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CBSE XII Results
Shashank of Bhavan is topper
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Divya Malhotra
Divya Malhotra tops humanities in Chandigarh 91.2%

Chandigarh, May 21
Seek, strive, and never give up. This is the spirit showcased by toppers of different streams of the CBSE Class XII, the results of which were declared today.

Topping in the tricity in the medical stream is Aditi Mehta of Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, here. She scored 95 per cent marks. It is a double delight for the school, too, because the school has introduced this stream from the last session only and Aditi brought laurels to the school by emerging as the topper in the tricity.

Regularity and hardwork is her mantra of success. Daughter of a doctor couple, Aditi, too, is looking forward to earn a name for herself in medicine like her parents. His father, Dr Swami Das Mehta, is a renowned skin specialist with the Sector 16 hospital while mother, Dr Rashmi, is a gynaecologist with the PGI.

Talented, Aditi has a good academic record throughout her career. She bagged the National Talent Search Examination award conducted by the NCERT in 2006. Apart from this, she got 99 percentile in South Wales Exam and Macmillan India International Assessment for schools based on the overall assessment of student at the international level.

Breaking its tradition of bagging top honours in commerce, SD Public School-32 won accolades in the non-medical stream this time. This honour has been brought in by Pritish Chakravarty, who scored 94 per cent marks. Striving to settle at Singapore, Pritish is focused on his studies. He maintains a perfect balance between his studies and his passion for sports and music. Pritish is a state-level table tennis player but has obsession for football. It was during one of the football matches that he developed sprain in his ankle.

His father, Dr P Chakravarty, is a medical officer at the CSIO while his mother, Dr A Chakravarty, is an anesthetist. Being maths his favourite subject, Pritish wants to do research and advancement in this subject but his immediate plans are to get admission in a good engineering college.

In the commerce stream, Shashank Dhawan of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, here, clinched the first place in the tricity by scoring 95.6 per cent marks. Advocating tuitions, Shashank also recommends to attend regular classes in schools.

Focused Shashank wants to be a chartered accountant and his favourite subjects are maths and accounts in which he scored 99 per cent marks. Shashank too wants to go abroad for study. For his parents, it is an unbelievable achievement as they were always aspired to see their son’s photograph in the newpaper. His father B.K. Dhawan is an SDO at water supply department and mother Neelam Bala is a government schoolteacher at Dhakoli.

His classmate Meenal Gakhar’s achievement too cannot be ignored. She scored 94.2 per cent marks in the same stream. Meenal has also represented Chandigarh during an exchange programme organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and held at Japan in December last year.

Vidushi Yadav of Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula, stood first in the tricity in humanities by securing 91.4 per cent marks. A resident of Sector 15, Vidushi who got cent per cent marks in fine arts has not yet decided about her future goal but she expressed to pursue her studies for MBA.

The only grace of government schools was Divya Malhotra, a student of GMSS School, Sector 16. She bagged the top slot in city but second place in the tricity in humanities by scoring 91.2 per cent marks.



Kartikeya makes a mark in Mohali
Our Correspondent

Mohali , May 21
Kartikeya Rajdev of DAV Public Senior Secondary School has topped in Mohali by securing 93 per cent marks in the Class XII examination of the CBSE, results of which were declared today.

However, Rajdev, who was pursuing the medical stream, said he was not very pleased to know the result as he was expecting about 95 per cent. His percentage was brought down due to unsatisfactory score in physical education. But when he got to know that he stood first in Mohali he felt satisfied with his result. He has got the highest marks in biology in the town by scoring 98 marks.

He said hard work had paid him off. He used to study for 12 hours daily and even now he was putting in a lot of labour as his PMT entrance examinations were going on. He aspires to join AIIMS and finally become a cardiologist.

Shaina Brar, also from medical stream, of St Soldier International Convent School bagged the second position by getting 91 per cent marks while Geetanshu Goel of Gian Jyoti Public School stood third and had secured 90.4 per cent marks.

In the non-medical group, Shefali of Shivalik Public School stood first by securing 91.8 per cent marks. Two other students also from Shivalik have bagged the second and third positions in non-medical. They are Gurleen Kaur (91.4) and Prerna Menon (89.2).

Kumar from Lawerance Public Senior Secondary School stood first in commerce stream by getting 90.6 per cent marks. The second and third positions went to Manhita (89.2) and Baljinder Kaur (88.4), respectively, both from Gian Jyoti Public School.

Neha Singla of Lawerance Public School had got highest marks in English (95), while Jaskirat Singh of the same school got the highest in physics (95). A student of Shivalik also got 95 marks in physics. The highest marks in mathematics (96) went to Narinderpal Singh of Sant Isher Singh Public School and highest in chemistry (98) were secured by Gurveen Kaur Chahal of Gian Jyoti Public School.



Jagriti shines with 94.8 pc in Panchkula
Tribune News service

Panchkula, May 21
While Vidushi Yadav of Satluj Public School, Sector 4, stood first in tricity in humanities stream securing 457 (91.4 pc) marks, Divya Goel, another student from the same school, in commerce topped in the school with 92.2 per cent marks.

However, Jagriti, also from commerce, of D.C. Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, topped in the town with 94.8 per cent marks. In the same stream Bhavan Vidyalaya bagged three positions with Lovika Jain (94.4 pc), Radhika Todi (92.6 pc) and Garima Singh (91.4 pc).

Aruj Garg a student of Mahatma Hans Raj Public School, Sector 6 topped in the school with 90.6 per cent marks.

In science, Ishika of D.C. Model Senior Secondary School was first in the town with 91.2 per cent followed by Maxim G. Saini of Mahatma Hans Raj Public School and Tazeen of Bhavan Vidyalaya, who got 88.4 per cent and 84.2 per cent marks, respectively.



CBSE Class XII Results
Boys’ pass percentage declines
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
The Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, clinched the top honours among government schools in all the four streams in the CBSE Class XII examination this year. Otherwise, this time too, it is private schools’ students that have outshined those of government schools.

Like last year, this year too, it is girls who have surpassed boys in the region with a great margin. The subject wise pass percentage for girls was 85.98 per cent as against boys, who stood at 77 per cent. The overall percentage was 80.80 per cent.

Boys comparatively fared well last year in the region, by scoring 80.14 per cent. However, girls scored 88.11 per cent last year.

The pass percentage in the city government schools dipped down from 82.7 per cent last year to 81.14 per cent. While 406 students failed to clear the examination this year, students placed under compartment are 901.

Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya is the only government school in the city to have scored 100 per cent marks in the fourth consecutive year. In Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, as many as 10 students scored above 90 per cent marks in commerce stream. In SD Public School, Sector 32, 17 students scored above 90 per cent marks. In science stream, 11 students got above 90 per cent marks.

Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, saw 100 per cent result. Out of a total of 134 students, there were 112 students who were placed under distinction.

Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, also saw 100 per cent result and around 138 students scored first division.



Cheergirls Row
Probe if matter comes to IPL ‘officially’
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
The controversy surrounding the alleged racial abuse charges by two foreign dark-skinned cheergirls does not seem to die down.

Now, the Indian Premier League (IPL) is considering of initiating a probe if the complaint come to them officially.

Talking to TNS on the issue, the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s joint secretary and IPL committee member M.P. Pandove said, “The IPL will look into the matter, if the matter is brought to the notice of the IPL commissioner by the alleged victims officially”.

This week two London-based dark-skinned cheerleaders - Ellesha Newton and Sherinee Anderson - who were hired by Mohali team franchisee through event management company Wizcraft International Entertainment, kicked up a storm by alleging that they were not allowed to perform on the stage as they were not white. The incident happened on April 19 during the inaugural match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Stars at the PCA stadium here.

Stating from London, the girls also alleged that they were asked to leave the stadium by event management company officials.

“I am not aware of the incident but to put any blame on IPL for allowing/disallowing or discriminating on the basis of colour or skin is absolutely wrong. In IPL, it is the prerogative of team owners whom to pick or not as cheerleaders”, Pandove said.

Pandove said it was surprising that the girls raised the issue after one month of the incident and that too after going back to their country.

Surprisingly, no one from Wizcraft Company was ready to talk on the issue. “No comments”, was the answer from the officials of the company.



51 days gone still counting ...
Delay affects development

The delay in the appointment of the home secretary is affecting development in the city. It is unfortunate that the administration and the ministry of home affairs (MHA) seem to be passing the buck on the appointment.

A mechanism should be worked out under which the new incumbent should assume office as soon as the officer holding the home secretary's post is repatriated to the parent cadre.The ego clash between UT functionaries and MHA officials should be avoided in the interest of the development.

— B K Sanghi, president, Haryana Group Housing Federation



Grants for welfare of poor women
CEPL officials splurging on foreign jaunts
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
Grants issued for the welfare of poor women have been utilised for funding foreign tours of officials of Consumer Electronics Punjab Limited (CEPL). The Mohali-based company was started by the state government under the NORAD scheme for uplifting women.

The firm was set up in 2000 to impart training to poor women in electrical goods so that they were able to earn a living for themselves.

According to the information sought under the Right to Information Act by advocate H.C. Arora, the government had provided a grant of Rs 2,74,09,834 to the company when it was started.

However, the government has issued no grants to the firm for the past four to five years. One of the reasons for non-issuance of grants is a large amount of unutilised grants, which has to be refunded to the central government before seeking further grants. The money unspent from the grants-in-aid, amounting to Rs 52.26 lakh, has been invested by the company in a fixed deposit.

A 1,000 square yards plot was allotted to this company in Phase VIII, Industrial Area, Mohali, by Punjab Infotech in 2000. The plot has been surrendered because the company has not been able to implement any project on it for various reasons.

A meeting of the board of directors of Infotech held on December 26, 2006, only approved the proposal that the company be directed to surrender the plot allotted to it by Infotech.

Regarding the functions of the company, the Disinvestment Commission had also recommended that the company was only meant to impart training in electronic assembly and electronic repairs.

It was further mentioned in the recommendations that the company was not a profit-making company. The recommendations further stated that the training function could be taken over by the technical training institutes in the state and there was no need to have a separate entity for this purpose. Therefore, this subsidiary should be closed down. At its 151st board meeting held on September 20, 2007, it was noticed in the agenda that there was almost no activity in the company since 2002 in spite of the efforts made to get the grants-in-aid through follow-up at various levels in the central government.

But the state of affairs of the company, it being on the verge of closure, does not dampen the spirits of the members of the board, who are utilising the grants-in-aid for proceeding on foreign tours.

Besides expenditure of Rs141834 (2002-2003), expenditure of Rs 93526 (2003-2004), Rs 492009 (2004-2005), Rs 290607 (2005-2006), Rs 296920 (2006-2007) and Rs 63316 (2007-2008) has been incurred by the company on domestic tours of these members. A major share of the expenditure on local tours i.e. Rs 870,908 is accounted for the tours of N.S. Kalsi, IAS.

Coming to the expenditure on mobile connections, a whopping amount of Rs 8.45 lakh has been spent by the company on giving mobile connections to Pirzada, IAS, S.S. Sandhu, IAS, and N.S. Kalsi, IAS, during 2001-2002 to 2007-2008. 



Rodrigues opens garbage processing plant
Mayor boycotts function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
Amidst protest and boycott by the mayor and Congress councillors, UT Administrator SF Rodrigues today inaugurated the Rs 30 crore municipal solid waste garbage processing plant in Dadu Majra here today.

With the commissioning of the project, the city has become the first in the region to make fuel from solid waste.

Besides this is also for the first time in the history of the municipal corporation that the ruling party and its mayor boycotted an official function. Taking exception to sitting of former mayor Harjinder Kaur on the dais, senior deputy mayor Anju Beniwala said the matter would be taken up in the general house meeting, slated to be held on May 23.

The environment-friendly plant spans 10 acres and has beem installed jointly by the municipal corporation, Chandigarh administration with Jai Parkash Associates on built-own-operate-and- transfer basis.

After inaugurating the plant, the Administrator said public-private partnership was needed to improve and upgrade the basic amenities and quality of life.

Dr Roshan Sunkaria, commissioner, MC, said the garbage of the city would be processed as per Municipal Solid Waste (management and handling) Rules 2000 in totality.

Mayor Pardeep Chhabra said the administration was bent upon destroying the democratic institutions in the city. The matter would be taken up with the party high command in Delhi and with the UPA government. Commissioner Sunkaria sidetracked the queries of mediapersons regarding the boycott by the mayor and refused to comment on the issue. Former mayor Harjinder Kaur stated all should rise above party lines on development issues.



Proposed plastic ban raises hackles
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
The ambitious proposal of the Chandigarh administration to ban plastic bags has earned the ire of the plastic manufacturers on the ground of "non-feasibility".

In fact, batting in favour of proper disposal of plastic bags, the Chandigarh Plastic Manufacturers and Traders Association has advocated that plastic bag littering should be declared a punishable act to realise the dream of "clean and pollution-free environment for the city."

To muster support for their demands, a delegation of the association comprising Satya Pal Jain, a former MP, Charanjiv Singh, president of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, and Naresh Mittal, president of the association, met the UT administrator SF Rodrigues yesterday.

It was brought to the notice of the administrator that the law governing plastic bags was already stricter in Chandigarh than in other cities. The law allows manufacturing of virgin plastic bags measuring over 8”X12” and above 30 micron thicknesses in the city which takes care of the environment concerns of the administration.

It was highlighted that pollution in the city was largely on account of substandard plastic bags, coming to the city from other parts. Besides, the harm to the environment from plastic industrial packing of one-time usage commodities like pan masala, shampoo, namkeen and small-sized plastic carry bags used by petty dealers, was much more than the standardised plastic bags, the association asserted.

Instead of putting a blanket ban on the use of plastic bags, the administration should effectively check the incoming of surplus and substandard plastic carry bags from outside Chandigarh., Mittal stated.

Patterned on the "smoke-free" city concept, the administration had recently mooted a proposal for a "plastic-free" city. Subsequently, a meeting was called by the DC, who held additional charge of municipal commissioner R.K. Rao. At the meeting, the proposed ban on the plastic bags came in for severe criticism.



Anuradha’s Murder
Evidence against husband mounts
Triune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
The police today claimed to have procured “strong evidence” confirming the involvement of Baljinder Singh Sandhu, alias Talla, into the sensational murder of his wife, Anuradha and his servant Sunil Kumar.

According to SS Srivastava, SSP, “Through the evidences that have been seized, it is clear that the trio was involved in the murder, which was planned and executed by Baljinder Singh”.

The police seized a number of evidences, including photographs of Baljinder with a couple of girls, driving licence of Noor Kataria and weapons from the premises of the accused, which have proved Baljinder’s involvement in the killing of his wife. The police also got hold of certain documents pertaining to the property that was owned by the accused Baljinder.

According to the sources, the police today summoned Saru, a local model, who is allegedly said to be involved in an extra martial affair along with Noor. Saru today joined the investigation and claimed that she was not involved in the conspiracy. “I have no links with Baljinder or with Noor.”

The relatives of Anuradha, including her brother Harish and sister Rekha, met senior police officials today and requested them to punish whosoever was involved in the murder.

Noor, a well-known city based model, whose driving licence has been seized from the other flat, which is in the name of Hummat Singh, is said to be one of the factors that made Baljinder kill his wife.

Baljinder was regularly in touch with Noor and her sister Bulbul, even after the murder. The call details of the accused have highlighted the involvement of Baljinder Singh in the killing of Anuradha and Sunil.



Central Varsity Status
Teachers discuss future strategy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
After the meeting with Pay Review Committee of UGC got over, all leaders of teachers from four states held a meeting to chalk out strategy for the future struggle for the teachers. The meeting was presided over by V.K. Tewari, former secretary general of All India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisations (AIFUCTO). Prof G.K. Chadha, chairman, UGC Pay Review Committee (PRC), and Prof Harish Narang, member PRC visited the site of dharna today. Prof Harish Narang, prof of English, and former teacher activist, candidly supported the demand for central university status for P.U.

Meanwhile, Md Kalid from DCS and Dr V.K. Singh from the department of Chinese and Tibetan Languages sat on the fast along with three research scholars, M. Ramesh, Amit Bhatia both from the UIPS, and Neeraj Kumar from the A.C. Joshi Library.



Encroachments removed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
The enforcement wing of the municipal corporation today removed encroachments from municipal land in Sectors 22 and 38-West and issued challans to 22 violators.

According to MC sources, the enforcement wing removed roadside workers making pads for desert coolers besides pulling down three huts erected in a park in Sector 22. Similarly, in Sector 38-West, the team of MC officials removed condemned vehicles dumped on MC land and removed a dhaba from the area.



2 killed in accidents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
Shiv Morath, a resident of Mani Majra, was killed in a road accident near Vikas Nagar, Mani Majra, here last night.

According to the police, the 30-year-old was a vegetable vendor in Baltana. The deceased was crushed to death, while he was on his way to home. The police took Shiv to the Sector 16 hospital, where the doctors declared him brought dead.

In another incident, Neetu, a 22-year-old girl was killed outside the PGI here last night.

According to the police, the girl was riding a cycle when a speedy motorcycle (CH-04-C-2306) hit her from behind. She sustained severe injuries and was admitted to the PGI, where the doctors declared her brought dead. 



IS Bindra bereaved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
Rachpal Kaur Bindra, mother of former principal secretary to the Punjab government and president, Punjab Cricket Association, IS Bindra, died here late this evening. She was 96 years old and is survived by two sons and three daughters. The cremation will take place tomorrow at 5 pm at Electric Crematorium, Sector 25.



Bank staff hold demonstration
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
On a call given by the All-India State Bank Officers’ Federation, officers of the bank gathered here today in large numbers in front of the local head office of the bank.

The officers were opposing “unilateral” decisions being taken by the bank such as circle redesign, opening of new branches without adequate infrastructure and staff, outsourcing. Their demands included recruitment of staff and settlement of pending pension issue.



Art workshop from May 29
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 21
A three-day art workshop and seminar for young girls is being organised at Punjab Kala Bhawan, by ‘We’, a group of women artists, from May 27 to 29.

While briefing media persons about the workshop, Sadhna Sangar, president of We group, said Prof Bharat Bhooshan Bharati of Government College, Hoshiarpur will teach young students about the complexities of a portrait on May 27. Dr Saroj Rani of Patiala will deliver a lecture on it.



City Concerns

For the past many days, Panjab University teachers, under the banner of PUTA, are on a relay strike, demanding Central University Status for the premier institution.

They claim the status of a Central University will automatically draw in critical improvement and enhancement to the availability of finances both for research as well as teaching and learning.

Curiously though, the Punjab Government continues resisting Panjab University's move to a Central status, no one wants to be quoted on this, but the real reasons for the opposition appear to be political rather than academic.

Chandigarh Tribune invites readers to send in their views on: Could the status of a Central University improve things at PU like the teachers are saying?

Please mail your responses, in not more than 250 words, to rthukral@tribunemail.com or send it to The Tribune Office, marked to the City Editor by May 23, 2008.












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