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Boys bag top positions in plus two exams
Anurag secures 96.8 pc in commerce, Anuj 93.6 in arts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
This year it were the boys who bagged the top positions in the city in the different streams of the Class XII CBSE result which were declared today morning. All toppers have secured more than 90 per cent. The toppers this year have secured more than the toppers of the last year.

Topping the city in commerce is Anurag Sangar, a student of SD Public School, Sector 32. H e has secured 96.8 per cent marks. With a 100 in mathematics, 99 in accounts and 98 in business studies. Anurag aims to become a chartered accountant. With his hobbies of playing cricket and listening to music Anurag plans to relax before seeking admission at Sriram College of Commerce, New Delhi. His father Sandeep Sangar, is a senior executive in the IT Department.

Breaking the stereotype image of girls pursuing arts as a subject, Anuj Malhotra has bagged the top position in the arts stream by securing 93.6 per cent. A student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35 he has secured 98 in psychology and 97 in sociology. Son of Vinay Kumar Malhotra, Assistant Manager, Department of Advertising, The Tribune, Anuj says he would like to encourage other boys to take up arts as a subject. “Arts is a great subject and people have the misconception that you cannot do well in it, I chose it as a subject despite securing 89 per cent in class X”. Anuj plans to take admission in DAV College.

Mehak Dhande has topped the medical stream this year by securing 93.2 per cent. A student of Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, she plans to pursue her MBBS from Manipal University. Daughter of Karamjit Singh, a former mathematics professor, she is happy to be the only girl sharing the limelight with the boys this year. “I am awaiting the result of the AFMC and the CBSE (main). I was expecting 90 per cent, however, topping the city in the stream is a surprise.”

Rushil Goyal, a student of SD Public School, Sector 32, has topped the non-medical stream securing 95.2 per cent. He is currently in Bombay for the maths and chemistry olympiad. Speaking to TNS, his mother Anita Goyal, a lecturer at SGGS College-26 informed that they were very happy and hoped that he would clear the IIT entrance exam too. “We were expecting 95 per cent marks and are happy that he has got that.” Son of Arun Goyal, MD, Punjab Industry and Export Corporation, Rushil aims to become an engineer.

Last year the highest in arts in the city was 91 per cent, medical 92 per cent, non-medical 95.2 per cent, while in commerce it was 94.4 per cent.



Commerce achievers dominate in Panchkula
Tribune Reporters

Panchkula, May 23
Students of commerce stream have outshone those of science and humanities stream in the Class XII examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in Panchkula.

Nine students from six school secured 90 per cent and more marks in the district, while only two students of the science stream could make over 90 per cent marks in the examinations here.

There was confusion over the results till late evening as neither the CBSE nor the District Education Officer was able to provide detailed reports on the results.

As per information, two students — Prateek Singla and Himani Pruthi of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15 — secured 93.2 per cent marks each in commerce stream.

While Sonika, a student of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, got 92 per cent marks, Abhinandan Jain of Bhavan Vidyalaya secured 90.8 per cent, Nivedita and Kanika Jain of Army School, Chandi Mandir, and DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, respectively, got 90.4 per cents marks each.

Ankush Goel of Mahatma Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, secured 90.2 marks, while Gunjan from DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur, and Shish Jain of Bhavan Vidyalaya got 90 per cent marks.

In science stream, Shikha Gupta of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, secured 91.4 per cent marks, while Ritu Rani of Army School, Chandi Mandir, got 90.2 per cent marks.

Manu first in Mohali with 92 pc

Manu Waraich of St. Soldier International Convent School stood first in Mohali in the CBSE Class XII results declared today. She secured 92 per cent marks and was pursuing the commerce stream.

Her success mantra is that be regular in studies and also tension- free to perform well in the examination. She said she used to study for about six hours a day and did not go in for any tuitions. It was only an inspiration from a friend and proper guidance from teachers that helped her excel in the examinations. She also secured 97 per cent marks in English.

Japneet Kaur of Gian Jyoti Public School stood first in the medical stream in the town by getting 91.4 per cent marks followed by Disha Aggarwal of the same school, who got 91 per cent. Ramanjot Kaur of Shivalik Public School got 90 per cent marks in the medical group.

Mohit Bharti of Lawerance Public Senior Secondary School bagged the first position in the non-medical group by getting 87.8 per cent marks.

In mathematics, Sandeep Singh of Gian Jyoti Public School secured 98 per cent marks followed by Udaydeep of Shivalik Public School and Mohit Bharti of Lawerance Public School, who secured 96 per cent each. Sneha Chug of Gian Jyoti Public School got 97 per cent marks in English.

Japneet Kaur of Gian Jyoti Public School got 96 per cent marks in chemistry followed by Amandeep Kaur of Lawerance Public Senior Secondary School, who got 93 per cent. Ashutosh of St. Soldier International Convent School got 95 per cent marks in biology, while Sahiba Mann of Gian Jyoti Public School got 93 per cent. In physics, Japneet Kaur and Disha Aggarwal of Gian Jyoti Public School got 95 per cent marks each while Deepak Kaushal of Lawerance Public Senior Secondary School got 90 per cent.



Private schools perform better
Tribune News Service

A total of 70,231 students appeared for the Class XII CBSE examination in the region this year, 11.36 per cent (7114) of which have been placed under compartment, while seven cases of unfair means have been reported. The total overall pass percentage in the region this year is 82.15. @@The girls have done better than the boys, securing a pass percentage of 87.81 while for the boys is 77. 88. According to the schoolwise performance in the region, this year Kendriya Vidyalaya has got a pass percentage of 93.52, while government schools have got a pass percentage of 86.08, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya and Independent schools have the pass percentage of 94.94 and 81.62, respectively.

Chandigarh, May 23
The result of the Class XII All India Senior School Certificate examination-2006 (AISSCE)-held in March/April by the CBSE were declared this morning. The result in the city schools were good this year. The best performance was witnessed in the commerce stream this year.

The performance of the private schools was better than the government schools this year. The government schools recorded a pass percentage of 86.05 per cent this year. SD Public School, Sector 32, was the school in the limelight, with its students bagging the top positions in the commerce and non-medical stream.

Anurag Sangar bagged the top position in the tri city in commerce, securing 96.8 per cent marks, while Pardeep Singh also of SD Public School, Sector 32 bagged the second position in the city, securing 96.4 per cent. Yogit Rana of Bhavan Vidayala, Sector 27, has bagged the third position with 96 per cent marks.

In the non-medical stream, Rushil Goyal of SD Public School-32, bagged the first position in the city, securing 95.2 per. Raghu Mahajan also of the same school has come second with 94.2 per cent marks, while Prabhmandeep Kaur of Sacred Heart, Sector 26, has come third with 94.2 per cent marks.

In the medical stream, Mehak Dhande of Sacred Heart School has come first with 93.2 per cent marks, Ankita Chakravarty of Khalsa Collegiate Public School has come second with 92.6 per cent marks, while Kavisha Singh of Sacred Heart has come third with 92.4 per cent marks.

In the arts stream, Anuj Malhotra has come first with 93.6 per cent marks while Vikas Kamboj of GMSSS-16 is second with 93 per cent marks. In the government schools, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, recorded the highest pass percentage of 97.9 percent (excluding compartments) while Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, has the lowest pass per centage of 58.83 per cent (excluding compartments).

The first chance compartmental examination will commence on July 20.



Failing to get through, GMSSS-10 student ends life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
After failing to clear his class XII CBSE examination, 17-year-old-Rahul Kaushal, the only son of his parents, ended his life by consuming a pesticide at the family’s Sector 22 residence in Chandigarh soon after seeing his result on the website of the CBSE this morning. He was immediately rushed to a private hospital, INSCOL in Sector 34, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Rahul was a student in the medical stream in the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10. He took the tragic and extreme step after learning about his result on the CBSE website at his neighbour’s house. According to his neighbour, Rahul reached their house at around 8 am and saw the website.

Rahul’s father, Mr Ashok Sharma, who is a general foreman in the UT government press, said in a choked voice that his son told them that his result had been delayed and it would be declared at around 10.30 am. Rahul’s mother is working as a clerk in Government College for Girls, Sector 11.

“I and his mother were hesitant to leave Rahul alone as he was a very sensitive boy. But he insisted that we should go to our offices as there was nothing to worry. We had no idea as to what was going on in his mind at that time”, said Mr Sharma.

The tragedy came to light after Mr Sharma and his wife, Bhawesh, rushed home upon learning about their son’s nervous condition from their neighbour, who had called them up.

In the meantime, the neighbour, Ms Sudesh, went to Mr Sharma’s house to enquire about Rahul’s condition.

“The door was locked from inside. After repeated knocks, Rahul opened the door. Though he looked tense and his eyes were blood red, Rahul said there was nothing to worry. However, acute smell of some pesticide aroused my suspicion. I looked around and found a wrapper of pesticide lying on a table. Still he did not admit consuming the pesticide and only said he was getting sick due to food poisoning.”

Finding his assertion incredible, Ms Sudesh offered him salted water so that he could vomit. “Soon after drinking the saline water, he threw out two tablets. In the meantime, his parents arrived and we rushed him to INSCOL,” she said.

On way to the hospital, Rahul tried to behave normal and denied eating anything. It was only before the doctors that he admitted the consumption of a pesticide. He was immediately taken to ICU ward, where he succumbed at around 11.15 am.

Rahul’s uncle, Mr Mahesh Kumar, said Rahul was a promising student and scored high in his exams. He was aiming to become a doctor and had appeared in PMT and other exams. He scored over 80 per cent marks in class X and also topped in the supplementary exams.

As per the details available on the CBSE website, Rahul had failed in physics and chemistry. He failed in theory of both these subjects and had scored 46 and 45 marks, respectively.

Back at his home, his mother, Ms Bhawesh Sharma, failed to come to terms with the tragedy and was in a state of utter shock and kept on calling out to her son. Refusing to accept that her son was dead, Mrs Sharma could not even shed a tear as she went into a trance. — OC



Twins spell double celebration
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
It was double celebration for a few in the city after the class XII CBSE results were declared this morning. Making their parents proud were two set of twins who secured more than 90 per cent in their class XII examination.

Twins Anuragini and Suhasini students of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, secured 95 per cent and 92.8 per cent in the commerce stream, while Vikas and Ritika of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, secured 93 per cent and 87.8 per cent in humanities. While Anuragini is ranked third in the city, Vikas is ranked first in her school and second in the city.

Daughters of Sanjeev and Archana Raghuvanshi, Anuraghini and Suhasini are thrilled to have secured more than 90 per cent. Though they share their notes, the twins claim that except for painting and basketball, they have nothing in common. While Anuragini wants to pursue BCom, Suhasini wants to do Economic (honours). While Anuraghini scored a 100 in business studies, Suhasini seemed to be stronger in accounts and has secured 97. Refusing any feelings of rivalry, the twins chorus that they are proud of each other. “I am very happy for my sister and there is no question of competition and rivalry among us,” states Anuraghini.

Meanwhile Vikas and Ritika, daughters of a government employee are thrilled with their result and are now focusing on their aim to clear the IAS. They both have scored 95 and 96 marks, respectively in political science and fine arts, respectively.

Vikas, who has bagged the second position in the city states that apart from sharing notes, they are also best friends. “We love painting, dancing, and making rangolis. As of now however we will celebrate and then later plan for what to do in our further studies.” 



CPUJ not to invite Capt Amarinder any more
Despite consent, CM fails to attend union’s meeting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
A last-minute cancellation of his scheduled programme by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, irked members of the Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists (CPUJ) here today and created a controversy.

The CPUJ decided not to invite him to any of its future functions. Capt Amarinder Singh had consented to be the chief guest at the fourth annual state meeting of the CPUJ today.

The visit was cancelled as the Chief Minister was not keeping well, said CPUJ office-bearers, quoting his aides.

At the meeting, Suresh Akhori, president of the Indian Journalist Union, to which the CPUJ is affiliated, said : “There is no use inviting a Chief Minister who is not bothered about journalists. We don’t need Capt Amarinder Singh in our future programmes and we’ll show him that the CPUJ is not dependent on his doles.”

The CPUJ president, Vinod Kohli, said: “The CPUJ has never been dependent upon politicians and neither will it ever be. It is not the presence of the Chief Minister but of hundreds of working journalists that makes our functions a true success.” And all this verbal lashing took place in the presence of a visibly embarrassed Deputy Chief Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, who was sitting on stage.

The union’s annual state meet carried on with more than 600 working journalists from all over Punjab attending it. The CPUJ, which has already covered each of its member under a group insurance scheme, today announced to cover members under a mediclaim scheme also.

In the absence of Capt Amarinder Singh, Mrs Bhattal presided over the function and unveiled the group insurance policy which has an insurance cover of Rs 22 crore and 55 lakh.

The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was the chief guest at the function, announced that the Haryana Government would announce its media policy on June 7 and it would be the only state in India to do so.

Both Mrs Bhattal and Mr Hooda acknowledged the role of the media and reiterated that politicians and the media should have healthy relations and strive for the common goal of the welfare of the masses.

Initiating the proceedings, Vinod Kohli spoke about the new role of unions. “A union cannot confine itself to slogan shouting. Now is the time these should seek the welfare of their members and also work for the enhancement of their working skills,” said Kohli.

IJU president Suresh Akhori highlighted the travails of working journalists. “The biggest enemy of journalism today is the contract system,” said Akhori.

He said owners of newspapers and TV channels were not only exploiting journalists but also politicians. He requested Mr Hooda and Mrs Bhattal to take up the matter of a new wage board with the Prime Minister.

Madan Singh, secretary, IJU, K.B. Pandit, president, Haryana Patarkar Sangh, Rana K.P. Singh, Parliamentary Secretary, Government of Punjab, also expressed their views on this occasion.



Celebrating 125 years of glory
Tribune News Service

Students of the The Tribune Model School present a dance during the 125th anniversary celebrations of The Tribune in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Students of the The Tribune Model School present a dance during the 125th anniversary celebrations of The Tribune in Chandigarh on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, May 23
Caretakers and employees of The Tribune assembled on the office premises this morning to take the newspaper’s 125th anniversary celebrations to another level.

The year-long celebrations had commenced in the presence of India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on September 24 last year – a day made historic by the PM’s affirmations of his fondness for The Tribune which “he had got himself delivered in distant lands.”

From sophisticated celebrations last year to humble, low-key celebrations today – The Tribune’s commitment remains constant and unchanged. It still draws from its glorious legacy while keeping an eye on the challenges of the future, as asserted by The Tribune’s General Manager, Mr Sanjay Hazari, today.

Mr Hazari stressed the need to build on tradition and brace for trails posed by the booming media industry. Admitting that The Tribune did not have the kind of resource base some other newspaper organisations had, he said the battle could be won by strengthening the nuances of tradition and promoting a work culture that inspired commitment and effort among employees.

The Editor-in-chief of The Tribune Mr H.K. Dua, brought alive the glory of the Tribune, which was born to serve a lofty purpose. Saluting the vision of the founder Sardar Dyal Sigh Majithia, Mr Dua inspired The Tribune family with a sense of pride in the organisation’s legacy.

And as he talked of The Tribune’s presence through history, a world of momentous events came alive – events that The Tribune has witnessed and recorded for posterity. While citing The Tribune’s coverage of the two World Wars, the growth of nationalism in India, the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy, the Quit India Movement, the dawn of Independence, the Partition and many more historic events which shaped the history of modern India, Mr Dua called for the need to reflect people’s concern through the newspaper’s columns. He, quite aptly said, “The Tribune has always been the voice of the people and it will flourish if it continues to be so.”

Attended by trustees Dr R.P. Bambah and Justice S.S. Sodhi (retd), top editorial and management officials and several employees, today’s function added another dimension to the ongoing anniversary celebrations of The Tribune 125th year of existence.

Speaking lat the event, Dr Bambah retraced the mandate of The Tribune for the assembled listeners by quoting from the newspaper’s first editorial which laid down the road map for the future. He talked of how The Tribune never had any pet ideas or political leanings. In religious matters, its duty was to be neutral; its only constant striving being “upholding liberal thoughts.”

Earlier during the event, The Tribune Union president, Mr Jagtar Singh Sidhu, invited The Tribune family to join hands in defeating the pressures of competition from other sources. The aspirations of The Tribune family were also reflected in the variety programme which the students of Tribune Model School had especially prepared for the event.



Zirakpur to get facelift, courtesy private sector
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 23
The Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat is all set to exploit its strategic location. In an innovative plan aimed at sprucing up the fast-developing township, the civic body has decided to tie-up with the private sector to beautify the strategic areas and link roads.

A brain child of the nagar panchayat president, Mr N.K. Sharma, the ambitious project will be cleared at the coming meeting of the civic body. “The civic body’s beautification plan will go a long way in developing it as the model town,” Mr Sharma, who completed three years as President yesterday, told Chandigarh Tribune.

Mr Sharma informed that the beautification plan would not put any pressure on civic body’s resources. In fact, the municipality planned to approach the corporate world, including the MNCs, for bearing the expenditure on the planting of trees along the link roads and other beautification works.

Given its locational advantage, it should not be difficult for nagar panchayat to rope in the MNCs.In return for their investments, the companies would be given specified space for the advertisement of their products.

Mr Sharma claimed that concerted efforts were being made to provide basic amenities to residents of the fastest growing township. “We are aiming at 100 per cent water and sewerage coverage for the township by December 2006”, he added.

While 12 tubewells had been sunk for better water supply, the process for the installation of five more tubewells was underway. Similarly, the tenders for the left-over works of water supply and sewerage system had been floated.

Mr Sharma warned that the unauthorised construction should not be tolerated in the township at any cost. Strict notice would being taken of the unauthorised construction of the apartment blocks on small stretch of land, he added.



Civil Hospital docs protest over police inaction
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 23
Doctors of the local Civil Hospital staged a dharna here today in protest against police inaction over an attack by a group of students on three other students at the hospital yesterday.

The OPD work in the hospital got adversely affected due to the protest.

The doctors raised slogans against the police demanding immediate action in the case and adequate security for the staff.

The dharna, which started around 8 am, continued till around 11.30 am and was lifted only when SP Varinder Pal Singh and SDM Sandeep Hans arrived and assured of early action.

The doctors have decided to continue the protest if no action is taken by 8 am tomorrow.

Dr Harmeet Kaur, who was on emergency duty in the hospital when the incident took place, said three students — Harpreet, Sandeep, Navraj — from Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, had come for treatment to the hospital yesterday as they had been allegedly assaulted by a group of students.

After sometime, the group of over 20 students, armed with hockey sticks, baseball bats and swords, reached the hospital and attacked the three.

As a result Harpreet sustained multiple fractures.

Dr Harmeet Kaur added that the police control room was informed around 10 minutes after the incident but only two policemen showed up an hour later and did little till 8 pm.

Later, some more policemen arrived and started arguing among themselves over the jurisdiction of the case.

Even a doctor was asked to issue a private medico-legal report.

The doctor alleged that the relatives of the injured students came to the hospital under the influence of liquor and indulged in arguments instead of making the required payment.

When Harpreet was being referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, the relatives allegedly assaulted the driver of the ambulance, Rajinder.

She alleged that the driver was again beaten up by the relatives at the PGI. It is alleged that the driver was forcibly asked to give in writing that he was under the influence of liquor while on duty.

The police has registered a case under Sections 324, 148, 149 and 506 of the IPC against six persons in this regard.



Poland woos Punjab entrepreneurs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
A delegation from Poland today wooed the entrepreneurs from Punjab, asking them to invest there as Poland is the “gateway to Europe”.

Mr W. Matziar, Second Secretary, Embassy of Republic of Poland, said this was the right time to invest in the country, as it had been annexured into the European Union in 2004. “Since it has recently become a part of the EU, the land prices are less as compared to other countries. Poland is the world’s fifth most preferred destination for foreign investment, mainly because it is the investors’ gateway to Europe,” he said.

Mr Matziar and Mr M.M. Gogia, Manager Projects, Embassy of Poland, were here to interact with members of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, during a seminar on the Indo — Polish trade, organised here today.

He said Poland was looking forward for investment in textile and pharmaceutical industry. “From Punjab, we are expecting machine tool industry and agricultural implements industry to invest in Poland,” he said, adding that they were also looking forward to investment in the field of pharmaceutical research, information technology, business process outsourcing industry and education.

Mr Matziar said last year trade between Poland and India touched $565 million, which is more than double the trade in year 2001 ($251 million). The major Indo- Polish trade links were in the areas of power generation, ship building industry, coal mining, motor cycles and tractor manufacturing. “We are also looking forward to helping the flour mill industry here in its modernisation and expansion plans,” he added.

Mr Gogia pointed out that the Polish Government was keen on giving incentives to investors. “Tax free zones have been created and as many as 14 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have been created. The only thing the government insists upon is that ecological balance should not be spoilt,” he said.



Family takes back HIV infected boy
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
First abused as a child by his brother, Parvesh grew up rearing confusions about his sexuality. It all started when he was just 10-year-old, and too young to understand the implications of an experience he had secretly 
started to enjoy.

By 12, Parvesh had entered the world of men having sex with men (MSM) and had been rechristened Seema - his official name for sex business. Conscious and excited about his new life, the boy hit the ground running, and began looking for an identity in a hugely complex world of emotions.

What he got instead was HIV infection and abandonment - two things he was just not looking for. “I was only 16 when my family learnt about my status. They turned me out of the house and severed all ties with me. I rotted on the roads until I landed in the safe company of volunteers from the Family Planning Association of India’s Panchkula branch. They offered me support and care,” says a shy Parvesh, who was, in a rare case of acceptance, taken back by his family about a month ago. The credit goes to consistent pressure which Ms Bina Monga and her team of volunteers at the NGO built on the young Parvesh’s family.

But Parvesh is far from healed, though he has diverted his attention towards academics. He recently took class VIII exam and managed to be among the toppers; he is now preparing for class X exam of the Punjab School Education Board. But somewhere in his heart, he still bears scars of a turbulent past. Says his mentor at the NGO, “He took a long time to confide in us. But now he is on regular medication.”

It was not like that a year ago when Parvesh was first introduced to NGO workers. He was extremely reticent about his past. But gradually he told his mentors about his life - his scarred childhood, his first foray into the world of homosexuality, his abuse at the hands of men from all strata, and finally his painful injuries.

“There came a time when my wounds stopped healing. That was when I became concerned about my health and started looking for help. I was brought to this NGO by a partner, who had been associated with it for long. That was the first time I took a test for HIV/AIDS,” says Parvesh, who now spreads awareness about AIDS and condoms among MSMs.

The test revealed his positive status, which meant he could not go back to a life circumstances had chosen for him. Faced with new dangers, the boy decided to change his preferences, at least for a while. He did not want to be part of a group that was among the most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. So he dissociated himself from his male partners and concentrated on studies instead.

“The change of preferences is paying off,” says the boy, who is healthier and happier than ever before. Never mind the fact that he still insists on being called Seema.



MNCs to encourage IT entrepreneurs in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Leading international software companies are interested in setting up their facilities in the city. This is the feedback provided by Mr S.K.Sandhu, Finance Secretary-cum-Secretary, information Technology, who has returned from the recently held annual conference of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), 2006, held in Santa Clara, California.

The companies which have shown interest in the city include Perfigo Inc, QASource, Silicon Valley Systech, Outline Systems, Cognizant Technology Solutions and Xprotean.

Discussions were also held with Light Speed Venture Capital Firm to formulate a strategy for guiding entrepreneurs in the IT sector and helping them setting viable IT companies.

The Chandigarh Administration will pursue a project in setting up venture capital fund in the city in association with a partner from Silicon Valley (on the pattern of PPP model) to create a seed fund for IT entrepreneurs in Chandigarh where the private partner will play the role of an “angle investor”.

This will encourage fledgling entrepreneurs in setting up economically viable and sustainable ventures in the IT sector.

According to a press note, discussions were also held with Merrill Lynch for opening their office in Chandigarh.



219 challaned for traffic rules violation
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 23
The Chandigarh Traffic police has challaned 219 persons for violating various traffic rules and regulations in the past 24 hours. The traffic police has also impounded 17 vehicles.

A spokesman for the traffic police said during late night checking the police set up pickets on various points: on road separating Sector 9 and 10, Vikas Marg and Sectors 26 and 28. The cops challaned 95 motorists, out of which 21 were challaned for overspeeding, 55 for using high beam, three for drunken driving. Nearly 13 miscellaneous challans were issued for various violations. The police also impounded one vehicle.

Similarly, the traffic police challaned 124 erring motorists out of which 20 were challaned for overspeeding, 40 for riding two wheeler without helmet, 16 for without seat belts, 48 for other offences. Besides this 16 vehicles were also impounded.



Overspeeding, drunken driving prime cause of accidents
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
City residents continue to transgress traffic rules despite special challaning drives and awareness camps organised by the traffic wing of the Chandigarh Police from time to time. Nothing else can explain the occurrence of average 40 accidents every month.

The sources in the police headquarters say so far this year 210 persons have sustained minor and serious injuries in road mishaps. Another 59 have lost their lives to accidents. The situation was hardly any different last year. In 2005, as many as 555 persons sustained injuries, while another 135 made their final exit from the world in road accidents.

They add that over speeding and drunken driving continue to be the prime cause of road accidents. Driving vehicles with high beam on is another factor that has contributed to the existing menace of mishaps on city roads.

The sources assert that the extent of the problem is evident from the fact that Chandigarh Police managed to issue as many as 199 challans to motorists on Sunday alone. In all three barriers were set up by the cops on Purav Marg, Vikas Marg and the Dhanas-Dadu Majra road.

As many as 109 motorists were challaned for driving the vehicles with high-beam on, another 57 were challaned for over speeding. The police also managed to catch seven motorists for indulging in drunken driving.

Besides this, nine vehicles were impounded by the police for different reasons. The menace of over speeding is also evident from the fact that nearly 12,000 offenders were challaned for the offence between January 2004 and July 2005, the sources add.

Though senior Chandigarh Police functionaries refuse to comment on the issue, a visit to the Madhya Marg reveals that the problem of drunken driving and overspeeding is even worse on the road cutting through Chandigarh’s history.

The presence of so many traffic signals on the road is no deterrent as the motorists still manage to drive the vehicles beyond the prescribed speeds limits. “You do not need speed radar to ascertain the fact. Just stand there for five minutes and vehicles zipping at break-neck speed will provide you with the testimony of traffic-rule violation,” says a retired Haryana Police officer now putting up in Panchkula.

The sources agree that the problem of traffic-rule violations can be largely solved by adopting more stringent and consistent measures, but no one is apparently doing anything about it. Quoting an example, the sources themselves admit that schemes like “Monday morning surprise checks” could have proved effective had the cops continued with it seriously. 



Monkey menace spreads to more city areas
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Residents of different localities in the city are complaining about the unabated monkey menace as is evident from the increasing number of calls being received by the Forest Department and also the police.

Residents of Sector 44 are the latest in the list of victims at the hands of the simian population. Dozens descended on the residential compounds this morning and devoured visible eatables, particularly flowers in the garden. Other plantations in the house gardens were also plundered.

Mr Amit Shukla complained that the monkeys took away the clothes off from the line where they were drying and smeared them with mud. Many clothes were torn.

Residents of Sector 7, in particular, are a peeved lot because the trouble has assumed unmanageable proportions. The morning walkers on the road diving Sectors 7 and 26 are complaining about the monkeys waylaying them daily during their walk sessions and also chasing them.

Mrs Anita, wife of a bank employee, was chased by monkeys yesterday. She fell and bruised her legs.

Mr N.K. Jhingan, secretary of the KSKA Sudhar Kalyan Sabha, Sector 7, said, “The monkey menace in the area had assumed dangerous proportions. It was dangerous for the children, even the elderly, to go out for a walk. The monkeys even enter houses and dig into eatables, even in the refrigerators”.



Army observes liberation of Tithwal Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
The Liberation of Tithwal in Jammu and Kashmir was commemorated by the Army and the civilian population of Tandhdar. It was on May 22, 1948, that Tithwal was wrested from the control of Pakistani raiders.

The celebration this year spanned over two weeks, in which a host of sporting and social events were organised. These included medical and veterinary camps, a pulse polio drive, a recruitment rally and a harmony run, besides cricket, volley ball and cultural competitions.

On May 22, a grand ceremony was organised by Chamkot Battalions, which began with the hoisting of the National Flag by the Commander of the Tangdhar Brigade and singing of the national anthem. This was followed by games, cultural events and a dare-devil motorcycle display by the Tornadoes team. About 3,000 people attended the event, according to a statement issued here today. Prizes and gifts were also given to the children.

A host of civil dignitaries and representatives of the local government also graced the occasion. Amongst those present were Mr Kafil-ur-Rehman, MLA from Karnah, as well as officials of the local administration and the police.



Land acquisition begins for IT Park road
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
The Chandigarh Administration has started the process of land acquisition for the widening of the road leading to Kishangarh Information Technology Park at Mani Majra village, an official press note said here today.

The administration has issued the notification under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 for the information of public saying that land in the area is needed for the widening of the road.

The officers have been asked to survey the land.



Teenager’s body found hanging

Chandigarh, May 23
The body of an unidentified teenaged boy was found hanging near a public toilet along the jogging track at the Sukhna Lake here early this morning.

A sweeper noticed the body hanging from a tree by an electricity cable.

The police reached the spot after getting the information and took the body into its custody.

No suicide note or any other document leading to establishing the identity of the victim was found.

Though nothing could be said with certainty at this stage, prima facie it seemed to be a case of suicide, the police said.

The victim’s feet were touching the ground, which raised doubts over the incident.

The victim, who was of medium height, was wearing blue jeans and black shoes and his clothes were wet, which could be due to overnight rain. OC



Cash, jewellery worth Rs 7 lakh stolen
Tribune Reporters

Zirakpur, May 23
Burglars struck at a house at the Wadhawa Nagar in Dakoli here and decamped with cash and jewellery worth about 7 lakh on the night of May 20.

According to Mr Rajinder Kumar, the owner of the house, his family left the house to pay obeisance at the Baba Balak Nath Temple in Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh on May 20.

When he returned on May 21, he found the house ransacked and Rs 4.5 lakh and jewellery worth Rs 2.5 stolen.

An employee with the Punjab Irrigation Department, he claimed that he had raised the amount to undertake extension of the house.

He alleged that the police had initially dilly dallied on the registration of the case, but relented today.

21 quintals of poppy husk seized

In one of the biggest hauls, the police today seized 21 quintals of poppy husk and arrested three persons in this connection.

According to the police, a police party, led by the in charge of the local police post, Mr Saminder Singh, intercepted a truck near the Pir Machhala village and seized the contraband.

Meanwhile, the police has booked five persons —Sucha Singh, Davinder Singh, Bahadur Singh, Bhupinder Singh and Karnail Singh — in the case.

Of the five suspects, Bhupinder and Karnail have absconded, while the remaining ones have been arrested.


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