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St Stephen’s boy tops ICSE exam in city
70 students secure 90 pc marks or above
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, May 18
At least 70 students of six schools in the city, Mohali and Panchkula have secured 90 per cent marks or above in the ICSE Class X examination, of which the results were declared today.

Raghu Mahajan, a student of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, has topped in the city and neighbourhood with 96.8 per cent marks. Neetika Saini and Love Kapoor, who secured 95.8 per cent and 95.7 per cent marks, respectively, are placed second and third, respectively. By getting 95 per cent marks, the fourth position has been secured by Ankit Mehta, a student of St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School.

All 235 students of St Stephen's School have secured first division, said the Principal, Mr Harold Carver. Nineteen students of the school have been able to secure 90 per cent marks or above.

Twenty students of St Kabir Public School have been able to secure 90 per cent marks or above. The Principal, Mr J.P.Singh, said all 93 students who appeared in the examination had cleared it. Jaspees Singh has topped in the school with 94.5 per cent marks, followed by Aditya Varun Sharda and Karan Singla, both securing 93.8 per cent marks.

Mr Merwin West, Principal of St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, said six students of the school had secured 90 per cent marks or above. Ankit Mehta has topped in the school.

Amandeep Kaur and Karamvir Singh, both students of Tender Heart School, Sector 33, secured 91 per cent marks each. Another student of the school, Gagan Mundra, secured 90 per cent marks, said the Principal, Ms Prem Suri.

Mohali: Amanpreet Kaur topped the ICSE examination in Yadavindra Public School (YPS) here by securing 92.8 per cent marks, the results of which were declared here today. YPS is the only institution in the town following the ICSE pattern.

Amanpreet Kaur is said to be the first child of a staff member to have topped the school since the inception of the institution. As many as six students have obtained more than 90 per cent marks.

The second position in the school has been bagged by Guneet Thakral and Ravneet Singh Brar, each securing 91.7 per cent marks. The toppers have been declared on the basis of marks obtained by each student in full subjects and not just the best five, said Mrs Komal Singh, Vice-Principal.

Geetika Singh Battu secured the third position by getting 90.7 per cent marks followed by Guneet Singh Sidhu and Harjot Singh Sandhu each getting 90.2 per cent marks.

The topper of the school, Amanpreet Kaur, said that she used to fully concentrate in the class and did her homework regularly, though she was not very serious with her studies at home. She said she took tuitions in physics and computers, though she could have done without this help as well. She was confident that she would bag the first position in the school.

Dr Harish Dhillon, Principal, said that though the ICSE result was lower by 2 per cent as compared to last year, the average result of the class was much higher. He said that in YPS students were made to study subjects like science, maths and computers till class X, even if they were not doing well in these subjects. In many other schools students dropped certain subjects after class VIII if found difficult.

Ms Komal Singh said the highest percentage in the ICSE examination in the school last year was 95. This year the percentage had come down.

PANCHKULA: Thirteen students of Little Flower Convent School, Sector 14, secured 90 per cent marks or above in the ICSE Class X examination. The students are Ankita Bansal (94.5 per cent), Vimmy Ahuja (93.8 percent), Ankur Aggarwal (93.6 per cent), Aditya Kaushal (91.5 per cent), Ankita Garg (91.6 per cent), Apporv Sharma (90 per cent), and Divya Satsangi (91.5 per cent).

The other students are Parul Malik (92 per cent), Poonam Sharma (91.8 per cent), Yogit Rana (92.6 per cent), Shantanu Kedia (91 per cent), Shilpa (91.6 per cent) and Shruti (92 per cent).

Patiala: A Yadvindera Public School student, Suneer Verma, has secured 96.20 per cent marks in the icse Class X examination.



Scoring high nothing new for topper Raghu
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
Scoring high marks is nothing new for Raghu Mahajan, a student of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45. It is his passion to meet one challenge after another, be it an examination or a quiz contest.

When Raghu got the news that he had topped among students of city schools by securing 96.8 per cent marks in the ICSE Class X examination, whose results were declared today, he was participating in a brainstorming session at the International Mathematical Olympiad Training camp in Mumbai. He is among 40 students from across the country who earned a berth in the camp after clearing an all-India test conducted by the National Board for Higher Mathematics.

Six of the finalists trained at the camp will compete in the International Olympiad to be held in Greece.

In a telephonic conversation with Chandigarh Tribune from Mumbai, Raghu said he planned to prepare for the IIT screening test.

The achievements of this youngster are praiseworthy. He has been winning in quiz contests for the past six years, including those held by well-known quiz master Derek O’Brien. He is fond of reading books on subjects like general knowledge, physics and mathematics. From Class IV, Raghu has been reading books and magazines.

Crediting his good performance to his parents, teachers and friends, Raghu said he never took tuitions. He firmly believes that tuitions help little till Class X.

Raghu is proud of his younger brother, who cleared the entrance test to secure a seat in the Rashtriya Indian Military Academy. Dr Sunil Mahajan, Raghu’s father, is posted as Additional Director in the Punjab AIDS Control Society.

When the Tribune went to the Sector 45 residence of Raghu, his grandfather, Mr Parkash Chand, and grandmother, Ms Nirmal Kaur, were celebrating their grandson’s performance by distributing sweets.

Neetika Saini, also a student of St Stephen’s School, was equally excited on getting the second position in the city by securing 95.8 per cent marks.

Love Kapoor, another student of the school, who has stood third among students of city schools, said he was feeling on top of the world. “I owe my success to my parents, teachers and Principal. I want to pursue non-medical stream in Class XI,” he said.



YPS student tops in ISC medical stream
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 18
Maheep Singh Sangha has stood first in Yadavindra Public School (YPS) in the medical group of the ISC examination by securing 82.4 per cent marks, the result of which was declared here today. Only YPS follows the ISC examination pattern in the town.

Amarinder Sidhu stood first in the commerce stream by securing 80.4 per cent marks while Kanwalpreet Kaur and Vikramdeep Singh bagged the first position in the non-medical group by each securing 73.6 per cent marks.

In the medical group the second position was secured by Sumreet Kaur Randhawa by getting 81 per cent marks while the third position went to Akashdeep Kaur who got 80.8 per cent. In the non-medical stream Harsh Singh was placed second by securing 66.6 per cent marks while Vijayinder Singh was third by getting 65.6 per cent marks.

In the commerce group Dipenjeet Singh got the second position by getting 78.6 per cent marks while Ravinder Singh Riar stood third by getting 75.6 per cent marks.


Speaking out
Sonia’s vacillation evokes extreme responses
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 18
Sonia Gandhi’s vacillation over the acceptance of the prime-ministerial post has sparked off extreme reactions among local people.
While a section of the people have hailed her for the sacrifice for the nation, others have accused her of running away from the responsibility thrust upon her by the people and her alliance partners.

Senior BJP leader Satyapal Jain said if Ms Gandhi had taken the decision with sincerity it was good, but it was either prompted by the pressure of the people or by internal party or alliance compulsions.

Theatre personality Neelam Mansingh said Ms Gandhi had become taller in the eyes of the people because of her sacrifice. She had shown that she had wisdom as the BJP’s campaign might have created political instability in the country.

Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Bir Devinder Singh said it was unfortunate, remarkable and painful. She has set an example before those people who did not have numbers and still hankered for the country’s top post.

Business Head of Fun Republic, a multi-plex, Girish Pandey said Ms Gandhi had got votes for the party with everybody knowing she was their prime-ministerial candidate. Still, it was a politically correct decision in the wake of her origin being made an issue by the BJP. He said if she changed her mind at a later stage, he would be disappointed.

Trade leader and unsuccessful Lok Sabha hopeful Arvind Jain termed the decision of Ms Gandhi as wrong as it would weaken her party and strengthen the BJP, which had been rejected on the issue in the elections.

Mr Jain said main opponents of Ms Gandhi’s foreign origin — Atal Behari Vajpyaee, Narendra Modi, Gobindacharaya and Uma Bharati — were unmarried and probably did not know the Indian culture that a daughter-in-law was no longer a foreigner once married into an Indian family.

Akali leader N.S. Minhas said Ms Gandhi had realised that the people were not ready to accept her. It was still a good decision in the interest of the nation, he added.

Local hotel industry leader Ashok Bansal said she had the support of the party and allies and was a binding force of the party. But the silver lining was that she would remain the president of the party.

Union leader in the Municipal Corporation Ajit Singh said her decision was wrong and unfortunate for the country as she stood as an epitome of secularism and she was shirking from this responsibility.

President of the District Bar Association Sajjal Kosar said she had tried to play safe in the wake of attacks from the BJP. She had given momentum to the Congress and deserved to be leading the party in the government.

Yoga proponent Dhirendra Kumar Panda said it was good for the Congress as the government could have fallen on the issue of her foreign origin and inexperience. She had also opened opportunities for other Congressmen who had been working for the party. It was certainly a victory for the BJP.

A person who refused to identify himself said with the refusal to become Prime Minister, Ms Gandhi had shown her weakness by avoiding a confrontation and running away from the responsibility she had to perform as a political leader.



BJP to go it alone in Assembly poll, says Kataria
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 18
Blaming the “Chautala factor” for the defeat of the BJP in the recent Lok Sabha elections in the state, a former Ambala MP, Mr Rattan Lal Kataria, today announced that the party would go it alone in the next Assembly elections.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Kataria said the BJP-INLD alliance proved suicidal for the party and this, coupled with anti-incumbency factor against the Central Government, led to the party’s debacle in the state.



When the going got tough, he killed his child
Tribune News Service

Rajesh Kumar, who murdered his two-year-old child, in police custody in Chandigarh
Rajesh Kumar, who murdered his two-year-old child, in police custody in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, May 18
Rajesh Kumar killed his two-year-old son because he couldn’t take care of him. The infant was an impediment in his attempt to earn a livelihood.
Rajesh allegedly choked Pawan Kumar to death with a piece of cloth on May 14. He then carried the body several kilometres to the Sukhna choe, near Makhan Majra, and abandoned it. He did not return home after committing the crime.

“I loved Pawan very much but I did not know how to tackle the situation. My wife is mentally unsound and she has been missing for some time now. My brother and mother refused to help. What could I do?” he lamented.

Rajesh Kumar was arrested today after a thorough investigation by the police after it recovered the infant’s body.

Rajesh used to pull a rickshaw. “I had contracts to construct two houses in Sector 48 and I used to work tucking the child in my arms. But I was asked not to bring the child to the construction site. I then started pulling a rickshaw, sometimes even taking my son with me.”

Rajesh claimed that he was unable to go out for work with his child and was pushed to a situation wherein it was difficult to economically sustain the family. He said he had been asking his mother Jaywanti and brother Raj Kumar to take care of the child but they said the child was too young to be taken care of by them.

The decomposed body of the child was recovered yesterday on the complaint of Naib Singh of Makhan Majra. The police could not identify the child and contacted other police stations on information about a missing child. Public announcements were also made. In finally came to know that a child was missing from Sector 29. Investigations revealed the child’s father, Rajesh Kumar, had not visited is house in three days.

While the police looked for him, Rajesh Kumar approached one of his former employers in Mauli Jagran and confessed to his crime. He was handed over to the police.

Rajesh is the father of two other children — Ashutosh (8) and Deepika (5). They live in Christian hostels in Baltana and Lalru, respectively. He had been taking care of the child since his wife Chandra Kanta left home eight months ago. His wife had also been suffering from tuberculosis.

The other two children had been admitted to the hostels by the mother of Rajesh. Rajesh and Chandra Kanta were married in 1991. Rajesh said he had been feeding his child several times a day and had to wake up at least thrice every night to take care of him. He said he was tired of rearing the child and earning bread for the family at the same time.



Plan to have research clinic on stem cells
A.S. Prashar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, (PGIMER), here plans to have a functional research clinic on stem cells within the next six months to explore the new frontiers of the medical science.

This was disclosed by Prof K.K. Talwar, Director of the PGIMER, in an interview with TNS here today. Prof Talwar has himself been involved in experiments and research on the use of stem cells during his nearly two and a half decade long stint at the AIIMS, New Delhi. Now that he heads the PGIMER here, he is keen to carry on the good work and transfer the knowledge and the experience he has gained to his colleagues here.

Research on stem cells is being carried out at leading medical institutes throughout the world. In India, it is being conducted at a handful of medical centres. It is a very promising area with regard to the treatment of certain diseases which have hitherto defied treatment.

Stem cells have the ability to regenerate the tissue they are injected in. Research has shown that stem cells can be very useful in a variety of patients, including whose heart muscle have been damaged due to a heart attack or some infection.

"We have been able to inject stem cells into the heart muscle of a patient and seen the heart muscle regenerate itself, thus improving its functioning. This is miraculous. Similar results have been achieved during research on stem cells in other parts of the world", says Prof Talwar.

In many foreign countries, stem cells are taken from human embryos or placenta raising concerns about medical ethics. Is it proper to take stem cells from an unborn baby to treat a human? "But we have been taking stem cells from the bone marrow of the patient himself. This takes care of not only the ethical question but also makes sure that these cells are not rejected by the body".

Prof Talwar who took over as the director one and a half months ago says that he will strive to turn the PGIMER into an area of excellence. He has set a gruelling pace for himself and other members of the faculty. He is present in the hospital at 8 in the morning and stays on till well past 9 p.m. This has had a salutary effect on all wings of the hospital. He points out that the PGIMER has everything which is needed to turn it into an area of great excellence. As a matter of fact, it was among the best medical research institutes in the country but during the past 15 years or so, it has deteriorated. "This coincided with the years of turbulence in Punjab when several senior and reputed faculty members left the PGI. Now that situation is back to normal, I find that rejuvenation is not taking place. I want to reverse the situation. I want that all those who are outstanding in their fields should stay on here".

One area which requires attention is the work culture that prevails here. "As a matter of fact, this problem is present in all government institutions. On the other hand, commercial considerations overwhelm everything else in the corporate sector. Therefore, I will like to press the policy makers to provide us with latest technology We have to first to build up a system to attract the best available talent. This should not be difficult. After all, we have already come to stage where people from all over Asia look upon India as a country offering some of the best medical services in the world at affordable rates.

The PGIMER has all the facilities available here. Therefore, everybody, including doctors, paramedics and administrative staff should put in their best to take the institution to greater heights.



Guesthouse owners asked to submit fresh building plans
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 18
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed owners of "illegal" guesthouses running from commercial sites in the city to submit fresh building plans to the UT Administration for taking permission to change the plans and also change land use.

These guesthouses, which are operating without permission to change land use, would apply to the UT Administration before May 24 for conversion of land use and carrying out alterations in the buildings.

Taking up a petition filed by Mr Rashpal Singh and some other proprietors of such guesthouses, the Bench asked the UT Administration to pass a speaking order on all applications received by it in this regard within 15 days.

It also ordered that all guesthouses whose plans are sanctioned by the UT Administration after taking the charges/fee would complete the alteration on the premises within a fixed time while those whose applications for land use conversion are turned down would close the guesthouses.

As for the others, a team of UT Administration, the Bench ordered, would inspect all such guesthouses and verify if the permitted changes have been carried out within the given time.

In their petition, Mr Rashpal Singh and other guesthouse owners had claimed that the UT Administration ordered the closure of all guesthouses running on residential premises. After that they shifted to commercial sites. But, the UT Administration had served notice on them to close down the guesthouses as they had not been permitted to change land use on the sites on which they had shifted.

Disposing of the petition, the Bench also noted that many hotels in the city had carried out constructions and alterations in violation of the sanctioned plans.



Indian sailors, officers achieve new feat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
A team of young officers and sailors from the Navy today set a new record by conquering Mount Everest using the North face route, making it the first Navy in the world to achieve the feat.

The Navy is also the first from Indian armed forces to successfully climb from the North face route via Tibet which is considered much more difficult than the South Col route via Nepal.

According to information reaching here from the Ministry of Defence (Navy) in New Delhi, this was the Navy's maiden expedition to Mount Everest and the personnel successfully climbed all the way to the top of the world.

Giving details, the authorities added that the exceptional feat was today achieved when navy doctor Surgeon Lieutenant Bhanoo dug into the summit top an ice axe with Indian Tri-colour and the Indian Navy's flag. He was assisted in his efforts by leading medical assistants Rakesh Kumar and Vikas Kumar. They were supported by three sherpas.

The authorities added that the remarkable success was expected to be followed by a second summit attempt on Wednesday by three other naval personnel and three sherpas. The group comprised expedition leader Commander Satyabrata Dam, Lieutenant Commander A Kankan and Lieutenant Lijo Stephen Chacko.

If successful, yet another "first" would adorn the Navy's list of achievements — Cdr Dam would become the first submarine-mountaineer in the world to have achieved the feat without the use of supplementary oxygen.

With this accomplishment, the Indian Navy's mountaineer would also add a new chapter in the world of mountaineering and will set standards for others to follow. They added that the preparations for the expedition, flagged off by then Defence Minister George Fernandes on March 8, were going on for two years now.



Those who couldn’t vote — 8th list


Shaurya Chakarvarty 1905, Sector 34-D

Karmajit Singh 2135/A, Sector 38-C

Vikas Kumar 3272, Sector 35-D

Manju Bhusari 3272, Sector 35-D

Ravi Garg 5157, Sector 38 west

Meenakshi Garg 5157, Sector 38 west

Sonia Garg 5157, Sector 38 west

Hari Krishan Sharma 656, Sector 29-A

S.C.Bhutani 1401, Sector 40-B

Sushma bhutani 1401, Sector 40-B

Preeti Bhutani 1401, Sector 40-B

Arvind Pasrija 171, Sector 38-A

Monika Pasrija 171, Sector 38-A

Pradeep Sisodia 3406, Sector 35-D

Janhita 3406, Sector 35-D


Baljit Kaur 3A, Street no 5

Kewal Krishan Garg 36/A, St No.1-A/5, Guru Nanak Nagar

Avtar Singh Dhillon 3722/5, Ram Bagh Colony

Beena Kumari 3722/5, Ram Bagh Colony


Parveen Goyal 606, Sector 8

Pawan Goyal 606, Sector 8

Shvetta Goyal 606, Sector 8

Amrish Goyal 606, Sector 8

Sat pal Bagga 946, Sector 21

Krishana Bagga 946, Sector 21

Kamal Bagga 946, Sector 21

Chanda Bagga 946, Sector 21


Jagdish Singh 664, Phase-7

Jaswinder Kaur 664, Phase-7

Paramjit Kaur 664, Phase-7

Varinder Kaur 664, Phase-7

Paraminder Singh 664, Phase-7

Sukhvinder Singh 664, Phase-7

Gurbax Singh Minhas 169, Sector 71

Parminder Kaur 169, Sector 71

Naunihal Singh 169, Sector 71

Harminder Kaur 169, Sector 71

Rinku Nanray 15, Phase 2


Kuldip Kumar Jain 952, Urban Estate Sector 7

Shimla Jain 952, Urban Estate Sector 7

Atul Jain 952, Urban Estate Sector 7


Luxami Devi 18, ward no 12, Mohalla bagh Sodian v.p.o Kurali

Satpal 18, ward no 12, Bagh Sodian v.p.o Kurali

Kanta 18, ward no 12, Bagh Sodian v.p.o Kurali

Pawan Kumar 18, ward no 12, Bagh Sodian v.p.o Kurali

Kiran Devi 18, ward no 12, Bagh Sodian v.p.o Kurali

Iqbal Kaur 1685/34, Public Colony

Rupinderpal Singh 1685/34, Public Colony

Harminderpal Singh 1685/34, Public Colony

H.S.Narang 254, Zail Singh Nagar

Gurdarshan Narang 254, Zail Singh Nagar

S.K.Bhatia 268, Zail Singh Nagar

Davendra Bhatia 268, Zail Singh Nagar



Encroachments removed
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, May 18
Following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to the National Highway Authority of India, the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat and the Punjab police for the removal of a large number of encroachments along the busy Chandigarh-Ambala National Highway, the authorities concerned today launched a major demolition drive and removed scores of encroachments from the Zirakpur market today.

Led by Mr PK Kalia, Sub-Divisional Officer, Building and Roads wing of the Punjab Public Works Department (PPWD), a team of the enforcement wing started the anti-encroachment drive in the Zirakpur market this morning.

The anti-encroachment team was also assisted by the officials of the Punjab Planning Board during the six-hour drive. To avoid any untoward incident, local administration had also provided a security cover comprising about 10 cops to the team.

During the drive, the team also pulled down over 15 unauthorised concrete structures constructed by the shopkeepers in violation of the National Highway rules along the busy highway, here.

Though the shopkeepers were already served notices by the department and even the Deputy Commissioner, Patiala, had visited the area yesterday and appealed to the shopkeepers to remove their encroachments, yet there was resentment among them. Some shopkeepers alleged the enforcement team was not following the demarcation carried out by the revenue officials earlier.

Meanwhile, the encroachments were also removed from the Kalka-Ambala highway by the Dera Bassi Municipal Council. 



Heat wave to persist unless weather gods intervene
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
The sun continued to shine with a vengeance for the 10th day in succession today. Even as the city remained under the grip of an intense heat wave, the residents chose to remain locked in their cool interiors rather than venturing out and braving the sun.

No wonder the streets wore a deserted look. Due to heavy load, frequent power breakdowns were also reported from almost all parts of the city, including the posh southern sectors like Sector 33 and 34.

The heat wave will continue to prevail for the next few days until some other weather phenomenon alters the situation and brings the rising mercury down. Local weather experts add that the dry conditions are prevailing in the entire North, including Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, and they have roots in the routine heat wave phenomenon that occurs in Rajasthan during this part of every year. The high temperatures are not being attributed to any unexpected weather conditions.

The maximum temperature recorded today was 42.2° Celsius, which worked out at about two degrees less than yesterday. In fact, yesterday, with its high maximum temperature recording of 44.4° Celcius has by far been the hottest day of the season. Hisar had an exceptionally hot day, with 44.8° Celcius of maximum temperature.

The temperatures were high throughout the Northern region, as is clear from the following maximum temperature levels recorded by Local MET department: Ambala (42.4), Hisar (44.8), Karnal (43.2), Delhi (42.6), Amritsar (44.6), Ludhiana (43.4) and Patiala (43.3)

The weather experts at the local Meteorological Department, however, say that the summer temperature is only beginning to rise. The days ahead are slated to get hotter, with the temperature even expected to touch 45° and above.

Even over the past five days, the temperatures have been high. It was recorded at 41.6° Celsius on May 14, followed by 43.2° on May 15, 42.8° on May 16 and 44.4°, the highest temperature recorded till today.

The lasting dry and hot conditions have led to an increase in the number of skin allergies. Dermatologists have been flooded with enquiries over the past few days, with people reporting high incidence of acne, sun burns and other skin infections. Meanwhile, the sale of coolers has been rising steadily. Dealers inform The Tribune that the sale in the past week has been three times higher than expected.



Dry, dusty conditions aggravate pollution
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
The rising mercury level is not the only disturbing environmental factor as of today. Even the pollution levels in the city have been rising as the summers progresses. The prevailing dry and dusty conditions have not only added to the maximum temperature level in Chandigarh, they have also resulted in exceptionally high suspended particulate matter (SPM) levels, increasing the pollutant content in the air.

Sources in the Chandigarh Pollution Control Board (CPCB) have confirmed to The Tribune that the dust factor has been predominant in causing this “seasonal” pollution in the city. Natural factors like duststorms, coupled with external environmental factors like combine harvesting of wheat in the adjoining Punjab and Rajasthan, are responsible for the high level of SPM in the air. SPM levels at this time of the season are twice as high as those recorded during any other time of the year. They are normally controlled in winters due to the inversion effect.

The dusty weather conditions have been caused by the burning of left over straw in the fields. Normally farmers burn the straw after the wheat has been cut with the help of combine harvesters. The dust, hence caused, remains suspended in the air till rain washes it down.

Mr P.J.S. Dadwal, Additional Director, Environment, and Member Secretary, Pollution Control Committee, said the high SPM level situation would persist till the onset of monsoon, which would bring the level of pollutants in the air down.

He added that during the dry spell, which was prevailing these days, the heavy dust particles remain suspended very low in the air, posing problems for those suffering from asthma and other respiratory disorders.

Although the levels of sulphur dioxide and oxides of nitrogen in the city are at presently under control, the high SPM levels are spoiling the air quality, forcing pollution levels to rise further. Sources, however, add that this is a seasonal phenomenon, which will be turned around only after rain sets in.



Child sustains burns in fire
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 18
A child was badly burnt when four jhuggis were destroyed in a fire which broke out in Udham Singh Colony here today.
The child, who was sleeping in one of the jhuggis, was taken to the PGI, Chandigarh, in a serious condition.

The fire started from a jhuggi in the colony and spread damaging three other huts. Residents made efforts to bring the flames under control which destroyed the belongings of the occupants. The fire brigade was also summoned.



Completion of NSSN forms by Tribune employees

Chandigarh, May 18
The Employees Provident Fund Office (EPFO) under the re-inventing programme has undertaken changes in the existing system under the EPF scheme. Accordingly, the EPFO has initiated the process of issuing a unique no i.e. NSSN (National Social Security No) to the employees covered under various EPF schemes i.e. EPF, EPS, EDLI under the EPF and MP Act, 1952.

A camp was organised under the supervision of Mr H.S. Maih, E.O on The Tribune premises in this regard on May 17 and 18. More than 900 employees participated in the camp. TNS



Moga Cong leader gives city cops the slip
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 18
The district president of the Moga Congress Committee, Mr Tara Singh Sandhu, today gave the city police the slip when it attempted to arrest him in his village in connection with a case of dowry and bigamy registered against him. His wife is a Senior Lecturer at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, here and resident of Sector 7.

A nine-member police team today raided places in Bhinder Khurd village (Moga district) and Moga to arrest Mr Tara Singh Sandhu. A complaint was filed by his wife, Dr Kanwaljit Kaur, about two months ago.

Dr Kanwaljit Kaur has alleged that her husband has had a second marriage with a woman of Ludhiana district. According to her, Mr Sandhu was unemployed when she got married to him. Then he was a worker of the CPI, getting Rs 650 per month.

It was Dr Kanwaljit Kaur and her parents who bore the expenses ever since the marriage.

She has also alleged that at one time, Mr Sandhu had asked her for a divorce, which she rejected. She was beaten and threatened by her husband several times during the past few years, according to the complaint.

In 1995, Mr Sandhu managed to get a petrol station allotted. Dr Kanwaljit Kaur claims that she sold her flat in Sector 48 here to set up the station. Yet, he refused to pay for the admission of his son in an engineering college.

Dr Kanwaljit Kaur has alleged that in June 2003 Mr Sandhu himself told her that he had married another woman and asked her for divorce.

On her complaint, a case under Sections 406, 494 and 498-A of the IPC has been registered against Mr Sandhu.



Satta racket busted, 7 held
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 18
The police claims to have unearthed a gang allegedly running a satta racket against the sale of Punjab State Lottery tickets in Zirakpur.
The police has also arrested seven persons allegedly involved in the racket from lottery stalls located near the traffic-light point in Zirakpaur. A sum of Rs 1,35,961, 12 mobile sets, some calculators and other documents relating to their racket have also been seized from them.

Mr Manmohan Kumar Sharma, DSP, Dera Bassi, claimed that Davinder Pal, Ganesh Kumar, Ashwani Kumar, Harish Kumar, Davinder, Yogesh and Ramesh were arrested red-handed while dealing in satta. He, however, admitted that over a 10 other members of the gang managed to escape as a police party reached the spot.

He also said the gang was active in Zirakpur, Panchkula, Mubarikpur, Dera Bassi, Dappar, Lalru and other surrounding villages for the past over a year and had been causing huge revenue losses to the state exchequer. A case under the Gambling Act has been registered against them at the Dera Bassi police station. 



Shopkeeper hurt in assault, one held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
A group of eight or 10 persons, armed with swords and sticks, allegedly assaulted a shopkeeper in Ram Darbar when he refused to pay protection amount of Rs 5,000 last night.

Mr Amit Walia complained that a gang of local goons, led by Ajay Kumar, alias Tinku, assaulted him with a sword and sticks, causing a cut on his ear. He alleged Ajay Kumar had on May 13 demanded Rs 5000 from him. When he refused to pay the amount, Ajay Kumar allegedly threatened the shopkeeper to move out of Ram Darbar.

Mr Walia, however, did not report the demand of protection money to the police as his father had persuaded him to ignore the threat.

The police arrested Ajay Kumar and booked him under Sections 147, 148, 149 (rioting), 323 (injury) and 506 (threatening) of the IPC.

Mr Walia alleged that Ajay Kumar had attempted to behead him, but he missed and cut his ear instead.

Ajay Kumar’s father, Mr Jai Singh, however, alleged that his son had been picked up by the police last night and he was not allowed to meet him, in violation of Supreme Court guidelines.



Youths snatch woman’s purse
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
Two scooter-borne youths today snatched a purse from a woman near Guru Nanak Public School. One of them was caught by Amit Aggarwal of Sector 36 after a chase.

Balwinder Kaur of Mohali complained that Jaspreet Singh and Tony, also from Mohali, snatched her bag containing Rs 6000, a mobile phone and a wrist watch. Jaspreet Singh was caught by Amit Aggarwal who chased the snatchers. While Jaspreet Singh was caught and handed over to the police, Tony fled the scene. The scooter has been impounded.

Stolen: A bag containing two golden bangles weighing around 40 gm, a golden chain of three tolas, a gold ring of one tola, one pair of ear rings of two tolas, artificial bangles, clothes and some cash were stolen from the Sector 17 ISBT.

Ms Kartar Kaur, a resident of hostel number 3 of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, complained that her bag containing these belongings was stolen from the ISBT.



Gold, cash stolen
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 18
Thieves decamped with gold and cash from a house in Phase IV here while the family was away to work today.
Mr Vinod Krishnan told the police that the theft took place while he had gone to Ambala and his wife had left for work at Punjab Tractors Ltd here.

He said when his wife returned in the evening she noticed that there was a smell of leaking LPG and found that the house had been ransacked.

He said the police had told them not to touch anything in the house as a dog squad had been called. Though the exact loss was yet to be ascertained, he claimed that 22 tolas of gold jewellery and Rs 7,000 had been stolen.



Coop bank Board of Directors removed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
The Board of Directors (BoD) of Chandigarh State Cooperative Bank Limited was removed today and the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr Inderjit Singh Sandhu, was appointed Administrator to manage the affairs of the bank.

The Registrar, Cooperative Societies-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh, Mr Arun Kumar, ordered the removal of the BoD. Mr Sandhu has been appointed for one year or till a new Board of Directors is constituted, whichever is earlier.

While removing the BoD, Mr Arun Kumar said the directors were elected on April 15, 2002. As per bylaws of the bank, one-third of the Directors have to retire annually and re-election has to be held against the vacancies of retiring directors. However, none retired in April, 2003, and April, 2004, thus the BoD continued illegally.

The BoD, immediately after its election in april, 2002, passed a resolution at a meeting of the BoD itself and amended bylaw number 31. This made their tenure three years without any provision for retirement of one-third of the directors every year. The flawed amendment was sent to the Registrar, Cooperative Societies, for approval, which was granted without examining whether the amendment to the bylaw was made at a meeting of the BoD or the general body, Mr Arun Kumar said.

He said it was the general body of the bank which was competent to amend bylaws. For any such amendment, a resolution was required to be passed by a majority of the members present at the general body meeting, at which not less than two-thirds of the members of the bank should be present, he said.

Mr Arun Kumar said when the inadvertent mistake came to light, the bank was reminded of the provisions for amendment to the bylaws and was directed several times to retire one-third of the directors of the BoD whose tenure had expired.

On April 15, 2004, the bank was asked to submit an election programme for electing new Directors in their place, but no response was received.

The directors on the board not only made persistent defaults but were also negligent in performance of their duties and committed acts which were prejudicial to the interest of the bank, Mr Arun Kumar said while justifying the removal of the BoD.


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