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Deepankar tops ICSE exam in tricity
Boys outshine girls in Mohali
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh/Panchkula/Mohali, May 17
Deepankar Garg, a student of Little Flower Convent School, Sector 14, topped in the tricity in the matriculation examination conducted by ICSE by securing 96 per cent marks.

Son of a Subdivisional Officer with the Punjab Mandi Board, Deepankar gives credit for his success to his teachers and parents, particular his sister Ankita, a plus two student, for motivating him to burn the midnight oil.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Deepankar claimed that he studied randomly without setting any timetable. Apart from his school timings, Deepankar also devoted five to six hours to studies at home. Besides watching news and certain entertainment TV channels, Deepankar also used to participate in educational competitions at the school level.

After completing his plus two, Deepankar aims to be an engineer from a reputed institute. “I did not take any tuitions. Five to six hours of studies at home, apart from school hours, helped me in scoring 96 per cent marks”, said Deepankar.

Mr H.K. Garg, Deepankar’s father, said his son used to study till late hours along with his sister Ankita.

Surbhi Singla of the same school followed Deepankar by scoring 95.6 per cent marks. Daughter of Mr Rajesh Singla, a steel trader, Surbhi wants to be an IAS officer. She also claims to have devoted six to seven hours to studies apart from her school hours without going in for any tuitions. Trailing the two, Mayur Garg stood third by securing 95.5 per cent marks.

According to the school principal, of the 121 students ,28 secured 90 per cent and above while the remaining passed in the first division.

Gagan Deep of St Xavier School, Sector 20, secured 93.8 per cent while Ankita Gupta and Mayank, both of the same school, trailed him by securing 93 per cent and 92 per cent marks, respectively.

Meanwhile, it was also celebration time at the Sahil Midha house this evening. A resident of Sector 42, Sahil topped the St Stephen’s School by secured 95.3 per cent in the ICSE class X exam.

Son of a Punjab National Bank employee, Sahil was not expecting the result to be so good. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune he stated, “I was expecting a good result but not to top the exam.” While Sahil has secured an applaudable 100 in maths, he has secured above 90 in the other subjects. Planning to become a software engineer, Sahil has taken up non-medical in Class XI and has already taken admission in AKSIPS-41.

His elated mother, Ms Manju Midha, a State Bank of India employee, is very happy over her son’s result. “I am as happy as any mother can be,” she stated.

Rohan Jain, a resident of Sector 38-A and student of St Kabir, Sector 26, has bagged the second position in the city by securing 94.67 per cent. Elated with his result, Rohan plans to take up at either AKSIPS-41 or Bhawan Vidyalaya-27. “Though I had done very well in my pre-boards, I was not expecting to do so well in the city,” Rohan said, adding that he wanted to be a computer engineer.

St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, has recorded a 100 per cent pass result. A total of 248 students appeared for the exam, 25 of whom have got above 90 per cent, while 104 students have got above 80 per cent. In all, 246 students have got the first division, while two have got the second division.

At St Kabir School, Sector 26, 101 students appeared, all of whom passed with the first division. Twentytwo scored above 90 per cent. At St Xavier Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, Shalini Thakur stood first in the school in the Indian School Certificate (ISC) science stream in Class XII and has secured 83.4 per cent. Lovleen Kaur Pannu stood first in the commerce stream securing 80.6 per cent.

At Tender Heart School, Sector 33, only two students got above 90 per cent Jaheen Singh got 94.3 per cent while Shilpa Sharma got 90.5 per cent.

In Mohali, boys have outshone girls in the ICSE examination, results of which were declared today.

As many as 15 students of Yadavindra Public School here scored more than 90 per cent marks in the ICSE examination, of which 14 are boys.

Vinay Parnami topped the school by getting 94.6 per cent marks. The second position is shared by Ripudaman Singh Kohar and Mankanwal Singh Chahal by scoring 93.6 per cent marks each. Bharat Bhushan bagged the third position by getting 92.8 per cent marks.

Vinay felt on top of the world when he got to know about his result and plans to celebrate it with friends. He said one had to be very regular in studies to perform well in examinations. Last-minute preprations did not help much. He said he was able to do well without taking any tuitions. He wants to get admission to an IIT and has started taking tuitions for that.

The result was a big surprise for Mankanwal as he did not expect to perform that well. “In my first preboards, I got only 87 per cent marks and was expecting only about 91 per cent in the boards. He said he studied for about six hours regularly and increased the duration to 14 hours a day about one week before the examinations. He also wants to get admission to one of the IITs and has already started working hard to achieve his aim.

Among the other students who got 90 per cent and above are Prateek Upreti (92.2), Malwinder Singh Tiwana (92.2), Tarunpreet Kaur (91.8), Lakshay Sharma (90.5), Vanshdeep Singh (90.5), Tejmaan Singh Meen (90.6), Gursimran S. Manchanda (90.8), Vijay Karan S. Anand (90.8), Bhupinder Singh Dhaliwal (90.8), Azeem S Sharda (90.2) and Suraj S. Khurana (90).

Mrs Komal Singh, Vice-Principal, said students had performed extremely well. The school had never seen 15 students scoring above 90 per cent marks. She gave the credit for the achievement to the students as well as their teachers who had really worked hard. She said 117 students had appeared in the ICSE examination held in March this year.

Garima Rai and Harkiran Singh topped the examination at St Xaviers High School, Sector 71, by getting 87 per cent marks. As many as 55 students had appeared in the examination and the pass percentage here was 98. As many as 75 per cent of the students got the first division.

Meanwhile, a resident of Sohana village has created a record for Yadavindra Public School here by securing 92 per cent marks in the ISC (Class XII) examination, the result of which was declared today.

An overjoyed Gurinder Pal Singh, who topped the non-medical group, said he was expecting a good result. “I had worked hard for it and remained very attentive in the class”. He wants to become an IAS officer.

Bhanu Dhanjal, who stood second by getting 89.5 per cent marks in the non-medical group, said as he had got 99 per cent marks in maths he would be offered scholarships by two foreign universities where he wanted to pursue a course in actuarial sciences.

Geetika Singh Battu topped the medical group by getting 87.5 per cent while Ritesh Mahajan topped the commerce group by getting 85.3 per cent marks.

Mrs Komal Singh, Vice-Principal, said out of the 38 students, 24 had got more than 80 per cent marks in English while three students were able to get 99 per cent marks in maths.



Complete boycott of OPDs in city hospitals
Senior staff pitch in their best
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Medical services went haywire and patient care was a casualty at city hospitals as anti-reservation protests gathered momentum, leading to near closure of most outdoor patient departments and paralysing regular functioning.

  • To organise themselves on one platform
  • PGI to have a parallel OPD by senior residents
  • PGI Faculty Association to observe “black day” today
  • Elective surgeries to be postponed in PGI and GMCH

The PGI and Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, saw a complete boycott of work in OPDs, wards and the emergency by junior and senior doctors. Interns and house surgeons at General Hospital, Sector 16, too, jumped on to the bandwagon of protests against reservation.

In the general emergencies, patients were given medicine and discharged while those with surgical emergencies were attended to by consultants or senior faculty members. A number of elective surgical procedures had to be cancelled due to non-availability of staff.

Faculty members and consultants, standing in for the junior and senior doctors who abstained from work all day, tried to run the show but ended up being overworked and unable to handle the loads of patients visiting the OPDs.

Consequently, patients from far and wide, though their numbers have significantly come down since the protest began, hoping for quality care and expertise in the city’s hospitals, went back disappointed——long queues of patients outside OPDs waiting for their turn and paucity of staff proved to be a deterrent.

“I came from my hometown to get my leg, in cast, examined. The OPD in the Department of Orthopaedics was overflowing and there was hardly any staff. Though senior doctors are examining patients, it took ages to get into the doctor’s cabin,” Rajwinder Singh, a patient at PGI, said.

In the emergency and the wards, the faculty managed with skeletal staff and tried to tide over the situation. Delhi-resident Sakshi Nanda, her husband and child, who landed at the emergency following an accident while they were on their way to Delhi said: “The doctors tried to manage the situation despite lack of staff. There was a slight delay in attending to us but then there were other patients and only two doctors.”

At GH-16 the protest is only beginning to make its presence felt with interns and house surgeons beginning protest. Emergency services were slightly hit and OPDs were disrupted when protesting doctors descended at the hospital seeking suspension of OPDs.

Meanwhile, medicos from the three hospitals blocked traffic at Matka Chowk to lodge their protest against reservation. Doctors from PGI, GH-16, GMCH-32 and the Dental College at Dera Bassi gathered at the chowk and formed a human chain to garner public support against reservation at the chowk.

“The strike is not about reservation in medical institutes alone but others as well. We are trying to form a common platform and involve students and professionals from other institutes as well. We are in touch with students’ organisations from Panjab University, Punjab Engineering College and other institutes and are talking to patients flocking to the OPDs to muster support,” explains Dr Anindya Banerjee of the Association of Resident Doctors, PGIMER.

The Faculty Association, PGIMER, also met under the president, Prof Ashok Gupta, to condemn the “indifferent attitude of the authorities towards the agitating doctors” and the “brutal handling” of protesting doctors by police personnel in different parts of the country. They also decided to observe tomorrow as a “black day”.



Police moves court against bail to Harneet

Chandigarh, May 17
The Chandigarh Police today filed an application against the grant of interim bail to Harneet Kaur, wife of Chandigarh Deputy Mayor. The application would be listed before the District and Sessions Judge who would mark the case to the judge concerned.

Sources in the police said the plea by the investigating agency was that since the bail application of the salesman was pending before the Additional District and Sessions Judge, the anticipatory bail of the Deputy Mayor's wife should also be put up before the same judge. TNS



Survey to identify lal dora violations
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
To ascertain the extent of unauthorised constructions out of the lal dora of UT villages, the Chandigarh Administration is undertaking a fresh survey of such structures which are primarily residential. Over 4,000 built up houses outside lal dora of the villages would be the focus of the survey.

Field staff in the office of the Deputy Commissioner and the CID wing of the police has been entrusted with the task of identifying the number of structures and the nature of violation.

Sources said in the light of the Supreme Court directive and the present “anti-encroachment” stand of the administration, the survey reports would enable need-based demolition in the periphery and would also enable future planning of the area under encroachments.

It would be pertinent to mention that illegal constructions outside the lal dora of the UT villages has caught the attention of the sub group of the Administrator’s Advisory Council, constituted for the development of the UT villages.

The group had recommended that a proper scheme be prepared for the development of the areas outside the village “phernis”. It has been recommended that effort should be made to accommodate existing pucca structures on the payment of prescribed charges.

Instead of regularising buildings in an isolated manner, the structures which cannot be accommodated under the scheme should be acquired and re-planned, the committee has recommended.

The group has also recommended separate building bylaws to govern construction activity in the newly-built area outside the village ‘abadis’. It has been specifically pointed out by the sub group that constructions in the area between “abadi deha” and village “pherni” was not due to natural growth of the villages.

The sources said the number of built-up houses outside the lal dora was over 4,000. As per the consolidation of the village, carried out between 1952 and 1960, a number of houses had come up outside the lal dora, including those in the extended ‘abadi deh’.

As the figures quoted by the committee, around 35,000 families were living out the lal dora in UT villages.



Negligence by Mangla Dogra alleged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
In two separate instances, city residents have alleged negligence by Dr Mangla Dogra, a gynaecologist at the Mangla Dogra Nursing Home, Sector 19.

While Ms Navjot and her husband, also a doctor, alleged that a stillborn was delivered due to the negligence and absence of the doctor at her clinic at the time of the delivery, Mr Sukesh and Ms Rajni Sharma alleged that the doctor “unnecessarily operated” upon the latter for a blocked fallopian tube.

Ms Navjot said she went to the clinic for a routine check-up on May 11 and was told to come in the afternoon for admission. The nurse who monitored the foetal heartbeat said it was 140 to 150 which was ideal.

“We got an independent ultrasound done which showed the child was normal. In the nursing home, a drip to induce artificial delivery was started. I cried in pain for many hours and my husband asked Dr Dogra to attend to me. However, she continued to attend to patients in the OPD till about 8 am and then left for her house. The junior doctor had already left by 7.30 pm.

“By the time she was taken to the labour room, the condition of the foetus had worsened. The nurse informed the doctor and by the time she arrived, we had lost our child. Our idea in highlighting our tragedy is not to seek compensation but to make the doctor accountable and open the eyes of the public to such callousness,” she said.

When contacted, Dr Dogra clarified that this was a case of chord prolapse and there was little she could have done. “I checked on the patient and asked the nurse to shift her to the labour room. The patient went to the bathroom and when she came back, the chord was already dangling out. That is a medical emergency and we handled it in the best manner we could though we could not save the child. This has happened in six cases in my career and we have been able to save three children. Sadly, this one died,” she stated.

Meanwhile, Ms Rajni Sharma, undergoing treatment at the nursing home for infertility since the past 10 months, said Dr Dogra had performed a laparoscopy for “problem-free” fallopian tubes and charged an exorbitant sum without achieving the desired result.

“We went to her for treatment in August. In May, after the medicines didn't work, she sent us for a hysterosalpingography at a private diagnostic centre where we got a report saying that though the right fallopian tube was normal, the left was blocked at one end,” Mr Sharma said.

“Dr Dogra told us to go in for a laparoscopy to open the blockade to which we agreed. When they carried out the surgery, they found both tubes were open. For this exercise, they charged us over Rs 22,000 and had not even told us that it was only an investigation,” he added.

Explaining the case, Dr Dogra claimed that after the test report, they decided to carry out laparoscopy to ascertain why the patient was not conceiving even though one tube was open. “We told them everything and they even noted down the expenditure on the follow-up chart. After the surgery, we found both tubes were open. I don't understand where the problem is and what they want. Also, even if the test report had been normal, we would have recommended the test since it is essential to see why the patient is not conceiving,” she said.



Catholics, Muslims want film banned
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Dan Brown is not done with controversy yet. After instigating Catholics in Delhi and Mumbai, his controversial film “The Da Vinci Code” has arrived to haunt the faith in the region.

The only reason the stir not gathered enough momentum in Chandigarh and churches under its wings is the meager population of Catholics in the area. This has, however, not kept them from reacting sharply to the film and blasting it for “slanderous” accounts that dare the very foundation of Christian faith.

Bishop of Shimla-Chandigarh Diocese Gerald John Mathias has, in a strongly-worded representation to the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator today, along with Imam Maulana Shakeel Ahmad has requested Gen S.F. Rodrigues(retd) to ban the release of the film in Chandigarh. He has suggested a preview of the film by a panel of eminent people, enlightened enough to sift the chaff from reality.

The argument behind the representation is:“Many people who watch the film will not have a clear biblical perspective or the critical tools and education necessary to refute the movie's cruel, blasphemous, slanderous allegations. Even those who think that they have the tools and are not solid theologically, will walk away mentally bruised, blemished and spoiled from seeing the theological travesty, as we know from creditable research.”

Even as Sony Picture plans to push the May 19 release of the film, which has been dubbed into four languages, the protest at the local level is yet to assume proportions as threatening as those in New Delhi.

The first formal word of reservation came only today from the head of Catholic Church in Sector 19.

Father Anil, Assistant Bishop at the Sector 19 church, explains, “The only important thing is to expose the fiction which Dan Brown has promoted—first through his novel and then his film. The film, quite advertently, maintains that Jesus was married and had children whose descendants are still alive. This is a gimmick which the author has adopted for sale. It has no historical licence, nor is it corroborated by the Gospel which is clear on the subject.”



Punjab burdened with debt, claims SAD
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 17
The Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) yesterday virtually kicked off its election campaign for the coming Punjab Assembly elections with a call to oust the “inefficient and corrupt” Capt Amarinder Singh government.

Addressing a largely attended dharna against the “anti-people” policies of the Punjab Government here yesterday, the SAD general secretary, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, blasted the Punjab Government alleging that all sections of society were at the receiving end of the government. Even the provision of basic amenities, including water and power, left much to be desired, he added.

Terming the Congress a “divided house”, the senior Akali leader alleged that the tug-of-war between the various factions of the party in the media spoke volumes about the functioning of the party and the Punjab Government.

Picking holes in the claims of the Punjab Government that mega projects worth about Rs 56,000 crore had been cleared for the state, the senior Akali leader alleged that the government was “misleading” the people ahead of the Assembly poll. Not to talk of the mega projects, the government had burdened the state with debt amounting to Rs 22,500 crore during the last four years.

Commenting on the alleged favours by the government to Reliance, Capt Kanwaljit Singh asserted that the government had no right to bestow favours on an industrial house and compromise on the tenancy rights of farmers.

For the past four years, the industrial growth rate had been going down steadily in the state with the result that now the growth rate stood at 2.5 per cent as compared to 5.3 per cent during the Akali regime, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, who represents the Banur constituency in the Punjab Assembly, alleged.

Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included Mr Jasjit Singh, general secretary of the youth wing of SAD, Mr Narinder Sharma, president of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat, Mr Jaswinder Singh Jassi, SAD district youth president,Mr Nirmail Singh Jaula Kalan, SGPC member, Mr Sukhdev Singh Changera and Mr Bhupinder Saini.



Maj-Gen found guilty of corruption
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
A general court martial (GCM) has found a Major-General guilty of corrupt practices and professional impropriety. He has been sentenced to three years loss of seniority for the purpose of pension and awarded a severe reprimand. The court’s verdict has been sent to higher authorities for confirmation.

The officer, Major-Gen K.T.G. Nambiar (later demoted to Brigadier), was tried on 18 charges and the court found him guilty on seven charges. The charges related to intent to defraud and acts prejudicial to good order and military discipline under Sections 52 (f) and 63 of the Army Act.

The GCM, presided over by Lt-Gen S. Bhattacharjee, from the Engineer-in-Chief’s Branch at Army Headquarters, concluded at Meerut cantonment yesterday.

Army authorities had received an anonymous complaint against the officer, alleging a series of lapses and financial misappropriations committed by him while he was serving as the sub area commander in the rank of Brigadier in Uttar Pradesh.

The complaint was made after the officer had been promoted to the rank of Major-General and had moved to the Assam Rifles as Inspector-General, an appointment equivalent to the GOC of a division. According to instructions issued by the Adjutant General’s Branch at Army Headquarters, all complaints, even anonymous ones, are to be investigated and action is to be initiated if they contain substance.

Based upon the complaint, Headquarters, Central Command, ordered a court of inquiry (COI) to ascertain the facts and fix responsibility for lapses, if any. The COI found the officer prima facie blameworthy of the accusations made in the complaint. The officer was, thereafter, removed from command, reduced to his substantive rank of Brigadier and attached to Headquarters, Delhi Area, for further disciplinary proceedings.

During the course of the proceedings, the officer retired from service and Section 123 of the Army Act was invoked, which authorises the Army to take into custody and punish individuals who had committed an offence while they were subject to the Act.

The officer who had succeeded Brig Nambiar as the sub area commander is also in the dock, with a court of inquiry holding him blameworthy for committing offences similar to those of Nambiar. After having been promoted to the rank of Major-General, the officer is posted in the Central Command.



Army, IAF to conduct joint exercise
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
The armed forces are re-defining their operating procedures, battle drills and tactics to exploit inter-service synergy and the use of force multipliers to achieve strategic and tactical military objectives.

Briefing media persons on the Sanghe Shakti 2006 joint Army-Air Force exercise, here today, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, Lt-Gen Daljeet Singh said that the purpose of the exercise was to evaluate and test new technology and weapon systems which have been procured over the past four years.

Sanghe Shakti is the largest military exercise in almost a decade. The highlight of the exercise is a pare drop of an army battalion group by the Air Force over Punjab in pitch darkness.

General Daljeet said that as part of the exercise, the services were also looking at their ability to fight in a nuclear, chemical and biological contaminated environment, as only very little collateral damage is acceptable.

‘‘Consequent to the many lessons learnt during Operations Vijay and Parakram, the Army and the Air Force have come together as virtually a single force,’’ the Army Commander said. ‘‘We are aiming to have total integration at every level,’’ he added.

The Army has already conducted a massive exercise in the deserts, codenamed Silver Streak, and this exercise in Punjab is part of this where the Army would train to fight in a developed terrain incorporating inhabitations, canals and rivers. A total of 20,000 troops and 5,000 vehicles are involved in this.

Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, Air Marshal A.K. Singh, said that in today's scenario, survivability and the ability to win depended upon total synergy. He said that 65-70 per cent of the Air Force’s armaments, equipment and stores are meant to support Army operations.

‘‘Today's war fighting environment has changed so much that every move of the Air Force has become strategic in nature,’’ Air Marshal Singh said while commenting upon the emerging role of the Air Force. ‘‘We no longer limit ourselves to tactical areas,’’ he added.

He said the Air Force was providing two IL-76 heavy lift freighters to para drop equipment and 19 AN-32 medium lift aircraft to drop about 650 troops over the designated exercise area at the Sidhwan Kalan field firing range ahead of Ludhiana tonight. He added that transport aircraft, maintaining strict radio silence, would fly out of Chandigarh and Pathankot airbases and would be escorted by MiG-29 class fighters armed with beyond visual range missiles to protect them. Over the drop zone, the fighters would perform an offensive combat air patrol to counter enemy activity.

The Punjab Government has been approached for implementing a ‘‘black-out’’ in the area to simulate real life battlefield conditions and the only aid for the paratroopers would be a ‘‘T’’ lighted by kero-bricks by a path fighter troop dropped a few minutes before the main body.

The Air Force would also be trying out low level drops during two re-supply sorties in the next two days. Its An-32s would be flying in just 100 metres above ground level in order to evade enemy radar and climb to 300 metres just before the drop zone. The troops would be dropped from 850-1250 feet over a 4-km long drop zone.



400 Punjab cops attend crash course in traffic control
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh, May 17
The Chandigarh Police has adopted 400 men -almost literally, from the Punjab Police, in what can aptly be described as operation road dominance, wherein the Chandigarh Police will not only train their 'elder brothers' from Punjab in traffic rules and regulations, but above all give lessons on "how to be polite". The Chandigarh Police is taking this opportunity to seek the assistance of the Punjab Police personnel to increase their own presence on the Chandigarh roads, albeit only for three days.

Besides their presence on the traffic points, Punjab Police cops will also attend theory classes at the Children Traffic Park in Sector 23 here in the morning and late in the afternoon. For every pair of Chandigarh Traffic Police (they work in team of twos), one Punjab Police traffic cop and two other constables have been attached.

Though the primary purpose of this exercise is training, but the move also finds its roots in a recent observation of the Punjab and Haryana High Court asking Punjab and Haryana Governments to pitch in their bit to overcome shortage of manpower with the Chandigarh Police as they do have an obligation towards the city's administration, Chandigarh being the common capital 
of the two states.

Talking to The Tribune, Mr Dinesh Bhatt, the UT Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic and Operations) said, "In all there are 400 policemen from Punjab, who are attending a three-day crash course in traffic management and assisting in checking traffic violations in Chandigarh. The cops would also be made to attend classes to make them aware about the traffic rules and regulations and the provisions under Motor Vehicles Act, which could be used for challlaning the traffic violators. But above all they will also be trained to behave like public servants dealing with a civilised society".

Another police officer involved in the training process said , "We will also make efforts to make them understand the importance of being polite with the violator and not lose their temper, even if the violator misbehaves and shouts. They cannot tell people that they are a law unto themselves. Though, it is a difficult task, but we are trying".

Mr Bhatt further said Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohali, Mr Naunihal Singh, had approached him for this crash course. When asked about any other such course for Punjab and Haryana Policemen in near future, he said no one had approached the Chandigarh Police so far in this regard.\

The constables are attending theory classes at Children Traffic Park after which they participate in the regular challan drive at 35 different spots in the city. Punjab Police cops would act as part of the Chandigarh Police during the crash course. They would be stopping violators, then assisting the challaning officer and finally issuing the challan to the violator, said a traffic police officer of the Chandigarh Police.

The development is significant as the Punjab Police known for its tough stand against militants hardly does anything to catch traffic violators. The fact that most of the motorists loosen the seat belts, or take off the helmet soon after entering Punjab from Chandigarh is a testimony to this effect. Besides this, rudeness on the part of the cops is known to one and all.

Interestingly, even though the Chandigarh Police is challaning motorists driving vehicles with black films or talking on the mobile while driving in compliance with the high court directives, no such move has so far been initiated by the Punjab Police.



Vibha Shri to conduct spiritual discourses
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, May 17
Vedic mantras and hymns are replete with the spiritual and ethical content and posses the cosmic power maintains, Dr Vibha Shri, well-known religious scholar and spiritual head of Shani Ashram from Aurangabad. Dr Vibha Sri is a learned scholar of astrology, yoga and religious studies with a special reverence for Shani Dev (Saturn).

Talking to mediapersons at the Shiv Mandir Complex here she delved deep into the myths and wrong notions about the mythological aspects of the Hindu philosophy.

She had analysed various perspectives of the Hindu philosophy with a scientific approach and sculpted 15 books.

Dr Vibha is a myriad minded scholar holding a doctorate in astrology, a postgraduate in Hindi literature, a qualified BAMS doctor, and a diploma holder in journalism. She had been Bureau Chief of Dainik Bhasker at Bhailai for five years.

Dr Vibha, is conducting spiritual discourses and short courses in astrology and other streams at Panchkula before holding the 108 kundli anushthan at Chandigarh from May 25.



Residents seek time to remove encroachments
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
A 10-member delegation of representatives of Ram Darbar today met Mr P.S. Aujla, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh and sought a week’s time to remove encroachments.

A spokesman for the MCC informed that the Engineering Department had been instructed that the demarcation of the illegal structures should be done within two days to enable the encroachers to remove the illegal structures from government land. Regarding the toilets in houses at Ram Darbar Ph-I, the MCC will clear the position within a week so that the occupants of dwelling units remove these thereafter.

Earlier, the inhabitants of the area had been advised to voluntarily remove the encroachments.



Jeweller duped of gold chain
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 17
Two couples duped a jeweller in Sector 37 of a gold chain worth Rs 35,000, here today.

Sources in the Sector 39 police station said, Mr Shyam Sunder Sharma of Nippy Jewellers in Sector 37 lodged a complaint alleging that two Nepali couples arrived at his shop at around 10 am and asked him to show gold chains. As he was busy in showing the chains to one couple the other couple got up and started looking at other articles lying in the shop. It was only later that he realised that a gold chain worth Rs 35,000 was missing. A case of cheating has been registered.

Vehicle stolen

Mr Varinder Kumar of Sector 21 reported to the police alleging that his car was stolen from his residence on May 15. In another incident, Ms Raj Rajni Anand of Sector 8 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that her car was stolen from her residence on May 16.


Mr Manan Aggarwal of Sector 6 Panchkula reported to the police that Rs 79800, a demand draft for Rs 18496, a cheque book and other articles were stolen from Chandigarh Club on May 16.

House burgled

Mr Ankur Mittal, a Sector 22- based advocate filed a complaint with the police alleging that Rs 12,000 were stolen from his residence during the day time on Tuesday. 



Villager dies in mishap
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 17
A 32-year-old resident of Hallo Majra village was seriously injured when a truck hit him near the Tribune chowk this afternoon. He later succumbed to his injuries.

Giving details, sources at the Sector 31 police station said Hari Ram was going home on his cycle after buying kerosene from Sector 29 at around 12.15 p.m. The accident took place when a truck (HR-37- 4123) hit his cycle from the rear side and in the process Hari Ram fell on the road.

A police control room vehicle reached the spot and took the victim to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital, where he died.

Hari Ram hailed from Bihar and was living alone in the city. He was working as an assistant in a shop. The police has informed his family about the accident.

Meanwhile, Narinder Singh of Rajpura, the truck driver, has been arrested.



Credit policy discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
A talk on “Annual monetary and credit policy, 2006-07” was organised by the local office of the RBI today. Dr R. Kannan, Principal Adviser, Department of Economic Analysis and Policy, RBI, Mumbai, delivered the talk.

Mr D.P.S. Rathore, Regional Director, chaired the talk which was attended among others by Mr V.R. Rao, CGM, RBI, Mr Hemant Contractor, CGM, SBI, Ms Balbir Kaur, Banking Ombudsman, Mr B.P. Chopra, GM, PNB, and convener of SLBC (Haryana), Mr I.D. Singh, GM, PNB, Ludhiana, and convener of SLBC (Punjab) and Dr M.R. Aggarwal, Professor of Economics, PU.

Commenting on an overall assessment of the performance of the Indian economy, Dr Kannan mentioned that in terms of macroeconomic outcome, the GDP growth rate turned out to be better than anticipated during 2005-06.

The gross domestic saving rate, which had increased to around 30 per cent of the GDP during 2005-06, coupled with sustained absorption of external savings of 2 to 3 per cent of the GDP, provided potential for attainment of an accelerated growth trajectory.

While interest rates firmed up at the shorter end, the long-term interest rates were stable, possibly indicating more stable inflation expectations. Though non-food credit growth exceeded the earlier projections, a substantial part of it came from a shift in asset portfolio by reduction in banks' investments which was made possible because of unwinding of MSS securities without undue pressure on interest rates.

Deposit growth and money supply growth were higher than the projections made at the beginning of the year. The money and government securities markets had, by and large, been stable and there was a large shift of overnight transactions from the uncollateralised market to the collateralised markets.

The movements in the exchange rate continued to be orderly despite volatility in major currencies, Dr Kannan said.

The expansion of the money supply had been projected around 15 per cent during 2006-07, he added.


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