Sunday, May 25, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Overall pass percentage declines in region
City govt model schools disappoint; private ones put up a good show in CBSE Class X exam
Tribune Reporters

Fact file

* Overall result in region down to 74.49 per cent from 78.49 per cent last year
* Girls fare marginally better than boys
* Performance of private schools better than government schools
* Performance of government model schools in Chandigarh plummets
* Bhawan Vidalaya, Sector 27 and Government Model, Sector 16 retain lead
* Number of students score cent per cent marks in maths and science
* DAV Sector 8 has 21 students in the 90-plus bracket

Chandigarh, May 24
Ankit Gupta of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, topped CBSE’s Class X examination in the city and its satellite townships, scoring 97.4 per cent marks. Manu Sharma of St John’s High School bagged the second position, securing 96.6 per cent marks, followed by Piyush Goswami of DAV Public School, Sector 8, Rashmi of Manav Mangal School, Panchkula and Inderdeep Kaur of DC Model Senior Secondary School, Panchkula, who shared the third spot with 96.4 per cent marks.

In S.A.S. Nagar, the spotlight was on Rupinder Kaur Oberoi, who secured 92.6 per cent marks. The results were declared by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today.

Regular studies helped me: Ankit

Regular studies and concentration on mid-term and pre-board examinations helped Ankit Gupta top CBSE’s Class X examination in the city this year. Speaking to TNS, he said that he used to study for eight to nine hours during exam days but used to spend about three to four hours routinely on studies throughout the year.

Feeling on top of the world Ankit is keen to become an engineer and is now gearing up to get a berth in the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology. Son of a chartered accountant in Panchkula, his interests are computers and cricket. He spends his spare time playing cricket or watching TV. He said that he also used to take part in debates and quizzes in school.

In contrast to Class XII results, which were declared yesterday, the performance of Class X students studying in private schools was better vis-a-vis students of government schools. Students from 67 government schools and about 45 privately managed institutions in Chandigarh had appeared for the examinations, held in March.

While there has been an overall decline in the pass percentage in the region as compared with the results of last year, the sharp drop in performance in several government model schools in Chandigarh this year was noticeable.

The result of government schools in Chandigarh was stated to be 79.41 per cent. As per available details, Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 16, was at the top, posting a result of 97.8 per cent, which is an improvement over last year’s result of 96.37 per cent.

As far as private institutions are concerned, Bhawan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, DAV Model School, Sector 15, DAV Public School, Sector 8, KB DAV School, Sector 7, St John’s High School, Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Mount Carmel, Ajit Karam Singh International Public School and Shivalik Public School were among those who reported 100 per cent results

DAV Sector 8 reported 21 students scoring 90 per cent and above, followed by Bhawan Vidyalaya, which had 8 students in this bracket.

A number of students also secured 100 per cent marks in science and mathematics.

The result of GMSSS, Sector 35, another sought-after school, however, dropped to 84 per cent from 93 per cent last year. While complete details about the performance of all government schools was unavailable on account of Saturday being a holiday in the UT Administration, available information showed that the result of GMSSS, Sector 33, dropped to 62 per cent from 88 per cent, while the result of GMSSS, Sector 37, fell to 74 per cent from 83 per cent. GMSSS, Sector 10, too witnessed a decline from 70 per cent to 55 per cent.

As per details provided by the local office of the CBSE, whose jurisdiction extends over Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, 70,756 candidates had taken the examinations, which included 40,362 boys and 30,389 girls.

The overall pass percentage this year was 74.49, which dropped from 78.49 last year. Girls fared marginally better than boys, with 75.53 per cent girls and 74.53 per cent boys being successful.

Besides the 67 government schools in Chandigarh, 696 independent institutions, 109 Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) and 49 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs). The pass percentage for KVs and JNVs in the region was 80.88 and 82.93 per cent, respectively.

PANCHKULA: Rashmi of Manav Mangal School and Inderdeep of DC Model Senior Secondary School did the township proud by securing 96.4 per cent marks. These girls also secured the third position in the region comprising Chandigarh and its satellite townships of Panchkula and SAS Nagar.

Abhishek For Abhishek Kumar, a student of Blue Bird High School, Panchkula, winning is now a habit. Son of a storekeeper in a private firm in Nepal, Abhishek secured 93.8 per cent marks.

This in spite of the fact that he never took any private tuitions, mainly because his father could not afford it. His teachers say that he has been a topper for the past four years. He had also won a scholarship from the Children Welfare Trust of India. “Seeing this zeal for quest of knowledge, the school had decided to exempt him from one payment of school tuition fee. The books were also being provided to him by the school. And he has lived up to our expectations,” says director administration, Blue Bird School, Mr K.I.P. Bhatnagar.

The school had also arranged for some teachers to give him extra coaching after school hours. And he has certainly done his Maths and Science teachers proud by securing 100 per cent marks in mathematics and 97 per cent marks in science. Interestingly, Abhishek is still unaware of his result as he is away with his family to his native village in Uttar Pradesh.

The second and the third position in the township were also bagged by students of Manav Mangal School — Neha Aggarwal (95.8 per cent) and Swati Gupta (94.6 per cent). After a dismal performance of most senior secondary schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) here yesterday, the Class X results brought cheer for most schools. Most schools that had fared badly in the Class XII results on account of losing their Class X toppers to schools in Chandigarh, today heaved a sigh of relief as the Class X results crept in.

Of the 3,000 children of 15 schools of the township who appeared in Class X examination conducted by the CBSE, almost 40 students scored above 90 per cent marks, while over 100 scored above 85 per cent marks. A number of schools — Manav Mangal, Hansraj Public School, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Satluj Public School, DAV Model Senior Secondary School and Blue Bird High School — got 100 per cent results. The students of Army School in Chandi Mandir also made their mark with five out of 123 students scoring above 90 percent marks.

While mathematics, science and social science proved to be the plus points for students here, they found the going tough in English. For a number of students, the ‘best of four’ percentage was over 90 per cent, but with lower marks in English, the overall percentage went down.

Schools in Panchkula had a tough time this morning when the results on the CBSE website could not be downloaded by giving the school code. The website had no provision for this and results of all student could be obtained by feeding individual roll numbers. It was then that panicky school managements rushed their staff to the CBSE Regional office in Chandigarh to get copies of the result, as they had not received the result posted by the CBSE yesterday. 

However, most of the toppers here have again opted for schools at Chandigarh. Speaking to Chandigarh Tribune, most of the students, while attributing their success to their schools and teachers, said the 85 per cent reservation for seats in engineering and medical colleges and more subject options in humanities stream in Chandigarh, drew them to schools and colleges there. Inderdeep, topper in the district, said she would opt for humanities, but would have to shift to one of the government model schools, which offered a combination of psychology, mathematics and economics.


Ms Harjit Kaur’s happiness knew no bounds today. This science teacher at DC Model Senior Secondary School, was done proud not just by her daughter, Inderdeep, who secured 96.4 per cent marks, but also by two of her students — Deepika Vasudev and Ankur Singla, who secured 100 per cent marks in science.

Most of the toppers maintained that they had not taken any private coaching. Self-study and being regular in studies was the sure ‘mantra’ for success. Ms Santosh Bhandari, Principal of DAV Model Senior Secondary School, said, “Students should be self-motivated and self-driven in order to succeed. They should not compete with others, but with themselves. Only then they can do well”.

In terms of student-result ratio, Manav Mangal and Hansraj Public School did exceptionally well. While 10 out of 194 students secured above 90 per cent marks in Manav Mangal, 12 out of 108 students secured above 90 per cent marks in Hansraj Public School.

PINJORE: St Vivekanand Millennium School, HMT, Pinjore, has secured excellent results in the CBSE Class X examination. Source said 30 students got distinctions in various subjects, 15 got first division and six students got more than 70 per cent marks.

PATIALA: It was a moment of suspense and exhilaration for a large number of school Children who had appeared in the Class X examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education. The results were declared this morning.

TaranumTaranum, daughter of IPS officer Lalit Bhatia, from St Peter’s Academy secured the top position in the school with 93.4 per cent. Ruchika of Teja Singh Kandhari School topped with 88.2 per cent marks.

For a change, it were the boys who outshone girls at Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 2, DCW, in Class X CBSE results. Satyindra Kumar topped the school with 83.8 per cent followed by Mithilish Kumar with 83 per cent and Sanjay Singh got third position with 82.4 per cent.

From Kendriya Vidyalaya, Nabha, Yatin Middha secured the top position with 88.6 per cent, Sandeep Singh got second position with 85.4 per cent closely followed by Preeti Kaushik with 84.8 per cent.

ICL Public School, Rajpura, has given the city toppers in both CBSE Class X and XII examinations. Karuna Chopra topped the city in CBSE Class X with 91.2 per cent, followed by Meenu Nagpal with 90.2 per cent. In the Class XII, Richa Singla topped Venus the commerce section with 89.5 per cent, Mansi Gulati topped the non-medical group with 89 per cent and Nitin Malhotra topped the medical section with 83 per cent.

Venus from Budha Dal Public School topped the school with 90.6 per cent and Kirtna Dhillon topped in CBSE Class XII in the commerce section with 84.4 per cent.


Rupinder tops in SAS Nagar
Tribune Reporters

SAS Nagar, May 24
Rupinder Kaur Oberoi of Gian Jyoti Public School (GJPS) has topped the township with 92.6 per cent marks in the Class X CBSE examination. Sharing the second position in the township are Guneet Kaur of Lawrence Public School (LPS), Industrial Area and Chetan Aggarwal of Shivalik Public School (SPS) Phase VI here with 90.3 per cent marks. Harleen Singh of LPS is third with 89.6 per cent marks. Anant Puri of GJPS is fourth with 88.8 per cent marks and Sumit Singh is fifth with 88.6 per cent marks.

Subject-wise, Rupinder of GJPS has topped the township with 92 marks in English out of 100 while Megha of Golden Bells Public School, Sohana, has topped in Hindi with 91 marks. Rupinder of GJPS has topped in mathematics with 99 marks while Chetan of SPS has topped the township in science with 98 marks. In social studies, Pradeep Kumar of Sant Isher Public School, Sector 70, has topped the township with 97 marks. Paramjit Singh of SPs has scored 90 marks in Punjabi.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the toppers said that they had taken tuitions in mathematics for these examinations but while for some students it helped for most it did not. ‘‘I took extra help in mathematics and I have got 99 marks,’’ states Rupinder. Daughter of a banker, she says‘‘I want to be a neurosurgeon. I think brain and its diseases are the most fascinating field and I want to take that up’’. For Guneet, however, it was a big no to tuitions. With a teacher mother, Guneet wants to take up engineering, while Harleen Singh wants to join the Indian armed forces. ‘‘I want to be in the Army. No medical or non-medical for me. My father is an ex-serviceman,’’he said.

Although the toppers are not happy with their percentage when compared to their counterparts in Chandigarh, there are many who are satisfied with their performance. ‘‘I have got marks more than I expected. Specially in English. The question paper was really tough,’’says Abhishek Gupta.

While all schools in SAS Nagar have achieved a 100 per cent pass percentage, the performance of the schools in the township has been rather poor as compared to Chandigarh and Panchkula. While 22 students of SPS have got marks above 80 per cent, six students of Golden Bells Public School, Sohana, have got marks above 80 per cent. At Saint Soldiers Public School, two students have got marks above 80 per cent and only one student of Sant Isher Singh Public School has got above 80 per cent marks.

AMBALA: Saloni Gupta of DAV Public Senior Secondary School, Ambala city has secured 96.4 per cent aggregate marks in the Class X examination.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Saloni Gupta said that her hardwork and the blessings of her parents had paid dividends. “I am delighted by the results. I used to study regularly. I would carefully go through the textbooks and other additional books,” she said.

Saloni said that she was keen to join the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). “I am planning to pursue non-medical stream,” she said.

School Principal Reena Nagrath said “We believe that Saloni Gupta has broken all previous records by securing 96.4 per cent marks. Harpuneet and Anu Singh have secured 96 per cent marks. Prannay Gulati, Tarini and Vikek Verma have secured 95 per cent marks.”

She said that 19 students had scored more than 90 per cent marks in aggregate. The students included Sneha, Nimit, Radhika, Yuvraj, Manvi, Sakshi, Shagun, Saloni, Anupriya, Swati, Sumit, Ayush and Anshul.

A pall of gloom descended at the Gupta residence in Housing Board, Sector 8, Ambala city after the board exam results were declared. Raman Gupta, a brilliant student, had died in an accident during the board examinations.

In the results declared today, Raman had done well and secured a high of 91 marks in social studies besides securing 80 per cent marks in English.

In PKR Jain School Ambala city, Parv secured 93 per cent marks while Nakul and Pradeep secured 91 per cent marks. Nikhil and Ankur Jaggi secured 89 per cent marks.

In Convent of Jesus and Mary, Anchal Sagar stood first in her school in commerce stream of Class XII board exams by securing 91.6 per cent marks.


Sporting students, studious too
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
Sports and studies do match. This has been proved by three city students who have also excelled in sports.

Kriti Puri has earned a name for herself by playing for India in the roller-hockey event in the Asian Roller Skating Meet held in Chinese Taipei in 2001. She has won recognition for the city as well. Kriti helped Chandigarh win a bronze medal in the roller-hockey event in 32nd National Games held at Hyderabad. Earlier also, Kriti, a student of Carmel Convent, Sector 9, excelled in various national meets, both in speed and roller- hockey events. Kriti, daughter of Dr G.D. Puri and Indian Revenue Services (IRS %) officer Mrs Sunita Puri, is an excellent Bharatnatyam dancer and has performed various stage shows. She scored 93.8 per cent in her Class X examination.

Bikramjeet Singh Saroya of St John’s High School, Sector 26, has won laurels for the school in football. He played for Indian Schools Football team in the Asian Schools Football Championship held at Singapore in 2002. Bikramjeet has also cleared the certificate examinations for Alliance Francaise. He scored 91.2 per cent

Samridhi Mahajan, a student of Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, is an outstanding badminton player. Samridhi participated in the International Youths Badminton Tournament (under-15 %) held at Czech Republic in 2001. Samridhi has represented Chandigarh in the National School Games and various national championships in her age group for past many years. She scored 90.4 per cent.


Languages bring down percentage
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, May 24
Hindi and English proved to be the Waterloo for most students of SAS Nagar. While a majority of the toppers have achieved over 95 marks in mathematics, science and social studies, comparatively low score in languages pulled their percentages down to 85.

A typical example is Gaurav Ralhan of Shivalik Public School here. He has scored 97 marks in maths, 96 in science and 94 in social studies, managed 86 marks in English but has scored 58 in Hindi. “This has brought his percentage down to 86.2 which could have been otherwise above 95 per cent,” points out Ruby, the school teacher. Similarly, Chetan, of the same school got 86 marks in English, 98 marks in science, 96 marks in social studies and 96 marks in maths but a measly 75 in Hindi.

While in most cases it was Hindi which let the students down, in some cases the students scored low in English as well. Sumit Singh of the same school, got 74 marks in English and 80 in Hindi and over 95 marks in all the three subjects. “Most students in SAS Nagar who have scored between 85 per cent to 90 per cent, its either English or Hindi which is low in score,” says another teacher.


Mohali school touches a new low
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, May 24
The oldest school in SAS Nagar, Swami Ram Tirath Public School, Phase II, has today touched a new low. Its students have performed the worst in the township in matriculation examination of the CBSE. According to sources in the school, today’s performance is probably the worst ever in its 25 years of existence in SAS Nagar.

The school topper, Samita, has achieved merely 75 per cent marks and the student who has stood second in the school, Arun, has got 73 per cent marks. A total of 29 students of the school appeared in the examination and 28 have passed. The school, however, hurriedly clarifies that the one student who has failed was made to appear privately and is not their student.

Mrs Anjala Sharma, Principal, states that students who come to the school are those who have been rejected by other schools, and thus end up scoring less marks in the examination. “Last year we had some students who scored above 80 per cent but this time the result has declined.” she added. She pointed out that the old students of the school are the ones who generally get top positions. “Its the new students who have performed abysmally.” she said.

Whatever the principal might say, residents of the area and the sources inside the school state that the school has degraded over the years due to mismanagement.

Sufferers, however, remain the students. Hoping against hope to get admissions in good schools in Chandigarh in Class XI, the students, however, refuse to blame the school for their performance. 


CBI told to file reply by May 27
Case fabricated, says judge
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 24
Acting on the regular bail application moved by the suspended Jalandhar’s District and Sessions Judge R.M. Gupta, in a corruption case, the UT CBI Special Judge, Mr Balbir Singh, today issued a notice to the CBI to file a reply in the case by May 27.

Giving details in his bail application that he was falsely implicated in the case, Mr Gupta claimed that a corruption case registered against him and the co-accused — the suspended UT Judicial Magistrate(First Class) S.S. Bhardwaj — by the CBI was fabricated and baseless.

Pleading that he deserved the concession of bail Mr Gupta further stated that nothing substantial was mentioned in the FIR registered against him and from the contents of FIR registered against him it was very much evident that neither he nor the co-accused Bhardwaj, has demanded or accepted gratification from the complainant, Mr Gurvinder Singh Samra.

Even no ingredients of the alleged offence of conspiracy were made out against him from the contents of FIR.

According to the FIR, a trap was laid by the CBI and the suspended Judicial Magistrate(First Class), S.S Bhardwaj, was caught red handed while accepting Rs 7 lakh for himself and for R.M. Gupta Jalandhar’s Sessions Judge from Gurvinder Singh, the complainant for favouring him in consideration of anticipatory bail pending before him.

The CBI had also claimed in the FIR that Mr Bhardwaj had accepted the bribe in the presence of independent witnesses — Dev Raj and Madan Lal as well as Mr L.R. Roojam, Sessions Judge Vigilance, Punjab.

Mr Gupta also said in the bail application that the CBI had already searched his property in Chandigarh and Jalandhar and had seized articles whatever they required.

Moreover, lockers belongs to his family members had also been searched by the CBI. Therefore his custodial interrogation was not required. 


Bhardwaj moves HC for pre-arrest bail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
Claiming to having been implicated in a false bribery case, Chandigarh’s suspended Judicial Magistrate S.S. Bhardwaj today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking the grant of anticipatory bail.

In his petition, Bhardwaj asserted that he was out of station when the alleged raids were conducted on his Sector 22 residence. In an attempt to substantiate his contention, the petitioner alleged that not even a single document prepared by the CBI had been signed by him even though the raid had continued for over six hours from 6.30 pm.

The petitioner added that he had no connection with Jalandhar’s suspended District and Sessions Judge R.M. Gupta. Giving details, Bhardwaj submitted that he had never worked as his subordinate. The case is likely to come up for further hearing on Monday.

Samra case

A petition seeking security cover filed by Gurvinder Singh Samara — complainant in a bribery case registered against Jalandhar’s suspended District and Sessions Judge R.M. Gupta and the Judicial Magistrate S.S. Bhardwaj — will come up before the high court on Monday

In his petition, Samara had also sought directions to police officials against harassing him and his family. He had added that he had been receiving threatening calls by the police and his life and liberty, along with that of his family, was in danger.


Police nakas to check drunken driving
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
Commuters on the Chandigarh-Panchkula road were caught unawares by the UT Traffic Police, which had to everyone’s surprise, put up over-speeding and drunken driving nakas late in the night.

The traffic police had put up the naka on either side of the road near the Durga nursery after 11 pm Over 40 challans, mostly of overspeeding, had been issued by 12.30 am.

The police said that the main reason for putting up nakas during late hours was the general tendency of commuters to overspeed, thinking that no traffic police personnel would be on duty. In fact, this stretch of road between Chandigarh and Panchkula has become accident-prone.

Police sources said in order to keep a check on drunken driving and over-speeding during late hours, the traffic police would put up such nakas at other places as well. 


Everest hero for study of glaciers
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

C.P. VohraChandigarh, May 24
Study of glaciers in the Indian territory can be of immense help in drafting projects of water management for the future times. There is no separate institute of study of glaciers in the country. India has approximately 5,000 glaciers and 38,000 square metres of ‘permanent’ ice sheet.

This opinion was expressed by Mr Chander Prakash Vohra, the first Indian mountaineer atop Mt Everest in 1965, while talking to TNS. The celebrated mountaineer has been decorated with the Arjuna Award and the Padam Bhushan by the Indian government. It was on this day in 1965 when Mr Vohra accompanied by Sherpa Ang Kami had scaled the peak.

Glaciers are the most potent water reservoirs for human beings. During the months when humans need them most(April to June) glaciers are a source for “cool streams” and they keep on adding to the reservoirs during winters.

“Divine bliss” are the words that best describe the experience of Mr Vohra’s feat of scaling the highest peak. “Most people see scaling Mt Everest as a rare feat of human endurance. I differ with the opinion. For me it was sense of spiritual reorientation in oneself after the journey. The entire perspective of life has changed.” “I remember that in the mountaineering institute in Darjeeling when one is asked to write about his experience at the top, majority mention about their experience which is beyond the physical interaction,” he said.

Mr Vohra scaled Mt Everest on May 24, 1965. This was his third attempt. Vohra happens to be the only personnel from the Geological Survey of India to have reached the peak. He had his training in Darjeeling under none other than Tenzing Norjay, a team member of the first team atop the mountain peak. The mountain has been scaled 1314 times. The numbers are likely to add up a little in the coming days because of ongoing expeditions. Mr Vohra remembers that the final expedition in his trek to Everest began in February, 1965. The original team consisted of about 20 team members and about 800 porters to carry the luggage.

Mr Vohra spent his childhood in Mirpur, now in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. “I was close to nature and my father took us on an expedition to see the snow for the first time in my life which has remained embedded in my memory. I have nothing against the children of today whether they go in for fast cars or fast music, but, they are surely far away from nature.

The books can give them knowledge but the physical contact with nature will have a much deeper impact,” he said.


No FIR in NRI assault case yet
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
The police is dilly-dallying in registering an FIR against two motor cycle-borne youths who assaulted a Canada-based NRI, Mr Ranbir Singh Dhanjal, on May 20, just outside his residence and robbed him of Rs 35,000 and documents pertaining to a case of cheating with him.

It may be mentioned that Mr Dhanjal was in the news early this month, as he was cheated of Rs 12 lakh in a property deal relating to a house at Phagwara. The local police had registered a criminal case against the four cheaters under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC on May 8 following preliminary investigations by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW). Later, the police arrested Sukhpreet Singh Rana, one of the accused, on May 14. He is presently lodged in the Burail jail.

Meanwhile, Devinder Kaur Rana, wife of Sukhpreet Singh Rana, who is the main accused in the cheating case, their son, Rajeev Rana, and Maan Singh, the property dealer, are still eluding arrest.

On May 20, when Mr Dhanjal and his wife had just reached their residence in Sector 36-A after appearing in the court in connection with the cheating case, two motor cycle-borne youths had assaulted him. Police personnel from the Sector 36 police station were immediately called, but the culprits managed to escape.

The victim was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 16. Since then, the police is dilly-dallying in registering an FIR against the assaulters, although a written complaint was taken from Mr Dhanjal on the very day of the incident. Even the police did not turn back to the hospital to collect his medical reports, alleged Mr Dhanjal.

However, when contacted an official of the Sector 36 police station said they were still inquiring into the matter and a case would be registered thereafter. But he refused to comment upon whether the medical examination reports of the victim were collected from the hospital or not.

Mr Dhanjal told Chandigarh Tribune that he had been regularly receiving threat calls from unknown persons, which had already been reported to the police. “I and my family feel unsecure after the unsuccessful bid on my life on May 20”, he said.

On the other hand, an official of the Economic Offences Wing of the local police said the police had raided many places to nab wife of Sukpreet Singh Rana, her son and the property dealer. However, they were still evading arrest.


86 illegal structures demolished
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
A team of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) demolished 86 illegal structures, including illegal shops and boundary walls built on government land in Sector 45 today.

The team, accompanied by a security personnel, started work in the morning. There was no protest from anyone. CHB officials said this was part of the ongoing drive against illegal constructions. Meanwhile the Shiromani Akali Dal today appreciated the stand taken by the UT Administrator Justice O.P. Verma, as regards removal of encroachments. It criticised the attitude of the local MP, Mr Pawan Bansal and his statements about demolition.


Factory worker electrocuted
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, May 24
A worker was electrocuted in a packaging factory in the Phase VII Industrial Area here today.

The young employee, Sham Sunder, was taken to the local ESI Hospital where doctors declared him dead.

It is reported that the 22-year-old worker died while trying to save a colleague, Sonu, who had got stuck to a water cooler due to an electric current passing through it and cried for help. Sonu had gone to drink water from the cooler.

Sham Sunder ran to switch off the power to save Sonu but slipped and struck the cooler. By the time the power was cut, Sham Sunder had been electrocuted. Sonu fell at a distance after the electric shock.

The victim was working as an operator in the factory and was a resident of Uttar Pradesh.

The police has started proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. 


34 women trained in stitching
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 24
As many as 34 women from the economically weaker sections were given certificates by the Financial Commissioner and Secretary, Haryana, Ms Promilla Issar, on their successful completion of stitching and embroidery course.

These women had been trained in a school run by the Piya Sharma Charitable Trust. The chief guest urged these women to pursue these income generating activities, learnt in their training. Over 350 girls and women have so far received training in stitching and embroidery with the Trust.

Ms Pooja S. Passi, Project Director of Piya Sharma Charitable Trust , outlined the various activities of the trust which include sewing centre for women and girls, a school for slum and street children and a project in Reproductive Child Health in Indira Colony and Rajiv Colony in Panchkula. 


Meat seized
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, May 24
Officials of the local Municipal Council seized about 80 kg of meat being sold in shops without the mandatory clearance from the veterinary authorities. Sources in the council said today that a team of officials, which was accompanied by a veterinary doctor, also confiscated the licences of the sellers besides seizing knives. The unfit meat was buried in the ground.


Jeweller commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
A 35-year-old man of Manimajra committed suicide by hanging himself in his house here this morning. The wife and his two children were at home when the deceased committed suicide.

According to the information, the deceased, Yashpal Bhardwaj, was running his family business of goldsmith. A police officials said the deceased had left a suicide note stating that he was ending his life after being threatened by two youths. The father and mother of the deceased were not at home when the deceased committed suicide.

The deceased had written the name of the two youths on the walls of his room. The police, however, said the deceased was a habitual drunkard and the investigations so far had not pointed the finger of suspicion on the two youths. The police claimed that the deceased used to stay at home and did not go to his jewellery shop. The business was being run by his parents for the last few months.

Cheating case: The Chandigarh Police has registered a case of cheating and forgery against an occupant of a car for using fake permission sticker to use black film on the car windows. According to the information, the occupant in the vehicle, Hament Makkar, has been arrested and case under Sections 420, 467, 468, and 471 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 11 police station.

The vehicle ( HR32 B 0001) has been impounded by the police.

Stolen: Ashwani Rajpoot, a resident of Sector 1, Panchkula, has reported that a gold chain and some items have been stolen from his scooter. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered by the police.

70 boxes of liquor seized:
The Excise and Taxation Department here seized 70 boxes of liquor from a four-wheeler at Shahjadpur T point near Naraingarh here on Saturday. The police searched the vehicle on a tip-off. The Excise Department registered a case against Upender Singh and handed him over to the police. Earlier too, the Excise Department had recovered about 10,000 pouches of liquor from various parts of the district. In another incident the police has also arrested a woman and recovered 200 liquor pouches from her possession.

Wife beaten to death: In yet another case of man’s brutality, husband beat his wife to death in Mandi Khajoor village, 4 km from here, on Thursday. The body was reportedly cremated by the in-laws hours after the incident. The police said Rani, mother of three children, was beaten to death by her husband, Sarwesh, and was later cremated by his relatives. The matter came to light when the neighbours heard her cries and noticed the body being carried by six relatives including women, to the cremation ground. On a complaint of Mr Joginder Singh, former sarpanch of the village, the police has registered a case against Sarwesh, father-in-law, Satgurdas, and mother-in-law, Sneh Lata, under Sections 302 and 201 of the IPC.

According to the police, Rani, a resident of Faridabad, was married to Sarwesh 10 years ago and had two sons and a daughter from him. Ms Kamla Devi, mother, and Mr Jagdish Chand, brother-in-law of the deceased, reached the village and their statements were recorded by the police.


Married woman commits suicide
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, May 24
A woman in her late 20s committed suicide here tonight. According to the information available, the woman, a migrant labourer, who was working with her husband in an industry in Phase VII here, committed suicide by setting herself afire.

The police said a minor fight with her husband, who thought that she was having an extra-marital affair, was the apparent cause of the suicide. The husband had been threatening her to call her father up and inform him about her affairs.

“She doused herself in kerosene in the factory and set herself afair,” said Mr Pritam Singh Bedi, SHO Phase I police station. She was taken to the Civil Hospital but was declared brought dead.

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