C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Child falls into tank, dies 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
A four-and-a-half-year-old child drowned in an underground water tank outside his house at Shastri Nagar in Mani Majra this morning. The victim fell into the tank while playing.

Mani Majra SHO Charanjit Singh Virk said the victim, identified as Vishal, son of a driver, stayed on the ground floor of House No. 149 in Shasrti Nagar. “Construction work was under way on the upper floor of the building due to which a water tank had been constructed outside the gate to store water,” the SHO said.

He said laborers working there had not covered the tank due to which the child fell into it. “There was negligence on the part of the laborers working there,” the SHO said.

Sources said a laborer saw the body and raised the alarm. The police control room was informed about the incident and the victim was taken to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, where he was declared brought dead.

The victim’s father, Vijay, stays on rent in the house. He had gone to drop his wife at around 8.30 am when the incident took place.

The sources said the police informed the owners of the house, who also reached the spot.

The police have started an investigation into the case. The police have ruled out foul play in the incident.

I used to play with him every day: Father

A pall of gloom descended on Shastri Nagar following the incident. The victim’s family was in a state of shock and is yet to come to terms with the tragedy. The child’s father, Vijay, said in a choked voice, “Our world has come crashing down. I used to play with Vishal every day; I had never imagined that he would die this way.” 

Past incidents

  • August 13, 2014: An 18-month-old child, Raghav, died after drowning in a water tank at a nursery in Shastri Nagar, Mani Majra.
  • June 1, 2014: An 11-year-old boy, who had a handicap in the right arm, drowned in a pond opposite the botanical garden in Sarangpur village. 



10-year-old raped, two arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
Two men allegedly raped a 10-year-old girl in Sector 49 for around a week. They were arrested and remanded in judicial custody today.

The victim’s father approached the local police on Saturday night. The accused, Chander Pal (50) and Lalit Kumar (48), are residents of a rehabilitation colony in Sector 49. The victim is a student of Class IV at a government model school.

While Chander is a sweeper, Lalit works with a private security agency.

Police sources said one of the accused had hurt the victim on her right cheek, that led to an injury, following which the victim’s kin came to know about the incident.

The interrogation of the accused revealed that they had been exploiting the victim for the past one week. They used to commit the crime when the victim’s parents left their house to earn a livelihood.

The victim’s father is an auto driver. The medical examination of the victim confirmed rape.

A case has been registered at the Sector 34 police station.

29-year-old held on charge of raping widow

In another incident of rape, the Chandigarh police have arrested a 29-year-old sales executive with a motor vehicle agency for raping a widow.

The accused, Ravi Kumar Chauhan, a resident of Sector 47, has been remanded in judicial custody. The victim, who stays in Sector 49, alleged that Chauhan raped her several times on the pretext of marriage and later refused to marry her.

The accused is a native of Pathankot and has been staying in Chandigarh for the past two years. Police sources said the widow was three years older than him. The medical examination of the victim confirmed the rape allegations. A case has been registered at the Sector 34 police station.



5 BJP youths hurt in clash
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 5
In the first major incident of violence during campaigning in the city, five workers of the BJP youth wing were injured in a clash at Beer Ghaggar late this evening. The youths have blamed workers of rival parties for the attack.

Among those injured are Rakesh, Amit, Sumit and Rahul. According to the police, the victims were pasting posters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi when some persons came and threatened them to remove the posters.

After the BJP workers refused to do so, the persons entered into a scuffle with them. A clash followed in which five BJP youth workers were injured. They were taken to the General Hospital, Sector 6, where they are being treated. The victims received serious injuries on the head as they were allegedly beaten with rods.

After the incident, several BJP workers gathered at the spot. Later, party leaders also rushed to the spot. A complaint was submitted by the brother of one of the injured youths at the Chandimandir police station.

ACP Jagtar Singh reached the spot and said, “BJP workers have blamed five workers of rival parties for the incident. We are registering a case. We are also waiting for the medical report of the victims.” 



haryana poll
Stars set to light up campaign
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 5
With just eight days left for the campaigning for the Haryana Vidhan Sabha elections to end, star campaigners will make a beeline for Panchkula. From political leaders to Bollywood singers, rappers to actors, Panchkulaites will get to see them all.

Rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh is expected to campaign for INLD candidate Kulbhushan Goyal in the coming week. “Honey Singh was contacted earlier, but he had a medical problem. Now, the party is trying to fix the time with him,” said Goyal.

INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautala has also given confirmation for a huge rally in Sector 16, Panchkula.

He will address the rally at 5 pm on Tuesday. “Permission for using a helicopter and rally grounds has been taken by us for his arrival. The party is also trying to get Yo Yo Honey Singh during Chautala’s rally,” said Goyal.

Singer Mika Singh is expected after two days to campaign for independent candidate and builder Vinod Bagai. “Talks were on to fix the time,” said a source.

Bagai is trying to get actress Parineeti Chopra on October 11 or 12, said the source. Both are known to Bagai.

For BJP candidate Gian Chand Gupta, senior party leaders will be the star campaigners. “Home Minister Rajnath Singh is expected on October 10. We have worked out the modalities for his rally in Panchkula,” said Gupta.

Besides, Arun Jaitely, Finance and Defence Minister, and Smriti Irani, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, will campaign for Gupta this week.



Modi’s men don’t care two hoots for ‘swachhta’
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 5
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), does not seem to care two hoots for his Clean India Mission campaign in Panchkula. After party leaders delivered long speeches on what the BJP plans to do for the development of the city at a public gathering outside the party’s election office in the Sector 8 market, the area kept lying in a mess for hours together.

Used broken glasses and heaps of garbage were seen at the venue where leaders spoke vehemently of doing everything possible to keep Panchkula clean.

The gathering was addressed among others by Rajeev Bindal, BJP MLA from Nahan in HP, seeking support for the party candidate, Gian Chand Gupta.

Ridhima Singh, a visitor to the market, said, “They should lead by example and practise what they preach. At least, BJP leaders should respect the campaign, launched by their leader.”

BJP candidate Gian Chand Gupta said, “We have deployed four persons specially for this purpose. We had asked them to clean not just the venue, but the nearby area as well.”

“I am not aware about the litter as I left the venue soon after the function. However, I will look into the matter. Filth won’t be tolerated at any cost,” he said.

Virender Chaudhary, a passerby, said, “Since party leaders can’t keep their surroundings clean, one wonders what they will do for the city’s cleanliness in case they are voted to power.”

Garbage was also seen piled outside Independent candidate Vinod Bagai’s election office in Sector 8.

Meanwhile, Bindal said the BJP was emerging stronger in several constituencies, including Rohtak, the home ground of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. He was speaking at a “Purvi Mandal Sammelan” here today. He is the in charge of the BJP publicity campaign in the state.

Bindal, a former Health Minister of Himachal Pradesh, appealed to votes to support the BJP candidate. 



GMCH, GMSH OPDs closed today

The OPDs at the PGI, Chandigarh, will remain open on Monday. However, the OPDs at the GMCH, Sector 32, and the GMSH, Sector 16, will remain closed on account of Eid.

Govt offices, schools closed

All government offices and government schools will remain closed on Monday (Eid) and Wednesday (Valmiki Jayanti). 



Open House response
Strict enforcement of ban, public participation must
The use of plastic bags continues in the city with impunity. Disposed of in the open, these non-biodegradable bags cause harm to stray animals and the environment as a whole. Chandigarh Tribune asked its readers what needs to be done to bring an end to this hazard.

Residents must put in efforts

Instead of putting all the responsibility on the Chandigarh Administration, residents should try to put in some efforts as well. Use of recycled paper bags, bags stitched out of old clothes and jute bags should be encouraged.
Prabhpreet Kaur,

Adopt eco-friendly materials

There is a dire need to completely ban the manufacture, distribution, sale and use of polythene products. Their replacement with eco-friendly materials can be achieved only by following a multi-pronged approach. The government cannot do it alone; it needs active community participation as well.
Dr Navkirat Chauhan,

Provide non-toxic bags at cheaper rates

To stop the use of plastic bags, the UT should first ban their use by vegetable vendors at Apni Mandis. The vendors should be provided with non-toxic bags at cheaper rates to save the environment.
Col BS Mathauda (retd),

Strict measures needed

Despite efforts of the Administration, no concrete results can be seen and plastic bags are freely available in markets. Strict measures will go a long way in tackling this serious problem.
SK Khosla,

Create awareness

Although banned, plastic bags continue to be used in the city due to an ineffective enforcement. Banners and posters should be put up at Apni Mandis, markets, malls, schools and colleges to spread awareness about the ill-effects of plastic bags.
Jagdishpal Singh Kalra,

Public support needed

The government cannot do much all alone. Public support is needed. The authorities should launch an awareness campaign.
Vidya Sagar Garg,

Appoint cleanliness marshals in localities

Unless, the UT Administration ensures strict implementation of the ban on use of plastic bags, nothing will be achieved. We tend to follow rules only out of fear. Some responsible citizens can be appointed as cleanliness marshals in every sector to help the civic body.
Colonel RD Singh (retd),

Pull up erring officials

There is only one solution. Officials of the departments concerned should be pulled up. Major penalties should be imposed on them if they fail to deliver.
Sat Pal Kansal,

Customers must not be at receiving end

In addition to penalising the shopkeepers who use plastic bags, it should be made mandatory for them to provide bags made of biodegradable materials to the customers. Otherwise, the customers are at the receiving end.
MPS Chadha,

Punitive action must

There is no denying the fact that the use of plastic bags has been going on with impunity in the tricity despite legal provisions in place to check the menace. Those indulging in a wilful violation of the order must be fined heavily and the habitual offenders must be jailed.
Ramesh K Dhiman,

Authorities must wake from slumber

The Administration and Municipal Corporation must wake up from their slumber and take strong and effective steps to curb the menace. People are often seen throwing plastic bags containing household waste by the roadside. This must be stopped.
RK Kapoor,

Adopt recycling

The convenience of using plastic bags for carrying things cannot be argued. What is needed is the correct disposal to make them inaccessible to stray animals. These can also be recycled to prevent environmental degradation.
Jai Singh,

It’s high time to act

The rampant use of low-density plastic is a big threat to the city environment. It is high time for the government to take stringent measures to discontinue the use of bags made of such materials by vendors, hawkers and retailers.
Ravinder Nath,

Raid manufacturing units

Just issuing the instructions without implementing them has been of no help. Instead of asking retailers to stop giving their wares in plastic bags, the manufacturing units in the city should be raided to stop their production.
SC Luthra,

Segregate waste

The use of plastic bags cannot be stopped till there is a ban on their production. Moreover, just like hospitals segregate non-biodegradable and other waste, we can do it at the household-level as well.
DS Banatie,

Impose heavy fines

The Chandigarh Administration must ban plastic bags and impose heavy fines on the defaulters using and providing these. Stray animals keep dying after consuming these bags. The tricity must collectively enforce the ban for it to be effective.
Wg Cdr Jasbir Singh 
Minhas (retd), Mohali

Use paper bags

The Administration should ban the manufacturing of polythene bags and shopkeepers should not provide these bags to their customers. Instead, paper bags should be used, but judiciously as trees are cut to produce paper. A separate dustbin to dispose of polythene bags should be placed in all markets.
Ujagar Singh,

Half-hearted efforts of no use

The half-hearted efforts to stop the use of plastic bags will not yield any results. Also, the sale of eatables by roadside vendors should be stopped as people tend to throw empty plastic wrappers and plates on the road.
KC Rana,

Mass outreach needed

Public participation needs to be encouraged in order to stop the use of plastic bags. For this, a mass outreach initiative needs to be undertaken. Continuous violations should result in jail. Alternatives to plastic bags, such as paper bags and jute bags, should be promoted in a big way.
Dr Rajeev Kumar,

Multi-pronged approach needed

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call for a “Clean India” has brought into the spotlight the local authorities’ failure to enforce the six-year-old ban on the use of plastic carry bags that are a threat to the environment.

Central Pollution Control Board statistics reveal that the city generates 5,548 tonnes of plastic waste, including carry bags, per year. Poor enforcement coupled with the lack of awareness has resulted in plastic carry bags being disposed of and getting mixed with other garbage.

Apart from being an environmental hazard, these plastic bags pose a serious danger to stray cattle that often swallow the bags along with the food kept within, leading to their death.

Though in the past few days, local sub-divisional magistrates have stepped up their drive against the storage and manufacture of plastic bags, a lot needs to be done to clean up our environment. For example, the use of the banned items by shopkeepers does not attract any stiff penalty yet.

Our neighbouring state of Himachal Pradesh effectively banned plastic bags way back in 2003. There have been other successful stories from other parts of India and the world. In 2002, Ireland became the first country to enact a per-bag tax on disposable carrier sacks. Several cities in the United States are also banning single-use plastic bags. In Washington DC, a bag fee of five cents helped bringing down the use of plastic bags from 270 million bags per year to 55 million per year.

There is a need to adopt a multi-pronged approach to deal with the problem. While imposing a ban, it is important to provide alternatives to merchants besides creating awareness among consumers to carry their own bags or pay a fee to the shopkeepers. Without the participation of the masses, the ban will remain ineffective.

(* The writer is Chief City Reporter)

open house question

On the call given by the Prime Minister, various departments of the Chandigarh Administration besides educational institutes carried out “safai” campaigns on Gandhi Jayanti. A day later, however, things were back to square one. What needs to be done to keep our surroundings clean?

Send in your suggestions in not more than 100 words along with a passport-size picture to openhouse@tribunemail.com.



Goats in huge demand a day before Eid-ul-Zuha
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
On the eve of Eid-ul-Zuha, also called Bakrid, markets at Mani Majra and Bapu Dham Colony saw a lot of activity. Goats costing between Rs 7,000 and Rs 80,000 were sold during the day.

Local sellers who have their meat shops in the city are selling goats for Rs 9,000 to Rs 25,000. One of the local vendors said that every year around 3,000 to 4,000 goats are brought to Mani Majra. Only a few remain unsold as many residents buy five to six goats for their family, he said.

While there are some customers who prefer a reasonably priced goat, there are others who look at the goat’s colour, height and health, without worrying about the price, said the trader.

The response is equally good at Bapu Dham Colony, where traders have fallen short of goats. The number of buyers has considerably increased this time.

With the vendors selling goats at higher prices, price of meat has increased as well. Goat meat which usually costs Rs 240 per kg is being sold for Rs 320 these days, while the sacrificial goat meat will be sold for Rs 750 per kg. 



Purity, quality not on Admn’s mind
No water samples collected from city eateries for testing during the past five years 
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

There are a total of over 300 water tankers — operated by private contractors—supplying more than 4,000 litres of water every day to nearly 1,000 hotels, restaurants, dhabas and at functions involving large-scale cooking.
There are a total of over 300 water tankers — operated by private contractors—supplying more than 4,000 litres of water every day to nearly 1,000 hotels, restaurants, dhabas and at functions involving large-scale cooking. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, October 5
Even as the Chandigarh Administration claims to be having strict regulation on food items on its radar, both in terms of levying a variety of taxes and testing food samples to ensure if its fit for consumption, it has miserably failed to test samples of water being used for cooking at eating joints in the city.

Going by official records, not even a single sample of water used for cooking purpose in any of the city’s hotels, and eating joints has been taken and sent for examination atleast in the past five years.Gallons of water are being supplied everyday through direct taps (the municipal corporation supply) to a majority of medium-scale hotels, and through nearly 300 tankers to those without the direct supply. “Nobody knows whether the eating joints are using potable (drinking water) or unfit water for cooking since there have never been any checks,” said an official requesting anonymity.No records of testing of water stored in tankers or check on cleanliness of tankers are available with the UT Health Department. There are a total of over 300 water tankers — operated by private contractors—supplying more than 4,000 litres of water every day to nearly 1,000 hotels, restaurants, dhabas and at functions involving large-scale cooking, in different parts of the city.

Testing water samples mandatory

According to Section 3 (1)(j) of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, water which is used for cooking is treated as a food component and hence, the sample is to be checked.

‘Provide direct supply’

Former MC Mayor Subhash Chawla said, “A majority of these small eating joints have been playing with the health of residents as they depend on unauthorised supply of water or unfit water. The best solution to the problem is to provide direct supply to all joints and there should be better coordination among all the related wings of the Administration.”

Food safety cell’s take

The testing of water comes under the purview of the municipal corporation’s public health wing.
— Dr KS Rana, Designated Officer, Food Safety Cell, Chandigarh.

Superintending engineer

The water which is being supplied by us meets all health standards. However, keeping vigil on the kind of water being used for cooking at eating joints and hotels is the job of the Health Department. .
— RC Dewan, Superintending Engineer, Public Health, MC.



ray of hope for tb patients
IMTECH develops vaccine
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
The Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), Sector 39, has developed a vaccine for tuberculosis (TB).
The institution has completed animal trial of the vaccine.

The vaccine has been patented and the institution is in the process of handing over the patent to pharma companies for further course of action before the vaccine passes all safety measures and human trials ahead of being launched in the market.

“Though it is in avery nascent stage, our endeavour is to ensure that it finally rolls out at affordable prices in the market,” said Dr Girish Sahni, Director, IMTECH.

As TB is a notifiable disease in India, the treatment is available free of cost across the board. However, owing to the delayed diagnosis and failure of compliance to the two-year treatment by a majority of patients, the incidence of multi-drug resistant TB is also growing.

Officials said, the vaccine may take three to four years for the final launch in the market. As per the set procedure, the human trials and ethical clearances, pricing and mass production consume atleast three to four years, said an official.

20 lakh cases of TB in India

Approximately 20 lakh new cases of TB are reported every year in India. Of these, nearly 5 per cent develop into multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB. MDR TB is resistant to first-line treatment of TB. The most powerful drugs used for the treatment are Rifampicin and INH. In MDR TB, the body of the patient becomes resistant to these.

Diagnosis and treatment

The diagnosis available for the drug-resistant TB is called “line probe assay”, which is testing of the sputum. The treatment continues for two years.In Chandigarh, the sputum samples are collected at special TB clinics at dispensaries and the patient is then admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32. The sputum samples are to be examined multiple times during the treatment. These tests are performed at the microbiology lab of the PGI.

Vaccine will be a boon for chronic patients

}Not only is the cost of treatment of MDR TB over Rs 1 lakh per individual (borne by government), in certain patients, the appropriate treatment is difficult to determine. The vaccine, if proved effective, will bring down the financial burden on the government and save patients from dying
— Dr Anil Garg, State TB officer, Chandigarh



Welder electrocuted in Mani Majra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
A 24-year-old welder died after getting electrocuted at Mani Majra today.
Charanjit Singh Virk, SHO, Mani Majra, said the deceased identified as Tanveer Iqbal was working opposite SCO 292 in Mani Majra along with his brother.

“While working, the welder came in contact with the electricity wire”, the SHO added.

The deceased was a resident of Pinjore. Police sources said that the welders had taken the electricity connection from a nearby building. The police have started an investigation into the case.



Youth urged to respect elderly persons

Mohali, October 5
A grant of Rs 10 lakh will be given for the extension of the Senior Citizens’ Centre in Sector 68 here, said MP Prem Singh Chandumajra today. Chandumajra, who was speaking at a function organised at Shivalik Public School by the Mohali Senior Citizens’ Association in connection with International Day for Older Persons (October 1), said respect should be given to the elderly by the youth because they acted as a guiding light for society and provided inspiration.Five senior citizens were honoured on the occasion. — OC



General observer reviews arrangements at counting centres
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 5
With a few days left for the Vidhan Sabha elections, the Panchkula Administration was seen gearing up for poll preparations.
Deepak Anand, general observer for the Panchkula and Kalka constituencies, appointed by the Election Commission of India, today reviewed the arrangements for the counting process to be held on October 19 and gave important instructions to the officers concerned.

Anand also visited the counting centres of Kalka Assembly Constituency (01) established at Government College for Girls, Sector 14, and Panchkula Assembly Constituency (02) at the BEL Colony, Community Centre.

SS Phulia, district election officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, said for counting, 14 tables each were put up at both centres. On every table, there would be a micro observer, counting assistant, supervisor officer and counting agent seated.

Second randomisation of EVMs was also done in the presence of Anand and Phulia.

Phulia said the list of randomised machines could also be seen on the District Administration’s website www.panchkula.nic.in.

The Panchkula police held a flag march in the city. It was done to check the presence of bad elements.



14 poor girls tie knot
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 5
Fourteen girls from the economically weaker sections tied the knot at a mass marriage function organised here today. The function was organised by the Punjabi Cultural and Welfare Society and the Sukhdev Singh Gill Memorial Welfare Club.
The function was held at Guru Ravidass Bhawan in Phase VII here.

Among those present were Prem Singh Chandumajra, MP, and Paramjit Kaur Landran, chairperson, Punjab State Women’s Commission.

The president of the Cultural and Welfare Society, Phool Raj Singh, said 12 girls were married off as per Sikh customs, one according to Hindu rites and one as per Muslim customs.

The two organisations gave household items worth Rs 80,000 to each couple.



Punjab Regiment officers hold get-together
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
The Chandigarh Chapter of the Punjab Regiment Officers Association held their annual get together here today, with around 120 retired officers and their family members attending the event.

Lt Gen BS Sachar, Colonel of the Punjab Regiment, was the chief guest on the occasion. He gave an overview about the ongoing achievements of various battalions of the regiment and discussed various regimental and welfare issues with the veterans. He said that performance of the battalions from the regiment that are deployed in anti-terrorist operations had been commendable.

Among the veterans present, included Lt Gen GS Brar, Maj Gen JS Bhullar, Maj Gen Shivdev Singh, Maj Gen KS Sethi, Maj Gen AK Singh and Colonel Raghbir Singh, a 90 -year-old veteran who had joined the regiment in 1942 and had specially driven down from Meerut for the occasion. Commandant of the Punjab Regimental centre, Brig GPS Sesodia, and some serving officers were also present.

Colonel Raginder Singh, chairman of the Chandigarh Chapter, said that the Punjab Regiment was the Army’s oldest infantry regiment, tracing its origins to 1761 when the first battalion had been raised at Trichinopoly. At present it has 19 regular battalions.



Eager to get clicked, hosts overshadow VIPs at function

Even as they gave a warm welcome to VIPs, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Principal Secretary (Health), Vini Mahajan, hosts at a private hospital’s function here last week, happened to forget their importance while posing for media photographs. As soon as they were invited on stage along with the VIPs for a picture, taller officials, wanting to get themselves clicked, happened to step ahead of the secretary while overshadowing her.

Appease-all policy

New Member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher has no problem with her opponents within the party. Despite of them being at loggerheads, the MP refuses to be drawn into any controversy. Kirron’s supporters say the MP does not believe in the tit for tat policy and is only interested in delivering on her promises.

All praise for DC

While residents and senior BJP leaders of the city had complained to senior UT officials about the DC’s style of functioning, MP Kirron Kher in her interaction with the media was all praise for him. Replying to mediapersons, Kirron said she had never faced any problem with the DC. Regarding the BJP leaders opposing the DC’s way of functioning, Kirron told the media to ask this specific question to those leaders who did not like his way of working. The MP said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted the officers to deliver and she had no issue with the officers in the Chandigarh Administration, provided they delivered.

Pleasant surprise

The recent appointment of new Panjab University Registrar GS Chadha came as a surprise not only to the employees of the university but also to the Registrar himself because he was planning to join after a week, if selected. But after getting a letter of appointment from the authorities, he joined the university on the next day of his retirement, from the previous post held by him at Pune.

Uncomfortable moments

Senior BJP leaders and former MP from Chandigarh, Satya Pal Jain, who had been to Kalka to attend an election rally addressed by Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj seeking votes for the party candidate Latika Sharma, was visibly upset on not being given time to address the public. When Chandigarh BJP chief Sanjay Tandon was asked to say few words, Latika Sharma, to avoid embarrassment, also pressed upon Tandon not to address the rally. However, Tandon managed to speak a few words.

Traffic signal required

The increasing rush of devotees at the Shirdi temple in Sector 29 has provided employment to several rehri and phariwalas. However, at the same time, it causes traffic chaos on the road running in front of the temple. Though the temple management is doing its best to regulate the flow of traffic, there is an urgent need to put up a traffic signal for pedestrians to cross the road.

Contributed by Ritika Jha Palial, Rajmeet Singh, Bipin Bhardwaj and Sunil Minocha 



Furore over Registrar’s appointment
With resentment brewing among faculty, PU files caveat in Punjab and Haryana High Court
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

‘senate had approved’

The authorities had got an approval for the appointment of GS Chadha from the Syndicate and Senate, following which a final decision was taken on the issue. The university filed the caveat on September 30, a day after the Senate approved it.
— Prof Arun K Grover , vice chancellor, pu

Chandigarh, October 5
Panjab University has filed a caveat in the Punjab and Haryana High Court following the appointment of the new registrar GS Chadha, which was approved by the Senate in view of the resentment brewing among the faculty and Senators on the campus.

Sources said Prof K Tankeshwar, faculty member of Department of Physics — who was also shortlisted for the post of registrar — filed a case against the university in the court which is slated for hearing on Monday.

PU Vice Chancellor Prof Arun K Grover confirmed that in view of the resentment brewing on the campus, the university had filed the caveat in the court on September 30, a day after the Senate approved it.

Referring to about six other educational institutes, where defence personnel had been appointed as registrars, he said, “They were chosen as their profile suits the development of the universities.”

He said the authorities had got an approval for Chadha’s appointment from the Syndicate and Senate, following which a final decision was taken on the issue.

Meanwhile, Prof Tankeshwar Kumar denied commenting on the matter.

At a recent Senate meeting, arguments took place wherein the Senators raised objections that the candidate did not fulfil the eligibility criteria and the education administrative experience required for the post and yet he had been finalised. But authorities 'ignored' their plea.

The Senators stated that the candidate did not fulfil the criteria of 15 years in education administration, which includes eight-year experience as a deputy registrar.

Sources said there was resentment among those in the fray for the post of registrar, as to why an outsider was selcted by the authorities when there were eligible candidates on the campus.

Records revealed that this is for the first time that a person from outside the PU has been appointed as a registrar.

Earlier, Prof AK Bhandari, who currently holds the DUI post, has additional charge of registrar from January 2014. 

bone of contention

  • Prof K Tankeshwar, faculty member of the Department of Physics — who was also shortlisted for the post of registrar — filed a case against the university in the court which is slated for hearing on Monday.
  • At a recent Senate meeting, arguments took place wherein the Senators raised objections that the candidate did not fulfil the eligibility criteria and the education administrative experience required for the post and yet he had been finalised. However, the authorities 'ignored' their plea.
  • The Senators stated that Chadha did not fulfil the criteria of 15 years in education administration, which includes eight-year experience as a deputy registrar.



J&K floods: UILS Dept donates Rs 41,000

The students of the University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University, have sent relief fund for the Jammu and Kashmir flood victims through the PM relief fund. Department chairperson Dr Sangeet Bhalla said the faculty members and students of the department had donated Rs 41,000 to the relief fund. The event was coordinated by Priyank Goyal, department representative of the SOI, along with the help of staff and students.

Cleanliness campaign

On the fifth day of the NSS camp at Government College of Education, Sector 20, students initiated a cleanliness campaign. The NSS volunteers actively participated in cleaning areas on the college campus. With the motto of ‘Clean the Earth, green the Earth,’ the NSS students planted different varieties of saplings and shrubs on the college campus after a cleanliness campaign.

Literacy awareness camp

Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, started its NSS camp with a literacy awareness rally in Kajheri village. The motto ‘Each one teach one’ and ‘Padhega India Badhega India’ were highlighted in the rally. This was followed by a literacy drive at Government High School, Kajheri. The volunteers taught the village children in their classrooms. Following this, a tree plantation drive was conducted by the NSS volunteers on the school premises. In the evening session, modern martial arts for practical and dynamic self-defence training were imparted to the NSS volunteers by Master Bikram S Thapa, 5th degree black belt USA. — TNS



Special assembly held for Dasehra

Mohali: The students of AKSIPS conducted a special assembly for Dussehra. The students came dressed in various characters from the Ramayana and staged important scenes from the epic. Sidhant Kalra, Administrator AKSIPS group of schools was present on the occasion. The students were explained the significance of the festival. They were told to respect their elders and be respectful to all.

Students take part in Swacch Bharat Abhiyan

To make Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan’ successful, an oath-taking ceremony and cleanliness drive was organised at Edustar Adarsh School Kalewal, Kurali. Students from Classes V to VIII  and all teaching, non-teaching staff and helpers participated in the programme. They were urged to keep their surroundings clean at all times for their well being. Principal Anu Sharma sensitised the students on the values of cleanliness. She said this would help keep different diseases at bay. Meanwhile, Dussehra festival was also celebrated and an effigy of Ravana, prepared by the students of the pre-primary and art teachers, was set on fire. A skit and song based on the return of Rama to Ayodhya was also presented by the students on the occasion. — TNS



model un conference
Work hard, Flying Sikh tells youth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
The Model United Nations (MUN) Conference-2014, which witnessed heartwarming speeches and feats by young delegates and participants, concluded at Strawberry Fields High School here today.
The three-day event was aimed at provoking thinking individuals, intellectuals and doers to develop an action plan that would highlight a roadmap for the future.

Students from Classes V, VI and VII rendered a song composed by them to an original music score also compiled by them.

The song, ‘Paani, behne do mujhko’ is an award-winning number that won the school a National Award at the Itihaas Anveshan competition in Delhi recently.

But what stole the show were the evocative words by none other than the Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh, who addressed the audience in Hindi.

Motivating the youngsters, Milkha told them, “There is no substitute for hard work.”

Recounting his own experiences, he said, “At no point can I discount the importance of hard work, toil, determination and above all, patience, when seeking one’s goal.”

With moist eyes, he recalled his own struggle, the loss of his parents, the Partition and the epic World Record breaking race at the Rome Olympics that could not fetch him a medal.

He conveyed his gratitude to Rakeysh Mehra for the biopic, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, which has made a place in every Indian’s heart and helped immortalise the ‘giant’.

The MUN conference followed a simulated model that allowed the enactment of hypothetical scenarios where the five committees deliberated on an agenda assigned to their respective committee. These included the United Nations General Assembly, Economic & Social Council, United Nations Security Council, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the Research and Analysis Wing of India.

As part of sharing and presenting points of view, debating pros and cons of various scenarios and demonstrating qualities of leadership, visiting teams and delegations were presented certain awards.

The Secretary General’s Best Delegate Award went to Shreya Bali of Strawberry Fields representing the United Kingdom in NATO and the Best Delegation Award was bagged by Bhawan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh.

Atul Khanna, Director of the Durga Das Foundation, said, “The event has been the most stimulating experience. The quality of discussions and well-informed debates by youngsters gives me immense confidence in handing over to them the reins of our future.”

“This is a highly intelligent, technologically-savvy and well-informed generation. Events such as MUN should be held more frequently in many more cities across the country,” added Khanna. 


At no point can I discount the importance of hard work, toil, determination and above all, patience, when seeking one’s goal.
— Milkha Singh, Former Indian track and field sprinter



More than 12,000 students take part in abacus contest 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 5
The Challengers ninth national-level Abacus competition was held in the city today.
As many as 12,437 students from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir took part in the nationallevel competition.

Following the competition, the participants gave a live demonstration of their mental calculation skills before the audience to help them realise how their brain works faster than a calculator and computer.

The students had to solve 100 sums of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and decimals over abacus mentally in just 20 minutes, which they easily solved in 8-10 minutes.

The results of the competition will be declared on October 18.

The President of the Chinese Abacus Society and principal of various schools were present at the competition.

Challengers Group Director Sanjeev Kumar said, “Such type of competitions will be a great motivation to the participants and will increase their awareness towards Abacus education.”

results to be declared on October 18

As many as 12,437 students from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir took part in the national-level Challengers ninth national-level Abacus competition. The results will be declared on October 18.



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