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Petty quarrel turns bloody
Tiff over parking in Mohali; youths open fire, 32-year-old shot dead; two suffer injuries
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service
Residents gathered outside the house of the victim, Amanpreet Singh, at Phase III A in Mohali on Wednesday evening
Residents gathered outside the house of the victim, Amanpreet Singh, at Phase III A in Mohali on Wednesday evening. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, February 27
A petty quarrel between neighbours over parking of vehicles took an ugly turn when some youngsters, living as paying guests, opened fire, leaving one person dead and two injured in Phase IIIA at 8.15 pm on Wednesday.

The police has arrested two persons, identified as Onkar Singh and Sunbir Singh, both relatives, and residents of Amritsar.

The deceased, 32-year-old Amarpreet Singh, aka Lucky, an advocate, received two gunshots on his chest. He died on the way to Fortis Hospital.
Amanpreet Singh
Amanpreet Singh

The injured have been identified as Gaganjot Singh and his friend Simarjit Singh. Gaganjot, who is a cousin of the deceased, received three gunshots, two on left thigh and one on right knee, while Simarjit was shot in the right thigh. The injured have been admitted to Fortis Hospital.

Gaganjot, who has recently returned from Australia, is the son of a former councillor of the area, Manjit Singh Sethi, while Amarpreet Singh is Sethi's nephew.

Eyewitnesses said the two youngsters were nabbed by the residents of the area and were handed over to the police. The police has recovered two swanky cars, an Endeavour (PB10-T-2504) and a Skoda (PB16-B-0004) and a Bullet motorcycle (PB02-AD-2672) of the accused. Besides, the police recovered a sword, a hookah and a laptop from the accused's room.

The Endeavour belongs to Ranjit Singh, a resident of Mangli Khas village in Ludhiana district.

Manjit Singh Sethi said his son Gaganjot Singh and his nephew Lucky were planning to go out for a dinner when they had a tiff with a youth. "The youth had parked his Endeavour in front of Lucky's house (number 285). When Lucky asked the accused to park the vehicle in front of his house, the accused went inside his house (number 282) where he was staying as a paying guest.

Lucky, Gaganjot, Simar and their two other friends were standing outside the house when the youngsters opened fire from their house. Lucky and Gaganjot received gunshots. While Lucky fell, Gaganjot along with his friends ran towards the accused to nab them. The accused, who were 10 in number, fled the scene in a black Balero, while two of them were nabbed by Gaganjot and his friends," said Sethi.

Lucky is survived by his wife and a six-year-old son.

DSP Rajinder Singh Sohal, who reached the spot, said the accused had been identified.

The accused will be nabbed soon, said Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar.



6-yr-old rape victim identifies accused
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 27
A six-year-old rape victim today identified the accused in the court. The victim, having two holes in her heart, told everything fearlessly how she was violated by the accused, who drives her father’s car.

The victim, a student of Class I, was allegedly raped by a 20-year-old youth near labour chowk, Sector 16, in Panchkula on the pretext of buying her a pack of chips.

The accused, Raju, took the child to an isolated place near the labour chowk and committed the crime. Everyone present in the court was shocked to see a Class I student explaining how the accused committed the crime.

The child has been suffering from severe heart problem and has two holes in her heart. She is undergoing treatment at the PGI, Chandigarh.

A case under Section 377 (unnatural sex) of the IPC and the Protection of Child Rights Act was registered at the Sector 14 police station.

On December 29 night, the child’s parents were away to Chandigarh when she expressed her desire to have chips. Raju took her to buy chips, but parked his auto at an isolated place near the labour chowk. He allegedly raped the child and dropped her back home.

The police said Raju had also threatened the victim not to reveal anything to her parents.



A life lost for Rs 200

Chandigarh, February 27
A 22-year-old youth snatched a purse from a woman and tried to flee on a stolen scooter at the Sector 38 market. But fate had something else in store for him.

As Rajeev Kumar, a resident Sector 37, tried to flee, the scooter he was riding skidded and he suffered serious injuries on his head. He was rushed to GMSH-16 where he was declared brought dead. The purse contained only Rs 200.

The stolen brand new Activa scooter he was riding belonged to a Ram Darbar resident. The incident took place at 4.45 pm when Rajeev snatched the purse of Sangam, a resident of Sector 38-West. The youth had stolen the scoter from the Sector 41 market yesterday evening.

A Mohali resident, Sukhwinder Singh, chased the accused in his Mercedes car after he saw him snatching the purse.

Police said the accused accelerated the scooter when he reached the rear lane of the Sector 38 market. As he tried to take a U-turn, his scooter skidded. He was not wearing a helmet. A PCR van rushed him to the GMSH where doctors declared him dead. The victim is survived by his parents and a brother. — TNS



Rs 20 cr spent, waste mgmt still a tall order
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Figure this out: The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has spent a whopping Rs 20 crore on the purchase of garbage lifting machines in the past five years, but the management of solid waste is still a challenge to the civic body. The MC has failed to find a solution to the problem. Piles of garbage can be seen alongside roads in residential areas and in markets. Overflowing bins is also a common site in some parts of the city.

“Garbage lies unattended for days in our locality. The MC has failed to manage solid waste in the city,” said Col Pritam Bhullar (retd), a resident of Sector 2. “The MC should ensure regular lifting of garbage from every locality to make city clean and green,” said Mukesh Malik, a resident of Sector 21.



Coloured coding bins

The Chandigarh Pollution Control Board and the UT Administration had issued directions to the MC to install coloured coding bins in vegetable and meat markets

Door-to-door collection

The project was launched in 2001 by the Administration. NGOs and Resident Welfare Associations were involved to execute the project. But it also failed to solve the problem.

Designed rickshaws

In 2002, the Administration handed over the specially designed cycle-rickshaws and handcarts to the the Residents’ Welfare Association of Sector 15 to collect garbage in two separate containers. According to the proposal, the garbage was to be converted into compost at the vermi-culture compost centre in Sector 15. The president of the association said out of the five rickshaws, only two were functional.

Former Mayors speak

The authorities should purchase latest machinery for the management of garbage in the city.
— Surinder Singh

There is no dearth of funds. During my tenure, the MC budget was Rs 55 crore, but today it is `850 crore. If the population is increasing, the funds are also increasing.
Gyan Chand

We have a garbage processing plant, latest machinery and adequate manpower, but still we are facing problem in lifting garbage from localities.
— Kamla Sharma

The authorities are trying their best to overcome the problem. The city's population has increased manifold and the problems have also escalated.
— Harjinder Kaur

The MC will not be able to overcome the problem until the general public helps.
— Ravinder Singh Pali

The problem has increased with the rise in population.
— Raj Bala Malik


PCA acts tough with cops
Takes departmental action against two police personnel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Coming down heavily on three policemen, the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has ordered shifting of two police officials to the police lines for “dereliction of duty, mala fides and partisan attitude.

The PCA has recommended action against Sub Inspector Mohan Lal and ASI Gurmeet Singh for their inaction in a case.

In the order passed today, the PCA stated that, “No action was taken on the complaints filed by the complainant. SI Mohan Lal has shown dereliction of duty and mala fides by helping the wife of constable Subhash, though it was clear prima facie that it was a case of severe beating and snatching of mobile phone.

The PCA also added that ASI Gurmeet Singh acted in a wrongful manner by not getting the complainant’s injuries examined by the medical jurist for a medico-legal report.

Since it was a case of beating and snatching, it was a prima facie case under Sections 323 and 392 of the IPC. Otherwise also, in a police case, injuries are always required to be examined by the medical jurist.”

The PCA acted on the complaint of Sukhpal Singh, a Mohali resident, who stated in the complaint that he had gone to the Sector 56 residence of his sister-in-law Manjit Kaur on November 17, 2011.

Manjit Kaur, as per him, was facing harassment, threats and many other problems from police constable Subhash Chander, his wife Mayawati, and his sister-in-law Sunita, who tried to evict her from the house forcibly.

They allegedly beat up the complainant and snatched his mobile phone. They also repeatedly slapped Manjit’s daughter Jaspreet, who later informed the police. The complaint said the duo went to the Palsora police post, but sub-inspector Mohan Lal did not accept their complaint, as it was against a constable.

After much insistence, the complainant was taken for medical examination by ASI Gurmeet Singh, but he kept the medical report with himself and forced him to compromise on the matter.

The next day, the complainant submitted a complaint at the public window, but he did not get any reply whether a case had been registered or not, added the complaint.

Meanwhile, SI Mohan Lal, ASI Gurmeet Singh and constable Subhash Chander denied all allegations.

The PCA requested the IGP to transfer both the officials, the SI and the ASI to the police lines and issue them “censure.” The PCA said while in the case of the constable in question, they had already recommended action against him in some other case.



This fiscal, residents expect a people-friendly Budget
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
The Union Budget for fiscal 2013-14 will be presented by Finance Minister P Chidambaram in Parliament on Thursday. City residents have high expectations and are hoping that prices of essential commodities will come down and the income tax slabs will be revised. Chandigarh Tribune talks to the residents across the city.

Residents speak

There is a need to streamline the income tax refund system. The basic exemption should be raised to Rs 3 lakh for the common man, and accordingly some benefits should be given to senior citizens and women.
Ajay Jagga, tax consultant, Chandigarh

Funds for the health sector should be increased and it should be treated at par with industry with tax sops and incentives for setting up hospitals.

Dr RS Bedi, state president, Indian Medical Association, chandigarh

There should be no hike in prices of electronics goods by levying additional taxes on them. I hope in the new Budget, scholarships in various trades will be announced for the youth in the country to avoid brain drain.

Preeti Chauhan, student, Chandigarh

The focus must be on textiles and clothing sectors, as they provide highest quantum of direct and indirect employment to the masses
Dr Suresh K Chadha, Professor, UBS, Panjab University

The government should allocate more funds for the construction of Chandigarh bypass and underpasses in the city. The demand is lying pending for more than five years. To resolve the acute traffic problem in the city, the metro project should be implemented fast. Tax exemption should be revised and fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh.

PC Sangi, chairman, FOSWAC, Chandigarh

A commission for the senior citizens should be constituted by the Union Finance Ministry to focus on their requirements, and adequate funds should be allocated to facilitate lives of senior citizens across the nation.

Bhavneshwar Sharma, regional head, Helpage India, Chandigarh

I believe people have lots of hope from this Budget. Being a chief dermatologist, I feel excessive taxes are being imposed on medicines. There are people who are suffering from chronic diseases and it becomes difficult for them to buy expensive medecines.

Dr Vikas Sharma, National Skin Hospital, Sector 5, Panchkula

We should keep the common man in mind while releasing the Budget. There is no relief for them in any commodity. Every month, petrol and diesel prices are being hiked. It’s an era of inflation.

Pradeep Chaudhary, MLA (Kalka), a resident of Panchkula



EWS society faces neglect
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Garbage strewn in a park near the EWS flats; and (below) wild growth dots the area
Garbage strewn in a park near the EWS flats; and (below) wild growth dots the area.
Garbage strewn in a park near the EWS flats; and (below) wild growth dots the area

Chandigarh, February 27
The residents of EWS society, Sector 49, are a harried lot.

They said despite taking up the problem of waterlogging on internal roads of the society with the authorities, nothing has been done.

The situation goes from bad to worse during rainy season as it becomes difficult to commute on the roads.

An accident can occur on these potholed roads at night.

"We have approached the authorities a number of times, but to no avail. Stink has started emanating from stagnant water," said Arvind, a resident.

Flaying the civic officials for not paying attention towards the maintenance of the roads and streetlights, the residents said there was no garbage dumping site in the area.

In the absence of garbage bins, residents dump garbage in the open.

The area is allotted to those belonging to the economically weaker sections.

"Roads in the area are full of potholes. Water accumulated on roads makes it difficult for residents to commute on these. The authorities are sleeping over the issue," said Inshad, a resident. Another resident Jasbir said, "Seepage is one of the major problems. Our pleas fall on deaf ears."

"There are no garbage bins in the area. Streetlights in the area are non-functional," said Kirana.While Mohd Shakeel said, "The civic officials do not visit the area. We have been complaining about the sorry state of affairs for long, but no one pays heed to our problems.”



missing family case
Debt forced family to flee
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 27
Huge burden of loan led a family of three persons from Phase 4, Mohali, to run away from their house about 12 days ago. This was stated by Kamaljit Singh, SHO of Phase 1 Police Station while claiming that the family comprising, Baldeep Singh, his wife Taranjot Kaur and his mother Raminder Kaur, has safely reached at the Patiala residence of Taranjot’s father, Santokh Singh.

Santokh Singh, who had lodged a complaint about the missing family members, claimed that his relatives were under depression, due to the reason that the family members did not return home. “But now the members are fine and will reach in a day or two”, said Santokh Singh at the police station.

The police said that after leaving their house, the family went to a ‘dera’ of religious guru at Buchcho Mandi, Bathinda. All the family members had also switched off their mobile phones during this time. Three days before, Taranjot Kaur had called up Santokh Singh to tell him that they were fine. After getting their tower location, the police sent a team along with Santokh Singh to bring the family back.

Sources said that Baldeep, a manager in a transportation company, had been under debt which led the family to take the step.

The family had left their house about 12 days earlier after leaving a suicide note in a bedroom. The matter came to light when Taranjit’s father Santojh Singh had found the mobile phones of his daughter and son-in-law switched off on February 19.



pending demands
PUDA employees protest

Mohali, February 27
Hundreds of Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) employees, under the flagship of Punjab Field Workshop Workers Union staged a protest against the authorities for not paying heed to their long-pending demands, here today.

The employees from various districts sat on dharna in front of the PUDA office and raised anti-government and anti-PUDA management slogans. The demands included the implementation of pension scheme and plots for PUDA employees etc. — TNS



Canada issues record visas to Indians in 2012
Prabhjot Singh /TNS

Chandigarh, February 27
The applications of More than 1.40 lakh Indians— both students and visitors— for visa to Canada were not only successful but also created a record of sorts as never before so many visas have been granted in a single calendar year.

Among the beneficiaries were 1.30 lakh visitors and 13,000 students. Canadian Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism Maxime Bernier hailed this as a demonstration of the increasingly close relationship between the two countries. The development marks a 58 per cent increase in visas and 530 per cent increase in student permits since 2004 which establishes the fact that Canada continues to be a destination of choice for Indian travellers and students.

Maxime Bernier is currently on a tourism mission to India.

“Indians are among our top 10 international travelers. Our government is working with the industry to capitalise on this growth to attract even more Indians and to create jobs in Canada,” the minister said.

“We try to issue visas and permits as quickly as possible to facilitate travel for visitors and students,” said Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney.



A treat for music lovers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Langa folk singer from Rajasthan, Rehmat Khan, mesmerised the audience with his folk music performance at the PEC, Chandigarh. A part of SpicMacay’s function, he began his performance with a beautiful folk song on the festival, Holi, “O Mharo Jalalo Bilalo”, followed by another folk song Maurni Baga Ma Nache.

His jugalabandi cast a spell. He sang some folk songs used in Hindi movies like "Nimbura" and “Kesariya Balam” followed by “Kalbelia” on the request of students.

He said most of the folk songs in Rajashtan were based on classical raga like khambavati, kalyan, kafi, sorat and sarang.



Dr Raj Bahadur gets yet another extension as GMCH Director
His services have been extended for the ninth time
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Dr Raj Bahadur, Director, Principal of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, has been “awarded” another extension for a month.

Bahadur has been given extension for the ninth time while his deputation period from his parent institution PGIMER, ended in January 2011. The move even defies Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad’s directions (issued two years ago) refusing extension to PGIMER doctors on deputation.

Bahadur’s tenure has been extended till March 31 with the UT officials assuring that by the end of his tenure the selection process for the new Director will be completed.

Asked whether the move would violate the norms, UT Health Secretary Anil Kumar said,“ The decision has been taken in view of the UPSC’s selection procedure for a new GMCH Director. The selection process is expected to be over within one month, so for that period of time, we have decided to allow Dr Raj Bahadur to continue as the Director. It should not be a problem since it’s a short span.” The move has raised many an eyebrow, and sources pointed out that going by the protocol, the Administration could have given the officiating charge to the senior most faculty member. In fact, a senior GMCH doctor has challenged the extensions being issued to Bahadur, so far, in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on the grounds that “The latter had exceeded the maximum period of deputation from his parent institution and was given eight extensions without the consensus of the competent authorities.”

The case is scheduled for its next hearing on March 1.

Dr Raj Bahadur is from the department of Orthopaedics, PGI. His deputation period was extended to five years in November, last year. He had joined GMCH-32 on deputation from the PGI on December 1, 2007.

Recently, The PGI Director, Dr YK Chawla, had written to the UT Administration to repatriate Bahadur, as he had already served beyond his tenure.



Thrashed police constable admitted to PGI

Chandigarh, February 27
A day after a scuffle was reported between constable and advocates at the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the constable was admitted to the PGI today after his condition deteriorated.

Constable Ramesh complained of severe pain today and vomited blood twice and then he was admitted to the PGI. His medical tests have revealed blockage in heart. A scuffle had taken place between a senior advocate and a policeman outside an entry gate of the Punjab and Haryana high court here on Tuesday following which some lawyers allegedly thrashed constable Ramesh.

The inquiry in the case is being conducted by DSP Deepak Saharan. — TNS



Diabetics at high risk of contracting TB: Experts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
“Diabetics are at a high risk of developing tuberculosis (TB) and diabetes worsens the outcomes of TB. These outcomes include increased deaths, failure and relapse rates,” city experts said.

Based on clinical findings of the UT Health Department, a number of TB patients were found to have diabetes. Officials at UT Health Department are now planning to introduce a mechanism where aged TB patients will be advised to undergo tests for sugar levels, as well.

“We are encouraging TB patients to undergo blood sugar test under the programme free of cost,” said Dr Anil Garg, State TB Officer.

While the annual incidence of TB in India is close to two million cases, the exact prevalence of TB among diabetics is unknown till date.

In the last couple of years, we found many such diagnosed TB patients who showed decreased rate of sputum conversion from positive to negative during treatment, said the officials. The sputum conversion is most important and objective measure to check the response to treatment in a TB patient.

As a consequence of urbanisation and socio economic devepolment, there has been escalating epidemic of diabetes in India. Evidences available have shown that TB is more common in diabetics, said the experts.

While a pilot project for bi-directional screening was introduced at 120 sites in the country. Following a study conducted in Kerela, last year, half of the TB patients studied had diabetes. They are planning to initiate a project there.

The study conducted in Kerela found nearly half (44 per cent) of the TB patients suffering from diabetes mellitus.



Splendid performance by classical dancer Rajashree
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
The third day of the Chandigarh dance festival at Tagore Theatre saw a splendid performance by Mumbai-based classical dancer Rajashree Shirke.

She, along with her troupe, presented the mythological story of Veer Ghatotkach.

The beautiful assimilation of different dance styles, including kathak, bharatanatyam, chao and lavani, was the main attraction.

Rajashree has mastered the two contrasting dance styles of kathak and bharatanatyam over the past three decades of her professional journey.

Today’s performance was an impressive glimpse of her different dance style.

She is also the founder and principal of the Lasya Centre for Dance Education and Research, which is one of the few institutes in India to conduct university-certified diploma courses in kathak and bharatanatyam.

Festival coordinator Dr SK Punnia said tomorrow Mamta Shankar ballet troupe from Kolkata would perform. She is the daughter of legendary dancers Uday Shankar and Amala Shankar and the niece of Pandit Ravi Shankar.



Tricity scan

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Annual prize distribution
Students in a jubilant mood after receiving certificates and mementoes during the prize distribution function at the Post Graduate Government College for Girls in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Wednesday
Students in a jubilant mood after receiving certificates and mementoes during the prize distribution function at the Post Graduate Government College for Girls in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Over 350 students were felicitated for excelling in academics, sports and co-curricular activities at the Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42. Nineteen students were enlisted in the roll of honour: Taruna Chawla, Shifa Sikri, Indu Dogra, Gagan, Ruchi Devi, Shikha, Ruchi Arora, Sangeeta Kumari, Sonia Arora, Surbhi, Amandeep Kaur, Ratnesh Kumari, Gunjan Sharma, Anchal Chaudhary and Harpreet Kaur Virdi. As many as 274 students were awarded for securing top positions in the university and house examinations, and 41 students were handed over mementoes for participating in cultural activities and NCC, NSS and blood donation camps. UT Education Secretary VK Singh congratulated the students.

Theatrical performance

The State Bank of India, Chandigarh Circle, hosted a theatrical performance named "Hai Mera Dil" by a noted Mumbai-based group. Led by Dinesh Thakur, a famous theatre and film personality, the group entertained the Army personnel stationed at the Western Command Headquarters in Chandimandir. Speaking on the occasion, Ashwani Bhatia, general manager, apprised the audience of various endeavours of the bank.

Blood donation

The local chapter of Lions Club organised a blood donation camp at Lions Vocational Centre, Sector 30. Chairman Sushil Kapoor said 75 volunteers donated blood, of which only 52 passed the screening. The donors were given refreshments. They received certificates of appreciation and mementoes for their noble gesture.

Seminar on transfer pricing

As many as 104 CMA members and other professionals attended a seminar on Transfer Pricing and Company Bill 2012. Chief guest Rakesh Bhalla, vice-chairman, NIRC, inaugurated the seminar. Others present on the occasion included Balwinder Singh, ex-CCM; Jasdeep Kaur, chairperson, Chandigarh chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI); and Praveen Sharma, secretary of the chapter. Nitin Narang was the keynote speaker who talked on transfer pricing, its provisions and regulations in India and abroad. He also explained different methods being used for different industries for calculating the price in associated parties.

Foodgrains for BPL

The Department of Food and Supplies, UT, has decided to distribute foodgrains under the TPDS for the month of January and February 2013. Registered BPL card holders will receive 25 kg rice and 4 kg wheat per month, and the registered AAY card holders will get 35 kg rice per month. The programme will continue till March 8.

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Baby show

Desh Bhagat Global School organised a healthy baby show. Over 100 children from Mandi Gobindgarh, Khanna, Sirhind, Fatehgarh Sahib and Amloh participated in the competition. The awards were given under four categories: Most healthy baby, most attractive baby, most active baby and fancy dress. Age categories were 1-2, 2-3 and 3-4 years.

Cultural festival

Celebrating 41 years in the field of education, Sri Sukhmani Group of Institutions inaugurated the annual function and techno-cultural fest, Lamhe 2013, on Wednesday. The techno-cultural events will be followed by cultural events and star nite, featuring Punjabi singer Jazzy-B on the second day of the event. Rajinder Singh Darbhanga, Joint Director, Vigilance Bureau, inaugurated the festival. Many students from all the streams of the institute enthusiastically participated in various events.

Campus placement

Dr RS Bawa, Vice-Chancellor, Chandigarh University, distributed offer letters to 15 MBA students during a ceremonial function held at the Gharuan campus. The selected students are studying in the final semester. Placements are in full swing at the educational institute.

Job fair

A job fair was organised by Aryans Group of Colleges at the campus situated in Nepra village. Speaking on the occasion, Harcharan Bains, Adviser on National Affairs and Media to Punjab Chief Minister, said the state government would not ban the opening of new educational institutions. He, however, noted that in the present competitive world, only those institutions would survive that would provide campus placement to their students. “The Punjab government will always support such institutions,” he said. Youth Akali leader Ashwani Kumar Sharma was the guest of honour on the occasion. — TNS



board examination
Students spend sleepless nights
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
With just two days remaining for the board examinations of Classes X and XII to begin, students are spending sleepless nights. However, the anxiety is more among the Class XII students, whose career opportunities depend on the examination.

Kavita Das, principal of St John’s High School, Sector 26, said this year with the marks obtained in the Class XII board examination carrying 40 per cent weightage in the engineering entrance examination, the board examination has assumed more importance.

“Moreover, every professional course has a high cut-off and the Class XII results play a vital role in deciding the future of students in several streams,” she said.

Some experts also feel Class XII students studying in the CBSE-affiliated schools are comparatively more pressurised because majority of them would be appearing in a board examination for the first time. In 2011, the CBSE had introduced the option of choosing between the school-based and board-based examinations at the Class X level. This move also reduced the pressure on the Class X students.

This year nearly a third of around 15,000 students appearing for the Class X board examination in Chandigarh have opted for the internal school-based examination. In the region, comprising of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu, the ratio is nearly half, with 60,000 students opting for the school-based examination and 70,000 for the external board examination, said the CBSE officials.

The CBSE’s regional officer, RJ Kanderao, said there had been an increase in the number of students opting for the school-based board examination in Class X. While the overall result will be declared by the board, the move will, nonetheless, help in reducing the pressure on students, he said.

Kanderao said the examination will be conducted in 30 centres. “Every centre will have two external observers and police personnel will also be deployed,” he said.

Busy days for counsellors

School authorities are making sure students are well prepared for the board examinations and do not feel any kind of pressure.

Amarbir Singh Sidhu, principal of Saupin’s School, Sector 32, said before sending the Class X students on preparatory holidays, school counsellors taught them breathing exercises and spent time with them, explaining how to approach each subject during the examination.

Counsellors appointed by the CBSE as well as the UT Education Department are busy these days clearing doubts of students. More than students, it is their parents who are making frantic calls to the counsellors, said Rakesh Sachdeva, principal of DAV School.

“The time just before the exam is full of stress, and we are trying our level best to give parents and students useful tips,” she said

Sharing some tips, city-based counsellor Sunil Bedi said students should avoid looking for new material and focus on the existing one. “Talk with your family members, try to have a light dinner and do not study on the night before an examination,” he said.

Balanced diet beats anxiety

Dieticians say a balanced diet may help students to beat anxiety. Chandigarh-based dietician Sonia Gandhi said there should be no loss in appetite as usually happens during examinations.

Students need a nutritious diet comprising of curd, fruits, green vegetables, juices, etc.

Biscuits, potato wafers and excess of tea or coffee should be avoided.

Dos on exam day

  • Maintain a check list. Ensure you carry all the necessary things: Pen, pencil, geometry box, eraser, etc.
  • Leave for the examination centre well in advance
  • Avoid interacting with people who easily panic
  • Have a light but adequate breakfast

Don’ts on exam day

  • Do not skip breakfast; feeling hungry in the middle of the examination can be distracting
  • Avoid negative thoughts
  • Avoid revising just before entering the examination hall
  • Precautions to be taken inside examination hall
  • Do not hurry reading the whole question paper
  • Resist the temptation to write everything or write beyond the word limit
  • Leave space after each answer; so that, if needed, information can be added later
  • If choices are available, choose those which are the easiest to attempt
  • Avoid getting stuck on a single question; return to it later



Science fest kicks off at Panjab University
Tribune News Service

Volunteers donate blood during a camp at Student Centre in Panjab University on Wednesday
Volunteers donate blood during a camp at Student Centre in Panjab University on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, February 27
A science fest, CITRON 2013, began today at Panjab University, with an encouraging response from students. A flash mob performance creating awareness on the security of women marked the beginning of the event.

Radio jockeys of a local station also graced the occasion. A blood donation camp was held at Student Centre. The student council president, Satinder Singh, said 400 students had registered for various events in advance and participation of four universities had also been confirmed.

Students wearing T-shirts bearing the logo of the event could be seen participating in various events.

A marathon scheduled in the morning had to be cancelled due to bad weather. It will be held in the coming days.

On the second day of the fest, a science quiz, painting competition, slogan writing and treasure hunt will be conducted. A skit on effects of science on the society will also be staged.

PUSU demands release of pending scholarships

The Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) today submitted a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor and the Dean, Student Welfare, for the release of pending scholarships of MTech students in instrumentation, chemical and microelectronics engineering departments.

Students of the final semester had not yet received the scholarship for second semester due to a lack in coordination at the administrative level, the PUSU members said. They said students belonging to the economically weaker section were suffering due to the delay.

PUSU president Yadwinder Singh said: "If necessary action is not taken by the university authorities, we will be forced to take some serious action.”

Sumit Goklaney of PUSU said the university was centrally funded and the scholarship was being provided by the Centre. Mismanagement on part of the university authorities could not be tolerated, he said.

Audio book for visually impaired students

Panjab University’s radio station Jyotirgamya 91.2 Parho aur Parhao has recorded a 21-hour audio book on sociology for visually impaired students. With this, the radio station has achieved the feat of recording over 200 hours of such books.

The book titled Understanding Contemporary Issues in India will help the visually impaired to prepare for the UPSC and other competitive examinations.

More than 100 volunteers from different departments of the university participated in recording these books.



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Annual day
Students perform during the annual day function at Dikshant International School in Zirakpur
Students perform during the annual day function at Dikshant International School in Zirakpur. A Tribune photograph
Students stage a play, Adhikaar, to mark the annual day of Firststep Montessori School at Sector 7, Panchkula, on Wednesday
Students stage a play, Adhikaar, to mark the annual day of Firststep Montessori School at Sector 7, Panchkula, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula: Colours and festive spirit abound at the primary wing of Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, as students presented skills in acting, dancing, singing, and playing musical instruments during the junior annual day. Around 400 students performed on the stage as parents cheered them. Renowned filmmaker Abhinav Kashyap graced the occasion as the chief guest and actress Jonita Doda was the guest of honour. The ceremony commenced with the lighting of the lamp and a floral tribute to the founder of the school, late ON Dikshit.

Farewell party

Mohali: The Class IX students of AKISPS, Sector 65, organized a good luck party for the outgoing students of Class X. The school auditorium was decorated for the occasion. The event started with a welcome address by Harnoor of Class IX. Titles were given to the Class X students and they were presented good luck cards. The students presented colorful performances to make the afternoon memorable. The director, AKSIPS Group of Schools, encouraged students to work diligently. — TNS



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