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Panchkula murder case cracked
Couple held; victim allegedly misbehaved with wife of co-accused; torso found
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 24
Alleged misbehaviour with the wife of the co-accused led to the gruesome murder of Harikesh Singh, whose chopped body parts were found in Sector 28 a few days ago. With the arrest of a couple, the Panchkula police today claimed to have cracked the blind murder case, that had sent shock waves in the tricity.

The accused have been identified as Brij Pal (50) and his wife, Guddu Rani (38), residents of Sector 28. The police today found the torso of the victim in a manhole near The Fort Ramgarh in Sector 28.

On September 18, Harikesh Singh, a resident of Sector 26, had allegedly gone to the accused’s house, where Guddi was alone.

“The victim used to help people in getting ration cards made and had spoken to Guddi on the phone regarding it. After coming from the District Courts on September 18, he went straight to Guddi’s house where he allegedly misbehaved with her,” said the SHO of the Chandimandir police station, Inspector Arvind Kumar.

Brij Pal reached the house and saw Harikesh misbehaving with his wife, following which the couple allegedly strangled the victim to death,” said the official.

Finding it difficult to dispose of the body, the two chopped the body at their house into small pieces using a saw. They packed the body parts in polybags and kept these in a cement bag along with the waste material of their house.

As the accused’s children were about to come home from school, the couple hid the bag in the bathroom.

“At 2 am, when the children were fast asleep, the couple took the bag and disposed of the body parts,” said the official.

As the torso was found today, the postmortem examination will be conducted tomorrow. Both accused have been remanded in two-day police custody.

The case

On Sunday, the police had found a chopped arm of the man in a drain. During a three-day search operation, the police found the other body parts. The man was identified after his severed head was found in a manhole.

Body parts kept lying in house for over 12 hours

Nine chopped body parts of the man kept lying in the bathroom of the couple for over 12 hours. To conceal the polybags containing the body parts from their children, the couple stuffed these in a sack along with waste material, broken bangles and used milk packets.



Differences in city BJP unit come to the fore
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 24
Differences between the local unit of the BJP and MP Kirron Kher over several issues concerning the city have come to the fore.

Be it the formation of a metropolitan council or giving one-time relaxation to CHB allottees for building violations, the local BJP unit and Kirron Kher have different views.

Kirron had recently opposed the proposal to set up a metropolitan council for Chandigarh.

Sanjay Tandon, president of the city BJP unit, said, he and several other senior BJP leaders were only following the party manifesto. In the recent parliamentary elections, the party had promised to strengthen the democratic system in the city and had formed a committee to explore all options such as a metropolitan committee or a Mayor-in-council for the city. The committee will submit its recommendations.

Senior BJP leader and former MP Satya Pal Jain said as the present system had failed to deliver, there was a need for a new and powerful system, in which the elected representatives would have more say.

Citing the master plan, Jain said bureaucrats, who were in the city on deputation for three years, had prepared the master plan of the city while people who were born and brought up in the city were not consulted.

“Be it a metropolitan council or a Mayor-in-council, the democratic system needs to be strengthend,” Jain said.

Former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan said the bureaucracy was dominant in the city. To solve problems faced by city residents, there was a need for strengthening the democratic set-up, which could be achieved only by forming a metropolitan council, Dhawan said.

The demand for a metropolitan council was raised at a recent meeting of the BJP executive committee by councillor Satinder Singh. He said it could be set up under the 74th amendment to the Constitution. A political resolution regarding the demand was adopted by the party.

Metropolitan council

Chandigarh is spread over 114 sq km and has a population of nearly 11 lakh. Once the metropolitan council is constituted, the entire macro-planning of the city, including the mega projects required for the UT, decisions regarding the MC, developmental plans and levying of taxes, will be taken by it. The council will cater to the planning of matters of common interest between panchayats and the municipality, including spatial planning, sharing of water and other natural resources, integrated development of infrastructure and environmental conservation. The council will comprise members from different sections, three-fourths of them being elected representatives.

Bone of contention

  • Metropolitan council: While the local BJP leadership is in favour of forming a metropolitan council, Kirron has reportedly opposed the idea.
  • Building violations in CHB flats: While the local unit is in favour of giving one-time relaxation to CHB allottees, Kirron has stated that she is trying to work out a solution within the rules.



Estate Office does away with affidavits to simplify services
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 24
After the Chandigarh Administration did away with the requirement of affidavits to simplify delivery of services, the Estate Office has now followed suit and people will now not be required to submit affidavits along with files relating to Estate Office works.

Mohammed Shayin, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Estate Officer, said now owners and allottees of sites and buildings in the city would not have to furnish affidavits in support of their contention for services such as allotment of sites, transfer of sites and buildings on the basis of sale deeds, grant of NOCs, permission to mortgage and sanction of building plans.

Balbir Singh, Assistant Estate Officer, said in place of affidavits, the applicants would now have to simply furnish a declaration on a plain paper with an undertaking that nothing was being concealed. In case the information was found incorrect, action under Sections 177 and 191 of the IPC, which stipulated imprisonment and fine, would be taken.

The applicant would be required to affix his or her latest photograph with signatures at the bottom of the declaration.

Last month, the UT had implemented the directions issued by the Centre to do away with affidavits and promote self-attestation of documents for citizen services. The Administration had decided to implement the orders for 217 services.

With the implementation of the orders, people will now be able to save a lot of time as earlier they had to run to notaries to get affidavits.



Delhi incident wake-up call for Chhat Bir zoo
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chhat Bir, September 24
The tragic incident of a youth being mauled to death by a white tiger at a zoo in Delhi has put the Chhat Bir authorities on alert. The zoo has 10 tigers, housed in three enclosures.
Royal Bengal tiger Apaya, who had killed a zookeeper at the Bhiwani zoo in 2010 before being shifted to the Chhat Bir zoo
Royal Bengal tiger Apaya, who had killed a zookeeper at the Bhiwani zoo in 2010 before being shifted to the Chhat Bir zoo. In the absence of a proper fence (below), visitors often cross the railing and the hedge to reach the boundary wall of the enclosure, putting their lives at risk. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu
In the absence of a proper fence visitors often cross the railing and the hedge to reach the boundary wall of the enclosure, putting their lives at risk

While two enclosures have a grid fence around them, one enclosure only has a 3-foot railing and a hedge.

Visitors are at times seen trying to cross the railing and the hedge to get to the boundary wall of the tigers’ enclosure.

The authorities are now contemplating to erect a net fence along the boundary wall of this enclosure, which houses four tigers.

One of the tigers in the enclosure, Apaya, had killed the zookeeper at the Bhiwani zoo in 2010 before being shifted here. The zookeeper had forgot to lock the enclosure after putting meat in it and fell prey to the animal.

“Visitors often sit on the boundary wall of the enclosure and lean over it to click photos or tease the animals, put their lives at risk,” said a security guard at the zoo. He said when asked not to do so, many visitors start quarrelling with them.

The zoo director Manish Kumar admitted that they use to deal such mischievous persons every now and then.

“All our enclosures have been designed according to the specifications and guidelines of the Central Zoo Authority. The tigers’ enclosure in question is also not an exception. We have a railing, a hedge and have raised a boundary wall around the enclosure according to the specifications. Now, we will again examine the situation and if need be, erect a net fence around it to check mischievous visitors,” said Manish Kumar.

He said security guards had been deputed near the enclosures of dangerous animals during the visitors’ timings, adding: “Though we take all precautions for the safety of visitors, they should also follow the zoo rules.”

Incidents at the zoo

  • In 1999, a person, who was reportedly in an inebriated state, was mauled to death by a bear while he was trying to shake hands with the animal at the Chhat Bir zoo.
  • In another incident around 20 years ago, a person had fallen into the enclosure of tigers, but he was rescued by the zookeeper.


Sant’s supporters spell traffic chaos
Over 20K followers from Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh hold a rally at Sector 25
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 24
Chaos prevailed on the city roads leading to the rally ground in Sector 25 as over 20,000 followers of Sant Rampal descended on the city to demand action against those who were allegedly trying to frame the sect head in false charges. The rally ground was full to its capacity.
Followers of Sant Rampal stage a rally at the Sector 25 rally ground in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Traffic in the city went haywire due to the rally
RALLYING BEHIND THEIR GURU: Followers of Sant Rampal stage a rally at the Sector 25 rally ground in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Traffic in the city went haywire due to the rally. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Throughout the day, Dakshin Marg, Vikas Marg and other parallel roads leading to Sector 25 witnessed chaos as supporters kept arriving from the states of Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Chaos was witnessed at around 4 pm also as they left the city.

Though Sant Rampal’s supporters desisted from any act of violence, around 2,500 police personnel, including paramilitary force and four companies each from Punjab and Haryana, were deployed at the rally ground as preventive measure.

As many as eight DSPs and 26 inspectors were entrusted with the job of overseeing the security arrangements at the venue. A senior UT official said though to restrict the movement of followers, the administration had already imposed Section 144 across the city, supporters of the sect managed to reach the venue in small groups.
A clogged road in Sector 25 as followers leave the city after the rally
A clogged road in Sector 25 as followers leave the city after the rally

While buses and trucks carrying Sant Rampal’s followers were not allowed to enter the city, those coming in cars managed to reach Sector 25.

An official in the DC office said the permission for organising a religious function at the rally ground by supporters of Baba Rampal had already been denied.

Earlier in the day, a five-member delegation of the Rashtriya Samaj Sewa Committee, a private body run by supporters of the Sant, was allowed to meet the Haryana Governor to demand action against those trying to frame their head under false charges.



Mohali turns ‘hub of protest’
Five employees’ unions stage protests in support of their demands
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 24
With five employees’ unions of various government departments staging protests and dharnas at Phase VIII, here, the town has virtually turned into a ‘protesting ground’.

Four unions — MGNREGA Contract Employees’ Union (Punjab), e-Panchayat Employee Union Punjab, ETT (TET) Pass Unemployed Teachers’ Union and Panchayat Secretary/Panchayat Samiti/Zila Parishad/Pensioners Union, Punjab — have been staging protests in front of the Vikas Bhawan, which houses the Punjab Rural Development and Panchayat Department.

Members of the Computer Teachers’ Union have been sitting on a dharna in front of the office of the Director-General School Education (DGSE), also located in Phase VIII. While the computer teachers have been demanding regularisation of their services, elderly members of the Panchayat Secretary/Samiti/Zila Parishad/Pensioners Union, Punjab, were raising slogans against the state government for release of their pension, which has been stopped for the past two months. “Besides, we are also demanding five to 10 per cent increase in our pensions and free medical facility”, said Nirmal Singh Lodhimajra, president of the union.

The members of ETT (TET) Pass Unemployed Union, which have been staging protest for the past two months, are on a protest to restart their recruitment process that had come to a halt in February.

“From spending our days and nights on a water tank to blocking traffic on main roads, we did every thing to wake up the state government from its slumber but in vain. Today, we burnt an effigy of the state government to show our protest”, said Joginder Singh, senior vice-president of the ETT Union. Members of the e-Panchayat Employees Union, which is struggling to reinstate their 387 colleagues, has cautioned the government of intensifying the protest on September 26 if their demands not met.

“We held a mass hunger strike yesterday but finished it after getting some assurance from the authorities”, said Gurpreet Singh, press secretary of the union.

Yesterday, the BKU (L) had blocked traffic in front of the Mohali DC’s office for around two hours to press for their demands. A senior police official of the Mohali police admitted that policing in the area had been affected badly due to the ongoing protests. The police was on its toes on Sunday when protesting computer teachers had blocked the Mohali-Kharar highway for around nine hours.



bribe case
‘Sector 34 SHO misbehaved with CBI sleuths’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 24
CBI complainant Lalit Joshi today said the Sector 34 SHO Inspector Rajesh Shukla was resorting to lies to save himself from the bribery case.

Addressing mediapersons here today, Joshi said he had accompanied the CBI team when the Inspector Shukla was arrested.

Joshi claimed that Shukla had resisted the arrest and misbehaved with the CBI officials and had also called for his revolver. He also tried to flee following which the CBI sleuths nabbed him.

Joshi alleged that Inspector Shukla misbehaved with the CBI sleuths and also tried to beat them up following which they had to control him.

On September 22, the CBI had suspended Inspector Ashok Yadav, who reportedly manhandled and slapped Inspector Rajesh Shukla on September 3 after the CBI arrested him and two other policemen while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 10,000.

Inspector Shukla, who was the SHO of the Sector 34 police station, was taken inside the Burail police post, Sector 45, soon after his arrest and slapped by CBI sleuths.



Study tour row to rock MC house meeting today
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 24
The study tour, which has already generated controversy for overshooting the sanctioned expenditure and due to family members of several councillors joining the trip, is going to rock the MC House meeting tomorrow.

Though the MC has not placed the question of BJP councillor Satinder Singh in connection with the study tour in the house meeting, he and a BSP councillor, Jannat Jahan, have decided to ‘strongly’ take up the issue during the meeting.

The MC has spent Rs 28 lakh on the tour, which was scheduled from August 31 to September 9, to Port Blair, Chennai and Kolkata.

BJP councillor Satinder Singh said he had submitted his question well in advance, but the MC officials still did not submit a reply. “When the study tour can be planned within seven days, why MC officials failed to prepare a reply to my question in 15 days,” he asked. “Some councillors are exerting pressure on MC officials not to bring the answers because they will be exposed,” he alleged.

BSP councillor Jannat Jahan said the study tour exposed the double face of some BJP councillors, who were, last year, terming study tours as wasteful expenditure. But this time, they went on one along with their family members and relatives only because the destination was an island,” she said.

Jannat Jahan said there was no similarity between Chandigarh and Port Blair. “How can these councillors compare an island with Chandigarh,” she asked.

Sightseeing tours!

  • MC councillors and officials went on a 10-day study tour from August 31 to September 9.
  • The UT administration had approved the tour to Chennai, Port Blair and Kolkata. However, the councillors went for sightseeing along with their family members, splurging the public money.
  • At Port Blair, the councillors also visited several islands, including Havelok, Ross and Coral, which were not on the itinerary. They also went to Tirupati, which was also not part of their tour.
  • The civic body spent Rs 28 lakh on the tour.



DK Bansal is Congress choice from Panchkula
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 24
Putting all speculations to rest, Panchkula MLA DK Bansal is set to contest the Vidhan Sabha elections on the Congress ticket from Panchkula again. Bansal’s name was finalised in the list announced by the All-India Congress Committee this evening.

With the Congress declaring Bansal’s name for the elections, three ‘baniya’ candidates would be contesting in the poll. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the BJP have already fielded Kulbushan Goel and Gian Chand Gupta, respectively.

The Haryana Janhit Congres (HJC) is yet to release its list but Chander Mohan is expected to contest the elections as he has already started canvassing.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Bansal said: “People of the town know that I have always fought for the right thing be it any encroachment issue or other matter. Development has always been my priority.”

As the Congress declared the list quite late, the time for campaigning is less.

Bansal said he would be filing his nomination on September 26. Kulbushan Goel will also file his nomination on September 26. Gian Chand Gupta would filing his papers tomorrow, which is the first day of the Navratras.

The BJP candidate, Gian Chand Gupta, said: “The Congress will face defeat and will be wiped out from Haryana as happened in the Lok Sabha elections.”

Cong leaders disappointed

Several Congress workers like Ravinder Rawal, Dhanender Ahluwalia, husband of Panchkula Mayor Upinder Ahluwalia, and Tarun Bhandari were left disappointed by the party.

Cong’s Manvir to contest from Kalka

Congress’ Manvir Kaur Gill has been fielded from Kalka. Gill has been trying since long for the ticket from the constituency.

Chander Mohan starts canvassing

Chander Mohan, if fielded by the HJC, can give a tough fight to other candidates. Chander Mohan has been associated with the city since long and was the former Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana. He has already started canvassing for the poll.



24 get notices for encroachments
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 24
The Municipal Corporation has issued notices to 24 persons for resorting to encroachments here.

Uma Shankar Gupta, Municipal Commissioner, said here today that a special drive had been launched to remove encroachments. A private agency had been hired to get these removed.

The agency had identified 35 points where encroachments had been done, he said.

He said earlier it had been brought to the notice of presidents of various market associations about the presence of encroachments in their areas.

Municipal Commissioner Gupta Uma Shankar Gupta said alternative arrangements would be made for rehri and phariwalas to ply their business.



Foundation donates medicines for J&K flood victims

Mohali, September 24
To help flood victims in Jammu and Kashmir, Zirakpur-based Trinity Education and Research Foundation today donated medicines worth several lakhs here today.

Mohinder Kaushal, chairman, Trinity Hospital, handed over packets of medicines to Mohali Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu, who assured him that these would be sent to the victims by tomorrow. Lauding the efforts of the foundation, the DC said: “With such efforts, we can provide help to our brethren in the flood-affected state.” — TNS



Krishna leela leaves audience spellbound at Kala Bhawan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 24
“Shree Krishna Leela”, a light and sound play on the life of Lord Krishna, was staged by the Theatre Arts Chandigarh at Punjab Kala Bhawan here today. The play was staged as part of the 7th Theatre Festival celebrations.

The play, written by Jai Parkash Bhatt and directed by Rajiv Mehta, depicted all ‘leelas’ of Lord Krishna right from his birth to Kansa Vadh, Sudama episode and the famous Gita Updesh which Lord Krishna gave to Arjun on the battlefield of Kurukshetra.

Different facets of Lord Krishna were beautifully portrayed as the artistes performed with quite aplomb. Everyone present applauded the graceful moves on the stage and their enchanting presence vehemently.

The play, which was supported with visuals and powerful soundtracks, captured the pulse of the audience as they stay glued to their seats.

The two hours forty-five minutes play proved the mastery of the director over the theatre craft as he had packed the script with meaningful dialogues and had used technology and lights to give the play a large than life pulse.

The protagonist character of Lord Krishna played by Munish Kapoor remained the show stealer.



Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya
Sanitation drive in schools from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 24
In order to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) will launch the “Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya Campaign” from September 25 to October 31 in all its schools.

While giving the details regarding the campaign, RJ Khanderao, regional director of the CBSE, said: “The CBSE has issued a circular to all its affiliated schools to take advantage of this campaign. The schools may participate in the Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan by taking up a programme for cleanliness during this period.”

Khanderao said: “During this week, the schools have also been given the option to fill in their sanitation status online at www.schoolsanitation.com, which is an award-winning activity. The schools with good sanitation ratings (after verification) will be felicitated as per their ratings.”

He said: “This activity is being held with an aim to inculcate the spirit of hygiene, cleanliness and aversion to unhygienic conditions in all our children from the very initial years of their schooling itself, so that every child in the country appreciate the value of good, clean and hygienic living.”

While welcoming the move of the CBSE, academician Dr Arvind Goyal said: “This policy of the CBSE will not only bring about awareness, but also practically create a neater, cleaner and more hygienic environment for the students at schools. To top it all, they will not only be rewarded for it but also get a sense of self achievement by being part of the whole cleanliness drive in various forms.”

He said creating awareness in young minds about hygiene, clean washrooms and clean drinking water area would definitely help in curbing the transmission of various diseases, which spread through contaminated water and fomites.

Schools may take up following activities

  • Talk by a few children on different aspects of cleanliness in the school assembly everyday, especially with regard to sayings and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, on cleanliness and hygiene
  • Cleaning of classrooms, laboratories, libraries etc
  • Cleaning of any statue installed in the school
  • Cleaning of toilets and drinking water areas
  • Cleaning of kitchen sheds, stores, etc
  • Cleaning of playgrounds
  • Cleaning and maintenance of school gardens
  • Annual maintenance of school buildings, including whitewash and painting
  • Organising essay-writing, painting competitions, debates, contests, songs, skits, nukkad nataks, etc, on cleanliness and hygiene
  • Constitution of Children’s’ Cabinets to supervise and monitor the cleanliness drive
  • Any other activity related to school sanitation



Exchange Programme
2 P’kula students bring laurels
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 24
Two students from Panchkula have been selected for the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth Programme (JENESYS), a CBSE’s initiative.

The students - Khwahish Singal and Rakshita Kochhar of Class X at The Gurukul, Sector 20, here - are among 182 students that have been selected from all over the country.

Khwahish has been selected for the cultural group on the basis of her artistic skills. She is not only a painter par excellence but is also an orator and a stage performer. Khwahish will be a part of the cultural team comprising nearly 80 students across India to visit Japan in November this year (November 11-18, 2104).

Rakshita is a state-level tennis player and has displayed her excellence in the game in a number of competitions. Tennis is Rakshita’s passion and she follows it from the heart. Rakshita will be accompanying the sports troupe from India in December (December 8-16, 2014).

The objective of the JENESYS programme is to deepen mutual understanding among young people and to establish the basis of Asia’s stalwart solidarity.

Principal Harsimran Kaur said: “It is an appreciable initiative by the CBSE, which will give an unparalleled exposure to the selected Indian students in their respective fields.”



Implement SC order on retirement age: Teachers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 24
The Government Teachers’ Union, during its meeting today, demanded the implementation of the Supreme Court’s order to extend the retirement age of people suffering from locomotor disability.

The meeting chaired by union president Dr Vinod Sharma deliberated on the judgment of the Supreme Court for extending the retirement age from 58 to 60 years for persons suffering from locomotor disability (physically disabled) or cerebral palsy.

The committee welcomed the decision of the court for extending the benefit of two years in government service to the physically disabled employees.

The committee members demanded the implementation of the decision of the court in the Chandigarh Administration at the earliest. They claimed that a majority of the working employees were at the verge of retirement or were at the stage of extension of 2 years as per the decision of the Punjab Government.

The committee also demanded to fill the posts of the Group A and B category in promotions as per the notification of the Punjab Government as well as the decision of the Supreme Court.



Few takers for MPhil in Psychiatry Social Work
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 24
The Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, here has introduced MPhil in Psychiatry Social Work, in a first in the region (north of Delhi). It has been introduced in view of the mental health programme planned for 652 districts in the 12th Five Year Plan that will involve qualified social workers.

The hospital, despite re-advertising and extending last date of submission, could not find enough takers for its 8 seats. Students can apply for the course by contacting the Department of Psychiatry, GMCH-32, for the coming academic session.

“This course has potential, but it not gained popularity. Somehow, despite extending dates we could not find many takers,” said Dr Atul Sachdev, Director-Principal, GMCH-32.



pu & college notes
Birth anniversary celebrations

The Department of Gandhian & Peace Studies, Panjab University, will organise week-long celebrations to mark the birth anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri from September 26 to October 2. The department will organise the third blood donation camp on September 26. A photo exhibition on Vaishnav Elements and Gandhi Darshan in the present context will also be organised. It will open on September 26 and continue till October 4 from 10 AM onwards.

Workshop on Chandigarh Architecture

The University Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism, Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Wednesday organised a workshop on Chandigarh Architecture at Gandhi Bhawan here. The one-day workshop focused on sensitising tourism and hospitality students to technical aspects as well as unique feature of architecture in Chandigarh. SD Sharma, veteran architect and member of core team of Le Corbusier, was the keynote speaker, and SS Virdi, former PU fellow and illustrious PU alumnus, addressed the valedictory session.

MPhil, PhD schedules announced

Panjab University announced the schedule for submission of application forms for MPhil and PhD registrations in various departments. The last date to submit applications for PhD registration at the Department of Economics is September 30. The provisional merit list will be displayed on the notice board of the department on October 20 at 3 PM. Interview for PhD course will be held on October 21 at 11 AM in the Department of Economics, Arts Block No 3, on the PU campus. The Last date for submission of application to MPhil (Public Administration) is September 30. Provisional merit list will be displayed on October 1 on the notice board of the Public Administration Department.

Poster of short film released

Panjab University Campus Student Council joint secretary Abhishek Thapar released the poster of a short movie “Doubt”. The movie exposes notion that every standing girl or a boy is not a couple. The star cast of movie includes Jimmy Gidderbaha, Yiesmeen Gill, Mani Lubana and Jaswinder Kaur. The script of the movie is written by Jimmy Gidderbaha, a student of Punjabi University. The movie is directed by Mann Arora.

Annual charity event

The Society for Gender Equity and Non-Discrimination of the PGGCG-11 celebrated Joy of Giving with renewed fervour. For the past three years, student volunteers have been organising this annual charity event in which students and teachers bring old and new clothes, toys, books, stationery, newspapers and bags. The collections are then donated to the underprivileged.

Plantation drive held

A plantation drive was organised by NSS volunteers of the Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45. A debate on the topic “Social Networking Sites - A must for the future”, and an extempore on the topic “Fashion and Crime” were held. Later, a skit on the theme “Social Networking Sites” was conducted by the students.

Culinary development workshop

The third day of the culinary development workshop, under the Management Development Programme, featured a diverse range of fresh and colourful food items from Italy, which are combined in simple ways to preserve the identity of the ingredients. The event is being organised and hosted by the Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, in association with the Indian Culinary Forum and the Indian Federation of Culinary Association.

Blood donation camp

A blood donation camp was organised on the premises of the Government College of Education here on Wednesday. This camp is an annual feature coordinated by the NSS wing and the Red Ribbon Club of the college during every academic session. Dr Yograj Angrish, NSS Programme Coordinator, Panjab University, Chandigarh, who was the chief guest, inaugurated the camp. — TNS



from schools
Award ceremony

Students of Gurukul Vidyapeeth celebrate the successful entry of Mangalyaan into the Mars orbit, in Chandigarh on Wednesday
Students of Gurukul Vidyapeeth celebrate the successful entry of Mangalyaan into the Mars orbit, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

The British School, Chandigarh, on Wednesday held a certificate awarding ceremony for students of Classes I and II. The students were awarded certificates highlighting their efforts as they participated in a number of competitions over the first term.

Elocution competition

Saupin-32 organised an inter-section elocution competition for students of Class II on Wednesday. Senior English teachers assessed the participants. The children recited poems with great confidence and clarity. The school authorities said the idea to conduct such an activity was to enhance the confidence of children. The students were given appreciation certificates. Principal Surita Sharma applauded the good work put in by the children.

Founder’s day celebrated

St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh, celebrated its founder’s day. Students perform during the founder's day celebrations at St Xavier's Senior Secondary School in Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Wednesday The programme began with a welcome speech. It was followed by Saraswati Vandana. Chairman Andrew J Gosain thanked everyone. Bhangra beats presented by students of Class VIII students made everyone tap their feet. The show concluded with a vote of thanks by Class VIII student Princy Chauhan.

Students perform during the founder's day celebrations at St Xavier's Senior Secondary School in Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Industrial visit

The Rayat Bahra School wing organised an industrial visit for students of Classes XI and XII. The venue was Rayat Bahra Automotive Cluster Centre, Sahauran. Various automobile companies displayed their equipment and advanced models to give training to students. The expert trainer guided the students about technical and soft skill programmes.

Success of Mars mission celebrated

Students of Doon Public School, Sector 21, Panchkula, on Wednesday today celebrated the India’s success in reaching Mars in the maiden attempt by acknowledging the efforts of ISRO scientists. The science club of the school made special arrangements for making the coverage on this historic moment. Science teachers made detail presentations on the presence of life in Mars and this breakthrough achievement. They also briefed the students about ISRO and scientists who made this mission possible.

Corporate quiz

The 11th edition of the Tata Crucible Corporate Quiz - a knowledge initiative by the Tata Group - had its Chandigarh regional round on Wednesday. Kshitij Maheswari and Nagesh Mittal emerged victorious and successfully made it to the zonal finals to be held in New Delhi. — TNS



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