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Government schools’ students excel
Harpreet tops Science, Tanvi Arts and Bhavana Commerce
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Harpreet SandhuChandigarh, May 23
In the CBSE Class XII examination, students of government schools have notched the top three positions in the medical, arts and non-medical streams. Earlier, the top positions used to be secured by students of private schools.

A student of Carmel Convent has secured the top position in the commerce stream and a student of Moti Ram Arya School is among the toppers in the non-medical stream. Four students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, scored 92.4 per cent and above in the commerce stream in the city. Bhavana Anand, Surabhi Malik and Akansha Arora, students of Carmel Convent, scored 94.8 per cent, 93.6 per cent and 90.4 per cent, respectively, in the commerce stream.

Top scorers in the commerce streams are students of GMSSS, Sector 16 — Nidhi Gupta (94.6 per cent), Ruchi Goyal (92.6 per cent), Shilpa Kohli (92.4 per cent) and Amit Bhatia (92.4 per cent). Sixteen students of the school scored 85 per cent and above. Thirteen students of the school scored 85 per cent and above in the non-medical stream, with the highest score by Sumit (90.6 per cent).

Six students of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, scored top positions in the commerce stream — Nalini Gupta (94.2 per cent), Abhsihek Gupta (91.8 per cent), Harkamal Kaur (90.8 per cent). In the non-medical stream, the top scorers of the school are Himani Aggarwal (92 per cent), Sabshi Gupta (90.2 per cent) and Rohit Pardasani (90 per cent).

Two students of DAV Model School, Sector 15, Anisha Bansal and Anupma Dhiman, scored 92.4 per cent and 90.2 per cent, respectively, in the commerce stream. In case of Sacred Heart School, Kanika Sethi, Cheshta Nagpal and Shweta Aggarwal scored 91.6 per cent, 91.4 per cent and 91 per cent , respectively, in the non-medical stream. In the medical stream, two students, Neelima Aron and Lipi Uppal, scored 90.6 per cent and 89.6 per cent, respectively. In the commerce stream, three students, Ashima Kharbanda, Neha Stanley and Harpreet Bedi, scored 93.8 per cent, 93.6 per cent and 92.2 per cent, respectively.

Seven students of SD Public School, scored 90 per cent and above. In the non-medical stream, Ankit Singla and Satya Priya Singh scored 92.2 per cent and 92 per cent, respectively. In the commerce stream, Jasmine (91.4 per cent), Rohit Kapoor (90.4 per cent) and Ankur Sharma (90 per cent) were the toppers.

Two students of Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, Manu Manarai and Amit Jindal, scored 91.4 per cent and 91 per cent, respectively. Arshdeep Singh, a student of Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, scored 91 per cent in the non-medical stream.

A student of GMSSS, Sector 35, Nishtha, scored 90.4 per cent in the medical stream. Sugendha Puri, a student of GMSSS, Sector 19, scored 91.2 per cent. Three students of GMSSS, Sector 18, Guneet Kaur, Priyanka Arora and Neha Gupta, scored 91.4 per cent, 91.4 per cent and 90.6 per cent, respectively.



Girls outshine boys
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Girls once again outshone boys in the Class XII examination of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), results of which were declared here today. The overall pass percentage of the girls in the region, comprising Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, was 84.90 per cent while the boys had to be content with 74.30 per cent.

The overall pass percentage was 78.09 per cent. The girls, for the second consecutive year, secured high percentage in the commerce, science and arts streams. Going by the subject-wise pass percentage, the girls scored 94.02 against the boys at 88.38.

But, the boys need not feel disheartened. Harpreet Singh Sandhu, a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, topped by securing 94.2 per cent in the science (medical) stream. In the arts stream, Tanvi Kiran, a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 35, excelled by scoring 93.4 per cent. Bhavna Anand of Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, topped in the commerce stream with 94.8 per cent. Nidhi Gupta, a student of GMSSS, Sector 16, scored 94.6 per cent in the commerce stream.

Releasing the figures, Mr P.I. Sabu, Regional Officer of the CBSE, said 60,767 students appeared in the examinations from as many as 570 schools.

Gender bias apart, it appears that girls have worked their way upwards as last year their overall pass percentage was 85.50. Boys also improved from last year's 74.01 per cent to this year's 88.38 per cent.

Following the past trend, government schools have produced toppers in the science and arts stream. Though the overall pass percentage of government schools has improved, but the individual pass percentage could not be ascertained today being Sunday. The UT Education Department would release the figures tomorrow, it is expected.

Thanks to the Internet, SMS service, Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) and websites hoisted by the board, the rush at the CBSE office in Sector 32 was considerably less. Students who had registered themselves on the CBSE official website received their result via the e-mail.

As the schools downloaded the result from the websites or obtained the results sheets from the board's office, there was an air of jubilation as students thronged to their respective schools to take the blessing of their teachers. A huge rush was witnessed at cyber cafes since morning.



Sweet smell of success
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Meet the young achievers of the city. They have been toiling hard for success and their efforts have finally paid off. When the Chandigarh Tribune caught up with Tanvi Kiran at her Sector 48 residence, it was celebration time. The CBSE Class XII topper in the arts stream with 93.4 per cent, marks has already enrolled herself at a personality development programme. Her aim is the Civil Services Examination. “For the past eight years, I have been waiting to become eligible for the civil services”, said Tanvi, a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, here.

Having captained the under-19 women cricket team from Chandigarh, Tanvi was thrilled about her performance. Daughter of a professor of Biophysics at Panjab University, she has always excelled in academics. In Class X examination, she stood third in her school with 91 per cent marks and has participated in athletic event as well.

Harpreet Singh Sandhu has always been the pride of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16. Mr Ram Kumar, the Principal of the school, said: “He secured 94.4 per cent narks in Class X and has always been a favourite with the teachers. We had pinned our hopes on him”. By securing 94.2 per cent in the science (medical) stream, he has done the school proud.”

Son of an Uttaranchal-based doctor couple, Harpreet wants to become a doctor. He has already cleared the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) entrance examination.

Bhavana Anand has also done her school proud. A student of Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, she has topped in the commerce stream with 94.8 per cent. Daughter of a businessman, she wants to pursue B.Com (Hons) in Delhi, so that she can learn finer points of accounting. When Chandigarh Tribune called up at her Panchkula residence, she was in jubilant mood.

Neha Aggarwal, a student of Moti Ram Arya School, Sector 27, shares the top position in the science (non-medical) stream with Ashish Aggarwal with 92.6 per cent marks.

Satisfied with her performance, Neha has set her eyes on the Punjab Engineering College. She expects to get a high rank in the All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE).

For Ashish Aggarwal, a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, meeting challenges has been nothing new. When the board result was declared, he was taking the main examination of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). He has already appeared in the AIEEE.



Coaching must for entrance exams, says topper
Tribune News

Mohali, May 23
“Coaching is essential for clearing entrance exams to professional college,” says Amrita Kaur, a student of Gian Jyoti Public School, here, who topped in Mohali in the medical stream of Class XII examination of the CBSE.

Students of Gian Jyoti Public School in Phase II here have bagged the top three positions in the town. All three toppers belong to the medical stream. In the non-medical stream, the top two positions in Mohali have been bagged by two other students of Gian Jyoti Public School. The second position is shared by a student of Shivalik Public School here. Students of Lawerance Public Senior Secondary School here have topped in the town in the arts and commerce streams.

Amrita Kaur Dhillon topped with 90.4 per cent marks in the medical stream. Piyush Singla of the same school is second in the town with 87 per cent marks again in the medical stream and Amreen Dhindsa with 86.8 per cent marks is third in the same stream.

Talking to The Tribune, Amrita said she was thankful to her parents for their support and care and her teachers for their guidance. Daughter of a veterinary doctor, Dr Amarjit Singh Dhillon, Amrita also wants to become a doctor. “I am proud of my daughter,” said Amrita’s mother Kuldip Kaur, a housewife.

Jasmeet Kaur of Lawerance Public Senior Secondary School, Phase VI, is fourth in the town with 86.6 per cent marks in the arts stream. She is the topper in her stream in the town. Amritinder Pal Kaur of Gian Jyoti Public School is fifth in the town with 86.2 per cent marks in the medical stream. Gurtej Singh of the same school and in the same stream has scored 86 per cent marks and is VI in the township.

Jatinder Singh of Gian Jyoti Public School with 85. 6 per cent marks has topped in Mohali in the non-medical stream but overall, he is at the VII position. Harkirat in the medical stream of the same school is VIII in Mohali with 85.2 per cent marks.

Kulraj of Gian Jyoti Public School, along with Rini Kalsi of Shivalik Public School, shares the second position in non-medical stream in the town with 85 per cent marks. Both are ninth in overall Class XII results. Disha Gupta of Shivalik Public School is 10th in the town with 85 per cent marks in the medical stream.

In the commerce stream, Megha Kaushal of Lawerance Public Senior Secondary School has topped in the town with over 83 per cent marks. Prerna Narula of Saint Soldiers Public School is second in the town in the commerce stream and first in her school.

Navpreet is third in Gian Jyoti Public School in the non-medical group while Bhavjot Kaur Ahuja, Harmeet Kaur Grewal and Tawinder Kaur have bagged the top three positions in the commerce group. The overall pass percentage of the school is 94 per cent.

Among those who have bagged the top positions in Shivalik Public School include Gagandeep Singh, Jaskeerat Singh, Vikram Singh, Tarandeep Kaur, Ritika Singla, Manpreet Kaur, Gagandeep Kaur and Pritpal Singh.

Komaljit Kaur of Lawerance Public Senior Secondary School and Megha Koshal are among the toppers of the school while Navneet Kaur and Manmeet Kaur are the toppers of Saint Soldiers Public School.



20 Panchkula students get above 85 pc
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 23
Students of the local schools put up a good show in the Class XII examination, the results of which were declared by the CBSE today, with at least 20 students securing 85 per cent and above.

According to information, Neha Gupta, a student of DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, brought glory to the school in the commerce stream with 91.4 per cent. Three students of the same school — Deepti Jindal (90.6 per cent), Shivani Narula (88.4 per cent) and Anjali Sharma (87.8 per cent) — were also placed on the merit list.

In the same stream, Gaurav Goyal (91.2 per cent), Preeti Jain (85.8 per cent), Pallavi (85.8 per cent) and Abha Grover (85 per cent), all from Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, scored over 85 per cent. Two students of DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur, Aakansha Sood and Ashish Aggarwal, scored 88.4 per cent and 87.6 per cent, respectively. Karishma of Hansraj Public School (Sector 6) scored 90 per cent followed by Geetanjali (89.6 per cent).

Students of Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Bhanu Khetarpal with 87 per cent and Amanpreeet Kaur with 86.6 per cent were also placed in the above 85 per cent category.

In the non-medical stream, Sumeet Malik of Chaman Lal DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 11, brought laurels to the school by standing first in the district with 91.4 per cent. In the medical stream also, the school performed well with Richa Verma and Anuka Sharma scoring 86.4 per cent and 86.2 per cent, respectively.

In the humanities stream, Shiva Sihag of Satluj School topped in the district with 86 per cent, followed by Supriya Jogi of DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 8, who scored 85.6 per cent.



Inquiry ordered into jawan's allegations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Headquarters, Western Command, has directed the formation concerned to order an inquiry into allegations made by a jawan that some officers were demanding illegal gratification from troops for ensuring their selection in contingents going abroad on United Nations Peacekeeping Missions, a statement issued by the Defence Ministry in this regard has said.

It was reported by The Tribune that a jawan posted with a mechanised infantry battalion in Punjab, L/Nk Ajay Kumar, had made allegations that some officers were demanding money from troops. He had alleged that he had been forced to sign his discharge roll when the officers learnt that he was in the know of things.

The statement added that the jawan who had made the allegations, had been dismissed from service as he had fraudulently withdrawn money from another soldier's account in February. The statement said that the jawan had accepted his crime when confronted that his culpability could be proved.

The statement added that the selection for UN contingents was done as per well laid-down standards and was transparent. The list is also scrutinised at various levels and finally at Army Headquarters to ensure that the best have been nominated.

One officer, two JCOs and 40 troopers from the said mechanised infantry battalion, in which the jawan was then posted as a clerk, were sent to Lebanon in March, 2004, on a UN Mission, the statement said.



Research on hi-tech carbon materials
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Panjab University and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have joined hands to undertake research on hi-tech carbon materials for defence applications. The project would also have spin-offs for the industry as well as the medical field.

Under the project, a team headed by a professor at the university's Physics Department will investigate the energy and shock-absorbing properties of nano-sized carbon derivatives (C-60) and carbon nano-tubes. Nanosized particles have a diameter equivalent to one billionth part of a metre.

The project will be funded and supervised by Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL), a DRDO establishment engaged in research on projectiles, including missile waheads. Though the DRDO is "acquiring" the research services of the Physics Department, the team would be free to facilities at TBRL if required.

Nanotubes, which are a recent discovery, have immense applications in technical, scientific and industrial fields on account of their shape, size and inherent properties, which give them tremendous strength and shock absorption capabilities.



Heat takes a cool break as rain lashes city
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, May 23
Persisting dry and dusty conditions gave way to a cool and pleasant spell of rain this evening. As heavy rain lashed the city, temperatures dipped significantly.
As against the maximum temperature of 44.4 degrees Celsius recorded about six days ago, today’s temperature stood at 36.4 degrees Celsius. This is three degrees lower than yesterday’s temperature of about 39 degrees Celsius.

The fall in mercury started yesterday soon after moderate velocity winds began to blow through the city. The dust blanket also began to settle once the weather phenomena altered.

After a light shower last night, the prevailing weather conditions paved way for dust storms and consequent rain which was heavy, by all standards.

Accompanied by high velocity winds which began storming the city some time this evening, the heavy rain led to disruption of power supply in many sectors. Telephone lines also lay in disarray. The vehicular traffic was affected in several parts of the city.

Weather experts attribute the phenomena to the formation of a cyclonic circulation over north-east Pakistan adjoining Punjab. Formed 2.1 km above the ground level, the cyclonic circulation led to high velocity winds and rain in this part of the region. The conditions are expected to prevail and the forecast is that thunderstorm and showers may continue tomorrow.

Experts added that yesterday’s rain in Himachal Pradesh may have something to do with the reduction in maximum temperature in Chandigarh. The wind velocity ranged between 60 and 80 km per hour today.

A huge tree fell on an unidentified cyclist near the Matka Chowk on the Jan Marg in the evening. He was rescued and taken to the PGI, where he was stated to be out of danger.

The high-speed wind uprooted trees in Sectors 34, 10, 33 and 17. None was injured in these accidents. Electricity supply was disrupted to at least 20 per cent of the city.

Many areas of the city plunged into darkness following the rain. Power supply to the city form the Mohali feeder was disrupted, resulting in darkness in several sectors and colonies of the city. Electricity supply was disrupted in parts of Sectors 37, 38, 29 and 45 and Dadu Majra, Hallo Majra, Industrial Area and Mani Majra. There were also reports of disruption in telephone lines.

Blackout in Panchkula: Even as temperature came down considerably due to rain this evening, there was a virtual blackout in the district throwing normal life out of gear.

The residents were at the receiving end as the Electricity Department apparently switched off main power lines as a precautionary measure in the wake of the dust storm which lashed the city late in the evening.For over two hours starting around 8 pm, the power supply remained disrupted and the district plunged into darkness.

It was around 10 pm that the power supply was restored in a majority of the areas. However, certain areas remained without power till the filing of the report.



Motorists stranded on highways
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Hundreds of motorists were stranded on the Ambala-Chandigarh and Zirakpur-Patiala highways on account of the disruption of traffic following the uprooting of trees by rain tonight.

According to information, the trees blocked the roads leaving the motorists high and dry. The problems of the stranded persons were compounded as the Punjab police failed to clear the way in time, alleged motorists.

Chaos reigned supreme with the motorists trying to take alternative routes to reach their destinations. The situation was compounded as certain four-wheeler drivers drove on the wrong side, adding to the chaos.

Mr Rajan Sood, a motorist, who was on his way from Delhi to Chandigarh, alleged that in the absence of the police removing the uprooted trees, it took him over two-and-a-half hours to reach Chandigarh from Ambala.

It was only with the help of certain villagers and passengers of the state roadways buses that the trees were removed and traffic could be restored by late tonight.

The situation on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway was no different with the motorists trying to take alternative routes.



Bansal opposes UT move on repatriation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Mr Pawan Bansal, the newly elected Congress MP from Chandigarh, today opposed a move of the UT Administration to send back to their parent states hundreds of officials on deputation from Punjab and Haryana working in the UT Health and Education departments.

He said the move, which is said have the approval of the UT Administrator and Punjab Governor, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), was “ill-advised and wrong”. Mr Bansal said he had already conveyed this to Justice Verma and would soon call on him to discuss the issue in detail. He asserted that the officials on deputation from the two states were doing their job well.

While the right of the UT Administration to repatriate the employees not required here or on the basis of their unsatisfactory conduct was not being questioned, it was wrong to order en masse repatriation of deputationists, he added.

Mr Bansal pointed out that the UT had no local cadre for the Health and Education departments. Neither had any recruitments been made here.



Water supply to be normal from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Residents of the city had to cope with restricted water supply for the third consecutive day today due to a damaged pipeline near the Kajauli water works.
Several sectors of the city were able to get only a trickle of water while others complained of low pressure, which did not reach residents living on first and second floors.

The city, which requires 90 to 100 million gallons of water a day (MGD), faces a shortage of about 35 MGD even on normal days because the availability of water from Kajauli water works on the Bhakra mainline, about 35 km from here, is not more than 65 to 67 MGD. With one pipeline carrying 17.5 MGD out of commission due to a big leak, the water availability went down drastically.

According to engineers of the MC, working at the site of the leakage, the pipeline was repaired around 7 pm. The engineers said water was now being pumped through the repaired pipeline and should reach the city later tonight. Water supply was expected to be normal from tomorrow.



Martyr Naib Subedar Pal Singh remembered
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, May 23
Son of martyr Naib Subedar Pal Singh would get a government job with in two months and the ex-gratia grant to his family would soon be released by the state government.

This was stated by Mr Deepak Raj Garg, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Dera Bassi, after attending the first death anniversary of martyr Naib Subedar Pal Singh of 16 Sikhli (19RR).

A sum of Rs 9 lakh has also been sanctioned for laying a 104-km long road connecting Devi Nagar village to the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, near Jawaharpur village, he said.

A gate has also been erected on this road in memory of the martyr who laid his life while fighting enemy in Kupwara. A sum of Rs 2,40,000 has been sanctioned for setting up a new building at the Government Primary School, Devi Nagar.

Besides members of the martyr’s family, Dr Magar Singh, District Education Officer, Patiala, Mr Bhupinder Singh Saini, Chairman of the Rotary Club, Dera Bassi, Mr Sukhbir Singh Saini, Chairman of Land Mortgage Bank, Dera Bassi, Ms Salita Saini, president of the village mahila mandal and other prominent persons of the area were also present.



Sector 33 mandi a nuisance, say residents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Residents of Sector 33-C are sore over the location of the apni mandi in the vicinity and the chaos it creates every Saturday. They allege that vendors start assembling on Friday night so as to get a place of their choice.

Residents who live near the site where the mandi is held, say that the mandi is more of a “mela” now. ``Only 5 per cent of those who come are genuine farmers, all others are contractual vendors of fruit and vegetable-sellers and sell their produce on a commission basis,’’ said a resident.

Another resident said, the setting up of stalls by vendors selling utensils, and clothes had defeated the purpose of these mandis. Also the mandis were meant to make available fresh vegetables and fruits at reasonable prices by eliminating middle-men, but in some cases the price was higher than the market price.

The problem got compounded by the presence of tea stalls and dhabas, and the mandi, which started at 6 am continue well past midnight, he said.

Brig (retd) K.S. Chandpuri (retd) said the chaos it created on the V3 and V 4 roads due to the absence of proper parking only led to traffic jams.

The residents alleged that not only did shopkeepers defecate in the back lanes of their houses, but also the mess in the area is not cleaned up for days together by the civic body.



12 injured as bus falls into gorge
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, May 23
At least 12 persons, including children, were injured when a tourist bus carrying them fell into a gorge, near Ramgarh tonight. The children were admitted to the PGI while others were admitted to the ITBP Hospital.

A team of the ITBP reached the spot for rescue operators. The bus coming from Kulu was heading towards Delhi when the accident took place. There were about 50 persons in the bus. The bus driver apparently lost control over the bus because of the bad weather. Villagers from the nearby villages carrying torches and blankets reached the spot for the rescue.

A Tribune employee, Mr Malkiat Singh who was on the spot, saw the bus plunge to the gorge and immediately reached the nearest police post to seek help for accident victims.

Mr Singh returned to the spot, stopped a Tata Sumo and asked for help. He sent the injured to the nearby ITBP hospital and brought the accident to the notice of the officers. They reacted quickly and sent a quick reaction team to the spot. Meanwhile, the Haryana police had also reached the spot.



Founder Principal of YPS dead
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 23
Hetwa Nand Kashyap, founder-Principal of the Yadvindra Public School, Mohali, died at Command Hospital, Chandi Mandir, here this morning following a prolonged illness. He was 89 years old and is survived by sons Gautam and Shammi. A postgraduate in English from Aitcheson College, Lahore, Kashyap started teaching in his college before coming to India during Partition. Trained as a journalist from the USA, he served as the headmaster of YPS at Patiala for some years before shifting as senior master of the Delhi Public School.

Kashyap became the Principal of Calvin College, Lucknow, from where he was brought to YPS, Patiala, in 1969 as Principal. Kashyap founded the Mohali branch of the school in the 1980s and retired from here in 1987.



Goodbye! founder Principal, YPS-Mohali
H.S. Dhillon

I KNEW of him, but I did not know him. He was a famous headmaster, a familiar figure at national and international fora, and I was a lowly English teacher. Then, on January 1, 1987, I took over from Mr Hetwanand Kashyap as the Principal of Yadavindra Public School, Patiala. I was in awe of him, but with his characteristic wit, he put me at ease immediately. He insisted on a photograph and said with all seriousness, “When you put it in the magazine, caption it ‘The long and short of YPS’.” We all laughed that he was making fun of his own diminutive size. But over the years at YPS, Patiala, I knew that in spite of his shorter physical size, he was the ‘long’ of YPS and I, in spite of my towering height, was the ‘short’ of it.

Over the years, I got to know him extremely well. I can’t claim any strong emotional bond or attachment because I have always remained in awe of his tremendous achievements. But I did learn a lot from him and from his way of working. He was always generous with his time and attention when I turned to him.

He had his schooling in Aitchison College, Lahore. After completing his education, he joined that institution as a Master. After Partition, he came to India and joined the staff of the newly established Yadavindra Public School, Patiala. From YPS, he went to Delhi Public School, Mathura Road, New Delhi, as its Vice-Principal, then to Colvin College, Lucknow, as the Headmaster and finally he returned to YPS, Patiala, as the Principal and remained there for 18 years. He has left his mark on every sphere of the working of YPS. He was the founder Principal of YPS, Mohali, and was involved in all birth pangs of the institution: from acquiring land and supervising the construction of the buildings to the laying down of procedures and systems and the recruitment of staff.

There are scores and scores of former students, former colleagues that I have met over the years and they all talk unfailingly of his sense of humour, his deep understanding of human nature and of his compassion and kindness.

Mr Kashyap became one of the most sought after educationists in the country and served on various committees, boards and trusts. He remained very active member of the ISCE till the end and made tremendous contribution to this organisation, as he did to many others.

Last time when I went to see him a few months ago, he had lost all memory of the past. I said I was the Principal of YPS. He raised eyebrow quizzically and said “Is that a private school?” The end came on May 23.

Goodbye! Mr Kashyap. Destiny may have played the cruelest of tricks on you to take away from you even the memory of the institution for which you did so much. But you will remain alive in the hearts and minds of thousands of people whose lives you touched and influenced.



Church holds special prayer for Manmohan
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 23
A special prayer was conducted by members of the Anglican Church of India (ACI) for the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, here today.
Bishop Javed Massey prayed for the long life and good health of Dr Manmohan Singh and his Cabinet colleagues. He also appreciated the gesture of Mrs Sonia Gandhi to refuse the post of the Prime Minister.



Mystery shrouds girl’s disappearance

Panchkula, May 23
Mystery shrouds the disappearance of Shailja, a student of the Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, who went missing about a week back.

According to information, Shailja, a Class 7 student, had gone to the school and did not come back. A complaint was lodged by the father of the girl, Mr Jagbir Singh, a resident of the Haryana Housing Board Colony, Sector 14. She went missing as she reportedly had not been doing homework regularly. TNS



Mayer opens workshop

Chandigarh, May 23
The Mayor, Ms Kamlesh, inaugurated a workshop on health at Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Rajyog Meditation Centre here today.
The objective of the programme is to educate people on the benefits of pure food. Ms Kusum Bala, centre in charge, said to keep the balance in physical, mental, social and spiritual health, it was essential to have the knowledge of self, God and food. TNS



Ex-serviceman held on charge of cheating
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Rajinder Singh Guleria, an ex-serviceman, has been arrested from Kangra by the Chandigarh police for allegedly duping Surjeet Singh, a resident of Mani Majra.
Guleria had allegedly promised to get Surjeet Singh a job in the ITBP in August 2003. A team from the Mani Majra police station arrested Guleria last night.

The police had already arrested a dismissed policeman, Rajinder Singh, and his wife Anita Rani in this connection.

Surjeet Singh had complained that the trio had taken Rs 50,000 from him for getting him a job in the ITBP.

Later, Rajinder Singh changed his name to Karan Singh. The complainant said that the trio neither returned the money nor got him the job. Guleria has been remanded to the police custody till May 26.

Chains snatched: Some miscreants stole a car from Mohali last night and used it for snatching chains in Sector 35 and 40.

They first snatched the chain of Ms Abha Bhandari in front of house number 3117 in Sector 40 and then of Sunai Chutani in front of house number 3116 in 35.

The car, registered in the name of Mr Rakesh Michael, was lifted from his office in Mohali. The police came to know about the link between the stolen car and the chain snatchings when the women gave the registration number of the car to the police.



Cyclist hit by car, killed

Panchkula, May 23
A cyclist was killed when he was hit by a car near Sectors 25 and 26 of the Panchkula Extension on the Panchkula-Ramgarh road this morning.
According to sources, he was identified as Tarsem, a resident of Khangesra village in the district. The post-mortem examination was conducted at the General Hospital here. TNS


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