Saturday, May 12, 2001,  Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


425 DAV students given prizes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 11
As many as 425 students of DAV college, Sector 10, were given prizes by Babu Parmanand, Governor, Haryana, at the annual prize giving function of the college here today.

Babu Parmanand, while speaking on the occasion, said that sheer grit, determination, and sincerity of purpose alone can enable a man to achieve what he wants to achieve. There are three kinds of leaders available to the public. Some of these are spiritual leaders, others social and the rest political. India has had a long tradition of spiritual leaders who have led society in the right direction.

He further said that religion and its purpose have been widely misused over the years by people for their petty selfish needs. There has never been any doubt that God is one and over the ages the ways of praying to God has created new religions. What matters is not the religion one follows but the sense of service and sacrifice one carries in oneself.

Gaurav Handa of the college won the roll of honour and a gold medal for his academic achievements and topping the Panjab University in BCA. Mukesh Kumar, Nirmal Nanda, Deepak Uniyal, Navjot Singh, Hardeep Singh, Vikaas Kumar, Satpal Singh, Vikas Sharma, Vinod Thakur, Jaswinder Singh won gold medals. Kshitij V Joy won the college roll of honour.

As many as 320 students were listed for academic awards, out of which 30 were given prizes for their results in the college December examinations. These included Rajat Jadaik and Mannu Devgan who won awards for achieving top positions in the BA III year examination of Panjab University. Joy Dhingra and Harsimrit Gill of MCom Ist year won the second and third position in the university. The college had started with the masters in commerce course in the last session.

Thirtytwo students were listed for prizes in co-curricular activities. These included Daljeet Singh, Himmat Singh, Madhur Ahuja, Yogesh Teneja, Nipun Cheema, Rajeev Sharma, Gurmeet Singh Brar, Varun Jain, Sunil sharma, Sunil Saini, Umrao Singh, Shiv Darshan, Sudeep Rawat, Sukhdeep Singh, Sidharth Chauhan and Nakul Malik. Sixtyfour students were listed to receive prizes for achievements in sports.

Earlier, Prof R.C. Jeevan, Principal of the college, read out the college annual report, while Mr Anil Sharma, staff secretary of the college proposed a vote of thanks. Justice D.V. Sehgal, who is on the managing board of the college, was also present on the occasion.


SSC exams on July 29
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 11
The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) will hold a competitive examination on July 29, 2001, for recruitment to the posts of Section Officer (Commercial) in the office of the Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG). The recruitment to these Group ‘B’ non-gazetted posts in the pay scale of Rs 5500 to 9000 is to be done for the entire country. The examination centres for the north-west region are Chandigarh and Srinagar.

Educational qualification prescribed for the post is a bachelor’s degree in commerce from a recognised university/CA/ICWA/CS. The candidate should be between the age of 18 and 27 as on August 1, 2001. However, age relaxation will be admissible to SC, ST, OBC aspirants as per government orders. The examination Fee is Rs 50. The SC, ST, ex-servicemen and physically handicapped candidates are exempted from the fee.

The format application has been published in the Employment News/Rozgar Samachar of May 5, 2001. The last date for receipt of applications is June 1, 2001.

In case of candidates residing in Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, J and K, Lahaul and Spiti and the Pangi subdivision in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Lakshdweep and for candidates residing abroad the last date is June 15, 2001.


PU students to gain from early results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 11
Panjab University has achieved this year commendable success in declaring results well over a month in advance, as compared to the routine for the past several years.

Undue delay in declaration of results had been slowly creeping up as a permanent feature in the system for the past few years. The result schedule advanced as far as August and even September in certain cases.

The university has already declared results of BA I (compartment in English compulsory) conducted this year. The results for BA II (English compulsory compartment) were declared today. The final year results for the same paper are scheduled by May 15.

Results of all the three years for regular commerce classes are scheduled to be declared by May 31. This “prepones” the result by above a month as compared to last year.

The results of BA and B.Sc. classes are planned to be declared by June 30. Mr Ashok Raj Bhandari, the joint controller of examinations, said that the final year result would be declared first, followed by the second year. Last year the results were out only by August. This time the process has advanced by over two months.

The results of postgraduate arts and science branch courses are scheduled by June 30. Results of MA Punjabi were declared on September 28 last year. This means the results are early by nearly three months in certain cases.

Mr Bhandari said that the new scheme was yielding desired results. There can, at the maximum, be a week’s deviation from plans.

PU, for the first time after nearly six years, is having on-the-spot marking for postgraduate classes for nine subjects. These include English, Punjabi, Hindi, History, Political Science, Economics, Public Administration, Mathematics and Geography.

These subjects add up to nearly 90 per cent of the university’s total work. A significant portion of other courses are at the university level only and not offered in affiliated colleges.

The Head of Department is the chief coordinator for postgraduate classes. He is also the head examiner. Mr Bhandari said there has been co-operation from various departments for speeding up the evaluation process.

The evaluation process is followed by an approximately three weeks’ job by the administrative branch for compilation and declaration of results.

The timely declaration of results is vital for the final year students seeking admissions in outside institutes and those affiliated to other universities as the date of admission for these students is not altered if PU declares the results late.


Painting contest results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 11
The results of a painting competition organised by the local chapter of the Aeronautical Society of India on May 4 were declared yesterday. As many as 238 students from 28 schools in Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula participated in the event.

According to a statement issued here today, the first three winners in each category would be given cash awards of Rs 1,000, Rs 750 and Rs 500 each, respectively. The prizes would be given away at a function to be organised at the Air Force Officers Institute, Sector 31, on May 15. Besides, four consolation prizes in each category would be awarded.

The first three winners in the order of merit in various categories are:

Sub-juniors: Sunil Kumar (Manav Mangal School, Panchkula), Tania Verma (Hansraj School, Panchkula) and M. Ananya (Sacred Heart School, Chandigarh).

Juniors: Shruti Bamba (Little Flower, Panchkula), Gagandeep (Gurunanak Public School, Chandigarh) and Shubhojeet (St Xaviers, Chandigarh).

Seniors: Neena Majumdar (Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh), Stanzin Dukygais (St Xaviers, Chandigarh) and Akanksha Mittal (Hansraj School, Panchkula).


Election of sarpanch quashed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 11
Quashing the election of Ms Maya Devi as sarpanch of Ranita gram panchayat in Bhiwani district, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Haryana State Election Commission to hold fresh elections within two months of receiving the order’s copy.

Allowing the petition filed by Ms Ratni, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice Amar Bir Singh Gill and Mr Justice V.S. Aggarwal, observed that the counting of votes was undertaken on the first day of polling and as such the voters exercising their right to franchise on the adjourned date were aware of the possible outcome. The petitioner as such was justified in contending that the counting of votes on the first day had affected the voting pattern on the adjourned date.

The Judges concluded: “The election of the respondent in these circumstances was the outcome of the election process not ordained by law and has to be set aside”.

In her petition, Ms Ratni had contended that the elections, held on March 12 last year, had to be adjourned to March 15, 2000, following disturbance during the polling process.

She had added that slips enabling the voters to poll on the adjourned date were not issued by the presiding officer to all those present at the booths. Her counsel had added on her behalf that certain voters were allowed to poll after forging the slips.

Students allowed to take exams

Issuing notice of motion for May 30 to the state of Punjab and two other respondents, a Division Bench of the High Court on Friday allowed two students of a polytechnic at Jalandhar to take the sixth semester examinations.

Pronouncing the orders, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice N.K. Sodhi and Mr Justice R.C. Kathuria, observed: “Counsel for the petitioners contends that out of 16 students whose names appeared in a notice dated May 2, eight had been allowed to take the examinations even though they were short of lectures and that the petitioners were being meted out with discriminatory treatment.... The petitioners will be allowed to take the examination which has already commenced. This will be provisional and subject to further orders by the court”.

In their petition, Sukhdial Singh and Harpreet Singh had earlier sough the quashing of the notice preventing them for appearing in the examination due to attendance shortage.

Terming the alleged action of the respondents permitting some of the students with lesser attendance to sit for the examination as “illegal and arbitrary,” the petitioners had claimed that it was also against the principles of natural justice.

Probe demanded

In a petition before the High Court, member of Parliament Simranjit Singh Mann on Friday sought independent probe into the recruitment of personnel by the Punjab Police in Muktsar and Faridkot districts.

Directions to the state of Punjab, the Director General of Police and four other respondents for quashing the appointments of unqualified candidates as constables was also sought. The petition is likely to be taken up for hearing on May 14.

Quoting newspaper reports, Mr Mann stated that servants and workers in the house, fields and factories of the Punjab Chief Minister and his relatives had been appointed as constables in Punjab Police. He added that some of the constables were not even qualified. Some others had not even applied.

Referring to a news item in Punjabi Tribune, his counsel, Mr Ranjan Lakhanpal, added on the petitioner’s behalf that a VIP training school had also been set up. The school, he asserted, was in the home district of the Chief Minister and as such the action was discriminatory.


Bomb hoax disrupts work in District Courts
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 11
The routine work of the District Courts remained suspended for more then an hour due to a bomb hoax here today. It was the third time this year and probably the 19th time during the past five years that a bomb hoax had disrupted the work.

Sources in the Police Department revealed that at about 2 p.m. an employee of the court informed the control room that he had got a call from an unknown person that a bomb had been planted on the court premises. Unknown caller” informed the employee that two kashmiries had left the two bags containing explosive material on the court premises.

Soon after receiving the information, about 25 police personnel including the Superintendent of police(city), Mr Baldev Singh and the SHO, Mr Arjun Singh Jaggi, along with bomb defusing squad with sniffer dog and metal detectors, reached the spot. After that the lawyers and litigants were directed to leave the court premises and the search operation was carried out for nearly two hours.

The President of the District Bar Association, Mr H.S Hundal, said, “ It was the third hoax call of this year and in order to save the invaluable time of the courts, the authorities should take strict action against the culprits who are responsible for such hoax calls.

Ms Anil Kaur, a litigant complains that it was fourth time when her case was adjourned due to a hoax call and she was going to file a complaint in the police station.

Another 85-year-old litigant, Mr Swaran Singh, said that the hoax call had made life of a number of a litigants miserable who are coming here from out stations. So authorities should take serious action against those who are responsible for such act.

The Vice-President of the District Bar Association, Mr Ashok Chauhan, said” There is need to widen the only entrance gate to reduce the crowd at the time of bomb hoax. Moreover, a team comprising of court authority, DSP and members of the bar had earlier inspected the gate after last bomb hoax and have decided to widen the gate but till date no action has been taken by the authorities.

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