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Girls outshine boys in CBSE Class XII exam
Bhavan Vidyalaya’s Akhilesh, Kriti among toppers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Bhavan Vidyalaya’s Akhilesh Gupta and international skater Kriti Puri brought laurels to their school by topping the non-medical and medical streams of the Class XII Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examination, scoring 95.2 per cent and 92 per cent, respectively. The results were declared by the CBSE here today.

While Deepti Gupta of Carmel Convent scored 94.4 per cent to top in the commerce stream, Inderdeep Kaur of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, topped in the arts stream with 91 per cent.

The girl students kept up the tradition of outdoing the boys in the examination by securing most of the top positions in the four streams. Shivani Garg of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School bagged second position, scoring 90.6 per cent in the medical stream.

In the non-medical stream, 15-odd students secured 90 per cent. Among them, the top scorers are Pratik Sharma of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, who scored 93.8 per cent while Arun Gupta of Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School scored 93.2 per cent.

While arts saw only three other students among those with 90 per cent and above, commerce had the maximum number of scorers in this category. Mehak Bhandari of GMSSS-35 scored 90.8 per cent, Jaspreet Arora of Bhavan Vidyalaya got 90.6 per cent and Mallika Gupta bagged 90.4 per cent, in arts.

Bhavan Vidyalaya’s Jaspreet Kaur and Yachika Dhawan scored 94 per cent to be placed second, missing the top position by four marks while Khushboo and Chaitanya Anand of the same school scored 93.8 and 93 per cent, respectively.

Among the government senior secondary schools, the school in 38 West had a 100 per cent pass percentage while GMSSS-16 had a pass percentage of 98.83 per cent. GMSSS-37 was placed third with a pass percentage of 96.58 per cent and GMSSS-35 was pushed to fourth position with 95.53 per cent followed closely by GMSSS-33 at 95.44 per cent. The poorest performance came from GGSSS-23 which had a pass percentage of 58.82 per cent. Government schools recorded a pass percentage of 84.93 per cent.

Against last year’s pass percentage of 78.90 per cent of the city, it went up to 79.66 per cent. While the pass percentage among girls went up from 84.9 of last year to 85.2 per cent this year, the pass percentage among boys went up from 74.3 per cent to 75.5 per cent this year.

In the school wise performance in the region, Kendriya Vidyalayas got a pass percentage of 93.33 per cent, government schools got 84.83, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas and independent schools had a percentage of 89.72 and 79.19 per cent, respectively. 



How the CBSE toppers tasted success

Akhilesh Gupta
95.2 per cent, (non-medical)

Son of an Army officer, the overall topper of the city, Akhilesh says he knew he would top the exam. “For two years, I suspended all activities and gave undivided attention to my studies. I would only got out for a walk when I felt tired. Though I was expecting to top and would have been very disappointed had I not got the position, the real challenge is securing a seat in the top engineering college. I am keeping my fingers crossed.”

He has also been awarded a scholarship and selected for a four-year course in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was regular in school and his classwork which helped him sail through the board examinations.

Kriti Puri
92 per cent, (medical)

Writer, dancer, skater and tennis star, all rolled into one, Kriti Puri has only added yet another feather to her cap by topping in the medical stream. Writer of “Kian and the Secret of Track one” published by Madhuban, Kriti says she is out-of-touch with sports for the past about one year.

“Contests have been relegated to the back-burner and studies have been my priority. Right now, I don’t even have time to celebrate my score since I have to appear for an exam tomorrow. The focus is to get a seat in a good engineering institute. The rest can follow. Though I could not be very regular in school, I tried to keep pace with classwork. If a good score in the boards is all one aims at, no tuitions are required,” says this national level quizzer who had the National Talent Search scholarship by NCERT, several gold medals in roller skating at the national level, bronze medal in roller hockey to her credit.

Deepti Gupta
94.4 per cent, (commerce)

Her high score is a result of concerted efforts though Deepti is quick to state,”I am no book worm. I revised whatever I did in class and attended tuitions regularly. However, during the preparatory leave, I did put in at least 10 hours of rigorous study. One has to be thorough with the books prescribed by NCERT for a good score. Additional study provides that extra edge.”

Inderdeep Kaur
91 per cent, (Arts)

With Maths, economics, history, psychology and English, as her subjects, Inderdeep Kaur was only expecting good results and nothing more. “This is the best result I have ever had. I think I could do well because of the repeated pre-boards that I took in school. By the time I went to take my boards, I have gone through the syllabus many a times. I am more inclined to economics and psychology and will appear for competitive examinations after graduation,” she adds. Her mother is a teacher at a local school while her father is working with the Haryana Irrigation Department.



Yukti Sharma is Panchkula topper
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 23
Yukti Sharma of Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, topped the district with 94 per cent marks in the Class XII CBSE examination in the commerce stream. No other student in the district managed to cross 90 per cent in any of the schools or any other stream. Priya Mittal of Chaman Lal DAV School scored 89.2 per cent, topping in the arts stream.

While 13 students of the school scored above 80 per cent of which three were from the medical stream, at Chaman Lal DAV School, Sector 12, 22 students scored over 70 per cent. Mukesh Kumar topped in the science stream with 85.2 per cent while Neha Rani stood first in the school with 83.6 per cent.

Satluj Public School, Sector 4, had seven students scoring above 80 per cent with Sugandha Prashar topping in the school with a score of 86 per cent to her credit. DC Model School, Sector 7, has 10 students scoring above 80 per cent in various streams. While Deepika Vasdev has 81.8 per cent in medical stream, Rajat has topped in the non-medical stream with 86 per cent Komal is the top scorer at 85 per cent in commerce in the school.

At DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 8, Samir scored 87.2 per cent in science, Malika 85.6 per cent in arts and Ankit Aggarwal 83 per cent in commerce in the examination. Nisha Singla topped the commerce stream in ACC DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur, sharing the place with Bhawna Dhiman. Three other students scored above 80 per cent.



Charanpreet tops in commerce stream
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 23
“Every student should work hard in both Class XI and XII in order to achieve success in Class XII examinations,” said Harveen Kaur, a student of Shivalik Public School here, who topped in the medical stream of Class XII examination of the CBSE. Vikas Sheel Rana, another student of Shivalik Public School has topped in the non-medical stream with 86.6 per cent marks.

Charanpreet Kaur, a student of Gian Jyoti Public School here has topped the commerce stream with 88.6 per cent marks. Manmeet Kaur of Saint Soldiers Convent School has topped in the arts stream with 87.6 per cent marks. These two have topped in their respective schools also.

However, not a single student from the township managed to secure above 90 per cent mark this year. The students too seemed unsatisfied with their results.

In the medical stream, Sandeep Singh of Lawerance Senior Secondary School stood second with 86.6 per cent marks and is the topper of his school. Sumedha Sharma of Gian Jyoti Public School with 86.2 per cent marks stood third in the same stream. Abhishek Gupta of the same school is next with 86 per cent marks followed by Rupinder Kaur, also from the same school, with 85.6 per cent marks.

Divya Soni of Shivalik Public School stood second in the non-medical stream with 84.6 per cent marks. Maninder Preet Singh Jangu of Gian Jyoti Public School stood third in the stream with 82 per cent marks. Dimpy Verma of Lawerance Senior Secondary School and Gian Singh of Saint Soldiers School shared the fourth position in the non-medical stream with 80 per cent marks. Gunreet of Lawerance Senior Secondary School and Jasmeet Singh Uppal of Shivalik Public School shared the fifth position in the stream with 79.6 per cent marks.

Majority of the top positions in the commerce stream have been bagged by girls. Manjit Kaur Sidhu of Gian Jyoti Public School stood second in the stream while Dapinder Kaur Sehgal of Lawerance Senior Secondary School stood third with 82.2 per cent marks. Vikram Singh Kapany of Gian Jyoti Public School and Japjeet of Lawerance Senior Secondary School shared the fourth position in the commerce stream. Rashmi Sood of Lawerance Senior Secondary School stood fifth in the commerce stream with 77.6 per cent marks.

Anisha Nair of Lawerance Senior Secondary School stood second in the arts stream with 85.2 per cent marks. Sheeba of the same school stood third with 83.2 per cent marks followed by Amritpal Singh of the same school with 83 per cent marks. Ravleen Kaur of Saint Soldiers Convent School stood fifth with 80.6 per cent marks.

Sukhjit Singh of Saint Soldiers Convent School has topped in English in the township with 95 per cent marks. Manmeet of the same school shares the top position in Psychology with Anisha of Lawerance Senior Secondary School with 94 per cent marks. Charanpreet Kaur of Gian Jyoti Public School stood first in economics with 95 per cent marks and also got 97 per cent marks in Business Studies. Charanpreet Kaur got the highest marks in Accountancy at 90 per cent, a position she shares with Vikram Singh Kapany. Rohit Gulati and Mayank Kaushal of the school have scored the highest marks (90 per cent) in Physics. Emma Monga of the same school got 98 per cent marks in Chemistry.

Sandeep Singh of Lawerance Senior Secondary School secured 97 per cent marks in Biology. Harjot Singh of Shivalik Public School got 99 per cent marks in Mathematics, highest in the township.

Unlike previous years, this year the toppers clearly said tuitions were needed for good results. “Actually it depends on your own capacity. In case you are able to cope with school hours and tuitions nothing like it, said Harveen, daughter of Dr Gurpal Singh posted at Banga. Vikas said he devoting more than 7 hours a day for the examinations and had even taken help from tuitions just before the examinations.



Not just a topper
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
She's is better than toppers, having to her credit something extra-ordinary which makes her a star amidst the best.
Like other achievers, she too has toiled and laboured to come out with flying colours, doing not only her parents proud but also her teachers and school.

But what sets her apart from the rest is her will to excel despite her handicap. She may be hearing impaired but her resolve and inner strength has chiselled her into a distinguished achiever.

She is Shavi, a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, who scored a healthy 70 per cent in the non-medical stream.

Her score card shows 80 per cent in Mathematics and 70 per cent in English.

Her father, Mr Gurshinder Singh, says,"We provided her individual coaching for the science subjects since she relies primarily on lip reading.”

“ We didn't want her to learn sign language since it would have meant being different from the rest. She went to school with normal children and has never been hassled by her handicap. It is truly her own achievement," he proudly asserts.

Shavi has also undergone speech therapy and has been to the USA for treatment but never let it come in the way of her passion, he added.

Barely has Mr Gurshinder Singh finished saying this that Shavi chips in, adding quickly, that the credit also goes to her mother.
"My job keeps me out very often. My wife has always been by her side, encouraging her and keeping her spirits high,” Mr Gurshinder Singh asserts.

“Shavi wanted to pursue non-medical and we didn't want to be spoilsports. So, we went along with her choice. Now, she has taken a competitive examination for securing a seat in architecture. We hope she realises her dream," he adds.

While she took personalised coaching at home to be thorough with her lessons, her teachers in school, too, extended all possible cooperation to help her perform well.

"They never turned her away and took special interest and gave individual attention at the time of teaching lessons," the proud father explains, beaming with excitement at his only child's success.



Cinema hall stops film’s screening
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 23
Suraj Theatre, the only cinema hall in the region that was showing the controversial film, “Jo Bole So Nihal”, has stopped screening the film following the blasts at two cineplexes in Delhi last night and the threat perception here.

After the blasts in Delhi, the police had converged at the cinema hall here. After the show last night, cinema owners decided not to screen the movie.



Headless body found in Industrial Area
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 23
A headless body of an unidentified man was found near the railway track (under construction) in the Industrial Area phase I here this morning. The severed head of the victim was lying about 10 metres away from the spot.

The man looks to be in his 30s and seems to be a migrant labourer. The killers had repeatedly stabbed the victim in his belly with sharp-edged weapon and chopped off his head. There were no injury marks on the face.

The body was thrown away in shrubs on a piece of land being used as a pathway between plot numbers 131 and 72. The spot is near Colony Number IV.

The victim has a moustache but no beard. His face is thin and has black hair. He was wearing black trousers, a striped T-shirt and blue chappals. A Re 1 coin and a muffler were recovered from the spot. The police could not find any document or wallet which could establish his identity. A “bidi” packet and a match box were found in the pockets of the victim.

The police took the body to labour colonies for identification. Later, it was sent to the General Hospital, Sector 16.

The murder came to light when Brij Raj Yadav, a resident of Colony Number 4, went to answer the call of nature around 6.15 a.m. He said he saw blood in the middle of the pathway. He followed the trail and found the body. He then informed the police.

The DSP (East), Mr Vijay Pal Singh, said: “Seeing the small amount of blood at the scene of the crime, it seemed that the murder was carried out elsewhere and the body was disposed of in this area.”

He said the assailants were not familiar with the place as they would have thrown the body in trenches rather than shrubs.

The murder might have been committed about 5 to 6 hours before the body was detected, he added.

A case has been registered.



Houses burgled
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, May 23
Thieves broke into two houses in Sector 4 and 21 and decamped with valuables and cash worth lakhs of rupees in broad day- light here today.

The thieves struck at the house of Mr MP Sharma, a lecturer in SD College in Chandigarh, this morning. Mr Sharma had gone to pick up his wife from Sector 10 when the thieves targeted the house. They took away gold and silver jewellery worth lakhs of rupees. The couple found the main lock of the house broken and the entire house ransacked.

In another theft, the miscreants broke into the house of Mr Sandeep Aggarwal in Sector 21 and took away jewellery, electronic goods and a sum of Rs 30,000 in cash. 



Stay on ‘Jo Bole So Nihaal’ declined
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Taking up a bunch of petitions, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today declined to stay "Jo Bole So Nihaal." The petitioners included a member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and the Sikh Students' Federation.

They had earlier sought stay on the validity of the censor certificate given to the movie. The Bench, comprising Chief Justice Mr Justice DK Jain and Mr Justice Hemant Gupta, declined the prayer as the movie had Censor Board clearance after the matter was re-examined.

Earlier during the proceedings, counsel for distributors Ginny Arts gave a statement before the court that they had withdrawn the movie from the cinema halls in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

Counsel added that the distributors had only withdrawn the movie from theatres "where he had the power". He pointed out that there were some cinema hall owners having absolute rights of the movie and the distributor had no control over them.

Counsel for the producer and director informed the court that the decision to withdraw the movie was solely that of the distributor. He added that the producer had given absolute rights to certain cinema halls. 



World War II veterans being approached for campaign medals
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
A few days ago, an ex-gunner at Ropar who had fought and had been wounded on foreign soil during the Second World War, received a telephone call from a stranger offering him Rs 500 for his campaign medals. The gunner, Bachan Singh, did what any soldier worth his salt would have done -- turning down the offer and refusing to part with his cherished possession.

This is not an isolated case. There have been several instances where World War veterans in India have been approached for their campaign medals and other war memorabilia. These fetch a high price in the west where they are auctioned off to the highest bidder at prices ranging up to thousands of pounds.

While some people openly offer money for the medals, though a measly as compared to their value, resorting to deceit is another way being adopted by some persons, who claim to be from the Army. They claim that the medals are required by the regiment for display on select occasions or for historical verification.

A disabled World War--II veteran of the Punjab Regiment residing near Ludhiana, who is still fighting for his pension, fell prey to this ploy a few months ago. A person claiming to be from the Regiment asked for his medals on the pretext that these were required for verification so that his pension could be restored.

It was this instance which prompted a city-based lawyer and Territorial Army officer Capt Navdeep Singh to write to the Sainik Welfare Department, urging it to take steps to warn ex-servicemen against parting with their medals. The department shortly issued a notice about the possibility of a gang operating in this region who were trying to dupe war veterans of their hard-won souvenirs of war.

Ex-servicemen say that this year being the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, medals associated with the war are much in demand as souvenirs and collectors' items. Besides being sold on occasions and ceremonies, medals supposed to have a high value are auctioned. A large number of websites on the internet are also offering such medals for sale, some of which may have been willingly given away by their owners.

The auction of a gallantry medal won by an Indian soldier which attracted the most attention in recent times was that of the Victoria Cross awarded to Capt Ishar Singh. It was sold in 1998 to an anonymous buyer in London for £55,000.

Capt Ishar Singh of 28th Battalion of the Punjab Regiment was the first Sikh soldier to be decorated with the Victoria Cross, the highest award for valour in the British Empire. Commended by King George V, who wrote that the award was well and gallantly won, he had been decorated for showing extraordinary valour during a three-hour gun battle in North West Frontier in 1921.

He belonged to a village near Hoshiarpur. In this case too, the decorated officer's widow had reportedly been duped by a family member, who had taken the medal from her on the pretext of showing it to friends in England.

Another Indian Victoria Cross, along with a group of 12 other medals won by Subedar Major Agansing Rai of the 5th Gurkha Rifles, was auctioned a few months ago for an astounding £115,000. He had won the Victoria Cross during the Battle of Imphal in June, 1944. He was decorated for magnificent display of initiative, outstanding bravery and gallant leadership, which so inspired his company that inspite of heavy casualties and a superior enemy force, two important positions were wrested back from the enemy. The group included the 1939-45 Star and post-independence medals like the United Nations Medal for Congo.



Rainwater harvesting scripts a success story
Vishal Gulati
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH: Coordinated efforts of scientists and residents of Mandhala village have scripted a success story which is worth emulating for other villages in the region.

The village is situated in Kasauli tehsil, about 45 km from Chandigarh, near Barotiwala. It once had several bald patches of land, but now it boasts of green fields.

Men who earlier preferred to work in factories at Baddi, are now busy in their own fields. Women had been spared the ordeal of walking long distances to fetch fodder as it is available in abundance in the village itself now. It is the water that has brought about a revolution in the lives of 90 families of upper Mandhala.

“It’s like a rebirth for me,” says Falla Ram, 78, a farmer who has been living in the village since his birth.

Earlier, there was an acute shortage of water and the farmers had to depend on the weather gods. Now they can irrigate their crops three to four times during the Rabi season, he adds.

Another farmer, Mehar Chand, says the water management has helped in increasing the crop yield from eight to 10 quintals per hectare to 35 to 40 quintals per hectare.

“The sub-surface and surface water was available in the village, but the need was to tap it and ensure its proper management,” says Dr Arun K. Tiwari, Principal Scientist, Central Soil and Water Conservation Research and Training Institute, Chandigarh.

He says a pilot project worth Rs 30 lakh, “Integrated land and rainwater management for sustainable production”, was taken up by the institute in 2003. The project was inaugurated by Dr J.S. Samra, Deputy Director-General, Natural Resource Management, Indian Council for Agricultural Research, New Delhi.

Under the project, which is still on, first of all rainwater was harvested. For this, a large pond in the village was desilted and its embankment strengthened. Today, the pond is being used for supplementary irrigation of about 10 hectares through gravity and lift-irrigation system.

Dr R.K. Aggarwal, head of the institute, says after soil tests, farmers have been issued soil health cards regarding the selection of suitable crops, their varieties and use of fertilisers and pesticides.



Chandigarh Calling

A sunshine shower won’t last half an hour is how the old adage goes but 30 minutes of rain in the city on Saturday helped in providing the chill pill that was much needed. It was a treat indeed when the short but heavy showers drenched the people. In fact, people enjoyed the mid-summer bath and the cool breeze that followed. The weather gods seem kindly disposed indeed to the city folk. This foothill city is known to have a reputation for being delicate in the more robust older towns. So a shower or storm does come to its aid when things get too hot.

Goonj uthi Shehnai

“Music feeds our soul and earns our bread,” says Bhau Ram, proprietor of one of the 125 wedding bands in the city. Bhau is probably right, after all, he plays the now fast disappearing Shehnai at weddings. His father started his own wedding band in Old Delhi in 1947. He says Ustad Bismillah Khan Saab frequented their area and his uncle worked with Prithviraj Kapoor who inculcated in him, the now famous Kapoor penchant for music. Ironically, he grew up ashamed of playing the instrument with his father. “I never liked playing when women were dancing” he professes. He plays for one or two functions in the year but his riyaaz (practice) at 4:00 am every single day, year after year, is never forgotten.

Museum moths

Dr V.K. Walia, an entomologist of Panjab University, has donated 518 specimens of 94 species of moths of family Geometridae to the entomology division of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. Besides, Dr Walia has also updated the 100-year-old collection of the IARI. Dr Walia says the specimens were collected from the North-Western Himalayas under a UGC-sponsored project. Last year, Dr Walia had donated 296 specimens of 50 species of moths to the Forest Research Institute, Dehra Dun.

Shani industry

A couple of weeks ago Sentinel had written about the Saturn business which now seems to be growing into a virtual industry. Shani Devta calls on Sector 17 every Saturday. The disguise is awe inspiring - brass pot holding a litre of mustard oil propping up a tin image of the ubiquitous god! The emissaries nurturing this image spread themselves out far and wide. The blessings are unique, the hands are raised above the head propping up the Saturday, one can presume. Several coins are hurriedly dunked into the pot and off go the special envoys. The route is to the Shani Maharaj Mandir in the city where the temple feeds is faithful every Saturday in a large langar (community kitchen). “Everyone is invited” says the Pandit solemnly, “Come, eat and apply for the yagna to remove the ill-effects of the Shani from your life.” And we thought the coins would suffice!

Growing up

Mandira Bedi made a telling remark on the coming of age of the city theatre audience. At the end of ‘’Anything But Love’’ that was staged at Tagore Theatre last week, the lead star of the play commented, “I thought the Chandigarhians were a bit conservative.” She observed that she was happy to note a healthy response to the play that dealt with jealousy and insecurity plaguing a relationship and had some bold scenes and double entendre dialogues. The city has indeed grown up. 

Pushy kids

They say kids are pushy these days but some poor ones are literally so to and fro from school. This is so because the rickshaws are overloaded with kids and schoolbags. Children may find this fun but such overloaded rickshaws can easily collapse and with fast-moving traffic around, it can indeed be risky. Tribune photographer Manoj Mahajan clicked this picture just a day before most city schools closed for a summer break. Going by the scene captured it is a welcome break indeed.

Holiday special

Holidays is that time of the year that all children eagerly wait for. They are free from the grilling school routine and the loads of everyday homework that comes. They can then do whatever they want to. However, there is a catch here. The school may be off but your kids will not be let-off as they are likely to be loaded with the huge holiday homework. So even if you want your child to just enjoy his holidays and have lots of fun, she/he is constantly under pressure to finish his holiday homework or else he is likely to face the teacher’s wrath. For once, let children remain children and let not such pressures spoil their childhood.

What a mess!

Plastic tyres, tins, polythene bags and more such rubbish meets the eye on a road leading to Mohali across the 3 BRD. This is the treasure of the wholesale kabadis. Truckloads of this saleable garbage arrive here by a kacha path behind the Kalibari Temple. This area now falls under the jurisdiction of the Railways Authority as a new railway line is under construction here. Will someone think of cleaning this mess?

Street smart

There is no escaping the new street-smart lingo. Thanks to the ubiquitous SMSes and the popularity of ‘’Munnabhai MBBS’’, words that will hurt the sensibilities of an average person even a couple of years ago are freely used by youngsters these days. They say them without batting an eyelid. And, perhaps realising the import of the phrase or word used. A case in point is a recent SMS that friend received from his niece: ‘’Abbe Kalia, phone-vone kar na.’’ And what is the niece’s age? Nine years.

Last laugh

TEACHER: Why are you late?

Student: Because of the sign.

TEACHER: What sign?

Student: The one that says, “School Ahead, Go Slow.”

— Sentinel



Police torture allegation: probe ordered
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 23
The Inspector General of Police, Chandigarh, Mr Satish Chandra today directed the SP Headquarters to conduct a probe into the matter of alleged police torture of Brijpal. Brijpal, who was admitted to General Hospital, Sector 16, yesterday alleged that he was picked by policemen from Sector 24 police post and was locked up there and tortured.

The IG today said action would be taken against those found guilty as per law after taking statements from both the parties involved in incident.

The police on the other hand said, Brijpal, father of an alleged criminal, Parveen Kumar, who has three cases of thefts registered against him, has concocted a story and also added that he was not picked up to force surrender of his son. The police while refuting the charges said there was no need to pick up Brijpal as his son was already arrested by the police.



Call from Bijnore creates a flutter
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 23
A 62 year old woman led the Chandigarh police on a mystery trail today. Hailing from Najibabad in western Uttar Pradesh, Ms Nirmala Devi’s case, created a flutter this morning when the SSP of Bijnore (UP) called up the Chandigarh police saying someone was trying to take out Ms Nirmala Devi’s kidneys in Chandigarh.

The SSP, Bijnore told the Chandigarh police that Ms Nirmala Devi had called up her sons in Bijnore and Najibabad that she was in a hospital in Chandigarh.

She had been missing from her home for the past two days. Nirmala Devi latter told the Chandigarh police that she was travelling in a train two days ago and does not recollect anything after that and found herself in the hospital this morning. She remembered three youths sitting in front of her berth in the train who were talking about kidneys. Ms Nirmala Devi told Chandigarh police that when she woke up on the hospital bed and she linked the talk about kidneys with her presence in the hospital.

The moment the SSP Bijnore called up, a Senior Inspector, Mr KIP Singh, was sent to probe the matter. He searched all hospitals and no woman of her description was found. The cop called back the SSP Bijnore saying there was no woman by that description in any hospital.

The police team later found out from an STD operator that the women in question was on the PGI campus. The police questioned her and later concluded that had she been unconscious for two days.

No case has been registered. Her sons came from UP and took her back. 



Fauji Beat
Punjab no more India’s sword arm

There was a time when Punjab was known as the sword arm of India because it was contributing a large share of its youth towards the Army. After the government made the policy recruiting manpower from states on their population basis, Punjab’s share went down. Surprisingly Punjab finds it difficult to complete even its reduced quota of recruitment. Lack of interest of the self-centred politicians in the welfare of the Army is one of the main reasons for it.

Take Chief Ministers, none of them has done anything worthwhile for soldiers, ex-servicemen and defence widows. Capt Amarinder Singh is the first Chief Minister who has done a lot for them. He was substantially enhanced the monthly annuity grant for the gallantry award winners. This includes the pre-independence awardees also. He also gave a grant of Rs 1 lakh to the widow of the Param Vir Chakra awardee, Subedar Joginder Singh, because of her problems.

Capt Amarinder Singh has been taking interest in the welfare of servicemen and ex-servicemen. The only other Chief Minister before him who took personal interest in the welfare and problems of soldiers was the late Partap Singh Kairon. He is still remembered by the veterans.

A transitory command

The Army Training Command (Artrac) is entrusted with laying down the training policy and watching its implementation. It also works out tactical doctrines for the Army and plans formation-level exercises. All this needs continuity at the Army’s Commander level. But what has been seen over the years is that this command has become a transitory command. Almost all Army Commanders have been shifted from this command to operational commands after a year. The latest example is of Lieut-Gen K. Natraj, who has been shifted from this command to the newly formed South Western Command. And Lieut-Gen Deepak Kapur on promotion has taken over the Artrac.

This being a non-operational command is not considered good from the career point of view. But then, all seven Army Commanders are not in the run for the Army Chief’s appointment. Since Lieut-Gen Kapur is likely to become the next chief in 2007, after General J.J. Singh, he should have been sent to raise the South Western Command and to have a tenure of about two years there. However, if the Artrac Army Commander suddenly comes up to be the senior-most, then he can be made the Army Chief. We have seen this happening in 1994, when General Shankar Roy Chaudhry was moved from this command to become the Army Chief on sudden passing away of General B.C. Joshi.

ECHS channel

The serving senior officers, barring a few, do not look at the problems of ex-servicemen in a realistic manner. Whey they retire, the reality dawns on them but then it is too late. A former Army Commander told this writer many years ago: “I now feel that I could have done much more for the ex-servicemen”.

Take the example of the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), which is a good health scheme but its implementation is slow. In certain stations, the empanelment of chemists gets delayed for too long. The ECHS cases have to follow the static formations channel. A case from the station headquarters should go to the sub-area headquarters and then from there to the command headquarters. But some sub-areas send their cases to the corps headquarters, which being an active formation does not come in the channel of ECHS correspondence.

Misuse of health scheme

Cases have come to the notice of the ECHS authorities where some members tried to get reimbursement for the treatment that they had taken before becoming members of the scheme by altering the date of their treatment. This is a wrong practice and must stop.

— Pritam Bhullar



Woman dies as car collides with tanker
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 23
A 75 year old woman, died in a road accident within minutes of attending her maternal granddaughter’s wedding here this afternoon. Gurdeep Kaur, hailing from Saharanpur died on the spot when the Wagon R in which she was travelling collided with an oil tanker from behind.

Four others were injured and admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32. The accident took place around 5. 30 p.m. near the Tribune chowk. The police later arrested Gulwant Sharma, the driver of the oil tanker, who had fled from the spot, leaving the tanker behind. He is a resident of Sandole village in Hisar district in Haryana.

The victims were coming from Highway Resorts in Zirakpur, and met with the accident when the oil tanker going ahead suddenly applied the brakes. The car driver, Paramjit Singh, son of the victim.

The injured admitted in the hospital are Paramjit Singh (32), Pritpal Singh (42), Ramandeep Singh (12) and Balwinder Singh (23). A case under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A, IPC, has been registered against the driver of the oil tanker.



Car, motorcycle stolen; house burgled
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 23
A car and a motorcycle were stolen from the city, the local police said this in a pressnote here, today.

Lieut-Col, Y.S. Yadav, a resident of Sector 15, Panchkula, reported to the police that his Maruti car (DL-2-CE-1637) was stolen near Fun Republic on the night of May 21. The car was later found abandoned near Mansa Devi Complex on May 22. The police has registered a case of theft in this regard. In another incident, Mr Naresh Kumar of Sector 37 has filed a complaint with the police that his motorcycle (MP-04-NJ-5427) was stolen from the Sector 22 market yesterday. A case of theft has been registered.

Ms Satwant Kaur of Sector 29 reported to the police that one DVD player and some cash was stolen from her residence on the night of May 20. A case has been registered.

Smack seized

The local police arrested Rajesh Kumar of Dadu Majra Colony from the same locality with 2 gm of smack, on Sunday. A case under Section 21 of the NDPS Act has been registered.

Cop injured

A constable Jarnail Singh, posted at the CISF, suffered injuries when his motorcycle was hit by a mini-truck near the Golf Club, on Sunday. He was admitted to the General Hospital, Sector 16. The police has arrested the truck driver, Jagdev Singh of Phase I, Mohali for rash and negligent driving. He was later released on bail. 



Unemployment drives 17-yr-old to suicide
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, May 23
Frustrated over his unemployment, a 17-year-old boy allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his residence in Mahamayee Colony in Sector 4 late last night.

Mohan Lal was found hanging with the ceiling of his room by his brothers, this morning.

The police said Mohan Lal was staying with his three brothers in the colony for some years and took the extreme step as he was in depression.

The body was handed over to the family after post-mortem examinations at General Hospital, Sector 6, today afternoon. The police has started inquest proceeding in the case. 



Showroom opened in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 23
A Maruti showroom, Joshi Auto Zone, was inaugurated in Sector 70, Mohali, today by Mr B.P. Chopra, General Manager, Punjab National Bank, Chandigarh, and Mr Hardeep Brar, Regional Manager, Maruti Udyog Limited.



Biz Clips

Opened: A new showroom of leather goods opened at Fun Republic on Sunday. It was inaugurated by Mr Pradeep Chhabra, Councillor. Mr Sandeep Arora, owner, said,” We have accessories like wallets, belts, purses besides artificial jewllery in our store.” OC

Food served: Members of the local Rotary Club and their families served food to the customers at Hot Millions-2 on Monday. The Rotarians had also invited 150 slum children on the occasion. The main objective of the service was to raise funds for the Rotary Heartline and other community projects. HM-2 will donate a part of their sales as well as tips collected in the evening, president of the club and owner of HM-2, Col. A.B. Singh. OC


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