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35-year-old woman raped, abandoned
Incident, claimed to be fifth in a month, sparks protests
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
A married woman was allegedly raped by unidentified suspects in the city’s Colony No 4 late on Friday night. The victim, said to be 35-years-old, was found abandoned seminude and in an unconscious state in the forest area adjoining the colony on Saturday morning. She was rushed to the Government Medical College & Hospital in Sector 32 where she is currently admitted in a state of coma. Her medical examination has confirmed she was raped, the police said.

A case of rape and causing grievous hurt under sections 376 and 323 of the Indian Penal Code at the Industrial Area police station following a complaint lodged by the woman’s husband, Vijay Kumar, who is a rickshaw puller.

The incident occurred when the victim had gone to the area to attend to nature’s call. She left home at about 10 pm and failed to return. The police said her husband, said to be a chronic drunkard, was fast asleep and noticed she was missing only in the morning.

On waking up Kumar looked around for his wife and found her in an unconscious state at about 5:30 am in the forest area adjoining the colony. Her clothes were found to have been torn apart and her body

bore several injury marks on the face and belly. Kumar called up the police following which she was shifted to the hospital in a PCR vehicle.

The police suspect the woman was gangraped and more than one suspect was involved. “The woman is yet to regain consciousness and the exact picture will be clear only after we record her statement once she comes to,” said Industrial Area police station house officer inspector Malkit Singh.



Colony residents protest against police
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
Claiming it was the fifth incident of a woman being raped in the area in the last month and with the cops still groping in the dark, angry residents of Colony No 4 ‘gheraoed’ (surrounded) the Industrial Area police station in protest and raised anti-police slogans. The protesters included a large number of women who shouted it had become difficult for them to venture out in the dark with these incidents having left them terrified.

The residents also blocked the road which led to a traffic jam. A heavy posse of police was dispatched to prevent the crowd from proceeding further. The protest lasted for over an hour and it was only after the intervention of deputy police superintendent Jaswant Singh Khaira that the crowd dispersed after being assured the suspect or suspects would be apprehended. “Only four days ago four intruders barged into the home of a woman in the colony and brutally raped her on finding her alone. She was bitten on several parts of the body and is still admitted in a hospital in a state of coma. Friday’s incident is the fifth in a month and the police has done virtually nothing to nab the suspect or suspects,” said Shashi Shanker Tiwari, a resident of Colony No 4 and member of its cell of the Chandigarh territorial Congress committee.

Denying there had been five rape incidents in the area in the course of a month, the police said there had only been two. “There was one such incident last week when a woman was similarly attacked and investigations are on to arrest the suspects involved in both cases,” said Khaira.



Few takers for evaluation of PU examination papers
Higher fee fail to enthuse teachers
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
In contravention of the decision taken by the Panjab University senate in December 2009, only a handful of teachers turned up for evaluation of examination papers of certain subjects this year. Only five reported for evaluation of the MA Punjabi (I) paper against 27 listed as the requirement by the varsity’s examination branch based on the recommendation of the board of control (BOC).

Then again, three teachers turned up to evaluate the MA Punjabi (II) paper against 23 called by the university, while only two turned up to evaluate the MA Punjabi (III) paper for which the board had recommended 22 evaluators.

In 2009 the PU senate made it mandatory for teachers to check a minimum 250 answer books. However, the absence of a check mechanism to implement this decision has resulted in a harrowing time for the varsity’s examination branch, which is struggling to get answer books evaluated.

Even the hike in evaluation fees from Rs 12 to Rs 14.80 per answer book has failed to attract evaluators. Under pressure to meet deadlines for declaring results and teachers not willing to check answer sheets, the examination branch is facing a similar situation with regards MA (economics), MA (political science) and MA (English) exam papers.

“We’re expecting the situation will improve in the coming days since teachers who have been evaluating papers of graduate classes would get free by then. Very few evaluators have turned up for these subjects and the number of answer books runs into thousands,” said AK Bhandari, who has additional charge of the PU controller of examinations and registrar.



2 city youths feared drowned
Our Correspondent

Ambala, May 28
Two Chandigarh youths were feared drowned in Narwana branch canal at Jansui village, around 20 km from here, this evening. They were identified as Sahil and Nitish. One of the youths was the resident of Sector 22.

According to information, four youths belonging to Chandigarh and one from Ludhiana had come in their car at Jansui canal around 6 pm. They took cold drinks there. In the meantime they planned to take a bath in the canal. When Nitish and Sahil stepped into the canal they slipped down and got washed away in the canal. The other three youths were rescued by some villagers.

SDM, Ambala, Mukesh Ahuja, who was present on the site, said local divers were summoned but till 10 pm there was no clue of the drowned youths. He said professional divers from Kurukshetra had been summoned and the operation would continue till late night.

A large number of villagers have also reached there to help the administration. According to villagers, the depth of the canal could be around 15 feet and earlier too such incident had taken place here.



Traffic diversions ahead of Maya’s rally
n Hard day for commuters
n 60,000 supporters to descend on city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
Traffic jams in some parts of the city, especially at the entry points and around the Sector 25 rally ground, along with traffic diversions are in store for commuters tomorrow with over 60,000 supporters of the BSP expected to reach the city to participate in the rally of UP Chief Minister Mayawati. The traffic police claims to have made adequate arrangements with over 1,500 policemen deployed to look after security tomorrow.

The police has allocated parking space for over 8,000 vehicles in the ground near the gurdwara in Sector 38 (West). SP (Traffic) HS Doon said specific routes had been designated for vehicles reaching from other states to participate in the rally. Residents have been advised not to take these routes as chaos is likely.

The convoy of Mayawati will reach the rally ground in Sector 25 from Hotel Taj, Sector 17, via Sector 16. Heavy vehicles entering the city from Haryana, UP and Patiala will be diverted from the Tribune roundabout towards the Faidan barrier and then from Sector 47 towards the small roundabout in Sector 38 (West).

Heavy vehicles from Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Ropar will be diverted from the Grain Market in Sector 39 towards Dadumajra and then to the roundabout of Sector 38.

Besides, the vehicles coming from Panchkula will be diverted to take the newly constructed road near the Hallomajra light point.

The police has also designated parking places in front of the market in Sector 38-D (capacity 150 vehicles), inside the cremation ground (capacity 200 vehicles), in front of the cremation ground (capacity 200 vehicles) and near the Chitkara Institute turn for VVIPs and the media (capacity 150 vehicles).

UAV to be used for the first time

The police will be using the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time tomorrow to view the law and order arrangements during the rally. A team of police officers recently returned from Bangalore after a training on how to operate the UAV.



Yuvi’s bag stolen from his Audi
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, May 28
Thieves have bowled out cricketer Yuvraj Singh. A bag containing his clothes and important documents of his secretary was stolen from Yuvraj Singh’s Audi car when his driver and cook were changing a flat tyre near the Zirakpur toll barrier on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway today.

Yuvraj Singh was not in the car at the time of the incident. According to RK Kapoor, Yuvraj’s manager, the incident took place around 1 pm when Yuvraj’s driver and cook were on their way to Chandigarh from Delhi.

As they were replacing the tyre, someone took away the bag which was on the rear seat. The driver immediately informed the police.

The Station House Officer (SHO) of Zirakpur said they had received a complaint and search operations were on.


Assault On Naib Court
Advocates constitute joint committee
Threaten to go on strike ‘en-block’ if any lawyer who is booked is arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigar, May 28
Advocates of the UT District Bar Association have constituted a joint-action committee to resolve the dispute arising out of the incident when a naib court was assaulted on the district court premises on May 14.

The lawyers today issued a press note condemning the injustice being caused to them as the police had booked 19 advocates for the assault.

The lawyers have “condemned the injustice being caused to the 19 members of the association and a notice of contempt has been issued by the High court being prejudicial to the Bench and Bar relationship”.

The lawyers have termed the FIR registered against the members of their Bar as “false”. At a meeting attended by presidents of various district bar associations and members of the Bar Council, the lawyers constituted a “joint action committee” comprising 11 members.

The lawyers have threatened to proceed on strike “en-block” and get arrested in case the Chandigarh Police arrests any of the lawyers booked on charges of thrashing a police constable, employed as the naib court on the UT District Court premises.

The accused advocates had barged into the courtroom and assaulted naib court Ram Karan while he was on duty.

The police has failed to arrest even a single advocate accused of the assault till now.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has also issued contempt notice to the lawyers.

FIR against lawyers ‘false’

The lawyers have termed the FIR registered against the members of their Bar as “false”. At a meeting attended by presidents of various district bar associations and members of the Bar Council, the lawyers constituted a “joint action committee” comprising 11 members. 



AFT lawyers form bar association
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
For the first time since the inception of the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT), lawyers associated professionally with it formed a formal bar association and elected office-bearers at a meeting held here today.

Maj Navdeep Singh was unanimously elected as the president while Renu Bala Sharma was elected as the vice-president. Surinder Sheoran and Mohit Garg were elected secretary and treasurer, respectively.

Maj Navdeep has mostly practiced service law and is associated with many landmark decisions involving military personnel in the High Court and the AFT. He is also the author of three books. Renu Bala is the senior panel counsel for the Central government. Sheoran has mostly practiced military law, while Garg is a Central government counsel appointed for the AFT.



Spaces behind markets to be used for parking
GMADA chalks out a new plan to ease traffic congestion
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, May 28
To overcome parking blues and make roads safer in the town, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has drawn up a new plan to properly utilise the space behind markets for parking and spend Rs 2 crore on installing “street furniture”.

With the number of vehicles burgeoning by the day, parking is turning into a nightmare, especially in various markets of the town. As the parking problem had reached alarming proportions, GMADA authorities worked out ways to contain the developing crisis. Cars, scooters, motorcycles and other vehicles choking roads and footpaths here is a common sight, especially in markets of Phases I, III-B2 , V, VII and X.

The area at the back of the markets was not only lying unused, but was also being misused by some shopkeepers for personal benefit.

Additional Chief Administrator, GMADA, Parveen Kumar Thind told The Tribune that only 10 to 15 per cent of the area at the back of the markets was being used at present. Some shopkeepers had illegally put up their generator sets here.

As residents coming to markets could not easily find space to park their vehicles, GMADA decided to use the area at the back of markets for parking in order to ease congestion. The generator sets of the shopkeepers would now be removed and re-carpeting of the area would be done apart from widening.

The open gaps between rows of showrooms would be developed as entry and exit points to the parking areas at the back of the markets. The tiles put up earlier in the open gaps would be removed.

Thind further said GMADA had also planned to make roads safer in Mohali by installing “street furniture”. A sum of Rs 2 crore was being spent in this regard. Cat’s eyes, delineators, reflectors, blinkers, solar studs, spring posts, etc were being installed as road safety measures.

A joint meeting of the police, GMADA and Municipal Corporation officials was held where it was decided to put up speed limit boards and signages for the convenience of public. As many as 200 points were identified to put up speed limit boards and signages and 30 points were marked for blinkers, added Thind.

Delineators, also known as median markers, have already been installed on many sector separating roads. Solar studs have also been installed at some roundabouts. Spring posts are to be installed on slip roads for the safety of road users. Central lines and zebra crossings are being drawn up with thermoplastic paint.



Mohali to have dumping grounds on Chandigarh pattern
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 28
The Mohali Municipal Corporation has decided to develop garbage dumping points on the pattern of Chandigarh in order to avoid spillage around the sites.

There is a plan to develop at least eight dumping points, but the authorities concerned have at present given approval only to develop two such points. These are located in Phases III-B2 and VII.

Assistant Commissioner of the corporation Parveen Kumar Thind said the dumping points would be pentagon shaped and bigger in size so that the trailer got inside the enclosed area for loading the garbage dumped at such points.

This would help in checking spillage of garbage around the points, which at present created unhygienic surroundings. Segregation of garbage would not be allowed at dumping points inside the town, but only at the main dumping ground. Advertisements would be displayed around the walls of the enclosures.



Dyalpura village for inclusion within MC limits
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 28
Residents of Dyalpura village yesterday demanded the inclusion of the village within Zirakpur municipal limits. They said a resolution had been passed by the panchayat and handed over to municipal council officials, but in vain.

Members of the panchayat and other village residents stated that the village had a population of approximately 9,000 and it had 4,000 votes.

They said the panchayat had passed a resolution on inclusion within municipal limits and submitted to Capt Kanwlajit Singh, but nobody took up the issue after his death.

They stated they had submitted their demand to the Punjab Chief Minister when he visited the village during the election campaign. They claimed that the Chief Minister had promised action in this regard, but nothing had been done so far.

The village residents said they had submitted a representation to municipal council president NK Sharma and the executive officer. They asked officials to include the village within municipal limits so that they could benefit.



Lineman sustains burn injuries
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 28
Mahinder Singh, a lineman working at the Zirakpur subdivision of Powercom, sustained burn injuries after he got an electric shock. He was admitted to a private hospital where his condition was declared stable now.

The incident took place when Powercom employees were carrying out a repair work of the electric cables near a dhaba. While repairing the cables, Mahinder Singh accidentally came in contact with the livewire and suffered an electric shock.

The other linemen who were working on the site took him to the private hospital for treatment. SDO GS Sandhu said he got information about the incident from the employees.



Residents take part in heritage walk

Nek Chand (left) with VK Kapoor, chairman, Chandigarh chapter of INTACH.
Nek Chand (left) with VK Kapoor, chairman, Chandigarh chapter of INTACH

A heritage walk from Open Hand complex to Rock Garden was organised by INTACH Chapter of Chandigarh here on Saturday morning, in which over hundred men, women and children participated.

VK Kapoor, chairman, Chandigarh chapter of INTACH, honoured creator of Rock Garden Nek Chand.

On-the-spot painting competition was also held, in which more than 32 youngsters participated.

A cash prize of Rs 1,000 each was given to five winners by Nek Chand.

Nek Chand exhorted the youth to devote themselves to any creative work that could help them rise.



BJP Kisan Morcha dharna on June 15

Chandigarh, May 28
The BJP Kisan Morcha has given a nationwide call to stage a dharna on June 15 reiterating its demand of expediting passing and implementation of the Land Acquisition Amendment Act, which will be tabled in the Monsoon Session of the Lok Sabha.

In a press statement issued today, national president of Kisan Morcha OP Dhankar said the dharna would be held outside all district headquarters. The state presidents have been asked to make sure active participation. He added that this is being done as a part of a campaign run all over country to push the Land Acquisition Act, making it confer more benefits to farmers. — TNS



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Anti-Tobbaco Day

Sikh Missionary College organised a nukkar natak and a poster exhibition at Sector 17 to mark the Anti-Tobacco Day. Free summer camps are also being held for children.

Payment of bills

BSNL landline and broadband subscribers can pay their bills on June 9 or June 10, 2011, for the month of April. The subscribers can pay bills at BSNL cash counters / authorised post offices/ Sampark Centres and Gram Sampark Centres.

Kathak dance

Sanskar Bharti and Pracheen Kala Kendra teamed up to present a kathak dance recital by Noida-based exponent Pulkit Mishra, the foremost disciple of kathak legend Birju Maharaj, at the Kendra auditorium this afternoon. Pulkit Mishra began the programme with “Madhurashtrakam” paying obeisance to Lord Krishna. He moved on to prove his adroit mastery over pure dance aspect of kathak by delineating its various ranges and fundamentals, including thaat, tode, tukre, paran, chakkradar paran, gat nikas and tihais. He presented a thumri titled “Makhanchori” depicting the childhood pranks of Lord Krishna. He mesmerised the audience with vivid facial expressions and body movements.

Vinayak Damodar remembered

A meeting of Media Cell, Bharatiya Janata Party, held under the chairmanship of Shakti Prakash Devshali, convener, to mark the birth anniversary of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. BJP general secretary Satinder Singh was also present on the occasion. Other prominent activists, who attended the meeting, included Yudhvir Sharda, Anurag Seth, Naveen Kochhar, Jaideep Singh Rathore, Surinder Kumar and Devinder Sandhu.

New technique introduced

Grewal Eye Institute has introduced “No Pratiksha”, a technique which will help reduce a patient’s waiting time from nearly 40 minutes to less than five minutes.

PGI employees’ election

Sanjiv Kumar panel won the elections to the PGI Contract Workers Union. A total of 966 votes were cast, out of which 686 were cast in Sanjiv’s favour. Seven votes were declared invalid. Saroj and Sukhdev Singh Sahota have been elected senior vice-president and general secretary, respectively of the union.

Entertainment unlimited

Entertainment unlimited, both meaningful and mundane, remained the highlight of Punjabi comedy play “Bebe ji mein Sant Ban Gaya” staged at Tagore Theatre here today. Presented by Babli Singh under the direction of Dr Jagdeep Singh, the play bared the barbaric motifs of many fraudulent gurus and saints. Structured in the rural ambience, the play recovered the explosive truth that social evils were deep rooted in society. With the elements of theatre missing at times, all actors displayed stray brilliance with a series of jokes embellished with folk idioms forming a chain reaction aimed at generating laughter, which sometimes diluted the thematic content. Music and lights were soothing.


Cherry Brar, a Panjab University student, has been appointed new president of the Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) at a general body meeting held at the Student Centre on Friday. The meeting was headed by Sukhjit Singh Brar, PUSU president. Brar said, “The post of chairman was lying vacant for long.”


The 20th district-level consultative committee meeting of SAS Nagar, Mohali, was convened by Lead Bank Office and Punjab National Bank to review the progress of banks under the chairmanship of Varun Roojam, Deputy Commissioner, Mohali, and AK Sharma, Deputy General Manager, PNB, Patiala circle. Varun Roojam said the banks had disbursed Rs 1,692 crore under the priority sector against the target of Rs 1,604 crore. He said the banks should focus on financial inclusion and priority sector lending in order to speed up the process of financing eco-rickshaws under the DRI Scheme.

Police inaction decried

The Human Rights Protection Forum has in a police complaint alleged that Jet International Placement Services, Mohali, was misleading people of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana on the pretext of sending them abroad. The company extracted money from applicants on the pretext of sending them Switzerland and Canada. Puspha Salaria, all-India chairperson of the forum, urged the police to act swiftly while dealing with such complaints.


A large number of youngsters will participate in a marathon against corruption in Panchkula on June 2. Gianchand Gupta, state BJP treasurer, said national president of the BJP Yuva Morcha Anurag Thakur would lead the run. — TNS



Evaluation delays Class X result
Schools blame CBSE for hold up n Result expected by next week
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
Incomplete assessment of internal tests by schools is not only giving sleepless nights to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class X students but is also giving the board a tough time.

The Class X results will be based on Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) this year. CBSE sources said the collection of CCE data from schools took much longer than expected, which delayed the tabulation of the results. However, CBSE officials are optimistic that they will be in a position to announce the results next week.

CBSE sources say that officials have been spending long hours completing and verifying evaluation records for the new cumulative report card.

Despite repeated instructions informing schools about the CBSE’s plan of compiling a cumulative assessment of the performance of Class X students for both Class IX and X, a majority of schools have failed to submit the CCE-based Class IX assessment thereby delaying the entire process. There are many others who have merely submitted either the subjective assessment or examination marks, but have not uploaded the complete score of formative assessment.

“Right from the commencement of the academic session in April 2010, we have been in constant touch with schools over the evaluation of Class X students, be it those who opted for the CBSE-conducted examinations or those who went ahead and appeared for the school-conducted examination. All schools were asked to upload their CCE assessment of Classes IX and X on special software. But many of them have not done it properly. While some schools have left out the Class IX scores, others have not given a complete assessment of the Class X results. Such a casual attitude was surely not expected from the affiliated schools. We are now in touch with schools getting details or verifying assessment which has delayed the results,” revealed a senior CBSE official in New Delhi.

But many city-based schools are holding the CBSE responsible for the problem. “The software was too complicated and had over 50 columns per student to fill. There was no training workshop and we were asked to work on a very stringent deadline, which may have led to lapses. The board should have finalised and shared their plan of compiling a cumulative report card before the exams. We were never told that Class IX exams would be that important,” said a local government school principal.

Casual approach

All schools were asked to upload their CCE assessment of Classes IX and X on a special software. But many of them have not done it properly. While some schools have left out the Class IX scores, others have not given a complete assessment of the Class X results.

A CBSE official

Complicated software

The software was too complicated and had over 50 columns per student to fill. There was no training and we were asked to work on a very stringent deadline. The board should have finalised and shared their plan of compiling a cumulative report card before the exams.

A govt school principal



Spurt in thefts in PU library irks students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
Increasing thefts at Panjab University’s AC Joshi library today resulted in a students’ agitation, who demanded that a system must be put in place to check the menace.

Nearly 50 students raised slogans outside the library asking the university authorities to intervene. The students complained that in the past one month, nearly four cases of theft had occurred. Students’ belongings were stolen from stands in the library.

However, the university officials said in several cases students had left their bags for two to three days. “The library staff said some students could be seen roaming around after leaving their bags. In certain other cases, students collected their bags after two to three days,” said Naval Kishore, Dean, Student Welfare (DSW), PU.

He added that a new token system would be introduced in the library from May 30. “We are introducing the system and will make improvements once we get the feedback. However, no bags containing laptops, money or any precious item would be kept with the library staff,” said the DSW.

Students, however, expressed resentment on the quality of footage recorded by the CCTV cameras installed in the library. “We had even submitted the footage to the library staff, but no action was taken and we eventually had to stage a protest,” said Naveen, a final year law student at PU.



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