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I was never raped: Student
Says wanted teachers to scold her alcoholic father for thrashing her, siblings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
A day after a 17-year-old girl accused her father of raping her, the victim retracted her statements today and stated before the Magistrate that she was never raped.

The girl, who was brought to the District Courts by the UT police to get her statements recorded under Section 164 of the CrPC, said her father was an alcoholic and she only wanted that he should not beat them up. She told the Magistrate that her father never raped her and her statements were false.

“My father is an alcoholic. He used to thrash me and my siblings. I told my school Principal about it because I wanted the teachers to scold him into not beating us up. Whatever I wrote in the letter given to the Principal is false. No one has raped me,” she told the court.

The U-turn by the victim came as a shock for the UT police as only yesterday the victim had complained that she was being sexually exploited by her father since the age of 12.

A Class XI student of a Sector 35-based school, the girl had yesterday stated that she was repeatedly raped by her father, a daily wager and resident of Kajheri village.

The police had said that the victim had also alleged that she underwent abortion twice. A medical examination of the girl was conducted at a government hospital. The police had then registered a case and begun investigations.

Social stigma to blame?

The U-turn by the victim has raised a question mark on whether the girl has been forced to retract her statements owing to pressure from her family or society. A peep into cases of rape registered reveal that in a majority of the cases, the victims fail to support the prosecution theory. Legal experts said social stigma was one of the major reasons why rape victims were turning hostile. More than 80 per cent of the rape cases registered this year have resulted in acquittals as the victims fail to support the prosecution theory.

Day after, girl takes a U-turn

A Class XI student of a Sector 35-based school, the girl had on Tuesday alleged that she was repeatedly raped by her father, a daily wager and resident of Kajheri village. The police had said that the victim had also stated that she underwent abortion twice.



FIR against her father to go
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
The police have decided to cancel the case registered against the Class XI student’s father after she retracted her statements.

ASP (South) Urvija Goel said though a case was registered against the girl's father immediately after receiving the complaint, he was not arrested since the girl kept on changing her statements.

“The girl even refused to go in for a medical examination yesterday,” the ASP said. The girl's father was booked under Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and under several sections of the Indian Penal Code.



Mayor rejects DC’s letter
Officer had sought views of House on holding mayoral poll in Dec
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
City Mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan today rejected the Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) letter in which he had sought the views of the MC House on holding the mayoral elections in December instead of January 1. Recently, local MP Kirron Kher had written to the UT Home Secretary to hold the mayoral elections before January 1. The Home Secretary had marked the letter to UT DC Mohammad Shayin.

In his letter to the Municipal Corporation, the DC had sought the views of the MC House on whether the mayoral elections could be held December or not.

MC Joint Commissioner Rajiv Gupta today placed the letter before the Mayor to include it as an agenda item for the MC House meeting, scheduled for November 28, to seek the views of all councillors -- elected as well as nominated. However, the Mayor rejected the letter and told the official that this letter would not be included in the agenda.

MP Kirron Kher, in her letter to the UT Administration, had stated that during the first five years after the MC was formed, the mayoral elections were held on December 23. Most of the councillors had requested that the elections should be held in December because those contesting for the posts of Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor had to campaign for at least a week ahead of the elections, during which residents celebrated Christmas and New Year's Eve. The elections should be held between December 15 and 20, Kirron had stated.

Mayor Harphool Kalyan said according to the MC Act, the Mayor’s tenure was for one year and no elections could take place before the completion of the present Mayor’s tenure, which would end on December 31. "Nobody has the power to curtail the Mayor’s tenure," he said.

BJP’s Arun Sood, leader of the opposition in the MC House, said the DC had sought the views of the entire House. How can the Mayor decide on the issue on his own? The Mayor should have brought this letter before the MC House so that all councillors could share their point of view on whether the mayoral elections should be held in December or January 1. The BJP would raise the issue in the coming MC House meeting, Sood said.

MC Joint Commissioner Rajiv Gupta said they would now submit their reply to the DC's office stating that the Mayor did not agree to include the DC’s letter as an agenda item. Now, the DC's office would take the final call on deciding the date for the mayoral elections, he said. 



Soon, know status of driver's licence online
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
Soon, vehicle owners will be able to see unallotted vanity numbers of different series online. They will also be able to know the status of their driver's licence at a click of the mouse. After getting clearance from the National Informatics Centre (NIC), the UT Transport Department is all set to launch its user-friendly website.

The date for the launch of the website is yet to be decided. The website will enable users to download application forms which are at present sold at the counters of the offices of the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) in Sectors 17 and 42, and the Industrial Area. The applicant will have to pay the fee while depositing the form at the counter.

Applicants for a learner’s licence will now be able to undergo a mock online test to check their skills. Users can also check the details of the driver's licence or of vehicles registered after 2007. “To ensure that the information is not misused, the information seeker will have furnish some basic information as part of the security feature,” said Kashish Mittal, RLA. Step-by-step details about filling application forms, the procedure for getting high security registration plates (HSRPs), online calculation of road tax, traffic signs, traffic violations, frequently asked questions and traffic rules will now be available at a click of the mouse.

The RLA said it would be for the first time that vehicle owners would be able to see the unallotted vanity numbers of different series, beginning from CH01 AA. At present, they have to visit the RLA office in Sector 17 to get the details. “The previous experiment of home delivery of the driver's licence and registration certificates has been encouraging. A number of cases have been detected wherein the applicant was not living at the given address,” said Mittal.

Online appointment soon

The Transport Department also plans to start an online system for seeking appointment for the submission of the application forms. Efforts are also being made for the online allotment of the date for affixing HSRPs.

Auction of Nos. on Dec 6, 7

The RLA will hold a two-day open auction of vehicle registration numbers of the new series (CH 01 BA) on December 6 and December 7.


Nehru Serai to be razed
No rehabilitation plan proposed by the PGI administration
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
In a setback to hundreds of patients at the PGI who cannot afford frequent travelling or charges of accommodation in the city, the institute’s apex decision- making body has approved demolition of Nehru Serai. The PGI’s Governing Body is the highest decision-making body headed by Union Health Minister JP Nadda. The Health Minister is also the president of the institute (PGIMER).

In fact, while seeking and attaining approval for demolition of the oldest serai, that charges a minimal fee of Rs 10 per day from poor patients, the PGI Administration did not suggest any alternative for the accommodation of these patients (a copy of agenda is with Chandigarh Tribune).

The decision was taken at a recent meeting of the PGI’s governing body in New Delhi, minutes of which, were received at the institute today. “The institute has an old serai (46 rooms) in the vicinity of Nehru Hospital behind the Dental Block. The serai was constructed almost 50 years ago and is in dilapidated condition. The roof level of the serai is below the level of V3 road due to which there is no proper lighting and ventilation in the serai building. Most of the rooms have leakage/seepage and termite problems and are not livable,” the PGI stated in the proposal.

The proposal is to set up a two-level block with a basement to accommodate essential patient care services in this area after dismantling the serai.

The serai is the only hope to thousands of chronically ill patients who need to consult the doctors in Nehru Serai regularly and can only afford a nominal fee of Rs 10 per day. Already, when more than a hundred patients and their attendants put up in open parks at the PGI campus due to unavailability of rooms at the serais in the campus, an entire serai—located nearest to the Nehru Hospital is being demolished. There are two more serais on the PGI campus—Hansraj and Rotary serai — which have limited number of rooms while the hospital sees a daily footfall of over 25,000 outstation patients and their attendants.

An official from the institute said that demolition was mandatory as the serai was blocking the movement of fire tenders in the area. 

CAG report comes down heavily on PGI

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), in its audit report for 2012-13, came down heavily on the institute, stating, “The Engineering Department of the institution was not serious towards facilities which were exclusively meant for poor patients. No provision was made in the annual Budget for repair or maintenance of the serais.”

We are contemplating rehabilitation plan

"We are contemplating a rehabilitation plan for Nehru Serai. We will either construct a new shelter home in the area or in the Operation Theatre Complex." — Official spokesperson, PGI



PGI opens second gate for exit of vehicles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
In a significant move, the second gate of the PGIMER facing Sector 11 has been connected directly with the road leading from the New OPD Block of the Institute for the exit of vehicles. Earlier, there was only one gate for entry and exit of the vehicles in the area.

Nearly 7,000 patients and equal number of attendants visit the New OPD Block everyday. Of these, nearly 50 per cent of the patients come in private vehicles. The road connects the staff parking behind the New OPD Block as well as the road leading from the entrance of the New OPD Block.

The exiting of vehicles from the second gate will also decongest the bus stop located right outside the Gate No.2 of the PGI. 



Mohali MC demands 25 acres for dairies
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, November 26
The Municipal Corporation here has demanded 25 acres for setting up dairies in a bid to shift all cattle out of the limits of the civic body. At present, 3,218 heads of cattle have been kept in six villages falling within the jurisdiction of the corporation.

The civic body had carried out a survey to know the number of animals kept in the villages within the municipal limits so that adequate land for setting up dairies could be sought.

According to the survey, 1,091 animals are kept by residents in Sohana village, 1,056 in Kumbra village and 838 in Matour village. The number of cattle in the remaining three villages was quite low. While Madanpur had only 50 animals, Mohali village had 62 and Shahimajra had 121 animals.

Corporation Commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta wrote a demi-official letter to the Deputy Commissioner on November 21 requesting him to provide 25 acres for shifting dairies out of the town and an additional 5 acres for setting up a gaushala.

Gupta stated in the letter that Mohali had been developed as a planned town where basic facilities had been provided to the residents. But people had set up dairies in the villages falling within the municipal limits, which had led to problem of insanitation and accidents when these animals were let loose for grazing by villagers.

He said in a planned town like Mohali, a separate area should be earmarked for dairies. Apart from the facility of keeping animals, there should be adequate space for a veterinary clinic, a bio-gas plant, a tubewell, a disposal unit and for storing dry and green fodder.

Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said after receiving the commissioner’s letter, he had directed the ADC concerned to identify land for setting up the dairies. Another site, measuring about 25 acres, had been identified at Behlolpur village for making a cattle pound, he said.



Hookah bars banned in Mohali district
Ban order to remain in force till Jan 28: DC
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 26
Mohali Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu has banned the functioning of hookah bars in the district under Section 144 of the CrPc. The ban order will remain in force till January 28, 2015.

Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said it had been brought to his notice by the Civil Surgeon that a number of hookah bars functioning in the district were serving tobacco molasses containing nicotine, which was highly injurious to health.

He said such molasses were also being given to minors. It was suspected that at times, apart from tobacco, other harmful substances were also mixed with tobacco molasses and served at these bars.

Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said the ban had been imposed in view of the general health and interests of the public and to ensure in particular that school and college-going students and minors did not become a victim of substances which were harmful to health. 



Checking crime priority: Akhtar
Panchkula Deputy Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner of Police take charge
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 26
New Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Vivek Atray today joined his office. Immediately after taking the charge, Atray was seen on his toes checking arrangements for the visit of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki at the Parade Ground, Sector 5, here.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Atray said: “I have joined today only. I will interact with the media tomorrow.”

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Hamid Akhtar also joined his office yesterday.

While talking to Chandigarh Tribune, he said: “Checking crime will be my priority, apart from other activities”.

On being asked about the previous unsolved cases, he said: “I need a week to study them and will be able to tell anything after that only.”

There are a number of unsolved cases in Panchkula since 2007, of which maximum are robbery cases.

Talking about the safety of the elderly persons, Akhtar said: “We will be making people aware of verification of servants and tenants. Even the Commissioner of Police has planned many such programmes in this regard.”

While Vivek Atray has replaced SS Phulia, Hamid Akhtar has replaced Rahul Sharma. Sharma is now the Superintendent of Police (SP), Panipat. Akhtar was the SP, Rewari.

Major robbery cases lying unsolved:

January 2013: Ritanesh Tripath, an employee of a cash collection company, was shot at and robbed of Rs 17.58 lakh by four robbers in a white Etios

October 2013: In broad daylight, five armed robbers in a white Etios looted Rs 16 lakh from two employees of a petrol pump in Amravati Enclave, Panchkula, when they were on their way to deposit cash at a nearby branch of the SBI

December 2013: Four robbers donning police uniform looted Rs 1.68 crore and two double-barrelled guns from CMS Company’s security van at gunpoint after throwing chilly powder in the eyes of four persons on the Chanidgarh-Baddi highway

February 2012: Two employees of a private transport company robbed of Rs 6 lakh at gunpoint in Sector 14, Panchkula

May, 2012: An employee, Brij Mohan, was shot at and robbed of Rs 4.4 lakh at Sector 12-A Panchkula

October, 2012: Rs 13.17 lakh were robbed from employees of a security agency near Vishal Mega Mart, Sector 5, Panchkula

November, 2009: A bag with Rs 18 lakh cash looted at gunpoint from Anil Kumar, an employee of the Electricity Department.

January, 2008: Two employees of Berkeley Automobiles robbed of Rs 5.16 lakh in the Industrial Area at gunpoint

March 2008: Two employees of Vishal Mega Mart robbed of Rs 45,000 in Sector 10, Panchkula 



Federation opposes caste-based reservation

Mohali, November 26
Members of the General Categories Welfare Federation, Punjab, staged a dharna here today against caste-based reservation. The protesters, who gathered at the Dasehra Ground in Phase VIII here, demanded the implementation of a circular of the Personnel Department of the Punjab Government regarding reservation.

Shyam Lal Sharma, chief organiser of the federation, said under the circular reserved castes should only be given quota but no benefit in seniority. Seniority should not be given on the basis of the roster points but from the date of joining service.

The protesters also sought the creation of a department for the welfare of the general categories and to prevent irregularities in the name of reservation.

They said reservation in promotions should be scrapped. The “creamy layer” should be removed from the ambit of reservation. During direct recruitment, the economic and not the caste criterion should be adopted. — OC 



AAP celebrates foundation day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Chandigarh unit, celebrated its foundation day at its office in Sector 41 here today. Party volunteers gathered at the office. The volunteers also paid floral tributes to the martyrs of the 26/11 Mumbai attack. 

AAP volunteers Vijaypal Singh and HK Arora addressed the gathering. Eleven party volunteers contributed Rs 2,611 each on the foundation day of the party. This amount will be sent to the Delhi party office for the upcoming elections.



NCC cadets felicitated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
On the concluding day of the week-long NCC anniversary celebrations, Chandigarh NCC Group Commander Brig MG Sekaran today felicitated cadets for their performance in various activities that were conducted during the year.

The Best Cadet Award for different wings in the junior division went to Divya Thomas, Shreya Shruti, Aseem Sharma, Anish Walia. In the senior division, the award went to Sahil Kumar Samyal, Pankaj Singh, Garima and Preeti Chaudhary.

Associate NCC officers were also commended on the occasion. These included Capt Neelam Kumari, Lt Roop Kaur, SO Veena Chauhan and SO Anil Patel.

Last week, NCC cadets visited the Old Age Home and Institute for the Blind. They also held a run for fun, aero modelling air show, blood donation camp and carried out various social awareness rallies.



HUDA finding it tough to recover rent from police
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 26
Officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) are facing a tough time to recover the rent of Indradhanush auditorium from a client which is none other than Panchkula police.

On Tuesday, new Commissioner of Police OP Singh had addressed his policemen at Indradhanush Auditorium, Sector 5. Cops from the rank of constable to Deputy Commissioner of Police attended the gathering.

The cops alleged that HUDA had promised to give them the auditorium free-of-cost and started demanding money after the enquiries were made by media, HUDA officials stated that the rent is equal for everyone.

Executive engineer said, “I have asked my Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) to recover the rent from them. SDO does the bookings and didn’t allow any one to use the services free-of-cost.”

Panchkula cops had a different tale to tell. Station House Officer of Sector 5 police station, Inspector Baljeet Singh said, “Initially, HUDA officials said they will not charge money as the programme was scheduled for only one hour. But now they are demanding money. From where will arrange Rs 15,000?”

The rent for the programme was Rs 15,000. It is always paid in advance. For private persons, the rent is higher while for government bodies it is comparatively less.

After the SHO got various calls from the Executive engineer today, he said, “I have asked DCP and he said the department will pay the rent soon.” On Tuesday, about 800 police officials were addressed by OP Singh and they were taught to be honest in their conduct. Ten points as a pledge were raised in the function. Commissioner of Police OP Singh did not comment on the issue.



P’kula gets makeover for CM’s visit
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 26
Before Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s visit to the Sector 5 Parade Ground to attend spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s function, Haryana Urban Development Authority officials gave the town a makeover at the eleventh hour.

All roads near the venue were cleaned in the afternoon itself. Road berms were also painted. The Parade Ground is next to the Shalimar Ground in Sector 5 here, which was given a makeover during the oath-taking ceremony of the Haryana Chief Minister and the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In the evening, traffic chaos was witnessed near the venue on the road dividing Sectors 5 and 2. However, traffic congestion was eased after sometime.

The Haryana CM also visited the BJP Office in Sector 2 here before the function. He came to greet new state president Subhash Barala, who is the MLA from Tohana. Barala said he would work for the state.



Health Notes
Rheumatology meet at PGI

The 30th annual conference of the Indian Rheumatology Association will be organised at the PGI, Chandigarh, from November 27 to 30. Around 1,000 delegates are expected to attend the conference.

The invited faculty includes Prof William St Clair, President of the American College of Rheumatology, Prof Simon Bowman, president, British Society of Rheumatology, Prof Kevin Pile, president, Asia Pacific League Against Rheumatism, Prof LoicGullevin, Chief, French Vasculitis Group, Prof Peter C Taylor (Oxford University), Prof David Jayne, Cambridge, Prof Robert Fox, San Diego, US, Prof Justin Mason, London, Prof Robert Moots, Liverpool and Syed AtiqulHaq (Dhaka). — TNS



‘Google My Business’ app launched

Google on Wednesday announced the launch of a ‘Google My Business’ app in Chandigarh by enrolling five small medium businesses to succeed online. The new product designed to work across both desktop and mobile devices (tablets and smart phones) will help small medium businesses to create and update their business information on Google Search, Maps and Google+ from one place for free in both Hindi and English. 

The product makes it easier for businesses to create their online presence even when they don’t have a website and manage it from their smart phones. It will also make it easier for customers to get in touch with the local businesses when they search for them online. Google will also offer free support through a toll-free helpline number (18004190935) to businesses in Chandigarh, to help set up their presence online. Suryanarayana Kodukulla, Head of SMB sales, Google India, said: “We have set an ambitious plan to bring down the barriers that inhibits SMBs in India from embracing the Internet. — TNS



PU fee isn’t that high!
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
Student parties are holding protests against the proposal for a 5 per cent fee hike at Panjab University and its regional centres for the session 2015-16. Since the time the announcement has been made, students are urging the authorities concerned to roll it back. The university, however, is offering courses at comparatively lesser fee than most varsities in the region.

Comparing the fee structure of the eight universities in the region, Panjab University is the second from the bottom, with the lowest fee structure being offered at Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar. The fee structure of professional education is also far less than the other private and government universities of the region.

For LLB course, Panjab University charges Rs 29,000 per annum while, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, charges Rs 50,000 per annum. The highest fee charged for this course in the region is Rs 80,000 per annum by the Lovely Professional University. For MBA, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, charges Rs 84,750 per annum while, PU charges Rs 85,000 per annum. Punjabi University, Patiala, charges Rs 92,000 per annum and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, charges Rs 96,050 for the similar course. The most expensive MBA course offered in the region is by Thapar University, i.e. Rs 2.20 lakh per annum.

Panjab University Dean Student Welfare Navdeep Goyal said the authorities have proposed a minimal hike in the fee. The authorities had proposed the hike last year as well. “The maximum capping proposed by fee committee is Rs 1,800 which will be sent for the approval of syndicate and senate. The decision has been taken due to financial crunch,” said Goyal.



Scholarship scheme for needy finds few takers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
The Panjab University students’ party leaders, protesting against the proposed five per cent fee hike for the 2015-16 session, seem clueless about the number of students who have availed scholarship from the economically weaker sections (EWS) fund till now. Surprisingly, as per a record from the Dean Student Welfare office, only four students have availed the scholarship under the special scheme in the current session so far.

When the authorities had proposed the hike in the fee, it was decided that of the total collection of Rs 1.5 crore, Rs 75 lakh will be utilised for the EWS students. PU Dean Student Welfare Navdeep Goyal said there are no takers for the EWS scholarship. He said the students who availed the scholarship this year were those who had lost their parents during the second or third year of their course, due to which they were forced to seek support from the authorities. Goyal said this provision was included under the scheme, this year only.

Students to hold protest today

Meanwhile, representatives of five of the students’ parties, Students’ Federation of India, Indian National Students Organisation, Ambedkar Students Association, Hindustan Students’ Association and Student Organisation of India, met Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover in this regard today and asked him to roll it back.

It is learnt that during the meeting, the VC told the students that the collection made due to the fee hike will be spent on their welfare.

Students, however, have demanded to roll back the decision as it will affect the economically weaker students of the campus.

As the authorities have refused to take back the decision, the parties have decided to hold a protest tomorrow. The PU authorities have hiked the fee for the current session across the board, after a period of six years. 



Nursery admission process to begin from Dec 1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
The common admissions schedule for nursery is scheduled to begin from December 1 onwards for all the local schools. As per the schedule released by the education secretary, Sarvjit Singh, the admission forms will be available from December 1.

The forms will be available from December 1 to December 20 free-of-cost.

The schools which have already started the admission process will also follow the schedule set by the UT Education Department.

As per the notification, the city schools are supposed to display the information regarding the admission in nursery schools on or before November 30. The information regarding the total number of seats, admission criteria, age requirement, documents required, fee structure, dates of draw and admission will be displayed on the notice boards and websites of the respective schools. Parents will get around 20 days to submit the admission forms. The admission process is expected to continue till March 2015.

The admission forms of government schools will be available on the website of the UT Education Department. The schools will announce the list of eligible candidates on or before December 24. The list of selected students (including students in the waiting list) will be displayed by January 28, 2015. This year, the department has also extended the dates for the deposition the fees. According to the new structure, the fee will be deposited from February 1 onwards.

In a nutshell

November 30, 2014- Schools will display admission-related information on notice board, website

December 1 to December 20-Issuance of forms

December 1 to December 20-Submission of forms

December 24-List of eligible applicants will be out

January 10 to 28 ( 2015)-Finalisation of selected and waiting lists

Till January 28-Selected and waiting lists will be displayed

February 1 to 20-Fee will be deposited

February 23-Names of children selected through waiting list will be displayed

February 23 to March 7-Fee will be deposited of children selected through waiting list.



Seminar on women empowerment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 26
The Centre for Social Research (CSR), and the Department of Sociology, Panjab University (PU), organised a one-day seminar on the theme of women empowerment today.

The programme was organised in continuity with the Beijing declaration on women empowerment that was pronounced in 1995. Prof Rajesh Gill, Prof Sherry Sabbarwal and Dr Kumool Abbi spoke on various issues related to the theme.

YWCA community leader interacts with students

The Department of Life Long Learning and Extension (DLLLE), Panjab University (PU), in collaboration with Young Women Christian Association, Chandigarh, organised an interface with working women and community leader at YWCA, Sector 11, Chandigarh.

The interface was organised on the theme of anti-violence among women. The occasion was celebrated all over the world with a focus on ‘Orange your Neighbourhoods’, which is a part of Mr Ban’s campaign-UNITE to End Violence against Women on November 25. The Associate Professor from the Department of Life Long Learning and Extension, PU, Renu Gandhi, YWCA Dr Joginder Mukherjee and Preeti Joseph interacted with the students. 



Youth Parliament
Students discuss bullet trains
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 26
With a mission to ponder over a fruitful today and develop a promising tomorrow, Chandigarh University organised a “Youth Parliament” where participants expressed their opinions and debated their ideologies at the replica of the Indian Parliament.

The university students were divided into teams, imitating the role of the government and the opposition.

The topics were introducing bullet trains in India along with its infrastructure and financing options, whether India should host mega sport events like the Commonwealth Games or the FIFA World Cup and the initiation of peace talks with Pakistan.

Dr Navdeep Kaur, chairperson, Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University, and Himanshu Diwedi, member, Indian Theatre, Panjab University, played the role of moderator and judged the performance of the students.



pu and college notes
MCM DAV College conducts workshop

The Department of History, MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh, organised a workshop on ‘Safal yuva- Yuva bharat’ in collaboration with Vivekanand Foundation. Kumari Alkagauri Joshi, Jeevanvrati, Vivekananda Kendra and other representatives from the Vivekanand Foundation conducted the unique workshop with an aim to help the youth in choosing the right path and also to build in them the confidence and conviction to surmount mountain high obstacles in reaching their goals. A book exhibition was also held to introduce students to books that can enlighten their path of life.

Alumnus visits PU

Alumnus of Panjab University (PU) and a noted UK industrialist, entrepreneur and renowned philanthropist Professor Nat Puri visited the PU campus on Wednesday. Prof Puri, whose real name is Nathu Puri, recalled his association with the university and appreciated the fast growth of the university at the global level. Prof Grover informed Prof Puri about various initiatives being taken up by PU for enhancing the productivity of the university.

Special lecture

Dr Ambedkar Centre for Socio-Economic Studies, Panjab University (PU), organised a special lecture on the topic of making of image of Dr Ambedkar in North India on Wednesday. Renowned academician and expert on Dalit issues, Dr Badri Narayan, professor of social history and cultural anthropology at the GB Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad, delivered a lecture on the occasion.

Lecture on Kanshi Ram

Prof Badri Narayan of Allahabad University presented Professor Pradeep Kumar memorial lecture on Kanshi Ram and Dalit Bahujan politics at the university. The lecture was organised by the PU Department of Political Science. In his lecture, Prof Narayan, who has authoured biography of Kanshi Ram, referred to both social as well as electoral politics of Kanshi Ram. — TNS



school notes
St Mary’s School conducts debate

St Mary’s School, Sector 46, hosted an annual debate in the memory of Dr Paulose Mar Gregorios on Tuesday. The topic of the debate was ‘Peer pressure is harmful to the individual’. The best speaker prize was awarded to Abhigyan of Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, Chandigarh, while second and third best speaker prizes went to Gaganraj Singh of Sri Sukhmani International School, Dera Bassi, and Harmandeep of DPS, Sector 40, Chandigarh, respectively.

Students of Millennium School, Sector 67, Mohali, take out a rally to raise awareness about blood donation on Wednesday
Students of Millennium School, Sector 67, Mohali, take out a rally to raise awareness about blood donation on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Annual function

Shishu Niketan Public School, Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, Panchkula, organised its annual function ‘Strings’ on Wednesday at Indradhanush Auditorium. The function started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the chief guest, accompanied by the founder principal of the school, Amita Khorana.

Sports Day

Sports Day was celebrated in Green Castle Public School, Sector 47. Davesh Moudgal, Deputy Mayor of Chandigarh, presided over the celebration as a chief guest.

Folk dance competition

Satyng Tashan Sangeet Kala Kendra, Chandigarh, organised a Tricity Inter-School Classical and Folk Dance Competition at Manav Mangal Smart School, Mohali. In both the categories, boys and girls, the Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, Panchkula, clinched the first position.

Poetry-recitation contest

With a purpose to hone skills of self expressions, a Hindi poetry recitation contest- Kavyanjali, was organised in the junior wing of St Xavier’s High School, Panchkula.

Govt High School win prizes

The students of Government High School, Sector 53, (A Smart School), Chandigarh, proved their mettle by grabbing prizes, along with three running trophies, in various music competitions held in Chandigarh from November 22 to 25. The team of the school got first prize and clinched the overall running trophy in group shabad gayan competition. They also got second prize and running trophy in National Anthem competition.

Field show at DPS

Students of Classes VII and VIII of Delhi Public School (DPS), Chandigarh, celebrated their annual field show ‘Udaan-The free spirit flight of every teenager’ on November 25. Dr. Sudha Sharma was the chief guest. The principal, Reema Dewan, and guests released balloons to mark the beginning of the event.

Maths and science exhibition

A maths and science exhibition was organised by the Education Department, UT Chandigarh, under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan Project (Cluster No. 13). Models displayed on energy conservation, alternate sources of energy and pollution were liked by one and all. — TNS



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