Sunday, February 26, 2006


First Prize : Ankita Sharma
Second Prize : Mehar Pandey
Third Prize : Kirti Garg
First Prize : Aarzoo Ahuja
Second Prize: Akanksha Sharma
Third Prize : Moksha Singla
Third Prize : Arshita Sharma
First Prize : Aashna Gakhar
Second Prize: Saachi Badola
Third Prize : Amanjot Kaur
First Prize : Tanya Shreedhar
Second Prize : Momina
Third Prize : Anchal Sharma


WHITE ROSE 1st Position RajeshBaljit
Govt. College for Education,
Sector 20, Chandigarh.
2nd Position
Govt. Medical College,
Sector 32, Chandigarh
RED ROSE 3rd Position
S.D.College for Education,
Sector 36, Chandigarh.

Chandigarh beaureu

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

e-Sampark Centre Sector 43 has won best e-Sampark Centre Award of City.

Chandigarh, February 22:- Mr. S.K. Sandhu, Finance-cum-Information Technology Secretary today awarded the best e-Sampark Centre Award to the e-Sampark Centre Sector 43. The Supervisors of the e-Sampark Centre Sector 43 Mr. Shiv Charan and Mr. Satinder Kumar and the Team Leader Mr.M.D. Yadav received the award at a simple ceremony held in the office ofthe Finance Secretary, Chandigarh Administration.The award has been instituted in order to give incentive to thestaff of the e-Sampark Centre on the basis of the highest number of transaction per quarter and the best performance in delivery of services.The e-Sampark Centres located at Sectors 10, 15, 23, 18, 43, 47, Mani Majra and Industrial Area.

Festival of Gardens this year will be celebrated from February 24 to 26 in the Rose Gardens

Chandigarh, February 22:- The three-day annual Festival of Gardens this year will be celebrated from February 24 to 26 in the Rose Gardens and Leisure Valley, Sector 10 of Chandigarh .The attractions at Rose Garden will include Morning Raga, Photo Exhibition, flower competition, Brass and Pipe Band Competition, Folk performance, joy rides, Tambola and eatables. At Leisure valley there will be pavilion of ‘Tourism in North India’, including ChandigarhTourism, Haryana Tourism, Punjab Tourism, Uttranchal Tourism, Himachal Tourism, ‘Cinematic Tourism’, ‘Rural Tourism’, ‘Medical Tourism’ joyrides, fun, frolic, food and music. .The Festival will be inaugurated by the Governor of Punjab &Administrator, U.T., Chandigarh, Gen. (Retd.) S. F. Rodrigues at 11a.m.on the February 24. On the same day he will also inaugurate the Green Belt in Sector 38, Chandigarh. Folk Dance Competition which will be held on February 24 at 1.30 pm which will be followed by Morning Raga on February 25 and 26 at 7.30 a.m. at Rose Garden.` The wife of Governor of Punjab and Administrator, U.T., Chandigarh, Mrs.Jean Rodrigues will be the chief guest of Rose Prince and Princess contest which will be held on February 25 at 10.30 a.m. On the same day, there will be Photography Competition at 11.30 a.m. with Ms. Renu Saigal, Chief Architect as Chief Guest and Rose Quiz Competition at 2.30 p.m. OnFebruary 26 there will be on the spot Painting Competition at 10.30 a.m.will be held at 11.40 a.m. On February 25 there will be a Hasaya Kavi Sammelan Featuring NationalLevel Poets. On February 26, 2006, the festival will conclude with famous singer Sonu Nigam performing to enthrall the audience.This year the Jan Marg will be kept open for general traffic. There will be no Commercial Stalls during the event. Any other commercial events during the same dates in any other part of the city would not be part of the Festival of Gardens.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Gen.(Retd.) S.F.Rodrigues will lay the Foundation Stone of Municipal Solid Waste Processing Plant at Dadu Majra tomorrow i.e.21.2.2006 at 11 a.m.

Chandigarh February 20:- The Governor of Punjab and Administrator, U.T.,Chandigarh, Gen.(Retd.) S.F.Rodrigues will lay the Foundation Stone of Municipal Solid Waste Processing Plant at Dadu Majra tomorrow i.e.21.2.2006 at 11 a.m.

The Chandigarh Administration trying to narrow the digital divide

Chandigarh February 20:- The Chandigarh I.T. Reach Out Programme is being launched by the Department of Information Technology, Chandigarh Administration in collaboration with the Department of Education. Under this programme Chandigarh Administration shall provide a unified thrust to reach out to the under-privileged section of the digital divide. Various programmes launched in collaboration with Intel, Infosys, Wipro, DELL and other companies will be part of the Chandigarh Information Technology –Reach Out Programme (CITROP). General S.F. Rodrigues (Retd.) Governor of Punjab and Administrator Union Territory Chandigarh has approved the programme.In order to consolidate the efforts towards upgradation of Human Resources at the school level, Chandigarh Administration has decided to start CITROP. Chandigarh Administration has already tied up with Intel Corporation for starting the Intel Learn Programme in schools which are located in rural areas and slum areas of Chandigarh. Separately, the Premji Foundation has provided assistance to the Education Departmentfor Multi Media Education in primary and secondary schools. Infosys has also indicated strong interest in participating in programmes for training young students at the school level. They have also shown interest in setting up a computer laboratory in which they would donate the entire set of machines for this purpose.The CITROP programme would be aimed at further strengthening the efforts of the Administration towards reducing the digital divide and enabling the weaker sections of society to benefit from the Technology Revolution and the progress which Chandigarh has made in this field in the recent past.

Friday, February 17, 2006

The Chandigarh Kayaking & Canoeing also went into Red tape account.

Chandigarh, February 17:The Chandigarh Kayaking & Canoeing Association has unanimously elected Mr. D.S. Jaspal, IAS as president of the Association for another term of four years. Mr. M.S. Cheema was elected Honorary General Secretary of the Association. The Association unanimously nominated Mr. Ajit Singh Sandhu, eminent NRI who has been keenly associated with water sports in the region as the patron of the Association. Sh. Kartar Singh, IPS, Dr. M.S. Ghunam, Sh. Baldev Singh, Sh. Birinder Gill, Er. Ashok Thapar, Er. A.C. Sharma and Sh. Surjit Singh were also elected unanimously to the Executive Body.

15 percent seats for the economically weaker section in the Chandigarh schools addmisions

Chandigarh February 17:- The Chandigarh Administration has decided to make it mandatory for all the schools in the Chandigarh to reserve 15 percent seats for the economically weaker section and the fee charged from those students will be very nominal and will commemorate with those charged fromthe students of a Government School.This decision has been, taken to bring the children belonging to economically weaker families at par with the other children so that they can also avail quality education and pursue their studies in the schools of their liking. Accordingly all the schools have been given instructions for reserving 15 percent seats for such students. These instructions havebeen issued under the enabling clauses of the allotment of land in'Educational Institutions (schools) etc. on Leasehold basis in Chandigarh' Scheme, 1996. As such the schools are divided into two categories. The first category of schools will be those schools who have been allotted land after the announcement of the scheme. For this category the schools have to make 15 percent reservation on the total strength of the schools.In the second category the schools who have been allotted land before 1996 policy scheme and under the enabling provisions by which 15 percent reservation has been made effective. The 15 percent reservation in these schools will be introduced in the starting classes which will keep on increasing every year by one class.The income of the parents who seek admission of their wards under this category will be upto one lac annum from all sources. Necessary income proof and affidavit to be given by the parents. The school shall advertise and also put up on display on the notice board regarding such reservation in the school. The school shall provide the details of the admissions done to Director Public Instructions School by 31st March.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

No Smoking area- Smoking here is an offence:Chandigarh

Chandigarh, February 16:- Chandigarh Administration Chandigarh has notified the Cigarettes and other Tobacco products (Prohibition of Advertisement and regulation of Trade and commerce, Production, Supply anddistribution) Act 2003 for UT Chandigarh has already being in post of 1st January 2006. Public at large is well aware the ill effects of Cigarettes smoking and the smoke inhaled by the others, there by causing irreparable loss of health.It is for the information of the general public that smoke has been banned in public place. “ Public Place” means any place to which the public have access, whether as of right or not, and includes auditorium,hospital buildings, railway waiting room, amusement centers, restaurants,public offices, court buildings, educational institutes, Libraries,public conveyances and the like which are visited by general public but does not include any open space.The owner or the Manager or in charge of affairs of a public place shall cause to be displaced prominently a board of a minimum size of sixty centimeter x thirty centimeter in the Indian languages as applicable, atleast one at the entrance of the public place and one at the conspicuous places inside, containing the warning. “ No Smoking area- Smoking here is an offence” The owner or the manager or in charge of affairs of a hotel having thirty rooms or restaurants having sitting capacity of thirty persons or more and the manager of Air port shall ensure that: -i) The smoking and non smoking areas are physically segregated;ii) The smoking area shall be located in such manner that the public is not required to pass through it in order to reach the non-smoking area;andiii) Each area shall contain boards indicating there on “ Smoking Area/NonSmoking Area”.Prohibition of advertisement of cigarette and other tobacco products.1) The size of the board used for advertisement of cigarettes and any other tobacco products displayed at the entrance or inside a ware house ora shop where cigarettes and any other such tobacco products are offered for distribution or sale shall not exceed ninety centimeter by sixty centimeter and number of such boards shall not exceed two.2) Each such board shall contain in the Indian language as applicable, one of the following warnings occupying twenty five percents, of top area of the board, namely:i) To bacco causes Cancer, or(ii) Tobacco Kills Prohibition of sale to minors:-1) The owner or the manager or the in charge of the affairs of a place where cigarettes and other tobacco products are sold shall display a board of minimum size of sixty centimeters by thirty centimeter at conspicuous place(s) containing the warning “ sale of tobacco products to a person under the age of eighteen years is a punishable offence” in Indian languages (s) as applicable.2) The onus of proof that the buyer of the tobacco product is not a minor lies with the seller of the tobacco products. The seller incase of doubt,may request tobacco purchaser to provide appropriate evidence of having reached eighteen years of age.Prohibition of sale of cigarettes and other Tobacco Products around educational Institutions: -1) Display of board the owner or manager or any person in charges of affairs of the educational institution shall display and exhibit a board at a conspicuous place (s) outside the premises, prominently stating that sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in an area with in a radius of one hundred yard of the educational institution is strictly prohibited and that it is an offence punishable with the fine which may extend to two hundred rupees.2) Measurement of distance: - Distance of one hundred yards shall be measured radially starting from the outer limit of boundary wall, fence oras the case may be, of the educational institution.Punishment for smoking in public places.1) Whoever contravenes the provisions of section 4 shall be punishable with fine, which may extend to two hundred rupees.2) An offence under this section shall be compoundable and shall be tried summarily in accordance with the procedure provided for summary trails in the code of criminal procedure 1973.Punishment for sale of cigarettes or any other tobacco products to persons below the age of 18 years.1) Any person who contravenes the provisions of section 6 shall be guiltyof an offence under this Act and shall be punishable with fine, which may extend two hundred rupees.2) All offences, under this section shall be compoundable and shall betried summarily in accordance with the procedure provided for summarytrails in the code of criminal procedure, 1973. Joint terms have been constituted by Chandigarh Administration under the relevant provisions of the Act consisting of police inspectors;Food Inspectors / Drugs Inspectors there by eight teams in total are hereby deputed for the enforcement of relevant provisions of the Actwith immediate effect.

The Central Government has approved the proposal to construct Rohtak-Jhajjar-Rewari railway line

Chandigarh, Feb 16 - The Central Government has approved the proposal to construct Rohtak-Jhajjar-Rewari railway line,Rs.215 crore railway line will be completed by March 2009.Rs.30 crore have been earmarked in the Railway Budget for the implementation of this project in the year 2006-07.The State Government have also been sanctioned Rs. 107.05 crore for this project this was disclosed by Member parliament rom Rohtak,Mr.Dipindetr Singh Hooda today.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Sh.Lalit Sharma today inaugurated Chandikrit-2006

Chandigarh February 15:- The Adviser to the Administrator, U.T.,Chandigarh, Sh.Lalit Sharma today inaugurated a 3-day trade fair,Chandikrit-2006, at Plaza, Sector 17 here.As many as 50 stalls, put up by the industrialists of the city,showcased different items being manufactured by the pollution free small scale industries of Chandigarh. The participants also expected good exposure and response to the products which would be helpful in generating more business. It is worthwhile to mention here that there are 1934 small scale industrial units in Chandigarh apart from nine medium and large scale units.During the fair, the school children may also participate in Quiz Competition on February 16 and On the Spot Painting Competition to be organised on February 17, 2006.

Festival of Gardens from February 24-26, Chandigarh

Chandigarh February 15:- Chandigarh Administration is organizing the annual Festival of Gardens from February 24-26, 2006. In order to entertain the visitors, a Hasya Kavi Sammelan will be organized on February 25 and popular Bollywood play back singer and performer Sonu Nigam will enthrall the people. It has been decided by Chandigarh Administration that this year no commercial stalls will be put during the festival, however, eatable exhibits will be put by the Institute of HotelManagement, Food Craft Institute and CITCO to cater to the visitors.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Chandikrit-2006, anexhibition of industrial products manufactured in Chandigarh

Chandigarh, February 14:- The Adviser to the Administrator, U.T.,Chandigarh, Sh. Lalit Sharma will tomorrow inaugurate Chandikrit-2006, anexhibition of industrial products manufactured in Chandigarh, at 11.30a.m. at Plaza (Opposite Neelam Cinema), Sector 17, Chandigarh.

Friday, February 10, 2006

India-Pakistan Hockey Test on February 17-18, 2006 at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42

Chandigarh February 10:- A meeting regarding organizing India-Pakistan Hockey Test Matches on February 17-18, 2006 at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42,today held under the Chairmanship of the Finance-cum-Sports Secretary, UT,Chandigarh, Sh. S.K. Sandhu.In the meeting it was decided to organize matches on February 17-18,2006 from 6:45 PM onwards. The meeting also discussed about securityand traffic arrangement, transportation, medical facility, reception,boarding, lodging and hospitality of the teams, officials and delegations. It was decided to make stay arrangement for the teams at Hotel Mountview.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Procedure of sanctioning of building plans simplified In Chandigarh

In order to simplify the procedure of sanctioning of building plans, the Chandigarh Administration has notified a Self Certification Scheme on19.10.05 regarding passing of building plans of residential premises except group housing/apartments in the Union Territory, Chandigarh,which was optional. The Administration has reviewed the problems being faced for sanctioning of building plans. To make it more practical and operational, it has now been decided that from the stage of submission of building plans to the final disposal, the building plans will be dealt with under a Single Window Service which has been put in place at the Reception Counter on the Ground floor of Estate Office. The building plans will be received by this Single Window counter from 10 AM to 2 PM during working days. The applicant need not go to different departments for taking clearances before commencement of construction,such as Water connection from the office of Executive Engineer, Public Health Department, Demarcation Certificate from the office of Executive Engineer, C.P. Division No. II and Plinth level from the office of Executive Engineer Public Health Department. The Estate Office itselfwill get/issue clearances from the respective departments. Even permission for storage of building material from Municipal Corporation,Chandigarh and grant of temporary electricity connection shall also be made available from the Estate Office only. Now onwards, the building plans need not be sent to the office of the Chief Architect/Planning Department in Sector-9; for scrutiny rather the complete scrutiny and examination will be done in the Estate Office itself. All the concernedofficials who used to sit at different locations will now be sitting inthe Estate Office so as to make the process of scrutiny and disposal of building plans more quick. It has also been decided that all themembers of the Plan Approval Committees will be reporting to the EstateOfficer at 9 AM on every Thursday and their services will be dedicated entirely in the scrutiny and processing of the building plans on the day of meeting of the Plan Advisory Committee. It is expected that by adopting this process, the building plans will be processed and disposedoff within a period of two weeks after their submission. How ever asper the Self Certification Scheme if nothing is heard from the Estate Office the building plan shall be deemed to be sanctioned after 30 daysof the submission of the plans under this scheme.In case of any inconvenience, Architects/general public may contact Sub Divisional Officer (Buildings) Estate Office, U.T. Chandigarh personallyor on Telephone No.2773323 during working hours.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Appreciation to NCC Cadets by Chandigarh adminitration

Chandigarh February 8:- The Home Secretary, U.T., Chandigarh, Sh.KrishnaMohan today gave away token of appreciation to the NCC Cadets of Chandigarh who participated in the Republic Day Parade-2006 held at New Delhi.In his laudatory speech on the occasion of a function held at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18 here, Sh.Mohan has said that an NCC Complex in Sector49 is coming up and the Chandigarh Administration will continue tosupport the NCC activities. He has also congratulated the cadets and theNCC authorities for brining laurels to Chandigarh by their performances.Brig. D.C.Katoch, D.D.G., NCC, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh andChandigarh appreciated the U.T. Administration for being forthcoming andsaid that a new hot air balloon would now be stationed in Chandigarh. Col. Manjeet Singh, Group Commander, NCC Group, Chandigarh briefed aboutthe various activities being undertaken by the NCC.The cadets who have been honoured by the Home Secretary are as follows:-a. CSM Mayur Jamwal - 2 Chd Bn NCC, Chd.b. Sgt Balwinder Singh - 2 Chd Bn NCC, Chd.c. Cdt Pankaj Blda - 1 Chd Naval Unit NCC, Chd.d. Sgt Sarvjeet Singh - 2 Chd Bn NCC, Chd.e. Sgt Varinder Singh - 2 Chd Bn NCC, Chd.f. Cdt Mohinder Singh - 2 Chd Bn NCC, Chd.It is worthwhile to mention here that CSM Mayur Jamwal stood second inobstacle and got overall 3rd position in best cadet competition. He wasalso given a Silver Medal by the Prime Minister of India on January 27,2006.

Monday, February 06, 2006

North East Craft Fair-cum-sale Exhibition in Chandigarh

The Home Secretary, U.T., Chandigarh, Sh.Krishna Mohan today inaugurated a 15-day North East Craft Fair-cum-sale Exhibitionand Live Demo by Crafts persons from all over the country at Lala LajpatRai Bhavan, Sector 15, here.The exhibition being organized by Purabshree Emporium of North Eastern handicrafts and Handlooms Development Corporation Limited under theaegis of the Union Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, aim sat marketing of handicrafts and handlooms of the seven states of theNorth-Eastern Region, namely, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya,Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura and Mizoram.The Exhibition show cases cane and bamboo furniture, which suit modern tastes and preferences. Basketry and cane works from Assam and Tripura have an exquisite specimen of cane work particularly of woven items and sital patti made with a kind of reed. Assam Muga silk saree, mulvervy silk saree, endi chaddar, Naga Shawls, Gamocha, Lai Shingphee and many more items are the centre of attractions.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Chandigarh@abcnewsnetwork on01.02.2006

Celebrate Basant at Yellow Sukhna
Chandigarh February 1:- The Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism DevelopmentCorporation(CITCO) has decided to celebrate Basant Panchami tomorrow atSukhna Lake in a big way.While informing this here today the Managing Director, CITCO, Mr.JasbirSingh Bir said that to mark the occasion yellow tinged beverages andfood will be made available at Lake Cafeteria which is popular with the residents of Chandigarh as well as visiting tourists. The beverageslike yellow Ice Slush and Mango drinks will be served at the Cafeteria. The Cafeteria will be decorated with the yellow colour buntings,balloons and flags. All the waiters and serving staff will also bedressed in yellow colour. Kite Flying competition will be the major attraction of the occasion which will be held at 11.30 am. Foods willalso be made available at reasonable prices.