Monday 31 August 2015

Oakridge International School Plants 80 Saplings

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Chandigarh 31st August:- Oakridge International School planted 80 saplings in and around the school on 80th birthday of chairman of Oakridge International School  Shomie Das . The day buzzed with various activities ecological and green living, personal hygiene, road safety etc. Later, students were informed the importance of the three P's — Protect, Preserve Promote earth. Importance of using recycling bins and avoiding litter, to keep the earth as well as the ocean   was stressed. Students planted perennial flowers and bushes and saplings and pledge to take care of them as they grow into adulthood. After taking the pledge to protect the fragile earth by everyone, a cake was also cut in the school campus .Students also participated in making innovative and creative videos.

While speaking at the moment Principal Ramanjit Ghuman said that the main reason of celebration was to let children know about the vision and philosophy of an inspiring man who believe to conserve nature by inspiring future citizens to save it. She further added that according to him every child has a talent but it is duty of educationists to show them right path to become a responsible citizen of future.


Universal Group Students Develop Mobile App UGI Touch

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Chandigarh 31st August:- Students of  Universal Group of Institutions developed Mobile Application UGI Touch  which is launched by Madan Mohan Mittal Minister for Industry and Commerce, Minister for Technical Education & Industrial Training, Minister for Family Welfare and Minister for Parliamentary affairs. Anurag, Arun, Deepshikha and Karamjeet CSE 7th Semester under the guidance  of The Dean Planning & Administration of UGI Shweta Sharma  developed this application .According to her this application will be very beneficial for the students and  parents also as they can see the process of Admission, time table, notifications etc. directly from their Smart phone. They can directly see the various courses available, Examinations, Events etc. of the Institution. Moreover, they can also pay their child fees through this mobile application.  

Dr. Gurpreet Singh Chairman of the Universal Group of Institutions said that this mobile application can run on any android smart phone, which can be downloaded from any android Smart phone play store free of cost. He said that in this technical era many students rely on their smart phones so taking this into consideration this app is created so that students as well as parents remain up to date without wasting their  time .They can directly download the matter from the app and can see various notifications. 


Gian Jyoti Group of Institutions Celebrates National Sports Day

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Chandigarh 31st August:- Gian Jyoti Group of Institutions celebrated the National Sports day on the birthday of Major Dhyan Chand, who became pride of India by his excelling in   Hockey Sports Skill, bringing global accolades to the country. The event had a colorful start with dazzling display of sports exercises by the students. Various outdoor and indoor games activities and competitions like Football, Cricket Basketball, Chess and Table tennis etc. were organized for the students. During the inaugural ceremony, the program commenced with the release of balloons by the Chairman J S Bedi.

While speaking on this Chairman J S Bedi paid rich tributes to Major Dhyan Chand and called upon the students to draw inspiration from such legendry sports persons and contribute fruitfully to the nation in various fields. According to him sports give us a sense of identity and national pride. The winners of different activities were awarded certificates and prizes during the valedictory ceremony in the evening. The students exhibited great zeal & zest while participating in various sports activities organized to make the day memorable.  He further added that Gian jyoti puts special efforts to develop the personality of their students including participation in Sports, NCC, Cultural, and Research and development activities to ensure all round development of the students.


Affixation of High Security Registration Plates of “CH04 & CH-04A” Series Starts

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Chandigarh 31st August:- Registering & Licensing Authority, UT, Chandigarh has started process for affixing of High Security Registration Plates on vehicles already registered in UT, Chandigarh at three notified locations i.e. the offices of R&LA, Sector-17, SDM(S), Sector-42, SDM (E), Indl. Area, Phase-I, Chandigarh.

The owners of the vehicle having registration number of "CH04 & CH-04A" series shall apply for affixation of HSRP at their respective offices with the request on plain paper mentioning the detail of Chassis Number, Engine Number, Make, Model, copy of Registration Certificate of the vehicle, copy of valid insurance copy of Identity card of the owner within one month from date of 01.09.2015. The original Registration Certificate is mandatory at the time of applying the same.  In case, if, the owners of the vehicle of above series do not affixed HSRP plates within the stipulated period on their vehicles, the Traffic Police, UT, Chandigarh will be asked to initiate the process for Challaning of their vehicle.

One-Week Training Programme Starts on the “Environmental Health’

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Chandigarh 31st August:- School of Public Health, PGI, started a one-week training programme on the "Environmental Health'. The training programme is introduced under the flagship of Department Health Research (DHR), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH & FW) to develop the skills of participants through intensive training programme for improving public health in the country. The training aim to induce the thought process of the participants to expand their knowledge to recognise and solve the environment health issues in their region. Despite a huge response, only seventeen candidates from different region of the country were selected for the current training. The key topic covered in the training includes Health & Sustainable Development, Ecosystem & Human Health, Urban Environment & Health, Air Pollution, Water & Sanitation, Radiation, Noise Pollution, Environmental Pollution & Toxicology, Environmental Protection & Legislation, Environment Impact Assessment, Health impact of Energy Choice including Current Issues & Challenges related to Environmental Health.

The training programme was inaugurated by Prof. Rajesh Kumar, Head, School of Public Health, PGIMER and he highlighted that DHR has launched this health research scheme to provide advanced training to health research personnel in cutting edge research areas concerning health to improve public health in the country. He stressed that such training programme can play an important role in technical skill transfer to the junior to middle level faculty & scientists, environment and public health researchers for better health and quality of life.

Dr. Ravindra Khaiwal, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Organizing Secretary of the event stressed on the need of better understanding of health issues related to various environmental pollutants. He further mentioned that 24% of total death burden in India is due to environmental factor, resulting over 27 Lakh deaths every year. Hence, it is important to build the research capacity in the area of Environmental Health to reduce the burden of disease and disability.

The current Environmental Health training programme is in line with the series of training programme covered under DHR scheme earlier onWater, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) and Air Pollution & Health at School of Public Health, PGI, Chandigarh. The training programme is being facilitated by Dr. Somvir Bajar, Manu Jindal and Vijay Kumar.

NGO Tammana Celebrates ​its 7th Anniversary

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Chandigarh 31st August:- NGO Tammana celebrated ​its 7th Anniversary named 'ASHIA VII – Life & Hope' on Sunday, at The Cove Hotel, Sector 5, Panchkula. Blue is the color of youthfulness, white embodies peace & golden denotes victory…triumph. The day was painted with the beautiful trio of these colors that represent the NGO Tammana.

NGO Tammana felicitates the zealous members for their outstanding contributions and consistent efforts in various categories. The soothing melody of the NGO's anthem "Chal Tammana", echoing in the background brought out the real essence of the organization & its vision.

Founded in 2008, State-Awarded ; Tammana gradually gathered roots and has now grown to a 75+member family rendering services to the less-privileged and other sections of the society by carrying out numerous educational/health camps and environmental awareness drives.

Isha Kakaria, the Founder-President on this joyful occasion shared that while the members of this organization spend most of the year selflessly dedicating themselves to the cause of the society, this was their day of acknowledgement & recognition and was marked by the Annual Award Distribution Ceremony along with various team building activities. The jubilant members, who waited long for this day, welcomed the 8th year by the cake cutting ceremony.


Padamshree Professor Amod Gupta Retires From PGI after Serving 42 Years

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Chandigarh 31st August:- Prof. Yogesh Chawla, Director PGI honoured Prof. Amod Gupta, Head, Department of Ophthalmology and nine officers/officials on their superannuation today by presenting mementoes to them.  Sushil Thakur, Financial Adviser handed over beneficiary cheques comprising GPF, gratuity and group insurance. Respective Heads of Departments wished them well in life by presenting bouquets to them.

Prof Amod Gupta retired from the services of the Institute after serving for 42 years.  He joined PGI in the year 1973 and has been continuously serving since then.  He is an iconic figure among the medical fraternity across India and World.  He rose to become the Dean at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh (India). He has been at the forefront of clinical research in Ophthalmology and especially in the field of retinal and uveal diseases. He raised the Advanced Eye Centre in 2006, one of the most advanced ophthalmic centres for patient care, training and research in India.

In the last nearly 25 years, he has discovered new diseases, their clinical manifestations and new management strategies, which have brought about paradigm shift in the management of several blinding diseases. His researches have been recognized internationally. He has published more than 308 original research papers in national and international journals, which have been extensively cited (Scopus 3067,) with an H index of 28. His coauthored books on 'Optical Coherence Tomography', 'Diabetic Retinopathy' and "Uveitis: Text and Imaging" are read all over the world.

Doon Public School organises Rachna Kala Sangam Group Song Competition

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Chandigarh 31st August:- Doon Public School, Panchkula organized Rachna Agarwal Kala Sangam Inter School Group Song Competition to commemorate the memory of Late Rachna Agarwal daughter of Brig & Mrs M K Agarwal. Ten teams from across the Panchkula District participated and rendered soulful and melodious patriotic songs; that left the audience spellbound.

Brig. & Mrs. M.K. Agarwal hosted the event, where in Mrs. Suchitra Mitra closely associated with Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh, was the Chief Guest. The Guests of Honour were Mrs. Sunaini Guleria Sharma and Mrs. Betty Nangia, who also did the honours of judging the event and later on gave away the trophies to the winning and runners up Team.

Blue Bird High School, Sec-16, Panchkula attained the first position. The runner-up was the team from St. Soldier School, Sec-16, Panchkula. All the teams were also awarded Certificate of Participation.

Capt Sanjay Anand, SM, Principal, Doon Public School said that the competition was a tribute to a very talented girl Rachna Agarwal who was snatched from us by Cancer at a very young age. We plan to make this contest a regular affair every year.  


Wedding Wish Bags‘Leading Matrimonial Service Provider in North India’, Award at the National level

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Chandigarh 31st August:- City based 'Match Making' a professional makeover Wedding Wish, has once again done the region proud by bagging the award of 'Leading Matrimonial Service Provider in North India', at the National level. The award is the result of a holistic market survey conducted by Brand Achievers, a Market Research Organization. Ms. Aditi B Singla, MD, Wedding Wish received the same from renowned Actor Shekhar Suman in Delhi, recently. It is noteworthy that the company had bagged 'The best Matrimonial Service provides in Tri-city and Punjab award in 2014, at the Punjab Global Lifestyle Award event. Wedding Wish won this honour after an exhaustive market research done by Prime Time Research.

Ms. Aditi B. Singla, MD, Wedding Wish said at a media conference that we have been declared as the Leading Matrimonial Service provider in the geographical area of Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan. The competition was intense right since we were nominated among others in the same Industry.  She feels we came up trumps due to our quality of service delivery, computerized maintenance of data base of grooms and brides, which is well secured for client, video reviews of families who enter the match making field & a proper corporate structure of operations.

She added that Wedding Wish has been a front runner when it comes to Corporate Social Responsibility too. Recently it has taken on board as many as 22 girls from the underprivileged segment of society, who will be trained in different areas of business and finally be given management positions within the company itself.  "Twelve (12) of these girls have already joined the programme with us and shortly ten (10) more will come into the Wedding Wish family very soon. We always try to do our bit for social welfare in whatever way we can possibly do either by recruiting under privileged girls or by donation open heartedly in the marriages of girls belongs to under privileged section of the society as its society only which has given us so much. She also revealed that the company will go the MNC way soon, with a centre in the USA. Personalized service & an ethical business model have been instrumental in Wedding Wish help as many as around 2 thousand couples tie the nuptial knot in the last 3 years of its presence in Chandigarh, another 5 hundred is in pipeline to get solemnized soon. 

Friday 28 August 2015

Sports Wing and Hi-Tech Fitness Centre Inaugurated at SGGSC-26

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Chandigarh 28th August:- The inauguration of Sport Wing and Hi-tech fitness center was held at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector-26, Chandigarh. S.Balbir Singh, Hockey Olympian, was the chief guest on this occasion. He enlivened the memories of golden days in hockey while addressing the students through an inspirational speech.

The new Fitness Center is fully equipped with modern equipments which will help to improve the fitness of the sportsmen from body fitness to body buildup. The sports wing is fully equipped with modern amenities at Boys Hostel. SGGS College is already leading college in sports by winning Panjab University Sir Shadi Lal trophy for overall championship for the last seven years.

Col.(Retd.) J.S.Bala, Secretary, SES said that health is wealth, we should never forget that without health there is nothing in our life. Health is more valuable for us than other things in the life because it is the only tool of success.

Dr.Dalwinder Singh, Chairperson, Department of Physical Education, Panjab University congratulated the college administration for new facility.

Dr G.S.Gill, Hostel Warden said that our focus is to deliver results through hard work, Motivation coupled with technical guidance. 

S. Gurdev Singh (IAS Retd.), President, Sikh Educational Society (SES) and many other dignitaries were also present. At the end of function, vote of thanks was given by Principal S.S.Dhillon.


Rural Development & Panchayats Department Celebrates Teej

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Chandigarh 28th August:- Gaiety and Traditional fervour marked the Teej Celebrations organised by the Rural Development & Panchayats Department, Punjab. It was a day of fun and frolic, as ladies clad in colourful dresses enjoyed them at the Vikas Bhawan, Mohali. Dressed in colourful and traditional attires, guests including the wives of local Officers as well as the women employees of various government departments had a good time during the two hours long festivities. On this occasion they performed folk dances of Punjab. The women enjoyed the main attraction of the festival- the swings decorated with flowers.  The place reverberated with the beat of drums. The participants presented songs from a series of their choicest collections. Special attraction of the day was "Teej Queen" competition. Kamalpreet Kaur was selected as the Teej Queen and was crowned by folk singer Dolly Gularia. Bibi Surjit Kaur Maluka wife of S. Sikander Singh Maluka was special guest and also enjoyed this Teej Mela.

Sikander Singh Maluka, Rural Development & Panchyats Minister Punjab, sharing his feelings said that earlier people, particularly those in rural areas used to celebrate Teej in a big way. But with the passage of time, the festivities have lost their glory and are confined to a few common places like educational institutions in the urban areas and symbolic celebrations for the entertainment of children in villages.  He added that Teej celebrations nowadays are vapid due to many reasons, mainly the growing individualism in the society, degradation of social values, change in the professional temperament of people and missing of big trees of peepal and neem on the banks of village ponds and the outskirts of the village which used to serve the purposes for putting swings earlier.

He added that during the month of Shravan, a decade or two ago, women used to go in the groups for swinging in gardens after completing their domestic chores and used to sing folk songs. Talking about the decline in the trend of Teej celebration, he attributed it to the rapid growth of entertainment means through electronic media. Earlier, major occasions of entertainment used to be the festivals", he said and added, "Today's young girls hardly remember shravan folk songs and it shows a decline in our folk culture."

The minister said that that our young generation is following the western culture today and forgetting their rich cultural heritage. He said that by organising this type of an event an attempt has been made by the department to put in its bit to save the rich cultural heritage of Punjab and portray one of its fast fading aspects to the new generation so that they may be acquainted with our cultural heritage.

Besides the female government employees, the members of prominent Non Government Organisations, social workers, the wives of local Officers, Principal secretary Roshan Sunkaria, IAS, Joint Secretary-cum-commissioner Gurdev Singh Ghumman IAS, Director Sukhjit Singh Bains IAS, Joint Secretary J.P. Singla & Editor Sade Pind Magazine Jagtar Singh Sidhu also participated in the celebrations.

Indo Global Pays Tribute to Le Corbusier on His 50th Death Anniversary

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Chandigarh 28th August:- Indo Global Colleges organized competitions on photography, sketching, poster making on Le Corbusier's buildings and his quotes and ideologies. Architectural Design competition of a memorial and museum, Shradhanjali-1947, was also organized to pay tribute to one million people who lost their lives during partition of India. The students visited the capitol complex several times in the proceeding weeks and made free hand sketches and studied Le Corbusier's buildings and design philosophy.

The exhibition showcasing works of competition was inaugurated by Dr. S.S Bhatti, Author of book, Chandigarh – An Irony of History. While speaking at the moment .Bhatti said that Le Corbusier was the most versatile and greatest architect of the 20th century, who revolutionized the architecture at global level. He Later,drew the attention of students and faculty to the urgent need for serious and sustained studies of works of master architects of the modern world. He further added that to fully understand Le Corbusier's historic legacy, there is need to imbibe his saint like traits and practice architecture as a habit of mind rather than a profession.

Suhkdev Singla, Chairman, Indo Global Education Foundation and Madam Neelam Singla, Chairperson, congratulated the students for their whole hearted  participation in various competitions and exhorted them to steadfastly  strive for academic excellence and contribute for creating better living environment.

Manav  Singla, CEO Indo Global said  that Le Corbusier is  the foundation of Modern Architecture of the entire Country. Chandigarh is an architectural miracle that happened due to Le Corbusier.


Vivek High School Host Annual Regional Business Quiz and Debate

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Chandigarh 28th August:- An Annual Regional Business Quiz 2015 and Interschool debate competition was hosted by Vivek High School, Chandigarh. Adviser Vijay Dev Chandigarh was the Chief Guest at the function. The event saw participation of more than 22 schools across North India. The Adviser appreciated the initiative of the school to create a platform which invites the schools from across the region to share the international best practices through such competitions.

Speaking on the occasion Vijay Dev said that great part of academic excellence comes from within. If we passionately decide what we want to do, nothing can stop us. Let no disability effect us, let it become a source of our energy. Vijay Dev further added that quest for knowledge should be perpetual. Sharing his academic experience, he motivated the students towards extra-curricular activities besides regular studies. 

Vivek High School was adjudged as the winner of Business Quiz, Springdale School, Amritsar was adjudged as the first runners up followed by Delhi Public School, Chandigarh.

The participating schools included, Vasant Valley School New Delhi, Scindia School Gwalior, The Lawrence School Sanawar, Rajmata Krishna Kumari Jodhpur, Cambridge International School for Girls Jalandhar, Cambridge International Co-Ed School  Jalandhar, Auckland House School Shimla, Springdale School Amritsar, Punjab Public School Nabha, Pinegrove School Subathu, Army Public School Ambala, Mayo Girls Ajmer, Delhi Public School Chandigarh, Yadavindra Public School Mohali, St. John's School Chandigarh, Sacred Heart School Chandigarh, Ryan International School Chandigarh, St. Kabir Public School Chandigarh, SD public School Chandigarh, Bhavans Vidyalaya Panchkula, Bhavans Vidyalaya Chandigarh and Vivek High School Chandigarh.


MSMEs to Play Crucial Role in Govt’s Flagship Projects:Dr H Purushotham

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Chandigarh 28th August:- The three crore Indian MSMEs have an extraordinary opportunity to contribute significantly to the national flagship programmes of the Central Govt viz the Smart Cities, Make in India, Clean Ganga, skill India and Digital India campaign provided they focus on Research & Development (R&D), technology upgradation, Patents, Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and modernisation, emphasised Dr H Purushotham, Chairman & Managing Director, National Research Development Corporation (NRCD) while addressing the MSME CONCLAVE organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to Facilitate Financing & Enhancing Competitiveness of the MSMEs of the region at CII NR Headquarters in sector 31 A, here today.

Dr H Purushotham said that NRDC is fully committed to provide all possible assistance to promote, develop, and to commercialise indigenously developed technologies by MSMEs in partnership with universities, R&D Institutes & individual inventors etc as also upgrade their technologies. With our support, it is easier of the MSMEs to get loans from banks easily and at cheaper. He further added that it is highly critical for the Indian beleaguered MSMEs which contribute 8% of national GDP, 45% of Manufacturing, 40% of exports, produce more than 6000 Products and provide employment to about 7 Crore people to invest in R&D, Patents, and Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs)  in order to sustain in the long run. He informed that NRDC is all for MSMEs in this regard and we are devoted to provide all assistance in Patent landscaping, Licensing, IP search, Assessment &Valuation and other drafting & filing services which the MSMEs can benefit from. We have already signed over 5000 technology license agreements so far and licenced  over 2000 technologies for commercialization.

Jyoti P Gadia, Managing Director, Resurgent India Ltd said that though MSMEs are a key part of the Indian industrial ecosystem, constituting 95% of the total no of industrial units in the country, still it is unfortunate and shocking that 20,000 MSME entrepreneurs commit suicide every yearThis is mainly due to insolvency & bankruptcy.

Bibek Debroy, noted economist said that I have seen that in more cases than one, due to the dysfunctional insolvency and bankruptcy system in India for SMEs, it deprives the entrepreneur of an honorable exit nor does it give him a second chance to re-establish his business of he fails. He added that since 95 % of the MSMEs are concentrated in only 30 industries, it is high time for the government to come out with specific packages just for these 30 industries with complete details on the documents required, eligibility criterion etc available well in advance. In short a standardized DPR should be pre-approved. If an MSME fulfills all the criteria, it could approach banks for financial assistance and get it easily.

Capt Alok Sharma, Chairman, CII NR Committee on MSMEs, & CEO, Forge (India) Pvt Ltd shared that though MSMEs are said to be backbone of India's economy, however the y ar effacing some major concerns like difficulty in obtaining finance, Limiting regulatory policies, Lack of modern affordable technology, Lack of basic infrastructure facilities, absence of exclusive marketing platforms, inflexible labour laws and availability of affordable skilled labour. 

Adviser Inaugurates Online booking’ for U.T State Guest House and Panchayat Bhawan

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Chandigarh 28th August:-  The Adviser UT Chandigarh, Vijay Dev today inaugurated the facility of 'Online booking' for guests desirous of seeking accommodation at the U.T State Guest House, Sector 6, Chandigarh & Panchayat Bhawan, Sector 18, Chandigarh. The inauguration of this facility shall be a boon for the prospective guests who henceforth shall be able to make booking requests 'Online' and would also get the acknowledgement / confirmation against such bookings through the facility of SMS. The link to such 'Online' requests is now available at –


Air India Honours 1754 Senior Employees on Completing 25 Years on Its Foundations Day

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Chandigarh 28th August:-  India's National Carrier Air India, today celebrated it Foundation Day with great pride and enthusiasm. On this momentous occasion the national carrier felicitated 1754 senior employees who have completed 25 years of service with the company. Keeping pace with the times, Air India organized its first ever technology interaction via Periscope and Google Hangout with Indian Sports personalities. Award winners such as Jagbir Singh (Hockey), Nikhil Chopra (Indian test Cricket player), Tania Sachdev (International chess player), M P Singh (Hockey) and Zafar Iqbal (Hockey) were part of the live interaction.

Air India's Foundations Day is an annual event which is celebrated on 27th August every year. On this occasion Air India recognizes the praiseworthy efforts of the employees of both Air India and Indian Airlines for dedicated stint with the airlines. Air India and Indian Airlines celebrated Nationalization day as separate entities on August 1st every year until their merger in 2007. The new entity decided to celebrate 'Nationalization Day' on August 27 there on.

Congratulating the employees on their dedication and commitment Rohit Nandan, CMD Air India said that it's a very joyous moment for everyone. He would like to complement and congratulate each of the 1754 employees for their loyalty and commitment and for taking Air India to new heights.  As members of the national carrier we should continue to work with same zeal in the coming years to keep the flag of Air India flying high.

Faraar Is Full Of Thrill, Action & Romance:Gippy Grewal

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Chandigarh 28th August:-  'Faraar' will be first ever Punjabi film in which the action you will see in huge stage. I am playing double role in the film and to do justice with my both characters, I worked very hard. One character is of an innocent boy, who went to America to study whereas the other one who was already present there is a popular gangster. This film is full of thrill & romance. It is a family entertainer film. All these views are shared by famous singer-actor Gippy Grewal at the promotional event of his upcoming film 'Faraar'.

Gippy Grewal said that earlier he had done a dozen of films. The budgets of Punjabi films are increasing day by day and the films made their identity in the whole world due to the best quality served to the viewers. Gippy said that Faraar is made under the direction of Baljit Singh Deo, the whole team had done lot of hard work. Girija Shankar, Kainaat Arora & Jaggi Singh left no stone unturned while shooting. The film under the banner of Sippy Grewal productions is produced by Sippy Grewal & Nitin Talwar. Manmohan Waris, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Jazzy B, Bohemia, Ranjit Bawa and Harshdeep gave their vocals to the music of the film which is superb.

Gippy said that he will not here to be bound under a particular role. He wants to do different kind of roles in his career.

The actress of film Kainaat Arora said that she felt proud to be the part of this huge project. While doing promotions in the different cities we got good response, support & love from everybody. This film gave me the chance to show my inner acting skills.

The villain of the film Jaggi Singh said that in this film he had a powerful character and trying his best to do full justice with his role. The base of the film is too strong. The film will show every colour – love, career, protest, war. It is a full package film.

Producer Sippy Grewal said that the music of the film is released by 'Saga Music', which got good response from everywhere. This film is going to release in India, Canada, America, Newzealand, Australia and England. Pushpinder Singh Harry is also present on this occasion.


Central and State Govt. Employees to Take Part in Nationwide Strike on 2nd September

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Chandigarh 28th August:- Chandigarh Employees Forum is going to take part in the one day Nationwide Strike call  given by the Central Trade Unions and Federations on 2nd September, 2015.  is against the BETRAYAL OF MODI GOVERNMENT to fulfill its promises. In this one day Nationwide Strike employees of Central Government, Financial Institutions, Public Sector Banks and Insurance (LIC and GIC companies), BSNL, Post Office, AG offices, Chandigarh Admn. Employees, Transport Employees, Electricity Employees, Punjab Govt. Public Sector and Municipal Corporation employees Industrial workers under the banner of Central of Indian Trade Union (CITU) are taking part.

While interacting with media convener of the forum Rajeev Sehgal said that in the 16th Lok Sabha Elections held in 2014, people of this country were hoping for greater relief from the new Governments headed by the NDA.  But all their hopes had been diminished within one year of taking over by the Modi Govt.  Employees were hoping for exemption in the Income tax, but they were betrayed and no exemption was given.  Public Sector Undertakings which are giving profits and filling the  coffers of the Central Govt. are being handed over to the Indian and Foreign Private Houses, all Financial Institutions are being deregulated and being placed at the mercy of Foreign Corporate Houses. Rajeev Sehgal further said that the industry was hoping to increase the production whereas in the last one year the production is declined and their hopes are belied. The Working class which was expecting employment but the rate of employment is decelerated in comparison to growth, share of wages and salary and income have been further reduced. Right to form the Trade Unions and struggle are being scuttled in every possible way and it is being imposed through ordinances and with the wish of the employer up to all possibilities.  Over and above the BJP ruled state Governments, the Central Govt. is dismantling the tripartite system of Labour  laws so that the 12 hours or 13 hours job is ensured and no double remuneration for extra work is to be given to the working class and the same is being denied to workers. They are being  denied minimum  15000 wages per month and tripartite  Indian Labour Conference decision is being denied. Contractual system is being increased; equal wages for equal work is being denied that is why Trade Unions are forced to go on One Day strike on 2nd September.

The other leaders said that not only Workers and Employees are most resented against the betrayal of Modi Govt., but also other sections like Peasants, shopkeepers, Transporters, Youths, Women, retired Army personnel, pensioners etc/ are also hit hard by the policies of Central Govt. and they are feeling betrayed by the Modi Govt. and  are in the struggle like workers and peasants.  We appeal to all of them to support and participate the Strike in all possible manners.

In Chandigarh, Employees Forum consisting of Central Government, Financial Institutions, Public Sector Banks and Insurance (LIC and GIC companies), BSNL, Post Office, AG offices, Chandigarh Admn. Employees, Transport Employees, Electricity Employees, Punjab Govt. Public Sector and Municipal Corporation employees Industrial workers under the banner of Central of Indian Trade Union (CITU) are collectively organizing the struggle which shall be unprecedented in the history of India after independence.  It is fortunate for the broader unity of the working people that even the BMS could not be bowed down by the Modi Govt. which is also participating in a very hilarious manner in this One Day Strike.

It is unfortunate that the bureaucracy in Chandigarh Administration is trying to trumble down under foot the trade union rights for organizing the peaceful struggle by continuously brazenly imposing of section144 throughout the city. How it is possible when workers and employees will go on strike from their offices, factories and establishments, how they can be forbidden their gate meetings and protest rallies.  Since September 1983, the upper portion from Madhya Marg is continuously under Section 144 which reminds that emergency is still there in Chandigarh. It is an attack on the democratic rights of the working class provided in the Constitution. Workers and employees will continue their sincere efforts to approach all the political parties, bar associations and Media persons at Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula and High Court and other professional people to oppose this brazen misuse of 144.  We are hopeful that people in general will support us to make the 2nd September All India Strike a grand success.

Thursday 27 August 2015

Oxigen Wallet Enters into a Strategic Alliance With PAYBACK

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Chandigarh 27th August:- Oxigen Wallet associates with PAYBACK, bringing a unique value merging loyalty and usage for the benefit of their users. The partnership with PAYBACK, allows Oxigen wallet customers to earn* and redeem PAYBACK points on Oxigen Wallet. The most powerful feature of this partnership is that customers who have earned PAYBACK points on any other platform can redeem them as cash into the wallet and use it for Oxigen's service offerings, utility payments and online shopping.

Commenting on the association, Ankur Saxena, CEO of Oxigen Wallet said that our partnership with PAYBACK builds up inertia to load money into the wallet for transaction. Redeeming PAYBACK points and converting them into cash automatically eases that process and enhances customer value. As a wallet player, we are cautious about discounts and cash backs as it erodes our bottom line. In order to be a long term & stable player we want to focus on strategic tie ups that drive customer value and rewards in a manner that meets business objectives and the PAYBACK partnership is one such example.

Rahul Rana, CEO & MD, PAYBACK(Loyalty Solutions and Research Private Limited) commented that our partners aremostly the forerunners of their sectors and we are proud to be associated withOxigen Wallet. We are looking forward to a longstanding partnership as our focuscoincides with each other, i.e. to maximize customer benefit. 

Collaborate and Innovate to Bring About Change:Governor

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Chandigarh 27th August:- Corporates, Governments and NGOs should innovate, collaborate and work in tandem towards a 'common goal' in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to bring about a positive change in the society. This was urged by H. E. Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor, Haryana, Punjab & Administrator, UT Chandigarh while addressing the CII CSR Conference organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at its Headquarters in Sector 31.

Reiterating P.M Modi's words of wisdom," If everyone takes a step ahead, the nation will move 1.2 billion steps ahead", he called upon the corporates to play the most significant role under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to support Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, Skill India, & Beti Bachao – Beti Padao by interlinking National, State and District level interventions with the Corporate Social Responsibility of businesses. He added that CSR, being a noble initiative shouldn't require penalty and strict rules to be enforced. The corporates should stand united in bringing CSR to its full-fledged frame. The spirit behind 2% profits towards CSR is more important than the 2% itself. The overall inclusion is necessary and will come only when last person in the queue gets everything. He strongly emphasized that it is high time, CSR came out of the back rooms into the board rooms of the corporates to make a strong difference in the lives of the Have-nots in a more focused manner.

Dr. D.S Cheema, Hon'ble Minister of Education, Government of Punjab appreciated the commencement of conference on CSR. He was highly appreciative of the initiative taken by industry to approach Government for "Clean India: Skilled India". Further adding on to agenda of discussion, he highlighted that Guru Nanak Dev Ji advocated the Social Responsibility. The philosophy of giving away 10% of your earnings to the needy has been preached by Guru Nanak Dev ji himself. All CSR initiatives demand 2% of earnings which is much less and can be done with in today's time. He highlighted on the government discussions for pre-primary schools at age of 3years.Anganvadi schools are being converted into play-ways for poor students. Mr. Cheema mentioned the name of Sant Baljinder Singh Randewala who has adopted 85 primary schools in Dist. Ludhiana. He urged every privileged citizen to take on this further by adopting more schools and making government schools more attractive to students. He elaborated on the concept of CSR by saying that, while philanthropy was charity, CSR is a duty. "Today, if you want the whole country to prosper and not just a few sections, then it becomes imperative for corporate houses to contribute their bit for the betterment of society," he said, adding that development has to be holistic (social, economic and environmental) for social harmony. The other aims of CSR should be reduction of poverty, improvement in education, creation of employment, social justice, access to healthcare and removal of systemic evils like corruption.

Pikender Pal Singh, Regional Director, CII Northern Region, shared that CSR has become an essential element of corporate culture today. No corporate house can afford to ignore the social and environmental impact of their activities. CSR is not a donation or charity, it's a necessity today." In Northern Region, Ability placement fairs for differently abled candidates are also organised to promote their employment with participation of NGOs. CII will continue to play its role in driving the promotion of CSR in the Indian business environment towards making CSR a core part of their business strategy.

CGC Jhanjeri organize Workshop on .NET

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Chandigarh 27th August:- Chandigarh Group of Colleges Jhanjeri organized skill development workshop on .NET. The keynote speaker in the workshop was Expert Amit from Ducat, Noida. He explained that .NET Framework is a technology that supports building and running the next generation of applications and XML Web services. The .NET Framework is designed to provide a consistent object-oriented programming environment whether object code is stored and executed locally, executed locally but Internet-distributed, or executed remotely.  According to him .NET provides a code-execution environment that minimizes software deployment and versioning conflicts.

Speaking on the occasion Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, President, CGC said that The main aim to organized  the Workshop was to make students aware of  widely varying types of applications, such as Windows-based applications and Web-based applications. He further added that  CGC follows a teaching methodology by which, the students gain not only the theoretical knowledge but also the practical applications of what they study .According to him with such interactions the students get an opportunity of developing skills to make practical use of their knowledge. 

Shemrock School Students Visit Old Age Home

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Chandigarh 27th August:- Shemrock Senior Secondary school's students visited old age home in sector 15-D, Chandigarh. It's always been a part of Shamrock's to visit old age home and to teach students moral value and make the old people feel that they are always cared by the society. The students felt as if they were blessed by grandmothers and grandfathers, who loved and shared their experiences with them, each giving much needed love and attention.  They also gave gifts to the inmates and a small cultural programme was also organised there to entertain inmates. The senior citizens were elated to have a chirpy gathering amongst them. They enthusiastically interacted and shared their experiences with them. It was a lifetime experience for the students of Shemrock School. Later, refreshment was also distributed into senior citizens.

The   Director Education S K Sharma said that it is reality that the children forget their parents, who have devoted their whole    life to make their wards but when they need support, their children have sent them to old age home.  The students also pledged to respect and serve their parents and grandparents as the students understood   the values and morals of   life in this modern world.

Lezzetli Fine Dine Restaurant and OOTT Lounge & Bar Inaugurated

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Chandigarh 27th August:- Residents of Kharar & Tricity will now experience a whole new level of hospitality with the opening of 'Lezzetli' a multi-cuisine fine dine restaurant and OOTT 'Out Of The Town' lounge and bar. Located on Mohali-Kharar highway, near Havells Galaxy; the outlets will treat consumers with mouth-watering delicacies, mesmerizing music, cosy & soothing ambience. Lezzetli will cater to those people looking for a nice evening with exotic food, especially families & couples; whereas OOTT is just to sit & unwind in a musical realm and is perfect for college & office goers.

Speaking on the occasion, Managing Director of Lezzetli & OOTT, Akshay Duggal said that each outlet has been designed with a particular theme in mind & will cater to a specific clientele but what is common is that both will provide a 5 star hospitality experience. The region of Greater Mohali- Kharar has seen great development in recent years and a lot of people are settling in the area. Up till now, people had to travel to Chandigarh or Mohali for fine-dining options but no more. He added that Lezzetli is a Turkish word that stands for delicious and true to its name, a place that has stood the test of time and leaves no stone unturned to entertain its precious guests. It is a multi-cuisine restaurant with a choice of more than 200 dishes. The fine dine restaurant's specialty is North Indian food including Mughlai & Tandoor but also serves a variety of Continental & Chinese dishes. Some signature dishes of the restaurant are: Afghani Murg with secret stuffing, Dhingri Dolma, Luka Chupi Kebab, Dudhiya Kebab, Amritsari Mahi Tikka, Nukkad da Kukkad etc. The ambience is a mix of Mughlai & Contemporary design language.

Akshay Duggal said that here at Lezzetli we are giving special offer at 30% discount on Lunches, 20% discount on Soups & Starters till 30th September 2015.

Vigilance Nab Fire Safety Officer Red Handed Accepting Bribe of Rs. 50,000

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Chandigarh 27th August:- The Vigilance Bureau has today nabbed Fire Safety Officer of Mohali, Sham Lal Kamboj red handed while accepting bribe of Rs. 50,000.

Disclosing this official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau said that Fire Safety Officer of Mohali Sham Lal Kamboj was nabbed on the complaint of Deepak Sharma resident of West Sarangpur Delhi. In his complaint Depak Sharma has alleged that Sham Lal Kamboj was demanding Rs. 1 lakh as bribe in lieu of issuing no objection certificate to his farm and he agreed to bribe in two instalments. Acting on the tip off the complainant a trap was laid by the Inspector Ashok Kumar and the Fire Safety Officer of Mohali Sham Lal Kamboj was nabbed red handed while receiving the bribe of Rs. 50,000 form the complainant.

Gian Jyoti Banur Campus Celebrates Women’s Equality Day

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Chandigarh 27th August:- Gian Jyoti Group of Institutions celebrated Women's Equality day at its Campus. Women's Equality Day marks a turning point in the history of the struggle for equal treatment of women and their rights. Chairman, J.S. Bedi said at the moment that gender equality and the empowerment of the women are essential to our sustainable future. He later, also highlighted the challenges of women in the rural areas and that girls must have access to education and be encouraged to study as one of the ways to shatter glass ceiling. The main motto of the day was to Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity

Multifarious activities were organized at the moment like ethnic wear competition, mehandi competition, and presentation competition followed by many other activities. Students and staff joined and participated excitedly in all sensitizing activities conducted. The Presentations given by students focused on the importance of Women empowerment where issues like women entrepreneurs, safety of women etc. were discussed. All the girls were dressed beautifully in their traditional and contemporary attires. The winners of the Ethnic Wear Competition were Navneet (MBA), Simranjeet(ECE), Jeevanjot(CSE) and Poonam(CSE) whereas in Mehandi Competition, the positions were bagged by Komal(CE), Jaspreet(EEE) and Haya(MBA). In the Presentation Competition, the winners were Ishfaq (MBA) and Khalid(MBA), Shabnam(CE), Kevin(ECE), lakshay(ME), Sonam(CE) and Sajan Pradhan(CE).


Translational and Regenerative Medicine Hold Symposium on “Stem Cells in Basic and Clinical Research”

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Chandigarh 27th August:- A Symposium on "Stem Cells in Basic and Clinical Research", was organized by the Department of Translational and Regenerative Medicine (Stem Cell Research Facility) on 27th of August 2015 in PGI, Chandigarh, under the aegis of The Cytometry Society of India. The program was convened under the chairmanship of  Prof Sunil K Arora, Head, Dept of Translational & Regenerative Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh. More than 100 delegates attended the symposium, which included the clinicians, students as well as basic scientists who are working in PGI and other institutions in Chandigarh and various other far off states and abroad also. The One-day symposium is going to follow by two days wet workshop.

The symposium highlighted the recent advances in stem cell research. The symposium was inaugurated by Prof. Yogesh Chawla, Director, PGIMER, who was the Chief Guest and Prof. Savita Malhotra,  Dean, PGIMER was the Guest of honor. Highly expert and renowned faculty for this event included Prof N K Mehra, Former Dean (Research) and Dr Sujata Mohanty, Additional Professor, Stem Cell Research Facility from AIIMS, New Delhi, Prof Navtej Buttar and Prof William Faubion from Mayo Clinic, USA who delivered talks on different important aspects of Stem cells.

Prof. Yogesh Chawla congratulated the organizing team and emphasized strongly on the upcoming field of stem cells and a need for more and more clinical trials in the multidisciplinary institute like PGIMER. He promised for a full support to the department in future for such activities in the institute.

In the Pre lunch session Prof. N. K. Mehra Former Dean Research, AIIMS, New Delhi shared important National guidelines made by the Department of Biotechnology and Indian Council of Medical Research, which are applicable to all institutes and centers involved with stem cell research and trying to use stem cell therapy for patient care. He discussed that at present, there are no approved indications for stem cell therapy other than HSCT for hematological disorders. Accordingly all stem cell therapies other than this, shall be treated as investigational and conducted only in the form of clinical trials after obtaining due regulatory approval. He also said that all clinical trials using stem cells shall be registered with CTRI (Clinical Trial Regulatory of India).

Thereafter Dr. Faubion, Associate Prof. of Med., Div. of Internal Med. and Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic, USAgave a talk on Adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells for clinical use; purity, potency, and safety studies andNovel Therapies for Perianal Crohn's Disease. He described the background data generated to support the regulatory application of the clinical use of MSC's and the epidemiology of the complication as well as the efforts involved in developing novel stem cell based therapy to treat Perianal Crohn's Disease.

 It was followed by a talk by Dr. Navtej Buttar, Associate Prof. of Med., consultant in the Div. of Internal Med. and Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic, USA on Stem cells in Post Surgical Gastrointestinal Leaks. He shared his experiences how they treat and manage post surgical complications particularly fistula formation between gastrointestinal tract and skin with the help of stem cells and the rate of success they have achieved in the patients.

Chandigarh Makes it to the List of 100 Smart Cities

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Chandigarh 27th August:- Putting an end to the race among cities to land on the list of 100 smart cities, the Urban Development Ministry today announced the names of 98 cities being selected for the NDA government's flagship Smart City project. It is a moment of pride as the collective efforts of the Chandigarh Administration and citizens have paid off, with Chandigarh making it to the list of 100 smart cities. The selection was done through intra-city competition which evaluated the various cities on parameters such as service levels, financial and institutional capacity, past track record and reforms.

It has been a great achievement for the City Beautiful-Chandigarh as it comes a step closer to becoming a "Smart City" by passing the Stage-I of the "Smart City Mission". For the second stage of the competition, the administration has pulled up its sleeves and is all set to prepare a "Smart City Proposal" in consultation with the city residents and other stakeholders, for participation in the 'City Challenge'.  

The 100 smart cities mission intends to promote adoption of smart solutions for efficient use of available assets, resources and infrastructure. Centre has earmarked Rs 48,000 crore for development of 100 smart cities. In the first phase, Centre will pick 20 cities and in the next two years 40 cities each will be selected for receiving Central funding of Rs 500 crore spread over the next five years. Each smart city would get a Central assistance of Rs 100 crore per year for five years.

The list of 98 smart cities, including 24 state capitals released by the government includes Port Blair, Vishakhapatnam, Tirupati, Kakinada, Pasighat, Guwahati, Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Biharsharif, Chandigarh, Raipur, Bilaspur, Diu, Silvassa, NDMC, Panaji, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Dahod, Karnal, Faridabad, Dharamsala, Ranchi, Mangaluru, Belagavi, Shivamogga, Hubballi-Dharwad, Tumakuru, Davanegere, Kochi, Kavaratti, Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Sagar, Satna, Ujjain, Navi Mumbai, Nasik, Thane, Greater Mumbai, Amaravati, Solapur, Nagpur, Kalyan-Dombivalli, Aurangabad, Pune, Imphal, Shillong, Aizawl, Kohima, Bhubaneswar, Rourkela, Oulgaret, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Jaipur, Udaipur, Kota, Ajmer, Namchi, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Dindigul, Thanjavur, Tiruppur, Salem, Vellore, Coimbatore, Madurai, Erode, Thoothukudi, Chennai, Greater Hyderabad, Greater Warangal, Agartala, Moradabad, Aligarh, Shaharanpur, Bareilly, Jhansi, Kanpur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Varanasi, Ghaziabad, Agra, Rampur, Dehradun, New Town Kolkata, Bidhannagar, Durgapur, Haldia. Two other cities will be announced later.