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Rakshita tops CBSE Class X with 97.6 pc
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
They are young achievers of the city who believe in a holistic approach to learning. For them, acquired knowledge must lead to its practical application in every sphere of life. Standing at an important threshold of their career where they would be opting for a particular stream, the toppers in the Class X examination are well focused on their goals. “The concept of complete knowledge desires that I pay back something to society which has been my arena of learning”, believes Rakshita, who has topped in the city with 97.6 per cent marks.

A student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, she wants to become a doctor and go to the remote corners of the country to serve the poor and downtrodden. Daughter of a Sharanpur-based doctor, Dr Vijay Pal, Rakshita has won the silver medal in the under-17 tennis national level tournament. She represented Chandigarh in the tournament.

Accompanied by her mother at the school, she said wants to join the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and conduct research on cancer.

A firm believer in God, she has been consistent in studies. Her subject wise percentage is Sanskrit (98), science (96), maths (99), social science (99) and English (97). Participating in debates and declamation and music contests is her passion.

Sharing the second position with Avneet Kaur, a student of Carmel Convent School, by scoring 97 per cent, Ankita Chakravarty, was excited about her performance. “I was expecting a comparatively less percentage”, said the topper from Sacred Heart School. Coming from a family of doctors, she also wants to become a doctor.

Ankita has participated in the National Talent Examination conducted by NCERT. The second top scorer, Avneet Kaur, daughter of a Professor in the English Department of Panjab University, she wants to become an engineer. She reads a lot and has been participating in quiz contests.

Standing third at 96.8 per cent, Sapna, a student of DAV Model School, Sector 15, said she had secured more marks than she had expected. She wants to be a bureaucrat so that she can serve in some remote corner of the country.

Sharing the third position with Sapna, Dilpreet Singh of St Anne’s Convent School, the only boy among the first three toppers in the city. He plans to take up aeronautical engineering in an IIT.


Most achievers girls, from convents

In the results of the CBSE examination which were declared today convent schools have taken the lead among toppers in the city. The topper in the city, Rakshita (97.6 per cent) of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, is the only saving grace for government schools.

Adding to the improvement in the overall pass percentage of 79.92 from the last year’s 74.96, most of the private schools, excluding the government schools, have recorded an an overall pass percentage of 100 per cent. The performance of public schools has also been good.

At Carmel Convent School, the three toppers are Avneet Kaur (97 per cent), Sonal Srivasta (96.40 per cent) and Manvi Singh (96 per cent). There are 38 students with 90 per cent and above marks, 75 students with 80 per cent and above and 87 students with 75 per cent and above, said the school Principal, Sister Maria Christi. About 26 students of St Anne’s Convent School have secured 90 per cent and above. Whereas three students of the school secured 95 per cent and above.

At least 50 girls of Sacred Heart School have secured 90 per cent and above. Whereas 111 students of the school have secured 85 per cent and above. Twelve girls of the school have secured 100 marks in Maths.

Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, has 15 students above 90 per cent and above. In case of St John’s School, 24 students have secured 90 per cent and above. Rushil Goel topped in the school with 94 per cent marks.

Apart from a topper, DAV Model School, Sector 15, has eight students with 90 per cent and above.

Hitesh Dhiman of KB DAV, Sector 7, has topped in the school with 96 per cent marks. At least 15 students of the school have secured 90 per cent and above and 50 students 80 per cent and above, said Ms Madhu Bahl, Principal of the school. At DAV Public School, Sector 8, 12 students have secured 90 per cent and above. Piyush Kohli has topped in the school with 94.8 per cent marks.

At Bhavan Vidyalaya, Abhijeet has topped in the school with 95 per cent. At least 17 students of the school have secured 90 per cent and above. Sixteen students of Shivalik Public School have secured 90 per cent and above. Sapna Prabhu with 95.2 per cent has topped the school.


It’s Disha in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 28
While students of Gian Jyoti Public School, Phase II, here, have bagged the top two positions in the township in the Class X Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examinations, the next four positions have been bagged by students of Shivalik Public School Phase VI, here.

Disha Agarwal of Gian Jyoti School has topped in the township with 94.6 per cent marks. Jasmeet Kaur of the same school is second in the township with 93 per cent marks and is second in her school. Priyobrata Kar and Harpreet Kaur, both of Shivalik Public School are third in the township with 92.4 per cent marks and jointly hold the first position in the school. Their classmate Amandeep Kaur with 92.2 per cent marks is fourth in the township and second in the school.

Gagandeep Singh of Shivalik Public School and Parampreet Singh Walia of Saint Soldiers International Convent School with 91.4 per cent are both fifth in the township. Gagandeep is third in his school while Parampreet is first in his school. Parveen Jassi of Shivalik Public School with 91. 2 per cent marks is VI in the township while Priyadeep of Shivalik Public School and Savinder Sethi of Golden Bells Public School with 90. 6 per cent marks are VII in the township. Savinder is also first in her school.

Sumit of Lawrance Senior Secondary Public School along with Amita of Shivalik Public School with 90.4 per cent marks are VIII in the township. Sumit is the topper of his school. Mandeep Singh of Gian Jyoti Public School is IX in the township with 90.2 per cent marks. Komalpreet of Shivalik Public School here is X in the township with 90 per cent marks.

School wise, Mandeep Singh (90.2%) of Gian Jyoti Public School is fourth in his school, Sandeep Singh (89%) is fifth and Vidhi Khare (88.2 %) is VI. The School authorities claimed that they have had 100 per cent result in Class X for the past 21 years. Four students of the school secured above 90 per cent marks, 32 students secured above 80 per cent marks and 51 students secured above 75 per cent marks. All those students who have scored top positions in Shivalik public School, had also appeared in an additional subject of Information Technology and one of the student, Gagandeep Singh scored 94 marks in the subject. While 6 students have scored above 90 per cent marks, 33 students have scored above 80 per cent marks and 114 students have scored 60 per cent and above marks.

Harsimran Singh Walia (87.8%) is second in the Saint Soldiers International Convent School while Tejinder Kaur (87%) is third. Among those who have achieved the rest of the top positions include Manu Waraich (86.7%), Rachit Mahajan (86%) and Bhavneet Kaur (85%). 34 out of 38 students of the class have scored above 60 per cent marks.

Jasreet Kaur (89.2%) of Golden Bells Public School is II in the school, Manpreet Singh (86.8%) is III. Sharanbir (86.4%), Nirmaljot (85.2%) and Gagandeep Singh ( 83.6%) hold the next top positions in the school. Thirteen students of the school secured above 80 per cent marks while 38 students secured above 60 per cent marks. Among those who have achieved top positions in Lawrance Public Senior Secondary School include Deepak Kaushal (87.2%), Arshdeep Kaur (86.5%), Amrinder Kaur (86.2%), Simrandeep Singh (84.6%) and Navneet Kaur (84%).

Among those who have achieved top positions in Sant Isher Singh Public School Sector 70 include Kamaldeep Singh (80%), Isha Thakur (79%) and Gagandeep Singh (76%).

Subject wise, Shivalik Public School students have bagged the highest marks in all subjects excepting English, in which Amanpreet Kaur Khurana of Golden Bells Public School has topped the township with 94 marks out of 100. Disha Aggarwal of Gian Jyoti School is second in English with 93 marks while Amandeep Kaur and Simranjeet Singh of Shivalik Public School are clubbed third with 92 marks.

In Hindi, Ankita of Shivalik Public School, Sandhya of Gian Jyoti Public School and Tajinder Kaur of Saint soldiers Public School have scored 93 marks out of hundred, the highest in the township. In Punjabi, Parveen Jassi of Shivalik Public School scored 95 marks, the highest in the township. Second position in Punjabi is jointly held by Vidhi Khare and Sukhmit kaur Sarao of Gianh Jyoti School, Harpreet Kaur of Saint Soldiers School and Sharanbir of Golden bells Public school.

In Social Science, Priobrata Kar and Parveen Jassi of Shivalik Public School are first in the township with 97 marks. Jasmeet Kaur of Gian Jyoti is second with 94 marks. In Science, Ramanjot Kaur of Shivalik Public School is first with 98 marks and Disha Agarwal and Mandeep Singh of Gian Jyoti School are second with 97 marks. In Mathematics, Harpreet Kaur and Divya of Shivalik Public School are first in the township with 100 marks. Disha Agarwal and Aseem Soi of Gian Jyoti School are second with 99 marks. Priyadeep Kaur, Gurdial Singh, Amanpreet Singh, Sundeep Singh and Mandeep Kaur, all of Gian Jyoti School are third with 98 marks. Talking to The Tribune, the Mohali topper Disha said that she wanted to become an engineer like her father.


Boys’ day in Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 28
Even as girls outshone boys in the region, it was boys’ day in Panchkula, with about 60 per cent of the top positions going to them in the district.

However, the first position was bagged by a girl student, Kanya Rani, a student of Mahatma Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, who scored 95.4 per cent. Hansraj school put up a brilliant performance, with 15 of its student securing over 90 per cent marks and the entire Class X batch of 89 students securing first division.

Daughter of Dr Davinder Kumar, who migrated to India from the USA about eight years back to pursue social service, Kanya wants to a doctor. She gave credit for success to her parents and teachers, besides hard work. She learns vocal music at the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Sector 10, here in her spare time.

According to information of the 60 students who obtained over 90 per cent marks, 35 were boys.The second,third and fourth positions were bagged by boys. While Vasishth Sukhija of DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, was placed second, Pulkit Aggarwal of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, secured the third position. The fourth position went to Jatin Pasrija, also from Bhavan Vidyalaya.

At Manav Mangal School, 146 students were placed in the first division, with 10 students obtaining over 90 per cent marks. Mathematics seemed to be most scoring subject, with six students of the school scoring 100 per cent marks. Five students of Hansraj school also scored 100 per cent in this subject.

Plumber’s son gets 87.8%

At least five students from rural areas did the Jainendra Public School proud by securing over 80 per cent marks. Braving the odds, Rohit Goyal, son of a Ramgarh-based plumber, Mr Roshan Lal Goyal, was the pick of the lot, obtaining 87.8 per cent marks. Their performance was more credible as it had been achieved without tuitions. 


Special Achievers
Fighting cancer, he scores 65 pc marks
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
It has been a tough battle for survival. Afflicted with osteogenic sarcoma, a form of bone cancer for the past four years, Gagan Ishwer Singh, a student of St John’s School has done his teachers, friends and family members proud by securing 65 per cent marks in the CBSE Class X examination.

The time he should have spent taking classes and playing pranks with his friends, Gagan was battling the deadly disease, shuttling between home and Tata Memorial Cancer Research Institute, Mumbai. “I got just over two months to go through my syllabus. My schools and friends stood with me in my sad moments”, said the spirited youth.

He looks like any normal child but with a limp in his right leg. Packed with extreme grit and will to succeed in life, he did not allow his disability to come in his way. He survived innumerable doses of chemotherapy, went twice through surgery on his right and left lungs to remove the cancerous growth in the last three years and still managed to secure a first division.

The Chandigarh Tribune team went to his Sector 8 residence to know how it happened. It started in June 2001, when Gagan was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right leg. Then started the real fight against the ailment. “Doctors at the Sector 32 GMCH had said that his right leg would have to be amputated. But then the doctors at Mumbai removed the affected part of the bone and inserted rods”, recalled father of the boy, Mr Harminder Singh, with tears in his eyes.

Then after one and a half years, his lung was afflicted with cancer. The doctors had almost given up hope but for the courage shown by the parents and prayers of the well-wishers. Gagan underwent sessions of chemotherapy and lung surgery.

Ms Harinder, mother of Gagan, said her son has a religious bent of mind. “There were several moments when we had almost lost the hope of seeing our son for long. But he survived all”.

Gagan is all praise for his teachers and friends at school who stood by him.

Poverty no bar

Meenakshi JoshiYoung achievers need not necessarily be from well-to-do families. Meet Meenakshi Joshi , a student in the Hindi medium section at Sacret Heart School.

Hailing from a poor family with both parents illiterate, she has managed to secure 74.6 per cent marks. Her father Prem Chand Joshi is a cook at the Police Lines, Sector 26. Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, Meenakshi said, “I want to pursue commerce and am good at maths” met her father.

Sister Elssy, Principal of the school, said, “We are also proud of our students studying in the Hindi medium section. They are from slums and poor backgrounds” Two other students from the Hindi section of the school Renu Garg and Ekta Srivastava have also done well in the examination.

Learning disorder no handicap

Karan Amol Suffering from a learning disorder since childhood, Karan Amol, a student of Vivek High School, has done the school proud by securing 87.8 per cent marks. About his achievement, he said he was feeling great for scoring high marks despite the physical handicap.

His subjectwise percentage is Punjabi (92), maths (85), science (83), English (90) and social science (85).

He credits the achievement to his teachers and family members. His fathers is an Assistant Commissioner in Vigilance and mother a lecturer at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11.


Celebrations turn into tragedy
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 28
Celebrations turned into tragedy for the Trehan family in Sector 9 when Vikram, their son and a student of Class X of the local Manav Mangal School, was crushed to death under a truck in the Industrial Area here this afternoon.

Sixteen-year-old Vikram, who scored over 75 per cent marks in the Class X examination of the CBSE, results of which were declared today, was riding pillion without helmet. The Kinetic Honda was being driven by his classmate, Prince, and they were on their way to a friend’s house in the Industrial Area. His father, Mr Varinder Trehan, owns an industrial unit here.

Family sources said Vikram left for school in the morning to enquire about the results. Their vehicle was hit by the truck, seriously injuring Vikram. Vikram was rushed to the local General Hospital, where he later died. Prince sustained minor injuries. The truck driver absconded.

Friends and relatives thronged the Trehans’ residence. A sobbing Kiran Trehan, an aunt of the deceased, said Vikram had been a studious student and wanted to become a doctor. He was a keen basketball player, she added. He was cremated in the evening.


Poor showing by govt schools
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
Despite cracking a whip on lax teachers who had contributed to the poor Class X results last year, government schools have shown little improvement in this year’s Class X results. Failure and compartment cases in mathematics, social studies and English are on the higher side.

The UT Education Department failed to release the school-wise pass percentage. Unlike the Class XII results, when the Education Department came out with figures as the performance was good, it did not come out with the pass percentage, apparently due to poor performance.

Sources in the department said a government high school had a pass percentage of around 10. A school in Sector 20 has a pass percentage of around 20. The better performing model schools are GMSSS, Sector 16 (98.84%), GMSSS, Sector 19 (93.08%), GMSSS, Sector 18 (77.05%), GMSSS, Sector 46 (85.7%), GMSSS, Sector 33 (84.15%), and GMSSS, Sector 35 (87.5%). The overall performance of government school stood at around 55 per cent.


277 more helmetless women challaned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
The Traffic Police today challaned 277 helmetless women two-wheeler riders in a renewed drive started yesterday to enforce a court order in this regard. Two teams led by Inspectors S. S. Sidhu and Ishwar Singh Maan deployed challaning staff, including women staff, on the Bajwara Chowk to book the helmetless riders.

The drive continued for three hours between 4 pm and 7 p.m. The scooter riders, however, complained to the police that they should have been given some time before the start of the campaign.


MC misusing funds, allege councillors
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 28
Development funds for the town are being used by the local municipal council on hushing up inquiries related to various financial irregularities in the civic body. This was stated by eight municipal councillors of the Opposition group in a press note released here today.

They said no development was taking place in the town. Important projects like the construction of the council office building, cattle pound and garbage dumping site had not made much headway. Open spaces in the town were full of congress grass, footpaths were broken and verandahs in markets had been encroached upon by shopkeepers.

They said a number of letters had been written to the authorities concerned in this connection, but no action had been taken. Letters had been written to inquire into the alleged misuse of money lying in fixed deposits, tampering with office records, paying penalty due to a delay in the registration of council vehicles and various other irregularities.


PUDA EO demanded bribe, claims contractor
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 28
The contractor constructing flats of the United Cooperative Housing Society here alleged today that the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) Estate Officer (EO) had demanded gratification for solving the crises being faced by the society following resumption of the land by PUDA.

Mr Raj Kumar of Anil Construction, in a written statement, alleged that Mr T.K. Goel, Estate Officer, Mohali, came to the society’s site on May 26 to stop construction of the flats following orders of resumption of the land by PUDA. “However, he took me aside and told me that if I wanted the construction work to continue smoothly, I would have to join him and do something for him. I immediately understood and said I could manage Rs 10,000 or Rs 15,000 on the spot for him. But he refused, saying the deal could be struck only in lakhs, not in thousands.’’ Mr Raj Kumar’s statement was also recorded on camera by a local TV channel crew.

On May 26, PUDA stopped construction at the society’s site in Sector 68. The society had not paid over Rs 6 crore as part of the cost of the land allotted to the society by PUDA. The society’s appeal for reconsideration of the resumption orders passed by the PUDA Estate Officer were dismissed in March, following which the ACA, Mohali, ordered on May 19 that construction be stopped at the site with immediate effect in order to facilitate the actual resumption of the 9.2 acres.

During the press conference, Mr Swaran Singh, honorary secretary of the society, said they got the resumption order stayed by a special secretary, Housing and Urban Development, Mr Gurinder Singh Grewal, on May 24, but despite these orders, the PUDA team led by Mr Goel had allegedly forcibly stopped construction at the site. “They have deployed securitymen here, who are interfering with our work,” said Mr Swaran Singh.


Woman abducted with toy pistol, rescued
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
A middle-aged woman from Dera Bassi was today abducted at gunpoint from the Sector 22-C market here this evening. Ms Rajinder Kaur was sitting in her Maruti car when a youth entered the car and started the car.

The kidnapper threatened the woman when she tried to raise her voice by pointing a pistol at her. The woman kept on screaming to draw the attention of Mr Kulwant Singh of Sector 41, who was behind her car. The car being driven by the kidnapper hit a car. The driver of that car also began a chase.

The kidnapper reached a deadend in the residential area in Sector 22-C and tried to take a U-turn. Mr Kulwant Singh and the driver of the other car pounced upon the kidnapper and held his hands together. Those who were chasing the kidnapper realised that he had a toy pistol. They beat up the kidnapper.

The police reached the spot and arrested the kidnapper. He was identified as Ravinder Singh of Mohali.


Another accomplice of Tota arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
The Crime Branch of the Chandigarh Police today arrested a female member of Anil Tota’s gang. Madhu Bala, wanted in connection with a dacoity, was arrested from Sector 17 bus stand on a tip-off. She is a ‘live-in partner’ of dreaded killer Rakesh Bitti of alias Kala. Bittu is involved in seven murder cases, including wiping out of Madan’s family of Sector 16 in 1989.

Madhu Bala along with Rakesh Bittu looted Rs 74,000 in cash and around 100 gram of gold. She had earlier worked with a gas agency.

The house of Rakesh Kumar Bittu was also searched today. The police has alerted sea and airports to keep a watch on Jaspal Singh and Dr Komal, two gang members, who slipped away from police dragnet.

A Crime Branch team went to Samana to recover an Indica car which was used in two dacoities in Patiala by the Tota’s gang.

The team also raided several other places to make recoveries.


City resident crushed to death near Silver City
Our Correspondent

Zirakpur, May 28
Mr Ashok Girdhar, a resident of Sector 9, Chandigarh, was crushed to death by an unidentified vehicle on the busy Kalka-Ambala highway near Silver City, a housing colony, here this morning.

According to the police, Mr Girdhar, an employee of the Oriental Insurance Company, was going to Dera Bassi on his scooter when an unidentified vehicle hit him from behind leaving him critically injured on the road. The driver of the vehicle reportedly fled away from the scene.

Mr Girdhar was rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32. Chandigarh, where he succumbed to his injuries.

A case of negligent driving has been registered.

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