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Mehram murder case
12 suspects rounded up
Cops looking into call details of area from where boy went missing
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 10
The Mohali police have rounded up 12 suspects, including a woman from Phase IX, in the murder case of six-year-old Mehram Singh Sandhu murder case.

Most of these suspects stay in and around Phase IX. The police suspect that the assailant(s) knew the victim and his family.

On the basis of the investigations done over the past few days which indicated that the crime may have been committed by someone known to the family, the police are analysing all calls made from the area from where the child went missing on October 28.

Sources said help had been sought from cellular companies and the call details of several persons were under the scanner.

Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti said the police had zeroed in on some suspects in the area. “Several persons have been rounded up. We are verifying facts related to them,” the SSP said.

Apart from these suspects, history sheeters and anti-social elements of nearby localities and villages, including Kumbhra, were being questioned by the police to get clues, he said.

The SSP said several teams had been formed to work out the case.

Patiala Zone IG of Police PS Gill is supervising all proceedings. To look into the technical aspects of the case, three teams were working round the clock, the SSP said.

‘Nakas should have been set up’

A senior police official admitted that nakas should have set up at all entry points soon after information about the kidnapping was received by the police. “That was not done,” he said.

“Immediate search in all houses of the locality and nearby areas should also have been done. These are among the basic things the police are required to do in a child kidnapping case,” he said.

No negligence on part of police: SP(D)

On alleged negligence by the police in the case, Mohali SP (Detective) GS Grewal said there was no negligence. “We were told by the complainants that Mehram’s paternal grandfather had taken the child along with him on the night of October 28. We had rounded him up by 1 am the same night. The next day, an FIR was lodged. We were being told that there was a domestic angle in the case.”

He claimed that a message regarding the boy’s kidnapping was flashed at all police stations, including those in Chandigarh, Panchkula and neighbouring areas immediately. Asked why the sketch of the suspect was not prepared immediately after the kidnapping and released only after Mehram’s body was recovered, he said the child’s safety was important and they could not afford to take a risk by releasing the sketch of the suspect.

Forensic labs told to prepare reports on priority

The Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police has written to the forensic laboratories at Kharar and Patiala to prepare the reports related to the Mehram murder case on
priority. “We are hoping to get all forensic reports related to the case within 10 days,” the SSP said. 

Police spending sleepless nights

After receiving flak from all corners, the Mohali police have been spending sleepless nights. “A number of senior officers have been supervising the case. Due to ongoing raids and other operations, we are virtually spending sleepless nights,” said an official on condition of anonymity.



Escalators at rly station to be functional soon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
The escalators on the front side of the Chandigarh railway station connecting platform number 2 and 3 will be made operational within a fortnight. During an inspection of the projects being undertaken at the station today, Ambala Divisional Railway Manager Anil K Kathpal instructed the construction staff to start the service as soon as possible.
Newly installed escalators at the Chandigarh railway station. Tribune photo: S Chandan
Newly installed escalators at the Chandigarh railway station. Tribune photo: S Chandan

He also inspected work on 11 new ticket counters being constructed at the station. Kathpal held discussions with the staff over the delay in projects being undertaken to give the station a facelift, which, he said, was causing inconvenience to the passengers. The DRM said he had instructed the staff to make the escalators operational within a fortnight as the project had already missed a number of deadlines. He said for the past few months, the monthly status report of the projects received by him stated that “by next month, all projects will be completed”, but till date the work was under progress following which he decided to inspect the projects today.

The department had set a deadline of September 30 for the completion of the escalator project on platform number 2 and 3, but it got delayed. Last week, a trial run of the escalators was conducted successfully by the engineering department.

The DRM said the final touches were being given to the ticket counters and these would be ready by December. At present, there are five ticket counters at the station on the Chandigarh and Panchkula side. Once the 11 counters are opened, the old counters would be shut down. Around 12,000 passengers commute daily from the station.

DRM inspects work

Divisional Railway Manager, Ambala, Anil K Kathpal inspected the work on the project and instructed the construction staff to start the facility within a fortnight.



Lobbying on for Mayor’s post
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
With the election to the post of Mayor a month and a half away, prospective candidates from the Congress and the BJP have started lobbying.

Next year, the post is reserved for women candidates. Certain candidates are openly claiming that they are the first choice of their respective parties while some others are working silently towards this end. From the Congress, Gurbax Rawat and Poonam Sharma are lobbying hard for the post of Mayor. Both of them are from the camp of former Union Railway Minister and former MP Pawan Kumar Bansal.

In the BJP-SAD, the situation is a little complex as there are different camps in the party. From the BJP, senior Deputy Mayor Heera Negi and councillor Asha Kumari Jaswal are lobbying for the post.

The SAD, BJP’s alliance partner, is also in the race with former Mayor and councillor Harjinder Kaur eyeing the Mayor’s post. Sources said in view of the tussle between the BJP and the SAD in Punjab, the local BJP unit ws not in favour of “offering” the Mayor’s post to the SAD.

The aspiring candidates are counting on their plus points such as experience, educational qualifications, public image, cordial relations with officials of the MC and the UT Administration, and development work in their respective wards.

In the Mayoral elections held in the beginning of this year, nominated councillors, who hold the key, had largely voted for the Congress. However, things have changed after the Lok Sabha election results. With the BJP fovernment at the Centre and a BJP MP from the city, a majority of the nominated councillors are likely to vote for the BJP-SAD candidate for the Mayor’s post this time.

Recently, two Congress councillors, Rajbala Malik and Sat Parkash Aggarwal, had joined the BJP.

The House composition

The House has a strength of 36 members, including 26 elected councillors, nine nominated councillors and an MP. The BJP-SAD alliance has 13 councillors (SAD councillor Malkiat Singh died recently), the Congeress has 10 while the BSP has two councillors. Besides, there are nine nominated councillors. The local MP, who is an ex officio member of the House, also has the right to vote.

Mayor’s tenure

The Mayor’s tenure is of one year (January 1 to December 31). The first and fourth years of the five-year term of the MC House are reserved for women candidates from the general category, the second and fifth years are reserved for a candidate from the general category while the third year is reserved for a candidate from the Schedule Caste category.

Kirron wants mayoral poll before January 1

MP Kirron Kher has written to the UT Administration to hold the mayoral elections before January 1. Kirron has stated that during the first five years after the MC was formed, elections were held on December 23. Most of the councillors requested that the elections should be held in December. Elections should be held between December 15 and 20, Kirron said.



Timely harvesting of eyes a big challenge due to lack of awareness: PGI expert
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
Lack of awareness on the process involved in timely harvesting of eyes still remains an impediment in the successful implementation of the eye donation programme, at least in the northern region.

Over 60,000 persons have pledged their eyes in nearly two decades at the PGI. Of the more than 4,000 eyes received so far, nearly 20 per cent could not be utilised despite the donor families fighting the social stigma and overcoming emotional attachment with the bodies of the donors.

This was largely because the eyes could not be harvested within the normal shelf life (four to six hours after the death).

“In some cases, the eyes are found unfit for donation for several reasons such as diseases and infections the donor was suffering from before his/her death. However, informing us about the death on time is crucial. Our donations majorly come from families of a dying person motivated by social workers or voluntary donors. Timely harvesting of eyes is very important to ensure the utility of the eyes,” said Dr Amit Gupta, Additional Professor, Advanced Eye Centre, who is also the in charge of the eye bank.

According to statistics available with the Advanced Eye Centre, at the PGI over 700 patients are awaiting cornea transplant.

Not easy to give final consent: Donor’s son

Vikas Sangar, son of a 70-year-old eye donor from Kurali (who died six months ago), said, “It is not easy for a family to see the body of the loved one after the eyes are grafted away. No matter how generous and sturdy you are, when it comes to giving the final consent for donation, you turn weak. But I feel that if we decide to donate, we should by all means take the body for grafting of eyes at the earliest. Also, accident cases should be quickly released after the postmortem if families want to donate the eyes.”

How to go about it

Advanced Eye Centre helpline: 9814014464

Procedure to pledge: A volunteer can visit the eye bank at the Advanced Eye Centre, procure a donor form and submit it back after getting it signed by the family members.

24-hour van service: The eye bank runs a 24-hour van that visits houses of donors in and around Chandigarh (up to 30 km). The harvesting of eyes is done “on-site” as a counsellor and a doctor visit the house and harvest the eyes. The final consent is taken from “first degree relative” before grafting. Later, a certificate of condolence and gratitude is sent

Procedure to donate eyes of deceased kin

Call up the eye bank helpline number 9814014464. A team of the Advanced Eye Centre will visit you at the earliest. They will seek your written consent again and harvest the eyes and put artificial eyes into the body to make it look normal. They carry the eyes and blood sample from the deceased’s body immediately to preserve eyes for grafting and conduct blood tests to rule out infections. Certificate of appreciation is then issued.



Remove your pet’s poop or pay fine
Panchkula Municipal Corporation all set to pass issue in House meeting
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 10
Making your dog defecate in the open will soon cost you dear in Panchkula as the pet owner will end up cleaning the excreta himself or else will have to shell out a fine.

The Panchkula MC is all set to pass the issue in a House meet that would mandate that pet owners carry gloves and a carry bag if they are taking their dogs out.

Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia said, “If MC officials come across any person allowing his or her dog to defecate in the open and leaving the place without cleaning it, the violators will be fined.” So far there are no such rules for dog owners in Panchkula. The amount of fine to be imposed will be decided only after the issue is passed in the House.

The decision was taken after several complaints were received from residents by the MC authorities in this regard.

The MC meeting, that was scheduled for tomorrow, has been postponed.

Upinder Ahluwalia said, “Due to swachhta campaign, the meeting has been postponed. We spoke to DC SS Phulia, who said a fresh date will be decided tomorrow.”

In Chandigarh, areas have been identified away from green belts and residential areas where dog owners can take their pets for defecation.

Joint Commissioner Rajiv Gupta said a fine of Rs 500 was imposed on those allowing their dogs to defecate in the open. 


Kirron adopts Sarangpur village
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, November 10
Local MP Kirron Kher today adopted Sarangpur village for development under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.

The BJP MP visited all shortlisted villages last week to assess their developmental needs, and to chalk out a plan with the Administration.

Sarangpur has a population of 3,468, with a sex ratio of 717. The literacy rate in the village stands at 73 per cent, with female literacy at 69 per cent. Infrastructure wise, the village does not have a functional community toilet block, and the primary health centre is not adequate to serve the population.

“I have surveyed the village and talked to the residents about their problems. I’ll be working towards improving the healthcare and sanitation facilities in the village,” said Kirron Kher.

A community centre and sports stadium are also on the cards for Sarangpur. Besides this, the MP is also planning to develop the two schools in the village.

“They don’t have enough classrooms, and there is a shortage of teachers, not just in Sarangpur, but also in other villages. I will ensure that this is fixed,” said MP Kirron Kher.

During her visit to Sarangpur, the MP spoke extensively to the residents about keeping their village clean.

“I can see that you have maintained a good level of cleanliness in the village, but the dumping ground cannot be left in this state. We will ensure that it is cleaned up, but it is also your responsibility to make sure that every single person keeps the surroundings clean,” she told the residents.



Rly station witnesses tight security
Arrangements relaxed after information reaches that Sant Rampal will not appear in court
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
The Chandigarh railway station witnessed heavy security anticipating large turnout of Sant Rampal’s followers in the city owing to his appearance in the Punjab and Haryana High Court here today.

The security forces cordoned off the area at around 5.30 am to check the arrangements on the premises. Wooden barricades were put up at the entrance to both the Chandigarh-side and the Panchkula-side of the railway station.

Special staff, comprising 22 ticket checkers, was deployed for checking platform tickets of the visitors to avoid the entry of Sant Rampal’s followers.

Highly placed sources said the Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) thoroughly checked all Chandigarh-bound trains at the Ambala railway station to prevent any untoward incident in the city.

Sources said this was done to avoid the stampede-like situation that happened during the last hearing. On the day of the hearing, i.e. November 5, around 5,000 followers of Sant Rampal had reached the city on trains and chocked the three platforms, due to which hundreds of travellers failed to board their trains.

As the day passed and the police officials came to know that Sant Rampal was not going to appear in court, the security was relaxed.

GRP officials on alert

Senior officials and the staff of the Government Railway Police were camping at the railway station (see pic) on board five coaches stationed at the railway station since Sunday night.



Checking at nakas leads to traffic snarl-ups
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, November 10
Hundreds of vehicles moved at a snail’s pace on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur highway for over four hours with the UT and Punjab Police putting up nakas at the interstate border to check the entry of Sant Rampal’s followers.

The vehicles remained lined up from the Chandigarh barrier to the Zirakpur flyover for hours.

Police nakas on the busy Kalka-Ambala highway in Dhakoli and Chandigarh-Zirakpur road in Bhabhat village led to traffic congestion on these busy highways, thus inconveniencing thousands of commuters.

The Punjab Police had also beefed up security on all roads leading to the Chandigarh railway station

The Punjab Police had deployed additional force at the checkpoints besides keeping the riot-control vehicles and fire tenders ready to meet any eventuality. The police also searched government and private buses heading towards Chandigarh to identify the controversial godman’s followers. The police were also seen intercepting private vehicles.

Senior police officials, including the Superintendent of Police, Dera Bassi, Anil Sharma, remained on their toes, touring the area till the court pronounced its order on the Sant Rampal case.

Later, the SP said the day remained peaceful.



P’kula cops fail to trace them
Five children still missing; family members hit out at police for shoddy search operations
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 10
The brutal killing of Mehram Singh Sandhu, a six-year-old resident of Phase IX, Mohali, has brought to the fore the apathy on part of the police in timely tracking down such children who go missing.

The police not only lack sensitivity in handing such cases but fail to act on the leads given by families of the missing children.

Chandigarh Tribune tracks down such cases in Panchkula where five children are still missing, only because the police have not made enough efforts to look for them. The police simply add the child’s details on the list of missing children.

Eight-year-old girl Suman who has been missing from Sector 20 since June 29, 2014, had gone out with her friends to have ‘sweet water’ (chabeel) on June 29 this year. Later, her friends told her father Veer Singh that Suman was nowhere to be found. Despite apprehending that the child may have been kidnapped, Station House Officer of the Sector 20 police station, Inspector Surinder Kumar said, “The child may have lost her way. We searched for her but she was no where to be found.”

Four months have passed and no one knows about the fate the eight-year-old has met with.

Thirteen-year-old mentally challenged Chander Shekhar has been missing from Sector 4 since September 26, 2014.

Chander Shekhar was standing outside his house in Haripur village in Sector 4 with his mother Usha. His mother had gone inside for some work and when she come back she was shocked to see her son missing. The local police again told her that they searched for him and he could not be found.

15 year old Harpyari, a resident of Sector 16, has been missing since September 1, 2014.

The victim had gone out for some work on September 1 this year but did not return. Father Bhukan Singh told the police that he was suspecting a boy’s involvement in her kidnapping as he was having evil designs on his daughter. Police post in charge, SI Surjit Singh said, “We took cyber assistance but her phone has been switched off.”Seven-year-old Rohit and nine-year-old Rahul went missing from Sector 2 since October 28Rohit and Rahul, were staying at the children home in Sector 2 and have still not been traced. Inspector Baljeet Singh, Station House Officer of the Sector 5 police station, said that they had tried their best to find them but they could not be found.

Questions police failed to address

* Why they did not look out for any eye-witnesses?

* Why were the posters of children not pasted on railway stations, bus stands or any other crowded places?

* Why were the neighbouring cities not alerted?

They have just not done enough

Chandigarh Tribune tracked down such cases in Panchkula where five children are still missing, only because the police have not made enough efforts to look for them. The police have simply added the details of these children on to the list of missing children.

Lack sensitivity in handling such cases

The police not only lack sensitivity in handing such cases but fail to act on the leads given by families of the missing children.



Vatsal Chaya gets another bus for underprivileged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
The Vatsal Chaya Trust today celebrated the arrival of a new second bus for providing free transport to underprivileged children.

MP Kirron Kher was the chief guest and DPI (Schools) Kamlesh Kumar Bhadoo was the guest of honour on the occasion.

The bus was presented to Vatsal Chaya by Sudhir Bhagwan and Sanjeev Bhagwan.

Sangita Vardhan, chairperson of Vatsal Chaya, shared the journey of the trust that started as an open classroom outside the KFC area in Sector 8 attracting street children into its joyful learning programme.

She said that the SSA, Chandigarh, in 2008 offered a collaborative arrangement of utilising school space to give a real school experience to such children and a centre for child beggars, rag pickers and children in difficult circumstances was started here with 40 children in 2008.

Overall, Vatsal Chaya is enabling over 780 children in different categories.She said this was the only centre in the region where girls burdened with sibling care could bring their siblings and avail schooling for both groups, which is pre-schooling for the ones below 6 and school readiness for the older siblings.Kirron Kher welcomed the initiative .



Misuse of domestic power supply worries FOSWAC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
The executive meeting of the Federation of Sectors Welfare Association Chandigarh (FOSWAC) was held at the Sector 21 Community Centre, on Sunday, under the chairmanship of Baljinder Singh Bittu.

As many as 64 members of different associations attended the meeting. While interacting with members, Bittu raised the issue of misuse of domestic power supply for commercial purpose in connivance with the Electricity Department.

He alleged that the department had installed electricity meters for residential use in commercial establishments particularly in the villages of the UT causing financial losses to the department.

The chairman appealed to the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, to provide electricity connections in the neighborhood parks so that the RWAs, maintaining these parks, should use it. JS Gogia , general secretary, raised the issue of drug menace in Chandigarh.

He said that the authorities concerned in Chandigarh should implement proper policy to curb drug menace. GS Sathi, patron of FOSWAC, took up the issue of traffic congestion due to haphazard parking of vehicles on V5 and other roads. 



NavSankalp donates Rs 70K for child’s treatment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
Members of the NavSankalp, Chandigarh, a charity association run by the students, donated Rs 70,000 to Jasmine, a three-month-old baby girl, who is suffering from AV Canal Defect, a severe cardiac condition.

Jasmine’s father, Jagjit Singh, works in a factory near Sangrur and was unable to entirely fund the surgery of his only child. The total expense amounted to Rs 1 lakh.

“NavSankalp is no less than a messiah for me and my family. We would have lost our child, had this organisation not come to our rescue,” said Jagjit Singh thanking the members of the organisation for their help.

The formal donation was made outside DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, in the presence of Satish, who puts up a lemonade stall outside the college, to honour his contribution of Rs 2,420 to the organisation for its noble endeavours.

NavSankalp has been a highly active association of college-going students that has saved the lives of over 33 innocent children, all below the age of 17, belonging to the poor strata of society by donating a sum of over Rs 16.5 lakh in the past 8 years.



94-year-old diabetic felicitated

Mohali, November 10
Fortis Hospital today felicitated 94-year-old JS Rai, who has been living with diabetes for over 65 years now, in a function. The event was held to spread awareness about the disease.

Over 100 senior citizens attended the event. The additional director endocrinologist of the hospital, Dr KP Singh, gave detailed information on insulin pump therapy. "To manage diabetes, one should be fit physically as well as mentally. An individual should be very careful about the consumption of carbohydrates. That is why I am a vegetarian. I do meditation and get health check up done on time, said Rai.

Dr KP Singh said, “Diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, strokes and heart disease.”— TNS



2,100 patients examined for free
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
More than 2,100 patients were examined and given treatment for free at a mega health check-up camp organised by the Joshi Foundation at the Sector 15 Patel Market on Sunday.

With the market’s parking space turning into a “mini-hospital”, patients thronged the venue. They were allocated numbers at the reception area and directed to the respective specialties. Various diagnostic tests, including blood, urine, ECG, spirometry and mammography, were conducted for free.

Inaugurating the event, Member of Parliament from Chandigarh Kirron Kher appreciated the efforts of the foundation in making a big difference in the life of patients suffering from different ailments. She was especially appreciative of the well-planned event that saw huge participation of doctors, paramedics and patients. UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar felicitated all the 25 super-specialist doctors at the camp.

Foundation general secretary Saurabh Joshi said besides free tests, patients were given treatment by specialists in neurology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, ENT, cardiology, urology, chest, gastroenterology, hip and joint replacement, gynaecology and obstetrics, dermatology, endocrinology, cancer, dental and general medicine.



Tractor-trailer overturns on track, Shatabdi delayed 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
Hundred of commuters travelling in the shatabdi train number 12011 this morning were inconvenienced as they reached Chandigarh 50 minutes late. As per the railway report, the train was delayed as a tractor-trailer had overturned on the track on the unmanned railway-level crossing and it took around 45 minutes to remove it. The train had to halt near Badli, on the outskirts of the New Delhi railway station.

As per schedule, the train was to reach at 11:05 am at the Chandigarhstation but today it reached at 11:55 am.

The railway official said that due to this problem the train had to be halted and it took about 45 minutes to clear the track for the smooth movement of the trains.

One of the passengers said that the train halted on the outskirts of New Delhi railway station for an hour and no announcement was made about the cause of delay in the coaches of the train.



Science Congress begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
One-week Regional Science Congress-2014 began today at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sector 25, Chandigarh, under the guidance of NVS Regional Office, Chandigarh.

The inaugural ceremony started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by chief guest Dr MK Surappa, Director, IIT-Ropar,followed by Sarasvati vandana.



Health notes

Honour for PGI doctor

Chandigarh: Dr Akshay Anand, additional professor, Neuroscience Research Lab, PGIMER, has been selected for the prestigious Sardar Patel Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in biological sciences. Dr Anand, who is also the editor-in-chief of the Annals of Neurosciences, has focussed on cell disruption mechanisms in brain diseases, using sophisticated models, in his research work. Dr Anand has been involved in publishing his discoveries in reputed journals like Nature and Scientific Reports, for which he was earlier awarded the ICMR’s Shakuntala Amir Chand Award in 2010. The present award is given to those whose work results in development of the country, advancement of scientific temper and those who are actively involved in expansion of Sardar Patel’s thoughts and ideals.

Special infection-control programme launched

Mohali: To mark November as World Quality Month, a special infection-control programme was launched at Max Super Speciality Hospital. The programme aims at sensitising the staff about their role and responsibility in reducing hospital-acquired infections besides helping in improving clinical outcomes and patient safety. A commitment tree was created, on which every employee wrote a pledge towards the cause of safer and infection-free environment. The staff carries out a baton march holding placards. They wore badges reading "clean hands, save lives". The employees also presented a dance item to highlight the importance of infection-control practices. They called members from the audience, whose hands were tested for hygiene using glow germ. — TNS



Rural participation up this year
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
The number of rural participants in the 41st Jawaharlal Nehru National Science, Mathematics and Environment Exhibition for Children has increased this year.

While addressing mediapersons, Prof AK Wazalwar, Head of the Department of Science, Maths and Education, NCERT, said: “There has been an increase in the number of rural students and the number of women contributing teachers in the exhibition”.

“Out of a total of 192 exhibits, 87 are from rural schools as compared to the 70 out of a total of 180 participants last year. The number of women teachers has increased from 50 to 62 this year,” he said.

The science exhibition is scheduled to start from November 11 on the occasion of National Education Day. It is being organised at the Leisure Valley, Sector 10, here.

Dr Gagan Gupta, coordinator of the exhibition, said recognising the importance of innovations, the Government of India has declared the decade 2010-20 as the Decade of Innovations. Hence, scientific and mathematical innovations have been adopted as the Central theme for this year’s exhibition.

The organisers said the total number of exhibits on display would be 192, along with five Inspire awardees from Chandigarh. Around 200 boys and 106 girls are participating in the exhibition.

The focus areas of the exhibits would be agriculture, energy, health, environment and resources. The highest number of exhibits is from resources theme i.e. 45.

The exhibition will be divided into three phases. It will be held from 10 am to 5 pm, followed by two-hour session on laser shows, lectures, on-the-spot experiments, etc. Later, a cultural event would be held between 7 pm and 8 pm, where teams from city colleges will participate.

The theme for the next year’s exhibition will be “science and mathematics for a sustainable world”.



200 attend workshop on biology

Chandigarh, November 10
A two-day workshop on “contemporary topics in biology” was organised by the Department of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, DAV College, today. It was organised in association with the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, and the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad.

The workshop was inaugurated by officiating principal of DAV College Prof Ram Mohan Sharma.

Convener for the workshop Prof Anand K Bachawat, IISER-Mohali, encouraged the students to ask questions and interact with speakers. Prof Dinesh Talwar, Dean Research, DAV College, said: “These kinds of workshops provide a platform to the students and the teachers to interact with academicians and researchers expert in their area”. More than 200 participants, including faculty and students from the PGI, Panjab University and neighbouring colleges such as GGDSD-32, PGGCG-11, PGGCG-42, CGC-Landran and Government College, Mohali, took part in the event. — TNS



Unhygienic conditions at PU hostels irk inmates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
A large number of complaints relating to unhygienic hostel premises are being received by the Panjab University authorities from inmates these days.

Students are complaining that the surroundings and washrooms were not cleaned regularly by the staff, due to which inmates were facing various problems.

This was also brought to the notice of Dean Student Welfare (DSW) Navdeep Goyal by a number of hostel inmates in the past few weeks.

Another issue that has become the matter of concern for the university authorities is the shortage of hostel accommodation and poor quality of food served in the mess of various hostels.

Student Council president Divyanshu Budhiraja today submitted a memorandum to the DSW mentioning that the wardens should hold a regular meeting with the students in which the problems could be taken up by the inmates. He suggested that these meetings should be held on every second Saturday to sort out the issues.

The DSW said he would issues a notice to all wardens to hold this meeting tomorrow. This way, petty issues could be sorted out at the hostel level rather approaching the Dean.

The council also demanded that a surprise visit should be conducted by the DSW and council members in hostels to check that whether the issues raised in these meetings were resolved at the warden level or not and get feedback from the inmates on it.



SSA teachers' assn holds executive panel meeting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Welfare Association (SSATWA), UT, held a meeting of the executive committee at Lajpat Rai Bhawan here.

As many as 50 teachers comprising body members, cluster representatives, school representatives and women wing members were present on the occasion.

Association members said teachers had been informed about the two proposals sent by the DPI(S) and the Education Secretary, Chandigarh Administration, to the Secretary MHRD on June 30 and July 7 this year.

It was mentioned by the Education Department that only regular cadre of teachers are permissible against posts sanctioned under the SSA. To implement the mandatory norms under the SSA and the RTE, the Education Department is pursuing the sanction of posts from the MHRD, New Delhi.

Arvind Rana, president of the SSATWA, said: “On the basis of the two proposals, the Education Department has asked for the creation of 647 posts of master and 728 primary teachers under the Education Department as per the mandatory norms of the SSA and the RTE which will enable the department to merge the teachers under it on a regular basis”.

Ajay Upmanyu, general secretary, said: “Since there is delay on part of the MHRD for the sanction of posts, it was anonymously decided that next week the association will call General House meeting at the Masjid Ground, Sector 20, here to decide the course of action for the speedy sanction of posts from the MHRD.



PU & College notes

Special lecture

The Department of Guru Nanak Sikh Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Monday organised a special lecture on the topic “significance of Vedic philosophy in present times”. Chairperson of Swami Vivekanand Studies and PU Dean Student Welfare (Women) Prof Nandita Singh was the main speaker.

Parent-teachers meet

The Postgraduate Department of English organised a parent-teachers meet for MA English Students on Monday. The session was attended by parents. Their concerns and queries were addressed by teachers. Parents were also apprised of the overall attendance and grades of the students. The department conducts the meet annually for its MA English students for bridging the gap between parents and teachers. — TNS



From schools

Play staged

St John’s High School organised ‘Br Rice House Show’ on its campus. The show began with a Sufi song dedicated to the Almighty. A Hindi play, “Dharti Ki Pukar”, staged by students highlighted the issue of increasing pollution. The play highlighted several initiatives being taken by St John’s to mitigate the ill-effects of pollution. Students also performed a fusion dance, “Jhankar Beats”. The grand finale of the show was an English play, “New Beginning”. It brought forward the problem of materialism taking over the feelings of love, respect and regard for parents.

Students take part in ‘minithon’

Ryan International School, Chandigarh, organised ‘minithon’ for Punjab region Group of Ryan International Schools as well as other schools of the tricity. Around 3,300 students of 21 schools of the tricity took part in the event. Overall championship was bagged by Ryan International School, Chandigarh, while first runner-up position was bagged by Ryan International School, Amritsar. The second runner-up position was clinched by Ankur School, Chandigarh. Mass participation award was bagged by GMSSS, Sector 56, Chandigarh.

Educational trip

An educational trip to ‘Pushpa Gujral Science City’ Kapurthala, was organised for students of Classes IX and X of Blue Bird High, Sector 16, Panchkula. Around 100 students visited the Science City. They were excited to see ‘Science Voyage’, ‘Simulator’, ‘3-D Show’ and Laser Show’.

Athletics meet

The athletics team of Saint Soldier International School brought laurels by winning 10 gold, 9 silver and 5 bronze medals at the CBSE Athletics Cluster XIII for 2014-15 held at PML SD Public School, Chandigarh. Over 1,000 athletes from the northern region participated in the competition. In the boys’ U-19 category, the relay team of Gurinderjeet, Sumit, Amitoj, Abhishek and Vikramjeet won the gold medal in 4x400m event. Other gold medal winners were Nikita for U-19 triple jump, Gurinderjit for long jump, Gurpreet Singh for javelin throw, Mandeep Singh for discus throw and Anmoldeep Kaur for long jump. The U-16 girls’ relay team of Gurleen, Sanskriti, Harmanpreet, Shivani and Kanica bagged silver medal. Amitoj and Harmanpreet Kaur won silver medal in 200m race. Bronze medals were won by Vikramjeet for 400m and 500m, Amandeep Singh for shot put, Harmanpreet for 400m and Kashish for javelin throw. Amitoj has been selected to represent Chandigarh in the 30th National Junior Athletics Championship to be held at Vijaywada this month.

Annual sports day

Tagore House bagged the ‘Champion House’ title during the annual sports day held at Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Chandimandir Cantonment. Raman House and Ashoka House claimed the second and third spots, respectively. Various field and track events were held class-wise and house-wise in the secondary section. — TNS



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