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CBSE class XII result
Students bring double joy to city
Tribune News Service


Navya Singla tops country in commerce

Chandigarh, May 28
The Central Board of Secondary Education class XII results declared today proved to be a repeat of the last year, as not only the overall pass percentage and toppers' score was more or less the same, but girls continued to rule the merit charts.

Navya Singla
Stream: Commerce
School: Bhawan Vidyalya, Sector 27
Score: 98%

What has left the city proud and cheering is the fact that city girl Navya Singla, an alumnus of Bhawan Vidyalya, Sector 27, has secured the first position in the country in commerce, by securing 98 per cent marks. Having scored 100 marks in business studies and maths and 99 in economics and accounts, she has created a history of sorts.

While both her parents are dentists teaching at a local dental college, Navya decided to go ahead for commerce stream on their advice itself.

“Initially, I was interested in medicine, then my parents suggested that I go in for commerce as a doctor’s life is too hectic. I went ahead with their advice and achieved it. I may have topped in the country, but the feeling has not sunk in as yet,” said an elated Navya. On her success mantra, she says,"There is no fixed recipe as such, but whatever you do, you should be satisfied. If the number of hours you study and quality of your studies satisfy you, you are on the right track.”

Anhad Miglani first in national-level CLAT

Anhad Singh Miglani Chandigarh, May 28
Putting up a brilliant show, city lad Anhad Singh Miglani topped in the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) conducted at the national level.

The fourth rank has also been bagged by a city student. Over 26,000 students had appeared for CLAT conducted for admission in 14 law schools in the country.

It was a double delight for Anhad, who apart from bagging the first rank in CLAT, scored 91 % marks in class XII. Son of an IAS officer, Anhad is inclined towards law and wants to pursue his career in this field.

Anhad’s father, Arunjit Singh Miglani, is posted as Registrar Cooperative Societies, Punjab, while his mother is a dental surgeon.

Making city proud, Sarthak Gupta, a resident of Sector 7, bagged all-India 4th rank in CLAT. A national-level quizzer, Sarthak also scored 94.2 % marks in class XII in commerce. “Although I was expecting a good rank, I never expected to get all India 4th rank,” said Sarthak.

Sarthak’s father, Yogesh Gupta, is a Chief Engineer posted with the Punjab Roads and Bridges Development Board. Speaking about his success mantra, Sarthak said determination and consistency in studies were the key to success.

Toppers’ profile

Mohit Gautam
Stream: Non-Medical
School: GMSSS, Sector 37
Score: 97.4%

Seeing his good score, one is left surprised why didn’t he make it to the top scorers of IIT test, and his reply leaves you admiring his focus. IIT was never my dream. I had always focused on AIEEE and BITS and have got very good score in BIT entrance. Focus is my key and it leads you to achievement ~

Khushboo Sheoran
School: KV, Sector 47
Score: 96%
Not many wanted me to go for both subjects, but still I did. I am happy that I am not from med or non-medical but science stream.

Samriti Sharma

Stream: Medical

School: GMSSS, Sector 16

Percentage: 95.8

When you have two teachers around the home all day, studying is your second nature, but for this aspiring doctor it's self study which did the wonders.

“I was taking help for my class XII and competitive examinations, but nothing can compensate self study. I was regular in my work and when boards drew near, I increased my hours of self study.”

Pallavai Sharma

Stream : Arts

Percentage: 96

School: Bhawan Vidyalya Chandigarh

While the entire city is celebrating her success, Pallavi is away to her home town Kangra.

“I wish to be an IAS officer and this is my first step. I owe my success to my mother who stayed with me here in the city so that I could study here. I loved all my subjects and my love made my efforts more fruitful and I came out with flying colours."

Sailing in two boats: Biology plus maths

The duo not only did what all science students are advised to avoid, but also came out with flying colours.

Akshay Sangwan

School: Vivek High School

Score: 96 percent

Son of Yamunanagar DC Ashok Sangwan, Akshay has scored well both in biology and maths, but it's not usual engineering or medicine that he wants to pursue, as he wishes to take up life sciences.



Poor show by students of govt schools
Sumedha Sharma

Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, May 28
In what has brought quality of education in government schools under the scanner once again is the fact that none of the Government Model Senior Secondary Schools of Sector 22 and 15 non-model schools have got 100 per cent pass result for the second year in row. What further aggravates that result woes is the fact that individual performance of many schools, who won laurels last year has slipped by at least 10-15 per cent and the reason may not be usual staff or infrastructure crunch.

“Last year all the schools had been pulled up throughout the session and they generated good results and some showed improvement by almost 30 per cent but this year, even good model schools have crashed badly. Its internal politics and infighting in our department, which has, lead to it. The Deputy Director Schools and the DEO are not on good terms and it has taken a toll on schools that went completely ignored. We may not admit it but its true that we knew this would come,” said one of the officials.

Barring handful of schools like Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, which not only maintained its pass percentage but also even produced toppers and the 90 per center most schools have left us disappointed.

Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, Maloya tops the chart of poor performers as its pass percentage has dipped by 25.13 per cent as while 26 students out of 172 have failed while 62 are compartment cases. Similar is case with Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, where out of 304 students 23 have failed and 49 have got compartment. In case of model schools Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 8 and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 29, have failed, 57 have compartment out of 380 students. Similarly, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, out of 592 students 32 have failed 66 have compartment.

Ironically even Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, which is one of the renowned ones the pass percentage has slipped by almost 5.04 per cent as it is 88.71 per cent as compared to 93.75 last year. Even Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, has slipped by 4.62 per cent, as its pass percentage is around 93 per cent as compared to 97 per cent last year.



Good in studies too
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
Brining their names forth, the city-based players have made their parents proud after excelling in their academic’s session, also. The recent Class X and XII results brought smiles to many players as they notched the top spot after securing a high percentage along with excelling in sports.

Shivam Bhambri

CGPA-10 (class X)
International boys (U-16) cricket player
Selected for Boys (U-22) city’s team
Represented Punjab state-Inter-state championship

I am very happy to make my parents proud. Expectations are high and I am trying to fulfill all of it. I am working hard in both the fields and I will continue to give my best in sports and studies. My family is my role model and I will continue to give my best efforts to make them happy

Bhavdeep Singh Sachdeva

87.20 per cent (XII) Non-Medical.
International roller skating player
Gold medals-51
Silver medals-35
Bronze medal-15
Best Child State Award-UT Administration 

I am very happy after securing well in my examination. It is not easy to devote time to both games and studies. I want to be a successful person and my love for the game will remain there in future. My immediate aim is to get admission in any prestigious institution, so that I can excel in both sports and studies~

Aanchal Sareen

CGPA-10 (class X)
State School Tournament Open for Girls (U-19)-winner
Chandigarh Girls Sub-Junior Championship - Winner
7th Girls Sub Junior National Haldwani
56th National School Games (U-19)-Jammu 
State School Tournament U-17-Runners-up 
State School Tournament 2010 -3rd position

I am very happy with over all performance in both academics and sports. My mother helped me a lot and moreover sports always kept me active. I will continue to play and study hard. Football is my passion and my aim is to excel in both the things~

Rishab Rana

83 per cent (XII)-commerce
All-India SAI (Sports Authority of India) National Badminton (winner)
Represented city in many open national and school national games
Carlton London Sponsored Player-Past One Year.
State gold medalist
Inter-school gold medalist-best swimmer 
Awarded with Rajiv Mahajan Best Sports Person of The Year (2010)

I am very happy with my academics outcome. I have devoted my ample time for securing well in the exams. My immediate aim is to get through a good college so that I can continue playing with my studies. Sports always stood behind my success and I will continue to serve it with my best~



Panchkula students shine
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 28
Prerna Gupta of Bhavan Vidyalaya bagged the first position in the district in the arts stream with 95 per cent marks while Anish Garg of DC and Rhythm Sodhi of Mahatma Hansraj Public School secured first positions in commerce and non-medical stream respectively.

In Bhavan Vidyalaya, Kritika Sharma topped in the commerce stream scoring 93.4 per cent marks while Surya Hooda got 92.8 per cent. The highest score in the medical stream was 88.2 per cent obtained by Jayesh Mittal. Out of 59 students, 10 scored above 90 per cent marks.

Sushant Sharma and Rohitaz Singh of DC Model Sr Sec School secured first and second position in non-medical stream with 91.2 and 86.8 per cent marks respectively. In the commerce stream Nupur and Pulkit Bansal got the second and third position by getting 93.2 and 92.2 per cent marks respectively.

Mahatma Hansraj Public School also saw cent percent results with 6 students scoring above 92 per cent and 12 students getting above 85 per cent. In the medical stream, Deeksha Prashar secured the first position with 91.40 per cent marks while Radhika Joshi and Shivani Sehrawat got 90.60 and 90 per cent marks respectively.

Nikhil and Prachi of DAV School secured first and second position in the science stream with 92 and 85.2 per cent marks respectively. In the commerce steram, Nancy and Dpinder got 84.2 and 77.4 per cent marks while Kriti Sood and Vandana got 87 and 84.6 per cent marks respectively.

In Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Garima Singh emerged the topper in the non-medical stream by securing 94 per cent while Pritma Chand got the first position with 91 per cent in the commerce stream. Thang Sian Hao emerged the topper in the medical stream with 90.2 per cent while Ashima Garg secured the top position in humanities.

Delhi Public School, Pinjore also saw cent percent results. Orvashi Sharma topped in the medical stream with 90.4 per cent followed by Abdul Waheed (87.40 per cent) and Akhil Prathap (80 per cent). The commerce stream saw two candidates, Ankit Kumar Agarwal and Sahil Sood, sharing the first position securing 86.2 per cent.



Patiala students come out with flying colours
With a large number of students crossing 90 per cent, the schools are on a new high

Gagan K Teja
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 28
Patiala students have come out with flying colours in the class XII CBSE results that were declared today. With a large number of students crossing 90 per cent mark, the students and schools are on a new high.

The students of Budha Dal Public School, Patiala, made the school proud with their stupendous performance. Principal, Dr Amrit Aujla, informed that as many as 39 students have scored above 90 per cent marks and 11 students have crossed 80 per cent mark. While Pankaj Mittal has topped in the commerce stream with 96.6 per cent marks, Sukhman Shergill and Sofia Goyal topped in medical and non-medical stream, respectively, with 95.2 per cent. Sophia Ghuman is the topper of humanities with 91.8 per cent.

Students of DAV School, Patiala, added another feather in the cap of the school with 31 students scoring above 90 per cent in aggregate and 41 students getting in between 80 to 90 per cent. Congratulating the teachers and students, school principal SR Prabhakar informed that Vidhem Chhabra has topped the non-medical stream with 96.4 per cent, Divesh Kumar Gupta is first in commerce with 95.8 per cent and Yashika Kaushal in medical with 92 per cent marks.

In Blossoms Senior Secondary School, Harsimran Singh has scored the first position by securing 95.8 per cent marks in the non-medical stream. Anshul Aggarwal has topped the medical stream with 90 per cent marks and Venu bagged the first place in commerce with 86 per cent marks. School principal R Soni said 35 per cent students had scored more than 80 per cent marks.

Navroop Kaur stood first in the medical stream in Guru Nanak Foundation Public School, Sular road, Patiala. Srishti of the non-medical and Joshina of commerce stream were first with 93.2 per cent and 88.2 per cent, respectively.

In Guru Tegh Bahadur Public School, as many as six students scored above 90 per cent and 32 scored in between 80 to 90 per cent. Rishabpreet Kaur has topped the medical stream with 92.2 per cent, Tajveer topped non-medical with 94.4 per cent, Protima Dhammi in arts with 83.4 per cent and Jasmeet Kaur is first in commerce with 87.6 per cent marks.

Students of Akal Academy, Reeth Kheri, gave an outstanding performance with 100 per cent pass percentage. The topper of the school, Gagandeep Kaur scored 95 per cent marks, whereas Navjot Kaur is second with 94 per cent marks. As many as eight, out of 60 students, scored above 90 per cent marks, whereas 40 students scored above 80 per cent marks.

In Bhupindra International Public School, Shubhanki Gupta from the non-medical stream has bagged the first position by scoring 91.6 per cent marks, whereas Ramanish from the non-medical stream is first in her stream with 91.2 per cent marks. Nazampreet from commerce stream has secured the first position. Students of the arts stream also passed with flying colours. Principal Indu Sharma informed that besides excellent result in the board examinations, many students made it to IIT and PMT.

Girls in Narain Public School stole the show. Ritika Jain has topped the commerce stream with 93.4 per cent. In the non-medical stream, Payal Goyal scored highest 91.2 per cent marks. School principal Manjit Kaur Waraich informed that despite being situated in rural area, Ritika Jindal, Payal Goyal and Chinak have scored 95 per cent marks in English, which is a big achievement.

In Scholar Fields Public School, while Harshit Singla of medical stream and Anu Sharma of commerce are first with 93 per cent marks, Siddharth is first in the non-medical stream with 87 per cent marks.

Meanwhile, Richa of Patel Public School, Rajpura, has topped Rajpura by scoring 95.2 per cent marks in the medical stream.

In Mukat Public School, Rajpura, Simarjeet Kaur, a commerce student, bagged 95.2 per cent marks to top the stream, whereas Shitij got 93.4 per cent marks in medical and Nikita got 91.4 per cent in commerce stream and topped the school.



Ambala students excel
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, May 28
As many as 23 students of SD Vidhya School, Ambala Cantt, secured more than 90 per cent aggregate in the CBSE class XII examination results declared today. In the commerce stream, Prashant secured 97per cent, Swati 96.8 per cent, Rashi 96 per cent, Kritika 94.6 per cent, Gazal 94 per cent, Rama 93.2 per cent, Mahima 92.6 per cent and Mudrit 92.2 per cent marks. In the non-medical stream, Neeru Mittal got 95 per cent, Vandeep 94 per cent, Himansh 93 per cent, Vardan 93 per cent Kritika 92.8 per cent and Sanpreet 92.8 per cent aggregate.

Sarabjeet, a student of Air Force School, Ambala Cantt, secured 93 per cent marks in the science stream, while Kirti Aggarwal and Akansha have attained 90 per cent and 96 per cent respectively in the commerce stream. Chitij, a student of Major RN Kapoor Public School, Ambala Cantt, achieved 93 per cent marks in the non-medical stream while Manoj Kumar got 90 per cent marks.

Twenty students of Murlidhar DAV Public School, Ambala City, secured more than 90 per cent in the CBSE class XII examination. In the non-medical stream, Kanika secured 94.2 per cent marks while in the commerce stream Arnav got 93.6 %.



Taxi operator's daughter attains over 90%
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Manisha Jandoria Mohali, May 28
For Swarn Singh, a taxi operator, it was a dream come true when his daughter Manisha Jandoria scored 90.8 per cent marks in the medical stream in class XII examinations.

“It was expected, as I have worked very hard, but I am also a bit disappointed as I could not remain on top in my district,” said Manisha Jandoria while talking to Chandigarh Tribune at Gian Jyoti Public School, Phase II, here today.

Manisha, who wants to be dentist, said that she achieved the feat without having any tuition. “I have made a promise with myself that I would not waste my father’s hard earned money on tuitions,” said Manisha while giving credit of her success to her teachers .

Both her parents are only matriculates. “My daughter has made my entire family proud. Now I will work doubly hard to make all her dreams true,” said the proud father.



Hard work pays off
Gardener’s daughter scores 79.8%
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 28
Her father is a gardener at DAV School, Sector 8, and her household income is meager but surely not her dreams. Sapna Yadav has not only left her school, but even her father proud by securing 79.8 per cent marks in the arts stream in the class XII CBSE boards examination.

“My father was not able to help me with my studies, but he always encouraged me to perform better. We could not afford tuitions but his dreams were my catalyst and I am happy I have done it. I don’t know where I will land up tomorrow, but wherever I go, I shall always make him proud. After completing graduation, I would compete in the Indian Administrative Services (IAS),” said elated Sapna.



Students who succeeded against all odds
Sumedha Sharma

Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, May 28
They are not students who have money and other resources at their disposal, and have had to struggle day and night to come out winners. They may not make it to the list of toppers, but have inspiring stories which need to be told.


Stream: Commerce 
Percentage: 92.8
Father's occupation: Small-time shopkeeper
I am not decided as yet regarding what will I do, but have always known that I will take my parents out of this colony and take them to a world of comfort. They have worked hard to make me study and I will ensure that their efforts don't go in vain.~


Stream: Commerce
Percentage: 90.2
Father's occupation: Small -time shopkeeper
My success has inspired me to toil further. It tastes sweeter because of the underlying dreams of my parents and my desire to make them proud. I am happy to see them being clicked for paper.

Kanchan Das

Stream: Commerce
Percentage: 88.6 
Father's occupation: Driver
My brother made it to the UIE despite all odds and this is what inspired me. My father always says that we are his real wealth and I am happy that despite taking the subject in Hindi medium, I scored well. I think studying subjects in our national language is not a sign of being backward but being more empowered.~


Stream: Stenography 
Percentage: 78.8
Father's occupation: Vegetable vendor
My father has spent half his life in small markets selling tidbits. He got me enrolled in this vocational course so that I will be able to earn a respectful earning. My subject is not very scoring, but still I did it. I will now be able to join some decent office and give them a better future~

Other students who beat the odds
Puja Garg 
Rosy Chauhan 



Death of Jaspal Bhatti’s kin in mishap
Did police let the accused escape?
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
The lackadaisical approach of the UT police in arresting an accused in a fatal accident case cost it dear, with the negligent driver fleeing right under its nose!

Actor and satirist Jaspal Bhatti, brother-in-law of the deceased Amarjit Singh, who died when he was hit by a motorcyclist on the Sector 35/43 dividing road last Thursday, has expressed shock at the police’s negligent attitude in apprehending the accused, thus letting him flee.

The UT police had told Bhatti that it was waiting to arrest the accused once he gets “discharged” from hospital as he (the accused) is also critically injured in the mishap. However, subsequent inquiries from the hospital by The Tribune revealed the accused has been discharged three days back and he was never arrested. Moreover till this afternoon, the police had been maintaining that the accused was still admitted in the hospital.

The UT police remained oblivious of the accused being discharged even though the victim’s relatives had been daily inquiring about the accused from the police. The accused Sameer left the hospital against medical advice, sources said.

“I have been inquiring about the accused from the police all these days ever since my brother-in-law’s death, but there was never any communication received. It was only when I rung up the higher authorities, including the UT SSP, today that it came to light that the accused has already been discharged,” said Jaspal Bhatti while talking to Chandigarh Tribune.

“I even gave an application to the police on May 25, asking them whether the accused was drunk at the time of the accident and what action has been taken. There has been no information from police at all,” said Bhatti.

A retired government employee, 63-year-old Amarjeet Singh had died when hit by a motorcyclist Sameer on the Sector 35/43 dividing road on the night of May 24. The deceased was the brother-in-law (elder sister’s husband) of Jaspal Bhatti.

As the accused Sameer was also injured in the mishap, the police had not arrested him immediately. He has been booked in a case of causing death due to negligence under Section 304 A of the IPC. A police team also raided his Sector 44 residence this evening, but no one was there at his residence.

The state of affairs raise a question mark on the police’s investigations and suggest that the police has been shielding the accused letting him escape. A spokesperson of the hospital said it had informed the police about the accused being discharged on Friday itself as per rules since it was a medico-legal case.

Police in dark

When contacted, DSP, SHO and Investigating officer gave contradictory versions:

Ask the SHO concerned, I joined duty today and am not aware of the accident details.
— BS Negi, DSP

The accused was critical, so the family took him to another hospital in Shimla. Perhaps the hospital discharged him, saying the accused could not be saved and had less time to live. The family then took him to another hospital Inspector.
— Sukhbir Rana, SHO, Sector 36 police station.

I came to the hospital to inquire about the accused in the evening, but he has been discharged. We are finding his whereabouts.
— Mahinder Singh, investigating officer ASI



Mayor cancels all free parking passes in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
All 3,020 free parking passes issued by the Municipal Corporation under 18 categories were cancelled today. Immediately after this, the General House meeting was adjourned by Mayor Raj Bala Malik.

After almost three hours of heated arguments between the ruling and the opposition councillors on the misuse of powers by the Mayor in issuing 406 parking passes, the Mayor announced to cancel all free parking passes issued by the corporation.

For half an hour the opposition councillors staged a protest in the well of the House and demanded the details of the parking passes issued by Mayor, as the department concerned had no information to whom 401 passes had been issued under her name. The Opposition also demanded to fix the responsibility of the officials, who were involved in issuing these passes. Nominated councillors tried to settle the matter between the ruling and opposition councillors by demanding to cancel the passes and constitute a sub-committee to frame fresh rules for issuing free parking passes, but in vain.

BJP-SAD councillors decided to complain to the Secretary, Local Bodies, about the issue and impress upon him to take appropriate action on it.

The dispute arose when BJP councillor Arun Sood pointed out that as per records of the MC, Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor had issued parking passes more than they were entitled to. At this, the opposition councillors demanded the resignation of the Mayor and asked her to pay the cost of the passes issued by her. He said as per the norms, all councillors, including Mayor, were eligible to issue five parking passes each, whereas the Mayor had issued 406 passes.

It was alleged that there was no monitoring on the printing of the passes in the corporation. As the holograms and the passes were printed by the same company, there was no check on the misuse of the number of passes printed by them. He also alleged that as the printer of the passes was the relative of one of the councillors due to which no monitoring is done by the corporation. Opposing the demand of the opposition councillors, senior Congress councillor Subhash Chawla stated that opposition parties and some officIials were targeting the Mayor.

Cancel all passes: MP

Union Minister and Member of Parliament Pawan Kumar Bansal, who was present in the House, suggested that the Mayor should cancel all passes, but nobody bothered to listen to him, as all were busy in wrangling. so he preferred to leave the General House meeting.



Ex-minister loses Red beacon
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 28
On the second day of its special drive, the Mohali police today found at least three vehicles with red beacon and one with blue beacon roaming on the roads without permission and challaned their owners here. All the three vehicles with red beacon were found belonging to Akali leaders.

During a special naka set up in front of Cheema Hospital, Phase 5, the police issued challaned an Innova for using red beacon. The vehicle reportedly belonged to senior Akali leader Satwinder Kaur Dhaliwal. The driver of the vehicle could not produce the required permission for using a red beacon. The second vehicle, which was challaned, reportedly belonged to Baldev Singh Mann, a leader of the Akali Dal (Longowal).

Mann was sitting inside the vehicle when his vehicle was stopped for checking.

The third vehicle reportedly belonged to former Agriculture Minister of Punjab Suchcha Singh Langah, which was being driven by his son when the police stopped it at the naka, said sources. “Though the police removed the red beacon from the vehicle it did not issue a challan slip to him (Langah’s son),” said the sources.

“Due to some confusion, one of the policemen let him off (Langah’s son) without issuing a challan slip,” said Harpreet Singh, SP (City).

Meanwhile, the police today issued over 320 challans (159 for black film, 157 other violations, 3 for unauthorised use of red beacon and one for blue beacon) on the second day of their special drive. On the first day, the police had issued about 700 challans to the offenders.

The drive would be on tomorrow also, said the SP.



GMCH-32 nurses hold protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
The GMCH Nurses Welfare Association today staged a protest in front of the emergency entry. The employees of the hospital are pressing for the fulfilment of their long-pending demands.

Pratap Singh, general secretary of the association, said they had apprised the higher authorities of the GMCH-32 and the UT administration of their demand many times in the past two years but no action had been taken by them to fulfil them.

President of the association Vijay Kumar said the nurses of the GMCH-32 have demanded that the vacant posts of staff nurses should be filled to meet an acute shortage of nurses at the hospital. He said they were also demanding the implementation of the recommendations of the pay commission regarding the grade pay of staff nurses from 2006 and payment of arrears. He said the provision of nursing care allowance, transport allowance, children’s education allowance for the staff nurses of the institution should be made.

Section 144 ordered at GMCH-32

The Chandigarh Administration has ordered, as an emergency measure, a ban on the assembly of five or more persons taking out processions, making speeches, raising slogans, holding dharnas, carrying lathis within and around 100-meter radius of Govt. Medical College and Hospital, Sector-32, Chandigarh, for a period of four days.

District Magistrate Brijendra Singh issued the prohibition orders as there are apprehensions that certain groups or organisations may cause obstruction, annoyance or injury to persons lawfully employed and endanger human life and property, disturb public peace and tranquillity and cause riots.

The order would remain effective till May 31.



UT reshuffles depts
Haryana, Punjab officers benefit n Satyagopal relieved of major depts
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
In a reshuffling of departments, UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil today allotted few more departments to UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar (1988 batch of the Haryana cadre) and Finance Secretary VK Singh (1990 batch of the Punjab cadre). While the UT Administration gave more departments to these two officers, the 1988 batch UT cadre officer Satyagopal was relieved of all the major departments, which was allotted to him six months ago.

The UT Administration has given the departments of Local Self Government and Law and Justice to Anil Kumar. Earlier, these were with Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) Chairman Satyagopal. The charge of the Chairman, CITCO, was also given to Anil Kumar. The post was earlier held by UT Advisor KK Sharma.

The UT Administration has given the Department of Employment and Labour, which at present is with Satyagopal, to Finance Secretary VK Singh.

Sources said the CHB Chairman had gone on a long leave and now has only Food and Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department.

People are seeing this move as a step to restore the old system where the Punjab and Haryana cadre officers were usually holding these departments. Last year, the UT Administration had started sidelining Punjab and Haryana cadre officers and had allotted the key departments to UT cadre officers.

Anil Kumar had joined as Home Secretary last year in December. For the first time in the history of the Chandigarh Administration the Home Secretary had been divested of seven major departments, including the Chief Administrator (Capitol Project), Personnel, Education and CITCO, making him probably the weakest incumbent of the chair ever since its inception. A majority of his departments had been given to UT cadre officer Satyagopal then.

Recently, the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana had raised this issue before Patil. Moreover, the Chief Secretaries of both the governments had even written to the Central government over the issue of sidelining officers from Punjab and Haryana.

During the leave period of CITCO MD DK Tiwari till June 3, the UT Administration today distributed charges of his departments to other officers.

Finance Secretary VK Singh will look after the charges of Secretary Cultural Affairs, Environment and Forests, Tourism and Science and Technology. Varsha Khangwal, Chief General Manager, CITCO, will look after the charge of CITCO MD. Gurpreet Kaur Sapra, Director (Technical Education) will hold the charge of Director (Higher Education).



Liquor vends, taverns on green belts to be shifted by June 28
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
It’s bottoms up to all liquor vends and taverns being run in prefabricated structures across the city. A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued directions for the shifting of all the liquor vends and taverns being run in pre-fabricated structures on the green belts of Chandigarh. If the vends and taverns are not shifted to other places, they would have to close down by June 28, the Bench has ruled.

The directions come as a major setback to the Chandigarh Excise Department. As the case against operations by such vends came up for hearing this morning, the Bench also directed the filing of a compliance report by July 2.

The petitioners, Amit Jain and others, in their petition filed through senior advocate Chetan Mittal had stated that the Excise Department had granted licences to the liquor vends situated on the roadside near roundabout and traffic lights in different sectors of the city.

These vends and taverns had been causing traffic jams, drunken brawls and wrong parking on the roadsides.

The permission to establish the vends and tavern in pre-fabricated structures was also in violation of rules of the Capitol of Punjab (Development and Regulation) Act.

During the arguments, Mittal stated these taverns also caused sanitation-related problems as these have not been provided with sewerage connections and the visitors normally used open areas around the vend or tavern to ease themselves.

UT senior standing counsel Sanjay Kaushal, on the other hand, claimed these vends fetched a total revenue of Rs 60 crore. The land on which most of these vends have come up was reserved for future expansion, the Chandigarh Administration informed the Bench in response to a query.

The Bench observed they could not find any provision in the Excise Policy, which provided that pre-fabricated structures for liquor vends could come up on government land or near roundabouts or light-points.



MC House fails to take up water crisis issue
Meeting turned out to be a ‘grievance darbar’ for the Oppn councillors

Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
While the residents of the city have been facing an acute water shortage and low pressure for a fortnight, the public representatives did not even bother to take up this issue in the General House meeting of the Municipal Corporation which stretched for five hours here today. Interestingly, the House meeting, which was chaired by Mayor Raj Bala Malik, turned out to be a ‘grievance darbar’ for the Opposition councillors who alleged that the ruling party Mayor had giving them a step-motherly treatment with regards to constitution of sub-committees on various burning issues facing the city.

For the past more than two weeks, the residents across the city have been complaining about low water pressure and erratic water supply on routine hours. For the first time, those living on ground floors also faced the problem of low pressure of water supply.

A number of protests have been staged by the residents along with BJP leaders in their areas.

Nominated councillor MP Kohli criticised the elected councillors for not allowing them to take up the civic problems faced by the residents in the city. He said our MP Pawan Kumar Bansal who is also the Union Water Resource Minister was at the House meeting but no public representative bothered to take up the water crisis issue with him.

Counter-allegations were levelled by the ruling and the Opposition councillors against each other for not taking up the issue of water crisis at the meeting. Senior Congress leader Subhash Chawla said due to Opposition drama on the issue of parking passes, no civic amenity problem could be discussed in the General House. While the BJP senior leader Rajesh Gupta alleged that the Mayor adjourned the House abruptly without considering the fact that there were a number of public grievances which were to be taken up at the meeting.

However, as the House meeting began, the BJP councillors took up the issue as to why the Mayor ignored their councillors in the sub-committees which were constituted on the issues taken up by them in the House.



Tricity scan

Chandigarh scan

Children honoured

An NGO, Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP) under its Project ‘Saksharta 2012’ distributed study material to financially week yet deserving students. A total of 346 students (212 Girls and 134 Boys) from Chandigarh, which includes books, stationery and uniform at a function held here on Monday at Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary School, Sector 27. These students are studying in Class X and IX and selected from 60 government schools. The BVP also honoured 17 meritorious students of Chandigarh who had secured more than 80 per cent marks in their annual exams. Sunil, who has cleared the Joint Entrance Test of the IIT and secured 2791 rank, was also honoured on the occasion. He is a son of a washer man (dhobi) and had studied under the streetlight, as his house has no electricity connection.

Alumni meeting

Alumni from various parts of the country congregated to celebrate the reunion and cherish the memories of time they spent in University Business School (UBS) Punjab University Chandigarh as students. The function was organised by the UBS Alumni Association here in late Saturday evening. The Alumni Association has been in existence since 1983 and all the pass outs of the UBS are its member. The sentiments were out flowing, amidst endless banter about the days spent in the varsity. The old students recalled the times, spending sleepless nights preparing presentations. Bear hugs were exchanged and the highflying executives took time off from the routine functions to catch up with the latest in the lives of their friends. The function started with welcome address by president, Satish Gupta, accompanied by other senior alumni and members of the outgoing executive committee. The general body meeting was followed by elections and announcement for the new office bearers including: President-Sudhir Kant; vice-presidents-Vineet Raj Kapoor and Jatinder Nath; secretary Dr Sanjay Kaushik; joint secretary Vishal Verma; and treasurer Rajiv Gupta.

Job fair

A Job Fair was organised by Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes in collaboration with District Employment Generation and Training Office, Mohali and Chandigarh at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, here on Monday.


Communist party of India (CPI) organised its district level conference. Delegates from all the tehsils of the Mohali district participated in the conference. Party leaders Harbhajan Singh and Gurnam Kanwar were present in the conference as observers from the state party leadership. Baldev Singh Jhajj was re-elected as district secretary of the party and two assistant secretaries as Karnail Singh and Jaspal Singh were also elected. Sudagar Singh Grewal was offered the responsibility of the cashier of the district party.

Fire safety

The Supreme Court of India had issued guidelines of safety and security at Cinemas post the ‘Uphaar’ tragedy. The DT cinemas have emerged as the only multiplex chain with 100 per cent compliance in this regard. All the auditoriums at DT Cinemas housed in the DLF City Centre Mall in IT Park, Chandigarh, now run an audio-visual before and during the interval of each movie screened. The audio-visual run educates cinema-goers on safety exits and ‘what to do?’ in case of fire and emergency situations.


A seminar was organised at the ICSSR Hall, Panjab University, on the topic of ‘Educational Opportunities and the Role of GIS (Geographical Information System) in Environmental Sciences”. Dr Ulf Runesson, dean, faculty of Natural Resources Management, Lakehead University, Ontario Canada, and Dr CK Shahi, an associate professor Lakehead University, were among the speakers. DV Bhatia, KK Kaul, Dr YK Anand, Ashutosh Kapiula, president, secretary, vice preisdent and chapter manager, respectively, presided over the seminar. The seminar was organised by the Association of British Scholars (ABS) Chandigarh Chapter, an association supported by the British Council in collaboration with the faculty of arts and geography of the Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. Dr Ulf gave a presentation on how the science of the GIS could be used in managing natural resources like forests, agricultural lands or the eroded areas by using imageries and data from the remote sensing satellites.

Mohali scan

Free surgeries

A private hospital in Mohali conducted 10 free surgeries for the economically weaker sections of the society (EWS) to mark a decade of its functioning at Mohali. The intricate and complicated surgeries were conducted by a teams of senior surgeons, technical and nursing staff of the hospital that were successful.



Construction around Patiala ki Rao stayed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
Acting on a petition alleging illegal construction and encroachment in and around seasonal rivulet Patiala ki Rao, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed construction in the vicinity of the rivulet in Kharar.

The construction in and around land falling in Nayagaon was also stayed by the High Court today. The court also issued notices to Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA); Deputy Commissioner, and Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police on a petition filed by Gurbax Ram of Mohali. They have been asked to file their responses by July 26.

The petitioner has sought directions to the authorities concerned to remove encroachments from the seasonal rivulet that passes through the villages of Nada, Nayagaon and Karoran in Kharar tehsil of Mohali district.

The petitioner sought action against those encroaching upon the rivulet by carving out illegal colonies and plots.

The petitioner submitted that the illegal constructions had blocked the natural course of the rivulet and had also raised stone-crate walls to divert and change the natural course of the rivulet. By doing so, they have converted the rivulet into a drain.

The petition alleged some influential persons and the land mafia active in the area had carved out illegal colony and plots by removing and levelling a hillock in violation of a notification. As per the notification dated August 13, 2010, the land was de-listed with a condition that the state government shall ensure that no commercial activity is carried out there.

"However, the influential persons and the land mafia have carved out illegal colony/plots wherein houses are being constructed illegally and have also carved out illegal colony/plots on the land which is still forest land and has not been de-listed in Nada village," the petition reads.



Yet another blunder in PU exams
University cancels MA-I political science paper after it turned out to be out of syllabus
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 28
In what can be called one of the biggest blunders of Panjab University examination system, the MA first year political science exam was cancelled today after the question-paper was found to be completely out of syllabus. Thousands of students in PU and its affiliated colleges would now have to appear again in the examination.

The second semester exam of Indian Politics was cancelled by the university an hour after it began as the students failed to attempt even a single question. One of the political science students at PU said that on discovering that the entire question paper is out of syllabus the teachers were informed, who after scrutinising the question paper asked the students to leave the paper. “We were shocked to find that not even a single question was from the syllabus," the student said.

The picture was same in the colleges where students were confused until the university sent a communication regarding the cancellation of the exam.

Chairperson of the political science department, PU, Deepak Singh said that an emergency meeting of the Board of Studies was called to discuss the issue and the matter was reported to the PU authorities after which it was decided that the exam will be conducted again.

While there are more than 60 students in MA first year at PU, almost an equal number of students are in the evening department of university. Also there are thousands of students in PU affiliated colleges running PG course in political science.

When contacted, PU Controller Examination AK Bhandari said that the fault is on the part of the paper setter as the university only printed the question paper provided to them. “The case has been forwarded to the Board of Studies and the exam will be re-scheduled soon,” Bhandari said.



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