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SD school student tops AIEEE in country
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
Raghu Mahajan, a student of SD Public School, Sector 32, has topped the All India Engineering Entrance Examination, (AIEEE) conducted by the CBSE in the country. The results were declared by the CBSE this afternoon.

Raghu is currently away to Mumbai to prepare for the International Physics Olympiad. Dedication and consistent hard work is what Raghu states helped him achieve success. “For the past two years I have been studying hard. I was studying for about 7-8 hours daily,” he informs.

Meanwhile, it was celebrations at Raghus home in the city. Elated over his result his family members gathered to have a celebration in his absence. Talking to The Tribune his father, Dr Sunil Mahajan, working with the Punjab State AIDS Control Society, stated that he was very happy and it was up to Raghu to decide where he would like to pursue his further studies. His mother Usha Mahajan, a lecturer of physics, Government Senior Secondary School, Mullanpur, was, however, just waiting for her son to came back, “He is expected back on June 2, as of now we are just very happy for him and looking forward for him to come back”.

It may be mentioned here that Raghu has also been ranked second in the city in the Class XII non-medical examinations securing 94.2 per cent, results of which were declared yesterday. He also has the distinction of ranking first in the region and second in India securing 96.8 per cent in the Class X ICSE board in 2004. He has also cleared maths, physics and chemistry Olympiad. He would be representing the country in the International Physics Olympiad in Singapore from July 7-17.



Three city boys among first 10
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
It is for the first time in the past few years that a city boy has bagged the first All-India rank in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination conducted by the CBSE. The results were declared this afternoon. Three students of the city have been ranked in the first 10 at the all India level.

While Raghu Mahajan has bagged the first all India rank and is also first in the city, Prateek Mittal has been ranked fifth at the all India level, and second in the city. Kashish Mittal has been ranked ninth at all India level, and third in the city.

All three are currently in Mumbai for physics, chemistry and maths Olympiad.

Celebrations at Prateek Mittal’s house are on hold till he gets back. He is in Mumbai for the chemistry and maths Olympiad. Speaking to The Tribune his elated parents Mrs Sushma Mittal, a housewife, and Mr Binder Pal Mittal, a businessman, stated that they were waiting for the IIT results. “He is keen to pursue electronic engineering.” Prateek is also a national level badminton player.

Meanwhile Kashish Mittal’s parents are happy that he has done well. Son of Mr Jagdish Mittal, DIG, Punjab, Kashish is a national scholarship holder in classical music by CCRT and NTSE scholarship holder from the NCERT for the past three years. Talking to The Tribune his elated father informed that Kashish would like to go for computer engineering at IIT.”

Meanwhile, absolutely elated with the result is Sageeta Khanna, whose students had topped exams over the past few years. She said the result this year was much better than the previous years. “The question paper have been changed over the past three years. This year the students were, however was prepared for a surprise and also the paper was relatively easy.” She, was not surprised with Raghu bagging the top slot. I always knew he would top. “He was consistent with his studies and never missed an exam.”



Striking doctors block traffic
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
Resident doctors of the PGI here today decided to suspend parallel OPDs tomorrow in support of a medical bandh call given by the Punjab chapter of the Indian Medical Association slated for tomorrow.

Private hospitals will also extend support and will only provide emergency services, posing a problem for patients, especially outstation ones.

Doctors in the city today were on a warpath as they blocked roads and tried to suspend normal functioning at the Inter-State Bus Terminus, Sector 17, here today.

On the 10th day of the protest, the warring doctors were joined by students from Punjab Engineering College who began an indefinite chain fast at the PGI.

Doctors of the GMCH-32 today blocked the Dakshin Marg by forming a human chain, throwing traffic out of gear. As traffic came to a standstill, doctors and students used the opportunity to distribute pamphlets and seek support of the public. Finally, the police diverted traffic to another route.

At the ISBT-17, students from a dental college in Barwala, protesting against reservation, tried to cut off the normal operations at the bus stand by blocking gates. However, even before they could organise themselves in a show of strength, the police rounded them up. Later, they were let off with a warning.

While PGI's parallel OPD continued to operate smoothly, students of Punjab Engineering College joined the protest and began the chain hunger strike.

“Four of our students have begun the chain fast to express solidarity for the cause. In fact, we feel cheated not only by the Congress government for floating such a proposal but also because the local Member of Parliament, Mr Pawan Bansal, has not even bothered to approach the doctors and give them a hearing ,” said Tejinder Kaleka, a fourth year student, who camped at the PGI, after the chain fast began.



Two women commit suicide
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 24
In two separate incidents, two married women allegedly ended their lives by setting themselves afire in different parts of the city late on Tuesday night.

One of the victims, wife of an Air Force officer, reportedly ended her life as she was depressed over being issueless after three years of her marriage.

The other one committed suicide after allegedly being harassed to bring dowry. Both victims succumbed to their injuries this morning.

Giving details about the death of Air Force officer’s wife, sources in Sector 31 police station said 30-year-old-Somaiyya allegedly set herself afire after pouring kerosene oil on her. She suffered 85 per cent burn injuries and was rushed to the Station Medical Centre.

The doctors there referred her to the Command Hospital in Chandi Mandir after judging the seriousness of her condition. Her husband Rama Swami, a Sergeant in the Air Force, was at home at that time. He also reportedly sustained 15 per cent burn injuries while saving his wife. He was also admitted to the hospital.

The SHO of the Sector 31 police station, Mr Har Sahai Sharma, while ruling out the possibility of foul play behind the incident, said the victim had told the doctors treating on her that she set herself afire and her husband had no role in it. He added that her parents had visited the couple a few days ago. They were informed about the incident and were on their way to the city.

In another incident, 20-year-old Chameli of Mauli Jagran allegedly ended her life by setting herself afire at her residence late last night. It was alleged that her in-laws were harassing her to bring a motor cycle in dowry.

The police said the incident took place at around 12 midnight when the victim’s husband Gurnam Singh was reportedly sleeping on the terrace. She was rushed to the PGI, where she succumbed to her injuries in the wee hours today.

The police registered a case of dowry death against her husband and in-laws on the basis of a complaint filed by the victim’s mother.



Judge rejects Harneet’s claim of political harassment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
Pronouncing the orders in the infamous case of theft of expensive garments from a Sector 17 showroom, Additional District and Sessions Judge B.K. Mehta today refused to accept the stand of Harneet Singh, wife of Deputy Mayor H.S. Lucky, for being harassed by political opponents.

During its investigations, the Crime Branch had named Harneet Kaur along with her colleague, Japal Kaur Bhattal, for conniving with a salesman, Raju Kherwal, to steal garments from the Sector 17 showroom.

While Harneet Singh was denied bail the ADSJ had granted bail to her husband and Raju.

In the detailed order, which was supplied to the applicants, the ADSJ specifically pointed out: “It cannot be accepted at this stage, just by blaming it on political opponents, that she is being altogether falsely harassed.”

Referring to the evidence collected by the investigating agency in the shape of statement of Raju Kherwal, the judge said Harneet Singh thrice visited the showroom in the wee hours to take possession of the garments in her car bearing registration No. CH 23 T 9602 and she was in regular touch with the salesman over the mobile.

He further pointed out that the version of the woman during questioning by the police did not match with the version of her husband who was also questioned by the police.

The investigating agency had stated before the court that she did not cooperate in the investigations.

“The investigations of the case are at a delicate stage and for not cooperating with the investigating agency in spite of the relief of interim bail, the fear of investigating agency at this stage to her will hamper the effective investigation cannot be dispelled as merely imaginary. The fact that the complainant in the theft case stated in writing to the police showing satisfaction lends weight to the fear of the investigating agency that prosecution witness will be won,” said the ADSJ.

However, in case of Jaspal Kaur Bhattal, the judge said the investigating agency had fished out only one telephonic conversation of her with Harneet Singh on April 18 and that lasted for a very short duration.

Ms Bhattal had contested that being colleagues, she could talk to Harneet Singh.

“Though the investigating agency had stated that there were three telephonic conversations between Harneet Singh and Jaspal Bhattal, the police could provide details of one conversation,” said the ADSJ in his order.

The statement of the watchman, Nand Kumar, did not mention whether any article was handed over to Jaspal Kaur or taken away by her.

While granting bail to Ms Bhattal, the judge had directed that she would not make any threat, inducement or promise to any person connected with the facts of the case.

Raju had also been directed not to come in touch with any of the co-accused till the challan was filed in the court.

He had been asked to report to the investigating officer every Monday till the challan was presented in the court.

Following the rejection of bail application, sleuths of the Crime Branch conducted raids on different places in the city to arrest the Deputy Mayor’s wife.



Passing thru

Kurt Inderbitzin Dean, Whistle Woods Film Institute, Mumbai
Kurt Inderbitzin Dean, Whistle Woods Film Institute, Mumbai

Why did you choose India to set up your film institute?

India is an emerging media market, and it offers all the exciting elements for the trade. The film and TV markets are flooded with content right now, but in my opinion most of that content lacks depth and application. I plan to add a new dimension to India’s media market.

How did you strike collaborations for your film institute project in India?

Being a producer and film maker myself, I had a chance to interact with many famous people from the Indian film industry like Subhash Ghai, who is supporting my venture in India. It is in his interest as well, because India does not yet have trained script and screenwriters.

Why should anyone join your institute, given its exorbitant fee structure — Rs four lakh a year, even more for other courses like acting?

Because what we are going to offer will be exclusive. Also if you compare the technical cost of running such a course, you will know why our fee structure is what it is. If you want to learn animation of the best possible technological sophistication, it will cost some money. If the applicants do a reality check they will know what we are charging is much less than what other institutes in the world charge.

— Aditi Tandon



Relocation of jhuggi dwellers begins
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 24
The rehabilitation of jhuggi-dwellers who had illegally encroached land in Industrial Area, Phase VIII B, and Amb Sahib Colony, Sector 48-C, started here today.

Four teams of PUDA officials had been set up to facilitate the rehabilitation work. While the Estate Officer supervised operation at the encroached sites, a Superintending Engineer monitored the work at the site where slum-dwellers were being rehabilitated at Jagatpura village.

Additional Chief Administrator M.S. Narang said 200 persons from Phase VIII had shifted to the new area.

He added that slips prepared on the basis of a survey carried out earlier were distributed among the encroachers today so that they could get units allotted at the new site.

He said applications bearing photographs of family members had been collected from slum-dwellers sometime ago.

Mr Narang said streetlights were made functional at the Jagatpura colony last night. Drinking water had also been provided for the convenience of the dwellers.

Trucks had been hired for the transportation of the belongings of the slum-dwellers.

Chief Administrator Som Parkash said 950 units had been developed for temporary rehabilitation on the land identified for the purpose.

According to surveys carried out by PUDA officials, 664 jhuggis existed in the Amb Sahib colony, while 286 existed in Industrial Area, Phase VIII.



PUDA’s drive to regularise constructions
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 24
A verification drive by PUDA officials for regularising illegal construction activity was carried out in the periphery area.

According to Mr M.S. Narang, Additional Chief Administrator, on–the-spot verification of illegal constructions was being done by committees constituted for the purpose in Kansal, Sohana, Behlolpur, Daon, Landran and Balongi villages.

He said the committees had started verification drive on May 19, but could not make much headway as the persons who had submitted applications for the regularisation of their structures were not available when the PUDA officials visited the areas. He appealed to all concerned to remain present during the visit of officials failing which their applications would not be considered.



Lalu touches Chandigarh today
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 24
The Union Minister for Railways, Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav, will be touching the Chandigarh Railway Station and the Kalka Railway Station tomorrow on his way to Shimla to attend a Hindi seminar.

The Minister would be accompanied by the Minister of State for Railways, members of the Railway Board and other senior officials of the Northern Railways.

Unconfirmed reports said that Mr Yadav would also be accompanied by his family members.

A senior official said though this was the first visit by the Minister on this railway section, the inauguration of the Chandigarh-Morinda railway line was not on his itinerary.



General hospital to be renamed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to rechristen Government Hospital, Sector 16, as Government Multi-Speciality Hospital. Gen S.F. Rodrigues, the UT Administrator, has already given clearance for it and a formal notification will be issued very shortly, sources said.

Confirming the development, Dr Inderjit Kaur Walia, Director of Health Services, said she had received a communication on the proposed move. She said the hospital had graduated into a full-fledged multi-speciality as was evident from the work force and the super-specialities available at the hospital.

“The hospital has all facilities for advanced care in gynaecology, paediatrics, medicine, surgery, orthopaedics, eye care and family welfare departments”, Dr Walia added. The hospital has a staff strength of 122 medical officers and 30 super specialists.



Complainant turns hostile
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
In the case of corruption against Inspector of Chandigarh police J.S. Cheema, the complainant in the case, Ajay Kumar, today turned hostile.

The CBI had booked Cheema after he had allegedly demanded Rs 60,000 from Ajay Kumar for taking his name out in a case of fake degrees being investigated by the crime branch of the Chandigarh police.



Over 50 mobile phones stolen from Sec 22 shop
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 24
Thieves decamped with over 50 mobile phones and other electronic gadgets worth around Rs four lakh after breaking into a shop in Sector 22, last night.

Ramesh Narang of Anmol Watches and Electronics Pvt Ltd, Sector 22, reported to the police that over 50 mobile phones and other electrical gadgets were stolen from his shop last night. He alleged that the thieves gained entry after breaking open the grill fixed in a window pane on the first floor of his shop.

The theft was detected when he opened his shop this morning and found it ransacked.

The police said the owner has yet to give details of the loss, however, he estimated it to be around Rs 4 lakh.

The police called forensic experts to inspect the spot. A case has been registered.

One held

Mohammad Danish of Sector 46-C reported to the police that Shahnawaj Hussein of Burail village was caught red-handed while stealing a mobile phone from his shop on Tuesday.

The police arrested the accused and seized the stolen phone from his possession.

A case has been registered in the Sector 34 police station.

Motor cycle stolen

Aman Kumar of Sector 21-D lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his Bullet motor cycle (PB-13-K-5767) was stolen from his residence between May 20 and 22. A case of theft has been registered.


Shuhil Soni of Sector 18, Panchkula, reported to the Mani Majra police that Gopal Singh, alias Bittu, of Aloha village in Uttar Pradesh decamped with his gold ornaments worth two lakh, which the latter had given for repair at his shop in Mani Majra.

A case of criminal breach of trust has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.

Purse misplaced

Krishan Sharma of Sector 29-D reported to the police that his purse containing driving licence was lost in Sector 29 market on May 13. A daily diary report has been lodged in this regard at the Industrial Area police station.



Two looting incidents in city
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 24
Two incidents of looting took place in the city in the past 24 hours. A Sector 46 resident alleged that two car-borne youngsters snatched his gold chain after thrashing him in broad day light at Sector 46 petrol station today. In another incident, a Fathehgarh Sahib resident along with three-four other persons allegedly kidnapped a city-based businessman and dropped him near Sohana village after snatching money and a mobile phone from him.

Narrating the incident, Mr Sarbjot Singh of Sector 46 said that he was coming out of Sector 49-based petrol pump after filling petrol in his motor cycle around 2. 45 p.m. He alleged that before he came out of the petrol pump, two clean- shaven youngsters, who were in a white Maruti Zen car (CH-03-H-0070) stopped their vehicle near him and began abusing him. “When I asked them, why they were abusing me, one of them pulled out a slugger and began to hit me. Stunned at their behaviour, I raised the alarm. Before any one could reach there, the assailants thrashed me and snatched my gold chain before fleeing” said Mr Sarbjot Singh in a state of shock.

Mr Sarbjot Singh said soon the employees of the petrol station and other people gathered at the spot, but by that time the assailants had fled. The matter was reported to the police, which immediately swung into action and flashed the message. Sub Inspector Shamsher Singh said, “We are investigating the matter. Efforts are on to trace the accused. We contacted a shopkeeper in grain market in whose name the car is registered. However, he told us that he had sold the car two years ago. So far the investigations have revealed that the car had been sold five times and we are contacting its buyers to reach the accused”.

In another incident, Mr Tejinder Singh of Pipliwala town in Manimajra reported to the police alleging that Jagjit Singh, alias Jaggi, of Saimply village in Fatehgarh Sahib district along with three, four other persons kidnapped him in their car (CH-01-R-0047) from Sector 34 on last afternoon. The accused threatened him and snatched Rs 1,000 before dropping him near Sohana village. A case has been registered in this regard.

The SHO of Sector 34 police station, Mr Mani Ram Kadiyan said police teams had been dispatched to various places in Punjab to arrest the accused. No arrests had so far been made in this regard.



Rs 75,000 stolen from parked car
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 24
In a case of daylight theft outside a branch of the UTI Bank in Sector 10, here, today, thieves allegedly removed a portion of window pane of a car, belonging to a poultry farmer, and decamped with a bag containing Rs 75,000.

According to the car owner, Mr Sanjay Sahani, he withdrew Rs 1.75 lakh from HDFC Bank in Sector 11 in the morning and made a payment of Rs 76,000 at Taj Poultry Farm. After keeping Rs 24,000 in his pocket, he packed the balance Rs 75,000 in a bag and put it under the seat of his car. He later went to the UTI Bank for depositing some cheques.

Mr Sahani then left for Sector 3 to make some payments at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, but was shocked when found the bag missing.

He informed the police and a case has been registered on his complaint. The police has started investigating the matter.



Four held for clash in hospital
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 24
Departmental action has been recommended against two police personnel on the charges of dereliction of duty after they allegedly failed to take prompt action in a case of clash at the Civil Hospital here on Monday.

Mr Varinder Pal Singh, SP, said he had submitted an inquiry report to the SSP today in connection with the case in which he had recommended action against Sub –Inspector Rajesh Kumar and Head Constable Mohan Singh.

Four persons have also been arrested in connection with the clash between rival groups of students. Those arrested were Harpreet, Hardev, Manjot and Jaggi.

Doctors had staged a dharna yesterday in protest against the alleged police inaction.

Three injured students of the Chandigarh College of Engineering, Landran, who had gone to the hospital for treatment were allegedly attacked by a rival group of students. One of the victims sustained multiple fractures.


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