Friday, 22 February 2019

Tributes Paid to Pulwama Martyrs at CRPF Headquarters: ‘Shaheed’ Status Demanded for Para-Military Personnel

By Tricitynews
Chandigarh 22nd Feb, 2019:- All the retired officers of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) Association (North India) Chandigarh, the serving senior officers and men of CRPF paid rich tributes to the 40 CRPF jawans who were killed in the Pulwama terror attack on 14th February, at CRPF Headquarters here today.
The retired officers association raised the demand for establishment of Ardh Sainik Welfare Board in Punjab and all states. It was also highlighted that the para-military jawans should be given the status of ‘Shaheed’ (martyr) on the lines of Army soldiers.
With 32,097 personnel of para-military forces died till December 2018, but no martyr status has been given to them by the central government. To press the demand for ‘Shaheed’ status, an ‘Adhikar Rally’ is being organized by the retired para-military personnel on 24th February at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.
K. J. S. Cheema, IG (Retd.) BSF and Chairman, CAPF Retired Officers Association (North) paid tributes to the departed souls.
Amarjit Singh Sidhu, IG (Retd.) CRPF, President, CAPF Retired Officers Association (North India) also paid tributes and expressed that lot of injustice and discrimination is being meted out to the jawans of CAPF’s as despite having performed duties in the equally disturbed and insurgency prone areas in various states of the country. They are denied the status of a martyr (Shaheed). Thus, no benefits are extended to the families of the deceased jawans.
A S Sidhu strongly emphasized that status of martyr must be extended to the CAPF jawans, who die at the call of their duty. In addition, he said that following demands should also be met by the Govt of India: Sanction of CAPF Special Pay on the line of MSP for the Army jawans, Revival of Pension post 2004, Exemption of GST on the goods procured by Central Police Canteen on the pattern of CSD and grant of One Rank One Pension on the lines already sanctioned to the Army.   
He added further that in Pulwama our deceased soldiers are getting as ex-gratia Rs 35 lakh (a total of Rs 50 lakh including risk fund and central welfare fund) by the union government. While the Himachal Pradesh Government gave Rs 20 lakh compensation, Punjab gave Rs 12 lakh per soldier, Rajasthan Rs 30 lakh and Madhya Pradesh Rs 1 crore. There should be parity and all states should pay the same amount to the deceased families.
There are around 10 to 12 lakh retired personnel of Central Armed Police Forces, plus their dependents across the country. Of these approximately one lakh are in Punjab and 10 lakh serving personnel in CAPF, which includes CRPF, Border Security Force (BSF), Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Sashatra Seema Bal (SSB).
Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi while paying tribute to the 40 soldiers martyred in the Pulwama terror attack addressed them as `Shaheed’.

Daler Mehndi & Sapna Choudhary Shoot for Haryanvi Party Number “‘Bowli Parade"

By Tricitynews
Chandigarh 22nd Feb, 2019:- Bhangra King Punjabi singer and world famous performer Daler Mehndi and dancing sensation Sapna Choudhary are currently shooting their first Haryanvi Party Number “‘Bowli Parade’. Produced by Pawan Chawla, the song is a mix of folk and urban music.
Pawan Chawla, Founder and CEO, P&M Movies said that this song is a unique track for all the fans of Daler and Sapna. As dancer Sapna will be singing and Punjabi singer Daler will sing Haryanvi for the first time. He always love to experiment with work. Earlier for the first time he brought Mika Singh and Daler Mehndi for a song together. And now this different combo again.
Sumit Bhardwaj, Director said that both the artists are singing and performing in this foot tapping song, which is flavoured with Haryanvi folk and Haryanvi Dhol.
During the shoot, Sapna was full of energy and happiness. And Daler as usual was dancing and smiling. 
The shooting for the song started early on Thursday and continued till evening at Chokhi Dhani Resort, based at Amravati Enclave on Panchkula-Pinjore road.

“SURGE 0.1”: A 5 Day Gala Celebration of Entrepreneurship organised at Chitkara University, HP

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Chandigarh 22nd Feb, 2019:- SURGE 0.1 - a five-day gala celebration of entrepreneurship was held successfully at Chitkara University, Himachal Pradesh Campus. The event, which was organised by Chitkara University-Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED), witnessed participations of over 700 entrepreneurs, budding entrepreneurs, researchers, faculty, staff and students.
During the event, K. Suresh Kumar, President ISBA (Indian Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Parks and Business Incubator Association), launched Chitkara University’s 3rd Incubation Centre at Chitkara University Himachal Pradesh. He also launched the ZADD IoT based E-bike, designed and conceptualized by Chitkara University students.
Addressing the attendees, K Suresh Kumar said that if you want to convert your technology into application, reach out to the outside world, and explore business networks. Incubators in universities should work on market access for its students as this will help get access to money.
Talking about the excellent work Chitkara University is doing and the fact that it lays strong‘ focus on impact’, Suresh exclaimed that whatever we did in 20 years in incubation, Chitkara University has done it in two-and-a-half years with three incubators. The reason – they focus on impact.”His inspiring words added great value to the occasion.
Sumeer Walia, Program Director, SURGE 0.1, said that creating resources for our region is very important and we look forward for more collaboration from bigger players in the Indian ecosystem.
Denny Kurien, President, Keiretsu Forum, added that it’s good to do with what we have, and not what we want to have.
CEED - takes a place of immense importance in the start-up ecosystem of the Northern region. CEED has a legacy of conducting most stunning events for students and professionals with an aim to aspire & motivate the youth.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Madhu Chitkara, said that SURGE 0.1, a Chitkara University initiative, brings together the region’s start-up ecosystems and subsystems, venture capitalists, new age entrepreneurs, the academic community, and region’s success stories to a common and interactive platform. She added that the objective of this initiative is to introduce the Venture Capitalists and Industry Pioneers to the current start-up landscape and enable entrepreneurs seeking mentoring and fundraising opportunities from the funds pool.

GGSCW organizes BIZ BASH-2019

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Chandigarh 22nd Feb, 2019:- Post Graduate Department of Commerce of Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector-26, Chandigarh organized BIZ BASH 2019 on 22nd Feb, 2019. The Fest saw participation of more than 300 students from 18 colleges and universities in and around Chandigarh. The event started with 2 minutes mourning and lamp lighting in remembrance of Pulwama martyrs.
The students participated with full rigour and zeal in various events like Business plan, Just a Minute, Ad Mad show, Skit, Group Dance etc. The auditorium was resonated with the cries of “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and “Vande Matram”.
Big MJ Guri from 92.7 Big FM was special attraction of the event.
After the event the prizes were given away by college Principal Dr. Jatinder Kaur, who also applauded the efforts put in by the participants.

कस्तूरबा गांधी की पुण्यतिथि पर गांधी स्मारक भवन में एक सभा का आयोजन: कश्मीर में शहीद हुए जवानों को दी गयी श्रद्धाजंलि

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Chandigarh 22nd Feb, 2019:- राष्ट्रमाता कस्तूरबा गांधी की पुण्यतिथि तथा कश्मीर में शहीद हुए जवानों को श्रद्धाजंलि देने के लिए गांधी स्मारक भवन सैक्टर 16 , चण्डीगढ़ के सभागार में एक सभा का आयोजन किया गया। शहीदों के स्मृति में दो मिनट का मौन भी धारण किया गया। सभा की मुख्य अतिथि सासंद किरण खेर, मुख्य वक्ता प्रसिद्ध पत्रकार वेद प्रताप वैदिक तथा अध्यक्षता के.के.शारदा ने की। अतिथियों का स्वागत डॉ. देवराज त्यागी और धन्यवाद प्रेम विज ने किया। कार्यक्रम का संचालन पापिया चक्रवर्ती ने किया।
इस अवसर पर सासंद किरण खेर ने सोलर प्लांट की आधारशिला भी रखी। उन्होंने कहा कि सोलर प्लांट लगाने का वायदा किया था वह आज पूरा किया जा रहा है इस पर लगभग छः लाख रूपये उनके संसदीय फण्ड से खर्च होंगे। उन्होंने कस्तूरबा गांधी को नमन् करते हुए कहा कि उन्होंने पत्नी के रूप में अपनी जिम्मेवारी बहुत बखूबी से निभाई। उनके व्यक्तित्व में सरस्वती लक्ष्मी के दोनों रूप मिलते थे।
प्रसिद्ध प्रत्रकार स्तम्भकार वेद प्रताप वैदिक ने कहा कि कस्तूरबा जी महात्मा गांधी की प्रतिछाया और प्रेरणा थी।
यदि समाज में नारी का सम्मान हो जाये तो इससे सभी पुरूष सम्मानित हो जायेंगे।
के.के.शारदा ने बोलते हुए कहा कि आज की नारी कस्तूरबा गांधी के व्यक्तित्व से बहुत कुछ सीख सकती है।
इस अवसर पर ब्लू बर्ड हाई स्कूल पंचकूला के बच्चों ने गांधी जी के प्रिय भजन प्रस्तुत किए।
इस अवसर पर भारी संख्या में शहर के प्रतिष्ठित नागरिक साहित्यकार आचार्यकुल प्राकृतिक चिकित्सा समिति के सदस्य भी उपस्थित थे।

Chandigarh Urban Festival '19 on Feb 24

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Chandigarh 22nd Feb, 2019:- In order to promote a feeling of togetherness & solidarity among the people of tri-city -Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula, Chandigarh Urban Festival (CUF)  -2019 will be organized  on February 24. CUF is an annual event revolving around connecting the city with its citizens. 
The festival is being organised by ACT, Chandigarh, a registered not- for- profit society of practicing architects. To share details of CUF 19, a press meet was held by senior office bearers of the society at press club here.
Dr Prabhjot Kaur, Vice President, ACT Chandigarh said that " CUF '19 will showcase 25 cultural performances, a children's parliament, solidarity march and release of Sky lanterns. The children's parliament will be held at Capitol complex, Sector -1. The programme will begin at 10 am. Solidarity march will begin at 2 pm from Jan Marg Sec 9-10 intersection opposite Sec 9's UT secretariat. The festival will culminate with release of sky lanterns at 6.30 pm at Capitol complex. The last event will be a tribute from residents of Chandigarh to the Pulwama martyrs.
The cultural dance performances will be held along the route from Sec 10 till the end point of the march which will be  just before the Capitol complex. Seating will also be created for residents to sit and enjoy the fervor along the march's route.
Ar Shilpa Das, Organising Secretary, ACT said that the objective of the festival will be 'celebration of our city'. A unique exhibition will also be witnessed along the route of the march, with creative exhibits posted on trees along the road. Our city lacks cohesiveness primarily because it takes a long time for anyone to develop a bond with the neighbours. We hope to break this barrier through CUF and unite everyone towards this goal of achieving solidarity.
Ar Rashmi Sharma, Founding Member, ACT said that the neighbourhood initiative will provide an opportunity and a reason to everyone to take a first step and hold interactions in the common/shared spaces towards letting a bond develop. Also a people's celebration at a city level can play an important role in developing a sense of belonging, which can be instrumental in taking ownership and participation of the citizens in the common issues of the city.
Fr. Reji Tom, Member, ACT and Director, Don Bosco Navjeevan Society said that we invite the youth, the citizens and organisations that will like to play a role in strengthening this movement. In this year's event on February 24, we will express our solidarity with the families of our brave soldiers who lost their lives in a cowardly terrorist attack at Pulwama. We unite in our strength and we unite in our grief.
CUF is supported by Chandigarh administration. The event will also see participation of students from 13 colleges and universities of tricity.
Ar Shilpa Das shared that we would also like to announce a competition for photojournalists of Chandigarh. The photographers can take pictures of the festival and submit them to us. An expert panel will then choose the best photo and an award will be given to the photojournalist.