Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Brilliance World School organizes Inter House Declamation Competition

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 13th September:- An Interhouse Declamation Competition was conducted at Brilliance World School, Sec 12. Students from VI-XI participated in it and there were 5 students from each house. The topics given to them pertained to  various issues related to adolescents and teenagers, like the importance of understanding how much social media to use, importance of homemade food, accepting defeat, Youth and education in India etc. Students presented their thoughts with clarity and conviction. The first position was given to Aravalli House, Second to Nilgiri and third to Himalaya.
Dr. B.D. Kaliya, a prominent educationist judged the performance of the students and appreciated as well as motivated them.

PGI is Organizing 13th Annual National Conference of Indian Association for Geriatric Mental Health

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 13th September:- The Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER, Chandigarh, is organizing the 13th Annual National Conference of Indian Association for Geriatric Mental Health. This one and a half day conference will have deliberations on mental health issues like depression, dementia, elderly abuse, mental health of elderly in emergency care, neuropsychiatric manifestations of nutritional deficiencies, etc. The theme of the conference is “Integrated Care for Elderly”.
Considering the fact, elderly population is growing across the world; this conference focuses on this most important group of any society.  As per the World Health Organization, by 2050, there will be more people aged 60 years or greater, than adolescents and youth. This unprecedented growth in this population will be much more than that would be seen, for any other age group. Life expectancy is likely to approach 80 years in Asia and 70 years in Africa by 2050.Accordingly, there is a need for health professionals in all specialties of medicine to be prepared to handle issues pertaining to the elderly.
India is going through a transition in the demographic status. There is an increase in the elderly population, which is also witnessing a change in social norms. This transition, to say the least, has been far from smooth. This poses a greater burden on society in general, with the elderly in particular finding it difficult to adapt to poor social support, physical illnesses and economic difficulties. Thus, it is important to address the needs of the elderly to ensure that they are adequately cared for. In a low resource country like India, the care for elderly people poses a great burden on the health‑care system and the economy. At present, in a country like India, dedicated specialized services for the elderly are scarce. Further, whatever services are available, are scattered to specific specialties and only a handful of centers provide comprehensive care for the elderly. The older adults have complex care needs that may require coordinated efforts among multiple physicians, direct care workers, informal caregivers, and multiple sites of care including community agencies as well as the home. Technological advances in pharmaceuticals and other interventions are also essential to assist in the process of integration of care. Accordingly, the theme of the conference highlights this issue and emphasizes that the elderly should be provided care under a single roof with holistic models for health care.
In many countries, including India, the same professionals cater to adults and as well as elderly. Accordingly, elderly have to compete with the adult population for the same health care services. When one compares the elderly with adult population, it is amply clear that the elderly are more prone to develop all kinds of physical illnesses, including chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease, osteoarthritis, etc.  Besides the physical illnesses, the elderly are also highly prone to develop psychiatric morbidity due to aging of the brain, problems with physical health, cerebral pathologies, and socioeconomic factors, such as decrease in economic independence and breakdown of the family system. Depression and dementia are the most common psychiatric disorders in the elderly, which not only decrease the quality of life of the aged individuals but also have a negative impact on their capacity for self-care, ability to perform daily tasks of life, and also impose a significant economic and emotional burden on the family members. Amongst the elderly in India, depression is found to be extremely common, with nearly one third of the individuals found to be suffering from the same. This proportion can reach more than 70% when those elderly who are attending medical or psychiatric clinics are considered. Accordingly, it is also seen that number of depressed elderly in India, is higher than the rest of the world. The various risk factors for depression in elderly include higher age, female gender, loss of spouse, poor social support, physical illnesses, etc. It is recognized that treatment of depression can lead to better quality of life, thus, it is important to identify and treat the same.
Indian Association for Geriatric Mental Health is the only organization which focuses on the mental health of the elderly, and organizes its national conference annually. This conference gives an opportunity to researchers to showcase their research and gives an opportunity to trainees to learn the nuances of mental health of elderly. The conference is going to be attended by renowned researchers across the country working in the field of geriatric mental health and 400 delegates. The conference is also offering a post graduate fellowship for the first time to post graduate students across the country to participate in the conference. The fellows will receive complimentary accommodation and registration to enable them to attend the conference. The association has started this program as a capacity building measure.

Bharti Foundation Expands Satya Bharti Abhiyan to Rural Amritsar

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 13th September:- Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Water Supply and Sanitation (‘DWSS’), Government of Punjab to jointly provide over 50,000 toilets for rural households in District Amritsar. Bharti Foundation will be collaborating with the Government under the ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’, its well-known sanitation initiative.
Under the MoU, Bharti Foundation will join hands with DWSS and will provide financial assistance for the construction of 20,000 toilets in four blocks (Chogawan, Majitha, Ajnala and Harsha Chhina) with an investment of up to Rs. 30 Crores. The remaining 30,000 plus toilets will be provided by DWSS in five blocks (Attari, Jandiala, Rayya, Tarsika and Verka). On completion, the joint initiative will impact over 2.5 lac individuals. The initiative will be supported by grants from two group companies–Bharti Airtel Limited and Bharti Infratel Limited.
Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Co-Chairman, Bharti Foundation said that the Public-Private Partnership model has proven to be an effective approach to promote inclusive and sustainable development. Bharti Foundation has a rich legacy of actively supporting the Government’s social development agenda through its various initiatives. We are happy to be partnering with the district administration of Amritsar and the Government of Punjab to contribute towards alleviating the challenges of sanitation in the district. With the signing of this MoU, He is confident that our joint efforts would help us realize the dream of a healthier and cleaner Punjab.
Satya Bharti Abhiyan is today recognized as one of the largest private sector supported interventions designed to contribute to Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission. Over 87,000 individuals across District Ludhiana benefited during the 1st phase of the Abhiyan. The success of the 1st phase of Satya Bharti Abhiyan helped Ludhiana (rural) to become the second self-declared ‘Open Defecation Free’ (ODF) district of Punjab in November 2016.
The Satya Bharti Abhiyan was launched by Bharti Foundation in August 2014 as a response to the call given by Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, urging corporates to join the Government’s efforts in sanitation and health under the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’.

Demonetization Diminishes India’s 3.6 Million Unit: Pre-Owned Car Market by 6%

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 13th September:- Indian BlueBook (IBB), the industry first pricing and analytics platform for  new and pre-owned vehicles in India, today released the second edition of the ‘India Pre-owned Car Market Report’.
Over the past year, the market has been hit by significant “jolts” in the form of three major market reforms–Demonetization in November 2016, BSIII/BSIV in March 2017 and GST in July 2017. In addition to updates to the basic market metrics presented in the first edition, the report also reviews the impact of the recent disruptions on the overall market.
Dr. Nagendra Palle, Managing Director & CEO, Mahindra First Choice Wheels Ltd. said that while these reforms have no doubt disrupted the status quo, they have necessitated that all stakeholders change with the times and become “more organized”. Notwithstanding the short term hiccups, we strongly believe these market reforms are good for the organized industry in the long term.

UTI Mutual Fund Launches UTI Focussed Equity Fund-Series IV

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 13th September:- UTI Mutual Fund today announces the launch of a new close ended Equity scheme “UTI- Focused Equity Fund-Series IV (1104 days)”.  The New Fund Offer opens on September 13, 2017 and closes on September 25, 2017.
The primary objective of the scheme is to generate long term capital appreciation by investing predominantly in equity and equity related securities of listed companies. The scheme will without any capitalization bias endeavor to invest in either growth stocks or value stocks or both. The scheme will normally hold up to 30 stocks in the portfolio. The scheme does not guarantee/indicate any returns. There can be no assurance that the scheme’s objectives will be achieved.
Vetri Subramaniam and Sachin Trivedi are the fund managers of the scheme.
Vetri Subramaniam said that UTI focussed Equity Fund Series IV will not adhere to any particular style, theme or market capitalization. It will focus on identifying 30 potential ideas that would play during the tenure of the scheme.

Chandigarh Traffic Police organizes Exhibition/Workshop on Road Safety

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 13th September:- Chandigarh Traffic Police has organized Road Safety Exhibition/Workshop at Chandigarh Institute of Engineering and Technology (CIET), Sector 26, Chandigarh.  In this road safety awareness programme Shashank Anand, IPS, SSP/Traffic & Security, traffic marshals and CTP staff participated.  Talk on road safety was also delivered by SSP/Traffic.  More than 500 students of the above said institute participated in this road safety awareness programme.  Traffic marshals have also performed a skit titled “Paigam” during this road safety function. More than 500 road safety awareness pamphlets/literatures and 50 CDs on road safety were also distributed to the students and staff. 
Chandigarh Traffic Police is regularly conducting such road safely awareness programmes in different schools/colleges to create traffic awareness amongst the students, who are the future road users.

JetBoutique: Jet Airways Inflight Shopping Goes Online

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 13th September:- Jet Airways, India’s full service, premier international airline, today announced that it has redefined ‘JetBoutique’ - its classical, on-board shopping experience, by taking it online.
Guests of the airline will now be able to enjoy the luxury of shopping online for their favorite international, lifestyle brands from partner duty free stores at their convenience for having their purchases delivered on-board during their travel. In fact, guests with confirmed bookings on select international flights, can pre-book their orders of in-flight duty free products at the airline’s website ( for delivery onboard their flights.
With the launch of the pre-order facility, Jet Airways becomes the first Indian airline to offer this service, in its endeavour to consistently offer exceptional value to its guests. Pre-ordering will also help guests save time at the airport, aside from the convenience of online shopping.
As part of the online launch celebration, Jet Airways’ guests shopping at ‘JetBoutique’ on can take advantage of an introductory 10% discount while placing orders, after browsing the online catalogue.
Jayaraj Shanmugam, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways, said that JetBoutique enjoys a strong appeal among our international guests. We are confident that its digital version will also resonate equally well with our guests, especially the new-age millennial travellers, many of whom are keen to savour experiences and explore more while travelling with us. It is another example of the many ways in which we use technology to create and enhance our guest experience for added convenience. We are certain that this service will lead to numerous delighted guests.
To begin with, on-board deliveries of purchases made on ‘JetBoutique’ will be available to guests travelling on select international sectors, which include flights arriving to/ departing from Mumbai and Delhi.
The launch of the digital version of JetBoutique places Jet Airways among a select number of leading international airlines that offer this facility to their guests.

University Institute of Legal Studies organizes Workshop on Medico-Legal Issues

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 13th September:- The Career Development Cell of the University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh organized a workshop of “Careers in law with reference to medico-legal field, medico-legal immigration and other related matters”. Ms. Radhika Thapar Bahl, an alumna of department of laws, Panjab University and the founder of ‘Fertility law Care’, a well renowned law firm in Gurugram that deals particularly with fertility laws including surrogacy and other child welfare laws. She has also worked with the ministry of home affairs regarding the rules and regulations relating to surrogacy and other child welfare laws.
Various arenas of career in law were discussed such as Teaching, Litigation, Government Jobs, Judiciary, etc. She discussed about how diverse the law has become that the new fields are emerging citing examples of Medico legal laws, Immigration laws, human rights law, IPR and a never ending list. Further she asked the students to explore their interest and then work in that direction. Discussing about the positive aspects and the shortcomings of litigation as a profession she emphasized that a person needs to be patient and should be ready to face any failures in the course to reach heights.
Moving forward towards the issue of fertility laws surrogacy laws and why the need of such laws arose. Along with this, she also focused on explaining the students about IVF and other related issues. She explained how these laws are useful in the society also specifying certain loopholes in these laws. Not just stopping here, she also suggested what could be possibly done and how the need to develop law has become necessary due to advancement in technology. She also explained the importance of term consent that it is not required in case of emergency and no hospital can deny treatment in case of emergency. Further, she discussed that confidentiality in the medical profession and the legal profession is very important.
Coming to another aspect of lecture which is immigration matters, she explained the complications in the procedure followed. All the legal aspects which are involved, all documentation etc. were discussed by her. She discussed the cases which she had handled in her time of practice
The workshop proved to be very beneficial for all the students of UILS, especially for the students who came in great numbers to be enriched by her knowledge and also equipped the crowd professionally so that they are gainfully placed in the legal industry.

Central Placement Cell PU Holds Inaugural Session of "Non Credit Course on Soft Skills”

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 13th September:- Central Placement Cell of the Panjab University is organizing “Non Credit Course on Soft Skills” for the students of all departments of Panjab University Chandigarh. A total of 519 students have registered for the course which will be conducted in two batches from 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm in the Physics Auditorium.
The sessions will include Personality Development, Communication Skills, Written Communication, Time and Stress Management, Group Discussion, Presentation Skills, Facing Interviews, Resume Writing, Team Building and Motivation
The Inaugural session was conducted in which the eminent functionaries of the University Prof. O.P. Katare (Director Research Promotion Cell), Prof. Navdeep Goyal (Chairperson, Dept. of Physics, Prof. Emanual Nahar (Dean Student Welfare) Prof. S.K. Chadha, Director P.U. Central Placement Cell, Prof. Suresh Sharma (Chairperson, Dept. of System Biology) and Dr. Amandeep Singh Marwaha (TPO UIAMS) blessed the students and emphasized on the importance of such courses for the students. They also applauded the efforts of the Central Placement Cell in conducting this course.
Prof. Suresh K. Chadha was of the opinion that the inputs of the resource persons in this course on Soft skills would definitely help to shape the future of our students.

Chandigarh Police organizes Awareness Programme on Human Trafficking & Child Labour

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 13th September:- Anti Human Trafficking Unit of Chandigarh Police organized an awareness programme on Human Trafficking, Child Labour and Help lines run by Chandigarh Police under the supervision of Smt. Anjitha Chepyala DSP/W&CSU, Sec- 17, Chandigarh. Awarness programme was organized at two different places of ISBT, Sec-17, Chandigarh i.e. Paid taxi stands and near PP- ISBT- 17. Total 75 persons from general public, auto drivers, bus drivers, vendors, cycle rickshaws and taxi driver attended this programme.
Moreover, on 11.09.17 missing data of 95 children were received from MOB and in this regard 03 teams have been prepared for door to door survey, in which 15 children were found traced and presently residing with their parents.

‘The Science of Stillness’- online Meditation Masterclass Now Launched in Several Indian Languages

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 13th September:- The global guide of Heartfulness meditation (, Kamlesh D. Patel(Daaji), will offer a series of introductory & advanced online classes on Heartfulness meditation. The masterclasses are available in English, 10 Indian Languages, and 10 foreign languages as well as in Sign Language. TheScience of Stillness masterclasses will be available to interested individuals online free of cost. The highly effective Heartfulness meditation and relaxation techniques can be accessed and practiced by anyone over 15 years of age.
In TheScience of Stillness, Daaji will walk the participants through the core practices of Heartfulness relaxation, meditation, cleaning, and inner connection; techniques that can be easily integrated in the midst of hectic living. Each class runs between 35 and 45 minutes and comprises of two sessions – an insightful training session by the guide followed by a practice session.To access these masterclasses, those interested can logon on to register themselves.
Kamlesh D. Patel (Daaji) said that through meditation, consciousness becomes the mirror that reflects your innate nature. He added that all answers ultimately will only come from the heart. Whether to listen or not to listen, to change or not to change ourselves all these signals come from the heart. If the heart is misguided, what can you do? So when we meditate, this misguidance disappears. You face yourself as you are.