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Parents protest school reopening
13 students were killed in a road accident while travelling in Arjun Public School van
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, January 20
The parents and relatives of students who were killed in Arjun Public School van mishap blocked the Saha-Shahbad road this morning for three hours to protest against the opening of the school.

The school was closed on January 2 for an indefinite period after the road accident in which 13 students and the vehicle’s driver were killed. The chairman and the principal of the school were booked by the police in the case for adopting a negligent attitude. The school management had opened the school on January 19. The villagers and the parents protested in front of the school. They were demanding that the school should not be allowed to continue as it was responsible for the death of 13 students.

They alleged that the school was not fulfilling the norms set by the education department. The parents also said that there were around 600 students in the school, but it had only two vans to ferry them. Moreover the school neither has sufficient classrooms, nor a play ground for the students.

Following the blockade, hundreds of vehicles were stranded on the Saha-Shahbad road. The Barara SDM, Prem Chand, and ACP Kushal Pal rushed to the spot to pacify the villagers who did not budge. The administration had to direct the school management to close the school till January 26.

It should be noted that the Tata Magic van of the school, which has a capacity to seat 10 students, was carrying 30 students when it collided with a truck on January 2 on Saha-Shahbad road near village Nagla, resulting the death of 13 students.



Booth officer to distribute voter slips

Fatehgarh Sahib, January 20
Only a booth-level officer will distribute photo voter slips among residents at Fatehgarh Sahib, Amloh and Bassi Pathana. Yashveer Mahajan, Deputy Commissioner-cum-election officer, stated this while addressing mediapersons today.

He said a photo voter identity card was mandatory to cast a vote, but one could also use these slips. He said if a voter doesn’t have a photo on the voters’ list, he or she could show a passport. — OC



rte act
PIL to come up for hearing on january 23
Private schools fail to submit self-declaration forms
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 20
For the failure of the UT’s education department to obtain and put in public domain the self-declaration-cum-application for the grant of recognition of school by private schools of the city, a Panchkula-based couple filed a public interest litigation petition (PIL) in the district courts here today. It will come up for hearing on Monday.

Advocate Pankaj Chandgothia and his wife had contended that under Rule 15 of the RTE Act, it was compulsory that every private school should make a self-declaration within a period of three months of the commencement of the Act, to the DEO concerned regarding its compliance with the RTE norms. The said declaration forms were to be placed in the public domain within 15 days of its receipt.

He stated that the schools were reluctant to furnish the information, as it would disclose their income and expenditures to the general public and expose their high profits.

“The enforcement authorities are adopting a lackadaisical attitude to the provisions and ignoring the same. They are hand-in-glove with the private schools and are allowing them to flourish and operate,” said Chandgothia.

Chandgothia has also named three-four schools, whose recognition has expired but they are still operational in Chandigarh, in his petition.



Man convicted of rape
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 20
A local court here convicted a Burail village resident for raping a four-year-old girl. The case dates back to January, 2010. The quantum of sentence will be pronounced on January 23.

The court has convicted 30-year-old Shambhu, a resident of Burail village. He hails from West Bengal.

The incident came to light when the victim’s mother found the former bleeding on the terrace of her house. The police said the accused had been living alone for the past five years.

The prosecution said the accused had come to the residence of his friends for partying. He was drunk. He had spotted the minor daughter of his friend’s neighbour and took her to the terrace and raped her. Thereafter, he fled from the spot.

Last year as well, the accused was sentenced to a seven-year imprisonment for raping another four-year-old girl at a Sector 35 garden.



Immigration fraud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 20
Ranjit Kaur, a resident of Moga, alleged that Amardeep Singh, alias Boby, a Sector-21 resident, took Rs 5,35,000 in cash from him to send her abroad (Canada), but he did not do so. A case under Section 420 IPC has been registered.

Man robbed

Gowardhan Singh, a resident of Khudda Lahora village, reported that two unidentified occupants of a silver coloured car number CH-04-1315 robbed him of a purse containing cash Rs 1,000, two ATM cards, PAN cards, one gold ring, gold earrings and a bag containing some clothes and cash Rs 1,800 from near 37/38 dividing road. A case under Section 382 IPC has been registered.



PU clinch handball title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 20
Panjab University (PU) defeated Delhi University to win the title of North Zone Inter-University Handball Championship for Women held at Postgraduate College in Sector 11 here today.

In the final league match, PU drubbed Delhi University 23-19 while Punjabi University, Patiala, defeated Kurukshetra University 28-21 to finish third in the tourney.

All four teams qualified for the All-India Inter-University Handball Championship for Women scheduled to be held at Panjab University from January 22.



Chikkarangappa loses to Pappu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 20
During the ongoing CNEB All-India Amateur Golf Championship being held at the Chandigarh Golf Club, S Chikkarangappa lost to Kolkata’s SK Pappu today.

Chikka played the first two holes and won the third by 1-up but he lost the fourth. Chikka again came back and made a par to win the fifth, but he remained one-down till the end of the game on the 17th,. Pappu entered the quarterfinals after wining 2 and 1.

On the other hand, Honey Baisoya failed to book a berth in the semifinals after losing to Gagan Verma by 2 and 1. In another game, Khalin Joshi lost to Syed Saqib Ahmed in the pre-quarterfinals on the 19th hole.


Quarterfinals: Angad Cheema beat HS Kang 1-up; Syed Saqib Ahmed beat IPS Mann 6&4; Gagan Verma beat Honey Baisoya 2&1; SK Pappu beat Vijita Bhandara 2&1;pre-quarterfinals: HS Kang beat Raghav Bhandari 5&4; Angad Cheema beat Mohd Nazim 2&1; Syed Saqib Ahmed beat Khalin Joshi 19th hole; IPS Mann beat Karan Taunk 4&3; Honey Baisoya beat Simarjeet Singh 1-up; Gagan Verma beat Trishul Chinappa 1-up; Vijita Bhandara beat Shubhankar Sharma 4&2 and SK Pappu beat S Chikkrangappa 2&1.



Vivek High win by 22 runs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 20
Riding high on an all-round performance, the cricket team of Vivek High Asian Academy defeated Paragon Senior Secondary School, Mohali, by 22 runs in the opening match of Sardar Bhagwant Singh Memorial Cricket Tournament being held here today.

Batting first, the winning side scored a total of 163 runs in the allotted 25 overs, with Arshpreet Singh (51), Ansh Chugh(32) and Simran(27) being the main contributors. For the bowling side, Siddharth and Gurmeet Singh took three wickets each.

In reply, Mohali school managed to score 142 runs and were bundled out in 23.4 overs. Charanjeet Singh(36), Divender(25) and Harjinder (20) were the noticeable batsmen. For hosts, Sanjog Singh, Anuj and Simran claimed three wickets each.



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