sector 46, the polling percentage turned out to be 45 per cent, while the total eligible voters were numbered at 1,870. However, DAV College, Sector 10, was an exception as it witnessed only 37 per cent voting despite having the highest number of eligible voters at 7,800.



Only girl candidate to be elected prez
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Ramadeep Kaur (KCSU and INSO alliance), who was elected president at the GGSC in Sector 26, celebrates with supporters.
Ramadeep Kaur (KCSU and INSO alliance), who was elected president at the GGSC in Sector 26, celebrates with supporters.

Chandigarh, September 5
Fighting the male bastion in the city’s co-educational colleges, a girl candidate today emerged winner for the post of president as the colleges went to student council polls today. Beating her two male counterparts at Sri Guru Gobind Singh (SGGS) Khalsa College, Sector 26, Ramandeep Kaur Bajwa, emerged winner with a total of 1, 223 votes.

Ramandeep represented an alliance of the Khalsa College Student Union (KCSU), the Gandhian Group Student Union (GGSU) and the Indian National Student Organisation (INSO). She defeated the candidates representing alliance of the Indian Student Association (ISA), Student Organisation of India (SOI), the Hindustan Student Association (HSA) and the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and a candidate representing the National Student Union of India (NSUI).

A student of MSc I in the college, Ramandeep, has been well-versed with the available facilities in the college and the areas that improvement, said her supporters. A born leader, she belongs to a political family. 

Began preparations three years ago

A resident of Chamkaur Sahib, she joined the college three years ago for the BSc course. She remained at the backend during elections, supporting other candidates. she had dreamed of winning college elections some day, she said.

Family, her biggest support

“My dreams are my family’s dreams, this is all I want to say. My family members were my biggest support.

Wants to improve cab facilities

Being a hosteller, wants to improve emergency cab facilities 



Winning candidates

Chaos outside SGGS Khalsa College, Sector 26

KCSU and INSO supporters during the victory procession at Guru Gobind Singh College in Sector 26. With a number of vehicles being parked alongside the main road leading to SGGS Khalsa College, chaos prevailed in the area for over two hours till the voting ended. Despite a high police presence,the supporters remained undeterred and blocked the entire road during the victory procession.

KCSU and INSO supporters during the victory procession at Guru Gobind Singh College in Sector 26.

PGGC-11 students block Madhya Marg

INSO and SOI workers of the PGGC, Sector 11, block Madhya Marg to celebrate victory. Supporters of the INSO, SOI, HIMSU and GCSU alliance at PGGC-11, blocked the entire Madhya Marg in front of their college gate, in excitement. A lot of commuters were inconvenienced and later the police had to intervene to deter the supporters from running around on the main road.

INSO and SOI workers of the PGGC, Sector 11, block Madhya Marg to celebrate victory.

GGDSD College, Sector 32

Jaskirat (SOI, INSO and PUSU alliance) lifted by supporters at GGDSD College, in Sector 32.
Jaskirat (SOI, INSO and PUSU alliance) lifted by supporters at GGDSD College, in Sector 32.

Alliance name: PUSU, INSO and SOI

Total No. of votes: 1,322

Voter turnout: 50.16%

President: Jaskirat Singh

Vice-president: Loveleen Sharma

General secretary: Ravneet Dhaliwal

Joint secretary: Vikas Mallik

DAV College, Sector 10

Sanjeev (HSA alliance), newly elected president of DAV College, in a jubilant mood.
Sanjeev (HSA alliance), newly elected president of DAV College, in a jubilant mood.

Alliance name: HSA, NSUI and ISA

Total No. of votes: 1,225

Voter turnout: 37%

President: Sanjeev

Vice-president: Sanghmitra Choudhary

General secretary: Ajay Bansal

Joint secretary: Rajat Narwal 

Post Graduate Government College for Women, Sec 11

Election held only for one post

Vice-president: Deepika

MCM DAV College, Sector 36

Elections were held only for two posts.

Joint secretary: Shivali Vashisht

General secretary: Jajldeep Kaur

Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26

Anita Rai, elected president unapposed, celebrates with her supporters at the GGSCW in Sector 26.
Anita Rai, elected president unapposed, celebrates with her supporters at the GGSCW in Sector 26. 

At the college, student representatives were elected unanimously.

President: Anita Rai BCA (final year)

Vice-president: Kriti Chaudhary BA (second year)

Secretary: Pooja M.Com (first year)

Joint secretary: Venus Rana BA (second year)

Post Graduate Government College for Women, Sector 42

President: Navjot Thakur Vice-president: Garima

General secretary: Charu Joint secretary: Shivangi

Dev Samaj College, Sector 45

Hetu Joy Machhar, elected president unapposed, at the Dev Samaj College for Women in Sector 45.
Hetu Joy Machhar, elected president unapposed, at the Dev Samaj College for Women in Sector 45. 

President: Hetu Joy Machhar

Vice-president: Jaspreet Kaur

Secretary: Nanki

Joint secretary: Divya

Khalsa College, Sector 26

Alliance/party name: KCSU, GGSU and INSO

Total No. of votes: 1,223

Voter turnout: 55.6%

President: Ramandeep Kaur Bajwa

Vice-president: Deepak Sagwal

General secretary: Rajat Nain

Joint secretary: Tamanna Walia

Government College of Commerce & Business Admn, Sec 42

Jagmeet Singh, elected president (red turban), with his supporters at the GCCBA, Sector 42.
Jagmeet Singh, elected president (red turban), with his supporters at the GCCBA, Sector 42. 

The student council in the college was elected unanimously.

President: Jagmeet Singh

Vice-president: Vivek Roy

Secretary: Abhay Dhar B.Com (final year)

Joint secretary: Triptjot Kaur M.Com (first year).

Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11

Pardeep (INSO alliance), newly elected president of PGGC, Sector 11, celebrates his victory with supporters.
Pardeep (INSO alliance), newly elected president of PGGC, Sector 11, celebrates his victory with supporters. 

Alliance/party name: INSO, SOI, HIMSU and GCSU

Total No. of votes: 1,496

Voter turnout: 67.9%

President: Pardeep Kumar

Vice-president: Meenakshi

General secretary: Ankur

Joint secretary: Nitika Arora

Post Graduate Government College, Sector 46

Vivek Sangwan of PUSU, elected president at Post Graduate Government College in Sector 46.
Vivek Sangwan of PUSU, elected president at Post Graduate Government College in Sector 46. 

Alliance/party name: PUSU

Total No. of votes: 460

Voter turnout: 45%

President: Vivek Sangwan

Vice-president: Ramninder Jit Singh

General secretary: Harasis Singh

Joint secretary: Kamal Goyal

Shivangi Walia (third from right) unanimously elected president of the PGCG, Sector 11, Chandigarh, with her supporters.
Shivangi Walia (third from right) unanimously elected president of the PGCG, Sector 11, Chandigarh, with her supporters. 

PGCG, Sector 11

Elected unanimously

President: Shivangi Walia3

Five vehicles impounded for violations

Cars impounded by the police parked at the Sector 26 police station. A total of five cars, belonging to student leaders were impounded by the Chandigarh Police for violating the code of conduct at SGGS Khalsa College, Sector 26. Posters of various parties were pasted on these vehicles.

Cars impounded by the police parked at the Sector 26 police station.



Warhorse made NSUI repeat history
It was a day of action and drama as students voted to elect their representatives for the Panjab University Campus Students Council 
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
The old warhorses and party cadre together made the Congress-backed National Students Union of India (NSUI), win the presidential post in the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) elections for the second time in a row, creating history once again.

The NSUI is the only student outfit of a national party that has ever won the presidential post throughout the history of the PU student elections.

NSUI leader Brinder Dhillon, famous for his spearheading brand building and strategy, has made it happen once again.

Dhillon, who was the former chief of the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), had hogged the limelight in student politics by emerging as a key strategic and kingmaker by putting SOPU’s stamp on the presidential post in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Popular among the old students, Dhillon then decided to play it bigger by joining the NSUI in 2013 along with his loyal supporters in the presence of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

Dhillon made history by making the NSUI win the presidential post in 2013, and he has repeated history once again.

His core team members, including Uday Bhan, Manoj Lubana and Chandan Rana, who are active in student politics for the past several years, have made things even better.

Dhillon said teamwork and combined efforts had helped to win the confidence of students. “We started planning for these elections around four months ago. Our efforts have yielded results. Our party is in a strong position”, said Dhillon who claimed that he would not take part in the poll process from next year.

The victory, however, did not come easy for the NSUI as the Students Organisation of India (SOI) — Shiromani Akali Dal’s youth wing — with the presence of former SOPU and PUSU leaders managed to pull a good show.

Political analysts believe that the show of muscle power by the SOI leaders pulled out the victory from their hands. 

‘Our efforts have yielded results’

We have build a strong foundation for the NSUI by making the SOI-PUSU alliance bite dust for the second time. We started planning for these elections around four months ago. Our efforts have yielded results. Our party is in a strong position. We have won the confidence of students on the campus.
— Brinder Dhillon, NSUI leader

Rahul invites Brinder to Delhi

The two consecutive wins for the NSUI have received appreciation from Rahul Gandhi, who has called Brinder Dhillon and his team to New Delhi for a meeting on September 6.



Showers play spoilsport 
Voting reported to be around 59 %
Tribune News Service

Students enjoy the rain at the PU on Friday.
Students enjoy the rain at the PU on Friday. A Tribune Photograph

Chandigarh, September 5
Even as the rain played spoilsport during the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) elections in the university — keeping the polling below 60 per cent — the supporters of various student parties kept cheering their candidates.

This year, the voting percentage was reported to be around 59 per cent, while for the past five years, it was usually more than 60 per cent.

As per last year’s record, the voting turnout was 67 per cent. In view of the heavy downpour, the authorities gave a relaxation of five minutes in late entry time, said the Chief Election Observer, Angrish Yograj.

Due to the heavy rain, student leaders provided pickup and drop facility to the hostel inmates of various departments. Party activists could be seen throwing stickers on the roads and pasting them on the vehicles.

Traffic moved at a snail’s pace near the Arts Blocks 3 to 5. On the other hand, women party activists exhibited their unending zeal on the voting day.

Manmeet Kaur, an activist of the National Students Union of India (NSUI), said “We’ve really worked hard and deserve this victory.”

Kulpreet Mani, an activist of the Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU), said, “We are here to enjoy. We hope to get a good deal in our kitty.”

Narman Bajwa from the NSUI, said, “We are awaiting the results. This moment is not meant to be ignored.”

‘Will be voice of students’ 

“I’m very happy on this win. Though it’s a narrow escape, I will try to work for the welfare of students and betterment of the campus, so that in the next elections our party makes a clean sweep. I promise that my team will perform to the best of our ability to earn the title of the best party on the campus. ”

Differently abled students cast vote

Abhimaniu Shekho, a IInd year student of the Law Department, came on his wheelchair to cast his vote today morning. “I have never missed the opportunity to cast my vote even though I need an attendant to accompany me.”

Vashita Kumari, a Ist year student of the Sociology Department, also arrived in a wheelchair to cast her vote. The polio-affected girl said, “I’m happy to cast my vote. My preference is to choose the right administrative party.”



PUCSU result delayed
Recounting for two posts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Scores of party activists thronged the Student Centre for more than four hours as the recounting of votes for two posts of the Panjab University Campus Student Council was under way.

This delayed the declaration of results for the two posts. Around 3:30 pm, after the counting process was over, the PU Dean Student Welfare (DSW) Navdeep Goyal arrived at the Student Centre and interacted with party activists, who had assembled at the spot to hear the result.

As the margin of the presidential and joint secretary post was less than 100 votes, the authorities decided to go in for a recounting of votes.

The DSW said, “Though no party complained about the counting of votes, to avoid any objections after the announcement of the result, a decision was taken with the consent of all parties.”

Sources said during the recounting of votes, the margin of the presidential candidate increased by two votes. It was also found that voters of the Students for Society were counted under the ABVP head.

Tension on campus

Tension gripped the campus when supporters of the NSUI and the SOI came running towards each other. The protesters were stopped near Hostel No. 3 by the police.

other panels

President  Votes Secured

Divyanshu Budhiraja 2,249

Rachit Duggal 2,191

Anil Sharma 2,172

Amandeep Kaur 1,334

Ankush Gupta 303

Nishant Maini 36

Gurwinder Singh 28

Vice President

Snigdha Bawa 2,614

Ramandep Kaur Sivia 2,326

Sunimrat Kaur 2,305

Manpreet Kaur 919


Ankur Sehrawat 2,953

Neeraj Kharb 2,441

Somnath Thakur 1,872

Divjyot Sandhu 541

Sheenu Bala 381

Joint Secretary

Abhishek Thapar 2,453

Sachin Kanwar 2,377

Ankur Kumar 2,127

Keshav Deep Singh 715

Pooja Sharma 546



Hostellers pack bags, head home
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Hostellers return home after casting their vote at Panjab on Friday.
Hostellers return home after casting their vote at Panjab on Friday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, September 5
As soon as the voting for the PU student council elections concluded on Friday, a large number of hostel inmates left for their native places.

Though Panjab University Vice-Chancellor claimed that many hostellers had already left for their homes yesterday, leading to a low turn out, hostellers played a key role in the elections.

PU students, Gunjan Arora and Preeti, said, “Following the instructions of our seniors, we left the campus after casting our vote. We are not bothered who wins or loses, but we played our role.”

Echoing a similar view, Prithi Jaswal and Ankit Gupta, said, “As we have a long weekend to enjoy, we are leaving for our respective hometowns.”

‘Low voter turnout’

A day before elections, it was observed that many hostellers left for their hometowns. Voting is everyone’s right and they should have exercised it. Besides bad weather, the absence of hostellers led to a low voter turnout.
—Prof AK Grover, Vice-Chancellor, PU

Sidelights of the day

  • During the recounting of votes, the mobile phones of all student leaders were in police custody till the announcement of results.
  • During the counting, senior party leaders wore a worried look.
  • Traffic chaos was witnessed as a large number of students, who had come to cast their votes, parked their vehicles outside their respective departments.
  • Shop owners at the Student Centre did brisk business as scores of students thronged the premises.
  • Till the counting concluded, the police cordoned off the ramp to the DSW Office and the Indian Coffee House.



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