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Three rob woman at home
Another incident in P’kula; one overpowered at spot, another held later
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 15
Three persons intruded into a house at Sector 7 here and looted cash and jewellery worth over Rs 35 lakh at gunpoint in broad daylight today.

However, the victim, Sakshi, raised the alarm before they fled, following which one of the accused was overpowered by the public.

Sources said the police arrested another accused, identified as Deepak, alias Gora, from his residence at Mani Majra and recovered a part of the booty from him.

The Opel Astra car used in the crime was also impounded, the sources added. The third accused, identified as Lucky, was still at large.

According to Sakshi, her husband, Nitin Modi, and mother-in-law were not at home in the afternoon. She was with her eight-month-old infant at home when three youths knocked on the door.

They said they were into the preparation of smart cards. She refused them entry, saying she was not interested. They asked her for water to drink.

As soon as she opened the door, they overpowered her at gunpoint. They threatened to administer an injection of snake venom to her infant if she did not hand over the cash and jewellery lying at home.

“I panicked and handed over the gold and diamond jewellery, along with the cash, lying at home to them,” Sakshi said. Meanwhile, Rani, Sakshi’s mother-in-law, who had gone to a temple nearby, returned home.

On this, Sakshi mustered courage and raised the alarm, following which the three accused tried to flee. However, a passerby overpowered one of the accused, identified as Arun of Jalandhar.

People gathered at the spot and thrashed him, causing a head injury. According to the police, the accused had been living at Mani Majra in Chandigarh. The other two fled, but one of them was later arrested.

Fear factor: Panchkula becoming unsafe

The town had witnessed two such incidents in the recent past. On February 24, members of the White Zen gang looted Rs 6 lakh at gunpoint. On January 22, four youths intruded into the house of RK Garg, a businessman dealing in tobacco products, at Sector 6 and robbed him of Rs 4 lakh and jewellery.



Sukhna wildlife sanctuary dispute
UT has no right, says legal dept
Submits opinion on 26 square km to home dept, DC’s office
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
The UT Administration has received a major blow in the inter-state dispute over the 26-sq-km eco-fragile Sukhna wildlife sanctuary area, with the legal department accepting in its report that the it does not belong to the UT.

The office of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) had requested the home department for legal opinion on the status of the land to decide on future planning.

Sources said the legal department had recently submitted its opinion to the home department and the DC’s office. It was stated that the area did not belong to the UT and the Administration had no right over it.

The DC’s office had submitted its report to the UT Administration in November last, in which it was mentioned that though the ownership and possession of the land was with the UT, it fell under the revenue jurisdiction of Punjab and Haryana. The DC had submitted his report in response to a communication of the UT Chief Architect.

The communication stated that the issue of ownership of land under question needed to be clarified immediately to pave the way for the finalisation of the master plan of the city.

The report submitted by the DC had mentioned that the forestland was under the possession of the UT Administration, but its revenue records continued to be with the Punjab and Haryana governments. This land was transferred to the UT on March 15, 1963, but was outside the 114 sq km under the revenue records of the UT.

At present, the UT area of 114 sq km did not include the 26 sq km of the wildlife sanctuary and the 2.17 sq km of Sector 1, where the Capitol Complex and the Rajindra Park were located. The UT Conservator of Forests had forwarded the case to the Administration to initiate steps to include the area in the UT.

Wildlife lovers’ delight

The Sukhna wildlife sanctuary is spread over nearly 26 sq km and is inhabited by a large number of ‘sambar’ and peacock, besides endangered species like spotted deer, porcupine, pangolin, wild pig and ‘cheetal’.




Huge haul of stolen furniture by police
Designed by French architects, it had been stored in two godowns
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
The crime branch of the UT police today recovered a huge quantity of stolen furniture designed by French architects Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret from two godowns, located at Kaimbwala and Nayagaon.

The furniture, comprising over 1,200 chairs and other articles, lying dismantled, was the property of the Chandigarh Administration and was confiscated under Section 102 of the CrPC, the police said.

The recovery of the furniture might provide the police a vital lead into the FIR registered after the disappearance of items last year and their sale at an auction house in Paris.

It was being investigated as to how items designed by Le Corbusier, which were the property of the Administration, could be sold at certain auction houses abroad, like Artcrial in Paris. With

today’s recovery, the police was investigating as to how and for what purpose the furniture had been procured and whether this was a part of the furniture sent abroad.

The police got a whiff of the racket following the disclosure of a thief, Bhupinder of Sector 18. Following his arrest, he had said he had some articles and furniture designed by Le Corbusier and Jeanneret at his godown in Kaimbwala.

He had also admitted that he used to procure such articles and furniture from another godown at Nayagaon in Mohali, which belonged to Jai Bhagwan.

The police sent a request to the Chandigarh architecture department. Two persons were deputed for the identification of the articles. The police raided both godawns and confiscated the furniture.



Bicycles lie unused on PU campus
Were donated to promote cycling among university staff, students
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
The green plans of Panjab University (PU) to introduce bicycles on the campus have been gathering dust.

Once initiated to promote cycling on the campus so that traffic is eased, the 15 bicycles given to the PU top brass are lying unused.

The decision to observe the first Monday of every month as a vehicle-free day has also failed to gather momentum. It has turned out to be another announcement that has ended before take-off.

Fifteen bicycles were donated to the PU in 2007. Those were distributed among PU officials, including the Registrar, the Controller of Examination and the Dean Student Welfare (DSW). On the first day, Vice-Chancellor (VC) RC Sobti pedalled a bicycle across the campus.

“The move was expected to lessen vehicular traffic on the campus, but nobody came forward to support it. The authorities failed to follow their thought with action,” said a PU official.

It was also proposed that teachers pedal bicycles on the campus and set an example for students to emulate, but action on this idea was not initiated.

PU officials said they could sometimes be seen riding bicycles to celebrate occasions related to the environment, but the bicycles remained unused on other days.

The PU had been trying to decongest the campus for almost two years. A committee had been set up, which offered solutions to clear the traffic mess.

The committee had also planned a fourth entry, near the law department, and students were to be issued stickers of different colours, which would specify the entry for their vehicles.

When contacted, Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti said he did not ride a bicycle as he had been asked by the security to avoid it. “I have no idea why others do not do so on the campus,” he added.



Roadside vendor dies in mishap
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
A 50-year-old roadside vendor was killed when a speeding Santro car ran him over on the road separating Sectors 34 and 44 here this morning.

The police arrested the woman driving the car, Ritu Diwan. A case of causing death due to negligence was registered against her under Section 304-A of the IPC. She was later released on bail.

The victim, Guru Prasad, was selling cigarettes and ‘paan’ at his ‘rehri’ by the roadside. The mishap occurred around 9 am. Eyewitnesses said he was sitting on the roadside when the speeding car ran him over.

He received severe head injuries and was declared brought dead at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Sector 32. A native of Bihar, he was a resident of Colony Number 4.

The victim was survived by two sons and five daughters. Two of his daughters were married. His youngest daughter, Nisha, was seven years old. He was the only source of livelihood to his family.

The police said Diwan was a teacher with the government school at Bakarpur village in Mohali district. A resident of Sector 34, she was on her way to school when the accident took place.

The body was kept at the mortuary of the GMCH. The post-mortem examination would be conducted after the arrival of the deceased’s family from Bihar.



Delay in result irks Law students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh March 15
Irked over the delay in declaring the semester results, the students of Department of Laws today staged a protest outside the department. While the date-sheet for the next semester has already been decided, the semester results are yet not declared.

The results of first, third and fifth semesters are awaited, even though the next date sheet has been finalised by the department.

Students said that the university has also declared the dates for the compartment exams, while the students don’t even know whether they have failed or passed. “The last date for filling the compartment form is ending, however, we don’t even know our results. How can we apply for the compartment exam,” a student said.

Another law student added that in case they get compartment in any of the subject, they won’t get time to prepare due to the delay in declaration of results as they would have to prepare for the current semester exams.

The classes were interrupted due to the protest after all the students came out in support of protest. Students also raised slogans against the law department and PU authorities.

Following the protest, result of the fifth semester was declared in the evening, while the results of the remaining two semesters are expected to be declared next week. 


Youths stuck in lake after midnight

Chandigarh, March 15
Fun turned into a nightmare for two youths at the Sukhna Lake late last night as their boat got stuck in the middle of the lake. The youths called the police control room following which policemen in a boat rescued the two. The incident exposes glaring security lapses at the lake as the youths managed to row a boat at 2.30 am and the police got to know only when the two called the police control room for help.

The police said two youths identified as Avtar and Harbhajan, residents of Fazalka, were roaming around the lake last night when they took a boat. They went quite far when their boat got stuck and they were unable to row it.

Sub-Inspector Hari Om, in charge, lake police post, said the police was patrolling near the lake and it would be looked into as to how the two managed to row a boat.



80 challans issued to violators in anti-encroachment drive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Around 80 challans were issued to the defaulters today during a special enforcement drive to remove encroachments from Sector 22 and 34. The challans were issued in the furniture market, Sector 34. 50 challans were issued in the Sector 22 outer area. The enforcement team seized sofa sets, centre tables, dinning tables, beds, almirahs, trunks etc from the encroachers.

A total eight sub inspectors were deputed in the drive and five truck loads of material was seized during the drive.



Functions of sub-committees
MC submits report to Administration
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Avoiding any controversy over the issue of notification of constitution of eleven sub-committees, the UT Administration has asked the municipal corporation to clarify its works and functioning in detail so as to get its approval. Sources in the corporation revealed that a detailed report of the functions of all sub-committees was sent to the UT Administration today by the corporation for its early clearance.

For the past two months, the UT Administration and MC have been passing the buck on each other for the constitution of the sub-committees which have been hanging fire for long. These committees are usually constituted in the first month of the year. In fact, for the past three months no fresh issue or policy matter have been tabled in the House as these committees have not been constituted till date.

In the last week of February, the MC had sent a proposal to the UT Administration to notify eleven sub-committees, including sanitation committee, electricity committee, environment and city beautification committee, fire and emergency services committee, arts, culture and sports committee, slum development committee, enforcement committee, apni mandi committee, women empowerment committee and primary health and primary education, which were constituted by the Mayor after the unanimous decision of the General House.

Sources said last week a communication was received by the MC from the UT Administration that to get the approval of these committees their works and functions should also be sent. Following which, the authorities had prepared a report about it and submitted it to the administration.

Confirming this MC Additional Commissioner Lalit Siwach said the corporation had sent the report of the works and functions of these committees to the Administration and soon the approval would be accorded for their constitution.

Records of the corporation revealed that in the past only three times from 2005 to 2007, the MC had got the sub-committees notified from the UT Administration before constituting them. Every year the House gives the authority to the newly constituted Mayor to form sub-committees which is further approved by the UT administration.

BJP-SAD councillor submitted a memorandum to the UT Adviser to the Administrator, KK Sharma, demanding the de-notification of the eleven sub-committees as they were constituted against the MC Act. As per Section 42 of the MC Act, the constitution of committees is an obligatory function of the corporation, which could not be delegated to any authority.



Draw of lots for 692 Type-I flats today
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 15
A draw of lots for as many as 692 Type I flats, having one BHK (bedroom-hall-kitchen) of the much-hyped multi-storeyed Purab Premium Apartments in Sector 88 will be held by Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) at 9.30 am opposite PUDA Bhawan in Phase VIII here tomorrow.

The draw of lots for Type II flats would be held in the second phase, which would be held on March 19 while for the Type III, the result would be out on March 20.

The first draw would witness draw in both general (576 flats) and reserve categories (116 flats-defence 18, disabled 9, riot victims 37, freedom fighter 18, sports quota 17, Mahavir Chakra and recipients of other related Gallantry Awards 17).

In Types II and III, there would be two BHK and three BHK flats, constructed in the 15-storeyed skyscraper.

The scheme, which was launched last year, had attracted around 12,000 applications for 4,500 flats, priced between Rs 37 lakh and Rs 69 lakh.



Arrangements on for nine-day Navratra fair
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 15
The district administration and Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board are all geared up for the nine-day Navratra mela starting from March 23.

Chief Administrator of the Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board and Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, Ashima Brar, while reviewing the arrangements at the temple, said adequate arrangements had been made to facilitate pilgrims, who would visit the shrine complex during the fair.

“The officials concerned have been directed to announce in prior about the schedule of special bus service for the pilgrims from Chandigarh, Pinjore, Kalka and other surrounding areas,” she said.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will come to pay obeisance on the first day of the fair while the state Governor, Jagannath Pahadia, will take part in a havan at the temple on March 24.

Meanwhile, tight security arrangements had been made by the police for the fair.

Over 500 police personnel will be deployed in and around the shrine complex to keep a check on anti-social elements. The policemen have been posted at different nakas enroute to the shrine from Mansa Devi T- point, besides Patiala temple, dharamshalas and bhandaras venues. “Moreover, the old CCTV camera will be replaced,” added Brar.

The board has also made elaborate arrangements that include availability of drinking water, toilets, sanitation and parking.

To meet the drinking water requirement of devotees, the board has arranged three water tankers. It has also made boarding arrangements.



DC tells residents to submit info about tenants, paying guests
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 15
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Panchkula, has directed residents to submit information about their tenants, lessee, paying guests, servants or help employed for commercial, domestic or other purposes.

“The information including the names along with their residential addresses and attested photographs of such people is required to be submitted at the respective police stations or at the servant and tenant verification cell, Sector15, within 10 days,” said a spokesperson of the district police.

There have been incidents of crime against property and persons in the region in the recent past. In some of these cases, crimes were committed by tenants, lessee, paying guests, domestic servants. In many such cases, the correct addresses and antecedents were not known either to the employer or to the local police, thereby hampering the investigation into crimes committed by such persons.

Recently, son of a maid had burgled the house of an Armyman in Chandimandir area. He had taken away cash and jewellery worth

Rs 10 lakh. While on August 20, a domestic help had killed a 65-year-old woman and left three of her family members critically injured in Sector 12, Panchkula.

The family neither had the address of the assailant nor did they have any of his photograph.

“Any person who will not follow the directions shall be liable for punishment under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code,” stated an order of the DCP.



Stray cattle menace bane of Mohali
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 15
Despite the authorities claiming to take steps to check stray cattle menace in the town, one can see the animals roaming freely on roads and streets.

In September, last year, a cow protection cell was set up and the Punjab Gau Sewa Board had announced that all roads of the town as well as the entire state would be made stray cattle free.

But during a visit to various parts of the town, one could see a number of animals straying into parks, markets and inner streets of the residential areas. The worst hit were the parts adjoining the rural areas, which included Phases X, XI, VIII and the recently developed Sectors like 67, 68, 69, 70 and 71.

Jagatjit Singh, a resident of Phase X, said a number of accidents occurred everyday due to these animals. It had become difficult for one to commute on roads at night.

“My nephew met with an accident a few days ago. He sustained several injuries as a cow came in front of his two-wheeler on the road,” said Jagatjit Singh.

While Gursharan Kaur, a resident of Sector 68, said the menace had left residents of the area worried as these animals often strayed into parks. “We have made several complaints to the local MC officials, but our pleas have fallen on deaf ears,” said Gursharan Kaur.

Executive officer of the civic body RK Kalra said they had deputed the officials to impound stray cattle. “We have initiated a number of drives to curb the menace. Most of the these animals come from villages,” said Kalra while adding that they would soon carry out a special drive to impound the the stray animals.



Protection home to have LCDs, magazines
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Chandigarh is all set to provide facilities at protection homes. Right from newspapers, magazines and LCDs, the home away from home will have all amenities the couples can think of enjoying during their hibernation.

As the case hovering over the issue of protecting the runaway couples came up for hearing before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Chandigarh Administration said the engineering department would also raise the boundary wall of the home in Sector 19 for enabling couples to roam freely on the premises.

Rajesh Jogpal, UT director, social welfare department, told the Division Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Mahesh Grover that so far 39 couples had taken asylum in the centre.

Out of the total, only two were from Chandigarh. The others were from Punjab and Haryana. “Couples are not permitted to roam on the ground of protection centre as the height of the boundary wall is short and once a couple had run away from the centre.”

“After that incident, the free movement of couples has been restricted and the UT engineering department has been asked to raise the boundary wall and barbed wire,” he added.

He told the Bench that the department had initiated the process of providing LCDs and books. Besides, it is also setting up a cafeteria or a canteen for the couples staying at the centre.

The Tribune was the first one to underscore the issue after Justice Kanwaljit Singh Ahluwalia took suo-motu cognisance of the matter.

The directions include granting couples the liberty “to approach the District and Sessions Judges in Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh for grant of protection”. The Bench had also reiterated its decision of asking police officers to “deal sternly with parents, relatives and other members of society, who threaten such couples and create law and order problem”.



Leopard still stuck in pipe
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, March 15
To capture the leopard, which was stuck in a pipe at the Indian Air Force (IAF) station, officials of the UT forest and wildlife department waited on Thursday as well. The officials have been in the Air Force Station since Monday and all their efforts have proved futile.

Initially, they had placed a live chicken and later a live goat but the hapless leopard did not come out. The officials had put a cage in front of the pipe to catch it in case it ventured out. An official said the noise of planes was also creating problem. He added that they tried to scare the leopard with crackers, but to no avail. Water was also put inside the pipe, but it did not work, he said.

Foetus found

A seven-month-old foetus was found at Bapu Dham Colony here today. The police has registered a case of abandoning newborn resulting in death under Section 318 of the IPC against unidentified persons at the Sector 26 police station. The foetus was found near Shitla Mata Mandir.



Treat for classical music lovers
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, March 15
City music lovers were treated to a rare and scintillating jugalbandi, an absolute confluence of three elementary streams of music, the vocal, instrumental and percussion, which marked the majestic start of the 42nd edition of Parcheen Kala Kendra Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan at the Tagore Theatre here today.

Known as the Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan, the annual event of the kendra is hailed as the oldest and most prestigious in North India which is aimed at promoting rich cultural heritage of classical musical and dancing arts.

The young trio of classical music world, including eminent vocalist Sanjeev Abhyankar, foremost exponent of Mewati gharana, Sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee and above all tabla wizard of international recognition Anuradha Paul opened up delineating the melodic character of popular evening raga yaman, created by legendary Amir Khusro.

The vocal-sitar jugalbandi began with evergreen raga yaman in which Sanjeev and Purbaayan sang and played alaap followed by jod and a madhyalaya bandish “Paiya ban sakhi re”. A tarana in drut teen taal was followed by jhala (on sitar) and nomtom (on vocal) by Purbayan and Sanjeev, respectively. Sanjeev delved deep into the lower saptak to establish the raga form with an intellectual approach to raga development. He revelled in complex phrases and convoluted taans to introduce novelty and show creativity

in the captivating performance. Displaying his dexterity and riyaz, Purbayan replicated the vocal phrases in the soulful strains of his sitar which were embellished to perfection with immaculately matching spells by Anuradaha on tabla.

The duo then moved on to explore raga rageshri gavati in two compositions. The audience appreciated the vocal and instrumental nuances brought out by each artiste and the interesting sawal-jabab passages elicited spontaneous applause from the listeners again and again. Sanjeev and Purbayan received admirable support from the accompanists Anuradha Pal on tabla and Parmomita Mukherjee on harmonium.

Kolkata-based Sarodist Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar and kathak guru Shobha Koser will perform tomorrow.



Tricity scan

National conference

A two-day national conference on ‘Advances in Manufacturing Technology-NCAMT’ commenced at the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, here on Thursday. Dr BS Pabla, the chief coordinator of the conference highlighted the objectives of the seminar.

Professor (Dr) Sunil Pandey, Director, SLIET, Longowal, in his inaugural address, stressed that overcoming psychological barriers could make India a formidable nation. He also pointed out some of the academic ills, but assured that by stop looking towards West for technology & solutions and developing confidence in own capabilities would help in overcoming these barriers. Dr KM Rastogi, Director, NITTTR Chandigarh in his address highlighted the importance of advances in manufacturing technology toward making India a leading nation. Dr S.S. Banwait, Professor, Mechanical Engineering proposed a formal vote of thanks.

IGNOU VC to deliver lecture

Prof M Aslam, the Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) New Delhi, will deliver the “Major Jiwan Tewari Memorial Lecture” on March in ICSSR Complex, Panjab University, in the afternoon, a press release said here on Thursday.

Major Jiwan Tewari was an eminent educationist and played a crucial role in designing the policy for education through correspondence in this part of the country, especially for Panjab University. He was a champion supporter of Indo-China relationship. Prof Lalit K.Bansal, Chairman, USOL, mentioned that this lecture is being organised by the University School of Open Learning, Panjab University. Padam Shree awardee, Prof RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University will preside over the function .

Cleanliness drive

To bring awareness among the residents, awareness campaigns-cum-cleanliness drives were organised in Badheri village and Butrela today by the sanitation wing of Municipal Corporation. The campaign was flagged off by area councilor Malkiat Singh. An additional 20 safaikaramcharies were deputed by the Medical Officer of Health for cleaning the streets. Dumper placers and tractor trolleys were deployed for lifting road side waste, garbage, along with cycle rickshaw carts for lifting littered waste and garbage in the narrow lanes. Lime dusting was done at all vulnerable places to avoid fly nuisance.

Placement drive

A job fair was organised at the Sarva Institute of Hotel Management (SIHM) in Panchkula. Around 200 students attended the Job fair and about 80 received offers for placement and industrial training. Malini Dahiya, Managing Director, SIHM said that the fair presented exceptional and different career options with a chance for students to meet the representatives of well-known hotel chains. Tribune Reporters



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new vc selection
Submit names: PU Senator
Follows it up with order seeking names of those with 10 years’ experience
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Though the committee constituted for the selection of new Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University is yet to meet and decide on the selection criteria, one of its members, PU nominated Senator and retired IFS officer IS Chadha, has reportedly already asked the university to submit the names of eligible candidates. What, however, has raised eyebrows is the fact that the initial verbal order by Chadha asking the Registrar’s office to submit names of twenty senior most professors was soon followed by another order which asked for the names of the professors who had at least 10 years of experience. This was done, allegedly, to accommodate his preferred Senator who is 21st in the seniority list.

When contacted about the allegations, Chadha refused to comment, saying that the matter was not for public consumption. A senior official of the university revealed, “Till date the only written communication that PU has received regarding the selection of VC is Chadha’s letter to the Chancellor accepting his inclusion in the selection committee. We had got verbal orders from Chadha asking for twenty names but soon were asked to give the names of professors with 10 years of experience. We have still not given any list as it will take some time,” said the official.

PU Senators have, meanwhile, raised objection and sought the Chancellor’s immediate intervention into the matter. “First of all, the inclusion of a sitting nominated Senator into this committee was unjustified and now he goes on to deciding the criteria and seeking lists. Why is everybody so tight lipped about the blatant violation of propriety and norms? Should we ensure transparent and just selection of our next VC?” question HS Ghosal, a senior PU senator.



Chandigarh boy tops GATE

Chandigarh, March 15
Excelling in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), Rhythm Kataria a student of Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) clinched first rank across the country in architecture and planning. Around 2200 students had appeared for GATE under the architecture stream. Rhythm, a student at CCA, scored 80.67 marks out of 100.

GATE exam in architecture is not very technical but it is more based on reasoning and aptitude testing. This year the exam was held online in January. Rhythm now aims to get admission in either Center for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad, or School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, for his Masters in Architecture. — TNS



Deny admission to students involved in shootout at DAV-10, says ABVP
Office-bearers submit memoranda to principal, PU VC, SSP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh March 15
Acting on the recent shootout incident in DAV college and the deteriorating law and order situation in the PU campus, the members of ABVP today submitted a memorandum to the PU Vice Chancellor and the DAV principal, demanding that the students involved in violent activities be blacklisted and barred from admissions.

The students raised slogans outside the VC office, demanding a strict rule to deal with the students involved in criminal activities. The students also stated that despite the university spending lakhs of rupees on security every month, the authorities have failed to control the entry of outsiders in the campus.

ABVP leader Dinesh Chauhan said that outsiders have been involved in all the recent clashes that took place in PU, however, the varsity has failed to control their entry. “Not learning any lessons, the university authorities till date have no rule to deal with frequent trouble makers who have disturbed the campus environment,” he said.

The protesters demanded that students with criminal background should be denied admission at PU. ABVP leader claimed that they would intensify the protest if PU fails to form a strict policy against the errant students.

The students also submitted a copy of memorandum to the DAV College principal demanding strict action against the college students involved in the shootout. Another memorandum was also submitted by students to the SSP Chandigarh.



35 per cent nursery seats still vacant in govt schools
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15
Busy chalking out strategies to fill the RTE seats in private schools, the UT education department has failed to spare a thought for its own government schools where 35 percent of nursery seats continue to be vacant, even as the academic session commences on April 1.

What is even more surprising is the fact that the defaulters this time are not the usual rural schools but the top-notch model schools. The much sought after and celebrated Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, has over 25 percent of its seats lying vacant. When contacted, the school principal, Anujit Kaur, refused to comment saying she was not authorised to reveal anything. Principal of another model school said, “We are amongst the best five government schools and were always filled with admission applications, but this year has come as a huge shock. As per he instructions of education department we are still accepting the forms. It appears that we will end up opening schools on April 1 with more than 40 percent seats vacant.”

Following its ambitious plans, the UT Education department preponed its nursery admissions from March to January to compete with private schools. However, as mandated under the RTE, student only from neighbouring sectors could apply for admission which lead to a poor response amongst applicants. Though the deadline was extended indefinitely and the neighbourhood limit was ‘widened’, the decision failed to yield any results.

When contacted, District Education Officer Ram Kumar said that there is nothing to panic, as students will come in April. “People are accustomed to applying in April and will do so this year as well. We will accept any child who comes even after April 1. So the seats will soon be filled,” he said.



450 students awarded degrees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh March 15
The annual convocation of the DAV College, Sector-10, was held today. The Annual Report 2011-12 was released by the chief guest and presented by the principal Dr AK Nanda.

The report showcases the outstanding result of students in academics, sport and co-curricular activities along with the various achievements of faculty members in national and international conference, research projects and workshops.

Around 450 students were conferred degrees in various disciplines during the event.



Fancy-dress contest

Mohali: Students of Anee’s School presented an impressive fancy show by adorning themselves in various characters, conveying anti-drug and anti-social activities messages in an inter-house competition here today.

Children were dressed as fairies, Jhansi ki Rani, soldier, phoolwali, policeman and conveyed messages like ‘Save Mother Earth’, ‘Save The Girl Child’, ‘No to drugs’ and ‘Save water’. — TNS



Poem-writing, quiz mark literary function
Tribune News Service

Patiala, March 15
The Punjabi department of Khalsa College, Patiala, organised a literary function dedicated to the Gurta Gaddi Diwas of Guru Har Rai. The function was held in the library of the college. The items included in the competition were poetry recitation, poetry writing, elocution and quiz. The programme was organised to enhance the knowledge of students regarding the Sikh religious values and history and to provide them a platform to display their talents.

College principal Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha while addressing the students spoke about the need for the youth of today to get closer to their cultural and religious values. True progress, he said, did not lie in blind aping of the western norms but in imbibing our religious and moral values coupled with modern and contemporary positive modes of life. He also warned the students not to be swept away by the lure of western materialistic way of life.

Prof Tarlochan Singh Mahajan, vice-principal of the college, while congratulating the students for their marvelous performance, also encouraged them to participate in such competitions. Dr Gurdish Kaur, head of the Punjabi department, spoke about the importance of the day and saying that it was celebrated as the environment day by SGPC, Amritsar. Environment pollution, she said, has become a major concern for whole world which makes it all the more essential to sensitise the students about the problem.

In poetry recitation, Varinder Singh, BSc I, stood first, Namanpreet Kaur stood second, and Chamkaur Singh and Bharti secured the third place. In quiz competition, the team B, comprising of Lovpreet Singh, Pardeep Singh, Jagjit Singh, and Gurdeep Singh, got first position. The event saw enthusiastic participation of students from different streams.



PGGCG-11 girls given warm sendoff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh March 15
The department of computer applications of Post-Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector-11, organised a farewell party ‘Bon Voyage’ for the outgoing PGDCA and BCA-III classes today. The venue was given the look of an airline reflecting the interest of the students in the course and their creative and innovative computer skills. The students of BCA-II presented several dance and music performances. While recalling the memories of their three-year stay in the college, the outgoing students became nostalgic and expressed gratitude towards their teachers for guidance. they also talked about the careers they want to pursue.

The event also included dance sequences on Hindi and Punjabi contemporary and traditional songs. The medley of the students on the foot-tapping numbers had the audience swerving on their feet. The seniors also put up a catwalk on the ramp, dressed up in decent and colourful costumes. Achila Dogra, principal of the college, motivated them to make the best use of the knowledge and skills they have acquired from their stay in the college, and excel in the field of their choice.



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