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A tale of Hollande in City Beautiful

French President Francois Hollande was in Chandigarh at Sunday afternoon to visit the renowned creations of French architect Le Corbuisier. He received a warm welcome by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Phase 3 of the Rock Garden.

Arrangements were done and the city donning a spruced up look was all set to welcome the French President as he is the chief guest at this year’s Republic Day parade in Delhi. He was in Chandigarh for five and a half hours and is the second French President to visit the city. The aim of this summit was to create the framework for an open and action-oriented dialogue between top business leaders and government leaders from both countries.

During the event, both the leaders addressed the gathering and exchanged agreements and memorandum of understanding.

All public places including the venues where the French President and Prime Minister Modi were scheduled to visit remained open. However, restrictions were imposed on the movement of vehicles on the route to be used by the dignitaries.

An Artistic Pursuit in City Beautiful

Near Siswan Dam at the backdrop of hills, a studio has been set up. The studio is a concept and space that five upcoming artists from Chandigarh describe as work in progress, inspired by the Garhi Studios in Delhi.

As there was a lack of similar space in the city, the five graduates from Government College of Art, Chandigarh created their own space allowing them to work, ideate, communicate with buyers and show their work.

Their studio is named to SCUD which denotes speed. Hailing from a rural background has proven to be an advantage for them as they create work that reflects the lives of labourers. These five young lads feel that a job comes with several limitations and a studio like theirs is appropriate for freelancers, giving them a chance to experiment.

This studio is open to younger artists and art students free of cost. It is also envisioned as a place where workshops, discussions on art can be held. SCUD has space for 15 artists to work at a time.
Our work makes us satisfied but an artist’s work provides satisfaction to him and relaxation to others.

Chandigarh students are designing eco-friendly cars

An Inter-College competition aimed at developing environment-friendly cars kick-started at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET). A total 0f 60 teams had applied for the first round of ‘EFFI-CARS’. out of which 24 were shortlisted for the main event.

Those selected will go through a series of tests on a 1.2-km track on the UIET campus today. The cars will be tested on the basis of their safety, brakes, maneuverability, ergonomics,etc. Also, the winners will be entitled to cash prizes.

The jugalbandi of Culture and Artists at National Crafts Mela

Colours of India were presented by various artists from all over the country at National crafts Mela at Kalagram Chandigarh.

Inaugurated by Governor of Punjab and Haryana and UT Administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki, the mela is set on the theme, ‘North to North East (Kashmir to Kohima)’.
You can look forward to cultural programmes and also interacting with artisans and seeing them create their art and craft at this 10-day event.

There’s music, festivity,lights, colors and shopping at hand. Folk dancers and singers, handicraft artisans and National Awardees from all over the country are presenting the best of their art.

Also, there are stalls from Kashmir presenting a variety of apparels, papier-mache products and carpets and stalls from the North-East are offering shawls, artifacts, jewellery and pottery.

This mela is on till January 31 and for food lovers there is an assortment of delicacies from different parts of India like Maharashtra, Sikkim, Rajasthan, Hyderabad and Bihar.

City beautiful to stay chillingly beautiful for next 2 days

The chill is likely to prevail in the city for the next 48 hours. Moderate fog will also be seen in the early morning and late evening hours.

The maximum recorded temperature till now is 13.5 degree Celsius which was eight notches below normal, while the minimum temperature was recorded as 7.7 degree Celsius, two degrees above normal.

On the same lines, the airport authorities also cancelled two flights following the prevailing bad weather as there was poor visibility.

Anyways, the winter lovers are going to have next two days at their convenience while the summer season lovers are going to have a hard time dealing with it.

Now PU hostels have Solar Heaters

Solar heaters have been set up by The Students Organisation of India (SOI) at hostels of Panjab University Chandigarh. The service has been made available at almost all boys and girls hostels and by the end of January, 8 more hostels will get solar water heaters.

The student body has also talked to PU Vice-Chancellor and arranged a round-the-clock reading room for hostel girls. The room with a seating capacity of 250-300 is to have security guards and a cafeteria before the semester examinations begin.

SOI has also promised to start shuttle bus services for students on the campus by the end of January. Now we can proudly say that not only the educational levels are witnessing a boost at Panjab University but also the welfare of students is being given a priority.

European Delegation to help in developing Chandigarh

A European Union delegation is on a five day visit to Chandigarh in a view to help city beautiful develop as smart, green city. It is under the World Cities Project of European Union that the delegation visited the city.

Various maters falling under regional and urban development are being thrown light upon. With an aim to contribute to better urban policy for the improvement of life quality, the delegation is studying urban planning especially non-motorised transportation, sewage treatment and waste management in the city.

The visit of Members of European delegation also includes a day at the beautiful Rock Garden. Discussions are expected to be held about the main challenges of Chandigarh on environmental management with a focus on bicycles, pedestrians and public transportation.

During 2015, the World Cities Project implemented several working meetings and study visits in China, India, Japan, Canada and Europe. We expect that the results of this visit yield some good changes in the city in order to proceed further on the path of speedy and sustainable development.

Variety of migratory birds in City Beautiful

Chandigarh, Sukhna lake is happy to see a variety of migratory birds such as Tufted Pochard, Common Pochard, Barhead Goose, Grey Heron, Greylag Gesse, Purple Moorhen and Gadwal. It is estimated that around 2000 birds travelled from 2000 km to enjoy the milder coastal climate in winters. Most of them come from Siberia and Africa, to northern wintering grounds.
Department of Forest and Wildlife Chandigarh Administration,Chief Conservator,Mr Santosh Kumar,said “We have seen a sudden drop in the number of migratory birds due to climatic reason and it plays a vital role in their migration. The urge to migrate at the appropriate seasons is evoked by both external and internal stimuli”.
Sukhna wetland is an excellent habitat for the avain and aquatic birds.Department of Forest gives the on-lookers a chance to have a nigh look to these migratory species. They have provided Spotting Scopes, Binoculars, Field Guides for Bird Identification and Self Explanatory Illustrative Boards about birds, their habitat, Migration etc. The migration Site is
open from 8:00 am in the morning till 11:00 am and another slot opens from 2:00 in the evening till 5:00 pm. It is rightly said that birds could exist without man but the man would perish without birds.

Income tax widening of Tax payer base in City

Chandigarh Branch of NIRC of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India organized a seminar at ICAI Bhawan Sector 35 Chandigarh. The seminar was on Income Tax- widening of Tax payer base and also included interaction with Income Department. The key speakers at the seminar were Smt. Madhu Mahajan, IRS, Principal Commissioner IT, Mr. SD Jha, IRS, Principal Commissioner & Mr. YK Singh, IRS, Commissioner, IT (TDS), Chandigarh.
Smt. Mahajan said, “There has been a total change in the environment where everything is E, there should be a fair tax transparency and efforts to improve tax compliance are being made continuously.” She also talked about the main endeavors like knowing about the ease of filing E-returns, consequences of not filing E-returns and penalizing the defaulters.
1 January, 2016 onwards a change has been brought stating mandatory quoting of PAN and it has been further enlarged. A piece of information regarding forms being digitized was also provided stating that form number 15G and 15H are now digitized and can be digitally filed with the tax deductors. It was informed that the department intends to correspond with people on e-mail and only call them to office when absolutely essential.
A total of 16 lakh cases were filed this year but only 25,439 are worked upon, making the basic purpose of increasing tax base unfulfilled.
Once the speakers of the day expressed their views, an open suggestion round was conducted in which all the professionals put forward their suggestions. Many of them were taken a note of.
The essential reason why this seminar was conducted had been brought out effectively as all the professionals realised the alarming need to increase the tax payer base in the city.

IORA Conference at PU

A conference was arranged at the Department of Defence and National Security Studies, Panjab University concerning the “Growing strength of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)”. Prof (Dr) V.N. Attri who is the IORA Chair, University of Mauritius, Republic of Mauritius was present to meet the PU Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Arun K. Grover, members of Research Promotion Cell (RPC) and members of the University in order to speak about the road map ahead of IORA.

Dr V.N. Attri discussed six priority areas of IORA. Prof. Grover mooted the idea of IORA Research Cell in the University and aimed at disseminating the relevance and geostrategic importance of Indian Ocean region among the tri-city researcher institutions.

“Panjab University is the best place where we are willing to invest our energies and the purpose is to bring prosperity in the Indian Ocean”, said V.N. Attri.

IORA is the apex body concerned with the safety of Indian Ocean and deals with Maritime Safety & Security, Trade & Investment Facilitation, Fisheries Management, Disaster Risk Management, Academic Cooperation and gender empowerment.

It was informed that India is one of the founder members of IORA which was established on March 7, 1997 with its Secretariat at Republic of Mauritius. Similar conferences are expected to be held in the month of March to throw light upon the importance of Indian Ocean region among the researchers in the city.