Wednesday, May 29, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Topper Harleen has heart in cardiology
CBSE Class X exams: 36 city students in 90 per cent club; twins get identical scores
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 28
In this year’s Class X examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), 36 students of this district have scored 90 per cent marks or more. The results were made available on the Internet yesterday.

The achievers include 15 students of the BRS Nagar Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, nine of DAV Public School, five of the Sarabha Nagar Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, four of Guru Nanak Public School and one each of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Nankana Sahib Public School and BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School.

Bagging the topmost position with 94.6 per cent marks is Harleen Chopra of the Sarabha Nagar Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School. Yadhu Suneja of DAV Public School is mighty close at the second spot with 94.4 per cent marks, while Anirudh Mirakhur of the BRS Nagar Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School is third in the city with 94.2 per cent marks.

Sapan Vig of DAV Public School and Vishav Vikram of the BRS Nagar Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School share the fourth spot with 93.4 per cent marks. Rishab Singla of DAV Public School is fifth with 93 per cent marks. Joint sixth with 92.6 per cent marks each are Ankur Gupta of DAV Public School and Bhuvnesh of the BRS Nagar Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School. Megha Mehtani of the BRS Nagar Sacred Heart School has 92.2 per cent marks.

Prakriti Verma of the BRS Nagar Sacred Heart School, Kinri Jain of Kundan Vidya Mandir and Navkirat S. Bajwa of Guru Nanak Public School have 92 per cent marks each. Parneet of DAV Public School is ninth with 91.8 per cent marks and Nidhi Malik of this school is 10th with 91.6 per cent marks.

Nikhil Pilani and Geetika Sharma of the BRS Nagar Sacred Heart School, and Preetika Khurana of the Sarabha Nagar Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School have 91.4 per cent marks each. Aditi Gupta and Divyanshu Malhotra of the Sarabha Nagar Sacred Heart Convent School and Aanchal Maria of the BRS Nagar Sacred Heart School are joint 12th with 91.2 per cent marks each.

With 91 per cent marks each, Jasmine Dhody of the BRS Nagar Sacred Heart School and twins — Paramnoor and Paramjyot — of Guru Nanak Public School share the next rank. Navreet K. Sidhu of the same school has 90.8 per cent marks. Dinesh Maheshwary of the BRS Nagar Sacred Heart School and Karam Bir Singh of Nankana Sahib Public School have got 90.6 per cent marks each.

The following have 90.2 per cent marks each: Abhay Kumar, Sunny Sikka and Saru Garg of the BRS Nagar Sacred Heart School, Namita Garg of DAV Public School and Niharika Aggarwal of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School. Piyush Jain and Raghav Aggarwal of the BRS Nagar Sacred Heart School, Sakshideep of the Sarabha Nagar Sacred Heart School and Gurbir Singh of DAV Public School have 90 per cent marks each.

The city topper, Harleen Chopra, has, now, moved to Chandigarh because of her father’s transfer. She told this reporter on telephone that she had aimed high and achieved her target, which had made her happy. She said she aspired to become a heart surgeon.

Yadhu Suneja, too, has joined the medical stream in the next class. She said she had the best moment of her life yesterday when her principal, Mr R.S. Patial, called up at her house to congratulate her. “Believing that the results would be declared at midnight, I was having dinner, unaware that these had been released on the Internet at 7 pm only. It was amazing to know, but hard to believe that I had crossed my target of getting 90 per cent marks,” she said.

Anirudh, who has stood third in the city, has already left for the USA for higher studies. Sapan Vig, who holds the next rank, has decided to join the non-medical stream and wants to graduate from an Indian Institute of Technology. Vishav Vikram said he aspired to become an IAS officer and his friend Bhuvnesh said he wanted to be a doctor. Megha Mehtani, who holds the seventh rank, aims to join the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences or Armed Forces Medical College, while, Kinri Jain wants to be a cardiologist. Following the footsteps of his father, Navkirat S. Bajwa wants to be an eye-specialist. Nikhil Pilani has joined the non-medical stream in Class XI, while, Aanchal Maria has joined the medical stream. Abhay Kumar aims to be an IAS officer.

The marks of twins Paramnoor and Paramjyot are also identical. The boys said they had been studying together throughout and following the same strategy. Their mother said, yesterday, after opening the CBSE website, the family had first hit upon the result of Paramnoor.

When they typed Paramjyot’s roll number in the query dialog box, the access to the website got blocked and the site could not be reopened for at least 15 more minutes. When the page reopened, the twins were amazed to find that they had the same percentage. However, the boys would, now, part ways, as Paramnoor aims to be a chartered accountant and Paramjyot wants to be an engineer.


IHRO for action against Principal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) yesterday claimed that our educational institutions, including universities, were rampant with sexual harassment of women in the state of Punjab, especially the girl students. The Jalandhar Government Polytechnic for Women (GPW) was no exception. And the reason behind this was the exploitation of students by their teachers or head of the institution when they had to give grace marks to the students in their internal assessments and practical examinations.

This is the finding of a three-member team of women wing of the IHRO, said its chairperson, Mr D. S. Gill, at a press conference here today, while releasing the IHRO’s investigation report about the girl students’ harassment at the hands of the Principal of the Jalandhar Polytechnic and his kin.

The IHRO Secretary-General Mohinder Singh Grewal assisted the women’s wing team, comprising Dr Kanwaljit Kaur Bal, Ms Harmanjot Kaur, advocate and Ms Inderjeet Kaur, in documenting the report, arranging meetings with the parents of victims and interviewing the victims, including the Principal and both former and present staff members — Mr Rajiv Sobti, Mr Navdeep Kapoor, Mr Tilak Raj, Ms Niru Gupta and Ms Jatinder Kaur.

According to the report, an old girl student of the Jalandhar GPW, who had now migrated to a Ludhiana polytechnic, was first made target of sexual harassment by a Principal’s kin who had tried to pick up her at night at 11 pm from her hostel in a car.

Another girl, who had passed out, reportedly slapped on the face of a senior official when he tried to catch hold of her wrist and wanted to forcibly take her inside his office, said Mr Gill.

Two girls had committed suicide, one in the hostel and another at her residence, respectively, as a result of sexual harassment at the hands of a senior official and his kin, testified another girl in her statement before the IHRO investigation team.

Head girl of the hostel Payal Bansal also verified in her statement the general sexual abuse of hostel inmates, including the two suicide cases, adding that some selected girls were called to his office by the senior official through an attendant even after 9 pm.

Mr Gill alleged that despite all these incidents a present Minister knowing all this, was busy getting a compromise in the matter .

When these facts were brought to the notice of the senior official, he told the IHRO team that ‘‘two staff members, who have recently been transferred, are using these girl students to malign me, otherwise there is nothing in the matter.” 


Dismissed doctors cry foul
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
“It would have been better if the government had shot us,” say members of the Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association selected by the tainted Chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission, Ravi Sidhu, after their services have been terminated.

The association has termed the decision illegal and arbitrary. Dr Hardeep Singh, head of the association, said an entire batch had been thrown out without giving it a chance to clarify its position. “We are not against the anti-corruption drive of the Chief Minister, but entire medical community should not be made a scapegoat for the misdeeds of a few,” he said.

Some of the doctors said many doctor couples had been rendered umemployed, which had left their families with no earning member. “What will become of their children and how will they fulfill their needs. How can the government expect these doctors to clear the test again after being out of touch with studies for the past many years,” said Dr Hardeep.

The doctor also said: “Unlike others, doctors are professionally skilled graduates, who have been certified to do practice by reputed medical colleges of the country. They have not become doctors by paying bribes. Individuals of middle-class families can never afford to give such huge bribes. Moreover, who would want to pay such a huge sum for serving in rural areas in often-trying circumstances.”

Meanwhile, members of the association have decided to meet in the ESI Hospital here to chalk out a further course of action.



TEN days have passed since the elections to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation were held. The Congress got absolute majority. Obviously, the responsibility of giving the Mayor to the city fell on the shoulders of the party. In fact it would be for the first time that the city will have a Congress Mayor. And as uncertainty over the final name proflongs, doubts have started rising if the party would be able to appoint its own Mayor for the obvious reason that the party legislators and the councillors are sharply divided on the issue. Luckily for the Congress, the main opposition, the Shiromani Akali Dal-Badal and the Bharatiya Janata Party, are too demoralised by their defeat. Otherwise they would definitely have started manoeuvring among the dissident Congress councillors to spring a surprise by fielding a non-Congress Mayor. As usual the Congress has been indecisive and has ultimately thrown the responsibility at the ‘high command’ (obviously the Chief Minister). It will be better for the ‘high command’ to choose its candidate fast, lest it may miss the bus much to its grave embarrassment.


Though the weather has been very cruel during the last many days, the mother nature still provided the creatures of this part of the planet with a good visual treat. The Amaltas (Cassia Fistula) trees are in full bloom with bright yellow flowers replacing the leaves on all the branches of the tree. During these days the PAU campus looks like a paradise on earth as many lanes surrounded by these trees welcome the visitors. Young couples are seen doting the place for long walks under trees. The morning walkers too, who throng the campus in the mornings are having their share of treat. The trees also provide a cool shade to labourers and rickshaw-pullers, who can be seen enjoying a well-earned siesta in the scortching heat.

Rainy romance

The word rain has a romance in itself. And why not? It reminds one of the music created by the raindrops while hitting the ground, the smell of the wet soil, the croaking of the frogs and the cool showers. And for the kids, too, it means splashing in the pools of water, making paper boats and floating them. Ludhianvis, too, had a share of this romantic weather when sharp showers of rain lashed the region bringing much needed respite from the heat with the mercury dipping to a comfortable low. After many days the residents did not need to switch on their coolers and ACs as the weather itself provided them with the relief from the scorching heat.

Unofficial holiday

Work has come to a virtual stand-still in Local Municipal Corporation owing to a spate of transfers of almost all the top officials of the corporate body. Compounding the chaos is the non-election of the Mayor and delay in the taking over of charge by the new Commissioner. The Additional Commissioners have been transferred and no official confirmation regarding the new incumbents has been received here. In the absence of their bosses, employees too are having an easy time. They are making the most of the extended holiday causing the common man a lot of inconvenience.

Stick no bills

Some of the newspapers have been voriferous in condemning the election candidates for defacing the walls during recent election campaign and were dismayed when no FIRs were registered against them. They were not even fined. But one can spot the advertisements proclaiming the lowered prices of the local dailies defacing a lot of walls. What does one say to them except preachers preach thyself?


Seen written on the oil-tank of a truck: ‘Khuraak mantri’ (Health Minister). Sentinel

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