Saturday 31 January 2015

PGI Receives the Body of Mohali Resident

By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 31st January:- The Department of Anatomy, PGIMER, Chandigarh feels proud to receive the body of 69 years old Mohali resident Smt Saroj Datta, as a donation on January 30,2015. The department is grateful to the family and admires them for this noble gesture.

MCM College organises Lecture on Bees of India

By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 31st January:- Sitting a new benchmark in pragmatic learning of global scale, the Department of Zoology, MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh organized a lecture on 'Bees of India'. The workshop was conducted by Jeese Hoteling, Lab Manager, Deptt of Entomology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.

At the start was an interesting lecture on different types of bees. Jeese Hoteling discussed their economic role, especially as pollinators. He explained the relationship between different types of bees and various types of plants and focused on different attributes of bumble bees of Indiana, USA and native honey bees of India. He mentioned different honey bee products and illustrated individual nesting habits of bumble bees and honey bees. After the talk, he interacted with the students in the college garden and demonstrated pollination. The students enthusiastically participated in the activity and interaction. Jeese Hoteling was all praises for their zeal.

Applauding the endeavour, Dr. Puneet Bedi, the Principal of MCM remarked that such diligent opportunities are imperative to pragmatic learning and encouraged the students to make the most of these.


Gian Jyoti Group Observes World Leprosy Day

By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 31st January:- Gian Jyoti Group of Institutions celebrated World Leprosy Day. The event started with welcoming the chief Guest J.S Bedi, Chairman, Gian Jyoti Group of Institutions. While addressing the students and faculty members of Gian Jyoti Chairman said that Leprosy is one of the oldest recorded diseases in the world and awareness is needed to put an end to this disease.

On the day poster making competition was also organized, in which students from various departments participated with great enthusiasm .The theme was justified by  the students as they showed their creativity by making excellent posters by using paint and  paper cuttings. The judges appreciated the efforts made by the students. After the announcement of  the winners of the competition they were honoured by Chairman Bedi. Besides this , 20 teams which participated in the event out of which three teams were declared winners. The program ended up with thanking note of Dr. Neeraj Sharma, Director , Gian Jyoti Group of Institutions.


SGGS College Celebrates the Founders Day

By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 31st January:- Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, Chandigarh celebrated the Founders Day of the College in the college campus. The event was marked to commemorate the birth anniversary of the great luminary, the saint soldier Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. The function began with 'Bhog of Akhand Path'. The divine notes of Kirtan were aesthetically performed by the Ragi Jatha Bhai Mandeep Singh Ji and Bhai Tajinder Singh Ji, Ragi, Sri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar. Afterwards, 'Guru ka Langar' was served to the congregation including visitors and students.

The fuction was organised by Prof. Gurpreet Singh Pandher, Incharge, Gurmat Vichaar Sabha, alongwith a coordinated team of teaching and non - teaching staff, and students, under the enthusiastic superintendence of Prof. M. S. Marwaha, Principal of the College. S. Gurdev Singh (IAS Retd.), Presiden, SES  and S. Jasmer Singh Bala, Secretary, SES also attended the function.


5 Officials Retires From PGI

By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 31st January:- DDA, of  PGI Chetan P.S.Rao honored five officers/officials on their superannuation today by presenting mementoes to them. Pankaj Talwar, Accounts Officer  handed over beneficiary cheques comprising GPF, gratuity and group insurance. Respective Heads of Departments wished them well in life by presenting bouquets to them.

PGI Organises Workshop on "Current Trends and Genetics in Heart Failure and Cardiac Arrhythmias

By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 31st January:- A two day conference on "Current Trends and Genetics in Heart Failure and Cardiac Arrhythmias" has been organised by Indo-UK Genetic Education Forum and Cardiomyopathy Research Group, PGIMER Chandigarh from 31st to 1st Feb, 2015. The conference aims to provide a unique forum for clinicians and basic science researchers from different parts of the world to discuss genetic, clinical and molecular aspects of Cardiomyopathies, Heart Failure and Arrhythmias. Dr. K. K. Talwar, Chairman, Max healthcare, Delhi and Ex-Director PGIMER inaugurated the conference and highlighted the importance of genetic and genomic factors in cardiovascular diseases. He also emphasized on the inclusion of genetics based diagnosis in clinical settings. Dr. T.S. Rao, Scientific Advisor to DBT, New Delhi also insisted on the integration of genetics and medicine for improving human health.

The exciting scientific program included Keynote lectures, theme based symposia, oral and poster presentations on the genetic,  biomedical and clinical aspects of cardiovascular diseases including cardiomyopathies, heart failure, arrhythmias, ischemic heart disease, and myocardial infarction. Eminent scientists from various countries across the world delivered lucid lectures on genetics of congential heart diseases, inherited vascular disorders and Coronary artery diseases in this event. Distinguished cardiologist, Prof. Dhavender Kumar, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom discussed how the advanced technologies such as Next generation sequencing can be used to develop targeted multi-gene or genome wide diagnostic testing panels for accurate diagnosis and prognosis in diverse inherited cardiovascular disorders.

The event was attended by a large number of doctors, scientists and PhD students from all over the country. The delegates have been accredited 12 hours CME credits by Royal College of Physicians, London and 8 hours CME credits by Punjab Medical Council. This conference gave a unique platform to unite clinicians and scientists from around the world, bringing together cutting-edge research from principal experts in the field of genetics and cardiology.



By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 31st January:- Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) through State Level Coordinator (Oil Industry) organized the Valedictory Function of Oil & Gas Conservation Fortnight (OGCF)-2015 at Bal Bhawan, Sector-23, Chandigarh. Krishan Kumar Handa, State Level Coordinator (Oil Industry), U.T. Chandigarh & Senior Regional Manager(HPCL) was present along-with Anurag Aggarwal, IAS, Home Secretary, UT, Chandigarh who was the Chief Guest at the Function.

A skit on Oil and gas conservation was enacted which in an entertaining way made people to really seriously think about the shortage of fissile fuels and the need to use oil and gas sparingly. A Saraswati Vandana and a bhangra performance during the event also mesmerized the audience.

The Chief Guest Anurag Aggarwal highlighted the importance of OGCF undertaken and carried out by Ministry of Petroleum &Natural Gas, PCRA and PSU's Oil Companies. He expressed the need of Conservation, as the Nation was dependent upon imports for its major requirement of Crude Oil at an enormous cost of foreign exchange.

Since many competitions had been held during the OGCF celebrations trophies and prizes were awarded to the winners at the function by the Chief Guest, and Krishan Kumar Handa. The proud recipients of the trophies were the victors of Quiz Contest, Drawing and Painting Competition, Slogan writing Competition of various Schools. Trophies were also given to the Colleges & Schools for their active participation in various OGCF events like walkathon, cyclothon LPG and Kerosene Conservation Clinics, etc.



CRB Public School Celebrates Annual Function “Vibrant Seasons”

By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 31st January:- CRB Public School Sector 7B Chandigarh witnessed its Annual Function "Vibrant Seasons" at Tagore Theatre. The function commenced with the lamp lighting ceremony by our honorable Director Shri. N.K.Mittal and Principal Smt. Sangeeta Mittal. The students performed 'Durga Vandana'. The class Vth girls reminded us of our great Mahatma through their bhajan 'Raghupati Raghav'. The tiny-tots of kindergarten enthralled the audience through their performances. Asseemreet of class Vth and Harvinder of class VIIth highlighted the plight of girl child in the Indian society today through their song and brought into light the message of 'Save Girls, Educate Girls'. Bhangra and hip hop forced the audience to dance on their tunes. Every participant showcased his/her talent brilliantly. The theme 'Vibrant Seasons' was a show stopper performance. The theme reflected the consequences of pollution and urged the spectators to 'Save Environment'. The entire show based on the theme touched the hearts of the audience and enlightened their darkened souls.

Later, Principal Smt. Sangeeta Mittal while addressing on the occasion appreciated the wonderful performance of students and acknowledged the efforts of teachers. She alsogave the details of previous year and also told future planning about games and education. Prizes were distributed to the most regular students by Director Sir and Principal. The function ended with the National Anthem.


Kinder Pillar School organize Workshop on Positive Parenting

By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 31st January:- The Kinder pillar School organized Positive Parenting workshop. As many as 500 parents from tricity participated in this seminar. The key note speaker at the moment was Prof. Ellen Booth who discussed various facets of Positive Parenting. She gave detailed information about how to facilitate the development of positive behavior including brain development, Social development and Learning Development in pre school children.

With over 25 years of documented research, Prof.Booth, a world renowned author of books on Early Childhood Learning and Education discussed the crucial "first 2000 days" to create strong synaptic connections in the brain. She stressed on the need to create a balance mix between activities and materials that bring out the natural learner in each child. The parents also enjoyed the Question Answer session found answers of their related concerns.

 In the second session tempting tiffin ideas were demonstrated by Chef M. Dudy Reny, the Executive Chef at the Wellcom Bellavista. His repertoire of recipes included a cold and hot ensemble.  The 12 recipes that he demonstrated were not only tempting and innovative but were very easy to make too. The next session was conducted by Sonia Channi academia for over 25 years told about the concerns related to the increased internet usage by children in their pre teen particularly under the age of 9yrs. Later, how socio economic changes in the family structures contributed to eroding the children's outdoor play time were explained. Then, secret tool for maximizing the benefits of internet usage was Surf, Select and suggest; various websites for a positive impact on the child's learning and the way to minimizing the threats would be "Sharing, Setting guidelines and learning to say No" were discussed.


CGC Jhanjeri Students Designed Unique Flyover

By 121 News Reporter

Mohali 31st January:- Civil Engineering students of Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC), Jhanjeri, Mohali carried out a survey of the traffic on the square at Landran crossing during peak hours including four hours each in the morning & evening times. Based on this survey, they found that the traffic density is maximum on Monday mornings and Friday evenings.  To solve such traffic jam problem, students designed a unique flyover for this crossing. This signal free flyover will provide a corridor for the commuters of Mohali, Banur, Kharar & Jhanjeri. The designers of this flyover claim that with this flyover, traffic density will reduce to just 10% of the present density.

Landran square is these days experiencing a severe traffic jam mainly due to a large number of colleges and dwelling units which have come up in this area. Students & office goers generally get held up in this jam almost every day and a large number of traffic police persons remain on their toes to regulate the traffic on this square. The students of CGC, Jhanjeri have designed this flyover which is a permanent solution to traffic jams.

Commenting on this project, Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, President, CGC told that the management always provides full moral & financial support to its students for preparing projects of practical utility and benefit for the society.


Holy Wonders Smart School Students Visit Khuht Ashram

By 121 News Reporter

Mohali 31st January:- To sensitize the students about the people suffering from Leprosy and spread awareness about the disease and to boost the morale of the patients and their families, The Holy Wonders Smart School organized a visit to Chandi Kusht Ashram for the students of classes 6-8 to mark the "Leprosy Eradication Day. The staff of the Ashram introduced the students and the staff of the school with the patients and their families. The students had a hearty conversation with the patients and their family and had a firsthand experience of knowing the life and state of Leprosy patients.

The Principal Premjeet Grover along with the staff and students provided articles of daily need, financial help and emotional support to the inmates. A day before, the students were also shown a PPT on this disease where they were acquainted about the disease, its symptoms, causes, prevention and treatment which was followed by a quiz on Leprosy.


Mayor takes stock of construction in Mahila Bhawan

By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 31st January:- Poonam Sharma, Mayor of Chandigarh today made a special visit & took a complete details of construction work of Mahila Bhawan, Sector 38. She was accompanied by Smt. Harjinder Kaur, Chairperson of Women Empowerment Committee, MC, Sunil Bhatia, Additional Commissioner, N.P. Sharma, S.E. B&R, Vivek Trivedi, Social Development Officer, SJSRY, MC and other senior officers. Mayor asked the engineers to complete the construction work before Mahila Diwas in March, 2015 so that the welfare activities of women will be started as early as possible.

It was decided during the visit that the welfare activities pertaining to women development and welfare will be housed in the Mahila bhawan. Municipal Corporation will also take imitative in starting few activities of skill training development for women in this Bhawan such as library, art gallery, dormitory, educational intuition centers, entrepreneurship centre, counseling centre, women counseling, mental health counseling, women helpline etc.


Cupcakes Refreshment for children at traffic rally

By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 31st January:- Buddies Bakery, in association  with the  Chandigarh Police had been providing refreshment to children and other participants at various events during the traffic week, brought in sweetness for the children who participated in the rally this morning at Sector 17. Nearly 300 students gathered at Sector 17 plaza today and walked to support the campaign to "Save Kids Lives" organized by Chandigarh Traffic Police. Later the children were treated with Buddies mini cupcakes that have been officially launched today by the bakery, which supports the "Save Kids Lives" campaign. Mini cupcakes are a big rage amongst every age group since it is a small bite which brings the full taste of the cake but in a mini format. Available in boxes of six or twelve, the assortment of cakes in vanilla, strawberry and chocolate formats with colorful toppings wins every heart.



Friday 30 January 2015

The fine jewellery exhibition at The Taj, Chandigarh

By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 30th January:- Are you on the lookout for some enviable jewellery to add to your collection? If yes, then the fine jewellery exhibition by KGK Entice at the Capitol Hall of Hotel Taj, Chandigarh is a must visit. At the exhibition, Entice is showcasing a breathtaking range of diamond and kundan-polki jewellery.  The three-day jewellery extravaganza will be on from 30th January to 1st February.

The USP of the exhibition is that all diamonds on display have been sourced directly from mines. The KGK group is engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of diamonds, colored stones and jewellery for decades, the reason why its prices as well as quality are unmatched.

Entice truly believes in their clients and the exhibition was inaugurated at a glittering event by one of their esteemed clients, Binu Dhaliwal. On the occasion, she also unveiled their latest collection, 'Irresistible Diamonds'. An absolute stunner, this new collection evokes the feeling of 'irresistible', the moment one sees the jewellery; there is an immediate desire to own it. A never-seen-before diamond jewellery collection which offers the best of diamonds, sourced directly from DTC mines, cut and polished in KGK factories, designed by a team of 8 international designers and hand-crafted into jewellery by skilled craftsmen over 300 days with a promise of exclusivity…what better can a woman ask for?

The Irresistible Diamonds Collection by Entice truly reflects the brand's spirit - international in style while being contemporary and traditional in its essence, making it a perfect amalgamation of sophistication and style for the savvy woman of today. The exhibition is a treasure trove for jewellery connoisseurs.  Here one can see a complete range of 'Entice' products with finest creations designed by a team of international designers. Each piece is unique and is handcrafted by trained craftsman with special talent and unmatched skills. This makes each piece a delight to see and wear.

An attractive Kundan Polki collection too is on display, made out of gold, diamonds and coloured gemstones, reviving the flavour of true Indian craftsmanship. This collection uses 22 karat gold fused with the best quality polki (uncut diamonds), highest quality brilliant cut diamonds, pearls, carved emeralds and rubies.



CONNECT Broadband announces the Mega Launch of ‘Videocon Connect Super Jodi Season 3’

By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 30th January:- Connect Broadband and Videocon Telecom are once again geared up to bring to the city audience, Connect Super Jodi Season 3. Connect Broadband and Videocon Telecom today, announced the launch of third season of their popular talent platform, Videocon Connect Super Jodi.

Connect Super Jodi is one of the most spectacular contests ever staged by a corporate and a unique customer engagement initiative.Designed to signify the 'CONNECTION' between two people, this is a unique platform for couples to showcase their compatibility and talent. The two months long event opens doors for all contestants willing to showcase their talent, and thereby gives a chance to win an all-paid luxurious foreign trip. This vent is structured in three tiers including audition rounds, city finales and the grand finale. The Chandigarh and Punjab-wide Mega Contest this year will hunt the Super Jodi-3 and will span for over 2 months to conduct audition rounds across all major cities of Punjab.


In each round there will be exciting gifts for the top three couples and the winning couple in the Grand Finale will win an all expense paid luxurious foreign vacation of six nights and seven days to shopping paradise of Dubai. Couples can participate in these cities at auditions to be held at housing societies, shopping malls, clubs and Schools. The couples will be judged on the basis of their compatibility, unique talent and confidence. Two Couples will be selected from each audition round through on-ground activities by a panel of judges for the next round. Grand Finale shall see couples chosen across Punjab participating in the final contest, competing against each other for the grand prize. This contest is open for all married & engaged couples. Registration process is very simple. To participate you just have to give a missed call to 1800 137 2020 or couples can register online at Registration through an SMS short code is also open. Last year the contest was won by super Jodi of Rahul and Anjali from Chandigarh, who besides having a bollywood Jodi name have shown tremendous chemistry. During the launch of season 3, they gave a scintillating performance.


Commenting on the VIDEOCON CONNECT Super Jodi, Bali, Director and CEO, Connect Broadband & Videocon Telecommunications Limited, said, that we believe in a vibrant brand engagement with our customers. Videocon Connect Super Jodi and Videocon Telecom Young Manch created huge vibes around our brands. Videocon Connect Super Jodi is only one of its kind platform available to couples in the region, where they can showcase their talent and get rewarded as well".


 To participate in this Contest, just type MYC CONNECT Your Name and send it to 53636 or by giving miss call at 1800-137-2020 or



MC removes 200 encroachments from Markets

By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 30th January:- The enforcement department of Municipal Corporation Chandigarh today carried out an anti encroachment drive in various sectors of Chandigarh and specially removed encroachments from varandahs and challaned 200 violators. Special emphasis was given to challan the momo sellers sitting in the market varandahs. Following the orders of Dr. Sarita Malik, Additional Commissioner, the enforcement team removed encroachments from various sectors including Sectors 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 34, 35 etc. and seized readymade garments, cylinders, counters, chairs, tables, beds, reharis and pharies of gol gappe, momos, noodles etc. from the public land.


Mayor inaurugates 5th Painter’s Workshop in Chandigarh

By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 30th January:- Poonam Sharma, Mayor of Chandigarh has inaugurated the 5thedition of the Painter's Workshop in Chandigarh today organized by  Magma Fincorp. Also present on the occasion was Suryakant Mishra, Associate Vice President, Magma Fincorp Ltd who elaborated about the initiative and their future plans.

Magma has been organizing painters' workshops all across the country including Chandigarh as part of its CSR initiative which is aimed at promoting art amongst upcoming talents. The 5th edition of the painters' workshop in Chandigarh witnessed the creation of brilliant work of art by all the participants. City artists from Chandigarh participated in the workshop and showcased their talents through their excellent masterpieces on the canvases. This initiative of Magma Fincorp has over the years, provided platforms to budding artists in various locations to showcase their talent to the world.

Poonam Sharma, said that it really feels great to see such talented people around. This is an excellent platform for the budding artists who can come out with their creative best.

Speaking to the media on the occasion, Suryakant Mishra, Associate Vice President, Magma Fincorp Ltd, said, that Magma has always encouraged and nurtured talents in the field of art. We have been organizing this workshop in various parts of the country over the years and each time there is an overwhelming response from each city. We feel privileged and honoured to announce that this is the fifth edition of our initiative in Chandigarh and like always the participants have enthralled us with their creations. We have successfully organized similar workshops in cities like Kolkata, Cochin, Bhubaneswar, Pune, Bangalore, Chandigarh and Ahmedabad apart from other cities. We look forward to many more such workshops in the city in years to come.


Chandigarh Police Organise Traffic awareness and Cultural Programme

By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 30th January:- The traffic awareness and Cultural Programme was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Anurag Aggarwal IAS, Home Secretary, UT Chandigarh at Children Traffic Park Sector 23, Chandigarh today as a part of The National Road Safety Week. On this occasion A.S Cheema IPS, DIG/UT, Chandigarh, Dr.Sukhchain Singh Gill IPS, SSP/UT, Chandigarh, Maneesh Chaudhry IPS, SSP/Traffic & Security, R.N. Meena, IPS, Commandant IRB, Dr. N.S. Brar IPS, ASP/Traffic/South & Road Safety, all DSPs & Inspectors and Traffic Marshals were present in the function.

Anurag Aggarwal Home Secretary, UT Chandigarh gave lecture on road safety and urged the people to follow traffic rules/regulations and cooperate with the traffic police. A Skit on Road Safety prepared by the Chandigarh Police personnel was also played during the occasion. Some good Traffic Police Personnel and Traffic Marshals were also awarded by the Chief Guest for bravery and good duty.

Beside this, Road Safety Workshops were also organized in Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, Chandigarh and Airtel IT Park, Chandigarh. In these workshops students/employees participated, traffic Inspectors and traffic marshals delivered the lecture on road safety and distributed the road safety literatures to the participants. Films on road safety were also shown to aware them about the traffic rules and regulations.

A seven days road safety exhibition from 27th Jan to 2nd Feb 2015 is installed at Plaza Sector 17, Chandigarh to aware the general public regarding the road safety and traffic rules/regulation by showing films & road safety videos. The literature on road safety is also being distributed among the Public to aware them regarding road safety. Public announcement are also being made at the major light Points.

Thursday 29 January 2015


By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 29th January:- Malls, Large-Sized & On-Line Companies Stores, run by individuals and companies in India are prevalent in this modern age for marketing Fashion Material, but exhibitions and fairs too are very popular means of direct marketing, which are very popular among Fashion-Lovers specially. Chandigarh is very fertile center where often Fashion/ lifestyle Exhibitions had been becoming source of providing latest, Innovative material of Fashionable Women's Likings. After experiencing very popular above-mentioned trends, Mrs. Anjali Makin, MD of M/S Sparkle Event & Management Pvt. Ltd initiated to organize Fashion Exhibition Exhibition "Be Vogue" "Life Style SHOW" from 31ist Jan. to Ist Feb.2015 at Welcom Hotel Bella Vista Sector-5 at Panchkula.

Prior to opening of this Fashion Exhibition "Be Vogue" " Life Style Show" on 31Ist Jan. today a Press Conference Cum Fashion Show comprising of Eminent & Enchanting Models of National Level. who show-cased their presentations by a Fashion Walk wearing celebrated Westernized & Bridal Garments & Jewellery  in presence of Media at  PRESS CLUB Chandigarh, subsequently in a Press Conference at PRESS CLUB Chandigarh, Mr Rakesh Makin & Mrs. Anjali Makin MD M/S Sparkle Event & Management addressed the invited media representing prominent Print & Electronic Media and apprised the Media that 40 prominent dynamic entrepreneurs from different parts of India would be exhibiting Bridal Wears Like Lehngas, Sarees ,Suits, other Fashion Garments & Accessories, Apparel, Gowns, Fine Furnishings & D├ęcor Home, Furniture, Foot-Wears, Antiques, Handicrafts, Costume Jewellery, Gold & Diamond Jewellery  from 31ist Jan to Ist Feb.2015 from 10.30 A.M to 10.30 P.M and entry in the exhibition would be without any Charges. Mrs. Anjali Makin further said that all efforts had been ensured that material to be marketed in this exhibition would be of standard, latest and of good quality on competitive prices. Mrs. Anjali Makin also told the Media that a separate list of Important Designers/Traders/Exhibitors had been enclosed for Media Coverage's.

While concluding the Press Conference, Rakesh Makin & Mrs. Anjali Makin,   M.D of M/S Sparkle Event Management said that on 31ist Jan, 2015, this Fashion Exhibition "Be Vogue"  "LIFE STYLE SHOW" will be inaugurated by S.P.Arora HCS Additional Deputy Commissioner Cum Commissioner Nagar Nigam, Panchkula at 12 P.M at WELCOM HOTEL BELLA VISTA PANCHKULA and She extends invitation to entire Media Community to attend the fabulous Inauguration Ceremony, while they may interact and interview the young & creative designers/exhibitors.


School Children participate in a Walkathon: To raise awareness about Oil & Gas Preservation

By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 29th January:- To spread the message of conservation of Oil and Gas, more than 300 students took part in a 'Walkathon'. The participants were flagged off from Tel Bhawan, Sector 19, by State Level Coordinator, U.T. Chandigarh of Oil & Gas Conservation Fortnight (OGCF-15) & Senior Regional Manager of HPCL, Krishan K. Handa.

Krishan K. Handa, said that ever since price of Petroleum & Natural Gas started shooting up the Government has been seized of the problem and it is taking various measures to decrease consumption of these products. The mass awareness programme is meant to sensitise people to save fossil fuels which were fast depleting. The OGCF too seeks to meet this objective and the Walkathon was a step in the direction of making people aware of the intense need to conserve oil & gas.



Oakridge International School organise health camp

By 121 News Reporter

Mohali 29th January:- Oakridge International School conducted a health awareness check-up  on the theme of say no to junk food. The Team of Doctors also check the children & given a proper diagnose and medicine if required. The children also asked questions that kept cropping in their mind about health. Dr Vikram Jeet Dhingra of Cosmo Hospital, a renowned plastic surgeon was available for the skin check-up of the children and answered questions of the students .It was a great experience for the children to have a primary resource explaining to them the importance of skin and the guidance of maintaining.

Dr Vikram Jeet Dhingra explained the students that health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

While speaking at the moment Principal Adi Lakshami said that holistic development of students is utmost important. This program is designed to instil healthy lifestyle habits in children. It focuses on helping students becoming familiar with their body and how it works. Fine motor and gross motor skills are a part of the program.  Communication, social and leadership skills are also taught through various skills building activities at the moment.


Indo Global Colleges conduct career guidance week

By 121 News Reporter

Mohali 29th January:- Indo Global Colleges celebrated Career Guidance week to keep the engineering, management and architecture students upto date of the existing career opportunities and provided them the requisite guidance, aptitude required by famous professionals of different profession in choosing their job option.

While welcoming the professional Chairman Sukhdev Singla Said that different jobs require different specific skills and content knowledge which they would know and work on if they want to achieve their dream career.

To guide students many well-known professionals came to interact with students. Prominent amongst them were Rajeev Markandey ,author of various books on competitive exams of "S Chand Publications" including the best sellers "Maths 18 days Wonder" & "Maths 30 days Wonder", "English 18 days Wonder" etc in partnership with Khurana. Currently he is associated with Bulls Eye Institute in Chandigarh. He told students about SWOT analysis of self, that is introspecting and understanding one's own strengths and weaknesses for a meaningful career planning.  Dr. Shilpa Suri enlightened the students on Time Dr. Nidhi Soni, a lifetime member of Indian Association of Applied Psychology and Manmeet Thapar conducted a very interactive and lively career planning workshop with focus on careers in Banking and Government sector. Abhay Bharadwaj, Senior Manager HR of Videocon and Sumeet Malik, CEO of Net Gains gave information about emerging jobs and current career trends in careers for engineering graduates. 


UIDAI Organise Mega Aadhaar Enrolment Camp in SAS Nagar

By 121 News Reporter

Mohali 29th January:- UIDAI RO-Chandigarh has organized mega  Aadhaar Enrolment camps in three blocks of SAS Nagar (Mohali) has evoked a tremendous response. More than 900 Aadhaar enrolments were registered on thesecond  day of camp.People from all age category including children, men women and old age residents enrolled for Aadhaar. The mega enrolment camp will ends on 30th January. Residents of SAS Nagar, who have not enroled for Aadhaar, may leverage this mega enrolment camps to enrol themselves.

As per officials from UIDAI, the mega enrolment camps are being organised in DeraBassi, Majri and Kharar block of SAS NagarTimings for the camp are from8 A.M to 7 P.M.



Touchstone Bags India's No 1 "Business Partner Award"

By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 29th January:- City based institute Touchstone -  IELTS Institute of India has bagged the prestigious "India's No 1 Business Partner Award" by International Development Program (IDP) consecutively for the Sixth time  at a ceremony held  at  JW Marriot.

 Ashutosh Anand,   Managing Director of Touchstone humbly acknowledged that it is the team work that has paid off and resulted in glorious result/success. Touchstone is a premier institute which deals in IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, Spoken English, Management and IT Studies. It has branches in all major cities of Punjab - Chandigarh, Mohali, Patiala, Jalandhar,Amritsar, Ludhiana, Nawanshahr, making student access easier. Being one of the oldest and most preferred institutes of the region, emphasis is laid on personal touch and one to one attention.He added that they are planning to move beyond panjab & desire to open their branches in Delhi and Rajsthan positively in this year. He said Touchstone don't have any franchise. It is working its operation at it own. 

The secret behind this continuing success is commitment and dedication to provide quality to the customers. The student numbers and their satisfaction speak for the organization. The motto religiously adopted is to provide value for money. Receiving the award is going to spur on the entire team to work even harder and productively to achieve greater heights.  The organization is in a state of continual development, so that, services can be delivered in a more efficient manner. New methodologies in form of technology like audio visual aids are being incorporated to make classroom teaching more result oriented. The success story of Touchstone is surely to continue in the years to come.

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Celebrate the day of LOVE with WOODS “Flamboyant collection 2015”

By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 28th January:- Celebrating this month of love, WOODS - the formal-cum-fashion brand from Aero Club brings to you the 'Flamboyant Collection 2015' this valentine season for both men & women. Everywhere you look there are red roses, heart shaped balloons, and bright pink greeting cards telling you Valentine's Day is upon us. Whether you consider V-day the most romantic day of the year or just a "Hallmark Holiday" most of us indulge in shopping to look our best for our loved ones. The Flamboyant Collection 2015 offers an array of internationally designed footwear for this season. The price of the collection starts from Rs. 4500/- onwards and is available at exclusive WOODS stores as well as Woodland stores present in your city. So this Valentine's day shop and have fun in style with Woods.

Walk the Red Carpet:-These elegant red leather velvet pumps remind us of the glamorous Sara Jessica Parker in Sex and the City. You'll love the way these shoes spice up your look! (Also available in shades of Beige & Royal Blue)

 Into the Blues:-For all the boys and the men, WOODS offers a semi formal Blue Velvet Suedes that are elegant yet classic looking which will impress your girl this romantic season!

Mix & Match:-Complement your man in blue, with chic white stilettos with a back support, to add the extra oomph!



ridge near chaundheri to benefit 25 villages to cost 1.50 crore

By 121 News Reporter

Mohali 28th January:- The Punjab Government is committed to modernize the infrastructure so as to give further impetus to the pace of development. Keeping this in view, the bridge being constructed on the road near steel strip factory and village chaundheri will be completed by the end of February. It will cost the state exchequer Rs. 1.50 crore.

Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Industry and Commerce, N.K. Sharma said that with the commissioning of this bridge 25 villages including Chaundheri, Mianpur, Aghapur and Bhagwasi. He said that at present the people have to commute via dappar because of absence of bridge. He further elaborated that apart from this other development will also be undertaken such as transforming the falling under Nagar Panchayat lalru and they shall be provided with all the modern facilities. Giving details about other development projects, he said that during the current financial year a sum of 2 crore 44 lakh 93 thousand will be spent. According to him Rs. 27 lakh 79 thousand have been spent on installing tubewell to ensure supply of clean drinking water.

Divulging more information, he said that the work on water drainage near dappar colony has almost been completed at a cost of Rs. 4 lakh 90 thousand. Also, a sum of Rs. 28 lakh 87 thousand shall be spent on the strengthening of road near health centre and in lalru Mandi area, a sum of Rs. 14 lakh 35 thousand is being spent on streets and water drainage out of which works worth 9 lakh 55 thousand have been completed. According to him, Rs. 4 lakh 90 thousand have been spent on constructing a new passage in girls school (lalru).



Tobacco Control Act to be Implemented strictly to save people from tobacco Monaco

By 121 News Reporter

Mohali 28th January:- A district level workshop was organized in S.A.S Nagar for effective implementation of Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) Dr.Neelam Bhardwaj Civil Surgeon Sahibjada  Ajit Singh  Nagar presided over the function. She said that Health department is strictly implementing Tobacco Control Act, Food Safety and Standard Act and Drugs and Cosmetics Act as per directions of Mrs. Vini Mahajan Principal Secretary Health and family welfare Punjab to control usage of Tobacco and Nicotine in Chemical form like E-Cigarettes.

On the directions of Dr. Karanjit Singh, Director Health services  Punjab, State Programme Officer State Tobacco Control Cell participated in the workshop and made the gathering aware about the Achievements of Punjab Govt in Tobacco Control. He said that there are many poisonous chemicals in tobacco due to which about 2200 people are killed daily in India. So it is very important to curb this menace. He also said that  all kinds of chewable tobacco and sale of loose cigarettes is banned in Punjab.

Ms. Jashanpreet Kaur Gill Assistant Commissioner  Sahibjada  Ajit Singh  Nagar appealed to common people to help Government in this endevour. Dr.Oberoi District health officer  Sahibjada  Ajit Singh  Nagar told that licence of a commercial establishment can be cancelled in case of violation of Tobacco Control Act as per latest notification of Punjab Govt. Dr.S.P.Surila EX-Civil Surgeon now working with an NGO SNEHA briefed the audience about the various sections of Tobacco Control Act. Dr. Gurpreet Singh District .Nodal Officer Tobacco Control Cell SAS Nagar apprised the participants about the activities being undertaken in the district for Tobacco Control.

Generation Saviour Association which is funded by The Union organized this workshop.  Mrs.Amteshwar Kaur briefed about the activities undertaken by this NGO. Members of many other NGOs and representatives of Police,Education and Local bodies deptt.attended the workshop.



By 121 News Reporter

Mohali 28th January:- Emphasizing the need of the capacity building of the administrative offices of the education department the Principal Secretary School Education C. Roul has inaugurated the two day state level conference for all District Education Officers and Block Primary Educations Officers of the state. This conference is being held with the joint collaboration of National University of Educational Planning and Planning Administration (NUEPA) and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Authority of Punjab School Education Department at auditorium of Punjab School Education Board at Mohali.

 Delivering the keynote address C. Roul has accepted the fact the there is dire need of training and capacity building of the administrative officers of the education department. He said that though the education index of the state is gradually gaining the height as compare to the other states of the country but at the same time one cannot be oblivious of the present challenges be faced by the education system. He stressed that these challenges could only be addressed in befitting manner by better administration.He also presented the fact that in Punjab school infrastructure and teaching faculty is of par excellence as compare to private sector and other states of the county but the state is lacking better school administration at District and Block levels. He said that sense of accountability is also lacking in school administration. He said that all these bottle necks could easily be plugged with these kinds of training programe for the DEOs and BPEOs.

 Prof. B.K.Panda of NUEPA threw light on the composition, working and goals of NUEPA. Mrs. Pankaj Sharma, Director, SCERT delivered the vote of thanks. Prominent among others who were present in the inaugural session included Director General School Education Pardeep Kumar Aggarwal, D.P.I. (SE) Balbir Singh Dhol, D.P.I. (EE) Mrs. Darshan Kaur and Assistant Professor of NUEPA Dr. Mona Sedwal.


CII organizes Blood Donation Camp:Collects 60 Units

By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 28th January:- Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Northern Region in association with Indian Society of Blood Transfusion & Immunohaematology organized a blood donation camp at the CII NR Headquarters in Sector 31 A here today. The camp, which was organised as part of CII's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative saw participation of a lot of enthusiastic CII employees, employees of CII member companies, staff of organisations like Food Corporation of India (FCI), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, Bank of India (BoI), Ministry of Environment, Forest & climate Change, Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC), National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) and volunteers from the tricity, industry and institutes. A team of doctors headed by Dr Ravneet Kaur Bedi from the Department of Transfusion Medicine of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh carried out the blood collection. The camp concluded with a collection of 60 Units of blood.

Dr Ravneet Kaur Bedi, Head of Department of Transfusion Medicine of Government Medical College and Hospital, shared that blood donation is a unique collaboration of modern medical science and humanity. Anybody can face the emergency and need blood urgently. Hence, blood donation is the most important opportunity for saving someone's life.

Pikender Pal Singh, Regional Director, CII NR shared that CII believes that it is the moral responsibility of all healthy people to donate blood regularly so that our blood banks have sufficient units available in case of emergencies. Blood donation is the highest donation as there is no other source of blood except from donations, so CII has made Blood Donation camps a regular feature in its calendar of activities.

Dr Harsh Mitter, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Central), Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, GoI while donating blood commended the CII staffs' positive response to the camp, citing the high turnout at the donation center in a bid to meet the increasing demand on donated blood, especially rare types, by public and private hospitals and thus help save lives



By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 28th January:- Dr. Anil Singh Thakur, an Architect & City Planner has proved it has transformed & that too beyond the Le Corbusier model. Dr. Thakur is an eminent & highly decorated Architect & is in Chandigarh where he shared details about his research work done for over 7 years full-time attendance, at The University of Melbourne, Australia. During the time of his research he made 14 trips to Chandigarh. 

Dr. Anil Singh Thakur, said that I have studied nine sectors of Chandigarh including areas like Lake, city centre , erstwhile colonies of sector 25 (Janta and Kumhar colonies), markets of Sector  22, 15, Furniture Market, Industrial Area(s), villages Buterla and Badhedi (Sector- 41) and avenues and roundabouts. I discovered that Chandigarh's character and fabric has changed significantly and this is because of an-interplay between Chandigarh Administration (CA) and stake holders, struggling classes;  and micro politics of the place. Globalisation and changing economy too has been responsible for the transformations. My account is based on more than 350 interviews of city stakeholders including marginal migrant workers & my recorded observations. Another finding is that contrary to common belief that the city is planned to minute details, significant contents of it like the Lake, Industrial areas, Roundabouts, Specialised Markets, Rehri markets have risen by proxy or as afterthought features. The city is therefore actually a product of many Co-authorships and not just of Le Corbusier. What's more, all these areas have found space beyond the Master-plan. Now, under the CA's Change of Land Use Policy (CLUP) 'industrial use' includes functions such as hospitality & commercial. The successive conversions point to forces like growing consumerism and people's changing lifestyles that undermine the planning instruments and their intents.

Dr. Anil Singh Thakur said that moreover, the important aspect touched upon in detail in the research of Dr. Thakur is the circumstantial trifurcation of Punjab into present states of Punjab, Haryana & Himachal. Dr. Thakur feels that this played an overwhelming role in demolishing Le Corbusier's vision for the future growth of the city. The Chandigarh Periphery Control Act vs. upcoming of Panchkula, Mohali and now New Chandigarh and Baddi in the adjoining states has been much talked about in the project. In a pivotal finding the incontestable centrality of the city as perceived by Le Corbusier has been either capitalised, or diffused and interfered by the unsynchronised & in a way opportune townships. Dr. Thakur,said that  on the surface Chandigarh may look stoic & a pretty stable city due to its well defined sectoral geometric configuration, in reality however it is now a multi-layered  city comprising many worlds, such as of the: affluent & poor; and metamorphosing cultures. The report says that evidently Le Corbusier's grand designs & ideas were thwarted by the realities of place & times. Adds Dr. Thakur, "The studied, villages turned out to be quite self organised without or with little help from the Corporation or Administration. Land was sold here by original owners & gradually hundreds of rooms were created for migrants under different regional & caste groups.

He concludes thus, Nehru posed his faith in the modern civilization and foresaw the bright side of future Indian modernity in it by incepting Chandigarh, and now Modi Government's resolve to build more than 100 smart cities (a combine  of modern and virtual worlds)  and to turn Chandigarh  into one heralds a new era for the city. Many books & loads of literature have been written about Le Corbusier and Chandigarh but Dr Thakur's study has analysed aspects outside of the Le Corbusier vision & focused on how Chandigarh has lived, its everyday life.


Tuesday 27 January 2015

CII to hold Blood Donation Camp on Wednesday

By 121 News Reporter

Chandigarh 27th January:- Confederation of Indian Industry, Northern Region in association with Indian Society of Blood Transfusion & Immunohaematology  will hold a Blood Donation Camp on Wednesday, 28th January 2015 from 10 am to 3 pm at Basement Hall (L1), CII NR Headquarters, Chandigarh. The camp, which is being organised as part of CII's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative is expected to witness participation of a lot of enthusiastic CII employees, employees of CII member companies, organisations like Food Corporation of India, Narvodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, Bank of India, Ministry of Environment, Forest & climate Change, Central Warehousing Corporation, National Hydro Power Corporation and volunteers from the tricity, industry and institutes with the aim to save precious lives.