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CBSE X: No cheer, all confusion
CGPA makes debut
Over 80 score perfect 10
Bhavan Vidyalaya takes lion’s share
Sumedha Sharma/Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
The CBSE helpline started receiving frantic calls since morning after the class X results were declared today. Confused, students were enquiring about the meaning of Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) and its relevance.

The board clarified that the common multiplier 9.5 -- the origin of which has been concealed by the board, claiming it to be “too difficult to understand” -- had to be multiplied with the students’ CGPA to get an indicative percentage. Board officials, however, failed to explain the relevance of CGPA. All they could say was that it was a system to “bring in grades and eliminate toppers”. The new concept left the students disappointed as the average percentage was much less than their expectations.

The school authorities, which are accustomed to tabulating the result according to percentage, had a tough time this year. “We are not understanding anything. What to talk of specific CGPA, we are confused to how to even calculate the number of qualifying candidates,” the principal of a non-model school remarked.

With nearly 70 students scoring the same CGPA, the “tricity topper” tag eluded students who were slogging for it. They have now been liberated from the mad race of being a topper. The system, however, needs to be fine-tuned to get rid of the basic anomalies and eliminate “misclassification” of students in the category of toppers, average or above average on the basis of marks.

The CBSE, however, dismissed the reports of confusion among students, parents and teachers as an “initial hiccup”. Describing it as a “long awaited educational renaissance”, the CBSE said it was content to have done away with terms such as “failure” and “topper”. A total 89.14 per cent candidates have been declared eligible for the qualifying certificate in the Panchkula region which comprises Punjab, Haryana, HP, J &K, and Chandigarh.

The CGPA formula

The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is an evaluation system followed the world over wherein student’s performance in examination and extra-curricular activities is taken into consideration to work out an average grade. The system aims at creating stress-free learning environ. Students need to multiply the given CGPA with a common multiplier 9.5 to get an indicative percentage. This percentage is an indication of student’s performance vis-ŕ-vis the overall results.

A farce!

The CBSE kept condemning percentage system but took a complete U-turn by sticking to the good-old numbers to indicate a student’s academic performance. Though the students are being judged on their CGPA now, the board finds a face saver in the fact that these figures yield “indicative” percentage.

We have not given any cumulative grade but the CGPA. It is not percentage but a grade point to work out the average percentage.
Rama Sharma, CBSE spokesperson

The admission problem stays where it was and as far as the claims of being done with topper are concerned then we have a 10 CGPA scorer category.
HS Mamik, President, Independent School Association

Qualifying candidates

Those candidates who have obtained Grade D and above in all subjects, excluding subjects defined as “additional as per the scheme of studies”, will be awarded a qualifying grade certificate. Students who have scored a zero will not get a qualifying certificate. They will be permitted five attempts to improve their performance.

Quick take

Girls outshine boys
Multiple toppers in each school
Class X boards no more
Ordinary govt schools outshine premier model schools
No single topper this time



Taking on the odds

Shewta Sailing high: Bachendra, who works as a salesman, can’t believe that his daughter Shewta, scored 10 points. A student of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, she said her father worked very hard to give her all that she needed and she did not want to let him down.

Sohan Singh YadavOn right track: Sohan Singh Yadav, a student of Swami Ram Tirath School, Mohali, drives an autorickshaw. He scored 58 per cent in the exams. “For me it wasn’t just a matter of securing high marks. I had to clear the exams to study further,”
he said.

Modest background: Lalit, son of a security guard and student of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, has scored a 9. Lalit says he recently bought books meant for civil services examinations. “We will help him every step of the way,” his mother stated with pride.

BhawnaWay to go: Bhawna, a student of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, has done her parents proud by scoring 9 points. Her father is a bus conductor. “My teachers and parents helped me out every time it got tough,” she said. Her father said he would try to provide her with every facility that could help her achieve her aim.

KanchanCabbie’s pride: Every time she sees her father drive other people, she promises to buy him a chauffeur-driven car some day. Kanchan, daughter of a cab driver, has scored 9 points. “I love to study and wanted to go to a private school, but we could not afford it,” she said.

No mean feat: For Priyanka Matharu, a student of Golden Bells School, Sohana, a hearing disability did not act as an impediment in scoring 64 per cent. Her mother said officials at her daughter’s previous school had claimed she could not go beyond class VI.



17 students of Bhavan Vidyalaya score A1 grade
Tribune Reporters

Panchkula, May 28
Seventeen students of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, have scored A1 grade in all five subjects. The board has placed students on an equal awarding percentiles and grades instead of marks.

While 11 students of Manav Mangal have scored 10 CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average), Hansraj Public School has six students in this category. Two students of DAV School scored 10 CGPA.

DC Model School, Sector 7, and Blue Bird High School have one student each with this rank. Priyavrat Raj with CGPA of 9.8 points is the topper of Satluj Public School.

Two students of Holy Child School scored 9.6 CGPA, while 11 students of Jainendra Public School have got 9 CGPA.

KALKA: Students of New India High School, Pinjore, have brought laurels to the school by scoring A+ grade in all subjects.

Amit has secured 100 per cent marks in maths, social studies, while Ashish scored 100 per cent marks in maths.

Ashwinder has got A grade in all subjects.

DERA BASSI: Kanika Verma of Sri Sukhmani International School, Dera Bassi, has scored 10 CGPA in the CBSE Class X examination.

Other scorers are: Jitesh Rai (9.6 CGPA), Harsimran jeet (9.4 CGPA), Preeti Rashmi (9.2 CGPA), Priyanka (9.2 CGPA), Bhawna (9 CGPA), Ritika Garg (8.6 CGPA), Rahul Thakur (8.4 CGPA), Nitish (8.2 CGPA), Yashu (8.2 CGPA), Chetan (8.2 CGPA), Taranpreet (8 CGPA), Shivani (8 CGPA) and Saurabh Mathpal (8 CGPA).

Principal Ajay Nathwani congratulated students on their achievement.

Defying odds

Sapna Yadav, a student of DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 8, has got 7.8 percentile in the CBSE Class X examination. Sapna’s father works as a gardener in the same school. Financially not so sound, dearth of resources never came in the way of this girl.

“My father has always been a source of inspiration for me. I have seen my him working hard under the scorching sun,” said Sapna.

“Sapna’s achievement will encourage her siblings as well,” said Sapna’s father, adding that she is fond of music, dance and books and wants to become a lecturer.



Three score 10 CGPA
Tribune Reporters

Mohali, May 28
Two students of Gian Jyoti Public School and one student of DAV Public Senior Secondary School, Phase X, scored 10 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in the class X examination of the CBSE, the result of which was declared today.

Alisha Mahajan and Sahib Singh Multani of Gian Jyoti and Subhijeet Kaur of DAV School got A1 grade in all five subjects that were compulsory as per the directions of the board.

Lawrence Public Senior Secondary School has taken the slot of the maximum number of students with CGPA of 9.5 and above with at least 11 students figuring in the bracket. The students of Lawrence Public Senior Secondary School with 9.8 CGPA are Navya Garg, Bhavneet Kaur, Aditi Kaur, Karan Singh Rana, Mohit Gautam and Atesh Bansal. The students with CGPA of 9.6 are Gurkiran Kaur, Barkha Pandey, Harman Arora, Mukul Dhamija and Simran Sandhu.

Vanya, a student of Shemrock Senior Secondary School, topped the school obtaining A1 in five subjects and securing a CGPA of 9.8.

At Gian Jyoti Public School, two students - Manisha Jandoria, Vishal Verma - got a CGPA of 9.8. While two more students of the same school - Narinder Singh Ghuman, Rivika Saini - got a CGPA of 9.6 each.

Two students of Shivalik Public School, Nafeesa Jameel, Sahil Madaan, and one of St Soldier International Convent School, Guntajdeep Singh, got CGPA of 9.8 each. Three students of Shivalik Public School - Aditya Kumar, Sahil Jindal, Jaskarnjit Singh - got a CGPA of 9.6 each and two of St Soldier International Convent School - Manpreet Kaur Khokhar, Rajat Kamboj- also scored 9.6 CGPA each.

At DAV Public Senior Secondary School, five students, Subhijeet Kaur, Sophia Sharma, Rachna Verma, Shinam Gautam and Utkarsha Saraf, managed to bag 9.6 CGPA and above.

At Golden Bells School, two students - Amandeep Singh and Sukhsham Dhawan - managed to get 9.6 CGPA each.



Non-model schools did it again

Chandigarh, May 28
The non-model schools have yet again outshone their premier model counterparts at the Class X CBSE board results.

Registering a whooping rise of about 5.46 per cent, the non-model schools have got an overall qualifying percentage of about 70.30 per cent, while the renowned model schools of the city have registered a dip of about 1.57 per cent and got 80.85 per cent.

In the non-model schools, out of a total of about 3,140 students who appeared, 1,642 have qualified, while 1,498 have been listed for improvement.

In the model schools, out of the total 3,649 candidates, 3,131 have qualified, while 518 have been registered for improvement.

Interestingly, unlike the class XII results the government schools have failed to catch up with the private ones.

“The main reason for it is the fact that intelligent students opt for the private schools till class X and it’s only in class XI that they migrate to the government schools,” said a UT education department official. — TNS



Not easy to identify toppers
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 28
Confusion reigned supreme in Patiala as the CBSE declared the Class X results today. With many schoolchildren claiming to have topped the city by scoring 10 as the cumulative grade point average (CGPA), it became difficult to identify the toppers.

In Our Lady of Fatima Convent Senior Secondary School, six students, namely Harmanpreet Kaur, Udhey Chandra Rishi, Shobhit, Aditi, Priya Deb and Chandan, got 10 CGPA.

In DAV School, the pass percentage was 100 per cent with nine students, Vidhem Chhabra, Amanjot Kaur, Divesh Kumar, Heena Srivastava, Vandana Saini, Himani Negi, Nishita Singh, Sanchit Goel and Shivanshu Madannine, getting 10 CGPA.

As many as 58 students scored above 9 points in aggregate and 26 students scored above 8 to 8.9 points in aggregate.

In Buddha Dal Public School, four students got 10 CGPA. These students are Abhayjit Singh, Sukhman Shergill, Devdarshdeep and Japsehaj Singh. As many as 65 students scored 9 CGPA and above and 122 scored 8 CGPA and above.

In Guru Nanak Foundation Public School, two students Navroop Kaur and Parminder Kaur scored 10 CGPA. The total number of students, who got AI grade in the school are 21, A2 grade 35, BI grade 30, B2 grade 32, CI grade 21 and C2 grade seven.

In Blossoms Senior Secondary School, Deep Anshi Dhamija scored 10 CGPA, while Simarnoor Kaur and Aatish Gupta scored 9.8 and 9.6 CGPA, respectively.

Charanpreet Singh, Gurmandeep Kaur and Simranjot Kaur scored AI grade in Akal Academy, Reeth Kheri.

In Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Public School, the result of the school was 100 per cent. Rashmeet Kaur and Anuinder Kaur scored 10 CGPA, while Nehai Rahi scored 9.4. Harloveleen Kaur and Simranjit Kaur each scored 9.2 CGPA.

It was a day of rejoicing and celebration at St Peter’s Academy as the students performed brilliantly. Neeru topped the school with a score of 10 CGPA. Six students scored 9.8 CGPA and 34 students scored above 9 CGPA.



Girls outshine boys at SD school
Tribune News Service

Ambala, May 28
Students of SD Public School performed well in the CBSE Class X, the result of which was declared today. School principal Neelinderjeet Sandhu said the girls had surpassed boys this year. The top four positions were bagged by girls, including Rashi Arora, Swati Aggarwal, Kritika Dhillon and Aanchal Kalra, who scored 10 points.

In Major RN Kapoor DAV Public School, Kashish Bakshi scored 9.8 points, Nishant, Navpreet and Kshitij scored 9.6 points.

It was an ecstatic day for the students and teachers of Lord Mahavir Jain Public School, as 10 students secured 9 points. Sahil Gupta did the school proud by securing the top position with 9.6 points and Sidharth Joshi secured second position with 9.4 points.

The students of Riverside DAV Public School have proved their mettle once again by securing 100 per cent results. Ruchika and Shivam topped the school by securing 10 points.

At Springfield Public School, Aastha, Aman and Anmol got top positions.

The students of Chaman Vatika, Ambala City, have shown excellent results. Thirty per cent of the students got 9.5 points, while 53 per cent students got 8.5 points. School chairman Rajinder Nath said 75 per cent students of the school scored 7.5 points.

In Murlidhar DAV Public School, Ambala City, 290 students appeared from which nine students got 10 points, including Piyush Dawar, Surya Hooda, Navya, Shastha, Aditya Bansal, Vandana and Neeraj. A total of 83 students got between 9.2 to 9.8 points.

Hiren, Bharat Gaind, Vipasha, Richa, Priya, Isha and Shubham of PKR Jain Public School got 10 points, while 16 students got 9.8 points and 10 students got 9.6 points, said school principal Jyotsna Sachdeva.

Tulsi Public School showed 100 per cent results.

Harpreet Singh and Damini Verma got 10 points and topped the school. Antra Gupta got 9.8 points, while Akul Gupta achieved 9.6 points, Taran Gupta 9.5 and Shruti Sood got 9 points. School principal Rita Munjal told 16 students of the school got 8 points.



No mandatory boards from this session
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
Established in 1962, the CBSE Class X boards has been the most important milestone in any student’s career. The exams were the first ones in the country to put forth a centralised system of evaluation and streamline the admissions.

The board, however, felt that over the years the exam became a major cause of stress and worry for the students who got classified as the toppers or average. To finally set things right, the CBSE will not be having any mandatory boards from now on, it is though mulling over making them optional.

“We are yet to decide the future course but no boards after this year. We have done it to make learning less stressful,” said CBSE spokesperson Rama Sharma.



UT gains over Unitech
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
The first round of tug of war between the Chandigarh Administration and Unitech, over an amusement park, has ended in favour of the administration.

A few days after the administration revoked Rs 11-crore bank guarantee of the developer, the New Delhi-based bank, handling the deal, today credited the amount into the administration’s account.

Earlier, the department of tourism, UT, which was handling the project, had recommended that the project be scrapped on the plea that the company with which the UT Administration had entered into a contract had violated terms and conditions of the agreement with the administration.



Passport Seva Project
Tata consultancy fails to meet deadline, penalised
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
India's top IT services firm, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), has been reportedly asked by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to pay a penalty for missing the third deadline in implementing the Passport Seva Project. The TCS was to set up seven pilot passport seva kendras (PSK) in Chandigarh and Bangalore by January this year.

According to a release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs here recently, the government has sent a notice to the company asking it to pay Rs 2 lakh as penalty for every week of delay in project. The ministry’s project is estimated to cost over Rs 1,000 crore. But even after two years since the government signed an agreement with the TCS to issue passports within three days, the project is yet to take off.

However, after several delays, the project is likely to be launched by December this year, the note said.

The project, which was originally scheduled for launch in June last year, missed around three internal deadlines, as the officials at ministry and the TCS struggled to fix software glitches and spent more time understanding user requirements, apart from training different government departments, including the police force.

Since June 2009, the project has seen several alterations in its deadline. The project failed to take off as the TCS was reportedly unable to provide foolproof software. "According to an agreement with the TCS, a pilot study was to be launched in Chandigarh and Bangalore in March 2009. However, the project missed its deadline citing delay in the physical infrastructure and technological problems," the release said.

The delay in the pilot project would impact the final plan of action, which envisaged setting up 77 passport seva centres and upgrading the present 37 passport offices by December-end.

Once the project gets started, it will take three days to issue passports after police verification and just one day under the the tatkal (instant) scheme.

Allaying security concerns, the release said, "The security level that will be maintained in the project is considerably higher than in several other countries."

The note further stressed that the project will strictly comply with the ISO 27001 standards at all the three levels - user level, application and data centre level and network level.

The note pointed out that TCS was supposed to provide support functions, such as improving citizen interface, managing the technology backbone, the call centres and training.



Dust storm brings some respite
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
After facing searing heat wave conditions, the city and many parts of adjoining Punjab and Haryana witnessed dust storm early this morning. The weather department suggested that this would bring in some respite in the coming days.

“There was a dust storm in the city and some areas of Haryana and Punjab early this morning,” said Surendra Paul, director, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Chandigarh.

He said it was a day of temporary relief. Mercury dropped considerably for the second consecutive day today, thanks to a dust storm sweeping across the city and the northern region.

The dust storm, which began in western Rajasthan, spread to the entire northern region during the day, bringing down the temperature.

While the city recorded the maximum temperature of 37 °C, almost 4 degrees lower than yesterday’s 40.7 °C, it witnessed the minimum temperature of 30.4 °C today.

Paul added that similar conditions would prevail for the next 24 hours and there could be a fall in the temperature.

“The day’s temperature could fall by a few degrees because of the dust storm,” he stated.

According to met officials, the temperature in the city would remain around the 38 °C tomorrow. “We do not expect a rise in the day and night temperatures for the coming 48 hours,” added Paul.

The Met office says dusty conditions may prevail in city in the next couple of days. The dust storm sweeping the city has enveloped the region, acting as a filter to the hot sun rays. This has reduced the impact of the sun. However, the dust cover is also preventing outward radiation of heat from the earth’s surface at night. This has kept the night’s temperature at higher levels, added a Met official.

According to the Met office, dust storm or thundershowers, accompanied by isolated squalls, may occur over Punjab and Haryana in the next 24 hours.

The dust storm affected air traffic and led to power outages in many parts of the city today.

The speed of the wind rose drastically from 5 kmph to around 20 kmph within a couple of minutes, taking people by surprise.

The power authorities restored the supply in few localities after six hours, while in others, the residents had to face a tough time, as they also had to go without water supply in the afternoon.

While outgoing flights were delayed due to the wind, incoming flights were not being allowed to land, as the crosswind was dangerous for takeoffs and landing, airport sources said.

According to the Met office, the city may experience thunderstorms and rain later in the evening tomorrow.

Thunder squalls with wind speed exceeding 45 kmph could occur at isolated places in Punjab and Haryana.



Patient’s Death
Admn rejects GMSH report; SDM to hold probe
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
In a major embarrassment for officials of the Government Multispecialty Hospital, Sector 16, authorities, UT health secretary Ram Niwas, today rejected the “internal inquiry” report submitted by the hospital regarding the mysterious death of a 55-year-old woman, Tara Devi, yesterday and ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. Subdivisional magistrate (south) Prerna Puri will conduct the probe.

While GMSH officials were tightlipped about the development, sources said Niwas was not convinced by the hospital’s internal report and directed Puri to inquire into it. They said the GMSH authorities had given a ‘clean chit’ to their doctors and had rejected outright charges of negligence levelled by the deceased’s relatives.

Tara was admitted to the hospital’s emergency ward on Wednesday evening at about 6 pm with acute stomachache and fever. She reportedly died barely 12 hours later, leading to protests by her relatives who accused the doctors of not attending to her.

The sources said the alacrity shown by the GMSH bosses to submit the report within four to five hours of the incident had raised eyebrows of several senior officials in the health department.

“The report appeared to be a hurriedly done sham job”, said an official, adding even if the hospital was “not guilty” of negligence proper procedure should have been followed.

Another official said in the first place the hospital should not have taken the initiative to conduct an inquiry as any such exercise, howsoever impartial, would not have been viewed as impartial. “In all fairness they should have waited for the health department to take the initiative of ordering an inquiry”, asserted the official, adding the haste shown by the hospital in giving a ‘clean chit’ to itself aroused suspicion.

When contacted GMSH spokesman Dr G Verma, who was defending the hospital quite forcefully yesterday, expressed ignorance about today’s developments. Though he is the designated spokesperson of the hospital and is authorised to speak to the media, mum was the word for him. “No comments”, was all he said.

Notwithstanding his silence, hospital sources confirmed there had been some negligence on the part of the nursing staff but the doctors had done their best to save the woman. “A nurse had not answered the patient’s call,” said an official who was privy to the inquiry.

While it would take some time for the truth to be out, relatives of the deceased continue to insist the doctors had failed to correctly diagnose Tara’s ailment. “They didn’t take care of her,” said her nephew, Shiv Kumar, who also informed the inquiry was now being conducted by the subdivisional magistrate.

The sources said the deceased’s relatives were called to the SDM’s office this afternoon and their statement was reportedly recorded.



Burns second largest killer
Women most common victims, says study
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
It may sound incredulous, but after road accidents, burns are the next major cause of unnatural deaths in the country and women, not necessarily because they work in kitchens, are the most common victims.

A study by the department of forensic medicine and toxicology, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, over a period of two years (2006-2008) on the autopsies at the hospital’s mortuary indicate 19.8 per cent cases due to burns.

Of the total of 1,275 cases, 253 cases were of burns, of which male-female ratio was 1:2.2 and incidentally, most at their in-laws’ homes.

The study conducted by Prof Harish Dasari, Dr Aswani Kumar and Dr BR Sharma states that there has been a steady increase in the incidence of woman victims of burns, particularly newly married ones, over the years, clearly indicating that such deaths cannot always be attributed to kitchen accidents and that there is something more sinister at play.

The study states that while the common age group of male burn victims was 31-40 years, in women it was 21-25 years.

The study seems to indicate that the urban-rural divide does not affect the mindset when it comes to bride burning. Of the 58 per cent married women on whom autopsies were conducted, the urban-rural divide was exactly half, 29 per cent each.

The report states that a majority of the woman victims (61 per cent) suffered burn injuries at their in-laws’ houses. Interestingly, the percentage of women suffering burn injuries at their husbands’ houses was much lower at 22 per cent.

The most common reason given by the in-laws or husbands of these victims was the alleged bursting of the stove or the sari or chunni catching fire. The study reveals that contrary to these statements, most of these households used cooking gas as the major fuel.

The study states, “The high preponderance of the event in the house (83 per cent) in case of married women is a pointer to the fact that not all such incidents were accidental  but were being projected as accidents.” The most common time of occurrence was between 6 and 9 pm.



BIS certification to be made mandatory for toys
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
Imported toys sold in the city will soon be required to carry statutory information about their conforming to the safety standards specified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

According to officials of the BIS, northern region, measures are under way to bring in such a regulation for the imported toys. This would help curb sale of toys containing toxic substances. As per the proposal, the toy manufacturers have to print a statutory message or put up a hologram on it that the product conforms to the “IS 9873” on the safety aspects related to the mechanical and physical properties, they said.

Raj Kumar, a senior official of the BIS, said this would be applicable to toys targeted at children below six years. Toys with toxic substances pose health risk to children. The standard specifies the permissible levels of chemicals such as lead, cadmium, barium and chromium used in the manufacture of the toys, Kumar said.

It is proposed to make the manufacturers conform to the standards voluntarily as part of the self-regulatory scheme under which the dealers of the toys would also be covered. Discussions are on about various aspects concerning the monitoring mechanism, including the role of government agencies, in ensuring implementation of the scheme, the official said. “A proposal in this regard has already been sent for the Cabinet nod,” he added.

The toy samples must be tested in laboratories approved by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories for the BIS certification. The self-regulatory certification is expected to come into force by the year-end, the official added.



113 police officers promoted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
As many as 113 policemen were today promoted as assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) and sub-inspector (SIs) after undergoing a promotion course at the Recruitment Training Centre of the Chandigarh Police here today.

A passing-out parade of the second batch of the policemen was conducted at the Police Lines, Sector 26, where UT IGP Pardeep Kumar Srivastava was the chief guest.

The course, including the upper school course and intermediate course of two and half months, began on March 13 and 64 ASIs and 49 head constables took part in it.

The training was divided into two activities — outdoor and indoor.

During the outdoor activity, the officials underwent squad drill, PT and yoga for physical and mental fitness.

Besides, the officials were also imparted training in handling of various types of weapons.

During indoor classes, the knowledge of relevant laws, including Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, Indian Evidence Act, local and special laws, community policing, criminology, Punjab Police rules, administration and organisation, technical and scientific aid in investigation as well as practical experiences of field duties through technical lectures by resource persons were imparted.

The best trainees were given awards for their performance. Woman ASI Eram Rizvi bagged the prize for overall best trainee in upper school course and was also adjudged the first trainee in indoor training.

The other winners in various categories were: ASI Satnam Singh (overall best trainee-second), ASI Kiran Kumar (first prize in outdoor training), ASI Jaiveer Singh (second prize for outdoor), ASI Gian Singh (first in firing) and ASI Tilak Raj (second in firing).



Baltana, Dhakoli face 15-hr power cut
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, May 28
The power supply in Baltana, Dhakoli and surrounding areas was disrupted today for more than 15 hours due to dust storm.

According to information, the power supply, which got disrupted around 12.30 am, was restored around 9.30 am. After an hour the power supply was again suspended for more than six hours. The power supply lines were damaged by dust storm.

With the power being disrupted for long hours, inverters in many houses got exhausted. The residents had to resort to using generators for power back up. The water supply was also affected in the area.

However, residents also complained that they were facing power cuts for more than eight hours. Meena Rani, a resident of Zirakpur, said the low voltage forced her to switch off her refrigerator to run the AC during the night. As a result the food stored in refrigerator got stale, she added.

Anup Walia, a resident of Dhakoli, said with the long power cuts life had become miserable, especially for younger children who are forced to sit at home without electricity as the temperature is even more outdoors.

Meanwhile, additional SDO Joginder Singh said the power supply was affected due to dust storm. The linemen had repaired the lines where the fault occurred and the power supply resumed in the afternoon, he claimed.



High security registration plates
Manufacturers seek uniform rates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
The Association of Registration Plates Manufacturers of India today demanded the fixation of uniform rates for the upcoming new mandatory high security registration plates for vehicles across the country.

Addressing a mediapersons here today, association president Ravi Somani said the matter of having high security number plates had been hanging fire for lack of implementation for the past many years.

However under the latest orders of the Supreme Court, all states and UTs have to implement the high security registration plates (HSRP) project by May 31, 2010.

Till now, only two states — West Bengal and Orissa — had implementing it, he stated.

Somani said there were only 20 companies in the country that manufactured such plates. Out of these, 18 were members of the association.

He said with only three days left, the state governments should ensure that only those bidders were selected who had the requisite infrastructure in place and were ready to implement the HSRP policy without delay.



Hero’s welcome for Babla
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
After cooling his heels for five months behind bars, MC councillor Devinder Singh Babla got a “hero’s” welcome after being released from the Model Burail Jail this evening.

Babla left the jail around 5 pm and went to his residence in Sector 27 in an open jeep.

Babla was welcomed with garlands made of currency, bursting of firecrackers and distribution of sweetmeats among supporters.

Sources in the Congress said the partymen were planning a road show for Babla on his release but the plan did not materialise as prior arrangements could not be made.

Prominent Congress leaders present at Babla’s residence included Ropar Member of Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu along with supporters, Mayor Anu Chatrath, senior deputy mayor Sheela Phool Singh along with other supporters.

Relatives and family members gave an emotional welcome to him. Supporters had started to assemble at his residence soon after the news of his release from the jail broke.



Youth dies under mysterious circumstances
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 28
An 18-year-old rickshaw-puller was found dead under mysterious circumstances near Highland Cooperative Society here this afternoon. The deceased was identified as Mahinder Pal, hailing from UP.

However, the police official said the deceased apparently died of heatstroke, but it would be ascertained after the autopsy.

The investigating officer stated that they got the information around 4 pm that a youth was lying dead near the society gate. After reaching the spot, the eyewitnesses informed the police that the rickshaw puller dropped the passengers at the society gate and went to a shop to drink water. While he was drinking water, he collapsed on the floor and died, the officer added.

Bystanders took the victim to the civil hospital, Dera Bassi, where doctors declared him dead on arrival. Inquest proceedings had been initiated.



Major power shutdown tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
The power supply will remain suspended to the Industrial Area (Phase I and II), IT Park, parts of Mani Majra and Mauli village from 6 am to 6 pm on May 30.

The other areas that will experience power cuts are part of Sectors 36, 37, 41, 43, 32 and 35 (9 am to 11.15 am); parts of Sectors 45, 46, 47, 22, 49 and 50 (11.15 am to 1.30 pm); parts of Sectors 42, 43, 44, 51, 52 and 61 (1.30 pm to 3.45 pm); and parts of Sectors 40, 39, 39 (West), 55 and 56 (3.34 pm to 6 pm).

This has been necessitated due to emergency shutdown directed by the NRLDC, New Delhi, on the 22 kV Nalagarh-Chandigarh line.



DAV College Case: PU marks judicial inquiry
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
In a crucial decision today, an independent judicial inquiry has been marked by Panjab University in the case of “de-recognised Bachelors of Physical Education (BPEd) course” offered by DAV College, Sector 10. A former judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court would conduct the inquiry and deadline for the report is one month.

Following a preliminary inquiry in the case by university Syndicate members, the judicial inquiry is aimed at unearthing the “involvement of certain university employees”, which was hinted in the first committee’s report.

Sources revealed that the investigation would focus on how the degrees were released to the college by PU, despite a resolution passed by the university’s governing body, the Senate, to not award the degrees till the college sought an approval by the National Council for Technical Education (NCTE).

In addition to this, the inquiry would also address several technical issues involved in the case.



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