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Ambala boy is CBSE-X topper
In tricity, Reva outshines the rest with 97.6%
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Karan Kalra
Topper Karan Kalra

Chandigarh, May 29
Karan Kalra of MD DAV senior secondary public school, Ambala city, has topped the CBSE exam, securing 98.2 per cent marks.

His father said: "Self-study, hard work and determination has led to his success."

MD DAV public school principal Reena Nagrath said apart from Karan, other achievers were Garvita with 96.8 per cent and Shivani and Sonakshi with 95.8 per cent marks each.

Sacred heart’s Class of 90

Reva Tyagi has topped the Tricity with 97.6 per cent marks in the CBSE Class X examination, the result of which was declared today. “I want to be a doctor to pay back something to society,” an ecstatic Reva, a student of Sacred Heart, Sector 26, Chandigarh, said. This school has 92 students with more than 90 per cent marks. Three underprevileged students (Hindi medium) of the school have scored more than 80 per cent marks.

Reva wants to serve the poor and the downtrodden. Accompanied by her parents, Sanjeev Tyagi, a central government employee, and Seema Tyagi, a technician at the PGI, she said she wanted to join the AIIMS in Delhi.

Deeply religious, she does not recommend dependence on coaching classes after school. "Students should concentrate on what is taught at school,” she said.

Standing second with 97.4 per cent marks are Ankita of Bhawan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, Chandigarh, and Surbhi Aggarwal of Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, Chandigarh.

Ankita said she had secured more marks than expected. “I was expecting a lesser percentage.” Elated at her success, Ankita said: “ Hard work and consistency is the secret of my success. I studied for six hours a day.” She aims to make it to an IIT.

Surbhi, the other topper, is happy to have done well in Hindi. “Since I studied at Shanghai till Class VII, I learnt the language here much later, but I scored good marks.”

Surbhi studied for three to four hours a day. She aims to be an engineer.

The third place is shared by five students- Criti Mahajan of KB DAV-7, Aastha of St Anne’s School -32, Jivleen and Abhinav of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, and Kanika Kapila of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula. They all scored 97.2 per cent marks.

In Panchkula, with over 100 students scoring above 90 per cent marks, the best performances came from Bhawan Vidyalaya, Manav Mangal and Hansraj School. These schools had cent per cent result.

Harsimrat Kaur of Lawerance Public School, Mohali, topped the township.



Indefatigable three
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Kamla, Monika and Rekha, students of Sacred Heart High School, Sector 26, bagged first three positions in the special Hindi medium section for underprivileged children.

The three stood shy in one corner of the school, discussing their success. All are sportspersons and participated in football at the national level.

Kamla, daughter of a cook in St John’s -26, scored 84.2 per cent marks. She believes regularity at school and consistency in studies at home had brought her this success.

“Since my mother is has to work out as domestic help, I clean, wash clothes and prepare meals for my family. Yet, I organised my schedule in such a way that it did not pose any hindrance to my studies,” said Kamla. She wants want to pursue a career in accountancy.

Rekha’s success mantra is self-learning. Daughter of a gardener, she scored 83.6 per cent marks. “I knew my father could not afford tuition classes, so I remained focussed on what the teacher taught in school.” She wants a career in pharmacy line.

Monika, daughter of a small-time worker at an optician shop at Baltana, scored 83 per cent marks. She aspires to be a doctor. “My sole goal is to be a doctor. I want to serve the suffering humanity.” 



In govt schools, it’s Divya
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Divya Nagpal of GMSSS-16 with 97% marks topped the CBSE examination among the government schools’ category. Rajesh Kumar Mohan and Himanshu Gakhar of GMSSS-16 with 96.2% and 96% marks got the second and third positions, respectively.

Twentysix students of GMSS-16 scoring more than 90 % marks. Eleven students of GMSSS-35 and six of GMSSS-Sector 33 got more than 90% marks.

A total of 71.2% students of government schools passed the examination and 3.9 % failed. At least 24.9 % got compartment.

At KBDAV Sector 7, 155 students appeared in the examination, of whom 30 students secured more than 90 per cent. Mount Carmel school, Sector 47, had cent per cent result. Twelve of its students scored above 90 per cent. There were 62 distinctions and 106 students had first division.

Thirtynine students from St John’s High School scored above 90 per cent, while DAV Public School, Sector 8, had hundred per cent result -18 scored above 90 per cent.

Thirtynine students of Carmel Convent secured distinction.

All 117 students of Sharda Sarvhitkari Model Senior Secondary school passed the exam with two students getting more than 90 per cent marks. At the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavans 114 students passed the exam with 39 getting above 90 per cent.

The pass percentage in the region was 88. 10 per cent for girls and 90. 52 per cent for boys. Kendriya vidyalayas had a pass percentage of 96.68 per cent, government schools 71. 34 per cent and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas and unaided schools of 96.77 per cent and 92.38 per cent, respectively.

Students of Saint Soldier International School, Sector 28, had 100 per cent result.

Nineteen students of Vivek High School-38 with 19 students got more than 90 per cent. At Sector 15 DAV Model School 12 students scored above 90 per cent. 



Kanika tops in Panchkula, Harsimrat in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 29
Kanika Kapila, a student of Bhawan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, stood first in the district and third in the tricity scoring 97.2 per cent marks in Class X CBSE examination. Aditi Rawat of the same school stood second with 97 per cent while Nishant Goyal of Bhawan Vidyalaya and Tania Verma of Mahatma Hansraj School shared third spot, scoring 96.8 per cent marks each.

Speaking to the Chandigarh Tribune, Kanika said she was never a bookworm and balanced between studies and entertainment. “Also, I was under no pressure from my parents to keep studying. I used to plan out my day and stick to the schedule. It included everything from studies to outings with friends to watching movies. I was not off anything even for one day,” she added.

Her parents, Mohnish Kapila and Rosy Kapila, said there was little anxiety in the family as far as the Boards were concerned. “She would sit late into the night and study and managed her time well. Though she was expecting to score above 90 per cent, none of us thought she would top in the district,” her mother said.

Aspiring to become a pilot and having opted for the non-medical stream, Kanika adds, “I was very calm about the Boards and treated these like any other examination. Moreover, my family did not panic when I asked them to go out with friends. So, I was practically free from stress and it paid off in the final tally and the result.”

Her school achieved 100 per cent result with 52 students scoring above 90 per cent and 18 students in the above 95 per cent bracket. The lowest percentage in Bhawan’s is 66.4 per cent.

Students of D.C. Model School, Sector 7, too, produced excellent results with 21 students scoring above 90 per cent. The highlight of their result was that their topper, Kavita Pathak, picked up from a government school as a special scheme for the underprivileged section some five years back, topped the school with 96.6 percent. She shared the first position with Guarav Kumar while Aditya Sharma and Salony Jain were second with 96.2 per cent.

At Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, that had a 100 per cent result yet again, 34 students scored above 90 per cent with Vaibhav Verma being the top scorer. He scored 96.4 per cent to stand first along with Varidhi Duggal. As many as 93 students scored above 90 per cent. DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur, too saw a 100 per cent result with two students, Payal Desai and Akanksha Khosla, scoring 91.8 per cent and 91 per cent marks, respectively.

At Mahatma Hansraj School, 39 students scored above 90 per cent while nine students had more than 95 per cent to their credit. Salil Grover was second in his school with 96.6 per cent and Vikas Goyal was third with 96 per cent marks.

Three students of Chaman Lal DAV Senior Public School, Sector 11, scored above 90 per cent and Shilpa Khatana scored 96 per cent to bag the top position while two students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Manpreet and Sanandi, were in the above 90 category. Four students scored above 90 percent at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, and the first position went to Neha Arora with 92 per cent. Swaran Ankita was first at DAV Senior Secondary Public school, Sector 8, where five others scored above 90 per cent.


Harsimrat, who topped in Mohali with 94 per cent marks with her parents.
Harsimrat, who topped in Mohali with 94 per cent marks with her parents. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Harsimrat Kaur of Lawerance Public School here has topped in Mohali, securing 94 per cent marks. Second in the township is Karan Aggarwal, a student of Shivalik Public School, who has secured 93.8 per cent marks.

Kirpal Singh of the same school and Kirti of Lawerance Public share the third position with 93.4 per cent marks each. Gurleen Kaur and Harnoor Kaur, both of Shivalik Public, are bracketed on the fourth position in the township with 93.2 per cent marks.

Next on the topper list is Manisha Lamba of Lawerance Public with 93 per cent marks. Arshdeep Kaur of Shivalik Public, Jaskirat Kaur of Swami Ram Tirath Public School, Nikita of Lawerance Public and Pragya of DAV School have secured 92.6 per cent marks each.

Amanpreet Singh of Saint Soldiers School has topped the school with 92.2 per cent marks. Jasleen of Lawerance Public is next in the township with 92 per cent marks. Anku Garg of Golden Bells Public School has topped the school with 91.8 per cent marks. Shivani and Pushpraj, both of Shivalik Public are bracketed with Anku Garg. Jagbir Kaur of Saint Soldiers School has secured 91.6 per cent marks.

The largest number of students from Shivalik Public have secured above 90 per cent marks. Other students who have secured above 90 per cent marks include Jasreen Kaur, Abhinandan, Sumit Singh Sandhu, Jashanpreet and Suneet Badla.

Harshvardhan, Neha Chand and Meharban of Lawerance Public have also secured above 90 per cent marks. Jyoti Aneja of Sanjay Public School has secured 91 per cent marks.

Students of Gian Jyoti Public School have disappointed this year with only two students Navjot Singh and Niyati Phanse having secured above 90 per cent marks. Deepika Arora of Golden Bells School and Barindervir Singh of Saint Soldiers School have secured 90 per cent marks each. 



Ambala, Patiala schools excel
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Ambala, May 29
Several schools in the city have done well in CBSE-X exams. SA Jain senior model school principal Anita Mehta said Prateek Goyal have scored 95 per cent marks, Radhika Malhotra 92 per cent each marks and Rajat Lamba 91.2 per cent.

Police DAV public school principal Dr Vikas Kohli said Mandeep had secured 90.1 per cent marks while Harneet and Opinder stood second and third in the school, respectively.

Vaibhav Chauhan of Major RN Kapoor DAV Public School(Ambala cantt) has scored 95.4 per cent, Komal 93.2 per cent, Shrishti Saini 92.2 per cent, Saqshi 91.4 percent and Deepika 91.4 per cent marks.

Ambala Public School’s Harmeet Guliani has topped the school with 90 per cent marks while five students have got distinction.

Lord Mahavir Jain public school’s (Ambala cantt) Deepti has got 91 per cent marks and Karishma 90 per cent marks.

SD Public School’s(Ambala cantt) Raminder Kaur and Shaheen Sikri has secured 95 per cent marks, Manan Goyal 94.4 per cent and Kshitiz Gupta and Aarushi Gupta 93.2 per cent each.

Aashika Jain of Riverside DAV school (Ambala cantt) has secured 96.4 per cent marks. PKR Jain school (Ambala city) student Kavita Sharma got 95 per cent, Tarandeep Kaur 94 per cent and Geetika Khanduja 93.6 per cent marks.

S.A. Jain Senior Model School principal Anita Mehta said Prateek Goyal had scored 95 per cent marks, Radhika Malhotra 92 per cent and Rajat Lamba got 91.2 per cent marks.

Police DAV Public School principal Dr Vikas Kohli said Mandeep stood first with 90.1 per cent marks while Harneet and Opinder stood second and third, respectively.

Vaibhav Chauhan of Major RN Kapoor DAV Public School, Ambala Cantt, scored 95.4 per cent marks, Komal 93.2 per cent, Shrishti Saini 92.2 per cent, Saqshi 91.4 percent and Deepika 91.4 per cent marks.

Ambala Public School’s Harmeet Guliani topped the school with 90 per cent marks while five students got distinction.

Lord Mahavir Jain public School’s (Ambala Cantt) Deepti got 91 per cent marks and Karishma scored 90 per cent marks.

SD Public School’s (Ambala Cantt) Raminder Kaur and Shaheen Sikri secured 95 per cent marks each, Manan Goyal 94.4 per cent and Kshitiz Gupta and Aarushi Gupta 93.2 per cent marks each.

Aashika Jain of Riverside DAV School (Ambala Cantt) secured 96.4 per cent marks. PKR Jain School (Ambala city) student Kavita Sharma got 95 per cent, Tarandeep Kaur 94 per cent and Geetika Khanduja 93.6 per cent marks.


Students of Budha Dal Public School celebrate in Patiala on Tuesday.
Students of Budha Dal Public School celebrate in Patiala on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Students of DAV Public School here have excelled in the CBSE Class X examination. Ratibha Kaushal has topped the school by securing 96 per cent marks, Porshia Rishi and Dhruv Mahajan bagged second position collectively by securing 95.8 per cent each and the third position was obtained by Tarun Chhabra, who secured 94.8 per cent marks.

Budha Dal Public School once again maintained its high standards of academic excellence. Anupreet secured 96 per cent, Jaspartap Singh 95 per cent and Paritoshdeep 94.2 per cent marks.

Ankur Mittal of Blossoms Senior Secondary School has topped the school by getting 90.4 per cent marks, Ankita Gupta with 88 per cent and Jiwanpreet Kaur with 87 per cent stood at second and third positions, respectively.

Mandip Kaur has topped in Army School, securing 95.2 per cent marks, while Gurinder Kaur with 94.8 per cent and Himshri Jain with 94.4 per cent marks stood second and third, respectively.

Jaskeen Kaur of Guru Nanak Foundation Public School has topped in the school by securing 93.6 per cent marks, Tavleen Kaur with 91.2 per cent and Zeenia Singh Ahluwalia with 90.4 per cent marks secured the second and third places, respectively.

Vishakha of Teja Singh Kandhari Public School bagged the first position in the school by securing 94.4 per cent marks.

Sonia Aggarwal has topped in Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Public School by securing 93.6 per cent marks. Navneet Kaur Bhatia with 88.8 per cent and Prince Kumar with 82.6 per cent marks bagged the second and third positions, respectively.



Humble background no deterrent
Tribune News Service

Kavita Pathak
Kavita Pathak

Panchkula, May 29
Young achiever Kavita Pathak’s mantra is very simple, “belief in God and teachers and service in earnest towards one’s parents.” It is this unambiguous faith that has helped this class X student of D.C. Model School, Sector 7, to top the school with a whopping 96.6 per cent.

But what makes this girl so special is her grit. After her class V, Kavita was just one of the 500 students from government schools who appeared for an exam to join D.C. Model School in the special section created for underprivileged children. She was one of the 17 youngsters selected.

“I was studying at Nirmal Bal Bhavan School, a Hindi medium local school. When we joined D.C. Model in class VI, we were given a year after which we were integrated into the English medium from class VII onwards,” she explains.

It was not easy, she agrees, especially in light of the fact that of the 17 underprivileged children who joined, five dropped out over the years but all one needs is determination and hard work, she insists. Ardent words, coming from an achiever who has her eye trained on becoming a surgeon no less.

The school, on its part, propelled by the success of this endeavour has decided to introduce a vocational course in financial management for these underprivileged children, says principal B.B. Gupta. “This course would cater to children who are keen to begin earning right after school and we are hoping for a good response since the CBSE has given its permission for it.” 



Christie’s to auction furniture created for city

New York, May 29
Christie’s will auction here furniture and objects created by Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret for private and government buildings in Chandigarh around 1960 when the capital city took shape.

Corbusier and Jeanneret were main the architects who helped design the city and its landmarks, including major buildings.

Among the objects on the block on June 5 will be a concrete exterior light fixture designed by Corbusier for open for the public area. The fixture is expected to sell for between $25,000 and $30,000.

An Indian rosewood, wrought iron and iron low table, now in the private collection of a former employee of Corbusier and Jeanneret in Chandigarh, is expected to fetch between $100,000 and $120,000. It is 45 cm high and 90 cm in diameter. It was designed by both Corbusier and Jeanneret and was made in 1960.

A caned Indian rosewood chauffeuse, designed in 1960 by Jeanneret for General Hospital reception lounge, is expected to go for between $40,000 and $50,000. — PTI



Police Affairs
SP (traffic): Admn’s no to list of 3 officers
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The Chandigarh administration has rejected the original panel of names sent by the Haryana government for the post of SP (traffic) in the UT. A new panel has been sought.

The UT is learnt to have sent back to the Haryana government the panel of three names sent earlier for the post. They were Sukhdev Singh, a 1998 batch IPS officer, Raj Shree, a 1999 IPS batch officer, and Rajender Singh. Sukhdev Singh is involved in the personal security of Bhupinder Hooda, Chief Minister of Haryana.

A senior official said the UT went into the professional details of each name under consideration for various top-level posts before finalising a name. The proposed name was finally cleared by the ministry of home affairs (MHA). “We thought we should get a fresh panel of names of candidates who best suited the requirements of the UT,” a senior officer said.

The post of SP (traffic) had fallen vacant after A.S. Ahlawat was repatriated to Haryana recently. Ahlawat has been posted as chief executive officer of the Mewat Development Agency (MDA). He has, however, not been relieved by the UT police as yet.

The UT has also received names of three officers for the post of SSP from the Punjab government. The proposed names are Sudhanshu S. Shrivastava, Rajiv Ahir and Devinder Singh Garcha. The name is likely to be cleared by the UT administrator shortly before being forwarded to the MHA for final clearance.

The Punjab government had earlier sent only the names of the prospective candidates without any professional details.

The UT wrote back to the Punjab government and the state has responded with the required information. The post of the SSP will fall vacant after Gaurav Yadav is repatriated to his parent cadre, Punjab. His tenure ends in June. The UT has turned down his name for a third extension.



SI Jaswant dismissed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The Chandigarh Police today dismissed SI Jaswant Singh convicted by a special CBI court last month in a corruption case.

SI Jaswant Singh is the second police officer to be dismissed from service in the past two days. SI Sunita Bakhsi was dismissed on Monday following her conviction in a corruption case by the CBI judge. She was posted at the Mani Majra police station at that time.

SI Jaswant Singh was caught red-handed by CBI sleuths while accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 at the Sector 3 police station on August 3, 2005.

He has sought the bribe from Rajesh Verma of Colony No. 4 to release his motor cycle which was involved in an accident. The vehicle was reportedly kept illegally at the police station.

A case of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, was registered against him.



Citizens’ Initiative
A crusade to save unborn daughters
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
In a unique citizens’ initiative, prominent citizens of the tricity have joined hands to launch a crusade against female foeticide with a view to saving unborn daughters in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

In fact, the Kanya Jeevan Dayini Samiti has already prepared a blueprint to “reduce gender inequality which lies at the core of the female foeticide”. “The first critical step is to challenge the patriarchal attitude that applauds boys and undermine girls and to create a culture that celebrates both genders equally,” samiti secretary Vimal Bhargava said here today.

Speaking about the need to form such a society, its office-bearers said that the ever-declining sex ratio in Punjab and Haryana and the union territory could lead to social conflicts in future. An equitable sex ratio was the need of the hour so as to give a rightful place to women, they added.

However, samiti president ML Gandhi stressed on women empowerment through higher education, which would make them self-dependent and self-reliant.

Underlining the role of the medical fraternity in preventing female foeticide, Gandhi stressed on the need for discouraging pregnant women from undergoing ultrasound tests for pre-determination of sex with the intention of termination of pregnancy.

Office-bearers of the samiti, having its headquarters in Dehradun, said their NGO would encourage women to fight against the evils of female foeticide, gender bias, illiteracy and child labour. The uplift of women and counselling of couples having strained relations to reduce the number of divorces would also be an integral part of the blueprint formulated by the samiti.

Calling upon the government to adopt a “pro-active” approach on the issue of female foeticide, Bhargava also urged people to avoid high spending on marriages in the form of dowry, elaborate ceremonies and entertainment of large number of guests.

The NGO, which also has a branch office in Panchkula, would act as a watchdog in reporting the names of the clinics and hospitals resorting to abortions to the government agencies, Bhargava added.



UT plan to ensure child safety
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Chandigarh is all set to address child abuse on a war footing. Ready with a comprehensive action plan on the subject - the first-of-its-kind in the region - the Administration hopes to break barriers that hamper child safety and protection.

A survey of child abuse is also on the cards, official sources say. The Women and Child Development Ministry did not cover Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, in a recent study on child abuse. The study had found that 50 per cent of children in India had experienced abuse, while 70 per cent had never reported it.

The administration’s model action plan for child safety is rooted in these statistics. Its most proactive provisions include the launch of a toll-free supplementary child helpline (along with PGI’s 1098) to take distress calls. A treatment protocol has been put in place, whereby rapid response and multi-agency teams will take over from distress call receivers to help and rehabilitate victimised children. A string of child-safe crčches will be set up through public-private partnership and a special component for children at work and in slums will be made operational. Verbal abuse will also be tackled.

To be launched on June 1, the plan seeks to cover awareness generation as well as therapy aspects of the problem. Its main component relates to making schools safer by sensitising teachers and principals in both private and government setups.

“A teacher being the first point of contact for children in most cases of abuse, the provision is expected to yield positive results by addressing serious issues like corporal punishment, campus safety and peer group pressure,” Raji P. Shrivastava, nodal officer for the project and special secretary, finance, Chandigarh Administration told The Tribune today.

A big step towards child safety would be the launch of comprehensive counselling plan in all government schools of Chandigarh. Approved by UT Administrator Gen SF Rodrigues (retd), whose brainchild this safety project is, the counselling plan will be made operational in all schools from the new academic session. The idea is to make the atmosphere in government schools child-friendly. Prepared in collaboration with various partners, including schools, NGOs and government departments active in child rights area, the plan will also target prime beneficiaries -children.

“We will have special sessions to help children help themselves. Counsellors will interact with them and tell them about the nuances of safety, about the difference between a good and bad touch and other such basic elements,” said Shrivastava.

At the school-level, the administration will ensure installation of “safe children” drop boxes to lend children a voice. As the plan gets going, teachers will be required to write to parents to be aware of the range of child abuse, to verify the antecedents of helpers, make sudden checks on them and install safety devices. From the new session, schools will be required to have forums for mothers.

Further, health, education and social welfare departments will collaborate to tackle malnutrition among children. 



Officer’s molestation
Judge-Advocate in GCM censured in recruitment scam
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The general court martial (GCM) trying a Major at Tibri for allegedly molesting a woman officer has taken a new turn, with the Judge Advocate in the trial being censured in a case relating to irregularities in recruitment.

Sources in Army Headquarters reveal that based upon a court of inquiry and subsequent proceedings, the General Officer Commanding 12 Corps, Jodhpur, has awarded a severe displeasure to Maj A. Pawar.

The officer is at present posted in Chandimandir and was recently converted to the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Department from the Ordnance.

This is an unprecedented case and it is for the Army to now decide whether to allow such an officer to continue performing judicial duties in a trial court, added sources. Headquarters Western Command received the censure order about four days ago.

Irregularities were alleged in the recruitment of 103 civilian employees for duties at an ammunition dump in Rajasthan in October 2003.

A large number of documents pertaining to the case were allegedly burnt. Following this, the officer commanding the depot, a lieutenant colonel, was tried by a GCM on six charges, but was acquitted for lack of evidence. Based upon statements made during his deposition in the trial, the Army decided to initiate administrative action against the major.

Meanwhile, the GCM today overruled the defence request to raise objections to the charge, special plea to jurisdiction and plea in bar.

The court arraigned the accused, recording his plea as not guilty.

The major is facing charges of improper physical contact with the woman officer, who was posted to the same unit. She had levelled charges against her commanding officer also, who was tried by a GCM earlier.

Earlier, in written submissions, the defence also raised several objections before the court, which included some of its submissions and statements not being taken on record of the court proceedings.

The defence also contended that it was not being allowed to inspect the records of the proceedings, which it was entitled to do so under Army Rules.

In related developments, the complainant woman officer has alleged that the defending officer in the case has threatened some of the prosecution witnesses.

The complaint was handed over to the court by the prosecution counsel, which forwarded it to the convening authority.

The court will now reassemble on June 4 for further hearings.



SE’s Replacement
Cong councillors up in arms
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The decision of the UT administration to replace MC superintending engineer S.K. Chadha has created quite a flutter in the corporation as Congress councillors have resolved to raise the issue in the forthcoming house meeting scheduled for May 31.

Speaking to TNS, senior deputy mayor Ravinder Pal Singh said it was a deliberate attempt of the UT administration to install “corrupt officials with a tainted past” in the MC. He said the MC was a people’s body that should have complete transparency. “The administration should keep corrupt officials with itself,” the senior deputy mayor asserted.

He said the Congress would raise the issue in the house meeting. He claimed that recently senior officials of the MC, including the chief engineer, had been transferred. The senior deputy mayor said Chadha should have been allowed to continue in the corporation for another couple of months so that new officials could get some time to settle here.

Meanwhile, highly placed sources in the corporation said the Congress move had nothing to do with the functioning of the corporation. Instead, it was because Chadha was believed to be close to Congress councillors and hence mayor Harjinder Kaur wanted to replace Chadha.

The mayor, however, said Chadha had been in the corporation for the past eight years and he was transferred as per the guidelines. She said it was a decision of the UT administration.

Congress councillors had yesterday approached the adviser to apprise him of their discontent on the issue, but were not allowed to meet him.

This provoked more resentment among the councillors, who contended that if public representatives could not meet officials, how could the general public acquaint them of their problems. 



Presidential honour for Sanskrit scholar
S.D. Sharma

Panchkula, May 29
Panchkula-based Sanskrit scholar Dr Mathura Dutt Pandey was felicitated here today on his being bestowed with the prestigious “Award of honour for proficiency and scholastic achievements in Sanskrit” by President of India Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at a special investiture ceremony held at the Rashtarpati Bhavan in New Delhi recently.

Presiding over the felicitation ceremony, held under the aegis of the Haryana Punjabi Lekhak Sabha, Neerja Shekhar, deputy commissioner, revered Dr Pandey as the “pride of Panchkula”. She said the wisdom, rationality and literary prominence of Dr Pandey had been rightfully acknowledged with the coveted award, which carried a citation, shawl and a life-long cash incentive of Rs 50,000 per annum.

Earlier, he was honoured with the Uttaranchal Sahitya Academy Award by the President of India for his literary excellence.

The DC disclosed that the district administration was contemplating to augment the cultural activities in the city, including regular shows of Panchkula carnival, which takes off in June. A society for the promotion of classical, folk and contemporary performing arts was being formed, she claimed.

Lauding Dr Pandey’s literary prominence, Praveen Kumar, additional DC, himself an acclaimed litterateur, said twice the winner of the prestigious Kalidas Samman, besides Balraj Sahni National Award, and the Punjab Bhasha Award, Dr Pandey had 21 publications in Hindi, Sanskrit and English to his credit.

C.R. Moudgil, director, Haryana Sahit Akademy, Dr R.D. Sharma, director, Haryana Sanskrit Academy, and Gurbax Saini of Haryana Lekhak Sabha spoke on the occasion.



Liquor vend fire: Forensic experts visit site
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 29
A team from the forensic laboratory, Chandigarh, today inspected the site of the liquor vend to ascertain the cause of fire in which two employees were charred to death on May 26 here.

Raka Ghira, SHO of the Phase VIII police station, said the team was headed by Dr Gurinder Mishra. It took photographs and collected some samples from the scene.

The site was also visited by a team of the Punjab State Electricity Board officials.

It is suspected that the fire was caused by a short circuit. The liquor vend was given power connection only a day before the fire broke out.

Two employees, Vikesh Katoch and Kamal Singh, belonging to Kangra, had died in the fire. Both were sleeping inside the vend when the mishap took place.



RTI Impact
Forged will case takes new turn
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
A six-year-old case of a forged will took a new turn when the complainant in the case, Anil Kumar Sharma, procured information under the RTI Act that the will was “manipulated”.

The information prompted the Chandigarh police to request the government examiner questioned documents (GEQD) in the Sector 36 Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) to constitute a panel for the re-examination of the document. The case is being investigated by the crime branch of the Chandigarh police.

Sharma said he procured the document under the RTI Act from the GEQD. He obtained a colour printout of the document which clearly showed that the signature was already on the paper and the matter was typed later. He apprised UT senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gaurav Yadav of the finding that the document was manipulated. He said taking cognisance of the information, the SSP ordered re-examination of the said document by a panel of experts on May 24.

Sharma told TNS that he was having a dispute with his brothers as they had “fabricated” his father’s will after his death. He alleged that the accused got a signature of his father on a blank paper and then got it typed later on. He said the case was registered way back in 2001, that too following a court order. However, following shoddy investigations conducted by the police, the case was sent twice as untraced.



Kajheri Killings
Cops announce Rs 50,000 reward
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The Chandigarh police today announced a reward of Rs 50,000 to anyone providing information leading to the arrest of the three accused in the Kajheri triple murder case.

Earlier, the family of Sucha Singh, who was found murdered along with his wife Balbir Kaur and their servant Chhotu on May 14 at their residence in Kajheri village here, had announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh to anyone giving a clue to the whereabouts of the killers.

The police had identified Amit and Rajiv, both residents of Marvaha village in Bhagalpur district of Bihar, and Santosh, alias Soni, of Soun Versa village of the same district as the accused.

Meanwhile, family members of Sucha Singh, including his son Mani Singh and cousin Gurdeep Singh, former sarpanch of Attawa village, met UT senior superintendent of police Gauav Yadav, who assured them that all efforts were being made to nab the killers.

A four-member team of the Chandigarh police had reached Bhagalpur last night following a tip-off that the accused were seen hiding in a jungle near their village.

The SHO of the Sector 36 police station, inspector Ishwar Singh Mann, said raids were being conducted on suspected hideouts, but the accused were still at large. 



Nek Chand work in a shambles at CLTA
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Statues created by Nek Chand, which catapulted him to international fame, are biting dust in his home town with the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) turning a blind eye to the maintenance of the priceless pieces of art installed on its premises.

Even before hosting the prestigious ITF tournament, which is in progress at the CLTA courts, the authorities here failed to take care of the unique statues made of waste material. The tournament attracts participants from across the globe.

Without proper care, some of the statues, set up at CLTA, Sector 10, are virtually in a shambles. Presenting a picture of neglect, one such statue has been lying in dust for a long period at the main entry.

According to sources, the statues were donated by Nek Chand to the association about 8 to 10 years ago to beautify the surroundings there.

“The statues created by Nek Chand with the waste material have given a unique identity not only to the artist but to the city also on the world map. Many countries have honoured the artist for his creation but it is sorry to see that his precious work has been going waste just because of neglect of the caretakers here. They (the CLTA) might have received these free of cost,” said one of the participants of the ongoing ITF tournament.

On seeing a statue lying on earth with its face buried in the dirt, one foreign participant remarked sarcastically: “Firstly, I thought this was a statue of a sleeping man. However, after sometime I realised that it was not the statue but the authorities who are sleeping.”



Patient told to pay or go; not true, says PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
A rickshawpuller admitted to the PGI on Thursday last was allegedly asked to leave the hospital and get money and an attendant before his treatment could be started. The PGI authorities, however, denied the allegation, and said the patient left the hospital without informing anybody when doctors were preparing for his surgery.

Sri Ram (35), a resident of Colony No. 4, was hit by a Canter on May 24 last in Industrial Area, Phase I, resulting in fracture on his right arm and injury to an eye. The police admitted him to the PGI the same day.

“The staff on duty asked me to arrange Rs 3,000 and an attendant,” said Sri Ram, adding that “since I could not arrange any of these, they asked me to leave the hospital. During the four-day stay at the hospital, no treatment was provided to me, alleged Sri Ram, who is staying alone at the colony after migrating from Bihar.

A PGI spokesperson said the patient was not following the instructions of doctors and left the hospital without informing the authorities. 



Process to shift rehri market gains momentum
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The process to shift the Bajwara rehri market, one of the oldest rehri markets in the city, has gained momentum. The scheme to construct pucca booths was initiated 17 years ago.

The estate office has written to the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) to give possession of the booth market constructed in Sector 41. At least 184 occupants who have been found eligible in a survey conducted by the estate office would be allotted the sites in the first phase. The claim of another 47 had been rejected due to different reasons.

“Since there are over 288 booths in the Sector 41 market, we can allot the remaining in other phases, subject to eligibility. We have written to the CHB after taking consent of the occupants,” said Amit Talwar, assistant estate officer.

The cost of the booth comes to around Rs 4.75 lakh. The cost would be recovered in annual instalments. The eligible persons have so far deposited Rs 3,000.

After being opposed to the idea of shifting to Sector 41, the occupants have agreed. Initially, the rehriwalas wanted rehabilitation on a vacant plot adjacent to the existing market. But they gave in after they were told that they would be adjusted against vacant sites in different pucca booth markets, said an official.

Sources reveal that the estate office has also written to the SSP, Chandigarh, for verification of the credentials of around 45 claimants. It has been repeatedly brought to the notice of the estate office that a number of unauthorised persons had staked claim to the booths. There were cases of the rehri being given on rent and individuals holding the possession of more than one rehri site.

The councillor of the area, Pardeep Chhabra, said the occupants in the market had been suffering for long. Many had died waiting for pucca booths. The market had been twice ravaged by fire. The existing site is congested and does not have proper parking.

The sources said the process to shift rehris in markets of Sectors 28, 29, 38, 40, 41, 44 and 45 was in progress. 



Major fire tragedy averted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
A fire broke out in a vacant plot in the vicinity of the Sector 27-B petrol pump on Madhya Marg, which sent fire officials on alert who rushed to the spot to save the petrol pump.

The fire brigade was informed by the manager of the petrol pump who stated that a small fire in the bushes gradually attained alarming proportions as wind increased the flames. Before the firemen reached the spot, employees of the petrol pump got on to the terrace of the petrol pump and threw water on the fire using buckets.

It took two fire engines more than one and a half hours to douse the flames. Fire officials said no loss was caused due to the fire as it was controlled well in time.



‘Convert community centre into club’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The Residents Welfare Society of Sector 46 has expressed gratitude to the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation for developing a shrub garden in the sector.

In statement here yesterday, the society said at the time of opening of the garden, residents of the area had submitted a request to the MC to construct toilets in the garden, especially for women and the aged, who went there for walks.

The society has asked the MC to convert the community centre of the Sector into a club. The society said the community centre served a large number of people from the Sector and the adjoining areas and most of the time it remained occupied by locals who held social functions here. It said though there was move to convert the centre into a club, but somewhere down the line, the decision of the corporation was undone. The society has demanded that the MC should reconsider the decision and go ahead with conversion of the centre into a club. 



Creche workers given tips
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The chairperson of the Chandigarh Social Welfare Board, Lalit Joshi, inaugurated the first training programme for creche workers in collaboration with the Indian Council for Social Welfare, Chandigarh Branch, at Bal Bhawan, Sector 23, here yesterday.

The training programme is being attended by 30 functionaries of creche centres being run in different localities of the city through NGOs funded by the board.

Speaking on the occasion, Lalit Joshi emphasised on the positive role of the functionaries of the centres and said they were contributing towards building a “strong foundation” for the country because they were the ones who “groom students to be good pupils at school.”

She advised the functionaries to lay importance on cleanliness of children and to teach their mothers the importance of hygiene to avoid diseases like polio and diarrhoea.

The board has approved three training programmes to be conducted by the Indian Council for Child Welfare for 30 workers each. The next two programmes will begin on June 18 and July 2, respectively. 



Five vehicles stolen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Five vehicles, including three cars, have been stolen from the city. Joseph Sebastian of the PGI reported to the police that his Maruti car (CH-01Y-9080) was stolen from the parking lot near the mortuary at the PGI between May 25 and 26.

Ankush Sharma of Sector 34 lodged a complaint with the police that his Maruti car (CH-03-Y-3567) was stolen from his residence on Sunday night. In another incident, R.K. Handa of Sector 21 filed a complaint with the police that his Maruti car (CHF-7400) was stolen from his residence on Monday.

Similarly, Jayoti Kumar of Raipur Khurd village reported to the police that his Hero Honda motorcycle (CH-01-X-4709) was stolen from the parking lot in Sector 17 on Monday. Dhiraj of Kajheri village reported to the police that his hero Honda motorcycle (CH-03-Y-4898) was stolen from his residence last night.

Five cases of thefts have been registered in various police stations in the city.


The local police today arrested Rulda Ram of Palsora village on allegations of furnishing a false affidavit in a local court. The police said the accused in his affidavit stated that he had never furnished a bail bond for anyone. It was found that he had already furnished bail bonds in a number of cases.

On May 26, he had furnished a bail bond for a thief in the same court. A case of cheating and giving false information by using documents has been registered against him under various provisions of the IPC.

Caught stealing

Rajesh Kumar of Sector 30 filed a complaint with the police alleging that he caught Chander Mohan of Phase II, Ram Darbar, while stealing a stereo from his car parked in the Sector 29 market this afternoon. A case has been registered.

Scooterist hurt

A scooterist, Neelam of Swastik Vihar, Mansa Devi Complex, Panchkula, suffered injuries after being hit by a truck (HR-68-6374) near the Housing Board traffic lights point on Monday. She was admitted to Arya Hospital in Mani Majra. The police has arrested the truck driver, Amar Singh, a resident of Banur, on a charge of causing injuries due to rash and negligent driving.



Focus on fiscal awareness, banks advised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
With over 70 per cent of the total population in the country still remaining financially excluded, the focus of the entire banking industry should be on financial inclusion and financial awareness.

This was stated by Sandip Ghose, chief general manager and principal of the College of Development Banking, Reserve Bank of India, during an interaction with the media on the sidelines of the 24th Management Research and Development Programme for senior executives of banks organised at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID).

Ghose said the RBI was now asking all banks to make use of technology so that they were able to expand their reach to a wider cross section of people. ‘Banks are now introducing kiosks in rural areas and using hand-held computers for banking in the far-off rural areas,” he said.

He disclosed that the RBI was now mulling a proposal to tie up with the department of posts for spreading financial education and for fulfilling ‘Know Your Customer’ norms for banking operations. These post offices could also be used as delivery points for small coins, he added.

Later, V.K. Kapur, director, Institute of Stress Management and Research, Panchkula, talked to the bankers about stress management. He spoke about how one could quantify stress, as it adversely affected efficiency at work.

He pointed out that 80 per cent of all modern diseases had their beginning in stress and talked about ways and means to bust environmental, psychological, social and philosophical stress.



Chamber welcomes new Shatabdi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) has hailed the introduction of the new Shatabdi with improved interiors of coaches, passenger interface, enhanced safety, superior operations and modular toilets.

Ashok Khanna, past president and chairman, Regional Development Council, PHDCCI, said the chamber had given its recommendation on different platforms regarding the need to improve rail services, including introduction of fast trains between Chandigarh and Delhi. He said the city had witnessed a significant increase in the number of passengers who travelled by Shatabdi between these two cities.

He said the decision to introduce this new service would provide relief to residents and the business community who frequently travelled between these two cities.



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