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Replace 40K meters, UT told
JERC wants defective ones changed before March next year
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
The Joint Electricity Regularity Commission (JERC) has directed the UT Electricity Department to replace 40,000 non-functional and mechanical meters before March 2015.

During a hearing of the petition regarding replacement of defective meters before the JERC, the commission directed the department to submit a status report after March 2015 on defective meters.

SK Chaturvedi, Chairman of the JERC, said the UT Electricity Department had made good progress on the issue of reducing the number of defective meters. Now, the department would submit a status report after March 2015, he said.

UT Superintending Engineer (Electricity) MP Singh said the department had reduced the number of non-functional and mechanical metres from 60,000 to 40,000. The department submitted before the commission that it would change all defective meters before March 2015, he said.

There are nearly 2 lakh consumers in different categories in the UT, of whom 1.75 lakh are in the domestic category. In all, meters of around 6,000 consumers are not functional, while around 34,000 mechanical ones need to be upgraded.

The Electricity Department has sought permission from the UT Finance Department to purchase new meters. “As soon as the department gets permission, it will purchase meters to replace the non-functional ones,” an official said.

The JERC has also sought a status report on the action plan and the road map for meter reading and category-wise billing, the number of consumers having mechanical and electronic meters, the condition of the meters, the total number of meters required and phase-wise replacement of defective and mechanical meters.

City second among UTs in T&D losses

The non-functional meters are also resulting in transmission and distribution losses. In a recent report of the JERC, the city has been placed second among the seven union territories in terms of T&D losses. The report states, “The commission observed that the existing T&D losses for the financial year 2013-14 of the UT Electricity Department are 15.50 per cent. The department has undertaken that it will reduce the T&D losses to 14 per cent by the end of the financial year 2016-17.”

Dept issuing ‘average bills’

As there are non-functional electricity meters, the department is issuing average bills to consumers. In the absence of data pertaining to the actual power consumption due to these non-functional meters, the department is suffering a financial loss.



Mehram murder case
Victim’s mother to be quizzed: SSP
Tribune News Service

Mehram Mohali, November 13
Reiterating her allegations against her Australia-based estranged husband Varinderpal Singh, Mehram’s mother Harinder Kaur today claimed that her husband did not want Mehram to be born.

“He wanted me to go in for an abortion,” alleged Harinder Kaur at Gurdwara Amb Sahib today, where the “akhand path” was organised by the gurdwara management in memory of six-year-old Mehram, whose highly decomposed body was recovered from a dumping yard in Sector 69 on November 7.

The victim’s mother alleged that her husband was behind the crime. She had yesterday demanded that Varinderpal should be summoned from Sydney.

‘Varinderpal cooperating with police’

Varinderpal, through one of his acquaintances, claimed that the allegations being levelled against him and his family were baseless. “I am fully cooperating with the police. Sometimes, I can’t take phone calls due to my job obligations. We (the family) are innocent and are being targeted to mislead the investigations,” said the acquaintance while quoting Varinderpal.

What the SSP says

“The victim’s mother, Harinder Kaur, will be quizzed soon,” said Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti. The SSP said the police were hoping to get some vital clues from her. Close acquaintances of the family were being questioned by the police. At least 15 persons had been rounded up today. “We will solve the case,” said the SSP, adding that the police had some vital clues, which could not be disclosed at present.

Missing persons

The police are verifying facts related to missing persons or those who have left the area in the recent past. “Lists of such persons are being prepared,” said the police.

‘Mehram was religious’

Remembering Mehram, gurdwara management officials said the child was religious and used to come to the gurdwara daily at 3 pm to do “seva”. “Though he was just six years old, he wanted his family to get him baptised. He was baptised last year,” said Bhai Jatinder Pal Singh, an official at the gurdwara. “He will be missed very much. The police should arrest the culprit(s) soon,” he said.

Several persons questioned

The police have questioned a large number of persons, including some employees of a certain private agencies, in connection with the case. The police claimed that they had got some vital information.



Panjwar Sec 34 blast mastermind: Terrorist
Rattandeep says KCF chief actively involved in smuggling drugs into Punjab
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
Arrested for his alleged involvement in the bomb blast in Sector 34 in July 1999, dreaded terrorist Rattandeep Singh today expressed his willingness to get his statements recorded before the magistrate wherein he confessed that Paramjit Panjwar, head of the Khalistan Commando Force (KCF), was the mastermind behind the blast 15 years ago and was at present actively involved in smuggling drugs into Punjab.

During the proceedings recorded in-camera under Section 164 of the CrPC, Rattandeep said Panjwar was actively smuggling heroin and smack to the state and was responsible for “draining Punjab of its youth, who were addicted to drugs”.

Filled with anger and remorse at the same time, Rattandeep confessed in his statements before the magistrate lasting over an hour that he took training in Pakistan and was sent by Panjwar to execute the bomb blast in Sector 34 on July 3, 1999, sources said.

He said Sector 34 had big parking lots which made it easy for them to conduct the operation.

“I have been misused as we, who executed the operations, are suffering while the heads are having the last laugh and have made enough money in the form of properties. Panjwar has been smuggling a large quantity of heroin and smack across the border to Punjab. If Punjab is gripped by drugs today, it is because of Panjwar,” he said.

“I was given Rs 1 lakh by Jasbir Singh (another co-accused arrested on November 9) to execute the bomb blast in Sector 34,” he said.

Rattandeep was brought to Chandigarh on production warrants by the operation cell of the UT police on November 5, 15 years after the bomb blast in Sector 34.

Rattandeep was first arrested by the Punjab Police on September 18. He was identified by the Chandigarh police on July 5, 1999, from the scooter which was used for planting the bomb.

Rattandeep had slipped away from the hands of the UT police by opening fire at them at Jind on July 3, 1999.

However, his co-accused Sher Singh was arrested by the police. Another co-accused Gurbakash Singh was also arrested in the case.

While Sher Singh and Gurbaksh Singh were sentenced to imprisonment for 10 years, Rattandeep was declared a proclaimed offender.

He had planted RDX in the glove box of a Bajaj Chetak scooter, which was sold and resold seven times.

The blast

The blast had rocked the city at around 12.30 pm on June 30, 1999, at the parking of the old passport office in Sector 34. Four persons were injured in the blast and several vehicles were damaged.

Who is Panjwar

The leader of the separatist group Khalistan Commando Force, Paramjit (47), is wanted in connection with reviving Sikh insurgency, murder, conspiracy and smuggling of arms. He is also wanted for the murder of a former Army Chief, Gen AS Vaidya, and for the country’s biggest bank robbery in Ludhiana. Paramjit belongs to Panjwar village near Tarn Taran. He joined the Khalistan Commando Force in 1986.



5 policemen found absent, suspended
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 13
Five policemen — an inspector, an ASI and three head constables — deputed at the Phase I police station here were put under suspension by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal following a surprise check of the police station tonight.

Except the munshi, the entire staff on duty, including the SHO, Inspector Pawan Kumar, and ASI Ramesh Kumar, were found absent.

Taking immediate action, Sukhbir Badal suspended the policemen and sought an explanation from Mohali SSP Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti.

Deputy CM’s media adviser Jangveer Singh said Sukhbir Badal, who was travelling in a private car without any security, took a round of the town to check the policing scenario.

“As he didn’t find any policemen at the traffic lights and prominent roundabouts, the Deputy CM decided to make a surprise check at the police station,” said Jangveer Singh.

On his arrival at the police station at around 9.45 pm, Sukhbir Badal found only one police personnel (munshi) present. He called the SSP and the DIG to the spot to prepare a report on the functioning of the police stations in the city.



Row over selection for 60th National School Games
DPI’s orders given the go-by, cricket coach called back
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
Ignoring the orders of the DPI (Schools), the Deputy DEO (II) allegedly asked a cricket coach accompanying the boys’ U-17 team for the 60th National School Games to come back from Gwalior after the parents of a few players, who were dropped from the final squad, held a protest against the selection procedure.

The DPI (Schools) had passed an order “not to call back the coach”. However, the coach reached Chandigarh after receiving the orders, forwarded to the team’s manager by the Deputy DEO last night. The orders reportedly had the consent of officials of the sports branch.

The team is participating in the tournament without a coach and officials of the sports branch of the UT Education Department are tightlipped over it.

“I had issued a written order that the coach should not be called back. The order was forwarded to all departments concerned. I am not aware if someone has ignored the order and asked the coach to return,” said Kamlesh Kumar, DPI (Schools).

Shiv Kumar, Deputy DEO (II), and officials of the sports branch were unavailable for comments on the issue despite repeated attempts.

On Tuesday, parents, backed by the local unit of a political party, raised objections over the selection criteria to shortlist the boys’ U-17 cricket team. The decision to include a relative of the coach was the bone of contention following which the Deputy DEO (II) asked the coach to return. In the meanwhile, the DPI (Schools) passed an order, asking the coach to stay back at the venue.

The coach reportedly had nothing to do with the selection process. The selection was made by a panel, including a former Ranji player, a handball coach of DAV School, Sector 8, and the manager of the team. Last year, a similar situation was witnessed after the parents of a few players protested against the selection procedure. At that time too, the coach was sacked within two days of the final selection.”

Playing safe

Sources said no official of the sports branch of the UT Education Dept has counter-signed any document pertaining to selection of the team to avoid controversy.


"It was a baseless protest. The coach was asked to stay back with the team. He had nothing to do with the selection process. I need to find out why my orders were not obeyed"

Kamlesh Kumar, DPI (schools)

Feeling humiliated: Coach

"I had nothing to do with the selection process. My relative was selected by the selection panel on the basis of his performance. I was appointed to accompany the team. It’s a sheer case of humiliation"

— Deepak Lohitya, coach

Text message

"I received a text message at 1.02 pm on Wednesday stating: ‘The coach is recalled immediately from his present assignment due to administrative reasons by the Deputy DEO (II)’. The message was conveyed to the coach. I don’t know about any other development"

— Kapil Gambhir, team manager



Diabetic children: Parents share their pain
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
Lost in the efforts to protect her daughter Harkirat from the adverse effects of asthma, Teena had hardly imagined that excess use of anti-biotics would result in the onset of diabetes in the young girl.

Harkirat (9) was diagnosed with Type I diabetes three years ago when her mother found frequent urination and delayed healing of wounds in her. “It was exceptionally difficult for me to see my child yearn to eat a piece of cake or chocolate. She would come back from school and ask me that if all her friends could eat pizzas and cakes, why couldn’t she? Initially, we struggled a lot as we could not directly tell her that she has a life-long disease,” Teena, a resident of Mohali, said.

“However, I think when the Almighty gives children such problems, he also blesses them with more patience and understanding. Harkirat soon adjusted to the restrictions on eating and cooperated more while taking insulin injections. Whenever her sugar level goes down, I allow her to take small portion of sweets to keep her motivated,” Teena said.

The situation was no different for Joginder Yadav, father of 13-year-old Deepanshu. He also shared his struggle to meet the expenses of insulin doses to keep his son healthy. “I spend Rs 150 per day on his insulin dose. Apart from overcoming his innocent requests for allowing him to eat whatever he wants to, we have been making both ends meet to ensure his doses are not missed,” Joginder said.

The government should subsidise the cost of insulin, at least for children, he said.

50 diabetic children take part in PGI workshop

World Diabetes Day was observed at the PGI on Thursday. Doctors from the PGI, along with international experts, provided tips on overcoming the needle phobia among children who are on insulin injections. Over 50 diabetic children and their parents were invited for the workshop and they were later taken for a day out.

A live demonstration of injection techniques was given. Dr Anil Bhansali, Head, Department of Endocrinology, PGI, said, “The needle length is important to alleviate the fear of injections, shorter the needle, lesser is the psychological barrier for getting oneself injected.”

Dr Sanjay Kumar Bhadada, Additional Professor, Department of Endocrinology, PGI, said “Type I diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, affects about 4 per cent of the people living with diabetes. Appropriate counseling, correct insulin injection technique, healthy changes in the lifestyle and positive attitude can make management of ones diabetes simpler.”

A number of diabetics who have now grown up with the disease shared their experience after being attached with the PGI’s Department of Endocrinology and serving diabetes patients.

Diabetes in children


  • Genetic transmission
  • Obesity


  • Breastfeeding
  • Blood tests during pregnancy to check diabetes


Panchkula’s guide maps lead to nowhere
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 13
If you happen to visit Panchkula, guide maps of sectors will lead to nowhere. Buried under official apathy and vagaries of weather, Panchkula has disfigured, rusted and soiled guide maps, which make them hardly visible.

The maps were installed by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) over 15 years ago. Now, HUDA claims that these maps were handed over to the MC after 2001.

Panchkula Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia said: “I have written a letter to HUDA to get new sector maps installed so that it is easy for a visitor to locate any place. I want that the maps should also have reflective stickers on them.”

She said: “Chandigarh has beautiful sector maps but we don’t have such kind of maps.”

HUDA’s superintending engineer NK Verma said: “When roads of certain sectors were given to the MC in 2001, the sector maps were also with them as per the agreement. They are not ready to own responsibility.”

When one makes his entry to Panchkula from the Housing Board side, a soiled map has been installed hidden behind a tree, which seemed to be a mere formality. Sectors 8, 9, 10, 11 and 2 have rusted and disfigured maps. In some sectors, the maps are not even installed.

“My relative came from Jalandhar and he saw the map of Sector 10. As most of the map was disfigured, he ended up entering a wrong sector,” said Charan Singh, a resident of Sector 10, here.

He said: “The authorities should immediately remove these old sector maps. They are misguiding a person by installing such maps.”

HUDA, MC pass the buck

Be it roads or sector maps, HUDA and the MC always pass the buck. None of the two is ready to take any responsibility. Even the District Administration has not bothered to do anything about the upkeep of sector guide maps.



TDI Mall to fall in line with Sector 17 buildings
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

The tile work of the TDI Mall in Sector 17 being peeled off to give the facade a concrete finish
The tile work of the TDI Mall in Sector 17 being peeled off to give the facade a concrete finish. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, November 13
Paving way for an early opening of the Sector 17 TDI Mall, the promoter of the mall has started peeling off the tile work and other material from the external portion of the building.

Following directions from the Chandigarh Heritage Committee which had directed the mall management to give facade a concrete finish by cladding the exterior of the building with fresh concrete, the promoter has started the work of cladding the concrete. Due to the issue of external finish of the building, the Estate Office had held back the completion certificate for the mall. UT Finance Secretary Sarvjit Singh said the matter had been resolved and the promoter had been asked to restore the exterior of the building.

An eminent architect nominated by the Chandigarh Heritage Committee had suggested original concrete finish could be attained by cladding the building with fresh concrete finish.

The Finance Secretary had suggested high-quality free flooring concrete. Sanyam Dudeja, a senior official of the TDI Group, said after adhering to the norms given by the UT, they would apply for the completion certificate.The multiplexes have also been readied.

Last year, the Urban Planning Department of the UT had asked the Fire Department to issue the NOC on the basis that the building was under the architect frame control of Le Corbusier so it was not mandatory for any old building of the city to have clear passage for the movement of the fire tender around the premises. Keeping this in view, the Fire Department should issue the NOC to the mall at the earliest.

While rejecting the suggestion, the Fire Department replied that the mall was not covered under the architect frame control of Le Corbusier because it was constructed recently and so it could not avail the relaxation. But, later the NOC was given subject to certain conditions.



Artificial limbs, hearing aid distributed
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, November 13
After receiving artificial limbs and hearing aid free of cost at a camp, over 700 physically handicapped persons, including children,women and elderly, of the subdivision were overjoyed and praised the organisers of the event.

While some of them ride away their tricycles and wheelchairs after getting artificial limbs, others boarded buses to their respective destinations with hearing aids, blind sticks and MRI kits they got at the camp organised by the Punjab Government in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, here, today.

Those who could not get the implant due to certain reasons have been told to wait till the next lot of the aids arrives.

The special camp was organised by area MLA NK Sharma to ensure proper distribution of requisite material to the physically challenged of his constituency.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had to distribute the aids and implants worth Rs 70 lakh among beneficiaries. The CM could not keep his promise due to his China tour, claimed Sharma.

Sharma said certificates after registration had been issued to poor and needy physically challenged persons of Dera Bassi. The beneficiaries were facilitated in a camp organised in September in Zirakpur. During the camp, nearly 1,000 persons were identified for the same.

Sharma said another camp would be organised in February 2015 to identify the remaining such persons and later, the requisite material would also be provided to them. To ensure proper distribution of the material, a five-member committee had also been formed.

Cheques worth Rs 47 lakh were also distributed among skilled and unskilled registered workers of the constituency, he said.



Long-pending issues
Union Home Minister seeks reply from UT Administration
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has sought a reply from the Chandigarh Administration regarding the long-pending issues of the UT. The orders come after MP Kirron Kher and BJP president Sanjay Tandon separately met the Union Home Minister in Delhi over the issues related to the problems of residents of Chandigarh.

The MP said during her meeting with the minister today, she raised several issues such as the MSME Act, lal dora of villages and relaxation of building bylaws. Certain issues were at the stage of discussion and clarifications had been sought on others.

Tandon, who met Rajnath Singh yesterday, said he told the minister that residents of Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) flats had been threatened with cancellation notices for need-based changes. In spite of allowing the changes, the CHB was harassing them with notices, which became a nightmare for the residents.

Demands of industrialists for the conversion of their properties from leasehold to freehold and implementation of the MSME Act were also raised before the minister. He also demanded for the regularisation of schoolteachers who have been serving the department for long.

Tandon also informed the Home Minister about the anti-people action taken by the UT Administration and its officials.

Tandon said the Home Minister had told the Joint Secretary, MHA, to take up these issues with the UT Administration and solve the issues on a priority basis.



Two injured as stove explodes in market
Tribune News Service

One of the injured at the GMSH-16
One of the injured at the GMSH-16. A Tribune photo

Chandigarh, November 13
Two youths sustained burn injuries after a gas stove exploded in the crowded market area of Sector 22 here this afternoon. No casualties were reported in the incident.

According to the police, the injured persons have been identified as Kuldeep Kumar (27) and Subhash (25). Both victims were illegally running the business by putting up a food stall at the Sector 22 market.

The eyewitnesses said the incident took place when Subhash was pumping the stove. Suddenly, the stove exploded leaving both victims injured.

A major tragedy was averted as no other person came in contact with the explosion. Onlookers came to their rescue and informed the police about the incident.

Both victims were rushed to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, here, from where the doctors referred Kuldeep to the PGI. The condition of Subhash is said to be stable.

Food Stalls come up again

Soon after the incident, illegal food stalls in the parking and corridors of the Sector 22 market opposite the bus stand were back again. The food street is being run by encroaching upon the market and parking areas right under the nose of the Municipal Corporation authorities that have failed to take any action against them.



480 ITBP recruits pass out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
As many as 480 recruits were inducted as constables (general duty) into the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on the completion of preliminary training at the force’s Basic Training Centre (BTC) at Bhanu near here today.

ITBP Inspector General Training Zone Raja Babu Singh reviewed the passing out parade and took the salute. The parade was commanded by Constable Ravindra Singh.

The recruits underwent 44 weeks of rigorous training that included drill, weapon handling, map reading, judo, internal security duties and rock climbing.

To sharpen their skills, various competitions and demonstrations where incorporated in the training curriculum.

During the training, Yogeshwar Singh was adjudged overall best, while Ravindra Singh was best in drill, Nur Hussain in weapon handling, Amit Kumar in physical training, Hariom Kumar in shooting and Sunny in sports. They were awarded trophies by the chief guest.

Of the newly inducted constables, 96 are from Uttar Pradesh, 60 from Uttarakhand, 57 from Bihar and varying numbers from other states.



MC elects members of special committees

Chandigarh, November 13
Fifteen days after the UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil accorded approval to constitute two special committees — Primary Health Committee and Primary Education Committee—of the Municipal Corporation, the members of both the committees were elected unopposed.

Councillor Satish Kainth was elected as Chairman of Primary Health Committee, councillor Rajesh Gupta was made vice-chairman. Similarly, councillor Satinder Singh was elected as chairman of Primary Education Committee and councillor Darshan Garg was made vice-chairman of the committee.

To ensure effective facilities for education and health in Chandigarh, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj Patil had accorded approval to these two committees. — TNS



Scientists delve into brain’s navigation
Apprise students of the mechanism involving memory formation, organisation and storage
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
In order to navigate successfully in any given environment, one should have the memory for space and constantly keep updating information about their directional heading, the distance travelled and the speed of movement from the reference point.

This was stated by Dr Yoganarasimha Doreswamy, scientist at the National Brain Research Centre, Manesar, during an interaction with students organised by the Society for Promotion of Science and Technology in India at Leisure Valley in Sector 10.

Dr Doreswamy gave the students an overview of the brain’s navigational system. Dr SS Sarkar, associate project director, Mars Mission Indian Space Research Organisation, apprised the students of India’s Mars Mission.

Discussing the underlying network mechanisms of spatial memory and navigation, Dr Doreswamy, said, “During this process, the brain constructs an internal representation of the outside world, which will enable us to know, where we are and also help reach a place where we intend to go.”

“The concerted activity in the brain’s navigational systems, consisting of the ‘place cell’ in the hippocampus, the grid cells in the medial entorhinal cortex and the ‘head directional cells’ in various regions of the brain, form a ‘cognitive map’ of the surrounding area,” he added.

Dr Doreswamy said, “A study has revealed that the posterior hippocampi of taxi drivers from London were significantly larger relative to those of the control subjects.”

He said, “The hippocampus part of the brain is involved in memory forming, organising and storing.”

Several students asked Dr Sarkar as to why India had sent a mission to Mars, to which he replied, “Since Mars is our celestial neighbour and has similar seasonal cycles and land forms such as mountains, valleys and others. Hence the mission was taken to find out whether life can exist on the planet or not.”

Anuj Ganeshrao Patil, a student from the Rashtriya High School and Junior College of Science, Achalpur City, Amravati, asked the director about the Indian Space Research Organisation’s space solar power stand, on which Dr Sarkar said, “Preliminary studies are being carried in the field.”

Patil, who has devised a model on future power supply where electricity can be transmitted from space without using wires, was advised to use parabolic formation.

Sky-watch event

On the occasion of Children’s Day on November 14, children participating in the exhibition will get to participate in a sky-watch event. This will be organised in the lawns of the Department of Physics, Panjab University, PU. The event will be conducted by Dr Sandeep Sahijpal, who will explain the working of a sophisticated telescope. Students can also look into the instrument to gaze at the sky. As many as 350 students and teachers are expected to attend the event, which is being organised by the Society for Promotion of Science and Technology in India. Through the society, the PU students will also hold a general science quiz on November 15.



Vivek School to host model UN meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
Vivek High School in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan (UNIC), would host the third edition of their International Model United Nations Conference, VHS MUN 2014 from November 14.

The school authorities said the four-day conference aims to enhance the debating and thinking skills of participants by coming up with solutions for the global crises.

“The conference is a great opportunity for young individuals to acquaint themselves with international politics and relations. As many as 250 delegates from India, Bangladesh and Dubai will participate in the event,” said HS Mammick, chairman, Vivek High School.

“The delegates will be part of one of the following six committees — UNHRC, UNSC, WHO, CSW, Arab League and G20 Summit,” he said. “The theme of the conference is inspired from the Latin proverb, ‘Dum Spiro Spero’ meaning ‘While I breathe, I hope’, which reflects hope is the only antidote to suffering,” he added.

‘While I breathe, I hope’

The theme of conference is inspired from the Latin proverb, ‘Dum Spiro Spero’ which means ‘While I breathe, I hope’, which also reflects that hope is the only antidote to suffering.



Problems affecting children discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
The senior students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19-C, interacted with Dr Simmi Waraich, consultant psychiatrist from Fortis Hospital, Mohali, during a day-long seminar on emotional literacy here today.

Discussing the issue, Dr Waraich stressed upon the need to combat negative emotional breakdown. She encouraged the students to fight mental stress.

Many motivational methodologies and self introspective majors were discussed and the children were guided to practice these to examine the intricacies of competitiveness of the contemporary life.



Candlelight march for Indo-Pak ties
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13
On the eve of Children’s Day, volunteers of Yuvsatta, an NGO, organised an Indo-Pak peace candlelight march at the Sector 17 Plaza here today.

The students carried candles, flags of India and Pakistan and placards of messages such as “On the eve of Children’s Day-say yes to ‘peace’ and No to wars’, ‘Our enemies are poverty, hunger, malnourishment and violence against women’, ‘We need education not arms’, ‘Bread not bombs’, ‘We want peace’, ‘Indo-Pak friendship for future of children in the region’, ‘Malala and Satyarthi-India and Pakistan-Peace for Children’.

Pramod Sharma, coordinator of Yuvsatta, said, “Both India and Pakistan have nothing to fight except poverty, hunger, malnourishment, unemployment and violence against women”.



pu & college notes
Symposium on telecom and IT ends

A symposium on “Emerging trends in telecommunication and IT” concluded at Panjab University (PU) today. During the two-day conference organised by the University Institute of Engineering & Technology (UIET), the university witnessed expert talks from eminent personalities of industry, academics and army.

The concluding day commenced with an expert talk by former Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi (retd). PU Registrar Col GS Chadha, UIET Director Prof Renu Vig and coordinator-IT Roopali Garg also participated in the function. In his motivating talk, Lt Gen Oberoi sensitised the audience on the importance of youths in nation building.

Interface on waste management

The Department of Life Long Learning and Extension (DLLLE), Panjab University (PU), will organise an interface with university students and staff of UIFT and DLLLE, PU, on the theme ‘waste management’ under the project Swachh Bharat at the DLLLE (Emerging Area in Social Sciences), near Student Centre, on November 14 at 11 am.

PU announces datesheet

Panjab University (PU), has announced the datesheet of various under graduate/post graduate semester examination, December 2014. PU Controller of Examinations, Prof Parvinder Singh, said the timings for the examination have been changed and the new date sheet is now available on the PU website http://exams.puchd.ac.in/datesheet.php. The evening shift of these examinations will start at 1:30 PM and conclude at 4:45 PM. However, students are advised to check the datesheet from the website. The PU Controller said the datesheet of the BA Ist semester, BSc Ist semester, BCom Ist semester, BBA Ist semester, BCA Ist semester, BSc bio-informatics/bio-technology Ist semester, MA/MSc/MPEd/MCom/MFC (semester system) I and III semesters have been uploaded. Students can check the new schedule of the morning and evening shifts on the website.

Talk on Planning Commission

The Department of Laws, Panjab University (PU), organised a panel discussion on ‘Reinventing the Planning Commission: The debate’ in the moot court hall of the department. Judge at Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Haripal Verma presided over the function. PU Dean Arts, Prof Ronki Ram, PU Dean, International Students Prof Ramanjit Kaur Johal and former chairperson, Dept of Economics and former dean, International Students, PU, Prof Gurmail Singh were the panelists. PU Dean Faculty of Law and former MP Satya Pal Jain chaired the function. Justice Haripal Verma said the makers of the Indian Constitution considered economic justice as an integral part of the ideals of justice. The Planning Commission was an indispensable part of the development history of India post Independence. — TNS



from schools
Special assembly held

Chandigarh: A special assembly on water conservation was conducted by the students of Class III of Tribune Model School, Sector 29. The students highlighted the importance of water conservation through a skit, songs and shared tips on saving water. The programme motivated the students to make way for a better future.

Students honoured

Kalidasa Education and Charitable Trust organised Bal Diwas Samman Samaroh-2014 at the Beant Singh Memorial Centre for Visual and Performing Arts, Sector 42. The Trust honoured students from the economically weaker section from different schools who had achieved feats in sports, academics and other activities. Sanjay Tandon, BJP President of the Chandigarh unit was the chief guest on the occasion. Ravinder Pathania, media coordinator, BJP, also presided over the function. Ashma Nirmohi, president of the Trust, highlighted their activities.

Seminar on child helpline

A child helpline in collaboration with YTTS, an NGO, organised a function at the GMSSS in Sector 37-B. Justice Raina was the chief guest on the occasion. He was welcomed by school principal Ravi Raj Kaur along with Col Ravi Bedi of YTTs. The students were administrated the oath of “Swachh Bharat” campaign. They were apprised of the vision of the child helpline and its work in Chandigarh.

Trip organised

Sharda Sarvhitkari Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40-D, organized a trip to Chokhi Dhani for the students of Class I to V. The students got an overview of Rajasthani culture as they saw a puppet show, camel rides and folk dances.

World Peace Day

St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44-D, organised a decoration competition based on the theme “Give peace a chance” to commemorate “World Peace Day”. The students used beautiful drawings and meaningful slogans to decorate the display boards. The display by the students of Class X-D was adjudged the winner.

Workshop for teachers

Saupin’s School, Sector 32, organised a comprehensive workshop for the teachers on child abuse. The workshop conducted by Dr Simrat Kaur, psychologist and Gursimran Anand, senior school counsellor. The duo sensitised teachers to be affectionate to students so that they could easily confide their problems in them. The teachers were also guided who they should approach if such cases are reported by students. The workshop also presented guidelines on how to recognise child abuse.

Inter-school competition

Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary Model School, Sector 27-A, organised an inter-school competition to commemorate the death anniversary of Late Hardayal Mahajan, former President of JB Charitable Trust. A plethora of events were organised on the school premises, including colouring, clay modelling, flower making, solo dance and duet dance.

Sports meet

The annual sports meet of Government High School, Sector 53 — a smart school — was held on the school premises. Many sports events such as race of 100m, 200m, 400m and 3,000m; shot put, discus throw, javelin throw, lemon race, sack race and long jump were held under various categories. School headmaster Satya Prakash Semwal inaugurated the sports meet and motivated the students to take active part in sports.

Children’s Day

Eurokids, Sector 37, celebrated Children’s Day. The event marked the conclusion of the ‘Children Week,’ that was also celebrated at Eurokids, Sector 9, Panchkula. The school authorities claimed that the aim of the celebration was to break away from classroom activities and indulge in outdoor fun through a series of carefully selected activities. The week started on a high note with an outdoor carnival for children. Various events were organised to mark the celebrations.

Musical puppet show

Mohali: The kindergarten wing of Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, staged its annual musical show based on Disney characters and fairy tales entwined into the Pinocchios travels. It was titled “Grand Teatro Di Burattino” – The Great Puppet Show. As many as 300 students of the kindergarten wing participated in event.

Grandparents day out

St Soldier School, Mohali hosted ‘grandparents’ day out’ with elation in the school auditorium. The occasion commenced with a welcome song by the little ones followed by the lighting of the lamp by chairman Karnail Singh Brar and director Karan Deep Singh Brar.

Recreational tour

Panchkula: Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, organised an educational-cum-recreational tour to the Traffic Park for the students of UKG. The students learnt about different traffic rules. The children also enjoyed a few hours in the lap of nature in the Yavanika Park. They seemed happy to see the colourful flowers and butterflies. — TNS



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