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Woman’s body found in Jalandhar identified
Police files case of kidnapping, murder
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 3
The police filed a case in the kidnapping and murder of a 25-year-old Amritsar woman whose body was found in a mutilated condition in Jalandhar on Tuesday. The deceased, identified as Simran Kundra, had enrolled in a fashion designing course at the National Institute of Fashion Designing in Sector 8, Chandigarh, and had been living in a rented accommodation in Sector 15 here.

On May 1, the cops found her car (registration no: PB02 BL0596) abandoned in Sector 16 and informed her father, Rajesh Kundra, after getting his address from the documents in the vehicle. The police had earlier filed a missing person case following a complaint lodged him.

Rajesh had told the police his daughter had married Karan Kundra, also a resident of Amritsar, in 2004 and had divorced him last April.

Addressing reporters here in the evening, Sector 14 police station SHO Aman Kumar said he had received a call from the Jalandhar police today morning that it had found a woman’s dead body. “A team from the Sector 15 police post went there to identify the corpse after informing Rajesh Kundra, who later identified the body as that of his daughter”, he stated.

“On the basis of Rajesh’s complaint, we have registered a case of kidnapping and murder under sections 302, 364 & 201 of the IPC,” he added.

The police also searched the house of the deceased’s ex-husband, Karan, and that of her boyfriend, Tanmay, also a resident of Amritsar but did not find anything incriminating there.

According to sources, the police was suspecting her boyfriend Tanmay’s hand in the kidnapping and murder of Simran, as the police has procured the phone card details of the victim.

The sources said on May 1 Tanmay was in Panchkula when the police had found the abandoned car in Panchkula. As per the phone call details, Tanmay was also present in Jalandhar where the girl was found murdered. The suspect had got into hiding after he came to know the police had found Simran’s body in Jalandhar and was looking for him.



Old rivalry turns bloody in SD College
BA-III student attacked with sharp-edged weapons, injured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
In a fresh instance of student violence, Avinder Bajwa, a BA final year student of SD College, Sector 32, was attacked by five youths with sharp-edged weapons on the college premises here today.

Avinder was reportedly attacked outside his examination hall when he was leaving the venue after his political science paper. According to onlookers, boys whose faces were covered with black masks came and hit him with sharp-edged weapons.

He fled and rushed towards the principal’s office. Seeing this, the attackers ran away. “I was in my office when I heard people shouting outside. I rushed out to find this boy in the corridor asking for help as his head was bleeding. I got a glance of five masked boys who immediately fled the spot though we tried to nab them. It seems to be yet another case of student group rivalry,” said Principal AC Vaid.

Arvinder later identified attackers as Varinder Punia, Hardeep Saini, Gagandeep Singh, Rajat Sharma and Kamalpreet Singh. Based on his complaint, the police registered a case of attempt to murder under Section 307 of the IPC. However, no arrests have been made so far. The police claims that the attack was preplanned and assailants managed to flee in three cars after assaulting Bajwa inside the college premises.

In his statement to the police, Bajwa said there was an old enmity between him and Varinder Punia, a small time leader of SOPU and he attacked him for settling previous scores. While the incident has risen questions over college security, Principal Vaid claimed that the culprits had entered through SD school gate and not the college’s gate.



3 suspected terrorists rounded up
Tribune News Service

Kharar, May 3
A special team of the Punjab Police stopped a Punjab Roadways bus near Gharuan village and rounded up three persons around 8.30 am today.

Though police officials remained tightlipped till late evening about the operation, sources said one of the three accused was a wanted terrorist and role of the other two was being investigated.

Passengers sitting in the bus said the bus began its journey from Moga and was supposed to reach Chandigarh bus stand. Some seven-eight policemen, in plain clothes, were already sitting in the bus and as soon as the bus reached near Gharuan, some police gypsies blocked the route of the bus and took away three turbaned men.

It is learnt that the arrested suspects have been brought to CIA, Mohali, for interrogation. SSP, Mohali, and a DIG-rank official have reportedly visited the CIA staff in Mohali in this regard. SSP, Mohali, Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said he could not say anything at the moment.



CBI chargesheets SI, 2 others in graft case
SHO’s name dropped
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
The CBI today filed a chargesheet against a UT police sub-inspector and two others in a case of graft. The investigating agency has dropped the name of Inspector Dilsher Singh Chandel, the then SHO of the Industrial Area police station, from the chargesheet as no evidence was found against him.

The Inspector has already been reinstated with his suspension revoked after the CBI gave him a clean chit. The next hearing of the case is on May 14.

On October 8 last year, the anti-corruption branch of the CBI arrested Dilsher Singh Chandel, sub-inspector Hans Raj and two civilians Satwant Singh Sethi and Jujhar Singh Sethi on the complaint of Gagan Gupta, a resident of Panchkula. The four were accused of demanding bribe of Rs 40,000.

The CBI today filed a chargesheet in the court of Special CBI Judge Ritu Tagore against SI Hans Raj and the two civilians. The CBI had laid a trap after receiving a complaint from Gagan Gupta. As per the chargesheet, Satwant and Jujhar Singh are brothers and ran a tea stall; but they allegedly used to collect bribe on behalf of Hans Raj.

SI Hans Raj had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from Gupta to favour him in a case of cheating in which he was granted anticipatory bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. 



AIEEE on May 11

Chandigarh, May 3
The CBSE on Tuesday announced that the AIEEE, earlier held on May 1 following some delay on account of paper leak, will now be held at 9.30 am on May 11 instead of May 8 as had been declared earlier.

The re-test is being held for all those candidates at five examination centres in the city where the AIEEE exam had to be cancelled on May 1 since the delay on account of paper leak had led to it clashing with the entrance exam of the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC).

The CBSE announced that the same roll numbers and centres would apply in the case of these students. However, candidates who skipped the AIEEE to appear in the AFMC exam or could not appear in the AIEEE on May 1 for administrative reasons were required to register online on the CBSE website. The candidates who had registered for the online mode of the examination for the AIEEE but did not appear would also be required to register online though they would now have to appear for a pen and paper test only.

Those who had already appeared for May 1 exam have been warned against re-registering warning that such candidates risked their candidature being cancelled. — TNS



PU exam reforms under scanner
180 unfair means cases registered
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
Panjab University is just midway through the examination schedule and it has already registered over 180 unfair means cases (UMCs), as compared to 80-registered last year at the same time.

While it’s the Guru Nanak College in Ferozpur, which tops the list of key culprits after having reported 100 cases so far with 30 in a single day. UIET stands second with 18 reports, to be followed by DAV, Sector 10, with 10 cases.

The cases, which seem to be an all time high have brought PU’s ongoing examination reforms under scanner and left the authorities harried.

“Since three years, we have, on an average, registered 150 cases annually, but are all set to touch 200 even though it’s just half the exams that we are done with so far. The key culprits are affiliated colleges and are being taken to task. A show-cause notice has already been issued to the principal. The university is working hard to make the system error free but when it comes to curtailing cheating, principals have the most important role to play as they are in charges of the centre. On our part, we are sending inspection teams on daily basis to all sensitive centres,” said PU Controller of Examination AK Bhandari.

The data further discloses that it’s the tried and tested good old chits or “farras” that are the most-preferred source of cheating, as out of these cases, only six pertain to the use of blue tooth or mobiles hidden under turbans of applicants. In some cases, the students have also been caught exchanging answersheets.

“We banned micro photocopies in the university but still have not been able to deal with the menace of chits. The only solution is to make invigilators more vigilant. Physical checking is a mandatory exercise before the commencement of examination but many invigilators, specially in Punjab colleges skip it,” added another PU official.

Key culprits

It’s the Guru Nanak College in Ferozpur, which tops the list of key culprits after having reported 100 cases so far with 30 in a single day. UIET stands second with 18 reports, to be followed by DAV, Sector 10, with 10 cases



Fiza enters into wedlock again
This time with the country; says all citizens her children!
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 3
Fiza, alias Anuradha Bali, the estranged wife of former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan, never fails to amaze and make news.

After marrying the Congress leader two years ago amidst high drama only to part from the relationship followed by a series of spats with neigbours, she today entered into wedlock again while simultaneously announcing to take on the Badals in Punjab.

But this time the groom is the world’s seventh largest country, the world’s second most populated country and the world’s second fastest growing economy and a nuclear weapon state: India.

Describing her step as “unparallelled in the country’s history” at a specially held news conference held at her Sector 48 residence here, Fiza herself performed the traditional ceremony of applying sindoor on her forehead and wore the mangalsutar and bangles. “I have taken a big decision to serve the nation. I want to overcome the Chander Mohan episode and pledge my life to the nation. All citizens of the country, irrespective of their religion, are now my children,” said the 39-year-old who had brought in an earthen lamp to take a pledge for the nation.

After ending her relationship with Chander Mohan, she has been focusing on building her political career in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. However, today she sprung a surprise by announcing her decision “to fight to the finish” the Akali Dal led by the Badals for their “anti-people” policies. Claiming that the police had falsely implicated her in three cases following a spat with her neighbours, she said no one was secure in Punjab.

“At a time when the law and order in the state is out of control and heinous crime continues to remain unsolved, the Mohali police is more interested in trivial issues between two neighbours. The Mohali SSP was going out of the way to help my neighbours implicate me in false cases,” she alleged, referring to her oft-repeated problems with her neighbours.

However, she kept mediapersons guessing when she said she would announce the name of her party at the next press conference. “I will ensure that the Akalis do not come to power,”she was quick to add. 


Better implants for knee replacement

Chandigarh, May 3
Patients requiring knee replacement can hope for a better tomorrow, with the launch of comfortable implants like the orthopilot machine, having an increased usage period. “With the new-generation machine, the accuracy of implants and surgery has improved. In the new machine, there is an improvement in load distribution across the implant, increasing its longevity. The normal life span of an implant is 15 to 20 years. 

The new machine adds five to 10 years to its life,” said Dr Harsimran, joint replacement surgeon in Fortis. Due to higher precision technique, patients experience improved post-operative joint function and had increased mobility and stability compared to those treated using other machines, claimed Vipin Diwan, head, B Braun India, and Vincent Marie, project director, knee replacement implants, B Braun, Germany.

Besides being a technologically higher version, the machine had an improved algorithm, that enabled achieving superior accuracy in calculating joint centres and positioning implants, said Dr Harsimran. — TNS



Awareness rally on asthma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 3
More than 200 students and staff of New Indian Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, participated in a rally here today to create awareness about asthma and its prevention among people.

The rally, which was organised in association with the ENT and Allergy Centre, Panchkula, Respiratory Diseases and Clinical Immunology Society, Drishti Eye Hospital and Cipla was flagged off by HJC district president Shashi Sharma. The rally passed through Sector 15 and its adjoining areas.

Earlier addressing the students, Dr Suman Kumar of ENT and Allergy Centre exhorted the students to avoid smoking, besides appealing to the people, who smoke to quit. Dr Kumar said they should also maintain proper hygiene in their homes, besides keeping away pet animals from their house, as these were the main source of allergy. He said those suffering from asthma should regularly visit a doctor and brief about the problems being faced by them so that prescription could be changed accordingly.



Emphasis laid on social service
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 3
Ashok Kumar Yadav, director general, agriculture, Haryana, urged people to take up social service to uplift the downtrodden during a prayer meeting here on Sunday.

The meeting was organised by Sathya Sai Seva Sangthan (SSSS) at Sector 12. With good deeds one can contribute to nation building. He said education plays a major role in getting rid of social ills from society.

He also emphasised upon the value education because education sans values was akin to a man without soul.



‘Living or Dead’ leaves audience in tears
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, May 3
The prodigious student artistes of Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, saluted literary prominence of the celebrated Noble laureate Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore by staging two of his classic stories, “Kabuliwalah” and “Living or Dead”, to near perfection at Tagore Theatre here today.

Titled as “Two Strings”, constantly inventive, aesthetically innovative and visually impressive with its originality, striking images and sincere performances, the annual production of the school was deeply involved in interpreting the poignant human emotions, childlike innocence and universal love in Kabuliwalah.

With a common thematic content, it melted into the next story “Living or Dead”, which centered around the identity crisis of a young widow, who due to some quirk of fate is considered to have died but regains consciousness before the cremation rites are done. Jasleen (Mini) shined through, while Preetinder, Himmat, Minaz, Ada Gupta essayed their roles with adroit brilliance leaving audience in tears.

The presence of director Zubin Mehta as also his mentor, principal Jnanjit Ray, visibly emotional, was felt in production, designing, musical score, costumes and sets, which were both symbolic and functional.



Emphasis on technical education among women
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
The annual function-cum-prize distribution function was held at the Government Polytechnic for Women, Sector 10-D, here today. Joint secretary technical education-cum-director technical education, UT, Chandigarh, SS Khara was the chief guest on the occasion.

In his speech, the chief guest emphasised on the importance of technical education among women as a means to empower the nation and guided the students for positive approach towards life.

Principal Vin Dosajh presented the annual report followed by the prize distribution by the chief guest. She urged the students to scale greater heights in life and gave her best wishes to the students to make an indelible mark in today’s world of competition and globalisation.

The main attraction of the function was Ganesh vandana, mime followed by a western and Punjabi dance performed by the students of the institute. The function concluded with the vote of thanks by Kamla Dewan, president student council.



Denied licences, temporary liquor vends stay dry
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
Liquor contractors who had made successful bids worth over Rs 8 crore for 20 liquor vends in temporary structures on land owned by the municipal will not be able to start their business for some time. Despite having paid the due amount of 35 per cent of their bid amount within the stipulated period of ten days, the UT excise department has refused to issue them licenses for failing to submit the required “no objection certificate” (NOC) from the civic body.

“They were not issued the licenses as they were asked to submit the NOC from the MC to run their business on their land. But haven’t received this document from any of them,” said a senior excise & taxation official, adding 170 licenses had been issued to the remaining lot of successful bidders.

On the other hand, these contractors said they were planning to go to court in case the issue was not resolved immediately.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, a local contractor said: “The ‘dispute’ has been blown out of proportion as of these 20 sites the administration has enough land to give us (liquor contractors) to run our business. It’s not only us but the UT administration too that is losing revenue that will run into crores of rupees in the days ahead. We’ll surely move the courts if no solution emerges”.

However, the civic body does not appear to be in the mood to change its decision. “We’re not going to issue NOCs to these contractors at any cost,” said city mayor Ravinder Pal Singh ‘Pali’.

20 sites for temporary vends

Under its new policy, the UT administration had floated tenders for 20 sites for temporary liquor vends (12 “Indian made foreign liquor” and eight “country liquor”) where the onus of procuring the land to erect makeshift structures was on the contractors. The tenders were invited despite the MC’s decision to not allow liquor vends to operate on its land. The total amount bid for these 20 sites was Rs 8.07 crore. As all these successful bidders have paid 35 per cent of the bid amount, the administration has earned over Rs 2.82 crore so far.




26 illegal structures razed in Sec-19 Sadar Bazaar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
Twenty-six illegal structures were demolished from the government land at the Sector 19 Sadar Bazaar in a massive anti-encroachment drive conducted by the enforcement department of the Municipal Corporation today.

An employee of the MC’s enforcement staff removes encroachment with the help of a gas-welding cutter and a JCB machine demolishes illegal shops in the Sector 19 Sadar Bazaar, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.
An employee of the MC’s enforcement staff removes encroachment with the help of a gas-welding cutter and a JCB machine demolishes illegal shops in the Sector 19 Sadar Bazaar, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

The drive continued for eight hours and the enforcement staff demolished structures that shopkeepers had raised for commercial purpose for the past more than a decade. The encroachers had covered the MC land with temporary tin sheds.

The team seized three truckload of material from shops and shopkeepers were asked to clear debris and sheds from the site. One of the affected shopkeepers, Santosh Kumari, alleged that the authorities were conducting the demolition drive against the stay orders of the court. The MC law officer, however, crosschecked the court orders, which had no mention of the stay.

Earlier too, the MC had planned to conduct the demolition drive, but on the request of shopkeepers, gave them relaxation till March 1 to vacate the shops voluntarily.

The drive was conducted under the supervision of MC Additional Commissioner-II Lalit Siwach and assisted by enforcement inspectors KD Sharma and Kashmira Singh.

Officials said on January 31, the enforcement department had sealed these booths on a plea that they will crosscheck the documents produced by the shed owners about the stay orders. After checking the court orders, officials found that the time period of the stay order had expired.



City set to get DSPs from other states
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
The fiefdoms of local Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) are set to crumble with Chandigarh set to get eight DSPs from other states.

While two DSPs from the DANICS cadre (Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Services) are being posted by the Central Government here, the Chandigarh Police will get three DSPs each from neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana. Punjab has already sent a panel of nine police officials for posting in Chandigarh, while Haryana and the Central Government are expected to follow suit soon, sources said.

With this, the days of DSPs of the Chandigarh Police in the city seem to be numbered, with the UT Administration again set to take up the matter of their transfer to other union territories (UTs) with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Official sources said now the earlier proposal to post DSP-level officials from the DANICS cadre is being revived with the aim to breaking the strong lobby of DSPs which has allegedly developed over the years.

Acting on several complaints that DSPs have virtually created fiefdoms in the city, the UT Administration had sent a proposal to this effect to the MHA for approval.

In fact, by seeking a panel to the post of DSP from other states to be posted in Chandigarh was seen as the first step in “relieving” DSPs to other UTs. The continuation of the DSPs at the local level throughout their lives blocked promotional avenues of efficient sub-inspector and inspector-level officials.

Recently, the UT Administration received a panel of nine officials to be posted as DSPs in the Chandigarh Police.The move to invite panel for the posts of the DSPs in Chandigarh from neighbouring states was seen as an attempt to cut the powerful DSPs of the local police to size. The proposed posting of the new officials from other states was also seen as an effective way to neutralise the powerful DSP lobby in Chandigarh.

With no posting outside Chandigarh, the DSP-level officials, who rise from the ranks being recruited as the assistant sub-inspector, enjoy enormous powers and tend to develop vested interests in the city. 

Promotion Avenue

With the merger of the UT cadre with DANICS, the DSP-level officials can aspire for promotion to the prestigious Indian Police Service (IPS). It is learnt that in DANICS, 33 per cent of DSPs are promoted as IPS to the UT cadre. Officials stated that the move to send inspectors on promotion as DSPs to the DANICS cadre might benefit the younger lot who were SIs and are in their early 30s. These officials might become IPS officers much before their retirement. 



Road Safety Group calls for curb on drunken driving
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
Spreading the massage of road safety for the last over three decades across 10 countries including India, Gayle Di Paetro, a Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) official from Geneva, says that with 1.25 lakhs deaths in a year in road accidents in India, it was high time the citizens adopted road-safety measures.

Gayle Di Pietro from Global Road Safety Partnership, interacts with the media at Hotel Taj in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Gayle Di Pietro from Global Road Safety Partnership, interacts with the media at Hotel Taj in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S. Chandan

In the city to create awareness regarding her project and road safety, Gayle said in over 90 per cent of accident cases, human errors was the cause of accidents.

“People take risks without knowing the consequences. We need to stop serious injuries and strictly adhere to traffic rules,” she said.

“It’s the young who are killed in accidents in maximum numbers as over 70 per cent of the deaths have youth as victims. They often drink and drive and also indulge in over-speeding, which are the basic causes of road fatalities across the globe.

Parents too, on their part are responsible for the menace of underage driving as they are the ones who give vehicles to their wards even before they achieve the right age for driving,” she said.

“A zero-tolerance approach to enforcing legislation that gets alcohol-impaired drivers and riders off the road before someone is injured or killed is one of the most effective of road safety interventions,” added Gayle Di Pietro.

The Global Road Safety Partnership is spreading the message of road safety across Brazil, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kenya, Turkey, Egypt, Russia, Vietnam and India. The GRSP is working in close association with the city based NGO, Arrive Safe.



Tribune Impact
Poor Upkeep of Parks
UT to provide manpower, machinery

Chandigarh, May 3
The UT administration has assured to provide manpower and machinery support for the six big gardens, which were recently transferred to Municipal Corporation (MC). This was decided in the coordination committee meeting of the UT and MC which was held here today under the chairmanship of the Advisor to the Administrator, KK Sharma.

Referring to the Tribune story published today - ‘Poor upkeep turns gardens into eyesore’, MC Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh (Pali) raised the issue at the meeting saying the administration had only transferred eight employees to look after and maintain the six gardens, which was not humanely possible. He requested that till the end of the current financial year, the staff and the machinery should be provided by the administration as per the notification.

As per the records of the administration, for the proper maintenance of these six gardens, the UT authorities had deployed three horticulture supervisors, five head gardeners, 125 gardeners, six sweepers, 13 watchmen, five power-lawn motor driver and four tractor drivers.

At the meeting, the UT Advisor assured the Mayor that the authorities would provide the staff and machinery as per the notification.

The UT administration vide a notification had transferred all the gardens and parks to the MC, Chandigarh, with staff on deputation till March 2012. As per the notification the salaries of those on deputation were also to be borne by the administration till that date. The gardens which were transferred to MC includes Bamboo Valley and Bulbous Garden in Sector 23, Rose Garden in Sector 16, Leisure Valley in Sector 10, Bouganvilla Garden in Sector 3 and Rajindra Garden in Sector 8. — TNS



Police deptt vacates building
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
After more than two and half decades, the UT police has finally handed over the Labour Welfare Building located at Bapu Dham to the Municipal Corporation, which was occupied by them since the days of terrorism in 1984. The UT IG, P K Srivastava, today assured area councillor Sarita Sharma, who was on a hunger strike for the past one week that the department would hand over the possession letter to the corporation tomorrow.

The UT IG said that the ITBP force would be shifted from the building in a day or so and the police station would be transferred to a new building for which land has already been allotted. Soon the construction work of the building will be started by the department, he added.

Sarita Sharma said that the proposal to construct a community centre would be mooted, at this place, after getting the possession of the building.



Police forms cheetah squad
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
In order to keep a vigil on snatchers and thieves who target during late nights, the UT police formed a cheetah squad today, which will function at late nights from 1 am to 4 am.

Four bikes have been designated for the purpose in each subdivision. The decision has been taken keeping in view the late night crime spurting in the city.



Open Darbar
Sec-19 residents seek construction of road
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 3
Residents of Sector 19 today urged local MLA Devender Kumar Bansal to get a road constructed from Industrial Area, Phase I, to railway level crossing besides removing unauthorised parking of private vehicles from the market during the ‘open darbar’ held at Sector 12-A here today.

Led by Congress leader KP Singh, the residents also demanded the arrangement of streetlights, parking facility, construction of community centre, setting up of two public toilets in the market, sewerage facility, drainage, replacement of open wires by coated wires and to remove the unauthorised parking of private vehicles from the market.

MLA Bansal assured the residents that the road would be constructed soon as an aid of Rs 87 lakh had already been approved and the work of construction of roads would be started within 15 days on priority basis. He asked them to send the proposal regarding the construction of toilets so that the same could be placed in the meeting of the planning committee for approval.

Bansal also directed the officers concerned to take up the grievances of the people on priority basis and said strict action would be taken against the officers found guilty of dereliction of duty. 



Southern sectors need budget hotel

There is a major chunk of population living in southern sectors of the city, which includes Phase I and Phase II. These sectors lack clubs and hotels. It is evident from the fact that in the northern area of the city, there are a number of clubs, including Lake Club, Chandigarh Club, but there is no such facility in this discriminated part of the city.

Currently, there are no budget hotels in these sectors where middle or lower middle class people reside. Consequently, the residents have to depend upon private hotels and restaurants, which fleece the residents exorbitantly. To save the residents, a budget hotel is needed to be set up and manned by the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourist Corporation (CITCO), which already controls three hotels in Sectors 10, 17 and 24.

To establish such a hotel, there is a plenty of space, especially in Sector 40 near the Community Centre. The provision of this budget hotel may be made in the master plan, which is at present under consideration of the administration.

SK Khosla Sector 40 C, Chandigarh



AIEEE on May 11
Relief for 2,500 candidates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 3
In what comes as a big relief to over 2,500 students who could not appear at five of the total 43 exam centres for the All India Engineering Examination (AIEEE) on May 1, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today announced that it would conduct the re-examination on May 11 rather than the earlier declared date of May 8 as it was clashing with many national-level competitive examinations.

A majority of these students could not appear for the AIEEE at the five centres - the government schools in Sectors 8, 19, 10, 21 and 16 - after the exam was cancelled following its delay due to the question paper leak as they were also the centres for the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) entrance examination held on the same day. Though the board had declared May 8 as the new date for the examination, a majority of candidates objected as the date clashed with other competitive exams like the Orissa Joint Entrance Examination, Banaras Hindu University and the Bhartiya Vidyapeeth entrance examination.

After the AIEEE question paper leak on Sunday, candidates appearing for AIEEE and AFMC exams faced a harrowing time. The AIEEE, which was scheduled to start at 9. 30 am, was delayed by two-and-a-half hours and started only at 12 noon. However, given the fact that the AFMC exam was scheduled to start at 2.30 pm, the exam was cancelled at many centres around the country.

The cancellation sparked off protests in these centres and even the AFMC exam was eventually delayed and rescheduled to 4.30 pm.



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