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Power cuts: Officials feel the heat
Fed up, residents knock at their door late at night; say helpline of little use
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Anguished over frequent power cuts, scheduled as well as unscheduled, city residents have now started knocking at the door of power department officials' houses.

As residents are sweating it out in the absence of electricity, they have started waking up power officials late at night and in the wee hours as well.

A few days ago, some city residents knocked at the door of MP Singh, Superintending Engineer (Electricity), in Sector 28 at midnight after they failed to get any response from the power department helpline No. 0172-4639999 regarding restoration of power supply to their area in Sectors 19, 20 and 28.

Besides MP Singh, several other officials of the department, including the XEN and SDOs, are facing a similar problem.

Maninder Singh, a resident of Sector 28, said they did not want to disturb any official at odd hours, but when they did not get any response from the telephone numbers provided by the department in case of power cuts, they were left with no option but to knock at the door of power officials' houses.

Echoing similar views, Girish Singh, a resident of Daria village, said they did not get any response from the helpline during night hours.

MP Singh, Superintending Engineer (Electricity), said the residents had now started knocking at the door of power department officials' houses. He refuted the allegations that the department was not providing the required help to residents on the helpline number.

He said they had deployed a staff of six employees in each subdivision specially to deal with complaints of power cuts at night in various sectors. He said the power supply was being restored within the time frame set up by the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC).

Power demand shoots up

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.

Pending power bills

According to the defaulters' list, there are a total of 317 consumers having pending electricity bills of more than Rs 1 lakh. The department has disconnected the power supply of 127 defaulters whereas 169 cases are under dispute. Twenty-one consumers have approached the court against the disputed amount.



Water dues: MC acts tough, books 18 defaulters
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Acting tough with defaulters, the public and health wing of the municipal corporation today lodged FIRs against 18 defaulters, who have failed to clear their water dues.

In April, the MC had disconnected the water supply of these defaulters. However, these defaulters were found using water illegally from the main water supply line and were not clearing the dues of the MC.

RC Diwan, Superintending Engineer of the public and health wing of the MC, said on April 11, they had initiated proceedings against consumers who had not cleared their water bills. So far, they had disconnected the water supply of 950 defaulters. Of the 950, many defaulters had cleared their dues. On Sunday, an MC team inspected the sites of the defaulters whose water supply was disconnected and they had not cleared their dues, he said.

He said during the inspection, they found 18 defaulters, whose supply had been disconnected but were illegally using water from the main line. The matter was brought to the notice of the MC Commissioner, who ordered to get FIRs lodged against the defaulters. Diwan said the UT police today registered FIRs against the defaulters.

MC Commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh said besides the registration of the FIRs, the MC would also slap a fine of Rs 25,000 on each defaulter.

Government depts on defaulters' list

On April 5, Chandigarh Tribune had highlighted that the MC is yet to collect Rs13 crore from the defaulters. Of the Rs13 crore, around Rs 6.5 crore is to be collected from government departments of Punjab, Haryana and the UT Administration. The Horticulture Department is yet to pay Rs1.5 crore, the Punjab Civil Secretariat: Rs 13 lakh and the UT Police Department: Rs 10 lakh. An amount of Rs 53,260 is pending against the MC building in Sector 17.



Over 200 pledge to donate organs at PGI 
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Waking up to the need of organ donation, more than 200 people have pledged to donate their organs, including liver, on the website created by the PGI seven months ago.

The website, www.lampoflife.com, which was launched by the institute in October last year, has seen an overwhelming response from donors. While the facility for organ donation had long been there at the PGI (since 1963), there was a dearth of donors.

Having conducted three liver transplants successfully during the past one and a half years, after witnessing six liver donations, PGI doctors are now promoting the concept of donation by taking consent of brain dead patients in ICUs.

“Of the six donated livers, three were fatty livers and hence could not be used,” said Dr RK Dhiman of the Department of Hepatology.

"A brain dead patient is officially considered as dead. As the organs of such a patient are still functioning, these can be utilised and transplanted in other needy patients. Mostly, such brain dead patients are accident victims, and if their families give consent, we can utilise their organs," Dr Dhiman said.

A liver, after being removed from the donor's body, can be transplanted in the recipient's body within two hours of the removal.

Volunteers can fill a form by visiting the website, www.lampoflife.com, and pledge for donation. Following the consent of his family members, the volunteer will be provided a donor card.

During the past two years, about 50 organs were donated, including six livers. However, all donated organs could not be utilised due to complications.

Last year, the PGI had framed a policy to streamline organ donation from brain dead patients.

It had decided to make it mandatory for the ICU and Emergency departments to identify dead patients and seek the consent of their family for organ donation.



Excise raid on Fun City at Elante Mall
Duty evasion of Rs 17 lakh detected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
UT Excise Department officials today raided Fun City, an entertainment house run by a Bangalore-based company at Elante Mall for alleged evasion of entertainment duty and value added tax (VAT).

On a tip-off, the officials swooped on the mall in the evening and confiscated the record of the company that deals in fun games, including video games.

Ever since the outlet opened about a month ago, no entertainment duty was being paid. The department has detected an evasion of entertainment duty to the tune of Rs 17 lakh. As per the Entertainment Duty Act,1955, 30 per cent tax on the revenue has to be paid as entertainment duty on a quarterly basis.

Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner Naresh Dubey said those found evading tax would be dealt with strictly.

Besides the evasion of entertainment duty, the department is checking evasion of VAT by the outlet that gives gifts to children for using its facility for organising birthday parties. 



Panchkula MC poll results today
Counting to begin at 8 am amid tight security arrangements
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 3
The fate of 160 candidates in the fray for the first-ever Panchkula Municipal Corporation elections will be decided tomorrow with counting of votes scheduled to start at 8 am at the community centre in the BHEL Officers’ Colony in Sector 14 here.

The district will get new councillors for the 20 wards tomorrow. The elections were held on June 2 at 231 booths.

“Around 70 officials have been deputed for the counting process. The results will be declared as soon as the counting gets over for each ward,” said Panchkula Subdivisional Magistrate (SDM) RK Singh.

RK Singh, who is also the returning officer, will head the counting process. All 231 EVMs have been kept in safe custody at the BHEL Officers' Colony.

Special security arrangements have been made by the Panchkula police to check any untoward incident. As many as 100 police officials will be deployed in and around the premises where the results will be declared.

“SHOs have been given additional manpower for tomorrow to keep a close watch in their areas. The police will accompany winning candidates when they take out processions to maintain law and order,” said Commissioner of Police Rajbir Deswal.

Around 65 per cent of the 2.30 lakh voters had exercised their right to franchise during the poll.

The highest polling was reported from ward No. 20, comprising Ramgarh and other villages. The lowest polling was reported from ward No. 9, comprising elite sectors of Panchkula.

Expenditure: Erring candidates to be put on notice

The State Election Commissioner has decided to issues notices to candidates who have allegedly shown less expenditure than the actual amount spent on the campaigning.

Following a tip-off that some candidates had not shown the exact expenditure incurred by them, State Election Commissioner Dharam Vir is set to issue notices to them.

Dharam Vir said once the results were out, he would issue notices to them and take action. 

Close fight between

Pritam Singh Lubana and Kuljeet Waraich (Ward No. 8)

Jitendar Sandhu and Ravinder Rawal (Ward No. 12)

Seema Chaudhary and Salim Khan (Ward No. 20)

Lily Bawa and Krishan Dhull (Ward No. 14)

Ranjeeta Mehta and Bhavna Gupta (Ward No. 10)



Low urban turnout; ruralites throng polling booths in large numbers 
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 3
In the Panchkula Municipal Corporation election that was held on June 2, most urbanites preferred to stay indoors. If we go by the data of votes polled, in almost every ward, the highest number of votes were cast by the rural people and the wards that consisted of elite sectors showed low turn out.

The police was expecting turnout from the rural areas only, as they had seized cartons of liquor that were being supplied in the wards by some candidates. The Panchkula police had seized 1,500 bottles of liquor yesterday from the rural area.

Ward 8, which comprises the rural area of Saketri, Bhainsa Tibba village and the urban area of Mansa Devi Complex, Sectors 4 and 5 saw maximum polling — 61 per cent. While Sectors 4, 5 and MDC registered only 47 per cent polling.

Ward 9 consists of all the elite sectors (Sectors 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 18) and no rural area, it registered the least polling of all the 20 wards. Commonly known as the VIP sector, Sector 6 had the least turnout of voters as compared to the other sectors with only 34 per cent. Trailing the VIP sector were Sector 8 which saw 41.75 per cent polling and Sector 7 that witnessed 52.6 per cent polling.

Sector 9 registered 37.8 per cent polling, Sector 16 47.25 and Sector 17 50.67 per cent in Ward 10.

Ward 11 comprising the rural area also showed a good turnout where Budanpur registered 71 per cent polling, Rajiv Colony area 65 per cent polling.

Ward 15 (Sector15) again comprising the urban lot registered 59 per cent polling. The abhaypur village of Ward 13 registered 62.66 per cent and Sector 19 comprising mainly the rural area also registered 71 per cent polling.

While villages in Ward 14 showed 71 per cent polling, the urban Sectors of 12, 12A and 14 showed 57, 56 and 55 per cent polling, respectively. Ward 15, comprising Sectors 10, 11, and is reserved for women candidates, registered 57 and 62 per cent polling, respectively.

Sector 2 being another elite sector in Ward 16 registered just 45 per cent polling while the Haripur area (village) alone in this ward witnessed 74 per cent polling.Candidates visit temples to pray for win

“We visited the temple to pay obeisance and seek God’s blessings. I know everything is done but without his support, nothing can happen,” said Ranjeeta Mehta, a candidate contesting from Ward 10. She further added, “We also thanked the voters personally on Monday. I just believe in hard work.” Amar Singh Saini, contesting the elections from Ward 19, on the INLD party symbol, also visited the temple seeking blessings.


Panel fails to fix responsibility
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
The committee inquiring into the alleged case of sexual harassment of an assistant professor, involving department head and another professor of University Business School (UBS), Panjab University, has failed to find evidence in support of the allegations.

Submitting its report to Vice-Chancellor Arun Grover today, the committee failed to fix responsibility of any of the two accused, Prof A K Vashisht, UBS chairman, and Prof Dinesh Gupta, as the lone eyewitness in the case, a rickshaw puller, turned hostile.

He had earlier recorded a statement in favour of the complainant, but later refused to approve of it and failed to sign it before the committee. The report will be tabled in the forthcoming PU Syndicate meeting, scheduled later this month.

As a case was registered against the two accused by the Chandigarh Police earlier last week, the rickshaw puller said he had submitted an affidavit to the police and did not any further involvement in the case.

Requesting anonymity, a committee member said, “Due to lack of any evidence, we had to give them a clean chit.”

The duo was booked by the Chandigarh Police under charges of sexual harassment. They were booked under Sections 354 (assault to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC at the Sector 11 police station.

The assistant professor (complainant) had filed a complaint with the PU authorities on April 15, the day she was suspended from the board of control of the institute. Later, she filed another complaint at the public window of the Chandigarh Police Headquarters in Sector 9. Sources in the UBS said differences between the complainant and the accused started on April 11 when the selection process of the candidates seeking admission to the department began.

The assistant professor alleged that she was asked to favour Senate member Karamjeet Singh’s son, who was appearing in the interview. Karamjeet is also a faculty member at the UBS. “I had refused give more marks to the candidate following which I was threatened by both the professors,” alleged the assistant professor.

The complainant alleged that after the group discussion and personal interview, Prof Gupta caught hold of her arm in Prof Vashisht’s presence.

On April 12, when the assistant professor reached the department to join the panel of the selection committee, the door of the hall where group discussion was to be held, was bolted from inside. While the UBS officials claimed that the assistant professor arrived late for the group discussion, the latter claimed that she was on time. The assistant professor then went to Prof Vashisht’s room where she reportedly had an altercation with him.

She was suspended from the board of control by the chairperson on April 15 and in protest the entire board of control of the department, including the chairperson, decided to boycott and stall the group discussion. The issue was resolved after the Vice-Chancellor’s intervention.



Water wastage continues unabated in colonies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
While the water supply and sewerage disposal committee of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation today held a meeting to discuss ways to meet demand and supply gap of water, the wastage of water continued unabated in slums of the City Beautiful.

In Colony No. 4 and Padit Colony in Sector 52, residents were seen wasting water. Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Sector 52, said that while they were facing water shortage, in neighbouring colonies, taps were missing and water flowed continuously.

Residents are least bothered about the wastage, as the MC had not installed any water meter in these colonies.

MC committee fails to take decision

Meanwhile, during the special meeting, the MC failed to take any decision on how to handle the water crisis in the city. 



Haryana Govt sends panel of three HCS officers to UT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Finally, the Haryana Government has sent a panel of three HCS officers to the UT Administration. As the UT Administration was facing shortage of officials, they had written to the Haryana Government to send a panel of officers.

The panel includes the names of Vandana Disodia, Kamlesh Kumar and Parvesh Kumar. Sources said that these names were forwarded to replace HCS officer Mahavir Kaushik, who is presently posted as UT Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) incharge. Kaushik had recently sough repatriation to his parent cadre Haryana and Kaushik’s tenure will expire on July 31.

Out of the three officials, two have already worked in Chandigarh. Kamlesh Kumar had already worked in Chandigarh as the Joint Commissioner in the Municipal Corporation. Similarly, Vandana Disodia had worked with the UT Administration as the Secretary State Transport Authority (STA), Director, Industries and Controller Weights and Measures Department.

The tenure of another HCS officer, Lalit Siwach, presently posted as Additional Commissioner, MC, will expire on July 31, but till date, the Administration has not initiated the process to invite panel of other HCS officers from Haryana. Due to delay in starting the process of seeking names from Punjab and Haryana, the UT Administration has always faced the shortage of officials.

At present, four of the nine posts meant for HCS officers in the UT Administration are lying vacant. Presently, Mahavir Kaushik, Rajesh Jogpal, SK Setia, Tilak Raj and Mandeep Kaur are working in the UT Administration.



Delay in approvals hits repair of Mohali roads
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, June 3
Despite residents expressing anguish over the poor condition of roads in the town, the Municipal Corporation is finding itself helpless in bailing them out of the situation, as the Department of Local Government, Punjab, has failed to clear the proposals submitted by the civic body for carrying out urgent maintenance works to the tune of Rs 9 crore.

The proposal concerning a loan of Rs 9 crore from HUDCO for the repair of roads has also made no headway. Sources said the corporation had sent proposals regarding the maintenance work of internal (B and C) roads in various parts of the town, including the industrial area, for clearance to the Secretary of the local government department three months back, but received no response. According to sources, two different proposals for the maintenance work were sent to the Secretary’s office on March 4 and 6. Two reminders were also in the past three months. Another proposal for getting a loan of Rs 9 crore from HUDCO was sent for approval on April 18, but the authorities failed to respond in this case as well. A copy of the approval letter had to be submitted to the bank for getting the loan.

It is learnt that the civic body, which had been waiting for the approval from the authorities so far, is now planning to issue work orders at its own level, so that at least part of the work gets finished before the monsoon hits the region in around a month’s time. The corporation had completed the work related to tenders and had even shortlisted the companies for the maintenance of roads, but had been waiting for the approval from the higher authorities to issue the work orders.

Sources said an estimate of around Rs 5 crore was prepared for repairing the internal roads in Phases II, III-A , III-B1, III-B2, IV , V and VI of the town and Phases I, III, V and VI of the industrial area. Another estimate of around Rs 4 crore pertained to the repair of roads in Phases VII, IX, X and XI, besides Sectors 48-C, 70 and 71.



Seek appointments online
Pay online fee to passport kendras before confirmation of booking dates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
From next week, applicants who are seeking appointments from the Passport Seva Kendras (PSK), which is under the jurisdiction of Chandigarh, will have to pay online fee before the confirmation of booking dates. To resolve the issue of unavailability of appointment dates and reduce the number of invalid applicants, the Ministry of External Affairs has launched an online payment system for booking appointments.

The announcement was made by the Chief Passport Officer and the Joint Secretary, Passport Seva Project, Ministry of External Affairs, Muktesh Kumar Pardeshi at a meeting held here. At the meeting he said that after the review of the operations of the past one year, it was observed that a large number of applicants did not turn up at the PSKs despite taking valid appointments. Due to which there was lesser utilisation of processing capacity of the PSK and genuine applicants were denied appointment.

He announced that Chandigarh had been chosen as one of the pilot Regional Passport Office for launching the online payment system starting from next week. He also visited the Chandigarh Passport Seva Kendra to review the systems.

An official said that with the launch of the online payment-based appointments, applicants would be required to make payment at the time of booking the appointment on the Ministry External Affair website. Instead of the applicant choosing the date and time slot for appointment, the system will automatically give the earliest available appointments.

Chandigarh Regional Passport Officer Rakesh Agrawal said that the online system would commence in three Passport Seva Kendras, including Chandigarh, Ambala and Ludhiana, which are under the jurisdiction of the RPO, Chandigarh.

In the meeting, the Chief Passport Officer also reviewed the functioning of Amritsar and Jalandhar Passport offices and had a meeting with Passport Officer JS Sodhi, Amritsar, and Harmanbir Singh Gill, Passport Officer, Jalandhar.

Meanwhile, the Regional Passport Office had organised a passport mela at the PSK, Chandigarh, where more than 400 appointments were released for the applicants to submit the passport applications on Saturday.

Process To begin next week To resolve the issue of unavailability of appointment dates and reduce the number of invalid applicants, the Ministry of External Affairs has launched an online payment system for booking appointments, which will start from next week. 



No respite in sight from heat in coming days
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Blistering heat waves continued to sweep Chandigarh even today at 37.4 degrees Celsius and there would be no relief for residents in the days to come.

As per the forecast of the Met Department, in the coming week, the temperature will be between 39 and 40 degree Celsius. Power cuts and water shortage in various parts of the city are adding to the woes of the residents.

The maximum temperature recorded today was 37 degree Celsius which was two notches below the normal and the minimum was 28.9 degree Celsius as per the Met records. According to the Met forecast, there sky would be partly cloudy and a dust storm is expected.

A Met official said that there were chances that the temperature would rise in the coming days due to less rainfall.

The people of the City Beautiful had a tough time beating the heat and many of them stayed indoors and others who had to go outdoors took adequate precautions before venturing out. People were seen using caps, umbrellas, goggles and extra clothes to save themselves from the unbearable heat.

"I hate going outdoors, but the nature of my work is such that I have no option. I cover myself well with a dupatta, use shades, umbrella and sip water continuously ," said Sakshi, working in an advertising agency.



Easyfive Pentavalent vaccine passes quality test
Gets clean chit from Drugs Controller General of India
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
A month after a six-week-old child died within a few hours of being administered the Easyfive Pentavalent vaccine at PGI the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) on Saturday gave a clean chit to the vaccine, declaring it of a “Standard” quality.

Confirming the development, UT Drug Controller Dr Sunil Chaudhary said that the DCGI report had found that vaccine was of a standard quality and passed the quality parameters.

Following the death of the six-week-old baby, 16 hours after he was administered the Easyfive vaccine (on April 23), manufactured by Panacia Biotech, at the PGI’s Advanced Pediatrics Centre (APC), the UT Health Department had seized 29 samples of the vaccine from a chemist shop at the APC and sent them for examination at the Central Drug Laboratory in Kasauli.

The Central Drug Laboratory (CDL) had earlier hinted at the possibility of mishandling of the Easyfive vaccine, in maintaining the cold chain by the chemist shop at the APC. However, it later declared that the vaccine was not responsible for the death of the infant.

The Health Department had also imposed a provisional ban on the sale of the vaccine across the city. The issue had led to a panic among other parents and even doctors following the incident. In fact, Chandigarh Tribune had highlighted in these columns that many parents were reluctant to take their children for vaccination following the incident.

Asked whether the ban on sale of Easyfive vaccine would be revoked now, Acting Director Health Services, Dr Rajiv Vadhera, said, “A decision will soon be taken as per rules.”

Earlier, objections were raised over the presence of multiple labels of expiry date on the vaccine in other parts of the country, including Tamil Nadu. Three days before the baby’s death, the company had written a letter to its distributors across the country to recall the vaccine.

The baby’s parents had objected to the sale of vaccine despite the company issuing a letter to recall it.



Defaulters challaned under Child Labour Act
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Acting on a secret information regarding child Labour, a team of Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Chandigarh Police conducted a raid in Sector 35-B, UT, Chandigarh, and rescued two minor children from a dhaba and a show room with the
help of Labour Inspector, UT, Chandigarh.

The rescued children were medically examined and sent to Snehalaya, Maloya, UT, Chandigarh, after producing them before the Child Welfare Committee. The shop owners were challaned by the Labour Inspector.



Rural pharmacists, Class IV staff demand regularisation of services
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 3
Rural pharmacists and Class IV employees of the health services and veterinary rural dispensaries under the zila parishads of the state today staged a protest in front of Vikas Bhawan at Phase VIII.

The protestors, from 1,186 health centres and 582 veterinary rural dispensaries across the state, held a dharna in the morning.

“Due to our protest, the work at the health centres and rural dispensaries came to a complete halt,” said Ram Singh Ahlowal, state convener of Rural Health Action Committee.

The protesters have been demanding the regularisation of their services. They said the government had been making false promises till now.

“The government has been befooling us by making false promises, which forced us to stage the protest,” said Kulraj Singh Ludhiana, president of Pharmacist Association, Punjab.

The different unions have created a United Front to press for their demands.



Workers demand residential plots

Mohali, June 3
Punjab Field Workshop Workers’ Union staged a statewide protest and begun a chain hunger strike in front of the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) office at Phase VIII this morning.

The protesting employees, who turned up in large numbers from across the state, were demanding allotment of residential plots. Seven union members from Amritsar district sat on the chain hunger strike.

The union president, Sukhdev Singh Saini, said the department had decided to allot plots to its employees around 12 years ago, but the scheme never materialised.

“The hunger strike will continue till June 18, followed by a statewide rally,” he said. — TNS



Chandigarh scan

Green belt

The open drain at Khudda Lahora colony will be replaced by a green belt. Area Councillor Saurabh Joshi, along with Sumit Kaur, Chief Architect of the UT Administration, visited the site. Sumit Kaur said she would try her level best to turn the drain into a green belt.

Charge taken

Rajesh Bansal on Monday assumed charge of Additional Central PF Commissioner of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh zone at the Chandigarh zone office. He was recently transferred from the Haryana and Rajasthan zone office.

Health camp

A health check-up camp was organised by the Chandigarh branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) at the CA Bhawan in Sector 35. The camp was conducted under the guidance of Dr RK Jaswal, director, cardiology, Fortis Hospital, Mohali. Over 90 chartered accountants and their families benefited from the camp and got tips on how to lead a healthy lifestyle.


Jaipal Jaiswal, a resident of Sector 18-C, has been nominated as a member of the divisional railway users consultative committee, Ambala division, for two years. Jaiswal is also member of the telephone advisory committee in Chandigarh. Along with Jaiswal, SS Tiwari was also nominated as a member of the consultative committee. Their tenure will end on February 28, 2015.

Dental meet

The Chandigarh branch of the Indian Dental Association (IDA) today organized a Continuing Dental Education Program for the dental surgeons, which aimed at promoting the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of gum diseases prevalent nowadays. Dr Preetinder Singh spoke on the latest treatment strategies, including lasers, for various gum problems, and explained the role of a periodontist (gum specialist) in a general dental practice. He also spoke on the use of dental implants in case of missing teeth. — TNS



Swati tops Mohali dist
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 3
After producing the medical topper in the recently declared CBSE Class XII results in Mohali district, Kurali town once again has the district topper, Swati Kalia, in the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class X results announced today.

Swati Kalia, a student of DAV Model Senior Secondary School, Kurali, scored 94 per cent marks, which is the highest in the district. Swati stood 17th on the merit list. Neeraj Yadav of Achariya Atma Ram Jain Model Senior Secondary School, Dera Bassi, remained at the second spot with 93.85 per cent, whereas Parneet Kaur of Baby Model Senior Secondary School, Banur, finished third in the district with 93.69 per cent. Neeraj and Parneet got the 18th and 19th rank, respectively.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Swati Kalia’s mother Usha Rani said her daughter had gone to Gangotri in Uttarakhand, so she was not aware of her achievement.

“She did not attend any coaching class. She is a versatile student and takes part in every activity of the school,” said Usha Rani, a teacher of the school.

Poor show by Mohali town

The poor show by Mohali town continued as far as producing toppers is concerned. The town, which did not witness any topper in the PSEB Class XII results and tricity topper in the CBSE Class XII results, again failed to get any topper in the PSEB Class X results. The district topper in the PSEB Class X results is from Kurali. The second and the third spots in the district also went to Dera Bassi and Banur, respectively.

The position of Mohali is pathetic if one goes by the list of total number of students district wise on the merit list of the PSEB. Mohali comes at the 18th spot in the list, having just six students in the merit list of 430 students. Ludhiana, which had topped the list on the PSEB’s overall merit list of Class XII, once again hits the top spot in the Class X merit list with a total of 126 students in the list today. Only, Gurdaspur (five students), Patiala (two), Mansa (one) and Taran Tarn (one) come after Mohali on the list.

The poor performance by Mohali schools, which have adequate infrastructure and staff, is a matter of concern.

A senior officer of the PSEB admitted that most of the teachers posted in government schools at Mohali are ‘sifarshi’ (recommended) ones. “This is also one of the reasons affecting the results here,” said the officer.



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A view of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, in Chandigarh. Principal Dr Puneet Bedi (inset)

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Claim to Fame

The college stands tall among regional competitors and has won the Panjab University Women’s General Efficiency Shield for a record 37 times in the 44 years of its existence. The college has state-of-the-art computer labs, multimedia centre and a seminar room fitted with latest teaching, learning aids - OHPs, LCDs, computers, etc.


The college has facilities for various games and sports. It has a full-fledged gymnasium playfields for football, hockey, cricket, baseball, kho-kho, etc, courts for basketball, volleyball and badminton. The college also provides value-added facilities such as an AC food plaza.

Illustrious alumni

Civil servants - Sharandeep Brar, Khushboo Goel, Juhi Mukherji, Isha Kalia, Palak Sahani, Shweta Dhankar, Smrati Goel and many more.



Students protest against poor results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Representatives of the Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) and students of the colleges affiliated to Panjab University staged a protest outside the administrative block of the university.

They raised slogans against the authorities for declaring 85 per cent students of BCA-I and II as failed in the exam.

Babal, a member of PUSU, said: “As many as 85 per cent of students of the colleges affiliated to Panjab University have failed.”

The PU authorities have decided to resolve the issue on Tuesday. Either, the students would be given grace marks or allowed to opt for re-evaluation.



Children get tips on theatre at workshop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
The summer workshop at the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, is exposing the tricity children to the nuances of art of theatre. As many as 60 children from the age group of 6 to 12 years are being trained on a number of stage-related activities for two hours everyday. The workshop, which started on June 1, will continue till June 21.

Kuldeep Sharma, director of the Tagore Theatre, said the children were being taught how to improve their voice modulation and expression. There were special sessions on storytelling, speech work and stage practice, too.

The students would also be shown silent movies to expose them to the art of silent theatre, he said.

“The workshop aimed at improving the overall personality of the students with the help of the theatre,” said Kuldeep.

Two former students of the Indian Theatre Department, Abhiskek Sharma and Asha Saklani, who are conducting the workshop, said they were using different activities to eliminate their stage phobia.

“The theatre is a dynamic medium which can open up children very fast, and this is the motive behind this workshop,” said Abhishek.

As per information, the workshop will also have a session on music, and children will also be taught how to use different properties on the stage.

The Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, is simultaneously conducting workshops on dance, music and theatre in as many as six government schools. It is also planning to conduct a special workshop for orphan children at Snehalya in Maloya Colony.



PUSU appoints office-bearers of its units
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
The Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) today appointed Gurinder Singh Minhas as president, Naresh Bawa (Nechi) as vice-chairman, Punjab, and Namesh as chairman, SD College, of the union.

Gurpreet Gabi, leader of the PUSU party, called a committee meeting that was held on the university campus. Chief patron Harjeet Singh, chairman Baljeet Choudhary, chairman (all colleges) Paramjeet Singh Bath, campus in charge Garry Mour, Guri Dhaliwal, chairman, advisory committee, Harpreet Happy, vice-president Shivdeep Dhillon and many party members participated in the meeting.

In the general body meeting of PUSU, chairman Baljeet Choudhary delivered the committed promise. In the presence of all PUSU members, he terminated Yadwinder Romi for his misconduct and misbehaviour during the “Jhankar” night. All senior members of PUSU welcomed Baljeet Choudhary's decision.

Chief patron Harjeet Singh also gave an assurance that such decisions would always be welcomed in future, which would be in favour of the party and society.



Month-long summer training programme for students begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
The Regional Institute of English (RIE), Sector 32, in association with the Chandigarh Administration, today began a month-long summer training programme for students of government schools. The RIE will be imparting computer training, and stress on the communication skills of the students of Government High School, Sector 32, and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33.

The programme will allow the students to explore different components of language lab where they can learn the use of language with the help of different learning software and can also set realistic goals for themselves.

Dr Sharda Kaushik, director, Regional Institute of English, inaugurated the workshop and highlighted the role of communication and skill development.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Kaushik invited the attention of students towards the increasing importance of communication and technology in the digital age.

She said barriers between countries were rapidly dissolving and the entire world was emerging as one “Global village”. In such scenario, students needed strong communication skills.

The RIE began another similar training programme at Post Graduate College in Sector 46. In his address, Shivinder Kang, coordinator for the RIE, apprised the students of the overall schedule of the workshop and how it would help them in improving their communication skills. The students responded with enthusiasm and hoped to learn a lot from these classes.

Shivinder said students from the nearby colleges were also expected to attend these classes here at the Sector 46 college. The RIE would be organising more classes in other colleges as well.



P’kula students fare badly
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 3
Panchkula fared badly in the Class XII results of the Haryana education board, with just 55 per cent of students passing the exams. A total of 2,724 students appeared in the board exam from Panchkula district, out of which only 1,494 could pass.

As compared to the last two years, results have gown down considerably. If we go by the data, this time the results have come down by 9.12 per cent as compared to that in year 2012, when it stood at 63.97 percent.

In 2011, the pass percentage was far better with around 70.4 per cent students passing the exams. Girls faired comparatively better in the results. As many as 1,401 girls took the exam this time, of which 890 passed. Only 604 boys, meanwhile, could pass the exam out of a total of 1,323 boys. All the government schools in Panchkula are affiliated to the Haryana board.



From schools

Model selected

Nitika, a student of Sri Aurobindo School, Sector 27-A, Chandigarh, made her school proud as her science model has been selected for a national-level competition. As many as 147 models from different schools of the tricity were exhibited at SD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh, and only five of them got selected for the competition. Nitika's model was based on oil spills (environmental science).

Summer camp

The summer camp at MDAV, Sector 22, Chandigarh, brought a number of activities for students. The participants improved their skills in dance, art & crafts, calligraphy, spoken English, cookery, computer and sports. The children enjoyed a well-balanced happy and safe holiday here.

Interactive session

Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20-D, Chandigarh, hosted an interactive session between students and two eminent personalities, Dr Dalip Kumar, HOD, Department of Biotechnology, Government College, Sector 42 Chandigarh, and Dr Punam Bansal, coordinator of NEAC Project at Government College of Education, Sector 20-D, Chandigarh. Dr Dalip delivered a lecture on the theme “Biodiversity - the Essence of life” followed by a talk by Dr Punam Bansal on “Importance of Trees”. This event was organised by NEAC Project on biodiversity conservation, sanctioned by the Ministry of Environment & Forests and sponsored by the Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, Chandigarh. The session highlighted the role of biodiversity and the importance of trees. Nirmal Singh, principal of the school, appreciated the interaction of environmentalists with schoolchildren on biodiversity conservation.

Buddha Purnima celebrated

Tribune Model School, Sector 29, Chandigarh, celebrated Buddha Purnima with great zeal and fervour recently. The students portrayed the transition of ‘Angulimaal’ from a dacoit to a disciple of Lord Buddha. The valuable teachings of the great saint were strung together by the Sur-Sangam Choir. Principal Vandana Saxena motivated the students to follow the righteous path.

CBSE Class XII results

Students of Sri Guru Gobind Singh, Sector 35, showed excellent results by scoring above 90 per cent marks in the science, commerce and arts streams in the CBSE Class XII examinations. The topper of the school, Jashan, scored 95.4 per cent marks in the science stream, followed by Sonal 95.2 per cent, Aniket Mahajan 94.2 per cent, Yash Gupta 93.4 per cent, Guriqbal Singh Munde 93 per cent, Gaurav 93 per cent, Shrut Jain 93 per cent, Jantika 92 per cent, Shiv Sharma 92 per cent, Manveer Singh Sdihu 90 per cent, Meera Sinha 90 per cent and Mandeep Lohan 90 per cent. In the commerce stream, Neha Gupta scored 90 per cent. — TNS



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