Thomso, the annual cultural festival of IIT Roorkee is that moon of the sky

‘Stars do shine but the night is dark without moon.’ Thomso, the annual cultural festival of IIT Roorkee is that moon of the sky. Although, several college fests are organised across the country over the year but the grandeur of Thomso is majestic. Thomso, a much celebrated package of art, culture, expression with an overflow of excitement and energy, highlights IIT Roorkee’s cultural depth and ignites pride in its heritage and legacy. It nurtures the defining climate for cultural rejuvenation among the students who are in their formative years of creativity. Interestingly, it is continuously evolving since its inception in 1982 in terms of quality. Addition of innovative and diverse events along with broadening of its reach further adds to this evolution.

The heart of the fest is its theme- the central idea around which the fest revolves. For Thomso’18 the theme is ‘Seized By Stardust’ which rejoices the fascinations of the starry sky. As one may feel that gazing upon the stars, one loses himself in the bliss of silence and the peace of night. It’s the starry sky which can calm even the most furious. A simple activity as laying under the noir blanket of sky and witnessing the twinkling of the pellet like stars, twirling some millions of light years away, in their own stardust, can awe us all. And in the same spirit, we decided to take up this theme for the fest.

With sparkling aspirations, sterling accomplishments and bubbling enthusiasm, Thomso is a hub of the young and creative minds across the nation and receives a footfall of over 50,000 from over 800 colleges across the length and breadth of the country. The charm and splendor of Thomso has been winning hearts for more than 35 years now. Started back in 1982 by the students of University of Roorkee, it has played host to a multitude of talented scholars and media moguls in an annual celebration of culture and intellect.

The crux of the Thomso has always been its celebrity artists. Every year Thomso invites a cluster of very popular and talented artists that enchants the whole ambience of Thomso. To add their mystic to the magical stardust of Thomso’18, with one of the most acclaimed singer with a voice that makes heart of people swing with its melody, we will be having the very versatile figure Amit Trivedi with us for the fest. We believe this is going to be a great experience to be in a crowd that will move on the rhythm of his music.

To mix more of musical enthusia with the stardust of Thomso’18, we will be having an Indian Hindi rock band from Delhi, India. Since its inception in Chandigarh in 2008, the band has gone on to achieve massive commercial success and has become a staple in cultural and music festivals across the country. The Local Train is widely known for its emphatic lyrics – which are a blend of Urdu and Hindi- and their signature lies in a raw, honest sound which resonates with the youth. As of 2017, the band had amassed over 11 million views on its YouTube channel, which remains one of the fastest growing channels among independent artists in India.

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Coworking space, Share Workspace in Tricity

Coworking space, Share Workspace in Tricity

You call it Co-working space, shared working space or shared work-space in Business Center is high on trend. We offers nicely crafted working space at Bestech Busines Tower which very prime location adjacent to Chandigarh International airport. This is an ideal place for Start-ups, Entrepreneurs, freelancers, Small teams, Large team, Work from home professionals and corporate Employees.
The biggest worry point for start-ups, Individuals, small teams; is high Internet bills, Power backup expenses, Furniture, interiors, House keeping, Electricity bills, Space rent and binding period etc. The professionals working from home do need to try this as this will help them to interact with other corporate and share business ideas. We have come with best solution for you to focus only on your work and we will take care of all other things. This will help you to grow your business and earn more profits.

The Co-Working space, Shared Workspace is very ideal for any Start-ups. Any start-up failure come with heavy financial losses apart from other losses which is very discouraging for start-ups to gear up for next innovation. The Co-Working space originally was very popular in Western countries but now with growing outsourcing and arise of great opportunities for professionals the shared Workspace is becoming more popular in Asia pacific. The prominent cities of India has shared Workspace culture high in trend. This not only protect you from lots of tensions where as it save lots of money results in rise in profits/ earnings. Some professionals work from home but at some point they feel like disconnected from society. Shared Workspace give them opportunity to interact with like minded professionals, shared their ideas, get ideas from other and widen their professional/social circle. We invite all Professionals to visit our Shared Workspace once. Do fix a meeting before coming to ensure you are attended by someone.

Banda Singh Bahadur Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) Mohali

The first of its kind Banda Singh Bahadur Inter State Bus Terminal Mohali was established in 2016. It is equipped with state of the art facilities. Banda Singh Bahadur ISBT Mohali has many built in facilities for the daily commuters.

Banda Singh Bahadur ISBT Mohali is a fully air conditioned bus terminal. It consists of WiFi, Cyber Cafe, Medical Facilities and shops. Around 360 cameras had been installed at the ISBT and a control room set up to monitor security. Persons coming to the bus stand would be scanned for security reasons. The new terminal has ticket counters, parking lots, space for parking buses, drop areas and waiting lounges. The terminus also has a 10 screen multiplex in the Tower A of the complex. LED screens have been put up at ISBT to display the routes of buses. The facility is under the transport department. Banda Singh Bahadur ISBT MOhali is situated in Phase VI opposite the verka.

Banda Singh Bahadur Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) also known as Mohali Junction is a newly built Rs.500 crore facility. The terminal spread over 6.6 acres of land adjacent to Verka Chowk on the National Highway 21 improves connectivity of the tricity area to northern Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The SAS Nagar ISBT was inaugurated by the Punjab deputy Chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. All the buses entering SAS Nagar including those going to Chandigarh passes through the ISBT. As many as 1,900 buses passes through the terminal daily. The facility has been named after the Sikh general, Baba Banda Singh, who is credited with defeating Wazir Khan, the Mughal nawab of Sirhind, leading to the establishment of the first Sikh kingdom in 1711. Banda Singh Bahadur’s statue has been built at the entrance of the bus terminus. The bus terminal will also have a helipad on the rooftop.

Bir Shikargah Wildlife Sanctuary Panchkula

Bir Shikargah Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Panchkula district of Haryana, India. Spread over 767 hectares of land the wildlife sanctuary houses Vulture Conservative and Breeding Centre Pinjore. It is 8 km away from Pinjore on Pinjor-Mallah Road. Bir Shikargah Wildlife Sanctuary is 10 km from Kalka, 20 km from Panchkula, 30 km from Chandigarh, 20 km from Morni Hill station. Forests Department, Haryana of Government of Haryana officially notified this as Wildlife Sanctuary 29 May 1987.

In 2009, the Government of India declared Bir Shikargah Wildlife Sanctuary Zone an Eco-sensitive Zone (ESZ), as a result development will not be permitted within a 5 km radius.

Bir Shikargah Wildlife Sanctuary and Khol Hi-Raitan Wildlife Sanctuary are only 3 km aerial distance from each other, both are also only few km away from Kalesar National Park, all of which lie in the Shivalik hills of Haryana. All these three centuries have similar species of wild animal that migrate from century to another. The wild species include Chital (spotted deer), Sambar deer, Indian leopard, Asiatic elephant, Wild boar, Rhesus macaque, Gray langur, Striped hyena, Indian jackal, Jungle cat, Indian gray mongoose, Indian fox and Indian jackal.

The nearby attractions of the Bir Shikargah Wildlife Sanctuary Panchkula are Kalesar National Park – 15 km from Yamunanagar on Chhachhrauli road, location map, it has wild animals such as elephant, wild boar, sambar deer, hare, red junglefowl, porcupine, monkey and chital.

Khol Hi-Raitan Wildlife Sanctuary spread over 4883 hectares area of land in Panchkula district, 3 aerial km from Bir Shikargah Wildlife Sanctuar near Panchkula on Morni road, 20 km from Chandigarh.

Flora of Bir Shikargarh Wildlife Sanctuary
A thick forest cover envelopes the area of Bir Shikargarh Wildlife Sanctuary which possesses lush greenery. Trees like Teak, Eucalyptus and Khair are a few of the numerous species of flora which thrive in the cool depths of this wildlife reserve. The sanctuary also possesses Dry Deciduous Mixed Forests.

Fauna of Bir Shikargarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Numerable types of wild creatures prowl about Bir Shikargarh Wildlife Sanctuary including Nilgai, Wild Boar, Muntjac, Goral, Rhesus Macaque, Sambar, Common Langur, Chital, Mongoose, Hyena, Jungle Cat, Porcupine, Spotted Deer and Jackal. Lucky visitors might even receive a few glances of Leopard roaming about the sanctuary grounds. The birds which dwell here are Grey Partridge, Red Jungle Fowl, Black Partridge and several others.

The ideal time when one must pay visit to this wonderful wildlife sanctuary is between the months of October and March. The closest airport to the sanctuary is the international airport near Chandigarh. There exists an efficient network of roadways which easily connects it to the rest of the city.

Post Graduate Government College For Girls Chandigarh PGGCG – 42

Post Graduate Government College for Girls (PGGCG) is one of the leading institute of higher education in Northern India. The college with its impressive building and rich infrastructure cater to the academic and professional needs of girls not only from Chandigarh and adjoining rural areas but also from different states of India.

Established in 1982 in a school building in Sector 19, the PGGCG used to have Arts and Commerce streams only. Later, in 1987 the college campus was shifted to Sector 42, Chandigarh. Spread over 18 acres of land, adjacent to the International Heritage Palm Garden, the college is situated in southern part of Chandigarh- the City Beautiful.With its imposing edifice, majestic building- blocks and rich infrastructure, it caters to the academic and professional needs of girls not only from Chandigarh and adjoining rural areas but also from different states of India. The college campus has nine gardens, an Information Technology Block, a fully air-conditioned library with a compendium of 38,010 books, equipped with INFLIBNET, computer and internet facilities, gymnasium and a state-of-art auditorium. The college has extracurricular and sports activities as well. Students have won accolades at national and international level in 19 sports events.

The Post Graduate Government College for Girls in Sector 42 provides 365 subject combinations in Arts stream, 13 combinations in Science stream and Honours courses in 13 subjects. Other than this there are two vocational courses sanctioned by the UGC which are also running in the college.

PGGCG – 42 has been accredited Grade ‘A’ by NAAC and the college secured 32nd rank in the National Institutional Ranking Framework, MHRD, Government of India, thereby, placing them among the top 50 institutions in the country and 1st in India as far as government institutions are concerned.

Today PGGCG – 42 has 4,234 students on its rolls and teacher strength of 129. An in-house 200 kWP SPV Power Plant, a project of the Chandigarh Renewal Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society with a provision of 800 SPV panels, was also dedicated to the college by the Chandigarh Administration.


College has three N.S.S. units having 100 N.S.S volunteers in each unit. Ten days NSS camp was inaugurated on 26.9.06 by Mrs. Swati Sharma, I.A.S, S.D.M. (E), Chandigarh Administration, N.S.S. Volunteers in collaboration with different NGO’S organized various activities like Blood Donation, Tree plantation, Cycle rally and health awareness program at college level, Volunteers participated in a number of projects namely campus cleanliness, training in first-air and fir-fighting and various awareness drives against AIDS, Drug Absuse, health and sanitation and pulse polio.


College has started with N.C.C. (Army Wing) sub unit from the session 2006-07. At present, 56 students have been enrolled for senior wing girls cadets.

Placement Cell

The placement cell of the PGGCG – 42 provides assistance to students regarding placements, cover awareness, job opportunities and awareness regarding higher studies in the fields of Arts, Science and commerce. The college has an active career Youth Club comprising a hundred students from all the streams. They are in regular contact with the activities of the placement cell. The college train these students in the technique of profile making, group discussions and interviews. They are further guided to disseminate the information gained to at least five students each thus setting a chain of awareness regarding their career opportunities available after graduation. During the month of November, the various companies are invited to interact with the students through awareness and there towards the closing of the session the February and March interviews are conducted. Selected students are given placement letters in the campus.

Last year many reputed companies such as Wipro, Dell, EXL, AIISEC, Frank Finn, TCY and CMRD come here for the placements. The placement cell comprises five faculty members and holds regular discussions with placement cell of other city colleges and with higher authorities i..e. DPI (colleges) and UGEIB in order to abreast of the latest developments in the placement field.

Shaheed Dr. Diwan Singh Kalepani Museum Chandigarh

Shaheed Dr. Diwan Singh Kalepani Museum is a memorial dedicated to the struggles and accomplishments of Shaheed Dr. Diwan Singh. He was a poet, healer and a freedom fighter. Shaheed Dr. Diwan Singh Kalepani Museum is situated in the Shivalik hills near Chandigarh.

Shaheed Dr. Diwan Singh Kalepani Museum has beautiful manicured gardens and a state of the art interior. It was built by his son, Mohindar Singh Dhillon, with the guidance of designer Amar Behl, and generous contributions from family and friends. A lot of thought was given to the design of the museum. Mr. Dhillon used Dr. Diwan Singh’s famous poem, the flowing waters (Wagde Pani), to come up with a concept where the guests feel like they are flowing through the life this great man.

Shaheed Dr. Diwan Singh Kalepani Museum has been divided into five main sections:

– The First section of the Shaheed Dr. Diwan Singh Kalepani Museum is known as Timeline. It shows the life of Dr. Diwan Singh in brief, important events in India and world during those days. There is a television monitor that plays a documentary on his life.

– The second section of the Shaheed Dr. Diwan Singh Kalepani Museum is on Panjabiat. This section highlights his love for Punjab, its language and literature. It shows his writings and his interaction with the famous literary figures of that time.

– The third section of the Shaheed Dr. Diwan Singh Kalepani Museum is dedicated to his Faith. He was a devout Sikh who had respect for all other religions. It flows into the construction of a Gurudwara with labour of love by all residents of Port Blair. He established it as meeting place for all sections of Indians and also conducted classes for children.

– The fourth section of Shaheed Dr. Diwan Singh Kalepani Museum deals with his Humanism. As a doctor who always served suffering people and worked on uplifting their life by opening schools libraries, his social interactions with the local prisoners and their families is shown here.

– The last section of Shaheed Dr. Diwan Singh Kalepani Museum depicts his Nationalism. He was a follower of Gandhi’s nonviolence and the president of the Indian Independence League in the Andamans. IT shows his life of truth, his torture by the Japanese and his ultimate sacrifice.
The museum also contains a wing which includes a library and additional archives from the early 1900’s.

Verka Dairy Mohali

Established in 1962 by the government of Punjab, Verka provides milk and milk products to the people of tricity. Later this project was taken over by the Punjab Diary Development Cooperation Ltd. (PDDC). In 1979, the milk plant was shifted to Mohali.

Subsequently with the merger of PDDC with the Punjab state coo-op. milk producers fed. Ltd on 15 April 1983, this unit became one of the units of Milkfed, Punjab. Initially Dhara Oil custom Packing was started for NDDB in the year 1990. Later in this year, Aseptic Packaging Station was established by installing a Stork make Ultra High Temperature Treatment (UHT) Plant of 4000 LPH. Two Tetra Pak machines for 200 ml & 1000 ml were installed respectively for packing of UHT based products. Subsequently In the year 1991, packing of Sweet Lassi and SFM in Tetra Pak was introduced.

Apart from this, production of Ice cream was started at this plant with substantially enhanced capacity to capture the Ice Cream market in the tricity of Chandigarh, Mohali & Panchkula. Ice cream is available in many variants in cup, cone, brick, ice candy and bulk pack. In the year 1997, packing of Mango Raseela & Milk in Tetrapak was started. Milk Plant Chandigarh was the first plant to secure composite certificate under ISO: 9002 and ISO: 15000 in 1997.

At present the unit is involved in Production of Tetra Pak products (Milk, Fermented Milk & Fruit Drink) in 200 ml & 1000 ml packing, different varieties of Ice Cream andsweets like Milk Cake, Kaju Pinni and sugar free Peda & Milk Cake. The products from other sister plant like Ghee, Table Butter, Processed Cheese and fresh products like paneer, kheer, curd etc are also marketed by this plant.

As on date, Chandigarh dairy is supplying Verka Milk, fresh Milk Products and other bottled cum tetrapack products to the following reputed Institutions in Chandigarh and Tricity area that is Kala Gram Baithak, Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Sports Complex of sectors 7, 16, 18, 23, 42, 46, Lake Club, MLA Hostel, Punjab Bhawan, BSF units, Snehalaya, PGIMER, Umeed Society, UT Canteen (CITCO) and Chief Architect office (Canteen). Apart from these, Verka is a trusted product supplier in many other reputed institutions in HoReCa sector in Chandigarh.

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Peot Raising Funds on Facebook For Fellow Poet Fighting Cancer

A theatre Artist and Poet from the city, Amy Singh is raising funds on facebook for a special cause. When she came to know about the fellow poet’s sudden diagnosis of blood cancer she became helpless. After which she decided to seek help from the facebook and posted “Anam is a beautiful human and a poet. A lot of us would have heard him recite his poems in many open mics. Anam is diagnosed with cancer and of course it’s sad beyond telling, for me to break this news… It is possible for us to help him! I lost my mom to cancer and I know how this battle is.”

Anam Narula is a 21 year old BSc student at DAV College Chandigarh who is not financially strong to get the expensive treatment. He is the only son of the two private firm employees from Faridkot. Anam’s family is able to raise nearly 3 lakhs. And as per the documents at the Christian Medical College ands Hospital, Ludhiana he needs Rs.25-30 lakh for a bone marrow transplant. Anam’s father took a loan against a plot worth Rs 5 lakh.

She is asked people on facebook to get in touch with her, “Any help, no matter how big or small means everything to Anam at the moment. This one is where I’m quite helpless on my own. Please help! However you can. In whatever manner you can!” It got some response. An hour later, around 9pm, she decided to use the one thing that she is known for in the city circles and beyond that is writing poems. Not for him, or just to raise his morale, but to raise money. Her new FB post read, “If there’s a poem you want to be written for your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your siblings, teacher, parents, friends, anybody to convey anything! Please approach me. I would love to write it. But I will charge you anything from 200-500 rupees per poem. Because I am donating this amount for Anam’s treatment, I will write you good poems. Trust me! And help us. Thank you. PS: Can poetry save life? Yes, it can!”

She says, “I thought I’d raise whatever little I could. Rs 15,000 max!” That was May 28. The figure stands at Rs. 12 lakh and counting as on June 1. As the post went viral on Facebook, she got about 100 requests. Upon her request and otherwise, she’s been joined in the task by other poets, most of them young, some of them superstars of the spoken word poetry movement in India. The poetry writing alone has gathered about Rs 2 lakh. But Amy sees that the rest of the money, coming through direct donations to Anam’s bank account or e-wallets, is because of the uniqueness of her pitch. A petition on the crowdfunding website has got amazing response.

On the poetry front many fellow poets big or small joined her in her cause. One photographer, Akshay Kapoor, has offered free shoots if you donate Rs 2,000 or more. On FB, he too underlined the power of poetry in what has fast turned into a movement.

Chandigarh to Get its First Woman SSP

A Punjab cadre IPS officer of 2008 batch that being Jagdale Nilambari Vijay is the first woman Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Chandigarh. The SSP’s name has been approved by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. The post of the city’s SSP was lying vacant after Sukhchain Singh Gill who was a 2003 batch IPS officer. The Administration recommended her name for the post to the ministry after it was approved by VP Singh Badnore, Punjab Governor-cum-UT Administrator from a panel of three officers received from the Punjab Government last month.

Chandigarh city has many women IAS officers at the senior level of the Administration. Long time ago, Ms.Kiran Bedi was appointed as the IGP of the city. Since then no women has been appointed on a top post in the police department. The ministry has also approved Shashank Anand for the post of Senior Superintendent of Police in Traffic, Chandigarh. This post was lying vacant since the term of a 2005 batch IPS officer of Haryana cadre, Maneesh Chaudhary ended in 2016.

Jagdale Nilambari Vijay is currently posted as SSP in Ropar. and the other officers in the list are serving in Patiala and Bathinda.

Punjab had sent a fresh list after the name of Inderbir Singh, former Sangrur SSP, was dropped from the panel after he was prima facie found guilty of extorting money from two farmers and allegedly threatening to implicate them in a murder case when he was posted as Sangrur SSP.

The UT administration had earlier rejected two panels sent during the political parties regime and requested the state government to send a fresh list of officers. The city SSP’s post has been lying vacant after Sukhchain Singh Gill, a 2003-batch IPS officer, was repatriated to Punjab in December last year. Eish Singhal is presently officiating as Chandigarh SSP.

Zika Virus Threat At Chandigarh – How to Prevent It?

World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed the first cases of Zika Virus in Ahmedabad due to which the UT health department is set on high alert. The department has been screening all hotels and hospitals for such cases.

Last year, there were only two dengue cases from the city, while it is 10 this year. According to the survey these cases were found old with previous history of dengue or chikungunya. PGI, had tested 59 cases which were positive for chikungunya from Chandigarh. All these were having the previous history of chikungunya. The risk is more as the virus is caused by the same vector that causes chikungunya and dengue and already the city has seen a rise in chikungunya cases as compared to last year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed Zika can spread through sex, usually after a person traveled to an area where Zika has broken out, got the virus, and gave the virus to a sex partner who did not travel. Infected women and men can both pass the virus to sex partners – even if they haven’t shown symptoms of infection, the CDC says. In addition, infected pregnant women can pass the virus on to their fetus.

In 1947, the Zika virus was first identified in Uganda. The virus is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes the same type of mosquito that carries chikungunya virus, dengue fever and yellow fever. A mosquito bites an infected person and then passes those viruses to other people it bites.

How to Protect yourself from Zika Virus?

No vaccine exists to prevent Zika virus, and there’s no effective antiviral treatment.

– If you are travelling in the affected areas, avoid mosquito bites by using a repellent throughout the day and wear long sleeved shirts and long pants, indoors and out. The mosquitoes that spread Zika are aggressive daytime biters often found indoors.

– The CDC recommends using Environmental Protection Agency registered insect repellents with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (para-menthane-diol) or 2-undecanone.

– Strictly prevent the mosquito breeding around homes. Use screens on windows and doors and get rid of standing water like in buckets and planters as mosquitoes lay eggs near water.

– Travellers who complain of fever within two weeks of return from an affected country should report to the nearest health facility.

– Persons with conditions like diabetes, hypertension, chronic respiratory illness, immunity disorders, etc. should seek advice from their doctors before traveling to an affected country.