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lacklustre show by tricity students
Only one in first hundred list; Kshitij Chowdhary of Rajpura secures third position in the country
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 2
The All India CBSE PMT results, declared here today, came as a damper to the city’s ongoing result celebrations, as contrary to past few years not even a single city student made it to the top 10, while only one student Lovekirat Singh Dhaliwal (rank 94) managed to make it the top hundred.

What, however, was a saving grace are students trained in the city who have come out with flying colours, as Rajpura lad Kshitij stood third in the country, while Nawanshar girl Ira Aggarwal secured the 62nd rank and Haroon Singh of Malerkotla got the 90th rank.

Tarwinder Singh of Rajpura secured the second rank in SC category.

Anxiety gripped the residents since 4 pm today when they started logging on to the CBSE websites for AIPMT results. However, due to some technical reasons it was declared on around 10.30 pm. The anxious wait failed to yield much as not only did we fail to get many top rankers, but even total selections in examination for tricity has dropped by 60 per cent.

Last year, city girl Harsimar Kaur left thousands behind to bag the first position in the country while three students made it to the top-10 ranking and in all five found place in the top-50 ranking. In 2010, six students had made it to the top-100 ranking with the best rank for the city being sixth.

Quiz experts and they blame it on biology paper.

“If you analyse the result, you will see that its biology where students have secured the least marks. It is the biology score, which has made all the difference in this examination. It is our worst result in last 4 years,” said Dr Sangeeta Khanna of an institute.

Meanwhile, an expert said that the success of those trained in the city should be a matter of pride.

“Its all thanks to efforts of educators like us that students from areas like Rajpura are figuring on national academic front. They might have not schooled from here but still are our students as they prepared here for two years. City is fast emerging as training hub.”



City water woes: Low pressure gives high tension
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 2
For the past fortnight, Sona Sharma (45), who is residing on the top floor in a Sector 46 home, has to wake up early in the morning to store water for her daily household needs by lifting buckets from the ground floor.

This is not only her pathetic story, but around 400 families, who are residing on the top floor in the area, are struggling to meet the needs of their water by following the same routine these days. The authorities responsible for it are only giving the lollipop of assurances to the hapless people that soon the situation will improve.

MC Commissioner VP Singh said the 87 MGD water supply was quite sufficient to meet the needs of water in the city.

This is not only the condition of residents of Sector 46, but across the city, people residing on the top floor, are feeling the same pinch, as there is no water supply on the upper floor and they are also following the same schedule to meet their day-to-day water needs. Madhu, a resident of Sector 40, said in the last three decades, she had not faced such a problem that water was not coming in taps at the third floor.

Sunakshi, a resident of Sector 26, who stayed on the second floor, has no other option but to lift the water buckets from the ground floor during morning as well as evening hours. “I am just praying to God that this summer no guest should come from outstation at my place, as there is no water supply for the past 15 days and I do not think that the condition would improve in the near future,” she added.

The authorities had assured last year that by next year boosters will be installed, which will improve the water supply and pressure in their area, but all fake promises.

She said this year the situation was worse than the last year, as these days there was no morning supply due to which most of the time overhead tanks remain empty.

Similar is the story of the residents of Sector 52, Satpal, a resident, said he and his wife had discontinued their schedule of morning walk, as they had to lift water buckets for their domestic and other works in the morning. This is for the third consecutive year that the area residents are facing acute water shortage and there is no water supply on the top floor of their houses.

While on the other side, the residents of Mani Majra and Kishangarh are struggling to get clean drinking water. A resident of Kishangarh, Manoj Laugana, said for the past four days, the residents of the area were getting sewerage mixed water at their places. He said they had made a number of complaints to the authorities, but no action has been taken by them till date.



Woman, paramour convicted of husband's murder
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 2
The District Court here today held Neki Nalwa, along with her lover Himmat Singh, alias Brandy, guilty in the infamous murder case of her husband Sukhwinder Singh, who was an engineer in Quark City. The quantum of the sentence will be pronounced by the court on Monday.

The third accused in the case, Paramveer Singh, who had provided Brandy five cartridges, out of which one was used in Sukhwinder Singh's murder, was also held guilty.

Sukhwinder Singh was shot dead by Brandy on December 4, 2005, when he was strolling along with his wife Neki near their residence at Sector 69 here. Brandy had used unlicensed revolver in the crime.

On December 7, the police had arrested Neki Nalwa and Brandy on the charges of murder of Sukhwinder Singh. Since then Neki and Brandy have been lodged in Patiala Central Jail, as all bail applications by both of them had been turned down by the court.

According to the police, Neki had an affair with Brandy and wanted to get rid of Sukhwinder Singh. The couple had also filed a divorce application in the court in February 2005. On the fateful night, Neki and Sukhwinder went for a walk after dinner. Neki had called up Brandy, who was having drinks at a club in Chandigarh and told him about the route. Brandy, who reached the spot by a car, parked it nearby and shot the victim from point-blank range.

The couple has a 10-year-old son, Fateh Tej Partap Singh, who has been living with his grandparents. This was the second marriage of Neki. Her first marriage had reportedly lasted only 12 days.

Breaks down

Neki, who came along with her relatives, broke down as soon as the judge held her and Brandy guilty in the murder case of her husband. She was also seen crying outside the courtroom while sitting on a bench under a shed under custody. Her relatives were trying to console her.


December 4, 2005: Sukhwinder Singh, an engineer with Quark City, was shot dead by Brandy while he was strolling with his wife Neki Nalwa near their residence in Sector 69, Mohali

December 7, 2005: The police arrested Neki and her lover Brandy on the charge of murdering her husband. Since then both have been lodged at Patiala Central Jail. Another person, Paramveer Singh, was also arrested for providing five cartridges to Brandy in the case.

June 2, 2012: The local court held all three accused guilty in the case.



Croc scare at Chhatbir Zoo
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Banur, June 2
Alleged carelessness on part of Chhatbir Zoo officials led to the escape of two crocodiles from their enclosure, causing panic in the zoo, which had to be opened about an hour and a half late here today.

After "escaping" from their enclosure, both crocodiles moved into a nearby pond, which had no fencing. The officials were seen guarding the pond, meant for ducks, while it was being emptied to retrieve the alligators.

The incident reportedly occurred late last night when a truck deposited fresh sand in their enclosure. Sources said the sand was being put to aid in egg laying but the labourers unloaded it in form of pile, right next to the fence and the reptiles crawled their way out through it.

Basanta Rajkumar, director of the zoo, who was present at the site to review the operation, claimed that the crocodiles were being shifted to another enclosure when they got free somehow and were later led to the pond.

“There was nothing to worry,” claimed the director.


HUDA takes action against violators
Will resume residential buildings where residents carry out commercial activities
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 2
Waking up from slumber, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) will resume residential buildings where commercial activities are being carried out by residents. HUDA officials had carried out a survey in the town and served notices on about 200 residents in various sectors.

HUDA had issued show-cause notices to them, asking them as to why their houses should not be resumed for carrying out commercial activities.

Sources said commercial activities were being carried out from residential areas in more than a dozen sectors of the town, which was illegal.

Even political leaders and the influential had been carrying out commercial activities from residential areas without paying any fee, they added.

Architects and lawyers could open their offices after seeking prior approval of the HUDA authorities. They had to deposit fee for this once a year.

A senior official said on the condition of anonymity that as per HUDA rules, no commercial activity could be carried out from any residential area.

He said HUDA had clearly mentioned in its allotment letter that property could be resumed if an allottee was found carrying out commercial or other activity.

Confirming the development, the HUDA estate officer said a survey was conducted and show-cause notices were being issued to violators.

If they failed to reply satisfactorily or did not close down commercial activities, HUDA would resume the property, he said, adding that a meeting would be held with the HUDA administrator in this regard.



'Use tertiary water in green belts'
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 2
Even though crores of rupees have been spent on the installation of tertiary treated water (TTW) to save 20 MGD drinking water in the city, there has been no improvement in the water supply in Chandigarh this year.

As per an MC report, when this project is implemented, 20 MGD (million gallon per day) drinking water and its generation cost of Rs 40 crore could be saved by the authorities. But the ground reality is that even after the installation of the TTW, there has hardly been any improvement in the water supply across the city. In fact, in some areas, the situation has worsened this year.

UT Adviser to Administration KK Sharma said he had checked the status of the TTW with the MC Commissioner and told the corporation to utilise the TTW in green belts to avoid water wastage.

In 2005, the TTW pipelines were laid to release 10 MGD water for 24 sectors, but only three parks, including Sector 22 and 23 adjoining Sector 31 and 47 were availing 3 MGD of water and the rest of the infrastructure was lying waste in other sectors.

Records of the administration revealed that out of 600 houses in these sectors, about 300 were having connections of the TTW for their lawns. The rest of the houses have either disconnected their connections or do not avail this facility from the day it was launched by the authorities.

The MC report revealed that the present demand of irrigation for green area in the city was about 20 MGD, out of which only 7 MGD TT water was being utilised against the availability of 10 MGD from the first TT water project. In the remaining parts of the city, drinking water was being utilised for irrigating the green cover.



Heatwave to continue in region
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 2
There is no let-up in heatwave in the tricity region as the mercury hovered around 44 degrees Celsius, forcing the residents to remain indoors. The weather office has predicted that heatwave conditions would continue to prevail in the region as there would be no major change in the day and night temperatures.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 44 degrees Celsius 5 notches above normal while the minimum was recorded at 29.8 degrees Celsius.

The weather office has predicted partly cloudy sky in the tricity region with possibility of thundery development. The maximum temperature on Sunday would be around 44 ºc and minimum temperature on Monday will be around 29 ºc.



Chief Parliamentary Secy records statement
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 2
After about a month-and-a-half, the police today recorded the statement of Haryana's Chief Parliamentary Secretary and three-time MLA Ram Krishan Fauji, recuperating at the PGI in Chandigarh.

A police team headed by inspector Lakshmichand went to the PGI after doctors declared him fit to get his statement recorded.

The contents of the statement were not revealed. When contacted, DCP Parul Kush Jain said they were examining the statement.

Fauji was found unconscious at his residence in Sector 12-A on April 14.

He was taken to the Sector-6 General Hospital, from where he was referred to the PGI. Hospital sources had said traces of poison were found in his body. They said doctors treated him for pesticide poisoning.



Vehicle overturns
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 2
The driver of a senior officer of the Punjab Excise and Taxation Department was injured after the official vehicle overturned on the road separating sector 39 and 40 on Saturday.

The official vehicle turned turtle after colliding with another car coming from the opposite side. Sita Ram, the driver of the car, has been admitted to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16. The vehicle somersaulted twice and banged into a street light.





No public hearing

There will be no public hearing session by UT Administrator Shivraj Patil on Monday, said a press note.

Special camp

More than 160 employees of the Bharti Airtel availed services at a special camp organised in association with Grewal Eye Institute, a press release said here.

Juvenile justice

A workshop on juvenile justice organised by the State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) and department of social welfare, Chandigarh Administration, was inaugurated by Mr Justice Jasbir Singh, Judge Punjab and Haryana High Court-cum-executive chairman, SLSA, here on Saturday. Others present on the occasion included KK Sharma, Adviser to the Administrator, and Anil Kumar, Home Secretary and secretary, social welfare, at the Judicial Academy here today.

Theatre workshop

The Tagore Theatre Society will conduct a theatre workshop at the Tagore Theatre from June 7 till June 16 for children in the age group of 5 and 10 years.


The Public Relations Council of India, Chandigarh Chapter, on Saturday held a seminar on “How to leverage social media” at the Press Club, Chandigarh, as a part of its professional skill development programme. Over 30 PR and marketing professionals attended the seminar, which was conducted by Paul Singh, an online media and advertising expert and co-founder and creative head of H Degree, a strategic brand consultancy.


No tobacco day

India is facing a smoking death crisis and it has been predicted by a research study that one million people will die every year from tobacco smoking in India in the next 10 years, stated Dr Zafar Ahmed Iqbal, associate consultant, critical care and pulmonology, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, while addressing over 150 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at their base in Sector 43 in connection with the function on the World No Tobacco Day. Ravinder Sharma, Deputy Commandant, CRPF, was also present.

Students win laurels

The 31st NASA NSS annual international space development conference, 2012, was held in Washington DC. A project on “Space colony on Mars” by students of class IX of Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, won the first prize in the NASA NSS international students’ space settlement design competition. The students who made the project, Nandini Sharma and Maanya Sharma, along with their project coordinator Saarika Sarin attended the conference. The students got an opportunity to interact with Buzz Aldrin and spoke to him about his experience of being the first man to land on moon, along with Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins.

— Tribune Reporters



Traditional BSc a passé
Colleges offer wide range of subjects like computer technology, biotechnology, information technology in stream
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 2
Gone are the days when class XII medical and non-medical pass outs used to study traditional Bachelors in Sciences (BSc) with subjects like physics, chemistry, mathematics, botany and zoology, now the city colleges have much more to offer with a wide range of subject options in BSc, including computer science, biotechnology and information technology.

With the growing demand of BSc among the students, the city colleges have already included a variety of new options under the course for the students. Postgraduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42 (PGGCG-42), apart from BSc in medical and non-medical also offers a wide range of BSc in biotechnology, bioinformatics, microbiology, computer science and information technology.

Similarly, PGGC-11 also offers BSc in computer science and biotechnology honours. DAV College, Sector 10, also has BSc in medical and honours in bioinformatics and biotechnology. MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, is offering BSc in microbial and food technology.

Dr Dalip Kumar, a science teacher in PGGCG-42, said a few years ago, the craze for BSc in medical and non-medical was declining among the students, however, the new courses introduced offering greater job opportunities have again attracted the students towards BSc.

“These courses are getting popular, which is evident from the fact that the number of students applying for the courses have gone up and even the merit for these courses has also gone high,” Kumar said.

Experts stated that after completion of BSc in computer science, the students can either apply for jobs in the IT sector and can even join BE automobile, as this course prepares the students for a career in the automotive industry by introducing them to domains such as computer simulation and design, vehicle technology, production, manufacture, management and business studies for which one has to be familiar with computers and information system.

BSc in biotechnology graduates has a good career in various sectors. The job prospects are not limited to the field of biotechnology but also in various allied fields. Experts in the field are of great demand in areas of agriculture, animal husbandry and also in healthcare.

All colleges affiliated to PU prepare their separate merit lists based on which the admissions are done. The final merit list is put on display by the first week of July followed by admissions for the classes that begun in the second week of July.



PUTA flays govts for anti-education policies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 2
Teacher leaders of universities and colleges of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh at a meeting hosted by the Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) today flayed the state governments for anti-education policies, which are harming the interests of youth, who are future of the nation.

The meeting was held under the aegis of All-India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (AIFUCTO).

The meeting was unanimous in its opinion that mushrooming of private universities, engineering colleges, dental colleges and BEd colleges has done a serious damage to the quality of education and has brought in corruption in the university system.

The teachers stated that contractual, ad hoc and guest faculty appointments exceeding the permitted limits is discouraging talented persons from entering the teaching profession with serious consequences for the country.

The meeting felt that the state governments simply do not understand the policy perspective of the UGC and Government of India, as is reflected in their failure in the implementation of the UGC pay scales notification in toto and enhancement in retirement age resulting into delay in release of arrears.

The teachers during the meeting decided to form a coordination committee of teachers’ organisations to fight the common ills in the next academic session.



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