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Allotment of booths
Cong leaders, top police officials indicted
Akash Ghai/Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
An inquiry report submitted by UT’s former Additional Deputy Commissioner PS Shergill into the illegal allotment of booths, has reportedly indicted the top Congress leadership, along with certain top officials of the police and estate office.

Shergill, who has probed the alleged irregularities in the allotment of around 2,600 booths during 2002 and 2008, has also recommended a CBI inquiry into the scandal involving crores of rupees. He has also recommended that all records related to the scam be sealed immediately. Shergill today handed over his report to UT Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh.

Highly-placed sources claimed that several top officials of the UT administration and police, along with some Chandigarh-based Congress leaders, were found directly or indirectly involved in the scam by the inquiry officer. The booths were illegally allotted to some affluent businessmen.

The scam was unearthed a few months back following which Shergill, who was the ADC then, was appointed to probe the matter by UT Administrator Shivraj Patil. According to the sources, out of the 94 files, 12 were found missing .

As per rules, the booths were meant for people earning below Rs 7,500 per month. But some affluent businessmen were allegedly given these booths.

ADC’s Report

Several top officials of the UT Administration and police, besides some Congress leaders, have been found directly or indirectly involved in the scam by the UT’s former Additional Deputy Commissioner.



PEC student hangs self, motive uncertain
Classmates in shock over ‘jovial’ youth’s drastic step
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
“He was the most jovial and brightest student of our batch. In fact he called up all his friends, even those he hadn’t met for a long time, on the fateful day. It appears he had planned to kill himself,” said a classmate of Sukhraj Singh Sandhu, 22, a student of PEC University of Technology, who reportedly committed suicide on Monday. His body was found hanging from the ceiling at his home in Mohali.

A day before the tragedy, Sandhu had gone to Ambala with over a dozen of his class fellows to attend the funeral of his friend’s mother. An otherwise practical youth, no one could have imagined he would take such an extreme step.

The police recovered two blank papers signed by Sandhu from the room where his body was found. The reason for the suicide is yet to be ascertained.

“His body was in the room after removing the airconditioner since the door was locked from inside,” said sources close to the police.

Was it exam stress or a personal problem? There are no clear answers as to why the youngster decided to end his life. Having last met him in a perfectly “normal” state, even his classmates at PEC could not figure out the reason for the suicide.

Expressing disbelief and grief at Sandhu’s death, most of his classmates and teachers remained tightlipped over the incident. Some even pleaded with this reporter not to reveal their identities.

“He met us on Sunday and seemed to be in a very joyful mood. He had a very practical mind and was knowledgeable, and was enthusiastic about participating in projects and practical assignments. He was always seen smiling on the college campus. We never saw him under pressure due to exams or anything else”, said a PEC student on condition of anonymity.

Sandhu was studying in the final semester at the PEC’s electronics department and even bagged a decent job with a substantial salary during campus placements.

“His parents had been a great support for him. His knowledge about agriculture was impressive as his family owned ancestral farmland in Punjab. He displayed no signs even when he called up his friend to confirm the exam syllabi,” said another student.

PEC officials declared Monday a day off and held a condolence meeting for Sandhu. The examinations scheduled for today have also been postponed till Saturday.

Nearly a dozen classmates today went to Amritsar, Sandhu’s hometown, to attend his funeral. Attempts to reach his parents, who were in Amritsar for the cremation, drew no response.



Resource crunch stares MC in the face
Grants Rs 15 cr; expenditure Rs 80 cr
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Though the UT Administration has empowered the Municipal Corporation (MC) politically by transferring certain departments, resource crunch stares the Municipal Corporation (MC) in the face in the election year.

With the UT plan budget for 2011-12 making a provision of grants-in-aid of only ` 15 crore for the MC, the projected expenditure of about ` 80 crore this year will be hard to come by bringing embarrassment for the ruling Congress and Pawan Bansal, union minister for parliamentary affairs, science and technology and earth sciences.

Since the MC, in a populist decision ahead of the civic body poll later this year, had already decided not to levy taxes, raising resources for new projects is going to be tough.

The recent notification transferring functions from the Administration to the MC required “creation of posts of various categories of staff to carry out these functions”. In addition, the MC is also required to construct schools and hospital buildings and to recarpet V-3 roads, besides maintaining infrastructure being transferred to it. The Administration had transferred 17 dispensaries and seven schools to the MC. Two sites at Maloya for the construction of a 100-bedded maternity hospital and a 30-bedded hospital and 18 earmarked school sites had also been transferred to the MC for the construction of buildings from “its own funds”.However, the MC’s “own resources” had been declining over the past several years. As against the expected revenue of Rs 155 crore this year, the next fiscal year’s receipts are expected to be Rs 149 crore further, compounding the resource crunch.

Sources said with major development works being undertaken by the Administration in the last year of the 11th Five Year Plan (2011-12), it would be difficult for the Administration to spare additional resources for the corporation. “The ongoing UT projects would naturally get preference before we spare a thought to the MC’s financial demands,” a senior official added.

Mayor’s Take

The UT Administration, which had empowered the civic body with certain departments, should immediately release the pending grants amounting to Rs 288 crore so that the MC could discharge its duties efficiently. Since a majority of the gardens and greenbelts and all V-3 roads were with the corporation, additional grants should be released to provide better quality of life to residents.

— Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh Palli



... As will Bacchus lovers for premium brands
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Bacchus lovers in the city are in for a price shock. In the new excise policy (expected to be announced in the mid of this month), the UT Administration is all set to increase the rate of certain brands of liquor.

It is learnt that in the proposed price hike, mostly premium brands will be targeted. Barring premium brands, there will not be a significant increase in the rates of other brands under the new policy. The proposed hike in rates seemed to be influenced by the excise policy announced by the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana.

In order to get more revenue from excise on liquor, the Punjab government has increased its basic quota by 10 per cent. Apart from this, an additional 25 per cent quota at 50 per cent discount on excise duty has also been introduced in Punjab. “This aspect will disturb the scenario in the city,” said a senior official of the UT Administration while pointing out that no quota was fixed in Chandigarh. Deputy Commissioner-cum-Excise and Taxation Commissioner Brijendra Singh said he could not comment right now as the policy was yet to be approved. “But certainly, we have to safeguard our interest that is all I can say at the moment,” he said, adding that the revenue from excise on liquor had been increasing for the last three years despite the continuous reduction in the lifting (volume sale of Indian-made Foreign Liquor) in the city.



Punjabi dishes a hit with Proteas squad
Deepankar Sharda & Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Punjabi delicacies like ‘Amritsari fish tikka’ and ‘naan’, ‘Bhatti ka murg’, ‘tandoori roti’ with yellow ‘dal tadka’ virtually dominated the orders placed by the South African cricket players for Tuesday’s dinner.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, Neeraj Chaudhary, chéf and beverage manager of Hotel Taj in Sector 17, where members of two of the ICC World Cup teams - South Africa and the Netherlands - have been putting up, said after tasting Punjabi cuisine the players were enquiring about other mouth-watering dishes of the area.

“They were all praise for the Punjabi dishes, especially ‘Amritsari fish tikka’ and ‘bhatti ka murg’. However, we prepared the dishes less spicy and less oily according to the preferences of the foreign guests,” said Chaudhary.

The cricketers mostly opt for continental and Chinese dishes. “We even get a special diet plan from team officials for their players during international matches. But the one thing I’ve noticed is that whenever members of foreign teams, irrespective of any country, visit the city they want to have taste of north Indian food, which is something that makes us proud,” he added.

During their last visit to the city members of the Australian cricket team had shown a particular liking for dishes prepared with ‘guchchi’, a shrub that is found in the higher reaches of the hills in Himachal Pradesh.

On the other hand, the Dutch team arrived in the city today evening for their World Cup league match at the PCA stadium on March 3.



Traffic violators to pay more

Chandigarh, March 1
Violators of traffic rules will have to shell out more. A high-level meeting presided over by UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas today recommended substantial hike in the compounding fee for traffic violations. The recommendations will be notified after a nod from the UT Administrator.

Offence: Jumping traffic lights; Existing fine: ` 300; Proposed fine: ` 500. Offence: Underage driving; Existing fine: ` 1000; Proposed fine: ` 2,000. Offence:Pillon riding without helmet; Existing fine: ` 300; Proposed fine: ` 1,000. — TNS



Chided, cop’s daughter goes missing

Chandigarh, March 1
A 16-year-old daughter of a head constable has been missing since the last two days. Balraj Singh, the girl’s father posted as a wireless operator with the control room, told the police that she left home on Sunday evening and had not returned.

She left home following a heated argument with him over her going to the Rose Festival. She then went for tuition in Sector 19, but never returned. The head constable’s daughter, Vinish Rana, is a class XI student of Government Model School, Sector 16. Her mobile phone is switched off and her last tower location was in Sector 17, the police said. — TNS



Train runs over 2 within a span of few secs

Mohali, March 1
In a matter of a few minutes, two lives were snuffed out on the Chandigarh-Morinda track when a 14-year-old boy and a 65-year-old woman were killed at different spots on the track after being hit by a Kharar-bound train here this evening.

The Government Railway Police said Aneesh, a ragpicker, was hit by the train near Kandala village at about 4.45 pm and a few seconds later, Karnail Kaur of Dabali village was run over while crossing the track. — TNS


Service tax a triple blow to middle-class, say residents
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
The city residents had mixed reactions to the Finance minister’s proposal to raise the service tax on air travel and consumer items and the fact that he also included sectors like hotel accommodation with a room tariff of over Rs 1,000 per day and air-conditioned restaurants serving liquor. Chandigarh Tribune talked to cross-section of people on service tax in the Union Budget.

Air travel

As far as domestic air travel is concerned it will cost more with the government raising service tax on it by Rs 50 and Rs 250 for international trips. "The government thinks it can milk the air travel sector as it sees it as glamorous. This is not the case. Even average income employees now travel by air. This is going to deter the common man from taking to air travel. For the tourism industry this is a bad budget," travel agent PS Bajaj said. Entrepreneur Vinod Bhatia is not worried that domestic travel can soon get costlier. "I often travel by air. This mode of transport saves a lot of time. I don't think I will compromise on this front at least," said Bhatia.


Staying in hotels and eating in restaurants are set to get costlier. As far as eating out is concerned, the common man has not been spared either. Rahul Bhandari, who works in the education sector, says a service tax on restaurants serving liquor is a positive step. "Hopefully, it will curb people's drinking habits. However, the service tax on FMCGs is going to pinch the “aam aadmi”, he added. Techie Amit Raheja was of the opinion that the service tax on hotel accommodation and air-conditioned restaurants serving liquor, would depend on people's willingness to spend more. "Already Chandigarh is an expensive city to live in," he said. People do, however, have the disposable income to spend more," he said. "This has been a disappointing Budget. A large percentage of city’s tourism industry is going to be affected. We are going to make a representation to the Union Finance Minister with figures and the extent of how this is going to affect the city's tourism," RL Bansal, spokesman of the Chandigarh Travel and Tourism Association, said.


Meanwhile, homemaker Rashmi Gupta said the service tax on commodities, especially fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs) will have the average Indian family thinking twice before spending their money. Medico Jyotsna Arora, who swears by branded jewellery and clothes, says she won't feel the pinch of the increased excise duty. "I don't mind shelling out money on branded jewellery and clothes because they reflect my taste," she said.

Diagnostic tests

Unleashing an ill-timed 3-10 per cent service tax upon a host of 130 facilities, including diagnostic tests in the Budget, the Finance Minister has displeased Chandigarhians. India has the largest number of diabetics in the world whose routine blood sugar test will now be costlier by 5 per cent. Rohit Malhotra, an employee with an insurance company, said: "The middle class will be badly hit. This tax, in fact, negates any benefit that would accrue from the rise in income tax exemption by Rs 20,000.'' Particularly, the move to levy service tax on diagnostic tests is in bad taste. "For a country whose healthcare spend is a small fraction of its GDP, this is a big blow. Do remember that insurance companies do not reimburse diagnostic tests unless the patient is admitted to a hospital,'' says Dr Avinash Gulati who runs a pathology lab in Sector 11. "So, every individual who comes for an X-ray or undergoes repeat tests for diabetes and malaria will have to bear the burden.'' Bhargav Shastri, a businessman, who suffers from diabetes and has to undergo blood sugar tests every fortnight, could not agree more. He will have to spend an extra 5 per cent upon every visit to the lab.



Budget fails to keep SMEs happy
Expected an increase in excise exemption
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 1
The Budget for 2011-12 has brought much disappointment for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), said KS Mahal, president of the Mohali Industries’ Association. He said the Budget had focused on various areas, including infrastructure, rural development, agriculture and education, but there was very little for the industry, especially SMEs.

The SMEs were expecting an increase in Central excise exemption limit from Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 3 crore, but there was no such increase, which was disappointing.

Moreover, there was no clear road map for implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST).

He said this year the Finance Minister had provided an additional Rs 1,000 crore for the development of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

The service tax had been imposed on a large number of services which were exempted earlier. Due to this there would be an adverse affect on the input cost for industry and would affect competition among the SMEs.

Mahal further said frequent fluctuation in the prices of raw materials required by the industry made it difficult for the industrialists to sustain.

There should be some mechanism to control the prices for a period of at least three months for all materials required by the industry.



Rs 470 cr for PGI in new Budget

Chandigarh, March 1
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukerjee has allocated a sum of Rs 470 crore for the PGI in the new Budget. This year, an increase of Rs 63 crore has been made in the allcoation for the next year as last year it got Rs 403 crore from the Centre under its planned and non-planned budget.

Similarly, against planned budget Rs 50 crore have been increased as PGI against a sum of Rs 90 crore in the current fiscal will get a total of 140 crore under the planned budget during the coming fiscal. This amount in addition to meeting with the liabilities of salaries will be used in modernising of buildings of Nehru Hospital, Researh Blocks A and B and upgradation of departments. — TNS



Increase in aid cheers Kashmiri families

Chandigarh, March 1
Kashmiri families residing in the city have something to cheer now, the UT administration has decided to increase the financial aid being provided to them.

Around 61 displaced Kashmiri families, which came here to settle in 1990, will now get Rs 5,000 per family. Earlier, the amount was Rs 4,000 per family and a person used to get Rs 1,000. Now, the amount has been increased to Rs 1,250 per person following the decision which was taken in a meeting of senior officials of the UT administration.

The aid is being given under the Central government scheme.

The additional load would also be borne by the Central government, said a senior UT officer. Around 12 families are staying at community centres, while the rest are living on their own. — TNS



Programme for senior citizens

Chandigarh, March 1
Anugraha, an NGO, in collaboration with the Centre for Social Work, University Institute of Emerging Areas in Social Sciences (UIEASS), Panjab University (PU), organised a five-day training programme on “Basic Care of Elderly and Issues Related to Elderly” at the ICSSR complex on the campus today.

Aabha Chaudhary, chairperson of Anugraha, which is also a Regional Resource and Training Centre, announced a series of programmes that would be launched in Haryana and Punjab to assist NGOs in age care programmes. — TNS



Ansal Properties told to pay Rs 7 lakh compensation to allottee
Anuja Jaiswal/TNS

Chandigarh, March 1
In a severe indictment of a leading developer, Ansal Properties and Infrastructure Limited, the UT Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission has directed the company to pay a compensation of Rs 7 lakh besides refunding Rs 64.12 lakh for failing to hand over the possession of a plot in Ansal Golf Link, Mohali, to a Jalandhar-based allottee.

The compensation announced by the commission includes a payment of Rs 5 lakh on account of “financial loss” caused to the allottee, Tejinder Singh Atwal, due to enhancement in construction costs in the intervening period of the promised date of the allotment till the filing of the case. The company has been told to pay Rs 1 lakh each for causing mental and physical harassment and for adopting unfair trade practices.

In his complaint, Atwal said he had purchased a residential plot (206) of 500 square yard in Ansal Golf Link for an amount of Rs 74.36 lakh from North Delhi Construction and Investments private Limited. With respect to this plot, Ansal Properties and Infrastructure had issued an allotment letter in March 2007. He said he deposited Rs 64.12 lakh and was looking forward to getting its possession.

However, he was shocked to learn that the company changed its layout plan and the common park earmarked in front of his plot vanished, giving way for the construction of flats. Even the rear common Green Park was deleted and the location of his plot was changed without his consent.

Further, the developer failed to hand over the possession of the said plot, which was to be offered in October 2008, and no intimation in this regard was received.

In their reply, Ansals admitted that the location of the plot was changed due to “reasons beyond their control”, as the Department of Town and Country Planning, Punjab, altered the layout plan. The company defended their action on account that the changes were effected not due to their whims or fancies but because of a legal and competent direction and change in layout plans by the Hon’ble High Court and subsequently by the Department of Town and Country Planning.

They also claimed that the plot was relocated due to the introduction of a new concept of Leisure Valley. They said the plot 206 was subsequently allotted to some other person and they gave an abundant choice to the complainant to select his plot.

The commission comprising presiding member Neena Sandhu and member Jagroop Singh Mahal observed that since the developers were not willing to give the possession of the plot No 206 to the complainant, their contention that the said plot had been allotted to some other person could not be accepted as correct because the allotment once made in favour of the complainant could not have been changed by them without offering the complainant an opportunity of being heard.



Seminar marks golden jubilee of IAF 12 Wing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
A seminar on ‘Heavy Lift Capability of the IAF’ was organised as part of the golden jubilee celebrations of no 12 Wing of the IAF, here today.

Various aspects of transport operations were discussed at the seminar.

In his inaugural address, Air Marshal DC Kumaria, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Air Command, gave an overview of the transport operations in the IAF since its inception. He also highlighted matters of historical as well as operational significance. He said with fresh inductions like the C-130, the proposed C-17 as well as new generation helicopters in the near future would provide a boost to the airlift capability of the IAF.

Air Officer Commanding 12 Wing, Air Commodore Rajeev Sachdeva gave a presentation on the evolution, history and the role of Chandigarh Air Force Station over the past 50 years.



A ‘chill’ pill for city residents
Anil Jerath/TNS

Chandigarh, March 1
Overcast sky, strong winds and intermittent showers in the city and in parts of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh during the past 24 hours brought back slight chill as the day temperature came down by 2.3 degree Celsius.

With erratic weather conditions prevailing in the city over the past few days, temperature has been rising and falling.

The day temperature came down to 20 degrees C from yesterday’s 22.3 degrees C, while minimum rose to 12.4 degrees from Monday’s 9.0 degrees. The Met officials have predicted a cloudy sky and rain in some parts of the city, with a further dip in the minimum temperature. India Meteorological Department (IMD) director said the chill factor was because of light to moderate rain in the plains and snowfall in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Doctors said such weather conditions could result in several ailments such as chest infection, palpitation among asthma patients, common cold and respiratory infection. “To avoid these, one should take precautions, especially during early morning and evening hours,” Dr Anil Kapoor, a consultant physician, said. According to the Met department, hailstorm/ thunder squalls with wind speed exceeding 45 kmph can occur at isolated places in Punjab and Haryana tomorrow.



Tribune employee retires

Onkar Singh, Assistant Manager (Press), The Tribune, retired yesterday after putting in 30 years of service in the institution.

He joined as Assistant Operator in the institution in March 1980.



HC asks pvt schools to ensure 15 pc quota for poor kids
Saurabh Malik/TNS

Chandigarh, March 1
The Punjab & Haryana High Court on Tuesday directed all privately run schools in the city to ensure 15 per cent of seats are reserved at the entry level for students belonging to economically weaker sections of the population.

The high court also asked the UT administration to give wide publicity on availability of school seats for poor children in the local media. The bench also instructed schools to place before it on April 28 the response received in pursuance to such advertisements.The directions by chief justice Ranjan Gogoi and justice Augustine George Masih came during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation filed by a local NGO, Burning Brain Society. It was seeking directions to the UT administration to ensure all private schools in the city reserve 15 per cent of admissions for poor students.

Responding to the PIL, another group, the Independent Schools Association, had also moved the high court for quashing clause 18 of the 1996 scheme for allotment of land to educational institutions/schools in Chandigarh on lease basis. According to the clause, the allottee schools were required to reserve 15 per cent of seats for children belonging to economically weaker sections of the population. Earlier, the UT administration had claimed despite concessions privately run schools were charging exorbitant fees, either directly or indirectly, and that they were not complying with its directions to maintain a 15 per cent quota for poor students.

In an affidavit, the administration had also provided a list of 77 privately run schools in the city which were allotted land at confessional prices from time to time. The bench was also informed that, apart from the concessionary land allotment, water and electricity was also being provided to the recognized schools at special tariffs.The UT administration also submitted the scheme for allotment of land to educational institutions in the city on leasehold basis was notified on January 31, 1996 in which it was clearly mentioned 15 per cent or more seats, as may be determined by the administration from time to time, would be reserved for poor students. However, the reservation was not absolutely free and fees would be charged on the basis of those applicable to government schools.

‘It is not legally binding’

I have not read the copy of the order as yet but from what I understand it’s not legally binding and only those volunteering for it need to abide. My school and St. Kabir School, Sector 26, have been exempted from this order as our admissions are already over. Because it is not legally binding, we will not be going by the order till our writ petition filed in 2008 is decided.

— HS Mamik, president, Independent School Association



Vivek school in fix over setting up of Class X question paper
With exams set to begin on March 14, the school is yet to get approval from the CBSE
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Vivek High School, Sector 38, the only city school to have opted for framing its own question papers for the forthcoming school-based Class X assessment, is in a fix after the school acting on the directive of the Central Board Of Secondary Education had sent these self-designed question papers for the Board’s ‘verification’ but even after three months it is yet to get a response. The school exams are scheduled to start from March 14.

“Frankly speaking, we are in a fix. As per the Board’s circular on conduct of the School Based Assessment for Class X students, a school that wishes to frame its own question papers needs to get it approved from the Board to ensure that it is according to the Board’s guidelines and specified marking scheme. We are the only school in the city to have opted for it but even after three months we have not got any response from the Board and are not clear whether we should use these papers or not,” said a senior teacher of the school.

School Director HS Mamik, however, claimed that there was nothing to worry. “ We received a circular later saying the schools were free to hold exams in accordance to the CBSE-specified pattern so we will be able to use these papers even without the approval. We will resend the papers along with the answer key. Though the delay and confusion created by the Board through its repeated circulars is surely disheartening,” he said.

MC Sharma, Head, Examinations, CBSE, New Delhi failed to specify the course of action if these question papers were found inappropriate after the conclusion of exams.


I cannot say anything on this issue as the papers were sent to Delhi office. School should coordinate with the authorities there.

— RJ Khanderao, Regional Director, CBSE, Panchkula

We never used word approval. We had given an option to schools to make their question papers and send them for verification. Only a few schools across the country did so. Anyways, no school should wait for our response to use papers. We have kept them as a record to verify that they are according to our norms.

MC Sharma, Head, Examinations, CBSE, New Delhi



Seeking exemption from classes not easy now
Panel to keep an eye on students involved in cultural events
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
Tightening the noose around students who seek exemption from classes to organise cultural events, but are not completely involved in those, Panjab University is mooting stricter attendance rules.

Shorter sub-committees of students will be formed for the upcoming event-Jhankar 2011 which is organised by the PU student council annually on the university campus.

Taking cognisance of the past cases, where a large number of students applied for exemption from classes on the pretext of organising cultural events, but were not found working on the same, the university officials will be verifying the names of participating candidates this time. A similar case of lecture shortage of nearly 250 students of the department of evening studies was brought to the Syndicate in academic session 2009-2010.

In a meeting of student council representatives and Dean, student welfare, held on Monday, it was resolved that only genuine students working for Jhankar, would be given attendance. “The university officials will verify names of students in the sub-committees,” said a student representative.

Even as Naval Kishore, Dean, Student Welfare (DSW), was not available for his comments on the issue, student representatives welcomed the university’s initiative.

“Only those students who actually participate in the cultural events will be given attendance. The core committee of Jhankar will consist of four members of the student council. We will get the names of students in sub-committees approved by the DSW,” said Akhil Bansal, general secretary of the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC).

Starting with the job-fair on March 4 to 6, the month will be packed with student related events on the campus. Jhankar will be held on March 14 and 16 and a mega science fair is also being held on March 11 and 12 which will coincide with the PU rose festival.



CBSE: 14,000 take Class XII exam
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 1
More than 14,000 city students appeared for the Central Board Of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class XII examination in over 26 city centres today.

The board, however, started on a disappointing note to many, with several Class XII students complaining that the physics paper though easy was too lengthy to finish in three hours.

“The paper was easy, but we had to draw graphs in several questions which made it exhaustive. I couldn’t complete two questions,” said Ripjot Kaur, a examinee at GMSSS, Sector 37.

“Questions carrying 2 and 5 marks were a bit twisted and lengthy. It took a lot of time. The paper was easy according to the board’s blue print, but was lengthy. I was expecting more objective questions. I could complete only 70 per cent of the paper,” added Anshuman, a student of GMSSS, Sector 33. Experts, however, felt that the paper was entirely based on the NCERT book and was easy for anybody gone in for in-depth reading. “The paper was not very difficult or tricky. It was easy for any student who must have done an in-depth study. Students are expecting good marks,” said Madhu Bahal, principal, KBDAV School, Sector 7.



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