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P’kula MC chief election today
Cross-voting will be the clincher
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

The Maths

There are 31 councillors in the house. As the local MP and MLA have the right to vote, the total number of votes comes to 33. Any one aiming for the post of president and vice-president needs to get the support of 17 councillors. However, simple majority would be considered if all councillors do not participate in the election. At least 50 per cent voters are required for the quorum, Panchkula SDM, Virender Dahiya, said.

Panchkula, April 27
Cross-voting will prove vital during the election of the chairperson for the newly elected MC to be held tomorrow. The BJP with eight seats in the 31-member denying alliance with any party, deciding to field V.K. Sood for the post.

INLD leader Abhay Chautala, who headed the campaign during the MC elections, month is expected to accompany his councillors to the SDM’s office, the venue for the election, tomorrow.

Stakes are high for the Congress. Its MLA and MP who are the Haryana deputy CM, Chander Mohan, and union minister of state for poverty alleviation, Kumari Selja, respectively, will participate in the election. The Congress has 16 votes and is short of one to stake claim to the post.

The directions of the high court on a petition filed by a former chairperson of the MC, Seema Chaudhary, on April 25 to hold the election of chairperson and vice-chairperson through secret ballot, has left the field for cross voting open.

The deputy CM claims to have 27 votes in the party kitty.

The INLD was claiming to have nine votes until today. With the joining of three Independents, the Congress was able to declare only 16 votes. It had won nine seats.

With two votes by default in its kitty in the form of its MLA and MP from the constituency, the party has managed to garner the support of four Independents and an INLD councillor.

The BJP is taking no chance with regard to the security of its councillors. All eight councillors are staying together and will visit the SDM’s office with V.K. Sood, a BJP leader said.

The INLD is expecting a miracle. Gautam Prasad, who had won on its symbol, has joined the Congress.

Another Independent, Prem Kumar, has also joined the Congress.



Electronic media walks out
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 27
The PCA, IPL organisers and the Mohali Police played dirty with mediapersons again.

Arrangements at the media centre like poor seating, non-availability of Internet access and misbehaviour by bouncers, led electronic mediapersons to boycott the IPL proceedings.

In the mid of the match, all electronic mediapersons came out of the stadium, protesting against the inadequate arrangements.

“The chairs are broken. And the bouncers who have been deputed with celebrities and cricketers are unprofessional,” a mediaperson said.

PCA treasurer G.S. Walia and Punjab team CEO Neil Maxwell were seen pacifying protesters. The local print media was also left out in the cold by the police. The police claimed to have prepared special coverage cards for mediapersons, but when asked for the cards, a senior police official said the district public relations officer had been asked to provide a list of mediapersons to whom these had to be issued. The DPRO, Uma Sharma, however, said she had not been contacted by the police to issue any such list.

“The cards would be given when you ask for them. You should instead claim VIP tickets that the PCA is distributing to mediapersons,” the police official said.

When Walia was asked if any VIP ticket was being distributed to mediapersons, he said, “We are giving VIP tickets to mediapersons who are covering the area, but do not have accredited coverage passes. But these VIP tickets are not for all. These are only for those representing big newspapers and channels and not for representatives of newspapers which are being printed in some small street.”



Spectators cane-charged at PCA Stadium
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Food contractors overcharging

In the absence of any check, food contractors have not only been overcharging spectators, but also allegedly providing substandard food. The Tribune team found that a bottle of water with an MRP of Rs 13 was being sold for Rs 20 while a soft drink, the market rate of which is Rs 10, was being sold for Rs 20 and a glass of beer for Rs 50. “They are charging Rs 15 for a patty which can be easily got for Rs 5 or Rs 8 from any shop here. Organisers are spending crores on publicity, but no one cares for the public,” said Kamal Kant, a spectator.

Mohali, April 27
Spectators and residents had a harrowing day today due to the mismanagement of organisers of the IPL’s third match at here.

To disperse the crowd, the mounted police had to resort to a mild cane charge around 4.15 pm. Chaos ruled the roads around the stadium where the police allowed VVIP vehicles to reach up to the main gates, but stopped residents of the area who were trying to look for ways to reach their houses.

The match started at 4 pm, but the gates of the general stand were not opened till 4.20 pm, resulting in hundreds of people gathering in front of gate number 11. From there, the spectators were asked to go to gate number 7 to gain entry. People were seen shuttling from one gate to another.

When the crowd started getting restless, the police resorted to cane charge.

An official manning the gate said they were asked to fill the other stands first. “Regardless of the kind of tickets one had, there is open entry for all kinds of spectators,” he said. All gates connecting the stands inside the stadium were, however, left open and people were free to sit anywhere.

“We have the Rs 250 tickets, but we were allowed to enter in the stand meant for tickets costing Rs 750,” said some spectators. On the other hand, those who had to spend more were miffed. “We were fools to spend Rs 500 extra to sit here,” they said.

Being a Sunday, around 20,000 persons showed up at the stadium to see the match between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils.

For the local residents, these matches are becoming a nuisance. “How many days do we have to suffer this? Someone should request the Punjab and Haryana High Court to order the shifting of the stadium to the outskirts. I travel to Phase 10 every day almost six times for my work, and on the day of the match, I have to take a route which is double the normal distance. Will the IPL pay for the extra petrol I am using?” said a resident of Phase V.

Another added, “It seems the barricades are being put up not to control the public, but to harass it. Why were the VIPs allowed to go up till the front of the stadium gate in their vehicles. The rules are not the same for everyone,” lamented a spectator.

As the traffic spilled on to the roads after the match, it led to a jam that lasted for an hour.



Two run over by buses, killed
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, April 27
An unidentified man in his mid-20s was run over by a CTU bus in Sector 38 here this evening.

As per information, the driver of the bus did not see the man walking. The victim was crushed under the tyre of the bus and died on the spot. The body kept lying on the road for more than an hour.

In another incident, a man was killed in a freak accident. The youth was probably jumping over a railing when he lost balance and was run over by a Haryana Roadways bus at around 10 pm on the road separating Sectors 20 and 33.

Bus passengers said they saw the man being knocked down by a speeding Qualis before he fell in front of the bus. He died on the spot.

The police said the driver tried to flee, but passengers said he stopped at a distance immediately after the mishap at the next rotary. He has been taken into custody.

Train knocks down man

Panchkula: An 80-year-old man was crushed to death under a train when he was crossing the track near Ram Nagar Colony in Kalka today. The deceased has been identified as Ram Sarup, a numberdar of Tagra Hakimpur village.

His family said he had gone to attend a meeting of a gaushala committee when the Himalayan Queen hit him. The GRP, Kalka, has registered a case.



CHB goes the realtor way
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Official Take

The rates are below the market rates. During the earlier schemes when the rates were “too low”, speculation was rampant with allottees selling dwelling units on hefty premium

Chandigarh, April 27
It seems the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has put its social objective on the back burner with its steep general housing scheme in Sector 63. This has delivered another blow to residents who wish to own a house.

With just three days left for the scheme to close, the CHB's succumbing to the market forces is coming under attack from various quarters.

The middle class and lower middle will think twice before applying for the scheme in the wake of inflation.

Political parties, too, joined the chorus against the board today. “The prices are beyond the reach of the middle and the lower middle class. After the record-breaking inflation having hit the common man hard, for many owning a house in Chandigarh would merely remain a dream,” Kamla Sharma, president of the local unit of the BJP, said here today.

Senior BJP leader Satya Pal Jain sought to politicise the issue, saying that even as various wings of the Chandigarh administration, including the CHB, indulged in “high-handedness”, the minister of state for finance, Pawan Bansal, was a mute spectator.

“As the local MP, the minister owes an explanation to the city residents for various acts of omission and commission of the administration,” he added.

The president of the Yuva Sankalpa Foundation, Davesh Moudgil, alleged that by coming up with inflated prices of flats, the CHB was behaving like a property dealer. In fact, the high prices went against the mandate of the CHB which underlined the need for providing reasonably-priced dwelling units to the common man, he complained.

The CHB had recenty come out with a general scheme offering four types of four-storeyed flats. While the category flat (three bedroom) costs Rs 39.57 lakh, the category B (two bedroom) flat costs Rs 29.14 lakh. A one-bedroom and one-room tenement (for the economically weaker sections) cost Rs 17.15 lakh and Rs 5.66 lakh, respectively.

While residents alleged that the prices were inflated, official sources claimed that the rates were below the market rates.



Nine issues on agenda for MC general house
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
The upgradation of the community centre at Sector 47, with a view to convert it into a state-of-the-art banquet hall would be discussed in the monthly MC general house meeting to be held on April 30.

Besides, several other development works and formation of three new committees will be discussed in the house as per the agenda. In all, nine items have been included in the agenda.

Giving details of the agenda, sources in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation said the community centre would be renovated and turned into a state-of-the-art banquet hall at an estimated cost of Rs 1.41 crore. The centre has 22 rooms and a big hall, where two-three programmes could be organised at the same time.

Sources said the hall would be renovated on the lines of first banquet hall, recently completed in Sector 23. Besides this, formation of three new house committees to supervise the affairs of art, culture and sports, developments of villages and slums and enforcement wing of the corporation will also be discussed. The functioning of these committees would also be discussed in the house.

The other items on the agenda include formation of new sub-division under the horticulture department, and a new division and sub-division in the bridges and roads wing of the MC. A paver block to be laid inside a park in Maloya and augmentation of sewerage in Manimajra are some of the other issues. The work of constructing a road, including the one from the railway station up to Manimajra Police station and the other in Ram Darbar, would also be debated in the general house.



Periphery Act
Hallomajra residents allege discrimination
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
The Punjab Periphery Capital Act is looming large on 150 houses in Hallomajra village even after the inclusion of the village in the MC.

Accusing the UT administration of discrimination, residents have sought the intervention of Pawan Kumar Bansal, minister of state for finance, to de-notify their areas.

Owners of these houses are apprehensive that the authorities could demolish their houses terming them as illegal structures.

The administration had exempted around 1,000 structures of the village outside lal dora after it was brought under the MC. However, certain houses along the lal dora were excluded from the de-notification.

The administration vide a recent notification had exempted 35.42 acres outside the lal dora and 33.60 acres in Deep Complex from the provisions of the Act.

The administration had not exempted the houses despite assurances even as Bansal had taken up the issue with Pardip Mehra, the then adviser to the administrator.

The administration had issued a notification on April 8, excluding 150 houses. It had warned them that it would raze their structures, B.S. Rawat of the village said.

Vijay Kumar Goel of Hallomajra alleged discrimination during exemption from the Periphery Act. There were about 20 houses under khasra number 116. The administration had exempted khasra number 106, which was surrounded by khasra numbers 101 to 104, 107, 97, 95, 113 and 114. He said he had constructed his house on this particular piece of land five years ago and had been getting notices.



BJP unit blames UPA govt for price hike
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
With spiralling prices giving sleepless nights to the UPA government and the common man alike, members of the local unit of the BJP today blamed the union minister of state for finance and local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal for his government’s ‘utter failure’ to control price rise.

The members appealed to the general public to go in for complete strike on May 2 in protest against ‘record inflation’ on the NDA’s national strike call. “A human chain would be formed in Sector 17 plaza in protest against the price rise,” Kamla Sharma, president of the local unit said.

“Even as the government claims to have economic experts like the prime minister, the finance minister and the ministers of state for finance, prices of essential commodities have risen during the four-year tenure of the UPA government,” senior leader Satya Pal Jain alleged.

Coming down heavily on his bete noire Bansal, Jain said being the union minister of state for finance, Bansal owed an explanation to the people of the city on the issue of the price rise.

Jain said price rise would prove to be the nemesis of the government in the next Lok Sabha elections. With no coordination between various Central government ministries the common man was at the receiving end of the rising prices, he added.

Local SAD president Gurpartap Singh Riar alleged that the UPA government was going soft on the black marketeers and hoarders.



Rally against pay commission
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, April 27
The All India Defence Brotherhood today staged a rally against the treatment meted out to Defence personnel by the Sixth Pay Commission.

Before culminating at the War Memorial here, members of the body took out a procession through the city after staring from Mohali.

They said they had rejected the committee formed by the UPA government for rectifying the anomalies made by the Pay Commission.

The ex-servicemen also raised the issue of one-rank-one-pay. Many ex-servicemen who retired in 1978 were drawing a meagre pension of Rs 200 only.



Ex-servicemen ignored for jobs
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
Filling up the posts reserved for ex-servicemen is not on the priority list of various departments of the Chandigarh administration. During the last sixteen years, their employment has been almost negligible in most of the departments and public sector undertakings.

In the UT there is no monitoring of the utilisation of vacancies reserved for the ex-servicemen. It has been brought to the notice of the UT home secretary that with each passing year, the utilisation of posts meant for ex-servicemen has been going down.

Highlighting the issue, the UT Zila Sainik Board has stated that despite 10 per cent reservation in Group C and 20 per cent reservation in Group D, allowed by government of India in 1979, filling of these posts has been very low.

The figures released by the UT Directorate of Economics and Statistics revealed that as on March 2006 only 288 posts out of the total 15,430 posts in group C and 38 posts out of 2,809 in group D had been filled. This works out to 1.86 per cent in group C and 1.35 per cent in group D.

Only two departments, Chandigarh Police and Chandigarh Transport Undertaking, have given 78 per cent employment to the ex-servicemen in their respective departments. “It is rather paradoxical that ex-servicemen are taking low paid security jobs with private employers whereas the posts in administration are lying unfilled,” said an official of the Zila Sainik Board.

Similarly in 2003, the utilisation was just 1.86 per cent for group C and 1.94 per cent for group D. In 2000, it was 2.59 per cent in group C and 3.31 per cent in group D. Since 1911, the utilization percentage has not exceeded four per cent.

The deputy commissioner, who is also chairman of the Zila Sainik Board, said horizontal reservation has been given to the ex-servicemen in direct recruitment as against vertical reservation for all types of recruitment to the SC, ST and OBC candidates.

Also reservation points in the roster which is applicable to the SC, ST, OBC and handicapped persons has not been made applicable to the ex-servicemen. Another issue was poor monitoring of utilisation of vacancies by the erring departments. It has been demanded that the Sainik Welfare Office should be nominated as the nodal office to check the rosters of all departments in respect of ex-servicemen.

A committee has also been constituted to monitor grievances of soldiers, ex-servicemen and their dependents and is headed by the deputy commissioner. The committee would monitor complaints by giving distinct registration number to each application. All the heads of departments have been asked by the UT home secretary Sanjay Kumar to maintain record of complaints and pursue them on a priority basis. During public meeting hours, officials have been asked to give priority to soldiers, ex-servicemen and their dependents.



Fauji Beat
Nehru wanted to scrap the Army

When Sir Robert Lockhart, the first Commander-in-Chief of Independent India, presented a paper to Nehru on the proposed size and shape of the Army in the light of the perceived threats, the latter’s response was: “Rubbish, total rubbish. We don’t need a defence plan. Our policy is non-violence. We foresee no military threats. Scrap the Army. The police are good enough to meet our security needs”. Had the tribals backed by the Pakistani army not invaded the Kashmir valley, in October 1947, the Army perhaps would have been “scrapped”.

Even after the Chinese debacle, Nehru had not shed his aversion to the Army. After its total neglect for 15 years, when the Army started embarking upon a rapid expansion in 1962, Nehru in a letter to Bertrand Russel wrote: “The danger of military mentality spreading in India and the power of the Army increasing bothered him”. Unfortunately, this attitude has persisted and permeated the thinking of the successive governments.

Bureaucrats have spread no efforts to take advantage of the “Nehruvinian thinking” and have combined well to match their thinking and actions with their political bosses.

At no stage in the past, the military leadership has fulfilled its moral obligation to convince the political masters of the wrongs being done to the armed forces. Nor has their failure to do so prompted them to give up office. They cannot escape blame for this mess.

SSB coaching

To help the youth of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to seek entry into the officer’s corps, the Gajraj Corps Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC) conducted a coaching courses recently at Tezpur for the Services’ Selection Board (SSB). This was the first such course and response to it from the youth was so encouraging that 86 young men turned up for the course. Of them 40 were short-listed for screening.

The shortlisted candidates were put through a structured and purposeful programme to gauge their knowledge, response, reactions and personality traits and to develop reasoning, clarity and convincing ability in them. To provide an opportunity to the youths to exchange their cultural heritage, a variety entertained programme was also organised after the course. It has been decided by the Gajraj Corps to run more such courses in future.


A number of ex-servicemen above 75 years of age have come up with the complaint that the waiting time at the ECHS polyclinic in Sector 29, Chandigarh, is about three hours.

On an average, 350 patients visit this polyclinic daily. This number far exceeds the capacity of its medical and paramedical staff. As 50 per cent of the patients come from Mohali, the only way to reduce the waiting time is to establish a polyclinic at Mohali.

Some of the patients have expressed their disatisfaction over the sub-standard building in which this polyclinic is located. This building, no doubt, is sub-standard. There is no reason why a suitable accommodation for the polyclinic should not be hired when there is a provision for this in the ECHS rules. We cannot blame the bureaucrats when we lower our standards ourselves.

— Pritam Bhullar



Traffic chaos at Zirakpur chowk
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, April 27
Traffic on the Zirakpur chowk was blocked for over three hours here this evening. The traffic jam began at about 7 pm when a tent house jeep was hit by a Haryana roadways bus on the rear near the Zirakpur-Chandigarh turning point. Another Haryana Roadways bus, which had been waiting for over half an hour, tried to jostle into Chandigarh from the single lane Zirakpur- Kalka cut and blocked the traffic coming from the Kalka side.

The traffic coming from the Patiala side to the Zirakpur chowk was blocked as hundreds of cars were parked on the roadside outside Jarnail Enclave here where Punjabi singer Babbu Mann was performing. Also on the entire road from Nabha Sahib Gurdwara till the point where Patiala road meets Zirakpur, cars were seen parked on both sides of the road as the road is strewn with marriage palaces with at least half a dozen weddings planned for tonight.

Barring a single traffic cop, who was moving about restlessly and seemed helpless in putting the traffic back in order, there was no help. Those coming or going from Chandigarh were delayed by over three hours due to the jam.



Seminar on human rights
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
A seminar on human rights was organised by the All-India Human Rights Watch (AIHRW) at Musafir Bhawan, Sector 24, here today. Justice R.S. Mongia (retd), chairperson, Punjab Human Rights Commission, was the chief guest. The function was presided over by Punjab Advocate General H.S. Mattewal.

A large number of human rights activists from across the region participated in the function. AIHRW president Prof Gurmeet Singh highlighted the works on female foeticide undertaken by the organisation. Justice Mongia guided the gathering about the way to approach the Human Rights Commission in case of any violations.

He appealed the NGOs and Advocate General of Punjab to suggest the government to pass a bill that the commission should have the power to implement its orders passed on the complaints instead of merely directing them.



Fraud accused dies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
Surinder Singh of Dhanas, an undertrial lodged in Burail jail, died at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here today. Chand Kaur, mother of Surinder Singh, alleged that her son was framed in a false case, which brought him under depression and led to his death.

Surinder, along with four other accused, took Rs 4.50 lakh from Gurwinder Singh Moga, and assured him a job as a sub-inspector in the ITBP. Later, he dodged Gurwinder. Surinder was sent to judicial custody, from where he was hospitalised after he complained of severe headache.




Betting in cricket

Betting, due to the risk and rare gains involved, has been a human weakness since time immemorial. There are copious references to the infirmities of human nature in all classics of the world. The evil of betting should be nipped in the bud and this can only be done by enforcing strict laws. Betting is a law and order problem and so, proper laws should be worked upon and there implementation be made sure of. Whoever cheats and disrespects the law should be punished. Betting should be governed by stern laws which entail not only levying hefty fines but also prosecution same as criminal offence.

Betting, in no case should be legalised as it would only encourage people to indulge in gambling and motivate youngsters also to follow suit. Malpractices like match-fixing are a curse and would consequently lead to more ills and evils.

Today there is too much cricket, so there is an obvious increase in the bets also. Betting on cricket has only spoilt the name of the game and so, the police and the authorities should be more active in dealing with this widespread problem instead of thinking of legalising it.

Dr Shruti Kapoor

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CBSE aims to curb rote learning
Project work introduced for Class XI sociology students
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
With a vision to avoid rote learning, the CBSE has decided to introduce project work in the sociology curriculum for Class XI from the session 2008-09.

CBSE officials said the project work consisting of 20 marks would help students to have an exposure and first hand experience of methods and techniques involved to be familiar with the excitement and challenges practically. However, the theoretical constituent would be of 80 marks.

CBSE officials also confirmed that the same pattern would be introduced for Class XII in the subsequent year (2009-2010) with same proportion of marks to be evaluated externally as for Class XI, this year.

For the format of examination for Class XI, the CBSE has bifurcated the three-hour theoretical part consisting 80 marks (34 marks for introducing sociology and 46 marks for ‘understanding society’ portions). The three-hour practical component having 20 marks would have seven marks for project work, to be undertaken at the school level, five marks for viva based on the project work and eight marks for research design.

The CBSE has directed all heads of schools that the project must involve actual first hand research done by each student in close consultation with the teacher during the academic year. At the end of the stipulated term, each student would have to prepare the project report in his or her own hand, but the students would be allowed to include other illustrative material, which need not be hand-written.

Sherry Sabbarwal, professor and chairperson, department of sociology, PU, opined that the board should make it a point not to make the theoretical portion more cumbersome. “The students should be convenient enough to concentrate more time on the practical projects. It is through practical work that they get proper exposure, which would sharpen their attitude towards society. For this ample time and due importance should be given to students,” she said.

Welcoming the decision, the subject experts are of the opinion that importance of project work in sociology would infuse the right attitude for social issues and concerns in the students. “With this change, the curriculum would not be limited to bookish knowledge,” said Amritpal Kaur, sociology lecturer at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 18.

Students can send their queries, comments and suggestions specifically on projects, the supporting material or related textbooks to the email address - ncertsociologytexts@gmail.com



14,000 take AIEEE
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
Around 14,000 students appeared for the all-India engineering entrance examination (AIEEE) at 19 centres across the city here today.

Prof K.S. Upadhyaya of a physics institute in Panchkula said, “As compared to previous years, the paper was different as it consisted of comprehension type, assertion and reason type questions in physics theory. The biggest change in the paper was because of the inclusion of 20 per cent questions based on the practical component in physics.”

“All questions were from within the syllabus and we were prepared to take on this challenge,” said Ankit Narula.

“This year, the thrust was on the syllabus of Class XII as compared to Class XI. It was a bit tough for an average student,” said Prof S.C. Gupta, a physics lecturer.

Gaurav, a student, said he had been working relentlessly for the past two years to make it to the PEC.

“I was a bit unsure about the composition of the paper, but I put equal emphasis on all three subjects,” he said.



PU set to implement reservation quota
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
Whether Panjab University gets much deserving central status or not is a million-dollar question, nevertheless the university is all set to implement 27 per cent reservation quota for students belonging to the other Backward Classes (OBC) in a phased manner.

The university authorities have decided to implement the quota in three phases. According to sources, seven per cent of the reservation will be implemented this year followed by another seven per cent in 2009 and 13 per cent in the next year.

The authorities have already sent letters to all departments to furnish details as regards the infrastructure and facilities required to accommodate the students.

Confirming this development, Prof S.K. Kulkarni, dean, University Instructions, said, “The last date for furnishing the details by the departments was April 24 and by tomorrow we will have all information with us to set things in motion.”

The PU syndicate, in its recent meeting, had approved an increase in the number of seats in almost all departments from the ensuing academic session.

Another reason for the phased approach is reportedly the increased seats under the general category as the NRI and industry-sponsored seats were scrapped recently.

The decision to implement the reservation comes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to upheld 27 per cent reservation for OBCs (minus the creamy layer).

As of now, the reservation quota for the Scheduled Castes is 15 per cent while for the Scheduled Tribes, it is 7.5 per cent. With the implementation of the OBC quota, the total reservation will be increased to 49.5 per cent.

Vice-chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti said, “We are willing to implement the quota in phases. We are seeking a clarification from the government as to which guidelines we need to follow: guidelines for the centrally funded institutions or the state government. As soon as we are clear about that, we will implement the quota.”



Central Status for PU
PUTA shoots letter to CM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
More and more volunteers are joining in the chain fast started by teachers, students and employees of the Panjab University three weeks ago. Those who sat on the fast today were Prof V.P. Upadhyaya, department of Sanskrit, Dr Manish Sharma, department of Gandhian studies and Dr Jaget Singh from the UIET. Among the students, Punit Pandit from the Sanskrit department and Nitin Sharma from the department of Gandhian studies also joined the fast.

In a written communication today, PUTA, on behalf of the joint action committee, made certain suggestions to the Punjab Chief Minister that there would be no change in the present name of the university, the representation of the Punjab Government on different administrative bodies of the university would be honoured, entire financial liability of the university would be borne by the Union. However, if the Punjab Government wants to continue with its present contribution of Rs 16 crore (fixed) per annum, the government should be given assurance that the entire amount of Rs 16 crore would be spent on the higher education in the state.

An emergency meeting of PUTA executives was held today to review the entire scenario and a general body meeting was fixed for April 28.



From Schools
CBSE toppers honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
Kendriya Vidyalaya, Zirakpur, organised its annual function on the school premises. Brig P.K. Mangal chairman, VMC, Co 474, Engineering Brigade, was the chief guest.

Principal Annie Thariyan was presented the Principal Leadership Award. CBSE toppers were honoured with mementoes by first lady of the command Deepti Mangal. At least 35 students were awarded for their achievements at the national as well as regional levels.

ANNUAL FUNCTION: Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 2, Chandi Mandir Cantonment, celebrated its annual day function on the school premises yesterday. The programme started with the lighting of a lamp by chief guest Air Vice-Marshall Arup Raha. Tiny tots welcomed the chief guest. Students presented puppet show, classical dance, group song ‘nati’ dance, bhangra and tableau “Ma Tujhe Salaam”.

HONOURED: An award ceremony was held at AKSIPS-65. More than 150 students were honoured and awarded for their achievements in the session 2007-08. Renowned Bharatnatyam dancer Suchitra Mitra presided over the function while Bank of Maharashtra’s chief manager Ranjit Singh was the guest of honour.

INAUGURATED: A four-room activity hub was inaugurated at Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, Mohali, by five Nursery students representing Panj Pyaras. Director of the school D.S. Bedi was present. Bedi hoped that such areas in the school were must for facilitating better and faster learning of the tiny tots.

WORKSHOPS: Three workshops were held at Doon International School. The girls from Classes VI to IX attended an adolescent health awareness programme conducted by association of gynaecologists - FOGSI. The programme was sponsored by Johnson and Johnson. The girls were enlightened on teenage hygiene and importance of tolerance diet. Likewise, the senior boys were apprised of the health issues connected with adolescence. The winners include Vaishali Gupta, Anmol Ballagan, Palak Sharma, Akahdeep Sohi and Kirti Sharma.



35 students honoured for academic excellence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
Guru Harkishan Educational Society, Chandigarh, honoured 35 students during the Sixteenth Sanman Samaroh at the auditorium of National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research Education, Sector 26, here, today.

The students topped in their respective fields of studies, including engineering, medicine, and other professional courses. The students honoured for their excellence were from Kurukshetra and Maharishi Dayanand University of Haryana, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Punjab Engineering College, Punjabi University, Punjab Agricultural University, Punjab Technical University, Guru Nanak Dev University, Thapar Engineering and Technology College, Baba Farid Health Sciences College and Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Punjab School Education Board.

Dr R.C. Sobti, vice-chancellor of the Panjab University was the chief guest on the occasion and gave away awards to the toppers. The students were given cash prizes of Rs 500 to 1,000, besides a roll of honour certificate.

Honorary secretary of the society A.S. Rawel while presenting the annual report said since the inception of the society in 1986, it had helped 6,195 students with a sum of Rs 98.46 lakh without any discrimination of caste, creed, religion or domicile.



Flying Cats tie-up with global corporates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
City-based airhostess training institution, Flying Cats, formed an alliance with nine international training partners, here today.

Aditi Srivastava, CEO of the Flying Cats, told mediapersons during a press conference today that it was for the first time that nine corporates had come on a common platform to share their expertise. It would help the cabin crew aspirants to get quality training in the fast growing aviation, tourism and hospitality industry.

Flying Cats has collaborated with the UK-based Active Solutions Consulting Group (ASCG), which is providing training to airlines across the world, including Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, South Asian Airliners and Air New Zealand. Donahue Cortes, group director of ASCG, said students enrolled with Flying Cats would automatically be enrolled with his institution.

According to Aditi Srivastava the region has enough potential for the hospitality industry. About the placements, she added that there were 40,000 jobs for cabin crew and another 80,000 for ground staff with more airlines coming up in the near.



College alleges police inaction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
Authorities of DAV College, Sector 15, have alleged that police have let-off the seven youngsters involved in creating ruckus at the college premises last night.

According to sources, seven unidentified youngsters were caught red-handed while consuming liquor at the college premises at 11:30 pm on Sunday. Someone informed the college principal, BC Josan, who reached the spot and nabbed the youngsters.

He handed over the youngsters to the police, however, the cops preferred to let them go after issuing a warning. After about an hour of the incident, the principle accompanied by hostel warden and policemen conducted a raid in the hostels and found three outsiders consuming liquor in the room. Interestingly, the three youngsters were the ones who were earlier handed over to the police by the principal.

College authorities alleged that two of the outsiders were released by the police, while the third one was taken into custody. The college principal said stern action would be taken against anyone found guilty. He, however, expressed shock over the police inaction.



On-the-spot painting competition concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
The fourth and the last series of the on-the-spot painting competition “Chandigarh in April” ended today with a commendable response. Chandigarh Tourism in association with Chandigarh Lalit Kala Academy held this series at the Rock Garden and Shanti Kunj.

The competition was divided into four series, commenced in the first week of April. This time 131 entries were received. In the school category 71 entries were received. As many as 46 and 14 entries were received in college and amateur/professional category, respectively.

A committee of experts has been constituted which will declare the results tomorrow. The wide collection of four series will be shortly exhibited next month. In each category the winner, first runner up and second runner up will get a prize of Rs 10,000, Rs 7,500, Rs 5,000, respectively, whereas 3 consolation prizes of Rs 2,000 will also be given.



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