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20-yr-old drowns in ditch at Sector 49 Park
A Class XII student, he had gone with his friends to take a dip, didn't know how to swim; MC blamed for mishap
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
In a glaring case of civic apathy, a 20-year-old youth drowned in rainwater collected in a huge ditch at a park in Sector 49 today.

Tinkoo Prasad drowned in a flooded ditch at a park - Valley for Animals - commonly known as Dinosaur Park in Sector 49.

He had gone to the under construction park to bathe in rainwater this morning. The park was flooded with water following a downpour in the absence of drainage system.

The incident took place at 9 am when Tinkoo went to the park along with his friends to bathe. He was not aware of the depth of the ditch, which was around 10 feet. Tinkoo didn't know how to swim and his friends struggled hard to save him.

Passers-by and residents of the nearby societies rushed to save the youth. After a struggle of over 30 minutes, Tinkoo's friends fished out his body. They also had to break the boundary wall to let the water out.

The police reached the spot 15 minutes late and rushed the victim to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where he was declared brought dead.

Infuriated residents and victim's relatives alleged that the negligence of the municipal corporation resulted in the death of the youth as there was no proper drainage system in the park.

"It was a tragedy waiting to happen. We have been complaining to the horticulture department that rainwater floods the park during rains, but to no avail. The water rose to a height of over 10 feet this morning resulting in the death of Tinkoo," said Kishan Singh, resident of the area.

However, the police blamed Tinkoo for his death. "It was not a swimming pool and the youth went to bathe risking his life," said sub-inspector Shadi Lal. Tinkoo was a resident of Housing Board Society in Sector 49. He was a Class XII (correspondence) student. He was working with a private cellular operator. His father works as a painter. He is survived by his parents, a sister and two younger brothers.

Unfortunate incident: Mayor

It is an unfortunate incident. The public health division has been asked to fill the pits. The area councillor will be questioned for the negligence. I will take up the matter of providing compensation to the deceased's family with officials of the UT administration. — Raj Bala, Mayor, Chandigarh MC

Police arrived late

"I was standing in the balcony of my house when I saw that residents have gathered in the park. I rushed to the site and jumped into the water. My foot touched Tinkoo's head inside the water. I pulled him out holding his T-shirt. We had called the police, but it arrived late. There was no auto-rickshaw available in which we could rush him to a hospital. Finally, the police arrived, but he was dead by then," said Vinay, Tinkoo's friend.

Mother Inconsolable

Uma Devi, the victim's mother, was inconsolable and kept wailing for hours. She almost fainted when she came to the park and was told that her son is no more. "Everything is lost. He was so bright and used to care for me. He wanted to make it big in life. What will I do without him? I want to die," she kept repeating.



Trenches pose threat to city residents
Tribune News Service
Park in Sector 20
Sector 20-C
Sector 20-C

Chandigarh, July 10
Trenches dug up in different parts of the city present a deplorable sight of lack of maintenance and are potential sites for accidents, as has come to surface after the drowning of 20-year-old Tinku Prasad at the Animal Park, Sector 49, here today.

Such pits have become more dangerous in wake of monsoon which has filled them with rain water. A random survey conducted by the Tribune team showcased the callous attitude of the authorities. At least five-foot trenches adjoining a park in Sector 20 pose lurking danger to small kids who play there. The situation is no different in the housing complex for government servants in Sector 20-C.

Following the rains, a five-foot pit near the iron market in Sector 29 has also been filled with water. Rajesh, a worker, said, "We have to be extra cautious after it gets dark. An unaware visitor could be a potential victim of this pit."

Water-filled deep pits were also found at different places in Sectors 34, 35, 42, 46, and 47 during the survey.



Youth shot at, injured
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 10
A youth, identified as Prabhjit Singh, who is said to be a former president of the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), was injured when a group of four youths shot at him at Sector 69 around 9 pm today.

Sources said the bullet hit Prabhjit in his abdomen and his condition is stated to be critical. The police said that rivalry among members of the student union seemed to be the reason behind the incident.

The police has recovered an i20 car (PB-65-T-3263) in which it has found some material related to SOPU and a case of beer. The screen of the car was also smashed.

Sources said the car belonged to Prabhjit who lives in Sector 38 (West). Prabhjit came to Sector 69 along with his three friends to meet some other friends in the car. There he was attacked by a group of youngsters with rods and sticks. In an attempt to save himself, Prabhjit reversed the vehicle and it hit a wall of a house. Meanwhile, fires were shot by one of the attackers, said sources. A cousin of Prabhjit claimed that three persons — Manjit Chaudhary, Billa and Jivanjot — were involved in the incident.

The police was investigating. No case was registered till the filing of the report.

Notably, a firing incident had taken place in the same sector during the intervening night of June 19 and 20 in which members of PUSU and SOPU were reportedly involved.

The police is yet to nab the youths involved in the incident.



HC steps in to save Sukhna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Parched and struggling to live again, a new lease of life may flow into the Sukhna Lake in the coming few days.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the states of Punjab and Haryana to deploy 100 men each to pave way for water to reach the lake from the check dams in Kansal. The Chandigarh Administration, too, was directed to coordinate with both the states.

The Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice RK Jain also refused to vacate the stay on construction in the lake’s catchment area even though a demand for the same was raised by a law officer for Punjab State.

The Bench also made it clear that two JCBs each will be provided by the states of Punjab and Haryana for carrying out de-silting at the lake. The High Court also set a three-day deadline for Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to make the necessary arrangements.

As the case came up for resumed hearing, the Bench also came down heavily on the Chandigarh Administration for its inability to control commercialisation activities.

The Bench verbally observed that the Administration contrary to plans had allowed commercial establishments, malls and industrial units to come up, adversely affecting the city’s architecture.

The scathing observations came after the counsel for the Chandigarh Administration tried to pass on the buck to the Punjab Government by blaming it for allowing illegal constructions to come up in the lake's catchment area.

The Bench minced no words to asking the Administration to look into its own actions. The Administration also filed an affidavit through Land Acquisition Officer Tilak Raj. He claimed that from March 14, 2011, till May 21 this year, a total of 456 unauthorised constructions had come up in the lake's catchment area.

The High Court has already directed an interstate committee, comprising experts and advocates, to decide the issue of demarcating the lake’s catchment area.

On a previous date of hearing, the Bench directed the committee to “decide the issue with regard to the demarcation of the catchment area.

The committee comprises members of the Survey of India, the states of Punjab and Haryana, along with advocates ML Sarin, Rajiv Atma Ram, Sanjay Kaushal and Tanu Bedi.

Going deep into the Sukhna Lake conservation issue, the High Court had also asked Haryana and Chandigarh to ensure continuous flow of water from the catchment area to the reservoir.

The court orders

  • Punjab and Haryana to deploy 100 men each to pave way for water to reach the lake from the check dams in Kansal
  • Stay on construction in the lake’s catchment area not to be vacated
  • The Chandigarh Administration told to coordinate with both the states
  • Both the states to provide two JCBs each for carrying out de-silting at the lake
  • Three-day deadline to make the necessary arrangements
  • Court pulls up UT Administration for its inability to control commercialisation activities, adversely affecting the city’s architecture



Proposal to link 190 check dams in sanctuary with lake
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The committee, which has been formed to save the city’s landmark Sukhna Lake, has come up with a proposal to lay a pipeline in the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary to connect 190 check dams with the lake. With this proposal, the officials believe that they would be able to provide some water to the lake.

A member of the committee said at a recent meeting, the matter was discussed and later the engineering wing was asked to submit its report on the proposal. Sources said the engineering wing would submit its report at the next meeting of the committee.

Earlier, members of the committee had rejected a proposal to utilise the water supply from the Kajauli waterworks to fill the Sukhna Lake in winter. The Administration had put forth the proposal before the committee citing that the demand for water in the city was less during winter.

It is not the only proposal which was rejected by the committee, but the proposal of digging the lake 2 feet deep in the summer, and buying high-tech machines to deal with the silt and weed problem were also rejected.

Last year, the National Institute of Hydrology (NIH) at Roorkee, which is conducting a year-long study on the lake, in its preliminary report submitted to the UT Administration, had stated that nearly 50 per cent of the water body would run dry by June. Thereafter, the committee had planned to start digging the dried-up area of the lake 2 feet deep in summer to remove the weeds, but the high cost (in crores) of the procedure and the risk of monsoon hitting the region by June or July forced the committee to rejected the proposal.

Lake area shrinking

The original area that the lake has considerably shrunk. In 1958, the lake spanned on 228 hectares. Today, it spans only on 148 hectares, down by almost a third. It is not only the silt and weed that is affecting the storage capacity of the lake, wild growth in the forest area is also eating into its holding capacity.

Haryana's no to UT proposal

The Haryana Government turned down the UT Administration’s request to provide water from the Kaushalya dam in Pinjore. The Administration wanted a separate water channel, which the government was laying from Pinjore to Panchkula.



27 fresh diarrhoea cases reported
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
A total of 27 fresh cases of diarrhoea were reported from different parts of the city today. An official press release confirmed that 10 cases were reported at the Vikas Nagar camp and 17 at the Civil Hospital, Mani Majra. An official press note said one case from Vikas Nagar and three from the Mani Majra Civil Hospital were referred to the General Hospital, Sector 16.

The services of the Vikas Nagar camp have been shifted to the civil dispensary, Maulijagran, as the number of fresh cases has come down.

The house-to-house survey are going on in all the slums and rural areas of the city. No diarrhoea death has been reported. Free medicines are being provided in the slum and rural areas. Samanvay Singh, a resident of Sector 25 colony, said in the wake of the recent rain, there are chances of a fresh bout of diarrhoea and possible cholera.


Water pipeline bursts
Supply to remain affected in southern sectors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Sectors in the southern belt of the city will have poor water supply on Wednesday because of damage in the main supply line at Sector 53 near the Beant Singh Memorial, Sector 42, here today. The water supply to Sectors 48, 49, 50, 51 and 52 was unavailable in the evening after the pipeline, which runs from Water Works in Sector 39 to Sector 52, burst in the open grounds in Sector 53.

The municipal corporation, in an official communication, said that the pipeline had been damaged due to rains at a choe near the memorial.

The corporation officials said that there would be a low water pressure from 6 am to 8 am in the area. "Residents need to make adequate arrangements for the morning because of low water pressure," said a senior official.



UT works out modalities to receive taxes online
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The UT Excise Department is working out modalities to receive online payment of taxes from traders. This was disclosed by the Ut Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Brijendra Singh, here today.

He was speaking at a function organised to launch the oneline facility for the issuing of statutory forms like ‘C’, ‘F’ and ‘H’forms used by traders for taking tax rebate on the inter-state transactions of goods.

The facility was inaugurated by the UT Adviser, KK Sharma. The UT has become the first state in the North to have introduced the new facility that would enable the traders to order the tax rebate forms online. Sharma said the online service would also help the department to keep a tab on the transactions.

VK Singh, Finance Secretary, said earlier the physical presence of a dealer was required for making a request for the issue of statutory forms. Now, a dealer can upload the requisite data from his premises and the department after processing the data would print the required forms and will then courier these forms to his address, he added.

Jagdish Kalra, General Secretary of the Chandigarh Busienss Council, said the new facility was a great relief to the traders. He has demanded that online payment of taxes should also be started soon.



City vehicles to get hi-tech number plates from August 1
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Already behind Punjab and Haryana in introducing the High Security Registration Plates, the Chandigarh Administration is now contemplating to introduce the new facility by August.

The plates would be affixed on around nine lakh vehicles registered with the Chandigarh Registration and Licensing Authority. As around 40,000 new vehicles are registered every year with the RLA, the process of affixing the plates would be done in phases.

While it would be mandatory for the new vehicles to have the high-tech plates to get the registration done, the in-use vehicles would be given few months to install them.

Sources in the administration said presently the final approval of the case was pending with the Home Department. It is expected that the process would be started by August, said a senior UT official.

In response to tenders invited for the job, the administration had finalised the lowest bidder, Real Amazon, to implement the project. The move followed nod from the Central Government after UT sent an amended project for approval. The administration had floated the tender for the registration plates on the directive of the Supreme Court.

A HSRP is expected to cost around Rs 200. The project of issuing these plates will be implemented on "build, own and operate" basis. The bidder implementing the project will assemble, establish, procure technology, design, develop, produce or supply, emboss, affix and distribute the high security plates on his own.

Sources in the Chandigarh Administration said the company would be allowed to open its outlets in the city to install HSRP's on vehicles registered with the RLA of the Chandigarh Administration.

On procuring the HSRP for the vehicle, the owner would have to ensure that the vendor issues him two copies of the delivery document, one of which he would keep for his own record. He would then have to bring a representative of the vendor to the RLA office for fastening of the registration plate and affixing the Third Registration Plate (self-destructive sticker) on his vehicle.

The HSRP would have a chromium hologram, a retro-reflective film bearing a verification inscription "India" at a 45-degree inclination. Laser numbering, unique in nature, containing alphanumeric identification of both testing agencies and the manufacturers would be used to emboss the registration number on the plates. The rear registration plate would come with a non-reusable snap lock to make it tamper-proof. A chromium-based third registration plate in the form of sticker would be attached to the windshield, wherein the numbers of the engine and chassis would be indicated along with the name of the registering authority. If tampered with, it would self-destruct.

Reason for delay

The Supreme Court had directed the administration to invite tenders and follow the procedure for selection and approval of vendors with type approval certificates from the Centre. After making it mandatory for new vehicles to install high-security number plates from August 1, the UT administration had allowed 18 vendors to affix security plates on vehicles at different assigned places across the city. But the apex court while hearing a civil writ petition on the issue in August had observed that the procedure followed by the UT was bound to defeat the purpose of security and uniform affixation of high-security registration plates. Hence, the UT was directed to invite tenders again.



Admn to act against convicted employees

Chandigarh, July 10
The UT Administration has issued directions to all the departments to take immediate action against the convicted employees in accordance with the recent Supreme Court order.

At a meeting held recently under the chairmanship of Adviser to the Administrator-cum-Chief Vigilance Officer KK Sharma, instructions were issued to all the departments to take necessary action in pending cases of employees convicted on criminal charges.

The Supreme Court, in its recent order, has categorically held that the conduct of an employee which has led to his/her conviction on a criminal charge is relevant and on finding such employee guilty of such charge, it may not be advisable to retain such persons in service. — TNS



Budget review meeting held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The Adviser to the Administrator, KK Sharma, today held a budget review meeting with the all department heads. At the meeting, he made a point to properly utilise the budget.

Last year, many departments of the UT Administration had failed to utilise the budget allocated to their respective departments. Therefore this year it was decided that the budget review meetings would be held where the Adviser and other senior officials would review budget utilisation.

Sources said at the meeting, the departments which were yet to start using their allocated budget, were asked to start utilising their budget.



Backlog of vehicle registration mounts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Around 10,000 vehicles in the city await registration due to delay in delivery of smart cards used for issuing vehicle registration documents as well as driving licenses. Due to this huge backlog at the Registration and Licensing Authority office, the document seekers were being given extended dates stretching up to two months.

Inquiries made by this correspondent reveal that the UT Administration had directed the RLA to call bids for supply of smart cards after withdrawal of the previous practice of arranging the smart cards from the Society for Promotion of IT in Chandigarh (SPIC). This led to a delay in the procurement of smart cards.

The situation has led to harassment of the document seekers. Ashok Kumar, who has visited the RLA thrice to get the documents of his vehicle, said, "As the deadline to issue RC's is being extended, I have to suffer at hands of the traffic police, especially while going outside Chandigarh."

Not only of the RC's, the backlog of the driving licenses had also reached around 4,000.

The Registering and Licensing Officer, Vinod P Kavle, however, said there was no shortage of cards. "We are in process of inviting tenders for supply of the smart cards," he said.



consumer court
Insurance company to pay up for unfair practice
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered the Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company to pay Rs 1 lakh compensation to a Naya Gaon resident for causing him "mental tension, physical harassment as well as monetary loss". The insurance company has also been asked to refund Rs 75,000 charged as premium for a policy "wrongly, illegally and arbitrarily" issued in his brother's name.

Complainant Gurdev Singh had taken an insurance policy, Bajaj Allianz New Secure First Gold, by paying Rs 75,000 on August 2006. According to the complainant, the agent of the company took the premium of Rs 75,000 for the year 2007 from his father, but instead of adjusting the same amount towards the premium of the policy, the respondent issued another policy in the name of his brother Gurbhajan Singh without his consent and desire. When Gurdev got to know this in 2008, he made a written representation to the company to transfer the amount from the account of his brother to his account, but to no effect.

Company in its reply, however, stated that due to the non-payment of premium even after the grace period of 30 days as well as the complainant's failure to revive the policy within the revival period, the policy in question had been lapsed. A cheque for Rs 14,509, as per the terms and conditions of the policy was sent to Gurdev against the said policy. Company further stated that it was complainant's duty to confirm the deposit towards the policy in question.

Observing that the company had indulged in unfair trade practice, the consumer forum, in its decision, also ordered the company to pay litigation cost of Rs 15,000 to the complainant and Rs 50,000 as punitive damages to the State Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh.



E-surveillance in Mohali soon
Equipment to be installed on special vehicles
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 10
Mohali has been selected among six corporations in the state, where e-surveillance would be launched very soon.

Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Bathinda are the other selected towns for the purpose.

Talking to the media persons at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Phase IX, SK Sharma, the ADGP (law and order), said that e-surveillance would be done through video communication and by equipping the special vehicles with the other latest advance gadgets.

“These vehicles would be stationed at strategic locations at various points of the towns from where live recording would be shown at the respective control rooms,” said Sharma adding that this would help in checking the crime effectively.

Apart from that, special investigating cells would also be constituted at the every police station in the state. “These cells would be involved only for investigating of crimes and no other work would be assigned to these cells,” said Sharma.

The police has also planned to strengthen the community-police interface to solve the social disputes and other non-cognisable offences.

“About 15 members from the community would be roped in to set up a panel under the SSP of the respective area. These panels would deal with all the complaints related to social disputes,” said Paramjit Singh Gill, IG of Patiala Range.

Earlier, as part of the community policing, Sanajh Kendras had been set up in first phase. “These Kendras are working effectively,” said Gill.

Earlier, a crime review meeting was held in which the Mohali SSP GS Bhullar, Ropar SSP Jatinder Aulakh and Nawanshahr SSP Dhanwant Kaur along with other senior officers had taken part.



Special flood control rooms set up in Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 10
Well aware about the importance of advance information to prevent floods and mishaps, the Panchkula administration has set up special flood control rooms. The Deputy Commissioner has also formed special teams for the purpose.

Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar said many rivers pass through the district, including Sukhna, Ghaggar, Tangari and Omela, besides other rivulets. Naya Nagar, Madhawala, Rajjipur, Taparian, Narayanpur, Sultanpur, Shamtu, Indira Colony, Rajiv Colony, Budhanpur and other areas are affected during floods in these rivers, she added.

Brar said the district has set up four development and six base control rooms at ‘A’ level (block level). They will disseminate information to ‘B’ level control rooms at tehsil offices. The ‘C’ level control rooms will be sub-master control rooms for each subdivision, which will have the power to decide about the course of action to be taken on the spot and then in all cases to inform the master control room at ‘D’ level situated at the Deputy Commissioner’s office, Panchkula (tehsil building). Besides the revenue development branch control room, the drainage department will have its communication network at key points. For Tangri River, the point will be Barwala-Bataur Bridge.

The DC said the wireless network of the forest department will also be used for passing information about the rain in Morni Hills.

If it rains for more than 30 minutes in Morni and Pinjore, the forest control room at Morni will inform all flood control rooms about the intensity of rain and the damage in the area, the DC said.

The executive engineer Ghaggar dam division, Panchkula, will make use of the irrigation telegraph network to inform the control rooms on the receipt of high flood warning when the discharge exceed 30,000 causes in Ghaggar, she added.

She also said that the ‘D’ level control room would be informed which in turn will arrange for public help for the affected areas. The onus of taking preventive measures will be on the ‘B’ level control room sub-divisional officer (civil), where the respective sub-divisional officer (civil) will take necessary action.



Aanganwadi workers protest govt
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 10
The Aanganwadi Workers and Helpers’ Union, Haryana, today raised slogans against the state government for its failure to fulfill their demands.

They also held a protest march towards the residence of Minister for Health and Higher Education, Geeta Bhukkal, but they were not allowed to move further at the Housing Board Chowk in Chandigarh. A five-member delegation was allowed to move to Chandigarh to submit their charter of demands to the minister.

The protestors also organised a jam at the Tawa Chowk near the Interstate Bus Terminus in Sector 5, resulting in disruption of traffic for about one hour. Tehsildar Manish Singla immediately rushed to the spot to pacify the agitators, who later moved towards the Housing Board Chowk.



2 electrocuted in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 10
Two persons died in separate incidents following electrocution, here today.

In the first incident at Mullanpur, Dinesh Kumar (40) lost his life when he was transporting a machine to a factory in his tractor trolley. On the way, the machine came in contact with the overhead high tension wires and Dinesh died of electrocutionon the spot.

In the second such incident, a 21-year-old a labourer was electrocuted at Dua village here.

The victim has been identified as Bunni Lal. Bunni received died of electrocution from a table fan at his resident.



City scan

Jamun Day
Students of Government Model Senior Secondary School enjoy jamuns in Chandigarh on Tuesday
Students of Government Model Senior Secondary School enjoy jamuns in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

The Fieldman Farm Fresh organised Jamun Day in collaboration with the Environment Society of India and Sohanjana Eco Club at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46-D, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. NK Jhingan and Dr HS Honda from the Environment Society of India expressed their views on the benefits of jamun. In the campaign for organic farming, VK Verma, liaison officer of Fieldman Farm Fresh, stressed on consumption of organic and pesticide-free fruits and vegetables. In charge, Sohanjana Eco Club, Baljinder Kaur, talked about benefits of jamun. She said consumption of jamun prevented from diseases like diarrhoea, dysentry, piles, liver disorder and diabetes.

New timings

The Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, shall observe new timings from July 15 onwards, a press release said here. OPD of the hospital will be open from 9 am to 5 pm, while the registration counter will be open from 8 am to 11 am. The emergency services will be available round the clock.


Elections of the Market Welfare Association, Sector 36, were held on Tuesday under the supervision of Election Commissioner Manish Dhingra, wherein Kamal Gupta was unanimously elected as the president of the association.

PU admission schedule

The department of political science will have its counselling for admission to MA (first semester) on July 13, an official note said. The admission to MSc second-year course in the Centre for Systems Biology and Bioinformatics will be held on July 16; MSc (human genomics) first semester on July 17; MSc (HS) physics and MSc (HS) physics and electronics will be on July 16 and 17 at 11.30 am.

Get-together today

Panjab University will arrange a get-together for commencement of the new academic session on tomorrow, said a press note here on Tuesday. Members of the Senate, Syndicate, faculty and non-teaching staff are expected at the event.


The department of Guru Nanak Sikh Studies organised a special lecture on “The communicative models of Gurbani” by Dr Amritpal Kaur, department of Punjabi Literary Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala, at the Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Bhawan here on Tuesday.

Teej festival

To give a traditional touch to the City Beautiful, the municipal corporation has decided to celebrate Teej Festival-2012 on July 21 at Dalhia Garden, opposite Fragrance Garden, Sector 36, Chandigarh. In a meeting of art, sports and culture committee, MC, held here on Tuesday under the chairpersonship of Gurbax Rawat, it was decided that a renowned singer will be arranged for the event and village profile of municipal corporation and heritage collections of Punjab and Haryana will be the main attractions of the festival. Mehandi stalls, phulkari, painting exhibitions, folk dances and songs will also be held during the festival.

Centre launched

GATEFORUM, an established player in preparation for the prestigious graduate aptitude test in engineering (GATE) on Tuesday announced the launch of its maiden centre for the aspiring GATE students in Chandigarh. Situated at SCO 110-11, second floor, Sector 34-A, Chandigarh, and equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure, the GATEFORUM centre aims to offer the best training programmes and take the city ahead to the national level.

Life support workshop

Fortis Hospital, Mohali, held a free basic life support workshop for children in which more than 50 children participated. The free workshop was held as a part of the hospital’s community BLS initiative. — Tribune Reporters



Engineering students win laurels
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, July 10
MBA students of the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, have brought laurels to the college by scoring excellent marks in the university examinations held in May. The results of the MBA second semester and fourth semester were declared recently.

In the fourth semester results, Ravneet Kaur has scored the maximum with 86 per cent marks, while Manjit Kaur (85 per cent) and Navneet (81 per cent) have got the second and third positions, respectively.

In the second semester results, Rasandeep Kaur has topped the college with 83 per cent marks, while Mandeep Singh has been a close second with 82 per cent marks.

Puneet Kamal and Rohit Sharma have both scored 81 per cent marks.

All students have scored more than 70 per cent marks in their second semester examination.

College principal, Dr MS Grewal, congratulated the students for achieving good results.



class Xi admissions
Second round of counselling from July 16
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The education department will hold the second round of counselling for admission to class XI from July 16. The counselling will be held for candidates who have already taken admission in one of the government schools and now want to submit request for change of school, stream or option. All such candidates will fill up a form titled, “form for change of school, stream, option”. The form will be available free of cost in six specified schools and on www.chdeducation.gov.in.

This form can also be submitted online. In addition to these, the candidates, who applied for admission during the first round of counseling, but did not take admission for any reason or were not allotted any seat, will also be eligible for this counselling.

The candidates, who did not apply for admission earlier, can now apply on the “registration form” available in the prospectus from any one of the six schools.


  • Availability and submission of duly filled form for change of school, stream or option is July 16 to 18 from 9 am to 1 pm.
  • Display of list indicating allotment of school or stream will be on July 24 at 11 am.
  • Deposit of fee in the school where the candidate has been allotted a seat is from July 25 to 26 from 9 am to 11 am.
  • Venue for deposit of fee and verification of documents will be the respective school where the seat has been allotted to the candidate.
  • Venues for sale of prospectus, form regarding ‘request for change of school, stream or option and submission of form or request will be at GMSSS, Sector 10, Chandigarh; GMSSS, Sector 19, Chandigarh; GMSSS, Sector 21, Chandigarh; GMSSS, Sector 40, Chandigarh; GMSSS, Sector 46, Chandigarh; GMSSS, Modern Complex, Mani Majra.
  • Downloaded registration form will be accepted with a cash payment of Rs 120, whereas “form for change of school, stream or option” will be accepted free of cost.
  • List of vacant seats after the first round for counseling will be available at the department’s website on July 13 at 4 pm.
  • Candidate who will apply on the “form for change of school, stream, option” can give maximum seven and minimum one option in the order of preference.
  • In case, a candidate cannot get a seat in the school or stream of first option, his/her name will be included in the waiting list of that school or stream (first option). Number of candidates to be included in the waiting list will not exceed 10 per cent of the total sanctioned seats of respective school or stream. This list will be valid up to August 6. In case, the name of the candidates does not figure in the waiting list, his/her name will be included under the waiting list of the school/stream given under the second option, provided he or she has not been allotted seat of second option and so on. Similar procedure will be applied for the candidates who are applying admission for the first time.
  • List of vacant seat after the second round of counselling and subsequent vacancies (category wise or stream wise) will be displayed by all schools on every Monday in July and August (up to August 6). List of selected candidates from the waiting list will also be displayed on the same day. Each school will display information related to their own school.
  • Eligibility criteria, procedure for “preparation of merit”, allotment of seats and other details as mentioned in the prospectus will remain the same.



Counselling disappoints engg applicants
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Barring a handful of students, the joint admission counselling for four city engineering institutes has failed to bring cheer to many. A review of the seat allotment lists of PEC University, CCET, UIET and University Institute of Chemical Engineering clearly indicates that a large number of students have not been able to make it to the stream enlisted as their first choice.

“I wanted computer sciences and had listed it as my first choice in all institutes, but I have not been able to get into any and have been awarded mechanical in CCET, which was my third choice. The allotment has left me confused, this preferential system is too confusing and not very transparent,” said a student.

The authorities concerned, however, held high merit and a large number of applicants as the key reason behind the same.

“It was bound to happen because the applicant to seat ratio this time is as high as 1:30 for PEC and UIET. Everybody wants to get into computer sciences, but that is not possible. As far as the mode of counselling is concerned, preferential counselling is the most followed and successful one. We have assured utmost transparency,” said an official.

The allotment, meanwhile, seems to have made the first counselling virtually useless as a majority of the students will now be going in for the second counselling to be held on July 18. However, given to the number of applicants and the enlisted merit, it appears that things will not change drastically and a majority of students will have to go without their choices. Things are going to be worse for outsiders, who will compete for the 15 per cent quota.

“It’s an every year story. The institutes have created their name in terms of academics and placements and thus we get so many applicants. The second counseling sees rush every year, so it’s not new for us, but yes, the students may have problems,” added the official.



CBSE discontinues issuing of blueprints
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
In what is going to make the CBSE classes IX and X examinations more unpredictable now, the board has decided to discontinue issuing of “blueprints, sample question papers and marking schemes” in all major subjects.

The documents, which were aimed to ensure uniform standards of question papers and abiding of the set marking scheme and syllabi, have, according to the board, apparently prevented open ended approach and diversity in expression, style and content.

“It has been noticed that a large section of students and examiners are ‘punctiliously’ following these documents, which beats the very purpose of examination.

The blueprint also micro categorises items into difficult, average and easy with specific allotment of marks to each category, which again limits the framing of a particular type of question from a particular topic or chapter,” read the communication sent to schools.

In addition to this, the board has also expressed its unhappiness at the fact that the release of blueprints and sample question papers indirectly promotes “teaching for the test” and makes holistic development impossible.

The board has, meanwhile, proposed a revised format where weightage will be assigned to entire units, as mentioned in the curriculum as an alternative of chapter-wise weightage, which was given earlier.

“Instead of providing a detailed blueprint, which used to divide the curriculum into exceedingly narrower parts, there will be a more ‘flexible design as far as the structure of assessment’ is concerned. The structure of assessment will also be exemplified for each subject,” read the circular.

The written examination will also go in for a makeover, as the board will follow a more comprehensive structure of examination and flexible patterns. The structure of examination, along with the weightage and examples will be shortly available on their academics website.

Discontinuation of the blue prints and sample papers has, however, disappointed city academicians, as a government school principal says, “The guidance provided by the blueprints and sample papers was useful for both teachers and students to plan the lessons. It also ensured that the standard of paper did not differ from teacher to teacher, but was, according to the CBSE, normal. You could have seen that because of this guidance the question papers of all schools used to be same but not any more.”



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