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Blow to property owners
Patil says no to conversion of leasehold properties into freehold
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
In a major blow to city residents, UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil has turned down the proposal to convert leasehold residential and commercial properties into freehold. The move will affect the owners of nearly 50,000 leasehold properties, both residential and commercial, including 35,000 Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) flats, 2,000 commercial properties, 4,500 residential properties which come under the Estate Office and the CHB flats being constructed in Sector 63.

The UT Administration has already conveyed to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that it is against converting industrial leasehold plots into freehold.

The Union Government, in its letter to the UT Administration, had asked for ways to increase the UT’s revenue. UT officials had submitted a proposal stating that by converting leasehold properties (residential and commercial) into freehold, the Administration could increase its revenue.

Sources said at a recent meeting with Patil, UT officials submitted that in 1996, according to the then collector rates, the UT had fixed Rs 1,710 per sq yard as the conversion fee.

At the meeting, the officials proposed to increase the conversion fee 10 times and proposed to fix Rs 17,000 per sq yard as the conversion fee for converting residential and commercial leasehold properties into freehold. However, Patil rejected the proposal and maintained that the UT had a right over the leasehold properties, a senior UT official, who was also part of the meeting, said.

The Chandigarh Administration has put on hold the transfer of residential property from leasehold to freehold. The orders concern those having residential properties allotted by the UT Estate Office and the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB).

In case of commercial properties, the UT Administration had last converted leasehold plots into freehold in 1983. In 2001, the Chandigarh Administration had allowed GPA holders to get residential property transferred in their names by paying a fixed conversion charge and also 12.5 per cent of the present market value as the stamp duty. Since then, no residential leasehold properties were converted into freehold in the city, a senior UT official said.

Chandigarh Beopar Mandal president Charanjiv Singh said it was a matter of great concern that the UT Administrator had not taken up any issue of public interest. Important issues were lying pending.

50,000 residential, commercial properties

The move will affect the owners of nearly 50,000 leasehold properties, both residential and commercial, including 35,000 Chandigarh Housing Board flats, 2,000 commercial properties, 4,500 residential properties which comes under the Estate Office and CHB flats being constructed in Sector 63.



Hit by car near Lalru, two BPCL employees killed
Tribune News Service

Lalru, November 27
Two employees of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) were killed while another one sustained serious injuries when a speeding car hit them on the busy Ambala-Chandigarh highway near here early this morning.

The mishap occurred at about 5.45 am when Kiran Kumar, a resident of Prem Nagar, Lalru Mandi, and his colleagues Ram Niwas and Amarjit Singh were talking to each other alongside the highway. The car, which was heading towards Chandigarh, knocked them down.

The accident occurred adjacent to the bottling plant of the BPCL, where the three were employed.

The car driver reportedly sped away after the accident, leaving the three injured on the spot.

Lalru SHO Atul Soni said some passersby raised the alarm following which other employees of the company reached the spot and rushed the injured to hospitals in Chandigarh and Mohali.

While Amarjit Singh died on the spot, Ram Niwas succumbed to his injuries at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh. Kiran Kumar, who was injured seriously, is under treatment at Max Super Speciality Hospital, Mohali.

In his statement to the police, Kiran Kumar said a car (PB 01 830) approaching from the Ambala side knocked them down while they were talking to each other alongside the highway.

The SHO said the bodies of Amarjit Singh and Ram Niwas had been sent to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, and the GMCH, Sector 32, respectively.

He said a case of rash and negligent driving under Sections 279, 337, 427, and 304-A of the IPC had been registered against the unidentified car driver on a statement of the injured. 



mission admission
Schools get creative to attract tiny tots
Offer GPS-enabled air-conditioned buses designed with fairytale characters
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula/Chandigarh, November 27
With admission to nursery classes round the corner, schools are going all out to attract tiny tots. Other than offering a comfortable travel in deluxe school buses, addressing the security concerns of parents is also being listed by several schools as their unique selling proposition (USP) this session.

To justify their exorbitant admission fee, schools are providing GPS-enabled air-conditioned buses designed with fairytale characters. “You will travel by ‘Mickey Mouse’ this time and ‘Donald Duck’ in the next session if you get admission” is what the staff at some schools are seen telling children during pre-admission interactive sessions. For instance, if a child is travelling by ‘Cinderella’, it will be mentioned on the ID card for identification and security purposes.

To ensure safety, the schools are promising to send alerts through the GPS to parents. In the wake of the recent incidents of child abuse, special details about security in buses are being listed.

“As all buses are GPS-enabled, we have a parents’ alert solution (PAS) through which a message is sent to the parents. The estimated time of arrival is sent to every parent,” said the Director of The Gurkul, Sector 20, Sanjay Thareja. “Not just this, if the route plan is violated by the driver, a message is received by the control room of the school. Wireless sets have also been arranged,” said Thareja.

To attract students, Hallmark Public School, Sector 15, Panchkula, has GPS-enabled buses in the names of airlines.

“We are informing parents that we have a nanny in every bus. We make sure that a girl child is not left alone in the bus on the route,” said Jaya Bhardwaj, Principal of Hansraj Public School, Sector 6.

Most schools now have women attendants in buses with a strategic route plan to ensure that no girl child is left alone in the bus in the end. HS Mamik, Director of Vivek High School, Sector 38, Chandigarh, said, “Security in school buses is our priority. Parents are provided with the telephone number of women attendants to enquire about their children.”

Some schools are offering air-conditioned buses. Principal of Gurukul Global School, Chandigarh, Vandana Tandon said, “Our buses are air-conditioned. We are making these children-friendly and giving these names of fairytale characters.”



Man hacked to death
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, November 27
A 32-year-old resident of Ramgarh Bhudda village was hacked to death by some residents of Singhpura village near here late last night. Lakhwinder Singh, alias Lakhi, owner of a welding workshop, was allegedly killed by his “friend” Satnam Singh, a resident of Singhpura village, and some of his accomplices due to old rivalry.

Old-time friends Lakhwinder Singh and Satnam Singh, who were not on good terms for the past couple of months, had recently patched up, villagers claimed. The duo was seen together in the village yesterday afternoon.

Later, they had heated arguments over some issue after having drinks together, it is learnt. The arguments turned ugly, leading to the murder, said Deepinder Singh, SHO, Zirakpur. He said Satnam Singh was arrested on a complaint of Parwinder Singh, wife of the deceased.

The police have seized the spade used in the crime. A case under Section 302 of the IPC has been registered against him at the Zirakpur police station.

In her statement to the police, the complainant said Lakhwinder left home to attend a party in the evening. When he did not return till late in the night, she became suspicious. Lakhwinder was with Satnam Singh during the daytime, she said.

She, along with her brother Ranjit Singh, went to Singhpura village in search of Lakhwinder Singh.

There they found villagers, including Satnam Singh, gathered at a site using abusive language. She alleged that Satnam Singh attacked Lakhwinder Singh on his head and face with a spade, resulting in his death.

The SHO said the body was handed over to the family members after a postmortem examination at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi.

The police are working on several theories to find out the exact cause of the murder. The only son of his parents, Lakhwinder was living with his wife and two children in Ramgarh Bhudda village. His father Charan Singh lives in Lohgarh village.



Panchkula DC inspects e-Disha Centre
Says the process of getting licence cumbersome, must be made easy for visitors
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 27
On the second day in office, Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Vivek Atray found e-Disha Centre (registration and licensing) ‘wanting on many fronts’ during a surprise check made by him to see its functioning. Atray was ‘unhappy’ when visitors told him that they had been doing the rounds of the offices for days together to get their work done.

Certain visitors alleged that a clerk was demanding Rs 100 for getting the work done immediately. Atray immediately marked a probe in to the complaint to Subdivisional Magistrate Hema Sharma.

Terming the public centre ‘inefficient’, Atray said, “People have to visit many windows to get their work done and this must be minimised. I have asked for a design so that all the work is done on a single window in just one visit.”

He added, “The functioning should be smooth. The visitors can not be made to take so many rounds of the centre.”

The staff was left embarrassed as the visitors began complaining to the DC.

“It’s been 10 days since I have been shuttling from one counter to another just for a license,” said Narender Kumar. Similalry, Priyanka, a resident of Sector 21 said, “It’s been three days and they are not moving my file for an international driving license.” After giving a patient hearing, the DC immediately ordered the SDM to get the work done quickly.

DC acts

  • Details have been sought as to how many counters are there at the e-disha centre and how many visitors come daily on each counter..
  • Spellings on various boards were mis-spelt and the staff was asked to replace them at the earliest..
  • Atray said that the RLA Chandigarh could be visited for certain suggestions.



Lists out priorities

Panchkula, November 27
New Deputy Commissioner Vivek Atray addressed a press conference focussing on road safety. “Safety measures must be followed at any cost. I have seen people removing helmets and seat belts after they reach Panchkula. I will be coordinating with the Police Department to see that the residents wear seat belts and helmets while driving,” said Atray.

Atray was addressing the conference with Additional Deputy Commissioner SP Arora. His other priorities will be two-way communication. The administration will soon start a two way communication. If people are sending an SMS on a number for their work, they will be replied to. I will make an email ID where I will be accessible. Cleanliness, stray dog menace, stray cattle problems must be tackled. — TNS



SP deshraj case
SP confirms departmental probe was pending against SHO
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Deposing as a witness before the CBI court, former UT SP Shivcharan today stated that he was conducting a departmental inquiry against Inspector Anokh Singh at the time the CBI had laid a trap and arrested SP Deshraj Singh in October 2012.

As per the CBI case, it is for closing this departmental inquiry that Deshraj Singh allegedly demanded Rs 1 lakh as bribe from Anokh Singh and was then arrested in October 2012.

“There were two departmental inquiries pending against Inspector Anokh Singh and I was the inquiry officer,” said SP Shivcharan during his cross examination before the Special CBI Court here.

At the time of the registration of the case, SP Shivcharan had told the CBI that he met Deshraj on the morning of October 18 for recording his statement, he being the inquiry officer and Deshraj was the 10th witness in the departmental inquiry.,” Shivcharan told the court that he was entrusted to conduct the inquiry by then SSP Naunihal Singh and statements of two witnesses were left to be recorded at that time.

It was on the evening of October 18, 2012, that the CBI had laid a trap at the Sector 23 residence of SP Deshraj and arrested him while accepting the first installment of Rs 1 lakh bribe from Inspector Anokh Singh.

Shivcharan was conducting both the departmental inquiries against Inspector Anokh Singh, SHO of the Sector 26 police station, which were initiated on a report by Deshraj.

In the recorded conversation with the CBI, Deshraj is heard telling Anokh that the report by an IPS officer never goes waste and that Shivcharan met him in the morning.

The inquiries against Inspector Anokh were initiated for willful disobedience and insubordination as Inspector Anokh had failed to inform SP (city) Deshraj about a theft at an MLA residence on September 28 that year.Two other witnesses Karnil Singh and Ranbir Singh were cross examined today. The mobile phones of the complainant, in which he recorded certain conversations of the accused were sealed and de-sealed in their presence for making the transcripts of the conversations.

The case has now been adjourned to December 10.



Mayoral poll, audit objection over scrapping DAY market
MC House meeting set to be a stormy affair today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The monthly House meeting of the Municipal Corporation tomorrow is all set to be a stormy affair over the Mayoral elections and audit objection of Rs 22 lakh for scrapping day market in Mauli Jagran.

The BJP in its pre-House meeting today decided that it would challenge the Mayor’s decision to reject the Deputy Commissioner’s letter wherein the DC had sought views of the entire House on holding Mayoral elections in December or January 1.

BJP’s leader of Opposition Arun Sood said the MC House was supreme and the Mayor should bring such letter before the House for discussion.

“The Mayor cannot take decision on its own,” said Sood. The BJP-SAD alliance would raise this issue in the House meeting, he said.

On the other side, Congress councillors will stand with the Mayor’s decision not to include the DC’s letter as agenda item in the House meeting.

Mayor Harphool Kalyan said he would not come under any kind of pressure and would not include the letter as the agenda item.

Meanwhile, Congress councillors are ready to take up issue of audit objection of Rs 22 lakh, wherein the Audit Department had held the Congress and nominated councillors responsible for scrapping day market in Mauli Jagran in 2012. The MC had already paid Rs 22 lakh to the contractor, when this project was scrapped, causing loss to the public exchequer.

Congress councillor Subhash Chawla said how the Audit Department could hold councillors, who are part of the MC House, responsible for allowing or scrapping any project. He would raise this issue in the tomorrow’s House meeting.

Echoing similar view, another Congress councillor Mukesh Bassi said the MC House was supreme democratic set-up in the city. Councillors pass or reject any agenda after considering various factors. Day market agenda was passed with a majority of the votes. Such objection was a direct challenge to the democratic set-up.

“Who will discuss agendas in the MC House if the Audit Department will make such objection? When councillors were never given profit share from the agendas wherein the MC gets revenue after the House passes the same, then how can they initiate recovery from them, if the MC incurs any loss after passing or rejecting any agenda,” Bassi questioned.

Meanwhile, agendas regarding permission to hold the auction of scrap material of the Public Health Department, including old taps, water meters and other material worth Rs 17 lakh, giving pension to 12 employees from the Market Office, who were transferred to the MC, will also come up for discussion in the MC House meeting tomorrow.



It’s Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, not Ajitgarh: DC
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 27
Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu has directed all officers to ensure that the name of the district is written as “Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar” and not “Ajitgarh” in all official correspondence. Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu, who was presiding over a district-level road committee meeting here, also said roadside encroachments, which resulted in mishaps, would not be acceptable.

He directed the executive officers of the PWD and the Mandi Board to check roads falling within their jurisdiction and submit a report in this regard after removing roadside encroachments.

He also directed all executive engineers to prepare a detailed estimate report for link roads. In this regard, he also directed the submission of the report along with fund requirement within seven days so that the renovation of village roads could be done on a priority basis.

While reviewing development works in the district, Sidhu directed the executing officer to prepare a detailed action plan from January 2015 to December 2015. The action plan report must contain details of the expenditure on the development works. The requisite report should be submitted by December 15.

The Deputy Commissioner said the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, initiated by the Prime Minister, would be continued in future. Cleaning work under the campaign would be done on a priority.



Health Notes
Dr Gautam is IOB chairman

Dr Gautam Munjal, a city-based orthodontist, has taken over as the chairman of the Indian Board of Orthodontics (IOB) at the recently concluded 49th Indian Orthodontic Conference in Kolkata. Dr Munjal is one of the few orthodontists in the country having earned the diplomate status in its first batch in 1999 and was elected the director of the Indian Board of Orthodontics in 2010, which is one of the eight boards in the world and the third one to be formed in India in 1999. The objective of the IOB is to stimulate the spirit of self-improvement amongst teachers, practitioners and students of orthodontics and encourages continued professional review, elevation of standards of education and treatment in orthodontics throughout ones professional career.

Achievement for doc

Dr Manit Arora received the “Grant 2014 APOA Young Ambassador Programme” by the Organising Committee of the Combined Academic Conference of the 18th Biennial Congress of Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association (APOA). The young ambassador programme is organised by the “Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association” every two years for candidates that they consider the future of orthopaedics in the Asia Pacific region.

Dr Parmod is IAPP secretary general

Dr Parmod Kumar has been elected as the secretary general of the Indian Association of Private Psychiatry (IAPP). He got elected on November 15 at the 15th annual conference of the Indian Association of Private Psychiatry held at Kochi. Dr Parmod Kumar is a founder member of this organisation beginning 2000. The IAPP is focussing on psychiatrists in private practice. This is the only organisation exclusively for private practitioners. He is currently running his private psychiatry and de-addiction clinic in Chandigarh. — TNS



MC inks pact with BARC for setting up bio-gas plants in city

Dr Sharad P Kale (right), scientist from BARC, Mumbai, and Rajiv Gupta, MC Joint Commissioner, exchange documents in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, November 27
The Municipal Corporation today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, for setting up two Nisargruna bio-gas plants based on biodegradable waste in Chandigarh. MC Joint Commissioner Rajiv Gupta signed the MoU with Dr Sharad P Kale, scientist of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai.

According to the MoU, these two Nisargruna bio-gas plants each of 5 tonne capacity based on biodegradable waste will be set up in Chandigarh at a cost of Rs 20 lakh per tonne. It was signed after the approval of the general house of the MC.

The first plant will be set up in the Industrial Area, Phase I, as a pilot project. The plant will get segregated kitchen/organic wet waste from hotels and bio-degradable waste from the vegetable market. This will lead to methane gas formation, which will be further used for generating electricity. The fertiliser generated as residue will be used in horticulture. The second plant is likely to be set up in Sector 26 or Maloya. — TNS



Meet on rheumatoid arthritis begins at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
A four-day conference on rheumatoid arthritis began at the PGIMER here today. Experts gathered from across the world raised concerns over the risk factors of heart disease and stroke associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

According to Dr Aman Sharma, organising secretary of the IRACON 2014, a study done at the PGIMER had shown that there was increased prevalence of metabolic syndrome in patients with rheumatoid arthritis as compared to age and sex-matched controls. This was a prospective case control study in which 114 patients with rheumatoid arthritis and 114 age and sex-matched controls were included.

This study suggests that there is an independent risk of heart disease and stroke in Indian patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

In the session on rheumatoid arthritis, there were presentations by Prof Peter C Taylor, Norman Collisson Chair of Musculoskeletal Science at the University of Oxford.

His specialist clinical interests are in rheumatoid arthritis and early inflammatory arthritis. He was awarded a “Healthcare Champions Prize” in the Houses of Parliament in May 2008.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic autoimmune disease. It presents with small and large joint pains along with joint swelling. This is a common type of inflammatory arthritis affecting 1-2 per cent of the adult population. Multiple joints are affected simultaneously. This not only affects the joints but also has  effects on other organs like heart, lungs, etc. Smoking has an important role to play in triggering this disease, said Dr Aman Sharma from the Department of  Internal Medicine, PGIMER, who is the organising secretary of the conference.



Tourism funds diverted to CITCO
Tribune News Service

A match in progress between the Dev Samaj College for Women and GGD SD College in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, November 27
While carrying out development works related to tourism projects in the city, the Audit Department has pointed out irregular diversion of funds to the tune of Rs 14 crore by the UT Tourism Department.

During the audit inspection of the Tourism Department for the year 2013-2014, the AG pointed out that contrary to the directions of the Union Tourism Ministry, the funds for the projects were allotted to the Tourism Department but the funds were credited with the accounts of the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Corporation (CITCO).

The ministry had released the funds to Tourism Department with the condition that the work would be executed through Engineering Department and a Monitoring Committee would be formed to provide feedback on the progress of the implementation of the project. But the funds were diverted to CITCO in violation of the guidelines.

The projects included development and upgradation of Sukhna Lake, eco-tourism park at Botanical Garden, new garden of conifer in Sector 52, promotion of night tourism, development of garden of palm and of a Japanese garden.



Sector 35 murder
Cops sent to Bihar to recover robbed jewellery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The domestic help who along with his accomplices had robbed and murdered a 71-year -old woman at her house in Sector 35, sold the stolen jewellery in Bihar. The accused after committing the crime had fled to Bihar.

The victim, Neelam Saini, who used to stay alone in the house was strangulated to death by her domestic help, Ram Sunder Yadav, and his accomplices Davinder Yadav and Roshan on November 14.

Urvija Goel, ASP (South), said that the arrested accused have claimed that the jewellery and other valuables stolen from the house was sold in Bihar. “We have sent the police teams to recover the stolen goods and arrest the person who had purchased the stolen jewellery”, the ASP added.

he ASP further added that the actual amount of jewellery and valuables robbed by the accused would be ascertained once they are recovered. The Chandigarh Police on November 25 had arrested the accused from the Chandigarh railway station. Police officials are also investigating the role of any other person in the case.

Jewellery, valuables sold

The victim, Neelam Saini, who used to stay alone in the house was strangulated to death by her domestic help, Ram Sunder Yadav, and his accomplices Davinder Yadav and Roshan on November 14. Urvija Goel, ASP (South), said that the arrested accused have claimed that the jewellery and other valuables stolen from the house was sold in Bihar.



Chandigarh Carnival to kick off today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
A host of cultural events will form part of the Chandigarh Carnival, all set to commence at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, on Friday. The event has been organised by the UT Department of Tourism on the theme “Clean & Green Chandigarh”. Three mega musical nights have also been organised for the carnival.

These will include a live performance by comedian Rana Ranbir and a dance troupe and fashion show on Friday. Punjabi singer Babbu Mann will perform on November 29 and Bollywood playback singer Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan will perform live on November 30.

Events lined up: Three mega musical nights have also been organised for the carnival. These will include a live performance by comedian Rana Ranbir and a dance troupe and fashion show on Friday. Punjabi singer Babbu Mann will perform on November 29 and Bollywood playback singer Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan will perform live on November 30.



Over 200 take part in anti-obesity walkathon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Around 200 people, including senior citizens, doctors, nurses and staff of Max Super Speciality Hospital, Mohali, participated in an anti-obesity walkathon. It was conducted in association with senior citizens of the tricity on World Anti-Obesity Day at Chandigarh Lake, Sector 42, here. The walk demonstrated the concept of “Flab is Bad” - ability of shedding lot of weight by walking. The walkathon was flagged off by Sandeep Dogra, Vice-President, Operations, and chief guest, SP South, Urvija Goel.

A patient information booklet, “There is so much to gain by loosing”, was unveiled by doctors from the general surgery team of Max Hospital. The doctors later conducted a health seminar for the participants and disseminated important information on weight loss and diet control.



Common Admission Schedule
Private schools to adopt point system
Sale of admission forms for the upcoming session will commence from Dec 1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Following the announcement of the common admission schedule, top private schools of the city have decided to adopt the point system for admitting the students. As per the common admission schedule, the sale of admission forms will commence from December 1 for the upcoming session. The recent announcement of the point system will be based on different criteria as per announced by the schools.

In the four missionary schools — St John’s School, Sector 26; Sacred Heart School, Sector 26; Carmel Convent School, Sector 9; and St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32 — preference will be given to the minorities, wards of alumni- teachers, staff and siblings.

However, the preference will not guarantee admission to the schools as all these institutions will follow the draw-of-lots system.

On the same basis, other schools have also announced to follow the point system.

Vivek High School, Sector 38, will admit students on the basis of 10 points for the siblings (real siblings of students already studying in the school), 10 points for the children of staff, 10 points for the children of alumni who have graduated from Class X or XII and 5 points for neighbourhood residents. The remaining seats will be filled by a lottery system.

Preference issue

St John’s School, Sector 26; Sacred Heart School, Sector 26; Carmel Convent School, Sector 9; and St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32 — preference will be given to the minorities, wards of alumni — teachers, staff and siblings.



TRASH Festival held at Vivek School

Chandigarh: To generate awareness on waste management, a series of activities — competitions, workshop and programmes — were organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) along with Tetra Pak at Vivek High School, Sector 38, today.‘TRASH Festival 2014’ — an initiative of TERI — witnessed participation from more than 600 students from over 18 schools of the tricity. TRASH (Thinking, reflecting and acting for a sustainable habitat) was a one-day unique festival, which celebrated ‘all things positive in our lives’ including positive thoughts, green actions, sustainable practices, people, values, dreams and traditions.

Workshop on health

A workshop on health and hygiene was organised at Government High School, Sector 19. Dr Sonal Prabhakar was the resource person and interacted with the students of Class VIII to X. The students actively participated in the session.

Animation training workshop

Autodesk design and animation training workshop was organised at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31, from November 21 to 27. Teachers from the Chandigarh and Jammu region attended the two-day workshop. The workshop was an informative experience for the teaching fraternity.

Students visit Japanese Garden

The students of nursery class of DC Montessori (Senior Secondary SMART) School, Mani Majra, visited the Japanese Garden. The students had a wonderful time at the park.

Skin check-up camp

As part of the monthly activity by the in house health clinic of KBDAV, Sector 7, skin camp was held on the school premises. Dr Rohit Bansal, skin specialist from Skin & Laser Centre, examined the students who had minor skin-related ailments.

Founder’s Day

Students of Doon International School present a dance item at Tagore Theatre on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Doon International School, Sector 69, celebrated its 10th Founder’s Day, ‘A nuance of Ecstasy-2014’ with zeal at Tagore Theatre. The students depicted various roles. A rendition of the Ganesh Vandana was followed by the student council members reading out the annual report. The cultural programme was based on the theme ‘Nav Ras’, an addition to the glory of life. A patriotic qawaali ‘Shama–e-watan’ was followed by a heart-rending play based on the post-Partition sufferings that people underwent that time.

Students felicitated

The winners of the Rashtrabhasha Vikas Parishad Sulekh and Niband competition held in October were felicitated at St. Joseph's Senior Secondary School. As many as 960 school students from Classes I to X took part in the event. The winners of the prestigious national-level contest were awarded gold medals and certificates for their endeavours. The school was also awarded with the 'Aadarsh Pathshala Puraskaar', 'Rashtarbhasha Gaurav Puraskaar' and 'Aadarsh Pradhanacharya Puraskaar'.

Sports meet

The annual sports meet-cum-prize distribution function was organised at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19. The NCC cadets and the winning teams of the school participated in the march past followed by an athletics event.

Students bring laurels

Panchkula: The students of New India Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, brought laurels to school by bagging maximum prizes in the state-level competition of painting. The event was organised by the Central Ground Water Board, Haryana. Navdeep Nain stood second in the competition held at Chandigarh. He was awarded Rs 9,000, certificate and other gifts. Vineet Bihana and Ashu got consolation prizes with Rs 2,000 each.

National Table Soccer Championship

Mohali: The students of Oakridge International School have won 13 medals in the 11th National Table Soccer Championship-2014. The students bagged prizes in each category. They won eight gold, three silver and two bronze medals.

Discipline week

Students of Class VI of Saupin's School staged a spectacular show to celebrate 'Honesty and discipline week'. The Headmistress Goldie Kapany addressed the audience. A large number of parents were present.

Seminar organised

Ashmah International School organised a seminar for its students and their parents on the issue 'Moulding children into responsible citizens'.

Rally on polio drops

Anee’s School conducted a rally on polio drops. The aim of the rally was to bring awareness among citizens to take their children for polio vaccination. — TNS



PU & college notes
Refresher course at UBS

The University Business School (UBS), Panjab University, organised the inaugural function of a 21-day refresher course for college and university teachers under the aegis of the Academic Staff College, PU. Dean, Faculty of Business Management and Commerce Prof Keshav Malhotra was the chief guest. Prof Malhotra acquainted the participants about the refresher course. He focused on the dissemination and sharing of knowledge and formulating balance between traditional (walk, talk and chalk) with novel tools and techniques.

Conference on gender equality begins

A national conference on “The gender question in Punjab & Haryana - Legal, political and cultural dimensions” has commenced at Panjab University (PU). Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow Vice Chancellor and Prof RC Sobti inaugurated the conference at the ICSSR Complex. Judge of Punjab & Haryana High Court, Justice K Kannan delivered the keynote address. Prof Sobti spoke on various forms of violence ranging from female foeticide, rape, domestic violence, honour killing and suggested collaborative efforts by all sections of society to remove gender inequality.

Photo exhibition

Panjab University photo exhibition will be held at the museum of Fine Arts at the PU campus from December 1. Selected entries of the Panjab University photography contest will be displayed for the general public and students at the exhibition being hosted by the Department of Public Relations, PU. Earlier, the photo exhibition was scheduled to commence from November 28.

Canadian delegation visits Panjab University

A Canadian delegation from Sheridan College, a leading post secondary institutions of Ontario, visited Panjab University. The delegation was here to explore the possibility of exchange of teaching and research programmes with the PU. The delegation comprised Associate Vice President, academic quality, Dr Melanie Spence-Ariemma, director International Services Andrew F Ness and Dean, Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies, Richard Finch. The delegation met PU Vice Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover, Dean University Instructions Professor AK Bhandari, PU Controller of Examination Prof Parvinder Singh and Dean Arts Prof Ronki Ram and discussed areas of mutual concern and cooperation. — TNS



Self-defence camp for school students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
To inculcate tactics of self-defence in students, a four-day workshop “Mission Prahar” was conducted by Grand Master Shifuji at Carmel Convent School, Sector 9. The workshop was organised under the guidance of school principal Maria Swati.

Grandmaster Shifuji is a warrior monk of 32nd generation of Shaolin Warrior Monks from the Shaolin Temple headed by Da ShifujiDehi De Yang. He is the only Indian of the generation to be trained under the aegis of the great D Shifu Grand Master Shi De Yang.

The workshop commenced on November 24. The girls were trained in self-defence which included graded series of exercises to achieve physical agility and self–defence skills to protect themselves in untoward circumstances.



PU students protest fee hike move
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
A delegation of the Students for Society (SFS) submitted a memorandum against the move to hike tuition fee by 5 per cent for 2015-16 session. SFS has also initiated a signature campaign to protest the recent fee hike. Till now, more than 300 students have supported the campaign.

SFS president Arishdeep Singh said, “We strongly condemn the proposal to hike fees by the fee committee. Since the past few years, there has been a tremendous hike in the fee structures of various courses. In this session too, the course fees as well as hostel fees have been increased. Due to this continuing trend of hiking the fee, education is getting out of the reach of people.”

The students of Dhanwantary College also staged a protest outside the PU VC’s office demanding that the fee hike be rolled back.



Pay hostel charges via debit card
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
To facilitate work and bring efficiency, the boys hostel no. 6 at Panjab University has initiated the payment of hostel charges by debit and credit cards. Boys hostel no. 6 is the first hostel in the university to take the initiative. With this, the hostel inmates will be able to pay their hostel charges through a swipe facility.

Hostel warden Dr Vishal Sharma said the step had been taken in view of the safety of students. The students need not carry cash as they can avail this facility with immediate effect.

The facility of cash deposit is also available.

“The idea was conceived by the Dean Student Welfare and implemented with help of the SBI Branch, Panjab University. Online payment is in trend,” said Dr Sharma.



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