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murder of 75-year-old woman at sector 35
Victim doubted help’s intention: Kin
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
“The domestic help who was employed a few days ago insisted on sleeping inside the house, which had scared my mother, who doubted his intention. I never thought my mother’s suspicion will turn out to be true”, said the victim’s daughter, Shefali Saini.
The victim, Neelam Saini
The victim, Neelam Saini
Sunil Safi, absconding domestic help
Sunil Safi, absconding domestic help

Neelam Saini (75) was found dead on Friday evening.

Shefali, who is professor at a college in Rewari, said the domestic help who was earlier employed didn’t know how to cook, following which my mother asked me to employ someone else. “We used to employ domestic helps through a registered agency that provides domestic helps to families. I contacted them again and they sent Sunil Safi who knew how to cook”, she said.

Shefali further added that a day after her mother employed Sunil, he did’nt want to sleep outside the main door of the house that led to suspicion. “My mother told me that the intentions of the domestic help did’t seem to be right”, Shefali said. The victim never allowed him to sleep inside the house.

The family members said that Neelam was an independent woman who was more comfortable staying alone. “I used to insist that she stays with me, but she preferred staying alone”, Shefali said further who was trying to bear the tragedy with great strength.

On the day of the incident, Shefali spoke to her mother at around 3 pm. In the evening, she called on her number several times, but she did not answer. This worried Shefali.

A little later, the victim’s neighbours informed Shefali that her mother was no more. The domestic help from the same agency has been employed at Shefali’s house, but she has now decided to send him back.

Was found dead in washroom

Neelam Saini, a widow staying alone on the ground floor of the house, was found dead on Friday. Her domestic help, Sunil Safi, who was employed few days ago is absconding. The victim’s body with hands and legs tied was found in the washroom. The boys staying as PGs on the first floor had found the house ransacked after which they informed the neighbours.

Saini family plagued by tragedies

Tragedies have been trailing the family since long. Shefali was the eldest child in the family. She lost her two younger brothers who were pilots. Lt Commander Rajesh Saini was killed in a naval plane’s collision in Goa in 2002, three years after her younger brother Flying Officer Ajay Saini died in a road accident.

Posters of accused pasted at public places

The Chandigarh Police have pasted posters with the picture and particulars of the accused at the city railway station, bus stand and different parts of Mohali and Panchkula.



DC’s ‘sleaze photo’ to be sent to CFSL
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
The Chandigarh Police will be sending the “explicit picture” of UT Deputy Commissioner (DC) with a woman to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) for investigation.

The cyber cell of the UT police that is investigating the case will be tracking down the source of the explicit pictures.

Sources said that attempts to hack the official email ID of DC was also made sometime ago, following which an alert from the service provider was also received by him.

“We will be probing all the angles of the case”, said a police official.

A case at the Sector 17 police station was registered on Friday on the complaint of DC Mohammed Shayin. The pictures had gone viral on the social media few days ago.

The Chandigarh Police had yesterday registered an FIR in the case.



two-day Airport shutdown
Many passengers caught unawares
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
Unaware of the two-day shutdown at the Chandigarh Airport, commuters reaching here had tough time arranging for alternative means of transport today.

Many commuters at the Chandigarh Airport alleged that the respective airlines, in which they were schedule to travel, failed to convey the message regarding the shutdown of services to them.

“They should have informed us early. I had to travel from Ambala to Chandigarh for a flight to Mumbai. I could have easily taken a bus to Delhi and boarded a flight from there,” said Suresh Puri, a Mumbai resident.

Due to some construction work on the runway, the Air Traffic Control (ATC) has suspended operations from the Chandigarh Airport, for two days (November 15 and 16), The construction work is expected to get over by November 16 (10pm) and the services will resume from November 17 onwards. “We received the message at 10.30am, on Saturday. We landed in the city from Manali to further board our flight. Now, with no other option, we are relaying on some alternative mean promised by the airline” said Tejas Dhotre, another passenger. Jagdish Khazanchi, a passenger, said, “It was only after reaching here that I got to know about the suspended services. I have wasted my time and now, the airline authorities are not even listening to my concern” said Jagdish Khazanchi.

Knowing the development, taxi operators were also seen charging more (upto Rs 3,500 per passenger), for the Chandigarh-Delhi drop-in service. The booking to Volvo buses remained full throughout the day. “Being Saturday, we were expecting good business, however the suspended services at Chandigarh Airport turned out to be a boon. We are trying to accommodate everyone” said officials of the Haryana and Punjab Volvo bus service.

Services to resume on November 17

The flight operations at the Chandigarh Airport will remain suspended on November 16 (Sunday) due to the ongoing construction work. The services will resume from November 17 as per regular schedule.



vimal’s murder
A case of ‘multiple marriages, impotency’
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 15
The Vimal murder case took yet another turn today when his wife alleged that her 28-year-old husband was impotent and that she was too embarrassed to have undergone a divorce for the fouth time. She also reportedly told the police Vimal was married for a third time.

She seems to have killed Vimal to escape from marriage as well as shame accompanying her fourth-time divorce, police sources said. Satish, her paramour, was arrested by the Panchkula police today. Inspector Lalit Kumar, Station House Officer of the Pinjore police station, said, “ After the marriage, Rinku got to know about Vimal’s impotency and there were frequent fights. After knowing about Vimal, Rinku entered into a relationship with Satish.”

He added that Rinku thought that if she would divorce him, she would have to face the embarrassment of being called a divorcee for the fourth time, so she connived with Satish and killed him.”

The SHO said on November 4, Rinku called Vimal to her house to thrash out differences. After having a cold drink at her place they both went out. “Rinku took him to the jungle area where Satish was waiting. Satish hit Vimal with a stone on his head overpowered him and then committed the crime. They crushed his face with a stone so that he could not be identified,” added the official.

It was yesterday when the Panchkula police stated that Rinku had committed the brutal murder of Vimal. In order to avoid Vimal being identified, the two crushed his face with a stone.

The autopsy revealed that the stomach was congested indicating that a sedative had been used. The same would be confirmed after the chemical reports came in.

The case

The mutilated body of a 28-year-old man was found in the vicinity of the Chandimandir police station. The arms of the victim, identified as Vimal Kumar, were missing, while his face was damaged and had been eaten by animals. Vimal was a resident of BCW in Surajpur, Pinjore.


judges bribery case
Executed sale deed in Solan: Tehsildar
Says he executed deed for 18 purchasers, including Justice Yadav, a day after she took Rs 15 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
Recording his statements before the Special CBI Judge Vimal Kumar in the resumed hearing of the Judge bribery case, the then Solan-based tehsiladar today said he had executed the land deed for 18 purchasers, including Justice Yadav, a day after she allegedly took Rs 15 lakh.

Narayan Singh Chauhan, currently posted as the tehsildar in Kasauli, who in August 2008 was posted as the naib tehsildar at Solan where the sale deeds were registered, said there were 18 purchasers of the land along with Justice Nirmal Yadav.

Chauhan said the then tehsildar Panchkula — Satish Singal — was present at the time when the deed was executed on August 14, 2008, and he had put in a word for Yadav.

Chauhan said the tehsildar of Panchkula was present in Solan for the registration of two sale deeds pertaining to the land purchased by Justice Nirmal Yadav along with 18 co-purchasers.

While deposing before the court, Chauhan produced the papers of the sale deed of two parts of land which were bought by Justice Yadav and 17 other persons in the Rihun town of Solan District.

He said he had received calls from the then tehsildar of Panchkula, Satish Kumar, and from a few other persons from the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Senior advocate Anupam Gupta informed that Chauhan said that though he did not meet Justice Yadav, he met one of her representatives who told Chauhan that Justice Yadav was at the Circuit House in Solan.

It is believed that the money, which was delivered accidentally at Justice Nirmaljeet Kaur’s residence, was meant for the sale deed of this land.

After recording his statement, CBI special judge Vimal Kumar adjourned the case to December 8.

Chauhan in his statement submitted that on August 14, the tehsildar of Panchukla, identifying himself as Satish, was present in Solan to get the sale deed registered.

He added that prior to this, he received calls from Satish asking him about the procedures and stamp duty with regard to the registration of the sale deeds pertaining to the land purchased by Justice Yadav.

Chauhan had even asked for a copy of the sale deed to ensure smooth registration.

He also pointed out that he had received a number of calls on and before August 14 from the Punjab and Haryana High Court asking about the procedure and the land deed registration.

The land deal involving 18 buyers, including Justice Nirmal Yadav, her daughter Suruchi, and three family members of her brother Ajay Yadav, a Haryana Congress minister, has come under focus after the cash-for-judge scam rocked the judicial circles in August 2008.

Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Nirmaljit Kaur alerted the authorities after former Haryana Additional Advocate General Sanjeev Bansal’s assistant delivered a packet containing Rs 1.5 million in cash. Bansal told the police that the cash was meant for another person and it was part of a land deal.

Facts uncovered

  • Narayan Singh Chauhan, currently posted as the tehsildar in Kasauli, was posted as the naib tehsildar at Solan in August 2008, where sale deeds were registered.
  • Chauhan said the then tehsildar Panchkula — Satish Singal — was present when the deed was executed on August 14, 2008, and he had put in a word for Yadav.
  • Claims he had received calls from the then tehsildar of Panchkula, Satish Kumar, and from a few other persons from the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
  • Alleged Satish asked him about the procedures and stamp duty with regard to the registration of the sale deeds pertaining to the land bought by Justice Yadav.

Under scanner

The land deal involving 18 buyers, including Justice Nirmal Yadav, her daughter Suruchi, and three family members of her brother Ajay Yadav, a Haryana Congress minister, has come under focus after the cash-for-judge scam rocked the judicial circles in August 2008.



sant rampal’s hearing
Panchkula police strengthen security
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 15
The Panchkula Police have beefed up security arrangements for the court hearing of Sant Rampal scheduled to be held at the Punjab and Haryana High Court on November 16.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Rahul Sharma, said, “Fifteen companies, including four from Punjab Police and Haryana Police personnel, have been deployed to keep vigil in the city.”

The police said all entry points to Chandigarh from the Panchkula side will be barricaded to prevent the supporters of the sect head from entering the city. Besides, water canons will be deployed at strategic points in the district.

The police said Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure (CrPc), had already been enforced in the city.

“A human wall of police officials will be deputed on all roads leading to Chandigarh to prevent any miscreant from entering the city,” added the official.

As per the police, all points to Chandigarh will be manned by DSP and inspector-rank officials. Anti-riot equipment has been made available to the police personnel. All points will also be videographed.

The Panchkula Police are working in close coordination with the UT police, Government Railway Police and Punjab Police.

Cops stand guard

Fifteen companies, including four from Punjab Police and Haryana Police personnel, have been deployed to keep vigil in the city.

Rahul Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police



sector 35 murder
Cops suspect victim died of shock
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
A day after 75-year-old Neelam Saini was found dead at her house in Sector 35, the police suspect that the victim was not strangled but died of shock.

Inspector Bhupinder Singh, SHO, Sector 36 police station, said, “There is a possibility that the victim died due to shock. There were no strangulation marks on her neck. However, things will be clear only after the postmortem.”

The victim’s body was found in the washroom of the house with her hands and legs tied with a tape.

Meanwhile, the police also suspect the involvement of more than one person in the incident. Police sources said when the crime took place during the evening hours, the accused servant Sunil Safi (22), alias Chotu, was washing the car parked outside the house.

“It is suspected that his accomplices must be inside the house and Sunil was keeping an eye at the main door”, added the sources.

Meanwhile, the victim’s family claimed that deceased Neelam was strongly built and could not have been overpowered by only one person. “It seems that someone entered the house from the rear after scaling the rear walls”, said Shefali Saini, the victim’s daughter.

Police officials said the people running the Delhi-based agency, that provided the servant to the victim, have been rounded-up by the police. Police teams have also been sent to the native village of the accused in Bihar.

The servant was employed on a salary of Rs 6,000 per month after paying a commission of Rs 35,000 to the service provider.

ASP South Urvija Goel said the involvement of more than one person in the crime will be established only after accused Sunil is arrested.


  • Earlier, the postmortem was supposed to be conducted on Saturday but was postponed to Sunday.
  • Before hiring the servant, the victim did not seek police verification from the area police station.
  • Police mull to announce reward to anyone who provides information about the accused.



Khattar inaugurates BJP’s online membership campaign
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurated the online membership campaign of the local unit of the BJP today. In charge of the local unit of the BJP, Aarti Mehra, and city unit president Sanjay Tandon were also present on the occasion.

Chief Minister Khattar said earlier, the party used to campaign peacefully and as per the constitution of the party. “Now, the BJP has taken lead by campaigning online and this will benefit the public to a large extent,” he added.

He said any person could join the party by calling on the party’s number. “I used to work in the streets, mohallas and mandal levels. The party has honoured me and today I am the Chief Minister. This can only be possible in the BJP,” he added.

BJP city unit president Sanjay Tandon said, “I am elated that Chief Minister Khattar, who used to work as the organisation secretary of Chandigarh, knows the names of all workers of the local unit.”



Staff crunch hits policing hard in Mohali
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 15
With having around 20 per cent officials of the Mohali police, posted/deputed out of the district or assigned VIP duties, the basic policing has been affected in the town.

The statistics revealed that about 1,950 posts from the ranks of inspector to constable have been sanctioned to the force here while the given strength is around 1,850. Out of the given strength, about 375 officials have been out of the district, either on deputation, VIP duties or temporary attachments.

This way, 1,475 police personnel have been given the responsibility of over 10 lakh population (677:1) of the entire district, having around 13 police stations.

For the constable rank, about 1,480 posts have been sanctioned but the number of filled posts is about 1,445. Against about 275 sanctioned post of head constables, the given strength is about 240. For the rank of assistant sub-inspector, the sanctioned strength is 120 but the number of posted officers here is about 90.

The inspector rank is the only exception as against about 25 sanctioned posts, the district has around 30 officers.

Adding insult to injury, about 280 constables, 55 head constables, 20 ASIs, 10 SIs and two inspectors have been out of the district either on deputation or temporary attachments.

The police control room staff included about 110 officials of different ranks. The district has 27 PCR motorcycles, 12 Gypsies (seven for night duty and five for day duty).

The substantial staff shortage is said to have taking toll on the officials here.

“We have been working for over 15 hours daily. The condition of those posted at police stations is worse as their working hours normally exceed 18 hours per day,” said a constable here on condition of anonymity.

He added that the basic policing in the district was being hit hard due to the reason. “The staff is overburdened and its effects can be seen on their (police personnel) performance,” said an ASI.

“Some police stations are being run with less than five staff members. Besides, protests, dharnas and highway blockades have become a routine thing in Mohali town. Apart from basic policing, we have to deal with protesters also on almost a daily basis”, he said, claiming that taking leave had become a difficult thing now.

Though a senior functionary of the Mohali police is tightlipped on the issue, the entire force has been on toes since Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had conducted a surprise check in the town on Thursday night and put four police officials, including an inspector, on suspension.

Sukhbir, who had roamed around for about an hour in the town in a private vehicle to check the security scenario on late Thursday late evening did not find even a single cop on any roundabout or any other public place that day. Even at the Phase 1 police station, where he went at around 9.45pm, he had found only ‘naib munshi’ while other staff on duty was found absent.

However, Mohali SSP Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti said certain extra forces were there to help the district police and there was no such issue.

“Whenever required, we interchange the duty of police personnel in such a way that nobody would feel overburdened,” he said.



Beautifying Mohali
Admn ropes in industrialists
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 15
To beautify the town, the Administration has started roping in local industries.

In a recent meeting, Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said Quark City, Philips and Punjab Tractors Limited have given their nod for the cause.

“In the first phase, the beautification work along the town’s entrance road (from Furniture Market, Chandigarh, to Lakhnaur) would be started soon. Quark City has given its nod to bear all the expenses for the purpose,” said Sidhu.

The DC also directed the GMADA and Municipal Corporation (MC) officials to prepare a special plan wherein beautification works would be kept on priority.

In the second phase, renovation of remaining roads and various locations in the Industrial Area would be taken up. Quark City would also start some social activities in slum areas. “We would start various programmes to provide technical and professional education to the young generation so as to enable them to get jobs,” assured the representatives of the company to the DC, adding that the technical education to 200 persons would be provided in this regard.

Sidhu said talks were on with Philips and the PTL in connection with the projects they would be dealing with.



Converted plot owners write to Union Minister
Say MSMED Act already implemented in city on the lines of other states
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
In the wake of BJP MP Kirron Kher and city unit president Sanjay Tandon’s recent meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh regarding implementation of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Act, 2006, the Chandigarh Industrial Converted Plot Owners Association has now written to the Home Minister stating, “The MSMED Act is already implemented in the city.”

In their letter to the minister, the association said the MSMED Act-2006 was implemented in the city on the lines of other states.

“Any individual can get his activity i.e. manufacturing or service registered under the MSMED Act irrespective of the area of activity happening in Chandigarh. However, the manufacturing activity can be done only in specified areas such as the Industrial Area, where only manufacturing can be carried out and service activities can by done in specified commercial areas,” reads the letter.

The association said some individuals wanted to take undue advantage of the Act and hence undertook activities that are not allowed in the Industrial Area such as opening of hotels, hospitals, retail shops etc.

They urged the minister that before issuing instructions, he should get it examined and ask the MSME Ministry to give its comments.

Industrialists divided over issue

The Industries Association of Chandigarh has sought the implementation of the act in the city. They had submitted to the Administration that the MSMED Act was enacted in 2006 to replace the age-old Industrial Development and Regulation Act-1952. This was done to accommodate changes in the market demands, technology and needs of the modern times and changed industrial scenario. Many value-added activities such as services and IT etc, which were non-existent earlier, were included in the act.



Absconding councillor’s car found in Baltana
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 15
The Panchkula police recovered the Maruti Swift car of absconding BJP councillor Ravi Kant Swami from outside a house in Baltana here this evening.

The police enquired from all those staying in the entire locality but no one knew about him. Not only this, the board of the councillor that was attached with the number plate on the front side was also removed to avoid the attention of the police.

His house is located near the Baltana area. The police is suspecting that he has gone out of the town, leaving his car abandoned.

The councillor has been absconding since a week after a case was lodged against him for passing casteist remarks to executive officer of the Municipal Corporation SK Chauhan. After the incident, protests triggered off to arrest the former immediately.

As the police failed to trace him, they got arrest warrants issued against him.



Myriad hues of culture at crafts mela
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
Foot-tapping music, a vibrant atmosphere and programmes showcasing cultural diversity of the country, the Crafts Mela underway at Kala Gram in Mani Majra has been a show stopper.
Girls dressed in traditional attire at Kala Gram in Chandigarh on Saturday
Cultural colour: Girls dressed in traditional attire; and (below) artistes perform during the sixth Chandigarh National Crafts Mela at Kala Gram, Chandigarh, 
on Saturday
artistes perform during the sixth Chandigarh National Crafts Mela at Kala Gram, Chandigarh,

The major attractions were the nine groups which showcased their traditional dances at the Crafts Mela Village here today.

Dressed in colourful traditional attires, the artistes presented dance items. The 500-year-old dance form of Punjab ‘Nachar’ attracted hordes of crowd. It is a celebratory song and dance in which three or four men dressed as women generally dance to the tunes of dhol, duggi and tambur.

Similarly, the age-old dance form of Haryana, Banchari, was another major attraction. The sounds of the nagada drums reverberated in the air at the crafts mela.

The 4000-year-old dance form of Jaipur, Kachhi Gohdi, was an eye catcher. The dance item had eight performers clad in dhotis and angrakhis jiving to the beats.

The 100-year-old dance form of Jammu, Khud dance, had the dancers sway to beats with sinuous grace in their movements.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was implemented at the event as puppets went about conveying the message to keep the surroundings clean.



Max holds diabetes camp at Sec 49
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
On the occasion of World Diabetes Day, a free diabetes check -up camp and a health seminar on prevention of diabetes was organised by Max Super Speciality Hospital (MSSH), Mohali, at Pushpac Society, Sector 49, today.

Dr Virendar Sarwal, director and head of the hospital, said, “Diabetes is one of the strongest cardiovascular risk factors among men and women. Epidemiological studies have shown that people with diabetes double the chance of getting cardiovascular disease than people without diabetes.”

“Men were generally prone to heart disease in their 40s or 50s, much before women. But for diabetic women, the cardiovascular risk occurs much earlier,” he added.

300 examined

More than 300 patients were examined at the camp organised by Max.



SAD reconstitutes its trade wing
NK Sharma to head Malwa (2) zone

Zirakpur, November 15
To address the problems of traders and industrialists and to strengthen the party, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) reconstituted its Beopar wing today.

The SAD president and Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Badal, today divided the state in four zones, namely Malwa (1), Malwa (2), Majha and Doaba. The appointments for all the Zones were made late on Saturday evening.

Dera Bassi MLA NK Sharma has been appointed as the president of the Malwa (2) zone, Saroop Chand Singla as chief of the Malwa (1) zone, Madan Lal Baga of the Majha zone and Gurcharan Singh Channi of the Doaba zone.

NK Sharma’s zone will include Mohali, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Barnala and Sangrur districts. — TNS



7-yr-old boy dies in wall collapse

Mohali, November 15
A seven-year-old boy who sustained injuries in a wall collapse incident, died today at the PGI in Chandigarh.

The deceased, Prince, and his relative, Pinjal, a three-year-old girl, were passing through a street when an under-construction wall fell on them at Badhmajra Colony, here.

Inspector Jaswinder Singh, station house officer of the Balongi police station, said both children were rushed to Civil Hospital, Mohali, from where she was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

“Prince was declared brought dead while Pinjal’s condition is said to be critical,” said the inspector.

Jaswinder said both victims belonged to migrant families, adding that “they came here from Uttar Pradesh to meet
a relative”. — TNS



Luxury expo gets under way

Zirakpur, November 15
The fifth edition of the Indian Luxury Expo, a three-day event, was inaugurated at a marriage palace here today.

The expo, which covers 20 lifestyle segments like art and collectibles, cars, luxury homes, apparel and accessories, banking, fragrance, footwear and travel, has been providing a platform to both homegrown and international brands to interact with luxury buyers. Panjab Motors Mercedes Private Limited, in association with Infinite Luxury Brands Private Limited, presented an exclusive show at the expo. — TNS



2-day festival to mark Nehru’s birth anniversary begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
On the 125th birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) started a two-day festival in Sector 40 today.

Area councillor Gurbax Rawat said they organised a series of programmes like blood donation camp, health check-up camp, drawing competition for children and volleyball competition for sportspersons.

Skater Vidushi Rawat, who had won numerous medals at the national level and Japtej Singh, who had played the role of young Milkha Singh in ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ a Hindi movie.



Lecture focuses on ‘rising tide of intolerance’

Chandigarh, November 15
A senior fellow of the Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory, New Delhi, Siddharth Varadarajan, delivered a lecture on the ‘Rising tide of intolerance and what we can do about it’ during the second Chetan Premani Memorial Lecture.

The debate on the issue covered all aspects faced by society due to intolerance.

The speaker talked about its effects on the lifestyle of the public in their day-to-day works. The event was organised in the memory of Chetan Premani who was a scientist and retired from IMTECH, Chandigarh, in 2011. — TNS



Celebrating motherhood

City-based Bedi Hospital will organise ‘Celebrating Motherhood Mom & Baby’s Day Out’— at Chandigarh Club on Sunday. Dr RS Bedi, CMD, Bedi Hospital, said it was for the first time in the city that expecting mothers would get a chance to walk the ramp at a special show for them. Aadil Bedi, a national junior golf champion, and Chahat, national junior swimming champion, will be the show-stoppers. Noted artist Savita Bhatti will be the chief guest.

Free dental check-up camp

On account of Children’s Day, the Legal Eye Humans Right Society in collaboration with Dentafix Multispecality Dental Clinic, Sector 21, organised a free dental check-up camp for special children who reside at Smarth, Sector 15. Several doctors were in attendance. Dr Aman Bhatia and Dr Priyanka S Bhatia from the Dentafix examined the special students on the occasion. — TNS



Fitness centre inaugurated

‘Any Tym Fitness Centre’ was inaugurated in Sector 40-C on Saturday. Mehak Gupta, the owner of the centre, said it was important that hubs for health and well-being were accessible to all.

She also beckoned all present to make use of the introductory 40 per cent discount offer which was valid till 1 January next year. Facilities of gym, cardio and aerobics would be available through certified and experienced trainers who were qualified to customise a result-oriented exercise regime. — TNS



student’s suicide in hostel
Finally, PU takes preventive measures
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
The Dean, Students’ Welfare (Women), Panjab University has directed the university’s engineering wing to immediately install wire mesh on the top two floors of all six-storeyed hostels to avoid any untoward incident.

Besides asking all hostel wardens to appoint senior students as counsellors, DSW (Women) Nandita has also told all departments to appoint two counsellors each to help students cope with any problem on the campus.

The move comes after Divya, a student pursing postgraduation in biophysics at Panjab University, committed suicide by jumping from the sixth floor of Hostel No. 5 in June this year.

The authorities had then decided to install grille in all balconies to avoid any such incident in future.

A special committee was also constituted to look into the issue, including the need to hire professional counsellors for students. Records revealed that in the past four months, the panel met three times and decided to install wire mesh as the budget estimate of installing grille was on the higher side.

For the time being, the university has decided to install wire mesh on the fifth and sixth floors of all six-storeyed hostels, and proceeding to the third and fourth floors once adequate funds become available with the engineering wing.

In a special meeting with all wardens, the DSW told them to appoint senior students as counsellors besides interacting with the hostellers on a routine basis. The DSW has also sent a communication to all departments asking them to appoint two internal counsellors each.

The departments have been told to finalise and send the names of these two counsellors by the next fortnight.

The DSW has also asked the student council members to keep in touch with all students and inform the varsity authorities about problems being faced by them.



Eco-friendly technologies discussed at PGIMER
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
The School of Public Health, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, organised environment awareness activities today to disseminate information on sustainable and eco-friendly technologies e.g. vermi-composting, reduce, reuse, recycle and recover (4Rs) and how to follow these practices in daily life.

The programme was inaugurated by Dr Rajesh Kumar, Head, School of Public Health.

He mentioned that loss of habitats and over exploitation would lead to depletion of genetic diversity of several wild animals and cultivated plants.

Shrinking genetic diversity leads to more vulnerability to diseases and pests and lesser adaptability to environmental changes.

The major attractions of the celebration were skits by students, short movies, plantation, poster display and demonstration of a vermi-composting unit for kitchen garden. A workshop on the theme of ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Practices’ was also organised. Expert lectures included ‘Why to Protect Ozone Layer’ by Dr Ravinda Khaiwal, PGIMER; ‘Resource Recycling’ by Dr Suman Mor, Panjab University; and ‘Forest and Sustainability’ by Dr Aseem Sharma, IFS, Department of Forest and Wild Life Preservation, Punjab.

Dr Ravindra Khaiwal, assistant professor of Environment Health, School of Public Health, PGIMER, mentioned that prolonged human exposure to solar UV radiation might result in acute and chronic health effects on skin and eyes.

Dr Ravindra Khaiwal, said evidence suggests that environmental levels of UV radiation might suppress immune system and thereby enhance the risk of infectious diseases and limit the efficacy of vaccinations.

Dr Suman Mor talked about how to reduce wastage of resources and stressed to adopt more efficient methods for recycling of waste to achieve sustainable waste management.

She stressed that there was a need to promote sustainable practices not only to preserve biodiversity, but also to maintain sustainable livelihoods, and enhance human well-being.

Main speaker and guest of honour, Dr Aseem Sharma said forest sustainability was a balance between society’s increasing demands for forest products and benefits, and the preservation of forest for health and diversity.

This balance was critical to the survival of forests, and to the prosperity of forest-dependent communities. Hence, the implementation of sustainable practices would bring improvements in biodiversity, ecosystem conservation, socio-economic benefits, equitable distribution of resources and to mitigate the adverse impact of climate change.



science exhibition
Experts throw light on LEDs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 15
The importance of colours, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and white light was highlighted at a lecture during the 41st Jawaharlal Nehru National Science, Mathematics and Environment Exhibition held at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, today.

Delivering the talk, Prof Deepak Gupta from the IIT, Kanpur, advocated the need to use LEDs for lighting purposes. Shedding more light on the subject, Prof Gupta said this year the Nobel Prize in physics has been conferred upon Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura for the invention of efficient blue LEDs that have enabled the development of bright and energy-saving white light sources.

Speaking on the occasion, the Society for Promotion of Science and Technology president, Dharam Vir, said the country, facing a serious problem of power cuts, should move to alternative sources of energy.

“There is a dire need to create an environment where power cuts become a thing of the past. All of us need to change our mindset and use energy-efficient lights that also ensure a safer environment,” he said.



from schools
Inter-school competition

Students give wings to their imagination during a drawing competition at Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary Model School, Sector 27, Chandigarh Chandigarh: Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary Model School, Sector 27, hosted an inter-school competition to commemorate the death anniversary of Hardayal Mahajan, former president of the JB Charitable Trust. Competitions in paper folding, paper cutting, freehand drawing and computer skills were held. Principal Saroj Savant gave the vote of thanks.

Students give wings to their imagination during a drawing competition at Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary Model School, Sector 27, Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph

Sports meet

Ryan International School organised the annual sports meet of Jeevan Mukt Nishulk Vidyalaya, a school adopted by the school at Jagatpura village. The students participated in a number of track events. They were given prizes and certificates.

Annual function

DC Montessori School, Mani Majra, organised its sixth annual function “DC Mites”. RJ Khanderao, the regional officer-cum-deputy secretary of the Central Board of Secondary Education, Panchkula, was the chief guest.

Annual day

The annual day function of The New Public School, Sector 18, was held at Tagore Theatre. The tiny tots of playway and nursery staged a musical presentation, “Ek Chidiya”, spreading the message of unity.

Cleanliness drive

Kinderpillar Ivy League School organised a cleanliness drive to make the children aware of personal hygiene and the need to keep surroundings clean. The children, carrying mops and dusters, cleaned their classroom. The school ground was also cleaned and the litter was disposed of in dustbins.

Annual fete

Ankur School hosted its annual fete on the Panjab University campus. Various food stalls and game stalls were set up during the event. Students attended the fete along with their parents. Ankur School Management Committee chairperson Prof Neera Grover gave away certificates to the winners.

Children’s Day

Sri Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, celebrated Children's Day. A colourful cultural programme was presented by the students. They took part in fashion show and presented dance items. Government High Smart School, Sector 50, students, too, celebrated the day. Special fun games were organised for them.

Campaign launched

Panchkula: As a part of the Swachh Bharat campaign, Government Senior Secondary School, Behlana, has started the “Swachh Balak Mission” on the school premises.

Colourful programme

The students of Strawberry Public School presented various song and dance performances at their 14th annual day function. Ganesh Vandana marked the beginning of the colourful show. A fashion show, Rajasthani dance and other attractive items were presented.

Play staged

Amravati Vidyalaya celebrated its annual day on the school campus. The theme of the programme was “Untouchability in United India”. The play “Untouchablity — A social Curse” was appreciated by all. The play was based on the life of an untouchable girl who wants to be treated like everybody else in the society. Folk dances of states of the northeastern states besides bhangra performances captivated the gathering. School’s vice-chairman Kulbhushan Goel launched the second edition of the annual magazine “The Mouthpiece”. — TNS



PU & college notes

Chandigarh: The history department of the MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, organised an inter-college debate on “British rule – A boon or bane for the Indian Economy”. Professor Anju Suri of the Department of History, Panjab University, was the chief guest. The event witnessed an enthusiastic participation of teams from eight city colleges.

Skit competition

The Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 42, organised an inter-college skit competition on the theme gender sensitisation. A total of 10 teams from different colleges of the region participated in the event with great zeal.


A seminar on current trends in chemistry was organised by the chemistry department of GGDSD College, Sector 32. Dr Shweta Kapoor delivered a lecture on the topic “Nanotechnology: Being small, speaking louder”. She discussed the fundamental aspects of nanoparticles.

Project awarded

Panjab University’s botany department will be the lead centre for a prestigious international project on environmental effects of food crops. The project was awarded to Prof Harsh Nayyar through a global competition conducted by the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research.

Professor honoured

The University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, PU, chairman Prof Bhupinder Singh Bhoop has been selected for the Bharathi Vidhyapeeth Award for the Best Pharmacy Teacher – 2014. The award is given by the Association of Pharmacy Teachers of India.


Students take part in a quiz at Panjab University on SaturdayThe Centre for IAS and Other Competitive Examinations organised a first-of-its-kind quiz for the Panjab University students. More than 50 teams from various departments of the university took part in the quiz. The preliminary round was held at the centre and the finale was organised at the auditorium of the University School of Open Learning. — TNS
Students take part in a quiz at Panjab University on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari



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