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7-year-old boy falls in uncovered manhole, dies
Body found at sewerage plant in Raipur Kalan
Tribune news service

Chandigarh, June 9
An uncovered manhole claimed the life of seven-year-old Gautam who apparently fell in it at Raipur Kalan village here yesterday afternoon. His body was found this morning at the sewerage plant located near the house of the boy.

Gautam went missing since yesterday afternoon. His body was found caught in the net of the treatment plant at around 6 am by Banwari, a watchman of the area. No injury marks were found on the body, police sources said. His parents were not home at the time of the incident. His mother Kiran was inconsolable and said when she returned home in the afternoon, she did not find him there and went looking for him.

“Gautam would go to a nearby patch that had date trees. We searched for him everywhere, but could not find him,” she lamented.
The sewerage treatment plant at Raipur Kalan where his body was found on Thursday.
The sewerage treatment plant at Raipur Kalan where his body was found on Thursday. Tribune photographs

His father Raju, who is a cook, said he went to nearby colonies and villages, including Raipur Khurd, Mauli Jagran, Behlana and Indira Colony to look for his son before they approached the police.

Raju was at the police post at around 9 am this morning when the police got the news that a body had been spotted at the treatment plant. On reaching the spot, Gautam’s body was found lying in an uncovered sewer.

Malkit Singh, Station House Officer of the Industrial Area police station, said they would look into all aspects before reaching to any conclusion. 

Operation cover-up?

In a bid to cover its folly, the UT Municipal Corporation swung into action by covering open manholes and sewers immediately. Some labourers, who were working near the treatment plant, said MC employees arrived immediately and began covering the manholes. Gurpreet Singh, XEN in the public health department of the MC, claimed that there was no uncovered manhole there. “He must have fallen somewhere else and reached here with the flow of the sewer water,” he said.

Not a first

 On August 16, 2005, a seven-month pregnant woman constable, Jaswinder Kaur, died after falling in an uncovered manhole of a sewerage in Sector 30. She had gone to the open area along the CSIO boundary wall to ease herself when the incident took place.



PCA ‘donates’ Rs 2 lakh to UT police society
But still to clear bills worth Rs 6 cr it owes UT police
Akash Ghai
Tribune news service

Chandigarh, June 9
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA), which owes crores of rupees to the Chandigarh Police as security bills, has ‘donated’ Rs 2 lakh to the Chandigarh UT Police Welfare Fund and Bank Deposit Society as ‘diet money’.

The private society, which is being run by the UT police for welfare of its members (all UT police officials), has shown in its last year’s balance sheet the amount as ‘contribution’ from the PCA under the ‘income’ head.

Interestingly, the PCA owes over Rs 6 crore to the UT police for providing security to cricketers during international matches held earlier at the PCA Stadium.

UT Inspector-General of Police Pradeep Srivastava, who is also president of the society, said it was true that the PCA had not paid even a single paisa in lieu of their pending bills to date.

In such a scenario, the PCA’s monetary aid raises doubts as this is the first time that the cash-rich association has given such ‘aid’ to any private body even though it is not related to sports promotion activities.

Though the honorary secretary of the PCA, MP Pandove, claimed that they had also given funds to the Mohali police during international matches, these funds were being termed ‘diet money’ for the police on duty outside the stadium. But that is not the case with the UT cops as they are never deployed on duty outside the stadium during matches. Their duty is to escort the teams to the stadium and then bring them back.

Pandove said the contribution was given as diet money. Asked why the association gave money to a private body which is not responsible for providing diet to the policemen on duty, he claimed that they were told to do so by UT police officials.

The UT police said it had pursued the payment of the bills several times with the PCA, but to no avail. IGP Srivastava said all the bills were still pending.

A senior police official, requesting anonymity, said their department did not seem serious in realising the pending payment. “Many top police officials seek ‘special favours’ from the association during matches for their family members and relatives. In such a situation, one can easily imagine the seriousness of top officials in respect to the payment,” he said. 


l During any international match at the PCA Stadium, the UT police deputes hundreds of its personnel on special duty for cricketers.

l For three World Cup-2011 One-Day matches, including the semifinal between India and Pakistan teams, the UT police raised a bill of Rs 4.26 crore. Last year’s bill during the Test between India and Australia was pegged at Rs 92 lakh. The bills of the remaining matches also runs in crores.

l Recently, the PCA had announced Rs 25-lakh financial assistance to the Punjab Olympic Association, which is constructing Punjab Olympics bhawan (OPA) opposite the PCA Stadium in Phase 9, Mohali. “We give them monetary assistance as we use its land for parking during matches,” said the honorary secretary of the PCA, MP Pandove. 



Punjab secretariat staff’s battle for plots
Threaten to ‘gherao’ Chief Secy to press demands
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 9
The ongoing struggle by Punjab government employees posted at the state civil secretariat to get residential plots in Mohali on the pattern of a housing scheme floated by the Punjab Urban Development Authority for its employees is getting bitter, leaving senior PUDA officials totally perplexed.

The government requires 2,500 residential plots to “adjust” all eligible employees at both the civil secretariat and those of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA). Should the plan go through it will “eat up” a sizeable chunk of land and deprive the common man of the right to own a plot. Although Punjab housing & urban development secretary SS Sandhu declined to comment, he said an exercise was on to carve out residential plots.

Upping the ante for their demand, the civil secretariat employees are using their proximity to the powers-that-be and had even threatened to ‘gherao’ (surround to protest) the Punjab chief secretary to press their demands. Fearing the housing scheme already floated may be derailed, GMADA employees are also coaxing politicians close to the Akali leadership for their cause.

“This has resulted in pressure mounting from both sides. Some hard decisions would have to be taken to ease the situation”, said an official.

With limited availability of land and soaring land prices in Mohali, senior officials are desperately looking for a solution to appease the political bosses who view the employees as a crucial vote bank in the light of the forthcoming state assembly elections. The employees of GMADA and other urban development authorities were being adjusted in Sectors 76 to 80, leaving the civil secretariat staff fuming.

To arrive at some decision, the issue is likely to figure at the next meeting of the authority. According high court guidelines there cannot be more than 50 per cent reservation.

Punjab Civil Secretariat Staff Association president Tejbir Walia said members of the body had submitted a memorandum on their demand to the Punjab chief minister. “We’ve dropped our plan to ‘gherao’ the chief secretary but our demands are consistent,” he added.

Asserting employees in the Punjab civil secretariat had the first right for allotment of plots, Walia said the secretariat employees were ready to pay the actual price of the residential plots but the housing department was choosing to “favour” GMADA employees. “Since GMADA staff had been given plots in 2001 under the one-time allotment scheme, there was no need to open the scheme once again”, he averred.

Jarnail Singh, president of the PUDA joint action committee, said employees of the authority were given residential plots under an old scheme floated in 2001. “Tomorrow employees of other boards and corporations will demand allotment of such plots”, he remarked.



At last, FIR in Suman case likely
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
The Chandigarh Police may finally register an FIR in the case of transfusion of wrong blood to Suman at the GMSH, Sector 16, which led to the death of her foetus, six months back.

The then SDM (South) Kavle V Parshuram, in his inquiry report submitted in December last, recommended action both under the Consumer Act and the Indian Penal Code against the guilty for causing death by negligence.

Legal opinion sought in this case stated that a foetus came under the definition of person, as defined under the IPC.

The foetus was still-born due to wrong blood transfusion, negligently done at the GMSH.

Following this, the Health Secretary wrote to the SSP to take action on the inquiry report.



Forest dept to submit list of hazardous trees
Aarti Kapur
Tribune news service

Chandigarh, June 9
The UT forest department along with the horticulture department of the Municipal Corporation (MC) will prepare a list of dead and hazardous trees in the city and submit it to the MC Commissioner within 10 days. This was decided in a meeting chaired by MC Commissioner Prerna Puri today.

The decision was taken after The Tribune highlighted the issue in a news item titled “Tree branch comes crashing down on 3 houses” in these columns today.

The MC Commissioner said it had been decided that a detailed report would be prepared of trees under the categories of dead trees, those that require pruning and hazardous trees in residential and commercial areas. She said as the existing report of the horticulture department was two years old and the status of many trees would have changed, so a fresh list would be prepared. Action would be initiated after the submission of the report by both the departments.


Forum tells ICICI Bank to pay Rs 50,000 to customer
Wrongly showed him as credit card payment defaulter
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the ICICI Bank to pay Rs 50,000 as compensation to a city resident for wrongly showing him a credit card payment defaulter. The bank’s act had led to the rejection of the complainant’s car loan from another bank, causing him mental agony and harassment.

In his complaint, Arun Kumar, a resident of Sector 37, stated that he had been using the ICICI Bank credit card for the past many years and paying dues regularly.

He had applied for a car loan of Rs 4.5 lakh from the State Bank of Patiala, Sector 17. He submitted all requisite documents to the bank, but his loan was rejected on the grounds that his name figured in the defaulters’ list of the Credit Information Bureau (India) Limited.

The complainant was informed by the loanee bank that Rs 67,015 was shown as written off against his credit card on February 5, 2009. After taking the CIBIL report from the loanee bank, the complainant approached the ICICI Bank and enquired about dues against his credit card.

He was informed by the ICICI Bank that the system was not showing any dues from him against his credit card, as mentioned in the CIBIL report. The complainant approached the CIBIL directly to get his name cleared as the amount mentioned in the report was not outstanding against him.

Meanwhile, Modern Automobiles, where the complainant had booked a Maruti Swift Dzire car, informed him that the car was ready for delivery within three days and the complainant could take delivery after making the payment. He said he could not take the delivery of the car as the State Bank of Patiala had refused to issue the loan as his name was still in the defaulters’ list.

The complainant again requested the ICICI Bank to issue a clearance certificate as he had to purchase a Honda Jazz car.

When he visited the bank, officials promised him a clearance certificate. They admitted their fault and said their credit card team had wrongly given his name to the CIBIL. Without admitting deficiency in service, the ICICI Bank stated that it had intimated the CIBIL and it had updated the record accordingly.

The forum, comprising its president Lakshman Sharma and members Ashok Raj Bhandari and Madhu Mutneja, observed that there was deficiency in service on the part of the ICICI Bank and hence, it needed to be penalised for the wrongful act.



Bajaj Alliance directed to pay Rs 4.52 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum (II) has directed Bajaj Alliance to pay Rs 4.52 lakh as compensation to a Chandigarh-based company for discontinuing the medical cover of 162 employees without any valid reason. The forum has found the insurance company’s act as an unfair trade practice, causing immense harassment to the complainant.

In its complaint, Bebo Technologies stated that it had purchased a group medical policy from Bajaj Alliance for 162 employees in May 2008 after making a premium payment of Rs 2.13 lakh. Though the insurance was valid till May 2009, the company cancelled the policy in September 2008.

The company approached the insurance company, which demanded Rs 7.86 lakh as additional premium on November 1, 2008. However, it backtracked, neither renewing the cancelled policy, nor offering any explanation for the same.

Later, the insurance company declined the request and said the policy had already been cancelled. However, the insurance company never conveyed any order, explanation or reason for the cancellation of the policy.

In its written reply, the insurance company admitted the issuance of policy to the company, receipt of premium thereof and cancellation of the policy thereafter. It stated that it had cancelled the policy as per Section 9(b) of the terms by giving 15 days’ notice. It also refunded Rs 1.47 lakh after the cancellation.

The forum, comprising its president Lakshman Sharma and members Ashok Raj Bhandari and Madhu Mutneja, stated that the insurance company had failed miserably to establish its case to any extent. It did not produce any document which contained clause authorising it to cancel the policy without any reason.

The action of the insurance company by unilaterally cancelling the policy was arbitrary and hence invalid, stated the forum. The forum directed the insurance company to pay a compensation of Rs 4.52 lakh, along with litigation costs of Rs 7,000.



MC work suffers for want of stationery
Official leaves without giving store keys
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
A caretaker-cum-storekeeper with the municipal corporation (MC) here has literally brought the functioning of the civic body to a standstill, thanks to his wisdom of not handing over charge while leaving for a study tour.

The ‘responsible’ official, Ashwani Kumar, was so eager to leave to for the junket that he did not hand over the keys of the store, where the stationery of the office was kept.

One of the important exercises of the MC, issuing notices to defaulters, had been suspended for the past six days for want of office stationery. The most affected department was the estate office, which had to issue notices to defaulters on a day-to-day basis.

An official of the branch, on the condition of anonymity, said they were only sending urgent notices to property defaulters for the past one week as they did not have the stationery with them.

The official said as the charge of caretaker-cum-storekeeper had not been given to anybody, they were clueless as to whom to approach for their daily requirements of paper and other material.

The case of the property tax department was similar, dealing with only those notices which were serious and unavoidable. An official with the department said all departments submitted their stationery requirements to the caretaker in the first week every month.

The material was issued to the departments by the storekeeper accordingly, he added. But as the storekeeper was away from June 4, every department had been facing shortage of stationery.

A senior official revealed that they were also not getting their daily set of newspaper clippings for the past two days. When they enquired, they were told that news clippings were being prepared only for the Municipal Commissioner and the Mayor by the public relations department as it also was facing shortage of stationery.



Two FCI retirees awarded Rs 50,000 each
Had suffered pension blues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
In two cases, the UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum (II) has awarded a compensation of Rs 50,000 each to two former employees of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) for deficiency in service meted out to them by their employer and the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) organisation.

In the first order, the forum directed the FCI and the EPF to release the pension of former AGI (depot), Mohinder Pal, along with full arrears, within one month.

However, only the FCI was asked to pay the compensation and the costs of litigation to the complainant as no allegations were made against EPF.

In his complaint, Mohinder had stated he had submitted all the requisite papers for the release of his pension under the Employees Pension Scheme to the FCI after he superannuated from the FCI as assistant in the office of the General Manager on June 30, 2006. Since then, he had not received any communication from the office.

In its reply, the FCI stated that the delay was due to procedural formalities. Therefore, it were not liable to pay any interest to the complainant.

In their joint reply, Regional Provident Fund Commissioners, Punjab and Noida, stated that the pension claim papers were not received from the FCI and so, no liability could be fastened on it.

In the second order, the forum directed both the FCI and the EPF to pay Rs 50,000 as compensation, along with litigation costs of Rs 7,000, to the complainant, Satya Pal Mohal, former manager (depot), for delaying settlement of his pension matter for four years.

In his complaint, Satya Pal had stated that he had submitted all the requisite papers for the release of his pension after superannuated from the corporation as depot manager on April 30, 2006.

However, it had released the pension four years after the submission of papers.

The forum, comprising its president Lakshman Sharma and members Ashok Raj Bhandari and Madhu Mutneja, stated in the order that the delay in settlement of pension cases was a matter of great concern.

“The behaviour of officials of the FCI and the Regional Provident Fund Commissioners has been so apathetic and inconsiderate towards their own employees,” stated the forum, in its order.

The forum stated that as the complainants had undergone immense agony and harassment, besides sustaining financial losses, for which the respondents were liable to compensate the complainants for the deficiency in service on their part.



510 take part in ‘Save Sukhna Abhiyan’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
A group of about 510 NCC personnel participated in the ‘Save Sukhna Abhiyan’ at the Sukhna Lake here todayAbout 460 cadets and 50 officers of the NCC, including staff members, took part in the drive.

They carried out de-weeding of the lake for cleaning up the area near the new jetty opposite the boat pen.



UT heritage items fetch high returns abroad
Preparation of inventory under way
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
Property forming a part of Chandigarh’s heritage, dating back to the 1950s, continues to fetch high returns in the auction market abroad.Reputed London-based auction house Christie’s fetched approximately Rs 27 lakh (36,625 pounds) in its latest auction, which showcased items designed by Pierre Jeanneret, a core member of famed designer Le Corbusier’s team, who helped in the realisation of the then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru’s dream of a model city.

Christie’s official website showed that the highest price of 7,500 pounds was fetched by a set of teakwood and cane chairs designed by Jeanneret.

While experts are debating on identifying and defining heritage property in the city and related issues pertaining to the material being auctioned, property from the city has featured in auctions at prominent venues across the globe over the past several years.

Certain leading names associated with different auctions include Artcurial, Bonhams and Sothebys and Wright auction houses.

Items auctioned this time included a teakwood desk for 6,250 pounds, a Panjab University armchair for 3,250 pounds and two pairs of conference chairs for 5,000 pounds each. At least three teakwood furniture items did not find any takers.

Interestingly, a majority of the items being sold as heritage were actually lying unused in the corridors of government buildings in the city, including the Panjab University.

Taking note several years after the first reports of auction starting pouring in, the UT is now preparing an inventory of the heritage items.



Houses to be numbered in Mohali village
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 9
In order to make matters easy for the people, the Municipal Corporation has decided to put up house numbers in Mohali village. The proposal cleared by the general house of the civic body remained pending for long, leading to a delay in the execution of the work.

Former councillor Usha Rani said 30 boards had already been put up and about five were left. The work of painting house numbers on these boards was also in progress. Though most of the residents were happy, some objected saying that boards would prove to be a hindrance in the lanes which were very narrow.

She said more than 80 per cent of the population comprised of migrants who lived in the village on rent. Postman and couriers, who came to the village to deliver important documents, felt harassed as locating a house proved to be an uphill task for them.

Numbering of houses would now make matters easy for outsiders when they visited the village.

At present Mohali was the only village where numbering was being done. Civic body officials had no plans at the moment to extend the work to other villages falling in the municipal limits.



Proposed B-school site shifted to Nabha Sahib
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, June 9
A site for proposed management institute Dashmesh Business School, to be named on former Cabinet Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh, has been shifted to Nabha Sahib Gurdwara on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway. Earlier, the school was to come up at Baoli Sahib Gurdwara, Dhakoli village.

The school was to be established by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). SGPC executive member Nirmail Singh Jollan Kalan said in a meeting here today that the committee had passed a resolution to change the site of the business school from Dhakoli to Nabha Sahib.

He said the Local Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (LGPC) had, however, rejected their resolution. He said the LGPC had earlier proposed a resolution to set up the business school near Bauli Sahib Gurdwara when late Capt Kanwaljit Singh was Banur MLA.

He added that on the second death anniversary function of Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had announced that an upcoming business school in the area would be named after him.

SGPC XEN Manpreet Singh said a tender for the project was already allotted and work would be started soon. The official said the SGPC had tied up with Cambridge University and 7.5 acre had already 
been earmarked for the business school.



GMADA shelves MC’s proposal of building shelter for poor
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 9
Shelving the proposal of the Mohali Municipal Corporation of constructing a ‘raen basera’ in Phase VI, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is planning to sell that very stretch of land along the main road for constructing booths.

Chief Administrator of GMADA Saravjit Singh, Additional Chief Administrator Parveen Kumar Thind, officials of the engineering wing, including the Chief Engineer and the Superintending Engineer, visited the site and proposed that 100 to 125 shops could be constructed on the piece of land measuring 1.61 acre.

The feasibility aspect was being studied in this regard. At present an illegal meat market was functioning from there.

Thind said the land would be sold after which buyers could construct shops according the specifications laid down by GMADA.

The buyers would be free to sell the products of their choice in these shops.

In February the corporation had proposed to construct a ‘raen basera’ for shelterless people in Phase VI on a piece of land 
which at present was 
being illegally used by migrants for selling fish and meat.

The corporation had written a letter to GMADA to transfer the land measuring 1.61 acres to the civic body for the construction of the building.

The civic body was also planning to request GMADA to construct the building for the ‘raen basera’ as the corporation at present did not have adequate funds.

It is learnt that GMADA is planning to set up the ‘raen basera’ at the new bus stand which is being constructed by a private company near Verka milk plant.



Youth missing since May 28
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, June 9
Subhash Gupta (26), a resident of Saini Vihar, Baltana, had gone missing from his house since May 28.His sister Shallu, a resident of Rajpura, had reported the matter at the Baltana police chowki. She told the police that her brother was working at the Industrial Area, Chandigarh. Gupta’s mobile phone was switched off, she added. Gupta is 5 feet and 6 inches tall, with dark complexion.

Baltana chowki in charge ASI Anup Singh stated that they had received the complaint and further investigations were on



Heritage stock from 21 different departments identified
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
A three-member Chandigarh Heritage Inventory Committee led by principal of the Chandigarh College of Architecture Pradeep Bhagat has identified heritage stock from 21 different departments in the form of furniture, photos, tapestries, sketches and moulds.

Most of the departments have prepared the inventory of items except for Panjab University, PGI, PEC and Punjab and Haryana High Court. The committee has been asked to complete the work for the remaining departments and submit a comprehensive report urgently. The meeting was chaired by UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas to review the status of heritage furniture/items, sketches/ moulds/ tapestries or any other item related to Le Corbusier and the first team of architects who had worked on the Capital Project.

The major departments from whom the inventory of heritage items have been received by the administration included departments of technical education, engineering, Urban Planning State Institute of Education, Sector 32, CCET, Government Central Crafts Institute for Women, Punjab Civil Secretariat; department of industries, UT, Le Corbusier Centre, Sector 19; Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Haryana Vidhan Sabha, department of architecture, Haryana and Panjab, and a few others.

The expert committee also highlighted the unique items noticed by the committee during their visit to various departments. It was reported that many items were detected in Punjab Vidhan Sabha, including V shaped wooden rack in Central State Library, Sector 17, book shelves, different kinds of racks, a table with a lamp in Government College for Boys, library tables with a lamp in PU Library and unique furniture in the city museum.

As many as 22 departments have stated that they had no heritage items in their inventory. The three-member committee already constituted by the Chandigarh administration has been assessing the heritage value of the identified furniture and accessories under the heritage category. 



Special allowance for UT employees
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
It’s a ‘good news’ for certain categories of UT employees and the employees on deputation from Punjab as the UT Administration has decided to pay special allowance and conveyance allowance to them with effect from June 1.

As many as seven categories of employees, working in different departments and offices of the Chandigarh Administration other than those of this administration secretariat, have been selected for the allowance.

The UT administration has adopted the pattern of the Punjab Government with the same terms and conditions in the matter.

Those posts, which have been selected for the payment of special allowance and conveyance allowance, included special assistant, junior auditor/auditor, senior scale stenographer, junior assistant, junior scale stenographer, steno-typist and clerk. For the grant of conveyance allowance, the employee has to maintain his own motor vehicle in a good running condition and use it.



Boy clears French exam

The ‘Young Francophone’ is 12 years old, but nurtures a passion for languages- and French tops the list currently. Angad Srivastava, a student of class VIII of YPS, Mohali, is the youngest person in the region to clear the DALF C1 examination (Diploma of Advanced French Language Studies).

Till recently, it was the highest French language course offered by Alliance Francaise, Chandigarh.

It is the official language proficiency diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education.

Traders seek opening of shops on Sundays

The Traders Association, Sector 17, in a press note issued here on Thursday has asked the Chandigarh Administration to allow then to open their shops on Sundays. The development follows, an order earlier this week, asking them to shut their shops on Sundays. Subhash Kataria, president, said the traders were depositing more revenue to the administration due to working of shops on all seven days. It was very convenient for residents and those living outside Chandigarh coming to their homes on weekends to shop in the city.

Traders call on Adviser to UT administrator

A deputation of Chandigarh Business Council (Registered) (CBC), an apex body of traders, called on the Adviser to UT Administrator, under the presidentship of Jagdish Arora accompanied by Kamaljit Singh Panchhi, LC Arora, JPS Kalra etc. to apprise him of the implications of proposed repealing of the Rent Act in Chandigarh.

The Chandigarh Administration is contemplating to recommend repealing of the Rent Control Act for commercial properties in Chandigarh and has called for the objections/suggestions from general public and traders. The members said that the Act notified on November 7, 2002, had already been struck down by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and to initiate its implementation again after a gap of 5 years was not understood.

Regularisation of workers sought

A delegation of the co-ordination committee of the government and MC employees and Workers today submitted a memorandum to the additional deputy commissioner and south regularisation of daily wage earners who had completed more than 25 years of service.

Anti-malaria camp at Dadu Majra

The National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme organised the second malaria camp as a part of the anti-malaria camp month programme in Dadu Majra on Thursday.

Dr Naresh Kumar, assistant director, malaria, inaugurated the camp and informed the gathering that anti malaria services were being provided at the doorsteps of village residents

Training for public prosecutors

Recognising the pivotal role of public prosecutors in the justice delivery system, Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, Punjab, (MGSIPAP) organised a one-day workshop on training need analysis (TNA) for the public prosecutors of the state on its campus in Sector 26 here on Thursday. BK Srivastava, director-general (MGSIPAP), while presiding over the proceedings emphasised on the need of preparing manual and standing orders for checking challans to be followed by the public prosecutors to eliminate lapses in dealing with cases and a high-level committee of officers was constituted for the purpose. Prominent among others who attended the meeting were Kripa Shankar Saroj, director (MGSIPAP), Rajinder Singh, ADGP, Punjab, Avtar Singh and director prosecution and litigation, Punjab.

Engineering College unveils academic schemes

Panchkula Engineering College, Panchkula, on Thursday unveiled their academic plans on the advent of new session launching special schemes for meritorious and underprivileged students. The objective of the introducing this schemes is to search for meritorious and talented students from the region and to make them technically and professionally sound The college, announced various PEC scholarship schemes in the courses of B.Tech, electronics and communication engineering (ECE), computer science & engineering (CSE), mechanical engineering (ME), IT, civil and electrical and electronics engineering (EEE). The meritorious students securing 80 per cent and above in class XII examination will be entitled for a 50 per cent waiver in the tuition fees.

Bal Sant Samagam held

It is for the parents and elders to inculcate the fundamental values of love, mercy, compassion and respect in their children. This was stated by Dr BS Cheema, parmukh, Mohali branch, and zonal in charge, Sant Nirankari Mandal, Chandigarh Zone, during the Nirankari Bal Sant Samagam held at Sant Nirankari Satsang Bhawan, Phase 6, Mohali. While addressing the congregation Cheema brought out that enlightened children maintain order in the society and are assets to the humanity, but those who are misguided would prove to be troubleshooters.

Open darbar held

NK Sharma, chairman of the District Planning Board, on Thursday held an open darbar to listen to the grievances of the residents of phase 1 here. After listening to the grievances of the residents, the officials were instructed to dispose of the complaints soon. — TNS



Priya tops district in class XII medical stream
Gets 92.8%; Nalini Mimani ranked first in non-medical group
Tribune News Service

Sonia, who secured 92.6 per cent in commerce stream, with her father. @@
Sonia, who secured 92.6 per cent in commerce stream, with her father.

Panchkula, June 9
Securing 92.8 percent marks, Priya Rani, a student of Sanskriti Government Model Senior Secondary School (SGMSSS), stood first in the district in the medical stream of the class 12 examinations conducted by the Haryana Board of School Education.

Declaring the exam results on Thursday, district education officer (secondary) Nalini Mimani said in the nonmedical stream Anchal of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Barwala ranked first in the district with 454 marks. Sonia Arora of Sarthak Model Integrated Senior Secondary School bagged the first position in the commerce stream getting 463 marks while Virender of Sanskriti Government Model Senior Secondary School topped the arts stream with 450 marks.

“Poonam and Shivani, both residents of Pinjore, secured the second and third position in the medical steam securing 434 and 427 marks, respectively. In the nonmedical stream Diksha bagged the second slot with 444 marks while the third spot was shared by Harpreet Kaur and Sanjeev”, said Mimani.

Santosh and Sonia stood second and third in the commerce stream, securing 457 and 447 marks, respectively, while in the arts group Kiran Devi of Government Senior Secondary School, Chiken village, and Priya of Government Senior Secondary School, Kot village, secured the second and third positions, respectively.

Priya said she wanted to be a neurologist and had appeared in the premedical entrance test. “I couldn’t clear the test as I concentrated fully on my board exams. I used to study for about 4 to 5 hours a day and learning classical dance is my main hobby”, she added.

Meanwhile, commerce topper Sonia said she would enroll in the BCom course at Panjab University. “My accounts and business studies teacher, Anju, has been my role model”, she added.



Wi-fi system in PU library
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
The wi-fi system installed in the AC Joshi Library of Panjab University became functional today.Prof RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, inaugurated the system.The library has an access to 5,000 online scholarly journals through the UGC’s INFLIBNET Consortium, besides having a subscription to a number of online costly databases like Science Direct, Scopus, Westlaw, Pro Quest Dissertations and Theses and Sage Journals.

Students, researchers and faculty will be able to access to sources and databases available in the library on their laptops while sitting anywhere in and around the library round the clock. To avail the facility, they will have to get themselves registered in the library.

“The system will help researchers have a free access to these valuable sources,” said Dr Raj Kumar, university librarian.

PUSU president accuses authorities of inaction

Sukhjit Singh Brar, president of the Panjab University Students Union, in a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor today accused the university of not filing any complaint against the culprits who had attacked him with swords in May this year.

He told the Vice-Chancellor that after initial allegations that, “I had concocted the story of attack, video cameras installed in hostel no 5 which had caught the culprits red handed with pistols and swords had exposed the truth. I am surprised that security chief PK Dhawan had not lodged any complaint against those persons. It is clear from this fact that they are being biased and partial.”

Brar stated, “ Video clippings of the clash that took place at the Student Centre in November showed that we didn't possess any weapons, still I was implicated in a false case. Now again, the DSW has implicated me and others in a false case and concocted a false story that a clash was going to take place at the law department when the truth is that there was no other student other then 300 students of LLB second year who came out after appearing for the cyber law exam.”

Students have levelled allegations against the DSW for being biased.

Online help centre set up

Prof RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, PU, today inaugurated an online help centre at Aruna Chandra Hall near post office on the campus here today.

The centre was set up for helping students, seeking admission to BCom I,fill in online forms available at <http://bcomadmissions. puchd.ac.in> in colleges situated at Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur cities.The centre will also help students fill in online forms available at <http://cetadmissions.puchd.ac.in> for students seeking admission to various courses at Panjab University on the basis of CET-2011. For error message being received students can send e-mail to bcomadmissions@pu.ac.in <mailto:bcomadmissions@pu.ac.in> or to cetadmissions@pu.ac.in <mailto:cetadmissions@pu.ac.in>.



Govt schools fare better
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 9
Government schools once again outperformed private schools in the Class XII examination conducted by the Haryana School Education Board.

Students of government schools have bagged top 12 positions in commerce, arts and science (medical and non-medical).

However, the results declared by the Haryana board this year have shown a downward trend as the pass percentage has gone down from 92.71 per cent to 71.08 per cent. Out of the total 3,081 students, who appeared in the board exams in the four blocks of this district, around 2,190 students passed out. Schools falling in Pinjore/Panchkula block have performed better.

In arts stream, 2,193 students took the exam and 1,575 students cleared the exam, while in commerce stream, 633 students had appeared for the exam and 442 cleared it. In non-medical and medical streams, 255 students had written the exam and 175 cleared it.

Students of Sanskriti Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, came out with flying colours as they bagged the first two positions in medical and arts streams. Sarthak Government Integrated Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 12, and Government Senior Secondary School, Pinjore, secured the first position in commerce and non-medical streams, respectively.



Arts topper lights up father’s life
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 9
It was altogether a different day for visually impaired Sukhdev Singh, who is a telephone operator at Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited (HVPNL) office in Panchkula, as his son Virender Singh has topped in the district in the arts stream with 90 per cent marks.

Sukhdiv Singh, who generally attends to official calls, was today busy attending congratulatory calls made by his colleagues, friends and relatives. “I always wanted my children to light up my life and today my eldest son Virender has done it. I have always supported my children in everything and will respect their decisions in future also,” said Sukhdev.

“I could not study beyond first year of bachelor of arts through Braille due to financial constraints. But I don’t want my children to face the same situation,” said Sukhdev.

Virender, a student of Sanskriti Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, and presently residing in power colony at Industrial Area, Phase II, Panchkula, has secured 450 marks out of 500.

Virender while revealing his success mantra said he studied for seven to eight hours everyday and was confident that he would be able to make it to the top. He said he was glad to fulfil the dreams of his father. He said his father had toiled hard to make both ends meet for a family of nine members.

Talking about his future plans, Virender said he wanted to pursue a course in hotel management. He said it was his Sanskrit teacher Jai Chand, who had informed him about the result in the afternoon. 



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