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UIET student found dead in hostel
Had reportedly tied his legs with an iron chain before electrocuting himself 
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
In a tragic incident, a fourth year student of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Panjab University, reportedly committed suicide by tying his legs with an iron chain and electrocuting himself with a heater wire in his hostel room.

A fire also broke out in his room on the second floor of the boys’ hostel number 2. The student was identified as 22-year-old Amandeep Singh, a resident of Ransin Kalan village in Moga district of Panjab.

The fire control room in Sector 17 received a call at 3.43 pm. The firemen immediately rushed to the spot.

As the front door of the room was bolted from inside, the fire officials entered the room from the rear door after breaking it. The police and fire officials saw the burnt body of Amandeep Singh on the bed. He had tied himself with the iron chain having two small locks. The keys of the locks were later found in the room. Books, bag, bed sheet and other belongings in the room were also damaged in the fire.

His friends identified him with his ‘kada’ and ‘kirpan’.

The windowpanes in the rood were also broken due to fire. The police shifted the body to the GMSH-16 at 7.30 pm. The police locked the room and procured CCTV footage of the hostel from the PU authorities. 

Facebook profile

The pictures on the Facebook account of Amandeep Singh Dhaliwal reveal that he was happy after his engagement last year. He was engaged on March 16, 2012, and had made his engagement picture as profile and cover picture on his account. The 102 pictures on his Facebook account reveal that he was very fond of travelling with his friends. 

Second case

On May 15, an MA student was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his hostel room at the PU. V Thurhil Sanga, a resident of hostel number 6, was found lying motionless in a chair with his legs folded. His brain was sent for histopathalogy to check the exact cause of the death as no injuries were found on his body. 


It’s a shocking incident. We investigated the matter and found that there was no lapse on the part of our security officials. We have called a condolence meeting on Friday at 6.30 pm in the university to pray for the departed soul~

— AS Ahluwalia, Dean (Student Welfare)

The boy had been missing since afternoon. He had to sit in an exam on Thursday at 2 pm. His roommate told us that he returned from the exam centre to take his admit card which he had left in his room, but his classmates said he did not turn up again. Later, we found his charred body in the room. We have informed his family in Moga~

— Harish Kumar, Hostel Warden

It appears to be a suicide, but things will be clear only after we receive the post-mortem report. We are also waiting for the forensic report~

Ashish Kapoor, DSP central

The MC fire team was not allowed to conduct inspection. We have already served notices on the university for fire safety violations . The fire team will again conduct inspection on the campus. ~

— Rajiv Gupta, MC Joint Commissioner-cum-Chief Fire Officer

Was to tie the knot in July

Amandeep Singh, a baptised Sikh, was engaged to a girl residing in Canada. They were to tie the knot in July. He was religious and used to actively participate in community kitchen during festivals at the PU gurdwara. His fiancée was also baptised.

Average in studies

He was an average student and was currently pursuing his final semester in BE (electronics) at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET). He got 11 compartments in different subjects during his engineering course and had cleared 10 of them. His friends said he was not selected in any of the placement drives held at the institute over the last four months.

Mystery over missing cellphones

Amandeep’s cellphones were missing ever since the fire was reported in his room. He owned a Maruti Zen car which was parked outside the hostel. The police also checked his car. The police also took a laptop from his room. 



CAG pulls up PGIMER
For keeping pvt rooms reserved for VIPs
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Slamming the PGIMER for keeping some of its private rooms reserved for VIPs throughout the year despite a long waiting list of patients, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India stated that the institute could have utilised the rooms and earned a revenue of Rs 22.25 lakh.

In its report for 2011-12, CAG pointed out that the occupancy of four VIP rooms during the year remained as low as 15 per cent, while there was a waiting list of 529 patients for 92 rooms at Nehru Hospital. There are 126 private rooms in the hospital.

“Had the VIP rooms been allotted to patients, it would have helped the needy patients avail better facilities, besides generating additional revenue,” stated the CAG report.

“Many patients who apply for a private room get operated upon and are discharged from the general ward. Some patients who were unable to get a private room moved to some other hospital for treatment,” the report reads.

The institute has lost a revenue of Rs 22,24,800 at the rate of Rs 1,800 per room per day.

Two rooms are reserved for the VIPs at Nehru Hospital and the other two at the Advanced Cardiac Centre. The occupancy of these private four rooms was 48 days, 94 days, 38 days and 44 days in a year.

More than 7,000 patients visit PGIMER’s OPDs and on an average, the institution houses nearly 700 indoor patients in different departments at any given time. The demand for private rooms has continued to be on the rise for the past few years. 



Snag in aircraft keeps passengers stranded for 4 hrs 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Over 100 passengers remained stranded for over four hours at the Chandigarh domestic airport today after Jet Airway’s outbound Chandigarh-Delhi-Banglore flight no 4235 developed a technical snag and took off late at night with special permission from the ATC.

The flight was already behind schedule due to VIPs movement at the airport and after delay of 35-40 minutes, it was finally scheduled for departure at 5.35 pm.

But the passengers were held up at the airport as the flight took off around 10 pm.

Those who were flying to Delhi or Bangaluru boarded the flight, but many who had a hop-in flight to Kolkata from the Delhi airport cancelled their tickets and travelled by road to catch their flight.

A passenger, Shareen, said: “The airlines did not help us. I missed my flight to Kolkata. There were many who had to reschedule their hop-in flight for tomorrow.”

Another passenger, Sangeeta, said “We boarded the aircraft at 5.15 pm but we kept waiting for the take off for the next one hour. It was only after passengers started shouting that the airlines officials told us about the technical snag and alighted from the aircraft.”

Airlines officials said the delay was due to a technical snag in the aircraft, but it was rectified after some time. 



Rapper Hard Kaur courts controversy 
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
After rapper Honey Singh, now singer Hard Kaur has courted a controversy. The singer shocked everyone by hurling abuses on stage during her performance at a hotel in Chandigarh on Wednesday night.

Soon after her performance that began around 10 pm before a fashion show, she started using abusive words. She deliberately used the abusive words seven-eight times during her performance.

“Though not many felt offended with her language since people were enjoying her performance, but it was not acceptable. The problem was that she was enjoying using abusive words time and again,” said a spectator.

The organiser of the show, Darpan Kapoor, said: “She wanted to entertain the crowd, but in the flow of her performance, she got carried away and used objectionable words. It should not have happened.”

After the performance, she left the venue and did not speak to the media. 



2 Chandigarh Police constables acquitted in murder bid case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Preeti Sahni, today acquitted two Chandigarh Police constables in an attempt to murder case. The Court acquitted constables Rajesh Kumar and Niharika of the charges.

The complainant, Santosh Devi, Rajesh’s wife, had turned hostile in the court last week. Santosh had told the court last week that she accidentally slipped into the Ganga. Taking a U-turn from her statements to the police, Santosh told the court that the accused did not try to push her into the river.

Constable Rajesh Kumar and his girlfriend constable Niharika were booked on the charges of attempt to murder under Section 307 of the IPC last year following Santosh’s complaint.

The incident was reported in August 2012 and the case was registered in October after a detailed inquiry by the police found the two constables guilty.

As per the FIR, the incident was reported on August 20 when constable Rajesh’s wife Santosh managed to survive the murder attempt on her and returned to her house in the police lines at Sector 26. She had then confronted her husband, who had by then cooked up a story of his wife’s death. He had told his family that Santosh drowned in the Ganga at Haridwar.

High drama was witnessed when Santosh returned and said Rajesh and Niharika pushed her into the river.

However, she retracted from the statements in the court today and said her husband never intended to kill her and she had accidentally slipped into the Ganga. 



Doctor jumps to death in Sukhna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
A 33-year-old doctor from Ludhiana allegedly committed suicide by jumping into Sukhna Lake late last night. The body of the doctor, Dinesh, was found floating at the regulatory end of the lake around 4 pm today.

The victim was suffering from extreme depression. No suicide note was recovered. The police said he had attempted suicide earlier too.

The police said the doctor was missing from his house in Ludhiana since yesterday evening. The police recovered an identity card of Fortis Hospital from his belongings. He was a radiologist at the hospital a few years ago and the identity card was not updated. He had also worked at Mani Majra and was presently working in Ludhiana.

The victim was married and was childless. His wife works at the dental department of Rayat College in Kharar. 


Sec 17 traders oppose MC’s decision
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Traders of Sector 17 today opposed the MC's decision of imposing hourly parking charges in Sector 17.

The Progressive Traders Welfare Association, Sector 17, and Traders Association, Sector 17, today held a meeting which was attended by former mayor and area councillor Pardeep Chhabra.

President of the Progressive Traders Welfare Association, Sector 17, Varinder Guleria said the decision was arbitrary, anti-traders and anti-consumers.

Beopar Mandal President Charanjiv Singh also criticised the decision. The MC should have considered the demands of the traders before taking such a decision, he added. President of the Traders Association, Sector 17, said the traders criticised the decision as it had come at a time when the market was going through recession. Chhabra promised to solve all issues after taking those up with the MC Commissioner and the authorities concerned. On May 21, the MC's Finance and Contracts Committee had decided to introduce hourly parking fee from the paid parking area covered under the fully automatic system, Empire Store parking and Sahib Singh parking, Sector 17.



Three PSEB employees injured
Had entered into a heated argument with protesting teachers outside school board office
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 23
Three employees of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) were injured after they were pelted with stones during a protest on the PSEB premises this evening.

The injured included president of the Education Board Employees Association Parvinder Singh Khangura.

The association lodged a complaint with the police against the alleged attack by the protesting teachers.

The incident occurred when employees of the education board and the DPI's office, which is located on the board premises, were leaving in the evening. On finding the gates closed, they entered into a heated argument with the teachers. Following which, the teachers pelted them with stones.

Chairperson of the board Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal and board secretary Balwinder Singh condemned the incident. The chairperson sought strict action against the culprits.

Earlier in the day, the protesting teachers representing various organisations in Punjab gheraoed the office of the DPI to press the authorities to accept their demands.

As per reports, the teachers, who had come from various parts of the state, had planned to take out a rally in protest against the alleged anti-employee policies of the government. However, when no representative of the DPI's office came to accept their demands memo, they entered the PSEB complex and gheraoed the DPI's office. The police was informed by the authorities. Later, director, administration, Darshan Kaur received the demands memo.

The teachers, who were protesting under the banner of the Sanjha Adhypak Morcha, expressed their opposition to the new rationalisation policy, merger of schools, subject-wise seniority lists, non-regularisation of the services of teachers on contract, unnecessary transfers and the arrest of agitating teachers.They demanded that the cases registered against teachers should be cancelled.Morcha leaders said the education department under the RTE Act had ignored the student-teacher ratio and increased the number of class periods, thus harming the students' interests.

They demanded that the new rationalisation policy be scrapped. 



Panchkula MC poll
Candidates have criminal past
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 23
Candidates contesting the Panchkula Municipal Corporation elections have a number of criminal cases registered against them.

There are a few who have mentioned cases such as murder, abetment to suicide, rash driving and dowry on their papers, but they have come out clean.

In an affidavit, Manoj Pal Godara, candidate from ward number 9, has stated that a case under Section 376(rape) was registered against him and it was pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Now, Godara has requested to quash the FIR under Section 482 of the CrPc.

An affidavit from the Punjab and Haryana High Court has been attached to the nomination form. Godara has assets worth Rs 7 crore.

Another case was registered against him in 2001, but he was acquitted.

Candidate from ward number 18 Gautam Prasad has a case under Section 420 (fraud), 466 and 467 of the IPC registered against him. Former councillor of Azad Colony, Prasad was arrested for fraudulently attesting some papers. Another case was registered against him, but he came out clean.

Prasad hit the headlines in 2008 when he mysteriously went missing and then surfaced after a month that too in a press conference of former Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan saying he had gone to pilgrimage.

Recently, the Administration moved a file asking to register an FIR against Hemant Kinger under Sections 191 and 192 IPC for falsely fabricating evidence against a candidate, Kuljeet Waraich. Kinger is accused of filing a false complaint, saying Waraich made irregularities on the voters’list. 

Symbols allotted

Candidates started door-to-door campaigning after they were allotted symbols. Pritam Singh Lubana, candidate from ward number 8, who was allotted the ‘fan’ symbol, started campaigning in the evening. Lily Bawa, candidate from ward number 14, was allotted the ‘gas cylinder’ symbol.

A man in an inebriated state created ruckus at the Mini Secretariat, Sector 1, Panchkula. He started dancing and hurling abuses at candidates.

As many as 51 candidates withdrew their nominations. Now, a total of 164 candidates will be contesting the MC elections.



Study tour of MC officials ends abruptly 

Chandigarh, May 23
The foreign study tour of two officials of the Municipal Corporation, SS Bida, Chief Engineer, and Mukesh Anand, Superintending Engineer, B&R (building and roads), ended before it started.

The officials who were all set to leave for a seven-day tour to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand on the night of May 22 returned from the Delhi Airport as the authorities organising the tour did not get permission to visit the buildings, which the officials were supposed to visit. The MC had sanctioned a budget of Rs 2 lakh.

The MC councillors had opposed the tour due to financial constraints.

A councillor said an engineer's job is to execute the policies framed by the government. He questioned the decision of the MC and the UT Administration for sending Chief Engineer SS Bida as his tenure is about to end.

"There are various places in the country where good infrastructure can be studied. The authorities should think before deciding on such tours,” another councillor stated. — TNS



Only 10 councillors stick to their promise
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
It seems that the MC councillors have forgotten their promise of donating their one-month salary cheque for the financial assistance to the family of Harpreet Singh Sodhi, a resident of Sector 45-C, who had died in a road accident involving stray cattle.

Last month, in the MC House meeting, 35 councillors of all political parties, including nominated councillors, had decided to give their one-month honorarium of Rs 5,000 each to the victim's family. But till date only 10 councillors (five from the Congress, two from the BSP, one from the BJP and two nominated councillors) have given their cheques to councillor Mukesh Bassi, who had proposed to all fellow councillors to deposit their one-month salary cheque for the financial assistance to Harpreet Singh Sodhi's family members.

In the last meeting, Mayor Subhash Chawla had made an announcement on behalf of Union Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal for the compensation of Rs 2 lakh, but to no avail. Similarly, BJP councillors Rajesh Gupta and Desh Raj had announced Rs 25,000 each, while nominated councillor Sat Paul Bansal had announced Rs 50,000 for Harpreet's family, but till date these councillors failed to deposit their cheques.

Thirty-three-year-old Harpreet Singh Sodhi, a resident of Sector 45-C, died in a road accident on April 6. He was with his eight-year-old son on a motorcycle when all of a sudden a stray cow came in their way on the road separating Sectors 49 and 45, and he rammed into it.

Victim's mother had already suffered heart attack

Victim's mother Jagwinder Kaur had also suffered a minor heart attack when MC councillors had failed to place the agenda regarding providing a job to the victim's family. It was later when The Tribune had highlighted the issue, both the Congress and the SAD-BJP had tabled the agenda regarding the job in the last MC House meeting.

Those who have deposited the cheques

Mayor Subhash Chawla (Congress)

Senior Deputy Mayor Rana Kashmiri Devi (Congress)

Mukesh Bassi (Congress)

Darshan Garg (Congress)

Poonam Sharma (Congress)

Jannat Jahan Ul Haq (BSP)

Naresh Kumar (BSP)

Satinder Singh (BJP)

Babu Lal (Nominated)

Dr Amrit Tiwari (Nominated)



No internal audit in PGI since 2002
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
The PGIMER has not conducted any internal audit since 2002, thus raising a question over the self-assessment system of the institute.

Going by the findings of a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India for 2011-12, the PGI's internal audit system never functioned after 2002 and has been “non-existent” till date.

The auditory body has sought an explanation from the PGIMER asking it why officials of the internal audit cell were deployed elsewhere by neglecting a very crucial function of the institute with a huge budgetary allocation and vast accounting receipts, payments and operation requirements'.

The body has pointed out that the posts of assistant accounts officer (1) and junior accounts officers (7) were lying vacant at the hospital.

“All the 13 officials presently working at the internal audit cell have been assigned routine work in accounts branch, fee section, establishment branch or some other wing of the institute. Internal audit is not being carried out at all,” CAG pointed out in Para 15 of the report.

The internal audit cell of the institute was created in 1994 and started working in 1997. It conducted audits of the institute till 2002. After 2002, no audit was conducted.

“Manual of accounting procedure provide that an organisation must make provision of internal audit for an objective, timely, systematic and professional examination of the financial, administrative and other operations subsequent to their execution for the purpose of their evaluation and verification,” CAG stated.

Findings of CAG report

A report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India for 2011-12 states that the PGI's internal audit system never functioned after 2002. It has been 
“non-existent” till date.




Punjab, Haryana owe Rs 462.72 lakh to PGIMER: CAG report
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
The governments of Punjab and Haryana owe Rs 462.72 lakh to the PGIMER as the annual cost of 200 beds. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, in its report for 2011-12, found that both the states were not paying the cost of beds on a regular basis.

Following the division of Punjab into Punjab and Haryana in 1966, the Ministry of Health and Family Planning had decided that both the states would pay the cost of 120 and 80 beds, respectively, to the PGI. The annual per bed cost was decided to be Rs 5,800. It was later revised to Rs 64,500 in 1990.

The governing body of the PGIMER had revised the per bed rate per annum from Rs 11,600 to Rs 64,500 in 1990. The rates, however, have not been revised since then despite the passage of 22 years and relative cost escalation.

The report also mentions that the two governments along with that of Himachal Pradesh also owe the cost of training of the paramedical staff to the institution.

The total bed strength of the PGIMER, currently, is 2,000. Of these, the cost of 200 is to be paid by the two governments for the treatment of their employees posted in Chandigarh. The PGIMER does not charge money from indoor patients who are government servants either in Punjab or Haryana.

The cost is balanced out from the per bed per annum cost paid by the two states. 



UT Admn submits copy of proposal to ministry 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Just about a month after the Punjab and Haryana High Court took cognisance of the vacancies of Judges in the Chandigarh District and Sessions Court, the Chandigarh Administration today submitted a copy of its proposal to the Union Ministry of Law and Justice.

It includes the creation of a separate court for cheque-bounce cases.

It has also proposed the conversion of temporary posts into permanent; creation of 169 posts of ancillary staff in 20 courts of Chandigarh sessions division; and continuation of posts of judges and ancillary staff in the sessions division.

The suggestions came in the form of an affidavit. It was placed before the Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar as the matter came up for resumed hearing.

The development is significant as at present more than 60,000 cases are pending in the district courts. The issue of vacancies in the lower judiciary was raised during a recently held conference of Judges in New Delhi. Ministers also attended the conference. The need to fill the vacancies in the lower and High Courts was one of the issues discussed during the conference.

Converting the matter into a public interest litigation, the High Court had on the previous date of hearing issued a notice to itself on the administrative side. The Chandigarh Administration was also asked to respond to the issue.

Available information suggests that 11.51 lakh cases were pending in the district courts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. But, the disposal was more than the institution of cases. No less than 16.31 lakh cases were disposed of at the district courts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh while 15.80 lakh new cases were filed.

Till last year, more cases were filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court than disposed of the previous year, resulting in the pendency of more than 2 lakh civil and criminal cases.

The High Court's annual report for 2012 indicated that 1.08 lakh cases were disposed of in the year while 1.16 lakh new cases were instituted in the High Court. The pendency was up by 7,454 cases in the High Court as compared to the institution of cases. The data also suggested that the High Court Judges worked hard at disposing of the cases. An average of 2,518 cases each were disposed of by 43 Judges in 2012.

The disposal would have been more, but for the shortage of Judges in the High Court having a sanctioned strength of 68 judges.

The report stated that 913 judicial officers were working in the district courts of Punjab and Haryana on December 31, 2012, as compared to 735 on January 1, 2012. 



Cops learn to deal with trademark violations 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
The Chandigarh Police and FICCI CASCADE (Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy) as a part of its capacity building programme to sensitise and train the police officers, organised a training programme for 75 policemen of Chandigarh, Haryana and Punjab.

The training was inaugurated by UT Inspector General of Police RP Upadhyaya.

He said the police force had so many pressing tasks that needed to be given a priority.

Deepchand, Adviser, FICCI CASCADE, gave an overview of the problem of intellectual property rights (IPR) crimes. He said, "Counterfeiting is a threat not only to the legitimate industry, but also to public safety and national security." Kalpana Reddy, first secretary for IP, Attaché, US Embassy, shared successful case studies of interagency coordination within the US Government. Other sessions focusing on IPR law and enforcement procedures for IPR infringement matters touched upon the nuances of the day-to-day issues faced by the police officers while taking up copyright and trademark violations.

The training workshop sensitised the police officers on the relevant laws and procedures to be followed while dealing with the cases related to smuggling and counterfeiting.

Tax loss of Rs 6,190 cr, says study

The FICCI CASCADE study on 'Socio-economic Impact of Counterfeiting, Smuggling and Tax evasion in seven key Industry Sectors' was discussed during the training programme to highlight the estimated tax loss of

Rs 6,190 crore in 2012. The study estimates an annual sales loss of Rs 72,969 crore to the industry. This estimate does not include the loss to pharmaceutical and other FMCG as the study was not commissioned for these sectors. However, a rough estimate based on limited assessment demonstrates a loss of Rs 29,307 crore from pharmaceutical and other FMCG sectors.

The sectors covered under the study were auto components, alcohol, computer hardware, FMCG (personal goods), FMCG (packaged foods), mobile phones and tobacco. Deepchand said the loss was just the tip of the iceberg. 



11 policewomen yet to be sent for lower school training
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Even after pronouncement of CAT orders, the 11 UT women constables are yet to join the lower school training course at Madhuban.

The police officers today informed the Tribunal that they had not received any information from Madhuban.

The tribunal has now directed the UT police authorities to get in touch with Karnal-based Madhuban authorities and ask them whether they could accommodate the constables.

The UT police will now file a reply on May 27 regarding what communication they receive from the Madhuban authorities.

Meanwhile, the tribunal disposed of the application of three women constables who had moved CAT claiming that they were senior to these 11 constables and thus they should be sent for the training course. The tribunal directed the UT police to decide the number of constables who would be sent for training at Madhuban on the seniority basis.

In the order dated July 31, a division bench of CAT had ordered that the constables be directed to be sent for the lower school training course at Madhuban. The contempt petition states that as per the order dated April 5 this year, the police department deputed 313 constables to undergo the lower school course at the Haryana Police Academy, Madhuban, but the women constables were not sent despite the orders. There are 12 vacancies, the petitioners stated.



NGO launches project to promote girl child
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Yuvsatta, an NGO, in association with the Peace Club of Gurukul Global School, Chandigarh, launched a Girl Star Project to promote girl child and sensitise students to gender issues and problems being faced by girls in society, here today.

“Girls continue to suffer discrimination, which prevents them from growing up into capable and informed citizens,” said Permod Kohli, former Chief Justice of the Sikkim High Court, while launching the programme at Gurukul School.

Justice Permod Kohli said: “Our country is home to almost 19 per cent of the world’s children and one third of our country’s population is below the age of 18 years. We really need to tap this segment to bring about a change in our society,” he said.

Saroj Mittal, Deputy Director, Education Department, who was one of the dignitaries in the function, said schools could lead from the front in inculcating good values like respect and regard for women in young minds.

In her welcome address, Aruna Bhardwaj said in the past also they had conducted activities on raising awareness on the rights of girl child. But today, they were declaring this academic year as the “Year of Girl Child” in their school, wherein an amalgamation of creative activities and programmes to promote girl child-friendly environment would be organised throughout the year.

Ninette Vas Sharma, wife of Adviser to UT Administrator KK Sharma, said: “Girls had to suffer violence of all kinds in our society. It is high time that we as true Indians take upon the responsibility to raise moral standards for common people and stringent punishments for culprits in our society”.



Summer camps to be a gala affair
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
From bollywood personalities to innovative activities, this year’s summer camps have a lot in store for children of the tricity.

Choreographer Saroj Khan will hold a summer camp on dance from May 27 to June 12 at Hallmark School at Sector 15, Panchkula. She will also hold the similar workshop at British School, Sector 8, Panchkula, from May 31 to June 18.

Organisers said the participants could learn various dance forms like kathak, bharatnatyam, salsa, hip-hop, jive and so on from Saroj Khan and her team of trained dancers.

Another camp in Chandigarh by The Giving Tree, in association with the Alankar Theatre Group, brings together theatre, dance and public speaking on one platform. Facilitated by theatre professionals from the Delhi’s National School of Drama and the Theatre Department, Panjab University, the workshop, starting from May 24 at Sector 11, House Number 700, Chandigarh, intends to get young ones (6-13 years) initiated into multiple music genres such as jazz and hip hop, and delve into the basics of drama and miming. The workshop would also introduce them to the intricacies of debates and declamations.

All ends would be tied up with a finale performance at the Vivek High School auditorium. There would also be an art/painting workshop (June 8 to June 17) for adults, facilitated by a free-lance artist Som Dikpati, a National award winner from Delhi, said the organisers.

For those who are only interested in theatre, the Wings Theatre Academy is organising a summer workshop, “Natya Naach - An introduction to Theatre and Dance”, to bring out the creativity in children. This 12-day workshop, from May 27 to June 7, at St Kabir School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, presents an opportunity for students to develop and imbibe the basics of these performing arts, through mentally stimulating activities.

CoVeda’s workshop in New Public School in Sector 18, Chandigarh, has a host of activities, including painting, craft, magical math and experimental science and others. The Panchkula Golf Club is also organising a Kids and Moms Summer Golf Camp from June 3 to June 11.



CBSE classes X, XII results to be out soon
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
The annual result of the CBSE for class X and class XII is expected soon. Class XII result could be announced either on May 25 or May 26, while class X result is expected on May 28 or May 29, said board officials at the CBSE regional office in Panchkula.

CBSE regional officer RJ Khanderao said the results were being compiled and could be announced in the next three-four days.

The students have kept their fingers crossed. Arvind, a class XII student, said this year’s result would be crucial for him since 40 per cent weightage of class XII scores would be added in the JEE Mains score.

As per information, more than 1.48 lakh students appeared for the CBSE class XII exams from the Panchkula circle comprising Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. In Chandigarh, a total of 16,115 students from both private and government schools appeared for the board exams.

Over 1.80 lakh students appeared for class X exams from the Panchkula circle. The ratio of class X students, who appeared in school-based board exams, is more than the students who directly appeared in board-based external exams. In Chandigarh, the number of students for school-based board is less than the board-based exams. Against 4,975 students, 12,230 students appeared for the board exams. A school official said students were eagerly waiting for results.



From schools

Doha-shloka competition

Chandigarh: As part of literary week activities, Bhavan Vidyalaya-27 organised an inter-class doha-shloka competition for the students of class VI and class VII. In doha recitation, Anoushka of class VI-B won the first position, while the second position was bagged by Pranab of class VI-D and Pranavee of class VI-C secured the third position. The consolation prize was given to Tanushree of class VI-B. In shlokas recitation competition, Rishabh of class VII-C won the first position, while the second position was bagged by Saanidhya of class VII-A and Vipul of class VII-A secured the third position. The consolation prizes were shared by Radhika of class VII-B and Khyati of class VII-C. An inter-class English recitation competition was also held on the occasion. Chirag of class IX-A won the first position, while the second position was bagged by Dhruv Ishaan of class IX-A and the third position was shared by Jashanjeet of class VIII-B and Devyani of class IX-C.

Nutrition Week

Tribune Model School, Sector 29, observed Nutrition Week amidst fun activities for class I to class V to inculcate good eating habits in students. The entire week was dedicated to nutritious preparations by the students under the guidance of teachers. An interactive workshop was organised by Dr Sonia Gandhi, an eminent nutritionist from Fortis, Mohali, who highlighted the vitality of holistic food for the overall growth and development of a child.

Students of Tribune Model School take part in the Nutrition Week celebrations on the school campus in Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Consumer Week

The Consumer Club of Government High School, Sector 46, observed Consumer Week. Posters and slogans made by students were put on the display board of the school. Jaspal Kaur, in charge of the club, delivered an informative lecture on consumer rights in the morning assembly.

No Tobacco Day

Panchkula: In connection with “No Tobacco Day”, which falls on May 30, a seminar was organised at Blue Bird High School, Sector 16. Students were made aware of the harmful effects of the use of tobacco. Making use of a power point presentation, various kinds of diseases related to the use of tobacco such as different types of cancers, heart diseases, stroke, gum recession, etc, were shown to students.

Mother’s Day

Mohali: Gurukul World School celebrated Mother’s Day with fervour. Mothers of students of the junior wing had a gala time in the school auditorium. They were given a warm welcome and were apprised of the history and significance of the day.

100% results

Class XII students of ACNP Senior Secondary School showed excellent PSEB results in the session 2012-13. The students of class XII, humanities and commerce stream, showed 100 per cent board results. Satnam Kaur has topped by securing 396/450 marks. Kuldeep Singh and Satnam Kaur secured 96 and 97 marks in history and sociology, respectively. Ramanjot Kaur has topped in commerce stream by securing 382/450 marks.

Group discussion

Sherwood Convent School organised an intellectual group discussion on its premises. The event aimed at providing a platform to the students to explore their oratory skills. The topic for the group discussion was “the hazards of smoking and tobacco”.

World Culture Day

Patiala: To mark the importance of World Culture Day, a fancy dress competition was organised at DAV Public School, Bhupindra Road, Patiala. As many as 46 students of class IV and class V participated in the competition. Children looked pleasing and attractive in the attires.

Staff training workshop

A CBSE-empanelled staff training institute organised a staff training workshop at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula. The workshop commenced with the welcome address by principal Krit Serai. The topic of the staff training workshop was “One-Day Capacity Building Programme on Life Skills, Attitude and Values, Health and Well-Being Education”. The workshop guided the staff more about the acceptance and adoption of Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE). The experience shared in the workshop helped each and everyone present to implement the CCE in its true spirit.

Death anniversary observed

The death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of the country, was observed as Anti-Terrorism Day by the NSS Units, the Mahatma Gandhi Student Legal Literacy Club and the Peace Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 (West), Dadu Majra colony, Chandigarh, on its premises. Addressing the students, chief guest Bikram Rana, State Liasion Officer, NSS Cell, Chandigarh, said: “Terrorism, the most heinous crime by the mankind against the mankind, has become the biggest fear for us today, and every citizen of the country is responsible for driving out this phantom of fear. Fighting against this crime has become everyone's moral duty.”— TNS



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