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CBI raids leave candidates shocked
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids at 11 examination centres where the entrance exam for MD courses of the PGI was being held gave anxious moments to candidates appearing in exam.

Witnessing CBI sleuths at the examination centre left them surprised and distracted. One of the candidates who appeared at Sri Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School in Sector 35 said: “As soon the CBI officials nabbed one of the candidates we got to know that something was wrong. Although the CBI officials asked the candidate to silently come out of the examination room, we could make out that it was a case of cheating,” added the candidate.

The candidates, who had come from various parts of country, looked worried that the incident might lead to the cancellation of the exam. “The arrests led to restlessness among many candidates who felt that the controversy might lead to rescheduling of the exam. However, later we were informed that exam has not been cancelled,” said a candidate hailing from Delhi.

CBI sleuths baffled

Students have devised novel ways of cheating during exams. The cheating racket in the PGI entrance exam once again exposed the misuse of sophisticated devices during exams. The CBI sleuths were for a moment baffled by the modus operandi adopted by the candidates, who were appearing in the exam at Chandigarh, and their ‘tutors’, who were sitting in Patna and Hyderabad, and dictating the answers through mobile-enabled Bluetooth.

In the absence of scanners to frisk candidates, mobile phones were taken by the candidates in the exam centre. They clicked the pictures of the question paper and sent it through email to their helpers.

Devices like laptops, micro earphones, sophisticated mobile phones, bluetooth devices, special clothes fitted with sophisticated devices, buttonhole camera, tablet computer, wireless earplugs recovered from seven people rounded up from a hotel in Sector 35 in connection with the cheating racket has even left the CBI officials surprised. “The special clothes with devices fitted in them are something which is new when it comes to cheating in the exam,” said a CBI official. 



From exam centre to operation table
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
While putting on the sophisticated Bluetooth device for cheating in the PGI entrance exams for MD course, one of the aspirants, who was caught cheating today, would have hardly imagined that she would land at the operation table.

C Namitha, the candidate who was caught using the Bluetooth device, was rushed to PGI for surgery as the device impacted into the auditory canal of her ear. The girl was rushed to the ENT department where she underwent a minor surgery.

“The device was pushed in her ear as it got stuck in the auditory canal. Though the surgery did not take long, the doctors were being extra careful as the device was small in size,” said an official.

The CBI officials kept on waiting and took her into custody as soon as she was wheeled out of the operation theatre. While she was caught at around 11.30 in the morning, she was taken to the PGI for surgery at around 3.30 pm. She was caught using the device at DAV, Sector 15, one of the 11 examination centres of the PGI.

A total of 7,000 students had appeared in the MD entrance examination in the city. The officials confirmed that since it was a case of cheating and not paper leak, the examination would not be rescheduled. 



Car sales in top gear on Dhanteras
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
The slowdown experienced by the auto sector seems to be a thing of the past. Most auto showrooms in the city have been experiencing increased sales during the festive season. And as many as 1,200 new cars will hit the tricity roads on the auspicious day of Dhanteras on Sunday.

Sanjay Dahuja, managing director, Berkeley Motors, said they would deliver around 120 cars on Dhanteras. The customers will get 1 gram gold coin with the vehicle, he added.

Pradeep Sheoran, sales head, Globe Toyota, Mohali, said the agency would remain open on Dhanteras, which falls on Sunday. He added they would deliver 40 cars to customers on Sunday.

KC Pandey, general manager (sales), Saluja Motors, said the customers had been given different time slots for delivery of cars. They are also offering free insurance and discount to corporate customers in this festive season, he added. 

Traders, jewellers expect good business

The sale of electronic goods is also expected to increase on Dhanteras. Parshotam Singh, owner of Satlej Enterprises, Sector 35, said: “We are expecting a business of Rs 60 to Rs 70 lakh on Sunday. We are offering 0 per cent finance scheme on LCD, refrigerator and other electronic items. Besides, gifts like Ipad, tablets and cars will be given to lucky customers. Special exchange offers are also available for customers.” Vinod Talwar, president of the Jewellers’ Association of Chandigarh, said: “As Dhanteras is considered to be an auspicious day to buy gold, we are expecting a good business on Sunday.” 



20-yr-old student killed in mishap
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
A 20-year-old student was killed while the riding pillion sustained serious injuries when a Santro car ( PB-27-B-7428) hit their motorcycle near the Kisan Bhavan roundabout in Sector 35 this morning.

Ashu Dishwar, a resident of Balongi, and a BA first year student of Khalsa college, died on the spot while Sanjay Kumar sustained injuries. The two were on their way to college in Sector 26.

The accident took place at 10 am when an auto-rickshaw came in front of the bike.

As Ashu took a turn, the car, which was being driven by a woman, hit the bike.

The front wheels of the car ran over Ashu's chest, killing him on the spot.

Both the students were rushed to Government Multi-Speciality Hospital in Sector 16, where Ashu was declared brought dead.

Ashu hails from Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh. His father is employed with Indane company in Mohali.

The police recorded Sanjay's statement and registered a case against the woman, identified as Navkiran, for causing death due to negligence under Section 304. 

Woman faints in hospital

Navkiran, who was driving the Santro car, fainted on learning that the youth, who was accidentally hit by her car, had died. High drama was witnessed at the Sector 16 hospital when the woman started wailing and then fell on the floor. She is a resident of Kharar.

Second accident in a month

On November 2, two students were killed when a speeding Haryana Roadways bus hit their motorcycle at the Sector 48/49 lights. The two were staying as paying guests in Sector 20 and were enrolled in a coaching institute in Sector 22. 


Spurious sweets destroyed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
A team of UT officials confiscated around 200 kg of sweets and eatables at Doaba Sweets in Sector 30 yesterday.

The eatables, unfit for human consumption, were destroyed by the team, led by Duty Magistrate Rajiv Tewari and food inspector Sanjay Kanojia.

Acting on a tip off, the team raided the sweets shop and found that sweets were kept in utensils without any cover and these were in extremely unhygienic conditions.

The team also found that rotten vegetables and other eatables, unfit for human consumption, had been stored in the kitchen. Rajiv Tewari said the owners of the shop had been given two days time to clean up the shop and to whitewash the inner walls of the shops.

The health officials took samples of sweets. Officials said raids at eating joints would continue in the coming days. Rajiv Tewari said the workers engaged by the owner of the shop were not preparing sweets in hygienic conditions. 



350-kg sweets destroyed
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 10
The SDM today issued notice to three makers of sweets and destroyed 350 kg of sweets being made under unhygienic conditions.

SDM Lakhmir Singh carried out surprise checks at sweets making units in Jagatpura, Sohana and nearby areas. He issued notice to Gora Lal, owner of Kiran Sweets in Jagatpura, for allegedly failing to maintain hygienic conditions. On November 6, this unit had been inspected and sweets were destroyed. The SDM also checked Pal Sweets in Jagatpura.

Notices were also issued to Sohan Sweets and Ricky Vicky Sweets, both in Sohana village. 



Canadian Sports Minister catches up with old friends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
After a gap of 31 years, Baljit Gosal, the Canadian Sports Minister, got a chance to re-unite with his batch mates (1992 law department). His local friends organised a get-together function on Friday evening here.

“It was a very tight and hectic schedule with Prime Minister, but I have managed to keep three days to finish my work here. It’s amazing to be here and to meet some of my old friends. Everything has changed but the love and affection for each other remains the same,” said Gosal. Not only Gosal but his friends here also enjoyed the evening along with their batch mates. “Although, he has become a great political personality but he is very down to earth. He always makes me feel as if we are still young,” said Jaspreet Singh Ahluwalia, senior advocate Punjab and Haryana High Court.

On his recent visit to India, he said, “We are coming up with some new projects in Canada. India needs to improve the sports infrastructure.”

“I will meet Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab and will certainly discuss about Kabaddi. The Canadian team will be taking part in the upcoming Kabaddi Cup 2012, and hopefully we will win this time,” added Gosal.



Pakistani stalls a crowd-puller
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
People are turning up in large numbers for the five-day CII Chandigarh Fair which started on Wednesday. More than 430 stalls have been set up at the venue. Pakistani stalls are witnessing a huge rush of visitors.

People are buying designer clothes and crockery at these stalls.

Javed Iqbal from Paras Industries, who has been in the crockery manufacturing business in Pakistan for the past 25 years, has brought melamine crockery to Chandigarh. He has been visiting India for seven to eight years now and has researched extensively on the eating habits and crockery affinity on this side of the border.

He said, “The crockery is in various colours and designs and is made of very high-quality material. We have received a good response from the public."

Echoing a similar view, Huzaifa Essabhai, sales and marketing head of Gul Ahmed textiles from Karachi, Pakistan, said their fabric was made of cotton, jute, viscose and wool pashmina. He added that they had designer range for all seasons and it was being highly appreciated.

Afzal from Pakistan, who runs a shoe company, said this time they had brought Kohlapuri chappals.

A student of Panjab University Sonia Rana said she had bought some Pakistani suits.



PU students' stir enters sixth day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
PU students' strike against the hike in mess charges entered its sixth day.

Despite the authorities increasing the subsidy offered to students belonging to economically weaker sections, the protest continued.

The university officials stated that food subsidy for EWS students had been increased from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,350 per month. The university has also proposed to enhance the family income limit of EWS from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3 lakh per annum.

The officials said limited meal would be provided to the students for Rs 24 at boys hostels and Rs 22.50 at girls hostels.

The officials said they would not roll back the hike and students would be charged

Rs 30 and Rs 28.50 per meal in the boys and girls hostels.

They said the hostel residents could opt for the new scheme of fixed menu.

Vice-Chancellor Arun Grover urged the students to call off their protest immediately and celebrate Divali with their friends and staff of the university.

However, the protesting students refused to end the protest and demanded a rollback.



Nukkad natak dominates Day 2
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10
The second day of PEC fest was even bigger than the first day. Students from NIT Jalandhar, NIT Kurukshetra, IISER, Indraprastha University, Delhi, IIT Roorkee, Thapar University, SVIET, CCET and UIET participated in various events.

A business quiz by famous city quizzers "Thinking Pipe", group discussions, wordict, twist-a-script, events such as netagiri, which was a mock election that was intended to inculcate the spirit of democracy and youth leadership, nukkad natak, stand-up comedy called “Comedy King” and solo singing competitions were held.

The crowd broke into a frenzy in the evening as a flash mob danced to the beats of ‘Gangnam Style’ in the parking of the college auditorium. The event ‘stunt mania’- a stunt biking show, mesmerised all.




Anti-Crackers Week

The Government Senior Secondary School, Dhanas, observed Anti-Crackers Week. A slogan writing and poster-making competition was held in which students of VI to XII participated. On other hand, the NSS unit programme also organised a rally in which 150 students participated to spread awareness.

Annual talent show

The Sant Isher Singh Public School, Sector 70, Mohali celebrated the extravaganza-Harmony 2012 in which a variety of items was presented by students. The annual talent show was inaugurated by Director Hardip Kaur Gill. A colourful folkdance was performed by boys and girls.

Divali celebrations

The Swami Ram Tirtha Smart School, Mohali, conducted an assembly to celebrate Divali. The campus was full of colours and kindergarten section decorated their classrooms with rows of lights and beautiful ‘rangolis’


The St Soldier School, Mohali, organised Panchatatva, an exhibition celebrating life by showcasing basis of life and the universe (five elements), here today. The students of Classes VI to XII participated in the event.

Special assembly held

The DAV school, Mohali, organised a Divali week in which a special assembly was held. The students participated enthusiastically and gave their views on Divali. They recited poems and sang bhajans. The school organised a TV show in the school auditorium. The show was coordinated by English teacher Rashmi Gera along with the students of Class XI. The main attractions of the show were Indian Idol, KBC and a skit on child labour and poverty. The Principal of the Institution Dr Rosy Sharma thanked all. –– TNS



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