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Brace for power cuts from today
 UT Electricity Department releases timings of scheduled cuts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
City residents, who have been spending sleepless nights due to long unscheduled power cuts, should prepare themselves for scheduled power cuts now. The UT Electricity Department today issued timings of scheduled power cuts, which will be effective from tomorrow.

As residents were complaining about unscheduled power cuts, the UT decided to prepare a schedule for power cuts. A senior official said they were forced to take a call for scheduled power cuts to avoid overheating of transformers due to a rise in the temperature. It was better to impose power cuts than face a major breakdown situation, the official said.

Unscheduled power cuts have been causing a lot of trouble to residents as they not able to fix their schedules. People are facing difficulties in completing their daily chores. Besides, power cuts are also playing spoilsport with the holidays of schoolchildren.

Superintending Engineer (Electricity) MP Singh said power cuts were being imposed only in those areas which were facing a problem of overloading. "The fact that the department has released a schedule doesn't mean that power cuts have to be necessarily imposed. Power cuts will be imposed only if the department fails to meet the demand and supply gap," he said.

He said they were requesting residents to restrict the use of air-conditioners as far as possible.

The demand for power has jumped by 54 per cent during the past one month. The demand, which was 220 MW on May 1, has now reached 340 MW. According to studies conducted by UT officials, the demand for power is expected to reach 400 MW in the peak of summer, which was 353 MW last year.

vip & southern sectors spared
The UT Electricity Department has not imposed any cuts in VIP sectors as well as in southern sectors. Last year, residents of southern sectors had complained that the Administration provided uninterrupted power supply to northern sectors and had imposed cuts in southern sectors. 



ASI arrested on bribe charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The CBI today arrested an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) while taking a bribe of Rs 3,500 in the Sector 19 police station, where he is posted. The CBI arrested ASI Devinder Kumar Sharma in a case of corruption. The accused was previously arrested in 2001 in a similar trap case by the CBI when he was a head constable. He was acquitted by a court in 2008.

The CBI had received a complaint from Amandeep Singh, a resident of Himachal Pradesh. Amandeep complained to the CBI that he went to the booth market in Sector 19 on May 20 when he gave a Rs 500 currency note to a shopkeeper after purchasing some goods. The note was found to be fake following which the shopkeeper called the police.

ASI Devinder Kumar, who was on duty at the Sector 19 police station, reached the spot and rounded up Amandeep. He then threatened to implicate him in a case of possessing fake currency staing that he would have to undergo imprisonment for 10 years if convicted. The ASI demanded a sum of Rs 5,000 from the complainant to settle the matter and for not registering a case against him.

The deal was settled for Rs 3,500. The complainant went to the Sector 19 police station to hand over the amount to the ASI when the CBI laid a trap and arrested him.

The accused will be produced in court tomorrow.

Demanding bribe a habit
The ASI, arrested in a corruption case on Wednesday, seems to be in a habit of demanding bribe and failed to learn any lesson from the previous arrest when he was a head constable. In 2001, he was arrested along with SI Om Parkash for demanding a bribe of Rs 5,000 while posted in the Sector 31 police station. In 2008, the CBI court had convicted SI Om Parkash and acquitted Devinder Kumar. That time too, he was demanding a bribe for not registering a case against a complainant. 



CBSE Class X results today
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The anxious wait for thousands of Class X students is set to over as the CBSE will declare the board results tomorrow after 10 am. Over 17,000 students appeared from Chandigarh for the Class X board exams, held in April this year. However, the number of students who took the school-based exams is comparatively less in Chandigarh as compared to other states.

Against 12,230 students who appeared for the board exams, only 4,975 students appeared for the school-based exams in Chandigarh, whereas in Haryana 49,381 students appeared for the school-based exams against 35,808 who took the board exams. In Punjab, against 24,118 students who appeared for the board exams, 34,072 took the school exams.

The board had introduced the option of school-based exams two years ago to ease the "board exam" stress among students.

Under this system, the exams for the Class X board are held internally by the school, but the result is declared by the board along with those who chose to appear for the board exams.

“In Chandigarh, the number of students who took the school-based exams is less because the system of internal exams has not yet begun in government schools," said a senior board official.

The official said this time several private schools had shifted from the school-based exams to the board exams. KBDAV Principal Madhu Behl said all their students appeared for the board exams since the system of school-based exams was being taken lightly by the students.

Overall 1.80 lakh students appeared for the Class X exams from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

Students can access their results through an SMS. All leading tele-service companies are providing the facility. They can also get their results through the Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS), for which the rate per roll No. will be 30 paise per minute. A special provision has been made for schools to download the entire result from the website of the board.



Student designs chair to save power in offices
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Showcasing a perfect example of innovation, a student of a government school has come up with an innovative chair to save electricity in government offices where lights and fans are usually left switched on even if the employees are not present in the office. The chair has a pressure plate installed beneath it, which turns on the light with the weight of the person sitting on it and as soon as the person gets up, the pressure plate is released, which automatically turns off the light.

Anil Kumar, who is now a Class IX student at Government High School, Sector 7, Chandigarh, after realising that a lot of electricity is wasted in government as well as private offices due to negligence by the staff, decided to come up with a chair to help save electricity. He made the project last year when he was a Class VIII student at Government Middle School, Kishangarh.

The project was displayed at the third State-Level School Exhibition and Project Competition organised by the State Institute of Education at SD College, Sector 32.

Anil has designed a chair, which is fitted with a pressure plate beneath the seat and is connected with electricity wires. There is a slight gap between the seat and the pressure plate.

“As soon as someone sits on the chair, the seat comes in contact with the pressure plate due to the weight of the person, which further presses a light switch under it and the light gets switched on. As soon as the person gets up from the chair, the light automatically gets switched off,” said Anil.

He said employees usually did not switch off the lights in the office whenever they left their seats. However, with this chair, even if a person stood up for his seat for a minute, the light would turn off, saving electricity.

Anil said similarly ceiling fan connections could be attached to chairs to save electricity. “The fan will also function in a similar way and help save the energy”, he said.

Anil believes the concept will be successful in government offices. Whenever an employee moves out of his seat, the light and fan installed above his desk will get switched off, while the other lights and fans will keep working.

Automatic drop gates at railway crossings

Students of Tribune Model School show their project at an exhibition in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Students of Tribune Model School show their project at an exhibition in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Swati Tiwari and Vishal Verma, both students of Tribune Model School, Sector 29, had displayed their project on automatic drop gates at railway crossings during the exhibition.

“A sensor will be installed under a railway line 5 km before a crossing. As soon as a train will pass over it, the sensor will send a signal to a microcontroller. It will further send a message to a buzzer, which will ring an alarm and make the drop gate come down and turn the signal red,” said Vishal.

How it works

The chair is fitted with a pressure plate beneath the seat and is connected with electricity wires. There is a slight gap between the seat and the pressure plate. As soon as someone sits on the chair, the seat comes in contact with the pressure plate due to the weight of the person, which further presses a light switch under it and the light gets switched on. As soon as the person gets up from the chair, the light automatically gets switched off


New wholesale market
Shop to be allocated through open auction
 Encroachments in Sector 26 market to be removed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The UT Administration today decided to allot shops in the new wholesale market, which will be developed in Sector 39, through open auction.

At a meeting, chaired by UT Adviser KK Sharma, it was also decided that no preference will be given to those who have shops/SCFs in the Sector 26 market. This decision will affect the traders of Sector 26, who were demanding that shops in the Sector 39 market should be allotted to them only.

The UT Advisor today issued directions to the UT officials to work out a plan for removing encroachments from the vegetable and grain market in Sector 26.

The directions were issued at a coordination meeting of the Secretaries convened by KK Sharma. At the meeting, the Adviser called upon all the officers to chalk out a plan on the pattern of Result Framework Document for each Department and for its effective execution within the targeted time frame.

He also told the officials that public land occupied by the fruit and vegetable vendors in the Sector 26 market needed to be freed for a proper management and free movement in the open areas. The Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh, with the assistance of the Chief Architect and Chief Engineer, has been asked to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for a new wholesale market in Sector 39, Chandigarh, in a time-bound manner.

The meeting also reviewed high incidence of accidents on the city roads. It has been decided that the Traffic Police will make proposals to restrict speed on the various 
city roads.



Behl eyes Congress ticket from city
  Meets Patil over residents' demands
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

BB Behl Chandigarh, May 29
After former Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's exit from the Union Cabinet, second-rung city Congress leaders, who are eyeing the Congress ticket for the Lok Sabha poll from the city, have now started reaching UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil's doorstep.

Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) president BB Behl, who is eyeing the party ticket from the city after Bansal's exit from the Union Cabinet, met Patil recently with a handful of Congressmen regarding demands of city residents.

Last year, Behl had sought the revival of the post of Chief Commissioner in Chandigarh at a meeting with Union Minister P Chidambaram and had also raised a similar demand with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Behl had demanded that since the era of terrorism was over, there was a need for putting an end to the system of the Punjab Governor being the UT Administrator.

As Behl did not consult other senior Congress leader before going to the Punjab Raj Bhawan, and went along with only a handful of Congressmen, there is strong resentment among senior Congress leaders regarding this visit.

Interestingly, 75-year-old Behl, who has been the city Congress president for the past 13 years, had earlier hardly met Patil on public issues. Now, he has met Patil on issues like conversion of leasehold plots into freehold and need-based changes in CHB houses.

Behl said he met Patil as the public demands were related to the UT Administration. On his demand for the Chief Commissioner's post, he said the party was not against Patil but had only demanded the revival of the Chief Commissioner's post.

Though Behl and Bansal shared a good rapport, in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, differences surfaced between the two over a leader rejoining the Congress in Bansal's support. At that time, Behl had maintained that the same Congress leader was thrown out of the party for anti-party activities, but Bansal stood by that leader. 

had met Rahul recently
Behl had recently met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi and had informed him about the political situation in the city after Bansal's exit. 



panchkula mc poll
Candidates try to prove their point 
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 29
Ward 14 comprises the Sectors 12, 12a, 14, Rally village and Ralla village. This ward consists of the urban as well as the rural area. Panchkula Municipal Corporation elections are scheduled for June 2, 2013. All the candidates are busy in trying to influence the voters of the their respective wards. As many as four candidates are contesting from this ward. Naresh Rawal, Lily Bawa, Krishan Dhull and Balwinder Singh are the candidates. The strongest ones give their take:

Lily Bawa Lily Bawa

Lily Bawa is contesting the Municipal Corporations elections independently. She remained the councilor of this sector. Bawa, who also owns a gas agency for the last 20 years said that the people had so much confidence instilled in her that they even requested her not to campaign as the residents were already with her.

Bawa feels that it is very important that the councillor has a perfect coordination with the residents' welfare association, if the development work is to be done perfectly.

"People in this ward know how much I have done for them. I always had complete coordination with the residents and our aim was just the development works of the sector," said Bawa, who was sure of her win.

She further added, "While I was doing door to door campaigning, people said that they knew how much I had done for them and I did not need to request for their vote, as they were with me." Bawa said that the development in her sector during the last five years spoke for itself. 

Krishan Dhull Krishan Dhull

Krishan Dhull, is contesting on the BJP symbol. He contested the council's elections last time as well but lost by just 33 votes. He would prove as a tough competitor for Lily Bawa.

Dhull said that a representative should have the will to work for his people and that he had that quality.

"I had lost the elections by just 33 votes and this time I would win. I believe that a change is always a better thing when it comes to development of the ward," said Dhull.

He further added, "My strongest point is that I am available for my people 24x7 and know the ground realities of the problems which people face."

Naresh Rawal from this ward is contesting independently, while Balwinder Singh is contesting on the INLD symbol.



Star batsman Manan campaigns for his aunt 
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 29
Manan Vohra, of the Indian Premier League fame, was out in the streets to campaign for his aunt, Geeta Kapoor, who is contesting the elections of Municipal Corporation from Ward No 10 on the BJP symbol.

Vohra had recently represented the Kings XI Punjab team in the IPL matches. He also turned out to be the first one among the star campaigners during these elections.

Till now, none of the candidates has used any star campaigner in the elections. Despite the fact that Vohra is suffering from an ankle injury, he went out door-to-door canvassing for his aunt. He requested people for their support, promising that his aunt would live up to the expectations of the voters. He also proclaimed that his uncle had remained as an independent councillor of the ward and had carried out various development works.

Vohra received positive response from the voters, particularly the youngsters, who were elated to see the star batsman at their doorstep.

"I was surprised to see Manan standing at my doorstep, we all came out to greet him. He is a really humble person," said Rita Kadiyan, a resident of the ward.

Ward No10 includes Sectors 9, 16 and 17. Other than Geeta Kapoor, Bhavna Gupta and Ranjeeta Mehta are also contesting from this ward.

Deepinder Hooda, son of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, is likely to act as a star campaigner for the Ward No 8 candidate, Pritam Singh Lubana.

Lubana is contesting the Municipal Corporation elections independently.

Ward No 8 comprises Mansa Devi Complex, Sectors 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Saketri, Manav Colony, Swastik Vihar, Bhainsa Tibba, Bilaspur and Mahadevpur.

"We all know that in Hooda's regime a lot of development has taken place and we simply want to convey this to the residents that we would be working consistently as he has done," said Lubana.



Police Commissioner deposits his gun, sets an example
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 29
Setting an example for others, Commissioner of Police Rajbir Deswal deposited his personal arm, following the mandatory order by the Panchkula police for depositing the arms ahead of Municipal Corporation elections in Panchkula.

Deswal deposited his double barrel gun with the police station Sector 5. As many as 70 per cent of the arms holders have deposited their personal arms with their respective police stations.

“Charity begins at home. When we have taken out this order, we should be setting the right example for others,” said Deswal.

He further added, “ Only a few arm holders have left and they could not be contacted, rest everyone has deposited their respective arms.”

In the Chandimandir area, 486 persons have deposited their personal arms out of which 315 are Army men. As many as 22 are from Morni area, while others are from Barwala and Raipurrani.

There are 58 persons with private arms in the jurisdiction of Sector 20. Out of these, two of them have their weapons in their respective banks, 34 have been transferred to the other area, whereas others have deposited with the police station.

While 65 persons out of 94 have deposited their arms in the Mansa Devi Comnplex police station, whereas others have shifted from the area. Out of 90 persons in the jurisdiction of Sector 14 police station, 40 have shifted, while the remaining have deposited the same. 



Non-functional coolers add to patients’ pain
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 29
As the temperature is soaring each day, the patients at General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, are getting the taste of insensitivity of the authorities. In such hot and humid conditions, the patients continue to suffer under the non-functional coolers wards, whereas the air conditioners in the rooms of senior officers continue to keep them cool even in their absence.

The sources in the hospital said that the coolers installed for the patients were worth over Rs 15000 each.

“One can easily become more more sick if he stays in such an atmosphere. How can the authorities be so insensitive when they claim that the coolers are non-functional and we will have to bear with it,” said Vibha Dua, an attendant with a patient.

Notably, the Government Medical Specialty Hospital at Sector 16, Chandigarh is completely centralised air conditioned hospital.

“I requested the ward boy to switch on the cooler as I was really feeling unwell. He just replied rudely that the coolers were not working,” said Ribha Walia, another attendant.

The Principal Medical officer (PMO), Usha Gupta, said, “ I am on leave. The coolers were working. Some technical snag must have cropped up. I will definitely look into the matter.”



Tobacco products
Violation of promotional ads more in rural North: Study

Chandigarh, May 29
In a study conducted by the School of Public Health, PGIMER, to look for compliance with tobacco promotional and health warning display at the point of sale (PoS) in the districts of North India, it was found that the violations were more in the rural areas.

The violation of display of advertisements was more in rural locations (24.6 per cent) as compared to the slums (19 per cent) and urban areas (14.9 per cent). Notably, violations was more in slums (86 per cent) as compared to the urban (87.6 per cent) and rural areas (78.3 per cent).

Comparatively, more violations were observed in permanent shops (33.3 per cent) as compared to permanent kiosks (8.3 per cent). Regarding health warning-related violations, it was more in permanent kiosks (90.7 per cent) as compared to permanent shops (72.3 per cent).

No violation was observed at temporary kiosks. Overall, in Mohali district, there was more violation of “display of health warnings at PoS” (19.5 per cent) as compared to “promotional advertisement at PoS” (84 per cent).

This cross-sectional survey was carried out in Mohali district in March and April, 2013, at 360 PoS. A total of 142, 205 and 13 PoS were surveyed in the urban, rural and slum areas, respectively. Permanent shops were the most common PoS (55 per cent) visited, followed by permanent kiosks (25 per cent) and temporary kiosks (19 per cent).

According to the type of business, the most common shops visited were tobacco shops, where tobacco selling was not a major business. In all three geographical locations viz urban, rural and slums; boards (22 per cent), posters (20 per cent) and showcases (18 per cent) of tobacco products were the common mode of advertisements.

The violation to Section 5 of the COTPA at the PoS with every second PoS is violating the Act. The government should take the matter seriously and issue challans to the violators. —TNS



29 MPs to visit PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
A 29-member parliamentary committee will visit the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science and Research (PGI) on June 8 to check the functioning the institution. The committee, comprising 29 MPs and headed by Brijesh Pathak, would visit various departments of the institution. It would also undertake a study tour of the institutions in the Himachal Pradesh.

The purpose of the visit is to check the functioning of the institutions as also to assess the development needs of the institutions. Security arrangements have been made for their visit. The committee will leave for Kasauli the same day. 



Punjab to recruit 500 doctors
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 29
To meet the scarcity of medical staff in hospitals in the state, the Punjab Government is going to recruit 500 doctors very soon. This was stated by Punjab Health Minister Madan Mohan Mittal while inaugurating a free medical camp at Shri Guru Harkishan Sahib Charitable Eye Institute and Super Speciality Hospital at Sohana.

"We have recruited 333 doctors recently. Despite that there is a shortage of doctors in the state and to overcome this scarcity, we will recruit 500 doctors very soon. The process in this direction has been initiated," said Mittal.

He added there were clear instructions to all the medical practitioners of the state that every patient, especially the abandoned ones, need to be treated on a priority basis.

On the issue of unavailability of medicines at the government dispensaries, Mittal claimed that instead they had surplus medicines in the dispensaries. "There is no truth in such statements that there is a shortage of medicines in the hospitals here", claimed Mittal.

Earlier, Bhai Devinder Singh Khalsa, Chairman of the hospital, apprised the minister of the advanced facilities in the hospital. 



5th liquor vend auction flops; only six bids made
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Only six vends were auctioned in the fifth round of auction for 93 liquor vends held by the UT Excise and Taxation Department today. The department had received only 10 applications for the auction. The department received about Rs10.61 crore from the auction of these liquor vends.

The records of the department revealed that last year, it had earned Rs 126 crore from the auction of 217 vends in the city. This year, the department has been able to auction only 142 vends so far and has earned a revenue of around Rs111.61 crore.

In the fourth round of auction, the department had earned Rs.16.81 crore from the auction of 12 vends, for which 22 applications were received. In April, the department introduced a fresh liquor excise policy, after which it has not been able to auction 81 vends in the city.

A senior official of the department accepted the fact that this year the department had failed to earn the expected revenue through the auction of liquor vends. Half of the Indian made foreign liquor vends have not been auctioned so far. There are a total of 65 country made liquor vends in the city.

Notice to dealers on increased liquor rates

UT Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Shayin on Wednesday issued a notice to the wholesale dealers of liquor to explain as to why they have increased the rates of liquor products without informing the Excise Department. Recently, all the wholesale dealers increased the cost of liquor products by 10 per cent, after which the vendors protested and demanded action against them.



Women commandos injured in accident
Tribune News Service

Woman commandos Nirmal Kaur and Kuldeep Kaur, who were injured in an accident at Phase IV, Industrial Area, Mohali, on Wednesday.
Woman commandos Nirmal Kaur and Kuldeep Kaur, who were injured in an accident at Phase IV, Industrial Area, Mohali, on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Vickey Gharu

Mohali, May 29
Two women commandos landed in a private hospital after they rammed their official scooter into a parked vehicle near Diplast Chowk here this afternoon. According to sources, the women commandos, Nirmal Deep Kaur and Kuldeep Kaur, were riding their scooter inattentively and rammed into a Trax jeep, which was parked on the roadside. The accident occurred at around 2.15 pm.

Nirmal Deep Kaur got her leg fractured while Kuldeep Kaur suffered injuries in the shoulder. They have been admitted to Cheema Hospital, Phase 4.

The Trax driver, Harpreet Singh, said he had stopped the vehicle to drop his passengers when the incident occurred.

The Trax owner, Jasbir Singh, said though his driver was not at fault, he was ready to bear the expenses on the commandoes' treatment on the humanitarian grounds. 



Ailing child needs help

Chandigarh, May 29
A one-year-old child is in need of Rs 1 lakh for an open heart surgery. A resident of a village, near Chandigarh, Kajal, has been suffering from a heart ailment since her birth and her family in unable to afford the cost of the surgery. She is undergoing treatment at the PGI.

She is suffering from "tetrology of fallots", according to the PGI doctors. Those who wish to extend financial help to the family can contact the Cardiology Department of the PGI. — TNS



Dust storm hits city

Chandigarh, May 29
A dust-storm, accompanied by a drizzle, hit the city in the evening, throwing life out of gear. Some trees were uprooted, disrupting the flow of traffic. There was no forecast about the dust storm.

The dust storm resulted in power failure in some parts of the city. The Met officials said the dust storm would lead to a dip in the maximum temperature tomorrow. — TNS



Girl falls off flyover in mishap, hurt
Tribune News Service

The damaged vehicles that met with an accident; and (extreme right) a liquor bottle found lying in the SUV on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur flyover.
The damaged vehicles that met with an accident; and (extreme right) a liquor bottle found lying in the SUV on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur flyover. Tribune photos: S. Chandan

Mohali, May 29
A three-year-old girl, Srinika, had a miraculous escape when she fell down from the Chandigarh-Zirakpur flyover during an accident between two cars during late hours last night.

Srinika, who is admitted to Alchemist Hospital with multiple injuries, is said to be critical. She is under observation in the ICU of the hospital.

The girl’s parents, Satinder and his wife, Ritu, escaped unhurt in the accident.

Giving details, Tarlochan Singh, SHO of the Zirakpur police station, said Srinika was travelling with her parents in an i10 car when it was hit by a Ford Endeavour, bearing registration number PAR 219, from the rear on the flyover.

“The impact of the accident was so strong that the girl was tossed out of the car and fell from the flyover. She was immediately taken to the hospital,” said Tarlochan Singh.

According to sources, about five youngsters were travelling in the Ford car. They fled from the spot after the accident. Some liquor bottles were also found in their car.

The police said the Ford car belonged to Faridkot. “We raided the house after tracing the address with the help of the registration number of the vehicle. We were told by the owner of the car that some of his friends had borrowed the vehicle from him,” said the police.

“Investigations are on in the case. We have registered a case against unidentified persons at the Zirakpur police station,” said Tarlochan Singh.



Power cuts
Zirakpur residents spend sleepless nights
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 29
Erratic power supply has been giving the local residents sleepless nights for the past some days. The residents complained that the situation deteriorated last week. “The area has been witnessing unscheduled power cuts everyday and we are virtually living in a hell,” said Kamal Kapoor, a resident of New Generation Apartments.

“Power cuts are mainly effected during the night. We can’t sleep as there is no electricity for about four to five hours during night. In the absence of electricity, we can’t get purified water in this scorching heat,” said Kapoor.

Nisha Rani, a resident of Swastik Vihar, said she could not store eatables in her refrigerator, which remained non-functional due to low voltage and frequent power cuts. “These unscheduled power cuts have made our lives a hell. Power stretching for six or eight hours have become a routine affair here,” said Nisha Rani.

Anil Kumar, who lives in Rishi Apartments, said: “The officials of the department concerned never pick up phones whenever we try to make a complaint about power cuts,” said Anil Kumar.

Executive Engineer of the Punjab State Electricity Department MP Singh claimed that there were no power cuts in the area. “In the Bhabat area, there has been rotational power cuts of half-an-hour duration, otherwise everything is fine here,” said MP Singh.



A popular destination for commerce aspirants
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Established in 1973, GGDSD College has emerged as a leading centre of academic excellence. It has established its towering credentials on the strong foundation of innovation and compassion. The college is popular for its commerce stream in the neighbouring states too.

Claim to fame
* The college has been awarded an A-grade by the NAAC. It has been granted the status of College with Potential for Excellence by the UGC. 
*The college has been selected under the star colleges scheme by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, and was the first college under Panjab University to be selected for the prestigious FIST programme by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. 
* The college faculty members have been procuring major research projects and have many international and national publications to their credit.

* The college has developed a new concept of smart classrooms, which facilitate teaching by providing the latest interactive technology. 
* The college library is serving as the knowledge centre for all the departments of the college. It provides the facility of two reading halls and also an outer section hall for students to consult personal books. The functions of library are automated with an integrated ERP software named Campus Analyzer. 
* The college has a multipurpose auditorium, with a seating capacity of 850, and state-of-the-art badminton courts.

Famous alumni
The college boasts of well-placed alumni. Some of the illustrious alumni include Justice Rajesh Bindal, Punjab and Haryana High Court; JJ Vallaya, a fashion designer, Rajan Vishal, IAS; Mandeep Singh, IRS; Sahil Bhardwaj, a Punjabi actor; VRV Singh, cricketer; and Krishna, a singer.

seats available
Course Seats
BCom 280
BBA 120
BCA 120
BSc (General) Medical 150 
Non-medical 150 
BSc (Honours) Biotechnology 25 
Bioinformatics 25 
BA 600

PostGraduate Courses
MSc (IT, biochemistry, biotechnology, bioinformatics, MCom
and applied chemistry pharmaceutical), MBE, MEFB

PostGraduate Diplomas
Computer graphics and animation, mass communication, computer applications, marketing management, personnel management and labour welfare.

Add-on courses
Portfolio management and security analysis
Entrepreneurship development programme 
Event management 
Computer-based accounting 
Advertising and sales management
Fashion designing
Child psychology
Guidance and counselling 
Sanskrit, French 
Human rights and values in education
Functional English
Tourism and travel
Video reporting
Environmental auditing
Industrial microbiology
Electronics and its equipments maintenance
Introduction to computer science
Computer hardware and maintenance
Information technology
Business statistics and computer 
Animation and graphics

The college has two hostels, one each for boys and girls, with a capacity of 300 in each hostel. The college, from the upcoming session, will be providing air-conditioned dining hall, recreational room and reading room in the hostel.



class XI admissions
Even toppers to have tough time getting into school of choice
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Those getting perfect 10 CGPA in the CBSE Class X board exams, results of which will be declared tomorrow, may not get admission to Class XI in the school of their choice, as most of the seats have already been filled in the city private schools.

Several popular schools have nearly completed the admission process for Class XI and only a handful of seats remain for the perfect scorers.

Aarushi, a student, said she failed to get provisional admission in some of the private schools, and had no hope of getting admitted to those schools even after the results. Private schools in the city went ahead with provisional admissions after the Class X exams, filling over 90 per cent of their seats. So far there is no clarity on as to how many seats are left in several top private schools in the city.

Principal of DAV School, Sector 15, Rakesh Sdachdeva said the school still had all the seats vacant in one section, to be filled by meritorious students after the results. Head of another private school, however, said: “A lot of parents tried to get in touch with me, but we can’t do anything about the admissions.”

The only option left with such students is to seek admission in already crowded government schools, which have a tough time handling the admission rush for Class XI ever year. Last year, the government schools fell short of Class XI seats, following which the Education Department had to increase the number of sections in as many as 14 non-model schools.

The principal of a government school said a similar chaotic situation would prevail this year because all the meritorious students come for admissions to government schools after private schools fill their seats in advance. Those with lower CGPA are most affected since there is no seat left for them in the end, he said.

A government official said this year the 39 government senior secondary schools would have 13,000 seats in all, which is 10 to 15 per cent more than the last year.

Admissions will be conducted through a centralised process for which the registration and cut-off process would start from the first week of June. It will be followed by the first phase of admissions in July.



Budding tennis stars ace board exams
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Handling both their sports commitments and studies well, two city-based national-level lawn tennis players have got good results in the Class XII exams conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education.

Both, students of DAV School, Sector 15, not only share a common name but also have the similar zeal to excel in studies as well as in sports. Digvijay Singh Naruka and Digvijay Singh Mehta secured 80 per cent and 82.6 per cent respectively in the board exams.

Naruka, a finalist in the doubles category of the ITF (under-18), said it was hard to manage both studies and sports, but he somehow pulled it off. “The main reason I managed to score well is the time management,” he said. In sports too, he has been doing well. Naruka was ranked second in India in the under-14 category in 2009. He also played for India in World Juniors (U-14) 2009.

In the School National Games 2011, Naruka bagged a gold medal, besides a silver medal in Under-19 CBSE Nationals 2011-2012.

Digvijay Singh Mehta, too, has been achieving heights in the sporting arena. He was a semifinalist in the Junior (U-14) French Open and won a bronze medal for India in the Czech Republic World Finals (U-14).

Mehta said he felt humbled by the results. “I did not put in too many hours into study, but the concentration with which I studied paid off,” said Mehta.



PU calls meeting on May 31
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Following the incident in which the principal of Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana, allegedly hit one of the members of the Panjab University inquiry committee with a walking stick, the varsity has called a meeting to discuss the issue on May 31.

The committee was deputed by the university to conduct an inquiry into the complaint of sexual harassment submitted by 21 faculty members against the college management. During the visit to the college on May 27, the college principal allegedly hit Professor Rajesh Gill with a walking stick.

The delay made by the university authorities in calling the meeting has surprised the committee members. “The concern being shown by the authorities towards the safety and security of teachers can be gauged from the fact that the meeting to discuss such a serious issue has been called after so many days,” said a committee member.

Sources said that none of the PU higher-ups called Prof Gill to enquire about the incident. A PU teacher said by this time the university should have marked a high-level inquiry into the incident.

attack on inquiry committee member
The delay made by the Panjab University authorities in calling the meeting has surprised the committee members. “The concern being shown by the authorities towards the safety and security of teachers can be gauged from the fact that the meeting to discuss such a serious issue has been called after so many days,” said 
a committee member. 



1,852 students selected during placement drive
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 29
Beating the saga of recession that had engulfed the market, the Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC), Landran, managed to arrange campus placements from as many as 215 multinational companies offering jobs to a total of 1,852 students of engineering, business management, hotel management, airlines tourism, pharmacy and biotechnology of the 2013 batch.

Dr SPS Bedi, CGC campus director, Landran, said with more than 122 multinationals offering hefty pay packages to engineering and MCA students, dreams of students of the 2013 batch got fulfilled when Microsoft came for the campus placement on the campus offering a pay package of Rs 16 lakh per annum.

Other topnotch companies like Oracle, Wipro, Mahindra & Mahindra, L&T, Godrej, HCL Technologies, Capgemini, Schlumberger, ITC Infotech, Samsung and Mahindra Satyam selected students during the campus placement.

The graduate and postgraduate students of the business management got offers from more than 48 companies with the highest pay package beating all previous records touching Rs 7.31 lakh per annum, said Dr Bedi.

HDFC Bank, Federal Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, CITI Bank, Indiabulls, Naukri. com, were among the key corporate who have hired management students of the college. Five-star hotels, resort chains and airline companies offered jobs to hotel management and airlines tourism management students.

The college has corporate resource centre that serves as the centre of placement activities. This not only acts as a liaison between the multinationals but also act as an epicentre for students where the journey of successful career begins.



cet & llb entrance
PU extends time for form submission
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Students who failed to apply for Combined Entrance Test (Post Graduate) and LLB (three-year) entrance test of Panjab University (PU), have been given another chance to submit their online application forms by June 4.

PU Controller of Examinations Dr Parvinder Singh said candidates could now submit their application forms till 4 pm on June 4.

Officials said the aspirants may contact the Assistant Research (CET Cell) on working days, along with required documents.

The entrance test for PU-CET (PG) is scheduled to be held from June 15 to 18 and the LLB entrance test will be conducted on June 23.



A clarification

Chandigarh: In the news item ‘Govt schools have nothing much to cheer about’ published in these columns on Wednesday, it was wrongly mentioned that Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, had the highest number of students failing in the exams. GMSSS-22, in fact, had the highest number of such students.



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