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Rajpura boy second in country
Saurabh Sharma city topper with all-India rank of 44
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Shivam Garg and his parents.
Shivam Garg and his parents. Tribune photos: S Chandan

Chandigarh, June 9
After the pre-medical test, it's the All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) which has left the tricity disappointed with the poorest performance in the last four years. Only two students have so far reportedly made it to the top 100 in the country as compared to four last year and seven in 2010.

The results proved to be an encore of celebrations for those who excelled in the IIT exam as Rajpura boy Anant Gupta, who scored the seventh rank in IIT, got an all-India rank two in the AIEEE and topped Punjab.

Saurabh Sharma, who got 66th rank in the IIT exam, tasted success once again as he not only got an all-India rank of 44, but is also the city topper.

About 9,000 students from the tricity had appeared in the exam, which is the gateway for admission to professional degree courses in engineering, pharmacy and architecture.

On the basis of performance, separate rank lists will be prepared for BE/BTech and BArch/BPlanning. In Chandigarh, these colleges include the PEC University of Technology, University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology, University Institute of 
Engineering and Technology and Chandigarh College of Engineering and 

Anant Gupta
All-India rank: 2
First in Punjab
IIT rank: 7
Success mantra: Focus is the key and clarity of concepts is important. I feel if the concepts are clear, the different pattern of the examinations is not a hindrance.

Shivam Garg
All-India rank: 44
First in UT
IIT rank: 66
Success mantra: There is no fixed formula. One just needs to have clarity of concepts and regular practice. I owe my success to my parents and teachers who stood by me. 

Saurabh Sharma Saurabh Sharma
All-India rank: 54
IIT rank: 102
Success mantra: Balance is the key to success. To me football is not a recreation, but a mental tonic that enhances my concentration. I played at the state level till Class X, but the preparation for the exam was very demanding, so I gave up formal tournaments. I played every day though.


IITians steal the show

Only 2 boys so far from city in top 100 this year

Poorest show in last 4 years

Girls missing from top slots

Over 8,000 students from tricity sat for the exam

Online counselling

This year, candidates under the general, OBC, SC/ST and physically challenged category, who got 48, 45, 18 and 18 marks, respectively, are eligible to fill their choices for online counselling for BE/BTech and Barch/B planning. 



HC upholds Admn order to seal house
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

  Chandigarh, June 9
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has upheld the UT Administration’s orders to seal a house in Sector 33, which was being used by the Punjab State Veterinary Council as its office.

In its petition against the UT Administration and other respondents, the council had challenged the orders dated July 19, 2011, passed by the estate officer. Another order dated October 24, 2011, passed by the Chief Administrator, and one by the UT Adviser, whereby the sealing of the premises to stop its continuous misuse was affirmed, were also challenged. The council had taken on rent a house in Sector 33-B. Though the site was allotted for residential purposes, the UT field staff, during an inspection on April 9, 2008, found that the entire house was being used as office.

A show-cause notice was served on the petitioner for resumption under Section 8-A of the Capital of Punjab (Development and Regulations) Act, 1952, for breach of conditions of sale.

When the proceedings of resumption were in progress, the petitioner is said to have been served with another notice on March 10, 2009, under the Chandigarh Estate Rules, 2007. Thereafter, the estate officer on July 19, 2011, passed an order to seal a part of the building under misuse.

The appeal and revision against the order was dismissed. In its petition before the Bench of Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice AN Jindal, the petitioner contended after the estate officer passed the order, the building was sealed on July 28, 2011, without giving a show-cause notice of two months as per Rule 10 of the Chandigarh Estate Rules, 2007, as amended on December 14, 2009.

The Bench ruled: “A perusal of the order passed by the authorities shows that the petitioner was served a notice as to why the building be not resumed in terms of Section 8-A of the Act in 2008…

Still further we find that once the proceedings for resumption were initiated, the Chandigarh administration was competent to pass an order for stoppage of misuse, an order less harsh than the resumption. “The petitioner was aware of misuse when the notice for resumption of building was served in the year 2008, but continued with the misuse till the same was stopped in pursuance of the order passed. We do not find any infirmity in the orders passed by the authorities”.



Parking contractors spell more trouble for MC
Daily income dips FROM Rs 70,000 to around Rs 30,000
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
Almost two weeks after cancelling free parking passes, the Municipal Corporation (MC) is headed for more trouble as parking contractors have sought the recovery of money on account of extra passes issued by the corporation under 18 categories.

In a communication to the corporation, the contractors have demanded that they be compensated for the loss suffered by them on account of the MC issuing free parking passes. It has been brought on record that due to the extra passes issued under various heads, the corporation suffered a loss of Rs 2.84 crore.

The MC, quoting the terms and conditions of allotment of parking lots, had refused to compensate the contractors.

A senior official of the MC confirmed that the contractors had submitted a request for a refund of their money to the MC Commissioner. Officials said the request had been sent to the department concerned for its remarks.

Sources said as per the departmental report, the contractors would not be able to get any refund from the authorities as there was no such condition set up by the authorities. It was stated in a report that there were no norms fixed to date as to how many free parking passes could be issued by the corporation. Due to this, the department failed to calculate how many extra passes were issued this year under various categories. The report further stated that no money value had been fixed by the authorities on free passes and it was difficult to calculate and disburse it to the contractors.

The report further stated that there was no record available with the department as to how many passes were issued under the free parking head out of a list of number of extra passes issued this year. There is no provision under which the amount could be refunded to the contractors.

In the General House meeting held last month, BJP councillor Arun Sood had alleged that as per the records of the MC, the Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mhad issued parking passes more than eligible.

Opposition councillors demanded the resignation of the Mayor and asked for the recovery of the amount from the Mayor and other officials for the passes.

As per records, the cost of a pass issued for a two-wheeler is Rs 150 per month and for a four-wheeler Rs 300. As per norms, all the councillors, including the Mayor, can issue only five passes each whereas the Mayor had issued 406 passes.



Boating at Sukhna Lake on last leg?
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

The new boating area near the watchtower wears a deserted look as the dry bed of Sukhna Lake fails to attract visitors.
The new boating area near the watchtower wears a deserted look as the dry bed of Sukhna Lake fails to attract visitors. 

Chandigarh, June 9
Boating, which was once considered to be one of the major sources of income for the Chandigarh Industrial Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) at Sukhna Lake, has lost its charm. The depleting water level has now started affecting the boating business as the daily income from boating has come down drastically to Rs 30,000 against the earlier income between Rs 60,000 and Rs 70,000.

The new boating area near the watchtower -- infamous as 'suicide point' -- where the water level is comparatively higher has witnessed a business of only around Rs 4,000 in the past three days. In the new area, there are about 40 boats and five 'shikaras'.

CITCO had placed the boats at the new site following low water levels in the Lake Club area. The new boating area is around 800 metres from the club.

Sources said only visitors who were charmed by 'shikaras' were coming to the new area. The old boating area is also witnessing a poor response from tourists.

Requesting anonymity, a CITCO employee said three-four years ago visitors would come in hordes for boating as opposed to a handful of tourists these days.

Prakash Sharma, a resident of Patiala who had come to the lake with his family for boating, said there was hardly any water and his family did not want to get stuck in the lake.

CITCO general manager AK Malhotra said they were doing everything to attract tourists. "We shifted some boats to the new area. The UT Administration is making efforts to save the lake and we are hopeful of a good turnout in the times to come," he said.

CITCO records reveal that earlier an average of 2,500 to 3,000 tourists would come for boating on weekends and 1,000 to 1,500 on weekdays.

The average flow of water into the lake from 1958 to 1978 was 7,370 acre feet while in 1999 it was 1,870 acre feet. In 2006, it was only 736 acre feet. The water flow has reduced drastically in the past two years.

Ramdev's plea to residents 

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who visited the lake today, said the UT Administration should make serious efforts to save the lake.

He appealed to residents to do their bit to save the city's landmark.




New scar-less surgery to bust obesity pangs
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
People suffering from morbid obesity can look forward to improved treatment as scar-less surgery will be launched next month at the Max Institute of Minimal Access, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, New Delhi. The new technique is different from the existing process in which several holes are made in the abdomen area to carry out the surgical procedure, leaving scars on the skin.

Dr Pradeep Chowbey, director of the institute, stated this while speaking during an obesity awareness programme organised by the PGI as part of its golden jubilee celebrations.

The biggest disadvantage of the existing surgery is that the technique is not acceptable to patients, especially young women. But the new surgery will be conducted with the help of “spider”, an instrument through which many instruments can be inserted by way of a single hole measuring only 1.7mm, he said.

Technically known as bariatric surgery or obesity surgery for weight loss has evolved and offers the most effective ways against life-threatening complications and severe degenerative problems like diabetes, blood pressure and joint pains.

Obesity surgery has two broad categories -- gastric banding and intestinal bypass. Gastric banding is a procedure done by placing a band in the upper part of stomach dividing it into two sections. The section above the band acts like the stomach that fills with food quickly. When this section of the stomach is filled and stretches, it makes the person feel satisfied for several hours. The surgery, however, does not restrict the quality of food intake and high calorie liquid intake can hinder weight loss.

In intestinal bypass surgery, stapling creates a small stomach pouch which forms the restrictive element. The outlet from this pouch empties directly into the lower portion of the small intestine, thus bypassing a certain length of the intestine. This surgery is more effective in inducing weight loss. It has other advantages like significant improvement and even cure of diseases like diabetes mellitus, hypertension and metabolic syndrome.

Another surgical procedure, sleeve gastrectomy, is restrictive and the stomach is converted into a long sleeve. The stomach is stapled along its length and is converted to a reduced volume.

Procedure costs Rs 1.50 lakh at PGI

The PGI had started bariatric surgery a year ago and 30 patients have already benefited from it, said Dr Rajesh Gupta, a bariatric surgeon. The patients were not only able to reduce their weight substantially, but their other maladies like diabetes, hypertension and joint pains were also cured. The youngest among the patients was 26 years old while the oldest was 63 years old. A patient with body weight of 170 kg had been able to reduce 25 kg weight after the surgery, he said. The surgery at the PGI costs between Rs 1.25 lakh and Rs 1.50 lakh as against Rs 3 lakh at private institutes.


Protest by shopkeepers
Delay in completion of work on tunnel in Japanese Garden
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
Due to the ongoing work on a tunnel at Japanese Garden in Sector 31, residents of the area have been facing a tough time.

They said the road leading to the market had been blocked by the officials. Shopkeepers today held a protest rally against the authorities for not completing the work on time as they were suffering huge losses. They said commuters had to take a long route to reach their respective destinations.

In March, the corporation had closed the V-4 road of Sector 31, for two months, for the construction of the tunnel and the route was diverted through V-5 road in Sector 31 A, B, C and D. But even after three months, the work has not been completed.

Market association president Kartar Chand Sachdeva alleged that for the past one month a number of representations had been given to the MC Chief Engineer to speed up the work of the tunnel as the business of the shopkeeper was being affected. He added that till date only 15 per cent of the work had been completed.



Tubewell made functional after six months
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, June 9
A tubewell in Phase III B-1, which had not been functioning over the past six months as the machinery from it had mysteriously vanished, was made to run last evening much to the relief of residents who were facing water shortage.

It was highlighted in these columns on June 7 that residents were facing acute water shortage and the tubewell which was sunk by GMADA in 2010 had not been functioning over the past six months because the machinery which had developed a snag was removed for repair and never put back.

Commissioner of the municipal corporation, Varun Roojam, gave two days' time to GMADA and Water Supply and Sanitation Wing to run the tubewell after the matter was brought to his notice.

However, both the agencies, GMADA and Water Supply and Sanitation Wing, which work under the municipal corporation, have so far not been able to trace the machinery.



New entrant at Chhatbir Zoo
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, June 9
Chhatbir Zoo received a special guest today. It is a male, sub-adult leopard, weighing around 50-55kg. The leopard was captured yesterday from Dugri Awan village, located about 5 km from Mukerian town in Hoshiarpur district. There, it had entered a living room of a house when it was spotted near a cowshed by some residents.

“A woman saw the leopard entering the house from the window of another room. She immediately bolted the door from outside and trapped the animal before informing the officials of the forest department. Many senior forest officials, who were incidentally in Hoshiarpur to attend a passing out ceremony of forest guards, rushed to the spot and supervised the rescue operation," said Basanta Rajkumar, director of the zoo while adding that a special team of doctors and tranquilising experts with modern equipment were also rushed to the spot.

The rescue operation, which started at around 10 am yesterday, completed at around 9:30 pm. After capturing it without any harm, the leopard was shifted to the zoo at 2.30 am today.

Basanta Rajkumar said the leopard seemed docile as it had not attacked any buffalo in the village.

After preliminary examination, the animal was found to be stable and doing well.

It had also taken some feed and water before it was shifted to the leopard section of the zoo, where it had been kept under observation, said Basanta Rajkumar.



Chandigarh scan
Presentation of paper

Simranjit Singh, assistant professor in Department of Electronics and Communication, University College of Engineering, Punjabi University, Patiala, has been invited to make two presentations in the field of signal processing at the prestigious international conference ‘Electronics-2012’ at Palanga, Lithuania (North Europe) from June 18 to June 21. He will present a paper on “Fractional Channel Estimation for MIMO Systems in the Low SNR Regime” on June 18 with Dr Erik Lindberg in the chair. On June 19 he will give presentation on “Fractional Channel Estimation and Equalization for MIMO systems”. Dr Rytis Maskeliunas from the host country will preside over the academic session on June 19. Simranjit Singh is the son of distinguished Punjabi novelist Dr Dalip Kaur Tiwana.

Felicitation function

The Indian Oil Corporation organised a pump attendant felicitation function at Sector 49 station. M Srinivas, General Manager, retail sales, IOC, gave away mementoes to 23 pump attendants during the function.


Members of Anonymous India protest against the Central government.Members of Anonymous India today staged a protest against Central government for blocking of file sharing sites like Isohunt and The Pirate Bay and video hosting websites. They stated that the blocking of these websites, like Vimeo and Pastebin which allow text sharing, was wrong and unjustified. Video hosting sites like Vimeo are used by millions of people every day. Many small and medium businesses use Vimeo to showcase their services and individuals including filmmakers and designers use it to promote their work. These people are strongly hit by the ban.
Members of Anonymous India protest against the Central government. A Tribune Photograph

Summer camp

Children, after a dance performance, at ISKCON summer workshop at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36, in Chandigarh on Saturday.To introduce the children to the spiritual world, a 14-day summer camp was organised at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36. The camp concluded on Saturday. Lack of values in human is leading to immoral activities, violence and dissatisfaction among children, said the organisers. The activities of this camp are chosen to induce values and skills in children. Special features of the camp were storytelling-to develop logical thinking and communication skills-art and craft, to build aesthetic sense, creative expression, dance and singing, prasadam and Krishna’s mercy. Over 150 students from approximately 35 schools of Chandigarh and Mohali participated in the.
Children, after a dance performance, at ISKCON summer workshop at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36, in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Parvesh Chauhan

World Accreditation Day

Quality Council of India, the national accreditation authority and apex quality promotion body of the country under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, today organised a function to observe the World Accreditation Day. K Chandramouli, Chairman of Food Safety and Standard Authority of India, was the chief guest in the occasion. The theme of the seminar was “Accreditation: Supporting safe food and clean drinking water”. On this occasion, B. Venkataram, CEO, NABCB, observed: “Accreditation basically means establishing competency for conformity assessment bodies (CABs). The accreditation facilitates international trade by way of establishing equivalence of CABs in the field of testing, inspection and certification at global level so that product tested once gets accepted world over. QCI has gone step ahead and has used accreditation model in support of regulatory compliance. Department of Commerce, Department of AYUSH, Food Safety and Regulatory Authority, Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Body etc have used QCI accredited CABs, thereby improving regulatory quality and to an extent quality of governance.”

400 students get degrees

As many as 400 students were awarded degrees during the second convocation of Divya Siksha Gurukul College of Education for Women here. Prof (Dr) Paramjit Singh Jaswal, Vice-chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi Law University, Patiala, was the chief guest on the occasion. In the starting, the students presented the prayer “Bhala Chahna Manushya Matra.” Dr (Mrs) Satinder Dhillon, principal of the college, welcomed the chief guest. The convocation was inaugurated with the lightening of the lamp. Dr Satinder Dhillon presented a brief three years report. The toppers were awarded with the certificates of merit in the prize distribution function.

Cardio vascular diseases

The increasing old population and unhealthy lifestyles are the major causes of high blood pressure. The prolonged and uncontrolled high blood pressure is a major risk factor for the occurrence of heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney failure and other cardio vascular diseases, said Dr Amit Gupta, DM cardiologist at Max Hospital, Mohali. He said this while addressing a seminar on heart diseases at local hospital here. He said approximately 1 billion people worldwide have high blood pressure and this number may go up to 1.56 billion by year 2025. He said that one out of four persons are affected by high blood pressure. After the age of 55, 90 per cent population develops high blood pressure.



DAV College releases prospectus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9 
DAV College, Chandigarh, released its prospectus for the upcoming session today. With the release of prospectus, the students can now apply for various courses run by the college. The cost of the prospectus is Rs 400, says a college source. The college authority has decided not to increase course fee and hostel charges this year. 

College principal BC Josan, who recently rejoined the college after being suspended for one-and-half year, said the college is going to have a new beginning from the coming academic session. 

Josan said the prime focus would be on converting all classrooms into smart classrooms by using UGC grants. 

“We will look forward toward academic development of the college and will provide best education to the student will be the priority,” he said. 

All the private colleges have already released the prospectus for the admissions in various courses except BCom for which PU holds centralised admissions. 

Meanwhile, the city government colleges that have joint prospectus are yet to come up with their forms.



Admission to BE, architecture to commence from June 11

Chandigarh, June 9
The registration process for admission to Bachelors in Engineering and Bachelors in Architecture in various institutes under Panjab University is going to commence from June 11.

The Panjab University’s Joint Admission Committee would be conducting the admission process for the various institutes, including University Institute of Engineering and Technology, PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Sector 26, University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology, University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Swami Sarvand Giri Regional Centre (PUSSGRC), Hoshiarpur, and Chandigarh College of Architecture.

PU officials said the students are required to submit their applications online at www.chdenggadmissions.nic.in. The last date of submission of registration-cum-counseling fee is June 23. The students can complete the registration form after depositing the required fee till June 26. PU officials stated that there would be three rounds of online counselling followed by one last (fourth) round of face to face counselling. After each round of seat allotment, the candidate will have to pay the fee.

The document verification will be held after the third round of counselling on July 31 and August 1. — TNS



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