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UT Admn flattens Madrasi Colony in Sec 26
Five religious structures also pulled down during five-hour drive No untoward incident reported
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
At least 1,000 illegal structures, spread over 30 acres, were razed to the ground in Madrasi Colony, Sector 26, during a five-hour demolition drive conducted by the Chandigarh Administration today.
A woman salvages construction material from the debris
A woman salvages construction material from the debris

In a well-organised drive that started at 7 am, four poclain machines and four JCB machines were used to pull down the structures in the third-largest slum in the city. No untoward incident was reported during the drive. Five religious structures were also pulled down during the drive. Though there were 3,000 structures in the colony, abutting onto Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26, a number of inhabitants preferred to pull down their structures on their own so that could retrieve their household goods.

“Our teams demolished around 1,000 structures while the rest were removed by the jhuggi-dwellers on their own. Civil defence volunteers assisted the men and machinery in the drive,” said Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Shayin.

The officials found that apart from the 30 acres under encroachment in Madrasi Colony, some persons had encroached upon forest land and rented out jhuggis on the land. Five teams were constituted to carry out the drive. Apart from the jhuggis, the demolition squad also demolished front portions of the adjoining 60 houses that had encroached upon government land.

Jhuggi-dwellers cry foul

Around 50 families in the colony, who could not get alternative houses under the rehabilitation scheme at Dhanas, cried foul over being left out. They said they had nowhere to go and had been rendered homeless. They were later called to the office of the Chandigarh Housing Board.

Forest officials had rented out govt land

Officials said a forest guard had allowed 30 jhuggis to come up on forest land and was earning around Rs 30,000 as rent from the occupants. The priest of a temple had also raised jhuggis on government land. All these jhuggis were demolished.

Police deployed at CHB office

As the demolition was in progress at Madrasi Colony, the police were deployed at the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) office in Sector 9 to prevent protesters from entering the office.

More demolitions in the offing

Colony No. 4 in the Industrial Area, the marble market in Dhanas, illegal structures in Makhan Majra and adjoining the PEC University of Technology on the Nayagoan road are also on the radar of the enforcement staff.



In despair, gathering what remains
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
While classmates of Fardeen (10), Kajal (12) and dozen others were appearing for their first semester examinations at government schools, they were busy collecting their valuables from their demolished shanties at Madrasi Colony here today.

At 8 am, when their friends sat down to write their exams, these children dressed up in their school uniforms gathered to save their houses.

“When the house where you were born and brought up is ripped apart by a bulldozer right in front of your eyes, you can’t think about going to school for any exam,” said a shocked Farah, a Class V student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26.

Priya, a Class VI student whose mother died last year and father is a daily-wage earner, said: “My father asked me to drop out of school. He said that I would never get to see my friends again, as now we don’t have a house and our future lies in uncertainty.”

No different was the agony of 55-year-old Malti Devi, who had gone to court in a bid to make her last attempt to save her shanty. Little did she know that by the time she would return, her little world would have been brought down.

“My shanty was all that I was left with after my husband passed away in 2004. Today, while I was away, the authorities brought down my husband’s only memory left with me,” said an inconsolable Malti.

With uncertainty hanging over her head and no roof to spend the night under it, she said: “Just because I had no photocopies of documents, the authorities have been making me run from pillar to post. All the efforts I made over the years have come down to nil today.”

While Matli was struggling to pull out her valuables from the debris, just a few metres away sat Jaidevi on the debris of her shanty, pelting stones at people who came close to her.

The 65-year-old woman with a broken leg, screamed: “Where will I take my young daughters? I have spent 30 years here; my children were born here; where will I take them now? Who will give me a house to live in?”

The stench of overflowing sewage added to soreness in the hearts of these people, whose world and future came tumbling down in a matter of just five hours.



Honour killing of girl: Father, uncle held guilty
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 12
In the case pertaining to the honour killing of a 15-year-old girl in Panchkula, a local court today held her father and paternal uncle guilty.

Her father, Shaukeen, and uncle, Salim, were convicted by the sessions court. The quantum of sentence will be pronounced on Monday. “The two have been convicted while a case against Shaukeen's son and Salim's son is being heard by the Juvenile Justice Board,” said counsel Amit Dudeja. In October last year, the Chandimandir police had arrested four persons -- Salim, his juvenile son, Shaukeen and his son for the murder of 15-year-old Tahira.

According to the police, Tahira was first murdered and her body partially burnt to conceal her identity. The body was then buried in a pit near the Tangri river in Barwala, Panchkula. The victim hailed from Muzaffarnagar in UP and was sent by her parents to her paternal uncle's house in Khangesra village in Barwala.

The accused had confessed before the police that they had killed the girl for honour. As Tahira had an affair with a youth in Muzzafarnagar, she was sent to Salim’s house in Panchkula. It was later revealed that the youth was the one with whom the marriage of Tahira’s sister was fixed.

The postmortem had stated that the girl was smothered to death. The clothes of the girl were found dumped in fields at Alipur village, 2 km from the pit. Though initially the father had claimed that Salim and his son killed Tahira, during the police investigation, he confessed that he had ordered the killing. The police said the girl's brother had also come to the Chandimandir area to dig the pit.


City railway station to get new look
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The Chandigarh railway station will get a new look by the end of this month with the completion of the ongoing face lift, the work of which commenced last year. With this the railway traffic of around 12,000 passengers commuting daily from the station will get a number of new facilities on the platform and at ticketing counters.

After the completion of the work, the number of ticketing counters will go up to 11 at the station whereas, at present there are only five, which include the counter on Panchkula side too. Records of The Railways revealed that the railway traffic of around 800 passengers bought tickets at five counters only due to which there was a huge rush during the festival season.

The department has set September 30 as the deadline for the completion of work and instalation of escalator at Platform No. 2 and 3.

The project was mooted especially for the convenience of the physically challenged and senior citizens. Last year, the work for the installation of escalators was stalled as the work allotted to the contractor did not cover all the areas of work, so the contractor delayed its completion.

During a visit to the station, it was found that the construction of the new car parking, which had the capacity to park around 400 cars, was going on at the entry point.

One of the passengers, Ridhiman, who was waiting to board the evening Shatabdi, appreciated the efforts of the authorities and said that another problem which needed to be taken care of is the birds menace on Platform No. 2 and 3. He suggested that the authorities should reconstruct the sheds of the platforms in such a manner that no bird could take shelter under them.

Work to be completed soon: Superintendent

Chandigarh railway station Superintendent RK Dutta confirmed that the work on a majority of the projects was going on and by the end of the month these would be completed. He said that the bus stop at the station had also been shifted.

Help desk for J&K flood victims

A special help-desk has been set up at the Chandigarh railway station to assist the people who have been rescued from Jammu and Kashmir to help them to reach their destination by trains plying from Chandigarh.



Kaushalya Dam
Water level near danger mark
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 12
Heavy rain during last three days in Himachal Pradesh and catchment areas of Kalka and Pinjore have increased water level in Kaushalya Dam. The water level has touched 477 metres mark just one metre below the danger mark.

This is for the second time that the water level in the dam has touched the height after its completion in December 2011. The dam was filled to its optimum capacity of 478 metres during monsoon in 2012, too, and the department had to open the flood gates for releasing excess water.

In wake of the rising water level, the Irrigation Department, Haryana, has also alerted the district administration. The authorities have said the floodgates of the dam could be opened if the water level reaches the 478 metre mark due to the rains in the catchment areas.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune Vinod Kumar, executive engineer, Irrigation Department, Haryana, claimed that the water level in the dam is at 477 metres mark at present which is just a meter below the danger mark.

“We are in continuous touch with the district administration and sending the latest reports on the water level to the authorities. We have to release water from the dam, keeping in view the safety of the —earth and rock filled—dam, in case the water level touches the danger mark,” he claimed.

He also claimed to have deployed employees at the dam for continuous monitoring of the water level so that preventive measures could be taken.

Kumar also said that the department has installed a heavy duty siren at the dam. Before releasing excess water, the siren is sounded for about 30 to 45 minutes to alert general public downstream, he claimed.

The aim to construct the dam was to provide drinking water to habitants of Panchkula and adjoining areas and to recharge underground water.

The dam (30 metres width, 34 metre height and 1,435 metres length) was constructed on Kaushalya river, a tributary of Ghaggar, in 2011.

The storage capacity of the reservoir is 1,293 hectare metres and feeds 18.4 cusecs of drinking water to Panchkula during non-rainy season and 40.3 cusecs during rains.



Be polite, Secy tells bus conductors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The Secretary, UT Transport department, Bhawna Garg, today convened a meeting of newly recruited bus conductors to make them aware of their duties and responsibilities.

A batch of 36 conductors, including 13 women recruits, have recently completed their training at the National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research, Sector 26. The interactive session aimed at inculcating in them a sense of responsibility and dedication towards their job.

The conductors were told that since they were picked through a very transparent procedure, they should work honestly.

They were told to be polite with passengers and take special care of women and senior citizens. They were also advised to maintain sanitation and cleanliness in buses. Director, Transport, Mr Phoolka emphasised that all of them should help each other and ensure full support to travellers.



jyoti murder case
MLA’s driver — a key link — still missing
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 12
Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary’s driver Satpal can unravel the missing link in the Jyoti murder case. However, since the murder in November, 2012, the police have failed to locate him.

During his evidence before the court, Chaudhary stated that it was Satpal who was handling his personal mobile phone. The police had claimed that the last location of the mobile phone was the same as the spot where Jyoti was found murdered. Witnesses appeared before the court stating that on the night of murder, Satpal was away to Panchkula-Chandigarh.

Several raids were conducted in Punjab by various investigating officers and the Special Investigation Team, but Satpal was not traced.

However the failure of the police in the case led to the acquittal of Doon MLA and 11 others. The prosecution failed to prove any charge.

In the chargesheet filed by the Panchkula police, it was mentioned that Chaudhary in his statement had disclosed that he had offered money to Satpal to plant him in the case. The prosecution, however, could not prove the charge.

Questions being raised

After there were allegations that the first investigating officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police Virender Sangwan, was not conducting investigations properly, an SIT was constituted. It was headed by the then Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ashwin Shenvi. Questions have been raised on whether the SIT checked all the gaps. Questions are also being raised over the CD that Jyoti’s father, Buti Ram, had given to the police, containing audio evidence that he was being threatened by the MLA’s men to not appear before the Panchkula court.

Contradictions in statements

Dr Aditi Gupta of a Chandigarh-based nursing home where Jyoti underwent abortion

Chargesheet: In an attached memo, Gupta stated that Ram Kumar was accompanying Jyoti.

Court: Gupta said she could not establish the identity of the person, as he was seen for only 30 seconds.

ACP Virender Sangwan, first investigating officer

Chargesheet: After Jyoti was strangled, the accused tried to run the truck over her to crush her face in order to show it as an accident.

Court: He said as per his investigation, no truck tyre passed over Jyoti.

DSP Ajay Kumar, then SHO

Chargesheet: Jyoti was found murdered on a road in Sector 21.

Court: The spot of murder could not be fixed as only stains of blood were found at the spot.



sanitation workers’ protest
Garbage collection suffers across city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Garbage collection from the Sehaj Safai Kendra and dustbins placed across the city remained suspended following a protest by employees of the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) wing of the Municipal Corporation.

The sanitation workers and drivers of the wing staged a protest at the MC’s garage in the Industrial Area throughout the day, demanding regularisation of services of 133 sanitation workers. All dumper placers that are supposed to lift garbage-filled bins did not move out of the workshop.

The MC officials visited the protesters, but failed to pacify them.

Om Parkash Saini, chairman, Door-to-Door Garbage Collection Society, said the long-pending demand of the regularisation of services was hanging fire.

In the afternoon, a delegation of employees went to meet the Chandigarh Administration officials as well.

Saini said the UT officials had assured them that their demand would be met in the coming week. Following this, the employees decided to call off the protest.

The MC employees said they would intensify the agitation if the UT Administration failed to meet their demands.



Food packets sent for flood victims
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 12
The Mohali district administration, with the help of the SGPC and other organizations, will send 50,000 food packets for the flood victims of Jammu and Kashmir.

Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu dispatched 5,000 food packets today and said the food packets would be sent to Chandigarh airport and from there these will be delivered to the flood victims by air.

He said these food packets were being prepared at Gurdwara Amb Sahib.

A camp for donating goods for the flood victims had been set up there. Besides this, biscuits, juice, drinking water and blankets would also be sent for the victims, he added.



More help pours in for J&K flood-hit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
DLF Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DLF Limited, launched an emergency response for the victims of floods in Jammu and Kashmir. In collaboration with the Indian Air Force, DLF disbursed over 12,000 kg of food relief packets which will be air-dropped in the worst-hit areas.

Samsung donates Rs 3 crore

Samsung Electronics, today donated Rs 3 crore, to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund to aid the relief operations in the flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir.

Lions Club provides water bottles

Lions Club, Panchkula, donated 300 boxes of water to Command Hospital, Chandimandir, for the relief of Flood victims of Jammu and Kashmir.

Property consultants give relief material

In a specially convened joint emergency meeting of Leading Property Consultants Chandigarh under the leadership of Kamaljit Singh Panchhi and Manpreet Singh, the members viewed the disastrous situation arising due to vast flood in Srinagar. The members donated mineral water, biscuit packets, tea, medicines and baby milk powder.

Red Cross sends food items

Chandigarh Red Cross Society today donated 1,500 consumable items, 5,000 bottles of mineral water and other items for the victims of Jammu and Kashmir floods.

YPS donates relief material

Yadavindra Public School, SAS Nagar, joined the wave, by contributing towards the relief material for the Jammu and Kashmir flood victims. 



MC to hold Diwali fair
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The Municipal Corporation (MC) for the first time will organise a Diwali fair at the Sector 34 ground. Over 100 stalls will be set-up.

Officials stated that different wings of MC including road, electricity and public health will jointly organise the Diwali fair. The organising committee decided to prepare a blue print for the fair.

“The companies interested in displaying their advertisements would also be invited,” official said. Apart from this, the MC will also rent out food stalls offering variety of food to the visitors.

Committee member added that they are also planning to hold cultural evenings to enthrall the crowd visiting the fair that would be organized from October 14 to 23. The MC had earlier decided to rent out the ground to private players for organising the Diwali fair, however, witnessing lukewarm response, the civic body decided to hold the function on their own.



Corals seized from Chandigarh Club
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
A team of People For Animals (PFA), an animal welfare organisation, along with officials of the UT Forest and Wildlife Department and UT police, visited Chandigarh Club, Sector 1, and recovered corals from an aquarium on the club premises.

PFA members said the corals, which weighed 88 kg, fell under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. Club chairman Sandeep Sahni, however, maintained they had legally bought the aquarium with corals from an authorised Delhi-based dealer in 2007. The club management has submitted the copy of the bill of Rs 1.60 lakhs to the UT Forest and Wildlife Department.

The UT police have not lodged any FIR in this case and only entered a daily diary report (DDR). DSP (Central) Ashish Kapoor said they would seek legal opinion in the case and act accordingly.

The UT Forest and Wildlife Department officials said as the department had no expertise to check whether these corals fell under any scheduled category, they would send their samples to a Chennai-based government lab. The department would take action, if required, only after receiving the report, the official said.

“The club has not violated any law and will assist the department in their inquiry,” said the club chairman.

The raiding officer from PFA, Saurabh Gupta, however, insisted that the UT police should have registered an FIR, instead of DDR.

“The recovery of corals is a cognizable offence, but the UT police are hushing the matter,” he said.

Question over legality

The People for Animals’ team said the corals fell under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. Club chairman Sandeep Sahni, however, maintained they had legally bought the aquarium that contained the corals.



Chandigarh Arts and Heritage Festival
A plethora of events on Day 3
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
A Hindi play, Tughlaq, was staged during the ongoing Sixth Chandigarh Arts and Heritage Festival here today.

Written by Girish Karnad, it was staged by Sri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, Delhi, at Tagore Theatre.

The play dealt with the exodus of people from Delhi to Daulatabad and their return after five years—a move for which Mohammad Tughlaq is often ridiculed.

The play demonstrated the chilling fact that in all of us there is a streak of Tughlaq, as much as of those mute masses whom he ruthlessly manipulated.

Another attraction of the third day was a workshop on clowning for adults at Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy. A key crowd-puller remained an exhibition put up by the College of Architecture. It put on display the unseen facets of the City Beautiful.



Woman jumps off 5th floor, dies
Was working at the PGIMER; police book husband and in-laws
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
A 27-year-old PGIMER employee allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the fifth floor of the Research Block of the hospital today morning.
The victim, Meena
The victim, Meena

Deceased Meena was a data entry operator at the PGIMER’s Department of Histopathology. No suicide note was found on the spot.

The incident took place around 10.30 am in front of the PGI’s Research Block-A. The security guards and other visitors rushed the victim to the emergency where she was declared brought dead.

On the complaint of Meena’s brother Sanjay, an employee at Panjab University, the Chandigarh Police have registered a case under Section 306 (abetment to suicide), IPC, against her husband Naresh and his parents.

Deceased Meena had got married to Naresh about a year ago.

In his police complaint, Sanjay alleged that Meena was “harassed and tortured by her in-laws and her husband never supported her.”

“Meena often complained about the harassment she faced at her in-laws house but we had never imagined that she would take the extreme step,” alleged Sanjay.

“She had attempted suicide a month ago. But she was somehow saved. Her in-laws were unhappy with her. They used to harass her by finding faults about petty matters. They never appreciated her cooking or the other things she did,” said Sanjay.

The police said deceased Meena’s father was employed as a hospital attendant at the Department of Experimental Medicine.

This is the second incident of suicide at the PGIMER in the past one month. Nearly three weeks ago, a 24-year-old patient had died after jumping off the fifth floor of the PGIMER’s New OPD building.

‘Her in-laws were unhappy’

Meena had attempted suicide a month ago. But she was somehow saved. Her in-laws were unhappy with her. They used to harass her by finding faults about petty matters. They never appreciated her cooking or the other things she did.

Sanjay, Meena’s brother



FLIP Learning Centre opened

Anjali Mullatti, CEO and MD, Finitiatives Learning India Pvt. Ltd (FLIP), an IIM alumni initiative, offering India’s largest range of e-learning and industry recognised certifications in banking and finance, announced the launch of FLIP Learning Centre at Mohali. The centre will provide certification courses to graduate and post-graduate students to help them get hands-on learning of the sector for better placements. “With more than 2.14 crore accounts opened in just the first two days of ‘Jandhan Yojana’, we are looking at a demand for 20 lakh-plus employable youths, over the next 5–10 years,” she said.

Google organises event

Google Business Group, Chandigarh, organized an event for start-up entrepreneurs, in collaboration with Chitkara Innovation Incubator, IT Park, Chandigarh, where 15 young entrepreneurs got a chance to present their story to the audience. The event saw participation from the business, corporate professionals and ceo’s/coo’s of start-ups. These start-ups will be nominated for the Google Startup Stories Contest where they will get mentoring from Google experts.

IndusInd Bank opens three new branches

IndusInd Bank has opened two new branches in Chandigarh and one branch in Mohali. The two new branches of Chandigarh are located in Manimajra and Sector 32. The new branch of Mohali is in Phase II, near Bassi Theatre.

Reliance Life Insurance launches new product

Reliance Life Insurance Company (RLIC), a part of Reliance Capital Limited, today launched ‘Reliance Fixed Savings’, an insurance plan that secures future through fixed returns. Reliance Fixed Savings is a non-linked, non-participating and non-variable endowment insurance plan that helps a policyholder create a corpus for securing future goals through savings over a period of time.—TNS



Students debate social media
Jaypee varsity shines at UK’s premier debating competition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
Pallavi Chansoria and Tavishi Dutt of Jaypee University of Information Technology, Shimla, emerged as winners of the Chandigarh round of the GREAT debate, the UK’s premier debating competition in India, held in the city for the first time on Friday.

The debate on ‘Social media has made the world more dangerous and unstable’ was organised by the British Deputy High Commission, Chandigarh, in association with the Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC) and Panjab University (PU).

The team secured its position in the grand finale, to be held in Delhi in November. Teams from Jammu University and Panjab University came second and third, respectively.

The debate was judged by an eminent jury comprising British Deputy High Commissioner, Chandigarh, David Lelliott, Secretary, Tourism, Hospitality and Transport, MD Haryana Tourism Corporation, and Transport Commissioner, Haryana, Sumita Mishra and Head of Programmes, North India, British Council Gaurav Arora.

Panjab University Vice-Chancellor, Prof AK Grover addressed the participants.

Teams from universities across north-west India participated in the debate.



CCET staff strike enters 24th day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology Union continued their chain hunger strike for the 24th day today.

The strike had commenced on August 20.

The meetings with the UT Adviser, Joint Technical Secretary, Finance Secretary and college principal, held in the past, did not yield any fruitful results.

Following this, the union members wrote a representation to the Chandigarh Administrator today to discuss issues of the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology employees.

The decision to gherao the college principal today was deferred after the principal wrote a letter to the secretary to lend an ear to the employees and to frame a policy for those working on contract.



Special counselling for MEd students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12
The special counselling for MEd admissions-2014 (regular), Panjab University, will be conducted on September 15 in the Law Auditorium.

Some seats are vacant in the Department of Education and Colleges of Education in Chandigarh and Punjab. The details of vacant seats are given on the website medadmissions.puchd.ac.in

All eligible candidates (all pools and quotas), who had qualified the entrance examination and applied within the prescribed time as per rules, are invited for fresh admission and shifting to fill the vacant seats.

Help at hand

  • The special counselling for MEd admissions-2014 (regular), Panjab University, will be conducted on September 15 in the Law Auditorium.
  • Some seats are vacant in the Department of Education and Colleges of Education in Chandigarh and Punjab.
  • The details of vacant seats are on the website medadmissions.puchd.ac.in



from schools
Animal Day observed

Students enjoy during the animal mask party at Tribune Model School, Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Friday
Students enjoy during the animal mask party at Tribune Model School, Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Friday. A Tribune photo

Chandigarh: Tribune Model School on Friday observed animal mask party in their kindergarten assembly. The students wore masks, sang songs and danced to tunes.

Book fair

RIMT World School organised a three-day book fair in association by ‘Scholastic’ on their school premises on Friday. The organisers claimed that the fair was held to enhance the literary skills of students and to inculcate in them good reading habits. A wide range of books from all disciplines, including thrillers, biopic, autobiographies and education have been displayed.

Paper-cutting competition

Bachpan School, Naya Gaon, organised a paper-cutting and pasting competition for the students of pre-nursery and nursery classes. The children made colourful designs by tearing and pasting coloured papers. A ‘Best from waste’ competition was also held for the students of KG onwards. The children were sensitised on how waste materials can be used to make artwork and useful items. They made several colourful and interesting objects from the materials. The students took part in the activity with zeal and seemed eager to learn.

Singing competition held

A singing competition on the theme ‘Patriotism’ was held at the AKSIPS-41 Smart School which saw participation from the students of Class III. The aim of the competition was to provide a platform to students to showcase their talent. The executive director of AKSIPS Group of Schools, Jasdeep Kalra, encouraged the children to love their country and be responsible. They were motivated to become responsible citizens in future and serve the country with dedication.

Hindi Divas celebrated

Blue Bird High School celebrated Hindi Divas on its campus on Friday. The authorities claimed that the day was celebrated to give importance to our mother tongue, Hindi. To mark the occasion, poems were recited and speeches were delivered. The Hindi teachers stressed upon the importance of Hindi language in their respective classes and urged students to talk in Hindi.

Students shine

Tiny tots and their grandparents celebrate Grandparents Day at Eurokids Preschool, Sector 9, Panchkula, on Friday
Tiny tots and their grandparents celebrate Grandparents Day at Eurokids Preschool, Sector 9, Panchkula, on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Panchkula: The district-level carrom competition was held at Saupin’s School, Sector 9. The students of The SCHOLARS Public School brought laurels to the school by winning the third position. Konark, a student of Class IX, was selected for the state-level competition. The school chairman, RK Singla, and director principal RK Walia congratulated all the winners. The authorities also lauded Raman, sports teacher of the school, for this achievement. The sudents were urged to take up sports activities for their all-round development.

World First Aid Day

World First Aid Day was organised by the kindergarten wing of the Doon International School. The students were sensitised on first aid. A doctor taught them on how to tie bandages, examine each other with a stethoscope and also check their body temperature with the help of a thermometer. They were also told how administer first aid to others during emergency situations.

Special assembly

A dental check-up camp being held at a government school in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Friday
A dental check-up camp being held at a government school in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Mohali: A special assembly was organised at Gian Jyoti Global School, Phase II, to pay tributes to those who had lost their lives in the floods of Jammu and Kashmir. The students and teachers also prayed for the safe return of lakhs of tourists who are still stuck in the floods. School principal Ranjeet Bedi said the Indian Army had rendered their endless services to people stuck in the floods.

Students visit railway station

The students of kindergarten of Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, visited the railway station. The aim was to make them aware about the means of transportation. School principal Anjali Chaudhary explained to the children that a large number of people travelled through trains. — TNS



Date sheet revised

Panjab University (PU), Controller of Examinations, Prof Parvinder Singh informed that the date sheets for BA/BSc (General)/BCom/BBA/BCA/ BSc (Microbial and Food Technology) I, II and III year (supplementary examinations) have been revised and uploaded. The revised dates are as under:

Solo-singing competition

The University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), Panjab University, organised its second annual intra department solo-singing competition, voice of UILS 2014, in the department. Chinar from the Department of Music was declared as the Voice of UILS 2014’. The second prize went to Namita and Mrunal, while the third prize went to Bahaar, Hasan and Soumya. Consolation prize was given to Arush Munjal.

Tree-plantation drive

Panjab University National Cadet Corps organised a tree-plantation drive on the South Campus, Sector 25, today. PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover started the drive by planting trees. The drive was organised by the NCC cadets under the supervision of NCC coordinator and assistant professor in the Police Administration, Dr Kuldeep Singh.

Women empowerment

A seminar on women empowerment was organised by the women cell of DAV College, Sector 10. Principal Dr B C Josan was the chief guest on this occasion.

Students take part in a fashion show during the Freshers’ Day celebrations at Khalsa College in Mohali
Students take part in a fashion show during the Freshers’ Day celebrations at Khalsa College in Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Party for freshers

A The fresher students were accorded a welcome at the Khalsa College of Technology and Business Studies during a function held here today.The Mr Fresher title went to Milan Kaushal of BCom-I, while the Miss Fresher title was won by Tamanpreet Kaur, also of BCom-I. A cultural extravaganza was also held which included folk songs, dances etc.

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