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Visits by flying squadsirk students
Gagan K Teja
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 14
Exams are the most crucial time for students as it is this put their knowledge to test as to what they have learnt during a particular time frame. Those three hours decide their fate but thanks to the excess checking by the Punjab School Education Board flying teams, the students are unable to focus during exams as well. Students are irked by the fact that many flying teams have been deputed on duty as a result of which have problem concentrating during exams.

The duty of the flying team is to check that the students are not using unfair means to write their papers but in Patiala district it has more or less turned out to be a formality. In a three-hour exam, several teams are visiting the centre, which leads to unnecessary disturbance to the students.

It is pertinent to mention here that around seven flying teams visited the local Civil Line Senior Secondary School for checking, which led to chaos because with each team taking rounds in the examination rooms, students felt disturbed.

Sources attributed this confusion to non-coordination among the flying squads. “The Board appoints flying officers on duty in a larger area say for example Patiala city, without specifying particular schools which leads to confusion. So they take rounds on their own. Sometimes all teams reach a particular school in a day, which becomes a problem for students because once they enter the campus they have to show their 15-minute entry and thus start checking. This wastes most of the time of students,” they added.

“We are disturbed with some one or the other entering the class room again and again and making enquiries. If there is any doubt, the teachers should finish checking every thing once in for all so that our time is not wasted. Moreover, this makes it impossible for us to concentrate on the paper,” rued a student.

Not just students even the teachers on duty are not very happy with this system. One of the teachers said that the Board had not followed any system in appointing these officers. Instead of appointing principals and senior lecturers on duty, the board has given the duty to junior staff members who are not even experienced enough for these duties, he added.

This is not just harmful for students but it also adds to the financial burden of the Board. “Every flying officer along with his two co-observers are paid daily allowance. Also an additional Rs 8 per km is paid for vehicles. Now if they are all working in similar area, what is the point in spending so much money on them? Instead, they should appoint a supervisor to check the entire school,” added one of the teachers.



‘Indian students need to be focused to succeed’

Patiala, September 14
Dr Inderjit Singh Seerha, Director, Human Resources, Cambridge University, UK, reached Khalsa College, Patiala, today to motivate students of the college to strive for academic excellence in Cambridge University, U.K. Applauding the courage and vision of Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia in opening new channels for Sikh students to study in Cambridge University, he said Indian students needed to be focused in their approach to reach the zenith of success.

Stressing the connection of Sikhism with the university, he hoped that more Sikh students would study there in future. He opined that it was a great cultural evolution for the university, when the Akhand Path was organised on its premises and added that if more Sikh students joined this prestigious institution then it would be a great step towards cultural change. He also warned students of non-recognised universities in UK and said no one should fall in their trap.

He also took pride and said that Dr Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India was the one of the alumni of Cambridge University, which testified the university's long-standing connection with the world-renowned personalities. — TNS



Man posing as CBI officer arrested
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib,September 14
The police today arrested an imposter along with another accomplice with stolen material worth lakhs of rupees.

Addressing a press conference, Fatehgarh Sahib SSP Ranbir Khattra said the accused managed to steal money and vehicles by imposing as an SP-rank officer in the CBI.

The accused has been identified as Inderjit Singh, alias Raju, of Tripri in Patiala and Inderjit Singh Banti, a resident of Una, in Himachal Pradesh. Both of them arrested while they were travelling in a car stolen from Chandigarh. The SSP said the accused were on their way to sell off some stolen material near Talania village.

Twenty one laptops worth Rs 18 lakhs, 22 mobile phones, registration papers of land worth Rs 22 lakhs, 150-gm gold jewellery and innumerable SIM cards were recovered from their possession.

A fake identity card of SP-rank officer of the CBI and a stolen identity card of an employee of Vidhan Sabha were also recovered. The SSP said that the imposter had stolen Rs 1 lakh from the employee of Vidhan Sabha when he came to pay obeisance at a gurdwara in Fatehgarh Sahib a few days ago. Around Rs 50,000 have been recovered from his possession.

The accused used to park his vehicle with red beacon beside luxury vehicles and steal the material kept inside those vehicles.

Police officials said the accused admitted to committing more than 100 thefts and similar crimes. He was also arrested by the police in 2008 and was sent to jail. But after getting bail he became an absconder.



70 girls donate blood
Tribune News Service

Patiala, September 14
A first women’s blood donation camp was organised by the ITBP and Cancer-AIDS Awareness and Prevention Society with the help of Red Cross on the ITBP campus on Rajpura-Patiala road yesterday.

On this occasion, 70 girls donated blood. Commandant of the 43rd ITBP Batallion (Girls) Ashok Sood, while addressing the gathering at the ITBP office, said blood donation was the most valuable donation and often helped an injured person in case of emergency.

He said every year there was a requirement of around 95 lakh units of blood for accident victims whereas the availability was only 65 to 75 lakh unit. Therefore, in order to fulfil the requirement, people should come forward for voluntary blood donation.

He informed that it’s been three years that Forum-2007 had been established and now the girls were not only fighting at border, but would also be appointed during the Commonwealth Games in order to serve the country. 



Threat to acquire gurdwaras
Admn imposes Sec 144
Tribune News Service

Ambala, September 14
The district administration has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC in public places due to a threat by a group of Sikh community demanding a separate committee and take possession of gurdwaras in the state on September 15.

The police force was also deployed near gurdwara Manji Sahib, Badshahi Bagh, Ambala City, gurdwara Panjokhra Sahib, Lakhnaur Sahib and Mardo Sahib, to maintain the law and order situation in Ambala.

According to sources, Deputy Commissioner Sameer Pal Srow, along with senior police officers, held a meeting and later also visited different places to review the situation. Earlier, DGP, Haryana, Ranjiv Dalal, who was in Ambala on September 12, directed the senior police officers to take strict action against those violating law and order in the district.

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Avtar Singh Makkar also visited Ambala and organised a meeting with the Sikh leaders in Gurdwara Manji Sahib.

Deputy Commissioner Sameer Pal Srow said to avoid any untoward incidents they had restricted assembly of more than five persons on public places. Besides, the administration deployed sufficient force to maintain law and order, he added.



‘Lack of facilities’ behind drop in strength

Dera Bassi, September 14
Due to lack of educational facilities in government colleges and increasing trend of private engineering colleges and going abroad for studies has led to drop in strength of students in government colleges. This was stated by some teachers and students when they were asked about the reason of decreasing strength of students in government colleges.

Though Government College, Dera Bassi, is a single college in Mohali and Patiala districts a large number of seats in different streams are lying vacant. According to information, there are over 1,300 seats available in the college for arts, science and commerce streams.

Nearly 561 students took admission in the college this year and the strength of last year was 492 in arts, commerce and science streams. The main reason of decreasing strength of students in government colleges is considered the lack of educational facilities.

As many as nine posts of teacher of key subjects like mathematics, physical education, fine arts, sociology, political science, computer, music and Punjabi are lying vacant.

In the science stream there are three students in BSc final, 10 students in BSc second and 14 students in first year could get admission this year out of the total 180 seats.

The college has been providing teachers by recruiting guest teachers from the Parents -Teachers Association funds. Though this fund was created to provide more facilities to students but due to lack of teachers this is being used to pay salaries of guest teachers, stated some students and teachers. — OC



Notices to Pbi varsity over appointments
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
Justice Surya Kant of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notices to Punjabi University, Patiala, on the appointment of workshop attendants. The notice came on two separate writ petitions filed SC candidate Bhim Singh Dhillon, along with Karamjit Singh and Neta Singh of the general category. They had challenged the selection and appointment of five persons against one SC and four general-category posts.

The petitioners alleged in the writ petitions that as per information received by Dhillon under the RTI Act, the experience certificates of Sandeep Kumar, selected as general-category candidate, were, prima facie, bogus.

The experience certificates for employment at workshops at Moga and Ludhiana pertained to the same period when he was studying.

The petitioners further alleged the interview conducted was a farce, since as per RTI information, no marks for interview were awarded and “the selection was based on performance of candidates in interview.” No record of the relative performance of candidates was maintained.



SSP told to look into complaint against Taj
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
Justice MS Sullar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the UT Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) to look into a complaint by city resident Gopal Sharma against the Taj, Chandigarh.

The high court also asked the SSP to complete the inquiry within a month. Gopal ate food at the Taj on August 26, after which his daughter and two family friends developed symptoms of poisoning. They were provided emergency medication at the Sector-16 hospital.

In the petition, filed through advocates DS Keer and Anil Pal Singh Shergill, Gopal had earlier sought directions to the UT administration and other respondents to register an FIR against the Taj and other respondents on the basis of complaints dated August 26 and 27.

Elaborating, Gopal said at about 1:20 am on August 26, Aruna Malik (51), Bimmi Malik (23) and his daughter Neharika Modigil were admitted to the emergency of the Sector-16 hospital.

The doctor at the emergency wing administered intravenous medicines to immediately control poisoning and allergy.

The petitioner added: “It appears that the case is, in all probability, of intentional or malignant poisoning or providing noxious/poisonous food for reasons not known to the petitioner. The hotel, namely Taj GVK Chandigarh, and the officials working in it apparently were fully aware of the case of poisoning. But instead of informing the authorities or providing medical care, they destroyed the toxic poisonous food.”

Describing it as “material evidence”, the petitioner said its annihilation amounted to destruction of evidence as it could have been scientifically verified from the CFSL for any poisonous substance.



HC gives 3 months to install speed governors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
The states of Punjab and Haryana have been given three months to ensure the installation of speed governors on commercial vehicles.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Ajay Tewari issued the directions on a public interest litigation filed by the Suraksha Foundation.

In the petition, the foundation had earlier sought directions to the state of Punjab and another respondent to “follow the provisions of Rule 118 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules; and to direct the state to prepare an implementation plan for the installation of electronic speed limiters within a specific timeframe”.

Already, for preventing the journey from ending before destination, the high court had called for brakes on rash driving by ensuring that all medium to heavy goods and passenger vehicles registered in the state were fitted with speed governors.



Man held over obscene profile

Chandigarh, September 14
The police today arrested a 27-year-old quality analyst with a Mohali-based private company under the Information Technology Act for creating an obscene profile of his former female colleague on a social networking site.

The police said the accused, identified as Vivek Sharma of Sector 44, had a strained relationship with the former colleague due to professional jealousy and had posted objectionable information about her on the site.

The crime branch of the Chandigarh police arrested him after registering a case under Sections 66-A, 67 and 67-A of the Information Technology Act. The victim had told the police that she received calls from people who saw her profile. — TNS



Match Fixing
Guilty must be dealt with sternly: Yusuf
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
Cricketers found indulging in spot fixing or match fixing should not be spared, as they have put their country’s honour at stake, feels ace batsman Yusuf Pathan.

“This (match fixing) is not a small mistake. Those who are found guilty should be punished sternly,” said Pathan while talking to the TNS after a brief practice session at the PCA Stadium, Mohali, this evening.

Commenting on the recent report in Australian media regarding involvement of a top Indian player in spot fixing during IPL-III here, the batsman said: “It (fixing) was not possible here at any cost.” However, he refused to comment further on the issue.

Pathan is in the city to participate in the JP Atray Cricket Tournament, starting here tomorrow. He is the skipper of the Reliance team.

Pathan, who has been working hard to make a comeback in the Indian squad, said: “It is possible only with hard work. I am playing more cricket these days. Long innings and shot selection are the areas that I am focussing on nowadays.”

On the forthcoming India-Australia Test and ODI series in the country, Pathan felt that the host team had an edge over their opponents.

“We have been doing very well against Australia lately. Surely, it will be not an easy tour for the Kangroos on Indian soil,” said Pathan.



Umesh Kumar Trophy
Sidhu XI-Malhotra XI tie ends in draw
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
The match between NS Sidhu XI and Chaman Lal Malhotra XI in Emerging Players’ Tournament for Umesh Kumar Trophy ended in a draw at LIC Cricket ground, Sector 26, here today.

On the basis of their first innings lead, Sidhu XI were given three points, while the Malhotra team got one point in the match.

Batting first, Sidhus made 284 all out in 78.3 in their first innings, while Malhotras were skittled out on 198 in 81 overs.

Meanwhile, the other match between IS Bindra XI and MP Pandove XI could not be played on its final day today due to soggy outfield.

Brief score: Navjot Singh Sidhu XI (Ist innings): 284 for all in 78.3 overs (Munish Bhatia 88, Amit Parshar 52, Bharat Loomba 28).

Chaman Lal Malhotra (Ist innings): 198 all out in 81 overs (Gurkirat Walia 65, Ankur Kakkar 45, Rahul Venkey 26, Rahul Singla 18; Bharat Lumba 3 for 24, Lakshay Seth 2 for 35, Amit Uniyal 2 for 49).

Sidhu XI (IInd innings): 28 for 3 (Karan Goel 11 n.o, Amrinder Brar 9 n.o; Navdeep Singh 2 for 9, Harmeet Bansal 1 for 12). 



Mahilpur lads thrash Govt College-46
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
Local outfit PG Government College, Sector 46, failed to match up to their rivals SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur, as they were thrashed 0-4 in the Panjab University Inter-College Football (Men) A-Division Tournament at PU grounds here today.

Bali Gagandeep netted two goals (12th and 14th minutes) for the winning team, while Harinder (32nd min) and Surinder (48th min) extended the score to 4-0.

The results: GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, b PG Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh, 4-0 (Manpreet-1, Jaspreet-1, Hardeep-1 and Prabhdeep-1); SGGS College, Chandigarh b GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, 3-0 (Jashanpreet-1, Inderjeet Singh-2); PU Campus, Chandigarh, b BAM Khalsa College, Garhshankar, 3-0 (Prabhjot-1, Preet Bath-1, Dianenpajit-1.

Volleyball (women)

The results of the volleyball (A-division) held at Sports Complex Sector 7 are as follow:

Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, b National College for Women, Machhiwara, 2-0 (25-5, 25-6); Dasmesh Girls College, Badal, b MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh, 2-0 (25-6, 25-9); GN College for Girls, Muktsar, b PG Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh, 2-0 (25-8, 25-12); GGS College for Women, Chandigarh, b Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, 2-0 (25-14, 25-11).

B-division: GN College, Narangwal won the Panjab University Volleyball (Women) B-Division Championship for 2010-11 beating MBBGRGC Girls College, Mansowal. The final score was 2-1(16-25, 25-15, 25-23).

Semifinal: GN College Narangwal, b Government College, Karamsar, 2-0 (25-22, 25-19). 



Weightlifting: WCC-42 lift title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14
Hosts Weightlifting Coaching Centre-42 (WCC-42) emerged champions in the men’s section, scoring 208 points, in the Senior Chandigarh Weightlifting Championship at Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today.

They bagged four gold medals through Hardeep (56 kg), Baljinder (62 kg), Gourav (69 kg) and Gurpreet Singh (77 kg) out total seven to lift the team trophy.

Government Model Secondary School, Sector 46, and Government Model High School, Sector 43, finished second and third runners-up with 133 and 81 points, respectively.

Results: 56 kg: 1 Hardeep (WCC-42) 55 kg snatch, 75 kg clean and jerk, 130 kg total; 2 Saddam Hussain (GMSS-46) 43 kg, 60 kg, 103 kg; 3 Sushil (GMHS-42) 34 kg, 58 kg, 92 kg.

62 kg: 1 Baljinder (WCC-42) 85 kg, 117 kg, 202 kg; 2 Vijay Raj (GGSC-26) 70 kg, 91 kg, 161 kg; 3 Amit (GGSC-26) 57 kg, 84 kg, 141 kg.

69 kg: 1 Gourav (WCC-42) 71 kg, 88 kg, 159 kg; 2 Rahul Rawat (GMSS-46) 65 kg, 77 kg, 142 kg; 3 Harpartap Singh (GMSS-37) 42 kg, 60 kg, 102 kg.

77 kg: 1 Gurpreet Singh (WCC-42) 98 kg, 2 Shashi Kumar (Chd) 66 kg, 92 kg, 158 kg; 3 Amrinder Singh (GC-46) 65 kg, 90 kg, 155 kg.

85 kg: 1 Pushpinder Singh (Chandigarh) 107 kg, 2 138 kg, 3 245 kg; 2 Ramandeep Singh (Chd) 101 kg, 125 kg, 226 kg; 3 Paramjeet Rathour (WCC-42) 75 kg, 86 kg, 161 kg.

94 kg: 1 Gurjant Puri (Chandigarh) 112 kg, 150 kg, 262 kg; 2 Bhupinder Singh (WCC-42) 102 kg, 140 kg, 242 kg; 3 Sachinder (WCC-42) 70 kg, 85 kg, 155 kg.

105 kg: 1 Lakhbir Singh (Chd) 68 kg, 91 kg, 159 kg; 2 Gagandeep Singh (WCC-42) 67 kg, 90 kg, 157 kg; 3 Aman Preet Singh (Chandigarh) 60 kg, 80 kg, 140 kg.

Team championship: 1 WCC-42 208 pts; 2 GMSS-46 133 pts; 3 GMHS-43 81 pts.



Bike expedition flagged off

Chandigarh, September 14
The trans-Himalayan motorcycle expedition being undertaken by the First Battalion of Ladakh Scouts was flagged off on its next leg to Rohtang from Chandi Mandir today. Comprising two officers and 20 other ranks led by Capt Mohit Bhan, the 2,100-km expedition had commenced from Karu, near Leh, on September 4 has covered 1,370 km so far through Kargil, Dras, Srinagar, Udhampur and Amritsar. The expedition will culminating at Leh on September 20. — TNS



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