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High drama after leader quits HJC
Shashi Sharma accuses Ambala MLA of manhandling him at his residence
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 28
High drama was witnessed this evening when Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) leader Shashi Sharma alleged that he was manhandled and threatened by Ambala MLA Venod Sharma and his aides at his residence in Sector 2, a few hours after he officially resigned from the post of the district president of the party.

Following the incident, the police have summoned both parties to the police station after registering a daily diary report (DDR) at the Sector 5 police station. Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police Rahul Sharma said that they had been summoned to the police station.

On being asked, Venod Sharma said that Shashi Sharma was frustrated as he did not get the party ticket.

Shashi Sharma fought elections from the HJC seat in the last Vidhan Sabha elections in 2009 but had lost. He was trying for the ticket this time as well.

Disappointed over the HJC giving the party ticket to Ravinder Rawal and not him, Shashi Sharma called a press conference this morning had decalred that he had he resigned. Few hours after that, he alleged that Venod Sharma came to his house and manhandled him. Venod Sharma (chief of the Haryana Jan Chetna Party) had recently entered into an alliance with the HJC.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Venod Sharma said, “I can’t believe that he can do this. Two days ago, after the Panchkula ticket was given to someone else, he came to me and said he should be given the ticket from Kalka.” He added, “But I told him that it was not possible. He was levelling allegations in frustration.”

Shashi told the police that Venod asked him as to why he left the party and then hurled abuses. He added that Venod and his men manhandled him.

‘Chander Mohan, Kuldeep betrayed me’

In the morning, Shashi Sharma held a press conference and said HJC leaders Chander Mohan and Kuldeep Bishnoi betrayed him and gave the party ticket to someone else. He also alleged that this was intentionally done to give benefit to the other party, following which he resigned. 

Both parties summoned: Cops

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Rahul Sharma said they had summoned the two parties to the police station. “The other party has outrightly denied that he visited the place. We are verifying the facts and then we would take the necessary action.”

‘Venod has been able to influence cops’

Shashi Sharma said the police were hushing up the matter because Venod Sharma had influenced them. “Why can’t they check the call locations. I was attacked by him and still they haven’t lodged an FIR,” said Sharma. 



Motorcyclist hit by unidentified vehicle, dies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
A man died after a recklessly driven unidentified vehicle hit the motorcycle he was riding on, near the dumping ground.

The police said the deceased, identified as Balkar Singh (42), was going to Dhanas from Dadu Majra on Friday night when a car coming from Dhanas bridge hit the motorcycle following which the victim fell on the road. The police said, the victim’s nephew, Harinder Singh, sitting pillion on the motorcycle witnessed the accident. Harinder told the police that as it was dark he failed to note down the registration number of the vehicle. The car driver managed to flee from the spot.

The victim was rushed to the PGI by his nephew where doctors declared him brought dead.

The police have registered a case against unidentified person at the Sector 39 police station on the complaint of the victim’s nephew. The police have initiated a probe in the case.



New Panjab University Registrar appointed amid hullabaloo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Panjab University (PU) today appointed Colonel Guljit Singh Chaddha on the post of Registrar which was lying vacant for the last eight months. The appointment was approved in the Senate chaired by PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover after there were heated arguments and objections were raised by Senators against the selection of the candidate by the selection committee.

A number of Senators raised objection because the authorities ignored the fact that the candidate did not fulfil the eligibility criteria and the education administrative experience required for the post, even then his selection was finalised by the authorities. The Senators pointed out that the candidate did not have the experience 15 years in education administration which included eight years of experience as a Deputy Registrar.

They remarked that it was strange that the PU did not consider appointing their own faculty members who were eligible for the post. The Senators proposed to constitute a committee which would review the slection process of the candidate made by the authorities. Senators alleged that the VC also considered those candidates who were not even shortlisted by the screening committee.

Questions were raised as why it was mentioned in the performa that it should be approved by the Senate.

Reacting to all objections the VC said that after going through the qualification and eligibility criteria, the candidate had been selected and there was no point in objecting to the decision of the Selection Committee and the Syndicate. He said that opportunity was given to all efficient candidate to apply for this post.

Records of the PU revealed that Prof AK Bhandari who at present is holding Dean University Instructions (DUI) post has additional charge of the Registrar from January 2014. Before joining as DUI, Bhandari had served as the PU Registrar since December 21, 2011. 

Has been serving in the Indian Army

Col Guljit Singh Chadha is serving in the Indian Army at Pune. Col Chadha is also fellow of the Institutions of Engineers (India). He has received numerous awards and honours, including the Chief of Army Staff Commendation card for distinguished services as the General Manager (Production), Army Commander (Southern Command) Commendation card and Chief of Army Staff Commendation card for distinguished services as the Manager (Workshop). Col Chadha has also authored a book, “HR Rejig: Building Core Competencies”, in which he has discussed the nurturing and upgrading of the existing core competencies in line with the trends and technological shifts taking place in the organisation.



preventing Accidents
Grille proposed for seven artery roads 
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
In a bid to check accidents involving pedestrians, the Chandigarh Traffic Police have proposed to install steel grille on road dividers at the artery roads of the city, including Madhya Marg and Dakshin Marg.

The traffic police have sent a proposal to the UT Engineering Department recommending instillation of grille on the road dividers on the seven major city roads.

The proposal has been mooted following a study being conducted by the traffic police to ensure pedestrians don’t die while crossing the roads.

Out of total 844 road accident deaths reported in last six-years, 278 were pedestrians while 192 were cyclists.

Maneesh Chaudhary, SSP (Traffic), said at present, these grille were installed on the dividers between the Transport light point and the Housing Board light point. “We have proposed that similar grille be installed on the seven artery roads of the city which witness huge traffic”, the SSP added.

The SSP said the grille installed on the dividers would restrict the pedestrians and cyclists from crossing the road, which usually lead to accidents.

The police claim that the height of the grille is appropriate to restrict the vehicles with high beam that inconveniences commuters from moving on the opposite lane. “The lights of the vehicle moving from the opposite lanes usually blocks the vision of the people driving on the other lane which also leads to accidents”, the SSP said.

The traffic police also claimed that the grille would also curb the probability of cars crossing the dividers after jumping the divider.

In 2013, three persons, including a driver and two college students, were killed while two others were injured when an Audi Q7 car jumped over the divider and hit Tavera on the road separating sectors 17 and 18. Sources stated that the roads for which proposals had been sent also include Jan Marg, Himalyan Marg and Sarovar Path. The sources said that officials from the UT Engineering Department was yet to decide on the proposal sent by the traffic police. 



Traders strike work at vegetable market
Protest the move of market committee secretary to undertake inspection to check evasion of fee
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Traders at the fruit and 
vegetable market, Sector 26, today struck work for three hours and staged a rally ‘Maha panchayat’ to protest the move of the Secretary, Market Committee, to 
undertake inspection to check evasion of the market committee fee.

Under the banner of the Sabzi Mandi Arthiya Association (SMAA), the traders said, “There is no provision under the rules to keep any surveillance on traders as the market fee is for the welfare of traders. The secretary is not bothered to improve basic amenities in the market.”

The protesting SMAA members alleged that the newly appointed inspection committee was harassing the apple traders, which had further affected their business in the market. The members also threatened to organise a ‘Chandigarh Bandh’ in future if the checking continued. In the recent past, the inspection committee, comprising two SDMs, have raided three traders.

“If the inspection team continues to harass the traders, we will stage a major protest. The UT Deputy Commissioner should help us,” said Digvijay Kapoor.

The striking arthiyas got support from local BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan.

SMAA President Digvijay Kapoor said, “It has been unanimously decided to meet the Adviser over the issue. Different trader associations from the city will be part of the delegation.”

Meanwhile, the police force — deployed to prevent any untoward incident during the maha-panchayat called by the SMAA — were surprised to see private bouncers guarding the centre stage and members of the association, at the apple shed of the vegetable market, Sector 26.

The association members had made their own security arrangements. The guests list included former Union minister Harmohan Dhawan, local councillor Davinder Babla and other local leaders.



world heart day
More youth fall prey to heart attacks
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
In a major concern, incidence of heart attack has increased among the youth in the past five years, if clinical observations of the city’s experts are any indicator.

Of the total 40 to 50 patients reporting with cardiovascular problems in OPDs handled by different cardiologists, at least 10 per cent are below 40 years of age.

“Also, many of them are as young as 20 years old. The problem is alarming but sadly, our younger generation is not being able to understand the consequences of the lacking compliance to balanced diet and healthy lifestyle modifications,” said Dr Manoj Kumar Rohit, Additional Professor, Department of Cardiology, PGIMER.

Dr Manoj informed that of the 10% to 15% of patients undergoing angiography (for diagnosis of heart problems), the incidence was more among younger women. 


  • Smoking and obesity.
  • Diabetes, hypertension metabolic syndrome — a combination of fat around your abdomen, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high triglycerides — has a greater impact on women than men.
  • Smoking puts women at a greater risk of heart disease than men.
  • Symptoms
  • Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Pain in right arm.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness.
  • Unusual fatigue.
  • Sweating.
  • doctorspeak

Physical exercise not only adds years to life but also life to years. Among the various types of physical exercises, walking is the simplest way to stay fit.
— Dr Manoj Kumar Rohit, Additional Prof, Cardiology, PGI

Most of the youngsters fail to abstain from smoking or controlling their obesity. Controlling obesity is the key. Eat less if you cannot walk much.
— Dr Anurag Sharma, Associate Director, Cardiology, Max Hospital,

We can avoid a heart attack in two ways — first, mitigate the risk factors; and, second, manage the attack immediately. Respect the Golden Hour.
— Dr RK Jaswal, Director, Cardiology, Fortis Hospital

Sleeping pattern of youngsters has changed. I call it junk sleep. Love for electronic gadgets and social media before bedtime has reduced sleep time.
— Dr Monika Sharma, behavioural sleep medicine, Max Hospital


Docs, citizens musical bash at Max

A musical bash was organised by cardiologists, cardio surgeons and senior citizens at Max Super Speciality Hospital, Mohali. The doctors sang songs of Bollywood movies.

200 youngsters take part in Mini Marathon

As many as 200 youngsters participated in a mini marathon on Sunday. The event was organised by Fortis Hospital in association with the Chandigarh University, Gharuan. The youngsters participated with zeal.

Over 100 “Walk for Heart” by Alchemist

Hundreds of Panchkula residents participated in a ‘Walk for the heart’ organised by Alchemist Hospital, Sector 21, Panchkula. DC, SS Phulia, flagged off the participants from Yavanika Garden at 6.30 am.



Tourism meet turns into food discussion

A conference organised by the Tourism Department turned into a heated debate over junk food vs traditional food. Instead of discussing promoting Chandigarh as a tourist spot, the organisers and scribes discussed food.

Innovative traders

To preempt a drive by the UT to seal buildings in violation of the Periphery Act in Daria village, the violators devised a novel idea to remove the front gates so that their premises couldn’t be sealed. The officials had to use chain locks to seal the premises.

Heavy agenda

PU senators have unanimously demanded an assistant from the authorities to carry their agenda weighing 8 kg sent by the PU authorities for meetings.

Police swings into action

Finally, the Mohali Police has swung into action against the ongoing protests. The protesting employees were asked to return.

Emotions run high

Satvinder Singh Rana, who was fielded by the BSP from the Kalka Assembly constituency, after the Congress denied him a ticket, got emotional while filing nomination papers in Election Returning Officer’s office in Kalka.

Contributed by Mehakdeep, Rajmeet, Aarti, Akash and Bipin.



267 examined at camp

Chandigarh, September 28
A camp under the ‘Safe mother-safe child programme’ was held at Bedi Hospital, Sector 33, today.
The camp was held to spread awareness on preventable diseases in women after 40 years of age. About 75 per cent women suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. Early detection of breast and cervical cancer in women can prevent the two most common cancers in women above 40 years of age, said Dr RS Bedi, Chief Managing Director.

Free bone density, blood sugar and cholesterol tests were performed to determine the incidence of cervical cancer, diabetes and high cholesterol. As many as 267 patients, majorly comprising women, were examined during the camp. — TNS



Panchkula Votes 2014
A parallel campaign online
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 28
Candidates vying for the Panchkula Assembly seat are running a parallel campaign on social networking sites.
With the aim to reach out to maximum number of voters, they have uploaded their party manifestos besides pictures of their campaigning on a daily basis on Facebook.

Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) candidate Kulbhushan Goyal, who is active on Facebook and Twitter, said: “As it is difficult to reach out to all voters at the same time, we are using the Facebook and Twitter accounts. We post minute-to-minute updates and details of special meetings on our profiles.”

The Facebook profile picture of BJP candidate Gian Chand Gupta shows him sitting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He, too, has posted a number of pictures of his campaigning. The Facebook account of Ravinder Rawal, who is contesting on the Haryana Janhit Congress ticket, not just has recent pictures of party leaders, but also of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. This is despite the fact that Rawal left Hooda’s party soon after the Congress fielded sitting MLA DK Bansal.

Vinod Bagai, Independent candidate from Panchkula, has special staff working on his social networking sites. Not just a special group has been created for him, but the staff post daily campaigning schedule on the profile. 

‘Likes’ across party lines

They might speak ill of opposition leaders during rallies, but politicians do have another side to them. While INLD candidate Kulbhushan Goyal “likes” BJP’s Narendra Modi on his Facebook account (see pic) , HJC candidate Ravinder Rawal still “likes” Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, despite leaving the Congress. Goyal said, “I have always respected leaders and Modi, after all, is our Prime Minister.”



Gunners celebrate 187th anniversary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The Regiment of Artillery celebrated the 187th Gunners Day at the Chandimandir Military Station today. The Gunners Day commemorates the raising of the first Artillery unit, the “Bombay Battery” on September 28, 1827.

A solemn wreath laying ceremony was held at the Veer Smriti War Memorial to pay homage to the martyrs of the Regiment. A ceremonial guard reversed the arms, while the buglers sounded the Last Post as a mark of respect to those who laid down their lives in the line of duty.

The Regiment of Artillery has been part of all the wars that India has fought since its independence and the Gunners have proved their mettle by their professional acumen and dedication. The victory of the Indian Army over Pakistan in the Kargil conflict in 1999 demonstrated the fire power of the artillery, which pounded and systematically destroyed the enemy’s will to fight, and proved to be the major battle winning factor.

The Gunners are also actively undertaking counter insurgency operations in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, and have made an immense contribution in ensuring peace in the region. 



chandigarh scan

Volunteers donate blood during a camp at Sector 30, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
Volunteers donate blood during a camp at Sector 30, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Blood donation

Aggarwal Sabha, Sector 30, Chandigarh, celebrated Agrasen Jayanti by holding a blood donation camp. A total of 184 units of blood were donated.

Aid for flood-hit

Property Consultants Association, Chandigarh, handed over relief material for the flood-hit in Jammu and Kashmir to the Deputy Commissioner. The association has donated blankets, sweaters, utensils, mineral water bottles, confectionary items and ration.

Health camp

The Chandigarh Senior Citizens' Association organised a socio-medical Camp at Government High School, Maloya Colony. Nearly 350 patients were examined. — TNS



world tourism week celebrations
Audience sways as Jasbir Jassi croons
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
On the second day of the Tourism Week celebrations, organised by the Chandigarh Tourism and STEPS,

the city witnessed a brilliant combination of pathos of folk genre, Sufi and pop as singer Jasbir Jassi performed at the New Lake, Sector 42, here today.

The singer swayed away the crowd with his ethereal renditions. His all time hits, including Koka, Dil de chubare, Dil lai gyi kudi Gujarat di, Aja gall vich pa lai and Kudi kudi captivated the audiences.

The spectators fully relished the energetic performance of the evening and sang and danced to the popular tracks of the singer.

Earlier, during the day, a large number of tourists and visitors to the Sector 17 Plaza saw the exhibition of shortlisted entries of a photography competition. Also, a street play was organised at the Shivalik Garden, Mani Majra, to sensitise youths against “Facebook addiction”.

To attract tourists and residents of the tricity, besides concessions and incentives, live singing was arranged in many hotels to mark the World Tourism Week. The CITCO also organised a unique “cartoon and kids food festival” at Sukhna Lake where life-sized cartoon characters entertained children and other visitors.



Musical nite dedicated to actor Dharmendra

Chandigarh, September 28
Young artistes from the region recreated the retro era of the tinsel town during the Dharmendra nite organised by Sur Sangam at Tagore Theatre here today.
The evening got underway with the legendary Bollywood actor’s famous number, ‘Pal pal dil ke paas’.

Moved by the love showered on him by his fans, who turned up in a large number at the event, the veteran actor said, “I am really glad that such a platform has been provided to young artists of the region. It is an emotional moment for me to hear youngsters sing songs from my movies.” He asked the organisers to hold more such events to tap young talent.

Heart-touching melodies accompanied with live orchestra elevated the atmosphere at Tagore Theatre as young singers gave scintillating rendition to seven of the most famous duet songs from the actor’s films. — TNS




Gaming devices launched

Chandigarh: Electronics company XOLO has introduced a new range of gaming devices under the Play Series. These devices are designed to appeal to customers looking for a complete mobile entertainment and console-like gaming experience.

Hospital opens

A 120-bed super speciality hospital and Trauma centre, The Eden Hospital, was launched at the Industrial Area, Phase I. The hospital is equipped with all advance medical technologies. — TNS



Senate discusses decade-old issues
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Ironic it may sound but even after over a decade, the Panjab University Senate is struggling to get a concrete policy framed to resolve the issues discussed time and again during its meetings.

A majority of senators today demanded an action-taken status report on all the issues decided in the house, as most of them were hanging fire since long and have been raised time and again by different senators.

However, Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover declined to provide an action taken report because on various issues, suggestions were made during the previous meetings but could not be implemented as there was no norm for it in the PU calendar.

Following are among the issues that have been repeatedly raised by senators but are still pending.

Review PU calendar

Two former MPs from Chandigarh, Satya Pal Jain and Pawan Kumar Bansal, today raised an issue that there was a dire need to review the PU calendar and make a number of changes in it so as to suit the existing scenario. Jain and Bansal said for the past many years, a number of issues were being raised by them during the Senate meetings but so far, the PU authorities have not taken any action on them. Jain said there were a number of issues that should be finalised at the level of the Syndicate or a committee and should not be tabled before the Senate as it only leads to wastage of time.

Representation of student council president

Senator HS Lucky raised a long-pending issue of representation of student council president in the senate. Former Railway Minister Bansal and a former student leader, DPS Randhawa, also raised this matter and demanded that the VC should take up this issue with the chancellor of the university. Time and again, the issue was raised in the Senate, but nothing has been decided on it till date.

The VC informed the House that a stop-gap arrangement had been made, according to which the student council would have a special meeting with the Dean Student Welfare before every Senate meeting so that problems being faced by the students could be highlighted. He assured the House that he would take up the matter with the chancellor.

Student-oriented issues

A majority of members observed that many non-issues are raised during the Senate meeting and there was no agenda regarding discussion on new courses and research works. Former MPs stressed that the Senate should discuss more of academic matters, introduction of new courses and how to conduct better research rather than promotion of faculty members, allegations and formation of committees.

Formation of committees

For the past number of years, Jain had proposed constitution of a legal committee to deal with petty legal issues and resolve them rather than tabling it before the Senate. Senator GK Chatrath had also proposed constitution of two committees for estimation of budget and for the audit report for the past five years, but no action has been taken on it till date.

Pending decisions not implemented

In March 2013, the Senate had decided that the students will not have to submit affidavit for their PhD. But till date, the authorities have not sent any official intimation to any of the departments. The authorities have also not constituted any minority cell for awareness of students on the campus.



Student council president violates rules, spared of action
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Panjab University Campus Student Council president Divyanshu Budhiraja today violated the rules by arguing during the Senate meeting even as he is not a member.
As the Senate started discussing representation to the student council in the house, Budhiraja, who was sitting in the media gallery, stood up and started supporting the issue.

Unaware of the fact that he was not allowed to comment on any issue being discussed in the Senate as he was not its member, he stated that to raise student problems in the Senate, representation from the council should be allowed. Objecting to it, Vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover asked him to discuss the matter, which he wants to raise in the Senate, with the Dean Student Welfare, who would further apprise the House of it.

A member of the Senate, Dinesh Kumar, revealed that last year, when he was a member of the fee committee, the former student council president did not attend any of the committee meetings, and later, opposed a hike in fee. He also objected to Divyanshu arguing in the Senate without permission.

The VC said as it was for the first time that such an incident has happened, the young leader of the council should be given another chance to learn the proceedings of the Senate. He said the authorities would not take any action against him for the violation.

In fact, Budhiraja also violated the Motor Vehicles Act by affixing a plate on his personal car, which mentioned that the owner is the president of the PU Campus Student Council.



PU official facing graft charge reinstated to meet staff shortage
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Due to staff shortage, Panjab University today reinstated the construction department official, who is being tried in a CBI court in a corruption case. The decision was taken during the Senate meeting chaired by Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover.

The issue was tabled in the meeting that to share the workload of the department, executive engineer Satish Kumar Padam be reinstated and should be posted on a position which does not have any financial dealing.

Meanwhile, a complaint against the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Dr Ronki Ram, was also brought to the notice of the senators by Prof Madhurima of Sociology Department, who stated that the Dean had misbehaved with her during the presentation of a research conducted under her by two scholars. She also enclosed a copy of the research, which was approved by the Dean, and pointed out mistakes in it.

The Senate also constituted a standing committee to review the standards and procedure of awarding PhD.

A representation by the PU Laboratory and Technical Staff Association was also given to the senators for implementation of the revised pay-scales from 2011 and release of increments at the earliest.

Senate gave nod to...

  • One year LLM course in the Department of Law.
  • Rs 8 lakh for converting Dasehra ground into a cricket ground.
  • RS 29 lakh for setting up a new parking lot for the new teachers flats and Rs 82 lakh for re-wiring in the UICET.
  • Raising scholarships for toppers of MA, MSc and MCom part I by 5 per cent.



Govt research scholars seek better benefits
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Members of the Research Scholars of India (RSI), an association of research scholars working with government organisations, have claimed that they are not getting the appropriate financial pay grade that their qualification warrants.

Pointing out that research scholars were facing an overlooked and discouraging research environment leading to their migration to other countries, a statement issued by the RSI here today said their members had met the Minister for Science and Technology, Dr Jitendra Singh, in July and then in September, to appraise him of their grievance.

The statement said the RSI had expected that their grievances would be resolved within a stipulated period as promised, but nothing had materialised so far. If no headway is made as promised, RSI members would be left with no choice but to resort to public protests, the statement added.



Kathak dancers enthral audience
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The three-day 9th Brahaspati Sangeet Samaroh organised by Brahaspati Kala Kendra and Research Institute and Sedbhavna Arts in association with North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala, and the Department of Vocal Music, PG Government College for Girls-42 concluded at the Sabras Auditorium of the college here today.

Internationally acclaimed kathak dancer Dr Shobha Koser was the chief guest at the event. A kathak dancer of Jaipur Gharana, Pandit Rajendra Gangani, along with his disciples Deepti, Ruchiji, Karan Gangani and Manoj from Delhi, enthralled the audience with their performances comprising aamad, tade, paran and tukde.



from schools

Students sell handmade gifts during a fund-raising exhibition organised at The Millennium School, Mohali, on Sunday.
Students sell handmade gifts during a fund-raising exhibition organised at The Millennium School, Mohali, on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

World Tourism Day

Chandigarh: Government High Smart School, Sector 50, celebrated the World Tourism Day on its campus. Schoolteachers highlighted the significance of the day through lectures and poems. They emphasised on two important campaigns, ‘Incredible India’ and ‘Atithi Devo Bhav’, started by the Government of India.

Students raise funds for J&K flood victims

Mohali: A two-day exhibition was organised by students and teachers of The Millennium School, Mohali, to raise funds for the victims of floods in Jammu and Kashmir. The students exhibited and sold handmade gifts and decorative candles for Diwali to pitch in their bit for the noble cause. On the occasion, Principal Komal Singh said, “Students should not be taught to remain a mere spectator to such a situation. If they can help, they should. We are 
glad that students and 
teachers have accomplished much more than they had targeted and we would be able to send our contribution to the flood victims. It is not just about the money, it is about the sentiments, brotherhood and emotions.”

Session on healthy food

Tiny-tots’Foundation School organised a session on importance of healthy food. The teachers apprised the students of the bad effects of junk food on health. With help of visuals, teachers explained the rising cases of obesity among children. They advised students to cut short on soft drinks and replace them with fresh fruit juices and ‘lassi’. Children were encouraged to have milk, fruits and green vegetable. Students of UKG participated in ‘salad making’ event organised at the school and teachers explained to them the benefits of eating fresh salad.

Parent-teacher conference

Panchkula: SMD Little Champ Smart School organised a parent teacher conference wherein they discussed students’ likes, dislikes, special skills, strengths and weaknesses. The motive behind the conference was to build a strong parent teacher partnership. Dr Sanjeev Sharma, an educationist and psychologist, attended the session and came up with innovative methods of teaching and learning .He provided guidance and counselling to the parents. — TNS



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