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City lad Arnav 2nd in NEET
Seven students from tricity among top 100 in the medical entrance
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Chandigarh lad Arnav Aggarwal bagged the top position in the tricity and the all-India second rank in the first-ever National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-UG (NEET-UG), the results of which were declared today by the CBSE.

The NEET rank holders will seek admission to various medical colleges for the MBBS and BDS courses on the basis of their state rank as well as the all-India ranking, released separately by the board.

It was for the first time that a single medical entrance exam was held for admission to undergraduate courses in various medical colleges across the country on May 5. Till last year, students used to appear for the all-India PMT and state medical entrance examinations.

Seven students from the tricity have figured on the list of the top all-India 100, while six students have got an all-India ranking between 100 and 200.

Dr Arvind Goyal, a city-based PMT trainer, said despite initial apprehensions, tricity students did exceptionally well in NEET.

“Last year in the all-India PMT, only two students figured among the top 100. In 2010 and 2011, only six and five students, respectively, were among the top 100,” he said.

Gurtej Saini, a student of Gian Jyoti School, Mohali, secured the second position in the tricity and the all-India 14th rank. He is followed by another Chandigarh boy, Akshit Bhardwaj, who secured the third position in the tricity and the all-India 62nd rank.

Among other students who figured among the top all-India 100 are Jaskiran Singh (63rd rank), Deepali (75th rank), Siddharth Bajaj (91st rank) and Gurleen Kaur (97th rank). Among the six students with an all-India ranking between 100 and 200 are Nikita Garg (141st rank), Lakshay Tuteja (142nd rank), Tanushi Aggarwal (159th rank), Mudit Sharma (160th rank), Nipun Singla (173rd rank) and Agam Hans (198th rank).

As many as 673 students appeared for the test from Chandigarh and of them 472 qualified the NEET. Among those qualified, 353 students belong to the general category, one student is from the physically challenged category, 80 students are from the Scheduled Caste category, two from the Scheduled Tribes category and 36 from the OBC category.

At the all-India level, 6,58,040 candidates appeared for the test and 3,66,317 candidates qualified. The test was conducted at 1,251 examination centres in 85 cities all over the country.

other shining stars

Nikita Garg (all-India rank 141)

Lakshay Tuteja (all-India rank 142)

Tanushi Aggarwal (all-India rank 159)

Mudit Sharma (all-India rank 160)

Nipun Singla (all-India rank 173)

Agam Hans (all-India rank 198)

Patiala boy 9th
Patiala boy Nishant Aggarwal secured the all-India ninth rank and the overall second rank in Punjab. He used to visit Chandigarh every weekend for coaching in chemistry. “I want to become a heart surgeon," says Nishant, whose farther Hari Om Aggarwal is an orthopaedic surgeon in Patiala while his mother is a gynaecologist. He recently topped the Manipal medical college entrance test. 



Close shave for passengers as bus engine catches fire
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Around 20 passengers in a low-floor bus of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) had a miraculous escape when the engine of the bus, located on the rear side, caught fire apparently due to a short circuit.

The CTU bus that caught fire near Sector 51 in Chandigarh
The CTU bus that caught fire near Sector 51 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

The passengers were evacuated in the nick of time before the fire could cause any damage. A fire tender had to be called to control the fire. The bus was on the way from the Mansa Devi temple to the Sector 43 bus stand.

Senior UT officials are learnt to have taken a serious view of the incident. “A bus catching fire with passengers on broad is a serious matter. Such incidents should not happen,” said an official.

SPS Parmar, General Manager, CTU, said a technical committee would probe the reasons behind the fire.

Sources in the CTU said this was the third incident in which a low-floor bus had caught fire due to a short circuit. The maintenance of the buses is done at the Sector 43 workshop. The CTU Workers Union said it had been opposing the low-
floor buses.

Incidentally, the buses have been purchased three years ago and are under an annual maintenance contract with TATA.



Tata Camelot hid vital info: UT to panel
  Says no mention of the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary in the application form
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
The Tata Camelot housing project authorities suppressed vital information about the existence of the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary while applying for the project. This has been mentioned by the UT Administration while submitting its reply to the State Expert Appraisal Committee, Punjab.

The minutes of the meeting of the committee held on April 17 have been made available now. The Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden, Chandigarh, has submitted: “The location of the project is only at a distance of 123 metres from the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary in the northern side, but in the application form submitted by the project proponent, there is no mention of the sanctuary. Therefore, the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study carried out by the project proponent is infructuous and has to be done 'de novo'.”

“In view of the suppression of the vital information about the existence of the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary near the project, the project authorities may be asked to submit an application form, including Form 1 and 1A, 'de novo' to seek clearance from the competent authority by including the information about the existence of the sanctuary,” the reply submitted by the UT Administration reads.

It says, “The 'Gold Grading' given to the project by the State Expert Appraisal Committee needs to be examined afresh. The proposed project lies inside the catchment area of the Sukhna Lake as confirmed from the map prepared by the Survey of India and submitted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the case of Dr B Singh vs the state of Haryana in CWP No. 7649 of 2003 and constructing a project of such a magnitude in the catchment area of the Sukhna Lake will be detrimental to the health and eco-system of the lake, which is already facing a threat to its existence.”

“The flow of sewage from the Kansal village area along with the monsoon rain to the Sukhna Lake has already started resulting in a severe weed problem in the lake. There is no planning for the disposal of sewage from houses already built in the area. The Nayagaon nagar panchayat is aware of the natural slope towards the lake and is trying to take advantage of this to the detriment of the lake. In the absence of the existence of a proper sewer connection for the Nayagaon panchayat area, allowing such a huge project will definitely lead to sewage water moving to the lake, which will result in damage to the ecology of the lake,” the reply states.

Didn't suppress info: Tata Camelot

Tata Camelot, in its reply at a meeting on May 8, stated that the project proponent had not suppressed any information. The information was provided in line with the notified master plan of the Nayagaon nagar panchayat. The project proponent applied to the Chief Wildlife Warden, UT, for obtaining an NOC on February 21, 2011, which was declined by the Chief Wildlife Warden on April 20, 2011, whereas the Chief Wildlife Warden is not the competent authority to allow or decline clearance under the Act.

The Chief Wildlife Warden did not inform the promoter company about the guidelines circulated by the Ministry of Environment and Forests on March 15, 2011, which specify that the Chief Wildlife Warden was to forward the application with his comments to the Standing Committee of the National Wildlife Board. The project proponent was informed about the exact procedure on January 27, 2012, in response to an RTI application. Revised Form 1 and Form 1 A had been submitted, wherein the information about the existence of the wildlife sanctuary had been provided. The "Gold Grading" awarded to the project by SEAC, Punjab, was purely based on the measures to be adopted for the conservation of energy, water and rainwater harvesting.



His eyes firmly set on eye donation
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Moved by the mental instability of his elder brother and the hardships faced by visually impaired persons, he pledged his eyes for donation and also inspired his entire family to do so. Soon, encouraging people for eye donation turned out to be the mission of his life.

Spearheading the job of assisting volunteers in contacting the eye bank in the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, a month ago, 42-year-old Yogeshwar Singh Rana, a government servant, has already seen 85 people in and around the city pledging their eyes for donation at the eye bank so far.

Marking the first birthday of his younger daughter on April 27, Rana named his foundation as the Nayan Foundation. "Initially, I felt more like a salesman selling the concept to the people around me. Despite promoting a noble cause, I faced a lot of resistance while approaching unknown persons," Rana said.

"Many of them misunderstood me, but eventually, I found many others who were interested in pledging their eyes, but could not find a way out. It was then that I realised the importance of assisting people in reaching the eye bank for the purpose of pledging their eyes for donation," he said.

Interestingly, among these 85 persons who have pledged their eyes after seeking Rana's help, 60 per cent are women. Rana works in the Punjab Education Department and his entire family is now associated with him in his mission. His 50-year-old elder brother has been living with him.

"My brother has faced a lot of hardships. I have seen him being devoid of emotional satisfaction due to his inability to understand our expressions. Although I could not do much for his treatment, his ailment inspired me to serve others," Rana said.

As many as 4,400 people have pledged their eyes at the eye bank in the GMCH during the past decade. "The number has improved significantly in the past couple of years," said Dr Sunandan Sood, Head, Eye Department, GMCH.

As many as 122 persons donated their eyes at the eye bank of the hospital last year. This year, 52 persons have donated their eyes so far at the hospital.



Home Guards volunteer held on molestation charge
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
The UT police today arrested a Home Guards volunteer with the police in a case of molestation, assault, trespass and criminal intimidation after a girl filed a complaint against him.

The police arrested Karan Pillai, alias Amit, a resident of the Madrasi Colony, after he barged into a beauty parlour in Sector 40 today and allegedly molested and threatened a girl employed there, who was known to him.

The accused, a resident of the Madrasi Colony, Sector 38, is a Home Guards volunteer with the police for the past three years and is posted in the Police Lines, Sector 26.

The accused barged into the beauty parlour in the evening and created a drama. He caught hold of the girl by the neck and left after threatening her that he would throw acid on her. The girl called the police control room, but by the time the police reached, the accused had fled. He was later arrested. The accused will be produced in court tomorrow. A case has been registered at the Sector 39 police station under Sections 354 (B), 506 and 452 of the IPC.

In her complaint, the girl said Amit became friends with her some time ago after he took her phone number from someone and called her. After a few meetings, he promised that he would soon marry her.

The girl told her parents about him, but Amit always used to dilly-dally over the matter and give false assurances. This upset the girl, who confronted him. She used to ask him to fix the date for the wedding.

The relation between the two soon turned sour and they used to fight often. The accused fought with the girl and her father today after she asked him about marriage. Later, in a fit of rage, he barged into the beauty parlour in Sector 40 where she works and molested her, the police said.

Last year, a Home Guards volunteer, Om Sharma, was dismissed from service after a girl student of a government college had loged an eve-teasing complaint against him.



p’kula Mayor's Post
Cong leaders keep cards close to their chest
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 5
Though having 14 party-backed winning candidates under its wings, groupism in the Congress is forcing party leaders to keep their cards close to their chest regarding announcing the names of their favourite candidates for the Mayor's post in the Panchkula Municipal Corporation.

Asked about the front runners for the Mayor's post, Mukesh Malhotra, president of the District Congress Committee, said the names would be shortlisted at a party meeting likely to be held in a day or two.

“Our senior leader Kumari Selja will attend the party meeting. The names for the Mayor's post will be shortlisted after taking senior party leaders into confidence,” said Malhotra.

Of the total 20 seats, 14 were bagged by candidates supported by the Congress. Of these 14, 12 are from the Selja group while two owe allegiance to Panchkula MLA DK Bansal's group. The Selja group is in a dominating position.

Panchkula MLA Bansal said the Panchkula Mayor would definitely be a "Congress candidate". "We will call a meeting soon to decide the candidate. The decision will be taken unanimously at themeeting,” said Bansal.

Asked about his choice for the mayoral candidate, he said all winning candidates were his favourite at the moment. 

On groupism in the party, both Bansal and Malhotra said it did not matter after the win. They said the party was united.

The BJP-HJC alliance, which got three seats, is also eyeing the mayoral post. “Let’s see. In due course of time, several combinations will emerge. We are hopeful of getting our candidate elected as the Mayor. Though the Congress claims that 14 winning candidates belong to their party, but the fact is they contested as Independents. Talks are on with certain candidates,” said senior BJP leader Gian Chand Gupta.

INLD district president Manoj Aggarwal, however, said, “Having just won three seats, we are clear about our role in the opposition. We are in no mood to try for the mayoral post as we are sure the Mayor will be from the Congress,” said Aggarwal.


Shikaras in a shambles at Sukhna
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Another magnificent project of the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO), “shikaras” launched eight years ago at Sukhna Lake, is down in the dumps as only three out of the six sikaras are in operation now.

Two shikaras that are operational; and (right) another one in a deplorable condition at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh.
Two shikaras that are operational; and (right) another one in a deplorable condition at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Only three shikaras are operational, still the authorities are supportive of the contractor and are paying him Rs 12,500 per shikara for the ones that are functional, as maintenance and operational cost on a monthly basis.

During a visit to the lake, it was found that the three shikaras that are functional at the lake were in a shambles with torn seats and broken edges on all sides. Out of the six shikaras that were bought, two were moored on the island of the lake and one was dumped by the lake side. The three that are functional are being hired by tourists but are operational only when the staff of the contractor is available to row them.

It seems that the authorities have no check on the number of shikaras being run by the contractor. As per records, out of the six shikaras, four are operational while the ground reality is that only three were available for the tourists.

CITCO General Manager DK Tewari said that out of the six shikaras, four were in working condition. He said that the department had purchased six shikaras in 2006 to promote tourism in the city. Records of CITCO revealed that six ‘shikara’ costing about Rs 1 lakh were purchased with the assurance that the life span of these was about 20 years and they were financially viable for commercial use by the department. Before launching the project, two CITCO officials, including Arvind Malhotra, General Manager (Tourism), and PK Rekhi, Executive Engineer, had undertaken a study trip to the Dal Lake in Srinagar. They had prepared the operational and feasibility report of the “shikaras” and the houseboats and submitted it to the department. 



On Bansal’s instructions, Cong leaders list out achievements to residents
 Hold meetings to hear grievances of the people
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
To support former Union Railways Minister and local Member of Parliament, Congress leaders have now started showcasing their development work done in their areas to the public.

After the exit from the Union Cabinet, Bansal had recently instructed local Congress leaders to go to the public and showcase their work and tell the people what the Congress and its leaders had done for the residents of the City Beautiful.

After Bansal’s directions, Congress councillor Mukesh Bassi has begun distributing pamphlets in his Ward 17 residents (which includes Sector 18, 19 and 21) mentioning his achievements as a Congress councillor in the last one and a half year.

In the pamphlets, which were delivered to the residents of his ward, he has mentioned that in the last one year, he had started development work worth Rs 14 crore in his ward. The list includes development works like upgrading of community centres, widening and re-carpeting of roads, construction of jogging tracks, development and beautification of green belts etc.

Not only pamphlets, but recently Bassi also opened his office in Sector 21 Community Centre, to hear the grievances of the residents of his ward. It will officially open from next week.

Similarly, the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) president BB Behl has also started meeting Congress workers and the public. He is now meeting residents and workers in his hotel at Sector 26. Earlier, only a handful of leaders were meeting Behl in his hotel. Not only this, Behl had recently met UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil also. Though sources said that Behl was also eyeing the Lok Sabha ticket, but he always claimed that Bansal was their leader and would fight for Bansal’s ticket in the next elections.

Likewise, many other Congress leaders, be it at the block level or the colony level, they have started meeting the public and started hearing their grievances. The sources added that Bansal and other Congress leaders believe that by presenting their good work before the public, they would not only bridge the communication gap between the leaders and public, but it would also help in positive image building.



BJP delegation meets CBI Joint Director in New Delhi
Says Bansal has business relations with sister’s son 
Tribune News Service

MP Pawan Kumar  Bansal Chandigarh, June 5
A delegation of the BJP led by national secretary Aarti Mehra today met Parbodh Kumar, Joint Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), and KV Chaudhary, member (investigation), Central Board of Direct Taxes, in New Delhi and handed over documents pertaining to involvement of former Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and his family members in various companies.

The delegation which also includes senior BJP leader Dr Kirit Somaiya, Chandigarh, BJP president Sanjay Tandon, former MP Satya Pal Jain, and others brought to the notice of the Joint Director, CBI, that Bansal had business relations with his sister’s son and his brother’s son. They also submitted the balance sheet of some companies, which proved that there are business relations among them. The delegation also brought into the notice of the Joint Director that there was misappropriation of funds in the Heritage Society and Bansal family was involved in the financial misconduct.

The delegation also stressed upon the need of thorough investigation into the matter and treat Bansal as an accused in the whole case instead of a witness. The delegation also submitted the detailed report prepared by the “Pawan Kumar Bansal Scam Exposure Committee” including the details of the companies belonging to the relatives and family members of Bansal, who were involved in financial irregularities.



Congress rally: Women constables bear the brunt of tear-gas shells
Tribune News Service

A woman constable splashes her eyes with water after being exposed to tear gas in front of the Congress Bhawan, Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
A woman constable splashes her eyes with water after being exposed to tear gas in front of the Congress Bhawan, Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
A woman constable recovers after fainting .
A woman constable recovers after fainting . Tribune Photos: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, June 5
A large number of women constables, especially new recruits, had a harrowing time today during the Punjab Congress youth workers rally in Sector 15 today when the police resorted to tear-gas shells to control the agitating mob.

With the wind blowing in the direction where the police was stationed to prevent the workers from marching ahead, the police themselves bore the brunt of the tear gas shells. The women constables were seen running for help and were seen splashing water in their eyes to get some relief.

In pain, the constables rushed to the fire brigade vehicle stationed and splashed water in their eyes. The women constables rushed to the nearby petrol pump and splashed water in their eyes from the water cooler.The worst affected were the new recruits who were seen rushing for help. Even some of the male constables, most of them who had been recruited recently were seen trembling in pain.A woman constable said that burning sensation in their eyes and skin was intolerable.“As the wind was blowing in the opposite direction to where we were stationed, we were directly affected by the tear-gas shells and the burning sensation seemed intolerable,” said a woman constable.



Sector 18 c&D
Delay in re-carpeting of roads puts residents at risk
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
The delay in re-carpeting of roads in Sector 18 (C) and (D) has led to resentment among residents there. The municipal corporation (MC) that has already scarified the road has left the work pending for the past more than 15 days leading to inconvenience to the residents of the area.

Earlier, the MC which used to re-carpet the roads without scarifying but now, it has started re-carpeting roads after scarifying the road surface.The MC while constructing the road scarified the V 6 roads in Sector 18 and left the work in between which has caused problems to the residents.

Residents stated that it has been more than 15 days since the repair work hadnot been completed. Jaipal Jaiswal, a Sector 18 (C) resident, stated that the residents riding a two-wheeler are prone to accidents as the road is uneven. Abhimanyu Prabhakar, another Sector 18 resident, stated that as the side of the road outside the houses has also been dug up by the MC they are forced to park their vehicles on the road only.

Mukesh Bassi, area councillor, stated that this was unfortunate for the residents of Sector 18 that they had to face inconvenience due to the delay in re-carpeting the road by the MC. “The wrong practice of delaying work by the MC always puts residents to inconvenience and I have requested the MC authorities to take up the work on a priority ”, Bassi said.

MC Chief Engineer SS Bidda when contacted stated that re-carpeting the roads takes 
sometime. “We will ensure that the pending work is completed at the earliest”, Bidda said.



Cop dies in mishap
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 5
A Punjab Police officer lost his life after the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a car on the Morinda-Kharar road near Rurki village. The victim, Mohan Singh, who was posted at the Senior Superintendent of Police office, Fatehgarh Sahib, was on his way home in Pir Sohana village when a Maruti car, bearing registration number CH03D6646, hit his motorcycle from the rear side.

Mohan Singh, who bumped into a cycle following the hit, sustained serious injuries.

He was immediately shifted to the Kharar Civil Hospital. From there he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, where he was declared brought dead by doctors.

A case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC has been registered against the car driver, who is yet to be identified, at the Sadar Kharar police station.



GMADA land encroached upon near Mohali village
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 5
In a case of sheer negligence on the part of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), its prime land, worth several crores of rupees, in the Industrial Area, Phase I, has been encroached upon for agricultural purposes.

A board installed on a plot belonging to GMADA warning trespassers of prosecution in Mohali.
A board installed on a plot belonging to GMADA warning trespassers of prosecution in Mohali. A Tribune photograph

Over an acre of land in question, located adjacent to Mohali village, is being used for agricultural purposes by some villagers. Not only that; the sewerage water from the underground pipeline is also being used for irrigation purposes by installing a water pump on the land.

GMADA has installed a notice board at the site, clearly mentioning that the property belonged to it and trespassers would be prosecuted.

According to villagers, the land was being used for agricultural purposes by certain persons for the past several years. “The land was acquired by the housing development authorities (now GMADA) in 1968. But till date it is lying vacant, and no one knows for what purpose it was acquired by the authorities,” said a villager.

When contacted, the chief administrator of GMADA, AK Sinha, said he would immediately send his staff to check the situation. “No one can use government land. I would look into the matter, and take action against the encroachers,” said Sinha. He said he would also check about the project for which the land was acquired.



Management school coming up at Dera Bassi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 5
The LM Thapar School of Management (LMTSOM) is setting up its campus, with a reported investment of Rs 130 crore, at Dera Bassi. Giving details, the management officials claimed that advanced facilities, including 12 Wi-Fi-enabled smart classrooms with digital podiums, video conferencing and IP camera for web streaming, would be provided on the campus.

“Soon, all management programmes running at Thapar University, Patiala, will move to the Dera Bassi-based campus,” said the officials. The last date for receipt of application forms for the coming session is June 10. 



Suvidha Centre to come up at Majri 

Mohali, June 5
A Suvidha Centre will be set up at Majri. Giving the information here yesterday, Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said various Suvidha Centres had already been set up at several places, including Nagar Nigam Bhawan, Sector 68, Mohali. He said in future better quality would be provided at Suvidha Centres. A minor increase in the fee for files relating to arms licences, marriage certificates and transport was being effected by the Governance Reforms Department. However, in many cases the fee for files was also decreased.

He said a fee of Rs 10 was being charged now for the dependant certificate instead of Rs 20. The fee for the arms licence renewal form had been reduced from Rs 100 to Rs 70. The fee for international driving licence file had been slashed from Rs 100 to Rs 30. — OC



world environment day
Punjab Pollution Control Board chief urges industrialists to follow norms
Our Correspondent

Artistes perform Malwai gidda during a state-level function on World Environment Day at the Indian School of Business in Mohali on Wednesday.
Artistes perform Malwai gidda during a state-level function on World Environment Day at the Indian School of Business in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, June 5
Punjab Pollution Control Board chairman Ravinder Singh today appealed to industrialists to abide by the pollution control norms to help in creating a healthy environment.

The chairman, who was speaking at a state-level function organised by PPCB on World Environment Day at the Indian School of Business here, said the board was there to guide industrialists in following the guidelines.

Well-known scientist Surjit Singh Dhillon laid stress on the fact that if we polluted our natural resources, it ultimately affected us in one form or the other. A cultural programme was also organised.



Estranged wife slaps case on local businessman

Chandigarh, June 5
The estranged wife of a local businessman has filed a civil suit against him, claiming 50 per cent share in his property. The suit has been filed against Ajay Gupta, owner of Glass Palace. The local court has directed him and his family members to appear before it on June 11.

In the suit, the woman has alleged that Ajay Gupta, claiming to be a millionaire and influential person of the city, lured her into marriage. It was his second marriage. Gupta, however, deserted her after 15 months, she said.

She filed a complaint with the Delhi Police, who after a detailed investigation registered an FIR against Ajay Gupta and his family members under Sections 406, 498-A and 34 of the IPC in January this year. — TNS



MC staff remove signboards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
The enforcement wing of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation today removed 40 signboards from the Sector 22 market. The shopkeepers were displaying these hoardings in violation of the Chandigarh Advertisement Control Order 1954.

Superintendent, enforcement wing, Kashmira Singh, said the MC had issued notices to the shopkeepers to remove these hoardings. “When they failed to comply with the directions, the enforcement wing today carried out the drive,” he said.

The enforcement wing also issued 100 challans to encroachers in the Sectors 17, 22, 42, 43, 44, 45 and 
46 markets. 



Department gets notice on allocation of liquor vends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
The procedure adopted by the UT Excise and Taxation Department in allotment of liquor vends without following the laid down procedure in the excise policy has come under the scanner.

Highlighting the arbitrary allotment of liquor vends for the fourth consecutive time, without getting clearance from a committee headed by Finance Secretary-cum-Secretary Excise and approval of the Adviser to Administrator, Krishan Kumar Garg, one of the stakeholders, has served a legal notice on the department.

Moving the notice through his counsel Vikram Jain, Garg has stated that the department was acting in an arbitrary manner in allotment of the liquor vends. He has demanded the re-fixation of minimum reserve price for vends that have not been allotted even after adopting the wrong procedure by a committee headed by the Finance Secretary.

According to the excise policy, in case no bid is received by the department for a particular licence, the particular licence will be offered again at the initial minimum reserve price. However, if no bid is received for the second time, the minimum reserve price will be fixed by reducing it by 5 per cent, and bids will be invited again. Again if the department receives no bid, then the minimum reserve price of such licence is to be re-fixed by a committee headed by the Finance Secretary. 



PGI to come up with 250-bedded hospital in 18 months 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
The PGIMER today organised the "bhumi pujan" for the construction of its extended 250-bedded hospital. The new hospital, to be built at a cost of Rs 100 crore will be completed in 18 months. The hospital will be an extension of the existing Nehru Hospital and will be constructed near the Nehru Hospital building.

The project will be executed by CPWD, Chandigarh branch. The new building will have 250 beds which will cater to patients coming to the departments of radiotherapy and oncology, endocrionology, hepatology and ENT. The new hospital will have private wards and latest modular operation theatres.

Professor YK Chawla, Director, PGI, and Shri Sudhir Kumar, Additional Director General (CPWD), and medical superintendent Professor Anil Kumar Gupta were present on the occasion.



Education Dept fails to prepare sports calendar 
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
The UT Education Department has failed to publish this year’s annual sports calendar. The reason for this is the objection raised by the Education-cum-Sports Secretary over the increase in unrecognised games being organised during the inter-school tournaments.

The department that issues its annual chart for organising inter-school games, till the second week of May month every year, has failed to deliver it this year. The annual sports calendar provides expected dates for organising inter-school tournaments.

Taking the sudden increase in the number of games seriously, the sports secretary of the UT Education Department has asked the Director Public Instruction (DPI) office and the District Education Officer (DEO) office to review the sports events and the department concerned to follow the 'active-sports' policy in organising inter-school tournaments.

The advisory led to a delay in providing the annual sports calendar to all government schools. "The calendar is still pending for the approval of the Education Secretary. We have been advised to review some games and the matter will be sorted out soon," said Amarjeet Singh, state sports organizer, UT Education Department.

"The committee members will meet under the chairmanship of Director Public Instruction and the matter will be sorted out soon," he said.

Every year, the UT Education Department organises inter-school tournaments in over 50 sports events and physical activities. The delay will also trouble the school in preparing for the inter-school tournaments.

"Every year, we receive this calendar during the starting days of May. But this time, we are still waiting for it. The summer vacations are approaching and in the absence of dates, we will get less time to prepare. The calendar should be released as soon as possible to avoid eleventh hour preparation in organising the games," said a government school teacher.

Events organised every year

Pre-Subroto Football and Pre-Nehru Hockey Tournament, inter-school football, chess, judo, tae kwon do, choi kwang do, table soccer, volley ball, throw ball, kho-kho, archery, badminton, boxing, carom, fencing, gymnastics, roller skating, roller hockey, swimming, sqay martial art, table tennis, wrestling, yoga, basketball, cricket, dodge ball, hockey, hand ball, kabaddi, baseball, volleyball, wushu, softball, ball badminton, circle kabaddi, karate, lawn tennis, netball, cycling, soft tennis, sepak takkra, tennis ball cricket, weight lifting, kick boxing, thang ta martial art, gatka, tug of war, jump rope, football tennis, tennis volleyball, jeet kune do, cycle polo, cricket t20, rope skipping, rifle shooting, annual athletics meet.



Class XII CBSE Exams
24 students awarded cash prizes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
A total of 24 students were awarded cash prizes by the management of Pandit Mohal Lal SD Public School, Sector 32, here today. The students, who secured 95 per cent and above in the Class XII CBSE examinations, were felicitated during a ceremony. KK Sharma, PCS (retd), chairman-cum-manager of the school, distributed the prize money of about Rs 84,000 among the students.

Students in a jubilant mood after receiving cash prizes during a felicitation ceremony at Sector 32 in Chandigarh on Wednesday
Students in a jubilant mood after receiving cash prizes during a felicitation ceremony at Sector 32 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: S.Chandan

The students who were awarded are:

Third in tricity: Saloni Bansal (commerce) (97.4 per cent) Rs 5,000; and Saksham Gakhar (Non-Med) (97.4 per cent) Rs 5,000

Students above 95 per cent: Suman sharma (96.6 per cent) Rs 4,000; Vikas Jindal (96.4 per cent) Rs 4,000; Lalit Garg (96.2 per cent) Rs 4,000; Hitesh Singla (96.2 per cent) Rs 4,000; Surneet (96 per cent) Rs 4,000; Muskan Sandhu (96 per cent) Rs 4,000; Gaurav Jindal (96 per cent) Rs 4,000; Kanika Midha (96.2 per cent) Rs 4,000; Vidhi Aggarwal (95.6 per cent) Rs 3,000; Gaganpreet (95.6 per cent) Rs 3,000; Yukti Sehgal (95.4 per cent) Rs 3,000; Saransh Maheshwari (95.4 per cent) Rs 3,000; Prince Goyal (95.4 per cent) Rs 3,000; Kunal Aggarwal (95.4 per cent) Rs 3,000; Ishita Sood (95.2 per cent) Rs 3,000; Gursimran Kaur (95.2 per cent) Rs 3,000; Aparajita Saini (95.2 per cent) Rs 3,000; Shaleen (95 per cent) Rs 3,000; Vishal Sethi (95.8 per cent) Rs 3,000; Suraj Shourie (95.2 per cent) Rs 3,000; Noor Partap Singh (95 per cent) Rs 3,000; and Abhinav Midha (95 per cent) Rs 3,000.



Students in a fix over validity of NEET
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Even as the result of the NEET was out today, students are still in a fix over its validity. While several government colleges will accept the NEET’s state as well as national ranking for their admission to MBBS and BDS courses, almost all private medical colleges managed to conduct their own entrance examination.

Students, who secured successful ranks in the NEET today, said if the NEET had to stay for future, it should be applicable to all medical colleges, whether private or government.

Chandigarh-based Nipun Singla, who secured all-Indian ranking of 173, said the purpose of the NEET was to save students from the burden of multiplicity of medical entrance exams by conducting a common entrance exam for all medical colleges across India, and to stop the corrupt practices in private medical colleges. But since private colleges smartly managed to come out of it, the overall purpose of the NEET is not fully achieved.

Students strongly advocated that if all major entrance exams in the country, including management, engineering and IAS, could have common entrance, then why it is not possible for the medical stream.

“What India needs is the cheap medical facilities, but how can it be possible if students get their degrees after paying the amount in lakhs and crores,” said another student.

City-based PMT trainer Dr Arvind Goyal said: “The Supreme Court is expected to give the judgement on the validity of NEET in July, and we hope that the interest of the students will not be compromised”.

Deepali, a student who secured 77th all-India rank, said: “Frequent change in the policy either by the government or due to the intervention of courts has definitely taken a toll on students. I feel that some popular college should have the permission to conduct their own entrance exam, but there should be overall clarity about it”.



Branch sliding
PUSU members protest outside VC’s office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Members of the Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) today staged a protest outside the Vice-Chancellor’s (VC) office over the demand of branch sliding in the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET).

Members of PUSU protest outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office at Panjab University on Wednesday.
Members of PUSU protest outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office at Panjab University on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

PUSU leader Yadwinder Singh Dhaliwal said their demands were pending from the past few months and the university failed to redress them, following which they staged the protest.

The students said they want that the sliding system should be introduced from the coming academic session.

“We want that after the first year, students should have the opportunity to change their stream as the syllabus of the first year in all engineering streams is same,” Dhaliwal said.

The students also demanded that the gymnasium should be revamped to give better infrastructure to the students.

AS Ahluwalia, Dean (Students Welfare), arrived at the spot to pacify the agitating students and assured them that their demands would be considered by the university.



PU exams
SD College students excel in various streams
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
SD College students of BBA second-year have bagged maximum merit positions in Panjab University exams of academic session 2012-13. They have bagged seven out of the top 10 positions. Bhavya Vij, Dolly Taneja and Nikita Sharma stood third, fourth and fifth, respectively, Simran Kochhar, Shivani Jaiswal, Ashia Gupta and Aneesh Singhal stood sixth, seventh, eighth and tenth, while Saloni Chaudhary stood eleventh.

BCA first-year students of SD College have also brought laurels to the college by clinching merit positions in the PU examinations. Ravi Phutela and Rajat Dhingra stood second and eighth.

In the results declared last week, the students of SD College had also excelled in biotechnology, bioinformatics and BBA results of academic session 2012-13.

In MSc biotechnology first-year, the students have bagged eight out of the top 10 and in second-year, six out of the top 10 university positions. In MSc bioinformatics second-year, the college students bagged seven 
out of the top 10 university positions.

In BBA final-year, the second position was bagged by the student of SD College.

Four other SD College students made it to the list of toppers of the BBA programme. They stood fourth, fifth, seventh, and ninth in the exams.



Committee plans random re-checking

Chandigarh, June 5
The committee constituted by Panjab University to look into the case of mass re-appear in the BCA-II exams has recommended that the answer sheets of some of the students, who got compartments, be sent for re-checking. This would help in establishing the veracity of allegations of discrepancy in paper checking leveled by the students, the committee said.

The committee, chaired by the Controller of Examination, decided to randomly select the answer sheets from all the subjects.

The students had staged a protest outside the Vice-Chancellor office on May 3 over mass re-appear. Students have demanded grace marks or re-checking of all the answer sheets. There are around 1,000 compartment cases, out of which around 100 students scored zero in Maths. The recommendations have been sent to the Vice-Chancellor for approval. — TNS



Aided schools
Retired employees demand equal pension benefits
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Over 250 employees of government-aided schools are getting step-motherly treatment by the UT Administration regarding their post-retirement benefits.

The employees rued that all they were getting just Rs 3,475 per month in the name of pension, which was worse than what a peon was getting in the UT after retirement. On the other hand their counterparts in Punjab and other UTs are getting pension benefits of Rs 25,000-Rs 30,000 per month, besides others post-retirement benefits like gratuity to the tune of Rs 8 lakh and leave encashment equivalent to 300 days of the total salary.

RK Thakur, president of the UT Aided Schools Union, said the aided school employees, working in all Union Territories were covered under the Central Civil Services (CCS) pension rules before 1992. But, the Chandigarh Administration has completely ignored the interest of the aided school employees. “Despite our constant demand for the past two decades, neither they have been covered under the CCS Pension Rules nor the Punjab Aided Schools Pension Rules," said RK Thakur.

He said on June 3 in 1998, the Chandigarh Administration endorsed the Punjab Service and Pension Rules for all aided school employees, thereby brining a sigh of relief for us. “But ironically the said endorsement is still on papers and has yet not been implemented,” he said.

Haridutt Sharma, who has recently retired from his services as headmaster from SD High School, Sector 24, said over 100 aided school employees had retired during the past 20 years without being given proper retirement benefits. Still the Administration has not given priority to their demands.

“At a time when inflation has become a matter of concern, a modest retirement benefits is making our post-retirement life very difficult," he said.

Shivlal Singh, another retired employee, said the monthly pension of Rs 3,475 was eventually the deduction of their basic salary, as the local administration was not contributing anything. “Our condition is worse than a peon, who in the UT gets nearly Rs 10,000 as monthly pension, besides other benefits after the retirement," he said.

Aided School Association members said when Administrators of all UTs timely implemented pension rules for the employees of the aided schools, the current Chandigarh Administrator should take our demands on a priority basis.



Panjab University
Manjit is chairperson of Physics Dept
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Professor Manjit Kaur of the Department of Physics, Panjab University, has taken over the charge as chairperson of the Department of Physics from June 1. It is for the first time in the history of the department that a woman has taken the charge as the Head of the Department.

She is a professor of experimental particle physics and has a distinguished career as a researcher at the CERN, the European Laboratory of Research in particle physics, located in Geneva, Switzerland.

She has worked on a number of international and national research projects, including CMS project at CERN, which recently discovered the Higgs Boson and Zeus project in Germany. Kaur has also remained a member of the Syndicate and the Senate during 2004-2008.



from schools
World Environment Day observed

Students take part in a painting competition at Shashtri Model School, Phase-1, in Mohali on Wednesday. Students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, bagged the first prize during the “Inter-School Biodiversity Hunt” on the occasion of World Environment Day organised by the Department of Environment, Forests and Wildlife, along with NGO Yuvsatta. Students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 (West), got the second and third positions, respectively. In the logo-designing contest, the prizes were shared for five best designs by Priyanka Jhangra of Government Model Senior Secondary School-46, Aman of Government Model Senior Secondary School-33 and Aarti Bansal, Divyansh and Simran, all students of Gurukul Global School.

Students take part in a painting competition at Shashtri Model School, Phase-1, in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

The British School

The British School, Panchkula, observed World Environment Day by planting saplings on the school campus. The students, dressed in green outfits, highlighted the importance of planting saplings and the disadvantages of cutting trees.

Gian Jyoti School

World Environment Day was celebrated at Gian Jyoti School, Mohali, in order to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. Global warming and melting glaciers engage the attention of leaders, scientists and environmentalists worldwide. Yearning for development is creating imbalance leading to the present state of affair. The theme for World Environment Day-2013 was “Think-Eat-Save”. Every year, 1.3 billion tonne of food is wasted. At the same time, one in every 7 people remains hungry, and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger. Given this enormous imbalance in lifestyle and the resultant devastating effects on the environment, this theme “Think-Eat-Save” encourages people to become aware of the environmental impact of the food choices a person makes and empowers an individual to make informed decisions. — TNS



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